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Basic Smarkometrics: The 2017 Year-End MWF Power Rankings

As the Manila Wrestling Federation puts its rookie campaign to a close, it seems like the right time to ask a fair question about the country's second active pro wrestling promotion:

"Who's the best wrestler they've got?"

That's a deceptively tough question. On the one hand, it should be obvious—after all, not everyone can dish out 450 splashes like Robin Sane. But then, as a pre-determined sport, we all know it isn't just the best athletes who win all the time. And even as a "fake" product, wins have got to count for something, right?

Good thing we've got a model in place to throw some metrics into the debate: the science of Smarkometrics 2.0, our proprietary model to assign some sort of real-world logic to the scripted melodrama of pro wrestling, and based on how the WWE itself determines its own power rankings:

WWE.com, in conjunction with the Academy of Wrestling Arts & Sciences (AWAS), ranks the Top 25 Superstars in WWE each week wi…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/31/17): AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2017 produced for us.

To close off our year-in-review columns, allow me, the ever so handsome and severely delusional #NitPickRick, to introduce you arguably the best match of the year. What happens when the Beast Incarnate meets the Phenomenal One? Hold onto your hats because we saved the best for last.


It all started when then-WWE Champion Jinder Mahal challenged Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to a match at Survivor Series. They tried to market this as a “dream” match and for weeks, WWE really believed this was a great ide…

Live From the 205 (12/26/17): The Very Next Day, You Gave It Away

It's the Boxing Day episode of 205 Live and you'd think they'd have something big planned for the last show of the year, but nope, life goes on.

Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, though. I mean, they did a Fatal Four-Way with pumpkins and stuff for Thanksgiving (or was it Halloween, I don't remember much anymore) and that didn't really mean anything. No, the hype train continues to build for both Cedric Alexander's Cruiserweight Championship match next Monday on RAW and Drew Gulak's eventual face turn.


I dig the slow-burn face turn happening in front of us, because had they pulled the trigger when Enzo was attacking Tony Nese, it would've been too early. No, let him go through a test of character and transform him bit by bit. Start with the Nese lynching, then have guys like Cedric plant more seeds of doubt in his head, have something happen at next week's cruiserweight title match and most probably build up to a Gulak/Amore match at Royal…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/30/17): The Statement vs. Pete Dunne

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2017 produced for us.

Pete Dunne is no stranger to our countdown of fine matches. We've already featured the Bruiserweight's saga against fellow Brit Tyler Bate in an earlier post, and he becomes one of the few men to be featured more than once in this series with another highlight of the year.

To say that 2017 has been a great year for Dunne might be an understatement. In the short span of 12 months, the Bruiserweight has transformed himself from a well-kept British secret into one of the most acclaimed young talen…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/29/17): Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon Inside Hell in a Cell

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2017 produced for us.

When Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens were put in a Hell in a Cell match, no one could have predicted that it would end the way that it did. Nor could anyone have thought that it would become the lynchpin that connects so many fates to what is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting stories of 2018.

The roots of this rivalry can be traced back as early as SummerSlam, when Owens lost a second rematch against AJ Styles for the United States Championship, with McMahon as the referee. He lost again …

31 Days of Wrestling (12/28/17): Lashley vs. El Patron (And The Failed Merger)

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2017 produced for us.

It's been a strange, strange year for Impact Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling.

First, news of a merger between the former TNA and Jeff Jarrett's upstart-but-never-really-got-off-the-ground Global Force Wrestling was announced in April. Despite Jarrett ending up all having to come back all along to the company he was exiled from in order to save it, many thought it was the best way to rejuvenate the failing brand. After all, it was in danger of folding in 2017 due to Dixie Carter's finan…