It’s that time of year again. PROGRESS Wrestling are having their ‘big September show’ at Alexandra Palace on September 10th. 2017 has been a revolutionary year for PROGRESS, they’ve gone places they’d never imagined they’d go. The guys and girls have been putting on great shows internationally and announced other big events like New Orleans next year which I’m sure they’ll smash out of the park.
I don’t know how I’m going to order this match by match because everything here could legitimately main event any show you put it on. We’ll just go by the picture.
PROGRESS Wrestling Championship: Pete Dunne (c) vs Travis Banks – Let’s get started with the main event. Champion since Chapter 39 Pete Dunne defends his title against Super Strong Style 16 winner Travis Banks. This highly anticipated bout features two of the most exciting professional wrestlers is wrestling right now and if it’s anything close to the Super Strong Style 16 final in terms of suspense, excitement and emotion, then it’s set to be amazing.
In the build up towards this Sunday’s show, Travis and Pete have been picking each other’s opponents. Pete won all of his Chapter matches, whereas Travis won one (the one in which he had Pete as his Tag Partner) due to shenanigans from Peter. Trav did pick up the win in a handicap match against Trent and Tyler in New York though, despite Pete’s interference.
The Kiwi Buzzsaw definitely trumps Pete in crowd support though as he is well loved by wrestling fans alike. Although one cannot deny Pete’s talent and most will agree he’s a fantastic wrestler, he often wins matches with dirty, underhanded tactics which has certaintly not put him in the good books with fans.
The contest will be a hell of a main event and even though my heart says Travis I cannot help but think Pete will come out victorious again, as he always does.
My Prediction: Pete Dunne.
PROGRESS Women’s Championship: Dahlia Black vs Toni Storm (c) – The date was the 28th of May, Super Strong Style 16 weekend, Toni came out on top of a three way dance to become the winner of the first female NPS and first ever PROGRESS Women’s Champion. All eyes were on Toni Storm, the charismatic, brutal, badass, hip attack-ing professional wrestler we’ve all grown to love. She took the championship in a match against the pair of Laura Di Matteo and Jinny Couture and has gone on to have an exceptional title reign with great matches against the likes of Candice LeRae and Kay Lee Ray. The question of everyone’s lips is: could Ally Pally be the end of it?
Dahlia Black, one half of SPPC and one third of SPPT, had a helping hand in the design of the title and unfortunately wasn’t in the country when it was unveiled. The first time she is seeing the women’s championship in person, is Sunday night. The thing I love most about PROGRESS is the fact that they’ve made professional wrestling feel real. I genuinely believe that Dahlia is going into Alexandra Palace fighting for that championship and will not leave the building without it.
This match for me is very similar to the previous one. My heart says Dahlia but I really can’t see Toni losing the championship any time soon.
My Prediction: Toni Storm.
PROGRESS Tag Team Championship: British Strong Style (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (c) vs CCK (Kid Lykos & Chris Brookes) – This goes all the way back to Chapter 48. Pete was feeling like he and Moustache Mountain defeated all of the competition PROGRESS had to offer and got on the mic saying so. He dared anyone from the back to come out and answer his challenge and out came the debuting CCK to a THUNDEROUS pop.
I don’t think I need to tell you how fantastic Trent and Tyler are, their PROGRESS Wrestling Tag Team Championship run speaks for itself. War Machine, RingKampf, SPPT, The Hunter Brothers have all fallen to the pair and CCK have previously done so too.
Chapter 50, CCK’s first match in PROGRESS, Kid Lykos and Chris Brookes dethroned BSS in a seriously great match. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for CCK. They lost the titles the chapter after in a 6 man tag match which pitted BSS vs CCK in an all titles on the line match.
CCK have the chance to regain the titles this Sunday in a ladder match. Crazy. The match stipulations were determined at Chapter 54 in two singles matches. Stipulation #1: Falls Count Anywhere In The Ring & Stipulation #2: Ladder Match.
My Prediction: CCK
PROGRESS Atlas Championship: Matt Riddle (c) vs WALTER vs Timothy Thatcher – Matt Riddle is the second man to ever hold the Atlas championship, laying waste to Rampage Brown at Chapter 42. The King of Bros has been on a tear in the UK ever since he first came over. Putting on a great collection of matches in his time here, there’s not much he hasn’t done. He is also the first man to be a two-time atlas champion.
WALTER proved that you can’t defend the title in Birmingham when he won it from Matt in a gruelling contest but like CCK before him, he lost the championship not so long after. In New York, Matt Riddle regained his championship and on the same night Timothy Thatcher became the number 1 contender.
Thatcher is someone who’s rarely featured in PROGRESS but has done bits in other promotions. Being the ‘main’ representive of Stokely Hathaway’s Dream Team, he held the Evovle Championship for 596 days and If you’re unfamiliar with Timothy Thatcher, I suggest that you familiarise yourself with him real quick.
I can see this being a great match, with the RingKampf members not teaming up on Riddle which he will take advantage of.
My Prediction: Matt Riddle
Death Match: Jimmy Havoc vs Mark Haskins – I guess you could say this started off at SSS16 too. After interference in the Trent Seven vs Mark Haskins submission match, Havoc came down with a chair to level the playing field. Only to inadvertently hit Haskins in the head with it. Trent then picked up the win.
Jimmy and Mark then gave it a go as a tag team and has a few pretty good matches but the inevitable happened at Chapter 54. The pair argued in the ring and when they go to the back they brawled. This is where this match was made.
I can see this match having Mark dominate Jimmy for a while with things like: light tubes, drawing pins, barbed wire etc. Jimmy is the king of the deathmatch, winning TOD 2017. Jimmy losing to a deathmatch ‘outsider’ would probably have him feeling terrible but I feel like Mark just might do it.
My Prediction: Mark Haskins.
Zack Sabre Jr’s Open Challenge – Who I think will answer: Marty Scurll.
If it’s Scurll that answers the open challenge it would be great. Whoever answers the open challenge would be great. There’s literally nothing bad about this card. I’m going to give two other names and the possibilities on them answering the challenge:
David Starr – 3/10: Starr answering would make sense. The two had a match in the first round of SSS16 and Starr probably wants to get a win back over Sabre. The only issue is that Starr is at a CZW show on Saturday and it might not be possible for him to fly straight over but knowing how David is with flights and airports, I wouldn’t count it out.
Mike Bailey – 6/10: Mike Bailey has been tearing it up wherever he goes, recently killing it at WCPW and at their Pro Wrestling World Cup. Mike is still currently in the UK but I don’t know if he’ll be the one to answer because PROGRESS don’t like to focus much on imports. Mike Bailey definitely has it in him to become a PROGRESS regular and I’d love to see it.
Whoever answers, I think ZSJ is going to get the win.
My Prediction: Zack Sabre Jr.
8 Man Number 1 Contenders Scramble Match: This match is going to be fun. For this match I’m going to give my feeling on who I think is going to win with ratings (like the last match).
Mark Andrews – 5/10: Okay okay. I know Mark is a big favourite to win this match but I don’t think he’s going to. Yes, I love Mark. Everyone does but he’s just had a ton of matches for the PROGRESS championship and it wouldn’t feel as fresh as any of a select few of the winners would.
Eddie Dennis – 5/10: Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have Eddie back in the title scene. He’s a great wrestler, great man and I don’t get tired of watching his matches. The only reason I don’t think he’ll win is because he recently had a match against Pete at Chapter 52 and he lost.
Zack Gibson – 7/10: If Travis doesn’t take the title Sunday, I really think Zack Gibson should be the next PROGRESS champion. He would be a fantastic champion. Everyone hates him, everyone would pay money to see him lose the title. The promos he would give about “finally being recognised as PROGRESS Wrestling’s number one” would be great. The only reason I haven’t rated him higher is because he’s recently just started a tag team with Fighting Spirit Wrestling partner, James Drake.
James Drake – 4/10: I like James Drake, I think I’m in the minority that do. I just don’t think it’s his time yet. Maybe this time next year. Or if Gibson does win this match and then win the championship, maybe the pair could have a little programme for it.
Flash Morgan Webster – 6/10: PROGRESS’ nearly man. It’d be fantastic to see Flash overcome the 7 others but I can’t help but feel he’ll come up short once again, turning heel sometime in the near future.
Strangler Davis – 4/10: Recently turning on his tag team partner, James Davis has kinda been on a roll as of late. He has an atlas title shot ready for whenever he pleases and for that reason I don’t think he’ll win this match.
Damian Dunne – 6/10: The reason I think this match has come about is to bring new people into the title picture. Putting Damian in the title picture would be a breath of fresh air. Dunne has proven himself to be a great world champ with his recent run with the Attack! Title fresh in mind. But like James Drake, I don’t think it’s his time.
Jack Sexsmith – 9/10: It has to be. Everyone loves Jack Sexsmith. He’s fantastic and his gimmick sets him apart from everyone. I don’t think I have to explain how important Jack has been to PROGRESS. If Pete keeps the title, like Zack Gibson, Jack Sexsmith could very well be the next champ.
Thank you for reading, hope you’re looking forward to the event as much as I am. It’s going to be great!