Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of September 21st, 2015
#1 People’s Champs. Team IOU (@TeamIOU Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-“A boy and his dog” are all grown up now and this fun loving tag team is a thing of the past. Hard to believe it’s been since 2014 since they’ve been ranked #1, but it took a little reinvention to get Team IOU exactly where they wanted to be. The PGP Tag Team Champions cemented their place yet again as one of the top tag teams in North America over the weekend when they teamed to defeat David & Cody Morton at SWF on 9/18, then beat The Overdogs (John Greed & Sebastian Suave) on 9/19 to retain the titles, and then beat Jason Cade & Aaron Solow at AWE on 9/20 to go 3-0 on the week. This #1 ranking is something this tag team has been searching for all year long and here it is. To further make sure they got that top spot, they also won the online voting competition this week with 136 votes. Congratulations to Team IOU on grabbing #1 and becoming People’s Champs yet again!
#2 Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Akira Tozawa)-This Dragon Gate tandem has been absolutely dominant in 2015. In fact, the entire stable has been the epitome of dominance, but this pair in particular has been quite the team. Though they don’t have any titles together, they have amassed a ridiculous amount of wins together this year. This past week they defeated Shingo Takagi & Cyber Kong on 9/15, then beat YAMATO & Kotoka on 9/19, and then beat Jimmy Susumu & La Flamita on 9/20 to go 3-0 for the week. With 9 wins, 1 draw, and only 2 losses in their last 12 matches, this team has been as good as anyone. The only thing that likely kept them out of the #1 spot was their lack of gold as a team. Can they change that before the end of 2015? Look out for them as top contenders to the #1 spot in the year-end Tag Team Top 50.
#3 The Fellowship (GA West & Ronnie Ribs)-Persistence pays off for this tag team who has been quietly toiling away in 2015…but recently have racked up a couple of wins in the online voting competition to stay on everyone’s radar. This was a special week for the SPW Tag Team Champions as they defeated The Middlesex Express on 9/19 to retain the titles and then beat The Refflers on 9/20 to go 2-0 on the week. Despite all their success, this team has not been ranked in the official Top 5…until this week. It’s a solid ranking on a week where there were a lot of strong showings from tag teams all over the world. Congratulations to The Fellowship on their first ranking and likely more to come!
#4 The Hooligans (@BeardedBullys Devin & Mason Cutter)-It was a GREAT news…bad news kind of week for the bearded bullies from Brutalsville, USA. These Hooligans have been dominated tag team wrestling all over North America the last 2 years (and more of course) as they continue to collect gold. This past weekend they won a set of some of the most important tag team titles in the country when they won the AAW Tag Team Titles from OI4K at AAW on 9/18. What hurt them was their loss at DREAMWAVE the next night, BUT they did bounce back with a successful defense of the FIP World Tag Team Titles on 9/20 vs. Lethal Injection in Arkansas. No team lives the Outlaw lifestyle more than The Hooligans and very few can claim as many big wins this year. As usual, look out for them to push for their second straight #1 in the year-end Tag Team Top 50.
#5 The Sun Tanned Demons (Drew Game & Ray Fury)-What an insane weekend for the AIWF Tag Team Champions. They won 3 matches in one day…in 3 different places…in 2 different time zones! They defeated Charlie Art and Iron Mike at TWE in Red Bank, TN on 9/19, then beat Cory Dye and Nate Wyld at UEW in East Ridge, TN the same day, and then beat Planet Funk at MCW in Cagle Mt, TN the same day as well to go 3-0 on the week. This duo is now 4-0 as a team and shows no signs of stopping as they look to continue their undefeated streak together.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
I Latin Lovers
Killer Elite Squad
Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada
Arik Royal & Ray Kandrack
Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett
Band of Brothers
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