IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship
|IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship|
Current IPW Heavyweight Champion Kingi at IPW Unleashed 2012
|Date won||3 May 2012|
|Date established||9 April 2002|
|Promotion||Impact Pro Wrestling|
IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship is the top professional wrestling championship title in the New Zealand promotion Impact Pro Wrestling. It was the original heavyweight title of the Mania Pro Wrestling promotion, later used in IPW as its primary singles title. It was introduced as the MPW Heavyweight Championship on 9 April 2002. When a new promotion was founded by a core group of MPW wrestlers in 2003, the title was established as its new heavyweight championship. The promotion became Impact Pro Wrestling and the title became the IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship. On 29 May 2010, the title was won by former K-1 kickboxer and "New Zealand's strongest man" Reuben de Jong.
The championship is regularly defended throughout New Zealand, most often in central Auckland, at live events such as the Armageddon Expo as well at monthly supercards and on its weekly series IPW Ignition. In 2007, the title made its debut in the Northland Region, with the promotion's IPW Collision event in Whangarei. The title match featured Jon E. King facing off against the Samoan Silverback Alexander. It has also been defended at several interpromotional events both in New Zealand and Australia. IPW Heavyweight Champion Jon E. King competed at the 2006 NZPWI Invitational with KPW Heavyweight Champion H-Flame where both men made it to the semi-finals and where King was eliminated by "Heartless" Alfred Valentine. The 2007 NZPWI Invitational saw the first ever "champion vs. champion" match when returning champions Jon E. King and H-Flame faced each other in a non-title match in the opening rounds. King went on to win the tournament.
The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted endings rather than contend in direct competition. The inaugural champion was The Machine, who defeated Jon E. King in Mangere, Auckland on 9 April 2002 to become the first MPW Heavyweight Champion; King had won a Royal Rumble-type match, eliminating "Superstar" Troy Daniels to earn a place in the championship decider. IPW recognized both MPW Heavyweight Championship reigns when the promotion became Impact Pro Wrestling in 2003. King and Davey Deluxeo hold the record for most reigns, with three each. At 515 days, Deluxeo's first reign was the longest in the title's history. Vinny Dunn's second reign, which lasted mere minutes, was the shortest in the history of the title. Overall, there have been 21 reigns shared between 11 wrestlers, with one vacancy.
The promotion has often been represented by the reigning IPW Champion in the national media. In May 2005, TVNZ's Hadyn Jones conducted an interview with The Machine and then IPW Champion The Economist at their Auckland gym. On 2 February 2006, Jon E. King was a guest on Ngati Hine FM where he was interviewed by disc jockey Darcy Edwards and with fellow IPW wrestler Alfred Valentine on the TV One's morning talk show Breakfast by Kay Gregory that summer. Jordan Invincible was among the wrestlers featured on the 10 October 2008 edition Television New Zealand's IAM TV and where Invincible wrestled the host in a mock battle at their IPW facility in Auckland. IPW New Zealand Champion Dal Knox was interviewed at the 2008 Armageddon Expo, along with IPW colour commentator Dion McCracken, as part of an upcoming documentary on professional wrestling in New Zealand, A Kiwi Century On The Mat, in April 2009. Knox was also profiled by 20/20 in a special report on professional wrestling in New Zealand, as well as on the Maori Television sports show Hyundai Code.
|#||Order in reign history|
|Reign||The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed|
|Event||The event in which the title was won|
|—||Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign|
|N/A||The information is not available or is unknown|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|MPW Heavyweight Championship||2001 — 2002|
|IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship||2003 — present|
As of July 28, 2014.
|1||The Machine||1||9 April 2002||242||Mangere, Auckland||Slaughter in the South (2002)||Defeated Jon E. King in a singles match. King had previously won a Royal Rumble-style match to face The Machine.|
|2||Davey Deluxeo||1||7 December 2002||515||Pt. Chevalier, Auckland||Nightmare Before Xmas (2002)||Title renamed the IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship when IPW is formed in 2003.|
|3||Lyte Playa||1||5 May 2004||105||Pt. Chevalier, Auckland||Genesis (2004)|||
|4||Davey Deluxeo||2||18 August 2004||122||Pt. Chevalier, Auckland||Rival Turf (2004)|||
|5||The Machine||2||18 December 2004||123||Mangere, Auckland||Nightmare Before Xmas 2 (2004)|||
|—||Vacated||—||20 April 2005||—||N/A||N/A||The championship is vacated when The Machine injures his hand.|||
|6||The Economist||1||23 April 2005||189||Mangere, Auckland||Collision (2005)||Won title in tournament final by defeating Joey Kinkade, Jon E. King and The Machine in a fatal four-way elimination match.|||
|7||Alfred Valentine||1||29 October 2005||147||Lynfield, New Zealand||Unleashed (2005)|||
|8||Jon E. King||1||25 March 2006||21||Lynfield, New Zealand||Full Breaking Point (2006)|||
|9||Alfred Valentine||2||15 April 2006||63||Lynfield, New Zealand||Collision (2006)|||
|10||Jon E. King||2||17 June 2006||71||Lynfield, New Zealand||Breakdown (2006)||This was a ladder match.|||
|11||Davey Deluxeo||3||27 August 2006||91||Lynfield, New Zealand||Unbreakable (2006)|||
|12||Jon E. King||3||26 November 2006||384||Lynfield, New Zealand||Extreme Measures (2006)||This was fatal four-way elimination match also involving Jordan Invincible and Alexander.|||
|13||Dal Knox||1||15 December 2007||176||Westlake, New Zealand||Nightmare Before Xmas 5 (2007)||This was a Fans Bring the Weapons match.|||
|14||Jordan Invincible||1||28 June 2008||98||Lynfield, New Zealand||Redemption (2008)||This was a No Disqualification match.|||
|15||Dal Knox||2||4 October 2008||336||Lynfield, New Zealand||Rival Turf (2008)|||
|16||Joseph Kinkade||1||5 September 2009||98||Lynfield, New Zealand||Fallout (2009)|||
|17||Vinny Dunn||1||12 December 2009||168||Westlake, New Zealand||Nightmare Before Xmas 7 (2009)||This was a Fans Bring the Weapons match.|||
|18||Reuben de Jong||1||29 May 2010||85||Westlake, New Zealand||Genesis (2010)||This was an open challenge match put out to any professional wrestler in New Zealand by Vinny Dunn.|||
|19||Vinny Dunn||2||22 August 2010||0||Westlake, New Zealand||Rival Turf (2010)|||
|20||Dal Knox||3||22 August 2010||111||Westlake, New Zealand||Rival Turf (2010)|||
|21||Vinny Dunn||3||11 December 2010||91||Westlake, New Zealand||Nightmare B4 Xmas (2010)|||
|22||Dal Knox||4||12 March 2011||313||Westlake, New Zealand||Genesis (2011)|||
|23||"The Samoan Silverback" Alexander||1||19 January 2012||921||Westlake, New Zealand||Mana Mamau 19 January 2012|||
|24||Kingi||4||3 May 2012||815+||Westlake, New Zealand||Mana Mamau 3 May 2012|||
List of combined reigns
|<1||Indicates that the reign lasted less than one day.|
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Rank[N 1]||Wrestler||# of reigns||Combined days|
|3||Jon E. King||4||587+|
- Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the same number mean that they are tied for that certain rank.
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- Edwards, Darcy (Interviewer) (2 February 2006). Ngati Hine FM interviews Jon E. King (Radio interview). Whangarei: Ngati Hine FM.
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- "IPW New Zealand Stars on TVNZ's IAM TV". 10 October 2008. Television New Zealand. TV2.
- Hutchings, Mark (4 April 2009). "Shooting this weekend at Armageddon". KiwiWrestling.com. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Sonia Wilson (Interview) (20 July 2009). "20/20: The Wrestler". 20/20. 13:12 minutes in. Television New Zealand. http://tvnz.co.nz/20-20-news/20-wrestler-2853611/video.
- "Impact Pro Wrestling". Hyundai Code. 6 August 2009. Maori Television.
- "Lyte Playa captures IPW Championship at Genesis". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- McCraken, Dion (16 August 2004). "Lyte Playa cheated out of IPW Championship by WCWA, XS at Rival Turf". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Machine regains IPW Championship at Nightmare 2!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 19 December 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- McCracken, Dion (20 April 2005). "IPW Championship vacated, new Champ to be crowned at Collision!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "The Economist becomes new champion at IPW Collision!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- ""Heartless" Alfred Valentine Crowned New Champ At IPW Unleashed!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Wall, Danya (26 March 2006). "IPW: King's Championship reign begins!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Valentine Reclaims IPW Championship at Collision!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 16 April 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "King regains IPW Championship in Breakdown Ladder Match!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Davey Deluxeo Wins IPW Title At Unbreakable!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 27 August 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "King Takes Out Fatal 4-Way At IPW Extreme Measures!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Wall, Dayna (15 December 2007). "Dal Knox new IPW Champion at NBX5!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Wall, Dayna (29 June 2008). "Jordan Invincible becomes the new IPW heavyweight champion!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
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- Wall, Dayna (5 October 2008). "IPW Rival Turf: Team NZ victorious; Knox new champ!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Ogilvie, Steve (2008). "New Zealand Results". New Zealand Independent Results. OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Wall, Dayna (6 September 2009). "Joseph Kinkade NEW IPW Champion!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Wall, Dayna (13 December 2009). "NBX7: The One new IPW Champion!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Farmer, Luke (30 May 2010). "New IPW Champion crowned!". Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Farmer, Luke (24 August 2010). "Rival Turf: Dunn gets screwed!". 2010 Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- IPW (13 March 2011). "Geneisis:Knox makes the last stand". IPW. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- IPW (20 January 2012). "Brand new IPW NZ Heavyweight Champion crowned!". IPW. Retrieved 22 March 2012.