Ring Of Honor World Champion Jonathan Gresham will find his bags a bit lighter after being stripped of the PROGRESS World Title.
Gresham put his title on the line against Gene Munny at the recent PROGRESS Chapter 134 show that took place in London, England. Following an attack from Gresham’s allies, Lykos Gym, on Munny, a stipulation was added that would see Gresham lose his title to Munny if he was disqualified.
Much to the amazement of everyone including Jonathan Gresham himself, Lykos Gym again interfered, as they turned their back on Gresham by costing him his title.
A full statement from PROGRESS management has confirmed that Gresham is now an ex-champion with the promotion:
“Jonathan Gresham stripped of PROGRESS Wrestling World Championship After Controversial Chapter 134 Main Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday 15th, May (London, England): PROGRESS Chapter 134: ‘No Mountain High Enough’ took place today at The Electric Ballroom in London and ended with the PROGRESS Wrestling World Championship being declared vacant as well as the fulfillment of one of the longest-held desires of the PROGRESS hardcore fanbase.
This surprising turn of events came as a result of the main event match between PROGRESS World Champion Jonathan Gresham and fan favourite, Gene Munny.
The stipulation of the match would see Munny qualify for June’s Super Strong Style 16 tournament if he were to defeat Gresham, with both men having not suffered a loss in PROGRESS in 2022.
Before the match, Gresham’s long-time allies, Lykos Gym, attacked Munny, leading to management inserting a stipulation that if Gresham was disqualified he would be stripped of the PROGRESS Championship.
Shockingly, not only did the Lykos pair attack Munny again later in the match, leading to the disqualification, they also did it in deliberate view of the referee, ensuring that Gresham was to lose the title he won from Cara Noir in March.
After Lykos revealed their deception was long in the planning, Munny demanded a match with one of the Wolves, not being satisfied with a place in the tournament unless he got a clean pinfall victory. Just minutes later, he got it, pinning Kid Lykos One’s shoulders for the 1-2-3.
Whilst this unexpected ending sees PROGRESS with a vacant world championship for only the third time in the title’s ten-year history, it also sees Gene Munny finally fulfil his long-stated ambition of being entered into Super Strong Style 16, which takes place in London over three nights, 3rd-5th June.
Whilst fans will rejoice at Munny being part of said tournament, they will be keen to hear from PROGRESS management in the coming days what this means for the immediate future of the championship.”
The reality of the situation is that Chapter 134 could be the last time Jonathan Gresham is seen in a PROGRESS ring in some time. He is the current Ring Of Honor World Champion with that company now owned by AEW founder Tony Khan while PROGRESS has an affiliation with WWE, with shows from the UK-based promotion available to view on the WWE Network and Peacock.