Passover Bash drew 200 fans to the Berale Music Club. Jay Lethal defeated David Starr in what is described to have been the greatest wrestling match EVER on Israel soil, and probably one of the best matches so far this year in general. After the match both acknowledged each other and shook hands in sign of respect in an incredible emotional finale. Matt Sydal defeated Rabbi Swissa and won the IPWA championship with a little help from his manager, Aline Elkin. The Mechanics managed to score an upset win over the Titan Towers, the talented Yuval Goldshmit beat Black Phanter and Idan Boulder in a thrilling bout, Max Havok defeated Hadar Horvitz and Lior Libman cheated his way against Shay Blanco in an exciting opener. IPWA Promoter Gery Roif spoke to the crowd, saying that this is only the beginning and thanked everyone for supporting Israeli Pro Wrestling.
August 16th, WWE Legend Tatanka came to Israel to headline what was the most important wrestling show in Israel until that point - the "Super Show". The legend came to Israel to help build the future of Israeli Wrestling and he did not disappoint. A jam packed crowd filled the local arena in Netanya to witness, WWE Legend Tatanka - an idol and hero to many Israelis watching WWF when they were kids, defeat Rabbi Swissa in a grueling sweaty summer bout to become the new IPWA Heavyweight champion. After the match, Tatanka addressed the crowd and in a patriotic speech that moved everyone to tears. IPWA will forever be grateful to Tatanka for coming and helping us try to establish our local scene and take us to the next level. This show was filed with great wrestling action from the liked of Black Phanter, Sharon Palty, Yossi the Bull, Omry Balely and some of the best local talent of all times. After the dust cleared and all settled down, Tatanka went to enjoy the Dead Sea and the holy places of Jerusalem.
Rage Mega Show was one of the biggest wrestling shows in Israel since WWF in 94. Kevin Von Erich returned to wrestle for one last time with his sons, Ross and Marshall to defeat former WWE I.C champ Marty Jannetty, Israeli Wrestling founder and former IPWA champion, Rabbi Swissa and Jumping Lee. WWE Legend Tatanka returned to battle Hakeem Waqur and Matt Sydal /w Aline Elkin faced Bad Bones John Klinger. David Starr and Jurn Simmons tore the house down. Phanters and Candy Club went head to head, while Ken Kerbis vs. Max Havoc, Iceman vs. Rixon and Big D vs Tal Bar On proved that Israeli local talent has great potential.
Special thank you goes to Egoeast Productions and Doron Degani, without whom this show would've never happened.
After many years of negotiations with WWE, IPWA Promoter, Gery Roif, was able to bring two Israeli talents to tryout for WWE. In february, 2018, Aline Elkin and Tal Bar On attended the grueling WWE Tryouts at the WWE Performance Center in Florida. We are working hard to establish more connections and develop more local talent so one day we will finally have an Israeli citizen in the WWE!
"Blessing means "God's favor and protection" in the dictionary. It perfectly describes my journey two weeks ago to Germany. I was blessed to get the opportunity to wrestle for WXW, the #1 wrestling promotion in Germany and probably in all of Europe. On november 24th in Aurich, Germany at the Sparkassen Arena infront of 550 fans, I had the incredible pleasure of working with Alexander James, whom I recommend to every promoter for booking - an amazing young talent, who is in my opinion one of the very best the Independents have to offer these days, with incredible knowledge of the history of the game and the ability to make even a jobronie like me look decent (which only a true talent can do). I brought my best to that match, giving AJ everything I had, however that was not enough. Alexander James was the better man. I lost the battle, yet I won the war, as wrestling in Germany as Rabbi Swissa, coming out with Kippah and Zizith to the ring while my theme song blasted the Sparkassen Arena in hebrew, was my biggest victory of all." - Gery Roif on his match in Germany.