Entertainment · 9 Feb 2021

Southern Wrestlers Make World Stage

Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson

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Southern Pro Wrestling NZ has taken to the World stage more than ever before, being one of the only places to still have a full live crowd.

With two packed out events over Waitangi Weekend in Invercargill, fans travelled from all over New Zealand to witness the ‘Fight For Gold’ – which was won by local SPW star Hayden Jackson (20) aka ‘Cool Guy Sky.’

Co-organiser Troy Crosbie said New Zealand was the only place to run uninterrupted coverage and a full live crowd for wrestling, with the rest of the world tuning in via SPW on Demand.

“We have the world watching us right now as we are a niche market and so there is a lot of attention on New Zealand at the moment.    We also have stars returning from overseas and competing back on the scene.”

International wrestling superstar Toa Henare, who is locally trained, wrestled in the Tokyo Dome in front of 70,000 people before Covid-19.

Troy said having a live crowd really made the show because of the energy that people brought with them, rather than the wrestlers seeing a “virtual wall of faces,” that made it quite a weird dynamic.

The next SPW New Zealand show will be in Queenstown over Easter in April, with a further three shows in Invercargill during the year.

The matches take place at both the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club or the Waikiwi Rugby Clubrooms.