Australia's Most Famous Current Wrestler

Scott BeebySenior Analyst IJune 26, 2009

I thought for my 50th article, I would write about something that is close to home.

Greg Bownds. Never heard of him?

Then let me introduce you to the man that is widely recognized as Australia’s most famous current wrestler.

Bownds is known to the fans as current AWF (Australasian Wrestling Federation) Australasian Champion, TNT.

Bownds started his professional wrestling career in 1994 at the young age of 17.

He debuted under the ring name Tommy the Cat and wrestled for numerous promotions in Australia. He later changed his in ring name to TNT Kid and went on to win the Australian Championship Wrestling Heavyweight title when he was 21 years old.

In 1999, Bownds suffered an ankle injury the put him out of action for six months. During that time, he came up with the idea of creating his own Australian-based wrestling promotion. That is when the Australasian Wrestling Federation was born.

Bownds has been instrumental in getting some world's famous wrestlers to compete in the AWF promotion.

Superstars such as Sabu, X-Pac, Steve Corino, Al Snow, Chris Masters, Marty Jannetty, Super Dragon, Raven, Austin Aries, Chris Candido, Billy Kidman, Bryan Danielson, CIMA, Nigel McGuiness, and Kid Kash have all competed for the organisation.

For an extended amount of time during 2002 and 2003, Bownds went overseas to Mexico where he studied the Lucha Libre style of wrestling under the tutelage of Rey Mysterio, Sr.

Throughout his illustrious career, Bownds has traveled the world and has been involved with several overseas wrestling promotions including Dragon Gate Pro-Wrestling and Zero-1 Max in Japan, where he was known as Aussie Ozbone.

He has also wrestled with and against several stars from the TNA promotion, including Frankie Kazarian, Chris Sabin, and Alex Shelley.

Bownds is also the head teacher of the AWF wrestling school, which is undoubtedly the school of choice for any aspiring young wrestlers in Australia. The school has been very successful, having professionally trained over 50 students in its short existence.

The AWF has grown into Australia’s biggest and best wrestling promotion, despite not having a television deal.

It currently tours around Australia and New Zealand providing entertainment from some of the best wrestlers that Australia has to offer, including the man known as TNT, Greg Bownds.