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.
Action Thursday Night Throwdown (Oct. 11, 6:30PM Eastern)
- Cabana Man Dan vs. David Ali
- Alan Angels vs. Marko Stunt
- AJ Gray vs. O’Shay Edwards
- James Bandy vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- AC Mack vs. Gangrel
Action returns to Tyrone, Georgia for some Thursday night, well… action and it’s a show full of debuts! David Ali, Marko Stunt, AJ Gray, O’Shay Edwards, MJF, and no less than Attitude Era vampire himself Gangrel are all appearing for the first time opposite Action’s usual mix of hot, fresh southeastern wrestling talent. As I’m perhaps overly fond of saying, this is the kinda show you tune into and leave with a couple new favorites.
The show is free to attend (details here) and, like all of Action’s events, will end up on Powerbomb.tv sooner or later.
AAW Austin 10:12 (Oct. 12, 8PM Central)
- Andy Dalton vs. Barrett Brown vs. Fuego del Sol vs. J Serious vs. Kody Lane vs. Ryan Davidson (Texas Showcase Mayhem Match)
- Kylie Rae vs. Thunder Rosa
- Jason Cade vs. Laredo Kid
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Extra Talent-ed (Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks)
- Curt Stallion vs. PACO vs. Stephen Wolf
- AR Fox & Myron Reed vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
- ACH vs. Eddie Kingston
- Brody King & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Darby Allin & Sami Callihan
- Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee (c) (AAW Heritage Championship)
AAW are making moves, and big ones at that, as they head far from their usual stomping grounds of Chicago to hold their very first show in Austin, Texas! It’s set to be a good one, what with King and Jacob against what is essentially an Uncle John’s Friends reunion for those of us who remember the, uh… “greatness” of the #FyeahFIP era, Fox and Reed against the Rascalz, a hot-looking showcase scramble, one more round of ACH vs. Kingston, and more!
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.
CMLL Super Viernes (Oct. 12, 9:30PM Eastern)
- Akuma & Camorra vs. Robin & Star, Jr.
- Amapola, Dalys, & Reyna Isis vs. Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, & Princesa Sugehit
- El Audaz, Soberano, Jr., & Titan vs. Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo, Jr. & Polvora) & Templario
- Atlantis, David Finlay, & Hijo de LA Park vs. Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, & Shocker
- Barbaro Cavernario & El Cl4n (Ciber the Main Man & the Chris) vs. LA Park, Mistico, & Volador, Jr.
- Michael Elgin vs. Ultimo Guerrero
CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your usual Friday night dose of lucha libre action and well, it’s not the most exciting show in CMLL history, but it should still be a pretty good time, especially the Revolucionarios trios match.
Check it out, as always, free for nothin’ on Marca Claro, folks, and the VOD will go up on CMLL’s YouTube channel (where they also stream shows every Monday and Tuesday free of charge) after the fact for those of you who can’t watch live.
AIW Zero Cool (Oct. 13, 7:30PM Eastern)
- Brian Carson vs. Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham vs. Garrison King vs. Rex Brody vs. Ryder Reid vs. TKD
- Allie Kat vs. Zoey Skye
- AJ Gray vs. Matt Justice
- Party Never Stops (Parker Pierce & “Big” Twan Tucker) vs. Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan)
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) vs. No Consequences (Chase Oliver & Tre LaMar)
- The Duke vs. Wes Barkley
- The Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only) vs. Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams)
- Dominic Garrini vs. Zach Thomas
- ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. Joshua Bishop
- Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. the Production (Frankie Flynn & Magnum CK) (c) (AIW Tag Team Championship)
AIW are back in Lakewood, Ohio for another one of their bar shows that focuses heavily on students and up-and-comers. And that can only be a good thing, given the quality of student that first Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae and now Dominic Garrini have been churning out at the AIW academy! Of special note here, both All Ego’s make-good date against AIW Absolute Championship #1 contender for missing the last show to debut for Impact in Mexico, as well as a rare Duke singles match against Wes Barkley, and I’m not afraid to say that I’m pulling for the Duke mainly because he loves his kitty cat.
Get your tickets here (although supplies are very low as I type this, so you may have to try at the door) or wait for it to hit Smark Mark Video, folks.
Chikara Piano Lessons Can Be Murder (Oct. 13, 3PM Eastern)
- Boomer & Dasher Hatfield vs. Cornelius Crummels & Sonny Defarge
- Blanche Babish, Jeremy Leary, & Lucas Calhoun vs. the Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator, Frantik, & Volgar)
- Frightmare vs. Ophidian
- Team FIST (Icarus & Tony Deppen) vs. Xyberhawx2000 (Danjerhawk & Razerhawk)
- Cam Carter vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado
- Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad, Hermit Crab, Merlok, & Oceanea) vs. Solo Darling & the Colony (Fire, Green II, & Thief Ants)
- Beast Warriors (Oleg the Usurper & Proletariat Boar of Moldova) vs. the Closers (Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice) (c) (Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas)
Chikara are back in the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the action is heading up as the Beast Warriors cash their three points in for a shot at the tag team champions! Plus, both the Hatfields and Team FIST are looking to score their second point, clones Leary and Calhoun go to war with the Proteus Wheel again, and more!
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Chikaratopia, folks.
CZW Better Than Our Best (Oct. 13, 8PM Eastern)
- Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell
- Desean Pratt vs. Joe Gacy
- The Office (Brandon Kirk & Kit Osbourne) vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter)
- Drago vs. John Silver
- BLKOUT (BLK Jeez, Robby Mireno, & Ruckus) vs. Y D & B (Charlie Tiger, Ellis Taylor, & Griffin McCoy)
- Conor Claxton vs. Mitch Vallen (Home Run Derby Deathmatch)
- Blackwater (c) vs. Jordan Oliver (CZW Wired Championship)
- Mance Warner vs. Rickey Shane Page (Opportunity for an Opportunity Tournament Finals Anything Goes Match)
- David Starr vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) (CZW World Heavyweight Championship)
CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey and at long last, MJF has to face up to a challenger for his CZW World Heavyweight Championship! And not just any challenger, but the King of Taunts himself, David Starr! And not only that, but whoever gets through will know who they’re going to face at Cage of Death, as it’s been revealed that that is the title shot being contested by Mancer and RSP. Plus a random Drago match, another chapter in Gary Jay and Jake Parnell’s endless war, and more!
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits CZW Studios, folks.
EVE Command Attention (Oct. 13, 8PM GMT)
- Emi Sakura vs. Kay Lee Ray
Only one match announced for EVE’s return to London, England as I write this, but it’s one with big implications, folks. If Emi Sakura wins, she gets a title shot against the EVE Champion at Global Women Strike 2 in February! Plus, Joshi legend Command Bolshoi will be on hand!
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits EVE On Demand.
OTT Fourth Year Anniversary / Defiant 2 (Oct. 13-14)
—Fourth Year Anniversary (Oct. 13, 7:30PM IST)—
- Mark Davis vs. Scotty Davis
- Hirooki Goto & Sean Guiness vs. Michael May & Satoshi Kojima
- Angel Cruzers (Angel Cruz, B Cool, & ???) vs. Gymnasties (Justin Shape, Liam Royal, & Logan Bryce)
- Bandido, Flamita, & Shane Strickland vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito)
- KUSHIDA vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher
- LJ Cleary (c) vs. Mr. Juicy vs. Paddy M vs. Raven Creed vs. Rocky Romero (OTT Gender Neutral Championship)
- Kings of the North (Two of Bonesaw, Damien Corvin, & Dunkan Disorderly) (c) vs. More Than Hype (Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin) (OTT Tag Team Championship)
- WALTER (c) vs. Will Ospreay (OTT Championship)
—Defiant 2 (Oct. 14, 7PM IST)—
- Contenders Pre-Show: Bandido vs. Shane Strickland
- Command Bolshoi vs. Emi Sakura
- Jordynne Grace vs. Kay Lee Ray
- Raven Creed vs. Sammii Jayne (c) (OTT Women’s Championship)
OTT are back in Dublin, Ireland to celebrate four years of top shelf wrestling and, well, I’m doing it again, folks…
One on one.
I am a bit of a connoisseur of Tim Thatcher dream matches, and this is about as good as they get. It’s gonna be a hell of a grappletastic time, and reason enough to seek these shows out!
Okay, okay, we’ll spread a little hype around… Ishii/KUSHIDA! WALTER/Ospreay! An entire women’s show featuring Grace/KLR and a hype Bandido/Strickland on the pre-show!
Get your tickets here (Anniversary, Defiant) or check ‘em out when they hit OTT On Demand, folks.
NJPW / RPW Global Wars UK (Oct. 14)
- Mark Davis vs. Satoshi Kojima
- El Phantasmo vs. Rocky Romero
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER)
- Chris Ridgeway vs. Will Ospreay
- Chris Brookes vs. Tetsuya Naito
- Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- David Starr (c) vs. KUSHIDA (RPW British Cruiserweight Championship)
- Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (RPW British Heavyweight Championship)
Yes, folks, it’s time to head to Brixton for this year’s edition of Global Wars UK! We’re down to a single show, but what a show it is! From Dunkzilla vs. the leader of Bread Club all the way through to the main event of Suzuki vs. Ishii, we’ve got a non-stop slate of hype matches. The two that leap out most to me, however, are LIJ vs. Ringkampf, which should be at least two hoots, and Starr/KUSHIDA, which will no doubt be a technical wrestling masterpiece as the Time Splitter seeks to become a double champion.
The show is sold out, but you can always check it out on RPW On Demand, and RevPro are making efforts to broadcast this one LIVE!
Free matches here!
David Starr vs. Matt Riddle
Courtesy of the folks over at CZW as part of their Free Match Friday initiative, we’ve got a barnburner, folks. The King of Taunts takes on the King of Bros in an instant classic that remains one of my favorite matches from either man. Don’t miss it!
“Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. “Flash” Morgan Webster
From the good folks over at Southside Wrestling Entertainment, we’ve got some hybrid high flyer action for you this week. Speedball brings his arsenal of kicks to bear against the ever-resiliant Flash, check it out!
Allie Kat vs. Jordynne Grace
Last but not least, from the fine folks up at Limitless Wrestling we’ve got two of the best up-and-coming indie wrestlers in the United States today as Thick Mama Pump and the Body Kat collide. Enjoy!
MLW Fury Road (Oct. 4)
- Joey Ryan over Richard Holliday
- Puma King over Ricky Martinez
- Simon Gotch over Fallah Bahh (Prize Fight Challenge)
- Smash & Dash Connection (Barrington Hughes & Shane Strickland) over Samoan Island Tribe (Lance Anoa’i & Samu)
- Myron Reed over Marko Stunt
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) over Jason Cade and Jimmy Yuta to retain the MLW World Middleweight Championship
- El Hijo de LA Park over Sammy Guevara
- Brody King over Tommy Dreamer
- Tom Lawlor over Shane Strickland
- Hart Foundation (Brian Pillman, Jr., Davey Boy Smith, Jr., & Teddy Hart) over ACH, Marko Stunt, & Rich Swann
- Sami Callihan over Jimmy Havoc (Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal Match)
- Low-Ki (c) over Daga to retain the MLW World Heavyweight Championship
- LA Park over Pierre Carl Ouellet
Another big taping from MLW, so let’s break the big hits down, folks. Puma King made his debut at Konnan’s behest after Salina de la Renta took credit for Fenix and Penta’s absence, Callihan bested Havoc in a Spinner’s Choice Match that meant that all the stipulations on the wheel were in play, and Low-Ki retained over Daga in a match where he damn near ripped the Lucha Underground star’s ear off. Don’t believe me, take a look for yourself!
Check it out when it airs as episodes of MLW Fusion, whether through their YouTube channel or over the broadcast waves on BeIN Sports.
wXw Inner Circle / Femmes Fatales 2018 / World Tag Team League (Oct. 4-7)
—Inner Circle (Oct. 4)—
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over Coast 2 Coast (Leon St. Giovanni & Shaheem Ali)
- Julian Pace over Benjamin Van Es
- LuFisto over Kris Wolf
- Timothy Thatcher over Fred Yehi
- Okami (Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani) over Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet)
- Lucky Kid over Chris Brookes
—World Tag Team League Night One (Oct. 5)—
- Toni Storm over Meiko Satomura
- Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) over Okami (Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani) (World Tag Team League Block A Match)
- Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero) over Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) (World Tag Team League Block B Match)
- Julian Pace over Emil Sitoci, Fred Yehi, and Lucky Kid to become #1 contender to the wXw Shotgun Championship
- CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) over Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) (World Tag Team League Block A Match)
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over Team SPLX (Angelico & Jeff Cobb) (World Tag Team League Block B Match)
- David Starr over Jurn Simmons (Hair vs. Hair Match)
—Femmes Fatales (Oct. 6)—
- Meiko Satomura over Wesna (Femmes Fatales 2018 First Round Match)
- Millie McKenzie over Audrey Bride (Femmes Fatales 2018 First Round Match)
- Killer Kelly over Kris Wolf (Femmes Fatales 2018 First Round Match)
- LuFisto over Toni Storm (Femmes Fatales 2018 First Round Match)
- Meiko Satomura over Millie McKenzie (Femmes Fatales 2018 Semifinal Match)
- LuFisto over Killer Kelly (Femmes Fatales 2018 Semifinal Match)
- Melanie Gray (c) over Session Moth Martina to retain the wXw Women’s Championship
- Meiko Satomura over LuFisto (Femmes Fatales 2018 Finals)
—World Tag Team League Night Two (Oct. 6)—
- Marius Al-Ani (c) over Julian Pace to retain the wXw Shotgun Championship
- Okami (Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani) over CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) (World Tag Team League Block A Match)
- Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) over Team SPLX (Angelico & Jeff Cobb) (World Tag Team League Block B Match)
- Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) over Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (World Tag Team League Block A Match)
- Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) over Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero) (World Tag Team League Block B Match)
- Ilja Dragunov over Bobby Gunns to win the interim wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
—World Tag Team League Night Three (Oct. 7)—
- Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) over Okami (Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani) (World Tag Team League Block A Match)
- CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) over Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (World Tag Team League Block A Match)
- Wesna over LuFisto
- Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) over Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (World Tag Team League Block B Match)
- Team SPLX (Angelico & Jeff Cobb) over Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero) (World Tag Team League Block B Match)
- Alexander James & Jurn Simmons over Dirty Dragan & Emil Sitoci (Dirty Dragan Trial Series Final)
- Lucky Kid over Tarkan Aslan
- Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) over CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) to win the vacant wXw World Tag Team Championship (World Tag Team League Finals)
Jay-FK’s new attitude has served them well, propelling them right to the top with a victory over the original CCK in the finals of World Tag Team League. Plus Meiko Satomura picked up the big win at Femmes Fatales over her fellow veteran par excellence LuFisto, David Starr took Jurn Simmons’ hair, RISE stood tall as Lucky Kid overcame his brother Tarkan once and for all, and Dirty Dragan is gone, having failed in the final match of his trial series.
But perhaps the biggest news of all out of the weekend is that the world title is again unbesiegbar! Granted, it’s an interim belt because Absolute Andy had to pull out of the match with a shoulder injury that’s taking him off several shows in the near future, but even so!
Check ‘em all out when they hit wXwNOW!, folks, or here’s my occasional reminder for you that most of wXw’s shows also go up on the Highspots Wrestling Network.
Glory Pro Horse Power (Oct. 7)
- Alpha Omega (Camaro Jackson & Kenny Alfonso) & Tootie Lynn Ramsay over Chase Holliday, Roy Lewis, & Sophie King
- Marko Stunt over Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Joey Lynch over Gary Jay
- Pierre Carl Ouellet over Kevin Lee Davidson (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
- Barackus over Thomas Shire
- Myron Reed & Stephen Wolf over Everett Connors & Zema Ion (c) to win the United Glory Championship
- Sugar Dunkerton (c) over Air Wolf, Sage Philips, and Tyler Matrix to retain the Tidal Championship
- PACO over Eddie Kingston
- Jordynne Grace over Savanna Stone
- Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) over No New Friends (Danny Adams & Mike Outlaw) and the Riegal Twins (Logan & Sterling Riegel)
- Curt Stallion (c) over Jake Parnell to retain the Crown of Glory Championship
Stephen Wolf’s gambit paid off in gold, folks! But alas, a Stallion beats a Warhorse, and PCO’s inhuman nature won the day over KLD. All is not lost for the younger generation, however, as PACO earned himself a big win over Eddie Kingston.
Check the replay out on FITE, folks.
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.
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