The UK’s premier wrestling promotion returns home to the Electric Ballroom this Sunday following its first-ever Welsh expedition.
Chapter 103: Beer Snake City will be the first Camden show that newly crowned Unified World Champion Cara Noir will walk into as champion after he won the title at Chapter 101 and successfully defended the title against Chris Brookes at Chapter 102. With three huge championship matches, let’s take a closer look at this Sunday’s card.
Ilja Dragunov vs. Malik
After an impressive performance in the first round of the 2019 Natural Progression Series against tournament finalist Danny Duggan, Malik hopes to make an impression in his chapter show debut against PROGRESS’ MVP, Ilja Dragunov.
Both men in this match have a point to prove – Malik looks to make an impact and cement himself as a regular part of the roster, whilst Dragunov will be keen to climb back up the PROGRESS ladder after being on the wrong end of a Torpedo Moscow at the hands of Cara Noir and losing out on the promotion’s top prize. Expect a hard-hitting fight between these two.
WALTER & The Anti-Fun Police vs. More Than Hype
The Irish trio of LJ Cleary, Nathan Martin and Darren Kearney are back in PROGRESS as they face off against the unlikely team of Chief Deputy Dunne, Los Federales Santos Jr. and the NXT UK Champion, WALTER. The Anti-Fun Police’s partner was originally set to be Travis Banks but he was replaced by fellow former PROGRESS Champion WALTER at the last minute.
This is a strange situation to see the Ring General in – teaming with the UK’s most popular comedy act. I just hope he commits 100% and wears the uniform, but don’t tell Triple H. Dunne had a great showing at Chapter 102 and showed his vastly underrated technical ability against Jordan Devlin, hopefully More Than Hype can also give him the same platform to impress once again.
Chakara vs. Gisele Shaw
The Electric Ballroom will see two returning faces this Sunday as Chakara makes her first Camden appearance since Chapter 94 and Gisele Shaw returns after last competing there at Chapter 93. Chakara has developed a lot in the past twelve months and will be looking to become a mainstay in the PROGRESS women’s division, though I would say that the momentum is firmly in Shaw’s favour. She recently won RevPro’s Undisputed British Women’s Championship at the promotion’s biggest show of the year and came close to dethroning PROGRESS Women’s Champion Jinny at Chapter 102.
Crucially, Shaw was not pinned in that three-way match. It was crowd favourite Dani Luna who surprisingly took the pin. Surely, a win here for Shaw would push her right back into the title picture, this time in a one-on-one match.
PROGRESS Tag Team Championship: Jordan Devlin & Scotty Davis (c) vs. The Workhorsemen
Jordan Devlin and Scotty Davis are set to make their fourth PROGRESS Tag Team Title defence against the debuting Workhorsemen. As former EVOLVE Tag Team Champions, Anthony Henry and JD Drake are an established tag team stateside but are starting to make waves in the land of queuing. They made it as far as the semi-finals in WXW’s World Tag Team Festival over in Germany at the end of last year, where they lost to Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Devlin and Davis have gone from strength to strength in their title reign. I would go as far as to say that they are my favourite tag team on the planet right now and I’ve never felt this invested in a PROGRESS Tag Title reign. All three matches the Irish duo have had thus far have been nothing short of sensational – here’s hoping the trend continues.
Jinny & Toni Storm vs. Medusa Complex
Talking of making an impact, the Medusa Complex aim to send a shockwave down PROGRESS’ women’s division by besting two of its most prolific figures – reigning champion Jinny and her career-long rival and inaugural champion Toni Storm. Jinny promises to make the PROGRESS women’s division the focal point of the promotion in 2019, a goal I’m sure she shares with Evans and McKenzie, except they’re tired of seeing the same old faces on top and have decided to do something about it.
It will be interesting to see how the unlikely partnership of Jinny and Storm works out for them, especially so as Storm is coming off the back of two high profile losses in NXT UK and stateside. Perhaps the door is wide open for the Medusa Complex in this match.
PROGRESS Proteus Championship: Paul Robinson (c) vs. Kyle Fletcher
Paul Robinson’s seventh challenger for the Proteus Championship comes in the form of Kyle Fletcher. Fletcher is in a really strange place right now. He recently revamped his aesthetic and showed a bit more aggression as a singles competitor as Aussie Open partner Mark Davis is out injured. He beat LJ Cleary at Chapter 101 to earn a spot in the four-way title match but wasn’t quite able to get the job done in the end. He did, however, eliminate Proteus Champion Paul Robinson, earning himself a title opportunity after demanding one on social media.
It is worth noting that Robinson came off the back of a hard-fought match against the supremely skilled A-Kid before the main event, but when it comes down to it, Robinson has been completely dominant as Proteus Champion.
PROGRESS Unified World Championship: Cara Noir (c) vs. Mark Andrews
The Black Swan makes his second PROGRESS Unified World Title defence this weekend against FSU’s Mark Andrews. After an embarrassing loss to Ilja Dragunov in mere seconds at Chapter 101, Andrews looks to put things right and get the title back into FSU’s hands – but it won’t be an easy task.
Noir’s defence against Chris Brookes at Chapter 102 serves as an example of Noir’s ability to overcome the odds as Brookes attempted all sorts of illegal shithousery to steal the title. This quality is what will be needed from Noir to retain against Mark Andrews who will almost certainly be accompanied ringside by Eddie Dennis. Perhaps earning the respect of Ilja Dragunov will come in handy in evening the odds against a two-on-one attack from FSU should that be the case – only time will tell.
All in all, Chapter 103 looks to be a very good show with plenty of exciting matches that are sure to deliver.
Tickets for the show are still available and can be found here. As always, #TWMCorner will be in full effect, and we look forward to seeing you at the show.