2017 watch later catch up, part 14 of 14

healthy and normal behavior

The final one of these posts this year! About half The Crash and one-forth regrets. There’s eight matches here, so a total of 80 matches over these extra roun ups. Hope they’ve been useful.

Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
(CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 11/14, 8:16, ok, via thecubsfan)

An abbreviated version of exactly the match you’d expect from these. Short on term, though really short only about two of the near falls you’d expect. (No time for the ground floor Devil’s Wings, direct to the super version.) The pace is worked a little bit faster at the start but it doesn’t really amount to anything, and the TV network actually loses the picture during the finish. You get the replay and you can figure out what it’s going to be in advance, but this isn’t worth the time even for a Volador or Mephisto completest.

this is how the finish aired. You can tell it’s a local issue, the time graphic stays up there until someone realizes there’s an issue.

Rey Fénix vs Flamita
(The Crash @ Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí in 11/29, excellent, 15:42, excellent, via Juan Zárate)

This is out of order; I saved this one for last so I knew I’d have something good to watch. This absolutely delivered on that. Flamita & Fenix were going fast and big the entire match, pulling off sequences with and against each other that I’m not sure if anyone else could do. The 619 avoidance segment, partially blocked out by a referee who involved himself in the match a bit too much early, is otherworldy. My notes for this match aren’t much, I was too into the match, but they looked sharp thru the match. Fenix breaking out a farmer’s roll out of a torito was a random as all get out and a great curveball to the usual cradle battle bit . There’s sections of this match where the crowd isn’t make much noise. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s a rare lucha crowd so into the match that they don’t make a lot of sounds while the action is going. They do after big turns of events, and go more deliriously crazy as the match goes on – the San Luis Potosi fans lose their minds on Fenix’s triple springboard double stomp. This is a surprisingly pro-Flamita crowd at times, and I appreciate that they’re having these finishes go back and forth even though Fenix seems like the bigger star in the rivalry. They probably could’ve added more to go even longer, but it felt like it built well at the time they had, and hopefully they’ll keep having chances to mix more stuff in.

I really liked the sequences in this match
the best the double stomp has looked

Aramis, Astrolux, Black Boy vs Látigo, Tiago, Toxin
(The Crash @ Arena Neza on 12/15, 6:00, great, via Adrian Martinez)

The time didn’t seem right when I checked the video, but both version of this match are about as long. It is edited in a t least one moment, but this is mostly just a hyper speed sprint, guys flying around just to try and get what they can in while they can. Aramis stands out the most, looking strong against Tiago, getting knock for a loop and pulling out a beautiful dive moments later. I don’t think that I can say everyone had their moments because there just wasn’t enough time for moments, but there was always something crazy to look at. It’s about as good as six minute flippy indie match is going to get, which makes it a very slight Great for me.

behold the power of Aramis
walk rope tope con giro
Toxin pumphandle shoulderbreaker
Black Boy missile

Neza Kid & Séptimo Dragón vs El Bandido & Laredo Kid
(The Crash @ Arena Neza on 12/15, 7:10, ok, via Adrian Martinez)

Lots of action, and yet still a little unsatisfying. It’s a tag match which doesn’t at all feel like one. They’re all going at the same time, coming off more like a four way and I’d imagine it’s pretty easy to get confused on teams. Everyone did a lot in the short time they got, but the crowd really just reacted like it was a missable opener match in the video I saw. The crowd reacts to the dives – which seem to turn into a contest about who can most overshoot their target and hit the guardrail – though it’s definitely helped there by the luchadors giving the crowd a moment to react to the dives coming rather than just speeding thru them. I like fast action but it’s also somehow got to register and a lot of the more physically impressive stuff just melded together into one piece. I didn’t hate it but it could’ve been better.

Laredo Kid dive
Neza Kid crowd dive, as required

Daga © vs Mike Segura vs  Willie Mack for a LWA Championship
(The Crash @ Arena Neza on 12/15, 13:05, good, via Adrian Martinez)

This was much better than the tag match for having less people in it (so much so that I had to reconsider my grade for that.) Willie Mack most was just in random trios for 2017 The Crash and shows here he could do so much more. The Neza crowd really wanted to root for Daga and Mack stole the match. This was a lot of one on one, which made it feel like Mack wrestled Segura & Daga back to back. (Mike disappears on the outside for the last four and half minutes; it was so unusual that I thought he got eliminated somehow.) Mack comes across as a monster again both smaller opponents, knocking Segura around and making it more impressive when Daga’s able to suplex him over and over again. He wasn’t really playing rudo, no one was, but he was shocking the crowd with the agile stuff he usually does. The was about as good has looked lately too. He’s not taking over a match the way he used to, but he does have a nice run here.

that’s a lot of Mack behind that kick
Mack earns a bow

Mecha Wolf & Sammy Guevara vs Flamita & The King
(The Crash @ Arena Neza on 12/15, great, 10:06, via Adrian Martinez)

Fenix & Flamita are such an absurdly great make shift team that it makes this match worth seeking out even if there had been nothing more to it. Guevera & Wolf are good, though they’ve had better nights, but it feels like the wrong when they get a questionable win. Fenix & Flamita are just super humanly fast when they’re working together and spectacular when they’re fighting alone. Fenix’s ramp running dropkick look so spectacular that I’m pretty sure all Fenix matches should have a ramp now. Flamita & Guevera taking the backwards bump over the top rope to the floor to set up the finish was crazy. The result seemed to set up a rematch or Fenix/Mecha, but who knows with The Crash.

got to get your workout in
the case for all lucha shows having a ramp
this was so ridiculous, it went from bad to great

Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 12/17, 4:38, ok, via IWRG tv)

I didn’t realize this was so short until getting ready to watch this match, and then it’s even shorter than it seems. They try to go fast to make the most of the time, but you’d have to absolutely nail it to make it work in under five minutes and they’re not that close. Imposible standing still while Dr. Cerebro slipped and recovered on the ropes was not the greatest moment. It just comes across as a lot of stuff and then a sudden finish.

the finish, so you can skip the rest

Arez, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro, Fantasma de la Ópera, Internacional Pantera, Oficial 911, Robin Maravilla, Yakuza vs Akira San, Cadilac, Diablo Jr., Dragón Bane, Fulgor II, Lacerado Kid, Moto Cross, X-Corpio in a cibernetico match
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 12/20, 27:10, good, via thecubsfan)

This is the teachers versus students version of Copa High Power. I thought this was decent though I’m a sucker for elimination matches and the logic didn’t make much sense: this is students versus teachers, shouldn’t the teachers have a pretty easy win here? The finish was not much good no matter what the set up was. I also have no member of Arez being in this match so don’t go be watching this if you’re looking for him. This is the AYM broadcast so the announcers (with Avisman?) have no clue who’s who in this sort of match, making identifing the unknown rookies a challenge. The one who stood out the most was “Lacerado Kid”, who normally spells it Lasserado Kid. He’s a Pantera trainee from Guanajuato who showed superior agility, busting out a Triton like moonsault at one point. He’d be a guy to watch if it was actually possible to watch him; whoever put the match knew what they have to let him go very long at least. The kid in orange – might have been Yakuza’s trainee Akira San? – was also impressive in spurts. I got two names to look for out of this, so it wasn’t all bad by any means.

the newest example of mystery awesome guys being hidden all over in Mexico. Still a great inefficiency in identifying the best guys who aren’t in lucha center.

Caifan vs Mr. Niebla
(Lucha Memes @ Arena Naucalpan on 11/20, 12:40, great, via +LuchaTV)

I watched this one much later the the rest in this back, when I looked at match of the year listings and realized this was the big lucha match that had slipped past me this year.

Caifan decides the right away to approach this match is to hit Mr. Niebla with a loaded punch as soon as possible. He appears to be correct! Caifan is so dominant in this match, Niebla doesn’t even get in a shot in the first six minutes. Caifan comes off as so strong and in control that the CMLL guys winning with his finish move at the end feels shockingly like some sort of upset. Caifan is great, great enough that he was set to make this match worthwhile even if bad Mr. Niebla had shown up, so great that I’m heartbroken that this will be has last great match if his retirement actually sticks. I can see him moving awkwardly at times with his knees bugging him, I’m sure it makes sense for him to stop wrestling when there’s no big money payoff coming if one hasn’t come already, it’s still sad to see.

Niebla turns out to be game for this, which turns this match into something close to a Rush/LA Park brawl than you’re likely to see elsewhere. Bottles of beer get involved, there’s a wooden box sitting in the ring for an extended period of time, fans are frightened by luchadors fighting inches away from them. There’s even a Park tribute ludicrous ref bump, though Caifan’s casual foul later on is great. Niebla keeps talking about wanting to do the match with Atlantis, but he’s the guy who should be going after Rush if he can find a way to fight like he did here.

Caifan taking time to carefully load up the bottles before just chucking the box at him makes it special.
he had better follow thru on this box.
two Niebla spots you don’t get to see in CMLL nowadays

IWRG chefs, DTU in Arena Aficion tonight, LU

IWRG (WED) 02/21/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Black Puma b Puma de Oro
2) Chef Benito & Haziel b Guerrero 2000 & Power Bull
Chef Benito is actually a chef. Or at least a Chef character.
3) Kanon & Toto b Hijo Del Bombero & Skanda
Kanon beat Bombero & Skanda at the same time.
4) Dragón Bane, Lunatic Xtreme, Ram El Carnero b Ángel Oriental, Shadow Boy, Súper Brazo Jr.
5) Eterno, Leroy, Ovett b Leo, Mike, Rafy
Team Ovett won fall 1/3.

Chef Benito is a luchador Chef. The cultural reference is probably Chef Benito Molina, who was a star of the Mexico version of the MasterChef reality show for five seasons (and left amidst some drama with the production.)

IWRG has a bonus free show on Friday with no card announced. It looks like it might be a government sponsored event.

Wrestlers have been mentioning on social media heading to Lucha Underground the last few days. I think I was too soon in saying most people were going to be there Tuesday, but people have been headed there and will be there soon. Their first taping is tomorrow.

The one name jumped out yesterday was Daga. Daga missed all but the final weekend of tapings of Season 3 due to visa issues. Since then, Daga left AAA to work for The Crash among other promotions. During season 2, AAA warned their wrestlers that anyone who worked for AAA who left that promotion would not be allowed to continue on future seasons Lucha Underground. Fenix & Pentagon also left, but they’re so important to Lucha Underground that exceptions could be made in their cases. Daga missed 99% of last season and could be more easily written out without most people noticing. It looks like he’s staying. Which means one of three things:

  1. the original story about AAA threatening their wrestlers is false
  2. OR Daga’s gone back to AAA.
  3. OR Lucha Underground’s creative staff can pick and use who they want, regardless of AAA’s wishes.

I don’t think 1 is right, because many people heard that story. I don’t think Daga’s going back to AAA, because Daga’s still booked on The Crash shows. So that points to 3. Lucha Underground people have maintained they have the say over who works there all along, and they appear to be correct.

This used to be an important bit because of the idea that AAA wrestlers would become well known from Lucha Underground and then take that fame to work on their own. I’m not sure it matters as much now, because Lucha Underground fame wasn’t as transferable to the rest of the wrestling world in Season 3, and the AAA wrestlers on LU are generally near the top of the card and/or given the freedom to work a lot of their own dates anyway. But maybe it’s something to keep an eye on in Season 4 if someone new gets hot.

I wonder who’s running AAA’s taping on Sunday, since Vampiro will definitely be at Lucha Underground and possibly Dorian Roldan would be as well. It looks like they’re going to handle this situation for Rey de Reyes by just not running a Lucha Underground taping on 03/04 judging from Jeff Cobb’s tweet.

DTU has a big show in Arena Aficion tonight. Violento Jack & Aeroboy vs Ciclope & Miedo Extremo vs Halloween & Ovett main event in an extreme match. Negro Casas is on this DTU show as well, in a four way with Jimmy, Cobre and Draztick Boy.

Arolucha revealed Ricardo Rodriguez and Konnan will be the announcers for their pilot show. The Wrestling Observer mentioned Arolucha will not be running more house shows for “several more months”, working on TV tapings and getting a TV deal instead. The attendance seemed better last weekend, but I’d guess they weren’t making money on those shows if they’re putting a pause on them.

ROH’s “Manhattan Mayhem” on 03/03 (Saturday @ 6pm CTST) in NYC has these CMLL matches

This show will be ROH’s first show on their Honor Club service. The short explanation is you can watch this show live for $10 USD. At some point, I’m going to stop wrongly calling this ROH’s Anniversary show without anyone needing to reminding me in the comments. It’s going to happen. Just give me about fifty more tries. Castle defends against Lethal about a week later at that actual Anniversary show, so that’ll be the focus of the tag match.

03/24 MexaWrestling (MexaWar) at Arena San Juan has

The Crash on 04/06 at WrestleCon

Terrible was interviewed on CMLL’s Facebook page.

MLW announced Garza Jr. vs Ultimo Ninja for their 03/08 show in Orlando.

LuchaWorld has the new edition of LuchaTalk.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 

Angelikal seemed to do this on purpose

Recapped: 02/17/2018

All matches aired live from Salón Rojo del Club Toluca, Toluca, Estado de México.

Matches: 

Big Mami & Lady Shani beat Ashley & Faby Apache
(12:29, Lady Shani northern lights suplex Ashley, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dave The Clown beat Niño Hamburguesa
(5:20, beal off the top rope, below average, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Joe Lider & Mr. Águila beat Histeria & Psicosis  
(12:07, Mr. Aguila moonsault Histeria, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Lanzelot, Máscara de Bronce beat Australian Suicide, Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(7:05, Angelikal torito Averno, 7:05, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(9:19, La Parka inside cradle Carta Brava Jr., ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma beat Texano Jr. & Villano III Jr.
(9:03, Fantasma Thrill of the Hunder on Villano III Jr., ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Psycho Clown & Vampiro beat Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rey Escorpión
(17:51, Psycho Clown foul and small package Rey Escorpion, below average, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened:

Vikingo SSP

In the main event (which is treated as a dark match), Wagner is on the rudo side but is reluctant to fight the técnicos at time. He’s really a tecnico at this point and definitely going forward.

Psycho bleeds heavily after a chair shot the head. Vampiro is run into the post, loosely body slammed onto the floor, and stretchered out. It does seem severe enough to need him being taken out of the match when Psycho is covered in blood. Vampiro’s exit by Rey Escorpion attacking the medics, and the medics later accidentally dropping Vamprio off the stretcher. After a ref bump, Maximo and Mascara came down to make the save, clearing out the rudos. Rey Escorpión does mange to foul Psycho Clown, but Psycho returns the favor, following and small packaging him for the win. Rey Escorpion took Psycho’s mask anyway.

Prior to the match, Vampiro and a frail looking Villano III come to the ring to remove Tirantes as referee. He needs the help of both Vampiro and Copetes to get down the steps, which really is what makes him look old. He’s relatively fine otherwise, but those steps are the first impression. Copetes stays to replace Tirantes.

Faby war cry

Wagner attacks his partner Fantasma out four minutes into the match, and hands him over to the rudos to beat. Wagner walks out. Fantasma continues fighting, including kicking out of the Tornado Texano that was his finish. (He doesn’t often win with a move, so I’m unsure if it’s suppose dot be his finish)The referee gets taken out moments later, and Tirantes runs in to attack Fantasma. Bengala runs out to make the save, with Copetes being out for 90 seconds before recovering just in time to count Fantasma’s pin. As with every técnico win, Fantasma is immediately beaten and unmasked.

 

It’s announced before the match the winning person will get a title shot. The stipulation has no affect on the match. The finish of the match is Carta Brava fouling La Parka (missed by the cameras), Carta Brava covering, and Carta Brava stopping covering because Averno is on the apron. Averno spits at Carta Brava, and Park rolls up Carta for the pin. Mocho Cota Jr. appears to be injured after taking a dive.

Argenis appears before the match, in his outfit but limping. He can hardly put weight on his right foot and apologizes for not wrestling tonight. OGT & Suicide come out to confront him, but Argenis holds them off with his giant sword. The técnicos eventually make the save, though everyone’s standing around for a few moments before it happens. (They seem to be waiting for Tirantes to make it to the ring, since it happens two seconds after he gets there.)

Bronce dives onto whatever

Dave the Clown attacks Nino’s legs after the match. He doesn’t seem to know how to do the worked version of that spot (where you hit the mat a little past the foot so you don’t actually connect) and actually hits Niño in the foot repeatedly. Niño needs help getting ot the back after.

Big Mami has her AAA Mixed Tag Team championship back. Last time we saw it, La Hiedra & Villano III had stolen it from her and given it Hernandez. Faby berates Ashley after she takes the loss in the match.

Thoughts:

Faby doesn’t take the loss well

The main event was a slow paced action less brawl, where Psycho Clown was the only one who didn’t know they were mailing this in and bleed a dramatic amount. I’m never particularly high on psycho Clown as being the cornerstone of the promotion, but he was a great representative of the promotion in this match, trying to make something out of another match by blood and effort alone. It still wasn’t any, a boring trying affair to get thru that was twice as long as it needed to be and an unimpressive way to end a show.

Just like in Guerra de Titanes, the Fantasma/Texano match here was more of angle to set up Tirantes & Bengala’s participation than an actual match. Bengala is fine but his and Tirantes inclusion in this is really forced. The rudo post match attack and unmasking is so common place that it means nothing any more. Hijo del Wagner’s suplex on Villano III was the most impressive thing he’s done. He needed to have a bigger impact on the match if he was going to be part of the main title feud past this.

This happened a lot on the live broadcast; they switched shots too soon and missed things that were already going in front of them, like the end of Texano’s rant. I hope they lay off the switcher in the future.

Poder del Norte continue to be miracle works because they made Escoria & Cuervo seem exciting for the first time in their técnico run. Escoria came off as a good high flyer. The biggest success was how heavily they fed into La Parka’s offense, just making him look super destructive while also enabling him to stand in the same place for the entire bit. These rudos would be really helpful in CMLL, even if they were still stuck on the Puma/Tiger level. I wouldn’t strongly recommend this match but it’s about as good as a trios match between these two teams with a dumb finish is going to be.

The atomicos was a lot of fun. The young guys were flying all over the place and getting better as the match went along. The dive sequence was as wild as anything, with Mascara de Bronce’s rough landing on the barricade only tope by Angelikal’s rough landing right on the floor. Angeliakl’s missed dive was insane and planned to be crazy and played into him coming back for the finish well. I normally like a longer comeback, but I can’t deny the crowd went nuts when Angelikalk snuck in the torito for the surprise win (and only wish the técnicos got to run off before they were attacked to let it sink in.) This was a hot, easy to enjoy match.

what a finish

Dave/Hambruguesa didn’t have any tragically blown spots. It was largely boring, and featuring a finish where Niño Hamburguesa took a chair shot to the head and sold it by climbing all the way to the top rope so he could get tossed off. It was dumb and so was this match. The new Dave The Clown idea seems to be a scary methodical brawler. It asks him to do less. I’d like to see him nothing.

Women’s match was alright. There were some iffy moments (Shani stopping and starting halfway to the corner was not good) and Big Mami doesn’t fit in the style of match the other three are going for. Still, it’s worthwhile because the character work is great. Faby’s now fully committed to the ruda role the entire match, and great at it. The sarcastic war cry was awesome, the taunting and her other antics were good, and berating Ashley for losing the match afterwards was played just right. They even got the fans to boo Faby by the end. Ashley is going to be so over as tecnica if AAA lets this play out and does the split right. You can tell on day 1 that this is going to work great. It’s also greatly foolish to expect something to play out right in AAA so I’m going to be vastly disappointed when this all just gets dropped by April. If anything, they do risk at making Shani a small player than she need sot be in this, but she did get the pinfall win and they can get there in time.

this GIF submitted as part of my continuing Super Fly Is Actually The Best campaign

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-30 

Audaz even makes Tirantes mark out

Recapped: 02/16/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita  beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(12:06 [5:24, 3:03, 3:39], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca beat Flyer, Magia Blanca, Magnus  
(10:31 [4:35, 2:25, 3:31], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Tritón beat Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
(16:05 [7:18, 5:19, 3:28], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(5:47, casita, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Pólvora beat Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
(13:09 [4:55, 3:07, 5:07], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Rush beat Cuatrero, Shocker, Terrible
(8:42 [4:06, 4:36], 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Cuatrero & Angel de Oro feuded in the main event.

Thoughts: 

sliding is tough when you’re 50

The main event was mostly the Angel de Oro/Cuatrero build up. They played it up well, though it still feels manufactured. Angel de Oro blocking the foul only for Cuatrero to unmask him was cute. Rush seemed to have more fun teaming with Dragon Lee than he does even with Pierroth. I think I would enjoy them as mismatched tag team champions.

The semimain had both the pump armbar spot and the star, so they were really into old lucha libre bits. More than half the luchadors were wrestling in t-shirts, which is a bit more modern. The match was the sort of usual offense exhibition you’d expect from both of those situations, plus Stuka trying to do a death valley driver on Luciferno on the apron for some reason.

Rush and Mini Rush

Tiger and Disturbio went better than Puma and Disturbio, but it still felt like a random collection of moves and sequences with no order or meaning. The moves were performed well, the dive looked nice, Tiger slightly played técnico, I didn’t understand why Mije was there.

The third match was better than it looked on paperp Audaz worked with Raziel in the open, Cancerbero in the second fall, and had Tirantes marking out for him. The grumpy guys were noticeable less grumpy this match, but very noticeably not ambushing Audaz like they might otherwise do to a novato. They did drop Triton on his head and Audaz took the piledriver so not everything can work out Nitro being be unable to do the corner slide out spot seems like a really big neon sign he shouldn’t be doing this any more. The third fall wasn’t much but playing with Fuego’s mask so I wouldn’t recommend the match in total. It is a good sign if Audaz is having a good night even with the guys.

CMLL Tuesday shows, LA Park to The Crash/WrestleCon, 03/17 The Crash lineup

Polvora Special

CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Wrestling With GIFs]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel b Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely DQ Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls, Amapola getting DQ for not letting go of a choke by a five count.
4) Pólvora b Tiger [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Johnny Idol, Mephisto, Okumura b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.

Amapola attempting to murder Sugehit was the only notable thing on this show. That looked like a planned weird finish and not a Tirantes finish, though they played it up like one after the fact.

CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Mágico & Star Black b Frezzer & Ráfaga
Star Black replaced Capitan Cobra. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Difunto, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Robin, Vaquero Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón b Kawato San, Sagrado, Virus
Kawato Guadalajara debut. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Felino, Hechicero, Luciferno b Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Titán
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rush b Cavernario, Ephesto, Shocker
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Nothing much happening here.

CMLL says Felino will have an announcement about new projects in his career today on Informa.

Caristico, critical of Mistico for not making more of the name, says Mistico won the lottery without buying a ticket. Caristico says the people know he’s the real Mistico and they always cheer him over guys like Mistico & Volador. Volador might have kept the title, but Caristico says he won the real prize, the affection of the people. This reads like Caristico saying things he’d like to say in the guise of being part of the storyline.

Uproxx’s McMahonsplaining podcast has an interview with AR Fox & Shane Strickland about Lucha Underground the Hell of War match. It’s a good interview, with a lot on how they got to Lucha Underground. Fox says that, when he was told they were having the match, he stayed up all night thinking about things they could do in that set up. Not to each other, Strickland explains both he and Fox came up with just crazy spots they wanted to take, not what they were going to do to the other people. They both trusted each other a lot going in and were really happy to come out of it as well as they did. They’ve got some interesting ideas about who they’d like to see coming aboard in season 4.

Over on Lucha Underground’s (unofficial) reddit, there’s a list of people who appear to be coming back for Season 4.

Soberano Jr. will face Punishment Martinez on 03/03 on that ROH’s Anniversary show. Punishment Martinez is a tall heavyweight who can fly a bit. Soberano is giving up a lot of size and a lot of height but at least he has a big target to hit. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero’s matches have not been announced yet.

Super Crazy wrestles ACH in Rhode Island on 03/11.

PWG announced Flamita & Bandido versus Desmond Xaxiver & Zachary Wentz for their 03/23 show, a rematch of a Dragon Gate match. Rey Horuz will also face Joey Janela on the show.

The Crash announced LA Park will be on their 04/06 WrestleCon show. No match has been announced.

Chilanga Mask returns on 05/20 in Coliseo Coacalco

+LuchaTV’s podcast has an interview with Terrible.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground Season 3×32.

2018 is lucha libre reviews Cobre, Moria & CIMA vs Jimmy, Draztick Boy, Negro Casas.

Kendo is teaching a seminar in GALLI.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 02/25/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Full Contact vs Skanda
2) Haziel & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Adrenalina & Atomic Star
3) Chico Che & Freelance vs Gallo Frances & Máquina Infernal
4) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Pantera vs Ovett, Trauma II, X-Fly
5) Eterno, Liderk, Spartan, Spector vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
6) Lunatic Xtreme & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Ram El Carnero & Trauma I and Shadow Boy & Villano V Jr. and Dinamic Black & Internacional Pantera and Black Dragón & Veneno and Black Warrior & Dragón Bane and El Hijo del Medico Asesino & Leroy and Aramis & Hijo De Dos Caras [Gran Protector, battle royal]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, quarterfinal]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, semifinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, semifinal]
13) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Protector, final]

IWRG’s Gran Protector – their version of CMLL’s Gran Alterntativa veteran/rookie tag team tournament, features the usual IWRG oddness. Villano V Jr., who’s been Villano V Jr. for about five minutes, is a veteran. Black Dragon is a recent champion in the promotion, Dinamic Black won his title a while back but that’s because he’s been around IWRG forever and isn’t close to being a rookie. Aramis & Hijo de Dos Caras even gives us the annual team of the rookie being a lot better than the veteran.

The winning team will get a tag title shot. Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. are current champs. The Traumas won a #1 contenders match on New Years Day and everyone seems to have forgot.

Black Terry & Diablo Jr. won this last year.

CMLL (MON) 02/26/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & París vs Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika
2) Astro & Stukita vs Guerrero Espacial & Mercurio
3) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Templario
4) Diamante Azul, Hechicero, Stuka Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Titán [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Mephisto © vs Soberano Jr. [CMLL WELTER]
11th defense
6) Valiente & Volador Jr. vs Cavernario & Último Guerrero

The top two matches were set up on Monday. Soberano winning the world welterweight title and vacating the national one wouldn’t be impossible – it’d be another tournament! – but it’s unlikely. Still should be good. No idea why they’re doing the weird sides in the fourth match. Rey Samuray versus Templario could be the best Arena Puebla match of Rey Samuray’s life.

The Crash (SAT) 03/17/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Súper Caló Jr. & Xperia vs Búfalo Ayala & Último Maldito
2) Black Boy © vs TiagoLátigoAstroluxRayo StarTorito Negro [The Crash JUNIOR]
3) El Bandido & Flamita vs Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz and Aeroboy & Séptimo Dragón [The Crash TAG]
vacant titles
4) Damián 666, Extreme Tiger, Nicho el Millionario vs Black Danger, Black Taurus, Garza Jr.
5) Arkángel Divino & Rich Swann vs Mr. 450 & Shane Taylor
6) Rey Mysterio Jr. © vs Bestia 666 [The Crash HEAVY]

The Hardy Boys title reign ends after 396 days and zero defenses. The Crash is also running the Dragon Gate match, along with Aeroboy & Septimo Dragon as the third team. I hope Violento Jack isn’t upset about Aeroboy cheating on him like this.

Rich Swann debuts, along with ROH’s Shane Taylor. Arkangel gets a much higher position than usual and a chance for some revenge after the Rebelion Amarilla messed him up on the lasts how.

The main event will sure say a lot about how sure Rey is going to be around the rest of the year. Bestia, as the hometown rudo, is as good a choice to win the title as any.

AAA TV (SUN) 03/25/2018 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina
2) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Joe Lider & Mr. Águila
3) Hijo del Fantasma vs La Parka Negra [AAA CRUISER, #1 Contenders, bull terrier]
4) Aerostar & Drago vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr.
5) Máximo, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka vs Blue Demon Jr.Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hernandez & Vampiro [Copa Leyendas]

Vampiro teaming with Hernandez suggests one of them is turning or it just doesn’t make sense. Probably doesn’t make sense, but I’d also really like see the story that logically explains Hijo del Fantasma & Parka Negra meeting in a chain match to face Australian Suicide. Fourth match looks good.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-01-29 

don’t think that’s how it’s supposed to work

Recapped: 02/12/2018

Matches:

El Hijo De Centella Roja & Millenium beat Ares & Sombra Diabólika
(9:09 [4:12, 2:05, 2:52], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL

Asturiano, Lestat, Príncipe Diamante beat Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis
(10:38 [6:10, 1:14, 3:14], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther
(15:05 [6:24, 3:04, 5:37], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja 
(16:03 [7:40, 2:40, 5:43], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Rush beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:11 [4:16, 1:47, 4:08], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

UG feuded with Atlantis and unmasked him for the DQ.

Tiger fakes a foul in the third fall of the tercera, convincing Tirantes that Stigma did it to draw the DQ.

In the second match, the second fall ends prematurely when Lestat is disqualified for crotchinig Guerrero Espacial on the post by referee Pompin. Neither team believes that’s the right call.

Thoughts:

The tercera was the most promising match on the show and a borderline good match. Misterioso & Sagrado were good at feeding the rudos, Tiger antagonized Stigma well (especially after the foul) and Blue Panther Jr. had one of his positive matches. They put a lot of energy in third fall and made the most of the fake foul finish.

AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-27 

Bengala & Drago tope

Recapped: 02/12/2017

All matches were taped on Plaza de Toros Monumental, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on 12/16/2017. This is the final episode regaular episode taped in 2017.

The January 24th episode (finally) airs an abbreviated version of the 2017 Lucha World Cup, taped back in October. From January 31st on, this Televisa show becomes the third run version of AAA. The matches now air live on Twitch first, then air on Space channel one week prior to when they air on Televisa.

At this point, the Televisa version continues to be the one posted on AAA’s YouTube channel and so those episodes remain important to see any developments in the Noti AAA segment or any backstage vignettes not shown during the live broadcast. The matches themselves are not important (except if you want to go deep and figure out what’s been edited out.) If you’re trying to read these in order, you’ll want to jump from this to the 2018-01-26 AAA Twitch one, and follow along the Twitch recaps from here until all of this changes again.

Matches:

Aerostar, Drago, Raptor beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly and Argenis, Bengala and Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(13:16, good, via Lucha Libre AAA)

05:55 Argenis frontcracker Raptor
07:14 Argenis Spanish Fly Averno
07:21 DQ Super Fly foul on Argenis
07:31 Tito Santana pin Argenis
08:34 Aerostar springboard frontcracker Tito Santana
09:05 Chessman pin Aerostar
09:38 Carta Brava frogsplash Chessman
10:46 Carta Brava powerbomb Bengala
11:49
Mocho Cota huracanrana Drago
13:16 Drago Dragon Tail Mocho Cota

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. beat Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown  
(10:45, Texano pin Fantasma, ok, Lucha Libre AAA)

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Hernandez
(10:39, Wagner moonsault Hernandez, ok, Lucha Libre AAA )

What happened:

this didn’t look fun

The show begins with Hernandez walking up to Poder del Norte, and telling them they just looked bad out there. I have no idea what he’s talking about. Because I’m watching this wildly out of order and very late, it’s possible I’m missing something. More likely, this was intended to air after the four way trios match. Anyway, Hernandez recruits them to unite with him and Johnny Mundo, specifically to help him beat Hijo del Dr. Wagner tonight. Mocha Cota wants help with the trios title match at Guerra de Titanes, and some money. Hernandez quickly agrees to the first. He doesn’t have money in his pocket for the second part, and assures he’ll get it to Poder del Norte soon. Poder del Norte seem skeptical but do end up interfering.

Later, Hernandez is in the bathroom, seemingly on a phone call with Johnny Mundo. Hernandez is sure he’s going to beat Hijo del Wagner and is not scared of Vampiro. Vampiro comes in the bathroom and Hernandez is scared of him. Vamprio tells him Hernandez can pick the Guerra de Titanes match stip if he wins, but he’s making tonight’s match no disqualification. Hernandez is also scared of this.

Tirantes breaks up Fantasma’s attempts at doing the Thril of the Hunt, ignores Texano fouling Fantasma from behind, and quick counts him for three. Texano and Tirantes shake hands after the match.

Argenis & Bengala should have Mascara de Bronce as a third man for the opener based on where they’re going. He’s not there. No one attempts to explain that or why they’re a two man team. That match is a single fall, and the last minute surprise stipulation is the winning team gets to use a weapon for their Guerra de Titanes match. That stipulation never comes up during the match.

Noti AAA sort of mentions Guerra de Titanes, less a preview and more as something airing in the future since it’s already happened now. The Aguascalientes & Tlaxcala cards (with Johnny Mundo) are previewed. They even hype an AAA house show lineup on 02/04, which doesn’t normally happen.

Poder del Norte do run in and attack Hijo del Wagner, so I guess Hernandez eventually paid them. Hernandez tries to distract Piero, even though he should know it’s a no DQ match since Vampiro just told him. Aerostar, Drago and Raptor slowly walk to the ring, and kind of sort of pull Piero before he can count three. The six other people all fight in front to Piero, who knows he doesnt need to be distracted. The técnicos do dives and everyone walks to the back, and then match goes on for a couple more minutes.

The doctor watches the entire match from the entrance area, which is dead center of the hard camera and more than a little distracting.

Hijo del Wagner is about to announce the stipulation for his match, when he’s interrupted by his father’s music. The younger Wagner is happy to see his father, though is obviously upset when his father announces he’ll pick Vampiro as special referee. Everyone – the cameras, the announcers, Vampiro – picks up on it except for Rey Wagner.

Thoughts:

They really needed to air this main event before Guerra de Titanes if they wanted their own angle make any sense. AAA had plenty of time and choice not to do that. They probably should’ve aired the Texano match too, since that started the Tirantes alliance.

Hernandez/Wagner was not much. It certainly was different than a normal AAA match, though not in a strongly positive way. It’s a really good thing Hijo del Wagner was turned rudo soon after this. He’s not good at being a tecnico at all, doesn’t have the offense or personality for it right now. The crowd seemed to care not all about this main event, which is no great surprise. I really don’t understand why the tag match didn’t go last – even the Rey Wagner & Vampiro post match stuff doesn’t come off as a big deal. Hernandez filled his role as overconfident bully fine, there just wasn’t enough here to work with.

The 2v2 was an ok match, maybe a good match, with the start of more evil referee stuff. Everyone before it followed the usual AAA formula, with nothing too exciting but a fair enough effort for the occasion.. Fantasma’s Punisher mask looks cool. It also seems to make it harder for him to show emotion during the match, and that’s really what he needs to do with Texano.

AAA doesn’t do cibernetico eliminations matches often, if ever. AAA didn’t quite do that with the opener, but it ended up being wrestled that way for a large part and it made it interesting to see in that CMLL style. They handled 11 people running around pretty well, with some very fast exchanges to start and getting people in and out of the ring when needed later on. It was funny to see that sequence where they definitely had planned to be a third person with Bengala & Argenis to help trip people up and dive and couldn’t totally ignore it. This was missing the standout individual performance to make it memorable; there were a lot of people doing their part well but no great moment.

I’m just tired of every técnico win having the rudos pop up and get the better of them two seconds later and that happening again here took the match a small bit.

Volador injury, LU season four notes

Volador, already with a messed up nose, almost gets a messed up head

CMLL (MON) 02/19/2018 Arena Puebla [2018 is Lucha Libre, CMLL]
1) Astro & Centella Roja b Ares & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Flyer & Príncipe Diamante b El Perverso & Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) El Malayo, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr. b Lestat, Pegasso, Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Okumura LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3
5) Soberano Jr. b Mephisto [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Soberano won clean with a tornillo, setting up a title match next week.
6) Cavernario & Volador Jr. DQ Último Guerrero & Valiente [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador was hurt in the first fall when he tripped over Ultimo Guerrero, stumbled, and his face hit the top rope. He bled heavily from the nose and looked groggy by the end of the match. Team Volador took 2/3, the last when Valiente pinned Cavernario after a missed Volador superkick and UG fouled Volador. Valiente was upset by UG’s action, and the rudos ended up beating up the tecnicos to set up a normal tag match.

The only one I’ve caught so far is the main event, where Volador got hurt. It was a freak accident. Volador seemed momentarily surprised but not too hurt at first, then increasingly out of it as the match went along. The ringside medic checked on him before the third fall, with Volador only looking worse after. This was a time where they probably should’ve just ended the match early and tried to go thru their entire match anyway. Volador isn’t listed on a card until Friday. I assume he’ll still be in that match but I hope he’ll be OK.

 

CMLL is billing tonight’s show as Mistico’s return to Arena Mexico. Mistico wrestled in Arena Mexico two days ago. I do not know why the wrote that.

Friday’s lineup has a couple of changes, which was expected when they had to repeat the card. Mistico is booked in Tijuana on Friday, so he’s off the show. Caristico is off too, so he’s probably got another commitment. Atlantis gets bumped up to the semimain (with Dragon Lee & Angel de Oro vs NGD) and Marco & Stuka are added to the card. CMLL also announced, if you bought tickets for last Friday’s show, you have to come to Arena Mexico to exchange the tickets for this Friday’s show by Thursday. They’ll also offer refunds in person for tickets bought at Ticketmaster.

CMLL’s changed Sunday lineup so Pierroth is in for Gran Guerrero. That would put Pierroth opposite Dragon Lee, which breaks the CMLL rule against father versus son matches. They’d normally just shuffle Pierroth into the semifinal, except Mistico is in that match. CMLL’s allowed exceptions in rare occasions, so this will be one of those or another change. Universo 2000 Jr., Disturbio and Shockercito also replace Puma, Tiger and Ultimo Dragoncito on Sunday.

A poster for a May show in Guanajuato lists the main event as Atlantis vs Penta 0M vs Xtreme Tiger. That’s remarkable for a show being advertised three months in advance, and for Penta & Atlantis being in the same ring. CMLL seem to have indicated to promoters they do not want most of their guys in matches (or sometimes even shows) with the The Crash wrestlers even while Rush was allowed to work those shows. A card three months out is likely to change.

Niebla Roja talks about not giving up after losing his mask.

Lucha Underground

Judging from social media posts, today is the day where many Lucha Underground wrestlers will be coming to Los Angeles to begin work on Season 4. Some people have already been in, some people will be in later, but the sprint to tape all of a season’s worth of episodes in a short period of time appears to be underway.

Chris DeJoseph was interviewed at the Wrestling Guy’s Store, and the audio was broadcast live on their site; the Wrestling Guy runs the merchandise stand at the temple, and LU is sending wrestlers to the store every night they’re not taping this week. As always, you should listen to the full audio to get context, and a lot of talk about the ticket situation. It does sound like “a place where we can seat more people” was one of the original goals for the new venue, but they ended up loving the possibilities of the place they’re at so much that they settled for having about exactly the same seating capacity. The big hope with the new ticketing system is that while they still hope LU people hang out before the show and have fun, that they don’t stand in line all afternoon and end up exhausted before the end of the show by assigning them seats.

DeJoseph is asked about the themes of Lucha Underground Season 4 and comes up with “rebirth” & “sacrifice”. The change in locations will be explained in episode 1, and a has real world benefit of giving them more room elsewhere in the building for other sets away from the main area which will allow them to be more efficient. The building itself is nicer & cleaner to work with, though the surrounding neighborhood is not quite as nice. They’ve integrated the existing freezer environment into their set, and people will have new places to jump off of. They believe they’ll be able to some things they couldn’t do in the original Temple.

The tapings will take place over four weeks. Every episode is already written, but they’re aware that they have a small timespan and an injury could throw everything off. Season 3 had a lot of stuff taped out of order, but they plan on taping in order in Season 4. There may be exceptions, there may be situations where someone is only brought in for a single weekend to save on travel costs and they go a bit out of order. DeJoseph doesn’t feel the quality of the show will go down with budget costs, even the vignettes – he feels like they’re smarter at how do them after three seasons and will be able to do them more efficiently.

DeJoseph said five wrestlers are scheduled to debut in the first weekend alone implying even more may be added. He described that first weekend of shows with an explosion noise – not that they’re going to do an explosion match, but that there’s going to be big happenings. DeJoseph specifically mentions the Mil Muertes/Catrina/Fenix/Jeremiah Crane storyline as something that’ll be addressed early on. Later, when talking about ideas wrestlers have come up with, DeJoseph alludes to a Ricky Mundo storyline that seemed to be dropped but was always planned to come back later and will be seen in Season 4. (This is likely about those mysterious photos.) In general, the talent hasn’t been told what they’re going to be doing in season 4 and won’t find out until they arrive.

DeJoseph assured us Penta & Fenix will be back. He gave the same answer both he and everyone else with LU have given about Sexy Star every time: wrestling is crazy, she’s always been great to deal with in their own experience (so don’t judge her by one bad moment), they’re not going to reveal if she’s going to be on Season 4 but they’re a big believer in resolving all storylines so it’ll be addressed.

Other notes

AAA Xalapa promoter LG Promociones says they’ll be holding an AAA Visorias – a tryout – in March. They confirm it’s a part of a TV taping in the comments. That would be the fifth known AAA TV taping of the month. That’d be the first time with five main line TV AAA tapings since 2009. I’m unsure why they’re taping so much more.

Vampiro briefly posted the 03/25 Monterrey TV lineup overnight because there was something on the card he was happy about. I got was a small thumbnail. I’m sure it’ll be announced soon enough.

03/24 MexaWrestling (MexaWar) at Arena San Juan has

Aqui La Lucha points out it’s the 10th anniversary of the introduction of NWA Mexico, a promotion who’s only visible impact was to cause CMLL to rename some title belts. Some of the more prominent current indie stars did work on those few NWA Mexico shows, but I’ve never been able to figure out if someone running NWA Mexico specifically had them as trainees or if those guys were just working all the indies and just were noticed because the NWA Mexico shows got attention for a time.

Veracruz’s Coliseo Fraternidad is celebrating Heavy Metal reaching 30 years in lucha libre with a show on 03/02.

In interview with Bobby Lee, as part of the notoriety of the lucha libre art in Leon.

DTU posted the winner goes to Dragon Gate elimination match on Facebook.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Segunda Caida began a look back at Rey vs Psicosis matches with ones from AAA & WCW.

Acapulco luchador Lanzador Jr. passed aawy on Sunday.

new lucha videos for the weekend of February 16, 2018

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-02-17
taped 2018-02-13 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
2) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
3) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-02-18
taped 2018-02-09 @ Arena México – Mega
Incredible Pairs Block B

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-02-19
taped 2018-02-18 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Dragón Orus & Príncipe Omi vs Dragón Bane & Fandango
2) Alas de Acero vs Ram El Carnero
3) Diablo Jr. & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Dragón Yuki & Gallo Frances
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, X-Fly
5) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Liderk, Spartan, Spector
6) Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II

great match roundup, week of 2018-01-20

shows watched

I keep thinking I’m lazy and far behind. That’s seven shows out of a week, I guess I’m doing that bad. It’d really be a list if I threw in The Crash, but I’m not sure I’m doing another year of full recap off handheld videos.

I somehow gave the Drone match an OK? That seems like a bad job out of me, hurrying thru watching a match I slept thru.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Volador Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
excellent Mephisto © vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
great Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Dragón Lee & Mistico[CMLL Hermanos] and in a tournament final match NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
great Lady Shani © vs Faby Apache in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match Lady Shani vs Faby Apache ¡¡¡ CAMPEONATO REINA DE REINAS EN GUERRA DE TITANES !!!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
great Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión in a bull terrier matchPsycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión ¡¡¡ MANO A MANO EN BULLTERRIER MATCH !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown © and Histeria & Psicosis for the AAA World Tag Team Championship Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 2017-12-16
good Fuego, Ryusuke Taguchi, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, SHO, YOH NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
good Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [CMLL Hermanos] and in a tournament semifinal match NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
good Dragón Lee & Mistico vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL Hermanos] and in a tournament semifinal match NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
good Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Disturbio & Puma NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Jushin Liger, Kushida, Star Jr., Tiger Mask vs Okumura, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL Hermanos] and [third place] NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Drone, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Satoshi Kojima vs Rush NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Stigma vs Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
good Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
good Lanzelot © vs Australian Suicide for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship Lanzeloth vs Australian Suicide por el Campeonato Crucero AAA (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana and Argenis, Bengala, Máscara de Bronce and Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly © for the AAA World Trios Championship Poder del Norte vs OGT´S vs Cadetes vs Bengala, Angelikal y Máscara de Bronce (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Audaz, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus Disturbio Cmll, Kawato San y Pólvora vs Fuego, The Panther y Blue Panther Jr. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Virus y Misterioso Jr vs Soberano Jr, Audaz y Star Man. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Virus y Misterioso Jr vs Soberano Jr, Audaz y Star Man. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Terrible © vs Diamante Azul for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26

Other Matches Charted

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Faby Apache vs Lady Shani © in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 2017-12-16
ok La Parka & Pagano vs Dave The Clown & Mr. Águila Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 2017-12-16
ok Drone & Star Jr. vs Disturbio & Puma NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
ok Atlantis, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
ok Lady Maravilla & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & Reyna Isis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, TigerLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Atlantis & Hirai Kawato vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Gedo NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Shockercito & Stukita vs Pequeño Olímpico & PierrothitoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
ok La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
ok Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka vs Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown in a street fight matchLa Parka, Dark Scoria y Dark Cuervo vs Monster Clown, Murder Clown y Dave The Clown (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
ok Flyer & Robin vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
ok Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
below average Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Johnny Mundo © for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship Jhonny Mundo vs Rey Wagner por el Mega Campeonato AAA en Guerra de Titanes. (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
below average Hijo del Fantasma © vs Texano Jr. in a cage match and for the AAA Latin American Championship Hijo del Fantasma vs el Texano Jr por el Campeonato Latinoamericano AAA (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
not rated Hijo de Centella Roja & Meyer vs Policeman & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
not rated Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Perverso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22