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 (June 23, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Arkangel & Disturbio vs. Flyer & Robin
- Electrico, Shockercito, & Stukita vs. Mercurio, Pequeno Nitro, & Pequeno Violencia
- Amapola, Dalys, & Zeuxis vs. Estrellita, Marcela, & Princesa Sugehit
- Pierroth vs. Vangellys (Lightning Match)
- Angel do Oro, Dragon Lee, & Niebla Roja vs. Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, & Rey Bucanero
- Barbaro Cavernario, Euforia, & Rush vs. Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, & Volador, Jr.
CMLL are back with their usual Friday night action, and while Pierroth in a singles is always kind of yikes, at least it can't go longer than ten minutes? Plus those two trios matches with scrambled up rudo teams look pretty good on top.
Check it out free for nothin' on ClaroSports as long as they remember to remove the region block.
Beyond Go With the Flow (June 24, 2PM Eastern)
- Chuck O'Neil vs. Joey Janela
- Penelope Ford vs. Shayna Baszler
- Ace Romero vs. JT Dunn
- Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff & Monsta Mack) vs. Massage NV (Dorian Graves & VSK)
- American Destroyers (Donovan Dijak & Mikey Webb) vs. Gentleman's Club (Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy)
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Wheeler YUTA
- AR Fox vs. Brandon Watts
- Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik)
- Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka)
- Keith Lee vs. Matt Riddle
Beyond Wrestling are back in Melrose, Massachusetts for another double shot with Evolve and by god they have a corker laid out! Featuring Keith Lee vs. Matt Riddle in a first-time-ever matchup not even 36 hours before the Limitless One tries to take the WWN Championship from the King of Bros at Evolve 87, the Beyond debut of Shayna Baszler, the Carnies return to Beyond for a tag team dream match against EYFBO, and that's just scraping the surface!
Get your tickets here or check it out live or on VOD on FloSlam.
WrestleCircus Dive Hard With a Vengeance (June 24, 6PM Central)
- Michael Elgin vs. Myron Reed (c) (Glory Pro Crown of Glory Championship)
- Dezmond Xavier vs. Lio Rush vs. Mr. 450 vs. Shane Strickland (Carnival Cash-In Ladder Match)
- Brody King vs. Christi Jaynes vs. Dave Crist vs. Delilah Doom vs. Jake Crist vs. Jason Cade vs. Joey Ryan (c) vs. Jordan Len-X vs. Laura Clare James vs. Leva Bates vs. Tessa Blanchard (DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Champonship / WC Sideshow Championship / WR Open Invite Scramble Championship Three Falls Match)
- John Morrison vs. Luchasaurus
- Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly)
- Mia Yim vs. Rachael Ellering (c) (WC Lady of the Ring Championship)
- Jeff Cobb vs. Scorpio Sky
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) (c) vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero) (WC Big Top Tag Team Championship)
- Adam Cole & Britt Baker vs. Jessicka Havok & Sami Callihan
- Brian Cage (c) vs. Sammy Guevara (WC Ringmaster Championship)
WrestleCircus are back in Austin, Texas with one of their trademark bigtime cards. Dream tags like Lucha Brothers vs. reDRagon and the intergender match, Big Mike getting his first crack at the title he created, a crazy four-way ladder match, a New Japan heavy tag title defense, local hero Guevara looking to take the big one home, all that and I haven't even mentioned John Morrison wrestling a dinosaur!
Get your tickets here, or watch for free on WC's brand new Twitch channel, where you’ll be able to tip the wrestlers directly while they’re having their matches, bringing the lucha tradition of throwing money into the ring into the digital age.
Dynamite Cup (June 25, 3PM Eastern)
- Mance Warner vs. Tripp Cassidy (Dynamite Cup First Round Slugfest Match)
- Chet Sterling vs. Percy Davis (Dynamite Cup First Round King of Showmen Match)
- Dale Patricks vs. Dominic Garrini (Dynamite Cup First Round Technical Wrestling Warfare Match)
- Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) vs. Cole Radrick & Sage Phillips (Dynamite Cup First Round Tag Team Combat Match)
- Ace Perry vs. Alex Daniels vs. GPA vs. Kevin Ku (Dynamite Cup First Round Lord of the Flyers Match)
- Nolie Rumble
- ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? (Dynamite Cup Finals Ultimate Match of Survival)
It's tournament time in Lafayette, Indiana, featuring some of the best up-and-comers the indies have to offer. I always like to highlight these kind of shows when I can because the best part of indie wrestling is sitting down in front of a show where you know maybe half the people on the card and walking away with some new favorites.
Better yet, this has a battle royal booked by a three-year-old! And best of all, the whole deal is for charity, benefitting children in foster care thanks to the good folks over at Together We Rise.
Tickets are sold out, but you can chip in on the raffle, which will not only get you a chance at winning some sweet prizes, but also give a child at the event a chance to win some sweet prizes as well. Or just give it a watch when it goes up on Powerbomb.tv.
Progress Chapter 50: I Give It Six Months (June 25, 2PM GMT)
- Jack Sexsmith vs. "Flash" Morgan Webster
- Banter Edition (Dave Mastiff & El Ligero) vs. London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch)
- James Drake vs. Travis Banks
- Jimmy Havoc & Mark Haskins vs. Nathan Cruz & Zack Gibson
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) vs.. British Strong Style (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (c) (Progress Tag Team Championship)
- Kay Lee Ray vs. Toni Storm (c) (Progress Women's Championship)
Progress is back in London, England for their 50th chapter show and it's packed as is their custom. The two longshot underdogs from Super Strong Style 16 clash, the Riots attempt to turn their losing streak around against the Kings of Banter, Travis Banks looks to make short work of James Drake, and after having a rough weekend, Havoc and Haskins look to cement their futures against the ashes of the Origin.
And that's not even getting to our two huge title matches! Plus, Pete Dunne will address Progress management and fans alike!
Tickets, as always with Progress, have long since sold out, but you can have a crack at the official ticket resale site or just wait for it to go up on Demand Progress.
Free matches here!
AR Fox vs. Penta el Zero M
From the fine folks at AAW, from their show Epic back in April, a clash between one of the US indies' highest flyers and one of the hottest luchadors on the scene. The AAW Heritage Championship is on the line as Penta defends against AR Fox, don't miss it!
Alex Daniels vs. DJ Z vs. Flamita
As we mourn the loss of Chandler Biggins along with all of the good folks over at AIW, let's take a look at their newest free match offering. The screencap is literally Flamita doing a moonsault off a balcony, so you know it's good. Check it out, and maybe dig into the archives of their The Card is Going to Change podcast and get to know the man, if you haven't.
Ace Romero vs. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams
From Beyond Wrestling, some top shelf grappler vs. HOSS action from their April show Looking California. Enjoy!
PWG Man on the Silver Mountain (June 16)
- Chuck Taylor over Trevor Lee
- Dezmond Xavier over Jake Crist and Jason Cade
- Keith Lee over Lio Rush
- Unbreakable F'n Machines (Brian Cage & Michael Elgin) over War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe)
- Sami Callihan over Matt Sydal
- Jeff Cobb over Trent?
- Leaders of the New School (Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre, Jr.) over reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly)
PWG returned with a hell of a show name (I would have went Stargazer, but whatcha gonna do?) but relatively little in the way of notable movement here, only a post-main event challenge, Taylor calling a last shot for Sabre's PWG World Championship at Pushin' Forward Back in July-- if he doesn't win there, he will not get another match for the title.
Preorder the DVD here, if you're so inclined.
Style Battle S1E5 (June 16)
- Anthony Henry over Matt Tremont (Style Battle S1E5 Bracket B First Round Match)
- Joey Janela over Jimmy Lloyd (Style Battle S1E5 Bracket B First Round Match)
- Francisco Ciatso over Teddy Stigma (Style Battle S1E5 Bracket A First Round Match)
- Fred Yehi over Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Style Battle S1E5 Bracket A First Round Match)
- Anthony Henry over Joey Janela (Style Battle S1E5 Bracket B Semifinal Match)
- Fred Yehi over Francisco Ciatso (Style Battle S1E5 Bracket A Semifinal Match)
- AR Fox over Alan Angels, David Ali, Kavron Kanyon, Leon Ruff, and Tommy Maserati (Six Man Mayhem)
- Matt Riddle (c) over Martin Stone to retain the WWN Championship
- Anthony Henry over Fred Yehi to win Style Battle S1E5
As always when I have a recap to point you fine folks to, I'll choose to do so and spare you the extra words. But suffice it to say, this may have been the best Style Battle yet, with Yehi/MJF, Henry/Janela, Riddle/Stone, and Henry/Yehi all being superlative, as well as that crazy WWA4 scramble featuring AR Fox and his students for maximum variety.
Check it out on FloSlam.
AAW Killers Among Us (June 16)
- ACH over Garza, Jr.
- Eddie Kingston over Jeff Cobb
- Jake Crist over Chuck Taylor, Davey Vega, & PACO
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Mat Fitchett
- Low-Ki over Abyss
- Penta el Zero M (c) over Trevor Lee to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
- DJ Z & Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) over Myron Reed, Stephen Wolf, & Trey Miguel
- John Morrison over Brian Cage
- War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) over reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly)
- Sami Callihan (c) over Michael Elgin to retain the AAW Heavyweight Championship
I could sit here and wax poetic about this bad boy, but I'm just gonna direct you folks to the official trailer and move on.
Check it out when it goes up on Smart Mark Video and Highspots.
FIP In Full Force 2017 (June 17)
- Martin Stone over AR Fox
- Parrow over Jimmy Lloyd
- Drennen over Irish Jack, Mason Tyler, Mitch Mitchell, and Vertigo
- Priscilla Kelly over Aria Blake
- Anthony Henry over Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Matt Tremont vs. Teddy Stigma goes to a no contest
- Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) (c) over Matt Tremont & Teddy Stigma to retain the FIP World Tag Team Championship
- Fred Yehi (c) over Joey Janela to retain the FIP World Heavyweight Championship
- Matt Riddle (c) over Jon Davis to retain the WWN Championship
For a slightly more detailed breakdown of the happenings of In Full Force 2017, check out the results post, but for here I'm just gonna say that all three title matches as well as Henry/MJF were absolute hoots.
Check 'em out on FloSlam.
Chikara Johnny Kidd Invitational (June 18)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Mike Quackenbush (Johnny Kidd Invitational First Round Match)
- Rory Gulak over Travis Huckabee (Johnny Kidd Invitational First Round Match)
- Matt Riddle over Hallowicked (Johnny Kidd Invitational First Round Match)
- Juan Francisco de Coronado over James Mason (Johnny Kidd Invitational First Round Match)
- Hermit Crab over Sylverhawk (c) to win the Chikara Young Lions Cup
- Rory Gulak over Zack Sabre, Jr. (Johnny Kidd Invitational Semifinal Match)
- Juan Francisco de Coronado over Matt Riddle (Johnny Kidd Invitational Semifinal Match)
- Mick Moretti over Jessica Troy
- Tempura Boyz (Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu) over Xyberhawx 2000 (Nytehawk & Razerhawk)
- Rory Gulak over Juan Francisco de Coronado (Johnny Kidd Invitational Finals)
Big brother Drew is off on 205 Live trying to prove the innate superiority of mat grappling to high flying the hard way, but Rory is taking a more subtle approach as an ambassador of the grappling arts, and it's been clearly rewarding, as he beat Evolve World Champion ZSJ on his way to victory in the finals here clean. Chikara Grand Champion Coronado, on the other hand, had to get his feet on the ropes as well as attack Riddle with his flag to get past the WWN Champion and former UFC fighter.
All that grappling and two of New Japan's finest young lions making their debut? You bet, check it out on Chikaratopia.
Lucha Forever All Rise (June 18)
- Bowl-A-Rama (Lloyd Katt & Splits McPins) over Elijah Dahl & Jeff Ramsay
- "Flash" Morgan Webster over Kip Sabian
- Damian Dunne over Bea Priestley
- Dan Moloney over David Starr
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) (c) over Swords of Essex (Paul Robinson & Will Ospreay) to retain the CZW World Tag Team Championship)
- Eddie Dennis, El Ligero, & El Motho over Mike Bird, Sierra Loxton, & Wild Boar to qualify for the Lucha Forever Trios Championship Tournament
- Jinny over Mia Yim
- Travis Banks (c) over Mark Haskins and Shane Strickland to retain the Lucha Forever Championship (Ladder Match)
CZW sure are lucky #CCK are the best boys, aren't they? Anyway, Lucha Forever have unfortunately had to cancel their originally scheduled show for this weekend, but the good news is All Rise went off just fine!
Check it out on Lucha Forever On Demand, and even if you don't have the inclination to subscribe, you can check the show before it out for free.
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.