Jonathan Gresham Wins PROGRESS World Title
Jonathan Gresham is now a double World champion across PROGRESS and ROH
Jonathan Gresham is your new PROGRESS Unified World Champion.
The Ring of Honor World Champion defeated Cara Noir for the PROGRESS World Title in a winner takes all match at PROGRESS Chapter 130: Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, Dodge in London, England on March 20, with Gresham getting the win with a low blow after Noir was nailed with a chair by Spike Trivet.
In victory, Gresham becomes the first ever American wrestler to hold the title, and the first non-Brit to lift the title since WALTER defeated Travis Banks in July 2018.
Interestingly, Gresham is now the champion of an AEW owned promotion (ROH) and a WWE affiliate (PROGRESS), and this makes the future of the title both exciting and unpredictable.
Following Gresham’s win, PROGRESS released the following press statement:
“Sunday 20th March 2022, London, England: After a titanic title vs. title bout with two of the most prestigious titles in wrestling on the line, Jonathan Gresham defeated Cara Noir to add the PROGRESS Wrestling World Championship to his Ring Of Honor Championship at Progress Chapter 130: Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, Dodge.
“The finish of the match saw Cara Noir’s record-setting 26-month reign come to an end after interference from Spike Trivet who nailed Noir with a vicious chair shot. Gresham immediately capitalised on the situation by hitting Noir with an illegal low blow before pinning the champion to end his reign at the 791-day mark. Immediately following the bout, PROGRESS fans surrounded the ring, hammering on the apron en masse to pay tribute to the now-former titleholder.
“The win means that Gresham may now make the first defence of his newly won title in his scheduled bout with Malik at Wednesday’s Everything Patterned: London event.
"Gresham’s win means that for the first time in history, the PROGRESS Wrestling World Championship is in the hands of an American wrestler.
“Chapter 130 was the start of a monumental Anniversary Week for PROGRESS Wrestling who will also promote their first-ever all women’s event, Who Run The World?, on Tuesday 22nd March at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London as well as their landmark, sold out 10th Anniversary Show from The Garage in London. This show will see Cara Noir face NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov.”