#1 Jax Dane (@TheJaxDane)-Once again, a tournament plays a big part in determining who is #1 in the Indy Power Rankings. This week it’s Jax Dane as he defeated Jordan Kage at AML, then beat Eliott Russell, Drew Galloway, and Houston Carson to win the AML Big Man Bash Tournament over the weekend. It looked as though Galloway had the #1 spot wrapped up this week until he ran into Jax Dane and lost in the second round of the tournament. Jax Dane had been known in the Indy Power Rankings primarily for his successful tag team with Rob Conway, but now he’s really starting to show what this powerhouse can do on his own.
#2 Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels)-It’s rare that the ROH World Champion gets a spot in the Indy Power Rankings due to us not ranking ROH as an independent wrestling promotion anymore. That said, Daniels had a great week outside of ROH as he took his ROH World Title to WCPW where he beat Zack Sabre Jr. and Adam Cole in a Three-Way to retain the title on 3/20 and then beat El Ligero on 3/21 to go 2-0 on the week. Daniels beat four of the talents anywhere on the indies today and with all of the prestige that comes with his name and title, he was a lock for a high ranking this week.
#3 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-Galloway came oh so close from getting yet another #1 ranking until he ran into Caleb Konley and Jax Dane. That said, he had an absolutely phenomenal week despite not getting the overall #1. The WCPW World Champion beat Joe Coffey on 3/20 to retain the title, then beat Ricochet on 3/21, then beat Mark Coffey on 3/23, and then defeated BT Gunn the same day. He came back to the U.S. and lost to Caleb Konley at AML, then beat Sean Studd at AML in the Big Man Bash Tournament before losing to Jax Dane to finish off his 5-2 week. Galloway is still seeking another elusive #1 ranking, but he’s having a good year so far regardless.
#4 Reptil-This is a name we haven’t seen in the Indy Power Rankings yet, but he earned his spot as he won the Imperio Lucha Libre South American Title after he beat Jhoan Stambuk in the first round of the title tournament in Peru on 3/25, then beat Chavo Guerrero Jr. in the semi-finals, and then beat Matt Sydal & Zack Sabre Jr. in a Three-Way final to win the vacant title with a 3-0 record for the week. With some of the names he beat, it’s amazing he wasn’t even higher this week, but him being a relative unknown may have slightly hurt him when stacked up against the likes of Daniels and Galloway. Keep an eye on him to see if he can continue this momentum as 2017 rolls on.
#5 Tim Donst (@tdonst)-Tim Donst becomes the only person in the Top 5 this week who only one match (that we know of) over the weekend. Despite winning only one match, it was a HUGE one as he won the AIW Absolute Title, defeating Josh Prohibition and Tracy Williams in a Three-Way to win the title on 3/24. This came after the match originally ended in a double pin, but was restarted. Donst has been ranked before, but it’s been a while, so with this important independent title around his waist now, he looks to add some consistency in the upcoming weeks and months.
#6 Io Shirai
#7 Jimmy Kagetora
#8 Dave Crist
#9 Zack Sabre Jr
#10 Chris Slammer (@MacsGym)-The fairytale run for Chris Slammer continues as he won the Lightning Pro Wrestling Title on 3/26 by beating “Sensational” Shane Sutton for the title. He collected 55 votes from his fans and supporters to win his second online voting competition and People’s Champ award. You can follow him on Instagram @chris_macsgym and you can like the official Facebook page of Mac’s Gym here: http://www.facebook.com/MacsGym
Barrington Hughes-#2 in the online voting competition with 28 votes
Bill Collier-#3 in the online voting competition with 18 votes
JC Starbright-#4 in the online voting competition with 11 votes
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