New Zealand news:
Catching up with IPW NZ Women’s champion “Evie”
Evie is currently in Japan on a 3 month all expenses paid contract thanks to Zero1 Australia. The ex-track and field star has attained and utilized her many skills and attributes over the past 7 years which has made her a force to be reckoned with on the New Zealand wrestling scene. It’s those same skills and attributes that have Evie laying it down with the best with the ladies of World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana.
After her tenure in Japan Evie will be heading state side where she will be taking part in SHIMMER 62 which is a part of the WWNLive Experience during WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans!
SHIMMER 62 will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at the McAlister Auditorium on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Evie will also be a part of their DVD tapings in Chicago. Evie will then move onto SHINE in Florida.
Check out Evie in action here against Carmen Rose:
Catching up with NZWPW heavyweight champion “MANA”
Ko Moumoukai te maunga
Ko Waitirohia te awa
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Tane-nui-a-Rangi te marae
No reira, nau mai haere mai
I am Ben Mana, a Maori pro wrestler who is currently the NZ Heavyweight Champion for New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling - NZWPW, a pro wrestling club based in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
NZWPW has been in existence since 2004 and have been venturing all over the Wellington region and the country to showcase explosive pro wrestling action. Our home base is located at He Toa Sports Gym, located in Petone, Lower Hutt, and our wrestling talent has been under the guidance and tutelage of Martin Stirling, who is highly regarded and respected in the community for offering training in various combat arts such as Sumo, Karate, Kickboxing and of course pro wrestling. Some of New Zealand's top pro wrestling talent such as Dal Knox and Travis Banks have started their careers with NZWPW and have gone on to have amazing careers within the squared circle.
How I decided to join came about when I went as a fan to my first NZWPW show to watch one of my best friends Adam Avalanche become NZWPW Heavyweight Champion for the first time in June 2006. With my excitement after watching an entertaining show and my secret desire to one day step in the ring myself I decided to join.
After finishing playing rugby in 2007, I made my in ring debut on Friday 14th March 2008 against Dreamcatcher. On that night my debut match was a victorious one after unleashing the Mana Slam, an underhook front faced powerbomb. From there the hunger for in-ring competition continuously grew as we travelled up and down the country, taking on fierce competition and rubbing shoulders with top talent such as Raven, Chris Masters and Bushwhacker Luke.
Throughout my career I have experienced moments of glory, winning the NZWPW Tag Team titles twice and becoming the first ever He Toa Cup Champion. I have also experienced lows, sadly one of those major moments was the night I ruptured my kneecap and tore my quad muscle moments before winning my first NZWPW Heavyweight title in June 2012. This injury resulted in two surgeries, a year away from the ring and being forced to relinquish the title I fought so hard to obtain.
I had heard from many people, friends and family, that an injury of this severity should result in the end of my career and that I should hang up the boots. I took this as a challenge to prove those theories wrong, to not only make it back in the ring, but once again become NZWPW Heavyweight Champion. And after a year of intense rehab I returned to win a 24 man royal rumble match to main event NZWPW's 10th Anniversary show - Power Play X and went on to win a Last Man Standing Lumberjack Match to become a 2-time champion.
Since then I have proudly defended the title 6 times and going for my 7th defence against long time rival Axl at the home of NZWPW, He Toa Sports Gym on Friday 28th February 2014.
My future aspirations going forward is to make the world known of the Modern Maori Warrior and prove to the world that New Zealand consists of some amazing talent that have what it takes to take the world by storm.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________Australia events coming up:
Wrestle rampage: Revolution Night 1 & 2 - Friday March 28th & Saturday March 29th 2014 at the STAR THEATRE.
In their own words – Wrestle rampage Produce some of the most spectacular live events in Australia, wrestle rampage based out of Adelaide in Australia, is considered to be the industry leader of pro wrestling in Australia. Wrestle rampage has a working relationship with the ZERO1 Japan promotion which has seen many of its talent travel to places such as Japan, Nepal, New Zealand and the USA to wrestle the very best.
AWF Windsor WrestleFest Live Event - Saturday 22 February - 7.30 pm
In their own words – AWF returns to Windsor for its first event at the Windsor Wrestling Arena for 2014. See the fallout from AWF Fight Club at Parramatta RSL and Decembers Year End Extravaganza events as some of the best wrestlers from around Australia converge on Windsor as they attempt to re-establish themselves and make their marks in 2014. Jay Law will defend the Australasian Championship, Blakestone will defend the Commonwealth Championship, plus TNT, Apollo, Draven, Massive Q and other top AWF wrestlers will be in attendance.