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NZPWI Roundtable: WWE Backlash

WWE Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal Grady: As much as I want to see the internet implode if Jinder Mahal wins, I gotta go with my head here and take the veteran, Orton. Winner: Randy Orton Mister J: As much as I want to say “You don’t hinder...

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Caged Fury: IPW brings real steel to Mt Eden

One of the wonderful things about professional wrestling is that it constantly evolves. Every generation of performers is different, and what people do to each other in the pursuit of glory—or in this case, retribution—always increases in intensity. Impact Pro Wrestling (IPW) has featured many climactic encounters over the years....

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G5: Brock Lesnar, Great Balls of Fire, Okada vs. Omega, more

Brock Lesnar isn’t expected back in action until July. Who should be first in line to face The Beast Incarnate for his Universal Championship? The name of an upcoming WWE Raw pay-per-view, Great Balls of Fire has caused quite a stir. The NZPWI G5 Panel reflects on its favourite —...

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My Dream Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Stone Cold, WrestleMania X8

When I think of dream matches my mind flicks to clashes of generations like the Golden Era’s Hulk Hogan facing the Attitude Era’s The Rock, or The Rock taking on John Cena (twice). I also think about combat between the companies with Impact Wrestling’s AJ Styles going against WWE’s John...

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My Favourite Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice, WrestleMania VIII

When it comes to wrestling prognostication these days it feels like I’d be as well tossing a coin – I’m still head-scratching over Roman Reigns clean-pinning Braun Strowman at Fastlane. However I am supremely confident in making this prediction: The second of the double main events at WrestleMania VIII won’t...

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WWE returns to Christchurch in September

WWE returns to New Zealand to present WWE Live this September. The Superstars of WWE Raw will be in action on Wednesday, September 13 at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 27. Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor are currently advertised for WWE...

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NZPWI Roundtable: WWE Fastlane

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg Mister J (60% accurate for 2017): Goldberg has certainly been showing the monster instinct since he returned. The only person he has been unable to best thus far is Kevin Owens (mainly on Twitter though, it must be said). I think, sadly,...

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Mark Henry Interview

As soon as you hear Mark Henry’s theme song there’s little doubt: somebody’s gonna get their ass kicked. “I talked to the guys [who recorded the song] and kind of told them the story of how I became me,” Henry said. “I grew up in an environment where you had...

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NZPWI Roundtable: Elimination Chamber

WWE Championship, Elimination Chamber Match: John Cena (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz Mister J (63% accurate at Royal Rumble): Since his arrival in WWE, Bray Wyatt has been the “on the verge” guy. The guy who the fans took...

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Barracks Cup tournament begins at SPW Fight Nights

Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) is introducing a new title to its ranks: The Barracks Cup. Named after the SPW training facility, SPW describes The Barracks Cup as “an achievement of hard work, dedication, guts and being the best“. Eight students from the SPW Academy will compete in a tournament to...