JIMMY HAVOC – Dartford, Kent – PROGRESS WRESTLING CHAMPION
Jimmy Havoc is the PROGRESS Champion. We’ve said it, but we’re not exactly happy about it. The former fan-favourite turned his back on the PROGRESS fans and management at Chapter Nine, then transformed from loveable loser to psychopathic champion as he beat Mark Andrews for the PROGRESS title at Chapter 10 under incredibly nefarious means. The longest reigning champion in company history, he has managed to beat Prince Devitt, Zack Sabre Jr and Noam Dar to retain his title – so far.
RAMPAGE BROWN – Compton, Leeds – Joint Number One Contender
An absolute powerhouse, Rampage Brown is a former PROGRESS Champion who has become a crowd favourite thanks to his hard-hitting style and no-nonsense attitude. He held the PROGRESS title from Chapter Eight until Chapter Ten, taking it from El Ligero and losing it to Mark Andrews after defending it against Doug Williams and Stixx during his reign. Narrowly lost out to the one and only Samoa Joe at Chapter 14, winning him praise from the TNA star and establishing himself as a true superstar on these shores.
DAVE MASTIFF – The Black Country, West Midlands – Joint Number One Contender
Known as “The Bastard”, the impressively bearded Dave Mastiff has been a favourite at PROGRESS since he made his debut. He doesn’t just boast incredible power, he can fly across the ring with the best of them, especially when hitting his trademark cannonball senton to an opponent.
MARK ANDREWS – Cardiff, South Wales – PROGRESS TAG TEAM CHAMPION
Mark Andrews has had a glittering career in PROGRESS so far – the first ever Natural Progression Series winner, a former PROGRESS Champion and now one half of the current (and first ever) PROGRESS Tag Team Champions with his best friend Eddie Dennis. Known for his death-defying aerial ability, Andrews is one of the most exciting wrestlers on the planet right now.
“THE PRIDE OF WALES” EDDIE DENNIS – PROGRESS TAG TEAM CHAMPION
Standing at six feet six inches tall, Eddie Dennis is an imposing presence – but as he always likes to remind the PROGRESS fans, he can fly with the best of them as well (often referring to himself as “the world’s largest luchador”). A firm favourite with the crowd, he’s currently one half of the PROGRESS Tag Team Champions with his good mate Mark Andrews.
WILL OSPREAY – Rainham, Essex – THUNDERBASTARD HOLDER
What an interesting PROGRESS history Will Ospreay has. He made his début at Chapter Two, then lost out in the Natural Progression series in a classic match with Mark Andrews. He lost a return match, meaning he had to leave PROGRESS, only for Andrews to reinstate him when he won the tournament. Since then, Ospreay has seen his long time tag team partner Paul Robinson turn on him to join Regression, nearly had his ear cut off by Jimmy Havoc, won the Thunderbastard match (earning him a title shot in the future) and ended the PROGRESS career of The London Riots. Oh yeah, and that moonsault off the balcony as well…
NOAM DAR – Glasgow, Scotland
A series of classic matches with El Ligero (including the first ever match in PROGRESS history) made Dar a favourite with the PROGRESS fans. His victory at the PROGRESS World Cup and impassioned speech afterwards only made his stock rise. Unlucky not to be PROGRESS Champion after making Jimmy Havoc tap out whilst being pinned at Chapter 14, it’s only a matter of time until this talented Scot rises to the very top of the industry.
MARTY SCURLL – Cambridge
One of the most talented wrestlers in the UK, Scurll was part of the Leaders of the New School tag team with Zack Sabre Jr for many years before embarking on his current solo run. Always entertaining, he’s been involved in some of the best matches in the history of PROGRESS, and will no doubt continue to be so in the years to come.
EL LIGERO – Los Sanchos, Mexico
“The Mexican Sensation” has rightfully gained a reputation as one of the best wrestlers in Europe, and his record within PROGRESS certainly backs that up. A former PROGRESS Champion, he won the title at Chapter Four and held it until Chapter Eight, defending the title in a series of excellent matches along the way.
“THE STAR ATTRACTION” MARK HASKINS – Oxford
One half of Team Screw Indy wrestling, Haskins is a talented wrestler who would much rather cheat to win rather than use his undoubted athletic ability. Whilst he is currently spending his time hunting down FSU and the PROGRESS Tag Team Titles with his partner Sha Samuels, he has also been involved in some excellent singles matches during his time in PROGRESS.
SHA SAMUELS – The East End
The other half of Team Screw Indy Wrestling with Mark Haskins, “The East End Butcher” is a man that the PROGRESS fans love to hate. You can’t deny his talents in the ring though, even if he’s the sort of man who would rather take shortcuts to winning rather than use his obvious talents.
PAUL ROBINSON – Southend, Essex
Now a member of Jimmy Havoc’s Regression stable, Robinson was incredibly popular with the PROGRESS fans until he decided to turn his back on his long time tag team partner Will Ospreay at Chapter 13. Now demonstrating a new attitude and mean streak, he doesn’t care one bit about the reaction he is getting from the crowd, and seems intent on getting victories at any cost.
GRADO – Ayrshire, Scotland
If you look up “cult hero” in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Grado, dancing his way out for his ring entrance. The clown prince of wrestling, Grado is ludicrously popular on these shores and beyond, and has had some classic encounters within the PROGRESS ring against Mad Man Manson and Noam Dar.
“THE ANTIHERO” TOMMY END – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arguably the hardest hitting wrestler in Europe, Tommy had an incredible reputation throughout Europe and Japan before he made his PROGRESS début at Chapter Nine. Whilst he’s notched up some impressive victories in his time in the company, there is still much more to come from the talented Dutchman.
MICHAEL GILBERT – Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
Formerly known as Mikey Whiplash, Gilbert decided to drop that character and become Mr “No Gimmicks Required”, adopting a no-nonsense technical chain-wrestling style that has brought him success in PROGRESS so far.
ZACK SABRE JR – The Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Appearing in PROGRESS when his career in Japan allows, Zack has been involved in some of the best matches in the history of the company – against Prince Devitt, Mark Haskins and Ricochet, and Marty Scurll. One of the best technical wrestlers on the planet, he is always welcome in a PROGRESS ring.
RJ SINGH – Bollywood, India
One of the most popular and successful British wrestlers of the last decade, Singh has been both hated and loved in his PROGRESS career, eventually turning to the good side after losing to his tag team partner Darrell Allen. Any appearance by him will be greeted with loud “Singh is King” chants from the PROGRESS fans.
“DAZZLING” DARRELL ALLEN – Catford, London
Incredibly talented whether it is high flying or using technical skills, Darrell Allen has a bright future at PROGRESS. Currently working as the head trainer at the ProJo training school, he keeps rebounding from serious injuries that would force many lesser wrestlers out of the business.
DANNY GARNELL – London
A fantastic technical powerhouse, Danny is a suplex machine who can throw you around a ring in a million different ways. With a great career over the past 15 years, there’s still plenty more to come from the big man from south London.
STIXX – Nottingham
Known as “The Heavyweight House of Pain”, Stixx has built up a great reputation around Europe over the past decade for his strong-style in-ring skills, as well as being a successful trainer who has brought many new talents through into the business.
“THE GUVNOR” MARTIN STONE – London
Returning from his time in the USA, Stone has leapt back into the UK scene with authority. Even more aggressive and tenacious now than when he left these shores, he made his PROGRESS début at Chapter 15.
DOUG WILLIAMS – Reading, Berkshire
Now a 20 year veteran of the Wrestling world, Doug Williams has been thrilling audiences all over the world during those two decades, and we’re now lucky to have him as part of the PROGRESS roster.
ZACK GIBSON – Liverpool
“Liverpool’s Number One” is still part of the second Natural Progression Series after his technical skills took him past Will Ospreay (with a measure of underhanded tactics being used as well). Incredibly proud of his hometown, the PROGRESS fans like to remind him that they definitely prefer London.
“FLASH” MORGAN WEBSTER – A Town Called Malice
Already having qualified for the second Natural Progression Series final by beating Robbie X and then Pete Dunne, Flash is one of the most exciting high fliers in the UK – if not the world – right now. Taking his style from the mods of the 1960s, Flash’s wrestling style is certainly from the future, not the past.
PASTOR WILLIAM EAVER – The Trinity Parish
The bearded religious man has become somewhat a crowd favourite at PROGRESS after his début at Chapter 14 alonsgide fellow ProJo graduates Ali Armstrong and Chuck Mambo. Since then he has beaten Stixx and whilst he might not have converted the crowd to the word of The Lord, he’s certainly made them appreciate his efforts in the ring.
ALI ARMSTRONG – Gainsville
A Natural Progression Series II semi-finalist, Ali Armstrong has talents within the ring that his happy-go-lucky persona hide somewhat. He’s definitely very talented with bags of wrestling skill, but always looks like he’s having the most fun.
CHUCK MAMBO – Newquay, Cornwall
The surfer from Cornwall made his full PROGRESS début at Chapter 14 after graduating from the ProJo training school, and immediately found himself in front of a crowd cheering him and chanting his name. There’s a bright future ahead for this youngster.
“THE OMEGA” ISAAC ZERCHER – Parts Unknown
Filling the bodyguard role in Regression, Zercher is a former ProJo trainee who decided to take the side of his former trainer Jimmy Havoc by getting involved in the main event at Chapter 11. He’s currently involved in an epic feud with Ali Armstrong on the ENDVR shows, and has made his presence felt at main PROGRESS events as well.
All photographs courtesy of Rob Brazier Photography.