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Old 04-22-2014, 09:23 AM   #41 (permalink)
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1. Melvin Maximus-Finally “the Rodney Dangerfield of the Indy Power Rankings” gets his respect again! Oddly enough he gets voted in at #1 on a slower week where he only wrestled (and won) one match. While there were certainly a lot of other worthy contenders, every single “official voter” had the OVW TV Champion at or near #1 on their ballot. It truly has been a “Marvelous” run for the champ after 31 straight wins.

2. Ricochet-Hard to believe he’s not #1 this week after the run he’s had, but clearly it’s not over yet. He’s still the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate AND Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion. A 2-1 record over the weekend did very little to hurt his status in the Top 10. He is 19-1 in Japan in 2014 and 26-6 in his last 32 matches, overall. “The King” isn’t dead…just sitting a little lower for the time being. #8 in the online poll.

3. Adam Cole-Amazingly, the ROH and PWG World Champion still has not reached the #1 spot in 2014. It’s not that he isn’t still a HUGE name…it’s possibly that his win-loss record hasn’t been as impressive as last year, BUT with that being said, he’s now on a 5 match winning streak. Cole defeated Delirious at ROH Future of Honor 1 on 4/18 and Jimmy Jacobs and Mark Briscoe in a Non-Title 3 Way Elimination Match at ROH Second to None on 4/19. He is 9-3 in singles competition in 2014 and 11-7 overall. It seems that it would just take a string of weeks where he’s actively competing for him to inevitably reached #1 again.

4. Jason Kincaid-The NWA Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion did what he had to do to get back in the Top 10 and he did it in an impressive fashion. He won the NWA Smoky Mountain Cup on 4/19 defeating Fred Yehi in the opening round, then moving on to defeat Sugar Dunkerton, Joe Black, Chris Richards, Zac Vincent, and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Chase Owens in a 6 Way Elimination Final. Those are some impressive names to get through and as we state many times in this write-up, on another week he may have reached #1 had it not been for heavy competition all over the indies. Perhaps winning the NWA World Heavyweight Title with his future title shot could get him that elusive #1? He was #1 in the fan poll this week with 139 votes and he is People’s Champ.

5. Shane Hollister-At the start of the year, “The Shug” was getting a ton of respect from the voters. Fast-forward to now and he’s holding the AAW Heavyweight AND SCW Heavyweight Titles and yet he has not been able to climb the ladder each week. Why? Hard to say, but when AAW comes up again, that will be the ultimate test to see if he can jump up the Top 10 rankings once again. He defeated JJ Garrett at Mississippi Valley Wrestling on 4/19 to extend his run in the Indy Power Rankings.

6. Aaron Williams-The Rockstar Pro Champion has been noticeably absent from the Top 10 the last several weeks after a slight slump, but he’s righted the ship and he’s firing on all cylinders now. He defeated last week’s #10 Benjamin Kimera and Gerome Phillips in a 3 Way Tag Team Match also involving Kyle Craven & Kyron. He also defeated last week’s #8 Heidi Lovelace at TCW on 4/18. He has won 4 straight matches and with both the blessing (and the curse) of almost guaranteed weekly shows, he has many chances to climb to his first #1 ranking.

7. Michael Elgin-It seems like it’s been forever since we saw the 2013 IPR 100 #1 hit the Top 10. It really hasn’t been as long as it seems, but this week, he broke through again. “Unbreakable” once again proved to be just that as he defeated AJ Styles at ROH on 4/19 and then went to Beyond Wrestling where he defeated Zakk Sawyers, Christian Rose, and Matt Cage in a 4 Way on 4/20. Pretty impressive weekend for a guy who has been splitting his time between dominating in tags at AAW and being pretty successful in singles everywhere else.

8. Uhaa Nation-“The One Man Nation” went 2-1 over the weekend at Dragon Gate and despite the loss, he was still shown a lot of respect by the “official” voters this week. It’s hard to argue with the numbers he has put up as he is the winner of 16 of his last 19 matches with a 27-13 record in 2014. The big man is still looking for his first #1 ranking, but at this point, with the type of record he has, it seems unlikely that he would not get that #1 spot at some point this year.

9. Vinny Marseglia-What a weekend for the TRP Heavyweight Champion as he successfully defended his title vs. Ryan Waters, but perhaps even more importantly, made a great impression at ROH with two big wins, teaming with Jimmy Nutts & Nick Blackwell to defeat Ken Phoenix, Sam Shields, & Tim Donst on 4/18, and then teaming with Jay Diesel & Moose to defeat Team Benchmark & Zizou Middoux on 4/19. Look for more big things from him for the rest of 2014.

10. Ivelisse-The SHINE Champion’s week off last week may have cost her a higher spot in the rankings, but the official voters definitely remembered what she did 2 weeks ago. She has won 9 straight matches after her win vs. Saraya Knight at SHINE 18 on 4/19. It’s been an impressive run for the champ. #10 in the online poll.

Honorable Mention. Barrett Brown-The ACW Hardcore Champion came just 16 votes shy (and it was much closer than that if you watched the poll for the last 30 minutes it was open) of becoming this week’s People’s Champion. 123 votes in the online poll.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
James Anthony-#3 in the online poll
Matt Hardy
Nick Ando
Mace Malone-#4 in the online poll
John McChesney-#5 in the online poll
Kevin Steen
Jay Lethal
Arik Royal
Kellie Skater
Matt Cross
Blake Steel
Jordynne Grace
John Rare-#7 in the online poll
Barbi Hayden-#6 in the online poll
Kiki Rose-#9 in the online poll
Jake Parnell
Trevor Lee
Ruff Crossing
Shane Strickland
Jake Dirden


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Old 04-23-2014, 06:44 AM   #42 (permalink)
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1. Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-The NWA Southern Tag Team Champions get the record! Team IOU have now broken the record with 4 #1 rankings in the Tag Team Top 5. They do it on the strength of victories vs. Shooting Impact at NWA SAW on 4/18 and Frank Wyatt & Alexandre Rudolph on 4/19 at Beyond Wrestling. #2 in the online poll with 128 votes.

2. The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter)-The PGP and Zero-1 USA Tag Team Champions return to the Top 5 after going 2-0 over the weekend with wins vs. Alexandre Rudolph and Frank Wyatt at PGP on 4/19 and vs. Matt Cage and Mallaki Matthews at Beyond Wrestling on 4/20. They have won 9 of their last 11 matches. It was just announced that in July they will finally take on the Young Bucks. They’re getting some great momentum heading into that match at St. Louis Anarchy. #4 in the online poll with 25 votes.

3. The Viking War Party (Alexandre Rudolph & Jake Parnell)-While they do operate under The Freebird Rule (Frank Wyatt being the 3rd member of the Viking War Party), it’s this unit that has been turning heads recently. The SNPW Tag Team Champions teamed with their 3rd member in Frank Wyatt at Beyond Wrestling’s Sleeper Cell to defeat Jordynne Grace, JJ Garrett, and Mikey. They have now won 3 straight matches as a team.

4. Los Ben Dejos (Jay Rios & Jay Cruz)-The PWX Tag Team Champions returned to a very safe territory where they have dominated in recent months. Over the weekend they defeated Country Jacked (Corey Hollis & Adam Page) on 4/18 and The Worst Case Scenario and The Sin City Saints in a 3 Way on 4/19 to retain the titles. They have won 4 straight matches at PWX. If they can transfer some of that success to some of their upcoming shows in the Illinois area, they’ll be a force to reckon with.

5. The Unholy Alliance (Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri)-The Tag Team Top 5 took a trip down memory lane and got nostalgic this week as the two ECW greats defeated OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) at 2CW on 4/18 and followed that up with a win vs. AR Fox and Rich Swann at 2CW on 4/19 to go 2-0 as a team on the weekend. We can only hope that we’ll get to see more of them together in 2014. If not, it was fun while it lasted. #5 in the online poll with 15 votes.

Honorable Mention. The Normals (Buzz Bloodsaw & Chance Demas)-The People’s Champs this week with 175 votes in the online poll after defeating Da House Party on 4/19 to retain the PWA Tag Team Titles.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Killbillies-#3 in the online poll
Air America
Arrogant Bastards
London Riots
Lucha Sisters
Team Friendship
BumRush Brothers
The Skywalkers
Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Forever Hooligans
Dangerous Bastards
Team CK
Punisher Van Slyke & Kevin Graham
The Briscoes
The Fraternity

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1. Melvin Maximus-He did it again! The “Marvelous” OVW TV Champion gets his 3rd #1 in the Indy Power Rankings this week after 3 wins this week, extending his win streak to 34 straight. He defeated Bodyguy & Eddie Diamond in a 3 Way to retain the title on 4/23, teamed with Royal Red and Elvis Pridemore to defeat Leon Shelly, Deonta Davis, & Raul Lamotta on 4/25, and beat Jay Best on 4/26. This #1 ranking puts him ahead of Rockstar Spud & Randy Royal for most #1 rankings by an OVW TV Champion.

2. Michael Elgin-The #1 in the 2014 IPR 100 shoots up the Top 10 this week with a little luck from people ahead of him losing and a couple of impressive wins. On 4/25 he defended his AIW Absolute Title successfully vs. Colin Delaney. On 4/27 he defeated Amazing Red at Squared Circle Live. “The Unbreakable” one has now won 4 straight and now that he’s got some momentum going, look the hell out!

3. Uhaa Nation-“The One Man Nation” continued his dominance of Dragon Gate in 2014 over the weekend. Granted, he has yet to be able to reach the #1 spot, but outside of Ricochet, very few have been more successful there. This week he defeated YAMATO, BxB Hulk, & Kzy in a 6 Man Tag on 4/26 and then Kotoka on 4/27. He has won 18 of his last 21 matches and has a 29-13 record in 2014. Now that he’s this high in the rankings, his best opportunities to get a #1 ranking are coming up.

4. Martin Kirby-He’s been seen before on the Tag Team Top 5 ballot, but this week he teamed with Kris Travis to defeat Mark Haskins & Petey Williams at SWE Risky Business 3 on 4/26, and then beat Dean Allmark to advance to the Speed King 2014 Tournament finals where he defeated AR Fox, Kay Lee Ray, Pete Dunne, Robbie X, and Will Ospreay to win the tournament. One magical night gets him a very high ranking and the opportunity to build on that success.

5. Ricochet-Relatively speaking and comparing what he’s done in previous weeks/months, this is a pretty low ranking for the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate/Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion. That being said, it’s still a ranking and something he can build upon. Over the weekend he tagged with Masato Yoshino to defeat Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin and Jimmy Kanda on 4/26 but lost a 6 Man tag to T-Hawk, Eita, and Flamita on 4/27. He is 20-2 in Japan in 2014 and is 27-7 in his last 34 matches, overall.

6. Shane Strickland-The CZW Wired TV Champion has been getting snubbed off and on for months and FINALLY, he breaks through with a very good weekend. He went 2-0 defeating and ending the win streak of Matt Cross and then retaining the title vs. Joe Gacy on 4/27. With the wins he’s picking up as champion, expect to see him in the Top 10 more frequently in 2014.

7. Dysfunction-It was an impressive weekend for the former Weedman of JCW as he not only won the UPW Title on 4/26, he won the Lord of Hardcore Tournament. This is his first appearance in the Top 10 and if he can have another weekend like that, it definitely won’t be his last. #7 in the online poll

8. Jay Lethal-The ROH TV Champion makes another appearance in the Top 10 after a victory vs. Mike Reed on 4/26 at Inspire Pro Wrestling. That match alone was good, but it’s the fact that it’s his 5th straight win that got the attention of the official voters this week. Lethal is on a roll and the rankings are starting to bear that out!

9. Trevor Lee-The CWF Mid-Atlantic Ultra J Champion defeated Adam Page at OMEGA Wrestling on 4/26 to run his win streak to 3 straight. He is another very talented wrestler that has been snubbed more often than not, but those days appear to be at an end. If he can keep this win streak going, he’s going to be someone to look out for in the upcoming weeks and months.

10. Jock Samson-The fans came out in full force for the WAR Champion as they “Jocked the vote” and earned him 157 votes and the “People’s Champ” award for the week after narrowly losing a match to the Honky Tonk Man, but bouncing back with another title defense. He may prefer to be the “People’s Drunk” but either way, it was the people that snuck him into the #10 spot this week.

Honorable Mention. Athena-The AIW Women’s Champion just misses out on the Top 10 after defeating Nikki Storm on 4/25 to retain the title. She has a very good record of 8-3-1 in 2014

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Flex Armstrong
Mikey McFinnigan-#3 in the online poll
Dave Mastiff
Hanson
Ruff Crossing-#6 in the online poll
Mickie Knuckles
Jordynne Grace
B-Boy
Mario Bokara-#8 in the online poll
Mike Posey
Mace Malone-#9 in the online poll
Spider Boodrow
Chance Prophet
Tim Donst
Adam Thornstowe-#5 in the online poll
Hakim Zane-#2 in the online poll
Nadia Sapphire-#10 in the online poll
Chrissy Rivera
Matt Macintosh
Jeckles the Jester
Drew Gulak
JJ Steel
Drake Younger
Hudson Envy
Chuck Lennox
Kimber Lee
Tapu
Tommaso Ciampa
Jocephus
Russ Jones-#4 in the online poll
Danger Dean


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1. Uhaa Nation-“The One Man Nation” finally got the #1 spot! He’s been ranked countless times but he finally cashes in a #1 ranking this week after over a year. Last week he teamed with Akira Tozawa to defeat Masaaki Mochizuki and Dragon Kid on 4/28 and then lost to YAMATO & Cyber Kong on 4/29. He then teamed with Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa to defeat T-Hawk, Eita, and Flamita on 5/3 and then teamed with Ricochet and Akira Tozawa to defeat YAMATO, BxB Hulk, and Cyber Kong on 5/4. He has won 21 of his last 25 matches and has a very impressive 32-14 record in 2014. It truly is Uhaa’s time. Next up is EVOLVE and then it’s on to the UK for the big man. #10 in the online poll.

2. Matt Cage-Not that he was chopped liver in 2013, but in 2014, he has been absolutely “Money” as the AAW Heritage Champion has had an impressive reign as champion. Over the weekend he managed to defeat CJ Esparza on 5/2 to retain the title and then he went to DREAMWAVE where he scored (arguably) a big upset, defeating Chris Hero on 5/3. He’s looking for his 3rd #1 ranking, but in order to achieve that, he’ll need to pick up a few more wins in the upcoming weeks and try to remain flawless.

3. Matt Cross-“M-Dogg” has been on fire as of late. First he won the ECWA Super 8 and now he has added a little gold to his trophy case. He is the NEW (and 1st ever) Smash Wrestling Champion after defeating Johnny Gargano and then outlasting Takaaki Watanabe, Kevin Steen, Chris Hero, and Josh Alexander to win the gold on 5/4. With his vast array of aerial skill, he’s been teaching all of his opponents to fear the beard. #8 in the online poll.

4. Ricochet-While he may not be the king of the Indy Power Rankings at the moment, he doesn’t appear to be leaving the Top 10 any time soon. The former (current for the voting period) Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion and DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Champion tagged with Shingto Takagi and defeated YAMATO & Cyber Kong on 4/28, then teamed with Masato Yoshino to defeat Jimmy Susumu & 504 on 4/29. He then teamed with Masato Yoshino again in a losing effort vs. YAMATO & Naruki Doi on 5/3, but bounced back with a win, teaming with Uhaa Nation and Akira Tozawa to defeat YAMATO, BxB Hulk, and Cyber Kong on 5/4. He is 23-3 in Japan in 2014 and is 30-8 in his last 38 matches, overall.

5. Leah Von Dutch-What a weekend for LVD as she won 3 matches in a row on 5/3 to win the VOW Queen of the Ring Tournament as she defeated Renee Michelle, Jessie Kaye & Allysin Kay in a 3 Way, and Devyn Nicole in the Finals. She then defeated Jasmin and Ingrid in a Triple Threat Match for the CCW Ladies Championship to go 4-0 on the weekend. For a single weekend, she was absolutely unstoppable.

6. Michael Elgin-Despite a loss to Nick Brubaker on 5/3 and Chris Hero on 5/4, the voters still viewed Elgin as “Unbreakable” after the AIW Absolute Champ defeated Jonathan Gresham at IWA Mid-South on 5/1 and teamed with Ethan Page to retain the AAW Tag Team Titles vs. Josh Alexander and Jake Crist on 5/2. He dropped a bit from last week, but he is still 6-2 the last 3 weeks.

7. AJ Styles-It was a career victory for “The Phenomenal One” as he represented the BULLET CLUB well, defeating Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Title on 5/2. While some may debate whether New Japan is technically an indy, AJ’s independent wrestler status qualifies him for the Top 10 and he has been a pretty regular fixture here since he has left TNA. Time will tell if he can continue that success now that he has captured some gold. #9 in the online poll.

8. Shane Hollister-“The Shug” has been absolutely awesome in 2014. Over the weekend the AAW/SCW Heavyweight Champion defeated Jimmy Jacobs and Kevin Steen in a 3 Way to retain the AAW Heavyweight Title on 5/2, defeated Marek Brave & Stephen King to retain the SCW Heavyweight Title on 5/3 but lost in a Gauntlet at DREAMWAVE to Chris Castro. He has won 7 of his last 9 matches and his strength of competition has really helped him return to the Top 10 this week.

9. Melvin Maximus-It was just a draw, but the non-win for the “Marvelous” OVW TV Champion really dropped him down the Top 10 in favor of some of the bigger names this week. He went to a double countout with Paredyse on 4/30 and then defeated Jay Best on 5/1. Despite, the lack of a win on 4/30, he is still 35-0-1 in his last 36 matches. Voters felt that his strength of competition has hindered him a bit and when he didn’t win, it hurt his standing. While his place in the Top 10 may be questionable, his dominance in 2014 has not been questionable at all.

10. Johnny Miyagi-The IWE Maine Heavyweight Champion had a very good run over the weekend and voters definitely noticed. He went 3-0 with 2 successful title defenses and now he gets his first spot in the Top 10. There’s been a few close but no cigar moments for Miyagi as of late, but this was first time ranked. Congrats to him. #4 in the online poll.

Honorable Mention. Matt Hardy-NEW MCW Champion after 2 big wins in one night.

People’s Champion. Jock Samson-You can call him “The People’s Champ” or “The People’s Drunk” but the WAR Champion has earned this award by being #1 in the poll for 2 weeks straight.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
James Anthony-#2 in the online poll
Famous B
Russ Jones-#5 in the online poll
Rhett Giddins
Trent Barreta
Arik Royal
Mat Fitchett
Jeremy Wyatt-#6 in the online poll
Caleb Konley
Gary Jay
Manny Garcia
Scott Sexton-#7 in the online poll
Alex Mason
Sylar Graves
Ashton Christopher
Rob Araujo
Kellan Thomas
Leland Race
Brock Hall-#3 in the online poll
Mikey Webb


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1. Juicy Product (JT Dunn & David Starr)-What an insane run it’s been for this tag team. Last week they won the CZW World Tag Team Titles and this week they won AND defended the FIP World Tag Team Titles! Add to that, they are now the first team, and in fact first PERIOD (singles or tag), to ever sweep the #1 ranking in the votes. All official voters had Juicy Product at #1 this week as did The Viking War Party and finally, the fan poll had them at #1 as well. They are your #1 AND The People’s Champs this week with 61 online votes. What more really needs to be said about this team? 3 wins in 2 weeks with 2 title victories. Absolutely amazing.

2. Men of the Year (Michael Elgin & Ethan Page)-Much like Juicy Product at #1, across the board almost, this team collected votes after once again retaining their AAW Tag Team Titles. This time they defeated Josh Alexander and Jake Crist in a Ladder Match on 5/2 to run their record as a team there to 6-0. Had it not been for Juicy Product’s amazing 2 week run, it’s likely they would have grabbed the #1 spot this week. You can’t take anything away from what they’ve accomplished this year as they have turned away every single challenger in their path.

3. Rage and The Machine (Michael McAllister & Mecha Mercenary)-Here is a team that maybe isn’t getting the type of hype they probably deserve. They are the CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions and have successfully defended those titles on multiple occasions. On 5/3, they added to that impressive string of victories as they retained vs. The Killbillies and Chase Dakota & Ric Converse in a 3 Way Match. This isn’t their first time getting a mention in the Tag Team Top 5 and it likely won’t be their last.

4. The Brutes (Jimmy Parker & Mark James)-This is a team that seemingly came out of nowhere this week, but in reality, they’ve been picking up wins for quite a while. The BPW Tag Team Champions defeated Adam Page & Lee Valiant over the weekend to once again retain their titles. They have won 5 straight and they are 6-1 as a team, overall since forming. Good starting position for them. If they can keep this momentum going, there’s no doubt they have what it takes to climb the Top 5 ladder. #3 in the online poll.

5. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)-The Tag Team Top 5 was sorely missing one of the most popular and successful tag teams in the world and this week, they returned after a big victory vs. Forever Hooligans on 5/2 to retain the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles. They are 8-3 in 2 man tag team matches in 2014 (4 Ways, 3 Ways, etc…included but not 6 Man and 8 Man Tags). They have another chance to impress this weekend and shoot for their first #1 of the year as they take on Forever Hooligans and The Time Splitters at ROH. Tied for #5 in the online poll.

Honorable Mention. Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-NWA Southern Tag Team Champions went 1-2 over the weekend, but got the fan support to push them to an Honorable Mention as they were #2 in the online poll.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The London Riots
Black Wall Street
Dylan Bostic & The Mexicutioner
The Skywalkers
The Hooligans-Tied for #5 in the online poll
Knight Eye for the Pirate Guy-#4 in the online poll
Helter Skelter
The Throwbacks
The Savages
The Leatherheads

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1. Juicy Product (JT Dunn & David Starr)-It’s really quite remarkable what this team has done over the last 3 weeks. While they were certainly nothing to sneeze at over the last few months, no one could have predicted this type of success for them. They are the CZW and FIP World Tag Team Champions and on 5/10 they defeated The Beaver Boys to retain those CZW titles. That makes 4 wins in 3 weeks for this team and their 2nd time at the top. Look out, everyone, you’ve got a new tag team to contend with who don’t appear to be going quietly into the night any time soon. #4 in the online poll.

2. Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson)-Surprisingly, despite their consistency in at least getting mentions, this is the highest recent ranking for the tag team that is widely considered the best tag team in the world. On 5/10, they helped prove that point by defeating Forever Hooligans and Time Splitters to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles at Global Wars. They also still hold the HOG, ROH, and PWG Tag Team Titles. Is their first #1 ranking in 2014 next on the agenda?

3. Matt Tremont & Mickie Knuckles-Random pairing? Maybe, but that’s what WSU’s King and Queen Tournament creates and this pairing did what it took to run through 3 other teams to win the tournament on 5/10. Mickie Knuckles enjoys TWO #3 rankings this week (in singles and tag team) as she and Tremont defeated Danny Havoc & Jewells Malone, then Chris Dickinson & Shanna, and then finally Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan to win the tournament. Hopefully we’ll see them team again in the near future.

4. The Bravado Brothers (Lancelot & Harlem Bravado)-It’s been a nice 2014 for the boys from North Carolina. The WrestleForce and DGUSA Tag Team Champions just keep the Bravado Bandwagon moving right along as they defeated Monster Mafia on 5/9 at EVOLVE 29 and The Colony at EVOLVE 30. They are 7-5 as a team in 2014 and have won 6 straight 2 on 2 tags, overall. We say this a lot, but on any other week, they could have easily been #1.

5. The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter)-It wasn’t your typical week for this bad ass tag team, but what they lacked in terms of wins and loss percentage, they made up for with a HUGE tag team title win as they knocked off the Ring Rydas for the JCW Tag Team Titles to add yet another set of tag titles to their collection. They are now PGP, Zero-1 USA, and JCW Tag Team Champions. You can’t keep these bearded bullies out of the Tag Team Top 5 for more than a week and this week is further proof of that fact. Fat and flippy? It works for them.

Honorable Mention/People’s Champs. Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-NWA Southern Tag Team Champions defeated Primetime Outlaws (Lee Condrey & Brian Lee) by DQ on 5/9. #1 in the online poll to add to their record number of People’s Champs awards.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Dylan Bostic & The Mexicutioner
The Skywalkers
Uhaa Nation & AR Fox
Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae
Arrogant Bastards
Los Bandidos
Jack Thriller & Jack Verville
The Briscoes
Hunter Brothers
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Default Indy Power Rankings for the Week of May 19th, 2014

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1. Adam Cole-Honestly, there was very little debate this week at the #1 position among the official voters. Cole’s consistent track record over the last couple of months, his holding of the ROH and PWG World Titles, along with his victory over Jushin ‘Thunder Liger (by submission no less) on 5/17 at War of the Worlds easily cemented him as the #1 this week. It is surprisingly his first #1 ranking in 2014, but with the way he has been picking up victories recently, it’s likely to be just the first of many. This was about the time in 2013 that he really started setting the world on fire. Let’s see what the rest of 2014 brings for the champ. #7 in the online poll.

2. AJ Styles-The only other option at #1 this week behind Cole for the official voters was a man who has been dominant everywhere he’s gone in 2014. His TNA release has done absolutely nothing to slow down his success rate and this week, he proved it once again after defeating Michael Elgin and Okada to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title on 5/17 at War of the Worlds. Not one to rest on his laurels, he then travelled to 2CW where he defeated Cheech in a hard fought battle on 5/18. “The Phenomenal One” is looking to get his first #1 to complete his overwhelming recent success. #6 in the online poll.

3. Nick Ando-Talk about a guy who has been snubbed by the voters time and time again…and it did NOT happen this week. The 2CW Heavyweight Champion managed to once again go 2-0 on the weekend as he retained his title vs. Kevin Steen on 5/16 and then again vs. Jason Axe on 5/18. He has won 6 straight matches at 2CW and it does not look like he’s going to be slowing down any time soon. Congrats to a hard-working champion on his highest ranking to date.

4. Tommaso Ciampa-“The Sicilian Psychopath” makes his return to the Indy Power Rankings after a triple shot where he absolutely bum rushed the competition. First he scored a win at Chaotic Wrestling on 5/16 and then he teamed with ACH & Matt Taven to defeat Forever Hooligans & Takaaki Watanabe on 5/17 at Ring of Honor and then he finished off the weekend by defeating Jaka at Beyond Wrestling on 5/18. Huge weekend for the big man.

5. Jay Lethal-The ROH TV Champion keeps plugging right along with win after win. This week he gets ranked again in the Top 10 after knocking off New Japan superstar, KUSHIDA, at ROH/NJPW’s “War of the Worlds” on 5/17. It was one of the biggest wins in recent memory for Lethal (aside from his title win) and it just proves that Lethal isn’t far off from getting his first #1 ranking. He just needs to keep this momentum going for a little longer!

6. Josh Bodom-If there was any doubt that the online poll matters, look at Josh Bodom. He wouldn’t have quite gotten into the Top 10 last week without dominating the poll and after being ranked #9 last week, THIS WEEK he absolutely DESTROYED the poll. 1,007 votes for the RPW Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Kenny Williams at Great Bear Wrestling on 5/17. He is 3-0 the last 2 weeks and while the online poll is not 100% of the final vote, it has helped him jump up 3 spots this week. He is “The People’s Champ” for the 2nd straight week.
7. John Klinger-“Bad Bones” was unstoppable in Germany over the weekend. He teamed with Karsten Beck to defeat Absolute Andy & Sha Samuels at POW/wXw’s Catch Roulette on 5/15, then won the 8 Man Semi-Final Royal Rumble the same night (along with Murat Bosporus) and finally defeated Murat Bosporus to win the Catch Roulette Tournament. On 5/17 at POW, he defeated Robbie Dynamite to go 5-0 on the weekend. There’s not much more you can say about his dominance over the weekend. This is his first ranking and likely won’t be his last. #9 in the online poll.

8. Uhaa Nation-“The One Man Nation” took his awesome offense to the UK and Germany over the weekend and did what he does best…won. First, he teamed with Axel Tischer to defeat Joe Legend & Carnage in a First Round Tag Match at POW/wXw’s Catch Roulette on 5/15 but then lost in a 8 Man Semi-Final Royal Rumble the same night (won by John Klinger & Murat Bosporus). He also defeated Liam Thomson on 5/17 at Pro Wrestling Elite. Winner of 26 of his last 32 matches. 37-17 record in 2014. He’s a monster.

9. Flex Armstrong-The BTW Heavyweight Champion is 5-0 (4-0 this week) the last 2 weeks after beating Bam Shaw in Amelia, VA, winning the BTW Battle Royal, and then retaining his title vs. Salvatore Sincere on 5/16 (he won at TRP last week). With the exception of one day, he has held the title since 6/1/12. He’s been as successful in one promotion (and now more) as anyone on the indies.

10. Pete Dunne-The Pro Wrestling Kingdom Champion had a fantastic weekend after some struggles in 2014 so far. He defeated Martin Kirby on 5/16 to retain the title, defeated Dean Allmark at GBP on 5/17, and then defeated Robbie X at PROGRESS on 5/18 to go 3-0 on the weekend. #3 in the online poll.

Honorable Mention. Jay Freddie-3-0 weekend at 2CW and RPW.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Mickie Knuckles
Matt Tremont
Robby Starr-#2 in the online poll with 550 votes (2nd all time)
Trevor Lee
CW Anderson
Richie Slade
Shane Hollister
Mark James-#4 in the online poll
2 Tuff Tony
Jimmy Havoc
Jack Thriller
Aaron Epic-#5 in the online poll
Kimber Lee
Zane Dawson
Manny Garcia
Adam Thornstowe
JT Dunn-#10 in the online poll
Adam Revolver-#8 in the online poll
Da Minnesotan
Michael Elgin
Famous B
Damien Graves
Steve Stardom
Dexter St. Jock
Chris Cooper
Mike McCarthy

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Default Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 19th, 2014

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1. Juicy Product (JT Dunn & David Starr)-Wow. What more needs to be said about the FIP & CZW World Tag Team Champions? Well, how about this? They are #1 for the third week STRAIGHT. Absolutely unbelievable success rate in May for one of the top tag teams in the entire U.S. independent scene right now. Add to that, their super kick on the Young Bucks and you’ve got a May to remember for this upstart tag team. What’s next? Juicy Product vs. The Young Bucks in July for Beyond Wrestling. This will be one to make plans for. Congrats to the 3 time #1! #3 in the online poll with 131 votes.

2. The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter-The PGP, Zero-1 USA, and JCW Tag Team Champions took their winning ways down to AAW in Tennessee where they defended their newly won JCW Tag Titles. Did they come out on top? Of course they did. TWICE! While Chris Jones & Austin Steele and Braykin Bones & Miracle Matt may not be considered the top tier of tag teams right now, a win is a win and 2 wins are even better. That combined with their awesome win-loss record throughout 2014 earned the bearded bullies a very respectable ranking. #5 in the online poll with 62 votes.

3. reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)-What a strange 2014 it’s been for reDRagon. Two of the best wrestlers in the world and inarguably one of the best tag teams in the world have been noticeably absent from the Tag Team Top 5 on a consistent basis. In terms of wins and losses, it’s not been their best year, BUT, with all that being said, they won the ROH World Tag Team Titles for a THIRD time on 5/17 as they defeated the much heralded Young Bucks in a possible MOTYC. From all accounts, if these rankings were based solely on match quality, they’d be #1 this week. We hope to see them back more frequently throughout 2014.

4. The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch)-The IPW: UK British Tag Team Champions have been getting snubbed left and right for weeks (months?) now and this week, they finally cashed in on a well-deserved place in the Tag Team Top 5 after they defeated Mark Haskins & Sha Samuels, Project Ego, and The Swords of Essex in a #1 Contendership Four Way Elimination Match at PROGRESS Chapter 13. They have won 7 straight matches as a team and if they can build on this win streak, they could become the first UK Tag Team to hit #1 in the Tag Team Top 5. #2 in the online poll with 295 votes.

5. BULLET CLUB (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows)-It’s been a few weeks but the IWGP Tag Team Champions are back this week after a stellar match vs. The Briscoes at ROH/NJPW’s War of the Worlds on 5/17. Frankly, they can throw a little bit of their “thank you” to John Skyler as the Weekly Wrestling Podcast guest had them at #1 on his ballot and that was just the push they needed to slip into the Top 5. Some might call this team the best tag team in the world right now and with their track record since winning the titles, could anyone honestly disagree?


People’s Champs. The Crusade for Change (Darius Carter & TJ Marconi)-Defeated La Tabarnak de Team on 5/18 at Beyond Wrestling and secured 305 votes in the online poll to round out the fan poll at #1 this week.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Reno SCUM-52 votes in the fan poll
Baka Gaijin
The Skywalkers
Team IOU-54 votes in the fan poll
Amazing Red & Crimson
The Minute Men
Anchors Away
Kevin Steen & Jason Axe
Jocephus & Ego
Killbillies-49 votes in the fan poll
Dylan Bostic & Mexicutioner
M.E.N.
Team High Def
Vinny Marseglia & Matt Taven
Andrew Everett & American Tiger
Ballard Brothers
Flatliners


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Default Indy Power Rankings for the Week of May 26th, 2014

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1. Michael Elgin (@ROHMichaelElgin)-In the most hotly contested vote EVER in the history of the Indy Power Rankings (in its current system), “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin came out on top. While he did lose to Shane Mercer at IWA Mid-South in a battle of the monsters on 5/22, he bounced back by winning the AIW JLIT 2014 Tournament after beating Eddie Kingston, Heidi Lovelace, Eric Ryan, and Tim Donst & Ethan Page in a 3 Way Final. Not only that, he retained his AIW Absolute Title throughout the tournament. He is also ½ of the AAW Tag Team Champions.

2. AJ Styles (@AJStylesOrg)-After being ranked #2 last week, AJ Styles defended his IWGP Heavyweight Title vs. Kazuchika Okada on 5/25 and was successful in doing so. For many voters, that was enough to get him the #1 spot this week. Other voters weren’t convinced and he came up just short of getting the #1 spot this week, but that being said, “The Phenomenal One” continued his dominance since returning to the independent wrestling scene.

3. Tommaso Ciampa (@ProjectCiampa)-He was ranked #4 last week and he moved up one spot this week after beating last week’s #5, Jay Lethal, at XWA over the weekend. It was a big “revenge” win for Ciampa that elevated him once again in the Top 10. 2014 has been a fantastic year for him and you have to assume his first #1 ranking can’t be far off. If he can keep this consistency going, it will be impossible to deny him.

4. David Starr (@TheProductDS)-While 2014 has been a great year for Starr, it’s been MOSTLY in tag team competition as ½ of Juicy Product, who currently hold the FIP & CZW World Tag Team Titles. On top of that, they went 3 straight weeks at #1 in the Tag Team Top 5. NOW he jumps into the singles Top 10 after defeating Hanson at XWA to become their champion. That makes (at least) 3 titles for the rising star who is forcing everyone to “look at it.”

5. Kyle O’Reilly (@ROHOreilly)-As far as title wins go, O’Reilly had perhaps the biggest 2 weeks of anyone in the Top 10 (or Tag Team Top 5 for that matter). After winning the ROH World Tag Team Titles last week and getting ranked 3rd in the Tag Team Top 5, he defeated Adam Cole to win the PWG World Title on 5/23. Unfortunately, while many voters had them at #1 on their ballot at that point, his loss to Zack Sabre, Jr. on 5/25 bumped him down a bit from what may have been a #1 ranking. If the last 2 weeks are any indication, O’Reilly will be making many more appearances in the Top 10 throughout 2014 after finally getting here for the first time this year. #9 in the online poll.

6. Icarus (@IcarusWRW)-Before we get into what he did, let’s just say “Welcome back, CHIKARA!” Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we’ll send a congrats to Icarus who is now the 2nd ever CHIKARA Grand Champion after defeating Eddie Kingston for the title on 5/25. If he can continue this type of success and consistency (much like some others), he’ll be on the path to his first #1 ranking in no time. There’s a lot of promise in what’s to come for the new champ in 2014. #6 in the online poll.
7. Cedric Alexander (@CedricAlexander)-The WrestleForce Champion became “The King of the Carolinas” after defeating long-reigning Caleb Konley for the PWX Heavyweight Title on 5/25 after going to a draw with him the night before. His ranking may have been even higher this week had it not been for the loss to Mount Rushmore at PWG on 5/23. Regardless, 2014 appears to be the year he turns “potential” into absolute and inarguable success. #10 in the online poll.

8. Shane Mercer (@theirondemon)-“The Iron Demon” scored perhaps the biggest win of his career when he pulled off a monumental upset against our #1 this week in Michael Elgin at IWA Mid-South. He has been destroying people there recently. Not only that, he won a contender’s match vs. Cash Flo at SWE over the weekend as well. He has been turning heads lately and he EARNED his first ranking in the Top 10. With IWA Mid-South now running weekly and Mercer still at the forefront of TWO title pictures, he may be around the Top 10 for the rest of 2014.

9. Ethan Page (@EthanPage89)-It was a BUSY weekend for “All Ego” as ½ of the AAW Tag Team Champions got to the finals of AIW’s JLIT for the 2nd straight year, but this time was upended by our #1 in Michael Elgin. Despite that loss, he did beat Veda Scott, Buff Bagwell (even surviving a Canadian Destroyer), and Louis Lyndon before falling the finals. Impressive weekend to say the very least.

10. Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-This beast has taken IWA Mid-South by storm and there was no better evidence of that than when he upset BJ Whitmer on 5/22 in the IWA World Title Tournament. He has been unbeaten in his time there and as the tournament goes along, it’s looking less and less likely that anyone can stop this monster. With wins over the likes of Corporal Robinson and Danny Cannon, everyone better get out of this dangerous competitor’s path. #3 in the online poll with 100 votes.

People’s Champ. Josh Bodom (@JoshBodom). Revolution Pro UK Cruiserweight Champion had a 2-1 weekend and collected 235 votes to win the online poll for a record 3rd straight week.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Pete Dunne
Hy-Zaya-#8 in the online poll
Eddie Ryan
Eddy Steinblock
Corbin Blaze
Lance Lude
Marq Quen
Billy Brash
Chief Attakullakulla
Jack Jester
Carter Mason-#2 in the online poll with 116 votes
Live Wire-#5 in the online poll with 75 votes
Robbie X
Matt Lancie-#7 in the online poll
John Klinger/Bad Bones
JT Dunn
Xavier Rome
Melvin Maximus
Blake Steel
Tiger Ali
Mike Dell
Darrell Allen
Tyler Sexton-#4 in the online poll


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Default Indy Power Rankings for the Week of June 2nd, 2014

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1. Satoshi Kojima (@cozy_lariat)-HUGE weekend for the NWA World Heavyweight Champion NWA World Heavyweight Champion and ½ of the NWA World Tag Team Champions as he qualified for the poll after he defeated Jeremiah Plunkett on 5/30 at NWA SAW to retain the title and then defeated Damien Wayne later in the night. On 5/31 he defeated Carson at NWA Houston to retain the title once again to go 3-0 on the weekend. He has won 9 straight matches and shoots straight up the rankings in his very first appearance. With a rematch vs. Rob Conway coming up, he’ll have another chance to reach the very top of the Top 10.

2. Gary Jay (@StiffRoboGinger)-The St. Louis Anarchy Champion and VWAA Circuit Champion defeated Moose at IWA Mid-South on 5/29, Steven Kennedy at PWCS on 5/31, and then Rickey Shane Page on 6/1 at VWAA to retain the Circuit Title. It’s his first ranking in a couple of months and it’s a HIGH ranking. With the way he’s going this year, it’s hard to argue that he’s one of the best in the Midwest right now. He was just a few votes away from the #1 ranking this week.

3. Dave Mastiff (@DaveMastiff)-Hell of a weekend for this brute of a man. He was 3-1 on the weekend with wins vs. Low Ki at PCW, Bubblegum at PCW, and Chris Hero at SWE. His only loss was in a 4 Way vs. Uhaa Nation on 5/30 at PCW. Despite the one loss, he beat the who’s who of not only independent wrestling, but wrestling in general over the weekend. We’ve been seeing him get mentions from time to time but he kicked the door to the Top 10 right in this week.

4. Hy-Zaya-His win vs. last week’s #8 Shane Mercer and his strong support last week in the IPR poll was enough to push him straight up the rankings after a very strange week. He’s now in the finals of the IWA Mid-South World Title Tournament but standing in his way is last week’s #10 Kongo Kong. It would be a monumental victory if he could beat the big man and it would be his first World Title win at IWA (he’s a former Light Heavyweight Champion there). #10 in the online poll.

5. Max Von Shultz (@Mexxberg)-He came onto the Indy Power Rankings radar seemingly out of nowhere as the NEW Varsity Pro Wrestling Champion defeated Leon Shah on 5/28 to win the title and then continued to win, retaining vs. Jay White on 5/29, Rob Holte on 5/30 and then scoring another win vs. Kayden Lay on 5/30 to go 4-0 on the weekend. In terms of shear amount of wins, he was #1 this week. Great weekend to make his first appearance in the Top 10.

6. David Starr (@TheProductDS)-This triple champion has been unbelievably successful lately. He is the XWA Heavyweight and ½ of the FIP/CZW World Tag Team Champions. On 5/31 he and JT Dunn put those CZW World Tag Team Titles on the line vs. the PWX Tag Team Champions Los Ben Dejos and came out victorious. He falls a couple of spots due to it being just a tag team win, but it was enough to keep him in the Top 10.

7. Tommy End (@TommyEnd)-This is not his first appearance in the Top 10 but it’s the first in several weeks. The wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion defeated Chris Hero on 5/31 to retain the title and then defeated Mark Haskins by DQ on 6/1 which was enough to get him noticed, but it was his 7 straight wins that helped push him right back into the Indy Power Rankings once again.

8. Reed Bentley (@TheReedBentley)-The EPW Elite Champion defeated Jonathan Gresham by countout at IWA Mid-South on 5/29 and then defeated Tripp Cassidy, Ace Perry, and Shane Mercer to become the NEW EPW Openweight Champion (which he gave back to Cassidy the same night) on 5/31. He’s been no stranger to big time matches lately with wins over the likes of Chris Hero and others, but it’s been a while and he deserved to return after a weekend where he beat top names and added gold (temporarily) to his collection.

9. Ethan Page (@ethanpage89)-1/2 of the AAW Tag Team Champions stays right where he was last week in the Top 10 after a singles victory vs. Louis Lyndon at AAW on 5/31. He’s been as successful as anyone lately and some voters even made an argument for him at #1 (citing that he was the only ranked member of the Top 10 from last week that won a singles match). It’s been another solid year so far for “All Ego.”

10. “American Viking” Alexandre Rudolph (@VikingRudolph)-½ of the SNPW Tag Team Champions won a 4 Way vs. Da Black Mon, Bolt Brady, and Daniel Eads at IWA Mid-South on 5/29, teamed with Jake Parnell to beat Team IOU on 5/31 at SNPW, and then teamed with Evan Gelistico to defeat Valhalla and Derrick St. Holmes at VWAA on 6/1 to go 3-0 on the weekend. It’s his first time in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 after some successful weeks to appear in the Tag Team Top 5 and if this success continues, it won’t be his last time. #9 in the online poll.

People’s Champ. Lance Anoa’i-WXW C4 Ultimate Heavyweight Champion defeated Bandido Jr. on 5/30 and Carlito on 5/31. #1 in the online poll with 148 votes.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Josef Von Schmidt-#2 in the online poll with 137 votes

Kevin Tibbs-#8 in the online poll

Ethan Page

Michael Elgin

Devan Thomas-#4 in the online poll with 38 votes

Joe Black

Xavier Mustafa

Mase Morgen

Heidi Lovelace

Jimmy Jacobs

DJ Hyde

Melvin Maximus

Derek Neal

Matt Taylor-#5 in the online poll with 32 votes

Mitch Blake

Johnny Jackson

Dave Mastiff

Jayden Draigo

Ricochet

Rex Lawless

Mike Mondo

Chrissy Rivera-#7 in the online poll

Famous B

Bryan Wilcott

Barbi Hayden

Danny Ramons

John Klinger

Ryan Smile

Jezabeth

Shane Strickland

Biff Busick

Drew Gulak

Shane Hollister

Christopher Saynt

Ian Ambrose

Ryan Kross

Cody Burns

Matt Majestic

Hakim Zane-#6 in the online poll

Eddy Young-#3 in the online poll with 71 votes

Mallaki Matthews

Lance Anoa'i



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