F.I.S.T have ensconced themselves when it comes to tag team lore, their blitzkrieg offence coupled with an unparalleled nous inside the squared circle has seen them capture the imagination of fans all over New Zealand. They’ve made their own mark in history already, but on August 19 they face a challenge from the Deep South that will require all their heart to survive.
Deadly Sins rapid rise as a combination in Southern Pro Wrestling has been second to none, proving that when it comes to the history books, they will be more than just a foot note. They could very well be the whole book. Their determination, drive and desire to destroy F.I.S.T at Ultimatum could be their very first step at completely taking over the NZ Scene. Continue Reading
Since its introduction in 2012, Britenay has never been a stranger to the New Zealand Women’s Championship. In fact, since its inception, Britenay has racked up a record four Championship reigns which has solidified her stance as the foundation and measuring stick when it comes to female combat in this country. She has faced all challengers and dispatched them with precision physicality, but on August 19 she may face her toughest test from a newcomer looking to pave her own way into the history books.
The rapid rise of Candy Lee has been no fluke, her hard work and dedication to be the very best in that ring is a testament to her resolve and passion for the craft. But it’s her raw and often subterfuge animalistic physicality that is her greatest threat, a weapon that could see her dethrone Britenay and leave Ultimatum with the gold. Continue Reading
New Zealand Heavyweight Champion James Shaw will put his gold on the line against Brook Duncan in a 30 minute Ironman battle that will see the first 20 minutes of the match contested under traditional rules, before the final ten minutes switches to no disqualification!
James Shaw will see The Ultimate Match at Ultimatum as the perfect opportunity to rid himself of Duncan forever. Criticized for his betrayal of Duncan earlier this year, Shaw has surrounded himself in a protective layer of physicality and ego with Elias and his father Alan Shaw, and has used that protection to plant his flag at the top of the IPW mountain.
Brook Duncan will see Ultimatum as his chance for redemption, his chance to erase the memory of having the Championship ripped from his hands by a vicious predator in James Shaw. Since that moment Duncan has been focused on the goal of getting back in the hunt for the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship, now that he is there, he must turn into the hunter if he is to leave with the ultimate prize. Continue Reading
The Ultimate Match is back on August 19!
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