#1 Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto-This tag team gets their first #1 ranking together after winning this year’s Iron Fist Tag Team Tournament over the weekend. On 10/29 they defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu in the semi-finals and then beat FUMA and Yusuke Kobo the same day to win the tournament. A 2-0 week on a week like this where competition was admittedly a little week gets them the #1. The question for this team now is whether or not this ranking is going to be enough to push them into the Tag Team Top 50 this year. With so many new teams entering the fray, it will be interesting to see if this team can stand apart from the pack as it’s already looking like there’s a lot of quality teams that will miss out on this year’s Tag Team Top 50. Be sure to check out the Tag Team Top 50 Reveal on 12/28 here: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=142608&cmd=tc
#2 Hardcore Impact (Hardcore Craig & Pauly Thomaselli)-Much like the #1 team this week, the #2 got their spot by winning a tag team tournament. They beat Sierra & Melanie Cruise at Brew City Wrestling in the semi-finals of the Jim Boyd Tag Memorial Tournament on and then beat Max Holiday & Blake Belakis in the finals to win the tournament. A 2-0 week gets them into the Tag Team Top 5 again. It’s likely you’ll see their name on the list of teams in this year’s Tag Team Top 50. How high will they be? Well, again you’ll have to tune in on 12/28 to find out for yourself how their year stacked up against some of the other top teams on the indies.
#3 Dragneel & Wildman Firpo-We get a new team to the Tag Team Top 5 as this tag team dominated CWE in Canada last week with THREE victories on a week where many teams struggled to even pick up two wins. They defeated Travis Cole & Rob Mass at Canadian Wrestling’s Elite on 10/29, then defeated Bobby Collins & Mike Mission the same day, and then Travis Cole & Mike Mission on 10/30 to go 3-0 for the week. Impressive week for this first-time team to the Top 5, but again, they’ll need to pick up some more wins and turn them into rankings if they want to find themselves in the truly elite of 2016. Time is running out as we have less than 2 months to go before the big reveal!
#4 VerserK (Shingo Takagi & T-Hawk)-Dragon Gate gets another team into the Tag Team Top 5 as this duo was VERY busy last week with FIVE tag team matches. They came away with a very impressive 4-1 record as they teamed with Mondai Ryu at Dragon Gate on 10/24 to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Kagetora & Ryo Jimmy Saito) & Masato Yoshino, then teamed with Cyber Kong on 10/25 to defeat Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kzy & YAMATO) then teamed with El Lindaman on 10/28 to defeat Masaaki Mochizuki, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! and Ryo “Jimmy” Saito, then teamed with Cyber Kong on 10/29 to lose to Akira Tozawa, Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk, and then teamed with El-Lindaman on 10/30 to defeat Gamma, Takehiro Yamamura and Peter Kaasa . VerserK will definitely being making an appearance in the Tag Team Top 50..but which combination?
#5 Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TeamIOU)-The Carnies are back AGAIN in the Tag Team Top 5 as the former Boy and his Dog don’t seem to be going anywhere. They have achieved so much success in 2016 and they look to continue that momentum heading into this year’s Tag Team Top 50. After being ranked #2 last week, they fought Iceberg & Murder-1 to a no contest on 10/29, then defeated The REVOLT (Darius Lockhart & Zane Riley) at Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment on 10/30, and then teamed with Anthony Henry & Ethan Case the same day to defeat Adrian Armour, Chip Day, Iceberg & Murder-1 to go 2-0-1 for the week. Will they beat their previous 2 rankings in the Tag Team Top 50 of #4? Time will tell.
People’s Champs. Foley Bros (Ryan & Mo Foley)-The NEW Insane Championship Wrestling (in Milwaukee) Tag Team Champions make their first appearance at or near the Tag Team Top 5 after they were the last two men standing in a Survivor Series-style match on 10/30 to win the titles. They collected 66 votes from their fans and supporters to make the Indy Power Rankings an all Wisconsin week as AC Riley won the People’s Champ award in the singles and of course they won the Tag Team Top 5 People’s Champs award. Congrats to the Foley Bros on their first win in the online voting competiton!
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Bullet Kliq-#2 in the online voting competition with 54 votes
Corey Storm & Zodiak-#3 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Deadly Alliance-#4 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
Kaz Hayashi & Kotaro Suzuki
80’s Art-#5 in the online voting competition with 20 votes
One Mean Team
The Hunter Brothers
Shean Christopher & B-What
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