1. Over Generation (Dragon Kid & Peter Kaasa): Last week Peter Kaasa was ranked #2 in partnership with CIMA, but this week it’s a different Over Generation combination who reach the top spot. First they defeated Naruki Doi and Kotoka at Dragon Gate on 7/11; then they teamed with Gamma on 7/14 to defeat Monster Express (Masato Yoshino, T-Hawk and Shachihoko BOY); then they defeated Tribe Vanguard (Kzy and Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria) on 7/16; and they finished off the week by teaming with Gamma again to defeat Monster Express (Don Fujii, T-Hawk and Big R Shimizu) for an outstanding 4-0 for the week. It’s been an incredible past few weeks for Kaasa, but if he wants to make an impact on our year-end rankings, he needs to pick a regular partner and consistently pick up top 5 spots with that person.
2. Drew Galloway & Dustin (Chuck Taylor): Like Kaasa, Galloway has been switching tag partners a lot lately, particularly at Evolve, where he’s gone from being tag champ with Johnny Gargano to teaming with TNA roster-mate EC3 and now to teaming with Chuck Taylor (under his Dustin persona) to once again capture the Evolve Tag Team Titles. They defeated Catch Point (Drew Gulak and Tracy Williams) on 7/16 to capture the titles. If they can stick together as a partnership, a number one spot can’t be too far away.
3. Chip Day and Murder One: Like Galloway and Taylor, Chip Day and Murder One only had one victory this week, but it was a big one. They defeated Team IOU (Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful) at Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment on 7/17 to win the titles. The Georgia-based team will be one to watch out for, particularly on weeks where they can appear at multiple promotions.
4. Galindo & Shawn Donavan: Independent Wrestling Federation in New Jersey held their 12th annual Commissioner’s Cup this past weekend, and the team of Galindo & Donavan won it with two good victories. First they beat Andd Bivians & James Ferry in the semifinals and then they defeated Kevin Knight & Michael Cammett in the final to capture the trophy. Since winning the IWF American title, Galindo’s focus has predominantly been on singles but if the pair can combine more often, they could become regulars in our top 5.
5. Ecktourage (Dirty Money & Eric Chapel): The new MCW Pro Wrestling (formerly known as Maryland Championship Wrestling) Tag Team Champions may have only competed in one match this week but it impressed our voting panel enough to take a spot in the top 5. They won a six-way gauntlet against Guns for Hire (Bill Collier & Paul Jordane); Cousin Clay & Bo Nekoda; The Bruiser & Rayo; Punk Rock All Stars (Shaun Cannon & Drake Carter) and Black Wall Street (Napalm Bomb & Solo) on 7/16 to become the new champions.
Honorable Mention. Indy Card Mafia (Eric Emanon & Thomas Brewington): It was another great week for the In Your Face Wrestling Tag Team Champions, who made a successful defence against Surfs Up (Ron and Jordan Falco) on 7/16 to retain the titles. They just missed out on our top 5 this week but you can be certain they’ll be back near the top soon.
People’s Champs. Sinful Alliance (Flesh Master & Charles Crane): It was a photo finish for the People’s Champs Award, with Polldaddy failing to cut off the votes at the time they were supposed to, leading to Curtis Coleman & Brody Dillinger claiming to have won. But with 159 votes, the Sinful Alliance claim the People’s Champ accolade for the first time. At Definitive Wrestling International they defeated Eric Curtis and Dax the Axe in the quarterfinals of a tag tournament on 7/17; then defeated Rey Ayala and Alex Payne in the semifinals the same day. The finals are still to come at DWI’s next event, but the two victories impressed the fans enough to give them the People’s Champs award.