#1 Tommy End (@TommyEnd)-After a great 2014 and not yet being ranked in 2015, he grabs his first #1 ranking, as for the 2nd year straight, the winner of the wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament grabs the #1 ranking following the tournament. The ICWA and FCP Champion defeated Chris Sabin at wXw in the first round of the 16 Carat Gold Tournament, then on 3/7 defeated Andrew Everett in the quarterfinals, then on 3/8 defeated Absolute Andy in the semifinals, and then finally beat Alex Dieter Jr in the final to go 4-0 for the week. Congratulations to Tommy End for winning the 16 K Gold Tournament AND on his first ever #1 ranking!
#2 John Wayne Murdoch (@johnmurdoch25)-He is the NEW CCW Hardcore Champion after defeating Jake Parnell for the vacant title. That same night, he teamed with Reed Bentley to once again defeat the former multiple time People’s Champs/#1’s in the Tag Team Top 5 in Team IOU. He also defeated Dewey Barnes on 3/6 at RTW, which made his record 3-0 for the week. Good weekend for “The Duke of Death Matches” as he prepares for IWA’s Lethal Lottery coming up on and then he’ll team with Reed Bentley to take on The Hooligans on 3/15 for the first time in 7+ years. Time will tell if the master of the Deep South Destroyer can build on this ranking after this week.
#3 AR Fox-He is the NEW DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion as he defeated his rival Shynron for the gold on 3/7. He followed that up with a much-heralded victory over Matt Cage in his debut at EVOLVE 38 on 3/8. A 2-0 weekend for one of the best talents on the U.S. indies gets him into the Top 10 for the first time this year after some struggles in 2014. 2013 was most definitely his year. Can he make 2015 his year like he did in 2013? We’ll have to wait and see, but he’s off to a pretty good start.
#4 Ilja Dragunov-Despite not getting support in the online voting competition, the NEW wXw Shotgun Champion defeated Bad Bones John Klinger on 3/7 in a Vladivostok Rules match to win the title in a HUGE upset. He then defeated Axel Tischer on 3/8 to retain the title and go 2-0 for the week. It was a great week for a guy who a lot of people are shocked to see in the Top 10 this week, but yet again, the Indy Power Rankings prove to be truly international. The win over Klinger was particularly strong as Klinger has been absolutely DOMINANT in Europe this year (and last year).
#5 Chase Owens (@nwachaseowens)-The former NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion jumps back into the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 in a big way after he defeated Corey Hollis at CW on 3/7, then beat Timmy Lou Rhetton on 3/8, and then finally beat Lou Marconi at CWS on 3/8 to go 3-0 on the weekend and win the CWS Legacy Title. Fantastic weekend for the #10 in the 2014 IPR 100. This is actually his first ranking in 2015, so he’ll need to pick up some more wins and perhaps some more titles to build on this and head back to the #1 spot which he visited several times in 2014.
#6 Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90)-Although her success this week was strictly in tags, give her major props as she is ½ of the Tag Team Champions (with 2 different partners) in both WSU and SHINE after teaming with Cherry Bomb on 3/6 to beat Legendary to win the titles. She has won both of those sets of tag team titles over the last 3 weeks, becoming perhaps the only women on the indies to hold two different sets of tag team titles with 2 different partners. She also teamed with Jervis Cottonbelly at Chikara on 3/7 to beat The Colony (Fire Ant & Worker Ant), The Wrecking Crew (Flex Rumblecrunch & Jaka) and Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Jakob Hammermeier & Pinkie Sanchez) in a four-way elimination. It’s been a very good 2015 so far for unquestionably one of the best female wrestlers in the world and one of the best in the world, in general. She actually ended up losing an 8 man tag on 3/8 but the odds swung in her favor to sneak her in this week.
#7 Roderick Strong (@RoderickStrong)-The PWG and FIP World Champion continued that success as he defeated the EVOLVE Champion, Drew Galloway in a non-title Steel Cage Match on 3/8. 2015 has truly been a resurgence for a guy that has been one of the best in the world for YEARS on the indies. While he’s not now a TRIPLE Champion, he certainly has to be one of the top contenders to the EVOLVE title going forward. Can he add a third title to his collection this year? We shall see.
#8 Dominic Brackner-Germany produced a lot of great talent this week in the Top 10 and Dominic Brackner was no exception as he received his first spot in the Top 10. He defeated Eric Schwarz in the first round of the wXw Ambition Tournament, then defeated Axel Tischer in the semifinals the same night and then defeated Jon Ryan in the final to win the tournament and go 3-0 for the week. With three wins and a tournament victory this past week, there was little doubt that he would make the Top 10. Now that he has cracked the Top 10, he has a chance to really build on it going forward.
#9 Kai-The Wrestle-1 Champion teamed with Andy Wu, Hiroshi Yamato & Ryota Hama on 3/7 to defeat Desperado (El Hijo del Pantera, Koji Doi, Masayuki Kono & TAJIRI) and then defeated Keiji Mutoh on 3/8 to win the title. Big week for Kai as he picks up one of the top titles in Japan AND cracks the Top 10 for the very first time. 2015 has proven that Japan and the talent there are major players in the Indy Power Rankings, whether it be in the Top 10 or Tag Team Top 5.
#10 Axel Dieter Jr.-The wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament runner-up cracks the Top 10 with a 3-2 record and becomes one of the few with that type of record to actually get into the Top 10 on the same week. It speaks to the prestige of the 16 K Tournament that the runner-up in the tournament actually got ranked, but look at who he beat and you’ll understand why that is. The Great Bear Champion and 1/2 of EWP Tag Team Champs defeated Timmothy Thatcher at wXw in the first round of the 16 Carat Gold Tournament, then lost to Axel Tischer by DQ on 3/7 in the first round of the Ambition Tournament, then defeated Marty Scurll in the quarterfinals of the 16 Carat Gold Cup, then defeated Zack Sabre Jr on 3/8 in the semifinals of the cup, and then lost in the final to Tommy End to go 3-2 for the week
People’s Champ. Delilah Hayden (@Delilah_Hayden)-The online voting competition was an absolute WAR this past week as Delilah Hayden narrowly defeated Luxford 187 votes to 181 to win the competition after she became the NEW WAW Champion when she defeated Barry Ace, Buck DeRais, Thomas Andrews, Paul Clement, Freddy Fog, Nachos, Tacos, Hex, Nagasaki in a battle royal on 3/7; then defeated “The Boricua Brawler” Andres Reyes, Kevin Gyles and Derrick Conway the same night to win the title and go 2-0 for the week. We hope to see much, much more from her as the year moves along.
Honorable Mention. Ken’ichiro Arai-1/2 of NEW King of Freedoms Tag Team Champions; teamed with GENTARO on 3/5 at Freedoms to win the title, then teamed with Shachihoko BOY at Dragon Gate on 3/6 to beat Super Shisa and “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa;, then teamed with PSYCHO and Mushuku no “Sekiko” at Heat Up on 3/7 to beat Kazuhiro Tamura, Amigo Suzuki and Shoichi Uchida to go 3-0 for the week.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Luxford-#2 in the online voting competition with 181 votes
Pyro-#3 in the online voting competition with 98 votes
Brandon Aarons-#4 in the online voting competition with 66 votes
Tylor Sundae-#5 in the online voting competition with 33 votes
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