Volador/Cavernario tonight, Dragon Lee in ROH, Caristico double booked (again)

CMLL has two previews of the today’s show, with one of them still convinced there were 16 people in the 12 person match. Both of them believe Reyna Isis will be on the show; she said she was leaving for Japan yesterday. (Maybe she meant next Thursday? I dunno.)

The main event, and the only match with an ongoing issue, is Cavernario versus Volador. ESTO has an interview with Volador, hyping him as the best luchador in Mexico. Volador would be a strong favorite under normal situations, and stronger more since this is a (ESTO) sponsored tournament. It should be a great match, given Cavernario’s work with other flyers in the past, even with a one sided outcome.

The semimain is supposed to have Mistico, Caristico, and Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, La Mascara and Euforia, though Caristico is also scheduled on the Elite show the same night. CMLL (& Elite) seem to be allowing Caristico to be booked on both shows, but they’re not making it particularly easy to keep the schedule. The Elite show will probably have to be delays, and maybe matches done out of order, if Caristico is going to make the 60-90 minute drive between the two shows.

The fourth match is Maximo, Marco Corleone and Johnny Idol vs Mr. Niebla, Mephisto and Ephesto, in the usual Maximo/Niebla comedy match. One of the previews points out Marco forgot the search for a new third member of Bufete del Amor; what the preview forgets is Maximo & Marco actually picked Idol as the new third, but CMLL didn’t bother booking them together again until now. CMLL seemed to start a Idol/Ephesto feud, which I can’t believe is a real thing. The third match is Guerrero Maya, Titan, and Rey Cometa versus Hechicero, Vangellys and Bobby Z, which should be a pretty good match. The second match teams up three of CMLL’s younger tecnicas, Sanely, Lluvia, and Silueta, taking on Dalys, Tiffany and maybe Reyna Isis. The opener is a minis match with Ultimo Dragoncito, Shockercito, Demus 3:16 and Pierroth.

CultIcon also previews this show. The show will air at 8:30pm CT on ClaroSports.com. The main event will air after 10:30, and it’ll probably be worth checking out even if you don’t watch the rest of the show.

That Elite taping is also tonight. The two “Liga Elite” singles matches are Blue Demon vs LA Park and Xtreme Tiger vs Cibernetico, though they’ve stopped listing standings. The second one doesn’t sound like it’s going to be so great. Demon & Park were on an Azteca sports show last night pushing their match, which can only help with attendance after last week. There’s been talk, including on the podcast last week, about showing up this Sunday on AAA’s Heroes Inmortales, but the most recent word is that’s now off.

The rest of the Elite card has Caristico & Golden Magic teaming against Rey Escorpion & Silver King (where Escorpion has repeatedly destroyed Golden Magic as a way to build up other feuds), Emperador Azteca, Intocable and Toscano versus Decnnis, Mr. Aguila & Zumbido, Ciclon Ramirez Jr. & the debuting Leon Dorado Jr. facing Imposible & Peligro, and an opener of Hijo del Pantera & Mr. Leo taking Luzbel & Tanque Infernal. Matches from the show will air Saturday night on Azteca.

Meanwhile, Dragon Lee debuts tonight in Ring of Honor, on their PPV tonight. He fights Kamaitachi once again. You can purchase the show for$35USD on Fite.TV (or PPV companies.) Dragon Lee will also wrestle on the TV tapings Saturday night, but I don’t think we’ll know the match ahead of time. I’m somewhat annoyed/frustrated/not-surprised at the lack of effort ROH’s made in building up Dragon Lee – that’s why I wrote that introduction of him for Voices of Wrestling – and I’m not convinced he’ll be treated as important as he should be on this show. The CMLL/ROH agreement feels like something being pushed on ROH, and not something they have a personal interest in – or, to be more generous, something they have an interest in but have so many other things going on of importance that it’s slipping thru the cracks.

Also meanwhile, Jack Evans & Angelico are over in Germany for WXW’s tag team tournament over a three day weekend.

Konnan told people he plans on having surgery next month, then doing a retirement tour in March. It seems like he’s talked about doing a retirement tour for years.

CaraLucha announced (Rey) Fenix will be on their 10/22 show. The full card will be announced on 10/05.

Averno says the Apaches are going to pay.

If you’ve never been to the CMLL arenas but always wanted to get a feeling of what it’s like inside, Google Maps has Street View photos of Arena Mexico & Arena Coliseo.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Demus won the Wrestling Superstars championship, whichever championship that is.

lucha TV preview for weekend of October 1st

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It’s not listed on the chart, but the ROH PPV (available on FiteTV) is also Friday night, starting a half hour before the CMLL show for $35. The show will include Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi, a match up I absolutely love. However, my concern is ROH does not share that same love. That preview on FiteTV hypes the match a lot, because it’s the filler text they used before the full card was announced, but ROH has done nothing to get unfamiliar fans excited for the show. (They’ve put out a press release and a couple Tweets, basically.) I’m sure there will be other matches that’ll be good, but it’s hard for me to invest $35 on a show if I’m concerned the match I want to see is going to be short changed, and ROH has passively indicated the match is not as important to them as it is to me. (Plus, there’s a CMLL Friday show to see too.) I know I could probably just find a stream somewhere, but what I think I’m going to do is just not get the show live, and pay for a replay if it sounds like it’s worth my time. You may be more invested than me in ROH – or more excited in general! – so I wanted to make sure you knew it was out there.

That CMLL Claro show has Cavernario/Volador, so they may very well have the best match of the night anyway. Semimian should be good with or without Caristico, but his participation will be the story. I’m back home, so I should be able to record it.

AAA will have the full Hard Rock show this week –  I checked, it’s a one taping show.. There is no iPPV for Heroes Inmortales this weekend.

IWRG should be back in full this week, with an episode this weekend (reacp of the latest FILL show) and one Monday night (Trauma/Canis.)

There’s no sign of Lucha Libre Retro, though the Facebook site still seems active.

The preview for Lucha Underground gives away one match as a Dial of Doom (and the title certainly hints at Matanza’s opponent.)  I believe we’re getting an Ivelisse, and another Texano/Cage match would fit seeing as they need four more of them.

Jack Evans on AAA, Lucha Libre Boom defeats FILL, Star Battle Japan card

CMLL (TUE) 09/27/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Martes de Glamour]
1) Explosivo & Neutrón b Mr. Apolo & Relámpago
Tecnicos took 1/3. This is still the old CMLL Neutron.
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 1/3
3) Esfinge, Frezzer, Pegasso b Okumura, Skándalo, Tiger
Frezzer replaced Rey Cometa. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy b Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3. Valiente & Volador want a tag title match.

CMLL booking is having a big Marco/Terrible blowoff match last week, and then back to fighting each other this week in the same building. This is Reyna Isis’ last match in Mexico for now; she’s leaving today for Japan, but still is booked Friday and Sunday in Arena Mexico. CMLL booking is also announcing someone for matches while also announcing they’re going to be in another country at the same time.

IWRG (WED) 09/28/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Crazy León & Crazy Tiger b Águila Enmascarada & Kira
2) Charly Boy, Guerrero 2000, Vardeus b Canario, Keshin Drago, Volta
3) Keshin Black, Picudo Jr., Skanda b Fireman, Omega, Shadow Boy
4) Cadilac, Leo, Mike DQ Demetrio El Gladiador, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
Hip Hop Man fouled the turtles and the referee
5) Demente Extreme, El Pachico, Fuerza Negra, Kid Jaguar, Ojo De Halcón, Pinochito, Shadow, Tromba b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon
FILL (Black Terry) vs Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera). Match came down to Shadow, Ojo de Halcon vs Atomic Star & Black Dragon. Atomic & Halcon were eliminated, but Atomic came back in and betrayed Black Dragon to give team Lucha Libre Boor the win. Team IWRG to the worst of the post match brawl.

A betrayal in the main event is a new deal.

SoloWrestling has a length interview with Jack Evans. Jack speaks his mind, which never seem to work out well for Jack. I hope he’s not in trouble for this one.

Jack feels the AAA TV hasn’t has been very bad since Konnan left and, with an apology to Dorian Roldan, the company was being booked 100 times better when Konnan was in charge. Jack misses Konnan’s creative idea, but also his communication. Before, he (and others) could give ideas to Konnan and maybe they’d be used but they’d at least there would be an effort and maybe you’d get feedback. Now, they give ideas to the office, the office says OK, and then they never hear about it again or know if it was even being tried. Jack also says losing Konnan has cost them international opportunities, since Konnan had all those contacts and deals. Jack’s critical of how much AAA charges for talent (on top of what the talent gets), feeling AAA would make more money if they charged less because the wrestlers would get booked far more often.

Jack praises AAA La Parka in a roundabout way: Parka is not athletic, and is one of the worst luchadors (Jack means this with no disrespect), but Parka is so entertaining that it doesn’t matter and the crowd still pays to see him. Those kind of experiences has taught Jack he’s got to be expressive and entertaining. Jack also mentions there were plans for him to have have matches with Perro Aguayo Jr. and Pentagon, but both got canceled. He got replaced by Cibernetico in the Perro feud, which he understood, but the Pentagon was more “here we go again.” There’s much more in the interview, including Jack’s thoughts on why Fenix left and the Ricochet/Ospreay match, but you should check it out yourself.

AAA says Heroes Inmortales will only air on TV; no iPPV this Sunday. It should air on 10/08 and 10/15.

(Rey) Fenix was indeed the mystery man on Sunday’s Lucha Libre Fighter show in Tijuana, defeating Laredo Kid & Mr. 450 in the main event.

CultIcon, TKD and Voices of Wrestling review this week’s Lucha Underground. Segunda Caida reviews the Lucha Underground episode two weeks ago.

+LuchaTV has interviews with Australian Suicide and the OGTs about Heroes Inmortales.

Another article on Polvora & Dragon Rojo training police. Kcidis has a cartoon of those two.

In Dragon Gate, there was a tease of Flamita challenging Eita for the Open the Brave Gate championship.

The latest edition of Lucha Talk is up.

Lineups

AAA JAPAN (WED) 10/26/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Dinastía, Faby Apache, Kenzo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sumire Natsu, Toshizo
2) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Ikuto Hidaka & Masato Tanaka
3) Drago vs Aerostar vs Taiji Ishimori
4) Daga & Taya vs Aja Kong & Australian Suicide
5) Psycho Clown vs Pagano
6) Akebono, Marufuji, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Brian Cage, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.

AAA & Ouduo announced this late last night. The main event is suitably bizarre for this kind of mash up. Matches two and three should probably pretty good and unique for the occasion. Daga teaming with Perros del Mal traitor Taya doesn’t quite make sense, but it’s what happens when you have a limited amount of people you can bring to Japan (and when you’ve decided you’re absolutely not going to put Taya and Faby in the same match anymore, which sure appears to be the situation.)

There’s video of the press conference in Japan. Akebono says it’ll air in Mexico at some pointAAA seemed less sure.