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Michael Richards: Define. This Sunday night could be a defining moment in the career of Richards. He’s got all the tools needed to be a huge success, but with lingering conflict abound with The Young Nats, will his tool box be spread too thin?
Marcus Kool: Brag. It’s about bragging rights for the “Hooligan” this weekend. If the Lions topple the All Blacks the night before and Kool is victorious for the United Kingdom on Sunday….my word that could be a horrible weekend for some.
James Shaw: Escape. Whether it’s an escape plan or simply just an escape from reality, Shaw has to find a way to escape the clutches of the giant Reuben de Jong. His Championship reign depends on it.
Reuben de Jong: Composure. If de Jong can stay composed and execute the way we know he can, he’ll be New Zealand Heavyweight Champion. Simple and plain.
Team NZ: Inspiration. Fury, Liger and F.I.S.T need to find that inspiration to succeed on Sunday night. That will not be hard to find as they fight for the Silver Fern and everything it represents. Continue Reading
In one corner there will be No Face, a competitor whose sudden movements are mysterious yet meticulous. In the other will be Mitch Gray, a combatant with his own unique ideology when it comes to in-ring competition.
For No Face this will be about continuing his impenetrable psyche which has seen him garner a cult like following from the IPW audience. It’s about continuing his cerebral dominance over his opponents and holding off the challenge of another seemingly darkened soul.
While for Gray it’s about expanding his ego to combat a much bigger threat. It’s about taking away anything or everything that might make No Face tick. Gray is out to find a weakness, and if he finds it, he’ll have no remorse in using it to decimate No Face. Continue Reading
He’s made his mark in the UK with Progress Wrestling and now he’s back to put a stranglehold on the territory where it all began for him. But there is one man standing in his way, one competitor that has risen through the ranks to stand defiant against any man willing to attack the position he’s worked so hard for.
Former New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Brook Duncan knows what it is like to be at the top of the food chain, but he was only able to experience the appetizer before his meal was ripped from his grasp by a more desperate predator in James Shaw. If Brook Duncan wants to hold off the challenge of TK Cooper on July 9, he’ll need to make sure he’s the predator this time around.
Another factor to consider for this huge contest is the possible alliance between James Shaw & Cooper. Dhaila Black the sister of James Shaw, is one half of the South Pacific Power Couple with TK Cooper, leading to speculation that there could be manipulations by the Shaw family behind the scenes to make sure the threat of Duncan is dealt with at Bangers and Smash once and for all. Continue Reading
Team New Zealand consisting of F.I.S.T, Liger and lead by Liam Fury will collide with New Zealand Tag Team Champions Privilege, Oliver Griffin and Team UK Captain Graham Hughes in a huge Four on Four Elimination Tag Team Match July 9 at Bangers and Smash.
Which team will end the night victorious?
When you’re New Zealand Heavyweight Champion, you can expect to see challenges from all sides. They can come from bitter enemies, former friends, past tag team partners or even family. Yet sometimes it’s the challenges that stare you right in the face that you often don’t see until it’s too late. On July 9 James Shaw finds himself at the base of Everest, staring up at a very giant challenge.
Reuben de Jong is custom built to be NZ Heavyweight Champion. He is 7 ft and 130 kg’s of pure unadulterated physical matter. No stranger to being the bigger man in the fight, de Jong will know if he can apply his dominance swiftly that he can not only be at the top of the mountain…he will be the mountain.
For James Shaw, it’s like a stranger has a key to his mind and has moved all his things around. He’s done everything he can to be the man in Impact Pro Wrestling once again, sacrificing friendship and facilities of the mind along the way. At Bangers and Smash, Shaw has to come up with a plan to counter the challenge of de Jong, otherwise he has more to lose than just his Championship. Continue Reading
With the nation in the grips of British & Irish Lions fever, it’s time for the UK and New Zealand rivalry to switch to the squared circle as the veteran Kool collides with one of the hottest Kiwi prospects in Richards. Fresh from another North American junket, Richards will be looking to turn his recent momentum into a focused attack against Kool as he looks to defend his territory in Impact Pro Wrestling.
The Hooligan Marcus Kool will not just have victory on his mind come Bangers & Smash, he’ll be looking to make it clear that when it comes to the United Kingdom, “playing away” means very little when you have the experience and guile to win by any means necessary. Continue Reading
Join us for Bangers And Smash on Sunday July 9!
With Winter Warfare taking place tomorrow night, it’s time to take a look at the competitors and the one word that could dictate their fate.
James Shaw: Validation. The battle with Liam Fury tomorrow night is as much about validating his recent actions as it is defending his gold. His actions have seen him succeed, but at what cost to his mental state?
Liam Fury: Fortuity. By ridding himself of The Young Nats, Liam Fury has found himself in a fortuitous situation with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Check out the preview of the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship match here!
Kingi: Vendetta. For whatever reason in the mind of Kingi, his rivalry with Reuben de Jong has manifested into a vendetta. To put an end to it all he must focus all that hatred on toppling the giant once and for all.
Reuben de Jong: Remorse. The giant cannot afford to have any remorse this Saturday night. The Sledgehammer is legal, but will the giant feel he needs it to finish the job?
Five years ago, three competitors collided to determine the first ever New Zealand Women’s Champion. International star Evie won that contest, proving it was her destiny to become Champion. But since that time another star in the match has proven it was more than just her destiny to become New Zealand Women’s Champion. It was her life.
Britenay has become a trailblazer for the division, competing in every conceivable match possible and racking up an incredible tally of four New Zealand Women’s Championship reigns.
But the trail that has been blazed, could be cracked from underneath as a new set of talent is getting closer to causing a tectonic shift that will manipulate the landscape of the division. Britenay knows it, and she can feel the tremors already.
Candy Lee. Her name may imply sweetness, but her style is dynamite. Her rapid rise through the division has brought her to Winter Warfare, and she will be determined to not only leave with the gold but leave her opponents with nothing but bitterness. Continue Reading