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SSS16 2019 Tournament results:

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WINNER = DAVID STARR
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SSS16 2019 - Day Two.

I skimmed through this and most of what I watched here was pretty terrible I dunno what PROGRESS are trying to go for but the style of wrestling on this show for my money was horrid. It had this weird, worst of both worlds, hybrid of Main Roster WWE mixed with indie wrestling. The result were meandering, impactless, matches that peaked way too early and then bulked themselves with finisher kick out spam meaning the eventual finish feels like a wet fart. There was also a surprising amount of sloppiness in the matches which I wouldn't expect any way but especially not from a show like this.

I will say I actually quite enjoyed the Robinson/O'Reilly match. It could have done with some serious tightening up as some of it felt so unnecessarily meandering but there was some beautiful wrestling here, these two men just seemed to gel together so well and I enjoyed the collision of charisma here a lot. Do you think O'Reilly won here when the match so clearly seemed to be in Robinson's favour because WWE said O'Reilly could only bow out of this tournament to a person already signed with WWE? So what is the deal with Robinson, I thought he retired? And was that a teased face turn before Havoc came in?

So did Dragunov get hurt during day one or something? First he buried Trevor Lee and then a pretty great Banks and Starr match got transformed into an overbooked clusterfuck (filled with Smallman's terrible acting) to turn day three's semi into a triple threat instead. I mean surely this couldn't have been the original plan? It is a shame too as that triple threat sounds pretty great but if it is just there to protect Dragunov without having someone written out with an injury again like last year with Bate which clearly threw a lot of plans into disarray then I am assuming the match is just gonna be smoke and mirrors and mostly carried by Banks and Starr.

Then, finally, the main event. Weird to see Seven in this position, when I was watching religiously Seven was generally the forgotten third wheel of BSS so to see him get to be a part of arguably one of the most important matches in PROGRESS history is pretty special as Seven is fantastic. So is there an explanation as to why the Atlas title is getting unified?

In terms of the match itself, it was weirdly booked. WALTER couldn't beat Seven cleanly, so he just turned into a little bitch and tried to screw Seven. That failed but then Seven got screwed out of the match any way because the ref couldn't see his foot on the rope. Okay? I enjoyed Seven's performance here a lot though, I wonder if him getting screwed here will pay off with him winning the title down the line or something. I hope it does.

Well apparently Day Three is the best of all three days, I mean it wouldn't be hard after these first two days but let us see.


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SSS16 2019 - Day Two.

I skimmed through this and most of what I watched here was pretty terrible I dunno what PROGRESS are trying to go for but the style of wrestling on this show for my money was horrid. It had this weird, worst of both worlds, hybrid of Main Roster WWE mixed with indie wrestling. The result were meandering, impactless, matches that peaked way too early and then bulked themselves with finisher kick out spam meaning the eventual finish feels like a wet fart. There was also a surprising amount of sloppiness in the matches which I wouldn't expect any way but especially not from a show like this.
I didn't think is was THAT bad but you have hit home on something the "Progress" faithful are aware of, and I was going to respond with a link of a fantastic promo by someone but until you watch day 3 I cant because it may spoil it for you. And I would feel bad!!

SO WATCH DAY 3!!

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I didn't think is was THAT bad but you have hit home on something the "Progress" faithful are aware of, and I was going to respond with a link of a fantastic promo by someone but until you watch day 3 I cant because it may spoil it for you. And I would feel bad!!

SO WATCH DAY 3!!
You talking about the promo by Starr at the end? It is certainly an intriguing inversion of PROGRESS past. We had Screw Indy Wrestling, now we have a tease of a sort of Pro Indie Wrestling takeover instead. Taking PROGRESS back from WWE, to which PROGRESS partnership with has seemed to steal some of PROGRESS magic it once had when it was once an up and coming independent promotion with nothing to lose. How this can really work now Smallman and the gang are all employed by WWE and given PROGRESS is a WWE feeder now is anyone's guess. I mean the longer time goes on the harder it is to see what PROGRESS have ever gained by partnering with WWE. Yeah they can use guys like Ohno and O'Reilly on special occasions I suppose but the amount they seem to have lost to achieve that hardly seems worth it to me. PROGRESS, the punk rock sellouts.

Anyway, SSS16 2019 - Day Three skim through. That video package to say goodbye to Jimmy was great.

So Dragunov/Banks/Starr was a Three Way Dance not a Triple Threat? Nice. Also seems my theory about Dragunov wasn't the case, so I dunno what the deal with this was. The match still felt like a last minute bolt job with the two falls for Starr to win coming basically back to back and not in some story explained way, just in a way that felt really rushed. I will say the match was pretty good until the finish.

When it settled in, I'd argue Devlin and O'Reilly delivered the first genuinely great match in this tournament for my money. There was some fantastic character work and psychology in this one, these guys went to war in a match that finally felt worthy of what SSS16 has become. It is a shame, and also weird, that everything in the ring is so quiet, I do love a good thigh slap on my strikes, but there were some really great looking strike exchanges in this one even if you couldn't really hear them for that tangible sense of impact and some really slick sequences between the two as well. Really enjoyed this, a fantastic way for O'Reilly to bow out without losing anything.

Then, finally, the final. What a final this was, too. Best friends giving it their all to win this tournament, which really made the tournament feel like it means something. The psychology and character work here was great, both guys weren't afraid of using a little vinegar in the name of winning this match. Both guys sold their arses off. The exchanges were slick, high energy and in front of red hot crowd. This really hasn't been a good collection of shows, like at all, but this Final is what this is all about.
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