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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

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

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

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

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)

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

RAW Deal: Predicting Elimination Chamber 2018

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Get ready to witness the first ever women's Elimination Chamber match

GAUNTLET MATCH. John Cena and Seth kick off a gauntlet match on RAW featuring the participants of the 7-man Elimination Chamber match. Photo from WWE.com

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

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

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: The magic of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:02 PM

At New Japan's equivalent of WrestleMania, stars from Japan and abroad delivered big time

NIGHT OF STARS. Kenny Omega put on another classic against Chris Jericho, a match that few thought would be possible outside of WWE. Photo from Wikipedia

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

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

'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)

WWE superstar Sasha Banks on making history

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Next on the 3 time Women s Champion s to do list: Main eventing a WrestleMania

THE BOSS. WWE superstar Sasha Banks intends to make some more history in the WWE. Photo from WWE.com.

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

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