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May 18, 2014 / TJ Hawke

London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) vs. Project Ego (Kris Travis & Martin Kirby) vs. Screw Indy Wrestling (Sha Samuels & Mark Haskins) vs. Swords of Essex (Paul Robinson & Will Ospreay) from PROGRESS Wrestling 2014

Post by TJ Hawke:

The winner of this match gets a shot at Mark Andrews and Eddie Dennis for the tag team championships. I just watched Sha Samuels have an AWFUL match on the 2007 PWG European Vacation Tour. It was truly wretched.

The teams traded lots of movez. Eventually, Kris Travis was worked over for a while. The London Riots and Screw Indy Wrestling worked him over, but they were not working together well. Travis eventually tagged out to Kirby. The match broke down. The match turned into a brawl on the floor. Project Ego gave Robinson a hip toss onto everyone else on the floor. Project Ego followed that up with stereo dives. Ospreay followed it up with one of the most ridiculous corkscrew dives that I have ever seen. They all hit a bunch of movez in the ring. The crowd loved this. Everyone ended up on the floor again. That’s odd. The referee was making a count. I think Kirby and Haskins were the legal men. Yep, Project Ego and Screw Indy Wrestling were eliminated via countout. That is TNA garbage. Instead of spreading out a bunch of the talent throughout the card, they were eliminated in a match in one of the least satisfying ways possible. If you didn’t want them involved in a satisfying finish, put them in a different match.

Swords of Essex vs. London Riots for the tag title shot. The London Riots have yet to lose in the history of PROGRESS Wrestling. I don’t think that should happen here. The Riots worked Ospreay over for a while. Ospreay finally broke free from the Riots, and he crawled to the corner. Robinson decided to hop off the apron and abandon his partner. Bullllllllllshit. The Riots hit Ospreay with District Line: 1…2…NO! That was their finisher. Ospreay hit them with a double springboard Ace Crusher: 1…2…NO! Ospreay rolled through a failed 450 attempt, but he then at the pop-up spear: 1…2…3

If the goal of this match was to produce a lot of exciting action and do the eliminations in the least exciting way possible, this match was a complete success. This is PROGRESS at their story line worst. They occasionally get so caught up in attempting to tell stories that they forget to end the matches relatively cleanly first. As usual with PROGRESS though, the crowd mostly reacted how they wanted to. Thus, it’s not like another garbage TNA angle that gets an apathetic response.

It’s one thing to make one of the finishes in an elimination match screwy. It’s a completely different level of bad though to have all of the eliminations end in a shit-tastic way. If you cared about these angles, good for you. I just do not want this type of wrestling story telling anymore. If I did, I would watch TNA.

Match Rating: **1/4

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