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Cliches and Championships

The world is full of clichés. A cliché is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time, it was considered meaningful or novel.

One thing to note is that they don’t just happen in artistic work, but they also happen in real life. One such cliché is that old struggle between the master and the pupil, which is basically the story that revolves around the Philippine Wrestling Revolution Championship.

The beginnings of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution were not at all glamorous, to say the least. I first stumbled upon this ragtag Facebook group that had a dream of one day reviving professional wrestling in the Philippines. For the first few weeks that I was part of that group, all I saw were a bunch of people who were all talk and couldn’t back it up, until one man decided to finally pull people in to train in order to make our collective dream a reality. That man was none other than my opponent, Bombay Suarez.            

The Heart and Soul of PWR

Bombay is better known today by PWR fans as the “Backyard Wrestling Legend of the Philippines,” but that group that he pulled to the very first PWR training day—which included myself, Chris Panzer, Ken Warren, Mayhem Brannigan, Main Maxx, and Kanto Terror—only knew him as one thing: Coach. As PWR’s coach, Bombay did everything in his power to help everyone in that group reach their dreams of becoming professional wrestlers.

To be completely honest, the first training session went off without a hitch. Bombay took control and he showed us everything he knew and we, his students, simply followed. It was as if we were never strangers. Every time someone did a roll correctly or took a bump the right way, applause would fill the gym. From the very start, I knew that Bombay was as legit as they could come; not because he was the most technical wrestling teacher or the most hardass coach, but because he had the same amount of passion, if not more, the rest of us in that class shared for the sport of professional wrestling.

As time went on, we formed friendships and rivalries, we gained both knowledge and injuries. We became a family, and Bombay was our big brother. In the coming months, we gained new mentors that took over Bombay’s role for a time, and even though that first group of students went their separate ways to chase their own set of goals in PWR, Bombay Suarez will always be their coach, and that first group, including myself, will always be his students. We will never forget the passion that Bombay exuded that was so infectious that it kept us wanting more out of ourselves for the chance to live our dreams. We didn’t care about the pain, the heat, or the exhaustion. All we cared about was working for our dream with the same passion that our big brother had.

Moving forward, we find ourselves at PWR Vendetta. Bombay Suarez knocked off the “Social Media Sinister” Ken Warren and I was able to come out with a victory against the leader of the Panzer Army, Chris Panzer. Both were absolutely hard-hitting and athletic contests. I know well enough that Panzer was absolutely in the zone for our match, and defeating him was no easy feat whatsoever. We traded punches, kicks, slams, and signature moves on one another. Looking back at the footage I have, Ken Warren almost destroyed what would have been an amazing match but a Panzerschreck got rid of that problem. In the end, after the dust had settled, I was able to pull out the win and after my name was called, I immediately pulled Chris Panzer up, shook his hand, and gave him a hug to tell him straight up that he gave me the toughest challenge I had ever faced in PWR and he simply told me, “Congratulations. Go win the big one.” As Panzer made his exit, Bombay’s music hit, and the first ever Philippine Wrestling Revolution championship match is set.

Two warriors, one champion

On May 23, 2015 at the Makati Cinema Square at PWR Wrevolution X, it will be the the teacher, Bombay Suarez, going up against his student, “The Senyorito” Jake De Leon, for the Philippine Wrestling Revolution championship. Both teacher and student have gone through similar paths to get to this point for the chance to make history and become the first ever PWR champion. We have both fought tooth and nail to prove ourselves worthy for that shot and now we have but one obstacle left to face to cement our legacies in Philippine wrestling history and that is each other.

Being the first ever PWR champion is more than just a achievement for me. The moment that I have that belt in my hands will be the symbol of my triumph over all the pain, hardships, and trials that not only I had to go through but the PWR roster had to go through. When that belt is finally around my waist, it wasn’t just because of me, but it was because of each and every one of the boys and girls in the back, in the crew, and in the audience who have supported PWR in any possible way they can. When I finally raise that belt high above my head, it will be because you shook my hand and believed in me. And I know I can never pay it back, but believe me when I say that I will do everything in my power to represent you as PWR’s champion.

My final message here will be for my old coach, Bombay. All I have to say is that he better be ready to pull out all the stops against me, because I know I won’t give an inch. If he makes even the tiniest of mistakes, I’ll be all over him. And as that old cliché goes, “The student will become the master,”—and not to mention, that student will become the first ever Philippine Wrestling Revolution Champion.

- "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon

Photo by Hub Pacheco


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