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Kiwi Pro Wrestling
AcronymKPW
FoundedMay 2006
Defunct2014
HeadquartersWellington, New Zealand
Founder(s)Rip Morgan
Website[1]

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.

History[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 try out.[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 | edit source]

File:Off the Ropes.bmp
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 1.30 pm.

Championships[edit | edit source]

Heavyweight Title history[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]


Others articles of the Topic Professional wrestling : NWA Anarchy Television Championship, Danielle Rivera, Jessie Elaban, “Mr Juicy” Gino Gambino, WWE The Shield's Final Chapter, Slade Mercer, Evan Siks
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References[edit | edit source]

  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. "THE WWE NZ TRYOUT DEBACLE 4 June 2008". NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  4. www.yare.co.nz. "Kiwi Pro Wrestling". KiwiProWrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  5. www.yare.co.nz. "CEO Rip Morgan announces WWE Try Outs selection - Kiwi Pro Wrestling". KiwiProWrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

External links[edit | edit source]


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