No Curtains Needed: Socio-Political Storylines, More Titles and 在中国演出

By William Elvin

Greetings from the totally turbulent territory of Hong Kong.

I’m kinda in a heartbroken, angry, frustrated mood right now due to recent happenings, but I’m trying to be in my best behavior for you, kapaFEDs. Let’s go straight to answering questions now, shall we?



Jesse Sabile Manalang Bakit walang mwf show for this month?

Please standby for announcements soon, we’re just finalizing details. But the next major MWF-produced show will be MWF 11: Road to Fate on September 21.


Mykel Sanchez Looking forward to MWF returning to UP soon! Will Ho Ho Lun get sanctioned for disrespecting the championship belt? #BlameItOnTheVillain

We feel bad Ho Ho Lun publicly trashed the MWF Championship belt, but regardless of who’s holding it, it’s due to be redesigned anyway. We don’t know if CoCo Gus wants to sanction Ho Ho, though. :p

As the Monty Python song goes, let’s look at the bright side of life, and be excited about the new MWF Championship design.


Martin Vicencio After the successful outing of both Rex Lawin and JDL a few days ago at HKWF. Will we see MORE MWF stars dropping by Hong Kong for Winter Fever 2020? Or is it too soon to tell?

bonus question: I saw the ‘animated’ video sequence in certain matches (morgan vs. lukas, moises vs. nigel) on the screen last week. Will we see more of those in the next show? I hope so because it does give me some ‘ruthless aggression’ era vibes and good job on MWF’s part to incorporate that last week

We hope to see more MWF stars at Winter Fever 2020 here in Hong Kong, and it is very probable that we will. One thing is sure for now: Rex Lawin is scheduled to come back.

Yes, we will incorporate the video slides during match announcements in our next shows. We’re glad it’s getting positive response from the audience.


Geráld Diola Love the storylines you’re tackling this year! Very real, very entertaining.

But seeing as they’re laced with much sociopolitical flavoring, not everyone might appreciate the current angles.

In light of the GGS’s real-life counterparts, what preparations or precautions are you taking to ensure the promotion’s safety?



Paolo Arriola After the recent show, are there any recent feedback from our government? We love the ongoing storyline, but worried at the same time that MWF will be “sanctioned” in some way…


I firmly believe that if you want to express something, you either go 100% with it or not do it at all. This is the world we want to build, and this is the story we want to tell, so we’re sticking with it – and we’re happy you’re with us for the ride. The goal for MWF creatively was always to mirror Philippine society, like a big satirical, performance art piece, and this is what we’re trying to present. Politics is not the only thing we’re tackling, it’s just part of a larger picture our characters are organically building.

No, we’re not getting complaints from the government, because we’re just a silly wrestling company. :p


Carlo Agoncillo Currently MWF has 1 belt. Will management Allow CoCo Gus to defend his Gus Global championship at MWF shows. And Will Bryan Leo be allowed to bring his AOWW belt to his matches? It’ll be great to see more title bouts.

Bryan Leo will not bring the AOWW belt, and Gus Queens will not bring in his Gus Global title. Both titles do not exist in the ManilaVerse.

Worry not, because more titles may be introduced soonest.


Bruce Kaioh Kailan ba ilalabas sa youtube yung videp ni gigz dun sa venice grand canal mall kung saan eh ginulpi sya ng mga goons?

I’m trying to find the right schedule and timing to upload all the “Ikasa Mo, Ipuputok Ko” segments. So watch out for them!


Benedict Joseph Roxas Saing May tagteam titles po bang ilalabas this year?

It is highly probable. Stay tuned.


Balibagan How come number 1 contender si khayl pero si ho ho lun yung nag title match? –jr

Because that’s the story we’re currently telling.


Mark Manalang 1. Since going global ang MWF, magpapasok ba kayo ng puroresu athlete?

  1. Celebrity deathmatch when?


Tajiri, one of the most established names in Japanese pro wrestling, is part of the MWF Family. We’ll bring in more if their stories can fit the ManilaVerse as much as Tajiri-san’s does.

I’m an older guy, and my memories of Celebrity Deathmatch is on MTV, where claymation versions of celebrities kill each other. Not sure if that’s something we want to do – unless Julia Barretto and Bea Alonzo give us the rights to their images.

Christopher Sandico Pepper After vacationing in a First World Country again, does the MWF Champ also face the same problem as jetsetters?

I haven’t traveled with Ho Ho Lun yet, but I heard that he hates having problems, and that he prefers that everything — absolutely everything — is under his CONTROL.

Jeff Cao 请问, 马尼拉摔跤联合会会不会有节目在香港或大陆吗?



See you again next month after Road to Fate 2019!

Ho Ho Lun, from Hong Kong S.A.R China, wins MWF Championship

From left: Bitman, MKW Champion Michael Su and new MWF Champion Ho Ho Lun

Former WWE and NXT competitor Ho Ho Lun has taken the MWF Championship away from the hands of MWF pioneer Robin Sane in a whirlwind back-and-forth match at MWF 10: Republika.

Ho Ho Lun is the Federation’s second champion, with Robin Sane losing the title since winning the inaugural title match against Fabio Makisig at MWF 6: Noche Buena in December 2018.

MANDIRIGMA MATCHES EPISODE 2 – Ho Ho Lun vs. Robin Sane (MWF 3: Republika 2018)

[Mandirigma Matches Episode 2] Mga #KapaFED! Balikan natin ang naganap last year sa MWF 3: Republika 2018, nang magsagupaan sina Ho Ho Lun from Hong Kong, S.A.R. China at si Robin Sane ng MWF! Ho Ho Lun and Robin Sane will face each other again, this time for the MWF Championship, on Saturday, July 27! #ManilaVerse, magkita-kita tayo sa Lucky Chinatown Mall, 6 PM, para masaksihan ang nagbabagang main event na ito! FREE ADMISSION in partnership with Retro Con PH, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls at Winford Manila Resort and Casino!



No Curtains Needed – “Classical” Bryan Leo, Political Storylines and Free Shows

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?

Tnx 🙂


“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.

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“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!

MWF 6- Noche Buena-113

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!

EVENT RESULTS – MWF 9: ORAS NG LIWANAG (Venice Grand Canal Mall, 15 June 2019)

  • “Danger” Rex Lawin def. Frankie Thurteen and Morgan Vaughn in a handicap match
  • Nuke def. White Spandex Factory Graduate
  • Fabio Makisig (w/ Khayl Sison) def. Lukas Buhawi
  • PAC RG def. Gigz Stryker
  • Jorelle and Jomar Liwanag def. Luchadonna and Kanto Terror
  • Khayl Sison (w/ Fabio Makisig) def. Mr. Lucha
  • Robin Sane retains the MWF Championship against Rev. Moises Liwanag

RG’s Budots, Factory Graduates’ Names and Full Match Uploads – No Curtains Needed

By William Elvin

It’s a very busy time for all of us at the Manila Wrestling Federation, with so much going on behind the scenes. I wish I could tell you more, but I’m slowly learning to hold off and curb my enthusiasm until things are officially official, if I may coin that phrase. But I gotta say, these really are exciting times.

Let’s cut to the chase…

Shikatanori Dera is it possible ul hold events outside manila or outside luzon?

That is definitely an eventual goal for us. We’d love to bring our brand of entertainment outside Metro Manila, outside the region, and possibly outside the country too! But of course, for that to happen, we gotta grow the #KapaFED fanbase around the Metro even more, and we are happy that we now have more eyes following our product than ever before. When there’s demand for shows outside Manila, we’re up for it!

Jesse Sabile Manalang Babalik na po ba kayo sa UP bahay ng alumni?

The UP Bahay ng Alumni is a special place for us, so we’re definitely going back there sometime in the future. For now, we’re focusing on growing our audience, and that involves doing shows around the metro.

Migz Llado When are you guys naming the wrestling camp trainees/graduates?

(I know it might not be a priority but it would be great to be able to address them with a name) 😁

Also, Any more foreign talents you plan on bringing over?

You’ll start seeing more of them as #ManilaVerse characters very soon, so keep an eye out! And of course, we plan to bring over more foreign talents and use them to develop our homegrown talent even more. Looking back, Robin Sane and Mr. Lucha being involved in storylines with Ho Ho Lun and Eurasian Dragon did wonders to their characters, as with what #TitoTajiri recently has done with Fabio Makisig, so expect consequences of that match in terms of Fabio’s character development too.

Martin Vicencio What was YOUR reaction to the seemingly divided audience for Mike Shannon and Gus Queens at the elections during the entirety of the show?

Also..thoughts on the RG budots dance?

Not surprised at all. In fact, I personally expected the audience to be divided. The #ManilaVerse is intended to be a reflection of the Philippines’ sociopolitical state, so it is really no surprise to have a divided audience just like what we see in real life.

RG’s budots dance is awesome, and was a perfect end to a show that is a commentary on Philippine politics.

Ant Sierra By now MWF has already produced tons of quality matches. MWF 8 alone had more than a handful of them. With that said, I’d like to ask if uploading full matches online is within the horizon? Seeing that most if not all wrestling promotions use that strategy on digital, especially when there are widely known athletes like Tajiri-san involved.


Well, we already uploaded our first MWF Mandirigma Full Match, and we look forward to improve our production even more as newer episodes come in. As always, we appreciate your feedback, and we are taking note of them.

Marc Gallardo Ito na ba ang simula ng puro free shows? simula narin ba to ng more girl matches?

Yes, you can expect more free shows! We hope everyone is enjoying how MWF is #MakingWrestlingFun and #MakingWrestlingFree! As for girl matches, we hope to have more female trainees soon, so we can develop our female roster even further.

Patrick John Nulud MWF Tag Team Championship?

That would be exciting. Why not? Let’s see if we already have tag teams forming… Oh yeah, that’s right. 🙂

Christopher Sandico Pepper So with Mikers making his wrestling debut, when will you, William Elvin Manzano and Tarek El Tayech, do their wrestling debut?

I can’t speak for Tarek, but you don’t want to see me in in-ring action. You’d think you want to, but you really don’t. I’ll stick to singing and playing guitar.


And that’s it for this month! Will be hearing from you again after MWF 9: [Title Redacted]!

Photos by Miggy Hilario