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OFFICIAL: Panzer Gunning for Warren's PHX Gold at PWR Live


Will Ken Warren's reign atop the Philippine Wrestling Revolution's PHX division be short-lived?

Hot off the heels of his controversial victory over the feisty Ralph Imabayashi at last September's Renaissance 2015 to claim the PHX Championship, the Social Media Sinister is in for a trial by fire as he takes on PWR's resident heartthrob Chris Panzer in his first title defense.

Panzer has had an up-and-down career in PWR thus far, sporting a pedestrian .500 winning record for his career, including a narrow loss to the current PHX Champion in his PWR debut back at Renaissance 2014.

On the other hand, two of his three victories have come at the expense of one Ken Warren—the first one coming at Terminus nearly one year ago, thanks to a ferocious Panzerschreck to avenge his initial loss, and the second one via a dominant showing in a submission-only match at Wrevolution X, forcing the self-proclaimed Human Trending Topic to tap out in humiliating fashion.




Diehard PWR observers claim that Ken Warren bought his way to the top of the PHX division by  securing the services of the smash-mouth mercenary tag team, the Fighters 4 Hire, to give him a shortcut to the gold. First, he sent them to deliver an ass-whooping to Mayhem Brannigan, the top-ranked wrestler in the PWR Power Rankings, moments after he eked out a win over Panzer in his half of the PHX Championship Tournament, leaving him with a broken nose and a dislocated shoulder. These injuries cost Mayhem the opportunity to compete in the PHX Finals, leaving Warren with an easier path to the prized PHX belt.

He's the king of the world!

But for now, it's time for the OG of IG to put his money where his mouth is, as PWR General Manager Mr. Sy has officially announced Warren-Panzer IV for PWR Live with the iconic white-and-gold belt on the line in what promises to be a thrilling match-up.
Our Analysis

Both men know each other intimately after having faced off in three gruelling wars, with each battle being evenly-matched and decided by the most delicate of margins.

Chris Panzer is perhaps the finest all-around performer in PWR today, with an impressive arsenal of such high-flying moves as a Shawn Michaels-esque diving elbow and frog splash to complement a wide array of submission moves—his Mexican surfboard, for instance, is a crowd-pleaser— as well as his spectacular Panzerschreck bicycle kick that's knocked Warren clean out of his boots in the past.

Warren knows how Panzer's feet taste.
Ken Warren, in contrast, is the thinking man's wrestler, luring in his foes with underhanded tactics and eye-rakes before decimating them with such dazzling moves as his Google Buster front suplex slam and the High Cross he debuted against Ralph Imabayashi. He then polishes them off with a combination he calls the WiFi—short for "Winning Finish"—consisting of a spinning backfist to his weary opponent's face chained immediately into a vicious superkick to the back of the head.

Joex Bax goes down to the WiFi.
More than the PHX Championship though, both men will be fighting for their egos. Both are immensely confident athletes who enjoy being the alpha dog, and neither man wants to slip back below .500 in the PWR win-loss standings, which is the fate awaiting the loser of this match. Chris Panzer has never lost two consecutive matches, and history just may be on his side.

At the end of the day, Ken Warren cares too deeply about his prized championship to let it slip out of his hands so soon after he won it. It's the one redemptive factor he has in PWR to outweigh the pride-crushing three-match losing streak he suffered early on in his career, and he's unafraid to lose the battle for the sake of winning the war. 

Our prediction: Chris Panzer wins by count-out, as a cocky-but-outmatched Warren deliberately walks out to save his PHX Championship.

Chris Panzer will take the 'W' but not the belt.
Who do you think is winning this match, Revo-nation? Will Ken Warren remain on top of the PHX division, or will the leader of the Panzer Army show that he's the new gold standard all hybrids will be measured against? Leave us a comment below, and we'll see you at PWR Live in two weeks.

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PWR Live will be on November 21, Saturday, at the Makati Square Arena. Gates open at 6 p.m. with bell time at 7 p.m. Ticket prices and availability will be announced very soon on the Philippine Wrestling Revolution's Facebook page.

For more details, sign up for the official event page here.

Photos taken by Hub Pacheco.

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