#1 Unbreakable F’N Machines (Michael Elgin & Brian Cage)-The rankings heading into the end of the year have been very surprising as teams who haven’t gotten a lot of credit and several others who haven’t teamed in quite some time have popped up with #1 rankings. Michael Elgin & Brian Cage reunited at PWG where they went 2-0 after defeating The American Wolves on 12/11 and Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa on 12/12. This powerful duo may not currently hold any titles as a team and no titles were on the line over the weekend, but the official voters recognized the promotion in which they competed and the strength of the competition they defeated. It was VERY close this week in the official voting, but at the end of the day, the Unbreakable F’N Machines reigned supreme. Will we see gold in their future in 2016?
#2 B.T.Y. aka Valifornia (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson)-The NEW SHINE Tag Team Champions JUST missed out on the top spot this week. Honestly, this week was really just 1A and 1B as you had two teams (maybe more) who both deserved the #1 ranking. This tag team defeated Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling in the first round of the SHINE Tag Team Title Tournament on 12/11 and then followed that win up with a win vs. The Lucha Sisters in the Finals to win the tournament and the titles. A 2-0 week and victories in 5 of their last 6 matches pushes them up to a very high #2 ranking this week in their first week ranked as a team. If they can use this momentum for a fruitful title run, they’ll no doubt be seen in our rankings time and time again in 2016.
#3 TV Ready (BLK Jeez & Pepper Parks)-Bill Carr’s absence in the CZW World Tag Team Title Match on 12/12 undoubtedly played a HUGE part in the title change, but give credit where its due, BLK Jeez & Pepper Parks knocked off Dan Barry & Sozio to become the NEW CZW World Tag Team Champions. The status of those titles and the fact that the title change was at a HUGE show helped to make TV Ready the ONLY team with only one victory to get ranked this week. In 2016 they’ll look to prove their title win wasn’t a fluke as CZW’s tag team division has started to really heat up. With 3 straight wins to their credit, they’re already on a good path.
#4 People’s Champs. The Fellowship (GA West @thegawest & Ronnie Ribs @TheRib35)-This team has the greatest argument for being the most consistent team over the last 3-6 months of 2015. This is their second official ranking of the year and their FOURTH win in the online voting competition making them the most popular tag team of 2015 in our rankings. They had another solid week as the SPW Tag Team Champions defeated Men at Work on 12/11 to retain the titles, then fought War Court and Dom N. Nate to a draw on 12/12, and then bounced back with another win over The Firebirds on 12/12 to retain the titles again. With a record of 2-0-1 for the week they got themselves back on the ballot and collected 172 votes to EASILY win the online voting competition as they are now BACK-TO-BACK People’s Champs. Congrats to them on the tremendous week and year. You’ll hear them discuss their successful 2015 on the Tag Team Top 50 Reveal here in just a couple of weeks: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=140077&cmd=tc
#5 OI4K aka Ring Rydas (Jake & Dave Crist)-This may have been a sentimental pick by the official voters as it may be the last time we ever get a chance to vote for them, but there’s no doubt they still had a good week and another ranking isn’t anything surprising. In what appears one last hurrah for the team, they teamed to defeat Aaron Williams & Ron Mathis at Rockstar Pro on 12/9, then (as the Ring Rydas) defeated Super Strong Tiger & The Spider Monkey at JCW on 12/11 to retain the titles, but then lost the titles on 12/12 to Strong Tiger & Spider Monkey. If this really is it for OI4K with Jake Crist retiring, they had one hell of a run on the indies and should be proud of everything they’ve accomplished. Expect their names to pop up in the Tag Team Top 50 at the end of the year…for the second year straight and the third year straight in our rankings (TTT50 was just implemented last year).
Honorable Mention. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto, Luciferno, & El Mephisto)-Technically they were tied with OI4K but the fan vote decided who slipped into the #5 spot this week. The Mexican National Trios Champions defeated Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee and Stuka Jr. at CMLL on 12/7 in a non-title match and then defeated Angel de Oro, Blue Panther and Stuka Jr on 12/8 to retain the titles and go 2-0 for the week.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Castigador & Vengador
Roscoe Eat Lisa
Haze & Stitches
Indy Card Mafia
Donavan & Cammett
Evie & Hiroyo Matsumoto
Grits and Gravy
Blue Panther & Brazo de Plata
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