Progress Wrestling’s current tour of Australia touched down in the Thornbury Theatre last night, and the 7 matches on the card did not disappoint!
- Jim Smallman makes his way to the ring
Progress founder and figurehead Jim Smallman came out to address the raucous MCW crowd to start the night. Soaking in the fans chanting his name, Smallman took the time to thank the audience, and talking up just how hot the current climate is for wrestling in Australia. After running through the matches for the evening, Smallman would stick around to pull double duty as ring announcer.
- Slex (c) defeated ‘Loverboy’ Lochy Hendricks and Trent Seven to retain the MCW Intercommonwealth title
Slex picks up the win after submitting Hendricks with the C.O.B (Close the Business)
- Alan Payne defeated Jimmy Havoc in a No DQ match
After an exciting and all-out brawl that carried outside the ring and into the crowd, Payne gets the pin. Post-math, Julian James appears and seems to tease an alliance.
- Toni Storm (c) defeated Kellyanne to retain the Progress Women’s Championship
Indi Hartwell came out causing the distraction to Kellyanne, which allowed Storm to hit Strong Zero for the pin. Hartwell then came in to the ring to assault Kellyanne, but Storm made the save to drive her off. Post-match, both competitors hugged in the middle of the ring as a sign of mutual respect.
- Dowie James defeated Tyler Bate in a non-title match
This one closed the first half of the night. Terrific back and forth match that ended when Dowie got the submission. Very mixed reaction for the MCW Champion…
- Pete Dunne defeated Mike Burr in a non-title match
An excellent and hard hitting slugfest that saw the WWE UK Champion hit the Drop Dead on MCW’s resident brawler. Post-match, both wrestlers bumped fists
- Prehistoric Death Cult (c) defeated Helter Skelter to retain the MCW Tag Team Championship
The champs successfully defended their titles after connecting with a double-finisher on Big Ali
- Travis Banks (c) defeated Elliott Sexton and JXT to retain the Progress World Championship
This contest was under triple threat elimination rules. Sexton first pinned JXT after Tom Filip made his presence known on the Thornbury Theatre ramp and causing the distraction.
In one on one competition, the Progress champ had some difficulty getting the upper hand on his larger oponenet, but eventually the Kiwi Buzzsaw was able to apply the Lion’s Clutch and causing Sexton to tap out.
No doubt after last night’s events there is payback to be had and redemption to be found. We’ll find out what the MCW roster has in store tonight at Ballroom Brawl!