Progress Wrestling once again descended upon the O2 Ritz in Manchester as the company presented Chapter 57: Enter Smiling. Jonathan Orchard went along and here’s the five things he learned from the event.
1) Doug Williams = wrestling brilliance
After having an excellent bout with Joe Coffey, Doug Williams showed that even through he is a veteran of the UK scene his technical skills, tremendous pro wrestling mind and ability are as good today as they ever were. Although Coffey was able to defeat the wily veteran they had a tremendous match and received a well deserved applause from fans in attendance afterwards. With Williams after the match saying ‘after 25 years I don’t have what it takes anymore’, this was certainly an interesting turn of events.
2) Eddie Dennis makes a statement
Travis Banks against Mark Andrews for the Progress championship was truly magnificent. A hard hitting, high flying title match that delivered all the way through. Andrews coming off a very successful WWE UK tour and recent appearance on WWE’s 205 Live show, was very unlucky not to come away with the win, coming close on many occasions while Travis Banks continues to impress with his Progress wrestling title run with another defence here in Manchester. However, there was more to the story as after the match as Andrews and Banks were shaking hands Dennis came out of the crowd, laid out both men and held the Progress world title above his head. This is a man on a mission.
3) From WWE to Progress
Pete Dunne and Joseph Conners made appearances turning a tag match into a six man tag team contest. Before the match even began, Jospeh Conners joined Zack Gibson and James Drake to team up on Tyler Bate and Trent Severn, Pete Dunne then entered proceedings and it was announced that the match would turn into a six man tag. British strong style won by DQ, with Dunne asking for a match with Conners down the road.
4) Sexy Bros debuts
Going into this event Jack Sexsmith had been teasing a mystery partner for his tag team match against Mark Haskins and Jimmy Havoc. Sexsmith did not disappoint when Matt Riddle was announced and Sexsmith and Riddle were announced as Sexy Bros! Unfortunately, this newly formed tag team were unable to defeat Haskins and Havoc.
5) Flash Morgan Webster continues to shine
Flash Morgan Webster and Keith Lee squared off in what looked like on paper a clash of styles and a certain mis-match on paper in terms of strength and power. When Lee caught Webster with a huge power bomb everyone thought it was over but Webster showed heart and a fighting spirit by carrying on. Although Webster ended up losing the match he ended up earning the respect of Lee who applauded Webster for his efforts as he left the ring.