#1 Ivelisse (@RealIvelisse)-Ivelisse finally gets the respect she deserves in the Indy Power Rankings as she skyrockets to the #1 spot this week after a HUGE week at SHINE. On 6/17 she defeated Kellie Skater, Mia Yim, Nicole Matthews and Santana Garrett in a Money in the Bank Match and then cashed in as she defeated TNA Knockouts Champion Allysin Kay, SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, and SHINE Champion Taylor Made in a Four-Way the same night where all 3 titles were on the line depending on who was pinned. It was Taylor Made who was pinned as Ivelisse became a 2-time SHINE Champion to go 2-0 for the week. Looking at the talent she defeated, the stage she was on, and the strength of who she is, there was little doubt as to who deserved #1 this week. Her fans also helped as she collected 32 votes to come in 4th in the online voting competition. Congrats to Ivelisse on a tremendous week and her first #1 ranking!
#2 Joseph Schwartz (@GearsOfSchwartz)-What a crazy week for wrestling’s real life villain as Joseph Schwartz became “Prince of the Death Matches” after a marathon week. His week didn’t start out great as he was eliminated in a Battle Royal at IWA Mid-South on 6/16 and then lost to fellow Bomb Shelter member Zodiak the same night. He bounced back as he beat TJ Kemp at WCWO on 6/17, then beat Brock Hall to become the NEW UPW Heavyweight Champion on 6/18, then went to POTDM at IWA Mid-South where he beat JJ Garrett in the First Round, then beat Jeff King in the Second Round, and then beat Deadly Dale in the Finals to win the tournament to earn a spot in King of the Death Matches on 8/6. It was one hell of a week for The Gears of Schwartz as he looks to continue that success as the upcoming weeks and months roll on.
#3 Big Damo (@BigBeardDamo)-“Big Damo” gets back into the Top 10 this week as the Pride, XWA, and ICW World Champion defeated Wolfgang at RnW on 6/17, then defeated Joe Coffey at RIW on 6/18, then teamed with Joe Coffey at Progress on 6/19 to defeat Rampage Brown & Mikey Whiplash, and then defeated Grado at ICW the same night to retain the title to go 4-0 for the week. Big Damo just continues to push his way up the IPR 100 as he has been one of the most-ranked wrestlers on the indies this year proving yet again that in 2016, the UK is really producing some fantastic talents.
#4 Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-“The Monsta” is BACK yet again as he had another solid week to continue his strong push for his first-ever #1 ranking in the IPR 100. He’s got some work to do (you can find out where he ranks in the mid-year update next week) but he’s definitely continuing to hack away at moving up. The Strong Style Wrestling Heavyweight Champion won a 4 Way Tag Team Match at AAW on 6/18 as he teamed with Desmond Xavier to beat Candice LeRae & Heidi Lovelace, Shane Hollister & Markus Crane, and Connor Braxton & Eli Machete when Kong pinned Braxton and then beat Tommy Dreamer in a Street Fight on 6/19 to retain the title to go 2-0 for the week. As noted before in our rankings, Kongo Kong has been the most consistent competitor as far as rankings in 2014 and 2015 ranking. That trend seems to be continuing this year. He was also #2 in the online voting competition with 39 votes.
#5 People’s Champ. Andrew Hunter (@ahisnow138)- What a historic week for Andrew Hunter as he not only won the online voting competition, but also got his first official ranking in the Top 10. The WCCW Champion defeated Lennox Norris at UWA on 6/17, then defeated Matt Atreya at SICW the same day, then defeated Krutch at WCCW for the title on 6/18, and then defeated Lucas Tyler at WCCW on 6/19 to retain the title to go 4-0 for the week. His fans took care of the rest as 107 votes came in to help Hunter win the online voting competition EASILY, which also propelled him into the #5 spot. You can follow Andrew Hunter on Instagram at @ahisnow and subscribe on Youtube at Youtube.com/ahisnow and give him a like on Facebook at Facebook.com/ahisnow
#6 Kaji Tomato-Kaji Tomato had a week that rivaled everyone as he teamed with Ayumu Honda and Bambi at K-Dojo on 6/19 to defeat TAKA Michinoku, Masao Inoue and Alex Lee; then the same day in the Super J-Cup, K-DOJO Qualifying tournament, then defeated Kunio Toshima in the quarterfinals, then defeated Shiori Asahi in the semifinals, and then defeated Ayato Yoshida in the final to win the tournament to go 4-0 for the week (his tag win at AJPW doesn’t count towards our rankings). Tomato might have flown under the radar a bit due to a lack of fan support in the online voting competition, but he most definitely earned his spot this week.
#7 Trevor Lee (@TLee910)-Another perennial “rankee” (yes, that’s not a word) this year is Trevor Lee as he continues to shine no matter where he goes. The CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion defeated Moose, Andrew Everett, and Cedric Alexander in a four-way at AAW on 6/17 and then defeated Andrew Everett at CWF Mid-Atlantic on 6/18 to retain the title to go 2-0 for the week. It really speaks to the type of competition in this week’s rankings that these victories only netted Trevor Lee a #7 ranking, but that’s how the chips fell with so many great talents slamming their way into the Top 10 this week with huge wins across the world.
#8 Bubblegum (@pipbubblegum)-The NGW Gen-X, TNT, JDW and GPW British Champion and former 2-time #1 defeated Matt Myers at NGWUK on 6/18 to retain the title, then defeated Roy Knight at TNT the same night to retain their title, and then defeated Chris Ridgeway at JDW on 6/19 to retain their title to go 3-0 for the week. Three wins. Three title defenses. Much like Trevor Lee, on any other week you likely would have seen Bubblegum much higher in the rankings, but again, the competition was absolutely fierce this week.
#9 Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll)-Marty Scurll just continues to establish himself as one of the UK’s top talents and this past week he cemented that fact with a victory over Chris Hero on 6/19 to retain the Progress World Title. Scurll (like Hero, who he beat) is one of the many talents with a shot at ending the year in the IPR 100 Top 10. To find out where Scurll, Hero, and everyone else sits at the mid-year mark, be sure to tune in on 6/28 for the IPR 100 Mid-Year Update ONLY on Elite Podcast Network at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork
#10 Dave Crist (@OIFK1324)-Ohio is truly for Killers once again as Dave Crist cracks the Top 10, showing his longevity in the business. The NOW Heavyweight Champion teamed with Zachary Wentz, Dezmond Xavier & Aaron Williams at Rockstar Pro on 6/15 to defeat Jeremiah, Pompano Joe, Percy Davis & Kyle Kraven, then teamed with Sami Callihan at AAW on 6/17 to defeat Outlaw Inc. (Eddie Kingston & Homicide) and then defeated Trey Miguel at Ludus to retain the NOW title on 6/18 to go 3-0 for the week. Although most of his wins were in tags this past week, the variety of opponents and support from his fans (30 votes) helped to push Dave Crist into the Top 10 this week which is impressive as we again reiterate, it was a VERY competitive week on the indies.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Tommy Coffey-#3 in the online voting competition with 38 votes
Australian Wolf-Tied for #5 in the online voting competition with 30 votes
Aiden Brady-Tied for #6 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
Jagger Stevens-Tied for #6 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
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