Here we go with the Top 10 independent stars of the world this week on the Indy Power Rankings on The Barbwire Blog; where we rank the best professional 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 28, 2014. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 14th, 2014
1. Chase Owens – 12-0-3, let that sink in. The current NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion has been undefeated through the past 2 weeks dominating the competition! A single #1 wasn’t enough for this man as he continued his streak and made it almost impossible for anyone to vote against him for the second straight week.
2. Jason Kincaid – The first of our insane week records begins with a familiar face on the IPR polls! The current NWA Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion, a man known for big victories in the past continues his track record with a big 6-0 week defeating some names including Sigmon, Bobby Collins, Travis Cole, AJ Sanchez & Mike Mission. With the combination of this and his recent successful tour, we can only imagine what’s in this mans future.
3. Kongo Kong – Any other week and the current IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion would have easily been our clear cut #1 (he even was the fan poll #1), but with some insane records in the way, Kongo Kong moves up just one spot in the Top 10! He had a big 3-0 week with a title defense at IWA over BJ Whitmer/Shane Mercer, along with 2 other wins over Necro Butcher (at JCW on 7/26) as well as a big handicap match win (at JCW on 7/25). We can only imagine dominance continuing in this big man’s future!
4. Reed Bentley – Speaking of having a big year, the current EPW Elite Champion continues his huge year picking up 2 of the biggest wins of his career over the week defeating Ricky Morton (at EPW on 7/24) & Simon Dean (at 7/25 at IWA)! He also added onto that big week being apart of a big 8 man tag win on the same night as his win over Ricky Morton. The former #IPRLive guest proclaimed some big goals when he was on earlier this year and it’s safe to say he’s following up on them!
5. Kyle O’Reilly – The current ROH Tag Team Champion as well as the PWG World Champion picks up 2 victories this week including a big PWG title defense on 7/26 v. Chris Hero! He also defeated Jeremy Wyatt at St. Louis Anarchy on 7/25 to solidify a ranking this week. Holding both these titles will only continue the uprise for this very successful Canadian!
6. Tommaso Ciampa – The former ROH TV Champion gets into the Top 10 by picking up 2 big victories at both PWG & Beyond. At PWG on 7/26, he defeated 1/2 of the Forever Hooligans, Rocky Romero then went on to defeat Drew Gulak in a European Rules Match at Beyond on 7/27! Big weekend for the “Sicilian Psychopath” after going through a bit of a slump lately.
7. Crazy Sexy Mike – A name that hasn’t popped up on our Top 10 ever but what a way to make a mark on your first ranking. Mike won 3 matches in 1 night to become the #1 contender to the GSW Heavyweight Title on 7/26! Not only did he put European wrestling on notice, but he also put us on notice.
8. Davey Vega – The current AIW Intense Champion gets into the Top 10 after a solid 2-0 weekend. He defeated Christian Rose at St. Louis Anarchy on 7/25 before going onto defeat Jasmin to retain his championship at AIW on 7/26! A very successful weekend for Vega and with him keeping that championship, we can only imagine many more.
9. Josh Alexander – It may have been only one appearance for the “Walking Weapon” this week but in true Josh Alexander form, he went on to defeat 4 competitors in 1 match in an open challenge he offered at BKPW on 7/26! A big year only continues for 1/2 of the Monster Mafia and with his upcoming shot at the AIW Absolute Title, we can only imagine seeing Alexander’s name more on our radar.
10. Hudson Envy – Who says girls can’t kick ass & take names? The current AWS Women’s Champion does & gets into the Top 10 after defeating LuFisto to retain her championship on 7/25! After this big victory, we can only imagine what’s on the horizon.
Honorable Mention – John Wayne Murdoch: Despite the tremendous fan support, being #2 in the fan poll wasn’t enough to squeeze JWM into the Top 10 this week! It may have been the Deathmatch Rumble loss at JCW that cost him a spot after defeating Josh Crane at EPW on 7/24 as well as being apart of a 6 man tag win at IWA on 7/25. With that said, don’t count this former #IPRLive guest off our radar anytime soon!
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Seleziya Sparx – #3 in the fan poll
Veda Scott – #9 in the fan poll
Big Daddy Walter
Michael Elgin – #10 in the fan poll
And there you have it, the top 10 of the best independent wrestling stars of the world as voted by the fans as well as independent wrestling writers across the country. To check out their official 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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