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 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (March 15, 9:30PM Eastern)
- El Audaz, Esfinge, & Triton vs. Hijo de Villano III, Polvora, & Vangellys
- Atomo, El Gallito, & Microman vs. Chamuel, Mije, & Perico Zakarias
- Diamante Azul, Soberano, Jr., & Titan vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto & Mephisto) & Templario
- Gilbert el Boricua & La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas) vs. Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)
- Caristico, Dragon Lee, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero) (c) (CMLL World Trios Championship)
- Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs. Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring & El Terrible) (Hair vs. Hair Match)
CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and it’s time for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas! Every year the show honors CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth and one other legend, which the honor goes to Blue Demon this year. For a deeper look at the show, check out our man Manolo’s CMLL Roundup from earlier in the week.
AAW Hell Hath No Fury (March 16, 7:30PM Central)
Eddie Edwards vs. Fred Yehi
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mance Warner
Jessicka Havok vs. Kylie Rae (c) (AAW Women’s Championship)
Jake Something vs. Sami Callihan (c) (AAW Heavyweight Championship)
AAW Are back in Chicago and while the card’s taken a hit from some lucha libre stars having to pull out they’ve still got some good stuff lined up for us, folks. Eddie Edwards returns to take on Fred Yehi, Jacobs and Mancer will surely try to gouge each others’ eyes out, Havok looks to take her title back, and Something is poised to make a big splash if he can just dethrone the Draw.
Chikara Young Lions Cup XV (March 16)
—Chikara Young Lions Cup XV: Stage 1 (March 16, 2PM Eastern)—
- Blanche Babish vs. Boomer Hatfield vs. Jaden Valo vs. Jay Sorbet (Young Lions Cup XV Quarterfinal Elimination Match)
- Allie Kat vs. Brayden Lee vs. Green Ant II vs. Ricky South (Young Lions Cup XV Quarterfinal Elimination Match)
- Cam Carter vs. Davienne vs. DL Hurst vs. Still Life With Apricots and Pears (Young Lions Cup XV Quarterfinal Elimination Match)
- Air Wolf vs. Frantik vs. Jaden Newman vs. Thief Ant (Young Lions Cup XV Quarterfinal Elimination Match)
- Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge vs. Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee)
- Chris Dickinson vs. “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti
- Missile Assault Man vs. Rory Gulak
- Lucas Calhoun vs. Volgar (Unsanctioned Chain Match)
—Chikara Young Lions Cup XV: Stage 2 (March 16, 7PM Eastern)—
- Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab) vs. the Colony (Fire & Worker Ants)
- The Regime (Juan Francisco de Coronado, Rick Roland, & Sloan Caprice) vs. ???
- Young Lions Cup XV Semifinals & Finals
- Dasher Hatfield (c) vs. Solo Darling (Interim Chikara Grand Championship)
Chikara are back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with this year’s edition of Young Lions Cup, but that’s not all the goodies they have on offer! Calhoun takes on Volgar in an unsanctioned chain match, Crummels and Defarge look to play spoiler and stop FIST from getting to three points, Mr. Touchdown continues in his quest to reclaim his title by earning three points like a challenger, Hatfield defends against the Sugar Creature, and more!
Shine 57 (March 16, 3PM Eastern)
- Allie Recks vs. Riley Shepard
- Priscilla Kelly vs. Stormie Lee
- Brandi Lauren vs. Su Yung
- Ivelisse vs. Shotzi Blackheart
- Rainbow Bright (Gabby Gilbert & Luscious Latasha) (c) vs. Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa) (Shine Tag Team Championship)
- Cutie Pie Club (Dementia D’Rose & Kiera Hogan) vs. Team SPAM (Aja Perera & Aerial Monroe) (c) (Shine Nova Championship vs. “Candy Cartwright leaves for 90 days” Match)
- Allysin Kay (c) vs. Mercedes Martinez (Shine Championship)
Shine are back in New York City for another double-header with Evolve (more on that in my preview tomorrow morning, of course!) and I mean, c’mon... Kay vs. Martinez, title on the line? That alone is enough to get my eyes on this one even before you toss Lauren/Yung and Ivelisse/Blackheart in! Plus you got Candy Cartwright sending her lackeys in to fight for here career?
Free matches here!
Jordan Devlin vs. Scotty Davis
From the fine folks at OTT, we’ve got up-and-comer Davis taking on the Import Killer himself! OTT have ScrapperMania V this weekend featuring Jordan Devlin vs. WALTER and Dan Barry vs. David Starr, that I unfortunately had to cut from the usual roundup for time, but be sure to check that one out if you like what the cream of the Irish crop has to offer here, folks. Enjoy!
Cam Zagami vs. Omari
From the good people over at Chikara, we’ve got the finals to last year’s Young Lions Cup! UK grappler Omari takes on New England’s own obnoxious Cam Zagami, check it out!
Sendai Girls 2019.03.09
Last but not least, it’s recently come to my attention that Sendai Girls upload a bunch of their shows on YouTube for free and on a regular basis, so I’ve grabbed the newest one to share with y’all. Don’t miss it!
wXw Inner Circle 7 / AMBIT10N / 16 Carat Gold 2019 (March 7-10)
—wXw Inner Circle 7 (March 7)—
- David Starr over Jay Skillet
- Chris Brookes over Avalanche, Francis Kaspin, and Julian Pace
- Jurn Simmons over Kyle Fletcher
- Ilja Dragunov over Mark Davis
- Killer Kelly over Yuu
- Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) over Shigehiro Irie & Yuki Ishikawa
—wXw 16 Carat Gold 2019 Night 1 (March 8)—
- Veit Mueller over Julian Pace, Kyle Fletcher, and Leon van Gasteren to qualify as the alternate for 16 Carat Gold 2019
- Axel Dieter, Jr. over Marius Al-Ani (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
- Fenix over Rey Horus (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
- Shigehiro Irie over Chris Brookes (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
- Lucky Kid over Timothy Thatcher (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
- Avalanche over Jurn Simmons (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Falls Count Anywhere Match)
- Pentagon, Jr. over Mark Davis (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
- Ilja Dragunov over Daisuke Sekimoto (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
- WALTER over David Starr (16 Carat Gold 2019 First Round Match)
—wXw AMBIT10N (March 9)—
- Rico Bushido over Veit Mueller (AMBIT10N First Round Match)
- Punch-Drunk Istria over Danny Jones (AMBIT10N First Round Match)
- Shigehiro Irie over Laurance Roman (AMBIT10N First Round Match)
- Chris Ridgeway over A-Kid (AMBIT10N First Round Match)
- Shigehiro Irie over Chris Ridgeway (AMBIT10N Semifinal Match)
- Yuki Ishikawa over Timothy Thatcher (AMBIT10N Superfight)
- Shigehiro Irie over Rico Bushido (AMBIT10N Finals)
—wXw 16 Carat Gold 2019 Night 2 (March 9)—
- Killer Kelly & Yuu over Toni Storm & Wesna
- Ilja Dragunov over Pentagon, Jr. (16 Carat Gold 2019 Quarterfinal Match)
- Avalanche over Shigehiro Irie (16 Carat Gold 2019 Quarterfinal Match)
- Julian Pace over Chris Brookes, Daisuke Sekimoto, and Rey Horus
- WALTER over Fenix (16 Carat Gold 2019 Quarterfinal Match)
- Lucky Kid over Axel Dieter, Jr. (16 Carat Gold 2019 Quarterfinal Match)
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over RISE (Ivan Kiev & Pete Bouncer) (c) and Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) to win the wXw World Tag Team Championship (Tornado Tag Team Match)
- Marius Al-Ani (c) over Alexander Wolfe to retain the wXw Shotgun Championship
- Bobby Gunns over Absolute Andy (c) to win the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
—wXw 16 Carat Gold 2019 Night 3 (March 10)—
- Lucky Kid over Ilja Dragunov (16 Carat Gold 2019 Semifinals)
- WALTER over Avalanche (16 Carat Gold 2019 Semifinals)
- Daisuke Sekimoto, Shigehiro Irie, & Yuki Ishikawa over Ringkampf (Alexander Wolfe, Timothy Thatcher, & Veit Mueller)
- Toni Storm (c) over Killer Kelly to retain the wXw Women’s Championship
- Hot and Spicy (Axel Dieter, Jr. & Da Mack) over Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet)
- Schadenfreude (Chris Brookes, Kyle Fletcher, & Mark Davis) over Lucha Brothers (Fenix & Pentagon, Jr.) & Rey Horus
- Lucky Kid over WALTER (16 Carat Gold 2019 Finals)
Lucky Kid had to fight past the three primary members of Ringkampf AND defeat the unbeatable but he did it and now he’s earned the right to face newly-minted Bobby Gunns later in the year for the unified title. Plus, Alexander Wolfe came back to his old stomping grounds and even got to participate as part of Ringkampf for the first time ever alongside Tim Thatcher and the newly inducted Veit Mueller. But all may not be well for the elite grappling unit, because after he and WALTER officially inducted Veit, Thatcher left by himself.
Check it out on wXwNOW!, where these shows are going up at a steady pace and should all be up by tomorrow night local time.
BLP Whoomp, There It Is! (March 9)
- “All Ego” Ethan Page & Kobe Durst over No New Friends (Danny Adams & Mike Outlaw), Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins), and the Production (Derek Director & Eddie Only) (BLP Tag Team Championship First Round Match)
- Hornswoggle over Rickey Shane Page
- Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) over Hysteria (Cole Radrick & Sage Philips), Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku), and To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (BLP Tag Team Championship First Round Match)
- Orange Cassidy (c) over Tom Lawlor to retain the IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship
- Jake Parnell (c) over Gary Jay to retain the BLP Indiana State Championship (“I Quit” Match)
- Brian Pillman, Jr., Missile Assault Man, & Tre LaMar over Boomer Hatfield, Cabana Man Dan, & Jake Lander
- Bear Bronson over Jeremy Wyatt
- Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) over “All Ego” Ethan Page & Kobe Durst to win the inaugural BLP Tag Team Championship
Black Label not only has its very first set of tag team champions, after the events of the main event they have their very first heel stable! Kobe Durst turned on his trainer, mentor, and tag team partner Ethan Page and has allied himself with Tre LaMar and Jake Lander, and they’re gunning for all the titles!
Check the VOD out on IWTV, folks.
Progress Chapter 85: Progro.Naut / 86: Corrupted Harmony (March 9-10)
—Progress Chapter 85: Progro.Naut (March 9)—
- DJ Z over Angelico to qualify for Super Strong Style 16
- Trent Seven over El Ligero
- Millie McKenzie over Session Moth Martina to qualify for the Progress Women’s World Championship four-way
- Jordan Devlin over Austin Theory to qualify for Super Strong Style 16
- Travis Banks over El Phantasmo
- The 198 (“Flash” Morgan Webster & Wild Boar) over Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.)
- Do Not Resuscitate (Chuck Mambo, Spike Trivet, & “Present” William Eaver) over Eddie Dennis, Jimmy Havoc, & Mark Haskins
—Progress Chapter 86: Corrupted Harmony (March 10)—
- Do Not Resuscitate (Chuck Mambo & “Present” William Eaver) over Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.)
- Jinny, Kasey Owens, & Laura Di Matteo over Millie McKenzie, Nina Samuels, & Session Moth Martina
- Jimmy Havoc & Mark Haskins over Team White Wolf (A-Kid & Carlos Romo)
- Eddie Dennis over DJ Z
- Chris Ridgeway over Spike Trivet to qualify for Super Strong Style 16
- Trent Seven over Austin Theory
- South Pacific Power Trip (NIWA, TK Cooper, & Travis Banks) over Angelico, El Phantasmo, & Jordan Devlin
These shows bring us up to nine men confirmed for the SSS16 field, folks-- Travis Banks, Ilja Dragunov, Trevor Lee, Aerostar, Artemis Spencer, DJ Z, Jordan Devlin, Chris Ridgeway, and Chris Brookes! Plus some big wins for DNR, the new-look SPPT made its mark, and Millie McKenzie joins the women’s championship four-way!
Check ‘em out when they hit Demand Progress, folks.
PWX Rise of a Champion XIV (March 10)
- Ethan Case over John Skyler
- WorkHorsemen (Anthony Drake & James D. Drake) over Alexander James & Nathan Cruz
- Serpentico over El Demon Azteca
- The Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) (c) over Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) to retain the PWX World Tag Team Championship (Ducks, Ladders, & Chairs Loser Leaves PWX Match)
- Cam Carter over Yahya to win the inaugural PWX Pure Championship (Tournament Finals)
- Darius Lockhart (c) over Lucky Ali to retain the PWX iTV Championship
- Teddy Hart over Saieve Al Sabah
- Monster Squad (Billy Brash & Joshua Cutshall) over Drew Adler & Tracer X, FILTH (Mason Myles & Sleaze), International Superstars (Blanco Loco & Joey Ozbourne), South Side Films (Bad Movie Mike & Bobby Valentine), the Kinsey Scale (Effy & Jamie Senegal), and the Syndicate (Montana Black & TJ Boss) to become #1 contenders to the PWX World Tag Team Championship (Tag Team Turmoil Match)
- Slim J over Corey Hollis and Elijah Evans IV (c) to win the PWX World Heavyweight Championship
A big night for PWX, as we bid the Ugly Ducklings a fond farewell after their excellent last stand in a DLC match that was absolutely wild, folks. Plus Ethan Case is Mr. PWX and Slim J picked up the world title?!
Check the replay out on the Highspots Wrestling Network, 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.