Kiwi Pro Wrestling

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Kiwi Pro Wrestling
Acronym KPW
Founded May 2006
Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand
Founder(s) Rip Morgan
Website [1]

Kiwi Pro Wrestling (KPW) is a professional wrestling promotion based in Wellington, New Zealand.

History[edit]

Started in May 2006 by veteran New Zealand wrestler Rip Morgan, Kiwi Pro Wrestling was formed to enable New Zealand wrestling to reach a professional level and groom local wrestlers to compete internationally. The CEO is Rip Morgan and the commissioner is Butch Miller, both of whom have experience in wrestling.

KPW's first show, Storm Warning, was held on 23 June 2006.

Media appearance[edit]

Two of KPW's wrestlers, Jonnie Juice and Creed, wrestled briefly on Sunday morning children's television show What Now.[1]

KPW were on TV ONE's Good Morning show on 6 July 2006, promoting their 7 July Ring Rampage show at the Taita Community Centre.[2] There were interviews with CEO Rip Morgan and Butch Miller, as well as a tag team match featuring D-Money, Jonnie Juice, Creed and H-Flame.

On 31 August 2009, KPW announced that they would air a new half-hour TV show named Off the Ropes to be screened on Prime Television. The first episode screened on 15 November 2009.

WWE Trials[edit]

There was controversy following KPW's, (more specifically, Rip Morgan's) announcement on 3 June 2008, of the wrestlers that would take part in the 2008 New Zealand WWE trials in Auckland.[3]

KPW issued a press release to say that all wrestlers from New Zealand promotions (NZWPW, KPW, IPW) and Australia were invited to apply to tryout.[4]

Those named to audition for WWE were (promotion in brackets):[5]

  • The Ram (KPW)
  • Hollie (KPW)
  • Powerhouse Jade Diamond (KPW)
  • H-Flame (KPW Champion)
  • X-Rated (KPW)
  • Tank (NAW, Australia)
  • Terry The Golden Greek (KPW)
  • Jason Steele (WWP, South Africa)
  • Max (the Axe) Damage (KPW)

No wrestlers from New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling or Impact Pro Wrestling were invited to audition. This caused many fans and insiders in New Zealand Professional Wrestling to condemn the actions of KPW.

Television[edit]

The Off the Ropes logo

On 31 August 2009, KPW announced that they would air a new half-hour TV show named Off the Ropes to be screened weekly on Prime. The show debuted on Sunday 15 November. It is now aired every Sunday at 1.30pm.

Championships[edit]

Heavyweight Title History[edit]

Wrestler Defeated Date Place Event Notes
H-Flame Jonnie Juice 21 July 2006 Taita, Lower Hutt Eruption Tournament final for the vacant championship
Inferno H-Flame 13 December 2009 Wellington, NZ Off The Ropes Episode broadcast 13 December 2009
Max Damage Inferno 31 January 2010 Wellington, NZ Off The Ropes Episode broadcast 31 January 2010
The Technician Max Damage 16 July 2010 Wellington, NZ Make or Break
Whetu The Technician 26 October 2012 Wellington, NZ Halloween Howl 6
Shane Sinclair Graham Hughes 2 November 2013 Wellington, NZ Halloween Howl 7 Championship match for the vacant title

Women's Title History[edit]

Wrestler Defeated Date Place Event Notes
Nurse Payne n/a 25 May 2012 Wellington, NZ Mayhem Battle royal for the vacant championship
Scarlett Nurse Payne 2 November 2013 Wellington, NZ Halloween Howl 7
Frankie Quinn Scarlett 15 November 2014 Levin, NZ PowerPlay XI

Tag Team Title History[edit]

Team Defeated Date Place Event Notes
The Renegades (The Technician and Kade Morgan) Jade Diamond and Whetu 8 May 2009 Wellington, NZ Rise of the Champions Tournament final for the vacant championship
H-Flame and Lazarus Volt The Renegades (The Technician and Kade Morgan) 22 July 2011 Wellington, NZ True Mana
Rodeo Drive (Charlie Roberts and Steve Jordan) H-Flame and Lazarus Volt 26 January 2013 Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ Bays Wrestlefest II
The Tauranga Connection / Rock 'n' Rage (Bull Addams and Stix) Rodeo Drive (Charlie Roberts and Steve Jordan) 2 November 2013 Wellington, NZ Halloween Howl 7
Rodeo Drive (Charlie Roberts and Bryant) The Tauranga Connection / Rock 'n' Rage (Bull Addams and Stix) 4 July 2015 Auckland, NZ 'Maniacs United' show

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer: KPW promote "Storm Warning" on What Now. 28 May 2006
  2. ^ New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer: KPW To Feature on Good Morning this Thursday. 4 July 2006
  3. ^ http://www.nzpwi.co.nz/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4230&Itemid=71 THE WWE NZ TRYOUT DEBACLE 4 Jun 2008
  4. ^ http://kiwiprowrestling.co.nz/News-Item.487.0.html?&tx_ttnews[cat]=3&tx_ttnews[pS]=1209556800&tx_ttnews[pL]=2678399&tx_ttnews[arc]=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=153&tx_ttnews[backPid]=545&cHash=6e5046f3ca Kiwi Pro Wrestling's Media Release 28.05.08
  5. ^ http://kiwiprowrestling.co.nz/News-Item.487.0.html?&tx_ttnews[pS]=1212454424&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=157&tx_ttnews[backPid]=488&cHash=5ce4b7176c CEO Rip Morgan announces WWE Try Outs selection 03.06.08

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