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.
And the pandemic-induced lack of indie shows rolls on! It’s exceptionally sad this week, because this should have been the annual WrestleMania weekend blowout where I have like 30 upcoming shows for y’all and instead I’ve got... nothing.
There is a trickle of new content on IWTV, however, as Chikara are doing weekly empty arena shows on Saturday mornings, as well as weekday offerings from Limitless Wrestling and H2O, but without card info I don’t really have anything to hype for those.
Of course, there’s also their ongoing steady stream of new-to-you shows on the live feed, as well as Highspots Wrestling Network’s Twitch, for you to check out if you’d like.
Free matches here!
Kicking off the free shows with an offering from longrunning #3 of the lucha libre scene IWRG, we’ve got a full card from Arena Naucalpan. It’s a solid hour of action, check it out!
AAW Point of No Return 2012
AAW’s free show freight train keeps rolling on with this one from 2012, featuring Arik Cannon & Jimmy Jacobs defending the tag titles, plus ACH and Davey Richards in action!
NJPW New Beginning in USA
New Japan’s uploads of the New Beginning tour’s US branch have continued apace and hey, Yuji Nagata vs. Lance Archer sounds pretty fun, sure why not?
From the World Wrestling Network we’ve got another full Evolve show for you, and you lucky so-and-sos, it’s one of the best shows of last year! Featuring talent from DDT, NXT, and the core Evolve roster, there’s a lot to like here— Stallion/Higuchi, Henry/Allin, Drake/Dawkins, Unwanted vs. Team DDT...
Sendai Girls Don’t Forget That Day Night 3
Tournament action from the last week for you here! I’m embedding the non-tournament trios match main event between the teams of Chihiro Hashimoto, Sakura Hirota, & Yuu and DASH Chisako, Meiko Satomura, & Syuri because they haven’t made a playlist, but rest assured, the entire 3/28 show is on their YouTube!
BMLL Second Anniversary
And our last free show this week comes to us from Black Mask Lucha Libre! Featuring everybody from Aeroboy to Joe Lider to Draztick Boy to Miedo Extremo, it’s nearly three hours of indie lucha libre for you to enjoy!
Josh Prohibition vs. Joshua Bishop
From the fine folks over at AIW, one of a number of freebies they’ve put up this week, but I can’t resist an easy hook, and this generational clash of Joshes is exactly that! One of indie wrestling’s legends takes on one of AIW’s next generation of stars, check it out!
Orange Cassidy vs. Velveteen Dream
WWN were calling this one the holy grail of “only in Evolve” dark matches and boy howdy were they not wrong! Freshly Squeezed takes on one of the best and freshest men to come out of the NXT machine, don’t miss it!
Cheeseburger vs. Matt Tremont
One of H2O’s offerings this week, pitting the boss himself, the Bulldozer Matt Tremont against... Cheeseburger? Hope you survive the experience, kid!
Aereo vs. Villano III, Jr.
From +Lucha in cooperation with Lucha Juarez, we’ve got a 2⁄3 falls mask vs. mask lucha de apuesta for you right here! The kin of the legendary Villanos puts it all on the line, check it out!
Bryan Alvarez vs. Marko Stunt
Why yes, this is the smallest member of the AEW roster fighting Figure Four Weekly mainman Bryan Alvarez. And yes, it’s no hold barred! Wrestling as only our friends over at Black Label Pro can bring you, enjoy!
Maine State Posse (Aiden Aggro & Danger Kid) vs. Violence Is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
From Limitless Wrestling up in Maine we’ve got some tag team action for you as local stalwarts the Maine State Posse take on Violence is Forever, check it out!
Hade Vansen vs. Spud
From the folks over at IPW:UK we’ve got... (checks notes) ...HADE VANSEN?! Damn right we’ve got Hade Vansen! Against Rockstar “Drake Maverick” Spud, no less! And check out the hair on baby Spud! Don’t miss it?!
Cornelius Crummels vs. “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush
A Chikara quickie here from an absolute legend as Quack goes one on one with a legitimate businessman!
Jinny & Kanji vs. Woke Queens (Debbie Keitel & Valkyrie)
Tournament action from Pro Wrestling: EVE as the Woke Queens face off against the superteam of Jinny and Kanji, enjoy!
Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, & Swamp Monster) vs. Viking War Party (Alexander Rudolph, Frank Wyatt, & Jake Parnell)
And last but certainly not least, trios action from our friends over at Beyond right here. In distant ages the Viking War Party cut a swath across the indies, while the Gentleman’s Club were pursuing the more genteel arts and just generally kind of being goofs. It’s a hell of a style clash!
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.