New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling
|Formerly||Wellington Pro Wrestling|
NZWPW started in October 2003 by martial arts trainer, Martin Stirling. Wrestlers trained by Stirling first performed at the Armageddon Convention on 20 September 2003, as part of an Impact Pro Wrestling show, and the promotion was launched under the name Wellington Pro Wrestling (WPW). Their first show was held on 14 November 2003 in Petone. WPW then got re-branded to New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling in January 2005, This was partly because the domain name for WPW was already used and to reflect the growing interest in touring New Zealand (Christchurch, Masterton, Levin, Gisborne, Hastings and Auckland) as well as the Wellington area.
NZWPW has performed shows in Christchurch, Palmerston North, Porirua, Otaki, Levin, Paraparaumu and many others major centres up and down the country making it the most widely touring New Zealand promotion and the only one to perform regularly in both New Zealand's North Island and South Island. Wrestlers from NZWPW have also wrestled for Australian promotion Impact Pro Wrestling Australia (formerly Major Impact Wrestling). Female wrestler Misty also competed in the all women's Australian promotion PWWA.
In May 2006 a number of NZWPW wrestlers, led by former NZWPW booker The Punisher and WCW/ NWA star Rip Morgan, left to set up a rival promotion called Kiwi Pro Wrestling. Since then NZWPW has had an on-again-off-again working relationship with Auckland-based promotion Impact Pro Wrestling. In 2008 NZWPW featured on the television show 'Good Morning' which is a nationally seen show on TV One to promote Powerplay V with all profits being donated to the Te Omanga Hospice. It continued on its charity work in 2009 when it ran a show to raise funds for the Movember foundation. NZWPW also co-promoted a show with the Australasian Wrestling Federation featuring Raven. In 2009 Chris Masters featured at Powerplay VI, making numerous television appearances to promote the event including 'Good Morning' and '20/20'.
Thanks to Martin Stirling's martial arts background, NZWPW has made much of its links with New Zealand's martial arts scene. Many of their early shows featured demonstrations of fighting styles such as karate and kickboxing. Shows have also been co-promoted with major Sumo events such as the 2005 Oceania Sumo Championships and the 2006 New Zealand Open Sumo Championships.
This was backed up in 2010 when numerous NZWPW wrestlers took part in the Oceania Sumo Championships (this time held in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand). With Tykade once again taking out the open and heavyweight divisions, Rufguts and Ben Mana were also in the medals in the heavyweight and open divisions.
Travis Banks, Tykade and Rufguts went on to compete at the World Combat Games in China in August 2010.
New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling Invasion previously aired on Triangle TV & Stratos. The show debuted on 21 August 2008 at 11pm. Invasion includes touring of NZWPW and was officially kicked off on 16 August in Wainuiomata and occasionally, Upper Hutt. The show ended prior to the New Year of 2009.
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Date won||Event||Previous Champion||Reference|
|NZWPW Heavyweight Championship||Axl||10 November 2017||Powerplay 2017||Charlie Roberts|
|NZWPW Tag Team Championship||Vacant||29 November 2017||Jade Priest & James Shaw|
|He Toa Cup||Kartik||10 November 2017||Powerplay 2017||Axl|
- Cam Owens the Third
- Chad Howard
- Daniel Martins
- Hayden Thiele
- Jade Priest
- Jay Marshall
- Mr. Silver
- Paul Sayers
- 'Rufguts' Roddy Gunn
- Sam Black
- Shane Sinclair
- "Dreamcatcher" Phil Woodgate (C.W.O)
- Martin Stirling (Chairman)
- Damian Skyfire (Referee)
|Tagline(s)||A Battle For The Heart And Soul Of NZWPW|
|Date||November 15, 2014|
|Venue||Levin Memorial Hall|
|City||Levin, New Zealand|
|1||The Wainui Express (c) defeated Rodeo Drive||Tag team match for the NZWPW Tag Team Championship|
|2||"The Standard Hero" Graham Hughes defeated Kade Morgan 3G||Singles match|
|3||Franke Quinn defeated Scarlett (c)||Singles match for the KPW Women's Championship|
|4||Charlie Roberts defeated Shane Sinclair||Singles match. Hughes Academy Champion vs. KPW Champion|
|5||Misty (c) defeated Krystal Kayne||Singles match for the Hughes Academy Women's Championship|
|6||Team Warriors (Ben Mana, Paul Sayers, Hayden Thiele, Jade Priest & Mr. Silver defeated Team Nobodies Drive (Bryant, Chad Howard, Axl, XXX-Rated & "Dreamcatcher" Phil Woodgate)||5 on 5 Elimination Tag Team match|
5 on 5 Elimination Tag Team mtch
|6||"Dreamcatcher" Phil Woodgate||Submission|
|Date||November 10, 2017|
|Venue||Epuni Community Hall|
|City||Epuni, New Zealand|
|1||Cam Owens the Third defeated Sam Black||Singles match|
|2||Shane Sinclair defeated "Rufguts" Roddy Gunn via Disqualification||Stirling Rules match|
|3||Wayne la Perfeccion defeated Paul Sayers||Singles match|
|4||Katrik defeated Bryant, Misty, Umlaut, Jay Marshal, Axl (c), Robbo "The Aussie Dreamboat" Smith, and "The Standard Hero" Graham Hughes||Battle Royale for the He Toa Cup|
|5||The Beast Jade Priest defeated Dan "Thunderbird" Martins||Singles match|
|6||Charlie Roberts defeated Chad Howard (c)||Singles match for the NZWPW Heavyweight Championship|
|7||Axl defeated Charlie Roberts (c)||Singles match for the NZWPW Heavyweight Championship|
- New Zealand Wrestling Archive: NZWPW Stars in MIW. 13 March 2006
- New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer: Report from first WPW show. 18 November 2003
- New Zealand Wrestling Archive: NZWPW - "Powerplay II" Preview. 17 March 2005
- Sumo and Professional Wrestling Collide. April 2006
- New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer: NZWPW Sumo Success. 29 August 2006
- "Invasion Times". NZWPW (ARCHIVED). Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "NZWPW Invasion on Triangle (ARCHIVED)". NZWPW. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Local Programmes". Triangle Television (ARCHIVED). Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2016.