The Indy Power Rankings Results For May 11, 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 11, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of May 11th, 2015
#1 Jigsaw (@JigsawWRESTLING)-Jigsaw came completely out of left field this week and absolutely crushed his competition in Europe last week. With wins vs. Marty Scurll at PWH on 5/6, then El Ligero at HOPE on 5/8, then Scott Star at IPW:UK on 5/10, and then Vinnie Kray at TAW on 5/10 as well, he went 4-0 on the week to enjoy his very first #1 ranking. Not only is it his first #1 ranking, it’s his very first ranking as a singles competitor. It’s very rare that an American competitor can tour Europe and do as well as Jigsaw, but it was clearly a very special week for him. Can he add some gold in the near future to go with his first-ever #1 ranking?
EDIT: The Jigsaw victory at TAW on 5/10 was another competitor named “Jigsaw” who competes in the UK.
#2 Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira)-Just when you thought it was safe in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10…Akira Tozawa came crashing back in with both feet. It looked like Drew Galloway and/or Santana Garrett were gaining ground until this week when Tozawa got in after polishing off a flawless 5-0 week at Dragon Gate. Despite no fan support in the online voting competition, the Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate Champion (and Open the Owarai Gate Champion) teamed with Masato Yoshino at Dragon Gate on 5/4 to beat Gamma and Punch Tominaga, then defeated Dragon Kid on 5/5 to retain the title, then defeated Shingo Takagi on 5/8, then teamed with Masato Yoshino on 5/9 to beat Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! and Jimmy Kagetora) and then wrapped up the week when he teamed with BxB Hulk and Shingo Takagi on 5/10 to beat Jimmy Susumu, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Satoshi Kojima. Simply fantastic 2015 for Tozawa thus far.
#3 Jake Dirden (@DirdEYTV)-The Dynamo Pro Champion found his way back into the Top 10 after a bit of an absence. While he’s been mentioned quite a few times in recent months, he’s been unable to crack the Indy Power Rankings…until this week. This week was a change from his normal “solid” weeks as he went from solid to spectacular with wins vs. Everett Connors on 5/5 to retain the title, then beat Adam Raw at PWCS on 5/9 and then beat CJ Brady at Dynamo Pro on a non-title match to go 3-0 for the week. One of the most rugged, tough competitors in all of wrestling is on the hunt to reclaim his PGP Title from former #1 Blake Steel. Can he take back what he feels he should have never lost?
#4 Crusher Craib (@CrusherCraib)-It was quite an amazing weekend for this athlete from Aberdeen, Scotland. WrestleZone in Scotland was his playground for the week as he defeated Aspen Faith at WZ on 5/9, then the same day he teamed with William Sterling & Scotty Swift to defeat Mr Malice, Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago, then defeated Mikkey Vago, then defeated Mr Malice & Aspen Faith in a triple threat, and then won a battle royal to go 5-0 for the week. With 9 straight victories, he EARNED his high ranking this week. In fact, he even garnered enough support to get a nod for the #1 spot from one of the official voters. Let’s see what he can do the rest of 2015.
#5 Masato Yoshino-Dragon Gate produces two very high rankings this week as Yoshino grabs the 2nd high ranking for the Japanese-based promotion. Much like Tozawa, Yoshino (1/2 of the Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions) dominated the week with a 5-0 record. He teamed with Akira Tozawa on 5/4 to defeat Gamma and Punch Tominaga at Dragon Gate, then teamed with Shachihoko BOY on 5/5 to beat Masaaki Mochizuki and Big R Shimizu to retain the titles, then teamed with Shachihoko BOY on 5/8 to beat Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! and Jimmy Kanda) then teamed with Akira Tozawa on 5/9 to beat Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! and Jimmy Kagetora, and then defeated Dragon Kid on 5/10. Yoshino is on fire right now.
#6 Daisuke Sasaki-Great week for Sasaki as he enters the Top 10 for the very first time. He teamed with Kota Ibushi at DDT on 5/4 to beat Danshoku Dino and Makoto Oishi, then teamed with Kota Ibushi and Suguru Miyatake on 5/5 to beat Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie and Soma Takao, then defeated Ryota Nakatsu on 5/6, and then defeated Konosuke Takeshita by countout at DDT on 5/10 to go 4-0 for the week. On a very competitive week, it was very impressive for Sasaki to enter the Top 10 for the very first time. If he can continue this success and perhaps add some gold to his collection, he’ll most definitely be a contender for months to come.
#7 Abdullah Kobayashi-He is the NEW Big Japan Death Match Heavyweight Champion after he defeated Yuko Miyamoto on 5/5 to win the title, then teamed with Ryuji Ito on 5/9 to defeat B Faultless Junky’s (Jaki Numazawa & Masashi Takeda) in a fluorescent light tubes death match;, and then teamed with Ryuji Ito and “Kokutenshi” Jaki Numazawa at BJW on 5/10 to defeat Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka and Masaya Takahashi to go 3-0 for the week. It’s his first ranking and with the success he found last week, it likely will not be his last in 2015. Look out for him as the year continues.
#8 Pete Dunne (@DynamiteDunne)-The UK gets some representation this week as the Attack! 24-7 Champion (and PWK Champion) teamed with Damian Dunne at FCP on 5/8 to beat Morgan Webster & Robbie X, then defeated Flash Morgan Webster at Attack! on 5/9 to retain the title, and then defeated Tyler Bate at SWE on 5/10 to go 3-0 for the week. It was a VERY difficult week to rank, but “Dynamite” comes away with his first ranking in 2015 after a very solid 2014. Will this be the year that he continues to make the push as one of the top stars in the UK? It’s very likely!
#9 AJ Styles (@AJStylesOrg)-It’s very rare that you see AJ Styles in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 and it’s certainly not because he hasn’t been successful this year. It’s actually because he’s so active with New Japan and ROH that he’s usually not eligible for this list. That being said, over the weekend the IWGP & FWE Heavyweight Champion defeated Jimmy Rave at PSW on 5/8 and then beat Chase Owens at NWA Smoky Mountain on 5/9 to go 2-0 for the week. One of the best in the world is undefeated in his last 11 matches with 10 wins and a draw on the indies.
#10 Jason Kincaid (@GiftKincaid)- The NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion returns to the Top 10 once again as he defeated a huge star in wrestling in John Morrison at NWA Smoky Mountain on 5/9 to retain the title. He then defeated Andrew Palace and Benny Conley at APWA on 5/10 to go 2-0 for the week. Kincaid was ranked #23 in the 2014 IPR 100 (the number he called the Michael Jordan number) and he’s well on his way to moving up the ladder again for the 2015 IPR 100. No one in West Virginia (or TN) has been as successful in the last few years as him. As stated before, it’s a shame he’s not on TV every single week.
People’s Champ. Lightning Bolt Johnson-This is his 3rd “People’s Champ” award as he came from well behind to topple Iceman for the victory in the online voting competition. With 140 votes, he was able to edge out Iceman (based out of Israel) who garnered 107 votes. After a 2-0 weekend, Lightning Bolt Johnson is well on his way to another phenomenal year in wrestling in the Midwest.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Rickey Shane Page
Rude Boy Riley
King John E. Radic
Short Sleeve Sampson
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 11th, 2015
#1 The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)-It’s rare that you’d see the ROH World Tag Team Champions atop the Tag Team Top 5 in 2015. That’s simply because we no longer consider ROH eligible for the Indy Power Rankings, thus any matches wrestled there do not count. That being said, The Addiction did it without having to fall back on anything they’ve accomplished on actual ROH shows. They defeated The Coffey Brothers at PWE on 5/9 to retain the titles and then they beat The Hunter Brothers at SWE on 5/10 to once again retain the titles. Impressive weekend for one of the best tag teams in the world who proved that they can still succeed on the indies as a team.
#2 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Well you just can’t keep those bearded bullies down as the tag team from Brutalsville, USA find their way into the Tag Team Top 5 yet again. The #1 team in the 2014 Tag Team Top 50 are making a STRONG push for the #1 spot for 2015 after some early struggles. Over the weekend they defeated Diamond Ink at MEW on 5/8 and then defeated Agents of Chaos and Scott Parker & Kenny Jones in a 3 Way Tag Team Match at SNPW on 5/10. A 2-0 record on a relatively slow week for tags gets the masters of the “fat flippy style” into the #2 spot this week.
#3 Xceed (Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara)-It’s the first time in the Tag Team Top 5 for this tag team as they won the All Japan World Tag Team Titles when they defeated Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie on 5/6. They then defeated Akebono & Takao Omori on 5/10 to go 2-0 for the week. With 8 victories in their last 9 matches, they are on a roll right now. Can they continue this success? With the prestige of their titles, they will definitely have plenty of chances to continue to get ranked as 2015 rolls along.
#4 Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY)-For the 2nd straight week, the Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions grab the #4 spot in the Tag Team Top 5. They have been absolutely incredible recently with 11 wins in their last 12 matches. To get this week’s #4 spot they defeated Dia.HEARTS (Masaaki Mochizuki and Big R Shimizu) at Dragon Gate on 5/5 to retain the titles and then defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Jimmy Kanda) on 5/8 to go 2-0 for the week. Dragon Gate has played a MAJOR role in both the Indy Power Rankings and the Tag Team Top 5 this year. Expect that to continue going forward.
#5 Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani-This tag team gets their first ranking in the Tag Team Top 5 as they won the Goddesses of Stardom Titles in a tournament for the vacant titles. They defeated Kris Wolf & Star Fire at Stardom on 5/6 in the semifinals and then defeated Chelsea & Kairi Hojo in the final the same night to win the vacant titles to go 2-0 for the week. Tournaments always play a major role in our rankings, so it will be interesting to see if this tag team can continue this momentum and turn it into further rankings in 2015.
People’s Champs. Rochester Wrecking Crew (Hellcat @hellcat420 & Rob Sweet @RobJust2Sweet)-Major props to the UPW Tag Team Champions as they defeated the FBI (Tony Mamaluke & Little Guido) on 5/9 to retain the titles. They don’t just have that to be proud of. They have this week’s People’s Champ award to add to their many successes as they collected a mind-blowing 421 votes to win the online voting competition. For much of the day it looked like Ken Krevis & Max Havok might win, but they fell short at 311 votes. Another great week of voting in the tag team voting competition!
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Yankee Two Kenju
Shane Mercer & Mad Man Pondo
Ken Krevis & Max Havok
Super Smash Bros
Joey Janela & X-Pac
Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
Matt Cross & MEM
Golden Storm Raiders
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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