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    Saturday, October 8, 2016

    PWR Renaissance 2016 Preview: The Stars Announced So Far

    PWR returns this Saturday with their next major show, Renaissance, which shows much promise with a stacked card and signs toward a new direction with the long running promotion. And while we know about the big matches that will take place, there are still some lingering questions surrounding the event, particularly, the stars who have been announced but have yet to have any matches taking place at the show.

    So it’s only fair that we take a look at the stars who have recently been announced to appear at the show, but have yet to have any sort of role in the event itself. Don’t be surprised, however, if they all make quite an impression by the show’s end.

    “The Walking Death” Mike Madrigal

    One of the new breed of PWR stars that made their debuts at PWR Live: The Shawdown, the man from Death Valle Verde made quite an impression not just with his hard hitting in-ring skills, but also with the way he conducts himself towards just about any other person he meets. In his in-ring debut, he took on one-half of the Fighters 4 Hire, “Cold Heart” Joey Bax. And while he was unable to defeat the veteran Bax, he did make a lasting statement by sneak attacking the veteran post-bout and blasting him with the Go To Sleep.

    While fans will unanimously agree that he’s pretty much a “kupal” thanks to his venomous mouth (possibly breaking the record for most swears that any PWR wrestler would say by the end of his career) and a mountain of ego, he is more than capable to back his words up with his hard hitting strikes and no-nonsense mentality.

    Smark Henry prediction: Expect the Walking Death to make a name for himself once again, taking on a fellow PWR veteran in the event. While he previously lost his match against Bax, pretty sure a guy like him would have a huge chip on his shoulder and continue to prove himself to be a big name player in a drastically changed landscape.


    Photo by Alvin Balce.

    There is only one thing that The Fighting Gamer is thinking of: securing a big win in PWR. And for a man that has remained winless for a long time despite his natural talents and dominating offense (with a chance to break SANDATA’s long running losing streak), the last thing he would want is another feather in his defeated gamer cap.

    While his last match did not end favorably during the six-man pre-show match against The Network, he was able to personally meet 1/3rd of the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions, Xavier Woods, during the recent WWE tour in Manila. With an experience like that with a fellow gamer who happens to be a champion and a major draw as part of The New Day, that has to light a fire inside Vintendo and finally step it up to the next level. Anything other than a win would be unacceptable at this point, and it’s only a matter of time before he makes some noise at Renaissance.

    Smark Henry prediction: Sooner or later, he’s got to get that big win, and at Renaissance, perhaps it is finally time for The Fighting Gamer to make use of his arsenal to its fullest (and even bring out his Pause Spear) en route to a big win. Not to mention, he’s got to show everything to the fans to bring them all to his side, giving them a reason to invest in him.

    Vlad Sinnsyk

    Arguably the man who has made the most impact out of the new breed of PWR wrestlers (no disrespect to Martivo, who definitely left a lasting impression towards the fans), Vlad Sinnsyk established himself as a force to be reckoned with.

    In one night, the Hand of Judgment went toe-to-toe with a former PWR Champion in Ralph Imabayashi in a hard fought bout, and pinned the Japanese sensation with a freaking Muscle Buster, immediately putting himself in serious discussions for title contention among other big time players. Who else can say they beat a PWR champion so convincingly and definitively in his first night in the company? 

    With his sinister look, menacing bruiser style, and with a method to his madness, one can argue that he has quite an upside as he goes through the motions of the PWR landscape. It’s only a matter of time before he gets a title opportunity when given the chance.

    Smark Henry prediction: He will come to the show with the intent to put any victim he sees away, and move one step closer to title contention

    These are three PWR stars announced so far for Renaissance, but who knows who else could show up in the first major PWR show of the new era? With the inmates running the asylum, so to speak, someone is bound to capitalize on the opportunity and be that much closer to achieving their championship aspirations, these aforementioned stars included.


    PWR Renaissance is happening on Saturday, October 8, at the Unilab Bayanihan Center. Tickets cost Php 400 and can be availed in a number of ways. For more information, stay tuned to the official Facebook event page.

    For the latest news and updates on Philippine wrestling, don't forget to like PWR on Facebook, or visit their official site.

    All photos are by "The Phenomenal" Hub Pacheco.

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