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​Progress Chapter 36 – We’re gonna need a bigger room…. Again!

A few weeks ago Progress Wrestling, my favourite promotion, held their biggest ever show. It was held at Brixton Academy and was massive in every way.  Last week I finally got around to watching it.

Match 1: Rampage Brown vs Joe Coffey, Atlas tournament final.

I’ve very much enjoyed the Atlas tournament, a tournament to crown a new champion which is only open to wrestlers over 205 lb. The whole thing has been fantastic and these two have stood out even amongst such a strong field. The match had everything you would expect from these two phenomenal big fellas and  it is great to a fellow Leeds lad hold another title.

Match 2: Six women tag match – Jinny, Alex Windsor and Dahlia Black vs Pollyanna, Laura di Matteo and Nixon Newell.

Some amazing talent on show in this match, all 6 of these ladies are phenomenal wrestlers and this has really whet my appetite for the forthcoming natural progression series which will crown th inaugural women’s champion. It is my hope that Jinny wins that tournament and takes a length reign as champion, she is one of the best heels in the country.

Match 3: London Riots vs British Strong Style

Two of my favourite tag teams facing off for the tag titles, this match was always going to be awesome an dit surpassed even my expectations. The riots are a phenomenal team who have the art of tag team wrestling nailed and British Strong Style are a very young team but of two wrestlers who are no strangers to tag team wrestling and who are both very talented. On most another cards this would have been the match of the night without a doubt, but with some of the events that were to come it was probably only 3rd – which says more about the quality of the card than anything else. A surprise result at the end, possible due to Rob Lynch carrying an injury, but either way, I’m looking forward to seeing how British Strong Style’s story progresses, and I’m definitely looking forward to the rematch, which I hope will come in Sheffield.

Match 4: Paul Robinson vs Chuck Mambo

Bonus match! Which is always good. I’ve not seen a great deal from either of these wrestlers before so it’s good to get to know them better. I enjoyed the match and I look forward to seeing more of both these wrestlers. 

Match 5: Zack Sabre Junior vs Tomaso Ciampa – 2 out of 3 falls.

This was, as you might expect, a phenomenal match. Both of these wrestlers are incredible and have shown how incredible recently at big events such as the Cruiserweight Classic and the Battle of Los Angeles. The match was the rubber in the series and the whole thing was awesome from start to finish. They showed off their skills, told a great story and really showed a new level of intensity. Plus the booking was clever, to have the first fall a draw an put us at 1-1 was a unique idea. It was good to see a local hero go over, but in the end, the real winners were the audience. I can’t believe that I’m about to type this about a match this good, but it was only the second best match of the night (in my opinion).

Match 6: FSU, Damon Moser and Jack Gallagher  vs The Origin

This match was another incredible match. Zack Gibson is the hottest heel in wrestling at the moment and the whole of the of the Origin are phenomenal at building heat. FSU are a great fun tag team, Moser is intense and Gallagher is, well, extraordinary. The match was full of awesome sections, great spots and great wrestling, It continued the story that had been building, continued to get over the origin as a great heel stable and  had some incredibly funny moments (the car stereo made a reappearance!). This was another match that would have been match of the night on many other cards, and the fact it doesn’t even make my top 3 shows just how phenomenal Progress is at the moment. I can’t wait to see Zak Gibson fight for the title next time out.

The Main Event: Marty Scurll vs Tommy End vs Mark Haskins

This match was, for me, the match of the night. Three incredibly talented young men showing us what pro wrestling is all about. Some massive bumps, some great three way spots, some awesome story-telling and brilliant feud building. For vast periods it looked as though Haskins was just there to make up numbers, but he just kept coming back and nothing could keep him down. Then, just as you thought it couldn’t get any better Jimmy ********g Havoc arrives! All three wrestlers involved in the match deserve all the praise they get, and Haskins deserves the plethora of titles he seems to be carrying recently. I look forward to seeing him defend his title, I look forward to seeing Tommy End in WWE and I really look forward to seeing Jimmy Havoc vs Marty Scurll, if and when it happens….

What an event. What a promotion. This.Is.Wrestling. This.Is.Awesome. This.Is.Progress.

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CwC Live Finals

Are you excited? I’m excited. This week we will see the finals of the CwC on WWE Network. 

I was surprised Noam Dar lost, but it does mean that ZSJ – one of the top 3 or 4 British wrestlers in the world today (in my opinion) has made the semis.

The other 3 semi finalists are Gran Metalik, Kota Ibushi and TJ Perkins. All 4 semi finalists have impressed me immensely.

I’m at a point where I genuinely don’t know who will win, and I’m not even sure who I want to win!

A ZSJ win would be great, especially given the recent winning spree the British have been on in international tournaments. And his technical ability is second to none. I certainly hope he takes the win over Gran Metalik and makes the final.

The other semi final has two of the guys who have stood out most for me. Ibushi is phenomenal, but Perkins has, for me, been on abother level. I feel that he and Jack Gallagher have been the two most impressive in the tournament and I hope he meets ZSJ in the final.

A ZSJ TJ Perkins final would be incredible. And my loyalties would be seriously torn! I think I’d have to support ZSJ but would certainly not be disappointed to see TJ take home the trophy. Whatever happens – it will be amazing!

The CwC has been a great success and I can’t wait for next year’s installment.  I also can’t wait to see cruiserweights on Raw.

Have you enjoyed the CwC? Who’s your favourite been? Who are you most looking forward ro seeing on Raw? For me, it’s Jack Gallagher.

The British are HERE

Recently I have been really enjoying tournament wrestling. New Japan lead the way with the G1 climax and the best of the Super Juniors which were both amazing, the Super J cup provided some awesome stuff (Ospreay vs Sydal anyone?). Progress’s Atlas tournament has been great. This year’s Battle of Los Angeles sounded incredible – can’t wait to see it. Even the WWE have got in on the act with the Cruiserweight Classic and the Smackdown tag titles tournament.

I was thinking about these tournaments, and it occurred to me that the last 12 months have been pretty successful for our British exports.

Battle of Los Angeles 2015 – Zack Sabre Jr

Last year Sheppey’s own technical wizard showed the best the independent scene has to offer that he was the top of the pile. Zack has had some incredible matches before, during and since this tournament and his recent work in the CWC has been awesome. He recently gave us a masterclass in gaining heat when he fought Jeff Cobb in Rev Pro and showed how two friends can blput on a face vs face showcase when he fought Will Ospreay in Progress.

Best of the Super Juniors 2016 – Will Ospreay 

The aerial assassin sent shockwaves through the world when he made the final of this, never mind when he lifted the trophy. It’s unheard of for someone so young and inexperienced to pick up this trophy,  but that’s testament to the hard work Will has put in in his short but amazing career. He continues to impress and improve and I look forward to seeing Will Ospreay on top of the world for many, many years.

Battle of Los Angeles 2016 – Marty Scull

The villain. Probably my favourite wrestler in the world today. Superb at gaining heat. Oozing charisma with every breath and seemingly unable to wrestle a match that isn’t a match of the year candidate. (His 3 vs Will Ospreay – including from WCPW Stacked available free – and 2 vs Chris Hero are just 5 of many amazing Marty Scurll matches this year.)

I, like many other wrestling fans, was delighted to see the Progress champion win this tournament and I can’t wait to see him scale further heights in the world of pro wrestling.

Cruiserweight Classic – Noam Dar?

The CWC has been a tremendous tournament. There has been some amazing matches and it’s still pretty hard to pick a winner. The three British entrants have shown themselves really well. My favourite match so far has been Jack Gallagher vs Akira Tozawa. Unfortunately Jack lost and can’t bring home the trophy, but he has done enough to earn himself a spot in the cruiserweight division on Raw.

We do know, however, that there will be 1 British star in the semi finals, as tomorrow’s quarter final features Noam Dar vs the afforementioned Zack Sabre Jr. This match will be awesome, and I have a feeling that the winner could go all the way and continue the trend of British winners. 

I suspect that will be Noam Dar, I’ve had a feeling about hin winning since I saw the video of hin and Finn Balor in New York prior to summerslam and he was one of the first named in Raw’s cruiserweight division.

The 5 superstars mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg, there are lots, lots more amazingly talented British wrestlers out there. And now even the WWE are realising that the British are here.