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.