#1 Team Sendai Girls – As with the singles vote where the BOLA winner was unanimously chosen as this week’s #1, the tag team vote was also a clean sweep, this time for the winner of Chikara’s King (or in this case Queen) of the Trios Tournament. Sendai Girls in Japan is a promotion which often gets overlooked in favour of the bigger names like New Japan, All Japan, NOAH, Wrestle-1, Dragon Gate, Big Japan etc. Their last live event only pulled a crowd of 230 people. But the promotion sent three of their top stars – Cassandra Miyagi, DASH Chisako and Meiko Satomura – to compete in Chikara’s prestigious annual trios event and boy did they make an impact. They certainly wouldn’t have come in as favourites but proved any doubters wrong by winning the whole event, beating Heidi Lovelace and N_R_G (Hype Rockwell and Race Jaxon) in the first round on 9/2; The Colony (Fire Ant, Silver Ant and Soldier Ant) in the quarterfinals on 9/3; Warriors Three (Oleg the Usurper, Princess Kimber Lee and Estonian Thunderfrog) in the semifinals on 9/4 and Team JWP (Command Bolshoi, Hanako Nakamori and Manami Katsu) in the final the same night to win the tournament and go 4-0 for the week. As these three Japanese women wrestlers are more likely to be seen fighting each other than teaming up you probably won’t hear of them again as a team for the rest of the year, but having won King of the Trios and been Indy Power Rankings #1, they’ve already got more accolades than some long-established teams.
#2 Team JWP (Command Bolshoi, Hanako Nakamori and Manami Katsu)-The Chikara King of the Trios runners-up also take second spot in our rankings this week. JWP – or to give it its full name, Japanese Women Pro Wrestling Project – is a similar sized promotion to Sendai Girls, if not smaller (their last two shows both failed to draw 100 people). But their trio defeated Amasis, Argus and Ophidian in round one on 9/2; then beat United Nations (Juan Fransisco de Corondado, Prakash Sabar and Proletariat Boar of Moldova) in the quarterfinals on 9/3; then defeated Hallowicked, Icarus and Jigsaw in the semis on 9/4 before falling to Team Sendai Girls in the final. Their 3-1 weekend, coupled with strength of opponent saw them rated #2 on our rankings this week, but like the team that beat them, they are unlikely to be ranked again this year as they don’t normally team together.
#3 Over Generation (CIMA and Gamma)-The Japanese invasion of our rankings continues as this Dragon Gate duo went undefeated in four matches (although one was a draw). They defeated Monster Express (WWE-bound Akira Tozawa and Big R Shimizu) on 8/29; then defeated VerserK (Cyber Kong and Shingo Takagi) on 8/30; then fought their fellow Over Generation members Dragon Kid and Eita to a time limit draw on 9/3 and finally teamed with Dragon Kid and Eita on 9/4 to defeat YAMATO, BxB Hulk, Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria and El Lindaman. On any other week they might have landed higher on the rankings but it’s very difficult to overcome the King of the Trios finalists.
#4 The Brotherhood (Brother Reed and Mickey Muscles)-It was a case of quality over quantity for this duo, whose only win this week was a big one, beating last year’s #1 team The Hooligans (Devin and Mason Cutter) at IWA Mid-South on 8/30. While this single victory only impressed a small number of the official IPR voting panel, the team came second in the fan vote, boosting them into the top 5. Will they be able to build on that win? Tomorrow at IWAMS they are due to face Nick Depp and John Wayne Murdoch of The Rejects, while they are also due to appear at WCWO on Friday and WWA on Saturday so if they can go 3-0 they could feature highly in next week’s rankings.
#5 The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)-Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s Battle of Los Angeles dominated the singles rankings this week but the most successful tag team from that event just scrape in at number 5 in the tag team rankings. This weekend they teamed with Adam Cole on 9/2 to defeat Dalton Castle and reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly). They then lost a six-man tag along side Cole on 9/3 to the high-flying trio of Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Will Ospreay. But the win which landed them a spot in the top 5 was their win over Pentagon Jr and Fenix on 9/4 to retain the PWG World Tag Team Championships and go 2-1 for the week. The Bucks are still the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, but those defences don’t count towards our rankings, so it’s generally only weeks when they come to PWG that they feature on our list.
People’s Champs: TECH (Mike Munroe and TC Read)-This Florida-based duo haven’t made much impact on the IPR rankings until now but they really made themselves noticed this week. The REAL Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions defeated Craig Mitchell and Matt Knicks at Ronin Pro Wrestling on 9/3. They then picked up their second victory of the week on 9/4 at the Wrestling Fest in Gainesville when they defeated Los Ben Dejos (Jay Rios and Jon Cruz) to go 2-0. It was a close-fought battle between The Brotherhood and TECH for the public vote, but ultimately TECH triumphed by 78 votes to 69 to be crowned this week’s People’s Champs.
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