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Textual Chocolate: An Elimination Chamber Preview

WWE is truly amazing, isn’t it?
I mean, what other wrestling company can put on not just one, not even two, but three big wrestling events in the span of only two weeks? No one else, you’ll say, because no one else in this business has the resources of Titan Sports.
If it feels like overkill, that’s because Elimination Chamber is; but to be completely fair to it, if the shows from the past couple of weeks, including Payback and Takeover: Unstoppable, were one big story in search of a culmination, then there is no fitting climax than Elimination Chamber. It’s overkill, yes, but it’s overkill with sense—and finally, some appropriate style.
Let’s take a look at the two Chamber matches.
The First-Ever Tag Team Chamber



Beyond the frenetic mess this is sure to be, I think this match begs an existential question: is the recent resurgence of the tag team division on the main roster to set up for a huge Chamber match, or is this Chamber match merely a happy byproduct of a burgeoning division? …

The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast (5/30/15): Stanley Chi Enters the Arena

Check out ALL episodes of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast right here, and follow the boys on Twitter: Stan at @_stansy, Raf at @cavemancamus, and Ro at @roiswar

'Classical' Bryan Leo: I was the smartest man at Wrevolution X

At PWR Wrevolution X, "Classical" Bryan Leo staged a heist of royal proportions.

After finally taking care of Mayhem Brannigan at the start of the show (and getting a future PWR Title shot in the process), Bryan Leo crashed the party of inaugural PWR Champion "Senyorito" Jake de Leon at the main event.

Leo then cashed in his newly-earned title shot and snatched the belt away from JDL.

Smark Henry caught up with the second-ever PWR Champion to talk about his controversial Wrevolution X victories, the Royal Flush sans Main Maxx, and all other things he thinks we should know.



Smark Henry: Champ, first off, congratulations on your win at Wrevolution X.

"Classical" Bryan Leo: Thank you.

SH: But your win is not without controversy.

CBL: Controversy? In what way?

SH: Your win came after the first PWR Champion was crowned: "Senyorito" Jake de Leon, who beat Bombay Suarez to become the inaugural champion. Then you came along.

CBL: The right man walked out …

Impact Wrestling Results - May Mayhem (5/29/15)

Three TNA titles were on the line—including the TNA World Title in an I Quit Match—while the Best of Five series for the vacant TNA World Tag Team Titles continued on a chaotic and action-packed May Mayhem special of Impact Wrestling.

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Eric Young was shown driving to the arena to open the show. Kurt Angle was then shown waiting for him on the parking lot. The two men brawled until they were separated.

1. TNA Knockouts Championship - Six Sides of Steel Match: Taryn Terrell (w/ Marti and Jade) defeated Gail Kim via a Taryn Cutter to retain her title
- After the match, Awesome Kong headed to the ring for the Dollhouse, but the trio locked themselves in the cage and triple-teamed Gail Kim as Kong watched helplessly

In the ring, Mickie James and James Storm discussed what happened last Friday at Impact. Storm then offered James a country gig at Nashville, which Magnus' wife seemed to accept.

2. TNA X Division Championship - 7-Man Gauntlet Match: Rockstar Spud pinned champion Kenny…

PWR Wrevolution X: My Night in Philippine Wrestling History

This past Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the Makati Cinema Square marked the biggest night not only in my professional wrestling career, not only in PWR’s legacy, but it was without a doubt the biggest night in Philippine Wrestling history, and it was called Wrevolution X.

The show was set to start at 7 pm but by 5 o’clock, you could already feel the electricity in the air. People by the hundreds were lining up outside waiting to get in to watch and support their favorite PWR superstars. The wrestlers backstage were feeling both anxious and excited, myself included. This would be the night where Philippine wrestling history was made. This would be the night PWR cements its legacy.

This would be the night where I would stand tall and raise that belt and hold my head high in glory after becoming the first ever PWR Champion... until my moment of glory was royally flushed down.


But we're getting too ahead of ourselves. Let's start from the beginning.
Being in the locker room during a…

Brock Lesnar Is Advertised For RAW This June

The Mayor of Suplex City is coming home!

Brock Lesnar has been announced on WWE.com as appearing on RAW beginning June 22 in Indianapolis until July, but no further than that. While things are always subject to change, Brock being officially advertised on the website is as legit as legit could be.

For those who've already forgotten, Brock was indefinitely suspended (but not fired) after running amok and, among other things, delivering a bone- and logic-shattering F-5 to Michael Cole.




As it stands, Brock still has a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that he can cash in, and appearing for only one month probably means that he'll only be back to tie up that loose end.
Are y'all excited to have the Beast Incarnate back? Who do you think should he face after dealing with Rollins? A Reigns rematch, maybe? A brand-new feud? Let us know!

#FinisherFriday: The Camel Clutch

What makes a heel wrestler?

Easy! Just make everyone hate you!

Display a boorish attitude matched with despicable deeds and you got your viewer’s tender emotions on a string. The science may be easy, but not everyone gets over as a convincing heel. To achieve effective wrestling villainy, there are multiple factors to consider: charisma, timing, and luck. But one could also argue that an integral part of the character of a heel is a brutally effective finisher.

Yup, that Stratusfaction finisher is lame. From RealWorldChamp.com

Although there are quite a few exceptions, being the ideal rogue in the wrestling world isn’t just about gaining heat from his wares and ways. It’s also about how he uses his moves, especially the most dangerous weapon in his arsenal.

Finishers are the oft-missed out exclamation point for building well-rounded wrestlers. Think of how the Stone Cold Stunner is for Stone Cold Steve Austin, or the Sharpshooter for Bret Hart, and the 619 for Rey Mysterio.

When Attitude…

WWE Smackdown Results (5/28/15)

SmackDown was red-hot on Thursday at Wilkes-Barre, PA, with three days left before the Elimination Chamber PPV.
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In the ring, Dean Ambrose talked about the events on last Monday's RAW, and promised the end of Rollins' WWE World Title reign on Sunday at the Elimination Chamber PPV.

1. Lumberjack Match - The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara and Kalisto) defeated Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
- Kidd, after a distraction by WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, was pinned by Kalisto after a Salida del Sol
- The other 4 teams in the WWE Tag Team Title Elimination Chamber Match on Sunday served as lumberjacks

2. R-Truth def. King Bad News Barrett via a Lie Detector
- After the match, Sheamus hit both R-Truth and Barrett with a Brogue Kick

Backstage, Lana was interviewed by Renee Young and addressed Rusev's words and action on RAW. Rusev then walked up to her to discuss their issues further, but both refused to back down from their stances.

3. Ryback def. Rusev via DQ
- Rusev repeatedly shoved …

Smark Hen-XT (05/27/15): The Kevin Owens Show

This week on NXT, Kevin Owens runs the whole show,  Alexa Bliss heels it up, and matches! Let’s get right down to it.
The Champ Is Here

NXT Champion Kevin Owens is a wrestling god, but you probably already knew that. The guy has the moves, the mic skills, and the charisma that turn talents into superstars. And this week, NXT continues to shows us why.
Let’s start off with the opening promo. From the moment the he walks out to Sami Zayns’ entrance music to the way he plays the crowd for suddenly backing him up after booing him last week, and finally to the way threatens Solomon Crowe after being challenged to a match, Owens’s presence dominates the ring. A lot of the things he does are understated, so nuanced, that it takes a keen observer to really appreciate just how good he is at what he does. He doesn’t have to scream. He doesn’t have to be over the top. He comes off as a regular family man doing what he can to provide for his family. Perfect psycho killer cover story.
The main eve…

Temple Rants (5/27/15): All Men Must Die

Last week, the Trios Championship was defended in a ladder match as Son of Havoc, Angelico and Ivelisse went at it with the Crew one more time. Thanks to some divine intervention from Angelico, the champions were able to retain the belts. The Crew, meanwhile, face some repercussions for once again failing Dario Cueto. Meanwhile, Big Ryck has aligned himself with Delavar Daivari, as he took out Daivari’s current rival Texano. The tension between Prince Puma and Hernandez further escalated, with things almost coming to blows before the challenger backed off.

Things come to a head this week as Prince Puma defends the Lucha Underground Championship against Hernandez! Will we crown a new champion, or will Prince Puma continue his title reign with another impressive win? Also, as announced in last week’s show, Mil Muertes makes his return to the ring against Fenix in a deathmatch! Will Mil Muertes deliver some payback, or will Fenix score another win over the risen luchador? And since they…

WWE NXT Results (5/27/15)

The champ is... all over the place! Plus, NXT Champion Kevin Owens faced an unlikely competitor, while there's a new tag team in town in this week's show at Full Sail.

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NXT Champion Kevin Owens came out to Sami Zayn's music and wore John Cena's US Championship T-shirt. He insisted he's a good man, while mocking Zayn, Cena, and Samoa Joe in the process.

Then, NXT General Manager William Regal headed to the ring to confront Owens. Remember, the champ attacked Regal at TakeOver: Unstoppable when the NXT Title main event broke down last week.


Solomon Crowe then went out to voice his objection to Owens' statements, prompting Regal to pit him against Owens at the main event.

1. Emma (w/ Dana Brooke) def. Bayley via the Emma Lock submission
- After the match, Emma and Dana attacked Bayley. Charlotte went out for the save, but she was also double-teamed.

2. NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy (w/ Alexa Bliss) def. Elias Samson and Mike Rallis in a non-title match

3…

Rusev Injured At Smackdown Taping

WWE has announced that Rusev suffered an injury during Tuesday's Smackdown tapings in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Rusev was competing in a match against Ryback when the injury happened. He was attended to by medical staff after finishing his match, and is currently being evaluated for a lower leg injury.




With Rusev originally scheduled to compete at the upcoming Elimination Chamber match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship, this unfortunate incident changes things. In the event that Rusev may not be cleared to compete by Sunday (Monday morning in the Philippines), WWE will need to replace him with another wrestler. Notable names without a match announced for Elimination Chamber include Roman Reigns, Stardust, The Miz and Bray Wyatt, so look for WWE to insert one of these men into the match as a replacement.

We wish Rusev a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back in a WWE ring soon.

Photos taken from Bleacher Report and Ringsidenews.com

NJPW: Best of the Super Juniors Standings Update

New Japan Pro Wrestling is currently holding its annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament, where the winner gets to join K-Pop group Super Junior a title match against the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega. Given the difficulty in finding coverage of this tournament, we thought we'd give you an update as to what's been happening so far. NJPW's junior heavyweight division has been exciting to watch, so let's get right to it!

The tournament starts with a preliminary group stage, where two groups of 8 wrestlers each take part in a round robin tournament within their group. The top two wrestlers from each group advance to the crossover semifinals, where the winners of both matches face off in the final to determine the winner.

Standings and results cover up to the May 27 set of tournament matches.



Block A


reDRagon's Kyle O'Reilly leads the pack so far, with a perfect record of 3 wins and no losses. There's been long talk of O'Reilly …

#ThrowbackThursday: Happy Birthday, Seth Rollins

Today, May 28th, is Seth Rollins's birthday, so happy birthday, Captain Crossfit!
To celebrate one of the best wrestlers of our time in the most sacred of weekly holidays around the world, here's an oldie-but-goodie all the way back from 2008 (can you believe that that was seven years ago?), featuring his eviller indy twin Tyler Black versus a far less-goatsy Bryan Danielson.



Thanks to Bryan, this match didn't end up being one of those fast-paced spotfests the ROH style would eventually become, even though he would dominate the match just a little too much. In fact, one could even argue that it's wrestled close to the WWE way. These two have great chemistry together, and they know it; they've gone one-on-one a few times in the WWE and, despite what I just said, it always feels like an ROH match, if only because Bryan had changed his style up since then.
What's your favorite Seth Rollins/Tyler Black moment? Let us know!