#1 Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto)-Could this week have been any more busy for this duo? Just look at what they did: They defeated Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki at BJW on 8/15, then teamed with Kankuro Hoshino on 8/16 to defeat Masaya Takahashi, Ryuji Ito & Takayuki Ueki, then teamed with Ryuji Ito the same day to defeat Daisuke Sekimoto, Kazumi Kikuta & Yasufumi Nakanoue; then defeated Kazumi Kikuta & Yoshihisa Uto on 8/17, then teamed with Toshiyuki Sakuda the same day to lose to Abdullah Kobayashi, Jaki Numazawa & Ryuji Ito, then defeated Kota Sekifuda & Tatsuhiko Yoshino on 8/18, then teamed with Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue the same day to defeat Great Kojika, Kankuro Hoshino & Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) and then defeated Minoru Suzuki & Mitsuhisa Sunabe at Oz Academy on 8/21 to go 7-1 for the week. With a record like that in one week, it was really impossible to keep them out of the #1 spot this week.
#2 Bad Boy (Fujita Hayato & Takeshi Minamino)-It was a flawless week for this tag team as they teamed with Manjimaru at Michinoku Pro on 8/17 to defeat Kenbai, Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2, then teamed with Ken45 on 8/19 to defeat Daichi Sasaki, GAINA & Rui Hiugaji, then teamed with Manjimaru on 8/20 to defeat GAINA, Kenbai and Rui Hiugaji, and then teamed with Manjimaru on 8/21 to defeat GAINA, Rui Hiugaji & Taro Nohashi to go 4-0 for the week. Again, much like YTK before them, it was impossible to deny them a top ranking after a week where they went 4-0 and showed absolute dominance.
#3 Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate)-The NEW Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas defeated Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr.), N_R_G (Hype Rockwell & Race Jaxon) and The Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch) in a four-way double elimination match on 8/21 to win the titles. Because of that win, they earn their first ranking this week. On another week where teams are 7-1 and 4-0, they likely would be competing for the top spot. Look out for Moustache Mountain to start to make some noise if they can turn this title victory into some serious momentum.
#4 Ugly Ducklings (Colby Corino & Lance Lude)-This stable continues to make waves as 2/3’s of the PWF Trios Champions defeated The Brutes on 8/20 at WZW and then teamed with Rob Killjoy at PWX on 8/21 to defeat The Gouge Wrestling All-Stars (Timmy Lou Retton, Chet Sterling, & Mickey Gambino) to go 2-0 for the week. Their body of work in 2016 really does speak for itself as they are continuing to set the indies on fire. This is a team that came out of nowhere to make an impact in the Indy Power Rankings this year and it really doesn’t look like that’s changing any time soon.
#5 EC3, Dustin, & Drew Galloway-Once again EVOLVE takes center stage as the EVOLVE Tag Team Champions (Galloway & Dustin) teamed with EC3 to pick up a big win vs. TJP, Fred Yehi, and Ethan Page on 8/20 to retain the titles. While this victory doesn’t really help them in the Tag Team Top 50 standings, it does get the trio their first ranking together as a team. Will this alliance continue? We’ll have to tune into WWN Live for the rest of 2016 to find out.
People’s Champs. Guns & Aggression (Luke Lawson & Mance Warner)-This tag team gets their first People’s Champs award this week after a strong showing (no pun intended) at Strong Style Wrestling on 8/20 where they defeated The Brotherhood. They were outlast SuperFabulous in the online voting competition, 83 votes to 74 to bring home the win. Give a like to Luke Lawson’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SharpshooterLawson/ and there should be Guns & Aggression shirts up soon here: http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/wrestler-t-shirts/sharpshooter-luke-lawson.html
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Kobayashi, Takahashi, & Ueki
Kamitani & Hama
SuperFabulous-#2 in the online voting competition with 74 votes
The Punkadelics-#3 in the online voting competition with 23 votes
Low Hanging Fruit
Swords of Essex
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