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    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Three Ways You Can Help #SaveFilipinoWrestling

    It's been a little over two years since the Philippine Wrestling Revolution launched its ambitious attempt to revive the local wrestling scene for the first time since the RJ Jacinto-backed Pinoy Wrestling folded in the 1980s. And what a ride it's been—from getting featured on national television to glowing write-ups on leading news portals, PWR has certainly done an admirable job of getting some popular traction.

    But despite having held nearly two dozen shows, regularly packing in crowds of 300-500 wrestling-crazed fans, the country's premier pro wrestling promotion needs a little bit more help.

    PWR officers "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon and "The Intimate Warrior" Rederick Mahaba recently guested on the popular Smark Gilas-Pilipinas podcast to give fans a tell-all state-of-PWR address of sorts to address rumors about the company's financial shape, and what a treasure trove of dirt it was. We won't get into the lurid details here—it's a fascinating 80-minute listen—but suffice it to say that with some of the allegations they made, the company was in a bit of a hole. Among them:

    • A shady promoter booking half the roster for a Batanes performance without ensuring a return flight for any of them—leading to the talents having to shell out over twenty thousand pesos of their own money to fund their respective trips home. 
    • Talent fees failing to be paid out, with contracts never being shown with the actual amounts supposedly being paid by people booking the company for shows. 
    • Shoddy accounting leading to a huge debt owed to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and a massive tax scare for management. 

    It's clear that these young men and women do what they do out of sheer passion; on average, a payout of P500 each for a single show is considered a good night.

    But in any case, all debts are clear, and PWR is looking to turn over a new leaf in 2017. If you'd like to lend a helping hand, there are three simple ways you can make a difference, even if you aren't a big wrestling fan yourself.

    Step One—Come To The Country's First Wrestling-Themed Variety Show (Thursday, January 19)

    For one night only, the stars of PWR are showcasing a different side of themselves at the Revo Show, a fundraiser to be held on Thursday, January 19, at Mow's Bar on Matalino Street, Quezon City.

    For just P300 inclusive of a free drink, you can see such attractions as Rederick Mahaba showing off his much-acclaimed stand-up comedy skills as he dishes love advice, Jake De Leon hosting a tag team drinking contest, PWR Champion John Sebastian hosting a chop contest, and Fighter 4 Hire Miguel Rosales showing off his vocal and guitar chops in a live rock performance.

    Details can be found on the official event page, and all proceeds will go to helping PWR regain better financial footing.

    Step Two—Watch The First PWR Show of 2017 (Sunday, January 29)

    After failing to put on their traditional Terminus year-end show due to financial constraints, PWR is roaring back to action with PWR Live: Bagong Yugto, their first Quezon City show.

    The show is happening on Sunday, January 29, at Venue 142 in White Plains, Quezon City, and will feature an awesome lineup of nine matches. Among others, PWR Champion John Sebastian will be defending his title in a rematch with two-time champion Jake De Leon, PHX Champion Main Maxx will be taking on the high-flying Peter Versoza, while fan favorites Chris Panzer and the returning Ken Warren renew their legendary rivalry.

    Tickets cost P400 at the gate, but if you check out the official event page, you can get them for as low as P300 through various pre-selling offers.

    Step Three—Join the Royal Rumble Live Viewing Party (Monday, January 30)

    We know, y'all gonna say you can just catch the 2017 edition of the Royal Rumble on FOX, the WWE Network, or various live-streaming sites of dubious origin. But believe us, you haven't lived until you've experienced a WWE pay-per-view live with hundreds of other screaming Filipino fans in one room.

    That's right, PWR is hosting a live fundraiser viewing party on Monday, January 30, at 7 AM. Skinny Mike's Sports Bar at Bonifacio Global City will be ground zero once again, and P300 gets you admission, a free drink, and the chance to rub elbows with some of PWR's top stars as we all see how the annual Road to WrestleMania shapes up.


    If you'd like to extend your support and help grow the Philippines as a legitimate pro wrestling hub in Southeast Asia, feel free to participate in any of these three major events this January. These boys aren't looking for a dole-out, and hustle just as hard as anyone else in the entertainment business. Who knows, you just might be helping nurture the career of the next Batista or TJ Perkins.

    At the very least, if we get to see KC Montero playing the most natural asshole heel in local pro wrestling history and getting kicked in the face again, it will be worth it.

    For more information, or if you'd like to help in other ways, reach out to the Philippine Wrestling Revolution on their official Facebook page.

    Let's help #SaveFilipinoWrestling!


    Cover photo by "The Phenomenal" Hub Pacheco
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