29 June 2023

Everything you need to know about IMPACT Wrestling's Down Under Tour

| Jarryd Rowley
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IMPACT Wrestling’s Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry said he was excited about his upcoming wrestling as part of the Down Under Tour. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Riverina wrestling fans, are you ready?

The superstars from world-renowned IMPACT Wrestling will be making their way to the Equex Centre this weekend for three jam-packed shows filled with incredible talent, hard-hitting action, several title matches and even a homegrown superstar showcase.

Region has got you covered on everything you can expect from IMPACT’s first Down Under Tour.

For those sitting on the fence about whether to attend a wrestling show, let me tell you this – wrestling is very much for the spectators.

Professional wrestling thrives on audience engagement – the chanting, the booing and the awe of fans, as two muscly competitors ‘fight’ in ‘the squared circle’; it all adds to build a fantastic spectacle.

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Wrestlers are incredible athletes; they train for years to perfect moves the average person wouldn’t even think about trying.

They perform promos on the microphone to build characters who are either heroes (‘faces’) or villains (‘heels’) in an attempt to get the audience to either cheer or boo.

The faces and the heels, then build storylines (feuds) with other wrestlers that are centred around things such as championship fights, bragging rights or general dislike between superstars.

These feuds build for a couple of weeks before culminating in a match.

These stories, mixed with incredible athleticism, engaging promos and memorable characters, build an entertaining experience that I cannot recommend enough.

With all that said, here are some highlights to look forward to this weekend across the three shows.

Alex Shelley and Steve Maclin will fight in an action-packed rematch

Alex Shelley and Steve Maclin will fight in an action-packed rematch for the most prized title in IMPACT Wrestling, the IMPACT World Championship. Photo: Supplied.

Night one – 30 June

The first night of action is going to be electric as four singles title matches headline a stacked card.

The most anticipated match of the night will be without a doubt the IMPACT World Championship rematch (the most prestigious title in the business) between champion Alex Sheely and Steve Maclin. Having beaten Maclin only recently for the title, Alex Sheely will look to prove it wasn’t a fluke as he attempts to defend the gold.

The winner of this match will take on No.1 contender Nick Aldis at Slammiversary in July.

Night one will also see a three-way match for the X-Division Title between champion Chris Sabin, veteran Frankie Kazarian and homegrown Aussie hero Robbie Eagles.

All three men are extremely talented wrestlers who could potentially put on the match of the night.

The third title bout for Friday night will be for the Digital Media Championship.

Scotsman Joe Hendry has been the defending Digital Media Champion for longer than any other wrestler and he will look to continue his run this weekend against Eddie Edwards.

The winner of this match will have to defend the title again on Saturday against the physically intimidating and former IMPACT World Champion, Moose.

Other matches on Friday night include:
Tag Team match between Moose and Brian Myers and ABC
Deonna Purrazzo vs Australian up-and-comer Steph De Lander
Gisele Shaw vs First Nations wrestler, Erika Reid
Killer Kelly vs Melbourne hero, Aysha
Slex vs Adam Brooks.

The Digital Media Championship will be up for grabs

The Digital Media Championship will be up for grabs as ex-world champion Moose will take on the winner of the match-up between current champion Joe Hendry and Eddie Edwards, on night two. Photo: Supplied.

Night two – 1 July

Night two will see Deonna Purrazzo renew hostilities with her long-time rival Gisele Shaw. The pair have a long history, but the Knockout World Champion Purrazzo will need to overcome Shaw if she wants to book her match against Trinity at Slammiversary in a fortnight’s time.

The IMPACT World Tag Team Championship will also be up for grabs on night two as tag team ‘MCMG’ (comprised of IMPACT World Champion Alex Shelly and X-Division Champion Chris Sabin) take on ‘ABC’, the team who beat MCMG to become tag team champions.

The Digital Media Championship will be up for grabs for a second night in a row as ex-world champion Moose will take on the winner of the match-up between Joe Hendry and Eddie Edwards from the night before.

Other matches on night two include:
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Killer Kelly vs Steph De Lander,
Natural Classics vs Velocities
Three-way match between Brian Myers vs Australian pair Adam Brooks and Robbie Eagles.

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A showcase of Australia’s best up-and-coming talent will also be on show on Sunday 2 July, with fans getting a chance to meet all of their favourite superstars in person at a meet and greet.

Whether you plan to go to one night or all three, IMPACT Wrestling has truly honoured Wagga with great talent and what promises to be a fantastic event.

To book your tickets to either night’s show, click here.

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