PROGRESS Chapter 5 – For Those About to Fight, We Salute You
Danny Garnell vs. Stixx: **3/4
Solid opener, which was paced very well. I like Danny Garnell. Fun to watch. Garnell got the win on this one.
Jonathan Windsor vs. Mike Hitchman – Natural Progression Tournament First Round Match: **1/2
Not a bad match here, but just slightly above average. Windsor gets the win after a few minutes through nefarious means.
Rampage Brown vs. Nathan Cruz: ****
This was a great match. Cruz is fantastic here, and plays the role of heel so well. He oozes that kind of cocky attitude that the likes of Rick Rude and many others have carried throughout the years. Cruz barely gets the win in this one, but establishes that he’s still a top guy in Progress with it. The only thing I didn’t like was that there were some unprotected headbutts in this one.
Dave Mastiff vs. El Ligero: ****1/4
Awesome match here from Mastiff and Ligero. Ligero is proving himself to be on the best workers in Progress in these early shows, and the choice to have him dethrone Nathan Cruz was one well made. Ligero and Mastiff worked a great match around Mastiff’s power, and Ligero’s technique, with Ligero going for a Guillotine Choke several times to wear Mastiff down. Slowly but surely he did, and Ligero gets the win after choking Matiff unconscious. Fantastic match.
RJ Singh (w/ his Entourage) vs. Darrell Allen: ***
Singh and Allen are a tag team outside of Progress, but have agreed to stay apart while there. Singh’s Entourage is quickly asked to leave after interfering, and Allen manages to pick up the win over his former tag team partner. The real story coming out of this match was that Singh’s entourage attacked Allen after the match, and Singh saved him, turning babyface in the process. Looks like Singh and Allen are a tag team again. This was a great babyface turn.
The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) vs. The Leaders of the New School (Marty Scrull & Zack Sabre Jr.): ****1/4
Oh goodness, this was a great match. Progress is doing a great job in their early shows establishing The London Riots as a force to be reckoned with, as they attempt to defeat two of the biggest stars in the company. This back and forth match provides a ton of great action, and is a must watch for Progress fans. The Riots manage to get the win, but barely.
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