Friday, February 15, 2019

Top 5 US Indie Teams That You're Sleeping On

The US independent scene is so vast that sometimes some real talent gets ignored despite their abilities. That said, I wanted to take a moment and recognize five tag teams in the states that I think far too many people are sleeping on. While the Bucks and Lucha  Bros might arguably be the best in the world, the following pairs are world-class workers that just haven't had the same luck with exposure and are long overdue to breakout.

-The Gym Nasty Boys
This is in no particular order, but I had to start with the GNB! Timmy Lou Retton and White Mike are sincerely one of the most entertaining teams that you'll ever see, mixing ring awareness and ability with a touch of comedy here and there. They are currently holding gold in Illinois promotion, The Resistance, and have also held tag straps in IWA Mid-South and FEST Wrestling. Though they are a relatively new group, they have developed as partners quickly and can steal the show on any card they're put on.

Check them out:

-The Dawson Brothers
Another pair that I see people sleeping on have actually been working as a tag team for over ten years. These meat-and-potato boys are solid hands that work well and carry the right look if you're seeking an intimidating team. Dave and Zane Dawson currently hold the AML Tag belts and recently carried the CWF Mid-Atlantic championships as well.

Check them out:


-The Heatseekers
For half a decade, the Heatseekers have been one of the most consistent teams in wrestling. Elliot Russell and Sigmon work well as solo talents as well as partners, which is one of their biggest strengths. Since 2014, the Heatseekers have had 12 runs with gold around their waists as a team, most notably in the former NWA Smoky Mountain, now known as Innovate Wrestling. They were also the most recent NWA World Tag Champs before the belts were vacated due to the change ups that NWA is currently going through.

Check them out:


-The Ugly Ducklings
I'll use that last match link as a segue. The Ugly Ducklings are insane in all of the right ways. Lance Lude and Rob Killjoy are as entertaining as they are athletic and are capable of getting over anywhere they work. They are so respected that two of the other duos here picked matches against them as their favorites for me to share with you all. So far, PWX, Rockstar Pro, Innovate, and FEST have been smart enough to strap gold of them. They are also currently trios champs with part-time Duck, Colby Corino, son of legend Steve Corino , in North Carolina's PWF promotion. Ringside assistant and occasional partner for six-man matches, Coach Mikey, is also a member.

Check them out:


-The Legion of Rot
I had to close on the Legion of Rot. Hallowicked and Frightmare have continued to be one of the best teams in the world that no one is talking about, which is exactly what this article is all about. Sadly, CHIKARA is such a niche brand that some of their best talents get forgotten by a majority of wrestling fans. It likely doesn't help that most of the roster sticks to working CHIKARA only, but the recent Beyond shows have helped expose them a bit more. The Legion of Rot, with Hallowicked, Frightmare, and their minion of evil, Kobald, are sincerely worth giving a shot like everyone else here and I hope that this article has helped you find a new favorite tag team.

Check them out:

*Note that all matches presented were actually recommended by the talents featured in this article outside of the recommended Duckling match. Killjoy had actually picked the same match as Retton of the Gym Nasty Boyz so I picked another encounter between the two teams and Kobald had picked the match above because it was the only full Legion of Rot match on YouTube. Please show them some love and check out more of their work after viewing the linked videos.

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