Progress’ annual 16 man tournament begins this weekend, with the fourth instalment occurring inside Alexandra Palace, London.
16 of the best independent wrestlers across the globe will battle across three days to match current Progress World Champion Travis Banks’ success last year, where he defeated Tyler Bate in the final before going on to beat Pete Dunne for his first Progress title.
Day one will contain all the first round matches with day two hosting the quarterfinals as well as Travis Banks vs Walter.
Day three will see the tournament come to its conclusion, with the semifinals and final as well as Toni Storm vs Charlie Morgan for Progress’ Women’s Championship.
Who will make it all the way to the end?
There are some interesting first-round matchups, with stand out bouts including TK Cooper vs David Starr and Tyler Bate vs Jordan Devlin.
Also, Kassius Ohno comes into the tournament on loan from NXT to face Chris Brookes and Mark Andrews leaves 205 Live to face Angelico.
From left to right, I am expecting the following to get to the quarterfinals on day two: Chris Brookes, Jordan Devlin, Pete Dunne, Joey Janela, Mark Andrews, Keith Lee, Zack Sabre Jr and David Starr.
According to the brackets, this would set up Brookes vs Devlin, Dunne vs Janela, Andrews vs Lee and Sabre Jr vs Starr.
I do not envy the bookers of Progress at this stage, having to choose between these guys but through to the semis I’m taking Devlin, Janela, Lee and Starr.
We know Starr has brilliant chemistry with Lee’s fellow big man WALTER, therefore that already has the makings of a brilliant match on the final day.
Lee will topple Starr and Devlin will also make it into the final, defeating Joey Janela setting up a brilliant clash in the final that, as far as I’m aware, has never happened before.
Lee has been dropping his championships across the last couple of months, most recently losing the PWG Title to WALTER.
Could this mean he is ready for a move to WWE? Winning this tournament could be a step in the right direction for him, especially because of the ties Progress has with WWE.
On the other hand, Devlin has been improving consistently and headlines a massive OTT Wrestling card in Dublin with Zack Sabre Jr in just a few weeks time.
Tommy End, now known as Aleister Black, previously won the tournament in 2016 before heading off to NXT just months later and I think Keith Lee could do the same by beating Devlin inside the Ally Pally on Bank Holiday Monday.
Read up fully on Kieth Lee here: https://wrestlaholic.com/2018/04/23/the-curious-case-of-keith-lee/
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