WWE rarely promotes non-contracted performers on their platform. That doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have a working relationship with independent circuits. On the contrary, WWE’s relationship is going strong with the likes of Progress and wXw.

WWE chose Progress to host qualifying bouts for the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic (CWC) tournament. WWE stars such as Finn Bálor, Tyler Bate, Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne have made sporadic appearances for the London-based promotion.

The partnership with WWE means that Progress Wrestling gets featured on the WWE Network. However, this cannot be said the case for boxer-turned-wrestler Anthony Ogogo. For those who don’t know, Ogogo is currently signed to AEW.

The 33-year-old made his debut for the UK promotion on PROGRESS Chapter 127: “And The Word Was PROGRESS.” Ogogo took on Hari Singh in singles bout and emerged victorious.

The match, however, never made it to the network as WWE made sure to edit it out. While WWE did not give their take on editing out the match, Progress did say the bout is exclusive to demandPROGRESS and can be streamed on the platform.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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