Spartan claimed the biggest win of his career this past Friday at the New Lynn RSA, besting Reuben de Jong in a physical battle to claim the Hughes Academy Championship.
The challenger withstood a barrage of offence from the powerhouse champion to hit a devastating spear and secure the three-count. Following the victory, Spartan vowed to be a fighting champion moving forward.
“I made a vow to myself that if I won this belt tonight I would not be like Reuben de Jong, I would not run and hide from people,” Spartan said.
“I am going to be a fighting champion. I’m going to take on any and all comers. Anybody who wants a shot at this belt, you got it.”
After winning the Hughes Academy Rumble in late 2020 to earn a shot at the championship, Spartan had been subjected to the whims of a champion in no rush to defend his title. Reuben de Jong was intentionally counted out in the pair’s first outing earlier this year, and found any excuse to avoid a rematch until Friday.
Elsewhere, Dorian Webber continued his undefeated streak with a big win over James Shaw, who was also pinned by the referee after the match while claiming he had been cheated out of the win by Webber.
Hughes Academy Live Pro Wrestling Results:
- Matty Short def. Lo Peor
- The Taniwha Atrocities def. Just Plain Kirby
- “Fabulance” Lance Adams def. JT Hollow
- Submission Match:
Kartik def. Tabitha
- Dorian Webber def. James Shaw
- Hughes Academy Championship:
Spartan def. Reuben de Jong (c)