Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Blue Panther Jr., Titán, Tritón (11:02 [5:03, 2:07, 3:52], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero (9:35 [1:59, 2:32, 5:04], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Último Guerrero and Stuka feuding all main event. Stuka pinned Guerrero to set up a title match next week.
The semimain was the usual match with the guys involved. Titan taking out of everyone n the apron and getting dizzy on the Titanics is fun but I think I’ve seen it a lot of time. Triton might accidentally be getting elevated to team with his old partner, though it’s probably more a Tuesday numbers thing. The rudos were fine.
Polvora/Sagrado was a mixed bag. The chop exchange was good and the dive parts were fun, but other moments were sloppy. Sagrado’s sling blade looked messed up, the his missed springboard moonsualt didn’t actually seem to miss. This one had more energy than usual for these rudo battles without either either guy giving up their role, but it was still a little ways from good for me.
The women’s match is Zeuxis’ last CMLL Arena Mexico for now. She seemed to fade out in this one, not really getting in much of note outside of her corner knees. She did have some last few good exchanges with Sugehit. The match was pretty decent with the Princesa in it and not so much with the other two. Maligna is tentative for someone who’d been wrestling for a long time before coming to CMLL.
CMLL is not going to give Sangre Imperial & Espíritu Negro a feud, not any time soon. Life gave them a reason to feud – this is Espíritu Negro’s Arena Mexico return from getting his face broken by Sangre Imperial six months ago – and they decided to just pass. Espíritu mostly worked with Retro, they had a basic match, and they passed on a chance to make people to care about them. Retro’s suplexes in this one are the best things he’s done yet, but the highlights are enough for this one.
IWRG (WED) 05/23/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Atomic Star b Chicanito
2) Mexica b Demonio Infernal Seems like an upset.
3) Lunatic Xtreme & Toto b Ángel Estrella Jr. & Death Metal
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Golden Magic Mariachi Locos reunite with a win.
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Leo, Mike, Teelo Oficials took 1/3, the last when Teelo fouled Mike & Leo and allied with the Oficials.
Teelo is a cop! This is disturbing and tragic news.
LA Park returns to action tonight to Arena Mexico. It’s his first Arena Mexico match since he and Rush went threw around metal trash crash two years ago, which seemed to be part (though not all) of the reason ELITE was gone from the building soon after. It’s his first CMLL match since 2015, where LA Park’s post match promo got him kicked out of AAA. He’s potentially got a lot of money riding on coloring in between CMLL’s lines, and CMLL seems to be allowing Park more freedom than they normally allow people. It’s LA Park, so him still finding a way to get in trouble is still very possible.
One way he can earn another get of jail free card is if this show actually draws. CMLL isn’t cracking the magically (?) 10K barrier outside of big shows and apuesta matches (and sometimes not even then). Lots of fans have told Rush & LA Park on social media for the last two years that they really want to see this match in Arena Mexico. If those fans turn out today and it’s a significantly bigger crowd than usual, then it’s gives LA Park a little more solid footing. If the show draws about as much as usual, then there are any critics of LA Park inside CMLL who could argue he’s not worth a hassle. A singles apuesta match is going to draw big no matter how the lead up does, but it’s a bigger boon for CMLL if that lead up does well too.
Tonight’s not the singles match though. It’s LA Park, Volador Jr. & Flyer taking on Rush, Terrible and La Bestia del Ring. This fits in as a brawl, which doesn’t quite fit the best moment for Flyer to get a main event. He might have actually been better in the semimain. Instead, Hijo de LA Park is that position, teaming with Angel de Oro & Soberano Jr. against NGD in what should be a more normal CMLL match. Peste Negra (Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Mr. Niebla) take on Niebla Roja, Titan and Valiente in the third.
The lightning match tonight is Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Cometa in a first time ever singles match. Audaz makes a appearance in the segunda, with Fuego & Drone against Kawato, Puma & Tiger. Oro Jr. & Robin take on Cancerbero & Raizel in the opener. That’s the weakest looking match on the show, and it still might be good. This should be a pretty good show in front of a hot CMLL crowd, and looks well worth watching live.
Ultimo Dragon cards usually have a lineup but don’t really promote it much. It might show in Box Y Lucha or on their Facebook page. For this year’s DragonMania, all we have is the advertising poster, but not any lineup. There is one known match now: Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, and Euforia will take on Atlantis, Volador Jr. and Diamante. This comes from a Diamante interview, who mentions this will be his first match in Arena Mexico since leaving CMLL five years ago. I would’ve thought he’d been back with ELITE at some point, but it looks like he was right. He’s back now because this show now has connections with All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he and Caristico and Sam Adonis worked last year. Diamante says he’ll have a new look for the show. CMLL might own his current look.
Leo Riano’s column says Zeuxis will eventually be back in CMLL because it’s too tough to get work without being on TV. If Zeuxis’ career was reliant on TV, she was already doomed. She’s only been on the main TV 3 times this year, and the main TV show airs on a station most people in Mexico don’t know exists.
LuchaWorld has the latest news update, which notes Zeuxis is actually debuting as an indie on Sunday for Generaction XXI in Morelia. There’s also a recap of the a recent Brazo de Plata interview.
CMLL (TUE) 05/29/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Pólvora
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
Fuego vs Virus isn’t a same side lightning match. Starman back for the first time in three months.
Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
(15:34 [7:15, 4:03, 4:16], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(8:51 [4:30, 4:21], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Rojabeat Cuatrero, Mephisto, Sansón (16:34 [5:29, 5:02, 6:03], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Terrible again sided with Rush over his teammates in this no-stakes match, fouling Kraneo to end the match. Rush unmasked Kraneo and teased a match next with him & Terrible vs Kraneo & Bucanero next week. That didn’t exactly happen.
The main event began with Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja unmasking, then Mistico trying to do the same thing before Niebla Roja stopped him. That’s exactly the mood they were in for this one, having some fun and also doing some wrestling. This was the usual post-singles match trios main event, only with no singles match and a bit more time. The crowd seemed to be having fun with all the posing. The work wasn’t great, and it’s nothing you need to go back to at this date. Mistico was in Korakeun Hall trios match here, easy enough to get a reaction that he should still stay over after his athletic prime. This match didn’t use up much of that athletic prime.
I wanted to write about at least two matches, and there wasn’t a second appealing match on this show. There was barely one appealing match on the show. I thought the opener might be worth a shot, and would be more interesting than watching the women’s match. This was a mistake. The danger in being so far behind this is you forget you’ve read things, like how this opener went near 20 minutes without accomplishing much. Action picked up a little at the end of the third fall but I was long tuned out by then. This is an “OK” match that got rated that way just to not give it a second thought.
If you were hoping to marathon thru Lucha Underground Season 3 on Netflix before the Season 4 premiere on June 13, it looks like you’re going to be out of luck. Lists of what will be added to Netflix in June are up and the only wrestling content to be found is Season 2 of GLOW. The original stated plan was first to have Season 3 up by the time taping started on Season 4, then later just before it aired. Timelines are not something LU is great at meeting.
The Netflix deal was mentioned as being for the first two seasons, with an option to pick up the third season if both sides were happy. It never seemed like the LU side was totally happy with what they were being offered for those first two season and were hoping for an increase on Season 3. Perhaps that hasn’t come and LU is looking elsewhere. Many other El Rey shows have turned up on Verizon’s Go90 app, though it’s hard to believe they’d be offering that much more than Netflix. It could be that LU’s parent companies are talking with lots of people and we just won’t know anything about it until there’s announcement out of the blue. Still, if you’re holding out to see season 3 on demand, you might have to break down and buy the Amazon or iTunes season pass.
Outside the moment where the trailer came and was analyzed, it’s been a quiet build to season 4. Maybe they’ll start promoting it more once June starts. Not exactly holding my breath on that though.
KDNA, the local promoter for Verano de Escandalo, is now offering a pair of the cheapest seats for 150. They’d be 200 on their own. It’s not a steep discount and all the ticket prices are unchanged, but it suggests they’ve moving a little slower than usual.
CMLL (TUE) 05/29/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Pantera Blanca Jr. vs Carlo Roggi, Maléfico, Mr. Apolo
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Metálica
3) Audaz, Star Black, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel
4) Diamante Azul, Esfinge, Soberano Jr. vs Furia Roja, Mephisto, Okumura
5) Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero vs Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Rush
Cavernario and his title match with Soberano seems to be missing. Furia Roja is in a match higher position than usual, but the Panteras being on this card throws everything off.
Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 06/09/2018Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Danger, Loquillo, Sádico, Yoruba
2) Axel Lee, Kempo, Sirius, Venus vs Black Star, Pequeño Aéreo, Príncipe Azul, Torito Negro
3) Látigo vs Arez
4) Zeuxis vs Keyra vs Lady Flammer
5) Centvrión & Fly Star vs Metaleón & Toxin
6) El Bandido vs Steve Pain
7) Golden Boy & Símbolo (Monterrey) vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
The Mexa Wrestling cards this year have been interesting, and there’s always a half dozen people taping them. Steve Pain is in Mexico now and showing up on cards like this. A match with Bandido is promising. The women’s match is Zeuxis’ first known post-CMLL match and should be good. So should Latigo/Arez and the fifth match.
LLB MDA BOOM (SUN) 06/17/2018Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Rocky Santana vs Terry 2000, Sepulturero, Robin Maravilla, Pequeño Yaqui, Sádico, Súper Chavo, Danny Boy, Judas el Traidor [Copa Retro Ídolos de la López Mateos]
2) Demasiado, Fandango, Óscar El Hermoso vs Divino, El Hijo Del Brazo De Platino, Ninja de Fuego
3) Emperador Azteca vs ?
4) Keyra & Zumbido vs Lady Maravilla & Steve Pain
5) Ricky Marvin vs Daga
6) El Mesías & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Satánico
7) Hijo De Octagon & Octagón vs Penta Zero M & Último Gladiador
Main event is the Octagons against a Pentagon Jr. & a former Parka Negra, though none of these people actually feuded. Mesias is an odd fit for maestros match. Marvin continues to get his showcase matches Daga.
This seems like a post-CMLL booking for Maravilla, who is still currently in CMLL. Zumbido doesn’t get many high profile bookings nowadays.
Wagner cleanly defeated Pagano. Lady Shani seconded Pagano for no particular reason (Wagner didn’t have a second), except it left her out there for Faby to attack after the match. Wagner left the ring to talk Faby down. It left the ring open for Murder Clown to attack Pagano. They meet on the next taping. Wagner got on the apron to get Murder Clown to back off, but left it to get his belt and Murder Clown resumed beating up Pagano.
Fantasma & Psycho Clown had minor problems during the match but were able to recover and had the match won. Kross broke up a pin, only to drop Hernandez himself. Fantasma & Psycho won moments later. Juventued Guerrera ran to the ring as the pin was happening, sneaking in after the match to shove Fantasma into Psycho to start a fight between them. Kross & Guerrera easily destroyed them afterwards. A man in a MAD mask, obviously Konnan but never named as such, watched the beatdown from the entrance area.
Poder del Norte jumped the OGT to start their match. They won the match clean. Super Fly needed a stretcher after taking a (worked) chair shot to the knee. Averno and Santana bled.
A vignette showed a confrontation between Aerostar & Drago and Rey Escorpión & Texano (who were hanging out with Poder del Norte). Drago said the rudos couldn’t have beat them without removing his mask. The rudos offered to fight them right now in a MMA cage, then locked Aerostar & Drago in the cage and left laughing. Samoano seconded Rey Escorpión and Texano, having apparently turned rudo offscreen. He interfered in the match, which ended with Escorpión unmasking Aerostar. Drago misted Escorpión after the match, though the cameras missed it. The rudos beat up all the ringside people.
Faby Apache attacked Hades after their team won. Ashley got taken out too. Lady Shani stared Faby Apache down.
Kross beat up everyone after the second match for no particular reason.
Dr. Wagner Jr. taking the crucifix powerbomb into the corner and the Air Raid Crash onto the chair were both shocking moments in the main event, because that’s about all he took in the main event. Wagner is getting by on a slower pace and with less action than the matches around him. It’s probably why his matches aren’t working for me, though they’re probably more tolerable in a neutral concept. Pagano wasn’t asked to do a lot but get beat up and did that fine enough. The match layout, where he never gets an all that close pinfall or kicks out of a big Wagner big move, didn’t do Pagano many favors. This being the third straight Wagner title match that wasn’t announced ahead of time and the second not to have a clear tecnico/rudo structure isn’t working for these matches either.
The semimain being OK was about all that could be expected given the set up and the story. It could’ve been a little shorter without problem, and maybe should’ve been as the seventh of eight matches on a long night. This was more about Fantasma & Psycho, and later Hernandez and Kross, not getting along then anything happened in this match. That usually caps how good the match is going to be. The end was a bit of nonsense too, with Kross breaking up a pin of Hernandez to just beat up Hernandez himself and serve him up for a pin ten seconds later. Fantamsa versus Psycho seemed to be a real issue for the first time in this TripleMania build, so it was effective as a concept even if the content itself wasn’t all interesting. No real progression to the MAD stuff hurt a bit; there was no sense in teasing new members on social media if they weren’t going to appear.
The PdN/OGT brawl was the best match they’ve had so far, and a great bit of set up to the hair match. It felt different more violent than anything else on the show. Even the cliched “everyone takes a turn doing a move” sequences came off like they were hitting each other very hard. The blood was effective too, especially since this was the only match that had it to this point. Poder del Norte didn’t just come off as the same level of the more experienced team, they were treated as if they were a little bit faster and little bit stronger, and OGT was going to be in real trouble in their hair match. This was totally effective.
The cheap finish to the Aerostar/Drago vs Texano/Escorpion match made it hard to rate it great for me, but I still found a lot to like about the match. Aerostar & Drago had a great run at the start and once again later in the match, they had a longer and more interesting end game than most, and they got the crowd more than the earlier matches. Samoano getting offense seemed forced in, but at least it gave someone for the técnicos to get revenge on post match. There’s probably a really strong final match between these teams possible, and they certainly teased the idea of one where the rudos couldn’t just pull a mask to win, but these two teams seemed headed into separate matches on upcoming lineups.
The Mascara/Maximo match was worked slightly harder than a house show match, mostly Maximo’s effort, but it’s nothing you need to see. Psicosis & Histeria aren’t going to be pushed into a high gear and La Mascara isn’t going to do a lot unless he’s around people who do push him. The Alvarados haven’t exactly lit the world on fire since coming in, and perhaps it’s best to keep them to the side with others who seem just to being used due to obligation than involving them in the major stuff at the moment.
The women’s match was probably the second best AAA women’s match of the year. I might be forgetting something, and that might not be setting the bar high enough: it would’ve been a one of the best match in that stretch of March tapings, it was better than the Rey de Reyes Shani/Faby match and the division would be a positive if all the matches were at this level. Ashley didn’t have the problems she’s had in other matches, getting thru her offense without issue. Hades is a big improvement on Estrella Divina and everyone else they’ve been using in these matches. Faby & Shani had good chemistry this time thru, though the heat between them needs to be turned up a bit. This didn’t have the caliber of action of the previous two matches but it had a good pace and they saved the best stuff for the end.
Vikingo overshadowed everything everyone with a couple incredible spots in the segunda. At some point, he and someone are going to put it together for an amazing match. Parka Negra is the find of the year, working as a great cruiserweight base. The gimmick is so dead (and AAA’s got so many other priorities) that he’ll probably never get pushed. He still should get some stronger role. Halcón 78 had a surprising amount of tag team spots with Parka Negra. It’s unclear if they had been training together somewhere, or if the openers were more laid out in advance than usual, but Halcón seemed OK with what he was asked to do – nearly a rudo version of Argenis.
The opener was outstanding. Maybe the Tijuana opener was a bit more insane, but it was a crazy amazing match by any other standard. It was at least a slightly more difficult one. The TJ guys have been working together for years (or forever) in that building. These guys have worked on an off together but maybe never in this specific configuration and almost definitely not in Tehuacan. They’re also more prone to off nights. Not this night. Everything looked great and was nicely timed and built well with the most insane stuff at the end. Toxin’s a guy who’ve not liked on the indies because of his hit or miss nature, but he hit on everything here and it wasn’t easy. Astrolux flew around, sometimes of his own will, impressively. Aramis showed the promise we’ve seen of him in Coacalco and IWRG. Latigo was the great glue guy. He’s never going to get noticed because he’s small and he’s not flashy on his own, but I thought he was a huge different maker in this match working and was happy he got the win. There’s no great reason to believe this stuff is going to be followed up upon to a big success given AAA’s history, but it doesn’t really matter if they’re going to keep being this great in the openers – I’d prefer them not try to go anywhere with it and risk messing it up.
CMLL (TUE) 05/22/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Mágico & Tigre Blanco b El Chakal & Mr. Apolo
2) Espíritu Negro, Gran Kenut, Hijo del Signo b Astral, El Rielero, Eléctrico rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit Rudas took 2/3. Zeuxis’ final match in CMLL (at this moment)
4) Cavernario, Difunto, Gran Guerrero b El Alteño, Magnum, Soberano Jr. Magnum, Alteno and Difunto replaced Angel de Oro, Nieblra Roja & Mr. Niebla (all moved up). Rudos took 1/3, last with Cavernario beating Soberano probably setting up a title match.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja & Mr. Niebla replaced Diamante Azul, Volador and Rush (flight delayed). Rudos took 1/3.
Zorro’s KAOZ promotion had it’s debut show Sunday in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. The main event saw Ciberentico & Rush beat Bestia & Mesias after a foul and after the father & son didn’t really fight each other. Los Ingobernables (and later Mr. Iguana & Fresero Jr.) attacked Mesias, Ciberentico and Sharly Manson until Zorro (wearing a MAD shirt) made the save. Zorro formed a faction, el Kaos Klan, with those four guys. Next show date was not announced.
A fan on Twitter asked Vampiro when we’d find out about the other two luchadors in the TripleMania Poker de Ases cage match. Vampiro wrote back June 5th. That’s two days after Verano de Escandalo, so it’s possible something will set it up on that Monterrey show. It’s AAA & Vampiro so it’s not a certainty, but that’s about when you’d expect them start the ramp up for TripleMania.
Microman talked to Excelsior about his start in lucha libre. His father did not want him to become a wrestler because of his size, but Microman was able to convince him (and his two brothers) and his father ended up helping train him.
El Siglo de Torreon has a story about the history of the Palacio de los Deportes building in the city. The first building of that name was built by 1940s Cuban baseball player turned wrestler Giraldo Hierro Riera, who built it when he was recovering from an injury. Medico Asesino, Polo Torres, Joe Marin and el Verdugo are mentioned as starting there. Unfortunately, that building burned down. Hierro Riera took out a loan to build a new Palacio, but could not pay the loan back. The bank took the arena, and it’s bounced around since – it was called the Auditorio JFO for a time, it was a school for time, and it was a lucha only arena much of the time.
RIOT (SAT) 05/26/2018Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Mr. Iguana vs Erick Ortiz
2) Byron & Kaientai vs ? & ??
3) Caifan II vs Low Rider
4) Lady Flammer vs Chik Tormenta
5) Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks vs Kamikaze & Kratoz
6) Bandido (Indie) vs Último Ninja
Final full card. Bandido is working PWG on Friday and RIOT on Saturday, a totally normal circumstance.
CMLL (MON) 05/28/2018Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Millenium vs Espíritu Maligno & King Boxer
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Rey Samuray vs Fuerza Chicana, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II
3) Fuego, Pantera Blanca, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
6) Último Guerrero vs Terrible
Terrible going for the moonsault is going to be wild. Fourth match is a rematch, and means a possible trios title match on 06/04. Or maybe Mephisto defending his singles title. Or maybe nothing at all – Mephisto is booked for Guatemala on 06/03 and Luciferno is headed to Torreon that weekend, so maybe they don’t make it back by Monday.
The Panteras are back (for some reason.) King Boxer is probably meant to be King Roker.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible (6:22 [1:10, 1:47, 3:25], 2/3 DQ, ok, via thecubsfan)
Soberano & Cavernario feuded thru their match.
Hechicero kept the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship over Esfinge.
Rush fouled Valiente for pretty much no reason.
Hechicero/Esfinge was about as good as an Hechicero/Esfinge match. There was one badly blown spot, but that’s about what you expect with Esfinge. Hechicero got in most of his trademark spots, but his bigger skill was being there for Esfinge’s moves. He was smooth in the smaller moments and sold the big dives well. The match felt longer than I was expecting it go, though they never ran out of things to do. Hechciero has become a bit CMLL-ifed, focusing on a set of trademark spots instead of mixing it up, and I found myself wishing he brought a little bit more different stuff for a bigger match. Esfinge did about as much as Esfinge is going to do, and they reached the limit of that here.
The other two matches didn’t give much to write about. The opener was a standard build up trios matches for Soberano and Cavernario. Audaz working with Dragon Rojo wasn’t always smooth, but Audaz can do enough stuff with the ropes that he’s going to be fine no matter who he’s working with. The main event seemed edited down, but it’s not like Los Ingobernables matches are long. The foul came in the flow of the match but also just felt like a quick end.
CMLL (MON) 05/21/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger b King Roker, Policeman, Sombra Diabólika Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Arkalis, Magia Blanca, Rey Samuray b Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis, Sangre Azteca Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b El Malayo, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto NGD took 2/3. Mephisto unmasked Sanson for the DQ.
5) Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible Team Kraneo took 2/3, the last by DQ foul, setting up a UG/Terrible match.
Terrible/Ultimo Guerrero is not exactly the direction the main event seemed to be going last week, but it’s an interesting match. It’s also CMLL booking someone in no singles matches, then two singles matches in two days.
A DQ in the semimain as well might mean they’re also setting up a trios title match on 06/04. It’ll be a clear when the lineup turns up.
Ultimo Guerrero defends the NWA Middleweight Championship tonight in Arena Mexico. Ultimo Guerrero should be known for his long title reigns with many defenses. He defended the CMLL Light Heavyweight championship at least 32 times and the heavyweight at least 20 times, and had one tag title reign go 18 defenses. This is ‘only’ his 14th defense of the middleweight title. Long reigns means people challenging multiple times, and tonight’s Stuka’s second shot. Their last title match was two years to the day, because time is a circle in CMLL. I thought that match was good, but both men fall in to routines and you can probably guess how this one is going to go without seeing it.
The title match is the main event. The sure to be quick main event has Mistico, Caristico and Atlantis against the Hijos del Infierno. The entire Panther family take on Shocker, Hechicero, and Felino. Esfinge, Triton and Stigma face Okumura, Virus and Disturbio. There are two more opening matches, and neither looks good. It’s not a good card outside of the title match.
Zeuxis announced on Facebook that she was leaving CMLL and wrestling as an independent. CMLL has acknowledges Zeuxis leaving, saying the doors are open for her to return. She’ll be working CMLL dates thru June 4th and out on her own after. Her only remaining shows are tonight in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara and a show in Tabasco on the 3rd, though it’s possible she could still be around for one more week. Announcing it now allows her to start taking booking elsewhere, and Zeuxis makes a point of saying she’s interested in wrestling in USA and Japan in addition to Mexico. Zeuxis is technically the current CMLL-REINA International Championship, but the promotion is at least inactive and maybe dead, and the title hasn’t been mentioned in quite some time.
We talked about this situation on the podcast. Although Zeuxis won her mask match with Princesa Sugehit last year, it’s Sugehit who’s been pushed as the new star of the division coming out of the match. Zeuxis hasn’t been booked much, hasn’t gotten a feud, and hasn’t a notable singles match since. CMLL’s women division never being positioned as a drawing card is a bit of a unbreaking negative cycle: there’s no incentive to push people who are over long term or run angles to get people over because they’re going to be in the same spot, so they stay in the same spot because nothing changes and no one’s really that over. Zeuxis, like a lot of other luchadors, would probably like to be a big wrestling star, and a big WWE star if possible, and wrestling in never ending and never meaningful trios matches isn’t going to get anyone from point A to point B. Dalys is going to be women’s champion as long as she desires, CMLL didn’t seem to want to go back to the Zeuxis/Sugehit feud, and Marcela seems more likely to win a title than Zeuxis at this point. The Zeuxis/Sugehit feud was really good for both people and they did well in it, but CMLL can’t/won’t offer her more and so she’s got to get out if she wants to go up.
Zeuxis is probably going to be doing a lot of indies for the short term. She seems a logicial pickup for The Crash among others. I’d bet on seeing the Keyra/Zeuxis match once again, and Zeuxis finally getting to work in Puerto Rico. Zeuxis and AAA do not seem like a great fit at the moment; their focus is going to be on Faby/Shani and so Zeuxis would have the same issues there. WWE’s running another Mae Young Classic this summer and that’s probably the ultimate goal but I think generally trying to break in the US to make a name there is the plan.
06/02 ROH in New York
Titan vs Cody (Rhodes)
Ultimo Guerrero vs Dalton Castle (c) for the ROH Heavyweight Championship
These matches don’t seem to have been promoted yet; I just happened to check the lineup page for this show and found them on there. This is NOT a show that’ll stream live on their Honor Club service, but instead a TV taping that will air later on.
Ultimo Guerrero has a shot of winning the ROH title. The heavyweight championship is not really the drawing card for the promotion at the moment, so a short term reign for a guy who’s not known or around a lot isn’t going to hurt ROH. It would give them some added attention. Castle’s top challenger is Matt Taven, who’s got history with Guerrero and CMLL. They could easily spin it into a UG/Taven match next or a three way. Castle is banged up, enough that he missed his title defense against Taven last week. That could be an excuse for him losing the title and maybe a real reason to give him some time off. Guerrero doesn’t have a strong chance of winning by any means, but it’s a better shot than Titan has against Cody.
Dragon Lee is now 2-0 in the BOSJ tournament, following the grand tradition of CMLL luchadors of getting off to a hot start in a NJPW tournament and then not finishing so hot. Dragon Lee beat Taguchi today. Dragon Lee’s next match is Hiromu Takahashi early Friday morning, where both men will try to die. Should Dragon Lee live, he’s mentioned the other match he’s looking forward to is the one against El Desperado on the final show of the tour.
I don’t know the reason. I do know CMLL filed for a US trademark of “MISTICO” on April 12th, after Heroes of Lucha Libre had filed for their own trademark on “MÍSTICO” two months earlier. CMLL filed for that trademark just about the same day they pulled Adonis from the Casas match, and neither he or Idol has been booked since and Mistico & Dragon Lee aren’t on the June HOLL show. Adonis seemed to be the connection between Mistico & Dragon Lee & HOLL, CMLL is sensitive over the ownership of the Mistico name after everything that’s happened with Caristico & WWE, and it’s possible Adonis got the punishment for HOLL’s trademark (regardless if he was or was not had any responsibility for it), and Idol was cut loose because his only role was to fill out the trio they’re no longer running. I haven’t asked around, but the timing matches up. Adonis has mentioned a bunch of upcoming dates elsewhere in the world, and I’d suspect Idol would be looking for non-Mexico bookings too.
IWRG (WED) 05/23/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Chicanito vs Atomic Star
2) Mexica vs Demonio Infernal
3) Lunatic Xtreme & Toto vs Ángel Estrella Jr. & Death Metal
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Golden Magic vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
5) Leo, Mike, Teelo vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Golden Magic & Hijo del Diablo back here for the first time in a while.