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.
CZW Tournament of Death 18 (June 22, 2PM Eastern)
- Big F’n Joe vs. Casanova Valentine (Tournament of Death 18 First Round Bundles and Boards Deathmatch)
- Dan O’Hare vs. SHLAK (Tournament of Death 18 First Round Doors of Death Deathmatch)
- Conor Claxton vs. Jimmy Lyon (Tournament of Death 18 First Round Summer Funtime Deathmatch)
- Jimmy Lloyd vs. John Wayne Murdoch (Tournament of Death 18 First Round Shattered Dreams Panes of Glass Deathmatch)
- Murder By Kicks (Ken Broadway & Matt Travis) vs. the REP (Dave McCall & Nate Cater) (Home Run Derby Deathmatch)
- Mance Warner vs. Matt Tremont (Fans Bring the Weapons Deathmatch)
- Tournament of Death 18 Semifinals & Finals
Oh, it’s time to go get drunk in a field with a bunch of mutants while some of the best deathmatch wrestlers in the world bleed again, folks! CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey, and while this year’s lineup isn’t the most exciting ever (especially since Session Moth Martina got pulled), stalwarts Claxton and Lloyd are on hand for some good friendly violent fun, and with a name like Big F’n Joe, well…! Plus Mancer and Tremont doing ultraviolent battle in a fans bring the weapons match and it’s gonna be a good time.
Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits CZW Studios, folks.
Dropkick Depression The Calaway & Cannonball Birthday Extravaganza (June 22, 7PM Eastern)
- For the Future Showcase Match
- Apostles of Chaos (Chris Benne & Logan Black) vs. Brotein Pack (Mike C-way & TJ Blade)
- Billy Avery vs. Brandon Kirk vs. Katred vs. Mike Oridge vs. Prince Akkanatan vs. Stockade
- Breakfast Club (CPA & Francis Kip Stevens), Green Ant II, & Rex Lawless vs. Callux the Castigator, Corey Havoc, Jacob Tarasso, & the Whisper
- Hermit Crab vs. Mitch Vallen vs. Razerhawk vs. Tony Deppen
- Low Life Louie vs. UltraMantis Black
- Faye Jackson vs. Jeff Cannonball
- Hallowicked vs. Terra Calaway
Dropkick Depression are back in Old Bridge, New Jersey with the most packed card they’ve offered yet! Terra Calaway gets a dream match of hers in Hallowicked while she begins counting down the last six months of her career, Jeff Cannonball clashes with Faye Jackson, Louie Ramos gets UltraMantis, plus five undercard matches packed full of up-and-coming talent, AND it’s all to benefit the Old Bridge Animal Shelter?!
Get your tickets here or check it out when matches start hitting Dropkick Depression’s YouTube channel.
Alpha-1 Maximum Effort II (June 23, 2PM Eastern)
- Kody Lane vs. Steve Manders
- Eddy Only, “EZE” Eric Cairnie, & Steve Brown vs. Gregory Iron & Punk Rock Pussycats (Allie Kat & Jody Threat)
- Danny Adams & Mark Wheeler vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey & Veda Scott
- BMD (c) vs. VSK (A1 Zero Gravity Championship)
- Savage Society (Holden Albright & Terrell Kenneth) vs. Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey) (c) (A1 Tag Team Championship Oshawa Street Fight)
- Bear Bronson vs. Jake Parnell vs. Kobe Durst (c) (A1 Alpha Male Championship)
Alpha-1 kick off two consecutive weekends of pro wrestling action with a hell of a card coming to you from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. VSK makes his debut to challenge BMD for the Zero Gravity Championship, two great-looking intergender tags, a street fight for the tag titles, AND “All Ego” Ethan Page and Josh Alexander will be in action as the North!
Get your tickets at the door or check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks.
WrestleCircus Big Top Revival (June 23, 7PM Central)
- Alex Gracia & Will Allday vs. Anthony Greene & Scarlett Bordeaux
- Aerostar vs. Daga vs. Myron Reed vs. Teddy Hart
- Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) vs. Riegel Twins (Logan & Sterling Riegel) vs. the Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz) (c) (WC Big Top Tag Team Championship)
- Orange Cassidy vs. “Pretty” Peter Avalon
- Colin Delaney vs. Colt Cabana (c) (NWA National Heavyweight Championship)
- Dezmond Xavier vs. Jake Atlas vs. JT Dunn
- Gentleman Jervis (c) vs. Sami Callihan (WC Sideshow Championship)
- Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Tessa Blanchard (WC Ringmaster Championship)
WrestleCircus are back once again in Austin, Texas and again they’ve got another card of their proprietary over the (big) top wrestling excellence lined up for us all! After the results of the last show we’ve got new Sideshow and Ringmaster champions, and both Jervis and Scorpio have a time ahead of them if they want to keep their titles, plus a flyer vs. flyer vs. striker three-way, a Delaney/Cabana that could be anything from scientific grappling to the funniest thing this side of Toru Yano, and more!
Get your tickets here or check it out, as always, free for nothing on Twitch.
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Ashley Vox vs. Brandon Kirk
From the good folks up at Limitless in Maine, we’ve got a slice of intergender war for you. It’s Reel Catch vs. the Rogue, check it out!
Jody Threat vs. LuFisto
From the fine folks up at Smash in Canada, we have a slice of prime Canadian women’s action for you. LuFisto takes on Jody Threat, enjoy!
Juan Francisco de Coronado vs. Thomas Santell
And last but certainly not least, another Uncharted Territory (recaps resume with regularity next week, hopefully!) match for us from our friends over at Beyond Wrestling. The Ovaltine Dream Thomas Santell takes his old-school grappling charm one on one against former Chikara Grand Champion and Pride of Ecuador Juan Francisco de Coronado, don’t miss it!
H20 Super Clash (June 14)
- The Extricated (Aiden Baal, Bam Sullivan, & Mouse) over Chainsaw Tony, Low Life Louie, & Matt Tremont
- Aaron Williams over Alex Colon (Street Fight)
- Jimmy Lyon & Marc Angel (c) vs. Notorious, Inc. (Devon Moore & Drew Blood) went to a no-contest (H20 Tag Team Championship Chain Match)
- Ron Mathis (career) over Sean Henderson (hair) (Hair vs. Career Match)
- Danny Gallagher, Jimmy Lloyd, & Steve Sanders over the Organization (Brandon Kirk, Conor Claxton, & Kit Osbourne)
- Lucky 13 (c) over G-Raver to retain the H20 Championship
- Dan O’Hare over Jeff Cannonball, Mitch Vallen, and SHLAK (c) to win the H20 Hybrid Championship (No Rules Match)
- Chuck Payne over Dan O’Hare (c) to win the H20 Hybrid Championship
So this is a new one for Sermon– a show that I actually attended! This was a good one, folks, with the only match that was even kind of a letdown being the four-way. Meanwhile, the one-two-three of Mathis/Henderson, the Organization trios match (and keep an eye out especially on Sanders and Gallagher, who really impressed me in my first time seeing them), and 13/Raver were all really damn good matches.
Plus it was eventful, with both Notorious, Inc. and the Organization breaking up, Stockade making an appearance that resulted in him and G-Raver being set for a barbed wire cage match at Hustlepalooza next month, and the Hybrid title changing hands not once, but twice after a cocky O’Hare issued an open challenge right then and there that was answered by Payne.
Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks, and be sure to keep an eye out for yours truly and her pal Josie in the crowd!
AIW JT Lightning Invitational Tournament 2019 (June 14-15)
—Night One (June 14)—
- Lee Moriarty over Colin Delaney (JLIT First Round Match)
- Pat Buck over Hornswoggle (JLIT First Round Match)
- Joshua Bishop over Tre LaMar (JLIT First Round Match)
- Savio Vega over Maxwell Jacob Friedman (JLIT First Round Match)
- Mance Warner over Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham (JLIT First Round Relaxed Rules Match)
- KTB over Flip Kendrick (JLIT First Round Match)
- Marko Stunt over Tim Donst (JLIT First Round Match)
- Kid Kash over Louis Lyndon (JLIT First Round Match)
- Matthew Justice over Danhausen (JLIT First Round Relaxed Rules Match)
- Zach Thomas over Eddie Kingston (JLIT First Round Match)
- Nick Gage over AJ Gray (JLIT First Round Relaxed Rules Match)
- Dominic Garrini over Erick Stevens (JLIT First Round Match)
—Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament (June 15)—
- The Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only) over Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) over Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money) over Rip City Shooters (Joshua Bishop & Wes Barkley) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Fuck-It Rules Match)
- To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) over Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament First Round Match)
- ”Big” Twan Tucker over Steve Manders
- Dedication Personified (Brian Carson & Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham), Parker Pierce, & Tim Donst over Arthur McArthur, Chuck Stone, Eric Taylor, & Mikey Montgomery
- Tom Lawlor (c) over PB Smooth to retain the AIW Absolute Championship
- Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) over Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers & T-Money), The Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only), & To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (Chandler Biggins Memorial Tag Team Tournament Elimination Finals)
—Night Two (June 15)—
- Nick Gage over Dominic Garrini, Joshua Bishop, and Zach Thomas (JLIT Semifinal Match)
- Mance Warner over Lee Moriarty, Pat Buck, and Savio Vega (JLIT Semifinal Match)
- Matthew Justice over Kid Kash, KTB, and Marko Stunt (JLIT Semifinal Match)
- Eddie Kingston over Tim Donst
- To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (c) over Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon) to retain the AIW Tag Team Championship
- Allie Kat over CPA, Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham, Eric Taylor, Mikey Montgomery, and Steve Manders
- 40 Acres (AJ Gray, PB Smooth, & Tre LaMar) over the Production (Danhausen, Derek Director, & Eddy Only)
- Tom Lawlor (c) over Erick Stevens to retain the AIW Absolute Championship
- Matthew Justice over Mance Warner and Nick Gage (JLIT Finals)
A big tournament weekend in the books for AIW and there were some real shockers here, folks. Savio Vega proved he’s still got it going over MJF (and now he’s got MLW bookings coming up!) Kid Kash toppled AIW’s gatekeeper Louis Lyndon, and AIW trainee Zach Thomas came bursting out of the gates with a big win over Eddie Kingston, all on the way to Intense Champion Matthew Justice taking the whole deal home and securing a spot in the main event of Absolution for himself.
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.