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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (5/13/19)

Joe keeps you up-to-date in all the happenings from Mexico and the crazy world of Lucha Libre! Dig in and get educated…

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Joe Lucha Libre Report

Joe Dinan keeps you up-to-date in all the happenings from Mexico and the crazy world of Lucha Libre!

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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.

AAA

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.

Silver King

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.


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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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