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.
IWA Mid-South Ted Petty Invitational 2017 (September 14-15, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Calvin Tankman vs. Zodiak (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Kongo Kong vs. Larry D (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Mance Warner vs. Space Monkey (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Aaron Williams vs. Arik Cannon (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Ludark Shaitan vs. Su Yung (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- David Starr vs. Shane Mercer (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Ace Perry vs. Shane Strickland (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Eddie Kingston vs. "Spyder" Nate Webb (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Davey Richards vs. Johnathan Wolf (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Gary Jay vs. Homicide (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Dave Crist vs. Jake Crist (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
- Anthony Henry vs. Jonathan Gresham (Ted Petty Invitational 2017 First Round Match)
One of indie wrestling's most venerable tournaments is back again as IWA Mid-South return to Memphis, Indiana and, I mean. Just look at that wackiness. You got Davey Richards, Space Monkey, and Nate Webb in the same tournament field, how often can you say that? Most interesting to my grappling-obsessed sensibilities, however, is Henry/Gresham; not just a clash between two of the best technicians running today, but a politically interesting battle as well, with Evolve and Ring of Honor going head to head.
AIW Cool As Ice (September 15, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Frankie Flynn vs. PB Smooth
- Britt Baker vs. Faye Jackson
- Dominic Garrini vs. Tom Lawlor
- AJ Gray, Chase Oliver, Garrison King, Joshua Bishop, & Tre Lamar vs. DJZ, "All Ego" Ethan Page, Gringo Loko, Laredo Kid, & Matt Cross
- Colt Cabana & Grado vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (c) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
- Joey Janela (c) vs. Sonjay Dutt (AIW Intense Championship)
- Louis Lyndon vs. Tim Donst (c) vs. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams (AIW Absolute Championship)
AIW are back in Cleveland, Ohio, with their last show before they take a short nine week hiatus. They're heading into break with style, from what should be a killer grappling exhibition between Garrini and Lawlor, a wild ten-man tag where All Ego will surely do some crazy lucha stuff to keep up with his teammates, and three dynamite title matches. And Dean Malenko running a seminar, to boot!
Shine 45 (September 15, 9PM Eastern)
- Lady Chardonnay Darcy vs. Stormie Lee
- Aerial Monroe vs. Natalia Markova
- Dementia D'Rose vs. Vanessa Kraven
- Aja Perera, Dynamite DiDi, & Lea Nox vs. Cutie Pie Club (Aria Blake, Candy Cartwright, & Kiera Hogan)
- Allysin Kay vs. Brandi Lauren
- ACR vs. La Rosa Negra (Anything Goes Match)
- Jordynne Grace vs. Priscilla Kelly (c) (Shine Nova Championship)
- Holidead vs. Ivelisse vs. LuFisto (c) (Shine Championship)
Shine are back in their home base of Ybor City, Florida, and they've put together a damn good card, especially in light of one obvious caveat that may come to mind if you scan over the names there... That's right, just a few days after the finals of the Mae Young Classic and Shine 45 has zero overlap with the tournament. And yet, at least four matches I'm stoked to see, in Monroe/Markova, Kay/Lauren, Grace/Kelly, and especially that triple threat main event. It's indeed a testament to how far women's wrestling has come in North America these last couple years.
CMLL 84th Anniversary Show (September 16, 6PM Eastern)
- Blue Panther, Jr., Stuka, Jr., & the Panther vs. Hechicero & Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo, Jr. & Polvora)
- Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson vs. Diamante Azul, El Valiente, & Marco Corleone
- Kraneo, Rush, & Sam Adonis vs. La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario, El Felino, & Negro Casas)
- Princesa Sugehit vs. Zeuxis (Mask vs. Mask Match)
- Caristico, Flip Gordon, & Volador, Jr. vs. Mephisto, Satoshi Kojima, & Ultimo Guerrero
- Gran Guerrero vs. Niebla Roja (Mask vs. Mask Match)
No Friday night action from CMLL this week, instead moving things to Saturday for the 84th anniversary! Think about what that really means for a second, folks. 84 years as a promotion and still going strong! To celebrate, they've got two mask matches, with Guerrero vs. Roja in the (slightly underwhelming main), but Sugehit and Zeuxis will bring the fire for sure.
Check it out on iPPV on Internet TV.
GCW Nick Gage Invitational 2 (September 16, 5PM Eastern)
- Brandon Kirk vs. Jimmy Lloyd
- G-Raver vs. Miedo Extremo (Nick Gage Invitational First Round Match)
- Daisuke Masaoka vs. Markus Crane (Nick Gage Invitational First Round Match)
- Joey Janela vs. Teddy Hart (Nick Gage Invitational First Round Match)
- Matt Tremont (c) vs. SHLAK (GCW Championship Nick Gage Invitational First Round Match)
GCW are back in Howell, New Jersey, and hell is coming with them. It's a special night for GCW Champion Matt Tremont in particular, because he's said this is his last deathmatch tournament ever. Plus Janela/Hart II, which this sweet hype video will do more to pump up than I ever could!
NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima (September 16, 5AM Eastern)
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Jado, & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Liger, & Tiger Mask IV
- Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Leo Tonga) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson
- Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero)
- Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin, & Togi Makabe vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku, & Takashi Iizuka)
- Funky Future (Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship)
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) vs. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) (c) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
- Chaos (Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & Will "the Cat" Ospreay) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito)
- El Desperado vs. KUSHIDA (c) (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. (IWGP Intercontinental Championship)
New Japan's Destruction tour rolls into Hiroshima on Saturday, and things are looking up with a dynamite one-two punch of title matches on top. Sabre looks to finish what he started and take out the 1/100 Ace's arm to claim his first gold in NJPW, and Desperado and KUSHIDA bring their low-key awesome feud to a crescendo, plus you get RPG Vice's last tag team match before Trent well and truly moves on to be with the big boys and a killer-looking Chaos/LIJ ten-man to boot.
Check it out on NJPW World, folks.
PWX He Who Casts the First Stone (September 16, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Aerial Monroe vs. Lady Katherine Darcy
- Alexander James vs. Elijah Evans IV vs. Ethan Case vs. Fred Yehi vs. Jason Cade (PWX X-16 Qualifying Match)
- Chip Day vs. David Starr
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Tracer X
- "Manscout" Jake Manning & White Mike vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- John Skyler vs. Martin Stone
- Darius Lockhart (c) vs. Nathan Cruz (PWX iTV Championship)
- Anthony Henry (c) vs. James Drake (PWX World Heavyweight Championship)
PWX are back in Shelby, North Carolina, and you read that main event right-- after their all-out war to conclude the four-way elimination main event at Eye of the Beholder, the WorkHorsemen explode in a straight singles for the world title! Plus Tracer X gets another dream match, this time pitting his high flying against the grappling acumen of Jonathan Gresham, Starr and Day meeting for the third time in a PWX ring, Manning and Mike testing their mettle as a tag team against the Ducks, a crazy X-16 qualifying scramble, and more besides.
Notable by his absence is Corey Hollis. He's made it clear that he's not interested in any match besides one against his former brother in arms John Skyler, but the shadow of his interference last month will hang heavy over the Southern Savior's match against Martin Stone whether he shows up to kick dirt in Skyler's face again or not.
Get your tickets here or check the show out when it hits the Highspots Wrestling Network, folks.
BCW Volume 1 (September 17, 7PM Eastern) Cici Galavis vs. Kathryn Von Goth Josh Alexander vs. Mecha Wolf Moose vs. Shane Strickland Cecil Nyx vs. Evil Uno vs. Jeff Cannonball vs. Stephan Bonnar vs. Stratos Fear (BCW Hardcore Championship Scramble Match) Riot Makers (Holden Albright & Mark Wheeler) vs. Team Omega (O'Brien & O'Malley) vs. ??? vs. ??? (BCW Tag Team Championship) Chris Adonis vs. Tyson Dux (BCW Championship Tournament First Round Match) John Morrison vs. Rob Van Dam (BCW Championship Tournament First Round Match) "All Ego" Ethan Page & Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Fight or Flight (Gabriel Fuerza & Vaughan Vertigo) & Stu Grayson Bytown Championship Wrestling are holding their first show in Gatineau, Quebec, and my god. Just look at it! It's beautifully weird in a way that only indie wrestling can be, local wrestlers rubbing shoulders with rising stars and ex-WWE guys. Almost brings a tear to my eye. Anyway, as you can see they're doing a lot of setup work with this one, getting three titles into play pretty quickly-- rounding out the eight-man BCW Championship tournament are Michael Tarver, James Storm, Trevor Lee, and Shayne Hawke.
ICW The Infamous (September 17, 7PM GMT)
- Filthy Generation (Aspen Faith, Lewis Girvan, & Stevie Boy) vs. Legion (Chris Renfrew, Michael Dante, & Mikey Whiplash)
- Kings of the North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin) vs. Polo Productions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey)
- Johnny Moss vs. Lionheart
- Kid Fite vs. Wolfgang
- Marauders (Mike Bird & Wild Boar) (c) vs. Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (ICW Tag Team Championship)
- Kasey Owens (c) vs. Little Miss Roxxy (ICW Women's Championship)
- Joe Coffey (c) vs. Kassius Ohno (ICW World Heavyweight Championship)
ICW are in Newcastle, England, and if you hadn't heard before, now you have-- Hero. Coffey. III. Only it's for the ICW title and Chris is contracted to WWE this time. Yeah boy!
IPW:UK Supershow 11 (September 17, 1PM Eastern)
- El Phantasmo vs. Timothy Thatcher
- Big T, Cuban Heat, & the Banker vs. Dalton Castle, ???, & ???
- "Amazon" Ayesha Raymond vs. Livvii Grace (c) (IPW:UK Women's Championship)
- Earl Black, Jr. (c) vs. "Savvy" Sid Scala (IPW:UK All-England Championship)
- Adam Maxted & Sammy Smooth vs. DND (Cieran Donnelly & Danny Duggan) (c) (IPW:UK Tag Team Championship)
- Big Grizzly vs. Matt Riddle
- Cara Noir vs. Jimmy Havoc (c) (IPW:UK World Championship)
IPW:UK are back in Rochester, England, with their eleventh Supershow and the rumble from Supershow 10 looms large, having set up all of our men's title matches in that. Most notably the tag titles, which will be DND's first match since Supershow 9, when they split, Duggan turning on Donnelly. Can they hold together against the similarly makeshift team of Maxted and Smooth or will they lose the title almost by default?
Lucha Forever SomethingMania (September 17, 6:30PM GMT)
- Bea Priestley vs. Kip Sabian
- Chief Deputy Dunne vs. Jack Sexsmith
- Alex Windsor vs. Dahlia Black
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) & Elijah vs. Rickey Shane Page, ???, & ???
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. FSU (Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews)
- Mark Haskins (c) vs. Travis Banks (Lucha Forever Championship No Disqualification Match)
Lucha Forever are back in Cardiff, Wales, and they've got... something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's definitely... a thing. But seriously, any show with Windsor/Black and a Haskins/Banks no DQ match is probably worth looking forward to.
Style Battle Season 1, Episode 7 (September 17, 7PM Eastern)
- Style Battle S1E7 Tournament Matches
- ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? (WWA4 Student Free-4-All)
- Priscilla Kelly vs. ???
As you can see, Style Battle are back, and while the brackets and whatnot haven't been announced as I write this, the field has, and it's stacked in the usual Style Battle fashion, featuring AR Fox, Darby Allin, former Progress Champion Nathan Cruz, Kai Katana, Ethan Case, Matt Palmer, Leon Ruff, and Saieve Al Sabah. Plus an always-crazy multi-man Free-4-All featuring some of Fox's WWA4 students and Priscilla Kelly in action and I wouldn't sleep on this one, folks.
Free matches here!
Hechicero vs. Satoshi Kojima
Coming at you from the fine folks over at +Lucha and Chairo, we have a recent match from the leader of Bread Club's excursion to Mexico. Kojima faces off with the man who has the power over fire himself, Hechicero. Check it out!
House Revival (Jody Fleisch, Johnny Moss, & Jonny Storm) vs. House Seven Seas (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, & Merlok)
Fresh off the presses from Chikara we have King of Trios 2017 action! The finest of the early 2000s UK indie scene take on the finest the ocean has to offer in a match that only Chikara can give you. Don't miss it!
Holidead vs. Ivelisse
From the fine folks at FloSlam and Shine, we have first-round Nova Championship Tournament action that also presages Shine 45's main event. Ivelisse and Holidead fight to advance and it's quite an enjoyable match, so enjoy!
Anarchy NWA Wildside Reunion (September 9)
- Slim J over Kid Kool
- Jeremy Vain over Billy Buck, Jeff Lewis, Mikael Judas, and Todd Sexton
- Luke Hawx over Anthony Henry
- New Jack over Destiny, Kid USA, Mark E. Mark, Mike Posey, Mr. Delicious, Rusty Riddle, Scotty Beach, TJ Gray, and White Trash (Wildside Special Rumble)
- Team Elite (Adam Jacobs & Jason Cross) over Caprice Coleman & Lazz
Anarchy played host to a reunion of some of NWA Wildside's best and brightest, and there's no brighter star to come out of Wildside than the Phenomenal One himself, AJ Styles. Lo and behold, the WWE United States Champion was able to come on down and make a non-wrestling appearance, surprising the hell out of everybody, and that's pretty cool even in today's world of wrestling where all the barriers seem to be breaking down. Plus New Jack won a rumble and that's always worth watching!
Check it out when it hits Powerbomb.tv, folks.
CWF Mid-Atlantic For the Record (September 9)
- Roy Wilkins over Montana Black
- Michael McAllister over Bobby Ballentyne
- Mike Mars over the Number Boy
- Dirty Daddy, Ian Maxwell, & Proletariat Boar of Moldova over Cain Justice, Ethan Alexander Sharpe, & Otto Schwanz
- Jason Kincaid (c) over John Skyler to retain the MVW Heavyweight Championship
- Aric Andrews (c) over Joshua Cutshall to retain the CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide Television Championship
- Logan Easton LaRoux (c) over Tracer X to retain the PWI Ultra J Championship
- CW Anderson & the Dawsons (Dave & Zane Dawson) over Chet Sterling & Sandwich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary)
- Trevor Lee (c) over Arik Royal to retain the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship
Trevor Lee did the deal, folks. Having knocked the Ace down in an epic match of thirty-plus minutes, he's now officially the longest-reigning CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion by four days as I write this. Indeed, it was a strong night for champions all around, even tag champions the Dawsons getting a non-title victory in a six-man over former champs the Sandwich Squad.
Check it out as episodes hit CWF Mid-Atlantic's YouTube channel, every Wednesday after NXT. The first part, with the six-man and Kincaid/Skyler, is already up!
CZW Down With the Sickness 2017 (September 9)
- Sami Callihan over Jimmy Lloyd (CZW Rules Match)
- OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) over Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- Shane Strickland (c) over Jason Cade to retain the CZW World Heavyweight Championship
- Mr. Conor Claxton over Father Matthew Tremont
- The Rep (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) over Private Party (Isiah Cassidy & Marq Quen) to become #1 contenders to the CZW World Tag Team Championship (Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Ladder Match)
- John Silver over David Starr
- MASADA over G-Raver, Stockade, and Tim Donst to become #1 contender to the CZW Wired Championship
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) over Ace Romero to retain the CZW Wired Championship
- Alex Colon over Danny Havoc (Viking's Funeral Deathmatch)
CZW packed about four shows worth of news and plot developments into one, so let's get right into it and start with, for me, the most exciting development... THE CARNIES ARE IN TOWN! Kerry Awful and Nick Iggy made their CZW debut after OI4K defeated the Ducks, throwing fireballs in the Crists' faces! Plus Maven Bentley aligned with the Rep, Greg Excellent costing Romero the Wired title to continue his attempt to prove there's only room for one athletic fat guy in CZW, Joe Gacy returned to try and intimidate Shane Strickland, and none other than Matt Tremont revealed as the man that bought 50% of CZW from DJ Hyde!
And of course, last but not least, Danny Havoc said goodbye to CZW as only he could, a proper viking going out on his shield in an absolutely nutty deathmatch of his own devising.
Check it out when it goes up on CZW Studios, folks.
WrestleCircus Texas vs. the World (September 9)
- Flip Gordon over Jordan Len-X, JT Dunn, and Trey Miguel
- Extra Talent-ed (Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks) over the Process (Kevin Condron & Scorpio Sky) to win the vacant WC Big Top Tag Team Championship
- Chelsea Green vs. Joey Ryan goes to a no contest
- Laurel Van Ness over Joey Ryan
- Bestia 666 over Laredo Kid and Mecha Wolf
- Brian Cage over Ethan Carter III
- Christi Jaynes over J. C. RE. S.
- Tessa Blanchard (c) over Britt Baker to retain the WC Lady of the Ring and Sideshow Championships
- "Supercop" Dick Justice over Gentleman Jervis (One Year Time Limit Match)
- Keith Lee over Jack Evans
- Sammy Guevara over Jay White
There's an axiom in wrestling booking that I first heard espoused by Evolve's Gabe Sapolsky-- in case of substitution, you move the card around to give the fans the absolute best possible match. Well, WrestleCircus did exactly that when Angelico had to back out of the tag title match due to injury— Jack Evans was still game to compete, and his competition, as you see above... was Limitless. They tore the house down, and if you seek out one WC match on replay or from the archive, make it that one.
Speaking of which, you can do so at their Twitch channel, either simply waiting for a free replay or paying $4.99 to subscribe.
NJPW Destruction in Fukushima (September 10)
- Hirai Kawato & Yuji Nagata over Manabu Nakanishi & Shota Umino
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) over Monster Rage (Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka)
- Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) over Chaos (Beretta & Jado)
- David Finlay & Juice Robinson over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Leo Tonga)
- Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Ricochet, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Togi Makabe) over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
- War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) (c) over Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito) over Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & Will "the Cat" Ospreay)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, & SANADA) (c) over Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero, & Toru Yano) to retain the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
- Minoru Suzuki (c) over Michael Elgin to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship (Lumberjack Match)
As always when I have a recap to point you to, I'll just link it and keep it brief here. In short, Destruction in Fukushima is a perfect example of why stretching things across three big shows doesn't usually work in New Japan's favor. Aside from Will “the Cat” Ospreay showing us all how much he loves being a cat, there’s not a lot to work with, frankly.
Check it out on NJPW World, if you like.
Progress Chapter 55: Chase the Sun (September 10)
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) over British Strong Style (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (c) to win the Progress Tag Team Championship (Ladder Match)
- Toni Storm (c) over Dahlia Black to retain the Progress Women's Championship
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Marty Scurll
- Jimmy Havoc over Mark Haskins (Deathmatch)
- WALTER over Matt Riddle (c) and Timothy Thatcher to win the Progress Atlas Division Championship
- Mark Andrews over Chief Deputy Dunne, Eddie Dennis, Jack Sexsmith, James Drake, "Flash" Morgan Webster, Strangler Davis, and Zack Gibson to become #1 contender to the Progress World Championship (Scramble Match)
- Travis Banks over Pete Dunne (c) to win the Progress World Championship
As always when a recap is forthcoming I'm gonna keep it light but TRAVIS BANKS DID THE DEAL! Was really hoping my man Tim would pick up the big lads title but hey, at least it came back to Ringkampf, right? And speaking of, WALTER has his first challenger lined up, because Wolfgang made his Progress debut to lay out a challenge after! But the less said about "Full Time" Eddie Dennis and his despicable attack on his best friend in what should have been a moment of triumph, the better.
Check it out when it hits Demand Progress, hopefully by the weekend.
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.