#1 Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway-These two competitors have had a great deal of success in singles, which has been reflected many times with #1 rankings. That has yet to happen to either of them in tag team competition…until this week. Johnny Gargano and Drew Galloway seemed like a pairing that might do well together, but very few expected them to come out unscathed with a set of tag team titles around their waists. That’s exactly what they did as EVOLVE crowned Tag Team Champions over the weekend and Gargano & Galloway outlasted a tough crop of talent to win the gold. They defeated Catch Point (Drew Gulak & TJ Perkins) at EVOLVE on 1/22 in the first round, then defeated The Bravado Brothers (Harlem Bravado & Lancelot Bravado) on 1/23 in the semi-finals, and then defeated Heroes Eventually Die (Chris Hero & Tommy End) in the final on 1/24 to win the titles to go 3-0 for the week. Amazing week for two of the best in singles…who are now #1 for the first time as a tandem. They also picked up 16 fan votes to come in fifth in the online voting competition.
#2 Grits and Gravy (Bruce Grey & Jon Murray)-The Rockstar Pro Tag Team Champions have really taken their #34 ranking in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50 and built on it with some impressive victories in 2016. This past week they defeated 2 Bad Dudes (Juggernaut Jeremiah & Pompano Joe) on 1/20 to retain the titles and then defeated Dark Guns (Matt Taylor & Aaron Williams) at Ludus in a non-title match on 1/22 to go 2-0 for the week. This was a particularly good week for Bruce Grey as he was ranked in both the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 and the Tag Team Top 5…which is something that not a lot of wrestlers have done. Congrats to G&G on another great week.
#3 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-After having 5 teams ranked in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50 from the Monster Express, the stable as a whole had been a bit quiet in 2016. This would be the second ranking for the stable this year and the first for this tandem. This was the money duo for the group in 2015 as they were #3 in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50 and now, they get the #3 ranking this week. They absolutely earned their first ranking together this year as 2/3rd’s of the Dragon Gate Open the Triangle Gate Champions teamed with T-Hawk to defeat VerserK (YAMATO, Shingo Takagi and Kotoka) at Dragon Gate on 1/19, then teamed with T-Hawk to defeat Over Generation (Gamma, Eita and Kaito Ishida) on 1/23, and then defeated Dia.HEARTS (Big R Shimizu and Kzy) on 1/24 to go 3-0 for the week. In terms of amount of wins, no one could touch them this week.
#4 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Blame the weather…blame a lot of things, but due to no fault of their own, The Hooligans actually drop three spots this week. Granted, it’s ALWAYS good to be ranked, but these Cutters love being higher than #4. That being said, it’s a great ranking considering they only recorded one win over the weekend, but it was a good one as they beat Roscoe Eat Lisa at PGP on 1/23 to retain the FIP World Tag Team Titles. Although it certainly felt like their year started off slow, it has picked up well for them as this is their third official ranking this year. They are the first and only team to do that so far in 2016. We expect more of the same as the year rolls on.
#5 Tons of Pain (Joey Triton and Mann Dozer)-It was a tossup as to who might squeak into the #5 spot this week, but it ended up being Tons of Pain who had a very good weekend as they get their first official ranking as a team. They represented Australia well as they teamed with Marvin P Newton at Snakepit in Australia on 1/22 to defeat Damien Synn, Kory Kaiser and ‘Nightmare’ Eddie Draven and then defeated ‘Nightmare’ Eddie Draven and Dazel ‘The Kid’ Razel on 1/24 to go 2-0 for the week. There were a ton of other teams who absolutely had an argument for the #5 spot or higher but at the end of the day, this is how the rankings ended up on a very, very strange week of independent wrestling.
People’s Champs. The 55 (Sha Samuels @Shasamuels & Kid Fite @Kid_Fite)-It was yet another solid weekend for the ICW Tag Team Champions as they defeated Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey) on 1/24 to retain the titles. That win got them on the poll and their fans came through in a big way as they collected a STAGGERING 412 votes to win this week’s online voting competition and their first People’s Champs Award. This is a team that holds some pretty prestigious tag team titles and if they can keep the momentum going, an official ranking isn’t far off.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Heroes Eventually Die
Infamous Injustice League-#2 in the online voting competition with 176 votes
The Caution-#3 in the online voting competition with 50 votes
Viking War Party-#4 in the online voting competition with 31 votes
Raijin Yaguchi, W*ING Kanemura, & Tomohiko Hashimoto
The Mob & Charles Zanders
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