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.
AAW Dia de los Luchadores (Oct. 26, 7:30PM Central)
- DJ Z & Trey Miguel vs. WRSTLING (Jeff Cobb & Trevor Lee)
- Rey Fenix vs. Sammy Guevara
- Bandido & Flamita vs. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett)
- Kimber Lee & Scarlett vs. Kylie Rae & Marti Belle
- LA Park vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Firefox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) vs. WRSTLING (David Starr & Eddie Kingston) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)
AAW are back in Merrionette Park, Illinois and oh my god, MJF is gonna die, isn’t he? He’s an incredibly talented young man, but against the Chairman himself?! It’s going to be the fight of his life, to say the very least. Plus two exciting WRSTLING tags against vet/up-and-comer pairings, Bandido and Flamita against two of the best the midwest has to offer, and more!
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.
Action Wrestling (Oct. 26, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Alan Angels & O’Shay Edwards vs. Lynch Mob (Joey & Matt Lynch)
- Arik Royal vs. Matt Kenway
- Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) vs. Chris Spectra & Kevin Blue
- Cam Carter vs. Ike Cross (Action Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Billy Buck vs. Slim J (Action Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- AC Mack vs. James Bandy II (Action Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Cain Justice vs. Fred Yehi (Action Championship Tournament First Round Match)
Action are back in Tyrone, Georgia, and this time they’re paired up with the Bloom Closet to provide shoes to foster children. Plus, they’re running the first round of their tournament to crown a champion. As always it’s a great opportunity to see the finest up-and-coming talent the south has to offer, and for a good cause, so why not check it out and find a new favorite or two, folks?
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Powerbomb.tv on VOD.
CMLL Super Viernes (Oct. 26, 9:30PM Eastern)
- El Sagrado & Misterioso, Jr. vs. Principe Diamante & Star, Jr.
- Drone, Fuego, & Pegasso vs. Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo, Jr. & Polvora) & Okumura
- Black Panther vs. Cuatrero vs. El Audaz vs. Esfinge vs. Forastero vs. Flyer vs. Guerrero Maya, Jr. vs. Kawato San vs. Templario vs. Tiger vs. Triton vs. Virus (Rey del Inframundo #1 Contender’s Cibernetico)
- Angel de Oro, Mistico, & Niebla Roja vs. Dark Magic & La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas)
- Caristico, Diamante Azul, & El Valiente vs. Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring, El Terrible, & Rush)
CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and we’ve got another cibernetico on our hands as we look to crown a challenger for Sanson’s title as Rey del Inframundo! Plus a couple hype-looking trios matches and this is a Friday night to set aside some time for lucha, folks.
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.
PCW Ultra Possessed (Oct. 26, 8:30PM Pacific)
- Chris Bey vs. Eli Everfly vs. Jake Atlas vs. Marko Stunt (PCW Ultra Light Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Scramble Match)
- Daga vs. Hammerstone
- Brody King vs. Puma King
- Abyss & Sinn Bodhi vs. Warbeast (Fatu & Josef) (c) (PCW Ultra Tag Team Championship)
- Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland (c) (PCW Ultra Light Heavyweight Championship)
- Priscilla Kelly vs. Tessa Blanchard (c) (PCW Ultra Women’s Championship)
- Penta el Zero M (c) vs. “Darewolf” PJ Black (PCW Ultra Heavyweight Championship)
PCW Ultra are back in Wilmington, California and they’ve got another of their trademark tight-but-star-studded cards lined up for us. From a taste of Evolve by way of Allin/Strickland, to battle of Kings, to a technical showcase in Daga/Hammerstone, to some top shelf women’s action in TPK/Blanchard, this has a little bit of everything, folks.
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits PCW On Demand, folks.
Chikara La Loteria Letal (Oct. 27, 3PM Eastern)
- La Loteria Letal Tournament Matches
- Green Ant II vs. Volgar
- Danjerhawk (c) vs. Still Life with Apricots and Pears (Chikara Young Lions Cup)
- Dasher Hatfield (c) vs. Sloan Caprice (Chikara Interim Grand Championship)
Chikara are back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they’re bringing one of pro wrestling’s best, most underused concepts back-- the lethal lottery! Eight randomly paired tag teams will be competing for a chance to earn three points, but that’s not all! We’ve got two title defenses on deck as well, as Danjerhawk defends against one-half of BLANK’s Noveau Aesthetic and Dasher Hatfield puts his interim title on the line against half of the campeonatos de parejas.
Get your tickets here or check it out on Chikaratopia, folks.
AAA Heroes Inmortales (Oct. 28, 8PM Eastern)
- Faby Apache (c) vs. Keyra vs. Starfire vs. ??? (AAA Reina de Reinas Championship)
- Aerostar, Drago, & Laredo Kid vs. Mamba, Maximo, & Pimpinela Escarlata vs. Nuevo Poder del Norte (Carta Brava, Jr., Mocho Cota, Jr., & Tito Santana II)
- Bandido & Flamita vs. Rey Escorpion & Texano, Jr. (c) vs. Z & E (Andrew Everett & DJ Z) (AAA World Tag Team Championship)
- Angelikal vs. Averno vs. Australian Suicide vs. Chessman vs. Dragon Bane vs. Hijo del Fantasma vs. Hijo del Vikingo vs. La Mascara vs. La Parka vs. La Parka Negra vs. Nino Hamburguesa vs. Pagano vs. Super Fly (2018 Copa Antonio Pena)
- Killer Kross & ??? vs. Psycho Circus (Murder & Psycho Clowns)
- Jeff Jarrett vs. Rey Wagner (Hair vs. Hair Match)
AAA are back with their next big show and the big star attraction here, beyond Jarrett and Wagner clashing with their hair on the line, has gotta be that triple threat for the AAA World Tag Team Championship. Gonna be some wild stuff! Plus this year’s Copa Antonio Pena is a lot more manageable after last year’s trios abomination, so it should be a solid show overall.
Check it out on AAA’s Twitch channel, folks.
Progress Chapter 77: Pumpkin Spice Progress (Oct. 28)
- Isla Dawn vs. Millie McKenzie
- Mark Andrews vs. Paul Robinson
- Timothy Thatcher vs. Tyler Bate
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (c) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) vs. the 198 (“Flash” Morgan Webster & Wild Boar) (Progress World Tag Team Championship)
- Trent Seven (c) vs. ??? (Progress Atlas Division Championship Open Challenge)
- WALTER (c) vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. (Progress World Championship)
Progress are back in London, England and following right up on Wembley in the best way they can-- by having Zack Sabre, Jr. take his Super Strong Style 16 winner’s title shot! Plus Trent Seven defends his Atlas title in an open challenge, Aussie Open have to contend with the two other finalists in the Thunderbastard, a bit of Thatcher/Bate, and more!
Tickets, as always with main Chapter shows in normal-sized venues are sold out, but you can have a crack at the official ticket resale site or check it out when it hits Demand Progress with the rest of us schlubs, folks.
WWR Pro vs. the World (Oct. 28, 2PM Eastern)
- Alisha Edwards vs. Davienne vs. Oceanea vs. Skylar
- Harlow O’Hara vs. Thunder Rosa
- Jessica Troy vs. Penelope Ford
- Karen Q vs. Zoe Lucas
- Indi Hartwell & Tessa Blanchard vs. Solo Darling & Willow Nightingale
- LuFisto vs. Shazza McKenzie
- Jazz vs. Jordynne Grace
- Alpha Female vs. Kimber Lee
Beyond’s sister promotion Women’s Wrestling Revolution Pro are in Long Island to serve up a platter of the finest women’s indie action to serve as appetizer to WWE’s first all-women’s pay-per-view Evolution. And what a platter it is, with a rematch of one of the most hype matches from last year’s Mae Young Classic in the form of Jazzy “Alpha Female” Gabert vs. Kimber “Abbey Laith” Lee, a clash between an absolute legend in Jazz and one of the finest of the new school in Jordynne Grace, and so much more.
Get your tickets here or check it out live on Powerbomb.tv, folks.
Beyond It’s Alive! (Oct. 31, 8PM Eastern)
- David Starr & ??? vs. Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA)
- Chris Dickinson vs. Jimmy Jacobs
- Harlow O’Hara vs. Kimber Lee
- Kris Stadtlander vs. Matt Cross
- Josh Briggs vs. Luchasaurus
- G-Raver vs. Nick Gage (Thumbtack Deathmatch)
- Stokely Hathaway vs. Ultramantis Black
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet
And if MJF makes it out alive against LA Park, he’s gotta face PCO in Worcester, Massachusetts on Halloween! Plus Stokely Hathaway finds himself in a rare singles contest, G-Raver and Nick Gage are gonna get appropriately bloody in the spirit of the holiday, and the Ace has himself a mystery partner to take on Hot Wheelz, and it’s a hell of a way to spend your Halloween night, folks.
Get your tickets here or check it out live on Powerbomb.tv, if you will.
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Bobby Gunns vs. Ilja Dragunov
From the fine folks over at wXw in Germany, a rare full match from them that doesn’t have a short-term time limit attached to it, and what a match it is! Gunns and Dragunov go to war to crown an interim wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion, and what an electric atmosphere they do it in! This one is special, folks. Do. Not. Miss. It.
Wrestle Queendom 2018
Yes, folks, a free full women’s show from Pro Wrestling: EVE right on the eve (pun not intended but welcome) of Evolution. Featuring Aja Kong vs. Viper, Meiko Satomura vs. Kay Lee Ray, and a WarGames match, you don’t want to miss this. Check it out!
Millennium Throwbacks vs. Raiders of the Beyond
From the good people over at Chikara, we’ve got some tournament action from this year’s King of Trios. Beyond’s invading team of Brian Milonas, Cam Zagami, and Chris Dickinson take on Chikara originals Dasher Hatfield, his son Boomer, and Grand Champion “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti, enjoy!
NOVA Pro Sadie Hawkins Invitational (Oct. 19)
- Ray Vex over Leo Kirby (c) to win the CPW Mid-Atlantic Championship
- Josh Fuller wins a 12-man battle royal
- Harlow O’Hara over Rachael Ellering to qualify for the Sadie Hawkins Invitational
- POP Culture (Jason Cade & Veda Scott) over Work Yourself Into a Shoot (John Kermon & Jordan Blade) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- AristoKats (Allie Kat & Maxwell Jacob Friedman) over Bad & Boujee (Logan Easton LaRoux & Penelope Ford) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- Breaux and the Babe (Breaux Keller & Willow Nightingale) over We Have Everyone Including Each Other (Harlow O’Hara & Kevin Blackwood) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- Booty and the Ace (Arik Royal & Faye Jackson) over Murder Dino Kill (Nick Gage & Terra Calaway) by disqualification (Sadie Hawkins Invitational First Round Match)
- Brian Johnson over Isaiah Frazier
- Sage Philips over Cain Justice, Harlem Bravado, and Travis Huckabee
- Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) over Ugly Ducklings (Tornado Tag Team Match)
- Tim Donst (c) over Pierre Carl Ouellet to retain the AIW Intense Championship
- Booty and the Ace (Arik Royal & Faye Jackson) over AristoKats (Allie Kat & Maxwell Jacob Friedman), Breaux and the Babe (Breaux Keller & Willow Nightingale), and POP Culture (Jason Cade & Veda Scott) (Sadie Hawkins Invitational Elimination Finals)
NOVA Pro always do their best to deliver, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than on a show like this one, where travel woes took out a good quarter of the tournament field before it even began. But they were able to fill the gaps with ease and put on a hell of a show for everybody. Notable happenings here you can’t gleam from the results include Fuller winning his battle royal by hiding under the ring until everyone else left, earning himself a match against Hornswoggle, Murder Dino Kill getting DQ’d because Calaway refused the referee’s instructions during a beatdown, Capitol Vices making the save for Frazier post-match, and Faye won the day for her team by putting Scott away with Arik Royal’s very own Space Jam to close the show and win the tournament.
Check it out when the VOD hits Powerbomb.tv, folks.
PWG Smokey and the Bandido (Oct. 19)
- Trevor Lee over Darby Allin
- Puma King over Flamita & Rey Horus
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Hechicero
- Bandido over Rey Fenix
- Timothy Thatcher over Brody King
- The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) over LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) to retain the PWG World Tag Team Championship
- Jeff Cobb over WALTER (c) to win the PWG World Championship
So, no farewell from Bandido as far as I can tell, but hey, new champion! Plus Lee/Allin sounds ridiculously entertaining, as Darby worked a significant portion of the match with his hands duct taped together behind his back, but didn’t let it stop him from engaging in his usual high-flying offense.
You can preorder the DVD from PWG’s website, folks.
DDT Ryogoku Peter Pan 2018 (Oct. 21)
- Nobuhiro Shimatani over 5th Tiger Mask, Gorgeous Matsuno, Gota Ihashi, Gundan Hitori, Hoshitango, Michael Wolf, Monster Halloween, Shota, and Yumehito Imanari (Time Difference Battle Royal)
- MiraClians (Shoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki) & Mizuki over Mina Shirakawa, Miyu Yamashita, & Yuki Kamifuku
- DAMNATION (Mad Paulie, Soma Takao, & Tetsuya Endo) (c) over DISASTER BOX (Kazuki Hirata, Toru Owashi, & Yuki Ueno) to retain the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Chapionship
- Shuten Doji (KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi) over Antonio Honda & “Speedball” Mike Bailey, Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda, Keisuke Okuda & Tanomusaku Toba, Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga, and RENEGADES (Jason Kincaid & Mizuki Watase) (Tag Team Gauntlet Match)
- Cassandra Miyagi & Meiko Satomura over Maki Ito & Saki Akai
- Strong Hearts (Duan Yingnan, El Lindaman, & T-Hawk) over ALL OUT (Akito, Shunma Katsumata, & Yuki Ino)
- Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata over Joey Ryan & Laura James
- Andreza Giant Panda over Super Sasadango Machine
- MAO over Sanshiro Takagi (Final Settlement Weapon Rumble Match)
- Team Dream Futures (Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie) over HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi
- CIMA over Konosuke Takeshita
- Daisuke Sasaki over Danshoku Dieno (c) to win the KO-D Openweight Championship
Folks, I really can’t wrap this one up any better than the fine folks over at Dramatic DDT, so let me link you up to them and leave you with this one simple thought-- the VOD release of this show was delayed significantly because the main event had to be re-edited due to an, uh... overabundance of Dieno, let’s call it.
Check it out, sans blatant exposure of the gentleman’s area, on DDT Universe.
NWA 70th Anniversary Show (Oct. 21)
- Sam Shaw over Colt Cabana, Sammy Guevara, and Scorpio Sky (NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Barrett Brown over Laredo Kid
- Willie Mack over Jay Bradley, Mike Parrow, and Ricky Starks (NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Tim Storm over Peter Avalon
- Jazz (c) over Penelope Ford to retain the NWA World Women’s Championship
- Willie Mack over Sam Shaw to win the vacant NWA National Heavyweight Championship (Tournament Finals)
- War Kings (Crimson & Jax Dane) over Kingdom of Jocephus (Crazzy Steve & Shannon Moore) (No Rules Tag Team Match)
- Nick “Magnus” Aldis over Cody Rhodes (c) to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2/3 Falls Match)
We’ve covered the big beats from this one pretty thoroughly, so I’m not going to add a lot, except to suggest that Barrett Brown’s victory here is a real good sign-- it wasn’t that long ago that the NWA had a World Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Barrett’s got the right stuff to hold that mantle should it be the next one Billy and co bring back.
Check the replay out on FITE, folks.
PWX Monsters Among Us (Oct. 21)
- Serpentico over Saieve Al Sabah to qualify for the X16
- Darius Lockhart (c) over Mason Myles to retain the PWX iTV Championship
- Tracer X over Drew Adler to qualify for the X16
- Harlem Bravado over Slim J
- Jason Cade over Dutch
- WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James Drake) over Monster Squad (Billy Brash & Joshua Cutshall) to be #1 contenders to the PWX World Tag Team Championship
- Elijah Evans IV (c) over David Starr, John Skyler, and WALTER to retain the PWX World Heavyweight Championship
Two participants confirmed for next year’s X16 and two matches that ended in controversy, folks. Jason Cade’s victory over Dutch came when he was about ready to shoot murder the man with a sledgehammer, with Darius Lockhart throwing in the towel for the cameraman, and Elijah Evans IV retained by, you guessed it, being a sneaky snake and low-blowing David Starr to steal the win.
Check it out when it hits the Highspots Wrestling Network, 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.