Author: David Dunn

WWE NXT standout Ricochet takes flight at Halftime Heat

Despite wrestling for 15 years, it’s still hard for Ricochet to comprehend working with Shawn Michaels at the WWE Performance Center. “There’s really no words to even describe that,” he told NZPWI during a media conference call. “It’s just unbelievable for me to not even just meet him but have...

Drew McIntyre on NXT TakeOver and the rise of the UK independent scene

When Drew McIntyre began wrestling at 15-years-old, he had to travel 12 hours from his home in Scotland to find training. The Scottish pro-wrestling scene was non-existent, and England only had two independent promotions. Now, January 2019 has punctuated a boom in the United Kingdom with the opening of a...

Northland rockers Alien Weaponry provide theme for NXT TakeOver

Kiwi music enthusiasts have heard a familiar sound on WWE NXT this month. Northland thrash metal trio Alien Weaponry’s Holding My Breath is an official theme of NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, and has been played extensively on WWE programming. Bass player Ethan Trembath told NZPWI the band was on tour in...

Sheamus praises Cesaro ahead of Rumble clash with McMahon, Miz

At WWE TLC 2009, Sheamus teetered on the top rope alongside WWE Champion John Cena. The Celtic Warrior pushed Cena backwards as he himself fell to the floor. Cena smashed through a table – handing Sheamus the WWE Championship. The win would be Sheamus’ first of 11 different title reigns...

Sasha Banks excited for Rousey at WWE Royal Rumble

Sasha Banks is no stranger to firsts. The Legit Boss has etched her name in the history books in the first women’s Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble, and Elimination Chamber matches (among others) over the course of her six years in WWE. When Banks, 26, arrives at WWE Royal...

SmackDown: Andrade bests Mysterio in anticipated rematch

Anticipation was high as Andrade and Rey Mysterio faced off on SmackDown Live in a rematch that did not disappoint. The WWE Universe in Birmingham, Alabama came to their feet as both Superstars traded hurricanranas, moonsaults, and all manner of lucha libre-inspired offence in an early contender for televised match...

Raw: Balor pins Cena to challenge Lesnar at Rumble

Finn Balor is going to WWE Royal Rumble – but not as he first thought. Balor won a fatal four-way match on Raw in Memphis, Tennessee, for the right to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. The position of number one contender belonged to Braun Strowman until a confrontation...

SPW Southern Rumble 2019 to be ‘super show’ with Australia’s MCW

Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) has announced details of its most anticipated event of 2019. This year’s Southern Rumble will take place at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill, on Saturday, July 13. Southern Rumble 2018 drew more than 1,200 people to ILT Stadium. It hosted matches with Tenille Dashwood and Will...

Hughes Academy to hold three Lower Hutt events in 2019

Auckland-based Hughes Academy is expanding its schedule in 2019. As well as eight events in Auckland, the Hughes Academy will hold three in Lower Hutt, it announced Saturday. Hughes Academy will hold the events, branded Saturday Night Live Pro Wrestling, at Epuni Community Hall in Lower Hutt on April 13,...