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Weekly Wrecap (10/8/17): Department of Just Tease

Hey yo! Buezzy's back for this week's wrestling recap.

This Sunday in Makati City is PWR Live: Oktoberplex. Then it's WWE Hell in a Cell on Monday morning, Manila time. And we got lots of interesting news, developments, and teases from the past week. Here are the top 10 moments in pro wrestling in the first week of October.

#ThankYouBilly! Photo by "Hell-raiser" Hub Pacheco

10. 'Beautiful' farewell, tense warfare

The road to Vendetta goes through PWR Live: Oktoberplex, where members of Team Sy and Team Sebastian will be in action. Team captains Chris Panzer and John Sebastian will then compete at the main event for Panzer's PWR Championship, with the rest of their teammates serving as lumberjacks.

Also on Sunday, we will see "Beautiful" Billy Suede's final match on Philippine soil for the time being. The former PWR Champion will face fellow Fil-Canadian Zayden Trudeau at Oktoberplex.

Listen to Suede at the latest Smark Gilas Pilipinas podcast episode, where he answered fan questions and talked about his pro wrestling experience in the country.

While you're at it, read also Smark Henry's Hip Toast profile on Bolt, who faces PHX Champion Mike Madrigal in a non-title match at Oktoberplex.

9. Kane (and Hell in a Cell) turns 20

Here's a tidbit you might have missed: Kane (the character) just marked his 20th year in the WWE, the same day as the Hell in a Cell match debuted.

We all know Glen Jacobs was Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS prior to this, but he was introduced as The Undertaker's brother on October 5, 1997, at Badd Blood: In Your House. The Deadman lost the Hell in a Cell Match against Shawn Michaels at that event, no thanks to the masked monster.

WWE.com ran the numbers on Kane's historic career in a nifty slideshow.



8. Kalisto's cruiserweight debut

So, thought he's untouchable? Word Lif... oh, wait.

Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore continued his arrogant ways, citing a new "no contact" deal with RAW GM Kurt Angle, where the other current cruiserweights cannot touch him, or else they'll be fired.

But it didn't apply yet on Monday to 205 Live's latest acquisition: former United States Champion Kalisto!

Kalisto defeated Ariya Daivari in his debut match at 205 Live. But Romeo wrote in Live From the 205 that Tuesday's episode was "surprisingly room temperature-mild" despite Kalisto's reemergence.

7. Hey, soul sister?

It's been teased for a long time. Will we now meet Sister Abigail?

In the latest episode of Demon King vs. Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt repeatedly said that Sister Abigail "never lies" to him. After 2 consecutive losses against Finn Balor, Bray said the world and Balor would get to know Sister Abigail.



What reached the Grapevine? Sister Abigail could be Bray Wyatt himself! Let's see how it goes.

Also on RAW, Seth Rollins was Braun Strowman's latest victim, while Mickie James was undeterred by RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss' attack.

6. Ultima Lucha, segunda parte

In part 2 of Lucha Underground's 4-part finale, Fenix defeated Marty "The Moth" Martinez in a Mask versus Hair match.

Plus, The Mack conquered The Unique Opportunity battle royal, but got more like an unorthodox one. Dario Cueto told Mack that he earned a Trios Championship shot, but his teammates would be Killshot and Dante Fox, who just beat the hell out of each other in Ultima Lucha Part 1!

Ivelisse defeated Catrina, but Jeremiah Crane injured Ivelisse's ankle post-match in an apparent attempt to impress Catrina.

5. War Games returns

WWE's WCW nostalgia train chugs along, as it was announced that the War Games match will return at the next NXT special of the same name in November.

Which wrestlers will be in the War Games? Check the spoilers (you've been warned) in the NXT Grapevine!

Photo from WWE.com

4. Strong interest?

Is there a chiropractor in the house, asked Mikey in Smark Hen-XT, as Drew McIntyre defended his NXT Championship against Roderick Strong.

NXT fans were treated to a wrestling clinic on Wednesday's main event, but the post-match development was equally interesting. The Undisputed Era came out not to gang up on Strong but to console him.

Also during the show, Velveteen Dream ambushed Lio Rush then begged Aleister Black to "say his name," while Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane continued to impress.

3. Heading home to Hell

Hell in a Cell is just days away, and tensions are higher than ever on SmackDown Live.

The Usos and The New Day engaged in a war of words ahead of their Cell encounter. WWE Champion Jinder Mahal sent Shinsuke Nakamura a message. Tye Dillinger upset US Title challenger Baron Corbin.

Natalya and Charlotte battled in tag team action ahead of the SmackDown Women's Title match on Sunday. Aiden English ate another RKO. Bobby Roode made quick work of Mike Kanellis, then showed Dolph Ziggler how to do an entrance right.



2. Throwdown before lockdown

Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon couldn't wait 'til Sunday. At the conclusion of SmackDown Live, KO and Shane-O brawled all around the arena, and it was KO who stood tall.

It was also revealed that their Hell in a Cell match-up gets a new stipulation: It would now be Falls Count Anywhere. That could only mean one thing: Somebody's gonna fly...

Check out Ricky's predictions at his special Hell in a Cell RunDown.

1. Galit sa sakit, may malasak...

Oh wait, that's a different Shield. This is the right one:

What you looking at, bud? Photo from WWE.com

Roman Reigns headed Monday into the Intercontinental Championship match versus The Miz alone, but came out of it with a high chance of tagging along with his old buddies again.

Reigns eliminated Miztourage from the get-go, but failed to win the IC Title, no thanks (or thanks?) to Cesaro and Sheamus. Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus even mocked Reigns by doing the signature Shield fist bump pose after a three-on-one beatdown.

Then, before RAW faded to black, a recovering Reigns was visited in his locker room by his ex-Shield brothers and current RAW Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

No words were said, no fist bump made yet. Will we see it on the next RAW in Indianapolis, the same place where The Shield debuted and later broke up?

"It's bound to happen eventually. Fasten your seatbelt, folks, for another insane, emotional roller-coaster ride ahead," wrote Nicole at her Smark Henry RAW Report.

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Before we go, here's a 45-word Impact Wrestling rundown, 3 words for each year of the wrestling promotion's existence:

Texano and El Hijo de Fantasma of AAA defeated TNA's EC3 and James Storm. Knockouts Champion Sienna met her 3 challengers at Bound for Glory. Johnny Impact interrupts Garza Jr. vs Chris Adonis match. Impact vs Garza next week, winner faces Global Champion Eli Drake.

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Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) is a researcher for Rappler.com, a Managing Editor of Smark Henry, and a huge trivia geek. A post-Attitude Era wrestling fan, he caught up with what he had missed by literally reading through all WWE (and some WCW) pay-per-view results on the Internet. He posts PPV results for the site, and has recently taken over Smark Henry's weekly wrestling recap.

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