Indy Power Rankings for the Week of October 26th, 2015
#1 Princess Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90)-This #1 ranking is LONG overdue for not only one of the best female wrestlers in the world, but simply one of the best wrestlers in the world…PERIOD. The Legacy Women’s Champion and ½ of the WSU/SHIMMER Tag Team Champions had a great weekend as she teamed with Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr.) at CHIKARA on 10/22 to defeat Dasher’s Dugout (Heidi Lovelace, Icarus & Mark Angelosetti) then defeated Fire Ant and Ophidian in a triple threat on 10/23, then teamed with Icarus, Mr. Touchdown, and Dasher Hatfield on 10/24 to defeat Hallowicked, NRG, and Heidi Lovelace, and then defeated Jakob Hammermeier on 10/25 to go 4-0 for the week. She has been ranked in the Top 10 many times and even in the Tag Team Top 5, but this #1 ranking has been elusive. It has finally happened and it’s WELL-DESERVED. Congratulations to the Princess of CHIKARA!
#2 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-The standard torch bearer for independent wrestling in 2015 gets ranked YET AGAIN. You may see her name pop up in our rankings time and time again and wonder why does Santana Garrett get so much love from the official voters? How about this? How about the insane fact that she is undefeated in her last 51 matches outside of GFW (with 50 of those matches being wins and 1 being a draw). We could argue about her strength of competition all day, but she beats everyone in front of her in various promotions all over the world and just continues to win, win, win. This weekend was another great one as the NWA World Women’s Champion (and OPW, PRW, Battling Bombshells, Shine, NPW and CWE Women’s Champion) defeated Tammy Lynn at CCW on 10/20 to retain the NWA title, then teamed with Hiroyo Matsumoto at Stardom in Japan on 10/25 to defeat Thunder Rock (Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani) then teamed with Hiromi Mimura again the same day to defeat Kris Wolf & Datura to go 3-0 for the week. No matter where she goes, Santana Garrett just wins. Period.
#3 Martin Kirby (@MKirbyProEgo)-This is the highest ranking ever for one of the UK’s very best talents. He defeated LJ Heron at HOPE on 10/23, then defeated Chris Tyler, Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne in a #1 contenders match at SWE on 10/24, and then defeated Dick Riley at Kamikaze Pro on 10/25 to go 3-0 for the week. Kirby may get a lot of recognition for his tag team victories, but this week was all about him as he bumped out a lot of solid competition for a Top 3 ranking, which is damn impressive in itself. Add to it that it’s the highest ranking yet for Kirby and you see why things are looking up heading into the end of 2015 for him.
#4 Gran Akuma (@_AKUMA)-Incomplete results is likely the only thing that cost Gran Akuma an even higher ranking this week after he won the OnPoint Wrestling Masters of the Mat Tournament on 10/24. With a 3-0 record he won the tournament, but unfortunately the only result we were able to nail down was that he defeated Steve Scott in the first round. Had we had the full results, it’s very possible that Gran Akuma would have had his very first #1 ranking this week. That being said, Akuma still gets a very high ranking and has some time to build on it before the end of 2015.
***We later found out Gran Akuma beat Tony Deppen and Sam Shields also***
#5 Joseph Schwartz (@GearsofSchwartz)-Speaking of just missing out on a #1 ranking, Schwartz had it locked up had it not been for his loss at IWA Mid-South on Friday vs. Corporal Robinson in a Handicap Match. That being said, he still gets a Top 5 ranking, which is still impressive. Joseph Schwartz is having one of the best years of his career and added to it when he beat JJ Venom in the first round of the VIP Victory Cup Tournament, then defeated FIA in the semifinals, and then defeated Jimmy Shalwin in the final to win the Victory Cup tournament and the vacant VIP Heavyweight title to go 3-1 for the week. With a battle with Davey Richards coming up, look for Schwartz to try to capitalize on this high ranking.
#6 Caleb Konley (@calebkonley)-The FIP World Champion had been conspicuous by his absence recently, but he turned that all around after he felt very snubbed by the FIP brass over the weekend. He showed up at the Fallout Tournament and beat Jody Kristofferson on 10/23 to retain the title and then beat Corey Hollis & John Skyler at SoW on 10/24 to go 2-0 for the week. Caleb is quietly having a very good year, but perhaps not the type of year that he had hoped for? Only he can say, but regardless he’s still doing his thing all over the country.
#7 Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll)-We get more British representation in the Top 10 as the UPW UK Heavyweight Champion (and NWA British Heavyweight Champion) defeated Charleston at UPW UK on 10/23 and then defeated Trevor Lee at RPW on 10/25 to go 2-0 for the week. Scurll, like Kirby, is one of the UK’s top talents and continues to get recognition from our official voters. This week was such a tossup that you had to really look at who certain people beat and a win over Trevor Lee surely turned some heads.
#8 Masato Tanaka-This impressive year for Masato Tanaka and the career resurgence continues as he gets ranked yet again this week. He defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr at NOAH on 10/24 and then defeated Quiet Storm on 10/25 to go 2-0 for the week. While there were no titles on the lines or big tournaments to fall back on, you have to look at who we’re ranking and who he beat. Both are pretty top notch and thus, Masato Tanaka finds his way into the Top 10 once again.
#9 Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira)-Tozawa’s AMAZING 2015 continues as he gets ranked again after showing why he is representing Dragon Gate as the Open the Brave Gate and Open the Owarai Gate Champion. He defeated Kaito Ishida at Dragon Gate on 10/19, then teamed with Shachihoko BOY on 10/22 to lose to Big R Shimizu and La Flamita, then defeated Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria on 10/24, and then defeated Kzy on 10/25 to go 3-1 for the week. While it wasn’t his usual flawless week, it does get him another ranking on his quest for the #1 spot in the year-end IPR 100.
#10 Shelton Benjamin (@Sheltyb803)-The former WWE Intercontinental Champion gets a rare ranking this week after a solid week out in Japan. It was a very busy week for Shelton as he teamed with Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka at NOAH on 10/22 to defeat Akitoshi Saito, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, Naomichi Marufuji, Super Crazy & Zack Sabre Jr., then teamed with Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki on 10/23 to defeat BRAVE (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takashi Sugiura), Akitoshi Saito & Colt Cabana, then defeated Takashi Iizuka on 10/23, then defeated Takashi Iizuka by DQ on 10/24, and then teamed with Davey Boy Smith Jr, Taichi & Taka Michinoku on 10/25 to lose to Naomichi Marufuji, Colt Cabana, Taiji Ishimori and Zack Sabre Jr. to go 4-1 for the week. Not a perfect week by any means, but with 5 matches and an 80% win percentage, Shelton is impossible to ignore this week.
People’s Champ. Apocalypse (@AwesomeApoc)-We get some new blood in the People’s Champ chair as Apocalypse added his name to the list after he won the CIW Heavyweight Title after he beat Jackson Stone on 10/24 at CIW and then won a Battle Royal for the vacant title. The online voting competition was pretty competitive this week, but in the end Apocalypse pulled away with 95 votes from his fans and supporters. Congrats to Apocalypse on his first victory in the online voting competition!
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Sean Storm-#2 in the online voting competition with 56 votes
Malcolm Monroe III-#3 in the online voting competition with 30 votes
Josef Von Schmidt-#4 in the online voting competition with 28 votes
Brandon Scott-#5 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
Nightmare Known as Jeremiah
Habib from the Carwash
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