Transport Information for WRESTLE RAMPAGE: Reloaded

January 17, 2018 Comments off

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Saturday, January 20th’s RELOADED event goes down at the Waterside Workers Hall in Port Adelaide. It is a direct and easy 20-minute drive from the CBD. The venue has free parking right next door at the Port Adelaide TAFE and is close to pubs and restaurants.

 

Public Transport Options

Bus: Route numbers 150, 117, 118, 230, 232, 252 and 254

Train: Outer Harbour line, Port Adelaide station.

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For public transport information visit adelaidemetro.com.au.

 

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Interview with ‘The World Beater’ Damian Slater

January 14, 2018 Comments off

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We sat down with TMDK’s ‘World Beater’ Damian Slater ahead of his Australian National Championship match with ‘Gorgeous’ Greg Graham on January 20th at WRESTLE RAMPAGE: Reloaded. Here’s what he had to say:

WR.com: G’day Damian. So January 20th, Wrestle Rampage is making its Port Adelaide debut at the Waterside Workers Hall. We have learnt that you have a lot of history in this venue. Care to explain?

DS: The WWH is where I made my debut at the age of 15, so I have fond memories of the place. It’s also where I used to go to watch local shows when I was a pre-teen as it’s only walking distance from my childhood home. Such a cool little venue and apparently it’s had a fair bit of revamping in the decade or so that wrestling has been absent from it, so it’s awesome that it’s again becoming the home of pro wrestling in South Australia. I honestly can’t think of a better place to win my 3rd Australian National Championship!

WR.com: I’m not sure how well known it is, but you moved to Perth at the beginning of 2017 and have been wrestling regularly with our friends over at Explosive Pro Wrestling. What prompted the move?

DS: A woman stole my heart *laughs*. There were many reasons for the move, none of which really involved wrestling. My fiance is originally from Perth and was living with me in Adelaide. She was about to start her own business, and when we weighed up all of the pros and cons at the end of 2016, Perth was going to be the best place for her to launch it. I was wrestling in EPW regularly since 2005, so Perth’s always been my 2nd home. I do miss Adelaide but one of the things that softened the move, is that I still get brought back regularly for Wrestle Rampage, so now I’m getting the best of both worlds. 

WR.com: In 2016 you were the only Australian to compete in the 32-Man WWE Cruiserweight Classic when you faced former WWE & ECW legend, Tajiri. How has life been since then? 

DS: Getting the ‘WWE rub’ certainly gave me a boost immediately following my time in Orlando and I gained infinite amounts of wisdom from that one experience. It’s something I’ll forever look back on with nothing but positive memories, but it has also made me hungrier for other things. Whilst I still have many goals to achieve, I have also started focusing a lot more on our turf in Australia. For a long time I was only worried about making it overseas, and while that is still the objective, I see so much potential in Australia and I think that I can play an important role in our progress as a Pro Wrestling ‘territory’. 

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WR.com: You also recently had a tryout in Melbourne with New Japan Pro Wrestling, who have recently announced their Australian tour for this coming February. How did that go and is there any interest in bringing you into NJPW?

DS: Again, nothing but a positive experience. New Japan is a promotion that I have always dreamed of wrestling for ever since I was given some Super Juniors VHS compilations by Col Dervany in my first week of training. A cool little side note; I was accepted to go and train at the NJPW Dojo in Los Angeles in 2007 but it unfortunately shut down 3 days before I arrived. Has there been any interest in me from NJPW? I’d rather keep you guessing.

WR.com: Back to the original point of this interview, you are about to face the current Australian National Champion, ‘Gorgeous’ Greg Graham; a man you actually lost to in 2017. However a win for you would mean that you become the first ever 3-time Champion. What are your thoughts on GGG going into this match and what does the Australian National Championship mean to you?

DS: The NWA Australian National Champion was first crowned in an 8-man tournament at HBF Arena/Challenge Stadium in Perth in 2007 in which I lost to NJPW’s Rocky Romero in the first round. Just to be included in that bracket, and to then watch Mikey Nicholls [now NXT’s Nick Miller] win it in a tournament that also featured the likes of Cesaro and Australian legends Spike Steele, Jimmy Payne and Davis Storm, was an incredible experience and gave me so much pride for that Championship.

‘Gorgeous’ Greg on the other hand, shouldn’t be given the respect that I give to the aforementioned names. 10 years into his career and I tip my metaphorical hat to him for fulfilling a lifelong goal, but the way he’s done it? He’s shooting himself in the foot and tarnishing his own legacy. Trust me, I’ve been in the same boat. Leave your boys in the back, Greg. I don’t want any excuses when I bring the gold home. 

WR.com: You have certainly had one of the most decorated careers of any Australian wrestler of this generation, yet you are only 30 years old. What does the future hold for Damian Slater?

DS: I’d say ‘I wish I knew’ but I think that’s the fun of it all. All I ever wanted to do in the beginning was wrestle in front of a live crowd, just once. Each little box I ticked led to bigger and greater goals and now I can look back on over half a lifetime of learning experiences and amazing memories. I feel very fortunate that I’ve lived through the camaraderie of Australian wrestling’s building stage in the early 2000s and now I’m in the prime of my career with Australia getting eyes worldwide. 

I’ve always been a bucket lister, so if you want to know what my immediate goals are, I’d like to make my UK debut and also return to Japan. I miss that place more than anything. In Australia, I’m focusing on making The Untouchables [Slater’s team with Marcius Pitt] the #1 team in the country as I’ve pretty much been a singles wrestler my entire life. I look forward to the challenge. Of course, I also want to build the name of EPW and Wrestle Rampage up so that more eyes take notice. Oh and I need to finish Crash Bandicoot 3. It’s killing me!

WR.com: Thanks so much for the interview and we’ll see this this Saturday night at the Waterside Workers Hall.

DS: Cheers mate. I’m counting down the days!

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WR Reloaded News: LINK BARNETT vs. NICK GOLFIS

January 9, 2018 Comments off

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As much as we hate to admit it, since winning the CRUISERWEIGHT CUP ‘The Human Bullet’ LINK BARNETT has been on an absolute tear. With a relentless, yet unorthodox offence, BARNETT has a game plan that has remained unsolved; in particular his high angled bridging German Suplex. The names of the defeated, line up like a who’s who of cruiserweights from around Australia, with ALEX KINGSTON, DOWIE JAMES, RUFIO and MIKE BOOMER on the list.

 

So you, as we were, are no doubt shocked to find that his next title challenger is a young up-and-comer making his debut…

 

With LINK BARNETT claiming that he had no real challengers left on the roster, he put it to head trainers at the Wrestle Rampage Dojo, JONAH ROCK and AJ ISTRIA, to find their most promising young athlete to step up to the challenge. Nicknamed ‘THE SNIPER’ by his mentors due to his dangerous lariat, NICK GOLFIS holds in his hands a golden ticket. While BARNETT clearly isn’t looking for a legitimate challenge, seemingly doing everything in his power to ensure his Championship reign continues, this is one opportunity of a lifetime that GOLFIS won’t be taking lightly. Will BARNETT’s actions come back to haunt him?

 

 

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WR Reloaded News: DEAN VALENTE vs. RAT DADDY

January 8, 2018 Comments off

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Is there a crime worse than kicking another man square in the gonads? Maybe ruining Christmas is just as bad? How about ruining Christmas by kicking a man square in the gonads?

Shame on you Dean Valente you cheap cologne-pushing, Christmas-destroying, dirtbag! Shame!

There’s nothing more to say. I’m too emotional right now. Come to the Waterside Workers Hall at Port Adelaide on January 20th and heckle Dean Valente. It’s the right thing to do.

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WR Reloaded News: TOMMY KNIGHT vs. AJ ISTRIA

January 8, 2018 Comments off

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A student challenges their mentor, to prove that they are worthy of their respect. It is almost a warrior’s method of graduating in the world, and a long time tradition within the world of professional wrestling.

 

TOMMY KNIGHT has certainly earned his name ‘The Prodigy’ with an unforgettable rookie year after transitioning from professional Mixed Martial Arts. KNIGHT won the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award not long after defeating Australian wrestling legend HAVOK, which should not be understated. Now KNIGHT is aiming at beginning 2018 in the biggest way possible, by standing toe to toe with one of his trainers and biggest influences, AJ ISTRIA.

 

Many have said that AJ ISTRIA walks around with a chip on his shoulder these days, but in reality ISTRIA has never been afraid to walk the line of what is morally acceptable or not. ISTRIA has made more sacrifices in the world of wrestling than most will ever know, which is the reason why a young, inexperienced kid from Queensland was able to eventually wrestle for some of Japan’s leading promotions such as PRO WRESTLING NOAH. With a background in Mixed Martial Arts and a highly disciplined attitude to his craft, it is no wonder that TOMMY KNIGHT sought after ISTRIA as a mentor and now, opponent.

 

ISTRIA as accepted the challenge and will certainly hold nothing back when he takes on the rookie sensation TOMMY KNIGHT on January 20th at Port Adelaide!

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WR Reloaded News: VICE & IRONSIDE vs. HEART & TRENCH

January 8, 2018 Comments off

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A couple of unlikely pairings but four of Wrestle Rampage’s most hard-hitting individuals all within the same match? Say no more!

 

‘The Smashing Machine’ CHRIS VICE is back after his victory over ROBBY HEART at November’s REDEMPTION and is only a dominant performance or two away from being a serious threat to the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. By his side will be the returning viking descendant EINAR IRONSIDE who has overcome a serious MCL injury after an incredible 2017.

 

‘The Darkest Soul’ ROBBY HEART will have his opportunity at payback when he teams up with the deranged giant TYLER TRENCH. Which also means that HEINZ SCHULTZ will likely be in range, an addition that can never be overlooked.

 

Tag Team action makes its way to January 20th’s REDEMPTION. Don’t miss out on Pro Wrestling’s return to the Port!

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WR Reloaded News: TEAM JONAH vs. VANITY INC.

January 8, 2018 Comments off

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“How many dudes you know roll like this?”

Not many JONAH. Not many at all. The recognisable beat of Scribe and entrance theme of ‘THE KING of MONSTERS’ sums it up perfectly. Right now the former 2-time Australian National Champion isn’t just one of the most dominant big men in Australia, but the world. Travelling the globe to wrestle in famed organisations such as PRO WRESTLING NOAH in Japan, PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA in the USA, and about to embark on a tour of Europe, JONAH ROCK is simply unstoppable!

 

But that’s a challenge that VANITY INC. know all too well, and a challenge that they have completed. After all, it was the crew’s leader ‘GORGEOUS’ GREG GRAHAM who dethroned JONAH ROCK at the most recent REDEMPTION event. Now with Australian wrestling legend HAVOK by their side, and numbers increasing by the month, the team can no longer be overlooked.

 

JONAH ROCK brings former Cruiserweight Champion MIKE BOOMER and female rookie sensation JOANIE MAY with him to battle, but will this be enough to foil the Vanity trio’s plans to take over WRESTLE RAMPAGE in a big (…and gorgeous) way?

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