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!
Thank you to EVERYONE that made 2018 a record breaking year for SPW!
We want to repay you all by making sure 2019 is even better. We have some big things lined up, and loads more to fill you guys in on when the time comes. But for now, here are our current confirmed Live Events scheduled for 2019.
We are still yet to announce all the details for the 2019 Southern Rumble, so keep an eye out for that one soon!
Tickets normally go on sale shortly after the previous Live Event, so keep an eye on that. We are pleased to announce that ticket pricing will remain the same for our events at the Corinthian Centre and Queenstown. Fight Nights will fluctuate depending on any special occasions such as Jimmy Havoc appearing (Madness...)
Keep up to date with us via our Social Media Channels or subscribe to our Mailing List to get instant notifications when more Live Events are announced!
You can re-live all of our 2018 events via SPW On Demand!
At the Southern Rumble, Hammer suffered a complete bicep rupture and will be out of action until further notice.
SPW's own big man came out of surgery today in high spirits and hopes to be back in the ring soon. Unfortunately, this does rule him out of competition at our next live event Halloween Haunting.
Hammer was one of the favourites to win the Southern Rumble, we can only presume this was a huge reason he was unable to get the big victory he has been fighting for since day one.
Our thoughts and well wishes are with Hammer, and we hope he has a speedy road to recovery. We will have an update on Hammers condition and future at Halloween Haunting!
Insider news, interviews, latest updates, blogs, you are going to find all of it in here!