#1 Lio Rush (@itsLioRush)-There was really no debate as to who was #1 this week. After winning the CZW World title on 5/13, defeating former Indy Power Rankings #1 Joe Gacy and beating former Indy Power Rankings #2 Corey Hollis on 5/12 at Division Pro, Lio Rush was a lock for #1. He’s such a great talent and yet this is his first #1 ranking which shows just how competitive the indies are right now. Lio Rush has been on fire lately and promotions all over the planet are taking notice. Now with the CZW World Title and a #1 ranking in his possession, he’s got all the momentum on his side as we near the middle of 2017. If Rush can continue this success, he’s got a great shot of a top notch ranking in this year’s IPR 100.
#2 Trent Seven (@trentseven)-Despite all of his work with the WWE, ½ of the PROGRESS Tag Team Champions has been quietly having a phenomenal year on the UK indies. On 5/13 he defeated Sha Samuels at ICW and then beat Travis Banks at PROGRESS on 5/14 to go 2-0 for the week. Of course his wins on the WWE European Tour don’t count towards our rankings, but nevertheless the growing name value of Trent Seven certainly helped push him to a #2 ranking this week. If he is able to continue to work the UK independent scene, Trent Seven is going to have a banner year.
#3 Queen Maya-Italy is back in the Indy Power Rankings as the Italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion gets her first Top 10 Ranking. She competed in the Queen of the Ring Tournament as she beat Rhio in the First Round at Bellatrix on 5/12, then beat Lauren in the semi-finals, and then beat Miss Mina in the Finals to win the tournament with a 3-0 record. Tournaments always play a big role in the Indy Power Rankings and the Queen of the Ring Tournament over the weekend was no different. Look for Queen Maya to pop up again in the rankings as she continues to defend her Italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title in 2017.
#4 Wolfgang (@WolfgangYoung)-Make that two members of the WWE UK roster in the Top 5 this week as the Showcase Pro Wrestling British Heavyweight Champion gets another ranking this week. On 5/12 he defeated Chris Renfrew at Insane Championship Wrestling and then followed that up with a HUGE win vs. Pete Dunne on 5/13 to go 2-0 for the week. With so many great UK talents continued to get ranked, it’s obvious that for a second straight year, the UK is really a hotbed for independent professional wrestling right now.
#5 LuFisto (@LuFisto)-The SHINE Champion gets another ranking in the Top 10 this year as she defeated Leva Bates in a highly competitive match on 5/12 to retain the title and then beat Willow Nightingale at WSU on 5/13 to go 2-0 for the week. The prestige of her title combined with her reputation as a top talent helped her into the #5 spot amongst a lot of competition vying to get into the Top 10 this week. LuFisto is an absolutely dominant wrestler and she’s finally starting to get that same recognition from the official voters of the Indy Power Rankings.
#6 Jimmy King
#7 Joe Coffey
#8 Josh Alexander
#9 Kenny Williams
#10 Brian Cage
People’s Champ. Sierra (@REALSierra_)-The Brew City Wrestling Women’s Champion picked up two victories over Stacy Shadows over the weekend as she beat her on 5/12 to retain the title and then beat her on 5/13 to win the MEPW Women’s Title. It was an amazing weekend for Sierra made even better when she collected 51 votes from her fans and supporters to win her first online voting competition. It was a close battle as she outlasted Max Holiday and Bozz when the poll cut off at 10 PM Eastern. With a weekend like this, you might just be seeing more of her in the Indy Power Rankings as 2017 rolls on. Give her a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/prowrestlingsierra/ and follow her on Instagram @real.sierra
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