#1 JML (David Starr & Shane Strickland)-We’ve got another new team in the #1 spot this week as the winners of the wXw World Tag Team League 2016 find themselves with a #1 ranking. The NEW wXw Tag Team Champions started slow on the week as they lost to Angelico & Jack Evans on 9/30, but bounced back as they beat Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) on 10/1, then defeated Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) on 10/2, and then defeated The Leaders Of The New School (Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr.) in the final the same day to win the tournament. A 3-1 week with victories over some of the best talent in all of independent wrestling and you see why there really was no other viable option at #1 this week. JML swept the official voters’ ballots with #1 across the board. Look out for them when they get back to the States!
#2 Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TeamIOU)-The Carnies return to the Tag Team Top 5 this week! The team who led the mid-way point of this year’s Tag Team Top 50 returns once again after a 2-0 week. On 9/30 they defeated a great upstart tag team in The Brotherhood at SWF and then defeated Owen Knight and De Atlien at UIW on 10/1 to complete a flawless week. This tag team continues to tour the United States as they prove that they are truly one of the elite tag teams in all of independent wrestling. Their fans also supported them in a BIG way this week as they collected 96 votes to come in third in the online voting competition.
#3 People’s Champs. Filth (Brett Ison & JC Crow)-The RTW Tag Team Champions defeated The Dunns on 9/30 to retain the titles and then beat perennial #1’s The Hooligans on 10/1 to retain again for a 2-0 record on the week. This tag team had a hell of a WAR with Days of Rage in the online voting competition, but ultimately pulled away with 350 votes to get their first People’s Champs award to go along with their #3 ranking. Check out JC Crow on Twitter @InkubusCrow and Brett Ison on Twitter @StrngstylPitBul
#4 Mr. Excellent & Tony Callaghan-Italy gets representation this week in the Tag Team Top 5. This tag team won the ICW Academy Cup as they defeated Ombra & Leon in the quarterfinals at ICW in Italy on 10/1, then defeated Psycho Mike & Gabriel Bach in the semifinals the same day, and then defeated Doblone & Sabor in the final to win the tournament with a 3-0 record for the week. We’ve seen tag teams from all over the world in the Tag Team Top 5 and this week was no different. What is often difficult for a lot of teams from countries that aren’t “known” for wrestling is that many times they get their one ranking and fade away. Hopefully Excellent & Callaghan can buck that trend.
#5 Viking War Party (Jake Parnell & Alex Rudolph @VikingWarParty)-These wild ass Vikings are still leaving a trail of destruction where ever they go. They scored one of the biggest wins over the weekend as they defeated Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers) and Bomb Shelter (Joseph Schwartz & Zodiak) at SNPW on 10/1. They beat two of the very best teams in the Midwest to solidify themselves as being a top tier team. With a combination of brawling and high-flying like few other teams, these two Vikings are ALWAYS a threat to any tag team in any promotion they travel to. They’ve made the Tag Team Top 50 for two years straight…can they make it three? They’ve got some work to do.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Days of Rage-#2 in the online voting competition with 235 votes
Twisted Sisterz-#4 in the online voting competition with 88 votes
Double Dragon Monkey Fury
The Southern Rednecks-#5 in the online voting competition with 68 votes
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