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PWR Live Results (11/28/15)

It was a landmark weekend for the Philippine Wrestling Revolution as it headed into the homestretch of 2015 with PWR Live, complete with a brand-new home, the iAcademy Auditorium in Makati City, Philippines.

The official Smark Henry show review is coming up very soon, but for those of you who couldn't make it, here are the official card results.

*****
Pre-Show:
Match 1: "The Machine" Maverick Knight versus Lynch

Machine wins via pinfall after a Good Knight spinning side slam (5:15)

Match 2: Fighters 4 Hire (Miguel Rosales & Joey Bax) versus El Trabajadores

F4H wins via pinfall after the Contract Killer double spinebuster to El Trabajador #2 (5:08)


*****

Main Show:
Segment 1: The Royal Flush Crowns Its New Ace on Rederick Mahaba's new segment, "Mahabang Usapan"

The Ace in the Hole of the Royal Flush was revealed to be John Sebastian after swerving the crowd by quitting first as its Jack of all Trades.

"Classical" Bryan Leo offered Rederick Mahaba…

SmackDown RunDown (11/26/15): We Can Work Things Out

Welcome to SmackDown Rundown! I’m baaaack! In case you’ve already forgotten, I’m Ricky, your resident Thursday night reviewer. We’re back this week after a horrendous SurvivorSeries. They actually managed to screw upone of my personal favorite PPVs ever, but hey, it’s not like they have never done it before. How will this affect the Blue Brand? Let’s find out!

Ambrose is Back in the IC Hunt
Some of us expected Dean Ambrose to turn heel by the end of Survivor Series. I’m one of those who were glad Ambrose stayed who he is. Give him something to chase and he’ll entertain the hell out of ya. The Intercontinental Championship is a good bone to chase and Kevin Owens is a perfect rival for the exciting lunatic. He got that chance by defeating Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze in this week’s triple threat main event. This is the kind of main event that we need right now. It’s been a down week for the WWE. Have your three most exciting wrestlers in one ring and let them tear each other apart. This…

#FinisherFriday (11/27/15): Countdown to Live!

Kumusta, Henrinitos?
It's countdown season once again as the impending holidays with year-end deadlines and cash burning is at hand! Kidding aside, a lot can be desired with the season as it also is a wonderful time to be a Filipino wrestling fan as the only wrestling promotion in the country, Philippine Wrestling Revolution is having another edition of PWR LIVE!
What's not to be excited about? Say goodbye to the campy oven and stiff ring that once were, and say hello to a brand-spanking new venue and wrestling ring! And that's not even mentioning the fact that #MAYAIRCONNA.
Of course, more than anything, PWR Live has a stacked card from top to bottom, as we will bear witness to a showcase of new talents, bitter retribution between former friends, unveiling of an ace-to-be, fancy-haired champions in action, and a new #1 contender to the PWR title. 
Now if that doesn't give a tingle to your bones, maybe this will..

And in true smack-worthy #FinisherFriday fashion, we're …

The Grapevine (11/27/15): No TNA For You This Year, India

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.

TNA's India tour has been cancelled, if you haven't heard:



Apparently, the TNA tour of India was cancelled due to safety concerns. The itinerary had them traveling to India through Paris, causing some logistical issues presumably due to the recent terror attacks by ISIS. The tour has been postponed to late 2016. They were to leave sometime this week as the tour officially begins next week. (Source: WrestlingInc)
We say: What a harsh scenario. We believe that they were also planning to tape the next set of Impact Wrestling episodes from India, so now they're going to have to either use the footage they have now, or scramble to find a new venue for next week. (We'd love to call it #LOLTNA, but we don't think this is their fault this time.)

Bret Hart had hand surgery this past Monday due to…

Smark Hen-XT (11/25/15): Too Good to be True

This week, we were treated to a master class in booking as we avoided the darkest timeline. Plus, we got the contract signing for TakeOver: London’s main event and the rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championship.

What a Glorious Mess

Admit it, you were afraid. Very afraid. The prospect of a barely trained, though very attractive, Eva Marie carrying around the NXT Women’s Championship scared you. It would have been the utmost disrespect to the title that paved the way for the Divas Revolution, the one that the greatest womens wrestlers in this decade have built and fought for. Against all odds, we’ve narrowly avoided it. And damn, that was a hell of a ride.


I loved how during the whole show, the idea that Eva Marie was backed by “Corporate” was fostered. It wouldn’t have been a far-fetched idea, anyway. If the past two decades have told us anything, “Corporate” still had an ideal look for champions, especially for the women. To “succeed” in the Divas division you didn’t have to be really…

The Randy Orton Injury Report Card

Randy Orton has been out with a separated shoulder and tendon tears since October, which has all of us Viper fans in a tizzy—there are days when it seems like #LOLOrtonHurt would be a more appropriate hashtag for the 12-time former world champion than his notorious #FromOuttaNowhere meme.

Despite this latest setback to Orton's famously brittle shoulders, we were all holding out hope that he'd be back by WrestleMania season after roughly six months' worth of rehabilitation time.

But today, we're hearing disastrous reports that apart from his fifth shoulder-related injury, the Apex Predator may be needing either some clean-up work on bone chips just discovered in his neck (the best case scenario) or possible neck fusion surgery—the same procedure that cut short the careers of WWE Hall of Famers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Edge (obviously the worst case scenario).

That got us thinking: It's been thirteen years since Orton made his debut in the WWE as a fi…

The Smark Henry RAW Report (11/23/15): Welcome to the European Union

By the end of this year’s Survivor Series PPV, we found out that the true survivors are those who are still watching WWE by RAW. That wasn’t some proclamation made by a keyboard warrior left with no other way to express dissatisfaction with WWE. That’s a statement that can be backed up by a number. 
2.16.
That’s the rating for this week’s RAW, marking an all-time low in ratings. Just for the sake of reference, this week’s RAW rating is within the range that SmackDown! used to rate… in its early-to-mid-2000s glory days. That’s not a good thing.
All of this isn’t supposed to put the blame on one Irish WWE World Heavyweight Champion. His current reign is merely a symptom of a larger disease, one that tolerates fickle decisions and last-minute changes and allows it to become the norm. Sadly, there’s really nothing you can do when the disease is terminal, and that’s basically what we’ve got when the fate of the largest wrestling company in the world rests on the caprices of an out-of-touch 7o…