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 shut 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—
GCW Keep in Touch (Aug. 2, 5PM Eastern)
- Blake Christian vs. Tre LaMar
- Calvin Tankman vs. KTB
- Mance Warner vs. “Spyder” Nate Webb
- 44OH! (Atticus Cogar & Rickey Shane Page) vs. Allie Kat & EFFY
- AJ Gray vs. Chris Dickinson
- Cole Radrick vs. Nick Gage
- ACH vs. Joey Janela
And what do you know, GCW have another one lined up for us in Indianapolis, Indiana. This one’s easy for me to hype because of that last match right there... ACH. Janela. First time ever!
Check it out live on FITE, friends.
Free matches here!
Darby Allin vs. “Warhorse” Jake Parnell
Our first freebie is a doozy from the folks over at Black Label Pro, and timely to boot, seeing as Warhorse challenged Cody Rhodes for the AEW TNT Championship last night!
Adam Brooks vs. Artemis Sinclair vs. Sammy Guevara vs. Tony Baroni
From ECCW up in British Columbia, we’ve got four-way action for you right here. Sinclair puts his ECCW Championship on the line against international stars Brooks and Guevara, as well as local star Baroni, enjoy!
Flip Bros (Air Wolf & Angel Dorado) vs. the North (“All Ego” Ethan Page & Josh Alexander)
Some top shelf tag team action from Minnesota’s F1RST Wrestling, as local young hot shots the Flip Bros take on the longest-reigning Impact champs of all time, the North!
Jake Lander vs. Jordan Oliver
AAW have a battle of the rising stars for you this week, check it out!
Bryan Alvarez & “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. NDK (Nick Gage & Thomas Santell)
Oh we’ve got a doozy from the folks up at Beyond Wrestling for you right here! Figure Four Weekly’s Bryan Alvarez returns to the squared circle, teaming up with shootfight badass Lawlor against the unlikely but highly effective combination of Nerder Death Kill, don’t miss it!
Brian Cage vs. El Phantasmo
Last but certainly not least we’ve got another match from ECCW and this one could not happen today, friends! A pre-AEW Machine faces off against ELP long before he joined Bullet Club, check it out!
GCW Homecoming Night 2 (July 26)
- Lee Moriarty over Tony Deppen
- Second Gear Crew (EFFY, Mance Warner, Matthew Justice, & Steve Manders) over Benjamin Carter, Facade, Logan Stunt, & Pinkie Sanchez
- ACH over KTB
- Alex Colon over Zachary Wentz (Deathmatch)
- Blake Christian over Alex Zayne, Jimmy Lloyd, Jordan Oliver, Myron Reed, and Tre LaMar (Scramble Match)
- Chris Dickinson over Calvin Tankman
- Joey Janela over Lio Rush
- AJ Gray, Alex Colon, Nick Gage, & SHLAK over 44OH! (Atticus Cogar, Eddy Only, Eric Ryan, Gregory Iron, & Rickey Shane Page
Hey, look at that, results! I felt the need to bring you these (for the third show of the GCW/Beyond/GCW tripleheader that took place over the weekend) primarily because yes, Lio Rush is back! And, sadly... Lio Rush appears to be done wrestling for good now. I mean, you know wrestlers, I won’t accept it until he’s completely unable, but Lio’s got plenty of other business to keep him busy, so I think it’ll stick for a minute.
And in any case, a match for GCW against his best and most notable opponent? That’s a hell of a way to call it a day.
Check the replay out on FITE, 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.