This was the first progress show I’d seem in a while, since seeing 35 live, and boy had I missed it.
Origin VS Origin: Banter Edition
This was a great match that had me laughing and marking out throughout. It was a brilliant start to a show and shoes some really good story telling, great high spots and superb tag wrestling. This is my favourite feud in all wrestling at the moment and I hope we haven’t seen the last of it.
Toni Storm VS Dhalia Black
This was another great match, the crowd got behind both women, who both showed amazing in ring abilities. Dhalia had real heel heat at the start but receven a warm ovation as she was carried out after the match. I later learned she had legitimately broken her leg during the match. This whole natural.progression series has been awesome.
Jack Sexsmith VS Travis Banks
Banks is one of the hottest properties in the UK scene, is picking up titles left right and centre and never has a bad match, be it in singles competition or as part of one of his plethora of tag teams. Sexsmith is a solid wrestler, but I don’t really get his gimmick, it kinda makes me feel.like he is trying to portray anyone who identifies as pansexual as a pervert and I really don’t understand the need to shove condoms in people’s mouths. That said, the match was still good.
Banks has been wrestling more and more like a face recently and his singles matches may suggest that’s the route he.will take if TK and Dhalia do head back to NZ. He’s currently my prediction to win Super Strong Style 16 this year.
Mark Haskins VS Axel Dieter Jr
Wow. This match was incredible. Haskins entrance was amazing! The fast paced high flyer meet a the methodical pure wrestler in an amazing match. Haskins has a great set of matt moves in his repertoire and there was some awesome chain segments and great transitions. ADJ is a lot bigger than you think when he’s not stood next to Walter! This match told a good story, I got to see my favourite move, Mark Haskins Sharpshooter, which is the best sharpshooter of all. The handshake at the end may suggest Ringkampf are heading in a face direction.
Will Ospreay VS Jimmy Havoc – Fans Bring The Weapons
Death matches are not my favourite type of matches, but when done well and for a reason rather than for the sake of it that can be effective and certainly have their place. This one ticked all those boxes. It finished a massive long running feud, it was brutal and it told a great story. Both guys put it all on the line in what was an insane death match that towards the end became a loser leaves PROGRESS match.
It was telling that they used the old white canvas for the first half then the new one after!
Tag Title Match: BSS VS Hunter Brothers
BSS debuted new tag title belts at this event and they look superb, keeping the iconic imagery of the shields but translating it to belt form. The match was good fun, plenty of comedy spots and great team work on both teams.
Atlas Title: Matt Riddle VS Walter
I’d seen these two recently in wXw 16 carat and I was looking forward to seeing it again. It certainly didn’t disappointed. It told a cracking story, had millions of high spots, great strikes, great chain segments, brilliant submission based sections and some superb reversals. All in all an incredible match, and another handshake from a Ringkampf member at the end. Ringkampf are massively over anyway so a face turn makes sense.
PROGRESS TITLE: MAndrews VS Pete Dunne
The rivalry that has spanned the globe but neve had a bad match. This was an amazing match, plenty of call backs to previous matches. This told a fascinating story of the underdog trying again and again to take the title and building to an amazing ending. A cracking main event to cap off a superb show.