Jonathan Gresham Confronts Cara Noir at PROGRESS

The current Original ROH World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Octopus’ Jonathan Gresham caused a stir on February 20th as he came out at the end of PROGRESS’ Chapter 129: I Choo-Choo-Choose You show to issue a challenge to PROGRESS World Champion Cara Noir

Gresham had wrestled earlier in the night against Dean Allmark, beating the Staffordshire legend, but it was after Cara Noir made a successful defense of his title in the main event against Shane Strickland that he made his real intentions known.

As Cara tried to recover with his belt in the ring, The Foundation head honcho’s music kicked in and Jonathan Gresham made his way to the ring with his own title belt. As he raised his ROH title belt high, he made a point of pointing down at Cara’s own PROGRESS title belt. The implication was pretty clear, and Cara Noir raised his own title to a massive response from the crowd. Gresham nodded his head in approval and the two men shook hands as the dramatic tones of Swan Lake filled the arena.

Wow! It’s been a big couple of weeks for Noir, PROGRESS, and Jonathan Gresham, what with Gresham winning a rematch with Chris Ridgeway and Cara Noir being confronted by the returning, and current NXT UK Champion, Ilya Dragunov at Chapter 128: Technique. There’s no lack of talent in the UK, but we’ve been lucky to have been graced with several appearances from Gresham on our cold little isle since October last year. Wrestle Carnival, OTT and now PROGRESS have all promoted the Octopus in the last five months. We’ve been very fortunate to have someone I consider to be one of the best wrestlers in the world appear on British soil.

Cara Noir is no easy ride, however. His domination of the PROGRESS World Championship scene over the last year has been a sight to behold as the ‘Black Swan’ has taken on and overcome a wide range of challengers. Now, ‘The Octopus’ isn’t just any old challenger. But will he underestimate Cara Noir?

The Octopus or The Black Swan: who’s your money on? Let us 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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