#1 Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes)-We thoughts perhaps his first weekend at EVOLVE would be his chance to get his first #1, but he turned this weekend into a historic one with some of the victories he pulled off. Cody Rhodes jumps right into the 2016 IPR 100 conversation with his first #1 ranking as he scored impressive wins over Brian Anthony, Mike Bennett, Kurt Angle, and Sami Callihan last week. NEW played host to some huge dream matches as Cody Rhodes continued to turn away the competition to prove that he’s not just on the indies to make appearances and not work hard…he’s here to prove he’s just as talented as anyone else out there. He did just that with this EASY #1 ranking after a dominant 4-0 week.
#2 Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll)-The meteoric rise of “The Villain” Marty Scurll continues this week with yet another #2 ranking in 2016. The Progress World Champion defeated Moose at RPW in the UK on 8/26, then beat Emil Sitoci at wXw in Germany on 8/27, and then came back to the UK where he beat Mark Andrews on 8/28 to retain the title. A 3-0 weekend and a clean sweep of the continent of Europe earns Marty Scurll his THIRD #2 ranking in 2016. It has been an amazing year for Marty Scurll and it appears that he’s really just getting started.
#3 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-Despite so many commitments all over the place, Drew Galloway still shines any time he gets to appear on the indies. ½ of the EVOLVE Tag Team Champions defeated Davey Blaze at BCW in the UK on 8/26, then beat Joe Hendry, Jack Jester, & EC3 in a Four-Way at SWE on 8/27, and then teamed with Jack Jester & Lionheart at ICW on 8/28 to defeat The Pinky Party (Noam Dar, Grado, & Sha Samuels) to go 3-0 for the week. Whether it’s in tag team competition or singles, Drew Galloway continues to remain relevant on the independent wrestling scene for the third year straight.
#4 Joey Vendetta-A 4-0 week nets Joey Vendetta the highest ranking he’s ever had. In fact, this is the first time Vendetta has cracked the Top 10. He had one hell of a week as he defeated Tyrone Tyrone Ironside at RCW in Canada on 8/24, then defeated Britton Bayliss on 8/25, then defeated Jake Fury on 8/26, and then defeated AC Hawkes on 8/27. A four win weekend is something to be proud of and a #4 ranking on a STACKED week like this is just another new accomplishment for Joey Vendetta. Look out for him if he starts making waves in some other places.
#5 Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND)-This week was all about star power, due largely in part to some of the dream matches that NEW booked over the weekend. ½ of the HOG Tag Team Champions defeated the very talented Vinny Marseglia at NEW on 8/25 and then beat Sami Callihan at NEW on 8/27 to go 2-0 for the week. Two big victories. Obvious star power. Although he may be a polarizing individual to many, Matt Hardy absolutely earned his #5 ranking this week.
#6 Kongo Kong
#7 Anthony Henry
#8 Darius Lockhart
#9 Colt Cabana
#10 Jake De Leon
People’s Champ. Gunner Miller (@RealGunnerM11)-After several VERY close battles this year, Gunner Miller FINALLY wins the People’s Champ award as he collected 361 of the 1,337 votes to win the online voting competition this week. He got on the poll when he won the WWW Heavyweight Title by defeating Stryknyn on 8/27. His fans and supporters took care of the rest as he outdistanced Thomas Walton III to bring home his very first People’s Champ award. You can check him out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/RealGunnerM11
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Thomas Walton III-#2 in the online voting competition with 238 votes
Mason Maddox-#5 in the online voting competition with 87 votes
Danny Divine-#3 in the online voting competition with 132 votes
Goldman-#4 in the online voting competition with 119 votes
Rampage Raddison-#6 in the online voting competition with 37 votes
Ryan Malice-#7 in the online voting competition with 35 votes
Archadia-#8 in the online voting competition with 26 votes
Shane Mercer-#9 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
Hammer Tunis-#10 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
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