#1 Adrian Hawkins & Bobby Moore-Never, EVER underestimate the importance of the fan vote on the Indy Power Rankings/Tag Team Top 5. This week we ended up with a tie as Hawkins & Moore tied Polo Promotions based on official voter totals and the weight of the fan vote. In the end though, the tiebreaker was the AMOUNT of fan votes which Hawkins & Moore won. The NEW Southern Fried Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions won the vacant titles over the weekend as they beat Brian Kane & Damian Bennett in the first round on 11/19, then defeated Spring Street Suicide Squad (Ken Lee & Chris Crunk) in the semifinal, and then defeated Drew Adler & Sal Rinauro in the final the same day to win the titles to go 3-0 for the week. Will their first #1 ranking be enough to get them into the Tag Team Top 50 for this year? Tune in on 12/28 here to find out: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/tscmd/tc/142608
#2 Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey)-The ICW and SWA Tag Team Champions had a bittersweet week as they ended up at #2, but came about 11 fan votes shy of their first-ever #1 ranking. That being said, you have to tip your cap to them as they beat Mikey Whiplash & Shane Douglas at Target Wrestling on 11/19 and then teamed to defeat Team 3-D at ICW on 11/20 in a No DQ Match to retain the titles to run their record to 2-0 on the week. This tag team has been on fire in recent months and it’s likely you’ll see their names in this year’s Tag Team Top 50, but with about a month to go, what will their ranking be assuming they can hang on and make the elite list of 50?
#3 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-If there’s a lesson to be learned from the years we’ve been doing the Tag Team Top 5, it’s that you can never count out The Outlaws themselves..The Hooligans! The reigning back-to-back #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 have gotten another ranking after they went 3-0 on a week where they beat The Viking War Party one final time at SLA on 11/18, then teamed with Roscoe Eat Lisa and American Viking at SNPW to beat Gavin Alexander, Richard Faith, Slade Sludge, Spencer Wallace, and Jake Garvin, and then finished the week off when they beat The Lords of Seduction at ACW on 11/20. 3-0 equals #3 in the TTT5 for these Bearded Bullies as their march to a potential third straight year at #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 continues. They also came in fourth this week in the online voting competition with 20 votes.
#4 Over Generation (CIMA & Dragon Kid)-Dragon Gate comes through again as this Over Generation tandem gets into the Tag Team Top 5 with an impressive 3-0 week in Japan. They teamed with Eita & Gamma at Dragon Gate on 11/14 to defeat VerserK (Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu, Shingo Takagi & T-Hawk) then teamed with Kotoka on 11/16 to defeat VerserK (Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu & T-Hawk) and then defeated Naruki Doi and Big R Shimizu on 11/19. You can’t overlook Over Generation’s accomplishments in 2016 and one wonders whether that will continue into 2017 as factions come and go at Dragon Gate, but one thing is common…Dragon Gate producing some of the top tag teams week in and week out in the Tag Team Top 5.
#5 The Brotherhood (Brother Reed & Mickey Muscles)-Their week started slowly as they took an L to OI4K (Jake & Dave Crist) at Terry Harper Presents on 11/15, but they bounced back as they beat The Players Club by DQ at IWA Mid-South on 11/17, then defeated Brett Ison & David Morton at SWF on 11/18, then teamed with Jordan Whitaker at Strickly Nsane Pro Wrestling on 11/19 to defeat Corey Storm, Ray Waddell and Alexander Knight to go 3-1 for the week. They are following in the steps of The Hooligans, Team IOU, and the Viking War Party as a duo that is really starting to make a name for themselves, particularly in the Midwest. Look out for them to make some noise in the years to come when it comes to the Tag Team Top 50. They were #5 in the online voting competition this week with 15 votes.
People’s Champs. Chico Adams & Rex Bacchus-The NEW RIOT Tag Team Champions get their first People’s Champs award as a team as they beat Russell Payne and JD Amazing (substituting for Rhett Giddins) on 11/20 to win the titles to get on the poll. It took 86 votes from their fans to beat out the Middlesex Express (and others) but in the end, they stood victorious in the online voting competition for this week. You can follow Rex Bacchus on Twitter @rex_bacchus and Chico Adams @chicoadamsbmw. Rex Bacchus can be found on Pro Wrestling Tees as ½ of the Dreamboats here: http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/wrestler-t-shirts/dreamboats.html while Chico Adams can be found on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CHICOADAMSBMW
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Big R Shimizu & Masaaki Mochizuki
Middlesex Express-#2 in the online voting competition with 54 votes
Twisted Sisterz-#3 in the online voting competition with 44 votes
Akebono & Shogun Okamoto
Skine & Nakatsu
Roscoe Eat Lisa
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