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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.

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Lucha Forever Ultimo Battle (October 5, 7PM GMT)

  1. Moose vs. Omari
  2. Bea Priestey vs. Cara Noir vs. Chief Deputy Dunne vs. Kip Sabian vs. Maverick Mayhew vs. Paul Robinson (Road to Glory Ladder Match)
  3. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate)
  4. #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) & Jimmy Havoc vs. LDRS (Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre, Jr.) & Will Ospreay
  5. Toni Storm vs. Viper
  6. Chris Ridgeway vs. Mark Haskins (c) (Lucha Forever Championship Last Man Standing Match)
  7. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Pete Dunne

Lucha Forever are in London, England once again and holy hell what a card! Marufuji/Dunne alone would be worth sitting through two hours of fart noises to get through, but fortunately the good lads in charge have seen fit to give a hell of an undercard. With a Mae Young Classic quarterfinal rematch between Storm and Viper and kind of a sideways parejas increibles trios match bringing Jimmy Havoc together with #CCK and Will "Every Day is Caturday" Ospreay together with the LDRS, surely this lives up to the name of Ultimo Battle!

Get your tickets here, or check it out when it hits VOD on Lucha Forever On Demand, folks.

MLW One-Shot (October 5, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Jimmy Yuta vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
  2. Darby Allin vs. Jason Cade
  3. Mia Yim vs. Santana Garrett
  4. Jeff Cobb vs. Tom Lawlor
  5. MVP vs. Sami Callihan
  6. Ricochet vs. Shane Strickland

Major League Wrestling are back in the game for one-night only with a show coming at you from Orlando, Florida. And what a show it is! From up-and-comers clashing in Yuta/MJF, to two of today's hottest flyers clashing in Allin/Cade, to a top-shelf women's match, this show has it all. Shoot-style grappling exhibition? Lawlor and Cobb got you covered, with suplexes on the side. Violent brawling? MVP/Callihan, baby! Two kings, each gunning for the other's crown? Ricochet and Strickland are gonna tear the house down brick by brick. Plus it doesn't stop there, as there are additional matches yet to be announced featuring the likes of Martin Stone.

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits VOD over the weekend over at, folks.

wXw Inner Circle 4 / Femmes Fatales 2017 / World Tag Team League 2017 (October 5-8)

—wXw Inner Circle 4 (October 5, 7PM CET)—

  1. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) vs. Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet)
  2. David Starr vs. Homicide
  3. Alexander James vs. Julian Pace
  4. Timothy Thatcher vs. WALTER (Ambition Rules Match)
  5. Jurn Simmons & Kim Ray vs. RISE (Ivan Kiev & "Bad Bones" John Klinger)

—wXw World Tag Team League 2017 Night One (October 6, 7PM CET)—

  1. Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) vs. Young Lions (Lucky Kid & Tarkan Aslan) (Group A World Tag Team League Match)
  2. A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) vs. Massive Product (David Starr & Jurn Simmons) (Group A World Tag Team League Match)
  3. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) vs. Rottweilers (Homicide & Low-Ki) (Group B World Tag Team League Match)
  4. Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) (Group B World Tag Team League Match)

—wXw Femmes Fatales 2017 (October 7, 2PM CET)—

  1. Pauline vs. Wesna (wXw Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
  2. Kelly vs. Laura Di Matteo (wXw Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
  3. Melanie Gray vs. Viper (wXw Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
  4. Jinny vs. Toni Storm (wXw Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
  5. wXw Femmes Fatales Semifinals & Finals

—wXw World Tag Team League 2017 Night Two (October 7, 6PM CET)—

  1. A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) vs. Young Lions (Lucky Kid & Tarkan Aslan) (Group A World Tag Team League Match)
  2. Massive Product (David Starr & Jurn Simmons) vs. Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) (Group A World Tag Team League Match)
  3. Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) (Group B World Tag Team League Match)
  4. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) vs. Rottweilers (Homicide & Low-Ki) (Group B World Tag Team League Match)
  5. Jinny vs. Melanie Gray (wXw Women's Championship Tournament Match)
  6. Ilja Dragunov vs. "Bad Bones" John Klinger (c) (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)

—wXw World Tag Team League 2017 Night Three (October 8, 5PM CET)—

  1. A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) vs. Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) (Group A World Tag Team League Match)
  2. Massive Product (David Starr & Jurn Simmons) vs. Young Lions (Lucky Kid & Tarkan Aslan) (Group A World Tag Team League Match)
  3. Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Rottweilers (Homicide & Low-Ki) (Group B World Tag Team League Match)
  4. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) (Group B World Tag Team League Match)
  5. World Tag Team League Finals

wXw have a hell of a week coming up, with five shows in Oberhausen, Germany over four days, comprising their traditional tag tournament, one of their close-quarters Inner Circle shows, as well as a Femmes Fatales women's tournament. There's a lot to digest here but I'm gonna focus on Group B of the tag tournament because holy crap. Ringkampf/Briscoes? Dream match. Ringkampf/Rottweilers? Dream match. Ringkampf/EYFBO? Dream match. EYFBO/Briscoes? Dream match. EYFBO/Rottweilers? Dream match. Five outta six matchups that could ONLY happen here in wXw this weekend, and I for one cannot wait.

Get your tickets here or check 'em out when they hit wXwNOW!, folks.

CMLL Super Viernes (October 6, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro vs. Shockercito & Stukita
  2. Blue Panther, Jr., Fuego, & the Panther vs. Sagrado, Misterioso, Jr., & Vangellys
  3. El Valiente vs. Hechicero (Lightning Match)
  4. La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario, El Felino, & Negro Casas) vs. Los Ingobernables (Pierroth & Rush) & Sam Adonis
  5. Dragon Lee, Mistico, & Soberano, Jr. vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Luciferno & Mephisto) & Rey Bucanero
  6. Caristico, Diamante Azul, & Marco Corleone vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero) & Shocker

Arena Mexico is finally open for business again and so CMLL are bringing you your regularly scheduled Friday night lucha libre action once more. It's not the most stacked of cards, but the lightning match should be pretty good, plus the Peste Negra trios match oughta feature some real fireworks as Casas and Adonis get their feud going.

Check it out, as always, free for nothing on ClaroSports or CMLL's Facebook page, folks.

AAW Seize the Day (October 7, 7PM Central)

  1. Brubaker & Jake Something vs. Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza)
  2. Eddie Kingston vs. Mike Hartenbower
  3. Chuck Taylor vs. Curt Stallion
  4. Keith Lee & Shane Strickland vs. Michael Elgin & Myron Reed
  5. AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan
  6. Britt Baker vs. Candice LeRae (AAW Women's Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  7. Allysin Kay vs. Rachael Ellering (AAW Women's Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  8. Ace Perry & Paco vs. Connor Braxton & Kody Rice vs. Stephen Wolf & Trey Miguel (AAW Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Ladder Match)
  9. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)
  10. Penta el Zero M vs. Rey Fenix (c) (AAW Heavyweight Championship)

AAW are back in LaSalle, Illinois and, I mean, I hate to lean on this sort of rhetoric, but... look at that card. Really look at it for a minute. Lucha Brothers? Exploding. Tag titles? Getting hot. Women's tournament? Moving on with two great matchups. Undercard stuff? A fine mix of national and lesser-known talent.

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video or Highspots, folks.

APW Halloween Hell 2017 (October 7, 7PM Pacific)

  1. Bad Boys Personified (Boyce LeGrande & Rik Luxury) vs. Classic Connection (Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro) vs. Lion Power (Marcus Lewis & Will Hobbs) (APW Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Match)
  2. Black Armada (Papo Esco & Synn) (c) vs. JR Kratos & Will Cuevas (APW Tag Team Championship)
  3. Flip Gordon vs. Jay White vs. Karl Fredericks (c) vs. Styker Ngongoseke (APW Worldwide Internet Championship)
  4. Jacob Fatu vs. Jeckles the Jester
  5. Joey Ryan vs. Jungle Boy
  6. Jack Swagger vs. Luster the Legend
  7. Adam Thornstowe vs. Jeff Cobb (c) (APW Universal Championship)

A last minute venue change to Pacifica, California can't stop the Halloween Hell train from rollin', not with Reno Scum on top in a pair of high profile singles matches, at least! Plus Flip Gordon and Jay White make their APW debuts in four-way action for the Internet Championship, Joey Ryan aims to turn Jungle Boy into a Jungle Man, and more!

Get your tickets here or keep your eye on APW's YouTube channel for the show to become episodes of APW Weekly, folks.

IWS Blood, Sweat, & Beers (October 7, 7:30PM Eastern)

  1. Kevin Dunn vs. Matt Angel vs. Mitch vs. Stevie Mainz
  2. Benjamin Tull & Matt Falco vs. Tabernak de Team (Mathieu St-Jacques & Thomas Dubois) (c) (IWS Tag Team Championship Street Fight)
  3. Black Dynomite (c) vs. Buxx Belmar (IWS World Heavyweight Championship)

Quebec's International Wrestling Syndicate comes to Sermon for the first time with their upcoming TV taping in Montreal. I could only hunt down three announced matches, but IWS Women's Champion Stefany Sinclair will lay out a challenge and Big Magic (better known to most folks as Shane Matthews, of 3.0 fame) will have some kind of major message for the locker room.

Oh, and TV taping? Yes, for Canadian network RDS, but also this bad boy will be streaming live on! So get your tickets here or get ready to fire those subscriptions up, folks.

WWR Adios Aurora (October 8, 3PM Eastern)

  1. Jenny Rose vs. Skylar
  2. Davienne vs. Maria Manic
  3. Sonya Strong vs. Tessa Blanchard
  4. Karen Q & Tasha Steelz vs. Nyla Rose & Renee Michelle
  5. Alexxis & Taeler Hendrix vs. Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo)
  6. Jordynne Grace vs. Rachael Ellering
  7. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Mia Yim

Women's Wrestling Revolution Pro are back in Providence, Rhode Island for what may be the last time. As the name of the show suggests, this is the last time the Aurora will be hosting pro wrestling, and WWR are inclined to go out with a bang, given that killer double main event they have there.

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Beyondemand, folks.

NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling (October 9, 4AM Eastern)

  1. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Leo Tonga, & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, & SANADA)
  2. Chaos (Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
  3. Funky Future (Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (??? & ???) (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship)
  4. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) (c) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) (IWGP Tag Team Championship Elimination Match)
  5. Bullet Club (Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, & Marty Scurll) vs. Chaos (Beretta, Jado, & YOSHI-HASHI)
  6. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Juice Robinson & Kota Ibushi
  7. KUSHIDA (c) vs. Will Ospreay (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship)
  8. Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (G1 Climax Championship Contract)
  9. EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada (c) (IWGP Heavyweight Championship)

Here we are, the last major show of New Japan's calendar before Wrestle Kingdom! Yeah, Power Struggle's coming up next month and there's tag league, but after King of Pro-Wrestling, the biggest matches for the biggest show will be locked in, written in stone like Charlton Heston's about to carry them off the mountain. And, lest ye still be shellshocked from the Destruction shows dragging things out endlessly, fear not, because with only one show this month, things are a lot tighter and more exciting.

Just, uh, maybe ignore yet another iteration of that three-way tag, although in all fairness, they DID manage to make each of the previous three better than the last, maybe lightning strikes four times? But beyond that we got an all-new junior tag challenging for the titles, another KUSHIDA/Ospreay, a Naito/Ishii with the G1 contract on the line, and a chance for Okada to avenge his first loss in months, or perhaps, a chance for EVIL to prove his axiom that everything is in fact EVIL.

Check it out on NJPW World, folks.

Free matches here!

Nicole Savoy vs. Shotzi Blackheart

From the fine folks at Gold Rush Pro Wrestling, and it's high time we featured their weekly YouTube show on here to boot. High quality women's action as Shotzi defends her Lady Luck Championship against Savoy, check it out!

Bear Bronson vs. James Drake vs. John Silver vs. Mike Graca vs. Mr. Grim vs. Xavier Bell

From the good people over at Limitless Wrestling, we have one of the six-man scrambles I like to feature from time to time here. Featuring talent with a wide spread of recognition levels from former Evolve Tag Team Champion James Drake on down, you watch this and I can practically guarantee you'll find somebody new to be a fan of, folks. Enjoy!

Matt Cross vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimo Ninja vs. Xtreme Tiger

Courtesy of the lads over at +Lucha TV and Martinez Entertainment, I mean, let's just break it down real fast. You got Ultimo Ninja, part of the Garza family. You got Xtreme Tiger, perhaps better known to folks as Tigre Uno, formerly of TNA. You got Matt "M-Dogg 'Son of Havoc' 20" Cross. And you've got Rey by God Mysterio, all in four-way lucha libre action? Don't miss it!


Chikara Tooth and Claw (September 30)

  1. Proletariat Boar of Moldova over Oleg the Usurper
  2. Bike Cops (Donald Kluger, Jasper Tippins, & Officer Warren Barksdale) over the Furies (Delmi Exo, Icarus, & Obariyon)
  3. Rory Gulak over Hallowicked
  4. Merlok over Ashley Vox
  5. Rumblebees (Solo Darling & Travis Huckabee) over Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab, Chuck Taylor & DUSTIN, and Xyberhawx 2000 (Razerhawk & Sylverhawk) (Elimination Match)
  6. Juan Francisco de Coronado (c) over Mark Angelosetti to retain the Chikara Grand Championship

One path to a title reached an end step as another kicked off in earnest for Chikara this past weekend. The Rumblebees, by virtue of eliminating two of their three opposing teams in the elimination match, have earned their third point to challenge for the titles so boldly taken from them immediately after their victory by Los Ice Creams. Meanwhile, Rory Gulak sets out for another shot at the Grand Championship by beating former champion Hallowicked. One down, two to go!

Check it out on Chikaratopia, folks.

CWF Mid-Atlantic Mama Said Knock You Out (September 30)

  1. Jesse Adler over Mace Li
  2. Ric Converse & Trevor Lee over Aric Andrews & Lee Valiant
  3. Sandwich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary) over Joshua Cutshall & Otto Schwanz
  4. Dirty Daddy & Faye Jackson over Cain Justice & Ethan Alexander Sharpe
  5. Chet Sterling over Nick Iggy
  6. GymNasty Boys (Timmy Lou Retton & White Mike) over High Profile (Shea Shea McGrady & Will Demented) and Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
  7. Arik Royal over Snooty Foxx (Brass Knuckles on a Pole Match)

A Nick Iggy singles match? What happened with Kerry Awful? Well, folks, the Dog-Faced Gargoyle unfortunately found himself tangled up in a car accident after a deer ran out in front of him and he had to take the weekend off due to a set of bruised ribs as a result. It's a bummer to see such a hard-working dude have to take time off like that (and only the second time in his career!), but better safe than sorry. So CWF had to do a bit of shuffling but I think it turned out pretty okay just from the look of it-- those High Profile lads ain't bad, after all.

Check it out as it hits CWF's YouTube channel as episodes of CWF Worldwide, folks.

AAA Heroes Inmortales (October 1)

  1. Ashley, Pardux, & the Tigger over Angel Mortal, Jr., Chicano, & Hahastary
  2. Lanzeloth over Angelikal, Dragon Solar, Hijo del Vikingo, Johnny Mundo (c), Mascara de Bronce, Solaris, Tiger Boy, Venum, and Villano III, Jr. to win the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
  3. Nuevo Poder del Norte (Carta Brava, Jr., Mocho Cota, Jr., & Tito Santana) (3) over Aerostar, Drago, & Raptor (2) to win the AAA World Trios Championship (Best of Five Series Match Five)
  4. Lady Shani over Ayako Hamada to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship
  5. El Hijo del Fantasma over Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dave the Clown, Estrella Divina, Hernandez, Histeria II, Johnny Mundo (c), La Parka, Mamba, Marty Martinez, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Pimpinela Escarlata, Psicosis II, Psycho Clown, and Rey Escorpion to win the AAA Latin American Championship (Copa Antonio Pena)
  6. Aerostar, Argenis, Averno, Carta Brava, Jr., Chessman, Drago, Lanzeloth, Mocho Cota, Jr., Raptor, Ricky Marvin, and Super Fly over Tito Santana (Domo de la Muerte)
  7. Johnny Mundo (c) over Rey Wagner by disqualification to retain the AAA Mega Championship
  8. Pagano over El Mesias and Joe Lider (Deathmatch)

AAA didn't end up streaming live on Twitch, but they still had quite an eventful show, with Johnny Mundo being divested of two of his three titles, only retaining the Mega Championship over Rey Wagner by way of DQ after doing the ol' Eddie Guerrero fakeout to convince the referee that Wagner was using a weapon. Plus triumph and tragedy for Nuevo Poder del Norte, as they won the trios championship only to see one of their own fall in the domed cage match as Tito Santana (not the former WWE star, mind you) lost his hair being the last one left under the dome.

Check it out when it goes up on AAA's YouTube channel, folks.

RPW Live at the Cockpit 21 (October 1)

  1. Legion of Lords (Gideon Grey & Rishi Ghosh) over Contenders (Josh Wall & Kurtis Chapman)
  2. Zack Gibson over "Speedball" Mike Bailey
  3. Jinny over Veda Scott
  4. "Flash" Morgan Webster over Josh Bodom
  5. David Starr over Eddie Dennis
  6. Ryan Smile over El Phantasmo
  7. #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) (c) over Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) to retain the RPW British Tag Team Championship

RevPro's live streaming experiment seems to have gone well, and perhaps best of all for Webster, as Flash earned himself a shot at Bodom's British Cruiserweight Championship at RevPro's upcoming Cardiff show with his victory. In less fun news, Chief Deputy Dunne allied with the Legion of Lords to really hammer Contenders' losing streak home.

Check it out on RPW on Demand, folks.

Progress Revelations of Divine Love (October 2)

  1. Jinny over Candyfloss (Progress Women's Championship #1 Contender Tournament First Round Match)
  2. Millie McKenzie over Sierra Loxton (Progress Women's Championship #1 Contender Tournament First Round Match)
  3. Chakara over Zoe Lucas (Progress Women's Championship #1 Contender Tournament First Round Match)
  4. Charli Evans over Charlie Morgan (Progress Women's Championship #1 Contender Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Charli Evans over Chakara (Progress Women's Championship #1 Contender Tournament Semifinal Match)
  6. Jinny over Millie McKenzie (Progress Women's Championship #1 Contender Tournament Semifinal Match)
  7. David Francisco over Charlie Carter, Mauro Chaves, and the OJMO
  8. Charli Evans over Jinny to become #1 contender to the Progress Women's Championship (Tournament Finals)

As always with a show I recap I'll keep it brief, but let's have a round of applause for the new blood, eh! Especially with an even tougher uphill battle than it seemed originally, as Jinny was a late substitution for Alex Windsor due to injury.

Check it out when it hits Demand Progress, folks.

As always...

Remember folks, no matter what type of wrestling you like, no matter how down you feel about the state of WWE, Impact, 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.

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