Hotaru wins Jackson Shield at Supremacy
Rufguts made a surprise appearance before the Jackson Shield gauntlet got underway to warn its competitors that whoever won would have a target painted on their back.
“So after you win, whoever it may be, I challenge you, my NZWPW title versus your Shield.”
Hotaru pinned Shadow Ninja, won by disqualification when surprise entrant JPE attacked him with a folding chair, and then pinned JPE’s OCD stablemate Blake Kensington the Third before taking out Kingston Eclipse, the last man in the gauntlet, to claim the Jackson Shield.
After a brief intermission, Hotaru returned to the ring for a shot at the NZWPW Championship while Rufguts hoped to add the Jackson Shield to his collection.
Both titleholders squared off in a rematch from last month’s Thrills ‘n’ Chills event, where Rufguts had beaten Hotaru with the help of “Dream Catcher” Phil Woodgate.
Without Dream Catcher in his corner, Rufguts had a harder time overcoming Hotaru, and was thankful to hear the bell sound when the match reached its allocated time-limit.
Both Hotaru and the live crowd at Supremacy were keen to see the match given five more minutes, but Rufguts refused to continue and walked away from Hotaru – meaning both champions retain their titles as the result of a time-limit draw.
Maniacs United Supremacy Results:
- KPW Tag Team Championship:
The Tauranga Connection (c) def. Charlie Roberts & Dan Stryker
- Jackson Shield Gauntlet Match:
Hotaru eliminated Kingston Eclipse to win
- Jackson Shield & NZWPW Championship:
Time-Limit Draw: Hotaru (c) vs. “Rufguts” Roddy Gunn (c)