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.
Action Wrestling (April 27, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Adrian Hawkins vs. Ethan Alexander Sharpe vs. James Bandy vs. Matt Sells vs. ??? (Action Showcase Scramble Match)
- Billy Buck vs. Cam Carter
- Arik Royal vs. Michael Spencer
- AC Mack vs. Joey Lynch
- Cain Justice vs. Fred Yehi
- Dominic Garrini vs. Gunner Miller
Action Wrestling are making their debut in Tyrone, Georgia, and not only is it a show featuring some of the finest indie wrestlers of the southeast, it’s a charity show to benefit Make-a-Wish Georgia! As always with these kinds of shows it’s a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor with some of the superstars of tomorrow, and Garrini/Miller is a hell of a matchup in particular, should be a real grappler vs. power guy match for the ages.
Get your tickets here and keep an eye out on Action’s social media for distribution info, folks.
CMLL Super Viernes (April 27, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Audaz, Titan, & Triton vs. Okumura, Tiger, & Virus
- Dragon Lee, Soberano, Jr., & Stuka, Jr. vs. Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)
- La Seductora vs. Princesa Sugehit (Hair vs. Hair Match)
- Angel de Oro, Diamante Azul, & Niebla Roja vs. El Terrible, Hechicero, & Rey Bucanero
- Kraneo vs. Rush
- Atlantis, Mistico, & Volador, Jr. vs. La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas) & Ultimo Guerrero
CMLL are back in Arena Mexico for your usual Friday night dose of lucha libre action, and it is a stacked show in honor of Arena Mexico’s 62nd anniversary! Two big singles matches as Kraneo and Rush go mano-a-mano and Seductora and Sugehit put their hair on the line, plus dynamite trios matches all around and this is a hell of a night to tune in if you’re so inclined, Cagesiders.
Check it out, as always, free for nothin' on Marca Claro, folks.
Shine 50 (April 27, 9PM Eastern)
- Jessie Belle Smothers vs. Renee Michelle
- Amber Nova vs. Isla Dawn
- Dynamite DiDi vs. Jayme Jameson vs. Leva Bates vs. Luscious Latasha
- Aerial Monroe vs. Brandi Lauren
- Dementia D’Rose vs. Jordynne Grace
- Kiera Hogan vs. Santana Garrett
- Candy Cartwright (c) vs. Priscilla Kelly (Shine Nova Championship)
- Las Sicarias (Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez) (c) vs. Ruthless Ambition (Maria Manic & Penelope Ford) (Shine Tag Team Championship)
- Rain vs. Stormie Lee (Ybor City Street Fight)
- Kimber Lee vs. LuFisto (c) (Shine Championship)
Shine are back in their home base in Ybor City, Florida for their landmark 50th show and they have pulled out a bunch of the stops for sure. Kimber Lee returns to challenge LuFisto (who is, I’d like to take a moment to point out, freshly recovered from cancer surgery and given a provisional clean bill of health!), Priscilla Kelly gets her rematch for the Nova title in a match where the rest of the Cutie Pie Club are banned from interfering, and Ruthless Ambition capitalize on a strong debut with an immediate shot at the tag titles.
Plus outside the titles things are looking pretty exciting as well, with an Ybor City Street Fight (and in Ybor City, odds are they’ll fight into the literal street!), and a triple threat of really intriguing midcard matchups between Monroe/Lauren, D’Rose/Grace, and Hogan/Garrett.
Get your tickets here or check it out on iPPV through WWNLive (and remember, with a Club WWN membership the show is half off), folks.
Chikara / PWC / Beyond / Freelance / Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Marathon (April 28, 2PM Eastern)
—Chikara Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes (3PM Eastern)—
- Crossbones vs. Kobald
- Beach Bums (Flamingo Freddie IV & TJ Crawford) vs. Xyberhawx2000 (Nytehawk & Razerhawk)
- Tony Deppen vs. Officer Warren Barksdale
- Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, Merlok, & Oceanea) vs. Green Ant, Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.), & Thief Ant
- Fire Ant vs. Solo Darling
- Ophidian vs. Puma King
- Closers (Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice) (c) vs. Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti)
—PWC Jumpers For Ringposts (5:30PM Eastern)—
- Jinny vs. Tenille Dashwood
—Beyond Welcome Home Night 1 (7:30PM Eastern)—
- Cam Zagami vs. Jordynne Grace
- John Silver vs. Rory Gulak
- Josh Briggs vs. Matt Riddle
- Jaka vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA) vs. Janelope (Joey Janela & Penelope Ford)
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Puma King
- Icarus & the Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti) vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz, Homicide, & Mike Draztik)
- Kimber Lee vs. Tessa Blanchard
—Freelance The Ghosts of Right Now (10PM Eastern)—
- Calvin Tankman vs. Elliott Paul vs. Kenny Sutra vs. Kris Chambers vs. Mance Warner vs. Markus Crane vs. Mark Wheeler vs. Space Monkey
- Bucky Collins & Mikey McFinnegan vs. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter)
- Four Star Heroes (Chris Castro & Matt Knicks) vs. the N-Words (Acid Jaz & Bryce Benjamin)
- Craig Mitchell & GPA vs. Kylie Rae & Shotzi Blackheart
- Kobe Durst vs. Simon Grimm
- Peter Avalon vs. Stevie Fierce
- Arik Cannon vs. Darin Corbin (c) vs. “All Ego” Ethan Page (Freelance World Championship)
Powerbomb.tv are trying something unprecedented here, folks! Four shows, three cities, two countries, one marathon! Outside of WrestleMania weekend you won’t likely find a slate of shows this dense, but even then they’re all generally streaming from the same building. And the shows are all pretty well stacked-- even Pro Wrestling Chaos, despite losing a couple of marquee matches due to injury and double booking, still have a hell of a dream match in Jinny vs. the former Emma, and as for the rest... if I had to pick one match I’m most excited about, it’s Gresham vs. Puma, which had ought to be truly grappletastic.
Get your tickets for Chikara here, PWC here, Beyond here, or Freelance here, or just subscribe to Powerbomb.tv and get ready to sit down and have your choice of grappling action all day on Saturday, folks.
House of Hardcore 41 (April 28, 7PM Eastern)
- Battle Royal
- Matt Cross vs. Nick Cutler
- Angelina Love vs. Rebel
- Kongo Kong vs. Moose
- Bob Holly vs. Kevin Thorn
- Crimson & Jax Dane vs. Tommy Dreamer & ???
- Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan (Street Fight)
House of Hardcore are headed to Fort Wayne, Indiana for a charity show in conjunction with Wrestling for Warriors this Saturday. The main event is a follow-up on Impact’s storyline following Callihan injuring Edwards with an errant baseball bat to the face, naturally, but with a mystery partner for Tommy Dreamer and a HOSS WAR in Kong/Moose, it should be a solid show.
Get your tickets here, or keep an eye on HOH’s Twitch channel, where this won’t air live, but will likely show up as part of their weekly show on Wednesday nights.
Beyond Welcome Home Night 2 (April 29, 2PM Eastern)
- Cam Zagami vs. Wheeler YUTA
- Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. Massage NV (Dorian Graves & VSK)
- Amityville Project (Dan Barry, Mike Verna, Rex Lawless, & Ryan Galeone) vs. Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, Jaka, & Mike Draztik)
- Josh Briggs vs. Martin Stone
- Flip Gordon vs. Puma King
- Dream Team (Jonathan Gresham & Stokely Hathaway) vs. Matt Tremont & Nick Gage
- Matt Riddle vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Jordynne Grace vs. Kimber Lee
- Joey Janela vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) (Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship)
Beyond are following their part in the marathon up with their monthly live stream from Worcester, Massachusetts, and folks, I want to start off by praying for Stokely Hathaway. With Maxwell Jacob Friedman stuck wrestling Matt Riddle, the Dream Team have been forced to put him into the tag match against Gage and Tremont, and while Stoke is quite capable of defending himself, lord knows what will happen against two veritable deathmatch legends.
Plus Grace vs. Lee, Janela vs. Williams, the long-awaited Amityville Project match against the reunited Team Pazuzu, it’s gonna be a hell of a card and that’s without having any details on the Powerbomb Pre-Game!
Get your tickets here or check it out live on Powerbomb.tv, Cagesiders.
NJPW Wrestling Hi no Kuni (April 29, 2AM Eastern, 11PM Pacific)
- Ren Narita & Yuji Nagata vs. Shota Umino & Tomoyuki Oka
- Chaos (“Switchblade” Jay White, Rocky Romero, SHO, & YOH) vs. David Finlay, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Tiger Mask IV
- Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) vs. Toa Henare & Togi Makabe
- Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) & Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka, & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay, & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA, & Michael Elgin
- BUSHI vs. El Desperado
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) (c) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
- Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito (IWGP Intercontinental Championship)
NJPW are in Kumamoto this weekend with the annual warmup to Wrestling Dontaku lined up, Wrestling Hi no Kuni. The show is largely built around LIJ vs. Suzuki-gun what with Suzuki/Naito headlining, but it’s an interesting twist that they put junior singles matches here and ran the junior tag title match on a Road to Dontaku show. Plus Okada and Tanahashi captain teams against each other, Bullet Club stands with Golden Lovers against Suzuki-gun, and more.
Check it out on NJPW World, folks.
Xcite vs. the World (April 29, 5PM Eastern)
- Boots & Lariats (Pat Sawyer & Ray Ross) vs. Killer Instinct (Jacoby Riddick & Mike Skyros) (No Disqualification Match)
- ”Supercop” Dick Justice & Simon Queen vs. Rob Cook & Stockade
- Axel Lennox vs. Scott Steiner
- Leon St. Giovanni vs. Slyck Wagner Brown (2/3 Falls Match)
- Brute VanSlyke vs. Jeff Cobb
- Joe Gacy vs. Sean Carr (c) (Xcite Heavyweight Championship)
Xcite Wrestling are back in Binghampton, New York and they’ve brought Big Poppa Pump with them! Plus LSG against local legend SWB in a 2/3 falls match, a HOSS WAR between VanSlyke and Cobb, and Joe Gacy in action against heavyweight champion Sean Carr.
Get your tickets here, or check it out live and for free on their Twitch channel, folks.
Free matches here!
Kawato vs. Ricky Marvin
Courtesy of the good folks over at +Lucha TV, let’s check in on how NJPW Young Lion Hirai Kawato is doing on excursion in Mexico, shall we? He wrestled Ricky Marvin for Lucha Memes, enjoy!
Cedric Alexander vs. Chris Ridgeway
A blast from the past from the UK’s Southside Wrestling Entertainment here, folks-- current WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander took on hard-hitting technical wrestling standout Chris Ridgeway some time ago, check it out!
Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix)
From the fine folks at Glory Pro we’ve got a tag team dream match for you-- midwestern tag titans and multiple champions Besties in the World take on former PWG World Tag Team Champions and Lucha Underground stars Lucha Brothers, don’t miss it!
AIW Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Gangsta Party (April 20)
- Eddie Kingston over Pierre Carl Ouellet
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman over Louis Lyndon
- Tim Donst over Kyle the Beast
- Space Monkey over Donovan Danhausen, Facade, and Gary Jay
- Eddy Only over PB Smooth
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money), Josh Prohibition, & To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) over No Consequences (AJ Gray, Chase Oliver, Garrison King, Joshua Bishop, & Tre LaMar)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page over Matthew Justice
- Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams) over DukeMoney (Jock Samson & Mance Warner), Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins), and Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan)
- Nick Gage & Tom Lawlor over Dominic Garrini & “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
First off the big news... yes, Papa Shango did some voodoo at the Production and made them all throw up the black bile. 2018 pro wrestling! Plus All Ego has formed an alliance with Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham and we got an impromptu Catch Point reunion in the main event with Dom as Hot Sauce’s mystery partner against the fearsome force of Nick Gage and Tom Lawlor.
Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks.
NOVA Pro Old Dominion Rumble (April 20)
- Benjamin Banks & Vic Griff over Bobby Orlando & Harry Zen
- Angelus Layne over Laynie Luck
- Jonathan Gresham over Sage Philips
- Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) over Pow Meow (Allie Kat & Christi Jaynes)
- Veda Scott over Facebrooke and Jordan Blade to qualify for the Women’s Commonwealth Cup
- The 1% (Bobby Shields, Gunner Miller, & Logan Easton LaRoux) over Arik Royal & Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- Harlow O’Hara over Faye Jackson
- Wheeler YUTA over Jake Parnell, John Skyler, and Percy Davis to qualify for the Men’s Commonwealth Cup
- Jordynne Grace over Shazza McKenzie
- Arik Royal wins the Old Dominion Rumble
NOVA Pro’s Old Dominion Rumble sounds like it was a damn good show, but you don’t have to take my word for it, as our man Duke (follow him on Twitter!) has a recap where you can get your grubby mitts on all the details, folks! My hat would be off for the complete statistics on the Rumble itself were I wearing a hat.
Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks.
PWG All-Star Weekend 14 (April 20-21)
—Night One (April 20)—
- Rey Horus over Trevor Lee
- Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) over Violence Unlimited (Brody King & Tyler Bateman)
- Taiji Ishimori over Bandido
- Sammy Guevara over “Flash” Morgan Webster and Robbie Eagles
- Jonah Rock over Joey Janela
- Keith Lee over Adam Page
- The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) over Chosen Bros (Jeff Cobb & Matt Riddle) (c) and Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) to win the PWG World Tag Team Championship
—Night Two (April 21)—
- Trevor Lee over “Flash” Morgan Webster
- Joey Janela over Robbie Eagles
- The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) over Violence Unlimited (Brody King & Tyler Bateman) to retain the PWG World Tag Team Championship
- Bandido over Rey Horus
- Sammy Guevara over Taiji Ishimori
- Matt Riddle over Timothy Thatcher
- WALTER over Jonah Rock and Keith Lee (c) to win the PWG World Championship
For full details of these two shows, you can check out our man on the scene Marc Raimondi’s live reports (Night One, Night Two), but the big news coming out of Night One is new tag team champions on the Young Bucks’ last night in Reseda... or is it? Word came down at the top of the show that the sale of the arena may not be as final as initially thought, so Super Dragon may get to run his tiny building more yet!
And for night two... WALTER! Not only did he win the title in a three-way HOSS WAR, his first challenger is already lined up, as Sammy Guevara
has a death wish insisted on getting a title shot on pain that he’d leave PWG if he didn’t.
DVD preorders will be available through PWG’s website as always.
BLP 6: Slamilton (April 21)
- “All Ego” Ethan Page over Kobe Durst
- General Order 24 (Eric Ryan & Markus Crane) over Scott’s Tots (Kevin Ku & Percy Davis)
- Quebecer Pierre over Chris Dickinson
- Shane Sabre over Kody Rice
- Fred Yehi over Simon Grimm
- Pat Monix over Jaxon Stone, Mark Wheeler, PB Smooth, Sage Philips, and Tre LaMar (Scramble Match)
- Allie Kat over Shazza McKenzie
- AJ Gray & Mance Warner vs. #NoNewFriends (Danny Adams & Kevin Lee Davidson) went to a double countout
- Tom Lawlor (c) over Nick Gage to retain the BLP Championship
- Jordynne Grace over Tom Lawlor (c) to win the BLP Championship
Black Label Pro returned to Powerbomb.tv with another quality show from top to bottom, and as you can likely infer from reading the dry results, Jordynne Grace surprised everybody by showing up at the end of the show to cash in her guaranteed title shot and dethrone Tom Lawlor in a sprinty-fresh main event after he barely retained over Nick Gage in a knock-down drag-out excellent brawl of a match.
Plus PCO/Dickinson, Yehi/Grimm, and Kat/McKenzie were all really good in their own right, and the Production of AIW fame made their debut to stir the pot.
Check it out on VOD on Powerbomb.tv, 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.