#1 Anthony Henry (@AntnyHenry)-It’s another #1 ranking after another huge weekend for Anthony Henry as he won the most recent WWN Styles Battle at FIP. After a breakout year in 2016, he continued to make a name for himself over the weekend as the PWX Heavyweight Champion defeated Matt Tremont in the first round at WWN Style Battle on 6/16, then defeated Joey Janela in the second round, then defeated Fred Yehi in the final the same day to win the tournament. He then defeated Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Full Impact Pro on 6/17 to go 4-0 for the week. He swept the official voters’ ballots this week as every official voter marked him down as their #1 and he came in second in the online voting competition as fans rallied behind the young star. Look out for him to continue this type of success as 2017 rolls on!
#2 Matt Riddle (@SuperKingofBros)-Matt Riddle has had an unparalleled 2017 so far and he’s back in the rankings again this week after a very good weekend for the WWN and PROGRESS Atlas Champion. First, he defeated Martin Stone at WWN Style Battle on 6/16 to retain the title, then defeated Jon Davis at Full Impact Pro to retain the WWN title again, then defeated Hallowicked at Chikara on 6/18 in the first round of the Johnny Kidd Invitational Tournament, and then took his only loss off the weekend as he lost to Juan Francisco de Coronado in the semifinals the same day to go 3-1 for the week. Despite the loss, the official voters saw two title defenses and some very good quality of opponents. Riddle ends up at #2 this week. Not too shabby.
#3 Sami Callihan (@TheSamiCallihan)-The stars are out in the Indy Power Rankings this week as numbers 1-3 all hold major titles. The AAW Heavyweight (and Pro Wrestling 2.0 Heavyweight Champion) defeated Matt Sydal at Pro Wrestling Guerilla on 6/16 and then defeated Michael Elgin at AAW on 6/17 to retain the title to go 2-0 for the week. While he didn’t have quite as many wins as Henry or Riddle this week, you can’t overlook the quality of his opponents as Sydal and Elgin are two worldwide stars on the indies right now. “The Callihan Death Machine” continues to make waves wherever he competes.
#4 Travis Banks (@Travis_BanksPW)-Much like the talents above him in this week’s Top 10, Travis Banks has had a phenomenal 2017. The former Indy Power Rankings #1 and current Lucha Forever, Fight Club PRO and 1/2 of RevPro British Tag Team Champions defeated Mark Haskins at Lucha Forever on 6/13 to retain the title, then defeated Glamorous Roddy at Pro Wrestling Malta on 6/17, then defeated Mark Haskins and Shane Strickland in a triple threat at Lucha Forever on 6/18 to retain again to go 3-0 for the week. Travis Banks continues to make a huge push up the ladder of this year’s IPR 100.
#5 Rory Gulak-The “other Gulak” gets his first ranking in the Indy Power Rankings this week after winning the Johnny Kidd Invitational Tournament with a 3-0 record for the week. He defeated Travis Huckabee at Chikara in the first round on 6/18, then defeated Zack Sabre Jr in the semifinals, and then defeated Juan Francisco de Coronado in the final to win the tournament. It was a tremendous weekend for one of the truly unsung talents on the indies right now as he appears to be looking to get his name on everyone’s radars as 2017 continues.
#7 Samantha Starr
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#10 People’s Champ. Eddie Toon-The Rocket City Championship Wrestling Southern Heavyweight Champion gets his first official ranking AND his first win in the online voting competition this week. He got on the ballot by defeating Chris Rage in a Dog Chain Match on 6/17 to retain the title. 51 votes later and he outlasted this week’s official #1 Anthony Henry to win the People’s Champ award for the week as his fans came together to support him and push him into the Top 10. This is not Eddie Toon’s first mention in the Indy Power Rankings and with that type of fan support, it may not be his last.
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