|Gallagher, seen here tangling Akira Tozawa, will be headed to PROGRESS for a spell on August 12|
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This deal is not unprecedented; Noam Dar recently worked for Scottish super-indie Insane Championship Wrestling for their most recent show. Not incidentally enough, both PROGRESS and ICW have partnerships with WWE, in that they're already approved companies for the WWE UK-signed talent to work. They've even been the subject of rumors to have their content streamed on WWE Network. The talent exchange is just another piece of that relationship. Of course, WWE may have to lean on PROGRESS (and ICW) to grow its UK brand since more rumors have come out that said brand is not exactly ready to launch on its own yet.
Independent of business musings 'n shit, Dunne and Gallagher should be a fine headline match for that first PROGRESS show. Dunne has taken his breakout 2016 and parlayed it into even bigger stardom thanks to his standout performances on WWE branded shows. Gallagher's shine may have diminished thanks to his holding pattern on 205 Live, a show that wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire in terms of viewership or buzz (although those who are able to watch/still do watch say it's rounded into a nice groove right now), but he's still got some cache even without the fact that he's a WWE guy coming home to the British indies for a visit. Of course, whether he's pseudo-comedy 205 Live worker Gallagher, Dollar Tree Zack Sabre, Jr. NXT Gallagher, or pre-WWE eccentric grappler Gallagher remains to be seen. Either way, it should be a dandy of a match.