SPW Co-founder Marc Perry, otherwise known as ‘Hooligan’ Marcus Kool to SPW Fans, will unfortunately be stepping down from his role and duties behind the scenes with SPW.
Marc co-founded SPW in 2015 alongside Troy Crosbie. SPW has become an integral part of Australia & New Zealand wrestling, with a school operating in Invercargill and regular live events across Otago & Southland.
SPW currently holds the biggest independent New Zealand wrestling attendance record of 1,200 at ILT Stadium and has featured a series on TVNZ, and even collaborated with the WWE!
Marc’s statement below:
‘When SPW started, it was to create opportunities, and a wrestling scene in the Southland/Otago regions of New Zealand. It became much more than that, it created long lasting friendships and a family environment for us all to enjoy and passion we share – and that’s all down to everyone involved in SPW, and of course, the incredible loyal fan base.
As my kids are growing up, I no longer have the adequate amount of time or energy to give SPW what it deserves. That’s not fair to the SPW team or the fans. I’m confident that SPW will continue to thrive as I step aside with the people involved.
That’s not to say the ‘Hooligan’ is done though. The ‘Hooligan’ will still be an active wrestler, and I’ll continue to focus my energy on my original passion, and that is performing inside the ring at 100% to anyone that has paid money to see me.
I want to thank everyone for their passion, dedication and work at SPW whilst I have been involved. None of it would have been achievable without the team and backbone behind it.
I’d like to say a special thank you to Troy & Tyler. We went through a lot together, and had some great moments.
But last of all to the fans, without their ongoing support SPW would be pointless. I hope you all continue to support SPW in it’s next stage of the journey!
In wrestling, and I guess with any body of work you do, you want to leave the scene better than what you found it, and I can confidently say with SPW’s impact on New Zealand wrestling, I have! Looking forward to what’s next.’
SPW thanks Marc for all of his work and contributions, he’s not going far, and you will see the ‘Hooligan’ in action at future SPW events!
BREAKINGS NEWS: SPW On Demand will now be available FREE via our YouTube Channel!
SPW On Demand has been hosted via streaming platform Pivotshare and available to download as an app via iTunes and Google Play since 2018... but times have moved on, and we are now happy to announce that we will be gradually migrating SPW On Demand content over to our YouTube channel absolutely FREE!
It all kicks off and starts officially with our next live event the Southern Rumble! Southern Rumble 2023 will be available free to air in its entirety via our YouTube channel after the event (when it's ready...).
All previous live events, behind the scenes documentaries and more will be loaded onto channel regularly. Content from other New Zealand promotions is yet to be finalized, but keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.
Make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube channel so you get all the updates and access to regularly new and archived content!
There is currently TONS of free footage to work through, but please be patient with us as we load new and archived content to the channel over the coming weeks and months.
We want to thank all paid subscribers to our previous SPW On Demand content, we could not have gotten to this stage without your support.
Please cancel your subscription immediately so you are no longer billed from Pivotshare. For any issues or support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to officially announce that both SPW & IPW have formed a partnership to further develop and strengthen the future of New Zealand professional wrestling.
Behind the scenes, SPW & IPW have always had a fantastic working relationship and this announcement only makes all the hard work and collaborative efforts public.
However, going forward, all Championships will be recognised across both brands and be defended when an opportunity arises. Talent will continue to be shared and cross promoted to make sure SPW & IPW are featuring the very best New Zealand has to offer across the country at each Live Event.
Both companies share the same vision and values to deliver the very best in overall production and talent to provide a premium product across the country strengthening both brands.
You can learn more about Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand by visiting https://ipw.nz
Interview with 'Shooter' Shane Sinclair
SPW Insider sat down with 'Shooter' Shane Sinclair to talk about his vegan diet and how that helped him become the current SPW New Zealand Champion on top of his game.
Q: So how long have you been vegan?
A: I have been vegan for about 6 and a half years now, I was vegetarian for about 6 months before that.
Q: What made you decide to become vegan?
A: I guess I would say education. I was exposed to a lot of information surrounding the meat and dairy industry, that I was wilfully ignorant of at the time. So I decided to do my research and watch YouTube videos etc, and eventually decided that if I could be healthy and thrive on a diet that didn’t contribute to the suffering of animals, then why not?
Q: What is the most difficult thing about becoming vegan?
A: Public perception. I got a lot of grief from friends, family and co-workers. Even still to this day, if I get a cold or I’m having a tough time mentally, I get told that I need to eat meat… Despite the fact that I’m healthier and more conscious of what is going into my body than ever before. Trying to get people to understand that being vegan is a healthy lifestyle has been an on-going effort.
Q: What is the biggest misconception around a vegan diet?
A: That you can’t be strong and build muscle. It’s a personal challenge of mine to dispel the skinny-weak vegan myths by getting fit and strong and providing a good role model for anybody out there thinking about making the change to a plant-based lifestyle.
Q: How does being Vegan contribute to your training as a Pro Wrestler? Are there any positives and negatives?
A: Pretty much only positives to be honest, the changes have been tremendous! My recovery times after workouts, trainings or wrestling shows are so much better, I have more energy and I am stronger for sure. I’m in the best shape of my life and not showing any signs of slowing down!
Q: Are there many other Vegan Pro Wrestlers out there?
A: There are quite a lot actually! A lot of athletes are seeing the benefits of a plant based diet, and with people like myself as well as several other guys around the world showing that it can be done, it gives other people a good idea of what can be achieved, and so more confidence to give it a try themselves.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone competing in sport that was looking to transition to a Vegan diet?
A: Be smart about it. Do your research, make sure you know what you’re going to be putting into your body and where all of your nutrients are coming from. And if you have questions, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone! Pretty much the same advice I’d give to any athlete regardless.
'Shooter' Shane Sinclair defends his SPW New Zealand Championship in Queenstown on Sat 14th March in a Triple Threat Match against Liam Fury and Falcon Kid. CLICK HERE for more information and tickets.
The night before Jimmy Havoc had a Southland Street Fight with Will Power at Fight Nights, he took an exclusive seminar for SPW at the 'Proving Ground'.
25 participants with various levels of experience went through a 3 hour training session with Jimmy, as he put them through their paces and shared his knowledge that has led him to becoming one of the most talked about Independent Wrestlers in the world.
Jimmy is the former Head Trainer for London based PROGRESS Wrestling where he also trained fellow Kiwi's TK Cooper and Dahlia Black.
He is renowned to be one of the best trainers in the UK and focuses on character building, psychology and the art of storytelling.
Since SPW formed, we have been dedicated to bringing in talent with all kinds of different styles and experience to help our homegrown talent be the best that they can be. New Zealand happens to be quite far away from the rest of the world, so bringing in experience to work with our crew is vital to improve our homegrown talent, and long term growth.
It comes at a cost, but a cost that we are willing to invest to better our performers and product, and give our audience the best we possibly can.
So far the school has produced current New Zealand and SPW Wrestlers: JK Moody, Kane Khan, Detention, Down To Fight & Will Power who are regular features on SPW shows as well as working for other promotions around the country and overseas. For more info on the school click here.
Other Guest Trainers have included: Will Ospreay, Travis Banks, Toa Henare, PROGRESS Wrestling Co-Creators and current WWE NXT UK Producers Jim Smallman & Glen Joseph, Bea Priestley, TK Cooper, Dahlia Black, plus many more.
Fight Nights has always been a proving ground for up and coming talent in the school to show what they can do, before performing on a Flagship event, but it has clearly turned into something so much more than that. It's raw, it's intimate and its special. For more info click here.
You can watch Jimmy Havoc in action at Fight Nights (releasing soon) plus all other previous episodes via SPW On Demand. You can download it on iTunes or Google Play on a 2 Week FREE trial. Just search SPW On Demand in the app store.
SPW would like to thank Jimmy Havoc for passing on what we are sure was a very small amount of his knowledge and hope we get him back again soon!
Special thanks to Elevated Media NZ for the photos and for giving you a glimpse behind the scenes!
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