Australian Wrestling: Rising From The Ashes

Australian Wrestling: Rising From The Ashes

Professional wrestling in Australia shows the sports fanaticism of its citizens. While the sport was a bit slow in the past, the re-emergence is here to stay, considering the Australian support.

Since the steady rise of World Wrestling Entertainment, only one thing brought a break, the global pandemic. Other than that, the sport has had a pretty substantial rise in action and performances broadcasted worldwide.

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The History of Australian Wrestling

As it stands, the Australian scene of professional wrestling is gaining traction again after a time of no action at all. While it has not gained its initial popularity, the sport was a favorite among the Australian citizens who go crazy for sports.

In the 1960s and 1970s, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) took root in Australia. Initial names you can remember in the 1990s Monday Night Wars were Ted Turner and Vince MacMahon when they were at each other’s faces. 

Initial Names in the Australian Wrestling Scene

  • Nathan Jones
  • Tenille Dashwood
  • Buddy Murphy
  • Peyton Royce
  • Nick Miller
  • Shane Thorne
  • Billie Kay

Who is Who in The Australian Professional Wrestling Scene

In the past, Nathan Jones seemingly held the doors open to international wrestling, but he didn’t stay that long. Now there is fresh blood in the ring from Australia, and these wrestlers mean business as they escalate the Australian fighting history. Even women earn their sports and take their competition to the next level.

Rhea Ripley is one of the women making a mark. At Wrestlemania, Rhea claimed the Raw Women’s Championship from Asuka. Another woman who displays the Australian spirit in the ring is Toni Storm, who had already made her name before joining the WWE.

Born in New Zealand but an Australian now, Toni possesses many championships. In 2017, she bagged the first Progress Women’s Championship, Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, and the 5 Star Grand Prix. To top it all, she won the World of Stardom Championship. Toni enjoys moderate success in NXT, UK.

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Other Wrestling Promotions

Even though World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) might be the one name that most comes to mind when you think of professional wrestling, while that thought goes for many, other promotions have propelled the success of many Australian wrestlers. These promotions include Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA) from Sydney, Explosive Pro Wrestling (EPW) from Perth, and Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW) from Melbourne.

The Mighty Don’t Kneel faction members: Shane Thorne and Nick Miller, experienced success with Pro Wrestling NOAH before they came on board with WWE. Most of the Australian professional wrestlers that are known today made their names through different promotions.

When they signed up with WWE, Shane Thorne and Nick Miller brought a renewed sense of achievement, signaling that Australian fighters could get to the big leagues, and fans couldn’t be more cheerful. Other Mighty Don’t Kneel members like Elliot Sexton and Jonah Rock also joined WWE. Slex signed up with Ring of Honor.

Recently, a significant number of Australians signed up to WWE, whether on the main roster, performance center contracts, or NXT. The names include Buddy Murphy, Indi Hartwell, and Matty Wahlberg. 

Final Thoughts

While Australia is set to open for travel, there are wrestlers like Robbie Eagles, ensuring that Australians at home have something to be proud of. Eagles is bent on developing the local scene while building an international fanbase.

The local scene in Australia has come a long way since Nathan Jones appeared in a fighting ring. With such leaps, Australian wrestlers are making milestones.

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