Nelson’s own Brook Duncan will challenge for the New Zealand Heavyweight title this Saturday. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Wrestling returns to the region

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Duncan McDougall used to make fun of his brothers for watching wrestling, now he’s about to take on the New Zealand Heavyweight Champion in front of his home crowd.

The larger than life characters had a young Brook hooked and it was then he knew he wanted to be a professional wrestler.

Now known as ‘Brook Duncan’, he will be one half of the main event as wrestling returns to Nelson for the first time in two years.

He says it’s a great chance for anyone who thinks wrestling is a “pile of rubbish” to get out of their comfort zone.

“Anyone that dismisses something because it’s fake, I guess has never watched a movie before.”

Brook will wrestle ‘Rufguts Roddy Gunn’ for the unified New Zealand heavyweight championship after unsuccessfully challenging for the title in September.

However, when the two behemoths meet again this weekend, Brook is hoping home crowd advantage will help him end Rufguts’ lengthy reign.

Brook began wrestling in 2010 in Blenheim before moving to Auckland and joining Impact Wrestling.

He has trained at the world’s oldest current wrestling promotion in Mexico – learning the art of lucha libre.

It was here that Brook rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in wrestling including Super Crazy, Rey Mysterio, Alberto del Rio, Jake the Snake Roberts, and the most feared man in wrestling, Haku.

Brook says during his time in Mexico he worked shows at both ends of the glamour spectrum.

“I did some decent shows but also some pretty flea market looking ones.”

As to be expected in the brutal world of wrestling, Brook has had his fair share of injuries over the years.

“There was a match in Auckland where someone smashed a mug and it wasn’t’ cleaned up, I was thrown out of ring and got massive gash in my hand from the broken ceramic, the blood was squirting out with my heartbeat.”

Brook has also fractured an elbow in a street fight after being suplexed onto a steel chair, and has taken part in the age-old wrestling tradition of blading, or intentionally cutting your forehead.

Brook’s gimmick is inspired by New Zealand, implementing elements of quintessential Kiwi culture.

As well as performing Ka Mate, Brook uses a spare tackle as part of his move set and a swinging neck breaker mimicking an illegal ruck clearance as his finisher.

Brook says he hopes who others can be inspired by seeing someone that may not be so technically gifted go overseas and wrestle.

Brook encourages those who have never experienced professional wrestling to get along to Waka Warfare.

“It’s entertainment, suspend your disbelief for a second, and you’ll have a great time.”

Waka Warfare is on 7pm Saturday, October 5 at Stoke Hall. Tickets are available from www.championshipwrestling.co.nz