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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (3/3/19)

Joe Dinan takes you on a journey through the crazy world of Lucha Libre for this week!

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Joe Dinan takes you on a journey through the crazy world of Lucha Libre for this week!

CMLL

No news this week for CMLL as far as I can tell. They’ll be on Televisa now and I’ve heard nothing of removing the Friday stream. I assume they’ll keep it since it’s airing on delay.

Arena Mexico Last Friday/This Friday

Caristico, Volador, and Mistico faced Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero in the main event. It was a very good match which saw the former taking the match in 3 falls with a Caristico arm bar on Forastero. Co-Main event was Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Diamante Azul faced Gilbert El Bourica, Terrible, and Bestia. This wasn’t much of a match, it was just furthering the angle. The real match here was Titan vs Cavernario. It was a spectacular match, some calling it match of the year so I suggest you check it out. Titan ended up winning the match which makes you hope they’ll give him a push. It also makes you hope they air this match on Televisa.

This Friday’s show is looking like this Volador, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring. The co-main event is Caristico, Diamante Azul, and El Valiente vs Gilbert El Bourica, Ciber the main man (Cibernetico) and The Chris (El Zorro). So it’s interesting that they’re back. Titan will face Templario in a lightning match. I wonder if they change it to a normal match like they did with Cavernario.

Arena Puebla Monday

The main event of this show was Ultimo Guerrero vs Vangellys in which Vangellys won. So i have to think down the line it’ll set up a rematch for the title in which I assume Ultimo Guerrero will win. Caristico, Mistico, and Soberano faced Mephisto, Ephesto, and Luciferno in the co-main event which saw Mephisto remove Mistico’s mask for the DQ. Mistico was upset afterwards. Caristico pointed at everyone in the crowd.

Arena Mexico Tuesday

The main event saw Mistico, Atlantis, and Valiente taking on Villano IV, Ultimo Guerrero, and Hijo Villano III. So Ultimo Guerrero basically worked baby face yesterday but not here. Whatever, who cares about consistency in wrestling. Villano IV removed Atlantis’ mask for the DQ. I wonder if they wanna let Atlantis claim Villano IV’s mask before he loses his own. I can’t imagine Villano IV has much left in the tank. The co-main event saw Kraneo, Volcano, and Stuka take on Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was your standard Kraneo and Volcano match but luckily Los Hijos Del Infiernos won.

AAA

Well they ran no show but I believe Pentagon and Fenix aren’t working the CMLL show on the 15th because AAA probably wants to make sure Fenix doesn’t kill himself again before a big show. AEW has to worry about this now since Fenix and Pentagon are scheduled to work 7 shows over WrestleMania season.

The upcoming show on March 3rd looks like this, Psycho Clown, Pagano, and Aerostar vs Rey Escorppion, Chessman, and Monster Clown. Not exactly the strongest main event for the go home show to Rey de Reyes, but most feuds are already set. Co-main event looks like Brian Cage, Laredo Kid, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texnao Jr, Taurus, and Hijo Del Fantasma. That should be fun assuming everyone gets to the show.

Here & There

March 15th will see Rush compete against Bandido at ROH anniversary. Odd that CMLL is letting him miss their show. I guess since he isn’t the drawing card. CMLL fans can feel relief that he won’t interfere in the main event now. MLW runs live on Saturday where LA Park will take on Mance Warner. I believe the Lucha Bros will be in action as well. MLW also announced a 2 hour live special for WrestleMania weekend. MLW seems to be ramping up the live events. They have to do something to put their name back in and maybe a live show every week for an hour or two will help. I suppose they’ll stick to the tape 4 shows and then have a live event formula. With the live show being their pseudo PPVs. There’s no other news I can think of at the moment… If there is there’s always next week.

Catch CMLL Friday live at 9:30 eastern. You can get there on their website or find a link via Luchablog on twitter. Also AAA will be live around 7-8 eastern time on Twitch. Free for live viewers. If you have a VPN and want to see how the Televisa broadcast looks you can do that. I might. Or if you live in Mexico and come across this. (I doubt it. if so Hola mi amigos.)


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Good, Bad and Ugly Preview: WWE Money In the Bank (2019)

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Bobby is back with his Good, Bad, and Ugly preview for WWE Money In The Bank!

As the old saying goes business is about to pick up.  Money In The Bank is one of the premier PPV’s that sets a huge buildup for future storylines.  Title changes are eminent.  As a whole a lot of fans are fed up with the current product and with AEW kicking things off the pressure is on!  Let’s see how the card looks on the Good, Bad and Ugly!

GOOD

Cruiserweight Championship – Tony Nese (c) v Ariya Daivari

I wanted Oney Lorcan here but that doesn’t mean this match will suck.  The 205 Live crew is extremely underutilized and the lackluster fan following is criminal.  The talent there is just amazing and the cruiserweight division continues to leave fans in awe when they actually are taking the time to watch.  Our Chief Greg Demarco is a huge 205 Live fan and now that I finally jumped on board I can see why he has been such a proponent of the brand that no one watches.  The shows are incredible, the talent superb.  This match will showcase that.  Nese retains!

United States Championship- Samoa Joe (c) v Rey Mysterio

Holy Veterans Batman!  This is going to deliver.  I don’t expect a whole lot of surprises here.  Both guys can work anyone and complement each other very well.  A perfect speed vs power, this will be very Good.  The cherry on top, Rey Mysterio getting the last piece of Gold to add to his prestigious career.  Mysterio Wins the US Title!  Believe me he will have to earn it though. 

Roman Reigns v Elias

The biggest acquisition in SmackDown history is finally one of the most popular faces in WWE history and it was because he heroically represented so many who fight cancer.  Roman showed the world he is the Big Dog in real life as well as in the WWE.  His larger than life persona can only be matched by the tremendous talent and ego of the great performer of our time, Elias.  Both men get a real reaction from the crowd and both are very talented at what they do.  This should be a Good match all together.  Roman Reigns Wins!

Men’s Money In The Bank: Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Ali, Andrade, Sami Zayn, Randy Orton

Although I have some other choices for participants over Corbin and Zayn (Rusev, Nakamura, Roode) amongst others this is a solid match and should be amazing.  Everyone here is crazy and will go out of their way to cause destruction.  We have so much here, power, highflying, and all around entertainment.  There will be blood, violence, and borderline torture.  I expect RKO’s galore but the winner who grabs the almighty briefcase of destinies is none other than The Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre.  He will finally have his time and with the MITB Briefcase his long awaited opportunity to get the gold he so rightfully deserves. 

WWE Universal Championship- Seth Rollins(c) v AJ Styles

This match is literally, Money In the Bank.  What a fantastic matchup of two very unique, and special talents.  Styles always brings his “A” game and Rollins is on fire.  He has so much heat and just keeps gaining momentum.  As great as AJ Styles is, and he is great, I see Rollins Burning it Down and retaining the red hot Universal Title. 

WWE Championship- Kofi Kingston(c) v Kevin Owens

Professional Wrestling is so personal to each of us, it is special in its own way.  Kofi Kingston winning the strap was one of those WOW moments and the after effect hasn’t disappointed.  KO can and will do amazing things against Kofi and this should be a spectacular showcase of their respective talents.  This will be even better than anticipated with potential to steal the show.  Not bad for a couple of former “Indie” guys.  Kofi retains.    

WWE Raw Women’s Championship- Becky Lynch(c) v Lacey Evans

All of that Lacey Evan’s teasing payed off big time.  Everyone wants to see this and it should deliver. Expect a physical match that will take a lot out of “The Man.”  There is some heat here, and both can go.  Expect the very best as this is unquestionably the biggest moment of Evan’s career and she will show up guns blazing.  This is some “O K Corral” shootout style stuff here.  A Good ole’ fashioned fight.  Girls fighting but far from a girl fight.  In the end, it will be the Lass Kicker who will stand tall and be “The Man.”  Lynch retains. 


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BAD

Women’s Money In The Bank: Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Carmella

The main reason this is in the bad column is simple.  What are Natalya and Dana Brooke doing here?  With all of the talent that WWE has in the Women’s ranks, these two have no business near this match.  Hopefully this will be Good on the show but so far it’s got a lot of catching up to do on paper.  Alexa Bliss being off now doesn’t help anything and really knocks it down a couple of notches.  We have some talent here but we also have some Bad stuff in the mix.  Also, let’s be honest, we all love Mandy Rose, and if not shame on you, but the wrong one is in the match, we need some more Sonya Deville and this would have been a great opportunity.  After the mayhem, Bayley Wins!  We need to see this girl back where she belongs.  In the hunt for Gold wrestling the top talent. 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship- Daniel Bryan & Rowan(c) v The Usos

So sorry but not sorry, I feel like this match is going to bomb.  I just don’t see the value here unless the Uso’s are getting the straps back.  This really made no sense the whole thing is just useless.  It’s not going to be ugly because there is obvious talent but that doesn’t mean anything Good will come of it.  Uso’s Win!  Hopefully!

WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Becky Lynch(c) v Charlotte Flair

Okay, why Bad here?  Well enough is enough.  I know this will be a Good match, I know it but please for the love of God stop fighting each other so often!  We need some new blood and luckily as MITB always has it, we will get it.  Charlotte Flair Wins the SmackDown Women’s Title! 

UGLY

Shane McMahon v The Miz (Steel Cage Match)

Miz is angry, you won’t like him when he is angry.  This has been a bit played out and yes they have surprised many and had a lot of Good content but this bread is getting stale.  Stop the madness, you already had your exclamation point to the feud.  We already know Shane is going to be insane and do something extreme. Aside from that though, what do we have here?   Winner is The Miz! (in Maryse’s accent)

FINAL

  • Good- 7
  • Bad- 3
  • Ugly- 1

OVERALL

Good and it better be!  Wrestling fans are ravenous right now with fresh meat on the table. WWE product has been ridiculed for a long time however now the heat is on high.  A lot is at stake every week, every show, but at Money In the Bank, the key word better be Money. 

There we have it, this humble wrestling journalist opinion says we have some sunny sky’s ahead.  However a little rain may spoil the fun if WWE drops the ball.  Hopefully they bring the pain and the show kills it!  Money In the Bank will make and rewrite history as it always does!  Enjoy the show!  See you Sunday! 


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NXT Minus 6: Ridiculous (5/15/19 edition)

Keith Lee makes his return and dominates this week’s column with not one but two GIFS. It’s time for the WWE NXT Minus 6 with Bradley Jay!

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Keith Lee makes his return and dominates this week’s column with not one but two GIFS. It’s time for the WWE NXT Minus 6 with Bradley Jay!

6. Angelo Dawkins opens up a commanding lead for NXT Burn of the Year. After Montez Ford lays into the Viking Raider War Experience, Dawkins pops in with “If that is your real name.” Day Yam! By the way, he hit a man-sized spear on Rowe.

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5. I got my 23andme results back. I am 97% NXT fanboy. It’s not pure. Somewhere in between the dopey skits on Raw and the weekly NXT “somebody gets jumped in the back,” there has got to be a better way to advance a storyline.  NXT, stop being lazy.

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4. Welcome back Keith Lee. As you know, I rank Mr. Lee’s matches based on how many ridiculous moves he hits. His match with Cesar Bonini was short and sweet, but still achieved 3 Ridiculouses. His double chest slap seemed particularly harsh. I could watch him Poune fools all day long. The last one gets its own entry.

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3. When I’m president, the Spirit Bomb will be more protected than the RKO. When a man that size slams you to the mat with a combination Last Ride-sit down powerbomb, you will NOT…KICK…OUT!  

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2. Kona Reeves can be a rock solid mid card heel. Damn right I said it. His new ring attire is a massive upgrade. He can work a good match & he knows how to bring the intensity. From the Big Bossman and Val Venis to Christian and Dolph Ziggler, wrestling needs guys like Reeves. Not everybody can be…elite.

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1. Once again, the Viking Raiders (if that is their name) and the Street Profits (that is their name) showed undeniable chemistry. That’s what makes the decision for the Raiders to drop the belt so disappointing. I respect that it fits their character. They are honorable and noble. Now we won’t get what would almost certainly be a 5-star Takeover tag match and the Raiders don’t get the sendoff they deserve. From a fan’s standpoint, it’s pure ass.  

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