Ultimate Throwback: 10 years of NZ Pro Wrestling – My Proudest Achievements
Following on from last weeks’ post, I’ve been thinking all week about what to share from the past 10 years in New Zealand pro wrestling. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to share with you some of my proudest moments and biggest achievements, as decided by me.
Recently, when clearing out some of my boxes, I stumbled across an old book. Inside that book was a list. This list contained goals as set out by the females who were training in IPW during 2008. On this list were a bunch of things. The biggest stand outs on the list were two things I’m super proud to say have since been achieved. These two things were:
- New Zealand Women’s Championship
- Female main event match
It brought me absolute joy to look at that list knowing we did more than achieve what we set out to achieve. IPW has since bought a Women’s Championship and has had not one, but two female main event matches.
Getting a Women’s Championship didn’t come easy. I remember talking to management at the time about what it would take for us to get one. The biggest callout being that they wouldn’t get just any belt, they’d want to get a decent one. And a decent belt doesn’t come cheap.
In 2011, IPW begun filming a TV show for a New Zealand television channel called Maori TV. The show was called “Mana Mamau”. Filming Mana Mamau was a lot of fun, for the most part. It was also a lot of stress and hard work. At the time, I was working full time, Tuesday till Saturday, as a Store Manager of a retail outlet in West Auckland. This meant that I needed to rush to Auckland’s North Shore after closing up shop on a Saturday for filming. Most Saturdays, I would do my make up during my shift. Which sounds okay, except that being the manager, I’d be called on to be on the sales floor to help with customers and complaints, only to have about half a face of make up done. It must have been such an amusing sight for customers.
We would film about 3 episodes each night, about once a month. My worst memory being on one occasion when we filmed 3 matches in one night. Including 2 of those matches being about 5 minutes apart. I had barely caught my breath before needing to go back out. However, all complaints aside, Mana Mamau brought one important thing to the table. The money needed to purchase a decent Women’s Championship.
Now that we had a Championship in our possession, we needed a winner. A champion. Thus, a tournament was set to determine who would be the first Women’s Champion. After months of battling it out, the final round was determined.
On August 11 2012, IPW had its first female main event match. “Destiny” the show was called and on the night, a last-minute decision turned the match into a triple threat. It was Evie vs. Megan Kate vs. Britenay. Us girls were extremely nervous that night. There was a lot riding on us. Not just in terms of the result of the match but we were representing all the women’s wrestlers of New Zealand. For me, I wanted to earn the respect, not just of the audience, but also of the locker room.
After 20 minutes of grueling back and forth, Evie hit her TTYL on Megan Kate and became the first ever IPW NZ Women’s Champion.
There is a huge amount of respect and pride in the IPW New Zealand Women’s Championship. For me, it is more than just a title. It’s a statement that we are equally as talented and qualified as the men in this country to hold a championship. Women’s wrestling in general has come a long way since 2007 when I debuted. The amount of respect for female talent internationally is admirable. Hopefully this is a sign of more positive things to come for the future.
These were my proudest achievements in the past 10 years. As I’m struggling to think what to include in next week’s post about the past 10 years, I’d love to know what you’d like to hear more about. What about my history in wrestling would you like to know more about? Hit me up with questions in the comments, in the contact me page or on social media.
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