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Smallman just announced on Twitter that he's leaving Progress at the end of the year. Jon Briley and Glen will carry on with the company.

Presumably he's going full time with WWE.

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2 minutes ago, Keith Houchen said:

Look forward to the BREWDOG Ultras calling him a sellout.

What am I missing here?

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2 minutes ago, Dead Mike said:

What am I missing here?

The notion that Progress and Brewdog are the same as they've both monetised the idea of outsider punk to sell their product to hipsters.

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Something about the way he's addressed it makes me think he may be stepping away from wrestling altogether, rather than going to WWE.

It'll be interesting to see how PROGRESS floats on without him - I think they'll struggle even more to sell the "punk rock" gimmick without him.

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I think Jim gets wrestling more than the other two, so I could see more of a decline in progress. Still, at least the fans don’t have to put up with his awful standup and waffling before every show now. 

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I've never been to a Progress show, wish I had in the early years. Recently went to the Kaiju Big Battel pre-show at Alexandra Palace, as I'd enjoyed what little I'd got to see from their stuff in the US, and wasn't going to miss a chance to see them in the UK that previously I'd thought would never happen. Smallman joined in with the promoter/announcer to work the crowd in between matches for the comedy bits and bobs, and I found him very funny. Quite charismatic, although that Brum accent with a smart-arse inflection immediately made me think he was Spud's non-wrestling brother.

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2 hours ago, BomberPat said:

Something about the way he's addressed it makes me think he may be stepping away from wrestling altogether, rather than going to WWE.

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Always read the small print.

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1 minute ago, BomberPat said:

TBF, he hadn't said that part yet.

Oops! Always read the time stamps too...

Edited by Tamura

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3 hours ago, Keith Houchen said:

Look forward to the BREWDOG Ultras calling him a sellout.

I bought some stock in it when the Equity for Punks thing first came to my country. Was it a mistake? I didn't buy the whole punk thing at all, and their so-called perks can get bent, but I haven't lost any money on them (yet).

On topic: The moment you call something you've made yourself 'Punk/Punk Rock', it cannot actually be it anymore. The most punk rock wrestling 'show' was Larry Sweeney in the parking lot near a WM. It was soooo shitty and he was sooo excited that it was definitly punk rock.

Edited by Whistling Skull

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1 hour ago, Carbomb said:

that Brum accent 

Not.

He’s from somewhere in the midlands but not Birmingham. Leicester, maybe?

Edited by King Pitcos

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1 hour ago, Carbomb said:

I've never been to a Progress show, wish I had in the early years. Recently went to the Kaiju Big Battel pre-show at Alexandra Palace, as I'd enjoyed what little I'd got to see from their stuff in the US, and wasn't going to miss a chance to see them in the UK that previously I'd thought would never happen. Smallman joined in with the promoter/announcer to work the crowd in between matches for the comedy bits and bobs, and I found him very funny. Quite charismatic, although that Brum accent with a smart-arse inflection immediately made me think he was Spud's non-wrestling brother.

I've never minded Jim as an MC, but the longer PROGRESS went on, I found the longer his shtick would drag on at the start of a show, because who's there to tell him otherwise to reign it in? I certainly won't miss it.

It was at its worse during this years SSS:16. You spend an hour in line to get good seats because of the baffling stubbornness to introduce reserved seating, then you wait 2 hours inside Alexandra Palace sitting on your hands until the show begins, and then he takes about 10 minutes making his introduction to about three different fucking songs, and then goes ahead and takes up a good 20 minutes waffling on whilst everyone except the diehards completely lose their patience. If I remember correctly, on the third day, when they did the "Wasteman Challenge", the first bell didn't ring until about 5:10pm for a show that "started" at 4pm.

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5 hours ago, BomberPat said:

Something about the way he's addressed it makes me think he may be stepping away from wrestling altogether, rather than going to WWE.

What would he do if he stepped away from wrestling all together? He already quit the stand up circuit when he got the NXT UK job.

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