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.
AAW Destination Milwaukee (July 12, 7:30PM Central)
- Ace Austin & Clayton Gainz vs. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett)
- Air Wolf vs. Curt Stallion
- Josh Alexander vs. Josh Briggs
- FiyahFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix)
- John Morrison vs. Juventud Guerrera
- Jessicka Havok (c) vs. Taya Valkyrie (AAW Women’s Championship)
- Fatu vs. Sami Callihan (c) (AAW Heavyweight Championship)
AAW are making their debut in Milwaukee (Algonquin for “the good land”!), Wisconsin and they’re bringing the heat, folks. Two big strong Joshes doing battle? Hell yeah! FiyahFox testing themselves against Lucha Brothers? Damn right! A weird intergenerational dream match in Morrison vs. Juvy? Oh, it’s there! Plus the Samoan Werewolf, directed by Armando Alejandro Estrada, looks to end Sami Callihan’s reign with the big damn belt and more!
CZW Lyle C. Williams Memorial Show (July 12, 8PM Eastern)
- Eric Corvis vs. Mike Del vs. Steve Mack vs. TJ Crawford
- Joe Gacy vs. Tim Donst
- Jimmy Lloyd & Matt Tremont vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter)
- Chuck Payne (c) vs. Jeff Cannonball vs. Marc Angel vs. Sean Henderson vs. Stockade (H2O Hybrid Championship Elimination Match)
- Lyle C. Williams Memorial Battle Royal (CZW Wired Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Jonathan Gresham vs. John Silver (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship)
CZW gathers this weekend in Voorhees, New Jersey once again to celebrate the life of one of their own-- it’s a memorial show in honor of long-time local photographer Lyle C. Williams! And a show they have lined up, with a dream team of Lloyd and Tremont taking on the tag team champions, former world champ Gresham returning to take his crown once more, a showcase four-way from Synergy Wrestling, and a five-way eliminator courtesy of H2O!
EVE Dawn of a New Era (July 13, 8PM GMT)
- Charli Evans vs. Kanji (EVE Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament First Round Match)
- Kasey vs. Yuu (EVE Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament First Round Match)
Card details are always light on the ground for EVE but they’re rolling hot with a tournament to determine newly minted EVE Champion Rhia O’Reilly’s first challenger! Plus, sad times as Charlie Morgan makes her final EVE appearance before retiring.
FVF Sweet Summer Heat (July 13, 7PM Eastern)
- Arik Royal vs. Cabana Man Dan vs. Duncan McBain vs. Lucas Calhoun vs. Proletariat Boar of Moldova vs. “Safety First” Tim Donst (Scramble Match)
- Alexander James vs. Ophidian
- Allie Kat vs. Brittany Blake vs. Kimber Lee vs. Solo Darling
- Hallowicked vs. Orange Cassidy
- ”Lightning” Mike Quackenbush & Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) vs. the Colony (Fire, Green II, & Thief Ants)
Flying V Fights are back in Silver Spring, Maryland and they’ve got as stacked a card as you’re likely to find, right here! From a six-way scramble featuring the safest version of Tim Donst, to a sweet women’s four-way, to that six-man main event insanity, this one is gonna rule.
Tickets are sold out, but you can catch this bad boy LIVE on IWTV, folks.
Free matches here!
Britt Baker vs. Laynie Luck
From the fine folks over at Zelo Pro in Chicago, we’ve got some top shelf women’s action for you this week. Dr. Baker takes on rising star Luck, check it out!
Riho vs. Sammii Jayne vs. Viper
Up next, from the lovely people over at Pro Wrestling: EVE, we’ve got a flashback match-- AEW’s Riho takes on NXT UK’s Viper in three-way action also including Sammii Jayne. It’s a a match that could not happen today, enjoy!
Allie Kat vs. Kris Wolf
And rounding out our trio of women’s matches this week, our friends over at Black Label Pro have provided a chapter in the long-running feud between canine and feline. Kat. Wolf. Don’t miss it!
Chikara Live at Clipper Magazine Stadium 2019 (July 6)
- “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush over Travis Huckabee (Johnny Kidd Invitational 2019 First Round Match)
- Dominic Garrini over John Francis of Coronado
- Still Life With Apricots and Pears (c) over Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham to retain the Chikara Young Lions Cup
- Razerhawk over Rick Roland
- Boomer Hatfield & the Colony (Green II & Thief Ants) over Hallowicked, Hermit Crab, & Icarus
So with all the upheaval in my life of late I missed covering the card for this one, but no matter-- Chikara are running the Johnny Kidd Invitational for the third year and they’re using these shows at sports stadiums to do it! As of this show, three of our semifinalists are set-- Quack, Ophidian, and Green Ant II! Plus Dominic Garrini made a big impact in his debut by beating former Grand Champion Coronado!
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.