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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (2/9/19)

What’s going on in the world of Lucha Libre?

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Joe Dinan brings you the best Lucha Libre coverage with his look at the hews & happenings south of the border in Mexico!

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I put last week’s Friday show in my previous edition because I was late on it so there’s no need to put it in here.

Arena Puebla Show

The main event of this show was the family, the familia of Mistico, Rush, and Bestia del Ring taking on Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. The latter team won however because Rush likes to get himself DQ’d. Cuatrero challenged Rush to a singles match. I believe for next week’s Puebla show. The co-main event was Volador Jr, Angel de Oro, and Soberano taking on Terrible, Stigma, and Vangellys. The former won that match.

Arena Mexico Tuesday

Volador, Stuka, and Kraneo took on Terrible, Cavernario, and Euforia in the main event. This wasn’t a very good match but it had some big stars in it which is all that matters. Naturally phase one winner of the champion of the universe tournament got pinned. The former team won this match. The co-main event featured Blue Panther, Titan, and Flyer taking on Vangellys, Luciferno, and Ephesto. Interesting thing here was Flyer actually wrestled after it looked like he had a major knee injury on Friday. Blue Panther got worked over a lot in this match but his team ended up winning. There was a lightning match with Audaz and Tiger in which Audaz won. It was a fun match.

Arena Mexico this Friday

We have phase two of the champion of the universe tournament where Volador, Ultimo Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Sanson, Diamante Azul, Mephisto, Soberano, and Cuatrero will compete. It’ll be a battle royal that decides the order of matches. The co-main event will be Caristico, Angel de Oro, and El Valiente facing Rush, Gilbert el Boricua, and Bestia del Ring. Atlantis, Atlantis Jr, and Mistico will face Villano IV, Gran Guerrero, and Hijo del Villano III in the third last match.

AAA

There is news out of AAA that I’ll get into below but first we’ll discuss there two upcoming shows on Friday and Sunday but before all of that there’s a few things. AAA is moving from Televisa to TV Azteca, no word if it’ll be on the American counterpart. Televisa were the original owners of AAA but later sold it off but kept it on the network. Another thing is Jeff Jarrett who is now working for WWE is promoted as being on their 2/16 show. Now that leads us to number 3, AAA is in a working agreement with All Elite Wrestling. So I wonder how that affects number 2, since now AAA is technically WWE’s direct competition. Konnan has his hand in like four or five different companies now.

AAA live on 2/8

The main event for this show will be Psycho Clown and La Parka vs Killer Kross and Rey Escorpion. Co-main event will be Dr. Wagner Jr, Laredo Kid, and Puma King vs Blue Demon Jr, Hijo del Fantasma, and La Mascara. Drago will face Jack Evans in a special singles match. Maximo, Taya, and Aerostar will face Faby Apache, Taurus, and Monster Clown. There’s a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight title between Sammy Guevara vs Flamita vs Hijo Del Vikingo.

AAA live on 2/10

Main event of this show will be Psycho Clown, La Parka, and Puma King vs Rey Escorpion, Hijo Del Fantasma, and Killer Kross. Dr. Wagner Jr will face Blue Demon Jr in a special singles match. There will be a AAA Mega championship match between Fenix vs Flamita vs Laredo Kid. Maximo, Taya, and Aerostar will face La Mascara, Faby Apache, and Monster Clown. Sammy Guevara and Hijo Del Vikingo will take on Jack Evans and Taurus.

Based on these match cards we can surmise that Flamita isn’t winning the cruiserweight belt. We can also assume based on the All Elite Press Conference today that Sammy Guevara isn’t going to lose until Double or Nothing. These are definitely going to be some entertaining shows. You can tune in live for free on Twitch and 5 dollars on demand. 9 O’clock Eastern time on Friday and 7:30 on Sunday.

AEW

So I guess since these guys have a deal with AAA that I’ll be making an All Elite section. Gives me reason to talk about them, which I’m really excited about and I can give my vaunted opinions on things. So they’re working with AAA and that’s cool. We’ll see how this goes since AAA is very unorganized. I suppose guys like Cody and the Bucks will work Mexico occasionally. It also creates the interesting question of AAAs relationship with Impact, or how talents who work AAA and Impact will be affected. For example a guy like Killer Kross. Where can he work? I still feel like it’d be better for the industry if Impact folded up shop and sold their talent contracts to AEW. You have to imagine a guy like Don Callis wants to work with these guys. I’m not saying he will, I’m just guessing. Meltzer reported that 12,000 presale requests were put in, so they’re going to immediately sell out Double or Nothing. This makes me think that maybe they should try booking a bigger arena. Maybe they known someone in Jacksonville who own a stadium….


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Rob: Brock Is Back! But What About Seth?

Rob evaluates the fans’ role in the run of Seth Rollins and the excitement around Brock Lesnar’s third reign as WWE Universal Champion.

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Rob evaluates the fans’ role in the run of Seth Rollins and the excitement around Brock Lesnar’s third reign as WWE Universal Champion.

So we are now back in the era of Brock Lesnar as Universal Champion, after he cashed in on Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules.  The WWE did a decent job of putting some suspense into it by throwing out the possibility of Brock choosing to cash in on Kofi Kingston instead but by the time it happened most of the people I interact with on Twitter were strongly in favor Rollins being the victim and weren’t the least bit discouraged when Brock brought his reign to an end.  There are a lot of reasons for that, and I’ll have to get into them another time, but it really seems that there weren’t too many people happy with Rollins time as champion from his biggest supporters to his biggest detractors.  So with that in mind I’m gonna do what usually do when it comes to stuff like this – that’s right I’m going to throw some blame at the fans.

Now I am not one that was underwhelmed by Rollins run with the title.  The match with AJ Styles at Money in the Bank was really good and I did not hate the Baron Corbin feud like a lot of you did.  I think Corbin is a good heel and a pretty good worker.  By Wrestling Twitter standards he’s no good because he doesn’t check any of the boxes that one needs to in order to pass their test – never worked indies, doesn’t have 5 star matches, doesn’t do 100 moves or work work 30 minute matches, and he isn’t charming or funny in his role.  But a lot of you guys were so appalled at the mere idea the Baron Corbin would get a program for the Universal Title that you either complained nonstop or checked out entirely.  But I gotta ask you guys a serious question here – do you really support him like that, or is it more the idea of Seth Rollins as Universal Champion?  Is Rollins the guy who should be champion in your eyes or is he the best representative of the type of wrestler you think should be Universal Champion?

What I mean is that Rollins checks all the Wrestling Twitter boxes – indie cred, workrate guy, is popular enough – and he’s also a big enough guy to not look like a joke standing next to guys like Roman Reigns or Samoa Joe or Corbin.  And because of that he gets favored in those circles over guys like Reigns or Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman.  But none of that has stopped the crowds from checking out of some of his biggest matches – Summerslam 2016, Extreme Rules and TLC last year.  Meanwhile Strowman can get 11 million views for an arm wrestling match with Bobby Lashley even after a lot of people on Twitter think the ship has sailed on him, and Reigns got maximum crowd participation last year even in filler matches with Jinder Mahal and Bobby Lashley.  There’s a real gap between how he’s viewed on Wrestling Twitter and how the general public takes him for sure.

And what I mean by that is that the Corbin feud shouldn’t have been a deal breaker for someone who you guys really are invested in as the top guy.  Reigns didn’t check out during those programs with Lashley and Mahal last year and they didn’t check out during the whole Shane McMahon feud despite being pretty vocal in wanting Roman to move on ASAP from Shane and Drew McIntyre.  Rollins singles champ counterpart on Smackdown Kofi Kingston hasn’t had any issue maintaining his support even through a multi Pay Per View program with the often groan inducing Dolph Ziggler (I’m not a Dolph hater but a lot of you are).  You’re supposed to just want to see your favorite as the champ; being in a program with a top level guy or gal isn’t supposed to be a requirement, especially in what is supposed to be a post WrestleMania honeymoon period for a new champion.

So it’s pretty simple to me if you’re a big fan of Seth Rollins or anyone else.  Yes you want them to face the best people and have the best matches all the time, but if they’re going to hold one of the top two titles then sometimes they’re going to have to get through a month or two against somebody who isn’t one of those people and you’re gonna have to ride it out and support them.  The card has to be balanced out and the champion is supposed to be at least somewhat of an attraction by themselves.  But if you’re crapping on what turned out to be some perfectly fine matches (his last two main events with Corbin were not bad, they just weren’t five star movefests like some of you guys think big title matches should be) because of, who the opponent is then you’re not helping your favorite out here at all.  He’s not above doing a couple of gimmicked up sports entertainment matches with Baron Corbin, ok?

But if you say he should be the top guy and then you demand that he only get to work with certain people under certain circumstances then well……that runs contrary to pretty much all of wrestling history.  So you’re gonna have to either change your demands, or maybe change your assessment of the guy.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 7/19/2019

Impact Mash Up Tournament tonight! Winning team earns a 1v1 match with a title shot attached! WCW Lethal Lottery is back!

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Impact Mash Up Tournament tonight! Winning team earns a 1v1 match with a title shot attached! WCW Lethal Lottery is back!

WCW Lethal Lottery show!

Wait – I mean Mash Up Tournament…no wait, I was right the first time. I wonder if there’s a Battlebowl at the end.

From a clip show to a filler show, I’m not really sure how to feel. Tonight could be cool, but I doubt it will matter much in the grand scheme of things.

Damn you Impact and Dragonball for your non-canonical movies!

Ratings:

  • Moose & Eddie Edwards vs Rohit Raju & Cody Deaner: Edwards wins via Boston Knee Party – * 1/2
  • Rich Swann & Madman Fulton vs Jake Crist & Wentz: Jake wins via Fisherman Buster Hold – ** 1/4
  • Michael Elgin & Willie Mack vs Ace Austin & Stone Rockwell: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – **
  • Trey & Dave Crist vs Sami Callihan & Tessa Blanchard: Callihan wins via Piledriver – ***
  • Havok vs Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Havok wins via Tombstone Piledriver – ** 1/2
  • Mash-Up Finals Elimination Match: Eddie Edwards & Moose vs Willie Mack & Michael Elgin vs Jake Crist & Wentz vs Sami Callihan & Tessa Blanchard: Tessa & Sami win – *** 1/4

 

Analysis:

So the inaugural match of this Mash Up Tournament and it’s decently established wrestlers against two jobber halves of a tag teams. This had no chance of being taken seriously. Things break down, Moose and Eddie win, Desi Hit Squad and Deaner brawl a little. This really got the night kicked off with a yawn and fart.

Zombie Princess is interviewing Ace Austin and Eddie Prince, Austin insults his mish mosh teammate and now he’s hung out to dry. Will he find a replacement?

Well this was a little odd since it was 3 Cruiserweight sized people and Madman Fulton. We got some decent Cruiser style wrestling until the inevitable turn from Fulton happened and he assisted Jake in beating Rich. So maybe Jake will be in line for an X Division shot.

Is it hard for me to care about some of this? That’s a resounding yes. Austin gets saddled with the comedy act of Stone Rockwell and we hate all of these things. Of course Elgin and Mack mostly dominate, this wasn’t close, Ace is a jerk, yadda yadda…Lethal Lottery nap time!

Well we finally had a somewhat competitive match. Dave and Sami planned a finger poke of Doom spot since we don’t already have enough WCW references tonight. Trey also decided to dress up exactly like Sami and channels his inner Sami. Tessa and Sami start dysfunctional but they put it together enough. Tessa hits Magnum on Trey but tweaks something so Sami picks up the pinfall with the Piledriver. Solid match with a lot of drama and character spots.

ImpactPlus Flashback Momenet: oVe vs Eddie Edwards, Moose & Tommy Dreamer House of Hardcore Match Redemption 4/22/2018

Well the writing was on the wall with this match too. Havok is twice the size of the other women and Taya is a self preserving champion, so we had to figure that Madison was eating the pin here. The match wasn’t awful or anything, but a lack of suspension of disbelief just kinda has it linger and happen.

So the Mash Up Tournament was kinda like Battlebowl. The four winners, come together in a giant four way tag, and the winner of this four way gets a one on one match at Unbreakable for a World Title shot.

We got the finish that most of us probably wanted, and everyone actually looked solid. Moose and Eddie going out first is fine since they were the least cohesive unit. Elgin and Mack only lost because Elgin eventually turned on Mack and just walked out on the match. The we saw Jake Crist defy Sami’s wishes. Sami tried the finger poke, but Jake was playing possum and went for an Inside Cradle, but Sami kicked out. An interesting development was when Tessa faced off with Elgin, Sami shoved her out of the way, like he was protecting her. Then towards the end, her and Sami were in sync trading strikes with Jake and Wentz. So there is tension between the two, but they also came together when it mattered, regardless of the dysfunction. That was a neat wrinkle.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

The show was alright for being mostly filler. But the real highlight of the night was on Twitch, watch Melissa play Fortnite with Sami Callihan and Dave Crist. Between the comments, Melissa being awful at the game and just the general banter, it was all good stuff. Sami’s shoe fetish is a little odd though.

Either way, the show was fine, Twitch made it better when the first hour was pretty obvious and boring. Tessa, Sami and Jake are probably the biggest players to look out for coming out of this Lethal Lottery.


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