Indy Power Rankings for the Week of August 24th, 2015
#1 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-Santana does it for a third time! Not only did Santana Garrett rack up her third #1 ranking this week, she now owns ANOTHER title after defeating Ashley Mayberry, Grace Storm, MJ Knight, and Shaniah Arlyana at OPW on 8/23 to win the vacant title. The night before she retained her NWA World Women’s Title vs. Jayme Jameson at FWA to continue her dominance of women’s wrestling, independent wrestling, and the entire state of Florida. What’s next for perhaps the best and definitely the most dominant female wrestler on Planet Earth? Check out our very first interview with her here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/03/25/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-santana-garrett-brittanytna
#2 Corporal Robinson-It was not a bad ranking at all this week for the winner of the first ever Southern Slaughter Tournament winner. By outlasting Terry Houston, Spidar Boodrow, Belton Creedmore, and Mike Levy, the true veteran of the Death Match scene took his talents to North Carolina where he came out on top. While he didn’t quite get the #1 spot this week, his ranking is respectable for winning a first-time tournament. A new, super motivated Corporal Robinson has been tearing it up in 2015 and he finally gets rewarded with a much-deserved ranking in this week’s Top 10. He also collected 49 votes in the online voting competition to come in 4th in the running for the People’s Champ award this week.
#3 Shingo Takagi-Dragon Gate strikes again with yet another high ranking for one of their top talents. The only thing that kept Shingo from the #2 spot was the lack of fan votes (he only got 1) to help his overall total. The Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion defeated Kzy on 8/20, then beat Kyu Kyu Naoki Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin on 8/22 and then wrapped up the week by beating U-T on 8/23. A 3-0 week gets Shingo another great ranking as he continues his rise up the 2015 IPR 100.
#4 Matt Cross (@MDoggMattCross)-The CWF Champion and QPW King of Ladders Champion may not be having the year on the indies that he had last year, but it’s still been very good. This past weekend he defeated David Starr at Legacy on 8/22 and then beat Rich Swann, Pepper Parks, and Kirk Warmack in a four-way at Smash Wrestling on 8/23 to go 2-0 for the week. With 4 straight victories, “M-Dogg” is on a roll right now. Is more gold in his future?
#5 Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano)-The Smash Wrestling Champion defeated Will Calrissian at ESW on 8/22 and then beat Candice LeRae at Smash on 8/23 to retain the title. His 2-0 week wasn’t his best week, but with his name value, prestige, and history on the indies, he had a leg up on the competition this week to grab the #5 spot to continue his successful year. Since the beginning of the Indy Power Rankings in 2013, Gargano has been arguably the most consistent wrestler in all the indies.
#6 Aja Kong-Aja Kong returns to the Top 10 this week when she defeated Tusukushi at the joint Wave/JWP/Reina/Oz Academy/Ice Ribbon show on 8/20 and then teamed with Makoto Oishi at DDT on 8/23 to win a tag team gauntlet battle royal. She finished off the weekend by teaming with Jun Kasai and Minoru Suzuki at Oz Academy on 8/23 to defeat Mitsuhisa Sunabe, Ryuji Ito, & Yumi Ohka. Her 3-0 week was one of the best despite not having a lot of singles victories.
#7 Maybach Taniguchi-He has a 4-0 week and only gets a #7 spot? Examine his week last week and you may see why that is. He teamed with Maybach Blue Justice & Maybach Don at NOAH on 8/19 to defeat Captain NOAH, Mikey Nicholls & Super Crazy in the quarterfinals, then to defeat No Mercy (Akitoshi Saito & Takashi Sugiura) & Quiet Storm in the semifinals and then to defeat Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) to win the Arukas Cup Six Man Tag Tournament and then defeated Takashi Iizuka by DQ on 8/22. His week was certainly impressive, but it was the lack of singles success that likely kept him in the lower portion of the Top 10.
#8 Alex Castle (@thisisatravesty)-It was a very good weekend for Castle as he defeated his former partner, Matt Cage at SLA on 8/21 and then beat Ricky Starks, Justin D’Air, Mike Outlaw, Mikey McFinnegan, and Donovan Danhausen in a six-way match at SLA on 8/22. His 2-0 weekend at CIRCUS MAXIMUS was enough to get him back into the Top 10 for the first time in quite some time. Can he continue this momentum and get some more entries into the Top 10 before the end of the year?
#9 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-The former multiple time #1 had another solid week as he took his ICW World Title back to the UK where he defeated Kris Travis on 8/23 to retain the title. While he no longer has the Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE titles to his credit, he does still have a nice collection of gold. He has racked up 7 victories in his last 10 matches outside of TNA. He’s currently battling for the #1 spot in the IPR 100. If he can continue to pick up independent bookings outside of the majors, he has a fighting chance.
#10 Marcellus King (@MARCELLUSKING1)-The Mid-Atlantic King forced everyone to #BowDown over the weekend as he defeated Brad Attitude to win the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title on 8/22. The title has a rich history with the Indy Power Rankings as it previously earned Arik Royal a #1 ranking back in 2013. The title proves its worth again as Marcellus King gets his first Top 10 ranking this year. With 7 wins and 1 draw in his last 8 matches, Marcellus King has a shot of building on this ranking in the near future.
People’s Champ. Max Havok-Israel came strong again this week as the NEW IWL Champion won the online voting competition with a very impressive 147 votes collected. He defeated Iceman for the title in Israel on 8/17 and then turned around and won his first People’s Champ award this week. Congratulations to Max Havok!
Others missing out/receiving votes:
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