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 9, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Arkangel & Metalico vs. Principe Diamante & Robin
- Amapola, Dalys, & Zeuxis vs. Estrellita, Marcela, & Princesa Sugehit
- Guerrero Maya, Jr. vs. Misterioso, Jr. (Lightning Match)
- Atlantis, Dragon Lee, & Mistico vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero)
- Akuma & Pierroth vs. Angel de Oro & Oro, Jr. vs. Astral & El Valiente vs. Canelo Casas & Negro Casas vs. Caristico & Soberano, Jr. vs. Drone & Niebla Roja vs. Flyer & Volador, Jr. vs. Mephisto & Raziel (Torneo de la Gran Alternativa 2017 Second Phase)
CMLL are back in Mexico City as always and we've got the second phase of the Gran Alternativa tournament dominating tomorrow night's proceedings. That co-main trios match, though, that's legitimately really awesome looking and worth checking out for sure if you're free on a Friday night.
Check it out free for nothing on ClaroSports, assuming the intern remembers to click the region lock off.
AIW Night of the Creeps (June 10, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Jonathan Wolf vs. Joshua Bishop
- Chase Oliver vs. Garrison King vs. Malcolm Monroe III vs. Tre Lamar
- Dedication Personified (Brian Carson & Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham) vs. The PM Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins)
- Frankie Flynn vs. Parker Pierce
- Dominic Garrini vs. Myron Reed
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) vs. Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan)
- To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (c) vs. Weird World (Alex Kellar & Evan Adams) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
- Alex Daniels (c) vs. Facade (AIW Intense Championship)
- Candice LeRae vs. Shayna Baszler (c) (AIW Women's Championship)
AIW are back in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio and, I mean, I could wax poetic up and down the card, but...
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks.
Chikara Hide (June 10, 3PM Eastern)
- Chuck Taylor™, DUSTIN, & Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.) vs. the Furies
- Kenbai vs. Kobald
- Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab vs. the Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Mark Angelosetti)
- Frightmare vs. Silver Ant
- Cornelius Crummels vs. Sylverhawk
- Juan Francisco de Coronado (c) vs. Obariyon (Chikara Grand Championship)
Chikara are back in the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for their latest card and it's Chikaratastic. Obariyon gets a shot at the Grand Championship, Silver Ant and Frightmare get a chance to tear the house down, and Kenbai makes his Chikara debut!
Get your tickets here or check it out on Chikaratopia (where there are fair odds that they'll stream live, since it's at the Wrestle Factory), folks.
CZW Tournament of Death 16 (June 10, 2PM Eastern)
- Dan O'Hare vs. George Gatton vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Kit Osbourne (Four Corners of Pain Match)
- Clint Margera vs. Conor Claxton (Tournament of Death Barbed Wire Craziness Deathmatch)
- Masada vs. SHLAK (Tournament of Death Doorway to Death Deathmatch
- G-Raver vs. Jeff Cannonball (Tournament of Death Lighttubes and Cinderblocks Deathmatch)
- Jimmy Havoc vs. John Wayne Murdoch vs. Rickey Shane Page (Tournament of Death First Round Pains in the Glass Deathmatch)
- Danny Havoc & ??? vs. Notorious, Inc. (Devon Moore & Drew Blood) (Scaffold Match)
- Father Matthew Tremont vs. Mad Man Pondo (Fans Bring the Weapons Deathmatch)
- Tournament of Death Semifinal and Final Matches
CZW are back in a field in Delaware with one of the biggest and bloodiest events of their calendar, the sixteenth annual Tournament of Death! And this year, UK import Jimmy Havoc makes his TOD debut mere months after working for WWE at Axxess on WrestleMania weekend, because 2017 is just that good to us. Plus Tremont faces another deathmatch legend in Pondo just under two months before he wrestles Atsushi Onita!
Get your tickets here or check the VOD out when it goes up on CZW Studios, folks.
NOVA Pro Hi Fidelity (June 10, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Angelus Layne vs. Rachel Ellering
- Fred Yehi vs. John Kermon
- Faye Jackson & ??? vs. Veda Scott & ???
- Tim Donst vs. Anthony Henry
- Carnies (Beau Crockett, Kerry Awful, & Nick Iggy) vs. Lucas Calhoun & Sandwich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary)
- Arik Royal vs. Bobby Shields
- Chet Sterling (c) vs. ??? vs. Sonjay Dutt (PWI Ultra J Championship)
NOVA Pro is in Annandale, Virginia this Saturday and I'm gonna toss you to our man Duke for his breakdown of the card.
The big thing about this show is the triple threat title match for the PWI Ultra J title. Tim Donst appears to have taken over Arik Royal’s "fight all newcomers" position, as Royal is hellbent on avenging his first loss to Logan Easton LaRoux — starting by taking on Logan’s crony Bobby Shields. Angelus Layne attacked Rachel Ellering back in March at Rachel’s last appearance, so we have that match. Kermon wants to face as many grapplers as possible in 2017, and who better than Yehi? Veda Scott stole a pin from Faye Jackson at last month’s triple threat, so now they have a tag match. Plus, you get Beau Crockett’s first match as a member of the Carnies! (There will probably be 1-2 more matches, too.)
On top of this, at 3PM, they’ll be doing "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates", essentially a bunch of tryout matches for the company. We have a list of who’s in it, but not who’s facing who — hey, who knows what you’re gonna get! From lowcard names like Cabana Man Dan and Dante Caballero to gag gimmicks like The Math Magician and Angry Dad, no one’s sure who’s going to stick. This event will not be videotaped — the only way to see it is live.
Get your tickets here or check it out on Smart Mark Video when it goes up.
NJPW Dominion (June 11, 3AM Eastern)
- David Finlay, Shota Umino, & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Hirai Kawato, Katsuya Kitamura, & Tetsuhiro Yagi
- Jushin Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, & TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. Tiger Mask IV, Tiger Mask W, Togi Makabe, & Yuji Nagata
- Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page, & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, & SANADA) (c) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) vs. Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ricochet, & Ryusuke Taguchi) (NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match)
- Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero) (c) vs. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship)
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) (c) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
- Cody Rhodes vs. Michael Elgin
- Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. KUSHIDA (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship)
- Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki (c) (NEVER Openweight Championship Lumberjack Match)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito (c) (IWGP Intercontinental Championship)
- Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega (IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
New Japan are back in Osaka for Dominion, the third of their Big Four shows of the year, and it's basically Wrestle Kingdom 11.5, but that's not a bad thing in the least. Not when you have the likes of Omega/Okada, Naito/Tanahashi, and KUSHIDA/Hiromu on the docket, at least!
Check it out on NJPW World, folks.
Powerbomb.tv Break the Barrier 2017 (June 11, 4PM Eastern)
- Dasher Hatfield vs. Jeff King
- Penelope Ford vs. Renee Michelle
- Baron Black & Prince Apollo vs. Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)
- Brandon Webb (c) vs. Nico Silva (TRP Interstate Championship)
- Brute VanSlyke (c) vs. Ricky Reyes vs. Stevie Shields (GSW Adrenaline Championship)
- Desean Pratt vs. Ophidian
- Buxx Belmar vs. Joey Janela
- Colt Cabana vs. Orange Cassidy
- John Silver vs. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams
- El Felino & Puma vs. Guerrero Maya, Jr. & Skayde
- Chuck Taylor vs. Fly Warrior vs. Jigsaw vs. Kenbai
Powerbomb.tv are in Old Forge, Pennsylvania on Sunday for a very special supercard bringing together several indies, both under and separate from their banner. ClueBattery has written an excellent preview, so I'll let that speak for itself rather than running down the whole card.
Get your tickets here (attendance is free to Powerbomb.tv subscribers!) or sign up for Powerbomb.tv to watch live with a free ten day trial!
Tier 1 BROoklyn (June 11, 5PM Eastern)
- Alan Lee Travis (c) vs. Cooley-K vs. "Colossal" Mike Law (LDN Capital Championship)
- Anthony Henry vs. Sonny Kiss
- Chris Dickinson vs. John Silver vs. JT Dunn
- American Destroyers (Donovan Dijak & Mikey Webb) vs. Federated (Mike Orlando & Nick Comoroto)
- Low-Ki vs. Penta el Zero M
- Homicide vs. Matt Riddle
- El Gringo Loco (c) vs. Jason Vera vs. Pequeno Pierroth (Tier 1 Lucha Championship)
- Mike Verna & Stockade (c) vs. Team PAWG (Jordynne Grace & LuFisto) (Tier 1 Tag Team Championship)
- ACH vs. Darius Carter (c) (Tier 1 Championship)
Tier 1 are in (naturally enough) Brooklyn, New York, and my god I love this card. From Henry/Kiss through Ki/Penta and Homicide/Riddle, all the way to the weird but delightful decisions like bringing CMLL's Pequeno Pierroth and Zero1's Cooley-K in to those top two title matches, it looks like a really purely enjoyable wrestling show. Plus Jack Swagger will be there!
Ticket presale ended last night, but you'll be able to check this one out soon enough through Smart Mark Video.
Lucha Forever A Mod, a Kiwi, and an Assassin Walk Into a Bar... (June 13, 7PM GMT)
- "Flash" Morgan Webster vs. Will Ospreay
- Bea Priestley vs. Toni Storm
- Mark Haskins vs. Travis Banks (c) (Lucha Forever Championship)
Lucha Forever are in Manchester, England... on a Tuesday. With an incredible show name. Alright! Owing to the longer-than-usual gap between publication here, we don't have a full card just yet, but what we have is pretty slick, with three dynamite matchups. Also happening is Pete Dunne vs. Kip Sabian, but that's billed as a Special Attraction Match and owing to LF's past luck with getting WWE UK guys on tape I have to imagine it'll be for the live crowd only.
Get your tickets here or check the VOD out when it hits Lucha Forever On Demand.
Free matches here!
Alex Daniels vs. Chuck Taylor
From the fine folks at AAW, we have a man of many names up against the man who's more Ben Affleck than Ben Affleck. With the kick I've been on of watching Best Friends videos on Highspots Wrestling Network, how could I not post some Chuck Taylor when I had a chance?
Cobre & Draztick Boy vs. Dezmond Xavier & Jason Cade
From the good folks over at Mas Lucha, we have two of America's finest young fliers headed to Mexico for DTU. Check it out!
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Tom Lawlor
Division Pro have uploaded all the main card matches from their first card, so who am I to not slap one down here? Intense grappling action as former ROH World Champion O'Reilly takes on UFC fighter Lawlor, enjoy!
GCW Zandig’s Tournament of Survival II (June 3)
- Nick Gage over Jimmy Lloyd (Tournament of Survival First Round Destruction Derby Deathmatch)
- Masashi Takeda over Markus Crane (Tournament of Survival First Round Fuckery Boards Deathmatch)
- Matt Tremont over Zandig (Tournament of Survival First Round Weedwhacker Deathmatch)
- Masada over Danny Havoc (Tournament of Survival First Round Panes of Glass Deathmatch)
- Nick Gage over Masashi Takeda (Tournament of Survival Semifinal Light Tube Deathmatch)
- Matt Tremont over Masada (Tournament of Survival Semifinal Light Tube Bundle Barbed Wire Boards Deathmatch)
- Joey Janela over Joker
- Nick Gage over Matt Tremont to win Tournament of Survival (No Ropes Barbed Wire Light Tube Bundles Deathmatch)
The King is back, baby! Nick Gage made his return to the squared circle in a big bad way, taking out Matt Tremont in the finals of Tournament of Survival. On the way, however, Matt Tremont disposed of Zandig, and every deathmatch legend he takes out on his way to Onita is one more step on the way to beating the most explosive one of them all.
Check it out on Smart Mark Video, folks.
RPW Live at the Cockpit 17 (June 4)
- David Starr over El Phantasmo
- Josh Wall & Kurtis Chapman over London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch)
- Josh Bodom (c) over Ashley Dunn to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Championship
- Donovan Dijak over Eddie Dennis
- Zack Gibson over Angelico
- Jinny over Nina Samuels
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) over Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
RevPro were back in the cockpit for another fine show, featuring El Phantasmo's RPW debut. As well, a HOSS WAR worth the name between Dijak and Dennis and a classic high flyer vs. grappler matchup in Gibson/Angelico. And in the main, Chris Brookes made British Heavyweight Champion ZSJ tap out, adding a layer of intrigue to their scheduled clash at Summer Sizzler this August!
Check it out on RPW On Demand, folks.
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.