What happened:Cibernetico did not appear in the main event, changing the top 3 matches. Volador replaced him, and lost due to Ingobernables assistance. Rey Escorpion went from unofficial Ingobernable to official Ingobernable, and may have a feud with Mistico here (or maybe the main event set up a trios title match.)
What was good:The main event was good, though it didn’t seem close to ceiling for a Rush/Volador match. The rest of the show was highly skippable.
IWRG (SUN) 06/26/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman b Atomic Star straight falls
2) Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man b Alas de Acero & Aramis Alas de Acero’s first match here in 3 months.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Black Terry, Spartan, the Tiger (Tamaulipas), Violencia Jr. Spartan and the Tiger replaced the Cerebros.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Zatura b Apolo Estrada Jr., Relámpago, Toscano Dos pinned Toscano, who argued it was a two count. Zatura looked good.
5) Mr. Electro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. Mr. Electro dropped Mascara with a martinete to win (ref missing it while trying to get rid of a bottle), then dropkicked him off the stretcher. Hair match is coming wtih those two. Trauma I & Canis Lupus fought in the back after the match.
IWRG seems to tease Canis Lupus mask matches every year and they don’t often happen, but I’d guess Mr. Elektro/Mascara is actually happening.
Puebla tonight has the first ever Rush/Ciberentico match, which should be interesting if not safely good. The rest of card is a bit shaky, but the second match (Black Tiger, Hombre Bala, Super Halcon vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman) might be good, and the semimain has the weirdness of Mistico, Volador and Johnny Idol taking on Rey Escorpion, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa. The link to the feed is here, and the show starts about 45 minutes from this post.
The “En Busca del Dragon Dorada” reality show, where Octagon chooses someone new in Xalapa to play that character, is said to be airing on AYM Sports on Monday nights. Of course, being AYM Sports, there’s no sign of it actually on the schedule.
Silueta and Zeuxis talk about being luchadors and sexism in lucha libre. Silueta says her plan is to wrestle for five more years, then go into a physical education career.
IWRG (WED) 06/29/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Pumita & Salchichita vs Águila Oriental & Osisis
2) Geo & Magic Drago vs Adrenalina & Voltar
3) Fireman, Keiser Drago, Omega vs Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Skanda
4) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Zatura vs Ángel Dorado I, Ares I, Ares II
5) Black Terry & Shadow Boy vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & the Tiger (Tamaulipas)
Another FILL show, top matches follow up on the FILL versus Promociones del Norte feud from last week.
ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Puma & Tiger b Emperador Azteca & Metaleón Announced as Puma/Tiger, changed to Euforia/Gran Guerrero, ended up being Puma/Tiger.
2) Michael Elgin b Lio Rush [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
3) Kushida b DJZ [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
4) Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
5) Bram b Sabú [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
6) Volador Jr. b Kushida [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
7) Michael Elgin b Bram [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
8) Michael Elgin b Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional, final] They did a big presentation with flags and national anthems before the final. Longest match. Good match. Elgin got a belt (though it’s meant to be an annual competition and not something to defend.) Volador said his team would avenge the loss in the Gran Prix on Friday.
Results are kind of what I expected; they weren’t going to get NJPW to have both champions lose in the same tournament. Volador/Kushida seems like the direction, maybe on that last Friday Kushida’s around (07/15), but no one’s outright made the challenge yet.
Attendance doesn’t sound like it was any better. The preliminary rounds were said to be short but good, with the main event getting more time and very good. All the tournament matches should air next Friday night on Elite’s Lucha Azteca show. Elite will probably be off this week. After that, who knows. The optimistic way of looking at it is, if Elite just keeps resumes running on July 7th, then it shows they’re immune to business concerns and will continue on as long as the people in charge are still interested in the project.
CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Artillero & Camorra
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Mr. México Jr. b Black Scorpió, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo Debuts for Mr. Mexico and Black Scorpio
3) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Virus b Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón
4) Pierroth, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
5) Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Euforia tossed his mask to Marco for the DQ.
Rush didn’t make Arena Coliseo Monterrey show tonight. I’ll talk about that, and other things, tomorrow. (But maybe late tomorrow.)
NJPW announces the G1 field late tonight. There’s been no rumors of CMLL involvement but it’s not impossible.
CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Marvel, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Fiero, Fujin, Raijin
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Marco Corleone vs Euforia
5) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Marco/Euforia went from 0 to 60 quick. Main event is Mexico vs Foreign Legion. WON reported the plan was for a UG/Elgin title match at some point, and this would seem to set it up for 07/10 (as Elgin is gone by the 17th.)
More debuts! Fiero is an Mexico city indie guy who’s appeared, of note, IWRG and Toyrumon shows. He’s good. I’m not sure who this Marvel is – it could be the Guadalajara local getting an unexpected callup to Mexico City, since he’s hasn’t been around much. He was working early matches in 2014 for a few months, disappeared, and the name reappeared this April for Sunday matches but not many of those.
CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar vs Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
3) Capitán Cobra, Fugaz, Randy vs Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Mr. Apolo
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Star Black vs Gitano, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Esfinge, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. vs Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico
The first unmasked match for the loser of the Esfinge/Furia Roja match on Tuesday.
Didn’t see more than a few seconds of this show. I read the feed had lots of trouble during the first few matches, which were the best matches. (I did record it, but have no idea what I got. I don’t expect it to be much.) Zeuxis/Sugehit was strong but maybe a few minutes too long and the second match was the expected fun. Zeuxis talked about her win. The Foreign Legion promised to win next week, as did Rey Cometa.
Cara Lucha (FRI) 06/24/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), KronoSport]
1) ? b ?? rudos won, no names listed
2) Keira & Lady Maravilla b La Jarochita & La Magnifica
3) Toro Negro II, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico Neza Kings want a rematch in super libre.
4) Templario & Wasson b Centvrión & Látigo and Mike Segura & Pantera I and Fly Star & Toxin Names not confirmed for the losing teams (and looked like there may have been subs.) Wasson & Templario are supposed to be full time guys after their win.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Puma (CMLL) & Tiger Controversial finish. Cats want a mask match with the Traumas.
6) El Bandido & Volador Jr. b Flamita & Fly Warrior Match started very late, waiting for Volador to get there. Volador’s team won in an excellent match, then challenged Flamita to a hair vs mask match
The mentions about the main event finish came out around midnight (though I’m totally confused about timezones at the moment.) I’m not sure if the show actually went that long, but it does sound like they held it up to do that main event. Main event sounds like it went great, didn’t get many notes on the rest of the show. Those challenges are “believe it when you see it” territory. Turnout seemed about as usual on Saturday, maybe a little better than recently, which is good for a day change.
ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016Arena México
1) Emperador Azteca & Metaleón vs Euforia & Gran Guerrero
2) Sabú vs Bram [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
3) Michael Elgin vs Lio Rush [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
4) DJZ vs Kushida [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
5) Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
6) (Sabu/Bram vs Elgin/Lio) [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
7) (DJZ/Kushida vs Volador/Tama) [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
8) ? vs ?? [Elite Internacional, final]
This should be a really good show! Everything should be weird/interesting. My guess still is Volador gets to the final but loses to Elgin.
Opener rudos were Puma & Tiger this morning, then switched to Euforia & Gran Guerrero later. Should still be good.
CMLL (FRI) 07/01/2016Arena México
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
2) Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
3) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [hair]
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa [Gran Prix]
Full lineup for the iPPV. As RobViper noted, the last Gran Prix show was 4 match and this one follows. The top two matches are why you’re going to the show, but the Panthers/Cats opener is always nice. Maybe the second match there so Niebla can get his wish and start feuding with Atlantis, but probably it’s there so Mistico can do some big dive onto Euforia.
Just a reminder – this is $15USD on cleeng, but only $10 on Playstation Live Event Viewer if you have that option.
ELITE (THU) 06/23/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, SuperLuchas, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Karonte Jr., Magnus, Okumura b El Bandido, Hijo del Pantera, Magia Blanca
2) PJ Black & Volador Jr. b Lio Rush, Kushida, Bram, Camacho, David Tita, Jinder Mahal, Tama Tonga, Veneno, Heddi Karaoui, Sabú, Michael Elgin, DJZ [seeding battle royal]
2) Bram b Zumbi [Elite Internacional, 8f]
4) Lio Rush b David Tita [Elite Internacional, 8f]
5) DJZ b Hip Hop Man [Elite Internacional, 8f]
6) Tama Tonga b Chicano [Elite Internacional, 8f]
7) Sabú b Veneno [Elite Internacional, 8f]
8) Michael Elgin b Jinder Mahal [Elite Internacional, 8f]
9) Kushida b Heddi Karaoui [Elite Internacional, 8f]
10) Volador Jr. b PJ Black [Elite Internacional, 8f]
This was another Elite event where the attendance felt like the biggest story. Last week’s show was one of the bigger turnouts Elite’s had for a midweek show. This looked like one of the worst, for a pretty expensive show. It looked dire early, worse than the depths of a dead Tuesday show. It looks more filled in in later pictures, though some of that may be people being allowed to move down (usually not permitted at lucha shows.) The concept, at least as presented, did not seem to be a draw.
And that’s too bad, because the show sounded weird and occasionally good, as you hope for with these international tournaments. DJZ/Hip Hop Man and Volador & PJ Black sound like they went well. Black Terry Jr. posted video of that first match and Veneno/Sabu. Sabu was one of the most over guys, which suggests the people who showed up were mostly long time hardcore fans, since you’d have to really dig for tapes back in the day to see Sabu in Mexico.
Zumbi was on this show, happening at the same time as the Cruiserweight Classic tournament he was originally scheduled for. PWInsider reported he didn’t make weight. I do not believe that is correct, and I do not think anyone who’s seen Zumbi would believe that is the reason. He looked like the same small skinny guy as always last night. “Not making weight” might be the public story to cover up something else. (I’m not even sure if he even ever made to the building; he and Jinzo weren’t getting there until Wednesday, and I’ve not yet seen a photo of Zumbi in the performance center.) As far as I can find, no one’s posted an interview with Zumbi explaining the situation yet, but it may be coming.
NJPW mentions the wins for their wrestlers, which suggests they expect this tournament to go well for them. (It’s also weird that, since neither CMLL nor Elite posts a recap of their show, the only ‘official’ recap we get is when NJPW is involved.) As best we can figure, this is how the bracket goes – they changed the order of the matches from the elimination order in the battle royal, moving the bigger names to last. The semifinals will be the winner of Bram/Sabu vs the winner Lio/Elgin and the winner of DJ Z/Kushida vs the winner Tonga/Volador. My guess is Sabu vs Elgin and Kushida vs Volador, then Elgin beating Volador in the final. One of the NJPW guys has to take a loss, and the Volador win could set up the Volador/Kushida match I’ve been expecting. Volador’s already talking about that match in his post match interview.
I’m skeptical all of this will air. This was a normal length show, if maybe even longer. I would expect the top three or four matches will air tonight on Lucha Azteca 7, and the rest are cut down to highlights.
Magia Blanca & El Bandido teaming up is notable, since Blanca is Magnifico I and Bandido is presumed to be Magnifico II. That may be an acknowledgement of their relationship, since Magia Blanca is almost never otherwise used right now.
It’s a unclear if any of the losing foreigners are sticking around. PJ’s surely heading to LA, but not sure about the others.
Mas Luchas had good interviews with Michael Elgin & DJ Z from Wednesday. I assume those interviews are why Informa was pre-empted, but it seems more loosely organized than normal Elite press conferences. It works out for us because Mas Lucha got some good time with both guys, but the promoting of the show was shaky at best. After this show, PJ Black talked about wanting to come back for a rematch, even coming back for a month if Elite’s interested. He’s acted point blank about Lucha Underground and, while he doesn’t discuss details, says he’s in trouble for working with Elite.
Tonight’s CMLL show is a preview for the Gran Prix. Tanga Roa (or Tanga Loa) debuts, teaming with his brother Tama Tonga and Sam Adonis against Atlantis, Volador, and Diamante Azul. Everyone but Atlantis is in the Gran Prix next week. CMLL’s been calling the rudo trio “legión extranjera”, which is the name AAA used for years for their own evil foreigner unit. (I don’t think it’s a reference, just a common phrase.) Semimain has Kushida, Mistico and Marco versus Mascara, Shocker and Terrible; the preview notes Kushida trained under Arturo Beristain for at ime 10 years ago. The fourth match Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente versus Cavernario, Felino, and Mr. Niebla in a preview match.
The one singles match on the show was Zeuxis defending her title against Princesa Sugehit, which CMLL’s teased as the start of a mask/mask match. It’s more credible than usual, since most of CMLL’s women end up unmasked, but I still expect Zeuxis to remain champion. The best match of the show might be the Fuego, Maya, titan versus Puma, Tiger, Bobby Z match, though they’ll be limited by being in the segunda. Opener is Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothio.
The show will start at 8:30 pm and air on ClaroSports as normal. Unless my plane gets delayed, I won’t be able to record it, but other people probably will. I didn’t plan it this way, but it seems generally a safe show to skip, with most things being held for next week and the women’s title match the only storyline that might progress on this show.
Tickets for the Gran Prix are on sale, and run from 997 MXP ($53 USD) to 185 MXP ($10), though they’re only selling the lower areas online. That seems like the lower side for a CMLL major show. By comparison, Saturday’s Elite show are currently going for 720 down to 180.
Last night was the first taping for the Cruiserweight Classic. They taped four weeks of TV with all the opening round matches (4 per show.) If I’m not going to post Lucha Underground spoilers, it doesn’t make sense to be posting spoilers for that show either, but they’re pretty easy to find. (Start with this Twitter account.)
There are some useful not result details. Photos showed them listing Mascara Dorada’s name on the screen. I imagine it was a deal similar to Prince Devitt/Finn Balor, where they showed both to make sure everyone understood the guy’s other identity. Assuming they air the matches as taped, Mascara Dorada/Gran Metalik will appear on the July 13th show. Jinzo/Raul Mendoza will appear on the July 20th show.
I am told the order of the matches don’t necessarily set up the second round matches (the winner of the first match may not face the winner of the second match.) They’ll run a tournament preview show on the WWE Network on July 6th, and that may be when the entire bracket is revealed.
First of a run of DTU shows in northern Mexico, but this is the one with all the title matches so it’s slightly more interesting. Sharlie is also DTU Consgrado champion, so he could end up with both titles. The semimain is essentially a #1 contenders match for the tag titles; Titan & Triton are champs but not on these shows, and these are two teams that have been chasing them. This is Black Fire’s first title defense since returning from Germany.
AAA AULL (SAT) 07/02/2016Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Dinastía & Octagoncito vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psicosis
2) Heddi Karaoui, Johnny Idol, Toscano vs American Sweetness, Trauma I, Trauma II
3) Drago & Fénix vs Daga & Joe Lider
4) Texano vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías
Notable for the oddness of the new CMLL foreigners working on an otherwise AAA show.
MDA (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Azul & El Arkángel vs Elder & Sol Azteca
2) Extreme Boy & Último Sombra vs Gallardo & Gato Fantasma
3) Epydemius & Lince vs Obsesión & Tormento [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Metaleón & Último Ninja vs Golden & Ninja Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Hijo de LA Park & Laredo Kid vs Delta & Galactar
6) LA Park vs Volador Jr. vs Rush vs Caifan
Main event should be crazy. The middle two matches are the Monterrey vs Outsiders feud from the Elite shows and the usual lucha bit of teaming up people who’ve been feuding for two weeks.
The big news for people who read this site in the tercera: Fenix versus Pentagon Jr. happened in Los Angeles, happened in London, happened in Tokyo, happened in Chicago, happened in Texas, was about to happen in New York City, probably happened in Arena Victoria or Arena Aficion some day long ago, and now it’s finally going to happen on an AAA TV show. This lack of this match was symbolic of AAA’s lack of creativity and unwilling to focus on any of it’s youngsters – they had plenty of chances to do that match over the last five years, and everyone else was/(is?) getting more out of AAA’s own wrestlers than AAA.
Alone, it’s cool that match finally gets to be shown to Mexican fans. The context is more interesting
Ecatepec: Pentagon Jr. vs Psycho Clown for the Latin American Championship, Fenix vs Daga vs Aerostar for a Cruiserweight Title shot
CDMX: Fenix vs Daga
Oaxaca: Fenix vs Pentagon Jr.
AAA carving out a spot for their young wrestlers to have spotlight singles matches is something people have asking for forever. It seems to be happening, at least for the moment. It’s not something that’s going to pay dividends right away, but it’s something that needs to help these guys in the long term, and it should provide a lot better TV show. Fenix is likely going to be the #1 contenders to the Cruiserweight title if Aerostar & Drago are challenging for the tag titles and Pentagon Jr. could be Latin American champion (though I’m skeptical that’ll happen.)
The other story on this show is Angelico & Jack returning. Aerostar & Drago should earn a titles shot in DF, but this is also the former tag team champions getting back together for the first time this year due to various injuries. It’s going to be great to have them back.
Main event is about what was expected for the Verano de Escandalo show, only with Psycho Clown in Texano’s spot. Second match could be good and suggests Herodes & Cota are in full time and not just for an odd one shot. The mystery woman in the opener is likely the same as in Mexico City. That opener probably isn’t airing – maybe a YouTube exclusive.
Next taping is 07/29 in Toluca, which will probably be the last TV taping before TripleMania. Based on the matches not being scheduled yet, it seems likely Texano/Wagner and Fantasma’s defense are currently scheduled for that show. I don’t know if it’ll draw, but that alone sounds like a better card than last year.
The thing I’m neglecting to mention of late is the new second airing of Lucha Azteca in the US. A rerun, some 10 weeks behind, is airing before the ‘new’ show. I’d presume this means the show is doing pretty well if they’re doubling up on it. Perhaps they’ll expand the show to two hours if it sticks.
We won’t know what airs on Lucha Elite until tonight’s show finishes.