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.
Freelance vs. the World 5 (June 14, 9PM Central)
- Arik Cannon, Effy, & Kikutaro vs. Take-It-Homewreckers (Bucky Collins, Darin Corbin, & Mikey McFinnegan)
- Chris Castro vs. Ruff Crossing (Texas Bullrope Match)
- Isaias Velazquez vs. Pat Monix
- Frank the Clown & Rob Anthony vs. Kylie Rae (Handicap Match)
- Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) vs. WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake) (c) (Freelance World Tag Team Championship)
- Alex Ohlson vs. Eye Candy Elliott vs. Gringo Loco vs. Kobe Durst vs. Matt Knicks vs. Thunder Rosa (Freelance Legacy Championship Scramble Match)
- Craig Mitchell vs. GPA (c) (Freelance Underground Championship)
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page (c) vs. ??? (Freelance World Championship Open Challenge)
Freelance are back in Chicago, Illinois, and are celebrating their fifth anniversary show! They’re crowning a new champion in one of their trademark scramble matches, All Ego’s issuing an open challenge, we’ve got a star-studded six-man, Velazquez vs. Monix should be hard-hitting excellence, and also Frank the Clown is booked for some reason. But wait, there’s more-- Mark Maxwell is making his one-night-only return to the commentary booth for this one!
Get your tickets here or check it out live on IWTV, folks.
NEW Brass City Brawl (June 14, 8PM Eastern)
- Chris Battle vs. Hale Collins
- Perfect Gamble (Dexter Loux & Mike Gamble) vs. the Trustfund (Jimmy Preston & Ron Zombie)
- Amazing Graysons (JP & Tommy Grayson) vs. Inzanely Rude (RJ Rude & Zane Bernardo) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)
- King Brian vs. Keith Youngblood
- Alisha vs. Penelope Ford
- ”Big Bacon” Brad Hollister vs. Joey Janela
- Darby Allin vs. Jon Moxley
- JT Dunn (c) vs. Wrecking Ball Legursky (NEW Championship)
Northeast Wrestling are coming to Waterbury, Connecticut, and they’re bringing that explicit Mox violence with them! He’ll be against Darby Allin in a dream match of men willing to sacrifice their very lives for wrestling, plus Legursky challenges Dunn and the Bad Boy gets a chance to take a bite out of Big Bacon!
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits the Highspots Wrestling Network, folks.
wXw Drive of Champions (June 14, 8PM CET)
- Absolute Andy vs. Lucky Kid (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship Qualifying Match)
- Amale Winchester (c) vs. Valkyrie (wXw Women’s Championship)
- Avalanche vs. Emil Sitoci (c) (wXw Shotgun Championship / wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship Qualifying Match)
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (c) vs. Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) vs. Julian Pace & Leon van Gasteren vs. RISE (Ivan Kiev & Pete Bouncer) vs. the Crown (Alexander James & Jurn Simmons) (wXw World Tag Team Championship Schadenfreude Invitational Gauntlet)
- Bobby Gunns (c) vs. Marius Al-Ani vs. ??? vs. ??? (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)
wXw are back in Hamburg, Germany, and Bobby Gunns is facing his biggest challenge yet! In four-way action he’ll face not just Marius Al-Ani, but whoever is Shotgun Champion AND the winner of Andy vs. Kid! plus Aussie Open have a gauntlet match, and freshly crowned women’s champ Amale defends against Valkyrie.
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits wXwNOW!, folks.
AIW JT Lightning Invitational Tournament 2019 (June 14-15)
—Night One (June 14, 7:30PM Eastern)—
- Joshua Bishop vs. Tre LaMar (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Colt Cabana vs. Lee Moriarty (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Eddie Kingston vs. Zach Thomas (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Flip Kendrick vs. KTB (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Danhausen AD vs. Matthew Justice (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Marko Stunt vs. Tim Donst (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham vs. Mance Warner (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Hornswoggle vs. Pat Buck (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- AJ Gray vs. Nick Gage (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Kid Kash vs. Louis Lyndon (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Dominic Garrini vs. Erick Stevens (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Savio Vega (JLIT 2019 First Round Match)
—Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament (June 15, 3PM Eastern)—
- The Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only) vs. Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Philly/Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams)
- Rip City Shooters (Joshua Bishop & Wes Barkley) vs. Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament Semifinals & Finals
—Night Two (June 15, 7:30PM Eastern)—
- JLIT 2019 Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
- PB Smooth vs. Tom Lawlor (c) (AIW Absolute Championship)
AIW are back in Cleveland, Ohio for their annual double-tournament extravaganza in memory of JT Lightning and Chandler Biggins! As always, the devious mind of John Thorne has brought us some “wait what” dream matches-- did you ever in your life think you’d see MJF wrestle Savio by god Vega?! Plus a jam-packed tag tournament and PB Smooth gets his rematch, and best of all, AIW are streaming the whole deal live on FITE this year!
Get your tickets here or check it out on FITE, folks.
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Flamita vs. Sanson
From the folks over at +LuchaTV, we’ve got a matchup between two hype young luchadors for your enjoyment here. Dragon Gate star Flamita takes on one of CMLL’s new generation of Dinamitas, check it out!
Adam Brooks vs. Josh Alexander
From the folks over at AAW, we’ve got Josh Alexander’s US return match for them. The Walking Weapon takes on Aussie import Adam Brooks, enjoy!
David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin
And from the fine folks at OTT, we’ve got a big match that sets up an even bigger one-- Devlin and Starr did battle to determine who would face WALTER for the OTT title at ScrapperMania V, don’t miss it!
CRAB Vice Effect (June 8)
- Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) over the Capital Vices (J-Sin & Money Greene)
- Breaux Keller over Dame Smith
- Lady Frost over Genesis
- Bobby Shields over Dezmon King
- Team CRAB (Christian James, Ivan Ali, Mack Buckler, & Mikey Banker) over Team PTPW (Derron the Artiste, Eel O’Neal, John Kermon, & O’Shay Edwards)
- Logan Easton Laroux over Isaiah Frazier (c) to win the CRAB Heavyweight Championship
Wherever goes the 1%, there follows the Gated Community, and they made the difference in the main event with a bit of an assist from Josh Fuller, who has decided to hitch his wagon to Logan’s rising star. Thus ends Isaiah Frazier’s one-year title reign, not with a bang, but with some spoiled rich kids ruining everything. Seems appropriate for 2019, really. Plus Team CRAB with a big win over Prime Time that will send them into their next atomicos against Team New South in August!
Keep an eye on CRAB’s social media for distribution info, 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.