#1 Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb-PWG=a #1 ranking. It’s almost as simple as that, BUT as there were multiple tag matches at PWG, the tag team match between Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb vs. the consensus best tag team of the world in The Young Bucks stood out this week. A victory AT PWG over The Bucks is huge and the official voters agreed as they almost unanimously went with Riddle & Cobb as #1 in their ballots this week. Will this #1 ranking for the new team be enough to get them into the Tag Team Top 50 for 2016? 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 The Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude, Rob Killjoy, & Colby Corino)-These ducks are quackin’ yet again as they once again get into the Tag Team Top 5…this time as a three-man team. This isn’t their first ranking as a trio and it probably won’t be their last. This time they get into the Top 5 after a HUGE victory at PWX as the PWX Tag Team Champions and PWF Universal Six-Man Tag Team Champions defeated OI4K (Dave Crist, Jake Crist, & Sami Callihan) at PWX on 12/18. The victory was so big that it got them the #2 spot on a week where every single spot in the Top 5 was truly up in the air. Tune in on 12/28 to see if The Ducklings are in the Tag Team Top 50, and if so, how many spots did they take? Like the Viking War Party in past years, this stable could claim multiple rankings. 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
#3 Junior Stars (Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka)-It was really impossible to leave this team out of the Tag Team Top 5 this week as they went 3-0 in Japan where they defeated Ikuto Hidaka & Yoshikazu Yokoyama at Zero1 on 12/13, then defeated Shinjiro Otani & Kazuki Hashimoto on 12/14, and then teamed with Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa on 12/18 to defeat Takuya Sugawara, Ikuto Hidaka, Isami Kodaka and Takumi Tsukamoto. A clean sweep was just what the doctor ordered for this team as they get their first ranking together. While they’ll likely miss out on this year’s Tag Team Top 50, perhaps next year isn’t out of the question?
#4 EYFBO (Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz)-When it comes to the Tag Team Top 5, this is probably THE most underrated tag team on the indies. They’ve been snubbed multiple times, but this week they finally get in after beating The Broken Hardys, Team 3D, and Private Party in a Four-Way on 12/17 to win the titles. It was a VERY impressive victory and they even got a first-place vote (well-deserved) for their efforts. If they can continue this success into 2017, they’ll be a top contender for one of the top spots in the 2017 Tag Team Top 50. Look out for them.
#5 reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)-It took all year but the former ROH World Tag Team Champions popped up in the Tag Team Top 5 after finally doing some work together on the indies this year (ROH isn’t considered an “indy” by our standards). Their victory over Death By Elbow (Chris Hero & JT Dunn) at PWG on 12/16 was all that was needed for this amazing tag team to crack the Tag Team Top 5. If they can get some more independent work next year, you may be seeing them more frequently in the rankings in 2017.
People’s Champs. Bad Intentions (Vertigo & Raziel)-The WXW Tag Team Champions get their first People’s Champs award after winning the online voting competition despite some stiff competition from the Ugly Ducklings and two-time People’s Champs Fun Size. Their victory over New Breed on 12/17 retained their titles and then 46 votes from their fans helped them to be awarded their very first People’s Champs award. Now, we shall see what 2017 holds for this tag team. Be sure to give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/vrbadintentions/
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Fun Size-#3 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
Yusaku Obata & KAI
Santana Garrett & Raquel
Maria James & Samantha Heights
Abdullah Kobayashi & Masaya Takahashi
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