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 (opens in new tab).

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.