Who will be the new Rising Star of EPW

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After a year’s sabbatical the Rising Star Cup returned to Explosive Pro Wrestling this year. Ten of EPW’s young up and comers have been battling it out Members House Show events for the opportunity to become the next Rising Star at Road to Glory on October 4th. The Rising Star cup has been a proving ground for those youngsters wanting to step up and make themselves noticed.

The tournament began at House Show 50 in June and the Semi Finals held at House Show 52 last Friday night saw Liam Mendel advance over Troy Bridges and the man of the cloth Jordan Bishop advance over Byron McKenzie. The two youngsters will be giving it there all to add their name to cup along side past winners such as Dan Moore, ‘The Behemoth’ Sebastian Sander, Alex ‘AK-47′ Kingston, Gorgeous Garry, Scotty Ryan and the last holder of the cup Hayden Zenith.

2014 Rising Star Cup Tournament

Quarter Finals
Liam Mendel defeated Twitch (House Show 50 – June 20)
Jordan Bishop defeated Lucius Stark (House Show 50 – June 20)
Troy Bridges defeated ‘The Real McCloy’ Tim McCloy (House Show 51 – August 1)
The McKenzie Brothers (Bodhi & Byron McKenzie) def. ‘Outlaw’ Billy Williams & Koala Mask. Byron advances after scoring the pinfall on Williams (House Show 51 – August 1)

Semi Finals
Liam Mendel defeated Troy Bridges (House Show 52 – September 26)
Jordan Bishop defeated Byron Mckenzie (House Show 52 – September 26)

Who’s star will begin to rise? Find out when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents Road to Glory on October 4th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean!

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Invitational Tournament: Slater Vs Slate

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The Invitational Tournament continues at Road to Glory on October 4th. Already through to the Semi Finals are ‘The Rising Star’ Hayden Zenith and ‘The Messiah’ Davis Storm. The third Quarter Final matchup will see the ‘Goldenboy of Australian Wrestling’, Damian Slater face Jarrad Slate.

After returning to EPW earlier in the year, the South Australian has been determined to make his mark in EPW. At Goldrush in March, Slater proved he was willing to do whatever it takes to get a shot at the major prize in Explosive Pro Wrestling, the EPW Championship, taking out Dan Moore before his match with then champion ‘The Smashing Machine’ Chris Vice.

Vice would put the belt on the line against the Goldenboy, and although Slater pushed Vice to his limits, he would be unsuccessful. A victory at Road to Glory will get Slater one step closer to another opportunity at the gold.

After being a finalist in last year’s Invitational Tournament, Slate is now set to take part in the biggest singles match of his EPW career. The Legion of One will be looking to go one step further than 2013 and clam the trophy.

Although he has only made sporadic appearances throughout 2014, Slate, teaming with a very unwilling partner in Twitch, almost pulled off a huge upset over the then Tag Team Champions, TMDK at Hell or Highwater. A victory over one of the premier wrestlers in the country would surely see the Legion of One work his way up the EPW rankings.

Who will advance to the Semi Final stage? Find out when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents Road to Glory on October 4th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean!

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Team Red Can set to clash in Invitational Tournament

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This Invitational Tournament Quarter Final match-up will see best mates put their friendship aside for one night. Team Red Can’s Adam Banks and Hughesy will battle it out at Road to Glory on October 4th.

In 2013, Banks took the beer loving larrikan under his wing. Giving advice from ringside and becoming somewhat of a mentor to the rookie. The two men quickly became mates and were soon embroiled in the nearly year long war between EPW’s New Gen and The Solution.

Banks was injured during the war and this only served to fire up the man from the local. Team Red Can, along with Hayden Zenith,  would show courage in the face of adversity and the three men battered and bruised would be victorious in the end.

Now, with the chance to become the 2014 Invitational Champion at stake, the best mates will have to face each other for the opportunity to get to the Semi Final round.

Will Team Red Can be able to share a drink once the match is over, or will we see them divided? Find out when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents Road to Glory on October 4th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean!

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4 Way Tag Team Title Match

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After a Controversial victory at State of Origin, one thing is clear: The Tag Team Division is full of competitors hungry for Championship gold.

At Road to Glory on October 4th the Solution will face three of these teams in a HUGE 4 Way Tag Team Match, for the EPW Tag Team Championships!

Battle tested from a year long war with the New Gen of EPW and defeating the TMDK duo of Marcius Pitt and Jonah Rock to become the champions, The Solution are looking to continue to make their mark as Champions of the tag team division and will not be defeated easily.

McMassive were so close to claiming the tag team titles, before they were cruelly ripped away by the actions of Tyler Jacobs and Devlin Reeves once more. Gavin McGavin and the Moving Man Mountain ‘Mad’ Mike Massive will deservedly get another shot at the titles that have eluded them for so long.

Since making their return to Explosive Pro Wrestling, the Headhunters have certainly made their mark. The veterans immediately set their sights on McMassive, but no team they have come across has been immune from the pairs brutish tactics. The McKenzie Brothers found out the hardway at State of Origin that the Headhunters are not here to play games, but to kick arse and take names.

Leo Pratt and Scotty Ryan have decided they have finally had enough of not being taken seriously and at State of Origin, The Dropkicks made their claim for a shot at the titles. Now that they have been granted the shot, the brash duo have the perfect opportunity to prove they can compete with the best teams that EPW has to offer.

Will the Solution overcome the odds to retain the titles or will we see new Tag Team champions crowned? Find out when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents Road to Glory on October 4th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean!

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Kingston’s Final Hurdle

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Alex ‘AK-47′ Kingston faces his final hurdle on his path to a shot at the EPW Championship at Road to Glory on October 4th. After being part of Team WA at State of Origin, Kingston will face the man who betrayed his team, ‘Hollywood’ Kiel Steria.

After losing a match to then champion ‘The Smashing Machine’ Chris Vice at the Great Aussie Bash in January, Kingston was set to call it quits. A challenge was then set for Kingston, for him to prove how much he desired to become an EPW Champion. Over the past seven months, the man nicknamed AK-47 has overcome the odds defeating four former EPW Champions.

The previous four men who have stood in Kingston’s way during the Gauntlet to Greatness have just been roadblocks to the championship shot. With Steria, its a bit more personal.

Kiel Steria returned to Explosive Pro Wrestling after a nine month absence at State of Origin. The former EPW and Tag Team Champion seemed to have turned a new leaf, joining Kingston and Marcius Pitt to face Team NSW.

It turned out to be a ruse on the part of Steria and William Darcy, as “Hollywood” would leave his teammates at the mercy of Team NSW. With Big Willy D back in EPW and sure to be at ringside, Kingston will need to keep his eyes on both men.

Will Kingston clear the final hurdle or will William Darcy lead his former champion Steria to victory? Find out when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents Road to Glory on October 4th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean!

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EPW State of Origin Quick Results

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Quick results from a huge shock filled night at Bodyslam Central.

Hayden Zenith and Dan Moore were announced as being injured by Sebastian Sander during the week. Zenith suffering a broken ankle and Moore a dislocated shoulder.

Hughesy defeated Gorgeous Garry (w/ Ms. Fontaine) in the Slop Bucket Match

The Headhunters (Devlin Reeves & Tyler Jacobs) defeated The McKenzie Brothers (Bodhi & Byron McKenzie)

The Four Sides of Strange contest between Eddy Bombay, Elliot Forbes, Sam Fantastic and Twitch was declared a no contest after Team NSW interjected themselves.

‘The Rising Star’ Hayden Zenith defeated Jay Taylor in a Invitational Tournament Quarter Final despite competing with a broken ankle.

The Solution (Richter & The Warship) defeated McMassive (Gavin McGavin & ‘Mad’ Mike Massive) to retain the EPW Tag Team Titles after interference from The Headhunters.

‘The Behemoth’ Sebastian Sander (w/ Amber) defeated Adam Banks to retain the EPW Championship

‘The Messiah’ Davis Storm defeated Jonah Rock in a Invitational Tournament Quarter Final

‘The Don’ Michael Morleone (w/ Lukey Bolland) defeated Barry Shaw in the $3000 Hardcore Challenge to retain the EPW Hardcore Championship

Team NSW (Kingi, Mick Moretti & Mikey Broderick w/ William Darcy) defeated Team WA (Alex ‘AK-47′ Kingston, Kiel Steria & Marcius Pitt) in the State of Origin Match after Steria turned his back on his home state to reunite with Darcy.

What will the fallout be when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents Road To Glory at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) on October 4th?

 

Challenge the Don at State of Origin!

 

For the next $3000 Hardcore Challenge at State of Origin on August 30th, ‘The Don’ Michael Morleone is changing things up. Instead of choosing opponents from the crowd, the Don will choose from challenges posted on Facebook.

Get creative with your video entries and have a chance at ending the Don’s record smashing reign as EPW Champion and winning $3000 to boot!

Do you think you have what it takes to mix it up with the longest reigning champion in Explosive Pro Wrestling history? This your chance to make history of your own and add your name to the record books!

Find out who the Don chooses as his opponent when EPW presents State of Origin on August 30th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean.

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The 2014 Invitational Tournament begins

 

The longest running tournament in Australia returns at State of Origin. The prestigious Invitational Tournament is coming into its 14th year and over the past 13 years has been used as the launching pad to bigger and better things for those who have gone on to win it.

The Invitational tournament debuted at Explosive Pro Wrestling’s inaugural event Awakening on November 4th 2001. A 16 man one night tournament saw Jimmy Payne outlast 15 other men by defeating Davis Storm in the final.

Eight out of the 13 previous tournament winners have held the EPW Championship, 11 have been co-holders of the Tag Team Titles and 1 man Tyler Jacobs has also gone on to win the Hardcore Championship, making him the only Triple Crown winner in EPW history.

The eight men selected to take part in the 2014 tournament selected have been hand picked by a select panel of former tournament winners including the inaugural winner Payne, Brad West (2003), Marcius Pitt (2010), Alex Kingston (2012) and Adelaide’s Bruce ‘Havok’ Mills (2005).

The competitors in the 2014 Invitational Tournament are:

Davis Storm (Leader of the Solution, 4x EPW Champion, 2x EPW Tag Team Champion, 2009 Invitational Tournament winner)

Hayden Zenith (former Rising Star Cup holder)

Jonah Rock (TMDK member, former EPW Tag Team Champion, current Wrestle Rampage Australian National Champion)

Jay Taylor (2x EPW Tag Team Champion, 2008 Invitational Tournament winner)

Dan Moore (2x EPW Tag Team Champion, 2013 Invitational Tournament winner, former Rising Star Cup holder)

Gorgeous Garry (1x EPW Tag Team Champion, former Rising Star Cup holder)

Hughesy (The drinking section’s favourite son)

Damian Slater (1x Warzone Champion, 1x Wrestle Rampage Australian National Champion)

Quarter Final 1

Davis Storm vs Jonah Rock

No stranger to the Invitational Tournament after reaching the final in 2001 and finally adding his name to the winners list in 2009, the Messiah will need to be on top of his game at State of Origin. Over the past couple of months the leader of the Solution has been both easily distracted and overly confident which has lead to him to losses against Alex Kingston and Team Red Can in a six man tag where Storm would be pinned after being hit with his own finishing maneuver, the Eye of the Storm.

The Samoan Monster returns to EPW after a gutsy performance at Hell or Highwater in which Rock and Marcius Pitt would lose the Tag Team Titles in the 10 team Eliminator Match to the Solution’s Richter and the Warship. It would not take long for Pitt to recover from that loss and the TMDK member recently became the new Wrestle Rampage Australian National Champion in Adelaide after defeating Damian Slater.

Will the Solution’s success be the thing to snap the Messiah out of his losing streak or will the Samoan Monster’s championship form continue?

Quarter Final 2

Jay Taylor vs Hayden Zenith

A former Invitational Trophy winner, Jay Taylor is looking to get back on track in EPW with a win at State of Origin. Since losing the Tag Team Titles at ReAwakening XII last November, the self proclaimed ‘Prince of Perth’ has found himself distracted by Siren Monroe on several occasions and has yet to pick up a victory in 2014. The Invitational Tournament may just be the opportunity JT needs to turn his year around.

After recently returning from a stint training in America at Chikara and CZW, ‘The Rising Star’ Hayden Zenith is coming off two impressive performances at Hell or Highwater last month. After defeating a former EPW Champion in Jamie Jurah, the youngster will be looking at making his mark in the tournament.

Can JT start to turn his year around or will Zenith continue his rise up he ranks?

Who will come out on top in one of the most star studded Invitational Tournament’s in EPW history? Find out which two men will be the first to reach the Semi Finals when Explosive Pro Wrestling presents State of Origin on August 30th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean!

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Tag Team Championship Match: The Solution vs McMassive

 

Last Month at the most dangerous show of the year, Hell or Highwater, the Solution’s Richter and the Warship brought an end to the reign of TMDK, becoming the new EPW Tag Team Champions. Two of the most intense and focused competitors in EPW, Richter and Warship are coming off their first successful defence of the titles over the new team of Sexasaurus Rex at House Show 51.

Fresh from their war with the New Gen, the Solution will be looking to prove their worthiness as champions to their leader ‘The Messiah’ Davis Storm and to the EPW locker room, and at State of Origin on August 30th, they get their first chance to do so against one of the most successful tag team combinations of recent years.

Since forming in 2012, McMassive have never made a secret of their desire to become EPW Tag Team Champions. Despite several opportunities, fan favourites McGavin and Massive have always just fallen short of achieving the goal.

The Shootfighter and the Moving Man Mountain have been on a roll as of late, eliminating two teams from the 10 Team Eliminator. and very nearly defeating the then champions TMDK, before the Headhunters’ Tyler Jacobs interjected himself into the contest distracting the duo.

Will McMassive have the solution to win the gold or will the champions leave the challengers laying in the wake of a (Mc)Massacre? Find out when EPW presents State of Origin on August 30th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean.

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EPW Championship Match: Sander vs Moore

 

Since winning the Invitational Tournament at ReAwakening XII, Dan Moore has faced obstacles on his path to a shot at Explosive Pro Wrestling’s major prize, the EPW Championship. Moore was originally scheduled to receive his title shot at Goldrush in March against then champion ‘The Smashing Machine’ Chris Vice, before Damian Slater intervened and sent the Nice Guy’s dreams crashing though the announce table.

Moore would finally gain redemption over the South Australian in a I Quit Strap Match at May’s Evolution and after patiently waiting for his chance, the Nice Guy finally gets his shot at the championship at State of Origin on August 30th.

Last month at Hell or Highwater, ‘The Behemoth’ Sebastian Sander regained the EPW Championship from Vice with a brutal display. Leaving the former champion with a fractured skull, the Behemoth has made his intentions clear and does not care who gets put in front of him.

Sander is intent to dominate the competition and make his second reign as the EPW Champion an impactful one. With the championship now in his grasp, how will the Behemoth deal with his valet Amber. With his focus on regaining the title, Sander had forced the stunning valet to wear a sack, will the humiliation of Amber continue at State of Origin?

Can Moore pull off an upset victory or will the Behemoth continue his path of brutality and prove the saying “Nice Guys Finish Last” to be true? Find out when EPW presents State of Origin on August 30th at Bodyslam Central (Cyril Jackson Rec Centre) in Bassendean.

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