new lucha videos for the weekend of January 12, 2018

My recorder didn’t work for this week’s Guadalajara show – didn’t work in it didn’t record at all, as opposed to recording badly like last week.

It’s super rare for Azteca to air two different tapings, but they went out of their way to show the Casas/Adonis match. It also aired on 52MX.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-01-14
taped 2018-01-06 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Pegasso & Titán vs Raziel & Virus
2) Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
taped 2018-01-01 @ Arena México
3) Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis for the hair

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-01-15
taped 2018-01-14 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Odín & Shadow Boy vs Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Xtreme
2) Bombero Infernal vs Danny Casas
3) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno vs Dragón Yuki, Fly Warrior, Séptimo Rayo
4) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno
5) Pantera I © vs Aramis for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship

FantasticaMania in Kagawa, Kobayashi in CMLL, AAA Aguascalientes taping lineup

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 01/14/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Leroy b Dragón Orus
2) Odín & Shadow Boy b Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Xtreme
straight falls. Lunatic and Demonio never got along and agreed to a hair match.
3) Bombero Infernal b Danny Casas
Bombero cheated to beat Danny
4) Dragón Yuki, Fly Warrior, Séptimo Rayo b Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno
Yuki’s first match here since July.
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno b Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II Arena Naucalpan IWRG en VIVO (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Ovett replaced Imposible (injury, he and Cerebro continued their feud in pre match promos.) Team Cerebro took falls 1/3.
6) Pantera I © b Aramis [IWRG IC LightArena Naucalpan IWRG en VIVO (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Pantera took 1/3 to retain. Fourth defense.

Black Terry Jr. streamed the top two matches, which was fun. Main event was good. Turnout was not, but the fans who came seemed disappointed Aramis didn’t win.

CMLL NJPW (MON) 01/15/2018 Takamatsu City General Gymnasium #2, Kagawa, Japan [CMLLNJPW]
Attendance: 1021
1) Drone b Puma
7:17. Drone won with a hurancanrana
2) Cuatrero & Disturbio b Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr.
10:45. Disturbio beat Star Jr. with his front backbreaker (called a Golden Breaker.)
3) Fuego, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask b Okumura, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH
10:12. Fuego beat Okumura with a casita.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario, Sansón, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
13:01. Sanson beat Soberano Jr. with a powerbomb.
5) Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito b Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima
12:41. BUSHI submitted Kawato to a crab again.
6) Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Niebla Roja b Gedo, Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada
12:36. Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero with the Furia Roja full nelson faceslam. Niebla Roja did the post match thank you promo.

NJPW’s given a name to Sanson’s finish. CMLL doesn’t use names for finishes (except for the word Special), so we may never know what that name is. FantasticaMania last visited Kagawa in 2015. NJPW reported an even 1000 attendance for that show. They’re in Osaka tomorrow.

Marco defends the CMLL heavyweight championship tonight against Diamante Azul in Arena Puebla. Azul seems certain to be world heavyweight champion if he sticks in CMLL long enough, but CMLL also putting him in a feud with the national heavyweight champion suggest they don’t expect him to win this one. Marco’s title defenses have generally been good, though this one might be a challenge.

Of note on the card, there’s a Guerrero Maya/Hechicero lightning match. That sound good on it’s own, and might lead to a title match next week. Kraneo also makes an unusual appearance on the tecnico side in the semimain. Audaz makes an appearance in the tercera. The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channe.

CMLL announced Kaho Kobayashi would start with the promotion on 01/30 in Guadalajara for an indefinite stay. Kobayashi won the the CMLL-REINA International Junior Heavyweight Championship back in September and announced then she was planning on coming to Mexico in 2018. It’s a return trip to Mexico. She was around in February/March of 2017.

Pushing Upwards writes about Hechicero versus Satanico.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 01/20/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Ángel Del Amor, Magia Blanca, Magnus vs Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Flyer, Stigma, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Virus
4) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zacarías
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000

Micros are back in Coliseo. They’re getting a couple matches a month, but have not been on streaming since September.

Angel del Amor turns up again in the second match. I wonder when CMLL will announce him as being part of the roster.

CMLL (SUN) 01/21/2018 Arena México
1) Camorra, Inquisidor, Yago vs Apocalipsis, Artillero, Cholo
2) Eléctrico, Oro Jr., Starman vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Sangre Azteca
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Forastero, Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Pierroth, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Titán [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Diamante Azul vs Euforia

Another singles match for Diamante Azul. It looks like he’ll have three in 12 days. Semimain is weird, but probably so Titan can work with Stuka or Valiente instead of those rudos.

AAA TV (FRI) 02/09/2018 Palenque de la Feria Nacional De San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
1) Estrella Divina & Lady Shani vs Ashley & Faby Apache
2) Hijo Del Vikingo vs Cruiserweight Champion [AAA CRUISER]
Lanzelot is scheduled to defend title against Australian Suicide on 01/26.
3) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Joe Lider & Mr. Águila
4) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
5) Angelikal, Bengala, Hijo del Fantasma vs Ángel Mortal Jr., Dave The Clown, Texano Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Hernandez & Johnny Mundo

THAT is an interesting main event. It definitely suggests AAA expected Johnny Mundo to still be around, and possibly still be champion, after Guerra de Titanes. If Johnny Mundo has changed his mind and is coming to Mexico City next weekend, he’s kept it very quiet and so have AAA (which seems a poor way to sell tickets.) And maybe, given the way that main event sets up, the plan is for Psycho Clown to finally challenge for the heavyweight championship? Probably shouldn’t think too much about this until Mundo does show, but someone’s in AAA is thinking about.

The semimain is quite the random collection of people. Lider & Aguila face the Vipers back in Toluca before this, so it’s sort of a tag team round robing going on. Vikingo, one of the winners of Llave a la Gloria, actually gets a prize for winning it. And the opener suggests there’s more Shani/Apache matches to come.

Unless AAA is streaming events on Twitch, you won’t see this for a long time; this appears to air likely the weekend of March 3rd.

CMLL weekend results, AAA Rey de Reyes date/location announced

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

CMLL (SAT) 01/13/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Camorra & El Coyote
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman b Espanto Jr., Grako, Inquisidor
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Shockercito b Último Dragóncito [lightning]
Shockercito submitted Dragoncito to the reinera.
4) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
tecnicas took 1/3
5) Forastero, Hechicero, Pólvora b Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
Hechicero beat Panther and unmasked him.
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth
tecnicos took 2/3.

The CMLL recaps are pushing the idea that Hechicero vs Blue Panther Jr. is still a thing after their mask match. I’d doubt that normally, but obviously unusual things are happening in CMLL.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/14/2018 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [Strong Style Story]
Attendance: 795
1) Star Jr. b Disturbio
6:22 via Star Special (a Skayde special variation)
2) Okumura & Sansón b Fuego & Soberano Jr.
12:07. Sanson pinned Soberano after a middle rope off the shoulders powerbomb.
3) Puma, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH b Drone, Jushin Liger, Kushida, Tiger Mask
12:18. Puma beat Drone with a sit down powerbomb. Puma & Tiger Mask pulled off each other’s masks and ended up wearing the opposite one during the match.
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Volador Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Cuatrero, Gedo
11:13. Angel de Oro submitted Cuatrero to the campana.
5) Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito b Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima
14:03. Hiromu submitted Kawato to a Boston Crab.
6) Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico, Niebla Roja
14:49. Ultimo Guerrero beat Mistico with the Guerrero Special.

Kyoto was said to be a sell out. Last year’s reported attendance was 778. Two years was 820. Their next show is early Monday morning in Kagawa.

CMLL (SUN) 01/14/2018 Arena México
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito b Acero & Aéreo
2) Apocalipsis, Hijo del Signo, Templario b Retro, Robin, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3.
3) La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla
Rudas took 2/3.
4) Felino, Luciferno, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Titán
rudos took 2/3
5) Euforia, Mephisto, Sam Adonis DQ Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente
Euforia unmasked Diamante Azul.

just to recap the insta feuds

Monday: Diamante Azul vs Marco (title match coming up)
Tuesday: Caristico vs Euforia
Friday: Diamante Azul vs Terrible
Sunday: Diamante Azul vs Euforia

One choice when there’s not a lot of the usual big names around is to give new people changes. The other choice is to make every main event a Diamante Azul one, I guess.

CMLL (SUN) 01/14/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Micro b Thunder Boy
Thunder Boy replaced Quka. Micro took 2/3.
2) Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo b Avispón Negro Jr. & Capitán Cobra
rudos took 2/3
3) Cosmos & Tigre Blanco b Destello & Linterna
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Difunto, Guerrero de la Muerte, Rey Trueno b Black Sugar, El Divino, Mágico
rudos took 2/3
5) Neutrón, Omar Brunetti, Star Black b El Chakal, Joker, Sádico
Neutron replaced Explosivo. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Joker betrayed his teammates (???)

Getting live Guadalajara results again is a novelty.

This week’s AAA show is up, finishing up the AAA TV taping from Xalapa on December 2nd. That’s a long time ago, so there’s a good chance you’ll have forgotten the outcomes.

AAA TV also lists the upcoming taping schedule

  • 01/26 Mexico City, Guerra de Titanes, still 12 days away, will this ever get here
  • 02/02 Toluca
  • 02/09 Aguascalientes
  • 03/04 Puebla, Rey de Reyes

There’s a month break in there to accommodate Lucha Underground, but they ought to be taping in Los Angeles (somewhere in Los Angeles) on March 4th. Maybe that’ll just be a week where they tape Friday & Saturday but not Sunday.

A two taping turn around for Rey de Reyes suggest they’re not going to build up much for that show. Really, AAA’s pattern the last couple of years is to build from Guerra de Titanes to TripleMania with not a lot of note happening in between, so when Rey de Reyes exactly happens probably won’t change things.

Noti AAA mentions that surprise main event in Toluca has Wagner & Psycho in it, but is not a singles match between them.

Lady Shani has an interview with ESTO and AAA has a sit down interview with her, two of numerous ones she’s done over the last week or so. AAA’s trying to raise her profile going into Guerra de Titanes and pushing her responding to Faby’s negative comments. AAA had a lot of real issues between their luchadoras in 2017, so at least they’re monetizing those issues in 2018.

Arolucha’s Facebook now adds shows on 02/16 in Beaumont and 02/17 in Humble.

DTU says they’ll have a combo event with FREEDOMS & GCW in March.

Michinoku Pro wrestler Daichi Sasaki announced he’d be heading to Mexico. No specific destination was mentioned.

A bio of a Cancun mask maker.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report., inclulding a recap of Sam Adonis’ post match comments.

+LuchaTV has a new interview with Caristico.

Segunda Caida reviews LU Season 3, Episode 25.

Azul beats Terrible to set up title match (eventually), and a real false flag

always check your flag!

CMLL (FRI) 01/12/2018 Arena México [CMLL, CultIconNotimex, thecubsfan]
1) Eléctrico & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:55. Tecnicos took 2/3. This was Electrico’s final minis match. He will start in the main division in two weeks.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. b Flyer, Pegasso, Stigma LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:42. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sagrado, Tiger, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:00. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Titán b Rey Cometa [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:01.
5) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:01. Tecnicos took 1/3. Negro Casas appeared before the match, giving Blue Panther a present to give to Sam Adonis. It was a new USA flag. Adonis started waving it around without realizing the image in the center was of a bald Donald Trump. Sam also tried wearing his wig all match, only for it to get pulled off just before the end of the match.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b Kráneo, Terrible, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:22. 2/3. Shocker was originally announced. Mr. Niebla replaced him mid day Friday but Vangellys ended up in the spot. Diamante Azul & Terrible feuded.

The show was fine to watch and seemed to have a decent crowd given the lineup, but Titan/Cometa is the only one you’d need to go back and watch if you missed.

AAA’s show is not airing until 9pm tonight, so it may be up on YouTube later than usual.

Perfil has a long bio of Argentina’s Demetrio el Gladiador, who you may know as Hip Hop Man’s father.

The new episode of LuchaTalk is up.

La Parka says Dave the Clown is a millennial who spends all day on his phone posting photos of his workout. This is fair, no one will accuse La Parka of posting photos of his workout.

Santo’s column this week is mostly about accusing CMLL of stealing other people’s characters, including el Audaz.

Rey Mysterio (Sr.) talked about his life in San Diego.

The Gladiatores has an interview with Lady Shani.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/19/2018 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Raziel, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Kráneo vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

I’m here for Kraneo/Hechicero but the rest of the show is just throwing together whoever’s still around. It’s not quite a Tuesday show but it’s almost there. Waiting another week to do the Terrible/Azul title match seems to defeat the point.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 

Triton is pretty good

Recapped: 01/12/2018

Matches:

Eléctrico & Stukita beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(11:55 [4:02, 2:55, 4:58], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Flyer, Pegasso, Stigma
(16:42 [6:18, 4:59, 5:25], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sagrado, Tiger, Virus beat Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón  
(15:00 [6:54, 4:13, 3:53], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Titán beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(8:01, figure four cradle, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis
(9:01 [2:54, 2:09, 3:58], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone beat Kráneo, Vangellys, Terrible
(12:22 [4:52, 2:47, 4:43], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Stukita is a wizard

Shocker was supposed to be in this match, then Mr. Niebla, and it ended up with a rare Friday night Vangellys main event. Terrible and Diamante Azul feuded, with Azul pinning Terrible cleanly after stopping a foul and a mask pull.

Negro Casas appeared before the match, giving Blue Panther a present to give to Sam Adonis. It was a new USA flag. Adonis started waving it around without realizing the image in the center was of a bald Donald Trump. Sam also tried wearing his wig all match, only for it to get pulled off just before the end of the match.

The opener was Electrico’s final minis match. He will start in the main division in two weeks.

Thoughts:

Sagrado guides Triton into the barricade

The main event looked like an off night show closer and played out that way for the most part. Marco had good timing on his spots, and Kraneo was amusing as always. Vangellys and Carístico did not have a lot of chemistry, though I’m not sure Carístico would’ve done much better with Mr. Niebla or Shocker. Terrible and Diamante Azul didn’t really do enough to give a sense of how that title match is going to work, but I’d be disappointed if Terrible lose it already.

The bald Trump flag was an inventive way to keep a sidelined Negro Casas still a little bit involved with Adonis, and gave a bit more energy to what looked like a normal match on paper. Blue Panther played Adonis enemy well, so much that third fall couldn’t start due to him waving around the flagpole empty. This was a fine enough match made fun by the little extra thought.

Cometa folds up Titan

Titan/Rey Cometa was an inventive lightning match. It wasn’t the throw everything at the wall match like with Dragon Lee and Titan, but a more building back and forth match. Their was a clear story that Titan had far surpassed Rey Cometa. Everything Cometa could do, Titan could do a little bit better. Cometa pushed Titan to have an entertaining match, but didn’t come all that cross to winning. Matches with definite winners and losers can work too.

Triton walking the ropes to set up the headscissors was incredible in the tercera, but it couldn’t save the rest of his team. T. Panther had some good moments, especially taking Tiger’s DDT. Blue Panther Jr. somehow messed up a roll up with the same Tiger. Sagrado is a fine jerk, but this match was more memorable parts than a complete picture for me.

The second match followed the first with the same layout. The rudos methodically took apart the técnicos for two falls before finally giving an opening. The difference here were the rudos also taking chunks of the third fall for no narrative reason. Raziel at least did some interesting mat work early, but this was a struggle to watch. Universo 2000 Jr. really had a tough time during the comeback and never really was all that good.

The opener should’ve been an Eléctrico exhibition, a showcase of why you should want to follow Eléctrico in the main division. The opener was instead an explanation of why Eléctrico would want out of the minis. The rudos were literally walking thru spots for the first two falls, just going thru their usual offense in a bored fashion. Stukita gave the match a little bit of life in the third. Eléctrico looked alright when he finally got his chance, but just alright – it wasn’t Fiero’s final match, and these rudos were definitely not Templario. It was just the same average minis match as always.

Mije can fly or at least fall

FantasticaMania 2018, Caristico, Atlantis

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/12/2018 Aichi Congress Center Event Hall, Nagoya, Japan [NJPWStrong Style Story]
Attendance: 1554
1) Drone b Disturbio
6:53. Drone used his new-ish twisting headscissors submission.
2) Okumura & Puma b Fuego & Star Jr.
9:44. Puma casita on Star Jr.
3) Cuatrero, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH b Ángel de Oro, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask
9:41. Cuatrero crucifix powerbomb on Angel de Oro. Rocky Romero wore a Black Tiger mask to the match.
4) Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Sansón
9:26. Soberano tornillo on Sanson.
5) Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito b Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima
12:45. BUSHI beat Kawato with a crab.
6) Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico b Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero
10:57. Mistica on Guerrero.

This will air on SamuraiTV on Thursday and likely will be uploaded to the RealHero archive sometime after. The tour has a day off, then holds an event in Kyoto (early) Sunday.

Meanwhile, Arena Mexico holds a CMLL show without all of those people. There’s no ongoing rivalries, and the show kind of looks more like an off night show than a big Friday night one. It’s a very odd show where the most notable match might be the opener.

Yesterday, CMLL had a special announcement on Facebook: an interview with Electrico to reveal he’d be the mini luchador moving up to the main division. His last mini match is tonight (teaming with Stukita against Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro), he’ll be off for two weeks, and then debut as a main roster guy on the 26th. He will be taking the Mexican Lightweight championship to the main division with him. I’m not sure the minis division needed two singles championships, but the main division needs a twelfth singles championship even less.

Titan versus Rey Cometa is the latest same side lightning match. Their match kicking off the 2011 Forjando un Idolo tournament really put that concept and then-Palacio Negro on the map in Arena Mexico, and this is their first rematch seven years later.

The main event is Caristico, Diamante Azul and Marco Corleone versus Kraneo, Shocker and Terrible. Shocker did miss Tuesday’s show in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, so he’s a bit of a question mark. Sam Adonis and Blue Panther meet again in trios, with Stuka, Valiente, Mephisto and Ephesto around. Flyer, Pegaso, Stigma take on Cancerbero, Raziel and Universo 2000 Jr. in the second match.

CultIcon also previews this show. The show will air ClaroSports and their Facebook page.

Dragon Rojo says he’ll be guest commentator. He hasn’t been seen in the ring he was hurt on 11/24 and I’m not sure there’s been a recovery name.

Caristico says he’s the pebble in everyone’s shoe; everyone keeps talking about how he’s not that big of a deal but they can’t stop thinking about him. Meanwhile, Carisitco is a humble man who just comes to work and does his job, filling the arena. Caristico takes a shot at Volador, saying Volador never filled an arena until he wrestled Caristico. (That is true though it’s not like Volador was given a shot against other top guys until then.) Caristico’s thinking about apuesta matches with Rush, Volador, Mistico, Ultimo Guerrero and Mephisto and would love to main event the 85th Anniversario with one of those guys.

Caristico also confirmed he’ll be working Alberto’s 01/20 earthquake charity benefit show. Caristico (as “Myzteziz”, his AAA name) was listed on the poster but it always seemed a little doubtful. The name thing was weird, AAA’s Dr. Wagner is on the card, and Alberto and Caristico have had serious personal issues in both AAA & WWE. Caristico says he talked to Alberto and was very happy to accept, because he likes doing these sorts of charity events.

Atlantis said recovering from his knee injury was “the most difficult and strange time in his life.” It was the first time he needed surgery to repair an injury in his career, so he considers himself very lucky to never had to go thru that before. Atlantis says the people of Japan treat him like a super hero and he was thrilled to be drawn in an anime. Atlantis says retirement is “still very distant”, and his son may debut this year but needs more polish and work.

Tirantes talks about getting back into the promoting in Xalapa.

The Los Gemelos Panteras who were recently in CMLL visited Reynosa. They’ve been in wrestling five years, but it’s only the last two years that the identical brothers have been teaming up.

Brian Cage debuted on Impact’s tapings yesterday. Some people are still under the impression that showing up in Impact or another promotion means they won’t be in Lucha Underground. It definitely used to be that way, but it’s also changed over the last year, and Cage said he’s still planning on being on LU. Neither show really runs that often, so it’s not going to be hard to be on both in 2018.

Rey Mysterio hasn’t shown up on those tapings as of yet. There’s nothing specifically pointing towards him appearing. Hijo del Fantasma is the only AAA regular to be brought to Impact this time around, but he at least gets into an important match early on.

MexaWrestling added Lady Flammer vs Keyra to it’s 01/27 show.

IWRG referee Reyes Rosas talks about the recently deceased Grillo.

lucha TV preview for weekend of January 12th, 2018

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FantasticaMania starts in a few hours, but we won’t be able to see the first show for quite a while. The kickoff show tomorrow will air early Thursday (a week from today) on SamuraiTV. It might show up on the RealHero archive before the first live show, but you can safely ignore the Japan shows for the next week.

AAA should return back to the Xalapa taping from a month ago, including a tag title match.

CMLL at least has a couple of interesting singes matches the next couple of weeks.

CMLL to allow a mini to escape mini jail, Apache/Shani, Bandido

no, it’s not happening

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

CMLL made another announcement on Informa yesterday, repeated today on Twitter: A mini will be moved to the main roster. The announcement makes it sound as if someone’s being prepared to move up like Astral), not that there will be a match where the winner will get moved up like Demus & Virus. (Principe Diamante also moved up, but he wasn’t booked regularly as a mini before becoming part of the main group.) Electrico seems most likely: he’s the same size and close to the same physique as Astral. Electrico hasn’t been around much of late: he defended the lightweight title on December 2nd against Mercurio, appeared on the New Year’s Day, and will be back on Friday’s Claro show. That might be the time to make the announcement if it’s happening.

Stukita would be the more popular pick, the most exciting guy in a bland division. I think it’s unlikely he’ll get to be in the main division any time soon, but he could benefit from Electrico moving out to get more of a spotlight. There would also be a question about the Mexican Lightweight title Electrico holds. It’s historically a main division championship, but has been used as the secondary minis championship since 2008. (It’s also amusingly never actually changes hands in that time; the only other mini champion was Pierrothito, when he went to the US for a while.)

I was skeptical CMLL was really going to be doing more stuff in 2018, but between this and the new women coming aboard, they’re pretty busy already. It looks like there might be a new male wrestler too, check the lineups.

Also on Informa, CMLL announced they were going to honor Atlantis, Negro Casas, Blue Panther and Mascara 2000 during the yearTriton said he was knocked out in the lightning match last week. He was out until they took him backstage. He wrestled five days later. Not a doctor.

NJPW posted their intro video for this year’s FantasticaMania tour.

The Viva la Vida (Japanese photographer/Depomart) blog says Rocky Romero was the sub for Negro Casas. I didn’t consider it, because he’s teaming with his tag team, but it makes sense. He’s facing Lyger thru the non-Tokyo show, then both largely disappear in Korakuen because a Rocky/Lyger match wouldn’t work like the Casas/Lyger one.

El Siglo de Torreon interviews El Bandido, who says he got into wrestling just going with his (already training) brother to the gym at the age of 15. He liked the training, couldn’t afford to pay for it, but his trainer – the original Stuka – told him to keep coming back to training anyway. Bandido says he (and I guess Magia Blanca) wrestled briefly as “Monaguillos” as well as Magnificos. He was 18 when he came to Mexico City and didn’t even have a place to sleep. He jokes his CMLL run was “debut and farewell” in one match, not liking the situation there and obviously very happy with his independent run.

AAA posted an interview from Faby Apache, who says Lady Shani has a lot to prove,  and Faby feels she’s much better. The text interviews on AAA’s site are always believed to be ones created by the promotion and usually don’t got beyond that, though no one would be all that surprised if Faby actually believe those things. In this case, Lady Shani responded on Instragram, saying Faby’s always has put down other luchadoras, forever unwilling to accept someone else might be good because of her ego. Shani says she’s not going to shrink away from Faby in their match and will defend herself in the match.

In an interview with Claro, Sagrado says it took him about 11 years to realize being a rudo is much better and more free than being a tecnico.

Fray Tormenta will appear in Soledad, San Luis Potosi on 01/19, in a non-wrestling capacity.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 01/27 with Aramis vs Toxin vs Ricky Marvin.

Lucha Memes announced Chairo 12 will take place on 02/05. It’s billed as the only Chairo show in the year. In the comments, Lucha Memes explains IWRG no longer wants to rent out the arena on the weekend, running on the weekday is just a way to lose money, and so they’re planning on running elsewhere (and not calling it Chairo) the rest of the year

Lucha Libre Boom has Atlantis, Octagon, Mascara Sagrada versus Canek, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan on 02/17. That sounds bad.

Hijo del Fantasma, the only AAA wrestler apparently working the Impact tapings this time around, is also scheduled to work WrestleCircus on 02/17. Again, that must mean Lucha Underground is not running that weekend.

Soberano Jr., Esfinge, Puma, Tiger, Stigma and Magnum are listed as working on Houston on 02/18.

LG in Xalapa has Caristico vs Volador, Dalys vs Marcela for the world women’s title, and the micros on 02/24. Tirantes is involved in promoting this card, which is probably how they got those matches. He used to promote Xalapa regularly when he was with AAA.

LuchaWorld has the latest lucha report.

Wrestling with GIFs wries about La Sombra vs Ultimo Guerrero.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/16/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Starman vs Nitro, Templario, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Carístico vs Euforia

Carsticio & Euforia had two singles match last year, but neither was streamed. They seem good on paper. The guys Caristico faced in previous years are hanging around the semimain. Vangellys appears to be an honorary memory of the axis of evil.

CMLL (TUE) 01/16/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Tigre Blanco vs Ráfaga & Thunder Boy
2) Ángel Del Amor, Sensei, Vaquero Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Gran Kenut
3) Astral, Audaz, Oro Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul vs Guerrero Maya Jr.EsfingeRey CometaTritónTerribleHechiceroRey BucaneroForasteroPierroth [cibernetico]
5) Marco Corleone vs Mr. Niebla

Marco gets the two singles main events in two days (with this one carefully listed as non-title.) Audaz already up into the tercera, though maybe that’s circumstance. That second match suggests former Arena Lopez Mateos luchador Angel del Amor has started with CMLL, or someone using the same name.

CMLL G21 (MON) 01/29/2018 Gimnasio Municipal, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Astro Infernal, Eduward Punk, Lucifer vs Ángel Caído, Impala, Sicario Infernal
2) Chacal, Dr. Pólux Jr., Galáctico Dragón vs Homicida, Joven Maravilla, Kastigador
3) Zeuxis vs Marcela vs Keyra
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Dr. Pólux Jr., Murciélago Plateado Jr., Perro Negro Jr.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Angeluz Fly, Apoando Negro Jr., Crazy Latino
6) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Rey Hechicero & Virus
7) Carístico & Mistico vs Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr.

Generacion XXI has been using mostly Crash wrestles, so this is a sudden shift to CMLL people. It might just be a one show thing, that happens with local promoters. Keyra being there either way is interesting. Traumas/Virus/Hechicero will be sought after if it turns up (and this is a “sometimes +Lucha” situation.)

CMLL Tuesday results, new Arolucha date

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

Retro with a retro stump puller hold/photo by CMLL

DTU (SUN) 01/07/2018 Tuzoofari Epazoyuacan, Hidalgo [DTU]
1) Baby Star Jr. & Fly Danger b Drolux & The Black Jr.
2) Angelito Mágico & Irving b Aguilita & Centellita
3) Devitt Rodríguez & Hard Boy b Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer
4) Camuflje b JitzuJimmyHormiga
Camuflaje beat Jitzu
5) Cobre, Draztick Boy, Lokillo b Black Fire, Cíclope, Miedo Extremo

Check that link up there. Didn’t notice it for the last show, but DTU is putting up highlight videos of their shows. That suggests they’re actually filming their shows themselves now, which would be a big change and open them up to actually being seen outside the live show. (I’d take just getting the Arena Aficion shows.)

CMLL (TUE) 01/09/2018 Arena México [CMLL, CulticonWrestling With GIFs]
1) Magia Blanca & Retro b Akuma & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Puma b Disturbio [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sam Adonis tried wearing a blond wig, but Niebla Roja pulled it off him in the second fall. Eje del Mal rallied to win.
5) Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Negro Casas was replaced by Mascara Ano 2000 on Monday.
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia fouled Caristico. Atlantis did little in his return to the ring.

Show as fine for a Tuesday, not as bad as feared, but there were guys taking it easy given the situation. Caristico/Euforia should be a fun Tuesday time killer.

CMLL (TUE) 01/09/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Explosivo & Principe Daniel b Demonio Maya & Exterminador
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Artillero, Furia Roja, Metálico b Astral, Sangre Imperial, Star Black
Rudos too 1/3. Star Black may have gotten the big win Sunday, but lost to a Metalico nudo here.
3) Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón b Sagrado, Tiger, Virus
Audaz replaced Guerrero Maya Jr. and submitted Virus for the win. Tecnicos took 2/3. Triton & Esfinge have matching outfits.
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán b Difunto, Forastero, Vangellys
Difunto replaced Hechicero. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
Hechicero replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 2/3.

We got live Twitter Guadalajara results yesterday! I don’t know how long it’ll last, but it was nice for one night. That Audaz match should air, and could be interesting. This would be a poor time for Shocker to be vanishing.

CMLL announced they’ll be debuting new women soon. No details. We’ve seen Maligna already, and a La Guerrera wrestled in Guadalajara. I’d suspect others would be people training in CMLL’s school right now.

Bloomberg has a photo story on CMLL. Hugo Monroy, a name I don’t recall seeing before, is mentioned as the communication director of CMLL. He says CMLL draws over a half million fans a year, eight to ten thousand on Fridays, and twenty percent tourists. That half million might be right, 2,400 per show seems plausible when you average it together. Eight to ten thousand on Fridays doesn’t visually look right, and would mean they were drawing a lot more than half a million a year. It often seems more than 20% tourists too.

Esfinge & Triton have striking matching outfits. El Audaz, Maligna, Triton, Diamante Azul, Mascara 2000 and Universo 2000 Jr. are the guest on this week’s CMLL InformaMr. Niebla will be on Facebook tomorrow.

The Crash continues to promote Matt Riddle vs Rey Horuz, which led to people in the comments asking about the AAW booking again, which led to The Crash saying nothing at all publicly. I believe The Crash will be announcing he’s off the show soon.

Arolucha is announced as running in Beaumont on 02/16. At least Beaumont says it is, Arolucha had not announced it yet. Talent list is Blue Demon Jr., Juventud Guerrera, Super Crazy, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Sammy Guevara, John Hennigan, James Storm, Shane Hurricane Helms, and Low Ki. They’re running Beaumont Civic Center, which is a 6500 seat building, but they’ve got it scaled down to less than half the arena.

Ron Harris of AroLucha was on JR’s podcast, talking about the project. The interview was taped before the new year, maybe before the dates for the live events were official since they’re not mentioned in the body of the interview. It seems like soon after the TV taping happened, and the moment I found most interesting was Harris saying “whether we have a TV deal or not, we’re going to tour.” They want to TV but they’re not going to be held up waiting for it.

There’s also an amusing Vince Russo defense: he was at WWE when they were at their peak, he was in Impact when they were at their peak, and he was in WCW – but that’s after Bischoff messed things up so it’s not really his issue. WWE actually got bigger after he left, and the others are interesting ways of warping a perspective. Their big idea is Russo will come up with out of the box ideas and Konnan’s going to be able to tell him if makes sense in lucha libre. (This is the “Russo just needs a filter” concept. Good luck to the filter.)

Mistico & Negro Navarro were guests on the +Lucha podcast.

Pinky el Malo took Antrax’s hair in Arena Revolucion

Cancun luchador Hombra Arana is retiring in March.

Wrestling With GIFs writes about Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi from FantasticaMania.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/14/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Orus vs Leroy
2) Odín & Shadow Boy vs Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Xtreme
3) Bombero Infernal vs Danny Casas
4) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno vs Dragón Yuki, Fly Warrior, Séptimo Rayo
5) Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno
6) Pantera I © vs Aramis [IWRG IC Light]
fourth defense

Danny Casas has been back since New Year’s Day but I’ve been able to ignore him until now. At least the top two matches look very watchable.

MDA (SUN) 01/21/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox vs Black RiderRey Pantera
2) Greco Baez & Makabre vs Galactar & Quinto Elemento
3) Dos Caras Sr. & Toscano vs Furor & Vazco Jr.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Apolo & Juventud Guerrera
5) Xtreme Tiger vs Laredo Kid
6) Alberto el Patrón & Último Dragón vs Rey Wagner & Zorro

Beyond the matches, MDA is sending out mystery videos to build up something for this show. Zorro also seems to be up to something, or is part of whatever story they’re telling. Some of those undercard matches are strange – why is Dos Caras working a tercera at this point?

como estaz 6×1: likely or unlikely

We’re back for the first time in a few months, covering FantasticaMania, Guerra de Titanes, The Crash 01/20 show, and main eventers who may or may not be showing up. Plus, a game of “likely or unlikely” about 2018 events. This turned out to be one of our longer podcasts (over two hours!), with a fire alarm stoppage in the middle.

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The audio’s not totally terrible. My nose is, and I hope you don’t gt my cold. Thanks for checking this out, and please don’t forget to vote in the tapatia awards.