Sermon on the Mat: Fear, loathing, and final acts

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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.

Coming soon…

CMLL Super Viernes (Nov. 30, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. El Gallego, Mr. Condor, & Rocky Santana vs. Super Muneco, Super Pinochio, & Super Raton
  2. Chamuel, Mije, & Perico Zakarias vs. El Gallito, El Guapito, & Microman
  3. Barbaro Cavernario & Los Ingobernables (El Terrible & Rush) vs. Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)
  4. El Felino, Mano Negra, & Solar vs. Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada, & Negro Navarro
  5. Caristico, Mistico II, & Volador, Jr. vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero) (c) (CMLL World Trios Championship)
  6. Atlantis, Blue Panther, & Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. vs. El Canek, Mascara Ano 2000, & Villano IV

CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico with your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and it’s legends night! Now, of course, some legends (Solar, Negro Navarro, Fuerza Guerrera) are closer to fighting shape than others (Rayo de Jalisco, Canek, Villano IV), but it’s always good fun when the old men come down for a night of graps! Plus two legitimate dynamite trios matches from the youngsters and a microstars match and this one’s gonna be a damn good time, folks.

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.

FIP In Full Force (Nov. 30, 9PM Eastern)

  1. Adrian Alanis vs. Matt Delray
  2. Joe Gacy vs. Sideshow
  3. Bryan Idol vs. Liam Gray
  4. Precipice (Chance Auren & Omar Amir) (c) vs. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) (ACW Tag Team Championship)
  5. Austin Theory vs. Leon Ruff
  6. Anthony Henry (c) vs. AR Fox (FIP World Heavyweight Championship)
  7. Jaka vs. JD Drake (c) (WWN Championship)

Full Impact Pro are back in Ybor City, Florida, and we’re getting the first WWN Championship defense in FIP since the days when Matt Riddle was champ! So Smooth Savage vs. New Age Enforcer should rule, as should Henry vs. Fox, plus we got Ducks on the card, always very welcome, and a ton of opportunities for Fox’s proteges in the Skulk!

Get your tickets here or check it out live, either as an individual purchase through WWNLive, or at no additional cost through your Club WWN subscription.

Alpha-1 Final Act IX (Dec. 2, 4PM Eastern)

  1. Bronson vs. Charles Blackwolf vs. Chris Logan vs. Eric Cairnie (c) vs. Gregory Iron vs. Holden Albright vs. JT Kirk vs. Mark Wheeler vs. PB Smooth vs. Steve Brown vs. Terrell Kenneth (A1 Outer Limits Championship Battle Royal)
  2. Anthony Greene vs. Cheech vs. Josh Briggs (c) vs. Paul London (A1 Zero Gravity Championship Elimination Match)
  3. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) vs. the Fraternity (Channing Decker & Trent Gibson) vs. Western Med Connection (Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham & Jim Nye) (A1 Tag Team Championship Ladder Match)
  4. Colt Cabana & “All Ego” Ethan Page vs. OGz (Eddie Kingston & Homicide)
  5. Rickey Shane Page vs. Stokely Hathaway (Grudge Match)
  6. Josh Alexander (c) vs. Kobe Durst (A1 Alpha Male Championship 60-Minute Iron Man Match)

Alpha-1 are back in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to close out their year and by god they’re doing it with a bang! Some stacked title matches on the undercard chock full of up-and-comers (and a few choice vets besides), but it’s the top three matches we’re real excited about here, folks. One of the all-time great ROH feuds comes to Canada as Cabana and Homicide meet in tag team action, the Diamond Tiger has sixty minutes to best the Walking Weapon if he wants to climb the mountain one more time, and Rickey Shane Page puts it all on the line against Stokely Hathaway– Big Stoke cannot be counted out or disqualified, but if RSP loses by any means, he’ll be fired from Alpha-1!

Find out how to get tickets here, or check the VOD out when it hits Powerbomb.tv, folks.

ICW Fear & Loathing XI (Dec. 2, 6PM GMT)

  1. Aaron Echo vs. Kenny Williams
  2. Bad Company (Krobar & Stevie James) vs. Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Fite Network (Krieger & Lou King Sharp) Jimmy Havoc & Mark Haskins vs. Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) vs. the Purge (Ashton Smith & Rampage Brown) (ICW Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders’ Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match)
  3. Joe Hendry vs. Mikey Whiplash
  4. Grado vs. James Storm
  5. Bad Company (BT Gunn & Wolfgang) & Noam Dar vs. British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, & Tyler Bate)
  6. Alpha/Evil (Bram & Iestyn Rees) vs. Kinky Party (Jack Jester & Sha Samuels) (c) (ICW Tag Team Championship)
  7. Joe Coffey vs. Mark Coffey (c) (ICW Zero-G Championship)
  8. Kay Lee Ray vs. Viper (c) (ICW Women’s World Championship Queen of Insanity Deathmatch)
  9. Jackie Polo (c) vs. Lionheart (ICW World Heavyweight Championship Title vs. Career Match)

It’s that time of the year again, folks, ICW are headed back to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland for one of the biggest indie shows in the UK! Lionheart puts his career on the line against Jackie “Just Justice” Polo’s world title, KLR and Viper get ready to murder each other, the Coffey bros explode, Noam Dar returns, Jeff Jarrett is special guest referee in Grado vs. Storm, plus a six-way TLC match that’s nigh-guaranteed to be absolutely bonkers?!

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits ICW On Demand, folks.

RPW Live at the Cockpit 35 (Dec. 2, 5:30PM GMT)

  1. Lord Gideon Grey vs. Shane Taylor
  2. CCK (Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham) vs. Team White Wolf (A-Kid & Carlos Romo)
  3. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER)
  4. Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Zoe Lucas (RPW British Women’s Championship)

RevPro are back in the Cockpit in London, England for their last Live at the Cockpit show of the year and what better way to go out than with two very hype tag team matches, a women’s title match, and Lord Gideon Grey getting turned into a fine paste at the hands of Shane Taylor?

Tickets are sold out, but you can check it out when it hits RPW on Demand as always, folks.

Free matches here!

Matt Cross vs. Myron Reed

From the good folks over at Canada’s Smash Wrestling, we’ve got a generational clash of the flyers. It’s M-Dogg 20 up against Hot Fire, check it out!

DJ Z vs. Trevor Lee

From the folks over at AAW in Chicago, we’ve got a battle of indie stalwarts and former X Division Champions. Hot off the presses from their All In weekend events just a few months ago, enjoy!

Todos Unidos por el Cuervo de Puerto Rico

And last but certainly not least, another full show from the fine folks over at +LuchaTV on YouTube and PALL, we’ve got the benefit show for Cuervo de Puerto Rico. As I write this, he’s just out of the hospital following Angel o Demonio’s despicable chucking of a cinder block at the back of his head. Don’t miss this one!

Results

NOVA Stay Gold, Pony Boy (Nov. 23)

  1. Lucas Calhoun over BLANK
  2. Lady Frost over Genesis
  3. Ryan Sasquatch over Bobby Shields by disqualification
  4. Steve Manders over Jake Parnell, Josh Fuller, Mack Buckler, and ??? (Elimination Scramble Match)
  5. Gator Pit (Alex Herzog, Ariela Nyx, Brian Johnson, “Big Beef” Jake Garvin, Mikey Banker, & Satu Jinn) over Capital Vices (Money & Sin), Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter), Isaiah Frazier, & Jordan Blade (Survivor Series Elimination Match)
  6. Jonathan Gresham over Breaux Keller
  7. Wheeler YUTA over Sage Philips
  8. Rain over Allie Kat (Triathlon Match)
  9. Shotzi Blackheart & Terra Calaway over Brittany Blake & Penelope Ford (Triathlon Match)
  10. Victor Benjamin over Arik Royal, Beau Crockett, Innocent Isaiah, Jaxon Stone, John Kermon, Kerry Awful, Kevin Ku, Lance Lude, Logan Easton LaRoux, Nick Iggy, Paul Jordane, Rob Killjoy, Teddy King, Travis Huckabee, and Tripp Cassidy (Torneo Cibernetico)

INNOCENT ISAIAH IS BACK! After fourteen months on the shelf, he was the mystery partner for Arik Royal’s team in the excellent main event cibernetico! Plus a game Frazier couldn’t overcome the odds against the Gator Pit but put in a tour-de-force trying, a pair of very fun singles, a rare clean sweep in a 2/3 falls match in the triathlon, and also in that main event, a breakout performance for Victor Benjamin as he was the MVP in terms of eliminations and last man standing for Logan Easton LaRoux’s team on the way to beating the Ace of the Mid-Atlantic, Arik Royal himself to win the match!

Check the VOD out on Powerbomb.tv, folks.

AAW Unstoppable (Nov. 24)

  1. Ace Romero over Stephen Wolf
  2. Fred Yehi over Mance Warner
  3. PACO over Deonn Rusman
  4. Jimmy Havoc & Josh Briggs over Darby Allin & Jessicka Havok
  5. WRSTLING (David Starr & Eddie Kingston) over Colt Cabana & Matt Sydal (WRSTLING Rules Match)
  6. ACH vs. Trevor Lee went to a 60-minute time limit draw
  7. Sami Callihan over Maxwell Jacob Friedman
  8. Curt Stallion & Jake Something over Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett)
  9. FireFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) (c) over Laredo Kid & Rey Horus to retain the AAW Tag Team Championship
  10. Kylie Rae over Kimber Lee (c) to win the AAW Women’s Championship

It ain’t every night on the indies you get a 60-minute draw, but by god ACH and Trevor Lee did it! Plus a new AAW Women’s Champion, a big upset win over the Besties for Stallion and Something, and MJF’s last match until his busted elbow heals up.

Check the VOD out when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.

Chikara Cibernetico – 7 Man Army (Nov. 24)

  1. Ophidian over Tony Deppen
  2. Axel Ford & Lucas Calhoun over Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab
  3. Travis Huckabee over Razerhawk
  4. The Colony (Fire, Green II, & Thief Ants) over Proteus Wheel (Callux the Castigator, Frantik, & Volgar)
  5. Chris Dickinson over Alex Reynolds, Boomer Hatfield, Brian Milonas, Cam Zagami, Dasher Hatfield, Hallowicked, Icarus, John Silver, Juan Francisco de Coronado, Nick Gage, Ryan Galeone, Proletariat Boar of Moldova, UltraMantis Black (Torneo Cibernetico)

A world-first, as Chris Dickinson lead his Beyond squad to victory and defeated Chikara team captain Dasher Hatfield in singles combat to close the cibernetico out, the first time a non-Chikara wrestler has ever stood tall in that trademark match! And oh what a match it was, featuring everything from Ryan Galeone one-arm press slamming Boomer to the floor to Nick Gage cutting the Boar’s tail off!

Plus Huckabee and Razerhawk had a hell of a match, Ophidian earned his third point towards a shot at the Grand Championship, and Volgar’s raw strength came to bear when he at one point shouldered ALL THREE of the Colony and took them for a spin.

Check it out on VOD at Chikaratopia or Powerbomb.tv, folks.

Beyond TFT (Nov. 24-25)

—Night One (Nov. 24)—

  1. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) over Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  2. Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) over Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  3. Milk Chocolate (Brandon Watts & Randy Summers) over Mike Verna & Rex Lawless (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  4. Viking War Party (Alex Herzog & Jake Parnell) over American Strong (Jay Freddie & Rory Gulak) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  5. Stokely Hathaway over Orange Cassidy
  6. Brian Milonas & Cam Zagami over No New Friends (Danny Adams & Kevin Lee Davidson) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  7. Massage Force (DG Graves & VSK) over Shook Crew (Bryce Donovan & Max Caster) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  8. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) over Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)
  9. Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA) over Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) (TFT 2018 First Round Match)

—Night Two (Nov. 25)—

  1. Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) over Brian Milonas & Cam Zagami (TFT 2018 Quarterfinal Match)
  2. Viking War Party (Alex Herzog & Jake Parnell) over Massage Force (DG Graves & VSK) (TFT 2018 Quarterfinal Match)
  3. Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA) over Team FIST (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee) (TFT 2018 Quarterfinal Match)
  4. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) over Mike Verna & Rex Lawless (TFT 2018 Quarterfinal Match)
  5. Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) over OGz (Eddie Kingston & Homicide)
  6. Stokely Hathaway over Colt Cabana
  7. Skylar over Karen Q
  8. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) over Viking War Party (Alex Herzog & Jake Parnell) (TFT 2018 Semifinal Match)
  9. Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA) over Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) (TFT 2018 Semifinal Match)
  10. Orange Cassidy over David Starr to become #1 contender to the Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship
  11. Anthony Greene over Coach Mammone
  12. Thomas Sharp over Jonathan Gresham
  13. Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) over Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler YUTA) (TFT 2018 Finals)
  14. EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) over Massage Force (DG Graves & VSK)

Folks, if you ever take just one match recommendation from me, let it be this– Starr/Cassidy is absolutely incredible. Match of the Year quality. Like someone wondered “what if Rocky was a snuff film and also a pro wrestling match”, just a pure violent tornado of excellence as Orange never said die nor abandoned his, uh… unique wrestling style. Fan-tastic stuff. Plus, y’know, the tag tournament was pretty cool, as were both of Stoke’s matches and the ending of night one, an absolutely trippy experience as Hallowicked clawed at Hot Sauce’s eyes to challenge him to an eventual title match.

Check the VODs out on Powerbomb.tv, folks.

Progress Chapter 79: One Big Neck With Sausage Hands. (Nov. 26)

  1. Jordan Devlin over Mark Andrews
  2. Jinny & Laura Di Matteo over Charlie Morgan & Nina Samuels
  3. Jordynne Grace over Isla Dawn
  4. Trent Seven (c) over Kyle Fletcher to retain the Progress Atlas Division Championship
  5. Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos, Jr.) over Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry)
  6. Eddie Dennis over Mark Haskins
  7. Travis Banks over David Starr

The big news coming out of this one is the formation of a brand-spanking new heel stable in the Progress tradition, as, while Jimmy Havoc beat Drew Parker down before the bell in their scheduled match that never actually got started until Spike Trivet made the save. Parker and Trivet were soon enough joined by Chuck Mambo (I know, I’m shocked also) and William Eaver, and bingo, new faction. All four men also beat Dennis and Haskins down after their match, to boot.

Check it 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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