30 in 30 Reborn: Philippine Wrestling Revolution’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about PWR’s YouTube channel:

Number of videos: 25

Frequency new videos are added: On average about three a month, but updates can come in spurts. For instance there was one span of a month when 12 videos were added then another span of four months when not a single video was added.

Frequency full shows are added: No full shows have been added yet.

Total views of the most popular video: 907

PWR as the names tells you is a promotion based in the Philippines. The promotion opened it’s doors first in 2013 and had a major event in January with participation in one form or another by Japan’s Wrestling New Classic (WNC)Universal Womam’s Pro Wrestling REINA (UWWR or REINA) and Mexico’s CMLL. The event titled Joshi + Jam mostly featured international stars like Yoshihiro Tajiri, Mia Yim and AKIRA. The channel includes some local talent as well like Mayhem Brannigan, Sawaterio and Teppei Kawamura. Brannigan in particular is positioned to be a star of this company with his distinct Hannibal Lector look and tendency to cut profinity filled promos. The promotion had a big event planned for July 26, but a typhoon caused that to get cancelled. That is not a tasteless joke on my part either. That is really what happened.  In an industry where shows can get cancelled because the promoter booked their venue for the wrong day a typhoon by comparison seems like an incredibly good reason to cancel a show.  Actually, a typhoon sounds like a pretty good reason to cancel anything ever. There is some light at the end of the tunnel as PWR announced it would return in September and a highlight reel for the promotion was just uploaded. The channel has a couple of full matches on it, but mostly consists of hype video, match clips and other short bits. English is the primary language used on the channel, but matches have no commentary. Matches are filmed using one camera operated by a camera person and just the raw footage gets used. Video can be shaky, but is otherwise clear with good lighting.

A recommended clip:

Sawaterio and Teppei Kawamura vs Gyushin Liger and ? 

Sawaterio and the man known only as ? start this match out. Given the look and feel of these two guys, fans may think they’re going to get some high flying spots and they’re right…eventually. Before any big fast paced spots take place Gyushin Liger gets tagged in and Jush…I mean Gyushin puts a chinlock on Teppei Kawamura for a surprisingly grounded opening.

Around this time Limp Bizkit starts blaring just randomly. Also, not one, but two Linkin Park songs play by the end of this match. It’s like someone from PWR didn’t think the standard wrestling atmosphere was good enough ambiance so they wanted to put on some music. However, the promoter only had a nu metal compilation from the early 2000s on the floor of his car.

At any rate, Liger and ? cut the ring in half and really kick Kawamura’s tookus. ? hits a running elbow into a corner and then Liger immediately follows that up with a running high knee. The two then torture Kawamura with a double suplex while Sawaterio sits on the apron and watches.

If you’ve ever seen a tag team match then you’ll know that Sawaterio gets a hot tag. He lays into Liger and ?, even forcing ? outside the ring after a spinning kick. Kawamura gets tagged back in and eventually hits a pedigree of all moves. However, ? comes back onto the apron and blatantly hits Kawamura with a big black box right in front of the referee. Apparently this is legal in the Philippines because rather than get disqualified Liger nails one last running high knee and covers Kawamura for the win. After the match Kawamura attacks Sawaterio presumably because any time he was in the ring he managed to be the one kicking tookus. However, he spent the majority of the match on the apron doing nothing.



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