NZPWI Rankings (May 2014)
TnT set a new standard for New Zealand tag team wrestling with their ladder match win over The Agents of Change at New Heights in May. The men from Ghetto State 828 reclaimed the IPW tag team titles to bring their feud with Cross and Henry to an end, and were welcomed into The Origin by Alexander and Alfred Valentine.
The Agents of Change
Despite losing their IPW tag team titles to TnT at New Heights, The Agents of Change still turned in an impressive performance in New Zealand’s first tag team ladder match. Jakob Cross bounced back from the loss by winning the Armageddon Cup in Hamilton, and retained his title one week later by beating TK Cooper in Wellington.
Travis Banks retains his number three ranking after retaining the IPW Championship against Curt Chaos at New Heights and chalking up a series of wins at both the Hamilton and Wellington Armageddon Expos.
NZWPW Champion Ben Mana shoots up the NZPWI Rankings for May after retaining his title against Axl at Live Pro Wrestling. The Modern Maori Warrior travelled north to Auckland the following week for Maniacs United’s Retribution event, where he finished Hotaru in the main event of the evening. Mana will be back in Auckland this weekend, putting the NZWPW title on the line in a triple threat match for the Hughes Academy.
Liam Fury scored a submission victory over Pat Schisk at New Heights, and still has an IPW Championship match his sleeve as a result of winning the IPW Eliminator at April’s Genesis event.
“Rufguts” Roddy Gunn
May was busy for The Nobodies’ leader, “Rufguts” Roddy Gunn, starting with a triple threat win over Graham Hughes and KPW Champion Shane Sinclair at NZWPW’s Live Pro Wrestling event. Rufguts reappeared later in the night to ruins Paul Sayers’ final NZWPW appearance, and finished the month with a win over Kingston Eclipse at Maniacs United’s Retribution.
James Shaw remained one of the most popular competitors on the IPW roster in May, and handed Taylor Adams a loss in his IPW debut at New Heights. Shaw also proved to be a fan favourite in Hamilton and Wellington at the Armageddon Expos, especially in Hamilton where he made it all the way to the Armageddon Cup tournament final.
Interim IPW Women’s Champion Britenay had her title defence against Carmen Rose cut short at New Heights when Evie made her return to the promotion and interrupted the match. Britenay was on track to retain her title before Evie’s interruption though, and turned in strong performances at the Hamilton and Wellington Armageddon Expos.
Curt Chaos cracks the NZPWI Rankings for May after challenging Travis Banks for the IPW Championship at New Heights. With The Investment behind him, Chaos was almost able to steal Banks’ belt, and remains number one contender to the title with a lumberjack match scheduled for IPW Escalation in July.
Chad Howard made sure Paul Sayers left NZWPW on his back, bending the rules to beat Sayers in a tables match at Live Pro Wrestling, Sayers’ last match for the foreseeable future. Howard’s win puts him in the NZWPW Championship picture, and both he and Rufguts will challenge Ben Mana in a triple threat for the title at the Hughes Academy’s Live Pro Wrestling event this weekend.