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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) Glen Joseph
Jim Smallman
Jon Briley
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. For Chapter 36 in September 2016, Progress staged their largest ticketed show at the Brixton Academy, to an audience of 2,400 and announced that they would return the following September. 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] In 2017, Progress will begin to promote shows in Birmingham.

The promotion have been reluctant to use imports (wrestlers for which the UK is not their home or one of their homes). Colt Cabana was the first wrestler 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.

In 2016 the company began working with other promotions. At Chapter 29 on 24 April in London, Progress hosted two qualifying matches for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.[5] In June, the Canada-based SMASH Wrestling had its title defended at a Progress show, ahead of three co-promoted shows between the two in Toronto in September.[6][7] Progress also announced they would be running two shows in the United States in April 2017 as part of WrestleMania weekend with WWNLive.

Events[edit]

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, Damon Moser, Chuck Mambo 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. The shows were later moved back to the Bedford and filmed for Freedom's Road, a new regular program for Demand PROGRESS with more of an emphasis on drama and characters.

Jimmy Havoc and 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 Ten 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 London 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. After they both failed to convince Zercher to turn on the other, the two engaged in a bloody contest with Robinson emerging victorious, seemingly signalling the end of Regression.

Championships[edit]

Progress World Championship[edit]

Progress World Championship
Details
Promotion Progress Wrestling
Date established March 25, 2012
Current champion(s) Pete Dunne
Date won November 27, 2016
Other name(s)
Progress Championship

Unlike conventional wrestling championships which are generally represented by a championship 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. The title has been defended in the United States at the WrestleCon Supershow in Dallas, Texas, and subsequently defended in Italy on April 30, 2016[8] and Ireland on July 16, 2016.[9]

As of July 24, 2017.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Nathan Cruz 1 March 25, 2012 245 Highbury, London Chapter One: In The Beginning Defeated Marty Scurll, El Ligero and Mike Mason in a tournament final to crown the inaugural champion.
2 El Ligero 1 November 25, 2012 245 Highbury, London Chapter Four: The Ballad of El Ligero
3 Rampage Brown 1 July 28, 2013 119 Highbury, London Chapter Eight: The Big Boy's Guide to Strong Style
4 Mark Andrews 1 November 24, 2013 <1 Highbury, London Chapter Ten: Glory Follows Virtue As If It Were Its Shadow Successfully cashed in his Natural Progression Series title shot.
5 Jimmy Havoc 1 609 Used the open contract given to him by Jim Smallman to make an immediate title match.
6 Will Ospreay 1 July 26, 2015 182 Camden, London Chapter Twenty: ThunderBastard: Beyond ThunderBastard
7 Marty Scurll 1 January 24, 2016 154 Camden, London Chapter Twenty-Five: Chat Shit, Get Banged
8 Pastor William Eaver 1 June 26, 2016 35 Camden, London Chapter Thirty-Two: 5000 to 1 Successfully cashed in his Natural Progression Series title shot.
9 Marty Scurll 2 July 31, 2016 56 Camden, London Chapter Thirty-Three: Malice in Wonderland
10 Mark Haskins 1 September 25, 2016 35 Brixton, London Chapter Thirty-Six: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Room Again This was a triple threat match also involving Tommy End.
Vacated October 30, 2016 Camden, London Chapter Thirty-Eight: When Men Throw Men At Men Haskins vacated the title due to injury.
11 Pete Dunne 1 November 27, 2016 239+ Camden, London Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Graps of Wrath Defeated Jimmy Havoc, Matt Riddle, Sebastian, TK Cooper, Travis Banks, and Trent Seven in a seven-way elimination match to crown a new champion.

Combined reigns[edit]

As of July 24, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Havoc, JimmyJimmy Havoc 1 609
2 Cruz, NathanNathan Cruz 1 245
Ligero, ElEl Ligero 1 245
4 Dunne, PetePete Dunne 1 239+
5 Scurll, MartyMarty Scurll 2 210
6 Ospreay, WillWill Ospreay 1 182
7 Brown, RampageRampage Brown 1 119
8 Pastor William Eaver 1 35
Haskins, MarkMark Haskins 1 35
10 Andrews, MarkMark Andrews 1 <1

Progress Tag Team Championship[edit]

Progress Tag Team Championship
Progresstag.jpg
The Progress Tag Team belt
(April 2017 — Present)
Details
Promotion Progress Wrestling
Date established November 24, 2013
Current champion(s) British Strong Style (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
Date won July 9, 2017

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 championship belt, the Progress Tag Team Championship was originally represented by a shield with the Progress eagle on the front. The shield splits into two, one for each championship holder. At Chapter Forty Six the Tag Team shields were replaced with traditional strap title belts, with the design on the front plate of each belt representing the defunct Tag shields.

As of July 24, 2017.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 FSU
(Mark Andrews and Eddie Dennis)
1 March 30, 2014 301 Camden Town, London 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 January 25, 2015 120 Camden Town, London Chapter Seventeen: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Danny Garnell and Damon Moser originally captured the titles as The Faceless, before all 4 unmasked, renaming themselves The Origin on 24 May 2015.
3 The Sumerian Death Squad
(Tommy End and Michael Dante)
1 May 25, 2015 188 Camden Town, London Chapter Nineteen: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition 2015 (Day 2) Defeated Nathan Cruz and El Ligero.
4 The Origin
(Nathan Cruz and El Ligero)
2 November 29, 2015 182 Camden Town, London 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 May 29, 2016 119 Camden Town, London Chapter Thirty: Super Strong Style 16 Tournament Edition 2016 (Day 1)
6 British Strong Style
(Trent Seven and Pete Dunne)
1 September 25, 2016 82 Brixton, London Chapter Thirty-Six: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Room... Again
Vacated December 16, 2016 PROGRESS management vacated the titles after Pete Dunne attempted to give his half of the titles to Tyler Bate.
7 British Strong Style
(Trent Seven (2) and Tyler Bate)
1 December 30, 2016 177 Camden Town, London Chapter Forty-One: Unboxing Live Won in a three-way match with The Riots and the LDRS of the New School.
8 CCK
(Chris Brookes and Kid Lykos)
1 June 25, 2017 14 Camden Town, London Chapter Fifty: I Give It Six Months
9 British Strong Style
(Trent Seven (3) and Tyler Bate (2))
2 July 9, 2017 15+ Birmingham Chapter Fifty-One: Screaming for Progress Won in a six-man match featuring Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate vs. Travis Banks, Chris Brookes and Kid Lykos.

Combined reigns[edit]

As of July 24, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 El Ligero, El Ligero 2 302
Cruz, NathanNathan Cruz 2 302
3 Andrews, MarkMark Andrews 1 301
Dennis, EddieEddie Dennis 1 301
5 Seven, TrentTrent Seven 3 274+
6 Bate, TylerTyler Bate 2 192+
7 End, TommyTommy End 1 188
Dante, MichaelMichael Dante 1 188
9 Garnell, DannyDanny Garnell 1 120
Moser, DamonDamon Moser 1 120
11 Lynch, RobRob Lynch 1 119
Davis, JamesJames Davis 1 119
13 Dunne, PetePete Dunne 1 82
14 Brookes, ChrisChris Brookes 1 14
Lykos, KidKid Lykos 1 14

Progress Atlas Championship[edit]

Progress Atlas Championship
Details
Promotion Progress Wrestling
Date established September 25, 2016
Current champion(s) WALTER
Date won July 9, 2017

The Progress Atlas Championship is exclusively for wrestlers over 205 pounds in weight—the cruiserweight weight limit. Rampage Brown was the first champion after winning a tournament. As of July 24, 2017.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Rampage Brown 1 September 25, 2016 112 Brixton, London Chapter Thirty-Six: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Room Again Tournament final to crown inaugural champion.
2 Matt Riddle 1 January 15, 2017 175 Birmingham Chapter Forty-Two: Life, the Universe and Wrestling
3 WALTER 1 July 9, 2017 15+ Birmingham Chapter Fifty-One: Screaming for PROGRESS

Combined reigns[edit]

As of July 24, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Riddle, MattMatt Riddle 1 175
2 Brown, RampageRampage Brown 1 112
3 WALTER, WALTER 1 15+

Progress Women's Championship[edit]

Progress Women's Championship
Progresswchamp.jpg
The Progress Women's belt
(May 2017 — Present)
Details
Promotion Progress Wrestling
Date established May 28, 2017
Current champion(s) Toni Storm
Date won May 28, 2017

It was announced on April 24, 2016, that Natural Progression Series IV would crown the first Progress Women's Champion. The tournament got underway in October 2016, with the champion to be crowned during the Super Strong Style 16 2017 weekend from May 27, 2017, to May 29, 2017. At the conclusion of the tournament at Day Two of the Super Strong Style 16 event, Toni Storm was crowned the first Progress Women's Champion.

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Toni Storm 1 May 28, 2017 57+ Camden, London Chapter Forty-Nine: Super Strong Style 16 2017 (Day Two) Tournament final to crown inaugural champion.

Combined reigns[edit]

As of July 24, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Storm, ToniToni Storm 1 57+

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 up-and-coming British talent. The winner earns a match for the Progress World Championship at any time, the Natural Progression Series trophy and is allowed to install an eliminated wrestler in that year's tournament into the next Natural Progression Series. This last rule did not count for NPSIII as the following tournament was all-female.

Series I[edit]

Quarter Finals
(Chapters 4 - 7)
Semi Finals
(Chapters 8 & 9)
Final
(Chapter 10)
                 
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]

Quarter Finals
(Chapters 11 - 14)
Semi Finals
(Chapter 15)
Final
(Chapter 17)
                 
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

The winner Morgan Webster decided to install Pastor William Eaver into the next tournament. Morgan Webster lost his championship opportunity to Zack Gibson.

Series III[edit]

Quarter Finals
(Chapters 22 - 25)
Semi Finals
(Chapters 27 & 28)
Final
(Chapter 29)
                 
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 18 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]

Natural Progression Series IV was to crown the first Progress Women's Champion, with its first match at Chapter Thirty-Eight: When Men Throw Men At Men.

tournament  bracket for Progress Wrestling NPS 4

Super Strong Style 16[edit]

The Super Strong Style 16 is an annual Spring Bank Holiday weekend knock-out tournament with competitors from around the world. The winner of the tournament receives a Progress Championship match.

2015 (Chapter 19)[edit]

Round One
(Sunday 24th May)
Quarter Finals
(Monday 25th May)
Semi Finals
(Monday 25th May)
Final
(Monday 25th May)
               
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 (Chapter 30)[edit]

Round One
(Sunday 29th May)
Quarter Finals
(Monday 30th May)
Semi Finals
(Monday 30th May)
Final
(Monday 30th May)
               
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 Super Strong Style 16 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.

2017 (Chapter 49)[edit]

For the first time, 2017's tournament will take place over three days; running from Saturday 27th May to Monday 29th. The tournament bracket was announced on May 23rd.[10]

Round One
(Saturday 27th May)
Quarter Finals
(Sunday 28th May)
Semi Finals
(Monday 29th May)
Final
(Monday 29th May)
               
Zack Gibson 14:22
Jack Sexsmith Pin
Jack Sexsmith
Zack Sabre Jr. Sub
Zack Sabre Jr. Sub
David Starr 12:24
Zack Sabre Jr. 11:05
Travis Banks Pin
Jimmy Havoc 10:36
Travis Banks Pin
Travis Banks Sub
Flamita
Mark Andrews 13:48
Flamita Pin
Travis Banks Sub
Tyler Bate 22:53
Tyler Bate Pin
William Eaver 6:31
Tyler Bate Pin
Mark Haskins
Mark Haskins Sub
Flash Morgan Webster 9:19
Tyler Bate Pin
Matt Riddle 14:14
Matt Riddle Pin
Trent Seven 0:06
Matt Riddle Pin
Jeff Cobb
Nathan Cruz 9:41
Jeff Cobb Pin

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.

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                 
Netherlands Tommy End Pin
Wales Eddie Dennis 8:22
Netherlands Tommy End 8:34
England Rampage Brown Pin
England Rampage Brown Pin
Canada Paul Synott 8:51
England Rampage Brown 15:40
Israel Noam Dar Pin
Israel Noam Dar Pin
Scotland Grado 18:00
Israel Noam Dar Sub
Jamaica 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 Joe's opponent at the promotion's Thunderbastard show in July.

Tag Team Championship tournament[edit]

Starting at Chapter Ten, Progress held a tournament to crown their inaugural tag team champions. Four semi final matches were held, with the winners set to face off in a four-way match for the Championship at Chapter Twelve.

Semi Finals
(Chapters 10 & 11)
Finals
(Chapter 12)
           
Project Ego (Kris Travis & Martin Kirby) Pin  
Grado & Mad Man Manson  
   
Project Ego
Screw Indy Wrestling (Mark Haskins & Nathan Cruz) Pin    
Screw Indy Wrestling
Dave Mastiff & Stixx    
F.S.U. Pin
   
   
The Swords of Essex (Paul Robinson & Will Ospreay)  
F.S.U. (Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews) Pin  
   
   
The Bhangra Knights (Darrell Allen & RJ Singh) Count Out
London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) Count Out

Atlas Championship tournament[edit]

Final standings
Group A Group B
Wrestler Matches Points Wrestler Matches Points
T-Bone 3 6 Joe Coffey 3 5
Dave Mastiff 3 4 Rampage Brown 3 3
Big Daddy Walter 3 2 Michael Dante 3 2
Iestyn Rees 3 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 and Joe Coffey defeated Rampage Brown and Mikey Whiplash (substituting for Michael Dante) via pinfall
  • Chapter 32 - Group A: T-Bone and Zack Gibson (substituting for Dave Mastiff) defeated Big Daddy Walter and Iestyn Rees via pinfall
  • Chapter 32 - Group B: Rampage Brown defeated Damo O'Connor by forfeit when Damo was unable to appear
  • Chapter 34 - Group A: Dave Mastiff defeated Iestyn Rees
  • Chapter 34 - Group B: Joe Coffey defeated Michael Dante

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals
(Chapter 35)
Final
(Chapter 36)
           
A1 T-Bone
B2 Rampage Brown Pin
Rampage Brown Pin
Joe Coffey
B1 Joe Coffey Pin
A2 Dave Mastiff

Media review and 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.[11]

Carrie Dunn, founder and main contributor of wrestling blog "The Only Way is Suplex",[12] published the book Spandex, Screw Jobs & Cheap Pops: Inside the Business of British Pro Wrestling.[13] Progress Wrestling features frequently in the book including opening a chapter regarding London based wrestling promotions.[14]

Roster[edit]

Progress wrestlers are freelance competitors, meaning they appear for multiple promotions worldwide, as well as performing for Progress. The following are wrestlers who have appeared on the most recent three Chapter shows, barring any who have announced they have left the promotion.

Correct as of Chapter 51

Male roster[edit]

Pete Dunne (front) with the Progress World Championship belt; Tyler Bate and Trent Seven with the Progress Tag Team Championship shields
Ring name Real name Notes
Ashmore, Ashmore Unknown
Dunne, Chief DeputyChief Deputy Dunne Damian Mckeown
Mambo, ChuckChuck Mambo Gareth Snelling
Mastiff, DaveDave Mastiff David Minton
Starr, DavidDavid Starr Max Barsky
Dijak, DonovanDonovan Dijak Christopher Dijak
El Ligero, El Ligero Simon Musk
Flamita, Flamita Unknown
Hanson, Hanson Todd Smith
Sexsmith, JackJack Sexsmith Ryan Comerford
Davis, JamesJames Davis James Davis
Drake, JamesJames Drake James Dowell
Cobb, JeffJeff Cobb Jeffrey Cobb
Jigsaw, Jigsaw Edward McGuckin[15]
Havoc, JimmyJimmy Havoc James Mcahren[16]
Lykos, KidKid Lykos Ethan Beach
Andrews, MarkMark Andrews Mark Andrews
Haskins, MarkMark Haskins Mark Haskins
Riddle, MattMatt Riddle Matthew Riddle
Bird, MikeMike Bird Unknown
Webster, MorganMorgan Webster Gavin Steward
Cruz, NathanNathan Cruz Nathan Irwin
Dunne, PetePete Dunne Peter England Progress World Champion
WWE United Kingdom Champion
Rowe, RaymondRaymond Rowe Raymond Rowe
Lynch, RobRob Lynch Robert Williams
Johnson, RoyRoy Johnson Rory Harris-Williams
Banks, TravisTravis Banks Travis Bligh
Seven, TrentTrent Seven Ben Webb Progress Tag Team Champion
Bate, TylerTyler Bate Tyler Bate Progress Tag Team Champion
WALTER, WALTER Walter Hahn[17] Progress Atlas Champion
Eaver, WilliamWilliam Eaver Martin Kelly
Gibson, ZackZack Gibson Jack Rea
Sabre Jr., ZackZack Sabre Jr. Lucas Eatwell

Female roster[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Jinny, Jinny Jinny Sandhu
Harvey, KateyKatey Harvey Unknown
Ray, Kay LeeKay Lee Ray Kayleigh Rae
Di Matteo, LauraLaura Di Matteo Laura Mattioli
Storm, ToniToni Storm Toni Rossall Progress Women's Champion

Broadcast team[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Leslie, CallumCallum Leslie Callum Leslie Commentator
Joseph, GlenGlen Joseph Glen Robinson Commentator
Ring announcer
Richards, MattMatt Richards Matthew Richards Commentator
Smallman, JimJim Smallman James Smallman Ring announcer
Singh, RJRJ Singh Ross Jones Commentator

Notable guests and 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. 
  6. ^ https://hashtagwrest.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/announcement-progress-thisis_progress-goes-to-canada-this-september/
  7. ^ https://hashtagwrest.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/announcement-progress-thisis_progress-vs-smash-new-event-added-match-talent-signed/
  8. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1723&page=5&reign=7
  9. ^ http://www.wrestling-news.net/ccw-project-mayhem-2016-results/81341/
  10. ^ "SSS16 2017 Bracket Drawing". 
  11. ^ "Every Saint Has A Past, Every Sinner Has A Future show is a winner". Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
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