Perry back on top


Queenstowner Marc ‘Hooligan Marcus Kool’ Perry is ecstatic at winning then defending the Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) New Zealand heavyweight title on successive nights last week.

Perry admits his SPW co-founding partner Troy ‘Powerhouse T-Rex’ Crosbie initially “beat the crap out of me” in the latter’s home city of Invercargill last Friday.

“I got put through a table, I got hit with Kendo sticks - it was bad.”

Perry’s got no real idea how he turned the tables on his far larger opponent: “I think [Crosbie] got a bit carried away with how much on top he was.

“I hit with a kick out of nowhere, when he wasn’t expecting it, and I followed it up with two more, and I kept him down for three.”

Perry then had to put his title on the line the following night in SPW’s ‘Live Pro Wrestling’ six-bout show at the Queenstown Memorial Centre against another hulky opponent, Slade Mercer from Melbourne, Australia.

“He came straight on top of me, straight away, just exploiting my injuries from the night before, and pretty much beat the crap out of me for most of it.”

The tide finally turned when Mercer went up for a power bomb: “I somehow slipped out of it, hit him with a kick on the jaw, knocked him silly, and then followed with another one and kept him down.”

Asked how he came back each time, Perry, 28, says: “I suppose I’m just a fighter, I just don’t stay down, I train really hard.

“I’m more experienced and in Queenstown I had the hometown crowd behind me, which helped.”

Perry says he’d hoped to attract more than the 200-plus local crowd who attended the show - “I just don’t think people know what to expect” - but was delighted that those who turned up had a great time.

He expects he’ll put his title on the line in Invercargill this October against previous titleholder Shane Sinclair, of Auckland, who vacated his title this month to be present at the birth of his first child.