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Heavy Impact (10/28/15): Fun and Games

Hi, Marie here, ready to dish out the lowdown of this week’s Impact Wrestling!
The mishmash nature of this week’s show also signalled a change from a storyline-driven show to a character-driven one.  Every match is a singles fight: a wrestler cannot use a tag team or stable to hide his or her weaknesses anymore. A wrestler cannot fully rely on scripts because of the thin storylines in the tournament. The talents must adapt to these challenges, or perish in pro wrestling obscurity. 
Robbie E vs Matt Hardy in a 15-Minute Time Limit Match
This was a decent starting match, with Robbie E being the more energetic competitor despite not being able to dominate the match. Matt Hardy (who is looking as out of shape as ever) gets three points in the tournament by pinning Robbie E after a Side Effect and a Twist of Fate. 

This week’s match emphasizes Robbie E’s shift in attitude, from a happy-go-lucky bro to a more serious guy with his eye on the prize. These attempts at giving characters more de…

#FinisherFriday (10/30/15): Alberto Del Trio!

Hola, Henrinitos!

A creepy hallow's eve to you as we are back with everyone's favorite commentary on scream-worthy moves and holds and Smark Henry's favorite tiyanak, #FinisherFriday!
Hell was definitely walking the Earth this week, at least in the wrestling world—and surprisingly, we are talking about Raw, in a good way—with the Hell in a Cell aftermath! This was a great PPV fallout week like no other with progressing storylines about demon abductions, Euro-trash invasions, and backstabbing anti-divas. But there is none more important than the return of Mexico's greatest export, Alberto Del Rio!

Exploding back into the WWE in a spotlight by winning the John Cena United States Title Open Challenge in Hell in a Cell, Del Rio has rejuvenated an unimpressed audience to tune back in to WWE programming. Despite his apparent heel persona and allegiance with Zeb Colter, we here at the Smark Henry boiler rooms see great possibilities with the return of El Patron, giving depth …

Smark Hen-XT (10/28/15): Good Night, Sweet Prince

This week, we said goodbye to one of NXT’s familiar pretty faces and we got one hell of a tag team match.

The Prince’s Last Stand
I’ve been one of the biggest marks for Tyler Breeze in the Smark Henry offices. I won’t deny it, I love the guy. While his ring work leaves a lot to be desired, his commitment to his gimmick and his ability to hang in there with obviously more talented guys made him a fun watch. I’m truly happy that he’s now getting his shot at the main roster after his long stay in Florida.

Not that I have high hopes for the Mayor of Cuteville on RAW. Let’s be honest, at best, he’s going to be a great midcard heel champ. At worst (and this is more likely), he’s a better looking Fandango. At some point, the fur coats and the selfie sticks are going to lose their novelty and fans, and more terrifying, Creative will tire of it, and the Sultan of Selfies will find himself at a worse spot than he had in developmental. Let’s hope he can make the best of this run while he still can.


WWE SmackDown Results (10/29/15)

On the Halloween edition of SmackDown, The Wyatt Family challenges any trio to a fight. Who's crazy enough to accept? Plus, the US Title gets rebranded?


Somewhere in the dark alleys of backstage, Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family opened the show and challenged any trio to face them later.

Then, in the ring, Roman Reigns cut a promo about his victory on RAW to become the new #1 contender to the WWE World Title. But the one he pinned, Kevin Owens, came out to interrupt.

1. Roman Reigns defeated Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens in a non-title match via count-out

Backstage, Dean Ambrose was interviewed by Renee Young. Ambrose accepted The Wyatts' challenge. Then, after the left, "Boo" Dallas showed up.

2. Four Corners Tag Team Match: The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara and Kalisto) def. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley), The Ascension (Viktor and Konnor), and Sheamus and King Barrett
- Kalisto pinned Viktor after a Salida del Sol
- The WWE Tag Team Champions The New D…

Thursday Night Tanders (10/29/15): Halloween Have-Nots: Wrestling's Supernatural Stinkers

It’s almost Halloween once again, and while costume parties and trick-or-treating have become much more mainstream these days, I remember the time when Halloween was only celebrated in exclusive villages like Ayala Alabang and Forbes Park. I remember Shake, Rattle, and Roll, and of course I remember those evenings watching Noli De Castro’s Magandang Gabi, Bayan Halloween specials, where he’d disappear into thin air after bidding farewell by saying the name of his show.


And I also remember when, in grade school and high school, I developed a strong stomach for the gruesome by watching Slugs, Dr. Giggles, Night of the Demons, Night of the Creeps, and other B-movies where the acting was so bad, the films were so good.

That actually ties in with one of my interests as an old-school wrestling fan. I’ve been a fan of WrestleCrap for a couple of years now, and I’ve had a few contributions on there, mostly under an alias, but once, by accident, under my real name. That site celebrates the wo…

Impact Wrestling Results (10/28/15) - TNA World Title Series, Day 4

The TNA World Title Series continues, with champions, X Division stars, and one amazing Knockouts main event!


1. Group Tag Team Specialists Match: Matt Hardy defeated Robbie E via the Twist of Fate

2. Group UK match: Drew Galloway def. Grado via the big boot

3. Group Wildcard match: Aiden O'Shea def. Crazzzy Steve via the lariat

4. Group TNA Originals: James Storm def. Abyss via the Last Call

5. Group X Division match: DJ Z def. X Division Champion Tigre Uno via the Tornado DDT

6. Group Knockouts match: Gail Kim def. Awesome Kong via an inside cradle

*****
Standings after Day 4:
Group Champions: Austin Aries (4), Ethan Carter III (4), Bobby Lashley (3), Mr. Anderson (0)Group X Division: DJ Z (3), Tigre Uno (3), Manik (3), Mandrews (0)Group Future 4: Jessie Godderz (3), Eli Drake (1), Micah (1), Crimson (0)Group Knockouts: Gail Kim (3), Awesome Kong (3), Brooke Tessmacher (3), Madison Rayne (0)Group Tag Team Specialists: Matt Hardy (6), Robbie E (3), Davey Richards (0), Eddie Edwards…

WWE NXT Results (10/28/15)

Samoa Joe and Tyler Breeze face off in today's episode of NXT!


1. Emma (w/ Dana Brooke) defeated Shazza McKenzie via the Emma Lock submission

Backstage, James Storm was interviewed about his debut last week and his future in NXT.

2. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan def. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
- Jordan pinned Ciampa

Backstage, NXT Women's Champion Bayley was interviewed about Alexa Bliss.

3. Nia Jax def. Kay Lee Ray via the spinebuster and leg drop

4. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady (w/ Carmella) def. The Mechanics (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) went to a no contest
- The Mechanics inflicted injury on Big Cass

Backstage, Alexa Bliss challenged Bayley to a six-person tag team match. Bliss will be teaming up with Blake and Murphy.

Then, part 2 of the video package on Apollo Crews aired.

5. Samoa Joe def. Tyler Breeze via the rear naked choke submission

Backstage, Finn Balor was interviewed about his title defense against Apollo Crews next week.

The Grapevine (10/29/15): Why, Dean, Why?

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Grapevine, where we round up the (technically unconfirmed) rumors from the wild world of pro wrestling that you may have missed over the evening.

We've got a lot of juicy bits to get to this morning, so let's jump right in!


John Cena could be returning by December 13 at TLC, which will be held in Cena's hometown of Boston. The plan is to have him face Alberto Del Rio in a rematch for the United States Championship and to take advantage of the hometown pop Cena will get. Cena is also advertised to perform at the December 26 live event at Madison Square Garden, and will be on the road for the annual post-Christmas tour. (Source: F4WOnline, WrestlingInc)
We say: Man, does Jearn have to kick out at 2 even for his VLs? Seriously though, we don't even know why Cena's been written out in kayfabe. A return like this would have even more impact if Del Rio took Cena out and rendered him incapacitated. A six-week break for Cena is better th…

#WTFWednesday: This Guy's Ratchet

So, Halloween is just around the corner, giving everyone the perfect excuse to dress in clothes they really shouldn't be dressing it. Whether you take part in the usual festivities or not, you can't deny that it's a fun time for everyone.

It's also the one holiday where men can dress in drag and not get weird looks. Wrestling is no exception:




This clip is from Funky Munky Wrestling, an American wrestling promotion, during a recent Halloween-themed battle royal. That explains why Pikachu, Batman and motherfucking Urkel are all in the ring — although an Urkel-inspired wrestler is actually pretty cool (take notes, David Otunga). Matt Cage does a pretty good impression of the Boss, and major cool points to him for coming out dressed as someone they'd never expect. Happy Halloween, indeed.

Any wrestlers you have, or would love to dress up for during Halloween? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

It's Official: Christian Is Retired From the WWE

In what is the confirmation of one of our worst wrestling fears (and something we already figured was true), Christian is officially retired from competition in the WWE.
As the company does with most "quiet" retirements, Christian's WWE.com profile was silently moved to the WWE Alumni section. If you think this is just mere speculation stemming from some website housekeeping, here's what it says on his write-up:
His reign ended on Raw 1,000, and Christian was out of action for nearly a year with a shoulder injury. He returned in June 2013, once again poised to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Although he never regain the title, he solidified his legacy and left active competition still at the top of his game.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Christian is done with the company in an official capacity; he just isn't wrestling anymore. Ever since 2011, he hasn't had an in-ring stint longer than six months; his last match was in March of 2014, right…

The Smark Henry RAW Report (10/26/15): Kung Ayaw May Dahilan, Kung Gusto Laging Mayroong Paraan

Just when you thought WWE’s going through a slippery slope from one craptastic RAW to another, they miraculously pull a bunny out of a hat and give us a great episode of their flagship show. It’s a shame that these nuggets are few and far between, that they’re more of the exception than the rule. You can blame that on the lack of creativity from the Creative team or on the ever-changing whims of Vince McMahon, but it doesn’t really matter because the bigger issue is the lack of good stories being told well in a consistent manner. This is how you turn a casual fan into a dedicated viewer and this is also how you keep longtime fans coming back for more.
This week’s RAW opened with a promo from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, in which they sung Seth Rollins’ praises as their golden boy and essentially said that he has vanquished every single opponent they have put in front of him, so now he’s out of contenders. That being said, I was very impressed with their decision to hold #1 Contender…