- Ricochet-The Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Champion and DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Champion went back to Japan this week and well, he was flawless. Is it the Ricochet Power Rankings or the Indy Power Rankings? He has now broken the record for most times at #1 in a single calendar year. He passes Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, and Kevin Steen for the distinction. After 2 weekend wins, he is 24-5 in his last 29 matches. #9 in the online poll.
2. Melvin Maximus-At this point you can start calling the OVW TV Champion the Rodney Dangerfield of the Indy Power Rankings, because he gets no respect. Yes, he’s a former #1 and a perennial contender each week, but despite 30 straight wins, he has been #2 the last 2 weeks. He won 7 matches over the last 2 weeks, but again, didn’t get the #1 ranking. One thing that several voters have complained about is his strength of competition. Perhaps OVW will start lining up some of their top guys to run into “The Marvelous One” and we’ll see what happens. Regardless, congrats on 30 straight wins and another top 5 ranking. #6 in the online poll.
3. Drake Younger-“The Ultraviolent Golden Boy” came just short of getting his first #1 on his farewell to the indies tour. What he did accomplish, however, is he is the first person to ever win CZW’s Tournament of Death AND Best of the Best, which he accomplished on 4/12 defeating Papadon & Timothy Thatcher in a Way, AR Fox, and then Biff Busick in the finals. Unfortunately, his loss to BJ Whitmer at IWA Mid-South on 4/13 may have cost him #1, but as always, he was a class act in defeat. Indeed, thank you, Drake. #7 in the online poll.
4. Matt Cage-Despite what you might think about how amazing Drake Younger’s week appeared to be, perhaps the biggest single week came from “Money” Matt Cage. First he retained his AAW Heritage title vs. 5 other wrestlers on 4/11, then he defeated Prince Mustafa Ali on 4/12 at DREAMWAVE, before finally capping off the weekend with a HUGE win vs. Kyle O’Reilly at IWA Mid-South on 4/13. After falling out of the Top 10 last week, he has returned with a vengeance.
5. Shane Hollister-The AAW/SCW Heavyweight Champion would have likely been ranked higher on a different week, but this week was uncommon. He went 2-0 with wins vs. Jimmy Jacobs and Marshe Rockett, but unfortunately, he fell a spot due to some big success from other contenders this week. There’s no doubt “The Shug” will use this as fuel in the upcoming weeks in the quest for his 3rd #1 ranking.
6. Uhaa Nation-“The One Man Nation” remains at the same spot from last week despite a very good 3-1 weekend. He started slow as he was defeated by YAMATO at Dragon Gate on 4/8, but bounced back with a tag team win teaming with Masato Yoshino to beat Naruki Doi & BxB Hulk on 4/10. He then rattled off 2 more wins vs. Naruki Doi, BxB Hulk, and Kzy on 4/12 and Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin, Jimmy Kanda, and Jimmy Kagetora on 4/13. He has won 14 of his last 16 matches with a solid 25-12 record in 2014. He’s still in search of that elusive #1 ranking.
7. Zack Sabre, Jr.-Successful weekend for Sabre as he teamed with Yoshinari Ogawa and defeated Atsushi Kotoge & Taiji Ishimori on 4/12 to win the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Titles and Masao Inoue & Tatsumi Fujinami on 4/13 to retain the titles at NOAH. He has won 3 straight matches and 4 of 5, overall. Impressive weekend for the superstar from the UK.
8. Heidi Lovelace-Despite getting absolutely no love in the online poll, Heidi did enough to impress the official voters this week with a 5-1 record. 6 matches in the span of 4 days is impressive enough, but to win 5 of the 6 made a big impression. With wins Ian Rotten & Sabrina Sixx at EPW on 4/10, vs. Jessicka Havok & Nevaeh at AAW on 4/11, vs. Angie Skye at SHIMMER on 4/12, vs. Jessicka Havok on 4/13 at SHIMMER, and vs. The Canadian Ninjas & Jessicka Havok on 4/13 at SHIMMER, she made voters to take notice. Her only loss was to Angie Skye on 4/12 at SHIMMER.
9. Kellie Skater-1/2 of Global Green Gangsters makes his first singles appearance in the Top 10 as she went 4-0 over the weekend. Had she not lost to Kimber Lee last week, her ranking could have been even higher. While she is mostly a tag team specialist right now, 1/2 of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions tore it up this week with 3 tag team wins and a singles win vs. Nikki Storm, who was on a long winning streak until that time. Look out for her in the Tag Team Top 5 as well this week.
10. Benjamin Kimera-The former 2 time #1 in the Indy Power Rankings has won 8 straight, defeating G-Force & Revolution in 6 Man Tag Team action on 4/9 at Rockstar Pro Wrestling and vs. Matt Brannigan on 4/11. While he may not be the “biggest” name on the indies, he makes up for it with a fantastic win-loss record.
Robby Starr-NEW OCW Champion after defeating Jeff Cannon for the title on 4/12.
People’s Champion a RECORD 215 votes.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Dylan Drake-#10 in the online poll
James Anthony-#3 in the online poll
Jordynne Grace-#2 in the online poll (2nd all time with 148 votes)
Peter Schwanz-#5 in the online poll
Derek Neal-#8 in the online poll
Jock Samson-#4 in the online poll
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