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    Saturday, April 23, 2016

    Six Questions We Want Answered at PWR Live: Road to Wrevolution X

    Some call Parañaque the Fashion Capital of the Philippines. But for one Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, the Philippine Wrestling Revolution is turning it into the Fight Capital of the Philippines with PWR Live: Road to Wrevolution X at the BF Homes Phase 1 Multi-Purpose Gym.

    The last stop before PWR’s annual centrepiece show looks to be one of the most intriguing cards we’ve seen in quite a while, with new rivalries exploding, old grudges reawakening, and championship gold at stake.

    These last few hours before the show starts, let’s take a look at six burning questions we want to see addressed at this month's PWR Live


    1. Can Ken Warren Be King Once Again?

    At one point in time, "The Social Media Sinister" was the hottest star in PWR, becoming the first ever PHX Champion in PWR history, while running wild in a record-matching five straight wins. He dominated in the ring against such talents as former PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi, the crowd darling Chris Panzer, the fearless Vintendo, and even Bombay Suarez.

    All of that came crashing down when Suarez outlasted both Warren and Panzer in a Triple Threat match for K-Dub's PHX gold at PWR Live: Manila Madness last month.

    Most people associate Ken Warren most closely with Chris Panzer after their epic quartet of matches from 2014 to 2015, but Suarez has actually been the biggest thorn in Warren's side throughout his PWR career.

    The "Bitch Killer" holds two huge wins over "The OG of IG," outclassing him in the 2015 PWR Championship semifinals, and again at Manila Madness where he became a dual champion across two nations. Warren, on the other hand, has beaten him just once.

    Bombay didn't like how this feels.
    Can Ken Warren climb the championship throne once again to become the first-ever two-time (two-time!) PHX Champion? We'll find out in a few short hours.

    2. Can Jake De Leon and Ralph Imabayashi co-exist against their greatest nemeses?

    The first-ever six-man tag match in PWR history could headline any other card in Southeast Asia today on pure talent alone, but it's the intrigue behind the participants that makes this match truly interesting.

    There's no love lost between the members of the Royal Flush and the trio of Jake De Leon, Ralph Imabayashi, and Chris Panzer. Both JDL and Imabayashi have traded PWR Championship reigns with the current kingpin of Philippine wrestling, "Classical" Bryan Leo. And John Sebastian has stuck his nose in Panzer's PHX championship aspirations in ways the Detroit Fight Machine refuses to tolerate.

    But the biggest drama here is the brewing tension between JDL and Imabayashi. Both men are prideful individuals who both know they can own any given match. But there's a lot of friction and frustration between them as of late, coming off of a deflating loss to the Flush at Manila Madness. JDL has gone so far as to call out Imabayashi on social media, demanding to know where he stands: alipin or amigo?

    We love us some good old-fashioned drama. Let's see where this goes.

    3. Can Vintendo Finally Level Up?

    It seems like just yesterday when PWR's resident "Fighting Gamer" Vintendo was getting called up from developmental at last November's PWR Live: May Aircon Na. Of course, his first run on the main roster didn't last very long, getting knocked out with a shoulder injury courtesy of PWR's resident weapon of mass destruction, The Apocalypse.

    The V-Man was very pragmatic, telling Smark Henry in an official statement afterwards:

    I will not be at Terminus due to what happened last time, and the road to recovery is a long and arduous on, but I'm going to make sure I level up enough for my return and take the challenge that's still in front of me. Wins and losses don't matter to me; what matters is that I played the game and gained experience.

    But we know the dude is seething inside, and after two straight losses to kick off his pro wrestling career on the big stage, he knows he desperately needs a win to get some big-time relevance.

    4. Can the Last Warrior Outlast the Brightest Downline?

    "Golden Boy" Chino Guinto is one of the most despised men among PWR's Revo-Nation, not just for that smarmy smirk that makes you want to punch him in the nose, but for how he and the rest of the Network rely on run-ins and shenanigans to cover each other's asses.

    You'll all remember how Guinto was a three-count away from a crushing loss against Rederick Mahaba at Manila Madness until his stablemates ran in to cause a DQ. Where's the honor, man?

    SANDATA, on the other hand, has quietly been on a mini-roll of his own, turning a record-setting seven-match losing streak around to go on a two-match winning run. The masked warrior from the South is out to prove himself in PWR, but will it be enough against a foe who isn't afraid to take shortcuts?

    We'll find out in a bit, downlines Henrinites.

    5. Can Mark D. Manalo Break Through?

    There are three things we learned about the lovable Mark D. Manalo while his Beer Promdi partner Kanto Terror was on a seven-month hiatus with a lacerated eyeball.

    • The dude has the heart of a warrior.
    • The dude is freaking talented.
    • The dude can't win in singles competition.

    For all the courage it took for the Fighting Promdi to square off alone against the likes of "Classical" Bryan Leo, The Apocalypse, and John Sebastian, he's consistently come up short, losing every single match—a far cry from the success he enjoyed as one-half of PWR's most beloved tag team to date.

    Manalo is fearless. Just ask Apocalypse.
    Can he finally get a much-deserved singles win against the rugged Joey Bax, a man who's likewise been floundering since his own partner in Fighters 4 Hire, Miguel Rosales, incurred a concussion that's knocked him out of action the last few months? We wouldn't be surprised. After all, it was Joey Bax who let the previously-winless SANDATA break through at Vendetta last February.

    6. Could We Be Seeing The Debuts of New PWR Talents?

    There have been five announced matches as of press time for PWR Live: Road to Wrevolution X, but we could possibly be seeing even more, with the promise of hometown hero Rederick Mahaba seeing action, as well as the rest of the Network.

    Frankly, we have no idea who they could be facing. Such roster members as Main Maxx, Crystal, and Yohann "#YOLO" Ollores haven't been booked for matches, while we have yet to see the main roster debut of the man known as "The Machine," Mavericc Knight.

    The Machine says to #FearTheGears.
    Meanwhile, we've heard rumblings of an up-and-coming batch of new trainees from PWR Boot Camp who just might be ready for a main roster debut—but all as unconfirmed gossip.

    Will we see any new debuts on the already-loaded PWR talent roster? With the Philippine Wrestling Revolution, you never know.


    Which match has you most excited, Henrinites? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll see you all at PWR Live: Road to Wrevolution X!


    PWR Live: Road to Wrevolution X is happening on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the BF Homes Phase 1 Barangay Multi-Purpose Gym on Banzon Street. Bell time is at 5:30PM, and tickets will be sold for P299 each. First come, first served.

    If you want to know more about the Philippine Wrestling Revolution, click here for their official website.

    Photos are from the Philippine Wrestling Revolution and Hub Pacheco
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