With their September 2017 PROGRESS World Championship match fast-approaching, Pete Dunne and Travis Banks continue to pick each others opponents. For Dunne, he’s been set the challenge of beating the hotshot Jack Sexsmith. Things are a little more challenging for Travis Banks though, who faces international superstar Keith Lee, who is making his PROGRESS Wrestling debut…
Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks (“Extra Talent-ed”)
Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos (“CCK”)
No.1 Contender Match for the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship
(Winners via pinfall: CCK)
Chief Deputy Dunne
(Winner via pinfall: Chief Deputy Dunne)
Zack Gibson & James Drake
(“Never Say Die”)
(Winners via pinfall: Gibson & Drake)
Winner receives a future PROGRESS Atlas Championship match
(Winner via submission: James Davis)
(Winner via pinfall: Pete Dunne)
Toni Storm (C)
PROGRESS Women’s Championship
(Winner via pinfall: Toni Storm)
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate (“British Strong Style”)
Jimmy Havoc & Mark Haskins
PROGRESS Tag Team Championship
(Winners via pinfall: British Strong Style)
(Winner via pinfall: Keith Lee)
Fate Loves The Fearless marked the end of a busy UK schedule for PROGRESS Wrestling, who finished July 2017 with three live shows in the bag, all taking place across different parts of the country. They still had New York City and Boston to come, but as far as UK touring, Chapter 53 was to be it for a little while.
Prior to the announcement of the line-up, I’d mentioned on social media that I could see the Pete Dunne/Travis Banks storyline heading towards a Keith Lee/Travis Banks match. I’m familiar with Lee from his EVOLVE Wrestling work, and he’s damn good, so I was desperate to see him in a PROGRESS ring. When the match was finally announced, I could barely believe it, and it absolutely lived up to all the hype I had created in my head for it. The addition of Lee to PROGRESS‘s roster, as well as Jeff Cobb, will obviously only be part-time given his usual country of residence, but you’ll pardon me if I’m a little excited about the sort of Atlas Championship matches we may soon start getting.
The whole card was strong here and, as always, there were no disappointing matches. I was really happy with some of the post-match angles that were worked, particularly James Davis making the turn on his teammate, Rob Lynch, after the latter announced that he was now retiring from professional wrestling. The Jimmy Havoc/Mark Haskins stuff was great too, and has been building for a few shows now, so one would assume that they are going to meet at the big Alexandra Palace show, but perhaps PROGRESS will surprise us and put it on the card for Chapter 54? Who knows?
All in all, a nice show with the company back at their home venue. PROGRESS is knocking it out of the park, and is possibly the only must-watch promotion in the world right now. New Japan Pro-Wrestling runs that close mind, but I’m 100% invested in what PROGRESS is doing right now.
Match of the Night
Rob Lynch vs. James Davis