Pro wrestlers to hold open day

The Invercargill Eye - - SPORT - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

Do you en­joy trash talk­ing and ly­cra?

Maybe pro wrestling is some­thing for you.

South­ern Pro Wrestling Club (SPW) is run­ning a train­ing open day to find South­land’s next pro wrestling cham­pion.

The open day comes af­ter SPW pro wrestler Marc Perry, aka Hooli­gan Mar­cus Kool, was se­lected for a World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment (WWE) try­out in Mel­bourne in De­cem­ber.

Fel­low SPW pro wrestler Troy Cros­bie, aka Pow­er­house T-Rex, said the open day was the best op­por­tu­nity for any­one aim­ing to get into wrestling.

‘‘We are quite lucky.

‘‘Marc has just come back from his WWE try­out and is go­ing to pass on all his knowl­edge from the ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The club is also look­ing for peo­ple want­ing to learn about be­hind the scenes of pro wrestling, Cros­bie said.

The sport is based as much on show­man­ship as brawn. Matches need ring an­nounc­ers, ref­er­ees, pho­tog­ra­phers and pro wrestling man­agers al­most as much as pro wrestlers, he said.

‘‘A lot goes on back­stage.

‘‘The non-phys­i­cal roles are very im­por­tant.’’

The SPW open day will run from 10am-2pm on Satur­day, Jan­uary 14 at The Bar­racks at 10B Vic­to­ria Ave in In­ver­cargill.

To help SPW trainee pro wrestlers, the club will start host­ing a SPW Fight Night every 6-8 weeks at The Bar­racks.

The nights will have a capped cost of $5 and give lo­cal pro wrestlers a chance to show­case and prac­tice their skills.

The first event is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 10. SPW’s next live show, ‘‘Fight for Gold’’, will run at the In­ver­cargill Work­ing Men’s Club on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

JOANNA GRIF­FITHS/ FAIRFAX NZ

South­land prowrestler Will Power (Will Thomas) holds down ‘Pow­er­house’ T-Rex (Troy Cros­bie) at the In­ver­cargill Work­ing­men’s Club.

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