PROGRESS Wrestling returns from a timewarp which saw Chapter 70 take place in the 1970’s, with a strong card in PROGRESS Chapter 71: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S, featuring the return of one of British Wrestlings favourite women’s wrestlers.
Match 1: ATLAS Number 1 Contendership: Michael Dante vs Damian Corvin
Two men known more for their tag team prowess than being singles stars. Dante is famously known as one half of the Sumerian Death Squad alongside Aleister Black (formerly Tommy End) and was set to have a breakout year when End was signed but injuries have left him forgotten about. The Dutchman is a true powerhouse and fits the ATLAS mold perfectly. Corvin is mostly known in Ireland as part of the dominant Kings Of The North faction alongside Bonesaw and Dunkan Disorderly, Corvin has always been singled out as the potential singles star of the group. Despite what you may think when you first look at Corvin he is a great all-rounder rather than just a powerhouse. He can fly, grapple and move at a quick pace. Big lads wrestling at it’s best in this number one contender matchup
Match 2: Deathmatch: Jimmy Havoc vs Spike Trivet
Trivet is the most annoying man in wrestling, his gimmick and the manner in which he presents himself will play very well off Havoc. Trivet has deathmatch experience having faced Drew Parker in a heated grudge match recently. Trivet is the kind of guy that you want to see thrown into chairs and thrown into tacks and Havoc is more than happy to oblige. After Super Strong Style 16 Havoc has his eyes set on a Wembley showdown with Will Ospreay and his quest to find the killer Jimmy Havoc begins here.
Match 3: Natural Progression Series Final: Danny Duggan vs Mark Davis
This is what the NPS series is all about, highlighting underutilized singles talents and giving them a platform to showcase their skills. Duggan has been very exciting and impressive so far in this tournament. Across from him is tag wrestler Davis who is usually seen alongside Kyle Fletcher as Aussie Open. Davis already has big match experience having faced off with WALTER and he can use that experience to his advantage
Match 4: Mark Haskins & Flash Morgan Webster (w/ Vicky Haskins) vs Anti Fun Police (Damian Dunne & Los Federales Santos Jr.)
Another heel vs heel match as part of the Tag Team Series. Webster and Haskins are still working to get on the same page but they are slowly getting there. This may cost them as they face a well oiled and experienced team in the Anti Fun Police. Much like the matches between Haskins and the Grizzler Young Vets this will end up being who can out cheat the other.
Match 5: Angelico vs Chris Brookes
The battle of the tall lads. Brookes is having a singles run as he waits for Kid Lykos to be cleared for action despite CCK being in the tag series. He faces tough opposition in former AAA and Lucha Underground star Angelico, who has been wrestling all over Europe since moving to Spain and debuted in PROGRESS with a decent showing in SSS16. Despite their size, these two are extremely athletic and this could steal the show
Match 6: South Pacific Power Trip (TK Cooper & Travis Banks) vs WALTER & Jack Sexsmith
Big stipulation attached to this one. If WALTER or Sexsmith score the pinfall, they earn a title shot. But should they take the fall, they will not be allowed to challenge for the title as long as Banks is champion. SSPT was one of PROGRESS’ elite tag teams before breaking up due to VISA issues and only good things can come from them being together again. Their opponents are two very different performers. WALTER is the dominant ring general that is all business 24/7, whereas Sexsmith is the plucky underdog who is all about representing his community. One established tag team against an odd couple pairing with a heavy stipulation.
Main Event: PROGRESS Women’s World Championship: Jinny (c) vs Steffanie Newell
NXT star Steffanie (Nixon) Newell takes on a reported WWE UK signing in a huge Women’s title match. Jinny finally claimed her throne by defeating Toni Storm at Chapter 69 and claiming the title, and with the House Of Couture (Chakara, Charlie Morgan & Nina Samuels) behind her she looks almost unstoppable. Her opponent is returning NXT star Newell, who was known throughout the UK for having the shiniest wizard. This is what a women’s main event is all about, two stars and two awesome wrestlers clashing for the prestigious title.