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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    31 Days of Wrestling (12/11/19): Do You Wanna Yeet a Four-Man? (QUATRO vs. Chris Panzer vs. Jeff Cobb, PWR Homecoming)


    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 2019 produced for us.

    Apologies for the tacky title, I just came out of a Frozen 2 jamming sesh. 

    Anyway, let’s kick things off with a hot take: If your idea of a great main event is a technical masterpiece with an underwhelming finish that definitely didn't match the hype it created, then you're probably one of the overwhelming majority who thought JDL vs. TJP was a great way to end PWR's biggest event to date. 



    But if you're like me and you enjoy balls-to-the-wall action, entertaining characters, and men being thrown around like pizza dough, coupled with a satisfying finish that definitely earned its spot on the card, then join me in honoring the true main event of PWR Homecoming: the three-way instant classic between the charismatic heel Chris Panzer, the incredibly talented Jeff Cobb, and the never-say-die former champion QUATRO. I demand a round of applause.

    Sure, this match didn't have the emotional buildup that JDL vs. TJP had, but that doesn't mean it didn't have a cohesive storyline. Thanks to Chris Panzer winning this year's Championship Chase Tournament, the Motor City Devil punched his ticket to a PWR Championship match and a rivalry with the company’s resident highflyer, QUATRO. Before the fiery JDL/TJP promos came out, there was the equally well-produced Panzer/QUATRO primer. 



    And sure, the ensuing match at the highly-maligned PWR Live: Beautiful didn’t satisfy the hype either, but it brought us here. In one corner, the two-time former PWR Champion who was looking to conquer the industry with his new attitude and his trusty cohorts. In the other, a warrior looking to prove his mettle against the insurmountable odds that faced him. And sure, why not add the international strongman looking to find his way home into the mix?   

    All these combustible elements collided at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent on the night of October 12: Chris Panzer came out with all the smugness in the world; Jeff Cobb triumphantly walked his way to his in-ring debut in his mother's homeland; and QUATRO, visibly stressed out and seemingly off of his usual mojo, still marched to the ring like his life depended on it. What followed was the best PWR match of 2019, nay, in PWR history. Fight me.

    It had everything you can ask for from a wrestling match that you won't even notice that you're at the edge of your silver seat (that was conveniently positioned close to ringside). It had three world-class wrestlers so that's already a win. It had great action from start to finish. It had great babyfaces you actually loved rooting for. It had heels you actively hated (but secretly cheered). It had a great blend of solid technical wrestling, crazy spots, and QUATRO getting yeeted to the moon and back

    Now that’s a main event worthy of the admission price. It’s a match that wasn’t just for someone like me, it’s a match for you and me, for all of us! Wait…



    After the dust settled, the right guy emerged as the new champion. Chris Panzer reclaimed the PWR Championship by taking out Quatro with the HNA, while two grown adults and one Main Maxx held down the monstrous Jeff Cobb. By the end, everyone was off their seats, cheering for whoever won because it didn't matter at that point. The crowd was just glad they got to witness history—and all they had to do was cross the street from where they usually window shop on weekends.

    If the JDL vs. TJP match proved how capable Philippine wrestling is on the technical side, this triple threat match introduced everyone, hardcore fans and casuals alike, to what Philippine wrestling can offer to the world. This is the peak of Philippine wrestling, and if you want to know what it feels like to be thrown towards the peak, just ask QUATRO. 


    *****

    31 Days of Wrestling is Smark Henry's way of celebrating the matches that helped define wrestling in 2019.

    Read our previous entries:

    1. The Man Stands Tall at WrestleMania (Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey, WrestleMania 35)
    2. The Game Changes (Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega, AEW Double or Nothing)
    3. Still the Ace (Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega, Wrestle Kingdom 13)
    4. #KofiMania (Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan, WrestleMania 35)
    5. Starting With A Bang (The Premiere of AEW Dynamite)
    6. Let's Start A War (The Premiere of NXT On The USA Network)
    7. For You And Me! For All Of Us! (Jake De Leon vs. TJP, PWR Homecoming)
    8. It Takes a Bird and a Villain (G1 Climax Finals: Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White)
    9. The Fall of Bray Wyatt and the Rise of the Fiend
    10. Johnny Champion (Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano, NXT TakeOver: New York)
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