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Robbie Eagles wrestled at my local indy promotion tonight. I'd never seen him wrestle before but I was VERY impressed. He was in a triple threat match with two of our local Kiwi wrestlers and he put his title on the line and the match was fantastic! One of the best matches I've seen in person in some time.
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Robbie Eagles wrestled at my local indy promotion tonight. I'd never seen him wrestle before but I was VERY impressed. He was in a triple threat match with two of our local Kiwi wrestlers and he put his title on the line and the match was fantastic! One of the best matches I've seen in person in some time.
Yes, another Robbie Eagles convert! check out the match between Eagles and Will Ospreay that I posted in the OP, awesome stuff. There's a reason New Japan brought him in this year.

I attended the first PWA show of the year last Sunday night (and my first live wrestling show of the year). That promotion is really going from strength to strength!

Titled Diego's Last Show, because ring announcer Diego Retamales is moving overseas, it was a very emotional show for that reason, he's extremely charismatic and added a lot to the PWA atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, Max Watts Sydney has a tremendous vibe for wrestling shows- kinda like Full Sail for NXT before the crowd started caring more about getting themselves over. The only problem PWA faces now is that Max Watts might not be a big enough venue with the growth they're experiencing- tickets for shows are selling out every time, and it's happening faster and faster.

Diego's Last Show had two pretty amazing main events. They brought over Jimmy Havoc, and Havoc went against rising PWA star Matty Wahlberg in a No DQ match. My expectations for this one were lowered, as I had seen Havoc vs. Ricky South at Progress vs. PWA last year, and it was extremely tame. Well, Havoc vs. Wahlberg blew that out of the water! Easily the most extreme gimmick match I've seen live. We had a barbed wire baseball bat that was actually used, plenty of blood, chairs getting launched at each other's faces, liberal use of a staple gun, and finally, light tubes.

The other main event couldn't have been more different, as it featured three of the best in Australia showing their best work in a triple threat match. Robbie Eagles vs. Adam Brooks vs. Jonah Rock (who was making his last NSW appearance before heading over to NXT). Going to have to watch it back when it gets uploaded to PWA Play, I don't want to be a prisoner of the moment, but being live watching it, I felt like it held up to my favourite WWE triple threat matches, Rock vs. Angle vs. Taker and Cena vs. Lesnar vs. Rollins.

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The Four Nations (Mick Moretti & Jack Bonza) def. Juan Direction to retain the PWA Tag Team Championship

Shazza McKenzie def. Tree Hugger Luchi with the Shazz-tastic Stunner

Paris De Silva def. Adam Hoffman, Gavin McGavin & Party Boy Jax Jordan in a Fatal 4 Way with a Shooting Star Press

Full Force Matt Rogers def. Kai Drake. Missed the finish as I was getting merch.

Robbie Eagles def. Adam Brooks & Jonah Rock in a Triple Threat Match. MOTN. Post-match, Jonah gets on the mic, thanks the fans and puts over PWA and Aussie wrestling as a whole. He's off to NXT. Going to be very intriguing. The first proper heavyweight male Aussie to get signed. He's not going on 205 Live or getting stuck in tag division purgatory.

Intermission saw a fan win a Beer Pong Challenge against the BABES (Wahlberg remained backstage as he was in the main event vs. Havoc). Concrete Davidson came out to even the odds against Carter Deams and Harley Wonderland.

Jessica Troy def. Michael Spencer by submission with the Fujiwara armbar.

Caveman Ugg def. The Prefects in an impromptu match. Post match, Big Fudge and Ricky South came out to farewell Diego, with Ricky giving Diego a lap dance. The fun was interrupted by Unsocial Jordan and Facebrooke. Jordan attempts to superkick Fudge, but misses and gets Diego instead!

Matty Wahlberg def. Jimmy Havoc in a No DQ Match. I was really blown away with the brutality in this match. PWA run 18+ shows, and they took advantage of it in this one. Plenty of interference by Wahlberg's stable The BABES. The finish sees Wahlberg curb stomp Havoc through some light tubes lying across elevated chairs. Brutal! Fun, but definitely something that should be a rare occurrence. I'm surprised Matty was willing to get busted open and do half of those spots, he's a bit of a pretty boy. Already was a big fan of his act, but my respect level went up considerably for him here.

Farewell speech from Diego. He thanked everyone, listed some of the awesome things he got to do as a ring announcer (like announce for New Japan and World Series Wrestling). He noted the explosion of Aussie pro wrestling and said he got to watch all his friends achieve their dreams. He mentioned Robbie going to NJPW and now Jonah to WWE (which Jonah didn't actually say in his speech). He said it was time for him to follow his dreams, which he inferred was pursuing his acting career. He got a bit teary with the crowd support, and left his mic and shoes in the ring.


Going to miss the next PWA show unfortunately, it's on the same night as the Eminem concert at ANZ Stadium. But I'll watch on PWA Play and do a write up once the show is uploaded.

My next live wrestling show (unless Rock N Roll Wrestling book something in the next couple of weeks) will be my first trip to World Series Wrestling. In the past, they've only ran shows in Penrith, which apparently is a major pain in the ass to get to, according to my mate that I attend shows with. But this year, they're running a second Sydney show in Hurstville, which is far more accessible for us.

Might give All-Star Wrestling in the Wollongong region another try this year too. I attended a show last year, The Battle Of Bomaderry, and it might have been the worst show I've ever seen. About 20 people there... actually I remember literally counting them, it was 18 or something. The music and announcer mic didn't work, most of the wrestlers had awful looks (save for Blakestone and Hudson Hulk, to their credit, two of the more imposing looking wrestlers I've seen on the Aussie scene) and not one good match the whole time. And there was a big hole in the ring.

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Jonah Rock got signed, too? Missed that news. Starting to feel like the monopoly is getting way too ahead of themselves, though. Unless he's back with Haste & Nicholls, to elevate them back up, I just wonder what he'll actually get to do.

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Came to the topic to post this link, great stuff mate, thank you. I'll just throw in a cheeky bump and embed the vid.

The Jonah Rock vs. Robbie Eagles vs. Adam Brooks triple threat is a must-watch. Australia's three best talents IMO. And the No DQ Matty Wahlberg vs. Jimmy Havoc is wildly entertaining too. Wahlberg is an excellent up and comer, it's only his second year doing it, but he's a natural.


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Was going to post this in the columns thread, but thought it might be a bit too niche to get people's attention there. I reviewed the last PWA show in detail here, it was a lot of fun.

PWA's new streaming partner is OVO Play. A weekly pass costs $5.99, and if you get one this week, you can watch the Let Them Fight show I've reviewed here, as well as their next event this Friday live, All Eyez on Troy. The main event is a Women's Championship match, Shazza McKenzie vs. Jessica Troy. Also on the card, Robbie Eagles- fresh off his NJPW run in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament- faces Michael Spencer.

I swear I don't work for them, just a big fan The more the word is spread, the bigger the Aussie wrestling scene becomes.

I gave All-Star Wrestling a try last month, when Orlando Jordan came to Wollongong. It was a lot better than the abortion of a show they had in Bomaderry. OJ had an extremely basic match with Hudson Hulk, but the 3 Stages Of Hell match between Blakestone and Kingston Eclipse was pretty damn impressive. The undercard was pretty corny though, bad looks and hammy acting, and a fair few botches. May give them another chance down the line.

Rock And Roll Wrestling had their Super 8 Tournament a couple of weeks ago, to crown a new Elite Champion (kinda like their IC title, Robbie Eagles once held it). Otis wins through shenanigans, he's had some absolute wars on recent shows and really deserves it.

Also, Carlito is coming to Wollongong on July 6, looking forward to that. Also Campbelltown for any folk closer to Sydney.
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I gave All-Star Wrestling a try last month, when Orlando Jordan came to Wollongong. It was a lot better than the abortion of a show they had in Bomaderry. OJ had an extremely basic match with Hudson Hulk, but the 3 Stages Of Hell match between Blakestone and Kingston Eclipse was pretty damn impressive. The undercard was pretty corny though, bad looks and hammy acting, and a fair few botches. May give them another chance down the line.

Rock And Roll Wrestling had their Super 8 Tournament a couple of weeks ago, to crown a new Elite Champion (kinda like their IC title, Robbie Eagles once held it). Otis wins through shenanigans, he's had some absolute wars on recent shows and really deserves it.

Also, Carlito is coming to Wollongong on July 6, looking forward to that. Also Campbelltown for any folk closer to Sydney.

Finally attended an All-Star show? I was talking to you about them last year on my Ted Scheckler account which I have forgotten details for

Feel your criticisms of them are a bit harsh. I've attended every single Illawarra Leagues show and 2 of the Dapto ones. I'd say 4/6 of the shows have been solid although their first show was very very poor (And I'm not surprised Bomaderry was poor either)

The one you went to, who didn't look the part? Undercard had Lee Morrow, the big Macedonian guy who is clearly on the juice, Keegan, Tarlee whilst the main had Orlando (Surprisingly still in good shape), Hulk, Kingston and Blakestone (Who is an absolute beast). Can't say there was any real opportunities for "hammy acting" either.

Alternatively I saw Rock And Roll at both Comic Gong and at the Diggers. At Comic Gong they couldn't get their microphone or sound set up to work and the top heel (Or is he a face now? Who knows) in Hunter Hayes did ring announcing. I sat through Otis wrestling a guy who shouldn't be in the ring for 12 minutes and Jay Sorbet wrestling another guy who was "okay" but that was it.

At the Super 8 I saw 6 matches in 45 minutes and only one good match throughout the night. They crowned a new champion for no real reason (Why isn't Robbie the champion anymore after wrestling down here for years and still wrestling in Australia? Where is Ryback?) and they don't ever seem to give a reason for the fans to come back. All-Star has stories and at least tries to make people give a fuck about their characters.

I don't know man, who is better I guess is subjective but I paid 15 bucks for both and got the following:

ASWA: A former WWE Superstar, A childhood favourite (Vulcan), one really good match (Also loved the craziness and intensity of Blakestone and Kingston) and a few solid matches (Really enjoyed the opener and the Morrow match). Admittedly not the best set up and a few probably wouldn't be classed as "All Star competitors"

R&R: A few good talents (Otis, Brady, Sorbet), many who are very green, non-existent stories and no emotional investment but a very nice set up and a more professional look. They are starting to steal ideas from All-Star also.


Considering the two companies are at war and run the same night across from one another when forced to choose I pick All-Star. Personally I'm just happy that this relatively small city has access to two different wrestling companies with their own pros and cons.
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Feel your criticisms of them are a bit harsh. I've attended every single Illawarra Leagues show and 2 of the Dapto ones. I'd say 4/6 of the shows have been solid although their first show was very very poor (And I'm not surprised Bomaderry was poor either)

The one you went to, who didn't look the part? Undercard had Lee Morrow, the big Macedonian guy who is clearly on the juice, Keegan, Tarlee whilst the main had Orlando (Surprisingly still in good shape), Hulk, Kingston and Blakestone (Who is an absolute beast). Can't say there was any real opportunities for "hammy acting" either.

Alternatively I saw Rock And Roll at both Comic Gong and at the Diggers. At Comic Gong they couldn't get their microphone or sound set up to work and the top heel (Or is he a face now? Who knows) in Hunter Hayes did ring announcing. I sat through Otis wrestling a guy who shouldn't be in the ring for 12 minutes and Jay Sorbet wrestling another guy who was "okay" but that was it.

At the Super 8 I saw 6 matches in 45 minutes and only one good match throughout the night. They crowned a new champion for no real reason (Why isn't Robbie the champion anymore after wrestling down here for years and still wrestling in Australia? Where is Ryback?) and they don't ever seem to give a reason for the fans to come back. All-Star has stories and at least tries to make people give a fuck about their characters.

I don't know man, who is better I guess is subjective but I paid 15 bucks for both and got the following:

ASWA: A former WWE Superstar, A childhood favourite (Vulcan), one really good match (Also loved the craziness and intensity of Blakestone and Kingston) and a few solid matches (Really enjoyed the opener and the Morrow match). Admittedly not the best set up and a few probably wouldn't be classed as "All Star competitors"

R&R: A few good talents (Otis, Brady, Sorbet), many who are very green, non-existent stories and no emotional investment but a very nice set up and a more professional look. They are starting to steal ideas from All-Star also.


Considering the two companies are at war and run the same night across from one another when forced to choose I pick All-Star. Personally I'm just happy that this relatively small city has access to two different wrestling companies with their own pros and cons.
Well when I referred to their looks I actually meant their general attire and presentation rather than physiques (although Birdman and Dean Draven look about as physically broken down as any two wrestlers I've ever seen live). While I liked the opener on the Orlando Jordan show, I was really taken out of it by how dodgy each wrestler's attire looked, both men's tights looked like a high school student's first attempt at sowing.

I understand Vulcan's older now, but he looked really badly out of shape in there, granted I last saw him in 2001.

The women's match was the most impressive thing on the show besides Blakestone vs. Kingston. Tarlee is great.

As for Rock And Roll, admittedly they've changed in quality over the last year or so. I don't know if it's because PWA is doing better as a promotion and talent might be asking for more than Hunter is willing to pay, but in the last 12 months he's essentially stopped using PWA guys (many of whom got spots on the NJPW and House Of Hardcore tours) and is only showcasing guys he's trained in his academy recently. It's weird that Robbie was quietly stripped of the title, and Ryback hasn't been mentioned since facing Jack Bonza last year- I believe Ryback stepped away from wrestling for a time to tend to some lingering back issues, but it's the promoter's job to keep the fans informed to some degree, which Hunter has left us in the dark about.

I think Otis has a lot of upside, as does The Tradie- he's green and the gimmick is a little silly, but he works super hard in the ring. Didn't see Comic Gong this year so can't comment on that. Right now, given the shift in R&R's roster, the talent level might actually lean towards All-Star, but the general presentation is done better by Rock N Roll at the shows I've seen- lighting, video, audio, music- never had an issue. I was a little underwhelmed by the Super 8 though, expected a bit better action.

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Well when I referred to their looks I actually meant their general attire and presentation rather than physiques (although Birdman and Dean Draven look about as physically broken down as any two wrestlers I've ever seen live). While I liked the opener on the Orlando Jordan show, I was really taken out of it by how dodgy each wrestler's attire looked, both men's tights looked like a high school student's first attempt at sowing.

I understand Vulcan's older now, but he looked really badly out of shape in there, granted I last saw him in 2001.

The women's match was the most impressive thing on the show besides Blakestone vs. Kingston. Tarlee is great.

As for Rock And Roll, admittedly they've changed in quality over the last year or so. I don't know if it's because PWA is doing better as a promotion and talent might be asking for more than Hunter is willing to pay, but in the last 12 months he's essentially stopped using PWA guys (many of whom got spots on the NJPW and House Of Hardcore tours) and is only showcasing guys he's trained in his academy recently. It's weird that Robbie was quietly stripped of the title, and Ryback hasn't been mentioned since facing Jack Bonza last year- I believe Ryback stepped away from wrestling for a time to tend to some lingering back issues, but it's the promoter's job to keep the fans informed to some degree, which Hunter has left us in the dark about.

I think Otis has a lot of upside, as does The Tradie- he's green and the gimmick is a little silly, but he works super hard in the ring. Didn't see Comic Gong this year so can't comment on that. Right now, given the shift in R&R's roster, the talent level might actually lean towards All-Star, but the general presentation is done better by Rock N Roll at the shows I've seen- lighting, video, audio, music- never had an issue. I was a little underwhelmed by the Super 8 though, expected a bit better action.
I would agree that Birdman looks broken down. Talking to other fans at the shows it seems there are some mixed reactions about him. I personally enjoy him as the token "legend" but he worked a semi main at one of the earlier shows I attended and despite it being a six man he looked really out of place. Some people don't like him at all and use it as the toilet or beer break match. I would understand why someone who enjoys PWA such as yourself wouldn't like him though since he only does about 3-4 moves and doesn't really have any classic matches pretty much just punches, clotheslines and the splash.

I'd agree with Vulcan looking broken down also but he didn't do anything physical just a promo. I didn't really have issues with that kind of the equivalent of WWE bringing one of the legends out just to say hi. I didn't mind it.

The things you mention are my biggest issues with Rock & Roll. They don't have that motivation to explain things. Ryback isn't champion anymore and it's probably because of the crowds dropping on that second tour but you need a story line explanation. Hayes turned heel on Ryback then 3 months later randomly turned face again and then turned heel again and is now back to face again? What?

The academy talent he is using have been rushed onto shows probably because he doesn't have that access to the PWA guys anymore. Some are alright such as Otis, Tradie and the Fish guy but others are just appallingly bad. Also, not often any fresh guys on the cards outside of the 4-5 PWA guy he seems to get along with. Carlito is pretty cool though will probably go for a look at that.
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PWA have their 12th Anniversary show tomorrow night, Call To Arms. The main event is a big one, as TMDK face the Nations in a 6 man tag. Two of Australia's biggest stables going head to head, they've been building this one up for months. Will also be interesting to see how Bonza and Moretti interact after their match on the NJPW tour.

Robbie Eagles has a singles match, vs. Sam Osborne. Osborne is an up-and-comer, very good look and pretty smooth in the ring. One thing I've noticed in recent PWA shows is that they're generally featuring Eagles in "showcase" matches, keeping him out of main events and heated feuds. Part of it would be just be giving other talent a chance to shine, but also I think PWA management realise that Robbie could be making New Japan a more permanent home base one day soon.

Also of interest, Matty Wahlberg. I've spoke about him in past posts, I rate him very highly. Best promo/character by far from what I've seen on the Aussie scene, and ridiculous athleticism. His star is starting to rise considerably, not just within the wrestling community, but he's going a bit mainstream, as a contestant on the new season of Australian Survivor that premiered this past week. Last night's episode had a heavy focus on him as an alpha/leader of the Contenders group, which I think will bring more eyes to his wrestling career and in turn, PWA.

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