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.
H2O Hardcore Kingdom 4 (Mar. 14, 8PM Eastern)
- Addy Starr vs. Brandon Kirk vs. Conor Claxton vs. Drew Blood (Deathmatch Tournament First Round Buckets of Brutality Deathmatch)
- Chuck Payne vs. Eddy Only vs. Kit Osbourne vs. Raven Havok (Deathmatch Tournament First Round Beware of Sharp Objects Deathmatch)
- Devon Moore vs. Jeff King vs. “Lowlife” Louie Ramos vs. Marc Angel (Deathmatch Tournament First Round Fans Bring the Weapons Deathmatch)
- Jimmy Lyon vs. Mason Martin vs. Max the Impaler vs. Stockade (Deathmatch Tournament First Round Barb Wire Deathmatch)
- Aiden Baal, Bam Sullivan, & Mouse vs. Bruce Grey, Ron Mathis, & Tyler Voxx
- GG Everson & Ryan Redfield vs. Lone Rangers (Jeff Cannonball & Mitch Vallen) (c) (H2O Tag Team Championship)
- Danny Gallagher (c) vs. Frankie Picard vs. Lucky 13 vs. Steve Sanders (H2O Hybrid Championship)
- Deathmatch Tournament Finals
Matt Tremont’s Hardcore Hustle Organization is back in Williamstown, New Jersey and they’re bringing deathmatch tournament ultraviolence right to your home! Look at that lineup and those stipulations, folks, it’s gonna be brutal in the best way! Plus we have some good non-tourney action, with a four-way match for the Hybrid title that should be especially fun.
Get your tickets at the door or check it out LIVE on IWTV, friends.
OTT ScrapperMania VI (Mar. 14, 7PM IST)
B Cool & Joe Cabray vs. True Pros (Liam Royal & Michael May) CT Flexor & the Woke Queens (Debbie Keitel & Valkyrie) vs. Dan Barry, Katey Harvey, & Toni Storm LJ Cleary vs. PAC Amy Allonsy vs. Sammii Jayne (c) (OTT Women’s Championship) Omari vs. Scotty Davis (c) (OTT No Limits Championship) Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (c) vs. More Than Hype (Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin) (OTT Tag Team Championship) Black Taurus, Eddie Kingston, “Speedball” Mike Bailey, & the OJMO vs. Team OTT David Starr vs. Jon Moxley OTT are back in Dublin, Ireland for their biggest show of the year and there’s a lot to like here, but this is an easy hype job for me... Starr. Moxley. Check out the hype video and get excited! Tickets are sold out but you’ll be able to check this bad boy out on OTT On Demand soon enough, friends.
Alas, ScrapperMania has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns, folks—
WiF! Slice of Pi (Mar. 14, 3PM Eastern)
- Josue Ibanez vs. Tunku Amir (Banana Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Devantes vs. ZERO
- Los Ice Creams (El Hijo de Ice Cream & Ice Cream, Jr.) vs. Xyberhawx 2000 (Danjerhawk & Razerhawk)
- Lucas Calhoun vs. Sonny Defarge
- Boomer Hatfield vs. Cornelius Crummels (Banana Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Frightmare vs. Thief Ant (Banana Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Dan Champion vs. Molly McCoy (Banana Championship Tournament Qualifying Match)
- Donna Rama vs. Princess KimberLee
- Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab) vs. Team FIST (Icarus & Travis Huckabee)
Wrestling is Fun! is not only a correct statement, but a wrestling promotion that’s back at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania once again to delight and amaze you! The legitimate businessmen Crummels and Defarge are in singles action, ice creams battle future hawks, Thief Ant challenges a Chikara legend, a buncha these matches are to qualify to win the big banana, it’s gonna be a hoot!
Evolve 147 / 148 (Mar. 14-15)
—Evolve 147 (Mar. 14, 8PM Eastern)— Joe Gacy vs. Jon Davis Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Colby Corino & Curt Stallion Anthony Greene & Brandi Lauren vs. Avery Taylor & Denzel Dejournette (Mixed Tag Team Match) Harlem Bravado vs. Stephen Wolf (No Disqualification Match) Jake Atlas vs. Leon Ruff Brendan Vink vs. JD Drake AR Fox vs. Josh Briggs (c) (Evolve World Championship) —Evolve 148 (Mar. 15, 8PM Central)— Avery Taylor vs. Jessi Kamea Harlem Bravado vs. Jon Davis Anthony Greene vs. Denzel Dejournette Colby Corino vs. Joe Gacy (Last Man Standing Match) Curt Stallion vs. Jake Atlas Alex Zayne vs. Blake Christian vs. Danny Adams vs. Josh Briggs (c) (Evolve Championship Challenge) Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) (c) vs. the Skulk (Adrian Alanis & Liam Gray) vs. the Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff) (Evolve Tag Team Championship) Evolve are back for a midwest double header, coming at you from Livonia, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois, and it’s a big weekend for the Skulk! AR Fox has a chance to reclaim the Evolve World Championship against a man who dislocated his hip wrestling him last year as well as a shot at winning the Evolve Tag Team Championship back, plus the deck is stacked against the Besties with both teams of Skulksmen in the match! Plus a four-way indie spotlight challenge where if any of Briggs’ challengers pin him, they’ll win the title, and if they win over someone else, they earn a future one-on-one title opportunity, and more!
Another one bites the dust, friends—
This weekend's #EVOLVE147 & #EVOLVE148 have been postponed to May 8th in Livonia, MI and May 9th in Chicago. All tickets will be honored for those dates.— EVOLVE Wrestling (@WWNEVOLVE) March 12, 2020
We will have a full press release out by tomorrow as we piece everything together. We wanted to get word out ASAP. Thank you.
Bizarro The Ghost in the Machine (Mar. 15, 7PM Eastern)
- Dakota, Dino Dude, Hyperstreak, & the Deal vs. Dreamboy001, Hawlee Cromwell, & IFHY (Johnathan Wolf & Shawn Kemp)
- Levi Everett vs. the LOTY (Fans Bring the Weapons Match)
- Allie Kat vs. Tripp Cassidy
- Dark Sheik vs. Gary Jay
- Ace Perry vs. Lee Moriarty
- Nick Iggy vs. Shazza McKenzie
- Atticus Cogar vs. Mance Warner (c) (AAW Heavyweight Championship)
- Calvin Tankman (c) vs. MALPHAS006 (Luchaversal Championship)
Bizarro Lucha are back in Indianapolis, Indiana and they’re really bringing the strange, sexy, and unusual this month. Amish breakout Levi Everett in a fans bring the weapons? Oh yeah, that’s strange. Hoodslam founder Dark Sheik coming out east for a match against the Barn Owl? Definitely sexy! An AAW title defense? Oh hell yeah, we’re in unusual territory here! Plus Tankman defends against one of Dr. Nephalim Magnanimous’ creations, Shazza McKenzie vs. Nick Iggy, an atomicos that’s a great chance to check out fresh talent, and more!
SUP Shorter, Faster, Louder (Mar. 15, 2PM Central)
- Cabana Man Dan vs. Shawn Dean
- Alan Angels vs. Mr. Brickster
- Mason Dixon Line (Devan Dixon & Silas Mason) vs. Rip City Shooters (Joshua Bishop & Wes Barkley)
- ”Big Beef” Gnarls Garvin vs. Nolan Edwards
- Boomer Hatfield & Molly McCoy vs. Violence Is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
- Benjamin Carter vs. Brett Ison
- Jaden Newman vs. Steve Manders (Bunkhouse Brawl)
- AC Mack (c) vs. Wheeler YUTA (SUP Bonestorm Championship)
The show must ever go on, folks— SUP’s home venue of the Basement East has been sadly eviscerated by the the tornadoes that recently hit Nashville, Tennessee (see here for how you can help rebuild), but they’ve found a new venue and all the action is still going down just as sweet! The standouts to me here are the title match and Violence is Forever tagging up against Boomer and his cousin Molly, but as ever, SUP are putting on a tight awesome show full of up-and-comers that’s worth checking out finding a few new favorites.
WSU 13th Anniversary Show (Mar. 15, 4PM Eastern)
- Boink the Clown vs. Notorious Mimi
- Karen Bam Bam vs. Little Mean Kathleen
- Corinne Mink vs. Kasey Catal
- Ava Everett vs. Paris Vandale
- Gabby Ortiz vs. Veda Scott
- Davienne (c) vs. Sonya Strong (WSU Spirit Championship)
- Brittany Blake (c) vs. Tasha Steelz (WSU Championship)
WSU are coming at you from Voorhees, New Jersey, and they’re celebrating their thirteenth anniversary! The road has been bumpy for WSU, with long intervals between shows at times, but thirteen years in the women’s indies is worth celebrating, and they’re bringing the goods with everyone from Veda Scott to newcomers like... (checks notes) ...Boink the Clown! What a world!
Free matches here!
Curt Stallion vs. Jake Atlas vs. JD Drake
From the folks over at the World Wrestling Network, we’ve got some recent Evolve action hot off the presses for you. Newly signed NXT Superstar Jake Atlas takes on former Evolve World Champion JD Drake and up-and-comer Curt Stallion, check it out!
Gringo Loco vs. Rey Fenix
Some good old-fashioned Chicago indie lucha libre coming at you courtesy of +Lucha and GALLI, it’s a full show headlined by Loco vs. Fenix! What’s not to like?
Harlow O’Hara, Shotzi Blackheart, & Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa) vs. Kimber Lee, Kylie Rae, Penelope Ford, & Skylar
Last but certainly not least, we’ve got women’s atomicos action from our friends over at Beyond Wrestling, and it is a murderer’s row of awesome indie women in this one. Don’t miss it!
wXw Inner Circle 9 / 16 Carat Gold 2020 / AMBITION 12 / wXwNOW! Showcase / We Love Wrestling (Mar. 5-8)
—Inner Circle 9 (Mar. 5)—
- Julian Pace over Rust Taylor
- Avalanche over Goldenboy Santos
- Marius Al-Ani over Hektor, the Rotation, and Vaughn Vertigo
- Jay Skillet over Levaniel
- Killer Kelly over Stephanie Maze
- Shigehiro Irie over Scotty Davis
- Daisuke Ikeda & Yuki Ishikawa over Chris Ridgeway & Daniel Makabe
—16 Carat Night One (Mar. 6)—
- Rust Taylor over Hektor, Levaniel, and Scotty Davis (16 Carat Alternate Qualifying Match)
- ”Speedball” Mike Bailey over Chris Ridgeway (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Jurn Simmons over Lucky Kid (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- The Rotation over Puma King (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Eddie Kingston over Daniel Makabe (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Bandido over Julian Pace (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Shigehiro Irie over Black Taurus (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Jeff Cobb over Alexander James (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Cara Noir over Marius Al-Ani (16 Carat Gold First Round Match)
- Jay-AA (Absolute Andy & Jay Skillet) over Pretty Bastards (Maggot & Prince Ahura) (c) to win the wXw World Tag Team Championship
—AMBITION 12 (Mar. 7)—
- Daniel Makabe over Kevin Lloyd (AMBITION 12 First Round Match)
- Chris Ridgeway over Vincent Heisenberg (AMBITION 12 First Round Match)
- Rust Taylor over Tyson Dux (AMBITION 12 First Round Match)
- Scotty Davis over “Speedball” Mike Bailey (AMBITION 12 First Round Match)
- Ethan Allen over Luke Jacobs
- Daniel Makabe over Scotty Davis (AMBITION 12 Semifinals)
- Chris Ridgeway over Rust Taylor (AMBITION 12 Semifinals)
- Daisuke Ikeda over Yuki Ishikawa (AMBITION Superfight)
- Daniel Makabe over Chris Ridgeway (AMBITION 12 Finals)
—wXwNOW! Showcase (Mar. 7)—
- Carnage over Mexxberg
- Rizo over Kaiden
- Lexa Valo (c) over Kat Von Kaige to retain the British Empire Shooting Star Championship
- Joe Gacy (c) over Anthony Greene to retain the CZW World Heavyweight Championship
- Peter Olisander over Emeritus and Michael Fynne
- Nick Lenders (c) over Luca de Pazzi to retain the Rising Championship
- TARIK over Brent Banks, Sebastian Suave, and Tyson Dux
—16 Carat Night Two (Mar. 7)—
- Cara Noir over Jeff Cobb (16 Carat Gold Quarterfinal)
- Eddie Kingston over the Rotation (16 Carat Gold Quarterfinal)
- Marius Al-Ani over Daniel Makabe
- Young Guns (Ethan Allen & Luke Jacobs) over Avalanche & Black Taurus, Chris Ridgeway & Scotty Davis, DJ Hyde & Levaniel, Julian Pace & Puma King, Leon van Gasteren & Lucky Kid, and Norman Harras & TARIK to become #1 contenders to the wXw World Tag Team Championship (Jay-AA Tag Team Wild Card Gauntlet Match)
- Alexander James over Alpha Kevin
- ”Speedball” Mike Bailey over Bandido (16 Carat Gold Quarterfinal)
- Jurn Simmons over Shigehiro Irie (16 Carat Gold Quarterfinal)
- Bobby Gunns (c) over David Starr to retain the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (Title vs. Career Match)
—We Love Wrestling (Mar. 8)—
- Scotty Davis over Anthony Greene, Daniel Makabe, and Rust Taylor
- Norman Harras, Oliver Carter, & Pretty Bastards (Maggot & Prince Ahura) over the Pillars (Brent Banks, Sebastian Suave, TARIK, & Tyson Dux)
- Marius Al-Ani over Chris Ridgeway
- Killer Kelly & Stephanie Maze over Baby Allison & Valkyrie
- Alexander James over Joe Gacy
- Jay-AA (Absolute Andy & Jay Skillet) (c) over Young Guns (Ethan Allen & Luke Jacobs) to retain the wXw World Tag Team Championship
- WALTER over Shigehiro Irie
—16 Carat Night Three (Mar. 8)—
- “Speedball” Mike Bailey over Jurn Simmons (16 Carat Gold Semifinals)
- Cara Noir over Eddie Kingston (16 Carat Gold Semifinals)
- Amale Winchester (c) over Stephanie Maze to retain the wXw Women’s Championship
- Timothy Thatcher & Yuki Ishikawa over Daisuke Ikeda & WALTER
- Alexander Wolfe over Avalanche (c) and Ilja Dragunov to win the wXw Shotgun Championship
- Bandido, Jeff Cobb, & Julian Pace over Black Taurus, Hektor, & Puma King
- Cara Noir over “Speedball” Mike Bailey (16 Carat Gold Finals)
I’ll freely admit I don’t really “get” Cara Noir and it’d make a lot more sense to me if it was Makabe winning 16 Carat and Noir winning AMBITION as “Black Belt” Tom Dawkins, but with a Progress Unified World Championship win under his belt already and now 16 Carat, well... he’s an undeniable force to be sure! Plus there’s so many results here that I almost missed it, but holy hell Wolfe won the Shotgun title?!
Check it out on wXwNOW!, friends.
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.