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Smark Hen-XT (8/28/19): Righting NXT TakeOver: Toronto's Wrongs

A lot of people predicted a clean sweep for the Undisputed ERA at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. While Adam Cole was able to lengthen his championship reign, his stablemates weren't successful. This week's episode gave the ERA another chance at fulfilling part of their prophecy by pitting Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish against the Street Profits for the NXT Tag Team Championships.

Let's cut straight to the chase. Everybody felt the wrong team won at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. However, The ERA wasted no time in correcting that by winning the titles just three weeks after. In the process, Kyle O'Reilly now holds the distinction of being the only three-time NXT Tag Team Champion.


I've always said that the Golden Era they're pushing for should come to fruition. It raises the legitimacy of both the group and of the titles they hold because they're such great performers. This could also help usher in NXT's move to the USA Network as they build a story that is engaging…

The Grapevine (8/30/19): These Rumors Are S-A-W-F-T

Welcome to 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!

That bit you heard about Enzo Amore and Big Cass coming back to the WWE isn't true:

WWE denies all rumors of contacting Enzo Amore and Big Cass to be a part of NXT. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported earlier this week about how the two former WWE superstars were apparently contacted by the company to star on the live NXT. The company says the two weren't contacted and that the rumors have no basis. (Source: PWInsider)We say: Not that anyone was looking for them, really. There is talk of holding another WWE Draft or something similar to set permanent RAW and SmackDown rosters before the latter moves to Fox in October. The word initially was there would be no major changes to be made to the rosters ahead of the move, but Vince McMahon reported…

#FinisherFriday (8/30/19): Wasteland

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! In this week's article we will take a look at a finisher that has had its fair share of negative criticism.

A WWE fan who has religiously watched the product for the last decade can begrudgingly agree that Wade Barrett had a fruitful wrestling career. From being the overall winner of the first season of NXT, to forming and leading two stables, to winning the Intercontinental Championship five times, to being the last winner of the King of the Ring Tournament, all who dared to go against him were met with bad news.

Taking pride of himself as a "bareknuckle fighter," Barrett's arsenal doesn't have much eye candy, opting for maximum damage instead. Some of his notable moves include:

Pumphandle falling powerslam (Road Dogg's finisher without the humping)


Winds of Change (which closely rivals Abyss' Black Hole Slam)



His finisher, the Bullhammer


However, one move of his that gathered a lot of negative feedback onlin…

SmackDown RunDown Live (8/28/19): Less Roman, More Buddy

Yeah, yeah, NitPickRick’s back, it was better when the other writers did it, yadda yadda. You don’t have to be a dick about it. And, boy, did I pick the right time to come back because this week’s episode was another slam dunk homerun touchdown of a show! 

I missed the first round of the King of the Ring tournament last week so this is my chance to talk about it. And I just need to say that the SmackDown Live bracket wins again! Sure, it could’ve used more big names, but isn’t that what the Blue Brand is all about? Giving opportunities to rising stars? So yes, thank heavens guys like Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles weren’t part of it and the supposed favorites Klike evin Owens and Drew McIntyre were eliminated early.

It definitely feels like the KOTR tournament is anybody’s ballgame, and that couldn’t be more true than this week’s first-round matches. Let’s start with the best match of the night, Ali vs. Buddy Murphy. 



Mr. Knee Strikes McGee over here is on an unprecedented roll these pa…

The GLOW Up: Season 3 Roundtable Review

Earlier this month, Netflix released the third season of GLOW for everyone to binge on. This show has always been a favorite here at the Smark Henry offices since it started (check out our reviews of the first two seasons here and here), and we’ve been looking forward to Season 3 for some time now. It took us some time to finish the season, but here we are, and as usual, we’ve got some thoughts we’d like to share.

As always with these things, we’re doing this in the form of a roundtable review, so let’s go!

1. Let’s start with a big-picture view on things. Overall, how did you guys find Season 3? How does it measure compared to the first two seasons of GLOW?
"Throwback Tito" Enzo Tanos: Sadly, multiple parts of Season 3 bored me. But after what I felt was a slow start, the season began to pick up in the middle, and the time spent on the less-heralded characters from previous seasons (and Bash’s evolution from eccentric manchild to temperamental, conflicted control freak) was…

The Smark Henry RAW Review (8/26/19): RooDolph the Tag Titles Contende(e)r

The Tag Team Turmoil Match to crown the #1 Contenders for the RAW Tag Team Championships at Clash of Champions sounded really good on paper, but apparently, it was just a fancy way of saying Tag Team Gauntlet Match. This version failed in comparison to more recent gauntlet matches, however, as each fall seemed to happen too quickly for anyone to actually gain momentum and for me to actually care. 
The Viking Raiders squashing The B-Team was expected, whereas them getting eliminated together with The OC because of some gimmicky shenanigans was unexpected but in a bad way. Of course, it'll be a little hard to take out the Raiders in this match while also giving The OC more momentum heading into their eventual recapturing of the tag titles but—wait, what? Who won this match? Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode? They're a fucking tag team now?!
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson losing the titles to Seth and Braun last week should've been a bigger story for the pair, considering The O…

PWR Renaissance 2019: The Official Smark Henry Review

PWR Renaissance is a big show that always delivers. It isn't a surprise that Philippine Wrestling Revolution goes all out when it comes to one of their "Big Four" shows. Now, they also went all out in hyping us up for a future show. We've got a lot on our plate today, so why don't we go ahead and start with the actual review?
Per tradition, I'll be doing the review in tiers so it'll be easier to break down. In honor of Zayden Trudeau's exemplary performance, our tiers will be based on Canadian wrestlers who've made a mark (or lack thereof) in wrestling. These tiers are based on my personal preference so please don't judge me. Also, I'm avoiding Chris Benoit, so there's no tier based on him.

Here we go!

Tier 1: Bret "The Hitman" Hart Photo from WWE
The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be. This is a tier to represent the most famous wrestling export that Canada has produced. If you mention Canada and w…

They're Coming Home: TJP, Jeff Cobb, and Billy Suede Announced For PWR Special: Homecoming

Philippine Wrestling Revolution may have just changed the game when they announced PWR Special: Homecoming. When it was first announced, the main focus was on former WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJP's arrival. That initial announcement already made shockwaves, especially when his opponent was revealed to be none other than Mr. Philippine Wrestling himself, Jake De Leon. Sign me up, please!



But hold on. PWR wasn't done with the announcements just yet. Maybe that's what the PWR office thought when they came up with the event. What if TJP wasn't the only one making a homecoming to the Philippines? What if we could have more?

Enter "Beautiful" Billy Suede. Suede already had a successful stint in PWR two years ago—even capturing the PWR Championship at one point. PWR fans are not strangers to the Beautiful One's work so it felt like a timely and smart decision to bring him back for such a big event.


While his opponent for Homecoming hasn't been announced ye…