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    Monday, December 31, 2018

    31 Days of Wrestling (12/31/18): When PWR and MWF Finally Clashed

    Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2018 produced for us.

    Fantasy booking has become a common part of pro wrestling fandom, with many of us wanting to see certain wrestlers from specific promotions take each other on. While it’s doubtful that we will be seeing Finn Balor take on Kenny Omega anytime soon, Pinoy wrestling fans have had the benefit of PWR and MWF having a decent relationship, with stars from both promotions appearing in each other’s shows.

    That hasn’t stopped them from booking PWR versus MWF matches though. Thankfully, 2018 was the year the two companies finally got to interact in full force, and fans got a big taste of inter-company action in the latter half of this year. It all came to a head at MWF 5: Todos Los Wrestling, where we got to see both brands take each other on in an Elimination Six-Man Tag Match. It’s honestly something we’d like to see more of.

    This all started when Mr. Lucha interrupted a segment with then-PHX Champion Jake De Leon in MWF 4: Road to Fate, claiming that Mr. Philippine Wrestling had looked down on the various wrestlers of MWF and cost them opportunities in a worked shoot. Soon after, he attacked JDL and took him down with a Low Blow, though JDL would get his revenge later in the night.

    After Mr. Lucha invaded the PWR locker room and attacked JDL one more time, John Sebastian formally announced that PWR would be coming to Todos Los Wrestling. This would soon get turned into the aforementioned Elimination Six-Man Tag between Team PWR (JDL, John Sebastian, and Chris Panzer) and Team MWF (Mr. Lucha, Robin Sane, and Ninja Ryujin).

    What made these teams intriguing was that none of them could fully trust each other. Sane and Ryujin were still reeling from Lucha’s heel turn and their former friend wanted nothing to do with them, but he was still forced to compete due to his actions causing all this friction. JDL also had to watch his back since both Panzer and Sebastian were gunning for his PHX Championship at PWR Vendetta.

    In the end, this led to a pretty fun match between the two teams, with a hot crowd that was really into both teams. There were loud chants for both MWF and PWR, which added to the bout and showed just how passionate the Pinoy wrestling community is. Seeing the best of PWR and MWF was a treat since it gave us brief glimpses of dream matches we’ve all wanted to see, like Chris Panzer vs Robin Sane and Mr. Lucha vs JDL, the latter of which we would get two months later in MWF 6: Noche Buena.

    JDL would eliminate Mr. Lucha with a roll-up, resulting in Lucha losing his temper and throwing De Leon on the arena’s chairs. Ninja Ryujin was soon eliminated after accidentally injuring himself, hence Panzer’s hasty pin attempt so that Ryujin could immediately head to the back. This left a tired Robin Sane, who had just competed against “Danger” Rex Lawin in a semifinal match in the MWF Championship tournament, to take on two of PWR’s top talents.

    Miraculously, Sane was able to pull it off. After being double-teamed for a bit, Sane would pin Panzer with a Dudebuster, leaving him to take on PWR’s Wrestling Lord and Savior. John Sebastian had beaten Sane not too long ago during PWR Live: Homefront, so he theoretically had Sane’s number. One 450 Splash later and Sane had beaten Sebastian, seemingly winning the match for MWF.

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes (ermm...chairs), JDL recovered from the scuffle with Lucha and took on Sane for the bout’s finale. What we got was short and sweet, as the two showed good chemistry during this exciting climax. JDL would soon hit a Kirifuda Driver and his signature Inasal Lock for the big (not to mention surprising) PWR win on MWF turf.

    If all of that sounded exciting, imagine watching the show yourself. This helped make Todos Los Wrestling a great show and made us want to see more from everyone involved—yes, that means both companies. Imagine all of the possible PWR vs MWF matches that could happen. Ken Warren versus Frankie Thurteen. Crystal versus Jorelle Liwanag. Quatro versus Fabio Makisig. The list goes on and on, and there’s a lot of fun possibilities here and it would be fun seeing some of these happen in 2019.


    31 Days of Wrestling is Smark Henry's way of celebrating the matches that helped define wrestling in 2018.

    Read our previous entries:

    21. T•IT•A F•IG•HT (Meiko Satomura vs. Mercedes Martinez, Round 2 of 2018 Mae Young Classic)
    22. When Excellence Meets Assassin (Jake De Leon vs. Tengu, PWR Live: Homefront)
    23. Johnny Survivor (Johnny Mundo's Survivor: David vs. Goliath stint)
    24. Ken Warren Walks the Path of Gold (PWR Path of Gold 2018)
    25. Golden Love and War (Kota Ibushi vs. Kenny Omega, G1 Climax 2018)
    26. The Storm in the Sky (Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai, Mae Young Classic)
    27. WWE's New Playground (WWE Greatest Royal Rumble)
    28. Viva El Rey (Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade Cien Almas, SmackDown Live, November 6, 2018)
    29. The Birth of Monday Night Rollins (Gauntlet Match, WWE RAW, February 19, 2018)
    30. Golden Star Versus Stone Pitbull (Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii, G1 Climax, July 28, 2018)
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