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.
RPW Live at the Guildhall (Nov. 22, 7:30PM GMT)
- Great O-Kharn vs. Shane Taylor
- A-Kid vs. El Phantasmo
- Carlos Romo vs. Josh Bodom
- Darius Lockhart vs. David Starr
- ”Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. PAC
PAC is back and he’s wrestling “Speedball” Mike Bailey. ‘Nuff said!
AIW Hell on Earth 14 (Nov. 23, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney)
- Dominic Garrini vs. “All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Joshua Bishop vs. KTB
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Tracy Smothers
- LA Park vs. Nick Gage
- Matthew Justice vs. Tim Donst (c) (AIW Intense Championship)
- No Consquences (Chase Oliver & Tre LaMar) vs. the Production (Frankie Flynn & Magnum CK) (c) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
- Eddie Kingston vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) (AIW Absolute Championship)
As a series finale to a wise television show was once titled, all good things must come to an end. And so it is that both AIW’s tenure at their current #1 venue, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Cleveland, Ohio and Magnum CK’s wrestling career come to an end. For a deeper explanation of both situations, you can check out the latest episode of The Card Is Going to Change to find out about the venue, and read Magnum’s own Twitter thread about the circumstances leading to his retirement.
That said, this show? Bonkers! MJF vs. the legendary Tracy Smothers? Wacky! Park vs. Gage? Violent! Looks like it’s gonna be a lot of fun all told, folks.
CMLL Super Viernes (Nov. 23, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Akuma & Espanto, Jr. vs. Oro, Jr. & Super Astro, Jr.
- Black Panther, Blue Panther, Jr., & Fuego vs. Kawato San, Okumura, & Universo 2000, Jr.
- Dark Magic, Luciferno, & Vangellys vs. Soberano, Jr., Titan, & Triton
- Caristico, Mistico II, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto & Mephisto) & Penta el Zero M
- Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, Mascara Ano 2000, & Sanson) vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero) & Templario
- Barbaro Cavernario vs. King Phoenix (Torneo de la Leyenda de Plata Finals)
CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your usual dose of Friday night lucha libre action and oh my god yes that’s Cavernario vs. Fenix in the main event! That’s gonna be eighteen kinds of awesome, folks. Plus a rare atomicos to celebrate 40 years in the business for Mascara Ano 2000 and a couple of the usual solid-looking trios matches and this is a fine way to spend your Friday night on a long holiday weekend.
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.
NOVA Pro Stay Golden, Pony Boy (Nov. 23, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Pre-show: Lady Frost vs. ??? (Open Challenge)
- Pre-show: BLANK vs. Lucas Calhoun
- Capital Vices (Money & Sin), Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter), Isaiah Frazier, & Jordan Blade vs. Gator Pit (Ariela Nyx, Brian Johnson, “Big Beef” Jake Garvin, Mikey Banker, Satu Jinn, & the Wild Man of the Ozarks) (Survivor Series Elimination Match)
- Sage Philips vs. Wheeler YUTA
- Allie Kat, Brittany Blake, & Penelope Ford vs. Rain, Shotzi Blackheart, & Terra Calaway (Triathlon Match)
- Arik Royal, Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, & Tripp Cassidy), John Kermon, Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy), & ??? vs. Beau Crockett, Jaxon Stone, Kevin Ku, Logan Easton LaRoux, Paul Jordane, Teddy King, Travis Huckabee, & Victor Benjamin (Torneo Cibernetico)
NOVA Pro are ready for Black Friday in a big way, because they got a hell of a deal on matches that will go the distance! As always, the November show is packed to the gills, and this time we’ve got a triple threat, with the usual Survivor Series style elimination tag and the triathlon (where the trios match you see typed out is the final fall of a three-fall match that will escalate from a singles to a tag before hitting the trios if need be), but this year they’re going bigger than ever with a cibernetico!
AAW Unstoppable (Nov. 24, 7:30PM Central)
- Fred Yehi vs. Mance Warner
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Curt Stallion & Jake Something
- Matt Sydal vs. Rey Fenix
- Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Sami Callihan
- FireFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) (c) vs. Laredo Kid & Rey Horus (AAW Tag Team Championship)
- Kimber Lee (c) vs. Kylie Rae (AAW Women’s Championship)
AAW are back in Chicago, Illinois and the matches you see here are just a small sampling of what they’ve got planned, as they’re advertising big but secret things for a variety of further stars, including Jimmy Jacobs, David Starr, Jessicka Havok, Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, and DJ Z! But what we’ve got is pretty slick as it is, with Fox and Reed defending against a dream team of Laredo Kid and Rey “Dragon Azteca, Jr.” Horus, Swann vs. Lee in a non-title challenge match, Yehi vs. Mancer, and more!
Chikara Cibernetico - 7 Man Army (Nov. 24, 3PM Eastern)
- Ophidian vs. Tony Deppen
- Razerhawk vs. Travis Huckabee
- Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator, Frantik, & Volgar) vs. the Colony (Fire, Green II, & Thief Ants)
- Team Beyond (Alex Reynolds, Brian Milonas, Cam Zagami, Chris Dickinson, John Silver, Nick Gage, & Ryan Galeone) vs. Team Chikara (Boomer Hatfield, Danjerhawk, Dasher Hatfield, Hallowicked, Icarus, Juan Francisco de Coronado, & Proletariat Boar of Moldova) (Torneo Cibernetico)
Chikara are back at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they’re once again at war with the forces of Beyond! And what’s more... the ultraviolent king himself, Nick Gage is making his Chikara debut! Will it be MDK all day with more of the Chikarmy’s loyal soldiers place on the injured reserve alongside Grand Champion Mark Angelosetti, or can Dasher and his crack team of top Chikara talent put the invaders in their place?
Beyond TFT (Nov. 24-25)
—Night One (Nov. 24, 7:30PM Eastern)—
- Massage Force (Dorian Graves & VSK) vs. Shook Crew (Bryce Donovan & Max Caster) (TFT First Round Match)
- Mike Verna & Rex Lawless vs. Pretty Proper (Lady Frost & Victor Benjamin) (TFT First Round Match)
- Brian Milonas & Cam Zagami vs. No New Friends (Danny Adams & Kevin Lee Davidson) (TFT First Round Match)
- American Strong (Jay Freddie & Rory Gulak) vs. Viking War Party (Alex Herzog & Jake Parnell) (TFT First Round Match)
- Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) vs. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) (TFT First Round Match)
- Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon) vs. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) (TFT First Round Match)
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) vs. Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) (TFT First Round Match)
- Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA) vs. Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) (TFT First Round Match)
- Orange Cassidy vs. Stokely Hathaway
—Night Two (Nov. 25, 3PM Eastern)—
- Karen Q vs. Skylar
- OGz (Eddie Kingston & Homicide) vs. ??? (Open Challenge)
- Dream Team (Maxwell Jacob Friedman & Thomas Sharp) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik)
- Colt Cabana vs. Jonathan Gresham
- Josh Briggs vs. Nick Gage
- David Starr vs. Orange Cassidy
- TFT Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
Oh yes, it’s TFT time! Where normally TFT stands for Tournament for Today or Tournament for Tomorrow, this year it stands for Tag Tournament! (I trust y’all can fill the middle initial in yourself, night one is in the Wrestle Factory and we always play by Chikara rules when we’re in their house!) 16 of the best tag teams in the indies today, up-and-comers and vets alike, will battle in Philadelphia, and then the eight best will join a hell of a slate of matches on night two in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Progress Chapter 79: One Big Neck With Sausage Hands. (Nov. 26)
- Isla Dawn vs. Jordynne Grace vs. Millie McKenzie
- Jordan Devlin vs. Mark Andrews
- Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) vs. Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry)
- Eddie Dennis vs. Mark Haskins
- Drew Parker vs. Jimmy Havoc
- Charlie Morgan & Nina Samuels vs. Jinny & Laura Di Matteo
- Trent Seven (c) vs. ??? (Progress Atlas Division Championship Open Challenge)
Progress are back in London, England for some Monday night graps and, uh... that’s a show title, isn’t it? Anyway, Trent Seven issues another open challenge, the fallout from the House of Couture imploding comes to tag team action, Havoc gets hands on Parker, and perhaps most exciting, Team Tremendous make their debut against fellow policemen the Anti-Fun Police!
Tickets are, as always for main-series Chapter shows, long since sold out, but you can try your luck at the official ticket resale site or just wait for it to go up on Demand Progress with the rest of us schlubs.
Free matches here!
IWRG Triangulr en Jaula
From the fine folks over at +Lucha, we’ve got a full IWRG show with a hell of a main event on it. It’s LA Park vs. Rush vs. Penta el Zero M, check it out!
Tetsujin Beauty in Combat: Second Stage
Tetsujin may be dead and building towards its own final show, but in the meantime, they’ve put up their entire second event for free on YouTube! With a full shoot-style tournament and David Starr vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. in a superfight, don’t miss it!
Hallowicked & Shazza McKenzie vs. Princess KimberLee & the Whisper
From the good people over at Chikara, we’ve got an entry from their Letal Loteria tournament. A random draw paired Hallowicked and Shazza McKenzie on one hand and Kimber Lee and the Whisper on the other, now they fight. Check it out!
GCW Joey Janela’s LA Confidential (Nov. 16)
- Great Sasuke over DJ Z
- Tony Deppen over Jungle Boy
- Brody King over Hardcore Holly
- Penelope Ford over Human Tornado
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page over D’Lo Brown
- Jimmy Lloyd over Chase Owens, Delilah Doom, Facade, Jake Atlas, Kikutaro, and Takeshi Minamino
- Jacob Fatu over KTB
- Eli Everfly over Marko Stunt
- Nick Gage (c) over David Arquette to retain the GCW World Championship
Let’s get the elephants out of the room first, folks, this show had a pair of pretty serious injuries on it. First Marko Stunt fractured his fibula on a flip piledriver through a door, and then, in the main event, you’ve almost certainly heard about David Arquette getting in over his head against Nick Gage by now. As for the rest of the show, Amazing Red had travel difficulties due to the weather and was replaced opposite Great Sasuke by DJ Z, Jungle Boy got a chance to get the Joey Janela breakout seal of approval, All Ego is one match closer to regaining his soul, and hey, you can watch King vs. Holly free for nothin’ right here!
Check the replay out on FITE, folks.
SCI Trios 2018 (Nov. 17)
- Team Tag (Billy Buck, Chris Spectra, & Kevin Blue) over Team SUP (AJ Gray & O’Shay Edwards) (SCI Trios 2018 First Round Handicap Match)
- Team Action (Cam Carter, Fred Yehi, & Slim J) over Team Futures (Alan Angels, David Ali, & Ike Cross) (SCI Trios 2018 First Round Match)
- Team Iron Elbows (Bret Ison, Curt Stallion, & Kevin Ku) over Team WWA4 (Ashton Starr, James Bandy, & Lee Johnson) (SCI Trios 2018 First Round Match)
- Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, & Tripp Cassidy) over Team NOVA (Isiah Frazier, Logan Easton LaRoux, & Wheeler YUTA) (SCI Trios 2018 First Round Match)
- Team Tag (Billy Buck, Chris Spectra, & Kevin Blue) over Team Action (Cam Carter, Fred Yehi, & Slim J) (SCI Trios 2018 Semifinal Match)
- Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, & Tripp Cassidy) over Team Iron Elbows (Bret Ison, Curt Stallion, & Kevin Ku) (SCI Trios 2018 Semifinal Match)
- AC Mack over Gary Jay
- Coach Murray & Ray Fury over Aiden Wright & Jaden Newman
- Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, & Tripp Cassidy) over Team Tag (Billy Buck, Chris Spectra, & Kevin Blue) (SCI Trios 2018 Finals)
The Carnies won SCI Trios... and then promptly imploded. Sure, the signs have been around, they’ve been fraying and fracturing in other promotions, but here, in the heart of southern wrestling, surely if they were strong enough to win they were strong enough to stay together? Afraid not, as Kerry Awful stands alone now while Nick and Tripp are carrying (carnying?) on as a team. And somehow, in all the chaos, Team Tag made off with the trophy? Wild.
Check the VOD out when it hits Powerbomb.tv, folks.
wXw Broken Rules XVIII (Nov. 17)
- Absolute Andy (c) over Bobby Gunns to retain the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
- Kris Wolf over Audrey Bride and Killer Kelly
- The Crown (Alexander James & Jurn Simmons) over Avalanche & Laurance Roman
- Timothy Thatcher over WALTER
- Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) (c) over Arrows of Hungary (Dover & Icarus) and Coast 2 Coast (Leon St. Giovanni & Shaheem Ali) to retain the wXw World Tag Team Championship
- Toni Storm over Melanie Gray (c) to win the wXw Women’s Championship
- Ilja Dragunov (c) over Pierre Carl Ouellet to retain the Interim wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (Street Fight)
The match is set-- this weekend in Hamburg it’ll be Dragunov vs. Andy to determine who is the true, undisputed wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion! Plus Thatcher turned his questioning over WALTER’s dedication to wXw into a win over the Ring General, and Toni Storm regained her crown in the shortest title match in wXw history!
Check it out on wXwNOW!, 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.