All Elite Wrestling star Anthony Ogogo made a surprise appearance at yesterday's PROGRESS Wrestling 'Chapter 127: And The Word Was PROGRESS...' event in London, England, defeating Hari Singh in around six minutes (h/t Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online).
Ogogo showing up at Camden's Electric Ballroom is notable not only as the former Olympian's PROGRESS debut, but his potential debut on WWE Network as well. The former indie group's working relationship with Vince McMahon's promotion sees its shows uploaded to Peacock in the United States and the Network elsewhere. As things stand, Chapter 127 is due to be added to these platforms next month.
PROGRESS have issued the following press release:-
AEW Star Anthony Ogogo Makes London Wrestling Debut At PROGRESS Chapter 127
23rd January 2022 (London, UK) Proving that anything can happen at PROGRESS Wrestling, AEW star and Olympic medalist Anthony Ogogo made a surprise appearance at PROGRESS Chapter 127, wrestling his first ever match in London, the city in which he won an Olympic medal in boxing in 2012.
Chapter 127 ‘And The Word Was PROGRESS’ took place at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.
The event took place exactly 700 days, 100 weeks since PROGRESS last held a show with fans in attendance.
Ogogo, who’s most high profile match to date saw him wrestle Cody Rhodes at AEW’s Double Or Nothing Pay Per View in May 2021, made his entrance in front of a shocked sell-out crowd, making short work of Hari Singh.
This is the first time that an AEW contracted wrestler has taken place in a match in the UK.
The show, the first under PROGRESS’ new owners Lee McAteer and Martyn Best saw fans queuing outside the venue from 8AM on the morning of the show in order to secure prime seats for the card headlined by PROGRESS Champion Cara Noir defending his title against Chris Ridgeway in a unique ‘first to three falls’ match.
The show will be available on Demand PROGRESS and the WWE Network from Saturday 6th February.
Whether or not WWE will edit the AEW-contracted former boxer's appearance out of the Network/Peacock upload remains to be seen, though it stands as a possibility.
If Ogogo ends up appearing on the uploaded version of the show, it'll be the first time an AEW wrestler has appeared on WWE's streaming platforms since April 2021, when Chris Jericho was Steve Austin's guest on Broken Skull Sessions.
Ogogo, 33, has been with AEW since 2019, with his signing confirmed that October. A ground-up developmental project, his biggest match to date was a defeat to Cody Rhodes at Double Or Nothing 2021. The Englishmen returned to his homeland for eye surgery shortly after that bout, though he re-emerged in December, working a series of Dark and Dark: Elevation squashes.