PROGRESS WRESTLING TO FIGHT WAR, YOU MUST BECOME WAR (FSM 106; May 2014)
Information – DVD Region: Region Free • Distributor: PROGRESS Wrestling • Price: £12 • Other info: 164 mins • Release: Out now • Weblink: www.PROGRESSWrestling.com
Following on from the explosive end to Chapter 10, in which Jimmy Havoc became the company’s champion, PROGRESS Wrestling’s To Fight War, You Must Become War sets out to answer questions regarding how the promotion is going to go about regaining its top title from a competitor the group once also called a friend.
Chapter 11 kicks off with a Tag Team tournament final qualifier, as Mark Haskins and Nathan Cruz face Stixx and Dave Mastiff. The smaller team’s gameplan is to tire out their opponents by moving briskly and making frequent tags, and this seems sound strategy until Mastiff catches Haskins and holds him in a delayed vertical suplex. An amazing cross body-block into a German suplex is another highlight of a fine bout.
In a second tournament affair, this time in the annual Natural Progression tournament, Josh Bodom battles “Flash” Morgan Webster. Both show a lot of promise here, and win, lose, or draw, should have a chance of becoming regulars in the near future.
El Ligero and Noam Dar continue their PROGRESS feud next, in another superior bout. Unfortunately, while it may have been a fun element of the match live, the crowd’s attempts to insert Dar’s name into every single chant comes across as borderline disrespectful on disc.
The other Tag Team tournament final qualifier pits Paul Robinson and Will Ospreay against Mark Andrews and Eddie Dennis. Andrews and Robinson pick up where they left off at Chapter 10 with more fine high-flying, while Ospreay’s Shooting Star press to the outside is a particularly risky moment. The ending is hectic and exciting, summing up the cruiserweight action in PROGRESS.
Rampage Brown begins his match with Tommy End by viciously kicking him in the face, setting the tone appropriately for a bout in which they consistently strike with incredibly hard shots. It’s not a long battle, and it’s not tough to see why.
The main event sees Jimmy Havoc defend his title staff against Zack Sabre Jr, and thanks to Havoc’s previous match ending in controversy, Marty Scurll is named the special guest referee. Sabre dominates a large portion of the contest with his Japanese-influenced offence, before an errant kick turns the tide. The action then moves dramatically back and forth, with each man looking like he’s claimed victory, especially when Sabre hits a brutal Dragon suplex off the top rope.
The ending is not without contention, which will no doubt be the story of Havoc’s entire heel run in the company.