#1 Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-Very few people (if any) have EVER had a better week than “The Monsta” himself, Kongo Kong did this past week. On 12/10 he started his week off HOT by defeating Weedman to win the JCW Heavyweight Title, then he defied everyone who picked against him when he beat MASADA, then Reed Bentley to win the IWA World Title (for a second time) and then beat Chris Hero and Shane Mercer in the Ted Petty Invitational Finals to win the tournament AND retain the IWA Title. From there, he took his JCW Title on the road where he beat Weedman on 12/12 to retain the title, and then beat Ron Mathis on 12/13 to retain the title again. A 6-0 week EASILY earned him the #1 ranking this week. He is picking up where he left off from late last year and early this year and continuing to prove that he is one of the most dominant forces in all of wrestling. If you’re a wrestling company and you’re not booking him yet…what the hell are you thinking? He also collected 114 votes from his devoted fanbase in the online voting competition and JUST missed out on becoming one of the few people to have won the online voting competition AND the official #1 in the same week. He’ll join us for Night 2 of the IPR 100 Reveal on 12/30. You can listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/12/30/ipr100-2015–night-1-ft-ricochet-ethan-page-dave-mastiff-more
#2 Sami Callihan (@TheSamiCallihan)-The return of the Sami Callihan to the indies has been just another breath of fresh air for a true renaissance of great wrestling. He has taken (retaken?) the indies by storm as he has been dominating everywhere he has gone since parting ways with the WWE. The 2CW Heavyweight Champion continued that success as he defeated Drew Gulak on 12/11 at PWG and then beat David Starr at CZW on 12/12 to go 2-0 for the week. To our knowledge, “The Callihan Death Machine” is undefeated since returning to the indies. With one title already won, what’s next for Callihan? You’ll likely see him popping up everywhere in 2016…and quite frankly, we’re happy to sit back and watch a potentially historic 2016 unfold.
#3 Matt Tremont (@TremontCZW)-Was there a single match more talked about over the weekend than CZW’s Cage of Death? It’s always a spectacle and this year didn’t fail to disappoint. The CZW World Champion took his title with him to arguably CZW’s biggest show of the year, put it up for grabs against AR Fox, Devon Moore, & MASADA and came out on top to retain the title. Tremont has been on a roll lately as he has been throughout most of 2015. He also ended up in 9th place in the online voting competition.Much like Kongo Kong, you can hear him on Night 2 of the IPR 100 Reveal on 12/30. Where will the former 3 time Indy Power Rankings #1 (this year) end up? You’ll have to tune in to find out for yourself!
#4 Taylor Made (@Taylor_Made88)-Here’s the question about Taylor Made this week. Is her ranking too high or too low? Some would argue that her victory was bigger than ANYONE’S victory this past week as she did the unthinkable and dethroned Santana Garrett as the SHINE Champion. Others would say that she didn’t have a great body of work leading up to this past weekend. Whatever side of the debate you’re on, you have to agree that her victory was absolutely SHOCKING. Taylor Made defeated Allysin Kay, Jessicka Havok, & Amber O’Neal Gallows in a #1 Contenders Match at SHINE on 12/11 and then stunned everyone by defeating Santana Garrett the same night to win the title to go 2-0 for the week. If this is a sign of things to come, we may be seeing her a lot in the rankings in 2016. Time will tell.
#5 Crazy Mary Dobson (@CrazyMaryDobson)-What a week for Crazy Mary! The Resistance Pro Women’s Champion continued to impress as she defeated Mia Yim at Girl Fight on 12/8, then beat Candice LeRae at Girl Fight on 12/10, and then teamed with Mad Man Pondo at JCW on 12/11 to beat Jake Dirden & Samantha Heights. It was a crazy good weekend for a crazy good talent. At this point we’re honestly pretty shocked that we’re still seeing her on the indies as we expected to see her consistently on NXT by now, BUT, we still expect that to happen sometime in 2016. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy her on the indies while we still have her. She also picked up 32 votes from her fans to come in 5th in the online voting competition.
#6 Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-2014 was absolutely Ricochet’s year on the indies as he was #1 in the 2014 IPR 100 and the official voters voted him “Indy Power Rankings Wrestler of the Year” as well. 2015 hasn’t been quite as good of a year as 2014 was (on the indies) but it has still been damn good. Ricochet has been doing his thing in Lucha Underground and/or New Japan for most of the year, but when we get treated to his performances on the indies, he never fails to impress. Over the weekend at PWG he beat Marty Scurll on 12/11 and then followed that up with a win over Mark Andrews on 12/12 to go 2-0 on the weekend. Stay tuned to the IPR 100 Reveal for some pre-taped comments about how his 2015 has gone!
#7 Chris Hero (@TheChrisHero)-It was another stellar weekend for the Knockout Artist as he returned to the TPI and maintained his role as the only competitor to ever appear in every single Sweet Science 16/Ted Petty Invitational Tournament at IWA Mid-South. He defeated Timothy Thatcher in the first round on 12/11, then beat Hy-Zaya in Round 2, but lost to Kongo Kong in the finals also involving Shane Mercer. He then flew out to PWG in California where he teamed with Speedball Mike Bailey & The World’s Cutest Tag Team to defeat Mount Rushmore 2.0 on 12/12 to go 3-1 on the week. Even after all these years doing his thing on the indies, Chris is STILL…awesome.
#8 Chuck Taylor (@SexyChuckieT)-Amazingly, this is the first ranking of 2015 for “The Kentucky Gentleman.” Because of that fact, it’s unlikely you’ll see him in the 2015 IPR 100, but that doesn’t mean he’s had a bad year by any means. Over the weekend he defeated Mark Andrews at PWG on 12/11 and then followed that up by beating Kikutaro twice at PWG on 12/12 to go 3-0 for the week. Taylor has slowed down his schedule a bit and everyone was under the impression that he was retiring, but maybe that’s not the case now? Let’s hope not as the indies are a better place with Chuck Taylor doing what he does.
#9 Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX)-Much like Chuck Taylor, this is Kenny Omega’s first ranking this year, but for entirely different reasons. Most of Omega’s success in 2015 has come at New Japan, which we don’t consider for our rankings. With that being said, Omega earned his way into the Top 10 this week after having a great weekend in Reseda at PWG. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion defeated Speedball Mike Bailey on 12/11 at PWG and then beat Will Ospreay on 12/12 to go 2-0 for the week. Omega is so big now that we rarely see him on the indies, but when we do, you get a weekend like this. PWG truly did have an All Star Weekend.
#10 Trevor Lee (@TLee910)-PWG obviously had a HUGE impact on our rankings this week as Trevor Lee is one of SIX people to have competed in PWG over the weekend that is ranked this week. Trevor Lee had another tremendous weekend in California as he defeated Will Ospreay on 12/11 and then beat Matt Sydal on 12/12 to go 2-0 for the week. While his success rate hasn’t been huge in his last 10 matches (having only won 5 of 10) his success at PWG stands alone as the reason why he snuck in at #10 this week. Is another title shot on the horizon?
Honorable Mention. Go Shiozaki-Defeated Quiet Storm at NOAH on 12/9; then defeated Mohammed Yone on 12/10; then defeated Akitoshi Saito on 12/11 to go 3-0 for the week; has won 8 straight matches.
People’s Champ. Hippy Dicky Moon (@HippyDickyMoon)-The PWA CT International Champion continues his unlikely roll as he defeated Donnie Brooks on 12/11 to retain the title which got him on the ballot this week. He then came from behind to collect a VERY impressive 131 votes to win the online voting competition for the very first time as a singles competitor (he won the tag team competition once in 2014). Look out for him if he can keep this momentum going heading into 2016.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Dakota France-#3 in the online voting competition with 59 votes
Stevie Shields-#4 in the online voting competition with 44 votes
Desmond Xavier-#6 in the online voting competition with 31 votes
Falco-#7 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
George Rodriguez-#8 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
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