24th February 2012
AUSTRALASIAN WRESTLING FEDERATION
NEWS UPDATE AUTUMN 2012
Welcome to the AWF News Update for Autumn 2012.
Plenty of live events upcoming and lots of big news breaking as we head into the upcoming events over March and April.
AWF RANKINGS MARCH 2012
AWF Australasian Champion: Iron Jay Coles
1. Dean Draven
2. Jay Law
4. Jack Tasman
5. Esteban Molina
AWF Commonwealth Champion: Powerhouse Theo
1. Gladiator Apollo
2. Rob Barnes
3. Wayne The Maniac
4. Con Robinson
5. Samoan Warrior
AWF Young Lion's Champion: Spaceboy Dacey
1. Diego Del Fuego
2. Magnum Holmes
3. DJ Fusion
4. Shane Saw
AWF Tag Team Champions: Party Trix: DJ Fusion & The Illusionist
1. Multicultural Society: Anubis & Diego Del Fuego
2. Dean Draven & Gladiator Apollo
3. Mass Transit: Massive Q & Traffic
4. Elite Wrestling: Freddie Falco & Grant Linstrom
5. Shane Saw & Man Mountain Grizzly
NEWSWIRE AUTUMN 2012
NWA World Title Bout - TNT will return to AWF action in a big way at Blacktown RSL on 4 March as he takes on current National Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce of the USA. The match promises to be one that will go down in history, so be at Blacktown if in NSW, or stay posted to the AWF Website for results post bout. The following are comments from TNT regarding Blacktown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Su36BnFS8&list=UUFT3CkIt7ts0I2V8hdIVItg&index=1&feature=plcp
Here is a clip for Adam Pearce's tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbQt7zTtWRg&feature=related and bout versus friend of AWF Colt Cabana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32rIxLx93WM&feature=related
AWF @ Sydney Tattoo & Bodyart Convention & Supanova Melbourne & Gold Coast: AWF are preparing for a great few days of action in Sydney 9-11 March, Melbourne 14-15 April and Gold Coast 21-22 April as AWF presents live wrestling in the convention setting at these upcoming fantastic events. Be sure to come and support in your region, as there will be lots of surprises and great action at all these events. Check out http://tattooexpo.com.au/sydney/welcome and http://www.supanova.com.au/ for full event and ticket details.
AWF School of Pro-Wrestling News: AWF will hold training courses in the month of April for new perspective wrestlers, and those continuing courses from 2011. This will be a great time for future wrestlers to get trained in a few weeks of intensive training, with a view to start wrestling in 2012. Visit the AWF School page at http://www.awfwrestling.com.au/school/index.htm for full course details and email firstname.lastname@example.org for applications.
AWF will also hold a Dreamcamp for students 12 years and above focussing on a fun 4 days teaching some wrestling basics that culminate in a taped bout. The 4 days will run from 9-12 April from 2-5pm and is $300. Email email@example.com for applications.
NWA World Champion Seminar: "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce will hold a 2 hour pro-wrestling seminar on Sunday 4 March at Blacktown RSL from 1-3pm. A great introduction for anyone looking at getting into the wrestling business, and some great knowledge for anyone already involved. All welcome. Cost is $60 . Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
Remembering OJ Fitzpatrick- AWF remembered our late referee Owen "OJ" Fitzpatrick with an emotion charged event at Parramatta RSL on 17 February. A great night of action was had, which even saw Owen's brother Glen "Gee Jay" and father Robert get involved in refereeing duties. AWF overall raised $1300 for the Fitzpatrick Family to assist with costs resulting from Owen's passing. At Panthers on 20 January the OJ Fitzpatrick Memorial Cup was inaugurated at the Best of the Best Tournament, with Dean Draven taking the honours. The OJ Cup will appear annually. AWF wishes the Fitzpatrick family and friends strength in the times ahead. OJ will be missed by all AWF staff and fans.
Iron Ben Coles & Spaceboy Dacey Fighting Champions- Iron Ben Coles remains Australasian Champion, successfully defending against Victoria's Matt Silva in an epic battle at January's Best of the Best. Iron Ben will have his hands full with the impressive Blakestone at Blacktown on 4 March. The last time these two phenomenal athletes met the result was a disqualification with Powerhouse Theo interjecting himself. Be there live to see if Blakestone can take the AWF Title.
Young Lion's Champion Spaceboy Dacey has been enjoying being Young Lion's Champion since defeating Jay Law at WrestleFest in October. Spaceboy battled a fantastic contest against impressive newcomer Detective Magnum Holmes at Best of the Best, and was equally as sharp defeating former YLC Mick Moretti at Parramatta on 17 Feb. Spaceboy will have a whole host of Young Lion's gunning for his title at Blacktown on 4 March in a huge scramble match. AWF wishes Spaceboy Dacey continued success as Young Lion's Champion.
Dean Draven Wins Best of the Best: The experienced and skilled Dean Draven defeated Jay Law and Blakestone to become the 2012 Best of the Best winner in his home town of Penrith on 20 January. The win has secured Draven a future title shot of his chosing. Dean said he was inspired by the life of referee OJ Fitzpatrick to go that mile further and win the tournament, and is honoured to be the first holder of the annual OJ Fitzpatrick Memorial Cup. Another inspired wrestler has been Gladiator Apollo, who after battling Draven many times and trading wins over recent months, both have formed a mutual fighting respect and successfully teamed at Parramatta at A Night To Remember winning the 3 big way tag bout. It will be interesting to see how the Draven-Apollo tag team fairs at upcoming AWF events, as they face the colossus team of Mass Transit at Blacktown on 4 March in their biggest test to date.
Injuries Update - Powerhouse Theo will return to AWF with an interview at Blacktown RSL on 4 March, after suffering a shoulder injury at the hands of Iron Ben Coles at the 3 December last Blacktown event. Theo has just been given the all clear to re-enter the squared circle, so expect anything to happen at Blacktown and beyond, as "The Menace" returns! As 2011 closed out the tensions between Theo and Coles were out of control with a Championship Vs Championship bout in the works. It will be interesting to see this match back on track for a huge bout to take place in a mid 2012.
One half of the AWF Tag Team Champions The Illusionist will return to action at the upcoming AWF @ Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo from 9-11 March. The Illusionist is recovering from a torn tendon in the knee, and can't wait to bring the magic to his fans once again at upcoming AWF events.
New AWF DVDs- Our DVD gurus Swanee & Hey Bro Print have been working extra hard to bring the AWF DVD catalogue up to date.
All DVDs are $25 postage paid in Australia and $30 Internationally available at the AWF Store http://www.awfwrestling.com.au/store/index.htm.
New Releases include:
PsychoticSlam 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy9TgeboQ44
November To Dismember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6X4_bUyMzk
Final Battle 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgDnIb32STs
Upcoming Releases for March and April include: Supanova 2011, AWF Year In Review 2011, AWF Extravaganza, Best of the Best 2012 and A Night To Remember.
Please support these releases and keep up to date with AWF!
Elite Wrestling Tighten Up for War with Rob Barnes: After a few months of internal squabbling, especially after the loss of the Young Lion's Championship, Elite Wrestling bought the game to Parramatta RSL on 17 February as a united team, and were strong even in defeat to the Detonation Crew. The Elite faction seems to be unified, as former partner "Scientific" Rob Barnes has returned to wage revenge on his former allies, and the current Elite team seems hell bent on taking Barnes out. Blacktown RSL will see Jay Law and Robert Barnes go to war in a No Holds Barred Anything Goes match which will be one of the highlights of the massive Blacktown show on 4 March.
In AWF over Autumn: The impressive Esteban Molina of Puerto Rico will be gracing rings on upcoming AWF events at Blacktown, the Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Convention and Supanova Gold Coast. Esteban will be a regular roster member in 2012 and says he is looking to add championship gold to his waist during the year.
South Australia's "The Maniac" Wayne Mattei returns to AWF rings over the Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo weekend 9-11 March. The massive man will appear all three days and says he is looking to take down Massive Q in a heavyweights showdown. That will be epic!
Former Young Lion's Champion & Tag Team Champion Rob Barnes returned to AWF rings at Best of the Best surprising Jay Law, and starting a war with Elite Wrestling. It will be interesting to see what tricks the Scientists brings in the coming months and it's great to see him back in AWF.
Adam Pearce of the USA will defend the NWA Championship against the returning TNT at Blacktown RSL on 4 March.
Expect some surprises in May for outside participation.
Multicultural Society Get Mean: After an up and down end to 2011 with Tama Williams being ousted as the groups head at PsychoticSlam, and Tony Kebab being ousted as a referee for corruption, A Night To Remember saw tensions between Anubis & Del Fuego & the returning Samoan Warrior erupt, with Warrior quitting the group, and then setting a challenge for a match to his old partners. Former AWF Champion Steve Ravenous then emerged from the back claiming he'd aid the Samoan Warrior, but after suckering him during a match, Ravenous turned on the Samoan costing him the victory, and aligning himself with the Multicultural Society. Anubis & Del Fuego say they have more big surprises in store in the coming months, Samoan Warrior will pay for leaving the group, and the Multicultural Society are going to add championship gold to the group in the very near future.
Tag Team Scene Heats Up: With AWF Tag Team Champions Party Trix ready to return to action in March, the tag scene has built up a huge list of contenders to try to dethrone the current champions. New teams of Shane Saw and Man Mountain Grizzly, Gladiator Apollo & Dean Draven and Nothing Personal Just Business look poised to try and challenge for the titles, plus establish tandems of The Multicultural Society, Elite Tag Team and Mass Transit are also knocking down the door. With The Illusionist's knee in doubt, it will be interesting to see if Party Trix can continue their fantastic reign over the coming months.
See you at the matches!