So, last Saturday, August 15 (yesss, complete XD) I had the opportunity to watch a Philippine Wrestling Revolution show at Makati Cinema Square. I was with my friends Juno and Dino. Juno and I attended the wake service of his uncle just that morning, so I guess we were badly in need of something to cheer us up after. And for more good news, my wife was able to join us, because her wedding gig ended early. Yay. 😀 The last wrestling event I watched live was when Smackdown came here to the Philippines, and that was way back when I was in college. Don’t ask when that was. Haha. XD
What you’re going to read here is purely my personal opinion about the event, and of course, you’re going to see photos taken by me as audience member. XD It was kind of hard to be either a photographer or audience member this event, because I wanted to document it, but at the same time appreciate and watch the show. As my friend Hub (official photographer of the event XD) told me, just watch the show! But it was also kind of hard to do both because of some members of the media were being… well, more on them later. Anyway, that’s the reason why the photos are pretty much of the wrestlers when they’re playing to the crowd, and not much of the moves. And it’s kind of hard for the 6D to focus on action shots, plus there were ring ropes and it was kind of hard to focus on the inside of the ring. Stupid camera. Haha. XD
Juno already bought tickets to the event a few weeks prior, but Rae didn’t have, so we had to line up in front of the venue for the ticket buying line. It was a good thing we were early too, around before 4:50PM, the line GREW as in literally. So we were second in line. They started selling tickets around 530 PM, and because I planned to take photos, we sat in like the front row. It was kind of a sucky seat, because there was kind of a ring post in front of us (booo!) and now let’s get to the media.
START RANT: Good photographers and videographers would be conscious of the paying audience. They wouldn’t be blocking our view. Even if in the case that I didn’t bring my camera, and just wanted to watch the show, a lot of media people that night didn’t make it possible for us (and not just us, a bunch of people were complaining about their view being blocked) because they were too busy trying to get their shot, so you know, a lot of moves I didn’t really get to see. Geez, crouch down next time or something. I mean, especially during the main event! Or when they were punishing Jake de Leon! And especially during the CERY crucial moments where the good moves were done; I couldn’t see a damn thing! @_@ I mean, it’s like we should have just gotten seats if possible in the second floor, because at least they had a clear view of everything! DAMN! And then there were these two people trying to take selfies of themselves in front of the ring entirely blocking our view, during the main event! ARGHHHHH.
ANYWAY, so there, being part of event coverage from time to time, I know that I’m conscious of people who are watching the event, so I wish the media people were more conscious of us watching the event. Also the event marshall in front of us. Dude, are you there to be a marshall or watch the show? If you can be a marshall while watching the show, fine, but DON’T BLOCK OUR VIEW! Take a seat or something. Seriously, I think we spent half the time peering around your back trying to watch the event, because you were also watching the event. Okay, I think I said my piece. END RANT.
So, going back to the show… I didn’t really know what to expect, because it was my first PWR event ever, and there are so many things I want to say. For one thing, if someone is going to tell me that wrestling is fake again, and why are you posting this… dude, you should have been there. These guys are doing it out of their love and passion for wrestling, and you should have seen how Mayhem Brannigan took a nasty power bomb to the exposed wooden floor (and that was nasty, let me tell you), or how Kanto Terror got bladed by Apocalypse after one match… call that fake, and maybe you can try it. They put their bodies on the line to make one hell of a show, and I think we appreciated that very much. 🙂
Also, wrestling is entertainment, much like all the shows on TV are, and it’s hard to coordinate moves with one another. As one wrestler said in a book (I forgot which one XD), the hard part about wrestling is that you’re trying to look like you’re kicking each other’s asses without actually kicking each others asses. Yes, it’s a cooperative thing. And I really loved like I was in an ECW Arena! If you don’t know what ECW is, something’s wrong with you if you say you’re a wrestling fan. People were chanting “This is awesome!”, or “Boring” (I kinda cringed at that, because I wanted to appreciate the matches, but… that particular match was kind of boring. Sorry. I didn’t chant along though. ^^), and during the intermission, when John Cena’s music started playing, everybody booed it and sang the opening sounds with the lyrics “John Cena sucks!”, haha. I also felt like the fans (well, like us too xD) were a mix of Japanese and American fans, because we were both appreciative of the moves (fans in Japan, according to Chris Jericho, are more silent while watching matches, then applaud after a pretty nice sequence in the ring) and people started to chant stuff too, like in America.
I’m kind of rambling here, but there were too many things to take in during the event, and I just want to describe it all here. Or maybe I just do a photo by photo description, I don’t know. XD
Here are the photos! 🙂
And there you have it. 😀 We went to 7-11 after, and it was a mutual consensus that our favorite match, aside from the main event, was the match between Versoza and Imabayashi. The wrestling there was so cool, and the moves… very nice. Awesome that he pulled off a Cesaro Swing!!! 😀
Until the next event. Hopefully we get to watch it too. 😀 Loved your show PWR! More power! 😀