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    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    MWF AksyoNovela TV Episode 7: Ambulances and No-Sells

    I really need to set aside some regular time for writing reviews now with MWF's shift to a weekly schedule. But hey, better late than never, I say, and I'll be damned if I didn't review this episode of AksyoNovela TV. A lot of stuff happened, so let's dive in!

    Kanto Lover

    The first of three matches for this episode featured Luchadonna versus Nigel San Jose, but it was barely a match—soon after it started, Kanto Kilabot Terror showed up to serenade Luchadonna and give her flowers. He even had long sleeves on and put gel on his hair! Have you ever, in your teenage years, give flowers to a girl, only to have the girl give it to the very next person she sees in turn? I certainly have not! Nope. But in this instance Luchadonna did give it to her opponent of all people, bringing up painful memori... err making me cringe at his lack of game. Yes.

    Verdict: Like, mostly because this storyline is relatable AF. Oh, and the match ended in a no contest. The fastest way to a wrestler's heart is NOT through interrupting her matches.

    Ominous Ambulance

    Viewers from last episode would have seen the ambulance that was in the background of the barangay hall where the tapings were taking place, which is good—it shows that MWF is serious about preparing to mitigate unforeseen incidents in what is a dangerous performance art. At the same time, though, you hope that the ambulance is never actually needed. But alas, in the first Kampeon ng Masa semifinal match, PAC RG took a nasty German suplex from Jomar Liwanag, prompting the match to be stopped so that RG can get medical attention ASAP. We wish a speedy recovery for RG—the guy behind the heel character is a genuinely cool person, and it sucks that he got hurt.

    It does present one of the issues of shooting multiple episodes in a row: Wrestlers will have to work multiple matches in one night, and as the night drags on, they get more tired and thus more likely to botch something. This one doesn't get a verdict—we all dislike injuries, but to count that as part of the review implies that the botch is a dig on the show.


    On the other hand, the accident suddenly places Jomar Liwanag in the finals of the Kampeon ng Masa tournament, which is interesting from a storyline prespective. Remember, Jomar wasn't even supposed to be in the tournament, only subbing in for the absentee Jorelle. It also stands to reason that PAC RG makes more sense as the finalist to face the winner of the other bracket—more on that later. But now, things are aligning for Jomar really well, and it would be interesting if he wins the tournament out of the sheer alignment of the stars.

    Verdict: Like

    Moises is Not that Good

    Speaking of the Bahay ng Liwanag, we need to talk about Moises. It's true that his character work is fantastic, and it's amusing to see his hair get crazier and crazier as time goes on, like that Aliens guy from the History Channel. But his wrestling is just never believable. His moves lack that crispness to it that makes us believe they're real, and his no-selling of finishers expose the move he's receiving instead of appearing to make him Undertaker-tough. Nevertheless, the right character won here, as the Kampeon ng Masa seems to be destined for Rex Lawin. Or what if Jomar wins it all, and Moises transitions into a mystical manager role? It could be interesting.

    Verdcit: Dislike


    While they're currently not on-screen authority figures, William Elvin and Veronica Shannon's call-out to Bryan Leo had a very inside-baseball feel. It relies quite a bit on knowing that they still call shots behind the curtain, as well as on the general controversies surrounding Bryan Leo. But at the same time, Veronica's appeal to a past friendship seems to have gotten to Bryan, and he would have responded to the call-out if not for Fabio Makisig showing up to attack him for his actions last week against HSSL.

    Verdict: Like, with reservations. There are a lot of layers to dig into, but I wonder if this type of storyline is the right thing to do given how they're still presenting the overall plot to a newcomer.

    Ka Dencio's Salvage

    Ka Dencio is still relatively fresh as a character, so his absence in the shows so far has not really been noticeable; they haven't even highlighted him too much in the recap episodes. But he does have an ongoing story against PAC RG, and the last time we saw him he was being dragged away by the Gus Constabulary. Now it seems that a member of GusCon is having a change of heart, and he's perfectly willing to disrupt normal operations to air his side. It's intriguing, so let's see where this goes.

    Verdict: Like

    Total Likes: 4
    Total Dislikes: 1

    Episode 7 tl;dr: AksyoNovela finds its legs, and this episode is very meaty in terms of progressing ongoing stories. PAC RG got injured, and it's Jomar Liwanag versus Rex Lawin for the Kampeon ng Masa tournament finals.

    Photo by Kelvin Concepcion Paje

    Disclaimer: BJ Recio is personal friends with the wrestler who plays the Fabio Makisig character. He is otherwise unaffiliated with the Manila Wrestling Federation in any way, shape, or form.
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