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#ThemeSongTuesday: Cero Miedo

Before we get to this week's #ThemeSongTuesday feature, I apologize for not having put this article out last week. October's been quite the busy month for us here at the Smark Henry offices, and with the WWE 2K18 release, I had to prioritize the review in the interest of timeliness.

Now that that's out of the way, by this point, it's no longer a spoiler if I told you that we've got a new Lucha Underground Champion! Ultima Lucha Tres concluded with a couple more twists before sending us off into a world without it—one of them being Pentagon Dark cashing in his Gift of the Gods Championship to get a Lucha Underground title match against Prince Puma.

While it seemed like the events of Ultima Lucha Tres were a culmination of Puma's character arc, in many ways, it was also the same case for Pentagon Dark. Good ol' Cero Miedo had built up a lot of love from the Believers of the Temple that putting a championship on him seemed like a foregone conclusion—something…

#NoStoppingTheHungry: Can Mike Madrigal Escape With His PHX Championship at Vendetta?

Remember, remember the 5th of November
The wrestling treason and plot
I know of no reason
This PWR treason
Should ever be forgot

And with those lines, the most epic showdown in Philippine Wrestling Revolution history is going down this November 5, with their year-end show, Vendetta 2017, coming at y'all live from the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati and presented by Yellow Cab Pizza.


The card features seven announced matches featuring nearly every wrestler on the roster. That's a lot to unpack in one go, so we'll be breaking down each contest in its own full piece.

Coming off of last week's Ubusan Ng Lahi preview, let's talk about the big-ass PHX Championship defense we'll be seeing on Sunday.

PHX Championship: Zayden Trudeau vs. Bolt vs. "The Walking Death" Mike Madrigal (c)
If there is anything that rings true about the PHX Championship to this very day, it's that the title highlights the very definition of clashing styles within the con…

Weekly Wrecap (10/29/17): SmackDown vs. RAW 2K17

Battle lines have been drawn for Survivor Series this past week. PWR Vendetta is next week. And, lest we forget, Kurt Angle survived a 5-on-3 TLC Match!
10. Plumpy Adam Blampied of WhatCulture fame took a leave of absence from their new venture Cultaholics after he admitted to emotionally manipulating women to get nude pictures from them.

Rie Takumi of GMA News Onlinedid a thorough report on this.
9. Special guest referee, anyone?In last week's Grapevine, rumors swirled that the Survivor Series "Champion vs. Champion" match between Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar is getting a special guest referee. The top candidate? His name is John Cena!
8. WWE 2K18 reviewWWE 2K18 is now in stores, people! Stan gave it an A- rating in his review last Tuesday.


7. PWR Vendetta is next week! Philippine Wrestling Revolution's future will be at stake next Sunday, November 5, at PWR Vendetta. It's Team Sy vs Team Sebastian—who still lacks one member—in an Ubusan ng Lahi Match (our local v…

Live From the 205 (10/24/17): Last Call For The Zo Train

Hello, and I'm back. I missed last week's review because of a shitty combination of factors, including sickness and a lack of good internet to spend that sickness on.

It's good that nothing much happened on the show last week and everything important happened this week. Thanks to newly-recrowned champion Enzo Amore (and much to the chagrin of Neville, who seems to be gone for real now after he's nowhere to be found on 205 Live's opening video), the cruiserweights are getting even more screen time on RAW. I used to be able to talk about what happens on RAW on top of 205 Live, but now that those two shows are slowly pushing their own agendas, we'll keep this review exclusive to the second-best main roster show in the WWE right now.

So now that we know the cruiserweights won't have much of an impact in the week-to-week goings on between RAW and SmackDown on the way to Survivor Series next month, they seem to be fast-forwarding through the Kalisto vs. Enzo Amo…

10 Completely Useless Facts From The 30 Show Posters In PWR History

It's hard to believe, but the Philippine Wrestling Revolution is on the cusp of putting on its 30th show with Vendetta this November. That's literally ten times as many shows as its next-closest competitor, and proves a certain level of sustainability and stability in the local pro wrestling scene.

Company creatives recently released a collage of all 30 show posters used to promote each show. Some were really cool (Terminus 2015 and PWR Live: Sugod! are legit all-timers) while some may have felt lazy and uninspired (we're looking at you, Renaissance 2014). But it was neat sifting through the entire collection to find various fun facts you may not have even noticed.

Here are the ten coolest bits of trivia as identified by all of us here at the Smark Henry Bullpen!


10. Missing In Action
While the company has generally done a good job getting plenty of face time for the wrestlers on its roster, there are four currently-active wrestlers who have never appeared on a poster.

Zay…

Smark Hen-XT (10/25/17): Lodi

It’s gotten a bit formulaic at this point, but NXT delivered on a strong main event. Not that I’m complaining—one stellar match from a weekly hour-long show is a good deal—but it won’t be long before NXT runs out of possible “dream matches” or TakeOver rematches to throw at us. That said, I’ll take what I can and enjoy the ride, because Andrade “Cien” Almas, Zelina Vega, and Roderick Strong gave us one hell of a match.


These two faced off before at TakeOver: San Antonio, but that's before El ├Źdolo was paired up with the multi-talented Vega. I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: Vega does a great job compensating for Cien’s weaknesses. She’s competent on the mic and excels at drawing heat for her client. That she can pull off a brilliant hurricanrana is a bonus. All in all, you can thank her for salvaging Cien’s NXT run. Vega earned Andrade his spot at the top of the card.


Roderick Strong might have eaten the pin here, but trust NXT’s Creative team to still elevate the …

The Grapevine (10/27/17): The Invisible Referee

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.

Here's how WWE is planning to get through Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal:

Vince McMahon is looking for a special referee in the Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal match at Survivor Series, and John Cena is the top candidate. If Cena were to accept the role, it would most likely lead to a Cena vs. Mahal match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34, something Mahal has been pushing for. Other choices for the special referee may be The Rock or Steve Austin, but the concern is whether they would be interested in doing the match, and if the Rock would even be available to do it. (Source: WON, F4WOnline)We say: That's certainly a good way to get around the corner they backed themselves into with this match. Cena (and AJ Styles as well) may be Jinder's last hope for a feud that gets …

#NoStoppingTheHungry: Who Will Win Ubusan Ng Lahi At PWR Vendetta?

Remember, remember the 5th of November
The wrestling treason and plot
I know of no reason
This PWR treason
Should ever be forgot

And with those lines, the most epic showdown in Philippine Wrestling Revolution history is going down this November 5, with their year-end show, Vendetta 2017, coming at y'all live from the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Lane Mall, Makati.

Of course, the big news is that the country's own "yellow brand" just scored its first major sponsor in the form of Yellow Cab Pizza Co., who's put injured PWR head honcho Jake De Leon front-and-center in its new #NoStoppingTheHungry campaign.


If there's anyone hungry, it's got to be the Revo-Nation, who are in for a glorious buffet of action that should cap a brilliant year for the local scene.

The card features seven announced matches featuring nearly every wrestler on the roster. That's a lot to unpack in one go, so we'll be breaking down each contest in its own full piece.

First…

SmackDown RunDown Live (10/24/17): Insert #UnderSiege Pun Here

Not you, Lana! It’s me, Ricky, and as of this moment, your attention is under my siege of mindless paragraphs and unfunny jokes! What a crazy week we’ve had! Kurt Angle wrestled again, Styles vs. Balor, and now the SmackDown Live siege! A lot of cool things are happening so let’s start picking this show apart.

#UnderSiege and how it all makes sense

While the whole RAW siege is cool and all, it isn’t without its flaws. For one, it would’ve felt more serious if the SmackDown guys beat up all members of the Red Brand. It would be fun to see guys like The Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro get ganged up on. Hell, they could’ve attacked Kane too. Also, some notable SmackDown Superstars were absent during the siege. Imagine Charlotte Flair manhandling Asuka backstage or Naomi kicking some Emma butt. The Usos would be perfect as part of the ring leaders and last but not the least, I'd love to see Randy Orton give everyone an RKO frararanawr. Just nitpicks, it’s my thing, I know I’m annoying.


What’s w…