#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
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Indy Card Mafia-#2 in the online voting competition with 46 votes
The Last Real Monsters
Eric Martin & Tyler Stone
The Snake Pit
Dojo of Electric Muscle
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