#1 Tribe Vanguard (YAMATO & BxB Hulk)-When a team goes 5-0 for the week, it’s almost impossible to keep them out of the #1 spot. Dragon Gate once again owns the top spot in the Tag Team Top 5 as YAMATO & BxB Hulk dominated the tag team scene last week. They defeated Masaaki Mochizuki and Ben-K at Dragon Gate on 3/7, then defeated Masaaki Mochizuki & Big R Shimizu on 3/8, then defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy K-ness JKS and Jimmy Kanda) on 3/9, then defeated Jimmy K-ness JKS and Jimmy Kanda on 3/10, and then teamed with Kzy & La Flamita on 3/11 to defeat VerserK (Shingo Takagi, T-Hawk, Punch Tominaga and El Lindaman) to finish off their perfect week in Japan. This is the first #1 ranking for this duo and if this type of dominance continues, it most definitely will not be their last together.
#2 Bomb Shelter (Zodiak & Joseph Schwartz)-As if their great year in 2016 wasn’t enough, Bomb Shelter showed last week why they were ranked so highly in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2016. The WCWO Tag Team Champions defeated Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnigan & Zakk Sawyers), The Soul Shooters (Appollo Starr & Dru Skillz) and The Hooligans (Devin Cutter & Shigehiro Irie) at the Hooligans benefit show on 3/9 and then defeated Jax Rivers and Maurice Atlas on 3/10 to retain the titles to go 2-0 for the week. When you beat 3 TOP tag teams on the indies followed by a title defense, you see exactly why Bomb Shelter is all the way up to a very high ranking once again. Keep an eye on them as 2017 rolls on.
#3 Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey)-Although there were no titles involved, Polo Promotions had a hell of a week in Europe. First, they defeated The Purge (Krobar & Stevie James) at Insane Championship Wrestling on 3/10, then defeated Modern Culture (Danny Jones & Richie Edwards) on 3/11, and then defeated The Purge (Stevie James & Krobar) on 3/12 to go 3-0 for the week. This is a team that has been ranked and mentioned multiple times in the Tag Team Top 5, but somehow a #1 ranking has escaped them. Is that next on the horizon for one of the UK’s top tag teams? Stay tuned…
#4 The Sammich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary)-The CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions and BEST TAG TEAM NAMES on the indies get their first ranking as they defeated Dante Caballero, Isaiah Frazier, Jeremiah The Prophet & Timmy Danger at NOVA Pro on 3/10 in a two-on-four handicap match and then defeated The Carnies (Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful) on 3/11 to retain the titles and go 2-0 for the week. Winning a handicap match and beating the #1 team in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2016 earned them a well-deserved first ranking as they look to continue this success in the upcoming months.
#5 Speed of Sounds (Hercules Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi)-A 3-0 week was just what the doctor ordered for this violent tag team. The former #1’s teamed with Kankuro Hoshino at Big Japan on 3/8 to defeat Abdullah Kobayashi, Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei, then defeated Tatsuhiko Yoshino and Toshiyuki Sakuda on 3/11, and then teamed with Abdullah Kobayashi at BJW on 3/12 to defeat Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei and Masashi Takeda to finish off their flawless week in Japan. Look out for them as momentum is squarely on their side going forward.
People’s Champs. Barrington Hughes & Diego Cortez-This tag team led by Dapper Dan Ragu teamed for the first time over the weekend as they beat Scrotus at REAL Pro Wrestling on 3/11. That victory got them on the poll and 155 votes later, they won their first online voting competition to become this week’s People’s Champs. You can follow Barrington Hughes on Twitter @hughesypoo and Instagram @milfs_fave_wrestler. You can also follow Dapper Dan Ragu on Twitter @DapperDanRagu and on Instagram @thedapperdanragu
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Perth K9’s-#4 in the online voting competition with 24 votes
BROtein Pack-#2 in the online voting competition with 131 votes
Lynch Mob-#3 in the online voting competition with 51 votes
Scarlet and Graves
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