#1 Matt Riddle (@riddletuf7)-Matt Riddle has done it again! After a stellar 2016, he has cruised into 2017 with some great performances and now he’s #1 once again. Riddle picks up his third ranking this year as the PROGRESS Atlas Champion beat ACH at EVOLVE on 1/27, then beat DUSTIN at EVOLVE on 1/28, and then beat Brian Cage at Beyond Wrestling on 1/29 to go 3-0 for the week. Three top-notch talents and three top-notch victories over all of them for Riddle this past week equals enough support to edge out John Morrison for the top spot. Riddle is on fire right now and it’s hard to imagine anyone or anything slowing down his momentum.
#2 John Morrison (@therealmorrison)-The former #1 JUST misses out on the top spot this week after a big tournament victory against three fantastic competitors. The AAA Latin American, 5 Star Wrestling and Qatar Pro Wrestling Souq Waqif Champion defeated Moose at 5 Star Wrestling on 1/28 in the quarterfinals of the tournament, then defeated Drew Galloway in the semifinals, and then defeated Rey Mysterio Jr in the final to win the tournament and retain the title. It’s hard to argue against Morrison as #1 this week, but it was likely the consistency of Riddle that helped push him ahead of Morrison as he’s been more consistently successful in recent weeks. If Morrison can continue this type of success, you’ll see him at #1 again this year.
#3 Saraya Knight (@Saraya_knight)-This ultra-busy UK talent gets into the Top 10 for the first time in quite some time after an incredible week. She picked up a win at Rise on 1/27, then defeated Kikyo the same day, then beat Layne Rosario the same day, and then teamed with Christina von Eerie and Hudson Envy at Alternative Wrestling Show on 1/28 to defeat Raze, Rosemary & Sage Sin to go 4-0 for the week. With the type of reputation that Saraya Knight has, it was impossible to deny her a great spot in the Top 10 after a 4-0 week. If she keeps up this break neck schedule, there’s little doubt you’ll be seeing her again in the Top 10 this year.
#4 Axel Dieter Jr. (@AxelDieterJr)-The wXw World Champion had a phenomenal week in Germany and the UK over the weekend after two HUGE victories. First, he beat Jurn Simmons in Germany on 1/27 to retain the title and then he beat Marty Scurll in the UK on 1/28 to retain again with a 2-0 week. If you look at those two wins you’ll see that both opponents were ranked high in the 2016 IPR 100, thus the strength of competition was astronomical. Axel Dieter Jr. has just gone a long away to beginning to establish himself once again this year in the IPR.
#5 John Wayne Murdoch-“The Duke of Hardcore” and IWA Mid-South Champion moves up one spot from last week after two impressive victories this past week. First, he beat Larry D on 1/26 to retain the title and then he put the title on the line again on 1/28 as he beat Rickey Shane Page to retain the title in a violent House of Horrors Death Match. JWM has been on a mission in 2017 as he has been CONSISTENTLY picking up two victories/title defenses every single week. Look for him to continue to make a huge run at this year’s IPR 100 if he can continue this pace.
#6 Adam Cole
#7 Mance Warner
#8 Mercedes Martinez
#9 Benedict Thatcher
#10 Manami Toyota
People’s Champ. Gavin Alexander-It was a really good week for this violent individual as he teamed with Savage at IWA Productions on 1/28 to defeat Natural Selection, then defeated Ray Rogers at Strickly Nsane Pro Wrestling on 1/28, and then teamed with Richard Faith the same day to fight Fat and Furious to a no contest to go 2-0-1 for the week. A late surge pushed him past Chris Slammer in the online voting competition to pick up yet another People’s Champ award this week with 117 votes. You can pick up his apparel at http://www.facebook.com /albabystees and you can catch him mat SNPW on 2/4, Midwest Impact Pro on 2/18, IWA Productions on 2/25, SNPW on 3/11, IWA Productions on 3/25, MEPW on 4/8, MCW-Chicago on 4/9, and IWA Productions/SNPW on 4/29.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Chris Slammer-#2 in the online voting competition with 100 votes
Gunner Miller-#3 in the online voting competition with 35 votes
Zack Sabre Jr.
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