MANILA, Philippines – Chris Panzer snuck in a victory in an intense 3-way match to win the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) Championship in "PWR Special: Homecoming" on Saturday, October 12.
Panzer spoiled not only Quatro's run with PWR's top prize, but also the homecoming of Filipino-American wrestler Jeff Cobb. The win also makes Panzer the first 3-time PWR Champion.
Both Panzer and Quatro felt Cobb's power and intensity during the match. As promised, he treated PWR fans to a homecoming "suplex party."
However, the Motor City wrestler Panzer and "The Lightbringer" Quatro held their own against the visiting dynamo.
Suplex party c/o @RealJeffCobb! #PWRHomecoming pic.twitter.com/9bKWEvV0RT — Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) October 12, 2019 The PWR champ Quatro takes down Jeff Cobb! #PWRHomecoming pic.twitter.com/xbc7AiFtSS — Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) October 12, 2019
It was a nail-biting triple threat match that brought every audience member at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent to their feet.
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
In the end, Panzer has his cohorts at the Mr Sy Group of Talents (MSG) to thank.
Twenty minutes into the match, Cobb delivered a snap German suplex and a spinning powerslam to Quatro then went for the pin, but MSG's Main Maxx and SANDATA pulled him out to ringside.
Panzer took the chance to hit Quatro with a frog splash, but Quatro kicked out. He then landed the HNA finisher – his version of Kazuchika Okada's Rainmaker – to put down Quatro for good and claim the PWR title.
So much action but the bottomline is: #PWRHomecoming : Chris Panzer def. Quatro and Jeff Cobb to become the new PWR Champion! @RapplerSports pic.twitter.com/4cfviGEnTO — Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) October 12, 2019
While Panzer and the MSG celebrated on stage, Cobb praised Quatro's gutsy performance then bowed in the ring to thank the PWR crowd.
Thank you @RealJeffCobb! Please come back! #PWRHomecoming pic.twitter.com/LFt9IkKZJn — Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) October 12, 2019
Michael Bueza is a researcher and data curator under Rappler's Research Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.