#1 Deonna Purrazzo (@DeonnaPurrazzo)-Last year Tessa Blanchard received a #2 ranking after winning the first annual ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament. This year it nets Deonna Purrazzo her first ranking…which is a #1 ranking. She is the NEW ECWA Women’s Champion as well as the tournament winner. She defeated Ariela Nyx at GCW on 10/16, then beat Miranda Vionette in the first round, then defeated Brittany Blake in the semifinals, and then defeated Tessa Blanchard in the finals. A 4-0 weekend gets her a GREAT ranking after winning a tournament that is becoming prestigious in a hurry.
#2 Bad Bones John Klinger (@TheGermanPsycho)-It’s good to be Bad Bones when it comes to our rankings apparently. He had a fantastic weekend as he won the SWE King of Switzerland Title. He defeated Tommaso Ciampa at SWE in Switzerland on 10/16, then defeated Diabolo the same night to win the title, then defeated Tommaso Ciampa again at wXw in Germany on 10/17, and then teamed with Absolute Andy & Big Ryck (Ezekiel Jackson) at wXw on 10/18 to defeat Karsten Beck & Reich Und Schön (Kevin Roadster & Marius van Beethoven) to go 4-0 for the week. Bad Bones is once again having an amazing year keeping his claim as “the best in Europe.”
#3 Vinny Marseglia (@VINNYINKED)-Had he gotten ANY fan votes whatsoever, he could have competed for the #2 spot this week but the tiebreaker went to Bad Bones with the fan vote advantage after the official voters were deadlocked. Marseglia won the 2015 TRP Killer Kowalski Cup on 10/16 as he defeated Craig Costa in the first round; then defeated Matt Magnum in the semifinals and then defeated Kongo (not to be confused with Kongo Kong) in the final to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. This was the first ranking for Marseglia since early 2014 and it’s a damn good one.
#4 Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano)-The Smash Champion gets back in the rankings this week as he defeated Amazing Red at AIW on 10/16 and then beat Ethan Page at EVOLVE in an I Quit Match (in a match that Gargano would be forced to leave EVOLVE if he lost). His 2-0 record might be somewhat light compared to some others in the Top 10, but considering his name value and strength of competition this week, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be this high proving once again that “Johnny Wrestling” is still at or near the top of the indies.
#5 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-The ICW World Heavyweight, NEW UEWA Heavyweight Champion (and Scottish Heavyweight Champion) gets a #5 ranking for the second straight week as he defeated Chaos and Apu Singh at Maximum Wrestling in Germany to retain the ICW title and win the UEWA Title, then defeated Matt Daly at ICW on 10/17 to retain the title, then defeated Coach Trip the same day to retain the title, then defeated Kenny Williams the same day to retain the title, but then lost a triple threat to Big Damo at ICW on 10/18 to go 4-1 for the week (although for some reason he vacated the DPW title in Denmark over the weekend). Galloway was one loss away from a sure fire #1 this week, but he stays on the radar for a top spot in the year-end IPR 100 with this ranking. Not much time left to gain ground or maintain a position!
#6 Bravo Tarir-It’s a first-time ranking for Bravo Tarir as he won an interesting tournament in NHPW in Australia over the weekend. He beat Tommy Gunn in the first round, then defeated Jaxon Cross in the semifinals, and then defeated El Grande Toro in the final to win the 2015 King of Lucha on 10/17. Not very often you hear about a “King of Lucha” Tournament in Australia, but again the international influence on the Indy Power Rankings is apparent as we’ve got representation from all over the globe.
#7 Naomichi Marufuji (@noah_maru_fuji)-One of the biggest names in the Top 10 this week comes to us from NOAH as Marufuji returns to the Top 10. He defeated Takashi Sugiura at NOAH on 10/16, then teamed with Super Crazy & Zack Sabre Jr on 10/17 to defeat Suzuki-gun (Shelton Benjamin, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) and then defeated British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith Jr on 10/17 to go 3-0 for the week. With 9 straight victories to his credit, there was no way Marufuji was missing out on the Top 10 this week.
#8 Mikey Whiplash (@Mikey_Whiplash)-Whiplash pops up in the Top 10 after a solid week in the UK where he defeated Big Damo at ICW on 10/16, then defeated Lewis Girvan on 10/17, and then defeated Lionheart at ICW on 10/18 to go 3-0 for the week. With all of his victories being in singles competition against decent competitors, Whiplash got the nod over some talents with more wins than him, but not quite as impressive. He is now undefeated in his last 8 matches (7 wins, 1 draw) and looks to continue that momentum heading into the end of the year.
#9 Naoki Tanizaki aka Mr. Kyu Kyu Toyonaka Dolphin-This is the first ranking for Tanizaki as he teamed with Shingo Takagi at Dragon Gate on 10/12 to defeat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk & Masaaki Mochizuki); then defeated Kzy on 10/13, and then scored a HUGE win as he defeated Akira Tozawa on 10/17 to go 3-0 for the week. Dragon Gate has produced a ton of rankings this year and Tanizaki is just another in a long string of rankings for a promotion that just keeps churning out top talent.
#10 Mickie James (@MickieJames)-The MCW Women’s Champion returns to the Top 10 once again after she defeated Amber Rodriquez, Kimber Lee and Kennadi Brink in a four-way match at MCW on 10/16 to retain the title and then defeated Amber Rodriguez on 10/17 to retain again to go 2-0 for the week. Mickie’s name value, two title defenses, and solid strength of competition helps her sneak into the Top 10 on a week where there was a multitude of worthy contenders.
People’s Champ. Hellcat (@Hellcat420)-Hellcat continues his strong, frankly dominant performances in the online voting competition when he’s on the poll by collecting 227 votes (almost 160 votes more than the closest challenger) to become People’s Champ yet again. The KDW Heavyweight Champion (and 1/2 of UPW, IYFW and CW Tag Team Champions) defeated Ryan Cassidy on 10/17 at Upstate to retain the KDW title.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Max Havok-#2 in the online voting competition with 68 votes
Shane Petrokovich-#3 in the online voting competition with 59 votes
Livewire-#4 in the online voting competition with 42 votes
Dagon Biggs-#5 in the online voting competition with 35 votes
Krofton-#6 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
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