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    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    31 Days of Wrestling (12/18/18): 100 Percent

    Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2018 produced for us.

    Sometimes, predictability isn’t a bad thing.

    Anyone who has been present for this year’s MWF events had a feeling that the inaugural MWF Championship would boil down to the undefeated Fabio Makisig and high-flying daredevil Robin Sane. Makisig is the cocky heel who only has to go 50% or 60% to stay undefeated, while Sane is someone who always goes 100%, no matter who the opponent is. This is a story that writes itself.

    However, the road for both men to reach the MWF Championship wasn’t easy and that simple story got a lot of messy chapters because of it. Wrestling!!!

    Sane had to deal with the betrayal of his best friend Mr. Lucha, who attacked him after a hard-fought match with Ho Ho Lun in MWF 3: Republika. To make matters worse, he had to team up with his former buddy to take on Team PWR in MWF 5: Todos Los Wrestling, where they both ended up losing. While Sane was able to beat Mr. Lucha and Ninja Ryujin soundly to advance in the tournament, he needed Fabio’s help to defeat “Danger” Rex Lawin in the semi-finals, making us doubt the high-flyer and his chances of winning the finals.

    Makisig “helped” Sane since he felt that Mr. “Tara! Let’s go!” would give him an easier road to the MWF Championship and P20,000. Though his in-ring career was soaring, getting wins over Jorelle Liwanag, Jomar Liwanag, and Morgan Vaughn to progress through the tournament, his money problems were just as prevalent as his victories.

    When it was announced that the winner of the MWF Championship would also get P20,000, Makisig felt that this was his chance to get his family out of poverty, and he would do whatever it took to get there.

    During an interview, Sane told Makisig to up his game for their match in the tournament finals and actually go 100% since the then-undefeated Ma-kick-sig claimed that he never had to go all out for his matches. This led to a shocking shoot video from Makisig, criticizing Sane’s inability to provide for his family and accusing him of being an unfaithful partner. Whether the shoot was worked or not became irrelevant, as it added some fire to their already hot MWF Championship match.

    With both Sane and Makisig working at 100%, this led to a violent, sometimes ugly, match for MWF 6: Noche Buena that had the intensity needed for this story to work. How ugly did it get? Sane almost broke his neck on a 450 Splash on Makisig’s prone leg. It was needlessly dangerous, but this did show that Sane was willing to do anything to get the MWF Championship, for better or worse.

    In the end, Makisig’s 100% just wasn’t enough to beat Sane, who became the inaugural MWF Champion. Makisig might have been going 100% for the first time but Sane has been doing that since the very beginning. Now that Fabio knows what failure feels like, he might start going all out more often, which is bad news for the MWF roster.

    Winning a championship is hard but staying champion will be harder as Sane will have “Danger” Rex Lawin to deal with in March. Makisig also teased an alliance with heat magnet Khayl Sison, and Mr. Lucha probably has unfinished business with his former student, so the champ has a big target on his back. Still, after everything he's gone through and achieving his dream, Sane will probably look at the line of opponents life has lined up for him and shout...


    31 Days of Wrestling is Smark Henry's way of celebrating the matches that helped define wrestling in 2018.

    Read our previous entries:

    1. Winnipeg Boys Conquer the Tokyo Dome (Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, No DQ match for IWGP US Heavyweight title, Wrestle Kingdom 12)
    2. Roman Reigns Finally Becomes Universal Champion (Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, SummerSlam 2018)
    3. The Man Is Last Woman Standing (Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch, Last Woman Standing match for SmackDown Women's title, Evolution)
    4. Kenny Omega, Finally IWGP Heavyweight Champion (Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega, 2-out-of-3 Falls match, Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall)
    5. The Resurrection of Daniel Bryan (AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship, WWE SmackDown Live 11/13/18) 
    6. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Unsanctioned match (NXT TakeOver: New Orleans)
    7. The Lightbringer Has Arrived (Ralph Imabayashi vs. Quatro for the PWR Championship, PWR Live: Homefront)
    8. The First Ever Women's Royal Rumble (Royal Rumble 2018)
    9. To Surpass God (Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi, G1 Climax 28 Finals)
    10. Wreck It, Rowdy (Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H, WrestleMania 34)
    11. Pentagon Dark vs. Marty "The Moth" Martinez (Ultima Lucha Cuatro)
    12. King in the North (America) (6-Way Ladder match for NXT North American title, NXT TakeOver: New Orleans)
    13. A Dream Ricochets (Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream, NXT TakeOver: Chicago II)
    14. Of Queens and Empires (Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka for the SmackDown Women's title, WrestleMania 34)
    15. #ALLIN For Ten Pounds of Gold (Nick Aldis vs. Cody for the NWA Heavyweight title, All In)
    16. The Renaissance of 205 Live (Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali, WrestleMania 34)
    17. The Second United Kingdom Championship Tournament
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