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.
AAW Lucha City Limits (Feb. 8, 6:30PM Central)
- J Serious vs. PACO
- Andy Dalton vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
- Jessicka Havok vs. Jimmy Jacobs (Dog Collar Match)
- Curt Stallion vs. Sami Callihan
- FiyahFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) (c) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (AAW Tag Team Championship)
AAW are back in Austin, Texas with their usual passel of top-shelf matchups this weekend. You’ve got up-and-comers PACO and MJF taking on local vets J “Jojo Bravo” Serious and “Dirty” Andy Dalton, two absolutely wild tag team matchups, a bloody dog collar war between Havok and Jacobs, and non-title action that sees Curt Stallion get a chance to bring it to the Draw.
CMLL Super Viernes (Feb. 8, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Metalico & Nitro vs. Principe Diamante & Robin
- Black Panther, Drone, & Rey Cometa vs. Kawato San, Misterioso, Jr., & Universo 2000, Jr.
- Atlantis, Atlantis, Jr., & Mistico II vs. Gran Guerrero, Hijo del Villano III, & Villano IV
- Angel de Oro, Caristico, & El Valiente vs. Gilbert el Boricua & Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring & Rush)
- Cuatrero vs. Diamante Azul vs. Mephisto vs. Niebla Roja vs. Sanson vs. Soberano, Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero vs. Volador, Jr. (CMLL Universal Championship Tournament Phase 2)
CMLL are back in Mexico City’s legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action, and shock, it’s on to phase two of the Universal Championship tournament! Plus another Atlantises vs. Villanos trios, in which the young men have been getting strong reviews, so that’s one to look out for even if Villano IV probably shouldn’t be wrestling.
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.
CZW Twenty (Feb. 9, 8PM Eastern)
- Jake Parnell vs. Jimmy Rave
- KC Navarro vs. Shane Strickland
- Gary Jay vs. John Silver
- Maria Manic & Mitch Vallen vs. the Office (Brandon Kirk & Kasey Catal)
- Leyla Hirsch vs. LuFisto
- Casanova Valentine vs. Matt Tremont (CZW Rules Match)
- FEAR (Blackwater & Joe Gacy) vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (c) (CZW World Tag Team Championship)
- B-Boy vs. Jordan Oliver (c) (CZW Wired Championship)
- Conor Claxton vs. Dan O’Hare vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Mance Warner (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship CZW Rules Match)
CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey, and the ultraviolence is almost old enough to drink! That’s right, twenty years of CZW are being celebrated this weekend, and they’ve got legends like LuFisto, B-Boy, and Matt Tremont back to celebrate, folks. Plus a killer four-way main event where Mance Warner aims to make up for MJF’s lack of title defenses during his reign with the CZW WHC? Here’s to twenty more years!
SCI Rumble (Feb. 9, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Cabana Man Dan vs. Drew Blood
- Bobby Flaco & Sonico
- Ben Carter vs. “Wild” Billy Buck
- AJ Gray vs. Cyrus the Destroyer vs. “Big Beef” Jake Garvin vs. O’Shay Edwards
- Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) vs. Washington Bullets (Jon & Trey Williams)
- Anthony Henry vs. Joey Lynch
- Kerry Awful vs. Nick Iggy (No Disqualification Match)
- Scenic City Rumble
SCI is back in Ooltewah, Tennessee and it’s time to Rumble! The Scenic City Rumble is back and as ever, it’s a 30-man over-the-top staggered-entry elimination match, where the winner claims not only a spot in the 2019 Scenic City Invitational, but their choice of first-round opponents! Plus, the two men most synonymous with the tournament in Anthony Henry and Joey Lynch do battle, we’ve got a four-way HOSS WAR, and most important of all, the Carnies come to their end in a no disqualification match with Tripp Cassidy as special guest referee.
Chikara National Pro Wrestling Day 2019 (Feb. 10, 2PM Eastern)
- Juan Francisco de Coronado vs. Missile Assault Man
- Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) vs. Xyberhawx2000 (Nytehawk & Razerhawk)
- Bird and the Bee (Willow Nightingale & Solo Darling) vs. Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.) vs. Proteus Wheel (Frantik & Volgar) vs. the Colony (Green II & Thief Ants) (Elimination Match)
- Hallowicked vs. Officer Warren Barksdale
- Blanche Babish & Jeremy Leary vs. Creatures of the Deep (Merlok & Oceanea)
- Penelope Ford vs. Still Life With Apricots and Pears
- Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge vs. Princess KimberLee & the Whisper (c) (Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas)
Chikara are in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for their annual celebration of our beloved sport and while I still feel pangs of nostalgia for the interpromotional smorgasboard that was the inaugural 2013 event, they’ve got a heaping helping of Chikara action ready for you, folks. Including, of course, that mean main event for the Campeonatos de Parejas. And even though the Grand Championship is taking the day off, both Still Life and Juan Francisco de Coronado are on two points, and a victory will inform us who Mr. Touchdown’s next challenger is!
The event is FREE to everybody, although an on-site donation to the Arch Street Center is suggested, and of course you can check this bad boy out streaming on IndependentWrestling.tv and Chikaratopia as well.
Free matches here!
Party Never Stops (Parker Pierce & “Big” Twan Tucker) vs. Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams)
WORLDWIDE! That’s right, folks, we’ve got tag team action from AIW, featuring four of their homegrown superstars, including the inimitable Mr. Alex W. Kellar. Check it out!
LA Park vs. Penta el Zero M vs. Rush
From the good folks over at +LuchaTV by way of Fusion en Arena Neza, we’ve got another whole show headlined by some hype lucha triple threat action featuring three of the hottest brawlers working today. Park. Penta. Rush. Don’t miss it!
Hornswoggle vs. Orange Cassidy
Last but not least, some slick comedy wrestling from two of the world’s finest, courtesy of the good people over at Beyond Wrestling. Hornswoggle and Orange Cassidy do battle, check it out!
MLW Superfight (Feb. 2)
- Rich Swann over Lance Anoa’i
- Alex Hammerstone over Ariel Dominguez
- Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Teddy Hart) over Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (c) to win the MLW World Tag Team Championship
- Ricky Martinez over Kotto Brazil
- Tom Lawlor over Low-Ki (c) to win the MLW World Heavyweight Championship
- Mance Warner over Jimmy Yuta
- Warbeast (Almighty Sheik & Jacob Fatu) over ??? & ???
- Myron Reed over DJ Z
- Ace Romero over Simon Gotch by disqualification
- Ace Austin over Rich Swann
- Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Teddy Hart) over Sandman & Tommy Dreamer
- Gringo Loco over Puma King
- Rey Horus over Aerostar
- Teddy Hart (c) over Maxwell Jacob Friedman to retain the MLW World Middleweight Championship
For details of the live broadcast portion of the show I’ll toss you over to our man Manolo’s excellent recap, but for the tapings, well hey, newcomers Hammerstone and Mancer got big wins, and that’s right, one more Sandman entrance in the ECW Arena, folks!
Check it out as episodes of MLW Fusion, whether on BeIN Sports or on MLW’s own YouTube channel, 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.