Here we go with the Top 10 independent stars of the world this week on the Indy Power Rankings on The Barbwire Blog, the best profesional wrestlers from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico, from Europe to Japan. we’ll count down the 10 most popular wrestlers in the world this week, hot off the votes from the online poll as well as the votes from independent wrestling writers for the week ending July 14, 2014. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 14th, 2014
1. Kongo Kong/Osyris (@RealKongoKong)-The big man left very little room for argument this week. While some made a few arguments about his strength of competitions, no one argued about how dominant he has been. This week was no exception for the IWA Mid-South World Champion. First, he won a Gauntlet Match at FWF vs. Charles Matthews, Drax O’Brien, and Lazer Lowman on 7/8 (which was 3 on 1 by the way) and then he won the 2014 James Wilson Memorial Tournament at RCW by beating Hardcore Harry, and then Nick Cutler, Scotty Young, and Tripp Cassidy in a 4 Way on 7/11. In the last few months, he has been the very definition of DOMINANCE. The “most intimidating big man in wrestling” continues to crush his opponents. Next up: Shane Mercer at IWA Mid-South on 7/17. #3 in the online poll with 54 votes.
2. Matt Cage (@proudcaucasian)-Who can possibly argue that Matt Cage has not lived up to his nickname this year? He has been absolutely “Money” as the AAW Heritage Champion has been racking up wins all over the place. This week was no exception. He challenged Blake Steel for the Zero-1 USA Title but only came away with a DQ victory, but then defeated Tyler Priegel at SCW on 7/11, and then wrapped up his week with a career victory as he knocked off Chris Sabin at DREAMWAVE. He then challenged Christian Rose for DREAMWAVE’s next big show. Can “Money” add some more gold to his vault?
3. Rhett Giddins (@bmop_rhett)-The Florida Heavyweight Champion is proving himself with true staying power. While he may have dropped one spot from last week and the week before due to heavy competition from other players, he had another solid week and continues to get ranked. On 7/11 he defeated Earl Cooter at FIP and then followed that up with a successful title defense vs. Jonny Vandal on 7/12 at BELIEVE 76. If you look at wrestling in terms of pure stats (i.e. wins and losses) than it’s hard to say anyone has been much better than Giddins in the month of July so far.
4. John Wayne Murdoch (@johnmurdoch25)-The “Dick Murdoch of Death Matches” proved this week he doesn’t have to use weapons or bleed profusely in order to win matches. His first ranking is a good one as he defeated Jacob Black at IWA Mid-South on 7/10, then knocked off Charles Albenasi at FIP on 7/11, before finishing the weekend with a victory over Blake Balakis on 7/12. Impressive to say the least. As impressive as a guy his size doing a Canadian Destroyer? Hard to say. Look for more appearances from him in the future as his star continues to rise. #4 in the online poll with 28 votes.
5. Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-As if you didn’t know already, in 2014 the world has been his oyster. With multiple title wins and tournament victories, the current DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Champion has been on a tear all year long. He returns to the Top 10 after a 3-0 week at Dragon Gate in Japan where he won several tag team matches in various forms. The only thing holding him back from a #3, #2, or even #1 ranking this week was his lack of singles victories. He doesn’t lack them in 2014 but he’s not had one in a few weeks. Perhaps the week coming up will be the week when he achieves that goal once again? For now, Ricochet returns home to the Top 10 with more big things on the horizon. #10 in the online poll.
6. Matt Cross (@MDoggMattCross)-If there is one guy who defines “Title Collector” this year, it’s Matt Cross. At this point it would be easier to ask the question as to what title he DOESN’T hold rather than asking what titles he does hold. He is the CWF, Smash Wrestling, and now GSW Breakthrough Champion after defeating Tommy End on 12/7 for the vacant title. Obviously with this type of success, this is not his first time in the Top 10, but what he has yet to accomplish is a #1 ranking. Could that be the next accolade he adds to his already full mantle?
7. Trent Barreta (@trentylocks)-Whether he goes by “Barreta” or just throws a question mark at the end of his name, it’s hard to argue with his success. The FIP World Champion had one of the bigger wins of the weekend (some would say the biggest title defense, even) when he knocked off Rich Swann and Roderick Strong in a 3 Way to retain the title on 7/11. While he has certainly been good, he hasn’t made as many Top 10 appearances this year as one might expect. With arguably the biggest win of the weekend, perhaps that’s just the momentum he needs to start climbing the Top 10 ladder in the upcoming weeks.
8. Eddy Young (@The_Future_Eddy)-As if his 2-0-1 record the past week in the ring wasn’t enough, the SWE Heavyweight Champion set a new record in the online voting competition. He is now a 3 Time People’s Champion after collecting 1,576 votes and crushing the old record of 1,004 votes, held by Josh Bodom. Jimmy Nutts gave him a scare for most of the day as he broke the record as well, but at the end of the night, it was Eddy Young that once again reigned supreme. His popularity as well as his win-loss record have been quite impressive the last couple of months.
9. DJ Hyde (@DJHyde_1)-Say what you want about DJ Hyde as an owner or as a wrestler, but at the end of the day, when this week was over with, he was the NEW Rockstar Pro Champion. The title went from Aaron Williams to Alex Colon on 7/9 to Rhino on 7/11, before finally making its home with DJ Hyde on 7/11. It was a weird week for a title that only had 2 previous owners. DJ Hyde, surprisingly, is making his first appearance in the Top 10. He’s had a mention here or there, but it was this title win that finally put him over the top.
10. Chasyn Rance (@ChasynRance)-Maybe not a popular choice among the wrestling community, but the official voters have been given the marching orders to stay as fair and unbiased as possible. It was impossible to deny the FIP Florida Heritage Champion anymore after picking up his 5th and 6th victories in the last 3 weeks. His record of 9 wins out of his last 10 (the only non-win was a draw vs. Rhett Giddins) is as about as good as anyone on this list. So love it or hate it, the decision was made without any personal biases and based solely on his in-ring wins and losses recently.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Jimmy Nutts-#2 in the online poll with 1,099 votes
Peter Schwanz-#5 in the online poll with 25 votes
Deadly Dale-#6 in the online poll with 17 votes
Ace Perry-#7 in the online poll with 15 votes
Mikey McFinnegan-#8 in the online poll
Michael Elgin-#9 in the online poll
And there it is, the 10 of the independent wrestling stars of the world as voted by the fans as well as independent wrestling writers across the country. To check out their offifcial web site where YOU can participate in the weekly online poll voting, visit indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com as well as their Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/IndyPowerRankings. They can be found on Twitter @IndyPowerRankin.
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