Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 13th, 2015
#1 Timothy Thatcher (@britishmessiah)-Timothy Thatcher reigns supreme with his first #1 ranking! On 7/10, he did what very few have done this year as he defeated Drew Galloway. Not only that, he beat Galloway to win the EVOLVE/DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Titles. The next day he continued his success by defeating Chris Hero to retain the EVOLVE Title on 7/11. With 5 wins in his last 6 matches, Thatcher is on a hot streak right now which he looks to continue throughout 2015. Will he be able to continue his rise up the IPR 100? We’ll see in December! With weeks like this, a climb will be insanely difficult as this was one of the toughest weeks to pick yet!!!
#2 Rickey Shane Page (@RickeyShanePage)-“RSP” secures yet another ranking this year as he defeated Josh Alexander at AIW to win the Absolute Title on 7/10. He followed that up with a victory over Tyler Thomas at A1 on 7/12 to retain the A1 Zero Gravity Title. A 2-0 weekend with a couple of HUGE wins continues Rickey Shane Page’s impressive 2015. Very few have experienced as much career growth in 2015 as Page as he continues to collect wins AND titles.
#3 Tim Donst (@TDonst)-Donst has had such an amazing 2015 as he looked some of the worst news in the eye and came out strong on the other side. That being said, he didn’t just rest on the fact that he had his health, he came back to wrestling and won a title in one of the biggest independent wrestling companies in the United States. He is the NEW CZW Wired Champion after defeating Joe Gacy for the title on 7/11. The previous day he defeated Nick Gage in an Anything Goes Match at AIW to secure a perfect weekend and yet another ranking.
#4 Leva Bates (@wrestlingleva)-Whether you call her “Blue Pants” or Leva Bates, she’s had a phenomenal 2015. She continued that success when she defeated D’arcy Dixon at GirlFight on 7/7. She followed that up when she beat Athena in the Semi-Finals of the WSU Spirit Title Tournament and then beat Hania the Howling Huntress in the Finals the same night on 7/11 to win the title. With a 3-0 record on the week, she picks up her first ranking this week amidst a TON of competition throughout the top 10 and beyond.
#5 Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-Last year’s #1 in the IPR 100 finally pops up in the Top 10 after months away from the rankings. He returned to Dragon Gate where he teamed with CIMA at Dragon Gate on 7/7 to defeat Jimmyz ( Jimmy Susumu and Ryo “Jimmy” Saito) then teamed with CIMA and Matt Sydal on 7/8 to defeat Dia.Hearts (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu) then teamed with Masato Yoshino on 7/10 to defeat YAMATO and Mondai Ryu, then teamed with Masato Yoshino, Matt Sydal and Akira Tozawa to defeat Naruki Doi, YAMATO, K-ness and Punch Tominaga, and then teamed with Masato Yoshino and Shingo Takagi to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, YAMATO and K-ness) to go 5-0 for the week. The only thing that held him back was success in singles this week, so let’s see what the upcoming weeks in Japan bring for “The Future of Flight.”
#6 Zack Sabre Jr (@zacksabrejr)-We’ve said it before, but perhaps the best technical wrestler in the world picks up yet another ranking this week as he defeated Roderick Strong at EVOLVE on 7/10 and then beat TJ Perkins at EVOLVE on 7/11 to go 2-0 on the week. This UK talent is truly one of the cream of the crop right now as he continues to mow through the competition this year. Again, we reiterate though, he needs to pick up a title or two to truly get the recognition in the Top 10. What title looks most tempting to Sabre? We shall see.
#7 Shingo Takagi-After being ranked #6 last week, he falls just one spot due to heavy competition this week, but also keep in mind that he DID go 5-0 this week at Dragon Gate. He teamed with Masato Yoshino & Akira Tozawa at Dragon Gate on 7/7 to defeat T-Hawk, Eita and Kotoka, then teamed with Akira Tozawa on 7/8 to defeat Don Fujii and Gamma, then teamed with Akira Tozawa on 7/10 to defeat Don Fujii and Gamma, then defeated Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria on 7/11, and then teamed with Masato Yoshino and Ricochet on 7/12 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, YAMATO and K-ness) to go 5-0 for the week. Much like Ricochet, the only thing he lacked this week was singles success.
#8 Masato Yoshino-Dragon Gate continues to dominate the Top 10 with 3 talents in the Top 10 this week and countless others on the poll for the Tag Team Top 5. Yoshino teamed with Akira Tozawa and Shingo Takagi on 7/7 to defeat Millenials (Eita, Kotoka & T-Hawk) then teamed with Syachihoko BOY on 7/8 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Punch Tominaga & YAMATO) then teamed with Ricochet on 7/9 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Mondai Ryu & YAMATO) then teamed with Akira Tozawa, Ricochet and Matt Sydal on 7/11 to defeat Naruki Doi, YAMATO, K-ness and Punch Tominaga, and then teamed with Shingo Takagi & Ricochet on 7/12 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, YAMATO and K-ness) to go 5-0 for the week. He is the third talent that could have been much higher, but he’s going to need to string together some SINGLES victories to do so.
#9 Hy Zaya-The IWA Mid-South World Champion returns to the Top 10 this week as he teamed with Shane Mercer, Jake the Snake Roberts, & JC Rotten to defeat Horror Show with Joseph Schwartz on 7/9, then defeated American Viking on 7/10 to retain the title, and then teamed with Shane Mercer on 7/11 to beat The Tryout Show Rejects to go 3-0 on the week. Despite a lot of success recently, Hy Zaya likely hasn’t been getting the credit he deserves. He currently holds both the IWA Mid-South World Title AND the CCW Heavyweight Title. With a big title defense vs. Shane Mercer at IWA and vs. Lee Byford at CCW coming up, Hy Zaya has a chance to really continue to solidify himself as one of top talents on the indies this coming weekend.
#10 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-As per the norm, the multiple champion stays relevant this week with yet another ranking in the Top 10 after she defeated Samantha Slides at RPW. With 22 straight wins, the #1 in the IPR 100 at the Mid-Year Update continues to defend her titles and her top spot. With names like Akira Tozawa chomping at her heels, she’ll have to keep racking up the victories to keep them at bay.
People’s Champ. The Choff (@jkchoff)-The current QWA Champion in Australia continues to do well in the online voting competition as he is once again the People’s Champ this week outlasting a SLEW of other talent this week. Congratulations to him and to Australia, who as a continent continue to prove their worth in independent wrestling.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Jigsaw (UK Talent)
Sage Sin Supreme
Crazy Mary Dobson
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