Joe Dinan keeps you up-to-date in all the happenings from Mexico and the crazy world of Lucha Libre!
Arena Puebla Monday
The main event of this show was Caristico vs Volador Jr. Volador took a lot of the match and he won in the third fall by taking Caristico’s mask off and then rolling him up, hiding his face from the ref. The co-main event was Mistico, Atlantis, and Soberano vs Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario, and Gran Guerrero. The match was alright and it saw the latter winning.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja faced El Terrible, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero in the main event. It was your standard Tuesday main event. Nobody really working too hard. Caristico’s team ended up winning. In the co-main Titan, Stuka, and Flyer defeated Los Hijos del Infiernos in an alright match. There was a lightning round match between Audaz and Misterioso. It was quite sloppy and it ended abruptly when Misterioso just pulled off Audaz’s mask.
Arena Mexico Friday
Well something to start with. Matt Taven will be here next week so I assume they’ll continue his little thing with Volador. The main event of this weeks show saw Mistico, Dragon Lee, and Volador facing Mr. Niebla, Cavernario, and Negro Casas. It was just a match. Dragon Lee returned from Japan for some reason to do a random match just to leave again. I mean it’s his back on a 15 hour plane ride. Volador pinned Mr. Niebla with a back stabber for the win. Mascara Ano 2000, Sanson, and Cuatrero defeated Los Guerrero’s when Mascara low blowed Ultimo Guerrero when the ref wasn’t looking. Ultimo challenged him to a hair vs hair match. Atlantis, Soberano, and Atlantis Jr faced Villano IV, Rey Bucanero, and Hijo del Villano III. Atlantis pinned Hijo Villano III with a hurricanrana. Earlier on the card they also set up a hair vs hair match between Amapola and Kaho Kobayashi. Lots of hair matches!
Be sure to also catch the Best Of The Super Juniors. There’s a lot of nice Lucha talent there. Bandido, Dragon Lee, Titan, among others.
The MSG tickets do not seem to be moving well. I noticed they changed the format in which you can look at the tickets on the ticket master app. You were at first able to get a seat viewer to get a view of each seat and maybe you can do that on the web browser but I can’t on the app. Regardless of what’s happening the tickets were hardly moving. There were some seats in the lower section sold and a handful in each available section. I’m going to guess they haven’t sold more than 1000. It’s a tough task for AAA. Obviously Mexican fans in Mexico are used to seeing most of the tickets get sold via walk up tickets. I’d assume the close seats are ones that are bought early and the rest are walk ups. I don’t have numbers on that, but I’m guessing this because of the way the tickets are priced. The VIP tickets range from 400-700, top seat for 400, silver meet and greet 500, gold meet and greet 600 and 700 for the platinum which seems to be the front row. I’m no economist but those prices seem very high for traveling Mexican’s from Mexico to buy. They along with MSG said they’re expecting a fly in crowd from Mexico for Mexican Independence day. So here’s my guess, the front row seats are probably for the hardcore wrestling fans and the rest of the tickets are from walk ups or close to the day of tickets for Mexicans. Tickets from the section 100 and beyond are very affordable. I also wonder if some people aren’t buying because they figure prices might lower eventually since little tickets are moving. I guess we will have to see.
AAA has a show this Saturday and Sunday. I’m lead to believe that Tessa Blanchard will make her debut there. It’ll be interesting to see how she gets over. If she does. I assume she will, she’s very good. Here’s the line ups. May 18th, Psycho Clown, Dr. Wagner Jr, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr, and Killer Kross. Laredo Kid, Puma King, and Hijo Del Vikingo vs La Mascara, Chessman, and Sammy Guevara. La Mascara won’t be there since he left the company but that won’t stop AAA from advertising it. Faby Apache and Lady Shani vs Tessa Blanchard and Chik Tormenta. On the 19th we have, Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Puma King vs Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Daga/Tessa. That’s what it says, Daga/Tessa. La Parka, Laredo Kid, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra. Pagano vs La Mascara vs Chessman. So no Mascara. I assume Taurus will replace Mascara in all of these spots. That’s the new line up for Los Mercenarios, Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr, Hiedra, and Taurus.
Very sad to say as most know by now that Silver King died this past weekend. Silver King is known to fans around the age of 30 or anybody who watched either WCW or Mexican wrestling or his time in NJPW as Black Tiger. Silver King is the son of the original Dr. Wagner, brother to Dr. Wagner Jr. He worked with El Texano as Los Cowboys early on in their career. Obviously to Americans he is known for his time in WCW where they had a lot of those lucha guys doing silly things after 1997. He was known as a very good worker. He was one of the few guys back then that studied other styles and adapted to it when necessary. The situation surrounding his death is sad and shows the lack of attention some wrestlers or promotors have. I feel like having a doctor and ambulance on hand is important because anything can happen out of nowhere as was the case here. And if you’re a promoter and you can’t afford to spare that money wise then maybe you shouldn’t be in the business of promoting shows.
Aside from that and even if all of that was covered I don’t know what Juventud and the ref were thinking. Juventud has been wrestling for nearly 30 years all over the world in almost every major company. How does he have the mental lapse that he had where he is completely unaware that Silver King is unresponsive? I’m not a wrestler but I know wrestlers are communicating all the time. Especially wrestlers that require cooperation for there moves as is the case for lucha libre or indie style. How does the ref not know to throw up the X when he tries talking to Silver King and he doesn’t respond? We all as fans know when things don’t feel part of the show and the talent should definitely know when something is wrong. And it definitely shouldn’t take 5 minutes like it took. Maybe a minute or two? But even then, it’s unacceptable and it’s sad we had to lose a great wrestler and storied person at such a young age. It was very similar to Perro Aguayo Jr. Everyone is late to check and nobody is around to see how he is. When Jerry Lawler had his heart attack on commentary they immediately attended to him. And maybe it’s easier because he wasn’t in a match so you knew something was wrong. But like I said when you communicate with a wrestler and he doesn’t answer then something is wrong. let’s learn and get better. Rest easy Silver King.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!