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    Friday, October 26, 2018

    #SGQ: PWR Live: Shake, Dress-up, and Pose

    Ladies and gentlemen! Ka-Smarkadas! PWR’s Halloween outing, PWR Live: Shake, Rassle, & Roll took place over the weekend, (you can read the Smark Henry Official Review here.) and as always, your fashion guru The Migz is here to tell you what was hot and what was not for the show. Say “Boo!” because it’s time for the Halloween edition of your local #SGQ, which we’ll be dubbing PWR Live: Shake, Dress-Up, and Pose.

    Wrestling in itself is an industry where Halloween would definitely be a welcome celebration. With its colorful characters and personalities, one would surely get lots of costume ideas for this time of the year and with PWR (and also MWF this coming Sunday) encouraging fans to come in their favorite wrestler’s attire, PWR’s Revo-Nation outdid themselves by bringing their A-game in the costumes department.

    With costumes ranging from wrestlers representing WWE, NJPW, ROH, IMPACT Wrestling and even PWR’s own, everybody (including the wrestlers themselves) was in a festive mood as they gave their own version and tributes to their favorite stars.

    We’ll be splitting this article into two portions with the first dedicated to PWR’s costume contest and the second half to showcase which wrestlers decided to come in their own costumed gear as well.

    The Revo-Nation

    As you may have already known, PWR held an in-show costume contest to see which member of the Revo-Nation could pull of their own wrestling-inspired look. With lots of announced (and a bunch of unannounced) prizes coming from Kramer: Toy Warden and PWR, the Revo-Nation was definitely in a competitive nature with lots of audience members and fans coming in their best get-up to try and outdo each other in a battle for the top three prizes.

    I, myself, came in clad in Finn Balor’s Demon paint—minus the gear—as I wanted to also be part of the festivities, but I was actually both shocked and amazed to see that several members of the Revo-Nation went the extra mile and really prepared well for this event. Even Smark Henry’s resident writers and contributors were in on the fun with their own twists and versions of the wrestlers. Our own George Pastor showed up in his SANDATA attire (probably made via his mask tutorial) ,complete with “SHUT UP, CAMUS” fist wraps.

    To start, here are some honorable mentions such as former BFF’s Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens who came in with their own versions of the Universal Championship and The List. Sure, it might be an easy costume to pull off, but do tell me if you do have a buddy willing to take his half of this duo in costume? I would guess not.

    Also, whether intentional or not, one guy came in dressed as "Ruthless" Miguel Rosales in a beanie and sleeveless shirt combo, which got the attention of PWR wrestlers as well.

    There’s also the guy who came in dressed as classic—is it fine to call it classic now?—Bray Wyatt, complete with his own firefly lamp. The cutest was a group of kids giving tribute to the lovable stable, The Naughty Boys, complete with their own Jhemherlynn. These entries won specialty prizes along with our very own George Carlos Pastor.

    For the cream of crop (and eventual costume contest winners), the fans really outdid themselves by coming in all-out gear. In third place was someone from our very own nightmare, “This is Sting!” The guy portraying Sting came complete with signature face-paint, trench coat and baseball bat.

    Not to be outdone, the second prize winner was the guy dressed up as “The Villain” Marty Scurll, even coming in with his plague doctor’s mask and umbrella, which looked amazing as if it were the real thing.

    The eventual winner was someone who dressed up as Jeff Hardy's alter-ego, Willow, complete with the mask and what seemed like a costume trim for his long jacket. I was actually taken aback that these the costumes looked so real, the body built of the fans notwithstanding.

    PWR’s Own

    It’s an understatement to say this, but the tributes done by the wrestlers were so enjoyable, as well and I’m happy to say I’m glad I was there to witness this event because the costumes that a lot of them wore really brought a grin to my face.

    I’d like to start this part off by acknowledging what was probably the best gimmick of the night, Los Ingobernables De Poblacion. Starting the show with this tribute (complete with their very own announcer) was definitely a delight. With each member of The Naughty Boys playing their part—GrabCamus as GRABUSHI, Jhemherlhynn as Takahashi Hiromu-lynn, Kapitan Tutan as TUTANADA, Evan Carleaux as EVIL Carleaux and Trian Dela Torre as Unano Tetsuya), the stable made best use of the chance to don costumes and I’m sure they also had fun themselves.

    Their opponents for the night (while not clad in wrestling character-related) costumes did the trick to give contrast to the champions as well. With Vintendo donning an Incredible Hulk-like top, The Apocalypse (Holy Sh*t!) wearing a new mask (and new wrestling gear much later in the night) and Jan Evander, PwD, receiving an unintentional Unique Salonga chant—even getting "Mundo" songs from the crowd—the End Game’s attires gave the feeling that they were only in it to destroy their opponents for the night.

    The match between MSG and CamTutan also saw a bunch of tributes and callbacks in the form of masks. Of course, Sami Zayn’s number one fan, GrabCamus, donned the El Generico mask and even received "Ole!" chants from the Revo-Nation. Camus almost got to complete the tribute with a supposed BRAINBUSTAAAAAAAAAAAH! but alas, it was not meant to be.

    MSG also got in on the costume party, with Main Maxx showing full support to his partner by wearing the black (my favorite) SANDATA mask. SANDATA, on the other hand, gave tribute to the most famous luchador in the whole world, Rey Mys… oh wait, no, El Santo. It was a touching tribute to lucha libre, which would continue on when he debuted a new shiny, half-split mask (no more Magikarp chants, I hope).

    Another one of my favorite attires, although just a quick tribute, was QUATRO’s portrayal of the Velveteen Dream experience by not only being in costume, but actually doing the whole entrance schtick. It was a good day for a swell battle indeed, when everybody popped for the entrance and the attire. 

    I’d have to say, the costumes which got a lot of pops each went to the participants of the 3-Way battle for the PHX Championship. Each man came out in gear that definitely caught the attention of everybody in the crowd—especially the ladies.

    Chris Panzer came out as the legendary Slash of Guns N' Roses. Meanwhile, PHX Champion Jake De Leon came out in rival Tengu’s gear—which also included the signature stand-up from cross-legged sitting taunt. As for probably the most well-received singles costume for the night, it was Ken Warren’s Winter Soldier Bucky-inspired gear, complete with activation intro.

    Lastly, though not in costume and not in a match, I am actually glad that Rederick Mahaba ditched the tassled gear—I believe I mentioned this in the previous #SGQ—and decided to dress like a star last Sunday. Mainstream Mahaba now looks a million bucks, no thanks to Artie 1.0 and the newly christened Artie 2.0. I hope Mahaba continues to dress up in this manner. Hey, if the YOLO Twins can do it, I’m sure The Mainstream One can do it as well.


    And that’s about it for this edition of #SGQ. If there are any more fashionable things I missed or if you have anything to say about the recently concluded event, please feel free to hit us up in the comments section below.

    P.S. Also, as silly as it is, I think we all expected the YOLO Twins to dress up as each other.


    Photos from PWR, Hub Pacheco, and George Carlos Pastor. Screenshots taken from PWR's Instagram stories. Credits to the original owner of the photo, Chino Liao


    Disclosure: Smark Henry is independently managed and operated by a group of local wrestling fans, but includes members affiliated with the Philippine Wrestling Revolution.


    Miguel “The Migz” Llado is your supposed fashion guru and not-so-young boy at the Smark Henry offices. A lover of everything music, wrestling, videogames and food, he lives his life tweeting his mind off (@the_migz) and ‘gramming random food and destinations (@tha_migz) as he sets on his journey to completely do things at random for his own personal amusement. You  can also challenge him via PSN (MigzLlado) in a WWE 2K19 match and help him as he creates a roster worthy of the Philippine wrestling scene. When not being a smark, he lives his life being (and trying to be) an awesome architect and musician extraordinaire.
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