Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 28th, 2016

 

#1 Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamaoto-Both official votes this week were a clean sweep. None of the official voters had any team but Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto at #1 this week. They definitely earned this #1 ranking. They teamed with Ryuji Ito at BJW on 3/24 to defeat Abdullah Kobayashi, Saburo Inematsu and “Kokutenshi” Jaki Numazawa, then teamed with Takumi Tsukamoto on 3/25 to defeat Shu Brahman, Kei Brahman & Takayuki Ueki, then teamed with Ryuji Ito and Abdullah Kobayashi on 3/26 to defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Tsutomu Osugi and Takayuki Ueki, then teamed with Takumi Tsukamoto on 3/27 to defeat Ryuji Ito, Abdullah Kobayashi and “Kokutenshi” Jaki Numazawa to go 4-0 for the week. No matter who they teamed with, they dominated. It was an easy choice at #1 on a week that wasn’t particularly strong for tag team wrestling.

 

 

#2 The 55 (Kid Fite & Sha Samuels)-The former People’s Champs find their way into the Top 5 once again as they teamed with Doug Williams & Lionheart to defeat Dickie Divers, Joe Hendry, & The GZRS (Sebastian & Tom) on 3/25 at ICW and then beat Mike Bird and Wild Boar on 3/26 to retain the ICW Tag Team Titles. A 2-0 week gets them the #2 spot. Granted, on most weeks this probably wouldn’t have quite pushed them up to a #2 spot, but you win on the weeks when you need to and you get ranked. It’s as simple as that. With this ranking, The 55 are making a serious push for one of the top spots in this year’s Tag Team Top 50.

 

 

#3 Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka & Shawn Guinness-The FMW World Street Fight Six Man Tag Team Champions defeated NOSAWA Rongai, Raijin Yaguchi & Tomohiko Hashimoto at FMW on 3/24 to retain the titles and then defeated Raijin Yaguchi, Tomohiko Hashimoto and Onryo on 3/27 to retain again to go 2-0 for the week. This was one of those rare weeks where we get a three-man team in the Top 5, but again, it wasn’t the most competitive week across the board. That being said, aside from our #1, there was a lot of parity among the official voters this week. In the end, this three-man team gets a well-deserved #3 ranking (and it could have been as high as a 2, really).

 

 

#4 The Foundation (Ron Mathis & Jake Crist)-Their reputation and association with OI4K most likely helped with their ranking this week, but the NEW Rockstar Pro Tag Team Champions get their first ranking together this week as they defeated This Is Awkward (Sid Fabulous & Ben Kimera) on 3/23 to win the titles. This tag team has the potential to really make a great run as they have a lot of history together and as foes. If they can continue to retain these titles on a week in and week out basis, you may see them start making a big run at the Tag Team Top 50 this year. Look out for this talented team at Rockstar Pro.

 

 

#5 London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch)-For the longest time our group had wanted to see an all-out war between The London Riots and Sumerian Death Squad (two of the coolest tag team names in wrestling). We got that war on 3/27 in a Losing Unit Must Disband TLC Match at PROGRESS. In the end, the London Riots vanquished SDS to get themselves into the Tag Team Top 5 once again. There’s no doubt that they have slowed a bit since their HUGE success in 2014 and some success in 2015, but they may now be getting back in track. If that’s the case, look out for them to make some headway in THIS year’s Tag Team Top 50.

 

 

People’s Champs. The Fellowship (@LineageMatters Ronnie Ribs @TheRib35 & GA West @osirusv2 )-This wasn’t even fair. It was a straight up beat down as The Fellowship return to a familiar position as People’s Champs this week. With 164 votes collected from their fans, The Fellowship EASILY won the online voting competition this week after getting on the ballot by beating The Kool People on 3/26 to retain the SPW Tag Team Titles. Last year’s #20 in the Tag Team Top 50 are just now starting to really get some momentum going this year and if that continues, look the hell out. You can “like” The Fellowship on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheFellowship2?fref=ts 

  

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

The Origin

Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa

Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kagetsu

Daisuke Sekimoto & Seiya Sanada

The New School-#2 in the online voting competition with 21 votes

The Daniels Brothers

The Movement

Thunder Rock

Team Legend Dairy  

  

 

 

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of March 28th, 2016

 
 #1 Chris Tyler https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Tyler/344171342301177 -And so it comes to pass that we get yet another new face in the #1 spot this year. 2016 has been a crazy year and it seems like it’s only getting more wild as the weeks go by. Tyler earned his first #1 ranking after a 4-0 week in the UK. On 3/25 he defeated White Tiger in the First Round of the Kings of Flight Tournament at HOPE, then beat Mark Andrews in the Semi-Finals, and finally beat Ryan Smile, Jigsaw, & Will Ospreay in a Four-Way Final to win the Tournament on 3/26. He added to his impressive week by beating Gene Munny, White Tiger, & Jay Garner on 3/27. It was an absolutely outstanding week for Chris Tyler who has been doing this since 2011 and now he gets a little bit of international recognition.
 
#2 Lio Rush (@itsLioRush)-The ROH Top Prospect Winner does some good work on the indies over the weekend as he defeated Dezmond Xavier at Ignite on 3/25 and then followed that up by beating Dave Crist, David Starr, and Joey Janela in a Four-Way at CZW on 3/26 to win the title. Assuming his ROH schedule picks up, we likely won’t see much of him in the Indy Power Rankings for the rest of the year, but for now he gets all the way up to a #2 ranking after two very impressive victories. Lio Rush appears to be a can’t miss prospect as he’s been tearing it up on the indies over the last two years which has certainly turned some heads in some very high places.
 
#3 People’s Champ. Zachary Wentz (@zachary_wentz)-This is the second time this year (and this month) that Zachary Wentz has won the online voting competition…but this time it translated into an official ranking at #3. The Rockstar Pro American Luchacore Champion had a stellar week as he defeated Ace Perry at Rockstar Pro on 3/23 in a non-title match, then defeated Nick Comoroto at CZW/Dojo Wars on 3/25, and then teamed with Dezmond Xavier at CZW on 3/26 to defeat The Nation Of Intoxication (Conor Claxton & Lucky 13) to go 3-0 for the week. He was already assured of a high ranking based on the official voters, but his fans came together and he earned 151 votes to win the online voting competition which helped to push him up to the #3 spot this week. Give him a follow on Instagram at @zbangarangg   

 
 
#4 Aja Perera (@SuperPerera)-This is the first official ranking for Aja Perera since her ranking towards the end of 2015 on November 23rd, 2015 at #2. She is the NEW Indie Wrestling Channel Women’s Champion as she defeated Sarah Se7en in the First Round of the title tournament, then beat Miss Diss Lexia in the Semi-Finals and Tragedy in the Finals to win the tournament at TWEChattanooga to become inaugural champion. She then teamed with Savannah Evans and Nyla Rose to defeat Miss Disslexia, Tragedy, and Dementia D’Rose the same day to go 4-0 for the week. Check out our very entertaining interview with her from last year here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/12/02/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-aja-perera-osnapapplejax
 
#5 Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey)-Once again Joe Coffey gets ranked without the benefit of any fan votes. Coffey is a having a very good 2016 and continued that trend over the weekend as he defeated Iestyn Rees at ICW on 3/25, then defeated Lionheart on 3/26, and then then defeated Sha Samuels on 3/27 to go 3-0 for the week. One could make an argument that none of his wins were as big as some of the others in the Top 10 as they weren’t title matches or tournament victories, but keep in mind how many people won matches that were tag team matches. When you factor that in and who Coffey actually beat, you’ll see just how good his week really was in the UK.
 
#6 Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-Rare is the occasion when someone goes 2-1 and STILL gets ranked. Kongo Kong is one of those rare exceptions as he defeated Sabu at Strong Style Wrestling and then beat Sugar Dunkerton for the Strong Style Heavyweight Title in an impromptu match later in the night on 3/25. He had a great argument for #1 this week but ultimately dropped a match to Tatanka at Heroes & Legends on 3/26 which cost him the top spot this week. That being said, his title collection is starting to get massive as he is STILL dominating the indies. He’s been ranked in the Top 10 for two straight weeks now and looks to continue that success. The Monsta JUST missed out on winning this week’s online voting competition as Zachary Wentz beat him out for the top spot by just 10 votes. 141 votes gets Kong #2 in the online voting competition.
 
#7 Io Shirai (@shirai_io)-The World of Stardom and ½ of the Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team Champions had yet another solid week as she teamed with Mayu Iwatani at Stardom on 3/21 to defeat Kairi Hojo and Meiko Satomura to retain the tag titles, then defeated Alpha Female on 3/26 to retain the Wonder of Stardom title, and then defeated Kaitlin Diemond on 3/27 to go 3-0 for the week. After JUST missing out on the 2015 IPR 100, Io Shirai is looking to make a big impact in 2016 in her quest to make sure she doesn’t miss the cut this year.
 
#8 Harashima-Harashima gets his first ranking this week as he defeated Isami Kodaka at DDT on 3/21 to win the KO-D Openweight Title, then defeated Ken Oka on 3/26 to retain the title, then teamed with Konosuke Takeshita at DDT on 3/27 to defeat Team Dream Futures (Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao) and then teamed with Tomomitsu Matsunaga the same day to defeat Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki to go 4-0 for the week. Had it not been a 50/50 week as far as singles and tag team wins, Harashima likely would have been ranked even higher, but as it stands, #8 is nothing to be ashamed of. Look out for Harashima to continue this momentum as the year rolls on.
 
#9 Kohei Sato-This is the first ranking for Kohei Sato since August 3rd, 2015 when he earned a #7 ranking. This week he became the NEW Zero-1 World Heavyweight Champion after a 4-0 week. He teamed with Shinjiro Otani and James Raideen at Zero1 Super Firework on 3/21 to defeat Masato Tanaka, Yusaku Obata and Buffa, then teamed with Yuji Okabayashi at BJW on 3/24 to defeat Hideyoshi Kamitani and Yoshihisa Uto, then defeated Atsushi Maruyama at BJW on 3/26, and then defeated Hideki Suzuki at Zero1 on 3/27 to win the title. Impressive stuff for a first ranking this year.
 
#10 Sugar Dunkerton (@SugarDunkerton)-“Special Dark” Sugar D gets himself into the Indy Power Rankings for this year despite an up and down weekend. His weekend started out successfully as he teamed with Billy Gunn and Shane Mercer to win a big cage match at Strong Style Wrestling on 3/25, but then lost his Strong Style Heavyweight Title to Kongo Kong in an impromptu match. Sugar Dunkerton bounced back as he won a Battle Royal at Heroes & Legends on 3/26 and then beat Zema Ion and Troy Miller to win the Heroes & Legends Cruiserweight Title to go 3-1 on the week. Last year by this time had two #1 rankings under his belt, but now that he has gotten back on track, could we see him at the #1 spot once again? We sure hope so.
 
Others missing out/receiving votes:

Stevie Boy

Maru-#3 in the online voting competition with 23 votes

Chad Howard-tied for #4 in the online voting competition with 22 votes

Marius Al-Ani-tied for #4 in the online voting competition with 22 votes

Australian Wolf-tied for #4 in the online voting competition with 22 votes

Mikey Whiplash

Crazy Luke Graham Jr

El Ridiculoso

Louis G Rich

Tabitha

Darin Corbin

Tank

Quiksilver

Axton Ray

Kenith

Veda Scott

Marty Scurll

Yosuke Loves Santa Maria

Yuji Okabayashi   

  

 

 

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Who should be #1 in the Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of 3/28/16?

Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1​Winner of the online voting competition are “People Champs” for the week AND helps their overall ranking! 
There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the tag team’s final ranking so vote away!Winner of the online voting competition will have their social media, merchandise, upcoming events, etc…promoted by us for a full week! Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 3/29

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Who should be #1 in the Indy Power Rankings for the Week of 3/28/16?

 Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1&#x200b​Winner of the online voting competition is “People Champ” for the week AND helps their overall ranking! There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the wrestler’s final ranking so vote away!Winner of the online voting competition will have his/her social media, merchandise, upcoming events, etc…promoted by us for a full week!

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 21st, 2016

  
#1 Lance Lude & Timmy Lou Retton-This was an impossible week to decide. So many teams who had a shot, but it all came down to “Best Friends” and the 2016 Ivan Koloff Tag Team Tournament Winners. In the end, Lude and Retton won out. It was a narrow win for the duo, but it’s their first #1 ranking as a team, proving yet again that 2016 is all about new teams making an impact. The tournament was held at NCWA where they beat The Gorilla Squad and then Joe Black & Mickey Gambino in the Finals to win the tournament with a 2-0 record. The strength of competition is slightly debatable, but to win a tournament with some kind of name value on a week where most common teams only had one win was big. Lude & TLR get their first #1…will they continue to team this year? We’ve seen a lot of one-hit wonders so far this year, but perhaps they won’t be one of them.

 

 

#2 Best Friends (Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto)-For the second straight week, the Daily Sports, JWP, and International Ribbon Tag Team Champions get the #2 spot in the Tag Team Top 5. Keep in mind the weight that carries in regard to the 2016 Tag Team Top 50. This second ranking shoots them right towards the top of the list as one of the top contenders for the #1 ranking this year. They defeated Kagetsu and Kaho Kobayashi at Oz Academy on 3/14, then teamed with Mayumi Ozaki and Yumi Oka the same day to defeat Koharu Hinata, Rabbit Miyu, Sareee and Yuka, and then defeated Risa Sera & Tsukushi at Ice Ribbon on 3/19 to go 3-0 for the week. Two factors likely cost them the top spot this week. 1. Lack of title defenses or QUALITY wins. 2. Lack of fan votes. The fan vote MATTERS.

 

 

#3 Johnny Gargano and Drew Galloway-The EVOLVE Champions return to the Tag Team Top 5 and improve their stock in the quest for #1 in the 2016 Tag Team Top 50. On 3/20 they defeated former #1’s Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry) to retain the titles at EVOLVE. While they only had one win this week, their win was important as it was a quality win, an actual title defense, and let’s face it, they have the prestige of their titles and their status as independent wrestlers going for them. They even received some support for the #1 spot but it wasn’t to be. Look out for them if they can continue to defend and retain these new but valuable tag team titles.

 

 

#4 Jimmyz (Jimmy Kanda & Jimmy Susumu)-The top faction in 2016 in Dragon Gate…are the Jimmyz. They get another pairing into the Tag Team Top 5 this week as this duo teamed with Kzy at Dragon Gate on 3/14 to defeat Naruki Doi, YAMATO and Naoki Tanizaki, then teamed with Ryo Jimmy Saito at Dragon Gate on 3/19 to defeat VerserK (Kotoka, Shingo Takagi & YAMATO) and then teamed with Ryo Jimmy Saito on 3/20 to defeat VerserK (Shingo Takagi, Naruki Doi and Cyber Kong) to go 3-0 for the week. They racked up 3 wins vs. quality opposition, but much like Best Friends, they really need to have some gold involved to really raise the stakes of their wins and help to raise their ranking.

 

 

#5 To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney)-The former #1’s are AIW Tag Team Champions once again after defeating Hot Sauce Entertainment (Tracy Williams & Tyson Dux) on 3/18 to win the titles. This team has been relevant for many months and now they push their way into the Tag Team Top 5 once again. Their win was impressive as they became two-time AIW Tag Team Champions with the victory, but for our purposes, it’s also important to remember that they now hold two sets of tag titles (the others being the UPW Tag Team Titles). Look out for them to continue to make an impact as 2016 rolls on.

 

 

People’s Champs. Os Garotinhos (Joao & Thiago)-The ASL Tag Team Champions become the first team to represent Chile as the People’s Champs after collecting a very impressive total of 86 votes. The winners of this week’s online voting competition got onto the poll when they defeated Coalicion por el Campeonato (Jason Matus, Mister A & Tyler) in a two-on-three handicap match in Chile on 3/19 to retain the titles. Once again, a team like this is proof positive that the Indy Power Rankings are truly the International Indy Power Rankings. Give a like to Acción Sin Límites – Lucha Libre Concepción on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/accionsinlimites  

  

 

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

N_R_G_

Indy Card Mafia-#2 in the online voting competition with 46 votes

The Last Real Monsters

Eric Martin & Tyler Stone

Muno Taiyo

The Snake Pit

Dojo of Electric Muscle  

  

 

 

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of March 21st, 2016

  

#1 Timothy Thatcher-The EVOLVE Champion returns to the top spot for the very first time in 2016. He had a STELLAR weekend at both EVOLVE and Tier-1. His week started out strong with a victory over Matt Riddle at EVOLVE on 3/19 to retain the title,1 then he beat Tommaso Ciampa at Tier-1 on 3/20, and then he wrapped up his perfect win by beating FIP World Champion (and former #1) Caleb Konley at EVOLVE the same day to retain the title once again. He wrestled only two days (that we’re aware of) but still managed a spectacular 3-0 record. This is his first #1 ranking since the Week of November 9th, 2015: https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/indy-power-rankings-for-the-week-of-november-9th-2015/
 
#2 Princess Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90)-The Princess herself gets her highest ranking of 2016 and her first since the Week of February 1st, 2016 when she was ranked #5. The CHIKARA Grand Champion defeated Su Yung at Queens of Combat on 3/18 and then followed that up with a tremendous victory vs. Heidi Lovelace at CHIKARA on 3/19 to retain the title. A 2-0 week nets her a hell of a ranking on a HIGHLY competitive week. At two different times in 2015 she soared to a #1 ranking…so now the question is, when does it happen in 2016? She’s definitely blazing a trail on the road and picking up wins and rankings along the way. Can she top her #10 ranking in the IPR 100 from 2015? Full list here: https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/2015-ipr-100/
 
#3 TJ Perkins (@MaskaraManik)-As crazy as this sounds…this is the first EVER ranking for TJ Perkins. His time with TNA, etc… has limited his chances at getting a crack at the Top 10 in the past. This week was special for the veteran as he managed to top two of the best in the world when he beat Sami Callihan at EVOLVE on 3/19 and then defeated Tommaso Ciampa at EVOLVE on 3/20. A perfect 2-0 week at EVOLVE against two former #1’s in unquestionably worthy of a Top 3 ranking. Can he build on this and possibly get into this year’s IPR 100? He may have some work to do, but he’s definitely more than capable of making it happen.
 
#4 Ethan Page (@OfficialEGO)-“All Ego” came soooo close to making this his first-ever #1 ranking, but he just fell short as he took a loss at Tier-1 that ultimately cost him the top spot this week. With that being said, #4 is nothing to be ashamed of, especially on an insane week of action like this. The AIW Absolute Champion started off the week by beating Zack Sabre Jr. at AIW on 3/18 to retain the title, then he beat Jack Gallow at EVOLVE on 3/19, but lost to VSK at Tier-1 on 3/20, and then bounced back by defeating Fred Yehi at EVOLVE the same day. So it wasn’t a perfect week for Page, but a 3-1 week does get the #4 spot. On top of the great record, keep in mind he knocked off the back-to-back #1, Zack Sabre Jr. Look out for “All Ego” to continue this great run.
 
#5 Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-The Monsta who many official voters call “the baddest man on the planet” returns to the Top 10 this week for the first time since the Week of December 28th, 2015 (a week that technically counts towards the 2016 IPR 100). He ran through a Moose and a Rhino over the weekend as he knocked off ROH star, Moose at AAW on 3/18 and then followed that up with a win vs. former ECW World Champion, Rhino at Crossfire in Canada on 3/20. A 2-0 week is good, but when you look at who he beat, you’ll see why he managed to get his highest ranking this year. The big man is still IWA World Champion and now that IWA is back, you’ll likely see him more frequently on his quest for a third straight year in the Top 10 of the IPR 100.
 
#6 AR Fox-One of the truly amazing high flyers is back at it again as he gets another ranking this year. The WWA4, DREAMWAVE Alternative, and AAW Heritage Champion had another great week as he beat Fred Yehi on 3/17 at WWA4 to retain that title and then beat Davey Vega at AAW on 3/18 to retain that title. Fox beat two of the really up and coming young stars on the indies…who both were undoubtedly looking to take his spot. For now, Fox keeps his spot at or near the top of several promotions as his fantastic 2016 just continues to roll on. What’s next for “The Whole Foxin’ Show?”
 
#7 Timmy Lou Retton (@timmylouretton)-T.L.R. was really a victim of circumstance this week as two of his wins didn’t come to us until late Monday night. The GOUGE Champion was amazing last week. He defeated Mickey Gambino on 3/18 to retain the title, then teamed with Lance Lude to defeat The Gorilla Squad in the semi-finals of the Ivan Koloff Tag Team Tournament and then beat Joe Black & Mickey Gambino in the finals at HCW on 3/19 to win the tournament. He then defeated Shane Andrews at Action Packed Wrestling on 3/20 to go 4-0 for the week. This is his first ranking since the Week of February 8th, 2016: https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/indy-power-rankings-for-the-week-of-february-8th-2016/
 
#8 Tsukasa Fujimoto-1/2 of the International Ribbon, JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Champions gets his first ranking since the Week of December 28th, 2015. She teamed with Arisa Nakajima at Oz Academy on 3/14 to defeat Kagetsu and Kaho Kobayashi, then teamed with Arisa Nakajima, Mayumi Ozaki & Yumi Oka the same night to defeat Koharu Hinata, Rabbit Miyu, Sareee and Yuka, then teamed with Arisa Nakajima at Ice Ribbon on 3/19 to defeat Risa Sera and Tsukushi, then teamed with Risa Sera at Ice Ribbon on 3/20 to defeat Hamuko Hoshi and Mochi Miyagi, and then won a battle royal the same night to go 5-0 for the week. If it seems like a 5-0 record should place Fujimoto higher, keep in mind that 4 of the wins were tags, so a lot of the official voters didn’t give as much weight to those wins. That being said, Tsukasa Fujimoto is having one of the best years of any female in 2016.
 
#9 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-The back-to-back #1 finally falls, but surprisingly, he doesn’t fall out of the Top 10 completely on this busy week. The PWG World Champion and Revolution Pro British Heavyweight Champion started off the week slow when he lost to Ethan Page on 3/18, but quickly bounced back, defeating Johnny Gargano at EVOLVE on 3/19 and then Drew Gulak at EVOLVE on 3/20. A 2-1 week may seem less than great, but consider who he beat, and the fact that many official voters factor his year as a whole into their week by week voting. ZSJ may not be #1 this week, but he still holds the top spot in this year’s IPR 100 as of this week.
 
#10 Sami Callihan (@TheSamiCallihan)-ZSJ’s closest competition for this year’s #1 ranking (as of today) gets into the Top 10 again after a brief hiatus. “The Callihan Death Machine” and AAW Heavyweight Champion teamed with Dave Crist at AAW on 3/18 to defeat Shane Hollister & Markus Crane. He then beat Ricochet the same day to retain the title. His EVOLVE weekend didn’t start out how he wanted after a loss to TJ Perkins on 3/19 but he rebounded with a win vs. Tracy Williams at EVOLVE on 3/20 to go 3-1 for the week. It may not have been a perfect week for Callihan, but he couldn’t be denied a ranking based on everything he did.
 
People’s Champ. Devin Driscoll (@Devin_Driscoll)-The NEW OVW Heavyweight Champion gets his first mention in the Indy Power Rankings after defeating Ryan Howe on 3/19 to win the title. With 76 votes, he dominated all other challengers in this week’s online voting competition. He is this week’s “People’s Champ” and with this type of success, it’s entirely possible that he could pop up in the official Top 10 in the upcoming weeks/months.   
 
Others missing out/receiving votes:

Gareth Logan

Matt Cage

Moonshine Mantell-#2 in the online voting competition with 43 votes

The Buggane-#3 in the online voting competition with 27 votes

Marcello Spade

Yuji Okabayashi

Ken Dixon

Crazy Luke Graham Jr

Warwick Stephens

Chainsaw King

Heather Patera

Arisa Nakajima

Rodney Mack

JT Simmons

F.O.X.

Chris Hero

Bernard Vandamme

Jaden Newman

James Anthony  

  

 

 

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 14th, 2016

  
#1 The Xperience (John Skyler & Gunner)-John Skyler & Gunner get their first taste of #1 in tag team competition as for a second straight year, the SWA Rhymer Cup has produced the official #1 in the Tag Team Top 5. In Round 1 they defeated James Ryan & Michael Spencer on 3/11, then beat CC Godell & TJ Boss in Round 2 on 3/12, then defeated ADHD-Attention Deficit Hillbilly Disorder (Stumpy & Jamie Lee) in Round 3, and then beat High Profile (Will Demented & Shea Shea McGrady) and A Case of the Killjoys (Ethan Case & Rob Killjoy) in a Triple Threat Final to win the tournament. Their perfect 4-0 weekend was then ruined by The Revolt when they teamed with Corey Hollis, Adam Page, & CW Anderson in WAR GAMES at PWX on 3/13. A 4-0 weekend as a 2-man team and 4-1 overall…is absolutely amazing given the fact that they competed in 5 matches in 3 days. Props to this impressive tag team who could really make a splash in some of the promotions around the Carolinas if they put their minds to it. 

 

#2 Best Friends (Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto)-The Daily Sports, JWP, and International Ribbon Tag Team Champions get their first-ever ranking this week after a solid week in Japan. They defeated Hanako Nakamori & Makoto at JWP on 3/9 to retain both the JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Titles and then beat Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera at Ice Ribbon on 3/11 to retain the Ribbon Tag Team Titles. A 2-0 record on another not so great week in tag team wrestling helps them this week. This has honestly been a year where no teams have truly dominated, but that has opened up a lot of opportunities for rankings for teams that have been flying under the radar prior to 2016. This is one of those teams.

 

 

#3 Taishi Takizama & Kotaro Yoshino-We’ve got three for three in the top three as we have three first-timers to the Tag Team Top 5. This tag team gets their first ranking after they defeated Taka Michinoku & Hi-69 at K-Dojo on 3/13 in the semifinals of the BO-SO Golden Tag Team Tournament and then defeated Tank Nagai & Yuma in the finals to win the tournament to go 2-0 for the week. This is a team that has popped up out of nowhere on a week where you don’t see teams like The Hooligans or The Young Bucks doing big things, which helped to open up spots for new teams. Japan produced two of the top 3 teams this week…and maybe more? Read on…

 

 

#4 Happy Motel (Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo)-This is a team that has really been mentioned quite a bit in 2016, but really had yet to break through with a good ranking. They get a decent ranking at #4 this week after they defeated Hiroshi Fukuda & SAGAT at DDT on 3/8 and then defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Shunma Katsumata on 3/13 to go 2-0 for the week. After two mentions in 2016, they finally get their first official ranking which could help propel them into the Tag Team Top 50 in 2016. If they can build on this momentum, they have a great shot at a very high ranking this year.

 

 

#5 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-The only familiar faces we see in the Tag Team Top 5 this week come to us from a familiar place…Dragon Gate. The #3 team in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50 get just their second ranking this year this week…but it’s an important one. With so much parity in this year’s tag team rankings, consistency is key. They just edge out another Monster Express combination for the #5 spot after defeating Don Fujii and Kaito Ishida on 3/11 and then Over Generation (El Lindaman and Kaito Ishida) to go 2-0 for the week. They are the FOURTH team from Japan to get ranked this week, meaning that 4 of the 5 official rankings come to us from The Land of the Rising Sun. Japan appeared to be down a bit in terms of tag team wrestling earlier this year, but they are definitely not out.

 

 

People’s Champs. Elvis Harrison & Orión-We get Spanish representation in the People’s Champs spot again this week as this tag team got onto the ballot by defending and retaining their WWW Tag Team Titles vs. Lethal Tackle 2.0 on 3/12 in Spain. They then collected 32 votes to win the online voting competition for the second time as a team. Their last win was on the week of December 28th, 2015 which actually counts towards the 2016 Tag Team Top 50. With them racking up fan votes and mentions, there’s no doubt that consistent teaming could land them in this year’s Top 50.  

  

 

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Monster Express (T-Hawk & Big R)

Team NRG-#2 in the online voting competition with 22 votes

Shean Christopher & Ace Haven

Team IOU

Onita & Hosaka

Bad Company

Sadist & Ben McCoy  

  

 

 

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of March 14th, 2016

  
#1 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-Back-to-back! This was a clean sweep of the official voters again as Sabre gets his second #1 ranking in as many weeks as he goes to Germany and wins the wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament, making him the third straight competitor (for 3 straight years) to win the tournament and then become #1 the following week. The PWG World and Revolution Pro British Heavyweight Champion defeated David Starr at wXw in Germany on 3/10, then beat Big Daddy Walter in the First Round of the 16 Carat Gold Tournament on 3/11, then lost to Bobby Gunns in the first round of the Ambition tournament at wXw on 3/12, then defeated Will Ospreay in the quarterfinal of the 16 Carat Gold Tournament, then defeated Sami Callihan on 3/13 in the semifinals, and then defeated Axel Dieter Jr in the final to win the 16 Carat Gold Tournament to go 5-1 for the week. His run in 2016 has been nothing less than incredible. He remains your current #1 in the 2016 IPR 100 after this week.
 
#2 Sasa Keel (@SasaKeel)-wXw in Germany produces our top two rankings this week from their prestigious tournaments. Sabre with the 16 Carat Gold Tournament win at #1 and Keel with the victory in the Ambition tournament at #2. The wXw Shotgun Champion and GHW District Champion started the week off slow with a loss to Timothy Thatcher in the First Round of the 16 Carat Gold Tournament at wXw on 3/11, but bounced back by beating Thatcher in the First Round of the Ambition Tournament, then defeated David Starr in the Semi-Finals, and finally beat Bobby Gunns in the Finals to win the tournament. A 3-1 record gets him his highest ranking ever. Congrats to wXw on a huge week!
 
#3 Ethan HD (@REALEthanHD)-The PAC Cup at ECCW on 3/12 produces Ethan HD’s first ranking. He defeated Air Adonis in the First Round of the tournament, then beat Bishop in the Semi-Finals, and then beat Artemis Spencer and Billy Suede in a Triple Threat Final to win the tournament. A 3-0 week gets him his first ranking and on a week like this, it’s definitely a high one. He is actually the highest ranked wrestler in North America this week…and quite frankly one of the very few to make the cut into the Top 10. Congrats to him on his first ranking and hopefully many more to come.
 
#4 Alessandro Corleone-We get representation from Italy as the ICW Inter-regional Champion defeated Geminy in Italy on 3/11 to retain the title, then beat Jari Syberia the same day to retain again, and then beat Red Devil on 3/12 to retain yet again. A 3-0 record stacks up nicely this week as he gets HIS first ranking. It’s been a great week of firsts for many competitors and Corleone is no exception. This is the first ranking for an Italian competitor in ONE YEAR. Literally, the last Italian who was ranked was Red Devil on March 16th, 2015 at #10. This is the highest ranking for any Italian wrestler ever proving once again how truly international the Indy Power Rankings really are.
 
#5 Bobby Gunns (@BobbyGunz28)-While Bobby Gunns did come up short in the AMBITION 7 Tournament, you have to consider who he beat over the weekend. On 3/12 he defeated Zack Sabre Jr. (our #1), then beat Axel Dieter Jr. (our #8 and wXw 16 Carat Gold runner-up), and then dropped the final to Sasa Keel. He came back strong on 3/13 as he teamed with Vincent the Beast & Silas Young to defeat Big Daddy Walter, Mike Schwarz, & Timothy Thatcher at wXw. This is the first ranking for Bobby Gunns and the third in the Top 5 for wXw.
 
#6 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-Well, here’s a name we haven’t seen in the official Top 10 at all in 2016. Due to other commitments and shear competition, it’s been a tough year so far. That being said, she’s ALWAYS on our radar after a historic 2015 where she ranked #1 in the IPR 100. The resident IPR t-shirt model showed how good she STILL is as she defeated Raquel at I Believe in Wrestling on 3/12 to retain the Wonder of Stardom Title and then beat Tammy Lynn at CCW on 3/13 to retain the title again. A 2-0 week probably doesn’t move the dial like a lot of others’ week this week, BUT consider who we’re talking about. Her prestige and previous achievements most certainly helped her cause this week.
 
#7 Masakado-On a week like this where wins were at a premium, a 4-0 week went a long way. Masakado definitely benefited on a very busy week for all competitors as the NWA United National Heavyweight Champion (Zero1 version) defeated Toshiki Iwaki at Zero1 Super Fireworks on 3/11 and then defeated Pandita Nuevo three times the same day to go 4-0 for the week. On a lot of other weeks this wouldn’t have stacked up well, but keep in mind that most of the Top 10 suffered at least one loss so the 4-0 looked huge. Masakado gets his first ranking and he’ll need to top this week to get back into the Top 10 before the end of 2016.
 
#8 Axel Dieter Jr. (@AxelDieterJr)-This is Axel Dieter Jr.’s first ranking since 2015. Despite not winning the wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament, he definitely deserves recognition and gets it with a #8 ranking among a lot of great talent. The Great Bear Grand Champion and ½ of the EWP Tag Team Champions defeated Marty Scurll in an I Quit match at wXw in Germany on 3/11 in the first round, then defeated Speedball Mike Bailey in the first round of the Ambition tournament at wXw on 3/12, then lost to Bobby Gunns in the Ambition in the semifinals the same night, then defeated Ilja Dragunov in the quarterfinals of the 16 Carat Gold tournament the same night, then defeated Drew Galloway in the semifinals on 3/13, but then lost to Zack Sabre Jr in the final the same day to go 4-2 for the week. A 66.66% winning percentage with SIX matches is enough to get him into the Top 10 this week and it probably won’t be the last time this year.
 
#9 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-We talked earlier about a serious lack of Santana Garrett in the Top 10. The same can be said of Drew Galloway, but he HAS been ranked ONCE this year. This is his second ranking as he had an impressive week in Europe, despite not winning the wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament. ½ of the EVOLVE Tag Team Champions defeated Silas Young at wXw on 3/1, then beat David Mastiff at PWE in the UK on 3/12 in a No DQ Match, then defeated Angelico at wXw in the Quarter-Finals, but lost to Axel Dieter Jr. the same day in the semi-finals to go 3-1 for the week. Galloway hasn’t had quite the same momentum in 2016 as he had in 2015, but ya never know when he might start title collecting again. Look out for him if he starts to pick up a flurry of wins.
 
#10 Jurn Simmons (https://www.facebook.com/TheJurn)-So 6 of the 10 competitors in the Top 10 this week come to us by way of wXw this week. Absolutely incredible. Jurn Simmons is the NEW wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion as he defeated Absolute Andy, Bad Bones John Klinger, and Karsten Beck on 3/12 to win the title, and then beat Tyler Bate on 3/13 to retain the title. His 2-0 weekend and wins over some of Germany’s finest gets him the #10 ranking on this crazy week. Amazingly, this is his first ranking ever. He had one mention in the Indy Power Rankings on September 28th, 2015, but did not crack the Top 10 that week.
 
People’s Champ. Zachary Wentz (@zachary_wentz)-So much has changed since Zachary Wentz last won the online voting competition (April 27th, 2015) and yet he’s still that same fresh face that is taking Ohio by storm. The NEW Rockstar Pro American Luchacore Champion defeated perennial IPR contender, Ron Mathis for the title on 3/9 in what many would consider an upset. He then tapped into his popularity to collect 90 votes to EASILY win this week’s online voting competition. Wentz has been on fire as of late and though he just barely missed out on the official Top 10 this week, it’s likely only a matter of time before he gets in. Give him a follow on Instagram at @zbangarangg  

 
 
Others missing out/receiving votes:

Kotaro Suzuki

GPA-#2 in the online voting competition with 47 votes

Hardcore Craig-#3 in the online voting competition with 41 votes

Logan Abell-#4 in the online voting competition with 38 votes

Conor Claxton

Connor Danielson-#5 in the online voting competition with 37 votes

LJT

Chris Jordan

Noam Dar

Craig Stone-#6 in the online voting competition with 25 votes

Black Baron

Ray Waddell-#7 in the online voting competition with 18 votes

Shane Taylor-#8 in the online voting competition with 16 votes

Foxx Vinyer

Jagged Edge

Veda Scott

Blake Edward Belakis

Rhett Giddins  

  

 

 

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