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