I added 1960s lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio to the luchadb database earlier this month. This covers every year from 1960 to 1969. They’re integrated in the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results.
Again, that’s an inflated number, including events found from other sources (including the old magazines that I should’ve gotten back to by now but no.) There’s actually 133 posters in this batch, down from 274 in the last group. That’s why this one is a turnaround.
The events included are mostly ones at Plaza de Toros Torreon. Posters/reports from the period confirm there were other buildings holding events, but they’re not advertising in the paper. It’s also for certain not all the events at the Plaza de Toros, though the bullfights themselves seem to happen more often in this time period. There are fairly regular event listings from 1966 to 1968 and rare information otherwise.
That poster is maybe the most useful stuff I found. It’s the September 25, 1966 lineup and appears to be a title change that’s usually been reported as being in November. It’s a small correction, but we can give Polo Torres an extra 40ish days for his title reign.
There are a few serious crimes that get mentioned. The most serious are the murders of Espanto I & Misterio Negro II in Monterrey, a shocking enough story that it makes Espanto’s hometown paper. Both are shot in a bar by the owner. The police note it happened so suddenly that they didn’t have time to defend themselves.
IWRG (SUN) 06/17/2018Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Avisman b Atomic Star
2) Black Dragón & Zatura b Demonio Infernal & Hijo Del Mosco X-Fly
3) El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno, Golpeador b Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Olímpico, Mano Negra Jr.
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Guardia, Oficial, Xibalba and Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mega, Omega Hijo de Canis Lupus filled in for Super Mega.
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Maniacop b Internacional Pantera, Star Boy, Veneno
6) El Fantasma, Mano Negra, Olímpico DQ Coco Rojo, Enterrador 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Mascara 2000 Jr. replaced Scorpio Jr. and fouled Mano Negra. Mano Negra was honored on this show.
7) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Dragón Lee & Rush A street fight of a match, with mask ripping and blood. Munoz got visual pins with the referee out, then got cradled for the win while arguing with the referee.
Main event was said to be pretty good. Regular guys lost to the guys back in for one night a lot, but it’s IWRG.
Do you remember last year, when Fantasma had a scary heart issue and nearly died and was said to be retired from wrestling forever? This isn’t the first match he’s had this year. It’s weird if not entirely unexpected that he’s wrestling.
Aro Lucha (SUN) 06/17/2018 Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville, Tennessee [PWInsider]
1) Trey Miguel b Nate Wings, Myron Reed
2) Austin Theory b Séptimo Dragón
3) Arez b Gringo Loco, Low Rider
4) Demus & Kylie Rae b Máscarita Divina & Thunder Rosa
5) Jack Edwards b ACH, Darby Allin, Puma King (Jack Edwards is Jack Evans.)
6) Fénix, Rey Mysterio Jr., Sammy Guevara b Black Taurus, Shane Strickland, Willie Mack
Turnout seemed pretty well for this show. They did a lot of local promotion, including a fan fest earlier in the day with Mexico’s World Cup game playing. Top 3 matches were all noted to be good in that recap. It’s possible they may turn up thru Aro Lucha’s social media, but this seemed presented simply as a house show. No next date was announced.
Draztick Boy was advertised and miss the show, but everyone else was there. PW Insider says Aro Lucha ran the show to sell the concept to potential sponsors. Those probably included Modelo, who’s logo was plastered around the building. Modelo is also sponsoring this season of Lucha Underground.
Rush moves from LA Park back to his previous feud against Kraneo tonight in Arena Puebla. Kraneo pulled the upset in the blowoff to this issue back in April. It probably should go Rush’s this way now since he’s facing LA Park next, though the result of an Arena Puebla show probably won’t make much of a difference.
The main event has Flyer, Soberano and Volador against Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero and Titan, which should set up Titan/Soberano for the national welterweight championship next week. Mascara 2000, Universo 2000 and Okumura take on Esfinge, Fuego and Stigma in an odd mix of the fourth match. Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit take on Amapola & La Seductora. Acero, Astro, Asturiano and Stigma face Joker, Pequeno Universo 2000, Pierrothito, and Sauron in a minis/locals atomicos. That might set up a quick apuesta match. Black Tiger & Meyer take on Guerrero Espacial and another wrestler in the opener.
The show will start at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
CMLL says their next big show is the 07/13 Atlantis tribute show. They ended the Sunday show by reminding the viewers that similar shows to honor Negro Casas & Blue Panther are coming this year. (They mentioned a Mascara 2000 one previously, might have slipped their mind.) I think they’re also running the Gran Prix at some point this summer as well.
After retaining the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship earlier tonight, Hiromu Takahashi suggested Dragon Lee as his next challenger. We know Dragon Lee will be in the area of NJPW’s Cow Palace show on 07/07 (he’s booked in the King of Indies the night before.) So is Titan, which normally would mean it’s more likely a Dragon Lee/Titan vs Hiromu/BUSHI tag match. However, what I didn’t remember is BUSHI is already scheduled in a match. So are the rest of Los Ingobernables. That sort of leaves it as having to be Dragon Lee/Hiromu.
AXS announced they’ll start broadcasting WOW (Women of Wrestling) events in September 2019. This is (barely) relevant because MGM owns part of WOW, and also owns part of Lucha Underground. Perhaps owning two TV wrestling shows will allow them to pool resources if you’re optimistic, perhaps they’ll decide to only own one wrestling promotion if you’re pessimistic. September 2019 is a long way away either way.
CMLL (SAT) 06/23/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Cholo, Grako, Inquisidor
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
No sign of Hechicero & Mascara 2000 so maybe we’ll have to wait for the next Pura Raza show for that match. Semimain might be setting up a trios title match and probably will be pretty good.
Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel beat Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Robin (16:06 [6:10, 3:51, 6:05], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus beat Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma (12:04 [5:40, 3:50, 2:34], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dronewent to a draw with Audazin a lightning match (10:00, time limit draw, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero, Shocker, Templario beat Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. (14:04 [4:09, 2:59, 6:56], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Rush (9:26 [3:06, 6:20], 1/2, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rey Bucanero jumped Atlantis. Rush decided to watch from the outside as his partners got beat up. The rudos eventually dragged him in for him to get beat. Rush participated in the second fall like a normal técnico for the most part. When Bucanero reversed a ‘rana on Atlantis, Rush reached in the ring to help hold Atlantis down. That seemed more like Rush screwing around than a designed part of the finish. Bucanero challenged Atlantis to a title match next week. Atlantis wanted a mask vs hair match. Bucanero said no.
Misterioso took Oro’s mask after his match. He pointed at (guest commentator) Tiger too, who’s had a problem with Misterioso stealing his mask in the past.
Signo is a sub in the second match for Arkangel de la Muerte, who was later explained to have missed this match due to feeling ill. Arkangel passed away later this night from a heart attack.
Raziel and Tirantes have a reoccurring argument thru the first half of the match. I’m not even sure when it starts, maybe even as early as Tirantes saying something during an opening Raziel handshake spot with Tirantes. Whatever it is, Raziel keeps finding ways to walk over to Tirantes and have an angry word with him. This is highlighted by Raziel going for six straight pinfalls of Robin specifically to make Tirantes have to get up and down repeatedly.
Los Guerreros are really enjoying finding ways to make Angel de Oro’s life miserable. Otherwise, the main event had about as use to me as it did Rush. He was laughing while half heatedly brawling with Gran Guerrero after something went wrong, and he seemed to be fooling around on the finish. Atlantis and Bucanero were involved with the finish despite not doing all that much. I am going to force myself to watch the title match without much hope.
Shocker doing middle rope elbow drops while Templario meanders around the ramp is not an ideal use of talent. Shocker was in for a lot of this match, while Templario did little of what makes him interesting out of his finish. Everyone else kept it relatively simple. The Panther/Hechicero mat exchange to start was fun, and there wasn’t much more on that level. Templario/Cometa would be fun if they ever did the lightning match.
The lightning match was the expected combination of fun moves between Drone & Audaz, and it was enough to outweigh not having an ending. That match itself could’ve used a better structure – Drone superkicking Audaz off the apron to set up his dive twice was silly – but Audaz does a lot of tricky stuff. The novelty of getting to see him in this environment, and see that he has plenty more he can do than he even could show in ten minutes, was a good sign. I think Drone could’ve done more than he did here too, and it felt like a pace to kill ten minutes rather than either guy trying to win. And yet this was still the match I liked the most from this show.
CMLL (SAT) 06/16/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis, Grako, Inquisidor b Arkalis, Bengala, Leono Arkalis Arena Coliseo debut.
2) Espanto Jr., Metálico, Yago b Príncipe Diamante, Retro, Sangre Imperial Rudos took 1/3.
3) El Audaz, Stigma, Súper Astro b Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Virus Arkangel was remembered after the match.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000 b Hechicero, Kawato San, Okumura Mascara 2000 beat Hechiceor and challenged for a title match.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Titán b Cuatrero, Sansón, Soberano Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] a Rudo Titan beat Soberano again.
Post-match promos: Arkalis (happy to be in Arena Coliseo), Audaz (wants another singles match with Virus), Hechicero (wants to defend against Mascara 2000), Titan (wants a title match with Soberano, teases rudo turn).
Titan/Soberano still seems to be happening a week from Monday, and Hechicero/Mascara 2000 seems like an actual title match given how they hyped it here.
The Crash (SAT) 06/16/2018Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [TJ Sports, Zona Ruda]
1) Búfalo Ayala & Rayo Star b Jonathan & Xperia
2) Brian Cage b David Starr, Hijo De Dos Caras, Joey Janela Cage & Joey Janela were moved down to replace Curt Stallion (?) and Mr. 450 (moved up)
3) Rey Horuz b Austin Theory said to be a great match
4) ACH, Shane Strickland, Willie Mack b El Bandido, Flamita, Séptimo Dragón Good match.
5) Mr. 450 & Matt Riddle b Daga & The King Good match. Mr. 450 moved up to replace Adam Brooks (injury). Earlier, 450 challenged Mesias to a match to determine the best Puerto Rican wrestler of the moment. Daga challenged Riddle to a singles match on the next show. Fenix and Daga had some tension after the loss.
6) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Rush b Alberto el Patrón, Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. win via Rush foul on Alberto. Mysterio challenged Bestia to a mask vs hair match, which Bestia accepted.
Show seemed to draw well. Live reports were really strong on Horuz/Theory, who may have worked before in Mucha Lucha Atlanta.
The Crash posted video of a Fenix and Daga backstage argument, so this appears to be going anywhere (and isn’t just the regulars losing to guest wrestlers like usual.) Daga/Riddle seems on for the next show in the meantime. La Rebelion Amarilla are also doing a bit where they’re going to make Fenix, Penta and Rey pay for betraying their cause and going back to work with AAA.
Octagon, Blue Demon and WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne were among those advertised for the next The Crash show in July. Dunne is allowed to wrestle on his days off from WWE, as long as it’s not a promotion with a streaming service. Finally, The Crash’s lack of availability works in their favor in the most meaningless ways.
LUCHA MEMES, MDA (SAT) 06/16/2018 Polideportivo del Sur, Puebla, Puebla [+LuchaTV]
1) Fénix So & Siki Osama DQ Black Histeria & Prince Dark
2) King Rocker & Rey Samuray b Alas de Acero & Iron Kid (Estado de México)
3) Aramis (Estado de México) b Tony Iron Tony Iron replaced Arkalis.
4) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Corsario Negro Jr. (Estado de México) & Drako (Estado de México)
5) Templario (CMLL) b Multifacético
6) Prayer DQ Mr. Niebla Mr. Niebla replaced Blue Panther. Niebla fouled Prayer and faked a foul.
Sounds like the show was good. Footage from October Puebla show was released just this past week, which is the pattern here – this won’t turn up if/until about 24 hours for the next show (which means you’ll probably have forgotten it happened by then.)
CMLL (SUN) 06/17/2018Arena México
1) Akuma & El Coyote b Astral & Eléctrico 12:11. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Gallito, Micro Ángel, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías 14:02. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Marcela b Estrellita, Mistique, Princesa Sugehit, Maligna, Dalys, Reyna Isis, Metálica, La Seductora, Amapola [cibernetico] 28:59. Amapola replaced La Guerrera this Monday. Rudas vs Tecnicas. Elimination order: Maligns (Metalica), Mistique (Seductora), Metalico (Estrellita), Estrellita (Amapola), Seductora (Marcela), Amapola (Sugehit), Reina Isis (Marcela), Marcela (Dalys), Dalys (Sugehit.) Sugehit asked for a title shot.
4) Blue Panther b Felino 7:37. Panther took falls 2/3. Both men wrestled with a mask on until they won with a fall.
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 6:43. Diamante Azul was originally listed, but replaced by Atlantis. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mistico & Rush b Cuatrero & Sansón 11:04. La Bestia del Ring & Cien Caras were seconds and got involved in the closing moments.
CMLL announced this as a streaming show an hour after before it happened. It was alright. You can see the women’s match got a lot of time and the rest of the show seemed like it was cut to get it closer to schedule. It was a good women’s match if way too long. The micro man wasn’t at the level of previous ones.
MDA, G21, Lucha Memes (FRI) 07/20/2018 Gym Municipal, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Zoom Driver vs Karisma
2) Virus vs Dr. Pólux Jr., Maremoto Jr.
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Angeluz Fly & Príncipe Otomí
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis (Estado de México), Demasiado, Iron Kid (Estado de México) vs Hijo Del Dr. Pólux Jr., Maravilla Strong, Maremoto Jr., Murciélago Plateado Jr.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Forastero (CMLL) & Sansón
6) Atlantis, Máscara Sagrada, Octagón vs Gallito Colorado, Súper Marioneta, Súper Payaso
7) Volador Jr. vs Súper Crazy
This is also a Super Astros show; I need to finish making the promotions bit working better. The guys you may not know in the semimain are the local legends comparable to the guys on the left.
CMLL (FRI) 06/15/2018Arena México [ESTO, Estrellas del Ring, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro 13:47. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther b Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. 13:26. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Felino, Puma, Tiger 16:49. Tecnicos (Guantos Style? Oneatos Style?) took 2/3.
4) Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto 16:02. Tecnicos took 2/3. Arkangel was honored before the match (and the moment included many people who weren’t booked on the show.) Mephisto wore an Arkangek mask and outfit. He took the loss to Valiente.
5) Carístico b Dragón Lee [lightning] 8:12. Dragon Lee submitted La Caristica.
6) Cibernético, Rush, Terrible DQ LA Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] 16:49. Rush faked a foul to draw the DQ in the first fall from Edgar. Rambo ordered Edgar out of the match and put Tirantes in. Rush ran Park into Tirantes in the second fall. Comandante passed Rush nunchucks (???), Park took them out and twirled the nunchucks around, and Tirantes spotted it to call a second DQ. Park screamed for a match with Rush (super libre + mask/hair) and Rush agreed to a match next week, saying he wants blood.
CMLL promos: Mercurio (wants a title shot) OneAtos Styles (want more challenges) Mephisto (talks about Arkangel), Caristico (talks about Dragon Lee), Cibernetico (his return to CMLL) La Familia Real. The general media interviews included Cibernetico (teased Kaoz, the faction he has with Zorro, Manson and Mesias, coming to Arena Mexico), LA Park (wants to yell loud enough for Paco Alonso to hear he wants the mask/hair match), Rush (just wants blood), Mephisto (talks about Arkangel)
It’s not happening next Friday because Penta is booked in California. I believe Penta booked in other places the next couple of weeks and I know Dragon Lee is busy. He’s got the NJPW Daytona show on the 29th (teaming with Taguchi versus Sho & Yo), and then out to California for the King of the Indies on July 6th. Penta will make it to Arena Mexico eventually, it’s just not happening right away.
(Also: is Dragon Lee the only one in CMLL – maybe the only one in Mexico? – doing short videos to hype upcoming matches like this? Everyone else can’t be letting him be fair ahead of the game at the wrestling AND the non-wrestling, that’s just unfair.)
This weekend has a fair bit of shows of some importance
The Crash has slipped from attention with AAA bringing many of their wrestlers aboard. They still have a pretty loaded show Saturday night in Tijuana. The main event is an all-star lineup Alberto, Rey and Penta against Garza, Bestia, and Rush. It should be enough to fill the building on its own. Daga & Fenix take on Adam Brooks someone & Matt Riddle in the semimain. The card is full of more US indie names.The Crash seems to have endorsed the VideosLuchas3000 YouTube channel as its official bootlegger. There probably will be other versions as well.
Atlantis, Stuka Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. have the second match of their two-day tour in Dallas tonight. They challenge The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia) for the ROH Trios championship. Team CMLL has a better chance of anyone reading this of becoming the champions tonight, but not a much better chance. They’re a guest team who might not be back in ROH, and the last ROH TV taping hinted Ultimo Guerrero + friends are challenging The Kingdom soon, maybe even on the next ROH PPV.
Last night’s Team CMLL match against So Cal Uncensored was said to be a good match. They can probably work out the same here. Tonight’ show will stream live on ROH’s ROHWorld service at 7 pm.
Lucha Memes & MDA make their annual return to Puebla, with a lot of locals getting the sort of chances against Mexico City wrestlers they don’t get on Arena Puebla shows. Prayer, who had a big match with Virus last year, faces Blue Panther this time around. ex-Mini Multifacetico faces Templario. Arkalis is supposed to face Aramis, but Arkalis is also listed as working in Arena Coliseo that night. I’d be shocked if he picked Memes over a chance in CMLL.As always with Lucha Memes, we have no idea if anything will turn up or when it’ll turn up. Puebla shows are unlikely to be fan-camed in a complete fashion, so you’ll have to wait until +LuchaTV puts it up. That usually happens around the time of the next show important show in the market – they put up highlights of the last Puebla show Friday night.
LuchaMemes, MDA, and Lucha Libre Boom are in Arena Lopez Mateos the next day. The main event sees Octagon & son against Penta & Ultimo Gladiador in a clash of styles. The Ricky Marvin indie tour continues on with his first ever singles match against Daga. Mesias is a surprising inclusion in a Solar vs Negro Navarro & Satanico match.This show being in Arena Lopez Mateos means there will be five different versions of these matches up on YouTube in the next week. Most of them will be weirdly and confusingly edited. It’ll also appear in some form on the +Lucha channel.
Aro Lucha pops up for the first time in four months with a show in its home base of the Nashville Fairgrounds. This was originally scheduled as the start of Season 1 tapings for their TV show (and is still listed that way on their WeFunder page – up to $112K) but has said to be just a live event. Rey Mysterio Jr. is booked, so much hunch is they had already paid for this Mysterio date, the official tapings aren’t ready to go, and they decided to just run a live event since they had Rey. The main event has been announced as Willie Mack, Black Taurus, Shane Strickland vs Rey Mysterio, Fenix and Sammy Guevera. Plenty of other people have been announced. What we’re really looking for here is any sign there’s movement a greater plan. This promotion hasn’t done anything but cancel shows and announce they were looking for money in the last few months. Running any show is a nice change of pace but one show on its own isn’t a solution.Even though this is not an official taping, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was still recorded at some level – it’s useful footage to sell investors and TV people on the product, and to put out on social media. Some matches from their February events (the last time they ran) were put on YouTube, so it’s possible a match or two will eventually slip out.
IWRG has it’s annual Festival de las Mascaras show on Sunday. That show is usually centered around older and near retired luchadors coming back in the original masked characters for one night a year. This year, it’s that and it is also LA Park & Rush fighting while Hijo de LA Park & Dragon Lee stand nearby. It’s been very obvious CMLL has told Park & Rush to reign it in after the first suitcase busting match. It doesn’t appear anyone in IWRG has ever been told to hold back in a brawl. That beer bottle cooler is going to be raided. The one concern here is Rush is also booked in the main event of the CMLL Father’s Day show, so the IWRG show will probably go long and Rush might not be totally into it.It’s Rush & Park, so I expect the half of the people who don’t go to Arena Lopez Mateos to go to Arena Naucalpan. It’ll also air on IWRG’s YouTube channel/+LuchaTV and I may be able to get a copy from AYM if that feed works.
CMLL does have that Father’s Day show. Non-Friday CMLL shows have been pretty consistently boring of late, so even though this one should be better than usual, I don’t get the sense anyone cares about it airing. It probably won’t. It is a bit weird CMLL has one day of the week hot and most every other day of the week very cold.
AAA announced Jeff Jarrett will be part of their 07/13 Queretaro taping, the next one to take place. The full card will be announced on Monday.
CMLL (FRI) 06/22/2018Arena México
1) Robin & Súper Astro Jr. vs Akuma & Yago
2) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero
5) El Hijo de L.A. Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) L.A. Park vs Rush
The main event is billed as “what the fans asked for”. I think the fans asked for a no rules match. We’ll see. Semi main should give Fenix (& Volador) more to do. Nice to see the young guys in the opener.
The Panther is still listed as The Panther on the poster, but was referred to as Black Panther last night. Who knows.
Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja, Valientebeat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto (16:02 [4:49, 4:16, 6:57], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carísticobeat Dragón Leein a lightning match (8:12, La Caristica, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cibernético, Rush, Terrible beat LA Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr.in a relevos increíbles match (16:49 [5:50, 10:59], 1 DQ/2 DQ, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush faked a foul in the first fall of the main event, with help from Edgar being taken out. Referee Edgar got involved in Rush’s favor a couple times during that fall. Commissioner Rambo ejected Edgar from the match and replaced him with Tirantes. Tirantes was knocked down by Rush sending him into LA Park in the second fall. LA Park got a visual pinfall soon after, just as he did in the first fall. La Comandante passed nunchucks to Rush to use. LA Park knocked them loose, grabbed them and flashed them around. Tirantes saw Park with them, and called the disqualification. LA Park again demanded a super libre and a mask versus hair match with Rush. Rush accepted for next week.
Arkangel de la Muerte, who passed away on Wednesday, was remembered between the third and fourth matches of the card. Mephisto dressed up as Arkangel, complete to the black marker goatee, for his match.
The Panther was called “Black Panther” all match and in the preview for next week. It appears to be a permanent name change. (And a little bit confusing one, since his brother was the one called Black Panther before.)
The Titan/Triton/Esfinge trio are trying to change their name (or at least the spelling to One Atos Style) though CMLL hasn’t taken that one up yet.
The main event was a definite improvement over the last couple of weeks. Rey Fenix being involved helped, though he and Cibernético felt like AAA editions. Not because they were former AAA wrestler, but because they were big guest star names added to a match where they didn’t have an important role, like Laredo Kid and Brian Cage at Verano de Escandalo. Fenix and Cibernetico being matched up was not ideal (and must’ve been weird for both of them), and they still made it work. Like in the past, Cibernético seems willing to sell and go along with whatever spots the técnicos want to try in big CMLL matches. His bumping isn’t great, but I was content getting him taking Fenix’ spinning heel kick. Volador continues to feel like a luxury item in this feud, doing well while doing 20% of what he does when he’s the focus instead. Those supporting players being good added to the overall match, and the referee shenanigans helped create the chaotic feel that needs to be present in the LA Park/Rush feud. LA Park is an abnormal presence in CMLL and it should never feel like any routine CMLL match – the ref bumps and the ejections can’t and shouldn’t be done for everyone but they absolutely work in the context of the out of control rivalry taking place. The stuff done here makes a lot of sense if they’re finally coming back with the super libre match next week. The nunchuck spot is going to be forever remembered.
The lightning match far exceeded my expectations. Dragon Lee is Dragon Lee and is always going to be pretty good. Carístico was surprisingly excellent and the two meshed together wonderfully. Carístico was up Dragon Lee’s bonkers ideas, Dragon Lee playing rudo made the match work out pretty well, and the two were smooth against each other for a match we haven’t seen. Caristico’s walk up the rope Spanish Fly was super impressive; I was concerned he’d come off as a lot less athletic than Dragon Lee and that wasn’t the case. I was also expecting another draw once it started getting alone, so an actual finish was a nice surprise. Go watch this one.
The fourth match had a hard time picking the crowd back up after the Arkangel moment. The crowd really only reacted to the dives until the last moments. The action wasn’t so great that these guys were cheated out of a reaction. It was a basic Hijo del Infierno match. Hijo de LA Park is very indie, willing to try big moves and not really smooth with them. He was lucky not hurt himself on his diving headscissors, but scooting across the ropes at least made it feel different than the dozen other ones we get a week. I can not believe Mephisto took the pin.
The Tiger/Puma match was the usual good Tiger/Puma match. Felino looked a lot better than usual, maybe trying a little bit more because he was with his sons. They came off as a better unit than usual, so something was working. Titan & Felino mixed well. Puma had really timing. The match seemed a little rough at times, so I wouldn’t put among their best, but it was still good for a Friday night watch.
The segunda wasn’t as the pace of other Panther matches – these rudos are just not that fast – but it wasn’t as huge a dropoff as it seemed. This was borderline good. The Panthers have their match down and can do it with pretty much anyone. Kawato included! Kawato had a nice dive, I shouldn’t be so mean. There were a lot of stutter steps during the second fall comeback because the timing just wasn’t there. It was still fine. Universo is getting new moves, needed new moves.
Of all the recent OK openers, this was definitely the best one. Shockercito & Stukita looked good, Mercurio’s comedy work, and they didn’t go too long. They even did the only thing rarer than dives in openers: near falls. Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro lived up to a reputation of being halfway decent when they try. There’s probably also a bit of me avoiding minis matches like the plague of late so this felt a bit more fresh.
Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Star Jr.beat Disturbio, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo (16:36 [7:57, 1:53, 6:46], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritónbeat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. (15:39 [3:41, 5:10, 6:48], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansónbeat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephistofor the Mexican National Trios Championship (16:35 [4:29, 3:19, 8:47], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Kráneo, Niebla Roja beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible (9:43 [5:39, 4:04], 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match (11:13 [4:31, 1:41, 5:01], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Titan worked as a rudo in the main event, though he won cleanly. Soberano asked for a rematch.
Rush removed Kraneo’s mask in the second fall for the DQ to lose in straight falls. Rush then insulted the fans and fat people for a couple of minutes. Kraneo challenged him to a singles match.
NGD retained the trios championship in a match pushed back a week.
Soberano & Titan meshed very well in the main event. Titan had rudo moments and cut a rudo promo post-match, but still worked his in enough of his usual offense. It felt more like a big tournament final than Titan having to betray his usual nature to make the match work. The eventual singles match is going to be must-see. The other four guys really faded into the background and it didn’t feel like there was a lot more than that feud, but they got me excited for that feud.
The semimain was standard feud build up stuff, with the rudos taking most of the match. The latest Ingobernables jerseys are unpleasantly gaudy, and will probably sell pretty well. Rush laying on Kraneo while starting his promo was the best move of the match. It was a simple night for the non-Kraneo técnicos.
The NGD/Infierno match was a big improvement from the match that set up this one. There was a bit more effort from both teams and faster pace at times, though it tended into trios cliché spots instead of something interesting. The reason to watch this match is more just to see how over the NGD are as a técnicos for the night. The crowd goes insane when they make their third fall técnico and are strongly behind them all night long, something that doesn’t always happen in these rudo/rudo matches. The NGD’s strengths are not as técnicos right now, though they do show some unusual things for them in the first fall, they definitely have grown a fanbase with their success.
The second match felt like a tercera and was overall alright. Okumura got the 450 knees to the midsection in the first fall, thanks to a combination of Maya position and Triton landing. He lived, to watch as Triton slipped on a multiple springboard spot in the second fall. It finally went right for Triton in the third fall with Universo 2000 Jr., which led me to believe he might now be the best rudo of these three. Kawato’s attempt at doing the cartwheel out of a headscissors was as charming as it was awful.
The opener had more of the main roster group than usual. They were better off with Star Jr. & Disturbio and the match had more to it as a result. Samuray looked good and worked as well with Signo as anyone does. The end wasn’t great; Star Jr. needed to find something to do instead of standing in place for five seconds after Disturbio hit the ropes and dived into him, and Signo looked silly pinning Arkalis while holding one of his shoulders off the mat so he couldn’t touch the ropes.
If you hadn’t paid attention to Arena Mexico, today’s main event would look bizarre to you. LA Park teaming with Rey Fenix & Volador Jr. versus Cibernetico, Rush and Terrible looks like something you’d find deep in a YouTube comment thread about weird dream matches. I’m not sure it’s going to be a good match. Cibernetico & Terrible aren’t the most ideal opponents for Fenix & Volador, but it’s a lot of star power to create a different feel for the fourth week of this feud. The attendance keeps going up each day they run it, so maybe CMLL isn’t in a big hurry to get to the singles match, but I wouldn’t mind something more.
This is Cibernetico’s latest return to CMLL. On Informa, he mentioned he was previously coming to CMLL via ELITE and now is directly deal with CMLL. That seem to be said to make it clear Ciber isn’t planned to be part of whatever AAA is cooking up with ELITE. It’s still unclear how he’ll fit in CMLL; he showed more in his CMLL matches than he has elsehwere, but his style doesn’t match up with what CMLL has done in the past. Cibernetico would make more sense as a Rush opponent than partner, and Rush has shot down ideas that Cibernetico might be added to Los Ingobernables.
The lightning match is take two of the Caristico/Dragon Lee lightning match. It was in their match two months ago where Dragon Lee’s right leg went while running. That seemed to be a major ligament injury in the moment. Dragon Lee later said it was instead a muscle tear, and recovered in time to have a strong performance in NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors. He returned to Arena Mexico this past Sunday, and this will be his first televised match. this remains an interesting combination of the biggest star CMLL had last decade with the man who may become the biggest star they have next decade (or may become a big star elsewhere.)
There is a possibility Penta disrupts this match. These are the exact two guys he’s had run-ins with over the last couple weeks. It would be completely unlike CMLL for someone to run-in on a match at all, much less someone who hasn’t appear for the company so far. It’s only a possibility because these are currently strange times, and you should not go into the match expecting it.
Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja and Valiente take on Ephesto, Luicferno and Mephsito in the fourth match. Puma & Tiger take their act to the third match, teaming with papa Felino against Guanatos Style (Titan, Esfinge, Triton) in what should be a good undercard match. The Panthers team with Pegasso against Kawato, Okumura and Universo. Shockercito & Stukita wrestle Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro in the opener.
Lucha Central also previews the show. CMLL will air it at 8:30 at Marca and Facebook, though neither of the links seem to be accessible right now. I’ll stream it on YouTube if I have to. It’ll be on CMLL’s YouTube later.
Atlantis, Stuka and Guerrero Maya will be in San Antonio tonight wrestling for Ring of Honor. They take on the SoCalUncensored team of Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian. That show should stream live on ROH’s Honor Club service starting at 7:30 (one hour before CMLL.)
Martinez Promotions is also running tonight in Fort Worth, with Mecha Wolf vs Drago vs Ultimo Ninja vs Laredo Kid as the main event. There’s also a Faby Apache vs Lacey Lane, which is the AAA women’s champion against The Crash’s women champion. The prohibition on AAA & The Crash people working on the same show has obviously been dropped.
CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Guerrero Samurai Jr., Luminoso, Tigre Blanco vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) La Vaquerita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Audaz, Fuego, Pegasso vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Warrior Steel
4) Blue Panther, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
Warrior Steel continues to make very infrequent appearances; this is his first match since December.
CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Virus
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato, Okumura, Templario
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
6) Atlantis vs Rey Bucanero [MEX LH] 5th defense
Atlantis hasn’t had a streamed defense of this since 2015. I think we might be ok if this wasn’t streamed either.
This show feels low on the rudo side when Espanto Jr. is working the third match and Kawato is working the fourth.
The first three matches on this list are from AAA. Things have changed a lot. The only shows on the upper part of this chart from AAA/Twitch and CMLL/Friday. That’s not much of a change this year. The next week isn’t much better; I’m still paying attention to the Monday/Tuesday shows but it’s hard to imagine why most people are still watching them.
the MOTYC list has been updated again.
Arkángel Divino, Dinastía, Hijo Del Vikingo, Star Fire vs Arez, Belial, Lady Maravilla, Último Maldito
AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03
Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santanafor the hair
AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03
Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión
AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03
Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08
Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08
Stuka Jr. vs Hechiceroin a lightning match
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08
Carístico, Mistico, Rey Fénix vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08
Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terriblein a relevos increíbles match
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08
Lady Shani, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Black Danger (Baja California), Keyra, La Hiedra
AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03
Drago vs Sammy Guevara, Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Darby Allin, Golden Magic
AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03
La Máscara, Máximo, Pagano vs Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Texano Jr.
AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03
Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Puma
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04
Felino, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Titánin a relevos increíbles match
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04
Leono, Magnus, Starman vs El Coyote, Hijo del Signo, Yago
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05
La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05
Drone vs Esfingein a lightning match
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05
Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05
Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
The Lucha Underground episode guide reads: “Catrina hopes to restore her life and searches for the Gauntlet of the Gods; the Trios Champions defend their titles against three new fighters; one of the Seven Ancient Aztec Medallions comes back into play.” The Pentagon/Matanza match was set up at the end of this week’s show.
CMLL Marca should continue to be interesting with Rey Fenix & Cibernetico joining the LA Park/Rush matches and Caristico versus Dragon Lee on the undercard.
The Latigo/Toxin vs Aramis/Astrolux AAA match will make YouTube this week and is worth going out of your way to see if you have not already.