#1 Gary Jay (@StiffRoboGinger)-What a wild week for the human Gumby of independent wrestling as Gary Jay gets his first-ever #1 ranking after a dominant weekend. First, he beat Aaron Williams at PWF in a #1 Contenders Match on 1/20, then went to PWCS on 1/21 where he beat Everett Connors in the first round of the STLI Tournament, then beat Alex Rudolph in the semi-finals, and then beat Danny Adams in the finals to win the tournament with a 4-0 record for the week. Gary Jay is known for his vicious chops and ability to absorb punishment and it was those attributes that helped carry him to his first #1 ranking after a tremendous week. Is the next step for Jay the PWF Title? Stay tuned to find out…
#2 Bubblegum (@Pipbubblegum)-We get a familiar face at #2 this week as the former multiple-time #1 and SWE Speed King, JDW, Absolute Wrestling, and NEW 4FW Junior Heavyweight Champion returns to the rankings for the first time in 2017. He beat Lion King at 4FW on 1/20, then beat Mega Pegasus on 1/21 to win the title, and then beat Dagon Phoenix on 1/22 to retain the title to go 3-0 for the week. 3wins, a title defense, and a title win complete this amazing weekend for Bubblegum as he cements his spot in the Indy Power Rankings once again.
#3 Jason Cade (@FlyCadeFly)-What a weekend it was for Jason Cade as he gets his first-ever ranking in the Indy Power Rankings after winning the 2017 Don Curtis Memorial Cup for the vacant USWA Elite Championship. He beat Jon Cruz on 1/21 in the first round, then beat Chance Champion in the semi-finals, and then beat Jon Davis to win the tournament and the title with a 3-0 record for the week. He also did EXTREMELY well in the online voting competition as his promotions, fans, and supporters came together to collect a very impressive 160 votes to come in second in the competition. Congrats to Jason Cade on a fantastic week!
#4 Shingo Takagi-What an INSANE week for the power house of VerserK as he went 7-1 for the week after a crazy week of competition at Dragon Gate. defeated Hyou Watanabe and Shachihoko BOY in a triple threat at Dragon Gate on 1/16, then teamed with T-Hawk and El Lindaman on 1/18 to defeat Naruki Doi, Masaaki Mochizuki and Big R Shimizu in the quarterfinals, then beat Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Jimmy Kanda) in the semifinals, and then beat Masato Yoshino, Kotoka and Ben-K in the final to win the New Year’s Unit War Tournament. He then teamed with T-Hawk and Mondai Ryu on 1/19 to defeat Masato Yoshino, Big R Shimizu and Kotoka, then teamed with El Lindaman and T-Hawk on 1/20 to lose to Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kzy & YAMATO) then teamed with T-Hawk and El Lindaman on 1/21 to defeated Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kanda and Hyou Watanabe, and then teamed with T-Hawk and El Lindaman on 1/22 to defeat CIMA, Dragon Kid and Yuki Yoshioka to finish his almost perfect week.
#5 Shane Mercer (@theirondemon)-“The Iron Demon” was nothing less than dominant over the course of week as he Garrett at IWA Mid-South on 1/19, then defeated Murder One & Adrian Armour via DQ at Pro Wrestling Freedom on 1/20, and then defeated Jake Parnell in an Ironman Match at IWA Mid-South on 1/21 to go 3-0 for the week. The only thing that likely kept him from an even higher spot was that he had to settle for a DQ win on 1/20 at PWF, but a #5 ranking is nothing to be ashamed of. Also of note is that his match with Jake Parnell was an all-out war and gathered much critical acclaim from those in attendance. Do not sleep on Shane Mercer in 2017. He was also #7 in the online voting competition with 23 votes.
#6 John Wayne Murdoch
#7 Drew Galloway
#8 Victor Andrews
#9 Kongo Kong
#10 People’s Champ. EC Negro (@EcNegroKingOfNY)-The NEW Pro Wrestling Magic Champion got on the poll after his victory vs. Ricky Martinez on 1/21 to win the title and then his fans took care of the rest as he collected a MASSIVE amount of votes this week. 374 votes led the pack this week as EC Negro won the online voting competition for the very first time. That victory in the online vote pushed him into the Top 10 for the very first time. Give him a follow on Instagram @ecnegrokony and give him a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/KingOfNewYorkEC/
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Adam Grace-#3 in the online voting competition with 79 votes
Tommy Lee Curtis
Zack Sabre Jr.
Sadie Vanderkammp-#4 in the online voting competition with 43 votes
Teddy King-#5 in the online voting competition with 31 votes
Cole Radrick-#6 in the online voting competition with 26 votes
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