Category Archives: Progress

May 2017

Well, I’ve not managed to write up many of the plethora of wrestling events I’ve seen recently, but I have managed to keep track of matches I loved. Here is the top 5 from May, followed by the full list.

5: Breezango vs The Usos – Backlash

This match had it all, a great story, some amazing wrestling and some of the best comedy going. I’m loving the heel Usos , but to me Breezango are the current standout team.in the WWE. Real.chemistry in the ring and when they are running comedy. Two guys who’ve been handed shoddy gimmicks making the best of it and doing it really well. I see this springboarding two amazing careers. 

4: Marty Scurll vs Dragon Lee: BOSJ

This was one of a plethora of amazing matches from and amazing tournament. I knew how good most of the competitors were at the outset, but is never seen Dragon Lee before and he’s now one of my favourites.

3: Riddle vs Cobb – Super Strong Style 16

This match was a dream match for me and it lived up to my massively high expectations. Two of the best indie wrestlers in the world and I very much enjoyed every no it’s of it.

2: Will Ospreay vs Kushida – BOSJ Final

This whole tournament as phenomenal but the final was a step above even the other brilliant matches. Kushida is the whole package, And Ospreay will be very soon and is already way better than anyone should be at such a young age. The juniors have raised the bar. The G1 have a lot to live up to.

1: Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate – Takeover Chicago

This match as incredible and I think really put UK wrestling on the map in a big, big way. They built a phenomenal story, had the crowd hooked nd had some great spots. They even had a vociferous chicago crowd chanting “UK UK UK”, superb.

  • Omega vs Ishii- Dontaku 
  • Ospreay vs Scurll – BOSJ Night 1
  • Takahashi vs Dragon Lee – BOSJ Night 1
  • Tyler Bate vs MANDREWS – WWE UK Championship Special
  • Trent Seven vs Pete Dunne – WWE Championship Special
  • Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne – NXT Takeover Chicago
  • Bobby Roode vs Hideo Itami – NXT Takeover Chicago 
  • AJ Styles  vs KO – Backlash
  • Randy vs Jinder – Backlash
  • Breezango vs Usos – Backlash
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler – Backlash
  • Jinny vs Session Moth – PROGRESS 48
  • Travis Banks vs Trent Seven – PROGRESS 48
  • Tyler Bate vs Matt Riddle – PROGRESS 48
  • Pete Dunne vs MANDREWS vs Mark Haskins – PROGRESS 48
  • Tanahashi vs Adam Cole WOTW
  • Young Bucks vs LIJ WOTW
  • Will Ospreay vs Jay White WOTW
  • Will Ospreay vs Ricochet BOSJ Night 2
  • Marty Scurll vs Dragon Lee BOSJ n2
  • Ricochet vs Dragon Lee BOSJ
  • Will Ospreay vs Dragon Lee BOSJ
  • Ospreay, Okada and Gedo vs Fale, Omega and Scurll – BOSJ
  • Kushida vs Ryuske Taguchi – BOSJ
  • Marty Scurll vs Ricochet BOSJ
  • Will Ospreay vs Takahashi BOSJ
  • Banks vs Havoc – SSS16
  • Starr vs ZSJ – SSS16
  • Ospreay Kushida BOSJ
  • Gibson Sexsmith SSS16
  • Riddle vs Cobb SSS16
  • BATE vs Haskins SSS16
  • Flamita vs Banks SSS16
  • David Starr and Pastor vs Trent and Dunne – SSS16
  • TonI Storm vs Jinny vs Laura do Matteo SSS16
  • Banks vs Bate – SSS16
  • RIDDLE vs Bate – SSS16
  • 6 MAN wasteland challenge -sss16

April 2017

So it’s nearing the end of may now nd I figured I’d better publish my list from April. There are still a few shows I’d like to see, but I doubt I’ll bet round to it for a while so here is the list.

5 Ringkampf vs British Strong style – PROGRESS 47

A great match that really showcased how amazing all these guys are. I can certainly see big futures in WWE for all 6 of them.

4: AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – Wrestlemania

This match was incredible and for me was by far and away the best match on the know card. AJ is possibly the best worker in the world, and Shane understands psychology and how to hook a crowd. Superb match.

3: DIY vs Authors of pain vs The Revival – NXT Takeover

An incredible three way tag match that blew me away. I knew already that the revival and DIY were two of the best teams in the world but I had not previously realised how good the authors of pain are. An instant classic.

2: Marty Scurll vs Takahashi – EPIC Encounter 

This match was captivating from the get go. Two incredible talents telling an amazing story and for me stealing the show on a real stacked card. Definitely worth checking out if you missed it.

1: Okada vs Shibata – Sakura Genesis.

This match was incredible. Start to finish it was amazing. The injury to Shibata bit a damper on it in the aftermath, but the match itself was out if this world. Two of the best wrestlers alive throwing everything at each other. Great technique brutal strikes and excellent spots.

  • Sean Only vs CJ Banks – TCW Discombobulated
  • The Proven vs Sons of Ulaid – TCW Discombobulated 
  • Sanity vs Strong, Dillinger, Riot and Oh no – Takeover Orlando
  • DIY vs The Revival vs Authors of Pain – Takeover Orlando
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode – Takeover Orlando
  • AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – Wrestlemania
  • Y2J vs KO – Wrestlemania 
  • HHH vs Seth Rollins – Wrestlemania
  • Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg – Wrestlemania  
  • Su Yung vs Taya Valkyrie – Wrestlecon Women’s Supershow
  • Martin Stone vs Luke Phoenix- Cockpit 15
  • CCK vs Shane Strickland and Ryan Smile – Cockpit 15
  • Omega vs Shibata – Sakura Genesis
  • Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Taguchi and Ricochet vs LIJ – Sakura Genesis
  • Tanzania and Kozima vs War machine- Sakura Genesis
  • Goto vs ZSJ – Sakura Genesis
  • Marty Scurll vs Takahashi- Epic  Encounter 
  • Josh Bodom vs Will Ospreay – Epic Encounter
  • ZSJ vs Kushida – Epic Encounter
  • SPPT vs Catch point – Mercury Rising 
  • Dunne vs ACH – Mercury Rising 
  • ZSJ vs Haskins- Mercury Rising 
  • WWN Championship six man – Mercury Rising
  • Samoa Joe vs Seth Rollins- Payback
  • Y2J vs Kevin Owens – Payback
  • Goto vs Suzuki – NJPW Road to Dontaku 
  • Naito vs Juice Robinson- NJPW Toyota no kuni
  • Takahashi vs Ricochet- Toyo no kuni
  • Tanahashi vs Evil – Toyo no kuni
  • Riots vs SPPT – PROGRESS 47
  • MAndrews vs Haskins PROGRESS 47
  • Ringkampf vs BSS – PROGRESS 47
  • Jack Gallagher vs Tyler Bate – NXT

March 2017

It seems weird that I’m writing this now,at rather end of April, but it has taken me a while to catch up on the plethora of events that happened in march and even now I’ve not seen everything I wanted to. There has been some amazing events in march, wXw’s 16 Carat being my favourite overall. Many wrestlers have hit my list multiple times this month and it has been massively hard to pick a top 5. But I’ve tried to anyhow, limited to 1 per card and 1 per wrestler…..

5: Zack Gibson vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 46

This matchbwas the funniest match I’ve seen in ages, plus it told a great story and furthered a great feud really well. I was lucky enough to be there for it and loved it.

4:  SPPT vs JML – PROGRESS Orlando

4 of the most talented wrestlers in the world put in one hell of a show. Possibly the best match of mania weekend, certainly the best of the weekend that fell in march. Big spots, plenty of emotion. Great all round.

3: Shibata vs Ishii – NJCUP Semi Final

This was an incredible match from two of the world’s best strikers. I was heavily invested in it and it took me on an emotional rollercoaster. The whole New Japan Cup was brilliant,  but this match was a step above.

2: Speedball Mike Bailey vs Matt Riddle – wXw 16 Carat Gold Night 2

I was genuinely in awe throughout this one. It was fast, it was furious, it was funny and it had me hooked. I didn’t want it to end. Two guys go have come to pro wrestling from different fighting backgrounds putting on a match that had it all. 

1: Walter vs David Starr – wXw 16 Carat Gold night 1

It was tough to pick a top 5, even tougher to pick a top 1, but this was, for me, the best of March. David Starr is,in my opinion, one of the top 3 wrestlers in the world at the moment and Walter is just incredible. The emotion, the power, the spots and the storybook this match were intense. A phenomenal match, and my match of the month.

The full list of matches I loved is below, stars indicate the ones that I shortlisted while making the top 5.

  • Shibata and David Finlay vs Davey Boy Smith Jr and Suzuki – NJPW Road 1.3.17
  • Neville vs Jack Gallagher – WWE Fastlane *
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryuske Taguchi – NJPW 45th Anniversary
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Tiger Mask W (Kota Ibushi) – NJPW 45th Anniversary *
  • Evil vs Tanahashi – Nj cup 1st round *
  • Kenny Williams vs Martin Kirkby – ICW Taping
  • Liam Slater vs Joe Hendry – ICW Taping
  • Pete Dunne vs Trent Seven vs BT Gunn vs Chris Renfrew – ICW Taping
  • Shibata vs Suzuki NJ Cup round 1
  • Ishii vs Omega NJ Cup round 1
  • Sanada vs Ishii NJCUP Round 2
  • Ishii vs Shibata NJCUP SEMI *
  • Shibata vs Bad Luck Fale – NJCUP Final *
  • Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe – Raw 20.03.17
  • Usos vs AA – SD LIVE 21.03.17 *
  • BSS vs SPPT – PROGRESS 45
  • Gibson vs Ligero – PROGRESS 45 *
  • Ospeay vs Mandrews – PROGRESS 45
  • Havoc vs Dunne – PROGRESS 45
  • Ringkampf vs Hunter Brothers – PROGRESS 45
  • Zack Gibson vs Eddie Dennis – Cockpit 14
  • David Starr vs Bubblegum – Cockpit 14 *
  • Dave Mastiff vs Jeff Cobb – Cockpit 14
  • Ryan Smile vs Pete Dunne – Cockpit 14
  • Sterling and Redman vs CCK – Cockpit 14 *
  • Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle – Cockpit 14
  • Marty Scurll vs Ricochet  – RevPro Orlando *
  • David Starr vs Josh Bodom – RevPro Orlando *
  • Will Ospreay vs Rey Fenix – RevPro Orlando
  • Thatcher vs Kanemoto – wXw 16 Carat
  • Riddle vs Dijak – wXw 16 Carat
  • Speedball vs ACH – wXw 16 Carat
  • Walter vs David Starr – wXw 16 Carat
  • Speedball vs Riddle wXw 16 Carat
  • Cody Rhodes vs Bad Bones – wXw 16 Carat
  • David Starr vs Cody Rhodes vs Jurn Simmons vs Erin Sitoci – wXw 16 Carat
  • Dijak and Dunn vs Bailey and ACH – wXw 16 Carat
  • Origin vs Origin Banter – PROGRESS 46
  • MAndrews vs Dunne – PROGRESS 46
  • Walter vs Riddle – PROGRESS 46
  • Haskins vs Axel Dieter Jr – PROGRESS 46 *
  • SPPT vs JML – PROGRESS ORLANDO *
  • Mandrews vs Bate – PROGRESS ORLANDO 
  • Dunne vs Haskins – PROGRESS ORLANDO

WWN Supershow – Mercury Rising

The main draw for me here was the series of PROGRESS VS Evolve matches,  but I hoped to see some other great matches too. The opening segment with Drew Galloway was interesting. Keith Lee is monstrous! It was also nice to see PCW stalwart Joanna Rose.announcing across the pond.

Keith Lee VS Jason Kincaide VS Austin Theory VS Gatekeeper Blaster

I’ve never seen any of these guys before, so I was excited to expand my knowledge of the US scene. This was a decent match, nice way to start. Keith Lee looked strong.

Shine Championship: LuFisto VS Toni Storm

I’m familiar with Toni, but not LuFisto. I’ve not seen any Shine before, but I have heard great things so I was excited for this match. It as a good solid match LuFisto is a big powerful women who played a strong heel, Toni adated and shine in a different type of match to ones I’ve seen her in before. It told a cracking story and I hope to see both again. Loved that Toni wrestled in a PROGRESS t shirt. 

PROGRESS VS Evolve series:

Jimmy Havoc VS Ethan Page

A great way to kick off the series. I was please to hear the ration for Jim Smallman before the match and for Jimmy Havoc, big PROGRESS contingent in the crowd. Match itself was decent, went round the room, good spots, good fan interaction and an interesting finish.

South Pacific Power Trip VS Catch Point

Superb match. Brilliant tag psychology. Perfectly paced.  Nicely built to an insane crescendo. Great false finishes. Excellent all round.

PROGRESS World Title: Pete Dunne VS ACH

Great match between two of the best in the world..hooked me from the get go and told a grateful story. Both these guys have a long and happy future ahead of them and I’d love to see them take each other on again. 

Evolve Title Match: Zack Sabre Jr VS Mark Haskins

Presumably ZSJ was the evolve representative in this match being the champion, but this was a match that was PROGRESS to the core. It was one of the best technical wrestling mat he’s I’ve seen. Everyone already knew ZSJ is the best technical wrestler in the world, but many probably didn’t know that Haskins can match him pretty much hold for hold. An amazing match.

This ended the PROGRESS VS Evlove section if the card.

WWN Championship – Battle of the champions elimination match: Fred Yehi VS Jon Davis VS Matt Riddle VS Parrow VS Timothy Thatcher VS Tracy Williams

Well worked, perfectly booked match including 6 amazing talents.  They told a variety of stories and built to an incredible ending. It’s not very often I love a six man elimination match. But I did love this one.

PROGRESS 46

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. 

PROGRESS Orlando

Oh my, massive show. It seems a lot bigger than the other mania weekend shows I’ve seen. Jim seemed genuinely overwhelmed at start and I could see why. Great crowd, great atmosphere and amazing video package to kick it off.

Zack Sabre Jr vs Jimmy Havoc

What a match to kick things off! Superb match, Havoc showed he can hang with the best in a technical match, as well.as the death match stuff he’s famous for. Showcased the British style.well and allowed both to show how good they are. I was impressed by the depth of PROGRESS knowledge the WWN commentary team had, obviously done their homework,  unlike some of the commentary teams on the Wrestlecon Shows.

James Drake vs Spud

It’s good to see SPUD back in PROGRESS again, and with a different, but equally great, progress branded outfit. Great match. Drake is growing into the heel bully role well and Spud is great at playing the victim role. Both guts showing they Han go at it in a fee styles and tell a good story.

Jinny vs Toni Storm

This is the second time I’ve seen these two wrestle each other in a few days. I think the matches may have been in a few days too and I think this might have actually been first. This, like the other, was a great match.  Some of the same spots but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Overall I think I preferred this one as a better story. 

SPPT vs JML

I’m a massive fan of all these guys, although I am more used to seeing JML as singles wrestlers.it was great to.see Dhalia hadn’t let a broken leg get in the way of her trip to Orlando.

This was an incredible match.  Great spots, great tag worm and great psychology..I hope to see JML back in PROGRESS. SPPT nearly fully face now. They are wrestling less like heels and the crowd are fully behind them.

Atlas title: Matt Riddle vs Trent Seven

Another great match on this awesome card. Both are solid workers and this really showed how good they are.  It’s especially amazing considering how little time Matt Riddle has been doing this for!

WWE UK title: MAndrews vs Tyler Bate

This was an incredible match. Well paced and told a great story. Tyler is going to be one of the best all rounders ever, and MAndrews is a phenomenal blur eye high flyer. Styles meshed well and I loved the whole match.

PROGRESS Championship: Mark Haskins vs Pete Dunne

Excellent main event. Told.a cracking story and Pete Dunne showed he is a master of working body parts and of drawing heel.heat. Haskins was great too,  sowing he too has matt skills as well as being an incredible high flyer. Superb match to end a great card.

I thought this was a great show, and I was massively impressed with the commentary team throughout. They had a great knowledge of PROGRESS history and each of the wrestlers and managed to interweave these facts in seemlessly while calling the match in a way to elevate the moves and help with the storytelling.  This was in stark contrast to some of the other shows that were let down by poor commentary.

PROGRESS 45: Galvanise

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.

My podcast college,  @chimerarouge, was with me at the event and we recorded a special chapter of the podcast in the car on the way home. You can check it out on soundcloud here or castbox here.

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. 

WRW Chapter 3: A new beginning 

Chapter 3 of White Rose Wrestling is in the books and @chimerarouge and @atlaswrestling have lots of great conversation about all that’s happened in the world of pro wrestling over the last 4 weeks or so.

As always you can catch the latest episode on soundcloud here or cast box here. You can also check out all past episodes on cast box. 

This time we discussed (start times in brackets):

WWE – including Fastlane, the road to Wrestlemania and the Hall of Fame class of 2017 (0:00)

PROGRESS Chapter 44 – Old Man Yells at Cloud (17:30)

New Japan Pro Wrestling – including Honor Rising and the 45th Anniversary show (27:00)

RevPro – Live at Portsmouth 7 and Live at the Cockpit 14 (39:00)

Tidal Championship Wrestling – Wipeout – A local promotion doing well! (44:00)

ICW Fight Club Tour – Leeds (50:00)

CZW 18th Anniversary show (57:00)

Ring of Honor – including Manhattan Mayhem and 15th Anniversary (1:00:00)

Promotion Focus –  in which Atlas talks Melbourne City Wrestling (1:05:00) and Chimera talks Pro Wrestling Guerilla (1:08:00)

Wrestling Podcasts (1:11:00)

Controversies – Including PCW and the Hardy Boys (1:16:00)

Listener questions, top 3 moments and matches (1:20:00)

February 2017

After January’s brilliance February had a lot to live up to. There may not have been any matches that got the world talking in the way Okada and Omega or Cena Styles did, but there was certainly some incredible matches during the month.

Here I’m going to run down my top 5 and 8ve also included a list of matches I loved at the end. This isn’t a comprehensive list, I’ve not seen all the events,  so if you like any I’ve not mentioned please let me know so I can check them out. There are a couple of events I plan to watch, so I may add to this. I have limited myself to 1 match per show to help narrow it down!

5. Elimination Chamber Match

This match was superb. It was booked really well, set up and furthered feuds well and included dome great spots and great wrestling segment. Plus it had the brutality of an elimination chamber. 

4. Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page – Honor Rising Day 1

4 supremely talented wrestlers going at it hammer and tongs. I think Shibata is incapable of having a bad match! I enjoyed this from the start and am excited to see where Shibata and Cody’s feud heads next.

3. Adam Cole vs Yoshi-Hashi – Honor Rising Day 2

This match was amazing. They worked the crowd into frenzy after frenzy, had some awesome comedy sections, some great heel work, some beautiful moves and some technical brilliance. Well worth a watch.

2. Matt Riddle vs David Starr – CZW 18

These are two of my favourite wrestlers in the world at this moment in time and this match was incredible. It had brutal strikes, brilliant technical wrestling, awesome spots and hilarious comedy – including a ref piledriver! On top of that it told a great story and had me marking out throughout. 

1. Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 44

Oh. My. Word. After January’s ZSJ vs Villain match I thought it would be a long time before I saw a British match that good, but this one was certainly up there with it! I’ve herd Cruz call Ligero his mentor and I know they have a big history together. I believe they once spent a whole summer wrestling each other 10 times a week in All Star so that shows how well they know each other. 

Their story in PROGRESS has been running since the very start. They feuds for the title than formed a tag team and stable that has rin ever since. This is the first match in a feud that has come about from the gradual break up of that stable.

The match was incredible. It drew on their previous story really well, bit itvalso told a story well enough for people to be hooked even if they had never seen either guy before.Cruz was at his magnificent heel best and Ligero was his usual awesome self. It was funny, emotional and genuinely jaw dropping. I can’t wait to see them go at it again.

  • Elimination Chamber Match – EC
  • Mickie James vs Becky Lynch – EC
  • Gideon Gray vs Timothy Thatcher – LAC 13
  • ZSJ vs Speedball Mike Bailey – LAC13
  • Marty Scurll vs Luke Phoenix – LAC13
  • Travis Banks vs Ryan Smile – LAC13
  • Okada vs Minoru Suzuki – New Beginnings in Sapporo
  • Juice Robinson vs Goto – New Beginnings in Sapporo
  • Michael Elgin vs Naito – New Beginnings in Osaka
  • Dragon Lee vs Takahashi – New Beginnings in Osaka
  • Rampage vs Eddie Dennis – Tidal Wipe out
  • Riots vs New Nation – Tidal Wipe out
  • Big Show vs Braun Strowman – Raw 20.02.17
  • Matt Riddle vs David Starr – CZW 18
  • Scarlett and Graves vs EYFBO – CZW 18
  • Joey Janela vs Stockade – CZW 18
  • Pete Dunne vs MAndrews – NXT 22.02.17
  • Travis Banks vs Jordan Devlin – PROGRESS 44
  • Pastor Bill Eaver vs Sebastian – PROGRESS 44
  • MAndrews vs Strickland – PROGRESS 44
  • Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 44
  • Haskins, Havoc and Webster vs BSS  – PROGRESS 44
  • The Young Bucks vs War Machine – Honor Rising Day 1
  • Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page – Honor Rising Day 1
  • The Briscoes vs Omega and Cole – Honor Rising Day 1
  • Adam Cole vs Yoshi-Hashi – Honor Rising Day 2
  • Okada, Ospreay and the Briscoes vs Omega, Rhodes and the Young Bucks – Honor Rising Day 2

PROGRESS 44 Old man yells at cloud

James Drake vs Damon Moser

Drake is always impressive, and Moser has steadily grown into.a really good wrestler. I don’t think either have been at PROGRESS for a while so it was an interesting one. This match started with a massive amur of intensity and didn’t last long. Enjoyable nonetheless.

Session Moth Martina vs Dhalia Black

I’m a fan of Dhalia, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about Martina although I haven’t seen her before, so I was looking forward to it. It was a good solid match, plenty of comedy and some great wrestling. I look forward to seeing more of them.

Jordan Devlin vs Travis Banks

Banks is awesome. And I’ve heard a lot of good about Devlin but I didn’t think he looked that good in the WWE UK tournament. It seemed odd that the crowd got behind Travis, given his recent heel work, but I guess the PROGRESS crowd appreciate an amazing talent. Interestingly when TK and Dhalia arrived the boos returned. This match was great. Devlin looked good and Banks is quickly becoming one of my favourite ever wrestlers.

Pastor Bill Eaver vs Sebastian 

A bonus match that was not on the bill. I’ve enjoyed this storyline and this match was a good next phase. It told a good story and was massively brutal in parts. It felt like the culmination of a feud,  but if it isn’t I’d gladly see them fight again. A very interesting part was a potential face turn mid match from referee Chris Roberts!

MAndrews vs Shane Strickland 

Two of the best high flyers in the business, this match was always going to be incredible. What I didn’t expect was the first 10 minutes to be dominated by some of the best British style mat wrestling around. Both guys showing they are far more than high flyers. As the match progressed we got more of the natural style from both and the match was a very enjoyable wrestling match, for the sake of wrestling. I love the story lines in pro wrestling, and I love a match that tells a story, but I also love matches like this too.

Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero

This was the next stage in a storyline that has been running pretty much since chapter 1. These two fused early, and then formed a stable and are now back feuding. Both are amazing wrestlers, Ligero is a lot of fun and Cruz is an accomplished heel who I would not be surprised to see in WWE in 2017.

This match was phenomenal, the entrances were amazing.  The intros hilarious and set the tone. The match harken back to previous events, but still told a story well enough for anyone who didn’t know about it to be hooked. There was brilliant comedy, awesome mat wrestling, superb high flying and great heel work. The ending and aftermath were perfect to further the feud, and I for one can’t wait to see where this goes next.

Zack Gibson vs Jack Sexsmith

Gibson is a phenomenal heel who is awesome in the ring and Sexsmith is a decent wrestler who is moved by a lot of the progress fans so the atmosphere was likely to be massive. And it was, the match was really good and told a great story that I feel elevated both competitors to another level.

Jimmy Havoc, Mark Haskins and Flash Morgan Webster vs British Strong Style

I’m not massively familiar with Webster, but the little I have seen I’ve liked, the other 5 involved in the match I have seen a lot of and absolutely love, so I was expecting to enjoy this contest, and enjoy it I did.

It was a little Chaotic at times, I don’t remember an announcement that it would be tornado rules but it certainly seemed that way. There was an interesting dynamic between team haskins that they all wanted to be the one to get the pin all nd hence a title shot, there was a lot of story telling based around the current BSS WWE story and the match had lots of great spots and triple moves in it. It was a joy to behold and set up a potentially amazing main event for Chapter 45 – which I have tickets for.

All in all I think this was a superb event, as all progress shows are. Although I’d say this was better than most.