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 (Oct. 19, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Cancerbero & El Coyote vs. Pegasso & Stigma
- Dark Magic & La Peste Negra (El Felino & Negro Casas) vs. Diamante Azul, Mistico, & Valiente
- Angel de Oro vs. Black Panther vs. Blue Panther, Jr. vs. Dragon Rojo, Jr. vs. Espanto, Jr. vs. Luciferno vs. Misterioso, Jr. vs. Niebla Roja vs. Stuka, Jr. vs. Templario (Torneo Copa Halcon Suriano)
- Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Euforia, & Panterita del Ring vs. Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, Mascara Ano 2000, & Sanson)
- Barbaro Cavernario & Los Ingobernables (El Terrible & Rush) vs. Caristico, David Finlay, & Penta el Zero M
CMLL are back for your regularly scheduled Friday night dose of lucha libre action from the legendary Arena Mexico, and it’s a big one this week because they’re celebrating 40 years of Blue Panther in the business! As a result, it’s an incredibly stacked show, with a tournament, a rare atomicos match for the anniversary cat himself, and that main event!
Check it out, as always, free for nothin’ on Marca Claro, folks, and the VOD will go up on CMLL’s YouTube channel (where they also stream shows every Monday and Tuesday free of charge) after the fact for those of you who can’t watch live.
Freelance It Came From Under the Ring (Oct. 19, 9PM Central)
- Halloween Battle Royal
- Bu Ku Dao vs Danger Mask vs. GPA vs. Jaden Spade vs. Kenny Sutra vs. Matt Lancie vs. Space Monkey vs. Tony Nas (Scramble Match)
- Alex Ohlson vs. Rickey Shane Page
- Arik Cannon vs. Darin Corbin vs. Eye Candy Elliott vs. Kobe Durst
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. “Manscout” Jake Manning
- Ashley Vox vs. Kylie Rae
- Caleb Konley vs. Craig Mitchell
- Isaias Velazquez & Stevie Fierce vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James Drake) (c) (Freelance Tag Team Championship)
Freelance are back in Chicago, Illinois and it’s time. IT’S TIME! IT’S HALLOWEEN BATTLE ROYAL TIME!
No joke, this is one of my most anticipated matches of the year, folks, because it’s a royal rumble full of indie dudes dressed up as other wrestlers. You never know who’s gonna show up! Plus the rest of the card is pretty cool, with obvious highlights including a scramble full of folks from WildKat Sports, Ashley Vox debuting against Kylie Rae, and that dream tag main event.
Glory Pro #NoNewFriends Unsanctioned (Oct. 19, 8PM Central)
- Barackus vs. Jake Something
- DJ Z vs. Hakim Zane
- Myron Reed & Stephen Wolf vs. Riegel Twins (Logan & Sterling Riegel)
- Curt Stallion vs. Marko Stunt (Texas Bullrope Match)
- No New Friends (Danny Adams, Kevin Lee Davidson, & Mike Outlaw) vs. New World Order (Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton, & Syxx)
Glory Pro are in Sauget, Illinois and No New Friends have taken over! Not only have they taken over, but they’ve managed to get the original takeover kings in town for a hype trios main event, but that’s not all that’s on offer. It’s an unsanctioned card, so no title matches, but Glory Pro’s champs will be in action, with Curt Stallion clashing with Mr. Fun Size Marko Stunt in a Texas Bullrope match and the Riegel Twins looking to impress against United Glory champs Reed & Wolf!
NOVA Pro Sadie Hawkins Invitational (Oct. 19, 8PM Eastern)
- Brian Johnson vs. Isaiah Frazier
- POP Culture (Jason Cade & Veda Scott) vs. Trouble From Another Planet (Aja Perera & Fred Yehi) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- Booty and the Ace (Arik Royal & Faye Jackson) vs. Murder Dino Kill (Nick Gage & Terra Calaway) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- A Very Attractive Tag Team (Barbie Hayden & Breaux Keller) vs. Team ThiCCK (Jonathan Gresham & Jordynne Grace) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- Aristokats (Allie Kat & Maxwell Jacob Friedman) vs. Arlington Blondes (Logan Easton LaRoux & Penelope Ford) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- Harlow O’Hara vs. Rachael Ellering
- Pierre Carl Ouellet vs. Tim Donst
- Sadie Hawkins Invitational Four-Way Elimination Finals
NOVA Pro are back in Annandale, Virginia, and it’s ladies’ choice night! Eight of NOVA’s finest female competitors has selected a partner for this intergender tournament, and you can see that the choices range from the obvious (POP Culture and Team ThiCCK), to the sublime (Murder Dino Kill, and the Aristokats). Plus some big non-tourney matches, as Coach Gator’s new favorite goes one on one with Isaiah Frazier, Sadkampf clash with the Ducks, and safety will be last as PCO and Tim Donst go to war!
PWG Smokey and the Bandido (Oct. 19, 8PM Pacific)
- Flamita vs. Puma King vs. Rey Horus
- Brody King vs. Timothy Thatcher
- Darby Allin vs. Trevor Lee
- Bandido vs. Rey Fenix
- Hechicero vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) (PWG World Tag Team Championship)
- Jeff Cobb vs. WALTER (c) (PWG World Championship)
PWG are back in Los Angeles and uh-oh, a wrestler’s name is in the title of the event. That usually means a farewell... but in this case I think Super Dragon’s just paying tribute to the late, great Burt Reynolds because Bandido is currently booked for some events WrestleMania weekend. Anything can change, of course, but for now I don’t think he’s going anywhere. And why should he, with shows like this? The match I’m going to go out of my way to highlight is Hechicero/Sabre-- Hechicero is one of the best grapplers in all of Mexico, ZSJ’s skill is well-known, and together they’re going to make some technical wrestling magic.
Tickets, amazingly, are still available as I write this (right here), but if you miss out, you can always preorder the DVD, folks.
WR Tales From the Ring (Oct. 20, 8PM Central)
- Colt Cabana vs. “Manscout” Jake Manning
- Jimmy Jacobs vs. JT Dunn
- Ace Romero vs. Marko Stunt
- David Starr vs. Rich Swann vs. Trey Miguel
- Pierre Carl Ouellet vs. WALTER
- Ace Austin (c) vs. Andy Dalton vs. Caleb Konley vs. Clayton Gainz vs. Madman Fulton vs. Pat Monix vs. Ron Mathis vs. Steve Manders (Revolver Open Invite Scramble Championship)
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Night Ryderz (Alex Colon & Dustin Rayz) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) (Revolver Tag Team Championship)
- Jason Cade, Palmer, Shane Strickland, & ??? vs. Larry D & OI4K (Dave Crist, Jake Crist, & Sami Callihan) (Cage of Horrors Match)
Wrestling Revolver are in Des Moines, Iowa, and they’re bringing you a rematch of one of the most sensational matches of the year in PCO vs. WALTER! Plus an eight-man Cage of Horrors main event, their trademark open invite scramble, and a true David and Goliath matchup in Romero vs. Stunt.
Alpha-1 Another Long Halloween (Oct. 21, 4PM Eastern)
- Gregory Iron vs. PUF
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- BMD (c) vs. Eric Cairnie vs. Justin Sane vs. Mark Wheeler vs. Matt Knicks vs. Pat Monix (A1 Outer Limits Championship)
- Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) vs. the Frat vs. Western Med Connection (Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham & Jim Nye) (A1 Tag Team Championship Elimination Match)
- Kobe Durst vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet vs. Rickey Shane Page (A1 Alpha Male Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Alessandro del Bruno vs. Josh Briggs (c) (A1 Zero Gravity Championship)
- DJ Z vs. Josh Alexander (c) (A1 Alpha Male Championship)
Alpha-1 are back in Hamilton, Ontario and they’re setting the stage for Final Act at the end of the year. The winner of the #1 contender’s match will go on to face the Alpha Male Champion at the big one, plus a grudge match between All Ego and MJF and Stokely Hathaway stacking the deck against BMD for the Outer Limits title.
Get your tickets at the door or check it out LIVE on Powerbomb.tv, folks.
DDT Ryogoku Peter Pan 2018 (Oct. 21, 2AM Eastern, 11PM Pacific)
- 5th Tiger Mask vs. Gorgeous Matsuno vs. Gota Ihashi vs. Gundan Hitori vs. Hoshitango vs. Michael Wolf vs. Monster Halloween vs. Nobuhiro Shimatani vs. Shota vs. Yumehito Imanari (Time Difference Battle Royal)
- Mina Shirakawa, Miyu Yamashita, & Yuki Kamifuku vs. Mizuki, Shoko Nakajima, & Yuka Sakazaki
- Kazuki Hirata, Toru Owashi, & Yuki Ueno vs. Mad Paulie, Soma Takao, & Tetsuya Endo (c) (KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship)
- Antonio Honda & “Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. Jason Kincaid & Mizuki Watase vs. Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda vs. Keisuke Okuda & Tanomusaku Toba vs. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi vs. Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga (Tag Team Gauntlet Match)
- Cassandra Miyagi & Meiko Satomura vs. Maki Ito & Saki Akai
- Akito, Shunma Katsumata, & Yuki Iino vs. El Lindaman, T-Hawk, & Tian Yunan
- Joey Ryan & Laura James vs. Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata
- Andreza Giant Panda vs. Super Sasadango Machine
- MAO vs. Sanshiro Takagi (Final Settlement Weapon Rumble)
- HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie
- CIMA vs. Konosuke Takeshita
- Daisuke Sasaki vs. Danshoku Dieno (c) (KO-D Openweight Championship)
It’s time for DDT’s biggest show of the year! Cards on the table, folks, I don’t follow DDT very closely at all, so I can’t give a huge amount of exposition here, but keep an eye on Dramatic DDT, who should have a preview up by the weekend. If you’re looking to dip your toes into DDT, this is as good as spot as any, like tuning into New Japan for Wrestle Kingdom or WWE for WrestleMania.
You can do so on DDT Universe.
NWA 70th Anniversary Show (Oct. 21, 7:05PM Eastern)
- Jay Bradley vs. Mike Parrow vs. Ricky Starks vs. Willie Mack (NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal)
- Colt Cabana vs. Sam Shaw vs. Sammy Guevara vs. Scorpio Sky (NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal)
- Barrett Brown vs. Laredo Kid
- Crimson & Jax Dane vs. Kingdom of Jocephus
- Peter Avalon vs. Tim Storm
- Penelope Ford vs. Jazz (c) (NWA World Women’s Championship)
- ??? vs. ??? (NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals)
- Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Nick “Magnus” Aldis (NWA World Heavyweight Championship 2/3 Falls Match)
The National Wrestling Alliance is in Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate 70 years in business and they’ve got a hell of a card lined up. Two more titles return to the fold, with the recognition of Jazz’s women’s title as well as the resurrection of the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, plus the rematch between Cody and Magnus and a slate of undercard matches to boot! Most exciting of those, for me, is Barrett Brown vs. Laredo Kid, two great high flyers that should go great together and make a lot of fans.
PWX Monsters Among Us (Oct. 21, 3PM Eastern)
- Harlem Bravado vs. Slim J
- Dutch vs. Jason Cade
- Saieve Al Sabah vs. Serpentico (X16 Qualifying Match)
- Monster Squad (Billy Brash & Joshua Cutshall) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James D. Drake)
- Darius Lockhart (c) vs. Mason Myles (PWX iTV Championship)
- Drew Adler vs. Tracer X (X16 Qualifying Match)
- David Starr vs. Elijah Evans IV (c) vs. John Skyler vs. WALTER (PWX World Heavyweight Championship)
PWX are back in Concord, North Carolina, and they’ve got a huge main event lined up, literally! WALTER makes his debut in four-way action for Elijah Evans IV’s crown! Plus two X16 qualifiers and cameraman Dutch getting his revenge on Jason Cade by challenging him to a fair fight inside the squared circle!
Free matches here!
Beyond Americanrana ‘18
To celebrate reaching ONE MILLION subscribers on YouTube, the fine folks over at Beyond Wrestling have seen fit to release the whole of Americanrana ‘18! Featuring Matt Tremont & Nick Gage vs. Matt Riddle & Tom Lawlor, a Chikara atomicos, Hot Sauce vs. Wheeler YUTA, Brian Cage vs. PCO, and an absolutely wild no rope barbed wire main event between David Starr and Joey Janela to determine the ace of Beyond once and for all, don’t miss it!
The Production vs. Weird World Experience
From the good people over at AIW, we’ve got some hot and fresh up-and-comers for your consideration. It’s atomicos action as the Production meed the combined forces of the Weird World and the Philly-Marino Experience, check it out and find some new favorites!
Daga vs. Hechicero
From the folks over at +LuchaTV, we’ve got some top-shelf technical wrestling action for you, folks. Hechicero takes on Daga for Lucha Memes, check it out!
AAW Austin 10:12 (Oct. 12)
- Laredo Kid over Jason Cade
- Curt Stallion over PACO and Stephen Wolf
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over Extra Talent-ed (Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks)
- Trevor Lee (c) over Rich Swann to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
- AR Fox & Myron Reed over the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
- Andy Dalton over Barrett Brown, Fuego del Sol, J Serious, Kody Lane, and Ryan Davidson (Scramble Match)
- Kylie Rae over Thunder Rosa
- Brody King & Jimmy Jacobs over Darby Allin & Sami Callihan
- ACH over Eddie Kingston
ACH continues on the warpath against WRSTLING title or no title, Trevor Lee creeps ever closer to a year as Heritage Champion, and AAW Heavyweight Champion and his regular partner in crime Jimmy Jacobs prevailed over the reunited Uncle John’s Friends, but best of all, this bad boy was streamed live on Twitch!
Chikara Piano Lessons Can Be Murder (Oct. 13)
- Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge over Boomer & Dasher Hatfield
- Ophidian over Frightmare
- Team FIST (Icarus & Tony Deppen) over Danjerhawk & Penelope Ford
- Blanche Babish, Jeremy Leary, & Lucas Calhoun vs. Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator, Frantik, & Volgar) went to a no-contest.
- Juan Francisco de Coronado over Cam Carter
- Solo Darling & the Colony (Fire, Green II, & Thief Ants) over Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, Merlok, & Oceanea
- The Closers (Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice) (c) over Beast Warriors (Oleg the Usurper & Proletariat Boar of Moldova) to retain the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas
Chikara gave us a preview of La Loteria Letal as Danjerhawk came up short with his randomly selected tag partner, the Bad Girl herself, Penelope Ford (in a match that earned Team FIST a third point, however as each of their victories have come with different combinations, it’ll take some convincing to get Director of Fun Bryce Remsburg to let them cash in), the Closers retained to be the team the randomly selected team that wins said lethal lottery will challenge against, the Proteus Wheel’s trios match went to hell when the locker room opened up and joined the fray, and both Coronado and Ophidian begin their roads to title shots with strong victories.
Check it out on Chikaratopia, folks.
CZW Better Than Our Best (Oct. 13)
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) over David Starr to retain the CZW World Heavyweight Championship
- John Silver over Drago
- Jordan Oliver over Blackwater (c) to win the CZW Wired Championship
- Gary Jay over Jake Parnell
- Mitch Vallen over Conor Claxton (Home Run Derby Deathmatch)
- Desean Pratt vs. Joe Gacy went to a no-contest
- BLK OUT (BLK Jeez, Robby Mireno, & Ruckus) vs. Young, Dumb, N Broke (Charlie Tiger, Ellis Taylor, & Griffin McCoy) went to a no-contest
- Rickey Shane Page over Mance Warner to become #1 contender to the CZW World Heavyweight Championship
The main event for Cage of Death is set, folks-- the contracts are signed, it’s MJF vs. RSP inside of Cage of Death in the ECW Arena! Plus we’ve got a new CZW Wired Champion, there are a lot of no contests afoot, with FEAR striking and only Alex Reynolds standing tall after Pratt/Gacy, and the REP showing up to ruin YDNB’s night and claim that the only people getting to the BLK OUT are them.
An additional note, David Starr took his title shot first thing so he could hustle out the doors and make his flight to go to RevPro to wrestle KUSHIDA... only to find that not only was his flight canceled, but the ENTIRE AIRLINE went out of business without bothering to notify him. So hey, the man’s running a merch sale to recoup some of his lost earnings, why not check it out?
And as for the show, you can, of course, check it out on CZW Studios.
OTT Fourth Year Anniversary / Defiant 2 (Oct. 13-14)
—Fourth Year Anniversary (Oct. 13)—
- LJ Cleary (c) over Gino Gambino, Paddy M, Raven Creed, and Rocky Romero to retain the OTT Gender Neutral Championship
- Kings of the North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin) (c) over More Than Hype (Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin) to retain the OTT Tag Team Championship
- Hirooki Goto & Sean Guinness over Michael May & Satoshi Kojima
- Scotty Davis over Mark Davis
- Gymnasties (Justy, Liam Royal, & Sammy D) over Angel Cruzers (Angel Cruz & B Cool) & Jimmy Havoc
- Tomohiro Ishii over KUSHIDA
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito) over Bandido, Flamita, & Shane Strickland
- Minoru Suzuki over Timothy Thatcher
- WALTER (c) over Will Ospreay
—Defiant 2 (Oct. 14)—
- Contenders Pre-show: Curtis Murray over Terry Thatcher (c) to win the NLW Heavyweight Championship
- Contenders Pre-show: Sean Guinness over Flamita
- Contenders Pre-show: Shane Strickland over Bandido
- Kasey Owens & Lana Austin over Amy Allonsy & Debbie Keitel
- Emi Sakura over Jetta and Katey Harvey
- Jordynne Grace over Kay Lee Ray
- Viper over Valkyrie
- Raven Creed over Sammii Jayne (c) to win the OTT Women’s Championship
A big weekend for OTT indeed! New Japan talent won the day by and large, although WALTER was able to swat Will Ospreay aside and retain his title, and Chaos mainstay Rocky Romero fell short in his attempt to claim the Gender Neutral Championship. Plus a new women’s champion, Jimmy Havoc of all people hooking up with the Angel Cruzers, and a big win for Jordynne Grace.
Check it out on when it hits OTT On Demand, folks.
NJPW / RPW Global Wars UK (Oct. 14)
- KUSHIDA over Kurtis Chapman
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) over Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER)
- Great O-Kharn over Rishi Ghosh
- Tetsuya Naito over Chris Brookes
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Hirooki Goto
- Satoshi Kojima over Mark Davis
- El Phantasmo over Rocky Romero
- Chris Ridgeway over Will Ospreay
- Tomohiro Ishii over Minoru Suzuki (c) to win the RPW British Heavyweight Championship
See the CZW blurb above if you’re confused as to the lack of the Product on this one, folks, but aside from that it seems to have been a hell of a time. Perhaps nothing more exciting than Chris Ridgeway getting an absolutely huge win over Will Ospreay-- if you don’t know him yet, I bet you’re gonna know Chris real soon, because he’s great and this is a fantastic move by RevPro. Plus Ishii regained his crown, Bread Club reigns supreme, and ZSJ got one over on former NEVER Champ Goto.
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, 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.