The Indy Power Rankings Results For May 4, 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 May 4, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of May 4th, 2015
#1 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-Can anyone stop Galloway at this point? He just continues to win, collect, and defend titles. On top of that, he has been collecting VERY high rankings to make sure that he stays in the hunt for the #1 spot in the 2015 IPR 100. While Akira Tozawa has been dominant and looked to be the man that couldn’t be stopped, Galloway is the one who has been the hottest over the last few months. With 6 titles to his credit, if he can continue to win and defend, is there really anyone that can claim to have had a better 2015 than him? With 8 months to go and FOUR #1 rankings to his credit thus far, we’ll see what happens.
#2 People’s Champ. Mary Elizabeth Monroe (@WrestlerMEM)-The VOW Queen of the Ring for 2015 finds her way into the Indy Power Rankings for the very first time as she called her shot several weeks ago on the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal and then came through with a huge tournament victory. She defeated Vanity in the VOW Queen of the Ring Tournament, then beat Brittany Blake, Samantha Heights, and Angel Dust in a Fatal Four Way to win the tournament. After being added to the poll a little later than some others, she came back in a HUGE way as she collected 194 votes to win the online voting competition which jumped her from #3 to #2 this week. Long live the Queen! Cheap plug, you can go back and listen to her interview where she talked about the VOW Queen of the Ring & more here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/04/08/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-mary-elizabeth-monroe
#3 Shingo Takagi-After having a fantastic year in tag team wrestling, this Dragon Gate star makes a big appearance in the singles Top 10 and his very first this year. One of the best talents in Japan has been notably absent from any big singles wins until this week where he branched out and really picked up some strong momentum. He teamed with Masato Yoshino at Dragon Gate on 4/27 to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Kanda & Ryo Jimmy Saito), then defeated Jimmy Kagetora on 4/29, then defeated Mr. Quu Quu Naoki Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin on 5/2, and then teamed with BxB Hulk on 5/3 to defeat Akira Tozawa and Kzy to go 4-0 for the week. If he can continue this win streak, he’ll be a strong contender for the rest of 2015.
#4 RIP-This is a name that comes completely out of left field as the NEW IPW South Pacific Champion grabs his very first ranking this week. He won the title tournament when he defeated Sledge Hammer in the first round, then defeated Troll in the quarterfinals, then beat BJ Blade in the semi-final, and then beat Poison to win the title. This all took place on 5/2 in Australia. It’s impressive to go 4-0 in an entire week, but even more impressive to do it all in one night. After running the gauntlet, we get one of the highest rankings yet for an Australian talent, proving that the Land Down Under continues to churn out some unsung talent.
#5 Daisuke Sekimoto-One of the best death match wrestlers in the entire world gets a #5 ranking this week as the Big Japan Strong World Heavyweight (and ½ of the KO-D Tag Team Champions) went 3-0 on the week. He defeated Hideyoshi Kamitani at BJW on 4/28, then teamed with Yuji Okabayashi at DDT on 4/29 to defeat Team Dream Futures (Keisuke Ishii and Shigehiro Irie) to retain the titles, and then teamed with Kazuki Hashimoto at NOAH on 4/30 to defeat MAYBACH Taniguchi and Maybach #2. Great week for him as he’s really starting to build some momentum for the first time this year in singles.
#6 Josh Alexander (@Walking_Weapon)-Perhaps the biggest single win of the entire weekend came when Josh Alexander dethroned Eddie Kingston for the AAW Heavyweight Title in a 3 Way, also involving Samoa Joe. A victory, no matter how you get it, over Samoa Joe AND Eddie Kingston for one of the most important titles in the United States is enough to get “The Walking Weapon” into the Top 10 on a week that was stacked with 4-0, 3-0, and 2-0 contenders for the Indy Power Rankings. ½ of Monster Mafia has been having a breakout 2015 and we expect that to continue going forward.
#7 Ron Mathis (@RonMathis13)-It may have been a week of what could have been for Ron Mathis as he DID win the 2015 Masters of Pain, as promised on the Indy Power Rankings Reveal from last week, BUT it was his DQ loss vs. Dustin Rayz at Rockstar Pro that possibly cost the Rockstar Pro Champion the #1 spot this week. That being said, it was still a huge deal to defeat Mad Man Pondo and Matt Tremont, then Josh Crane, and finally Nick Gage to win the tournament on 5/2. You can go back and listen to Mathis’s guarantee of a victory at Masters of Pain here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2015/04/28/indy-power-rankings-reveal-mop-hype-central
#8 Jason LaRusso-Despite no fan support in the online voting competition, we do get another first-timer to the Indy Power Rankings this week after LaRusso won a big tournament over the weekend. He defeated Crippler Gordon in the quarterfinals, Antonio De Luca in the semi-finals and Crusher Lomaxx in the final of the 4FW #1 contender’s tournament on 5/1 to go 3-0 for the week. LaRusso’s big tournament victory was enough to sneak him into a Top 10 with heavy competition this week, but going forward, he’s going to need to pick up more victories and perhaps get a little more fan support next time he’s on the poll if he wants to continue to get ranked.
#9 AR Fox-“The Whole Foxin’ Show” had another solid weekend as the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion defeated GGP at ICW on 5/1 and then turned right around and beat one of the best in PJ Black at DREAMWAVE on 5/2 to retain the title. With a 2-0 weekend amongst a lot of great contenders, AR Fox returned to the Top 10 this week after a short hiatus. As stated previously, his 2014 wasn’t as impressive as his 2013, but he’s really starting to make some headway in 2015 with multiple title wins and defenses.
#10 Daisuke Harada-We get our third representative from the country of Japan this week as Harada BARELY made the cut into the Top 10 this week. He had a solid week as he teamed with Takashi Sugiura, Akitoshi Saito and Genba Hirayanagi at NOAH on 4/28 to defeat Super Crazy, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, Ken-o and Hajime Ohara, then teamed with Takashi Sugiura and Genba Hirayanagi on 4/29 to defeat Chris Hero, Colt Cabana and Jack Gamble, and then defeated Hitoshi Kumano on 4/30 to go 3-0 for the week.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Mustafa-#2 in the online voting competition with 185 votes
Teddy King-#3 in the online voting competition with 39 votes
Crazy Mary Dobson
Bo Sawyer-#4 in the online voting competition with 33 votes
Tabitha-#5 in the online voting competition with 32 votes
Brutus Dylan-#6 in the online voting competition with 31 votes
Big Daddy Jack-#7 in the online voting competition with 22 votes
Hard Knox Harrington
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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 4th, 2015
#1 Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer)-It’s been a bit, but The Killer Elite Squad return to the top spot in the Tag Team Top 5 as the GHC and NWA Tag Team Champions absolutely dominated the week in Japan. The official voters almost had them at #1 across the board in a clean sweep. They teamed with Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka at NOAH on 4/29 to defeat TMDK (Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste), Zack Sabre Jr. and Jack Gamble, then teamed with Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka on 4/30 to defeat Naomichi Marufuji, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Akitoshi Saito and Quiet Storm, and then defeated Akitoshi Saito and Quiet Storm on 5/1 to go 3-0 for the week. With 7 straight victories to their credit, they look unbeatable right now. Where will they end up in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50? Tune into Elite Podcast Network on 7/1 to find out where they rank midway through the year!
#2 Fenix & Myzteziz-We’d have to fact check to verify but this may be the highest ranking yet for a team coming out of Mexico. It was a HUGE week for this team as they teamed with Laredo Kid at Promociones Cantu on 4/27 to beat El Hijo del Fantasma, Mocho Cota Jr. & Pentagon Jr., then defeated Los Perros del Mal (Joe Lider & Pentagon Jr.) at AAA on 4/30, and then defeated Averno & Pentagon Jr. at Saccomats on 5/1 to go 3-0 for the week. This tag team came out of NOWHERE to get this ranking this week and if they can continue this type of success (they’ve won 6 of their last 8 matches) there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing more of them in the Tag Team Top 5 in the future.
#3 Shelton Benjamin & Brian Breaker-This was another team that seemingly came out of nowhere as they really fattened up on some solid competition at NOAH over the last few weeks. Last week they defeated Quiet Storm and Jon Webb at NOAH on 4/29, then defeated Mohammed Yone and Daisuke Ikeda on 4/30, and then teamed with Taichi, El Desperado and Taka Michinoku on 5/1 to defeat Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinari Ogawa, Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls and Captain NOAH to go 3-0 for the week. NOAH had a very strong influence on the Tag Team Top 5 this week with two teams in the Top 3 alone.
#4 Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY)-The Monster Express stable may have lost Akira Tozawa and Uhaa Nation, but they keep plugging along. This tag team particularly has been very impressive over the last several months. The Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions return to the Tag Team Top 5 this week after they teamed with Akira Tozawa at Dragon Gate on 4/29 to defeat T-Hawk, U-T and La Flamita, then defeated YAMATO and Punch Tominaga on 5/1, and then defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu and Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!) on 5/3 to go 3-0 for the week. As you can see in the Top 4, Japan played a major influence in the Top 5 this week once again, with 3 of the Top 4 competing primarily in the Land of the Rising Sun.
#5 Tryout Show Rejects (Reed Bentley & John Wayne Murdoch)-North America’s only true representatives this week return to the Tag Team Top 5 after a tremendous victory vs. one of the top teams in the entire world. A main event victory vs. The Hooligans (the #1 tag team in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2014) in a Barbed Wire Match has its advantages. With that win, this tag team is back on the right track after Bentley was sidelined for a few weeks with a vicious gash from a chair shot, courtesy of Mason Cutter. Can The Rejects continue to climb the rankings now that they’re back and healthy? With IWA Mid-South back on a semi-regular schedule, look out for them as 2015 rolls on.
People’s Champs. Stompin’ Steve (@StompinSteveB) & Lovely Lylah Lodge (@LovelyLylah)-Not much can be said about this team other than they absolutely CRUSHED the entire online voting competition after a huge surge overnight on Monday night/Tuesday morning. With 534 votes, the HPW Intergender Tag Team Champions OWNED the online voting competition this week. Considering the fan support they received, we really hope to see more of them in 2015.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Dave DeLorean & Jayden Fenix
Josef Von Schmidt & Leighann
Yankee Two Kenju
Alex Rudolph & Frank Wyatt
Worst Case Scenario
Absolute Andy & X-Pac
Caramel Boy & Hasuka Makoto
Rage & Scott
Punk Rock Pow Wow
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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