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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis

Get caught up on the crazy world of Lucha Libre!

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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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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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