Future Wrestling Australia has announced it will be relocating to Melbourne in 2024, the promotion confirmed via social media this week.
Back on May 27, the promotion and its owner 5 Star Flash announced in a post on Instagram that July 1st’s Sydney Showdown and November 18th’s event would be FWA’s final ever, with the promotion closing its doors for good at the conclusion of 2023 after around six years of existence.
“This was not a decision that was made lightly” FWA General Manager 5 Star said in his statement. “I am proud to have had a hand in providing a place to come and get the experience and exposure they deserve in an environment that was relatively free of politics and wrestling prejudices.”
“Now it’s time for me to focus on my next step as a performer. I have dreams and ambitions I would like to see through”. This statement came two weeks after the original plans for Sydney City Showdown, a two night co-promotion with fellow Sydney promotion All-Star Wrestling Australia, fell through. Future Wrestling Australia at the completion of 2023 will have run 30 events over six years, with The Hurricane, Eli Drake, Kazarian, Tessa Blanchard, Scarlett Bordeaux, Samuray del Sol, Lince Dorado and Carlito appearing for the promotion over the years.
However, following the Sydney City Showdown event, 5 Star Flash announced that he would be moving to Melbourne on Future Wrestling Australia’s social media channels yesterday, and his promotion will in fact continue and follow him there, with events expected to start taking place in the promotion’s new home in 2024.
Reaction to this news has been mixed, with concerns that it is a promotion being transplanted from one saturated market in Sydney to another in Melbourne, but others are optimistic, hoping it will choose to operate in a geographical location that perhaps is not already getting regular wrestling events and feature talent that appear on some of a Melbourne’s larger promotions. Answers to these questions will be answered in due time, but it indeed will be interesting to see how Future Wrestling Australia operates in the cultural and sporting capital of Australia in 2024.