Need a pro wrestling fix? Go check out the PWR
Santino Honasan on Jun 28, 2017 01:04 PM
Reigning PWR Champion Chris Panzer retains his championship against Jake De Leon and Ralph Imabayashi at PWR: Renaissance.
So over the weekend, I got the chance to check out the Philippine Wrestling Revolution or PWR for the first time, PWR Renaissance at the FisherMall Playland in Quezon City, which, I was told, was one of the promotion's four main events, if you will.
When everything was said and done, I left pretty entertained and found myself looking forward to the next one.
If you're a professional wrestling fan here in the Philippines and you wanna see what Pinoy wrestling is like, I highly recommend checking the PWR out. Here's why.
Before going any further though, I'd like to state that I don't consider myself a professional wrestling analyst or expert, by stretch. I'm simply a fan, who happens to write about sports for a living. I've been a fan since I was a kid, and I still am.
In my life, I've seen only three wrestling shows live: one WWF tour here in the Philippines way back in the early 90's, the WWE's 2016 tour here in Manila, and then last weekend's PWR show. That's it.
With that being said, I enjoyed the PWR for a number of reasons:
The PWR, having been only established in 2013, doesn't have that big of a fanbase yet, but from what I saw during Sunday's Renaissance show, the fans love the product.
There were only around a hundred to two hundred people at the venue, but it felt like there were a lot more, as they cheered, jeered, and chanted their hearts out throughout the show. They applauded their favorites, and hurled clever and humorously unique insults to the 'bad guys'.
The most impressive thing about the fanbase was how engaged they were and how educated they were with the culture. These guys didn't go there just because they had nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon. They were there because they wanted to be there.
I'd assume that as a performer, seeing that much engagement from the fans is an incredible feeling.
Like any wrestling promotion, the PWR also has their own cast of characters with their own gimmicks that range from serious to satirical, but all of them interesting.
Take for example "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon, the inaugural PWR Champion. De Leon's character comes from a Buena Familia in Bacolod.
Or maybe the massive Rederick Mahaba, the romantic guru with an arsenal of risque gimmicks.
How about Trian Dela Torre, who stands at five-feet-zero, and who's currently 3-0 in the company. He refers to himself as "The inch-for-inch best wrestler in the world."
Then there's the PWR's resident mask-wearing monster, The Apocalypse.
They may be good guys or they may be bad guys, but they all play the part well.
While indeed, some of these characters take inspiration from mainstream counterparts, the PWR guys have added their own twists, making the characters and gimmicks fun to watch.
THE RING WORK
What impressed me the most about the PWR was how they performed inside the ring. The moves were executed well, the timing was good, and a lot of the performers were deceptively athletic.
From the finishes, to the in-ring sequences, to the bumps and spots outside, it was evident that they worked hard to make sure that they did all the moves well.
Overall, the PWR was an entertaining experience for me. As a fan, it was fun for me to see professional wrestling that's easily accessible. If you're looking for a live wrestling fix, then the PWR is just for you.
The PWR returns to the Bayanihan Center in Mandaluyong on Sunday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM!