#1 Mount Tessa (Tessa Blanchard & Vanessa Kraven)-3rd Generation Wrestler Tessa Blanchard teamed up with Vanessa Kraven over the weekend at SHIMMER and it turned out to be a recipe for success for the odd couple. On 11/13 they defeated Team Slap Happy at SHIMMER to win the Tag Team Titles and then followed that up with a win vs. BaleSpin (KC Spinelli & Xandra Bale) to retain the titles the same day. A 2-0 week and a HUGE tag team title win puts them at #1 for the week for the very first time. With as much parity as there has been at the #1 spot this year, Mount Tessa will be battling it out with multiple teams for a spot in the 2016 Tag Team Top 50. Can they make it happen? Tune in on 12/28 here to find out: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/tscmd/tc/142608
#2 Catch Point (Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi)-The only other team who received support at the #1 position was the Catch Point team of Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi who scored a tremendous victory over the weekend as they won the EVOLVE Tag Team Titles. As always with EVOLVE, prestige of the promotion and titles played a major role in determining their overall ranking. On 11/13 they beat Chris Hero (subbing for Drew Galloway) & DUSTIN, Drew Gulak & Tony Nese, and The Gatekeepers (Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch) in a Four-Way to win the titles. There’s absolutely an argument for this team at #1 this week, but in the end it was Mount Tessa edging them out for the top spot. This was the first ranking for this pairing, so if they can pull out some more wins in 2016, you may just hear their names called in the Tag Team Top 50. If not, there’s always next year.
#3 Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Tetsuya Naito)-This pair gets their first ranking as they teamed with EVIL at Revolution Pro on 11/10 to defeat Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) & David Starr and then defeated Leaders Of The New School (Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr.) on 11/11 to go 2-0 for the week. That is some top talent they got through to get their ranking this week, so by all accounts, they absolutely earned it. Now the question is whether this is a one-time ranking or if they’ll be able to build on this before the end of the year to make an impact on this year’s Tag Team Top 50. 50 teams….over 400 teams mentioned this year. Will this team be among the elite?
#4 Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff & Monsta Mack)-The CZW World Tag Team Titles make their way into the Tag Team Top 5 yet again this year after a high-profile victory over Homicide & Low Ki in a Steel Cage Match at JAPW on 11/12. This tag team has been absolutely FANTASTIC in 2016 as they continue to surprise everyone with a career resurgence. There’s no doubt you’ll be seeing their names pop up in this year’s Tag Team Top 50, but the question is, how high will they be? They’re definitely staking their claims as one of the top teams of 2016 with rankings like this one.
#5 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Since the Tag Team Top 5 began in 2014, no team has been more consistent than the bearded bullies from Brutalsville. Hell, they’ve been #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 for two years running. The FIP and Zero1 USA Tag Team Champions defeated The Peacemakers (Jeremiah Plunkett & Buzz Dupp) at SWF on 11/11 and then beat The Radical Stars at WDWA on 11/12 to go 2-0 for the week. These Hooligans are chasing a third straight #1 ranking in this year’s Tag Team Top 50. Without about 6 weeks worth of eligibility to go, can they make it happen? They were #4 this week in the online voting competition with 26 votes.
People’s Champs. Filth (Brett Ison & JC Crow)-For a second time in 2016, Brett Ison & JC Crow have won the online voting competition. It was a two-day war between them and The Bambino Family, but in the end, they collected 249 votes from their fans and supporters to win out. The ASW and RTW Tag Team Champions defeated Yukon Jack and Mikey Dunn on 11/12 to retain both sets of titles, which of course got them on the poll. After that it was all about fans casting their vote and here they are, sitting atop the fan vote once again. Check out JC Crow on Twitter @InkubusCrow and Brett Ison on Twitter @StrngstylPitBul
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Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Bambino Family-#2 in the online voting competition with 189 votes
The Fellowship-#3 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Team Slap Happy
Soldiers of Fortune
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