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Re: Rob's Guide on How to Progress through PROGRESS

Post by Robareid » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:16 am

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Chapter 27: The Lost Art of Suffering
Bunch of announcements at the front of the show. GCS qualifiers, Atlas title...

Natural Progression Series Semi Final: Pastor Williams Eaver vs. Damian Dunne
A good little opener. You can tell these two aren't the most experienced, but that's exactly what the NPS is for. ***

Jack Gallagher vs. Johnny Kidd
A great exhibition of the escapology style match. It's not 'my style', I generally feel it's full of nifty exchanges but lacks any real escalation, but as a tribute to the past of BritWres and for some variety this more than did its job. Give me this over Thatcher any day of the week. ***1/4

Roy Johnson's Wasteman Challenge
Johnson is a very good talker, but I'm not sure if you'll completely understand everything he says if you're not familiar with UK (and specifically London) youth culture. Hell, I'm not sure I did.
► Show Spoiler
^Match not worth your time.^

Losing Team Never Teams Again in PROGRESS TLC Match: London Riots vs. Sumerian Death Squad
A very good video package for this one, unfortunately it ended up being better than the actual match. 90% of the problem was the furniture, but this was a mess and not really worth your time shockingly.

PROGRESS Tag Team Championship Match: The Origin (Ligero & Cruz) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Zack Sabre Jr.
Another incredibly disappointing match. Shockingly totally skippable. Watch from 2:22:00 so you get the angle.

PROGRESS Championship Thunderbastard Match:
Mark Haskins vs. Paul Robinson vs. Zack Gibson vs. Will Ospreay vs. Eddie Dennis vs. Flash Morgan Webster vs. Rampage Brown vs. Marty Scurll

The Thunderbastard has the exact same rules as the Season 2 incarnation of Aztec Warfare. I really didn't think that match was very good, and this had many of the same problems, although to a lesser extent. Having only nine guys in the match allowed the match to not rush through the eliminations but a few of the eight did still feel pretty cheap and wouldn't have been a finish in a normal match. Gibson and Brown looked great in this match though, and the finishing stretch with the last three guys was great stuff. ***1/2


One of the most stacked PROGRESS shows in history also ended up being one of the most disappointing. Hell, more than that, it was simply one of the worst shows of theirs in the last few years. There's stuff to enjoy for sure, and it started very well, but the entire middle was totally skippable and the main event wasn't good enough to save this lacklustre show.

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Post by Robareid » Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:46 pm

Year End Awards - Year Four These are entirely my opinion and chances are you'll disagree with at least a few of them, that's the nature of awards.

Wrestler of the Year
Award for the complete package: promo, in-ring, character, look...

1st - Will Ospreay
2nd - Marty Scurll
3rd - Mark Haskins

Tag Team of the Year
Same as wrestler of the year, but for tags.

1st - Sumerian Death Squad
2nd - The Origin (Cruz & Ligero)
3rd - London Riots

Worker/s of the Year
Award for the best portfolio of matches. Tag teams eligible.

1st - Will Ospreay
2nd - Zack Sabre Jr.
3rd - Sumerian Death Squad

Character/s of the Year
Everything apart from in-ring. Tag teams eligible.

1st - Marty Scurll
2nd - Nathan Cruz
3rd - Paul Robinson

Storyline of the Year

1st - Will Ospreay vs. Regression
2nd - Rise of the Villain
3rd - Paul Robinson breaking out on his own

Show of the Year

1st - Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16 - Day Two
2nd - Chapter 25: Chat Shit Get Banged
3rd - Chapter 21: You Know We Don’t Like to Use the Sit Down Gun

Match of the Year

1st - Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay - No DQ - Chapter 25 ****
2nd - Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - Chapter 19: Day Two ****
3rd - Will Ospreay vs. Mark Haskins - Chapter 21 ****
4th - Will Ospreay vs. Zack Gibson vs. Flash Morgan Webster - Chapter 24 ***3/4
5th - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tommaso Ciampa - Chapter 19: Day Two ***3/4
6th - Will Ospreay vs. Roderick Strong - Chapter 19: Day Two ***3/4
7th - Sumerian Death Squad vs. Hunter Brothers - Chapter 20 ***3/4
8th - Sumerian Death Squad vs. Strong & Cole - Chapter 21 ***3/4
9th - Will Ospreay vs. Paul Robinson - Chapter 22 ***3/4
10th - Will Ospreay vs. Jimmy Havoc - No DQ - Chapter 20 ***3/4

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Post by Robareid » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:05 am

Overall Awards

These overall awards will be done now and updated after every Year End Awards. The categories will be the same, but I'll be looking back at the entire history of PROGRESS rather than just one year's worth. This is only for the first four years of the promotion. These are entirely my opinion and chances are you'll disagree with at least a few of them, that's the nature of awards.

Wrestler of the Promotion
Award for the complete package: promo, in-ring, character, look...

1st - Will Ospreay (+3)
2nd - Jimmy Havoc (-1)
3rd - Mark Haskins
4th - Marty Scurll (NA)
5th - Zack Sabre Jr. (NA)

Tag Team of the Promotion
Same as wrestler of the year, but for tags.

1st - London Riots
2nd - Sumerian Death Squad (NA)
3rd - F.S.U. (-1)
4th - The Origin (Ligero & Cruz) (NA)
5th - Project Ego (-2)

Worker/s of the Promotion
Award for the best portfolio of matches. Tag teams eligible.

1st - Will Ospreay (+3)
2nd - Zack Sabre Jr. (+3)
3rd - Mark Haskins (NA)
4th - London Riots (-3)
5th - Jimmy Havoc (-3)

Character/s of the Promotion
Everything apart from in-ring. Tag teams eligible.

1st - Jimmy Havoc
2nd - Stixx
3rd - Marty Scurll (NA)
4th - Mark Haskins (-1)
5th - London Riots (-1)

Storyline of the Promotion

1st - Will Ospreay vs. Regression (Chapters 13 -> 20)
2nd - The Self Destruction of Jimmy Havoc (Chapters Seven -> Ten)
3rd - Rise of the Villain (Chapter 20 -> ...)
4th - Career vs. Career - Stixx vs. Singh (Chapters 15 -> 16)
5th - London Riots vs. PROGRESS Management (Chapters Two -> Eight)

Show of the Promotion
1st - Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16 - Day Two
2nd - Chapter 15: Just Because You're Paranoid, Doesn't Mean They Aren't Out to Get You
3rd - Chapter 25: Chat Shit Get Banged
4th - Chapter 14: Thunderbastard
5th - Chapter Nine: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kick Me, Kill Me

Match of the Promotion
1st - Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay - No DQ - Chapter 25 ****
2nd - Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - Chapter 19: Day Two ****

3rd - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ricochet vs. Mark Haskins - Chapter Nine ****
4th - Ospreay, Dar & F.S.U. vs. Regression - No DQ - Chapter 15 ****
5th - Will Ospreay vs. Mark Haskins - Chapter 21 ****
6th - Will Ospreay vs. Zack Gibson vs. Flash Morgan Webster - Chapter 24 ***3/4

7th - Mark Andrews vs. Will Ospreay - Chapter Seven ***3/4
8th - Jimmy Havoc vs. Mark Andrews - Ladder - Chapter 13 ***3/4
9th - Sumerian Death Squad vs. Sweet Jesus - Chapter 18 ***3/4
10th - Jimmy Havoc vs. Will Ospreay vs. Paul Robinson vs. Marty Scurll vs. Noam Dar vs. Dave Mastiff - Chapter 18 ***3/4
11th - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tommaso Ciampa - Chapter 19: Day Two ***3/4
12th - Will Ospreay vs. Roderick Strong - Chapter 19: Day Two ***3/4

13th - Marty Scurll vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - Chapter One ***3/4
14th - London Riots vs. Leaders of the New School - Chapter Five ***3/4
15th - London Riots vs. Hunter Brothers - Weapons Match - Chapter Six ***3/4
16th - Sumerian Death Squad vs. Hunter Brothers - Chapter 20 ***3/4
17th - Will Ospreay vs. Paul Robinson - Chapter 22 ***3/4
18th - Will Ospreay vs. Jimmy Havoc - No DQ - Chapter 20 ***3/4
19th - Marty Scurll vs. Mark Haskins - Chapter 26 ***3/4

20th - Jimmy Havoc vs. Will Ospreay - Chapter 17 ***3/4


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Red = New Addition
(+?) = Climb in rank
(NA) = New Addition

(-?) = Climb in rank

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WrestleCon Supershow
PROGRESS brought their title, an owner, a ref, a commentator and most importantly a highly acclaimed match to Dallas for 'Mania weekend to turn their title into the PROGRESS World Championship. Exciting times.

PROGRESS World Championship Match: Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay
This was a great taste of what the Scurll vs. Ospreay match is, while at the same time being clearly a step below their two epic encounters from January. It suffered from all the same problems as the RevPro match: a masturbatory and goofy opening period complete with a spontaneous pose-off (made all the worse by the fact that in the PROGRESS continuity these are two guys who hate each other) and sequences which leant overly heavily on delayed selling (although this time it was placed earlier in the match so was less egregious due to them not being worn down). What I did really enjoy though was the way they changed up the structure of the match, with Marty consistently cutting off every time Will started to gain momentum in the second half of the match after them both getting their shit in in the earlier portion.
► Show Spoiler
Far from their definitive match together, but well worth a match. ***3/4

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Chapter 28: Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Show in tribute to Kris.

Mustache Mountain vs. Dunne Brothers
A fun opener, even if some of the spots were pretty goofy and contrived. Would like to see both teams become regulars in the tag scene ***

Natural Progression Series Semi-Final: Ashton Smith vs. Damon Moser
Not good and went too long. Moser advanced.

Jinny vs. Toni Storm
Skip the match. It really disappointed me. Jinny won. Watch the post match.

Mark Haskins vs. Flash Morgan Webster
Good carry job. Haskins is really good. Flash is... eh. He looked okay here, but his facials and a lot of his offense still sucked. ***1/4

Atlas Tournament A Block Match: Big Daddy Walter vs. T-Bone
Big Lads hitting hard. Certified good stuff. ***1/4

Marty Scurll's Non-Title Open Challenge
Watch it. ***1/2
► Show Spoiler
No DQ Tag Championship Match: F.S.U. vs. The Origin (Ligero & Cruz)
Started a bit slowly, but developed into a real war. Dragged in parts, but overall they filled the time well and put together a very entertaining brawl. Some very cool spots peppered throughout, but also had a pretty decent flow. ***3/4


Overall this was one of PROGRESS' most consistent shows in recent times, and peaked well too with the main event. One of the less hyped cards, but ended up being one of their best shows.

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Post by Murrr » Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:04 pm

Great thread. I've been navigating PROGRESS from the first show forward. Onto Chapter 7 at the moment and these guides have made things a whole lot easier -- thanks a lot.

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Post by Robareid » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:35 pm

Glad you're finding it useful.

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Post by SuitWilliams » Fri May 06, 2016 9:40 am

When did people start turning their backs on Paul Robinson? That's something that's always been cool to me. Love the reviews as well, really helped me get into the stories of Progress when I started watching them.
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Post by Robareid » Fri May 06, 2016 12:59 pm

I think it was after he turned his back on Ospreay, but I can't recall 100%

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Post by Robareid » Tue May 10, 2016 12:50 pm

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Chapter 29: Practically Progress in Every Way
Atlas Tournament B Block Match: Michael Dante vs. Big Damo
Disappointing. Dante doesn't quite work in singles. He beat Damo with a spear.

Cruiserweight Classic Qualifier: Flash Morgan Webster vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Got messy towards the end as Flash's body literally fell apart (his shoulder and ankle were seriously injured), but for the majority this was pretty good. ***1/4

Cruiserweight Classic Qualifier: Pete Dunne vs. Jack Gallagher
REALLY good stuff throughout, albeit with a slightly underwhelming finish. Both guys looked tremendous and had great chemistry. ***1/2

Natural Progression Series Final: Damon Moser vs. Pastor William Eaver
This was rubbish. Moser isn't very good, at least yet. Thankfully the right guy won.

Elizabeth & Dahlia Black vs. Pollyanna & Jinny
Watch from 1:49:30. Match was nothing, post match and finish worth watching.

Atlas Tournament B Block Match: Joe Coffey vs. Rampage Brown
This is what I want from the big lads, and easily the best match of the tournament so far. Lost a little bit of momentum in the middle, but both started and finished brilliantly. ***3/4

Title Shot/SSS16 Entrance: The Origin vs. F.S.U. & London Riots
If The Origin won then all four members would get entrance to the tournament (if they lost then only some would enter). If the F.S.U. scored the pin, then they'd get a shot at the tag titles, same for the Riots.

This was a bunch of fun. One or two kickouts that were overkill (and should have just been somebody breaking it up), but I was really happy that they NAILED those tag legalities. Maybe the best performance I've ever seen from Andrews, and in general everybody looked really damn good. ***1/2

PROGRESS Championship Match: Tommy End vs. Marty Scurll
This was going really good until the non-finish. Worth watching, but I hate that bookers feel the need to spoil matches in order to tell stories, especially main events. Do your stories in the pre- and post-match, stop being lazy. ***1/2


Really good consistent show, even better than the previous show. Was just lacking one great match, and the main event perhaps could have been it if not for the bullshit. Come on PROGRESS, don't get in the way of the guys.

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PWE From the Ashes
Second international defense after Dallas, this time in Italy.

PROGRESS Championship Match: Marty Scurll vs. Zack Gibson
A very house showy, crowd hamming upy match. Fine, but not particularly worth going out of your way to watch. ***

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Re: Rob's Guide on How to Progress through PROGRESS

Post by Blueisthecolour » Sun May 15, 2016 11:01 am

Glad to see your thoughts on the main event finish. I stupidly voiced how annoyed I was on the fans page on Facebook and I seemed to be the only one.

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