Atlantis keeps title over Rey Bucanero, LU preview

still champ

CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLucha CentralOvaciones]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Angelito & Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Virus b Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Kawato, Okumura, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis b Rey Bucanero [MEX LHLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis took falls 1/3 for his fifth 5th defense

Atlantis & Bucanero tried their best to make it not a bad match and so it wasn’t a bad match. I’m not sure it was a good match by any measure except for the low expectations we had fo rit, but probably it was good enough for CMLL to keep justifying doing more Atlantis singles matches.

Post-match promos: Titan (hyping his Soberano match and his recent rudo antics), Oneatos Style (Esfinge & Triton want to make sure Titan is still with them), Soberano (ready for Titan), and Atlantis. There’s also media interviews with Rey Bucanero (felt he should’ve cheated more) and Atlantis. Because CMLL can’t just do tecnico/tecnico feuds, they’re playing up heavy the idea that Titan’s rudo antics against Soberano could be the prelude to a permanent change of sides.

CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Samurai Jr., Luminoso, Tigre Blanco b Guerrero de la Muerte, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Warrior Steel b Audaz, Fuego, Pegasso
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Felino, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
tecnicos took 1/3

Doesn’t seem like there’s any new feuds. Warrior Steel is rarely seen. He’s a rookie by CMLL standards but it seems like they think he’s too large to wrestle in openers, so there’s not a spot for him. It could’ve been that match spot was intended to be Arkangel at one point.

Dragon Lee declared war on Caristico. He’s also declared war on Hiromu Takahashi, Penta el 0M, El Desperado and SHO. He may actually wrestle some of those people.

Daniel Aceves posted photos of him at CMLL’s offices yesterday. He mentioned a new project coming up. He’s usually part of the Copa Bobby Bonales, which honors his father.

DTU (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena Aficion
1) Josh Sniper b ZarcotCorazón LatinoDestinoDayami
2) Aaron Sykes, Helio Guerra, Muerte Infernal vs Black Fire, Paranoiko, Pesadilla and Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Luigi
3) Drolux & El Exótico b Billy & Hermes
4) Jimmy b AeroboyKalethCrazy King
Jimmy challenged Aeroboy to a title match.
5) Draztick Boy b Low RiderDinastía
billed as Draztick Boy’s farewell to DTU.
6) Cíclope b Miedo Extremo

The main event was a death match rematch, but maybe the semi-main is the most interesting. I don’t see anyone saying Draztick Boy is headed to AAA full time but that seems to be the idea.

Lucha Underground episode 4×2, “Darkness and the Monster” air tonight. Matches announced

  • Pentagon Dark (c) vs Matanza Cueto for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • a match for an Aztec Medallion
  • The Mack, Killshot, and Dante Fox Son of Havoc (c) vs ?, ??, ??? for the Lucha Underground Trios championship.

If you were paying super close attention during the trailer, you can figure out how who’s getting the trios title shot. Famous B & Brenda appear to be involved. Dragon Azteca and Drago are both teased as appearing, which makes that the likely Aztec Medallion match. Catrina is also busy looking for the gauntlet, which pairs nicely with the really good King Cuerno promo late last week.

July 4th, US Independence Day, is a Wednesday this year. That’s pretty terrible from a holiday perspective, what are you doing with a day off in the middle of the week. It’s also not so great from a TV perspective, since it’s usually one of the least watched days of the year. I don’t know if LU will air a new episode that week. Hope they don’t.

At the San Diego ceremony honoring Rey Mysterio, he said he had an offer of a 3 year deal from WWE. Three years seems like the standard WWE term, and Mysterio hinted before that he wanted some non-standard parts about how many dates he’d be working, so that might not end deal. It does seem more likely than not that he’ll be back in WWE eventually.

AAA held a Q&A on Facebook. Most of the questions were “when are you coming back to [X]?”. The answer is soon. Of note,

  • The Poker de Ases match is no longer a cage match because the wrestlers asked for that change. They’re the true heroes.
  • Someone asked if Faby would actually get her head shaved this time if she lost the hair match and AAA said yes. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.
  • The Zona Ruda show quietly disappeared from being posted on YouTube and AAA says it’ll only be on TDN for the time being. Perhaps it has something to do with the TV situation.
  • Guadalajara was said not be getting a TV taping until next year. They haven’t taped TV in Guadalajara since that disastrous Rey de Reyes show (though they are still running a match at a theme park every weekend.)

Rush says LA Park is not going to lose his mask at TripleMania.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/24/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Eclipse Jr. vs Frenético
2) Cosmos & Johnny Dinamo vs Destructor & Quca
3) Fugaz, Neutrón, Reycko vs Gran Kenut, León Blanco, Linterna
4) Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo vs Exterminador, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr., Thunder Boy
5) Joker vs Sádico [hair]

Joker and Sadico were rudo friends until they weren’t, and they’re settling it here.

CMLL (MON) 06/25/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, King Rocker
2) Astro, Asturiano, Stukita vs Joker, Mercurio, Saurón
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Soberano Jr. © vs Titán [MEX WELTER]
4th defense
6) Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Templario & Último Guerrero

A bigger than usual card, with both the Gran Alternativa rematch and a tecnico title match. The “Black Panther” name seems to have stuck, which is no doubt going to confuse future generations. Sugehit/Amapola are headed to a title match on 07/04. The second match may be one of those situations where a feud is being set up in the cards (Asturiano/Sauron?) but no one’s bothered to tell the people involved.

The Crash (SAT) 06/30/2018 Palenque de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
1) ? vs ??
2) Hantar, Kronoz, Savage vs Capricornio, Karma I, Karma II
3) Torito Negro © vs TiagoToxin (Estado de México) [The Crash JUNIOR]
first defense
4) Lacey Lane © vs Lady FlammerKeyraZeuxis [The Crash WOMEN]
second defense
5) Daga vs Rey HorusBestia 666
6) Penta Zero M & The King vs Garza Jr. & Mr. 450 and Pierroth & Rush [cage]

We don’t have a July date for the next Tijuana show but we do know there is a next show. Zeuxis makes her Crash debut, on the same card where Pierroth & Rush are working without having left CMLL. Notable that Toxin’s still here after appearing in AAA. Lucha libre is confusing.

CMLL Domingo: 2018-06-17 

team Munoz

Recapped: 06/17/2018

Matches: 

Akuma & El Coyote beat Astral & Eléctrico
(12:11 [5:25, 2:59, 3:47], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gallito, Micro Ángel, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
(14:02 [5:25, 1:27, 7:10], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Estrellita, MistiqueMarcelaMalignaDalysReyna IsisMetálicaLa SeductoraAmapola in a cibernetico match
(28:59, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

13:15 Metalica sit down piledriver La Maligna
15:24 Seductora armbar Mystique
16:01 Estrellita star cross Metálico
18:26 Amapola Devil’s Wings Estrellita
20:16 Marcela double stomp La Seductora
21:44 Princesa Sugehit armbar Amapola
24:34 Marcela tapatia Isis
26:54 Dalys scorpion Marcela
28:59 Princesa Sugehit armtrap armbar Dalys

Blue Panther beat Felino in a lightning match
(7:37 [3:06, 0:33, 3:58],
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Felino dropkick to the head (3:06)
  2. Blue Panther figure four pin (0:33)
  3. Blue Panther armbar (3:57)

Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(6:42 [2:30, 1:43, 2:29], 2/3, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico & Rush beat Cuatrero & Sansón
(11:04 [1:32, 2:29, 7:03], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Electrico springboard headscissors

This was a special Father’s Day show, announcing as airing just an hour before it took place.

Cien Caras came in the ring and tried to help his sons in the third fall (though oddly while they were pinning the Munoz boys). Bestia pulled out Tirantes to break up that count, and his sons won cleanly soon after

The lucha libre commissioner stopped the first fall to demand Blue Panther & Felino unmask, until Felino convinced him they had permission. Felino unmasked after winning the first fall. Panther immediately pinned Felino to start the second, but the count was delayed because Tirantes didn’t seem clear it was supposed to be a finish. Panther unmasked between falls and brawled with Felino into the crowd. Panther did the multiple tope spot in the third fall, but was cut off from a third tope by Tirantes blocking his path. That allowed Felino to get in, where he was quickly submitted.

Sugehit challenged Dalys for a title match after their win.

Guapito was the referee for the micro match.

Thoughts: 

don’t mess with Microman

The main event fit the special occasion show, feeling like a simple all-star exhibition match until the last couple of minutes. It was solidly worked without having a lot to it until the finish kicked it. It didn’t quite reflect with the crowd wanted to see – Rush and Mistico worked tecnico while being solidly booed – but they kept with their normal match either way. Cien Caras looked like he was hurting just getting to the ring, so the best part of this match was not having him wrestle in it. I’m not sure what was supposed to happen at the finish but I also didn’t put a lot of thought into figuring it out.

The semi-main was the sort of main event trios match after a big singles match, though it wasn’t really following a big singles match. Maybe it was just quicker because the show was going long, but they managed to fit in a lot of impressive Guerrero offense in the short time. Volador looked good in his run, and this was enjoyable while it lasted.

it’s fun playing rudo until you get wiped out

I don’t know what happened with Blue Panther/Felino but it was all sort of a mess. Stopping the first fall to argue about the masks was weird. The second fall lasting only as long as they did because Tirantes couldn’t believe that was actually the finish was weird. Tirantes cutting off Panther from this third dive only for Felino to come in the ring and lose five seconds later was weird. The brawl into the crowd got the crowd back into it, as did the dives, but this wasn’t really all that much. Hechicero really seemed to love the match but it was just odd to me. The idea probably was to honor two of the more famous current CMLL fathers with a singles match but the confusion didn’t really do it.

The women’s cibernetico was in that range of matches which are good though I’m not sure I’d ever need to watch again. It was probably too long – they went 13 minutes before anyone it was easily a couple steps up for the usual CMLL’s matches, with more pace and better offense because of the elimination rules. It felt like they put in more work planning this out than usual trios matches too. Women like Estrellita had better nights than usual, and the crowd bought into the importance of the match. Maligna looked more confident and aggressive in the time she was in. Mystique can do some big spots but iffy on simpler moves and needs a good ruda to work with. Isis having a big run was nice for the occasion; I also just want someone new in the top mix. I guess they could not given when they were going with the result. Sugehit/Dalys is among the best possible CMLL women’s matches they could go and this was a good setup to get there.

these two might have really good matches around 2025

The micros match was not bad, but they’d done much better than that. There were more obvious mix-ups on spots and less exciting big moves than usual. I thought the actual finish had to be a near fall when it happened, because there wasn’t a lot of big Micro Man spots in this match. It was just it. He didn’t mesh as well with Zacarias this time. Micro Angel got better near the end, but he had moments where he didn’t look ready for Arena Mexico. It’s nice to see the Micros again but this wasn’t a must-see match.

The opener was noticeably better than usual openers, so much so that I’m probably overrating it because it was nice not just have the 20 minutes of a CMLL show being a waste. Coyote looked solid throughout and the announcers went crazy for his northern lights suplex at the end. Astral & Eléctrico have figured out how to do spectacular looking spots within the opening match restrictions and pulled them off well. The rudos could’ve done a bit more but otherwise, this was a good show.

you made it this far, you get a Coyote highlight

great match roundup, week of 2018-06-09

maybe don’t roll into the superkick

this week’s shows

I’m still not totally clear why I gave Aztec Warfare the Good rating. I’m not sure what rating it should’ve been. It was nice to see halfway decent matches on the CMLL b-shows at least.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Dragón Lee in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 2018-06-15
good Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto for the Mexican National Trios Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-11 2018-06-11
good Drone vs Audaz in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-12 2018-06-12
good Pentagón Jr. © vs KillshotWillie MackSon of HavocJoey RyanMr. PectacularTommy DreamerMariposaVinnie MassaroHernandezJohnny MundoRicky MundoFénixJeremiah CraneMil MuertesDagaChavo Guerrero Jr.King CuernoDragón Azteca Jr.Marty Martinez [Aztec Warfare] and [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2018-06-13 2018-02-23
good Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 2018-06-15
good LA Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. vs Cibernético, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 2018-06-15

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-11 2018-06-11
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-11 2018-06-11
ok La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Kráneo, Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-11 2018-06-11
ok Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-11 2018-06-11
ok Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Shocker, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-12 2018-06-12
ok Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-12 2018-06-12
ok Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 2018-06-15
ok Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 2018-06-15
ok Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 2018-06-15
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño ViolenciaLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-12 2018-06-12
not rated Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-12 2018-06-12
not rated Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, VirusLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-12 2018-06-12

Titan/Soberano set up in Puebla, Atlantis/Bucanero tonight

happy Rey Mysterio day

CMLL (MON) 06/18/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Espacial & Policeman b Black Tiger & Meyer LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
2) Acero, Astro, Asturiano, Stuckita b Joker, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito, Pequeno Nitro, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Amapola & La Seductora b Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3, Amapola cheating to beat Sugehit. Sugehit demanded a rematch.
4) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma b Kawato San, Máscara Año 2000, Okumura LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Arkangel was honored before the match. Kawato replaced Universo 2000 Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Kráneo DQ Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kraneo took 2/3, the last when Rush attacked the referee.
6) Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls, setting up a Titan/Soberano match.

Soberano/Titan should be pretty good.

They didn’t set up anything in the second match after all; it looks like they’re running Amapola/Sugehit instead. CMLL had run 1 title match (Dalys/Kobayashi) the entire year and now is doing two of them and a cibernetico. I’d think this would be a reaction to something if CMLL booking showed that kind of awareness.

CMLL attempts an Atlantis/Rey Bucanero title match tonight. Bucanero has had few singles matches in rare years, usually trying very hard but looking like a man near the end of his career. He is the better of the two wrestlers coming into this match. CMLL booking this match seems to mean they’re in denial about where Atlantis is physically at this point, or we’re in for a big surprise. I’d take an OK match.

The semi-main has Dragon Lee, Soberano, and Stuka against Ephesto, Mephsito and Shocker in a match that’ll be just as good as the rudos allow it to be. Esfinge, Titan, and Triton face Kawato, Okumura, and Templario. Astral, Electrico and Star Jr. face Disturbio, Espanto Jr., and Virus in the tercera, and there’s two forgettable opening matches.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show, which will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Daga told R de Rudo that there’s a good chance he’ll wrestle in CMLL. There hasn’t been as much talk about Daga as Fenix & Penta, and he’d probably not mean as much, but there are obvious matches they can do with him.

Tickets are on sale for AAA’s on 07/21 taping in Mexico City. Of note, the show is listed as “Lucha Libre: AAA vs ELITE”. AAA has not explained or acknowledged what their relationship is with ELITE and probably should if they’re running shows using their name. No guarantee they will. Tickets run from 150 to 800 pesos before fees.

A lineup for the AAA Queretaro show was supposed to be announced Monday but has yet to appear.

Rayo de Jalisco Jr. says his son is two years away from debuting. Two years can be an infinite amount of time in lucha libre.

Electrico is studying for a PHD.

Penta’s match in GALLI this Sunday is a four way with locals Gringo Loco, Bandolero and France’s Senza Volto. I know nothing about Volto but he has a good asmk.

Atlantis was interviewed on Azteca’s No Hay Lugar Comun.

Puma King & Barby spend time with their fathers on this week’s video.

+Lucha has interviews with Hijo del Dr. Wagner and a new edition of their podcast.

Segunda Caida watched the 06/01 LA Park/Rush main event.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/24/2018 Arena México
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Camorra & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Arkalis, Magnus, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, El Coyote, Nitro
3) Audaz, Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sagrado
4) Dalys © vs Princesa Sugehit [CMLL WOMEN]
16th defense. Sugehit’s 2nd chance.
5) Flyer, Kráneo, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.

Dalys is unlikely to lose to Sugehit at this point. Flyer’s elevation seems to have stuck Terrible back teaming with his old trio.

new lucha videos for the weekend of June 8th, 2018

AYM/IWRG feed remains down.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-06-16
taped 2018-06-12 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
2) Niebla Roja vs Furia Roja, hair vs hair
3) Carístico vs Mistico

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-06-17
taped 2018-06-08 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero in a lightning match
2) Carístico, Mistico, Rey Fénix vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
3) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match

1960s Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

I added 1960s lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio to the luchadb database earlier this month. This covers every year from 1960 to 1969. They’re integrated in the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results.

Events per year:

year events
1960 9
1961 11
1962 3
1963 11
1964 11
1965 41
1966 40
1967 81
1968 43
1969 8

Again, that’s an inflated number, including events found from other sources (including the old magazines that I should’ve gotten back to by now but no.) There’s actually 133 posters in this batch, down from 274 in the last group. That’s why this one is a turnaround.

The events included are mostly ones at Plaza de Toros Torreon. Posters/reports from the period confirm there were other buildings holding events, but they’re not advertising in the paper. It’s also for certain not all the events at the Plaza de Toros, though the bullfights themselves seem to happen more often in this time period. There are fairly regular event listings from 1966 to 1968 and rare information otherwise.

That poster is maybe the most useful stuff I found.  It’s the September 25, 1966 lineup and appears to be a title change that’s usually been reported as being in November. It’s a small correction, but we can give Polo Torres an extra 40ish days for his title reign.

There are very few articles mentioning lucha libre in this decade in the paper. It’s almost never about the lucha libre itself; it only makes the paper when something goes badly and fulfilling the expected stereotypes. In 1962, two arenas are closed for not being properly licensedA car gets robbed outside of an arena. There’s was a protest about card changes in 1965. Gonzalo Gomez gets in trouble for his foreigners not having work permits in 1966. Los Espinos get into a fight with fansNeighbors complain about the noise from the late-running lucha libre show in 1966. And again, and a few other times, saying the same thing. There’s also the basketball players complaining about luchadors messing up the floor at the Auditorio article, something that gets repeated just about every year until they build a new Auditorio and don’t let anyone but AAA TV run in that building.

There are a few serious crimes that get mentioned. The most serious are the murders of Espanto I & Misterio Negro II in Monterrey, a shocking enough story that it makes Espanto’s hometown paper. Both are shot in a bar by the owner. The police note it happened so suddenly that they didn’t have time to defend themselves.

Karloff Lagarde misses shows with a spine injury in 1961, though there’s no lineup ever mentioned. Lucha libre from Guadalajara airs on TV at times during this decade. Santo wrestles a few shows during this time but also shows up on a variety show at the end of the decade.

At this point, I only have to do the 1950s (where there seems to be more), and probably not a lot in the 1930s & 1940s to be done with this part forever.

LA Parks defeat Munozs in IWRG, Kraneo/Rush in Puebla, Aro Lucha

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/17/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Avisman b Atomic Star
2) Black Dragón & Zatura b Demonio Infernal & Hijo Del Mosco X-Fly
3) El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno, Golpeador b Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Olímpico, Mano Negra Jr.
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Guardia, Oficial, Xibalba and Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mega, Omega
Hijo de Canis Lupus filled in for Super Mega.
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Maniacop b Internacional Pantera, Star Boy, Veneno
6) El Fantasma, Mano Negra, Olímpico DQ Coco Rojo, Enterrador 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Mano Negra, Olímpico y el Fantasma vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr, Coco Rojo y el Enterrador 2000 (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Mascara 2000 Jr. replaced Scorpio Jr. and fouled Mano Negra. Mano Negra was honored on this show.
7) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Dragón Lee & Rush L.A.  PARK  SU HIJO RUSH Y DRAGÓN LEE FESTEJARON EL DIA DEL PADRE DÁNDOSE EN LA MADRE LITERALMENTE (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) Rush y Dragón Lee vs L.A Park e Hijo de L.A Park en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
A street fight of a match, with mask ripping and blood. Munoz got visual pins with the referee out, then got cradled for the win while arguing with the referee.

Main event was said to be pretty good. Regular guys lost to the guys back in for one night a lot, but it’s IWRG.

Do you remember last year, when Fantasma had a scary heart issue and nearly died and was said to be retired from wrestling forever? This isn’t the first match he’s had this year. It’s weird if not entirely unexpected that he’s wrestling.

Aro Lucha (SUN) 06/17/2018 Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville, Tennessee [PWInsider]
1) Trey Miguel b Nate WingsMyron Reed
2) Austin Theory b Séptimo Dragón
3) Arez b Gringo LocoLow Rider
4) Demus & Kylie Rae b Máscarita Divina & Thunder Rosa Facebook video (posted by )
5) Jack Edwards b ACHDarby AllinPuma King
(Jack Edwards is Jack Evans.)
6) Fénix, Rey Mysterio Jr., Sammy Guevara b Black Taurus, Shane Strickland, Willie Mack

Turnout seemed pretty well for this show. They did a lot of local promotion, including a fan fest earlier in the day with Mexico’s World Cup game playing. Top 3 matches were all noted to be good in that recap. It’s possible they may turn up thru Aro Lucha’s social media, but this seemed presented simply as a house show. No next date was announced.

Draztick Boy was advertised and miss the show, but everyone else was there. PW Insider says Aro Lucha ran the show to sell the concept to potential sponsors. Those probably included Modelo, who’s logo was plastered around the building. Modelo is also sponsoring this season of Lucha Underground.

Rush moves from LA Park back to his previous feud against Kraneo tonight in Arena Puebla. Kraneo pulled the upset in the blowoff to this issue back in April. It probably should go Rush’s this way now since he’s facing LA Park next, though the result of an Arena Puebla show probably won’t make much of a difference.

The main event has Flyer, Soberano and Volador against Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero and Titan, which should set up Titan/Soberano for the national welterweight championship next week. Mascara 2000, Universo 2000 and Okumura take on Esfinge, Fuego and Stigma in an odd mix of the fourth match. Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit take on Amapola & La Seductora. Acero, Astro, Asturiano and Stigma face Joker, Pequeno Universo 2000, Pierrothito, and Sauron in a minis/locals atomicos. That might set up a quick apuesta match. Black Tiger & Meyer take on Guerrero Espacial and another wrestler in the opener.

The show will start at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

CMLL says their next big show is the 07/13 Atlantis tribute show. They ended the Sunday show by reminding the viewers that similar shows to honor Negro Casas & Blue Panther are coming this year. (They mentioned a Mascara 2000 one previously, might have slipped their mind.) I think they’re also running the Gran Prix at some point this summer as well.

After retaining the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship earlier tonight, Hiromu Takahashi suggested Dragon Lee as his next challenger. We know Dragon Lee will be in the area of NJPW’s Cow Palace show on 07/07 (he’s booked in the King of Indies the night before.) So is Titan, which normally would mean it’s more likely a Dragon Lee/Titan vs Hiromu/BUSHI tag match. However, what I didn’t remember is BUSHI is already scheduled in a match. So are the rest of Los Ingobernables. That sort of leaves it as having to be Dragon Lee/Hiromu.

San Diego is declaring tomorrow (6/19) Rey Mysterio Jr. day.

AXS announced they’ll start broadcasting WOW (Women of Wrestling) events in September 2019. This is (barely) relevant because MGM owns part of WOW, and also owns part of Lucha Underground. Perhaps owning two TV wrestling shows will allow them to pool resources if you’re optimistic, perhaps they’ll decide to only own one wrestling promotion if you’re pessimistic. September 2019 is a long way away either way.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 06/23/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Cholo, Grako, Inquisidor
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

No sign of Hechicero & Mascara 2000 so maybe we’ll have to wait for the next Pura Raza show for that match. Semimain might be setting up a trios title match and probably will be pretty good.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-06-12 

Guerreros making Angel de Oro’s life miserable

Recapped: 06/14/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(12:01 [4:45, 3:40, 3:36], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel beat Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Robin
(16:06 [6:10, 3:51, 6:05], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus beat Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma  
(12:04 [5:40, 3:50, 2:34], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone went to a draw with Audaz in a lightning match
(10:00, time limit draw, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Shocker, Templario beat Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
(14:04 [4:09, 2:59, 6:56], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Rush  
(9:26 [3:06, 6:20], 1/2, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Raziel makes Tirantes miserable

Rey Bucanero jumped Atlantis. Rush decided to watch from the outside as his partners got beat up. The rudos eventually dragged him in for him to get beat. Rush participated in the second fall like a normal técnico for the most part. When Bucanero reversed a ‘rana on Atlantis, Rush reached in the ring to help hold Atlantis down. That seemed more like Rush screwing around than a designed part of the finish. Bucanero challenged Atlantis to a title match next week. Atlantis wanted a mask vs hair match. Bucanero said no.

Misterioso took Oro’s mask after his match. He pointed at (guest commentator) Tiger too, who’s had a problem with Misterioso stealing his mask in the past.

Signo is a sub in the second match for Arkangel de la Muerte, who was later explained to have missed this match due to feeling ill. Arkangel passed away later this night from a heart attack.

Raziel and Tirantes have a reoccurring argument thru the first half of the match. I’m not even sure when it starts, maybe even as early as Tirantes saying something during an opening Raziel handshake spot with Tirantes. Whatever it is, Raziel keeps finding ways to walk over to Tirantes and have an angry word with him. This is highlighted by Raziel going for six straight pinfalls of Robin specifically to make Tirantes have to get up and down repeatedly.

Thoughts:

the landing could’ve been better but the setup is great

Los Guerreros are really enjoying finding ways to make Angel de Oro’s life miserable. Otherwise, the main event had about as use to me as it did Rush. He was laughing while half heatedly brawling with Gran Guerrero after something went wrong, and he seemed to be fooling around on the finish. Atlantis and Bucanero were involved with the finish despite not doing all that much. I am going to force myself to watch the title match without much hope.

Shocker doing middle rope elbow drops while Templario meanders around the ramp is not an ideal use of talent. Shocker was in for a lot of this match, while Templario did little of what makes him interesting out of his finish. Everyone else kept it relatively simple. The Panther/Hechicero mat exchange to start was fun, and there wasn’t much more on that level. Templario/Cometa would be fun if they ever did the lightning match.

The lightning match was the expected combination of fun moves between Drone & Audaz, and it was enough to outweigh not having an ending. That match itself could’ve used a better structure – Drone superkicking Audaz off the apron to set up his dive twice was silly – but Audaz does a lot of tricky stuff. The novelty of getting to see him in this environment, and see that he has plenty more he can do than he even could show in ten minutes, was a good sign. I think Drone could’ve done more than he did here too, and it felt like a pace to kill ten minutes rather than either guy trying to win. And yet this was still the match I liked the most from this show.

The Crash, Mascara 2000/Hechicero, Dalys/Sugehit

Mistico

CMLL (SAT) 06/16/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis, Grako, Inquisidor b Arkalis, Bengala, Leono
Arkalis Arena Coliseo debut.
2) Espanto Jr., Metálico, Yago b Príncipe Diamante, Retro, Sangre Imperial
Rudos took 1/3.
3) El Audaz, Stigma, Súper Astro b Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Virus
Arkangel was remembered after the match.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000 b Hechicero, Kawato San, Okumura
Mascara 2000 beat Hechiceor and challenged for a title match.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Titán b Cuatrero, Sansón, Soberano Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
a Rudo Titan beat Soberano again.

Post-match promos: Arkalis (happy to be in Arena Coliseo), Audaz (wants another singles match with Virus), Hechicero (wants to defend against Mascara 2000), Titan (wants a title match with Soberano, teases rudo turn).

Titan/Soberano still seems to be happening a week from Monday, and Hechicero/Mascara 2000 seems like an actual title match given how they hyped it here.

The Crash (SAT) 06/16/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [TJ Sports, Zona Ruda]
1) Búfalo Ayala & Rayo Star b Jonathan & Xperia
2) Brian Cage b David StarrHijo De Dos CarasJoey Janela
Cage & Joey Janela were moved down to replace Curt Stallion (?) and Mr. 450 (moved up)
3) Rey Horuz b Austin Theory
said to be a great match
4) ACH, Shane Strickland, Willie Mack b El Bandido, Flamita, Séptimo Dragón
Good match.
5) Mr. 450 & Matt Riddle b Daga & The King
Good match. Mr. 450 moved up to replace Adam Brooks (injury). Earlier, 450 challenged Mesias to a match to determine the best Puerto Rican wrestler of the moment. Daga challenged Riddle to a singles match on the next show. Fenix and Daga had some tension after the loss.
6) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Rush b Alberto el Patrón, Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr.
win via Rush foul on Alberto. Mysterio challenged Bestia to a mask vs hair match, which Bestia accepted.

Show seemed to draw well. Live reports were really strong on Horuz/Theory, who may have worked before in Mucha Lucha Atlanta.

The Crash posted video of a Fenix and Daga backstage argument, so this appears to be going anywhere (and isn’t just the regulars losing to guest wrestlers like usual.) Daga/Riddle seems on for the next show in the meantime. La Rebelion Amarilla are also doing a bit where they’re going to make Fenix, Penta and Rey pay for betraying their cause and going back to work with AAA.

Octagon, Blue Demon and WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne were among those advertised for the next The Crash show in July. Dunne is allowed to wrestle on his days off from WWE, as long as it’s not a promotion with a streaming service. Finally, The Crash’s lack of availability works in their favor in the most meaningless ways.

LUCHA MEMES, MDA (SAT) 06/16/2018 Polideportivo del Sur, Puebla, Puebla [+LuchaTV]
1) Fénix So & Siki Osama DQ Black Histeria & Prince Dark
2) King Rocker & Rey Samuray b Alas de Acero & Iron Kid (Estado de México)
3) Aramis (Estado de México) b Tony Iron
Tony Iron replaced Arkalis.
4) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Corsario Negro Jr. (Estado de México) & Drako (Estado de México)
5) Templario (CMLL) b Multifacético
6) Prayer DQ Mr. Niebla
Mr. Niebla replaced Blue Panther. Niebla fouled Prayer and faked a foul.

Sounds like the show was good. Footage from October Puebla show was released just this past week, which is the pattern here – this won’t turn up if/until about 24 hours for the next show (which means you’ll probably have forgotten it happened by then.)

CMLL (SUN) 06/17/2018 Arena México
1) Akuma & El Coyote b Astral & Eléctrico LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:11. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Gallito, Micro Ángel, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:02. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Marcela b EstrellitaMistiquePrincesa SugehitMalignaDalysReyna IsisMetálicaLa SeductoraAmapola [ciberneticoLUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
28:59. Amapola replaced La Guerrera this Monday. Rudas vs Tecnicas. Elimination order: Maligns (Metalica), Mistique (Seductora), Metalico (Estrellita), Estrellita (Amapola), Seductora (Marcela), Amapola (Sugehit), Reina Isis (Marcela), Marcela (Dalys), Dalys (Sugehit.) Sugehit asked for a title shot.
4) Blue Panther b Felino LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:37. Panther took falls 2/3. Both men wrestled with a mask on until they won with a fall.
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:43. Diamante Azul was originally listed, but replaced by Atlantis. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mistico & Rush b Cuatrero & Sansón LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:04. La Bestia del Ring & Cien Caras were seconds and got involved in the closing moments.

CMLL announced this as a streaming show an hour after before it happened. It was alright. You can see the women’s match got a lot of time and the rest of the show seemed like it was cut to get it closer to schedule. It was a good women’s match if way too long. The micro man wasn’t at the level of previous ones.

Post-match promos: Micro tecnicos (dedicated the win to their fathers), Princesa Sugehit (wants a title shot), Blue Panther (happy with his match), Dinamtias (want revenge) and The Munoz Family (happy with their win.)

Pentagon Jr. says he’s back in AAA to win a mask and take his career to an even higher level.

LuchaWorld has the lastest Lucha Report, including a recap of Friday’s post-match promos.

Atlantis said there will be an exhibition in his honor at the Metro Guerrero station in July.

KTEP has an audio story on Casandro.

Quick interviews with Arabe Jr. and Guerrero Mistico Jr.

Lineups

MDA, G21, Lucha Memes (FRI) 07/20/2018 Gym Municipal, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Zoom Driver vs Karisma
2) Virus vs Dr. Pólux Jr.Maremoto Jr.
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Angeluz Fly & Príncipe Otomí
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis (Estado de México), Demasiado, Iron Kid (Estado de México) vs Hijo Del Dr. Pólux Jr., Maravilla Strong, Maremoto Jr., Murciélago Plateado Jr.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Forastero (CMLL) & Sansón
6) Atlantis, Máscara Sagrada, Octagón vs Gallito Colorado, Súper Marioneta, Súper Payaso
7) Volador Jr. vs Súper Crazy

This is also a Super Astros show; I need to finish making the promotions bit working better.  The guys you may not know in the semimain are the local legends comparable to the guys on the left.

Nunchucks lead to Rush/Park singles match next week, Dragon Lee/Penta, busy weekend of shows

the real story is LA Park is 52 going on 12, and so he must play with any nunchucks he finds (also Rush tosses the nunchucks comically high in the air)

CMLL (FRI) 06/15/2018 Arena México [ESTOEstrellas del RingLucha CentralOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:47. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther b Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:26. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Felino, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:49. Tecnicos (Guantos Style? Oneatos Style?) took 2/3.
4) Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:02. Tecnicos took 2/3. Arkangel was honored before the match (and the moment included many people who weren’t booked on the show.) Mephisto wore an Arkangek mask and outfit. He took the loss to Valiente.
5) Carístico b Dragón Lee [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:12. Dragon Lee submitted La Caristica.
6) Cibernético, Rush, Terrible DQ LA Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:49. Rush faked a foul to draw the DQ in the first fall from Edgar. Rambo ordered Edgar out of the match and put Tirantes in. Rush ran Park into Tirantes in the second fall. Comandante passed Rush nunchucks (???), Park took them out and twirled the nunchucks around, and Tirantes spotted it to call a second DQ. Park screamed for a match with Rush (super libre + mask/hair) and Rush agreed to a match next week, saying he wants blood.

CMLL promos: Mercurio (wants a title shot) OneAtos Styles (want more challenges) Mephisto (talks about Arkangel), Caristico (talks about Dragon Lee), Cibernetico  (his return to CMLL) La Familia Real. The general media interviews included Cibernetico (teased Kaoz, the faction he has with Zorro, Manson and Mesias, coming to Arena Mexico), LA Park (wants to yell loud enough for Paco Alonso to hear he wants the mask/hair match), Rush (just wants blood), Mephisto (talks about Arkangel)

CMLL also posted the Arkangel de la Muerte remembrance.

This was another overall enjoyable Friday show. The main event was better than the last couple of weeks for being all over the place. Caristico & Dragon Lee is worth ten minutes.

Penta Zero el M was mentioned on commentary when talking about Rey Fenix. Dragon Lee posted another video teasing the match in a conversation with Fenix. Dragon Lee told Grafico he’d like to have a singles match with Rey Fenix. Rey Fenix told the press he’d like to team with Penta against Dragon Lee & Rush. I think that’s where they’d like to ultimately head with this, Penta & Fenix teaming in a special 2v2 match in Arena Mexico. We’re still week to week on anything happening.

It’s not happening next Friday because Penta is booked in California. I believe Penta booked in other places the next couple of weeks and I know Dragon Lee is busy. He’s got the NJPW Daytona show on the 29th (teaming with Taguchi versus Sho & Yo), and then out to California for the King of the Indies on July 6th. Penta will make it to Arena Mexico eventually, it’s just not happening right away.

(Also: is Dragon Lee the only one in CMLL – maybe the only one in Mexico? – doing short videos to hype upcoming matches like this? Everyone else can’t be letting him be fair ahead of the game at the wrestling AND the non-wrestling, that’s just unfair.)

That Faby Apache/Lacey Lane match at the Martinez show last night went old school: the two champions ended in a (15 minute) draw.

This weekend has a fair bit of shows of some importance

  • The Crash has slipped from attention with AAA bringing many of their wrestlers aboard. They still have a pretty loaded show Saturday night in Tijuana. The main event is an all-star lineup Alberto, Rey and Penta against Garza, Bestia, and Rush. It should be enough to fill the building on its own. Daga & Fenix take on Adam Brooks someone & Matt Riddle in the semimain. The card is full of more US indie names.The Crash seems to have endorsed the VideosLuchas3000 YouTube channel as its official bootlegger. There probably will be other versions as well.
  • Atlantis, Stuka Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. have the second match of their two-day tour in Dallas tonight. They challenge The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia) for the ROH Trios championship. Team CMLL has a better chance of anyone reading this of becoming the champions tonight, but not a much better chance. They’re a guest team who might not be back in ROH, and the last ROH TV taping hinted Ultimo Guerrero + friends are challenging The Kingdom soon, maybe even on the next ROH PPV.

    Last night’s Team CMLL match against So Cal Uncensored was said to be a good match. They can probably work out the same here. Tonight’ show will stream live on ROH’s ROHWorld service at 7 pm.

  • Lucha Memes & MDA make their annual return to Puebla, with a lot of locals getting the sort of chances against Mexico City wrestlers they don’t get on Arena Puebla shows. Prayer, who had a big match with Virus last year, faces Blue Panther this time around. ex-Mini Multifacetico faces Templario. Arkalis is supposed to face Aramis, but Arkalis is also listed as working in Arena Coliseo that night. I’d be shocked if he picked Memes over a chance in CMLL.As always with Lucha Memes, we have no idea if anything will turn up or when it’ll turn up. Puebla shows are unlikely to be fan-camed in a complete fashion, so you’ll have to wait until +LuchaTV puts it up. That usually happens around the time of the next show important show in the market – they put up highlights of the last Puebla show Friday night.
  • LuchaMemes, MDA, and Lucha Libre Boom are in Arena Lopez Mateos the next day. The main event sees Octagon & son against Penta & Ultimo Gladiador in a clash of styles. The Ricky Marvin indie tour continues on with his first ever singles match against Daga. Mesias is a surprising inclusion in a Solar vs Negro Navarro & Satanico match.This show being in Arena Lopez Mateos means there will be five different versions of these matches up on YouTube in the next week. Most of them will be weirdly and confusingly edited. It’ll also appear in some form on the +Lucha channel.
  • Aro Lucha pops up for the first time in four months with a show in its home base of the Nashville Fairgrounds. This was originally scheduled as the start of Season 1 tapings for their TV show (and is still listed that way on their WeFunder page – up to $112K) but has said to be just a live event. Rey Mysterio Jr. is booked, so much hunch is they had already paid for this Mysterio date, the official tapings aren’t ready to go, and they decided to just run a live event since they had Rey. The main event has been announced as Willie Mack, Black Taurus, Shane Strickland vs Rey Mysterio, Fenix and Sammy Guevera. Plenty of other people have been announced. What we’re really looking for here is any sign there’s movement a greater plan. This promotion hasn’t done anything but cancel shows and announce they were looking for money in the last few months. Running any show is a nice change of pace but one show on its own isn’t a solution.Even though this is not an official taping, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was still recorded at some level – it’s useful footage to sell investors and TV people on the product, and to put out on social media. Some matches from their February events (the last time they ran) were put on YouTube, so it’s possible a match or two will eventually slip out.
  • IWRG has it’s annual Festival de las Mascaras show on Sunday. That show is usually centered around older and near retired luchadors coming back in the original masked characters for one night a year. This year, it’s that and it is also LA Park & Rush fighting while Hijo de LA Park & Dragon Lee stand nearby. It’s been very obvious CMLL has told Park & Rush to reign it in after the first suitcase busting match. It doesn’t appear anyone in IWRG has ever been told to hold back in a brawl. That beer bottle cooler is going to be raided. The one concern here is Rush is also booked in the main event of the CMLL Father’s Day show, so the IWRG show will probably go long and Rush might not be totally into it.It’s Rush & Park, so I expect the half of the people who don’t go to Arena Lopez Mateos to go to Arena Naucalpan. It’ll also air on IWRG’s YouTube channel/+LuchaTV and I may be able to get a copy from AYM if that feed works.
  • CMLL does have that Father’s Day show. Non-Friday CMLL shows have been pretty consistently boring of late, so even though this one should be better than usual, I don’t get the sense anyone cares about it airing. It probably won’t. It is a bit weird CMLL has one day of the week hot and most every other day of the week very cold.

AAA announced Jeff Jarrett will be part of their 07/13 Queretaro taping, the next one to take place. The full card will be announced on Monday.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/22/2018 Arena México
1) Robin & Súper Astro Jr. vs Akuma & Yago
2) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero
5) El Hijo de L.A. Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) L.A. Park vs Rush

The main event is billed as “what the fans asked for”. I think the fans asked for a no rules match. We’ll see. Semi main should give Fenix (& Volador) more to do. Nice to see the young guys in the opener.

The Panther is still listed as The Panther on the poster, but was referred to as Black Panther last night. Who knows.