30 in 30 Reborn: Maniac United’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Maniacs United (MU) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about Maniac United’s YouTube channel:

Number of videos: 64

Frequency new videos are added: About every two weeks on average.

Frequency full shows are added: No full shows yet.

Total views of the most popular video: 16,105

The New Zealand based Maniacs United formed after a bigger New Zealand promotion, Impact Pro Wrestling (IPW) canned female wrestling veteran JPE. The company is a hybrid wrestling school/promotion and launched this channel in February 2012. The first ever clip was of a match that took place during training with no paying crowd, but a storyline worked into it. Since then Maniacs United has gotten larger and started working proper shows having scheduled nine for 2014. As such it is unsurprising that the production has improved on the channel as at minimum the group has acquired a higher quality camera. This results in a better picture though footage tends to be shot either handheld or more often by a fixed camera. Lighting is good for most clips, but don’t expect fancy things like commentary or onscreen graphics. The Maniacs United roster pretty much just features wrestlers from New Zealand including workers from other local promotions like New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling (NZWPW) and Kiwi Pro Wrestling (KPW). Some names to look out for on the male roster are Dan Stryker and featured wrestlers Stix and Charlie Roberts. The channel also features plenty of  female workers. Aside from JPE some workers include Scarlett, Krystal Kane and OBeast. These days the channel features an array of full matches and shorter bits of abuse.

A recommended clip:

Shadow Ninja vs. Dan Stryker

This clip contains some of the top baddies on Maniacs United’s roster. You have the young heel Dan Stryker, JPE cheering him on and Stryker’s manager, BK3 cheering him on and cheating. Needless to say Shadow Ninja has his work cut out for him.

The fans clap for Ninja early on leading Stryker to demand for quiet. Instead of getting some peace Stryker instead gets hit with two armdrags and a dropkick. Stryker then demands a test of strength, but Ninja is too smart for that sensing he’ll just get kicked in the gut or something. Instead, Ninja looks to accept the test, but then wrenches Stryker’s arm back.

After a while Stryker retreats to the outside leading to Ninja hitting a running crossbody off the apron to the floor. Back inside the ring despite the impressive move Stryker doesn’t sell it much and soon hits Ninja with a Rocker dropper. The influence of The Rockers are not enough to put Ninja away and Ninja takes back charge of this one leading BK3 to grab the referee in a front face lock so his man can cheat. Apparently this isn’t enough for a disqualification in New Zealand pro wrestling. At any rate Ninja comes back and after a while whacks Stryker with a super kick.



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