#1 VerserK (Shingo Takagi & Naruki Doi)-This week’s #1 spot wasn’t that difficult to decide. The official voters all went one way and it’s impossible not to when you have a Dragon Gate team that goes 6-0. This team was amazing as they defeated Tribe Vanguard (YAMATO and Kzy) then defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! and Jimmy Susumu) then defeated Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk and Kzy) on 8/24, then defeated Masaaki Mochizuki and Takehiro Yamamura, then teamed with YASSHI on 8/27 to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Kagetora, Jimmy Susumu & Ryo Jimmy Saito) and then teamed with Cyber Kong & Mondai Ryu on 8/28 to defeat Over Generation (CIMA, Gamma & Punch Tominaga) & U-T to finish off the clean sweep of the week. The dominance of this duo was uncanny over the weekend as they continued to improve their standing in the Tag Team Top 50 with their ranking this week.
#2 Eita & Dragon Kid-Dragon Gate ALSO gets the second spot in the Tag Team Top 5 as Eita & Dragon Kid were almost as successful as VerserK. They teamed with CIMA at Dragon Gate on 8/22 to defeat Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! and Jimmy Susumu) then defeated T-Hawk and Hyou Watanabe on 8/23, then teamed with Gamma on 8/24 to defeat YAMATO, Don Fujii and Shun Watanabe, then teamed with Gamma on 8/27 to defeat Don Fujii, Hyou Watanabe & Masaaki Mochizuki, and then fought Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk & YAMATO) to a draw on 8/28 to go 4-0-1 for the week. Pretty incredible week for the Dragon Gate promotion as a whole as they easily grabbed the top two spots this week.
#3 Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers @RoscoeEatLisa)-This unique pairing just continues to have a truly BREAKOUT year as they won another set of tag team titles when they defeated The Cause (Mr. Gelistico & Mr. Caster) at SLA on 8/26 to win the Saint Louis Anarchy Tag Team Titles. They followed that up with another win at SLA as they teamed with Austin Blackburn to defeat The Cause (Danny Adams, Evan Gelistico, & Everett Connors) to go 2-0 for the week. This ranking did nothing but improve their chances of securing a possible #1 ranking in the Tag Team Top 50 this year as the race for #1 just continues to heat up.
#4 Mecha Mercenary & Aaron Biggs-The CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions had a solid week with two title defenses as they defeated Aric Andrews & Lee valiant on 8/27 and then “White” Mike Jordan & Mr. Grimm on 8/28 to go 2-0 for the week. With as frequently as CWF Mid-Atlantic runs shows, this tag team could really start making a push for a good spot in the Tag Team Top 50 if they can continue to win matches and defend their titles on a consistent basis for the promotion.
#5 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Chalk up another couple of wins and another set of tag team titles for one of the most decorated tag teams on the indies over the last 5 years. On 8/26 they defeated arch-rivals The Viking War Party (Alex Rudolph & Jake Parnell) at FLW to win the Zero1 USA Tag Team Titles and then beat Bonu$ Boys at FLW in a non-title match on 8/27 to go 2-0 for the week. The Hooligans continue to inch closer to a possible third straight year at #1 in the Tag Team Top 50. They definitely have some STRONG competition trying to keep that from happening.
People’s Champs. The Fellowship (GA West & Ronnie Ribs @LineageMatters)-The perennial People’s Champs return to a familiar spot at the top of the online voting competition after outlasting a lot of other great teams with 148 votes. They got on the poll with a dominant weekend as they beat War Court and Dom-n-Nat in a Triple Threat at MAW on 8/27 and then the Weekend Warriors at RICW on 8/28. You can follow them on Twitter and find out where they’ll be competing week-to-week at:
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Ricky Morton & Blazin Eagle
Speed of Sounds
Lewis Blain & Matt Adams
The Perfect Kings
The Twisted Sisters
Shawn & TJ Kemp
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