Rey Misterio Jr. versus Myzteziz to headline TripleMania on August 9th

This news came as a surprise! We’ve been speculating about what AAA would do for TripleMania for months, noting that none of the ongoing feuds really felt big enough to headline the biggest show of the year. AAA’s instead put forward one match which needs no build.

Rey Mysterio and Myzteziz are two of the biggest stars in the history of lucha libre and never before had a singles match. WWE intended to build to a match between the two at WrestleMania multiple times, but it always fell apart due to timing or injuries. (There was a planned attention grabbing tie in to set a made up record of most people wearing masks at one time that drove the idea.)  AAA will finally be able to put the dream match together.

That match will draw well as a main event. Alberto/Cage, in a stip match, works fine as a semimain underneath that main event. AAA doesn’t really need a lot more.

Tickets are on sale here, and the show will be on iPPV for 19USD.

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AAA in Puebla, CMLL in last show before Sin Salida, lucha libre in London

It’s Friday, and the biggest news might actually come from AAA. Dorian Roldan teased an announcement today of a dream match. It’s unclear when or how that announcement will come, but the best bet is part of the TV taping tonight in Puebla. It’s the only remaining announced taping prior to TripleMania, it’s the last TV which will air before TripleMania – if AAA actually has a main event for this year’s event, it’s announced tonight. Given Dorian’s post, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

My underinformed hunch is AAA’s doing the Myzteziz/Averno apuesta match CMLL never ran. Those two meet follow up their singles match (and Averno’s win) on last week’s taping with a trios match in the semimain tonight. There’s nothing else on the card that immediately suggests dream match. The actual main event is Alberto versus Brian Cage versus El Mesias in an odd three way bull terrier match, which might be the first chain match for Cage & Alberto. Those two also might set up a TripleMania match; this is the last chance to really do all the work on the main matches.

A press conference earlier this week confirmed Goya Kong will be the mystery luchadora in the second match (teaming with Nino Hamburguesa versus Carta Brava & Taya Valkyrie.) The mystery man in the tercera – Daga & Steve Pain versus Argenis and whoever – is still unrevealed. Flamita doesn’t seem to be booked anywhere tonight. Neither does Laredo Kid.

Today’s CMLL show is the final Friday night before Sin Salida. Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Escorpion main event in a trios match prior to their hair match.  Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, Volador Jr. will face La Sombra, Rey Escorpion, Thunder in the strange partners main event. CMLL still hasn’t announced any other matches for next week, so it’s possible something else will be derived from that main event, or from the Bufete del Amor versus Peste Negra semimain.

We do know there will be two En Busca de un Idolo matches next week. This week will be round six of the first round, with two same band matches where one luchador’s fate is set and the other is very much in question. Boby Zavala is advancing to the second round, but Canelo Casas needs a win and good marks from the judges. Despite his rep, Canelo has actually been getting both of those up to this point; Canelo would be third in the competition if not for the fan vote. Delta is not going to advance, but his tecnico opponent Flyer just might. He’s been the opposite of Casas, with the worst win/loss record in the competition and by far the worst judging marks, but his recent surge in fan voting looks like it may carry him into the second round. Flyer’s status may be a question mark: he crashed and burned badly on a dive Tuesday, barely was able to continue, and today was pulled off next Tuesday’s show. No one’s yet missed a match due to injury in the four years of the En Busca de un Idolo, though some guys have definitely wrestled thru matches they might otherwise take off. Flyer may simply getting rested on Tuesday or Molotov may be getting a makeup booking, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Both of the lucha libre tours in London have shows today. The Todo x el Todo show started yesterday – Hijo del Santo has pictures, and the Guardian has posed shots from before the show.. Attendance didn’t look too strong. They’re back today and Sunday. The AAA/Lucha Future one show tour takes place on Saturday, but they’ll be doing a promotional feature today on BBC1.

All Elite has a show today in Queretaro, with a main event of Mr. Niebla, Shelton Benjamin, Silver King versus Carlito, Mistico and probably a replacement for Volador Jr.

CMLL has a story about Dragon Lee’s busy three days: Cavernario on Saturday, Kamaitachi on Monday.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast, with their annual interview with Super Boy.

Segunda Caida reviews Virus vs Avisman.

Karl Stern has a (subscriber) podcast on the career of El Santox.

Voices of Wrestling reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

+LuchaTV has Wasson talking about his match tomorrow against Flamita and highlights of the Super Muneco & Super Pinocho vs Teelo & Mike match.

Bomba Lucha!, a Lucha Va Voom styled show, will be taking place in Phoenix on July 18th.

Lestat wants to be main event the Arena Puebla anniversary show.

A competition between print shops led to an outdoor lucha libre art exhibit in Puebla.

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great match roundup, 2015-06-20

I got matches to stop showing up twice! At least as far as on the same week.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Angélico, Jack Evans, Laredo Kid vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Mocho Cota Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-06-20 2015-06-01
good El Patrón Alberto & Fénix vs Brian Cage & Texano Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-06-20 2015-06-01
good Delta, Diamante Azul, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-06-20 2015-06-09
good Blue Panther, Fuego, The Panther vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-06-20 2015-06-16
good Dragon Lee, Mistico, Titán vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Ripper CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-06-20 2015-06-16
good El Elegido, Faby Apache, Perseus, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, La Hiedra, Parka Negra, Taya Valkyrie AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2015-06-21 2015-06-01
good Aerostar vs Cage, the Mack, Marty Martinez [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2015-06-24 2015-03-22
good Mil Muertes vs Drago in a Number One Contenders Match match and [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2015-06-24 2015-03-22
good Flyer vs Boby Zavala in a En Busca de un Idolo match CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-26 2015-06-26
ok Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs El Mesías, Electroshock, Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-06-20 2015-06-01
ok Blue Demon Jr., La Parka, Myzteziz vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético AAA on Televisa: 2015-06-20 2015-06-01
ok Ángel de Oro, Pegasso, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Virus CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-06-20 2015-06-09
ok Máximo, Naito, Rush vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Rey Escorpión CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-06-20 2015-06-09
ok Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-06-20 2015-06-05
ok Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-06-20 2015-06-05
ok Dragon Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-06-20 2015-06-05
ok Aéreo & Angelito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-06-20 2015-06-16
ok Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-06-20 2015-06-16
ok Flyer vs Canelo Casas in a En Busca de un Idolo match CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-23 2015-06-23
ok Blue Panther Jr. vs Boby Zavala in a En Busca de un Idolo match CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-23 2015-06-23
ok Súper Fly vs Sexy Star Lucha Underground: 2015-06-24 2015-03-22
ok Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-26 2015-06-26
ok Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-26 2015-06-26
ok Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-26 2015-06-26
ok Blue Panther Jr. vs Canelo Casas in a En Busca de un Idolo match CMLL on Terra: 2015-06-26 2015-06-26

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lucha TV preview for weekend of July 11th

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  • AAA is the first half of a double taping, so your guess is as good as mine about what will air. Thinking there might some backstage skits too. This would also be the week they announce any other taping between now and TripleMania.
  • The Lucha Underground lineup is incomplete. One of the matches was taped twice, with it bleeding into a bonus match on the second. Also, by the start of the following episode (37), all of the 7 Azteca Medallions are handed out, but we only know of six Aztec Medallion matches. We know who has the seventh – we just don’t know if they got in a match I forgot to write down or by other means. The show will also include a Prince Puma/Mil Muertes face off (and that might have also been taped twice.)
  • The CMLL relevos increibles are usually pretty good, so Azteca might be fun the next couple of weeks.
  • There were no reports of the AULL show, so I’m not sure if it happened. Rerun if it didn’t.
  • FULL runs out of TV after this week. Maybe they’re taping on their Monterrey show?

 

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Lucha Underground interview, IWRG FILL show, Guadalajara

CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Évola & Exterminador b El Tapatío & Metatrón
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico b Gallo, Magnus, Starman
Gallo replaced Vaquero Jr. Arkangel beat Starman.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia
Zeuxis replaced Comandante (still in Japan.) Amapola beat Estrellita.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón b Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
Titan & Maya beat Hechiceor & Luciferno in the third fall.
5) Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible b Atlantis, La Máscara,Máximo
Escorpion beat Maximo clean, demanded a title shot.

So much for Vaquero Jr.’s debut. Wish we got to see the semimain.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 07/08/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Demonio Imperial, La Teniente, Skanda b Blue Metal, Canario, Vardeus
2) Guerrero 2000, Magnum 44, Troll b Blue Monsther, Hijo del Alebrije, Voltar
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Electro Boy, Picudo Jr. b Dragon Fly, Kanon, Super Jack
Apolo Estrada Jr. replaced Arana de Plata.
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star b Aeroman, Matrix Jr., Power Bull
One of Eterno’s team (Aramis, Alas de Acero & Atomic Star) was hurt, so Black Terry asked Matrix Jr. to sit out to make it 2vs2
5) Atomic Fly, Espada De Plata, Flyer Star, Kesier Dragon, Skiller, Toxin Boy, Wason, Yoruba b Brazo Cibernetico, Caballero De Plata, Dr. Letal, Maquiavélico, Meteoro, Solaris, Sonic, Voraz[Copa High Power]
Gym Zeuz (Toxin Boy) vs Gym Hip Hop (Voraz). Match came down to Toxin Boy & Voraz. 911 fouled Voraze to set up the win, though the recap notes Hip Hop Man had interfered earlier.

Lucha Underground show runner Erik Van Wagenen appeared on Steve Austin’s podcast today. Van Wagenen also ran the Tough Enough with Steve Austin, so that’s the connection. There’s so much good Lucha Underground stuff on this show that you really should listen to it yourself. He’s asked about season 2 and I transcribed the answer. It boils down to still waiting for that phone call telling him the money they need has been approved. They do have a deal in place with El Rey for 40 episodes, even a provisional return date in October, but there’s a gap between the money they’ve got currently and what they need to do the next 40 episodes like they’ve done the last 39. Details of note: El Rey is probably only chipping in a little bit but that bit is approved, it’s sounds possible they could do the show with what they currently have but it would have to be scaled back (to the point of not feeling like Lucha Underground season 1), and it’s United Artist Media, many levels above the show, who’s probably negotiating the deals for the show on their behalf. My read of the situation, completely biased by what I’ve heard elsewhere, is they’re thinking getting on Televisa in Mexico would bridge that funding gap. (He mentions a potential audience of 10-20 million if they could get the show into Latin America.) At the same time, Van Wagenen says any and all options are on the table.

I’ve got pages of notes on this, and don’t want to just list of everything that’s said. There was an answer about the goals of the promotion – which paints the show as something not intended to go on tour, but to get to the people in other media ways. There’s a discussion about merchandise, and the lack there off. Van Wagenen sounds as frustrated about this as much as everyone on this side of the screen, and tries to explain it by the small staff (only 5 people working on the show right now) and a system not used to selling merchandise and not really expecting the demand. I’ve guessed before that the merchandise has been slow out because they want to sell those rights to help fund the production; that doesn’t seem to be an issue here, but he did mention merchandising as something they were trying to bridge the gap.

Some of the best stories surrounded those first tapings. If you were following it then, there was a lot of drama about the contracts, with indie wrestlers concerned they’d be bound to a promotion that would never get off the ground. (Early on, Van Wagenen notes that building trust was the hardest part of the job.) One of the reasons the ex-Tough Enough crew – Marty the Moth, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse – ended up aboard is Van Wagenen had that relationship with them from the previous show and called them up to recruit them personally. It took some work even with that, where Havoc wasn’t thrilled with how his time on that show ended (and more so when his early role was losing to everyone) and Ivelisse voiced objections when she didn’t like her character’s storyline. Fenix, Drago and Pentagon getting stopped at the border 24 hours before the show threw everything into chaos. They had six scripts completed, and had to throw them out. Prince Puma versus Johnny Mundo, which made the first episode work, was thrown together and Mundo signed his contract only 30 minutes before he walked to the ring. Wrestlers and staff argued about why they were doing different things a lot early on (a lot of trust issues) but, when the first episode finally got on air, everyone got what they were doing and how it worked together and it’s been much smoother.

ChilangaMask announced the first match for it’s 08/16 Naucalpan show: Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Guerrero Maya Sr.! I think neither man will be wearing much of their mask by the end of that match.

Konnan Big’s injuries include an internal hematoma, a concussion, 10 stitches around his right eye, and other injuries to his spine and knee.

CMLL has a quick interview with Star Jr., listing the injury which had kept him out for three months as a fracture of the right hand middle finger.

Blue Panther will replace Ultimo Guerrero on Friday’s Arena Queretaro show, since Ultimo Guerrero has since been booked in the Arena Mexico main event. The main event is currently listed as Carlito, Mistico and Volador Jr. versus Sheltong Benjamin, Mr. Niebla and Silver King, but Volador is also booked in Arena Mexico.

+LuchaTV interviews Marcela, Vaquerita and Princesa Sugehit. CMLL Informa had Marcela, Dark Angel, Amapola and Tiffany, also to promote the women’s cibernetico.

Felino talks up his match with Guerrero Mixitico on the 07/11 CaraLucha show.

Days after Crazy Boy confirms he’s an independent, Crazy Boy turns up on an official AAA lineup on their website. He’s there as a local guy, I guess, but it’s still hilarious.

AULL will have LA Park & Volador vs Pagano & Sombra on 08/01. Pagano is inescapable.

Reyes del Atlantida want to defend the national trios titles against all the teams.

A gossip magazine asks Jhonny Gonzalez is he actually has seen Sexy Star’s face, or if she’s in fact been masked the entire time of the relationship. There’s a cute wedding photo with the article.

Diamante, as that name, is back in Coliseo Coacalco this Sunday, so he’s back in Mexico City to look for work. I still can not grasp Diamante was As Charro (and As Jr.), and I keep waiting for someone to explain how I’ve got it wrong.

The Santo/Cassandro London lucha libre shows started today. The Independent talks to the promoter.

RobViper has a music video of 03/06/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Winter Palace Podcast talked to Dr. Lucha about San Diego and En Busca de un Idolo 2015. One is more promising than the other.

Estadio Deportes looks back at the history of women’s wrestling in Mexico.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/12/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Diosa Atenea & Lady Drago vs Cristal & El Teniente
2) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro © vs Leo, Rafy, Teelo [EdM Trios]
first defense
3) Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Skayde vs Eterno, Halloween Jr., Hip Hop Man
4) Golden Magic, Hijo del Solar, Solar I vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Danny Casas, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión

The Crazy Americans (and Canis) in the main event once again. Semimain has Navarros versus Solar. Ninja Turtles going for the gold should be a good time.

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Lucha Underground 1×35: Fuel to the Fire

the Mack should be the new Surfer Sting – my proof

matches

The Mack beat Cage (4:00, cradle, GOOD)
Mil Muertes beat Son of Havoc (7:08, flatliner, GOOD)
Johnny Mundo [O], Hernandez, Jack Evans, Super Fly beat Alberto el Patron, Aerostar, Sexy Star [X], Drago (9:25, tights pull cradle, GREAT)

all the gifs from the show

developments

Ivelisse had my reaction

The big story of the show was not in any matches, but some segments which surrounded them. The show opened with Pentagon back at the dojo from his personality vignette, asking his (off screen, voice modulated) mentor what he should do next. The mentor encouraged Pentagon, and Pentagon decided his next sacrifice must be Ian Hodgkinson. A sit down interview with Ian – Vampiro to you and me – and Pentagon aired later on. Vamp apologized for getting involved, but Pentagon didn’t seem so interested in that or in naming him mentor. Pentagon instead called Vampiro a coward for backing down and not fighting him, even though Vampiro was once like Pentagon. Vampiro insisted he’s no longer that man, that those days were in his past, but Pentagon insisted Vampiro was just fearful while Pentagon had no fear. Pentagon got in Vampiro’s face before storming off.

As the show was wrapping up, Pentagon came thru the crowd behind the announcers and laid out Vampiro with a kick. Pentagon left, and returned with a can marked Gasoline, dumping the liquid all over Vampiro. Pentagon teased setting Vampiro on fire, but instead warned Vampiro that he had only one more week to accept the challenge, or this would await him. The show ended with Pentagon snuffing the flame.

The rest of the show was not as crazy intense, but issues continue to progress towards Lucha Underground. Catrina confronted Son of Havoc backstage to warn/taunt him about Mil Muertes and was about to lick him when Ivelisse interrupted. Ivelisse threatened Catrina and swung, the lights went out, Catrina disappeared, and Son of Havoc ended up on top of Ivelisse right as Angelico walked in. Angelico asked if they were back together. They are most definitely not. The dysfunctional trios champions, with Ivelisse back on crutches, supported Havoc during his match. Havoc fought Mil at least as well as Drago and Fenix have in recent weeks, but that’s still a losing effort. Catrina made a move on Angelico, which again caused Ivelisse to get involved. Angelico watched that confrontation, and not the Disciples of Death sneaking up on him. That trio laid out Angelico while Catrina got the better of Ivelisse. Son of Havoc made the save for his partners with a big dive, but Mil Muertes finished him when Havoc returned to the ring.

how is this even possible?

The main event featured four sets of rivals – Alberto/Johnny, Sexy Star/Super Fly, Aerostar/Jack and Drago/Hernandez – with that last one being officially added to Ultima Lucha. It also featured a whole lot of action in the main event, with Aerostar looking impressive early, getting stuck in the ring by the rudos for a long stretch, and then making the tag to his team. Johnny ran from Alberto at almost every chance, though he did break up Alberto’s armbar on Jack with a Fin de Mundo. Johnny also won by rolling thru a Sexy Star cradle and pinning her with a tights pull, so it was a(nother) good day to be Johnny Mundo.

Texano didn’t wrestle on the show, but did appear before the live crowd to explain his actions from last week. In a mostly English language promo, Texano explained he wasn’t a good guy, but he was definitely a Mexican. Texano says he couldn’t be trusted – even by his own brother – but he was loyal to the Mexican people, and he was offended by how Chavo Guerrero disrespected the Mexican wrestlers (even if he still didn’t like them.) Texano challenged Chavo to fight, saying that even if Chavo had one broken leg, he wanted to break the other. Texano got the Crew instead, and Demon making the save. Cisco strangely threw in a chair to Demon, who smacked Texano in the head. The three beat up Texano, as the announcers were generally baffled about what had happened. Striker “speculated” that Demon was angry Texano trying to take his place as representing Mexico and fighting Chavo, though both announcers repeatedly acknowledged this was a strange turn of events. Demon challenged Texano to a match for Ultima Lucha.

Angelico as Shaggy from Scooby Doo

To start the show, the Mack/Cage battle was closer than it has been in the past, with Mack having his best singles outing so far. Mack caught Cage with an inside cradle with all of Mack’s weight on top for the surprise win.

A Prince Puma/Mil Muertes face to face confrontation was advertised for next week.

Ultima Lucha lineup So Far

Aerostar is the best
  • Alberto el Patron vs Johnny Mundo
  • Prince Puma (c) vs Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Drago vs Hernandez

Demon/Texano was challenged for, but not officially announced. You don’t need 20/20 vision to figure out some other matches coming, but we’ll wait for the show to catch up..

thoughts

One of the better episodes of television they’ve done. There are shows with better matches than the main event and this one didn’t have any payoff like the trios tournament final, but this was so strong as far as building towards an upcoming big show while delivering in every match and skit. I think some of – probably most of us? – thought Pentagon being used to give Sexy Star a rivalry win was not a great use of Pentagon. No one was thinking about Pentagon’s win/loss record against Sexy Star at the end of the show, they were thinking Pentagon is the greatest/scariest man alive. The “old veteran pulled out of retirement to fight one last time” storyline is one of the easiest storylines to do right, and Lucha Underground has done it perfectly. The main event that preceded it gave you a lot of match, and left you wanting to see Alberto finally get his hands on Johnny Mundo. Mil Muertes continues to be an unbeatable machine, on a different level than anyone he faces. He could not look any stronger going into the title match.

The Jack Evans physics engine

The one iffy moment of the show was the Texano segment. The original plan appeared to be Chavo versus Texano (or some variation with Demon involved) at Ultima Lucha, but Chavo really did get hurt last week and they did not believe Chavo was going to be back in time for the show. This also took place closer to the finale than it appears – they’re a little out of order at the moment – which meant everyone who was going to mean something was already penciled in for an Ultima Lucha match and there wasn’t time to make someone new. I’m not sure, haven’t been told, but looking at the playing board, the best options were either turning Demon, or bringing back the Texano/DelAvar feud. We’d seen the latter, might as well try the former.

The announcers calling out the sudden and hard to understand change of perspective of Demon helped the segment (much better than pretending nothing strange was happening), but this still came across so fast and abrupt that it was hard to really care. The whole segment was done as well as it could be given what that they had to get across – Texano did much better in his promo than I would’ve expected, Demon threw himself into the heel character – it was just a big reversal in a short time. The Demon/Chavo vignette last week was a good start to this direction, but there really needed to be 2/3 weeks more of those to prepare it better.

tough crowd!

Cage & Mack probably gets overlooked from everything that happened after, but it was a really good match that seemed a lot longer than I have it timed. It was a nice mix with everything else; you can guess that things probably aren’t done between the two, but there wasn’t much you had to absorb and retain. There was a lot going on, adding some simple makes it easier to follow.

This was a nice one. I’m not sure how much it’d mean to people who don’t follow the show, because it’s a lot of building on what’s happened over the last month or more, but it was a great one for people who’ve been watching all along.

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