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IN PHOTOS: 'PWR Special: Homecoming'

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The show is 5 years in the making for Philippine Wrestling Revolution

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Chris Panzer outplays Quatro, Jeff Cobb to win PWR Championship

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:50 PM

The Motor City wrestler spoils Jeff Cobb's homecoming and Quatro's title run in 'PWR Special: Homecoming'

NEW CHAMP. Chris Panzer raises his newly-won PWR Championship belt at PWR Special: Homecoming on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

TJP defeats Jake de Leon in 'homecoming' dream match

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Both wrestlers exhibit the Philippine brand of wrestling athleticism in 'PWR Special: Homecoming'

TJP VS JDL. TJP battles Jake de Leon at the main event of PWR Special: Homecoming on Saturday, October 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jeff Cobb to throw 'biggest suplex party' at PWR Special: Homecoming

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The Fil-Am wrestler sets his sights on the Philippine Wrestling Revolution championship

JEFF COBB. The Fil-Am wrestler is coming home to the Philippines, and challenging for the PWR Championship at PWR Special: Homecoming. Photo from Cobb's Instagram account

Fil-Am wrestler TJP: My best ability is adaptability

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Ahead of his 'PWR Special: Homecoming' main event match, TJP shares his advice to fellow Filipino wrestlers: 'Be authentic, be yourself, be patient'

TJP. Fil-Am wrestler TJP will compete in the Philippines for the first time on Saturday, October 12, at PWR Special: Homecoming. Photo from WWE.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Trailblazers: The women of Philippine pro wrestling

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

6 of the country's fearless female wrestlers talk about living their dreams and making history in the ring

IN PHOTOS: Art of War Wrestling's debut show 'Genesis'

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

'Classical' Bryan Leo is crowned the first AOWW Heavyweight Champion

MAIN EVENT. The Nuke battles 'Classical' Bryan Leo at the Art of War Wrestling's debut show 'Genesis' at the Valkyrie in Taguig City on Saturday, March 17. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PWR Path of Gold 2018

Mar 12, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Ken Warren wins the Path of Gold match, and picks PHX Champion Mike Madrigal as his 'Wrevolution X' opponent. Plus, PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi puts up his title twice in one night.

WINNER. Ken Warren wins the Path of Gold trophy then cashes it in for a shot at the PHX Championship at PWR Path of Gold on Sunday, March 11. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New and improved MWF at 'Open House: Level UP'

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Manila Wrestling Federation breaks new ground in its relaunch event, and looks to make more history in April at 'MWF Kasaysayan'

BRAWL FOR ALL. The Manila Wrestling Federation (MWF) roster battle for the honor of being the first 'History Maker' awardee in a battle royal at MWF Open House: Level UP on Sunday, February 25. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

MWF gears up for bigger, bolder future at 'Open House: Level UP'

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Manila Wrestling Federation invades the University of the Philippines on Sunday, February 25, for a 'relaunch' event

Grappling in the season of love: HHWW (Holding Hands While Wrestling) review

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:52 AM

PWR Live's multiple wars: Miguel Rosales hounds PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi en route to 'Path of Gold'. Plus, John Sebastian's 'Oplan Sagip Wrestling' continues.

450 SPLASH. Zayden Trudeau gears up for a beautiful 450 Splash on Trian dela Torre during their match at 'PWR Live: Holding Hands While Wrestling' on February 11. Screengrab from video by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Art of War Wrestling debuts with 'Genesis' on March 17

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:29 PM

AoW Wrestling's inaugural event at Valkyrie at the Palace will be headlined by former pro wrestling champion 'Classical' Bryan Leo versus The Nuke

ART OF WAR. AoW Wrestling will make its debut in the burgeoning Philippine pro wrestling scene in March. Photos from their Facebook page

Ralph Imabayashi reclaims gold at 'PWR Live: Kingdom Come'

Jan 21, 2018 - 10:40 PM

With the help of his tag team partner Rederick Mahaba, Imabayashi regains the PWR Championship after defeating Chris Panzer

TWO-TIME CHAMPION. Ralph Imabayashi regains the PWR Championship after defeating Chris Panzer at PWR Live: Kingdom Come on Sunday, January 21. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

RAW Deal: Philippine wrestling in 2017

Dec 30, 2017 - 2:40 PM

It was more the merrier in 2017 as two new promotions open up and Southeast Asia takes notice

NEXT LEVEL. Philippine wrestling saw a big boost from the international scene and a couple of new promotions opening shop. Photo by Hub Pacheco/PWR

At 'Vendetta', John Sebastian seizes control of PWR

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Christmas and the New Year come in early for John Sebastian and his team, which includes 'The Senyorito' Jake de Leon in a shocking twist at PWR Vendetta

A NEW ERA. John Sebastian (center) stand over General Manager Mr. Sy, as he and his team defeat Team Sy at PWR Vendetta to seize control of Philippine Wrestling Revolution. Photo by Hub Pacheco

WATCH: 8 inspiring stories of successful Filipinos

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Up Dharma Down, Pepe Diokno, and more – here are stories behind how these individuals were driven by their hunger for success

'PWR Live: Sugod!' review: Team up, step up

Sep 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Chris Panzer regains the PWR Championship in an amazing triple threat match Plus PWR GM Mr Sy and John Sebastian rekindle their rivalry and set up a 5 on 5 warfare

TEAM SEBASTIAN. John Sebastian and his team for the 'Ubusan Lahi' match wreaks havoc at the end of PWR Live: Sugod! on September 2, 2017. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

'Beautiful' Billy Suede crowned PWR champion at 'Bakbakan sa Bayanihan'

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:12 PM

A beautiful victory for new PWR Champion Billy Suede Plus a vacated title all out brawls and more

'BEAUTIFUL' WIN. Fil-Canadian wrestler 'Beautiful' Billy Suede defeats Chris Panzer at PWR Live: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan on July 23, 2017, to become the new PWR Champion. Photo from PWR's Twitter account (@pwrofficial)

MWF Republika: A solid show with growing pains

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:25 PM

At Manila Wrestling Federation s 2nd show Robin Sane clashes with Gigs Stryker at the main event while Rex Lawin and Coach Gus Queens stir up chaos

GIGS VS ROBIN. Gigs Stryker (L) battles Robin Sane at the main event of MWF Republika on June 10, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

'PWR Live: Resbak' review: Spoilin' for a fight

Jun 02, 2017 - 2:57 PM

An epic main event a shocking heel turn a crazy all out war and more at Philippine Wrestling Revolution s return to Makati City

SEALING THE DEAL. Chris Panzer wins the 3rd and deciding fall with a Frogsplash on John Sebastian to retain the PWR Championship in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match at PWR Live: Resbak on May 28, 2017. Photo by Hub Pacheco

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

PWR: All roads lead to Wrevolution X

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Philippine Wrestling Revolution will host its first women s match and decide the inaugural tag team champs at its third annual extravaganza

'PWR Live: Mainit' results, highlights

Mar 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Six teams vie for tag team gold two Path of Gold winners face off Main Maxx suffers a knee injury and more twists and turns on the road to Wrevolution X

FACE-OFF. Billy Suede taunts Jake de Leon after attacking him at PWR Live: Mainit. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

PWR overcomes hard times to get on the 'Path of Gold'

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:38 PM

After some growing pains the Philippine Wrestling Revolution turns its energies to their second show of the year Path of Gold

BACK IN ACTION. PWR champ John Sebastian (top) and Jack De Leon will face off for the second straight show at Path of Gold this Sunday, with The Apocalypse making it a three-way dance. Photo by Hub Pacheco

PWR delivers with WWE officials in attendance

Feb 06, 2017 - 5:00 AM

With WWE officials and local wrestling fans watching it is make or break time for the superstars of Philippine Wrestling Revolution

Wrestling 'reboot' at PWR Live: Bagong Yugto

Jan 27, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Philippine Wrestling Revolution heads to Quezon City for the first time seeking to write a new chapter in its first show of 2017

Poster and images from PWR

PWR Renaissance 2016: Pulling out all the stops (and spots)

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:39 PM

The Senyorito Jake de Leon retains his PWR Championship against John Sebastian while Main Maxx defeats a valiant Crystal to continue his PHX Title reign

MAIN EVENT. John Sebastian punishes the back of titleholder Jake de Leon during the match for the PWR Championship at Renaissance on Saturday, October 8. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Champion vs champion match headlines PWR Live: The ShawDown

Jul 28, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The Senyorito Jake De Leon will take on Hybrid X titleholder Main Maxx

VICTORY. 'The Senyorito' Jake de Leon soaks in the cheers from the crowd, after his PWR Championship victory at Wrevolution X on Saturday, May 28. Photo by Hub Pacheco

PWR Wrevolution X 2016 review: Blood, sweat, tears of joy

May 31, 2016 - 2:06 AM

The Senyorito Jake de Leon savors a PWR Title victory that s one year in the making or rather remaking

VICTORY. 'The Senyorito' Jake de Leon soaks in the cheers from the crowd, after his PWR Championship victory at Wrevolution X on Saturday, May 28. Photo by Hub Pacheco

LIVE BLOG: PWR Wrevolution X 2016

May 28, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Classical Bryan Leo defends his PWR Championship against The Senyorito Jake de Leon and Ralph Imabayashi in PWR s 2nd annual grand spectacle

Poster courtesy of PWR

RAW Deal: Going back to Manila

May 28, 2016 - 2:00 PM

This week s column addresses WWE s return to Manila the brand split and Seth Rollins return

PWR’s Wrevolution X is for all the marbles

May 23, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Philippine Wrestling Revolution holds its biggest card of the year which is headlined by a PWR championship triple threat match

THE GUY. Classical Bryan Leo recaptured the PWR championship against Ralph Imabayashi at PWR Vendetta in February, but can he walk out on top with Jake De Leon thrown into the mix? Photo by Hub Pacheco/PWR

LIVE BLOG: PWR Vendetta 2016

Feb 20, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Ralph Imabayashi and Classical Bryan Leo face off in a rematch for the PWR Championship Plus PHX Champion Ken Warren meets MyPW Extreme Division Champion Bombay Suarez

Image from the PWR Vendetta event page

Personal issues to be settled at PWR Vendetta

Feb 19, 2016 - 11:06 PM

PWR champion Ralph Imabayashi has to once again overcome the odds when he meets Classical Bryan Leo in a rematch at iAcademy

FLUSHED. Classical Bryan Leo and the Royal Flush left PWR champion Ralph Imabayashi on the ground at PWR Live. Are the odds stacked too high for Imabayashi to come out on top at Vendetta? Photo by Hub Pacheco