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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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CMLL Super Viernes (March 1, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. Astral & Robin vs. El Coyote & Grako
  2. Dalys, Metalica, & Tiffany vs. Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, & Princesa Sugehit
  3. El Audaz, Flyer, & Rey Cometa vs. El Felino, Hechicero, & Vangellys
  4. Templario vs. Titan (Lightning Match)
  5. Caristico, Diamante Azul, & El Valiente vs. El Kl4n (Ciber the Main Man & the Chris) & Gilbert El Boricua
  6. Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring, El Terrible, & Rush)

CMLL are back in Mexico City’s legendary Arena Mexico for your usual Friday night dose of lucha libre action and hey we got us another damn solid looking show! The semimain with the Kl4n guys is a little weak, but other than that we’ve got some women’s action, a solid midcard men’s trios, a good lightning match, and a main event that should deliver pretty well!

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.

PWG Two Hundred (March 1, 8PM Pacific)

  1. Jake Atlas vs. Jungle Boy vs. Trey Miguel
  2. Laredo Kid vs. Puma King
  3. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?)
  4. Brody King vs. Darby Allin
  5. David Starr vs. Jonathan Gresham
  6. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) (PWG World Tag Team Championship)
  7. Bandido vs. Jeff Cobb (c) (PWG World Championship)

PWG are back in Los Angeles, California, and that show title isn’t just for decoration, this is their 200th show! As always we’ve got a stacked card from the local boys vs. import three-way action in the opener, to the lucha libre stylings of Laredo vs. Puma, to the David and Goliath of it all of King/Allin, three-way tag craziness (and hey, you think the Young Bucks might show up here, too?), and my personal most interesting matchup here, the all-out technical wrestling assault of Starr/Gresham.

Tickets are still available here as I write this, and of course you can eventually buy the show on DVD as well.

CZW Trifecta Elimination (March 2, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Gymnasty Boys (Timmy Lou Retton & White Mike) vs. YDNB (Charlie Tiger & Ellis Taylor)
  2. 9-Person Trifecta Elimination Tournament
  3. John Silver vs. KC Navarro
  4. Anthony Greene vs. Jimmy Rave
  5. Conor Claxton vs. Matt Tremont (Deathmatch)
  6. Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Kris Statlander (WSU Spirit Championship)
  7. House of Gangone (Amazing Red & Anthony Gangone) vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (c) (CZW World Tag Team Championship)

CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey and we’re on the road to Best of the Best, and that means that nine top prospects (Anthony Bowens, Delmi Exo, Griffin McCoy, Jaxon Stone, JGeorge, Matt Macintosh, Matt Travis, Pat Buck, & Sage Cainan) will be meeting in three triple threats, the winners of which will fight in one last three-way, and the ultimate winner moves on to Best of the Best! Plus Jordynne Grace defends the WSU Spirit Championship ahead of that promotion’s long-awaited return later in March, and Claxton and Tremont go to bloody war one more time!

Get your tickets here or check it out when the VOD hits CZW Studios, folks.

MLW Intimidation Games (March 2, 7PM)

  1. Air Wolf vs. Ricky Martinez
  2. Ace Austin vs. DJ Z (Battle Riot Qualifying Match)
  3. Gringo Loco vs. Myron Reed
  4. Hijo de LA Park vs. Puma King
  5. Ace Romero vs. Simon Gotch
  6. Alex Hammerstone vs. Brian Pillman, Jr.
  7. LA Park vs. Mance Warner (Deathmatch)
  8. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. Team AAA (Laredo Kid & Taurus)
  9. Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Teddy Hart) (c) vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman & Richard Holliday (MLW World Tag Team Championship)
  10. Low-Ki vs. Tom Lawlor (c) (MLW World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match)

MLW return to Chicago, Illinois for another TV taping and they’ve got lots of good stuff lined up here, but I’ll be honest, there’s exactly one match here that interests me more than anything else.

LA Park. Mancer. Lucha legends and light beers, y’all. It’s gonna be good friendly violent fun time.

Get your tickets here or check it out as episodes of MLW Fusion, whether on BeIN Sports or on MLW’s own YouTube channel, and make sure to come back here to Cageside Seats on the regular to check out our man Manolo’s coverage of the show!

FIP Ascension (March 3, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Cam Carter vs. Hunter Law vs. Ian Maxwell vs. Snoop Strikes
  2. Eddie Taurus vs. Logan Creed
  3. Francisco Ciatso vs. Mr. Grim
  4. Liam Gray vs. Troy Hollywood
  5. Adrian Alanis vs. Matt Delray
  6. The Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy)
  7. Jon Davis (c) vs. Leon Ruff (FIP Florida Heritage Championship)
  8. Precipice (Chance Auren & Omar Amir) vs. the End (Odinson & Parrow) (c) (FIP World Tag Team Championship)

FIP are back in Ybor City, Florida and with a show name like Ascension you’d think WWE would have thrown Evolve’s junior partner a bone and let Konnor and Viktor show up, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Fortunately, however, we’ve got a good solid card of #FYeahFIP action, with the obvious standout matches to me being Gray/Hollywood, Revolt/Ducks (and it’s always nice to see Caleb Konley back in WWN), and Davis vs. Ruff.

Get your tickets here or check it out on WWNLive, whether as an individual purchase or at no additional cost with your Club WWN subscription.

RPW Live at the Cockpit (March 3, 5:30PM GMT)

  1. Chris Brookes vs. Darius Lockhart
  2. Bobbi Tyler vs. Jamie Hayter
  3. James Mason vs. Kurtis Chapman
  4. A-Kid vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.

RevPro are once again shortchanging David Starr by not announcing his match as of when I write this, but even so, their next visit to London’s Cockpit looks like a good one, with southern US indie standout Darius Lockhart wrestling Chris Brookes, A-Kid having a go at ZSJ, and UK legend James Mason taking it to Kurtis Chapman.

Tickets are sold out, but you can catch this one LIVE on RPW On Demand, folks.

SUP What Could Possibly Go Right? (March 3)

  1. Faye Jackson vs. Mr. Brickster
  2. Kerry Awful vs. Steve Manders
  3. James Bandy vs. Nick Iggy
  4. AC Mack vs. Jaden Newman
  5. Cabana Man Dan vs. Dominic Garrini
  6. Allie Kat vs. Kevin Ku
  7. Brett Ison (c) vs. O’Shay Edwards (SUP Bonestorm Championship)

Southern Underground Pro are back with their usual mix of excellent up-and-comers from all over the eastern half of the country. The Carnies may be reunited but they’re still enjoying singles competition here, Faye Jackson debuts against Mr. Brickster, Action Champion AC Mack debuts against Jaden Newman, and more!

Get your tickets here or check the VOD out when it hits IWTV, folks.

Free matches here!

AR Fox vs. Austin Theory

From the fine folks over at WHAT!, we’ve got a teacher vs. student match that’s been pretty great everywhere they’ve had one. Fox vs. Theory, check it out!

Best of Beyond Wrestling: 2013

The good people over at Beyond, to celebrate their consistently growing business of late, have been uploading these best-of streams lately, and this one covers the entire year of 2013. 2014 is streaming as I type this, but they’ve said that one won’t be staying up on VOD. My apologies if this one disappears as well, folks, but I figure we’re good since it’s still up now, a week after they broadcast it. In any case… don’t miss it!

DJ Z vs. Sammy Guevara

Last up this week we’ve got some high flying action from the UK’s Southside Wrestling Entertainment. The veteran otherwise known as Zema Ion takes on a former AAA Cruiserweight Champion, enjoy!

Results

AAW The Art of War (Feb. 23)

  1. Ace Perry over Sheldon Jean
  2. Savanna Stone over Jody Threat
  3. Gringo Loco over Aaron Orion, Jake Lander, and Logan James
  4. The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, & Zachary Wentz) over Ace Romero, PACO, & Rich Swann
  5. Sammy Guevara over Darby Allin
  6. Mance Warner over Jimmy Jacobs
  7. DJ Z (c) over Australian Suicide to retain the AAW Heritage Championship
  8. WRSTLING (Curt Stallion, David Starr, Eddie Kingston, & Jake Something) over Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) & Death Machines (Jessicka Havok & Sami Callihan)
  9. Maxwell Jacob Friedman over Kimber Lee
  10. Jacob Fatu over Stephen Wolf
  11. Kylie Rae (c) over Su Yung to retain the AAW Women’s Championship
  12. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Draztik” Santana) over FiyahFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) and Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (c) to win the AAW Tag Team Championship

No pussyfooting about it, folks, you’ve already seen the big news out of this one– the Young Bucks are out here makin’ moves as part of the build towards AEW Double or Nothing! Plus just overall, from all reports I’ve seen this was a hell of a show, folks.

And you can find out for yourself when the VOD out hits Highspots and Smart Mark Video.

Beyond Destination: Uncharted Territory (Feb. 24)

  1. Gabriel Skye over Alexander Thorne, Mantis, and Tristan Tye
  2. Chris Dickinson over Willow Nightingale (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  3. Jordynne Grace over Wheeler YUTA (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  4. Josh Briggs over Solo Darling (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Kris Statlander over David Starr (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  6. Chris Dickinson over Josh Briggs by disqualification (Treasure Hunt Tournament Semifinal Match)
  7. Kris Statlander over Jordynne Grace (Treasure Hunt Tournament Semifinal Match)
  8. Lisa Marie Varon over Anthony Greene
  9. Kris Statlander over Chris Dickinson (Treasure Hunt Tournament Finals)

Kris Statlander may be an alien entity, but she’s sure made herself at home in Beyond in a short time, and this tournament only cements that. To earn her Money in the Bank-style shot at the IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship, she beat not only self-proclaimed men’s Ace of Beyond David Starr, not only the arguable women’s Ace of Beyond, Jordynne Grace, but BOTH of them AND longtime stalwart Chris Dickinson! Hell of a path to carve, ma’am!

Check the footage out on IWTV, folks.

Progress Chapter 84: Eskeewd Beef! Have Anybody Got Any Bokkle Oran Doove? (Feb. 24)

  1. Mark Haskins over Do Not Resuscitate (Chuck Mambo & Spike Trivet) by disqualification (Handicap Match)
  2. Millie McKenzie over Bea Priestley
  3. Nina Samuels over Jinny to qualify for the Progress Women’s Championship match at SSS16
  4. Jordan Devlin over Travis Banks by disqualification
  5. Swords of Essex (Paul Robinson & Will Ospreay) (c) over Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) to retain the Progress World Tag Team Championship
  6. Trent Seven (c) over Timothy Thatcher to retain the Progress Atlas Division Championship
  7. WALTER (c) over Chris Ridgeway to retain the Progress World Championship

A night of title retentions for Progress but that doesn’t mean it was uneventful, no way! Jimmy Havoc returned to make the save on former partner Haskins after Drew Parker ran in for the finish and TK Cooper made a welcome return as well, reforming the South Pacific Power Trip with Travis Banks and newcomer NIWA. Plus, after the main event, Trent Seven made the challenge and now it’s official– it’ll be a title for title unification at Super Strong Style 16 between him and WALTER!

Check the VOD out when it hits Demand Progress, folks.

As always…

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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