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PWR Power Rankings (5/25/15): The Post-Wrevolution X Edition



Wrevolution X is in the bag, and with it comes a massive shift in the balance of power in PWR. We saw spectacular train-wrecks and wipeouts, agony and glory, and at the end of the night, one man stood supreme at the top of the Philippine wrestling industry.

How did the rankings play out? Could Bombay Suarez keep hold of the coveted #1 spot from our previous edition? Let's find out.



*****

#10

Previous Ranking: #8 (-2)
Win-Loss Record: 1-4
Current Streak: Lost 3

Fresh off a crushing loss to the Apocalypse in a match he was favored to dominate that extended his cold streak to three straight matches, we learned that Main Maxx was severely injured with a muscle tear, leaving his immediate PWR future in doubt. We hope Silent Rage takes this opportunity to reassess and refocus his path, and make a fighting return to the ring very soon. But for now, the most fearsome physical specimen in PWR today slides down to the bottom of our power rankings.

*****

#9

Previous Ranking: #9 (+/-0)
Win-Loss Record: 1-1
Current Streak: Lost 1

The pocket rocket from Tokyo, Japan came up—pardon the pun—just short in his rematch against the Royal Flush's John Sebastian. Despite eating the pinfall after a vicious Bullet to the Head, Imabayashi showcased his trademark spunk and courage with some beautiful puro-inspired offense and a perfectly-executed Sonic Crusher to nearly pull off yet another upset. For now, he's treading water here in the #9 spot.

*****

#8

Previous Ranking: #7 (-1)
Win-Loss Record: 1-3
Current Streak: Lost 3

The dial-up modem tones at the start of Ken Warren's entrance theme must have been loaded with some bad karma, as he dropped his second straight decision to his archrival Chris Panzer—and his third straight overall—via a humbling tap-out. Does the Social Media Sinister have what it takes to keep up with his more skilled opponents in PWR, or is his career going the way of Friendster and Netscape Navigator? Only Warren knows for sure.

*****

#7

Previous Ranking: #10 (+3)
Win-Loss Record: 1-2
Current Streak: Won 1

The Streak is over, and Ralph Imabayashi is now the 1 in 1-2! There's more to the new and improved John Sebastian than some cute makeup and fancy tassels; his time under "Classical" Bryan Leo's wing in the Royal Flush seems to have developed a new killer instinct in this promising young star. He also made a dangerous enemy, assaulting Bombay Suarez with a steel chair after his championship match. Sebastian fears nobody, respects nothing, and for now, he's rocketing up the rankings.

*****

#6

Previous Ranking: #3 (-3)
Win-Loss Record: 3-1
Current Streak: Lost 2

It's one thing to lose a match, it's another thing altogether to lose your cause. Mayhem Brannigan did just that, getting completely dismantled and outwrestled by Bryan Leo in their Iron Man match, forcing the dissolution of his Brannigan Brigade, ending his undefeated streak, and putting a bitterly disappointing close to his year-long chase of the King of the Royal Flush. Mayhem only knows how to wrestle one kind of car-crash match, and he got sorely exposed against his more cunning, intelligent nemesis. We honestly have no idea where Mrs. Brannigan's baby boy goes from here, but we're willing to bet he's not going to be happy about falling out of the top five.

*****

#5

Previous Ranking: #6 (+1)
Win-Loss Record: 2-2
Current Streak: Won 1

The leader of the Panzer Army escaped with a win in his match-up against Ken Warren, forcing him to submit for the first time in his career, and making him the first man ever in PWR history to lose a singles match via tap-out. Now that the feud seems to be over, we're thrilled about the future possibilities for the D-Town Fight Machine to prove he's more than just a pretty face. Chris Panzer is the most complete wrestler in the Philippine wrestling industry today, and should rightly be a long-term top face for PWR. Now if only we could do something about those sparkly pink trunks of his...

*****

#4

Previous Ranking: #5 (+1)
Win-Loss Record: 2-2
Current Streak: Won 2

Ever since his shocking face turn and newfound alliance with Mayhem Brannigan in February of this year, the masked monster has been unstoppable. He absolutely demolished Main Maxx in their Last Man Standing match, weathering two Blitzkrieg bombs, various splashes, and an Orocan-powered Van Maxxinator to pull off a convincing victory. He seems locked in on picking up the ball Mayhem dropped, and taking down the Royal Flush one by one. Scarlett, John Sebastian, and PWR Champion Bryan Leo had better be on notice—there's a Death Bell with your names on it.

*****

#3

Previous Ranking: #1 (-2)
Win-Loss Record: 3-1
Current Streak: Lost 1

The "Heart and Soul of PWR" still isn't over how close he was to becoming the inaugural Heavyweight Champion, having knocked Jake De Leon out with his patented KOTD finisher, and pinning his shoulders down for what the live audience measured as a 14-count—except there was no referee around to make it official. Moral victories don't count for Bombay Suarez, but grudges do, and you know he has to be seething over John Sebastian's vicious post-match assault. Bombay fears no man, but he does kill bitches. To him, the Royal Flush's Jack of all Trades is the biggest bitch around, and you know he won't stop until he finally kills that bitch dead.

*****

#2

Previous Ranking: #2 (+/-0)
Win-Loss Record: 5-2
Current Streak: Lost 1

From the joy of victory to the anguish of defeat, "The Senyorito" had one roller coaster of a night at Wrevolution X. One moment, he was standing tall as the first ever PWR Heavyweight Champion, the next he was flat on his back, the victim of a Bryan Leo cash-in, losing the gold less than five minutes after he won it. You just know the heir to Hacienda De Leon will be gunning for his rematch, and having been the only man to have pinned Leo in a one-on-one match, he has the skills and cred to get the job done.

*****

#1

Previous Ranking: #4 (+3)
Win-Loss Record: 3-3
Current Streak: Won 2

What a night for "Classical" Bryan Leo. Not only did he finally put an end to the Mayhem Brannigan threat, he showed why he is the Philippine wrestling industry's version of the "Cerebral Assassin" by outsmarting PWR General Manager Mr. Sy and inaugural champion Jake De Leon to claim his promised title shot and become the new (and, by default, longest-reigning) PWR Heavyweight Champion. He may have lost his designated enforcer Main Maxx to injury, but the King of the Royal Flush is geared for a dominant run over Philippine wrestling. Beware, fellow sons and daughters of pokpoks and jeepney drivers—in case you didn't know, you should know: This is Bryan Leo's world, and we're all just living in it.

*****

Got anything to say about our new PWR Power Rankings? Are you steamed about Mayhem's fall out of the top 10? Leave us a comment below, and let's have a good conversation. 

All photos, as always, are by the fabulous Hub Pacheco

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