For the Week of March 10th, 2014
1. Ricochet-Be honest. Regardless of what the online fan poll said, was there
really another option at #1? 16-0 carries a lot of weight, especially in a promotion like Dragon Gate. Read that again. Ricochet WENT 16-0 ON THIS TOUR OF DRAGON GATE. This week he was 4-0 where on 3/5 he beat Gamma at DG, 3/6 he defeated Uhaa Nation, 3/8 he beat T-Hawk, and 3/9 he defeated Genki Horiguchi & Jimmy Susumu in a tag team match. There was simply no one that has even come close to this type of success in the last 3 weeks. His threepeat was inevitable. #2 in the online poll.
2. Caleb Konley-All he does is win recently. The PWX and WrestleForce Champion went to CZW on Saturday 3/8 and once again did, just that. He defeated Alexander James to extend his winning streak. It appears that his last loss was on February 8th, 2014. With as active as he has been (never taking a weekend off), that is truly an impressive feat. #5 in the online poll.
3. Adam Cole-The ROH World Champion, quite frankly, has had a mediocre year by his standards (in terms of wins-losses). This week, he righted the ship with 2 big wins at ROH as he successfully defended his title, not once, but twice. First he defeated Matt Taven to retain the title and then followed that up with a victory vs. Chris Hero in a Ringmaster’s Challenge to once again retain. He’s still just 3-2 in singles matches in 2014. #3 in the online poll.
4. Aaron Williams-The Rockstar Pro Champion dispelled the argument that he only wrestles once a week and furthered his point that he is the “Baddest Man Alive” after wrestling 3 matches and winning all 3. He was 3-0 this week with wins in a tag team matchvs. Dave Crist and Alan Wasalychyn, Jake Crist (to retain), and Brian Beech at WAR Wrestling. He’s looking to grab his first #1 ranking and with as consistent as he’s been lately, it’s hard to doubt him. Tied at #10 in the online poll.
5. Melvin Maximus-The OVW TV Champion continues to do nothing but win. This week it was 2 more victories for the champ as he defeated Tony Gunn to retain the title on 3/5. He added to that with a win vs. Bud Dwight on 3/7. He has won more than 7 straight matches and continues to roll as he looks to get the first #1 ranking for an OVW TV Champion since Randy Royal last year. Tied at #10 in the online poll.
6. James Anthony-The AIWF World Cruiserweight Champion defeated Mason Myles on 3/8 to once again retain the title. He has now won 5 straight matches. On top of that, he has dominated the online poll for 2 weeks straight. If he wants to call himself the “People’s Champ”, can anyone make a solid argument? Every week he has the online polling votes. Props to him.
7. Alex Castle-1/2 of the DREAMWAVE Tag Team Champions went 3-0 over the weekend to return to the Indy Power Rankings for the first time in 2014. It was a huge weekend for Castle as he defeated B-Boy at UWC, Danny Cannon and Angelus Layne in a 3 Way at SNPW, and was declared the winner at IWA Mid-South vs. Frank Wyatt (the other winner), Tripp Cassidy, and Zakk Sawyers. Castle is looking to become #1 for the first time much like the crew he’s connected to by many indy wrestling fans (Matt Cage, Christian Rose, and Shane Hollister). #6 in the online poll.
8. Drew Gulak-The former #1 in the Indy Power Rankings and current CZW World Champion did what he has done since 8/10/13 when he won the title…he won. He has won 3 of 4 matches after beating former EVOLVE Champion AR Fox on 3/8 to retain the title. Next up for Gulak: 2 big title defenses at FIP in Florida. #7 in the online poll.
9. Flex Armstrong-The BTW Heavyweight Champion was 3-0 on the weekend and 4-0-1 the last 2 weeks. This weekend he beat Slyck Wagner Brown, Matt Hardy, and Bam Shaw to retain the title on 3/7. He then defeated Gregory Edwards and The Modern Day Savages on 3/8. He has not lost since 3/15/13 (a DQ loss to Chris Masters). Has held the title since 6/1/12. He has been as dominant as any champion on the indies, when active. Unranked in the online poll.
10. Da Fireman- The Flatline Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion went 4-0 at APW Royson and Peach State Wrestling this week, defeating The Lethal Dose Stryknyn, Brandon Parker, The Korean Ken Lee, and Kevin Blue. 6-0 over the last 2 weeks. #3 in the online poll.
1st Honorable Mention. Ryan Howe-2 more big wins this week at OVW. Has not lost since December of 2013.
2nd Honorable Mention. Kahagas-Retained his NWA North American Title once again over the weekend. Has not lost in months.
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