South to rumble

Pro wrestlers Will Power (right) and Kane Khan at a practice session for the Southern Rumble to be held at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on July 22. Photo: Sanda Jukic

ARE you ready to Southern Rumble?

Stars of the pro wrestling world will be fronting up in Invercargill for a night of wrestling hosted by Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Saturday, July 22.

SPW founding member and current New Zealand pro wrestling heavyweight champion Troy Crosbie (Powerhouse T-Rex), of Invercargill, said the event would be SPW’s biggest show yet.

“We have four international stars featured in this show, including huge international star ‘the Aerial Assassin”, Will Ospreay. This is [Ospreay’s] first and only New Zealand appearance. I know at least 50 people are coming from around New Zealand just to see Osprey.”

Kiwi-born female international pro-wrestling star Bea Priestley would also be returning to New Zealand after making a name for herself overseas and overcoming brain surgery, Crosbie said.

She will take on Auckland-based Ashlee Spencer.

“South Pacific Power Couple” TK Cooper and Dahlia Black, both Kiwis, would also be wrestling at the Workingmen’s Club after making a huge name for themselves overseas and wrestling for the WWE over WrestleMania weekend, he said.

Crosbie himself will defend the SPW New Zealand heavyweight title in the main event of the evening. He will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent from a bout to be held in Queenstown prior to the Southern Rumble.

The night would end with a 20-man battle royale, in which the only way to be eliminated was to be thrown over the top rope and out of the ring, Crosbie said.

“The day after the show we are hosting an SPW Fan Access day that allows all the fans to come along and meet the stars as well as get in the ring themselves, plus much more,” he said.

SPW was a 22-member non-profit club which had been working to make Southland a destination for international pro wrestling since its founding in 2015, Crosbie said.

“We’re committed to giving back to the Invercargill community and providing a fun, family night out at an affordable price.”

Tickets can be bought at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club or online at

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