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Local Pro Wrestling Scene Heats Up This Summer: PWR & MWF Announce May Shows

Too much pro wrestling? No such thing.

The summer of 2018 could very well turn out to be the hottest its been for the Philippine pro wrestling scene with the top two promotions, the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) and Manila Wrestling Federation (MWF), announcing the dates and venues for their respective May offerings.

First up: PWR's annual WrestleMania counterpart, Wrevolution X. The show will be happening on Sunday, May 20, at the iAcademy Auditorium in Salcedo Village, Makati.

The Sunday matinee is going to be jam-packed with high-stake matches. The complete card has yet to be officially announced, but expect it to feature the following confrontations:

PWR Championship Match: Miguel Rosales vs. Ralph Imabayashi (c). As an added kicker, if Rosales fails to win the gold, he will be fired from PWR.PHX Championship Match: Ken Warren vs. Mike Madrigal (c).PWR Tag Team Championship Match: The Punk Dolls (Robynn & Martivo) vs. John Sebastian & Crystal (c).All Out War Ch…
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The Philippine Wrestling Revolution came to a screeching stop at its last show before Wrevolution X 2018 with PWR Live: Trapik. Coming from the spacious 500 Shaw Zentrum Events Pavilion in Mandaluyong, the event was fraught with repercussions for PWR's biggest show of the year on May 20th.

In case you couldn't make it, we've got full results for you here.

Match #1: Brad Cruz vs. Kapitan PWR
Brad Cruz unveiled a new move called the Shaina Lock (don't ask) to derail the hard-fighting Kapitan PWR.

Winner: Brad Cruz via pinfall

Match #2: Quatro vs. McKata

Quatro continues to amaze fans with his hard-hitting offense, including a gorgeous counter of a corner charge by McKata into a Backstabber. A soaring Destino gave him the win.

.@QuatroPWR won via — Smark Henry (@SmarkHenryPH) April 22, 2018
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The Smark Henry Hip Toast: Main Maxx

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Smark Henry Hip Toast—our happy place where we interview various personalities in pro wrestling, shoot from the hip, and raise them a toast. We will be looking at the men behind the personas and giving you an intimate look at the wrestlers who are helping build this wonderful sport and turn it into something really special in this country.

Today, we take a look at local professional wrestling's biggest comeback story by far, and for the first time ever, Main Maxx tells us of the year that was and what his future holds.

To say that Main Maxx has had a successful wrestling career in a blossoming industry thus far is an understatement.
Since his debut in Renaissance 2014, he has carved a path of Maxxcellence en route to becoming the third ever PHX Champion, and redefining what it means to be a champion in the division of hybrid workhorses with his natural strength and God-given athleticism. In the process, he has also become a marquee player…

Live From the 205 (4/17/18): The Limit Does Exist

In a hilarious twist to the heinous attack that ended last week's episode... Buddy Murphy is over the 205-lb. weight limit this week, derailing a potential shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.

I'm not quite sure how to process this development, as in a vacuum, it might just be the first misstep of the Drake Maverick era. First, DMGM goes ahead with giving Murphy an automatic title shot just because he's been impressive lately, instead of making him jump one last hoop by earning a title shot in a match. Fine, worse crimes have been committed by lesser authority figures.

But then you abruptly take his momentum away by inexplicably having Murphy be overweight. It would be one thing if dude actually was shoot two pounds over 205, but this is wrestling and the stories are written, so we all know this is a creative division. Murphy doesn't even get the benefit of a televised reaction or interview time to talk about why he was over the limit.

Actually, that whole segment …

The Grapevine (4/20/18): Total Breakdown

Good morning, and this is the Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the founded and unfounded rumors abound the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the evening.

If you'd really like to know what happened to Nikki Bella and John Cena:

Nikki Bella was reportedly the one who ended her and John Cena's engagement. Nikki and John have a well-documented history of not being aligned on what they want out of their relationship, and it's being reported that she's exhausted with him. Nikki is reportedly sad but "not devastated," while John is "a mess." (Source: WrestlingInc, People)We say: There's no point in trying to force something both sides don't want, and even though it's hard to say about anyone right now, Nikki may have come out of this the survivor. She gets another chance to have what she wants, while John will have some time to think about whether he's willing to change for her. Bobby Lashley is…

Philippine Wrestling Revolution Grinds To A Stop With PWR Live: Trapik

The road to Wrevolution X comes to a screeching halt as we hit PWR Live: Trapik! Just one last stop before the biggest pro wrestling event in the Philippines as Philippine Wrestling Revolution returns to the 500 Shaw Events Pavilion in Mandaluyong City on April 22nd.

The go-home show to the big one is packed from top to bottom with traffic-stopping wrestling action only PWR can give. Buckle up for the following matches!

3-ON-3 TAG MATCH: Ralph Imabayashi, Mike Madrigal, and Rederick Mahaba vs. Miguel Rosales, Ken Warren, and Chris Panzer
Hang on to your seats for this showdown of epic proportions as Kampeon ng Pilipinas Ralph Imabayashi teams up with PHX Champion Mike Madrigal and Rederick Mahaba against the team of Miguel Rosales, Path of Gold 2018 Winner and #1 Contender to the PHX Championship Ken Warren and Chris Panzer! It’s going to be a slobberknocker of a main event that you wouldn’t want to miss.

3-WAY GRUDGE MATCH: Dax Xaviera vs. SANDATA vs. Jake De Leon
Jake De Leon’s OPL…

SmackDown RunDown Live: S-T-A-C-K-E-D, Staaaaaacked!

I honestly just want to start talking about the episode because if the title didn’t already clue you in, the show’s pretty stacked. But alas, I do have to follow the new format I created for my revamped column and my mind won’t rest easy if I suddenly broke my routine. So to kill some time, let me tell you more about my pathetic simulated universe I made years ago with a scrappy WWF No Mercy mod.

While AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan were fighting for the WWE Championship in my own twisted version of RAW, the Blue Brand was also busy looking for a new World Heavyweight Champion. And after a lengthy 16-man tournament that featured Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, and a terribly textured Carlito, I ended up with John Morrison and Batista squaring off in the finals. This was the only time I ever saw JoMo break the ceiling as he wins the tournament after eight grueling minutes of simulated gameplay. I ate a donut after. It was a good day.
That should be enough for an intro, right?
SmackDown Live Wins the S…

Which GM Played The 2018 Superstar Shakeup Better?

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Because the Superstar Shakeup (and by extension, the brand split) has an air of how moves and transactions are done in professional sports, we'll break down how both GMs played their cards in the two-week window. (We say two weeks because the real shakeup began on the shows after WrestleMania when NXT guys started showing up.) Going over the moves, the GMs' transactions actually underscore a solid, tangible gameplan to drafting and trading, reflecting real, offscreen needs both rosters have at the moment.

Before that, a quick but important take on the Shakeup's format: each GM really has to make moves per round, in real-time. Allowing RAW to…

The Smark Henry RAW Report (4/16/18): Superstar Shakeup 2018

Alright, you guys. If you noticed, I didn't come out with an article last week. And I know what you're thinking: how the heck do you skip the RAW after WrestleMania, a.k.a. the biggest RAW of the year?! It's unforgivable, I know, but 'ya girl had so much finals work to do! *sobs* I'm so, so sorry.

But this week's episode was no less important than last week's. It's the Superstar Shakeup, meaning we've seen loads of new faces on the brand—whether from SmackDown Live or NXT—almost like another RAW after 'Mania. We were already blessed with a couple of NXT debuts last week, as well as a few crazy returns, but the Shakeup was thankfully able to top all of that.
Nobody is immune to the swap. Even champions can be switched just like that! They got rid of that randomized system they used to have when picking Superstars—you know, the one where they all had to sit in the locker room with those obnoxious brand shirts as if we didn't know where they b…

Bruno Sammartino (1935-2018)

The word "legend" is thrown around often in professional wrestling, yet few deserve and embody it more than Bruno Sammartino.

In many ways, Sammartino is the embodiment of the American Dream. Born in Italy to a struggling family made destitute by war, Bruno arrived in the United States a sickly child who spoke little English. His childhood experiences with bullying motivated him to explore weightlifting and strongman competitions, earning many records and accolades for his physique and strength over the years. It was in 1959, though, that Sammartino's great legacy began to take shape, with his first professional wrestling match.

America in Sammartino's time was fraught with movements and ethnic divisions. During those days, territories usually appealed to certain groups to build fanbases and, in turn, sell tickets. Italian immigrants were a formidable group of passionate fans in the 1960s. They were riding high on the successes of Italian-Americans in other endeavor…