Indy Power Rankings for the Week of September 21st, 2015
#1 Rampage Brown (@RampageBrown)-In one of the most bizarre voting weeks we’ve ever had, Rampage Brown managed to secure his first #1 ranking with ZERO fan votes. SIX different competitors received consideration at #1 from the official voters with Rampage Brown finally winning out in one of the most “across the board” ever seen in the Indy Power Rankings. Despite the lack of fan support in the voting, the ASW British Heavyweight Champion and 1/2 of PCW Tag Team Champions teamed with Bubblegum and T-Bone at PCW on 9/18 to lose to Charlie Garrett & The UK Hooligans (Roy Knight & Zak Knight) then at IPW:UK on 9/20 defeated Dave Mastiff in the first round, then beat Sammy Smooth in the semifinals, and then defeated Will Ospreay in the final to go 3-1 for the week. While it was not a flawless week, his tournament victory in the IPW: UK Super 8 2015 impressed the voters enough to give him the nod at #1.
#2 Will Ospreay (@WillOspreay)-The former #1 also represented the UK in a big way this past week as the Progress Champion defeated PJ Black at RPW on 9/18, then defeated Ricochet at RPW on 9/19, then at IPW:UK on 9/20 defeated Jody Fleisch in the quarterfinals of the IPW: UK Super 8 2015, then defeated James Davis in the semifinals, but then lost to Rampage Brown in the final to go 4-1 for the week. There’s little doubt that if his loss wasn’t to this week’s #1 that he would have been the likely #1 if he had lost to almost anyone else to go 4-1 on the week. That being said, he’s having a FANTASTIC year and this #2 ranking just further cements that fact as the UK takes the top 2 spots this week.
#3 Timmy Lou Retton (@TimmyLouRetton)
#4 Marcellus King (@MARCELLUSKING1)
#5 T-Hawk-As a promotion, Dragon Gate churns out quite possibly the most consistent rankings due to their break-neck schedule where many of their competitors have the chance to go 3-0, 4-0, or even 5-0 in a one week span. This was a week of the 4-0 variety as he defeated Gamma on 9/15, then teamed with CIMA & Gamma on 9/19 to defeat Shingo Takagi, Naruki Doi and Eita, then teamed with Big R Shimizu on 9/20 to defeat Gamma and Takehiro Yamamura, and then won a battle royal the same day. It was a great weekend as T-Hawk earns HIS highest ranking to date, proving how out of nowhere this week truly was.
#6 Mattick (@Mattick585)-This Colin Delaney and Marc Hauss trainee had a very impressive weekend and even garnered a #1 vote from one of the official voters. The Rochester, NY talent and UPW No Limits Champion defeated Shane Sabre on 9/19 at Upstate Pro in the first round and then defeated AR Fox, Carter Mason and Lionel Knight in the finals to win the Upstate 8 tournament to go 2-0 for the week. His tournament victory may have been a bit overshadowed in a week of tournaments around the world, but he does gets HIS highest ranking to date at #6. We expect more big things around the corner from Mattick.
#7 Chuey Martinez-Chuey Martinez likely had a good chance at being #1 but he was in such an “under the radar” tournament out in Colorado that results were scarce. By beating the likes of JD Horror in the Slave to Death Tournament, he caught the eyes of the official voters, but unfortunately for him, not enough information was available to truly get behind him with a high ranking. With all that being said, Chuey Martinez is perhaps one of the most underrated Death Match stars in the U.S. and we hope to see more of him on bigger stages in 2015/2016.
#8 Ethan Page (@OfficialEGO)-This can’t miss star returns to the Top 10 this week after another stellar weekend. The AAW Heavyweight Champion defeated Matt Cross at AAW on 9/18 to retain the title and then followed that victory up with a win over Cloudy at UPW on 9/19 to go 2-0 for the week. 2 wins. 2 states miles and miles apart. It was another great weekend for one of Canada’s finest and quite frankly, one of the best wrestlers in North America right now in #AllEgo.
#9 Big Damo (@BigBeardDamo)-“The Beast of Belfast” returns to the Indy Power Rankings after yet another good week out in the UK. The XWA and Pride Champion beat some of the best in the world as he beat Tommaso Ciampa at RPW on 9/18, then defeated Doug Williams on 9/19, and then defeated Tommaso Ciampa again at ICW on 9/20 to go 3-0 for the week. Not to take anything away from his huge weekend, but it’s likely he could have ranked even higher if he had beaten someone else on the third night as opposed to beating Ciampa again, BUT that is no knock on the competition he faced. Big Damo truly is a beast and has proved that, winning 10 straight matches.
#10 Mentallo-We get our 2nd Canadian in the Top 10 this week as Mentallo absolutely dominated RCW in Canada over the weekend. He is the NEW RCW British Commonwealth Champion after he defeated Bobby Sharp on 9/18 to win the title, then then defeated Joey Vendetta and Zarif Metovic in a three way on 9/19 to retain the title, and then defeated Brice Sova, Kevy Chevy, Mutato, Shotgun Stevens, Ugg and Zarif Metovichas in a gauntlet match to go 3-0 for the week. With 10 wins, 1 draw, and only 1 loss in his last 12 matches, Mentallo is on fire right now. Can he do more outside of RCW and possibly move up the rankings?
1st Honorable Mention. Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-The former #1 defeated Justice Jones at AAW on 9/18 and then defeated Sherman Tank on 9/19 at RCW to go 2-0 for the week.
2nd Honorable Mention. Sammy Smooth-The NEW IPW:UK All England Champion defeated Sebastian in the quarterfinals of the IPW: UK Future 8 2015, then beat Danny Duggan in the semifinals, then defeated Jimmy Havok in the finals to win the UK Future 8 tournament and Havok’s title, then on 9/20 he defeated Sha Samuels in the first round of the IPW: UK Super 8 tournament, but then lost to Rampage Brown in the semifinals to go 4-1 for the week.
3rd Honorable Mention. Jimmy Rave (@TheJimmyRave)-The PWA Champion and AWE Georgia Wrestling Crown Champion; defeated Mike Posey by DQ at PWA on 9/19 to retain the title, then teamed with Kevin Blue and Tyson Dean the same night to defeat Mike Posey, Romeo & Sal Rinauro, and then defeated Chris Crunkkk at AWE on 9/20 in a non-title match to go 3-0 for the week.
People’s Champ. Live Wire (@Live_Wire18)-It’s been a long time coming for Live Wire as he has done well in the online voting competition multiple times this year, but hasn’t quite come out on top. This week was different as he racked up 112 votes to easily defeat the other competitors this week. He is the JPW Generations Champion and looks to continue that same type of success going forward.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Dragon Rojo Jr.
Josef Von Schmidt
Lightning Bolt Johnson
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