lucha TV preview for weekend of October 27th

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AAA finished off Heroes Inmortales. Four matches on AAA show probably means none of these are going to last too much on TV. One of these matches is a royal rumble style match which sort of has to take a while, which leaves even less for the rest. I guess this is good news for people who dislike lucha cage matches like me.

None of the CMLL really pops out this week. I guess the main event on Tuesday is worth paying attention to, since one of those tecnicos will probably be defending against one of those rudos. Niebla Roja just defended his title twice, none of them are really heavyweights, so maybe Angel de Oro versus Mephisto is the random direction.

FILL beats Indy Nation again, Lucha de Barrio, Volador/UG

IWRG FILL (WED) 10/25/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Bambino, Dinámico, Dranzer b Dragón, Kraken, Satán X
2) Chicanito, Keiser Drago, Power Bull b Dragón hOrus, Haziel, Odín
3) Celestial Boy, Hijo Del Bombero, Shadow Boy b Charly Boy, Guerrero 2000, Rayado
4) Adrenalina, Dr. Maligno, Skanda DCOR Ángel Oriental, Full Contac, Orión Plus
5) Black Dragón, Leo, Mike b Lunatic Xtreme, New Warrior, Toxin
6) Arez & King Strong L Black Terry & Warrior Jr. and Cometa & Yakuza and Cadilac & Oficial 911 and Mara Salvatrucha & Súper Pinocho and Dr. Cerebro & Motocross and Balak & Guerrero Mixtico and Dragón Bane & Fantasma de la Ópera and Robin Maravilla & X-Corpio and Hip Hop Man & La Mosca and Internacional Pantera & Silver Dragón
Rules of the match were each maestro started the match, then would be replaced by their student when they escaped the match. The last student left would lose their mask or hair. Teams were Indy Nation (Arez & King Strong), Arena Lopez Mateos (Yakuza & Cometa), Gym Zeus (Oficial 911 & Cadilac), Gym Metropolitano (Super Pinocho & Mara Salvatrucha), Gym FILL (Black Terry & Warrior Jr.), Gym Cerbero (Dr. Cerbero & Motocross), Grm Rivera (Guerrero Mixtico & Balack), Gym LLBoom (Fantasma de la Opera & Dragon Bane), Gym Pista Pebellon (Robin Marvilla & X-Corpio) & Gym Argentina (Hip Hop Man & La Mosca) and Gym Queretaro (Internacional Pantera, Silver Dragon). Match ended with Warrior Jr. defeating King Strong, who was announced as Hugo Sanchez, 19, from Mexico City. Arez, upset about Indy Nation losing, challenged Lunatic Extreme to a hair match.

That’s a long description. You’ll be shocked to know that “King Strong” doesn’t show up in my database for any matches before this show. I’m disappointed in Arez.

The Aroluxe lucha libre pilot is scheduled to tape on December 9 to 11 in Nashville, according to the WON. Alfredo of Lucha World noticed one of the Harris brothers, who work for Aroluxe, at the House of (Steve) Pain show last weekend. That’s surely for talent scouting, and Steve Pain himself would make since for any lucha promotion if Pindar’s death means he’s no longer under LU contract. The story again mentions they’re hoping to pick up people from Lucha Underground if/when the show get canceled. I think it’s unlikely to happen by those dates: El Rey’s deadline will surely have passed by then, but MGM & Lucha Libre FMV might still be shopping the show around other networks.

Terrible says he considered retiring due to injuries, but is feeling better now and feels like he’s looking better and getting better opportunities with the heavyweight title match on Sunday.

Polvora says he and Dragon Rojo still want a tag title shot against Negro Casas & Shocker. I’ve always credited his bodybuilding win as the moment that broke him out from first/second match purgatory, but Polvora here credits the 2012 En Busca de un Idol (where he finished last!) as his big moment.

Lucha de Barrio held a press conference this week this week. What you need to know is this is going to be a every other week show being posted to YouTube for free, starting on November 3rd, on . It appears to be something that’s already been filmed, based on the clips and featuring some of the South American wrestlers who were around during summer. The Facebook page lists Argos, La Mosca (Argentina), El Pibe, Anarky (Arizona), Black Taurus, Zumbi, Harry the Sick (Chile), Taylor Wolf (Chile), Yoruba, Pakal (Arizona), Kumo, Gran Fenuk, Gallo Frances (France). Ludark is on the promotional material, and Aramis was at this press conference. Enrique Yniesta & Javier Cardoso appear to be the announcers. The big concept is people from different barrios (both in Mexico and the rest of the world) fighting each other, with reality show aspects. That’s not that far off from one of the original pitches for Lucha Underground.

This feels a Lucha Underground-ish in other ways, in that it seems to be matches taped in front of either a studio audience or no one at all based on the video teasers they posted. It seems to be something that’s for TV first with the hope of running live episodes off the concept, which is the opposite of everything else in Mexico. I have no idea if this is actually going to be Good – the talent roster is OK but not over the top great, it’s impossible to tell based on what they’ve shown – but it does sound like people trying new ideas and I’m always interested in that. I don’t want to get too excited for this, because we really know nothing about it, but it’s interesting enough that I want to know something about it. The 11/03 debut is the day before I leave, so I have no idea when I’ll watch it, but I’m going to try to do a recap for at least the first one to see if there’s anything there.

An interview with Diamante from almost two months ago, before his AJPW trip, mentions that he’s married to a person in the Andrade familiy. I believe it’s a sister of La Sombra; it’s been talked about before but I’m not sure it’s been mentioned in an interview. That played a role in Diamante leaving CMLL and wrestling around Torreon instead for a while, so he could be closer to her.

Dragon Rojo, who’s not wrestling much due to a show he’s working with TV Azteca, is also working on a YouTube/Facebook show that’ll air Tuesdays at 9 according to Leo Riano.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of Volador in Informa

The latest episode of LuchaTalk is off.

Wrestling With GIFs watched the latest LA Park/Dr. Wagner match, which +Lucha put up in full.

DTU has a playlist on Spotify.

Rey Escorpion promo for the AAA Queretaro TV taping.

AAA has it’s traditional Dia de Muertos offering.

CultIcon starts a series of reviewing a LU Season 4 episodes which could be.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Power Bull
2) Príncipe Omi vs Demonio Infernal
3) Súper Brazo Jr. & Voltar vs King Strong & Lunatic Extreme
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragón, Dinamic Black vs Liderk, Rayan, Spartan, Spector
5) Dragón Fly © vs La Mosca [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
3rd defense?
6) Bombero Infernal, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno vs Hip Hop Man, Pleitto Castillo, Séptimo Rayo
7) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Capo Del Norte & Capo Del Sur

All Capos, all the time. Hip Hop Man is letting his partner get back the Argentina title, which suggest he’s going for something else – and Bombero is champ.

CMLL (TUE) 10/31/2017 Arena México
1) Flyer & Magia Blanca vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Lady Maravilla vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Pretty much the usual stuff – going to be awkward when Misterioso tries to steal Johnny Idol! – though the lightning match is at least new/interesting. Zeuxis/Maravilla is a first time match. Maravilla looked very good in her debut, has stood out a little less since then. She hasn’t been given good people to work with, and will have someone good here. Most of Zeuxis’ lightning matches have been setting up title matches and Zeuxis is Reina International Junior champion, so it’s possible this could be a two week program to give the show something for next Tuesday’s Dia de Muertos show.

(Though, women’s matches next week’s are problematic: men dragging away screaming women probably needs to be more comedic than it’s been in past years. Or maybe they can get women demons.)

CMLL (TUE) 10/31/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Neutrón vs Frezzer & Maléfico
2) Magnus, Omar Brunetti, Sensei vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Metálico
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis vs Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente
5) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

Volador/UG is definitely not a first time match. No title on the line actually makes it a lot harder to figure than usual. UG actually hasn’t pinned Volador to win a singles match since 2014, but he’s gotten a couple of DQ victories.