Category: Opinion

G5: ‘True or False?’ with Benjamin Keen

There’s a lot to discuss in this week’s Gimme Five but this time we’re doing it with a twist: True or False? Our contributors will be faced with five statements to which they must respond either “True” or “False”. There’s no room for shades of grey in this week’s answers....

Review: See No Evil (2006)

WWE Studios’ first feature film, See No Evil, has just landed on Netflix, making it the perfect time to revisit this… cinematic masterpiece? I might regret this. Everybody who was watching WWE in 2006 remembers at least something about See No Evil. A movie seared into most fans’ memories due...

G5: Clash of Champions, Total Bellas, Sakura Events, more

We’re almost a week removed from Clash of Champions. How did Raw’s first pay-per-view since the WWE Draft stack up? Total Bellas premieres on E! this week. How interested are most people in the Bella Twins’ Total Divas spin-off? Plus, now Bad Luck Fale won’t be getting an IWGP Heavyweight...

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...

G5: SummerSlam weekend, WWE Live, live events, more

The biggest party of the [American] summer goes down this Monday, with numerous events to surround it. Which wrestling shows are on our schedules this weekend? WWE Live returned to New Zealand last week. What did everyone think of the show? We’re also discussing our best experiences at live events,...

Blog: Back in the days of kayfabe

Back in the days of kayfabe, wrestling was easy to understand. One was the bad guy, the other was a good guy. You cheered for the good guy, you booed the bad guy. Back before I even knew what “face” and “heel” meant the world was a simpler place. But...

NZPWI’s WWE Fantasy Draft 2016

WWE fans around the world are buzzing this week about the return of the WWE Draft. To capitalise on the excitement, NZPWI’s David Dunn and Steve McCleary went head-to-head in a fantasy draft in their attempt to build the best brand possible. Every member of the WWE roster—including WWE NXT—was deemed...

G5: MOTY, Roman Reigns, UFC, more

It’s July, which means 2016 is halfway over. The NZPWI Staff bring you our thoughts on the matches that should be in the running for “match of the year” polls thus-far. In addition to our regular contributors, we’re joined by “That Young Warrior” Paul Sayers. Sayers shares his thoughts on...

Blog: Making Superstars and Main Events

Blog: Making Superstars and Main Events

Heat and Velocity; not the name of a terrible early 90s WWF tag team, but secondary programming at its finest. For a decade, Heat was the home of Monday Night Raw’s lesser names. For about half that time, Velocity was SmackDown’s counterpart. In essence, these were the reserve grades of the WWE wrestleopolis. ...

Throwback Thursday: WWE Draft (2008)

In light of the news that another brand-split could shake up the WWE Universe in July, Grady Hooker remembers the major WWE Draft in 2008. *** It was June 23, 2008, the time of year to shake-up the rosters of Raw, SmackDown and ECW in a massive (at the time)...