MWF: Road To Fate
Could Be a Watershed Show
for Philippine Wrestling
By Tim Henares
With a total of three wrestling organizations in the Philippines right now, this is truly the best time to be a fan. With Art Of War wrestling rumored to be doing its first show this October, catching Manila Wrestling Federation (MWF), the second wrestling group established in the Philippines (not including Pinoy Wrestling, of course), should be a tall order for anyone who wants to get up close and personal with the budding industry of Philippine professional wrestling.
It’s happening this September 16, 3 PM, on a Saturday, right in the heart of Makati CInema Square. At 250 per ticket, you can expect things to be pretty exciting, but the show can and will have implications for even the other wrestling organizations, despite not having any direct links with each other (at least, not officially).
With an eye for the outsiders who want to get a peek of what goes on behind the curtains, here are 8 reasons why this show could be a turning point for Pinoy pro wrestling history…
8. They say the third time’s a charm.
After a decent (although technologically-challenged) show and a more than worthy sophomore effort, MWF’s third show could only be hoped to be another step up for the organization as a whole. Having been fans of their friendly rival Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) since the start, we saw the growing pains they went through, so we understand where MWF is right now as far as being a work in progress goes.
This third show could finally set the tone for how MWF will distinguish itself from its contemporaries because cannibalizing the hardcore Pinoy wrestling smark-y audience will not do any of the three groups any favors in the long run when they should each be finding niche audiences of their own to grow beyond their obvious initial demographic.
7. There’s a lot more interaction between the groups now.
One wrestler in particular from MWF has been rumored to have tried his hand at training with the PWR wrestlers, and this cultural exchange could only be good for both groups. Not only does it foster goodwill for a small and growing industry that needs all the help it could get, it also hastens the improvement of individual talents who could help the groups as they progress.
Besides, who doesn’t want to see the action star Gigz Stryker take on his PWR counterpart, Kanto Terror, one of these days? The storyline writes itself!
6. It’s where all three wrestling groups interface.
In the past two shows of MWF, wrestlers from both AOW and PWR were in attendance. We expect that to continue, as not only is MCS a proven venue for Pinoy pro wrestling so far, it’s become the hotbed for speculation and intrigue, because everyone wants to see if this dancing on eggshells game is going to last for much longer – or they’re finally going to be shooting at each other like never before. For the sake of the industry’s longevity, we’re hoping for a nicer resolution, though.
5.Classical. Bryan. Leo.
One of the most controversial figures in Pinoy pro wrestling is CBL, and he’s shown up in the audience of both MWF shows so far. Being friends with the people of the MWF, would he call in a few favors to promote his AOW before October? And will he take that face time as an opportunity to maybe settle some scores and cash in some receipts? Time can only tell.
4. Gigz vs Lawin, part Deux
Manila Wrestling Federation presents the rivalry that got out of hand.
The good, the bad and the Queens.
Coming to you live from Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
P250 Ticket Price
Posted by Manila Wrestling Federation – MWF on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Okay, we’re done with speculating behind the scenes. The hard-hitting Rex Lawin may carry a reputation of being an “unsafe” worker, but that won’t stop him from going on a rampage on September 16 in this anticipated rematch between him and Gigz Stryker. The clash in styles between the two, from Lawin’s hard-hitting brawling, MMA-ish style contrasted with Gigz’s surprisingly technical yet crowd-pleasing move-set, has always been fascinating. The fact Lawin has a chip on his shoulder and wants to shut his critics up would just make this even more so.
3. Moises Liwanag’s shining star.
As an offshoot of the typical bus preacher, Moises Liwanag’s character has evolved to being one of the most over character in MWF and having a segment where he quietly snuck in two members of the PWR’s Network was a masterful touch towards getting himself really popular, and fast. Seeing as he’s battling (yes, that’s his ring name) Aldrin Richards on September 16, what will our manic street preacher have to say about that?
And no, this is not our Maine event, if you know what I mean.
2. Will we finally expect signs of a title belt to fight for?
Three shows in, and the need for a storyline belt to fight for has really shown itself. With only a handful of talents, we understand why some matches seem to go far longer than they have any business going, but a title belt would put feuds and matches into better perspective.
Special shout-out to the refs, too. Those guys better step their game up, because the wrestlers have been.
1. The chance to finally make new stars.
Given the number of matchups we’re expecting this September 16, it seems weird that some of the rosters still don’t have apparent matchups to work with. Well, wouldn’t that be a hint that new talent is coming into the organization just in time to debut in Road To Fate? I guess we need to watch and find out.
Which ones are you looking forward to the most? Tell us below!