Sermon on the Mat: Redemption is your word of the week

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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…

MLW Fightland (Nov. 8, 7PM Central)

  1. Kotto Brazil vs. Trey Miguel
  2. Brody King vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet (No Disqualification Match)
  3. Puma King vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Flag Match)
  4. Ace Austin vs. Myron Reed
  5. Ace Romero vs. Marko Stunt
  6. Jason Cade vs. Teddy Hart
  7. Sami Callihan vs. Tom Lawlor (Chicago Street Fight)
  8. Dirty Blondes (Leo Brien & Michael Patrick) vs. Hornswoggle & Joey Ryan
  9. Brian Pillman, Jr. vs Tommy Dreamer
  10. Rush vs. Sammy Guevara
  11. Low-Ki (c) vs. Shane Strickland (MLW World Heavyweight Championship)
  12. El Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagon, Jr. & Rey Fenix) (c) (MLW World Tag Team Championship)

MLW are headed to Chicago, Illinois with a big, big card. Brody King vs. PCO in a no DQ match, MJF getting patriotic against Puma King, Gringo Loco making his debut in an unannounced bonus match, two big big title matches as the King of Swerve gets his rematch and the Lucha Brothers take on LA Park and his son (which, given rumors surrounding the bros, feels like one to watch the results of!), plus CMLL’s Rush makes his debut?! You know that’s a hell of a show without seeing a second of footage, folks.

Get your tickets here or check it out when it airs as episodes of MLW Fusion, whether on BeIN Sports or MLW’s YouTube channel.

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

  1. Arkalis & Principe Diamante vs. El Coyote & Grako
  2. Esfinge, Titan, & Triton vs. Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo, Jr. & Polvora) & Virus
  3. Hechicero & Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero & Sanson) vs. Kraneo, Stuka, Jr., & Volcano
  4. Forastero vs. Soberano, Jr. (Lightning Match)
  5. Diamante Azul, El Valiente, & Mistico vs. Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero, & Ultimo Guerrero)
  6. Angel de Oro, Caristico, & Volador, Jr. vs. Barbaro Cavernario & Los Ingobernables (El Terrible & Rush)

CMLL are back in the legendary Arena Mexico for your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and this is a great looking show, folks. Every last one of these trios matches should be hot, plus two of CMLL’s young guns in a lightning match? Sign me up!

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.

NEW Redemption (Nov. 9, 8PM Eastern)

  1. Christian Casanova vs. Hale Collins vs. “Manscout” Jake Manning vs. JT Dunn vs. Keith Youngblood vs. Wrecking Ball Legursky (Grab for the Gold Ladder Match)
  2. Karen Q vs. Katie Forbes
  3. Brian Anthony vs. Jerry “the King” Lawler (No Disqualification Match)
  4. Jack Swagger vs. Rob Van Dam
  5. Darby Allin vs. Penta el Zero M
  6. Kenny Omega vs. Rey Fenix
  7. ”Big Bacon” Brad Hollister (c) vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet (NEW Heavyweight Championship)

NEW are in Poughkeepsie, New York and this one has a lot going for it, but y’all know it’s about one match and one match alone. At ALL IN, Kenny Omega defeated Penta, and now he’s got his chance at the other half of the Lucha Brothers, Rey Fenix!

Best of all, this one is streaming LIVE on Highspots Wrestling Network!

Get your tickets here or check the live stream out, folks.

RPW Uprising 2018 (Nov. 9, 7PM GMT)

  1. “Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. MK McKinnan
  2. Chris Brookes vs. Taichi
  3. El Desperado vs. El Phantasmo
  4. Satoshi Kojima vs. WALTER
  5. Chris Ridgeway vs. Josh Bodom
  6. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.) (c) (RPW British Tag Team Championship)
  7. David Starr vs. Tomohiro Ishii (c) (RPW British Heavyweight Championship)

RevPro are back in London’s York Hall and they’ve got a gaggle of New Japan talent in once again. Aussie Open look to unseat Suzuki-gun, ELP takes on Despy in a match that could have cruiserweight championship implications, the Captain of Bread Club collides with the Ring General, and in your main event, the most exciting match of the evening… It’s Champion vs. Champion as the King of Taunts looks to add to his collection of gold by defeating the Stone Pitbull!

Get your tickets here or check it out on RPW On Demand, folks.

AAW Legacy (Nov. 10, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Allie Kat vs. Quinn McKay
  2. Bucky Collins & the Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Kody Rice, Mike Hartenbower, & PACO
  3. Ace Romero & Marko Stunt vs. Curt Stallion & Jake Something
  4. Eddie Kingston vs. Mance Warner
  5. Allysin Kay vs. Kylie Rae
  6. DJ Z vs. Myron Reed vs. Trey Miguel (AAW Heritage Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
  7. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
  8. Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee (c) (AAW Heritage Championship 2/3 Falls Match)
  9. Brody King & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Death Machines (Jessicka Havok & Sami Callihan)

AAW are back in LaSalle, Illinois and from the bottom of the card to the top we’ve got a lot of good stuff going on here this week. Eddie Kingston takes on a debuting Mancer, AK-47 gets plucky young Kylie Rae, and a pair of absolutely dynamite tag team matches on the top half of the card in Lucha Bros vs. Rascalz and King & Jacobs vs. Death Machines, which boy howdy that’ll be a brawl, won’t it?

Get your tickets here or check it out when it hits Highspots and Smart Mark Video, folks.

Chikara Don’t Go to Sleep! (Nov. 10, 3PM Eastern)

  1. Hype Rockwell vs. Proletariat Boar of Moldova
  2. Boomer Hatfield, Solo Darling, & Xyberhawx2000 (Danjerhawk & Razerhawk) vs. Cornelius Crummels, Hallowicked, & Team FIST (Travis Huckabee & Tony Deppen)
  3. Callux the Castigator vs. Fire Ant
  4. Ophidian vs. Rory Gulak
  5. Lucas Calhoun vs. Missile Assault Man
  6. Blanche Babish & Jeremy Leary vs. Creatures of the Deep (Cajun Crawdad & Hermit Crab) vs. Nouveau Aesthetic (BLANK & Still Life With Apricot and Pears) vs. the Colony (Green II & Thief Ants) (Elimination Match)
  7. Dasher Hatfield (c) vs. the Whisper (Interim Chikara Grand Championship)

Chikara are back in the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and while the tag title match for the season finale is already set thanks to last month’s Loteria Letal, the eliminator here could result in whoever wins at the finale immediately having contenders on them, if we get a clean sweep. Plus Calhoun thinks he can fix Missile Assault Man and recruit him to his fight against Nicodemus, Hatfield defends against one of the challengers for the tag titles at the finale, and the Boar of War gets a chance to avenge Rockwell’s turn on his Beast Warriors partner Oleg in singles action.

Get your tickets here or check it out live on Chikaratopia and Powerbomb.tv, which will now be simulcasting Chikara’s shows and has been adding a bunch of material from seasons past to their archives!

CZW Night of Infamy (Nov. 10, 7PM Eastern)

  1. Gary Jay vs. Kobe Durst
  2. Anthony Greene vs. Space Monkey
  3. Officer Dan O’Hare & Jimmy Lloyd vs. the Office (Brandon Kirk & Conor Claxton)
  4. Alex Reynolds & Tim Donst vs. Desean Pratt & Joe Gacy
  5. ”All Ego” Ethan Page vs. John Silver
  6. Masada vs. Rickey Shane Page
  7. Andrew Everett vs. Jordan Oliver (c) (CZW Wired Championship)

CZW are back in Voorhees, New Jersey with a trio of tough singles challenges for several of their top stars. John Silver takes on All Ego, RSP has got the mighty Masada, and up-and-comer Jordan Oliver defends his Wired Championship against Andrew Everett. Plus, CZW World Tag Team Champions BLKOUT have an open challenge!

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

OTT Redemption (Nov. 10, 7PM IST)

  1. Club Tropicana (Aidan Epic & Captain Sexsea) vs. Lads From the Flats (Paddy M & Workie)
  2. Scotty Davis vs. Tyler Bate
  3. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) & Travis Banks vs. More Than Hype (Darren Kearney, LJ Cleary, & Nathan Martin)
  4. Dan Barry vs. Trent Seven
  5. Angel Cruz vs. Jimmy Havoc
  6. B Cool vs. Justy
  7. Lana Austin vs. Raven Creed (c) (OTT Women’s Championship)
  8. David Starr & Jordan Devlin vs. Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER)

OTT are back in Dublin, Ireland, and that’s a hell of a tag team dream match main event, ain’t it? Devlin and Starr have had separate issues with both members of Ringkampf, and now they coolide in tag form! Plus a match that will either be hilarious, excellent, or hilariously excellent in Barry vs. Seven, B Cool and Justy finally lay their issue to rest, and women’s champion Raven Creed makes her first title defense.

Get your tickets here or check it out on OTT on Demand, folks.

EVE SHE-1 2018 (Nov. 10-11)

—Show One (Nov. 10, 3:30PM GMT)—

  1. Jamie Hayter vs. Madison Eagles (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  2. Millie McKenzie vs. Viper (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  3. Charli Evans vs. Kasey (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  4. Kris Wolf vs. Rhia O’Reilly (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  5. Command Bolshoi vs. Jetta (SHE-1 Block C Match)
  6. Jinny vs. Toni Storm (SHE-1 Block C Match)

—Show Two (Nov. 10, 8PM GMT)—

  1. Jamie Hayter vs. Millie McKenzie (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  2. Madison Eagles vs. Viper (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  3. Kasey vs. Rhia O’Reilly (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  4. Charli Evans vs. Kris Wolf (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  5. Jetta vs. Toni Storm (SHE-1 Block C Match)
  6. Command Bolshoi vs. Jinny (SHE-1 Block C Match)

—Show Three (Nov. 11, 2:30PM GMT)—

  1. Madison Eagles vs. Millie McKenzie (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  2. Jamie Hayter vs. Viper (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  3. Charli Evans vs. Rhia O’Reilly (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  4. Kasey vs. Kris Wolf (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  5. Jetta vs. Jinny (SHE-1 Block C Match)
  6. Command Bolshoi vs. Toni Storm (SHE-1 Block C Match)

—Show Four (Nov. 11, 6:30PM GMT)—

  1. Charlie Morgan (c) vs. Kay Lee Ray (EVE Championship Match)
  2. Block A Winner vs. Block B Winner vs. Block C Winner (SHE-1 Tournament Finals)

Just like the name implies, EVE are bringing round robin tournament action to the Resistance Gallery in London, England! Three blocks of four women each will square off in round robin action, the winners of each block meeting in a triple threat final on show number four! And with a field featuring a who’s who of top women’s talent from Madison Eagles to Toni Storm to no less than Japan’s own Command Bolshoi, how can it be anything less than grappling heaven?

Tickets are largely sold out as I write this, but you can check here for availability and check the shows out on EVE On Demand soon regardless.

Glory Pro Fear of the Dark (Nov. 11, 3PM Central)

  1. Alpha Omega (Camaro Jackson & Kenny Alfonso) vs. #NoNewFriends (Danny Adams & Mike Outlaw)
  2. Kobe Durst vs. Tyler Colton
  3. Brody King vs. Kevin Lee Davidson
  4. AJ Gray vs. Brian Pillman, Jr. vs. Clayton Gainz vs. Kevin Ku
  5. Air Wolf vs. Zachary Wentz
  6. Jake Something vs. PACO
  7. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Myron Reed & Stephen Wolf (c) (United Glory Tag Team Championship)
  8. Jake Parnell vs. Puma King
  9. Curt Stallion (c) vs. DJ Z (Crown of Glory Championship)

Glory Pro are back in Collinsville, Illinois and they’ve got their usual mix of exciting up-and-comers and well-established stars on display. Especially of note here are the HOSS FIGHT between King and KLD, Wolf vs. Wentz, which should be pyrotechnical as all hell, Parnell vs. Puma in the eternal battle of feline vs. equine, and our two title matches.

Get your tickets here or check it out LIVE for the first time on Powerbomb.tv, folks.

Progress Chapter 78: 24 Hour Progress People (Nov. 11)

  1. Isla Dawn vs. Lana Austin
  2. Eddie Dennis vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey
  3. Chris Ridgeway vs. Jordan Devlin
  4. David Starr vs. Ilja Dragunov
  5. Trent Seven (c) vs. ??? (Progress Atlas Division Championship Open Challenge)
  6. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (c) vs. Chris Brookes & Timothy Thatcher (Progress World Tag Team Championship)
  7. Mark Haskins vs. WALTER (c) (Progress World Championship)

Progress are back in Manchester, England and “Speedball” Mike Bailey makes his debut! He’s got a tall challenge ahead of him, literally, as he’s up against Eddie Dennis. Ilja Dragunov returns against the King of Taunts, Trent Seven has another open challenge for his title, Aussie Open face a team that beat them back in the Thunderbastard Series, and Mark Haskins attempts to lay claim to the title he never lost, one on one with the Ring General!

Tickets, as always with main-series Progress chapter shows, are long since sold out, but you can have a crack at the official ticket resale site or just wait for it to go up on Demand Progress with the rest of us schlubs.

Free matches here!

Monday Night Mixtape: Volume 2

Courtesy of the good folks at Powerbomb.tv, for the last couple weeks they’ve been streaming alternative wrestling content every Monday night for those of us who can’t face turning Raw on again, and since they’ve been making them available free on YouTube, it’s a natural choice to share with y’all, folks! Check it out!

The Crash VII Aniversario

From the fine folks over at +LuchaTV, we’ve got a full show for you, folks. The Crash’s seventh anniversary show, featuring everybody from Shane Strickland to Tessa Blanchard to the Lucha Brothers to the new Dinamitas to Willie Mack to Barbaro Cavernario and headlined by a hair vs. hair match between Bestia 666 and Garza, Jr., it’s fresh off the presses from this past weekend, check it out!

…but I can’t embed it, so you’ll have to settle for a link, folks.

Chris Hero vs. Matt Riddle

And last but not least, a blast from the past from the folks over at the World Wrestling Network that’s very relevant to current happenings on NXT. Riddle and Hero meet at Evolve 71, it’s a hell of a match, don’t miss it!

Results

Shine 54 (Nov. 2)

  1. Avery Taylor over Red Velvett
  2. Dynamite DiDi over Jordynne Grace, Rocky Radley, and Violet Payne
  3. Kiera Hogan over Amber Nova
  4. Dementia D’Rose over Aerial Monroe
  5. Brandi Lauren & Jenna over Rainbow Bright (Gabby Gilbert & Luscious Latasha)
  6. Su Yung over Stormie Lee
  7. Santana Garrett over Priscilla Kelly (Ybor City Street Fight)
  8. Aja Perera over Candy Cartwright (c) to win the Shine Nova Championship
  9. Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa) (c) over Las Sicarias (Ivelisse & Mercedes Martinez) to retain the Shine Tag Team Championship
  10. Allysin Kay (c) over LuFisto to retain the Shine Championship

Shine returned to Ybor City and we got one title change as Aja Perera became the third Shine Nova Champion, but the Wounded Owl could not reclaim her title. Oh, she tried, in a match that saw both women brawl all around the Orpheum in that most visceral Shine fashion, but it wasn’t her day. And indeed, it got even worse, because her partner in Team PAWG and protege, Jordynne Grace, turned on her and choked her out! Should make for a hell of a feud, folks.

Check the VOD out on WWNLive, either as an individual purchase or at no additional charge through your Club WWN subscription.

AIW Rubber City Wrestlecon (Nov. 3)

  1. Allysin Kay over Faye Jackson
  2. Zach Thomas over Bobby Beverly, Danhausen, Pat Monix, TKD, and Wheeler YUTA (Scramble Match)
  3. Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham over Shark Boy
  4. ”Cowboy” Bob Orton & Twins (Hornswoggle & PB Smooth) over #DukeMoney (Jock Samson, Mance Warner, & the Duke)
  5. Weird World Experience (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar, Evan “Weird Body Adams, Marino Tenaglia, & Philly Collins) over the Production (Derek Director, Eddy Only, Frankie Flynn, & Magnum CK)
  6. Tim Donst (c) over Matthew Justice by disqualification to retain the AIW Intense Championship
  7. Eddie Kingston over Dominic Garrini
  8. No Consquences (Chase Oliver & Tre LaMar) over Z & E (Andrew Everett & DJ Z)
  9. ”Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) over Joshua Bishop to retain the AIW Absolute Championship

Yes, folks, your eyes do not deceive you. “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Randy Orton’s dad himself, in the flesh, wasn’t just at the convention AIW ran, he teamed with former tag champs Twins in a trios victory over #DukeMoney! Plus, never question John Thorne’s skill as a booker, because when he was informed that Gillberg would be missing the show due to food poisoning, he was right on it, swapping Shark Boy in as Dr. Dan’s opponent for a very satisfying replacement.

Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks.

BLP Big Trouble in Little Crown Point (Nov. 3)

  1. Jake Parnell over Darby Allin
  2. Allie Kat over Kylie Rae
  3. Pierre Carl Ouellet over Dasher Hatfield
  4. Kevin Ku over Gary Jay
  5. No New Friends (Danny Adams & Mike Outlaw) over Five Foot Pack Hunters (Jake Lander & Sage Philips), the Riegel Twins (Logan & Sterling Riegel), and Space Pirates (Shane Sabre & Space Monkey)
  6. Bryan Alvarez over Marko Stunt
  7. Puma King over Gringo Loco
  8. Jeremy Wyatt over Markus Crane
  9. Kobe Durst (c) over Rory Gulak to retain the BLP Indiana State Championship
  10. ”All Ego” Ethan Page over Jordynne Grace (c) to win the BLP Heavyweight Championship

It took him a wild brawl around the entire arena to do it, but All Ego at last beat Jordynne Grace for the BLP title! With his protege Kobe Durst retaining the BLP Indiana State Championship, Black Label’s looking mighty… Alpha… these days. Plus Alvarez and Stunt absolutely destroyed each other with chops, running red and raw by the end of the match.

Check the VOD out on Powerbomb.tv, 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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