#1 Trevor Lee (@TLee910)-This was as close as it gets. It was so close that we had to resort to no Instagram Exclusive Spoiler again this week as there was no clear cut #1 heading into the morning of March 1st. After a thorough count of the votes, Trevor Lee grabs the #1 just BARELY this week for the very first time. He is the NEW CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion after beating Roy Wilkins in an absolute MARATHON over the weekend. He also took his TNA X Division Title to BTW/OMEGA where he beat Caleb Konley to retain the title. It was a dominant weekend for a guy that is considered one of the best in the Carolinas, but has branched out anywhere and everywhere to show just how good he truly is.
#2 Big Damo (@BigBeardDamo)-While #2 is nothing to be ashamed of, Big Damo came SO close to getting his first #1 this week, so it must be pretty bitter sweet for the NEW ICW World Heavyweight Champion. That being said, his week was particularly impressive as he beat last week’s #2 Doug Williams at ICW on 2/26, then beat Chris Renfrew on 2/27 to win the title, and then beat Jack Jester on 2/28 to retain the title. A 3-0 week does just get him the #2, but with him holding the ICW World Heavyweight, XWA, and Pride Heavyweight Titles…he may be a lock for a #1 somewhere down the line in 2016. This talent just keeps getting better as he wins and defends titles week after week.
#3 Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey)-Despite no fan votes, Joe Coffey moves up from #10 last week to #3 this week to keep the UK invasion of the Indy Power Rankings alive and well with two of the three top spots coming from the UK. This week he adds to his two-week run by beating Nathan Cruz at ICW on 2/26, then Kenny Williams on 2/27, and then Grado on 2/28. A 3-0 week at ICW has to earn him a title shot vs. Big Damo at some point, right? It would be an interesting clash. Could we be looking at the next ICW World Heavyweight Champion and future #1 in the Indy Power Rankings?
#4 Davey Boy-Not to be confused with Davey Boy Smith or Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Davey Boy uses his weekend at ICW to get his first ranking in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10. The ICW Zero-G Champion beat BT Gunn, Kenny Williams, and Noam Dar on 2/26 to retain the title, then beat Kid Fite in a non-title match on 2/27, and then beat Marty Scurll on 2/28 to go 3-0 for the week. Realistically, his week was just as good as Coffey’s so the two were interchangeable at #3 and #4. If you’re keeping score at home, ICW produced #2 through #4 of the Indy Power Rankings this week.
#5 Tyler Colton-The amount of matches that Tyler Colton had in the span of one week was VERY impressive last week. The CWE 123Approved.ca TV Champion defeated Danny Duggan on 2/23 to retain the title, then beat Carter Mason on 2/24 to retain again, then beat Jason Kincaid & Travis Cole to retain once again, but lost to Anderson Tyson Moore on 2/26. That probably cost him the #1 spot this week, but he bounced back with a HUGE win vs. Colt Cabana on 2/27 to retain the title again to go 4-1 on the week. Had it not been for the one loss, he likely would have been #1 this week, but as it stands, there’s absolutely no shame in the #5 ranking.
#6 The Estonian Thunderfrog (@EstonianTfrog)-The CHIKARA Young Lions Champion gets his second ranking this year as he teamed with Wild Cat at PTW on 2/26 to defeat Darin Corbin & Ariya Daivari by DQ. He then went to CHIKARA where he beat Proletariat Boar of Moldova on 2/27 to retain the title and then beat Mark Angelosetti in a Non-Title Match on 2/28 by DQ to go 3-0 for the week. Two DQ’s weren’t ideal, but to go 3-0 with the title he holds, definitely helped him get back into the Top 10 this week. His popularity probably doesn’t hurt either.
#7 Maggot-Big week for wXw’s Wrestling Academy in Germany as Maggot won the wXw Academy Trophy Title #1 Contendership Tournament. It’s a big ranking for Maggot in his first go around as he beat Marcus Monere in the First Round, then beat Dirty Dragan in the Semi-Finals, and then beat Thunderhawk in the Finals to go 3-0 for the week. A tournament win generally gets a ranking and this week was no different as three singles victories are always big. While the strength of competition is arguable, the ranking is now set in stone.
#8 “Bad Bones” John Klinger (@TheGermanPsycho)-It’s the return of Bad Bones to the Top 10 as the SWE King of Switzerland beat David Starr at wXw in Germany on 2/26 and then teamed with Absolute andy on 2/27 to defeat Die Waschbären (Franz Engel & Laurance Roman) to go 2-0 for the week. One of the truly best talents in Europe is just getting rolling as he has some work to do to try to surpass his #8 ranking in the 2015 IPR 100. It’s going to be a tough task with all the talent that is really stepping up this year, but Bad Bones is no doubt up to the task.
#9 Fred Yehi (@fredyehi)-One of the hidden gems of the indies returns to the Top 10 this week as the Indie Wrestling Channel World Champion beat Owen Knight at TWE Chattanooga on 2/27 to retain the title and then beat Trevor Aeon at WWA4 on 2/28 to go 2-0 on the week. Yehi has been getting a lot of praise from all over the country and this is just yet another example of what he’s accomplished recently. Look out for him to continue to turn heads as 2016 rolls along.
#10 People’s Champ. AC Riley (@WrongAlexRiley)-AC Riley wins his second online voting competition of 2016 and it was just ONE month after his last one! This is actually his second official ranking of 2016 as well. For those that wonder how important the online voting competition is, the official voters were so all over the place with their votes that the fan vote 100% determined who was #10 this week in the Indy Power Rankings. THIS is one of the many reasons why the fan vote exists. Riley got on the ballot as the RCCW City of Lacrosse Champion beat Tylor Sundae on 2/26 to retain the title. 60 votes later and he was People’s Champ once again. Give his Facebook page a like at https://www.facebook.com/ACRileyWI
Tony White-#2 in the online voting competition with 50 votes
Jeremiah Plunkett-#3 in the online voting competition with 34 votes
Anderson Tyson Moore
Mick Moretti-#4 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Axel Dieter Jr.
Wrecking Ball Legursky
King Shane Williams
Ryo “Jimmy” Saito
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