Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 2nd, 2016


#1 The (Amazing) Graysons (JP Grayson & Tommy Grayson)-Some debate was had over who should be #1 this week, but in the end, The Amazing Graysons were easily voted into the #1 spot. This continues the trend in 2016 where we have “new” teams being ranked #1 who have never been ranked before in our rankings. This team had one hell of a weekend as they became the NEW LAW Tag Team Champions when they defeated Keita Murray and Johnny Moran at Sanctuary on 4/29, then defeated Indy Card Mafia the same night, and then (as the Amazing Graysons) defeated Team Shazam and The Savages in a triple threat at LAW on 5/1 to win the titles to go 3-0 for the week. This is a team that you might want to look out for in 2016 as it appears that they could have a ton of momentum on their side. They were also #3 in the online voting competition with 23 votes. Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/The-Amazing-Graysons-877705978984668/

 

 

#2 People’s Champs. Dojo Boys (Adam Grace & Colin Brooks @TheColinBrooks)-Here’s another tag team that has quietly been toiling away with success, but they finally get the credit they deserve in the Tag Team Top 5. To be fair, their fans helped them get where they’re at as winning the online voting competition actually pushed them from #3 in the rankings to #2! Again, THE FAN VOTE MATTERS. They won TWO sets of tag team titles over the weekend as they defeated Jason Allen & Butchie Davis on 4/29 to win the RCCW Tag Team Titles and then defeated Mario Andrew Crivello & Angel Armoni to win the ICW Tag Team Titles. A 2-0 week and 225 votes helped them win the online voting competition by a ONE HUNDRED vote margin over the Indy Card Mafia (who gathered an impressive 125 votes themselves). Give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/DojoBoys  


 

#3 The Alliance (Michael Shard & Jon Magnus)-We’ve got another new tag team to the Tag Team Top 5 as this duo won the Toga Steve Memorial Tournament at PWA on 4/30. In Round One they defeated Derek Moss & Guy Smith, then beat Roscoe & Jake Lander in Round Two, and then beat The Hot Boyz in the Finals to win the tournament with a 3-0 record. The 3rd Annual Tournament hosted by Pinfall Wrestling Association may not have the “big names” in the tournament, but it played a big part in the rankings on a week where several teams had decent weeks but none of the usual heavy-hitters did anything spectacular. Congrats to the Alliance on a big win and a big ranking!

 

 

#4 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-Dragon Gate once again shines in the Tag Team Top 5 as Tozawa & Yoshino continued their success as a team over the weekend. Monster Express, in general, have been very dominant over the last few years (although not quite as dominant as a whole in 2016). This pairing has been particularly spectacular together. 2/3 of the Open the Triangle Gate Champions teamed with T-Hawk at Dragon Gate on 4/25 to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy K-ness JKS and Jimmy Kanda) then teamed with Big R Shimizu on 4/26 to defeat Over Generation (CIMA, Eita and Kaito Ishida) then teamed with T-Hawk on 4/30 to defeat CIMA, Dragon Kid and Takehiro Yamamura and then teamed with T-Hawk on 5/1 to defeat Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Jimmy Susumu and Jimmy Kanda) to go 4-0 for the week. You may wonder why a team who went 4-0 is only ranked #4 this week. The official voters felt that their wins (while not bad by any means) were not the most meaningful wins and they also had a lack of straight-up, two on two tag team wins. Perhaps that will change in the next voting cycle.

 

 

#5 Team Single (Rampage Brown & T-Bone)-Despite only having one win over the weekend (compared to other teams who had multiple wins) this team had arguably the most IMPRESSIVE victory of the week. The PCW Tag Team Champions defeated War Machine (Ray Rowe & Hanson) on 4/30 to retain the titles to secure their spot in the Tag Team Top 5 this week. This is actually their first ranking since 2014 as a team, which is surprising because they hold one of the top sets of tag team gold in Europe. If they can continue to win big matches like the one against War Machine, we’ll be mentioning them more frequently this year.

 

 

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Jimmyz

Indy Card Mafia (Thomas Brewington & Eric Emanon)-#2 in the online voting competition with 125 votes

Yankee Two Kenju

Beauty & The Beast

The Midwest Monsters-Tied for #3 in the online voting competition with 23 votes

The Carnies

La Revolucion

Crusade for Change (TJ Marconi & Stockade)

Los Ninja Turtles  


 

 

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of May 2nd, 2016


#1 Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90)-Let this week be a lesson to us to not count someone out until ALL votes have been counted. We generally post an “Exclusive Spoiler” on our Instagram account. This week we posted Andrew Everett as our #1 when it looked like he had locked it up. Some of the official voters got their ballots in late (before our deadline) and it became a tie. When the fan vote was factored in, Kimber Lee became #1 in the Indy Power Rankings once again. This was proof yet again that the fan vote MATTERS. The CHIKARA Grand Champion and ½ of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions started the week right when she beat Clockwork Katred at Blitzkrieg on 4/29 and then added to her title collection when she beat Annie Social at JAPW on 4/30 to win the vacant JAPW Women’s Title. A 2-0 record, a new title, and a decent amount of fan support in the online voting competition gets her another #1 ranking this week. If Santana Garrett was the unofficial Queen of the Indy Power Rankings for 2015, could Kimber Lee be the Queen for 2016?
 
#2 Andrew Everett (@_andreweverett)-One of the best high-flyers in the world gets as close as you can possibly get without getting a #1 ranking. Hell, we thought he WAS #1 as of 10:30 PM EST on 5/2/16. That being said, Everett still had a great week despite missing out on the top spot. The SWE Speed King Champion has been tearing it up in Europe and last week was no different as he defeated Jody Fleisch at SWE on 4/30 to retain the title, then teamed with Tyler Bate the same day to defeat The Second City Collective (Pete & Damian Dunne) and then defeated Mark Andrews on 5/1 to go 3-0 for the week. His argument for #1 was strong, but it was the title WIN for Kimber Lee that ultimately edged Everett out (along with the fan vote). For history’s sake, we’ve included the picture we shared on Instagram last night, as Everett mostly certainly STILL deserves a ton of recognition for his week in the UK. 


 
#3 Mayu Iwatani-The NEO High Speed Champion and 1/3 of the Artists and Goddesses of Stardom Champions had a GREAT week in Japan as she defeated Hiromi Mimura in the First Round of the Cinderella Tournament 2016, then beat Queen Maya, and then defeated Hiroyo Matsumoto in the Finals to win the tournament. A 3-0 week nets her the very first ranking she’s ever had. She’s been mentioned 5 times (twice this year and three times in 2015) without cracking the Top 10, but she finally gets into the Indy Power Rankings after one hell of a week where she had as much of an argument for #1 as anyone.
 
#4 Aja Perera (@SuperPerera)-The pizza eatin’, joke tellin’, cape wearin’ international pro wrestler gets ranked AGAIN this week after another tournament victory over the weekend. The TWE Women’s Champion and NEW WWA4 Women’s Champion continues to impress as she defeated Owen Knight, De Atlien, and Dementia D’Rose in a four-way in the semifinals at WWA4 on 4/28 for the vacant WWA4 Women’s Title and then defeated Kiera Hogan, Kayla Lynn, and The Duchess in a four-way final the same night to win the vacant title. She then defeated Tragedy at APW on 4/30 to go 3-0 for the week. This is her second #4 ranking this year, so absolutely look out for her to make an impact in the IPR 100 at the end of the year.
 
#5 David Starr (@TheProductDS)-“The Product” is back and once again forcing people to “look at it” as the PPW Heavyweight Champion defeated Chris Dickinson at FBW on 4/29 and then beat Caleb Konley at Legacy on 4/30 to go 2-0 for the week. When you beat two of the top names on the indies, you get this type of a ranking. The only thing that really held him back from a higher ranking was the fact that he didn’t have what some of the others above him had in terms of “new” titles, tournament wins, etc… but you can believe that Starr is on the path to even bigger things this year.
 
#6 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-When you look at the voting breakdown you’ll see that ZSJ is the only wrestler on the list with a “down” arrow in terms of his ranking trend. That’s because he actually fell three spots from his #3 ranking last week. Regardless, ZSJ gets ranked YET AGAIN this week as the PWG World Champion and Revolution Pro British Champion defeated Tyler Bate at Kamikaze on 3/29, then defeated Mark Andrews at SWE on 4/30, then lost to Joseph Conners the same day, and then defeated Big Damo at RPW on 5/1 to retain the title to go 3-1 for the week. The odds on favorite for #1 in this year’s IPR 100 just continues to pick up wins where ever he goes and whether he’s ranked 1, 2, 3, 4, or somewhere below that, he just keeps getting himself ranked.
 
#7 Joseph Conners-One big reason why Joseph Conners was included this week is because he was one of the few people to have defeated Zack Sabre Jr. recently. That in itself is a big accomplishment. Combine that with a 3-1 record for the week and you see why he cracked the Top 10 this week. The SWE Heavyweight Champion defeated El Ligero on 4/30 to retain the title, then defeated Zack Sabre Jr (non-title) the same day, then lost to Jon Ryan by DQ at IPW:UK on 5/1, and then defeated Chris Tyler the same day at SWE in a non-title match to go 3-1 for the week. Give props to Conners on a hellacious, but successful week.
 
#8 Mike Verna (@manofsteelmv)-The NEW FBW Heavyweight Champion gets his first ranking this week after having been mentioned once previously in 2016 and once in 2015. He first beat Talon in a Loser Leaves Town Match and then followed that up with a HUGE win as he defeated Brian Myers, Anthony Gangone, and Eddie Kingston in a Four-Way to win the title. A 2-0 record and a brand new title around his waist gets him a solid ranking on a week where many, many talents had arguments for a spot in the Top 10. He also collected 29 fan votes to come #3 in the online voting competition, which most definitely didn’t hurt his cause to get into the Indy Power Rankings for the first time.
 
#9 Reed Bentley (@TheReedBentley)-Reed “By God” Bentley is now a THREE time IWA Mid-South World Champion after dethroning “Da Monsta” Kongo Kong on Sunday, May 1st. Despite some help, Bentley gets the title and will head into May 13th as the champion as he’ll defend against John Wayne Murdoch in a renewal of their feud. This is Reed’s first ranking since January 11th, 2016 when he won the online voting competition and received a #5 ranking in the official Top 10. If he can add some consistency to the IWA World Title, he’s going to be a common name in the Top 10. If not, it may be tough for him to get back into the rankings.
 
#10 Chase Owens (@realchaseowens)-The former NWA Junior Champion gets back into the Top 10 despite a flawless week on the indies. Name value and fan voting went a long way this week for Chase Owens as he gets the #10 ranking with a 2-1 record. He defeated Jason Kincaid on 4/29 to continue their rivalry, then beat Brett Ison on 4/30, and then lost a hard-fought battle to Hy Zaya on 5/1 to wrap up the weekend. In terms of wins and losses on the indies, Chase Owens has really returned to form in 2016. Look out for him to continue his hot streak as 2016 rolls on. He was #4 in the online voting competition with 23 votes this week.
 
People’s Champ. Black Leopard-Israel wins the online voting competition again! This is the first win for Israel since August 24th, 2015 when Max Havok won the fan vote. Despite a game effort from AC Riley and his fans, Black Leopard dominated the online voting competition with 274 votes (84 more than Riley) after winning the IWL Title from Max Havok in Israel on 4/25. You can like IWL on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/IsraeliWrestling 


 
Others missing out/receiving votes:

Marty Scurll

Nick Lenders

Trevor Lee

Big Daddy Yum Yum

AC Riley-#2 in the online voting competition with 190 votes

Noam Dar

Sadist

Danny Limelight

Thunder Rosa

Canadian Red Devil

Adam Crowe

Ryuichi Sekine

Jaysin Masters

Ryo Saito

Tyler Colton

El Pandita  


 

 

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