#1 Bomb Shelter (Joseph Schwartz & Zodiak)-The bodies just kept piling up last week as this dominant combination went 3-0 with a flawless sweep. Despite suffering a knee injury, Joseph Schwartz was able to power through with the help of the deranged monster, Zodiak. The WCWO Tag Team Champions beat The Brotherhood at IWA Mid-South on 10/13, then beat Shad Satu & One Cent Phil Pinball at WCWO on 10/14 to retain the titles, and then beat Shad Satu & Ram Jam on 10/15 at IWA Mid-South to go 3-0 for the week. This team has had a sensational 2016 and you can expect to see them in the Tag Team Top 50 at the end of the year, but the question is…how high will their ranking be? Schwartz should only miss a couple of weeks, so this duo is hoping their momentum picks right back up as soon as he’s ready to compete again.
#2 Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto)-After a GREAT 2015, this team has been relatively quiet in 2016. That silence all changed this past week at Big Japan as they swept the week with a 4-0 record. Their week was so good that they came VERY close to grabbing the #1 ranking this week, but were edged out slightly by the Bomb Shelter. They teamed with Takumi Tsukamoto on 10/10 to defeat Kankuro Hoshino, “Kokutenshi” Jaki Numazawa and Masaya Takahashi, then defeated Masashi Takeda and Takayuki Ueki on 10/11, then defeated Abdullah Kobayashi and Takayuki Ueki on 10/13, and then defeated Ryuji Ito and Toshiyuki Sakuda on 10/14 to complete their flawless week. If they can continue to pick up wins, they still have time to make a big impact on this year’s Tag Team Top 50.
#3 BJ Strong (Yuji Okabayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto)-The All Japan World Tag Team Champions make a rare appearance in the Tag Team Top 5 this week. In 2015 they were dominant, but many of their matches in 2016 don’t count towards our rankings (such as their title defense at All Japan over the weekend). That being said, they still went 3-0 at Big Japan on the week and like Yankee Two Kenju, they return to the rankings with a clean sweep. They defeated Hideyoshi Kamitani and Yoshihisa Uto at BJW on 10/11, then teamed with Tsuyoshi Kicuchi on 10/13 to defeat Yasufumi Nakanoue, Masashi Takeda & Yoshihisa Uto, and then defeated SMOP (Akebono and Ryota Hama) to make it three wins and no losses. Here’s another team with the strong potential to get themselves a great 2016 Tag Team Top 50 ranking if they can continue this momentum.
#4 Yapper Man #1 and #2 (Speed of Sounds-Tsutomo Oosugi & Hercules Senga)-Last week’s #1 tag team changed their personas at Michinoku Pro where they won the Futaritabi Tournament 2016 after defeating GAINA & Taro Nohashi on 10/10. They returned back to their Speed of Sounds personas as they teamed with Toshiyuki Sakuda at BJW on 10/13 to defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei & Jaki Numazawa and then teamed with Shinobu at BJW on 10/14 to defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei and Tatsuhiko Yoshino to go 3-0 for the week. This is a tag team who, regardless of the name their competing under, has had an absolutely incredible 2016 thus far.
#5 KRAKEN (Chip Day & Murder-1)-The AWE Tag Team Champions return to the Tag Team Top 5 this week after beating one of the very best tag teams in all of professional wrestling in The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter). Their victory was a successful title defense of the AWE tag titles at UIW. These two are very dangerous competitors and with the strength of some of their recent victories, there’s no reason you won’t be seeing them again in the Tag Team Top 5 this year if they keep winning and defending their titles.
People’s Champs. VIP (Jarrod Idol & Jax Jordan)-The NEW Insane Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions were awarded a spot on the poll after beating Keegan & Turkish, A.T.O. and Kings of KO in a Four-Way in Australia on 10/15 to win the titles. 93 votes later and they won their first People’s Champs award, edging out Days of Rage to win the online voting competition this week. Give a like to their Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/VIPTAGTEAM/
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