Here we go with the Top 10 independent stars of the world as well as the top five tag teams 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 as well as 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 March 30, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of March 30th, 2015
#1 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-As if holding the EVOLVE, ICW, DPW, and OCW Titles wasn’t enough, Galloway unified the EVOLVE and DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Titles on 3/28 when he defeated Johnny Gargano. Not only that, he also defeated PJ Black at EVOLVE on 3/26 to retain the title, then defeated Uhaa Nation on 3/27 in a non-title match. Just for good measure and to really solidify his #1 ranking, he defeated Joe Coffey on 3/29 to retain the ICW Title to go 4-0 on the week. What more can really be said about the former Drew McIntyre at this point? He truly is one of the very best in the world and this ranking just further solidifies that point.
#2 Adam Thornstowe @RockLegendScum)-The King of the Indies returns with a boom and had it not been for the dominance of Drew Galloway on the weekend, the KOI would have produced a likely #1. That being said, you can’t ignore what Adam Thornstowe did over the weekend when he defeated Shaun Ricker on 3/27 in the First Round, then beat Luster the Legend (his partner) on 3/28, then defeated Timothy Thatcher in the semi-finals the same day, before defeating Willie Mack in the finals. A 4-0 weekend gets Thornstowe into the Top 10 for the very first time in 2015 after securing a #1 ranking at one point in 2013.
#3 Kay Lee Ray (@Kay_Lee_Ray)-The Scottish Women’s Champion and Queen of Southside Champion came to the U.S. and had a great weekend as she won SHIMMER’s Chick Fight Tournament on 3/28. First she defeated Kimber Lee in the First Round on 3/28, then beat Nikki Storm in the semi-finals, and then wrapped up the tournament by defeating Cheerleader Melissa and Evie in the Finals to go 3-0 on the weekend. While she didn’t get a lot of support in the online voting, she did receive a ton of support from the official voters, usually between a 2 or a 3 ranking. After missing out on the 2014 IPR 100, she may have a great chance going forward in 2015 to make the cut.
#4 Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira)-Well, here he is again. We said last week on the Indy Power Rankings Reveal that it’s going to be VERY difficult for anyone to catch up to him this year in the IPR 100, but this ranking just continues to add validity to that statement. The Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate Champion and NEW Open the Owarai Gate Champion defeated Flamita on 3/24 to retain the Brave Gate Title, then teamed with Masato Yoshino & Syachihoko BOY on 3/28 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Cyber Kong, Gamma & Naruki Doi) and then defeated Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria on 3/29 to win the Open the Owarai Gate Title to go 3-0 for the week. We’ll pose the question again. Can anyone stop Tozawa?
#5 Ultimo Dragon-The NWA International Junior Heavyweight Champion and 1/2 of All Asia Tag Team Champs teamed with Takao Omori at AJPW on 3/23 to beat Suwama and Hikaru Sato, then teamed with Jun Akiyama on 3/24 to beat Go Shiozaki and Yohei Nakajima, and then wrapped up the HUGE weekend when he defeated Juventud Guerrera on 3/28 at King of the Indies to go 3-0 for the week. With 8 straight victories to his credit, he’s really starting to gain some momentum and become one of the surprise stories of 2015 leading into the mid-year update for the IPR 100 on June 30th (look out for that by the way).
#6 Robert Dreissker-1/2 of GSW Tag Team Champions defeated Axel Dieter Jr at wXw on 3/27 in the Mitteldeutschland Cup semifinals, then defeated Absolute Andy, Bad Bones and Ilja Dragunov in the final to win the tournament. He then defeated The Rotation on 3/28 at wXw in the Czech Republic and then defeated Ivan Kiev at wXw in Germany on 3/29 to go 4-0 for the week. Hell of a week for Dreissker who gets his very first ranking in the Top 10. Germany has played a major role in the Indy Power Rankings this year and we expect a lot more of that going forward.
#7 Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-There’s a reason why he was #1 in the IPR 100 last year. The man is GOOD. Great, even. He’s struggled a bit so far in 2015, but make no mistake, he can get hot again at any time. While his Lucha Underground results are not included in the Indy Power Rankings eligibility, he overcame that obstacle with a good weekend. He teamed with Rich Swann and Uhaa Nation to beat The Premier Athlete Brand (Brian Cage & Caleb Konley) & TJ Perkins at Evolve on 3/26, then defeated PJ Black on 3/27, then defeated Matt Cross and Joey Ryan at King of the Indies the same night, then teamed with Uhaa Nation at WNN Supershow to lose to Austin Aries and Roderick Strong, and then wrapped up the weekend with Jushin Thunder Liger and AR Fox at Wrestlecon to defeat Roderick Strong, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels to go 4-1 for the week. Could this be just the beginning for the “King” of the Indy Power Rankings in 2014?
#8 Kyle Roberts-We’ve got another first-timer to the Indy Power Rankings as the NEW RCCW City of La Crosse Champion joins the Top 10 after he defeated Damon Knight, then Kidd Riot, and finally Nathan Sensation to win the inaugural tournament for the title. Solid weekend and even more impressive that he was able to find his way into the Top 10 on a week where no matter where you look, some of the best talent had multiple victories. With him getting his first ranking, time will tell if he’s able to build on that in the future.
#9 Santana Garrett (@BrittanyTNA)-The NWA Women’s World Champion added a new title to her mantle as she won the Ring Warriors Battling Bombshell Title over the weekend when she defeated La Rosa Negra on 3/28. No woman has ever dominated the Indy Power Rankings like Santana Garrett has in 2015 and quite frankly she’s a serious contender for a top 5 spot in this year’s IPR 100 ALREADY. Go back and check out her interview on the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal from last week here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/03/25/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-santana-garrett-brittanytna
#10 Kotaro Suzuki-The NEW All Japan World Junior Heavyweight Champion gets a lot of respect from the official voters this week as he teamed with Go Shiozaki and Yohei Nakajima at AJPW on 3/23 to beat Akebono, Yutaka Yoshie and SUSHI, then defeated Yuma Aoyagi on 3/24, and then defeated Atsushi Aoki on 3/27 to win the title. With a 3-0 week he gets into the Indy Power Rankings for just the 2nd time, but it’s clear that he’s having a very successful year thus far.
People’s Champ. Phage Pumpkinking (@PumpkinsGoBoom)-The new UWC Internet Champion (and only man to beat Frank Wyatt last week) won the title on 3/27 (defeating Frank Wyatt for the belt) and then defeated Stonewall on 3/28 at PWA to go 2-0 for the week. With 65 votes, he EASILY won the online voting competition this week. Congrats to him!
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Big Daddy Walter
Zack Sabre Jr.
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 30th, 2015
#1 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-They’re baaaaack. After owning the Tag Team Top 5 in 2014, these bearded bullies are back with a vengeance this week after scoring a revenge victory over The Tryout Show Rejects (Reed Bentley & John Wayne Murdoch) at IWA Mid-South on 3/24 and then successfully defended their Zero 1 USA Tag Team Titles when they defeated Blake Bellakis & Jordan Perry on 3/26. While it’s certainly not the strongest week they’ve ever had as their HoodSlam plans fell through over the weekend, it was still enough with their name value and their outlaw lifestyle to get them the #1 ranking this week. After being #1 in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2014, they’re on the hunt for another high spot this year.
#2 Hunter Brothers aka The Brothers of Construction (Jim Hunter & Lee Hunter @JimnLeeHunter)-Kind of a surprise appearance for the SWE, Kamikaze, and LCW Tag Team Champions as they defeated In The Night Garden (Love Making Demon & Old Poppa Sunflower) at Attack! On 3/27 and then followed that up with a victory vs. Davey Richards & Mr. Anderson to go 2-0 for the week as a team. After having a solid 2014, they’re starting to make a big splash in 2015 as this brother tandem has been very good in the UK as of late. Now that we’re in April, let’s see how the rest of 2015 goes for this team.
#3 Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Syachihoko BOY)-The Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions get their first ranking together as they teamed with Shingo Takagi on 3/24 at Dragon Gate to beat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk, Kzy & Masaaki Mochizuki) and then teamed with Akira Tokawa to beat MAD BLANKEY (Cyber Kong, Gamma & Naruki Doi) on 3/28 to go 2-0 for the week. Since the start of 2015 we have seen Dragon Gate tag teams and stables dominate the Tag Team Top 5, particularly from the “Monster Express” stable. Oddly enough though, this tandem have not been ranked previously as they have been overshadowed mostly by Shingo & Tozawa as well as Uhaa & Tozawa. Can they start making an impact in the upcoming weeks?
#4 Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi)-The KO-D Tag Team Champions teamed with Ryuichi Kawakami, Frank Atsushi and Hideyoshi Kamitani at BJW on 3/23 to beat Tsutomu Osugi, Masato Inaba, Kankuro Hoshino, Ryuji Ito and Hercules Senga and then defeated Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine at DDT on 3/29 to retain the titles to go 2-0 for the week. Another solid week for them as they crack the Tag Team Top 5 amongst several teams who managed to go 2-0 on the week. This team has been VERY good in 2015, but really hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to breakthrough. Perhaps this will lead to even bigger things?
#5 Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! & Jimmy Kagetora)-Dragon Gate gets further representation in the Tag Team Top 5 this week as the NEW Open the Triangle Gate Champions defeated Dia.HEARTS (Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid, & Big R Shimizu) on 3/29 to win the titles. It’s not frequent that we get a 3-man team in the Tag Team Top 5 (although we had one in the #1 spot last week in the Viking War Party) but this team’s big title win could not be overlooked this week. With Dragon Gate running many 6-man Tag Team Matches, can we expect more to come from these champions? Time will tell.
People’s Champs. Mc Massive (Gavin McGavin & Mike Massive)-The EPW Tag Team Champions defeated Kings & Bishops (Jordan Bishop & Taylor King) in Australia on 3/27 to retain the titles. They JUST edged out Blunt Force Trauma to win the online voting competition this week.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Viking War Party
Roderick Strong & Austin Aries
Blunt Force Trauma
Best Friends Club
Swann, Ricochet, & Uhaa Nation
Adrian Johnatans & Ragnar
Micah Taylor & Dan Sawyer
Rob Van Dam & Sabu
Miyamoto & Kodaka
And there you have it, the 10 of the most popular independent wrestling stars as well as the 5 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. Don’t forget to buy their shirts at http://prowrestlingtees.com/indypower.
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