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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.

Coming soon...

AIW Escape From Cleveland (Sept. 14, 7:30PM Eastern)

  1. No Consequences (Chase Oliver & Tre LaMar) vs. Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. the Production (Danhausen & Eddy Only) vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney)
  2. ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Joshua Bishop
  3. KTB vs. Matthew Justice vs. Nick Gage vs. Tom Lawlor
  4. Louis Lyndon vs. Ultimo Dragon
  5. The Production (Frankie Flynn & Magnum CK) (c) vs. Twins (Hornswoggle & PB Smooth) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
  6. Colt Cabana vs. Tim Donst (c) (AIW Intense Championship)
  7. Dominic Garrini vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) (AIW Absolute Championship)
  8. La Familia de Tijuana (Bestia 666 & Damien 666) vs. Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan)

AIW are back in Cleveland, Ohio and just look at those international guests! The Captain of the Ship takes on one of the finest grapplers in all of puro and lucha combined, Ultimo Dragon, and the Young Studs will very likely get the main event squad against La Familia because it’s going to be bloody and violent, folks. Plus big title matches, including Twins’ rematch for the tag titles and Johnny Gargano’s greatest student, Dominic Garrini, taking on Drew Gulak’s greatest student, “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams with the big one on the line!

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

CMLL 85th Anniversary Show (Sept. 14, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. Dalys, Reyna Isis, & Metalica vs. La Jarochita, Marcela, & Princesa Sugehit
  2. Angel de Oro, El Audaz, & Niebla Roja vs. La Peste Negra (El Felino & Negro Casas) & Mephisto
  3. Atlantis, Mistico, & Soberano, Jr. vs. Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)
  4. Klan (Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, & the Chris) vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero) (c) (CMLL World Trios Championship)
  5. Caristico, El Hijo del LA Park, & LA Park vs. Diamante Azul & Lucha Brothers (King Phoenix & Penta el Zero M)
  6. Barbaro Cavernario & Rush vs. Matt Taven & Volador, Jr. (Hair vs. Hair Match)

CMLL are back in Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and they’ve got the biggest show of the year for us! It’s not as big as it felt like it might have been earlier in the summer before Rush vs. LA Park came off the card, but it’s still shaped up to be a a very enjoyable show all the same.

Unlike most Fridays, this one will not stream for free, but can be bought on iPPV through InternetTV or viewed at no additional cost as part of any HonorClub subscription!

St. Louis Anarchy The Re-Up (Sept. 14, 7:30PM Central)

  1. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers)
  2. Sharkbait vs. Stephen Wolf
  3. Larry D vs. Thomas Shire
  4. Chip Day vs. Everett Connors
  5. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Riegel Twins (Logan & Sterling Riegel)
  6. Christian Rose vs. Paco Gonzalez (c) (Gateway Heritage Championship)
  7. Jake Parnell vs. Jeremy Wyatt
  8. Buddy Shepherd vs. Matt Kenway (Buddies Bring the Weapons Match)
  9. ACH vs. Hoodie Howlett
  10. Gary Jay vs. Jake Dirden

St. Louis Anarchy are back in Alton, Illinois and once again bringing the midwest’s best and brightest to you, from more well-known names like Gary Jay and Besties in the World through to impressive lesser-known talent like Jake Dirden (whose performance at FIP Fallout 2015 has stuck with me despite that I’ve only seen maybe two more matches from him since) and former Freelance mainstay Christian Rose. As always, I love shows like this because it’s an easy way to tune in and find yourself a new favorite or twelve. Like, I’ve not seen Hoodie Howlett before, but I bet after seeing him wrestle ACH I’d want to see him more!

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

PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2018 (Sept 14-16)

—Night One (Sept. 14, 8PM Pacific)—

  1. Adam Brooks vs. Rey Horus (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  2. Flamita vs. Puma King (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  3. David Starr vs. Joey Janela (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  4. Bandido vs. T-Hawk (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  5. CIMA vs. Jody Fleisch (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  6. Brody King vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  7. Ilja Dragunov & Shingo Takagi vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER)

—Night Two (Sept. 15, 8PM Pacific)—

  1. Marko Stunt vs. Trevor Lee (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  2. DJ Z vs. Robbie Eagles (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  3. Darby Allin vs. Jeff Cobb (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  4. Ilja Dragunov vs. Shingo Takagi (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  5. Jonah Rock vs. Sammy Guevara (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  6. Timothy Thatcher vs. WALTER (Battle of Los Angeles 2018 First Round Match)
  7. Bandido, Flamita, & Rey Horus vs. CIMA & the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)

—Night Three (Sept. 16, 5PM Pacific)—

  1. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) (PWG World Tag Team Championship)
  2. ???, ???, ???, ???, & ??? vs. ???, ???, ???, ???, & ??? (Tomato Camper Memorial Ten-Man Tag Team Match)
  3. Battle of Los Angeles 2018 Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals

It’s time, folks! The biggest indie tournament west of the Mississippi is back and while we’ve had a few substitutions for injury since the field was officially announced, it’s still an incredibly varied and exciting field. Sammy Guevara subs for Travis Banks, and Marko Stunt continues his absolutely wacky 2018 by making his PWG debut as a replacement for Chris Brookes!

Tickets, of course, are long since sold out, but you’ll be able to pre-order the DVD soon enough, folks!

Beyond Feast Championship Wrestling / Somebody’s Farewell, Probably... (Sept. 16)

—Feast Championship Wrestling (1PM Eastern)—

  1. Faye Jackson vs. Solo Darling
  2. “Supercop” Dick Justice vs. PUF
  3. Arik Cannon vs. Chris Dickinson
  4. Cheeseburger vs. Joey Ryan
  5. Colt Cabana vs. Orange Cassidy
  6. Hornswoggle vs. Shockwave the Robot

—Somebody’s Farewell, Probably... (6PM Eastern)—

  1. Anthony Greene vs. Brandon Watts
  2. Josh Briggs vs. Ryan Galeone
  3. Jaka vs. Wheeler YUTA
  4. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik)
  5. Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Nick Gage
  6. Brian Cage vs. Jordynne Grace
  7. Tom Lawlor vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) ( Independent Wrestling Championship)

Beyond are back in East Greenwich, Rhode Island with a hell of a double header! First up is a FREE outdoor show with a hell of a comedy match double main event in the forms of Cabana/Cassidy and Swoggle/Shockwave, and then the action heads indoors for Beyond’s trademark high octane grappling. ALL IN looms large over Cage vs. Grace, and MJF/Gage is either going to be a shockingly technical affair or an absolute bloodbath.

Get your tickets and RSVP here or check ‘em out when they get uploaded to, folks.

Free matches here!

Pat Monix vs. Simon Grimm

From the fine folks over at Zelo Pro and by recommendation of our pals at Not Your Demographic, we’ve got some Chicago action coming at you. Freelance regular Pat Monix takes on ex-WWE superstar Simon Gotch, check it out!

Progress Chapter 36: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Room Again

Yes, folks, ahead of their huge show at Wembley at the end of the month, Progress have uploaded the 2016 edition of their traditional September supercard. A farewell for several current WWE superstars, it features Joe Coffey vs. Rampage Brown for the inaugural Atlas Championship, British Strong Style vs. the London Riots for the tag titles, Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. Tommaso Ciampa 2/3 falls and a main event of Mark Haskins vs. Marty Scurll vs. Tommy End, don’t miss it!

IWRG Caravana de Campeones

And last but not least, another full indie lucha show courtesy of +LuchaTV. Dragon Bane vs. Freelance comes highly recommended on this one, folks. Enjoy!


MLW War Games (Sept. 6)

  1. Ricky Martinez over Jake St. Patrick
  2. New Hart Foundation (Brian Pillman, Jr., Davey Boy Smith, Jr., & Teddy Hart) over Stud Stable (Leo Brien, Michael Patrick, & Mike Parrow)
  3. Jimmy Yuta over El Hijo de LA Park
  4. Jason Cade over Myron Reed
  5. Brody King vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet went to a double disqualification draw
  6. Aria Blake & Maxwell Jacob Friedman over Joey Ryan & Taya Valkyrie
  7. Brian Pillman, Jr. over Vandal Ortagun
  8. LA Park over Pentagon, Jr.
  9. Simon Gotch over Gangrel by disqualification ($2,000 Open Challenge Match)
  10. Davey Boy Smith, Jr. over ACH
  11. Tom Lawlor over Joey Janela by disqualification
  12. Teddy Hart over Rich Swann
  13. James Storm over ???
  14. Low-Ki (c) over Rey Fenix to retain the MLW World Heavyweight Championship
  15. Barrington Hughes, John Hennigan, Kotto Brazil, Shane Strickland, & Tommy Dreamer over Abyss, Death Machines (Leon Scott & Monster Fulton), Jimmy Havoc, & Sami Callihan (War Games Match)

Perhaps the biggest news coming out of MLW this week is the debut of James Storm, who made a splash getting Tom Lawler disqualified against Joey Janela, but that’s not all! It was an eventful night for the Lucha Brothers, who turned down new contracts from Salina de la Renta but fell in their respective matches, and had a victorious LA Park pledging to come after their tag titles, which is quite interesting given certain rumors currently flying around. Additionally, the Stud Stable turned on Parrow in defeat and beat him down. Sure would be a shame if he were to put an... End to things, wouldn’t it?

Check it out as episodes of MLW Fusion, either on TV through BeIN Sports or through MLW’s YouTube channel, folks.

Evolve 112 / 113 (Sept. 7-8)

—Evolve 112 (Sept. 7)—

  1. Jaka over Leon Ruff
  2. Facade & Jason Kincaid over “Chainsaw” Joe Gacy & Steve Pena
  3. JD Drake over Harlem Bravado
  4. Priscilla Kelly over Aja Perera, Dementia D’Rose, and Kiera Hogan
  5. Darby Allin over Anthony Henry
  6. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams over Jon Davis
  7. Josh Briggs over Chris Dickinson
  8. Joey Janela (c) over AR Fox to retain the WWN Championship

—Evolve 113 (Sept. 8)—

  1. Anthony Henry over Facade, Harlem Bravado, Jason Kincaid, Jon Davis, and Josh Briggs
  2. JD Drake over Joey Janela
  3. Chris Dickinson over Stokely Hathaway
  4. Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) (c) over the Skulk (Adrian Alanis & Leon Ruff) to retain the Evolve Tag Team Championship
  5. Austin Theory over AR Fox
  6. Shane Strickland (c) over “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams to retain the Evolve World Championship

As always I’ll keep it short and sweet here in order that I might point you to my recaps (Evolve 112, 113), but suffice it to say while Evolve 112 was a solid Evolve show with an excellent main event, 113 was good to great start to finish, with the scramble, Drake/Janela, and the main all being excellent matches worth going out of your way to check out.

And you can do that on WWNLive with a Club WWN subscription, folks.

RPW International TV Taping / Brawl at the Guildhall / British J Cup 2018 (Sept. 7-9)

—International TV Taping Night One (Sept. 5)—

  1. Jushin Liger over Chris Brookes
  2. Great O-Kharn over Harrison Thompson
  3. Zack Sabre, Jr. over KUSHIDA
  4. Colt Cabana over Greg Burridge
  5. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) over HxC (Dan Head & James Castle)
  6. Chris Brookes over El Phantasmo
  7. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over White Wolves (A-Kid & Carlos Romo)
  8. Chris Ridgeway vs. Rocky Romero went to a no-contest
  9. Dan Magee vs. Sha Samuels went to a double disqualification draw
  10. David Starr (c) over Kurtis Chapman to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Championship
  11. Hunter Brothers (Jim & Lee Hunter) over Arrows of Hungary (Dover & Icarus)
  12. Great O-Kharn over OJMO
  13. Josh Bodom over MK McKinnan
  14. James Mason over Darrell Allen
  15. El Phantasmo over Jonathan Gresham by disqualification

—International TV Taping Night Two (Sept. 6)—

  1. Kip Sabian over A-Kid and Kurtis Chapman to become #1 contender to the RPW British Cruiserweight Championship
  2. Great O-Kharn over Darrell Allen
  3. Jody Fleisch & Jonny Storm over Neon Explosion (Cassius & Chuck Mambo) (RPW British Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament First Round Match)
  4. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) over El Phantasmo & Jushin Liger
  5. KUSHIDA over Josh Bodom
  6. Dan Magee over Sha Samuels by disqualification
  7. Zack Sabre, Jr. over Rocky Romero
  8. Hunter Brothers (Jim & Lee Hunter) over Jody Fleisch & Jonny Storm (RPW British Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinal Match)
  9. Great O-Kharn over Carlos Romo
  10. Colt Cabana over James Mason
  11. Kip Sabian over David Starr (c) by countout (RPW British Cruiserweight Championship)
  12. HxC (Dan Head & James Castle) over Arrows of Hungary (Dover & Icarus)
  13. Zack Sabre, Jr. over Chris Ridgeway
  14. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (RPW British Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinal Match)

—Brawl at the Guildhall (Sept. 7)—

  1. Colt Cabana over David Starr
  2. Great O-Kharn over Matt Grayson
  3. KUSHIDA over Kurtis Chapman
  4. Zack Sabre, Jr. over Jushin Liger
  5. Josh Bodom over Kip Sabian
  6. Flamita over Bandido
  7. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) & El Phantasmo over Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, SHO, & YOH)

—British J Cup Night One (Sept. 8)—

  1. Jushin Liger over Kyle Fletcher (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  2. El Phantasmo over Bandido (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  3. Rocky Romero over Kip Sabian (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  4. SHO over Dean Allmark (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  5. Great O-Kharn over Mark Davis
  6. David Starr over Tiger Mask IV (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  7. KUSHIDA over Chris Ridgeway (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  8. YOH over Ryusuke Taguchi by countout (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  9. Rich Swann over Flamita (British J Cup 2018 First Round Match)
  10. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) over Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER)

—British J Cup Night Two (Sept. 9)—

  1. El Phantasmo over Jushin Liger (British J Cup 2018 Semifinal Match)
  2. KUSHIDA over David Starr (British J Cup 2018 Semifinal Match)
  3. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) & Chris Ridgeway over Dean Allmark, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Tiger Mask IV
  4. Rich Swann over YOH (British J Cup 2018 Semifinal Match)
  5. Rocky Romero over SHO (British J Cup 2018 Semifinal Match)
  6. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over Bandido & Flamita
  7. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) over LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik)
  8. El Phantasmo over KUSHIDA, Rich Swann, & Rocky Romero (British J Cup 2018 Elimination Finals)

Your eyes don’t deceive you, folks, RevPro ran FIFTY-FOUR matches last week! 54! It’s like they put on a one-promotion WrestleMania weekend! Obviously with that many matches it’s hard to pick out highlights, but El Phantasmo got a hell of a nod, going over Bandido and the legendary Jushin Liger on his way to winning this year’s J Cup. Also a tip of the hat to my boys Zack Sabre, Jr. and Ringkampf, neither of whom worked the entire week through, but with KUSHIDA, Romero, Ridgeway, and Liger on one hand and CCK and LAX on the other, that’s a hell of a workweek for all three lads.

Check the TV tapings out on Free Sports UK when they air, and the other shows will be on RPW On Demand. (Plus, it’s likely that as always, the matches featuring New Japan Pro Wrestling talent will go up on NJPW World!)

AAW Seize the Day (Sept. 8)

  1. Brubaker over Dante Leon
  2. Curt Stallion & Jake Something over Jessicka Havok & Space Monkey
  3. Chuck Taylor over Hakim Zane
  4. Zema Ion over Myron Reed
  5. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
  6. Jimmy Jacobs over Jake Crist (Street Fight)
  7. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) over Kody Rice & Mike Hartenbower
  8. Stephen Wolf over PACO
  9. Buck Nasty over Joey Ryan
  10. ACH over Eddie Kingston

Not even a mid-show power outage can stop AAW! The power went out mid-way through Jacobs and Crist’s bloody war of a street fight and only came back during Nasty/Ryan. No titles were on the line after the big ALL IN weekend shakeup, but ACH finished his crusade against the men of WRSTLING on a high note, beating the War King in the main event here. Plus a newly aggressive Wolf got his win back over PACO, and how about the team of Jessicka Havok and Space Monkey, eh? What a world!

Check the show out (no word as to whether the power outage portions were successfully filmed or not, alas) when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.

CZW Down With the Sickness (Sept. 8)

  1. Brandon Kirk over Max Caster
  2. Anthony Greene over Dan O’Hare
  3. Mance Warner over Conor Claxton (Opportunity At an Opportunity CZW World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinal Match)
  4. BLKOUT (BLK Jeez & Ruckus) over the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (c) to win the CZW World Tag Team Championship
  5. Shook Crew (Bobby Orlando & Bryce Donovan) over Massage Force (Dorian Graves & VSK)
  6. Rickey Shane Page over Joe Gacy (Opportunity At an Opportunity CZW World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Semifinal Match)
  7. Blackwater over Ace Austin (c), Jordan Oliver, and KC Navarro to win the CZW Wired Championship
  8. John Silver over Alex Reynolds (Chris Ca$h Memorial Ladder Match)

A night of big changes for CZW, as the returning BLKOUT reclaimed the tag titles and Blackwater took the Wired Championship away from Ace Austin merely one night after he won it in a three-way for Rockstar Pro in which the Revolver Open Invite Scramble and DTU Alto Impacto Championships were also on the line. Plus Mance Warner and RSP have a date with destiny as they vye for an opportunity at Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s CZW World Heavyweight Championship.

Check it out on CZW Studios, folks.

Shine 53 (Sept. 8)

  1. Ivelisse over Candy Cartwright (Shine Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  2. Allysin Kay over Brandi Lauren (Shine Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  3. Mercedes Martinez over Stormie Lee (Shine Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  4. Santana Garrett over Priscilla Kelly (Shine Championship Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Mercedes Martinez over Ivelisse (Shine Championship Tournament Semifinal Match)
  6. Allysin Kay over Santana Garrett (Shine Championship Tournament Semifinal Match)
  7. Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa) (c) over Cutie Pie Club (Dementia D’Rose & Kiera Hogan) to retain the Shine Tag Team Championship
  8. Allysin Kay over Mercedes Martinez to win the vacant Shine Championship (Tournament Finals)

After five years, Allysin Kay has finally climbed the mountain and won the Shine Championship! For full details on how the show went down check our results here, but suffice it to say this was a tight two-hour show that delivered well for the most part. The best match, by my judgment, was Martinez/Ivelisse, a grappletastic encounter start to finish full of slick reversals, but really every match was at worst solid, and once you hit the semifinals it’s all quality through the end.

Check it out on WWNLive as part of your Club WWN subscription, 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.