PROGRESS Strong-Style Professional Wrestling is an award-winning wrestling promotion based in London. It is the ONLY British wrestling organisation to run regular shows in Central London, with the awesome rock music location that is the GARAGE in Islington their home venue. Every show so far has been completely SOLD OUT, with tickets now being snapped up in full over a month before each show.
The company is run by stand-up comedian and TV presenter JIM SMALLMAN, events promoter JON BRILEY and West End musical star and actor GLEN JOSEPH. The three of them decided to start a wrestling promotion in 2011, with the first show in March 2012. Performance of the company so far has exceeded their initial expectations.
PROGRESS is run by three wrestling fanatics, trying to put on the very best shows that they can for their fellow fans. And so far they have managed that – CHAPTER FOUR was named “Show of the Year” for 2012 by AWM, and CHAPTER SEVEN received a full-page review in The Daily Star, praising it to the hilt.
The remit of the company is to showcase how amazing British Wrestling can be – letting the new stars of today stretch their talents and become the new legends, stepping into the significant shoes of the Dynamite Kid, Rollerball Rocco, Steven Regal, Fit Finlay and Johnny Saint. New names such as El Ligero, Nathan Cruz, Noam Dar, Dave Mastiff, Mark Andrews and many more will set the wrestling world ablaze – and right now they’re lighting up PROGRESS shows every two months.
PROGRESS is also proud to support new talent with it hosting the annual “NATURAL PROGRESSION” tournament for upcoming wrestlers; along with operating their own wrestling school – “The ProJo” for newcomers to the sport around the London area, led by head trainer Jimmy Havoc with guest support from global superstars such as Raven, Nigel McGuinness, Zack Sabre Jr and Ricochet.
It all began in March 2012, with CHAPTER ONE: IN THE BEGINNING taking place in front of a sold-out crowd. The audience was loud and insane, the action was tremendous and the first PROGRESS champion was crowned. One match – Zack Sabre Jr vs Marty Scurll – has been called “the best match on British shores in some time” and the show in general was called “the best debut show in British wrestling history” by Rob McNichol of the Sun newspaper.
After a great 2012, demand was such that we had to promote shows EVERY TWO MONTHS. As of CHAPTER ELEVEN in January 2014, EVERY SINGLE SHOW has been totally SOLD OUT. With CHAPTER ELEVEN selling out in 24 minutes, we have decided to hold CHAPTER TWELVE in a bigger venue – Camden’s historic Electric Ballroom – and all signs point to that being sold out well in advance of the show on March 30th. We can’t thank you guys enough for your support.
THIS. IS. PROGRESS.