This Thursday, PROGRESS Wrestling once again packs its bags and takes the action across the pond to Toronto, Canada as part of SummerSlam weekend.
PROGRESS are no strangers to the Great White North, having previously run a show in conjunction with Canadian promotion Smash Wrestling in September of 2016. In addition to running a joint show once again, the weekend will also see a standalone PROGRESS show which will be better tailored for the Ultras, with the vast majority of the performers being familiar faces.
With the card that screams the quality of a fully-fledged ‘chapter’ show, it is fair to say that this show should not be slept on. Let’s take a closer look at what might be in store.
Trent Seven vs. Eddie Kingston
We’ll start off strong, as the Mad King takes a dose of British Strong Style from your dad and mine, Trent Seven. This is a match that surprisingly didn’t take place during the northern weekender at the beginning of July in Newcastle and Manchester, not that I am ever disappointed to see Seven prove why he is more than ‘the other guy in British Strong Style’. This hard-hitting affair will be a great showcase of just how well Trent performs in these types of matches, much like his meeting with WALTER during Super Strong Style 16 weekend.
Toni Storm vs. Holidead
In what will almost certainly be the second match, Holidead faces her most capable challenger yet in her time with PROGRESS by the name of Toni Storm. Interestingly, this is the NXT UK Women’s Champion’s first appearance for the company since her loss to Jordynne Grace at Chapter 81. Coming off the back of two wins against Candy Floss and Lana Austin at Chapters 91 and 92 respectively, Holidead certainly has momentum in her favour, and a standout match with someone of Storm’s stature is exactly what I feel Holidead needs to make a lasting impact on PROGRESS.
Aussie Open vs. Dark Order vs. The Butcher and The Blade
Despite the rumours of Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher’s Tag Team Championship loss at Chapter 93 being their last appearance, Aussie Open are amongst the UK-based talent for the hop over the pond. Although most of the PROGRESS ultras might be unfamiliar with Evil Uno and Stu Grayson of Dark Order, this will not be their first time locking up with the former PROGRESS Tag Team Champions. The team, then known as Super Smash Brothers, have previously faced off against some of the top tag teams in the UK in Aussie Open, CCK and Moustache Mountain as part of ATTACK! Pro Wrestling’s ‘Under The Mistletour’ in December of 2018. In this three-way match on Thursday, expect The Butcher and The Blade to control the early stages of the match with their strength advantage.
Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin
I would argue that in August of 2019, the Kiwi Buzzsaw and the Irish Ace are synonymous with each other. From the start of their feud in NXT UK to their excellent encounter at Chapter 84, these two continue to prove why they are amongst the best performers in Europe every time they lock horns. With Devlin’s only recent victory being against a fresh Connor Mills after two high-profile defeats against David Starr and Ilja Dragunov (both costing him PROGRESS World Championship opportunities), a decisive win over the most successful PROGRESS Champion of all time would be a sizeable boost for the Killer Import. Another thing to consider during this match is the recent tension within the South-Pacific Power Trip, which could have a factor in the outcome of the match.
David Starr and Jody Threat vs. Chris Brookes and Jordynne Grace
There might be a lot of controversy surrounding the winner of SSS16, but one thing is for sure – David Starr is one of the best professional wrestlers on the planet, and provides a great platform for Chris Brookes to impress. Similarly, Jordynne Grace will create a solid base for Jody Threat to showcase her impressive offence that she displayed at Chapter 93. An outside shout for the match of the night.
PROGRESS Unified World Championship: WALTER (c) vs. Paul Robinson
The 150lb Paul Robinson stands toe-to-toe with the 300lb WALTER as David Starr’s Chapter 95 opponent is decided in the main event of the evening. This is quite possibly the biggest match that PROGRESS has ever held overseas. Robinson using his speed and intensity in an attempt to dethrone WALTER will be a sight to behold, and one that makes the Canadian crowd connect with Robinson. The tale of the tape suggests that this is anything but an even fight, however, Robbo taking the champion to his limit is sure to provide a match for the ages and has certainly generated quite the buzz.
All-in-all, Thursday’s show seems to have a very strong card that would fit in with any main ‘chapter’ show and could be one of the absolute highlights of what promises to be a fantastic week of professional wrestling.
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