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Sermon on the Mat (June 18, 2020): GCW is back!

Plus free matches from IWRG, Beyond, BLP, WWR, Glory Pro, KAOZ, NJPW, GCW, ICW, EVE, & PWX

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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.

Indie wrestling is still largely laregshut down from the pandemic and everything sucks, but hey, I’m still comin’ at you with all the freebies that I can find!

Plus, a number of streaming services and Twitch channels are offering a constant stream of material for you that’s hard for me to include in the listing, so make sure to check ‘em out—

Coming soon...

GCW The WRLD on GCW 2 (June 20, 5PM Eastern)

  1. Benjamin Carter vs. Calvin Tankman vs. Cole Radrick vs. Gringo Loco vs. JJ Garrett vs. Johnathan Wolf
  2. Lee Moriarty vs. Tre LaMar
  3. Shane Mercer vs. Tony Deppen
  4. AJ Gray vs. KTB
  5. Blake Christian vs. Myron Reed
  6. Chris Dickinson vs. Steve Manders
  7. Alex Zayne vs. Jimmy Lloyd
  8. “Spyder” Nate Webb vs. Nick Gage
  9. Allie Kat vs. EFFY
  10. 44OH (Atticus Cogar & Rickey Shane Page) vs. Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner & Matthew Justice)

Holy hell it’s a pro wrestling show! Yep, Indiana is allowing shows and GCW have made it very clear that they’re putting safety as up front as possible. Setting aside the wisdom of running a show at this stage in the pandemic, they’ve put together a hell of a card where every match seems like an obvious winner.

Tickets are, naturally enough, sold out because of how limited seating has to be to maintain social distancing, but you can catch this bad boy on FITE all the same.

Free matches here!

IWRG Rey del Ring 2020

Following up on last week’s uploads, +LuchaTV and venerable lucha libre indie IWRG team up to deliver you phase one of this year’s edition of Rey del Ring! The titular match is a Royal Rumble style deal, so this is a perfect show to check out and get some new favorites!

AJ Gray vs. Tony Deppen

We’ve got more Discovery Gauntlet action from our friends over at Beyond Wrestling. AJ and Tony are a little higher profile than your average Discovery Gauntlet competitors, but as two of the fastest-rising stars on the indies today, they’re worthy, check it out!

Nick Gage vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor

And we follow that right up with a doozy from our pals over at Black Label Pro. The Ultraviolent King takes on Filthy Tom with the BLP title on the line, enjoy!

Allie Recks vs. Delmi Exo

Our first of two matches from Women’s Wrestling Revolution Pro featuring two of the next generation of women’s indie stars, check it out!

Jeff Cobb vs. Moose

Glory Pro’s Match of the Week series rolls on with this HOSS BATTLE, another entry in the eternal battle between catch wrestling and football men!

Caristico & Daga vs. Mistico II & Rush

From the folks over at +LuchaTV and KAOZ, we’ve got a tag match pitting Mistico against Mistico, check it out!

Jay Freddie vs. Tristen Thai

From our friends over at Beyond, we’ve got a hard-hitting matchup right here for you. Upstate New York ace Freddie takes on a man you might better know as MLW’s Ikuro Kwon, enjoy!

Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata

New Japan have offered up this gem from Dominion 2013. Former high school friends, every time Goto and Shibata hit the ring, together or against each other, it was pure beautiful violence, don’t miss it!

EFFY vs. Mance Warner

GCW offer up a rare freebie but it’s a fine one! Mancer vs. EFFY for... the WCW World Heavyweight Championship?! Check it out!

Johnny Moss vs. Lionheart

Scotland’s ICW are back in front of your eyeballs with this blast from the past. UK legend Johnny Moss takes on the dearly departed Lionheart, check it out!

Oceanea vs. Samara

As promised, here’s our second round from WWR Pro! The other half of Team Sea Stars takes on Samara, enjoy!

Sierra Loxton vs. Viper

Another freebie from Pro Wrestling: EVE, and alas, another somewhat somber one. This one comes on the heels of Sierra retiring due to injury, and it’s her favorite match of her career, so don’t miss it!

Ethan Case vs. Josh Powers

Last but not least, we’ve got the newest entry in PWX’s Series of Supremacy. Former PWX World Heavyweight Champion Case takes on big man Powers, check it out!

As always...

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.

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