By Rafael Bandayrel
Philippine Wrestling Revolution’s grandest show PWR: Wrevolution X recently concluded and it’s time to move on to the next chapter. That’s exactly what PWR: Re5peto offered. “Mr. Philippine Wrestling” Jake De Leon even referred to the event as “season 5, episode 1” of the promotion.
Unlike other season openers, however, Re5peto had a climax vibe to it as it showcased one of the most violent matches in PWR history.
Ken Warren defended his PHX Championship against Mike Madrigal in a Three Stages of Death Match. Warren scored the first fall from out of nowhere with a roll-up on Madrigal.
Down 0-1, the enraged challenger introduced weapons into the match which he could use legally as the second match is no-disqualification. Madrigal utilized a wide array of weapons from kendo sticks to steel chairs to a screwdriver and a ladder.
Madrigal turned up the violence when he sprinkled the ring with thumbtacks. The challenger dominated the second stage as he handcuffed Warren to the middle rope and whacked him with a kendo stick. Madrigal evened the score after submitting Warren – who crashed onto the bed of thumbtacks – via crossface.
Warren resurged during the last stage in a Last Man Standing match. The bloodied champion turned the tables on Madrigal when he handcuffed the challenger to take out his defense. Warren gave Madrigal kendo stick shots to the head which were enough to keep the challenger down as the referee counted to 10.
Warren retained his title but had no time to celebrate as Rederick Mahaba came to the ring to issue a challenge for the PHX gold. Warren accepted the challenge but Mahaba pounced on the battered champion as soon as he turned his back to exit the ring.
Also retaining is PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi who tapped out “The Canadian Dragon” Zayden Trudeau in the co-main event. Trudeau pushed Imabayashi to the limit as he pulled out a number of high-flying maneuvers from the toolbox.
Though falling short of capturing the title, Trudeau was showered with respect and appreciation. Imabayashi requested for the crowd to give the challenger a standing ovation for his valiant performance.
The champion then issued an open challenge for next event, and it was answered by a returning Nina.
It turned out, however, that Nina wasn’t answering the challenge herself but she was doing it on behalf of her boyfriend Koto Hiro. Hiro appeared on the screen to warn Imabayashi that he is coming to Manila for the PWR championship.
Eight competitors have been given the opportunity to challenge for the PWR title. A tournament will determine the new number-one contender for the company’s top championship.
The Apocalypse was the first to advance after putting John Sebastian away with the Six Feet Under leg drop. Main Maxx then ended his slump by beating the other half of the tag team champions Crystal to move up the ladder.
Fresh from his Singapore Pro-Wrestling appearance, “Senyorito” Jake De Leon snagged a victory from Alexander Belmonte III to advance to the tourney. Chris Panzer also escaped a brutal encounter against Vlad Sinnsyk to move to the next round.
Round two will feature The Apocalypse vs. Main Maxx and De Leon vs. Panzer in the semi-finals.
– Rederick Mahaba def. the Ninjas in a handicap match.
– Rederick Mahaba def. Samoan Papa via pinfall.
– The Apocalypse def. John Sebastian via pinfall.
– Main Maxx def. Crystal via pinfall.
– TDTxECX earn a PWR Tag Team Title shot after winning a Six-Team over-the-top-rope Battle Royal.
– Jake De Leon def. Alexander Belmonte III via pinfall
– Quatro, SANDATA, and Dax Xaviera def. Vintendo, Jan Evander, and Bolt via pinfall.
– Chris Panzer def. Vlad Sinnsyk via pinfall.
– Ralph Imabayashi def. Zayden Trudeau via submission.
– Ken Warren def. Mike Madrigal (2-1) in a Three Stages of Death match.