Ladies and gentlemen, here are the top 5 independent tag teams of the world this week on the Indy Power Rankings on The Barbwire Blog, the best tag teams from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico, from Europe to Japan. We’ll count down the 5 most popular tag teams 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 December 22, 2014. Now, on with the countdown!
1. The Hooligans (@BeardedBullys Devin & Mason Cutter)-What a way to finish the year for one of the most consistently ranked tag teams throughout 2014. They went up to JCW and knocked off The Ring Rydas over the weekend to win their 2nd JCW Tag Team Titles. 2014 has been another fantastic year for these “bearded bullies” and 2015 looks just as promising. Don’t forget. The 5 Time Tag Team Top 5 #1’s will be joining us on 12/30 for the 1st Annual Tag Team Top 50 Reveal. Tune in on 12/30 to find out where the masters of the “fat, flippy style” ended up in the year-end rankings. #2 in the online voting competition with 34 votes.
2. Amazing Red & Crimson-The HOG Tag Team Champions received a very high ranking at just the right time…as the year comes to a close. If you didn’t know, this was the last week of eligibility for the Tag Team Top 50 for 2014. That means that next week’s rankings will count towards 2015. That being said, Red & Crimson defeated the 8 Time former #1’s Juicy Product on 12/19 to retain their titles and to show everyone that they are force to be reckoned with heading into 2015. Will this strong ranking to end the year be enough to slide them into the Tag Team Top 50? Tune in on 12/30 to find out for yourself!
3. McKenzie Brothers (Bodhi & Byron McKenzie)-Weird week of voting for last week’s People’s Champs and #4 tag team. After winning the online voting competition last week, they got ZERO votes this week. Strange swing, BUT, that being said, the official voters came through for them this week. Sexasaurus Rex (Jayceratops & Twitchadochus) at SHWA on 12/20, then teamed with Del Cano and El Jim Bob to beat Crimson Lightning, “Big Gun” Samuel Colt & Sexasaurus Rex in an eight-man battle the same night to go 2-0 for the week. After winning 5 straight, they’ve quite possibly made a case for themselves to be in the Tag Team Top 50. With this list being ABSOLUTELY STACKED, will this Australian tag team find their way in?
4. Tryout Show Rejects (John Wayne Murdoch & Reed Bentley)-As the name indicates, this tag team were just a couple of “tryout show rejects” before getting their breaks on the indies…and now they’re making the most of it. After defeating the former 12 Time People’s Champs/Multiple Time #1’s (Team IOU) at CCW on 12/20, they secured their first ranking as a team this week. While it won’t be enough to lift them into the Tag Team Top 50, it will definitely give them momentum heading into 2015.
5. Anthony Gangone & Joey Janela-Big week for the HOG Tag Team Division. After defeating The Highspot Heroes and Herbal Affairs (Jimi Blaze & Rembrandt Lewis) and The Safari Zone (Andy Lee Ray & Panda Man) on 12/19 in a #1 Contenders Match at HOG, this tag team not only became number one contenders, they secured their first ranking as a tag team. With a title shot upcoming in 2015, it’s quite possible that you’ll be seeing more of them in the Tag Team Top 5 next year.
People’s Champs. Tessa Blanchard (@teamTblanchard) & Chris Payne (@HouseOfCPayne)-After a win vs. Craig Steele and Vanity at PWS over the weekend, the people have spoken and Tessa Blanchard & Chris Payne are YOUR People’s Champs after collecting 60 votes to edge out The Hooligans and win the online voting competition. For Tessa, this is her 2nd People’s Champ(s) award as she previously won one in singles.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Jackson & Finau
And there it is, the 5 of the most popular independent tag teams 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. They can also be found on Instagram @IndyPowerRankings.
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