MWF 8: Halalan Special 2K19 – May 18, 2019, 5 PM at Venice Grand Canal, McKinley Hill, Taguig City

Sa Sabado, May 18, nakasalalay ang kinabukasan ng MWF sa kamay ng mga #KapaFED. Samahan kami sa MWF 8: Halalan Special, kung saan malalaman natin kung sino ang MWF Commissioner simula ngayong taon. Panoorin ang MWF stars kasama si “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri sa Venice Grand Canal, McKinley Hill, Taguig City, 5 PM! FREE ADMISSION!

Official Artistic Poster by Manuel Mesina III

 

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NO CURTAINS NEEDED – Long-Term Booking, Real-Life Emergencies and… Referees!

By William Elvin and Tarek El Tayech 

 

Well, it’s been a fun, though at times shaky, ride for all of us in the Manila Wrestling Federation leading up to MWF 7: Kasaysayan! But we’ve given you a fun show, as always, and we appreciate your feedback a lot. As we have said in one comment at the MWF Insider Online group, we’d love to hear your opinions and reviews, and we will always respect them, regardless of if they are positive, negative, or neutral. What matters to us is that you continue going to our shows, and see how we make progress.

Let’s get straight to the questions:

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Migz Llado: When you book a show or a story, how far off do you look forward lalo sa scheduling? Like, yung show nyo nung mwf 7, how do the stories play into future shows?

Also, since hiatus kayo for 3 months prior to mwf 7, what can we expect from mwf ngayon 2019? Mga bagong aabangan?

This is a fun question, Migz! We generally booked Year 1’s storylines for a year, so we roughly knew the bits and pieces of the stories and a few of the main matches we wanted to do even before MWF Open House: Level Up. But even though we had a rough plan, we also made sure that the characters and storylines unfold and develop naturally and organically. Some of those stories are also inspired by on-the-spot happenings, and a few times, the roster members themselves. Looking back, we believe that we hit all the main points we needed to hit by Noche Buena, though there were a lot of fun deviations from the original plan.

The MWF Championship Tournament was one of the “long-term booking” proud achievements of the MWF creative team so far

For Year 2, the goal is to develop more of the stories and relationships we started to plant in Year 1, so expect a lot of continuity callbacks, that can hopefully make longtime fans feel satisfied. Coming back from our hiatus, let us put it as Tarek would phrase it: More stories, more wrestling, more fun, more FREE!

JR Alagao Are you guys doing monthly shows moving forward? And are most of them going to be at UP bahay?

We will do as many shows as our resources will allow. We are trying a different strategy for Year 2, but definitely we’d still love to go back to the UP Bahay ng Alumni in the future. For now, we have to explore some various options, and we look forward to being with you all for the ride, wherever they would take us!

Anthony Cuello In your last 2017 show, TNT Greg Bownds dropped by and let Rex Lawin know that he’ll defend his title against him some time down the line – any update on that?

As with a lot of things in life, these kinds of deals are always in a flux. We’d love to have TNT back in an MWF setting, with an MWF storyline, and he will always be welcome.  Once the stars align, we will explore that storyline once again, as we are just as excited as you are to see how that all would unfold.

Who knows? Maybe TNT will be challenging Rex for his MWF title in the future, huh? 

Marc Gallardo can you bakit po biglaan wala yung ibang wrestlers?? kasama po yan ba saan? specifically bakit manager lang po si ashura last match? anong nangyari po sa ninja? many thanks

As much as we’d all like to be entertained by our favorite wrestlers, there are also times when they have to deal with personal stuff and would need to take some days off. As with all wrestling events, cards are always subject to change, though of course we all try our best to deliver as advertised. Minsan, ganun talaga, and we apologize when things like these happen.

Feel free to ask Ashura your questions on her brand new page’s wall 

Regarding Ninja Ryujin, the performer portraying the character unfortunately also had an emergency to deal with. We hope to see him back in action May 18.

Chua J Charlzz Manila Wrestling Federation – MWF konting improvement po sana sa referees’ officiating.Parang di Kasi alam yung mga rules.

We understand that a number of you noticed rough edges on our referees’ work in MWF 7: Kasaysayan.

As with a lot of things, resources just don’t mean money. Our most valuable resource are the people around to help us achieve our vision for MWF. Unfortunately, as with some wrestlers that day, three of our regular refs were unavailable to perform, with one of them being diagnosed as ill on the day itself and was not cleared by our medics. We were lucky that two members of our #MWFamily were available, and they were made to step in with no prior training, out of necessity.

We realize that referees are an integral part of the pro-wrestling experience (is it still cool to joke about The Viking Experience?) , and we will always do our best to continually improve our standards. But, all considered, we are thankful that we had people helping us out and stepping up to the plate, saving Mike Shannon from additional ref duties (just like what happened in Year 0 at MCS).

One last note, our president personally enjoys it when the refs make mistakes, as it reflects their human nature and being. We are all human, we all make mistakes. Referees are no different. We always wanted our refs to be memorable characters in their own right. Just remember that the Manilaverse is a place where we don’t like to get mired down by tiny technicalities, and we look more to making sure the audience enjoys the overall ride.

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Again, we thank you for joining us at Mandala Park! On May 18, we get MWF’s Halalan Special 2K19, with the one and only Tajiri on the card. Stay tuned for more announcements in the following weeks.

[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. 😊❤️🙏

All photos by Miggy Hilario

MWF 7: Kasaysaysan 2019 Event Results

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MWF 7: Kasaysayan 2019 (Mandala Park, Mandaluyong City, 13 April 2019) 

  • Khayl Sison def. Fabio Makisig
  • Frankie Thurteen and Morgan Vaughn (w/ Ashura) def. Moises and Jomar Liwanag
  • Mr. Lucha def. Luchadonna
  • Robin Sane def. “Danger” Rex Lawin to retain the MWF Championship

2 Wrestling Showcases were also held, featuring upcoming MWF stars from the MWF Factory. 

 

MWF 6: Noche Buena – Extended Highlights Video

Namimiss nyo na bang manood ng MWF shows? Habang hinihintay kung kailan ang susunod na palabas ng MWF, narito muna ang special extended highlight reel ng mga naganap sa MWF 6: Noche Buena!

#MakingWrestlingFun

Lucha Donna – 00:16 Bendeatha – 1:43 Coach Gus Queens – 1:52 Rex Lawin v Frankie Thurteen v Morgan Vaughn v Bro. Jomar – 2:10 Ninja Ryujin and Hanzello Shilva v Martivo and Ashura – 8:43 Khayl Sison v Sandata – 12:25 Jake De Leon v Mr. Lucha – 13:56 Gigz Stryker v RG – 17:55 Fabio Makisig v Robin Sane – 20:33