Yes, very popular London based wrestling promotion PROGRESS have announced that on 6th December 2015 they will have their first show outside of the capital. They will be holding Chapter 24 at The Ritz up in Manchester.
Many things come from this, the PROGRESS fans from down south while happy the promotion are branching out have said that they will probably miss this show due to it’s location but for PROGRESS it’s a good move for the fans they have further up north to get to see the product live, some for the very first time. Plus, if they don’t already, after sampling PROGRESS live they may then go on to subscribe to the promotions on-demand service where all previous shows are available.
PROGRESS is not just a national wrestling promotion, across the world the product is viewed mainly due to the free Chapter 13 show that was put on youtube in full which featured Prince Devitt (now Finn Balor in NXT) vs Zack Sabre Jr. here is a link to the show in case you haven’t seen it http://tinyurl.com/PROGRESSChapter13.
Through social media I see a lot of comments from fans over in the US who of course have some of the best independent wrestlers around but the fans over there are becoming fans of the PROGRESS product which is great for not only the promotion but the wrestlers themselves. I am not saying it’s connected but would like to think it is but recently it was announced that PROGRESS regulars Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr. and longtime PROGRESS wrestler Mark Andrews were announced for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle Of Los Angeles which is great news for those guys and us fans.
Going back to the Manchester show, from what I know, the venue holds about 500 fans, it will be similar to The Electric Ballroom as in it will have a seated and standing section, tickets go on sale TONIGHT (July 1st) at 10pm but you NEED to be on the mailing list here is a link to it http://tinyurl.com/PROGRESSMailingList. Oh an every Chapter 24 ticket order made in July gets a FREE month of Demand Progress.
In closing, although I wish it was more closer to me, it’s great PROGRESS are going elsewhere, something I thought they wouldn’t do but fear not fans in the south, PROGRESS are NOT leaving The Electric Ballroom, they are just branching out to grow their product and give fans that may not have the chance to watch them live the possibility to do so.