#1 VerserK (Shingo Takagi, T-Hawk, & El Lindaman)-It was impossible to deny this team the #1 spot this week after the week they had. Yes, it was a three-man team but they were quite frankly more deserving of the top spot in the rankings than any two-man team this week. This trio defeated Naruki Doi, Masaaki Mochizuki and Big R Shimizu in the first round at Dragon Gate on 1/18, then defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Jimmy Kanda) in the semifinals, then defeated Masato Yoshino, Kotoka and Ben-K in the final to win the New Year’s Unit War Tournament, then lost to Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kzy & YAMATO) on 1/20, then defeated Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kanda and Hyou Watanabe on 1/21, and then defeated CIMA, Dragon Kid and Yuki Yoshioka on 1/22 to go 5-1 for the week. What a rundown and what a week for perhaps the current most dominant stable in Dragon Gate in Japan.
#2 People’s Champs. The Peacemakers (Jeremiah Plunkett & Buzz Dupp)-These big fellas get their second ranking AND their second win in the online voting competition this week. The NEW SWF Tag Team Champions got on the poll first by defeating the Hooligans in a bloody Bull Rope Match to win the titles and then beat The Star Twins at All-American Pro Wrestling on 1/21 to retain the All-American Pro Wrestling Tag Team Titles with a 2-0 record for the week. It was a dog fight against Big D & Masterpiece Marsellus for the win in the online voting competition as they collected 154 votes to become People’s Champs once again. This team is quickly becoming the breakout team of 2017. Let’s see how the rest of the year goes for this tag team. Give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/PeacemakersTagTeam/
#3 OI4K (Jake & Dave Crist)-The Crist Brothers once again prove that Ohio is For Killers as the JCW Tag Team Champions (as the Ring Rydas) defeated Eddie Kingston and Homicide at AAW on 1/20 in an indy dream match. It was the strength of this victory combined with the prestige of it taking place in AAW along with the reputation of OI4K that helped push them into the #3 ranking this week despite only one victory with no titles on the line. This is a team who has proven in the past how good they can be when they consistently team but the question is…is that a goal of theirs for 2017 or will they continue to build a great year in singles competition?
#4 Big Smooth (Big Jon & Justin Smooth)-The Ohio Valley Wrestling Tag Team Champions get their first ranking as they defeated El Stingray & Carlos Gabriel on 1/18 to retain the titles and then defeated The Van Zandt Family Circus (Dapper Dan Van Zandt & The Ringmaster) on 1/21 to retain again to go 2-0 for the week. This is the first ranking in quite some time for any OVW Tag Team so perhaps the tide is changing with the addition of Big Smooth into the Tag Team Top 5. Time will tell if they can use this momentum to push their way into the Tag Team Top 5 again in the future.
#5 Rickey Shane Page & Gregory Iron-The fans broke the tie this week to help Page & Iron move past Royal & Wilkins for the #5 spot in the Tag Team Top 5 this week. The Alpha1 Tag Team Champions get their first ranking together as a team as they defeated EYFBO (Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz) on 1/21 to retain the titles. The Great White North played host to their big win over one of the East Coast’s best tag teams and if they can continue to win and retain their A1 Tag Team Titles, there’s no reason you won’t see this team in the rankings again in 2017.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Arik Royal & Roy Wilkins
ACH and Tommy Lee Curtis
Los Lucha Brothers
Big D & Masterpiece Marsellus-#2 in the online voting competition with 96 votes
The Amazing Graysons-#3 in the online voting competition with 22 votes
The Carnies-#4 in the online voting competition with 21 votes
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