#1 Jimmyz (Jimmy Kagetora & Jimmy Susumu)-The Dragon Gate promotion in Japan once again stands alone as the top producer of teams in the Tag Team Top 5 with yet another #1 ranking this week. This time it’s the Open the Twin Gate Champions as they defeated Masaaki Mochizuki & Akira Tozawa in a non-title match at Dragon Gate on 9/19 and then beat former #1’s VerserK (Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi) on 9/22 at Dragon Gate to retain the titles with a 2-0 record for the week. The Jimmyz faction has popped up in the Tag Team Top 5 multiple times this year, this is only their second #1 ranking, which ironically came from the same combination of talent. Look for them to continue their success as we head toward the last quarter of 2016.
#2 British Strong Style (Pete Dunne & Trent Seven)-This is the first ranking for this pairing as they became the NEW Progress Tag Team Champions over the weekend, defeating The London Riots on 9/25 to win the titles. A victory over the London Riots is always a big deal, but winning these prestigious tag team titles is a special accomplishment for the team. Pete Dunne has been ranked MANY times in the singles Top 10, but perhaps his time will be spent more frequently in tags as 2016 moves forward? Time will tell.
#3 Camelot (Zane Dawson & James Drake)-It’s another first-time ranking as the #3 team come to us this week from the Carolinas. The PWF Universal Tag Team Champions picked up one hell of a victory when they beat The Extreme Horsemen (John Skylar & King Corino), The Ugly Ducklings (Rob Killjoy & Lance Lude) and Zane Riley (without Jakob Hammermeier) on 9/23 in a four-way to retain the titles. Great week for PWF as Timmy Lou Retton was #1 in the Indy Power Rankings and this powerful tag team picks up a #3 ranking amidst a lot of great teams battling for a spot in this week’s Top 5.
#4 Martin Kirby & Joey Hayes-We have a THIRD team with a first-time ranking this week as the NEW PCW Tag Team Champions are the second eam representing the UK in the Tag Team Top 5. With a tremendous victory over Team Single (Rampage Brown & T-Bone) on 9/24 to win the titles, they found their way into a ton of respect to go along with their ranking. Like British Strong Style, their victory to win a set of prestigious tag team titles went a very long way in getting them their very first ranking. Look out for them to continue this success in PCW as the year rolls on.
#5 Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers @RoscoeEatLisa)-REL return to the Tag Team Top 5 yet again this year as they are inching their way ever closer to the top spot in this year’s Tag Team Top 50. It was bark, bark gator tits all over again for the duo as the SNPW Tag Team Champions picked up a very impressive win when they defeated Team IOU and Lethal Injection in a Triple Threat Match at SWE on 9/24. On a week where there really weren’t a lot of dominant tag team performances, a win over two very established teams in one match combined with how good their year has been this year helped them into the Tag Team Top 5 for the 7th time this year.
People’s Champs. Days of Rage (Zane & Riot)-The PWE Tag Team Champions are back again with their second win in the online voting competition to become 2-time People’s Champs in the Tag Team Top 5. This week they had The Spirit of Detroit nipping at their heels, but outlasted them with a score of 185 votes to 121. The Champs got onto the poll by beating Owen Knight and Da ATLien to retain the titles over the weekend. Their fans and supporters took care of the rest as they are atop the fan vote once again.
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