#1 Rey Fenix (@ReyFenixMx)-It was a crazy day for the Indy Power Rankings crew as we were all scrambling to get results in as soon as possible. One result that came late and didn’t even get added to the poll was Fenix’s victory at the Border War Tournament at Mucha Lucha Atlanta. Fenix, who beat Sammy Guevera in the First round, Penta El Zero M and Mil Muertes in a Three-Way Semi, and Dragon Azteca Jr. (Rey Horus) in the Finals to win the tournament, had an INSANE weekend. In addition to his 3-0 record in singles, he picked up two tag team victories as well, teaming with Penta El Zero M to defeat La Mascara & M-ximo at The Crash in Mexico on 6/23 and then beat reDRagon at Wrestlecircus on 6/24. Those 5 very impressive victories led him to the #1 spot as every single official voter had him at #1 on their ballots.
#2 Shane Strickland (@StricklandShane)-1/3 of the Lucha Underground Trios Champions and NEW WrestleCircus RingMaster Champion was ever so close to being the #1 this week. In fact, he WAS #1 until the late results for Fenix came in. That said, #2 is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of as “Swerve” defeated Dezmond Xavier, Lio Rush and Mr. 450 in a four-way ladder match at WrestleCircus on 6/24 and then defeated Brian Cage and Sammy Guevara in a three-way the same day to win the title to go 2-0 for the week. His wins were incredibly impressive, but at the end of the day, he had two singles victories vs. three singles victories for Fenix in addition to two tag team victories. It’s been a little while since we saw Strickland so high in the rankings, but there’s no doubt that it’s a welcome sight!
#3 Dale Patricks (@DalePatricks)-The real life version of Jackass has been quietly tearing it up on the Death Match scene over the last 1-2 years. Despite his proficiency in Death Matches, do not overlook his ability in any kind of contest. Over the weekend he defeated Red Rocket at WCWO on 6/23, then defeated Dominic Garrini in the first round of the Dynamite Cup at Live Pro Wrestling in Lafayette, IN, and then beat Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, Percy Davis, Mance Warner, and Ace Perry in a 6-Man Scramble to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. On any other week, this could have been enough to get him a #1 ranking, but this week was ultra-competitive. Look out for Dale Patricks to continue this type of success as the second half of 2017 begins.
#4 Tetsuya Endo-Tournaments once again play a major factor in the Indy Power Rankings and that’s evident in rankings 1-4. Endo defeated Akito at Dramatic Dream Team in the first round on 6/25; then defeated HARASHIMA the same day in the final to win the King of DDT Tournament to go 2-0 for the week. Like so many others in the rankings this week, Endo had a strong argument for the #1 spot in this week’s Indy Power Rankings, but for now he’ll have to settle for #4. With such a big victory and ranking on his side, he’ll have a chance to build on this ranking in the upcoming months.
#5 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-Last year’s #1 in the 2016 IPR 100 scored perhaps the biggest single victory of the weekend when he beat Matt Riddle in a non-title Champion vs. Champion Match at EVOLVE on 6/24. It was a HUGE victory between last year’s IPR 100 #1 and this year’s frontrunner for the #1 in the IPR 100. The PWG, EVOLVe, and RevPro British Heavyweight Champion failed to sweep the week which ultimately cost him a shot at the #1 ranking. He was defeated by Ultimo Ninja at Martinez Entertainment on 6/23 the day before his big victory, then bounced back vs. Riddle, and then finished off the week strong when he beat Jaka on 6/25. It was a 2-1 week and most times that won’t equal a ranking, but with a victory as strong as the one over Riddle, ZSJ gets the #5 spot this week.
#6 Timothy Thatcher
#7 Ken Malmsteen
#8 Matt Cross
#9 Rey Horus
#10 People’s Champ. Devin Driscoll (@Devin_Driscoll)-Devin Driscoll used his tremendous victories to turn his third People’s Champ award (2nd this year) into an official ranking among a field of elite talent. He defeated Donovan Dijak at Black Hole Slam on 6/20, then beat Michael Elgin by DQ the same day, and then beat Abyss in an Unadvertised Street Fight to go 3-0 for the week. Even without the fan vote, he definitely deserved a spot in the Top 10, but his fans made sure to solidify his ranking for him. With 112 votes this week, he edged out JT Funk for the top spot in the online voting competition, proving once again how popular this talent is. Be sure to follow him on Instagram @DevinDriscoll
JT Funk-#2 in the online voting competition with 108 votes
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