1. People’s Champs. Curtis Coleman and Brody Dillinger: Well this was a very different week on the tag team scene. Almost all the teams in our top 5 this week are there for the first time. Coleman and Dillinger seemingly came out of nowhere and had the best week of their careers. On 7/8 they won the tag titles at Alternative Pro Wrestling, defeating Troy Hunt and Sam Kooper. Then they travelled to Dalton Championship Wrestling to capture their tag team titles with a victory over Red Adams and Frankie Davis. Not only did they impress our official voting panel, they also received 201 votes to be named People’s Champions. An amazing week for this duo. If they manage to make regular defences of these titles we could see a lot more of them in the future.
2. Over Generation (CIMA and Peter Kaasa): Better known in the US for teaming with Chase Brown in the team Nuclear Kaasarole, Kaasa recently went over to Japan to competed in Dragon Gate, where he has joined the Over Generation stable. This week he and CIMA scored three victories together. Firstly they teamed with Kaito Ishida on 7/7 to defeat Cyber Kong, Naoki Tanizaki and Kotoka. Then as a two-man team they beat BxB Hulk and Kzy on 7/9. Then on 7/10 they joined forces with Dragon Kid and Eita to defeat Masaaki Mochizuki, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Jimmy Kanda. They scored more wins in the week than Coleman and Dillinger did, but with no titles on the line and multiple extra tag team partners involved, the voting panel put them in second place overall.
3. Rated 2 G (Badd Blood and Blk Jeez): Alpha Omega Wrestling in California held shows on both Saturday and Sunday, giving their talent the chance to pick up multiple wins. Rated 2 G took advantage of this, defeating Eric Watts and Sasha Darevko on 7/9 and then beating Aaron Aguilera and Homeless Jimmy on 7/10 to go 2-0 for the week. We’re more used to seeing Blk Jeez in the singles rankings so it’s great to see him make an appearance on the tag team top 5 for a change.
4. Stixx and Flips (Chris Tyler and Stixx): A major breakthrough week for this British duo. They teamed with former WWE and TNA veteran D’Lo Brown on 7/9 to win a six-man match at Southside Wrestling Entertainment vs Second City Collective (Damian Dunne and Ryan Smile) and Marshall X. The next day in a traditional tag match, they beat Dunne and Smile again, this time to win the SWE Tag Team titles. A great weekend for this duo – let’s see whether they can build on it.
5. Chase Owens and Michael Dunn: We’re more used to seeing Owens appear as part of different combinations of Bullet Club, but this weekend he teamed up with Michael Dunn at to win a six-team gauntlet match in All-star Wrestling in Tennessee, beating the defending champions The Hooligans (Devin and Mason Cutter) and four other teams to capture the titles. Any win over the Hooligans is impressive (they’ve been our number one tag team of the year the past two years), and once you throw four extra teams in the mix, you can see why this team got noticed this week.