#1 Blazin’ Dick (Billy Blaze & Dick Blood)-Yes, that’s their name. Yes, it’s kind of awesome. The CWE Tag Team Champions penetrate the Top 5 for the first time as they defeated The Cannon Clan (Kevin Cannon & Bobby Collins) on 2/19 to retain the titles, then beat Tyler Colton & Chase Owens on 2/20 to retain the titles again, and then beat Chase Owens & Sigmon on 2/21 to retain for a third time. A 3-0 week gets them the #1 spot proving yet again that 2016 has been completely unique in terms of new teams popping up in the rankings week after week, showing that parity is alive and well in the Indy Power Rankings and more specifically, the Tag Team Top 5. CWE generally does a string of shows/tours throughout the year which should give Blazin’ Dick the opportunity to once again plow their way into the Tag Team Top 5.
#2 Mike Rollins & Pepper Parks-The closest competition to Blazin’ Dick for the #1 spot this week (and it really was very close) was Rollins & Parks after they won the F8tful Eight Tournament at Smash Wrestling, which means that Canadian promotions produced both the #1 and #2 teams this week. They defeated The Fraternity (Channing Decker & Trent Gibson) in the Semi-Finals on 2/20 and then beat Chris Hero & Eddie Edwards, Super Smash Brothers (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) and Le Tabarnak de Team (Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois) in a Four-Way Elimination Match in the Finals to win the tournament. So a 2-0 week gets them #2, but there are many official voters who felt that their strength of competition was slightly superior to our #1 this week and Rollins & Parks should have been #1. That’s the type of debates that go on week-after-week among the official voters. For now though, Rollins & Parks are #2 with a shot at #1 sometime down the road if they continue to team and win.
#3 The Second City Collective (Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile)-The Second City Collective have been mentioned twice before in the Tag Team Top 5’s other mentions, but this is their first time cracking the Top 5. The SWE Tag Team Champions defeated The Lucha Cousins (Leva Bates & Nixon Newell) at SWE on 2/20 and then beat The London Riots & The Bro-Mans (Robbie E & DJ Z) the same day to retain the titles. They get their first ranking with a 2-0 record in the UK. The UK has had a good run with tag teams getting ranked and/or mentioned and this week was just another example of that.
#4 Abyss & Kongo Kong-The Monster & Da Monsta! Given time, this tag team could be a devastating force on the indies for the rest of 2016. They got a lot of support in the Tag Team Top 5 this week despite only finishing in fourth with the official voters. They had a good week as they beat Ryan Boz & Russ Jones at AAW on 2/19 and then beat Jackson White & Tank Oleander at NWPW on 2/20 to go 2-0 for the week. If they can start picking up some wins over some established teams and maybe add some gold to the team…they’ll be as scary as anyone on the indies. Hell, they already are, but if they can continue this success they could be a top contender for #1 spot in the 2016 Tag Team Top 50. That’s how highly we think of them.
#5 Havok & Karnage-This is the second UK Tag Team in the Tag Team Top 5 this week as the TW Tag Team Champions defeated Zack Barron & Martin Kirby at Target Wrestling on 2/19 to retain the titles and then beat Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey) on 2/20 to retain again. Their 2-0 week may not move the dial for a lot of people who aren’t familiar with them, but two title defenses with one being against a very established team like Polo Promotions is particularly impressive. We’ll see if they can take the show on the road outside of Target Wrestling and keep up the success.
People’s Champs. The 55 (Sha Samuels @Shasamuels & Kid Fite @Kid_Fite)-This is the second People’s Champs award for The 55 in two months, which is saying a lot considering it’s only February. The ICW Tag Team Champions got on the poll again by beating Champagne Superbollocks (Kenny Williams & Noam Dar) in a non-title match on 2/21. This is even more impressive for Sha Samuels as this is the third time this year that a tag team he was a part of won the online voting competition (he also won it as ½ of the Revolutionists). With 136 votes, they easily won this week to keep their momentum going heading into March. You can like their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ShasamuelsUK and here: https://www.facebook.com/KidFiteUK
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Towers of Doom
Indy Card Mafia-#2 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Heavy Metal Chaos-#3 in the online voting competition with 26 votes
Tall, Tan, & Tenacious
Bo Gott & Shawn Nautilus
Chris Hero & Drew Gulak
Yankee Two Kenju
Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega
Hanko Nakamori & Makoto
JR Reynolds & Eric Adamz
The Bravado Brothers
The DBA & Malcolm Monroe III
Evil Uno & Greg Excellent
Adrian Quest & Andy Brown
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