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The Week That Was in Pro Wrestling: Crystal going places

By JP Abcede

Wrestling action is not just happening in the United States and in Japan, but in the Philippines and Southeast Asia as well as we put the spotlight on our local-based talent.

PWR holds first event of the year

The Philippine Wrestling Revolution kicks off 2018 with PWR Live: Kingdom Come on January 21, at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati at 2pm. With the "Wrestling Lord and Saviour" John Sebastian taking over the reins of the promotion, he went on to decree several matches on the card.

One of these is Chris Panzer versus Ralph Imabayashi for the PWR championship. According to a video uploaded on PWR's Facebook page, this is Sebastian's way to reward Imabayashi, who was a member of Team Sebastian in last year's Ubusan ng Lahi match that helped oust Stan Sy as PWR head honcho.

Meanwhile, PWR tag team champions The Network will go up against The YOLO Twins in a two-out-of-three falls match for the belt. There will also be a tag tournament to determine the next number one contender in that division with Trian dela Torre teaming up with Evan Carleaux to face SANDATA and Dax Xaviera, and KakaiBros going up agianst Zayden Trudeau and Bolt.

Finally, Mike Madrigal is posing an open challenge for the Philippine Hybrid X title. Other bouts slated that afternoon include battles between Brad Cruz and Jake de Leon, The Apocalypse and McKata, Robynn against Crystal, as well as Peter Versoza versus Martivo.

Crystal to debut at AWE

Speaking of Crystal, it appears that her weekend is fully booked as she is also set to appear at Asia Wrestling Entertainment: Carnage that will be held on January 20 in Malaysia. She will be figuring against Niki Nitro of Australia and Nor "Phoenix" Diana of Malaysia in a triple threat match.

You go, girl!

We have a glorious US champ

When Daniel Bryan said this week's episode is all about the United States championship, he was not kidding. Bobby Roode pulled off a double duty by beating Mojo Rawley before upending Jinder Mahal in the finals of the US belt tournament.

Outside of those matches for the US title, nothing much happened except for the Riott Squad emerging victorious over the trio of Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Naomi. Maybe becuase everybody is more excited with the Mixed Match Challenge, where Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks prevailed over Nakamura Shinsuke and Natalya.

Strowman turns Raw upside down

With the Royal Rumble just a few weeks away and with the attention more towards the show's 25th anniversary, it appears that the show was just on cruise control.

On the forefront is Braun Strowman getting fired for destroying the backstage last week and then hired in a span of a few minutes after throwing a temper tantrum by upending a truck. And then you have Kurt Angle's son, Jason Jordan, running around like a brat, producing mayhem by causing The Bar to lose to Titus Worldwide and by creating enough distraction to let Seth Rollins score a win against Finn Bálor via his re-christened finisher, the Black Out.

Oh, yeah. Goldberg was announced as the first inductee in this year's WWE hall of fame class.