Category: NZ Scene Features

Ladies Night at the IPW Training Academy

Guest contributor Maddy Perkins leaves the safety of the sidelines to see if she has what it takes to be part of Impact Pro Wrestling’s thriving women’s division. The New Zealand women’s wrestling scene is taking over. It’s impossible to imply otherwise, I’ve witnessed it bloom in front of my...

Duncan 4:16: Is Shaw right to say Duncan disgraced the title?

James Shaw has experienced a career renaissance over the last few months. He went from a long losing streak to holding championships in multiple promotions. To anyone who witnessed this firsthand, we know it was an extreme attitude change that resulted in these victories. Longtime critics of Shaw will say...

Accepting Challenges: Brewer Fears Sayers

RJ Brewer has captured the attention of the New Zealand pro-wrestling scene, especially Paul Sayers. When Brewer issued an open challenge on August 3, Sayers responded with a video of his own. The 23-year-old is now one of 12 contenders vying to face Brewer at Sakura Events On the Mat...

Josh Shooter takes aim at New Zealand

He’s travelled the world—from Singapore to Japan, the United States to the United Kingdom—and now Josh “The Axe” Shooter has New Zealand in his cross hairs. The globetrotting Australian takes on Brook Duncan tonight at IPW No Guts, No Glory. “Funnily enough, I was meant to go over [to New...

Meet the man behind APW on CTV

Saturday night means the end of the week for most New Zealand wrestlers. Matches done, boots come off, halls empty, and rings return to training facilities around the country for another month. But for Tyler King, the end of a live event is just the start of what’s to come....

Five questions with Paul Sayers

With two episodes of That Young Podcast available online, NZPWI spoke to its creator, former New Zealand wrestler Paul Sayers, about his latest venture. Sayers shared his thoughts on starting the podcast, whether 2015 is the right time for another wrestling podcast, and his aspirations for the future of That...

Five questions with Kingston Eclipse

While the buzz around WWE Tough Enough continues to build, NZPWI put five questions to Maniacs United’s Jackson Shield holder, Kingston Eclipse, regarding his application for the reality series. Eclipse shared his thoughts on how to stand out among the thousands of applicants, whether WWE NXT will be impacted by...

Aaron Henry talks Tough Enough, Japan, Mark Hunt, more

Aaron Henry’s Tough Enough application (above) has gone viral. The 60-second video has received over 8,000 hits on YouTube, and made countless more impressions on social media. TVNZ’s Te Karere ran a segment on Henry during its Wednesday broadcast. Outside Interference, a Florida-based radio show, wants to interview Henry next...

Off the Mat: Michel Mulipola

When it comes to Auckland-based artist Michel Mulipola, we’ve covered a wide variety of topics here on NZPWI – specifically his love of comics, his artistic ability and that tendency to beat up people in the ring as IPW’s Liger. For fans of the Strong Style Supervillain, it’s been entertaining...

Evie Interview

NZPWI sat down with Evie following IPW New Heights last month to discuss the IPW Women’s Champion’s whirlwind 2014. The 26-year-old spent the first three months of the year in Japan where she wrestled for Kyoko Inoue’s World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana promotion, and main-evented the fifth annual Joshi 4 Hope...