Earlier today on social media, Progress Wrestling co-founder, Jim Smallman, announced that he would be leaving the company.
As of the conclusion of the yet untitled Chapter 100, Jim Smallman will be stepping down from his duties, no longer ring announcing or running the show from behind the scenes, adding that after the landmark chapter, he would appear only as a fan to enjoy the show.
In the video, Jim talked of the company’s many achievements and how proud he was, before adding that after thinking long and hard about himself and his family, the December 30th show would be his last.
Progress Wrestling started just over 7 years ago and has only gone from strength-to-strength, being widely recognised as one of the best independent wrestling companies not only in the UK, but in the world. It regularly sells out shows in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield, amongst others, alongside having ran shows at the Alexandra Palace and Wembley Arena.
In that time, Smallman has also published a book on the history of wrestling, ‘I’m Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling’ and currently works for the NXT UK brand.
Jim will continue to run and announce Progress shows until the end of the year, including a run of shows in Canada with Smash Wrestling and another date at Alexandra Palace. He also teased that at Chapter 100, he will be allowed to do ‘some mental stuff’.
Either way, there is no doubt the show will be an emotional send-off for one of Progress’ most integral figures.
The popular UK wrestling company will continue to be run by fellow Progress founders Glen Joseph and Jon Briley.
Cultured Vultures wishes Jim Smallman all the best in his future endeavours.