#1 Timothy Thatcher-It’s a CLEAN sweep of the official voters at #1 for Timothy Thatcher as the EVOLVE Champion was the clear #1 this week. On 8/19 he defeated Matt Riddle in a No Holds Barred Match to retain the title and then beat Drew Gulak the following evening to retain once again. “The British Messiah” has been proudly carrying the all-important EVOLVE Title since 7/10/15, which is 410 days as of today. He’s had a lot of strong challengers, but with people like Zack Sabre Jr. lining up for a shot at the gold, how much longer can he hang onto that title?
#2 Pentagon Jr. (@PentagonJunior)-This Mexican talent just continues to impress anywhere he goes and has once again added another title to his collection after winning the PCW Heavyweight Title tournament over the weekend. On 8/20 he defeated Willie Mack in the First Round and then beat Brian Cage in the Finals to win the vacant title. He also picked up a win in AAA that didn’t count towards our rankings, but regardless, Pentagon Jr. has been one of the major breakout stars of 2016 so far. Keep an eye on him as the year continues and HE continues to be one of the best in the world.
#3 Chris Hero (@TheChrisHero)-Despite no major titles to speak of, Chris Hero is STILL having a phenomenal 2016. Hero has been on an absolute tear as of late and continued that with a victory over Shigehiro Irie at AAW Showdown on 8/19 and then scored what some considered an upset by beating Cody Rhodes at EVOLVE 67 on 8/20. A 2-0 weekend lands Hero at the #3 spot. The only thing that would really help both his weekly ranking and yearly ranking along would be a TITLE belt. He’s been in some notable title matches as of late, but has fallen short. What’s next for Hero?
#4 Gunner (@GUNNER_ChadLail)-VERY good weekend for the former TNA star as he adds the WrestleForce Title to his mantle after defeating John Skyler for the gold at WrestleForce Meltdown 2016 on 8/20. He then went from SC to NC as he defended and retained the PWX Innovative Television Title vs. David Starr at Scouts Honor: Over 4 Life on 8/21. A 2-0 week gets him the #4 spot and with multiple titles now in his possession in the Carolinas, look the hell out for Gunner to really start getting some momentum going in the rankings.
#5 Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-Ricochet did what he always does over the weekend as he had two show-stealing contests in the Midwest. On 8/19 he defeated Dezmond Xavier at AAW in a match where Xavier may have turned a lot of new heads and then he beat Matt Cross at SSW on 8/20 in an absolute classic to go 2-0 for the week. The 2014 IPR 100 #1 may have some other things on his mind towards the end of 2016/beginning of 2017, but he’s still having some classic matches on the indies in the meantime.
#6 Takeshi Minamino
#7 James Anthony
#8 Mr. 450
#9 Isami Kodaka
#10 Dragon Lee
People’s Champ. Logan Lynch (@theloganlynch)-The NEW WPW X-Division Champion earned his first People’s Champ award on the strength of a very impressive 167 votes from his fans this week. Of course, it was his win vs. Chase McCoy and TW3 in a Triple Threat on 8/19 to win the title that got him on the ballot in the first place. It was a tight contest in the online voting competition for most of the day, but Lynch pulled away at the end with a 58 vote margin of victory. Be sure to check out Wisconsin Pro Wrestling on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wisconsinprowrestling for more info on when you can see Logan Lynch again!
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Gunner Miller-#2 in the online voting competition with 109 votes
Maverick-#4 in the online voting competition with 41 votes
Dynamite Dillen Swango
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