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Sermon on the Mat (Aug. 29, 2019): AAW, BLP, GCW, RevPro, & RISE cards;

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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.

Coming soon...

AAW Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament (Aug. 29-30)

—Night One (Aug. 29, 7:30PM Central)—

  1. Fatu vs. Jake Atlas (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  2. Ace Austin vs. Laredo Kid (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  3. Jake Something vs. Josh Alexander (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  4. Myron Reed vs. Trey Miguel (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Curt Stallion vs. Joey Lynch (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  6. Ace Romero vs. Willie Mack (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  7. Eddie Kingston vs. Jimmy Jacobs (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  8. Colt Cabana vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
  9. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)

—Night Two (Aug. 30, 7:30PM Central)—

  1. Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals

AAW are back in Chicago, Illinois for their annual celebration of former co-owner Jim Lynam and as usual, the field is stacked with stars and fresh faces alike. Plus the Besties have a chance to reclaim their tag titles from LAX!

Tickets are likely sold out by the time you read this, but you’ll be able to check both shows out on Smart Mark and Highspots, folks.

BLP / GCW 2 Cups Stuffed (Aug. 30, 11PM Central)

  1. Alex Zayne vs. Blake Christian vs. G-Raver vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Kobe Durst vs. Matthew Justice (Doors, Ladders, & Chairs Match)
  2. Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell
  3. Erick Stevens & Tom Lawlor vs. Violence is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
  4. ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Homicide
  5. Arez vs. Black Taurus vs. Gringo Loco vs. Laredo Kid vs. Ophidian vs. Rey Horus
  6. Gangrel vs. Orange Cassidy
  7. Jerry “the King” Lawler vs. Mance Warner
  8. Effy vs. Nick Gage (c) (GCW World Championship)

Black Label Pro and Game Changer Wrestling are teaming up for a supershow in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and I mean... this card has Jerry Lawler vs. Mancer AND Gangrel vs. Orange Cassidy AND an all-star lucha six-way on it? ‘Nuff said!

Get your tickets here or check it out live on FITE, folks.

RPW Summer Sizzler 2019 (Aug. 30)

  1. Gabriel Kidd vs. Shaun Jackson
  2. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) vs. Dan Moloney & MK McKinnan
  3. Rob Lias vs. TK Cooper
  4. El Phantasmo (c) vs. Michael Oku (RPW British Cruiserweight Championship)
  5. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Josh Bodom & Sha Samuels (Road to Royal Quest Tag Team Tournament Finals)
  6. David Starr (Career) vs. Will Ospreay (Control) (RevPro Career vs. Andy Quildan’s Control of the Company Match)
  7. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kazuchika Okada vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.)

RevPro are back in London, England for one of the biggest shows of their calendar, and does it get any bigger than Starr putting his RevPro Career on the line in an apuestas match where Ospreay will defend Andy Quildan’s control of the company? Plus a dream tag team main event, the finals of the tournament to determine who challenges for the IWGP Tag Team Championship at NJPW Royal Quest, and more!

Tickets are just about sold out as I write this, but you can always catch the action on RPW On Demand, folks.

RISE Regional Rising Stars Tourament (Sept. 1, 3PM Central)

  1. Max the Impaler vs. Valentina Loca (Regional Rising Stars Tournament First Round Match)
  2. Elayna Black vs. Sophie King (Regional Rising Stars Tournament First Round Match)
  3. Queen Aminata vs. Sierra (Regional Rising Stars Tournament First Round Match)
  4. Hawlee Cromwell vs. Laynie Luck (Regional Rising Stars Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Jake Atlas vs. Priscilla Kelly
  6. Killer Death Machines (Jessicka Havok & Nevaeh) (c) vs. Paradise Lost (Dust & Raven’s Ash) (Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championship)
  7. Devon Monroe vs. Effy
  8. Regional Rising Stars Tournament Semifinals & Finals

RISE are back in Berwyn, Illinois and this time the spotlight is on the midwest’s rising women’s wrestling stars! An eight-woman tournament will show you who you should be watching, and on top of it all you’ve got three hype non-tournament matches to enjoy!

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits RISE - ASCENT, folks.

Free matches here!

#DukeMoney (Jock Samson, Mance Warner, Parker Pierce, the Duke, & “Big” Twan Tucker) vs. John Thorne, Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins), & Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams) (Fans Bring the Weapons Match)

From the fine folks over at AIW, we have one of John Thorne’s occasional and triumphant returns to the ring as he takes part in ten-man hardcore action from last year’s WrestleRager 3! And even better, it’s got alternate commentary from Thorne himself and Worldwide! Don’t miss it!

Aiden Aggro vs. Alex Price vs. Brandino vs. CJ Cruz vs. DL Hurst vs. Nico Silva

From the good folks up at Limitless Wrestling in Maine, we’ve got a six-way match featuring a bunch of up-and-comers, and as always I like to spotlight this kind of match from time to time just so y’all can get in on the ground floor with the stars of tomorrow. Pick a new favorite and enjoy!

Maria Manic vs. Terra Calaway (Hardcore Match)

Last but not least, from our friends at Women’s Wrestling Revolution Pro, longtime rivals Calaway and Manic clash in hardcore action. Check it out!


Evolve 133-134 (Aug. 24-25)

—Evolve 133 (Aug. 24)—

  1. Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez over Karam to earn an Evolve contract
  2. Shotzi Blackheart over Cameron Bra’Nae
  3. Adrian Alanis over Brandon Taggart
  4. Arturo Ruas over Stephen Wolf
  5. Anthony Greene over Curt Stallion by disqualification
  6. KUSHIDA over JD Drake
  7. Anthony Henry over Austin Theory
  8. Matt Riddle over Josh Briggs
  9. The Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff) (c) over the Unwanted (Joe Gacy & Sean Maluta) to retain the Evolve Tag Team Championship

—Evolve 134 (Aug. 25)—

  1. The Skulk (Adrian Alanis & Liam Gray) over Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) and the Unwanted (Joe Gacy & Sean Maluta)
  2. Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez over Jimmy Karryt
  3. Anthony Henry over Arturo Ruas (No Holds Barred Match)
  4. Brandon Taggart over Craig Mitchell, GPA, Karam, Noah Gray, and Stephen Wolf
  5. The Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff) (c) over Curt Stallion & Matt Riddle to retain the Evolve Tag Team Championship
  6. Anthony Greene over PACO
  7. Shotzi Blackheart over Brandi Lauren (Kendo Stick Match)
  8. Austin Theory (c) over JD Drake and Josh Briggs to retain the Evolve World Championship
  9. Drew Gulak (c) over KUSHIDA to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

No recaps this month, folks-- unfortunately my life kind of got weird and I was unable to watch these live and can’t see myself getting to them in a timely fashion, but hey, Evolve was eventful too! Sharkbait earned himself a contract, Blackheart finally got her win over Lauren, and most importantly, the WorkHorsemen have finally exploded, as Henry turned on Drake and denied him victory in his quest to win the Evolve title.

Check the VOD out on Club WWN, folks.

As always...

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.

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