MORE than 600 wrestling fans watched Troy Crosbie, otherwise known as Powerhouse T-Rex, successfully defend his Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) New Zealand heavyweight title at the Southern Rumble at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Saturday, July 22.
He defeated Auckland wrestler Jakob Cross.
“Invercargill, I want to thank each and everyone here. We made history yet again,” Crosbie said after the fight.
Four international stars were featured in the show hosted by SPW, including English wrestler Will Ospreay. In his first New Zealand appearance Ospreay defeated New Zealand professional wrestler Shane Sinclair.
“This is the first time I have stepped in New Zealand and it was an absolute honour to face this man. The New Zealand wrestling scene has a strong heart beat and it keeps getting stronger,” Ospreay said.
New Zealand international pro wrestler Bea Priestley returned home after having made a name for herself overseas. She beat Auckland-based wrestler Ashlee Spencer.
“I’ve had the privilege to come down here and wrestle in front of a New Zealand crowd, which I’ve missed very much. All your support is highly appreciated,” Priestley said.
The night ended with a 20-man battle royal in which the only way to be eliminated was to be thrown over the top rope and out of the ring. The last man standing in the rumble was wrestler JK Moody, who will fight Crosbie for the SPW New Zealand heavyweight title in Invercargill on October 28.
Crosbie, who is also a founding member of SPW, said he was extremely happy with the feedback after the show.
“The crowd was really good and they loved the show. The quality of wrestling was top notch. Invercargill is definitely becoming the hub of pro wrestling in New Zealand,” he said.