#1 Chris Hero (@TheChrisHero)-It was another CLEAN SWEEP of the official voters for Chris Hero after winning the 2016 IWA Mid-South Teddy Petty Invitational. Not only that, he picked up wins in both AAW and Beyond Wrestling to run his record to an insane 5-0 for the week. “The Knockout Artist” teamed with Matt Hardy at AAW on 11/4 to defeat Trevor Lee & Andrew Everett, then at IWA Mid-South on 11/5 he defeated Jonathan Wolf in the first round, then defeated Corey Storm, Trik Davis, & Rickey Shane Page in a four-way semifinal, then defeated John Wayne Murdoch in the final to win the Ted Petty International 2016, and then defeated Brian Milionas at Beyond on 11/6. Hero has been doing this for a LONG time and he’s quite possibly the best in the world right now. Make sure to tune into the IPR 100 Reveal on 12/27 and 12/28 to find out where he ends up this year in the Top 100!
#2 Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90)-On almost any other week, Kimber Lee would have easily have gotten the #1 ranking. She was edged out this week simply because of Chris Hero’s phenomenal week, but make no mistake, Kimber Lee had a hell of a week as well. The across the board #2 this week earned her spot by defeating Jessicka Havok and Heidi Lovelace in a Triple Threat at AAW on 11/4, she then defeated Max Smashmaster at Chikara on 11/5, then defeated Sonya Strong at Beyond’s Tournament For Today in the first round on 11/6, then defeated Taeler Hendrix in the semifinals, and then defeated Veda Scott in the final to win the Tournament For Today Women’s Tournament to go 5-0 for the week. Make no mistake, Kimber Lee was amazing this weekend and it’s a damn shame she didn’t collect another #1 ranking.
#3 Matt Riddle (@riddletuf7)-Like Hero and Kimber Lee at #1 and 2, Matt Riddle swept the #3 spot of the official voters’ ballots. His lone loss may be the only thing that kept him away from a #2 or even a #1 ranking this week. ½ of the KPW Tag Team Champions teamed with Tracy Williams at Absolute Intense Wrestling on 11/5 to defeat EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) in the first round of the Double Dare Tag Team Tournament, then lost to Crazy Pain (Gringo Loco & Steve Pain) in the second round on 11/5, then defeated Chris Dickinson in the first round of the Tournament for Today Men’s Tournament at Beyond on 11/6, then defeated Jonathan Gresham in the semifinals, and then defeated Donovan Dijak in the final to win the tournament to go 4-1 for the week. Riddle is just another big name that you’ll likely see in the IPR 100 on 12/27 and/or 12/28!
#4 Brody King (@Brodyxking)-It’s a first-ever ranking for Brody King as he won the APW/Gold Rush Pro Wrestling Young Lions Cup 2016 over the weekend. On 11/5 he teamed with Bison Braddock to defeat Amish Johnson & Atticus Lynch in the first round, then defeated Bison Braddock in the semifinals, and then defeated Ju Dizz, Styker and The Super Beast in a four-way final to win the tournament to run his record to 3-0 on the week. He was actually two votes shy of sweeping the #4 spot this week as well. Brody King was living proof as to how big of a role tournaments played in this week’s Top 10.
#5 John Wayne Murdoch (@johnmurdoch25)-Despite coming just short of winning this year’s TPI, JWM came away with a VERY impressive week at IWA Mid-South. On 11/2 he teamed with his Rejects partner, Reed Bentley to beat Mance Warner & Ray Waddell, then defeated Andrew Hunter on 11/3, then defeated Zodiak on 11/5 in the first round of the Ted Petty Invitational, then defeated Cole Radrick, Shane Mercer, & Jake Crist in a four-way semifinal, and then lost the final to Chris Hero to go 4-1 for the week. Murdoch was just one second away on multiple occasions from being the first wrestler to win the IWA Mid-South King of the Death Matches and TPI in the same year, but what he DID do was show that he could hang with some of the top talent in the world in a straight wrestling match.
#6 Kongo Kong-#4 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
#7 Tyson Dean
#8 Veda Scott
#9 People’s Champ. Dante HP-This Top 10 is being released on Election Tuesday. Why do we vote? THIS is why! Dante HP earned himself a People’s Champ award, but because of the amount of votes he received and the parity of the official voters from the spots of 5-10, Dante HP found a way to sneak into the Top 10 this week. After collecting 88 votes to win the online voting competition, he just edged out Wolfgang, The Trickster, Donovan Dijak, and Matt Cross for the #9 spot. Interestingly, all of the four competitors behind him were all tied at #10 and needed multiple tie breakers to break the tie. Congrats to Dante HP who beat Shawn Hoodrich and Chris Michaels at Wilder Mountain Wrestling on 11/6 in a Triple Threat to get on the ballot and the fans took it home for him.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Jeremiah Plunkett-#2 in the online voting competition with 39 votes
Victor Andrews-#3 in the online voting competition with 26 votes
Tommy Lee Curtis
Adam Chandler the Great
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