#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
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