lucha TV preview for weekend of January 20th

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FantasicaMania! I’ve written about it a few times. The shows are subscriber only. You don’t actually have to get up at the early morning hours to watch it; NJPW does make those available for VOD right away.

CMLL Retro jumped around a bit last week, showing a main event three weeks ahead of the rest of the card. That doesn’t really make any sense unless they’re going to be doing more jumping around, so my guesses may be off.

AAA has the second part of Guerra de Titanes. I was thinking the other day that the mystery person stalking Cuervo & Scoria fifteen minutes ago was probably supposed to be Zorro since they’re teaming together now. It just was never well explained, which I was I’m just explained it to you about a year after they started teaming up. Perhaps they’ll be explaining the mystery Apache attacker on this show, the last from 2016.

lucha TV preview for weekend of January 13th

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LU goes away just as AAA returns. The taping from Chilpancingo, which you’ve likely totally forgotten about, will start airing this week. We’re guessing on matches for that show (and Retro), since it’s the start of a new taping. Expect a lot of hype for Guerra de Titanes as well.

Caristico versus Negro Casas should be a more interesting main event than usual in Puebla.

Mascara Dorada almost dies on this week’s of Elite on Azteca, so that’s a thing.

lucha TV preview for weekend of January 6th

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No CMLL Sunday shows now. LU finishes up for now just in time for AAA to come back with new episodes. The Lucha Underground preview doesn’t outright specify matches, but Dragon Azteca probably is going to get himself killed against Matanza.

Still can’t believe Friday’s card is for real. It’s going to be something. It’s a NJPW World airing too.

IWRG will have another addition to the Imposible title match playlist

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 23rd

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AAA is probably best of material, though we’re not sure yet. It’s also going to run a strange time. Televisa airs the NFL, the NFL games are largely moved to Saturdays this week, and AAA won’t come on until whatever random time the late NFL games end.

CMLL’s Sunday show should air on YouTube, though they seem to be not advertising it to prevent it from hurting ticket sales.

IWRG‘s anniversary should air, because the Sunday show is a Chairo show which won’t be taped. They didn’t air both IWRG’s tapings last week, so at least only one show improves the odds.

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 16th

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AAA’s advertising Star Battle airing this week. It appears like it’s only a one part episode, which means it’ll be edited down. The preview also does not show anything of the main event, which may or may not be meaningful.

CMLL Retro may have Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, if you’ve been waiting four days to see it again

Elite on the US has the first round of the international tournament, which means some people are going to flip thru channels and be very confused to see Sabu wrestle in Arena Mexico

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 8th

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This week’s AAA show appears to be the final first run material of the year (unless they sneak Star Battle in.) If you guesses the last main event of 2016 would be Brian Cage, Johnny Mundo and Martin Casuas versus Garza Jr., La Parka and Texano, you need to be running a lucha website instead of me.

Lucha Retro is back to the 9pm slot this week, though with two matches from 09/24 you probably don’t want to see. (Unless you really want to see what Marvel looks like.)

This week’s Elite US show doesn’t have anything special, but I liked both matches on it. The international tournament starts next week.

This is a bit cheating, but I’m fairly certain Lucha Underground will have the other two Battle of the Bull matches. You’ll have to wait for the cage match another week, but the final should air that week as well. This week’s episode has mind games on Sexy Star, and Dragon Azteca checking in on Rey Mysterio.

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

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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.