PROGRESS Wrestling: Revelations of Divine Love (Review)

Eight women compete in a tournament to determine the next #1 Contender to challenge Toni Storm for the PROGRESS Women’s Championship…


Jinny
vs.
Candyfloss
Qtr. Final
2half_star
(Winner via pinfall: Jinny)

Sierra Loxton
vs.
Millie McKenzie
Qtr. Final
3half_star
(Winner via pinfall: Millie McKenzie)

Zoe Lucas
vs.
Chakara
Qtr. Final
2star
(Winner via pinfall: Chakara)

Charli Evans
vs.
Charlie Morgan
Qtr. Final
3star
(Winner via pinfall: Charli Evans)

Chakara
vs.
Charli Evans
Semi-Final
3star
(Winner via pinfall: Charli Evans)

Jinny
vs.
Millie McKenzie
Semi-Final
4star
(Winner via pinfall: Jinny)

David Francisco
vs.
The O.J.M.O.
vs.
Mauro Chaves
vs.
Charlie Carter
2half_star
(Winner via pinfall: David Francisco)

Jinny
vs.
Charli Evans
Final
3half_star
(Winner via pinfall: Charli Evans)


Review

Revelations of Divine Love is the first PROGRESS Wrestling show since Chase the Sun, filling in what is a big gap on the PROGRESS schedule between the Alexandra Palace show and the next “chapter” event. It represents something of a departure from the norm for the company, as the focus turns entirely to the women’s division in the form of an eight person tournament to crown a new number one contender to Toni Storm’s PROGRESS Women’s Championship.

On paper, the lineup here wasn’t incredibly strong from a name power perspective, but did feature some performers who will unquestionably be at the top of women’s wrestling on the indepenaant scene in a few short years (if even that long!). The late addition of Jinny did add that missing star power, and whilst it did somewhat telegraph that she’d win her side of the tournament bracket, her performance across the whole show was top quality and made me into a firm believer in her and her overall package. Jinny is the real deal.

Going into this, I’d heard wonderful things online about Sierra Loxton and Millie McKenzie’s first round match. I’ve seen Loxton perform live earlier this year, the same night she broke her hand/wrist in fact, but the style she wrestled then was remarkably different to her PROGRESS debut here. Both her and McKenzie really took onboard the “Strong Style” aspect of the PROGRESS product, and delivered a fierce contest that saw both women beat the absolute shit out of each other. The absolute only thing that stopped this stealing the show was that I sometimes felt ┬ámerely like a spectator, and wasn’t emotionally invested in the story being told. God damn, I’d love to see a rematch with some legit heat behind it, and a few extra minutes.

McKenzie was a standout star on this show, and delivered another great match with Jinny in the semi-finals. There was a little more to this one, particularly some big moves in the corner, and once again I found myself wanting to see McKenzie face her opponent again in the near future. I understand why it had to be Jinny in the final, but McKenzie unquestionably deserved the spot too.

The final, which saw Jinny battle Charli Evans, was another high-quality contest. It was certainly Evans’ finest match of the night, and neither woman held back. In fact, that’s a compliment that can be given to everyone on the show: everyone gave it their all. The Dahlia Black interference was perfect, and her feud with Jinny is now close to being white-hot. I can’t wait to see where that goes, be it an immediate match, or if they’ll build to it a little longer.

If Jinny was going to put anyone over as the winner, my feeling is it should’ve been Millie McKenzie, but I’ve seen enough in Evans’ here to believe that she will be able to put on a good title match with Toni Storm. I’m curious if this win means that PROGRESS are onboard the Charli Evans train too, with longer term plans for her beyond the title match she earned here.

I’m starting to buy into Candyfloss more. I like her commitment, and I have the feeling that she will be very good after a few more years of working and training. She’s getting big-name opponents right across the indies currently, so if she’s a quick study, she’ll be tightening it up in that ring very quickly. All the women in this tournament have bright futures, particularly given how young some of them are.

I like that PROGRESS did this tournament. It was a fun two hours, full of good in-ring action, and put a spotlight on a division that certainly has not been ignored, but needed the introduction of storylines to get people invested. With Jinny and Dahlia, we have an intense rivalry, and now we have a title challenger in Charli Evans who brings the history of this tournament win into her match with Toni Storm at the upcoming Chapter 56. They’ve only had to do small things to inject this energy into the division, but it’s all worked perfectly, and I not only find myself excited about the current angles, but to see what women-only shows they might have planned for the future, and whether women such as Sierra Loxton and Millie McKenzie will show up in a PROGRESS ring again.

Mission accomplished.

Match of the Night

Jinny vs. Millie McKenzie

Rating

3star

You can watch this entire event at Demand-Progress.com
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