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 (Apr. 19, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Arkalis & Halcon Suriano, Jr. vs. El Coyote & Grako
- Amapola, Dalys, & Reyna Isis vs. Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, & Tae Honma
- Kawato San vs. Rey Cometa (Lightning Match)
- Angel de Oro, Atlantis, Jr., & Caristico vs. Hijo del Villano III & Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Forastero & Sanson)
- Atlantis & Negro Casas vs. Cuatrero & Mistico II vs. El Audaz & Templario vs. El Terrible & Niebla Roja vs. El Valiente & Gran Guerrero vs. Hechicero & Stuka, Jr. vs. Rush & Vangellys vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador, Jr. (Torneo Increible de Parejas 2019 Phase Two)
CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and surprise, it’s phase two of the parejas increibles tournament! Mixed tags of heel and face will compete, the winner of which goes on to face last week’s winner, the team of Barbaro Cavernario and Titan, in the tournament finals!
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.
Freelance Burn After Reading (Apr. 19, 9PM Central)
- Bear Bronson vs. Gregory Iron vs. Kobe Durst vs. Maria Manic vs. Mark Wheeler vs. Mik Drake vs. Ophidian vs. San Andres (Scramble Match)
- Aiden Miller, Craven, & Shazza McKenzie vs. the Take It Homewreckers (Bucky Collins, Darin Corbin, & Mikey McFinnegan)
- Arik Cannon & Kris Chambers vs. No New Friends (Danny Adams & Mike Outlaw)
- Chris Castro vs. Ruff Crossing
- Anthony Greene vs. Isaias Velazquez vs. Robert Anthony vs. Rory Gulak
- Eye Candy Elliott vs. Joey Ryan
- Craig Mitchell vs. Nick Gage
- Alex Ohlson & Rickey Shane Page vs. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James D. Drake) (c) (Freelance World Tag Team Championship)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Kylie Rae (c) (Freelance World Championship)
Freelance are back in Chicago, Illinois, and All Ego’s finally got what he wants-- a shot at the Freelance World Championship. Plus WorkHorsemen defend against Space Pirates and the dream team of Ohlson and RSP, Mitchell gets to take the Ultraviolent King to the mat, a dong battle, and more!
BLP Player’s Brawl (Apr. 20, 4PM Eastern)
- Ophidian & Rory Gulak vs. Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams)
- Anthony Greene vs. Gary Jay
- Butcher and the Blade (Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter) vs. Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
- IFHY (Johnathan Wolf & Shawn Kemp) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James D. Drake)
- Logan Stunt vs. Marko Stunt
- Allie Kat vs. Joey Ryan
- Allysin Kay vs. Maria Manic
- Jordynne Grace vs. Nick Gage
- AJ Gray vs. Bear Bronson vs. Jake Parnell (c) vs. Logan James (BLP Indiana State Championship)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page & Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (Tag) vs. Jake Lander, Kobe Durst (BLP), & Tre LaMar (BLP Championship / BLP Tag Team Championship Match)
Black Label Pro are back in South Bend, Indiana and boy howdy they’ve got ten first-time ever matches that’ll knock your socks off, folks! Midwest breakout tag IFHY face off against my boys the WorkHorsemen, it’s brother against brother as the Stunts explode, two huge intergender dream matches in Kat/Ryan (ah, the eternal battle of cat against penis) and Grace/Gage, plus a trios match where BLP’s two main titles are on the line?!
Plus both the Godfather and Papa Shango will be in attendance!
PWX Heroes/Villains (Apr. 20, 7PM Eastern)
- Drew Adler & ??? vs. Monster Squad (Billy Brash & Joshua Cutshall)
- Diamante vs. Savannah Evans
- Alexander James vs. Harlem Bravado
- Corey Hollis vs. Serpentico
- Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) vs. the Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley)
- Darius Lockhart (c) vs. Saieve Al Sabah (PWX iTV Championship)
- Ethan Case, John Skyler, & Slim J vs. the Syndicate (Elijah Evans IV, Montana Black, & TJ Boss)
PWX is back in Gastonia, North Carolina, and they’ve got a dynamite card lined up, folks. The Revolt! meet Best Friends in non-title action (and I bet Best Friends will be recording a few interviews backstage, to boot), Darius Lockhart defends his title against Al Sabah in a battle of hype young men, and we’ve got a main event trios match pitting a team of PWX main event diehards against the Syndicate.
SUP Hold Your Ground (Apr. 21, 2PM Eastern)
- Logan Stunt vs. Zach Cooper
- Cabana Man Dan vs. Matt Justice
- Joshua Bishop vs. Steve Manders
- Craig Mitchell vs. Jaden Newman
- Kevin Ku vs. ???
- Anthony Henry vs. O’Shay Edwards
- Allie Kat vs. Logan Easton LaRoux
- AC Mack vs. Mr. Brickster
- Dominic Garrini vs. ??? (Bone Collector Open Challenge)
- Brett Ison (c) vs. JD Drake (SUP Bonestorm Championship)
SUP is back in Nashville, Tennessee and honestly? They’ve done such a great job hyping up their own show that I’m just gonna link to their Twitter thread previewing each match and call it a day here, folks.
Free matches here!
Marriah Moreno vs. Nyla Rose
Folks, this one is real special to me. A Matter of Pride have uploaded their entire WrestleMania weekend show to their YouTube channel, but I wanted to present this one by itself. This is, to my knowledge, the first time two trans women have wrestled a match against each other in US indie wrestling history. To see two women like me wrestling and it’s not presented as a gimmick or a sideshow attraction, just a legitimate contest the same as any other? It’s not the smoothest or crispest match, it’s not making anyone’s match of the year list, but damn it feels good.
Bandido, Flamita, & Shane Strickland vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito)
From the fine folks over at OTT, we’ve got a hell of a trios dream match from their fourth anniversary show. LIJ vs. the team of Bandido, Flamita, & Strickland, don’t miss it!
“All Ego” Ethan Page vs. VSK
And last but not least, from the folks over at Blitzkrieg! Pro in Connecticut, we’ve got the main event to their most recent show that’s been getting a fair amount of buzz. All Ego takes on one half of Massage Force, enjoy!
CZW Best of the Best 18 (Apr. 13)
- Anthony Greene over Anthony Gangone, B-Boy, and Mance Warner (c) to win the CZW World Heavyweight Championship (Best of the Best 18 First Round Match)
- David Starr over Darius Lockhart, Jimmy Rave, and Joey Lynch (Best of the Best 18 First Round Match)
- John Silver over Fred Yehi, Gary Jay, and Kris Statlander (Best of the Best 18 First Round Match)
- Jordan Oliver over Matt Travis, Myron Reed, and Sammy Guevara (Best of the Best 18 First Round Match)
- David Starr over Anthony Greene (c) to win the CZW World Heavyweight Championship (Best of the Best 18 Semifinal Match)
- John Silver over Jordan Oliver (Best of the Best 18 Semifinal Match)
- Leyla Hirsch over Shazza McKenzie
- YDNB (Charlie Tiger & Ellis Taylor) over IFHY (Johnathan Wolf & Shawn Kemp)
- John Silver over David Starr (c) to win the CZW World Heavyweight Championship (Best of the Best 18 Finals)
Yes indeed, folks, the CZW World Heavyweight Championship traded hands not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES during the course of Best of the Best!
Check the VOD out on CZW Studios, if you will.
Evolve 126 (Apr. 13)
- Milk Chocolate (Brandon Watts & Randy Summers) over Task Force (DMC & Mikey Spandex)
- Brandi Lauren over Lacey Lane
- Kona Reeves over Colby Corino
- Adrian Jaoude vs. Anthony Henry went to a double disqualification draw
- Shane Thorne over Curt Stallion
- Leon Ruff over Adrian Alanis and AR Fox
- Angelo Dawkins over Eddie Kingston (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
- Austin Theory (c) over Raul Mendoza to retain the Evolve World Championship
- JD Drake (c) over Shane Strickland to retain the WWN Championship
As always with Evolve I’ll point you to my recap and keep it short and sweet, but this was a show where a couple matches fell a little short but the whole hung together really cohesively, and Drake/Strickland deserves to be on anyone’s Match of the Year shortlist.
Check the VOD out on WWNLive, whether as an individual iPPV purchase or at no additional cost through your Club WWN subscription, 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.