#1 Da Hit Squad (Mafia & Monsta Mack)-It’s a throwback to the early 2000’s as one of the dominant tag teams of the early ROH era are back with a vengeance! They scored a #2 ranking at one point at the end of 2015, but missed out on the Tag Team Top 50. This year looks like it may be their year as they get their first #1 ranking together. This bruising tag team won the 2016 Samoan Cup Tag Team Tournament when they beat the Dub Boys from CZW, then the FSW Tag Team Champions (and last week’s People’s Champs) The Elments, and then Samu & Lance Anaoi to go 3-0 for the week. There’s a lot of dream matches out there we’d like to see this tag team in and with them starting to get out there once again as a tandem, the possibilities could be endless.
#2 VerserK (Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi)-Dragon Gate makes another impact in the Tag Team Top 5 as this powerful duo gets their first ranking together as a team. A 5-0 week in Japan gets them a #2 ranking this week as they defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Jimmy Susumu) at Dragon Gate on 2/3, then teamed with YAMATO and Kotoka on 2/4 to defeat Monster Express (Shachihoko BOY, T-Hawk, Akira Tozawa and Masato Yoshino) and Dia.HEARTS (Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid, Kzy and Big R Shimizu) in a losing team disbands match, then teamed with YAMATO on 2/5 to defeat Over Generation (CIMA, El Lindaman and Kaito Ishida) then teamed with YAMATO on 2/6 to defeat Over Generation (CIMA, El Lindaman and Takehiro Yamamura), and then teamed with YAMATO on 2/7 to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy K-ness JKS, Jimmy Susumu and Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!) to wrap up their flawless week. If they can continue on with this momentum, titles and a #1 ranking can’t be far off.
#3 L.A.X. (Homicide & Hernandez)-It’s ANOTHER blast from the past at the #3 spot this week as the former TNA World Tag Team Champions earned their first gold together in quite some time over the weekend. In an impromptu appearance, they showed up at RCW and won the RCW Tag Team Titles when they beat Delilah Doom & Bobby Starr, Benny Bravo & Jack Delfino, and Kody Krash & Allie Cat in a 4 Way on 2/6 to win the titles. It’s absolutely fantastic to see them back together on the indies again as most people would agree they were once of TNA’s most popular and entertaining tag teams of all times. Let’s hope this continues and we see more of them in 2016.
#4 Bomb Shelter (Zodiak & Joseph Schwartz)-This tag team gets more and more dangerous by the week. This week they earn their first ranking together as they scored a second victory over The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) on 2/6. Their debut victory at SNPW was a big one as they defeated the #1 team in both the 2014 and 2015 Tag Team Top 50. If IWA Mid-South can get up and running again in the near future (fingers crossed) you’ll likely be seeing a lot more of them as they are on a tear right now through the Midwest and beyond.
#5 Andy Brown & Adrian Quest-The West Coast gets a little love this week as the SCP and EWF Tag Team Champions get their first ranking. They defeated The Midnight Delight (Billy Blade & Richie Slade) at EWF on 2/5 to retain the titles and then beat The Ballard Brothers (Shannon & Shane Ballard) at SCP on 2/6 to retain those titles. A 2-0 week and two different title defenses gets them the #5 spot on a very busy week for tag team wrestling. Many times we hear that the West Coast doesn’t get enough support from our official voters and that may be true, but Brown & Quest most definitely deserved a ranking this week.
People’s Champs. The Gustpire (Raging Nathan, AC Riley, & Colin Brooks)-AC Riley factors into the online voting competition in one form or another for the second straight week. Last week he was the singles People’s Champ and this week he’s 1/3 of the tag team People’s Champs. The ACW Tag Team Champions defeated The Dream Police (Sether Witt and Don Gotti) and Adam Grace to retain the titles on 2/5 to get them on the ballot. Their fan base came through for them with 87 votes, which was 31 more votes than the second leading vote receiver. This is their first People’s Champs award as a team. You can like their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Gustpire-1580093762256493/
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Good Ol’ Boys-#2 in the online voting competition with 56 votes
Speed of Sounds
Brandon Day & Jefferson Early
Poncho & DJ Arp-#3 in the online voting competition with 55 votes
Crusade for Change (TJ Marconi & Stockade)
Trinity-#4 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
Seduce and Destroy
The New Nation
The Dixie Revolution
Team Dream Futures
Spears and Beers
Beauty and The Beast
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