#1 VerserK (Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi)-It’s a second visit to the top spot for this particular combination of the VerserK faction after an impressive 3-0 week at Dragon Gate in Japan. They defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Kagetora & Jimmy Kanda) on 9/16; then defeated Over Generation (Dragon Kid & Gamma) on 9/17; then defeated Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk and Kzy) on 9/18 to conclude a very successful week. It helps Doi and Takagi take another step closer to a spot in our year-end top 50 but the thing which hurts a lot of Dragon Gate competitors is that they belong to large factions and don’t always tag with the same person at every event.
#2 Hardcore Impact (Pauly Thomaselli & Hardcore Craig)-It’s a first visit to the top 5 for this duo after a brilliant week in which they defended one title and won another. They started off at Brew City Wrestling on 9/16 where they defended that organization’s tag titles against Superiority Complex. Then they made the journey to Pro Wrestling Blitz, where they defeated The RuffBecks (Ruff Crossing and Mason Beck) on 9/17 to win the PWB tag titles and go 2-0 for the week. If they can continue to defend both sets of titles on a regular basis, they could make a late charge for inclusion in our year-end rankings.
#3 Super Smash Brothers (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson)-It’s been quite some time since we heard from this Canadian duo, but they came back with a bang this weekend, beating top British team The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) and Well Oiled Machines (Pepper Parks & Mike Rollins) at the Progress Wrestling vs Smash Wrestling event in Canada on 9/18. They could have had an even better weekend, but Evil Uno opted to focus predominantly on singles matches. Super Smash Brothers have been competing together for eight years and held titles everywhere from Chikara to Pro Wrestling Guerilla to Alpha 1. If they can get back on a winning streak, the sky’s the limit for this pair.
#4 Kimber Lee & Heidi Lovelace-In between their singles commitments this weekend, two of the top women on the independent scene found time to team up and defeat some bearded bullies. They came to AAW and defeated our two-time year-end #1 tag team, The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter). The Hooligans have been so dominant in recent years that any time they lose it has to be considered an upset, but defeat to a couple of women wrestlers who don’t even team up regularly is definitely newsworthy.
#5 Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett-This duo has used names Kobrai Kai Dojo and Sex Bob-ombs over the years but now seem happy just to go by Vega and Fitchett. They are the current AAW tag champs and retained the prestigious titles by defeating OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) on 9/16. While other teams who didn’t make this week’s top 5 may have had more victories, the combination of the prestige of the titles and the quality of their opponents resulted in a much-deserved top 5 ranking.
People’s Champs: Los Chicanos (Jose Garcia & Memo Cuevas)-A few hours before the voting closed it looked like Days of Rage were going to achieve the rare feat of being People’s Champions two weeks in a row. But Los Chicanos, who are the new School Of Morton East Tennessee Tag Team Champions, put in a late charge and eventually won the public poll by one vote. Working at the training school/wrestling promotion run by Ricky Morton of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Los Chicanos must be picking up tons of tips about tag team wrestling and this will be very beneficial as their careers take off.
Others receiving votes:
Kevin Park & Brian Kane
Days of Rage-#2 in the online voting competition with 143 votes
Shannon Reed & Cornelius Wyverstone-#3 in the online voting competition with 51 votes
The Midwest Monsters-#4 in the online voting competition with 33 votes
AperiTeam (Carlo Birra & Claudio Campari)-#5 in the online voting competition with 26 votes
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