For the Week of February 24th, 2014
1. Ricochet-“You can only keep a King down for so long.” Wise words from one of our official voters as the 2013 Dragon Gate King of Gate dominated another weekend and could not be denied this week by the voters. With a record of 10-0 on this Dragon Gate tour and a record of 3-0 this weekend,“The Future of Flight” proved that he was the present by getting his first #1 ranking of 2014. #3 in the online poll.
2. JT Dunn-Another week and another pair of victories for the NEFW U.S. Champion. First he teamed with girlfriend Shelly Martinez to score a win at RPW. The next night he put his title on the line and defeated AJ Cruise,Anthony Gangone,and David Cole to retain. This is his 2 nd straight week at #2. When will “The Juice” grab his first #1 ranking?The fan support is certainly there. #4 in the online poll.
3. Johnny Gargano-The DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Champion had perhaps the most impressive weekend by going 2-0 with successful title defenses vs. Trent ? & Roderick Strong. Gargano is a former 5 time #1 in the Indy Power Rankings and after a weekend like that,he’s looking to return to that spot in the very near future. #5 in the online poll.
4. Christian Rose-The DREAMWAVE Champion extended his 3 week record to 7-0 after a victory over Mason Beck at Funky Munky Wrestling. While he has yet to lose since being ranked #1,with everyone else having multiple matches this week,“The Bitter Lunatic” was a casualty of a busy weekend. He’ll have chances to get back into the #1 spot in the very near future. #10 in the online poll.
5. Caleb Konley-The former #1 in the Indy Power Rankings swept the weekend once again as he picked up to big wins at DGUSA. First he defeated international exotic star Yosuke Santa Maria. He followed that up with a submission victory over Tim Donst to polish off the weekend with a 2-0 record. The PWX and WrestleForce Champion has yet to reach #1 this year,but he is continuing to put together an impressive record. Certainly a #1 ranking can’t be far off. Did not make the Top 10 in the online poll.
6. Michael Elgin-Hard to believe that “Unbreakable” would drop 2 spots after an unblemished weekend,but this wasn’t your typical weekend. With so many people going 2-0,Elgin going 1-0-1 may have hurt his status this week. A victory over Raymond Rowe (a former #1) was very impressive,but the Time Limit Draw vs. AJ Styles probably influenced voters slightly. The AIW Absolute Champion is as active as anyone in the Top 10 and you can expect him to continue to be seen in the Indy Power Rankings for the rest of 2014. #7 in the online poll.
7. Tommaso Ciampa-The ROH TV Champion has been noticeably absent from the Top 10 for quite some time,but this week,he came through with two very impressive victories as he retained his title vs. Hanson on 2/21 and Jay Lethal on 2/22. “The Sicilian Psychopath” is on a path of destruction right now. He has yet to reach #1 and one would think that goal is a very distinct possibility from becoming a reality, especially with title defenses in the UK scheduled in the near future. Did not make the Top 10 in the online poll.
8. Jake Dirden-The Dynamo Pro Champion continued his consistent success over the weekend (and at DPW on 2/18) as he came away with 2 victories this week once again. He remains at #8 after proving yet again that he DOES NOT LOSE. Look it up. A No Contest?Maybe. A loss? Rare and almost unheard of. Did not make the Top 10 in the online poll.
9. Kevin Steen-After a slow start to 2014,the former ROH World Champion picked up the pace and now gets into the Indy Power Rankings after two victories over the weekend. First he defeated Cliff Compton in a Philadelphia Street Fight on 2/21. He then scored a DQ victory over Homicide on 2/22. Steen,a former 5 time #1,has some work to do if he wants to get back to the status he enjoyed in early 2013. #8 in the online poll.
10. Hercules Gomez-Not familiar with this name?Time to get familiar. He now OWNS the state of Florida after defeating Lince Dorado for the SCW Florida Heavyweight Title on 2/21 at BELIEVE 66 and then following that up on 2/22 at RIOT Pro Wrestling with a victory over RIOT Heavyweight Champion Rhett Giddins to become the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Florida. He crushed the competition in the online poll with an easy #1 ranking by the fans.
1st Honorable Mention. James Anthony-The AIWF Cruiserweight Champion made another successful title defense vs. Chris Lea. 2 nd in the online poll.
2 nd Honorable Mention. Marcus Anthony-OVW Heavyweight Champ was 2-0 this week with wins vs. Robbie Walker and Eddie Diamond. Did not make the Top 10 in the online poll.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Devin Thomas (6 th in the online poll)
Trevor Lee (9 th in the online poll)