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Throwback Thursday: Royal Rumble (1989)

It’s about that time again, your weekly dose of wrestling’s past: Throwback Thursday! January 15 is a day filled with many interesting lesser known moments; from the man we would come to know as JBL winning the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship from none other than Kevin Von Erich, to...


Three men, one opportunity at IPW NBX

Three men with three opposing goals have just one match and one chance to accomplish them tonight at IPW Nightmare B4 Xmas. Jakob Cross faces James Shaw with the winner qualifying to take on Travis Banks in Fans Bring the Weapons, the signature match at IPW’s biggest event of the...


Shaw recovered from injury, returns at Nightmare B4 Xmas

Seconds before making his IPW return at November’s Last Chance, James Shaw was hit with a wave of nerves he hadn’t felt since his first match more than seven years ago. “I had honestly forgotten that feeling,” he told NZPWI. “I was afraid the audience wouldn’t remember me and just...


Maniacs United ends year with Fun Day

Maniacs United celebrates three years since its inception with its final event of 2014, a “family fun day” in Auckland. Held at Mania Gym, the free Fun Day event will host several exhibition matches—including a seven-person battle royal for the Jackson Shield—throughout the afternoon, and be preceded by activities including...


Kevin Owens explains why he fights

Whether you’re familiar with him as Kevin Steen in Ring of Honor, or today will be your first chance to see the man now known as Kevin Owens, check out this video as Owens explains why he fights, then seen the man live as part of the NXT TakeOver: R...


NZPWI Roundtable: NXT R Evolution

It’s do-or-die for Sami Zayn when he receives one last shot at the NXT Championship during today’s NXT TakeOver: R Evolution special on WWE Network. If Zayn wins, he will become NXT Champion and end Neville’s record-setting reign, but if he loses, Zayn has promised to hang up his boots...


The Elliot Sexton Story

Elliot Sexton has arrived in New Zealand to take on Roger Ventura for the Commonwealth Championship at NAR Labs Live Pro Wrestling this evening. If you’re not familiar with Sexton’s work, find out a little bit about the Australian standout in this, a preview for his 35-minute documentary, The Elliot...


Gimme Five: True or False

It’s a special “True or False” edition of Gimme Five this week, as the team agrees or disagrees with five statements on everything from the return of the Anonymous General Manager, to the launch of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s streaming service NJPW World, to the allegations CM Punk made against WWE...


Ventura competes for Commonwealth gold

Roger Ventura will wrestle his first match on New Zealand soil in more than four years tomorrow night, with the vacant Commonwealth Championship on the line. Ventura takes on Australian standout Elliot Sexton—who is looking to avenge a loss he suffered against Ventura in 2012—at NAR Labs’ Live Pro Wrestling...


Suspension of disbelief

Whether it’s the Foot Locker Week of Greatness, or something else, John Cena is adamant you don’t have to believe something is real to enjoy it.