The coronavirus pandemic has caused enormous disruption to professional wrestling around the world. WWE are currently running empty arena shows from the Performance Center and Full Sail University, All Elite Wrestling is taping episodes of Dynamite at Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida, and promotions like New Japan, NWA and Ring Of Honor haven't taped new wrestling content for a couple of months.
PROGRESS Wrestling hasn't run a show since February 23, and the British promotion cancelled all of its events until September 27 yesterday. This includes the Spirits Of Independents tour and Super Strong Style 16. PROGRESS confirmed they are aiming to return in October.
The promotion released the following statement;
"With a heavy heart, we announce today that our summer schedule is completely cancelled due to COVID-19. We're looking at October as the earliest possible return date.
It goes without saying, we are absolutely gutted.
Over the last 2 months we've been in constant contact with our roster and backstage crew, scrubbing off dates and adding new ones. There are both physical and mental wellbeing issues at play here on both sides of the promoter/wrestler relationship - so for the benefit of everyone that works with us, an 'earliest possible return' date allows a small degree of certainty at a time when that is lacking.
Specifically with regards to the Spirits Of Independents tour that was scheduled for late July and early August: the state governors in both Washington and Oregon have extended the ban on large public gatherings into at least mid-August.
We're cancelling the events rather than postponing them, because we realise that at this time, money's tight for lots of people and you probably need the cash; we don’t believe that it’s fair to hold onto your money when we can’t offer you a replacement date in good faith that it will be able to go ahead as planned.
All we can hope is that when things are back to normal (whatever that means and whenever that may be), we’ll see you at a PROGRESS show once more.
This is the complete list of the affected events. If you have a ticket to any of these shows, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING. Your ticket provider (whether that’s DICE, Ticketmaster, See Tickets or DEFY) will process your refund automatically.
28th June - Camden
10th July - Leeds
11th July - Manchester
12th July - Newcastle
26th July - Camden
30th July - Los Angeles
31st July - Seattle
1st August - Seattle
2nd August - Portland
29th, 30th, 31st August - Alexandra Palace
27th September - Camden
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions: [email protected] or via social media.
Best wishes and stay safe
Jon, Glen and Matt"