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Chino Guinto Suffers Torn Right ACL, Likely Done For 2017


All that glitters isn't gold, especially when it comes to Chino Guinto's immediate future.

The popular reigning PHX Champion shocked his Philippine Wrestling Revolution fans with a surprise announcement regarding a severe knee injury that will have him potentially sidelined for the rest of the year.



Sometimes, it takes a good fall to know where you really stand. 
Not sure if this was a good fall or not—and it certainly doesn't feel like it—but the Golden Boy once again finds the cards stacked against his favor, this time in a different fashion. 
Complete ACL tear.
Strained MCL.
Vertical tears on the menisci. 
Sadly, this unfortunate incident puts my golden run to a screeching halt and everything I've built goes flush down the drain. But I can't help feel all the more #BLESSED. 
Because being #BLESSED is beyond just being at the top and being the best, it's about being able to acknowledge and conquer pain, doubt, guilt, and fear despite the physical and emotional limitations and using these setbacks to transform yourself to mount your comeback. 
The Golden Boy may be down, but the fire won't ever go out. And as the legend goes, the phoenix must burn before it can fully emerge, just like how Chino Guinto will rise from the ashes: bigger, better, and #BLESSED more than ever.


Official details behind the injury are sketchy, but insiders report that Guinto initially hurt his knee doing routine drills in training a couple of weeks back. For this diagnosis to come out so late in the game suggests that the Hotshot Hustler was trying his darnedest to be optimistic about his leg, hoping for it to be nothing more than a sprain or strain.

It's likely that we won't be seeing the Golden Boy wrestling any time this 2017, with tears of this nature generally taking up to six months to fully rehabilitate. On the bright side, this is hardly a death sentence for the gifted grappler's wrestling career; WWE star Seth Rollins (whose high-octane ring style, Blockbuster signature, and former Curb Stomp finisher Guinto emulates) suffered a very similar injury, and was himself out of action for nine months, yet continues to wrestle at an extremely high level with little loss of mobility, if at all.

This injury marks the second time a PHX headliner has gone down with a long-term knee injury. Main Maxx, if you'll recall, is himself out for the entire 2017 with similar ligament and meniscal damage to his historically balky left knee.

More than a curse, however, this shows the limits to which members of the Philippine Hybrid X division push themselves. And while Guinto hasn't outright declared that he'll be vacating the belt, we can imagine this leaves a huge power vacuum at the top that the likes of inaugural PHX Champion Ken Warren or Guinto's Network cohort James "Idol" Martinez would be more than happy to fill. It's especially sad knowing that PWR's next show, PWR Live: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan will be happening less than two weeks from now, with the Golden Boy originally scheduled to defend his prized belt against Warren in singles competition.


It's a shame to see Guinto go down this way, especially after a stellar June in which he successfully defended his PHX Championship against two-time PWR Champion "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon at PWR's #UnFathersDay show at Eastwood City, followed by an apparent end to intra-Network hostilities at PWR Renaissance

If anything, this could lead to a sad historic milestone for him as the first ever Philippine pro wrestling champion to vacate his position due to an injury.

From all of us here at the Smark Henry offices, we wish Chino Guinto the best of luck as he recovers from this temporary setback in his rise to local pro wrestling glory.

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