#1 Biff Busick (@_StarDESTROYER)-What a way to say farewell to the indies as Biff Busick heads on to NXT. In 2013 he told us on the Indy Power Rankings LIVE that in 2014 he would become CZW World Champion AND become #1 in the Indy Power Rankings. Both of those things happened in the same week last year. Now he says goodbye to the indies with his second (and likely last) #1 ranking as he moves on to greener pastures. He caps off a great run on the independent scene at Beyond on 9/26 as he defeated Drew Gulak, then defeated Timothy Thatcher, and then defeated Eddie Edwards to win the Greatest Rivalries Round Robin tournament to go 3-0 for the week.
#2 Jun Akiyama-It was yet another fantastic week for this veteran as he won the All Japan Royal Road Tournament last week. He teamed with Último Dragón at AJPW on 9/24 to defeat Masanobu Fuchi and Yohei Nakajima, then defeated Yuji Hino on 9/26 in the semifinals and then defeated Akebono in the final the same night to win the Royal Road Tournament and go 3-0 for the week. With victories in 9 of his last 10 matches, Jun Akiyama is really gearing up for the last portion of 2015. Where will he rank in the year-end IPR 100?
#3 Andy Wu-It was a great week for the NEW Wrestle-1 Cruiserweight Champion as he teamed with Tajiri at Wrestle-1 on 9/21 to defeat Hiroshi Yamato & Minoru Tanaka, then defeated Koji Doi on 9/22, then defeated Minoru Tanaka on 9/23 to win the title, and then teamed with Minoru Tanaka on 9/24 to defeat KAI and Shota to go 4-0 for the week. He has won a very impressive 8 of his last 10 matches and actually gets ranked for the very first time because of this phenomenal week at Wrestle-1. If he can continue this type of run, he’ll be a top contender to get ranked for the rest of 2015.
#4 Jagger-The winner of the 7th Annual PWF Legacy Cup was automatically going to be in contention for a top spot this week and it translated to a #4 ranking for Jagger. While Jagger may not be one of the bigger names at PWF, he did have an impressive tournament run as he defeated Emmanuel Bodega in the first round, then beat Timmy Lou Retton in the second round, and then beat Will Huckaby in the finals to win the tournament. It was a very good week for Jagger as he earned his very first ranking this week.
#5 Manabu Soya-The NEW Wrestle-1 Champion (and ½ of Wrestle-1 Tag Team Champions) becomes yet another in this week’s Top 10 to earn their first ranking in the IPR. He defeated KAI on 9/21 to win the title, then teamed with AKIRA & Kumagoro on 9/22 to defeat Desperado (KAZMA SAKAMOTO & NOSAWA Rongai) & MAZADA, then teamed with Kuma Goro on 9/23 to defeat Ryota Hama and Hiroshi Yamato, and then teamed with AKIRA and Jun Kasai on 9/27 to defeat Hiroki Murase and Shotaro Ashino to go 4-0 for the week. He has racked up 11 wins in his last 13 matches and continues to impress as 2015 rolls along.
#6 Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira)-Tozawa continues to have a career year as he gets ranked yet again this week to continue to push for the top spot in the year-end IPR 100. The Dragon Gate Open the Owarai Gate (and Open the Brave Gate) Champion teamed with Masato Yoshino at Dragon Gate on 9/21 to defeat Drastik Boy & T-Hawk, then defeated Stalker Ichikawa twice on 9/22 to defend the Owarai Gate title twice, then teamed with Masato Yoshino on 9/23 to defeat Big R Shimizu & T-Hawk, then teamed with Masato Yoshino on 9/26 to lose to Jimmy K-ness JKS and Jimmy Susumu, and then teamed with T-Hawk & Masato Yoshino on 9/27 to defeat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk & Kzy) & Flamita to go 5-1 for the week. Tozawa has been the cream of the crop at Dragon Gate. Can he earn the #1 spot at the end of the year?
#7 Silver Ant (@TheSilverAnt)-Solid weekend for perhaps the best of all the members of the Colony. Silver Ant defeated Juan Francisco de Coronado at Chikara on 9/26 and then defeated Oleg The Usurper at Chikara on 9/27 to go 2-0 for the week. While it wasn’t his most impressive weekend, it was still good enough to get one of the best technical wrestlers in North America into the Top 10 this week. This is his first ranking this year so he’s got some work to do if he wants to climb into the IPR 100 at the end of the year.
#8 Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline)-1/2 of the FSP Tag Team Champions pops up again in the Top 10 after a great run in Japan over the last week. He teamed with Hiroshi Fukuda at DDT on 9/21 to defeat Kazusada Higuchi & Suguru Miyatake, then defeated Suguru Miyatake on 9/22, and then teamed with Hiroshi Fukuda on 9/27 to defeat Kota Umeda & Masa Takanashi to go 3-0 for the week. He has won 7 straight matches outside of GFW and continues to prove that he is one of the most talented characters on the indies. What’s next for Joey Ryan?
#9 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-The torch bearer for women’s wrestling and independent wrestling, in general, in 2015 continues to get ranked after defending titles. The NWA, PRW (and Shine, Battling Bombshells, OPW, NPW and CWE) Women’s Champion defeated Shaniah Arlyana at PWR on 9/26 to retain the titles and then teamed with MJ Knight the same night to defeat Grace Storm & Shaniah Alryana to go 2-0 for the week. She has won an AMAZING 41 of her last 42 matches outside of GFW with the only non-win being a draw.
#10 Brian Fury (@xbrianfuryx)-Two HUGE victories for Brian Fury at Beyond Wrestling over the weekend snuck him into the Top 10 this week on a very competitive week. He defeated AR Fox on 9/26 and then followed that up with a win vs. Trevor Lee on 9/27 to go 2-0 for the week. Fury has got some nice momentum for himself right now and with this being his first ranking this year, he has something to build on as we enter the last 3 months of 2015.
People’s Champ. Kidd Riot (@R1OTRUDO)-Much like Biff Busick (but for different reasons), Kidd Riot’s independent wrestling career comes to a close with a victory over the weekend as he won a Rumble at RCCW on 9/26. His fans, supporters, and friends sent him out on top of the online voting competition with 62 votes as he earned the award of “People’s Champ” this week. Congrats to Kidd Riot!
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Joey Abel-#2 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
John Wayne Murdoch
Shane Mercer-#3 in the online voting competition with 27 votes
Blake Edward Belakis
Kay Lee Ray
Dark Oracle Sage
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