#1 The Sandwich/Sammich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary)-The official vote wasn’t even a contest this week as the winners of the first-ever Kernodle Brothers Tag Team Tournament swept the official voters’ ballots at #1. They defeated The Dirty Blondes (Leo Brien & Mike Patrick) at CWF Mid-Atlantic on 3/24, then defeated Cain Justice & Tripp Cassidy on 3/25, then defeated The Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) the same day in the semifinals, and then defeated The All Stars (Arik Royal & Roy Wilkins) in the final to win the tournament to go 4-0 for the week. It was an absolutely dominant week for the Squad as they beat several of the best tag teams on the indies right now to earn their first #1 ranking. Look out for this team as CWF Mid-Atlantic generally plays a big role in our tag team rankings.
#2 The Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TheCarniesTN)-Last year’s #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 are BACK in the Tag Team Top 5 this week after having a damn good week doing the loop around the indies. First, they beat the Lynch Mob (Joey Lynch & Matt Lynch) at CWF Mid-Atlantic on 3/24, then teamed with Ace Perry, AJ Gray, Dirty Daddy, Ethan Alexander Sharpe, Nick Richards & Sisthe same day to defeat Him, Johnathan Wolfe, Kris Main, Leo Brien, Mike Patrick, Shawn Kemp, Sweet Dee & Tripp Cassidy, then defeated Ethan Alexander Sharpe & Mike Jordan on 3/25 by DQ, and then lost to The Sandwich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary) the same day to go 3-1 for the week. Their only loss over the weekend was to this week’s #1 and there’s no doubt that their reputation as a top tag team helped them into the #2 spot this week.
#3 The All Stars (Arik Royal & Roy Wilkins)-This week, CWF Mid-Atlantic is essentially responsible for the three top tag teams in the Tag Team Top 5. This team who we’ve seen before in the Top 5 defeated Mitch Connor & Nick Richards at CWF Mid-Atlantic on 3/24, then defeated So Time’s (Dirty Daddy & Snooty Foxx) on 3/25 in the quarterfinals, then defeated The Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) in the semifinals, and then lost to Sandwich Squad in the final to go 3-1 for the week. They came JUST short of ensuring they’d be the #1 tag team this week by winning the first annual Kernodle Brothers Tag Team Tournament, but fell to the #1 The Sandwich Squad. So #’s 2 and 3 this week in the rankings have one thing in common…they lost to this week’s #1 tag team.
#4 Classic Connection (Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro)-It was a GREAT week for this tag team who probably would have been ranked even higher if we were able to find the results sooner. That said, the Gold Rush Pro Wrestling, NEW All Pro Wrestling Tag Team, and NEW Big Time Wrestling Tag Team Champions had a phenomenal week as they teamed to defeat Chaos Inc (Synn & Tony Vargas) at Big Time Wrestling on 3/24 to win their titles, then defeated Lion Power (Marcus Lewis & Will Hobbs) at All Pro Wrestling on 3/25 to win the titles, and then defeated PAC 3 (Dan Joseph & Dicky Maier) at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood on 3/26 to go 3-0 for the week. We hope to see more of them as on any other week, they likely would have been #1 in the Top 5.
#5 The Swords of Essex (Will Ospreay & Scott Wainwright)-The WCPW World Tag Team Champions get into the Tag Team Top 5 on the strength of one HUGE victory over the weekend as they defeated The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Prospect (Gracie & Archer) and Liam Slater & Matt Riddle in a four-way tornado tag match at WCPW on 3/20 to retain the titles. This is a team that we’ve seen multiple times at or near the Tag Team Top 5 and the victory over some VERY talented teams really helped them into the #5 spot this week despite other teams with very good weeks. With the WCPW World Tag Team Titles still around their waists, look out for them to continue this success as the year rolls on.
People’s Champs. The Mega Plowers (Jock Samson & Magnum CK @MegaPlowers)-The NEW IWA East Coast Tag Team Champions DOMINATED the online voting competition as they collected 70 votes (26 more votes than the second-leading tag team) to win this week’s People’s Champs award. It was undoubtedly a big win as they defeated OI4K to win the titles on 3/25 and then carried that momentum into a big win in the online voting competition. Give them a like on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MegaPlowers and you can follow Jock Samson on Twitter @jocksamson and on Instagram @jocksamson. You can follow Magnum CK on Twitter @TheMAGNUMCK and like his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheMagnumCK
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Beer 30-#2 in the online voting competition with 44 votes
The Geordie Bulldogs-#3 in the online voting competition with 37 votes
The Hardy Boyz
Juan Jeremi & Waylon Maze
New Wrestling Aidoru
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