The Indy Power Rankings Results For April 20, 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 20, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of April 20th, 2015
#1 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-The multiple champion grabs his second #1 ranking in 2015 (3rd since leaving the WWE). The ICW, EVOLVE, DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate, DPW, and OCW Chamion defeated Grado and Jack Jester on 4/18 to retain the ICW Title and then defeating Jack Jester and Sabu on 4/19 to retain the title again. With a 2-0 record, his recent success and title collecting a few of those who had more wins than him on the week. He has won 10 of his last 11 matches outside of TNA, which is absolutely phenomenal considering the types of matches he’s put in week in and week out. What’s next for one of the best in the world?
#2 Daisuke Sekimoto-Five victories equals a very high ranking for the Big Japan bad ass. The Strong World Heavyweight Champion and 1/2 of KO-D Tag Team Champions; teamed with Yuji Okabayashi at BJW on 4/14 to defeat Hideyoshi Kamitani and Ryuichi Kawakami, then teamed with Hideyoshi Kamitani at BJW on 4/15 to beat Manabu Soya and Ryuichi Kawakami, then teamed with Yuji Okabayashi at BJW on 4/17 to beat Hideyoshi Kamitano & Masato Inaba, then teamed with Yuji Okabayashi on 4/18 at BJW to defeat Atsushi Maruyama & Shinobu, and then teamed with Yuji Okabayashi & Yuko Miyamoto on 4/19 at BJW to beat Hideyoshi Kamitani, Kazuki Hashimoto & Ryuichi Kawakami to go 5-0 for the week. Even with the multiple victories, it wasn’t enough to grab the #1 spot, BUT keep in mind, they were all tag victories. A few single victories and he’ll be right back into contention for #1.
#3 Davey Richards (@RichardsWesley)-Nice to see the former ROH World Champion return to the Indy Power Rankings after being away from “the indies” last year and not garnering a ranking or a spot in the IPR 100. On 4/17 he defeated Johnny Gargano at EVOLVE, then defeated Trevor Lee at EVOLVE on 4/18, and then teamed with Roderick Strong to defeat Team Tremendous on 4/19 at 2CW to go 3-0 on the week. Davey Richards was the poster boy for the indies a few years ago. With this ranking, might he be returning to that spot in the future?
#4 Jun Akiyama-A 4-0 week gets this Japanese star a ranking in the Top 10 for the very first time. Hard to believe someone who has been as good as him has not made the Top 10 before, but this week was a truly special one for him. He defeated Kenso at AJPW on 4/13, then teamed with Sushi on 4/17 to defeat Kotaro Suzuki & Yohei Nakajima, then defeated Zeus on 4/18, and then teamed with Takao Omori & SUSHI at AJPW on 4/19 to beat Kento Miyahara, Kotaro Suzuki & Yohei Nakajima to wrap up a flawless week in Japan.
#5 Victor Andrews (@Im_MrEverything)-You may have seen him a lot in tags previously, but this is actually his first official ranking in singles. The NSW Social Media Champion and 1/2 of PWF Tag Team Champions teamed with James Anthony at PWF on 4/17 to defeat The Geordie Bulldogs to retain their PWF tag titles, then defeated Chris Taylor at NSW to retain the NSW Social Media title on 4/18, and then defeated Ricky Kelly at PPW on 4/18 to go 3-0 for the week. While it was his partner James Anthony that got much of the singles success last year, perhaps 2015 will be owned by Victor Andrews. GREAT first ranking for him.
#6 Jax Dane (@TheJaxDane)-The NWA National Heavyweight Champion and NWA North American Heavyweight Champion defeated Gavin Daring at NWA Smoky Mountain on 4/17 and then defeated Chase Owens, Jason Kincaid, Jeff Connelly, Shawn Shultz and Vince Brent the same night to win the Smoky Mountain Cup. This was obviously a week of firsts for multiple competitors as this is Jax’s first singles ranking despite a lot of success this year. The Smoky Mountain Cup holds a lot of weight to the official voters which most definitely swayed their opinions as to what Jax Dane accomplished over the weekend. With 6 straight victories, he is on a roll right now.
#7 Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey)-He is the NEW Target Wrestling Heavyweight Champion (and WrestleZone Champion and 1/2 of W3L Tag Team Champions) after he defeated T-Bone on 4/17 to win the title, then defeated Al Snow on 4/18 to retain the title, and then finished off the weekend when he defeated Marty Scurll & Jack Gallagher in a three-way match at ICW UK on 4/19 to go 3-0 for the week. While he has received votes earlier in the year, this is his first official ranking. Congratulations to this rising UK star!
#8 Atlantis-The El Cinturón Azteca Champion and WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Champion teamed with Místico and Volador Jr. at CMLL on 4/13 to beat Ephesto, El Mephisto and Shocker, then teamed with Dragón Lee and La Máscara on 4/14 to beat Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero and Damián el Terrible, then teamed with Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr. on 4/19 to defeat Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja) then teamed with Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr. again the same night to defeat Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto, Luciferno and El Mephisto) in a #1 contenders match to go 4-0 for the week. The international influence on the Indy Power Rankings once again rears its head as we have representatives from all over the world in the Top 10 this week.
#9 Dean Draven-Australia once again comes hard as the AWF Australasian Champion defeated Jake Nova on 4/18 to retain the title, then defeated Spaceman Dacey the same day to retain again, then on 4/19 he defeated Kyote to retain the title, then teamed with TNT to defeat Slammin’ Sam & Thirteen the same day to go 4-0 for the week. Fantastic weekend for him as Australia just continues to churn out a lot of great competitors that end up in the Indy Power Rankings based on their performances. One thing that has NOT happened yet is a #1 ranking to come from Australia. Maybe soon?
#10 Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-In Kong we Trust? IWA Mid-South’s hiatus has affected a lot of talent and perhaps none more so than the IWA World Champion. The former #1 went 5-1 on the week as he went 4-0 at the TV Tapings in North Carolina over the weekend, then lost a Triple Threat Match (where he wasn’t pinned) at AWE on 4/18, then defeated Krimson at JCW on 4/19 to go 5-1 for the week. “The Monsta” has been so impressive over the last 2 years that it’s almost a shock when he’s not in the Top1 0, but he returns this week with a vengeance. With him already being VERY high in this year’s IPR 100, you can expect more from this beast of a man.
Honorable Mention. Santana Garrett (@BrittanyTNA)-SHINE Champion (and NWA Women’s Champ/Ring Warriors Women’s Champ) defeated Andrea at EVOLVE on 4/18 to retain the SHINE Title. She has won 22 straight matches.
People’s Champ. “The Future” Eddy Young (@The_Future_Eddy)-Any time you see Eddy Young on the poll you know he’s going to collect a lot of votes. This week he collected 130 votes to edge out The Choff for the People’s Champ award this week, denying him of his second win in the online voting competition. Eddy Young has disappeared for a bit, but we expect him to find his groove again and if so, you’ll see much more of him as he dominates online voting competitions like no one else.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
The Choff-#2 in the online voting competition with 98 votes
Joe E. Legend
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of April 20th, 2015
#1 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-The NEW Saint Louis Anarchy Tag Team Champions return to the #1 spot in the Indy Power Rankings/Tag Team Top 5 as they absolutely dominated the weekend of tag team wrestling. They defeated Brandon Espinosa & Angelus Layne at SLA on 4/17, then defeated The Viking War Party (Alexandre Rudolph & Jake Parnell) the same night, then defeated Jeremy Wyatt & Christian Rose on 4/18 to become inaugural SLA Tag Team Champions, and then defeated the Ring Rydas (aka OI4K) at JCW on 4/19 to go 4-0 for the week. After being #1 in the IPR 100 in 2014, these bearded bullies are starting to clear a path to that #1 spot this year. They’ve got some work to do, but teaming together every single weekend most definitely has its advantages.
#2 BJ Strong (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi)-The only other true contender to the #1 spot this week won just as many matches as The Hooligans, but perhaps the stakes weren’t as high? The KO-D Tag Team Champions defeated Hideyoshi Kamitani and Ryuichi Kawakami at BJW on 4/14, then defeated Hideyoshi Kamitano & Masato Inaba at BJW on 4/17, then defeated Atsushi Maruyama & Shinobu on 4/18, and then teamed with Yuko Miyamoto on 4/19 to defeat Hideyoshi Kamitani, Kazuki Hashimoto & Ryuichi Kawakami to go 4-0 for the week. This tag team has been quietly crushing the competition in Japan and looks to continue to do so as 2015 rolls on.
#3 The Righteous Army (Joseph Conners & Jimmy Havoc)-It’s the first ranking for the NEW SWE Tag Team Champions as they defeated El Ligero & Stixx at SWE on 4/19 and then defeated The Hunter Brothers (Lee & Jim Hunter) (c) & The London Riots (Rob Lynch & James Davis) the same night to win the titles and go 2-0 for the week. Conners & Havoc were actually the only other team to get a #1 vote from one of the official voters, outside of The Hooligans. If they can continue to team and pick up multiple wins, this team is going to be a huge contender for the top tag team in the UK for 2015. For now, their first ranking is a very high one.
#4 Dangan Yankees (Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka)-The NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions defeated Atsushi Onita and Hideki Hosaka at Super Fireworks on 4/18, then defeated TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls) at NOAH on 4/19 to go 2-0 for the week. With at least 14 straight wins as a team, they look unstoppable right now in Japan. They came SO close to grabbing the #3 spot this week but failed to really capture any fan support. It gets said a lot, but fans, remember, THE FAN POLL COUNTS. That being said, the official voters showed them enough love to get them back into the Tag Team Top 5 and with their track record, we expect more of that in the future.
#5 Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TeamIOU)-While “a boy and his dog” weren’t able to capture yet another “People’s Champs” award this week, they do get an official ranking to add to their chances of a high spot in the Tag Team Top 50 for this year. After some early struggles, this Tennessee tag team has been tearing it up at places like PGP where they are the Tag Team Champions. With a win and defense of their titles vs. Perfect Addiction over the weekend, they have now won four straight matches and with Kerry Awful back and seemingly healthy, the Midwest better look out for one of the best tag teams on the indies. They are motivated and clearly they are hungry.
People’s Champs. Six Till Two (Tower of Power & His Royal Tenis)-The People’s Champs from last week did it again as they survived a VERY competitive online voting competition to go back-to-back as People’s Champs with 147 votes. You can give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/6till2?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
Honorable Mention. Ronin (Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann)-The NEW DGUSA Open the United Gate Champions defeated The Premier Athlete Brand (Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley) on 4/18 to win the titles.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
F1rst Generation-#3 in the online voting competition with 93 votes
Black Hand Warriors-#2 in the online voting competition with 106 votes
Havok & Carnage-#4 in the online voting competition with 61 votes
Jeremiah & Nate Wings
Aja Kong & Toyota
Shirai & Ohata
Shelly & Dave-Lo
GromKnoke-#5 in the online voting competition with 48 votes
Rock and Roll Express
Inematsu & Sekine
Justin Credible & Rhyno
Freakshow & Oz
Hot & Spicy
Ricky & Tony Caurdiea
The Good Ole Boys
The Hell Cats
Hot Lanta Hustlers
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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