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[FULL RESULTS] PWR Wrevolution X 2017

If the WWE has WrestleMania, then the Philippine Wrestling Revolution has Wrevolution X, its annual megashow where championships are won, wars are waged, feuds find their closure, and the company goes all out to cement its status as the country's premier wrestling promotion.

On its third annual staging, PWR's show of shows featured a legendary lineup of matches from top to bottom.

PWR Championship Match: Chris Panzer vs. John Sebastian (c)PHX Championship Match: SANDATA vs. ??? vs. Peter Versoza (c)Tag Team Championship Finals: Fighters 4 Hire (Joey Bax & Miguel Rosales) vs. The YOLO Twins (Yohann & Logan Ollores) vs. The Deadly Sinns (Mike Madrigal & Vlad Sinnsyk)PHX Championship Qualifier: Ralph Imabayashi vs. Chino GuintoThe Battle For Pride: "Beautiful" Billy Suede vs. "The Senyorito" Jake De LeonAll Out War: Rederick Mahaba vs. The ApocalypseWomen's Match: Crystal vs. RobynnGrudge Match: Bombay Suarez vs. Ken WarrenMistaken Identity Mat…

Rederick Mahaba: The Heart Of War

The road to greatness is paved by many paths. Twisting and turning, it branches out to find obstacles and tests of endurance. Only the strong-willed and hardy will get through. It matters not whether they stumble, only if they pick themselves up again later on. Waiting for them is not an end to their journey, but a challenge for greater heights.

Rederick Mahaba is one such warrior. He has battled The Network multiple times, faced off against a then-PWR Champion (pucha siya) and battled with future champions as well. What can be seen about him after all this time is a deeper understanding of the warfare in the wrestling ring. He may have started out as a conventional hoss, but his biggest advantage, his size, is no longer his only weapon. Slowly but surely, he is perfecting himself for greatness.

Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain. (Sun Tzu, The Art of War)
When he debuted, The Intimate Warrior wore his heart on his…

Five Burning Questions Before WWE Payback

In two days, Payback will be live on the WWE Network, the first post-WrestleMania pay-per-view of 2017. It should be a bigger deal than it is, especially with it coming off the heels of the Superstar Shake-Up and a solid WrestleMania. But it isn’t, and as I explained in my RAW review this week, a lot of it stems from the messy and problematic booking that we’ve come to expect from RAW and the sudden nature of the Superstar Shake-Up to begin with.

So here we are about a month after ‘Mania and we’ve got a RAW-exclusive PPV that doesn’t even feature a world title match because both Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal are holding the top titles hostage. But what about the singles midcard title on RAW? Yeah, we’re not getting an Intercontinental Championship match either. Sorry, Deano. Okay, but are we getting Finn B├ílor on the show? Outside of a Miz TV segment on the Kickoff with him as a guest, that’s pretty much it. Well, yippee-ki-yay.

Remember how bad Fastlane was this year? It was craptastic…

Fighters, Twins & Kings: Who Will Be PWR's First Tag Team Champions?

The Filipino tag wrestling scene finally gets its stamp of legitimacy at Wrevolution X this Sunday as the country's first ever tag team champions will be crowned.

It's hard to believe it took two and a half years to get to this point, but we won't be short of worthy choices. After steamrolling their way through three other teams to get to the finals of the tag tournament, we're left with the three finest tandems in the country today.

Three different teams, three different agendas. But one thing we know for sure is that every single man in this match is laying it all out in the ring for this historic shot at glory.

First up are the proud veterans of the tag team division, Fighters 4 Hire, who see this match as their shot at stamping a legacy even greater than just being its pioneers.

"We started everything in this division," says the rugged, compact Joey Bax, who not that long ago made an attempt at building a singles career while Miguel Rosales was out indef…

Smark Hen-XT (4/26/17): Brawl

I can’t say this enough: when NXT is on its game, it’s really good. Sadly, it hasn’t been the same since its roster and creative team were culled during the draft last year, but this past few weeks, it feels like they’ve finally hit their stride.

Take for example this week’s brawls between Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross. It was so fun that they had to do it twice. From Cross slithering into the ring and calling out Riot to kick off the night, to Riot throwing herself from the stage for a diving crossbody on Cross, both brawls were exciting, violent, and fresh. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a proper pull apart brawl in NXT, and it’s always fun to see one.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that they were able to put in some solid character work in between. Riot delivered on a simple but effective promo in a backstage interview segment. You can probably pick up on her gimmick from her look, but it was nice for her to be clear that she’s all about individuality and nonconformity and tie it up with S…

The Grapevine (4/28/17): American Nightmare of Honor

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 updates on which promotion Cody Rhodes plans to makes his home:

Cody Rhodes is expected to sign somewhat exclusively with Ring of Honor. There's no formal announcement just yet, but he had expressed a desire to settle with one home promotion, and the rumors are strongly suggesting that it will be with ROH. Signing with ROH as a home base would still allow him to work NJPW, and any other American promotion that does not have a TV show. He's apparently done working for TNA as well. The restrictions of this new deal rule out Impact, Lucha Underground, and most of the big American indies except PWG. He will also still be able to sell merchandise through Pro Wrestling Tees and handle his own outside bookings as long as they're not in conflict with ROH dates. Th…

Robynn: Come One, Come All

"Bahala na si Batman"

A popular saying among the Filipinos that loosely translates to "leave it to Batman" or "come what may." It signifies a submission to the will of fate, and leaving things to chance.
The name of Robynn's high angle senton bomb to the outside.
How to best describe her fighting style.
Once the unicorn hoodie comes off, the Punk Rock Princess of the PWR knows all too well that excitement is the name of the game. She has no need for neither careful strategy nor a complicated gameplan. That's her Punk Dolls partner Martivo's area. What she does best is go crazy and go for broke.
In her singles debut in the PWR, she took on Mike Madrigal, a wily and sinister fellow member of the company's New Breed, and a dude who quickly made a reputation for himself by being the candidate for top kupal in the company. He was brash, sly and, most importantly, dangerous. In other words, the perfect opponent for Robynn.

Let's just say tha…

SmackDown RunDown Live (4/25/17): With Us or Against Us

What’s your problem? It’s another edition of SmackDown RunDown Live, and well, you’re about to know what my problem is. So before you start your awesome long weekend, let’s share a few moments to discuss this week’s episode of SmackDown Live. Let’s get down to it.

The Anti-Charlotte alliance makes their presence felt

Urgh. This is the Divas Revolution all over again.

First, let me say the positive. I really like how the women taking the main event spots on weekly shows is slowly becoming a norm. Normally, we’d be all over Charlotte vs. Naomi closing the show, but now, it didn’t feel any different than the usual main events we’re getting. That’s really saying something. After their encounter last week, I was really expecting another clinic of a match—an instant classic, if you will. And for a few minutes, they actually did have a good match until they ruined it with the whole anti-Charlotte movement that doesn’t really make sense to me.

So the trio of Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina attacked…

TV5 To Broadcast SmackDown Live Starting April 30

TV5 is the new home of the Land of Opportunity.

At a press conference held at Shangri-La at the Fort this afternoon, WWE General Manager for Asia Pacific Chris Marsh joined TV5 President and CEO Vincent "Chot" Reyes and Head of Sports Patricia Hizon to announce that TV5 will be broadcasting SmackDown Live every Sunday at 3 PM, starting April 30.

"In the industry of sports entertainment, WWE is second to none," Reyes told the assembled media. "It’s a proven, successful, model organization and an esteemed, iconic brand. We at TV5 are honored and excited to be the platform that delivers WWE to the free TV audience."

SmackDown Live will be broadcast as a two-hour show this Sunday for the initial broadcast, but the succeeding episodes will be shown in a condensed, one-hour form.

It isn't surprising that TV5 is only able to broadcast one of the many WWE properties, given the realities of how difficult it is to put advertising into wrestling programs in the …

NXTBT: The Birth of an Architect

Welcome to this week's TBT, and once again we continue our look into the early days of NXT!

The Birth of an Architect

Much like the previous week’s NXT kicked off, this week also started with the debut of a long-haired wrestler.

Seth Rollins’ first match went the way most debuts did—a quick minute or two to showcase his stuff, before hitting his finisher for the quick victory. This week’s victim was a Japanese wrestler named Jiro, who feels like someone familiar but actually isn’t. Rollins’ finisher was still called the Blackout instead of the Curb Stomp, which is actually a much cooler name for it. It’s a shame we don’t see that anymore, though his new finisher does look promising.

What I loved watching was Rollins' promo right after the match. Ladies and gentlemen, take a look at this:
I came here to NXT to do what I do best: rip the roots out of the ground, the clouds out of the sky, turn the place upside down and change the world one heart at a time! What is this, random l…

Live From The 205 (4/25/17): Live Character Progression!

Wanna see something beautiful? Go watch Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese from this week's episode of 205 Live.The match is a continuation of the storyline between Ali and conservative senator Drew Gulak, who's trying to ban Ali (and only seemingly Ali's) from doing his awesome high-flying moves. Drew's a little suspect in not protesting the rest of the other high-flyers, like Rich Swann and Neville, but bear with me here. Color commentator Corey Graves, a guy who usually roots for the heels, doesn't agree with Gulak's position. To be honest, he doesn't have to, but he's kind of traditionally obligated to being a color commentator.
Graves asks Gulak why he wants to make 205 Live a no-fly zone, and Gulak, a deceptively decent talker, explains that he just wants to minimize risk in order to protect the individual futures of the cruiserweights. That actually makes sense from a normal, rational person's standpoint, but the beautiful part is that he gets Graves …