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.
CMLL Super Viernes (Feb. 1, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Akuma & Espanto, Jr. vs. Robin & Star, Jr.
- Amapola, Dalys, & Reyna Isis vs. Kaho Kobayashi, Lluvia, & Princesa Sugehit
- Atlantis, Atlantis, Jr., & Niebla Roja vs. Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto, & Villano IV
- Flyer, Mistico II, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Templario, & Ultimo Guerrero)
- Barbaro Cavernario vs. Caristico vs. Dragon Lee vs. El Terrible vs. El Valiente vs. Forastero vs. Gran Guerrero vs. Stuka, Jr. (Campeon Universal 2019 Tournament Phase One)
CMLL are back in Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and it’s that time again-- time to crown a Universal Champion! 16 of CMLL’s champions will meet in a tournament to crown this year’s champion of champions, and I mean just look at this week’s half of the field, this is gonna rule!
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.
Freelance Sleepless in Chicago (Feb. 1, 9PM Central)
- Alex Zayne vs. Craig Mitchell vs. Daniel Makabe vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Rickey Shane Page (Scramble Match)
- Ari Azteca vs. Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell vs. Kobe Durst
- Eye Candy Elliott vs. Sonny Kiss
- Gregory Iron vs. Tony Nas
- Chris Castro vs. KTB
- Robert Anthony vs. Tyler Bateman
- Arik Cannon & the N-Words (Acid Jaz & Bryce Benjamin) vs. Bucky Collins, Darin Corbin, & Mikey McFinnegan
- Isaias Velazquez (c) vs. ??? (Freelance World Championship Open Challenge)
Freelance Wrestling is back in Chicago and they’ve got a couple hype west coast imports ready to impress, as Daniel Makabe will be in a star-studded scramble and Tyler Bateman goes one on one with the original Ego, Robert Anthony. Plus Velazquez offers an open challenge, one of the most attractive matches in history as Kiss meets Eye Candy, and more!
BLP Unplugged (Feb. 2, 4PM Central)
- Bear Bronson vs. Kris Statlander
- Boomer Hatfield, Cabana Man Dan, & Jake Lander vs. Callux the Castigator, Donovan Danhausen, & Still Life With Apricots and Pears
- O’Shay Edwards vs. Tyler Matrix
- AJ Gray vs. Logan James
- Gary Jay vs. Tyler Bateman
- Allie Kat vs. Savanna Stone
- Daniel Makabe vs. Rory Gulak
- Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake)
- Jake Parnell vs. Kobe Durst (c) (BLP Indiana State Championship)
- Anthony Greene & Josh Abercrombie vs. BMD & “All Ego” Ethan Page
Black Label Pro are back in a new venue for a super intimate experience but they haven’t skimped one bit on the card, folks. Kicking off their 2019 right, we’ve got a dream tag main event, one of the more wild trios matches I’ve ever seen involving a bunch of Chikara talent, and a boatload of killer-looking singles matches, but most exciting to me? Sadkampf vs. WorkHorsemen, baby! They’re gonna tear the house down.
MLW Superfight (Feb. 2, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Kotto Brazil vs. Ricky Martinez
- Aerostar vs. Rey Horus
- Gringo Loco vs. Puma King
- Ace Romero vs. Simon Gotch
- Ace Austin vs. Rich Swann
- DJ Z vs. Myron Reed
- Brian Pillman, Jr. & ??? vs. Tommy Dreamer & ???
- Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Teddy Hart) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (c) (MLW World Tag Team Championship)
- Low-Ki (c) vs. Tom Lawlor (MLW World Heavyweight Championship)
MLW are back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s legendary ECW Arena and they’ve got a jacked and stacked card for y’all. Lucha libre? Got it. Killer double main event for the world and tag titles? Here. A grudge match after Kotto Brazil nearly lost an eye? Check. Debuts from incredibly talented guys like Mance Warner and Alex Hammerstone? You bet!
A1 Super\Slam Sunday (Feb. 3, 2PM Eastern)
- Kody Lane vs. Trey Miguel vs. Zachary Wentz
- BMD & Rickey Shane Page vs. Savage Society (Holden Albright & Terrell Kenneth)
- Allie Kat, Gregory Iron, & Hornswoggle vs. Eric Cairnie & Western Med Connection (Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham & Jim Nye)
- Cheech (c) vs. Shane Sabre (A1 Zero Gravity Championship)
- Alessandro del Bruno vs. ??? (Open Challenge)
- Josh Alexander vs. Justin Sane vs. Kobe Durst (Alpha) vs. Sami Callihan (Outer) (A1 Alpha Male / Outer Limits Championship Two Falls Match)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Johnny Alpha (c) vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Impact World Heavyweight Championship)
Alpha-1 are back in Hamilton, Ontario, and it’s a big one, folks-- John Morrison is here (billed as Johnny Alpha, because of course) and he’s defending his Impact World Heavyweight Championship! Plus, for Alpha-1’s own homegrown gold, we’ve got a slick two falls match in which the Outer Limits title will be contested in the first fall and the Alpha Male title in the second!
Get your tickets at the door or check the VOD out when it hits IndependentWrestling.tv, folks.
RPW Live at the Cockpit 38 (Feb. 3, 5:30PM GMT)
- Josh Bodom vs. Lucky Kid
- El Phantasmo vs. Rob Lias
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Team White Wolf (A-Kid & Carlos Romo)
- Chris Brookes vs. Shigehiro Irie
RevPro are back in the Cockpit in London, England, and while I don’t have a full card ahead of me what they’ve announced is pretty swell. The obvious star matchup is Brookes/Irie, but ain’t none of it bad, not least a rare Lucky Kid appearance in RevPro!
Tickets are sold out, but you can catch this bad boy when it goes up on RPW On Demand, folks.
Free matches here!
DJ Z vs. GPA
From the fine folks over at Zelo Pro we’ve got a hell of a six letter matchup lined up as GPA and DJ Z do battle. Check it out!
IWRG Arena Naucalpan
We’ve got a free full show from IWRG for you, folks, and I’ll be honest-- cards on the table, I just picked this one because the screencap has lucha turtles in it. Who doesn’t love a lucha turtle?! Enjoy!
OI4K (Dave Crist, Dezmond Xavier, Jake Crist, & Zachary Wentz) vs. Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, Jaka, & Mike Draztik)
Faction warfare courtesy of Beyond Wrestling this week, as the combined might of Doom Patrol and LAX joined up to take on a then-united OI4K before the Rascalz split on their own way. Don’t miss it!
wXw Road to 16 Carat Gold: London (Jan. 26)
- Mark Davis over Oliver Carter (Road to 16 Carat Gold 2019 Block A Semifinal Match)
- Francis Kaspin over Ivan Kiev (Road to 16 Carat Gold 2019 Block A Semifinal Match)
- Shigehiro Irie over Julian Pace (Road to 16 Carat Gold 2019 Block B Semifinal Match)
- Kyle Fletcher over Jay Skillet (Road to 16 Carat Gold 2019 Block B Semifinal Match)
- Bobby Gunns over Chris Brookes, Ilja Dragunov, Lucky Kid, and Timothy Thatcher
- Mark Davis over Francis Kaspin (Road to 16 Carat Gold 2019 Block A Finals)
- Shigehiro Irie over Kyle Fletcher (Road to 16 Carat Gold 2019 Block B Finals)
- Absolute Andy (c) over David Starr to retain the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
It’s all HOSS in the wXw offices these days, since Irie and Davis are both headed to 16 Carat Gold! Plus, after Kid Lykos’ unfortunate injury, wXw made the best of things by turning an all-star trios match into a five-man scramble that saw Bobby Gunns prevail.
Check the VOD out on wXwNOW!, 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.