These Are The Five Matches To Watch This Month
In the usual format, we have broken down the cards to give you five matches (ok, well, Style Battle doesn't technically count as one bout but just watch it all) which you can't miss. So, to make sure you catch all of the below and much more, be sure to register!
LuFisto (c) Vs Ivelisse Vs Holidead for the SHINE ChampionshipEvent -- SHINE 45 - WATCH HERE
Date -- Friday, September 15th
Ivelisse and Holidead stole the show at SHINE 43, fighting to a 20 minute time limit draw and the women now have a huge opportunity to dethrone LuFisto from the top spot in the company. LuFisto had a rough time back at SHINE 44 against Allysin Kay and will undoubtedly be looking to make a statement in this one and give back to the fans who were perhaps not blown away by her last match. Putting both Ivelisse and Holidead in the title picture may seem a little out of left field, but I really like the way the triple threat match it leaves things open for future storylines. LuFisto has a great attitude which is coming across in her matches and I think we should see one of her best showings at SHINE 45 to prove that she is the Women to take the promotion forward.
Jimmy Havoc (c) Vs Cara Noir for the IPW:UK World ChampionshipEvent -- IPW:UK Supershow XI - WATCH HERE
Date -- Sunday, September 17th
The list of opponents that Jimmy Havoc has defended his IPW:UK Title against is a who's who of professional wrestling and includes the likes of Will Ospreay, Grado, Tommy Dreamer, Carlito, just to name a few. But his next opponent may be one of the most unpredictable men he has ever faced. Cara Noir, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated stars on the British scene at the moment and its surely only a matter of time before he blows up on the scene and is competing here, there and everywhere. Havoc's IPW:UK Championship run has lasted over 750 days and spans fourteen defences, which makes the challenge for Noir a real uphill battle, but with the intrigue that Noir brings to the ring you can be sure that it's not going to be a walk in the park for the Champion in this one.
The whole tournamentEvent -- Style Battle Season 1 Episode 7 - WATCH HERE
Date -- Sunday, September 17th
If you haven't yet had a chance to catch a Style Battle tournament, then I strongly recommend you make this your first one. As with all things, it takes a while to get things right and I really do think that with the last couple of episodes, Style Battle has found its place and is now charging ahead. Episode 7 promises to be one of the very best and hosts a great field of eight, all looking to make a name for themselves. The standout to me is Nathan Cruz who was the first ever PROGRESS Champion, and being a fellow Brit, I have had the pleasure of watching live on numerous occasions. Elsewhere this tournament features the likes of Darby Allin, AR Fox & Ethan Page which proves just how stacked the tournament will be. This really promises to be a hell of a tournament and one you do not want to miss!
Zack Sabre Jr. (c) Vs Davey Richards for the EVOLVE ChampionshipEvent -- EVOLVE 92 - WATCH HERE
Date -- Saturday, September 22nd
This will be the seventh meeting between the pair, with both men holding three victories over the other and will also be Zack Sabre Jr's ninth defence of the EVOLVE Championship. Richards hasn't competed for EVOLVE since EVOLVE 44 back in May 2015 and some may question why he is walking straight back into the title picture, but it totally works for me. Sabre Jr is just getting better and better with every title defence and really has had an incredible 2017, so much so that I think it's going to be an extremely tough job taking that title from him. Is Richards capable of doing so? Of course he is. Expect Richards to leave everything in the ring in this one, but if I were a betting man I would be tempted to lean towards Sabre Jr retaining.
Matt Riddle (c) Vs Tracy Williams in an anything goes match for the WWN ChampionshipEvent -- EVOLVE 93 - WATCH HERE
Date -- Sunday, September 23rd
These two have had some heat for a while, and after Riddle scored the submission win over Williams during EVOLVE 91, you can expect Williams to put everything into this title shot. It may seem as though we have seen these two in matches (mainly multi-man matches) quite a bit in the past year, however, the last time they met in a singles match was back in April 2016 in a match which Williams won. Since winning the WWN Championship back in April, Riddle has been unbeatable with wins against the likes of Keith Lee, Kyle O'Reilly & Jeff Cobb to name but a few. That said, Riddle has suffered a handful of non-title matches which Williams will be looking to take full advantage of and I think that this match could easily steal the show. The added "anything goes" stipulation will definitely make things interesting and we can be pretty much guaranteed to see Stokely Hathaway up to his old tricks.