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.
This week is a little special, for somewhat obvious reasons, Cagesiders— it’s WrestleMania weekend! As such, we’re cutting results entirely in order to focus on bringing you complete cards and hype for all thirty-four shows that make our cutoff for this weekend. So, without further ado...
Beyond Uncharted Territory (April 3, 8PM Eastern)
- Kimber Lee vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- AR Fox vs. Kris Statlander
- Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. ??? (Open Challenge)
- Jordynne Grace & ??? vs. Orange Cassidy & ???
- SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky) vs. Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, & Mike “Santana” Draztik)
- David Starr vs. Masato Tanaka
The honor of kicking WrestleMania weekend off goes to Beyond this year, as they broadcast the inaugural edition of Uncharted Territory live from Worcester, Massachusetts! They’ve got a big card lined up, with two stellar intergender singles, a dream partner tag match pitting Grace against Cassidy, a HOT trios match pushing SCU against LAX and Dickinson, plus an international dream match as Starr main events against ECW and Zero1 legend Tanaka!
Tickets are sold out, but you can check this bad boy out on IWTV, folks.
IWTV Family Reunion (April 4, 12PM Eastern)
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Orange Cassidy (c) (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)
- Bel Pierce, Caveman Ugg, & Robbie Eagles vs. Jack Bonza, Mick Moretti, & Unsocial Jordan
- Isaias Velazquez & Kylie Rae vs. Robert Anthony & Shotzi Blackheart
- Jessica Troy & Shazza McKenzie vs. Kimber Lee & Kris Statlander
- Brett Ison & Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) vs. Cabana Man Dan, Mr. Brickster, & O’Shay Edwards
- BMD & Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) vs. Justin Sane, Kobe Durst, & Kody Lane
- AC Mack (c) vs. Fred Yehi (Action Championship)
- Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell (Last Man Standing Match)
For the first time since the name change away from Powerbomb.tv, IWTV are running their own show to kick off GCW’s family of events dubbed the Collective, and they’re doing it in style! The card has strong, strong bookends, with inaugural IWTV Independent Wrestling Champion Jonathan Gresham looking to take it back from Orange Cassidy to open the show, and the Barn Owl and the Warhorse continuing their never-ending feud with a last man standing in the main! And all throughout, matches from IWTV’s partner promotions guarantee this is a great way to sample what the best they have to offer.
Evolve 125 (April 4, 12PM Eastern)
- Adrian Jaoude vs. Harlem Bravado
- Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. the Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff)
- Curt Stallion vs. Kazusada Higuchi
- Anthony Henry vs. Darby Allin (There Must Be a Winner Match)
- Angelo Dawkins vs. Colby Corino
- Montez Ford vs. Shane Strickland
- Konosuke Takeshita & MAO vs. the Unwanted (Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy) (c) (Evolve Tag Team Championship)
- Austin Theory (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly (Evolve World Championship)
Given that I’ll have a full preview of this show to drop in your laps on Thursday morning, I’m gonna keep this one especially short and sweet, but how many shows this weekend are gonna have both NXT and DDT talent on them like this one, folks?
Destiny / FC:P Fight For Destiny (April 4, 3PM Eastern)
- Chuck Mambo vs. Connor Mills
- Mark Davis vs. Rickey Shane Page
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Session Juice (Session Moth Martina & Orange Cassidy) vs. Team White Wolf (A-Kid & Carlos Romo) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
- Amazing Red, Puma King, & Robbie Eagles vs. CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) & Kyle Fletcher
- Jake Atlas vs. Kip Sabian vs. Penelope Ford vs. Trey Miguel (Destiny NEXT Generation Championship)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Sami Callihan vs. Shane Strickland (Destiny Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Canada’s Destiny and the UK’s Fight Club: Pro team up to bring you our first major event of the weekend outside of both the WWN’s MoreThanMania and GCW’s The Collective and I mean, that four-way tag alone is wild as hell, plus a killer three-way main event to crown a contender to Josh Alexander’s Destiny Heavyweight Championship! And that’s without even mentioning that nutso six-man-- you ever think you’d see Amazing Red and Puma King team up, folks?
GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport (April 4, 4PM Eastern)
- Dominic Garrini vs. Phil Baroni
- JR Kratos vs. Simon Gotch
- Andy Williams vs. Chris Dickinson
- Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. Killer Kross
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Masashi Takeda
- Hideki Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher
- Dan Severn vs. Frank Mir
- Josh Barnett vs. Minoru Suzuki
Well, contractual obligations prevented it continuing under the banner of the King of Bros, but Bloodsport is back under new management, folks! And of course, still serving up a heaping helping of shoot-style grappling, and this year with a heaping helping of Japanese guests, with Hideki Suzuki and Masashi Takeda joining the fray, the latter of which is super interesting because Takeda’s primarily a deathmatch guy. But as we saw with Nick Gage last year, deathmatch guys can grapple! Plus Barnett brings his fair share of MMA crossover talent, with Frank “handed Brock Lesnar his first MMA defeat” Mir and Phil Baroni joining the fun!
Tickets are sold out, but you can check this one out on FITE, folks.
wXw Amerika ist Wunderbar (April 4, 4PM Eastern)
- Avalanche vs. Darby Allin
- David Starr vs. Lucky Kid
- LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. the Crown (Alexander James & Jurn Simmons)
- LuFisto vs. Yuu
- Absolute Andy vs. Chris Brookes
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (c) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake) (wXw World Tag Team Championship)
- Emil Sitoci vs. Marius Al-Ani (c) (wXw Shotgun Championship)
- Bobby Gunns (c) vs. Shigehiro Irie (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)
Germany’s wXw are joining in the WrestleMania weekend fun and they’ve got a stacked card just as good as any they might run in the fatherland to go with it! David Starr gives Lucky Kid a huge challenge before he cashes in his 16 Carat title shot, LuFisto’s retirement tour hits up a joshi star, WorkHorsemen debut opposite Aussie Open, and in the main event, Gunns looks to overturn his losing record and defend his title against Irie!
MLW Rise of the Renegades (April 4, 7PM Eastern)
- Gringo Loco vs. Hijo de LA Park
- Brian Pillman, Jr. vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Daga vs. Minoru Tanaka
- Ace Romero vs. Josef Samael
- Air Wolf vs. Rey Fenix
- Mance Warner vs. Sami Callihan
- LA Park vs. Pentagon, Jr.
- Dynasty (Alex Hammerstone, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, & Richard Holliday) vs. Hart Foundation (Brian Pillman, Jr., Davey Boy Smith, Jr., & Teddy Hart) (Tables Match)
- Jimmy Havoc vs. Tom Lawlor (MLW World Heavyweight Championship Street Fight)
The first of two MLW TV tapings this weekend, this one’s a doozy, with a surely violent title match pitting champion Lawlor against the last man to defeat him in MLW... who just so happens to be one of the modern-day kings of the deathmatch. Plus the war between the Dynasty and the Hart Foundation rolls on, Park fights Penta, an international grappling exhibition between Tanaka and Daga, and more!.
WrestleCon Mark Hitchcock Memorial Supershow (April 4, 7PM Eastern)
- Barbaro Cavernario vs. Dragon Lee
- Eddie Kingston vs. Masato Tanaka
- Shane Strickland vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- Bandido vs. Will Ospreay
As always, WrestleCon have some major, major goodies for us, but as is tradition, they’re keeping the majority of the card, including their traditional five-on-five tag team match, a secret for now. But hey, Bandido/Ospreay AND Sabre/Strickland? What’s not to love?!
A Matter of Pride DivaMania (April 4, 7PM Eastern)
- Jesse Vane vs. Max Caster vs. Randy Summers vs. Reggaedones (Tuxedo Match)
- Corrine Mink vs. DJ Summers
- Cassius vs. Eddy McQueen
- Billy Dixon vs. Effy (Big Gay Street Fight)
- Mariah Moreno vs. Nyla Rose
- Ashley Vox vs. Maria Manic
- AC Mack vs. Jake Atlas
- Melina vs. Sonny Kiss
- A Matter of Pride Championship Chris Kanyon Memorial Battle Royal
NYWC’s LGBTQ affiliate is joining the WrestleMania weekend fun and they’re doing so in truly monumental fashion. All winners of all matches, from the Big Gay Street Fight to the Melina/Kiss dream match, will move onto the Chris Kanyon Memorial Battle Royal to crown A Matter of Pride’s first ever champion! Plus the marriage of “Boy Diva” Rick Cataldo and Vinny Pacifico, as officiated by Terri Runnels?
ISW Boner Jam IV: Balls Out (April 4, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Bastion Snow International Food Fight Invitational
- Fluffy vs. Leon St. Giovanni
- Daniel Makabe vs. Jae Rukin
- Butcher and the Blade (Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter) vs. Kickin’ ‘n Stompin’ (Ivan & Steven Sullivan)
- Jigsaw vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Tony Deppen vs. Werewolf of Wallstreet
- Chris Brookes vs. Chris Dickinson
- GymNasty Boys (Timmy Lou Retton & White Mike) vs. Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry)
- Hornswoggle vs. Sexxxy Eddy (c) (ISW Falls Count Everywhere Championship)
- Addy Starr (c) vs. Jeff Cannonball vs. Matt Tremont vs. Nick Gage (ISW King of Crazy Championship Fans Bring the Brightly Colored Toy Blocks We Can’t Legally Mention Deathmatch)
Canadian mad animals Inter Species Wrestling are making their way down to the Collective for Mania weekend and, folks... Just look at the name of the show. Do I really need to sell this one that hard? Boner. Jam.
DDT Coming to America (April 4, 8PM Eastern)
- Maki Ito vs. Miyu Yamashita
- Antonio Honda & Danshoku Dieno vs. Joey Ryan & Royce Isaacs
- DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Delayed Entry Battle Royal
- Masahiro Takanashi & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo
- Akito & “All Ego” Ethan Page vs. HARASHIMA & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Jason Kincaid & Shigehiro Irie
- MAO vs. Sanshiro Takagi (Weapon Rumble in USA)
- Daisuke Sasaki vs. Konosuke Takeshita (c) (KO-D Openweight Championship)
DDT Pro are coming to America (get it, like in the title of the show?) and they’ve spared no expense in making sure it’s a full-featured real DDT show. The Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship defended in a Rumble? Check. Dieno and Ryan up to dick shenanigans? Check. Chairman Sanshiro Takagi in a weapon rumble? Check. Killer wrestling matches all throughout the rest of the card? Check!
Tickets are sold out, but you can buy the iPPV through WWNLive, folks.
AIW The Slumber Party Massacre (April 4, 4PM Eastern)
- Colt Cabana & Space Monkey vs. “All Ego” Ethan Page & Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Mance Warner vs. Nick Gage
- La Familia de Tijuana (Bestia 666 & Damian 666) vs. Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan) (Mexican Deathmatch)
- Dominic Garrini vs. Joshua Bishop (Submit or Surrender Match)
- Eddie Kingston vs. Shinjiro Ohtani
- Hornswoggle vs. Scott Steiner
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) vs. Philly/Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (c) vs. the Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
- Matthew Justice vs. PB Smooth (c) vs. Tim Donst vs. Tom Lawlor (AIW Absolute Championship)
AIW are part of the Collective and they’re bringing it hard, folks, with perhaps nothing harder than Big Poppa Pump himself taking on Vince McMahon’s one and only illegitimate son, Hornswoggle! If that’s not enough for you, Young Studs get the return match against La Familia, Kingston takes on Ohtani in a legitimate match of the weekend contender, and more!
KBB The 25th Silver Jubilee (April 4, 11:59PM Eastern)
- Burger Bear vs. Tucor
- Los Plantinos (Paco & Pedro Plaintain) vs. SWO (c) (KBB Double Danger Tandem Championship)
- American Beetle (c) vs. Hell Monkey (KBB Southern Division Championship)
- Erebus (c) vs. Powa Ranjuru (KBB Kaiju Grand Championship)
Midnight on Mania weekend can only mean a few things, but there’s two that we know for sure-- Monsters are real, and danger can happen! AND Kaiju Big Battel have announced a heaping helping of championship matches for us!
WrestleCon: USA vs. the World (April 5, 11AM Eastern)
- Black Taurus vs. Darby Allin
- Ikemen vs. Rich Swann
- Daga vs. David Starr
- Brian Pillman, Jr. vs. Emil Sitoci
- Adam Brooks, Australian Suicide, & Robbie Eagles vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, & Zachary Wentz)
- Puma King vs. Sammy Guevara
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Teddy Hart) vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik)
- Brian Cage vs. Masato Tanaka
WrestleCon rolls on and it’s USA vs. the World with a basket of wild dream matches. Even the loss of all the Dragon Gate talent planned for the show due to visa issues is barely visible in the final card, with magic like Taurus/Allin, Starr/Daga, that trios match, and Cage/Tanaka all scheduled!
Shimmer 113 (April 5, 11AM Eastern)
- Indi Hartwell & Steph De Lander vs. Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa)
- Allysin Kay, Blue Nation (Charli Evans & Jessica Troy), & Zoe Lucas vs. Kris Wolf, Solo Darling, & Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo)
- Shazza McKenzie vs. Su Yung
- Dr. Britt Baker, DMD vs. Tessa Blanchard
- Dust (c) vs. Samantha Heights (Heart of Shimmer Championship)
- Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Nicole Savoy (c) (Shimmer Championship)
Shimmer is back and bringing the goods for Mania weekend as always, folks! Kris Wolf in an atomicos in one of her last matches before retiring, Shazza vs. Su makes for a real clash of personalities, Baker vs. Blanchard should just be great, and Matsumoto vs. Savoy, well... that’s gonna be a war!
Chikara Once Upon a Beginning (April 5, 12PM Eastern)
- Boomer Hatfield vs. Missile Assault Man
- A-Kid vs. Air Wolf
- CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) vs. Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge
- Princess KimberLee vs. the Whisper
- Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, & Travis Huckabee) vs. the Colony (Fire, Green II, & Thief Ants)
- Arik Cannon, Cameron Zagami, Hallowicked, & Hermit Crab vs. Chuck Taylor, Estonian Thunderfrog, Jigsaw, & Razerhawk
- Dasher Hatfield vs. “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti (c) (Chikara Grand Championship Ladder Match)
Mr. Touchdown has jumped through Dasher Hatfield’s hoops and earned his three points to reclaim the title that’s been his by right this entire time, and now the match is set for the biggest stage Chikara has to offer for -- and it’s a ladder match to boot! Plus an atomicos pitting eight Young Lions Cup winners against each other, a trios boiling the long-running feud between FIST and the Colony over for a new generation, the Campeonatos de Parejas exploding ahead of their next defense, and more!
IPW:UK (April 5, 12PM Eastern)
- Cieran Donnelly vs. Connor Mills vs. Danny Duggan vs. the OJMO vs. ??? vs. ???
- Juicy Gambino vs. Rob Lynch
- Joe Gacy vs. Rob Sharpe
- Kip Sabian vs. Vaughan Vertigo
- Bobby Tyler (IPW:UK) vs. Sonya Strong (HOG) (HOG Women’s Championship / IPW:UK Women’s Championship)
- James Storm vs. Jimmy Havoc (No Rules Bar Room Brawl)
IPW:UK enter the Mania weekend fray in a big bad way as the Cowboy takes on the King of the Goths in a no rules bar brawl! Plus a big scramble full of up-and-coming UK talent and a women’s championship unification match held in conjunction with House of Glory!
WWN Supershow Mercury Rising 2019 (April 5, 3PM Eastern)
- Anthony Greene vs. Barrett Brown vs. Colby Corino vs. John Silver vs. ??? (WWN Contract Elimination Match)
- Austin Theory & Brandi Lauren vs. Darby Allin & Priscilla Kelly
- Absolute Andy vs. Anthony Henry (c) (FIP World Heavyweight Championship)
- Allysin Kay (c) vs. Miyu Yamashita (Shine Championship)
- JD Drake (c) vs. Kazusada Higuchi (WWN Championship)
- Team DDT (Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, & Tetsuya Endo) vs. the Skulk (Adrian Alanis, AR Fox, & Leon Ruff)
- Team wXw (Bobby Gunns, Lucky Kid, & Marius Al-Ani) vs. the Unwanted (Eddie Kingston, Joe Gacy, & Shane Strickland)
Again, a full breakdown is coming in my preview dropping on Thursday, but the theme of this show is very much WWN vs. the World, with three title defenses against top DDT and wXw talent, and TWO trios matches to continue the WrestleMania weekend tradition!
RPW Live in NY (April 5, 3PM Eastern)
- Alex Coughlin & Karl Fredericks vs. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham)
- Rocky Romero vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
- David Starr vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
RevPro are working with WrestleCon on their traditional Mania weekend show and honestly as hype as that main event tag and Starr/Ishii are, the biggest coolest thing here isn’t visible the way I write matches out. Coughlin & Fredericks vs. CCK has a special guest referee, and it’s a man that we thought we might never see being physical inside of a wrestling ring never again... the Wrestler himself, Katsuyori Shibata! I’m definitely already crying, folks.
BLP Adventures in Wrestling (April 5, 3:30PM Eastern)
- Brian Zane’s Million Dollar Battle Royal
- Team International (Charli Evans, Indi Hartwell, Jessica Troy, Shazza McKenzie, & Zoe Lucas) vs. Team USA (Jordynne Grace, Kylie Rae, Nicole Savory, Samantha Heights, & Shotzi Blackheart)
- AJ Gray, Curt Stallion, & Gary Jay vs. Chris Dickinson, Jake Parnell, & Rory Gulak
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Shigehiro Irie
- Manny Fernandez & Tank vs. Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
- Hornswoggle vs. Nick Gage
- Bryan Alvarez vs. Orange Cassidy (c) (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)
- Jake Lander & Tre LaMar vs. Robbie Eagles & Sammy Guevara vs. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) vs. Team White Wolf (A-Kid & Carlos Romo) (BLP Tag Team Championship)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page (c) vs. Kobe Durst (BLP Championship)
Black Label are bringing their brand of pro wrestling magic to Mania weekend and I mean... we got serious wrestling stories like Page and Durst’s mentor-student relationship turned feud. We got bonkers nonsense like Bryan “Figure Four Weekly” Alvarez challenging Orange Cassidy for the IWTV title and Hornswoggle taking on Nick Gage. We’ve got Tank coming out of retirement to team with Manny Fernandez to teach Sadkampf a lesson, and so much more!
Stardom American Dream 2019 in the Big Apple (April 5, 4PM Eastern)
- Dust vs. Hazuki (c) (Stardom High Speed Championship)
Only one announced for this one so far, but more is sure to come, with Stardom promising members of all their major factions will be in action!
MLW Battle Riot II (April 5, 7PM Eastern)
- Brian Pillman, Jr. vs. Rich Swann
- Jimmy Havoc vs. LA Park
- Daga vs. Low-Ki
- Ace Austin vs. Teddy Hart (c) (MLW World Middleweight Championship)
- Battle Riot II
And the second of MLW’s shows sees the return of the Royal Rumble-style Battle Riot! Plus Havoc vs. Park in a hyper violent dream match and the long-awaited rematch where Daga seeks revenge for Low-Ki nearly tearing his damn ear off!
GCW Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3 Part 1 (April 5, 8PM Eastern)
- A-Kid vs. Australian Suicide vs. Jake Atlas vs. Shane Mercer vs. Slim J (Scramble Match)
- Orange Cassidy vs. TAKA Michinoku
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. ???
- Jimmy Lloyd vs. Masashi Takeda (Deathmatch)
- Invisible Man vs. Invisible Stan
- Nick Gage vs. Shinjiro Ohtani
Joey Janela’s Spring Break returns as TWO shows this year, and this first one has what you need-- ultraviolent legend Nick Gage taking on Japanese junior legend Ohtani, All Ego battling for his soul, TAKA Michinoku returning to the US for the first time in years to wrestle Orange Cassidy, a still-living Invisible Man fighting his equally invisible son AND a scramble of up-and-comers looking for that sweet Janela bump?! Oh, and one more thing...
...the Bad Boy is back, healed up, and ready for in-ring action after only seven months on the shelf!
Tickets are sold out, but you can check this one out on FITE, folks.
Joey Ryan’s Penis Party (April 5, 8:05PM Eastern)
- Black Taurus vs. Green Ant II vs. Mr. Iguana vs. Puma King vs. Shark Boy
- David Arquette vs. Timothy Thatcher
- John Morrison & Taya Valkyrie vs. Lucha Brothers (Fenix & Pentagon, Jr.)
- Bill Carr vs. Dan Barry (Deathmatch)
- Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) & Matt Striker vs. Colt Cabana, Mike Babchik, & Tommy Dreamer
- DemonxBunny (Allie & Rosemary) vs. Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa)
- Joey Ryan, Sexxxy Eddy, & Val Venis vs. Priscilla Kelly, Session Moth Martina, & Scarlett Bordeaux
This is, uh... it’s definitely a show that is definitely going to be main evented by a match that is... definitely... going to have a lot of genitals in it. I... no words, Cagesiders. No words.
CMLL Super Viernes (April 5, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Magnus & Robin vs. Metalico & Sangre Azteca
- Amapola, Dalys, & Tiffany vs. La Jarochita, Marcela, & Princesa Sugehit
- El Audaz, Flyer, & Stuka, Jr. vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto, Luciferno, & Mephisto)
- El Felino vs. Hechicero (Lightning Match)
- Atlantis, Atlantis, Jr., & Mistico II vs. La Peste Negra (Barbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, & Negro Casas)
- Caristico, El Valiente, & Volador, Jr. vs. Gilbert el Boricua & Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring & El Terrible)
Just because it’s Mania weekend doesn’t mean CMLL stops bringing you your regularly scheduled dose of Friday night lucha libre action from Arena Mexico, folks! And I like the cut of this show’s jib, too-- the two top trios matches, while not guaranteed hits, are stacked enough that at least one of them should be really good, and old man Felino taking on Hechicero in a lightning match on top of that?
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.
Blackcraft No Apologies (April 5, 11:59PM Eastern)
- Baphomet Battle Royal
- #DatSquad (Laynie Luck & Machiko) vs. the Essence (Harlow O’Hara & Vipress)
- Gangrel vs. Matthew Justice
- Cortez Castro vs. Matt Cross vs. Mecha Wolf vs. Luchasaurus vs. Rey Fenix vs. Teddy Hart (BCW Championship #1 Contender’s Scramble Match)
- Penta el Zero M vs. Simon Grimm
- Chris Dickinson vs. Masato Tanaka
- Butcher and the Blade (Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter) vs. La Familia de Tijuana (Bestia 666 & Damian 666) vs. OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) (c) vs. the Crown (Alexander James & Jurn Simmons) vs. the Mane Event (Duke Davis & Ganon Jones, Jr.) (BCW Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match)
- Maria Manic vs. Saraya Knight (c) (BCW Women’s Championship)
- David Starr vs. John Morrison (c) (BCW Heavyweight Championship)
- G-Raver vs. Jimmy Havoc (Devil’s Den Match)
Blackcraft Wrestling are ready to usher in the witching hour with a healthy dose of Satan! The Preacher (who has a stunning resemblance to a certain lead Cenobite) has arranged ten evil matches for you all, all building up to G-Raver and Havoc clashing in the first-ever Devil’s Den match! What’s a Devil’s Den match, you ask? No ropes, all chains and hooks!
WR Pancakes & Piledrivers 2019 (April 6, 11AM Eastern)
- Chuck Mambo vs. Rich Swann
- Adam Brooks vs. Matt Cross
- Ace Romero vs. Dan Maff vs. Fallah Bahh vs. Fatu vs. Larry D vs. Madman Fulton
- Ace Austin vs. AR Fox vs. JT Dunn vs. Sammy Guevara
- Rickey Shane Page vs. Tessa Blanchard
- Brian Cage vs. David Starr vs. Moose
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) (WR Tag Team Championship)
- OI4K (Dave Crist, Jake Crist, & Sami Callihan) vs. the Unwanted (Eddie Kingston, Joe Gacy, & Shane Strickland)
It’s the third annual Pancakes & Piledrivers and while the originally scheduled PAC vs. Rich Swann match is off the book due to visa issues, this one is going to end with a bang regardless, because that trios match is Shane Strickland’s last match on the wider indies! He’s still booked for Evolve on 4/13, so he’s not DONE done before heading on up to New York, but this is it as far as promotions that aren’t affiliated with WWE!
GCW Orange Cassidy is Doing Something or Whatever, Who Knows??? (April 6, 12PM Eastern)
- Team Faye Jackson vs. Team Veda Scott (NOVA Pro Dodgeball 10-Person Pick-’em Tag Team Match)
- Chris Brookes vs. Logan Easton LaRoux (7/13 Falls Match)
- Allie Kat vs. Kris Statlander vs. Saraya Knight vs. Shotzi Blackheart (Lumberjack Swamp Monster Match)
- Session Moth Martina vs. Spyder Nate Webb (5 O’Clock Somewhere Last Person Standing Match)
- Nick Gage vs. UltraMantis Black (Yuletide Deathmatch)
- Chuck Taylor vs. Trent? (1-Minute Time Limit)
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Shinjiro Ohtani
From the ashes of NOVA Pro rises... oh dear. GCW have kept Gresham/Ohtnai from the original card and given Orange Cassidy his own show. This... this may not end well. Anyway, all you need to do is look at those stipulations to see what ol’ Freshly Squeezed is up to, with one minute time limits and odd numbers of falls and so on. And hey, they’ve managed to squeeze most of the key NOVA talent on the card thanks to a schoolyard-inspired captain’s tag!
Tickets are sold out, but you can check it out LIVE on IWTV, folks.
WWN MoreThanMania 2019 Wrap-Up Party: DDT Pro vs. Kaiju Big Battel (April 6, 2PM Eastern)
- Dr. Cube’s Possy vs. Konosuke Takeshita & Sanshiro Takagi (Anywhere Match)
Only one match has been confirmed for WWN’s weekend wrap-up consisting entirely of DDT vs. Kaiju Big Battel tag team fightos, but when it’s an anywhere match, do you really need a full card to get excited? This is gonna get full on, all out, “Ibushi shooting fireworks in the woods” level WEIRD!
HOG Culture Clash (April 6, 2PM Eastern)
- Leroy Green vs. Smiley (Casket Match)
- Juicy Product (David Starr & JT Dunn) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)
- Amazing Red vs. Fenix
- Kikutaro vs. Mantequilla (c) (HOG Crown Jewel Championship)
- Anthony Gangone (c) vs. Robbie Eagles (HOG World Championship)
- Great Muta, Pentagon, Jr., & Tajiri vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) & Low-Ki
Folks. Folks. House of Glory have a hell of a show set up here-- Product vs. Party, Red vs. Fenix, Gangone vs. Eagles, all likely to be great wrestling matches. But. BUT! That main event! Muta. Pentagon. Tajiri. LAX. Low-Ki. What?! Yes!
IWS Unstoppable (April 6, 4PM Eastern)
- Alexander Dean vs. J-Money
- Black Dynamite vs. Maxim Lemire vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Sheldon Dean
- Fernando de la Cruz & Jordano the Producer vs. Karl Jepson & Mr. Marvelous vs. Maredes & Stephen Mainz vs. Mercedes Brothers (Carvo & Rocco Benz) (Scramble Match)
- Arik Cannon vs. Sexxxy Eddy (Alcobrawl)
- Green Phantom vs. Matt Tremont vs. Nick Gage
- Addy Starr vs. Solo Darling vs. Veda Scott (IWS Women’s Championship)
- Kevin Blanchard (c) vs. Ophidian (IWS Canadian Championship)
- Benjamin Tull (c) vs. Rory Gulak (IWS World Championship)
IWS are representing Quebec at the Collective and some of this stuff is guaranteed to make you goes banana! Local legend Green Phantom takes on two of the ultraviolent finest, Starr, Darling, and Scott clash for their vacant women’s championship, Chikara grapplers get shots at titles AND I have it on good authority that Dean vs. J-Money is one to look out for!
CZW vs. WrestlePro (April 6, 8PM Eastern)
- Bull James vs. CAQ vs. Shawn Donovan
- Anthony Greene vs. Fallah Bahh
- Craig Steele vs. Matt Tremont
- Anthony Bowens vs. DJ Hyde
- Team Espana (Jos A & Jos B) vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter)
- John Silver vs. Matt Macintosh
- Kris Statlander (c) vs. Leyla Hirsch (WSU Spirit Championship)
- Dan Maff vs. Mance Warner (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship)
CZW are working with WrestlePro this Mania weekend and they’ve got a card full of all-out war between the two! Maff challenges for Warner’s title, Silver and Macintosh face in a battle of the aces, tag champs (including the delightfully named Team Espana) face off, Bowens challenges CZW owner Hyde, and more!
GCW Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3 Part 2 (April 6, 11:59PM Eastern)
- LA Park vs. Masato Tanaka
- LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
- The Greatest Clusterfuck
Yes indeed, folks, this year Spring Break is spread across two shows, and round two features the return of everyone’s favorite Mania weekend delayed-entry battle royal! No word yet on if “All Ego” Ethan Page will be forced to agent it again, but it’s happening and it’s bigger than ever, by god! Plus one of the best tag teams running today takes on one of the best tag teams of all time, and two hardcore legends are gonna brawl it out!
Tickets are sold out, but you can check this one out on FITE, folks.
Capitol Ready or Not (April 7, 12PM Eastern)
- Jeff Cannonball vs. Zac Amico (Capitol Deathmatch)
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Hot Boiz International (Eric Martin & Lucky 13) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
- Anthony Bowens vs. Darius Carter (Best of Five Series Match 4)
- Ken Dixon vs. Paul Jordane
- Rising Sons (Colby Corino, HC Loc, & Jordan Oliver) vs. Special K (Azrieal, Deranged, & Slim J)
- Australian Suicide vs. KC Navarro (c) (Capitol Freestyle Championship)
- Eddie Kingston vs. Matt Macintosh (c) vs. Sonny Kiss (Capitol Championship)
And finally, we reach Sunday morning, but the indies aren’t ready to cede the stage to WWE just yet, folks! Capitol Wrestling are running at noon and they’ve got something very near and dear to my heart-- the return of Special K! Now if we can just get someone to book them against the Skulk, wrestling will be complete...
Free matches here!
Kyle O’Reilly vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
From the fine folks over at IPW:UK, we’ve got some top shelf grapplers going at each other back in 2014. Sabre. O’Relly. Check it out!
David Starr vs. Penelope Ford
From the good people over at Beyond, we’ve got some intergender action this week. The self-proclaimed Ace of Beyond goes one on one with the Bad Girl, enjoy!
Artemis Spencer vs. Shane Strickland
And last but not least, a throwback match from DEFY up in the Pacific Northwest. Local hidden gem Spencer takes on the King of Swerve with a bonus tag team match included, don’t miss it!
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.