The following rankings have been compiled by NZPWI taking into account results from Hughes Academy Live Pro Wrestling and IPW No Guts, No Glory.
IPW Champion Curt Chaos did the seemingly impossible in May and defeated Reuben de Jong in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. He may have needed Kingi and Vinny Dunn, The Dapper Agents, to help him retain his title but, as the mastermind behind the whole thing, Chaos has cemented his place at the top of the IPW roster.
Brook Duncan built on the momentum from his 2016 Eliminator win in May and overcame Australian import Josh “The Axe” Shooter in one of the featured matches at IPW No Guts, No Glory. IPW Champion Curt Chaos can breathe easy though – Duncan still plans to hold onto his guaranteed title match until Nightmare Before Xmas in December.
The Friends in Similar Tights (FIST) finally got what they wanted at IPW No Guts, No Glory when they held The Dapper Agents’ designer watches hostage in exchange for a tag team title match. Dunn and Kingi should have checked the fine print on the contracts though – Coast and Daniels will face the champs in a TLC match for the belts at IPW Fight or Flight later this month.
Reuben de Jong
Reuben de Jong may have suffered a loss last month, but it took three men to bring him down. De Jong would have won the IPW Championship from Curt Chaos at No Guts, No Glory if it wasn’t for interference from Kingi and Vinny Dunn.
Britenay climbs the NZPWI Rankings in May thanks to a triple threat win to retain the IPW Women’s Championship. The champ overcame both Frankie Quinn and Megan-Kate at No Guts, No Glory to establish who the top dog in IPW’s women’s division really is.
Privilege (Charlie Roberts and Curtis Castlewood) proved experience is everything when they picked apart Ben Mana and Mitch Gray at IPW No Guts, No Glory. Castlewood and Roberts could be a serious threat to whichever team leaves Fight or Flight as the IPW Tag Team Champions.
Devin Lockhart bursts onto the NZPWI Rankings with a win in the annual Hughes Academy Rumble. The fan-favourite dragged Charlie Roberts over the top rope to win, and has earned himself a title shot as a result. Lockhart challenges Kenith for the Hughes Academy Championship later this month.
Despite being inactive in May, James Shaw remains in the NZPWI Rankings and in contention for the IPW Championship. With Reuben de Jong behind him, Curt Chaos is in need of a new challenger for his title, and Shaw never received a rematch after losing to Chaos in April.
Frankie Quinn couldn’t win the IPW Women’s Championship in May, but she came close. Quinn held her own against Britenay and Megan-Kate in a triple threat at No Guts, No Glory and continues to establish herself as a threat to the title, whoever it belongs to.
The Young Nats
May saw mixed results for The Young Nats as a unit, but Michael Richards helped propel the group into the NZPWI Rankings with a win over Liam Fury at IPW No Guts, No Glory. Fury continues to take issue with Mr Burns, but with a four-man group to overcome it could be some time before Fury gets the better of The Young Nats.