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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 (Feb. 22, 9:30PM Eastern)

  1. Arkalis & Magnus vs. Hijo del Signo & Metalico
  2. Drone, Fuego, & Pegasso vs. El Sagrado, Misterioso, Jr., & Virus
  3. El Felino, Hechicero, & Shocker vs. Gorillas del Ring (Kraneo & Volcano) & Stuka, Jr.
  4. Barbaro Cavernario vs. Titan (Lightning Match)
  5. Angel de Oro, Diamante Azul, & Niebla Roja vs. Gilbert el Boricua & Los Ingobernables (Bestia del Ring & El Terrible)
  6. Caristico, Mistico II, & Volador, Jr. vs. Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson)

CMLL are back in Mexico City’s legendary Arena Mexico with your weekly Friday night dose of lucha libre action and I gotta say this looks like an excellent show, folks. The main event should rule, the co-main should be really good as long as Terrible doesn’t accidentally expose Niebla Roja’s, uh, little lagunero again, and that relampago between Cavernario and Titan?! Beautiful!

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.

AAW The Art of War (Feb. 23, 7:30PM Central)

  1. Ace Romero, PACO, & Rich Swann vs. the Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, & Zachary Wentz)
  2. Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara
  3. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mance Warner
  4. DJ Z (c) vs. Jody Fleisch (AAW Heritage Championship)
  5. Kylie Rae (c) vs. Su Yung (AAW Women’s Championship)
  6. FiyahFox (AR Fox & Myron Reed) vs. LAX (Angel Ortiz & Mike “Santana” Draztik) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) (c) (AAW Tag Team Championship)

AAW are back in Chicago, Illinois and my word that is a hell of a triple threat for the tag titles! Plus Su and Kylie throw down, DJZ defends against UK legend Jody Fleisch, Mancer gets to put hands on the Zombie Princess, and more!

Tickets are sold out, but you can catch this one, as ever, when it hits Highspots and Smart Mark Video.

AIW Hail to the King, Baby (Feb. 23, 7:30PM Eastern)

  1. Danhausen AD vs. Takeshi Minamino vs. Wes Barkley vs. Zach Thomas
  2. Louis Lyndon vs. TKD
  3. Britt Baker vs. Tasha Steelz
  4. Dr. Daniel C Rockingham, Party Never Stops (Parker Pierce & “Big” Twan Tucker), & the Duke vs. Kikutaro, Ryder Reid, & Weird World (Alex “Worldwide” Kellar & Evan “Weird Body” Adams)
  5. Philly-Marino Experience (Marino Tenaglia & Philly Collins) vs. the Production (Derek Director & Eddy Only) vs. Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan)
  6. Joshua Bishop vs. Tom Lawlor
  7. Dominic Garrini vs. Kevin Thorn
  8. Matthew Justice (c) vs. Tre LaMar vs. Wheeler YUTA (AIW Intense Championship)
  9. PB Smooth vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams (c) (AIW Absolute Championship)

AIW are back in Akron, Ohio, and the feud between Bishop and Garrini is heating up, as they’ve both hand-selected big name opponents for each other! Plus a wild eight-man, Hot Sauce defending against a giant, and more! Including, an appearance from legendary 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Harley Race!

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

WWR Widowmaker (Feb. 23, 2PM Eastern)

  1. Karissa Rivera vs. Sonya Strong
  2. BCAD (Harlow O’Hara & Terra Calaway) vs. Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo)
  3. Leyla Hirsch vs. Maria Manic
  4. Allysin Kay vs. Skylar
  5. Allie Kat & Veda Scott vs. Bird and the Bee (Solo Darling & Willow Nightingale)
  6. Kris Statlander vs. Lisa Marie Varon

WWR Pro are back in the NYWC Sportatorium in Deer Park, New York, and they’ve got a big debut lined up– Victoria! She takes on the alien being known as Kris Statlander in the main event, plus we’ve got a big time predator/prey tag team pitting cats against the creatures of the air, as well as Skylar testing her mettle against the AK-47.

Get your tickets here or check it out live on IWTV, folks.

Beyond Destination: Uncharted Territory (Feb. 24, 4PM Eastern)

  1. Jordynne Grace vs. Wheeler YUTA (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  2. Josh Briggs vs. Solo Darling (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  3. Chris Dickinson vs. Willow Nightingale (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  4. David Starr vs. Kris Statlander (Treasure Hunt Tournament First Round Match)
  5. Anthony Greene vs. Lisa Marie Varon
  6. Treasure Hunt Tournament Semifinals & Finals

Beyond have just one last pit stop on the way to their brand-spanking new streaming series Uncharted Territory, and here we are! A one-night, eight-person intergender tournament to crown a #1 contender to Orange Cassidy’s IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship! Plus, the retrosexual goes one on one with Victoria in her Beyond Wrestling debut!

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

Glory Pro Anniversary: Phoenix Rising (Feb. 24, 4PM Eastern)

  1. Hakim Zane vs. Mike Outlaw
  2. Allie Kat vs. Jody Threat
  3. Jake Lander vs. Sheldon Jean
  4. Four Star Heroes (Chris Castro & Matt Knicks) vs. No New Friends (Danny Adams & Kevin Lee Davidson)
  5. Seishin vs. Su Yung
  6. AJ Gray vs. Jake Parnell vs. Jake Something vs. O’Shay Edwards
  7. Eddie Kingston vs. PACO (2/3 Falls Match)
  8. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) (c) vs. Myron Reed & Stephen Wolf (United Glory Championship)
  9. Curt Stallion (c) vs. Jody Fleisch (Crown of Glory Championship)

Glory Pro celebrates its second anniversary in Collinsville, Illinois, and just like when they brought Tetsuya Naito in last year, they’re bringing another big international name in, as UK indie legend Jody Fleisch challenges Curt Stallion for the Crown of Glory! Plus Chicago’s own Four Star Heroes challenge homegrown tag No New Friends, Kingston and PACO come to the rubber match, and Reed & Wolf get a chance to reclaim the tag titles from the Besties.

Get your tickets here or check it out live on IWTV, folks.

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

  1. Jinny vs. Nina Samuels
  2. Do Not Resuscitate (Chuck Mambo & Spike Trivet) vs. Mark Andrews & Mark Haskins
  3. Bea Priestley vs. Millie McKenzie
  4. Jordan Devlin vs. Travis Banks
  5. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs. Swords of Essex (Paul Robinson & Will Ospreay) (c) (Progress World Tag Team Championship)
  6. Trent Seven vs. ??? (Progress Atlas Division Championship Open Challenge)
  7. Chris Ridgeway vs. WALTER (c) (Progress World Championship)

Progress are back in London, England and wooo this card! Ridgeway/WALTER alone gets me excited, but Aussie Open getting their rematch? Devlin and Banks bringing their NXT UK feud to the home territory? Two women’s matches?! It’s enough that I can excuse the somewhat dodgy chapter title this once, my friends.

Tickets are, of course, sold out, but you can try your luck on the official ticket resale site here or just wait for it to go up on Demand Progress with the rest of us schlubs.

Free matches here!

Chris Hero vs. Jonathan Gresham

From the good people over at Beyond, we’ve got an instant classic on our hands, folks. One of the most underrated and underused wrestlers of our era takes on the arguable indie GOAT, check it out!

Ashley Vox vs. Kris Statlander

From the good folks up at Limitless Wrestling in Maine, we’ve got some high-octane UNSANCTIONED women’s action for you to check out! It’s outer space vs. the mighty ocean, don’t miss it!

Joe Gacy vs. Stockade

And last but not least, we’ve got a freebie from our friends at Dropkick Depression, who ran a social media campaign yesterday called Break the Silence, where a lot of folks, including yours truly, opened up about their mental issues to try and break down the stigma surrounding them in our society. So go ahead and watch the match, hop on their Twitter and read some testimonials, and remember, y’all: No matter what you’re going through, you’re not alone.


NOVA Pro Ain’t That a Kick in the Head (Feb. 15)

  1. J Money over Alexander Dean
  2. Jeff Cannonball over Mack Buckler
  3. Shotzi Blackheart over Eddy Only, Innocent Isaiah, John Kermon, Mikey Banker, and Steve Manders to qualify for the Men’s Commonwealth Cup
  4. Sage Philips (c) over Isaiah Frazier to retain the Crux Tri-State Championship
  5. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) over Gator Pit (“Big Beef” Jake Garvin & Satu Jinn)
  6. Anthony Greene over Tim Donst to qualify for the Men’s Commonwealth Cup
  7. Harlow O’Hara over Joey Ryan
  8. Kris Statlander over Veda Scott
  9. Sadkampf (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) over Arik Royal & Victor Benjamin
  10. Breaux Keller over Bobby Shields
  11. Allie Kat over Terra Calaway
  12. Alexander James over Logan Easton LaRoux

First off, a tip of the hat to my man Duke (follow him on Twitter!) for providing these results and further details on how the show went down. So, the big news coming out of this bad boy, roughly in order of appearance– Shotzi Blackheart earned a spot in the Men’s Commonwealth Cup (unless she didn’t, seeing as she was subbing for Tripp Cassidy; the status of the spot is yet to be resolved), Jeff Cannonball joined the Gator Pit after costing Donst HIS spot in the cup, O’Hara beat Ryan by splashing holy water on his gentleman’s area, rendering it (relatively speaking) impotent, and after James earned his roster spot back in the main event, the battle lines were drawn, as Sadkampf came to LaRoux’s aid and Frazier to Alexander’s!

Check the VOD out when it hits IWTV, folks.

Evolve 121 / 122 (Feb. 15 / 16)

—Evolve 121 (Feb. 15)—

  1. Josh Briggs over Curt Stallion
  2. Joe Gacy over Trey Williams
  3. JD Drake over Harlem Bravado
  4. Aja Perera (c) over Priscilla Kelly to retain the Shine Nova Championship.
  5. Anthony Henry over Eddie Kingston by disqualification
  6. Austin Theory (c) over Darby Allin to retain the Evolve World Championship
  7. Leon Ruff over Adrian Alanis, Damyan Tangra, Kavron Kanyon, Liam Gray, and Takuri (Scramble Match)
  8. Adam Cole over Shane Strickland
  9. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (c) over AR Fox & DJ Z to retain the Evolve Tag Team Championship

—Evolve 122 (Feb. 16)—

  1. Harlem Bravado over Curt Stallion
  2. Josh Briggs over DJ Z
  3. Joe Gacy over Colby Corino, Leon Ruff, and Slim J
  4. Shane Strickland over AR Fox
  5. Austin Theory (c) over Anthony Henry to retain the Evolve World Championship
  6. Angelo Dawkins over Eddie Kingston by disqualification
  7. JD Drake (c) over Montez Ford to retain the WWN Championship
  8. Adam Cole over Darby Allin

As always with Evolve I’ll just direct you to my recaps (121 here, 122 here) and keep it short and sweet here. The big story coming out of this one is Eddie Kingston’s new group, the Unwanted, comprising himself, Colby Corino, Joe Gacy, and Shane Strickland, as well as Priscilla Kelly offering Darby Allin the key to finally putting Austin Theory away once and for all.

Check the VOD out on WWNLive, whether as an individual purchase or at no additional cost as part of your Club WWN subscription, folks.

PWX Battlefield X (Feb. 16)

  1. Yahya over Bobby Ballantyne, Josh Powers, and Patrick Scott to qualify for Battlefield X
  2. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) over International Superstars (Blanco Loco & Joey Ozbourne)
  3. Slim J over DJ Z
  4. Revolt! (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley) (c) over WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & James D. Drake) to retain the PWX World Tag Team Championship
  5. Elijah Evans IV (c) over Darius Lockhart to retain the PWX World Heavyweight Championship
  6. Corey Hollis wins Battlefield X

PWX had a hell of a show for us, with Evans retaining by Syndicate shenanigans, Slim J and DJ Z tearing the house down, and a few good surprises in the Battlefield X rumble, including a returning Colby Corino! And now, the main event is set for Rise of a Champion, as Evans will defend against Slim and Hollis!

Check the VOD out on Highspots Wrestling Network, 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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