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.
EVE Global Women’s Strike / Strong Woman Style (Sept. 27 / 29)
—Global Women’s Strike (Sept. 27, 8PM GMT)—
- Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Millie McKenzie
- Hana Kimura vs. Sammii Jayne
- Meiko Satomura vs. Toni Storm
—Strong Women Style Show 1 (Sept. 29, 3:30PM GMT)—
- Jetta vs. Nina Samuels (SHE-1 Series Qualifying Match)
- Kay Lee Ray vs. Laura Di Matteo
- Alpha Female vs. Chihiro Hashimoto
- Charlie Morgan (c) vs. Kasey vs. Rhia O’Reilly vs. Sammii Jayne (EVE Championship)
—Strong Women Style Show 2 (Sept. 29, 8PM GMT)—
- Charlie Morgan vs. Kay Lee Ray vs. Killer Kelly vs. Toni Storm (EVE International Championship Tournament Semifinal Match)
At long last we welcome Pro Wrestling: EVE to Sermon with a star-studded triple header weekend in London! It’s long overdue on my part, given the quality of talent to hand, both local and international, and the accessibility of their shows on demand, but now they’re on the lineup and not leaving anytime soon, folks. And with matches like Satomura vs. Storm on deck, well... do I really need to sell these harder?
CMLL Super Viernes (Sept. 28, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Dalys, Metalica, & Reyna Isis vs. La Guerrera, La Jarochita, & Princesa Sugehit
- Angel de Oro, Flyer, & Niebla Roja vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto & Mephisto) & Templario
- El Felino vs. El Valiente (Lightning Match)
- Forastero, Negro Casas, & Rey Bucanero vs. Hijo de LA Park, Mistico, & Soberano, Jr.
- Barbaro Cavernario & Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero & Sanson) vs. Caristico, Michael Elgin, & Volador, Jr.
- El Cl4n (Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, & The Chris) (c) vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero) (CMLL World Trios Championship)
CMLL are back in Arena Mexico for your weekly dose of Friday night lucha libre action and while this isn’t the most spectacular show they’ve announced in some time, the Felino/Valiente lightning match should be fun, we’ve got a couple potentially great trios matches, and a rare title match in the main event, so certainly a solid way to spend your Friday night in any case!
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 Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament 2018 (Sept. 28-29)
—Night One (Sept. 28, 7PM Central)—
- Ace Romero vs. DJ Z (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Sammy Guevara vs. Trey Miguel (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- AR Fox vs. Myron Reed (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Darby Allin vs. Jimmy Jacobs (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- ACH vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Moose vs. Sami Callihan (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Rey Fenix vs. Shane Strickland (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Curt Stallion & Jake Something vs. WRSTLING (David Starr & Eddie Kingston) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)
- Brody King (c) vs. Penta el Zero M (AAW Heavyweight Championship)
—Night Two (Sept. 29, 4PM Central)—
- Kylie Rae vs. Scarlett
- OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) vs. ???
- Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
AAW are back in Logan Square Auditorium (somewhat miraculously after Sami Callihan and Jimmy Jacobs raised the ire of venue staff destroying chairs last time!) and it’s tournament time! Yes, the third annual tournament in honor of sadly departed AAW co-owner Jim Lynam is this weekend and as usual, AAW have lined up a stacked field of indie and international stars for it, plus two big title matches and Kylie Rae’s return from injury!
Beyond Please Come Back (Sept. 30, 6PM Eastern)
- Jaxon Stone vs. Wheeler YUTA
- ”Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) vs. Travis Huckabee (Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship)
- Marko Stunt vs. Orange Cassidy
- LuFisto vs. Trixie Tash
- Curt Stallion vs. Josh Briggs
- John Silver vs. Kris Stadtlander
- Amazing Graysons (JP & Tommy Grayson) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Project Generation (Evander James & Mantequilla) vs. Zoltan (Kris Kage & Mike Whiplash)
- Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) vs. Devil’s Reject & Teddy Goodz
- AR Fox vs. Tony Deppen
Beyond Wrestling are back at the Electric Haze in Worcester, Massachusetts, and now THIS is a cool concept for a show! You may note the unusual proportion of unfamiliar names, and that’s because the gimmick here is that every member of the Beyond roster appearing on this one has selected a wrestler or wrestlers who have never wrestled for Beyond for their opponent! Long-time readers will know I like to harp on the idea that one of the best things about indie wrestling is watching a show full of unfamiliar wrestlers and walking away with a couple new favorites, and this one is just about perfect for that.
Progress Chapter 76: Hello Wembley (Sept. 30, 2PM GMT)
- Mark Haskins vs. Matt Riddle
- Ilja Dragunov vs. Pete Dunne
- Jimmy Havoc vs. Paul Robinson (No Disqualification Match)
- Eddie Dennis vs. Mark Andrews (Progress World Championship #1 Contender’s Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match)
- Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Bandido & Flamita (c) vs. Chris Brookes & Timothy Thatcher vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) vs. M&M (Connor Mills & Maverick Mayhew) vs. Sexy Starr (David Starr & Jack Sexsmith) vs. the 198 (“Flash” Morgan Webster & Wild Boar) (Progress World Tag Team Championship Thunderbastard Match)
- Doug Williams (c) vs. Trent Seven (Progress Atlas Division Championship)
- Jinny (c) vs. Millie McKenzie vs. Toni Storm (Progress Women’s World Championship)
- Tyler Bate vs. WALTER (c) (Progress World Championship)
It’s time for Progress’ biggest show of the year and as is time-honored tradition, they’re in their biggest room yet, the SSE Arena at Wembley! Despite New Japan scheduling conflicts pulling Will Ospreay and Zack Sabre, Jr. from the show and a number of injuries throwing a spanner into the collective works, they’ve come out the other side and put together a really strong card here, from the Dunne/Dragunov dream match, to Riddle/Haskins in the King of Bros’ last indie match, all the way through Doug Williams’ last stand against Trent Seven and Tyler Bate challenging WALTER for the world title.
Free matches here!
Timothy Thatcher vs. Toni Storm
At long last, all of Beyond’s WrestleMania weekend all-intergender show, Lit Up, is available free on YouTube, and this main event is the cream of the crop. Perhaps my favorite intergender match ever, Storm plays underdog as Thatcher has no choice but to leverage his greater size and strength against her, and while the result makes for somewhat uncomfortable viewing at points, it’s as gripping a story as a wrestling match can tell. Don’t miss it!
Smash Super Showdown VI
From the fine folks over as Smash Wrestling who we don’t feature nearly enough around here, we’ve got a full free show! Featuring the the likes of Brody King vs. Jeff Cobb vs. PCO and Super Smash Brothers vs. Well-Oiled Machines, check it out!
Jordan Devlin vs. WALTER
Hot off the presses from the good people over at OTT, we’ve got the main event of WrestleRama 2. The Import Killer takes on the Ring General, enjoy!
GCW Live Fast, Die Young (Sept. 21)
- Pierre Carl Ouellet (c) over Jimmy Lloyd to retain the GCW Extreme Championship
- ”Spyder” Nate Webb over Tony Deppen
- Teddy Hart over Jack Evans
- Markus Crane over G-Raver (Fuckery Boards Deathmatch)
- Marko Stunt over Gringo Loco, KTB, and Matt Travis
- Nick Gage (c) over Rich Swann to retain the GCW Heavyweight Championship
- Joey Janela over Psicosis
- SHLAK over Eric Ryan (No Rope Barbed Wire Deathmatch)
The big news coming out of GCW’s latest internet pay-per-view offering is sad news, what with Joey Janela injuring his knee in his match against Psicosis. He’s had an MRI done and it’s pretty bad news, so let’s all join together in wishing the Bad Boy a speedy recovery as possible, shall we?
You can check out replays of the action on FITE, folks.
NOVA Project 4 (Sept. 21)
- Sahara 7 over Jordan Blade
- Main Attraction (Beau Crockett & Paul Jordane) over Huggy Bear & Maryland Matt
- Cain Justice over John Kermon
- Arik Royal over 2 Cold Scorpio
- Faye Jackson over LuFisto
- Isaiah Frazier (c) over Josh Fuller and Mack Bucker to retain the CRAB Wrestling Championship
- Tim Donst (c) over Breaux Keller to retain the AIW Intense Championship
- Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) over Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) (Ducks, Ladders, & Chairs Match)
- John Skyler over Graham Bell, Harlem Bravado, Jake Parnell, Ken Dixon, and Steve Manders (Scramble Match)
- Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) over Jonathan Gresham & Sage Philips
- Logan Easton LaRoux over Alexander James (Winner Gains Control of the 1%, Loser Leaves NOVA Pro Match)
- Allie Kat & Brittany Blake over GOTHICC (Angelus Layne & Terra Calaway)
- ”Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) over Jordynne Grace to retain the Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship
As always the card is subject to change, and thus our women’s trios match became a straight tag and Tim Donst’s match became an open challenge for his AIW Intense Championship, but all things considered NOVA Project 4 was a great show and a worthy successor to last year’s event. My personal match of the night was the DLC match, which was an at turns delightful and ultraviolent fast-paced tag team plunder match, but Royal/Scorpio, Jackson/LuFisto, and LaRoux/James all also delivered and delivered big.
...which brings me to the main event. Grace/Williams was on pace to be a match that surpassed any of the previous matches on the card, with some INCREDIBLY tight and slick grappling exchanges, just some of the smoothest work I’ve seen taped by a Powerbomb.tv camera, but unfortunately wrestling is a dangerous business and in the simple act of landing on her feet on her way to take one of Hot Sauce’s trademark avalanche DDTs, Jordynne injured her leg and the match had to be called early.
The good news is, it appears to be a fairly minor injury and after a week or so of rest, Thick Mama Pump should be good to go!
Check the VOD out on Powerbomb.tv, folks, it’s a good one!
BLP 9: Darkest Timeline Championship Tournament (Sept. 22)
- Tom Lawlor over Jake Parnell (BLP Indiana State Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Kevin Ku over Allie Kat, Clayton Gainz, PB Smooth, & Rory Fox (BLP Indiana State Championship Tournament First Round Scramble Match)
- Kobe Durst over Dominic Garrini & Jeremy Wyatt (BLP Indiana State Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Pierre Carl Ouellet over Josh Briggs (BLP Indiana State Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Brian Pillman, Jr. over Andrew Everett, Joshua Bishop, & Zachary Wentz (BLP Indiana State Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Marko Stunt over Hornswoggle (BLP Indiana State Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) over No New Friends (Danny Adams & Kevin Lee Davidson) and the Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only) to retain the A1 Tag Team Championship
- Kobe Durst over Brian Pillman, Jr., Kevin Ku, Marko Stunt, Pierre Carl Ouellet, and Tom Lawlor to win the vacant BLP Indiana State Championship (Tournament Elimination Finals)
Card subject to change, folks, and with Jordynne Grace’s injury, the plan to defend her BLP Heavyweight Championship through the tournament went out the window, so Black Label introduced an Indiana State Championship and, with a tiny bit of work reworking the card, the result was a blast! I was only able to catch the first round, but from Lawlor and Parnell’s hard-hitting opener through to Stunt and Swoggle’s battle of the giants that saw them fight all around the arena, it was a hoot and a half, and absolutely worth checking out.
You can do so, of course, on Powerbomb.tv, folks.
Chikara It Came From Beneath the Sink! (Sept. 22)
- The Regime (Juan Francisco de Coronado, Rick Roland, & Sloan Caprice) over Hyper Beast Warriors (Hype Rockwell, Oleg the Usurper, & Proletariat Boar of Moldova)
- Cajun Crawdad over Jawbreaker Jose
- Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator & Volgar) over the Colony (Fire & Thief Ants)
- Mick Moretti over Rory Gulak
- Blanche Babish, Jeremy Leary, & Lucas Calhoun over the Nouveau Aesthetic (BLANK, Still Life With Apricots and Pears, & Ursa Minor in the Night Sky)
- The Whisper over Boomer Hatfield
- Green Ant II, “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, Solo Darling, & Officer Warren Barksdale over Frantik, Hallowicked, Merlok, & Sonny Defarge
- Dasher Hatfield (c) over Travis Huckabee to retain the interim Chikara Grand Championship
One defense in and Dasher Hatfield is doing his longtime friend and tag team partner “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti proud as interim champ, defending the title that Angelosetti won over Johnny Kidd Invitational 2018 winner Travis Huckabee. And his next challenger may already be set, as Mick Moretti’s victory over Rory Gulak earned him his third point towards Grand Championship contention!
Check it out on Chikaratopia, 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.