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Malaysian Wresting Club
A wrestling organisation in Malaysia? Why not?
Founded by Belvin Gill in April 2011, as an extension of Peminat Gusti Malaysia, the Malaysian Wrestling Club (MWC), was created to cater to the English-speaking fan base within Malaysia and ASEAN countries, because Peminat Gusti Malaysia were focused on the Malay-speaking fans. Belvin,was also the organiser of the 5th Annual Peminat Gusti Malaysia & Malaysian Wrestling Club gathering – also called PGMania – held recently in Kuala Lumpur, a much lauded event involving a lot of sweat and testosterone, and of course - a passion for wrestling.
Thus far, the MWC has gained members from other Asian countries and even from the States, especially through close partnerships with large companies such as Astro, TV3, TV9, Gamers Hideout, IGN. More interest was garnered while playing the tour guide for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend Booker T when he was in KL, to having an Astro-organized viewing party for one of the WWE pay-per-view shows at GSC Gold Class for MWC. Another recent event that is bound to wow wrestling fans soon, is a viewing party for the upcoming WWE pay-per-view for Hell in a Cell.
For events like PGMania, held at Taman Danau Desa community hall recently, plenty of activities were conducted, and they included arm wrestling, wrestling quizzes, WWE Gaming competitions on the PS4, figurine displays, live wrestling shows, Cosplay competitions, as well as the selling of authentic WWE and MWC merchandise.
MWC has grown from having 30 people at their first gathering to 200 people this year, as well as receiving plenty of support from celebrities, radio and TV stations. This is no surprise as most of us grew up watching wrestling at some point in our lives, especially in the late ‘90s. It may have been a bumpy ride from 2005-2011, but the craze has been skyrocketing the past three to four years, so MWC makes perfect sense to exist right now.
Founder Belvin has simple goals. Our ultimate goal is to gather all wrestling fans in the country under one club to share this passion we have for such a unique form of entertainment. There are thousands of fans all across the country who love wrestling but have have no outlet to share their passion or have other wrestling fans to talk to.” And now they do with MWC as a reality for their passion here in Malaysia. He believes in making wrestling mainstream again like it was in the late ‘90s and with WWE two-night show held last year. “It was actually a massive progression that opened many eyes. Even Astro has a wrestling channel right now, which proves how profitable wrestling can be as well.
Say whatever you want about wrestling, but it is here to stay. Are you brave enough for a smack down with the Malaysian Wrestling Club?
By Kevin Yeoh
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