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31 Days of Wrestling (12/31/16): The PWR Championship Triple Threat, Wrevolution X

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. It's that time of year again when we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match a day for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling this calendar year produced for us.

We can't close out 2016 without honoring the greatest moment of Philippine wrestling for the year—a match that still has local fans buzzing half a year after it happened: the classic Triple Threat for the PWR Championship at Wrevolution X. 


If there's one name that's synonymous with local pro wrestling, it's "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon—the affable Bacolod-born everyman who's been pretty much the face of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution since its incepti…

#FinisherFriday (12/30/16): Grand Amplitude

All hail American Alpha, our brand new SmackDown Tag Team Champions! The two blue-chippers' shocking victory over the Wyatt Family—with a clean pinfall over 12-time World Champion Randy Orton, no less!—marked one of the more scintillating upsets of the year, not just for the unexpectedness of the win, but by how clean it ended.



It takes a lot to take out a future Hall of Famer like Orton for the three-count, and fortunately, for this one evening, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable had the right weapon to steal the gold: their jaw-dropping tag team finisher known as Grand Amplitude.

What is Grand Amplitude? 
At its core, the move is an alley-oop bridging back suplex, which involves the 245-pound Jordan first tying up the intended victim in an arm-trap belly-to-back suplex position. With an explosive pop of his hips (and take note, Jordan can squat over 400 pounds in real life), he tosses the opponent into the air, where a leaping Gable snatches him at his peak, and dive-bombs him back-fi…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/30/16): Aztec Warfare(s) 2016

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. It's that time of year again when we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match a day for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling this calendar year produced for us.

We can't close out 2016 without forgetting our big Lucha Underground moments.


That's right: we say 2016 because thanks to Lucha Underground's ridiculously rushed and shortened second and third seasons, they put out not one, but two Aztec Warfare matches this year. And they're both great.
Lucha Underground is a smart wrestling show, and we don't just mean that by the way they tell their stories. They're also smart enough as a young pro wrestling production to under…

Smark Hen-XT (12/28/16): In the Land of the Rising Sun

Greetings and salutations, NXT faithful! Stan Sy here, at your service this week. Your usual NXT reviewer, Jocs, is taking a much-deserved break over the holidays, so I’m filling in with this week’s edition of this column! We don’t have much time until the new year, so let’s get right to it!

NXT aired a special two-hour episode this week, which was essentially a televised version of the Osaka live event they held a few weeks ago where Shinsuke Nakamura reclaimed the NXT Championship from Samoa Joe. If you were wondering why we got a truncated version of the title match back then, go ahead and catch the main event because you get the full match to close the show.


If you already saw the shortened version of the match from the December 7 episode of NXT, then you can actually afford to skip the main event. Then again, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not catching the match in its entirety. What I realized while rewatching the match today was that NXT cut out a lot of the transi…

Little Lucha Things (12/28/16): The Infinity Gauntlet

AKA the Mascarita Sagrada edition—we'll be back to regular programming next week.


Cage wins the Best-of-Five series against Texano. This week's episode saw Texano easily level the series 2-2, before Dario Cueto came out and announced that we also get the final match since he didn't want to postpone the violence. Cage bled in this match, which is probably the most vulnerable we've ever seen him in. This was a good, fun hardcore brawl that made both men look good. For his efforts, Cage gets the Infinity Gauntlet an ancient gauntlet, and we'll have to see later on what exactly that does.
Prince Puma is back! Boyle Heights' hometown hero came back to life this week, smashing a pipe into the back of Mil Muertes as the latter fought Jeremiah Crane one-on-one. Crane picked up the win off the distraction, and it seems like the Puma-Mil rivalry is back on. Puma's bow towards Vampiro indicates that they're on the same page now, which makes for a fearsome pair.
Who k…

SmackDown RunDown Live (12/27/16): The Blue Brand Year-End Special

Recognize! Welcome to the last SmackDown RunDown Live of 2016! As if the 2016 isn’t bad enough, right guys? Anyway, the Blue Brand is looking to end the year right with three mega main events. Let’s get down to it.

AJ Styles ends his phenomenal year with a huge victory

Who else in the WWE has had a great year other than AJ Styles? His WWE World Championship is enough to tell you exactly that. Days before 2016 ends, the Phenomenal One successfully defended his title against Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in one hell of a triple threat. It was even better than Styles’s triple threat affair back in No Mercy. Styles and Ziggler’s temporary alliance, that beautiful End of Days-Zig Zag combo—this match didn’t save room for dull moments. My only complaint is that the match was too damn short. Still, what an epic end to a great year, not just for Styles, but for everyone on Team Blue.


What’s in store for 2017? I think everyone’s going to mention how great 2016 treated AJ Styles so I’ll leave it …

31 Days of Wrestling (12/29/16): Joey Ryan Proves Wrestling Is Nuts

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. It's that time of year again when we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match a day for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling this calendar year produced for us.

Today, we’ll be looking at how one man relied on his penis to take him to greater heights in 2016.



Sometimes, to be a star in pro wrestling, you need to be a bit of a dick. You have to have balls. You have to be damn well cocksure about yourself, or nobody else will. And you gotta be a bit nuts.
...Aaand speaking of dicks and balls and cocks and nuts, Joey Ryan took all of this advice literally, and ran with it to carve out his own little niche in 2016.

We all remember back in late 2015…

#WTFWednesday (12/28/16): The Network Wants You to #PayInNa!

The Network has been around the Philippine Wrestling Revolution for over a year and a half. Suffice to say, the arrival of James "Idol" Martinez and the rest of his Gang in Green ("The Golden Boy" Chino Guinto and "Mr. Financially Stable" Alexander Belmonte III) has been nothing short of groundbreaking, playing their roles as multi-level marketing heels perfectly. Some core Downlines may have come and gone, but The Network has stayed its course on its mission to deliver us from our financial woes.

As such, we here at Smark Henry feel like it's only fitting that The Network receive its own entrance music, heavily inspired by one of its numerous celebrity Downlines, James "Energy Gap" Reid.

He's the Sporty Spice of The Network
So without further ado, here's the lyrics to #PayInNa

If this doesn't inspire you to put your Christmas pamasko in the hands of The Network, we don't know what will.


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31 Days of Wrestling (12/28/16): Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz, No Mercy

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. It's that time of year again when we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match a day for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling this calendar year produced for us.

Today, we’ll be looking at one of the defining matches in a long and emotional rivalry: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, at No Mercy 2016.


For all their differences, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz share many things in common. Early on in their careers, they were saddled by uninspired personas bound for that vast dump of failed professional wrestling gimmicks. For all intents, they were bound to be supporting actors: the show wasn’t going to be about them, and…