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.
BLP Nobody Puts BLP in the Corner (Jan. 18, 4:30PM Central)
- The Greatest BLP Rumble
- Jason Cade vs. Johnathan Wolf
- Ophidian vs. Rocky Romero
- Alex Shelley vs. Isaias Velazquez
- Corn Beef (Gnarls Garvin & Steve Manders) vs. Violence Is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
- AJ Gray (c) vs. Alexander Hammerstone (BLP Midwest Championship)
- Erick Stevens (c) vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (BLP Heavyweight Championship)
- ”Warhorse” Jake Parnell (c) vs. Kylie Rae (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)
Black Label Pro are back in Crown Point, Indiana, and while we may have missed out on this one’s most excellent original title Crown Point Jewel for legal reasons, the card is still dynamite! Three killer title matches, Alex Shelley *and* Rocky Romero in action, and a (greatest) rumble?!
Chikara Young Lions Cup XVI (Jan. 18, 3PM Eastern)
- Green Ant II vs. Joshua Wells vs. Matt Vertigo vs. the Spoiler (Young Lions Cup XVI First Round Match)
- Donna Rama vs. Noah Striker vs. Oswald Project vs. ZERO (Young Lions Cup XVI First Round Match)
- Frey Nassar vs. Molly McCoy vs. Ricky South vs. Xavier Faraday (Young Lions Cup XVI First Round Match)
- Boomer Hatfield vs. Jack Ball vs. Masha Slamovich vs. Max the Impaler (Young Lions Cup XVI First Round Match)
- Mobius & QuackSaw (Jigsaw & “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush) vs. the Crucible (EM DeMorest, Matt Makowski, & Tunku Amir)
- Bird and the Bee (Solo Darling & Willow Nightingale) vs. Legion of Rot (Frightmare & Kobald)
- Young Lions Cup XVI Semifinals & Finals
Chikara are kicking off Season 21 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in style and jumping right back into it with the Young Lions Cup! I keep saying it, but I love these kinds of shows because you walk in not knowing half the card and you walk out with a few new favorites-- so check it out!
Glory Pro David Lee Memorial Tournament (Jan. 18, 5PM Central)
- Everett Connors vs. Kevin Lee Davidson (David Lee Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Air Wolf vs. Mike Outlaw (David Lee Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Jake Lander vs. Myron Reed (David Lee Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Danny Adams vs. PACO (David Lee Memorial Tournament First Round Match)
- Elayna Black vs. Seishin
- Barackus vs. Camaro Jackson vs. Matt Kenway vs. PB Smooth
- David Lee Memorial Tournament Semifinals & Finals
Glory Pro are back in Affton, Missouri and there must be something in the air because they’re kicking their year off with a tournament as well! Eight of the midwest’s finest do battle, it should be a hoot!
PTPW Invitational Grand Prix Tournament of Tournaments Classic International (Jan. 18, 3:30PM)
- Davienne vs. Logan Easton LaRoux vs. Trish Adora (International Grand Prix Tournament of Tournaments Classic Invitational First Round Match)
- Arik Royal vs. Isaiah Frazier vs. Mack Buckler (International Grand Prix Tournament of Tournaments Classic Invitational First Round Match)
- Jaden Newman vs. Tim Donst
- Billy Dixon & Bobby Orlando vs. Capital Vices (J-Sin & Money Greene) vs. Kings of the District (Eel O’Neal & Jordan Blade) vs. Nouveau Aesthetic (BLANK & Still Life With Apricots and Pears) vs. Pretty Proper (Lady Frost & Victor Benjamin) (PTPW Tag Team Championship Tournament Finals)
- International Grand Prix Tournament of Tournaments Classic Invitational Semifinals & Finals
- Breaux Keller vs. O’Shay Edwards (c) (PTPW Championship Steel Cage Match)
Our friends at Prime Time Pro Wrestling are back in Washington, DC and yeah, we’ve got another tournament this weekend, wanna fight about it? Anyway, not all of the first round matches for the International Grand Prix Tournament of Tournaments Classic Invitational have been announced, but given that our remaining competitors are Ariela Nyx, Sage Philips, Tasha Steelz, EFFY, Angelus Layne, and Nick Iggy, well, you know this tournament is gonna rule. Plus the finals to crown a tag champ, and Keller and Edwards take it to the next level inside of a steel cage!
Tickets are sold out, but you’ll be able to see this one on IWTV soon enough.
wXw Back to the Roots (Jan. 18, 6PM CET)
- “Goldenboy” Santos vs. the Rotation
- Lucky Kid vs. Scotty Davis
- Alexander James vs. Jurn Simmons (Barbed Wire Steel Cage)
- Absolute Andy vs. Jay Skillet (c) (wXw Shotgun Championship)
- Avalanche, David Starr, Julian Pace, & Leon van Gasteren vs. Bobby Gunns, Norman Harras, & Pretty Bastards (Maggott & Prince Ahura) (Käfigschlacht)
wXw are back in Oberhausen, Germany and hey, what gives, they’re not running a tournament? Didn’t they get the memo? Ah well, it’s all good because they’re bringing the ultraviolence with two ridiculous steel cage matches! The Crown continues to spiral into hate as James and Simmons face off inside of a barbed wire steel cage, and in the main event, it’s wXw’s version of WarGames in the Käfigschlacht!
PWX X16 2020 (Jan. 18-19)
—Night One (Jan. 18, 7:30PM Eastern)—
- Mason Myles vs. TJ Boss (X16 First Round Match)
- Corey Hollis vs. Logan Creed (X16 First Round Match)
- ”Man Scout” Jake Manning vs. Ren Narita (X16 First Round Match)
- Ethan Case vs. Savannah Evans (X16 First Round Match)
- Lucky Ali vs. Saieve Al Sabah (X16 First Round Match)
- Cam Carter vs. Matt Sydal (X16 First Round Match)
- Harlem Bravado vs. Nathan Cruz (X16 First Round Match)
- Karl Fredericks vs. John Skyler (X16 First Round Match)
- The All-Stars (Drew Adler & Tracer X) (c) vs. the Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) (PWX World Tag Team Championship)
—Night Two (Jan. 19, 4PM Eastern)—
- X16 Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
PWX are back in Gastonia, North Carolina and oh my gosh, what are the odds, another tournament! As always, the X16 is stacked to hell and back, and you can be sure night two will have some fun surprises in store as well.
Progress Chapter 101: Dalmatians (Jan. 19, 2PM GMT)
- More Than Hype (Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin) vs. Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker)
- Ilja Dragunov vs. Mark Andrews
- Destination Everywhere (Charlie Carter, Oisin Delaney, & the OJMO) vs. Do Not Resuscitate (Danny Duggan, Spike Trivet, & William Eaver)
- Kyle Fletcher vs. LJ Cleary
- A-Kid vs. Paul Robinson (c) (Progress Proteus Championship)
- Jinny (c) vs. Mercedez Blaze (Progress Women’s World Championship)
- Cara Noir vs. Eddie Dennis (c) (Progress Unified World Championship)
Progress are back in London, England and Cara Noir gets his shot at the Pride of Wales and his title to kick off the year in rather dramatic fashion. Plus Dragunov and Andrews are on loan from NXT UK for what should be a killer match, plenty of tag action, and more!
Free matches here!
King Khash vs. Luchasaurus
From the fine folks up at DEFY in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve got action of an age long passed for you, folks. Khash (who had a killer series of matches with Darby Allin early in Allin’s career) takes on the Jurassic sensation himself, check it out!
Kylie Rae vs. Shazza McKenzie
From our friends at Black Label Pro, we’ve got some top shelf women’s action from this past June. Rae. McKenzie. Enjoy!
LA Park, La Parka, & Super Parka vs. Raven, Super Crazy, & Tommy Dreamer
Last but not least, in memory of the recently departed La Parka, we’ve got this match from X-Project courtesy of +LuchaTV. Parka teams up with the original Chairman LA Park and Super Parka to take on a trio of ECW legends, don’t miss it!
PCW Ultra Anniversary 2020 (Jan. 10)
- Chris Masters over Killer Kross
- Artemis Spencer over TJ Perkins
- Ruby Raze over Sumie Sakai (c) to win the PCW Ultrawoman Championship
- Bloodhunter over Sabu
- Douglas James over Dom Kubrick and Jake Atlas (c) to win the PCW Ultralight Championship
- Alexander Hammerstone over Mil Muertes (c) to win the PCW Ultra Championship
- Warbeast (Fatu & Josef Samael) (c) over Outlaw, Inc. (Eddie Kingston & Homicide) to retain the DEFY and PCW Ultra Tag Team Championships (Steel Cage Match)
Well I don’t have a lot to say about this one but hey, three title changes and Atlas losing on his way to WWE, that’s pretty solid.
Check it out sometime, folks.
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