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.
AIW Gauntlet for the Gold 14 (Apr. 26, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Deranged vs. DJ Z vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Gringo Loco
- Eddie Kingston vs. Nick Gage
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Shane Douglas
- Joshua Bishop vs. Matthew Justice (c) (AIW Intense Championship)
- La Familia de Tijuana (Bestia 666 & Damian 666) vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (c) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
- Josh Prohibition vs. “M-Dogg” Matt Cross
AIW are back in Parma, Ohio, and there’s a lot going on here so I’m just going to separate out the big threads. You got DJ Z saying farewell to AIW in a high-flyer four-way, you got MJF taking on ECW’s Franchise, Shane Douglas, and last but not least... twenty years after their first meeting, Ohio indie legends Prohibition and Cross meet again, where it all started!
CMLL Super Viernes (Apr. 26, 9:30PM Eastern)
- El Coyote & Grako vs. Sonic & Super Astro
- Amapola, La Comandante, & Seductora vs. Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, & Tae Honma
- Atlantis, Atlantis, Jr., & Triton vs. Los Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto, Luciferno, & Mephisto)
- El Valiente vs. Hechicero (Lightning Match)
- Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, & Soberano, Jr. vs. Mascara Ano 2000 & Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero & Forastero)
- Barbaro Cavernario & Titan vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador, Jr. (Torneo Increible de Parejas 2019 Finals)
CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and this one looks like a scorcher, folks! Valiente and Hechicero have a lightning match, we got two mostly pretty good looking men’s trios, and then the finals of the parejas increibles tournament that should just full-stop rule!
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.
EVE We’re All Gonna Die! The Frantic Scramble in Search for Meaning Through a Mess of Meaty Interactions: The Kris Wolf Retirement Show (Apr. 26, 8PM GMT / 3PM Eastern)
As always it’s kinda hard to dig up card info for EVE ahead of time and I’m not going to spend all day digging, but I wanted to make sure to include this show because we’re saying a fond farewell to a woman who loved nothing more than delicious meat, Kris Wolf.
Tickets are sold out, but you can check this bad girl out LIVE on EVE On Demand, folks!
WSU Thank You for Being a Friend / Traveled Down the Road and Back Again (Apr. 26-27)
—Thank You for Being a Friend (Apr. 26, 8:30PM Eastern)—
- HEX (Nina Monet & Ravana Xin) vs. Rainbow Bright (Gabby Gilbert & Luscious Latasha) (WSU World Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Diamante & Valentina Vazquez vs. Platinum Hunnies (Angel Sinclair & Ava Everett) (WSU World Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Sci-Fi (Aja Perera & Veda Scott) vs. the Endless (WSU World Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round Match)
- Corinne Mink vs. Kasey Catal
- Brittany Blake vs. Jinx
- Shazza McKenzie vs. Violette
- WSU World Tag Team Championship Tournament Finals
—Traveled Down the Road and Back Again (Apr. 27, 2PM Eastern)—
- Veda Scott vs. Violette
- Aja Perera vs. Kasey Catal (WSU Spirit Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
WSU are back in Voorhees, New Jersey, and the Golden Girls references shall flow like wine as they crown a new set of tag team champions!
Chikara Fright Knight (Apr. 27, 7PM Eastern)
- BLANK vs. Shazza McKenzie
- Brayden Lee vs. Still Life With Apricots & Pears (c) (Chikara Young Lions Cup)
- Jakob Hammermeier vs. the Patriot
- Cajun Crawdad, Callux the Castigator, El Hijo del Ice Cream, & Rory Gulak vs. Fire Ant, Razerhawk, “Hurricane” Shane Helms, & Solo Darling
- Princess KimberLee & the Whisper (c) vs. Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) (Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas)
- Dasher Hatfield (c) vs. Missile Assault Man (Chikara Grand Championship)
Chikara is back in Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania and holy hell that’s the friggin’ Patriot. Yes Tom Brandi returns to Chikara for the first time in twelve years to face Jakob Hammermeier in singles action! Plus Dasher’s first real title defense of the Grand Championship and more!
NWA / ROH Crockett Cup (Apr. 27, 7PM)
- Wild Card Tag Team Battle Royal (Crockett Cup Qualifying Match)
- War Kings (Crimson & Jax Dane) vs. ??? (Crockett Cup First Round Match)
- Bandido & Flip Gordon vs. Guerrero Maya, Jr. & Stuka, Jr. (Crockett Cup First Round Match)
- Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Villain Enterprises (Brody King & Pierre Carl Ouellet) (Crockett Cup First Round Match)
- Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) (Crockett Cup First Round Match)
- Allysin Kay vs. Santana Garrett (NWA World Women’s Championship)
- Colt Cabana vs. Willie Mack (c) (NWA National Championship)
- Crockett Cup Semifinals & Finals
- Marty Scurll vs. Nick “Magnus” Aldis (c) (NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship)
The NWA and ROH are teaming up in Concord, North Carolina to bring back a hallowed tradition that definitely wasn’t brought back by PWX just last year-- it’s the Crockett Cup! And what a stacked lineup the tournament has, eh? Briscoes vs. Rock & Rolls is gonna be one for the ages! Plus the Villain finally gets a crack at the NWA title and they crown a new women’s champ!
Scenic City Showdown (Apr. 27, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Brett Ison vs. James Bandy vs. Kerry Awful vs. Mr. Brickster
- Bill Dundee & Cabana Man Dan vs. Alan Angels & Nick Traimer
- Bobby Flaco vs. Nick Iggy
- Benjamin Carter vs. Kevin Ku
- Jaden Newman vs. Jake Parnell
- O’Shay Edwards vs. Vordell Walker
- AC Mack vs. Joey Lynch
Scenic City is back in East Ridge, Tennessee and you’re reading that right, “Superstar” Bill Dundee will be in action! The same Bill Dundee who had the classic series of “I Quit” matches against Jerry “the King” Lawler, tagging up with the master of the Flip Flop Chop! That match alone makes this a hell of a show, folks.
Free matches here!
Josh Prohibition vs. M-Dogg 20
In honor of their upcoming 20th anniversary match, the fine folks over at AIW have uploaded a match in their series from the hallowed days of 2003. Prohibition and Cross meet in Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling, check it out!
Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
From the good folks over at WHAT!, we’ve got two of the hottest tag teams on the indies today. The freshly-signed AEW superstars Private Party take on the mightiest Ducks in wrestling, don’t miss it!
Megan Mason vs. Stockade
From our friends over at Dropkick Depression, we’ve got another one of their taping matches as Facebreaker Megan Mason takes on a sick, sick man in Stockade. Enjoy!
Freelance Burn After Watching (Apr. 19)
- Gregory Iron, Gringo Loco, Kobe Durst, San Andres, & Solo Darling over Bear Bronson, Maria Manic, Mark Wheeler, Mik Drake, & Ophidian
- Eye Candy Elliott over Joey Ryan
- Robert Anthony over Anthony Greene, Isaias Velazquez, and Rory Gulak
- No New Friends (Danny Adams & Mike Outlaw) over Arik Cannon & Kris Chambers
- Craig Mitchell (c) over Nick Gage to retain the Freelance Underground Championship
- WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James D. Drake) (c) over Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) and Yardy Boyz (Alex Ohlson & Rickey Shane Page) to retain the Freelance World Tag Team Championship
- Ruff Crossing over Chris Castro
- Take It Homewreckers (Bucky Collins, Darin Corbin, & Mikey McFinnegan) over Aiden Miller, Craven, & Shazza McKenzie
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page over Kylie Rae (c) to win the Freelance World Championship
At last, All Ego has won gold in the Windy City! Plus the WorkHorsemen fended off both their challengers and remain looking for the next trophy, and Craig Mitchell retained over the Ultraviolent King himself!
Check the VOD out on IWTV, folks.
PWX Heroes/Villains (Apr. 20)
- Corey Hollis over Serpentico
- The Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) (c) over Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) to retain the PWX World Tag Team Championship
- Savannah Evans over Diamante
- Harlem Bravado over Alexander James
- Saieve Al Sabah over Darius Lockhart (c) to win the PWX iTV Championship
- Monster Squad (Billy Brash & Joshua Cutshall) over Drew Adler & Stuart Snodgrass
- The Syndicate (Elijah Evans IV, Montana Black, & TJ Boss) over Ethan Case, John Skyler, & Slim J (No Disqualification Match)
Folks, the unthinkable has happened. After two years of burning hatred, of Corey Hollis scratching and tearing at John Skyler at every opportunity... THE BRUISERWEIGHTS ARE BACK! Yes indeed, the Syndicate were pert near about to murder Skyler after the main event but Hollis made the save and embraced a man he once considered a brother!
Check the VOD 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.