04/29 AAA TV Results (Xalapa) – Pentagon & Texano in Lucha World Cup

AAA TV (FRI) 04/29/2016 Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Faby Apache & Mary Apache b Lady Shani & Taya
Taya replaced Keira. Mary beat Shani. Both Apaches asked for a title shot. Taya pointed out they still had not defeated her so no.
2) Averno & Chessman © DQ Argenis & Australian Suicide [AAA TAG]
Dropped to the second match. Challengers determined on 04/18 in Leon. Bengala and Ricky Marvin were seconds and fought at the end, a rudo fouled a tecnico and a tecnico fouled a rudo back to give the tecnicos the win. Copetes, who had started the match and been replaced by Piero, came back out to overrule the result and give the rudos the win by DQ. 2nd defense.
3) Pentagón Jr. b Daga, Joe Lider [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
Prior to the match, a video aired of Halloween beaten and tied up in the locker room, having been attacked by Taya and Kahn Del Mal (and maybe the other Perros before the match.) Daga beat Lider, then Pentagon beat Daga to take the first spot. Los Fronterizos interrupted the post match and rescued Halloween, who had been left at top of Arena Xalapa.
4) Texano Jr. b Garza Jr., Taurus [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
Taurus beat Garza. Mesias tried to cost Texano the match, but Garza came back to stop him and Texano beat Tuarus to qualify.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown COR Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano
Los Fronterizos were counted out when the Perros brawled with them. Los Fronterizos were thrown in an ambulance and driven away.
6) El Mesías b La Parka
A earlier Mesias & Cage in-ring bit include the Trump video being shown again. Cage revealed he was injured and unable to wrestle tonight. Texano taunted Mesias into facing La Parka in a singles match instead. (Electroshock went unmentioned, apparently having quit.) Cage was healthy enough to interfere in the match frequently, helping Mesias get the win. Texano made the save after the match, though he and Parka didn’t appear friendly.

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The main event sounds like a little bit of a confusing mess, but it may be partly due to circumstances: Electroshock quit, again. He seemed to briefly quit a few months before coming back, so it’s been on his mind a while. I don’t know how close he is with his brother Sharly Rockstar right now, but Electro showing up in Elite seems plausible. It’s been a strange year and a half of Electroshock, with him disappearing off TV for moments, returning as a depressed drunk, putting together a new trio with Hijo del Pirata and Kronoz, wrestling exactly one match with that trio before Kronoz got hurt, Pirata & Electroshock being booked apart from each other, then doing the break up angle after they’ve already broken up, then the whole thing going nowhere. It’s not like Electroshock was forgotten by AAA, but the payoffs to his stories never happened. AAA seems to be in a rebuilding period and 46 year old luchador doesn’t quite fit in, but AAA was still putting him in the main events of their TV tapings. Losing Electroshock doesn’t seem like a great loss to AAA, though it fits a pattern of people walking away for all sorts of reasons.

The tag team title deal is a less understandable mess and the usual bit of AAA focusing the attention on their referees over their luchadors. They do want to re-enforce the idea of Ricky with Averno & Chessman (a third man on a two man team) and maybe there’s a thought they’ll need to replay the match at Verano de Escandalo with Jack & Angelico currently broken, but the referee reversing the finish after the belts have been awarded is among the most aggravating bits you can do.

The Frontierizos – Pagano, Damian, Halloween and Nicho – getting humiliated in the back and run off in an ambulance would seem like a quick write off to the characters in a US promotion. The AAA recap emphasizes the rivalry will continue, so maybe it’s more about balancing the scales after the Perros have taken the worst of it every time so far.

None of the matches on this show sound particularly worth watching. Maybe the qualifiers. Maybe the opener. Nothing really jumps out.

Running the Lucha World Cup qualifiers meant AAA really needed to explain Lucha World Cup, and so a press release was sent out Friday. The big news is it’ll be two different shows: a June 3rd (Friday) show at a Puebla convention center will have qualifying rounds, and the June 5th (Sunday) final back at Palacio de los Deportes. NOAH, TNA and Lucha Underground were announced as participating. ROH is not back from last year – the word was NJPW as unhappy about their partner ROH working with someone other than their other partner CMLL, which makes it really confusing why NJPW’s other other partner NOAH is participating. Hopefully TNA still exists by June. Hopefully I still exist by June.

Way back in February, Enuhito mentioned it would be a two day tournament and women would be involved. He’s completely correct on the first part, and looks to be right on the second. The press release doesn’t explain it, but the logos for Japanese joshi promotions Oz Academy and Pro Wrestling Wave are on the poster. AAA and Wave combined to hold the 2012 Reina de Reinas tournament in Japan (won by Sexy Star.)  Oz Academy has sent women to AAA in past.

There’s no details on how many teams will be involved, or if the format will be different, or if the show will be on iPPV (though I expect they’ll at least try for the last part.) Tickets go on sale Tuesday, maybe there will be more details then. AAA’s next TV taping is May 14th in Orizaba, and that might also come up with more details. It should at least have a third qualifier if they’re going the trios route again. That lineup should be out no later than Wednesday.

Mephisto & Mistico win incredible pairs tournament, Atlantis/Park & Casas/UG in Liga Elite

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CMLL (FRI) 04/29/2016 Arena México [CMLL, KronoSport, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Flyer & Star Jr.
16:00. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
14:20. rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther, Máximo, Stuka Jr. b Bobby Z, Hechicero, Kráneo
13:49. Tecnicos took 2/3. Hombre Bala Jr. replaced Super Pokry (double booked).
4) Rey Cometa b Cavernario [lightning]
8:37. Cometa won with a Destroyer
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Felino, Rey Escorpión
10:40. Tecnicos took 2/3. Volador Jr. replaced Dragon Lee on Monday. Maximo replaced Angel de Oro on Friday.
6) Mephisto & Mistico b Carístico & Cibernético [natl pi, final]
15:36. Team Mephisto & Mistico took 2/3. In the third, Mistico beat Cibernetico, Caristico defeated Mistico and Mephisto defeated Caristico.

I liked the show. I covered the main event in detail a post below, but the short version is it’s utterly bizarre for Mistico to lose to Caristico cleanly and that not to even be the finish of the match unless something’s up with Mephisto. And even then, it’s a bit strange.

CMLL kept the lights up a bit, instead of darkening everything but the ring. They’ve done this at big shows int he past, and it’s still not quite as lit as the Elite shows, but it’s a better look. It did feel like a bigger crowd than usual in photos but not a huge one, and they didn’t do the big sweeping camera pans they use when it’s a 12,000 seat kind of night.

CMLL is back in Arena Mexico tonight for a special Kid’s Day show. The main event is Mascara Dorada, Maximo and Valiente versus Terrible, Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero. It’s a five match show with no discernible storylines.

Liger Fever has another translation transcription of a lucha libre interview, this time one with Dragon Lee. Part 1, Part 2 (includes a great stories about boxing and another about bodybuilding), Part 3, Part 4. Dragon Lee hints at multiple tours of Japan. Everyone’s figured he’s in the BOSJ and we’ll know that for sure in a couple days, but that suggests he’s already been told he’ll be brought back later in the year for more.

Puma, Terrible, Super Halcon Jr., Super Comando and (I think) Hijo del Pantera are a show in Berwyn on May 8th. That’s the same night as the ROH PPV in Chicago Ridge. I already bought a ticket for ROH and I’d bet that show will technically be better, but I’m also thinking I’ll be watching a good match for a promotion I don’t really pay much attention to and feel like I’m missing out on Puma hanging on the ropes or something.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

RobViper has highlights of 09/29/15 CMLL.

There’s a new edition of the +LuchaTV highlight show.

Arena Lopez’s main event will be Canek vs Blue Demon Jr. vs Pagano vs LA Park.

Diosa Atenea lost in the first round of Stardom’s Cindrella tournament.

Lineups

ELITE (WED) 05/04/2016 Arena México
1) Estrellita & La Jarochita vs Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno
2) Hijo De Dos Caras, Jinzo, Metaleón vs El Cuatrero, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Sansón
3) Ángel de Oro & Golden Magic vs Argos & Magno
4) Rush vs Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Ángel Blanco Jr., Euforia, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis vs LA Park [Liga Elite]

Negro Casas finally gets started in Liga Elite – maybe. I’d be tempted to take the day off if I had to deal with Rush. (Dorada, UG, and Caristico being around gives them plenty of backups.) Caristico lost clean to Atlantis, yet it’s hard to imagine LA Park doing the same.

Medico Asesino & Angel Blanco are two more TxT refugees washing ashore in Arena Mexico. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the Elite undercards in the Azteca era (and Medico’s shown up on the 2010 and 2016 DragonManias) but Blanco’s in a notable position right away, though that doesn’t seem like the right match for him. He had runs in CMLL in the early 90s and 1998. His last match in Arena Mexico was teaming with that same Ultimo Guerrero (and Halcon Negro) against Mr. Aguila, Olimpico, and Hijo del Solitario. Solitario’s the biggest non-Santo regular from TxT who hasn’t shown up in one of the other groups. It always seemed like TxT was hoping for a big show to do the Santo/Solitario mask match. That’s probably still in someone’s back packet, unless/until he shows up here.

CMLL (FRI) 05/06/2016 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
4) Titán vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Rey Cometa, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Terrible, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

The Rush/Marco feud is back on the show – as is UG/Escorpion, I guess. It’s not Thunder.

Cometa gets bumped up to the fifth match, so they’ve got a plan for him and Cavernario but no idea when or even what. They have a lot of matches that could end up on a big show, but no sign of a big show any time soon.

The fourth match will be the first Titan singles match to be broadcast since September. First ever Bucanero/Titan singles match.

Fujin & Raijin make a return to streams, opposite their normal rivals in the Panthers.

Hombre Bala sent back to first match purgatory. It was a nice one show run.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-04-29 

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Recapped: 04/29/2016

What happened: Mephisto & Mistico won the incredible pairs tournament. Carístico beat Mistico in the third fall, only to lose to Mephisto in the deciding decision.

Rey Cometa beat Cavernario in a lightning match. It came off as a setup to a title match, but no challenge was made.

What was good: I liked everything, to varying degrees. The lightning match was the best match, but the entire show as watchable.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s site, and the show will be on my channel Tuesday. (more…)

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-22 

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Jinzo tornillo

Recapped: 04/22/2016

What happened: Mascara Dorada (6 points) and Atlantis (3) picked up 3 points each in wins. The Hell Brothers and the Ingobernables went to an inconclusive finish. Hijo de LA Park debuted in the highlights, and was attacked by Rush & Pierroth back stage

What was good: The main event was the best match. The opener was good for Dorada, but there’s a lot of better Dorada to watch suddenly.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and it’s somewhere on Lucha Azteca’s website. (more…)

CMLL Arena Mexico 60th show, AAA in Xalapa tonight

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both shows tonight
It’s another Friday night with both major promotions running tapings. It feels a little more important than usual because both shows could be first steps to bigger shows down the line.

AAA’s more directly building to a big show. There are two qualifiers for the Lucha World Cup tonight in Xalapa. That is the entirety of what we knew about the Lucha World Cup so far, though it’s said there’s more news coming tonight. The two qualifiers are in the second and third matches. Texano’s going to beat Taurus & Garza Jr. to advance unless Mesias & Cage get involved (or unless he’s still meant to be out with a knee injury.) Pentagon Jr. seems most likely to win the intra-Perros qualifier, but interference could also affect the outcome.

The most important match for this night is Chessman & Averno versus Argenis & Australian Suicide for the AAA Tag Team titles. Argenis & Suicide pulled off the upset win back in Leon, where most people expected Angelico & Jack Evans to win. It didn’t seem to make a lot of sense, but it sure looks like a fortunate decision now that both Angelico & Jack are out of action. AAA’s absorbed more bullets lately than an end of level boss in a first person shooter, but they dodged one this time. Chessman and Averno seem likely to continue with their tag reign.

The main events don’t promise much on paper. Electroshock, making his first TV appearance in a couple months, is back in the main event teaming with La Parka against Mesias and Cage. Cage & Mesias stooging around for Parka’s comedy doesn’t fit their characters, but that’s probably what they’ll do. The semimain is a rematch of the Psycho Circus versus Pagano, Nicho and Damian from Leon.

There’s no official live stream for the AAA show. It’ll start airing on TV on May 7th.

Meanwhile, CMLL headlines their 60th Arena Mexico Anniversary show with the first ever match with Mistico I and Mistico II on opposite sides. They’ve teamed a few times since Caristico return to Arena Mexico, but never wrestled each other. (Edit: in Arena Mexico, at least – they were on opposite sides of a tag match in Aguascalientes.) Tonight, it’s the ELITE pillars of Caristico & Cibernetico taking on CMLL top stars Mephisto & Mistico in the finals of the annual incredible pairs tournament. This tournament has either had Atlantis winning or the setup for the (main) Anniversary show. Caristico versus current rival Cibernetico and old rival Mephisto would be big matches, Mistico versus the same two would be tougher sells but still plausible. Caristico versus Mistico directly would sell itself, but is hard to believe would ever happen. (Cibernetico vs Mephisto probably wouldn’t work.) It’s CMLL, so they could just as soon run a tournament and have no follow up coming out of it – what exactly did Esfinge get out of the Gran Alternativa? – but it’s the one important match on an important show and the ingredients are to make something big.

The undercard includes a Rey Cometa versus Cavernario lightning match, and they’re always great against each other. The semimain is Mascara Dorada, Volador Jr. & Angel de Oro versus Ephesto, Felino, Rey Escorpion, which should be a fun showcase. The undercard is shakier: the tercera has a lot of reliable people but also Super Porky, the women’s match has some reliable people but also Skadi, and Flyer and Star Jr. could be fun if they’re not limited by the rudos or the rules.

The show airs on ClaroSports at 8:30pm.

Mephisto says he thought the Caristico & Cibernetico team would advance to the final and would be the toughest possible match.

Elite also airs tonight at it’s now normal time of 11:30pm. It’s worth watching, either live or later, because Mascara Dorada versus Volador was said to be the high spot match you’d expect and Ultimo Guerrero versus Lashley sounds at least interesting. The trios in the middle could put you to sleep that late at night.

This weekend has is flush with lucha libre shows. A lot of them are free shows, shows just to have show for Kid’s Day weekends, but there are small shows all over the places. This is the count of shows I’ve found.

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There’s many more out there where we’ll not find a poster or lineup.

In title matches we might not get a result from, Bobby Z defends the FULL (Chile) Heavyweight Championship and The Panther & Guerrero Maya defend the Arena Coliseo Tag championship on Saturday in Mexico City, and Dalys defends the CMLL Women’s championship on the same day in Oaxaca.

Laredo Kid is part of the trailer for AIW’s Forgot About Dre DVD.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has a free show today for Kid’s Day. No matches announced.

Arena Lopez Mateos will have their anniversary show on 05/21. There will be a four way main event, including Canek.

Angelico and Jack Evans are going back to WXW in October for their tag tournament, assuming they stop breaking their body parts.

Jun Akiyama will face fellow AJPW wrestler Yohei Nakajima on the 05/28 DragonMania show.

Pasion Kristal is going after Los Mariachis Locos.

A five year old wants to be a lucahdor.

Luchadors in Cuernavaca are accusing the current Box Y Lucha commission of embezzling their licensing fees and not doing anything to help lucha libre. (They want someone else to be in charge.)

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/01/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Shadow Boy vs Adrenalina & Power Bull
2) Dragón Fly & Shadow Boy vs Galaxy & Hip Hop Man
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible © [EdM Trios]
2nd defense
4) Dinamic Black, Freelance, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Cerebro Negro, Herodes Jr., Killer Jr.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno vs Toscano, Trauma I, Trauma II

Rudo versus rudo main event is an odd pick for the Kid’s Day show. They’re literally never going to put the Ninja Turtles on top. Shadow Boy really is listed in two matches.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 30th

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This week’s Lucha Underground is going to make everyone uncomfortable again, though I don’t think it’ll be for the usual reasons.

Volador versus Mascara Dorada is probably worth staying up for on Elite.

I don’t include it on the list because there’s no telling what will air week to week, but the Efekto/PROESA show will move to Saturdays at 2pm starting this week. They got as much notice as Azteca did.

Guerrero & Volador win in Elite, Imposible stays IWRG champ, new AAA website

CMLL (TUE) 04/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Carlo Roggi & Ráfaga b Explosivo & Metatrón
2) Hijo del Signo, Maléfico, Metálico b Reyko, Robin, Soberano Jr.
Metalico beat Soberano for the win.
3) El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 2/3. Sanson defeated Hombre Bala.
4) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Gallo, Omar Brunetti, The Panther b Bobby Z, Disturbio, Tiger, Vangellys, Virus [cibernetico]
Omar replaced Triton (moved to Mexico). Omar was first out to Disturbio. Vangellys beat Gallo for the win.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión b Atlantis, Euforia, Kráneo [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Maximo took 1/3, Maximo defeating Atlantis in the third.

Nothing on this show appears relevant to the next show.

ELITE (WED) 04/27/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, KronoSport, Lucha Libre Elite]
1) Astral & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
CMLL results have Electrico in for Dragoncito, but it looks like Dragoncito in a promo.
2) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón b Eterno, Fresero Jr., Imposible
3) Black Warrior & Blue Panther b Hechicero & Solar I
Team Panther took 1/3. Solar & Panther double pinned before the finish and Warrior beat Hechiero. Money thrown in.
4) Volador Jr. b Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
Very good match. Volador won with a Volador Spiral. Volador is 1-1 (3), Dorada is now 2-1 (6)
5) El Hijo De La Park, LA Park, Súper Parka b Pierroth, Rush, Toscano
Toscano replaced La Mascara (double booked in SLP). Rush & Park feuded, Rush sneaking in a foul but the other Parks fouled Rush to give LA Park the win
6) Último Guerrero b Bobby Lashley [Liga Elite]
Guerrero won with a Puplo Guerrero. Both are 1-1 (3)

You can find updated Liga Elite standings here, but it’s still very early. Ultimo Guerrero being the person who beats Lashley did not surprise me, but they probably should’ve kept it later. Then again, it doesn’t seem like he was a big draw; attendance seems about the same as last year. This format or this date or some combination of both is just not connecting with paying crowd, even with the TV slot.

It feels like they’re building these shows around Park versus Los Ingobernables, and they’re the three doing the worst in the actual tournament so far. It also just might be about who was available for matches this week. The semifinal definitely seems like a tease to LA Park versus Rush next week.

Yesterday was the actual 60th anniversary of the building, though they’re celebrating it Friday. CMLL’s rolled out the same history piece they always write for the occasion.

IWRG (WED) 04/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Aramis, Fireman, Kanon b Adrenalina, Galaxy, Keshin Black
2) Felinito & Piratita Morgan b Aguilita Solitaria & Bracito de Oro
3) Cerebro Negro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I, Rafy
Rafy replaced Suicida
4) Imposible © b Freelance [IWRG IC Light]
Very good match. Imposible wins again, making his 12th defense. Freelance wants another shot.
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. © b Canis Lupus [IWRG IC HEAVY]
first defense. Both men bled, and Mascara used a mask pull on Canis Lupus to win. Trauma I showed up to challenge both to an apuesta match.

Impossible has defended the title against Golden Magic, Douki, Dragon Celestial/Diablo Jr. I (2), Emperador Azteca, Hip Hop Man, Metaleon (2), Leo, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I, and Freelance. He’s working his way thru the Panteras of late (Freelance being ex-Panterita.) He’s at a 33 month title reign so far.

AAA’s launched their new website – it has English & Spanish versions and looks nice. Octagon Jr. is not in the profile section; they’re missing a few people, but I think that’s the closest to AAA acknowledging he’s gone.

AAA’s also posted a Rey Mysterio returns teaser video.

Hijo del Fantasma says he’s undergoing surgery today for the problems which have kept him out of the ring. That’s really vague and I’ve not heard any mention of a specific injury before. If it’s actual literal surgery, he must not be close to returning.

DTU’s teasing a surprise luchador for the 05/01 show which looks a lot like Flamita. The lineup with a mystery person main event was announced as far back as this weekend. Perhaps they didn’t have a mystery person set at that point, but the Flamita deal has been in the works for a while.

Ultimo Dragon announced the annual DragonMania show will be on May 28th, which is a little later than usual. The main is Ultimo Dragon, Octagon and Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero, Fuerza Guerrera and Tiger Ali. The poster shows Jun Akiyama, who previously said he’d be on these shows.

Kamaitachi said goodbye to Mexico. WON reported he’s going to be a regular in ROH now.

I have no idea why, but Raijin and Fujin haven’t been on a CMLL TV taping since the first week of April. They showed up in Guadalajara a couple weeks ago, Raijin worked Elite once, and they have been working indie dates, but they were booked quite frequently at first and haven’t been on as much of late.

Caristico & Mistico are being added to NJPW’s card game, as part of their Best of Super Juniors card set. Don’t read too much into that, because Kamaitachi is in that set and he’s not in the BOSJ. Caristico, Mistico, and the La Mistica cards figure to sell well. Mistico is listed as Grade 5 and Carisitco is listed as Grade 4, and I have no idea what that means. (You don’t have to explain it to me.) They’re both listed as from CMLL, interestingly enough.

+LuchaTV has a new issue of Esto es Lucha with Mascara Dorada and CaraLucha promoter Viral.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report and this week’s top 10 rankings.

Liger Fever has a translation of Super Pinocho’s interview on Divinas de la Lucha: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

Eric has a tribute to Zeuxis and a preview of tomorrow’s shows.

Flamita announces he’s dropping the Octagon Jr. name and leaving AAA

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

The luchador best known as Flamita announced on his personal Facebook today he was returning to being an independent. He stated he was giving up the Octagon Jr. identity and his association with AAA, and returning to his own name.

The bulk of the short post was about the recent incident of Octagon unmasking then Octagon Jr. at an autograph signing. It’s the first time he’s talked about it publicly Flamita says he respects Octagon, but Octagon’s problems were with AAA and should’ve stayed that way. Flamita understood the consequences of his actions (taking on the Octagon Jr. name) but feels himself and his fans deserved respect. Flamita goes onto say he believes he has the talent to make it on his own name in lucha libre, and so is returning to his old name and leaving AAA.

Flamita thanks AAA for giving him the opportunity and wishes them success in the future. Flamita says he’s independent as of today, which suggest he may not be going thru with the rest of his AAA bookings. He’s currently listed on shows all the way thru May 27th, though Friday’s TV taping is not on the list. Octagon Jr. was not involved in any AAA storylines. Octagon Jr. had a reasonable chance of being included in the Lucha World Cup in some fashion as a way to spotlight the new character – we have no idea how much of that was already decided, but maybe it’ll need to be changed. AAA has said nothing about the situation. My (limited) information is there had been some meetings between Flamita & AAA leading up to this – I think this is Flamita getting out of his AAA deal with AAA’s knowledge and not just unexpectedly quitting, but no one’s confirmed that to me.

This reads like it’s more about Flamita wanting freedom and the benefits of not being tied to a promotion. He’s a very rare young luchador who’s got some name value without being a regular on TV, and it’s may be that he was doing better for himself as Flamita than on an AAA schedule as Octagon Jr. The controversy over the Octagon Jr. name seems to have played a part in his decision, but it comes off as if Flamita would’ve just rather been Flamita than Octagon Jr. all along. It made sense for AAA to want an Octagon Jr. and Flamita was as good a choice as any – Octagon (Jr.) is easier to sell to promoters aiming at casual fans, which means AAA makes more money off using him – but AAA had not used Octagon Jr. in any meaningful way since his debut. Flamita had meaningless TV roles in second and third matches, Octagon Jr. was used in TV meaningless roles in fourth and fifth (and an PPV opener), and the consistent part was the meaningless of it all. They were adding any value to him. Flamita wasn’t a young guy who was getting his first real shot, he’s a young guy who was getting big spots (in smaller promotions, and one that is at least around the same size) and has been around enough to know the difference.

There had been recent hints in social media that something was up between AAA and Octagon Jr. It’s very possible the Octagon unmasking moment started everything rolling, but the relationship between AAA & Flamita has been challenging all along. AAA had tried to bring Flamita back in as long as ago as 2014 before finally getting him in 2015, and even then it seemed like it took a while for everyone to agree on deal for Flamita to come in full time. Flamita doesn’t turn 22 until November, so his and AAA’s paths are likely to merge again if he continues in lucha libre long enough. (AAA’s surely very unhappy about how this all went down, but have shown the willingness to get those feelings if the deal is right.) Hopefully it’ll go smoother next time, though next time may be a long time away.

Flamita included a photo with the Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate championship and hinted he’d be going back to his Japan home with a hashtag. He probably will be going back – he likely knew he could, and that opportunity played into his decision to leave AAA. (As far as I’ve noticed, Dragon Gate’s never said anything about Flamita since he’s been going, positive or negative. He wasn’t even brought up when the group he was with lost a match where they were forced to break up. The closest acknowledgement was the recent Ciclon Ramirez Jr. tryout, where it was mentioned there aren’t any foreigners regularly coming in.)

In Mexico, Flamita will immediately start working for CaraLucha. They’ve announced him as part of the 05/21 Anniversary show. There’s a decent chance he’s meant to be Mascara Dorada’s opponent for that show. I expect ever Mexico indie will try to use him, just as they did before he signed with AAA. US booking of lucha libre talent has picked up in the last year and there’s a good chance he’ll turn up there as well. Flamita also makes sense as independent luchador on ELITE shows – though if AAA has any ability to stop him from working places, that would be the place they’d pick.

There is also going to be guessing about Flamita being involved in WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series. Flamita’s goals of being independent and tease of going to Japan suggest that’s not his plan, but this story has taken so many twists and turns that it’s hard to rule anything out at this point. There’d be a great irony of one Octagon Jr. following the same path as the original Octagon Jr. if it happened, but I don’t think that’s what is going on here.

The original Octagon is declaring total victory, congratulating Flamita for seeing the errors of his ways. That’s not exactly what Flamita is saying, but Octagon is getting everything he wants and will chalk this up as a victory. That’s a depressing part. (Octagon and Flamita now inevitably meeting at an indie show will be the interesting part.) It may be a short lived one. AAA seemingly stuck someone new in the Bengala outfit just to prove some point and keep the character alive. There’s a good chance we’ll see an Octagon Jr. III before long. The reasons for AAA to have the character remain the same, and it doesn’t require a super luchador given how if he’s just going to be used the same way as Flamita. There’s going to be no shortage of people who would take the character Flamita didn’t want, no matter how it makes Octagon feel. The fight between AAA and Octagon is not over, it just may go quiet for a while.

There’s one more aspect to this, but I’ve left it to last because it is a Lucha Underground spoiler. You may want to turn away, but it’d be silly not to talk about. This turns into a digression too, so you may best to avoid it.

Flamita debuts near the very end of Season 2 of Lucha Underground as Night Claw. Flamita was around in dark matches for a few tapings before he appeared, so it’s possible he taped vignettes and will show up on many episodes. (The name showed up as a recent trademark filling, and those seem to get done a few weeks before the episodes air – he’s probably still not on the show until late, but it’s possible he’ll show up at any time.)

Lucha Underground wrestlers are typically required to sign contracts with the promotion that forbid them leaving for many seasons. It’s why King Cuerno is still in Mexico City and not Orlando. Flamita surely had to sign a similar contract, but he appears not bound the same way. Maybe more will come out this later, but I’m tempted to believe Flamita isn’t still under LU contract, past whatever end of season no-compete there may be. Night Claw has not appeared on any season 3 tapings, and Flamita hasn’t been in dark matches. That character might have been written out already in some way we don’t yet know – they’ve certainly treated him like he doesn’t exist in this set of tapings.

(There does seem to be a trend of the AAA midcarder/jobber types not being used in Season 3. I’ve been wondering if it’s a sign of a relationship problem between the AAA & LU, but it could also easily be a way to save money. Paying a good LA local guy to drive in is a lot cheaper than flying in Argenis or Super Fly for a short match. Maybe Night Claw just became an expense they had to cut to get Season 3 done the way they wanted, but it has been disappointing me not to see as many of my AAA favorites in the Season 3 results. The top guys are still there and the other local guys sound good, but my favorites are my favorites. At least I’ll get to see more of this favorite elsewhere now.)

Lucha Underground 2×14: Cage in a Cage

pizza DDT
pizza DDT

Matches

Cage defeats Johnny Mundo (13:28, Drill Claw, GREAT) for an Aztec Medallion
Rey Mysterio Jr., Prince Puma and El Dragon Azteca Jr. win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship over Fenix, Jack Evans, PJ Black and Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) and Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco and Joey Ryan
– Ivelisse small package on Joey Ryan (7:43)
– PJ Black kick to the head → Jack Evans pin Ivelisse (11:04)
– Rey Mysterio rope flip moonsault Jack Evans (15:31, GREAT)

Developments

Supermoon light drive
Supermoon light drive

The announcers briefly noted Mil and Matanza would return to action ‘soon’ (and were not dead from the fall last week.)

Despite Striker noting the cage matches were originally designed to keep the wrestlers in and everyone else out, Taya interfered often in the opener. She blocked Cage’s path from escape a few times, snuck weapons in and eventually climbed in herself when it was going bad enough for Mundo. Johnny needed the help. Mundo did pass up a chance at escape for a – missed – top of the cage Fin de Mundo variation on Cage, but took the worst of the battle. Taya attempted to handcuff Cage to the cage, but was trapped in the handcuffs herself and Cage dropped Mundo with the Drill Claw screwdriver on a chair to win.

(Of note, the announcers mentioned Mundo had previously been in a cage match, but never said King Cuerno’s name. He’s not been brought up since Aztec Warfare.)

Cage threw Mundo around easily
Cage threw Mundo around easily

The main event was 3 v 3 v 3 v *2* match; Dario announced Angelico had been severely injured by an unknown assailant and had been rushed to the hospital, but Ivelisse & Son of Havoc would continue without him. (In reality, Angelico was out with a knee injury in Mexico and may have not even been at this taping.)

The first team was eliminated when Cortez refused to tag Joey Ryan back in to face Ivelisse. Ivelisse had just gotten the better of Ryan, so Joey wanted revenge and Cortez had good reason not to let him in. Cortez immediately being cradled and beat by Ivelisse made it seem like a very bad decision. The two police officers continue to not get along.

Ivelisse & Son of Havoc eventually lost out due to the numbers. Fenix took out Son of Havoc by knocking him from the apron. Ivelisse had Jack beat with the same Code Red she used to defeat Kobra Moon, but PJ Black was able to kick her and turn over the pin with no Angelico to stop him.

Mundo's dive off the top of the cage was tricky, but I was most impressed by Cage catching the cane!
Mundo’s dive off the top of the cage was tricky, but I was most impressed by Cage catching the cane!

Fenix was a little bit more rudo in the final, but the Mysterio, Puma and Azteca team was just way too much for the competition. Puma & Dragon took out Fenix & Black with dives as Rey got the pins. Mysterio’s team are the fourth champions.

In a show closing scene (and one that was seemingly supposed to take place some time after the match ended), Vampiro met Pentagon Jr. in his evil dojo. Pentagon is in a motorized wheelchair. Vampiro ordered Pentagon to stand, but he couldn’t. Vampiro poured hot wax on Pentagon and knocked over his wheelchair, but Pentagon still couldn’t get up.

Thoughts

I liked the action on this show. Both these matches were fun, and it was as good an all action show as some of the best ones they’ve had.

I could've picked one of a million dives, but her'es one of them
I could’ve picked one of a million dives, but her’es one of them

The cage match turned an impressive showcase for Cage by the end. Cage took all the cheating and tricks Taya & Mundo had, and still completely and clearly defeated Mundo at the end. The metric ton of interference got to be a bit much, and would’ve really been annoying if it worked and this was going on and on. Instead, this felt like the usual bit of a Lucha Underground gimmick match being the end of a feud, Cage got his big move, and Mundo is going to have to come up with yet another way to finally win a belt here.

The four way match was a dizzying at first. Striker emphasized how hard it was to call and it was a just about as hard to follow with all four teams in. Getting the Crew & Ryan out of there helped, and they did it while following up on their own story (and playing off the not acknowledged story of Joey versus woman.) Ivelisse & Havoc have now lost the trios titles twice when a team member was too hurt to go on – they’ve got as much bad luck as dysfunction, and they smartly played off that in their elimination. I could’ve gone for much longer with the final two teams (in particular, 15 seconds of Dragon Azteca versus Fenix made me want 15 minutes of Dragon Azteca versus Fenix), but that segment and the ones prior had a crazy amount of huge spots. This is the most GIF-able wrestling show in the US, and that was a main event of non stop GIFs it ought to have been.

The closing segment takes a bit of faith, or some reading ahead. Pentagon looked far weaker here than he did against Matanza. Pentagon isn’t going to be in that wheelchair and he’s not going to get wax poured on him forever. They’re putting Pentagon at a low point so we can watch him climb back up again. I’m just not really sure Pentagon was in need of a tear down and build back up or a softening. He was up pretty high! Maybe this might also be read as just as something to keep him on a side track while he’s not in the title picture – something along the lines of Dragon Azteca and Black Lotus training for weeks. I’d just be as ok with more Pentagon Jr. matches.

The good thing is there eventually will be a payoff to the Pentagon Jr. stuff, and – as seen with both of these matches – the Lucha Underground payoff matches are usually a lot of fun.

and here's two more!
and here’s two more!

AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-16 

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Bengala 2.0

Recapped: 04/16/2016

What happened: La Parka beat Texano cleanly in the main event. Cage & Mesias, new Trump buddies who were justifiably upset about that ludicrous result, destroyed Texano and gave him a martinete. A new Bengala debuts, though we’re supposed to be under the impression it’s the same Bengala and a new Ricky Marvin (who really is supposed to be part of a maybe named Averno/Chessman faction.) Venum and Apache have issues, but they didn’t go anywhere.

What was good: First two matches had some good moments. Main event was an angle and not a well done one.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

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