Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — In 2013, a group of wrestling fans in the Philippines started a Facebook group where they would share professional wrestling promos. A year later, they found themselves in a makeshift wrestling ring, where they started practicing and training.
“I was part of that first group of guys that actually started training professional wrestling and it was just really weird [because] it was just in a boxing ring,” recalls Mark Javellana, the president of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR).
Now, the PWR is the premier pro-wrestling promotion in the Philippines, which consists of some of the top Filipino wrestlers. From jejemon characters to ‘80s matinee idol stars, the wrestlers at PWR also try to infuse Philippine culture into their programs.
They had their first show on September 2014 and have mounted regular shows since. “You don't really get a lot of money from this. It's still all very much passion project,” says Javellana. “But … [when] we see the smiles from the people's faces, [when] we hear them cheer, we hear them woo, we see them react to us, that's more than enough to feed our hunger and drive to keep putting this out there.”