lucha TV preview for weekend of December 1st


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The AAA TV taping schedule is one of my weird obsessions of a minor issue – they’ll have a TV show, and we’ll know what they’re airing on Fridays nowadays – but now I’m thinking they’ll just start air the Juarez episodes the next two weeks, then go into the year end stuff, which will give them plenty of time to tape Chilpancingo before it airs. That’d mean there’s only two more episodes with new material to air, starting with Saturday’s episode.

CMLL Retro similarly starts a new episode, though two and half months behind reality. It’s also two hours early; they’re airing the Pac12 championship game in the usual slot.

This week’s Lucha Underground is the first one in weeks where no matches were announced ahead of time. The preview mentions a Battle of the Bulls tournament begins. I’ve got a very good guess that they’ll air two matches from that tournament. The preview also mentions we’ll get Kobra Moon explaining her tribe’s backstory and the return of Cortez Castro.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 24th



The chart is getting smaller. Elite is gone, at least in Mexico. (Azteca Siete is airing a LigaMX semifinal instead, so it’s possible Elite didn’t know for sure last week was their final week until some teams advanced; the TV rights for Mexican soccer teams are different based on the TV.)  The USA Elite show has a Carisitco/Mascara Dorada match which was good.

Lucha Underground Pentagon versus the Black Lotus Triad; having seen a gauntlet match in wrestling before, I think he’ll face all three of Kairi Hojo, Mayu Iwatani and Io Shirai. The preview doesn’t give any more matches away. We’re over due for match four in Cage/Texano.

AAA has the trios title match among the usual.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 18th


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This is so late the AAA’s already put up their preview: Pentagon vs Mundo will air this week. Also, I did such an inaccurate job last week that I didn’t have to change the Elite show (back in Naucalpan tonight) and Retro (though I may have to spend time editing myself out.)

Beyond the title match already set up, the Lucha Underground preview mentions the Rabbit Tribe debuting and something with Crane & Catrina (which probably means we find out Ivelisse’s status.)

The Elite show that airs in the US is probably my least favorite Elite show of the season. The matches are both disappointing and not any good, and the Liga Elite is essentially meaningless once they start handing out vanity titles. It’s really the moment where they should’ve pivoted to being a normal wrestling promotion. Sticking to the concept for a few more months gave us LA Park vs Rush, and I’m glad we got that, but the concept comes off as meaningless and soon descends into nonsense. The titles themselves have no value and have never been used.

The CMLL streams have two title matches this week: Polvora & Dragon Lee on Monday, Mephisto & Volador on Tuesday.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 10th


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No DST issue this week, but there’s other possible time changes going on this week.

AAA is listed as starting at 11pm this week, on the Mexico TV listings site I used. It’s still listed as the normal 5pm time on Televisa’s site, and AAA’s not announced a change. The listing site has paid programming as airing instead, which makes no sense to me. I’ve got the 11pm time up there, but I’m not sure about it at all. It shouldn’t matter to most of you, you’ll be watching it on YouTube anyway, but it may go up later than usual if the show is late.

CMLL Retro on Fox Deportes airs at 7pm, two hours earlier than usual (and no longer running against Claro.) It’s unclear if this is a one week change; CMLL shows tend to get bounced around on Fox networks depending on what sporting events they have to cover and this will probably be no different.

PROESA is listed as an eight pm start. That’s more likely to be correct, but they also haven’t said anything.

A lucha libre slot at 3:30pm is listed on Azteca US this week, which probably means Elite if it airs, but I’m ready to expect anything.

Lucha Underground is not changing hours, but will be polarizing. It’s the most spoiled episode of the season; congrats if you have no idea what I’m talking about. There’s more going on in the episode than the one thing that went everywhere, but the reaction to this show is going to be interesting.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 3rd


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The Daylight Savings Time Gap is still in effect until Sunday. There are some stuff I record on Saturday which will be affected, but the big one you care about is ClaroSports: it’ll start at 10:30pm on the US East Coast, 9:30pm in the US Central time zone, 7:30pm Pacific – one hour later than you’re used to in the US.  Everything goes back to normal (except if you’re in Japan!) on Sunday.

The World Series is over – did you hear who won? – so Lucha Libre Retro is back this week. I still have no real sense of how/what is going to air.

AAA’s preview is up and previews those three matches, so that should be correct this time around. They also show Psycho Clown briefly at the beginning – I’m not sure if that means Wagner/Psycho will air (and won’t go long), or if they’ll just do the promo this week to set up the match next week.

I’ll leave CMLL Guadalajara up there for another week, but it’s going away if I can’t record it.

Lucha Underground‘s preview just lists those two matches and nothing more, but I know another match will air that hasn’t been mentioned yet – because it’s a 5v5 qualifier match for Aztec Warfare. Guess it could be another internet exclusive, but I’d bet it airs as part of TV.

lucha TV preview for weekend of October 29th


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I’ve made some changes. Guadalajara is added back to the list because I can record it and so I can actually keep track of what airs. I can’t do that with the LATV or Titanes en el Ring CMLL shows, so I’ve removed them. The actual static page has the full list of shows I know exist (or might have existed) but I’m not listing up there.  And, yes, I know Guadalajara actually airs on Thursday but I can’t get that one and it’s old news by the time this post goes up.

This is still longer than usual because CMLL is airing Sunday’s show on YouTube. It’ll be three straight days of CMLL streams due to the Dia de Muertos shows, plus the usual Friday night show. CMLL’s added an important match to each show: Valiente/Volador on ClaroSports, Rush vs Ultimo Guerrero on Sunday, the Sky Team defending against the illogical trio of Euforia, Gran Guerrero and La Mascara in Puebla, and the Hijos del Infierno defending against the illogical team of Mistico, Mascara Dorada and Diamante Azul on Tuesday.

I’m still getting a feel for how CMLL Retro is going to work. They haven’t had near as many boxing shows at Coliseo in recent months, so they’re going to slip farther and farther behind if they’re breaking up each taping into two shows. When we were there, it appeared they recorded the whole show, which means a lot of stuff is getting unused. Maybe they don’t tape every week? Maybe it’s just not going to matter because everything is so disconnected anyway.

Lucha Underground‘s preview mentions the loser leaves town and dial of doom matches. There’s at least one more match.

Sunday’s Arena Naucalpan show is another indy promotion taking over the building. AYM now hasn’t aired the last few and I wouldn’t bet on them not airing it again. Gives me more chances to get the FILL show, I guess. (The feed is still not working right.)

lucha TV preview for weekend of October 22th


I should’ve reminded you of this earlier: the Super Junior Tag Team Tournament starts early Friday morning (Central) on NJPWWorld. Maybe I’ll watch it later. For what it’s worth, this week’s CMLL Friday show is not on NJPW World. They’re back next week. Not sure why they pick some weeks and not others.

AAA starts the post-Heroes Inmortales show (so we don’t know exactly which matches will air.) You may have to wait one more week for the thrilling return of Dizzy.

The Lucha Underground preview also mentions a visit from Congressman Delgado and Rey asking for a favor from Dario.

lucha TV preview for weekend of October 15th


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Lucha Libre Retro, an hour show of matches from Saturday Arena Coliseo show, looks like it’s actually starting this week – it’s listed on the scheduled on Fox’s site. It’s airing the same time as the one good match on CMLL on Claro, conveniently enough.  The first taping mentioned for this show was September 3rd, but they could start any time after that.

AAA will have the rest of Heroes Inmortales. Hopefully all four matches! But maybe not.

We have no idea if/where Elite is taping on Friday. This is amazing. If you skipped out on the Elite show when it aired in Mexico, you need to go out of your way to watch Elite on Azteca USA this week.

IWRG on AYM might have the Lucha Libre Boom show – they’ve had it in the past – but there’s no telling for sure until Monday night (or Sunday if we spot the cameras.)

Lucha Underground‘s preview mentions Johnny Mundo and Sexy Star stuff too. There will be a big in-show announcement during the show this week.

lucha TV preview for weekend of October 8th


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AAA starts to air Heroes Inmortales this week, though we won’t know whihc matches until they post the preview. 7 matches is usually one more match than they air over two weeks, which is now a bit concerning to a person who may have committed to writing about this show for another outlet. Maybe keep an eye on the YouTube channel.

CMLL on Tuesday is a good test for Diamante Azul. If you can’t have a good match with Rush, you may be beyond hope.

Lucha Underground’s preview also mentions Rey/Chavo stuff, and Havoc/Mascarita coming back for revenge on Wagner/Famous B.

For what it’s worth, Lucha Libre Retro is back on the Fox Sports Deports schedule, at least in some places, for Friday 10/15 at 9pm. That’s up against the normal Friday show.

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.