Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of August 3rd, 2015
#1 Killer Elite Squad (@KEliteSquad Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer/Hoyt)-Back-to-back! The GHC and NWA World Tag Team Champions claimed their THIRD #1 ranking this year as they teamed with Minoru Suzuki & Taichi at NOAH on 7/28 to defeat Takashi Sugiura, Maybach Taniguchi, Akitoshi Saito & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, then defeated Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Yoshihiro Takayama on 7/30, and then teamed with Shelton Benjamin on 8/1 to defeat Mikey Nicholls, Quiet Storm & Yoshihiro Takayama at NOAH to go 3-0 for the week. With THIRTEEN straight wins, they are the cream of the crop right now in tag team wrestling.
#2 BRAVE (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Mohammed Yone)-It was a great week for this team as they earned their first ranking together when they defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Sho Tanaka on 7/28 at NOAH, then teamed with Akitoshi Saito on 7/30 to defeat Captain NOAH, Mikey Nicholls & Yoshinari Ogawa, and then teamed with Taiji Ishimori on 8/1 to defeat Captain NOAH, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Super Crazy to go 3-0 for the week. They now have eight straight victories to their credit, solidifying their position at the #2 spot this week.
#3 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi)-Dragon Gate’s Monster Express pops up in the Tag Team Top 5 once again after a brief hiatus. This duo from the larger faction teamed with Masato Yoshino on 8/1 to defeat YAMATO, Naruki Doi and K-ness and then defeated Masato Yoshino & T-Hawk on 8/2 at Dragon Gate to go 2-0 for the week. They have racked up 14 straight victories as a team proving once again that when it comes to tag team wrestling, the Monster Express stable is THE top group in all of independent wrestling right now.
#4 Alcor, Antonio El Campeon Del Pueblo, & Gamer-We get a 3-man team in the Tag Team Top 5 for the first time in quite some time this week. This team comes to us from an unlikely place as at NSW in Russia on 7/31 defeated Team IWF (America’s Hope (Leo & Tim) & Yuri Chistyakov) in the quarterfinals, then defeated Anatoly Moroz, Tsar Grigory I & Yarobor on 8/1 in the semifinals, and then defeated Cult Of Light (Ivan Mourne & Velimir Shegaii) & Ruslan Angelov in the final on 8/2 to win the Triumph Trios Tournament and go 3-0 for the week. Once again, international competition is featured up and down the Tag Team Top 5 this week.
#5 The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett)-Surprisingly, this is their first ranking as a team, which is likely because most of their wins have come at ROH and New Japan, which are not eligible for our rankings. That being said, they picked up a HUGE win on the indies this past week as they defeated The Young Bucks at NEW on 8/2. With wins in 7 of their last 10 matches outside of ROH/NJPW, they have proven to be a dominant force in tag team wrestling in 2015.
People’s Champs. The Intangibles (Drax O’Brien & Lightning Bolt Johnson)-It was a HUGE day of voting as The Intangibles outlasted The Fellowship to win the online voting competition this week. With 668 votes collected, the NEW HPW Tag Team Champions (having defeated TVZ for the titles on 8/1) came out on top to secure their first win as a unit in the tag team vote.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Monster Express (Tozawa & Yoshino)
Kenji Fukimoto & Minoru Fujita
Sumerian Death Squad
Alberto El Patron & Rey Mysterio
The Fellowship-#2 in the online voting competition with 313 votes
The Dojo Boys
Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Hechicero
Tryout Show Rejects
The Dirt Road Dynasty
Corporal Robinson & Joey Owens
Flawless and Lawless
Tons of Pain
Dragon Lee & Mistico
La Parka Jr. & Psycho Clown
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