The Indy Power Rankings Results For April 6, 2015
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 April 6, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of April 6th, 2015
#1 Santana Garrett (@BrittanyTNA)-The single biggest victory of the entire weekend had to belong to Santana Garrett as the NWA Women’s World Champion (and Ring Warriors Champion) defeated Mia Yim on 4/3 to add the SHINE Title to her massive collection. Not only that, she continued her dominance of independent wrestling as she defeated La Rosa Negra on 4/4 to retain the NWA and SHINE Titles to go 2-0 for the week. She has made an impact in the Indy Power Rankings in 2015 like no female before her and it’s only fitting that she gets her first #1 after one of her biggest victories to date. Congrats to Santana! Cheap plug, go back and listen to her Tag Team Top 5 Reveal Interview here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/03/25/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-santana-garrett-brittanytna
#2 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-Last week’s #1 only falls one spot this week, but he continued to do what he does as the EVOLVE, DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate, ICW, DCW and OCW Champion defeated Marty Scurll at BCW on 4/4 to retain the Evolve and Dragon Gate titles and then at RPW on 4/5 he defeated Doug Williams to retain the Evolve, Dragon Gate and ICW titles to go 2-0 for the week. He’s one of the very few people on the indies right now (along with Santana Garrett and a handful of others) that have a legitimate shot at catching Akira Tozawa for the #1 spot in the 2015 IPR 100 and with all the titles he has amassed, he’s going to have plenty of shots to build on his impressive 2015.
#3 Brian Cage (@MrGMSI_BCage)-“The F’N Machine” has been “getting his shit in” all year long as he currently holds the IWF and FSP Titles. Over the weekend he defeated El Patron Alberto at AAA on 4/20 and then defeated Biff Busick at PWG on 4/3 to go 2-0 on the week. With a PWG World Title shot in his future, Brian Cage has a great chance to REALLY make an impact on the Indy Power Rankings as he’s still searching for his elusive first #1 ranking after having a great 2013 and struggling a bit last year. Will this monster finally win the PWG World Title and grab his first #1 ranking in the next few months? Time will tell.
#4 People’s Champ. Luxford (@Luxford_13)-What a fantastic weekend for one of Australia’s finest as he went 4-0, winning a big tournament Down Under. That being said, it was also the fan support in the online voting competition that earned him this high ranking. He definitely had a legitimate argument for the #1 spot this week, but it was his fans who again, helped him get this great ranking. This is actually the second time he has won the online voting competition after coming from behind to edge out Nick Iggy for the People’s Champ award this week.
#5 Ron Mathis (@RonMathis13)-The Rockstar Pro (and PDW Heavyweight and Remix Pro Riot) Champion has been getting mentions all year long but has been unable to really break through…that is until this week. On 4/3 he defeated Matt Tremont in a No DQ Match to retain the title and then followed that up with another victory the same night vs. Jake Crist in an impromptu match to retain the title. Pretty impressive stuff from a guy who has been VERY consistent throughout the year and is just now starting to get the true recognition he deserves. One thing’s for sure, he doesn’t plan on giving up that Rockstar Pro Title any time soon, which bodes very well for the rest of his 2015.
#6 Roderick Strong (@RoderickStrong)-The PWG World Title holds a lot of weight among the official voters and you need to look no further than this past weekend to see proof of that fact. Let’s not forget he is also the FIP World Champion. That being said, he picks up a big win and another title defense of the PWG Title vs. Zack Sabre Jr. on 4/3. With 5 wins in his last 6 matches outside of ROH, Roderick Strong is having a phenomenal year and a bit of a career resurgence. “The Messiah of the Backbreaker” has been very impressive this year and we expect that to continue moving forward.
#7 Hideki Suzuki-Very good week for the NEW Wrestle-1 Champion after he defeated KAI for the title on 4/1 and then followed that up by successfully defending his ZERO1 United National Heavyweight Title vs. Takafumi Ito 4/5. A 2-0 week (and 4 straight wins) moves him to the #7 ranking this week, which is the highest ranking to come out of Japan this week. With as dominant as some of the various wrestlers have been in Japan in 2015, this is a rarity. That being said, with Suzuki starting to collect titles the way he is, he’s likely going to be making frequent appearances going forward.
#8 Stu Odyssey-A 3-0 weekend earns him his very first ranking this week as it was his shear amount of wins that got him into the Top 10. This UK talent has had an up and down 2015 so far, but weekends like this are the type of thing that he can really start to build on if he can pick up frequent bookings…and wins. Very few of the wrestlers on the Indy Power Rankings poll this week had more than two victories, so Odyssey stood out. Circumstances helped, but he’ll have his chance to really prove himself in future weeks this year.
#9 Cherry (@cherry514)-A 3-0 week gets this strong lady in as she won a 13 Person Catch The Wave 2015 Qualifying Battle Royal on 4/4 and defeated Sakura Hirota the same day. On 4/5 she teamed with Leon at Diana 4th Anniversary Show in Korakuen to defeat Kaho Kobayashi & Yuu Yamagata. Like Odyssey before her, it was her shear number of wins that likely got her into the Top 10 this week. She wrestles frequently as the Union Pro Fly to Everywhere World Champion, so perhaps we’ll see her again in the near future in the rankings.
#10 Cheerleader Melissa (@FutureLegendCF)-One of the very best (female) wrestlers in the world really hasn’t made frequent appearances in the Top 10. For all of her success, she just hasn’t been able to breakthrough with a flawless weekend. After losing in the finals of the ChickFight Tournament last week, she bounced back with a victory over Vanessa Kraven at NCW Femme Fatales XVII to slip into the Top 10 this week. With momentum on her side, we may start seeing more frequent appearances from her in the Indy Power Rankings this year.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Big Damo O’Connor
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of April 6th, 2015
#1 The Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive & Max Smashmaster @DevastationCorp)-The CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas dominated the week and there was no doubt as to who was #1 this week with them absolutely cruising to a fantastic week in the UK. With a big title defense vs. N_R_G (Hype Rockwell & Race Jaxon) on 4/5 and coming out on top in one of the Challenge of The Immortals matches on 4/3, they were the clear cut #1 this week. They are the only team with 3+ victories and it showed with their second #1 ranking and first of 2015. Can they continue to win and defend their gold? If so, this may not be their last #1 ranking this year.
#2 OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist)-Despite some retirement concerns, Dave & Jake Crist have still dominated as a team. They are still the CZW and AAW Tag Team Champions and while they defended neither of those titles last week, they did go 2-0 with victories at Rockstar Pro on 4/1 and then a huge victory vs. The Electric Dream Machine and The Handicapped Heroes at 2CW on 4/4. Thus far, they are the top American tag team in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2015. Time will tell if both men do end up retiring before the end of the year, but in the meantime they have dominated the Midwest and beyond, collecting titles where ever they go.
#3 The Gentleman’s Club (Drew Gulak & Chuck Taylor)-Both of these great wrestlers have been ranked previously with different partners in the Tag Team Top 5 (Gulak with Busick and Taylor with Trent ?) but this is their first time being ranked together after a very successful string of shows in the UK. First they teamed with Orange Cassidy & The Swamp Monster on 4/4 to win a Challenge of the Immortals Match vs. Arcane Horde at CHIKARA in West Midlands. Next, they teamed to defeat Los Ice Creams, The United Nations, and The Wrecking Crew in a Four Way Elimination Match in Cardiwff, Wales on 4/5. A 2-0 week as a team gets them in with prospects of more to come.
#4 The Threat (Breyer Wellington & N8 Mattson)-Make this their 2nd reign as PWASD Tag Team Champions after they defeated one of the best tag teams in The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) on 4/5 to win the titles again. This is their 2nd ranking in 2015 after scoring a #5 ranking earlier in the year. With future title defenses on the horizon, one would think they’re going to have a quite a few chances for more rankings going forward. With teams like The Viking War Party looking for a shot at the gold, they’ve got their work cut out for them.
#5 Rochester Wrecking Crew (Hellcat & Rob Sweet)-The UPW Tag Team Champions had a VERY good weekend which ended in a bit of controversy in the online vote. When the voting ended at 10 PM EST, they were a bit behind this week’s People’s Champs for the top spot in the fan vote, but through a glitch in polldaddy.com, they managed to score a few more votes to pass Lethal Injection up for the top spot. Unfortunately the voting had already closed and they ended up being #2 in the online voting competition. That being said, their 2-0 weekend at UPW and ESW got them a very respectable #5 spot in the official rankings this week which is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Look for more from this New York-based team in 2015.
People’s Champs. Lethal Injection (Brad & Briar Mercury)-This tag team BARELY wins the online voting competition after just edging out the Rochester Wrecking Crew. These boys from the South show up every time they’re on the poll as this is their 2nd People’s Champ award. They have been absolutely dominant in the promotions they compete in and we expect that to continue as the year rolls on.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Chris Sabin & Matt Sydal
The King Brothers
Blacksmith & Devon Shooter
Frank Wyatt & Jake Parnell
Alex Rudolph & Jake Parnell
Adamz & Thompson
Mesisas & El Hijo del Fantasmo
AR Fox & Samoa Joe
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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