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#MustWatchMonday (10/31/2016): Go Shiozaki vs. Katsuyori Shibata

There is currently an ongoing inter-promotional feud between the two BushiRoad owned promotions: NJPW and Pro Wrestling NOAH. It all started on the final night of the G1 Climax this year, where we saw NOAH wrestlers Go Shiozaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya and Maybach Taniguchi going up against the New Japan dad team of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata and the NEVER Openweight Champion Katusyori Shibata. The two teams showed utter disdain toward each other, and the crowd reacted to the invaders by booing them out of the building.
[NJPW G1 FINALS SPOILERS] Team NJPW vs. Team NOAH - Create, Discover and Share GIFs on Gfycat

NOAH would eventually win this match, and another match that the two teams would have in King of Pro Wrestling, but with Satoshi Kojima taking the place of Katsuyori Shibata, who had a title defense that night. Following Shibata's successful defense though, Shiozaki would come out and get into the face of Shibata, seemingly challenging him fo…

WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Results

Wasn't able to watch RAW'sWWE Hell in a Cell live? We got you covered!

Follow the action in Smark Henry's live results and commentary below!

Quick Results
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Detailed Results

Watch the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show here

*Kickoff Show – Six-Man Tag Team Match: Sin Cara, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander defeated Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari (9:40)
- Alexander pinned Gulak after a Lumbar Check

1. United States Championship – Hell in a Cell Match: Roman Reigns def. Rusev via a Spear to retain his title

Backstage, Tom Phillips interviewed Universal Champion Kevin Owens.

2. Bayley def. Dana Brooke via the Bayley to Belly suplex

Backstage segment with RAW GM Mick Foley, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, and Chris Jericho.

3. The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) def. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
- Gallows pinned Enzo after a double-team Magic Killer

4. Universal Championship – Hell in a Cell Mat…

Smark Hen-XT (10/26/16): Back from the Dead

NXT Women’s Champion Asuka pretty much destroyed everyone in her way. If her undefeated record doesn’t show you that, then let the sick smile in her face every time she kicks someone’s head off tell the story. She’s a beast in every sense of the word—she hasn’t even used her feared Asuka Lock to get W’s—and it’s backed NXT in a corner. Who do you book against Asuka that’s a believable threat?

There are two ways to solve this conundrum: you either build up another dominant force or you bring in established talents. It’s a tough choice between the two, but NXT has enough balls to gamble on pulling off both at the same time.

’s Women’s division is setting up several characters right now as key players. The Aussie duo of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are the mean girls trying to stake their claim at the top. Liv Morgan and Aliyah are your underdogs. Waiting in the wings is Ember Moon, who seems to be the most polished and ready to go to war with Asuka. Still, there’s a lot of work needed…

#FinisherFriday (10/28/16): The Great Pedigree Showdown

The year was 2015…

It was beautiful days for “The Authority” back then, Seth Rollins was our favorite heel, Triple H and Stephanie were our less favorite bosses, and all was well with Roman Reigns’ being denied his next heavyweight title reign. All was well until Seth got injured and Roman Reigns had his WrestleMania moment which also resulted in Triple H, the Authority, and Seth, becoming a distant memory.

But today is 2016…

A brand-split occurred that should’ve paved the way for the inevitable return of Seth to become Monday Night RAW’s Universal Champion. He didn’t get it on the first opportunity against Finn Balor, but he got in the Fatal 4-way Championship match when Finn had to vacate the title due to injury.

It was about damn time for Triple H to return to television and hand Seth Rollins the title he vacated due to an injury as well. All was well again, Triple H got rid of Roman Reigns, and it was just Kevin Owens who stood in the way. But then Triple H had a change of heart …

The Grapevine (10/28/16): King of Full Sail Style

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.

It's a slow Observer Friday:

Shinsuke Nakamura is not going anywhere for the time being. WWE wants him to be the new face of NXT similar to how Finn Balor was up until he was drafted this year. (Source: WON)
We say: That's fine and all, but sometimes we wish that he was on the show more. NXT's structured so that each storyline is featured in every other show, but it feels like Shinskay is an extra in his own kingdom. Joe's been around much more in his chase for the championship, and it's been really effective for him; we just wanna see the King knee more eyeballs in, like so: A smile and a wink for y'all. — Austin Healy Aries (@AustinAries) October 27, 2016

The Headbangers are returning to SmackDown Live next week to try and qualify…

SmackDown RunDown Live (10/25/16): You Done Goofed

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. It’s another edition of SmackDown Live and this week, we witnessed some betrayals and screw-ups. Let’s get down to it.
Ellsworth 3:16 cost Dean Ambrose a major opportunity
James Ellsworth, you done goofed.
This week’s show featured another solid main event that featured a fuming AJ Styles, a determined Dean Ambrose, and an excited James Ellsworth. Ambrose reluctantly allowed Ellsworth to be at ringside, effectively establishing Dean Ambrose as a believable hero. Sure, he wants to do things his way, but he just can’t crush the man’s heart by refusing Ellsworth’s support. This was also a good week to be the Man with Two Fighting Hands (and a Fighting Chance). He has now become part of a major storyline. How cool is that?

Somehow, I have a feeling that Ellsworth is going to turn heel after a few weeks. I hope not, especially since his lovable loser character got over just recently. Adding him to SmackDown Live’s already cluttered heel roster doesn’t sound app…

#WTFW (10/26/16) : Three Things Mike Madrigal Can Spoil

Ever since his main show debut, "The Walking Death" Mike Madrigal has been known by one simple adjective: kupal. He went up against everyone's favorite Tito, Joey Bax during PWR Live: Shawdown and gave a decent showing. We in the audience were ready to give him the credit he was due, but he went ahead and attacked our beloved Bax after the match. Tito's mistake? Offering his hand for a match well fought.

Walang respeto sa nakatatanda. What a dick.
Fast forward to Monday. Aka, The Walking Dead season 7 premiere. After a cliff hanger of a mysterious death from the last season, there were sure to be many TWD fans eagerly awaiting to watch the episode. And in this age, it was an unwritten law that one does not simply post spoilers on social media. It's common courtesy, It certainly wasn't cool to ruin the experience for everyone else just because you got to watch the episode a few minutes earlier than the rest. That's just...well, kupal.
...punyeta. (Also, spo…

The Smark Henry RAW Review (10/24/16): Saved By The Cell

This week's RAW was the final episode before Hell in a Cell, where there will be three matches that'll take place under the titular structure. That may be one Cell match too many, but will surely make it a must-see event for those regularly watching the product. WWE, however, still had a job to do in selling others in on the event. Not only that, but the clash between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg took its next step in the form of Lesnar's—or rather, his mouthpiece Paul Heyman’s—response. Tonight was the last episode where the matches inside the Cell could prove they deserved to take place in it, and for the most part, they failed to capture that.
First things first, though - The List of Jericho was missing! This was a truly grave and serious matter, with Chris Jericho, the maker of said list, not leaving the ring until he got it back. His best friend Kevin Owens, their Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and their perennial thorn on their sides, Seth Rollins, all came down the ramp…

The Grapevine (10/26/16): Hell's The Limit

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.

Which Hell in a Cell match is going on last?

WWE still hasn't decided which Hell in a Cell match will be closing the show, but it seems that Sasha/Charlotte will either be opening or closing it. Despite Mick Foley's premature announcement, it's still up in the air; while some want it to go on last, there are obviously those against the idea. It apparently can't go in the middle of the show as they're afraid fans might leave after the match, but if it goes on first they most likely won't leave to miss the whole show. (Source: F4WOnline)
We say: You've painted yourselves into quite the corner, WWE. It's not the best idea, but very few will forgive you if you don't push ahead with putting this on last. So put it on last.

A bunch of second-generation …

The Grapevine (10/24/16): Phenomenal Showstoppers

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 weekend.

What is up with all AJ Styles/Shawn Michaels rumors?

As of now, nobody is going to get Shawn Michaels out of retirement. AJ Styles has been fueling the rumors of a match at Royal Rumble between him and the Heartbreak Kid, but none of those things are happening right now. Shawn has made it very clear that nobody is going to make him want to come out of retirement, and the only consolation we'll have is that anything can happen in pro wrestling, including a Goldberg return to the WWE. (Source: F4WOnline)
We say: This might be a much better matchup on paper than Lesnar/Goldberg, but we wouldn't expect too much from the Heartbreak Kid if we were you. The guy has been away from wrestling for around five years. Leave the memories alone. (And we'd do this match at WrestleMania…

PWR Renaissance 2016: The Official Smark Henry Review

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

- William Shakespeare

There's a certain bravado in naming a pro wrestling show Renaissance, as the Philippine Wrestling Revolution did for the show that launched their journey to revive the Filipino wrestling scene all the way back in September 2014. Deliberately or not, the name thrusts expectations of greatness upon the show. It proclaims itself the herald of a golden age. The name, with all its weight and gravitas, puts the immense crunch of pressure on every performer who sets foot in the ring, and demands absolute flawlessness both in their mental focus and physical execution.

That's a long and roundabout way of saying, goddamn, these PWR guys keep setting the bar higher and higher for themselves. Because after a raucously entertaining PWR Live: The ShawDown last August, PWR Renaissance 2016 faced incredibly high expectations to exceed themselves, …