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 June 8, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of June 8th, 2015
#1 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-It has been one hell of a year for Santana Garrett and that continued this week as she grabbed her second #1 ranking. She has been relevant almost every single week since winning the NWA Women’s Title. Over the weekend she defeated Jayme Jameson at Wet Wrestling Cowgirl Rumble on 6/1 and then beat Josh Hess at FIP on 6/5 to go 2-0 on the week. With 15 straight wins and something like 35 wins in her last 36 matches, she is damn near unstoppable. Who’s next to step up to the challenge of the SHINE, NWA Women’s, Battling Bombshells, and JCW Women’s Champion?
#2 John Wayne Murdoch (@johnmurdoch25)-It really looked like JWM was going to grab the #1 spot after his performance Saturday night at CCW’s First Annual King of the Coliseum. Unfortunately for him, his loss to Reed Bentley the next day at IWA Mid-South in an “Opportunity in a Box Match” may have ruined his chances of getting his second #1 ranking. That being said, he did win the tournament by defeating Reed Bentley, then Matt Tremont, and finally, JC Rotten to also retain his CCW Hardcore Title on 3 occasions. This week was absolutely bananas and Murdoch’s weekend was evidence of that fact.
#3 AR Fox-“The Whole Foxin’ Show” had as good of an argument as anyone on this strange week to grab his first #1 ranking this year, but it wasn’t to be. After a great 2013 and a so-so 2014, Fox is back in the driver’s seat in 2014 after winning the Legacy Heavyweight title when he defeated JT Dunn on 6/6. He added to that victory as he defeated JT Dunn, Eddie Smooth, Shane Strickland, & PJ Black the same night to become the inaugural champion. A 2-0 weekend and his undefeated record in his last 5 matches gets him the #3 spot this week. If he can keep this momentum going, he’ll be #1 again in no time.
#4 Rich Swann (@GottaGetSwann)-The FIP World Heavyweight Champion returns to the Top 10 this week as he defeated Mason Ryan on 6/5 to retain the title. He also defeated Sebastian Suave at SMASH Wrestling on 6/6, but was unable to complete a perfect weekend as he reportedly took a loss in the ALS Gauntlet, dubbed “The Infinity Gauntlet” where Chris Hero wrestled for over 3 hours. That being said, Swann has been as good as anyone in 2015 as he looks to continue his winning ways as he tours the North American continent and elsewhere.
#5 Rampage Brown (@RampageBrown)-The NGW Heavyweight Champion and 1/2 of PCW Tag Team Champions teamed with T-Bone at PCW on 6/5 to defeat The UK Hooligans (Roy Knight & Zak Knight) to retain the titles and then defeated Bram at Brit Wrestling Fest on 6/7 to retain the NGW title to go 2-0 for the week. One of the UK’s top talents returned to the Top 10 this week after a relatively successful 2015, following a very successful 2014. He’s one of the best the UK has to offer and we expect to see much more of him going forward.
#6 Brandon White-Great weekend for Brandon White as he makes his first appearance in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10. He defeated Tommy Redneck at NBPW on 6/6, then teamed with Ethan Steele the same night to defeat Sean Spade & Tommy Redneck and then teamed with L.A. Rocker and Criss Gage on 6/7 to defeat Pretty Boy James and the Chicago Overcoats to go 3-0 for the week. He was one of the very few who were able to pick up more than 2 victories over the weekend. Can he continue this type of success?
#7 Bull Bronson (@BullBronson)-After Outlaw Wrestling’s first show on 6/7, the dominant monster, standing in a 6 ‘4’’ tall and weighing in at almost 400 pounds, held the Outlaw Title high after defeating Zakk Sawyers to become the first champion. He also teamed with The Hooligans to hand The Viking War Party their only loss of the weekend on 6/6 at SNPW. This was particularly impressive as The Vikings don’t frequently lose in 6-man tag team action as a unit. With the title over his shoulder, expect Bull Bronson to continue to mow through the competition. You can go back and listen to the big Outlaw Wrestling Hype Central with Devin Cutter, American Viking, and Frank Wyatt here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2015/06/02/indy-power-rankings-reveal-outlaw-wrestling-hype-central
#8 Cauliflower Chase Brown (@CatchChaseBrown)-The indie rock frontman and self-proclaimed philosopher grabbed his first ranking this week and it’s been long overdue. “Cauliflower” grabs the #8 spot this week after he defeated one of the best wrestlers on the indies in Cedric Alexander on 6/6 to retain the TSW Title. He’s been picking up win after win in the Carolinas recently and with him scoring his first Top 10 ranking, he’s got even more on the line going forward.
#9 Jewells Malone (@JewellsMalone)-One of Canada’s top female athletes proved that the “Hardcore Princess” can compete with any of the top females in North America after a very good weekend at SMASH Wrestling. She defeated Kaitlin Diemond at Smash on 6/6 and then teamed with Courtney Rush, Portia Perez, Vanessa Kraven & Xandra Bale the same night to defeat Candice LeRae, Cherry Bomb, Jennifer Blake, Kaitlin Diemond & Veda Scott the same night. One of the hardest hitting women in independent wrestling has been on the outside of the Top 10 looking to get in for far too long and she broke through this week.
#10 Donny Idol-The NEW EMERGE Champion scored perhaps the biggest victory of his career when he defeated the monstrous JD Mariani for the title in an insane TLC Match on 6/6. With the title now in hand, he’s looking to continue his success at EMERGE as he AND the company have picked up quite a bit of momentum as of late. He also secured 53 votes to come in third in the online voting competition. You can go back and listen to his thoughts heading into his match with JD Mariani from last week here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/06/03/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-emergewrestling-hype-central
People’s Champ. Hellcat-Well, after crushing the competition in the tag team voting competition last week, he added the singles voting competition this week as the KDW Champion (and ½ of the UPW Tag Team Champions) defeated Gabreal Saint on 6/6 to retain the title to get on the poll. He then racked up 249 votes to easily win the competition this week.
Honorable Mention. Portia Perez (@pperezninja)-She defeated Veda Scott and Angie Sky at Smash on 6/6; then teamed with Courtney Rush, Jewells Malone, Vanessa Kraven & Xandra Bale to defeat Candice LeRae, Cherry Bomb, Jennifer Blake, Kaitlin Diemond & Veda Scott the same night to go 2-0 for the week; has won 3 straight matches.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Mark Vandy-#2 in the online voting competition with 76 votes
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of June 8th, 2015
#1 Mad Blankey (YAMATO & Naruki Doi)-A 3-0 weekend gets 2 members of the Mad Blankey faction their first #1 ranking this week. It was a VERY strong week for this duo as they defeated Millenials (Kotoka & T-Hawk) at Dragon Gate on 6/2, then defeated Millenials (Eita & T-Hawk) on 6/3, and then defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Kanda & Mr. Kyu Kyu Naoki Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin) on 6/7 to go 3-0 for the week. Dragon Gate owned the official tag team voting this week as almost all the official voters had Mad Blankey at #1 or #2 and Monster Express at #1 or #2. Dragon Gate continues to be the torch bearer for tag team wrestling on the indies in 2015.
#2 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-Nothing new in the Tag Team Top 5 as a familiar faction pops up again proving that Monster Express are the masters of tag team wrestling this year. While they’re working towards the #1 spot in the Tag Team Top 50, it’s the fact that multiple pairings have garnered high rankings that is ultra-impressive. This pairing teamed with Shingo Takagi to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Kanda, Jimmy Susumu & Ryo Jimmy Saito) at Dragon Gate on 6/2, then teamed with Shingo Takagi to defeat Dia.HEARTS (Big R Shimizu, BxB Hulk & Kzy) on 6/3, and then defeated CIMA & Yosuke loves Santa Maria on 6/7 to go 3-0 for the week. This team has won NINETEEN straight matches together.
#3 Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza)-The DREAMWAVE Tag Team Champions continued their impressive reign as they defeated one of the top tag teams in all of professional wrestling when they turned away the challenge of OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match on 6/6 to retain the titles. The official voters saw this as a HUGE win as they beat one of the best teams in the world in that type of a contest. Zero Gravity has been making big strides to make 2015 the year when they really start getting noticed. Expect this to continue with them holding the DREAMWAVE Tag Titles.
#4 El Sky Team (Mistico, Valiente & Volador Jr.)-We get our only three-man tag team in the Tag Team Top 5 this week and they come to us from Mexico as the CMLL World Trios Champions defeated Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo Jr., Polvora & Rey Escorpion) by DQ on 6/1 and then defeated Los Guerreros Laguneros (Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero) on 6/2 to go 2-0 for the week. The international flare of the Tag Team Top 5 was very apparent this week as 3 out of the 5 teams in the Tag Team Top 5 come to us from outside the United States.
#5 The Goon Squad (Deadly Dale & Idol Bane)-This tag team would have had to be considered the underdogs heading into Outlaw Wrestling’s debut show on June 7th vs. The Hooligans. Their surprising victory and becoming the 1st ever tag team champions for Outlaw Wrestling weighed heavily on the voters’ minds this week, but it was the team they beat in The Hooligans that truly got them notice. With The Hooligans being statistically THE best tag team in wrestling the last couple of years, this win was huge. Congrats to The Goon Squad on their very first ranking. More to come? Check out our Outlaw Wrestling Hype Central from last week here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2015/06/02/indy-power-rankings-reveal-outlaw-wrestling-hype-central
People’s Champs. Shoot 2 Thrill (@Shoot2Thrill Randall Shane @IamRandallShane & Issacc Acid @IssacAcid)-Are they the future WWA Tag Team Champions? It’s possible, but for now, let’s focus on the fact that they defeated Church of Misfits on 6/7 and that win earned them a spot on the poll. They took advantage of their placement on the poll, winning their first online voting competition. Check out our talk with several WWA Talents on the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/06/10/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-wwa4-hype-jigsawwrestling
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Damian El Terrible & Bucanero
Kevin Cross & Li Fang
Viking War Party (Frank Wyatt & Jake Parnell)
Brian Cage & El Texano Jr.
Grits & Gravy
Interstate Mad Men
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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