Mates pair up for match

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JOSH Curran and Kane Bates have been mates for years, and now they are looking out for each other in the wrestling ring.
The pair joined Invercargill’s new Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) School at the start of the year and will make their first public appearance in two weeks against Auckland-based tag team Privileged.
Curran (22), a pharmacy technician, and Bates (23), a roofer, said after months of training they were looking forward to the bout and would give it their best shot.
However, Curran said he was ‘‘nervous’’.
‘‘I think Privileged will look after us because we are new, but I don’t think they will take it easy on us.’’
Although they attended different schools, Curran and Bates struck up a friendship through rugby and decided to give wrestling a go after professional wrestler Troy Crosbie, aka ‘‘Powerhouse’’ T-Rex, who trained in Canada in 2011, opened the wrestling school.
Both said they had found the training intense.
‘‘There’s a lot more to it than I expected. It looked a lot easier when I watched it on TV,’’ Bates said.
‘‘Because of safety, it’s a lot harder learning how to take the moves than to give them,’’ he said.
Curran said he thought their rugby background would let them ‘‘waltz on in there and we’d be fine.
‘‘But it’s not that easy. The mat looks like a trampoline, but it’s really not. It’s hard.’’
Crosbie said six SPW graduates would make their debut at the Southern Rumble show, wrestling each other and out-of-town professionals in four one-on-one bouts, a tag team bout and an ‘‘over the top’’ encounter involving up to 20 men in the ring at the same time.
‘‘The only way to be eliminated is to be thrown over the top rope to the floor. The last man standing wins,’’ he said.
Crosbie will wrestle England’s ‘‘Hooligan’’ Marcus Kool in the main event.
‘‘It will be contested under no disqualification rules, which means anything goes.’’
Í Southern Rumble, Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, Friday, July
15. Doors open 6pm for 7pm start. Adults $15, under-18s $10. Tickets available from www.eventfinda.co.nz or at the Invercargill Workingmen’s club. Limited tickets available at the door. Front row tickets $20, only available online.

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