A Guide To Australia’s Top Wrestling Promotions

As we enter 2023, Australian wrestling appears on the cusp of something
great, and I encourage you to jump on board. With the scene as a whole
starting to regain its momentum in the second half of 2022, we’re now
looking at a re-birth that I believe is akin to BritWres rebirth of a
decade ago.

This has been recognised by New Japan Pro Wrestling, with the new NJPW
TAMASHII brand based in Australia and New Zealand, and with New Japan’s
“Oceania Cup” already announced for October 2023 in the regional city of
Wagga, NSW, which is roughly half-way between Melbourne and Sydney.

Before I commence with local news and reviews over the coming weeks, I
wanted to provide an introduction to the Australian scene, including some
of our best promotions and wrestlers.

Unfortunately the tyranny of distance in Australia, along with some
companies not providing streaming, makes it difficult to follow and watch
many shows.


NJPW TAMASHII – having already mentioned it, Oceania’s newest promotion is
a great place to start. The promotion ran its first shows in Sydney,
Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand in November 2022, with a slow but
steady introduction to the scene. Working closely with PWA Black Label, the
talent from those first shows mainly involved PWA talent and New Zealand
dojo talent, most of whom are new to Australian audiences.

They ran their second “mini-tour” recently, running shows in Sydney and a
debut show in Melbourne. Despite the lack of Japanese NJPW talent, this
tour seems to have won a lot of fans, particularly in Melbourne, and it
will be interesting to watch the brand develop, especially with that
impending Oceania Cup.

How do I watch it? The first TAMASHII shows have not been streamed live.
Expect them to hit NJPW World around 3-4 weeks after the event.

Where to jump on? It’s a brand new promotion, so now is a great time!

PWA Black Label – Sydney’s biggest promotion, and one of Australia’s top 3,
it’s one of the big shows in town if you’re getting into Aussie wrestling.
Running consistently for around 15 years now, much of Australia’s best
talent have come through PWA – Aussie Open, the former Iconics, Grayson
Waller and Robbie Eagles, to name just a few. More recently the booking of
the shows has been somewhat inconsistent, but their level of talent is
amazing. Shows immediately following the pandemic included a pair of
phenomenal matches between The VeloCities and Aussie Open (the trilogy of
which was later completed with RevPro.)

PWA is making itself the epicentre of Australian wrestling. In addition to
the relationship with TAMASHII, it also recently ran it’s major Colosseum
tournament in Melbourne, co-promoting with Melbourne City Wrestling, and
working closely with Newcastle Pro Wrestling (which won’t be covered here,
as they don’t live stream their shows.)

How do I watch it? PWA Black Label live streams its shows as PPVs on Fite.

Where to jump on? PWA had an incredibly hot period across September and
October 2022, with Cherry’s All That and the Colosseum tournament.

The Four Nations (L-R: Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza, Mick Moretti, Jessica Troy) celebrate their win at PWA Black Label’s Eat, Sleep, Wrestle, Repeat. May, 2022

Melbourne City Wrestling – Melbourne’s biggest promotion, and another one
of Australia’s top 3, this is currently the big show in town. Regularly
selling out a good sized building, the MCW talent and production are as
good as any indy show in the world. Running consistently for over a decade,
MCW produced AEW’s Buddy Matthews, and heavily featured other current stars
including Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai, Indi Hartwell, Bronson Reed, Duke
Hudson, and many others.

How do I watch it? MCW live streams its shows as PPVs on Fite.

Where to jump on? MCW came back from COVID like a house on fire. You could
start from any show in 2022 and be thoroughly entertained. Right of Passage
featured a new champ and a couple of significant storyline developments, so
I would start from there.

Explosive Pro Wrestling – capping off Australia’s “big 3” is EPW out of
Perth. Unfortunately, with Perth being far away, and with EPW being a little inconsistent with streaming, it’s not a promotion that I am likely to cover a lot.
But the level of talent it has produced in over 20 years of operation is
immense. Perhaps EPW’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the original
home of the TMDK stable. The Japanese version is the result of Shane Haste
and Mikey Nicholls representing the stable overseas, however its birth was
in EPW, and also included Bronson Reed and Duke Hudson.

How do I watch it? Edit – EPW now hosts its shows on


WrestleRampage – One of two major promotions out of Adelaide, the Wrestle
Rampage brand has existed for over 7 years, but the promotion existed in
previous guises dating back almost 20 years. An original home of Bronson
Reed and Rhea Ripley, the talent out of a city as relatively small as
Adelaide is incredible. While their product looks “indy” it is very good
quality, and Adelaide continues to develop incredible pro wrestlers.

How do I watch it? Wrestle Rampage posts shows to YouTube around a month
after the show.

When to jump on? October’s Redemption show is a great jumping on point. It
has a phenomenal main event, and includes a rumble and a couple of other
matches that are great introductions to storylines and talent.

Riot City Wrestling – Adelaide’s other big promotion, RCW is a personal
favourite of mine. Almost 20 years old, RCW and WR both demonstrate the
enduring strength of wrestling in Adelaide. RCW has been undergoing a minor
rebuild since the pandemic, but their shows are just extremely watchable.
The production is great, the shows run quickly, and it’s a great place to
see who is going to be making a name for themselves in MCW and PWA Black
Label in the coming years.

How do I watch it? RCW posts shows to YouTube around a month after the show.

When to jump on? You could watch any RCW show and be thoroughly
entertained, but from a storyline perspective I would probably suggest the Riot
City Rumble 2022.

Deathmatch Down Under – Australia’s first dedicated death match promotion,
DMDU hit the scene as hard as any indy ever has… and then the world shut
down. Undeterred, DMDU came back with a bang going hard at death matches.
Providing a mix of “variety shows” and death match heavy shows, DMDU won’t
be everyone’s cup of tea, but it books a lot of underutilized talent, and
its clear that everyone gets a chance to show out. I really enjoy DMDU for
the opportunities it provides to younger wrestlers, and it’s created buzz
for itself by running shows across Melbourne before now settling on its own
venue. After a hot start to 2022, the promotion stuttered a bit towards the
end of the year, focusing heavily on the co-promoted ICW tour, but it has
announced a hot start to 2023 with the opening of their new venue, and the
promotion is committed to bringing us overseas deathmatch wrestlers that no
one else would consider.

How do I watch it? DMDU streams its shows through IWTV, however the time
frames can be inconsistent. Shows will generally be available after about a

When to jump on? Watch everything from Not Here 2 F**k Spiders up to the
2022 DREAM tournament, then skip to present day.

Joel Bateman wins the Australian Deathmatch Championship and the 2022 Deathmatch Down Under DREAM tournament. August, 2022

Renegades of Wrestling – ROW is a new promotion, running its first show in
May 2022. But with a former MCW owner now pulling the strings, and with ROW
bringing in incredible talent from interstate that no one else in Melbourne
is using, it deserves attention. Production values are outstanding, and the
emphasis on telling interesting stories is clear. Following an elongated
break to finish 2022, they have already announced their first show for
2023, and I expect Renegades to become a big deal in Aussie wrestling in
the coming year or two.

How do I watch it? ROW’s shows to date have been uploaded free for Fite+
subscribers around a month after the show.

When to jump on? With Renegades having only run a handful of shows, you
could watch all of them. But the recent Ecstacy of Gold show, featuring
tournaments for their inaugural men’s and women’s champions, is a really
fun, recent event.

Other promotions I will cover semi-regularly


   Battle Championship Wrestling runs out of Melbourne, and regularly books
   overseas names for one off appearances. Recent talent includes El Hijo del
   Vikingo, Tajiri, PJ Black, Nick Aldis and the former Mexicools.
   Unfortunately they don’t stream their shows, they just upload random
   matches to their facebook page.

   SLAM! Wrestling is a new player out of Canberra, but is booking a lot of
   Australia’s best talent and running great shows. Production seems great,
   but at this stage they aren’t streaming full shows – you will find random
   matches uploaded to YouTube.

   Newcastle Pro Wrestling runs out of Newcastle, a city around 2 hours
   drive to the north of Sydney. Using a lot of PWA talent, but enough of its
   own talent to be unique, “Newy Pro” gets great reviews across the board,
   but access to its shows has always been a shortcoming. (Fact check: Newy Pro streams on IWTV.)

   World Series Wrestling is a local promotion running tours across
   Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, with the aim appearing to be two tours a
   year. It heavily features overseas talent, with last year’s tour including
   Matt Cardona, John Morrisson/Superstar, Taya Valkerie, Trey Miguel and Joey
   Janela, to name just a few.

In the coming days I’ll provide a review of Melbourne City Wrestling’s first show of the year, featuring
AEW’s Buddy Murphy returning to the house that he built to challenge Mitch
Waterman for the title.

11 thoughts on “A Guide To Australia’s Top Wrestling Promotions

  1. DMDU is the worst run promotion in Australia.

    Out of shape guys in shorts smashing tubes over each other’s heads for little to no reason followed by a post match in ring cuddle.

    The shows are mind numbingly long, and 80% of the matches are of a backyard wrestling quality.

    This is before I mention the issues of them not paying workers.

    This is not one of Australia’s best promotions, it’s a black eye tot he industry. I’m embarrassed that this is the only place I have to watch Death matches because it’s a match type I enjoy

    1. Thanks for that Stan – I’ve just edited the article to include that link. Strangely I found an EPW on vimeo, but it didn’t have recent shows. So I’m not sure if I was looking at an entirely different site, or if I had some weird filters on. I’ll give myself a pass on that! (Unlike Newy Pro, which I didn’t realise was on IWTV despite having been subbed to IWTV for over a year. No pass there, that was all fail!)

  2. You say out of shape guys in shorts but you like deathmatch wrestling.

    It’s a genre of wrestling it suits out of shape guys in shorts because they don’t have anything else.

    DMDU is not for everyone but they have their fans

  3. I really think EWA is a promotion that has been overlooked. Production is on par, dare I say surpasses that of the best on this list. And has a really solid core roster of talent that aren’t on the big feds but can mix it up with the best (Zucco, Tristan Slade, Tyson Gibs, Vinnie Vain, Kasai, Djaysonic, Chris Abbot) to name a few.

    Plus, massive crowds of casual fans, they are doing something right.

    1. They are doing a lot right. The top feds have been around a very long time, EWA is still very young.

      I don’t think EWA is a top fed at this early stage.

    2. EWA has spent a lot of money on production which has created a really good look but that’s where it begins and ends unfortunately…

      They book some good wrestlers but they also run 4 events a year…how could a promotion be considered a “top promotion” when some promotions have already ran close to 4 shows this year already? Booking doesn’t make sense, outside Gibbs, Kasai and Zucco I wouldn’t really say they have anyone that can mix it up with the best…

      It is an open secret that most of the people at an EWA show are given free or heavily discounted tickets…as a matter of fact they were doing paid advertisements promoting 10 dollar tickets in the lead up to their last event…despite this they had many many empty seats and barely had 250 attendees in a building that has a max attendance of 700 plus…

      It is an insult to all the great promotions out there that EWA is even being talked about here…the entire promotion is smoke and mirrors and unfortunately some people are falling for it…promoter would be losing thousands every show despite what he says

  4. From one fan to another, it’s sad that you think that way, instead of helping companies grow and supporting the good, like a typical textbook mark or disgruntled performer, you merely want to sh*t on everything that doesn’t align with you.

    Big deal if they only do 4 shows a year? On this list, World series does one or two, PWA or MCW would do ever so slightly more. Quality over quantity is my opinion. Most of the other feds who have run close to “4 shows per year” in most cases put on absolute garbage with sub par performers, venues, production, and overall event quality.

    And as far as free tickets, I’ve been to all but one and paid each time. The $10 ticket ad I did see and thought was great, a good way to branch out and attract more than the regular marks on the scene. I can see the EWA attendees are generally full of people and kids I don’t see on the indy scene which is great as they are opening the door for new fans to get a local taste of wrestling. We should commend them on this, not degrade them. This will only make the scene bigger and potentially help get it mainstream which means good for the talent.

    Yes, their last show was not sold out in comparison to their other events, but it was still a solid 300-350 which is a good SYD number considering it wasn’t a PWA show or FWA show where they rely on international talent and brand affiliation (Like with NJPW) to sell their product. Plus, considering their roster is made up of dare I say “the non – popular guys” amongst us marks and by this I mean talent who work around the scene but are not regulars on the other feds listed here, I give them credit. Most are actually criminally underrated talent who bring their own special something to their in-ring work or character. Combined with good booking on that stage, they actually look like stars and people who could actually fight (which sad to say, most wrestlers today do not, but that’s another subject).

    I am a fan of this product and think if they aren’t on this list, that is fair at the moment, but other promotions should take note and learn something. They will be big competition in the coming years if they can sustain it.

    1. There is no shitting on anything…just a big shock to see wrestling fans willing to give this promotion top billing because they have good production…

      World Series does about 10 shows a year… they have four booked for next week alone…

      PWA held 19 events last year not including the student events…not even close to four

      It is good that they ran a ticket deal for the kids but can you really give credit for a big crowd when a majority of the ringside area got given tickets for free and the event was heavily discounted?? If you did pay full price I feel bad for you and every other fan who did because the promoter will heavily discount tickets or give them away to give the big show feel…which isn’t fair on those who do pay full price…

      I heard 250 audience but even if you say 350 that’s still less than a 50% full building with many discounted and free tickets given out…what booking do you enjoy? The completely random heel turn from the event in November last year? The hardcore rumble that had almost nothing hardcore in it? The two guys falling through a table and taking 2 hours to get to the back? Enlighten me…I’d really like to know.

      You are welcome to be a fan of this product I don’t think they are necessarily bad just not necessarily good either. They are not going to be big competition to anyone though imho…they certainly are not going mainstream

      1. Ok, so let’s give top billing to feds who have poorer quality production and bank on purely their “spot fest” to dictate top billing… I do understand your point, but I’d ask you to respect mine. I see potential in this fed and think they are worthy of a note based on the overall product produced (not just production, but booking, talent, characters overall experience). They would sit in the top 10% of all feds in Aus in my opinion.

        Apologies, I stand corrected regarding the feds I mentioned, I was looking at it from a Syd show standpoint only, but I guess if I didn’t know PWA did that many shows, their promoting needs to be questioned as I didn’t think they were that active (maybe I’m the minority, or maybe they just appeal to hardcore fans, I am casual at best, but I do get around to alot of feds in Sydney).

        In regard to the tickets, I don’t mind paying the $10 extra, I am fortunate enough to be able to and happy to put back into this business.

        In all honesty, so far, I’ve have enjoyed the Kasai vs Zucco feud, I’ve enjoyed the Scottie Paulo vs Vinnie Vain feud and yes although I do agree that the rumble wasn’t the best, I was entertained, which is still the point if I am not mistaken? To be entertained? If so, then I have been and will continue to keep going to their shows. Now, before you crack on about what I have enjoyed, this is my opinion, you don’t have to agree, but I like what these workers put together, I like their characters, I think they look the part and I think they all did well in telling a story and it wasn’t just an unrealistic spot fest which is prevalent on the scene today. This is what I like about wrestling so I would appreciate it if you didn’t shit on it.

        And to your last point, I guess it is simple…… only time will tell.

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