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    Friday, November 3, 2017

    #NoStoppingTheHungry: Can The Network Keep Control of the PWR Tag Team Division?

    Remember, remember the 5th of November
    The wrestling treason and plot
    I know of no reason
    This PWR treason
    Should ever be forgot

    And with those lines, the most epic showdown in Philippine Wrestling Revolution history is going down this November 5, with their year-end show, Vendetta 2017, coming at y'all live from the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati and presented by Yellow Cab Pizza.

    The card features seven announced matches featuring nearly every wrestler on the roster. That's a lot to unpack in one go, so we'll be breaking down each contest in its own full piece.

    Let's talk about the massive Triple Threat tag team match for The Network's Tag Team Championship.

    PWR Tag Team Championship: The KakaiBros (Mh4rckie & Kh3Ndrick) vs. Evan Carleaux x Trian Dela Torre vs. The Network (James "Lodi" Martinez & Alexander Belmonte III, c)

    After a long and rockin' reign by the YOLO Twins (who'll be in action against The Regime from London Lucha League), The Network looks to ramp up their PWR Tag Team Championship reign in a massive three-team melee that could prove to be the exclamation point on a wild and woolly 2017 for the multi-level marketing gurus.

    James "Lodi" Martinez and Alexander Belmonte III might not have impressed the Revo-Nation that much in a clunky, dragging inaugural defense against Evan Carleaux and Trian Dela Torre at Oktoberplex, and are trying to prove they're more than a comedy act in the promotion. But they just might be biting off more than they can chew.

    The Backstory

    Carleaux and TDT looked like they could be positioning themselves as The Network's biggest thorn in a lengthy feud over the PWR Tag Team Championships after nearly sneaking out the win at last month's show. Unfortunately, Mh4rckie took advantage of a distracted Mr. Sy, PWR's General Manager, to get a signed contract appointing the KakaiBros as #1 Contender for Vendetta.

    We're not about to get into a discussion about legalities, but Carleaux and Dela Torre launched a successful campaign to overcome the perceived "Sy-ranny" (and incidentally steal the contract from the 'Bros), thereby turning this into a three-way match for tag team supremacy.

    Challenger #1: Evan Carleaux x Trian Dela Torre

    Don't let their hilarious social media game fool you; behind the slapstick lies a pair of very capable grapplers who may be relatively new to the pro wrestling scene, but have developed a sense of chemistry and ring awareness that makes them dangerous for any foe.

    Carleaux likes to call himself "The Future," but he could very well be the present. He seems to have recovered fully from the surgery the sidelined him for a couple of shows earlier this year, and continues to improve his all-around offense. His Tech Noir finisher has submitted its fair share of PWR talents in the past—Mh4rckie of the KakaiBros included—and he certainly has the scrappiness to duke it out with the best of them.

    Trian Dela Torre may be short, unathletic, and have quite possibly the least muscle mass of any wrestler on the roster, but he's a master of psychology who sucks in his opponents with his comic antics and leaves them flustered and bamboozled. Sure, he's literally the easiest wrestler to manhandle, but he's not lacking at all in confidence. For all the shenanigans he took to get there, the record books show that he owns a pair of one-on-one victories against the monstrous Apocalypse.

    We repeat: don't write them off as a novelty just yet. All the hijinks they bring into the ring are part of a carefully-curated strategy to throw their opponents off their gameplan.

    And let's not forget the Trianverse! Officer "Kap" Tutan is more than willing to throw himself into harm's way, like any good henchman should. And GrabCamus has the size and strength to make a difference in any match; just ask The Apocalypse, who knows what a mean move the trademark Last Ride CamusBomb can be.

    Are they ready to rule the roost? Not just yet, but they'll entertain us all as they fumble along. If they can learn to keep their matches tighter and more focused, we could all start taking them more seriously. And we all know that would be... nice.

    Challenger #2: The KakaiBros

    Bakit si Marlou kayang magpapogi, pero sila hindi?

    Kh3Ndrick and Mh4rckie may be filthy, disgusting animals with a severe lack of hygiene awareness (and those are their good points), but they're actually not terrible in the ring. We've been super vocal at the Smark Henry Offices of how we love the way they've bought into their gimmick; from their cheap-ass tarps to annoying dance moves to the way Mh4rckie loves to rub his fermented crotch juices all over his opponents' faces, they're a glorious riot to see in the ring.

    They've been through the fire too. These 'Bros may own an embarrassing win-loss record in PWR, but just look at who they've been up against in their short stint thus far. Mh4rckie put up a credible showing against the surging SANDATA at Oktoberplex, while Kh3Ndrick seems so have used the humiliation of his record-setting 8-second loss against the Pinoy Tecnico at Resbak to focus his talents better.

    Strategies and playbooks don't mean anything to this duo. Raised on pure street smarts and a natural hunger to claw their way to respectability, these boys could very well be the surprise of 2018.

    And what better way to end their rookie year than with a shocking Tag Team Championship victory at Vendetta?

    The Champions: The Network

    Calling it now: Alexander Belmonte III could be one of the company's biggest breakout stars in the next twelve months. The Network big man is mobile, athletic, and a certified hoss in the ring. He's mastered the art of pulling his Network boss's ass out of the fire at the last minute as the Big Cass to Lodi's Enzo.

    Martinez, on the other hand, is a wily, cunning talent who may find himself overpowered nine times out of ten, but is a master of big picture thinking who orchestrates elaborate schemes to sucker opponents into defeat. He is, after all, the dude who beat two-time PWR Champion Jake De Leon in his debut match.

    The Network may be down one man with the still-healing injury of former PHX Champion Chino Guinto, but one thing they've never been is outnumbered. Martinez has at his disposal a seemingly endless wave of Downlines to call on when the going gets tough.

    He's like the end-boss that strikes you as being a cupcake at first glance, only to overwhelm you with unli-spawn waves of back-up. Forget the two-on-one disadvantage AB3 and Lodi have in this Triple Threat tag match—when you step in the ring with them, you're stepping in against the whole Network.

    Our Prediction

    This match is going to be one hell of a laugher, and we mean that literally. Expect comedy spots galore from all teams involved, with the Trianverse and a slew of Downlines coming into play at opportune moments.

    Our heads want to say The Network will retain their prized PWR Tag Team Championships. But there's this nagging little voice inside us that says we could be in for a huge shocker care of the KakaiBros.

    One slip here, a distraction there, and the nastiest, grungiest stars from the streets of God-knows-where could pull off the biggest upset of the year and, like a pair of akyat-bahays in the night, sneak out as the kings of the Philippines' richest tag team division.

    Predition: The KakaiBros put aside their past embarrassments to steal tag team gold.


    PWR Vendetta is happening on Sunday, November 5, at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Lane Mall, Makati. Gates open at 2 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for P400, or availed of via discounted pre-selling packages on the official PWR Facebook page. Additional details can be found on the event page.

    Directions to Power Mac Center Spotlight can be found here. Photos by "Mrs. Ruthless" Jacky Rosales and "Hundred Dolla" Hub Pacheco.

    Presented by Yellow Cab Pizza Co.

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