#1 The Ugly Ducklings (Rob Killjoy & Lance Lude @3MotherDuckers)-These ducks fly right up to the #1 ranking this week after being #2 last week. The Ugly Ducklings have kind of taken over the role that the Hooligans once occupied as the tag team title collectors of the indies. The PWX Tag Team, 2/3’s of the PWF Universal Six-Man Tag, and NEW Rockstar Pro Tag Team Champions had an absolutely dominant week as they defeated Night Ryderz (Dustin Rayz & Alex Colon) at Rockstar Pro on 3/1 in the semifinals of the title tournament, then defeated Timmy Lou Retton & Malliki Matthews and Cloudy & Colin Delaney in a three-way at IWA Mid-South on 3/2, and then defeated OI4K (Jake & Dave Crist) at Rockstar Pro in the finals of the tournament on 3/3 to win the vacant titles to go 3-0 for the week. While there were many deserving teams this week, the overall body of work for the Ugly Ducklings earned them a complete sweep of the official voters’ ballots.
#2 Project Lucha (El Ligero & Martin Kirby)-The Ugly Ducklings swept the official voters’ ballots at #1…and Project Lucha swept their ballots at #2. They had a hell of a week as they defeated FSU (Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis) at Attack! Pro Wrestling on 3/4 in the first round of the Kris Travis Tag Team Invitational Tournament, then defeated Mike Bird & Wild Boar in the semifinals on 3/5, and then defeated The Models (Joey Hayes & Danny Hope) in the final to win the Tournament to go 3-0 for the week. On any other week you’d probably see Project Lucha sitting at #1, but this week was absolutely STACKED with fierce competition all over the independent wrestling globe.
#3 Urban Guerrilla (Tony Callaghan & Riot)-This Italian tag team earns their first ranking together and like the two teams above them, they swept this spot on the official voters’ ballots. They are the NEW NEW Italian Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions as they defeated Alexander Castro & Coach Lillo at Italian Championship Wrestling on 3/3, then defeated I Titani (Goran Il Barbaro & Taurus) in the semifinals of the tag team tournament on ¾, then defeated I Discepoli del Dolore (Psycho Mike & Jester) on 3/5 in the final to win the tournament, and then defeated Mr. Excellent & Manuel Majoli the same day to win the titles to go 4-0 for the week. It was a special week for the country of Italy as they had representation in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 AND the Tag Team Top 5. We hope to see more as the year rolls on!
#4 Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka-It’s a first-time ranking for the NWA International Light Tag Team Champions as they defeated Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto at Zero1 on 3/2 to win the titles and then defeated Ikuto Hidaka & Hayato “Jr” Fujita on 3/5 to retain the titles to go 2-0 for the week. It would be an odd week without some tag team from Japan making an appearance in the Tag Team Top 5 as there are multiple tags every week in promotions like Dragon Gate, but again, this was all about the NWA International Light Tag Team Titles. If Kanemoto & Tanaka continue to defend the gold, you’ll likely see more appearances from them in the Tag Team Top 5 in the upcoming weeks and months.
#5 The Kevin Bennett Experience (Kevin Bennett & Frankie the Mobster)-It’s a first-time ranking for this team after a couple of big wins in Canada over the weekend. First, they beat last week’s #1 The Fraternity (Channing Decker & Trent Gibson) in the first round at Smash on 3/4 and then defeated The London Riots, The Jollyville Fuck-its and the Super Smash Bros in a four-way final to win the 2017 F8ful Eight Tournament to go 2-0 for the week. Like so many other teams in the Tag Team Top 5 this week, had their victories been on any other week they likely would have been #1. That said, their tournament victory did go a long way in establishing them as a team to look out for this year.
People’s Champs. Dojo Boys (Colin Brooks & Adam Grace @TheDojoBoys). The RCCW Tag Team Champions retained their titles on 3/3 as they beat Sour Skittles. That victory got them on the poll and their fans pushed them to a DOMINANT win in the online voting competition as they collected 101 votes (88 votes more than the second place team) to win the People’s Champ award this week. Give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/DojoBoys and follow them individually on Twitter @thecolinbrooks and @AGraceOfficial
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Josh Alexander & Tyson Dux
David Starr & Jurn Simmons
One Mean Team
Scarlet & Graves
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