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The Smark Henry RAW Review (2/18/19): NXT Takes Over RAW

I miss one RAW review and NXT Daddy Triple H tries to butter me up by having my favorites win their debut matches on RAW? I should miss more reviews that more often then. That or Triple H probably found out it was my editor Stan Sy's birthday and decided to give him—not the Gift of Jericho, but—the gift of a pretty exciting RAW. Well, I mean, most of it was good, so that makes all of it good, right? RIP, Riott Squad, but hello, NXT Invasion: Wave 2. Oh, and hello, Lafayette, you low-energy heel city.



In a move that made me freeze in disbelief for a few seconds, RAW imported four of NXT's best this week to fight people, and guess what? They all won their matches, every single one of them, with #DIY even pissing on RAW's tag team division just the way Blackheart Tommy Champagne wanted to. What a heel! Meanwhile, Ricochet partnered up with Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor versus Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush while Aleister Black murdered Elias for playing the guitar. 
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PWR Live: NICE—The Official Smark Henry Review

God, I love wrestling.

I do have other passions in life, but I always find my way back to wrestling. I don’t really know anything else that could evoke these emotions in me other than the sight of seeing great performers slug it out in a wrestling ring. I love everything about it: the performers, the entrance, the music, the atmosphere, everything. And I’m so goddamn thankful that people more passionate than me made local wrestling happen here in the Philippines.

I’m not really sure why I’m so overly dramatic all of a sudden. I wrote this intro 20 minutes before the show started and this is just the general feeling I had sitting here and staring at the empty venue. I don’t know. I’m weird, remember? So yeah, I’m #NitPickRick, I’m the only one available, yadda yadda, self deprecating humor, yadda yadda, joke about you already sick of me. Let’s start doing the thing.
The Naughty Boys Performances—Ranked!Since PWR Live: NICE is named after the catchphrase of these people, it’s only appropr…

The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Elimination Chamber 2019

What's better than reinventing the wheel? Using the same wheel to get far, that's what.

It's undeniable that Kofi Kingston is the star of this year's Elimination Chamber PPV—and actual Elimination Chamber match—and everyone else involved in it helped him to get his star as high as possible. Astronomically high, even, to the point that what should be a foregone conclusion in Daniel Bryan retaining the WWE Championship is cast in doubt.


It's no secret that this year's Elimination Chamber event felt like a chore we all had to go through on the road to WrestleMania. Yes, the WWE made an effort to promote it well ahead of even Royal Rumble by announcing an Elimination Chamber match to inaugurate the first WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, but everyone knows you didn't need a Chamber match specifically to crown that.

However, it's not like Creative had a choice; the script calls for the Devil's Favorite Playground to be used once every year, around …

#ThemeSongTuesday: S.O.S.!

Welcome to #ThemeSongTuesday! We're in the middle of another wild week in wrestling thanks to the events held by both WWE and PWR in which several hidden gems were allowed to shine very bright.

One such gem is Kofi Kingston, who's been on our TV screens for the better part of the last eleven years. And yet, he hasn't really had the opportunities of a John Cena or a Seth Rollins or even a Daniel Bryan. In fact, you can go through his WrestleMania history and you'll find that like Dolph Ziggler, Kofi has never had a singles 'Mania match in his career.

We hope that changes this week after his extraordinary performances at last week's SmackDown Live gauntlet match and the Elimination Chamber main event. The whole world has been talking about Kofi over the last week or so, and it is no different here at the Smark Henry offices. That's why it's only fitting that we put the spotlight on him by featuring his first entrance theme from his days as a singles perf…

Smark Hen-XT (2/13/19): The One And Only, Undisputed ERA Bay-Bay

Was anybody else excited to see the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV rematch between Adam Cole and Ricochet? I know I was a little ecstatic to see these two Superstars collide in another expected classic. I might have had some reservations as I expected that it may not be the same quality as the one during TakeOver but rest assured that whenever these guys are on the card, you know that they're going to blow the roof off.

I'm getting used to Ricochet's high-flying style. His hurracanranas, flips, and dives make for some fast-paced and high-octane highlights and, interestingly, they matched well with Adam Cole's technical prowess. Say what you will about Cole but he is pretty adept and his attacks are well-calculated. Like the dastardly villain that he is, he worked the champ's leg to try and ground him.



This would be all for naught as Ricochet would dish out a memorable moment when he did a springboard flip on one leg to get a near fall. This was not enough to get the vi…

The Future is IIconic: Elimination Chamber 2019 Predictions (Please)

Who ever said coasting through the Road to WrestleMania was going to be easy? We’re now at the second roadblock before Mania and trust us, it’s a big roadblock. It’s Elimination Chamber! This means we will once again pit two of our esteemed and dehydrated weekly reviewers, RAW’s Jofer Serapio and SmackDown Live’s Ricky Publico in a prediction showdown. You guys ready? Let’s lock these two up and begin speculating!
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniel Bryan (c)
Ricky: Kofi Kingston. I still have the Kofi Kingston fever, dammit! I was already expecting Daniel Bryan to retain his Free Love title but this week’s epic gauntlet match completely change my mind. After all, we’ve seen crazy stuff happen inside the Chamber. Remember when Bray Wyatt won the WWE Championship in 2017 out of nowhere? This year could be Kofi Kingston’s year. It’s time to shake things up once again here at the Land of Opp…