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Reviewing the Elite (2/26/20): Ready for Revolution

Man, it sure is nice watching a wrestling show that doesn’t piss all over its younger talent.
If you’re mad over The Fiend losing his luster against Goldberg or Ricochet being left for dead after getting squashed by Brock Lesnar on WWE Super ShowDown, may I suggest this fairly explosive stick of AEW Dynamite?
This was the go-home show before AEW Revolution and they sold it hard with this episode. While last week had more variety, this week still had plenty of highlights that will have fans on the edge of their seats, whether it was the opening ironman match between Kenny Omega and PAC or the dramatic sit-down interview Jim Ross conducted with Omega, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks. Everything else ranged from solid to watchable, which is never a bad thing.
I guarantee that everything in this episode and the upcoming Revolution will be better than all of Saudi Showdown. Fuck The Elite

I might sound like a biased Hangman Page fanboy right now but how can anyone honestly root for The …

Smark Hen-XT (2/26/20): The Fresh Prinxe And Flair/Belair

It looks like NXT's main focus moving forward will be the women's WrestleMania match pitting Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley. I sincerely hope they don't mess this up like they almost did last year with Becky Lynch's WrestleMania moment; while most people would probably appreciate a triple threat that would bring Bianca Belair into the mix, I feel that a Flair/Ripley showdown will make the moment grander and will help bring NXT completely into the fold as it takes its rightful place as an actual "main roster" brand.

The company has devoted consecutive episodes spanning different shows and brands just to add some intrigue and mystery to the direction of Flair's earned title opportunity—with NXT using its closing segments for the last few weeks to make this angle into a big deal. This week saw Charlotte compete in an NXT ring for the first time in years to face off against the talented Belair in which Flair was expected to dominate.

To be honest, I've …

#FinisherFriday (2/28/20): Every Time You Cross Christopher Daniels, An Angel Gets His Wings

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing to you a review of perhaps

The "Fallen Angel" is a decorated veteran of the pro wrestling scene, spending the bulk of his career wrestling for TNA and ROH, but has also worked extensively in Japan and on the American independent circuit. He has won 20 total championships across TNA, ROH, and NJPW, and even became ROH's first-ever Grand Slam winner. As you all know, he's with All Elite Wrestling, being a member of the faction SoCal Uncensored (SCU).

Daniels' arsenal consists of a balance between striking, suplexes, submissions, and the usual flippy shit that our eyes have been conditioned to see for the last couple of years. Some of his notable finishers include:

Last Rites

Koji Clutch

Best Moonsault Ever (BME)

and our article's topic, the Angel's Wings:

Fun factIn an interview with Fightful, Christopher Daniels reveals that the Angel's Wings was meant to be a transition move …

MWF AksyoNovela TV Episodes 14-15: Nigel Goes Super Saiya-Jin

And just like that, 15 episodes of AksyoNovela TV are done, and the first season has wrapped up! How did the last two episodes of AksyoNovela fare? Let's find out.

Bagong Taon, Bagong Handog The Gus Constabulary comes out and sets up a series of matches to determine the next No. 1 Contender for the MWF Championship. Two matches were drawn "at random" for this episode. Below are the results:

Frankie Thurteen wins by forcing his opponent, Tristan Creed, to lay down for him.

Moises Liwanag wins against Kevin from the Man Bros when the latter attack him with the title belt, earning a DQ.

The matches themselves were not matches at all! That's an instant dislike right there. They built up the idea of showcasing new matchups drawn at random, and instead lined up non-fights that, at best, advanced existing storylines. It can't even be properly spun as CoCo Gus fixing matches to his benefit—there was no obvious cui bono, and they made a show out of "proving" th…

PWR Love at First Fight: The Official Smark Henry Review

‘Tis I, yo boy Ricky, the hypercritical reviewer you all love to hate. I’m back with another one of these bad boys and while this is usually the part where I bore you with my nonsense, allow me to throw all that out of the window and commend PWR for pulling off the best show in their storied history. Sure, it’s not without its flaws, but at this point, I didn’t really care that much.

PWR Love at First Fight cemented itself as the ultimate benchmark for all PWR shows moving forward. I know I will because up until now, I’ve always used PWR Live: Championship Spirit as the stick to measure the shows I review. Thank you for your service, Riho, but I’ll be passing the torch to Robbie Eagles now. Screw the tier system—let’s just talk about the best parts.
The Best Invader Main Event Since PWR Live: Homefront
Until this point, Jake de Leon vs. Tengu was the best invader main event I’ve ever seen in PWR. JDL vs. TJP failed to meet the massive hype it created; Riho vs. Jibzy vs. Crystal vs. Jaye …

The Grapevine (2/24/20): WrestleMania Navigation

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!

The plans for WrestleMania Pirates are still up in the air:
The rumored matches happening at WrestleMania have reportedly changed again. John Cena was said to be facing Elias at the event, but it may not be pushing through. Meanwhile, Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns set for the event may also be changing to Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg, and if that happens, Goldberg may win the title from him at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia this Friday (Manila time). (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)We say: That sounds like SmackDown at WrestleMania is going to be such a huge mess. We really just want Cena vs. Elias to change, but otherwise everything else seemed fine. Now we hope Goldberg really isn't winning that title in Saudi. AEW President Tony Khan was reportedly the …

SmackDown RunDown (2/21/20): The Fiend Will Remember That

GOOOOOOOOOOOOLBERG! I gotta admit, I chanted along with the crowd when he came out. I suddenly don’t hate the idea of Old Billy going against our boy Bray Wyatt. Do I secretly like Goldberg? What's wrong with me? And he got a good hit on the Fiend, too. He actually looked good out there! I’m not saying this ironically, I swear. 

I definitely enjoyed this segment for a bunch of reasons. Aside from Goldberg looking like a strong contender, he actually let Bray Wyatt have some time to let his shenanigans shine through. It also brought us a rare vulnerable side to the Fiend, who up until this point was written as an unstoppable force. Remember when he no-sold Daniel Bryan on numerous occasions? And Goldberg is out here spearing the soul out of Bray. Again, everything looked great!

There’s definitely nothing wrong with seeing the Fiend tuck his tail between his legs sometimes. That’s why I’m not too worried about him losing the Universal Championship to Goldberg, regardless of how badass…

Five Big Questions Heading Into PWR: Love at First Fight

After a long-ass January, let’s all treat ourselves to yet another weekend of pure wrestling goodness! By the way, I’m Ricky, your guide to everything that’s about to go down at PWR: Love at First Fight. I’m trying this thing involving talking less about myself and more about the show itself. Let’s see if this works out. Let’s start asking the big questions, shall we?

Will Robbie Eagles Open the Door for Other NJPW Talents?
As if you’re not hyped already, NJPW’s Robbie Eagles will make his PWR debut this Sunday. What better way to welcome the Sniper of the Skies by pitting him against the master of the Eagle Splash, PWR Champion Chris Panzer? While this main event already sounds like a great match, I’m more interested in the potential implications of Robbie Eagles coming to PWR.

And the most obvious question to ask is this: Is Robbie Eagles opening PWR’s door for other NJPW wrestlers? I know I sound like a madman, but the likes of TJP and Jeff Cobb stepping inside a PWR ring also sounded…

Reviewing the Elite (2/19/20): The Spice of Life

Despite a lot of people liking NXT Takeover: Portland, including yours truly, Smark Henry’s own Migz Llado, and “Cancer” himself Dave Meltzer, there seems to be a large portion of fans who are a bit tired of the Takeover formula. Despite a number of quality matches in the event, many fans felt that they were all a bit too similar, going for long portions of time and filled with finisher kick-outs except for Dakota Kai vs. Tegan Nox and Rhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair.
To put it simply, it looks like big-money NXT matches are lacking a bit in variety. Something this week’s Dynamite had in leaps and bounds.
In two glorious hours, AEW fans had the pleasure of watching a phenomenal tag team battle royal, an awesome, if somewhat self-indulgent World Tag Team Championship match, a solid women’s match, a nice showcase for Jeff Cobb, and a great steel cage main event. All of these matches were booked to feel different from each other and it made for an entertaining show that almost felt like a…