Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of August 17th, 2015
#1 The Hooligans (@BeardedBullys Devin & Mason Cutter)-In one of the closest official votes we’ve ever had, those bearded bullies just BARELY managed to edge out The House of Truth for their second straight #1. The FIP World Tag Team Champions have won 5 matches over the past 2 weeks after they teamed with Manimal to defeat Alex Rudolph, Hell Spawn, & Jake Parnell by DQ, then teamed with Manimal, Mosh Pit Mike, and Ray Basura to defeat Alex Rudolph, Jake Parnell, Hell Spawn, Jackal, & Ozzie Gallagher and then beat The Firm (Slade Sludge & Dustin Levay) on 8/16 to retain the titles to go 3-0 on the week. Their consistency once again pays off as they acquire their 4th #1 ranking. The question now is…can they acquire their 4th current set of tag team titles as an AAW Tag Team Title shot is on the horizon.
#2 House of Truth (J Diesel & Donovan Dijak)-This tag team came as close to getting the #1 spot as anyone ever has without quite getting it. They literally JUST missed out on the top spot this week after they defeated The Bloodbound Warriors (The Red Scorpion and Greywolf) in the quarterfinals, QT Marshall and Luis “Punisher” Martinez in the semifinals and Sudden Impact (Lio Rush and Patrick Clark) in the finals to win the 2015 Keystone Cup at LCW on 8/15 to go 3-0 for the week. This is their first official ranking as a team as much of their time has been spent recently in ROH which isn’t eligible for our rankings. We hope to see more of them in 2015!
#3 Rhino & Tommy Dreamer-This tag team has been fighting each other in some places and teaming in others. Good friends…better enemies? Who knows? Regardless, they teamed in PWA Canada on 8/15 as they defeated The Modern Day Warriors (Jimmy King & Derek Platinum) in the semi-finals of the 2015 Carrot Cup and then beat Stampede Sity Samaris (Johnny Devine & Ruffy Silverstein) in the finals to win the tournament. A 2-0 week nets them the #3 spot this week which is their first ranking as a team. Can they continue their success together or will this team remain one that is anything but permanent?
#4 Los Ben Dejos/Team Lucha (@LosBenDejos Eddie Cruz & Jay Rios)-This electrifiying tag team actually received some support from some voters at the #1 spot this week, but didn’t quite cash it in as votes were all over the place in a very good week for tag team wrestling. That being said, they did get the #4 spot to get themselves back in the public eye after a bit of time under the radar. They are the NEW Ring Warriors Global Tag Team Champions after they defeated Jeff Boom & Mitch Mitchell at Ring Warriors on 8/15 and then defeated Scoot Andrews & Simon Sezz the same night to win the titles to go 2-0 for the week.
#5 Bad Boy (Manjimaru & Takeshi Minamino)-Minamino was snubbed from the IPR Top 10 this week, but managed to slip into the Tag Team Top 5 with Majimaru. This duo defeated Rui Hiugaji & Taro Nohashi at Michinoku Pro on 8/11, then defeated New Phase (Ayumu Gunji & Daichi Sasaki) at Michinoku Pro on 8/12, and then teamed with Ken45 on 8/13 to defeat Kenbai, Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2 to go 3-0 for the week. This is their first ranking as a team proving once again how important the Land of the Rising Sun is to the Tag Team rankings.
People’s Champs. Cabbie Klowaski (@CabbieKlowaski) & Vulture-This tag team came out of nowhere to win the online voting competition with a decent vote total at 78 votes from their fans and supporters. They are the People’s Champs for the very first time after beating Joseph Biggs & Kendall Zuminov at Rad: Pro on 8/15. Impressive first showing in the voting for this tag team.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Premiere Athlete Brand
The Punkadelics-#2 in the online voting competition with 51 votes
The Heavy Hitters
Grits and Gravy-#3 in the online voting competition with 28 votes
Chicago Overcoats-#4 in the online voting competition with 21 votes
Sons of Steel
Hubba Bubba Lucha
Bobby Roberts & Lewis Girvan
Yankee Two Kenju
The Logan Brothers
Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
CIMA, Don Fujii, & Gamma
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