What can you achieve if you cross a comedian with an events producer?…Progress, you’ll get it in a moment.
This is Progress is a strong-style professional wrestling promotions company based in South East London, founded by comedian Jim Smallman and events producer Jon Briley, later joined by actor Glen Joseph. It is also the only British organisation running regular shows in central London.
Through their love of the sport they have hosted more than 13 matches since 2012, with the majority of them being sold out in days. Their Chapter 11 show selling out in just 24 hours, that is pretty damn impressive. Thanks to high demand the gentlemen have begun hosting events every few months, the next one being on 28th September…however this too is sold out, so the next accessible show will be on Sunday 30th November.
The company also run a training school called The Projo (amazing name), for aspiring wrestlers of all ages.
Although the world of wrestling is often not taken seriously, it’s fan base in the capital is growing rapidly. Perhaps those of us who associate wrestling with the madness of WWE should consider giving the sport another chance.
And for the record my favourite wrestler back in the day was Stone Cold Steve Austin, I loved that guy.
The Time: Sunday 30th November, doors open at 2pm show starts at 4pm
The Place: Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High Road, NW1 8QP
Tickets: For the event ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishii’ can be purchased from here!
- Images used from wrestlingslasthope.blogspot.com & wlhdvdreviews.wordpress.com (robbraziephoto.com also credited for both images)
- Info used from progresswrestling.com
Muscularly men in tight clothes, the sport can’t be all bad!