UK NEWS: PROGRESS Wrestling to leave the WWE Network


Posted on 1/18/123 by PROGRESS Wrestling


[London 18.01.23] PROGRESS Wrestling‘s
first show of 2023 was named START
SPREADING THE NEWS… for a very clear
reason, and they can now confirm that
its very positive and long-standing
partnership with WWE Network is coming
to a harmonious end.,

After six years and nearly 50 shows,
both promotions are pursuing different
digital media strategies, and fans of
both WWE and PROGRESS are going to be
the beneficiaries.

As one chapter closes, so they say,
another one opens, and PROGRESS
management can confirm that they are in
discussions with a number of high
profile global digital media and
streaming options.

PROGRESS own an unrivalled video library
containing more than a decade’s worth of
the best of independent wrestling,
showcasing many household names that
have wrestled at PROGRESS over the
course of the past 11 years.

Wrestlers such as Pete Dunne, Toni
Storm, Walter (current WWE
Intercontinental champion, now known as
Gunther), Adam Cole, AEW World Champion
MJF, Samoa Joe, Swerve Strickland, Will
Ospreay and Matt Riddle to name just a
few, have competed and enhanced their
careers at PROGRESS Wrestling during
this period.

This extensive content library has more
than 650 hours, featuring 170 shows,
which resulted in PROGRESS Wrestling
being the biggest independent wrestling
company to feature on the WWE Network.

Fans will still be able to access their
content library via DEMAND PROGRESS.
and Chapter 147 will be their first show
since 2016 to feature exclusively here.

Further news announced at the eponymous
chapter is that PROGRESS will be
returning to the US in March at Los
Angeles and linking up with WWE’s
showcase WrestleMania39.

They also announced their first
commercial sponsor in WrestleTours who
are taking over 150 U.K. fans to
WrestleMania.

They have a stacked card for their first
event of 2023 at the Electric Ballroom,
London, with six women competing in the
Thunderbastard match.

PROGRESS Women’s Champion Lana Austin
will go head to head against Session
Moth Martina for the title, and PROGRESS
Men’s World Champion Spike Trivet will
put his championship on the line against
Gene Munny.

Away from title defences, US star Lio
Rush will make his PROGRESS Wrestling
debut against Danny Black, and Warren
Banks will compete for the first time
after his lengthy injury, teaming up
with Big Damo to face The 0121 in tag
team action.

The first show of the year is certainly
one not to be missed, and tickets are
still available to purchase.

PROGRESS co-owners Martyn Best and Lee
McAteer said: “First of all, we want to
say thank you to the WWE for a fantastic
six year relationship and we wish them
all the very best for the future.

“We are very excited for what the future
now holds for PROGRESS Wrestling and we
are currently in discussions with
several high profile streaming
platforms. Our US show during
WrestleMania 39 is an exciting venture
and we can only say that our recent
decisions put us between a Rock and a
hard place.

“This is the first of a number of
important announcements we have coming
up in the next two months, and there is
no better place to start than just
before our conveniently named first show
of the year, START SPREADING THE NEWS…

“We would also like to say thank you to
all of the fans for their support in
2022, our comeback year and for their
continued support and with Sunday’s show
marking the first not to be aired on the
WWE Network for many years, we hope to
see a great audience to watch an action
packed show filled with great talent.”


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