PROGRESS Wrestling and DEFY Wrestling Unveil Plans for Merger

PROGRESS Wrestling and DEFY Wrestling Unveil Plans for Merger

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PROGRESS Wrestling of the UK along with DEFY from Seattle, USA have today formed a huge union within the professional world of wrestling.

On the heels of the $21 billion deal of WWE and UFC This is the most recent deal in the world of wrestling which highlights the rising popularity of the sport. The merger will result in an all-encompassing presence for both organizations, with the mutual benefit of both sides and will help further expand plans. It’s going to be thrilling for fans of the sport across the globe.

PROGRESS was founded in 2012 and then acquired from British businessmen Martyn Best and Lee McAteer in 2021. Since then, they’ve produced more than 50 shows across all of the UK, Canada and Dubai and have restored the fortunes of the company following the pandemic’s absence for two years.

DEFY will be celebrating the 7th year anniversary of its next weekend Seattle and is widely recognized for being one of the most innovative promotions in the world. It has provided a home for the development of and showcasing some of the most well-known wrestlers like Jon Moxley, Swerve Strickland and Nick Wayne.

The PROGRESS roster has seen some of the best performers in its history. rosters include the champions Pete Dunne, Gunther, Toni Storm and Will Ospreay.

Jim Perry, the DEFY founder, expressed his joy “I’ve been a fan of PROGRESS since its inception and, in a way, they were the inspiration behind the development of DEFY. We’ve been friends for quite a while and have been working on a variety of collaborations, including our double-show that was a huge success in London in August. I’m extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities for our more formal getting together, and fans are likely to discover some truly innovative ideas coming up.”

Martyn Best of PROGRESS Wresting added “Lee and I are very happy to have Jim along with Matt Farmer joining us at PROGRESS. This is an important step in our larger plans for greater international cooperation. We have previously had a solid partnership in content with WWE and we also have been developing a relationship that we have with Japanese promotional Pro Wrestling NOAH. With DEFY joining us, I am certain that our fans will be very eager to see what’s in the coming months.

“We will continue our relationship in Philadelphia by having both performances in The Collective immediately prior to WrestleMania 40. We are planning a second joint event at the upcoming WrestleMania 40 show in London nearer the end of this year. DEFY will also be available in DEMAND PROGRESS PLUS which is our live streaming platform in the near future, and we’ve got some intriguing concepts to showcase the incredible wrestlers we work with.”


The 7th anniversary celebration of DEFY’s show, DEFY TO SURVIVE: LUCKY NUMBER 7 will be live on the Washington Hall on 9th February.

The next PROGRESS Wrestling show will be Chapter 163: TWISTED META in London on February 25.

Both shows will air by DEMAND Progression Plus.