Consumers of Professional Wrestling! Welcome to the written companion to the very first episode of Receipt Radio, which is titled NSW Newswire 1. The goal of this episode and those titled NSW Newswire going forward is to promote news, events or anything else newsworthy from each of the promotions in the NSW professional wrestling scene. I wanted to create a place that was as comprehensive as possible for all the goings on in NSW professional wrestling, so my mission will be to make NSW Newswire that place.
The written portion of my wrestling coverage is the Potato portion of the Potato and Receipt equation and the Receipt will be the Podcast section, hence the name Receipt Radio. I did however want to create a written companion to go along with episodes, as I want to provide a lot of information to you, so it is best to provide a written reference point to return to where I can also provide links to websites, ticket information or anything else I reference. So as I did in the Podcast, I will go promotion by promotion, and cover what is going on in each promotion, along with links to further information.
World Series Wrestling
World Series Wrestling or WSW have announced their Defend and Destroy tour for March 2019, which will actually see two dates in Sydney for this particular tour with Sunday March 10 at Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Monday March 11 at Penrith Panthers Evans Theatre. There is a plethora of international talent announced for this tour including Flip Gordon, Brian Cage, Brody King, Marty Scurll, Austin Aries, Scorpio Sky, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Jordynne Grace. These talents are al doing incredible things at the moment, but the one talent that this analyst is most looking forward to seeing is the reigning and defending World Series Wrestling Champion, the hottest export in Australian wrestling right now, Bullet Club OG member and “The Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles. There is plenty of exciting NSW based talent and I am hoping that as there will be two shows in Sydney, hopefully the WSW audience will be exposed to more of the amazing talent who actually work in the great state of New South Wales! There is some potential for some very special matches if the likes of Jack J Bonza, Mick Moretti, Shazza McKenzie or even Madison Eagles and Matty Wahlberg are included. I did have my concerns on behalf of WSW having two Sydney shows as it might split their audience, however those have been easily quashed as the tickets for all the World Series Wrestling shows are selling like Ice Cream on a hot day. 50% of tickets for the Hurstville show had been sold as of Boxing Day, whilst only Bronze remained for the Penrith Panthers show. So the message here is, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, get them now at www.worldserieswrestling.com . If you leave it any longer, you may be left disappointed so get onto it!
Suplex Pro Wrestling
Suplex is one of NSW’s newest promotions and they have an event Saturday January 5 at East Cessnock Bowling Club, when they present Chapter Six in their promotion’s story titled “Validation”. Tickets for this event are available via Moshtix
The announced matches include:
Jake Gibson (c) vs Alex Irvine for the Suplex Junior Heavyweight Championship
Jackson Spade vs Logan Keane
Suplex Pro Heavyweight Champion Jack Pain vs ?
Bee Boy (c) and Bobby Bishop (c) vs Jason Dewhurst and Nikki Van Blair for the Suplex Tag Team Championships
Roswell vs The Sapa Inca
Lee Morrow vs Silvio Milano
Tommy Jewel vs Nate Carlo vs Johnny Vercetti vs The Brawler
Tarlee vs Jake Wilder vs Jayden Jacobs
It is a collection of young talent from around the NSW professional wrestling scene, with wrestlers who have appeared previous at AWF, Wrestling Go, Newcastle Pro Wrestling, Future Wrestling Australia, Hunter Valley Wrestling and more appearing on Suplex wrestling cards. Suplex is a promotion on the rise and is doing good things in the Hunter Region so get out and support what they are doing for NSW professional wrestling.
Hunter Valley Wrestling
Hunter Valley Wrestling are putting on a huge show Saturday 19th January at Club Maitland City titled “Ready 2 Rumble”, headlined by a massive Hunter Valley Wrestling championship match between Alex Titan and popular wrestling superstar, the Jaystick himself JXT. Other announcements include Izzy vs Jasmin for the Hunter Valley Wrestling Women’s championship along with a 30 person rumble (That can include anyone!) with Keegan Brettle, The Misfit, Djaysonic, Mr Mortis and Jengis Kong all announced to take part in a match that is popular with so many, a good ol’ fashioned rumble! Tickets for this show are available via Moshtix
Hunter Valley Wrestling also made the massive announcement that the first EPW Grand Slam Champion and the reigning EPW Champion Gavin McGavin will be appearing at Hunter Valley Wrestling on Saturday March 23rd as a part of his Gavin vs Australia tour. Tickets for this event will be available at a later date, but what a coup for Hunter Valley Wrestling to have Gavin McGavin grace HVW with his presence. It will be a hug opportunity for someone to face him and I can’t wait to see who the brass at Hunter Valley Wrestling match him up with.
Newcastle Pro Wrestling
Newcastle Pro Wrestling or affectionately known as ‘Newy Pro’ have three events on three consecutive Saturdays in January, providing plenty of entertainment for the whole family, with superstars from the hugely hyped PWA shows also appearing on Newcastle Pro Wrestling, so you know you will certainly get bang for your buck. First of the three events is on January 5 at Central Coast Leagues which features bouts such as Four Nations vs Juan Direction, Michael Spencer vs Jude ‘The Dude’ London, Concrete Davidson vs Newy Pro Middleweight champion Matty Wahlberg and Tyler Payne taking on Newy Pro’s heavyweight Champion Jackson Kelly. January 12’s event is at Club Maitland City and is titled Four Nations vs BABES, so it is safe to say we can see some incarnations of those teams battling it out for supremacy. Jack J Bonza, Adam Hoffman, Matty Wahlberg, Headhunter Rig and Dazza are all scheduled to appear at this event. Finally on January 19th at the Charlestown Bowling Club, Newy Pro 75 arrives with a huge steel cage main event between the former Newcastle Pro Wrestling Heavyweight champion ‘Full Force’ Mat Rogers, going one on one with his nemesis, the current Manly Pro Wrestling sorry Newcastle Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, the ‘Beach Bum Booter’ Jackson Kelly. Three big shows with tickets for all of them available via Newcastle Pro Wrestling’s website. I recommend purchasing tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment at the door. Whilst I am on the subject of Newy Pro, I encourage you to head over to PWAPLAY.com and check out the Newcastle Pro Wrestling Anniversary and Halloween show which is up as part of the subscription to their service, or available as a rental. It is a great event from one of NSW’s premier promotions and features great contests such as Jack J Bonza vs Big Fudge (which brought the Same Same story to a head) and Mick Moretti vs Ricky South in a brutal match with an ‘I Quit’ stipulation.
All Star Wrestling Australia
All Star Wrestling have announced their first show for 2019 with a return to the Koonawarra community centre on January 12th 2019. The card for the event is shaping up as follows:
Kingston Eclipse (c) v El Jaguar - All-Star Wrestling Heavyweight Championship match
Dean Draven Vs Hudson Hulk - To determine the next number one contender
Johnny Starr Vs Tony Cruise
Alex Irvine Vs Vinnie Bronson
Daniel Alexander and 'The Birdman' Phil Picasso Vs Lee 'The Man' Morrow and Jace Chalmers
Dan Archer Vs Keegan Brettle W/ Jasmin - Keegan Brettle making his debut for the promotion
Tickets for this event are available at All Star Wresting Australia’s website. Great to see wrestling available for fans of the art down in the Illawarra, so get out and support it! All Star Wrestling have also announced an event on February 23rd titled ‘Steel City Showdown’ at Illawarra Leagues Club. At the event, they will be joining forces with Queensland’s Ringside Addiction promotion to put on a match for the Ringside Addiction title which will feature Singapore Export Alex Cuevas taking on one of the local All Star Wrestling Australia competitors. Once again hit the link above to get more information about tickets.
Blue Mountains Pro Wrestling
After a multiple year absence, Blue Mountains Pro Wrestling has announced it will be returning in 2019 featuring shows in Oberon on February 9, then a double header at Ironfest in Lithgow on April 27 and 28. I am sure more details will be announced soon but it is superb to see more professional wrestling available in regional areas and I look forward to providing more information to you pending availability. I also recommend giving them a like on Facebook, so you can get all the information first hand.
International Wrestling Australia (IWA)
Speaking of wrestling in regional areas, one of the biggest supporters of this is the longest running promotion in NSW professional wrestling and that is IWA. They are certainly not taking a long summer holiday with several events to kick off 2019 with some in areas not privy to regular professional wrestling shows. Their Summer Meltdown tour, is hitting South West Rocks Country Club on January 9, Port Panthers on January 10, Club Forster on January 11, Satwell RSL on January 12 and the Lithgow Workies club on January 18th, which is fantastic. This is followed up with Sydney based events at St John’s Bowling Club on Saturday January 19, Hornsby RSL on Friday February 8, Dee Why RSL on Saturday February 9 and they are bringing wrestling back to the Sutherland Shire with an event at Engadine Tavern on Saturday 23rd February showing that even though they are over 20 years old, they have no plans to slow down! Links to tickets for each of their dates can be found at the IWA website. IWA also announced exciting news that they have an official on demand platform at IWAREWIND.com. IWA Fighting Spirit 1, 2 and 3 are the first three events available on the service and with a vault of 20 years worth of events, it is exciting to think what might end up on the service.
Australasian Wrestling Federation (AWF)
AWF have announced their initial schedule for the first half of 2019, their 20th Anniversary year. This features their first event of the year on Australia Day at Mothership Studios in Marrickville and events at Penrith PCYC on February 9, Blacktown Bowman Hall on March 1, Parramatta RSL on April 20 and the AWF 20th Anniversay event on Friday July 12. Tickets for these events are available on AWF’s website. AWF will be looking to have big year to celebrate a huge milestone for the promotion. TNT will be out and about, passionate as ever with his team, so if you are an AWF fan, get out to the shows and support them and help celebrate this big achievement. AWF also announced their 2018 awards with the winners as follows:
Most Improved - Goran Nikolov
Future Prospect - Cedric Brave
Fan Favourite - TNT
Rule Breaker - Liam Rudge
Match of the Year - TNT vs The Misfit - 4th August 2018, Penrith PCYC
Tag Team of the Year - DNA - Djaysonic and Albie
Wrestler of the Year - The Misfit
Congratulations to them all.
Still with AWF, Kieran ‘The Duke’ Burns had his last event as ring announcer for AWF Wrestling after almost twenty years in the role. It is an incredible tenure, so congratulations and a thank you are in order for your service to professional wrestling in both Australia and Overseas. Good luck and best wishes for whatever you do next.
Australian Wrestling Entertainment (AWE)
AWE announced their winner for the fan voted match of the year with Mr Exclusive and Vinnie Vain given the nod for their career vs career match from June 2018 Contender’s Cup event. AWE also announced that Vinnie Vain was in negotiations to receive a championship opportunity in 2019 with a rivalry with AWE Champion Psykotic the driving force. AWE described the potential match as being a year in the making.
Vulcan Championship Wrestling (VCW)
VCW unveiled their new VCW Australian championship which has a great look and can be found on their facebook page via a photoshoot featuring VCW wrestlers and former gladiator Vulcan himself. They will crown their first ever VCW Australian Champion at their event on February 9th at the Mytilenian House in Canterbury with tickets available soon with information available at Vulcan Championship Wrestling’s website of Facebook Page
VCW also had a bit of fun with their christmas post to fans, advertising a fake christmas album as the perfect gift. The aptly titled ‘Season’s Beatings’ featured classic Christmas song titles modified to include the wrestlers and wrestling related terms. Examples of the songs in the track listing included “Vulcan is coming to town”, “Suplex Baby” and “Rockin’ Around the Greek Express”. I thought it was quite a fun and creative post for the holidays so well done to VCW on that one.
Future Wrestling Australia
Future Wrestling Australia have announced their first show of 2019 with the perfectly titled: ‘Rise of the Future’ Future Wrestling Australia continue their knack of bringing out International talent with IMPACT Star Eli Drake vs Tuff Stuff Ricky South. The man who had one of the best 2018s in this analyst’s opinion FWA Champion Matty Wahlberg is challenged by up and coming sensation Sam Osborne. FWA Women’s champion Savannah Summers will have her work cut out for her, wrestling Tarlee, Xena and Kingsley who will all be trying to take the strap. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite the show also features Big Fudge, Jude London, 5 Star Flash, Jasmin and Debauchery….Oh and Australian wrestling star JXT! The show is stacked with talent, so get out and support FWA with tickets available via Moshtix. Future Wrestling Australia have a great roster of young talent who they always compliment well with experienced Australian talent and even regarded international talent as well. Definitely worth checking out a show if you haven’t already.
Wrestling GO Swansong occurs on Friday 18/1/19 at the spiritual home of the promotion, the Marayong community centre with doors opening at 6:30 pm for a 7:00pm start. Show poster features Jessica Troy, Massive Q, Azalea and Diego Retamales in what will be his final match for the promotion. Announced matches include Big Fudge taking on Matty Wahlberg and the EPW champion Gavin McGavin taking on ‘Tuff Stuff’ Ricky South in what will be a hell of an interstate challenge! Then on Saturday March 2nd 2019, Wrestling GO presents “You Go Girls!” again from the Marayong Community Centre. It will be Wrestling GO’s first show entirely devoted to Women’s professional wrestling. It will feature former five time Women’s champion and WWE superstar Melina, 2011’s PWI #1 Women’s Wrestler of the Year, the Master of Wrestling Madison Eagles, Jessica Troy, Shazza McKenzie, Azalea, Facebrooke as well as Candy Lee, who I am excited to see on our shores. Candy has a wonderful story, so I implore you to check that story out via Bronco Busters, the fantastic short doc Candy’s Crush or episode one of Glen Joseph’s podcast ‘Life Unplugged’. As of Thursday 27/12, both events front rows had almost sold out! Tickets are available via Eventbrite here and here. Wrestling GO’s fan voted awards for 2018 were as follows:
International Guest - Dalton Castle
Event of the Year - Halloween Episode
Tag Team of the Year - The Plastics aka Jason Dewhurst and Nikki Van Blair
Rising Star - Alex Irvine
Staff Member - Referee Nick and Tracey
Rivalry of the Year - Matty Wahlberg vs Ricky South
Match of the Year - Ricky South vs Matty Wahlberg vs Dalton Castle - 2nd Birthday extravaganza Night One
Male Wrestler of the Year - Matty Wahlberg
Female Wrestler of the Year - Shazza McKenzie
Congratulations to all those wrestlers for a great 2018. Speaking of Matty Wahlberg and Ricky South, they along with Wrestling GO gave us the best Christmas Present we got this year when they posted the fantastic thirty minute Ironman match for the Wrestling GO silver medal for FREE on Youtube. Sit back and enjoy two of the best and brightest go toe to toe in a classic match.
Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA)
PWA’s next event sees a slight break in the colosseum tournament programming when PWA Black Label presents Diego’s last show featuring Jimmy Havoc and as the name suggests it is Diego’s last show, who has done a remarkable job as the MC, the hype man, the ring announcer for PWA and will be sorely missed. The event will also feature hardcore legend Jimmy Havoc, who will face off against Matty Wahlberg in a no DQ match, Madison Eagles will face off against Michael Spencer in a No Rope Breaks Match, Jonah Rock returns to PWA and the PWA Tag Team titles will be defended when number one contenders Juan Direction battle the two colosseum finalists, the PWA tag team champions and four nations stable mates Jack J Bonza and Mick Moretti. Front row is sold out but good spots are still available including PWA’s recommended including PWA’s recommended viewing location, the mezzanine. Tickets are available on Max Watts website. This is before the grand conclusion to the Colosseum tournament ‘The Fight for Back Metal’ previously announced for February 9 which will see tag team partners Jack J Bonza and Mick Moretti fight for all the marbles and and awesome looking sword! Tickets for that one are not on sale yet.
So there you have it , there is a lot of wrestling in NSW to kick off 2019 in what should be another wonderful year of professional wrestling. I am going to endeavour to podcast and write about the NSW scene as much as possible and I would like to interview anyone related to wrestling in NSW in both written interviews abd podcasts and maybe even video in the future. This can be bloggers, podcasters, journos, writers, wrestlers, managers, ring announcers, staff, referees, promoters, photographers or anyone else involved . If you would like to collaborate, hit my up on my socials and lets work together!