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Rappler Talk Sports: 3 PWR wrestlers in WWE tryout

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:23 PM

After their WWE tryout experience, Jake de Leon, Crystal, and Ken Warren get to see action in the 'PWR Special: Homecoming' on Saturday, October 12

Pinoy wrestlers have 'no reason' not to reach WWE, says Sheamus

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Four-time world champion Sheamus thinks Filipino wrestlers have a shot at making it to the WWE

IRISH SUPERSTAR. Sheamus visits the country to promote the WWE Live Manila show on September 20. Photo by ALvin S. Go/Rappler

WWE Live Manila 2019: Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan face off for WWE title

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The live wrestling show gets even better with two more championship matches from the SmackDown brand, a Street Fight match between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre, and more

MAIN EVENT. Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston will rekindle their feud for the WWE Championship in the main event of WWE Live Manila on September 20, 2019. File photo from WWE.com

3 Pinoy wrestlers join WWE tryout in China

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Crystal, Jake de Leon and Ken Warren are among the 40 wrestlers from Asia who tried their luck in WWE's search for its next wrestling superstars

WWE TRYOUT. Jake de Leon, Crystal, and Ken Warren of Philippine Wrestling Revolution joined other wrestlers from Asia in the WWE tryout held in Shanghai, China this year. Photos from WWE.com

WWE returns to Manila in September 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:24 PM

WWE is set to hold another show in the Philippines after 3 years

BACK IN MANILA. WWE superstars will make a splash again in Manila in September 2019. Poster from Wilbros Live Facebook page

RAW Deal: Evolution is no longer a mystery

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:39 PM

WWE finally decides to feature an all-women pay-per-view event

GIRL POWER. The launch of the WWE all-women championships proves that the ladies of wrestling should be taken seriously. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: A locally-flavored Mae Young Classic (we hope)

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

It's a shame that the WWE stint of local wrestling queen Crystal didn't push through as it would have been historic

QUEEN. Top female wrestler Crystal would have been the first Filipino to compete in WWE. Photo from Crystal’s Facebook account (@CrystalPWR)

RAW Deal: The post-Money in the Bank landscape

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The title could have gone to someone who needed the quick, powerful impact of a cash-in

GUARANTEED CONTRACT. Braun Strowman rules the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. Photo from WWE.com

Ronda Rousey set to be first female inducted in UFC Hall of Fame

Jun 10, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The WWE superstar hopes she's just the 'first of many' female fighters who will receive the distinction

PIONEER. Ronda Rousey earns the honor for elevating women’s MMA to new heights. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Italian-born superstar is the longest-reigning WWE Champion in history, holding it for over 7 years

SAMMARTINO. Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino died on April 18, 2018. He was 82. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Daniel Bryan makes emotional in-ring comeback at WrestleMania 34

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:03 AM

In his first match in over two years, the medically-cleared Bryan teams with Shane McMahon to send Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens packing from WWE SmackDown Live

YES! YES! Daniel Bryan wins in his first match in WWE in over two years, tagging with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 34. Photo from WWE's Twitter account

Goldberg leads WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees

Apr 07, 2018 - 1:46 PM

The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Mark Henry, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, and singer Kid Rock complete the list of pro wrestling icons in this year's Hall of Fame

CLASS OF 2018. Goldberg, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, The Dudley Boyz, Mark Henry, and Kid Rock compose the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Photos from Wikimedia Commons

RAW Deal: On the road to WrestleMania 34

Feb 11, 2018 - 3:16 PM

All roads lead to the Elimination Chamber

CHAMBER. Roman Reigns will be in the Elimination Chamber, which is going to determine the new #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship. Screenshot WWE YT

RAW Deal: The best Royal Rumble this decade

Feb 03, 2018 - 6:52 PM

It was a night that never let up in the big moments, as though they truly wanted to reestablish the prestige of the Rumble as an event

GOING TO 'MANIA. Shinsuke Nakamura wins the 2018 Royal Rumble match. Photo from WWE.com

WWE: Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka win historic Royal Rumble matches

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Also at the Royal Rumble event, WWE Champion AJ Styles and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar retain against their 2 respective opponents

HISTORIC WINS. WWE wrestlers Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka pick up the victory in their respective Royal Rumble matches on Sunday, January 28. Photos from Facebook

Ronda Rousey signs with WWE, appears after women's Royal Rumble

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The ex-MMA fighter will now compete in the WWE as a pro wrestler, reports ESPN.com

'ROWDY' RONDA. Ex-MMA fighter Ronda Rousey makes her first appearance as an official WWE superstar at the end of the Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Double the Rumble

Jan 27, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Two Royal Rumble matches, multi-man World Title bouts, and more. Which men and women will head to WrestleMania 34 with title shots and championship gold?

WOMEN'S RUMBLE. For the first time ever, 30 women will take part in a Royal Rumble match. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: A new US champion, a new tournament, and more

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Facebook now airs the Mixed Match Challenge through Facebook Watch

WATCH: Seth Rollins' banned 'Curb Stomp' finisher returns to RAW

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Perhaps the return of his finisher is just the spark 'The Architect' needs to build momentum as WrestleMania season approaches

RAW Deal: Injuries to Samoa Joe, Paige leave red brand with a raw deal in 2018

Jan 15, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Injuries to Samoa Joe and Paige leave a lot for writers to work around

INJURY LIST. Samoa Joe suffered a plantar fascia muscle injury while Paige is dealing with a neck injury which may have ended her career. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Predicting Clash of Champions 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:40 PM

SmackDown Live wraps up the year with Clash of Champions, with AJ Styles defending the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal

STYLES CLASH. Could the title come off 'The Phenomenal One' and go back to the 'Modern Day Maharajah?' It wouldn't shock the columnist. Photo from WWE.com

Rappler Talk Sports: Ex-WWE star Ho Ho Lun on wrestling in PH, SE Asia

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Ho Ho Lun will face the Philippines' own Robin Sane at Manila Wrestling Federation's next show, MWF Noche Buena, on Saturday, December 9

RAW Deal: Survival of the fittest

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:53 AM

The SmackDown vs Raw rivalry heats up before Survivor Series, but without much rhyme or reason

BRAND WARFARE. It was a cool visual to see SmackDown's roster attack RAW, but without anything tangible to play for in the second year of the new brand split we’re just forcing people to stick together for nothing. Photo from WWE.com

Kurt Angle wrestles in WWE for the first time in 11 years

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:12 PM

The Olympic Hero gets the call after a sweeping illness through the WWE locker room leaves a gap on the WWE TLC card

IT'S DAMN TRUE. Kurt Angle dished out Angle Slams and suplexes in his first WWE match since 2006. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Predicting the strangest TLC so far

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt are both unavailable for this upcoming TLC

RAW Deal: Takeaways from Hell in a Cell 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Sami Zayn was WWE's only remaining inscrutable good guy. That was, until Hell in a Cell 2017

SHOCKER. The heart-stopping Hell in a Cell match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon gave way to a shocking heel turn from Sami Zayn. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Predicting Hell in a Cell 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:34 AM

This year's Hell in a Cell is not a perfect card on paper, but it’s a better sell that benefits from SmackDown’s thoughtful writing.

RAGE IN THE CAGE. Both the New Day/Usos and the Kevin Owens/Shane McMahon feuds have been written and built up masterfully, the drama ramped up properly that for the first time in a long time, there was no choice but to have these matches inside the Cell. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Will RAW also have No Mercy on Braun Strowman?

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Will Braun Strowman walk out of No Mercy as the WWE Universal champion, or will Brock Lesnar carry the title through to the Royal Rumble?

STRONG MAN. It boils down to what you believe will and should happen: does Lesnar win, but he won’t be seen again until the Royal Rumble, or does Strowman bring the championship back full-time to RAW? Photo from WWE.com

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan, legendary WWE manager, dies at 73

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:53 PM

The cause of death was not announced though Heenan had battled throat cancer in the past

LEGEND. Bobby Heenan was renowned to be the greatest manager and commentator in the history of professional wrestling. Photo from WWE official website.

RAW Deal: The Mae Young Classic, Part 2

Sep 09, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Also discussed is Enzo Amore s unusual booking on 205 Live

RING OF THEIR OWN. Bracketing issues aside, the Mae Young Classic has been a showcase tournament for women's wrestling talent. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The Mae Young Classic

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Also the columnist goes in on that Roman Reigns vs John Cena confrontation

A RING OF THEIR OWN. The Mae Young Classic gives a platform for wrestlers like Beckett Sage and Bianca Belair but isn't without its bugs. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Lessons from the 2017 SummerSlam weekend

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:10 AM

SummerSlam has come and gone Here are a few points to take away from the weekend in wrestling

SUMMERSLAMMED. Brock Lesnar left the Barclays Center with the Universal Championship, and it’s clear that whoever does beat him one-on-one will get a monstrous rub. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: 5 WWE superstars who could benefit from another shakeup

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Who needs to switch brands get called up or sent back down? Here s a list of 5 superstars who could use a change of scenery

STRONG STYLE. Shinsuke Nakamura would get the reboot he badly needs with a move to Raw. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Prepare the Battleground for destruction

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

SmackDown s monthly pay per view is headlined by WWE champion Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match

BATTLEGROUND. The Punjabi Prison match plays to Jinder Mahal's strengths as a performer, but it remains to be seen if Randy Orton will be able to carry him through the match. The Photo from WWE.com

John Cena acknowledges his ‘days are numbered’ as a WWE performer

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

John Cena will be 40 soon and is aware he might not be an active performer much longer

HUSTLE, LOYALTY, RESPECT. John Cena's 'You can't see me' catchphrase may soon take on another meaning. Photo from WWE.com

WWE’s Shane McMahon rescued after emergency helicopter landing

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Shane McMahon is no stranger to high falls but the WWE minority owner admits that the emergency landing was very unnerving

EMERGENCY LANDING. Shane McMahon was not injured after the helicopter he was riding in made an emergency crash landing. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Goodness gracious, Great Balls of Fire

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The show s name may be ridiculous but Great Balls of Fire is shaping up to be a must see card

GOODNESS GRACIOUS. Samoa Joe is shaping up to be Brock Lesnar's most credible looking challenger in years. Photo from WWE.com

Ball brothers guest at WWE Raw, LaVar steals show

Jun 27, 2017 - 12:16 PM

LaVar Ball is again the talk of the town as he goes topless with The Miz

RAW Deal: The WWE’s misguided brand of feminism

Jun 25, 2017 - 3:52 AM

The women s Money in the Bank match would’ve been a great moment to do things as the fans would’ve wanted instead of swerving them for a heel reaction

MISS MONEY IN THE BANK. Having a man take down the briefcase in the first-ever women's Money in the Bank match wasn't technically illegal; it's just not what fans wanted to see. Photo from wwe.com

RAW Deal: Who’s depositing some Money in the Bank this year?

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:16 PM

It s been a while since the WWE has had a Money in the Bank storyline Find out who this columnist is picking to bring down the briefcase

CASHING IN. Many fans may want to see Shinsuke Nakamura get the briefcase, but it could be Baron Corbin who walks away holding it high. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Important takeaways from Extreme Rules

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:08 PM

It was unexpected but having Samoa Joe wrestle Brock Lesnar was the most logical booking

UP NEXT. Samoa Joe came from out of nowhere, from a pack of better-known would-be contenders higher on the totem pole, to earn a shot at Brock Lesnar. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: All in on the Maharajah

May 27, 2017 - 2:03 PM

All of this—Mahal winning at Backlash Mahal not losing the title on SmackDown the Punjabi celebration—tells me the one thing I needed to know: they’re going all in on the Maharajah

CHAMP. Jinder Mahal is the WWE Champion. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The 5 important stories from PWR Wrevolution X

May 07, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Check out which characters and stories fans should keep an eye on

BARNBURNER. Jake De Leon and "Beautiful" Billy Suede put together arguably the best fight in PWR history at Wrevolution X. Photo by Hub Pacheco/PWR

RAW Deal: Time for some Payback

Apr 29, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Payback is the culmination of different storylines affected by the sudden messing up of the status quo

BROKEN. The Hardy Boyz will face Enzo Amore and Big Cass as fans await for when they'll adapt their BROKEN personas. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: Now more than ever, don’t hinder Jinder

Apr 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This is not a typo: Jinder Mahal is actually the number one contender

DON'T HINDER JINDER. Jinder Mahal is the new number one contender for the WWE championship, a surprise move that thrusts the former 3MB member into the main event picture. Photo from WWE.com

WWE programming switches from Fox Philippines to TV 5

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:17 PM

TV 5 announces in a surprise move that it will take over broadcast rights for World Wrestling Entertainment in the Philippines

RAW Deal: The ballad of Mauro Ranallo

Apr 14, 2017 - 5:00 AM

Mauro Ranallo s departure from his commentary seat raises questions about the culture at WWE

ABSENCE. Mauro Ranallo, the celebrated commentator who suffers from bipolar disorder and depression, has not been seen on-air for the WWE in a month. Photo from WWE.com

RAW Deal: The biggest winners and losers of WrestleMania

Apr 08, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Which wrestlers saw their stocks rise and whose fell at WrestleMania 33 in the Sunshine State?

BRAYMANIA. The unpopular decision for Randy Orton to beat Bray Wyatt for the WWE championship means SmackDown now has two duds on the title scene. Photo from WWE.com

Undertaker may have just wrestled his final match at WrestleMania 33

Apr 03, 2017 - 4:03 PM

Undertaker suffers his second defeat at WrestleMania taking the 3 count from Roman Reigns in a passing of the torch moment

THANK YOU TAKER. What can make a stadium full of people cry? The possible retirement of Undertaker. Photo from WWE.com

WATCH: Hardy Boyz return at WrestleMania 33, win tag titles

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Well look who s back in the WWE

BROKEN RETURN. The Hardy Boyz shocked the wrestling world with their return to WWE. Photo from wwe.com