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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Women's Division Launching at PWR Live: The ShawDown

    They say the Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in Southeast Asia. And it seems that diversity is even leaking into the local pro wrestling scene. The Philippine Wrestling Revolution just announced on its Facebook page a contract signing between two of the most popular personalities in PWR to launch the first-ever women's division in local pro wrestling.

    You read right, Revo-Nation. Popular ring-announcer-turned-grappler Crystal will be signing the dotted line at PWR Live: The ShawDown to welcome the Royal Flush's "Queen of Pain" Scarlett to the squared circle at PWR Renaissance scheduled in September.

    Local wrestling fans are going nuts, obvs. It isn't every day one gets to observe history being made.

    One fan is even likening the two to Philippine professional wrestling's version of famed former WWE women's wrestlers Trish Stratus and Lita, who helped bring the Attitude Era to new heights at the turn of the century.

    But what can we really expect from their eventual face-off? Sit tight, we've got the facts for y'all.

    Tale of the Tape


    Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 100 pounds
    Hometown: Paranaque City 
    Championships & accomplishments: None
    Win-loss record: 0-2
    Streak: Two-match losing streak.
    Finishing moves: Solemate (inverted stomp facebreaker)

    If it takes gutz to be a Gutierrez, it takes balls to be a #PWRrior (yes, we're making that a thing). And over the past few months, Crystal has shown she has balls as big as any other man on the roster.

    We've only seen her in action twice in the past, but she's never shied away from the big guns. Whether it was locking horns with the dangerous "Jack of All Babes" Peter Versoza from the Royal Flush or the wildly-talented "Golden Boy" Chino Guinto of The Network, she's consistently put up a game fight. Crystal is ridiculously agile and versatile, dazzling her opponents with acrobatic moves like the 619, or stretching them out with such vicious submissions as her Black Widow.


    Height: Unknown
    Weight: Unknown
    Hometown: Unknown
    Championships & accomplishments: None
    Win-loss record: 0-0
    Streak: N/A
    Finishing moves: Unknown

    We've been seeing Scarlett ringside since the very first PWR show way back in 2014, always dishing out timely assists and sneak attacks for the benefit of her Royal Flush stablemates. But we are all literally Jon Snow when it comes to her actual fighting ability—we know nothing.

    The woman clearly moves with the balance and poise of a trained fighter, and we've seen glimpses of some BJJ training in the lethal armbar she's locked onto the likes of Ralph Imabayashi or Rederick Mahaba ages ago. But apart from that, she's an unknown quantity.

    Of course, don't doubt that "Classical" Bryan Leo and the rest of the Flush are taking her under their wings to teach her the ins and outs of the game—and you can't do better than those guys when it comes to training a wrestler—but experience matters a lot. And in this case, even Crystal's slim experience outweighs Scarlett's by a mile.

    Overall edge: Crystal takes a huge lead here by virtue of having gone to war with some of PWR's finest in her baptism of fire.

    The History: Hey Jealousy

    These two ladies have had some mildly simmering tension ever since Crystal made her presence known in PWR. Jealousy by Scarlett, perhaps, over having her position as the most popular woman on the roster to completely usurped?

    We all remember PWR Live: Road to Wrevolution X last April when Scarlett came ringside to protest former PWR General Manager Mr. Sy's inclusion of Crystal into the 8-wrestler PHX Gauntlet Match at Wrevolution X.

    Scarlett's vindictiveness was on full display, distracting the Bad-Ass Babe long enough for Versoza to blindside her with a shocking Karne Norte gutbuster heard around the world.

    She would go on to inject herself into the proceedings at the actual Gauntlet Match the next month. Just when it looked like Crystal was on her way to an upset win that would guarantee a title shot against the Royal Flush's Main Maxx for the PHX Championship, Scarlett showed up to once more derail the "Five Minute Girl" from victory.

    That's twice in the last three months that their paths have crossed, and it's begging for a resolution. Crystal clearly wants nothing more than to succeed in her unconventional career path, while Scarlett has made it known that only one woman can be on top of PWR—herself.

    One might argue that Scarlett's actions have always been strategically designed as part of a greater gameplan of protecting the Royal Flush, but we sense she's made this personal. In her mind, she deserves to be PWR's Alpha Queen, and will swat down any impending threat to her position.

    Overall edge: Scarlett. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when she's riding with the Royal Flush.

    Our Analysis

    The September battle between the two will be one between theory and experience. Scarlett has had a front-row seat to every single one of the Royal Flush's in-ring wrestling clinics—heck, they own a collective 10-2 winning record in 2016 alone—and is sure to have picked up a trick or two in her role as their manager. She carries herself like a woman who's never known what it's like to fail, and expects to automatically succeed in her latest goal.

    Crystal on the other hand has gone to war time and time again against the best competition she can find, always falling short, but improving by leaps and bounds with each battle. There are things you can only learn by getting down-and-dirty, and she's miles ahead in this regard.

    We rarely pick against the Royal Flush, but Scarlett is just too raw against the comparatively seasoned Crystal. We expect her to take advantage of actual contract signing to throw some major shade against the former ring announcer and gain some sort of psychological advantage approaching their landmark match at Renaissance 2016.

    But then again, this is pro wrestling. Contract signings never end well. Scarlett could very well have something hidden up her sleeve—a complimentary Dead Man's Hand from the entire Royal Flush, perhaps?—to cause some sort of physical injury to Crystal as well.

    Smark Henry prediction: SHIT. GOES. DOWN.


    Contract signings are almost always a near-sure bet for #SHENANIGANS, Henrinites. Do you think Scarlett has something brewing to assert psychological dominance over Crystal? Or do you think the feisty Bad-Ass Babe of PWR is going to upstage the Queen of the Royal Flush once again at PWR Live: The ShawDown?

    Either way, we're intrigued. We want to know what you think. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, and we'll see you all at the show!


    [UPDATE] Looks like this women's match is getting called off with the sudden retirement of Scarlett.


    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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