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#FinisherFriday (5/31/19): Destino

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This week's article is all about the great wrestler who made history last Sunday at Wrevolution X.

The tale of a man who would come to be known as QUATRO is the Philippine wrestling scene's biggest underdog story yet: from being a humble trabajador to ending Ralph Imabayashi's outstandingly-long reign by capturing the highly-coveted Philippine Wrestling Revolution Championship in spectacular fashion, his journey has given every Pinoy wrestling fan a concrete reason to believe in those quotes about hard work and perseverance that you see on social media.
Uno, dos, tres! @QuatroPWR ends @RalphImabayashi’s 490-day reign to become the NEEEEW PWR Champion at #WrevolutionX! — Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) May 26, 2019
Although we are giving the utmost respect to QUATRO's overall wrestling acumen, it has become an unwritten rule on every #FinisherFriday article that "behind e…

The SGP Podcast (5/31/19): Wrevolution X 2019, AEW Double or Nothing, Jon Moxley, NXT Takeover XXV

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The Grapevine (5/31/19): All Moxed Out

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. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!

What is the fallout from Jon Moxley's monumental Talk is Jericho interview?

The feeling surrounding the Jon Moxley reveal on Talk is Jericho is that it's reflecting much of what the WWE roster reportedly feels. Many sources have apparently affirmed Moxley's issues with the WWE and Vince McMahon's creative process, and it's also rumored that many wrestlers have inquired about opportunities outside the company. It's also already been rumored and/or reported that a number of talents have either asked for their release or turned down new contracts. (Source: @WrestleVotes on Twitter, Wrestling Observer Radio, Wrestling Inc)We say: It's a huge, huge mess, and this reckoning was a long time coming, there's no doubt a…

Smark Hen-XT (5/29/19): The Undisputed Error or ERA? (Plus TakeOver XXV Predictions)

Well, that sucked.

Last week's episode did a better job of hyping up TakeOver XXV than this week's did. Maybe they thought they could get away with playing promos and vignettes instead of being more physical. Last week's build-up was grander in scale and made use of all the Superstars who are competing at this weekend's big event.

The only part of this show which felt essential was the main event. I now strongly believe that the teams of the Forgotten Sons and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch were given this week's TV time because they have the least chances of winning this Sunday (Manila time). I could be wrong but this would figure in with my previous statements that Lorcan and Burch have been treated like jobbers throughout their NXT tenure.

It was smart to end the show with The Undisputed ERA standing tall over everybody. The ERA has three matches on Saturday and they have a lot to gain (or lose) depending on the results of the PPV. Although, this could also be NXT&…

The Smark Henry RAW Review (5/27/19): All Electric Wrestling, (Super)Brock Party!

There's nothing like a Brock (Lesnar) Party! Get it? Because Brock Party sounds like "block party" and he's carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase like it's a boombox, so I guess he's the cool kid who brings the tunes to the other kids standing in the middle of the closed off road with plastic glasses of beer in hand half-past midnight? I've been there. It's so cool but at the same time very sad, which is also an appropriate description for Brock Lesnar being Mr. Money in the Bank.

Speaking of very sad, Baron Corbin is the new #1 contender to Seth Rollins' Universal Championship at Super ShowDown. He defeated obvious losers Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, who obviously lost this match because they're scheduled to fight each other at WWE Super ShowDown anyway, and The Miz who is... I'm not quite sure what he's doing now. It's a shame because Miz has been pretty good lately but now he finds himself with seemingly nothing to do. …

#SGQ: Two Belts, One Week

We've gotten two new championships in the world of pro wrestling this past week, so you know what time it is: it's #SGQ time!
The WWE 24/7 Championship Let's get the ugly out of the way first. On the May 20, 2019 episode of RAW, Mick Foley came on the show to reveal a brand new midcard title, which would end up being the 24/7 Championship that's already going viral for more than one reason.

It's the old Hardcore Championship, but not physically—the concept of having to defend it anywhere, anytime as long as there's a referee present remains.

But the most important question we have about it is: what is that thing?

The 24/7 Championship belt is a hideous number. It's a green-and-gold affair with a plain centerplate and a comically thin strap (made even more prominent by how big the centerplate is). Who designed this thing? Why did Vince McMahon approve it? Why did everyone think this title was a good idea?

Let's break it down one by one.

First, the color…

PWR Wrevolution X 2019: The Official Smark Henry Review

It's a new day, yes it is!

First off, I'd like to congratulate the Philippine Wrestling Revolution for Wrevolution X. It was a very successful show—one fitting to cap off its fifth season. And just like any good season-ender, it had a boatload of twists, turns, and surprises that left everybody exceptionally emotional.

Be sure to check the preview to this show and the review for PWR Live: Destino so you can brush up on a little history if you need a little refresher before reading this review. I'm The Migz and here's the official Smark Henry review for PWR's season finale, Wrevolution X 2019.

Due to the sudden appearance of the MSG Choir, I've decided to rank each tier via my favorite SANDATA masks. You've seen SANDATA. You know how colorful (or drab) his masks can be. This makes perfect sense. So without further ado, here are your official match tiers.

Tier 1: Red and Blue Mask
One of the more recent ones, the Red and Blue SANDATA mask looks like the form…

The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Double or Nothing

No matter where you were in 2019, this year marked an important milestone in the history of pro wrestling: the business turned the corner, the circle came back around again. WWE, the biggest wrestling company in the world, finally had a new top (English-speaking) challenger.

All Elite Wrestling, that little pissant company founded by the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes, declared itself a new player in the game with Double or Nothing. AEW promises to bring a "revolution" to the business, the same one that's kept in the stranglehold of Vince McMahon's monopoly.

Despite that, however, it should be noted that anything said about AEW as a company and as a threat to WWE at this point in their history is still merely speculative. Hot takes are still blazing hot, not until AEW establishes a full product that's churning out a consistent narrative going head to head with everyone else's machinery. That's because right now, Double or Nothing and everything that AEW is …

Smark Hen-XT (5/22/19): Look Everyone, It's Tyler (...And More)

Buckle up, boys and girls, TakeOver XXV just got a whole lot better.

This week's show focused on building the match card for the upcoming NXT TakeOver XXV event and you have to admit that, as always, NXT continued to deliver on quality matchups and top-of-the-line story arcs. Minus the slightly confusing break-up angle between The Undisputed ERA, everything seems to be falling into place and everything is getting hotter by the minute.

Let's run through all of the stories which played out this week so we can discuss the fine points of each rivalry.

First, we've got the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship, which is up for grabs. The addition of Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly into the match ups the ante even more. It's great that, for now, The ERA seems to be on good terms again and a win for them would put them back on track with their plan to capture all the NXT gold. The only other team I would bet on to capture the titles would be the Street Profits so that might be t…