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    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Basic Smarkometrics: The Year-End PWR Power Rankings (#11 to #19)

    2015 is coming to a close, a year some might call the greatest ever for Philippine wrestling. Not only did the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) complete its first full year of existence with a loaded calendar of six events, champions were crowned as well in two divisions, we saw the introduction of a true professional wrestling ring, mainstream media celebrated the spectacles of the squared circle, and wrestling is well on its way to returning to pop culture glory.

    But that's all big picture stuff; we want to know as well how individual wrestlers performed throughout the year, and see what kind of power structure we have on the local wrestling scene. So here we are again with our year-end PWR Power Rankings to put some hard, objective numbers into the debate on who truly owned 2015.

    Smarkometrics 2.0: Our New Grading System

    While we've gotten tons of great comments over our past editions of the Smarkometrics-fuelled PWR Power Rankings, we've also heard a lot of criticism over how it focuses purely on win-loss records and the quality of competition faced by each wrestler. Certain members of the Revo-Nation tell us that we need to consider two major factors as well:

    • Consistency. An athlete in any sport isn't of much value if he's sitting on the bench, and the same should hold true for pro wrestling. We need to reward the gladiators who gut it out and come in night after night, and penalize those who no-show PWR events for what ever reason.

    • Championship stakes. In 2015 alone, a total of 38 matches were booked over six shows. And while fans certainly derived tons of enjoyment from most of these matches, the stakes weren't always equal. In a year where the PWR Championship changed hands between three men and the first ever PHX Champion was crowned, we need to recognize as more important those eight matches where gold was at stake. 

    And because here at the Smark Henry offices, we take our mission of being the voice for Filipino wrestling fans damn seriously, we're bowing to public pressure and presenting a brand new system called Smarkometrics 2.0.

    Don't you dare be sour, Mr. Leo! Hear us out!
    Here's how it works.

    In the real world and in real jobs, performance is generally measured across four areas: Did the individual do a good job? Did he face strong challenges in doing so? Did he show up when he was needed? Did he perform when the stakes were high?

    We're taking these principles and factoring them into the four new pillars of our PWR Power Rankings to measure how each wrestler did in 2015.

    • Panalo Factor. What kind of win-loss record did the individual have throughout the year? Whether it's a singles match, a tag match, or a battle royal, every single match should count, because true stars shine no matter what kind of format the match is in. As with before, pre-show matches don't count—we only measure matches on the big stage, yo.

    • Puso Factor. We don't like wrestlers who pad their records by choosing jabronis as their main source of competition. If your goal is to be the best wrestler in the Philippines today, then the level of competition you choose needs to be equally great. The tougher your opponents, the more the system rewards you.

    • Pasok Factor. Di pwedeng pa-absent-absent palagi, mga boys. If there's anything we can learn from the megastars of the global wrestling industry like John Cena, it's that the big boys show up every damn night. If you want to be on top of the rankings, then you need to prove that you're going to work for it. So we're counting how many times each man wrestled across the six shows, and making sure anyone who missed any show for any reason at all gets points docked, and anyone who busted their ass by pulling double duty gets his due.

    • Puri Factor. Admit it, matches mean more when we know gold is on the line, so we're giving a juicy little bonus to each man who successfully emerged victorious from the eight matches in 2015 with championships at stake. Because when it comes to puri and adulation from the fans, the men who wear the crowns are the ones we love best.

    TL;DR, in establishing the pecking order for PWR in 2015, we're looking at this equation:

    All nineteen men who saw action on the main roster in 2015 will then be ranked accordingly from lowest to highest to determine their standings on our PWR Power Rankings. And because this is a look back at each talent's performance throughout the calendar year, all match results from the 2014 editions of Renaissance and Terminus don't count, which is great because we were getting tired of making all those Mike Vargas and Robin Sane jokes.

    All good? Let's rock.

    Panalo Factor: Win-Loss Percentages in 2015

    We've ranked the entire PWR active roster based on their cumulative win-loss records for 2015, and after looking at the chart below, you'll notice a certain distribution of wins among the wrestlers.

    Winning percentage covering January 1 to December 31, 2015.
    On the top of the food chain, we see six men, or roughly a third of the roster, sporting percentages higher than .500—Kanto Terror, The Apocalypse, Mayhem Brannigan, "Classical" Bryan Leo, Ralph Imabayashi, and Ken Warren.

    We have a sizable middle class as well, with five stars hovering at the .500 mark for 2015—"The Senyorito" Jake De Leon, Chris Panzer, Mark D. Manalo, Joey Bax, and newcomer James "Idol" Martinez of the Network.

    Finally, we have quite a barangay of aliping saguiguilid bringing up the rear, with eight men sporting losing records as 2015 ends: John Sebastian, Miguel Rosales, Bombay Suarez, Main Maxx, Peter Versoza, SANDATA, Vintendo, and Rederick Mahaba.

    As you may have seen from our previous Power Rankings, we do recognize that win-loss records aren't the end-all and be-all when it comes to pro wrestling, but we do like to take a look at the streaks each man had throughout the year. The next chart will give us an idea on who the streak shooters on the roster are, who the slow-and-steady plodders are, and who are ice-cold to end 2015.

    Green denotes a win, while red denotes a loss. Data covers January 1 to December 31, 2015 only.
    The first thing that pops out at us is how costly "Classical" Bryan Leo's loss to Ralph Imabayashi at Terminus 2015 was. Not only did the Classical One lose his treasured PWR Championship, he saw his historic five-match winning streak screech to a halt.

    That leaves reigning PHX Champion Ken Warren as owner of the longest active win streak on the roster today at three wins. Hot on his heels are Jake De Leon, The Apocalypse, and the still-injured Mayhem Brannigan with two straight wins each, although the Senyorito is extra-spicy right now after his big night at Terminus.

    On the flip side, the masked SANDATA is still discovering that there's more to pro wrestling than hot spring baths, as his year-long losing streak extended to seven matches. Honestly, when the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers sport a better record than you, you really have to admit there's a problem. At least he isn't alone in the land of zero wins, with rookies Rederick Mahaba and Vintendo similarly winless in 2015.

    Rederick's Jaccolade makes us laugh though.
    What's surprising is how John Sebastian, who had a nice little surge going in the midyear, is suddenly on a three-match dry spell himself. This does not bode well for the man who just last month was promoted to Ace of the Royal Flush, and was proclaimed as the future of PWR by Bryan Leo himself.

    But what kind of competition did each man face on their way to building their win-loss records? Let's take a look at the numbers.

    Puso Factor: Strength of Schedule By Competitor

    You don't get to the top of PWR by squaring off against cupcake foes, so we're keeping things real with our statistics behind each man's competitive quality. We've logged every opponent each wrestler has faced, and aggregated their win-loss records to determine the total winning percentage staring them in the face each time they step into the ring.

    A higher number indicates tougher competition, while a low number means jabroni nation. You can take a look at the complete spreadsheet here, but in summary, this is how each PWR wrestler's Strength of Schedule looked in 2015.

    Strength of schedule covering January 1 to December 31, 2015.
    First things first—Kanto Terror should be ashamed of himself. The dude might call himself the "Siga ng Kanto Tinio Street," but his perfect winning record in 2015 came at the expense of opponents with a combined winning percentage of just .162. We can say the same for the boys from Fighters 4 Hire; for all their tough talk, Joey Bax and Miguel Rosales have clearly been faced up against inferior competition throughout the year, making their already-soft winning percentages slightly dubious.

    We like what we're seeing on the tail end of the chart though; Vintendo calls himself "The Fighting Gamer," and just looking at the .800 winning percentage of the opposition he's faced tells us that it's not just an idle nickname. Granted, it's only been one match, but you have to admire a man with the guts to take on big game for his debut on the main roster.

    Massive props as well to "Classical" Bryan Leo, Mayhem Brannigan, and Ken Warren for taking the wrestling equivalent of Fury Road in 2015; they're the only other men on the roster whose opponents were at least at .500 level. Them's big balls, guys.

    Let's take a look now at the number of matches each wrestler has had in 2015, just to make sure we're not getting carried away by flash-in-the-pan sensations.

    Pasok Factor: The Real Mr. #NoDaysOff

    If PWR held six shows in 2015, then we'd ideally want each wrestler to have competed in at least six matches. Let's take a look at how much each man actually sweated this year.

    Data covers matches held between January 1 to December 31, 2015 only.
    John Sebastian may like to poke fun at the hefty Jake De Leon for his man-boobs, but there's no denying how much of a workhorse the Heir to Hacienda De Leon is. No other man wrestled as many times as he did in 2015, with the Senyorito pulling double duty twice—once at Wrevolution X, when he beat Bombay Suarez in the PWR Championship finals then defended it immediately against Bryan Leo, and again at Terminus, when he took on the Royal Flush in a tag match then followed it up with a stellar performance in the Path of Gold match.

    He's not the only man who's impressed us with their sweat equity; Bryan Leo and John Sebastian each worked seven matches in 2015, a feat matched by the former Dual Shock partners Peter Versoza and SANDATA, who haven't missed a card all year.

    Because #WalangForever also means #WalangVL when it comes to these two.
    We obviously expected Rederick Mahaba, James "Idol" Martinez, and Vintendo to bring up the rear on this measure. But check out Kanto Terror as well, who's only wrestled twice in 2015. The man we once thought would be the pop culture breakout star of the company has quickly faded to irrelevance by not wrestling in seven months. Tama na sa inom, KT. Put on your big boy pants and get back to work.

    Special mention has to be made for Mayhem Brannigan as well, who's been out of action since September with various injuries. The leader of the Ryot Squad has given some of the most memorable moments in PWR history, but after wrestling just four times in 2015, we have to wonder when we'll see him kicking ass again.

    Puri Factor: The Championship Circle of PWR

    It's a very select clique when we talk about the men who deserve Puri Factor points for 2015; the conversation starts and ends with just four names—Jake De Leon, Ralph Imabayashi, Ken Warren, and Bryan Leo.

    How do we assign bonus points for championship wins? It's simple. As mentioned earlier, we know that a total of eight matches were wrestled this year for gold, comprising tournament finals, championship defenses, and outright title wins. That's just one-fifth of the total matches held in PWR for 2015, so for something this rare, we're taking one whole point and dividing it across eight matches to arrive at a bonus modifier of .125 points for each title match victory.

    Here's how the championship bonuses panned out.

    There's no denying how Bryan Leo was the ultimate big game hunter in PWR this year; out of his seven matches, five had gold on the line, and he won four of them—his championship winning victory at Wrevolution X and three successful defenses at Renaissance, Live 1, and Live 2, until he dropped the strap to Imabayashi this month. The man may be beltless right now, but he still takes home a whopping .500 bonus points.

    Ken Warren made out like a bandit as well, with his PHX Championship win at Renaissance and a successful follow-up defense earning him a critical .250 points to offset his absence at Terminus.

    So now that we've reviewed the roster's Panalo, Puso, Pasok, and Puri Factors for 2015, how do the actual rankings stack up? After that long and winding road, it's finally time to reveal the bottom half of our PWR Power Rankings for 2015.

    Power Rankings: Numbers 11 to 19

    Remember the equation we set up at the start of this article?

    We've done the math to add up how each man performed and handed out year-end grades on a curve based on the totals. Each factor is color-coded as well to indicate how he performs against the rest of the roster on each count—green for a top-tier number, yellow for an average one, and red for a mediocre one.

    Here's how it looks.

    The F Students

    They say that the bottom of a pyramid needs to be built on the widest base, and by some good fortune, that's precisely what happened here as the massive Rederick Mahaba checks in at the #19 spot.

    Mahaba hasn't been having a great first two months in PWR thus far, we have to accept. Not only is he winless in wrestling, he's also winless in love, with his efforts to win a date with Scarlett of the Royal Flush falling short each time. Things can only get better for the Intimate Warrior as we enter 2016; we've seen the damage he can do with the devastating finisher he called "It's More Slam In The Philippines," and it's hopefully just a matter of time until he picks up his first 'W.'

    At #18 is the Fighting Gamer himself, Vintendo. He may have wrestled just one match as compared to Mahaba's two, but he redeems himself with an all-important green rating for Puso. At least he gets something good out of the ass-whooping he took at the hands of the Apocalypse at PWR Live 2.

    The D Students

    Moving on to the next tier, we have James "Idol" Martinez of the Network at #17.

    Martinez shocked the world when he pinned none other than former PWR Champion Jake De Leon in his debut match, and followed it up with a creditable performance at the Path of Gold match the month after. We have no idea what's in those Idol Supplements or PoWeR Drinks of his, but we have to wonder if the stick-thin Martinez has what it takes to go the distance in PWR. Future star or comedy jobber? Only time will tell.

    "Coldheart" Joey Bax of the Fighters 4 Hire makes an appearance #16, and for all his actions over the past month, it's a disappointingly low showing for him. Bax's downfall in 2015 has been the lack of quality opponents—he's been padding his record with multiple matches against Peter Versoza and SANDATA, both of whom combine for a pitiful 1-13 win-loss record. Rusev comparisons aside, it's time for Bax to step up and prove he can walk the walk.

    The C- Students

    Main Maxx of the Royal Flush headlines the next tier, and the #15 spot has got to be a major letdown for him.

    Maxx may be called the "Perfect 10" of the Flush and act as their designated enforcer, but an enforcer who can't win his matches isn't much of a threat to anyone. Despite his 280-pound frame and awesome Blitzkrieg finisher, the man known as Silent Rage just can't seem to get any momentum going after suffering two major injuries this year. "Classical" Bryan Leo may want to consider shoring up his bench in the near future.

    We've always had a soft spot for the other half of Fighters 4 Hire, "Ruthless" Miguel Rosales, here at the Smark Henry offices. Not only was he hand-picked by PWR General Manager Mr. Sy to compete in a #1 contenders match to represent the Philippines in a regional inter-promotional match, this is one bad dude who brings it every match. The mayor of #SuplexCityPH may lag behind his partner Joey Bax in winning percentage, but has faced tougher competition and wrestled one more contest in 2015, easing ahead to the #14 spot.

    Could Mark D. Manalo at #13 be the breakout star of 2016? We may have been introduced to the heavily-accented Santino adjace as enhancement talent, but he's broken out of his shell the last two months to nearly eke out upsets over Bryan Leo and the Apocalypse. Comedic stylings aside, Manalo probably has a top-3 submission game in PWR, and has carried himself like a star after his Beer Promdi partner Kanto Terror went MIA. Manalo, matalo, fans pa rin kami.

    And speaking of Kanto Terror, he slots one spot ahead of his protege at #12 by virtue of his undefeated 2015. Sure, it's just two matches against jobbers, but still. Unlike Manalo however, KT seems to have reached his ceiling in PWR already. His skillset is extremely limited, he's consistently taken on cupcake competition, and he just doesn't seem to have the physique to stand up to the fights his drunken temper incites. Expect his stock to sink lower in 2016, Revo-Nation. Sorry.

    The C Student

    How can a winless wrestler in the middle of a seven-match skid take the #11 spot? SANDATA is a controversial choice for this place, but the numbers don't lie.

    Despite his record, the masked gladiator survives via his work ethic and heart. He's one of only five wrestlers to have wrestled more than the baseline six matches in 2015, and unlike nearly everyone else below him on this list, he's faced relatively decent competition throughout the year. Don't write him off just yet as the Marty Jannetty of Dual Shock; in the words of Mulan, "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all."


    How do you feel about the bottom half of the PWR Power Rankings, Henrinites? Do you think SANDATA deserves to be where he's at, or do you think perhaps Main Maxx, Kanto Terror, or Mark D. Manalo deserve to be ranked higher than they currently are? 

    Leave us your comments below! 


    Mark De Joya (@MDJSuperstaris an advertising professional and brand strategist by day, but dreams of being the Vince McMahon of the Philippines by night. He writes anything to do with numbers for Smark Henry: People Power (our weekly fan survey), Best For Business (our regular financial report), and Basic Smarkometrics (our PWR Power Rankings). With 18" arms and a 300-pound squat, he is also the official bouncer of the Smark Henry offices.

    All photos are by the talented and stunning Hub Pacheco.
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