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Sermon on the Mat (Feb. 18, 2021): Progress returns, plus GCW, H2O, PWX, and F1RST cards;

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Plus free matches from Alpha-1, F1RST, Beyond/PWI, Glory Pro, & ECCW!

Poster for Progress Chapter 104: Natural Progression Progress Wrestling

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.

Coming soon...

GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 5 (Feb. 20, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Bad Dude Tito vs. Calder McColl
  2. Calvin Tankman vs. Nolan Edward
  3. Kal Jak vs. Super Beast
  4. Alex Coughlin vs. Royce Isaacs
  5. Rocky Romero vs. Simon Grimm
  6. Chris Dickinson vs. JR Kratos
  7. Jeff Cobb vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor
  8. Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. Jon Moxley

Now this is more like it! Bloodsport is back to follow up last weekend’s show, and friends, we got us an honest-to-god superfight in Mox vs. DBS Jr.! I’ve always liked Davey Boy better as a grappling man than a power wrestler, and what better environment to show that off than in the no ring wasteland against one of the premier brawlers of our age? (To be fair, Moxley is way underrated as a technical wrestler as well, but I gotta sell an angle!) Plus Romero vs. Grimm, Dickinson vs. Krato, and Cobb vs. Lawlor, and you’ve got a VERY nice show lined up, folks.

You can watch the iPPV live on Bloodsport’s website, Cagesiders.

H2O Heir to Thy Throne (Feb. 20, 7:30PM Eastern)

  1. Alex Stretch vs. Anthraxx vs. Chris Bradley (Heir to Thy Throne First Round Tournament Don’t Break Anything in the Kitchen Deathmatch)
  2. GG Everson vs. Rocket vs. Ryan Redfield (Heir to Thy Throne First Round Tournament Full Metal Airstrike Deathmatch)
  3. Deklan Grant vs. Kristian Ross vs. Reid Walker (Heir to Thy Throne First Round Tournament Inside the Park Home Run Deathmatch)
  4. Austin Luke vs. Dyln McKay vs. Marcus Mathers (Heir to Thy Throne First Round Tournament You’re Gonna Get Your F’n Head Kicked In Deathmatch)
  5. Kit Osbourne vs. Leroy Robinson
  6. Dignified Administration (Edward Hawkins, Miss Blakely, & Nicholas Grande) vs. the Extricated (Aiden Baal, Bam Sullivan , & Mouse)
  7. Drew Blood vs. Lowlife Louie Ramos (Staple Gun Deathmatch)
  8. Heir to Thy Throne Tournament Finals

Matt Tremont’s Hardcore Hustle Organization are back and this time we’ve got a unique tournament concept that should prove to be good friendly violent fun! 12 up-and-coming stars have each been sponsored by a veteran deathmatch wrestler and entered into the tournament, the winner of which will go on to take part in Hardcore Kingdom V later this year!

Check it out live on IWTV, friends.

Progress Chapter 104: Natural Progression (Feb. 20, 8PM GMT / 3PM Eastern)

  1. Big Guns Joe vs. Warren Banks (Natural Progression Series VII First Round Match)
  2. Chuck Mambo vs. Kid Lykos
  3. Chris Ridgeway vs. Gene Munny vs. Omari vs. Spike Trivet (Progress Unified World Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
  4. Mercedez Blaze vs. Millie McKenzie
  5. Cara Noir (c) vs. Dan Moloney (Progress Unified World Championship)

Yes, folks, at long last Progress is back! Under new management and with an all-new commentary team of Charles Crowley and Hustle Malone, as well as Roy Johnson emceeing the whole deal, and Kid Lykos back from career-ending injury, no less! We’re starting things off with another round of the Natural Progression Series to restock the roster! We’ve only got one confirmed match, but Danny Black, Man Like Dereiss, Ethan Allen, ELIJAH, Luke Jacobs, and Kid Lykos II round out the field, and all of the first round matches will take place on this show.

Check it out on Demand Progress and WWE Network, folks.

PWX Dawn of a New Day (Feb. 20, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Ariel Dominguez vs. Mason Myles
  2. The Influencers (Chance Rizer & Patrick Scott) vs. the Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley)
  3. Harlem Bravado vs. TJ Boss
  4. JD Drake vs. Lucky Ali
  5. Chip Day vs. Ethan Case
  6. Suge D (c) vs. TGA Moss (PWX Pure Championship)
  7. Cam Carter (c) vs. Savannah Evans (PWX iTV Championship)
  8. Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. Drew Adler

PWX are back and they’ve lined up a hell of a card for y’all! DBS Jr. vs. Adler, Bravado vs. Boss in a battle of X16 winners, Day vs. Case, Drake vs. Ali and more!

Check it out when it hits the Highspots Wrestling Network, folks.

F1RST Wrestling Live! (Feb. 21)

—Show One (3PM Central)—

  1. Billie Starkz vs. Skye Blue
  2. Carver of Cutters Alley vs. Devon Monroe

—Show Two (7PM Central)—

  1. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Top Flight (Dante & Darius Martin)
  2. “WARHORSE” Jake Parnell (c) vs. JDX (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)

F1RST Wrestling are running live on IWTV for the first time ever, and while we don’t have full cards for either show, what we’ve got is pretty sweet, especially last-ever Evolve Tag Team Champions the Besties up against AEW rising stars Top Flight!

Check it out live on IWTV, friends.

Free matches here!

Eddie Kingston vs. Josh Alexander

Alpha-1 just keep uploading bangers, and this match between the War King and the Walking Weapon is no different. Check it out!

Arik Cannon vs. Jonathan Gresham

And now to F1RST Wrestling for this gorgeous slice of grappling— the inventor of the Glimmering Warlock faces off against the Octopus, enjoy!

“All Ego” Ethan Page vs. John Morrison vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Not to lean too heavily on Alpha-1 this week, but I mean... check it out!

Tony Deppen vs. Trish Adora

Fresh off the presses from this weekend, check out the Iron Man Match that Beyond and PWI ran!

Besties in the World vs. Myron Reed & Stephen Wolf

Glory Pro’s match of the week series rolls on with this slice of tag team excellence for y’all!

ECCW Best of El Phantasmo

Once again, we conclude on another one of these excellent ECCW compilations, this time featuring NJPW junior heavyweight star ELP!

As always...

Remember folks, no matter what type of wrestling you like, no matter how down you feel about the state of WWE, AEW, 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.