By William Elvin Manzano
“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.”
― Steve Jobs
Hello, mga KapaFEDs! We just received one question for today, but I hope it is not because you don’t care or think much of our shows. This past week has been very busy, and I’m sure a number of you are getting excited about how “MWF 2: Maki-Wrestling, ‘Wag Matakot” is taking shape.
Yes, we have a street fight, a pillow fight, an action film sequel, and the 1st match, 1st round MWF Championship Tournament match between Robin Sane and Mr. Lucha. And we still have a few matches we haven’t announced yet. Pretty crazy, huh?
So, I am sure a lot of you have been thinking of how this MWF 2018 relaunch came to be. The way the ManilaVerse is being set up right now is causing various reactions, mostly positive, but of course, some people have a few choice words to describe our product a bit negatively.
And personally, I can understand where they are coming from. A lot of people view professional wrestling differently as we do, but I hope you guys just sit back, relax and let the MWF roster tell you their stories in the ring, around it, and outside of it.
I will dare say this: The MWF is more than just a wrestling show. We are here to create an entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking universe that mirrors life in Manila and represents as many Pinoys from all walks of life. Pro-wrestling, what happens in the ring and in matches, is one of our major tools in building this universe, and is as important as our videos, our vignettes, our social media posts and all our artistic devices. In simpler words, we want you to come to see a great wrestling show, and end up going home happier because you got something much more than what you came for.
All our efforts – all the time we spend shooting our promotional and in-show videos, writing scripts, producing segments, etc. – are being exerted with only one goal in mind: To give you all the best show possible, every single time. We want you to laugh, be angry, be annoyed, get pumped up, and in some instances, cry with us as all our characters’ journeys unfold.
We want you to eventually also feel in our episodic theatre, the one we shall lovingly call “AksyoNovela”, the way most of you feel when you watch your favorite movies, read your favorite books or comics, get lost in your favorite anime or manga, or immerse in the latest Marvel movies.
Are we a bit too ambitious? Yes, probably.
Are we crazy? Yes, I’d say we’re absolutely out of our minds.
But with your help, we can all get a little bit crazy, and build something wonderful.
We thank you for being with us, always.
Kenneth Tongol Are there any banned wrestling moves?
There is no official list of banned wrestling moves. However, we make sure that all the moves our wrestlers do can be done safely, according to their athletic capabilities and their level of ring training. As much as we want to see complex and exhilarating moves, the priority of our company is the safety of our wrestlers and ensuring that they can eventually make a living out of what we do in the best health and physical condition possible. So, if they can prove that they can do certain moves safely, then we allow them to execute the moves.
See you again next week, KapaFEDs!
All photos by Vlad Gonzales