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.
Beyond Dong Work for YUTA (Aug. 5, 8 pm ET)
- Dan Barry vs. Richard Holliday
- Alexander James & Logan Easton LaRoux vs. Pretty Proper (Lady Frost & Victor Benjamin)
- Aaron Rourke vs. Matt Makowski
- Kings of the District (Eel O’Neal & Jordan Blade) vs. Shook Crew (Bobby Orlando & Bryce Donovan)
- Masha Slamovich vs. Megan Bayne
- Trish Adora vs. ??? (Open Challenge)
- Teddy Goodz vs. ???
- Chris Dickinson vs. Rhett Titus
- Tony Deppen vs. Willow Nightingale
- SLADE vs. Wheeler YUTA
Beyond are back and they’ve got... uh... dong work? I’m told it’s a Frank Zappa thing, moving on, they’ve got a hot card as per usual. Obvious standouts to me include Detective Dan Barry in action against Richard Holliday, James & LaRoux against Pretty Proper, and Deppen vs. Nightingale, plus two mystery opponents with Adora offering an open challenge and Goodz lined up to face an unknown client of “Smart” Mark Sterling’s, it’s gonna be a hoot!
Check it out live on IWTV, folks.
Scenic City Invitational 2021 (Aug. 6-7)
—Night One (7:30 pm ET)—
- Jon Davis vs. Logan Creed (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- Adam Priest vs. Daniel Makabe (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- Arik Royal vs. Derek Neal (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- Cabana Man Dan vs. Jeremy Wyatt (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- AC Mack vs. “Big Beef” Gnarls Garvin (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- Brett Ison vs. Jaden Newman (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- Daniel Garcia vs. Graham Bell (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
- Alex Kane vs. Steve Manders (Scenic City Invitational First Round Match)
—Night Two (7:30 pm ET)—
- Scenic City Invitational Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Finals
Oh hell yeah the SCI is back, baby! Featuring the cream of the southeastern indie crop and then some, it’s one of the best shows of any given year and surely 2021 will be no different!
Check it out live on IWTV, folks.
AAW Savages and Kings (Aug. 7, 6:15 pm CT)
- Allie Katch vs. Jody Threat vs. Skye Blue (AAW Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Ace Austin vs. Davey Vega vs. Frontman JAH vs. Hakim Zane (AAW Heritage Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
- Colt Cabana vs. Larry D
- Madman Fulton vs. Mance Warner
- Brayden Lee & Jake Lander vs. InFAMy (Deonn Rusman & Joeasa) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)
- Allysin Kay (c) vs. Melanie Cruise (AAW Women’s Championship)
- Eddie Kingston & ??? vs. Fred Yehi & ???
AAW are back in Chicago and they’ve got a killer lineup this month, folks. Katch vs. Threat vs. Blue in a #1 contender’s, a similar murderer’s row of men’s contenders for the Heritage, Kay defends against Cruise, AND AAW Heavyweight Champion Fred Yehi clashes against Eddie Kingston with mystery partners afoot?!
Check it out on FITE, friends.
ACTION/SCI Futures Showcase (Aug. 7, 2 pm ET)
- Billie Starkz vs. Chase Holliday vs. Ron Bass, Jr. (Futures Showcase Tournament First Round Match)
- Merrik Donovan vs. “Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas vs. Robert Martyr (Futures Showcase Tournament First Round Match)
- Eli Knight vs. Landon Hale vs. the Whisper (Futures Showcase Tournament First Round Match)
- Bitcoin Boyz (Eric Taylor & Mikey Montgomery) vs. Conan Lycan & Solomon Tupu
- Futures Showcase Tournament Finals
And of course, the SCI action doesn’t stop with the main tournament, because ACTION are stepping in to host the Futures Showcase, where nine up-and-comers meet, with the winner getting to call their shot for next year’s SCI proper!
Check it out, live on IWTV.
GCW No Signal in the Hills (Aug. 7, 8 pm PT)
- Dante Leon vs. Ninja Mack
- ASF vs. Tony Deppen
- AJ Gray vs. Lee Moriarty
- BUSSY (Allie Katch & EFFY) vs. Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner & Matthew Justice) (c) (GCW Tag Team Championship)
- 44OH! (Atticus Cogar & Rickey Shane Page) vs. Joey Janela & Marko Stunt
- Chris Dickinson vs. Starboy Charlie
- Dark Sheik vs. Nick Gage
GCW are back in Los Angeles, California and they’ve got a hell of a card lined up, don’t they? I mean, Janela/Stunt against 44OH! is enough by itself, but Gray/Moriarty and Gage/Sheik (Y’all know I’m MDK all day but I gotta stand with my people so c’mon, Sheik, kick his ass!) add fuel to the fire, and then there’s a whole rest of the card right there, dang!
Check it out live on FITE, folks.
wXw 20th Anniversary (Aug. 7, 7 pm CET)
- Baby Allison & Maggot vs. Delia & Levaniel
- Axel Tischer vs. Fast Time Moodo
- Michael Knight vs. Tristan Archer
- Aigle Blanc & Senza Volto vs. Rott und Flott (Michael Schenkenberg & Nikita Charisma)
- Arrows of Hungary (Dover & Icarus) (c) vs. Team wXw Wrestling Academy (Anil Marik & Robert Dreissker) (wXw World Tag Team Championship 2/3 Falls Match)
- Prince Ahura (c) vs. ??? (wXw Shotgun Championship Lottery Match)
- Jurn Simmons vs. Marius Al-Ani (c) (wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship)
Long time, no see for Germany’s wXw in Sermon, eh? They’ve been plugging along but their schedule was kind of inscrutable to me but when I saw this one all laid out before me I knew I had to toss it in! Celebrating 20 years, there’s not a lot of history on display here but all of wXw’s local finest are on-hand and it should be a good time, folks.
Check it out when it hits wXwNOW!, folks.
Camp Leapfrog Abby Jane’s 21st Birthday Extravaganza (Aug. 8, 1 pm ET)
- CC Boost vs. Max ZERO
- Air Show (Mach10 & Razerwyng) & the Colony (Green II & Thief Ants) vs. Ethan Wilde, Jet Jaghori, Johnny Moran, & Merlok
- Matt Makowski vs. Thunderfrog (Frogsport Rules Match)
- Athrun Amada vs. Kamen MK vs. King Crab vs. Nolo Kitano vs. Rex Lawless vs. the Whisper (Rey de Ranas)
- The Outfielders (Boomer Hatfield & Molly McCoy) (c) vs. YoKai (Janai Kai & Yoya) (Campeones de Ranas)
- BLANK vs. Masha Slamovich
- Abby Jane, Hallowicked, & Ultramantis Black vs. Big Dan Champion, Sidney Bakabella, & Travis Huckabee
Camp Leapfrog are streaming live and they’ve got a real fun card lined up to celebrate Abby Jane’s 21st, y’all! A Rey de Ranas scramble match, Makowski and Frog meet shoot-style, and more!
Check it out live on IWTV, friends.
IWTV 100 (Aug. 8, 5 pm ET)
- Alexander James, Logan Easton LaRoux, & Richard Holliday vs. Hallowicked, Jigsaw, & Ultramantis Black
- Kevin Ku vs. Matt Makowski
- Austin Luke vs. GG Everson vs. Marcus Mathers vs. Reid Walker vs. Ryan Redfield vs. Steve Sanders (Ladder Match)
- Adam Priest vs. Jonathan Gresham
- “WARHORSE” Jake Parnell vs. John Wayne Murdoch
- Lee Moriarty & Trish Adora vs. Kris Statlander & Orange Cassidy
- Daniel Garcia vs. Wheeler YUTA (c) (IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship)
IWTV are running the H2O arena in Williamstown, New Jersey to celebrate the 100th defense of the IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship! Red Death steps up to the plate in a main event against YUTA that’s sure to tear the house down, plus you get six other matches covering much of what IWTV has to offer!
Check it out, naturally enough, live on IWTV, folks!
Free matches here!
Deonna Purrazzo vs. Kylie Rae
RISE have kept uploading matches like wildfire, so we get to start this week off with this barnburner, don’t miss it!
Eddie Kingston vs. Fred Yehi
And to whet your whistle for this weekend’s tag encounter, AAW have uploaded this 2018 match pitting War King against Savageweight— enjoy!
Addy Starr vs. Maria Manic
Last but not least, WWR+ bring us the delight that is the Queen of the LEGO Deathmatch in action, check it out!
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.