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NXT in the UK (11/28/18): A Queen is Crowned, A Kingdom is Challenged

NXT UK finally crowned their queen this week, and with the announcement of the first-ever NXT UK TakeOver PPV in January, it feels like NXT UK is officially becoming an actual brand. No offense, 205 Live. We still need to crown tag team champions, of course, but that's all a matter of time. Seemingly to tease that, another tag team debuted this week while another's implosion came to its end. Plus, a women's tag team match and what seems to be the start of a massive stable feud! Twirl your moustaches, gents!

Last week, Joseph Conners betrayed his tag team partner Saxon Huxley after they lost a tag team match to Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster. Conners, whom listed as "Connors" because they can't be bothered to do a simple Google check, didn't take too kindly to Huxley's "arrogance" in that match. This week, former tag team partners collided and Conners came out on top with an impressive bunch of power moves. This was a pretty goo…

SmackDown RunDown Live (11/27/18): A Night of Too Many Comebacks

Do you remember the first time you realized you’ve matured as a wrestling fan? I can’t remember mine, but I was reminded this week about how I viewed wrestling when I was a kid. When I first discovered that matches are predetermined, I had an extremely idealistic perspective when it comes to fantasy booking.

I always put guys like Rob Van Dam, John Morrison, and Booker T high in my hierarchy just because I liked them as wrestlers. Why are they not in the main event more often? Why do they lose all the time? Damn, I was naive. Then I started to delve deeper into the business and realize that wrestling isn’t about who has a cool entrance or who has the flashiest moves.

I started learning about how everything worked, from recruiting new talent to marketing an entire show. I started caring about who can draw the most money or who can generate the most reactions. I started noticing how a storyline is developed for better or worse. I started dissecting storylines and criticizing how promos …

#FinisherFriday (11/30/18): The Torture Rack

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing to you an analysis of one of the submission maneuvers that have stood the test of time.

This one holds a special place in my mind, as one of the earliest memories of wrestling in my childhood was me and my brother watching Lex Luger grab a weakened opponent, hoist him above his shoulders, take hold of his leg with the right arm and the chin on the left arm, and proceed to jump and yank the bloody hell out of it repeatedly. It was a display of raw strength, since you can't just bend a normal person backwards if you weren't gifted with such physical prowess like Luger did. (After watching the VHS tape, my brother was eager to learn the new move, and you probably know what happened afterwards.)

In the present, numerous wrestlers both male and female have incorporated the move in their arsenal, giving them near-instantaneous victories once the hold's applied. I should know—as my small body was bent …

The Grapevine (11/30/18): The 2019 Goal-Setting Mailbag

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 week.

There are a handful of bits about recent WWE plans:

FOX wants Ronda Rousey to be on SmackDown. The new home of the Blue Brand on October next year wants the RAW Women's Champion to be on their network, alongside a more sports-leaning format and the ability to more seamlessly cross-promote SmackDown and their other shows. While the Superstar Shakeup is usually a post-WrestleMania event, it could be interesting to see if the WWE holds it off to October, when the networks switch.

On a related note, UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier was invited to try out as a commentator for the WWE, but he has had to postpone it due to his title defense at UFC 230. The word is FOX likes Cormier and wants WWE to sign him, but he would still like to do a proper audition. (Source: Wrestling Inc)We say:

MWF 6: Noche Buena—The Official Smark Henry Preview

The MWF Championship tournament has been a year in the making, but in a way, Fabio Makisig versus Robin Sane has been brewing for longer than that.

It’s quite something to note that outside of semi-canonical HistoryCon bouts, the two have never faced each other in a match, even considering the relatively compact MWF roster. Perhaps this is because they’re in the business for very different reasons: Robin Sane lives up to his moniker and takes high flying risks to delight the fans. Fabio Makisig, known for his acrobatic tricks outside of wrestling, prefers going to the striking game in the squared circle “because he’s not paid well enough to flip.” What we have here are the quintessential motivations of the face-heel dynamic. They are total opposites; the yin and yang of MWF.

But are they really?
We’re not so different, you and I We’ve always known that Fabio Makisig’s drive to win the Championship was money, but in recent months, it has come to light that this attitude was more than …

PWR Vendetta 2018: The Official Smark Henry Review

Fresh off Sunday’s PWR’s year-end show, it's me, The Migz, and I'm back to give you the deets and review of 2018’s final show, PWR Vendetta.

If you haven’t had the time to look into the show preview, please check out our official Smark Henry Preview before reading this in-depth review, and check out which matches we got right and which matches we got wrong.
Now, to be frank with all of you, this PWR Vendetta show actually exceeded my expectations and I’m glad it did. If you asked me a few years back what I thought about the product, I definitely thought it had potential but it was a little rough around the edges. Fast forward to now and we’ve got what I think is one of the best shows that the promotion has done to date.
Sadly, if you missed this show, then please continue reading as I’ll try my best to bring your consciousness back into the event by providing an in-depth review of what the great moments of the show were like and we’ll do that by setting up our traditional tier…