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.

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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.