Stellar Gino Gambino Display Is The Best Way To Answer An Open Challenge

Trent Seven issued an Atlas Championship open challenge for Progress Wrestling Chapter 77: Pumpkin Spice Progress taking place from the Electric Ballroom in Camden on October 28 and a very familiar face to Trent Seven, the Australian and New Zealand Wrestling scenes came from behind the curtain. Mr Juicy Gino Gambino, who entered to trap music looking ever so imposing in his all black attire with massive coat and the Melbourne City Wrestling title in tow.

Lock up to open and these two massive bulls charging each other and locking horns is awesome to see. Trent gets Mr Juicy into the corner the first time after heavy resistance. They seperate and Seven smirks at Gambino. The second time Gino gets Trent Seven into the corner easily and twists Sevens moustache ends to playfully mock the champion. Juicy follows up by doing pushups, a plank and sit ups to the crowd laughing and chanting "you f$#!ed up". We then get a fun shoulder block contest between the two and despite heavy contact, neither man is backing up. Trent Seven hoists his tights up high and Gino Gambino pulls his singlet down before getting self conscious and putting it back up they are going to put everything into this one!. Seven after some shenanigans hits a shoulder block and gets Gambino down.

Juicy gets the champion into the corner and hits him with several corner splashes. The first few are full force, but after the third he begins to fatigue heavily.  After being goaded into one more from the crowd. Gambino gets down on his haunches, struggling to breathe and threatening to vomit. The match stops as Trent Seven asks the referee to get Gambino's puffer and shows great sportsmanship to help a man while he was down. Gambino gets his puffer, but then sprays it in the face of Seven! Seven tries to cross body Gino, but he falls down and the champion misses. We end up with a 9.5 count before Seven lunges at the ropes to get himself up.

The champion then tries to lift Gambino and after some pats on the back from Mr Juicy, Trent lifts him onto his shoulders before face planting with Gambino on his back. After a near fall, Gambino applies a bear hug from behind that makes life in this match very difficult for the champion. Seven with some encouragement from the crowd lifts Gambino into a backpack position and shifts his weight falling on top of Gambino and both men hitting the mat hard. Seven follows up with a low dive when Juicy heads outside the ring. Trent Seven throws Gino straight back in for the corner move 'the ashes special' but cops a big scoop slam and back senton after hitting it. These two behemoths battle to the corner and we get a massive superplex from Seven to Gambino! But it's only a near near fall!  A striking contest leads to Gambino kicking out the champion's leg and hitting a his signature spike piledriver and again only getting a near fall. Gambino climbs the corner turnbuckle with his back to Seven. Trent Seven digs deep and rallies, chopping Gino Gambino's hamstring before lifting him into his shoulders and hitting the burning hammer for the win.

What a fantastic match and there could not have been a better representative of the #NowWeConquer movement than arguably the best super heavyweight in Australian professional wrestling, Gino Gambino to answer this open challenge. This match had amazing feats of strength, an amazing top rope spot, some very funny moments and a great story woven into the tapestry of the match. Head to Demand Progress and watch it for yourself!

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Dan Wilson - @pandrwrestling