By William Elvin Manzano and Tarek El Tayech
It’s the post-Oras ng Liwanag No Curtains Needed, and we suppose no introductions are also needed as it has been an interesting month for all of us. Let’s get straight to the questions.
Martin Vicencio Ok.
Care to shed more light on Bryan Leo and his role or status within the MWF?
“Classical” Bryan Leo is in MWF strictly as an in-ring performer, and is afforded the same fair treatment as all members of the MWF family. He is also part of a larger contingent being absorbed from Art of War Wrestling (AOWW). That being said, we do not know about AOWW’s future plans as a federation, but we wish them the best. Let’s wait and see who else may potentially end up joining the #ManilaVerse.
Kyle Martin What is your current relationship with PWR and what are your thoughts with the walkout and tweets bashing MWF?
We understand that most members of the PWR roster and management are upset, and totally understand why the walkout happened. In light of this, we find that the Twitter bashing – while their outrage is understandable – to be unnecessary, as we have shown everyone in PWR nothing but respect especially those who we have worked and have had pleasant collaborations with. It just so happened that we made one decision they don’t agree with. In any case, we will not engage nor fire back.
As for our current relationship, we would like to believe it is still a working one, for the benefit of the local scene which has such great potential, and for the benefit of you passionate fans. Sincerely, all we want for the scene is to continue to thrive and flourish.
Vincent Flores How exactly did you arrive at the point of hiring CBL? How did talent feel about it, and how were the negotiations between the parties? Have you also considered the negative repercussions this move would bring to the Philippine wrestling scene as a whole?
The key people in MWF management have known CBL since the start of the PH wrestling resurgence, and we have been in touch with him ever since. We understand that to a section of the local wrestling scene and fandom, he is indeed a controversial name, to say the least. But we did not bring him in to attack or insult any other promotion, or discredit his accusers’ side of the story. We brought him in to see if CBL, stripped of all the backstage baggage, is still a viable performer and could be a significant piece in the stories we want to tell in our shows. We can only ask for all to keep an open mind, as we plan to introduce our version of the character.
Here’s an important statement: If the allegations against the man portraying CBL are indeed provable by law, we are open to seeing any and all solid evidence against him, outside of social media/podcast accusations. If we deem it so, he will immediately no longer be associated with MWF.
Also, our roster was kept in the loop, as soon as we were ready to internally announce the ‘absorption’ of some AOWW talent, including CBL.
All we at MWF want to do, just like every other wrestling promotion in the world wants to do, is put on a show and entertain the fans. We look forward to you joining us from now to Republika and beyond, as we all continue to tell you our stories. We are humbled by your continued support, and we hope that we have earned your trust enough to know that we would not drudge up old skeletons.
“Classical” Bryan Leo — Who is he in the ManilaVerse?
Kevin Cordoviz How does MWF manage to remain politically woke and relevant, despite getting backlash from lowkey DDS people like a certain “Gericho” who pretends to be a fan but condescendingly tells you guys to “Keep the kayfayebe”?
We are just looking to tell stories, that we hope the kapaFEDs can have fun with, and fun reacting to. We don’t aim to politicize, we only aim to present. It is up to you, our fans, to let the performers know how you feel about them. We feel that is what makes us uniquely identifiable, and has always been a part of our identity.
We welcome all fans, all (respectful) comments. We love it when you all have fun (respectfully, hopefully) engaging each other in the comments section and helping build and foster this community and movement together.
Will you ever return to UP Bahay ng Alumni? The students miss you guys so much. 🙂
Bahay Ng Alumni will always be one of our homes, like MCS was, like Centris was, like Venice Grand Canal Mall was, and like Lucky Chinatown and all our future venues will be.
We hope to be back in UP sooner, rather than later, as we made so many great memories together in that space. We miss the students too!
The UP Bahay ng Alumni already saw significant MWF matches, including this first MWF title match between Fabio Makisig and Robin Sane
Carlo Agoncillo When will we see the Eurasian Dragon again ? And who came up with the idea of giving free shows?
We hope to see The Eurasian Dragon back in the #ManilaVerse soon, but I know that The Real Singapore Hero, along with the Mighty Dragon Family, are still dealing with the machinations of SPW GM Karl Hella.
We hope they are able to overcome their obstacles soon, and MWF’s doors are always open for the one of SPW’s finest, The Eurasian Dragon, and the entire Mighty Dragon family.
The free shows, while having started out as a novel idea by the entire MWF management that we could try, are now being done regularly as more venues (malls, public spaces) open their doors and welcome us.
Christopher Sandico Pepper How long are you running “free” shows?
As long as we are blessed to be able to do so. 🙂
Maow Del Rosario Where is Aldrin, Hanzello, Ninja, and ashura? How do you think their absence (being crowd favorites) has impacted the shows so far?
Revirick Jocson Bakit po wala si Ref Charles nitong nakaraang event?
Aldrin is currently inactive, as he asked for some time off due to personal reasons. Hanzello, while being out of the ring in the meantime, still helps us out backstage from time to time. They are always welcome to come back and reintegrate themselves to the current MWF system. Ninja Ryujin is also recovering from injuries, and we’d love for him to rejoin the #ManilaVerse as soon as possible. Ashura is currently touring the world, apparently recruiting for Youngblxxd. We’re excited for her to be back soon.
As for referee Charles/Chuck Lopez, he’s just dealing with a bit of ‘real life’ situations, and we miss him a lot too.
Needless to say, we miss all of them as a lot of our fans do. For now, we must remain focused on the stories we currently build in the ManilaVerse.
Thank you for your patience and continued support, mga kapaFED! Your favorites will be back!