The good the bad and the fabulous


Tan, H.M. (2018). The Good, the Bad, and the Fabulous. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

The Good, the Bad, and the Fabulous is a study on the spectacle sport of professional wrestling from the female pro-wrestlers’ perspective. It follows the journey of the three most active female members of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR): Sam and Vernice, the two lone female pro-wrestlers out of the 35-strong PWR roster, as well as Tabbi, an aspiring pro-wrestler from the first-ever PWR all-women’s boot camp, as they all pursue their dream and passion for pro-wrestling, while juggling it with their own personal struggles outside of the ring.

This film shows how pro-wrestling has evolved from a dream to reality as an impactful form of self-expression and an important part of their daily lives; as well as how much hard work, creativity, resilience, and passion it takes for them to pursue it as a career, especially when the odds are against their favor in terms of pro-wrestling’s reputation as a non-serious sport, and the fact that it is a sport highly dominated by males.

Pro-wrestling is commonly perceived to be a masculine sport when in fact, women have been present in it since its early beginnings in travelling circuses. This film aims to break that stereotype, and present a refreshing perspective by putting the spotlight on the female pro-wrestlers for once.

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