#1 North Star Express (Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz)-It’s a complete sweep for WrestlePalooza as they get the #1 in singles and now the #1 in the Tag Team Top 5. It’s also a complete sweep of the official voters as North Star Express was the consensus #1 this week (although it should be noted that neither them nor Ariya Daivari received a single fan vote in the online voting competition). The WrestlePalooza Tag Team Champions defeated the back-to-back #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 in the Hooligans to retain the titles on 1/8 and then beat The Four Star Heroes, The Hooligans, and Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega to retain the titles again to go 2-0 for the week. They beat some of the best tag teams in the Midwest, retained their titles twice, and proved they were the EASY choice at #1 this week despite some great weeks from other teams. They had the tag team market on the indies cornered over the weekend and as this is their first ranking as a team, it will be interesting to see if they can follow-up with further rankings throughout the year as their teaming is not necessarily a consistent thing.
#2 Anthony Bennett & Nick Westgate-This tag team impressed the official voters by winning the MF Cup at Monster Factory on 1/9 when they beat The Down Boyz in the First Round, then beat Team Pazazu in the Semi-Finals, and then knocked off The Exer Guys in the Finals to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. This is their first ranking AND first mention as a team in the Tag Team Top 5. This team is just further proof as to how the Indy Power Rankings and ESPECIALLY the Tag Team Top 5 have been all about new blood in 2016. It’s definitely refreshing to see some new teams popping up and making an impact this year.
#3 Country Jacked (Corey Hollis & Adam Page)-This is one team that is definitely NOT new to the Tag Team Top 5. Despite their commitments and excursions to other places, this team has been fantastic when competing in PWX as a unit. After being ranked #14 in the 2014 Tag Team Top 50 and then missing out on the 2015 Tag Team Top 50 (in an admittedly heavier year on tag teams with the inclusion of international talent) they may feel they have something to prove in 2016. They continued their impressive PWX Tag Team Title run as they beat The All Night Xpress (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) on 1/10 to retain the titles. This is a team who, if they can stay united on the indies, will more than likely be a big player in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2016.
#4 Grits and Gravy (Bruce Grey & Jon Murray)-The Rockstar Pro Tag Team Champions are another team who aren’t new to the Tag Team Top 5. After securing the #33 spot in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50, they continued their momentum this past week as they continued their dominance of Rockstar Pro in Dayton, OH. On 1/6 they defeated Benjamin Kimera & Sid Fabulous in a non-title match and then followed that up with a win vs. Pretty Big (Ace Perry & Big Jim Hutchinson) on 1/8 to retain the titles to go 2-0 for the week. While this team is not to be confused with Grits and Gravy from IWA Mid-South back when Sami Callihan & Michael Elgin teamed, they are still having one damn good run as champs.
#5 Krigsherrene (Bjorn Sem & Hannibal https://www.facebook.com/KrigsherreneGods-Of-War-718654858239092/)- This European duo known as “Gods of War” claim to be the most dangerous tag team in Europe. They proved that claim to be true for (one week at least) as the NWF Tag Team Champions are the only team outside of the U.S. to be ranked this week. They took their titles into the NWF Tag Team Title Tournament where they beat TnT in the Semi-Finals to retain the titles and then beat Aron Frost & Erik Isaksen and Sveriges Elit in a Three Way Elimination Match in the Finals to again retain the titles. A 2-0 week, two title defenses, and a tournament victory gets them their first ranking.
People’s Champs. The Monroes (Malcolm Monroe III @Genesisss21 & The DBA)-The XICW Tag Team Champions only needed 36 votes this week, but they are the People’s Champs for the very first time after winning the tag team voting competition. Their victory over Dave Crist & Zachary Wentz on 1/9 to retain the titles got them on the poll and they pounced on the opportunity by taking home the award for the very first time. This team is on fire at XICW in Detroit right now as they have now won 5 straight matches there (to our knowledge). We’ve seen them venture outside of Michigan to some other places (MM3 visited IWA Mid-South on 11/20, for instance) and we hope to see more of that as the year rolls along.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Van Dooms
The M1nute Men
To Infinity and Beyond
Andy Brown & Adrian Quest
The Spring Street Suicide Squad
AJ Styles & Doc Gallows
Beauty and The Beast
Hideyoshi Kamitani & Ryota Hama
Main Street Youth
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