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Sermon on the Mat (Apr. 7, 2021): NPU, PPW, GCW, IWTV, AIW, Bloodsport, ICW-NHB, ACTION, SUP, Freelance, H2O, Spring Break, VXS, Beyond, & Unsanctioned Pro cards;

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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.

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NPU Fatalism (Apr. 7, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Bam Sullivan & G-Raver vs. the Hallowed (Lord Crewe & Otis Cogar)
  2. Atticus Cogar vs. Jamie Senegal
  3. Kennedi Copeland vs. Sawyer Wreck
  4. Parrow vs. Steve Manders
  5. Matthew Justice vs. John Wayne Murdoch
  6. Eric Ryan (c) vs. Nolan Edward (NPU Championship)

No Peace Underground kick IWTV’s Showcase of the Independents off with a bang in ultraviolent form! Senegal faces stiff opposition in Cogar, Parrow and Manders have a HOSS FIGHT, and you just know Justice and Murdoch are gonna beat the hell out of each other!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

PPW UWFi Contenders Series S02E03 (Apr. 7, 10PM Eastern)

  1. Alex Kane vs. Phoenix Kidd
  2. AKIRA vs. Hardway Heeter
  3. Appollo Starr vs. Chase Holliday (c) (Midwest Territory Championship Chain Match)
  4. Bobby Beverly vs. Lexus Montez
  5. Matt Makowski vs. “Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas (c) (PPW Heavy Hitters Championship)

I’ve been remiss in including Paradigm Pro’s UWFi-styled content in Sermon mainly because scheduling makes it a little tricky to get a Wednesday show in on a Thursday roundup, but since we’re running a day early for Mania, now’s the time! Shoot-style pro wrestling is best pro wrestling, check it out!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW Jimmy Lloyd’s D-Generation F (Apr. 8, 11AM Eastern)

  1. The Unguided (Damian Drake & Matt Vandagriff) vs. YDNB (Charlie Tiger & Ellis Taylor)
  2. Billie Starkz vs. Rok-C vs. Skye Blue
  3. Dante Leon vs. Myron Reed
  4. Daniel Garcia vs. Nolan Edward
  5. Juicy Finau vs. Steve Manders
  6. Everett Connors vs. Jordan Oliver
  7. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Starboy Charlie

GCW’s letting Jimmy Lloyd have his own show again to kick off 2021’s edition of the Collective and it’s full of all the hot up-and-coming talent you could want!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

IWTV Family Reunion (Apr. 8)

—Part 1 (12PM Eastern)—

  1. D-Rogue, James C, & Johnny Butabi vs. Funnybone, Nurse Ratchet, & Super Beast
  2. Dominic Garrini vs. Robert Martyr (UWFi Rules Match)
  3. A Very Good Professional Wrestler, Matt Makowski, & Travis Huckabee vs. Boar, Boomer Hatfield, & Erica Leigh
  4. Daniel Makabe vs. Jaden Newman
  5. Judge Hugo Lexington Black vs. Will Wrestle
  6. Jake Crist (c) vs. John Wayne Murdoch (IWA-MS Heavyweight Championship)
  7. Adam Priest vs. Wheeler YUTA (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
  8. Edith Surreal vs. Lee Moriarty (c) (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)

—Part 2 (3PM Eastern)—

  1. Alex Kane vs. Bryan Keith
  2. Billie Starkz vs. Gary Jay
  3. Mysterious Q (c) vs. Ryan Davidson (New Texas Pro Championship)
  4. Cabana Man Dan vs. Derek Neal (c) (New South Heavyweight Championship)
  5. Daniel Garcia (c) vs. Kevin Ku (C4 Championship)
  6. A Very Good Professional Wrestling Team (A Very Good Professional Wrestler, Daniel Makabe, Tre LaMar, & Wheeler YUTA) vs. Downey’s Irish Drinking Team (Arik Cannon, Dan Champion, Jigsaw, & Lucky 13)

IWTV’s Showcase rolls on as they’ve got two shows worth of featured matches from promotions all across the wide world of pro wrestling! It reminds me of the original National Pro Wrestling Day in the best way, and even better, Edith Surreal gets a title shot against Lee Moriarty in a match that should be grappletastic!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW The Acid Cup (Apr. 8-9)

—Day 1 (Apr. 8, 3PM Eastern)—

  1. Dragon Bane vs. KTB (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  2. Lee Moriarty vs. Treehouse Lee (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  3. Aramis vs. Arez (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  4. Brayden Lee vs. Laredo Kid (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  5. Edith Surreal vs. Jordan Oliver (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  6. AJ Gray vs. “Spyder” Nate Webb (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  7. Calvin Tankman vs. Colby Corino (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)
  8. Cole Radrick vs. Tony Deppen (GCW Acid Cup 2021 First Round Match)

—Day 2 (Apr. 9, 3PM Eastern)—

  1. GCW Acid Cup 2021 Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals

The Acid Cup is back and better than ever! I of course am pulling for Ms. Surreal to take the crown home, but it’s a hell of a field, folks.

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

AIW Go For Broke Episode 1 (Apr. 8, 6PM Eastern)

  1. ???

AIW return to running shows as part of IWTV’s Showcase of the Independents, and while we don’t have any details on who’s working this pretaped weekly series just yet, we know the format, and that’s an open-ended tournament where winning matches earns you Biggins Bucks that can eventually be cashed in for a spot in the Chandler Biggins Memorial Tournament!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 6 (Apr. 8, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Janai Kai vs. KZT
  2. SHLAK vs. Super Beast
  3. Alex Coughlin vs. Royce Isaacs
  4. Heddi Karaoui vs. Matt Makowski
  5. Lio Rush vs. Yoya
  6. Bad Dude Tito vs. “Savage Gentleman” Victor Benjamin
  7. Allysin Kay vs. Masha Slamovich
  8. Alexander James vs. Simon Grimm
  9. Chris Dickinson vs. Shane Mercer
  10. Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. KTB
  11. Chavo Guerrero, Jr. vs. Rocky Romero
  12. Jon Moxley vs. Josh Barnett

Bloodsport is back and holy hell that’s a lot of matches! Dickinson/Mercer is my pick for sleeper match of the night candidate, but I mean, Chavo vs. Rocky is wacky, and Mox/Barnett is gonna bring the violence!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

ICW-NHB Volume 11: Then and Now (Apr. 8, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Brandon Kirk vs. Danny Demanto
  2. Daniel Garcia vs. Tony Deppen
  3. Jake Crist vs. Nolan Edward
  4. Lee Moriarty vs. Steve Madison
  5. Bruce Santee vs. Justin Kyle
  6. Dominic Garrini vs. Jon Davis
  7. Calvin Tankman vs. Dan Maff
  8. Carnage Crew (HC Loc & Tony Devito) & New Jack vs. the Rejects (AKIRA, John Wayne Murdoch, & Reed Bentley)

ICW No Holds Barred kicks off their Mania weekend with— NEW JACK?! That’s right, folks, New Jack is out of retirement and feeling frisky and holy hell it’s gonna be a time! ‘Nuff said!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW For the Culture (Apr. 8, 11:59PM Eastern)

  1. AC Mack vs. Alpha Zo vs. D-Rogue vs. Mysterious Q vs. Rob Martyr vs. Troy Hollywood (Scramble Match)
  2. Eli Knight vs. Tre LaMar
  3. Brooke Valentine & Willow Nightingale vs. Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz
  4. AJ Gray vs. JTG
  5. Bryan Keith vs. Darius Lockhart
  6. Andy Brown vs. Calvin Tankman vs. Ken Broadway vs. Myron Reed
  7. Lee Moriarty vs. Lio Rush
  8. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Rich Swann

For the Culture returns at the Collective and I mean, c’mon. Scorpio vs. Swann? Moriarty vs. Rush? Gray vs. JTG?! Do I really need to sell this any harder?

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

NPU MurderMania (Apr. 8, 11:59PM Eastern)

  1. Colby Corino & the Rejects (John Wayne Murdoch & Reed Bentley) vs. Orin Veidt & the End (Odinson & Parrow)
  2. JJ Garrett vs. Treehouse Lee
  3. Nolan Edward & Wolfe Taylor vs. the Hallowed (Lord Crew & Otis Cogar)
  4. Ace Austin vs. Jamie Senegal
  5. Gary Jay vs. Jake Crist vs. Lucky 13 vs. Neil Diamond Cutter vs. Shane Mercer
  6. Jake Something vs. Tony Deppen
  7. Casanova Valentine vs. Mad Man Pondo

And the rare sightings continue into this second No Peace Underground show of the weekend, as Mad Man Pondo is in the house! Plus a wacky-looking five-way, a hype hype trios match, and more!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW Allie Kat’s Real Hot Girl Shit (Apr. 9, 11AM Eastern)

  1. Daniel Garcia vs. Devon Monroe vs. D-Rogue vs. Eel O’Neal vs. JTG vs. KC Navarro vs. Lee Moriarty vs. “Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas vs. Mysterious Q vs. PB Smooth vs. Rickey Shane Page (Faye Jackson Grey Sweatpants Battle Royal)
  2. Davienne vs. Erica Leigh
  3. Brooke Valentine vs. Willow Nightingale
  4. Dark Sheik vs. Holidead
  5. Tasha Steelz vs. Trish Adora
  6. Edith Surreal vs. Lady Frost
  7. Allysin Kay vs. Jordynne Grace
  8. Allie Kat vs. Billie Starkz

Another GCW-backed wrestler produce show, Allie Kat is bringing the heat, y’all! Faye Jackson, sadly injured and retiring, sponsors her long-awaited Grey Sweatpants Battle Royal, a Kay/Grace, and more!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

ACTION / SUP Have Fun, Be Sad (Apr. 9, 12PM Eastern)

  1. Angelus Layne vs. Nolan Edward (Unsanctioned Match)
  2. Brett Ison & Cabana Man Dan vs. the Good Hand (Kevin Ryan & Suge D)
  3. Adam Priest vs. Matt Makowski
  4. Alex Kane vs. Derek Neal vs. Logan Creed vs. Steve Manders
  5. AC Mack vs. Myron Reed
  6. Jon Davis vs. O’Shay Edwards
  7. Arik Royal vs. Daniel Makabe
  8. AJ Gray (c) vs. JD Drake (SUP Bonestorm Championship)
  9. FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) vs. Violence is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)

ACTION and SUP come together as part of IWTV’s Showcase and folks, this is one of the tightest and most exciting cards of the whole weekend. Matches like Mack/Reed, Davis/Edwards, Makabe/Royal, and Gray/Drake alone would be enough to get my attention, but then you slip a rare indie appearance from FinJuice against SUP favorites ViF?!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

Freelance Chicago’s Secret Stash (Apr. 9, 4PM Eastern)

  1. August Matthews vs. Jordan Oliver
  2. Chico Suave vs. Danger Mask vs. Jackson P. Larkin vs. Sage Philips vs. Sean Galway vs. Torero (Scramble Match)
  3. Angel Escalera vs. Cole Radrick
  4. Acid Jaz & Marshe Rockett vs. Darius Latrell & Koda Hernandez
  5. EFFY vs. Trevor Outlaw
  6. GPA vs. Laynie Luck
  7. Robert Anthony (c) vs. Storm Grayson (Freelance Legacy Championship)

Freelance Wrestling is joining in the fun, too, with a couple killer matches (GPA/Luck leaps out at me) and another edition of their always-enjoyable scramble matches that’s nearly guaranteed to find you a new favorite if you tune in!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

H2O Subterranean Violence Vol. 9 (Apr. 9, 6PM Eastern)

  1. Austin Luke vs. Nolan Edward
  2. Anthraxx vs. Marcus Mathers
  3. Drew Blood vs. Marc Angel (Devil’s Bullrope Match)
  4. Adonis Valerio vs. Reid Walker
  5. Chuck Payne vs. Deklan Grant
  6. Alex Stretch vs. Dyln McKay vs. Frankie Pickard vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Rocket
  7. Chris Bradly, GG Everson, & Kristian Ross vs. Jeff Cannonball & Sean Henderson
  8. Conor Claxton vs. Devon Moore vs. Jimmy “Chondo” Lyon vs. “Lowlife” Louie Ramos

New Jersey’s Hardcore Hustle Organization is also joining in on the fun with their own unique brand of ultraviolence!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW RSPring Break (Apr. 9, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Aramis, Dragon Bane, & Laredo Kid vs. Arez, Black Taurus, & Gringo Loco
  2. Billie Starkz vs. Starboy Charlie
  3. EFFY vs. Gregory Iron
  4. Atticus Cogar vs. MASADA
  5. Jordan Oliver vs. “Blackheart” Lio Rush
  6. Lee Moriarty vs. Rich Swann
  7. Chris Dickinson vs. Joey Janela
  8. Nick Gage vs. Rickey Shane Page (c) (GCW World Heavyweight Championship)

Rickey Shane Page and 44OH! may have gained control of Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean the action will be any less compelling! You get a lucha trios match, Lio Rush brings the Blackheart back out, Moriarty and Swann clash, and Nick Gage finally gets a shot at the title RSP has held away from him for so long!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

ICW-NHB Pit Fighter X Battle of the Tough Guys (Apr. 9)

—Part 1 (8PM Eastern)—

  1. Gary Jay vs. Justin Kyle (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  2. Brett Ison vs. Daniel Garcia (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  3. Calvin Tankman vs. Jon Davis (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  4. John Wayne Murdoch vs. Reed Bentley (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  5. Ruben Steel vs. SHLAK (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  6. Bruce Santee vs. Dan Maff (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  7. Dominic Garrini vs. Kevin Ku (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  8. JD Drake vs. Nolan Edward (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)

—Part 2 (11:59PM Eastern)—

  1. Battle of the Tough Guys Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals

Another contribution from ICW No Holds Barred at the IWTV Showcase of the Independents, this one everybody’s favorite— a tournament! Check out that list of tough boys right there! Who’s the toughest? We’ll find out!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

VXS Lucid Dreams (Apr. 9, 11:59PM Eastern)

  1. Jack Evans vs. Tony Deppen
  2. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Eli Everfly (Lucha Rules Match)
  3. Brian Cage vs. Chris Dickinson
  4. AJ Gray vs. Daniel Garcia (Pure Rules Match)
  5. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Jordan Oliver
  6. Dr. Cube vs. JTG (No Disqualification Match)
  7. Lio Rush vs. Low-Ki

VXS titled this show appropriately because this card looks like a fever dream! I don’t know which to be most excited for, Gray/Garcia in a Pure Rules, Rush and Ki meeting in a battle of temperamental indie wrestling geniuses, or the absolute madness that is Dr. Cube(!) meeting JTG(?) in a no DQ(?!)!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

GCW EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch (Apr. 10, 11AM Eastern)

  1. AC Mack vs. Dark Sheik
  2. JD Drake vs. MV Young
  3. AJ Gray vs. Billy Dixon
  4. Devon Monroe vs. Edith Surreal
  5. The End (Odinson & Parrow) vs. ??? (Parrow’s Twink Hunter Tag Team Gauntlet)
  6. Ace Perry vs. EFFY (Soul on a Pole Match)

EFFY’s big gay brand is back with brunch! You get a tag team gauntlet, a pole match, a buncha fun singles, what’s not to like?

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

Tony Deppen’s Bier Haus (Apr. 10, 12PM Eastern)

  1. Cole Radrick vs. Ellis Taylor vs. Eric Corvis vs. Jared Evans vs. Joey Silver vs. the Whisper
  2. Brandon Kirk vs. Simon Grimm
  3. Matt Vertigo vs. Myron Reed
  4. Steve Manders vs. Tank
  5. Ace Austin vs. Brayden Lee
  6. JD Drake vs. Jordan Oliver

Tony Deppen brings the heat to IWTV’s Showcase and Tank is back, y’all! Plus a scramble, a Kirk/Grimm that sounds like a lot of fun to me, and more!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

GCW Planet Death (Apr. 10, 3PM Eastern)

  1. Brandon Kirk & G-Raver vs. Gory & Jimmy Lloyd
  2. Nolan Edward vs. SHLAK
  3. Mad Man Pondo vs. Matthew Justice
  4. AJ Gray vs. AKIRA
  5. Eric Ryan vs. MASADA
  6. Alex Colon vs. Lucky 13 (Danny Havoc Tribute Match)

Oh boy here we go, the ultraviolence rolls on as GCW gave Alex Colon this show to work his evil ways! He and 13 pay tribute to the late, great Deathmatch Viking Danny Havoc himself, plus Pondo and Justice beat the hell out of each other and more!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

Beyond Time Capsule (Apr. 10, 4PM Eastern)

  1. Dave Cole vs. Facade
  2. Anthony Stone vs. Chase Burnett
  3. Allysin Kay vs. Suge D
  4. Dan Barry vs. Eric Corvis
  5. Alex Herzog vs. Gary Jay

Beyond are running another show as part of the Showcase of the Independents, and this one is all about the past, baby! Beyond staples from the early days, from Faith in Nothing to Jaka to Chase Burnett to the Boys from Jollyville, they’re all here and ready to fight!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

Unsanctioned Pro Fueled By Spite (Apr. 10, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Myron Reed vs. Tre LaMar
  2. Billie Starkz vs. Chris Copeland vs. Freddie Hudson vs. Jack Andrews vs. Robert Martyr vs. Rob Killjoy vs. Sage Philips (Scramble Match)
  3. Casanova Valentine vs. “Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas
  4. Cole Radrick vs. Jake Something
  5. Lord Crewe vs. PB Smooth
  6. Jordan Oliver vs. Lexus Montez
  7. Aaron Williams vs. Everett Cross (c) (Unsanctioned Pro Heavyweight Championship)

Hey check that out, another scramble! Those never get old, I love those. Plus Aaron Williams comes for the title and Reed and LaMar are ready to tear the house down!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

ICW-NHB Volume 12: Farewell to the Pawn Shop (Apr. 10, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Alex Ocean vs. Brandon Kirk
  2. Ruben Steel vs. Satu jinn
  3. Jeff King vs. Neil Diamond Cutter
  4. AKIRA vs. Orin Veidt
  5. Dan Maff vs. Nolan Edward
  6. Shane Mercer vs. SHLAK
  7. Eric Ryan vs. John Wayne Murdoch

Boy howdy maybe I should have collapsed these ICW shows into one header because I am running out of things to say but violence! Violence will happen!

Check it out live on IWTV, folks.

NPU Shallow Graves (Apr. 10, 11:59PM Eastern)

  1. Bam Sullivan vs. Bobby Beverly
  2. G-Raver vs. Su Yung
  3. Conor Claxton vs. Mance Warner

Last but not least, No Peace Underground come around one last time to close things down, and all three of these matches sound fantastic to me, but none more than Yung vs. Raver!

Check it out live on FITE, folks.

Free matches here!

Jonathan Gresham vs. Orange Cassidy

From the folks over at Beyond, the Octopus looked to freshly squeeze Orange way back at the first IWTV Family Reunion, don’t miss it!

El Generico vs. Kevin Steen

This is short and sweet but it would be a shame not to run it, because the folks at Quebec’s International Wrestling Syndicate have uploaded one of the very first matches between Kevin Steen and El Generico! Not sure exactly what they’re on about labeling it as a Sami Zayn match, though.

Hornswoggle vs. Nick Gage

Last but not least, we have this wacky wonderful dream match from the folks over at Black Label Pro. The Ultraviolent King squares up with the world’s smallest cruiserweight, 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, 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.

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