#1 Scarlet and Graves (Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier): This number one ranking came at just the right time for a team who only has one more week of eligibility for the Tag Team Top 50. This tag team became the NEW CZW World Tag Team Champions when they beat EYFBO on 12/10 to win the titles. They are one of many teams who have gotten a #1 ranking this year, so the question for them is, will it be enough to push them into the Tag Team Top 50? They certainly had a great year, but it will likely come down to tiebreakers to see if they crack the Top 50. The only way to find out if they’ve made the final cut is to tune into the 2016 Tag Team Top 50 Reveal on 12/28 at 3 PM Eastern time here: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/tscmd/tc/142608
#2 Catch Point (Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi)-The EVOLVE Tag Team Champions BARELY missed out on a #1 ranking after getting edged out by Scarlet & Graves for the top spot. This impressive tag team scored a MAJOR victory when they defeated Peter Kaasa & Ricochet on 12/10 to retain the titles. In the end, the fan vote didn’t do them any favors as they picked up ZERO votes in the online voting competition and the official voters felt that the title WIN by Scarlet & Graves meant more than a DEFENSE of a set of titles. It was splitting hairs, but at the same time, that’s what the Tag Team Top 5 sometimes comes down to. This proves yet again how important the fan vote is to the Top 5.
#3 The Heatseekers (Sigmon & Russell Elliott)-Give credit where it’s due. When The Heatseekers seem to be out of the discussion as one of the top tag teams of 2016, they bounce back yet again with another NWA Tag Team Title victory. They defeated Iron Empire (Rob Conway & Matt Riviera) at NWA Mid-South on 12/9 to win the titles for a third time as they have now won the game of hot potato with Conway & Riviera. This tag team has been solid all over the NWA territories as they’ve proven time and time again that you can’t count them out as one of the top teams anywhere on the indies. They were #2 in the online voting competition with 48 votes this week as well.
#4 The Ugly Ducklings (Rob Killjoy & Lance Lude)-The PWX Tag Team Champions and 2/3 of PWF Trios Champions find their way into the Tag Team Top 5. They were absolute road warriors as they wrestled Roscoe Eat Lisa to a Time Limit Draw at Combat Wrestling in Ripley, MS, then defeated Timmy Lou Retton & Façade on 12/10 at NWA Smoky Mountain, and then beat Ethan Case & “White” Mike on 12/11 at Firestar Pro to go 2-0-1 for the week. They also performed well in the online voting competition as they came in third in the fan voting. It’s been one hell of a year for this duo of Ducklings. It will be interesting to see what they do together in 2017 with some of the issues going on with Colby Corino still pending.
#5 People’s Champs. Fun Size (HGD & Lil Ricky)-Once again, the online voting competition works to the advantage of this exciting tag team as they go back-to-back as People’s Champs. Despite falling one spot from last week in the Tag Team Top 5, they used the fan vote to again push them into the Tag Team Top 5 this week. Their victory over Fun House at ACW on 12/7 got them on the ballot and once again their fans took care of the rest as they continued their amazing December. Follow them on Instagram @funsizenation and give them a like on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FunSizeNation/
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