#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:
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
Team Legend Dairy
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