#1 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-The “Technical Wizard” does it again! Zack Sabre Jr’s phenomenal year just continues to get better as the PWG World and RevPro British Champion picked up some quality wins at EVOLVE over the weekend. On 10/15 at EVOLVE he defeated Tracy Williams and then followed that up with a win vs. FIP World Champion Fred Yehi on 10/16 to go 2-0 for the week. The respect level for ZSJ among the independent wrestling community is at an all-time high as he is 3-time #1 this year. Despite having some of his time taken up by the Cruiserweight Classic, he’s still killing it on the indies in 2016 and EVOLVE has been a huge part of his success. Will his next title be the EVOLVE title? It’s entirely possible.
#2 Chris Hero (@TheChrisHero)-Last week’s #1 drops just one spot after a weekend that was just as good or better than the weekend of Zack Sabre Jr. With wins vs. Drew Gulak at EVOLVE on 10/15 and Matt Riddle at EVOLVE on 10/16, it’s hard to deny that Hero was right there with Sabre for this week’s top spot. It’s really difficult to argue against either one of them at the top spot this week, but in the end, it’s likely ZSJ’s year as a whole combined with his current status as a multiple title holder that gave him a slight edge over Hero. That said, Hero has been absolutely AMAZING in 2016. Despite a lack of gold, he has been having fantastic match after fantastic match no matter where he goes. Keep an eye on him as 2016 winds down and we head into 2017. He’s in top form right now.
#3 Fenix-We don’t often get a lot of Mexican talent in the Top 10 due to our decision to keep AAA and CMLL out of the equation. This week was different as Fenix cracked the Top 10 with a HUGE victory over Jeff Cobb, Sonjay Dutt, and Jonathan Gresham in a Four-Way at Lucha Ilimitado on 10/12 to become the inaugural Corzon de Oro Champion. That wasn’t the end of his weekend as he defeated Rey Horus at Mucha Lucha on 10/26 to go 2-0 for the week. He was the consensus 2 or 3 for most official voters this week after a couple of impressive victories combined with his status as one of the better luchadores going today. If he can continue this momentum, you may see him pop up in this year’s IPR 100.
#4 Tyler Bate (@Tyler_Bate)-Britain’s favorite mustache gets his first ranking in quite a while as he became the new wXw Shotgun Champion after back-to-back victories on 10/14 and 10/15 at wXw. He won a #1 contenders match on 10/14 when he beat Da Mack and Marius Al-Ani and then beat Pete Dunne the next day to win the title. The win over Pete Dunne was particularly important as Pete Dunne has been ranked multiple times this year in the Indy Power Rankings. Bate, who has been splitting his time as ½ of the CHIKARA Campoenatos de Parejas, is looking to make a run at the IPR 100 after his big weekend in Germany.
#5 Bob “Hardcore” Holly (@TheBobHolly)-We get a surprising name in the Top 10 as Bob Holly picked up two VERY big wins over the weekend against two of the top talents in all of wrestling. On 10/14 at HOH he defeated Sami Callihan. If that wasn’t enough he defeated Ethan Carter III at HOH/IWC on 10/15 to go 2-0 for the week. In terms of level of opponents, very few people in the Top 10 had a better weekend than Holly. Again, if it were an apples to apples comparison, he might even be #1 this week, but Holly isn’t quite as active as the talent ahead of him and his ranking likely suffered due to that. Regardless, he’s #5 and that’s pretty damn good.
#6 Alberto El Patron
#7 Shady Nattrass
#8 Adrian Armour
#9 Chasyn Rance
People’s Champ. His Royal Tenis (@His_Royal_Tenis)-Australia and QWA in particular make another impact in the Indy Power Rankings this week as His Royal Tenis made it look easy by winning the online voting competition this week to become “People’s Champ.” He got on the poll as he defeated Rocko Rumble for the QWA Global Title on 10/15. His fans and supporters came together and helped him get the #1 spot in the fan vote this week to go with him being ½ of the WA Tag Team Champions and the aforementioned QWA Global Champion. Give a like to his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/HisRoyalTenis/
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Others missing out/receiving votes:
LiveWire-#3 in the online voting competition with 61 votes
Skylar Slice-#2 in the online voting competition with 78 votes
Michael Foster-#4 in the online voting competition with 55 votes
Matt Hayter-#5 in the online voting competition with 25 votes
Everett Cross-#6 in the online voting competition with 20 votes
Mr. Juicy-#7 in the online voting competition with 17 votes
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