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#ThemeSongTuesday: The Real Last Samurai

Full disclosure: I'm a casual fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling, who only really gets excited for Wrestle Kingdom every January. That said, I've found myself with a little time to devote to this year's G1 Climax, which has been quite the rewarding experience. I've enjoyed certain individual stories, notably Toru Yano's quest to engage only in "fair play," even though his tendencies to cheat often get the best of him.

In the process of watching this year's G1 matches, I discovered a badass theme that I didn't really notice in the past. I present to you, "Hadou," the entrance theme of one Hirooki Goto.


Okay, I don't care that Goto has had to struggle for years to shed his label of being NJPW's Dolph Ziggler (i.e. a guy who always hangs around the main event picture, but can't seem to win the big one). I also don't care that he battled CHAOS for years, only to end up joining them when he couldn't defeat them. Frankly, I al…

Word on the Rings: Death of a Wrestler

When he shall die
Take him out and cut him out in little stars.
—William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”
Over the past 24 hours, three wrestlers have passed away. There was Brickhouse Brown, the “Black Prince” of the United States Wrestling Association (USWA): a 242-pound fixture of Southern wrestling, winning a dozen titles that spanned a three-decade career. And then there was WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff: one of the most enduring and feared heels in professional wrestling. Volkoff won the WWF Tag Team Championship with The Iron Sheik at the very first WrestleMania: one of his many accolades and accomplishments as a true rags-to-riches story of professional wrestling. And then there was Brian Christopher Lawler. He was Jerry “The King” Lawler’s son, who made a name for himself as one of the most popular characters of the Attitude Era, Grandmaster Sexay.

Among the deaths of the past day, it is Sexay’s death that perhaps stings the most: maybe it’s because most of us watched him g…

#SGQ: Way of the Fashion

Yours truly recently had the chance to watch PWR Live: Way of the Champion(see my review if you haven’t yet) from the Power Mac Center in Makati and after seeing almost everybody debut new gear, I felt compelled to write another #SGQ for this occasion.
As your resident fashionista, I will only note attires which have caught my attention for reasons I will further explain in each segment. These do not necessarily have to be new or even permanent attires, they just have to be attention-grabbing.
The Rabid Panzer-ine

First match and we get to see Chris Panzer in his (probably) Benoit-inspired tights. This may or may  not have been used in past events.


I could get behind this because it gives Panzer the “I’m serious. I’m gonna kick your ass.” look that he should exude.
Bro! Bro! Bro!

The Kakaibros just debuted new merch and it’s “m4iN3t”! (That’s “hot” or “mainit” if you don’t speak their language.)

One look, and all I can say is Daniel Bryan meets Zack Ryder. Such an awesome shirt, bro. 4…

Good Lucha Things (7/25/18): Gift-Giving in the Temple

If you thought last week’s twist to the Gift of the Gods Championship match was the only trick up Antonio Cueto’s sleeve, color yourselves surprised.

Before we got to this week’s main event, Papa Cueto threw us another curveball—only three of the remaining six would get to compete for the Gift of the Gods, setting up a trios match where the winning team got that opportunity. These last-minute surprises are standard Cueto fare, although this week’s twist does feel like it was tacked on just for the sake of having more drama. Last week’s removal of Mil Muertes from the match was already a big enough twist because it took out the biggest threat, and gave him a reason to go after Mack. This week’s surprise pretty much felt like a way to get Son of Havoc and Ivelisse to team up after a long time—not that there’s anything wrong with this, but it felt a little forced.
File under "why people love Son of Havoc" #luchaunderground@MDoggMattCross#wrestlingpic.twitter.com/huibpqf0TU — …

#FinisherFriday (7/27/18): Running Through The Trees With My Woes

"Contemplate this on the Tree of Woe."

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFridays! This is Wreddit_Regal, and this week we are going to discuss about the Tree of Woe.

Popularized by the likes of Kevin Sullivan and Tommy Dreamer, this gem of a move has helped many a wrestler gain an advantage over his/her opponent, mostly ending in a victory. But it has also been the subject of some criticism online, specifically with the Tree of Woe to double foot stomp, which some people find silly.


So what makes the Tree of Woe such a useful utility in the world of professional wrestling? Let's break the move down into these chunks:  The wrestler gets the recipient up to the top turnbuckle.The wrestler then hooks one of the recipient's boots or both under the element which links the turnbuckle to actual ring post. This secures the victim's into a small space.Once secured, the wrestler then lets the recipient's upper body hang down on the ring. This accomplishes at most …

The Grapevine (7/27/18): They Do Want Some

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.

Could former NJPW and current WWE stars be headed back to Japan?

NJPW is interested in re-hiring AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura when their WWE contracts expire in January 2019. Styles and Nakamura, as well as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, signed three-year deals back in January 2016. While AJ Styles has expressed a preference for remaining with WWE as long as they would have him, Nakamura may return to NJPW, but his family is already living with him in Florida and he's reportedly already "in a good spot." (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)We say: AJ Styles seems to be a build-around star in Vince McMahon's eyes, so it would behoove him to remain and get that WWE money he couldn't get in NJPW. Shinsuke Nakamura, on the other hand, while not in a bad spot right now…

Smark Hen-XT (7/25/18): THE CIAMP-A IS HERE-A

Damn.

There really was no other way to react after that rollercoaster ride of a main event. Damn. Just...


I mean, I'm sure we can let a couple rounds of "TANGINA MO, CIAMPA!!!" ring through the Smark Henry offices, but it doesn't change the new status quo of NXT: Tommaso Ciampa is the new NXT Champion.

There's so much to unpack here, but let's start with the biggest gamechanger of the main event—Johnny Gargano's interference, which directly led to Ciampa capitalizing on Aleister Black, who had just taken the NXT title to the head. For weeks, we'd seen Gargano spiral into madness following his loss to Ciampa at TakeOver: Chicago II. And given his obsession with his former BFF, he was bound to get involved in this title bout. But seeing the effects of his run-in should be a sobering reminder for anyone fueled with hatred: sometimes, you could be so blinded with your rage that you directly enable what it is you swore to prevent from happening.

It's …

SmackDown RunDown Live (7/24/18): She’s a Stunt Baby!

Let’s set the record straight, people. Y’all can hate about WWE shilling Evolution every damn minute, but that’s the only thing you can hate about it. I won’t accept any arguments on why WWE shouldn’t host an all-women PPV because the world ran out of valid arguments a long time ago.

While the majority of reactions I read online were positive, I still found some bone-headed comments from losers who firmly believe Evolution will be a disaster. Somehow, these idiots still think women wrestlers are botch machines who screw almost everything up. Someone tell these suckers that men botch too, and yet they still hosted a sausage fest of a PPV in Saudi Arabia. I’m pretty sure no women in today’s roster made a full ass of themselves like Titus O’Neil did in that event, so shut your piehole and just enjoy history.

Now you might argue that the women’s division of both main brands (I think NXT’s doing fine) currently have no compelling storylines to show for it. Fair enough, but don’t you think g…

Live From the 205 (7/24/18): You're Not In the Drew League

After months of building himself back up, Drew Gulak's set to challenge Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship again.

Honestly, it's the best thing I could've ever hoped for coming out of this week's fatal four-way main event. TJP? Always deserves to be in the running, but doesn't have a solid claim to a reign right now. Hideo Itami? They've wasted that shot when they could've pulled it off a couple of weeks ago. Mustafa Ali? Deserves to be champion more than Cedric right now, but it isn't quite the right time yet.


The match itself is... interesting, to say the least. A four-way loaded with three heels to one face is going to have much different chemistry than if it were evenly balanced, or even three faces to one heel. We got something that's not your usual fast-paced 205 Live cruiserweightshowcase, with TJP hilariously trying to direct traffic, everyone trying to trade nasty shots with each other, and Ali ending up being the sacrific…

The Smark Henry RAW Review (7/23/18): Woman Weigns and Women Reign

It's been on the grapevine for a while now, but on yesterday's episode of RAW, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon opened the show with her father, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, and her husband, WWE COO Triple H, to make her historic announcement: WWE will have its first-ever all-women’s PPV called Evolution, on October 28 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. This is probably to make-up for all the female talent that were forced to watch from the sidelines during The Greatest Royal Rumble.
This was an awesome bit of news, especially for me because I dug the first Mae Young Classic and I am looking forward to the second one. It was great seeing the presence of and support for this historic announcement from the SmackDown Live women, some of the 205 Live guys, and...was that NXT's Nikki Cross?! Run, SmackDown Live Women's Champion Carmella and RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss! Crazy Nikki will steal your titles, too!
The whole thing would've been nicer…

PWR Live: Way of the Champion—The Official Smark Henry Review

Hey yo! It’s your resident fashionista, The Migzbut we're not here for another #SGQ today, no sir. We're here for a full-on review. A review of the last PWR event, PWR Live: Way of the Champion which was held at the Power Mac Center in Circuit, Makati.
Amidst the heavy rainfall and flooded streets, I raced along the streets of Makati to watch my very first PWR Live and boy, was I in for a treat as so many things happened during this afternoon.
If you haven’t already seen the results or if you didn’t see the show last Sunday, then what you're about to read is my review and the low-down on PWR’s latest outing PWR Live: Way of the Champion.
In keeping with tradition and following the footsteps of my predecessors, I’ve come up with a tier system befitting for the weather these past few days based on everybody’s brand new textmate and constant reminder machine, the NDRRMC and their weather report.

Tier 1: Red (Emergency)
Sound the alarm! As the texts would say, “Asahan ang m…