#1 Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TeamIOU)-The back-to-back #4 in the Tag Team Top 50 are back in the #1 spot for the very first time since 2015. As good as 2014 and 2015 were for these carnies, it is looking like 2016 could be even better. The PGP and NWA Southern Tag Team Champions renewed a rivalry with The Hooligans as they beat them and Ink Express at SWF on 1/29 and then beat The Young Bloodz at Empire Pro on 1/30 to go 2-0 for the week. This tag team is bringing back good wrestling to Tennessee while at the same time traveling to other areas to showcase their skills. The reinvented tag team have been absolutely dominant as of late and with them having two sets of titles to call their own…they’re going to be a dangerous team to conquer in 2016. While they didn’t make the Top 5 in the online voting competition, the perennial People’s Champs did collect 23 votes from their fans.
#2 Herodes Jr. & Atomic Star-While this duo didn’t receive any fan votes, you have to look at their weekend to see why they deserved to be in the Top 5 this week. They were one of the few teams with more than 2 wins as they went to IWRG on 1/31 for the Torneo el Protector tournament. They defeated Mascara Sagrada & Hijo del Mascara Sagrada in the quarterfinals, then defeated X-Fly & Adrenalina in the semifinals, and then defeated Hijo del Dos Caras & Dragon Fly in the finals to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. This team came out of left field and with a big ranking their first time out, it’s not inconceivable to think that with some more wins they could end up in the #1 spot at some point in 2016.
#3 N_R_G (Race Jaxon & Hype Rockwell)-The CHIKARA Los Campeonatos de Parejas continue to surprise everyone as they retained the titles over the weekend when they defeated Nightmare Warriors (Hallowicked & Frightmare) on 1/30 in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match. Many people have gone on record calling them transitional champions, but as of now, they continue to reign as champions and with a #3 ranking this week, you really can’t discount or discredit anything. They’re one of the very few teams with just one victory to get into the Top 5 this week and with the prestige of their titles, it shot them up pretty high for their first ranking of 2016.
#4 Grits and Gravy (Bruce Grey & Jon Murray)-The Rockstar Pro Tag Team Champions are back yet again as they are experiencing a ton of success in Dayton, OH. Their win this week was vs. The Viking War Party (Alex Rudolph & Frank Wyatt) in a non-title match on 1/27. This win was particularly impressive for this team as Rudolph & Wyatt are absolute BEASTS and a win over that unit is no easy task. A future date with The Hooligans in a Rematch for the Rockstar Pro Tag Team Titles has to be inevitable…and when it does, we’ll see who owns the Midwest in 2016.
#5 The 55 (Sha Samuels & Kid Fite)-Last week when they won the People’s Champs award with 412 votes we said that an official ranking couldn’t be too far off if they kept the momentum going. They did just that over the weekend as they retained their ICW Tag Team Titles vs. The Toal Family (Lou King Sharp & Dickie Divers) on 1/31. This week they collected a still impressive 122 votes to come in third in the online voting competition. So while they didn’t win this week’s online voting competition, they DID get their first official ranking as a team. Look out for them to continue to make waves as 2016 rolls on.
People’s Champs. The Elements (Iceberg & Pyro Puls @theelementssiny)-The FSW Tag Team Champions got themselves on the ballot when they defeated Certified Sexy (Geno Da God & Nutrious X) on 1/29 to retain the titles. Their fans took care of the rest as they were able to garner 153 votes to win this week’s online voting competition against some very stiff competition from a few game tag teams. Give FSW a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fightingspiritwrestling?_rdr=p
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Black Parade
The Players Club-#2 in the online voting competition with 130 votes
Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
Salt N Peppa-#4 in the online voting competition with 69 votes
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express
Elvis Harrison & Orión-#5 in the online voting competition with 55 votes
Flawless and Lawless
Ruthless Rage-44 votes in the online voting competition
Team Hi Def
Angel de Oro & Titan
Kimber Lee & Heidi Lovelace
Wildcat & Farmer Frog
Teddy Hart & Datura
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