The Barbwire Blog Weekly Awards For July 26, 2015
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:
Seth Rollins & The Authority
Seth is like; “3-Time winner?! This calls for a celebration!”
But Triple H is like; “Seth, you do realize it’s the Paranoid Dope of the Week award, right?”
Match Of The Week:
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Cena fought with a broken nose and still won!)
Angry Guy Of The Week:
Good Guy Of The Week:
Triple H (Good Guy or not, he gave us some great matches this week)
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 20, 2015. Now, on with the countdown!
Indy Power Rankings for the Week of July 27th, 2015
#1 Will Ospreay (@WillOspreay)-In another surprising week, we have a NEW first-time #1 as the UK came strong this week in both the online voting competition and the official vote. The NEW Progress Champion (and RPW British Cruiserweight Champion) snags his first #1 ranking after he defeated Chris Ridgeway at SWA on 7/25 and then followed that up with a big upset victory vs. Jimmy Havok to win the Progress Title. A 2-0 weekend and 8 wins of his last 11 matches gets him the top spot this week despite some heavy competition all over the ballot. Congrats to one of the UK’s finest on his first #1!
#2 Mary Elizabeth Monroe (@WrestlerMEM)-What a fantastic week for one of the most consistent female talents on the indies today. With a 3-0 week, she earned her ranking this week. The MCW Fighting Spirit Champion and VOW Queen of the Ring defeated The Bodyguy at OVW on 7/24 and then followed that up with wins vs. Samantha Heights at JCW and Katarina Waters at Heroes and Legends to run her winning streak to 10 matches. She got multiple votes at #1 by the official voters and collected 54 votes in the online voting competition, but barely missed out on her first official #1 this year. Aside from Santana Garrett, no female in the U.S. has been as dominant or as consistent as her this year.
#3 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-Despite not quite having the collection of titles he once held, Galloway took his ICW World Heavyweight Title back to the UK where he defeated Rhino on 7/25 to retain the title and then beat Big Damo on 7/26 to retain the title. With a solid 2-0 weekend and all of the prestige to his credit (and titles for that matter) Galloway grabs yet another ranking this year to continue the chase for #1 in the year-end IPR 100. With TNA dates, etc… upcoming, it may hinder him a bit on the indies, but there’s no doubt that he’s still just as good as he was in the early parts of the year.
#4 Trevor Lee (@TLee910)-The Omega Heavyweight Champion and ½ of the CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions grabs one of his highest rankings to date as he defeated Tommaso Ciampa at PWG on 7/24, then then teamed with Chet Sterling at CWF Mid Atlantic to defeat Zane & Dave Dawson by DQ to retain the titles, and then teamed with Chet Sterling, Andrew Everett & Brad Attitude the same night to defeat Ethan Case, Elijah Evans IV, Roy Wilkins and Kamikazi Kid to go 3-0 for the week. If 2014 wasn’t his breakout year, then 2015 is absolutely the year where people all over the country take notice of this rising star.
#5 Russ Jones-“Big” Russ Jones FINALLY gets himself an official ranking. It’s long overdue as the big man has been dominating the competition in the Midwest for quite some time, but he added to those wins as he took his MCPW Undisputed Title and defeated Jeff King to retain the title on 7/24. He then won a Battle Royal at Heroes and Legends before scoring one of the biggest wins of his career vs. Kongo Kong to go 3-0 on the week. Look out for Russ Jones as he’s as good as any big man on the indies right now.
#6 Speedball Mike Bailey (@SpeedballBailey)-The former #1 and 2015 CZW Best of the Best returns to the Top 10 with 2 of the biggest wins of the entire weekend. The IWS World Heavyweight Champion went to PWG on 7/24 where he scored the upset over Chris Hero and then flew across the country to Rhode Island where he defeated Danny Cannon at Beyond Wrestling on 7/26. A 2-0 weekend gets Bailey his first ranking since winning Best of the Best. More to come?
#7 Chardonnay (@Chardonnay_pro)-It was a great weekend for Chardonnay as she scores her first Top 10 ranking after winning the Empress Pro Invitational for 2015 on 7/26. She beat Courtenay in the semi-finals at Empress Pro on 7/25, then beat Addy Starr & Kay Lee Ray in the Finals to win the Tournament. She then beat Violet Vendetta at FSW on 7/26 to go 3-0 for the week, once again proving that females deserve to be mentioned right along with the males on our lists.
#8 Jody Kristofferson (@JodyWarpig)-1/2 of the WCW Tag Team Champions gets his first ranking as he won the Warriors Way Tournament on 7/26 at PWB. He beat Jeff Cobb in the first round, then beat Brian Cage in the semi-finals, and finally beat Bobby Hart in the finals to win the Tournament. His 3-0 week could have gotten him a #1 ranking on other weeks, but this week was chalk full of various competitors who had huge, flawless weeks. That being said, Kristofferson could easily get ranked again if he can continue this momentum.
#9 Mio-Shirai (@mioshirai2014)-The Oz Academy Openweight Champion, UPW Fly to Everywhere Champion and 1/2 of Wave, Ice Ribbon and Oz Academy Tag Team Champions teamed with Misaki Ohata at Wave on 7/20 to draw with Ryo Mizunami and Hiroyo Matsumoto, then teamed with Tsukasa Fujimoto at Ice Ribbon on 7/22 to defeat Akane Fujita and Aoi Kizuki, then Mayumi Ozaki & Misaki Ohata at Ozabu Zen on 7/25 to defeat Hikaru Shida, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Ryo Mizunami; then teamed with Tsukushi at Ice Ribbon the same day to beat Akane Fujita and Aoi Kizuki; then teamed with Tank Nagai at YMZ on 7/26 to draw with Kaori Yoneyama & Kengo Mashimo, then defeated Kaori Yoneyama the same day in a sumo match, and then teamed with Io Shirai at Stardom the same day to beat Hiroyo Matsumoto and Mayu Iwatani to go 5 wins, 2 draws for the week. She is undefeated in her last 12 matches (10 wins, 2 draws).
#10 Masato Tanaka-After being ranked #2 last week, Tanaka strangely falls 8 spots after going 3-0 for the week, but that definitely speaks to the level of competition this past week. He teamed with Shingo Takagi at Dragon Gate on 7/20 to defeat BxB Hulk and Big R Shimizu, then teamed with Dynamite Kasai at Zero1 on 7/24 to defeat Aja Kong & Jason Lee, and then teamed with Atsushi Onita & Hideki Hosaka at Zero-1 on 7/25 to defeat Yoshihiro Takayama, NOSAWA Rongai, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface in a 4 on 3 handicap match to go 3-0 for the week. In 2015, Tanaka is STILL making waves and has won 11 straight matches.
Honorable Mention. Weedman (Dysfunction)-JCW Heavyweight Champion (and 1/2 of ACW Tag Team Champions); defeated Hy-Zaya at JCW in a Marijuana Mayhem Match on 7/24; then defeated 2 Tuff Tony and Matt Hardy to retain the title on 7/25 to go 2-0 for the week; has won 6 of his last 10 matches.
People’s Champ. Lightning Bolt Johnson-It was another strong week for Lightning Bolt Johnson as he racked up an INSANE 592 votes to defeat Alex Titan (among others) in the online voting competition. The NEW SPW Heavyweight Champion teamed with Hardcore Holly & Tank to defeat JD Smooth, KC Huber and Chris Phoenix at H&LW on 7/25; then defeated Dru Skillz and Scott Steiner on 7/26 to win the title and go 2-0 for the week.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Zack Sabre Jr.
Jon Hudson-#3 in the online voting competition with 112 votes
Tank-#4 in the online voting competition with 81 votes
Blake Edward Belakis
Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of July 27th, 2015
#1 Killer Elite Squad (@KEliteSquad Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer/Hoyt)-This was almost a complete sweep this week as they dominated the official voting. The GHC and NWA World Tag Team Champions claimed their second #1 ranking this year after they teamed with Minoru Suzuki & Taka Michinoku at NOAH on 7/22 to defeat Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura, Mohammed Yone and Hitoshi Kumano, then teamed with Taichi & Taka Michinoku on 7/24 to defeat Mohammed Yone, Akitoshi Saito, Ken-o and Hajime Ohara, then defeated Mikey Nicholls and Quiet Storm on 7/25, and then teamed with Shelton Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki on 7/26 to defeat Akitoshi Saito, Mikey Nicholls, Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Quiet Storm to go 4-0 for the week. This #1 ranking will likely play a huge part in the current standings of the Tag Team Top 50 for 2015.
#2. People’s Champs. Team IOU (@TeamIOU Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-“The Music City Mutt” Kerry Awful and “The Magic Man” Nick Iggy grabbed yet another People’s Champs award this week as they won the online voting competition with 113 votes. That being said, even without winning the online vote, they had the #2 spot locked up this week after the PGP Tag Team Champions defeated Jeremiah Plunkett & Brett Ison at SWF on 7/24 and then beat High Level Enterprise on 7/26 at High Risk Wrestling to go 2-0 on the week. “A boy and his dog” continued to climb the ranks of this year’s Tag Team Top 50 with this ranking.
#3 Sumerian Death Squad (Tommy End & Michael Dante)-The former #1’s return to the Tag Team Top 5 this week as the Progress Tag Team Champions defeated The Hunter Brothers (Jim & Lee Hunter) on 7/26 to retain the titles. This tag team has been absolutely tearing it up in Europe as of late and we can only hope with Tommy End making appearances in the United States that a teaming with Michael Dante somewhere in North America can’t be too far off. One of Europe’s top tag teams just continues to impress with yet another ranking this week.
#4 Death by Elbow (Chris Hero & JT Dunn)-It’s another ranking for this tag team as they continue their roll at Beyond Wrestling with a victory vs. The Young Bucks in what has to be considered an upset on 7/26. If this team can start teaming other places outside of just Beyond Wrestling, they can really become a threat in the Tag Team Top 50. At the mid-year update they were hanging around the #50 spot, but with this ranking, they get a chance to build on their ranking for the year. After beating one of the best tag teams in the world, what’s next for Hero & Dunn as a unit?
#5 The Models (Danny Hope & Joey Hayes)-We get our second European tag team in the Tag Team Top 5 this week after the BPW Tag Team Champions and FSW Tag Team Champions defeated The British Lions at BPW on 7/25 to retain the titles and then beat Robert Sharpe & Stevie Mitchell at FSW on 7/26 in a non-title match to go 2-0 for the week. It was between them and Mad Blankey for the #5 spot and they just SLIGHTLY edged them out for their very first ranking. Congrats to them!
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Trevor Lee & Chet Sterling
CIMA, Don Fujii, & Gamma
Team Dream Futures
NPC-#2 in the online voting competition with 103 votes
No Direction-#3 in the online voting competition with 56 votes
El Excentrico & El Ligero
Garden State Gods
Kings of the North
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:
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Barbwire Blog Girl of the Week:
Cheerleader Melissa (Her 2nd Solo win this year!)
Moment of the Week:
Rest in peace, Hot Rod.
That’s it for this week’s picks! Stay tuned on who wins next week!
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