WE just wrapped up probably the best show of Philippine Wrestling Revolution so far. Of course, we’re talking about PWR: Path of Gold 2019. The event was a success and will be the final “big show” before Wrevolution X, PWR’s version of Wrestlemania.
In the end, ‘The Lightbringer’ Quatro conquered 19 other wrestlers to become the winner of the fourth annual Path of Gold match. The friendship of Ralph Imabayashi and Rederick Mahaba concluded in a heartbreaking story, with the former having to beat down his ex-best friend to remain Kampeon ng Pilipinas. John Sebastian retained his PHX Championship against Ken Warren with the help of Mr. Sy and his goons. The YOLO Twins became two-time PWR Tag Team champs when they bested The Naughty Boys of Philippine Wrestling. And the Revo-Nation lost their minds when 'Mr. Philippine Wrestling's Jake De Leon teamed up with Vlad Sinnsyk to take down Masa Takanashi and DJ Nira.
Within the stacked match card of Path of Gold, there was one match that everybody had their eyes on. Two of PWR’s newest wrestlers, Jaye Sera and Jhemherlhynn, debuted last January against each other. In their third match of the year last Sunday, they showed the Revo-Nation just why they deserved to be in the ring.
Indeed, third time’s the charm for Jhemherlhynn, when she finally beat Jaye Sera, the badass heel of the two women, after losing twice to her in previous outings. With their personalities and characters clashing in the ring, they also have two completely different stories on how they got to where they are today.
When and how did you start training to become a wrestler?
Jaye: Actually, medyo magulo ‘yung duration ng training ko because I first started to train back in 2014. Kaso hindi siya natuloy kasi ayaw ng parents, so I stopped. Then, I just got back 2017 na. It took me over a year bago ako nag-debut.
Honestly, now, they still don’t get the idea of their daughter wrestling. For them it’s nonsense, it’s dumb, it’s stupid, but they’re less protective, and hindi na sila gano’n ka-against. I told them na may show ako. Tumatawa lang sila. “Nagwre-wrestling ka talaga?” Hindi nila gets. Tinanggap ko na matagal na, okay lang naman. At least ngayon, they don’t stop me na. Kasi before sobrang drastic na “wag kang mag-ga-ganyan, walang kwentang bagay ‘yan.” Sobrang drama.
Friends are very supportive. Actually, they watched my debut match. Sila ‘yung audience ko; tatlong tao lang.
‘Yung journey through bootcamp, mahirap talaga. Lalo na for me na ‘yung situation ko was I started in 2014, and then nag-stop. I was at the point na “sure pa ba ’ko na ita-try ko ‘to ulit?” kasi baka majinx lang ulit. Very fortunate ako kasi ‘yung batch na kasabay ko all-women. Everybody’s so supportive. I think that was the most supportive bootcamp batch. Tyaka ‘yung coaches namin are very dedicated to training us and making sure we learn everything we need to learn before kami isabak.
Jhemherlhynn: I was pushed na finally try out bootcamp when I watched the WWE Manila 2016 live. I was watching ringside, and then I saw Sasha (Banks) and Charlotte (Flair) face-to-face. Kinilabutan talaga ‘ko. That moment sabi ko, “I’m gonna do it.”
Sobrang supportive ng parents ko about it. Whenever I share something on my page, they share it. Tapos i-she-share rin nila sa family group namin tapos ‘yung buong angkan namin ando’n. Do’n ko na-appreciate na they really support me. Tapos ‘di ba sa Naughty Boys may Carleaux Sheaux? Pinapanood din nila sa bahay. Tapos may part do’n na naghiptoss ako during training. Nainggit ata ‘yung kapatid kong lalake kaya nagpapaturo siya sa ‘kin. So tinuturuan ko siya ng mga submissions tapos ginagawa niya sa tatay namin. They enjoy seeing me in the ring, and they’re really really supportive.
Then naging batchmate ko si Jaye Sera pero no’ng second time niya na mag-bootcamp nung October 2017. OG ‘yan eh. Pero kasi I knew about PWR for sooooo long. But then, lagi akong may failed attempt to enter bootcamp. When the women’s bootcamp was finally announced, parang it gave me the push in a way na I’m gonna be with women. May ease na parang komportable ka.
We’re like 7 sa women’s batch. At first, it was intimidating lalo na no’ng first day we were all new tapos lahat sila lalake. But they’re very friendly naman and welcoming. One good thing here is that equal ‘yung trato sa ‘yo. It’s more of what you bring to the table and ‘yung eagerness mo to learn. ‘Yun ‘yung mas tinitignan ng coaches. It’s not like “lalake ka, babae ka,” which is good.
And I’ve been a fan of wrestling since I was a kid kasi my dad used to watch wrestling tapos lahat ng kalaro ko lalake. So, whatever they watch, I watch. And then, ‘yung only cousin ko then was a guy, so bonding moment namin manood ng SmackDown and RAW, maglaro ng wrestling sa PS1.
What’s your day job and how do you balance that with training and working out?
Jaye: I work sa isang advertising agency. They call me the project coordinator. Actually, it’s a bit of an abuse to my body na kasi alam naman natin ‘pag sa ahensya, hindi mo hawak oras mo and you have to sacrifice a lot of things. So, kailangan mo talaga mag-squeeze in ng time for workout and training para mag-learn ka constantly kahit na gaano mo ka-busy. Hindi siya madali.
Jhemherlhynn: I’m a social media director for one of the creative agencies in the Philippines. Sometimes, may sinisingit akong hours. ‘Pag may downtime sa work and hindi ako masyadong busy, magsisingit ako ng five-minute match to watch just to get inspiration. Or I write a storyline or a move. Basta an hour or two within work. I mean, long hours naman kami kaya nasisingit ko siya in between. Since on-call kami lagi kasi nga ahensya ‘di ba, so minsan dala-dala ko ‘yung laptop ko sa training. Tapos lunch break mag-wo-work lang ako.
Where did your character come from?
Jaye: You know what, ‘yung toughest challenge ko was creating my character and establishing it. Ang hirap mag-isip ng something na mapaninindigan ko. What I did was, ‘yung character ko in-ring is someone who’s not so far from who I am in real life. Gano’n ako like may attitude ako na parang medyo chaotic ako. Ewan ko, siguro dahil taga-Cavite ako. It’s something close to who I am in real life, exaggerated lang.
What’s your goal in PWR?
Jhemherlhynn: ‘Yung sa ‘kin kasi, goal ko rin is to help my batchmates be where we are. That’s what I really want to do ‘cause I would be really happy if all of us were here in one big (women’s) division.