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PWR Renaissance 2017 — My First PWR Show

PWR Renaissance 2017

The first time I caught wind of Philippine Wrestling Revolution, it was Kanto Terror and Bombay Suarez’s flaming chop. I thought it had tremendous potential to revive the Pinoy wrestling scene, and it indeed did. Fast forward to now, I’m somewhat a part of that scene through my role as the ring announcer of Manila Wrestling Federation. Throughout that whole time, I had never attended a PWR show due to local wrestling having been merely a passing interest for me until this year. (more…)

MWF Republika — Freedom and Progress

MWF Republika

Up against what could be a sophomoric jinx, Manila Wrestling Federation came up with a card that had less gimmicks and fancy stipulations, depending more on better booking and building storylines to carry things through. There are still some stumbles (like me announcing the wrong guy again), but there is indeed significant progress. With that progress comes freedom to do more things that can make for better shows in the future. (more…)

Headbutt Blues: Katsuyori Shibata’s (Likely) Swan Song

Katsuyori Shibata after headbutting Kazuchika Okada in NJPW Sakura Genesis 2017

Due to his recent self-inflicted injury during his excellent match against IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Katsuyori Shibata was hospitalized by a subdural hematoma afterwards. The image of blood streaming down his forehead after headbutting Okada will always pop up whenever his name is mentioned from now on. While it’s indeed a testament to how serious he is as a performer, Katsuyori Shibata’s career now hangs in the balance as of this writing. (more…)

MWF x MCS — The First Sign of Madness

Manila Wrestling Federation Live at Makati Cinema Square Arena

After a week of mulling over it (or more like being lazy), I finally mustered the drive to write about this event. For their very first proper show, outside of showcases like that in History Con and so on, Manila Wrestling Federation hasn’t done too badly at all. There are certainly growing pains, but the talent and passion are indeed there as MWF has finally officially thrown their hat into the local pro wrestling scene here in the Philippines. (more…)