Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival is about to be vertical suplexed into a new era of on-site festival entertainment as Download Festival provides the entrance music for the most explosive, outrageous independent wrestlers in the country, Progress Wrestling, to make their Donington debut.
Described by co-creator Jim Smallman as “part punk gig, part away end at a football match” in a recent BBC Sport piece, Progress Wrestling has enjoyed a supersonic rise since setting out on a mission to bring the pure adrenaline of pro-wrestling to London on a regular basis in 2011.
Over the past four years the movement has gone from strength to elbow dropping, reverse frankensteiner-ing strength, with monthly shows at the Camden Electric ballroom selling out almost instantly.
Download extended the hand (well… paw) of friendship through the inimitable Download Dog at Progress’ blockbuster event, which for legal reasons could not be called “Progresslemania”, on Sunday March 22, presenting an invite to Download 2015 to Progress’ entire roster, with the exception (friendly festival that Download is) of current Progress champion and noted masochistic sociopath, Jimmy Havoc.
Needless to say, Havoc was less than understanding, and his henchman’s vicious attack on Download’s beloved and infamous mascot will not be forgotten soon…
Remember Jimmy, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight: it’s the size of the fight in the dog… and with the fans behind him this dog will have his day.
See you at Download.
Progress Wrestling will join the usual host of unbelievable range of rock and metal music at Download, including headliners Slipknot, Muse and Kiss, main support Judas Priest, Faith No More and Mötley Crüe, and such other musical giants as Marilyn Manson, Slash, Enter Shikari and renowned wrestling enthusiasts A Day To Remember.