The Spud

The Spud 2 - Matty's Got Next. Why you should get used to seeing more of Matty Wahlberg

You’re at a local Australian wrestling show. Just a few bars after Leikeli47’s “Money” hits a tall, lean figure appears. A guy a parent would hate to see their child bring through the door of the family home. Peroxide blonde hair, a red solo cup, a throwback jersey, a cocky smile, swagger and tights that pay homage to the NBA and no I’m not talking about the National Basketball Association. I’m talking about the Natural Born Athlete, the 21st Century success story, the most handsome in Australian professional wrestling, the fresh as f#$% member of the BABES franchise, Matty Wahlberg.

The NSW based Wahlberg has only been around for a small period of time, but like an NCAA standout would, Matty has entered the big leagues in a massive way, making tidal waves wherever he goes. He has the build of an athlete, the confidence of an elite champion and the skills to match. He isn’t suffering from Sophomore syndrome either ascending to the top of several promotions, most recently winning the Future Wrestling Australia Heavyweight Championship, along with being the Silver Medalist for Wrestling GO! and after claiming Kings of the Castle 2018 with his brother in arms “The World’s Finest” Carter Deams, Wahlberg threw down his gauntlet in a moment Edge wold be jealous of to become the Newcastle Pro Wrestling Middleweight champion. That would be more than enough for most (sounds exhausting!), but not for Matty who has the cravings that any superstar does to consume more and more on the path to success and that hunger has taken him to Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA), International Wrestling Australia (IWA), Riot City Wrestling in Adelaide (RCW) and Rock ‘n Roll Wrestling. He is also set to wrestle with Carter Deams as BABES at the inaugural Pro Wrestling League event on the Gold Coast, competing against the Social Media Squad and Street Revolution on November 17, defends his newly acquired FWA Championship on November 24 at Future Wrestling Australia Diamond edition, two shows for Wrestling Go on November 10th and December 16th, as well as PWA have the privilege of BABES hosting their next Black Label event at Max Watt’s Sydney, aptly titled “Friday’s are for the BABES” on December 7.

I regularly attend PWA Black Label shows and I have been given a first hand look at his in ring prowess as both a singles competitor and as a tag team. As I have stated in my review of Colosseum, BABES are one of the most athletically intimidating and imposing teams in Australia and have one of the best looking double team moves, a posterising leapfrog curb stomp combination. But while Carter has been training at Fale Dojo in New Zealand, Matty has been handling his business just fine on his own (see accomplishments above), showing that these guys are like a Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant together but are also one man teams in their own right. Matty has a background in MMA and it only bolsters his learned wrestling skills. Matty has also had an auditioning Jax Jordan try and get into BABES, which had a huge payoff at Colosseum, with Jax Jordan being cut from the BABES and his now “BABES blonde” long locks also received the snip. Matty is also the major player in one of the highlights of the current format which is the intermission, where the ‘Natural Born Athlete’ shows his fine stroke at Beer Pong, taking on the winner of a raffle who has the opportunity to win cold hard cash if and only if, they can somehow overcome this phenom of beer pong. But his stroke along with his elite sledging, all so far have failed. Matty also likes to take the mic in hand at this point, usually throwing barbs at the crowd, his opponent for the evening, along with Triple M DJ Rose, who is part of the commentary team at PWA currently. A quick search of Matty Wahlberg’s Facebook page and you will find a fantastic collection of his high class promo work featuring his pop culture ridden brain (Augustus Gloop looking Motherf&*!er may be the greatest sledge I have ever heard), sharp tongue and his in ring prowess. His Matty Wahlberg vs PWA video from Call to Arms was superb which features a Conor McGregor style promo, where it appears he might apologise, before telling everyone where to go. Matty is active on all of his social media accounts and is well worth a follow (Will list his social media handles at the end of this blog).

It seems the New South Wales wrestling scene cannot get enough of the “21st Success story”, he is popping up everywhere and its not hard to see why. The man moves like a lightweight and hits like a heavyweight, is incredible on the microphone and is an undefeated beer pong champion at PWA Black Label! He’s only in year two and he is one of the hottest free agents in this game. There is certainly an argument that the guy is in the conversation for Most Valuable Player of the NSW Wrestling Scene this year. But provided he wants it, there is plenty of wrestling available in every other state and after already appearing in PWA, it will hopefully open doors for him to promotions like EPW in Perth, Wrestle Rampage in Adelaide and Melbourne City Wrestling in Melbourne and based on the 2018 that Wahlberg had, it could be a pretty special 2019 home and away season. The man is an irresistible force and whether it be with Carter Deams in BABES or on his own solo run, expect Wahlberg go deep into the title picture and to posterise the competition wherever he takes his talents for years to come.

Find Matty Wahlberg here:

Facebook: @mattywahlberg21

Twitter: @mattywahlberg21

Instagram: mattywahlberg21

Check out some of Matty Wahlberg’s work here:

Matty Wahlberg v PWA

https://www.facebook.com/MattyWahlberg21/videos/249040572444582/

Video Promo on Unsocial Jordan

https://www.facebook.com/MattyWahlberg21/videos/1003929513092158/

Accepting Hunter Hayes open challenge

https://www.facebook.com/MattyWahlberg21/videos/943248469160263/

Huge Move v Full Force Matt Rogers at Newy Pro

https://www.facebook.com/MattyWahlberg21/videos/190676015058520/

Promo on Jason Dewhurst

https://www.facebook.com/futurewrestlingaustralia/videos/248258602528275/

Thanks for Reading!

Until Next Time.

#NowWeConquer

The Spud 1 - Opinion: There has NEVER been a better time to be an Australian Wrestling Fan

Dan Wilson

OPINION

“The Spud” will be the place where you find this Spud providing opinions about a variety of topics about the amazing, artistic and athletic form of entertainment known as professional wrestling. As this great sport of ours is loved by many, it means that our opinions will differ from time to time and that is OK. You are as entitled to your view as I am to mine, the only difference being I am silly enough to blog mine. My first piece is on why I believe there has never been a better time to be a fan of Australian professional wrestling. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

I am writing this on Halloween night and at this moment with still two full months of 2018 to go, it has been a monumental year for professional wrestling in Australia. In no particular order, just some of the accomplishments include:

  1. Buddy Murphy and the Iiconics star at the WWE Super Showdown at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

  2. Toni Storm wins the Mae Young Classic

  3. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) win the Progress Tag Team Titles in the Thunderbastard tag team match at their “Hello Wembley” spectacular.

  4. Gino Gambino defends the Melbourne City Wrestling title in Europe and answers Trent Seven’s Atlas title open challenge at a Progress Chapter show.

  5. Rhea Ripley becomes the inaugural WWE UK Women’s Champion

  6. Robbie Eagles joins the Bullet Club OGs, competes with Taiji Ishiimori in the Super Jr Tag league, submitting the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger in his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling

  7. Ancient Order of the Nations (AKA the 4 Nations) reach the final of the 2018 Chikara King of Trios Tournament.

  8. Madison Eagles defeats Mike Quackenbush at the King of Trios weekend

  9. Nick Aldis defends the prestigious NWA Title AKA the Ten Pounds of Gold against Jack Bonza, Jonah Rock, Robbie Eagles and Mark Cometti on Australian soil during the House of Hardcore Australian tour

  10. UK based product Progress Wrestling came to Australia having incredible collaboration shows with PWA, MCW and EPW.

  11. Some of Australia’s best including TMDK, Robbie Eagles, Mick Moretti and Jack Bonza compete agains NJPW superstars during the NJPW tour of Australia.

  12. Elliot Sexton competes in several Progress shows on their United States tour.

  13. Jonah Rock, Robbie Eagles and Adam Brooks compete at BOLA 2018

  14. Shazza McKenzie appears on NXT TV against Kairi Sane

  15. Robbie Eagles tears down the house (again) against Will Ospreay at PWA Call to Arms 2018.

  16. The Filip Brothers, Indi Hartwell, Shazza McKenzie, Jessica Troy among other wow United States audiences as they toured the country.

  17. Paris De Silva coined ‘Paris De Gif’ by Mick Moretti after two GIFs of his incredible athleticism (and that of his sparring partners) go viral - There is also a phenomenal Mario Kart one that needs to come back, it is outstanding.

  18. Mick Moretti provides the Australian Wrestling Scene (and the New Zealand one for that matter) a new hashtag - #NowWeConquer - signalling the next stage of the A + NZ’s plan to take over wrestling, after already being noticed.

  19. MCW 100 - a phenomenal achievement in itself, but in front of a record crowd.

  20. Madison Eagles qualifying for Pro Wrestling Eve’s She-1 tournament

I could continue, as these are just some of the highlights of what has truly been a special year of Australian Wrestling. All the performers, the promoters, the crew and the fans, thank you for your contributions to making it a year to remember. Everywhere you look in professional wrestling, there is an Australian wrestler tearing things up. Australian talents are at the peak of their powers. So it begs the question, if you are not familiar with the Australian Wrestling scene, to quote a memorable piece of Australian tourism history, “Where the bloody hell are you?”. I am sorry for quoting that, but seriously, what are you doing? We have some of the world’s best talent wrestling in our cities and are you just going to wait until they are announced “from Sydney Australia” on a WWE show before you take notice? Not all wrestling promotions are created equal, but there are some incredible wrestling promotions in every state, putting in the hard yards to take this scene to the next level, with wrestlers who love this thing so much that they work 9 to 5, whilst attending wrestling training, whilst dieting, whilst going to the gym, whilst studying, whilst looking after dependents, whilst paying bills. Wrestlers who are just as good as many currently living off of wrestling full time. Imagine how good these wrestlers would actually be if they could let go of the 9 to 5 or the study with casual job and were able to devote more time to their passions.

A number of Australian wrestlers if they were able to save up, pack their lives up and move overseas would succeed anywhere in the world. But a lot of them want to able to live off of wrestling here in Australia and see the scene boom here, whilst still having their homes, their families, their pets, their friends and their lives. That is where you come in. Go and support your local Australian wrestling shows. Tickets are cheaper then going to your favourite sporting team’s home game and you are guaranteed to get more nail biting, riveting stories. Stream some of the big events from promotions you can’t attend for cheaper than your Netflix subscription or a rental on the iTunes store. There is no excuse, support the local product, just like you would “Australian Made” products. Follow these talented young people watch them achieve them ascend to wherever they want to get to, whether that is touring Australia regularly or hoisting a WWE championship on their shoulder. I am sorry to sound preachy, but I am really excited about the amazing product available in Australia. You don’t have to look world wide, it is in our own backyard.

For those that are fans and have heard all of the above before, I have a favour to ask of you. Choose a friend that is a fan of WWE, IMPACT, NJPW, ROH etc but is unfamiliar with your favourite local promotion. It might take some convincing at first, but take them to the next show, immerse them in what we all know and love. More likely than not, they will ask you about the next show afterwards. I took my brother to PWA Colosseum, he is hooked and can’t wait until PWA’s Friday’s are for the Babes in December. Word of mouth is priceless marketing and if you love what you are seeing, you should be telling everyone you can. and getting them to go and see if for themselves. You have a part to play in getting wrestling in Australia to the next level.

For those looking for some guidance to get them down into the rabbit hole that is Australian professional wrestling, check out the following for starters:

  1. PWA: Colosseum

  2. MCW: New Horizons

  3. Wrestle Rampage: Ground Zero

  4. EPW’s Vendetta 2018

  5. Progress x PWA, Progress x MCW, Progress EPW

  6. MCW 100

  7. PWA: Call to Arms 2018

  8. Conco and the Fudge Podcast - Hosted by two fantastic performers which will also introduce you to some of the best running around Australia at the moment.

  9. Wrestle Radio Australia Podcast: Todd Eastman interviews an Australian Wrestling figure and promotes wrestling shows around the country

  10. The B Plus Podcast - Fridays are the teams Aussie Grapps episodes, featuring news, interviews and more hosted by Greg Unchained.

  11. On the Turnbuckle Australia - Weekly podcast featuring Australian Wrestling interviews, news and promotion of wresting shows across the country.

  12. Mick Moretti’s #YoureGonnaNoticeUs and #NowWeConquer promos

  13. Get on Twitter and follow the local promotions and wrestlers, along with Podcasts above. You will get access to some incredible promos, back and forths from wrestler and more.

  14. Night Massacre - curated by Australian legend Krackerjak

  15. ABC Earshot podcast episode “I Heart Women’s Wrestling” - fantastic podcast about some of Australia’s most talented wrestlers.

  16. Underworld Wrestling 1

  17. MCW x Evie’s Disco Diner present GLOW IRL

  18. Paris De Silva’s Shooting Star DDT gif featuring Jack Jack J Bonza

  19. ABC “behind the belt podcast” series

  20. Chikara King of Trios 2018

I don’t want to give you too much too soon, so I will leave you with those to start. Pretty sure in no time you will be messaging me telling me what to watch!

Thank you for reading the first “spud”, I appreciate it. There truly has never been a better time to be an Australian wrestling fan. Just look at all those huge highlights above. Fly the flag for your local promotion! Fly the flag for Australian Professional Wrestling!

Until next time.

#NowWeConquer