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Progress Wrestling
Founded 2011
Style Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Founder(s) Jim Smallman
Jon Briley
Owner(s) Jim Smallman
Jon Briley
Glen Joseph
Website PROGRESSWrestling.com

Progress Wrestling (stylized as PROGRESS) is a British professional wrestling promotion that was established in 2011 by comedian Jim Smallman and events and comedy promoter Jon Briley, later to be joined in management of the company by actor Glen Robinson (professionally known as 'Glen Joseph').[1]

History[edit]

The company was conceived by Jim Smallman and Jon Briley in 2011, who were both massive wrestling fans. Smallman is a big fan of "strong-style" wrestling, Japanese in particular, and Briley was Smallman's agent.[2] The pair decided to put on a wrestling show in London, as not many shows were being put on in the capital itself, featuring the type of wrestling that they would both like to watch. The pair then spent seven months putting their first show together. Smallman is also a huge fan of punk music, and the pair decided to emphasize the fact that it would be a London-based promotion with a punk rock vibe. They also were keen not to be import-heavy, like other promotions, but to promote British talent. The pair eventually settled on The Garage in Islington for the venue, because of the size and also having a great reputation as a music venue. The Garage were also very supportive of what Smallman and Briley wanted to do, and the pair ran their first show on 25 March 2012.

After eleven consecutive sell out shows at the Garage, with the later shows drawing 350 fans, the promotion moved to the 700-capacity Electric Ballroom in Camden from Chapter Twelve in March 2014 for their second anniversary show where the sell outs have continued. To date PROGRESS has sold out all London Chapter shows at The Garage and Electric Ballroom.

The promotion have been reluctant to use "imports" (talent for which the UK is not their home or one of their homes). Colt Cabana was the first such talent to be included on a show as part of the debut show, Chapter One, in a losing effort to Loco Mike Mason. Ricochet has appeared twice for the promotion, losing to El Ligero at Chapter Six and in a triple threat with Mark Haskins and Zack Sabre Jr at Chapter Eleven. Adam Cole was the first non-European wrestler to register a win in PROGRESS, defeating Mark Haskins at Chapter Ten. Prince Devitt also appeared twice for the promotion, defeating Zack Sabre Jr at Chapter Thirteen and losing to Jimmy Havoc at the PROGRESS World Cup, his final match in the UK before signing with the WWE. Other talents that have appeared include Samoa Joe, Roderick Strong and Tommaso Ciampa; though Ciampa has established himself as a PROGRESS regular with seven Chapter show appearances. At Chapter 21, Adam Cole and Roderick Strong made their second appearances for PROGRESS by answering and later losing the Sumerian Death Squad (Tommy End & Michael Dante)'s open challenge.

Though they have run most of their shows in London, in 2014 Progress held three shows at The Satellite Stage at the Sonisphere Festival, and in 2015 they appeared for five nights at Download Festival.[3] In December 2015 they began running regular shows at The Ritz in Manchester.[4]

It was announced that Chapter 36, to be held in September 2016, will now be held at the legendary Brixton Academy in London. This will be the biggest show PROGRESS have ever held, with a capacity of over 2000 people expected to attend.

It was also announced that at Chapter 29 on the 24th of April in London, Progress would host two qualifying matches for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic (originally titled the 'Global Cruiserweight Series').[5]

Events[edit]

2012[edit]

# Title Venue Location Date
1 Chapter One: In The Beginning The Garage Highbury, London, England 25 March 2012
2 Chapter Two: The March Of Progress 24 June 2012
3 Chapter Three: Fifty Shades Of Pain 30 September 2012
4 Chapter Four: The Ballad Of El Ligero Boston Dome Tufnell Park, London, England 25 November 2012

2013[edit]

# Title Venue Location Date
5 Chapter Five: For Those About To Fight, We Salute You The Garage Highbury, London, England 27 January 2013
6 Chapter Six: We Heart Violence 31 March 2013
7 Chapter Seven: Every Saint Has A Past, Every Sinner Has A Future 19 May 2013
8 Chapter Eight: The Big Boys Guide To Strong Style 28 July 2013
9 ENDVR:1 The Bedford Balham, London, England 1 September 2013
10 Chapter Nine: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kick Me, Kill Me The Garage Highbury, London, England 29 September 2013
11 ENDVR:2 The Bedford Balham, London, England 17 November 2013
12 Chapter Ten: Glory Follows Virtue As If It Were Its Shadow The Garage Highbury, London, England 24 November 2013

2014[edit]

# Title Venue Location Date
13 Chapter Eleven: To Fight War, You Must Become War The Garage Highbury, London, England 26 January 2014
14 ENDVR:3 The Bedford Balham, London, England 2 February 2014
15 Chapter Twelve: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Room Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 30 March 2014
16 ENDVR:4 The Bedford Balham, London, England 13 April 2014
17 Chapter Thirteen: Unbelievable Jeff! Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 18 May 2014
18 ENDVR:5 The Garage Highbury, London, England 29 June 2014
19 PROGRESS World Cup
20 Sonisphere Festival Knebworth House Knebworth, England 4 July 2014
21 5 July 2014
22 6 July 2014
23 Chapter Fourteen: THUNDERBASTARD Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 27 July 2014
24 ENDVR:6 The Bedford Balham, London, England 7 September 2014
25 Chapter Fifteen: Just Because You're Paranoid, Doesn't Mean They Aren't Out To Get You Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 28 September 2014
26 ENDVR:7 The Bedford Balham, London, England 2 November 2014
27 Chapter Sixteen: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 30 November 2014

2015[edit]

# Title Venue Location Date
28 ENDVR:8 The Garage Highbury, London, England 4 January 2015
29 Chapter Seventeen: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 25 January 2015
30 ENDVR:9 The Bedford Balham, London, England 1 March 2015
31 Chapter Eighteen: The Show We Can't Call PROGRESSleMania For Legal Reasons Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 22 March 2015
32 ENDVR:10 The Garage Highbury, London, England 19 April 2015
33 Chapter Nineteen: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition 2015 Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 24 May 2015
34 25 May 2015
35 Download Festival Donington Park Castle Donington, England 10 June 2015
36 11 June 2015
37 12 June 2015
38 13 June 2015
39 14 June 2015
40 ENDVR:11 The Garage Highbury, London, England 21 June 2015
41 Chapter Twenty: THUNDERBASTARD: Beyond ThunderBastard Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 26 July 2015
42 PTNTL:1 The Bedford Balham, London, England 11 August 2015
43 PTNTL:2 27 August 2015
44 Chapter Twenty-One: You Know We Don't Like To Use The Sit-Down Gun Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 6 September 2015
45 ENDVR:12 The Garage Highbury, London, England 13 September 2015
46 Chapter Twenty-Two: Trust, Encouragement, Reward, Loyalty... Satisfaction Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 18 October 2015
47 ENDVR:13 The Garage Highbury, London, England 1 November 2015
48 PTNTL:3 Nambucca Holloway, London, England 25 November 2015
49 Chapter Twenty-Three: What A Time To Be Alive Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 29 November 2015
50 Chapter Twenty-Four: Hit The North! The Ritz Manchester, England 6 December 2015

2016[edit]

# Title Venue Location Date
51 ENDVR:14 The Garage Highbury, London, England 3 January 2016
52 Chapter Twenty-Five: Chat Shit Get Banged Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 24 January 2016
53 Chapter Twenty-Six: Unknown Pleasures The Ritz Manchester, England 14 February 2016
54 ENDVR:15 The Garage Highbury, London, England 13 March 2016
55 Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lost Art Of Suffering Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 27 March 2016
56 Chapter Twenty-Eight: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want The Ritz Manchester, England 10 April 2016
57 Chapter Twenty-Nine: Practically PROGRESS In Every Way Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 24 April 2016
58 ENDVR:16 The Garage Highbury, London, England 15 May 2016
59 Chapter Thirty: Super Strong Style 16 2016 Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 29 May 2016
60 30 May 2016
61 Chapter Thirty-One: All Hail The New Puritans The Ritz Manchester, England 19 June 2016
62 Chapter Thirty-Two: 5000 To 1 Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 26 June 2016
63 Chapter Thirty-Three: Malice In Wonderland 31 July 2016
64 PTNTL:4 The Bedford Balham, London, England 8 August 2016
65 ENDVR:17 9 August 2016
66 Chapter Thirty-Four: Keep It Unreal The Ritz Manchester, England 14 August 2016
67 Chapter Thirty-Five Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 28 August 2016
68 ENDVR:18 The Garage Highbury, London, England 11 September 2016
69 Chapter Thirty-Six: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Room, Again Brixton Academy Brixton, London, England 25 September 2016
70 Chapter Thirty-Seven The Ritz Manchester, England 16 October 2016
71 Chapter Thirty-Eight Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 30 October 2016
72 ENDVR:19 The Garage Highbury, London, England 13 November 2016
73 Chapter Forty The Ritz Manchester, England 11 December 2016
74 Chapter Forty-One: Unboxing Live Electric Ballroom Camden, London, England 30 December 2016

Training School[edit]

In late 2012 PROGRESS launched the only full-time wrestling school in London and the South East, also known as the ProJo. The school has classes for beginner and advanced level wrestlers, and has a wrestling ring permanently erected along with another ring-sized matted area. The original head trainer at the school was Jimmy Havoc, but he was replaced in November 2013 by Darrell Allen. Other trainers include Danny Garnell, James Davis, Eddie Dennis and Wild Boar Mike Hitchman. The school has hosted seminars by the likes of Michael Elgin, Scott Levy, Nigel McGuinness and others. In late 2013 PROGRESS announced that the ProJo students would be putting on their own shows, which would be called ENDVR. ENDVR shows feature a mix of trainees from the ProJo, their trainers, and other professional wrestlers. The first four ENDVR shows were held at The Bedford Arms in Balham, while ENDVR:5 was held as an afternoon show before the Progress World Cup on 29 June 2014 at The Garage in Islington. Starting from ENDVR:8, the trainee shows move to The Garage on a permanent basis.

Jimmy Havoc & Regression[edit]

To date, the most significant storyline within the company has been that of Jimmy Havoc's ascent to the championship. Havoc debuted for PROGRESS on Chapter Two in May 2012 and went on to lose six matches without registering a victory, though became very popular with the PROGRESS fans as an underdog babyface. At Chapter Nine in November 2013 Havoc attacked promoter Jim Smallman and aligned himself with the London Riots, turning heel in the process. Havoc would then use an open contract given to him by Smallman to defeat PROGRESS champion Mark Andrews (who had just wrestled both Paul Robinson and Rampage Brown in consecutive matches) to become champion and pick up his first victory in PROGRESS.

In his first title defence at Chapter Eleven, Havoc defeated Zack Sabre Jr with the help of his newest associate, PROGRESS trainee 'The Omega' Isaac Zercher. Havoc was joined at Chapter Thirteen by Paul Robinson, and the group later christened themselves 'Regression' as a play on the name of the company and to symbolise their hatred of PROGRESS Wrestling.

The group lost its first members at Chapter Fifteen, as the four members of the group (not including Zercher) took on PROGRESS Tag Team champions Eddie Dennis and Mark Andrews, Will Ospreay and Noam Dar in a 'titles vs careers' match. Ospreay pinned James Davis of the London Riots, meaning that the Riots were gone from PROGRESS.

Havoc eventually lost the title at Chapter Twenty to Will Ospreay in a no disqualification match. At Chapter Twenty-One, Havoc and Robinson were placed in a number one contenders no disqualification match against each other. The two engaged in a bloody contest with Robinson emerging victorious, seemingly signalling the end of Regression.

Championships[edit]

PROGRESS Championship[edit]

Unlike conventional wrestling championships which are generally represented by a belt, the PROGRESS championship was initially represented by a large staff with an eagle head piece. At Chapter Sixteen the staff was replaced by a more traditional title belt. As of April 2, 2016 the title is now considered a 'world' championship, having been defended in the United States at the Wrestlecon Supershow in Dallas, Texas. The title was subsequently defended in Italy on April 30, 2016[6] and Ireland on July 16, 2016.[7]

# Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Nathan Cruz 1 25 March 2012 245 London, UK Chapter One: In The Beginning Defeated Marty Scurll, El Ligero & Mike Mason in a tournament final to crown the inaugural champion.
2 El Ligero 1 25 November 2012 245 London, UK Chapter Four: The Ballad of El Ligero
3 Rampage Brown 1 28 July 2013 119 London, UK Chapter Eight: The Big Boy's Guide to Strong Style
4 Mark Andrews 1 24 November 2013 0 London, UK Chapter Ten: Glory Follows Virtue As If It Were Its Shadow Successfully cashed in his Natural Progression Series title shot.
5 Jimmy Havoc 1 24 November 2013 609 London, UK Chapter Ten: Glory Follows Virtue As If It Were Its Shadow Used the open contract given to him by Jim Smallman to make an immediate title match.
6 Will Ospreay 1 26 July 2015 182 London, UK Chapter Twenty: ThunderBastard: Beyond ThunderBastard
7 Marty Scurll 1 24 January 2016 154 London, UK Chapter Twenty-Five: Chat Shit, Get Banged Title became a world championship following title defenses in the USA and Italy.[8]
8 Pastor William Eaver 1 26 June 2016 29+ London, UK Chapter Thirty-Two: 5000 to 1 Successfully cashed in his Natural Progression Series title shot.

PROGRESS Tag Team Championship[edit]

It was announced at Chapter Nine that beginning in November 2013 there would begin a series of matches to determine the first PROGRESS Tag Team champions. The champions were crowned at Chapter Twelve, the second anniversary show, in March 2014. As with the PROGRESS championship not being a conventional belt, the Tag Team championship is represented by a shield with the PROGRESS eagle on the front. The shield splits into two, one for each championship holder.

# Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 FSU
(Mark Andrews and Eddie Dennis)
1 30 March 2014 301 London, UK Chapter Twelve: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Room Defeated Screw Indy Wrestling and Project Ego in a tournament final to crown the inaugural champions
2 The Faceless/The Origin
(Nathan Cruz, El Ligero, Danny Garnell and Damon Moser)
1 25 January 2015 120 London, UK Chapter Seventeen: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Originally captured the titles as 'The Faceless' before unmasking as Nathan Cruz and El Ligero, renaming themselves 'The Origin' on 24 May 2015
3 The Sumerian Death Squad
(Tommy End and Michael Dante)
1 25 May 2015 188 London, UK Chapter Nineteen: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition 2015 (Day 2)
4 The Origin
(Nathan Cruz and El Ligero)
2 29 November 2015 182 London, UK Chapter Twenty-Three: What A Time To Be Alive Won in a three way match also involving The London Riots.
5 London Riots
(Rob Lynch and James Davis)
1 29 May 2016 57+ London, UK Chapter Thirty: Super Strong Style 16 Tournament Edition 2016 (Day 1)

PROGRESS Atlas Championship[edit]

At Chapter Twenty Seven, it was announced that PROGRESS would be adding a third title, which would be called the Atlas Championship. The criteria for this championship is that it would be a division for wrestlers who weigh over 205lbs, and the matches have a 15-minute time limit. Two blocks of four wrestlers will compete in a round robin format from April to September 2016, with the winner from each group facing off in a final match at Chapter 36 to decide the inaugural champion.

PROGRESS Women's Championship[edit]

It was announced on April 24, 2016 that the 4th Natural Progression Series would crown the first PROGRESS Women's Champion.

Tournaments[edit]

Natural Progression Series[edit]

Beginning with Chapter Four: The Ballad of El Ligero, PROGRESS launched the Natural Progression Series, with the intention of showcasing young and up-and-coming British talent. From Chapter Four each card will feature a match in the series. The tournament was announced as an annual tournament. The winner gains a shot at the PROGRESS title, the Natural Progression Series trophy and is allowed to install a wrestler who was previously eliminated in that year's tournament into the next Natural Progression Series. At the conclusion of the Natural Progression Series III, it was decided to revoke the opportunity for the winner to install someone into the next tournament. This was because the Natural Progression Series IV would be an all-female tournament to crown the first PROGRESS Women's Champion.

Series I[edit]

Quarterfinals
(Chapters Four, Five, Six and Seven)
Semifinals
(Chapters Eight and Nine)
Final
(Chapter Ten)
                 
Mark Andrews Pin
Will Ospreay
Mark Andrews Pin
Jonathan Windsor
Mike Hitchman
Jonathan Windsor Pin
Mark Andrews Pin
Paul Robinson
MK McKinnan
Paul Robinson Pin
Paul Robinson Pin
Eddie Dennis
Eddie Dennis Pin
Darrell Allen
Joey Lakeside
Xander Cooper

At the conclusion of the first Natural Progression Series final the winner, Mark Andrews, decided to install Will Ospreay into the next tournament.

Series II[edit]

Quarterfinals
(Chapters Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen & Fourteen)
Semifinals
(Chapter Fifteen)
Final
(Chapter Seventeen)
                 
Josh Bodom
Morgan Webster Pin
Morgan Webster Pin
Pete Dunne
Pete Dunne Sub
Robbie X
Morgan Webster Pin
Zack Gibson
Will Ospreay
Zack Gibson Sub
Zack Gibson Sub
Ali Armstrong
Ali Armstrong Pin
Chuck Mambo
Pastor William Eaver

Series III[edit]

Quarterfinals
(Chapters Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, Twenty-Four & Twenty-Five)
Semifinals
(Chapters Twenty-Seven & Twenty-Eight)
Final
(Chapter Twenty-Nine)
                 
Damian Dunne Pin
Tyler Bate[NPS 1] 8:54
Damien Dunne 10:33
Pastor William Eaver Pin
Pastor William Eaver Pin
Tyler Bate 9:56
Pastor William Eaver Pin
Damon Moser 11:15
Damon Moser Pin
Jack Sexsmith
Shen Woo
6:54
Damon Moser Pin
Aston Smith 10:09
Ashton Smith Pin
Kyle Ashmore 9:28
  1. ^ Damien Dunne originally lost to Sebastian at Chapter Twenty but on 18th January 2016 it was announced that Sebastian had withdrawn from the tournament. Damien Dunne vs Tyler Bate was scheduled as a "Second Chance" match to find a replacement.

Series IV[edit]

The start of the Natural Progression Series IV has not been announced, but it will be to crown the first PROGRESS Women's Champion.

Super Strong Style 16[edit]

The Super Strong Style 16 is an annual two-day tournament with competitors from around the world, in the vein of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Battle of Los Angeles or Westside Xtreme Wrestling's 16 Carat tournament. The winner of the tournament receives a PROGRESS Championship match. The first event was held in 2015, and was won by Will Ospreay, who went on to win the championship at Chapter Twenty: ThunderBastard: Beyond ThunderBastard.

2015[edit]

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
               
El Ligero 9:12
Will Ospreay Pin
Will Ospreay Pin
Mark Haskins 10:48
Mark Haskins Sub
Jack Gallagher 8:04
Will Ospreay Pin
Roderick Strong 12:45
Rampage Brown Pin
Big Daddy Walter 7:26
Rampage Brown 14:04
Roderick Strong Pin
Tommy End 17:49
Roderick Strong Pin
Will Ospreay Pin
Zack Sabre Jr 17:57
Eddie Dennis 10:49
Marty Scurll Sub
Marty Scurll Sub
Dave Mastiff 9:24
Dave Mastiff Stop
Noam Dar 10:41
Marty Scurll 19:48
Zack Sabre Jr Sub
Damian O'Connor 12:52
Tommaso Ciampa Pin
Tommaso Ciampa 15:49
Zack Sabre Jr Pin
Zack Gibson 15:47
Zack Sabre Jr Sub

2016[edit]

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
               
Mark Haskins Sub
Pete Dunne 9:50
Mark Andrews[SSS16 2] Pin
Mikey Whiplash 1:40
Damon Moser Pin
Mikey Whiplash 4:35
Mark Andrews Pin
Zack Gibson 7:50
Kenny Williams Sub
Zack Gibson 10:23
Zack Gibson Sub
Jack Gallagher
TK Cooper Pin
Jack Gallagher 6:21
Mark Andrews 6:20
Tommy End Pin
Dave Mastiff Sub
Big Daddy Walter 11:13 [SSS16 1]
Big Daddy Walter Pin
Chris Hero 13:18
Mark Andrews Pin
Chris Hero 16:11
Chris Hero Pin
Tommy End 12:36
Sami Callihan Pin
Matt Cross 10:06
Sami Callihan Pin
Tommy End 6:31
Rampage Brown Pin
Tommy End 7:29
  1. ^ This match was also an Atlas Championship Tournament group stage match. Had the match lasted longer than 15 minutes, both wrestlers would have been awarded one point for a draw with the match continuing only for the SSS16 tournament.
  2. ^ After Haskins collapsed from exhaustion between the first and second day, a single fall Redemption Scramble match was held at the start of day two between all of the wrestlers who lost in the first round, Nathan Cruz and El Ligero.

PROGRESS World Cup[edit]

The PROGRESS World Cup was held in June 2014 at The Garage in Islington, with 8 members of the PROGRESS roster representing individual countries. The winner of this one-day tournament would be given a title shot against the PROGRESS Champion.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                 
Netherlands Tommy End Pin
Wales Eddie Dennis 8:22
Tommy End 8:34
Rampage Brown Pin
England Rampage Brown Pin
Canada Paul Synott 8:51
Rampage Brown 15:40
Noam Dar Pin
Israel Noam Dar Pin
Scotland Grado 18:00
Noam Dar Sub
Darrell Allen 11:37
Jamaica Darrell Allen Pin
India RJ Singh 8:33

At the conclusion of the tournament final Jim Smallman approached Rampage Brown, the tournament runner-up, and said that if Brown left the Screw Indy Wrestling faction he would let him face Samoa Joe at Chapter 14. Brown accepted the offer, and was installed as Samoa Joe's opponent at the promotion's Thunderbastard show in July.

Atlas Championship tournament[edit]

Current Standings
Group A Group B
Wrestler Matches Points Wrestler Matches Points
T-Bone 3 6 Joe Coffey 2 3
Big Daddy Walter 3 2 Rampage Brown 3 3
Dave Mastiff 2 2 Michael Dante 2 2
Iestyn Rees 2 0 Damo O'Connor 3 2

Group Stage[edit]

  • Chapter 28 - Group A: T-Bone defeated Big Daddy Walter via pinfall
  • Chapter 29 - Group A: Michael Dante defeated Damo O'Connor via pinfall
  • Chapter 29 - Group B: Rampage Brown vs. Joe Coffey ended in a time limit draw
  • ENDVR:16 - Group A: T-Bone defeated Iestyn Rees via pinfall
  • Chapter 30 - Group A: Big Daddy Walter defeated Dave Mastiff via submission
  • Chapter 31 - Group B: Damo O'Connor & Joe Coffey defeated Rampage Brown & Mikey Whiplash (substituting for Michael Dante) via pinfall
  • Chapter 32 - Group A: T-Bone & Zack Gibson (substituting for Dave Mastiff) defeated Big Daddy Walter & Iestyn Rees via pinfall
  • Chapter 32 - Group B: Rampage Brown defeated Damo O'Connor via forfeit
  • Chapter 34 - Group A: Dave Mastiff .vs. Iestyn Rees
  • Chapter 34 - Group B: Michael Dante .vs. Joe Coffey

Finals[edit]

Semifinals (TBA) Final (Chapter 36)
           
A1 T-Bone
B2 Group B runner-up
 
 
B1 Group B winner
A2 Group A runner-up

Media Review/Industry Response[edit]

Patrick Lennon, wrestling journalist for The Daily Star, has attended and reviewed PROGRESS Shows such as the acclaimed "Chapter Seven: Every Saint Has A Past, Every Sinner Has A Future."[9]

Carrie Dunn, founder and main contributor of wrestling blog "The Only Way is Suplex",[10] recently published "Spandex, Screw Jobs & Cheap Pops: Inside the Business of British Pro Wrestling".[11] PROGRESS Wrestling features frequently in the book including opening a chapter regarding London based wrestling promotions.[12]

Roster[edit]

Male Roster[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Big Daddy Walter, Big Daddy Walter unknown
Mambo, ChuckChuck Mambo unknown member of Sweet Jesus
Dunne, DamianDamian Dunne Damian McKeown
O'Connor, DamoDamo O'Connor Damian Mackle
Moser, DamonDamon Moser
Allen, DarrellDarrell Allen Darrell Allen member of Dazzler Team
Mastiff, DaveDave Mastiff David Minton member of The Origin
Black Jr., EarlEarl Black Jr. Earl Black Jr. member of Dazzler Team
Dennis, EddieEddie Dennis Edward Dennis member of F.S.U.
El Ligero, El Ligero Simon Musk member of The Origin
Rees, IestynIestyn Rees Iestyn Rees
Gallagher, JackJack Gallagher Jack Claffey[13]
Sexsmith, JackJack Sexsmith Ryan Comerford
Davis, JamesJames Davis James Duckworth PROGRESS Tag Team Champion
member of London Riots
Andrews, MarkMark Andrews Mark Andrews member of F.S.U.
Haskins, MarkMark Haskins Mark Haskins Smash Wrestling Champion
Scurll, MartyMarty Scurll Martin Scurll
Dante, MichaelMichael Dante unknown
Whiplash, MikeyMikey Whiplash Michael Gilbert
Webster, MorganMorgan Webster Gavin Steward Inactive; ankle and shoulder injuries
Cruz, NathanNathan Cruz Nathan Irwin member of The Origin
Eaver, Pastor WilliamPastor William Eaver Martin Kelly PROGRESS World Champion
member of Sweet Jesus
Robinson, PaulPaul Robinson Paul Robinson
Dunne, PetePete Dunne Pete England
Brown, RampageRampage Brown Oliver Biney
Lynch, RobRob Lynch Robert Williams PROGRESS Tag Team Champion
member of London Riots
T-Bone, T-Bone Tom Clifford
Cooper, TKTK Cooper Tasman Bartlett member of South Pacific Power Couple
Ciampa, TommasoTommaso Ciampa Tommaso Whitney
End, TommyTommy End Thomas Budgen
Ospreay, WillWill Ospreay Charlie Williams
Gibson, ZackZack Gibson Jack Rea member of The Origin
Sabre Jr., ZackZack Sabre Jr. Lucas Eatwell

Female Roster[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Black, DahliaDahlia Black Olivia Shaw member of South Pacific Power Couple
Di Matteo, LauraLaura Di Matteo Laura Mattioli formerly Elizabeth
Jinny, Jinny Jinny Sandhu
Pollyanna, Pollyanna Polly Ann Bryce
Storm, ToniToni Storm Toni Rossall

Broadcast Team[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Leslie, CallumCallum Leslie Callum Leslie commentator
Joseph, GlenGlen Joseph Glen Robinson commentator
Smallman, JimJim Smallman James Smallman ring announcer
Singh, RJRJ Singh Ross Jones commentator

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". PROGRESS Wrestling. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  2. ^ Rehal, Sumit (26 May 2014). "Progress Wrestling – ‘If we didn’t have such talented guys in Britain, then the promotion wouldn’t be doing as well as it is,’ says co-founder Jim Smallman". The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ http://downloadfestival.co.uk/news/progress-wrestling-set-wreak-havoc-download-2015
  4. ^ http://www.progresswrestling.com/chapter24news/
  5. ^ "Another Indie Promotion To Host WWE Global Cruiserweight Series Qualifying Matches". Retrieved 2016-03-28. . Those matches saw Zack Sabre Jr and Jack Gallagher advance, defeating Flash Morgan Webster and Pete Dunne respectively.
  6. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1723&page=5&reign=7
  7. ^ http://www.wrestling-news.net/ccw-project-mayhem-2016-results/81341/
  8. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1723&page=5&reign=7
  9. ^ "Every Saint Has A Past, Every Sinner Has A Future show is a winner". Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  10. ^ "The Only Way Is Suplex". Carrie Dunn. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  11. ^ ""Spandex, Screw Jobs & Cheap Pops: Inside the Business of British Pro Wrestling" Amazon listing". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  12. ^ Dunn, Carrie (2013). "Chapter 11: In the spotlight - London calling". Spandex, Screw Jobs & Cheap Pops: Inside the Business of British Pro Wrestling. Pitch. pp. 174–176. ISBN 978-1-909178-46-5. 
  13. ^ "ICE FC 13 Cesar Valencia vs Jack Claffey". Youtube.com. ICE FC. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 

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