#1 Io Shirai (@shirai_io)-It was a CLEAN sweep of the official voters for Io Shirai as she absolutely dominated the world over the weekend. As stated, she didn’t just dominate Japan (as she so often does) the World of Stardom, 1/3 of Arist and Goddesses of Stardom Champions and NEW SWA Champion went on tour around Europe as she defeated Kasey Owens at ABC vs Stardom in France on 5/20 to retain the World of Stardom title, then at RCW vs Stardom in Spain on 5/21 defeated Kay Lee Ray in the first round, then defeated Dragonita in the semifinals, then defeated Toni Storm in the final to win the vacant SWA title, and then defeated Kay Lee Ray at BEW vs Stardom in the UK on 5/22 to retain the SWA title to go 5-0 for the week. She was the only competitor with 5 wins and with a new title and zero losses to brag about, this just wasn’t even close. Congrats to Io Shirai on her first-ever #1 ranking!
#2 Andd Bivians (https://www.facebook.com/The-King-Of-Class-Andd-Bivians-177804865604080/timeline/ )-“The King of Class” gets another ranking this week as he leaned heavily on the fan poll to boost him from #3 in the rankings to #2, all because of the support of his fans, proving yet again that THE FAN VOTE MATTERS. The UWC Heavyweight added the OTW Heavyweight Title to his collection as he won a 16 man tournament on 5/20 and 5/21 at OTW. He had a first round bye, then defeated Dan Gallenger in the quarterfinals, then defeated Dre The Dragon Drummond in the semis, then defeated Brian Johnson in the final to win the sole survivor trophy, and then cashed in the trophy to defeat Adam Chandler to win the title to go 4-0 for the week. Hell of a week for Bivians as he’s having a fantastic year so far.
#3 Chris Hero (@TheChrisHero)-Chris Hero gets back into the rankings yet again this year as he defeated Jeff Cobb at PWG on 5/20 and then got his win back vs. Michael Elgin at ESW on 5/21 to go 2-0 for the week. Hero has been absolutely incredible in his recent performances and this past weekend was no different as he received rave reviews from California to New York. “The Knockout Artist” continues to have a tremendous 2016 as he is just lining them up and knocking them down all over the world, but the question now is…will he be adding some gold in the near future?
#4 Trevor Lee (@TLee910)-The former #1 continues his success this year as he has been taking his winning ways from TNA back out onto the indies. The CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion and TNA X-Division Champion defeated Andrew Everett at PWG on 5/20 and then beat Caleb Konley at ALW on 5/22 to retain the X-Division Title. A 2-0 week plus a strong quality of opposition earns Trevor Lee yet another high ranking as he just continues to get better and better throughout the year. We thought he was going to be a star in 2016 and he continues to prove us right.
#5 Mat Fitchett (@thedirtyrook)-SLA was Mat Fitchett’s stomping ground over the weekend as he picked up two very good victories. The current SLA Heavyweight Champion ans ½ of the AAW and MPW Tag Team Champions defeated Evan Gelistico at SLA on 5/20 to retain the title and then beat TJ Perkins on 5/21 to retain again to go 2-0 on the week. Fitchett is one of those talents that had been flying under the radar the last couple of years, but NOW he’s really starting to make a name for himself with some great performances and title wins all over the Midwest.
#6 Chainsaw King (@ChainsawKing)-The 6’4, 295 pound monster gets himself a ranking this week as the FLW Heavyweight Champion defeated Darin Corbin on 5/20 to retain the title and then beat former #1 Ariya Daivari on 5/21 to retain the title again to go 2-0 for the week. King, like Mat Fitchett, is another one of those names that you may hear a lot about, but until you see him, you really have no idea how impressive he really is. Keep an eye on Chainsaw King as he continues to chug forward with a ton of momentum heading into the second half of 2016.
#7 Pete Dunne (@PeteDunneYxB)-Pete Dunne continues his career year as the Rev Pro British Cruiserweight and PWK Champion defeated Eddie Kingston at FCP vs Chikara on 5/20, then teamed with Damian Dunne & MK McKinnan to defeat Disney Princesses (Princess Kimber Lee, Heidi Lovelace and Nixon Newell) on 5/21, and then defeated Ophidian on 5/22 to go 3-0 for the week. Two big singles wins and a very impressive 6-person tag team victory get Pete Dunne yet another of many rankings in 2016. He continues to have the best year of his career as he just scoring win after win.
#8 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-Last year’s IPR 100 #1 had another successful overseas week as she went 4-2, winning the International Grand Prix 2016 Tournament. The Battling Bombshells, BPW Heavyweight, OPW Women’s, NPW Women’s, CWE Vixen’s, RIOT Women’s and Wrestling Superstar Women’s Champion started slow as she lost an RCW Women’s triple threat title match to Leah Owens at ABC vs Stardom in France on 5/20; then at RCW vs Stardom in Spain on 5/21 defeated Alpha Female in the first round, then lost to Toni Storm in the semifinals, then at BEW vs Stardom in the UK on 5/22 defeated Danielle Hunter in the first round, then defeated Diosa Atenea in the semifinals, then defeated Nixon Newell and Mayu Iwatani in a triple threat final to win the tournament to also become SWA Women’s Title #1 Contender. Her year has been filled with world traveling and though she hasn’t loaded up with #1 rankings like last year, she’s still having an incredible year.
#9 Big Grizzly (http://www.facebook.com/biggrizzlywrestler )-The “all round angry bearded bastard from South Wales” gets his first ranking this week after a few surprising victories over the weekend. Grizz was a late addition to the poll, but absolutely deserved his ranking as the FCP All Wales Champion, PWP Heavyweight Champion and ½ of the CW Tag Team Champions defeated Danny Jones, Matthew Horgan and Panda Cub at FCP vs CHIKARA on 5/20 to retain the All Wales title, then defeated Eddie Dennis at PWC on 5/21, and then defeated Johnny Gargano at PWP on 5/22 to go 3-0 for the week. Time will tell if he gets ranked again, but with him picking up victories like the ones he scored over the weekend, it seems inevitable.
#10 Sean Mercer (https://www.facebook.com/MercerTheMonster/ )-The West Lothian based talent gets his first ranking this week as he defeated The Wrestler in the quarterfinals of the Battle of West Lothian Tournament at RIW on 5/22, then beat Theo Doros in the semis, and then defeated Rob Mills in the finals to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. Like Big Grizzly, we’ll have to wait and see if he can duplicate this type of success in future weeks this year.
People’s Champ. Trey Miguel (@TreyMiguel1)-Rockstar Pro’s Ludas produces the People’s Champ this week as Trey Miguel got on the poll by defeating Dezmond Xavier on 5/20 at Ludus. He then collected 109 votes from his fans and supporters to win the online voting competition by a pretty wide margin (45 votes). This humble talent from Toledo, OH has been making waves around that area and looks to continue that success as 2016 rolls on. Give him a like on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officialtreymiguel and a follow on Instagram at @TreyMiguel1
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Gerald James (Gary Jay)
Bill Collier-#2 in the online voting competition with 64 votes
Australian Wolf-#3 in the online voting competition with 52 votes
Beautiful Beaa-#4 in the online voting competition with 38 votes
Tristan Archer-#5 in the online voting competition with 34 votes
Timmy Lou Retton
Shane Petrokovich-#6 in the online voting competition with 26 votes
James Anthony-#7 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
Draconis-Tied for #8 in the online voting competition with 21 votes
Big R Shimizu
Rude Boy Riley
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