Travis Banks had unparalleled success in July. The IPW Champion chalked up four defences over the course of two events—Escalation and Trial by Combat—with wins against Investment members Aaron Henry, Curt Chaos, Jakob Cross, and Pat Schisk.
”Rufguts” Roddy Gunn
“Rufguts” Roddy Gunn headlined events in both Auckland and Blenheim in July, defending the SCW Championship against Sammy V at Marlborough Madness, and the NZWPW Championship against Hotaru at Maniacs United’s Supremacy event. Rufguts was unable to win either match, but retained the NZWPW Championship as the result of a time-limit draw.
Liam Fury began July relatively under the radar but ended the month as IPW Champion after a shocking turn of events at Trial by Combat. Fury aligned himself with The Investment and cashed in on his IPW Eliminator win for a shot at the IPW Championship to take the title from an exhausted Travis Banks.
Charlie Roberts wrestled up and down the country in the month of July – most notably becoming number one contender to the SCW Championship by winning a battle royal at Marlborough Madness. Roberts also grew his Rodeo Drive stable by one when Chad Howard joined the group midway through a tag team contest, handing Roberts a win over Ben Mana with his defection.
After months of chasing the title, Sammy V finally claimed the SCW Championship at Marlborough Madness. The Human Forklift bested “Rufguts” Roddy Gunn in a hard-hitting Blenheim Street Fight when he speared Rufguts through a table to win the belt.
TnT asserted themselves as IPW’s top tag team with a win over the first-time pairing of Khan and Taylor Adams to retain the IPW Tag Team Championship at Trial by Combat.
The Investment’s Vinny Dunn began July in an inconclusive battle at IPW Escalation but scored a major win against Alfred Valentine at the end of the month in a Taped Fists Match at Trial by Combat, using a spanner provided to him by Investment head Daniel Burnell to secure the victory.
Hotaru made history when he overcame Kingston Eclipse at Maniacs United’s Supremacy event to become the first holder of the Jackson Shield. On top of his victory over the rest of the Maniacs United roster, Hotaru put his title on the line moments after he had won it and went to a time-limit draw with “Rufguts” Roddy Gunn when the NZWPW Championship was also up for grabs.
Curt Chaos received two IPW Championship matches in July, falling short to Travis Banks at both Escalation and Trial by Combat. Despite his losses, Chaos pushed Banks to the limit in both a lumberjack and a tables match, proving himself as a worthy member of The Investment.
James Shaw slips down the NZPWI Rankings for July after suffering a devastating loss—alongside partner Johnny Idol—to The Pride. Shaw appears to have given up on pursuing the IPW Tag Team Championships after joining forces with titleholders TnT as part of The Origin.