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 5, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Arkangel & Espiritu Negro vs. Oro, Jr. & Starman
- Amapola, Dalys, & Zeuxis vs. Estrellita, Marcela, & Princesa Sugehit
- Ángel de Oro vs. Ripper (Lightning Match)
- Esfinge, Guerrero Maya, Jr., & Soberano, Jr. vs. Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo, Jr., & Pólvora)
- Dragon Lee, Stuka, Jr., & Titán vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Niebla Roja, & Último Guerrero)
- Carístico, Diamante Azul, & Marco Corleone vs. Los Ingobernables (La Máscara, Pierroth, & Rush)
CMLL have a solid Friday night show for us thi week, with a trio of fine, well, trios matches up top. None of them are immediately blow-away awesome-looking, but it should be a good night of lucha libre action all the same.
Check it out free for nothin' on ClaroSports if they ever remember to take the region lock off.
Wrestling Revolver Plead the Fifth (May 5, 8PM Central)
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza) vs. ??? vs. ???
- AR Fox (c) vs. Curt Stallion vs. David Starr vs. "All Ego" Ethan Page vs. Kevin Thorn vs. Myron Reed vs. Space Monkey vs. Trey Miguel (TWR Open Invite Scramble Championship)
- Colt Cabana vs. Maxwell Jacob Feinstein
- ACH vs. Jason Cade
- "Manscout" Jake Manning vs. Sienna (Battle of the Sexes)
- Billy Gunn vs. Joey Ryan
- Keith Lee vs. Moose
- John Morrison vs. Trevor Lee
- Brian Cage, Davey Richards, & Michael Elgin vs. OI4K (Dave Crist, Jake Crist, & Sami Callihan) (Tornado Tag Team Match)
The Wrestling Revolver are in Clive, Iowa and holy crap that's a card, isn't it? From the scramble match through all those first-time matchups to the latest iteration of Jake Manning's ongoing war against women to the last-minute change to a tornado tag main event, it's well stacked.
Get your tickets here or check this bad boy out when it goes up on Highspots Wrestling Network.
AAW Take No Prisoners (May 6, 7PM Central)
- Aero Boy vs. Connor Braxton vs. Jason Cade vs. Myron Reed vs. Paco vs. Space Monkey
- Alex Daniels & Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Chuck Taylor, Stephen Wolf, & Trey Miguel
- David Starr vs. Eddie Kingston
- Bobby Fish vs. Trevor Lee
- Michael Elgin vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- AR Fox & Rey Fenix vs. OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship No Time Limit Anything Goes Match)
- Keith Lee vs. Penta el Zero M (c) (AAW Heritage Championship)
- ACH vs. Sami Callihan (c) (AAW Heavyweight Championship)
AAW return to Logan Square Auditorium with another one of their trademark cards chock full of dream matches. I mean, Keith Lee vs. CM Penta, did they really need to announce anything else? But they did, and there's some cool stuff for folks lower down the card as well, with that scramble (featuring DTU's Aero Boy!) looking like an absolute hoot as well as a six-man full of up-and-comers.
Online ticket sales have ended, but you'll be able to check this one out soon enough on Highspots or Smart Mark Video.
APW Cow Palace Royale (May 6, 7:30PM Pacific)
- Candice LeRae vs. Rachael Ellering vs. Shotzi Blackheart
- Almighty Sheik vs. Berkeley Brawler vs. Bison Braddock vs. Bobby Hart vs. Chris Masters vs. Gangrel vs. Jacob Fatu vs. Ju Dizz vs. Jungle Boy vs. Matt Carlos vs. Rik Luxury vs. Styker vs. Super Beast vs. Synn vs. Tony Jones vs. Vinnie Massaro vs. Willie Mack vs. X-Pac vs. ??? (30-Man Cow Palace Royale)
- Karl Fredericks vs. Will Cuevas (c) (APW Worldwide Internet Championship)
- Raze vs. Shayna Baszler (c) (APW Women's Championship)
- Brian Cage vs. Jeff Cobb vs. John Morrison vs. Luster the Legend (c) (APW Heavyweight Championship)
- Cody Rhodes vs. Joey Ryan (Steel Cage Match)
Wrestling finally returns to San Francisco's legendary Cow Palace this weekend courtesy of APW! With Cody Rhodes vs. Joey Ryan inside of a steel cage, a star-studded four-way match for the title, Candice LeRae in a three-way with two of women's wrestling's best up-and-comers, and a 30-man rumble, what's not to like?
Get your tickets here, but unfortunately the Cow Palace doesn't allow streaming, so we'll have to sit tight and see what APW can release for us from the show in the future.
Chikara The Eleventh Hour (May 6, 3PM Eastern)
- Missile Assault Man vs. Proletariat Boar of Moldova
- Frightmare vs. Silver Ant
- Juan Francisco de Coronado vs. Oleg the Usurper
- 33-Wrestler Infinite Gauntlet
Chikara are back at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and don't let the length of the card fool you, because the Infinite Gauntlet is Chikara's take on the Royal Rumble, and that's a guaranteed hoot of a match type. Plus three top shelf singles matches to round out the card, and it oughta be a good time.
Get your tickets here or check it out live on Chikaratopia.
Glory Pro Long May We Reign (May 7, 3PM Central)
- Danny Adams vs. Louis Lyndon
- Jason Cade vs. Paco Gonzales
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Boys From Jollyville (Russ Myers & T-Money) vs. Erin Dzinic & Matt Kenway vs. Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza)
- Alex Daniels vs. Brandon Espinosa vs. "All Ego" Ethan Page vs. Gary Jay vs. Hakim Zane vs. Jake Parnell vs. Jake Something vs. Johnathan Wolf vs. Space Monkey vs. Tyler Matrix
- David Starr vs. Everett Connors
- Curt Stallion vs. Sami Callihan
- Michael Elgin vs. Penta el Zero M
- Jason Kincaid (c) vs. Myron Reed (Crown of Glory Championship)
Michael Elgin's Glory Pro is back in Alton, Illinois for their second show and you can see his philosophy of pushing dudes who maybe don't get that much airtime in other promotions is in full effect, with a lot of chances for under the radar guys to impress here. Plus Jason Kincaid's return from injury to defend his title for the first time, and hey, it doesn't get much better than Elgin vs. Penta as a first-time match.
Early ticket sales were cut off last week, but you can pick this guy up on Smart Mark Video soon enough.
RPW Live at the Cockpit 16 (May 7, 5:30PM GMT)
- Alex Windsor vs. Jinny
- Ryan Smile vs. Zack Gibson
- Donovan Dijak vs. Josh Bodom
- Kyle O'Reilly vs. Marty Scurll
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) (c) vs. London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) (RPW British Tag Team Championship)
RevPro are back in the Cockpit in London, England for another show, and this one is headliners straight through, folks. Kyle O'Reilly makes his return to RevPro for the first time in two years as he squares off against the Villain, Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom faces a decidedly un-cruiserweight opponent in Donovan Dijak, rising star Ryan Smile wrestles Liverpool's Number One, and on top, a tag match any promotion would be proud of. Riots vs. South Pacific Power Trip was a hell of a match at Progress Chapter 47, and this is only one man different, subbing Brookes in for Cooper.
Tickets are sold out, but the show will be up on RPW On Demand quickly, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
Free matches here!
Chris Dickinson vs. Joey Janela
From the good folks over at Beyond Wrestling, with a little help from PCW, wXw, and CZW, it's Wrestling World Championships action from late last year. Dickinson and Janela clashed in the first round of the Openweight Tournament, check it out!
Hunter Brothers (Jim & Lee Hunter) vs. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
From the UK's Southside Wrestling Entertainment, we have a bit of tag team championship action this week. Two years ago the Hunters and the Bucks clashed over the gold, and now you can watch it free for nothin'. Enjoy!
Negro Navarro vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
This one is special, folks. Last weekend for Lucha Memes, two generational maestros of mat grappling clashed, and Mas Lucha has the footage. It's intense technical wrestling start to finish, and I'm pretty sure the only time either of them leave the mat is for a dropkick from Sabre. And, at 59 years of age, Navarro shows that in pro wrestling, age is only a number as he goes hold-for-hold with the 29-year-old Englishman. Don't miss it!
NJPW Wrestling Toyonokuni / Wrestling Dontaku (April 29 / May 3)
—Wrestling Toyonokuni (April 29)—
- Hirai Kawato, Jushin Liger, & Tomoyuki Oka over Katsuya Kitamura, Shota Umino, & Tiger Mask IV
- Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero) over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & SANADA) over Ryusuke Taguchi & YOSHITATSU
- Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, & Yujiro Takahashi) over David Finlay & TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima)
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Will Ospreay, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, & TAKA Michinoku)
- Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Toru Yano) over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, & Kenny Omega)
- Hiromu Takahashi (c) over Ricochet to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
- Hiroshi Tanahashi over EVIL
- Tetsuya Naito (c) over Juice Robinson to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
—Wrestling Dontaku (May 3)—
- Hirai Kawato & YOSHITATSU over Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka
- Chaos (Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI) over Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi)
- Tiger Mask IV, Tiger Mask W, & Togi Makabe over Jushin Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, & Yuji Nagata
- Chaos (Beretta, Hirooki Goto, Jado, Rocky Romero, & Toru Yano) over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
- Cody Rhodes over David Finlay
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito) over Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA
- War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) (c) over Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) and TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, & SANADA) over Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet, & Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
- Kenny Omega over Tomohiro Ishii
- Kazuchika Okada (c) over Bad Luck Fale to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
As always when I have a recap, I'll keep it short, and being perfectly honest I'm writing this blurb before I've had a chance to check out Dontaku, but just looking at Toyonokuni, you've got what I think is the best junior title match this year and my personal favorite NJPW main event, so, in short, good stuff.
Check it out on NJPW World, folks.
Beyond Looking California / Feeling Minnesota (April 29-30)
—Looking California (April 29)—
- David Starr over Jay Freddie
- Jordynne Grace over Deonna Purrazzo
- Jonathan Gresham over Michael Elgin
- "Supercop" Dick Justice over Jarek 1:20
- Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, Jaka, & Mike Draztik) over OI4K (Dave Crist, Dezmond Xavier, Jake Crist, & Zachary Wentz)
- LuFisto over Penelope Ford
- "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams over Ace Romero
- John Silver over Kyle O'Reilly
- Joey Janela over Donovan Dijak
—Feeling Minnesota (April 30)—
- Wheeler YUTA over Jay Freddie
- Janelope (Joey Janela & Penelope Ford) over XXXL (Ace Romero & Brian Milonas)
- David Starr over "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams
- Deonna Purrazzo over Karen Q and Tasha Steelz (Elimination Match)
- Dan Barry over "Supercop" Dick Justice, Hornswoggle, Jarek 1:20, Johnny Cockstrong, and Stan Stylez
- EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) over American Destroyers (Donovan Dijak & Mikey Webb)
- Team PAWG (Jordynne Grace & LuFisto) over Alpha Sigma Sigma (Anthony Greene & Brick Mastone)
- Keith Lee over Michael Elgin
- AR Fox over John Silver
- Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) over Jonathan Gresham & Zack Sabre, Jr.
Another double shot and another focus on the first show, because my man Storage Man went to Looking California and had some quick thoughts to share--
Whole card was solid, hard to say which match was best. Both women's matches were good, the 8 man tag was insane, Hot Sauce and Ace Romero put on a good match, actually one of the best Hot Sauce matches I’ve seen. Janela and Dijak legit tried to kill each other, Kyle O'Reilly is awesome, but of course Jon Silver went over. Starr is always good, Elgin and Gresham could have been better, but still really good.
Check 'em out on Beyondemand, folks.
PWX Enter the Dragon (April 30)
- The Revolt! (Caleb Konley, Darius Lockhart, & Zane Riley) over Team Tracer X ("Manscout" Jake Manning, Tracer X, & White Mike)
- Joshua Cutshall over Chris Mayne
- Lucha World Order (Angel Rose & Jon Cruz) over Pop Culture (Jason Cade & Veda Scott)
- Elijah Evans IV (c) over Sugar Dunkerton to retain the PWX iTV Championship
- The Syndicate (Timmy Lou Retton & TJ Boss) over Tough Guys (Bob Evans & Tim Hughes)
- James Drake over Maxwell Jacob Feinstein
- Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) (c) over Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers) to retain the PWX Tag Team Championship
- John Skyler over Gunner
- reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) over Anthony Henry & Ethan Case
As always, since I'll have a recap for this one just as soon as I can get to it, I'm sticking light on the details, but that is a bunch of new names to have here in PWX, is it not? Looking forward to digging in and getting to know some folks.
Check it out on Highspots Wrestling Network.
WrestleCircus Battle at the Big Top (April 30)
- Candice LeRae over "All Ego" Ethan Page
- ACH & Christi Jaynes over Colt Cabana & Delilah Doom
- Moose over Davey Boy Smith, Jr.
- Jordan Len-X over George Gatton (Hardcore Match)
- Extra Talent-ed (Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks) over Monkey Flip (Travis "Flip" Gordon & Space Monkey) and the Boys (Brandon & Brent)
- Scorpio Sky over Andy Dalton & Mr. 450 to become #1 contender to the WC Sideshow Championship
- Rachael Ellering (c) over Taya Valkyrie by disqualification, retaining the WC Lady of the Ring Championship
- Kikutaro over Jervis Cottonbelly
- Sammy Guevara over Matt Sydal
- Dezmond Xavier, Lio Rush, & Shane Strickland over OI4K (Dave Crist, Jake Crist, & Sami Callihan)
- Brian Cage (c) over Johnny Mundo to retain the WC Ringmaster Championship
I'm gonna level with you, folks, I’ve been having a bad migraine week and I don't have all that much to say about this one. BUT! I do have a Bonus Free Match I can leave you with, from this very card. It's the six-man tag co-main event, enjoy!
And check the whole show out on WrestleCircus' VOD service, if you like.
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.