Announced late last year, Starrcast aims to be the biggest celebration of professional wrestling Australia has seen in years. The 4 day event will feature legends of the industry and amazing wrestlers from across the globe. All eyes are on Ballarat as we begin to make our way closer to April, and as we do, we’re beginning to get a clearer picture of what this event aims to be.
The first new bit of information we received was in regards to the particular shows that would be occurring across the event. On April 11, former WWE and Impact legend, Mickie James, will host “The Hardcore Country Starrcast Kickoff Party”, featuring live stories, Q&A and potential collaborations with special guests. The night after, she will present “H.E.R”, an all female wrestling show in the vein of NWA’s EmPowerrr, aiming to showcase the finest women in professional wrestling, from both Australia and beyond.
On April 13, Bret Hart will host “Australian Stampede”, another international/national showcase from one of the absolute legends of the sport. Then, on April 14, Bret will host his own sit-down show, “A Sunday with Bret”, which will include a watch-along of Bret’s infamous bout with his late brother, Owen.
As for which wrestlers will be involved with these shows, none have been released yet, but we have learned one name which will be appearing at the event. Alongside Mickie James and Bret Hart, Chris Masters will also be making his long-awaited return to Australia. More wrestlers are likely to be announced over the coming months.
It is interesting to note that OPW, one of the driving forces behind this event, recently formed a partnership with MLW in America, so whether or not they will have any involvement with Starrcast is still to be seen.
Finally, it was announced that C4 Authentic Belts will be bringing their replica “Big Gold Belt” titles to Starrcast. These replicas have been highly praised from countless wrestlers over the years, many of whom have held the real title, and even Conrad Thompson who owns the real belt himself. They claim it took 4 years to master the designs, and now fans will have a chance to hold those belts in their hands.
With more announcements to come and the event on its way, excitement is beginning to build around this project. The event will be taking place across multiple locations in Ballarat from April 11 to 14. Tickets range from $660 to $66 with certain additional charges not included. More information can be found either through Oceania Pro Wrestling’s website or social media pages. It is very comforting to see wrestling in Australia surge again. We hope the show goes off without a hitch.