Who should be #1 in the Indy Power Rankings for the Week of 7/25/16?

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of July 18th, 2016


*Write-ups will be delayed during the month of July*

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.

Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 18th, 2016


*Write-ups will be delayed during the month of July*

1. Matt Riddle: It’s been a meteoric rise to the top for this MMA star-turned-pro wrestler. Looking at his match statistics on Cagematch.net, he’s only wrestled 51 matches so far, but has won an impressive 72.5% of them. This week the man who is one half of the Keystone Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions added another accolade this week by becoming the number one on the Indy Power Rankings. He beat Roderick Strong at Evolve on 7/16; then beat Tomasso Ciampa at Evolve on 7/17; then defeated Britain’s Marty Scurll at Beyond on 7/18 to go 3-0 for the week. While the argument could be made that others had more wins and that none of his victories were for a title, there’s no denying that the strength of the opponents he beat lifted him to the forefront of the official voters’ minds this week.

2. James Raideen: This could be the highest ever ranking for a New Zealand wrestler. Raideen is currently based in Japan, where he is currently one half of the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions and he had a phenomenal week at Zero1. He defeated Toshiki Iwaki on 7/12; his tag team partner Masato Tanaka on 7/13; Fujita Hayato on 7/14; Shogun Okamoto on 7/16 and finally Yoshikazu Yokoyama on 7/17 for an amazing 5-0 week.

3. Chris Hero: Interestingly none of this week’s top 3 either won or defended a title, but like Riddle, Hero gets his rating based on the strength of his victories. While on tour in the UK this week, he first defeated Joseph Conners at Phoenix Events Yorkshire on 7/15; he followed that with a win at Discovery Wrestling against Joe Coffey on 7/16. He finished his week with a victory over Chris Brookes at IPW:UK on 7/17 to go 3-0 for the week. Hero is a regular visitor to our top 10, but it will probably take either a tournament or title win for him to notch up a number one position.

4. Timothy Thatcher: Only two victories for Thatcher this week but both were successful defences of the Evolve Championship, which is why he’s ended up as high as number 4. He retained the title on 7/16 against Marty Scurll and followed that the next day against TJ Perkins. A great week in terms of quality, it was probably just the quantity that prevented him being rated any higher.

5. Lio Rush: This weekend MCW Pro Wrestling (formerly known as Maryland Championship Wrestling) held their prestigious Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup on 7/16, where CZW Wired Champion Lio Rush became the first person to ever successfully defend the title and only the second person to win it more than once (Christian York did it three times but never twice in a row). As defending champion, Rush didn’t have to play a qualifying match, but then had to defeat Jason Kincaid, Travis “Flip” Gordon, Joe Keyes, Sonjay Dutt and Tommaso Ciampa in the six-way final on 7/16 to become a two-time winner. As it is considered a major, his win at Ring of Honor over Donovan Dijak does not count towards this poll. But beating a number of big names in one match at MCW and the reputation of the tournament secured him the number 5 ranking this week.

6. EC3: Despite the fact that Ethan Carter III is a TNA employee, as are both the wrestlers he beat this week, he qualifies for the poll as the matches took place in an independent promotion, Imperial Wrestling Revolution. On 7/16 he defeated Abyss and followed that with a win over Moose. Two great wins over two much larger competitors landed him the number 6 spot. And if his TNA wins this week over Eli Drake and Matt Hardy had counted, he could have been even higher.

7. Teddy King: The NWA Bluegrass Heavyweight Champion continued his great run this past week. He started slowly with a double count-out vs NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion (and recent top 10 visitor himself) Vic the Bruiser on 7/12. But then his week got a whole lot better with a four-way victory over Aiden Blackheart, Mance Warner, Shad Satu at IWA MidSouth on 7/14. He then successfully defended his title at NWA Bluegrass Wrestling on 7/15, then defeated Toby Farley at MSWA on 7/16. A highly impressive 3-0-1 week lands King at number 7 and it was probably just the double count-out that prevented him being ranked even higher.

8. Jackie Polo: In recent years he’s been a top competitor on the British tag team scene (including at SWA where he’s one half of the tag champs), but this past week Polo showed what he could do as a singles wrestler. Polo beat Jason Prime at Target Wrestling on 7/15. He followed that with a triple threat #1 contenders match at Target Wrestling on 7/16 vs Johnny Moss and Hardcore Holly. He finished with a victory over Scott McManus at Source Wrestling School on 7/17 to go 3-0. If Polo continues to be booked in singles matches and has these kinds of results, he could be a force to be reckoned with.

9. Drew Galloway: As with EC3, Galloway’s TNA results (which were 1-1) don’t count towards this poll. But the Evolve ones do and that’s where the Scottish “Chosen One” was very successful. On 7/16 he and Chuck Taylor defeated Catch Point (Drew Gulak and Tracy Williams) to become the new Evolve Tag Team Champions. Then on 7/17 he had a very impressive win over Johnny Gargano to go 2-0 for the week. He’s been number one before on our rankings and if he continues in this form, another top spot can’t be too far off.

10. Lowlife Louie Ramos: The Survival of the Sickest tournament winner grabs this week’s number 10 slot. He beat Jeff Cannonball at On Point Wrestling on 7/16 in a fans bring the weapons match in the semifinals; then he defeated Matt Tremont, Connor Claxton and Drew Blood in a no rope barbwire quadruple elimination match in the final to win the tournament and go 2-0 for the week.

Honourable Mention. Ruby Raze: It was a bit of an up and down week for Raze as she won one title but lost another. On 7/15 at Big Time Wrestling she defeated Brittany Wonder in the first round; then Dementia d’Rose in the semis; then defeated Beatrice Domino in the final to win the tournament and become inaugural women’s champion. But then on 7/17 at Premier Wrestling she lost that organisation’s women’s title to Shayna Baszler. That loss probably cost her a top 10 place but she still got enough support for an honourable mention.

People’s Champ. Eddie Rage: We’ve seen a number of different nationalities claim the People’s Champ award before including wrestlers from Denmark, Australia and Israel. This week we can add Hungary to that list, as Pro Wrestling Mafia’s Eddie Rage garnered 217 of the 777 votes which were cast. Rage defeated Shane Baker on 7/16 and then teamed with Chris Striker and Johnny Evers the same day to beat Kid Lux, King Kent and Shane Baker to go 2-0 for the week. Hungarian promotions don’t seem to run events very often so Rage is unlikely to become a regular on our poll, but the next time PWM do hold one, he’ll be an interesting name to watch.

Who should be #1 in the Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of 7/18/16?

Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1​Winner of the online voting competition are “People Champs” for the week AND helps their overall ranking! There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the tag team’s final ranking so vote away!
Winner of the online voting competition will have their social media, merchandise, upcoming events, etc…promoted by us for a full week! 
Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 7/19
Listen to the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/

Who should be #1 in the Indy Power Rankings for the Week of 7/18/16?

Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1&#x200b​Winner of the online voting competition is “People Champ” for the week AND helps their overall ranking! There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the wrestler’s final ranking so vote away!Winner of the online voting competition will have his/her social media, merchandise, upcoming events, etc…promoted by us for a full week!

Why The Online Voting Competition/People’s Champ(s) Award Matters http://wp.me/p4kQ6t-1cw

Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 7/18

Listen to the Indy Power Rankings Reveal here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/

Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of July 11th, 2016


Write-ups will be delayed during the month of July.

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.

Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 11th, 2016

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

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