Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Moustache Mountain.
re: PROGRESS Wrestling Thread
After Night Two of WWE’s UK Championship turned out to be pretty good I decided to check out some Progress Wrestling via their Demand Service and while it has a host of problems and limitations which may explain the price tag, if the shows continue to be as good as the one I just watched, I can live with those warts.
The show I started with was the opening night of their Super 16 Strong Style Tournament, mostly because the card is absolutely stacked and I hear much further back than this is for PROGRESS diehards only as the wrestling and production qualities were pretty low at the start. I hear they have come a LONG way per episode but that there really is a world apart from the quality of these Chapters and the ones that kick it off. I do still kinda want to give it a go though as I hear they have made sure the stories told there still matter even today, which is nice and rare for a wrestling promotion. Especially a small indie like this.
Minus that now in hindsight truly heartbreaking opening with Kris Travis, I can’t think of a much better introduction to the company, I have fallen in love with PROGRESS on my first show. It’s basically the British PWG. Honestly up and down the card I think you’d be hard pressed to find a bad match and just as hard pressed to single out one match as a favourite, as such I’m not really left with a lot to say, in the best possible way.
I mean with work and my other hobbies I will admit it took me two weeks to get this show finished, coming in at nearly four hours but it’s absolutely crammed with content. Their matches are usually short and sweet so I could watch a match or two before bed or whatever. But yeah, the crowd are hot as fuck, some of the wrestling is a little scrappy in places but we’ve got technical matches, high flying matches, matt based matches, hard hitting matches, matches focused on storytelling/character/psychology or matches with a mix of all of those things with some genius match ups, some exposure to big indie guys who somehow flew under my radar and some guys who were made familiar to me in WWE wrestling under different gimmicks here while they still had that indie edge.
Now onwards to night two!
I also talking about wrestling on my Twitter if you want to follow me or whatever...