“Rufguts” Roddy Gunn
“Rufguts” Roddy Gunn ended June with both the NZWPW and SCW Championships. After briefly losing his SCW title to Ben Mana earlier in the month, Rufguts bounced back to take both titles off Mana at NZWPW Beat Down, and then successfully defended them less than 24 hours later against Hotaru in Maniacs United.
Ben Mana became the first man to hold two national singles titles at the Hughes Academy’s Live Pro Wrestling event when he made Rufguts tap out and returned to Wellington with both the NZWPW and SCW Championships. Mana was even able to defeat Rufguts once again at NZWPW Beat Down, before Rufguts cashed in his Right 2 Challenge to end Mana’s nine-month NZWPW Championship reign.
The IPW Champion risked his title twice in front of a Wellington audience at the Armageddon Expo, and even teamed up with Arrow’s Deadshot in a tag team bout to go undefeated over the course of the weekend.
Although they didn’t compete as a team in June, TnT remain high in the NZPWI Rankings thanks to TK Cooper’s efforts at the Wellington Armageddon Expo. Cooper racked up a series of wins on his own, as well as alongside Origin stablemate Alfred Valentine, in the nation’s capital.
James Shaw went 6-0 at the Wellington Armageddon Expo in June, tormenting Brook Duncan in an escalating series of matches each with more severe consequences than the last. After changing Duncan’s name and forcing him to wear a dress, Shaw was responsible for shaving Duncan’s head in perhaps his crowning Armageddon achievement.
Liam Fury stayed relatively under the radar in June, but still collected several wins at the Wellington Armageddon Expo. His IPW Eliminator win (Genesis, April 12) gives Fury a shot at the IPW Championship any time he chooses, and makes him a serious threat to current titleholder Travis Banks.
Marcus Kool won four straight matches at the Hughes Academy’s Live Pro Wrestling event in June, beating Charlie Roberts in the annual tournament final and then overcoming Shane Sinclair in the night’s main event to claim the Hughes Academy Cup.
The Agents of Change
The Agents of Change fall down the NZPWI Rankings for June after suffering a series of losses at the Wellington Armageddon Expo. Regardless, the former IPW Tag Team Champions continue to be part of IPW Director Daniel Burnell’s master plan for the company as part of The Investment.
Charlie Roberts was Auckland’s most active wrestler in June, making it to the finals of the Hughes Academy’s annual tournament and also competing twice on Maniacs United’s Thrills ‘n’ Chills card. Although he lost more than he won, Roberts came close to recapturing the KPW tag team titles from Bull Addams and Stix, and will have momentum behind him should he and Rodeo Drive challenge the champions again.
Johnny Idol returned to Wellington for the Armageddon Expo and quickly became one of the most popular competitors of the weekend as he racked up wins in all manner of matches. Idol’s most impressive victory came in the prestigious Armageddon Rumble, which he won after throwing Aaron Henry over the top rope.