New Zealand Pro Wrestling Directory

New Zealand Wrestler Profiles

 

AJ Freely

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.

King Haka

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.

Rogue Trooper

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.

Billy Tipipi

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.

Bruno Becker

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.

Tony Garcia

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.

Mad Dog Moose

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

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.

Tom Mokey

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.

Shatter Axe

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.

Al Hobman

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.

Kurt Hobman

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 opponents on shows in Wellington during the late 80's & early 90's.

Bob 'The Hog' Crozier

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.

Steve Colt

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.

Tama Sasa

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.

Steve Rickard

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.

Ricky Rickard

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.

Cam Dearsly
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.

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.

Chief Sanga

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

Sgt Haldez

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.

Landslide Les Barret

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.

Canadian Wolverine

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.

The Black Ninja

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

Scotty Mc Gillian

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.

The Bushwackers

Don't get me started on these two characters. Formally known as The Sheepherders, and were "hardcore" before there was "hardcore". Loved by some WWF Fans for their antics. It was hard not to like these guys, unless you had to sit thorough one of their matches that just sucked!

Tony Garea

Big in the WWF around 1981-1985, well, sort of. Had a decent run with Rick Martel as the WWF Tag Team Champions. I remember Tony copping a beating at the hands of The Iron Sheik on Australia's "Wide World Of Sports" on Channel 9 in 1984. Tony could have taken the back suplex a bit better I thought (he was knocked silly).

The Cook Island Prince (Cook Islands)

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.

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