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Beyond Uncharted Territory Season 2 Episode 1 (Oct. 3, 8PM Eastern)
- Daniel Garcia (c) vs. Matt Makowski (Discovery Gauntlet)
- Brandon Thurston vs. Jay Freddie
- Chris Dickinson vs. Wheeler YUTA
- Orange Cassidy vs. Thomas Santell
- Josh Briggs vs. Lance Archer
- Kris Statlander vs. Nick Gage
Yes folks, Beyond’s breakout weekly show is back and moved to Thursdays in light of the nascent Wednesday Night War, and if you weren’t tuning into season one, you missed out on a tight, focused, exciting two hours of pro wrestling every week starring indie staples and up-and-comers in equal measure. Season two kicks off with a bang, with Daniel Garcia defending the Discovery Gauntlet, another match in Thurston and Freddie’s excellent series, Dickinson and YUTA meeting in a hard-hitting grappling contest, a clash of personalities between season one breakout Santell and ol’ Freshly-Squeezed himself, plus a double main event featuring a HOSS FIGHT and an “I don’t even know how these two possibly fit together” match between Statlander and Gage.
wXw Inner Circle 8 / World Tag Team Festival 2019 / Femmes Fatales 2019 / AMBITION Wildcard Edition (Oct. 3-6)
—Inner Circle 8 (Oct. 3, 7PM CET)—
- Alexander James vs. Daniel Makabe
- Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) vs. Schadenfreude? (Kyle Fletcher & Lucky Kid)
- Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & Veit Mueller) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake)
—World Tag Team Festival 2019 Night One (Oct. 4, 8PM CET)—
- Jay-AA (Absolute Andy & Jay Skillet) vs. Pretty Bastards (Maggot & Prince Ahura) (World Tag Team Festival First Round Match)
- Arrows of Hungary (Dover & Icarus) vs. Violence Is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) (World Tag Team Festival First Round Match)
- Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake) (World Tag Team Festival First Round Match)
- The Crown (Alexander James & Jurn Simmons) vs. WRSTLING (David Starr & Eddie Kingston) (World Tag Team Festival First Round Match)
- Purge Club (Ivan Kiev & Pete Bouncer) vs. Schadenfreude? (Kyle Fletcher & Lucky Kid) (World Tag Team Festival First Round Match)
- Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & Veit Mueller) (World Tag Team Festival First Round Match)
- Flamita vs. Jonathan Gresham
—Femmes Fatales 2019 (Oct. 5, 2PM CET)—
- Leyla Hirsch vs. Sammii Jayne (Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
- Lana Austin vs. Baby Allison (Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
- Session Moth Martina vs. Wesna (Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
- LuFisto vs. Saraya Knight (Femmes Fatales First Round Match)
- Amale Winchester (c) vs. Faye Jackson (wXw Women’s Championship)
- Femmes Fatales Semifinals & Finals
—World Tag Team Festival 2019 Night Two (Oct. 5, 7:30PM CET)—
- Bobby Gunns (c) vs. Timothy Thatcher (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)
—AMBITION Wildcard Edition (Oct 6, 12:30PM CET)—
- Kevin Lloyd vs. Russ Taylor (AMBITION Wildcard Edition First Round Match)
- Damon Moser vs. Scotty Davis (AMBITION Wildcard Edition First Round Match)
- Daniel Makabe vs. James Runyan (AMBITION Wildcard Edition First Round Match)
- Alexander Dean vs. Dominic Garrini (AMBITION Wildcard Edition First Round Match)
- Oney Lorcan vs. Timothy Thatcher
- AMBITION Wildcard Edition Semifinals & Finals
—World Tag Team Festival 2019 Night Three (Oct. 6, 5PM CET)—
- wXw World Tag Team Festival Finals
wXw are back in Oberhausen for one of their two huge tournament weekends of the year, and it’s World Tag L-- er, Team Festival time! These cards have seen a few shakeups but I think they’ve settled on a pretty strong field, what with the Thatcher/Mueller version of Ringkampf kicking things off with a bang against NXT’s Burch and Lorcan! Plus Femmes Fatales returns (and oh boy am I excited for LuFisto vs. Saraya!) and AMBITION comes around for the third time this year with a field made up almost entirely of newcomers!
Chikara King of Trios 2019 (Oct. 4-6)
—Night One (Oct. 4, 7:30PM Eastern)—
- The Crucible (Ophidian, Lance Steel, & Princess KimberLee) vs. VeloCities (Jude London, Mat Diamond, & Paris de Silva) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- Karate Kat Xtreme (Lucas Calhoun, Missile Assault Man, & Stray Kat) vs. the Nations (Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza, & Mick Moretti) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- Creatures of the Deep (Hermit Crab, Merlok, & Oceanea) vs. Hatfields and McCoy (Boomer Hatfield, Dasher Hatfield, & Molly McCoy) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- Queens (Freddie Mercurio, Solo Darling, & Willow Nightingale) vs. the Crucible (Devantes, EM Demorest, & Matt Makowski) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- Quack Attack (Lance Lude, “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, & Rob Killjoy) vs. the Colony (Green II, Fire, & Thief Ants) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, & Tripp Cassidy) vs. Legion of Rot (Frightmare, Hallowicked, & Kobald) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, & Travis Huckabee) vs. the Embassy (Jimmy Rave, Prince Nana, & Sal Rinauro) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
- NDK (Kris Statlander, Nick Gage, & Thomas Santell) vs. Team PUMP (Jordynne Grace, Petey Williams, & Scott Steiner) (King of Trios 2019 First Round Match)
—Night Two (Oct. 5, 7:30PM Eastern)—
- John Francis of Coronado vs. ??? (Open Challenge)
- BLANK vs. Still Life with Apricots and Pears
- Rey de Voladores First Round Matches
- King of Trios 2019 Quarterfinal Matches
—Night Three (Oct. 6, 3PM Eastern)—
- Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge vs. Jakob Hammermeier & Wildebeest vs. Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator & Volgar) vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? (Tag Team Gauntlet)
- King of Trios 2019 Semifinals & Finals
Chikara are back in Reading, Pennsylvania for this year’s edition of King of Trios and it’s an excellent set of cards as usual and the tournament field is popping with the likes of a reunited Embassy and a pair of killer Aussie trios, I’m gonna do the ol’ one-match sell for this bad boy.
Team PUMP vs. NDK. Steiner vs. Gage. ‘Nuff said!
RPW Live at the Cockpit 46 (Oct. 6, 5:30PM GMT)
- Dani Luna vs. Gisele Shaw
- Callum Newman vs. Senza Volto
- JJ Gale vs. Rob Lias
- Legion of Lords (Lord Gideon Grey & ???) vs. Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker) (RPW British Tag Team Championship Eliminator)
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Dan Magee & Kurtis Chapman (RPW British Tag Team Championship Eliminator)
- HIKULEO vs. Michael Oku
- Chris Brookes vs. PJ Black
RevPro are back in the Cockpit in London, England with another one of their steady-on solid monthly cards. This month we’ve got two tag eliminators that will start the ball rolling on crowning new tag champs, Oku faces a huge challenge in HIKULEO, and Brookes will have to bring every ounce of cunning he has to bear if he wants to beat the Darewolf!
SUP You’re Next (Oct. 6, 2PM Central)
- IFHY (Johnathan Wolf & Shawn Kemp) vs. Lost Boys (Adam Slade & Chase Holliday) vs. Philly Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. Smoking Budz (Cody & Dave Morton)
- Alan Angels vs. Jaden Newman
- Thomas Shire vs. Zach Cooper
- O’Shay Edwards vs. Steve Manders
- Cabana Man Dan vs. Gary Jay
- AC Mack vs. Brett Ison (c) (SUP Bonestorm Championship)
- Craig Mitchell vs. Jake Parnell (c) (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)
SUP are back in Nashville, Tennessee with another slice of their trademark slate of the midwest’s finest up-and-comers. As I like to say, these are the shows you sit down knowing maybe one or two guys, you’ve probably seen Jay and Parnell around, and then you walk away with a half-dozen new favorites.
Free matches here!
Matt Riddle vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
A freebie from the World Wrestling Network to kick things off this week. From Evolve 102, the King of Bros takes on the Technical Wizard in part of their incredibly entertaining series, don’t miss it!
Elayna Black vs. Laynie Luck vs. Missa Kate vs. Shotzi Blackheart
From the good people over at Zelo Pro we’ve got a four-way for their vacant women’s championship, enjoy!
Brandon Thurston vs. Jay Freddie
And last but not least, in honor of the return of Uncharted Territory, Beyond have put up the second match between Thurston and Freddie to happen on their shores. Check it out!
AAW Defining Moment (Sept. 28)
- Air Wolf over Jordan Oliver
- Kimber Lee over Allysin Kay
- Masked Good Brother #3 over Matthew Justice ($10,000 Bounty Match)
- Ace Romero over Curt Stallion, Joey Lynch, and PACO to become #1 contender to the AAW Heavyweight Championship
- Karam vs. Myron Reed went to a no-contest
- Fatu over Darby Allin
- Jessicka Havok (c) over Hawlee Cromewell to retain the AAW Women’s Championship
- Jessicka Havok & Kris Statlander over Jimmy Jacobs & Josh Briggs
- Jake Something (c) over David Starr to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
- Josh Alexander over Sami Callihan (c) to win the AAW Heavyweight Championship
Walking Weapon, Walking Champion! Plus he’s got his first challenger set up in Ace Romero, and the masked good brother (who is definitely not Mance Warner) defended his good name and mask and refused to let Justice claim the bounty Jimmy Jacobs has put out, but in November... Nick f’n Gage will come to claim it!
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.