Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of September 28th, 2015
#1 Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto & Mephisto)-It was perhaps the closest official vote we’ve ever had…which is saying a lot. At the end of the day it was impossible for the official voters to ignore the 4-0 week put forth by this tag team. This team is 2/3rds of Mexican National Trios Champions and dominated the week in matches that were all of the six man tag variety. They teamed with Luciferno to defeat Dragon Lee, Valiente & Volador Jr. at CMLL on 9/23, then teamed with Luciferno to defeat Angel de Oro, Stuka Jr. & Valiente on 9/24, then teamed with Luciferno to defeat Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa & Triton on 9/25, and then teamed with Polvora on 9/26 to defeat Mistico, Stuka Jr. & Titan to polish off the week. There’s some debate as to whether their 6 man tag team victories are as strong as some of the straight up 2 on 2 tags that the other teams had, but they do edge out Milk Chocolate for the top spot this week.
#2 Milk Chocolate (Brandon Watts & Randy Summers)-While they had been relatively quiet in 2015, they had a lot of mentions in 2014 but didn’t quite crack the year-end Tag Team Top 50. That may not be the case this year as they had a great week by winning TWO sets of tag team titles over the weekend. They are the new FBW Tag Team Champions and new NYWC Tag Team Champions after they defeated Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry), Dubb Boyz and Flawless & Lawless (Blake Morris & Rex Lawless) on 9/25 at FBW to win the titles and then defeated Flawless & Lawless (Blake Morris & Rex Lawless) and Mike Verna & Talon at NYWC on 9/26 to win the titles and go 2-0 for the week. They had perhaps the biggest two victories of the weekend, which got them the #2 spot and two sets of gold belts around their waists. We hope to see more of them throughout 2015!
#3 F1rst Generation (James Anthony & Victor Andrews)-Oddly enough, the very thing that they had relied on in many of their past appearances in the Tag Team Top 5 write-up was something that wasn’t as strong as it had been on most weeks. F1rst Generation actually came in 5th in the online voting competition and had they gathered just a few more votes to grab even a #2 spot in the voting, they would have had an even higher ranking this week. That being said they did have an impressive week as the PWF Tag Team Champions teamed to defeat Jimmy and Jack Cicero at PWF on 9/24 to retain the titles and then beat Nuclear Kaasarole on 9/28 at RWC to go 2-0 for the week. Great to see a couple of true “IPR Guys” back in the Top 5 once again.
#4 N_R_G (Hype Rockwell & Race Jaxon)-Arguably the biggest single victory over the weekend belonged to N_R_G as they shocked the world, defeating The Devastation Corporation on 9/27 to win the CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas. This huge upset surprised everyone and earned them their first ranking in the Tag Team Top 5. In fact, they’re the only team with only one victory to crack the Top 5 this week, proving that CHIKARA’s tag team gold holds a good deal of weight among the official voters. If they can keep this surprising run going, you may see them contending for a spot in the Tag Team Top 50 at the end of the year.
#5 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-It was another good news, bad news week for the bearded bullies from Brutalsville, U.S.A. The FIP, AAW, and Zero-1 USA Tag Team Champions started off the week with a loss to Youth Gone Wild at RAPW on 9/25, but then hit their groove as they then beat Team Canada in the First Round of the King of the UP Tourney to win the UPW Tag Team Titles, then beat Skyline & Avalon in Round 2, and then beat Jordy Lee and Brock Hall in the Finals to go 3-1 on the week. With them holding FOUR sets of tag team titles currently, their 2015 has been arguably better than their 2014. With several teams competing for the spot in the Tag Team Top 50, these Hooligans will continue the grind in the quest for a second straight year at the top of the Tag Team Top 50.
People’s Champs. Fighters 4 Hire (Joey Bax & Miguel Rosales)-The Philippines showed up STRONG this week as this duo defeated Dual Shock in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match at PWR on 9/26. The team’s home country showed their support with 143 votes to help them win the online voting competition for the very first time. As always, it’s GREAT to see other countries getting involved to continue to give the Indy Power Rankings and The Tag Team Top 5 a truly international flavor.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge
Ryuji Ito & Ryuichi Sekine
Mike Outlaw & Justin D’Air
Sun Tanned Demons-#2 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
Crown and Court
KC Kyng & The Marksman-#3 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
Roscoe Eat Lisa-#4 in the online voting competition with 21 votes
Monster Express (Tozawa & Yoshino)
Yankee Two Kenju
Heisei Gokudo Combi
new WILD order
The Dirty Blondes
Matt Jackson & Roderick Strong
Heroes of Tomorrow
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