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    Monday, July 11, 2016

    Main Event Revealed for PWR Live: The ShawDown

    After a two-month layoff following the carnage of Wrevolution X 2016the Philippine Wrestling Revolution will be returning to action on July 30, Saturday, at an event called PWR Live: The ShawDown. For the first time, the country's premier pro wrestling organization will be taking its unique brand of action to the 500 Shaw Zentrum Events Pavilion on Shaw Avenue, Mandaluyong.

    And what better way to give an all-new venue a baptism of fire than to announce a blockbuster main event pitting the two top dogs of PWR head to head in a champion-versus-champion match? Two-time PWR Champion "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon will be testing his mettle against the fearsome PHX Champion, Main Maxx of the Royal Flush.

    What kind of action should we expect? We've got a full analysis right here.

    Tale of the Tape

    "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon

    Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 190 pounds
    Hometown: Hacienda De Leon, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
    Championships & accomplishments: PWR Championship (2x), Path of Gold Winner (2015)
    Win-loss record: 9-8
    Streak: One-match winning streak
    Finishing moves: Alipin Drop (Samoan Drop), Payroll (somersault senton with theatrics)

    "The Senyorito" is one of only two men to have worn the PWR Championship twice in the promotion's two-year existence. 

    Don't let JDL's husky build fool you though; the dude is one of the springiest competitors to take to a PWR ring. While he can certainly wear down an opponent with his talented fists and all-out brawling, he prefers keeping them off-guard with cartwheels, slingshot presses, superkicks, corner cannonballs, and his renowned Payroll-Alipin Drop finishing combo.

    Main Maxx

    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 280 pounds
    Hometown: Ilocos Norte
    Championships & accomplishments: PHX Championship
    Win-loss record: 6-7
    Streak: Three-match winning streak
    Finishing moves: Blitzkrieg (two-handed sitout choke bomb), Maxximum Mutilation (bridging double chickenwing)

    Main Maxx is just about as large and surly as they come in PWR; he's an imposing physical specimen who is nigh immovable in the ring when he wants to be. In terms of raw power, Maxx is the true alpha of Philippine wrestling. While he's only been PHX Champion for a little below three months, he's thoroughly outwrestled such all-around stars as Ken Warren and Bombay Suarez, who he defeated to win the White-and-Gold, and the up-and-coming "Golden Boy" Chino Guinto of the Network.

    But don't let it be said that Maxx is a one-dimensional big man. He's like a cat when it comes to in-ring agility and awareness. All the cliches of "built like a heavyweight, moves like a cruiserweight" and "a Ferrari engine in the body of a tank" were written for the Royal Flush's Perfect Ten. From destroying his foes with a massive Blitzkrieg to his flawlessly graceful Maxximum Mutilation, Ilocos Norte's "Big Rocket" can do it all in the ring.

    Overall edge: Main Maxx by virtue of his near-100 pound advantage and through-the-roof mobility. 

    The History: Two Years of Hate

    This is actually the second one-on-one confrontation between the two men, with Jake De Leon squeaking out a narrow win over Maxx at last February's Vendetta event.

    JDL taking Main Maxx for a one-way ride to Alipin Drop City.
    Beyond that, the two have squared off in four tag team matches, splitting thrilling wins over the past two years. De Leon's team emerged victorious at both Terminus 2014 and Terminus 2015, while Maxx's team has reigned supreme at both PWR Live: Road to Vendetta and PWR Live: Manila Madness.

    Both men also were participants in last December's Path of Gold eight-man tournament, eventually won by the Senyorito—but only after Maxx was pulled out mid-match due to a reinjured shoulder. This match was actually the greatest source of animosity for Main Maxx towards JDL; he believes he should have been the rightful winner, and has been a thorn in De Leon's side since then.

    But with all the championships and accolades between both warriors, this feud is truly personal. Don't forget about how Maxx made his return from a lengthy injury break to interfere and cause JDL a humiliating defeat to James "Idol" Martinez of the Network at PWR Live: May Aircon Na last November.

    Overall edge: Jake De Leon by three wins to two, but only once in singles competition.

    Our Analysis & Predictions

    Both men have something to prove in their long history of one-upsmanship. Their respective match performances against each other have always literally gone down to the last minute, with neither man truly establishing himself as dominator of the other.

    Counting 2016 match performance alone, De Leon has had a relatively shaky year, PWR Championship notwithstanding. He's only won two out of his past five contests, and has shown himself vulnerable to temper and frustration at times. For all his talent, he's tended to come up short in big moments, having dropped three straight decisions to "Classical" Bryan Leo in championship situations before his big-time redemption at Wrevolution X.

    Maxx, on the other hand, has been absolutely beasting in PWR this year. He's won three straight matches en route to topping our most recent PWR Power Rankings with a 2016 win-loss record of 4-1, and is the last champion standing in the Royal Flush.

    It's always tough to make a call when the immovable object comes face-to-face with the unstoppable force, but in this case, Main Maxx is both roadblock and wrecking ball. He's been red-hot this year, and is dying to avenge his lone 2016 loss from Vendetta. Look for Main Maxx to continue his race to the top of PWR, and be the Ultimate Warrior to JDL's Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 6. We love Jake De Leon, but we bet the Royal Flush has a massive game plan in place to avenge Bryan Leo's crushing defeat two months ago.

    Smark Henry prediction: Main Maxx wins via Royal Flush shenanigans.

    Main Maxx is a certified bad-ass, and you can't teach that!


    Disagree with our prediction? Think we're short-changing the reigning PWR Champion Jake De Leon once more, and that the current PHX Champion Main Maxx doesn't have a double-championship written in the stars? Drop us a comment below, and we'll see you all at PWR Live: The ShawDown.


    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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