After announcing that a new title would be replacing the now retired Atlas Championship, Progress have finally unveiled their brand new Proteus Championship. Current WWE UK Champion, Walter, defeated Trent Seven back at the Super Strong Style Tournament in May this year, unifying the Progress and Atlas Championships before going on to retire the Atlas title in July.
As a result, there was space for a new title in Progress. Co-founder Jim Smallman announced in a social media post that the Proteus Championship would be replacing the defunct Atlas Championship, with the first-ever Proteus Champion being crowned at Chapter 95: Still Chasing in a 30-man Rumble match.
The most interesting aspect of the Proteus Championship is that the person holding the belt can create the stipulation for which it is defended. For example, it could be defended solely under Hardcore rules, only in Ladder matches or even battles of musical chairs. To say it presents some unique opportunities is surely an understatement.
As of this writing, 20 of the 30 entrants in the Rumble have been announced, with the final 10 being saved as surprises for the event itself. Here’s hoping Progress finally debut ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan.
Other notable entrants include Paul Robinson, Travis Banks, Ilja Dragunov, Millie McKenzie, Sugar Dunkerton and Eddie Kingston.
Who is your pick to be crowned the first-ever Proteus Champion? Let us know in the comments below.
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