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3 Things We Learned From The Manila Wrestling Federation's Debut

For almost two years already, the Philippine Wrestling Revolution has carried the banner of Pinoy pro wrestling from the original flagbearers from the 80s, sparking an interest that is slowly turning a cult following into a more mainstream appeal. 

Part of the revolution that PWR has ignited has also brought forward not just fans, but also inspiration and competition, as we see a new crop of wrestlers rising up under the newly-minted promotion Manila Wrestling Federation.



August 25-28, 2016 served as probably the biggest weekend for Philippine pro wrestling, with the stretch of the cities of Pasay and Manila serving as the battlegrounds for the conventions featuring two of the country’s very own pro wrestling promotions. At one end, we had mainstay PWR as the official wrestling partner of the AsiaPop Comicon and at the other end, History Channel’s HistoryCon served as the launching pad for the fresh-off-the-box MWF, to which our resident wrestling beat writer managed to catch.

Now while …

The Grapevine (8/31/16): Alberto Del Endo

Good morning, and this is your daily Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the founded and unfounded rumors abound the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the evening.

Some big news coming out of yesterday's RAW, and a big developing story:


Alberto del Rio is apparently done with the WWE. He had voiced out frustrations with not being given things he was promised when he re-signed with the company last year, namely a main event push. All he was given was a failed Mex-America angle with Zeb Colter, the failed League of Nations stable with Sheamus, Wade Barrett, and Rusev, and a meandering status on SmackDown. It should also be noted that he had given notice weeks back, and was suspended for his first WWE Wellness Policy violation some time after he had given notice. No word on how this will affect girlfriend Paige's status with the company. He'll be free to work anywhere at the end of September. (Source: WrestlingInc)
We say: If Lucha U…

The Smark Henry RAW Review (8/30/16): Finding A New Face

This week's RAW had a worthwhile main event, something not seen in quite a while. A Fatal Four-Way took place under elimination rules to determine the new Universal Champion, not long after inaugural titleholder Finn Balor was forced to relinquish the title. It featured a healthy mix of participants, 50% on the "been there, done that" situation with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, and the other 50% being the dark horses of the match - Kevin Owens and Big Cass.
Peppered with vignettes of the participants throughout the night, this match was made out to have that big fight feel, ladies and gentlemen. Plus, with the reemergence of a familiar face during the match itself to up the stakes, it made for some strenuous waiting for the average viewer during the first two hours. However, if one didn't believe that we are truly living in the New Era, then WWE gave us a reinforcement of it tonight.
Granted, I'm only talking about the main event and the preceding build-up to it…

WWE RAW Results (8/29/16): Universal Shock

Monday night in Houston, we got a new WWE Universal Champion... but not without controversy!


New champ! New champ!

RAW opened with all 4 combatants in the middle of the ring to stake their claim to the WWE Universal Championship.

Rollins took credit for the vacancy and argued he's the clear favorite to win. Owens claimed he'll fight smart, while Big Cass proclaimed that he's the biggest dog in the fight... and sizes do matter.

As for Roman Reigns? He started the fight, sending everyone packing!



Then, in the main event, all men gave it all they got in the Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match. RAW GM Mick Foley banned any outside interference during the match.

Big Cass was the 1st man eliminated, courtesy of a frog splash from Owens. Reigns was the next one out, c/o Seth... thanks to an interfering Triple H, who hit Roman with a Pedigree on the outside!

But, in a sudden twist, HHH Pedigreed Rollins, his former protege! Owens got the pin, and becomes the 2nd WWE Universal Champ!

Owens…

#MustWatchMonday (8/29/16): Chris Hero vs. Marty Scurll, Uprising 2016

One of the world's best wrestlers that I feel we don't cover enough here on the site is Chris Hero. You may know him as Kassius Ohno from NXT. He was one of the best wrestlers on the independent scene before making it to NXT, and has only improved since he departed from it. While a certain segment of fans might scoff at him for his appearances and his weight, that shouldn't deter wrestling fans in general from watching the great stuff he puts out on a consistent basis.

An recent example of Hero's great output happened on August 12, at Revolution Pro Wrestling Uprising 2016. This event, famous among the fandom for the Will Ospreay-Vader match that was born out of their Twitter feud, also featured a stellar match between Chris Hero and the Villain, Marty Scurll.

Marty Scurll has been on a tear since winning his match against Will Ospreay at High Stakes 2016, winning his last ten matches as he sets his sight on the British Heavyweight Championship, the biggest prize in t…

PWR at APCC Day 3 Results (8/28/16)

Too much wrestling for one weekend? No such thing! The Philippine Wrestling Revolution just completed its third and final day of all-out warfare at the massively-popular AsiaPOP Comicon yesterday, August 28, at the gleaming SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, and what a card it was. New debuts, championship matches galore, and tons of crowd-pleasing moments marked this as one of the most momentous points in PWR’s young history.


Couldn't catch the action live? We've got full results for you right here, Revo-Nation. Let's get to it!

Match 1: Ken Warren vs. Trabajador Maximo
Former PHX Champion Ken Warren was in a foul mood after coming up just short in his quest to become PWR Champion against Jake De Leon the night before. Unfortunately for him, he had the physically-imposing Trabajador Maximo to contend with after his Day 2 heartbreak.

The young rookie put up some decent resistance, but was no match for the veteran savvy of the self-proclaimed Human Trending  Topic. Warre…

Mr. Fuji (1934-2016)

The trope of the devious Oriental heel is an old one: whether it’s in movies, literature, visual art, or sports. In the world of professional wrestling, the cunning and wily Asian character is losing favor, giving rise to popular performers like Shinsuke Nakamura, Hideo Itami, and Asuka. Yet when it comes to that trope of crafty Japanese heel characters, few stand out more than the man who wrote the book on it: WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji.


Born Harry Fujiwara, the Japanese-American Honolulu native began his career in Hawaii in 1965. Less than a month after his professional wrestling debut, Fujiwara won his first world tag team championship with Hawaiian wrestling legend King Curtis Iaukea. In 1972, Mr. Fuji debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation alongside Professor Toru Tanaka, forming one of the most formidable tag teams of the era. Under the tutelage of the Grand Wizard, Fuji and Tanaka defended the WWWF Tag Team Championships against Pedro Morales and Bruno Sammartino, in a…

PWR at APCC Day 2 Results (8/27/16)

After a wildly-entertaining Day 1 of Philippine Wrestling Rvolution action at the AsiaPOP Comicon yesterday, August 26, at the state-of-the-art SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, local pro wrestling fans flooded back for the second day of warfare between both established PWR stars and young, up-and-comers.

Today's matches were headlined by a pair of championship matches: a first-time encounter between the rugged PHX Champion Main Maxx of the Royal Flush and the explosive Chris Panzer, who emerged victorious over Mike Madrigal on Day 1, while fellow Day 1 victor "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon defended his PWR gold against the dangerous former PHX Champion Ken Warren.

Here's how today's matches turned out.
Match 1: SANDATA vs. John Sebastian
This was the closest thing we've seen yet for Southside supremacy, with SANDATA hailing from Southern Tagalog, and the cocky John Sebastian a proud resident of the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa.
SANDATA unleashe…

PWR at APCC Day 1 Results (8/26/16)

You wanted change? The Philippine Wrestling Revolution is bringing change all right, as it kicked off its unique brand of live sports entertainment in an all-new setting with a three-day wrestling extravaganza at the AsiaPOP Comic Con happening from August 26 to 28, 2016 at the 12,000-capacity SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
The Day 1 card looked particularly interesting, headlined by a match between two of PWR's top stars in reigning PWR Champion "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon and former kingpin Ralph Imabayashi. Supporting them were various fresh faces from the next generation of PWR talent, including the intriguing Vlad Sinnsyk, who shocked Imabayashi in his spectacular debut at PWR Live: The ShawDown last month.


The results are in, and it looks like we're lined up for a barnburning weekend from some of Philippine wrestling's finest.
Match 1: The YOLO Twins (Yohann Ollores & Logan Ollores) vs. Kanto Terror & Kapitan PWR
This marked the official deb…