[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

Through sickness, and in health (Tales from the crowd) [Tarek’s Take]

By Tarek El Tayech

Kamusta mga #kapaFEds?

My apologies first off, for not being up here more. Personal matters, as well as MWF 2 prep made me unable to do so. But it is good to be back, and my god, what an event MWF 2: Maki-Wrestling, ‘Wag Matakot turned out to be.

I was going through an illness on the day of the show itself, and I thank the marvelous production crew, as well as Commish Mike, Creative Director Will, Mr. Lucha, Robin Sane and the rest of the roster (special shout-out to our guests Mr. Sy and Sandata for making their presence felt) for giving the fans the best show possible.

After being unable to continue performing in the show, I decided to watch the rest of it from the audience area, my personal favorite viewing space for any live wrestling event. Nothing really beats being out there, among the energy of the crowd. This crowd was wild all night! From the surprising victory of Morgan Vaughn and Ninja Ryujin over Aldrin Richards and Hanzello Shilva, the shocking way Kyle Sison won against Ashura in their brutal pillow fight, ‘Danger’ Rex Lawin throwing a superkick party with special guests Sandata (with a valiant effort) and Mr. Sy, Brother Jomar and his… friend, Sister Jorelle outlasting the tandem of Fabio Makisig and Gigz Stryker, and then that main event…

There are no words to describe the roller coaster of emotions I went thru watching that main event. What a ride! Robin Sane relentlessly going after Mr. Lucha’s neck along with the sustained attack of Mr. Lucha on Sane’s back had me on the edge of my seat. With each move, you could feel the desperation from each competitor growing. One mistake was what it took for The Daredevil Himself to eek out a victory.

A moment etched in MWF History. Photo by Noel Tanjeco.

Those two competitors shared two hugs in that ring, both with different but similar contexts. These two brothers may go to hell and back just to prove who is the best, but their friendship was something that was never going to be broken, because of it. I loved every minute of it. This was my personal Match Of The Year in the local wrestling scene, and there have been so many great matches put on by all promotions… and we are only in June! 2018 is proving to be a great year for the local scene and hopefully all three companies continue to improve and give the audiences what they crave – great wrestling entertainment.

Don’t think I forgot about the Diliman Street Fight! Gahd that Coach Gus… he is something else, isn’t he? I know I’m not supposed to get involved with matches and stuff but when I saw that Coach Gus had requested for a marching band I got some of my friends from UP to help (to rub it in Gus’ face when he lost), as well as helping out mah boi RG with the baton… I mean… c’mon… after he had Rex Lawin beat me up during MWF 1: Kasaysayan, could you really blame me for wanting a little payback?

By the way!!! Coach Gus, after the events of MWF 2 asked for his release from the company!!! Can you believe it?! I have no words!!! Unfortunately for him, New Management failed to grant his request as it seems there are still a few… irregularities that need sorting from during his tenure as MWF Chief Financial Officer soooo yea…

Anyway, my beloved #kapaFEDs, thank you for taking time to read this shoddy excuse of an article. I promise to do better words next time. Are you all excited for MWF 3: Republika?! UP Bahay Ng Alumni will be rocking once again July 8 as the MWF Championship Tournament FIRST ROUND matches take place! Sino ang mga pick nyo?! Along with our main event grudge match between Ho Ho Lun and Robin Sane, MWF 3 is promising to be even more amazing than MWF 2!

Reserve those tickets now at ticket2me.net! Physical tickets will be going on sale real soon! See you at the Bahay, mga #kapaFEDs! ❀️

‘LET’S GO LUCHA! RO-BIN SANE!’ ; ‘Omigahd I’m Back Againnnn!’ [Tarek’s Take]

By Tarek El Tayech

 

Kamusta mga #kapaFED?!

Taas kamay kung sino excited na sa buwan na ito! Ang daming ganap sa local wrestling scene natin, at nakaka-excite!

I just want to apologize for not making it up here last week. Big thanks to Sig Pecho for stepping up, and stepping in for me while I was away. You can check out his awesome article hereΒ  if you haven’t already, and please do let us know what you thought of it. Gusto nyo ba ng more guest articles written by members of the ManilaVerse? Sound off sa comments!

Sooooo…

SINO SA INYO ANG HYPED UP FOR THE MWF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT???!!!

AAHFHRYTSHLAJNVKKGKRKKKKKAJWJJRHRI!!!

Ever since Commissioner Mike Shannon made the announcement a week ago, the entire ManilaVerse has been abuzz! Couple that with the fact that Mr. Lucha and Robin Sane are facing off in the first match, first round???!!! That is shaping up to be a battle for the ages. The best of friends turn into the fiercest of foes once again as they square off for an opportunity to prove they are the best MWF has to offer.

I, for one, cannot wait for this match! After the events of MWF 1: Kasaysayan, where Mr. Lucha assisted his best friend to the back (after said BFF was BRUTALIZED by an irate Ho Ho Lun… also DON’T TOUCH OUR FLAG, GUY!), I’ve noticed that Robin Sane has been keeping to himself a lot lately, and whenever I see him, di na nya suot ung MWF History Maker medal nya. Malala ang galit ni Robin Sane sa isang Mr. Ho Ho Lun… and who can blame him? Ho Ho desecrated something Robin holds so dear, and takes great pride in. This analyst wonders if the speed chaser is 100% focused on the match against his friend. He will need to be, if he is to stand any chance of making it to the second round.

As for the amiably awesome Mr. Lucha, where will his focus be on the 27th? Ever the consummate professional, Lucha prides himself in maintaining strong mental focus before each bout… but with his two wards facing off against each other on the same night, will The Pride of Sagada be able to keep his emotions in check? How will this affect his preparations? After the events of the History Maker Battle Royal, he is fully aware of the lengths Robin Sane will go to. Is Mr. Lucha prepared to eschew his principles and do whatever it takes to win? This analyst wonders how Mr. Lucha will approach this matchup given the friendship, the complexity, the animosity, the respect… the sheer history that is shared with his opponent. Can he maintain that iron focus needed to eek out a win? We shall see…

To be honest, I always expected Mr. Lucha vs Robin Sane to be the finals of the tournament, but fate has decided to switch things up (and what a great opportunity this is for all the Young Tigers of MWF to try to usurp the established order) and give us this slobber-knocker of an opening round match.

#kapaFEDs, you are not gonna want to miss this! PRAMIS! (Huy! Naj! Nuod ka! Labyu! 😁) Kayo po, sino sa tingin nyo ang aabot sa tuktok ng MWF mountain?

Join me again next week when I preview and predict the card of MWF 2: Maki-Wrestling, ‘Wag Matakot!

#TuloyAngLabanKapaFEDs!

Tarek’s Mini-Takes

  1. Super excited to catch PWR’s Wrevolution X (and not just cause Robin Sane and The YoLo Twins (ugh) are gonna wipe the floor with TDT x ECX x 3rd (wo)man (actually a fan of that whole gang butttt… la eh, nandun si Robin #Bias #Road) Can’t wait to see kung sino ung 3rd person joining the fray. Will The YoLos mesh well with Robin Sane? MWF’s resident trailblazer’s last foray into the tag team world didn’t exactly work out too well last time (see MWF 1: Kasaysayan). Can the more cohesive unit of The Naughty Boys prove that they’re more than just ‘joke team’? (Ugh YoLos so mean talaga. DON’T SUE ME OR ELSE WALA AKONG MAGAGAWA!) Kita kits #kapaFEDs sa Wrevolution X on May 20, 2018, 2pm, iAcademy Auditorium at supportahin natin sila Robin Sane at ang mga iba nyong paboritong mga wrestlers, at ang buong Philippine Wrestling scene! Woohoo!Β πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ
  2. This is the only time I’l feel bad for Fabio. Ang hirap kaya makipag away sa Mystery Lady na yun. PANO KUNG DI SYA CORPOREAL OMG??!!Β πŸ‘»πŸ˜±πŸ˜΅Β Sino kaya ang maloloko ni Fabio na maging partner nya doe? Hmm…
  3. Big congrats over to our friends at Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW) for the event they successfully held recently, and a big WOOOOHOOO CONGRATS!!! to our friends and #kapaFEDs, The Eurasian Dragon and Mighty Mighty (Mighty Dragon) for retaining their Southeast Asian Tag Team Championships. I think I’m not the only wrasslin’ fan who wants to see those belts defended in an MWF ring… hmm… sino kaya pwede? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
  4. SINO MAGDADALA NG PILLOWS PARA SA PILLOW FIGHT?! AKO MAGDADALA AKO NG THROW PILLOW, NG HOTDOG PILLOW, MEMORY FOAM PILLOW (wag na yun pala, baka ma-memory pa ung pagka-Hypebeast ni Kyle…) DALA NA MGA #kapaFEDs! All pillows will go to our MWFoundation initiative!Β πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ
  5. BINALIKAN BA NI GIGZ UNG MENUDO NI ATE GURL??!!!

LAST COUPLE OF THINGS!

IM NOT THAT HAIRY!!! Ugh… who am I kidding? You suck, subtitles guy…

To make myself feel better, I made memes of Fabio’s frightened face (Salamat Sonny Go sa picture)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA ANG FUNNY KO TALAGA! TALENTED PA AT MARUNONG MAG SPELL (CHECK)

GAWA PA KAYO NG MEMES ABOUT FABIO #kapaFEDs!!! DALIIII!!! PARA MAASAR PA LALO SI FABIO!!! WAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA ITO GAMITIN NYO OH!

Salamat po sa pagbasa, #kapaFEDs! 😊❀️

P.S. Please ask Creative Director William more questions para makapod na sya at makapagpahinga.Β πŸ˜‚Β Seriously, the guy is a dynamo working non-stop with the Commish, along with the rest of the peeps in the back! Shoutout! Woot woot!

ATTN: Gus. This one’s for you! (Tarek’s Take #7)

Spotlight, please?

Kamusta mga #kapaFEDs?

So… yep. That happened.

First off, I just want to say what an honor it was to be a part of this historic event. As MWF continues to push forward, we hope to create more memorable moments with you, our fans, and we here at MWF just want to thank you all for joining us on this journey. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to entertain you. We hope you continue to create and share more memories with us in the years to come, kapaFEDs

Since we started on such a high note, I won’t give Gus Queens what he wants the most – the spotlight. You know what… I take it back. Since you want the spotlight so much…

GUS! BUDDY! HELLO! Hope you’re reading this instead of running some scam life coaching session. WHERE ARE YOUR OTHER LIFE COACHEES, GUS?! Granted, ‘Danger’ Rex Lawin IS a formidable life coachee, so you get a pass there.

But loook Gus, pal, whatever issues you have with New Management coming in and stripping you of your CFO title, and whatever issues you have with Mike’s commissioner-ing of MWF… don’t take it out on me. Take your problems up with New Management, with William Elvin, or Commisioner Mike. You don’t need to sic your… life coachee, ‘Danger’ Rex Lawin on me. OUCH, GUS, FRIGGIN FUDGING OUCH! THAT HURT MAN! WHY? JUST WHY?! I WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHY GUHHHSSSS! YOU SUCK, GUS! YOU SUCK MAJORLY!

Look Gus, amigo… you may have some of the #kapaFEDs fooled with you life coaching… whatever???… but the rest of us see through your little temper tantrum, mmmkay?

So Gus, tsong… since you want to get New Management’s attention so much… iz cool. They heard you. They will grant you your CELEBRATION TIME… whatever that is that you requested…

BUT… GUS!!! PAAAAARRRREEEE!!!

As a… SPECIAL TREAT!!! For our Isko #kapaFEDs in da Bahay… Commissioner Mike Shannon has granted a certain Isko’s punishment suggestion…

SO!!! At MWF 2: Maki-Wrestling, ‘Wag Matakot, at the UP Bahay Ng Alumni (show starts at 6pm) we will see… FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER (AGAIN)!!!

Life Coach Gus Queens (in his in-ring debut! Yay!) vs. RG from UP (DOBOL YAY!)

in a DILIMAN STREET FIGHT! TRIPOL YAYYYYY PALAKPAKAN! Have fun, Gusssss! This really makes getting choked out in front of my mother (Hi Mom! ), family, and loved ones SO WORTH IT OMG! Hahahahahahahaha ay sorry. Bias… inappropriate. Oh well

Aww Gus… you thought you could get away with it… Sorry buddy, pal, amigo, tsong, pare…

Not tonight.

KasasaYOWN! [Tarek’s Take #4]

By Tarek El Tayech

 

Kamusta mga kapaFED?! Excited na ba kayo?! Little more than a week, and MWF 1: KASAYSAYAN na!!!

What’s good in da hood this Good Friday? A blessed Holy Week to those who celebrate it. As for me, my religion is wrestling, and sinasamba ko ung card (which is always subject to change; see Morgan, Aldrin, Ninja, Hanzello gosh anlala nun) na ito cause it looks amayzin. It’s gonna slay, as the kids say. #Slaymazin #TitoTarekStrikesAgain

 

 

So, kung san man kayo on this holiday, sit back, relax and join me as we take a long at each match on the Kasaysayan card, starting wiiiittthhh:

Aldrin Richards and Hanzello Shilva vs Ashura and Khayle/Kyle/Khyle/Khaeyle Sison

Grabe talaga tong Sison na to. Everytime naguusap kami, laging nagiiba ung spelling ng pangalan nya. Grabe sya. Umayos sya ples. Anyway, that little nomenclature issue aside, this match has a lot of differing personalities involved. Originally, Aldrin was to team up with Morgan, but that proved to be too combustible a pairing so Commish Shannon had to change things up by bringing in ‘The Howling Hunter’ to partner with ‘The Bae City Bruiser’. While this seems a team more likely to coexist, it doesn’t necessarily mean things will be smooth sailing for these two friends. Will there be growing pains for ‘The Bae Wolves’? Will they be able to gel right away? Looking back at their epic battle at Balikbayan, these two certainly gave it their all that night, thus cementing a friendship that sees these two constantly trying to push the other to be better. Hopefully lends itself to tangible tag-team chemistry on the 8th. On the other hand, things have not been as rosy with Mr. Lucha’s students. Still failing to heed the instructions of their mentor, Sison in particular, seems to be having difficulty with the whole ‘work together as a team’ aspect. Sison eliminated his teammate Ashura at Open House: Level UP, and was subsequently dismissed by Lucha and both were sent to the back… after a sermon or two. Can these two come back stronger at Kasaysayan? Will Lucha’s lessons finally stick? Will the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one? Prediction: I am expecting Sison and Ashura to be more united than ever. Aldrin and Hanzello, will put up a hell of a fight. If Kyleshura can somehow negate the athletic advantages of their opponents, they have a chance and given that they have been working together longer, I will be expecting better teamwork this time around. If ‘The Bae Wolves’ click, then the sky is the limit for this team. Can they set aside their egos and work together as a unit? I hope so, but given the ‘do whatever it takes to win’ mentality of the other two, I will give the edge to Ashura and Khayle/Kyle/Khyle/Khaeyle Sison.

Brother Jomar vs Fabio Makisig ‘O Brother, where art thou?’

For those who thought Brother Jomar would flounder after being seemingly abandoned by Moises, think again. Jomar has embraced his new role as the sole progenitor of the House Of Liwanag, and is looking to make Fabio Makisig his first disciple… #MaliwanaganNawaSiFabio. After miraculously having his sight restored at Noche Buena, Jomar is looking to translate that new found vision into strengthening the foundations of the House that Moises built. Jomar is looking to make a statement by blinding the ‘backyard bully’ of MWF with his light. On the other hand, Fabio has never been one to accept his shortcomings. I, personally, have never been a fan of his antics. While his constantly flapping mouth tends to get him into more trouble than it should, he manages to back it up by being one of the more viciously conniving performers MWF has to offer. He is undefeated, after all, and I expect that to remain unchanged… unfortunately. Prediction: Fabio Makisig wins. (Sorry, my bias is showing and while I’m not a fan of his actions, I am aware of his immense talent.) I’m sure Fabio will find some way to weasel his way to another victory as he always does and remain undefeated (put an asterisk next to that 6-0 record ples, he so sketch) I’m hoping Brother Jomar surprises everyone by showing off untapped energies previously hidden to us, to start his reign right. But yea… Fabio’s probably just gonna find someway to sneak out a shady win, cause he lacks integrity. Moving on…

‘The Glitch’ Morgan Vaughn vs Ninja Ryujin
Daldal ni Morgan noh? Kung ano ano sinasabe. Well, his mouth got him into a match with the mysterious Ninja. Ever since it was revealed at Level UP that Ryujin had difficulty verbally communicating, I have been thoroughly impressed with the renewed focus that he has brought to the ring. 2018 seems to be the year where Ninja looks poised to cement his place as one of the threats in MWF that should not be overlooked. Morgan, on the other hand, seems to be spiraling. That kid needs help. He certainly seems to be riding high after his win in the Fatal Four Way (Noche Buena 2017), but this is a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ business, and looking at what he has done lately… Not taking practice seriously, bragging every chance he gets, picking fights… looks like the person behind the mask is just as bad as the mask itself. When I was first brought in, I thought Morgan Vaughn was a decent kid who has lost his way. The longer he seems to be around that mask… The kid needs help, is all I’l say for now. Prediction: Which is why I think a loss here might actually do Morgan Vaughn some good, and bring his ego crashing back down to Earth. Hoping, and looking forward to seeing a Ninja Ryujin win here. Ninja is hungrier, and has more to prove. Never count out Vaughn though… he always has a ‘Glitch’ up his sleeve.
‘Danger’ Rex Lawin w/Life Coach Gus Queens vs ‘The Grunge Grappler’ Frankie Thurteen
This one is gonna hurt. Coming off his win at Open House Level UP, Frankie is looking to carry his momentum over to Kasaysayan and try to derail the runaway freight train that is ‘Danger’ Rex. Good luck. Lawin has entered 2018 with an unmatched vigor and intensity. We saw how he dismantled RG (all credit to RG for his valiant effort defending his alma mater) in his last bout. If Lawin maintains that energy, he is close to unstoppable. Thurteen will have to resort to his unorthodox style to try to throw Lawin off his gameplan. Or he might have to use concrete infused donuts as a secret weapon. Prediction: I’m a fan of the tortured-soul artist Frankie… but ‘Danger’ Rex Lawin scares me more than the monsters under my bed soooo… yea… I pick the Dangerous One.
MAIN EVENT: Mr. Lucha and The Eurasian Dragon vs Robin Sane and Hoho Lun
This promises to be one hell of a main event, and not just because the talent involved, but all the combustible elements that could set off this powder keg. Robin Sane, having just come off a monumental battle royal win at Open House Level UP, has a lot to deal with. Will he be able to get reconcile with his long time friend, Mr. Lucha? I’m sure Mr. Lucha is none too pleased that one of his best friends eliminated him from behind. What will his medal look like? Will it be bagay sa suot nya?! Will he get along with former foe turned friend, former WWE and NXT star, and now current King of Pro Wrestling champion Hoho Lun? Their styles lend themselves to meshing well together, and they certainly will need to utilize every bit of their size advantage against the bigger team of Mr. Lucha and The Eurasian Dragon. For Mr. Lucha, and for Mr. Dragon, they have numerous advantages. Dragon recently won (full name tag team titles) with his partner Mighty Mighty, and so has that tag team championship winning experience. Add in the extra motivation of wanting to usurp Hoho Lun as the top dog in the Southeast Asian scene, and you can expect The Eurasian Dragon to be at his most focused when he steps into that MWF ring. His friendship with Mr. Lucha will help mesh this particular team quicker, which could give these two an additional advantage over their opponents. Mr. Lucha will be looking to bounce back from his elimination at the History Maker Battle Royal with a strong outing here. What Mr. Lucha lacks in accolades and awards, he more than makes up for with innate instincts and talent. Mr. Lucha may be one of the most jovial characters in MWF, but once the bell rings, he brings a focus that is unmatched. Hopefully, he will be faced with less distractions as compared to the battle royal. With Mr. Lucha and The Eurasian Dragon honed in, it’s hard to bet against these two earning a hard-fought victory. Prediction: You can basically flip a coin and pick. There is no wrong answer here. Anyone of these four men can change the outcome of a match in an instant. My mind is telling me to go with Sane and Hoho, but my heart is going with Lucha and Dragon. I’l leave this one open ended.Β #TitoCopsOut
And there you have it! Don’t forget the special world premiere featuring Gigz and RG! That looks like it’s going to be wild!Β 

Kasaysayan is shaping up to be a jam-packed anniversary show, with preshow guests, and possible surprise celebrity guests, this looks to be a show that people will remember for a while… and we are doing our best to give you all the best show possible. So if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, or if you’re still on the fence… stahp. Don’t think. Don’t miss this show. I personally promise you… you will regret it if you do. Nuod na, kapaFED, be like YOLO, wag kang FOMO. (Yehey! Youthspeak!)

Lastly, I’d like to give a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Shoutout to our Graphics Designer Manuel Mesina III! One of the most talented people I know, we are all thrilled to have him be part of the MWFamily. ENJOY YOUR DAY! πŸ˜ƒπŸ»πŸ’°πŸŒΉπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰β€οΈ

That’s not PG!… Ay… Wait… [Tarek’s Take #3]

By Tarek El Tayech

 

Sooooooooo… MWF ‘went PG’, mga kapaFED… YES! The rumors are true! I kid, really I do. In light of Commissioner Mike Shannon’s nostalgic article earlier in the week, I wanted to take a look at new management’s decision and how that affects the Manilaverse we’re hoping you all fall in love with.

When the directive came down from new management, it was met with a bit of hesitance, all around. Internally, not everyone was thrilled, to say the least. Some thought it would be restrictive. Others believed it would hinder or restrict character growth/development. A few were worried that the storylines would not be as interesting.

Those fears eventually faded, as the group came to understand how freeing it all actually is, thanks to all the fantastic work being put in by the Creative, and Training departments respectively. The reason, I believe, why rules matter is that the everyday person might not be equipped to deal with the freedoms of choice that life has to offer. When parameters are set, when boundaries enforced, when focus is narrowed… it makes it easier for a person to keep track of all that is happening in one’s surroundings.

Now understanding that, the aforementioned departments had the unenviable task of honing the roster’s talents in a short span of time. They went about instilling the guidelines needed for the roster to be able to perform optimally, for the enjoyment of the fans in attendance. It was a concerted effort to continually adapt to the new rules (#SupDuaLipa #TitoTarekIsHipYo) set in place, and I’ve seen firsthand the struggles everyone has had to deal with, all to give our audiences an ever-improving show each time out.

Speaking of audiences, new management’s ticketing scheme hopefully gives you an idea as to their mindset when it comes to how seriously they want to give more kids watching in attendance an opportunity to become the next Mike Shannon – just a wide eyed kid in the audience watching something spectacular and being injected with the incurable virus that is professional wrestling.

Cause whatever type, style, genre, presentation, parental guide rating we all love the art of pro wrasslin’. It’s a parasite that hooks itself in your brain and never lets go.

So, why not hook ’em young? 😁

 

Lastly, I’d love to give my hot take on MWF Creative Director’s William Elvin Manzano’s well-received piece that went out midweek but since we are only weeks away from Kasaysayan, I’d rather keep all me eyes looking forward. I am salivating at the thought of that main event and all that might happen, the implications now that Ho Ho has championship gold around his waist again… what does that mean for this monumental main event? How will it change all the dynamics of each team’s partnerships? Will, and can, egos be set aside for the good of each respective team? AND THAT’S JUST THE MAIN EVENT!

Next week, I take an in-depth look at each match and give you my thoughts on what’s going down April 8, 2018, Elements @ Centris. MWF 1: Kasaysayan is shaping up to be a doozy of an event! β€˜Til next week, mga kapaFEDS! Ingat po!

I Keep Coming Back to Manila(verse) [Tarek’s Take #2]

Kamusta mga #kapaFED?

Since Commissioner Mike talked about the subject of kayfabe earlier in the week, I wanted to talk about the world that MWF is attempting to build… the ‘Manilaverse’ (as mentioned by Creative Director William Manzano).

Manila. Where our creative universe lives.

The term ‘Manilaverse’ was coined by one of our performers (Bismillah Constantino), and we now use said term to refer to the ecosystem that we are looking to create here, in Manila Wrestling Federation.

Now, every system must have its own set of rules in order to function. In order for anything to make sense, one must first understand the mechanisms of said system, in order to properly comprehend it.

This is one of the many challenges that plagued both Mike, and William throughout the entire creative process. In my many discussions with them, they laid out to me how the ‘verse must function as a world outside of the real… they had to go for the hyperreal.

Because wrestling IS fake. It’s NOT real. But, if done correctly, it’s better than ‘real’. ‘Real’ is paying a bazillion dollars for a ringside seat to see a MMA main event that lasts only a few seconds. Unless you are a fan of those five second fights, one might be left feeling a bit short-changed, no offense intended. That is where wrestling, for me, works better than ‘real’.

Goldberg vs. Lesnar – High Profile Squash Match

In wrestling, we grew up expecting grueling bouts, traditionally, between a force of good, and a force of evil. That is why, for example, the Brock Lesnar vs Golberg match at Survivor Series 2016 worked so well, because people weren’t expecting it. They were able to use their ‘rules’ to shock the system, so to speak.

Now with all that in mind, what does the creative team intend to do with the ecosystem they are looking to nurture? The Manilaverse will have its own set of rules, some are already in place, others will come about organically. This is why kayfabe, or the complete suspension of disbelief, will be one of the main initiatives the Creative Department is looking to cultivate.

From the moment one steps inside the venue for an MWF event and that bell rings for the first match, they are looking to whisk you away to a reality where closed fists are illegal, rest holds actually mean something, and every action each performer makes has meaning, and consequence. They want you to pick your favorite performer, and cheer for them, because you empathize with, or relate to that particular performer, to cheer as loud as you can for said performer, and to feel the anguish or joy with each victory or defeat.

Every single time I’ve watched a wrestling event, I’ve always put on my mark goggles and just let the emotions of the laid out story take me on a ride.

Watch as a mark first, then analyze as a smark after. We’ll all be the better for it.

Additional:

Lastly, for my hair care regimen…

I used Hana shampoo pero wala na kaya olats, switched back to Head and Shoulders cause ugh… flakes πŸ˜‘

I clean my beard with soap. Sometimes. My girlfriend is not amused.

Just simple soap and water for the rest of the hair.

Follow these steps to have long, luscious hair as myself. Or be Arab or something, I dunno.

And yes, William, I do look better than you. Pero slight lang. Labyu po.

What a good-looking guy.