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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Opinions (10/13/2018)

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Grand Prix

The Grand Prix was an interesting match. It’s like a 9 on 9 elimination match between two teams and the last surviving guy is the winner. I wonder what would have happened if the last two surviving guys were on the same team? I guess they’d face each other. So we had team world vs team Mexico. It was interesting seeing a majority of people from the United States working as the evil foreigners. It took around 17 minutes for the first elimination, then we had a few rapid fire eliminations before it slowed down a bit. The final three competitors were Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Michael Elgin. So we saw the heel World team having one competitor working against a double team attack. That’s weird, but Elgin over came it all and won the Grand Prix. It seems like they’re trying to position him as a baby face, however. He’s going to face Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match on Friday at Arena Mexico.

Puebla

The story for this show was basically the Volador Jr vs Cavernario for the welterweight title. It was an alright match, they worked for around 20 minutes. The first two falls happened relatively quick and then for the final fall there was a lot of near falls until Volador hit him with the canadian destroyer for the victory. There was no promo or theatrics afterwards, like there usually is.

Arena Mexico Tuesday Show

The story of this show is the heavyweight tournament. They’re gonna work a tournament styled match where the finalist will be set to fight in the future for the now vacant heavyweight title since Marco Corleone left the company. Mark Jindrak for you American fans. The participants in this match were Rush, Ultimo Guerrero, Diamante Azul, El Terrible, Kraneo, Shocker, Volcano, Rey Bucanero, Blue Panther Jr, Gran Guerrero, El Valiente, and Euforia. The final three were Diamante Azul, Ultimo Guerrero, and Rush. So for some reason Rush just removes Azul’s mask and kicks him in the groin to set the final two. Very odd that he did that, but it plays into his random irrational no rules character.

Ultimo Guerrero will face Diamante Azul on October 16th on Tuesday in Arena Mexico for the vacant world heavyweight championship.

Preview of Arena Mexico Friday/NJPW

Significant matches we will see on this show will be Ultimo Guerrero vs Michael Elgin in the main event. In the Co-Main Event we will see LA Park, Mistico, and Volador Jr take on Cavernario, The Chris, and Ciber. Atlantis teams up with David Finlay and El Hijo de LA Park to face Shocker, Rey Bucanero, and Hechicero. Those are the matches on the top of the card but what should be a fun match with some future guys to watch for is Soberano, Esfinge, and El Audaz vs Dragon Rojo, Polvora, and Templario. The show will start at 9:30 Eastern Time. Another piece of news there is. Volador Jr and Soberano Jr will be competing in the New Japan Juniors Tag League. Significant here as Soberano basically said he wasn’t the original choice, which means it was supposed to be Dragon Lee but he’s still filming a reality show and has yet to be voted off to dismay of probably him and every Lucha Libre fan.

AAA

Not much news out of AAA, they haven’t had a television taping for a while. They have the Heroes Imortales show on October 28th where they’ll have the Antonio Pena world cup, plus Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr in a hair vs hair match. We think. Dr. Wagner can be difficult to work with. Recently he wanted to feud with his son but Konnan didn’t think his son was ready. However, on the last TV tapings (I think, AAA is very sporadic with their tapings) before the big show on the 28th, Dr. Wagner will team with Psycho Clown vs his son and Electro Shock. Other matches of note on the show include, Pagano and Joe Lider vs Taurus and Laredo Kid. Not a ton of star power for a co-main event.

To remind folks of the HeroesImortales card, Dr. Wagner Jr vs Jeff Jarrett in a hair vs hair match. The Antonio Pena world cup which will be a tournament elimination match I believe. Flamita and Bandido will take on Texano and Rey Escorpion and Andrew Everett and DJZ for the tag team titles. The second match on the show is just a triangle 3 on 3 on 3 match. Nothing really important in that match, then the first match to kick off the show is the women’s title match. Starfire vs Keyra vs Faby Apache vs Luchador Sopresa, which means a surprise wrestler. My guess is on Scarlett Bordeaux unless she’s on the Jericho Cruise. I’m unsure if she is. But if she isn’t I’d imagine she’ll be the choice. She recently just got the highest viewed video clip in AAA YouTube history so they love their blonde women with big butts there. 


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NXT Minus 6: Moving Forward

What does the next era of NXT hold?

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It’s WWE NXT: We’re moving on. We’re not bitter. We’re happy with what we have.

6. The WWE reeeeeally loves to screw with us. They spend weeks dumping on NXT then kick off a show with a 4.7 star banger?!?!?! Buddy Murphy is a big league striker. He packs a punch far above his weight class. Meanwhile, Velveteen Dream steals another victory. I like where they’re going with him. Shades of the Ultimate Opportunist. Living on the Edge of a Dream?

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5. “Charlie Brown finally kicked the football.” Oh Mauro, sometimes you are just too good.

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4. Dominik Dijakovic is in desperate need of a save. I have no idea what that promo was. Ancient Wicca prayer? Medieval magnet poetry? He is world class in ring and absolutely floundering on the mic. He’s so bad, it would be an upgrade if Io Shirai was his manager.

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3. Speaking of promos, Johnny Champion adds another layer to his story. Johnny Smartass absolutely crushed Adam Cole on the mic. I know they said 2-out-of-3 would be definitive, but if we get Johnny Gargano-Adam Cole part 2 in HIAC or falls count anywhere, I’d find it in my heart to forgive them.

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2. Shayna Baszler watches Dark Side of the Ring. She thinks it’s a comedy. She is PURE EVIL. She is as pure of a heel as there is. She is the anti-Ricky Steamboat.

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1. I’m trying to overlook how poorly WWE handled Kairi Sane’s last NXT match. Instead, I am focusing on how much it adds to the inevitable Baszler-Io Shirai matchup. Shirai has improved in ring every time out, but she’s still anime nicey nice. It will be exciting to see her turn up the emotion and intensity and really look to hurt Baszler as payback for her best friend. This one could steal the show at the next Takeover.

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That’s right…I said it.        


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Mcleod: Will We Ever Get The Lee vs. Dijakovic Rematch?

Will we ever see the anticipated rematch?

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Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic tore the house down in their first WWE NXT encounter, and Scott Mcleod is eagerly awaiting the rematch–just like the rest of us!

Cast your minds back several weeks when we saw a short but physically impressive match between Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic. We saw Lee get monkey flipped only to land on his feet and Dijakovic hit a corkscrew plancha to the outside. The match unfortunately ended in a double count out but we were lead to believe this wasn’t over as they continue to brawl while refs try to pull them apart.

They were scheduled to face off on the episode where the 5 way to face Gargano took place and that was the focus of that episode. A week or so later Lee said they would settle their differences in two weeks time.Two weeks should have this week but Lee was nowhere to be seen. Dijakovic came out and beat an enhancement in record time before declaring his intentions to challenge for the North American Championship. Judging from this week it looks like they’re feud is done which is just a shame.

They teased us with what could be with that match several weeks ago. Two guys who have the size but can pull out incredible displays of athleticism. Put that on a takeover give them around 10 minutes between two title matches and they would tear the house down. It would be a shame to not see this match at least one more time in NXT. If a few weeks ago didn’t convince you then check out their match from the PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2017 which was rated 5 stars.

It would be something different to everything else on the card. If Dijakovic is set to challenge Velveteen Dream can we not not add Lee and make it a triple threat. Think of how good Dijakovic vs Lee was and add the Dream. Don’t tell me you don’t want to see that on a Takeover. They could have a good build as well. You have the charisma of Lee & Dream along with the intensity of Dijakovic. I need to see that now.


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