MANILA, Philippines – Over 300 days and counting.
Ralph Imabayashi extended his record-breaking reign as Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) Champion after defeating 3 challengers at PWR Vendetta on Sunday, November 25, at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Makati City
Imabayashi and Mainstream Mahaba cooked up sneaky ways to win the match in the champ's favor, but the other contenders Mike Madrigal and Vlad Sinnsyk thwarted their attempts. Madrigal and Sinnsyk weren't exactly in good terms either, thus upping the ante in this high-stakes match.
In the end, Imabayashi delivered a wicked senketsu piledriver on Madrigal to retain his title.
Then in a shocking twist, the PWR Champion ditched his longtime ally Mainstream Mahaba after the victory.
Meanwhile, two wrestlers got shiny early Christmas presents at PWR's last show for 2018 in the form of title belts.
John Sebastian was the last man standing in a 6-Way Survival Match, an elimination-type affair, to win the PHX Championship. The star-studded match involved his real-life partner Crystal, ex-PHX champs Ken Warren and Chris Panzer, visiting Singaporean wrestler "The Statement" Andruew Tang, and defending champion "The Senyorito" Jake de Leon, whom Sebastian last eliminated.
The victory makes Sebastian the 1st triple crown champion in PWR. He had once won the PWR Championship and the PWR Tag Team Championship.
Dax Xaviera also took home the All Out War Championship – which he calls "AOWrora" – after defeating Alexander Belmonte III.
On the other hand, PWR Tag Team Champions Trian dela Torre and Evan Carleaux of The Naughty Boys held on to their belts against Mr. Sy's talents Main Maxx and SANDATA.
Their match was as intense as their online word war. The Naughty Boys' intern Jhemherlynn even got her revenge against Mr. Sy, who slapped her at the last show.
International wrestlers also competed at Vendetta, facing off against PWR's very own.
Quatro bested Singapore's Doctor Gore in a competitive match, adding to the resume of foreign wrestlers The Lightbringer has defeated.
Also, in an intergender bout, Martivo defeated Aysha of Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) from Australia.
A brutal battle took place at Vendetta between The YOLO Twins and the Kakaibros in an "Edi Sa Puso Mo" Street Fight.
Both teams went all out on each other, but Yohann and Logan Ollores came out on top.
Elsewhere, The Revo-Ranger, Bolt, and the returning Joey Bax put away menacing trio The Endgame, composed of Super Vintendø, Jan Evander, and The Apocalypse.
Kapitan Tutan beat Artie 2.0, Mahaba's personal assistant, in a good pre-show match.
Afterwards, SANDATA and Main Maxx attacked Tutan to send a message to The Naughty Boys prior to the PWR Tag Team Title match in the main card.
Also at the pre-show, Brad Cruz defeated longtime rival McKata.
– with reports from local wrestling website Smark Henry/Rappler.com
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.