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    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Announced for PWR Live: Ken Warren vs. Rederick Mahaba

    It isn't immediately obvious, but there's much more to the Ken Warren vs. Rederick Mahaba match-up just announced for PWR Live: The ShawDown than who has the best hair in the Philippine Wrestling Revolution.

    This is an entirely fresh match-up that brings together two top-notch grapplers on entirely different career trajectories, each one hungry for an entirely different reason.

    Let's take a look at the two men in question.

    Tale of the Tape

    "The Social Media Sinister" Ken Warren

    Height: 5'7"
    Weight: 11 million GB
    Hometown: The World Wide Web (by way of the City of the Stars)
    Championships & accomplishments: First ever PHX Champion
    Win-loss record: 6-6
    Streak: Three-match losing streak
    Finishing moves: Wi-Fi—The Winning Finish (superkick to the back of the head)

    "The Human Trending Topic" is the king of blowing hot and cold when it comes to pro wrestling. He clearly has the charisma and swagger of a top-flight multi-media star, but couldn't seem to back it up early on, embarking on a three-match losing streak spanning 2014 and 2015. But just when we thought his career was nose-diving like Kickass Torrents, all of a sudden, he goes on a red-hot, record-tying five-match winning streak to be crowned as the inaugural PHX Champion. Then just like that, he's been on yet another career plunge, dropping three straight matches, including his most recent outing against his former bodyguard from Fighters 4 Hire, Miguel Rosales.

    Warren is more than capable in the ring, mixing up hard strikes like his trademark spinning backfist with such impactful grapple moves as his Googlebuster front suplex drop or exceedingly-nasty reverse STO into the turnbuckles.

    He's cocky, he's arrogant, he's infuriating, but he's most certainly a star. Ken Warren desperately needs a win to break out of his sluggish 2016 thus far.

    "The King of Schlong Style" Rederick Mahaba

    Height: 6'2" (6'4" with hair)
    Weight: 320 pounds
    Hometown: All Of Your Hearts
    Championships & accomplishments: None
    Win-loss record: 3-4
    Streak: Three-match winning streak
    Finishing moves: It's More Slam In The Philippines (spin-out cradle slam), Jaccolade (reverse camel clutch)

    We'll be the first to eat crow and admit we thought the 300-pound "Afrodisiac" was nothing more than a joke when he first debuted his "Mahabang Usapan" talkshow segment at PWR Live: May Aircon Na. He certainly had the gift of gab and a natural rapport with the Revo-Nation, but nobody was thinking he had a future as a main-eventer, especially after getting thoroughly dismantled by Main Maxx his first time out.

    Half a year later, he's shown us that he's got a lot more in the tank than we gave him credit for. Not only is he one of the hottest PWR talents today with his current three-match winning streak and the #3 spot in our PWR Power Rankings, he also gifted us with a memorable top-rope dive to wipe out the entire Network en route to what some call his signature win, a submission decision over James "Idol" Martinez.

    Rederick Mahaba wants to keep proving all the doubters wrong, and taking on a higher level of competition is going to go a long way in establishing himself as a championship-level contender in PWR.

    Overall edge: Warren wants to show he's far from washed up, while Mahaba is battling to show he belongs in the big leagues. It's a tough call, and we're calling this a draw.

    The History

    This match is virgin territory for both men, but they have a lot more in common than you would think. Warren and Mahaba both know the agony of a lengthy losing streak, and the euphoria of a multi-match winning run. They both share the pain of being overlooked and rejected—Warren, from his early failure in the original PWR Championship tournament and recent betrayal by the Fighters 4 Hire, Mahaba from his failed courtship of the Royal Flush's Scarlett and subsequent career-opening losing streak.

    Both men also probably have the biggest hearts in PWR. It takes enormous reserves of strength to turn a career around, and that's something both men have excelled in.

    The only true difference is in the quality of competition Ken Warren has faced; as former PHX Champion, he owns memorable wins over such top-flight stars as Bombay Suarez and Ralph Imabayashi. He's gone toe-to-toe against the best PWR has to offer, each time bouncing back with new and improved skills to carry him into his next battles.

    Mahaba's journey thus far has been more inconsistent; although he's faced off against current PHX Champion Main Maxx in the past, he's mostly been mired against fellow rookies like Martinez and "Golden Boy" Chino Guinto of the Network, all of whom are exploding with potential but have yet to get their reps in.

    Overall edge: If there's one thing we've learned, it's to never count out Ken Warren. The "Social Media Sinister" is at his best when he's hungry, and he's certainly got something huge to prove as he seeks to snap his winless streak. 

    Our Analysis & Predictions

    Warren is a real workhorse and one of the most diligent gym rats on the PWR roster; he's got superb cardiovascular conditioning, and is the master of mind games, rattling his opponents with his theatrics, taunts, and putdowns before nailing them out of nowhere with his supremely versatile offensive repertoire.

    Mahaba, by comparison, mostly wrestles a more traditional power-based, plodding game. He certainly owns a massive advantage in terms of strength and size, and if he gets even the slightest opportunity to smash up his opponent with his corner avalanche or spin-out slam known as It's More Slam In The Philippines, the game is up. But the question is: can he keep up with the wily Warren?

    It will be a game of cat and mouse, but we think that the championship seasoning of Ken Warren is going to win out in the end.

    Smark Henry prediction: Ken Warren finally breaks his slump and leaps back above the .500 mark.


    How do you think this match will play out, Henrinites? Do you agree that Ken Warren will be unstoppable at PWR Live: The ShawDown, or is Mr. Mahaba going to drop a Red Light Special on all of us and leave us choking on his nuts? Leave us your comments below, and we'll see you at the show!


    PWR Live: The ShawDown is happening on Saturday, July 30, at the 500 Shaw Zentrum Events Pavilion. Ticket prices and availability will be announced very soon. For more information, stay tuned to the official Facebook event page.

    For the latest news and updates on Philippine wrestling, don't forget to like PWR on Facebook, or visit their official site.

    All photos are by "The Phenomenal" Hub Pacheco.
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