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. 15, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Cancerbero & Raziel vs. Pegasso & Stigma
- Black Panther, Blue Panther, Jr., & Guerrero Maya, Jr. vs. Okumura, Tiger, & Virus
- Esfinge, Titan, & Triton vs. Polvora, Templario, & Vangellys
- Angel de Oro, Soberano, Jr., & Stuka, Jr. vs. Bestia del Ring & Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto & Mephisto)
- Caristico, El Valiente, & Mistico II vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero)
- El Terrible vs. Niebla Roja (2019 CMLL Universal Championship Tournament Finals)
CMLL are back in Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and naturally enough this week’s show is built around finishing up the Universal Championship tournament! El Terrible (he’s not actually bad, folks) meets the Lagunero He-Man himself, Niebla Roja for the honor atop a card stacked pretty well with trios matches that look like they bottom out at fun at worst. Worth checking out!
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.
ICW New York Party and Bullshit (Feb. 15, 8PM Eastern)
- Eli Everfly vs. Facade vs. KTB vs. Sanchez
- Grim Reefer vs. Tony Deppen
- Azrieal vs. Jungle Boy
- Maria Manic vs. Penelope Ford
- Jimmy Lloyd vs. Teddy Hart
- Chris Dickinson vs. Orange Cassidy (c) (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)
- Nick Gage vs. Scott Steiner
Queens, New York.
Live on IWTV.
NOVA Ain’t That a Kick in the Head (Feb. 15, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Alex Herzog vs. Eddy Only vs. Innocent Isaiah vs. John Kermon vs. Steve Manders vs. Tripp Cassidy (Commonwealth Cup Qualifying Scramble Match)
- Kris Statlander vs. Veda Scott
- Anthony Greene vs. Tim Donst (Commonwealth Cup Qualifying Match)
- Harlow O’Hara vs. Joey Ryan
- Isaiah Frazier vs. Sage Philips
- Bobby Shields vs. Breaux Keller
- Arik Royal & ??? vs. Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
- Allie Kat vs. Terra Calaway
- Alexander James vs. Logan Easton LaRoux
NOVA Pro are back in Annandale, Virginia to kick their 2019 off with a bang and what a bang it is, eh? Alexander James makes a one-night return in the main event to try and win his NOVA career back, Cat and dinosaur clash in a battle to determine the lady ace of NOVA Pro, Royal has a mystery partner against Sadkampf, Joey Ryan makes his debut against Harlow O’Hara in a match I can’t even begin to imagine, AND two Commonwealth Cup qualifiers for the men’s side?!
RPW High Stakes 2019 (Feb. 15, 7PM GMT)
- Chris Ridgeway vs. MK McKinnan
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Team White Wolf (A-Kid & Carlos Romo)
- Angelico vs. Josh Bodom
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham)
- El Phantasmo vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Bea Priestley vs. Zoe Lucas (c) (RPW British Women’s Championship)
- PAC vs. Will Ospreay
RevPro are back in London, England’s York Hall and... damnit, I already did the ‘nuff said gimmick for Gage/Steiner, didn’t I? Sigh. PAC/Ospreay, though! Hell of a match. Plus MJF making his RevPro debut, Aussie Open having another titanic clash against CCK, and more!
Tickets are sold out, but you’ll be able to catch this one on RPW On Demand promptly as usual, folks.
wXw Dead End (Feb. 15, 8PM CET)
- Avalanche & David Starr vs. Jurn Simmons & Timothy Thatcher
- Faye Jackson vs. Killer Kelly vs. Toni Storm
- Veit Mueller vs. WALTER
- Da Mack vs. Lucky Kid
- Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) vs. RISE (Ivan Kiev & Pete Bouncer)
- A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) vs. Bobby Gunns & Ilja Dragunov
wXw are back in Hamburg, Germany, and the fate of the Unified World Wrestling Championship on 16 Carat Gold weekend is at stake, folks-- if A4 win the dream tag main event, Al-Ani gets the title shot. If Gunns and Dragunov win, it’s Bobby’s time to shine. Plus Lucky Kid has reinstated Mack’s Hamburg privileges so he can get another crack at the Cruiserweight Classic participant, and more!
PWX Battlefield X (Feb. 16, 3PM Eastern)
- 30-Man Battlefield X Battle Royal
- International Superstars (Blanco Loco & Joey Ozbourne) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- DJ Z vs. Slim J
- Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) (c) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James D. Drake) (PWX World Tag Team Championship)
- Darius Lockhart vs. Elijah Evans IV (c) (PWX World Heavyweight Championship)
PWX are back in Concord, North Carolina for a double-shot with Evolve (and of course, more on that in my preview of Evolve’s weekend on Friday morning), featuring everything from PWX’s own homegrown WWN stars the WorkHorsemen looking to take the tag titles off the Revolt!, a battle of indie vets as Slim J and Zema Ion go to war, a thirty-man Royal Rumble, and a champion vs. champion main event in which Elijah Evans IV has to put his PWX WHC on the line!
OTT Homecoming II (Feb. 17)
- Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) & Charlie Sterling vs. More Than Hype (Darren Kearney, LJ Cleary, & Nathan Martin)
- Ilja Dragunov vs. Shigehiro Irie
- Angel Cruzers (Angel Cruz & B Cool) vs. Justy & Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Scotty Davis & Will Ospreay
- Kings of the North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin) vs. Lads From the Flats (Paddy M & Workie) (Steel Cage Match)
- David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin
- Andrew Everett vs. Mark Haskins (c) vs. Terry Thatcher (OTT Gender Neutral Championship)
- Raven Creed (c) vs. Yuu (OTT Women’s Championship)
- PAC vs. WALTER (c) (OTT Championship)
OTT are back in Dublin, Ireland, and I hope you enjoy this one, folks, because this might be the last time we see this kind of interpromotional craziness for a long time. In one corner, PAC, representing AEW and Dragon Gate. In the other corner, representing NXT UK, wXw, and maybe hopefully still Evolve but it’s been a while... WALTER. AND there’s a whole card full of other excellent matches, from Dragunov/Irie to Besties vs. Davis/Ospreay, and of course, the Import Killer faces off against the King of Taunts!
Free matches here!
Kylie Rae vs. Tessa Blanchard
From Chicago’s Zelo Pro, we’ve got some top shelf women’s action featuring one of AEW’s biggest signings. Rae. Blanchard. Check it out!
Orange Cassidy vs. Stokely Hathaway (Grammys Street Fight)
Folks... this one’s special. Just watch. Please.
Darby Allin vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet
Oh baby, our friends at Black Label Pro have lined up a treat for us this week, folks. Two men at vastly different points in their careers, neither of whom have any regard for their own well-being go to war. Enjoy!
Scenic City Rumble (Feb. 9)
- Bobby Flaco over Sonico
- Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) over Washington Bullets (Jon & Trey Williams)
- Cabana Man Dan over Drew Blood
- Nick Iggy over Kerry Awful (Street Fight)
- O’Shay Edwards over Aiden Wright, AJ Gray, and “Big Beef” Jake Garvin
- ”Wild” Billy Buck over Benjamin Carter
- Joey Lynch over Anthony Henry
- AC Mack wins the Scenic City Rumble
Yes, folks, Nick Iggy was victorious in the battle of the Carnies and so the circus... is... OPEN?! YEAH IT IS! They beat the hell out of each other, but once again stand united as one of the best tag teams on the indies in the aftermath. Plus AC Mack won the Rumble without having to lift a finger, entering last and letting the other two men remaining eliminate each other for his victory. For his first-round match in this year’s Scenic City Invitational, he’s chosen an opponent of impressive stature... Marko Stunt!
Check the VOD out when it hits IWTV, folks.
Chikara National Pro Wrestling Day 2019 (Feb. 10)
- Penelope Ford over Still Life With Apricots and Pears
- Bird and the Bee (Solo Darling & Willow Nightingale) over Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.), Proteus Wheel (Frantik & Volgar), and the Colony (Green II & Thief Ants) (Elimination Match)
- Icarus over Christian Cobain
- Missile Assault Man over Juan Francisco de Coronado
- ”Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti over Callux the Castigator
- Creatures of the Deep (Merlok & Oceanea) over Blanche Babish & Jeremy Leary
- Officer Warren Barksdale over Hallowicked
- Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) over Xyberhawx2000 (Nytehawk & Razerhawk)
- Princess KimberLee & the Whisper (c) over Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge to retain the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas
National Pro Wrestling Day has been here and gone and as always, it was a hoot of an event, with a real strong set of tag matches, especially the eliminator. The main angle here was Dasher Hatfield expounding on why he attacked Mr. Touchdown at the season finale, explaining that yes, he got caught up in the heat of the moment, but also he’s just looking out for Angelosetti and trying to make sure that he’s fit to reclaim the Grand Championship. And to that end, he’s set up a gauntlet for Mr. Touchdown, starting with Callux here, of non-title matches in which he can “re-earn” the title.
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.