Joe Dinan brings you up to date on the happenings in and around the world of Lucha Libre!
On the Puebla Show we had the Puebla exclusive tag team tournament which saw Volador and Mephisto triumph over Niebla Roja and El Terrible. It was a fine match. I don’t know why they did the tournament again for Puebla. Maybe just for fun. On the Tuesday Show it was a decent undercard. One thing that stood out to me and probably me only was how jacked Drone was and how I think it’s silly how he usually dresses in a full body suit. He should show off his physique more. I associate body suits with really large overweight guys like Kraneo or LA Park or the older legends who return. The Tuesday main event was Rush vs Angel de Oro and it was a really good match. Rush is one hell of a worker when he feels like working and Oro is also very good. Rush won with the Rush Driver which is basically the Jay Driller move that Jay Briscoe uses.
Friday was the Juicio Final which means Final Judgement. It is one of their 4 main big shows of the year. We had a retirement match between Metalico and Virus. The loser was to retire and Metalico lost. This was around 20 minutes but it was really solid. The fans were super into it and Metalico was obviously emotional after. The next apuesta match was Kaho Kobayashi vs Amapola in a hair vs hair match that Amapola won. I was personally devastated that Kobayashi lost because she had some nice hair, but luckily for her she’s still cute bald. Euforia and Gran Guerrero won the tag team titles from Diamante Azul and El Valiente. Ultimo Guerrero defeated Mascara Ano 2000 in a hair vs hair match in the main event which saw a lot of interference during the match and after. My guess is they’re going to build towards one of the new Dinamitas getting revenge against Ultimo Guerrero. Also coming up for the next three weeks is the Familia Tournament which sees family members teaming. The final week of the tournament will apparently see Matt Taven return to face Volador with the ROH title on the line. I can only hope Volador wins.
Pretty much no news out of AAA other. It’s all in my last week edition. The only news is they have a show on the 9th, so that’s gonna be a nice day for wrestling fans who watch a lot of product. Konnan mentioned on his podcast that since the Lucha Brothers are going to be working AAA more regularly that Killer Kross is going to be working a program with Pentagon soon in an effort to get Kross over as a destroyer. Kross has been undefeated for 3 years in AAA but has been directionless for most of that. When Vampiro was booking he had no clue what he was doing. Kross would just come out and randomly beat people up and that’s it. With Konnan here Kross is more of a character on the show, teaming up with Los Mercenarios occasionally in order to take out victims. Recently he has been feuding with Puma King and that’s been helping. Konnan mentioned that it’s difficult to get him over because in America you’d just do squash matches to show how brutal he is, but in Mexico the fans don’t really take an interest or care in squash matches. It’s usually either tag matches or trios matches with teams or intertwining feuds, championship matches, multiman matches, or apuesta matches. So you have to get creative to get certain individuals over.
That’s all this week. Pretty much a slow week for news. Oh and based of Mr. Moxley’s interview I’d suggest non English speaking talent to avoid WWE for now.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!