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Visit Victoria and OPW team up for Starrcast Down Under event in Ballarat

Visit Victoria and OPW team up for Starrcast Down Under event in Ballarat

Oceania Pro Wrestling (OPW) and GLO Sports have announced the much-anticipated arrival of Starrcast, the world-renowned wrestling convention, to Australian shores for the first time in April 2024.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of regional Victoria, Ballarat will play host to this unparalleled event featuring the legendary WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The
Hitman’ Hart.

Scheduled just one week after WrestleMania 40, Starrcast Downunder, in partnership with OPW, promises four days of electrifying fan engagement and top-tier wrestling action from Wednesday,  April 10 to Sunday, April 15 across various venues in Ballarat.

“It is extremely exciting to be coming back to Australia for the first time in 20 years, in an event showcasing other legends and wrestling talent from around the world and from Australia,” Hart enthused.

“The Australian fans have always been so great to me, and I look forward to being a part of this event, along with the best from Dungeon Wrestling.”

Joining Hart on the marquee is female wrestling trailblazer, six-time WWE Women’s Champion and five-time TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James.

Around 12 wrestling legends and 30 talented Australian and international wrestlers are set to make Starrcast Downunder a must-attend event for wrestling fans. The event will showcase signing sessions, dedicated stage shows and a myriad of activities synonymous with the Starrcast brand.

Three nights of wrestling will feature the second edition of ‘Empower’, the groundbreaking all-female wrestling show initiated by  James in 2021.

““I cannot express how excited I am to return to Australia for the first time in six years,” James beamed.

“It couldn’t be a more perfect time, place, and opportunity to host a second Empower event with a whole new feel than Australia and the City of Ballarat. I poured my heart and soul into the
first one and wasn’t sure it would happen again.”

Complementing these shows will be a second international wrestling supershow led by Hart and Dungeon Wrestling, in addition to the second Australian Wrestling Showcase.

The wrestling events, set to stream domestically and internationally with a diverse mix of wrestling genres, represent a groundbreaking move for Starrcast and Empower, marking their inaugural events outside the US and shining a global spotlight on Ballarat as a central hub for wrestling enthusiasts.

“Starrcast Downunder will attract fans from across Victoria – and further afield – to Ballarat for an incredible five days of action,” Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said.

“The Victorian Government is proud to support Starrcast Downunder – not just for the boost it will deliver to the region’s tourism sector, but because it will showcase Ballarat’s capacity to host exciting international events.”

GLO Sports is an agent representing global organisations engaged in sport, create return on investment (ROI) for organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Cameron Vale, Managing Director of GLO Sports, further underlined the signficance of the Starrcast event in Ballarat.

“The combination of these wrestling shows is a first for Australia, a hotbed for wrestling fans and wrestling talent, where we can really put our best foot forward on an international wrestling stage, in a major regional location such as Ballarat”

Starrcast Downunder is billed as a unique, all-ages event catering to fans spanning generations, providing an extraordinary opportunity for Australia’s wrestling talent to shine on the global stage, right in their own backyard.

OPW, in collaboration with international co-promoters Conrad Thompson and James extended sincere gratitude to Visit Victoria for their invaluable support as the destination partner in bringing the event to Australia and strategically positioning it in a significant regional market like Ballarat.

Ticket information will be released on Monday, December 18 with fans encouraged to subscribe through oceaniaprowrestling.com to keep updated with all the latest information
and special offers.

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