#1 Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer)-The GHC Tag Team Champions made a rare non-NOAH appearance as they went to House of Hardcore over the weekend and picked up back-to-back wins over Rhino & Tommy Dreamer on 4/15 to retain the titles and then Colt Cabana & Chris Hero on 4/16. A 2-0 week and their obvious prestige as a well-known tag team earn them their first #1 ranking this year. They, like a team like the Young Bucks, haven’t been ranked much this year due to us eliminating companies like NOAH from eligibility for our rankings. If they can continue to win outside of NOAH, they could be a solid contender for #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 this year.
#2 VerserK (YAMATO & Naruki Doi)- Dragon Gate is back in the Tag Team Top 5 as this VerserK two-man team gets in after they defeated VerserK (Mondai Ryu and Kotoka) at Dragon Gate on 4/11, then teamed with Naoki Tanizaki on 4/12 to defeat Monster Express (Akira Tozawa, Big R Shimizu & T-Hawk) and then teamed with Naoki Tanizaki on 2/16 to defeat VerserK (Shingo Takagi, Cyber Kong and Kotoka) to go 3-0 for the week. What we may have learned from the week of action in Japan is that this duo is the best pairing of any of the VerserK stable. Time will tell, but they can certainly make a push as the top tandem in Dragon Gate this year.
#3 People’s Champs. OI4K (Dave Crist & Zachary Wentz)-With 190 votes, we have our People’s Champs this week in the form of Dave Crist and Zachary Wentz…OI4K! It was a battle to the end between them and The Circle of Disrespect until the 10 PM EST cutoff. OI4K ultimately won out as they did over the weekend when they teamed with Dezmond Xavier at Rockstar Pro on 4/13 to defeat Bad Dudes and then defeated Indy Card Mafia (Eric Emanon and Thomas Brewington) at N.O.W. on 4/15 to go 2-0 for the week. When the day comes that Dave Crist decides to hang ‘em up, Zachary Wentz will be more than a suitable protégé. For now, keep enjoying their work as a unit as they continue to make waves where ever they go with a #3 ranking on top of their respect from the fans. Give Zachary Wentz a follow on Instagram at @zbangarangg or Twitter @zachary_wentz. You can follow Dave Crist on Instagram at @oi4k and on Twitter at OIFK1324.
#4 Best Friends (Tsukasa Fujimoto & Arisa Nakajima)-Despite falling from the #1 spot from last week, this team just continues to pick up wins in Japan. The JWP, Daily Sports and International Ribbon Tag Team Champions defeated Tsukushi and Yuka at BJW on 4/11 and then defeated KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane at JWP on 4/17 to retain the JWP and Daily Sports titles to go 2-0 for the week. This ranking pushes them even closer to contention for the #1 spot in this year’s Tag Team Top 50. With 3 titles to their credit already, this team is NOT messing around this year. With some luck and a lot of winning, they could become the first female team to rank #1 in the Tag Team Top 50. With plenty of time to go, it will be an interesting chase to watch!
#5 Whirlwind Gentlemen (Jack Manley & Remy Marcel)-The NEW Fully Loaded Wrestling Tag Team Champions get their first ranking this week as they defeated The Story of Money in a #1 Contenders Match on 4/15 and then beat Dojo of Electric Muscle (Matt Knicks & Kenny Sutra) on 4/16 to win the titles for a perfect 2-0 week. They were JUST short of coming in at #4 this week, but it stands they sit at #5 with the potential to grow if they can continue to defend and retain their new titles. 2016 continues to prove that it’s all about new tag teams…especially in the Tag Team Top 5.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Speed of Sounds
The Circle of Disrespect-#2 in the online voting competition with 176 votes
LatiNatioN-#3 in the online voting competition with 63 votes
Lee Byford & Brett Ison
Very Mysterious-#4 in the online voting competition with 48 votes
The Infamous Injustice League-#5 in the online voting competition with 39 votes
Sound & Fury
Guns and Beer
Chief Attakullakulla & King Thunder Kat
The Viking War Party
The Bad Boys Club
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