Welcome to this weeks Barbwire Blog Weekly Awards, where there will be fun and some humor involved. It honors the best while having a little fun. So enjoy this week’s picks!
Paranoid Dope Of The Week:
Hudson Envy (God, it looks like a mugshot!)
Match Of The Week:
Io Shirai vs. Nikki Storm (STARDOM)
Angry Guy Of The Week:
Good Guy Of The Week:
Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose
And now, 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 July 13, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 13th, 2015
#1 Timothy Thatcher (@britishmessiah)-Timothy Thatcher reigns supreme with his first #1 ranking! On 7/10, he did what very few have done this year as he defeated Drew Galloway. Not only that, he beat Galloway to win the EVOLVE/DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Titles. The next day he continued his success by defeating Chris Hero to retain the EVOLVE Title on 7/11. With 5 wins in his last 6 matches, Thatcher is on a hot streak right now which he looks to continue throughout 2015. Will he be able to continue his rise up the IPR 100? We’ll see in December! With weeks like this, a climb will be insanely difficult as this was one of the toughest weeks to pick yet!!!
#2 Rickey Shane Page (@RickeyShanePage)-“RSP” secures yet another ranking this year as he defeated Josh Alexander at AIW to win the Absolute Title on 7/10. He followed that up with a victory over Tyler Thomas at A1 on 7/12 to retain the A1 Zero Gravity Title. A 2-0 weekend with a couple of HUGE wins continues Rickey Shane Page’s impressive 2015. Very few have experienced as much career growth in 2015 as Page as he continues to collect wins AND titles.
#3 Tim Donst (@TDonst)-Donst has had such an amazing 2015 as he looked some of the worst news in the eye and came out strong on the other side. That being said, he didn’t just rest on the fact that he had his health, he came back to wrestling and won a title in one of the biggest independent wrestling companies in the United States. He is the NEW CZW Wired Champion after defeating Joe Gacy for the title on 7/11. The previous day he defeated Nick Gage in an Anything Goes Match at AIW to secure a perfect weekend and yet another ranking.
#4 Leva Bates (@wrestlingleva)-Whether you call her “Blue Pants” or Leva Bates, she’s had a phenomenal 2015. She continued that success when she defeated D’arcy Dixon at GirlFight on 7/7. She followed that up when she beat Athena in the Semi-Finals of the WSU Spirit Title Tournament and then beat Hania the Howling Huntress in the Finals the same night on 7/11 to win the title. With a 3-0 record on the week, she picks up her first ranking this week amidst a TON of competition throughout the top 10 and beyond.
#5 Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-Last year’s #1 in the IPR 100 finally pops up in the Top 10 after months away from the rankings. He returned to Dragon Gate where he teamed with CIMA at Dragon Gate on 7/7 to defeat Jimmyz ( Jimmy Susumu and Ryo “Jimmy” Saito) then teamed with CIMA and Matt Sydal on 7/8 to defeat Dia.Hearts (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu) then teamed with Masato Yoshino on 7/10 to defeat YAMATO and Mondai Ryu, then teamed with Masato Yoshino, Matt Sydal and Akira Tozawa to defeat Naruki Doi, YAMATO, K-ness and Punch Tominaga, and then teamed with Masato Yoshino and Shingo Takagi to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, YAMATO and K-ness) to go 5-0 for the week. The only thing that held him back was success in singles this week, so let’s see what the upcoming weeks in Japan bring for “The Future of Flight.”
#6 Zack Sabre Jr (@zacksabrejr)-We’ve said it before, but perhaps the best technical wrestler in the world picks up yet another ranking this week as he defeated Roderick Strong at EVOLVE on 7/10 and then beat TJ Perkins at EVOLVE on 7/11 to go 2-0 on the week. This UK talent is truly one of the cream of the crop right now as he continues to mow through the competition this year. Again, we reiterate though, he needs to pick up a title or two to truly get the recognition in the Top 10. What title looks most tempting to Sabre? We shall see.
#7 Shingo Takagi-After being ranked #6 last week, he falls just one spot due to heavy competition this week, but also keep in mind that he DID go 5-0 this week at Dragon Gate. He teamed with Masato Yoshino & Akira Tozawa at Dragon Gate on 7/7 to defeat T-Hawk, Eita and Kotoka, then teamed with Akira Tozawa on 7/8 to defeat Don Fujii and Gamma, then teamed with Akira Tozawa on 7/10 to defeat Don Fujii and Gamma, then defeated Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria on 7/11, and then teamed with Masato Yoshino and Ricochet on 7/12 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, YAMATO and K-ness) to go 5-0 for the week. Much like Ricochet, the only thing he lacked this week was singles success.
#8 Masato Yoshino-Dragon Gate continues to dominate the Top 10 with 3 talents in the Top 10 this week and countless others on the poll for the Tag Team Top 5. Yoshino teamed with Akira Tozawa and Shingo Takagi on 7/7 to defeat Millenials (Eita, Kotoka & T-Hawk) then teamed with Syachihoko BOY on 7/8 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Punch Tominaga & YAMATO) then teamed with Ricochet on 7/9 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Mondai Ryu & YAMATO) then teamed with Akira Tozawa, Ricochet and Matt Sydal on 7/11 to defeat Naruki Doi, YAMATO, K-ness and Punch Tominaga, and then teamed with Shingo Takagi & Ricochet on 7/12 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, YAMATO and K-ness) to go 5-0 for the week. He is the third talent that could have been much higher, but he’s going to need to string together some SINGLES victories to do so.
#9 Hy Zaya-The IWA Mid-South World Champion returns to the Top 10 this week as he teamed with Shane Mercer, Jake the Snake Roberts, & JC Rotten to defeat Horror Show with Joseph Schwartz on 7/9, then defeated American Viking on 7/10 to retain the title, and then teamed with Shane Mercer on 7/11 to beat The Tryout Show Rejects to go 3-0 on the week. Despite a lot of success recently, Hy Zaya likely hasn’t been getting the credit he deserves. He currently holds both the IWA Mid-South World Title AND the CCW Heavyweight Title. With a big title defense vs. Shane Mercer at IWA and vs. Lee Byford at CCW coming up, Hy Zaya has a chance to really continue to solidify himself as one of top talents on the indies this coming weekend.
#10 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-As per the norm, the multiple champion stays relevant this week with yet another ranking in the Top 10 after she defeated Samantha Slides at RPW. With 22 straight wins, the #1 in the IPR 100 at the Mid-Year Update continues to defend her titles and her top spot. With names like Akira Tozawa chomping at her heels, she’ll have to keep racking up the victories to keep them at bay.
People’s Champ. The Choff (@jkchoff)-The current QWA Champion in Australia continues to do well in the online voting competition as he is once again the People’s Champ this week outlasting a SLEW of other talent this week. Congratulations to him and to Australia, who as a continent continue to prove their worth in independent wrestling.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Jigsaw (UK Talent)
Sage Sin Supreme
Crazy Mary Dobson
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of July 13th, 2015
#1 Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry)-This was a clean sweep of the official voters. Despite only having one victory (that we’re aware of) if you look at the titles they won and the talent they beat, you’ll see why they were the easy #1 this week. They are the NEW CZW World Tag Team Champions after defeating OI4K, The Young Bucks, and The Beaver Boys on 7/11 to win the titles. They beat the who’s who of tag teams on the indies right now, proving that their rise to being one of THE top teams in wrestling just continues week after week. Congrats to Team Tremendous on their HUGE title win and their first #1 ranking as a team!
#2 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi)-The pesky stable from Dragon Gate just continues to pop up in the Tag Team Top 5, proving that they are the most dominant faction in terms of tag team wrestling in all the world. This group has just been dominant in 2015 and this pairing is no exception to that rule. Despite no fan support in the online voting competition, they continue to get ranked as they teamed with Masato Yoshino to defeat Millenials (T-Hawk, Eita and Kotoka) at Dragon Gate on 7/7, then defeated Don Fujii & Gamma on 7/8, and then defeated Don Fujii & Gamma again on 7/9 to go 3-0 for the week. With 12 straight wins, they are SERIOUS contenders for the #1 spot in the year-end Tag Team Top 50 this year.
#3 CIMA & Ricochet-Dragon Gate AGAIN produces multiple tag teams in the Tag Team Top 5 as this pairing defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu & Ryo “Jimmy” Saito) at Dragon Gate on 7/7, then teamed with Matt Sydal on 7/8 to defeat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu) and then defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Jimmy Susumu) on 7/9 to go 3-0 for the week. It’s 7 straight victories for this pair as CIMA & Ricochet are making themselves known as a UNIT going forward, it seems.
#4 Viking War Party (@VikingWarParty Frank Wyatt & Jake Parnell)-Outside of the Dragon Gate factions, no faction has been as consistently good as The Viking War Party in 2015. Despite that, this particular pair had not found their way into the official Tag Team Top 5 until this week. This past week Frank & Jake teamed to defeat The Hooligans and The Tryout Show Rejects in an Iron Man 3 Way Tag at IWA Mid-South on 7/10 and then teamed with fellow Viking, Alex Rudolph to defeat The Submission Squad (Evan Gelistico, Pierre Abernathy, & Gary Jay) at FIP on 7/11 to go 2-0 for the week. They also have one hell of a shirt, DVD, etc…! Tweet them and pick something up!
#5 D&D Security (Cieran Donnelly & Danny Duggan)-This UK tag team picked up a HUGE victory over the weekend when they defeated The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) on 7/12 to win the IPW: UK Tag Team Titles. The prestige of those titles, along with beating a team of that caliber helped them to squeak into the Tag Team Top 5 this week. The UK has done a magnificent job of producing tag teams over the last couple of years and this duo is no different.
People’s Champs. Tigerslayer 08 (Coleman Jackson & Krist Worthless)-UPW talent again shows up strong in the online voting competition as they defeated Jet Rebel & Jason Savior at UPW on 7/11 and then easily became People’s Champs to represent their company proudly. Congrats to them and congrats to UPW on another win in the online vote!
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Monster Express (Tozawa & Yoshino)
One Night Only
Matt Sydal & Ricochet
To Infinity & Beyond
Envy & Storm
Bucanero & el Terrible
Slim J & Yehi
The Gym Rats
The Falcon Corp
Shane Mercer & Hy Zaya
Big Business Army
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 social media accounts:
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And now, let’s move on with the rest of the awards…
MVP Of The Week:
Barbwire Blog Girl of the Week:
Cheerleader Melissa (HIV/AIDS Crusader)
Moment of the Week:
“Holy Christ Pop, there’s a full-scale invasion going on in the ring!”
That’s it for this week’s picks! Stay tuned on who wins next week!
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