Welcome back to the Sermon on the Mat, your weekly one-stop shop for news from the wider world of wrestling beyond the big cable TV monoliths that get all the coverage.
AAW Never Say Die (November 4, 8PM Central)
- Dezmond Xavier vs. Joey Janela
- Jeff Cobb vs. Kongo Kong
- Heidi Lovelace vs. Jessicka Havok vs. Kimber Lee
- Mustafa Ali vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- An Officer & A Gentleman (Chuck Taylor & Dan Barry) vs. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship
- Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee vs. Chris Hero & “Broken” Matt Hardy
Yep, you read that right. Broken Matt & Brother Hero vs. Everett & Lee! 2016 pro wrestling! AAW are back in Merrionette Park, Illinois, and obviously, they’re sparing no expense.
Ticket preorders have been closed as of press time, but you can try your luck at the door or just wait for the VOD to come out.
Shine 38 (November 4, 9PM Eastern)
- Aria Blake (c) vs. Brandi Lauren (ACW Women’s Championship)
- Chelsea Diamond vs. Priscilla Kelly
- Miss Rachel vs. Tracy Taylor
- Jessi Belle Smothers vs. Leva Bates
- Rachel Ellering vs. Rhia O’Reilly
- Jayme Jameson vs. Raquel
- ACR & Thea Trinidad vs. C4 (Amber O’Neil & Kennadi Brink)
- “Sweet” Saraya Knight vs. Su Yung
- Andrea vs. Mercedez Martinez (Anything Goes Match)
- Allysin Kay vs. LuFisto (Shine Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Ivelisse (c) vs. Vanessa Kraven (Shine Championship)
Shine 38 come to us from their home in Ybor City once again, breaking ground as the very first event streamed over FloSlam, and they’ve got quite a nice card laid out for the occasion. Ivelisse takes on Vanessa Kraven for her Shine Championship and Allysin Kay and LuFisto do battle for the right to challenge the winner, but that’s not where the action stops! Andrea & Mercedes Martinez will be sure to brawl up and down the bar in their no-DQ rematch of their double disqualification tilt from Shine 37, and you can always count on Sweet Saraya to color outside the lines, especially when she’s on the opposite side of the ring from Su Yung.
And that’s just the top four! Of the undercard matches I’m personally looking forward to Ellering/O’Reilly the most, but with Blue Pants, recent NXT debut Thea Trinidad, and Stardom regular Chelsea Diamond in action, there’s something to catch everybody’s eye.
AIW Double Dare 2016 (November 4-5, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Massage NV (Dorian Graves & VSK) vs. Twrrk Team (Marti Bell & Ray Lyn) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) vs. Weird World (Alex Kellar & Evan Adams) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Eric Ryan & Lucky tHURTeen vs. the Headhunters (Mahim & Mofat) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Full-Blooded Italians (Little Guido & Tracy Smothers) vs. Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Cryme Tyme (JTG & Shad Gaspard) vs. Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Space Justice (“Supercop” Dick Justice & Space Monkey) vs. To Infinity And Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Crazy Pain (Gringo Loco & Steve Pain) vs. Psycho Sexual Panic (DJ Z & Facade) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Catch Point (Matt Riddle & “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) (Double Dare Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Britt Baker vs. Shayna Baszler (c) (AIW Women’s Championship)
Hot Sauce Entertainment vacated the AIW Tag Team Championship months ago and now AIW are headed to Cleveland, Ohio to crown new champions. Just look at that field, folks. Cryme Tyme, the Headhunters, and the FBI are in the same tournament in the year of our lord 2016 alongside indie combinations like Catch Point, Devastation Corporation, EYFBO, and my dudes Team IOU. It’s beautiful.
Chikara Counting Backwards / Like Phantoms, Forever (November 5, 2PM & 7PM Eastern)
- Officer Warren Barksdale vs. the Big Deal
- Chuck Taylor™ & DUSTIN vs. N_R_G (Hype Rockwell & Race Jaxon) vs. Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo) vs. ??? (Elimination Match)
- Drew Gulak vs. Lucas Calhoun
- Hermit Crab vs. Thunderfrog (c) (Young Lion’s Cup)
- Dasher Hatfield & Heidi Lovelace vs. the heXed Men (Icarus & Mark Angelosetti)
- Juan Francisco de Coronado vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
—Like Phantoms, Forever—
- Bullet Ant vs. Rock Lobster
- Max Smashmaster vs. Princess KimberLee
- Missile Assault Man vs. Wani
- The Colony (Fire, Pharaoh, Soldier, & Worker Ants) vs. the heXed Men (Frightmare, ???, ???, & ???)
- Hallowicked (c) vs. Ophidian (Chikara Grand Championship)
Chikara are back in their home base of Philadelphia with another one of their trademark double shots. I had trouble pinning down some of the exact details, but what I’ve got looks pretty good. Juan Francisco de Coronado faces off against Zack Sabre, Jr. in an Ecuador vs. England match of technical wrestling prowess, WWE Raw superstar Drew Gulak heads down to that ol’ juke joint to wrestle Lucas Calhoun, two Chuck Taylors try to work together towards a shot at Moustache Mountain’s Campeonatos de Parejas, Nazmaldun’s forces collide with the greater Colony, and Ophidian takes his shot at Hallowicked’s Grand Championship.
IWA Mid-South Ted Petty Invitational 2016 (November 5, 6:45PM Eastern)
- Corey Storm vs. “Littlest Viking” Jake Parnell (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- Ace Perry vs. Devon Moore (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- John Wayne Murdoch vs. Zodiak (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- Jake Crist vs. Joey Janela (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- Reed “By God” Bentley vs. Rickey Shane Page (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- Matt Tremont vs. Shane Mercer (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- Chris Hero vs. Jonathan Wolf (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
- Cole Radrick vs. Sami Callihan (Ted Petty Invitational First Round Match)
One of indie wrestling’s oldest tournaments is back again this year, coming at you from Jeffersonville, Indiana. Utilizing a structure where the first round matches feed into a pair of four-way eliminators to determine the finalists, the TPI once again features a lineup thick with local talent and national stars. Chris Hero (the only man to appear in every TPI to date) and Sami Callihan headline as established stars, but the future is in plain sight as Corey Storm makes his TPI debut and becomes the youngest man to ever compete in the tourney at the tender age of 15.
Tickets appear to be sold out, so we’ll just have to sit tight and wait for the VOD on this one, folks.
NJPW Power Struggle (November 5, 4AM Eastern)
- Juice Robinson & TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Teruaki Kanemitsu, & Yuji Nagata
- Angel de Oro, Fuego, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Titan vs. David Finlay, Jushin Liger, Ricochet, & Tiger Mask IV
- Bullet Club (BONE SOLDIER, Chase Owens, & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & YOSHITATSU
- Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) (c) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
- ACH & Taiji Ishimori vs. Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero) (Super Jr. Tag Tournament 2016 Finals)
- BUSHI (c) vs. KUSHIDA (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship)
- Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) vs. Chaos (Gedo, Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, & Will Ospreay)
- EVIL vs. Katsuyori Shibata (c) (NEVER Openweight Championship)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
- Jay Lethal vs. Tetsuya Naito (c) (IWGP Intercontinental Championship)
New Japan are coming up on the last major show before Wrestle Kingdom and they’ve got quite a card laid out. Los Ingobernables de Japon dominates the top half of the card, and two more key matches in the Bullet Club vs. Chaos feud besides. Plus the finals to the annual junior tag team tournament and another beat in the ongoing saga of YOSHITATSU vs. the BONER. That last one’s gonna be something else, folks.
It’s a 4AM Eastern start on NJPW World if you’re willing to wake up at butt o’clock or you can always check it out on VOD any time later.
Beyond Wrestling Tournament For Today (November 6, 2PM Eastern)
- Keith Lee vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. (Beyond Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Donovan Dijak vs. John Silver (Beyond Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Chris Dickinson vs. Matt Riddle (Beyond Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Jaka vs. Jonathan Gresham (Beyond Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Jessicka Havok vs. Veda Scott (WWR Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- LuFisto vs. Taeler Hendrix (WWR Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Kimber Lee vs. Sonya Strong (WWR Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Alexxis vs. Deonna Purrazzo (WWR Tournament For Today First Round Match)
- Brian Milonas vs. Chris Hero
- Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff & Monsta Mack) vs. ???
- Crusade for Change (Anthony Gangone, Darius Carter, Devin Blaze, & Tommy Trainwreck) vs. Sami Callihan & Scarlet and Graves (Dave Crist, Dezmond Xavier, & Zachary Wentz)
- Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, & Orange Cassidy) vs. Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Mike Draztik, & Pinkie Sanchez)
- Brian Fury vs. Hanson
- Joey Janela vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
- Belmont, Davienne, & Miranda Vionette vs Solo Darling & Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo)
- Johnny Cockstrong & Massage NV (Dorian Graves & VSK) vs. Secret City Soldiers (Anthony Stone, Davey Cash, & Kris Pyro)
Do not adjust your set, citizen, Beyond are running an absolutely humongous card on Sunday. They’re splitting it into two sections for convenience, with the first ten matches above running starting at 2PM, and then the back six plus the remaining tournament matches starting at 6PM. On tap are two eight-person tournaments, one for Beyond Wrestling’s men’s roster and one for Women’s Wrestling Revolution’s roster, plus an oversized slate of non-tournament matches.
Free matches here!
Chris Hero vs. Matt Riddle
Evolve dropped a huge freebie on us this week and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share it. From Evolve 57, in honor of their third match going down next weekend at Evolve 73, it’s the Greatest of All Time Chris Hero vs. the King of Bros Matt Riddle! This was the match that, if you followed Riddle’s Evolve career from the start, finished his journey from incredible prospect to being legitimately one of the best wrestlers in the world today. Do not sleep on this one, folks!
Matt Riddle vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey
That’s right, it’s a Bro-uble feature here in Sermon on the Mat this week! Before he was banned from the United States earlier this year, Speedball got a match in against Matt Riddle for Beyond. But wait, there’s more! Beyond are uploading some of the best matches they’ve put on in the last two years free for nothing on YouTube. Donovan Dijak vs. Tommaso Ciampa lead the charge, and they’re not nearly done yet. Keep an eye out in the meantime, and of course, I’ll continue to push ‘em here as I can.
DJ Hyde vs. Lio Rush
Coming to us courtesy of the fine folks over at New York’s Tier 1 Wrestling, this one pits CZW owner DJ Hyde against a standout youngster that came to prominence in CZW in Lio Rush. It’s power vs. speed, David vs. Goliath action. Check it out!
SWE 6th Anniversary Show (October 29)
- Mark Haskins over Robbie X (Kendo Stick Match)
- Melina (c) over Alex Windsor, Dahlia Black, Kay Lee Ray, Nixon Newell, & Ruby Summers (Queen of Southside Championship)
- Adam Maxted & Bram over Alex Gracie & Marshall X
- Stixx ‘n Flips (Chris Tyler & Stixx) (c) over Lucha Overground (Matt “Son of Havoc” Cross & Shane “Killshot” Strickland) (SWE Tag Team Championship)
- Eddie Edwards (c) over Bubblegum (TNA World Heavyweight Championship)
- Cody Rhodes over Pete Dunne
- El Ligero over Joseph Connors (c) (SWE Heavyweight Championship Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match)
Southside Wrestling Entertainment’s 6th Anniversary Show came and went and while titles were mostly retained, El Ligero walked away from the main event with the big one and Pete Dunne’s 18-month undefeated streak in one-on-one singles action came to an end at the hands of Cody Rhodes.
Check it out when it goes up on Southside Wrestling On-Demand shortly.
Progress Chapter 38: When Men Throw Men At Men (October 30)
- Hunter Brothers (Jim & Lee Hunter) over the New Nation (Alexander Henry & Jason Prime)
- Jinny over Pollyanna (Natural Progression Series IV First Round Match)
- Paul Robinson over Pastor William Eaver
- South Pacific Power Trip (TK Cooper & Travis Banks) over Jack Sexsmith & Roy Johnson (Tables Match)
- Rampage Brown (c) over Bad Bones (Atlas Championship)
- Matt Cross over Mark Andrews (Smash Wrestling Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Mark Haskins (c) over Jimmy Havoc and Marty Scurll (Progress Championship)
Progress’ inexorable push towards the future carried on Sunday, with the Hunter Brothers establishing themselves once more, Jinny coming one step closer to the inaugural Progress Women’s Championship, and veritable wXw legend Bad Bones making his debut in Rampage Brown’s open challenge for the Atlas Championship. But two steps forward and one back, as Sebastian came out after Pastor Eaver’s loss to former Regression number two Paul Robinson and threatened the Pastor with legal proceedings for knocking him out cold and doing nerve damage back at Chapter 36 unless he agreed to do his bidding.
And sad news in the main event, as after retaining his championship, Mark Haskins left the title belt in the ring and eventually issued this statement, saying that his neck is essentially shot, he’s in constant pain, and he has to take a hiatus from pro wrestling for his own health, vacating the title in the process. I’ll certainly miss having him on these shows and wish him a speedy and complete recovery. In the meantime, a new champion will be crowned next chapter, as the winners of all the men’s matches on the show will go into one giant seven-man elimination main event. Check out all the details in this video, and of course we’ll have more coverage of it here when the time comes.
As always, the show will be up on Demand Progress soon enough, although there’ll be a bit of a delay due to the Progress office being closed for the beginning of November.
Remember folks, no matter what type of wrestling you like, no matter how down you feel about the state of WWE, TNA, ROH, or any other "big-time" pro wrestling, there's something out there for you. There's a pro wrestling product that can hit you in the right spot and make you love wrestling like you thought you'd never be able to love it again. It's there, I promise. You just gotta reach out and find it, and that, my friends, is what the Sermon on the Mat is all about.