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.
We’re on week two of indie wrestling being ground to a halt and folks, sorry to say but there’s not so much as one single no-fans show on my radar this week, things have gotten that bad.
But I’ve still got an armload of freebies off YouTube, so at least we can give you something to watch to pass the time!
And while I’m not going to list them out, I want to shout IWTV out, because they’re streaming a constant series of shows that aren’t live, but are new to the service, to make sure subscribers have something to watch.
Free matches here!
Highspots Wrestling Network on Twitch
Highspots have been running their Twitch channel as a 24/7 stream full of goodies for a minute now, and as I write this they’re broadcasting last year’s WrestleCon vs. the World show, so you know they’re not holding the good stuff back!
I can’t embed the link, but you can check it out right here!
NJPW New Beginning in USA Night 1
Sakura Genesis may have been canceled, but New Japan have committed to releasing the entire New Beginning in USA tour on YouTube, free for everybody! This one is headlined by an atomicos between Bullet Club and a babyface team of FinJuice, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Rocky Romero, check it out!
AAW Windy City Classic XI
AAW have continued uploading full shows, and this one’s a beauty, friends. Ciampa vs. Fenix? We got that. Hooligans vs. OI4K? Oh baby, gimme that barfight violence! Pentagon, Jr. vs. Chris by god Hero?! Oh hell yeah, it’s here. Enjoy!
AAW Destination Milwaukee
And a more recent show from last year, featuring a battle of the Joshes between Briggs and Alexander, John Morrison vs... (checks notes) ...Juventud Guerrera?!, and Lucha Brothers vs. AR Fox and Myron Reed!
The RISE of Kylie Rae
From the fine folks over at RISE, we’ve got a Kylie Rae retrospective for y’all to enjoy! It’s a mix of shoot interview and match compilation, featuring Kylie against Deonna Purrazzo and Mercedes Martinez in two matches each, check it out!
ICW Shug’s Hoose Party 6 Night 2
And ICW follow up with last week’s freebie by offering us part two! And even better, this one has Toni Storm defending the NXT UK Women’s Championship against Viper!
Beyond Postive Contact #1
It’s not just full shows and free matches that you can pass your time with, of course, and while Beyond have a whole slate of excellent free matches that I’ll link you to soon enough, they’ve posted this shoot interview with the Dirty Daddy himself, one of Beyond’s linchpins, Chris Dickinson!
NWA Pop-Up Event
David Arquette putting his hair on the line! Willie Mack defending the National Championship against Matt Cross! Aldis vs. Storm, why not?!
AULL Arena Lopez Mateos
And for our last full show of the day, we’ve got a tight hour of fresh up to date no-fans indie lucha action from AULL for you with Ultimo Gladiador vs. Terry 2000 on top!
Chuck Taylor vs. Hornswoggle (WeeLC Match)
A rapid-fire trio from our friends over at Beyond for you here, folks. First up, we get the sequel to WeeLC you never knew you wanted as Chuck Taylor squares up against Hornswoggle in a match that definitely features both Swamp Monster AND Orange Cassidy. Don’t you dare miss it!
Addy Starr vs. Nick Gage (No Disqualification)
And from there we go into the ultraviolence. The Queen of the LEGO Deathmatch takes on the Ultraviolent King himself, Nick Gage, MDK Eastern Bloc H8 Club represent!
Gaytanic Panic (Danhausen & EFFY) vs. Team Pazuzu (Chris Dickinson & Pinkie Sanchez)
And last but not least, I mean... c’mon. That thumbnail, I had to post this one. Right? Right.
Carnies (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy) vs. To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney)
Some hype tag team action from the fine folks over at AIW in Ohio, for whom you can also check out their podcast to find out exactly how this shutdown is affecting them.
Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
From the World Wrestling Network, we’ve got a match that shook Evolve top to bottom when it happened. Street Profits challenge Doom Patrol for the tag titles, don’t miss it!
Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell
Glory Pro’s free match of the week serves us up a battle between two of the hardest hitters in the midwest these days. It’s Barn Owl vs. Warhorse, check it out!
Necro Butcher vs. Roderick Strong
IWA Mid-South have gotten into the freebie game this week, and oh man, 2006 baby Roddy against Necro Butcher in his prime? It’s weird but I am into it!
G-Raver vs. Stockade
Some deathmatch action from Matt Tremont’s Hardcore Hustle Organization. G-Raver and Stockage met at Hardcore Kingdom 3, and now you can watch it free for nothin’ on YouTube!
Kay Lee Ray vs. Meiko Satomura
Last but not least, from Pro Wrestling: EVE... do I even need to hype this, folks? Watch it!
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.