New champions crowned at The Rush for Gold!

jfThe standing room only crowd this past Saturday night at The Rush for Gold witnessed perennial underdog James Shaw claim the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship for the very first time!

James Shaw overcame both Fury & Cross in a punishing triple threat match to achieve his ultimate goal, and in the process has forced The Investment to disband thanks to a stipulation made earlier in the night. It was a match that saw the Origin get the final say over The Investment, and a match that saw every person in attendance get lost in a celebration that will live on in Impact Pro Wrestling history.

Also at The Rush for Gold, the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship wasn’t the only title to change hands as The Pride put an end to the impressive run of TnT at the top of the tag team ladder in IPW, and left Mt Albert with the New Zealand Tag Team Championship. As for the New Zealand Women’s Championship, that match was brought to an impact-full halt as Ligress made it clear she was not done with Britenay, and the hunger for the gold led both women to agree to a massive Mask vs. Title match at Genesis on May 23!

Saturday night also saw what was meant to be a clearly orchestrated ambush on Dion McCracken, turn into something that shocked not only IPW Director Daniel Burnell, but all the fans jam packed in the Mt Albert Hall. “The Deal” Dal Knox made a shocking return to Impact Pro Wrestling, stating he was not only back to stand by the side of McCracken, but he was back to become New Zealand Heavyweight Champion for a record fifth time!

In other results, The Jukebox Heroes defeated O’Connor & Duncan, Curt Chaos picked up a victory over Taylor Adams thanks to his brass knucks, Johnny Idol got the W over Travis Banks and Brodie Coast rolled up Mr Burns for his first win at an IPW Live Event!


Brendon Taylor