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Sermon on the Mat (Nov. 9, 2017): NJPW / RevPro, APW, CMLL, CZW, Beyond, Dropkick Depression, & Progress cards

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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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NJPW / RPW Global Wars UK (November 9-10)

—Night One (November 9, 7:30PM GMT)—

  1. Chaos (Gedo & Toru Yano) vs. Legion of Lords (Gideon Grey & No Fun Dunne)
  2. BUSHI vs. Josh Bodom (c) vs. Ryan Smile (RPW British Cruiserweight Championship)
  3. Yuji Nagata vs. Zack Gibson
  4. Keith Lee vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  5. El Desperado vs. Matt Riddle
  6. #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) vs. Chaos (Rocky Romero & YOSHI-HASHI)
  7. Marty Scurll vs. Tetsuya Naito
  8. Chaos (Hirooki Goto & Will Ospreay) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.)

—Night Two (November 10, 7:30PM GMT)—

  1. El Desperado vs. Ryan Smile
  2. #CCK (Chris Brookes, Kid Lykos, & Travis Banks) vs. Chaos (Gedo, Hirooki Goto, & YOSHI-HASHI)
  3. Dave Mastiff vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  4. Keith Lee & Yuji Nagata vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito)
  5. Toru Yano vs. Zack Gibson
  6. Josh Bodom vs. Rocky Romero
  7. Matt Riddle vs. Minoru Suzuki
  8. Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. (c) (RPW British Heavyweight Championship)

It's time for Global Wars UK again, and same as last year the matches speak for themselves. Riddle vs. Suzuki! Lee vs. Ishii! Yano vs. Gibson! Ishii vs. Mastiff! The dream team of Lee & Nagata against LIJ! All capped off by another entry in the long-running series between Ospreay and Sabre? Sign me up!

Get your tickets here or check ‘em out when it hits RPW On Demand, hopefully starting as soon as Saturday.

APW Clash at the Cow Palace (November 10, 7:30PM Pacific)

  1. 20 Man Battle Royal
  2. Douglas James (c) vs. Matt Cross (PCW Light Heavyweight Championship)
  3. Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend) vs. Unbreakable F'n Machines (Brian Cage & Michael Elgin)
  4. Colt Cabana & Tessa Blanchard vs. World's Cutest Tag Team (Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan)
  5. JR Kratos vs. Will Cuevas
  6. Bad Boys Personified (Boyce LeGrande & Rik Luxury) vs. Black Armada (Papo Esco & Synn) (c) vs. Classic Connection (Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro) vs. Lion Power (Marcus Lewis & Will Hobbs) (APW Tag Team Championship)
  7. Jacob Fatu vs. Karl Fredericks (c) (APW Worldwide Internet Championship)
  8. Jack Swagger vs. Jeff Cobb (c) (APW Universal Championship)
  9. Juventud Guerrera & Rey Mysterio vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix)

APW is back at the legendary Cow Palace in San Francisco and my god, just look at that generational lucha dream match main event with eternal rivals Guerrera and Mysterio teaming up against the Lucha Brothers. Plus a HOSS FIGHT for the Universal Championship that appeals directly to my love of big men engaging in intense technical wrestling?

Get your tickets here or check APW's YouTube channel for it to be uploaded as episodes of APW Weekly, folks.

CMLL Super Viernes (November 10, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. Akuma & Templario vs. Magia Blanca & Robin
  2. Esfinge, Oro, Jr., & Pegasso vs. Hijo del Signo, Nitro, & Raziel
  3. Amapola, La Metalica, & Reyna Isis vs. La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, & Marcela
  4. Niebla Roja vs. Stuka, Jr. (Lightning Match)
  5. El Terrible, Sam Adonis, & Shocker vs. La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas)
  6. Cuatrero, Sanson, & Ultimo Guerrero vs. El Valiente, Marco Corleone, & Mistico

CMLL are back with your regularly scheduled Friday night lucha libre from Arena Mexico and... it's a pretty average show this week. Solid lightning match, a couple good trios matches, and a main event that has the potential to be really good. All in all, likely a fine way to spend your Friday night with a bit of the graps.

Check it out, as always, free for nothin' on ClaroSports or CMLL's Facebook page.

CZW Night of Infamy 2017 (November 11, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. the Rep (Dave McCall & Nate Carter)
  2. Ace Romero vs. JT Dunn
  3. David Starr vs. Tim Donst
  4. Dezmond Xavier vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
  5. Alex Colon vs. Mr. Claxton
  6. Brandon Kirk vs. Jimmy Lloyd (Squared Circle of Sacrifice)
  7. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan
  8. "All Ego" Ethan Page (c) vs. Space Monkey (SWE Heavyweight Championship)
  9. "Chainsaw" Joe Gacy vs. Shane Strickland (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship CZW Rules Match)

Night of Infamy might have had a name change there for a second, but make no mistake, there's a hot buzz about it! Jimmy Jacobs making his return to CZW would be a big deal in and of itself, but you add in Squared Circle of Sacrifice following up on Kirk's bloody beatdown on Lloyd last month and Joe Gacy making his in-ring return looking to knock Strickland off the throne just in time to defend against Rickey Shane Page at Cage of Death and it's a thoroughly exciting card.

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

Beyond Unprofessional (November 12, 5PM Eastern)

  1. Damien Smith vs. Wheeler Yuta (Tournament For Tomorrow ♂ First Round Match)
  2. Brandon Watts vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Tournament For Tomorrow ♂ First Round Match)
  3. Jay Freddie vs. Mike Verna (Tournament For Tomorrow ♂ First Round Match)
  4. Ace Romero vs. Josh Briggs (Tournament For Tomorrow ♂ First Round Match)
  5. John Silver & Martin Stone vs. Juicy Product (David Starr & JT Dunn)
  6. AR Fox, Jimmy Jacobs, Michael Elgin, & Sami Callihan vs. Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, Jaka, & Mike Draztik) (Elimination Match)

Beyond are back in Somerville, Massachusetts and they're feeling a little... Unprofessional. That's right, the Zombie Princess himself is coming to Beyond and he's got a hell of a match, joining a team of indie all-stars against Beyond stalwarts Team Pazuzu. Add in a one-night only reunion for the Juicy Product and the first round of the men's Tournament For Tomorrow and it's shaping up to be a damn good show.

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

Dropkick Depression Born to Fight (November 12, 5PM Eastern)

  1. Jeff Cannonball vs. UltraMantis Black
  2. Hellen Vale, Katred, & Nyla Rose vs. Kasey Catal, Kennedi Copeland, & Willow Nightingale
  3. Monsters of the Universe (Angelus Layne & Terra Calaway) vs. The Brotein Pack (Mike C-Way & TJ Blade)
  4. Jacob Tarasso vs. Razerhawk
  5. Joe Gacy vs. Tony Deppen
  6. Brandon Kirk vs. Everett Cross vs. JGeorge vs. Josh Bishop vs. Thomas Brewington vs. Tripp Cassidy
  7. Ace Perry & Nikki Addams vs. Jeremy Leary & Skylar
  8. Eddy McQueen vs. Stockade
  9. Dominic Garrini vs. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams

Dropkick Depression are putting on a benefit show in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You've got Jeff Cannonball taking on UltraMantis Black in a personal dream match, a technical wrestling clinic in Garrini/Williams, and all points in between featuring a lot of the northeast's finest up-and-coming indie talent.

Get your tickets here, donate directly through the link here if you like, and keep an eye on their social media for any video distribution plans, folks.

Progress Chapter 57: Enter Smiling / Live at the Dome (November 12 / 15)

—Chapter 57: Enter Smiling (November 12, 1:30PM GMT)—

  1. Doug Williams vs. Joe Coffey
  2. Keith Lee vs. "Flash" Morgan Webster
  3. Alex Windsor vs. Candyfloss vs. Dahlia Black vs. Jinny
  4. Jack Sexsmith & ??? vs. Jimmy Havoc & Mark Haskins
  5. #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) (c) vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) (Progress Tag Team Championship)
  6. Mark Andrews vs. Travis Banks (c) (Progress World Championship)

—Live at the Dome (November 15, 6:30PM GMT)—

  1. Candyfloss vs. Nina Samuels
  2. Connor Mills & Maverick Mayhew vs. Never Say Die (Alex Cupid & Dillon D'Angelo)
  3. Laura Di Matteo vs. Millie McKenzie

Progress have a bit of a delayed double-shot this week as they continue to experiment with non-chapter show formats. Chapter 57 will be coming at you from Manchester and is just absolutely packed to the gills. I mean, Kid Lykos is healthy and #CCK will be putting their titles on the line against the might of Ringkampf, Mark Andrews is finally taking the title shot he won back at Alexandra Palace, Williams and Coffey look to establish their Atlas Division bonafides, Sexsmith is out for revenge with a mystery partner, women's four-way action AND Keith Lee putting the fear of god into Morgan Webster? What's not to love?

Meanwhile, they'll be back in the Dome at Tufnell Park with a show for some Wednesday night graps that, from the looks of the three matches announced, will be concentrated rather more on up-and-coming talent in the style of the old ENDVR shows.

Tickets are sold out for Chapter 57, but you can get tickets for Live at the Dome here, check the official ticket resale site here, or just wait with the rest of us schlubs for these bad boys to hit Demand Progress if you like.

Free matches here!

Lucha de Barrio Episode 1

This is an interesting project that I wanted to make sure y'all know about! Lucha de Barrio is a limited-run wrestling show on YouTube that, as my understanding goes, is basically trying to take the Lucha Underground formula of story-heavy studio wrestling and apply it using talent from the Mexican indies. It's a neat concept and, although it's produced entirely in Spanish, is worth at least taking a quick look at. Check it out!

Gail Kim vs. Kay Lee Ray

As she leaves Impact for the last time and prepares for general retirement, I figure it's as good a time as any to run a Gail Kim match, and fortunately Southside Wrestling Entertainment have just uploaded one for us! Kim takes on Scottish sensation Kay Lee Ray, check it out!

Ace Romero vs. AR Fox (Anything Goes Match)

Some wild and wooly action from the fine folks at Limitless Wrestling right here! The feud that arguably made Romero's name across the northeast presented for you right here as he takes on AR Fox in anything goes action. Enjoy!

Results

AAW Hell Hath No Fury / Rise of the Dragon (November 3-4)

—Hell Hath No Fury (November 3)—

  1. Zema Ion over AR Fox, Austin Theory, Curt Stallion, Myron Reed, and Stephen Wolf to become #1 contender to the AAW Heritage Championship
  2. Chuck Taylor & Colt Cabana over Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter)
  3. Delilah Doom over Veda Scott (AAW Women's Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  4. Kylie Rae over Su Yung (AAW Women's Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Michael Elgin over Shane Strickland
  6. PACO over Connor Braxton (Fans Bring the Weapons Match)
  7. Trevor Lee over Eddie Kingston
  8. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) to win the AAW Tag Team Championship
  9. WRSTLING (David Starr & Jeff Cobb) over OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist)
  10. Rey Fenix (c) over Josh Alexander to retain the AAW Heavyweight Championship

—Rise of the Dragon (November 4)—

  1. Zema Ion over Myron Reed
  2. Kody Rice & Mike Hartenbower over Bucky Collins & Connor Braxton
  3. Rachael Ellering over Kylie Rae (AAW Women's Championship Semifinal Match)
  4. Ivelisse over Delilah Doom (AAW Women's Championship Semifinal Match)
  5. Jessicka Havok over Allie Kat
  6. Brubaker, Curt Stallion, & Jake Something over Chuck Taylor & Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza)
  7. Eddie Kingston over Kevin Lee Davidson
  8. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) (c) over Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) and Stephen Wolf & Trey Miguel to retain the AAW Tag Team Championship (Ladder Match)
  9. WRSTLING (David Starr & Jeff Cobb) over Monster Mafia ("All Ego" Ethan Page & Josh Alexander)
  10. AR Fox over Austin Theory
  11. Michael Elgin & Rey Fenix over Sami Callihan & Ultimo Dragon

Let's not bury the lede here, folks-- Josh Alexander is back and working in the United States again! After over a year in exile due to immigration issues he made a most excellent return to answer Rey Fenix's open challenge for the AAW Heavyweight Championship. It was a losing weekend as far as his record goes, but for indie wrestling as a whole, it's a big win to have him on this side of the border again.

Check 'em out when they hit Highspots and Smart Mark Video, folks.

NJPW Power Struggle 2017 (November 5)

  1. David Finlay over Katsuya Kitamura
  2. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) over Dragon Lee & Titan
  3. Hirai Kawato, Juice Robinson, Jushin Liger, KUSHIDA, & Tiger Mask IV over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
  4. TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Togi Makabe over Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Cody Rhodes, & Yujiro Takahashi)
  5. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) over Super 69 (ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi) (Super Jr. Tag Tournament 2017 Finals)
  6. Chaos (Gedo, Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito)
  7. Minoru Suzuki (c) over Toru Yano to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship (Bullrope Deathmatch)
  8. Marty Scurll over Will "Fuzzy Boy" Ospreay (c) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
  9. Kenny Omega (c) over Beretta to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
  10. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) over Kota Ibushi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship

As always with a show I recap I'll direct you to that, but, I mean... Jericho vs. Omega at the Dome, right?! Power Struggle itself was a good show with a dynamite one-two punch and my favorite Marty Scurll match in some time at the end, but that news overshadows everything.

Check it out on NJPW World, 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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