Lucha Capital returns next Wednesday. It’ll be interesting to see how well they do for that first episode if they don’t advertise anything besides a date and time. There are enough AAA fans in Mexico CIty that they might be able to get away with.
The two CMLL Sunday shows, TV Mexiquense and Teleformula, typically repeat 2-3 matches a week between them. The Soberano/Templario match aired on Teleformula (the latter broadcast) last week, so I would guess it’ll air there. It just may also air earlier.
It’s strange to have a CMLL Martes lineup and no CMLL Puebla one. Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero is probably happening.
The AAA InvadingNY show airing listed for Sunday on El Rey is not listed on their website. No one with AAA or El Rey ever mentioned it so I’d guess it’s not airing.
NJPW officially announced the 10th FantasticaMania tour earlier this morning. Eight shows have been announced
01/10 (FRI): Osaka
01/11 (SAT): Ehime
01/12 (SUN): Kyoto
01/13 (MON): Aichi
01/16 (THU): Korakuen Hall
01/17 (FRI): Korakuen Hall
01/19 (SUN): Korakuen Hall
01/20 (MON): Korakuen Hall
That’s the same amount of shows as last year. The change is four of them will be run in Tokyo for the first time. FantasticaMania has had run three shows in Korakuen since 2016. Those three shows felt stretched for fresh main event matches this year. Adding a fourth show seems overkill, even before considering firing Dragon Lee costs them an easy main event for the last night. Perhaps they’ll just make the first one a normal tour show, with all tag matches and no special main event, but the other shows are still going to be a challenge.
The Korakuen Hall shows typically air live on NJPW World. The tour opener did as well this year. That Korakuen Hall week is going to have about seven CMLL streams (Japan & Mexico) in six days. I will probably die.
The FantasticaMania announcement comes one day after NJPW announced the Super Junior Tag League, with Volador Jr. in & Dragon Lee out. (Dragon Lee wished Titan good luck today.) Mistico staying with CMLL is an important deal for this tour since he is one of the bigger CMLL stars during FantasticaMania.
AAA announced officially Lucha Capital yesterday. They announced it twice, actually. The Lucha Capital Facebook popped back to life to mention it, then that post was deleted, and AAA instead did a slow surprise video roll out on their Facebook. The new season starts next Wednesday at the same Pinche Gringo BBQ as last year. The only change is they’ve pushed the start time to 9 pm, a half-hour later than usual. It’ll start immediately after the NXT/AEW TV shows finish. (Mexico doesn’t get AEW but they do get NXT live; either way, they’re hoping to draw some people who want even more wrestling after those conclude.) All shows will air live on Facebook Watch. It was simple to watch them on VOD, and even sometimes preferable given the slow times between matches.
We have no idea what the format will look like for Lucha Capital 2. We don’t know who will be involved, outside of Vampiro mentioning doing something with it. AAA didn’t announce anything beyond the time and date of the first episode. The first season seemed intended to be built around Fenix & Penta, which didn’t work out due to Fenix’s injury. Fenix & Penta are now in AEW, which would make it tough for them to be in Mexico most Wednesday. (It also will make it more difficult for AAA talent to appear on AEW’s show, though they really only need 8-10 people for Capital if it’s like last year, and it’s not like AEW’s been using a lot of AAA talent as it is.) Laredo Kid & Taya were the winners last year. Laredo Kid is out of action now. Taya could be back. AAA could bring in people from Impact, though that might be complicated if they also want to use Killer Kross in the tournament. There’s a lot of interesting questions to be answered, though we might not get any answers until 9 pm next Wednesday.
A 1999 WCW TV pilot for a lucha libre show, “Festival de Lucha”, will be added to the WWE Network today. WWE Network News had the story. One match from the taping had previously been shown, but the full taping has never been aired. It was taped for a TV show, so the matches are likely on the short side, but it was a long sought after missing piece of footage, featuring a lot of luchadors who rarely or never appeared in WCW otherwise.
CMLL (TUE) 10/15/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo, Fantástico, Luminoso vs Frenético, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) La Jarochita, La Maligna, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Reina Isis
3) El Audaz, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Olímpico, Tiger, Virus
4) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
No Arena Mexico or Arena Puebla lineup yet, but the Guadalajara lineup is out. And it is nothing special.
MDA (SUN) 10/20/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Atomic Star & Auzter vs Black Dragón & Príncipe Aéreo
2) Leo & Mike vs Ra-Zhata & Shil-Ka
3) Fly Warrior & Puma de Oro vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
4) Alas De Plata vs Imposible, Brazo De Oro Jr.
5) Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Demonio Infernal & Lunatik Xtreme
6) Penta 0M & Rey Fénix (Indie) vs La Máscara & Puma King