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The 2021 INDY MOVEMENT Top 50

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

So a handful of years ago we started something called THE INDY MOVEMENT Top 50. And over the last couple years we have neglected to do it do to not enough help, bad planning and no resources but this year we came back hard. We have a team, we've partnered up with pages and brands and we started earlier to make sure this Top 50 was accurate, diverse and informal. Maybe you will find some new wrestlers that will later become your new faves, maybe we'll remind you of some great talents you haven't heard in a while, who knows? All we know is we worked hard to showcase many wrestlers in this article and constantly updated the standings and then took the Top 50 names from the ever growing list at the end of the year. Men and Women, All over the world who had the best year on the Independent scene? Let's find out!


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50. ( 18 - 23 ) Erica Leigh


Current PWM champion. Notable wins over Killian McMurphy, Jordan Blade, JGeorge


49.( 27 - 26 ) Trish Adora

Current PAWDWC champion. Notable wins over Suge D, Jordan Blade and Davienne


48. ( 26 - 12 ) Mysterious Q

Notable wins over Mike Bennett, Izzy James, Jordan Oliver


47. ( 26- 19 ) Anthony Greene

Current FIP Heritage champion. Notable wins over Kevin Ku, Atticus Cogar and Eddie Edwards


46. ( 25 - 15 ) Kongo Kong

Winner of Survival of the biggest. Notable wins over Zodiak, Satu Jinn and Shane Mercer


45. ( 31 - 6 ) Justin Kyle

Current RPW champion. Notable wins over Larry D, Brett Ison, Isaiah Broner


44. ( 30 - 14 ) Darius Carter

Current ACE champion & WOW champion. Notable wins over Azrieal and Hoodfoot



43. ( 18 - 5 ) Adam Brooks

Current MCW Champion, STW champion and RCW Emerald Criwn champion. Notable wins over Robbie Eagles, Caveman Ugg and Slex


42. ( 28 - 19 ) AC Mack

Notable wins over Timmy Lou Retton, Alan Angels and Anthony Henry


41. ( 28 - 28 ) Shane Mercer

Notable wins over Sadika, Shlak and Bryan Keith


40. ( 29 - 23 ) Jordan Blade


Current PWM Women's champion & PPW Super Middleweight champion. Notable wins over Becca, Allie Katch and Masha Slammovich


39. ( 23 - 30) Ashton Starr

Current AWE and SHW Tag Team champion. Notable wins over Cabana Man Dan, AC Mack and Rey Fury


38. ( 30 - 222 ) Cabana Man Dan

Notable wins over Jaden Newman, Suge D and Danhausen


37. ( 25 - 31 ) Allie Katch

Notable wins over Trish Adora, Effy and Hyan


36. ( 36 - 50 ) Cole Radrick

Current Unsanctioned Pro Heavyweight champion. Notable wins over Everett Cross, Danhausen and Jordan Oliver.


35. ( 31 - 30 ) Dale Patricks


Current AWR Heavyweight champion. Notable wins over Justin Kyle, Mickie Knuckles and John Wayne Murdoch.

34. ( 12 - 12 ) Daniel Makabe

Current DOA Pure champion. Notable wins over Jaden Newman, Damyan Tangra and Nicole Matthews


33. ( 31 - 26 ) Wheeler Yuta

Notable wins over Tracy Williams, Leyla Hirsch and Killian McMurphy


32. ( 19 - 27 ) Robert Martyr

Current GSW Next Gen champion. Notable wins over Billie Starkz, Gio Galvano and Tony Deppen


31. ( 104 - 27 ) Yamato

Current DragonGate Open The Dreamgate champion. Notable wins over BxB Hulk, Kota Minoura and Kaito Ishida


30. ( 33 - 37 ) Colby Corino


Current Catalyst Wrestling champion. Notable wins over Homicide, Jordan Oliver and Steve Corino


29. ( 27 - 20 ) Davey Richards

Current PWR Tag Team champion. Notable wins over KC Navarro, Ace Austin and Larry D


28. ( 32 - 8 ) Megan Bayne

Current ICW Women's champion. Notable wins over Christina Marie, Davienne, Masha Slammovich.


27. ( 32 - 30 ) Skye Blue

Current AAW Women's champion and Zero1 USA Women's champion. Notable wins over Allysin Kaye, Billie Starkz and Zoey Skye


26. ( 35 - 34 ) Jordan Oliver

Notable wins over Jimmy Jacobs, Aj Gray and a 120 minute match against Tony Deppen


25. ( 29 - 9 ) Nagisa Nozaki

Current WAVE Regina Di Wave champion. Notable wins over Itsuki Aoki, Hikari Shimizu and a huge time limit draw against Takumi Iroha


24. ( 35 - 14 ) AJ Gray

Current SUP Bonestorm champion & West Coast Pro champion. Notable wins over JD Drake, Jacob Fatu and Alexander Hammerstone


23. ( 37 - 26 ) Calvin Tankman

Current Freelance Underground champion & Paradigm Pro Midwest champion. Notable wins over Alex Kane,  Project Monix and Jordan Oliver


22. ( 24 - 9 ) Joshua Bishop

Notable wins over Jake Something, Kaplan and Matthew Justice


21. ( 38 - 26 ) Matthew Justice

Current Horror Slam Tag champion. Notable wins over Psycho Clown, Mysterious Q and tag wins over Bussy and GRaver & Jimmy Lloyd


20. ( 30 - 38 ) Jake Something


Current Black Label Pro champion. Notable wins over Effy, Myron Reed and Hakim Zane.


19. ( 32 - 40) Billie Starkz

Current Girl Fight champion. Notable wins over Mickie Knuckles, Jodie Threat and Effy


18. ( 22 - 12 ) JT Dunn

Notable wins over Lee Moriarty, Mike Verna, Anthony Henry, Christian Casanova and recently won control of Chaotic wrestling from Chase Del Monte


17. ( 38 - 39 ) Effy

Current AWE tag team champion. Notable wins over Sadika, Matt Cardona and Mike Bennett


16. ( 49 - 19 ) Miyu Yamashita

Current TJPW Princess of Princess champion. Notable wins over Rika Tatsumi and Maki Itoh.


15. ( 47 - 47 ) Masha Slammovich

Currently GSW women's champion & GSW soul of syndicate champion. Notable wins over Atticus Cogar, G Raver and Allysin Kay


14. ( 35 - 25 ) Alec Price

Currently the Limitless wrestling champion. Noteable wins over Anthony Greene, Eddie Edwards and Kevin Ku


13. ( 41 - 17 ) Alex Kane

Current MLW National Openweight champion. Won Wrestling United Survival games match and the SUP Incantation gauntlet


12. ( 34 - 41 ) Lee Moriarty

Notable wins over Loredo Kid, Anthony Greene and Joey Janela


11. ( 26 - 15 ) Bryan Keith

Current New Texas Pro champion. Notable wins over Mysterious Q, Davey Richards and AJ Gray


10. ( 46 - 28 ) Becca


Current Chaotic Wrestling Pan Optic champion. Notable wins over Jordan Blade, Jody Threat and even beat Brad Cashew in 31secs


9. ( 29 - 15 ) MV Young

Current Fest wrestling champion, Enjoy wrestling champion and Wrestlers Lab champion. Notable wins over Anthony Gangone, Trish Adora, Kevin Ku and Effy


7 ( 36 - 16 ) Rok C

Currently the Sabotage war of the genders champion & Ring Of Honor women's champion. Notable wins over Raychell Rose, Trish Adora and Killer Kelly


8. ( 49 - 25 ) Atticus Cogar

Notable wins over Mad Man Pondo, Masada, Louie Ramos and Jordan Oliver


7 ( 36 - 16 ) Rok-C

Currently the Sabotage war of the genders champion & Ring Of Honor women's champion. Notable wins over Raychell Rose, Trish Adora and Killer Kelly


6. ( 50 - 40 ) Jake Crist

Current Clash Champion, IWA World champion & IWA Junior heavyweight champion. Notable wins over Larry D, Masada and Kongo Kong.


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5. ( 54 - 27 ) Chris Dickinson

has been killing it on the independent scene as well as with NJPW Strong and ROH. Whether Singles competitor or Tag competitor, 2021 was very good to Dickinson. Currently holding the UWN championship and even holding Notable wins over Jacob Fatu, 2 Cold Scorpio and Bryan Keith.


4. ( 10 - 5 ) Alex Shelley

After taking a hiatus from Impact wrestling at beginning of the pandemic, Alex Shelly has made his return to pro wrestling. Shelly has had one hell of a return this year defeating Wheeler Yuta for the IWTV title and putting on classics ever since. In 2021 he had big wins over the likes of Daniel Makabe, Wheeler Yuta, Jonathan Gresham and John Wayne Murdoch.


3. ( 28 - 29 ) Daniel Garcia

The beginning of 2021 belonged to Daniel Garcia. So many big matches, opportunities and milestones this year. He even got a job with AEW where he can still kill it on the indies. Garcia had great matches against Anthony Greene, Lee Moriarty, JD Drake & Christian Casanova


2. ( 26 - 10 ) Alexander Hammerstone

had one hell of a time over the last few years and in 2021 its been no different. Currently the GSW, FSW and MLW World champion as well as AAW tag champion with Ace Perry. Great matches all over against the likes of Jacob Fatu, Brian Cage and Jake Something


1. ( 77 - 40 ) John Wayne Murdoch

has had one hell of a year holding so much gold throughout 2021. IWA World & Tag team titles, PPW & Unsanctioned tag titles, ICW & Horror Slam deathmatch championships all within 1 year. Also went to war with names like Sadika, Ludark Shaitan, Kongo Kong and Eric Ryan


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