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AND NEW: Paul Sayers wins the Jackson Shield at Maniacs Strike Back. PHOTO: Saul J / Maniacs United

Maniacs United: Sayers wins Jackson Shield

“That Young Warrior” Paul Sayers earned a new moniker this past weekend: Jackson Shield holder. Sayers defeated Blaze and Charlie Roberts for the title at Maniacs Strike Back in Auckland on Saturday night. The Jackson Shield is the first singles championship Sayers has held in his 10-year career. He becomes...

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SPW On Demand launches on Pivotshare

Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) is now available to fans outside of the South Island. The promotion has launched a subscription video on demand channel, powered by Pivotshare. The channel currently features all five SPW events, with more content to come. Videos can be rented and streamed, bought and downloaded, or...

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Kushida defends junior title at Destruction

The junior heavyweights take centre-stage tonight at NJPW Destruction in Tokyo. Kushida defends the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Bushi at the first of three Destruction events held by the promotion this month. With more eyes on him than ever before following his Super J-Cup win in August, Kushida hopes...

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Busy schedule begins for Maniacs United

Maniacs United launches into a busy schedule tonight, holding the first of three events in the next four weeks for the Auckland-based promotion. A triple threat for the Jackson Shield headlines tonight’s Maniacs Strike Back event at Henderson Valley School – a familiar location for Maniacs United fans. Blaze defends...

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Raw: Rusev crushes Reigns’ title chances

A returning Rusev shut Roman Reigns out of the Clash of Champions main event on WWE Raw. The Bulgarian Brute attacked Reigns during his match with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, costing him the chance to face Owens and Seth Rollins for the title at the upcoming pay-per-view. Rollins also...

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CM Punk: When Winners Lose

He never had a chance. Not in the fight, anyway. But that’s not the point, is it? That’s why he won. CM Punk trained constantly for two years. He fought through various injuries and setbacks but kept pushing himself. Even though there was no way to actually be ready. He’d...

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NZPWI Roundtable: WWE Backlash

SmackDown makes its mark with the first single-brand pay-per-view since the WWE Draft, Backlash. Dean Ambrose defends the WWE World Championship against “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. The Miz puts the Intercontinental Championship on the line against Dolph Ziggler. Plus, the SmackDown Tag Team and SmackDown Women’s Championships will be decided....

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CM Punk enters the Octagon at UFC 203

Former WWE Champion CM Punk makes his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut today. Punk fights 2-0 welterweight Mickey Gall in a featured bout on the pay-per-view card of UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem. It’s been a long road to the Octagon for the 37-year-old. Punk signed with the UFC in...

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NXT Ringside Meet & Greet added, tickets on sale today

TEG Dainty has added an additional category of ticket for WWE NXT Live in New Zealand. Ringside Meet & Greet, priced at $352.50 per person, includes a ringside seat in the first two rows and a meet and greet plus autograph opportunity with an NXT Superstar. This comes as a...

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Henare debuts at NJPW Lion’s Gate Project

New Zealand’s Henare makes his in-ring debut with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) tonight. The 23-year-old, formerly known as Aaron Henry, will be part of the Lion’s Gate Project 3 event in Tokyo, Japan. Henare is now one of three Kiwis on the NJPW roster alongside Bad Luck Fale and Jay...