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PWR Live: Bagong Yugto—The Official Smark Henry Review

PWR Live: Bagong Yugto was promised to be a rebirth of sorts for the Philippine Wrestling Revolution after all the backstage controversy and mismanagement that dogged them throughout 2016. With new matches, new focus, new energy, and new story arcs in the offing, both long-time and recent PWR fans had something to look forward to in this first show of 2017.

As with our more recent PWR reviews, this look into the mayhem of Bagong Yugto was inspired by the great food that happened to catch our eye that day. And thanks to this lovely offering at the concession stand, we've found our culinary muse for the month: Mexican food.

We'll be dividing the nine-match spectacle into tiers based on how delicious and satisfying we found them, with a corresponding dish from one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in town, Oralé! Taqueria Mexicana.

Let's do this!

Tier 1: Chimichanga
There’s no Mexican dish more beloved by the Filipino foodie scene than the burrito, but do you know what…

The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Royal Rumble 2017

The Royal Rumble match has become, like many other things the WWE has touched in Vince McMahon's late career, one of those strangely poisoned things under its umbrella. Every January, we wait with bated breath at the promise of a fun Rumble, the most fun match it can ever put out in 12 months of wrestling—but really, when was the last time you were happy with the result?
Maybe you were truly happy with Triple H winning the WWE Championship last year, but otherwise, there hasn't been a Rumble we could really write home about. It's because WrestleMania has no longer really been an event for the hardcore fans, no matter how you look at it, so their main events have been either lackluster or in need of an important last-minute change. And when you're set on main events like, say, Roman Reigns vs. Triple H or Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, you need to have the wrong people win the Rumble.
But this year's Royal Rumble wasn't outright bad. It was just there, refusing…

The Grapevine (1/31/17): Who's Next?

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.

Here's the lowdown on the Universal Championship after Royal Rumble:

Goldberg looks like he'll be winning the Universal Championship from Kevin Owens so he can defend it against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. It looks like this will happen at Fastlane in March. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman is the plan they're going with for the other two, while Owens will be facing Sami Zayn again in house shows. There's no word yet on which big RAW star the Undertaker will be facing, as Dave Meltzer previously hinted. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio, WON)
We say: If that's the case, then on paper, it makes sense as the Universal Championship needs a big name to boost its prestige. In reality, though, we're not sure how that's going to go. Casual and returning fans w…

Smark Hen-XT (1/28/17): Glorious Surprise

They say the key to a happier life is lower expectations. Coming into TakeOver: San Antonio, I really didn’t think it’d be great. On paper, it was a card that lacked the star power and great build up that the previous TakeOvers had. Most of the programs felt rushed or lacked build-up, so I watched the show with tempered expectations. I came out of it gloriously surprised.

Eric Young (w/ SAnitY) def. Tye Dillinger; Roderick Strong def. Andrade “Cien” Almas
Let’s clump the first two matches together since they’re binary opposites of one another. One had a simple yet effective story and decent ring action while the other was a fucking insane match that barely had any story.

The opening match told a great story: Dillinger, in a bid to turn a new leaf and get some wins, found himself facing ¾ of NXT’s newest force of chaos in Young and SAnitY. This match had great psychology, pitting the Perfect 10’s resourcefulness and resilience against the numbers and intensity of the Fallout cosplayer…

#MustWatchMonday (1/30/17): The Greatest Royal Rumble of All Time

Today marks the day of the 2017 Royal Rumble. As everyone knows, the match is a battle royale, starting off with two competitors, with a new wrestler coming in every minute. Wrestlers lose when they are tossed over the top rope, and the last man standing is the winner of the match. Traditionally, the winner of the Royal Rumble is guaranteed a title shot at WrestleMania.
The premise of the match was supposed to be that anyone could win it, and that unpredictability was its main drawing point. But despite having 30 wrestlers in the match, the Royal Rumble has suffered a fundamental problem the past few years: the winners of the match were entirely predictable. Even if you couldn't pinpoint a single winner, you could tell that there were only three or four guys in the ring who actually had a shot of winning the entire match.
That's what makes this year special. Due to a combination of the brand split, the return of multiple nostalgia acts, and the need to establish some marquee …

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Results

Wasn't able to watch WWE Royal Rumble live, even during the Viewing Party at Skinny Mike's in Taguig? Always remember: we got you covered.

Follow all the action in the live tweets and commentary below.

Quick Results

* Pre-show: Six-Women Tag Team Match: Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, and Naomi defeated Natalya, Mickie James, and Smackdown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss

* Pre-show: RAW WWE Tag Team Championship: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Cesaro and Sheamus to win the titles

1. RAW Women's Championship: Charlotte Flair def. Bayley to retain her title

2. Universal Championship - No DQ Match: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns to retain his title
- Braun Strowman interfered on behalf of Owens; Jericho was suspended on top of a cage

3. Cruiserweight Championship: Neville def. Rich Swann via submission to win the title

4. WWE Championship: John Cena def. AJ Styles to win the title... and become a 16-time World Champion

5. Royal Rumble Match: Randy Orton

[FULL RESULTS] PWR Live: Bagong Yugto

2017 looks like it's going to be a banner year for the Philippine Wrestling Revolution, if its first show for the year is any indication. PWR Live: Bagong Yugto was an all-around crowd-pleaser, with nearly all of the promotion's top stars in performance.

In case you couldn't make it to Venue 142 in Quezon City, we've got full results for you.

Match #1: Bombay Suarez vs. Dax Xaviera

"The Heart & Soul of PWR" Bombay Suarez made a shocking one-night-only return to take on the uber-athletic Dax Xaviera of the tag team Delirium.

Suarez won the short and energetic contest with a Bomb Shelter spinning side slam.

Winner: Bombay Suarez via pinfall

Main Show
Match #1: MadVlad (Mike Madrigal & Vlad Sinnsyk) vs. Punk Dolls (Robynn & Martivo)

Great opener to showcase the talents of some of the more promising members of PWR's New Breed. MadVlad take the win in a back-and-forth match with an assisted Muscle Buster on Robynn.

Winners: MadVlad via pinfal…