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The scar of sexual harassment

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:24 PM

'A moment of pleasure for the harasser cannot make up for the lifetime of pain for the victim.'

#SpeakingOut: PWR stars come forward with sexual harassment stories

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Philippine Wrestling Revolution stars Crystal and Nina reveal their stories of sexual harassment in the sport

BRAVERY. Crystal (left) and Nina open up about their experiences of sexual harassment in the sport. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOKBACK: 5 wrestlers' careers The Undertaker helped boost

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:22 PM

Here are 5 wrestlers whose careers flourished thanks to some help from the Undertaker

CAREER-MAKING. The Undertaker (right) faces John Cena in WrestleMania 34. Photo from WWE

After 3 decades, The Undertaker retires from WWE

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Undertaker, Mark Calaway in real life, says he has 'no desire to get back in the ring'

ICON. The Undertaker draws the curtain on a legendary wrestling career. Screengrab from Instagram/@wwe


20 sumo wrestlers rescue drowning woman in Tokyo – reports

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:55 PM

After hearing a commotion outside their stable, sumo wrestlers help pull a woman out of the river

TRADITION. In this file photo, sumo wrestlers take part in a 'honozumo,' a ceremonial sumo exhibition, on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

WWE Network launches free version

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:08 PM

WWE opens up its action-packed content library in its free version of WWE Network

MONDAY NIGHT MESSIAH. Don't miss out on Monday Night RAW in the WWE Network which comes in a free version. Photo from Seth Rollins' Twitter

Philippine Wrestling Revolution goes online

May 31, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Catch some of the best Filipino pro wrestlers in action in the digital release of ‘PWR Special: Homecoming’

TOP GRAPPLERS. Filipino wrestlers hope to showcase their wares to a new online audience. Photo release

Japan female wrestler cast in 'Terrace House' dies at 22

May 24, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hana Kimura has reportedly faced online bullying before her death

Wrestler Shad Gaspard found dead, hailed as hero for saving son

May 20, 2020 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) The body of former WWE star Shad Gaspard has been found dead on the shores of Venice Beach, California

'Save my son first': Ex-WWE star Shad Gaspard goes missing at sea

May 19, 2020 - 11:07 AM

Gaspard and his son are among a group of swimmers who got caught in a strong sea current

MISSING. Shad Gaspard gets caught in a sea current in Venice Beach, California. Photo from Instagram

Young sumo wrestler dies of coronavirus in Japan

May 13, 2020 - 3:12 PM

After battling the disease for more than a month, a 28-year-old sumo wrestler from a Tokyo stable dies

In this picture taken on August 28, 2019, sumo wrestlers exercise during a training session at a stable in Tokyo. - The quintessentially Japanese sport of sumo stops the whole country during the six big tournaments per year, with millions glued to the live action on national broadcaster NHK. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Sumo-Japan-Georgia-points by Ursula HYZY

'Essential' WWE resumes live broadcasts from Florida

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:59 AM

WWE returns to action after gaining ‘essential services’ status in Florida

ACTION-PACKED. WWE says its body-slamming shows 'bring families together.' Photo from WWE Instagram

WWE brings new series, movie to Netflix this April

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:47 PM

WWE partners with Netflix in streaming 'The Big Show Show' and 'The Main Event'

COMEDY SERIES. The Big Show, aka Paul Wright, gets his own show on Netflix. Photo from release

Top 5 show-stealing matches of WrestleMania 36

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:51 PM

WWE gives its fans a semblance of normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic as WrestleMania 36 pushes through behind closed doors

ENDING HIATUS. Edge returns to WWE and beats Randy Orton. Photo from Instagram/@wwe


MWF tapes episodes for 'Aksyonovela TV' weekly online wrestling show

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

New 'Aksyonovela TV' episodes air every Wednesday night on Manila Wrestling Federation's YouTube channel

'AKSYONOVELA TV.' The wrestlers of Manila Wrestling Federation star in MWF's weekly online show. Image from MWF's Facebook page

Philippines vs Malaysia in Southeast Asia wrestling showdown at PWR Vendetta

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The Philippines' Jake de Leon and Malaysia's Shaukat lead their teams in a 5-on-5 'Ubusan ng Lahi' match at Philippine Wrestling Revolution's 2019 yearender show

PHILIPPINES VS MALAYSIA. It's going to be a 5-on-5 team warfare at PWR Vendetta. Image from PWR

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

2 Ifugao cops killed after finger wrestling quarrel

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Police Corporal Paul Cungihan Badangayon of Hingyon, Ifugao, allegedly shoots dead his two fellow officers from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion

IN PHOTOS: Strong fan interest drives WWE Live Manila to success

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

WWE delivers a great show to thousands of Filipino wrestling fans who flocked to the Big Dome

HAPPY FANS. Roman Reign poses with Filipino fans who watched his fight against Sami Zayn. Photo from release

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