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In Pictures: Wars open Progress Wrestling's show at Wembley arena

Wars with wrestler
(Image credit: Matt Higgs)

Sunday September 30 was a big day for Wars. Not only did they announce their new EP As Within /// So Without, but they played Wembley bloody arena! 

Wars won a Metal Hammer competition to open Progress Wrestling's biggest-ever show at Wembley arena and have their single Little Death used as the official theme song.

Playing to almost 5000 bloodthirsty wrestling fans, the Midland metallers smashed through a ferocious rendition of the track below at the top of the stage, as the event's promo video played overhead. Very few bands get to play Wembley arena, especially those in their infancy like Wars, but they grabbed that opportunity and powerbombed it through a flaming table.

But what did it look like behind the scenes at the biggest independent wrestling show England has seen for 30 years? Well, check out the gallery below – complete with captions from the band themselves.

All photos by Matt Higgs.

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Wars at Wembley

When your pass says AAA Wembley, you know it’s going to be a good day.
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Wars at Wembley

Lee spent an unsurprisingly large amount of time practising entrance poses that he wouldn’t get to use.
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Wars at Wembley

Playing an arena still requires a load in, much to everyone’s dissatisfaction.
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Matt stood in front of some 7000 seats, playing it off like it’s an ordinary day at the office.
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Wars at Wembley

Matt prepares to audition his wrestling alter-ego ‘Frank The Trash Man’ to the Progress guys and girls. Will he make the cut?
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Wars at Wembley

Ringside seats to catch all the action!
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Wars at Wembley

Do you detect a hint of nerves in that grin?
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Wars at Wembley

‘Can you make it any bigger?’
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Wars at Wembley

Sam intending to communicate with the crowd exclusively through messages on the screen.
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Wars at Wembley

Sometimes getting a good monitor mix in soundcheck can cause a few disagreements. Luckily there’s a ref in there to call this one... this time.
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Wars at Wembley

The people round here are friendly, to-the-point and no-nonsense. And they’ll bodyslam the bones out of you if they fancy.
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Wars at Wembley

Sure, we could go into detail about what’s happening here, but we could also leave it to your imagination...
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Wars at Wembley

Sam gets mistaken for an actual wrestler and is challenged to a test of strength and forearm tattoos.
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Wars at Wembley

Rob finds himself in more trouble, but the boys were uncharacteristically willing to risk their lives to ensure they play the show.
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Wars at Wembley

Make some noise, Wembley. What a feeling.
Luke Morton
Faux Northerner. Online Editor for Metal Hammer. Host and Producer of the Metal Hammer Podcast. A bigger Simpsons fan than you.