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Live From The 205 (8/29/17): The Adventures of the Slimy Weasel

Enzo Amore's first foray into 205 Live action is just... there. It's not bad, but it's not mindblowing in any way, either. It's actually pretty representative of how much burnout results from writing a weekly episodic TV show on the fly.

There are two things wrong with the six-man tag main event, which saw the team of Enzo Amore, Gran Metalik, and Cedric Alexander go up against Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, and Noam Dar. The first issue is if it feels like you've seen 2/3s of this matchup before, it's because they have absolutely no clue where they're going with the whole Nese/Gulak/Metalik/Cedric feud, which was supposed to be a Tony Nese push.

It's clear that they're trying to make Enzo a little more palatable by teaming him up with two of the most exciting babyfaces in the division, and I suppose that's fine. But by rehashing the exact same tag team match that's been doing well over the past couple of weeks and just adding Enzo and Noam is by-t…

The Grapevine (8/31/17): Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones

Good morning, and this is the 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.

So you had a little onscreen tiff between Roman Reigns and John Cena that sounded a bit too real:

The segment between John Cena and Roman Reigns on this week's RAW was completely scripted. The contract-signing segment that saw Cena and Reigns trade barbs about their real-life IWC reputations may have seemed like both men were shooting straight from the hip, but the things they said to each other were actually written by RAW's creative team. Reigns did actually get lost during his promo, requiring Cena to point it out. (Source: F4WOnline)We say: There are actually a lot of implications behind this revelation, and none of them are good. Let's just talk about the obvious one here—Reigns forgetting his lines are proof that you're not gonna create a hot worked shoot feud if yo…

The Smark Henry Hip Toast: Mike Madrigal

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first installment of Smark Henry's recurring series, a little something we would like to call the Smark Henry Hip Toast—our happy place where we interview various personalities in pro wrestling, shoot from the hip, and raise them a toast. We will be looking at the men behind the personas and giving you all an intimate look at the wrestlers who are helping build this wonderful sport and turn it into something really special in this country.

For our first installment, who better to feature than the man that recently made history as the new PHX Champion, "The Walking Death" Mike Madrigal.

A testament to how far Philippine Wrestling Revolution has come since its humble beginnings is the quality of fresh talent that debuted for more than a year already. Aptly promoted back at PWR Live: The ShawDown as The New Breed, it was the beginning of a new era, as fans were introduced to a plethora of stars that would step into the PWR ring for…

The Smark Henry RAW Report (8/28/17): Like A Lamb To The Slaughter

Last week’s RAW was painfully underwhelming, and it stung even more given it was the RAW after SummerSlam. This week, the only thing that was hyped was a rematch between Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship. We’d all hoped RAW would pick up the pace by developing and introducing storylines for No Mercy, and thank God it’s exactly what they did.

This episode’s highlight was definitely John Cena and Roman Reigns. We went from a really slow and confusing start, to now the most exciting match on the No Mercy card. I know people who were shedding actual tears of joy (me) during that segment as Cena eviscerated Reigns in billions of pieces without even laying a finger on him.

The realness of that segment garnered a lot of buzz from the world, and people are starting to wonder if that segment was a shoot or not. According to Dave Meltzer, it really wasn’t! You can’t deny that these guys, whether you like them or you hate them, are on top of the food chain for a reaso…

How To Get To Power Mac Center Spotlight For PWR Live: Kingdom Come

His kingdom come, his will be done.

In a matter of days, the Philippine Wrestling Revolution will be formally kicking off the start of the John Sebastian era as concurrent part-owner and General Manager of the company with PWR Live: Kingdom Come.

It's a genuinely exciting venue that's located in PWR's most fan-friendly location today—the up-and-coming Ayala Circuit Lane Mall complex at the heart of the former Santa Ana Racetrack in Makati, with tons of great restaurants nearby for some post-show mark-out sessions with the rest of the Revo-Nation.

(PSA: Try The Burgery. The self-proclaimed "bad boys of burgers" make an excellent Jimmy Bleu Eyes burger best enjoyed with a side of chipotle-slathered grilled corn.)

It's not the easiest place to get to, however, especially for people whose knowledge of Makati is limited to the CBD. But as always, your boys at Smark Henry have assembled a handy-dandy guide of all the possible ways you can get to Power Mac Center Sp…

#ThemeSongTuesday: Baron 'Edgelord' Corbin

Baron Corbin is a hot topic in the wrestling world right now, but for all the wrong reasons. By now, you've probably heard the rumors about his attitude getting him in trouble backstage, resulting in him losing the Money in the Bank contract right before he unceremoniously lost to John Cena at SummerSlam.

Corbin is by no means a jabroni (just yet). After all, he did have a prominent role in the main event of last week's SmackDown. On top of that, he's also come out to new entrance music over the last few years, which we'll be talking about on this week's #ThemeSongTuesday. But before we talk about that, a quick eulogy of his old theme, "Superhuman."

"Superhuman" was the type of theme that could actually suit Corbin as both a face and a heel. When he was a babyface in NXT, this was the type of theme you could rock along and play air guitar to. But as a heel, you'd get the sense that this guy was menacing, particularly with the hard percussio…

Two Championship Matches To Headline PWR Live: Sugod!

It's no joke when they say heavy is the head that wears the crown.

With the Philippine Wrestling Revolution bringing its one-of-a-kind slam-bang action for a trilogy of shows at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati, the country's premier pro wrestling promotion is stepping up its game to end the greatest year of local pro wrestling with a bang.

First up is PWR Live: Sugod!, scheduled to happen this Sunday, September 3. While most of the roster is battered and bruised from PWR's marathon performance at the 2017 AsiaPOP Comicon, there's no excuse to back down when championship gold is at stake.

The rest of the card has yet to be announced, but as early as now, we already know the two title matches that will be headlining the card.

PWR Championship: Ralph Imabayashi vs. Chris Panzer vs. "Beautiful" Billy Suede (c)

For the fourth time since June, Chris Panzer and Billy Suede will be meeting to contest the right to be called Kampeon ng Pilipinas. But …

Good Lucha Things (8/23/17): Why, Dario, Why?!

Welcome to the second straight holiday edition of Good Lucha Things!

Welcome to Dario's Yard
This week was the highly-anticipated title match between Johnny Mundo and Rey Mysterio, which has escalated in recent weeks due to Mundo’s actions towards Mysterio’s son Dominic.

This was a fine main event between the two, as you would have expected when Johnny Mundo and Rey Mysterio are in a match. They worked their roles very well here—Mundo being the arrogant champion who tried to keep things grounded, and Mysterio being the huge fan favorite trying to pull off his flashy moves. The two work well together thanks to their years of experience, and it showed here. This match could’ve been stellar, but things ended differently thanks to some interference by Dario Cueto. And you thought that wouldn’t happen anymore since the Worldwide Underground were banned.

It’s no secret that Dario isn’t the biggest fan of Johnny Mundo. He’s never given the Worldwide Underground any sort of preferential t…

John Sebastian Suspended From PWR

Even a God can't escape the law.

In the aftermath of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution's three-day outing at the 2017 AsiaPOP Comicon, former PWR Champion John Sebastian has been suspended by PWR General Manager Mr. Sy from the company's next show, PWR Live: Sugod, scheduled this Sunday, September 3.

The one-show suspension stems from Sebastian's actions in the closing moments of his losing PHX Championship Tournament semifinals match against SANDATA. The self-declared Wrestling Lord & Savior grabbed Sy and proceeded to spit on him—the latest provocation in a long line of hate against company management.

We hope Sebastian feels his actions were worth it, as his shenanigans with Mr. Sy were actually what directly led to his getting pinned by the Pinoy Tecnico, thereby losing the opportunity to be PHX Champion.

Kidlat! SANDATA gets the win! — PWR (@pwrofficial) August 27, 2017
More updates as this story…

The Smark Henry Mae Young Classic Preview: Part 3

By Ardelle Costuna, Miyann Bruan, and KP

Over the weekend, we've been previewing the ladies competing in the Mae Young Classic starting tomorrow morning, August 29, local time. If you missed the first and second parts, go read them already before you get started on this, because we're covering the last of the contestants!
Renee Michelle One can argue that Renee Michelle is among the “chosen ones” in the world of professional wrestling. And the fans should thank Gillberg, of all people.

Michelle was approached by the former WCW Superstar in a pro wrestling event and asked if she were interested in lacing up them wrestling boots. She gave it a try, and four years later, she’s winning titles and traveling as far as India and Japan to compete.
" I'm Renee Michelle and I'm from Washington D.C." - Meet the competitors in the @wwe@maeyoungclassic — ✨Renee Michelle✨ (@1ReneeMichelle) July 22, 2017 Michelle made her in-…