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January 1, 2011

October 13, 2010

USA - Here We Come!

On October 26th I fly to the United States for three weeks of interviews with legends of the Kiwi and American wrestling scene. I won't name names at this point, because we're still trying to key things up, but I will say that we're hoping to do between five and seven interviews across the States and possibly into Canada. This is now starting to feel like the business end of the interview process which, for us, has been going on for about 5 years.
Can't wait!


- Adam

August 8, 2010

Auckland Road Trip - Day Five

Dave Cameron is incredibly knowledgeable of the history of New Zealand professional wrestling and has spent years accumulating a vast array of wrestling and boxing memorabilia. An entire room in his home is devoted to his collection of wrestling posters, badges, toys and magazines - and on our last day in Auckland for this trip Dave let us interview him again - this time about wrestling's increased popularity in the 1970s.
Here are a few photos of Dave's amazing collection.


August 7, 2010

Auckland Road Trip - Day Four

Dave Cameron
An amazing resource of wrestling knowledge Dave Cameron and his wife were gracious enough to let us take over their living room with our lights and camera as we sat him down to talk to us for several hours. Dave covered the history of New Zealand Professional Wrestling in the 1940s and 1950s and provided lots of interesting information for the documentary.

Sabrina (Bev Williams)
Sabrina entered the business under the tutelage of former New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Frank Lipanovich and quickly became the biggest attraction in female wrestling in New Zealand during the 1970s. During her time she won 5 Australasian titles, regularly finishing off opponents with her patented "Sabrina Splash". We caught up with Sabrina (or Bev, as she is called nowadays) in Whangarei to interview her. She had also brought along her scrapbook of her wrestling days which she let us scan. It contains some fascinating 'behind the scenes' photos we will include in the documentary.

August 6, 2010

Auckland Road Trip - Day Three

Johnny Garcia
Our road trip continued the following day as we made an excursion to Warkworth to visit Johnny Garcia (John Garea).
John began wrestling at an early age and quickly became a regular on the New Zealand circuit. He appeared frequently in On The Mat and also travelled to Australia, Sinagapore and the United States where he wrestled briefly in the WWF.

(right) Johnny Garcia in "On The Mat" bout from 1983.







Peter Lane
Next on our list was Peter Lane in Orewa.
Peter was a top amateur wrestler as a youngster and went on to star for Ernie Pinches in the middleweight division. In recent years Peter has been involved in local promotion IPW where he has passed much of his experience on to the next generation. Peter is also currently involved in the promotion as the manager of former New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Vinny Dunn.



August 5, 2010

Auckland Road Trip - Day Two

John Dybvig
(above) an animated and very funny John Dybvig
shares an anecdote with Shanan during the interview.
John Dybvig was the colour commentator for The Main Event wrestling show of the early 1990's which at the time screened on TV3 in competition with TVNZ's then popular imported WWF "Superstars of Wrestling" show.
The Main Event show ran for just 11 episodes but saw a host of colourful characters travel the length of the country performing in all the main centres. Some wrestlers that appeared on The Main Event went on to successful careers in the WWF including The Nasty Boys and Curtis "The Bull" Hughes. Local stars like Juno Huia, Jak Laki and Shane O'Rourke also appeared on the show which was headlined by Samoan-born star Siva Afi.
John entertainingly shared his memories of his time on the show. Brought in to commentate in the persona of "Brash Loud American" (in a role similar to WWF's Jesse Ventura) he discovered a new appreciation for the wrestling business and the athletes involved.

Barry Holland
Barry Holland joined On The Mat in the early 1980's after former presenter Ernie Leonard moved into a producing role on that show.
Barry recalled many fond memories of working with the likes of Steve Rickard, King Curtis and Rick Martel and commented on how quickly the wrestling fraternity accepted him into their circle.

August 4, 2010

Auckland Road Trip - Day One


Over the next few posts we will bring you some details of what we got up to and who we interviewed during our recent trip up north.
We left last Wednesday (4th August) from Wellington in rainy weather which seemed to follow the four of us (Adam, Shanan, Mark and cameraman Blair) all the way up to Auckland. Nevertheless, we arrived safely, and on time, in order to set up our gear and to get ready to interview our subjects for the next four days.
(above) we enjoy the stunning vistas of Mt Ruapehu during our journey north.

A big shout out to the Takapuna Motor Lodge on Taharoto Road in Auckland for graciously giving our small self-funded documentary crew a good discount during our stay.

So, stay tuned for the next installment entitled "Day Two" when we catch up with some former television wrestling commentators who shared their behind-the-scenes tales with us . . .

July 29, 2010

Road Trip!

Next week we saddle up for an interview mission to Auckland and Kerikeri. There are quite a few people we want to catch up with and interview there, including legendary Pro Wrestling historian Dave Cameron (again), Sabrina (who was one of the stand-out female kiwi wrestlers of the 1970s), and Barry Holland (the play by play man for On the Mat into the early 1980s). We might even catch the WWE show on Thursday night, so may see you there. As you can imagine we're pretty excited about all of this.