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Tons going on in the world of Lucha Libre! Be thankful for Joe Dinan, who brings it to you in one neat little package.

We have a lot of news this week, so much so that I had to delay this. I will talk about the developments in CMLL and AAA. And I’ll talk about the indy shows I went to.

CMLL

So some small news is CMLL’s TV deal with Televisa means they’re gonna be on Univision Deportes in America on Thursday I believe on Thursday night/Friday morning at midnight and a repeat at 5am. So there’s that. Now you all can watch CMLL or something of it on Tv. Well you could watch it on Youtube anyway but hey the Tv industry is dying like some people believe since streaming numbers for CMLL on youtube or AAA on twitch aren’t truly that large. At all.

Arena Puebla Monday

Volador faced Gran Guerrero for the main event in a pretty good match where Volador hit a canadian destroyer for the win. The co-main event was a weird match with a mix of rudos and technicos, Caristico, Ultimo Guerrero, and Bestia del Ring facing Mephisto, Valiente, and Euforia. The former won in an okay match. It’s a weird dynamic that they seem to like to do on the Puebla Shows.

Arena Mexico Tuesday

Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero faced Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Soberano in the main event and this was a Friday caliber main event. This match was super good and the crowd threw money in the ring afterwards which is a rare thing on Tuesday. It appears they’re setting up for another match. Los Guerrero’s defeated Titan, Triton, and Guerrero Maya in the co-main event in a good match that Los Guerrero’s won. Templario defeated Rey Cometa in a lightning match.

Arena Mexico Last Friday/This Friday

The big thing about last weeks show was Naito was there and Los Ingobernables rejoined and they won their match and there’s that. This week we had El Terrible, Gilbert El Boricua, and Bestia beating Caristico, Volador, and Valiente in what was a bad match I’d say. Certainly not as good as the Tuesday main event. In the c0-main event Atlantis, Atlantis Jr, and Titan faced Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Cavernario. Now this was a fun match and should have been the main event. The latter won this match but it was very good. Atlantis Jr is impressive to me. Hechicero lost to Felino in a lightning match.

AAA

The big news out of AAA is that they are running Madison Square Garden on September 15th. The tickets will go on sale on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th for us uncultured people on Ticketmaster. They’re expecting a fly in crowd for Mexican Independence day and are relying on being an entertainment portion for that crowd. I will obviously be attending that so I might be one of the few non Mexicans there. By then I will have a Psycho Clown shirt, trust me. Also there will be little AEW talent on the show. Could be one guy, and if i had to choose I’d choose Jericho. Cain Velasquez might be on the show as well. They seemed to set up Taya vs Tessa Blanchard for this show.

AAA on Twitch 4/5

So there was a random cage match in the main event which makes sense when you realize Konnan wasn’t there to control the booking. Psycho Clown and Dr. Wagner beat Blue Demon Jr and Rey Escorpion. They furthered the angle with Demon and Wagner. It seems like they’re positioning Rey for a main event spot. Pagano and Joe Lider took on La Mascara and Texano in the co main event. La Hiedra is now replacing Hijo del Fantasma in the Mercenaries. Texano Jr and La Mascara won the match. They continued the angle with Nino Hamburguesa and Lady Maravilla in an earlier match. This build up has been longer than any WWE feud. The Latin American title was defended in a 5 way and Drago retained. I believe their next tv taping is on the 26th.

Here & There

(Note: Some spots contain MLW tv tapings spoilers. So skip the first two paragraph for MLW spoilers.)

So I went to MLW, Stardom, and MLW again but I also purchased the Fite Fest and GCW collective. I watched both Joey Janela’s Spring Breaks. I watched two wrestlecon shows so far and then some other things. Some highlights from MLW on Thursday, Jacob Fatu is great, however, the amount of time they played their theme song for those in the building was absolutely dreadful. Teddy Hart did an insane doomsday canadian destroyer off the top rope off of somebody’s back. Minoru Tanaka and Daga had a really good match. Gringo Loco and Puma King had a great match. Gosh I love Puma King. Air Wolf defeated Fenix in a surprise win. LA Park beat Pentagon in the main event in an incredible match. I do not understand how LA Park can do this at his age but he is legitimately one of the best in the world. Tom Lawlor defended his title against jimmy Havoc. I think this match was shown on the Friday tv showing.

The Battle Riot show saw LA Park winning the battle riot. Gotta push that young talent. Lol. So it seemed like on the tv tapings the first 30 minutes was live but the next 30 minutes was the Lawlor Havoc match. Then live again for the Battle Riot. They did some middleweight championship qualifying matches. Teddy Hart faced Ace Austin for the belt on the show. After the Battle Riot show ended they did Jacob Fatu and the other contra guy vs Ace Romero and Barrington Hughes in a quick tag match. Jacob Fatu and contra ran a shoot like angle during the battle riot where they were gonna set 3 wrestlers on fire previously and a bunch of backstage officials ran out to make them leave. Low Ki and Daga faced each other next and I think they thought the tag match would be a come down for the Battle Riot but it wasn’t long enough so the Low Ki Daga match which was technically good was affected. Crowd was super tired. In the main event of the tv taping LA Park faced Sami Callihan in a death match which had a lot of interference probably because Jimmy Havoc was supposed to face him but I guess he couldn’t due to the match with Tom yesterday.

Stardom was super fun. The girls there tried speaking English as much as they could to communicate with the crowd. It really was super cute and they were so thankful. Hana Kimura was easily the most over on the show as a single person, Oedo Tai the act was over because of their cool entrance. I judged all this by the cheers and the amount of streamers thrown. I was standing near the guard rail the whole time so I’m sure I was caught on camera some. Hard to miss me, I was standing next to a guy in a wheelchair. I think I’m interested in continuing to watch Stardom.

Obviously I was at the G1 supercard. The most of this show was pretty good. Well, the New Japan portion was. Rather than impress with wrestling which is ROH’s forte they decided to go very angle heavy. The women’s match probably shouldn’t have been on the show and to top it off they ran an angle after. They ran an angle and a long segment with the Bully Ray street fight. The crowd was there to see New Japan. Ring of Honor guys barely got reactions. Bully Ray got a good ECW chant and Colt Cabana got a great reaction. I thought the ROH Title match was good but just way too long. Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White was great to me.

Some spot stuff from indie shows I watched. I enjoyed the Bryan Alvarez Orange Cassidy match. Rock N Roll Express vs LAX was super cool. Ricky Morton hit a Canadian Destroyer. God bless those guys. LA Park vs Masato Tanaka in that tiny ring at Spring break was fun. The clusterfuck battle royal was cool. A guy called No Legs who has… No legs worked on day 1 and did some super impressive shit. He did awesome stuff in the battle royal too. He is legitimately impressive. If Joey Ryan can make it with his penis stuff then No Legs can make it. Get on it AEW. The Bloodsport show was cool as well. I haven’t watched every show yet but I’m gonna try to, since I purchased it.


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Chris King: What Should Daniel Bryan Save Next?

Tag Team Wrestling… The WWE Championship… Kofi Kingston’s LEgacy… The Planet… What should Daniel Bryan save next???

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Tag Team Wrestling… The WWE Championship… Kofi Kingston’s Legacy… The Planet… What should Daniel Bryan save next???

The ‘Submission Specialist’ Daniel Bryan has done it all in WWE–4-Time WWE Champion, a former United States and Intercontinental Champion and alongside the monstrous Rowan a 2-Time WWE Tag Team Champion. At Extreme Rules, the self-proclaimed ‘Planet’s Champions’ lost their titles to The New Day in a triple-threat-match. In a post-match backstage interview, a delusional Bryan paced back-and-forth saying “Daniel Bryan needs to go somewhere he’s never been before, I know what I need to do!”

On last week’s SmackDown Live it appeared we were about to find out what the future holds for ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan, but thanks to New Day’s antics the former tag team champion just stormed off the stage. In my estimation, there are only three brands that Bryan can jump to, 205 Live, NXT UK and my number one choice NXT.


Read Chris King’s WWE Smackdown Grades & Analysis!


Daniel Bryan Goes To NXT UK

Bryan  has not had any run-ins with any of the superstars of NXT UK since it’s inception in 2018. That doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way, in recent months we’ve seen current NXT and 205 Live superstars jump to the UK brand such as ‘The Knockout Artist’ Kassius Ohno, Mike Kanellis and even current Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak who was a participant in the 2018 United Kingdom Tournament.

If you thought Tyler Bate/Pete Dunne II was EPIC, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There are a plethora of dream matches that Bryan could have such as, Mark Andrews, Travis Banks, Flash Morgan Webster and my top two would be Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. If Bryan changes back to a babyface he could mix it up with Jordan Devlin and perhaps even the monstrous current NXT UK Champion WALTER.

As I’m writing this I’m contemplating changing this to my number one pick. Just the excitement and buzz surrounding Bryan’s debut on the UK brand would be more than enough of a reason to start watching this highly-entertaining weekly show. Then having a one-on-one match with any of those high caliber superstars on an NXT UK: TakeOver event would be the cherry on top!

Daniel Bryan Goes To WWE 205 Live

On December 11, 2018, Bryan then-WWE Champion went toe-to-toe with one of the most versatile cruiserweights from 205 Live Mustafa Ali, and both incredibly gifted superstars tore the house down! There’s also a massive amount of reason to believe, that Ali’s SmackDown Live debut was orchestrated by the egocentric Bryan himself.

If ‘The Submission Specialist’ decides to venture over to the purple brand, he would have an array of high-flyers and other technical specialists to mix it up with. From the young up-and-coming Lucha libre sensation Humberto Carrillo, Akira Tozawa, his real-life friend The Brian Kendrick and last but certainly not least the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak. The list goes on and on.

In the past few years, it’s been proven that heel vs. heel matches can work on some occasions. I personally would love to watch the Bryan and Gulak battle it out for the Cruiserweight Championship, and find out which submission is most dangerous Dragon Sleeper vs. Heel Hook? That would be a five star EPIC Match!

With Bryan’s popularity with the WWE Universe (whether he’s a heel or babyface) and his exceptional in-ring prowess, he could be the remedy for 205 Live to not only bring in more viewership but prevent it from being canceled altogether. Bryan could overthrow Gulak and reign supreme as the greatest Cruiserweight Champion we’ve ever seen!

Daniel Bryan Goes To NXT

Before we go any further I know Bryan played an integral role in NXT from 2010-2011 as a ‘rookie’, with his WWE ‘pro’ The Miz making his life a living hell the whole time. The fact remains though that Bryan has never wrestled on a TakeOver event. Let’s make it happen.

In my dream scenario I could realistically see the egocentric Bryan interfering in Johnny Gargano/Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, costing the beloved NXT favorite his last chance at regaining the NXT Championship and working a lengthy program with Gargano. Gargano vs. Bryan would be a masterpiece, both are dazzling to watch and could easily produce Match of the Year caliber contests. Its the perfect dream match where Gargano can face the man that he paralleled his career after.

Or perhaps Bryan has his gaze on the North American Championship and wants to ‘Save the planet’ from  The Velveteen Dream. Bryan would be a terrific foe for the 23-year-old. Who would be more perfect for Dream to learn from, than the seasoned veteran Bryan who can truly show Dream how to hold any crowd in the palm of his hands.

Or what if Bryan challenges ‘The Original Bro’ of NXT Matt Riddle. Both competitors are technician specialists, and with Riddle’s dangerous stiff strikes vs. Bryan’s unlimited arsenal of submissions they would put on a wrestling clinic. If WWE is looking to produce a 15-Minute sellout ala AEW, announcing Bryan vs. literally anyone in NXT could make it a reality. Not to mention if Bryan turns babyface, the possibilities are endless for him to work with.


Bryan has several options to choose from for his future in WWE, with a plethora of fantastic opponents to mix it up with. Another wild concept to consider, is what if Bryan leaves WWE altogether and signs with AEW? That’s just a fantasy but stranger things have happened in the world of professional wrestling. We the WWE Universe get the honor and privilege of witnessing magic whatever the decision is. So, where do you want Bryan to head to next?


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Tiffany’s Takes: Monday Night RAW (7-22-2019)

“Ah, the family reunion, where we meet relatives we haven’t seen or spoken to since the last reunion and air out the drama that can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

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Tiffany MC takes you on a journey into WWE Raw Reunion in this edition of Tiffany’s Takes!

Ah, the family reunion, where we meet relatives we haven’t seen or spoken to since the last reunion and air out the drama that can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas. How did WWE’s version of this unsung summer ritual go?


Read Mitchell’s WWE Raw Reunion Live Results & Recap!


I’m not a John Cena fan, or not much of one, not like I used to be, but there’s no denying that the man gets the crowd on its feet. Of course my feelings of nostalgia died the minute he started doing one of his twenty minute promos (YAWN!). I’m always down for a rap off between the Doctor of Thuganomics and the Usos though. Also, loved seeing Rikishi again, rare guy that could make any gimmick work. Not thrilled about Revival interrupting the dancing. Have to have Rikishi and the Usos dancing, but D-Von Dudley and Revival works for me.

For all the criticism of Hulk Hogan, the man still gets a pop, and it was great to see him with Jimmy Hart again, even if Jimmy is as annoying as ever. Where did Cena go? I get Rikishi and D-Von not wrestling, but did Cena fly the coop or something? Good match, but we didn’t get a stinkface!

Loved seeing Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Santino Marella,and Torrie Wilson, but of course Drew McIntyre had to ruin the fun because that’s what unhappy people do.

R-Truth survived Comic-Con, I see. I hope the moderators were told ahead of time about this, so it didn’t seem too weird, but it it Comic-Con, so who knows? I will give Drake Maverick all the props in the world for being man enough to be seen in that costume. If we get Carmella vs Renee Michelle out of this, I’m game. Also, GODFATHER, no ladies since this is PG and the MeToo Era.

So, Drew McIntyre was so incensed by Cedric Alexander’s surprise win yesterday, he wanted another go. The match never got going since McIntyre attacked before Alexander got in the ring, so he couldn’t even even up the score. But at least he thinks he got his balls back or whatever.

Ew, who invited the Boogeyman? At least Pat Patterson is here to save us and take off with the 24/7 belt.

Christian is here! Wish Edge was too, but we’ll take what we can get! We also have Lilian Garcia as ring announcer for the murder of the Major Bros by the Viking Raiders! RIP Major Bros.

So the swanky RAW reunion was going on with Mike Kanellis chatting it up with Eve Torres and Eric Bischoff before Maria interrupted. I am HATING the Pregzilla thing, seriously, they’re making her into every person’s nightmare of a pregnant woman. Hello, Ron Simmons, with or without the megaphone.

So, the Club plotting Seth Rollins’ destruction, I do wish the Shield was here because that would’ve been so epic, but Jon Moxley is having the time of his life in Japan and we want him to be happy.

Gerald Brisco struck again and got tricked by Kelly Kelly, so there’s that.

So, we’re getting a reboot of an old feud between Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns, which answers the question of who Reigns is facing at SummerSlam. God help them if Samoa Joe spouts on about Roman ‘faking’ his cancer. The match was great, so I’m eager to see this at SummerSlam.


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Seth Rollins started off his ‘Take the Title Back’ campaign with a stop at MizTV with a hilarious Brock Lesnar impersonation. Not as good as Cena’s but it wasn’t awful. I did enjoy watching him and Heyman promo off each other. This also interesting because it was the first MizTV to not end with someone, usually Miz, getting their ass kicked.

Everyone’s got that one relative that loves to stir up trouble at every reunion, and it looked like Sami Zayn played that role. LOVED Kurt Angle putting his GM hat on and making a match.

It’s been so long since I’ve seen Candice Michelle or Melina, those two were so great in their prime and Candice won her first championship in…a VERY long time by becoming the 24/7 champ, just to be beaten by…Madusa, I think? Good luck, knocking her out.

Jonathon Coachman is back in time to call Sami Zayn vs Rey Mysterio for us! I’ve said before that Mysterio’s most recent run in WWE hasn’t impressed me due to all his injury issues, but this was a good match, even got a spot for Rob Van Damm, Sgt. Slaughter, who still looks like he could hurt you, and Hurrican Helms, who isn’t quite as scary, and Kurt Angle.

Of course, the Nature Boy Ric Flair had to make his appearance, even though he’s not looking like he’s in the best health these days, it was good to see him again.

I still haven’t figured out what the Street Profits are doing on RAW.

Alundra Blayze  made her…triumphant return to RAW by selling the 24/7 Championship to Ted DiBiase.

Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler made his return to the show he called for nearly twenty years to call the rematch of Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles. This match was definitely the highlight of the night, in my opinion. It really looked like the Club was going to cause Rollins some misery, until he was saved by…DX? I’m not sure who was more shocked, Rollins or the Club. I think we would’ve all loved to have seen a Shield reunion, but Jon Moxley is having the time of his life in Japan, so Rollins getting an assist from DX will have to work. We didn’t get the six man tag, but the odds were evened up. The match ending in a DQ doesn’t really bother me since we got DX and the NWO in action…or was it the Kliq? Oh, who cares, it was cool and it happened. I literally turned into a teenage girl again squealing over Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman (Yeah, I had a crush on 1-2-3 Kid, mullet and all). Also, kudos for mentioning Chyna and Billy Gunn and for Seth marking out.

Mick Foley and Mark Henry are always joys to watch. Not a fan of Mick being attacked since he really isn’t in shape to fight back.

Well Moment of Bliss didn’t go quite the way I thought it would. I thought Alexa Bliss would find a way to shoehorn herself into the title picture, but she seemed happy to stir the pot between Becky Lynch and Nattie. I love how the Lynch/Nattie feud and seeing what the belt means to Lynch. Still curious to see what’s in store for Bliss and Nikki Cross, but that brawl was fun.

Our long nightmare is over, R-Truth is 24/7 Champions again. I said in the past that I had some reservations about the 24/7 Championship and things like this are why I had reservations, but the way this was handled was really fun and actually kept the Truth vs Maverick storyline going, not sure what happened to Renee Michelle.

Strowman crushed a jobber, so that happened.

Ah, time for everyone at the reunion to gather around and remind themselves that for all the drama, they still share a gene pool…or an employment history, in RAW’s case. However, is it me or does Ric Flair NOT look that good? That said, I loved seeing all the legends of RAW turn up for a beer bash with Stone Cold Steve Austin playing the relative that shows up just for the fuck of it and drinks beer all night. Great way to end a fun episode!


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