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#ThemeSongTuesday (2/28/17): Hero's Welcome

OH NOOOOOOO. OH NO.
OH NO!
Oh yes, it is true! Kassius Ohno (né Chris Hero) has officially returned to NXTTV, and it looks like he'll be the next foil for NXT Champion Bobby Roode. He returns to NXT with an additional four years of seasoning in the indys on his belt, along with a brand new theme song, which is a significant upgrade from this ditty he used during his first tenure at Full Sail:

"Flatlined," the song Ohno originally used, sounds a lot like the punk rock songs you'd bob your head along to in the mid-to-late 2000s. Or it could have been in your workout playlist so you'd have an excuse to play it as anything more than a guilty pleasure. Or, fine, a kinder assessment would have been that it sounded like a poor man's Anberlin or Taking Back Sunday. As much as we loved those bands a good decade ago, that's pretty much how their sound resonates today.
Thankfully, Ohno doesn't have to use that song anymore because he now has a new track called …

The Grapevine (2/28/17): The Ultimate Deletion

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.

We have some important news on a few hot free agents:



The (Broken) Hardys are officially done with TNA, and look to be signing with the WWE. Matt officially announced their departure on his Twitter account. Although they had agreed to a new deal with the company as early as last December, they did not get the actual contracts until a few weeks ago. This delay, plus new stipulations involving bookings in outside promotions and how TNA wants to approve them and keep 10% of the earnings, as well as possible loss of creative control discouraged them from taking the new contracts.

While a WWE deal may not be finalized yet, it can be said that they're looking to snatch them up. The Hardys have told other promoters that they can't commit to dates after May if only because they'…

The Ultimate PWR: Path of Gold 2017 Mixtape

PWR: Path of Gold 2017 may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean people aren't going to be talking about its countless highlights for months to come. From highspot parties to Sonic Crusher buffets to seven-man corner avalanches, the show had it all. No wonder so many audience members were positively giddy after the Philippine Wrestling Revolution's latest effort.

So before our memories go stale, we've compiled a mixtape of the various memorable moments that will we think best defined the show.

1. Rederick Mahaba unleashes the Big Bang Genki Dama Corner Splash
We all know Rederick Mahaba is all about bringing some much-needed size to PWR, but who would have thought the 320-pound Intimate Warrior had enough raging manhood to squash not one, not two, but seven PWR stars with just one move?



Damn. Our ribs ache just from watching that.

2. Sonic Crusher unlipops
Whether you like his sassy new attitude or not, there's no denying that former PWR Champion Ralph Imabayas…

Drew Galloway Says Goodbye to TNA

With the massive influx of talent the WWE has enjoyed over the past three years, could a certain former "Chosen One" be next?

Former TNA Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway posted what seemed to be a farewell message to TNA, where he had competed since 2015, most notably defeating "Broken" Matt Hardy for the Heavyweight Championship.

Thank you @IMPACTWRESTLING for these past two years & everything we achieved together. I'll miss everyone & I'll see you down that long road — Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks) February 27, 2017
Galloway of course was one of the hotter young WWE talents back in 2009, being dubbed as Vince McMahon's own anointed one, and ripping his way to an Intercontinental and Tag Team Championship reign. While his last run as a member of the 3 Man Band may have been less than stellar, he was always an entertaining and athletic talent to have on the roster.

After all, we'll always have a soft spot for his kick-ass entrance theme…

[FULL RESULTS] PWR: Path of Gold 2017

Couldn't make it to the Philippine Wrestling Revolution's second show of the year, PWR: Path of Gold 2017? That's why we're here! We've got you covered with live results from the beautiful Unilab Bayanihan Center in Mandaluyong City.

Here's how the card stacked up:


PWR Championship Match—All Out War: Jake De Leon vs. The Apocalypse vs. John Sebastian (c)PHX Championship Match: Main Maxx vs. Peter Versoza (c)20-Wrestler Path of Gold MatchWinner Enters The Path of Gold Match: Rederick Mahaba vs. Alexander Belmonte III of The NetworkSpecial Attraction Match: "Beautiful" Billy Suede vs. BlackzillaTag Team Match: Delirium (Dax Xaviera & Dan Ericson) vs. Mystery Opponents

Let's get to it.

Pre-Show
Match #1: Evan Carleaux vs. McKata
Both men were fresh call-ups from PWR's Boot Camp program making their debut in a pro wrestling ring. This was a high-energy match that saw the cocky Carleaux steal his first win with a low blow followed by a unique s…

PWR Path Of Gold Is Getting A Boost With Former NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Champion Billy Suede

Filipino pro wrestling fans are in for a treat this weekend as the Philippine Wrestling Revolution just announced that popular indie wrestler "Beautiful" Billy Suede will be wrestling in a special attraction match at PWR: Path of Gold 2017 on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Unilab Bayanihan Center.

Facing him will a massive hulk of a man named Blackzilla—and while PWR may be playing coy with the identity of Suede's hooded opponent, long-time followers of the promotion may have some extremely clever guesses as to who he is, no chill.


This will definitely be an intriguing taste of what it's like to see two veterans of the global pro wrestling scene lock horns in a wrestling ring.

But first things first, who is Billy Suede, and why should we be excited about seeing him in a PWR ring?

Suede is a Fil-Canadian ten-year veteran of the pro wrestling industry, mostly making a mark under the banner of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW), a former NWA territory that&…

Smark Hen-XT (2/22/17): Oh Yes

Kassius Ohno returned to NXT in this week’s episode, and it was great. The man formerly known as Chris Hero is probably one of the best talents stateside, and seeing him not just being given another shot in a WWE product but also getting a main event spot is great. Say whatever you want about his weight problem (which honestly isn’t valid at this point since the man proved he can still go with the extra baggage), but NXT is getting another star to bolster a roster which is deceptively thin on the top.


After coming in to save No Way Jose from a post match beatdown by the NXT Champion Bobby Roode, Ohno delivered a serviceable promo about his return. That he’s gunning for the one thing he wasn’t able to get the first time around is a great touch of continuity. He was a great piece for the then newly rebranded NXT—featuring in big programs like the one with now NXT GM William Regal—but he never got a shot at gold. This time around, he’s shooting straight to the top of the card.

Roode was…

The Grapevine (2/24/17): Trading Places

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.

If you've been waiting to see when the two WWE brands will be doing trades, here you go:



Roster trades between RAW and SmackDown will reportedly happen after WrestleMania 33. It's still not confirmed which Superstars are switching brands, but it's bound to happen before the Draft, which is presumably happening in July again. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: CESARO TO SMACKDOWN PLEASE. (Also, we don't know who on SmackDown would ever want to jump ship to RAW. Other than Kalisto, probably.)

Naomi suffered her title reign-ending injury during the championship match at Elimination Chamber itself. She injured her left knee performing a split-legged moonsault. Naomi had to relinquish her championship on this week's episode of SmackDown. It seems that the inju…

Live From The 205 (2/22/17): Two's Company

For some reason, the best things about 205 Live weren't really on 205 Live this week.
We don't know where they are, but guys like Neville, TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann were missing from the premiere Cruiserweight show. And when the B-team is left to fend for themselves, it's immediately noticeable. I mean, yes, Jack Gallagher, Tony Nese, Akira Tozawa, and Brian Kendrick are there to hold down the fort this week, but when they are the only ones left to do that, you kind of see how shallow the roster can get without the top.
When it's not putting on blockbuster main events like the Fatal Five-Way from a couple of weeks ago, 205 Live is inexplicably too reliant on singles matches all throughout the card. Tozawa/Kendrick and Gallagher/Nese were as good as expected, and Mustafa Ali vs. Noam Dar is solid because they're solid, but why can't we have more tag matches main-eventing the show? Why's it always gotta be a big singles match? 

Granted, th…

SmackDown RunDown Live (2/21/17): One Seed at a Time

Day one… ish! We’re on week two of the Wyatt regime and things can’t get any better. Let me just cut to the chase for a bit: this is easily another solid offering from the Blue Brand. From the very first segment up to the chaotic main event, this week’s episode was such a ride. Let’s get down to it.
A winner-less main event set up many storylines in motion—and it’s awesome

Storytelling is where SmackDown Live really excels. This is why the Blue Brand keeps on kicking Monday nights in the butt despite their own shortcomings. This week’s main event is a prime example of how Creative crammed multiple storylines into one fun match. The pre-match promos were a nice touch, too. It felt like I was watching a star-studded version of NXT. Once the bell rung, all hell broke loose and surprisingly, no one looked like a jabroni through the entirety of the match.


Dolph Ziggler and Apollo Crews will probably butt heads in the future while Dean Ambrose continues to come after Baron Corbin. However, Joh…

The NXT Grapevine, March 2017

Earlier today, NXT taped another set of tapings that are scheduled to air throughout the month of March. It's worth mentioning that these are the last set of shows before NXT TakeOver: Orlando in April, so expect these tapings to shape the matches we'll be seeing over WrestleMania weekend.

Once again, we'll put our usual SPOILER WARNING here. The matches you'll see below have yet to be aired, so don't scroll down if you don't want to be spoiled. Also, these tapings sometimes go through heavy changes before the on-air product is released, so there may be matches and segments that won't be seen.






***START OF SPOILERS***

Airing March 8:

Elias Samson came out to perform a song but was interrupted by Kassius Ohno. Samson proceeded to insult Ohno, which led to Ohno challenging him to a Loser Leaves NXT match later on in the show.Eric Young vs. Tye Dillinger was set to take place, but SAnitY (Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross) attacked Roderick Str…

[POLL] Who Will Win The Path of Gold?

The Philippine Wrestling Revolution championship scene is going into overdrive with both current PWR Champion John Sebastian and PHX Champion Peter Versoza defending their respective belts at PWR: Path of Gold 2017. But what's really gotten the Revo-Nation rabid is the promise of the first ever 20-wrestler Path of Gold elimination match to determine the next number one contender for either title.

With nearly the entire roster booked to enter the match, fans are running wild with their predictions as to who will follow in Jake De Leon's footsteps as the pioneering winner of this unique match format.


PWR opened a poll to see who fans think will win this year's edition of Path of Gold.

[CLICK HERE TO VOTE]

With just over a week's worth of votes, it's rather clear which PWR stars have the most fan support lined up for them heading into the 20-wrestler spectacle. Here's our analysis of the top seven favorites to win this grueling match based on fan predictions.

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