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.
Beyond Uncharted Territory Season 2 Episode 11 (Dec. 12, 8PM Eastern)
- Christian Casanova vs. Robo the Punjabi Lion (Tournament For Tomorrow 2019 First Round Match)
- DL Hurst vs. Richard Holliday (Tournament For Tomorrow 2019 First Round Match)
- Carlos Romo vs. Tony Deppen
- AC Mack & Fred Yehi vs. Leyla Hirsch & Wheeler YUTA
- Aaron Rourke (c) vs. Anthony Bowens (Discovery Gauntlet)
- Eddie Kingston & John Silver vs. Nerder Death Kill (Nick Gage & Thomas Santell)
Beyond are back in Worcester, Massachusetts for your weekly Thursday night proof that the indies are far from dead and hoo boy we’ve got a big one as the Tournament For Tomorrow rolls on! A big time main event as a superteam of Silver and Kingston takes on Beyond’s most unlikely pairing, Fred Yehi returns alongside fellow Georgia standout AC Mack, Carlos Romo makes the trek from Europe to face off against Tony Deppen, and more-- including the return of Team Pazuzu!
Freelance War Is Inevitable (Dec. 13, 9PM Central)
- EFFY vs. Eye Candy Elliot (c) (Freelance Legacy Championship Daddy Dog Collar Match)
- Acid Jaz vs. Jesus Bryce
- AJ Gray vs. Atticus Cogar vs. GPA vs. Gregory Iron vs. Laynie Luck vs. Tripp Cassidy (Scramble Match)
- Kenny Sutra, ???, & ??? vs. Take It Homewreckers (Bucky Collins, Darin Corbin, & Mikey McFinnegan)
- Isaias Velazquez vs. Project MONIX (No Holds Barred Match)
- No New Friends (Danny Adams & Kevin Lee Davidson) vs. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) (Freelance World Tag Team Championship)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page (c) vs. Kylie Rae (Freelance World Championship 2/3 Falls Match)
Freelance are back in Chicago, Illinois for their last show of the year and they’re really packing the action in. Rae gets another crack at Page, No New Friends challenge Space Pirates, Velazquez and Monix go at it NHB-style, we got a star-studded scramble, the N-Words explode, AND a... daddy dog collar match? Don’t miss it!
CZW Cage of Death XXI (Dec. 14, 8PM Eastern)
- Gabriel Skye vs. KC Navarro vs. Kris Bishop vs. Leon Ruff vs. Matt Macintosh (CZW Wired Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Azrieal, Jimmy Rave, & Steve Mack vs. YDNB (Charlie Tiger, Ellis Taylor, & Griffin McCoy)
- Alex Reynolds & “Smart” Mark Sterling vs. Anthony Greene & Ava Everett (No Holds Barred Match)
- Conor Claxton vs. John Silver (CZW Rules Match)
- Brittany Blake vs. Kris Statlander (WSU Championship)
- AR Fox vs. Jordan Oliver (c) (CZW Wired Championship)
- Bear Counrty (Bear Beefcake & Bear Bronson) vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (c) (CZW World Tag Team Championship)
- Joe Gacy (c) vs. ??? (CZW World Championship)
- Brandon Kirk vs. Jimmy Lloyd (Cage of Death)
CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey for their annual Cage of Death spectacular, and the new generation of deathmatch stars are taking center stage as Kirk and Lloyd will be the ones to do battle inside the titular cage! Plus a trio of indie vets take on YDNB, Bears look to take the tag titles, and Joe Gacy looks to end DJ Hyde’s career by beating a representative hand-chosen by Maven Bentley!
DD To Infinity and Beyond (Dec. 14, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Billy Avery vs. Mitch Vallen vs. Slade vs. Still Life With Apricots and Pears
- Corey Havoc & Nicky Oceans vs. Joshua Wells & Ron Voyage
- Eric Corvis vs. Green Ant II vs. Kit Osbourne (DD Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Dan Champion, Mike Oridge, & ??? vs. “Lowlife” Louie Ramos, Prince Akkanatan, & TJ Blade
- Apostles of Chaos (Chris Benne, Jason Sinclair, & Logan Black) & Conor Claxton vs. Boomer Hatfield, Callux the Castigator, Lucas DiSangro, & Razerhawk
- Adira vs. Corinne Mink vs. Gabby Ortiz vs. Katred vs. Molly McCoy vs. Willow Nightingale
- Francis Kip Stevens vs. Matt Tremont
- Angelus Layne vs. Hallowicked vs. Kris Statlander vs. Ophidian (DD Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Jeff Cannonball vs. Terra Calaway
Dropkick Depression are back in Old Bridge, New Jersey for their last show of the year, and also for the last show of Terra Calaway’s career as an active competitor. She announced it months ago and the day has come, and truly, what better way to say farewell to the squared circle than by wrestling the love of your life? Plus eight other killer matches featuring a fantastic mix of established indie talent and newer faces, and it’s gonna be a hell of a show.
EVE Wristlocks and Rhinestones (Dec. 14, 7:30PM GMT)
- Laura Di Matteo vs. Nightshade
- Heidi Katrina vs. Mercedez Blaze
- Jinny vs. Sammii Jayne
- Millie McKenzie vs. Nina Samuels
- Jetta vs. Rhia O’Reilly (c) (EVE Championship)
EVE are closing their year out with one last show at the Resistance Gallery in London, England, folks. Jetta has a non-title victory over O’Reilly. The momentum is on her side. Can she dethrone Rhia for her first major title win or will she be consigned to the also-rans by a loss?
Fale Dojo / PWA Black Label Liger Down Under! (Dec. 14, 7:30PM AEST)
- Carter Deams vs. Patrick Schischka
- Ricky South vs. Tree Hugger Luchi
- Mark Tui & Michael Richards vs. the Nations (Adam Hoffman & Mick Moretti)
- LUX (Kingsley & Xena) vs. the Nations (Jessica Troy & Madison Eagles)
- Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza vs. Jushin Liger & Robbie Eagles
PWA are back in Marrickville, New South Wales, in conjunction with Fale Dojo and do I really need to sell this harder than by pointing out that it’s Jushin Liger’s final show in Australia?
WiF! (Dec. 14, 3PM Eastern)
- Frey Nassar vs. Xavier Faraday
- Adam Chandler, Dan Champion, & Mobius vs. Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator, Frantik, & Volgar)
- Josue Ibanez vs. Tunku Amir
- Boomer Hatfield & Danjerhawk vs. the Colony (Green II & Thief Ants)
- Creatures of the Deep (Hermit Crab & Merlok) vs. Legion of Rot (Frightmare & Kobald)
Chikara affiliate Wrestling Is Fun! is back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first time in five years, and they’re bringing the same mix of established Chikara stars and fresh faces that they did back when they first emerged from the ashes.
wXw 19th Anniversary (Dec. 14, 6PM CET)
- Baby Allison vs. Killer Kelly vs. Little Miss Roxxy vs. Skye Smitson
- Alexander James vs. Jurn Simmons (Singapore Cane Match)
- Absolute Andy vs. Avalanche (c) vs. Jay Skillet vs. Veit Mueller (wXw Shotgun Championship)
- Amale Winchester (c) vs. Meiko Satomura (wXw Women’s World Championship)
- Pretty Bastards (Maggot & Prince Ahura) (c) vs. Vollgasteren (Julian Pace & Leon van Gasteren) (wXw World Tag Team Championship)
- Bobby Gunns vs. David Starr vs. Timothy Thatcher (c) (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)
wXw’s biggest show of the year is, as usual, their last, and we’re rolling up on NINETEEN years of German wrestling excellence! Thatcher fends off two men each nearly his equal in the grappling arts, and the Crown explodes in a positively brutal match-- no rules, and once we have a winner, the loser will take ten strokes of the cane!
Progress Chapter 99: With a Flake, Please (Dec. 15, 2PM GMT)
- Mark Andrews vs. Primate
- Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson)
- Kassius Ohno vs. Timothy Thatcher
- Cara Noir vs. Ilja Dragunov (2/3 Falls Match)
- Chris Ridgeway vs. Paul Robinson (c) (Progress Proteus Championship)
- Jinny vs. Meiko Satomura (c) (Progress Women’s World Championship)
- David Starr vs. Eddie Dennis (c) (Progress Unified World Championship)
Progress are back in Sheffield, England, and folks...
One more time.
RPW Uprising 2019 (Dec. 15, 5PM GMT)
- Moonlight Express (MAO & “Speedball” Mike Bailey) vs. Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker)
- Carlos Romo vs. Dan Moloney vs. Kyle Fletcher vs. Ricky Knight, Jr. vs. Robbie X vs. Senza Volto
- Gisele Shaw vs. Shanna
- Hikuleo vs. Shota Umino
- Michael Oku vs. PAC
- El Phantasmo (c) vs. TJ Perkins (RPW British Cruiserweight Championship)
- The Legion (Great-O-Kharn & Rampage Brown) (c) vs. Kings of the North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin) (RPW British Tag Team Championship)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
RevPro are back in London, England for their last big York Hall show of the year and when standout young lion Umino playing David to Hikuleo’s Goliath isn’t even the fifth most exciting match on a card you know you’ve got a good one lined up!
Free matches here!
Ashley Vox vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
From the fine folks up at Limitless Wrestling in Maine, we’ve got a big meaty slice of intergender action from two of the indies’ freshest new faces for you. The queen of the oceans vs. a rich dickhead in a scarf, enjoy!
Eddie Kingston vs. Stokely Hathaway
From our friends at Beyond Wrestling, we have something of a blast from the past. Wrestling’s number one manager Stokely Hathaway found himself in it again, and forced to wrestle Eddie Kingston. Check it out!
Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake)
Last but not least, from our friends over at Black Label Pro we’ve got some hot, hot tag team action for you. Cast your eyes back to the beginning of 2019, when Violence Is Forever was still called Sadkampf and found themselves up against the Lethal Enforcers. Don’t miss it!
Evolve 141 / 142 (Dec. 6-7)
—Evolve 141 (Dec. 6)—
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over the Skulk (Adrian Alanis & Liam Gray) to become #1 contenders to the Evolve Tag Team Championship
- Brendan Vink over Colby Corino
- Harlem Bravado over J-Rocc
- Reina Gonzalez over Shotzi Blackheart by disqualification
- The Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff) (c) over Andrew Everett & Matt Sydal to retain the Evolve Tag Team Championship
- Curt Stallion over Anthony Greene (Extreme Rules Match)
- Natalia Markova over Camron Bra’Nae
- The Unwanted (Eddie Kingston, Joe Gacy, & Sean Maluta) over Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez, Arturo Ruas, & Babatunde
- Josh Briggs (c) over JD Drake to retain the Evolve World Championship
- WALTER over Timothy Thatcher
—Evolve 142 (Dec. 7)—
- Colby Corino over Sean Maluta
- Eddie Kingston over Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez
- Joe Gacy over Andrew Everett
- Anthony Greene & Harlem Bravado over Babatunde & Josh Briggs by disqualification
- Brendan Vink over Adrian Alanis
- Arturo Ruas over Timothy Thatcher
- Reina Gonzalez over Shotzi Blackheart (No Disqualification Match)
- Curt Stallion over Matt Sydal
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over the Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff) (c) to win the Evolve Tag Team Championship
- WALTER over Josh Briggs
How about them Besties in the World, folks?! Big moves afoot in Evolve, although it’s not the first time the hype local tag team won the titles (hello, WorkHorsemen), they certainly are worthy of the accolade!
Check ‘em out with Club WWN, friends.
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.