First reaction after seeing Progress today? ‘Wow…fucking…wow!’
After seeing around 3 1/2 hours of a stacked British wrestling card we at European Uppercut are saluting you! Progress Wrestling is quickly becoming a figurehead for the industry in this country and they sure as hell know how to put on a show!
Instead of doing a run through of the card I want to discuss my highlights so hopefully you can see why attending these shows is a must!
The first is the fans, atmosphere makes or breaks a wrestling match and this crowd does its part to ensure each one is incredibly entertaining. I’ve enjoyed a couple of beers while in attendance but a few of my favourite chants were:
- ‘Lady Diana would be so upset!’ To Lord Jonathan Windsor, mocking his Regalesque posh gimmick
- ‘JeriCruz’ – After Nathan Cruz used a move similar to The Codebreaker
- ‘You got bitch slapped!’ After Rampage slapped the spit out of Nathan Cruz’s mouth
- ‘This is Bhangra!’ After The Bhangra Knights reunited
- And how can we forget a sold out crowd in unison doing a ‘JESUS!’ chant from the legendary botchamania videos!
So unique, so funny and already a staple part of any Progress show!
Apart from the fans, the storytelling was superbly done. As mentioned The Bhangra Knights reuniting was a great moment and it followed an excellent technical match between partners RJ Singh and Dazzling Darrell. Singh was definitely King as he aided Darrell from the assault by his own entourage. The Knights then ‘hugged it out’ before leading the crowd in some Bollywood dance moves! This was followed by a brief yet intense stare down with The London Riots teasing a feud later down the line. Progress’ forward thinking storyline planning is definitely impressive.
Another key moment was Marty Scurll and Zach Sabre Jnr teaming before leaving for America and Japan respectively. I thought they teased a potential heel turn with Zach kicking Scurll by accident, leading to defeat for The LDRS but it all ended positively. Jim’s kind words to both of them while saying goodbye, referencing their MOTY at Ch:1 and thanking them for it was a genuinely nice moment. It reminded me of a ECW or ROH goodbye and showed respect to the pair and gave magnitude to them and their impact on the company.
The final thing I wanted to mention is just the wrestling itself, whether it be the intensity of Boar or Mastiff, the speed and technical ability of Ligero, Singh, Allen or Cruz or just the sheer ‘I’m going to chop you till your fucking chest bleeds!’ by Rampage Brown!! I actually nearly felt sorry for Cruz! Whatever it was, the wrestling was just amazing from top to bottom.
We also went to a solid TNA event on Saturday but there was one clear winner this weekend and that’s probably the greatest compliment I can give them…
So Aces and Eights can go back to their clubhouse because British wrestling and Progress are here to fight and I for one salute them for it!
See you at Chapter 6!