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Art of War Wrestling To Debut In Valkyrie This March

The Great War is upon us.

After months of talent teaser vignettes and shout-outs to Head Trainer Chilly Willy from international pro wrestling stars, brand-new pro wrestling startup Art of War Wrestling (AOWW) will be joining the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) and Manila Wrestling Federation (MWF) as the third active promotion in the country by finally announcing its official debut show date and venue.

In a press conference held at the posh Alabang Country Club, AOWW CEO Brian Finigan made the company's intentions concrete with AOWW Genesis set to happen on March 17, Saturday, at the exclusive Valkyrie Nightclub in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig.

The company certainly has a lot of swagger behind it.

"What we're gonna do is change the face of Philippine wrestling," Finigan said in his opening statement to the crowd in assembly. "No other wrestling organization in the Philippines or in Southeast Asia will be able to do or be on par with what Art of War Wrestling is about."

"We're gonna make this really authentic," claimed former URCC Heavyweight Champion Vicente Pajaro, who's involved with the company as one of its directors. "We have former ECW Superstar Chilly Willy. We're gonna make sure all the moves are real ... plus unlike the other organizations [in the Philippines], we have the endorsement of WWE Superstars like Kurt Angle and Rhyno. Basically, we will give high-quality entertainment."

"Each one of [our] superstars has put their blood, sweat, tears, and time into training," added Finigan, "to make sure Art of War Wrestling gives you something that's never been seen before. We combine wrestling with the fiercest and most ferocious mixed martial arts moves we know."

If this is what Art of War means by its promises to bring "Hard Style" to Filipino wrestling, then we're all for it.

Its maiden card will be headlined by former two-time Filipino wrestling champion "Classical" Bryan Leo going up against the chiseled, explosive Nuke. Other names will be in action as well in the following matches, as per Rappler.

  • Zera & Ace Clark (w/ Project Z) vs. Razael & Uno Salvador
  • "The Machine" Mavericc Knight vs. Rex Go
  • "The Godkiller" Dabid Ravena vs. Hybrid (w/ Queen Rogue)
  • Starling vs. Silent D in an intergender match
  • Ali "The Filipino Dragon" Mina & "The Asian Nightmare" Ken Cifer vs. The Society Rejects (John McQueen & Brandon Ward)

Tempers flared at the press conference, as Leo and Nuke got into a shoving match on-stage.

Chilly Willy also addressed the crowd, thanking AOWW for inviting him to the Philippines to train what he called "some of the finest wrestlers the Philippines has to offer."

"Make no mistake about it," he beamed, "these guys, these girls, this crew—they're ready for the Philippines."

He also took the opportunity to address the friendly mudslinging going on with the two other existing pro wrestling promotions in the country.

"These other organizations come out and try to throw shade at AOWW—we are a young company, we're like young lions, and yes, you should fear us. You should fear AOWW because we are real, we are legit."

"Some of these other companies had WWE come down," he continued, alluding to last year's Southeast Asia scouting trip by the WWE. "But they didn't pick not one person [to go down to the WWE Performance Center] and that shows you all got a lot of work to do."

And as for "Classical" Bryan Leo, easily the most controversial star in Philippine wrestling history? He had perhaps the most loaded words to say.

"I am Philippine pro wrestling," he bellowed to the audience. "I carried modern day Filipino pro wrestling on my back since I started training. I built modern day Philippine wrestling. And there is nobody on this Earth who can stop me from doing what I love doing."

If those aren't fighting words, we don't know what are.

Ticket prices start at P350 for General Admission, with VIP tickets going for P500 each

What are your thoughts about Art of War's loaded announcements, mga ka-smarkada? Are you excited to see what they've got to offer? Let us know your thoughts, and we'll see you at the show!


Disclosure: Smark Henry is independently run and managed by local pro wrestling fans and enthusiasts, but includes members affiliated with the Philippine Wrestling Revolution.

AOWW Genesis is happening on Saturday, March 17, at Valkyrie at The Palace in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig. Gates open at 5 PM.

Photos by Art of War Wrestling and Dale Vincent Kakilala.


  1. Your page is biased. how come smark henry is the voice of filipino wrestlling fans , if you always feature PWR ? who am I kidding? Majority of your writers come from PWR . you're WORST than MOCHA USON this page is fake news

    1. I'm sorry you feel that way.

      We feature everything that comes out, seriously. No other site out there has as much content on ALL the promotions as we do.

      For example:

      1. Even before AOWW got off the ground, we had already written about them four times very enthusiastically, including previews on the talent to expect, and interviews with the main guys behind them. We were the first site to give a detailed breakdown of key talking points from their launch press conference as well. Seriously, we want them to succeed.

      2. We've written about EVERYTHING MWF does. We've had coffee with Mikers. As of last count, we've published over 30 pieces about them despite their very quiet social media page that doesn't announce stuff very often. We've done features on guys we very publicly love like Gigz Stryker, raved so much about other guys we enjoy like Robin Sane and Aldrin Richards, cover ALL their shows, included two of their guys in our list of the best moves in the Philippines today, and did an in-depth analytics piece on their power rankings that took 18 hours of work. Seriously, nobody else has written as much about them as we have.

      If you feel that we feature too much PWR, perhaps you should consider how much news and content they publish on a weekly basis and their near-monthly show schedule vs. what MWF and AOWW have been announcing.

      And regarding your comment that a majority of our writers come from PWR—I would like to correct that. We have nearly 20 contributors and editors, of which only four come from the company, which we've started disclosing after listening to our readers. And all of them have consciously agreed not to create, edit, review, or give editorial direction on any content related to local wrestling after we made a grave error in judgment a couple of years back.

      If you prefer to maintain anonymity, happy to discuss this privately. In the meantime, trust that we as a whole love the whole wrestling scene and want it to succeed as the best in Asia.


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