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Heavy Impact (3/31/16): Filler Filler Chicken Dinner

THIS WEEK ON IMPACT WRESTLING! Jeff Hardy has his title match, and... Gail Kim organizes another #1 contenders match for the Knockouts Championship? EC3/Matt Hardy/Mike Bennett continues! Where is it all going?
Much ado about nothing
Here's the problem when you don't have a monthly PPV to build up to: you need to make sure your weekly episodic television is really good and riveting. We're all used to the paradigm WWE has created (and others have followed) that we expect arcs to follow the same pattern—build for three to four weeks, and either move on to the next chapter or wrap the story up at the big event.
Even though shows like Lucha Underground get it right by always keeping the story moving in a nice way, it's still weird to see the wrestling story float in and out of arcs without huge punctuations. That's why LU works hard, because it knows it only gets one big event, and that's the season finale. TNA knows this with Impact Wrestling as well, but because…

The Grapevine (3/31/16): The Women's Revolution

Good morning, and welcome to the daily Grapevine! Here is where we round up all the rumors, hearsay and tidbits of news from the wild world of professional wrestling that you may have missed over the evening.
It's been a slow news week, which is weird as all the red herrings seem to have stopped on WrestleMania week, but we have a big rumor:

WWE is apparently planning a rebranding of the Divas division. The company has apparently given in to the pressure involving the negative connotations of the "Divas" term and will be reverting back to calling it the Women's Division and the title as the WWE Women's Championship, a title that hasn't been used since the original Women's Championship was unified with the current Divas Championship back in Night of Champions 2010. A new commissioned title belt, which will be revealed at RAW the following day, will look like a smaller WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt and with a white strap. Here's a couple of mo…

The Smark Henry RAW Report (3/28/16): Fearless Forecasts

Well, here we are again…

No, that wasn’t meant to be a segue to a Peter Cetera song, but that was supposed to signal the fact that we’re finally at WrestleMania Week! It took us a good long while to get here, but we made it.

Now, I just got back from my quick trip to across the pond, and I’ll be writing about my wrestling pilgrimage in London very soon, but the more important business is at hand since the go-home RAW right before WrestleMania is in the books! And since the card for ‘Mania is finally set in stone, then I can finally sit down and do some proper predictions, so allow me to unleash several fearless forecasts:

Kickoff Match: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
It’s a 20-man clusterfuck, which doesn’t say a lot about the importance of this match. Now that it’s in its third year, I realize that having a special commemorative battle royal at WrestleMania isn’t all that special, particularly because these guys aren’t really fighting for anything other than the trophy, which mea…

#ThemeSongTuesday (3/29/16): The Music Of WrestleMania 32

WrestleMania season has not only been upon us, it’s broken into our homes and currently has a fist in our mouths, slowly inching further down our throats until it finally hits the esophagus on April 4th. Do you feel slightly violated and are now paying attention? Great!

Now, #ThemeSongTuesday has returned after its Holy Week absence, and we’re ready to talk WrestleMania 32’s themes. Ready for a strange listen into two extremely different genres for this one clusterfuck of a ‘Mania? An EP’s worth of tracks have been announced as part of this year’s bundle of themes, so get those headphones on and prepare to be confused!

The five songs currently representing WrestleMania 32 can be divided into two sections: Hard rock and Flo Rida, who recently seems to be WWE’s hip-pop equivalent of Limp Bizkit. Starting with the first official theme of this year’s WrestleMania, we delve into the first track: “My House”, by Flo Rida.

Vince McMahon’s been wanting WrestleMania 32 to be the biggest one to dat…

Cafe Puro (3/29/16): What WWE Can Learn From The Rise Of Okada

On April 4, 2016, at WrestleMania 32 (also known as WrestleMania Star), Roman Reigns will challenge Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the main event, a match that would be considered a passing of the torch of sorts and solidify The Big Dog as the man in WWE for years to come.

That should have been it, as simple as that—Reigns on top as a beloved star by the fans.

Here’s the problem: for many reasons, it seems as though in the eyes of many, there is still resentment over Reigns being the man, or in this case, WWE Creative dropping the ball on his ascent to the top. And that is why for the most part, Triple H has been seen as the supposed “face” in their rivalry where he is the heel. Expect the same amount of hostility by the time the main event takes place.

On the the other side of the planet, Kazuchika Okada’s ascent to the top was destined. A man with an unlimited amount of potential, support from the fans since his Young Lion days, and management approval, he h…

#MisusedMonday (3/28/16): Sean O'Haire's Less-Than-Thrilling WWE Career

For those of you who don’t know, you should know, I am “Classical” Bryan Leo, current two-time Philippine Wrestling Revolution champion, one-third of the hosts on The Wrestling Gods on FOX Philippines, and more importantly, a wrestling fan of over a decade, and I present to you the inaugural #MisusedMonday! Every other Monday, I'll be discussing some of the apparent darker times of a pro wrestler's career, which could potentially introduce to many of you several gems that were treated as mere pebbles. 

You’re probably wondering, why should I care about a bunch of guys who never made it? Well, one, because I said so. And two, like I’ve stated, these guys were pure gems! The wrestlers highlighted in these columns all had a certain "it" factor that would make you want to tune in. 

Were they all deserving of being at the top of where they were? Some yes and some no, but all of them certainly had far more to offer than what they were given a chance to show off. This is my w…