#1 Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TeamIOU)-The Carnies did it again! They had EASILY the most dominant week of any tag team on the indies this past week. They defeated Black Baron & Odinson at New South on 6/18, then at AWE on 6/19 they defeated Sound & Fury (William Huckaby & Joe Black) and Booty Call (Joey Ryan & Kiera Hogan subbing for Candace LeRae) in a triple threat, then defeated The Kraken (Murder One & Chip Day) in the semifinals, and then defeated Straight Up Motor Fuel (Martin Stone & Aaron Epic) in the final to become inaugural champions to go 4-0 for the week. What a long way these two have come as they just continue to kill it where ever they go and despite having two great years back-to-back, they’re having their best career year THIS year. Congrats to the former Boy and his Dog on another #1 ranking! Don’t forget to tune in EXCLUSIVELY on Elite Podcast Network on 6/29 for the Tag Team Top 50 Mid-Year Update to find out where they rank at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork
#2 The Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy @3MotherDuckers)-This upstart trio makes their first appearance in the Tag Team Top 5 after a good week in the Carolinas. On 6/17 Killoy & Lude defeated Jack Cicero & Bobby Wohlfert at PWF and then teamed with their third Duckling partner Colby Corino on 6/18 to defeat The Lucha World Order (Los Ben Dejos & Lince Dorado) to go 2-0 for the week. Not many teams had multiple wins this week and even less had the type of quality wins like the one over The Lucha World Order that The Ugly Ducklings picked up. PWX continues to churn out impressive tag team rankings as the weeks and months go on.
#3 Rob Raw & Darkmondo-Speaking of firsts, this is the first ranking for this tag team of Rob Raw & Darkmondo. This duo had a great week in Europe as they competed in the European Cup in France (joint event by FFCP from France, BCWF from Belgium, EPW from Germany and WAW from the UK) on 6/19 as they defeated Dominic Brackner & John Klinger, then defeated the UK Hooligans (Roy Knight & Zak Knight) and then teamed with Priscilla to defeat David Michel, Hooligan Beef & Pauline to go 3-0 for the week. It was really a magical week for a team that many would call unknown up until this point. If they can keep this going, perhaps they’ll be a dark horse in the year-end rankings.
#4 Bravado Brothers (Lancelot & Harlem Bravado)-The former #1’s and current PWX Tag Team Champions issued another Bravado Brothers Open Challenge and they scored a big win vs. JML (David Starr & “Swerve” Shane Strickland) and The Revolt (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match on 6/18 to retain the PWX Tag Team Titles. Being former #1’s, having a great reputation as a tag team, defending important titles, and defeated 2 solid tag teams in one match helped The Bravados get into the Top 5 this week despite only having one victory. That victory was obviously a BIG victory and helped their overall point total for next week’s Tag Team Top 50 Mid-Year Update.
#5 Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora)-Dragon Gate makes their usual appearance in the Tag Team Top 5 as this duo from “The Jimmyz” stable get another ranking this week. They are the NEW Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions after they defeated Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY) at Dragon Gate on 6/18 and then defeated Monster Express (T-Hawk & Big R Shimizu) on 6/19 to win the titles to go 2-0 for the week. There’s definitely an argument for them to be ranked higher this week, but as it stands, they sit at #5 with the hope of some higher rankings as the weeks move forward.
People’s Champs. Hair Metal (Shane Mercer & Sugar Dunkerton)-This brand new tag team of two fantastic singles talents got on the poll by picking up a victory vs. The Police Department at Strong Style Wrestling on 6/19. The real fun started after that as our online voting competition is often its own match as two teams duked it out for the People’s Champs award this week. When the competition ended at 10 PM EST, this tag team had edged out Team IOU for just a handful of votes to grab the top spot with 106 votes (IOU picked up multiple votes after the 10 PM cut off). You can follow Shane Mercer on Twitter @TheIronDemon and on Instagram @ShaneMercer. You can find Sugar Dunkerton on Twitter at @SugarDunkerton and Instagram at @SugarDunkerton. You can follow Strong Style Wrestling on Twitter at @StrongStyleWres
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
VIP-#3 in the online voting competition with 29 votes
Kongo Kong & Dezmond Xavier
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya
House of Pain
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