Written by Mike Shannon, William Elvin Manzano and Tarek El Tayech
Poster by Manuel Mesina III
MWF OPEN HOUSE: LEVEL UP
MWF 1: KASAYSAYAN
The Manila Wrestling Federation has found its new home at the Bahay ng Alumni at the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus. Anticipation was high, as the evening’s main event featured two of MWF’s pioneers – Robin Sane and Mr. Lucha, who we saw battling it out against each other at the last event with their respective partners Ho Ho Lun and Eurasian Dragon – for the first round of the scheduled year-long tournament to crown the inaugural MWF Champion.
Match Card Poster by Sonny Go
Coach Gus Queens gives RG the Global Elbow
But before the night’s festivities, MWF’s resident narcissistic troll Coach Gus Queens has decided to antagonize the UP crowd, as he entered the venue in a De La Salle Green Archer/Green Arrow costume with a marching band and called out ‘Iskolar ng Bayan’, RG from UP Diliman. The Diliman Street Fight between the two started the show hot, as the brawl spilled outside the ring, and outside the venue. Throughout the show, RG and Gus were seen brawling all over the University campus before eventually winding up back to the Bahay ng Alumni, with RG scoring the pinfall victory.
We also saw the tag team of Hanzello Shilva and Aldrin Richards fall victim to ‘The Glitch’ Morgan Vaughn and Ninja Ryujin, who Vaughn tricked into being his partner through his mind-hacking skills (which he gets through his mystical mask).
The Pillow Fight between Mr. Lucha’s trainees Ashura and Kyle Sison did not go exactly as how Lucha planned it. Originally meant as a tactic to humble the two young combatants by making them feel like the “little children” they really are, the fight turned into a no-holds-barred, knock-down-drag-out match that ended when Kyle Sison hit Ashura with a pillowcase loaded with rocks. Backstage, Mr. Lucha slaps Kyle Sison hard, and chastised him for ‘having no sense of integrity and dignity’.
The first sign of a PWR-MWF cross-promotion also happened that night, as former PWR Commissioner and UP alumnus Mr. Sy challenged Commissioner Mike Shannon to put one of his ‘manoks’, the Pinoy Tecnico and fellow UP graduate Sandata, in an official MWF match. Unfortunately, “Danger” Rex Lawin showed up, and a match between Sandata and Lawin was made official. Lawin unleashed his violence on Sandata, delivering numerous Rex Triggers until Mr. Sy had no choice to save his client Sandata from permanent damage by throwing in the towel.
Rex Lawin’s celebration was cut short by Frankie Thurteen, who’s wearing an arm cast due to the damage done by Lawin at MWF 1: Kasaysayan. Frankie vowed to get his revenge on Rex for putting him out of action.
Sandata and Rex Lawin gave us a memorable fight. Photo by Trixie Dauz.
The 2nd episode of Gigz Stryker’s ‘Sagot Kita’ series, entitled ‘Misyon Aksyon’ also premiered. A woman dressed in black appeared in Gigz’ detective services office, asking the Action Hero to look for his missing husband. Gigz followed the lead, which led him to a strange house where he saw Fabio Makisig lurking in the shadows. Fabio explained that he is there to also investigate about the ghostly appearance he saw at the last event. Together, they discovered a VHS tape containing a chilling footage: the ghostly woman in white – still in her human form – was being baptized and indoctrinated alongside Bro. Jomar Liwanag by a man named Moises. In the ring, the woman in white, whose name is revealed as Jorelle, and Bro. Jomar Liwanag won over the unlikely team of Gigz Stryker and Fabio Makisig.
Finally, the evening’s Main Event saw Robin Sane and Mr. Lucha battle it out to kick-off the MWF Championship Tournament, and resulted to one of the best and most emotional matches in Philippine wrestling. The two friends evenly dished out punishment on each other, but Mr. Lucha suffered his first recorded one-on-one loss at the hands of Robin Sane via small package.
A moment etched in MWF History. Photo by Noel Tanjeco.
Realizing that he is now missing out on the opportunity to become the first-ever MWF Champion, Mr. Lucha still stood back up to congratulate his bestfriend, ending the night on a positive note until a video of Ho Ho Lun showed up on screen to challenge Sane to a match at the next MWF show.
To be continued.