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 (September 9, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Akuma & Canelo Casas vs. Astral & Oro, Jr.
- Drone, Fuego, & Guerrero Maya, Jr. vs. Puma, Tiger, & Virus
- La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas) & Sam Adonis vs. Rey Cometa, Soberano, Jr., & Stuka, Jr.
- Rey Bucanero vs. Titan (Lightning Match)
- Diamante Azul, El Valiente, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Ingobernables (Pierroth & Rush) & Satoshi Kojima
- Dragon Lee, Marco Corleone, & Mistico vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero)
CMLL are back with your weekly dose of Friday night lucha and while there's not a huge amount of hooks building to next week's anniversary show here, all four trios matches here should be good to great, so if you're on the fence or just would like to see what CMLL have to offer, this would be a good week to tune in!
Check it out, as always, free for nothin' on ClaroSports or CMLL's Facebook page.
Anarchy NWA Wildside Reunion (September 9, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Jeremy V defends the NWA Wildside Television Championship in an open challenge
- Slim J defends the NWA Wildside Junior Heavyweight Championship in an open challenge
- Jimmy Rave vs. Luke Hawx
Legendary southern indie NWA Wildside, where men like AJ Styles and Jimmy Rave honed their craft, is back for one night only in Cornelia, Georgia, courtesy of Anarchy Wrestling! While the full card hasn't been released, we know we're getting two title defenses and Rave vs. Hawx, as well as a day jam packed with Q&A festivities and appearances from over 60 Wildside alumni, including New Jack.
Get your tickets here, or check the show out when it hits Powerbomb.tv, folks.
CWF Mid-Atlantic For the Record (September 9, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Jason Kincaid (c) vs. John Skyler (MVW Championship)
- Logan Easton LaRoux (c) vs. Tracer X (PWI Ultra J Championship)
- Aric Andrews (c) vs. Joshua Cutshall (CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide Television Championship)
- Arik Royal vs. Trevor Lee (c) (CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship)
CWF Mid-Atlantic are in the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, North Carolina once again and with a monumentous record on the line it's only fitting they finally reach the preview section here at Sermon on the Mat! On Saturday, Trevor Lee will reach his 560th day as champion, matching Arik Royal's record. If he can beat the Ace and make it to midnight Sunday, he'll take the record. It's all on the line, folks!
Get your tickets here or keep an eye on CWF Mid-Atlantic's YouTube channel, where new episodes of CWF Worldwide come out at 9PM Eastern on the dot every week, right after NXT.
WSU King and Queen of the Ring 2017 (September 9, 4PM)
- Brandon Watts & Kiera Hogan vs. Ray Lyn & Tim Donst (WSU Queen and King of the Ring 2017 First Round Match)
- Anthony Bennett & Willow Nightengale vs. Blackwater & Su Yung (WSU Queen and King of the Ring 2017 First Round Match)
- Dave Crist & Isla Dawn vs. Greg Excellent & Leva Bates (WSU Queen and King of the Ring 2017 First Round Match)
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman & Rick Cataldo vs. Pop Culture (Jason Cade & Veda Scott) (WSU Queen and King of the Ring 2017 First Round Match)
- Maria Manic & Penelope Ford (c) vs. Sinister Sweethearts (Brittany Blake & Samantha Heights) (WSU Tag Team Championship)
- Jordynne Grace vs. Mercedes Martinez (c) (WSU Championship)
- WSU Queen and King of the Ring 2017 Semifinals & Finals
WSU are back in Voorhees, New Jersey, for another doubleheader with CZW, and it's time for Queen and King of the Ring! Eight mixed tag teams will compete in intergender action until one pair take the crowns. But that's not all, as the tag titles will be defended, and the unstoppable force meets the immovable object when the undefeated Jordynne Grace challenges Mae Young Classic semifinalist Mercedes Martinez for the WSU Championship!
Get your tickets here, or check it out when it goes up on CZW Studios.
CZW Down With the Sickness 2017 (September 9, 8PM)
- OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- Jimmy Lloyd vs. Sami Callihan (CZW Rules Match)
- David Starr vs. John Silver
- MASADA vs. Stockade vs. Tim Donst vs. Zachary Wentz (CZW Wired Championship #1 Contender's CZW Rules Scramble Match)
- Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) vs. The Rep (Dave Carter & Nate McCall) (CZW World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Ladder Match)
- Alex Colon vs. Danny Havoc (Danny Havoc Retirement Deathmatch)
- Ace Romero vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) (CZW Wired Championship)
- CZW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Strickland has an open challenge
CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey... for the last time! They're moving to a new building in Sewell, but their tenure in the Flyers Skate Zone isn't the only thing coming to an end, as Danny Havoc says goodbye to the Combat Zone and to wrestling in general as he wrestles Alex Colon in a match that he himself has devised.
Plus a dream tag team match in OI4K/Ducks, Jimmy Lloyd looking to prove himself against Sami Callihan in CZW Rules action, Ace Romero gunning for the Wired Championship, and Shane Strickland issuing an open challenge, and it's goodbye to the old Combat Zone with a bang!
Get your tickets here, or check it out when it goes up on CZW Studios.
GSW Blackjack Brawl 4 (September 9, 7PM Eastern)
- 21-Man Blackjack Brawl
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Jigsaw (Powerbomb.tv Independent Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match)
- Blaze Daniels & Justyn Glory vs. Blue & Gold (Andy Header & Matt Turner) (c) (GSW Tag Team Championship)
- Clay Drasher (c) vs. Jamie Senegal vs. Kit Cassidy vs. Tony Deppen (GSW Adrenaline Championship)
- Killian McMurphy vs. Trajan Horn (c) (GSW Heavyweight Championship)
Grand Slam Wrestling are in their home base of Old Forge, Pennsylvania once again and they're streaming live on Powerbomb.tv for the final quarterfinal match of their championship tournament.
So get your tickets at the door or check it out when it goes live on Powerbomb.tv, and find yourself some new favorites from the northeast!
PWR Revolution XIII (September 9, 7PM Pacific)
- Akane Fujita vs. Nicole Savoy
- Diablo Azteca vs. Papo Esco
- Colt Stevens vs. El Prostipirugolfo vs. Grappler IV vs. Jungle Boy (Elimination Match)
- Ultimo Panda vs. Vaquero Fantasma
- El Dinamita & Mariachi Loco vs. Los Luchas (Phoenix Star & Zokre)
- Penta el Zero M vs. Rey Fenix
- Arkady Federov & El Chicano vs. Blue Demon, Jr. & El Hijo de Trump
Pro Wrestling Revolution are back in King City, California and they've got a big one as Lucha Brothers explode! Could the happenings here inform their upcoming AAW Heavyweight Championship match? Plus, Nicole Savoy in action against Ice Ribbon import Akane Fujita, and the unlikely team of Blue Demon, Jr. & El Hijo de Trump!
Get your tickets here or check it out on iPPV through FITE TV, folks.
WrestleCircus Texas vs. the World (September 9, 6PM Central)
- Bestia 666 vs. Laredo Kid vs. Mecha Wolf
- Flip Gordon vs. Jordan Len-X vs. JT Dunn vs. Trey Miguel
- Delilah Doom vs. Joey Ryan vs. Laurel Van Ness
- Kevin Condron vs. Tessa Blanchard (c) (WC Sideshow Championship)
- Jay White vs. Sammy Guevara
- Keith Lee vs. Scorpio Sky
- Britt Baker & ??? (c) vs. Los Gueros del Cielo (Angelico & Jack Evans) (WC Big Top Tag Team Championship)
- Brian Cage vs. Ethan Carter III
WrestleCircus are in Austin, Texas once again and they're against the world, or at least that's the theme of the show! Britt Baker has a mystery partner to replace the departed-for-NXT Adam Cole, Keith Lee is ready to squash Scorpio Sky, and WC management held their breath long enough to book EC3 in a main event between former Ringmaster Champions! Best of all, all proceeds will be donated to the hurricane relief effort in Texas.
So get your tickets here or just check it out free for nothin' on their Twitch channel, folks.
NJPW Destruction in Fukushima (September 10, 3AM Eastern)
- Hirai Kawato & Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Shota Umino
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka
- Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Chaos (Beretta & Jado)
- Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs. Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Ricochet, & Ryusuke Taguchi) & Togi Makabe
- 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)
- Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Leo Tonga) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson
- Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito)
- Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero, & Toru Yano) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, & SANADA) (c) (NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship)
- Michael Elgin vs. Minoru Suzuki (c) (NEVER Openweight Championship)
New Japan kick off their Destruction triple shot in Fukushima, and while this is arguably the weakest of the three cards, there's still plenty to look forward to, from a pair of young lions getting a shot at Chaos, and defenses of both NEVER titles.
Check it out on NJPW World, folks.
Progress Chapter 55: Chase the Sun (September 10, 4PM GMT)
- Chief Deputy Dunne vs. Eddie Dennis vs. Jack Sexsmith vs. James Drake vs. Mark Andrews vs. "Flash" Morgan Webster vs. Strangler Davis vs. Zack Gibson (Progress World Championship #1 Contender's Scramble Match)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. has an open challenge
- Jimmy Havoc vs. Mark Haskins (Deathmatch)
- Dahlia Black vs. Toni Storm (c) (Progress Women's Championship)
- Matt Riddle (c) vs. Timothy Thatcher vs. WALTER (Progress Atlas Division Championship)
- #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) vs. British Strong Style (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (c) (Progress Tag Team Championship Ladder Match)
- Pete Dunne (c) vs. Travis Banks (Progress World Championship)
The moment is here! Progress are in London's Alexandra Palace for their biggest show of the year and it is a doozy, folks. Travis Banks looks to finally overcome Pete Dunne and secure his spot as Progress World Champion, #CCK have a chance to take the tag titles back in ladder match action, we have a technical wrestling three-way of biblical proportions, a southern hemisphere clash for the women's title, Havoc and Haskins in a deathmatch, Sabre with an open challenge, a SCRAMBLE...
I don't like to play this card lightly, but if there isn't SOMETHING on this card to excite you, well, it might be you, folks.
Tickets, as always, are long since sold out for a main chapter show, but you can have a crack at the official ticket resale site or just wait with the rest of us for this bad boy to go up on Demand Progress.
Free matches here!
Crazy Pain (Gringo Loco & Steve Pain) & Skayde, Jr. vs. DJ Z, Matt Cross, & Laredo Kid
From the fine folks over at AIW, we've got some of their trademark lucha libre action this week. A six-man tag featuring a host of AIW mainstays and Skayde, Jr., check it out!
Matt Cross vs. Shane Strickland
From the good people over at Battle Club Pro, we've got another match from their most recent show. This time the Defy Championship is in play as Shane Strickland goes one-on-one with Matt Cross. Enjoy!
Jeff Cobb vs. Luster the Legend
Time to check in on APW Weekly again, folks, because this time they've put up the APW Universal Championship match from Bay Area Bash. Jeff Cobb defends against Luster the Legend, check it out!
AAW Defining Moment (August 31)
- PACO over Connor Braxton
- Jeff Cobb over Joey Janela
- ACH & Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over Colt Cabana & Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry)
- Matt Riddle over Shane Strickland
- Keith Lee over AR Fox and Trevor Lee
- Penta el Zero M (c) over Brian Cage to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
- Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) over OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) to retain the AAW Tag Team Championship
- Cody Rhodes over DJ Z
- Rey Fenix over Sami Callihan (c) to win the AAW Heavyweight Championship (Title vs. Mask Match)
A Defining Moment indeed, as Rey Fenix retained his mask and added gold to it, ending Sami Callihan's reign of terror as AAW Heavyweight Champion at long last. Plus, since I couldn't hype 'em up in advance owing to so much of the card being kept secret, let's get excited about that Lee/Fox/Lee triple threat and Riddle/Strickland, shall we? Oh, and one more thing-- Scarlet and Graves and OI4K have already signed for a TLC rematch next month!
Check it out when it goes up on Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.
wXw Fan Appreciation Night (September 1)
- Die Keiler (Jan Dietrich & Veit Mueller) over Julian Nero & Toni Harting
- Francis Kaspin over Dirty Dragan
- A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) over RISE (Lucky Kid & Pete Bouncer)
- Bobby Gunns over Timothy Thatcher
- Ilja Dragunov over the Avalanche to become #1 contender to the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (Street Fight)
- Ivan Kiev over David Starr (c) and Flip Gordon to win the wXw Shotgun Championship
- "Bad Bones" John Klinger (c) over Jurn Simmons to retain the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
It was a good night for RISE in Germany! Sure, they lost a tag match (down from a six-man with the injury of Tarkan Aslan), but their man Bad Bones kept the world title and Ivan Kiev wrenched David Starr's Shotgun Championship from him all the same. But they can't rest on their laurels, because the undefeatable Ilja Dragunov is right back on track for the title.
Check it out on wXwNOW!, folks.
Chikara King of Trios 2017 (September 1-3)
—Night One (September 1)—
- House Calamari (Chris Brookes, Elijah, & Kid Lykos) over House Bike Cops (Donald Kluger, Jasper Tippins, & Officer Warren Barksdale) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- House Rot (Frightmare, Hallowicked, & Kobald) over House Bodyslam (Emeritus Midnight, Michael Fynne, & Vasyl) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- House Seven Seas (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, & Merlok) over House Revival (Jody Fleisch, Johnny Moss, & Jonny Storm) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- House Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate) over House Whitewolf (A-Kid, Adam Chase, & Zayas) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- Casa Dorada (Cornelius Crummels, Juan Francisco de Coronado, & Sonny Defarge) over House Sport (Danny Boy Collins, James Mason, & Mal Sanders) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- House Furies (Fire Ant, Solo Darling, & Travis Huckabee) over House Fight Club (Kyle Fletcher, Millie McKenzie, & Omari) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- House Sendai Girls (Cassandra Miyagi, DASH Chisako, & Meiko Satomura) over House Xyberhawkx (Nytehawk, Razerhawk, & Sylverhawk) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
- House Throwback (Dasher Hatfield, Mark Angelosetti, & Simon Grimm) over House Attack (Chief Deputy Damian Dunne, Jim Obstruction, & Lee Obstruction) (King of Trios 2017 First Round Match)
—Night Two (September 2)—
- Ophidian over A-Kid, El Phantasmo, & Omari (Rey de Voladores 2017 Semifinal Match)
- Casa Dorada (Cornelius Crummels, Juan Francisco de Coronado, & Sonny Defarge) over House Calamari (Chris Brookes, Elijah, & Kid Lykos) (King of Trios 2017 Quarterfinal Match)
- Jody Fleisch over Chuck Mambo, Red Eagle, & Sylverhawk (Rey de Voladores 2017 Semifinal Match)
- House Sendai Girls (Cassandra Miyagi, DASH Chisako, & Meiko Satomura) over House Seven Seas (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, & Merlok) (King of Trios 2017 Quarterfinal Match)
- House Rot (Frightmare, Hallowicked, & Kobald) over House Furies (Fire Ant, Solo Darling, & Travis Huckablee) by disqualification (King of Trios 2017 Quarterfinal Match)
- Mike Quackenbush over Johnny Kidd (World of Sport Rules)
- House Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate) over House Throwback (Dasher Hatfield, Mark Angelosett, & Simon Grimm) (King of Trios 2017 Quarterfinal Match)
—Night Three (September 3)—
- House Sendai Girls (Cassandra Miyagi, DASH Chisako, & Meiko Satomura) over Casa Dorada (Cornelius Crummels, Juan Francisco de Coronado, & Sonny Defarge) (King of Trios 2017 Semifinal Match)
- House Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate) over House Rot (Frightmare, Hallowicked, & Kobald) by forfeit (King of Trios 2017 Semifinal Match)
- Officer Warren Barksdale over Chief Deputy Damian Dunne
- Fire Ant over Kobald
- Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.) over #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos), Adam Chase & Zayas, Brothers of Obstruction (Jim & Lee Obstruction), Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab, Emeritus Midnight & Vasyl, Millie McKenzie & Omari, the Furies (Solo Darling & Travis Huckabee), the Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Mark Angelosetti) (Tag Team Gauntlet Match)
- Merlok over Sylverhawk
- Ophidian over Jody Fleisch (Rey de Voladores Finals)
- House Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate) over House Sendai Girls (Cassandra Miyagi, DASH Chisako, & Meiko Satomura) (King of Trios 2017 Finals)
King of Trios is in the books again and, with a bit of surely welcome assistance from a forfeit victory after Frightmare was deemed unfit to compete due to Fire Ant's disqualification-worthy actions on Night Two, British Strong Style overcame last year's winners House Sendai Girls. Do note, however, that the Ophidian here who won Rey de Voladores is the man formerly known as the Whisper, who has adopted the snake man's identity following the events of Chikarasaurus Rex.
Rough cuts of all three shows are already up for streaming if you preorder the final VODs, so what are you waiting for, folks?
PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles (September 1-3)
—Stage One (September 1)—
- Dezmond Xavier over Brian Cage (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Marty Scurll over "Flash" Morgan Webster (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Rey Fenix over Rey Horus (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Chosen Bros (Jeff Cobb & Matt Riddle) over Donovan Dijak & Keith Lee
- Penta el Zero M over Matt Sydal (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Jonah Rock (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Ricochet over Flamita (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
—Stage Two (September 2)—
- Donovan Dijak over Trevor Lee (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Sammy Guevara over Joey Janela (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Travis Banks over Mark Haskins (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- LDRS (Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre, Jr.) over Matt Sydal & Ricochet
- Jeff Cobb over Sami Callihan (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Matt Riddle over Michael Elgin (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- Keith Lee over WALTER (2017 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match)
- The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) over Flamita & Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix)
—Final Stage (September 3)—
- Ricochet over Dezmond Xavier (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Quarterfinal Match)
- Travis Banks over Marty Scurll (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Quarterfinal Match)
- Keith Lee over Donovan Dijak (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Quarterfinal Match)
- Rey Fenix over Zack Sabre, Jr. (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Quarterfinal Match)
- Jeff Cobb over Sammy Guevara (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Quarterfinal Match)
- Matt Riddle over Penta el Zero M (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Quarterfinal Match)
- Ricochet over Travis Banks (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Semifinal Match)
- Keith Lee over Rey Fenix (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Semifinal Match)
- Jeff Cobb over Matt Riddle (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Semifinal Match)
- Chuck Taylor, Flamita, Joey Janela, Mark Haskins, & "Flash" Morgan Webster over Brian Cage, Jonah Rock, Sami Callihan, Trevor Lee, & WALTER (Tomato Camper Memorial Ten-Man Tag Team Match)
- Ricochet over Jeff Cobb and Keith Lee (2017 Battle of Los Angeles Finals)
It's BOLA, do I REALLY need to sell y'all on this? Alright, I guess if I have to... for starters, we got what is likely the last Lee/Dijak match for some time (since Tall Don has reported to the Performance Center and all), Chuck Taylor won the Tomato Camper Memorial Ten Man Tag Team Match and denied Trevor Lee's dream to get all of his teammates GFW contracts, and Ricochet eked out a win by hook and crook over two behemoths to set the stage for one last showdown with his long-time rival for the PWG World Championship.
Blu-Ray and DVD preorders are open, and you can do that right here if you like.
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.