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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis

Joe brings his mucha lucha all encompassing update! What’s going on with wrestling south of the border?

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Joe brings his mucha lucha all encompassing update! What’s going on with wrestling south of the border?

CMLL

So here’s the news aficionados, CMLL held a press conference today informing us that we will be able to watch Homenaje a dos Leyenda in the United States, however, they never mentioned iPPV or not. So who knows? Perhaps they announce it when nobody knows on Twitter or Facebook. They like Facebook more, they’ll catch up on the Twitter game eventually. Well anyway, if it is on iPPV it’ll likely be 10 dollars or 9 dollars. If not then you can find it on Facebook or their website or Luchablog will have a link on Twitter. So the main event for the show will be the hair vs hair match between Niebla Roja and Angel de Oro taking on El Terrible and Bestia del Ring. Now logic would tell you the two young handsome guys with wonderful hair would beat the old guys but it’s CMLL so who knows. What we do know is Rush is at a Ring of Honor ppv so unless he’s Superman he won’t be able to get there to interfere, which is a big deal in how I see the match going down. LA Park is supposed to make an appearance and who knows what else he will do because he is finally booked for the Puebla show this Monday, and this one better not have technical difficulties. So LA Park is making his rounds again with CMLL. Interesting. Now CMLL doesn’t have to worry about fixing things for the United States audience because realistically, I don’t know how much they make on that market and if you’re flying to Arena Mexico you’re probably going out of your way to find things. Or you got me who will help ya out if I can. 🙂

Arena Puebla Show

Well I couldn’t watch this show but by all reports it wasn’t much of a show. Dragon Lee, Cavernario, and Mistico took on a heel Volador for some reason and Mephisto and Ephesto. The latter team one. That’s really it. As I said earlier, LA Park and his son will return next week in Puebla. I don’t believe Park has been back since either the Day of the Dead show or the Puebla show after.

Arena Mexico Tuesday

This show was okay. It beats watching Raw but I can’t say it beats watching New Japan. Mistico, Dragon Lee, and Diamante Azul took on Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, and a returning Mr. Niebla. The technicos team won in two falls. It was a big brawl basically. Atlantis, Audaz, and Stuka took on Hechicero, Kawato, and Felino. Audaz won with a cool flip into a hurricanrana. There was a lightning match with Black Panther and Universo 2000 in which Black Panther won.

Arena Mexico Last Friday/Next Friday Line Up

Caristico, Niebla Roja, and Angel de Oro faced Rush, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring in the main event that just went two falls with DQ finishes. Rush cuts a promo which to me is irrelevant because he won’t be there, but I guess CMLL fans might not know that. Diamante Azul beat Gilbert el Bourica in a singles match two falls to three. It was an alright match, nothing to write home about. The team of Atlantis, Dragon Lee, and Valiente beat the Diamites; Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. The top matches for Homeanje a dos Leyenda are, Niebla Roja and Angel de Oro face El Terrible and Bestia Del Ring in a hair vs hair match. Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero will defend their Trios Championship against Caristico, Volador Jr, and Dragon Lee. Now there’s a rumor that Volador might not be there but I guess we will see. Perhaps a certain LA Park could replace him? That would make the fans go crazy. And me too. Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero will take on Gilbert el Bourica, Cavernario, and Negro Casas. Interesting rudos vs rudos. That’s the top of the card. I believe a condensed hour version will air on Televisa the next day so if you live in Mexico, have at it.

AAA

Rey de Reyes

So on AAA’s facebook they’re teasing that Cody might have a surprise with him and on the recent Being the Elite I believe the Bucks alluded to working a match this weekend for the first time since Wrestle Kingdom so I can guess that means they’ll be at Rey de Reyes in some form. They’ve always wanted to work Mexico and it makes sense since the main event is for the tag team titles. Main event in which Pentagon and Fenix will face Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag belts. Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, and La Mascara will face Psycho Clown, Maximo, and Mamba. So a guy on WWE’s creative team is working AAA on a show where AEW’s Cody and perhaps the Bucks will show up. Incredible. They have the Rey de Reyes tournament as well which will feature a bunch of wrestlers. The Reina de Reinas title will also be defended on the show along with the Mixed Tag Titles. I also saw a report on twitter that LA Park and Konnan spoke and perhaps Park could be making a return to AAA. He wants to be included in the Blue Demon Dr. Wagner match. Which AAA should want because Park can still work and so can Wagner but Demon? Not so much. It would probably draw better too because everyone knows Demon would likely win. Though Wagner probably loses in any scenario.

Here & There

There was a funny mishap with Ring of Honor. They messed up the Spanish spelling of Rush’s catchphrase for his official shirt which is being ripped by everyone. That mistake can NOT happen in a company that size. Just pathetic. Rush will be on the Anniversary card that I might check out if I have the time. A lot of stuff going on this weekend, CMLL, UFC, and AAA. MLW will have their show Saturday which I’ll check out on Sunday. Jim Cornette spoke on the tapings very favorably.

AAA will be live on Twitch, 8 o’clock local time, 10 Eastern I believe. CMLL starts at 8:30 local time, 10:30 for us…I think. Darn time switch confuses me.


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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