#1 Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers @RoscoeEatLisa)-Bark Bark Gator Tits! This tag team finally gets the respect they deserve this week with their first-ever #1 ranking. One of the most unique tag teams on the indies started out a bit slow as they lost to Grits and Gravy at Rockstar Pro on 4/20, but turned it all around as they then defeated Poncho ARP & Brian Valor at SWF on 4/21, then defeated The Dunns and The All Nighters in a triple threat on 4/23 to win the titles at ASW, and then defeated The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) and The Viking War Party in a triple threat at Outlaw Wrestling on 4/24 to win those titles to go 3-1 for the week. 4 matches. 2 new sets of titles. Incredible week for REL. They were also #2 in the online voting competition with 63 votes. They swept the #1 spot of the official voters. Check out two of the most hilarious podcasts we ever did with them here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/07/29/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-roscoe-eat-lisa and here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/11/25/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-roscoe-eat-lisa
#2 Sumerian Death Squad (Michael Dante & Tommy End)-The current PWH Tag Team Champions and NEW wXw Tag Team Champions get in this week again as they defeated Cerebrus (Ilja Dragunov & Julian Nero) at wXw in Germany on 4/22 to win the titles and then defeated Hot and Spicy (Axel Dieter Jr & Da Mack) on 4/23 to retain the titles. This is their second ranking this year and third mention overall. They got off to a bit of a slow start in 2016 but now appear to be on the right path with both competitors starting to really make some traction in Europe. End has already been to the U.S., but we STILL would love to see this tag team tear it up in North American sometime in the near future.
#3 War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)-Rare is the occasion where the ROH World Tag Team Champions team on the indies and when they go 2-0, it’s even more rare that they’re not an automatic #1. That’s how competitive this week really was. War Machine gets their first ranking this year as they won an elimination gauntlet (spread over 3 shows) at PCW on 4/22 and 4/23 vs The UK Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight), The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) and Fight Club (Kid Fite & Liam Thomson) and then defeated defeated CJ Banks & Tyler Bate at Tidal on 4/24 to go 2-0 for the week. #3 certainly isn’t a BAD ranking by any means, but you can bet that if War Machine continue their run on the indies outside of ROH, they’ll be competing for a #1 ranking in no time.
#4 Sonny Kiss & Jamie Senegal-The NEW Sanctuary Tag Team Champions get into the Tag Team Top 5 together for the first time this week after winning a tournament for the vacant titles. They defeated D3 & Ace in the first round, then defeated Better Than You (Brian Johnson & Adam Chandler) and then defeated the Graysons in the finals to win the tournament for the titles. This is a team that has been doing some different things on their own throughout the indies, but with them as a unit now, perhaps they can make an even bigger impact as a strong team. They were also #3 in the online voting competition this week with 44 votes collected.
#5 People’s Champs. The Dreamboats (Ace Andrews & Rex Bacchus @DreamboatDriver)-Let’s first reiterate this point…THE FAN VOTE MATTERS. Because of the strong support from their fans providing 120 votes, this team didn’t just become People’s Champs this week by winning the online voting competition, but they also cracked the Tag Team Top 5 for the very first time. The RIOT and RPW Tag Team Champions defeated TRAGIC City (Barrington Hugdes & Mosi Humphrey) at Ignite on 4/22, then teamed with Chico Adams at EBPW on 4/23 to defeat Gabriel Black, Slade Porter & CT Brown, then defeated Aaron Epic & Slade Porter the same day, and then teamed with Aspyn Rose the same day to lose to Santana Garrett, Aaron Epic & Slade Porter to go 3-1 for the week. Buy their new shirt here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamboatSwag?ele=shop_open
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Da Hit Squad
The Chosen Ones
The Cash Masters-#4 in the online voting competition with 22 votes
The System-#5 in the online voting competition with 20 votes
Circle of Disrespect
The Roc City Wrecking Crew
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