#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:
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
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Louis G Rich
Yosuke Loves Santa Maria
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