July 3, 2020 | News | No Comments
PROGRESS Wrestling returned to the O2 Ritz in Manchester on Sunday with the fallout from the company’s biggest show of the year, which took place at London’s Alexandra Palace last month.
– Today’s show opened with new PROGRESS Unified World Champion Eddie Dennis cutting off ring announcer Jim Smallman’s opening routine. He purposely demonstrated his ability to control a crowd before ridiculing David Starr’s INDEPENDENT movement.
– Pretty Deadly (Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley) defeated The Young Guns (Luke Jacobs & Ethan Allen)
This was a PROGRESS Chapter debut for both teams. The crowd was very receptive for the Manchester-based Young Guns.
– PROGRESS Proteus Champion Paul Robinson defeated Travis Banks to retain his title
The stipulation chosen by the champion meant that the match could only be won by submission or knockout. Following plenty of brawling on the outside, Robinson defeated Banks by technical knockout after stomping his head into an exposed ring.
After the match, TK Cooper came out and teased that he would help his former South Pacific Power Trip stablemate Banks to his feet, but Cooper then attacked him.
– Dani Luna defeated Toni Storm
Luna got the win with a roll-up.
Following the match, Storm put Luna over by telling her that she has to beat PROGRESS Women’s World Champion Meiko Satomura. Then, Jinny made a surprise appearance and was dressed in gear reminiscent of her trainer Jimmy Havoc. She stared down Storm and seemingly reignited the two’s storied rivalry within PROGRESS.
– TK Cooper defeated Roy Johnson
This match might have ended early as Cooper took a nasty bump on the outside that cut him open. Following Cooper’s win, he was chased away by Travis Banks.
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– Ilja Dragunov defeated Cara Noir
Dragunov got the win with his Torpedo Moscow running uppercut. The crowd was electric throughout for both Dragunov and new fan-favorite Cara Noir.
– PROGRESS Tag Team Champions Jordan Devlin & Scotty Davis defeated The Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) to retain their titles
This was Devlin and Davis’ first defense of their newly-won Tag Team titles after Davis successfully cashed in his Natural Progression Series championship opportunity at Chapter 95.
– In light of his departure from PROGRESS at the end of 2019, co-owner Jim Smallman thanked the crowd as he finished his last ever show in Manchester. It was later announced at a live recording of the Tuesday Night Jaw podcast that Smallman’s close friend and colleague Matt Richards would take over Smallman’s role as both ring announcer and in creative writing.