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.
Action Supershow (March 22, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Bobby Flaco vs. Slim J
- James Bandy vs. O’Shay Edwards
- Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) vs. Cain Justice & Jaden Newman
- Arik Royal vs. Fred Yehi (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Action are back in Tyrone, Georgia and good lord, Yehi vs. Royal, falls count anywhere?! Sandy Creek High School will be lucky if it’s still got two connected walls standing once they’re done!
CMLL Super Viernes (March 22, 9:30PM Eastern)
- El Coyote & Grako vs. Star, Jr. & Stigma
- Amapola, Dalys, & Reyna Isis vs. Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, & Mystique
- El Audaz, Flyer, & Stuka, Jr. vs. Kawato San, Polvora, & Vangellys
- Barbaro Cavernario vs. Forastero (Lightning Match)
- Angel do Oro, Niebla Roja, & Titan vs. Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring & El Terrible) & Mr. Niebla
- Caristico, Diamante Azul, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero)
CMLL are back in Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of libre action and folks, the one to watch here is once again Cavernario in a lightning match, CMLL’s trademark ten-minute time limit singles contest. Although the main and the third from the start should also be pretty good in their own right. And, a reminder-- continue checking our man Manolo’s excellent roundups for in-depth coverage!
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.
WSU Something Entirely New (March 23, 8PM Eastern)
- Megan Mason vs. Valentina Vazquez
- Angel Sinclair vs. Violette
- Ava Everett vs. Vanity
- Aja Perera vs. Delmi Exo
- Jinx vs. Kasey Catal
- Maria Manic vs. Rahne Victoria
- Brittany Blake vs. Leyla Hirsch
- Kris Statlander (c) vs. Savanna Stone (WSU Spirit Championship)
Women’s Superstars Uncensored is back in Voorhees, New Jersey after a long, long layoff, folks! It’s been nine months since they ran their last show but they’re back with a top to bottom card full of the rising superstars of the women’s indies.
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits CZW Studios, folks.
Alpha-1 We Are Legends (March 24, 2PM Eastern)
- Gregory Iron vs. ???
- Bear Bronson vs. Brett Michael David (c) (A1 Zero Gravity Championship)
- Savage Society (Holden Albright & Terrell Kenneth) vs. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) (A1 Tag Team Championship)
- Kobe Durst (c) vs. Mark Wheeler vs. Wolfgang (A1 Alpha Male Championship)
- A1 Originalz (Cheech, Eric Cairnie, & Justin Sane) vs. Strong Style Mafia (“All Ego” Ethan Page, Josh Alexander, & Trent Seven)
Alpha-1 are back in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and you can only see five matches there because this one’s gonna be a firecracker, folks! The stars of NXT UK invade as Wolfgang challenges Kobe Durst for the Alpha Male Championship in three-way action along with Mark Wheeler and Trent Seven teams up with Monster Mafia against the A1 Originalz! Plus big men get shots at the Zero Gravity and Tag Team Championships, and Greg Iron faces an opponent of Anthony Greene’s choice!
RPW Northampton (March 24, 4:30PM GMT)
- El Phantasmo vs. MK McKinnan
- Jamie Hayter vs. Yuu
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. TK Cooper
- Kip Sabian vs. Shigehiro Irie
- Chris Brookes vs. PAC
RevPro are back in Northampton and usually the shows away from London are somewhat secondary, but not this one! While none of the titles are going to be on the line, the action we do have makes up for that. You got MJF vs. TK, Sabian vs. Irie, and most exciting of all... Chris Brookes vs. PAC! That’s the kind of match that could be anything from a pure grappling extravaganza to a high-flying pyrotechnic display and all points inbetween.
Free matches here!
Love N’ Hate
From the fine folks over at +LuchaTV, this is a complete Martinez Entertainment show and I mean, just look at the screencap, folks. Dragon Lee & Rush vs. Penta & Fenix? Watch it!
IPW #6: Kip Sabian vs. Mark Haskins vs. PAC
Some action from across the pond for you, folks. Mark Haskins defends the IPW:UK Heavyweight Championship against Kip Sabian and PAC in three-way action on their television show, enjoy!
Ace Austin vs. Brandon Kirk vs. Jordan Oliver vs. Ophidian vs. the Whisper vs. Willow Nightingale
And last but not least, from the good folks over at Limitless Wrestling in Maine we’ve got one of my favorite things on the indies-- a scramble! Check it out and get yourself a few new favorites, folks!
Evolve 123 / 124 (March 15-16)
—Evolve 123 (March 15)—
- Curt Stallion over Colby Corino
- Josh Briggs over Darby Allin
- Adrian Jaoude over Rory Gulak
- The Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff) over WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake)
- Austin Theory (c) over John Silver to retain the Evolve World Championship
- Shane Strickland over Harlem Bravado
- The Unwanted (Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy) over Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (c) to win the Evolve Tag Team Championship
- Velveteen Dream over Orange Cassidy
—Evolve 124 (March 16)—
- Priscilla Kelly over Brandi Lauren
- Darby Allin over Anthony Henry by disqualification
- Harlem Bravado over John Silver
- Adrian Jaoude over Wheeler YUTA
- Curt Stallion over Leon Ruff
- Adrian Alanis over Anthony Greene, Liam Gray, and Mike Orlando
- Josh Briggs over AR Fox
- JD Drake (c) over Austin Theory to retain the WWN Championship
- Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) & Velveteen Dream over the Unwanted (Eddie Kingston, Joe Gacy, & Shane Strickland)
Evolve had a hell of a weekend with Velveteen Dream visiting, folks. Normally I’d just link to my recaps but for a variety of reasons I’ve had to delay those, so keep an eye out for that in the next few days and in the mean time, soak in the two big pieces of news coming out of this weekend, which is to say, the Unwanted winning the tag titles and Josh Briggs dislocating his hip.
Check the VODs out on WWNLive, whether as an individual purchase or as part of your Club WWN subscription.
AAW Hell Hath No Fury (March 16)
- Ace Austin over Gringo Loco, Hakim Zane, and Joey Lynch
- Jacob Fatu over Clayton Gainz
- Kimber Lee over Larry D, Logan Riegel, “Spyder” Nate Webb, PACO, and Sterling Riegel (Scramble Match)
- Fred Yehi over Eddie Edwards
- Jimmy Jacobs over Mance Warner
- Juventud Guerrera & Myron Reed over Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?)
- Ace Romero over Moose
- Sami Callihan (c) over Jake Something to retain the AAW Heavyweight Championship
- Jessicka Havok over Kylie Rae (c) to win the AAW Women’s Championship
Folks, the news out of this one is big... Fatu was guided to victory by the hand of no less than Armando Alejandro Estrada! He’s back! Plus Fred Yehi got a big win over a former Impact World Champion and the Death Machines stood tall, closing the show with Sami retaining his title and Jessicka winning hers back.
Chikara Young Lions Cup XV (March 16)
—Chikara Young Lions Cup XV: Stage 1 (March 16)—
- Boomer Hatfield over Jay Sorbet, Lady Frost, and Lee Moriarty (Young Lions Cup XV First Round Match)
- Arm Wringer Amir, Enzuigiri Evan, & Headbutt Hari vs. the Regime (Juan Francisco de Coronado, Rick Roland, & Sloan Caprice) went to a no contest
- Jaden Newman over Air Wolf, Frantik, and Thief Ant (Young Lions Cup XV First Round Match)
- Missile Assault Man over Rory Gulak
- Lucas Calhoun over Volgar (Unsanctioned Chain Match)
- Still Life With Apricots and Pears over Cam Carter, Davienne, and DL Hurst (Young Lions Cup XV First Round Match)
- Ricky South over Allie Kat, Brayden Lee, and Green Ant II (Young Lions Cup XV First Round Match)
- “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti over Chris Dickinson
—Chikara Young Lions Cup XV: Stage 2 (March 16)—
- Boomer Hatfield over Jaden Newman (Young Lions Cup XV Semifinals)
- Still Life With Apricots and Pears over Ricky South (Young Lions Cup XV Semifinals)
- Air Wolf over Cam Carter
- The Colony (Fire, Thief, & Worker Ants) over Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, & Merlok)
- Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) over Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge
- Dasher Hatfield (c) over Solo Darling to retain the Interim Chikara Grand Championship
- Still Life With Apricots and Pears over Boomer Hatfield to win the vacant Chikara Young Lions Cup (Young Lions Cup XV Finals)
- ”Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti over Icarus
With his victory over Icarus, Mr. Touchdown has run Dasher’s gauntlet to prove that he’s ready to take his title back, and boy are Chikara doing it in the biggest way they can-- at WrestleMania weekend, the Throwbacks will meet in a ladder match! Plus BLANK’s Nouveau Aesthetic has taken the Young Lions Cup and we’re on track for a huge tag team showdown as Team FIST have earned the three points necessary to challenge for the Campeonatos de Parejas!
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.