AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 

Vikingo is magic

Recapped: 07/15/2018

All matches aired live from Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro

Matches: 

Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire beat Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra
(9:19, Lady Maravilla Spanish Fly Chik Tormenta, great, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider beat Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(7:43, Tito Santana & Carta Brava powerbomb + Mocho Cota flying reverse bulldog on Arkangel Divino, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa beat Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra
(7:09, Lady Shani backcracker Faby Apache, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus beat Aerostar, La Máscara, Máximo
(7:36, Juventud Guerrera top rope elbow drop Maximo, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Golden Magic, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(11:06, OGT all pin Golden Magic, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett beat Pagano & Psycho Clown  
(15:10, Fantasma guitar shot Psycho Clown, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Dinastia and Suicide

The main event was made no disqualification. Juventud Guerrera interfered freely and pulled out Copetes at one point to stop a count. Copetes and Hijo del Tirantes (both seemingly rudo referees) later got into a fight, with Tirantes & Guerrera taking out Copetes to stop him from counting further. Fantamsa then Psycho using Jarrett’s guitar, and unmasked him after.

Golden Magic was the surprise partner of Texano & Rey Escorpión, which appeared to be a surprise to everyone. His rudo partners wanted nothing to do with him, shoved him around after he got in offense, eventually gave up the win to beat him up and unmask him.

Prior to the fourth match, a vignette showing Máximo hanging out with Pimpi and Mamba. La Mascara was upset with Maximo over their results. Mascara was again upset after a Maximo friendly fire kiss led to the loss here, but he and Maximo made peace for now. Jack Evans made his return to the promotion as the surprise rudo, wearing an ELITE shirt.

Shani has a minotaur problem

Faby Apache tried attacking Shani after taking the loss. Shani fought her off until Taurus appeared and speared her. Apache took Shani’s mask.

In a midshow in-ring promo, MAD (Konnan, Juventud Guerrera, Jeff Jarrett) riled up the crowd until La Parka interrupted. Dr. Wagner was brought up by MAD but also mocked for quitting. Parka challenged Konnan to a fight, which led to Jarrett & Guerrea and Hijo del Tirantes attacking with Konnan really never touching him. The OGTs ran off MAD, and explain they’re there to defend AAA and the people. This really didn’t have to do with anything the rest of the show.

In a later promo (with lots of video issues), Jeff Jarrett challenged Vampiro to a hair match. This also didn’t go anywhere. The one Vampiro on the show was an inset interview where he was interrupted by a mystery phone call, and said someone was coming to avenge him. This wasn’t explained on this show.

Thoughts: 

staring Jack Evans as confused onlooker

Main event felt long in the way AAA main events brawls usually can be. Jarrett did more than I thought when I watched it, but he was really a background figure to Fantasma. Fantasma really came off a star in the finish, humiliating Psycho Clown at the end. Juventud was a lot of help as a Jarrett standing in at times, but the feuding referee thing didn’t make much sense. This is worth seeing for the finish and not a lot more.

The semimain was too weird for me. The subplot of Golden Magic’s teammates not wanting him on their team and giving up the match to attack him made the whole thing feel pointless. A quick match is preferable if the match outcome is going to be irrelevant. Texano & Escorpión are a good rudo team, and the OGT are good rudos, but both of them being rudos made this an odd fit. OGT are going to need to change something up if they’re going to be feuding with MAD.

this is still very impressive

I watched the fourth match twice and somehow neglected to write down a review either time. I recall this as being significantly better than the other Mascara/Maximo of late, because the other four were working hard and didn’t allow them to fall back into their CMLL B-level material. Jack seemed motivated in his return, and Aerostar had lot of wacky idea to try out with all the rudos. There was a lot of chaos in this match, but the end came across well.

The Apache/Shani match was challenged by the previous two matches being pretty good. It was still enjoyable action, with some new Suicide/Dinastia sequences. They’re trying to make Shani a threat by actually giving her a win and fighting off Apache post-match. It feels a little too late, and their exchanges surprisingly more had charges than the Niño Hamburguesa ones. Taurus’ spear on Shani looked brutal. Him accidentally hitting Faby for a near fall is going to get a big reaction at TripleMania, though their relationship still seems random.

Dragon Bane sault

The segunda was not far off from the opener. I have the different grades only because there were parts of this that weren’t as smooth, and even the announcers couldn’t make sense of the chair spot and slow count in the ending sequence. Copetes being a rudo referee when he was playing a tecnico referee later in the night didn’t make much sense. The rest was good. This was a strong performances for Poder del Norte as rudo opponents for upcoming flyers. Hijo del Vikingo continues to improve and felt ahead of Arkangel Divino in this match. He took bigger bumps and had more creative flying moves without Último Maldito around. (To be fair to Arkangel, AAA totally whiffed on showing one his last big spot.) Joe Lider tried hard and didn’t get in the way, though this was still an odd use for him.

The strong openers continue despite every changing group of people. The bigger challenge here was the not greatest camera work, which seemed to miss some moves. These continue to be fast paced matches with lots of action, just missing a little bit character work. I don’t blame them for it when AAA’s still figuring out who’s técnico or rudo from week to week. Dragon Bane is an elegant flyer, and it’s amazing he was getting no attention until now even with an IWRG stint. The Triton-like moonsault he pulled off was amazing. Starfire continues to impress, a little helped out by facing men here for bases, but still pulling of spectacular offense with whoever. Arez didn’t get as much showcase as other but was obviously helping keep the match together. Chik Tormenta always seems to have just OK matches when I see her, but she fit in well with the speed and the impact of this match, and took the Spanish Fly at the end well. Everyone did well and this is another one to check out.

shouldn’t have left those chairs there

Cuatrero remains champ over Angel de Oro, Roja/Sanson tonight, ELITE/AAA, Pura Raza

Rush & Atlantis

CMLL (MON) 07/16/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis b Millenium, Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3.
2) Drone, Star Jr., Stigma DQ Kawato, Okumura, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Okumura fouled Drone.
3) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Forastero, Hechicero, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Atlantis, Carístico, Euforia [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush beat Atlantis to set up a singles match next week.
5) Cuatrero © b Ángel de Oro [CMLL MIDDLELA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero took 2/3, the last when a crucifix powerbomb. 2nd defense, 3rd straight title match between these two.

I saw part of the main event, and it seemed about the level of the previous ones. Cuatrero bragged about the win after.

The second half of the Dinamita/Angel championship matches happens tonight. Niebla Roja & Sanson meet for Roja’s CMLL Light Heavyweight championship in Arena Mexico. This is a first time singles match, unlike their brothers. It is also more likely to be a championship change. Niebla Roja won the title after La Mascara was fired from CMLL, and seemed to be champion mostly to give him some extra attention leading into his mask match. He hasn’t defended it since FantasticaMania. Sanson winning this belt, along with the national trios title he holds, would bring the number of CMLL current champions to ideal Universal tournament number of 16. (That includes Marco and Electrico being involved, neither of which seems like a sure thing.) A title change is still not likely, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.

The other people involved in this feud – Angel de Oro, Cuatrero, and Forastero – are part of the main event. Atlantis, Soberano, and Rey Bucanero round out the match. The Panthers face Ephesto, Luciferno, and Templario in the fourth match. Tiger has his first CMLL match without Puma around, teaming with Disturbio and Universo against Audaz, Fugaz, and Pegasso. Two more matches round out the card.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show. It’ll stream on CMLL’s YouTube at 7:30pm.

Guadalajara has Mistico versus Ultimo Guerrero tonight.

Puma King has a video up talking about his decision to leave CMLL. He was also on +LuchaTV’s podcast talking about his reasoning. He clarified that CMLL owns the “Puma” name, and he owns the “Puma King” version.

AAA currently has a press conference on-going for the ELITE/AAA show this Saturday. They brought out five AAA & five ELITE luchadors for a photo, but it was interrupted by La Parka riding in on his motorcycle. Parka yelled at Mr. Electro (shock) and Lady Maravilla, saying they had said bad things about AAA when they left but now they were daring to come back.

Parka was not on the ELITE versus AAA lineup. Dr. Wagner Jr. was on that show. Wanger has since said he was done with all his AAA dates. Wagner specifically brought up the 07/29 AAA taping in Ecatepec, where he’s booked in MDA. That left everyone thinking that he was still working this show on Saturday night. Parka challenging Electroshock makes a lot more sense if Wagner is off that one too and Parka is replacing him. La Parka being in the same match as LA Park is more interesting than anything with Electroshock, but Park was in Nuevo Laredo last night and not back in Mexico City for a morning press conference.

AroLucha is closing it’s funding tonight. Today would then seem to be a good day for AroLucha to announce something to get people excited. Right now, they have no new next show announced and they’re marketing around Rey Mysterio, soon believed to be going back to WWE. Or maybe not – their biggest increase in funding seemed to happen when they were running a lot of Google ads, so maybe just awareness is the obstacle.

The Crash added Soberano Jr. to their 08/03 show. A ticket outlet also put out a poster with Trent Seven & Tyler Bate vs Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos for that show. They say the card will be out next week.

Lacey Lane made it to NXT today.

KAOZ announced their next show will be on 08/05 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey with Mary Apache vs Hana Kimura vs Natsumi (Mary Apache’s daughter, making her Mexico debut.)

Lucha Memes & Lucha Libre Boom are running their next combined show on 08/19, which suggest they’re avoiding the overloaded 08/04 weekend.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.

Felinito is having health problems.

Lineups

CMLL , Pura Raza (SAT) 08/04/2018 Rodeo Santa Fe, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
Sangre Nuveo del CMLL
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
Pequeno Estrellas
3) Marcela & Mystique vs Dalys & Reina Isis
4) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sangre Azteca vs Kawato, Musashi, Okumura
5) Dragón Lee & Mistico vs Titán & Tritón and El Bandido & Flamita and Audaz & Templario
6) Hechicero vs Christopher Daniels [NWA LH]
sixth defense
7) Rey Cometa & Volador Jr. vs Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe

Full card for this show, with just the two ROH matches. 3/4 are the new matches. Musashi is a Michonoku Pro wrestler (under a different name I’m blanking on) who’s been wrestling on the indies the last few months. There’s a chance he could pop up in CMLL if they run the Gran Prix.

new lucha videos for the weekend of July 12th, 2018

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-07-14
taped 2018-07-10 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
2) Soberano Jr. © vs Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
3) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-07-15
taped 2018-07-06 @ Arena México – Mega
1) La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany
2) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Penta El Zero M, Rush, Terrible vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 

Mistico

Recapped: 07/13/18

Matches: 

Metálico & Sangre Azteca beat Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr.
(20:50 [9:31, 3:53, 7:26], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:03 [4:06, 2:28, 8:29], 2/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Dalys beat La Jarochita in a lightning match
(4:27, powerbomb, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(11:40 [3:00, 1:49, 6:51], 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. beat Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero
(12:59 [1:59, 3:55, 7:05], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Rush & Terrible beat Valiente & Volador Jr. © to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
(23:01 [5:19, 4:13, 13:29], 1/3, great,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

bringing back an oldie

Rush & Terrible won the tag team titles, though with a foul on Volador to do it.

Atlantis was honored for his 35th Anniversary. All the wrestlers wrestled in their mask for a traditional match. Money was thrown in after. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Atlantis appeared with Atlantis prior to the match.

Carístico and his partners didn’t get along, though it wasn’t played up a lot. They had a standoff post-match, but the camera shot the crowd instead.

Thoughts: 

doomed

The main event worked as the show ender on a big show. There was a simple story of Los Ingobernables just being a little bit better in form as a team than Valiente & Volador. One team crashed into each other on a dive, the other successfully distracted the referee for a foul. The match itself tried to bridge the two different styles; this wasn’t quite the athletic display of other Volador big matches, nor was it the brawl Rush has been doing with LA Park. Terrible still seemed nervous taking the big Volador moves, but it and the Spanish fly on Rush went OK. The crowd made this feel like a big match, taking the matchup from good to something more borderline.

The legends match was a perfectly fine match – so much better than usual CMLL legends match. Including Último Guerrero feels like cheating, it brings the average up so much. Still, Fuerza Guerrera and Mascara 2000 also worked well off the técnicos too. This might have been Mascara’s best performance of the year, or at least the one where he felt least out of place. Fuerza taking backdrops in his sixties is crazy. The rudos were able to work thru the técnicos usual spots, and there was never a sad moment where they were failing at them. Rayo seemed to wrestle an out-sized portion of the match, but it means less Octagon and a little less Atlantis and that was fine. Everyone got what they wanted out of this and it didn’t overstay their welcome.

The fourth match was primarily a técnico showcase. They were so focused on the técnicos doing neat moves that they didn’t really have time for the técnicos to feud among themselves and they went out of their way to ignore after the match. This wasn’t the most they could do, but plenty to impress a crowd which seemed more willing to cheer the técnicos on this show. It was notable to see Gran Guerrero catching the big diving headscissors to the outside. These matches used to go out of their way to keep Gran Guerrero from being in those positions and now he was in the center of them.

Audaz comes at it from a different direction

Dalys matches continue to look like a cold repetition of match practiced many times, and a single match exposes that style more. The match had plenty of action but was short because they were running thru their prescribed spots at a fast pace, and didn’t think to do anything in between. Both women also reacted to the moves when they expected them to be happening, not when they actually did. The style did have a lot more moves than expected for a women’s match, but those weren’t performed well. La Jarochita’s big spot is her facewash running boot to the face, but her kick and Dalys’ face didn’t come close to each other. Jarochita’s suplex looked good, and she didn’t have much more offense to go wrong, because Dalys seemed to take 70% of the match. It’s unusual to control so much of a match and still win, but that’s about where the women’s division is right now.

The segunda was better fun than it looked on paper. Kawato and Star Jr. have been working together enough that they have some chemistry and a lot of spots to do. (Star Jr. could use something other than a cutter though.) Universo did more basing for Audaz in this match than their lightning match, and they could hide the errors better in a trios match. Fuego was way over and Okumura also existed. The third fall went long and the crowd seemed antsy for them to get on with the parts of the show they came for, but the action was still good. This was closer to being great than OK.

The opener got a lot of time, more than usual, and it allowed us to see more of the técnicos than usual. The absurdly long first fall lost my interest a bit, but surely allowed the Atlantis photo session to go on a bit longer. It got better in the second fall once the técnicos finally got their comeback and picked up the action. The wrestling wasn’t clean. Metálico took Principe Diamante’s to end the second fall really nicely, though only after he and Diamante got lost on the spot to set it up, and after he lost Astro on a headscissors. Super Astro has an advantage on most of these rookies of late by being able to do his father’s spots, which are still recognizable but still seem fresh since he hasn’t been wrestling regularly in a long time. Astro is talented him, but it’s helped him stand out in a way Principe Diamante hasn’t gotten to yet.

Kawato can do a sequence.

 

Puma King leaves CMLL, Ovett takes X-Fly’s hair, Cuatrero/Angel de Oro tonight in Puebla

Puma

IWRG (SUN) 07/15/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Death Metal b Ángel Estrella Jr. & Shadow Boy Facebook video (posted by )
2) Aramis & Mexica b Hijo del Mosco X-Fly & Lunatic Xtreme
Mosco & Lunatik did not get along
3) Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah, Teelo b Leo, Mike, Rafy Facebook video (posted by )
4) Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro b Freelance & Relámpago Cabellera vs cabellera: Ovett vs Mosco X-Fly en IWRG (posted by +LuchaTV) Facebook video (posted by )
5) Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible b El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Trauma I, Trauma II Cabellera vs cabellera: Ovett vs Mosco X-Fly en IWRG (posted by +LuchaTV) Facebook video (posted by )
Impossible pinned Medico.
6) Ovett b X-Fly [hair] Cabellera vs cabellera: Ovett vs Mosco X-Fly en IWRG (posted by +LuchaTV) Facebook video (posted by ) Mosco X Fly vs Ovett  ¡¡¡ CABELLERA vs CABELLERA EN LUCHA EXTREMA !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Extreme match with syringes. Lunatik Extreme helped out Ovett. X-Fly needed medical help for an eye injury after the match, and got his hair cut after.

Streaming was back this year, maybe because both +LuchaTV and InterneTV/AYM were both allowed to do it alive. +LuchaTV has the better pictures but the streaming seemed to buffer a lot. AYM showed more of the show, though they inexplicably went to a break for the entirety of the second match. None of this was advertised ahead of time and who knows if it’ll happen again.

Cuartero and Angel de Oro meet once again tonight in Arena Puebla, one of two Chavez brothers versus NGD title matches in two days. Cuatrero and Angel de Oro had never had a singles match before Cuatrero won the CMLL middleweight championship in January. Cuatrero has won all four of their matches so far, including Angel de Oro’s mask. That probably won’t change tonight, but it still should be a good main event.

The semi-main probably won’t be as good. Los Ingobernables face Atlantis, Caristico, and Euforia, in what was appearing to set up an Atlantis/Rush match last week. The tercera has Dragon Lee, Stuka, and Valiente versus Forastero, Sanson, and Hechicero, which might be a good match if they feel up to it. Local Puebla idol Policeman teams with Kawato & Okumura and Drone, Star, and Stigma in another possibly good match. The show opens with Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana and Rey Apocalipsis and Milenium, Robin and Tigre Rojo Junior. It’s only a five-match show, which should allow the main event to get plenty of time. The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Puma King has left CMLL and is now an independent. Last Tuesday’s good trios match was his final match in the promotion. CMLL originally listed Puma as working tomorrow’s show, but replaced him; they had known he was going for a least a while. Puma told MedioTiempo that he was leaving on good terms.

This decision seems like it’s been coming for a while. Puma was the youngest person ever to win a mask match at the Anniversario show in 2012. He’s been stuck at roughly the same place for the six years since. He, as well as Tiger and the Panthers, have been having some of the best matches in CMLL over the last couple years. They have seen little benefit from it. Puma’s gotten some opportunities to wrestle in the US over the last year plus. He seems to have liked them, and I think you’ll be seeing him working north of the border more often now. (BOLA weekend, and the springboard PWG has been for indie wrestlers, is going to be a huge factor in how his career goes from here.) Puma will probably still be wrestling in Mexico – and maybe AAA if he can show up without signing a contract in a similar bit to Zeuxis on the ELITE show – but I think this move out of CMLL is about trying to see what the world has to offer rather than just shifting over to any promotion full time.

This seems worth trying for guys at Puma’s level even if there’s no guarantee this is going to work. Wrestling in the same level for years and decades in CMLL tends to kill luchador’s motivations to care. (If only US indie work was an option when Sangre Azteca was good.) CMLL seems willing to take people back if they leave on good terms, and doubly so if they have about a half dozen family members working there. Puma’s father Felino tried something similar to this in 1999, jumping to AAA to join brother Heavy Metal. It didn’t work out, but he was still able to jump back to CMLL six months later and keep his spot. Puma has a little bit of a buzz with some work in the US, and is still young enough to even get a WWE look. He’s got an opening to take this sort of chance, and it makes the sense to try it. People who watch CMLL regularly are going to miss him, and Tiger is really going to miss him, but it’s easy to understand why Puma’s taking this shot.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 07/21/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Retro vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito
3) La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
4) Audaz, Niebla Roja, Tritón vs Forastero, Hechicero, Sansón
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Mephisto, Shocker, Terrible

Back running here this week. Maybe no program happening if they’re off in two weeks.

Penta defeats Bestia in The Crash, Lane farewell, indie roundup, missing trios title change to air on NJPW World

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

The Crash (SAT) 07/14/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [Lucha Central, Zona Ruda]
1) Búfalo Ayala, Tiago, Zarco b Oráculo, Torito Negro, Xperia
Set up a Tiago/Torito Negro feud.
2) Daga b Matt Riddle
money thrown in
3) Tessa Blanchard b Lacey Lane ©Santana Garrett [The Crash WOMEN]
Tessa won the title. Lacey Lane falls on her 3rd defense. Rebelion Amarilla gave Lane a farewell. Live reports say it she was said to be going to WWE, though she was much more careful backstage.
4) The King b ACHRey Horus
5) Blue Demon Jr., Hijo De Octagon, Octagón DQ Garza Jr., Jacob Fatu, Mr. 450
Blue Demon was honored before the match.
6) Penta Zero M b Bestia 666 [cage]
The two brawled outside of the cage for a long time before getting inside. There were weapons inside, which they used on each other. Bestia tried to escape for the win, but Mr. 450 accidentally hit him with a lighttube when trying for Penta. Penta won. Bestia spoke after the match but seemed out of it.

Said to be a pretty good show, with fans liking the second match and the sixth match for very different reasons. Weird way to end it, if Bestia is still meant to be the challenger for Rey Mysterio’s title. The Crash didn’t mention Rey Mysterio for the next show.

California based Jacob Fatu is the newest member of the Rebelion Amarilla. Lacey Lane is leaving the group. They said she was going to WWE in the in-ring farewell, then realized backstage they weren’t supposed to actually say WWE and were less specific. It is hard not to notice there was no similar farewell to Garza Junior even though the idea was he’d be going soon. Whatever’s going on, his trip, seems to be on hold.

The biggest news was the 8/03 show announced. Terrible, Stuka, Titan, Dragon Lee from CMLL are in, as well as the British Strong Style trio of Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, and Trent Seven. One match has been announced:

The Crash on 08/03 in Auditorio de Tijuana

That should be good. Again, the irony here is if The Crash got a streaming deal ages ago like many have been asking for, they’d never be able to vanity book WWE UK wrestlers who probably won’t mean much to their bottom line bring in exciting wrestlers like Pete Dunne. Good luck at watching it. These guys are available because they’re starting a US tour the next day (and are going to be rush to make that first show, so that would be the early for them going on early if that happens.)

Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 07/14/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, CarxyusEstrellas del RingThe GladiatoresTJ Sports]
1) Auzter & Fulgor I b Medieval & Pumita
Auzter replaced Fulgor II
2) Lady Pink & Lilith Dark b Chica Pantera & Lady Cat and Kelly Star & Reina Oscura
3) Terremoto, Tromba, Yoruba b Baby Star, Príncipe Aéreo, Tyson La Bestia
4) Rossy Moreno b Marcela
said to be a controversial finish  not explained
5) Baronessa & Mystique b Metálica & Reina Dorada
6) Lady Flammer b Chik TormentaLady Maravilla
Flammer beat Tormenta
7) Keyra DQ Mary Apache
Mary pulled Keyra’s mask to pin her, but was DQed. Lady Maravilla asked for the next chance to end Keyra’s undefeated streak.

Crowd was pretty good considering this was a women’s show featuring few of their regulars. Main event is why we can’t have nice indie things; Mary Apache is probably not going to lose bookings by being pinned by Keyra so Keyra can continue her undefeated streak, but Mary probably feels differently about that. They seemed to move onto Marvilla/Keyra next. Mexa says their 08/04 card (with start time?) will be out Monday.

Mesias beat Ultimo Guerrero in Morelos in a show that drew fine. The NGD/Ingobernables headlined show in Arena Lopez Mateos drew poorly. The RO Wrestling show didn’t go well, with the thrice changed main event finally ending up with Volador and Centvrion in a singles mathc.

(No Saturday CMLL show for boxing.)

CMLL (SUN) 07/15/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Grako b Bengala & Leono
rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Starman, Súper Astro Jr. b Apocalipsis, Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Sagrado, Templario, Virus b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Bucanero b Felino [lightning]
Bucanero submitted Felino (replacing Dragon Rojo)
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto DQ Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr.
rudos took 1/3, the last when Mephsito fake a foul from Volador

Post more promos: Rey Bucanero (talking about his win) and Volador Jr. (having a bad week!) CMLL is taping these shows like normal – you can see the footage in those promos – but haven’t been posting them anywhere. My guess is the announcers aren’t free or interested in working on Sunday and CMLL can’t imagine putting up shows with no commentary.

There is a little bit of luck. Both the 07/01 (with the missing trios title change) and 07/08 (with nothing in particular) will be airing on NJPW World with Japanese commentary. The trios title match will air early on 07/17 and will be available for VOD. Those shows typically were blocked outside of Japan, and now are blocked just in Mexico – so everyone in the world except the home fans who missed that show will be able to see that title change (if they pay 999 Yen.) Maybe Sundays shows are airing on one of the cable networks, except everything else airing on cable network is streaming. I don’t get it.

Linterna lost his mask to Gran Kenut in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. Linterna is Jorge Ariel Hernandez Gonzalez, 26 years, 10 years a wrestler.

“CMLL Guerreros del Ring”, the first b-show they added in late 2005 as part of CMLL’s strategy to sell as much (cheap) TV as possible, is now airing on Mexicanal in Mexico & US. I can’t find if it’s still on 52MX. The show was airing CMLL Puebla matches last time as a few weeks ago, so this would be more interesting for the move than the content. Meanwhile, 52MX is now an over the air channel, though as a digital subchannel not available everywhere. It’s 6.4 in Mexico City.

Kraneo & Mije appear in a video updating on Mije’s status (he’s doing OK) and making sure to put the blame on no one for the injury spot on Tuesday.

In post-show interviews on Friday, Atlantis said his sons Atlantis Jr. and Hijo del Atlantis may start wrestling at the end of 2018 or early 2019. Atlantis Jr. is the one wrestling secretly as Tiburon. Hijo del Atlantis has kept his identity secret if he’s wrestling already. That timeline has changed often so I wouldn’t put it in stone.

Crazy King kept his DTU championship over Shyru Dragon. in Arena Roberto Paz.

This is days late, but Critero Hidalgo has an interview with Americans Helio Guerra, Aaron Sikes, and Muerte Infernal, who’ve been training around Hidalgo this month.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Ingobernables champs, Atlantis wins on his 35th Anniversary, Fantasma beats Clown, Crash tonight in TJ

Atlantis

CMLL (FRI) 07/13/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOEstrellas del RingExcelsiorLucha CentralMarcaMedioTiempoRecord]
1) Metálico & Sangre Azteca b Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Audaz, Fuego, Star Jr. b Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tencicos took 2/3.
3) Dalys b La Jarochita [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dalys won in under five minutes.
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tencicos took 2/3, the last with a double Mistica, though the tecnicos did not get along
5) Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3. Mascara & Ultimo wrestled in their old masks and Octagon wore blue instead of red for the Atlantis 35th Anniversary match. Money was thrown in after. No challenges were thrown. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Atlantis appeared with their father before the match
6) Rush & Terrible b Valiente & Volador Jr. © [CMLL TAGLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ingobernables took falls 1/3 to win the title, the last when Rush snuck in a foul on Volador. Valiente & Volador fall on their third defense. Terrible & Rush are the 39th champions. Terrible is a champion for the 2nd time (Tama Tonga.) Los Ingobernables win the tag team titles with the sixth different combination to challenge.

CMLL promos: Los Ingobernables (proud to be new tag champs), Atlantis, Rayo de Jalisco & Octagon (Atlantis thanks everyone), Ultimo Guerrero, Mascara 2000 and Fuerza Guerrera (just happy to be there), Caristico (could be a great trio with Dragon Lee & Mistico but will fight them if they ask for it), Dalys (willing to fight more younger luchadoras)

Media interviews: Atlantis/Rayo/Octagon (Estrellas del Ring, +LuchaTV), Ultimo Guerrero/Fuerza/Mascara (Estrellas del Ring, +LuchaTV), Caristico (Estrellas del Ring), Dragon Lee & Mistico (Estrellas del Ring, +LuchaTV), Los Ingobernables (Estrellas del Ring, +LuchaTV), Cavernario (+LuchaTV)

CMLL did a great job of honoring Atlantis, even with them cutting out his entrance because of the dance number. Atlantis did his part too, looking better than usual in a better than expected legends match. There was nothing suggesting Atlantis/Fuerza was going to happen in September, and Fuerza is not on next week’s card.

That sort of led viewers to believe that LA Park might make a surprise appearance in the main event, especially when the match came down to Rush & Volador. Instead, Terrible helped Rush cheat to a title win. Maybe they’ll defend it against Hijo de LA Park & LA Park? Terrible’s having a pretty successful year.

Dragon Lee & Mistico kept up the tension with Carisitco despite getting the win.

This show appeared to have a giant turnout. Those there said it was close to being full, which is something that only happens at the Anniversario show in recent years. CMLL still didn’t show the crowd all that much.

Next week’s lineup:

CMLL (FRI) 07/20/2018 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Yago
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Mistique vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Pólvora
4) Cuatrero vs Mephisto [lightning]
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Penta El Zero M
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris

Klan Kaoz is probably winning their way to a trios title shot. Semimain may set up a singles match, depending on everyone’s schedule.

Puma is off Tuesday’s CMLL show, replaced by Universo 2000 Jr.

Valiente & Titan are listed as wrestling in Costa Rica on August 11th. They’re in two seperate three way matches.

AAA TV (FRI) 07/13/2018 Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro [AAALucha Central]
1) Gremlin, Speed Demon, Vengador ?? Homicida, Kastigador, Lince
match not shown on stream.
2) Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire b Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Lady Maravila beat Chik Tormenta with a Spanish Fly in Tormenta’s debut.
3) Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
4) Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa b Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Shani pinned Faby – the first time Faby’s been pinned all year on TV. Faby went after Shani after the match. Taurus again showed up to attack an Apache enemy, spearing Shani.
5) Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus b Aerostar, La Máscara, Máximo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Jack Evans made his return as a surprise wrestler. La Mascara & Maximo had issues after the match and a vignette before the match. Mascara doesn’t think Maximo is taking things seriously and may be going rudo.
6) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly b Golden Magic, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Golden Magic was the surprise wrestler for his team, but unwanted and attacked repeatedly by his partners (and Samoano). They essentially gave up the win by attacking Magic, allowing OGT to win. Earlier, OGT saved La Parka from a MAD attack, then explained they were doing it to defend AAA and not Parka
7) Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett b Pagano & Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Fantasma beat Psycho Clown after a guitar shot in a match which also saw Juventud Guerrera and Hijo del Tirantes get involved.

This was a good show and a full building. I didn’t notice it was a nearly an all rudo night until putting this together. Tecnicos did win the fourth match, but Shani was about cut in half by Taurus’ spear. OGT are effectively tecnicos now without doing the turn (because they’re still going to be wrestling the same way, just with a few more Super Fly flips.)

There wasn’t much good progression towards TripleMania, unless you want to count La Parka/Konnan or Jarrett/Vampiro as good ideas. Jeff is going to be sad when he finds out Vampiro is retired and never to wrestle again. As it stands, it looks like Jarrett won’t appear again on AAA TV until TripleMania, so whatever they’re doing with him will be revealed at a press conference instead. That was fine for last night because it kept the focus on Fantamsa and he looked great in winning the main event.

La Mascara & Maximo have been dead in the water since about 10 minutes after arrival in AAA. Mascara going rudo and feuding with Maximo may not be better, but it couldn’t be much worse.

The stream opener is another one worth going out of your way to see. I have not seen a lot of Chik Tormenta but I think this was the best match I’ve seen with her in it.

La Parka continues to tease a rudo turn in his Record column. Didn’t seem like that was happening at all last night.

Tonight, The Crash has Penta vs Bestia in a cage, as part of a show honoring Blue Demon Jr. for the round number of 33 years in wrestling. The Crash invited fans to bring weapons to put in the cage. If Bestia is facing Rey Mysterio for the title next, he should be winning this. The undercard includes a Daga vs Matt Riddle match and ACH vs Rey Horus vs Rey Fenix. The Crash may also have more on their teased alliances with CMLL & Progress Wrestling.

MexaWrestling has a luchadora focused show, as a prelude to their big 08/04 card. Mary Apache versus Keyra could be interesting.

There’s no Arena Coliseo show do to boxing. The’yre back next week (but maybe not the week after.)

IWRG will have Ovett vs X-Fly in their anticipated hair versus hair match.

Friday night quick results: Rush & Terrible new tag team champs, Jack Evans back in AAA

Both AAA & CMLL drew big crowds and loud to their TV tapings Friday night. Neither had the big events I was expecting, though there still was some news.

The biggest thing to actually happen was Rush & Terrible becoming tag team champions in CMLL. The title match came down to Rush and Volador. Volador had an apparent win off a Spanish Fly, Terrible pulled Edgar away from the pin, Rush fouled Volador, and then covered him for the win. No challenges followed.

No challenges was actually the big news on the CMLL night. The Atlantis tribute proceeded like a normal nostalgic lucha libre match, with everyone wearing their masks and doing their old spots and nothing in particular after. Atlantis got Ultimo Guerrero up in the Atlantida for the win. There was no special interaction between him and Fuerza Guerrera, nothing that would suggest a mask match was coming. LA Park & Rush still seems the most likely option, because CMLL continues to present no other options.

AAA presented a lot of options for TripleMania matches, though nothing seemed more than idea. A mid-show MAD segment going nowhere (but getting a lot of crowd reaction) was interrupted by La Parka, who challenged Konnan to a fight. That didn’t go well for Parka, who was beaten up by the MAD members on hand until OGT (as defenders of AAA) made the save. Later, a taped Jeff Jarrett promo threw out the idea of taking Vampiro’s hair. Vampiro himself was only seen on the show once, wearing a neck brace in his usual box segment, and having a phone call with a mystery person. That went nowhere on this show, but might be picked up on the ELITE show next week.

The two surprise people on this show were ELITE people, or at least will be ELITE people next week. Jack Evans made his official return, teaming with Taurus and Juventud Guerrera to beat Aerostar, La Mascara, and Maximo. (Both that match, and a pre-taped vignette, showed La Mascara getting frustrated with Maximo. Mascara’s clearly going rudo by the time TripleMania ends.)  Later, Golden Magic was the surprise partner of Rey Escorpion and Texano Jr., only for those rudos to repeatedly attack Magic during the match. OGT took advantage to win.

Nothing new was really set for TripleMania yet, but the two matches that are set got some attention. Lady Shani earned a rare pin over Faby Apache in their trios match, only to be taken out via Taurus spear after. It remains unclear why Taurus is helping Faby. Hijo del Fantasma used Jarrett’s guitar on Psycho’s head to win the no disqualification main event (where Juventued pretty much worked the match for Jarrett, in the same way Teddy Hart & Jack Evans would for Konnan during his last in-ring days.) Fantamsa is full a rudo going into the mask match.

AAA seemed like it had the better matches, but both shows were pretty good. I’ll have the normal recaps of both over the weekend. I may add timestamps to this later on tonight.

AAA

00:10:39 Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire vs Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra
00:28:37 Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider vs Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
00:54:48 Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra
01:13:59 Aerostar, La Máscara, Máximo vs Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus
01:35:27 Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Golden Magic, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
01:56:43 Pagano & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett

CMLL

00:00:48 Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr. vs Metálico & Sangre Azteca
00:29:20 Audaz, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
00:52:50 Dalys vs La Jarochita in a lightning match
01:02:30 Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
01:29:15 Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero
02:00:30 Valiente & Volador Jr. © vs Rush & Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship

Atlantis Anniversary tonight (& maybe 09/14 main event revealed), AAA back on Twitch tonight

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Fuerza Guerrera

Tonight’s a pretty big night in 2018 lucha libre. There’s been a lot of busy nights lately. The two big shows are still to come. Tonight’s shows will reveal a lot of what’s going to happen on them. The biggest match of CMLL’s year is still fuzzy. It should be a lot clearer after tonight’s Arena Mexico show. AAA has their main event and just needs to figure out pretty much everything else while also getting over a feuding promotions concept.

CMLL’s Anniversario takes place two months and one day from tonight. There is no official main event. It’s not unusual for the match to not be signed until later, yet the match is still normally pretty clear this far in advance. CMLL’s made it pretty clear on the shows itself that Park/Rush is the match fans should want to see at the Anniversario. Everything outside the shows – Park’s comments about CMLL not offering more matches, Dorian Roldan’s skepticism that Rush/Park would happen this year most prominently – shrouds that same match with an uncertain haze. The strongest reason to believe Park/Rush is the CMLL Anniversario match is CMLL hasn’t really teased something else viable at that level as main eventing the show. Dragon Lee, Caristico, Mistico, Fenix, and Penta all have thrown around a challenge. None seem that serious, most wouldn’t make sense losing, and few possible matchups would mean more than LA Park vs Rush. It’d probably have to be something along the lines of an Atlantis mask match to satisfy people, but he doesn’t have a proper opponent and CMLL hasn’t teased anything.

Enter Octagon & Fuerza Guerrera. Octagon and Fuerza Guerrera have been feuding since 1991. They feuded in EMLL, they feuded when it became CMLL, they feuded in AAA, they’ve feuded in the indies post AAA, and the feud has popped up on legend’s appearances back in CMLL. They’re always three weeks away from the match, which just never actually seems to happen. Both men are decades past their prime, but forever stuck in a feud mostly sustaining by nostalgia. Neither man has ever gotten the offer they wanted to lose their mask. There may not be a price for Octagon at the moment, while his issues with AAA over his name and identity go on. Fuerza was probably designed to be the loser of this feud way back in 1991, and probably has done better for himself never settling for something lesser. At least until now. 64-year-old masked man Fuerza Guerrera has to know his career is close to ending and ending at any moment. He also has to know that the prices for big mask matches is rising; he’s surely aware of what his old partner Dr. Wagner was said to have earned last year.

Way back in April, Fuerza Guerrera and Atlantis met in a tag main event of the Arena Coliseo 75th Anniversary show. The tecnicos won, but Guerrera made a point of challenging Atlantis to a mask match. Guerrera kept up the challenge in press interviews for a few weeks after, though it faded into the background. Though, not for everyone: this week in Figure Four Weekly, Dr. Lucha mentioned Atlantis/Guerrera not just as a possibility, but as the match that’s actually happening on the Anniversario show unless something changes. The talk of that match happening has been getting stronger since Park left Arena Mexico without an Anniversary main event signed.

Fuerza Guerrera is back in CMLL tonight facing Atlantis at another Anniversary show. This one honors Atlantis himself, with a trios match also including Octagon, Rayo de Jalisco, Ultimo Guerrero and Mascara 2000. It’s going to draw a big crowd, the sort which may not return until another big Atlantis match. If CMLL is doing Atlantis versus Fuerza Guerrera in a mask versus mask match (or something with Octagon also involved to honor that feud), CMLL is going to run a finish to build towards it tonight. If nothing happens then LA Park versus Rush is a lot closer to being real. Either way, CMLL’s September plans will be a lot more clear by the time the semi-main ends.

The more amusing way those 09/14 plans could be set would be the main event if LA Park crashed the Rush/Terrible vs Volador/Valiente tag title main event. It’s also unlikely since CMLL seems not to be booking LA Park while he’s about to headline a show across town next Saturday. A title change does seem in play: Rush & Terrible are the hotter act with the Sky Team seeming to drift apart. The Universal Tournament math favors Los Ingobernabels. Terrible is still national heavyweight champion, so his team winning the tag team belts would reduce the number of champions to 17  – or 16 + 1 inactive Marco Corleone. (Sanson picking up the CMLL light heavyweight belt from Niebla Roja on Tuesday would accomplish the same.) Volador’s match output is predictable in big main events, and he might be tempted to do even more after visibly being frustrated as background player recently.

The main event is the best match on a show that’s got some iffy moments. There’s no great hope for the legend’s match to be any good, nor is anyone expecting good from them. Negro Casas, Cavernario and Gran Guerrero versus Carsitico, Dragon Lee and Mistico looks like a good match on paper but figures to be overridden by Caristico vs Dragon Lee/Mistico issues. No one asked for Dalys vs La Jarochita in a lightning match; nice CMLL is giving other women chances in singles matches, but a Friday night match with no issue is a poor way to do it. Audaz, Fuego and Star Jr. versus Okumura, Kawato, and Universo is a less than ideal mix. Principe Diamante & Super Astro Jr. will attempt to be entertaining around Metalico and Sangre Azteca, who has seemingly wrestled the same match for this entire decade.

CMLL’s show starts at 8:30pm promptly. It’ll be on Facebook and Marca. Neither was blocked last time I checked, and it’d be ideal for me if I didn’t have to stream anything today. Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

CMLL’s sent Atlantis done a lot of media to promote this show: interviews with Marca, Record, Universal, ESTO, Notimex, and Excelsior are the ones I can find without much work. The lucha libre exhibit at the Metro Guerrero station is an Atlantis themed exhibit for the next month, and the unveiling yesterday was covered heavily (CMLL, MedioTiempoPubliMetro).  Rayo talked about pranking Atlantis early in his career. This show has gotten a lot of attention and it will be a big turnout. Atlantis has had no public scandal during this career, is still involved in a big lucha libre at a high level, and is a pretty easy choice to put on a pedestal as a positive representation of lucha libre. He doesn’t really say anything interested, but that’s always a good way to allow people to say only positive things about you. This show is going to have another big turnout.

 

AAA has a main event that’s pretty well clear. They also have a women’s apuesta match that hasn’t meant anything in the build up, but should still feel like a big match on the day of the show. It’s everything else they need to sort out tonight, in their first taping after a six week (World Cup-related?) hiatus tonight in Queretaro.

It starts at the top, where Jeff Jarrett makes his first appearance as unlikely champion, teaming with Hijo del Fantasma against Psycho Clown & Pagano. Jarrett’s never been much of a multi-dimensional performer in AAA, always leaning heavily into the Ugly American bit, but his in-ring performance was minimal at best in Monterrey. Jarrett as champion may have been a Plan B – there’s decent evidence to suggest Fenix was going to walk out of Verano de Escandalo with the title at one point – but it’s the situation AAA left itself. Tonight’s priority is deciding how they’re going to move forward, how they want to present their most important title at TripleMania, and who should be involved.

Jarrett is a name that English language fans know, but he’d be a negative behind the times figure to those same fans if they see him as a champion of the promotion at TripleMania, even before they see him wrestle. If AAA is playing to the fans in Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Jarrett will probably be fine, and won’t really move the attendance either way. If they’re trying to play to the people on Twitch, to get them to come back for more than one show a year, than Jarrett in a key position is a determinant and they need to make a move in another direction immediately. The way the main event tag match is sent up, AAA may instead be setting up an ugly Jarrett/Pagano title match for TripleMania.

The rest of the show is full of mystery, both in what the actual matches will be and what direction they might be going in for TripleMania. OGT, fresh off their win over Poder del Norte, appear to be working as pseudo-tecnicos on the road to 08/26. They face Texano, Rey Escorpion and a mystery man in the semimain. The fifth match also has a mystery spot, probably a MAD member, teaming with Taurus & Juventud Guerrera against Aerostar, La Mascara, and Maximo. Any Taurus/Aerostar interaction in that match would be welcome.

Faby Apache and Lady Shani meet in the fourth match. It doesn’t seem like that feud is going to catch on in a big way at this point, but they’re going to work together a lot the next six weeks. Dinastia, Nino Hamburguesa, Australian Suicide and Parka Negra fill out the match, where seems a little off. Same thing with the tercera, where rudo Joe Lider teams with rising stars Arkangel Divino & Hijo del Vikingo against Poder del Norte. Both Lider & Hamburguesa seem on this card via obligation, and not because they have a defined role or will make the matches better. Poder del Norte will make matches better, and interacting with the young flyers is a good role for them. The segunda has Dragon Bane, Lady Maravilla and Starfire versus Arez, Chik Tormenta, and Keyra. All but Tormenta have appeared on recent tapings, usually in pretty good matches.

Gremlin, Speed Demon, Vengador take on Homicida, Kastigador, and Lince in the locals opener. AAA has left those matches off the stream this year. Might be worth showing it with some of those guys, but wouldn’t count on it.

AAA lists this show as an 8:30 pm start. They’re saying this actually means 8:45. I’d still bet on 9pm and lasting into Saturday morning. Whenever it starts, it will air live and free on AAA’s Twitch channel. It’ll be available for subscribers on VOD as soon as it completes airing. It’ll start to be posted on YouTube on July 28th if the current schedule holds. Lucha Central also has a preview of the show.

Revolution Pro Wrestling (London) announced Soberano Jr. versus Titan for their 08/17 event. That’ll be good. It’s also right in the middle of a Ring of Honor tour of the UK and RevPro is ROH’s local partner. That means Soberano and Titan are likely working that tour, though ROH has not yet announced. (The advancement here is RevPro had not before been using CMLL talent when they were on this tour.) It would be fantastic to see Soberano get another chance after his previous appearance went so poorly.

Ring of Honor did announce slightly bigger news yesterday. They’ll be running Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2019, the night before WrestleMania. Only NJPW & ROH have been announced as participating so far. It’s a pretty good shot that Mexican wrestlers will also be included.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara posted a video with Star Black giving up the Occidente Welterweight Championship. He hadn’t defended it since September 2016, not that ever seems to matter. Star Black is a member of the Rayo de Jalisco family – we’re not exactly sure how – and this could mean he’s got a start date in Arena Mexico.

DTU announced Nick Gage will be coming for their 08/11 show in Arena Lopez Mateos. It reads like he’s in for that one show, not the entire tour. Recent DTU shows should be going up on Powerbomb.TV by the time you read this.

RIOT “Inedito” on 07/28 at Arena LLF

Pura Raza on 08/04 in Rodeo Santa Fe, Tlalnepantla

I am still not going to Mexico (probably) but I would’ve gone to the Mexa Wrestling show over this one. Now I’d have a really hard time.

LuchaWorld has the latest episode of their podcast.

Luchador Huracan Jr. says he’s the real grandson of the most famous Huracan Ramirez, Daniel Garcia, and has the legal right to use the name. However, because there are a billion fake Huracan Ramirez’s, no one believes it, and so he’s changing his name to Principe de Seda. I’m not sure how that helps.

Lineups 

CMLL , G21 (WED) 08/15/2018 Arena Querétaro
1) ? vs ??
2) Astro Infernal, Iracundo Extrime, Lucifer vs Destello, Galáctico Dragón, Natague
3) Dr. Pólux Jr. & Murciélago Pleatedo vs Gemelin & Speed Demon [QRO TAG]
4) Angeluz Fly, Maravilla Strong, Perro Negro vs Kaoma Jr., Kasitgador, Neitro Del Halcón Negro Jr. and Alex Guajardo, Homicida, Lince
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Pitbull, Terrible vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Daga, Penta Zero M, Rey Fénix

Full card for the Muenoz vs Rebelion show. The Pitbull in the semimain (and on recent IWRG cards), is one of Bestia del Ring’s two brothers.

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 13th, 2018

full size of the new extra large version.

Who could be the mysterious Dezmond X debuting on this week’s Lucha Underground? It’s so hard to figure out. Beyond the last Medallion match and the title match, the preview mentions more with XO Licious and Jack Evans.

AAA is back on Twitch Friday night. Taping is listed as starting at 8:30pm, so aim for around 9pm (or after the CMLL opener is done). And expect it to go past midnight.

I probably should give up and stop listing IWRG but my heart can’t let go.