Pro-wrestling where fans bring the weapons

September 2, 2022

Pro-wrestling where fans bring the weapons

Dapper Dynasty claim honours in the 2021 Fans Bring the Weapons match. Photo: Impact Pro Wrestling

Auckland fans can watch all the mayhem and madness of pro-wrestling this weekend - and even supply the weaponry.

The Impact Pro Wrestling (IPW) New Zealand Heavyweight Championship belt will be fought for over two days at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall.

Friday evening sees the Championship Chaser event, where eight competitors will fight it out in four qualifying matches and a final for the right to battle current champion Jake Shehaan.

The championship match will take place on Saturday night in iconic style, with a Fans Bring the Weapons match, where audience members are encouraged to bring in items for the wrestlers to

use against each other.

IPW Director Rob Eden said Fans Bring the Weapons had been the “trademark match” for IPW.

“It’s a great way to help get rid of some of your inorganics,” said Eden.

“It’s a spectacle, and going back-to-back [with matches] means people can get double the action in a weekend,” he said.

Weapons brought in by fans are vetted by security teams, with a wide range of items brought in

over the years.

A former wrestler himself, Eden recalls the items that were used by and against him when he

fought.

“We had car tyres and free-standing cut-outs of rugby players. We’ve also seen inflatable boats, bath toys and Lego.

“It’s crazy what people actually bring. Some people get quite creative and put a lot of effort into

what they’re bringing. It’s always a surprise.”

The 2021 edition of Fans Bring the Weapons was a tag-team match which saw the Dapper

Dynasty claim honours over Manalanche.

Reuben du Jong of Dapper Dynasty pushed Mana of Manalanche off a ladder, resulting in him falling through a table and allowing Dapper Dynasty member Vinny Dunn to claim the victory through pinfall.

Weapons used in that match included bats, canes, tables, keyboards and “much, much more,” said

a statement by IPW following the event.

Founded more than 15 years ago, IPW holds live wrestling shows all over New Zealand and is the premier wrestling-entertainment brand in the North Island.

Shows are run monthly or bi-monthly with a focus on family-friendly entertainment and appearances at corporate events are also part of it.

The organisation hosts training schools in Auckland and Hawkes Bay, with wrestlers going on

to compete for IPW or further afield.

Former trainees have also gone on to appear in world-renowned series.

Tickets are available for the event on Eventfinda, with matches getting underway at 7pm on both

days.

“It’s a great night out,” said Eden.

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