FantasticaMania roster announced, Infierno en el Ring challenges

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CMLL (FRI) 11/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Blue Panther Jr. & Tritón b Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo
The former Black Panther fought as Blue Panther Jr. for the first time. Triton replaced Starman.
2) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus
Pegasso cheated to help Cometa win fall 1. Virus got some revenge and beat Pegasso in the second as Kamaitachi did the same to Dragon Lee. Dragon Lee gave Kamaitachi the spider German suplex in the third for the win.
3) Blue Panther, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Rey Bucanero
Straight falls when Bucanero and Peste Negra reverted to not getting along. Rudos jumped the tecnicos but lost the first fall. Rudos still had the second fall won, but Barbaro would not release his cavernaria on Blue Panther and was DQed. Panther was stretchered out as Bucanero & Felino challenged each other.
4) Ángel de Oro b Mephisto [lightning]
Mecedora. World light heavyweight champ beats national light heavyweight champ.
5) Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys b Máximo, Super Porky, Titán
Super Porky replaced Mascara Dorada. Shocker declared he didn’t want to be in the cage match and wanted to face Maximo in a singles hair match instead. Shocker beat up Maximo and beat up Porky when he tried to make the save.
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
UG fouled Volador.

CMLL has video of the new names for the Panther family.

FantasticaMania

CMLL and NJPW announced the group of luchadors going to Japan for the mid January six show FantasticaMania tour.

Atlantis
Último Guerrero
La Sombra (NWA Historic Middleweight Champion)
Volador Jr. (NWA Historic Welterweight Champion)
Místico
Gran Guerrero
Mr. Niebla
Bárbaro Cavernario
Máscara Dorada
Pólvora
Mephisto (Mexican Light Heavyweight champion)
Okumura
Ángel de Oro (CMLL welterweight championsh)
Stuka Jr.
Rey Cometa
Tritón
Stigma

That’s 17 names for the 15 man tour. Maybe they meant to say Ultimo Guerrero, Barbaro Cavernario and 15 more? About half the announced welterweight tournament field (Triton, Dorada, Cometa, Polvora) is on the tour so it’s a decent chance that title will be involved as well. It’s an unbalanced field of 9 tecnicos, 7 rudos, and 1 whatever Sombra feels like being that day.

Maximo is the big surprise of people not included, since he’s been a important part of these in past years. Fuego’s done well in his visits this year but won’t be back. Neither will Euforia, Valiente, Niebla Roja, Dragon Rojo or La Mascara. Sombra & Mascara being in different countries again suggests there’s no real reason to bring in a replacement Ingobernable (though CMLL’s preview for this Sunday’s show teases Marco as just that.) None of the other En Busca de un Idolo finalsts will be making the trip, which disappoints me.

Mr. Niebla is the biggest surprise to be included. Niebla is currently suspended from CMLL for being in no condition to wrestle on 11/07 and has a history of similiar issues. It’s tougher to send someone home from Tokyo (and it’s odd Niebla would be rewarded.) Mistico is on these cards, which means he’ll be back in action no less than 3 weeks after the title he gave up is decided. That situation makes even less sense now, but now Mistico’s gotten out of actually losing his title and is free to challenge Mephisto in a rematch from last year’s surprising outcome.

Gran Guerrero and Stigma come off strongest as guys making the show mostly on who they’re related to (though it’s not as though as everyone else is a merit based inclusion.) Gran Guerrero is treated as a main eventer in CMLL and they can do the ‘brother’ team as a selling point. Stigma is the only segunda level guy who’s making this trip, with NJPW playing him up as the nephew of Black Cat, who’s honored on the final day of the tour every year. Stigma’s fine, but there’s better people being skipped over for no merit based reason.  I’d guess the other luchadors are happy for Stigma but not really happy with the people who make these decisions.

Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis, an Anniversary rematch in Tokyo, seems like a sure thing. Getting some other main events is a bit tougher. Sombra and Volador will be in key positions and whoever has belts will probably be defending them. (No tag or trios.) Other years have had deeper rosters and most of the top guys have already faced each other on these shows, so there’s not as many enticing great matches as previous tours.

AAA TV today will have Australian Suicide & Aerostar vs Super Fly, Pentagon Jr., Psycho Circus vs Hell Brothers and Myzteziz/Fenix vs Angelico/Jack Evans vs Zema Ion/Robbie E. The show goes on their YouTube channel on Monday.

Lucha Underground ratings on El Rey continue to hover around the 17K level. Ratings on Unimas continue are up to 190K level. The week to week increase on Unimas is more than the entire amount of people who watch in El Rey. (I understand if you don’t like Spanish language promos what that have to be subtitle on El Rey, but they absolutely should be doing those promos with those numbers.) The WON had the second episode on Unimas around 250K, a pretty big difference than what the Torch had at the level. They have to either be looking at different demographics or someone was just throwing out an estimate.

An article about celebrities visiting CMLL. Someone must work at recruiting famous people to come to Arena Mexico, because there’s often someone showing up in front of the crowd on Tuesday shows . It doesn’t seem to have any effect on attendance, they’re rarely mentioned on TV and you have to search carefully on Twitter to find out it’s happening so I don’t understand the point, but it’s definitely some internal emphasis.

52MX did air Negro Casas/Maximo. My efforts in trying to find patterns or logic in CMLL TV continue to be dumb.

Rob has a music video of 07/25/14 CMLL.

Faby Apache has no more idea about the mystery women debuting next Friday than the rest of us.

Titan talks about his career to Notimex. There’s a video clip of this as well.

Lucha Libre In Japan

11/22 NJPW: La Sombra & Naito [O] b AJ Styles & Yujiro [X] – Sombra’s team won their first match, hooray.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 11/28/2014 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Starman vs Disturbio & Metálico
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
4) Felino vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Terrible, Thunder, Último Guerrero

All kids tickets are $10 pesos, which seems their singular effort at combating the AAA show on the same night. Porky & Vangellys being in the semimani suggests they’ll end up in the cage match after all as last second additions. Tercera loked really good, won’t be on TV. Main event should have the usual La Mascara/Volador problems.

CMLL video promo for the show.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-09-13

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taped 2014-09-02 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
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CMLL preview, Guadalajara changes

CMLL’s already announced the 12/05 main event, so tonight’s show is more about seeing if they have anything in store for either a semimain on that show, or for next week’s show going against the AAA taping in Gimansio Juan de la Barrera. CMLL doesn’t appear to have up their sleeve at the moment, but a token effort wouldn’t hurt. The only teased feud is Angel de Oro/Mephisto, which is tonight’s lightning match. A lightning match could set up a title match between them or it could be like Tuesday’s match and go absolutely nowhere. All the other top matches involve two people in the cage match matching up in some way. Dragon Lee and Virus meet in a promising but untelevised segunda.

CMLL.com has a photo of the inside of Rush’s broken leg, if that’s what you’re looking for today. A titanium plate with eight screws was attached to his fibia to fix the fracture, and ankle ligament damage was also repaired. CMLL again said Rush would be resting three months; we probably shouldn’t expect to see Rush in the ring until late February. Sombra, who starts off the tag tournament against Yujiro and AJ Styles in a few hours, wrote that only surgery could stop the Ingobernables and they’d be back together soon.

Apolo Dantes announced he was no longer in charge of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. This is at least the second time he’s been removed from that position. No word of who’s taking over. It seemed like they just started expanding shows to Tonala, Jalisco - I wonder if those will go on, or if this was even a designed move. No real idea about anything that happened here.

Mil Muetes & Sexy Star were among the Lucha Underground people at last night’s Latin Grammys, which airs on Univison in the US. The Univision Deportes awards are advertised all the time doing the Unimas Lucha Underground airing and I thought maybe Lucha Underground talent would be invited to that, but it seems like they got a earlier/bigger invite. This is about the point where previous networks starting new wrestling promotions have started to lessen their support for the shows, but there’s no sign of that with Lucha Underground so far. In other news, it reads like Matt Striker and Vampiro were doing (or redoing) commentary yesterday.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Lucha Underground week 4 and KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 4 and Brazo de Plata, La Máscara, Místico vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Leyendas Inmortales still hasn’t actually aired on TV, but they’ve got two more shows listed as TV tapings.

Zema Ion’s trip thru Mexico includes a match against Ricky Marvin in Acapulco on Sunday.

Mesias won Sombra India’s hair in a cage match. No date is listed on the recap, but I’m thinking it was the 11/15 show in Zacatecas.

Black Terry was not happy with Dr. Cerebro.

Fuego en el Ring interviews Hechicero and the Villano kids.

Metalico talks about his new look.

Semiotica del Deporte has a bio of Rocky Santana.

great match roundup, week of 2014-09-13

Good/Great/Excellent matches

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-13
taped 2014-09-05 @ Arena México
Rey Cometa vs Cavernario in a lightning match: [GOOD]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
– AAA on Televisa: 2014-09-13
– CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-09-13
(I didn’t get to see C3 from this week but there didn’t seem to be anything urgent.)

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-09-14
taped 2014-08-18 @ Arena Puebla
Eléctrico © vs Espíritu Maligno for the Mexican National Lightweight Championship:

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11/22-23 lucha times

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Not bothering to do predictions for IWRG or Puebla (or Monterrey) until they actually air again. It may be a while.

== AAA ==

Leon part 1. I picked matches randomly. They’ll announce this tomorrow. Hopefully all seven matches will air; they usually have enough time to do it.

== Lucha Underground ==

“Boyle Heights Street Fight” – you might be able to tell from the title that a street fight takes place. It’s Ryck/Puma. Drago/Muerte and Sexy/Chavo are scheduled, and probably also Sagrada/Havoc; I think I’ve mistakenly left it off the big taping list.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: 10 man cibernetico and Guerreros/Thunder vs Ingobernables/Marco

Azteca: Hopefully the Panther/Cavernario match turns up here, as happens with lightning matches sometimes. Last time to see Rush for a while.

52MX: If my theory is right, no Negro Casas/Maximo. Instead, Atlantis/Dorada/Voaldor vs Euforia/Bucanero/UG, Delta/Fuego/Maya vs Hechicero/HsN/Virus and Esfinge/Bala/Halcon vs Canelo/Negro/Malefico.

Claro: Top four matches from Sunday.

C3: Lee/Fuego/Triton vs Cancerbero/Okumura/Raziel, plus Hechicero and Negro Casas/Titan in the main event.

Terra Sunday: Fuego vs Sagrado. I just assume Sagrado is anti-sance now. Dragon Rojo/Dorada/Volador vs Mephisto/Casas/Roja

== Other ==

There is no other.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-06

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taped 2014-08-29 @ Arena México
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FILL cibernetico ends without a winner, Welterweight tournament set, Mistico

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 11/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Mercenario de la Muerte, Pequeño Mercenario, Skanda b Pequeño Pumita, Vardeus, Voltar
2) Chicanito, Dragón Blanco, Fly Tiger b Guerrero 2000, Sexy Girl, Último Caballero
3) Adrenalina, Aguila Oriental, Marduk b Charly Boy, Ojo De Tigre, Psique
4) Black Cobra, Black Niko, Galaxy b Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extremo, Vampiro Metálico
5) Atomic Star, Hip Hop Man, Magnum 44 b Aramis, Black Angel, Shadow Boy
6) Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Omega, Power Bull, Saruman, Sky Ángel DDQ Arkanos, Balack, Danger King, Energía, Impacto, Principe Negro, Rayo Star,Skull Metal [Copa High Power]
Torneo FILL XXXVI. FILL/Black Terry vs Sexy Gym/Dr. Cerbero. Sky Angel replaced Alfa. Match came down to Dragon Celestial and Impacto. Ref was talking to Black Terry and missed Impacto pulling Dragon Celestial’s mask and faked a foul. Ref saw Impacto down selling the foul and with the mask and just decided to DQ everyone. 

CMLL elaborated a little more on the CMLL Welterweight Championship later on Wednesday. The tournament will start on 12/26 (Friday); CMLL wasn’t clear if the title would be decided on that day but they’ve tended to have to final two come back the following week and that would set them up for two holiday shows here. On Informa, the field was announced as Triton, Mascara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Delta, Fuego, Titan, Negro Casas, Polvora, Kamaitachi and Sangre Azteca. Dorada, Casas, and Polvora are former champions. Polvora Titan is currently National Welterweight champ and Sangre and Titan Polvora have both held that title.

Mistico did ask for a title shot when he returned, which doesn’t always get picked up on. Negro Casas would make the most sense as winner if that was the plan, since Casas can have great matches with him and the other rudos don’t fit (Polvora has his belt, Sangre & Kamaitachi are just happy to be included.) Dorada and Titan are probably the favorites but if Rey Cometa or Fuego were ever going to win a world singles title, this would be the most likely moment. A 10 person field means this is likely a cibernetico.

The bigger news is Mistico gave up a title that’s being kept on ice for another month, which suggests Mistico isn’t anywhere near close to returning. This being CMLL, it’s a little bit possible Mistico will be back before then – it’s happened with other vacant titles – but they’ve stopped hinting at a return date. CMLL went out of there way to note Rush was pulled from FantasticaMania, which was odd since they had never officially announced he was on FantasticaMania (though everyone figured as much.) CMLL didn’t say anything about Mistico being pulled of those cards.

Mistico did recently film a short promo for NJPW. I’d assumed it was to set him up as appearing on FantasticaMania, but maybe it was for something else. NJPW is going to announce a NJPW World service on 12/01, and it’s been leaked that it’ll be a VOD service. CMLL and NJPW have a good relationship, the people in charge just met a few weeks ago, and CMLL is willing to sell any and all of their footage to foreign markets for cheap prices. Maybe Mistico filmed that promo as part of an introduction to CMLL footage on the NJPW network? It’s a long shot and there are obvious problems – NJPW’s shot their own footage and used their own commentary for the CMLL shows they’ve been airing which is unrealistic for more than a few shows a year and CMLL’s not super reliable about sending footage – but it’s possible.

Yesterday’s CMLL Informa also included an angry Volador and Mascara being indefinite about the future of the Ingobernables. Mascara said that with Sombra in Japan and Rush out, they’d figure out what to do about the group later – so he’ll probably jsut be doing his new character alone as a “tecnico” for now. Ultimo Guerrrero admitting he was wearing the band-aid to look different and the bodybuilding guys saying they’ve dropped the minis division are the two other things of note.

Sombra’s not scared of LA Park. Sombra doesn’t want to team with Dr. Wagner. Sombra’s going to be the best in Japan. What I’m most impressed about here is Sombra’s going to Japan for like three weeks and he’s only got two bags and half of that is wrestling gear (that he’s wearing and selling.) He must pack well.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Tzuki actually showed up for a match.

Pierroth was honored at a show in Cuernavaca.

Pentagon Jr. says 2015 will be the year of Cero Miedo.

Lineups

DTU (FRI) 11/07/2014 Auditorio UGM, Rio Blanco, Veracruz
1) Chiki Nerds vs Masizito, Porritos
trainees
2) Corazon Latino, Crazy Star, Optimus vs Junior, Principe Infenral, Sepultura
3) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs El Junior, El Nene, Kalibius and Aero Azul, Aero Power, Ferrari Ug
4) Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Cotty Santiago & Low Rider
5) Jinzo & Rocky Lobo vs Artikus & Lanzeloth [DTU NEXO, semifinal]
6) Ángel o Demonio vs Ovett, Crazy Boy, Black Baby, Jhonky, Cíclope [lamps, ladders]
7) Drastik Boy vs Septimo Dragon, Gremlin, Vengador, Chica Ye-Ye, Hacker [scaffold]

The tag team tournament goes on (figures to end by the end of this run of shows), but DTU putting people on 15 meter scaffolding sounds like this might be a memorable show. Scaffolding seems unsafe, DTU scaffolding seems like the least safe thing ever.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-09-06

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taped 2014-09-02 @ Arena México
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Lucha Underground 1×4 (2014-11-19)

Fenix tornillo tope

the matches

  • Sexy Star b Ivelisse (6:18, casita)
  • Fenix b Pentagon Jr. (7:54, Spanish Fly)
  • Drago b King Cuervo (4:53, springboard armdrag in Skayde Special cradle)
  • Johnny Mundo DQ Big Ryck (4:40, interference from Cisco & Castro)

the developments

Sexy Star is in one piece and wants revenge on Chavo for Demon and Mascarita.

None of the other Pentagons like Pentagon Jr. :(

Dario Cueto put Drago in a match with the debuting evil hunter King Cuerno to test him. He passed!

Konnan warned Prince Puma not to interfere in Mundo’s fight. To the surprise of anyone who’s watched a TV show, Prince Puma actually listened to him and stayed out of it – only Cisco and Castro just assumed Puma was going to interfere and laid him out before he could. Mundo was put thru a table (which broke remarkably clean) to end the show.

thoughts

Drago can fly

Still a good show, but the weakest of the four so far. There wasn’t a big wow moment as there had been on the other ones. Fenix/Pentagon was pretty good, but not at the level of the standout matches from the other shows and didn’t really have the time to be one. Everything moved along, nothing was bad, they’ve just set a really high mark with the other shows and it’s going to be tough to do that every week. Probably the most wrestling time on the show so far though.

This was the first show where it felt like a Spanish language show first. Sexy Star and Pentagon Jr. both did (subtitled) speeches in Spanish to start their matches. I wonder if that means Ivelisse (who did hers in English) gets subtitled on Saturday or if they found a way to hide that.

Sexy Star did a lot of wrestling in her match with Ivelisse to showcase her as someone tough enough to fight Chavo. That match felt a little long, but it’s also a small roster and they needed to give Ivelisse her moments too.

Fenix and Pentagon was the expected showcase spot fest. It wasn’t as absolutely insane as last week, it’s tougher to keep that pace with just two guys. They still do a bunch of crazy moves and near falls. Pentagon got promo time before the match, probably to balance out him taking the loss again. The announcers very directly built up Fenix as on an equal level to Prince Puma and one of the stars of promotion. There were some lines clearly inserted after the fact to that specific extent.

(I don’t want to do much announcer talk this week, but Vampiro started to grate a bit with mentions of what he would’ve done in matches. I don’t believe he would’ve hooked the leg, no.)

Hijo del Fantasma worked very different as King Cuerno. He was much slower and even more purposefully heelish than he has in AAA. It didn’t quite click for me – and maybe it wasn’t totally supposed to, since Striker made a point of saying Cuerno’s posing had cost him the match. I’d be concerned, but there were plenty of mentions of better matches for him later on, so I’m not really concerned.

you know it’s not AAA because the table actually broke

Cuerno got a vignette before he debuted to make him feel like a big deal, and Drago had a moment with Cueto (more to show off Drago’s tongue.) Announcers talked about Pentagon & Fenix having history but didn’t explain it. There’s work to be done with those two.

Big Ryck and Johnny Mundo had a match that felt very choreographed in trying to make it work for both guys (and their different styles) and was probably about as good as they’re going to get from that match.

No Chavo on the show. Maybe he took Konnan’s advice. Konnan and Cueto were less of a presence than other shows. No Muertes either. They’ve got a hard job of juggling characters – Puma won’t have a match for two weeks (and was busy elsewhere this weekend in reality) but they managed to give him a story beat on the show to set up something for next week.

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12/07 AAA TV Lineup (Zapopan) – Guerra de Titanes 2014

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AAA TV (SUN) 12/07/2014 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco
***Guerra de Titanes, 2014***
1) Dinastía © vs Mini Charly Manson [AAA MINI]
Dinastia fifth known defense.
2) ? & Faby Apache vs Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie
3) Fénix & Myzteziz vs Angélico & Jack Evans © and Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. [AAA TAG]
Jack & Angelico fourth known defense.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown © vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético [AAA TRIOS]
Psycho Circus eighth known defense.
5) Aerostar vs Súper Fly [mask]
seconds are Nino Hamburguesa and Hijo del Fantasma
6) El Patrón Alberto vs Texano Jr. © [AAA HEAVY]
Mesias and Perro are seconds. Texano 14th known defense.

Air Date: 01/03 and 01/10? That doesn’t sound right but it’s not clear this point. AAA previously indicated they wanted to sell this thru on iPPV, but there’s been no official talk about that as of yet.

This is about what it looked like AAA had in store after Monday’s show in Leon. The surprise is no more surprises. These usually go to seven or eight matches to get a few more people involved, but that’s not what happened here. AAA does squeeze in Perro Jr., Mesias, Fantasma and Hamburguesa (???) as seconds. La Parka getting involved in the trios title match would make sense with what they’ve done before.

It’s about usual TV taping size, though the matches a lot bigger. The main event should be the coronation of Alberto as the top guy. There’s no point in Alberto messing around with Texano (or anyone else) if he’s really main eventing against Perro at TripleMania. It takes a long time for AAA to get those kind of things set up so they’d need to get it started here if they were serious about it.

Alberto apparently indicated this past weekend that the two US companies he’s signing with are Lucha Underground and TNA. TNA announced their new TV deal today, but their schedule has not been made public and there’s no telling how it would overlap. I would assume AAA has top priority, but we don’t know that until we know it and I’m not sure that’s a big issue even if it’s not. AAA hasn’t been afraid to give titles to guys who are otherwise occupied (Demon!) and aren’t concerned with frequent title defenses, so a TNA deal shouldn’t be an issue – but that’s the only thing I can think of that might be a reason Alberto doesn’t win.

My hunch, based on how they had been used before this feud started, is Aerostar is beating Super Fly. Aerostar made TV and got the new Air Force, Super Fly was off on the island of forgotten luchadors with Uro Rocker. That doesn’t seem a certainty though. (Either way, one of these guys will be on Lucha Underground masked after they lose their mask here. They’re different universes and it goes both ways – no real influence from that show on this one yet.) Not thrilled about Hamburguesa being a second, since that means the match will have to stop for Nino to get in his spots. Overall though, Super Fly and Aerostar got semimain billing on a six match card which should give them plenty of time. This is the night for them their mark.

If we know anything about Psycho Circus feuds, it’s that they go on forever. This will be the fourth time these two teams face off but surely not the last. A title change makes sense if they’re going to keep this going, but there may be other considerations (how many titles do they want to change hands on one show?) at play here.

Three way tag match is going to be the spot fest of the night, even if it’d be a little bit better if Pentagon had been adopted by a more spectacular stable. (Where were you, Anarquia?) The Perros del Mal team appear here to allow the tecnico to tecnico title change without forcing the two teams to battle each other Myzteziz & Fenix have been treated as the new hot idea and figure to win to continue that.

It’ll be a lot easier to have an opinion on the women’s tag match once we finally find out who this new person is. They’re being booked to be a important person right away; Taya vs ??? is surely the next title match if all goes right.

Dinastia gets very rare chance to defend his title in a singles match on a high profile show. Actually, that’s not rare, that’s a first time ever: AAA’s never done a singles title match in the (brief) history of this title on a major show. Mini Charly’s looked like a good opponent for him and this should just be a good exhibition for the champ. There’s no obvious reason to change the title.

There’s no taping announced past this date. AAA wouldn’t need to tape until early January, but that’s when Lucha Underground needs to tape. AAA could tape the weekend prior (01/10) to Lucha Underground’s resumption (01/17) but might choose to get ahead of things by taping late in Decemeber as usual. The Best Ofs all may or may not be happening too. This is fluid.

CMLL has their end of year show on 12/05, AAA has their show on 12/07, and everyone starts to take a bit of a winter’s nap on 12/08.

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