The Indy Power Rankings Results For May 18, 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 18, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of May 18th, 2015
#1 John Skyler (@TheJohnSkyler)-The newly crowned (unofficial) King of Carolinas grabs the #1 spot in the Indy Power Rankings as the WrestleForce Heavyweight Champion added the PWX Heavyweight Title to his collection when he defeated Cedric Alexander, Ricochet, & Caleb Konley in a 4-Way Elimination match on 5/17. He also defeated Jesse Adler on 5/16 at CWF Mid-Atlantic to make his record 2-0 on the weekend. While he has been ranked very highly before, this is easily his highest ranking to date as he is clearly THE guy in the Carolinas right now as he owns two of the most important titles in North and South Carolina. Skyler has worked for a very long time to get where he is and it’s unlikely he’ll be going anywhere without one hell of a fight.
#2 Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-“The Monsta” RETURNS to the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 this week after absolutely exploding back onto the scene with some high profile victories over the weekend. On 5/16 the IWA Mid-South Champion defeated Connor Braxton at AAW and then beat Eli Machete the same night. He then moved on to RCW on 5/17 where he defeated Jacob Brawn. He wrapped up the weekend with a victory in the much-anticipated match vs. American Viking to retain the IWA Mid-South Title on 5/18. A HUGE 4-0 weekend gets one of the true unsung talents on the indies yet another high ranking. If you don’t know him yet, go out of your way to find his work.
#3 Ultimo Dragon-It’s 2015 and Ultimo Dragon isn’t slowing down for anyone. With a 5-0 record, he had as good of an argument as anyone for the #1 spot this week. Unfortunately, what may have worked against him was the fact that most of these wins were in tag team competition. The NWA International Junior Heavyweight Champion and 1/2 of All Asia Tag Team Champions teamed with Jun Akiyama at AJPW on 5/12 to beat Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi; then defeated Masao Inoue at AJPW on 5/13, then teamed with Akebono on 5/14 to beat Suwama & Hikaru Sato, then teamed with Kento Miyahara on 5/16 to defeat Evolution (Hikaru Sato & Joe Doering), and then teamed with Akebono, Yutaka Yoshie on 5/17 to beat Go Shiozaki, Kento Miayahra & Kotaro Suzuki. Impressive weekend for a talent who is having a career resurgence this year.
#4 Candice LeRae (@CandiceLeRae)-It’s the highest singles ranking yet for one of the best female competitors in the entire world. ½ of the PWG and FSP Tag Team Champions added a bit of prestige to her singles career over the weekend when she defeated Brent Banks to advance to the finals of the SMASH Wrestling Gold 2K15 Tournament and then beat Biff Busick, Trevor Lee, Tyson Dux, and Matt Cross to win the tournament the same day. She is perhaps the most well-known female athlete in independent wrestling right now as she continues to travel the roads all over the world. Can she achieve her first SINGLES #1 ranking before the end of 2015?
#5 Santana Garrett (@BrittanyTNA)-Despite not having as many matches as some of the others in the Top 10, the SHINE Champion (and NWA Women’s Champion) earned a lot of respect from the voters when she defeated Mia Yim to once again retain the SHINE Title on 5/15. One of the hardest things to do is to be a top flight challenger more than once, especially on a big stage. Santana Garrett has proven that despite the pressure of holding so many titles, she’s not going to go quietly into the night. She has been winning and defending titles for months. What’s next for the multiple champion?
#6 Marty Scurll-We get more UK talent in the Top 10 this week as the RPW British Heavyweight Champion and 1/2 of SWE Tag Team Champions defeated Andy Boy Simmonz at NWA FN on 5/15 in the quarterfinals, then defeated Doug Williams in the semifinals the same day, and then defeated Lewis Howley at Climax Wrestling on 5/16 to go 3-0 for the week. This is one of the highest rankings yet for one of the UK’s finest. He has already notched two Top 10 rankings this year. Can he continue to add to that total?
#7 Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano)-“The whole shebang” returns to a place he’s quite familiar with as he took his SMASH Wrestling Title back to Canada and came out victorious after defeating Josh Alexander and Chris Hero on 5/17. His 2015 has been very good, but not yet at the level of his 2013. With the year almost half over, can Gargano hit a hot streak and start getting multiple rankings like we’re used to from him? He’s got some work to do but he has all the talent and overall charisma to make it happen.
#8 People’s Champ. Mary Elizabeth Monroe (@WrestlerMEM)-“MEM” does it again! For the second time, she won the online voting competition in a battle to the finish. There was some controversy as Madd Mustafa’s numbers surpassed hers AFTER 10 PM Eastern, but the voting was final at that time. To get to this point, she added to her recent string of wins when she defeated Samantha Heights at GIRLFIGHT on 5/12 and then beat Angel Dust to win the MCW Fighting Spirit Title on 5/16. With a 2-0 record this week, she’s still a star on the rise on the indies…and hopefully beyond.
#9 Heidi Lovelace (@HeidiLovelace)-“The punk rock rag doll” returned from Japan recently and since that time, she has been tearing it up in the Midwest. Over the weekend she added the RCW Title in Indiana to her collection and then she travelled to IWA Mid-South and defeated Kathy “The Butcher” Owens where she is 2-0 since her return from Japan. Very few females have experienced the career growth over the last year and a half as Heidi Lovelace, but she has absolutely earned everything that has come her way.
#10 BxB Hulk-The Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion did what very few have done this year when he defeated Akira Tozawa at Dragon Gate on 5/16. He added to that solid weekend when he teamed with Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!) to go 2-0 for the week. BxB Hulk has been as good as anyone in 2015, proving once again that Dragon Gate is loaded with talent and competition.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Angel de Oro
Jimmy Jack Funk Jr.
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 18th, 2015
#1 Atsushi Onita, Hideki Hosaka, & Masato Tanaka-This one is a bit of a surprise. It’s not just a surprise because it’s a team that hasn’t teamed frequently in 2015, but because it’s a 3-man team. While there have been 3-man teams to grab the #1 spot before (Viking War Party and Devastation Corporation being the most obvious) it’s not the most common thing in the Tag Team Top 5. The weekend at FMW for this team was a little bit nostalgic as they defeated NOSAWA Rongai, Buffalo and Monster Leather at FMW in Japan on 5/13, then defeated Monster Freddie, Monster Leather & NOSAWA Rongai on 5/14, and then teamed with Ricky Fuji on 5/15 to beat Monster Freddie, Monster Leather, NOSAWA Rongai & The Winger to go 3-0 for the week. Can they do it again? It’s unlikely, but also entirely possible.
#2 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-These bearded bullies found their way to the Tag Team Top 5 yet again. Much like last weekend, it wasn’t their greatest weekend as a team, their recent string of victories along with their prestige as a team earned them their 2nd straight #2 ranking. The SLA Tag Team Champions defeated Just D’Air and Mike Outlaw at SNPW on 5/16 and then followed that up with a victory over The Viking War Party (Jake Parnell & Frank Wyatt) at IWA Mid-South on 5/17 to go 2-0 on the week. With 4 straight wins, these Hooligans are looking more and more unstoppable as the year rolls on.
#3 The Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon Ballard)-It’s been a while since you’ve seen this tag team mentioned in the Tag Team Top 5, but the NEW VPW Western States Tag Team Champions had a phenomenal weekend. First, they teamed with Holly Renee at VPW on 5/15 to defeat The Carnival of Shadows (Jeckles The Jester & Jinx) & Kiara Dillonwon; then a four-way match vs The Classic Connection (Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro), The Von Dooms (Cyanide & The Vintage Dragon) and The Excess Express (Alexander G. Bernard & Perry Von Vicious) to win the titles on 5/16, and then teamed with Holly Renee on 5/17 to defeat The Carnival Of Shadows (Jeckles The Jester & Jinx) & Kiara Dillon to go 3-0 for the week. This is a tag team that is back to making an impact on the West Coast. We hope to see more of them in 2015.
#4 Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)-Name value can do a lot for a team and when it comes to a team like The Young Bucks, the fact that they’re widely regarded as the best tag team in the world can pay dividends on a slow week. While they did defeat The Addiction on 5/17 to retain the 2CW Tag Team Titles, they didn’t have multiple wins this week like several other teams. That being said, their victory was over last week’s #1 so certainly that helped their stock this week as well. If they can keep bringing the Super Kick Party to the indies (outside of ROH and New Japan that is) you’ll likely keep seeing them pop up in the Tag Team Top 5 going forward.
#5 Strong BJ/BJ Strong (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi)-It was another “strong” week for the KO-D Tag Team Champions as they teamed with Hideyoshi Kamitani at BJW on 5/14 to beat Isamu Oshita, Kazuki Hashimoto & Tatsuo Omori and then defeated Smile Squash (HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano) on 5/17 to retain the titles to go 2-0 for the week. With 11 straight wins to their credit, they got some support for the #1 spot this week, but they were eventually overwhelmed due to lack of fan support in the online voting competition and the official voters showing a little more support to the teams in front of them. One thing’s for sure, they’ve been a force in 2015 regardless of ranking.
People’s Champs. Rochester Wrecking Crew (Hellcat @hellcat420 & Rob Sweet @RobJust2Sweet)-At one point in time you could say Team IOU (or even F1rst Generation or The Soul Shooters) were the undisputed People’s Champs on a week in, week out basis for the Indy Power Rankings Tag Team Top 5. That may have changed at this point. After 2 weeks of absolutely OVERWHELMING performances in the online voting competition, The Rochester Wrecking Crew are now back-to-back People’s Champs. The UPW Tag Team Champions fell short in winning the ESW Tag Team Titles vs. The Hate Brigade on 5/16, but did win by DQ which got them another crack at the poll, which they easily won. With 363 votes this week, it was clearly their week again.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Dark City Fight Club
Jerarquia-#3 in the online voting competition with 52 votes
Oliver Strange & Justin Turnbull-#2 in the online voting competition with 57 votes
PS Playas-#4 in the online voting competition with 34 votes
Diego Vasquez & Kris Nemesis
AR Fox & Rich Swann
Disco World Order
Blunt Force Trauma
Tryout Show Rejects
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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