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SmackDown RunDown (4/28/16): One vs Bullet Club

SAAAWWWFFTTT! It’s time for another weekly edition of SmackDown RunDown! With you as always is your homeboy Ricky and this week, we saw the final attempts of WWE to make us care about the upcoming Payback pay-per-view. Were they enough, though? Let’s find out.

The Guy Dodged a Hollywood Bullet

Our favorite guy Roman Reigns opened the show this week to call out AJ Styles, but The Miz answered the call and told the world champ he was right about Styles all along and introduced Maryse to the guy. We have to hand it to The Miz. He has been a consistent heel character for weeks now. Having his wife beside him really brought out the best in him. Anyway, The Miz was sent packing by a right hand from Reigns and the main event was set: a champion vs champion match.

AJ Styles was at ringside during the main event as The Miz held himself up with Reigns in a decent match. Roman Reigns speared Mike in half to get the victory. Things quickly descended into chaos as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows came …

The Road to Wrevolution X: The Official Smark Henry Review

PWR made its return to action, this time in the red hot South, as the Road to Wrevolution X was officially kicked off! As one of the most unpredictable shows ever on the PWR calendar, it was a night full of surprises and action in the promotion's first outing in Parañaque.

And so the big question on everyone's minds was: Who was going to impress en route to the company’s biggest show this May?

Multiple threads had been laid out from the previous show, each one of them adding a layer of intrigue to each of the night's matches:

Could Jake De Leon and Ralph Imabayashi co-exist as tag team partners, or would their mutual thirst to regain the PWR Championship each one of them believes they never should have lost cause them to implode against the Royal Flush?Could Bombay Suarez sustain his run as the first and only double champion in PWR history as he put his prized PHX Championship on the line against former champion Ken Warren?What kind of showing would the surging SANDATA have…

Smark Hen-XT (4/27/16): A New Day Rising

We’re finally at the final episode of the WrestleMania Axxess tapings, and to close out the set, Eva Marie and Elias Samson line up to get their heads caved in. Also, we get highlights from Samoa Joe’s NXT title win over Finn Bálor.

Passing the Torch
Last week, at a live show, Samoa Joe finally exorcised his demon as he defeated Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship.

First things first, what?

This was an odd choice for this big moment. I get that NXT has this special relationship with the fans, but to give this title win on a live show, away from the TV cameras, feels like a cop-out. It was like they just wanted to give Bálor the record of longest reign (he ended his reign at 292 days, just four days longer than Adrian Neville’s reign as champ) before letting him drop it. If the plan was for the champ to beat the record, they could have done it a week later, during their TV Tapings and air it on tape delay. I get that the plan was to give the belt to Joe to free up the former champ for…

Temple Rants (4/27/16): Cageception

Last week saw Lucha Underground’s resident monsters clash, with Matanza and Mil Muertes finally going one on one. It was a brutal affair, and we didn’t really get a conclusion as both men were unable to continue after crashing through Dario Cueto’s office roof. Nevertheless, this seems to have sparked a war between Dario Cueto and Catrina, as both seek to be the one controlling the Temple. Meanwhile, we saw the team of Jack Evans, PJ Black and Fenix advance to the finals of the Trios Tournament, while Aero Star picked up the second Aztec medallion after beating a familiar foe, Drago.

Cage in a Cage
Johnny Mundo and Cage’s feud finally came to an end this week, with the two squaring off in the second steel cage match in Lucha Underground history. Considering that these two have been feuding since the start of the season, it was about time for this rivalry to culminate, and they capped it off in a wonderful match.
The Machine shuts down Johnny Mundo! #CageInACage#LuchaUndergroundpic.twit…

The NXT Grapevine: May 2016

It's the end of another month, and you know what that means, NXT fans—there's a whole new series of episodes taped for May! You might have already seen the big surprises and the happenings going around, but we're here to process them all just for you.
May 4
Eric Young debuts by interrupting a Samoa Joe promo, promising to bring change
Nia Jax def. Tessa Blanchard
Austin Aries def. Tye Dillinger
The Revival def. The Hype Bros
No Way Jose def. Noah Kekoah
Samoa Joe def. Eric Young in a non-title match
Thoughts: It's official, guys, NXT has become Impact Wrestling. If you hadn't seen it before (with the arrival of Joe and Austin Aries), Finn's loss, Joe's reign, Roode's pending signing, and the debut of EY have cemented it. I don't believe the homegrown Performance Center talent will be completely overshadowed by the ex-TNA talent, but their fate will be determined by how Triple H and Vince McMahon handle NXT. It's also interesting to see Eric Young imme…

The Grapevine (4/29/16): Impact of Honor

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.
The TNA sale saga continues to be juicy:

Could Sinclair Broadcasting, the owners of Ring of Honor, be buying TNA? There's word that they might be rebranding their Tennis Channel into the American Sports Network, and they would need to expand their programming if that were to happen. Aside from considering making Ring of Honor (the television show) two hours, they're possibly looking at TNA, especially with the vast tape library and currently-existing international syndication deals. However, while talks with the Harris brothers' Aroluxe company have not led to a sale yet—leaving TNA still open for the taking—Dixie Carter is still angling for majority control of the promotion. (Source: F4WOnline)
We say: Sinclair owning TNA would be a much better proposition than the Ha…