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Smark Hen-XT (10/30/19): Who Said War Was Good For Absolutely Nothing?

This week's focus was on the forthcoming NXT TakeOver: WarGames pay-per-view. As I've said over the past few weeks, October to November is WarGames season and it looks like the show is finally taking shape as of this episode.

First things first, Let's talk about the upcoming women's WarGames match, which is a first in history. This was a match that stemmed from rivalries between the NXT's women's division's major stars. Instead of tiptoeing between its top stars on who will get to challenge for the championship, we'll be getting a mix of the division's finest.

While the participants haven't officially been announced, it'll most likely involve Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke⁠—okay, Shafir and Duke aren't the division's finest, but you get the point. Notice that there are nine names mentioned, so there will most likely be one removed or one m…

The Smark Henry RAW Review (10/28/19): Rusex Day

Paige here is showing you guys my own reaction at the end of this week's RAW. For an hour or two, I was at a loss for words to explain why this week's RAW went off the air with that storyline. I just can't find a good spin for it. Was it just me? Was I the only one who couldn't stomach that blatant crap of a feud they're trying to force-feed us? Do some of you actually enjoy this bullshit? Feel free to let me know because I really, really want to understand why this whole thing is still here when I'm not getting my Bray Wyatt/The Fiend Universal Championship reign. He better win at Crown Jewel. He probably won't but I had to get that out of my system. Sigh. 

Yep. This week's main event featured the depressingly devolving Rusev/Lana/Lashley storyline, with the real-life husband and wife pair appearing in a King's Court segment to figure out whether divorce was the only way to finally end this crap. It's a bit on-the-nose to have Jerry "The …

#ThemeSongTuesday: Into The Fire!

We're about a couple of months away from officially ending the 2010s and wrestling fans are all raring to go back to 1985. How the hell did we get here?

NWA Powerrr is to thank for this revival of the type of Southern wrestling that the generation before us grew up watching. I wasn't sure what the hype was myself. All I'd been told was that it was so... different and that I would love it.

God damn, were they right. If you've been looking for an off-the-wall alternative to your mainstream WWE diet—basically something to fill the void Lucha Underground left behind—then NWA Powerrr is absolutely your jam. Now, I'm not going to steal our head honcho Ro Moran's thunder. You can read his review of Episode 3 right here.

What I will talk about is quite possibly the best opening theme song in all of wrestling today: "Into The Fire" by Dokken.

Taken straight out of the mid-80s—this song came out in September 1984—"Into The Fire" is as glam and stadium…

Live From the 205 (10/25/19): Young Volcanoes

Okay, this is it. We've all been waiting long enough for the whole 205 Live is NXT and NXT is 205 Live thing to happen, and I'm glad to say that this is the episode that really sets everything in motion.

Every episode of 205 Live lately up to this point has been all about slowly introducing the larger cruiserweight division down in Full Sail to the purple show. This latest episode is them now assimilating the deserving talent waiting in the wings, with not one, not two, but three showcase matches for those on the come-up.

First, NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush makes his comeback to the show, and his outing with Oney Lorcan was exactly what the brand needed to spark some life back into the idea of a cruiserweight. Lio's insanely athletic, plus his babyface character retained the edge of his heel days—I feel like he's definitely a build-around talent this time, with a lot more motivation at his side.
Then in the middle of the show, Cruiserweight Classic standout Rau…

SmackDown RunDown (10/25/19): Slide 1 Out of 345 Slides

Full disclosure: I’m writing this review right after watching a riveting episode of NXT. I don’t know, I guess I just miss watching a wrestling show for the sake of just watching. And I had a great time. It’s basically what I want SmackDown to be: a diverse women’s division, tag teams that are not New Day or The Usos (and Breezango’s there, that’s all I need), and a main event scene involving actual pro wrestlers. I guess I should start watching NXT regularly again.

That’s not saying that this week’s episode of SmackDown was bad. It was actually a good one. Not as good as Finn Balor bringing back The Prince, but good nonetheless. I will even backtrack on my spraklast week and say that having Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair (and Jimmy Hart for some reason) helped a lot in hyping up guys like Ali, King Corbin, and Shorty G. And the Brock Lesnar brawl was pretty fun as well. Not for Dominick Mysterio, of course, but fun nonetheless.

But enough about them. This is my column, after all. I can focus…

TNT Is Ready To Go Off On The Philippine Wrestling Scene

With a career spanning 20 years, different continents, a promotion he started and grew himself, and a long list of who's who in the business, it's no surprise that the man they call TNT is one of Australia's most legendary pro wrestlers. One place we've never seen him wrestle before, however, is the Philippines; the Australian veteran has been teased quite a few times by different promotions in the country, but nothing has come to fruition—until now.

That all changes on Sunday, October 27 at World Underground Wrestling Philippines' first public show Fight Night 0. TNT is set to finally make his Philippine debut, going up against local upstart Razael. He'll be bringing two decades' worth of experience like few Filipino fans have ever seen to the ring—just check out this match he's had with The Brian Kendrick:

Smark Henry caught up with TNT before he's set to appear on WUW PH's Fight Night 0.
You've referred to the Philippines as your "oth…

Reviewing The Elite (10/23/19): All My Friends Are Wrestlers

We’re officially four episodes into AEW Dynamite and the show has been remarkably consistent thus far, giving us a lot of quality wrestling in two hours. There was a lot to enjoy about this show as well if you’re a fan of wrestling in general and The Elite, who all got to shine in this episode. However, the fourth installment in Dynamite’s weekly series ended up showing making the company’s weaknesses a bit more apparent.
For all the good wrestling AEW has to offer, we could have used a video package or two to help build up unfamiliar stars like Joey Janela and The Best Friends. The lack of showtime for their women has also been disappointing, with only one match this week to showcase Britt Baker, while Nyla Rose, Emi Sakura, and AEW Women’s World Champion Riho just sat on the sidelines.
Does that mean it was a bad episode? No, not by a longshot, but there’s still a lot of things Dynamite can improve on. PAC You

If there’s one thing I can respect about Dynamite, it’s that they announc…

MWF AksyoNovela TV Episode 1: What Is It, Exactly?

Hello! I’ve been away for awhile because of real life, but I am now back for more MWF coverage. And it’s been a busy couple of months for the promotion—Youngblxxd won the AWGC Tag Team Championships, the MWF Championship belt got a major overhaul, and the championship eggs got scrambled. A lot. But let’s get to the most recent development, shall we?

Ever since MWF relaunched in 2018, the promotion has collected a small wealth of footage of video productions, in-ring promos, and wrestling matches. MWF has posted these sporadically on their Facebook Page or YouTube accounts. But they’re likely still sitting on a large stash of raw, unedited files, and a weekly show is a good way to get these out for public consumption. What can they do with all this footage?

Enter AksyoNovela TV.

To be honest, a small part of me wanted this to be a live show. But realistically, we’re not quite there yet. Pro wrestling is still a niche form of entertainment, and the infrastructure required to demand wee…

World Underground Wrestling PH: The Third Filipino Wrestling Promotion

There's a new wrestling promotion in town and its name is World Underground Wrestling Philippines, or WUW PH. Little is known about WUW at the moment except for the fact that former PWR and AOWW wrestler, The Machine, is at the helm of this incarnation. As seen on their official Facebook page, they are directly associated with the World Underground Wrestling brand, originally established in Austria.

WUW recently released six matches on their YouTube channel from their inaugural show, WUW Dojo Storm, to promote their brand and gain a footing in the local scene. These matches were shot during a special invite-only event that was held at Brawl Pit Bulusan and include wrestlers from the now-defunct AOWW promotion (Razael and Dabid Rabena), PWR (Crystal), and MWF (Rex Lawin and Luchadonna). Some foreign names also competed such as SPW's Alexis Lee, and former FMW wrestler Ricky Fuji, to name a few.

We reviewed the videos uploaded on their official YouTube page to check out this ne…

#FinisherFriday (10/25/19): Awful Waffle

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving my thoughts on The Kentucky Gentleman's prized finisher.

Before Orange Cassidy became a thing, Chuck Taylor was widely regarded as the pioneer of "no fucks given wrestling." From the way he talked, to his happy-go-lucky and borderline lazy acts inside the ring, one could easily deduce that Chuckie T was on a league (and on a world) of his own.

But when push comes to shove, he proves himself to be a formidable competitor, with moves that are on par with some of the best in the wrestling world.

With that said, the highlight of this article is his infamous finisher, the Awful Waffle (also known as the Omega Driver).

Sweet mother of everything that is good and pure, everything from that move outright spelled "it's the end" for his opponent.

If you are thinking that you've seen the move somewhere, your mind is right. Although the move is listed as a "leg hook belly-to-back supl…

Smark Hen-XT (10/23/19): Finn Has Got A Gun

Just for this week, I'm officially claiming that NXT was the better show in the #WednesdayNightWars. While I didn't think the first few matches blew anybody out of the water, they were good TV moments and they helped establish the respective divisions they represented. As the night went on, they built slowly to that epic main event match and that wonderfully executed heel turn which, in the end, made the show so digestible.

Let's start with the pièce de résistanceNXT just blew this fantasy booker's mind (referring to myself) by doing the perfect heel turn. Say goodbye to your lovable Finn Bálor because he has just embraced his dark side. It literally came out of nowhere as I've been predicting either WarGames or a three-way to come out of this. That means this was a good choice because we, in this internet age, rarely get surprised like that. Besides, Finn has only ever been a babyface in WWE and this gives him new opportunities and rivalries to build.

By the en…