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MWF 9: Oras ng Liwanag (The Official Smark Henry Review)

Oras ng Liwanag has come and gone, and here we are again for a storyline checkup. What happened during MWF 9? How does it affect the stories that MWF seeks to tell? What worked, and what could use some work? Let’s go through each segment and find out.
A little caveat here: Since I work rigorously with data and numbers in my RL day job, I felt that it would be misleading if I rate segments on a show without applying the same rigor that I do with work. Besides, I am not being analytical here, and I am instead going with whether I liked it or not. So, I will just “grade” parts of the show with likes or dislikes, and then count them all at the end. Alright? Let’s start! Pre-show: Red Shirt versus Black Shirt MWF showcases some of its trainees who don’t have a gimmick yet by putting them in color-coded shirts and making them wrestle before the show starts. I’m not really a physical guy, and I have zero sports training, so I can’t quite call out spots and such. But the action was believable…
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Live From the 205 (6/11/19): Construction Complete

A day after this week's episode of 205 Live aired, Jack Gallagher tweeted that many considered it to be the best. Whether that means the best ever or the best of 2019 is still up for debate, but one thing is correct: it was a pretty damn good show.

It might have been the breath of fresh air that blows the show in the right direction, even. 205 Live, despite putting on some of the finest spectacles of professional wrestling a fan could ever hope for from WWE's main roster, felt lost in the woods after Cedric Alexander, Buddy Murphy, and Mustafa Ali were taken from them in the past year. They anchored their hopes on Tony Nese right before Murphy and Alexander were taken from them, but his first month wasn't exactly the strongest.

In the midst of a tentative first championship feud featuring Ariya Daivari, I suggested that the show had to build up a lot of guys all at the same time. It's the only way they were going to find their next big star, or at least, the next guy …

Smark Hen-XT (6/13/19): The Brit-Am Brawlers Finally Win

NXT is at its best when they not only put up good matches but also acknowledge the continuity of storylines on a regular basis. This week was a good example of that balance when they presented a solid matchup in KUSHIDA vs. Drew Gulak, along with continuing the Io Shirai/Shayna Baszler feud and also highlighting The Undisputed ERA in the show.

With every bad post-TakeOver show, NXT normally follows that up with a show that starts to set new rivalries in place (or develop the existing ones.) This week, the focus was on the women's and also on the tag team's storylines as they play off on the fallout from TakeOver XXV.


The Shirai/Baszler saga continued by pitting Io and Candice LeRae against everybody's least favorite team of Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Maybe this wasn't a really technical contest but it did its job in moving the parts forward without oversaturating their rivalry.

It's great that LeRae is getting exposure because she's a top-notch talent. At…

#FinisherFriday (6/14/19): The Rooster Wing

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving my thoughts on one hidden gem from the 1980s.

Terry Taylor's tenure as an active wrestler on the World Wrestling Federation wasn't exactly on the levels of Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels in terms of star power. Imagine being managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (which was good back in the day), but with a twist: you are given the character of "The Red Rooster," wearing bright red tights and an equally-red ring coat, strutting around like a chicken, and garnering more defeats than victories for two years, acting as enhancement talent for many wrestlers. Terry Taylor was basically Kassius Ohno before Kassius Ohno became a thing (sorry Ohno).

But don't get me wrong⁠—Taylor wasn't your average bingo hall wrestler. In his travels across wrestling territories like the NWA, WCCW and UWF, Taylor was recognized as a star and popular babyface, his blond hair and wide smile often sending …

SmackDown RunDown Live (6/11/19): It's a Booking Joke

I have to agree with what one guy on Twitter said: the New Day are the only ones having fun with their gimmicks in WWE. And now that Big E's back in the fold, SmackDown Live got a wee bit more entertaining. 

I mean, how can you be mad with where you are when you can take a stab at Creative's shortcomings and get away with it? Big E's Charlotte Flair joke isn't his best quip, but it's a breath of fresh air compared to the run-of-the-mill scripted promos we get on a regular basis. So yes, I hope they keep making booking jokes and gaming references.


The main event wasn't that bad, either. It's as standard as you can get for a six-man tag team match, but it's still enjoyable at the very least. And just like last week, I also enjoyed this week’s Firefly Funhouse segment courtesy of Bray Wyatt. He smashed Rambling Rabbit and turned him into jam. Goddamn, Bray, have some chill. 

Before the smashing, Rabbit even sneaked a subtle jab on Jon Moxley’s recent exposé o…

MWF 9: Oras ng Liwanag: The Official Smark Henry Preview

Anyone who’s spent time in a State University would have been exposed to the ideals of serving the people, and of living a life of integrity and honesty. The institution calls us to use our education to become bayani–not in the put-your-face-in-the-country’s-peso-bills sort of way, but in the archaic sense of being the champion of those who cannot champion themselves. The State University calls on its students to become heroes.

But the realities of capitalist society will often put the idealist in place. The Filipino may be worth fighting, or dying, for, but you won’t always find yourself in a position of defending the people. The truth is, defending yourself will occur more often. You will have to find a job. You will need to feed your family, or to pay for your younger siblings’ tuition fees. You could get repeatedly abducted by a crazy cult hell-bent on turning you into a zombie. It’s all relatable!

This is perhaps why RG becoming a part of Gus Global doubly stings, if you’re one …

The Smark Henry RAW Review (6/10/19): Reviving The Revival

Caught between the recently concluded WWE Super ShowDown and the upcoming WWE Stomping Grounds, this week's RAW had a lot on its plate. The question is, though, whether what's on that plate is even palatable enough for all this hullabaloo. I'm going to be honest with you, this schedule is wack and I'm still not sure I'm looking forward to anything on the next PPV. Spoiler alert: This was a somewhat exhausting episode, and I'm not quite sure why.


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, finally, The Revival are RAW Tag Team Champions again! Sure, the celebration started early, and by that, I'm referring to Shane's celebration that should've been for The Revival if time travel was a thing—is Lucha Underground still a thing?—but I digress. Sure, The Revival had to steal the pin to win—wait, The Usos weren't the champions?—but a win's a win. Here's hoping the new champions are going to have a lengthy title reign and that— They're going to lose the ti…

EXCLUSIVE: PWR Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Participants Revealed

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Ricky Publico here, fresh off from killing my nitpicking schtick and adopting a new role: Smark Henry’s exclusive paperboy for the Revo-Nation. Well, this would’ve been breaking news but PWR co-GM Poch already spilled the beans yesterday on his Facebook page. But since Poch is my guy, I’ll let him have his fun. I’ll have my own fun by telling you the participants in this explosive tournament.

I, for one, believe they should give this season-opener tourney a proper name since it’s the second year in a row that they’re doing this. How about the Championship Chase Tournament? Or maybe the Sidewalk of Gold? Anyway, here are the first round matchups that will go down at PWR Live: Pak! Ganern! And let me tell you right off the bat: this year’s Championship Chase Tournament (name pending) is a doozy.
First Round Match: Jake de Leon vs. Jan Evander
Remember when Jake de Leon tweeted a list of PWR wrestlers he wants to face in the future? He's about to cross o…

#MustWatchMonday (6/10/19): Breaking Free

Hello everyone! Your girl is b-b-b-back from the dead a bunch of stuff that life threw at her to give you the newest #MustWatchMonday!

Let's get it out of the way: Jon Moxley (yes, FKA Dean Ambrose from The Fed) is now IWGP US Heavyweight Champion after beating his former FCW (and eventually NXT) compatriot Juice Robinson in his debut match at the Best of the Super Juniors finals last June 5th.


On the same weekend as Jon's return through a beatdown of Kenny Omega at All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing, he was revealed to be the "Time's up" guy whose promos haunted Juice throughout BoSJ.

"This is going to be a fight," Juice said after the revelation, "It's going to be a brawl".
And boy, what a brawl it was.
It was an uncontrollable, reckless mess right from the get-go for all the right reasons. They punched, struck, and bit each other until brawl eventually spilt on the outside, AKA Moxley's natural territory. He threw the cham…

The SGP Podcast (6/7/19): QUATRO Answers Questions, NXT Takeover XXV, Best of the Super Juniors 26, Jon Moxley

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