Kiwi Pro Wrestling
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|Headquarters||Wellington, New Zealand|
Kiwi Pro Wrestling (KPW) is a former professional wrestling promotion based in Wellington, New Zealand. KPW held its final show in 2013. Its championships were still defended in other promotions including NZWPW from 2014 - 2015.
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.
Two of KPW's wrestlers, Jonnie Juice and Creed, wrestled briefly on Sunday morning children's television show What Now.
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. 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.
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.
KPW issued a press release to say that all wrestlers from New Zealand promotions (NZWPW, KPW, IPW) and Australia were invited to apply to try out.
Those named to audition for WWE were (promotion in brackets):
- 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.
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 1.30 pm.
Heavyweight Title history
|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
|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
|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|
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- Off The Ropes
- New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer: KPW promote "Storm Warning" on What Now. 28 May 2006
- New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer: KPW To Feature on Good Morning this Thursday. 4 July 2006
- "THE WWE NZ TRYOUT DEBACLE 4 June 2008". NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- www.yare.co.nz. "Kiwi Pro Wrestling". KiwiProWrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- www.yare.co.nz. "CEO Rip Morgan announces WWE Try Outs selection - Kiwi Pro Wrestling". KiwiProWrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- Official website
- Kiwi Pro Wrestling on Facebook
- KPW Events and Reviews
- Off the Ropes TV series official website
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