Two of the biggest indie promotions are joining forces.

Progress of the UK and Defy of the USA are merging.

In a press release Defy states: “The merger will create a truly global presence for both organizations with mutual benefits for both parties and aid further expansion plans and will offer something really exciting for wrestling fans around the world.”

The news comes in time for Defy’s 7th anniversary show this weekend in Seattle.

“I’ve been an admirer of Progress from the start, and in some ways, they helped inspire the creation of Defy. We have known each other for a number of years, and been working on many collaborations, including our successful double-show in London last August. I’m very excited about the opportunities of our more formal coming together, and the fans can expect to see some really neat ideas emerging,” said Jim Perry, the Defy founder.

“Lee and I really welcome Jim and Matt Farmer joining us at Progress, and this is a major step in our wider plans for more international collaborations. We previously had a strong content partnership with WWE, and we have a developing relationship with Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling NOAH. With DEFY joining us, I am sure that our many combined fans will be very excited to see what happens next,” said Martyn Best, co-owner of Progress.

DEFY’S 7th anniversary show, DEFY TO SURVIVE: LUCKY NUMBER 7 is live at the Washington Hall on February 9th.

PROGRESS Wrestling’s next show is Chapter 163: TWISTED METAL in London on 25th February.

Both shows will be aired on Demand Progress Plus.