#1 People’s Champ. Darius Carter (@MrDariusCarter)-What an absolutely INSANE week of success for so many talents all over the indies. You could have interchanged more than even TEN people into the top spot this week, but in the end, it was the online voting competition that essentially determined who would become #1. For the third time this year, we have a #1 who is also the People’s Champ in the same week. The Tier 1 World Champion beat Matt Striker Five Borough Wrestling on 2/17 to retain the Tier 1 title, then defeated Pinkie Sanchez at Pro Wrestling Magic on 2/18 to retain the title again, and then defeated Jason Vera at Tier 1 Lucha on 2/19 to go 3-0 for the week. He then collected a VERY impressive 129 votes to edge out Stitches for the People’s Champ award this week. It couldn’t happen to a more dedicated wrestler as Darius Carter just continues to know how to market himself. Give him a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/WrestlingsRichestPrize/
#2 John Wayne Murdoch-The success continues for the IWA Mid-South Champion as he just continues to win and win…and win! First, he beat Zachary Wentz on 2/16 to retain the title, then beat Jake Parnell on 2/18 to retain again, and then beat Zodiak the same night to go 3-0 for the week. JWM has been absolutely UNSTOPPABLE in 2017. The 2016 King of the Death Matches is EASILY #1 in this year’s IPR 100 (as of now) and looks to continue that success this year, which will surely require him to continue to retain that IWA World Title week after week. Murdoch is absolutely on FIRE right now and it’s looking like there’s no one in IWA who can stop him.
#3 Trent Seven (@trentseven)-Despite being unable to wrest the WWE UK Championship away from his Moustache Mountain partner on NXT (which of course doesn’t count towards our rankings) his success on the indies this past week landed him in the #3 spot in this week’s Top 10. The ICW World Champion and ½ of the PROGRESS and CHIKARA Tag Team Champions beat Lionheart on 2/17 to retain the title, then beat Joe Hendry in a non-title match on 2/18, and then beat Wolfgang on 2/19 to retain once again to go 3-0 for the week. The UK got a LOT of spotlight in 2016 and that appears to be continuing as 2017 rolls on.
#4 Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-The 2014 IPR 100 #1 is back in the Indy Power Rankings this week after a spectacular 3-0 week for the Future of Flight. He defeated Travis Banks at What Culture Pro Wrestling on 2/13, then defeated Lio Rush at Pro Wrestling Guerilla on 2/18, and then defeated Sammy Gueverra at WrestleCircus on 2/19 to finish off his perfect week. On any other week, those wins would have been enough to warrant a #1 ranking, but this week was absolutely rampant with huge wins and multiple victories. Time will tell if Ricochet can pick up this pace and perhaps land back in the IPR 100 once again at the end of 2017.
#5 Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey)-The Scottish Heavyweight Champion had one hell of a week as he defeated BT Gunn at What Culture Pro Wrestling on 2/13, then defeated Ravie Davie at Insane Championship Wrestling on 2/17, then defeated Sha Samuels on 2/18, and then defeated BT Gunn on 2/19 to go 4-0 for the week. Like Ricochet and so many others, this was easily a week that would have landed him in the #1 spot on any other week, but again, this week was just full of difficult choices and competition. Look out for Joe Coffey to continue this momentum as 2017 continues to churn out more and more rankings.
#6 Delilah Doom-#3 in the online voting competition with 80 votes
#7 Matt Riddle
#8 James Anthony
#9 Beer City Bruiser
#10 Alex Colon
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Stitches-#2 in the online voting competition with 114 votes
Johnny Maverick-#4 in the online voting competition with 35 votes
Johnny Romano-#5 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Effy Gibbes-#6 in the online voting competition with 21 votes
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