Pro wrestling in the East


Pan­mure Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is set for an evening of body slams, grap­pling and choker holds as Im­pact Pro Wrestling stages its first East Auck­land show, Melt­down.

The epic fam­ily-friendly show­down is this Satur­day, March 10, at 7-13 Pilk­ing­ton Road, Pan­mure. Doors open at 6.30pm, and the wrestling matches com­mence from 7pm.

East Auck­land wrestlers Oliver Grif­fin, Michael Richards and Ma­son Daniels are on the fight card.

Richards has re­cently re­turned from two suc­cess­ful tours in the United States, com­pet­ing in the Ring of Hon­our and get­ting a try­out with World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment (WWE). As his homecoming goal, he has his sights set on the big­gest prize in the coun­try, the New Zealand heavy­weight cham­pi­onship belt.

The Paku­ranga lo­cal, who will be grap­pling against his former men­tor and cur­rent cham­pion Mr Burns, says ‘‘the match is a great mo­ment for me. It will be my first match in Pan­mure, so it’s kind of a big deal.’’

Im­pact Pro Wrestling spokesman Ben­jamin Keen says the best thing about pro wrestling is the in­ter­ac­tiv­ity of it all.

‘‘Fans are en­cour­aged to bring signs, start chants, boo the vil­lains and cheer on the good guys.’’

Im­pact Pro Wrestling has been car­ry­ing out fight events in NZ for the past 15 years.


Im­pact Pro Wrestling’s de­but show in East Auck­land, Melt­down, fea­tures lo­cal grap­pler Michael Richards.

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