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#CafePuro: Why This Year's G1 Climax Should Stay In One Place

After much speculation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like this year's G1 Climax tournament is pushing through. Is it the right move though?Before I begin talking about the G1 Climax, congratulations YOSHI-HASHI! You finally did it! After several years of being the lovable loser and almost winning a title, you finally won the NEVER Six-Man belts with Ishii and Goto.😭😭😭 #NJPW#njssthttps://t.co/fTvabVtRerpic.twitter.com/EL3X8gT3z4— SirLARIATO (@SirLARIATO) August 9, 2020Some people may say he's boring, but I beg to differ. YOSHI-HASHI's attitude of always getting back up and persisting got you here and now you are a champion. Anyways, let's move on to this year's G1 Climax.What is the G1 Climax?For those unfamiliar, the G1 Climax is a month-long round-robin tournament split into two blocks. The winners of those two blocks face each other to earn the right to face the IWGP Heavyweight Champion or Intercontinental Champion in the following Wrestle King…
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#FinisherFriday (8/7/20): Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done With One Guy—Full Death

Disclaimer: The point of this article is not to degrade any wrestling team's finisher in any way, but to objectively point out any advantages and disadvantages of the said finishers from a one-man version of it.

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! We are currently on the sixth Friday of the "TFTCHBDWOG" series (I told you I'd use that initialism), and if you haven't caught up with the previous articles, you can read them here, here, here, here, and here. Today we move from NJPW to the AEW roster, looking at a menacing tag team's finisher.

The Butcher and The Blade have been frequenting the independent scene since 2017, and rose up the ranks by wreaking havoc until finding their way to All Elite Wrestling. So far we haven't seen them winning tag team gold in the fed, but their wrestling style is more than enough of a testament to their potential as being the future AEW Tag Team Champions.

Their collective name suggests that one is a bruiser type…

The Grapevine (8/5/20): Disappearing Theories

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. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!Austin Theory is apparently serving an unannounced suspension. The newest disciple of Seth Rollins was last seen on a Main Event taping last June 17, and hasn't been on TV since. Nobody knows why he's suspended, only that he's suspended. (Source: Dave Meltzer)We say: Well, that's highly unusual, and even more so if this has anything to do with #SpeakingOut. Is the company trying to cover something up here? WWE is now looking at Atlantic City, New Jersey for SummerSlam. After rumors of the show possibly being on a boat or the beach, this is now the latest location in the running, as WWE wants out of Orlando for the big event. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)We say: Just... shut the show down already. It's not safe, and leaving the Florida bubble will …

The Grapevine (8/3/20): Draft Dodging

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. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!WWE is reportedly planning another draft for RAWand SmackDownin October. The original plan was to hold it this month, but that had apparently been moved back. There is no word yet on whether NXT stars will be eligible for drafting. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)We say: It's easy to note that this is the third draft WWE's done in just two years, but it's also worth mentioning that they haven't done a post-WrestleMania shakeup. How COVID got all the rosters together and pulled people up from NXT felt like a Superstar Shakeup, though. At this point, with Bayley and Sasha Banks dominating both brands, the rosters kind of feel merged again, so they'll have to work extra hard on the distinction (if they still really want it). Matt Cardona, the former Zac…

Mass Exodus: PWOGs, MSG, and Staff Leave PWR

Last night, several members of the PWR roster and staff issued a joint resignation statement on social media. The names included #PWOGs Jake De Leon and Ken Warren, MSG's Mr. Sy, Chris Panzer, SANDATA, and Main Maxx, and staff members Maow Del Rosario, Matt Del Rosario, Chai Del Rosario, Ouel Babasa, and Czarina Saño.


"For the last six years, we have been incredibly fortunate to live out our childhood dreams of being in the professional wrestling industry. Through our time in PWR, we've been able to pursue this career we never thought was even possible, be part of the biggest locally produced wrestling events to date, and meet so many people whom we have learned from along the way—some of whom we can even call friends for life," the statement read. "That is why after much thought and reflection, we have made the extremely difficult decision to step away from Philippine Wrestling Revolution."
The individuals said that one of the reasons for their resignatio…

#CafePuro: NJPW Sengoku Lord Fallout

Last weekend's Sengoku Lord was just a taste of what's to come for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Some of the matches we had that night were a little odd like Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi. I mean, Yujiro has built a reputation over the years as the pin-taker of Bullet Club so it's inconceivable that he would win against Okada in the Rainmaker's hometown. It was no surprise that Okada won with his cobra clutch.

The event only had a few talking points compared to the New Japan Cup and Dominion weekend. Here are some of the highlights from Sengoku Lord: Rental time is over
After defeating Hiromu Takahashi in a heart-stopping match, EVIL was challenged by Tetsuya Naito in what is likely to be the main event match for the Summer Struggle in Jingu card. Like Hiromu, Naito has a bone to pick with the first pareja of LIJ. What makes this match even more interesting now is the fact that Naito doesn't seem to be as calm and collected as he usually is. Maybe it's the betr…

The Grapevine (7/29/20): Black Out

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. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!Aleister Black was written off of TV for the time being on this week's RAW. There are no news yet on why Black is being written off or for how long the time out would be. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)We say: Interesting that they're doing this especially when the pool of useable talent among RAW and SmackDown is already pretty low. Let's hope Aleister asked for this time off. There have apparently been plans for a new Nation of Domination through MVP's new stable the Hurt Business. This is why Ron Simmons and Mark Henry have been used in recent weeks, although the plans have reportedly been put on hold as the company assesses whether the timing would be right for them. Some feel that given the current racial tensions in the United States, doing such a…

Reviewing the Elite (7/22/20): Stepping Up

Hot damn, that sure was a newsworthy show.
While SmackDown Live once called itself the “land of opportunity,” which is a joke since we’ve seen talents there get over on their own accord and get nothing in return, this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite was certainly fitting of that moniker. You could argue that AEW has been like that for a while, giving younger stars like Darby Allin, Jungle Boy, and Private Party the chance to shine on a bigger stage with established stars like Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and Jon Moxley, but this week’s episode carried that theme better than usual.
Everyone who had something to prove did so with flying colors in this fairly explosive stick of Dynamite. Eddie Kingston had social media buzzing when he took Cody to the limit in a fantastic No DQ match for the TNT Championship. The Butcher and The Blade did more than hold their own in an incredibly fun Falls Count Anywhere match against The Young Bucks. The former Alan Angels, now going by Five of The Dar…

PWR Suspends Chris Panzer

Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) announced the suspension of PWR Champion Chris Panzer today, July 24.
According to the promotion's Facebook post, Panzer "is suspended for two (2) shows starting the next PWR live event." PWR didn't publicly state the reason/s for the decision and whether the champion will relinquish his title, which he won at PWR: Homecoming.

This also comes after the suspension of Kapitan Juan Tutan (will not appear for eight shows) and the expulsion of John Sebastian earlier this month. PWR also didn't give out any specifics for the move.

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Jackie Arias is a writer and former content creator for a feminist lifestyle website. Aside from casually catching up on wrestling news, you can find her listening to music and playing video games she can never finish while drinking copious amounts of coffee. Her Twitter and CuriousCat are open for story suggestions and comments—or photos of your cats.

#FinisherFriday (7/24/20): Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done With One Guy—3K

Disclaimer: The point of this article is not to degrade any wrestling team's finisher in any way, but to objectively point out any advantages and disadvantages of the said finishers from a one-man version of it. 

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! We are currently on the fourth Friday of the "Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done With One Guy" series, and if you haven't caught up with the previous articles, you can read them hereherehere, and here. Today yet another tag finisher from the NJPW roster will be examined, to see if it really needs a second guy to be executed efficiently.

SHO and YOH were two of then many homegrown talents of NJPW, starting out as Young Lions and battling each other numerous times. However, management saw that they had good chemistry as a tag team, and were thus sent to their overseas excursion as a tag team - the first since No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) in 2009. They exceeded NJPW's expectations, ret…