This was a show with an amazingly stacked card and as such I had been looking forward to it massively. It says a lot about the roster that a show without Zack Sabre Jr, Marty Scurll, Dave Mastiff, The London Riots or Mark Haskins could be considered massively stacked, but such is PROGRESS in 2017.
British Strong Style vs South Pacific Power Trip
This was an incredible match that set the bar massively high. I could let believe that it was on first. It started with a heel heEl dynamic, but told a great story of SPPT slowly turning face and getting the crowd on side. I hope they continue with this. There was good interplay with the crowd, some funny segments, big high spots and just grear wrestling throughout.
Zack Gibson vs El Ligero
Two of my personal favourites. The most over heel vs arguably the most over face. This match had a 3ally funny.intro and some amazing comedy moments as well qs being full of incredible mat wrestling and high flying antics from ligs. Nathan Cruz arrived towards the end and looks to be furthering the Origin Prime vs Origin Banter feud that I hope includes ore Ligero vs Cruz matches. (Fingers crossed for the next Manchester chapter).
James Drake vs Jack Sexsmith
I expected this to be the weakest match in the card, not because I expected it to be bad, but rather because I expected the others to be better. I think it probably was the weakest? But I still very much enjoyed it. Drake works really well as a brutal heel and Sexsmith is an underdog who plays his part well. I feel he may be building to big things down the road.
Will Ospreay vs MAndrews
This as incredible. Will is known to be one of the best high flyers in the world but is showing a vastly different side in his current heel run. This worked well against Mark, who is probably the most naturally loveable baby face in history. The match had some awesome high spots and worked a great story. They managed to break the ring but continue to use it and not break the flow of the match.
Hunter Brothers vs Ringkampf
These two teams are great. The Hunters are a great high flying team a d Ringkampf are just phenomenal. Masses of technical ability complemented with superb strength and great psychology. This was a superb match. Axel Dieter Jr sells better with a single facial expressions than the vast majority of wrestlers in the business. They hooked me in, told a story and left me thirsty for more.
Nathan Cruz vs Flash Morgan Webster
Another great match, between two awesome wrestlers..Cruz heeling really well and Morgan looking to shed the last little bit of ring rust. They told a great story between them and I look forward to seeing them both again in the future.
Jinny vs Niton NEwell
Probablythe match I was looking forward to most. Two of the best wrestlers in the country going hammer and tongs, telling a great story and just beating the he’ll out of each other. I enjoyed it from start to finish and my only slight criticism is that it could have been longer.
Jimmy Havoc vs Pete Dunne
I’m not massively keen on hardcore matches, but I think they can have a place used sparingly which is how they are used in progress. Havoc is a king of the death match and it wasn’t a surprise that he got mental. Dunne showed that he can do them really well, as he can any wrestling style. I was hooked from the video package and didn’t look away throughout. Awesome match.
In gebed all. I really enjoyed it..possible the best event I’ve bee to, certainly the top few. I’d say the first half may have been slightly better but overall.I loved it all. Can’t wait for next time.