Indy Power Rankings for the Week of August 17th, 2015
#1 Timothy Thatcher-It’s a second #1 ranking for the EVOLVE Champion as he continued his red hot streak over the weekend. First, on 8/15 he defeated Zack Sabre Jr. to retain the title and then he followed that up with another victory vs. Biff Busick in a brutal war on 8/16 to go 2-0 on the week. The importance of these victories combined with the prestige of the title he holds pushed him ahead of the pack this week in the eyes of the official voters. Thatcher has been having a stellar 2015 and with the momentum he’s got going for himself, he’s going to be tough to derail. Time will tell if he can fend off the challenges of the likes of Chris Hero and more as the months roll on.
#2 Chris Hero (@TheChrisHero)-The man who laid out anyone who got in his way at EVOLVE over the weekend claims the #2 spot this week after having a flawless weekend there. The former EVOLVE Champion defeated Speedball Mike Bailey at EVOLVE on 8/15 and then beat Zack Sabre Jr. on 8/16 to go 2-0 for the week. The strength of his victories, combined with his overall prestige no doubt led to his #2 ranking this week despite multiple people below him with more wins on the week. Could Hero become the first 2 time EVOLVE Champion?
#3 Robbie E (@RobbieEImpact)-On the surface this ranking appears to be out of left field, but look a bit closer. Robbie E racked up more victories than anyone this past week as he went 5-0 overseas. There were debates among the voters about the strength of his wins, but the 5 wins can’t be ignored. He is 1/2 of the NEW PWP Tag Team Champions after he teamed with Stevie Starr at Welsh Wrestling on 8/11 to defeat The Patriot, Jishin Katayama & Tommy Dean in a handicap match, then defeated Wild Boar at Welsh Wrestling on 8/13, then teamed with Danny Walsh at PWP on 8/14 to defeat The C2 Initiative (John Harding & Mark Walsh) to win the titles, then teamed with Danny Walsh at PWP on 8/15 to defeat Team H8 (Gideon & Jeckel) and then teamed with Danny Walsh at PWP on 8/16 to defeat JD Knight & UK Dominator, The Lionhearts (Eddie Ryan & Jason Larusso) and The Midnight Cowboys (Brad Hung & Mat Burn) in an elimination match to retain the titles. What an insane week for Robbie E.
#4 Chrissy Rivera (@ItsCeeRiv)-Chrissy Rivera gets her first official ranking as she won the DCW Women’s Title over the weekend with 3 big victories in the 3rd Annual Divas of Dynamite Tournament. On 8/15 she defeated Nyla Rose, then beat Amber Rodriguez, and then beat Aria Cadenza in the Finals to win the title and the tournament. It was a simply phenomenal weekend for one of the unsung females on the independent scene right now. If she can rack up some title defenses and solid weeks throughout the rest of 2015, she could be a force to be reckoned with.
#5 Caleb Konley (@calebkonley)-The FIP World Champion (and WCWC Legacy Champion) returns to the Top 10 this week after a very good weekend at EVOLVE. First, he teamed with Anthony Nese on 8/15 to defeat Rey Horus & Trent Barreta and then followed that up with a singles victory vs. Trent Baretta at EVOLVE on 8/16. While Caleb has not been experiencing the huge success in the Carolinas that he once was, he’s taken his talents to Florida and all points in between where he is absolutely tearing it up.
#6 Elia the Great (@Eliathegr8)-Elia the Great obtains his first ranking this week as he defeated Brian Fury in the Chaotic Wrestling King of Chaos Tournament on 8/14, the n beat Mark Shurman, and then won the tournament by scoring what many would call a huge upset when he defeated Hanson in the Finals. Unbelievable week for someone that has quietly toiling away on the indies the last several years without a lot of fanfare. That all changed over the weekend in New England. Can it continue?
#7 Anthony Nese (@tonynese)-Much like his partner Caleb Konley, he had a big weekend at EVOLVE as he teamed with Konley to defeat Rey Horus & Trent Barreta on 8/15 and then halted Ethan Page’s momentum when he defeated him on 8/16 to go 2-0 for the week. While Nese doesn’t appear to be quite as active as he has been in recent years, he’s still just as talented as anyone on the indies and as always, he can’t be taken lightly.
#8 Drew Gulak (@DrewGulak)-The former CZW World Champion got back into the Indy Power Rankings this week after a successful weekend at EVOLVE where he defeated Rich Swann on 8/15 and then teamed with Tracy Williams on 8/16 to beat Rey Horus & Speedball Mike Bailey to go 2-0 for the week. Gulak hasn’t achieved a lot of recent success, but this week was special for a lot of the EVOLVE talent and Gulak was no different. Can he knock Thatcher off his throne as the King of EVOLVE?
#9 Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira)-The Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate & Open the Owarai Gate Champion is never far from the Top 10 as he just continues to pop up time and time again throughout the year. On 8/10 he defeated Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin at Dragon Gate and then beat Punch Tominaga & Super Shisa in a 3-Way Dance to go 2-0 for the week. With victories in 8 of his last 11 matches, Tozawa may not be on his ridiculous winning streak that he once was right now, but he’s damn sure relevant.
#10 Warship (@_Warship)-Australia represents again this week as Warship won the EPW Fortune Cookie Tournament on 8/14. He defeated Elliot Forbes in the quarterfinals, then defeated Gavin McGavin in the semifinals, and then defeated Bodhi McKenzie in the final to win the tournament and go 3-0 for the week. While he didn’t get any fan support this week, there’s no doubt that his week was very deserving of a spot in the Top 10, despite heaving competition all over the world.
Honorable Mention. Takeshi Minamino-The only other person to rack up five wins JUST misses out on the Top 10 after he teamed with Manjimaru at Michinoku Pro on 8/10 to defeat Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2, then teamed with Manjimaru on 8/11 to defeat Rui Hiugaji & Taro Nohashi; then teamed with Manjimaru on 8/12 to defeat New Phase (Ayumu Gunji & Daichi Sasaki) then teamed with Manjimaru and Ken45 on 8/13 to defeat Kenbai, Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2, and then defeated Daichi Sasaki on 8/14 to go 5-0 for the week.
People’s Champ. Mr. Society-The Rad:Pro EmbryoniX Champion defeated James Scott on 8/15 to retain the title and then secured a win in the online voting competition this week when he pulled in 191 votes from his fans and supporters to become the People’s Champ for the first time.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
James Anthony-#2 in the online voting competition with 164 votes
Odinson-#3 in the online voting competition with 65 votes
Rickey Shane Page
Adam Chandler-#4 in the online voting competition with 40 votes
Josh Powers-#5 in the online voting competition with 34 votes
Amaiya Jade-#6 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Tyranus-#7 in the online voting competition with 28 votes
Carbon-#8 in the online voting competition with 21 votes
Crazy Mary Dobson
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