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Dreadlock-cutting wrestling referee banned

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Referee Alan Maloney gets suspended for two years after ordering a high school wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit the match

VILIFIED. The controversial incident involving wrestling referee Alan Malone has been descrived as 'racist' and 'cruel.' Photo from Twitter (@mikefrankelISNJ)

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

Ex-WWE wrestler Ho Ho Lun is new MWF champion

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Ho Ho Lun defeats longtime rival and inaugural Manila Wrestling Federation champion Robin Sane at MWF 10: Republika

NEW CHAMPION. Ho Ho Lun (center) celebrates with HKWF colleague Bitman (left) and MKW Champion Michael Su after winning the MWF Championship at MWF 10: Republika on Saturday, July 27. Photo by Miggy Hilario via MWF's Facebook page

Rappler Talk Sports: Philippine Wrestling Revolution

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Rappler talks to some stellar homegrown wrestlers: PWR champion Quatro, PHX winner Chino Guinto, and All Out War titlist Martivo

Rappler Talk Sports: Manila Wrestling Federation

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Rappler talks to some of local wrestling's top storytellers: MWF champion Robin Sane, 'Danger' Rex Lawin, and Fabio Makisig

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

Ex-WWE wrestler TJP 'coming home' to Manila in October 2019

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:02 PM

The Fil-Am former WWE cruiserweight champion will be at the 'PWR Homecoming' show

HOMECOMING. Fil-Am wrestler and ex-WWE star TJP is 'coming home' in October 2019. Photo from WWE

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

Quatro wins PWR Championship, ending 490-day Imabayashi era

May 27, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The Lightbringer outwrestles Ralph Imabayashi in a thrilling 2-out-of-3 Falls Match at Wrevolution X

NEW CHAMP. Quatro rejoices after winning the PWR Championship at Wrevolution X on May 26, 2019. Screengrab from Rappler video

Clash of the titans: Trump set for sumo showdown

May 24, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Donald Trump is going to the sumo, where the brash US leader will watch one of Japan's most ancient and revered sporting traditions

(FILES) This picture taken on April 15, 2019 shows sumo wrestlers taking part in a "honozumo," a ceremonial sumo exhibition, on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Call it the ultimate culture clash: Donald Trump is going to the sumo, where the brash US leader will watch one of Japan's most ancient and revered sporting traditions Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Wrestler Silver King dies after collapsing in the ring

May 12, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The masked wrestler best known for playing the villain in 'Nacho Libre' has died after collapsing in a show

Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Already considered a serious sport in many parts of the world, arm wrestling has generally been viewed in China as a testosterone showdown between inebriated bar patrons

This photo taken on March 10, 2019 shows participants competing in the 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open in Shanghai. More than 100 pullers took part in the recent 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open, which calls itself the first in China under the auspices of the Professional Armwrestling League's international ranking system. MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP

Becky Lynch bests Rousey, Flair in historic WrestleMania 35 main event

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The WWE superstar known as 'The Man' wins both the Raw and SmackDown women's titles

THE MAN. Becky Lynch shines in WWE's biggest stage. Photo from WWE.com


Two gored to death at India bull-wrestling festival

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Animal activists protest that bulls are fed alcohol while chili powder is thrown in their faces to make them aggressive

MAN VS ANIMAL. More than 100 people have been hurt since the Jallikattu festival, where more than 1,300 bulls were released. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP


RAW Deal: The must-see matches of Wrestle Kingdom 13

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

If you’ve been thinking about dipping your toes in the waters of Japanese puroresu, Wrestle Kingdom is the best time to take the plunge

HEAVYWEIGHT DUEL. Kenny Omega gets to face one of Japan pro wrestling’s best in Hiroshi Tanahashi. Photo from New Japan Pro Wrestling official website

RAW Deal: The December 2018 injury mailbag

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Here are injury updates on some of WWE's pretty important icons

RECOVERING. Becky Lynch is still sidelined for a fractured orbital bone. Photo from WWE.com


IN PHOTOS: PWR Vendetta 2018

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:57 PM

PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi extends his record-breaking reign, then ditches his ally Mainstream Mahaba. Plus, PWR caps off 2018 with two new champions.

4-WAY BATTLE. PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi defends his title against Mike Madrigal and two other challengers at PWR Vendetta on November 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

History maker: Robin Sane is first-ever MWF Champion

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The resident high-flyer of Manila Wrestling Federation overcomes Makisig's devious schemes at a tournament final to cement his place in Philippine wrestling history

INAUGURAL CHAMPION. Robin Sane raises the MWF Championship belt after defeating Fabio Makisig in a tournament final at 'MWF 6: Noche Buena' at UP Bahay ng Alumni on December 1, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RAW Deal: A mad November for WWE

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The WWE pushes through with the controversial Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia

KING OF THE RING. Brock Lesnar is the new WWE Universal Champion. Photo from WWE.com


Local Smack: MWF's fab 4 fight for gold

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Meet the 4 semifinalists vying to be the first Manila Wrestling Federation Champion

FINAL FOUR. Who among (clockwise from top left) Fabio Makisig, Morgan Vaughn, Rex Lawin and Robin Sane will be the first MWF Champion? Photos by LeAnne Jazul and Michael Bueza/Rappler

RAW Deal: WWE and its Saudi Arabia problems

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

WWE's supershow Crown Jewel is in trouble following the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi

BIG MONEY. WWE's Crown Jewel event is expected to net $2 to 3 million. Background photo from Stringer/AFP


RAW Deal: WWE Super Show-Down Predictions

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:43 PM

The biggest WWE live event is coming back to Australia

SUPER SHOW-DOWN. Undertaker and Kane send a message to Triple H and Shawn Michaels before their match at WWE Super Show-Down in Australia. Photo by WWE

Local Smack: Back at the 'Homefront'

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:46 PM

At 'PWR Live: Homefront', PWR wrestlers fend off foreign challengers and MWF mainstay Robin Sane. Plus, Quatro's title dreams are dashed as PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi retains in controversial fashion.

MAIN EVENT. 'The Senyorito' Jake de Leon defends the PHX Championship against Britain-based wrestler Tengu at PWR Live: Homefront on September 23, 2018. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

An electrifying WrestleMania: My New Orleans experience

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:45 PM

A lifelong WWE fan gets to experience the visual feast that is WrestleMania

Daniel Bryan makes his first in-ring TV return at Smackdown Live in New Orleans days after WrestleMania.

RAW Deal: All In won the whole pot

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:52 PM

If the whole point was to show the world that you don't have to be one single wrestling monolith to give fans something they'd want, All In was successful

NEW TO THE SCENE. All In gives an alternative to hardcore wrestling fans. Photo from All In's official Facebook page


Turkmenistan wrestler first doping case at Asian Games 2018

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Rustem Nazarov tested positive for the banned substance furosemide, a masking agent, in a pre-tournament urine test last week

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: Long live NXT UK

Jul 01, 2018 - 4:25 PM

Independent wrestlers will now be working loosely under a United Kingdom division

CHAMPS. In front of their countrymen in London, Trent Seven & Tyler Bate defeat Undisputed ERA to become the new NXT Tag Team champions. Photo from WWE


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

Wrestling legend Vader dies at 63

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:18 AM

'The Man They Call Vader' died on Monday night due to heart failure, says one of his children in a tweet

THE MASTODON. Vader makes a one-off return to the WWE in 2012. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

RAW Deal: New Japan Pro Wrestling goes big with Dominion 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:33 PM

WWE star Chris Jericho beats IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito for the title

WITH A BANG. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling is coming off what is possibly the greatest main event of pro wrestling in 2018.


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

IN PHOTOS, VIDEOS: PWR Wrevolution X 2018

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Ralph Imabayashi retains the PWR Championship and retires Miguel Rosales, Ken Warren regains the PHX Championship, plus more action at PWR's biggest annual event

STILL THE CHAMP. PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi defeats Miguel Rosales in a 'Title vs Career' Match at PWR Wrevolution X at the iAcademy in Makati City on May 20, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RAW Deal: Philippine wrestling is more alive than ever

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The Philippine Wresting Revolution and the Manila Wresting Federation just wrapped up their biggest shows last May

ACTION-PACKED. Zayden Trudeau and Jake de Leon locked horns during the PWR WRevolution X at the iAcademy in Makati City on May 20, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler


PWR suspends wrestler after dangerous spot at 'Wrevolution X'

May 24, 2018 - 11:22 AM

James 'Idol' Martinez gets sanctioned for doing a fiery stunt that wasn't cleared with PWR officials

SUSPENDED. James 'Idol' Martinez is suspended by Philippine Wrestling Revolution after a fiery, dangerous spot at Wrevolution X on Sunday, May 20. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

RAW Deal: Who needs Money in the Bank most this year?

May 20, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Here's a quick look at the WWE’s championship and midcard scenes

ENTERTAINING. It’s always fun to watch the charismatic Rusev. Photo from Givemesport.com

RAW Deal: Predicting Backlash 2018

May 05, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The match featuring Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe makes for an interesting story

RIVALRY. There's no love lost between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe. Photo courtesy of WWE

IN PHOTOS, VIDEOS: 'PWR Live: Trapik'

May 03, 2018 - 9:11 PM

Mad scrambles all around at the final stop before the PWR Wrevolution X fires off on May 20

ALL IN. The combustible tag team main event at 'PWR Live: Trapik' on April 22, 2018 eventually exploded with all 6 men brawling in the ring. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RAW Deal: The strategies of the 2018 Superstar Shakeup

Apr 22, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Find out who have shifted their loyalties in the RAW and SmackDown shakeup period

TRADED. Angle gets the tandem of Kevin Owen and Sami Zayn while The Miz (right) heads to SmackDown. Photo from WWE

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

CARAGA, Eastern Visayas wrestling cadets dominate Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:42 AM

With 3 golds, a silver, and a bronze, CARAGA positions itself as the country's newest source of wrestling hopefuls

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

IN PHOTOS, VIDEOS: MWF Kasaysayan

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Mr. Lucha and Singapore's The Eurasian Dragon prevail over Robin Sane and Hong Kong's Ho Ho Lun. Plus, Maria Ozawa pays a visit to thank her 'heroes', Gigz Stryker and RG.

ACTION! Maria Ozawa appears in a segment with Gigz Stryker (L) and RG (R) at MWF Kasaysayan on April 8, 2018. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WWE: Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles retain world titles at WrestleMania 34

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Undertaker and Daniel Bryan make successful comebacks, Ronda Rousey shines in her WWE in-ring debut, while Asuka's undefeated streak ends

CHAMPIONS. WWE Champion AJ Styles and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar retain their respective titles at WrestleMania 34. Photos from WWE's Twitter account

Ronda Rousey victorious in WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Quite a rousing start before 78,000 fans for the new career of Ronda 'Rowdy' Rousey

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

Undertaker returns to WrestleMania, defeats John Cena

Apr 09, 2018 - 9:53 AM

Cena has campaigned for weeks to have a match against the Deadman at WWE's annual extravaganza

DEADMAN RETURNS. The Undertaker makes a triumphant return at WrestleMania 34 after a year of absence. Photo from WWE's Twitter account

RAW Deal: Finally at WrestleMania 34

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

We have 14 matches to call, so let's not waste any more time! Let's start picking!

REMATCH. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are having a rematch 3 years later for the WWE Universal Championship. Photo from WWE