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Live From the 205 (9/24/19): NXT Lite

So if it is true that we're witnessing the last hurrah, the death throes if you will, of 205 Live, then what a terrible shame to be going out right now.

See, we're already witnessing the NXT crossovers in full effect, and let me tell ya: it's been the best idea the show has had this year. (Last year's great idea was the addition of Drake Maverick as general manager.) I've been complaining just a tiny bit that the cruiserweight division was getting a little stale, especially with the slow trickle of new talent, that they've pretty much had to force themselves to make too many ill-advised turns in the past few months.

Sharing the division between 205 Live and NXT TV not only unlocks an entire division waiting in the wings over on the black-and-yellow brand, but it also gives the cruiserweights even more time to flesh out their stories. Sure, we might not be seeing Drew Gulak and the others yet on Wednesday nights, but now I know the option is there, and I'm …

Smark Hen-XT (9/25/19): For The Empire

This week marks the final transitional episode of NXT's two-hour format. Having one hour air on the USA Network and the other hour on the WWE Network is a weird set-up even as a temporary one. It does have its positives, such as having one main-event caliber match to close out each hour—not that I think they'll stop having hourly top-tier matches come next week.

The change to two hours actually reminds me of classic primetime wrestling shows of old such as Monday Night RAW (the 90's version) and WCW Monday Nitro in which each show had the proper pacing to make each story unfold properly. It also helps that it allows mini-segments to come in without us viewers feeling like they're rushing on time. Just look at that opening shot of The Undisputed ERA as an example. It would've felt like a waste of time on a one-hour show, however, here, it feels like a good transitional part now.

The same goes for the matches as well. Two hours of wrestling allows for not only more …

#FinisherFriday (9/27/19): Over Easy

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving a review of possibly the progenitor of two of today's most breathtaking finishers.

If you were an Impact fan from the early 2000s, then you'd know that Chris Sabin is a force to be reckoned with. Spending the majority of his career competing in the X-Division, he has won 11 championships in his tenure (including being a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion alongside Alex Shelley, as the Motor City Machine Guns), as well as capturing gold on other promotions like Ring of Honor.

Although often overshadowed by his fellow alumni such as AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels, to name a few, Sabin is definitely a beast of his own league. High-paced, explosive, flippy, his unique works of art definitely helped shape the style of the old X-Division that many have come to love and miss.

One notable move in his arsenal (which got beaten in rank by three instances of his Cradle Shock SMH) is his rarely…

The Grapevine (9/27/19): Headed Back to Slamtown

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!

Now listen, this ain't no make-believe:

It looks like John Morrison fka Johnny Impact fka Johnny Mundo aka Johnny Survivor is headed back to WWE. Other than that, there's no update yet on when and where in the WWE's brands he is set to return, but it should be soon. He last appeared for Impact Wrestling at Slammiversary XVII(Source: PWInsider)We say: While this news is going to excite a good number of fans, we're not quite sure where Morrison is going to fit in the WWE's ridiculously stacked roster. All you have to do is take a look at how former Impact guys like Bobby Lashley and EC3 have been used despite being signed off their name value, and see how this might not be such a good idea for Johnny. That said, we could see him help ho…

PWR Live: Beautiful—The Official Smark Henry Review

It’s a beautiful day for a swell review! How’s it going, Revo-Nation? It’s-a me, #NitPickRick, Smark Henry’s resident asshole and failed bootcamper. You really think you can chop me away from existence? Well, here I am, stronger and weaker than ever at the same time, go figure. 

We’re two weeks away from the biggest event in Philippine wrestling, so PWR decided to make a quick stop at 500 Shaw for a PWR Special: Homecoming go-home show—again, go figure—PWR Live: Beautiful. As usual, we’re unpacking a lot of stuff, so let’s just get down to it.

Tier 1Jake de Leon and Ken Warren: Victors of the OG War
It’s my first time hearing the #PWOGs' theme song live, and it instantly became my favorite theme music ever, removing Quatro’s tiwniwniw earworm from the top of my list. It’s also the first time to see the newly-formed #PWOGs in action. No offense to the YOLO Twins, but I’m glad I got to see them take on Onslaught first. Because holy heck, what a match!

Unsurprisingly, the Singaporean OGs…

Having Brunch With Kevin Owens and Ali in Manila

WWE just wrapped up its WWE Live in Manila show last Friday, September 20, 2019, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. We were happy to witness the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, EC3, Chad Gable, Mandy Rose, and the Smackdown Live roster for the first time.
However, earlier in the day, the Smark Henry crew took part in a small media roundtable event held at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City with WWE Superstars Kevin Owens and Ali to promote the event and also get to know more about the show and the two stars.
We had the opportunity to ask a lot of questions from the two and they were very gracious in answering and sharing their own thoughts, opinions, and experiences to the media representatives present. 
Here are the most interesting snippets of what was discussed during the roundtable.
On Ali as a modern representation of faith and background in today's WWE:
"It's a heavy responsibility and not one that I think I intended to do on purpose. My message and my purpose, it&#…

#SGQ: MWF Embraces The Culture With Its New Championship Belt

This past Saturday, at MWF 11: Road to Fate, Manila Wrestling Federation revealed their new design for the MWF Championship. It immediately got eyes on the product and a lot of people talking. MWF isn't your usual wrestling organization and they're often lauded for incorporating Filipino culture into their storylines, characters and, with this announcement, the MWF Championship.

The old championship belt held by Robin Sane was a crazy piece of art that required a certain taste. I wasn't a fan of that but it was definitely a different piece that doesn't follow the norm. This new one follows suit in being the most unique piece of gold (I may have to verify it is actually gold) in any promotion today—whether local or international.
It's easy to see that this was inspired by Filipino jeepneys. The MWF logo is reminiscent of a jeepney bumper. Even the fins (saksak puso, tulo ang dugo) and labels (pinakaromantikong pakikidigma) scream "patok na jeep." The side…

Smark Hen-XT (9/18/19): TV Did Not Kill The Network Star

They say the first match is just as important as the last one in the card. NXT kicked off this historic night by highlighting the Women's Division in a Fatal Four-Way match involving Candice LeRae, Bianca Belair, Mia Yim, and Io Shirai. This wasn't any other match as well. The winner would get a chance to fight Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship.

I've said recently that NXT's Women's Division needs to recover from its glory days. With this match, they might just be on the right path once again. While it didn't give me the same chills I had when the Four Horsewomen of NXT all faced off from years back, I did get the vibe that these ladies were going to be one of the focal points of this new era of NXT TV. Not to mention, Candice LeRae might be a household name soon if she successfully dethrones the champ.

The top of the first of hour (which was also the main event on the USA Network) was probably the most important match of the night for me. Ro…

#FinisherFriday (9/20/19): The Garvin Stomp

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! Today I won't be reviewing a finisher, but a signature move—one that has stood the test of time and passed on to another predator.

Roger Barnes had differing amounts of success on different promotions (including the time when he defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship), but it was at the World Wrestling Federation that he gained mainstream popularity. Fighting under the name "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin, he became a fan favorite who also happened to exact precise amounts of punishment to his unfortunate opponents.

Garvin became known for his simple but calculated way of incapacitating his opponents. He would stomp at different areas of the opponent's body (mainly targeting the major joints), before giving the final stomp on the chest or head. In time, this string of actions became known as the "Garvin Stomp."

Although Garvin did not fare well in the long run and became a thing of the past, his …