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.
AIW Hell on Earth XII (November 25, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Karlee “Catrina” Perez vs. Space Monkey
- BJ Whitmer vs. Eddie Kingston vs. Eric Ryan vs. Louis Lyndon
- Dominic Garrini vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- “All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Brian Cage
- Colt Cabana vs. Matt Cross
- Crazy Pain (c) (Gringo Loco & Steve Pain) vs. Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
- Alex Daniels (c) vs. Laredo Kid (AIW Intense Championship)
- Heidi Lovelace vs. Shayna Baszler (c) (AIW Women’s Championship)
- Josh Prohibition (c) vs. Tim Donst (AIW Absolute Championship)
Yes, that is NXT’s Maxine and Lucha Underground’s Katrina booked up against Space Monkey, who is a monkey that is from space. If you’re not sold on that alone, I’m not sure what to tell you, folks, but I suppose I should try.
You got one of AIW’s stand-out trainees, Dominic Garrini, going up against one of the very best grapplers in the world in what will be an outstanding opportunity for him. A fine brawl in Page vs. Cage, a classic clash of the styles in Cabana vs. Cross, a rematch of the finals from Double Dare, plus Heidi Lovelace getting her rematch against Shayna Baszler? C’mon now.
PCW / Beyond / CZW / wXw Wrestling World Championships (November 25-26)
- Da Mack (wXw) vs. Zachary Wentz (CZW) (Wrestling World Championships Cruiserweight Tournament First Round Match)
- Axel Dieter, Jr. (wXw) vs. Bubblegum (PCW) (Wrestling World Championships Cruiserweight Tournament First Round Match)
- AR Fox (Beyond) vs. Dezmond Xavier (CZW) (Wrestling World Championships Cruiserweight Tournament First Round Match)
- Martin Kirby (PCW) vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (Beyond) (Wrestling World Championships Cruiserweight Tournament First Round Match)
- Dave Mastiff (PCW) vs. Keith Lee (Beyond) (Wrestling World Championships Openweight Tournament First Round Match)
- Chris Dickinson (Beyond) vs. Joey Janela (CZW) (Wrestling World Championships Openweight Tournament First Round Match)
- Dave Crist (CZW) vs. Jurn Simmons (wXw) (Wrestling World Championships Openweight Tournament First Round Match)
- Rampage Brown (PCW) vs. ??? (wXw) (Wrestling World Championships Openweight Tournament First Round Match)
After their working agreement with ROH fell apart earlier in the year, Preston City Wrestling got together with Beyond, CZW, and wXw to come up with the Wrestling World Championships as a replacement for their yearly supershows. Three shows across two days in Preston (7PM GMT on the 25th, 12PM and 6PM GMT on the 26th), they’ll feature two eight-man single elimination tournaments, one for cruiserweights exclusively and a second openweight field, both stacked with some of the best wrestlers available.
Details are kind of thin on the ground for what else these shows might have on them, but even just the tournaments makes for a fairly loaded weekender. Go ahead and pick up tickets here or wait for these shows to show up on PCW On Demand (as well as the other three promotions’ services, one assumes).
AAW Windy City Classic XII (November 26, 7PM Central)
- ACH vs. Mustafa Ali
- Trent Beretta vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- Drago, Pentagon, Jr., & Rey Horus vs. Eddie Kingston, Homicide, & Low-Ki
- Heidi Lovelace vs. Jessicka Havok (“I Quit” Match)
- Kimber Lee vs. Mercedes Martinez (c) (Shimmer Championship)
- Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee vs. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)
- Chris Hero vs. Sami Callihan (c) (AAW Heavyweight Championship)
AAW are back in Chicago with another card full of “holy crap, that’s happening?!” matches. The obvious exclamation point is seeing three Lucha Underground stars run up against the brick wall that is Kingston, Homicide, and Low-Ki, but it’s all exciting. From ACH taking on Mustafa Ali in a match sure to be full of high flying pyrotechnics to Lovelace and Havok fighting to the bitter end in an “I Quit” Match, to Mercedes Martinez defending her Shimmer Championship against Kimber Lee, and of course, the self-proclaimed Greatest of All Time Chris Hero taking a shot at Sami Callihan’s AAW Heavyweight Championship.
Progress Chapter 39: The Graps of Wrath (November 27, 4PM GMT)
- Joe Coffey vs. Pastor William Eaver
- Katey Harvey vs. Nixon Newell (Natural Progression Series IV First Round Match)
- F.S.U. (Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews) vs. South Pacific Power Trip (TK Cooper & Travis Banks)
- London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) vs. British Strong Style (Pete Dunne & Trent Seven) (c) (Progress Tag Team Championship)
- Matt Riddle vs. Will Ospreay
- Jimmy Havoc vs. Marty Scurll
- ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? (Progress Championship Elimination Match)
That’s a lot of question marks for Progress’ return to London’s Electric Ballroom, but the answer is simple— in the wake of Mark Haskins vacating the Progress Championship due to injury, the winners of the five men’s matches on tap for Sunday will all be entered into one deciding match to crown a new champion. And considering that the field includes former champions Bill Eaver, Mark Andrews, Jimmy Havoc, Marty Scurll, and Will Ospreay, plus champion of our collective hearts Matt Riddle making his Progress debut, by god, the man that wins it all shall be worthy.
Free matches here!
Chip Day vs. Gary Jay
From the fine folks at St. Louis Anarchy (who had their final show recently, alas) by way of Smart Mark Video, it’s the south’s best kept secret against one of the midwest’s finest secret weapons. Check it out!
“All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Courtesy of AAW, it’s current WWE creative team member Jimmy Jacobs wrestling his last match for them, a bloody war against Ethan Page. Jimmy claims his only regret is not making his entrance to Let It Go, dressed as Elsa. I don’t know about any of that, but the match is here, so watch it!
#DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) vs. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik)
Coming to us from Beyond Wrestling, it’s the new NXT Tag Team Champions in battle against one of the hottest teams in the northeast. Gargano and Ciampa may be locked down now, but take the twenty minutes, watch this, and be thankful for how long WWE was willing to let them keep playing in our sandbox, folks.
Tetsujin Shoot Style Wrestling
Another full free show for you, folks, courtesy of the folks over at Tetsujin. On the anniversary of their first show, they announced a second and released that first one for free. So if you want to see some shoot-style grappling action featuring the likes of Jack Gallagher, Zack Gibson, Dave Mastiff, and Tommy End, go on and click play!
PCW / CZW War Zone (November 18-19)
- Dezmond Xavier over Zachary Wentz
- Rampage Brown over Chris Dickinson
- Jack Baron over Philip Michael
- Honky Tonk Man & Shane Douglas over Dave Rayne & Joey Hayes
- AR Fox over El Ligero
- Joey Janela over Jimmy J
- Dave Crist over T-Bone
- Bubblegum over Dean Allmark
- Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) over Chris Dickinson & Dave Crist
- Rampage Brown over Dave Rayne
- Jennie B. over Lauren
- Danny Hope & Honky Tonk Man over Lionheart & Sha Samuels by disqualification
- Joey Hayes over Joey Janela
- Ashton Smith over T-Bone (No Disqualification Match)
- Bubblegum over AR Fox
CZW went 3-3 with PCW over their co-promotional shows here, but with Honky Tonk Man picking up two tag victories (one alongside the Franchise himself!), it can only be considered a victory for America.
Check ‘em out on PCW On Demand when they go up, folks.
WSU Breaking Barriers 4 (November 19)
- Priscilla Kelly over Penelope Ford and Renee Michelle
- BaleSpin (KC Spinelli & Xandra Bale) over Sinister Sweethearts (Brittany Blake & Samantha Heights)
- Kiera Hogan over Britt Baker
- Mercedes Martinez over LuFisto
- Jade over Taeler Hendrix
- Fella Twins (Eddy McQueen & Rick Cataldo) (c) over Backseat Girlz (Annie Social & Missy Sampson) to retain the WSU Tag Team Championship
- Su Yung over Leva Bates (c) to win the WSU Spirit Championship
WSU kicked off their half of CZW’s double shot in Voorhees with a show that featured Mercedes Martinez overcoming Cherry Bomb’s handpicked opponent, the Fella Twins retaining their title, and Su Yung winning the Spirit Championship from Leva Bates. Additionally the show ended in a tag team brawl that saw the Backseat Girlz break up, Annie Social turning on Missy Sampson.
Check it out on CZW Studios when it goes up, folks.
CZW Night of Infamy (November 19)
- Tony Deppen over Alexander James
- Homicide over Yuma
- Tim Donst over Lucky 13
- EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) over Dub Boys (Dave McCall & Nate Carter)
- Frankie Pickard vs. Jimmy Lloyd went to a no contest
- “Chainsaw” Joe Gacy over Sami Callihan
- BLK Jeez (c) over Archadia (JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship)
- ”Chainsaw” Joe Gacy over Jonathan Gresham (c) by count-out (CZW World Heavyweight Championship)
- Young Dragons (Dale Patricks & Josh Crane) over Weapons of Mass Destruction (Jeff Cannonball & Matt Tremont
CZW had an eventful night while a good sized chunk of their roster was in the UK for the PCW shows, with Greg Excellent challenging Homicide after his victory over Yuma, claiming to want the “original” Homicide, the Homicide that was the baddest man in the world. Meanwhile the State of the Nation (of Intoxication) went about as well as you would imagine a summit to try to save a disintegrating stable would, with Danny Havoc playing peacemaker and getting rebuffed at every turn until the Young Dragons beat him so severely that his title match against Jonathan Gresham was put in real question.
Pickard/Lloyd ended in a no contest due to Blackwater rolling up and spitting mist at both men before attacking Frankie with a kendo stick. Joe Gacy secured a replacement title shot thanks to Maven Bentley and CZW management insisting that Havoc choose between his title defense on the night and his match against Rickey Shane Page at Cage of Death, but the champion ultimately walked out rather than defend his title.
Check it out when it goes up on CZW Studios, folks.
PWX X16 2016 (November 19-20)
- John Skyler over Darius Lockhart (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- James Drake over Jason Cade (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Trevor Lee over Chip Day (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Anthony Henry over Martin Stone (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) vs. the Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) vs. the Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) (c) (PWX Tag Team Championship) went to a no contest.
- Ethan Case over Fred Yehi (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Tracer X over Colby Corino (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Matt Riddle over Corey Hollis (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Davey Richards (PWX X16 2016 First Round Match)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over John Skyler (PWX X16 2016 Quarterfinal Match)
- Anthony Henry over Trevor Lee (PWX X16 2016 Quarterfinal Match)
- Sami Callihan (replacing Matt Riddle) over James Drake (PWX X16 2016 Quarterfinal Match)
- Ethan Case over Tracer X (PWX X16 2016 Quarterfinal Match)
- Martin Stone over Chip Day, Corey Hollis, Fred Yehi, and Jason Cade
- Anthony Henry over Zack Sabre, Jr. (PWX X16 2016 Semifinal Match)
- Ethan Case over Sami Callihan (PWX X16 2016 Semifinal Match)
- Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) & Jake Manning over the Revolt! (Caleb Konley, Darius Lockhart, & Zane Riley)
- Anthony Henry over Ethan Case (PWX X16 2016 Finals)
PWX made their FloSlam debut with the second annual X16 tournament and it was a good one, folks. Check out my recap for full details, but suffice it to say my man Anthony Henry stepped up in a big way and did an excellent job of it.
Beyond Insatiable (November 20)
- John Silver over “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
- Christian Casanova, Elia Markopoulos, Mikey Webb, & Scotty Slade over Anthony Greene, Brick Mastone, Cam Zagami, & Davienne
- Keith Lee over Kimber Lee
- Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Mike Draztik, & Pinkie Sanchez) over Secret City Soldiers (Anthony Stone, Davey Cash, & Kris Pyro)
- Eddie Edwards over Jaka
- Chuck O’Neil over Jaka
- Jonathan Gresham over Matt Cross
- Crusade For Change (Anthony Gangone, Darius Carter, Devin Blaze, & Tommy Trainwreck) over Team Alpha-1 (“All Ego” Ethan Page, Kobe Durst, Shane Sabre, & Space Monkey)
- Brian Fury over Chris Hero
- Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, & Swamp Monster) over Biff’s Kids (Ace Romero, Sully Banger, & Xavier Bell)
- Matt Riddle over Matt Tremont (Anything Goes)
- Mikey Webb over JT Dunn (Unsanctioned Match)
Beyond had another massive card, as you can see. Jaka’s two matches happened as a result of O’Neil claiming not to be medically cleared and introducing Edwards as his replacement, but clearly, it was a ruse. Riddle prevailed over former CZW WHC Tremont in an all-out war that involved a powerbomb through a merch table, but the hardcore Matt promised a rematch featuring barbed wire
Check it out on Beyondemand.
ICW Fear & Loathing IX (November 20)
- Joe Hendry over Davey Blaze
- Kay Lee Ray over Carmel (c) and Viper to win the ICW Women’s Championship
- Stevie Xavier over BT Gunn (Casket Match)
- Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey) (c) over Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to retain the ICW Tag Team Championship
- Kenny Williams over Aaron Echo, Andy Wild, Iestyn Rees, Liam Thomson, Lionheart (c), and Zack Gibson in a Stairway to Heaven Match to win the ICW Zero-G Championship
- Lewis Girvan over Ricochet
- Wolfgang (c) over Trent Seven to retain the ICW World Heavyweight Championship in a Steel Cage Match
- Team Dallas (Chris Renfrew, DCT, Grado, & Sha Samuels) over the Black Label (Bram, Drew Galloway, Jack Jester, & Kid Fite) to win 100% control of ICW
- Joe Coffey over Kurt Angle
ICW drew over 6,000 fans to the SSE Hydro for Fear & Loathing, an accomplishment to be sure. The big news, of course, was Finn Balor interfering in the eight-man war between Team Dallas and the Black Label to settle control over ICW, but the impact of hometown heroes doing a clean sweep on the likes of Team 3D, Ricochet, and Kurt Angle can’t be ignored.
Check it out on ICW On Demand!
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