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Sermon on the Mat (June 28, 2018): Frontline, Action, CMLL, CZW, NJPW, & RevPro cards

AAW, Chikara, Dynamite Cup, Evolve, Beyond, & Progress results, and all the usual free match action

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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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Frontline Build Me an Empire (June 28, 7:30PM GMT)

  1. Damian Dunne & Kip Sabian vs. El Phantasmo & Kelly Sixx
  2. M&M (Connor Mills & Maverick Mayhew) vs. the 198 (“Flash” Morgan Webster & Wild Boar)
  3. Rampage Brown vs. Rob Lynch (Frontline Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
  4. Bea Priestly vs. Toni Storm
  5. Adam Brooks & Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. CCK (Chris Brookes, Kid Lykos, & Travis Banks)
  6. Mark Haskins vs. Naoki Tanizaki (Frontline Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
  7. Chris Ridgeway vs. Kenoh

Lucha Forever is long-since defunct now, but Will Ospreay’s back in London to give it another try! And what a lineup he’s gotten for us, with both the usual suspects from the UK indies as well as a pair of guests from Japan, Dragon Gate’s Naoki Tanizaki taking on Mark Haskins in one of two contender’s matches to determine who will contest the Frontline Heavyweight Championship and Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Kenoh going one-on-one against one of the best up-and-coming grapplers around, Chris Ridgeway.

Get your tickets here or keep an eye on their social media for video distribution info, folks.

Action Wrestling (June 29, 7:30PM Eastern)

  1. Aja Perera vs. Tragedy
  2. Cam Carter vs. Slim J
  3. ”Wild” Billy Buck vs. Cabana Man Dan
  4. AC Mack & Ike Cross vs. Lynch Mob (Joey & Matt Lynch)
  5. Anthony Henry vs. Cain Justice
  6. Arik Royal vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) ( Independent Wrestling Championship)

Action Wrestling are back in Tyrone, Georgia for their second show, and they’ve got some killer stuff lined up here, folks. The Ace takes on the champ in a partial rematch of NOVA Pro’s Commonwealth Cup finals, Henry and Justice are lined up for some grappletastic action, and more!

Get your tickets here or check it out LIVE on, folks!

CMLL Super Viernes (June 29, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. Espanto, Jr. & Hijo del Signo vs. Principe Diamante & Magnus
  2. Disturbio, Kawato San, & Okumura vs. Pegasso, Star, Jr., & Sigma
  3. Guerrero Maya, Jr., Rey Cometa, & Stuka, Jr. vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto & Mephisto) & Templario
  4. Angel de Oro, Atlantis, & Niebla Roja vs. Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)
  5. Barbaro Cavernario vs. King Phoenix
  6. Caristico, El Valiente, & Volador, Jr. vs. Klan Kaoz (Charly Rockstar, Cibernetico, & El Zorro)

CMLL are back with your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and this is one of those weeks that’s an easy sell, folks.

Cavernario. Fenix. One on one. Not a lightning match. A full-blown singles encounter. This is gonna be good.

Check it out, as always, free for nothin’ on Marca Claro, folks.

CZW Dark City (June 29, 8PM Eastern)

  1. C Bunny vs. Leyla Hirsch
  2. Jordan Oliver vs. Rich Swann
  3. Ace Austin vs. John Silver
  4. John “Bad Bones” Klinger vs. Josh Briggs
  5. Brandon Kirk, DJ Hyde, & Kasey Catal vs. the Shook Crew (Bobby Orlando, Jacked Baby, & Max Caster)
  6. Conor Claxton, Dan O’Hare, & Mitch Vallen vs. Jimmy Lloyd, Father Matthew Tremont, & Rickey Shane Page (Hardcore Match)
  7. Gymnasty Boys (Timmy Lou Retton & White Mike) vs. the Rascalz (Myron Reed & Trey Miguel) vs. the REP (Dave Carter & Nate McCall) (c) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) (CZW World Tag Team Championship)
  8. ”Chainsaw” Joe Gacy vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship)

CZW are back in Asbury Park, New Jersey and there’s a bunch going on here, folks. Bad Bones returns to CZW against Josh Briggs, Brandon Kirk gets a chance to take his frustration out on the Shook Crew, Father Matthew Tremont returns in a wild hardcore six-man, and just look at that four-way tag title defense!

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits CZW Studios.

NJPW / RPW Strong Style Evolved UK (June 30 / July 1)

—Night One (June 30, 5:30PM GMT)—

  1. Shota Umino vs. ???
  2. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi)
  3. Chaos (Gedo, “Switchblade” Jay White, & Toru Yano) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Taichi, & Takashi Iizuka)
  4. David Starr vs. Tiger Mask IV
  5. WALTER vs. Yuji Nagata
  6. Chris Brookes vs. YOSHI-HASHI
  7. Will Ospreay vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  8. Chaos (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.) (c) (RPW British Tag Team Championship)

—Night Two (July 1, 5:30PM GMT)—

  1. Dan Duggan vs. ???
  2. Shota Umino vs. Yuji Nagata
  3. David Starr vs. El Phantasmo vs. Taiji Ishimori vs. Tiger Mask IV
  4. Chaos (Gedo, Toru Yano, & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Takashi Iizuka, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  5. WALTER vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  6. Chris Brookes vs. “Switchblade” Jay White
  7. Taichi vs. Will Ospreay
  8. Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
  9. Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii (c) (RPW British Heavyweight Championship)

It’s time for New Japan and RevPro to join forces once again, folks, and I mean... WALTER/Nagata. Starr/Tiger. Okada/Sabre. Suzuki/Ishii. It’s not perfect, I have no idea why they’ve booked two bog-standard New Japan undercard tag matches here, but... did I mention WALTER/Nagata?!

Get your tickets here or check it out on whichever of RPW On Demand or NJPW World you’re subscribed to, folks.

Free matches here!

Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff & Steve Mack) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe)

From the fine folks at Beyond Wrestling... HOSS! Don’t miss it!

Dale Patricks vs. Josh Crane

This is a treasure trove, folks. Threat Level Archive are uploading their entire run of matches from Indiana indie WCWO following a split, so if you want to get your finger on the pulse of the midwest, now is your chance! I’ve singled out this match between Crane and Patricks, but open the main channel and dig in!

Colt Cabana vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Last but not least, from the fine folks at AIW, we’ve got a match that’s been making the touring rounds lately. It’s got shades of past vs. future and father vs. son, it’s Cabana vs. MJF, check it out!



  1. Myron Reed over Rich Swann and Stephen Wolf
  2. Scarlett Bordeaux over Savanna Stone
  3. Moose over Eddie Kingston
  4. Su Yung over Hudson Envy
  5. Trevor Lee (c) over Trey Miguel to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
  6. Brody King vs. Sami Callihan went to a no-contest
  7. Colt Cabana over Maxwell Jacob Friedman
  8. Curt Stallion & Jake Something over Ace Romero & PACO and “Spyder” Nate Webb & Senza Volto
  9. Kimber Lee (c) over Kylie Rae to retain the AAW Women’s Championship
  10. ACH (c) over David Starr to retain the AAW Heavyweight Championship

It seems like a bad day at the office for WRSTLING just from the numbers, with both Kingston and Starr losing their matchups, but the Heritage Championship remains in their clutches, and a post-match beatdown of ACH showed that Eddie is all aboard and no longer supporting them out of sheer obligation. In other violent news, King and Callihan started brawling before the show, and their match spun out into chaos when Jimmy Jacobs and OI4K both became involved, hence the no-contest, and Sami will be suspended for the next show as a result of laying hands on a referee in the aftermath.

Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.

Chikara Go Eat Worms! (June 23)

  1. BLANK vs. Hype Rockwell went to a no-contest
  2. Beast Warriors (Oleg the Usurper & Proletariat Boar of Moldova) & Hype Rockwell over Nouveau Aesthetic (BLANK, Still Life With Apricots and Pears, & Ursa Minor in the Night Sky)
  3. Callux the Castigator over Corey Cravate
  4. Icarus & Travis Huckabee over Xyberhawx2000 (Danjerhawk & Razerhawk)
  5. Matt Riddle over “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti
  6. Solo Darling over Blanche Babish
  7. Brett Michael Davis, Jeremy Leary, & Lucas Calhoun over Legion of Rot (Frightmare, Hallowicked, & Kobald)
  8. Dasher Hatfield over Fire Ant

The 79th clone was revealed... and he’s Canadian standout Brett Michael Davis! Plus the former N_R_G_’s singles match went to six-man war when the rest of the Noveau Aesthetic couldn’t stop interfering, Dasher Hatfield dealt a blow to Fire Ant’s campaign of vengeance, and Matt Riddle picked up a big win that could see him on a collision course with the Grand Championship.

Check it out on Chikaratopia, folks.

Dynamite Cup 2018 (June 23)

  1. Kevin Ku over Danny Adams (Dynamite Cup First Round Match)
  2. Angelus Layne over Donovan Danhausen (Dynamite Cup First Round Match)
  3. Mance Warner over Jake Parnell (Dynamite Cup First Round Match)
  4. Johnathan Wolf over Calvin Tankman, Chase Oliver, and Pat Monix (Dynamite Cup First Round Match)
  5. Arik Royal over Percy Davis (Dynamite Cup First Round Match)
  6. Hysteria (Cole Radrick & Sage Philips) over Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)
  7. Short Ghost won the Nolie Rumble
  8. Sage Philips over Angelus Layne, Arik Royal, Cole Radrick, Johnathan Wolf, Kevin Ku, and Mance Warner (Dynamite Cup Ultimate Match of Survival Elimination Finals)

This year’s Dynamite Cup raised $2,117 for Together We Rise! Sage Philips prevailed in the tournament, and if you’re paying any kind of attention to the mid-level indies in the midwest and mid-Atlantic, you’ve heard his name, but who is Short Ghost? Well, as it turns out, Short Ghost is 4-year-old booker Nolie’s brother Eric, who earned his victory by scaring the Carnies (in disguise as the Lucha House Carnies) clean out of the ring. They then apologized for being bad guys and got cookies, because wrestling is good sometimes.

Keep an eye out on Dynamite Cup’s social media, because they’ll be releasing the tournament for free on YouTube over the coming weeks. (And of course I’ll be sure to run it in our free match section right here.)

Evolve 106 / 107 (June 23-24)

—Evolve 106 (June 23)—

  1. Josh Briggs over John “Bad Bones” Klinger
  2. Jon Davis over Jarek 1:20
  3. The Skulk (Adrian Alanis & Liam Grey) over the Skulk (Leon Ruff & Tommy Maserati)
  4. AR Fox over DJ Z
  5. Darby Allin over WALTER
  6. Bryan Idol over Mike Verna
  7. Catch Point (Chris Dickinson, Dominic Garrini, & Jaka) over Anthony Henry, Timothy Thatcher, & “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
  8. Joey Janela over Austin Theory (c) to win the WWN Championship
  9. Matt Riddle (c) vs. Shane Strickland went to a no-contest (Evolve World Championship)

—Evolve 107 (June 24)—

  1. Josh Briggs over Dominic Garrini
  2. Adrian Alanis over BSHP KNG
  3. Darby Allin over Jarek 1:20
  4. Anthony Henry over Timothy Thatcher
  5. Austin Theory (c) over DJ Z and Joey Janela to retain the FIP World Heavyweight Championship
  6. Saieve Al Sabah over Jaka, John “Bad Bones” Klinger, and Jon Davis
  7. Chris Dickinson over “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams by disqualification (Catch Point Rules)
  8. Matt Riddle (c) over AR Fox to retain the Evolve World Championship

As always when I have a recap to point you to, I’ll do so (Evolve 106, Evolve 107) and keep it short and sweet here, but suffice it to say an Evolve with Joey Janela is a good Evolve, and the sort of rebirth that began last month has carried on in style this month.

Check out the VODs on WWNLive, either as individual purchases or at no additional charge as part of your Club WWN subscription.

Beyond Vitality (June 24)

  1. Cam Zagami (c) over Thief Ant to retain the Chikara Young Lions Cup
  2. Nick Gage over AR Fox
  3. Massage Force (Dorian Graves & VSK) over the Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti)
  4. Kimber Lee & Hot Scoop Skylar over Jordynne Grace & Penelope Ford
  5. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) over American Strong (Jay Freddie & Rory Gulak)
  6. David Starr over “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
  7. Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry) over Mike Verna & Rex Lawless
  8. Joey Janela over John “Bad Bones” Klinger
  9. Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy) over Colt Cabana & “Supercop” Dick Justice
  10. Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, Jaka, & Mike “Santana” Draztik) over Dream Team (Jonathan Gresham, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Stokely Hathaway, & Thomas Sharp)
  11. WALTER over Josh Briggs

At long last, it’s come to pass-- Jonathan Gresham has been drummed out of the Dream Team. Plus Swamp Monster gave his fellow gentlemen the win by coming out and informing Colt Cabana that he’s being sued by “all the doctors in the world”, and Joey Janela raised the stakes for his match against David Starr at Americanrana-- No ropes, barbed wire, and it’ll be the last deathmatch the Bad Boy ever wrestles!

Check it out when it hits, folks.

Progress Chapter 72: Got Got Need (June 24)

  1. Doug Williams (c) over Michael Dante to retain the Progress Atlas Division Championship
  2. Laura Di Matteo over Charlie Morgan
  3. Will Ospreay over Jordan Devlin
  4. British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate) over Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) & Josh Alexander
  5. CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) over M&M (Connor Mills & Maverick Mayhew) (Thunderbastard Tag Team Series Match)
  6. Travis Banks (c) over Chuck Mambo to retain the Progress World Championship
  7. Mark Davis over Chris Ridgeway (Natural Progression Series V Finals)

As always with Progress I’ll keep it short and sweet since I’ll be recapping this one soon enough (hopefully), but the big news coming out of this one is that Eddie Dennis is cleared to compete and wants to get hands on Mark Andrews ASAP!

Check it out when it hits Demand Progress, 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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