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.
Chikara Chikarasaurus Rex (Sept. 7, 3PM Eastern)
- Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge vs. Xyberhawx 2000 (Danjerhawk & Razerhawk)
- Boomer Hatfield vs. Volgar
- Cajun Crawdad vs. Fire Ant
- Kobald vs. Missile Assault Man
- BLANK vs. Penelope Ford
- Jakob Hammermeier vs. John Francis of Coronado
- Lucas Calhoun & Stray Kat vs. Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) (c) (Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas)
- Joey Janela vs. “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush
- Creatures of the Deep (Hermit Crab, Merlok, & Oceanea) vs. the Crucible (Devantes, Lance Steel, & the Whisper)
- Princess KimberLee vs. Solo Darling
- Green Ant II vs. Ophidian (Johnny Kidd Invitational 2019 Finals)
- Dasher Hatfield (c) vs. Mick Moretti (Chikara Grand Championship)
Chikara are back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Chikarasaurus Rex, and as usual this is a huge, huge tentpole card for them. Not least, this year, including the Bad Boy’s final Chikara match for the time being, as he takes on Chikara founder Mike Quackenbush in a match that could take literally any shape given the two men involved. Perhaps Joey would like to have a mat grappling contest?! Plus the JKI finals, two big title matches, and enough action to drive the dinosaurs to extinction!
CZW Down With the Sickness (Sept. 7, 8PM Eastern)
- Kris Bishop vs. Matt Macintosh
- Above the Rest (Gabriel Skye & Tristen Thai) vs. YDNB (Charlie Tiger & Ellis Taylor)
- Joey Lynch (c) vs. Leon St. Giovanni (MVW Championship)
- Alex Reynolds vs. Anthony Greene vs. G-Raver vs. Jimmy Lloyd (CZW World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Ladder Match)
- Dan O’Hare vs. Jordan Oliver (c) (CZW Wired Championship)
- Anthony Gangone & Matt Tremont vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (c) (CZW World Tag Team Championship)
- Conor Claxton vs. Joe Gacy vs. John Silver (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship)
CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey, and it’s that time of the year again where we get sick! Or at least, where we have a sick ladder match!
Dropkick Depression Born to Fight 3 (Sept. 7, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Battle Born Royale
- Katred vs. Nikki Addams
- Anthony Gangone vs. Eric Corvis vs. Matt Macintosh vs. Matt Makowski vs. Solo Darling vs. the Whisper
- Boomer Hatfield, Jeff Cannonball, & TJ Blade vs. Josh Wells, Juba, & Mike Oridge
- Brandon the Bull vs. Callux the Castigator vs. Mitch Vallen (DD Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Joe Gacy vs. Razerhawk vs. Slade (DD Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Ophidian vs. Terra Calaway
Dropkick Depression (check out my man Henry’s excellent writeup if you haven’t seen it) are in Old Bridge, New Jersey for their third annual edition of Born to Fight, and these cards just keep getting better and better!
Free matches here!
Bryce Benjamin vs. Isaias Velazquez
From our friends over at Zelo Pro, we’ve got two of Chicago’s finest here, folks-- former Freelance Tag Team Champion Bryce Benjamin takes on former Freelance World Champion Isaias Velazquez, check it out!
Faye Jackson vs. Oceanea
From the fine folks over at Women’s Wrestling Revolution Pro, we’ve got Faye Jackson bringing her milkshake to the bottom of the sea to do battle with Oceanea, enjoy!
Green Ant II vs. Tony Deppen
And last but not least, from mighty Chikara we’ve got some mat grappling pitting the Relentless Rookie up against a member of Team FIST, a clash ages old, but with a new flavor. Don’t miss it!
RPW Summer Sizzler 2019 (Aug. 30)
- Gabriel Kidd over Shaun Jackson
- Rob Lias over TK Cooper by countout
- CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) vs. Dan Moloney & MK McKinnan went to a no-contest
- SANADA over Hikuleo, “Speedball” Mike Bailey, Robbie Eagles, Rocky Romero, and Senza Volto (Scramble Match)
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over Josh Bodom & Sha Samuels (Road to Royal Quest Tournament Finals)
- El Phantasmo (c) over Michael Oku to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Championship
- Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.) over Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kazuchika Okada
- Will Ospreay over David Starr (Career vs. Control of RevPro Match)
Yes, folks, after a long, hard battle, David Starr is gone from RevPro and Andy Quildan remains in charge. It wasn’t all exciting news, however, as that tag match went to a no-contest because Jonathan Gresham had an injury scare, but fortunately he’s good to go and indeed wrestled on Sunday.
Check it out on RPW On Demand, 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.