#1 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-The 2016 IPR 100 #1 is BACK at #1 in the Top 10 once again this week and it’s well-deserved as the official voters unanimously selected him as the top wrestler on the indies for the past week. The PWG World, RevPro British Heavyweight and EVOLVE Champion defeated Trent ? at PWG on 5/19 to retain the title, then beat Ethan Page at EVOLVE on 5/20 to retain their title, and then beat Lio Rush at EVOLVE on 5/21 to retain again with a 3-0 record for the week. There just wasn’t any doubt about who was #1 this week as ZSJ dominated against three top-level talents on arguably the biggest independent wrestling stages over the weekend. ZSJ is on his way to a strong fight towards a second year at #1 in the IPR 100. Can he make it happen? Time will tell.
#2 Rickey Shane Page (@RickeyShanePage)-As we said in previous editions of the Indy Power Rankings, Death Match Tournament season is in full swing. Once again the winner of a big death match tournament scores a big ranking in this week’s Top 10 as RSP outlasted some of the best death match talent in the world to win his first IWA Mid-South King of the Death Matches. Last year’s CZW Tournament of Death Winner defeated Brad Cash, Byrant Wood and Masada in a Great American BBQ Death, Total Elimination Match at IWA Mid-South on 5/20 in the first round of the tournament, then defeated Devon Moore in a Kevin Hogan Memorial Box Of Death, Barbed Wire Boards, Taipei Match in the semifinals, and then defeated John Wayne Murdoch in a House of Horrors Death Match in the final to win the King of the Death Matches 2017 with a 3-0 record for the week.
#3 Keith Lee (@RealKeithLee)-2017 continues to a break-out year for Keith Lee as he racks up yet another ranking in the Top 10. The Inspire Pro Pure Prestige, VIP Heavyweight, and ½ of the VIP Tag Team Champions defeated Trevor Lee at PWG on 5/19, then defeated Donovan Dijak at EVOLVE on 5/20, and then defeated Fred Yehi at EVOLVE on 5/21 to go 3-0 for the week. Those three victories were tremendous and continued to help build his resume as one of the top independent wrestlers over the last few months. The big man continues to astound crowds all over North America and there’s little doubt you’ll continue to see his name in the Top 10 as the year rolls on.
#4 Matt Riddle (@SuperKingofBros)-BRO just continues to establish himself as one of the truly great wrestlers on the indies right now and this past weekend was more evidence of that fact. The PROGRESS Atlas and WWN Champion teamed with Jeff Cobb at PWG on 5/19 to defeat reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) then defeated Kyle O’Reilly at EVOLVE on 5/20 to retain the WWN title, and then defeated Jeff Cobb at EVOLVE on 5/21 to retain again to go 3-0 for the week. The only reason he wasn’t even higher in this week’s Top 10 is that one of his wins was a tag team win, albeit an impressive one. Matt Riddle continues to scratch and crawl towards the top spot in this year’s IPR 100.
#5 Draven Lee-It was a really good week for Draven Lee as he picked up his first ranking after winning the 2017 Pound 4 Pound Cup. He defeated Sean Stephens at Glory Pro on 5/19 in the first round, then defeated James Anthony in the semifinals, and then defeated Chase Owens in the final the same day to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. His victory over Owens was particularly impressive as it was the only loss of the week for Owens who otherwise would have swept the weekend with a 4-0 record. Draven Lee is looking to establish himself as a player on the indies as 2017 continues.
#6 Tracy Williams
#7 Sammi Jayne
#8 Anthony Henry
#9 Cody Rhodes
#10 People’s Champ. AC Riley (@WrongAlexRiley)- AC Riley picked up another W in the online voting competition this week, but it wasn’t easy as he had several talents nipping at his heels. In the end, he won out with 95 votes. He got on the poll as the RWA Heavyweight Champion fought D.W.Eeb to a no contest at Brew City Wrestling on 5/19 and then defeated James Hunter, Jay Leo, & Jason Creed in a four-way at RWA on 5/20 to retain the title and go 1-0-1 for the week. AC Riley remains ultra-popular as he has won countless People’s Champs awards over the last few years. Like his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ACRileyWI/
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Moses Luke-#2 in the online voting competition with 57 votes
Shane Mercer-#3 in the online voting competition with 28 votes
Thomas Walton III
Kay Lee Ray
The Morbid Angel
Leon Van Gasteren
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