Write ups will be delayed during the month of July.
1. JJ Garrett aka El Swaggo Loco: Before this week JJ Garrett had never held a title… now he has two of them! He started the week at IWA Mid-South on 7/7, where he had an impressive victory over David Starr. Then, after John Wayne Murdoch had beaten Reed Bentley for the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship, he cashed in his title shot and beat Murdoch for the title. As if that wasn’t enough he then head off to Underground Wrestling in Illinois on 7/9 to basically repeat the feat. Competing under the name El Swaggo Loco he first defeated Prince Mustafa Ali, Alex Ohlson, Stephen Wolf and Paco Gonzalez in a Fatal Five Way #1 contender match. Then later in the show he defeated Draconis to win the title. A 4-0 week with two title wins is about as good as you can get. Congratulations JJ. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress as the year continues.
2. Sami Callihan: Every year when WWE wishes people well on their future endeavours, there’s always one who stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of their subsequent independent wrestling success. Last year it was Drew Galloway, this time it’s Sami Callihan. He’s one of the front-runners to be our mid-year number one due to his consistent results. While his success has mostly been in the US, this weekend he conquered the UK. On 7/8 he defeated Trent Seven at Fight Club Pro to win their heavyweight title. Then on 7/9 he won a pay-per-view worthy match-up against Zack Sabre Jr at Southside Wrestling Entertainment. Then to cap an amazing week he beat Tommy End on 7/10, again at SWE, to retain his AAW Heavyweight title. Most weeks these results would have earned him the number one spot, but it was a very tough week.
3. Matt Tremont: Talking of performances worthy of the number one ranking, Tremont retained the Combat Zone Wrestling World Heavyweight Title three times this week. He beat Alex Colon at Rockstar Pro on 7/6 to retain the title. Then at the joint CZW/Freelance event on 7/8 he defeated Isaias Velazquez for his second win. Then at CZW’s show on 7/9 he scored a major win over Ricky Shane Page. A great week for the death match specialist, who has been hinting on social media of a possible trip to Japan soon. Knowing how some Japanese promotions compete almost every day of the week, if he gets on a winning streak, he could notch up a few number one weeks in the future.
4. Fred Yehi: For the second week in a row, Fred Yehi comes in at number 4. Like Tremont, the Full Impact Pro Heavyweight Champion made three successful defences. The first was on 7/8, when he defeated Aaron Solow at FIP. He followed this with a win over Nick Nero at American Combat Wrestling on 7/9 to retain again. He finished off the week by winning a triple threat against Black Baron and Jonathan Gresham at Tier-1 on 7/10 for his third successful defence.
5. Troy Stevens: A great tournament victory for Stevens this week as he won the 2016 Tough 8 Tournament at PWA Connecticut on 7/8. He first defeated Andrew Backlund and then in the final defeated E.A. James, Hippy Dicky Moon, and Sean Carr in the final to win the tournament. In addition to the votes from the official voters he also picked up 13 votes from the public, which helped his final ranking. Remember every vote counts.
6. Matt Sydal
7. Martin Kirby
8. Cody Deaner
9. Shane Mercer
10. Kongo Kong
People’s Champ. Bojack