[Tarek’s Take] I Looked Into His Eyes

By Tarek El Tayech
Hello, MWF Senior Analyst Tarek El Tayech here. Some of you KapaFEDs might know what my other job at MWF is. This is me now addressing you as that. Please bear with me. First, to all who made it to MWF 7: Kasaysayan on April 13, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I speak on behalf of the entire #MWFamily when I say that we do our very best, every time we go out there, to give you all the best show we can give you with the resources at our disposal. Nothing makes us happier than seeing all of you come out to make the effort, and show your support. We feed off your energy. Thank you. We are so very humbled. Which is why I would personally like to apologize to all of you who watched for the sequence of events that transpired in the main event.
While I will elaborate on that sentiment in a bit, please know that all those involved know and understand the gravity of the situation that night, and for that we sincerely apologize. I am not here to defend what happened. It may well be indefensible. I am just here to talk about what happened from my perspective.
I was backstage in Gorilla standby position when it happened. I was tending to another of our wrestlers who was receiving medical attention when our production manager came over and told me that something had happened to Robin Sane. As I made my way to the ringside area, your MWF Champion had already gotten a hold of a mic. I had, at that point, been made aware of what had happened. Sane had begun asking for the match to be restarted. It was at around that point when Robin made his way to Mike and William, who were telling him they were going to stop the match. Sane protested.

MWF Champion Robin Sane insisting to restart his title defense after an accident that wounded his head.

I calmly made my way over, knowing that I would have to make that call. His lucid glare found me and he simply said, “Restart the match.” “Look at me. Are you sure?” I replied. He pauses. We never break our gaze. Seconds later, “Yes.” At that moment, I looked into his eyes… Determined, he found a mic and announced that the match had been restarted. And the match continued. The three of us stood there for what seemed like an eternity.
After snapping out of it, I reminded Will and Mike to focus, be alert, as we all still had jobs to do. I cannot begin to imagine the emotions people must have been feeling while all this was unfolding. To those who put their trust in us, in me, I personally apologize for this mistake.
I apologize for making you feel unsafe and uncomfortable in an MWF show. That will never be our intention. All we aim to do is tell our stories that we hope you enjoy, with characters that we hope you all (grow to) love, with the utmost respect for the art we all adore, pro-wrestling. I humbly apologize for the decision I made. It will never be easy, having to make calls like that. 99 times out of a 100, I would have put a stop to it. Robin and I have, coincidentally enough, have discussed scenarios like that unfolding, “Tarek, you know me (while flashing his goofy smile)… by the way, if ever something like that does happen…” I begin to cut him off. He continues, “Wait Tarek, alam ko. But before you do, just look into my eyes, and ask me first.” And as I made my way back to Gorilla, I kept my eye on the match and prayed. I prayed for my friend’s safety. I prayed that I hadn’t made the wrong call. I prayed that I hadn’t doomed my brother. So please know, that when I made the call, I wasn’t being insensitive to the unfolding situation. No one understands the gravity of it more than I do, and I will be carrying that with me for a very long time.

MWF Champion Robin Sane proudly carrying the MWF Title with Kathrina Paula

See, the thing about Robin Sane… He believes in that championship. He believes in that title. He believes in the dream we are trying to build and with all that, knowing our mantra of giving you the very best show… that thought rattling around in his head… Robin simply wanted to give you all watching what we always promise. That is why to me, he not just your MWF Champion, he is your PH Wrestling Champion. The person behind the Robin Sane character… all he wants to do is to make sure you enjoyed the show, and that you were proud of someone like him, trying his best to inspire someone like you. This is a person, who like many of us, has gone thru many battles. He always emerges from them with that daredevil, Luffy-like smile on his face. I looked into his eyes that night, and saw what you didn’t. For the first time in my life, I stared into the soul of a champion. As I previously stated, I didn’t write this to defend myself or Robin Sane. We both made decisions that night that made many of you uncomfortable. All I can hope for is that you now understand why. Thank you for reading.

A few notes:

– Please rest assured, kapaFEDs, that we will continue to hold ourselves to the highest safety standards. This will be a learning experience for us, and we will better anticipate how to deal with such incidents and further minimizing risks, or any such similar incidents occurring ever again.
– We are banning the move that was used on Robin Sane for further use in any MWF events.
– The only thing I ask is all those who were vocal in their disappointment in us regarding this incident, be as vocal when other similar incidents occur in the local, or SEA pro-wrestling scene. Our local scene, alone, has seen many incidents that should not be forgotten. I only ask that these fans are as vocal with those entities in expressing their dismay at that particular entity’s error(s) in judgement. We would never look to sweep an incident as significant as this under the rug. We will always be honest with you, mga kapaFEDs, when faults of this magnitude are made. We genuinely hope that all those affected will forgive us, in time.
– I hope this is the last time I will ever have to speak to you as my ‘other job in MWF’. I prefer the ‘Senior Analyst’ role, because I get to interact with all of you wonderful kapaFEDs.
– Lastly, the wrestler I was tending to before the Robin Sane incident, is fine and fully recovered.

Thank you, if you have reached this far. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are only starting our second year. We are still learning. We will get better. We will continue to strive for excellence.

We hope you continue to stick around with us, our beloved kapaFEDs. You mean the world to us. Thank you, and may God/The Universe bless you all. πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ™

All photos by Miggy Hilario

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