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Gresham/Noir Announced for PROGRESS Chapter 130

PROGRESS Wrestling has made a title vs. title match between Jonathan Gresham and Cara Noir official for their Chapter 130 show.

As we reported last night, Jonathan Gresham confronted the PROGRESS World Champion Cara Noir after the ‘Black Swan’s’ hard-fought victory over Shane Strickland. Gresham raised his ROH World Heavyweight title belt in the air, forcing Noir to raise his own belt in response. A challenge, it seemed, had been issued.

Now PROGRESS Wrestling has made the match official, announcing on social media that at their Chapter 130: Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, Dodge show on March 20th from the Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, Cara Noir will indeed face Jonathan Gresham, with one particularly interesting detail: it will be a title vs. title match.

It’s a very intriguing situation. If Cara Noir were to win, that would mean he would become the ROH World Heavyweight Champion, meaning that, whatever shape ROH is going to take in the future, Noir would have to divide his time between the UK and the USA, which raises the question of whether that is feasible for the ‘Black Swan.’ It is for Gresham currently; why not Noir?

PROGRESS Chapter 130 title card displaying Cara Noir vs. Jonathan Gresham
Credit: PROGRESS Wrestling

There’s just one little problem with this train of thought, though. ROH’s return to action after their hiatus, the Supercard of Honor 2022 card, is set to take place only 12 days after this show. One of the major selling points currently for that show is the title unification match between Jonathan Gresham and Bandido as they look to unify each of their versions of the ROH World Heavyweight Championship and crown the one true undisputed ROH World Heavyweight Champion. With the match being so integral to that show, would it make sense to crown Cara Noir as the champion just 12 days before Supercard of Honor?

The simplest solution, perhaps, is also the least rewarding: a draw or some form of no-contest that would allow both men to keep their respective titles. A match of this caliber deserves an outright winner. With that in mind, my prediction would be that Gresham will come out on top, claiming the PROGRESS title and dropping the ROH title to Bandido at Supercard of Honor. Gresham seems to be enjoying working in the UK at the moment and the PROGRESS title would suit him very well, with PROGRESS still being one of the biggest promotions in the UK outside of NXT UK and RevPro.

Who do you think will walk away with all the gold? Let me know in the comments!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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