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Throwback Thursday: WrestleMania VII (1991)

It’s about that time again, your weekly dose of wrestling’s past: Throwback Thursday! March 26 was a day of highs and lows in the world of professional wrestling; from Fred Blassie winning the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship in 1957 only to have it immediately vacated due to controversy, to...

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Kartik wins Rumble, earns Hughes Academy title shot

“The Neo Viper” Kartik has emerged as the next challenger to Charlie Roberts’ Hughes Academy Championship after winning a 27-person Inter-Promotional Rumble at yesterday’s Live Pro Wrestling event in Auckland. The match, featuring wrestlers from all over New Zealand, came down to just Kartik and Kenith, who had wrestled a...

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29 announced for Hughes Academy Rumble

Twenty-nine names from around the country have been announced for the Inter-Promotional Rumble at tonight’s Hughes Academy Live Pro Wrestling event. The winner of the match will receive a shot at the Hughes Academy Championship, currently held by Charlie Roberts. The Inter-Promotional Rumble will be conducted in a similar way to WWE’s...

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Evie added to SHIMMER 71’s ChickFight tournament

New Zealand’s Evie is the latest entrant to be announced for the ChickFight tournament held at SHIMMER 71 in San Jose, California, this WrestleMania weekend. “Are you ready for a ChickFight?,” Evie asked in a video released early this morning. “Because this chick, this chick can fight, and I’m bringing...

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Throwback Thursday: WrestleMania XX (2004)

It’s about that time again, your weekly dose of wrestling’s past: Throwback Thursday! It seems that March 19 was a great day to be a number one contender: El Santo would win one of his four Mexican National Middleweight Championships in 1943; Buddy Fuller and Jesse James would defeat The...

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PWG From Out of Nowhere

On February 27, 2015, California-based promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) held its first event of the year, From Out of Nowhere. Roderick Strong defended the PWG Championship against up-and-comer Trevor Lee in the night’s main event, with a stacked undercard featuring Cedric Alexander vs. Tomasso Ciampa, and Matt Sydal vs....

BACK IN ACTION: Rey Mysterio, pictured here at Auckland's Vector Arena in 2010, returns to the ring for the first time in almost a year at the AAA Rey de Reyes iPPV today. PHOTO: David Dunn

Rey Mysterio headlines AAA iPPV

Rey Mysterio will wrestle his first match outside of WWE in more than 12 years at AAA Rey de Reyes in Guadalajara, Mexico, today. Mysterio, now going by Rey Mysterio Jr, teams up with Myzteziz (the first Sin Cara) to take on El Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Pentagon Jr. “I’m more...

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Throwback Thursday: WrestleMania XII (1996)

It’s about that time again, your weekly dose of wrestling’s past: Throwback Thursday! For the first time in a while, we have a date cluttered with memories. March 12 was the day Mae Young, Nidia, and current NXT star Hideo Itami were born in 1923, 1979, and 1981 respectively; the...

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Bad Luck Fale in NJ Cup quarter final

The tournament for the New Japan Cup continues this evening, with New Zealand’s Bad Luck Fale slated to face Tetsuya Naito in a quarter-final match. Fale made it all the way to the final of last year’s New Japan Cup tournament, where he was defeated by Shinsuke Nakamura. Naito is...

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G5: Rey Mysterio, Jon Stewart, NZ venues, more

Rey Mysterio was officially released from his WWE contract last week, and has since signed with Mexico’s AAA where he will partner with Alberto El Patron (Alberto Del Rio) and Myzteziz (Mistico/Sin Cara). Will Mysterio’s signing lead to a boom for the Mexican lucha libre style? Daily Show host Jon...