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Sermon on the Mat (Dec. 6, 2018): CMLL, AAW, Chikara, Progress, & CZW cards

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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.

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CMLL Super Viernes (Dec. 7, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. El Coyote & Grako vs. Robin & Super Astro, Jr.
  2. Amapola, Metalica, & Reyna Isis vs. La Jarochita, Lluvia, & Marcela
  3. El Audaz, Flyer, & Soberano, Jr. vs. Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo, Jr. & Polvora) & Templario
  4. Bestia del Ring & Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia & Gran Guerrero) vs. Gorilas del Ring (Kraneo & Volcano) & Stuka, Jr.
  5. Atlantis, Diamante Azul, & El Valiente vs. Barbaro Cavernario & Los Ingobernables (El Terrible & Rush)
  6. Ultimo Guerrero vs. Volador, Jr.

CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and this week is no gimmicks, no tournaments, we’re not honoring anybody for their long career in lucha libre, we’ve just got a boatload of trios matches capped off by another entry in the long-running series between Ultimo and Volador. Not the most exciting card, but surely a solid way to spend a Friday night, 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.

AAW Last Call (Dec. 8, 7PM Central)

  1. Connor Braxton & Stephen Wolf vs. PACO & Ryan Boz
  2. The King of LaSalle Battle Royal
  3. Ace Romero & FiyahFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, & Zachary Wentz)
  4. ACH & Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Curt Stallion, David Starr, & Jake Something
  5. Darby Allin vs. Jimmy Jacobs (LaSalle Street Fight)
  6. Kylie Rae (c) vs. Savanna Stone (AAW Women’s Championship)
  7. DJ Z vs. Trevor Lee (c) (AAW Heritage Championship)
  8. Brody King (c) vs. Eddie Kingston (AAW Heavyweight Championship)

AAW are back in LaSalle, Illinois, and the name says it all-- this is their last show at the Knights of Columbus. So they’re going out with a bang, including a battle royal to crown a King of LaSalle, Allin and Jacobs in a wild street fight, two hype trios matches, and what’s sure to be a violent brawl of a main event as ROH-bound Brody King scraps with the War King!

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.

Chikara Let’s Get Invisible (Dec. 8, 3PM Eastern)

  1. Blanche Babish & Jeremy Leary vs. Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge vs. Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.) vs. Team FIST (Icarus & Tony Deppen)
  2. Green Ant II vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado
  3. BLANK vs. Penelope Ford
  4. Axel Ford, Lucas Calhoun, & Missile Assault Man vs. Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator, Frantik, & Volgar)
  5. Boomer Hatfield vs. Hallowicked
  6. Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, Merlok, & Oceanea) vs. the Colony (Fire & Thief Ants) & Xyberhawx2000 (Danjerhawk & Razerhawk)
  7. Solo Darling vs. Travis Huckabee
  8. Princess KimberLee & the Whisper vs. the Closers (Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice) (c) (Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas)
  9. Dasher Hatfield (c) vs. Ophidian (Chikara Interim Grand Championship)

Chikara are back in the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it’s season finale time! All good things must come to an end as they say, and Season 19 is finishing with a bang! Up-and-comers Green Ant and Boomer Hatfield challenge themselves against established vets, Solo Darling finally gets her hands on Travis Huckabee one-on-one, Lucas Calhoun’s crusade against Dr. Nicodemus crashes hard against the Proteus Wheel once more, thrown-together Loteria Letal winners take on the tag champs, and in the main event, Dasher defends his interim title against one of Chikara’s snakiest veterans!

Get your tickets here or check it out live on Chikaratopia or, folks.

Progress Chapters 80 & 81 (Dec. 8-9)

—Progress Chapter 80: Gods and Monsters (Dec. 8)—

  1. Ilja Dragunov vs. Tyler Bate
  2. Chris Ridgeway vs. Paul Robinson
  3. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) (Progress World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)

—Progress Chapter 81: Pour Some Progress On Me (Dec. 9)—

  1. Jordynne Grace vs. Toni Storm
  2. Ilja Dragunov vs. Travis Banks
  3. British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate) vs. ???
  4. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (c) vs. ??? (Progress World Tag Team Championship)
  5. Shigehiro Irie vs. WALTER (c) (Progress World Championship)

Full cards aren’t available for Progress’ doubleheader return to Manchester and Sheffield this weekend, and overall it’s a bit dream match super indie, but hell, what we’ve got is pretty swell! Grace vs. Storm! Dragunov in action both nights! CCK vs. LAX! Irie vs. WALTER-- BEEF CITY!

Tickets are, as always with Progress main series chapter shows, sold out, but you can try your luck at the official ticket resale site or just wait for them to go up on Demand Progress, if you like.

CZW Cage of Death XX (Dec. 9, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Anthony Greene vs. David Starr
  2. Alex Reynolds vs. Joe Gacy
  3. John Silver vs. Rich Swann vs. Shane Strickland
  4. Dan O’Hare, Jimmy Lloyd, Maria Manic, & Mitch Vallen vs. the Office (Brandon Kirk, Conor Claxton, Kasey Catal, & Kit Osbourne) (Hardcore Match)
  5. Atsushi Onita & Matt Tremont vs. DJ Hyde & Masada
  6. Jordan Oliver (c) vs. KC Navarro (CZW Wired Championship)
  7. BLK OUT (BLK Jeez & Ruckus) (c) vs. the Rep (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (CZW World Tag Team Championship Tables Match)
  8. Mance Warner vs. Rickey Shane Page (CZW World Heavyweight Championship Cage of Death Match)


’Nuff said.

Get your tickets here or check it out LIVE on the Highspots Wrestling Network, folks.

Free matches here!

Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) vs. Janelope (Joey Janela & Penelope Ford)

Some intergender tag team action from the fine folks over at Beyond up first this week, folks. The longest-reigning Evolve Tag Team Champions take on a team that is I believe is still undefeated in Beyond, check it out!

Brody King vs. Josh Briggs

From the good people over at Limitless Wrestling, we’ve got two big lads who are taking opposing career paths in this ever-fragmenting indie landscape. King has signed with Ring of Honor and Briggs is aligned with Evolve, and never again shall the twain meet until these contracts be torn asunder... Enjoy!

Mia Yim vs. Nikki Storm

From the most excellent podcasters over at AIW, who have recently found a new venue, we’ve got a match that could happen tomorrow in NXT brought to you today! SAnitY’s madwoman pairs off against a repeat Mae Young Classic standout, don’t miss it!


Alpha-1 Final Act IX (Dec. 2)

  1. Sami Callihan over Bronson, Charles Blackwolf, Chris Logan, Eric Cairnie (c), Gregory Iron, Holden Albright, JT Kirk, Mark Wheeler, PB Smooth, Steve Brown, and Terrell Kenneth to win the A1 Outer Limits Championship (Battle Royal)
  2. Cheech over Anthony Greene, Josh Briggs (c), and Paul London to win the A1 Zero Gravity Championship (Elimination Match)
  3. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) over the Fraternity (Channing Decker & Trent Gibson) and Western Med Connection (Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham & Jim Nye) to retain the A1 Tag Team Championship (Ladder Match)
  4. Colt Cabana & “All Ego” Ethan Page over OGz (Eddie Kingston & Homicide)
  5. Rickey Shane Page over Stokely Hathaway (Grudge Match)
  6. Kobe Durst over Josh Alexander (c) 4-3 to win the A1 Alpha Male Championship (Iron Man Match)

For full details on this one you can check out our in-depth results post right here, but suffice it to say the tag title match, RSP/Stoke, and the Iron Man are all very much worth getting your eyes on. The first two are just bonkers, and the Iron Man, while you can kinda see the stretching, does a VERY admirable job filling an hour without getting boring. Definitely a show worth checking out!

And you can do that on, folks.

As always...

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.

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