Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of July 20th, 2015

Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of July 20th, 2015


#1 OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist)-For the second time this year, Ohio is for Killers reign as the top tag team in the Tag Team Top 5. The AAW Tag Team Champions bounced back this week with a BIG victory vs. The Hooligans to retain the titles in a battle of two of the very best tag teams in all the indies. While they no longer have the CZW World Tag Team Titles around their waists, this tag team is still one of the best and most relevant tag teams anywhere. Can they continue their push for the #1 spot in the year-end Tag Team Top 50?


#2 Ophidian & Silver Ant-The only other team that got support for the #1 spot comes to us from CHIKARA (and actually, Mexico) this week. Despite no support in the fan vote, they had a good week as they defeated Saru & Teelo and Emperador Azteca & Psycho Kid in a triple threat at Chilanga Mask in Mexico on 7/19 in the semis and then defeated Impulso & Juana la Loca to win the Torneo de Parejas and go 2-0 for the week. This tag team secured their first ranking with some unlikely success in Mexico over the weekend. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this momentum going.

#3 So Scandalous (Damian Dunne & Ryan Smile)-This tag team gets their first ranking despite no titles to their credit. What they did was defeated some of Europe’s finest tag teams as they defeated Stixx & Toni Storm, The Hunter Brothers, and The Sumerian Death Squad at SWE on 7/18. With a win like that, you have to assume titles may be in their future. If that’s the case, this won’t be the last you see of them in the Tag Team Top 5 in 2015. Congrats to them on their first ranking as a team.


#4 Team 3D (Bully Ray & DeVon)-One of the biggest victories of the weekend belonged to one of the most decorated tag teams in wrestling history as they defeated one of the most decorated tag teams in INDEPENDENT (and more) wrestling history. Team 3D scored a measure of revenge as they avenged their 2CW Tag Team Title loss by defeating The Young Bucks at House of Hardcore on 7/18. With 8 wins in their last 9 matches outside of TNA and New Japan, Team 3D is looking to dominate the indies just like they have everywhere else they’ve been.

#5 Damian el Terrible & Rey Bucanero-Mexico makes an impact in the Tag Team Top 5 as this tag team JUST missed out last week, but rejoins the fray this week after they teamed with Euforia on 7/13 at CMLL to defeat Marco Corleone, Maximo & Rush and then teamed with Vangelis on 7/18 to defeat Blue Panther, La Mascara & Maximo to go 2-0 for the week. The only thing that likely kept them from being higher this week was their lack of straight-up 2 on 2 tag team victories.

People’s Champs. The NPC (Xander Litt @XanderLitt and Nathaniel Carr @NathanielCarr83)-The online voting competition was pretty close this week but in the end it was the PWA CT Tag Team Champions who came out on top after defeating The Normals on 7/20 to retain the titles. Congratulations to them on their first People’s Champs award!


Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Suzuki Gun

Viking War Party (Alex Rudolph & Jake Parnell)

CIMA & Matt Sydal

Carbon & Kross

The Lionhearts

Red Nation

Perth K9

London Riots

Team Tremendous

Shaun Koen & Johnny Palazzio



Lana & Violet

Monster Express (Tozawa & Ricochet)

Koen & Palazzio

No Direction


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