Note: By nature of the pro wrestling business, the Australian wrestlers list is subjective, and the list rankings are also out of date. Refer to it as a guide as to what was happening in 2002.
Amateur gold medalist in 1991. Mercedes gained his initial training pro at the Malenko's Wrestling School in Florida in 1993. Mercedes, who trained under both Larry and Dean Malenko,was an immediate standout and made such an impression that he was recommended to WCW, where he appeared on WCW Worldwide. Mercedes served out his rookie years in Australia working for ACW, WWW, CWC, FWA, Mega Pro and Ron Miller's Shows at Souths. He held several heavyweight title belts during these early years and got a reputation for being a rude & arrogant Champion. 1997 Mark was contacted by Otto Wanz from Germany's CWA and flown over for a 6 month tour where he maintained a grueling schedule. Following Europe, he was yet again contacted by WCW, and wrestled Rick Martel on WCW Saturday Night and also did a dark match at a WCW Monday Nitro in front of 30,000 fans at the Georgia Dome. Currently Mercedes is a promoter and wrestler for IWA. He was rated by many as the best local wrestler on the stick bar none. Mercedes got the most votes from fans and pears alike. Mark Mercedes wrestled talented luchadore Antifaz del Norte in Sydney last year, finishing the bout with a memorable moonsault. A great wrestler and moves fast for his heavyweight size, has done so much and still aged in his 20's. Plus excellent backstage attitude and work ethics. Carries any opponent through a good match, helps maximize the potential of those he works with in the ring.
Freely ( NZ )
Billed as New Zealand's finest athlete and is one of the IWA's and New Zealand's greatest heavyweight champions ever. Showed class as a rookie working for FWA Melb. Freely's matches with Skyhawk in 92 were the best thing in VIC for over 10 years. Also appearing on 93 Wrestleriot tour. Returned for IWA Royal Easter Showdown in 1998 for 3 weeks of IWA shows every night , and eventually moved to Sydney in 1999 to be a part of the full time IWA roster. Since then AJ Freely has become one of this country's hottest names. He employs a fast paced style, Freely combines high-flying with stiff kicks and crisp moves and has amazed fans with his incredible physique. Has the best dropkick in the business without a doubt. AJ Freely participated in some of the hottest matches on these shores in years. A former IWA champ who held the heavyweight title for almost a year. AJ has come a long way since he arrived, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking. On top of all that, AJ has be seen in the company of beautiful women such as Mimi McPhereson. They appeared pictured together in a Woman's Day Magazine earlier this year.
3) Billy Cole / Mike Premutico
Began Initial training in 1995, under the wing of Gregory Von Stekker. In 1997 Premutico joined the IWA wrestling school and in 1998 he began his pro career at the age of 19 & won the IWA rookie of the year award. His highlight was a stunning victory over Mark Mercedes in 1999. Premutico is a gifted wrestler who is very technically sound and he keeps improving with every showing, a dare devil who defines the phrase " high flyer " most recently he undertook advanced training in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Hart Brothers school, returned as Billy Cole, new outfit, new look, new name in late 99. He is a must to see in action. The ladder matches that he performed in at IWA riot in the roundhouse and riot 2 boosted his rankings and reputation by 1 million percent. Many of his piers and fans alike are proud to have watched him grow and prosper. From the shy IWA student we saw debut in 1997 he has grown into a top level IWA worker. His performance today is one of style, grace, ability & guts. His good looks and daredevil work has made him envied by men and adored by women. Selected to tour Japan this month with Mark Mercedes.
4) Mick Dimovski
Mick Dimovski is a respected martial artist who switched to pro wrestling. In 1999 he underwent the transition from blackbelt to catch as catch can wrestling. Mick joined the IWA school, he was an immediate standout. The rugged 25 year old has already had a couple of very impressive victories over Mark Mercedes & Stephen Swann and still in his first year of competition. Then shock of the year Mick Dimovski was able to dethrone AJ Freely and become IWA Champion (Champion for a day - lost it back to Freely next day at Burwood). Dimovski combines hard hitting chops and kicks with high flying moves and some good technical wrestling holds. Keep your eye on this rookie, he is going places. Has come a long way in a short period, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking. His spinning heel kick is one of the best things in Australian Wrestling, he was voted '99 IWA Rookie of the year. In his spare time he plays in a band.
Big Phil is awesome, has come a long way in a short period, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking, absolutely huge, covered in tattoos and completely and utterly mad. This Italian powerhouse is the most popular and charismatic performer in years. He is the Current IWA Heavyweight Champion, winning that honor live on TV. He also has been well received in a full page photo spread in Juice Magazine and made several fantastic appearances on cable TV. His career began at the IWA School in 1997 and he had the reputation of being a threat to anyone he gets in the ring with. Begs to have his chest chopped so hard, till it gets red and it's bleeding, well received as IWA champion, the most popular champion with the fans ever. His body is rock hard & chiseled out like an ancient Roman statue. Big Phil's known for his unpredictable style. Has a top attitude and he is the nuttiest pro wrestler in Australia, never before have fans seen an uncoordinated wrestler with such an imposing physical presence and such crazy, unorthodox attempts at pro wrestling moves. As far as technical ability he is likened to Mario Milano, in fact IWA describe his style as a " Twisted Hulkamania no sell - Modern day Milano" style. Whatever it is that he is doing out there it brings the house down everytime.
6) Ronnie Miller
Aussie Ronnie Miller. Solid Brawler who was a mainstay of the glory days of Ch 9 WCW during the 70's. Teamed with Larry O' Dea resulting in a dramatic split and a classic feud that followed. Promoted and wrestled on his own shows during the 1980's and continued until the mid 90's. Wrestled on the 1985 Stan Hansen Bruiser Brody tour. Pinned Harley Race in NWA non title match (77/78 ). Still around in the background and behind the scenes. Was involved last year in the HRCW shows backstage, considered to be the next inductee in IWA's Hall of Fame award. Mario Milano was the last person to be inducted by the IWA in 98's Easter Showdown.
7) Con 'Mr Damage' Iakovidis
Son of legendary local wrestler Alex Iakovidis. Grew up in Melb. and moved to Canada where he lived in with the Hart family. Toured around Canada working with Stu Hart's 'Calgary Stampede' promotion for a few years. Billed as Con Kovidis, he appeared many times with Bret Hart, Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith. That was the crew Con started out with. He returned to Australia after Stampede closed and appeared on all the local promotions of the late 80's and early 90's. Toured with Wrestleriot and was the main babyface for FWA. Dedicated and hardworking. Still active, he's about the same age as Bret Hart and still in top shape. Promoter of 'Rumble Rock Wrestling' in Melbourne, regarded as the best shows in Victoria.
8) Dynamite Danny Burns
Late, great Danny Burns was a great young wrestler before his shock suicide in 1994. Could brawl as well as wrestle. Son of legendary wrestler/ ref Bobby Burns. Never seen him have a disappointing match. Sadly missed !!!
9) Billy Condoleon
Condoleon , a veteran and a headliner for many years in Australia. Condoleon competed in amateur wrestling for several years before making the successful transition to pro. A charismatic performer, Condoleon has spent 97 training in Brazilian jujitsu adding to his already vast repertoire. Condoleon became the 2nd ever IWA Heavyweight Champion forcing Rasta the Voodoo Man to submit to a jujitsu leg lock. Billy Condoleon is a Greek wrestler who claims he is a Greek God. " I have the body of Adonis" he shouts. Condoleon began training for his Pro career as a teenager in the late 1970's. He was taken under the guidance of former greats Roy Heffernan, Ronnie Miller and the late Larry O' Dea. It was the year 1979 and Australian Championship Wrestling was no longer being programmed for TV. The diminished live circuit was where Billy dug in. It was men like Condoleon who stayed here and kept the spirit of Australian Championship Wrestling alive. During the 80's Billy Condoleon faced all local competition he had some classic matches against Wayne Pickford, Big John Tolios, Kenny Medlin and the Samoan Warrior. This much is true Billy Condoleon is an aggressive wrestler who combines classic Greco Roman moves with a Pro style that was shaped by some legendary Australian superstars Roy Heffernan, Ronnie Miller and the late Larry O' Dea were but a few of the greats who helped make Billy who he was. Retired from pro wrestling in 1999, became a born again Christian. Started spending more time with his family and on other hobbies such as his hot rod car.
Von Stekker / Smith
Trained alongside Mercedes at the Malenko's school. Following his initial training in the US, Stekker returned to Australia where he gained quite a reputation as a shooter, and was contacted by the Japanese shooting group Pancrase. Greg enjoyed great success with Pancrase and was invited back for the follow up tour. Von Stekker also appeared on Pancrase's first Pay Per View, which was broadcast in the United States. Despite suffering an injury going into his bout, Von Stekker managed to hold the Ultimate Fighting star Guy Metzga to a draw. Smit spent his rookie years in Australia working for ACW, WWW, CWC, FWA, Mega Pro and Ron Miller's Shows at Souths ( also AWF ) Greg Stekker, at one point, used the nickname "The Pistol". Wore the same pair of reversible blue/red amateur wrestling tights for over nine years.. He held several heavyweight title belts during these early years and got a reputation for being easy going & a nice guy. During 92 /93 he wrestled for FWA Melb. as Droogie Smit ( A gimmick taken from cult film "A Clockwork Orange" ) . In Recent years Gregory Von Stekker was an IWA Champion, dropped off of late. In his prime was an outstanding technical wrestler with a sophisticated but whacky vocabulary. Finisher: Stekkerplex
Vulcan is an established Aussie pro wrestler and a headliner for many years in Promo's CWC, Mega Pro, & ACW . Known as the Fijian Warrior, he competed in pro wrestling for less than 2 years before making the successful transition to the Gladiators TV show, a role for which he is best known. Vulcan has also spent time training in Malenko's wrestling academy in Florida, USA. In 1999 Vulcan became the IWA Heavyweight Champion for several weeks. He also appeared in the latest James Bond film. His best bouts have been against Mark Mercedes & Greg Stekker, very few fans saw his great match with Marty Jannetty during 99. Commented for the Superstars of Wrestling tour 2000. Vulcan, on occasion, bills himself as Vulkan. He teamed with the Road Warriors against The Public Enemy on several cards during the Superstars Of Wrestling tour in 2000.
12) Stephen Swann / C40
Another Aussie who went to Florida and became a Malenko school graduate. Straight faced wrestler who has one of Australia's best scientific / technical repertoires. Works good matches with a submissions style offense. Recently became known as C40 in an IWA angle that has the Swann suffering amnesia.
13) Wayne Punisher Pickford / Lofty Pickford
Wayne Lofty / Punisher Pickford was the most feared man in Australian pro Wrestling for many of these years. He has over 15 years experience under his belt and has worked for virtually every local promoter. Best known for his rough house tactics, Pickford has slapped the beans out of many young guns who have opposed him in the ring. A former IWA heavyweight Champion. Trained in the 70's by the late great Roy Heffernen, Punisher Pickford could display the technical standard of excellence worthy of his well respected trainer. Pickford has a great uppercut and the famous 'Heffernan chops'. Pickford also briefly toured the UK in the early 90s. Punisher Pickford is a man who can do it all and has seen it all. Also wrestled as the Mummy on occasion, wrapped in bandages. He uses any number of submissions to finish opponents including a reverse figure four leg lock. Nicknamed 'Baldy' by the fans, he always entertains a crowd. His career included a UK tour, many insiders say retirement is due, perhaps within 12 months.
14) Youngblood Harpas
Son on Andy Animal Harpas. Former referee for his father's ACW promotion. Great physique and recently turned to wrestling ( and booking matches ). He's the top babyface currently in ACW and rated pretty well considering the circumstances and competition. Youngblood continues the family tradition of promoting local wrestling shows, perhaps, like his dad, he will continue to run ACW for many years and continue to discover new talent in the decade ahead.
15) Kevin Martin
Currently residing in QLD, a great - excellent worker who had a long lasting feud with Bruiser Davis. His best days are now behind him but during the 80's he was still pouring it on for the fans in most states. Recognized by his familiar 'sharpy hairstyle' ( short on top - long down the back ) . A great technical wrestler who could always tell a story with his work and always got the crowd going. Never seen him have a disappointing match, lots of votes from QLD where he last wrestled.
16)'Cocky' Kenny Medlin
Held the Austra-Asian middleweight belt for about 1000 years! Great worker who could always rile a crowd up. Had legendary feud with Bobby Burns (in both Bobby's roles as a referee and a wrestler). Had his best years during the 70's & 80's. Still wrestled in 90's on Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs, Syd.
17) Ace Fenton
Great local worker who performed at his peak in the late 80's early 90's. Showed style as a rookie and appeared in Sydney on the Wrestleriot 2 tour in 93. Forced retirement in 1995 due to a knee injury. Rated as the best young wrestler for his time in the 'Ingleburn / Liverpool /Souths & Marrickville Town Hall days'. Local fans went nuts for his ear drum snapping chops. Deserves recognition for what he has done in the local biz during those years.
18) Pogo ( Dark Carnies )
One half of Australia's best tag team. Huge guy, solid worker, great look with the flouro orange boiler suit, face paint and of course his trademark finisher 'The Gut'. Pogo in recent weeks has been wrestling many IWA singles bouts and keeping up an impressive win loss record for a relative newcomer. Along with his tag team partner Loco they have become one of IWA's most feared Tag Teams. Greatest win to date was over Mark Mercedes & Punisher Pickford to win the final round of the IWA tag team tournament. Pogo enjoys a very popular fan response with his finishing move 'The Gut'
Trained by Kenny Dunlop and rated as one of the best young wrestler for his time in the 'Ingleburn / Liverpool / Souths & Marrickville Town Hall days'. Local fans were much impressed with back somersaults and better than average technical ability. Deserves recognition for what he did back then. Next appeared with FWA and wrestled AJ Freely in Freely's Australian debut ( Melb 93). He featured in People magazine, editorial & photo of Skyhawk, an 18 year old pro wrestler who was also doing his HSC at the time. Disappeared for several years , during which time he took a hiatus from pro wrestling and moved to the Northern Territory. Back on the scene again now, based in Melb and often billed as Warhawk. These days doing main events, and working for most feds in Melb. Also ran his own show, AWO this year.Skyhawk made a great return to the Sydney scene for IWA's riot 2, a great IWA debut wrestling King Haka. Skyhawk still gets great reviews for his matches in both NSW & Victoria. He is well liked and respected by his pears and fans alike. Seen it all - done it all on these shores, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking.
20) Andrew Bumthorne
Direct from Oxford street, Darlinghurst into the IWA wrestling school. He Dances and then he wrestles. Bumthorne rose to prominence during 1998. Known as the young rookie Andrew Michaels. He decided his name sucked ( thought it was too much like the 'boy toy Shawn Michaels'). The following year the fashionable Andrew underwent some changes in his persona , so to speak. He began concentrating more on his surname... , he got a new look and became 'Andrew Summers' , then 'Andrew Lock-heart' , then the ever changing Andrew came out with a final new name.... Enter.... " Andrew Bumthorne".... and Andrew then opened his closet door to reveal a whole new wardrobe. Chains, whips, leather hats, with gay colored frocks, skirts and blouses, even a handbag. Definitely a rather queer and unusual IWA performer. Look out for young Andrew Bumthorne in 2000. He has the right attitude and guidance to go places in this industry. Bumthorne has come a long way in a short period, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking. Andrew Bumthorne's recent winning streak continues, Bumthorne is currently boasting about his conquest of 7ft Thunder at Gosford. Andy Bumthorne also claims to have beaten Vulcan in the IWA Newcastle tournament last October. Regardless of all his prissiness, dancing and prancing he has proven that he is a great little IWA wrestler.
21) Mehdi Basiri
Big, strong, talented, young and pro wrestling runs in his family. Mehdi Basiri is the legitimate nephew of the legendary Iron Sheik ( former WWF champion ). Mehdi tried to avoid being stereotyped, unlike his infamous uncle, Mehdi does not want anything to do with political issues, no spitting, no flag burning, no hostage taking, no religious issues, no not even those trademarked pointed boots and mustache. Mehdi Basiri does however have a body like 'Iron' and he has one hell of a 'camel clutch' submission too. Mehdi was recently voted by his piers and by wrestling fans alike as 'a future world champion', Mehdi's got the right attitude and pier guidance to go places in this industry. Keep your eye on Iron Mehdi Basiri . He has come a long way in a short period, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking.
22) Gregory Pexx / Mr Attitude
Began his career with a shoot based background, first appeared in ACW & ARPW. Underwent training with for IWA at school . Enter Gregory 'Mr Attitude' Pexx. He was introduced to the IWA in the year 2000, he faced Mark Mercedes his first appearance. Pexx told IWA that he was here to compete with the best in Australia, and added he was in the IWA to meet women. Greg Pexx's got the right attitude and pier guidance too. Time will tell if he will go places in this industry. His background as a shootfighter has seen him enter the IWA on a ' top 10 level' . Fast and furious is the way to describe Pexxx's style - an awesome display of wrestling, Greg Pexxx shows to all that indeed he does have talent. Pexx went well against top local pro stars like C40, Billy Cole & Mark Mercedes, often proving too fast for big Mercedes. Greg Pecxx shows power, strength, speed and skill. He is another new breed of talent who must be considered for not only the IWATrans Tasman title but also the IWA heavyweight belt. His IWA finisher :The Pexx Paste !
23) Loco ( Dark Carnies )
One half of Australia's best tag team. Big solid worker, great look with the orange boiler suit and long curly hair. Perhaps the only thing holding back his wrestling career is his career in pro football. Loco plays professional football in Canberra . This may be the reason we have seen Pogo in so many IWA singles bouts during footy season. Loco is a big guy who is learning heaps in the IWA. Along with his tag team partner Pogo they have become one of IWA most feared Tag Teams. Greatest win to date was over Mark Mercedes & Punisher Pickford to win the final round of the IWA tag team tournament this year. Loco enjoys a very popular fan response with his partner Pogo & the 'Gut'
24) 7ft Thunder / Australian Giant
Australia's biggest pro athlete. Introduced to the scene by Animal Harpas and began wrestling as " The Australian Giant" soon became tag champs with Andy Harpas, team was called 'the World'. Also worked for Mega Pro Wrestling in the mid 90's as 'Aussie Giant. His IWA debut was in 1998 at Royal Easter Showdown. He competed , billed as 7ft Thunder for the first time, in the 'IWA 20 man battle royal' and the 8 man singles elimination tournament to determine the first ever IWA Heavyweight Champion. Thunder is an IWA superstar who also became a 2 time former IWA heavyweight champion. His tremendous body builder's physique and overwhelming height is enough to intimidate any competition. He has appeared on various wrestling shows in Vic, NSW, Qld & ACT. Thunder is still regarded as one of the top IWA superstars and always considered a leading contender for any title.
25) Steve Rackman
Known as 'Crusher'.These days he is probably more well known for a five minute role in 'Crocodile Dundee' than for his wrestling career. Has promoted as well as wrestled. Leader of the 'Rat Pack'in the mid-80s, a group of wrestlers which included George Barnes, Wayne 'Lofty' Pickford, and Ken Dunlop. Currently involved promoting in a small way but not often seen at shows.
26) ZZ Hook
He undertook basic pro wrestling training under the wing of Hart school Graduate Brian Cannon. Hook is part of an impressive Canberra line up. He has a well defined and very muscular physique, perhaps the most impressive looking athlete in Aussie wrestling today. An exiting, charismatic young wrestler. ZZ Hook hails from the beautiful Sea Shell Islands, off the coast of South Africa. Hook is a bright, young IWA star for the new millennium . ZZ Hook is pumped up and ready to fight. He is the new age hero and a real fan favorite. Always has stunning women accompany him to ringside including Eve & Lisa. He introduced AJ Freely's valet Danni to the IWA too. ZZ has come a long way in a short period, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking. finishes off opponents with the Hook Line & Sinker .
Young, exciting, high flying and fast moving. Based in S.A, has only wrestled for a short period and appears dedicated and hardworking. With proper guidance he could develop into a leading Aussie pro wrestler. Also one of the 'garbage wrestling' style guys. His matches for AWF this year were respectable efforts. A new guy, average worker, could have potential but defiantly in need of further training and career development. As a general statement, the Adelaide and Melbourne wrestlers are smaller and lighter than their Sydney counterparts. Comments I've heard from interstate fans who go to Sydney shows is that, as a rule, Sydney guys are slower than Melbourne / SA guys. Just something I've picked up.
28) Brian " Superfire" Cannon
Trained in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Hart Brothers school, this school was made famous by 90's sensation Bret 'Hitman" Hart. The school that groomed the likes of the British Bulldogs, Chris Beniot and many more of Canada's best. Superfire has been taught by some of the best in the business. After graduating, Superfire Cannon, who was only 22 years old toured the Calgary circuit alongside current WWF trainees like "the Brood"and Tiger Ali Singh. Then returned back home to Canberra Australia. In the mid 90's Cannon worked for Mega Pro & TWP. He also promoted a couple of successful shows in Canberra. In more recent times he was a competitor in the IWA, described as a little nugget of a wrestler who is not afraid to take risks. Had some great matches in the IWA during the Royal Easter Showdown 1998 and other venues in 1999 before suffering a shoulder injury at an AWF show later that year , a controversy, which may have ended his career as a wrestler. Has recently returned to light duties as a referee in the IWA. He is rated highly, well respected and well liked by his pears and his fans. Trained over 20 new wrestlers in the Canberra Dojo, including ZZ Hook & the Dark Carnies, He is also known as the leader of the Canberra Posse'.
South Australian based, Reports are that he is exciting, high flying and fast moving. A new guy, average worker, could have potential but still in need of further training and some career development.. With proper guidance he could develop into a leading lightweight pro wrestler. Definitely has a love for 'garbage style wrestling'. Is currently one of the best of those guys and his matches for AWF this year were respectable efforts. Good attitude, dedicated and hardworking.
30) Ash Phoenix
Lightweight masked wrestler from Katoomba, Mexico ( just near Tacula ). High risk, high flyer but often pinned by larger IWA opponents. Has a great Senton Bomb ( a bit like WWF Jeff Hardy ) Also, wrestles as his gimmick brothers Slash & Flash Phoenix from the 'Fying Phoenix Family'. Most fans know of his secret identity as IWA referee & ring crew 'Skinny Brad McWhinney'. Ash Phoenix is a talented young wrestler, an IWA school graduate who scored a big victory over Wildstyle back in 1998. Though he is seldom seen wrestling in singles bouts, Ash is exciting, high flying and fast moving. The Phoenix has come a long way in a short period, excellent attitude, dedicated and hardworking. His classic battle against Premutico was testament to his ability. Ash is one of Australia's leading lightweight pro wrestlers and he is not afraid to take on the IWA giants. Definitely has a love for 'garbage style wrestling'. Is currently one of the best of the 'garbage wrestling' style guys and his professional technique and savvy is growing stronger each week.
31) Real Deal Steve O' Neil
Not much is known about this high flying new talent from South Oz, reports say he's got something special. Young , has potential. Rated higher due to demand from fans in Adelaide to consider their local workers who performed this year as opposed to older guys that haven't been seen on shows this year. This newcomer rated well with the Sydney pro wrestling experts.
32) Psycho Kid Thunder
Rated as one of Melbourne's best workers, has a catch phrase ' look into these eyes' A hero in his local arenas, fan favorite. About 5'8" and 85kg, not the biggest guy but makes up for it with charisma. Definitely has a love for 'garbage style wrestling'. Is currently one of the best of the 'garbage wrestling' style guys. He has worked for ACW and Titan in Sydney and has proven to be a great ' high spots wrestler' his professional technique and scientific savvy has room to improve.
33) King Haka ( NZ )
Only new to Pro Wrestling but he's learning much in a short time. Got a reputation for being hard core and bumped from the top of a cage, to the outside & through a table. Originally from NZ, now based in Melbourne. Haka has had some tremendous bouts with Skyhawk, their IWA debut match was a Trans Tasman elimination match at Riot 2. Haka was featured significantly on The Buzz, Channel (V) and was interviewed on TVSN's Under The Hammer. Both programs aired highlights of IWA's Riot 2, Haka got good raves from Sydney fans and looked great on TV.
34) Frank D' Tank
Unbelievably popular Italian Wrestler with a huge, rotund physique. What he lacks in skill he makes up for with pure effort, he gives 110% every time he wrestles. Mostly on the losing end of matches but on occasions he finishes off opponents with a "Meatball splash off the bottom rope" Frankie D' Tankie : aka Mr 730 Frank the Tank. Trained at the IWA pro Wrestling academy in 1997, Frankie has become a much loved permanent fixture within the ranks of the IWA. Frankie is an underdog who is always trying to achieve greater goals. His first big break came when he scored a pinfall win over Ash Phoenix in April of 1999. Frankie is best remembered for slamming a cream pie into the face of his wrestling instructor Stephen Swann. Currently with valet Priscilla Sludge and involved in an IWA wedding angle.
35) George Barnes
The Balmain boy, excellent worker in his day and has wrestled in the infamous Memphis region USA. Barnes was renown for being a legitimate tough guy and had a rep for in ring shooting. Like Mario Milano he would have rated higher had this list been set 10 years earlier.
36) Crazy Dog Cavanough / the C-Dog
This Crazy young dog / man rose to recognition in his feud with Andrew Bumthorne. Last year Crazy dog was the 'stand out' member of his group 'Thugs inc'. He was first discovered roaming the countryside of NSW, his sleepless nights and pack leader lifestyle made him a great candidate for a career in Pro Wrestling. After some schooling at the IWA training center he emerged as a great young wrestler and a serious contender for the IWA Trans Tasman title. Also noted for biting ( worse than Fred Blassie's dog ) his opponent. Crazy dog wants to take a chunk out of the competition in the IWA. The highflying, suicidal style is typical of the new breed of IWA stars for the 21st century. His finishing move: suicide splash from the top (of anything )
37) Cobra / Extremo Loco
Good, small highflying wrestler. Has appeared on most Melbourne based shows during recent years. Great to watch when he is on his game, but when he's off he's off. Applied for IWA and requested a stint in IWA school but being based in Melbourne made it near impossible. Reputed to have suffered more concussions than any other local worker. Has retired over the internet but now performing on shows billed as Extremo Loco. He and Chucky spent many hours of self promotion on the internet message boards during 98 -99. Wrestled on AWF shows in 1999.
38) Andy 'Animal' Harpas
Has been around the local circuit for some 30 years. Seen on the tail end of WCW TV ( Australian ) in the 70's, always on the losing end of the stick. Did the job for wrestlers like Andre' the Giant & Bruiser Brody on channel 9. During the 80's promoted wrestling for WWW along with Bob Blassie & Kenny Dunlop. Holds the record ( tied with Dunlop ) for holding the most titles in your own promotion (5 at once) . Fans in Sydney's west still love him. Current ACW tag team champion with his son Youngblood Harpas. There are few wrestlers currently active in Australia today that have the wealth of experience of Andy"Animal" Harpas. Throughout the 1980's, Harpas dominated the wrestling scene in Western Sydney. His list of victories reads like a "who's who" list of Australian pro wrestling at that time. Opponents that have looked up at the ceiling for Andy include Mr. Wrestling, the Lebanese Butcher, Big John Tolios, Gary Scott and Ken Dunlop, to name a few. In recent years Animal Harpas also spends much of his time "behind the scenes" in wrestling as a talent scout, training new wrestlers and promoting ACW Sydney with his son Youngblood. Andy has introduced many of today's top stars to pro wrestling - including the Australian Giant - 7ft Thunder. No one can deny that the "Animal" has been a big part of the Australian wrestling scene. His significance on the local scene cannot be ignored. At the Royal Easter Showdown, as part of the 8 - man single elimination tournament, Harpas was put to the test as he pitted his skills against the very best Australian wrestling has to offer in a battle for IWA supremacy. Love him or hate him, "Animal" Harpas always entertains the fans and tries to give them their money's worth.
39) Gary Scott
Legendary Aussie brawler. Reportedly known for his drunkenness and biffo away from the ring. Gary Scott wrestled for virtually every wrestling promotion during the 80's - mid 90's. Never known to knock back a schooner & chat with a fan. Great Aussie pub brawler who loved to juice. Also wrestled as Blade Runner, The Blewer, and Scott the Grott. Great personality and had a legendary feud with Danny Burns.
40) Rogue Trooper ( NZ )
Debut in the IWA, in fact his first time out of New Zealand was in 1999 IWA 'Brawl in the Mall' in Sydney. Trooper had spent many years in NZ feuding with AJ Freely. The IWA flew Rogue Trooper across the Tasman to be sure AJ Freely was well received. Their match was a classic, Trooper flew back to NZ but his reputation lingered and the 'word of mouth' was that NZ has some great untapped talent. Rogue Trooper is a lot like AJ Freely both spent years wrestling excellent matches in NZ, sometimes performing to very small crowds. He did the hard yards and should be recognized for his performances during the lows of the mid 80's - early 90's.
41) Jason Helton
Canadian born wrestler who married an Aussie woman, now based in NSW. Great on the microphone, great heel, possibly the best on AWF shows in 1999. Had good bouts with Thunder. Only had a handful of matches here so far, hasn't really worked with the top local guys yet. Lack of shows in QLD has prevented him rating higher. Did a spot with young Mick Marz at a QLD Shootfighting event that went horribly wrong, Marz needed several stitches in his forehead after digging himself too deep.
Another of Melbourne's best workers today, highspot hero in his local arenas, not the biggest guy but makes up for it with good showings in the ring. Mostly works for ACW Melbourne, promoter Dom Ferrari aka Super Mario.
43) Tied between - Blade (NSW #1 ), and
Blade ( Vic )
Victoria's Blade is another guy named on the razors edge. This Blade is about 6'0 tall and weighs approx. 90kgs. Flat top hairstyle & goatee beard. Wears black jeans, black singlet and black fingerless gloves. Ok as a heel and throws a good punch. Possibly the best technique out of all Blades, he is crisp and sharp in execution of moves. Known in Melbourne as a true professional, great work ethic & attitude. Melbourne's Blade has also used the ring names of Blade Runner and
Superstar (under a mask). He throws a mean snap legdrop. I gather he and
Psycho Kid Thunder are brothers. The other Blade from NSW worked for ACW Sydney for some time in the mid - late 90's, exhilarating, high flying and fast moving spot wrestler. Only wrestled for a short period. Labeled determined and diligent. With some conscientious training he may improve in the years ahead.
44) Vic Cobra Murry
Billed as Brass Knuckles champ and served as part time commentator / enforcer for WWW & Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs. Also appeared in TV Commercials as an extra. A nuggety, solid man who swung a decent right hook.
45) Mr Wrestling / Kid Hardy
Ancient performer aged in his 60's. Still lays claim to being NWA Australian Champion. Has taken some terrific bumps in his day but has had terrible matches of late for ARPW & ACW Syd. Never takes his mask off within 5km radius of a venue. Was floored by security guards in 1980 for wearing his wrestling mask while walking into a bank. Has used the moniker of Cpl Hardy / Kid Hardy in the past. Known to hold a BBQ as Steve Hardy and go inside and come out again as Mr. Wrestling from Nevada, USA.
Based in Melbourne, older guy, reports say he has only wrestled for year or two and appears purposeful and interested. With proper mentors he could develop into a greater pro wrestler. Also has a splendid look, bald head and bearded. Good outfits and ring attire including feathered boas.
47) Bully the Brawler
Not the most creative name, still a good, solid worker from Melbourne. Gets over well as a hard edge streetfighter. Good outfits / ring attire. Short, brown hair, older guy with tattoos on his arms. Trained by Con Iakovidis, now wrestling in main events along with Ox. He has learned a lot in a short time, has settled into the local industry well since he started about 2 years ago.
Popular young Melbourne based wrestler. Has earned a reputation as a 'daredevil who throws his body around' Regarded as reckless by many within the industry and is accused of spending too many hours of self promotion on the internet message boards during 98 -99. Wrestled for ACW and AWF in Sydney. Applied for IWA a few times but no IWA debut has happened as yet. Described as a good, small highflying wrestler who has appeared on most Melbourne based shows during recent years. Also ran his own show recently called ' Junior Kickstart Pro Wrestling' which didn't enjoy much success. Great to watch when he is in form, but his mistakes are abominable and often lead to unfortunate injuries.
49) Red Flair
Trained by Ken Dunlop from the age of 15. Now, many years later, he promotes for Titan Wrestling Promotions ( TWP ) in West Sydney. Best known for his appearance as 'Gonads the Barbarian' during a comedy skit on the Footy show. The intentions were originally to promote local pro wrestling but a lack of talent from TWP saw it degenerate into a joke. Red Flair / Gonads is an overweight , tall, red haired wrestler with limited skills. He has held every TWP belt . Manages to get crowd heat on TWP shows with an "I love myself gimmick"
50) Lord Lush
Melbourne based worker, more a participating manager and mouthpiece for most fed in Vic. Rated as having the best gimmick in Melb today, Looks like a reject from an old 70's band and the 'Im too sexy' attitude with a 'wogboys' comedy style. Good on the mic. Has his own spot on Jim Dimirov's shows called the Lush Club. Also appeared on Ch (V) heavy music show Amped as a guest VJ edited alongside Sheik and friends from the band 'Psychotic Turnbuckles' who were co hosting Ch (V)'s Amped from the IWA tag team tournament show.
51) Larry O' Dea
Solid Brawler who was a main stay of the glory days of Ch 9 WCW during the 70's. Tag team champ with Ron Miller before the split and the classic feud that followed. Still Promoted & wrestled during the 1980's. Also wrestled with his son on occasions and worked in the USA, he returned to Australia before sadly passing away in the mid 90's. Aussie fans still talk about Larry O' Dea & Ronnie Miller with great pride.
52) Mario Milano
Italian born, huge "STAR" of the 70's when Aussie wrestling was hot. First IWA Hall of Fame inductee ( Royal Easter Show 98) . Estimated 90% of Australian's aged over 30 have heard of him. Perhaps the most well known wrestler in Australia ever and his place in history cannot be doubted. Because his prime was before the 80's his ranking will be affected. Still wrestling these days aged 65 ( ACW vic / ARPW ) and still finishing his opponents with the abdominal stretch.
53) Larry Papodopolis
Sydney grappler Larry Papadopoulis was ranked # 1 in Australia for Brazilian Ju Jitsu and #2 in the World Shoot ing Championship rankings. In 1988 Larry turned pro - he represented Australia in the World Ju Jitsu titles 3 times and on his third attempt he won the prestigious CCT open style martial arts tournament in 1992.. A turning point in Larry's career came in 1994, scouts from the Pancrase shoot fighting organization in Japan came to visit Larry Papadopoulis' Gym.The scouts were interested in signing Papadopoulis for a professional fight in Japan. Larry took up the offer and in December of 94 he found himself in Tokyo, standing in front of 20,000 Japanese fans. He had a great fight with Suzuki Minoro. The following month he fought former UFC winner and former WWF superstar Ken Shamrock. Reached the number 7 spot in Pancrase before rival promoters in Japan wanted him, he ended up going to the World Shooting Association in 1996. By October 1997, following an impressive victory over Japan's Akihiro Gouno, Papadopoulis had fought his way up to the number 1 spot in the world. Larry gets mobbed in Tokyo but when he is home in Sydney the only recognition he gets is from Japanese tourists who know him from his TV and live appearances in Japan. In 1998 Papadopoulis to came to the IWA ( his pro wrestling debut ) and issued a shoot fighting challenge to Bill Condoleon. The match was signed for the IWA's Royal Easter Showdown at the new Olympic Stadium at Homebush bay. Papadopoulis also wrestled Greg Stekker in a shootfight at the first 'IWA Shellshocked' at Shell Harbour Workers Club.
54) Louigi Marcello
Has been wrestling on the Aussie club scene for the past 20 years. Big barrel chested Italian wrestler who has average to decent wrestling skills. His career never reached any real heights but he has been on many shows, wrestling in NSW, VIC, SA & QLD also worked under a mask as The Hangman and the Assassin. Had unfavorable habit of walking around locker rooms in the nude. Still active today on ACW Melb. and AARPW shows. Rated well for years of service and consistency
55) TNT Kid / Tommy the Cat / Greg Bownds
Trained by Ken Dunlop in the mid 90's Debut at WWW & ACW as Tommy the Cat \. Mega Pro booked him as TNT kid' where he had sensational matches with Mark Mercedes. Admittedly, a pretty good spot wrestler but perhaps too bulky these days. In the mid 90's he was the best of the 'garbage wrestling' style guys. 1998 IWA booked him on the Royal Easter Showdown. Went well for a few months during 1998, had some great matches with Mercedes. Broke away from the IWA in 1999 and started his own promo ( AWF ). Nowadays speaking with a 'bad American accent' during his interviews. Make fun of his silly Yank accent on interviews, criticize the way he runs his promo, but give the devil his due when it comes to in-the-ring prowess.
56) Kiss / Stinger Borthwick
Young charismatic performer, started his career as Rod Stinger Borthwick, one of Ken Dunlop's boys. Also worked as stripper for 'wildboyz afloat'. He seems more into stripping than actually wrestling. Great as a babyface but still often jeered and laughed at during speaking roles. Had a high-pitched, squeaky voice. He was AWA
champ for a time in 1998.
57) Celtic Corpse
A tall, lurking man covered in Celtic tattoos. aka Wayne Enright, one of the Canberra Posse' who appeared mid card on IWA shows 99 -2000. Also wrestled on the recent Canberra show Max Pro Wrestling. Hardcore, weapons match against the Jackal (his brother). All reports said it was the best match on the show. A lead tool box was among some of the heavy duty props used. The 'Wrestling Enright Brothers' got a write up in the local papers.
58) Dennis Lacouris
Greek-born wrestler who was very popular with fans during the 80's, wrestled for WWW and ACW for a while. Also worked for Ron Miller at Souths, some of Steve Rackman's shows and main evented at Marrackville Town Hall in the late 80's. Been wrestling on the Aussie club scene for the past 20 years. He has average to decent wrestling skills. His career never reached any real heights but he worked on many shows, wrestling in NSW, VIC, SA & QLD . Not active today but rates well for his years of service and consistency.
59) The Lebanese Butcher
He appeared for WWW & Ron Millers shows at Souths as well as ACW and Titan. As you may have guessed he is of Lebanese origin. A regular throughout the 80's & 90's on ACW, WWW, Mega Pro and other local shows. Also referee with ACW, still active today. looks good in costume and works well as a heel.
60) Percy Sludge
The IWA's 1999 commentator of the year stepped into the ring for the first time in the year 2000. Member of popular Sydney band "Le Club Nerd", his feud with fellow commentator Ace Megastar came to a head in a retirement match which the
110 pound Percy lost. Came back to be pinned at Roundhouse Riot 2 by TV personality "The Ashman" from Foxtels Under The Hammer. Has managed Mark Mercedes, Frank D Tank, The Dark Carnies, The Yeti, Propane and Celtic Corpse. Produced and commentated on the hard to get Wrestle Riot 2 video and worked behind the scenes on the recent Superstars of Wrestling tour. A former 'Mr. Puniverse' who provides a great comedy/ parody and pantomime element to the IWA shows. Also the man who wrote, performed and produced the IWA's theme song. Rated high for his performance skills along with his 'behind the scenes' contributions to Australia's Local Wrestling Community. Well respected and liked by fans and his colleagues.
61) Big John Tolios
Big Greek-born wrestler who was very popular with fans during the 80's, except for a brief heel run ala Mario Milano 10 years earlier. First appeared during the final years of WCW on Channel 9 in the 70's, like Andy Harpas was only a young rookie at the time. Held WWW strap for a while. Also worked for Ron Miller at Souths and main evented for Mega Pro Wrestling during the early 90's. Last seen as Bill Condoleon's cane carrying manager in 1999.
62) Gangsta/ Dean Draven
Now working as Dean Draven, another guy with potential but lacks interest and is still lingers in TWP as the main babyface. Another guy who still mimics the American wrestlers on TV. His gimmick is a cross between DX & the Undertaker and he has wrestled Troy Simmons for approx 75% of his career.
63) Mike Starr
Appeared for a while in the early 90's, trained by Ken Dunlop. Worked fro WWW and wrestled at Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs. Tall, skinny guy , average to decent work in the ring. Also lost interest and became discouraged at the promotions / shows of his time.
64) Ricky Diamond
Young brother of Ken Dunlop who wrestles too. A tiny guy , but a well schooled wrestler who now works in Melbourne based promotions. He embarrassed and offended many local wrestling fans in 1998 (Titan Wrestling promotions, Bankstown ) when he entered the ring to Bret Harts theme music. Has also used " Girls Just Wanna Fun" by Cyndi Lauper for ring entrance music, bad call.
65) Troy the Boy Simmonds
Best described as a young punk. Only knows high spots. Known to take crowd heat seriously and challenge fans to fight him in the car park. Seems most comfortable in lower level of competition that only TWP can offer. Troy Simmonds also used the nickname "The Assassin" at one point. Rated one of the worst gimmicks in Australian pro wrestling ever. Finishing move: Whatever he saw on TV last week.
66) HardCore Superstar
New wrestler who needs more experience, perhaps the best of the youngboys in AWF this year. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide opposition, best mic skills in his fed and has executed some high spots quite well. Appeared on the AWF promo during cable TV's WWF Raw program recently, he is still new to the industry and has potential for the future. With proper guidance, further training and career development he could develop into a serious heavyweight contender in the future.
67) Jumpin' Josh
A Ken Dunlop boy, who now promotes for TWP in Sydney. Actually, an ok little wrestler and quite a good highflyer. Had good potential but perhaps not adequate to compete on a higher level. Josh is comfortable in lower level of competition that only TWP can offer. Known in the early 90's as one half of the 'Beach Boys' tag team with Peter McCormack. Also reputed for punching TNT kid in the head, backstage, in an incident , Josh claims, that forever branded TNT a 'crybaby' for locking the dressing room door, calling police to the club and trying to have Josh charged with assault.
Melbourne wrestler, Long blonde braided hair, powerful upper body. Only been wrestling for 6 months. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide opposition, best at bumping and has executed some high spots quite well. Works as a heel in Melbourne part of a group called the 'Foreign Legion'
69) Sgt Bianco
Giant wrestler who debut as Don Milano, young brother of Mario Milano. Missed the ship for WCW in Australia but did a tour of Japan with Mario once. He appeared on most promotions during the 80's but usually for short stints only. He argued with promoters and earned a reputation as being over demanding. In 1998 - 99 he was performing as a heel in the IWA , he did main events with Rasta the Voodoo Man at The IWA Royal Easter Showdown & the first IWA Chaos on the Central Coast which rates as his best work in recent times ( maybe ever ). In 1999 he ran his own shows known as All Australian 'Real' Pro Wrestling. Bianco's AARPW have been criticized by local fans for booking too many ol' timers on the shows and playing old WCW Australia videos on the club big screens using up 1hour of a 2 hour showtime .
70) Scar Montanna / Gary the Goose Gambini
Scar began his career at IWA, he wrestled Punisher Pickford in his IWA debut at St. Georges Basin, then he spent a few weeks with AWF before returning to the IWA. He returned as Brett Sheargold's trendy, good looking bodyguard Gary 'the Goose' Gambini who was employed more for his handsome good looks than his ability as a bodyguard. Yes it was Gary Gambini who pinned Tyrone Townsend and won ownership of the IWA for Sheargold in his greatest moment. The Goose has already had matches against heavyweight competition such as 7ft Thunder & Punisher Pickford. His future in pro wrestling is looking good, like the Goose himself dressed up for a night out on the town. He must be considered as a serious contender for the IWA Trans Tasman Title !
71) Tiger Charmis
During the 80's he faced all local competition he had some classic matches against
Gary Scott, Danny Burns, Punisher Pickford, Andy Harpas , Greg Stekker & more. Tiger did the hard yards and should be recognized for his club performances during the lows of the mid 80's - early 90's. Also wrestled as the Lebanese Tiger with ACW, WWW, Ronnie Miller, Steve Rackman and Mega Pro wrestling. Recently ran his own show at Marrickville Town Hall this year but only performing to small crowd.
72) Jimmy Mustang jnr
Young wrestler who needs more experience, perhaps the best of the youngboys in Melb this year. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide opposition, most comfortable in lower level of competition. Good at bumping and has executed some high spots quite well. Needs further training and career development.
Direct from the streets of hip hop to the IWA school in 97. He Breakdances and then he wrestles. Wildstyle rose to prominence during 1998 as one half of the tag team Spoilt Rotten ( w/ Ezirock Ben Gold ). The following year the fashionable Wildstlyle did some shows with ACW & ARPW, He underwent some changes in his style , so to speak. He began concentrating more on singles competition, he got a new look and then he began incorporating more dance moves into his wrestling style. Definitely a unique performer now working as 'Rod Schwanker' for IWA as a mid card guy.
74) Samoan Warrior
Another protégé' of Animal Harpas. A big pumped up guy who appeared a few times on Mega Pro & ACW shows. Scored a few big wins over Greg Stekker during the Mega Pro days. Has not been seen in some time but promised to return to Aussie Wrestling one day, he said he will 'blow in like a storm' when he comes back. Some say he returned Samoa. He was an average wrestler but a great showman. Looks great.
Popular new wrestler who needs more experience, one of the better out of the youngboys in South Australia for this year. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide a contest . Reports say not too bad with his high flying and has executed some moves quite well. Still young so has potential. Rated highly due to demand from fans in Adelaide to consider their local workers. Stephen Swann ( C40 ) is perhaps the best known wrestler who relocated to Sydney from South Aus. to find more job opportunities and more advanced training.
76) Ace Megastar
Flamboyant dressing, heel manager and mouthpiece for IWA. 'All talk, no action' type character. Appearance in 10-man. Battle Royal at 1st 'Riot in the Roundhouse' earned him a 'Best Debut 2000' Award nomination. Brags about putting Percy Sludge out of wrestling.
Obvious fan of the Hardy Boyz. Along with High Voltage they work for ACW Sydney. Small, highflyers who are embarrassing themselves by assuming nobody else is watching WWF Still young so has potential, should change the gimmick from a poor mans Hardy Boy to something that is more relevant to local audiences.
Both guys styles are identical,so it makes no difference who would get a higher placing. Both are obvious fans of the Hardy Boyz.They both have blue & grey superhero costumes complete with comichero style masks.They look like anorexic Power Rangers.To add to their odd look they wear Hardy Boyz style pants on top of their superhero tights,& they also have the ripped forearm bands that the Hardys wear. Both guys do the Hardys handpose & both do a pissweak SentonBomb.Work for ACW Sydney
79) Otto Van Hess
Wrestled for Pro Wrestling - South Australia, (PWSA) he needs more experience, one of the better out of the youngboys in South Australia for this year. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide a contest . Reports indicate he is still young so has potential for the future. Rated due to demand from fans in Adelaide to consider their local workers. Should consider a move to Sydney if Van Hess is to find more job opportunities and get more progressive training.
80) Luke Hazzard
Reports say not too bad with his high flying and has executed some moves quite well. Still young so has potential. Rated highly due to demand from fans in Adelaide to consider their local workers who performed this year as opposed to older guys that haven't been seen on shows this year. Does well in lower level of competition
81) Gentleman John
Tag Team with Con Iakovidis during the 80's. Great babyface with a clean cut look, top physique and excellent worker too. Hasn't appeared on any local shows lately. He is apparently working for the Olympic Games these days and has no plans to return to pro wrestling as yet. All those who have seen him wrestle have indicated that they found him to be a true professional but was discouraged by shoddy promotions of his day. Reports say he is always in great shape
82) Billy Tipipi ( NZ )
A veteran and a headliner for many years in NZ. Tipipi competed in the 1984 Commonwealth Games for NZ in the power lifting before making the successful transition to pro wrestling. A charismatic performer, who kept the spirit of NZ Wrestling alive. During the 80's he faced all local competition he had some classic matches against Al Hobman , AJ Freely, Rougue Trooper, Tom Mokey, Kid Shirleen and more.
83) The Black Scott
Legendary Scottish born, local performer who wrestled for virtually every wrestling promotion during the 80's - mid 90's. Never knocks back the chance to talk on the mic. Great Aussie club showman who loved to perform. Always wrestled under the mask. Last seen on Ron Millers shows at Souths Jnrs in Sydney, wrestled Cocky Ken Medlin, Lou Marcello, Ken Dunlop and feuded with ref Bobby Burns.
84) Alex Cook
Shootfighter who wrestled Mark Mercedes in 1998. Sydney grappler with background in Brazilian Ju Jitsu and with shoot fighting organizations in Japan. Introduced to Pro Wrestling by Larry Papadopoulis, only had a few bouts but has problems adapting to the new style Pro Wrestling.
85) Wild Thing Steve Browning
Has a great physique and attitude, another guy inspired by the Road Warriors / LOD during the 80's. Tag partner was the Eliminator. They spent most of their careers wrestling in Queensland but reports say appeared for ACW Sydney in the early 90's.
86) Mad Max
Trained by Andy Harpas and wrestled for local shows. Mostly WWW shows at Ingleburn RSL. Remembered for his work of the mid -late 80's. Poor gimmick as a post apocalypse warrior. His version of Mad Max was below average much like his work in the ring. Lacked charisma and was mostly known for losing his matches.
Son of Kid Hardy / Mr Wrestling, has only wrestled for a short period and appears dedicated and hardworking. With proper guidance he could develop into a leading lightweight pro wrestler. Long hair, beard, bandana wearing biker rebel gimmick .
88) Adorable Arthur
Wrestled for FWA in Melbourne 92, was wrestling as Aunty Arthur, Naughty Arthur and Adorable Arthur. Had a gay gimmick, strange looking heavyweight Greek guy, with bleached white hair. Carried a number of props to the ring including a whistle & water pistol. Got heaps of crowd heat for the few matches he had. Mostly wrestled Greg Stekker.
89) Crazy Nick
Wrestled for FWA in Melbourne 92 -94, was one half of the tag team 'Bad Blood', long haired, bearded biker look. Leather pants & expensive Jackets. Rode a Harley Davidson Motorbike to the shows. He looked great, had some acting experience and cut great promo's / interviews. Lacked professional training and didn't pursuit a career in wrestling.
90) George the Wrecker
Wrestled for FWA in Melbourne 92 -94, the other half of the tag team 'Bad Blood', short haired, huge man with chains & a mad biker look. Also wore leather pants & expensive Jackets. He also looked the part, had some acting experience but lacked professional training and didn't want to pursuit a career in wrestling.
91) Peter Ball / Hawk / Pharoah
Enjoyed a long career wresting in Queensland and reports say opened a wrestling school also. Not ever acclaimed as a great wrestler but able to provide decent opposition, most comfortable in lower level of competition.
Short career wrestling in Queensland, most comfortable in lower level of competition. Ok at bumping and has done some preliminary matches during the early 90's. Needed further training and career development. Small satanic looking bloke who used an 'Undertaker' type gimmick. Unknown if he is still active as a wrestler in Queensland today.
93) Austen Young
Yes, that is his real name. Wrestler who is based in Melbourne where he appears mid card on most feds. Gets over well enough as a babyface, not much aerial ability for a lightweight guy. Pretty sound with his technical skill, very confident performer but definitely in need of further training and development. Wears martial arts black pants / black sash to the ring.
94) Daz Ryan
Wrestles for Pro Wrestling - South Australia, (PWSA) Should consider a move to Sydney or Melbourne to find more job opportunities and get more training. Daz needs more experience to improve, one of the new guys in South Australia for this year. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide a contest . Reports indicate he is still young so has potential for the future.
94) Big Bad Nick
An average wrestler with little charisma, reports suggest he is a pretty good brawler but not much else. Works for ACW Sydney . Currently wrestling good bouts against Young Harpas. Reports say pretty good attitude, dedicated and hardworking guy.
Has wrestled in past years for WWW and George Zorbas' shows
96) Pablo the Spanish Bull
A wrestler who is popular with fans during the early - mid 90's , Pablo wrestled for WWW and ACW for a while. Pablo the Spanish Bull also used the ring name Maximum Thunder with WWW/AWA/Titan when I first saw him in the mid-90s.Also worked for Ron Miller at Souths, some of Steve Rackman's shows and also at Mega Pro Wrestling . Working on the Aussie club scene for the past several years. He has average to decent wrestling skills. His career has not yet reached any real heights but he still performs well, currently with ACW Sydney
97) George Julio
Co promoter in Melbourne for some years, tag teamed as the Hangmen, teaming with both Sam Rossi and Lou Marcello. Older guy with his best years behind him now but still likes to get out there and have a go today. During the 80's he faced all local competition he had some classic matches against top local opponents. recognized for his club performances of the mid 80's - early 90's. Has wrestled as the Hangman with FWA in 92 -93
98) Super Mario / Dom Ferrari
Unpopular promoter in Melbourne for many years, Books older guys mostly, and does his impression of 'Nintendo's Super Mario' gimmick ( without Nintendo's written permission). He has faced all local competition and enjoyed great matches with local opponents of the mid 80's - early 90's. Now with his best years behind him, but still likes to get in there and still have a go today. Accused of bully tactics on young rookies. Not many wrestlers in Melbourne have anything nice to say about him these days. * There was another Dominic Ferrari from Melbourne (a tall, muscular guy) who I saw wrestle for Dunlop in May 1998. He was...adequate.
99) Hard Target / Nox
Canberra based worker who has appeared on a card or 2. Rated as having lots of potential and with good training could make it one day. First appeared in the mid 90's at 'Mega Pro' shows ( buddy of Brian Cannon) later worked for AWF in 99. He did some basic pro wrestling training with (Hart school Graduate ) Brian Cannon.
100) David Rackman / Davey Boy Smith
Former WWF Tag / IC / European Champion who had a short stint with Steve Rackman's Ingleburn promotion circa 1980/81. Was billed as Rackman's younger brother, never made much of an impact in Australia back then.
101) Shark Attack
Scottish born wrestler who wrestled in Canberra Mayhem Battle Royal, June 96. Has a 'shark tatoo' on his shoulder and breathes fire from his mouth. ACT based worker who has appeared on a card or 2. Rated as having lots of potential and with good training could make it one day. Has not been sited in the past few years.
102) Adam Jansen
Recognized for his club performances of the early 90's. Trained by Ken Dunlop wrestled for local shows in the early 90's. Mostly WWW & Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs. Average to decent work in the ring. Long brown hair with decent build. Lost interest and became discouraged at the promotions / shows of his time.
103) Rob Rotten
Backyard trained wrestler who tried hard. Looks scruffy with tracksuit pants and Doc Marten Boots, messy hair & rotten teeth . Big tall beefy dude with a poor to average build. Friend of Mark Mercedes who was seen only once in the early 90's, in a Battle Royal at Doyalson RSL Club. He was the first one to be eliminated and has not been back since. Definitely in need of further training and career development.
104) BJ Davis
Midget brother of Bruiser Davis. Never seen without his beloved 'Panthers' Jacket. The mainstay of Aussie midget wrestling during the 80's & 90's. Best known recently for his comedic role as an IWA trouble shootin' referee. Has been manager of Vulcan and Mick Dimovski, even appears on TV commercials and works as the 'Little Panther', a mascot for rugby league team Penrith Panthers. He even runs his own agency called Short People Entertainment.
105) Bulldog O' Riely
Big young wrestler, 'rasslin' for good ole Ireland' gimmick. Some voted the 'Fightin', drinkin' Irish' Gimmick passe. Others said he should update gimmick much like the band House of Pain. Pretty sound with his technical skill, very confident performer Bulldog O'Reilly has used the ring name of "Canadian Bull" Erik Jerimiahon a Melbourne show back in April.
106) King Joe Morolk
Wrestled for WWW during the lows of the late 80's and early 90's. Usually always on the losing end of every match, but providing some half decent opposition in his bouts.
107) Mr Santos
Wrestled for WWW during the industry lows of the late 80's and early 90's. Usually always on the losing end of every match, but providing opposition in his bouts. Small guy, average wrestler with little to no charisma. Reports say good disposition, purposeful and hardworking
108) Angelo Tripolis
Wrestled for WWW during the industry lows of the late 80's and early 90's. Usually always on the losing end of every match, but providing some aversion in his bouts.
109) Handsome John Lucky
'Gorgeous George' type heel character who used to enter the ring wearing what had to be his wife's dressing gown! Picture a 60 y.o man with ribbons in his hair and you get the idea.
110) Bulldog Matt Hunter
Short, hefty little wrestler who was a mainstay for WWW & ACW during the industry lows of the late 80's and early 90's. Usually always on the losing end of his matches, he was rated well but not for his size or ability, nor for his charisma or outfit. He rated well because he was a 'Jobber' of conviction who was always providing contrast with his opponents. He also worked tireless hours setting up and removing the wresting ring. Also collected many photographs of Aussie Wrestling during a period of little documentation.
111) Killer Ken Cain
Insane middle aged WWW ( now Titan) mainstay with speech impediment. Held the WWW Lt Hvy wt Championship. Wears ridiculous tights to the ring and a tracksuit top from Best & Less. Doesn't really know what pro wrestling is.Killer Ken Cain worked for AWA/Titan/WWW for years. Cain was a veteran who knew how to work the crowd.
112) Stevie Cool
Melbourne based worker who has appeared on a few cards in Vic. Rated as having lots of potential out the new guys in Melb today and with good training could make it one day.
113) The Scorpian
Perhaps the worst wrestler of his time. Injury prone & keeps threatening retirement. Made himself a championship belt and calls himself 'Middle East" Champion. Now known as Lebanese Tiger. Finisher Scorpian Splash.
114) Big Al
Australia's other 'short people'wrestler. Known more for his role as a referee, but often seen wrestling midget BJ Davis. Sometimes appeared in WWW battle royals.
A regular on ACW, WWW and shows in Sydney's outer Western Suburbs for many years.
Melbourne based worker, sometimes works as 'Headmaster' and has an " Al Snow & Head" gimmick, yes he carries the mannequin head to ringside and talks to it. Also wears facepaint. Has appeared for most fed in Vic. Rated as having the worst gimmick in Melb today
Great physique and look, buff dude with facepaint. A poor man's Road Warriors / LOD for Queenslanders. Tag partner was the Wild Thing Steve Browning. He too spent most of his career wrestling in Queensland but reports say also worked for ACW Sydney in the early 90's
117) Big T
A really big guy (6'5"+), gets a huge pop just for his size. Not much technical skill, looks like & wrestles like a green Kevin Nash.With good training could make it one day. Another Harpas trainee and discovery who works for ACW Sydney.
118) The Viking
Giant Sweedish body builder who breifly appeared on WWW shows 94 as Andy Harpas' Tag partner. Allegedly arrested for selling steroids, he disappeared from Aussie pro wrestling as quickly as he appeared. Had a tag match against Bill Condoleon & Mark Mercedes.
119) 'Strongest Man in the World'
Partner of the Viking another, freaky big Sweedish body builder who briefly appeared on WWW shows 94. Also accused ( allegedly) for selling steroids, he too disappeared from Aussie pro wrestling as quickly as he had appeared.
120) The Cook Island Prince
Nuggety, little man from the Cook Islands. A regular on ACW, WWW, Mega Pro and appeared at IWA's Royal Easter Showdown 1998 - 20 Man Battle Royal. Never seen again in the IWA, Princes is best remembered for his ' pink sparkly' ring attire and his ability to take bumps. Good bumps even on cement. Always accompanied to the ring by his dancing niece. She danced a traditional dance for good luck before Prince's matches.
121) George Zorbas
Greek-born wrestler who was very popular with fans during the 80's, working for many promoters in Clubs in NSW. Also ran his own shows at Marrickville Town Hall and other venues during the early 90's. Last seen several years ago, inactive for some time but was great in his time.
122) Thug Thomas / Mandatory Sentence
Reports say not too bad with there high flying both have executed some moves quite well. Still young so have potential. Typically, smaller, fast guys from Adelaide who have done a handful of matches in lower level feds. Mandatory Sentence and Tony "The Thug" Thomas (from Sydney, I think. Both garbage wrestlers but are willing to take a lot of punishment), Mandatory Sentence also gets a mention for having a cool name. Thug Thomas and Mandatory Sentence are from either Sydney/ SA or Canberra I've only seen them work with Hardcore Superstar.
123) Ken Dazzler Dunlop
Small , tubby guy who claims he was trained by Roy Heffernan in the late70's. Kenny Dunlop wrestled also as the Red Baron & Red Demon. Tag Team the new Fabulous Kangaroos with Wayne Pickford during 80's. Appeared on WWW shows , Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs and held every title in his own promotions. He retired a few times, but returned, now it has been several years since he has been seen on any local pro wrestling shows.
124) The Landlord
Only ever made one or two appearances with FWA, never really wrestled anyone, but challenged most of the locker room. Big pumped up guy, nearly 7ft tall. Also has career as stand up comic Colin Cole. Melbourne based performer who made the list on his merit in FWA 93.
125) The Witch Doctor
Australia's only Aboriginal Pro Wrestler ( that we could find ) based in Qld. Limited wrestling skills but makes up for it with his size and his gimmick. Has a great entrance to 'Yothu Yindi' that always gets the crowd up. Also great at telling a story & getting the crowd involved. Best as a babyface - eg if booked against heel such as prison guard Punisher Pickford. The Witch Doctor has gone walkabout , in the past few years he not seen much pro wrestling action.
126) Graham ' Fozzie Bear' Young.
Began as referee for WWW / TWP, trained as a wrestler by Stephen Swann in the mid 90's. Had a match against Ken Dunlop and was forced to retire as a ref. Replaced by the Lebanese Butcher. In 1998 became IWA referee, had a feud with heel ref Quickdraw Formosa and won a tag match. Still performing as senior IWA referee, though has not wrestled for sometime, has been intrical to several big IWA angles & title changes. Also well known for IWA " drunken referee angle" in 1999.
127) Psycho Tyrone Townsend
Has done a lot more for Australian Wrestling in his capacity as IWA promoter than as a wrestler. Began as wrestler / commentator in FWA Melb 92. Then manager / commentator for Mega Pro Wrestling ( a mid 90's Sydney promotion run by Vulcan & Greg Stekker ). Only single bout against Gary Scott in Ballerat , Vic, Also pinned by Bobby Burns in record 3 seconds ( BB's retirement match ). Best known as a commentator & manager of Mark Mercedes. Has enjoyed recent success with IWA which began in 1997.
128) Shadow Warrior / Jason the Terrible
I.W.A Japan, Jason , we heard from him again this year when he endeavored to cross promo a tag team bout with I.W.Aust. In the early 90's he lived in Qld where he promoted an infamous show. The after show celebration dinner put 4 Sydney based performers into intensive care with food poisoning. After leaving hospital the next day a truck crashed into their hotel room. Fortunately nobody was killed. Shadow Warrior also appeared for CWC in the early 90's at Doyalson RSL where he had a great hardcore weapons match against Mark Mercedes.
129) Mick Marz
Newcomer with the right attitude. Loves pro wrestling and willing to put in the hard yards. Did a hardcore spot with Jason Helton recently at a shoot fighting card in Queensland. Gigged his forehead so deep he needed stitches, and that was only his debut.
130) Quickdraw Formosa
Former IWA referee turned heel to help Mark Mercedes win the title. Became Mercedes personal trainer and feuded with other referee Graham Fozzie Young, including a tag match against him. Not seen since early 1999.
131) Tied between - Blade ( NZ ) & Blade (NSW #2 )
NSW Blade 2 (yes,another one): A big guy considering how young he is. Average worker.Suffers from fake American-accent-syndrome during promos.Works for ACW Sydney . New Zealand's Blade had a handful of matches in the early 90's. Trained by Martin Sterling, he worked with Black Ninja & Shatter Axe. Blade ( NZ) appeared on Martin Sterling's shows in Wellington.
132) Welsh Wizard
A small, skulky Welshman who appeared on many shows for WWW & Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs., He wore a mask and had half an idea of wrestling holds. Seemed more interested in lurking in the locker room and inviting the youngboys to his garage for an evening of "Oil wrestling on mats", his advice wear your speedo's - IWA's advice : Stay at home !!
133) The Fever
Hairbrush carrying freak - rulebreaker from mid 90's, worked for ACW /WWW, Mega Pro and Ron Miller's 'untitled' fed at Souths Jnrs, long red hear and mustache. Likened himself to Hulk Hogan, lots of charisma kinda guy. His wrestling career never seemed to move forward and he has not been seen of late on any shows. Had ambitions to get into the UWF promo in the USA which never panned out. Screamed profanity and stormed backstage when his personalized T shirt was torn during a match in WWW
134) Full Contact Kid
Youngster who appeared in IWA Royal Easter Show Battle Royal 98. Has little training as pro wrestler, however he holds a 5th Dan in Hap Ki Do. Also is the brother of super glam calendar girl model Annaliese Braekenshaw.
135) The Bogus Superfire
Only ever appeared once when he distracted the real Superfire by coming to ringside in the Superfire suit. The guy under the mask was Aaron Reid, flatmate of IWA ref. Skinny McWhinney.
136) Hercules Ellington
Billed as the son of Duke Ellington (not sure if he is or not). Only had a few matches for WWW in the mid-80s. Most suited to lower level of competition. Apparently dissapeared from wrestling after loaning money from all the boys. To date he has never been seen on any shows since.
137) Manuel Lopez
Partnered Hercules Ellington. Some fans compared him to a smaller version of Jake 'The Snake' Roberts. His career never reached any real heights, seen during the late 80's - early 90's for WWW, and on Rackman's shows. Has not been wrestling in recent years.
138) Big Peter Briggs
Cousin of Tyrone Townsend who wrestled in an IWA battle royal. Big Peter ( 6'5" & 300lbs ) appeared in 1998 at the first IWA show at the Central Coast Leagues Club. Has good potential but not into the pursuit of a pro wrestling career.
139) Grant Manning
Not a bad wrestler but failed to progress to the next level. Bad quality opponants and shows of his time provided little motivation. His career never reached any real heights but was considered to be a fairly decent worker during the late 80's - early 90's for WWW, and on Rackman's shows. Has not been wrestling in recent years
140) Bill Dundee
Only ever wrestled a few times at Ingleburn, circa 1980/81 for WWW, and on Steve Rackman's shows before becoming a major star in Memphis for the last two decades. Tiny but a solid performer.
141) Golden Dragon
Trained by Ken Dunlop, good physique but more a swimmers build, his wrestling career never went on much past 92. He was considered to be a fairly decent worker during the late 80's - early 90's for WWW, and on Rackman's shows. Has not been wrestling since then.
142) The Fying Choko
Small , well schooled high flyer. Bad name for an OK wrestler. In 1993 he worked for FWA Melbourne and wrestled Greg Smit / Stekker at La Trobe Uni. His career never continued to grow and prosper.
143) Brett Small
Local performer who wrestled for WWW during the 80's - mid 90's. Never known to not have a smile on his face even during his matches. He wrestled Lou Marcello, Ken Dunlop and Danny Burns among others.
144) Taz Tiger Tony Bell
Wrestled with WWW during the 80's - mid 90's. His career never reached any real heights but he worked on many shows. Not been seen in several years.
145) Sgt Green / Outback Jack
Real name Peter Spilsbury. Former member of Campbelltown police force (actually used to drink at the Lacks Hotel), before leaving under 'questionable' circumstances. Had mediocre wrestling career here before Vince McMahon felt the need to employ a 'Crocodile Dundee' type character, thus giving birth to what is considered by some to be the most embarrassing moment for Australian wrestling. Jesse Ventura used to say it all by calling him 'Outhouse Jack'.
146) George Chami
An average wrestler with a bit of charisma, reports suggest he is a pretty good brawler but not much else besides some energetic kip -ups. Worked for ACW Sydney. During the 80's he faced all local competition including matches against Gary Scott, Danny Burns, Punisher Pickford, Andy Harpas , Greg Stekker & more. Recognized for his club performances during the lows of the mid 80's - early 90's. Also wrestled as Tag team with his brother the Lebanese Tiger ( Tiger Chami ) . Appeared at ACW, WWW, Ronnie Miller, Steve Rackman and Mega Pro wrestling shows. Recently co promoted show at Marrickville Town Hall this year to a small crowd.
147) Peter Mc Cormack
Overweight partner of Jumpin' Josh in the 'Beach Boys' tag team. He is actually quite a solid wrestler but a lack of extra training has seen him remain stagnate extending his aresenol. Had a decent dropkick.
148) Mr Sin
Revoked for his club performances of the 80's & early 90's. Trained by Andy Harpas and wrestled for local shows. Mostly WWW shows at Ingleburn RSL. Poor to below average work in the ring. Not a very impressive size or stature, lacked charisma and was mostly known for losing his matches.
Comes to the ring led by his manager on a chain with blood coming from his mouth. Only had a handful of matches with IWA. Looks good but his work rate is bottom bracket and his pace is very slow. Allegedly found roaming around the Snowy mountains north of Canberra. Shot captured and trained by Canadian trained Brian Cannon. The Yeti is kept in low temperature at the Cannon dungeon in the ACT. It does not know many wrestling moves but it knows how to hurt people.
150) David Hart
Trained by Kenny Dunlop in the early 90's. He appeared for WWW & Ron Millers shows at Souths as one half of the tag team 'Oz Rockers' with Mike Star.David Hart was a small guy who had half an idea about pro wrestling, although he was in no way related to the famous Hart Family
151) Ben Gold
Former amateur wrestler and IWA wrestling school graduate. Now dyes his hair blonde & does a "gorgeous George' gimmick. Not a bad wrestler but failed to train up to the next level. Bad quality opponants in ACW / ARPW has seen him deteriorate.
152) Peter Atlas
WWW mainstay of the 80's and early 90's. Trained by Jumpin' Josh. High risk taker who never seemed to find the mark. Practised on a 'towel' in the dressing rooms before his matches. A separated shoulder / compensation claim put him out of action on local shows.
153) The Jackal
A beefy bloke , short hair & tattooed neck. aka Martin Enright, one of the Canberra Posse' who appeared mid card on IWA shows 99 -2000 as manager / bodyguard of 'Thugs inc' . Also wrestled on the recent Canberra show Max Pro Wrestling. Hardcore, weapons match against the Celtic Corpse (his brother). All reports said it was the best match on the show. A hardwood ring board was one of the heavy duty props used. The 'Wrestling Enright Brothers' got a write up in the local papers.
Dozer is part of a tough Canberra posse who did their basic pro wrestling training with (Hart school Graduate ) Brian Cannon. Dozer spent some time competing within the IWA ranks, often a member of Crazy Dog's Thugs Inc., with his manager, the 300 lb plus Ace Megastar. Size, strength, power. Has the size but a lack of ability, critisized for trying to mimicked the Rock's catch phrases, elbow & eyebrow. Now seems to have disappeared from the IWA. Recently won a 'homemade title belt' from Leathal Injection on a Canberra show this year and is current heavyweight Champion of Maximum Pro Wrestling, who are now defunct.
Masked ( balaclava wearing) wrestler. One of the Canberra posse who did their basic pro wrestling training with Brian Cannon. Machine has been limited to just one 'IWA battle royal' and a run in with the 20 man Canberra Posse'. Needs more technical training under Cannon to boost ranking. Reports say he wrestled on the recent Canberra show Max Pro Wrestling.
Impressive looking marital arts gimmick, a part of a the Canberra posse who began training in ACT with Brian Cannon before Cannon moved to Sydney. Needs more technical training under Cannon to boost ranking. Reports say he wrestled on the recent Canberra show Max Pro Wrestling and perhaps in an 'IWA battle royal' during the past 2 years.
157) Bruno Becker ( NZ )
A pioneer of New Zealand's pro wrestling scene & promoter of shows in Wellington. Was involved with some international tours of NZ back in the 80's. Huge, well known wrestler who seems to have been around for decades. A heavyweight Champion of New Zealand for many years and is still around today, but not active in pro wrestling anymore. It was AJ Freely who became New Zealand's Heavyweight Champion following the demise of Big Bruno Becker's record reign in the early 90's. Much talked about career and still remembered fondly by NZ wrestling fans.
158) Diamond Dave Mafi
Young Melbourne based wrestler. Wrestled on FWA shows in 1994. Described as a good, small highflying wrestler who appeared during FWA's promo on TV " Real Life" with Stan Grant, as the masked wrestler who was headbutting the cabinet during his interview. Also worked for FWA as ' Ron Jeremy' and ' Peter North'
159) Mr. Chill
Appeared briefly this year with IWA also knows as ' the Big Chill & Mr. Phil Chill , IWA's giant 200kg+ Tongan . Served as the enforcer bodyguard to Mark Mercedes & Punisher Pickford in the IWA's classic 'A Crew Vs Sheargold' feud this year. After the destruction of the A crew, Chill took a break from the IWA and returned to the IWA school for more training. Also works as a doorman is some of Sydney's roughest venues.
160) Sam Rossi
Promoter in Melbourne for many years, tag teamed as the Hangmen, teaming with both George Julio and Lou Marcello. Older guy with his best years behind him now but still likes to get out there and have a go today.
161) Tony Garcia ( NZ )
Worked with Cam Dearsley, Billy Tipippi, Tom Mokey on the shows run by Steve Rickard from Auckland - He also appeared on Frank Shanley's shows in Auckland. Fair to ordinary worker who owned an vineyard.
162) Mad Dog Moose ( NZ )
Wellington based wrestler who worked for Bruno Becker's shows. An average worker, big, solid, dopey looking guy with missing teeth. Basic brawler, little wrestling skills. Used a Hillbilly / farmer gimmick
163) Mad Dog Destruction
Basically the same description and mold as Big Bad Nick from ACW Sydney. A big guy, a brawler, little wrestling skills. Another Harpas trainee and protégé. He recently clobbered his opponent 'Total Road block' with the ACW title belt, gashing the back of Roadblock's head and bending the plate on the belt.
164) Tom Mokey ( NZ )
A charismatic performer, during the 80's he faced all local competition and had some classic matches against Al Hobman , AJ Freely, Rougue Trooper, Tom Mokey, Kid Shirleen and more. Also worked for Bruno Becker's Wellington based shows. A good worker, big solid guy but has not seen any recent competition.
165) Shatter Axe ( NZ )
Young wrestler, who carried a prop Axe to the ring, wrestled at the same time as AJ Freely & Rogue Trooper in Wellington, Small guy, average worker with kinda silly gimmick. Had matches in the early 90's. Worked with Black Ninja, Punisher and others based in Wellington. Appeared on Martin Sterling's shows in the early 90's, career was limited to about half a dozen matches.
166) Al Hobman ( NZ )
Former Mr. New Zealand, a body builder / pro wrestler living in Wellington. Older guy who also trained at the same time as AJ Freely and worked for Bruno Becker on his Wellington based shows. A good worker, still competing, in the early 90's. Hobman worked with AJ Freely, Rougue Trooper, Black Ninja, Tom Mokey, Shatteraxe, Kid Shirleen, Billy Tipipi, Punisher. Seen on most shows in Wellington.
167) Kurt Hobman ( NZ )
Son of Al Hobman.Trained at the same time as AJ Freely and worked for Bruno Becker 's Wellington shows. Average worker, could not quite fit the same mould as his father. Kurt Hobman worked with a variety of opponants on shows in Wellington during the late 80's & early 90's.
168) Bob 'the Hog' Crozier ( NZ )
Older guy, trained at the same time as AJ Freely and worked mostly with Bruno Becker on his Wellington shows. Appropriately named the Hog he was a short, pug, staunch, overweight grappler. His career never reached any real heights but he worked for some years in Wellington during the rated time frame.
169) Steve Colt ( NZ )
Younger guy, who showed promise as rookie, along with AJ Freely & Rogue Trooper in Wellington, Part Mauori wrestler, a pretty good worker. Had matches in the early 90's. Worked with AJ Freely, Rougue Trooper, Black Ninja, Shatteraxe, Punisher and most other wrestlers in Wellington.
170) The Fly
Short career for Bob Blassie's WWW promotion. Bad gimmick, worse wrestler ! Some guy about 5'1" weighing 50kg wearing a gas mask and army fatigues. Failed to progress to the next level. His career never reached any real heights but was considered to be a good laugh during the late 80's - early 90's. The Fy worked for WWW several years ago, he as not been seen wrestling in recent years
171) Flexx Power
Elder brother of TNT kid, body builder with below average wrestling skills. Was known for being undefeated in the AWF. Suffered an awful knee injury in 1999 which may have ended his wrestling career.
172) Tama Sasa ( NZ )
Old school , trained along with AJ Freely & Rogue Trooper in Wellington, big powerful Mauori wrestler, average to good worker. Fair - good matches in the early 90's. Worked with AJ Freely, Rougue Trooper, Black Ninja & Shatter Axe plus many more. Also appeared on Martin Sterling's shows in the early 90's. Tama Sasa worked on most Wellington based shows in the late 80's & early 90's.
173) Steve Rickard ( NZ )
Pioneer of New Zealand's pro wrestling scene, promoter of shows and host of NZ wrestling TV show ' On the Mat' for many years. Was involved with most of the major international tours of NZ in those times. Though a near extinct territory now, in years past Wellington was once a great territory. Our reporter recalled his childhood and remembers watching his favorite NZ wrestler Prince Mavia ( Yes, The Rock's dad ) on Rickard's shows. Steve Rickard is still around today, not active in pro wrestling anymore. Reportedly, he was run down by a car while outside walking his dog one night. Allegedly, by enemies made in the pro wrestling business, although this has not been verified by NZ Police or by Rickard himself.
174) Ricky Rickard ( NZ )
Son of New Zealand's pioneer of local pro wrestling , fair to moderate wrestling skills, also promoter of shows and involved with most international tours of NZ in those days. Ricky Rickard is still around today, not active in pro wrestling anymore but will be rated this due to his work behind the scenes of NZ wrestling and for his famous father's legacy.
175) Cam Dearsly ( NZ )
Best days behind him during this rated period but still wrestled , worked with Billy Tipippi, Tom Mokey and crew on the shows run by Steve Rickard from Auckland - He also appeared on Frank Shanley's shows in Auckland.
176) Jnr Basiri
Has been in 2 IWA battle royals . Too small to be seriously rated this year. Related to Mehdi Basiri and Ultra keen to learn more about pro wrestling.
177) Cheif Sanga ( NZ )
Samoan wrestler, very powerful, big guy, who trained with AJ Freely during the early 90's in Wellington. Respected man who had strong ties with his Samoan culture,he was indeed a Chief and had the tattoos to signify it. It is not a wrestling angle, its a straight shoot. Sadly,Chief Sanga died recently but his contribution to NZ wrestling remains.
178) Sgt Haldez ( NZ )
Older guy in this rated period, Wrestled Cam Dearsley, Billy Tipippi, Tom Mokey and crew on the shows run by Steve Rickard from Auckland - He also appeared on Frank Shanley's shows in Auckland.
179) Landslide Les Barret (NZ)
Martin Sterling trained him,Wellington based, short powerful guy. Poor - average work rate during these years, he worked with Black Ninja & Shatter Axe. Appearing mostly on Martin Sterling's shows in the early 90's.
Very young guy who works for TWP, Babyface looks. Still inexperienced but able to get by in Aussie Titan tag matches. Current tag team with Sonic, odd looking team.
Kinda looks like 'Father & Son team' but not related. Still in need of further training and needs accomplished help to go further.
181) Live wire Johnny Parks
Exciting newcommer who is billed "from Perth" but I think he's South Australian. I'm a bit hazy. He's worked AWF and looks like a miniature version of Kevin Nash
(honestly). He's another lightweight worker in the mould of Steve O'Neil (who is VERY GOOD), the same SA crew as Jag and Havok.
182) Canadian Wolverine (NZ)
Wellington based worker, also ran a drama school and was fight choreographer, he looked like a gypsy, small guy with a pointed goatee, headbands and tassels. During the late 80's - early 90's he was on most shows in Wellington.
183) Total RoadBlock
A new guy, average worker, could have potential but definitely in need of further training and career development. Only mentioned him because in his very first match in the first 2 seconds he got busted open a gusher on the back of his head (hardway) , after MadDog Destruction blasted him in the head with a
title belt. The plate on the belt actually got bent off the strap from RoadBlock`s head.
Works for ACW Sydney.
184) Coby Jeffries
IWA youngster from the class of 2000, made his debut in the IWA tag team tournament at the Central Coast Leagues Club earlier this year. Showed good potential when he debut in a solid, short opening round match against Stephen Swann & Billy Cole. Tag Team with another youngster from the IWA class of 2000 , Ethan Caid.
185) Ethan Caid
As above, a youngster from the WA wrestling school who made his debut in the IWA tag team tournament this year. Big beefy rookie and worked a good opening round match. Tag Team with Coby Jeffries, a team to watch for the years ahead. Ethan has been likened to a young 'Harley Race'. Only time will tell.
Backyard trained wrestler who tries hard. Looks cheap with handpainted flames on his tights ( mum made 'em style ) also has a poor to average build. Later did some basic pro wrestling training with (Hart school Graduate ) Brian Cannon. Has been spotted in IWA 20 man Battle Royals, 6 - 8 man tags, usually as a member of Crazy Dog's Thugs Inc. but definitely in need of further training and career development.
187) Ross 'Skull' May
Well know fan since the 1960's. Who was a locker room lackey, being a runner for the boys. Never seen without wearing his 'St. George Jersey 'and/or 'Harley Davidson Tshirt'. Made the list for competing in a WWW battle royal. Also known away from wrestling as leader of the Australian Nazi Party, a white supremacy group who ran for parliament in 1972 and failed miserably. ( nuff said )
Another of Kenny Dunlop's portage's in the early 90's who wrestled at Ron Miller's shows at Souths Jnrs. Solid, stocky guy, average to decent work in the ring. Shaved head on the sides, long on top. Lost interest and dejected the promotions / shows of his time.
189) The Black Ninja ( NZ )
Son of Martin Serling, trained by his dad but hid his identity by wearing mask, heavy - superheavy weight pro wrestler of the 80's & 90's who left to pursuit a career in Japanese Sumo wrestling. Wellington based worker who had a handful of matches in the early 90's
190) Damon Richards
A former indy worker from Texas who now lives in Adelaide. May have moved back to the USA but I"m not certain. Looked like Raven. A solid worker in the ECW mold.
191) Lethal Injection
First appeared at 'Mega Pro' shows ( buddy of Brian Cannon) later worked for TWP. Backyard trained wrestler who tries hard but cannot be rated higher due to a lack of natural ability. Later did some basic pro wrestling training with (Hart school Graduate ) Brian Cannon. Has been spotted in an IWA Battle Royal at Shellharbour Workers Club during 1999. Has put on more weight in the past months. Split from Cannon School and recently promoted a show in Canberra, Maximum Pro Wrestling, where he wrestled Dozer in a 45min main event. Prize was a homemade belt that looks more like a 'lid from a large milo tin' on a weight belt.
192) JT Robinson/ Crimson Mask
Trained at IWA School for a time, then did a handful of matches with IWA. During 1999 he broke away from the IWA and started with AWF . Also wrestled as the 'Crimson Mask' , a poor 'Jason / Friday 13th' gimmick. Had problems with his chainsaw not starting on cue. JT is still young and has potential for the future. Has also wrestled on local shows in Canberra Melbourne & South Australia.
193)Scotty Mc Gillian ( NZ )
Older guy in this rated period, Worked with Cam Dearsley, Billy Tipippi, Tom Mokey on the shows run by Steve Rickard from Auckland - He also appeared on Frank Shanley's shows in Auckland.
Not to be confused with Wildstyle. Wild Child is a Sydney based worker who did some shows for TWP in the last year or two. Definately in need of further training and career development.
195) Mad dog
New wrestler who needs more experience, perhaps the best of the big guys in ACW this year. Not yet a great wrestler but able to provide stiff opposition, executed some high spots quite well. He is still new to the industry and has potential for the future.
196) Vietnamese Kid
Appeared in IWA Royal Easter Showdown 98. Also featured in IWA Recovery promo ABC TV 98, student in IWA school , class of 97. He performed handsprings & backflips on ABC and in his ring entrance . Also materialized at IWA's first show at Central Coast Leagues Club. Not a bad wrestler but failed to progress to the next level. Has not been wrestling since early retirement last year.
197) Fijian Warrior ( TWP )
No No, not the same Fijian Warrior who became Vulcan. A new TWP wrestler who debut this year. Possibly unaware of his famous predecessor, as opposed to passing off or false advertising. Bald headed , big dude who looks a bit like Bad News Brown ex WWF 80's star.
Older guy who works for TWP, Ok physique, has a beard has a pub brawler look. Still inexperienced but able to get by in Aussie Titan tag matches. Current tag team with young boy Maverick, odd looking team. Seems most contented in lower level of competition that only TWP can offer.
199) The Striker
A new, young guy who works for TWP, Babyface looks. Still inexperienced but able to get by in TWP tag matches. Still in need of further schooling and needs
professional help with his career ramification.
200) Curtis Hughes 3rd
Skinny, feminine, bleach blonde manager/ commentator. Curtis has had a couple of novelty/ comedy matches ala Percy Sludge, worked for IWA for a few months before leaving. A huge fan of wrestling who works in a video store during times of no local bookings.
To conclude and summarize, the best local
workers and the most local shows are held in NSW. The IWA ( International Wrestling
Australia ) is leading the return of local industry, the pioneers in modern
Adding depth to the scene are a host of other feds ACW, AWF, AARPW, TWP and most groups have their own talent pools, some feed talent to other feds on occasion . Melbourne has many promoters AWP, ACW, Rumble Rock, AWO and more but all mainly the same talent pool.
South Oz seems to be producing a new generation of pro wrestlers, same with Canberra & Queensland too. All states show promise with some new groups anxious to promote local gigs.
Perth & W.A, Tasmania, NT, the Top end, the Outback and the Cook Islands are all void of any local shows. New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia also have no local pro wrestling shows either.
JUST OUTSIDE THE 200...............
Wrestlers that couldn't be included this year: For many reasons but mainly lack of info on them and their contributions.
201 * I understand that female wrestler Ami Action wrestled several bouts under a mask and baggy clothes as a "man" using the ring name of Combat Carl (possibly for ACW and/or AWA/Titan).
Adelaide: * Gordon Hankler, * Blarzay, * Steve Frost (associated with PWSA)
* "Rugged" Ron Carter, * "Mad" Max Miller
(wrestled in Adelaide on the second Wrestleriot tour in 1993)
* Joe Villa, * Frank Carpenter (wrestled in Adelaide in the mid-1990s)
* Yugoslav Bear, * Ninja Man, * Ron Landos, * Chris Gullas, * Polish Axe, * Masked
Phantom, * Bill Spartakas, * Paul Superfly, * Billy Jack, * Sam "The Preacher"
Harpas, * Scottish Lion .... from Down Under Superstars Of Wrestling, which toured country South Oz in 1987.
218 - 221
Melbourne: * Johnny Rocker
Also * Rock Austin, ( He does a Rock/Stone Cold schtick)
* The X Man,
Viewers Discretion Advised (tag team), * Gay Ninjas
(all of these worked a one-off show on April 1 at LaTrobe Uni)
Sydney: * Blade (another young kid using that moniker. I saw him work an ACW card last December. Still carrying puppy fat but he showed potential),
* Tombstone ( NZ )
Based in Wellington, A tall, slow man who wore a long black coat A former pro kickboxer, but couldn't adapt to learning pro wrestling. Only had a handful of matches in the early 90's. Trained by Martin Sterling, he worked with Black Ninja & Shatter Axe. Appeared on Martin Sterling's shows in the early 90's
Small, babyfaced guy, short hair & Roman costume, one of the Canberra Posse' but never appeared mid card on IWA shows due to being under age. Reports say he wrestled in the recent Canberra show Max Pro Wrestling battle royal. Uses a 'Greco - Roman' Gimmick. Too small, chubby & young to be rated seriously this year
* Australian Rage Jedi Cage
* Creator (Aus),
* Eduardo Durale, * Rodney Ellis, * Chris Kirby (all from ARPW).
* Johnny Tracker ( NZ )
* Anton ( SA )
* John Louie ( NZ )
* Dr Damage ( NZ )
* The Punisher ( NZ )
* AJ Howard ( NZ )
* Troll ( Qld )
* Sharkey Ward ( NZ )
* The Don ( Syd )
Had to get last place this year, a fat, short, untalented guy working the same ACW card. He had the audacity to end an interview with, "If you smeeeeell what The Don is cooking!"
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