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.
CMLL Super Viernes (May 12, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Artillero & El Hijo del Signo vs. Leono & Sensei
- Astral, Principe Diamante, & Robin vs. Cancerbero, Raziel, & Virus
- Drone, Esfinge, & Guerrero Maya, Jr. vs. Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson
- Rey Cometa (c) vs. Soberano, Jr. (Mexican National Welterweight Championship)
- Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, & El Valiente vs. La Peste Negra (Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas)
- Atlantis, Diamante Azul, & Stuka, Jr. vs. Los Ingobernables (La Máscara, Pierroth, & Rush)
CMLL are back in Arena Mexico as always on a Friday night and they've got a pretty good show lined up for us. The absolute crown jewel is Soberano getting his title shot for winning Copa Jr. Nuevo Valores, but the main and co-main look pretty good as well, as long as the main can stay away from Azul/Pierroth, at least.
Check it out, as always, free for nothin' on ClaroSports. And hey, they remembered to take the region lock off last week!
Division Pro 1 (May 12, 7PM Eastern)
- Carlos Gabriel vs. Chasyn Rance
- Kaci Lennox vs. Nova Girl
- Aaron Epic vs. Braydon Knight
- Jason Cade vs. Snoop Strikes
- Corey Hollis vs. Lio Rush
- Mr. 450 vs. Sami Callihan
- Lana Austin vs. Shayna Baszler
- Kyle O'Reilly vs. Tom Lawlor
- Brian Cage vs. Moose
Division Pro are a brand-new promotion launching in Orlando, Florida and they're aiming big with their first show. Featuring MMA-style weight classes (light-, middle-, and heavyweight) as well as a women's division, they're clearly looking to make a splash by booking Tom Lawlor, on his return to pro wrestling, against Kyle O'Reilly in what is a very real dream match.
Plus with matches like Moose/Cage, Hollis/Rush, and Austin/Baszler rounding things out, it should be a good debut, although being frank, the $29.99 price tag on the iPPV puts the fear of God in me in this age of streaming services.
Get your tickets here or check it out on iPPV.
Shine 42 (May 12, 9PM Eastern)
- Aja Perrera vs. Dementia D'Rose (Sparkle Showcase Match)
- ACR vs. Lindsay Snow
- Angel Rose vs. Kiera Hogan
- Aerial Monroe vs. Aria Blake
- Candy Cartwright vs. Renee Michelle
- Allysin Kay vs. Chelsea Green
- Malia Hosaka vs. Priscilla Kelly
- Gabi Castrovinci & Santana Garrett (c) vs. Las Sicarias (Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez) (Shine Tag Team Championship)
- Leva Bates vs. LuFisto (c) (Shine Championship)
It's been a while but Shine are at last back around again from their usual home of Ybor City, Florida. Priscilla Kelly finally gets her chance to shut veteran Malia Hosaka up, we have a main event rematch from Shimmer's WrestleMania weekend show, plus a standout tag title match and hey, Kay vs. Green sounds pretty cool too, right?
Get your tickets here or watch live or on VOD with FloSlam.
WSU Battle Tested (May 13, 4PM Eastern)
- Faye Jackson vs. Jordynne Grace
- LuFisto vs. Willow Nightingale
- Fella Twins (Eddy McQueen & Rick Cataldo) (c) vs. Maria Manic & Penelope Ford (WSU Tag Team Championship)
- Kiera Hogan (c) vs. Lana Austin (WSU Spirit Championship)
- Mercedes Martinez (c) vs. Nevaeh (WSU Championship)
- Reckoning (Annie Social, Brittany Blake, Chrissy Rivera, Samantha Heights, & Su Yung) vs. Team Bates (Leva Bates, Mia Yim, Missy Sampson, Veda Scott, & Xandra Bale) (War Games Match)
WSU are back in Voorhees, New Jersey for the first half of a double-header with CZW, and, I mean... War Games, right?! Do I even need to hype it up beyond that?
Get your tickets here or wait for it to go up on CZW Studios.
CZW Sacrifices (May 13, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Dub Boys (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)
- Awakening (G-Raver & Stockade) vs. Storm of Entrails (Dan O'Hare & SHLAK)
- David Starr vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- Jake Crist vs. Sami Callihan vs. Shane Strickland
- MJF vs. Yuma (c) (CZW Wired Championship)
- "Chainsaw" Joe Gacy (c) vs. Lio Rush (CZW World Heavyweight Championship CZW Rules Match)
- Joey Janela vs. Father Matthew Tremont (Steel Cage Match)
And CZW have a hell of a card lined up to finish the double-shot out, boy howdy. The Bad Boy gets the Father one-on-one in a steel cage while Storm of Entrails take his disciples off the board, David Starr tests himself against the Technical Wizard himself, Zack Sabre, Jr. in what should be a great grappling contest, Lio Rush gets a relaxed rules second crack at the apple, I'm really excited for this one, folks.
Get your tickets here or wait for it to go up on CZW Studios.
wXw Superstars of Wrestling (May 13, 5PM CET)
- Chris Colen & Francis Kaspin vs. Da Mack & "Hurricane" Shane Helms
- Buff Bagwell vs. Jaxon Stone
- Bobby Gunns vs. Drago
- Avalanche vs. Ilja Dragunov vs. Julian Nero
- Kim Ray vs. WALTER
- "Bad Bones" John Klinger vs. Vampiro (Relaxed Rules Match)
- A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) (c) vs. Young Lions (Lucky Kid & Tarkan Aslan) (wXw World Tag Team Championship)
- Angelico vs. Emil Sitoci (c) vs. Penta el Zero M vs. Rey Fenix (wXw Shotgun Championship)
- Jurn Simmons (c) vs. Matt Riddle (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)
Yep, it's a little weird but German's wXw is back in Oberhausen and working together with the stars of Lucha Underground to celebrate their launch on Tele5 in Germany. And also Buff Bagwell is working a match. And our Bro Matt Riddle is getting a title shot against the rumored-to-be-heavily-scouted by WWE Jurn Simmons.
Pro wrestling is weird sometimes, right? Plus, ex-Cerberus members go at it in a three-way, Bad Bones has what will surely be a bloody and brutal brawl against Vampiro lined up, and Emil Sitoci defends his Shotgun Championship in a star-studded four-way.
Get your tickets here or check it out when it goes up on wXwNOW!, folks.
Progress Chapter 48: Bang the Drum (May 14, 2PM GMT)
- London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) vs. Sweet Jesus (Chuck Mambo & Pastor William Eaver)
- Jinny vs. Session Moth Martina
- "Flash" Morgan Webster vs. James Drake (Super Strong Style 16 Qualifying Match)
- Nathan Cruz vs. Rockstar Spud (Super Strong Style 16 Qualifying Match)
- Travis Banks vs. Trent Seven
- Matt Riddle vs. Tyler Bate
- Mark Andrews vs. Mark Haskins vs. Pete Dunne (c) (Progress Championship)
Progress are back in Manchester and if the card is any indication, they're looking to keep their string of hot shows alive. Two SSS16 qualifiers, an oil-and-water women's match, a tag match that will have real contendership implications, and that's just the undercard!
Travis Banks looks for a bit of revenge on Trent Seven for being a dick on the eve of South Pacific Power Trio partners Dahlia Black & TK Cooper leaving, we have a triple threat for the Progress title, and what's that? The man that holds the Atlas Division and WWN Championships is squaring off against the man that holds one half of the tag titles and the WWE United Kingdom Championship?
2017 pro wrestling, folks.
Tickets, as with almost all Progress shows, are long sold out, but you can have a go at the official ticket reseller or just wait for this bad boy to pop up on Demand Progress.
Free matches here!
David Starr vs. Everett Connors
Hot off the presses thanks to Big Mike and all the good folks at Glory Pro, it's the opening contest from this past weekend's Long May We Reign. The King of Taunts does battle with a man who's on his way up and just shed a Justin Bieber gimmick, check it out!
BT Gunn vs. Chris Renfrew vs. Pete Dunne vs. Trent Seven
Coming at you from Scotland's ICW, Trent Seven puts his ICW World Heavyweight Championship on the line in four-way action featuring fellow WWE UK star and member of British Strong Style, Pete Dunne. Enjoy!
John Silver vs. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams
From last year's Insatiable, Beyond are giving us action between local ace John Silver and former Evolve Tag Team Champion "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams ahead of a rematch that they'll be contributing to Powerbomb.tv's Break the Barrier show next month. Take a look!
AAW Take No Prisoners (May 6)
- Aeroboy over Connor Braxton, Jason Cade, Myron Reed, PACO, & Space Monkey
- Sami Callihan (c) over ACH to retain the AAW Heavyweight Championship
- Trevor Lee over Bobby Fish
- Colt Cabana over "All Ego" Ethan Page
- Michael Elgin over Zack Sabre, Jr.
- David Starr over Eddie Kingston
- Chuck Taylor, Stephen Wolf, & Trey Miguel over Alex Daniels & Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett)
- Penta el Zero M (c) over Keith Lee to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
- AR Fox & Rey Fenix over OI4K (Jake Crist & Sami Callihan) to win the AAW Tag Team Championship (No Time Limit Anything Goes Match)
With Sami Callihan filling in for Dave Crist (who has been dealing with some nerve issues in his legs and who I certainly wish the best for), AAW crowned new tag champions at Take No Prisoners, but that wasn't the only notable event of the evening.
Elgin and Sabre tore the house down, and Eddie Kingston gave a post-match speech confessing to a neck injury that may lead to the end of his career. Granted, from the sound of it Starr worked his neck over something fierce, so hopefully it's an angle and Eddie has many good years left in him.
Check out the trailer here, and then pick up the show from Highspots or Smart Mark Video when it's available, if you like.
APW Cow Palace Royale (May 6)
- Jacob Fatu wins the 30-Man Cow Palace Royale
- Shotzi Blackheart over Candice LeRae and Rachael Ellering
- Marcus Lewis & Will Hobbs over Brian Zane & Classic Connection (Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro) (c) to win the APW Tag Team Championship (Handicap Match)
- Shayna Baszler over Raze to retain the APW Women's Championship
- JR Kratos over Jeckles the Jester (SF Deathmatch)
- Karl Fredericks over Will Cuevas (c) to win the APW World-wide Internet Championship
- Jeff Cobb over Brian Cage, John Morrison, and Luster the Legend (c) to win the APW Universal Championship
- Cody Rhodes over Joey Ryan (Steel Cage Match)
APW's debut at the Cow Palace has to be considered a resounding success. With a crowd of around 3,000 people in attendance, it's one of the biggest indie shows of the year by that merit, and by all reports they put on a good show, albeit perhaps with a slightly overlong opening match that lead to feelings that some of the other matches were shorted on time.
And they're returning to the Palace in September, to boot!
Chikara The Eleventh Hour (May 6)
- Missile Assault Man over Proletariat Boar of Moldova
- Frightmare over Silver Ant by disqualification
- Juan Francisco de Coronado (c) over Oleg the Usurper to retain the Chikara Grand Championship
- Solo Darling wins the Infinite Gauntlet
Chikara's Eleventh Hour was dominated by the Infinite Gauntlet, a Royal Rumble-style match where 32 wrestlers and one news broadcaster did battle for a Golden Opportunity to make a match of their choosing at any time. Wait, one news broadcaster? WFMZ's 69 News had Jaciel Cordoba on the scene to wage pro wrestling war, only to be eliminated in relatively short order thanks to some well-timed powder to the face from Coronado.
Check it out on Chikaratopia, folks.
Glory Pro Long May We Reign (May 7)
- Everett Connors over David Starr
- Sami Callihan over Curt Stallion
- Alex Daniels over Brandon Espinosa, "All Ego" Ethan Page, Gary Jay, Hakim Zane, Jake Parnell, Jake Something, Space Monkey, and Tyler Matrix
- Paco Gonzalez over Jason Cade
- Danny Adams over Louis Lyndon
- Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza) over Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett), Boys From Jollyville (Russ Myers & T-Money), and the Pride (Aaron Dzinic & Matt Kenway)
- Penta el Zero M over Michael Elgin
- Myron Reed over Jason Kincaid (c) to win the Crown of Glory Championship
Despite a few hiccups here and there, Michael Elgin's Glory Pro seems to have had a successful second show. Big Mike had put up a really cool video explaining what he was happy with and what he wasn't, but alas, it has disappeared from Glory Pro's YouTube channel. If you see the big man upload one of those, get on it fast, because they're a really cool look behind the curtain.
What hasn't disappeared, however, is their in-story wrap-up video, which you can check out here while you wait for the show to go up on Smart Mark Video.
RPW Live at the Cockpit 16 (May 7)
- Ashley Dunn, Josh Wall, & Kurtis Chapman over Ash Draven, Cara Noir, & Malik
- Zack Gibson over Ryan Smile
- Jinny over Alex Windsor
- Donovan Dijak over Josh Bodom
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) (c) over London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) to retain the RPW British Tag Team Championship
- Gideon Grey over Eddie Dennis
- Dan Magee & RJ Singh over Rob Lias & Sha Samuels
- Marty Scurll over Kyle O'Reilly
The big news coming out of Live at the Cockpit 16 was Kyle O'Reilly, after his loss to the Villain, declaring his entry into British J Cup on July 8 and calling out KUSHIDA as his opponent, creating a rematch of the 2015 Best of the Super Jr. finals. Yes please!
Check the show out on RPW On Demand.
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.