CMLL Friday night canceled after earthquake, Bestia/Rey & Swann coming to The Crash, AAA TV in SLP

I wrote a book. I’ll probably forget to promote after this weekend so here’s one reminder.

CMLL canceled due to earthquake

Mexico suffered a 7.2 earthquake at 5:39 pm on Friday evening. The earthquake was centered in Oaxaca, which has some of the worst damage from last September’s earthquake. It was felt in Mexico City, though the damage does not seem to be as bad there as the September earthquake. The local government requires an inspect of large scale entertainment buildings like Arena Mexico after earthquakes, and could not complete it in time to open the doors for Friday’s Arena Mexico show at 7:30pm and the show was canceled. It was just a matter of hours; CMLL indicates the building was confirmed OK to use later that night.

CMLL had Saturday scheduled as an off day previous, with a boxing promotion using Arena Coliseo for the night. That, and CMLL’s Sunday show are expected to go on as normal. The card scheduled for last night in Arena Mexico will now take place this upcoming Friday (February 23rd). It’ll be the same lineup, with the incredible pairs final again scheduled. The 02/23 was scheduled to be the “normal” week in between CMLL’s Friday night tag team tournaments. They’ll now just directly follow each other.

CMLL says tickets for last night’s show can now be used for next week’s show. Refunds are also available at Arena Mexico and Ticketmaster.

No one else has announced any cancellations for this weekend and shows are expected to go on as usual.

The Crash in Tijuana

The Crash (FRI) 02/16/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [+LuchaTV, 126F, Lo Mejor de Lucha, The Crash]
1) Búfalo Ayala, Mirage, Último Maldito b Cardenal Jr., Rayo Star, Súper Caló Jr.
Mirage replaced Jonathan
2) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450 b Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy
Rebelion Amarilla won their ‘punishment’ match easily, and demanded tougher opponents. Penta, Fenix and Daga confronted them, with Penta challenging Garza to a mask hair match. Garza accepted – if the Red group wins a cage match. Masada was added to the Rebelion Roja.
3) Black Danger & Lacey Lane b Diosa Atenea & Douglas James and Danny Limelight & Lady Flammer
4) Willie Mack b Black TaurusHijo de Pirata MorganSharlie Rockstar [The Crash HEAVY, torneo]
as best anyone can tell, Willie Mack is the #1 contender to Rey Misterio’s championship
5) Daga & Masada (Texas) b Aeroboy & Violento Jack
Weapons match. Masada & Violento Jack made challenges for a one on one death match
6) CIMA, Extreme Tiger, Rey Horus b Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr., The King
Bestia challenged Rey to a title match afterwards for 03/17.

The title match is now official. Bestia getting the title shot after Willie Mack won a match to win a title show is odd itself. March 17th is interesting. Lucha Underground tapings were originally said to be three weeks. Everyone’s said five weeks of late. March 17th is the fourth week. Mysterio is no long on Lucha Underground. Bestia is – or at least was – Vampiro’s evil master in the LUS3 closing scenes. It seems highly unlikely Lucha Underground is going to work with The Crash to for days off. Announcing that match – and building towards Masada & Violento Jack – suggests The Crash knows they’re not going to do that cage match on that March show.

(Maybe Bestia asked out of his LU deal? Maybe it’ll be three weeks but they told the talent to take five weeks off in case anything went wrong. Maybe not everyone understands how long it will be and it won’t be clear until they all gather together in Los Angeles in a few days.)

I assume Masada was added to Rebelion Roja because the plan is a four on four cage match against Garza, Bestia, 450 and Taurus. It doesn’t make sense for Rey to work a cage match and Zorro’s gone from here, so it’s really was just down to Fenix, Penta and Daga. Maybe 5 on 5 if they include Black Danger and Ultimo Ninja, but Ninja doesn’t seem to be a regular in Tijuana. They’re very obviously much higher on Masada than anyone else.

Again, this was taped for TV. If/when these things air, they’ll be months behind what is actually going on this promotion and have lost value for that delay. It took me until the middle of February to release a 2017 book and I could tell how much that aged the content. It’s going to be the same way for these matches if they’re just sitting on someone’s hard drive.

Rich Swann to The Crash

The Crash announced Rich Swann for their WrestleCon show. 03/17 show. No match was announced. EDIT: I misread the easy to read poster; it really is the Tijuana show and not WrestleMania weekend, which makes a lot of this dumb text. I’m going to leave it up to own my dumbness.

It’s the first WrestleMania weekend booking Swann has been announced for since being released from WWE, though he has picked up other indie bookings. That release which came after Swann was charged with domestic violence. Those charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence, but Swann was never used again by WWE after those charges. This follows on The Crash using both Oraculo and MechaWolf/Mr. 450, both who were accused in separate domestic violence incidents. Neither has been charged, with police specifically saying no one would be charged in the 450 incident.

This is a cultural difference between Mexican & American wrestling in this moment. You can see it in this SuperLuchas article on Swann working The Crash, where they write it’s “unknown” why Swann got let go by the WWE because he was cleared. To me on the north side of the border, it’s fairly obvious Swann got let go because he was charged, and a strong accusation or a charge of domestic violence makes you toxic in 2018 US because of a long ugly history of not taking similar situations serious enough. Mexico is in a different place, where they’re not concerned in the same way, and so I’m sure The Crash doesn’t see any issue in using an immensely talented wrestler as soon as he became available. That would probably work out without incident if it was a for a Tijuana show, just as 450 and Oraculo have worked their shows without an incident. It’s more complicated when they’re running for a US audience.

I don’t know how people are going to feel about Rich Swann by the time of that show. I don’t know how to feel about it right now.

It’s unlikely The Crash is paying the full bill to fly in Rich Swann. At least one of the US promoters, and probably more than that, will be using Swann that weekend as well. The US people are just more aware of the mood and waited for someone like The Crash to take the bullet by putting Swann’s name out there and judging the reaction before making their own move.

Other News

In his column in Record, Leo Riano says the Domingo Elite shows will be back in “no more than a month.” He also says Blue Demon Jr. is working on an autobiography, and saying Diosa Quetzal was nervous in her debut but will definitely be better the next time. LuchaTV has an interview with Quetzal’s opponents Dalys & Zeuxis talking about how luchadoras need to prepare very hard to wrestle in Arena Mexico because it’s not easy. That match must’ve gone quite badly.

On the GCW last night in New Jersey, Ciclope set a leg on fire to hit Miedo Extremo with a Flaming Wizard for the win. Those two guys are giving it their all to make a name for themselves in the US. They’ve done in Mexico too, and I hope they don’t damage themselves in the process.

This weekend is flush with shows of note.

  • DTU runs Arena Neza on Saturday, with a once in a lifetime CIMA, Cobre & Moria vs Draztick Boy, Jimmy & Negro Casas main event. This show will also have the finals of DTU’s talent search contest, where one of ten young wrestlers will earn a free trip to Japan and a tryout match on a Dragon Gate show. Cobre, Moria and Jimmy being in the main event suggests them as the favorites.
  • Lucha Libre Boom runs Arena Lopez Mateos with the 90s movie team of Octagon, Mascara Sagrada and Atlantis against Canek, Fuerza Guerrera and Pirata Morgan. There’s also a NGD vs Rayman/Freelance/Mike Segura semimain. The last Lucha Memes show had a Lucha Libre Boom invasion moment, so maybe the reverse will happen here.
  • Arolucha is in Humble, Texas. The announced main event include recent former lead AAA rudo Johnny Hennigan teaming with Chavo Guerrero against Juventud Guerrera and current AAA lead rudo Blue Demon Junior. The show also has LAX’s Santana & Ortiz taking on Laredo Kid &  Sammy Guevera. Arolucha streamed their show on Facebook last night and may again tonight.
  • an unnamed promotion, who’s poster looks a lot like the BARACAL group from last year, runs tonight in Cancun with LA Park & Volador Jr. versus Mistico & Rush in a battle of families. Sam Adonis mentioned he’d been added to this show.
  • On Sunday, MDA returns to Arena Coliseo Monterrey for the first time after unveiling their MAD rudo group. MAD’s Kevin Kross & Zorro face Cibernetico & Rush in the main event, while Juventud makes the trip here to represent MAD against Extreme Tiger. There’s also a Ludark Shaitan versus Dulce Sexy match, with the implied concept Ludark is going to use some of her usual extreme tactics to mess up the former Sexy Star in the way she’s messed up people in the recent past.
    • The MDA promos leading up to this show include VHS effects and promos with background music and other ideas I’ve seen a little bit in US indie wrestling but never in Mexican wrestling. I would really like to know who’s the creative/production team behind these now – I always like to see people trying new things and someone’s definitely trying with this.
    • Cibernetico being booked here meant he was never going to be on the second ELITE show if it hadn’t been pulled. Which is peculiar.
  • Long time local legend Rocky Star will be honored at AAA spot show in Juarez on Sunday. The Juarez spot shows seem to set up matches for TV tapings here and there probably will be another Juarez TV taping in the next few months so the results matter.
  • FILLM at the ex-Salon Citlali has Octagon versus Fuerza Guerrera, if you want to punish yourself. Golden Magic versus Diamante and Gran Guerrero versus Fresero Jr.

ROH announced Soberano Jr., Ultimo Guerrero and Volador for their on 03/03 Anniversary show in New York. Matches TBA. That’s a Saturday show. ROH is moving towards streaming all their shows live but hasn’t officially launched their HonorClub service yet – this will be available at some price point.

+LuchaTV posted their interview with Cibernetico., as well as a new edition of Aqui esta el Lucha.

2018 is lucha libre watched Destino Negro versus MEGA Danger.

Eju TV has a feature on Fray Tormenta. Tormenta says Huracan Ramirez was the first one to find out he was an actual priest, when he called him for a wrestling booking on a Saturday and Tormenta said he couldn’t do it because he had a wedding booking.

El Sol de Leon writes about the first mask maker.

Lineups

Pura Raza (SAT) 03/03/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
AULL trainees
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
CMLL trainees
3) Sádico & Yoruba vs Audaz & Titán
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Jean Montañez & Pierre Montañez
5) Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis
6) Blue Panther vs Hechicero
7) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Full lineup for this promotion’s debut show. This lineup is in “too good to be true” territory, though there are behind the scenes indications that this was done with CMLL’s blessings and shouldn’t fall apart.

AAA TV (WED) 03/21/2018 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina
2) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka vs Joe Lider, Mr. Águila, Parka Negra
3) Aerostar, Drago, Hijo del Fantasma vs El Mesías, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Vampiro vs Blue Demon Jr., Dave The Clown, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) 1 vs 2345678 [Copa Perros del Mal]

Promociones Juniors put out their upcoming TV taping last night. This is two tapings after Rey de Reyes. There’s supposed to be a show in Cuernavaca in between – I wonder if that lineup is out or the date got changed. In theory, this will air April 28th & May 5th. In reality, things will probably change and I’m not sure if you need me calling out air dates in a world where everything is airing live.

That main event is simply listed as “eight star luchadors”. I’d assume it’s people from the undercard working twice, and probably something just for the live audience and Twitch.

This is the first we’ve seen of Pagano and Mesias this year, both returning from injuries. Many of the people we’d expect to be on Lucha Underground are back here, which either means AAA is going to be flying a lot of people between Los Angeles and San Luis Potosi or they expect the tapings to be done by this point. There’s no sign of any new people as mystery people on Rey de Reyes. Parka Negra being back on TV suggests they’re going with Angel Mortal Jr. as the fourth (? – Zorro, Dizzy, Ultimo Gladiador) version of that character going forward.

That semimain looks like one of the worst matches AAA could put together. Third match could be fun. Fourth match might be OK.

The 2017 Luchablog Abstract is now available

I wrote a book. You can get it via payhip. It’s available for the low, low price of “whatever you want to pay, even if that’s nothing at all.”

The 2017 Luchablog Abstract is a 80+ page year in review. There’s an essay about the year itself, about CMLL, about AAA, and about everything else. In between, there’s brief thoughts about anyone who had at least a couple of matches in AAA and CMLL. There’s also a similar section covering the important The Crash people and a few bonus entries.

If you’ve enjoyed what I write here or elsewhere on lucha libre, I believe you’ll like this as well. If you’re someone who reads this site often, you’ll get all of my thoughts on people in once place. If you’re a new to lucha libre or unfamiliar with it, it will give you some background on what different luchadors have done and what their future looks like. If you have at all a passing interest in lucha libre, I think you’ll find it worth a look.

And, it’s a free look. The price is set to $0.00 as a default. You’re under no obligation to pay anything for it. I encourage you to purchase it once for free, decide what it’s worth to you, and then buy it a second time for that price if that works for you.

To keep your expectations in check: this is a bare bones project from a person who has never done this before. There’s no photos or art, the cover is just text. it’s just a lot of words, though the words were actually professionally edited. I hope the words are interesting enough to make up for nothing else really existing.

Here are some answers to questions you may have:

Q: Did you just steal the Voices of Wrestling concept for a wrestling ebook?
A: Yes. Yes I did. At least half of them are aware of it, and this book wouldn’t have existed without their assistance.

Q: Who contributed to this book?
A: Just me. I had editing help, but all the profiles and essays are mine. It was a lot of work.

Q: Will this be available outside of Payhip? How about Amazon?
A: Probably not.

Q: What timespan does this book cover?
A: January 1 to December 31, 2017. Anything from the last six weeks, a period commonly known as “2018”, is not covered.

Q: Why is this out now? Does it feel out of date?
A: I could not commit to doing this project until January. It took about as long as I thought it would, it just took a lot of time. There are things which have changed in both promotions and for some of the wrestlers in the last six weeks, but that’s ok. My goal was to create something specifically connected to a specific time. I believe it’s still useful to get a sense of this past year.

Q: I really like this website or the luchawiki or the lucharobot or something else you do, can I just use this as a way to funnel money to you to say thanks irrespective the actual book?
A: Look. I’m not going to turn down free money. However, if I wanted to charge for those things, I would be finding a way to charge for this things. This is something else. Pay whatever you want for the book.

Q: What are your plans for any money you make off this book?
A: thought hard and came up with this list:

  1. a pizza
  2. one month of server costs
  3. ????graphic design????
  4. probably another pizza

Q: Will there be a 2018 version?
A: We’ll see. We’ll see.

Torneo Increible de Parejas final tonight, CIMA & Rey in the Crash, Rey de Reyes

tonight

CMLL wraps up the incredible pairs tournament tonight. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero face Rush & Terrible in Arena Mexico’s main event. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero are the top tecnico and top rudo in CMLL. Rush should be in one of those two roles, but hasn’t had the big important matches, strong storytelling, or good opponents of late to get there. He has all that tonight, including the story of his partner Terrible possibly joining Los Ingobernables.

This should be a pretty good match. It’s also a status quo versus actual change point – nothing much changes if Volador & Ultimo Guerrero win another tournament, and maybe something important happens if Rush & Terrible win. We’ve also seen the the Anniversario main event set up in this tournament in previous years. There’s all sorts of combinations of hair matches which could come out of this match if they’re interested in going in that direction.

The semimain points in the direction of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Angel de Oro & Cuatrero are in a trios with Dragon Lee, Mistico, Sanson and Forastero. That has the people to be a pretty good match. Mistico & Dragon Lee would be a team I’d like to see in the tag team tournament (and they could’ve just made Sanson & Forastero the NGD team if CMLL wanted to make sense.)

Atlantis, Caristico & Diamante Azul face Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Kraneo in the fourth match. Niebla Roja and Soberano Jr. meet in the lightning match; their only other singles match was a brief one in last year’s Universal tournament. Kawato teams with Puma & Tiger to face Triton, Stigma & Fuego in another promising match. Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito take on Mercurio & Pierrothito in the opener. The show will air on Facebook and should air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm, and then on YouTube later. If it’s region blocked on Claro, I probably will stream it again.

CMLL announced the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championships would be filled with another 16 team tag team tournament. There will be blocked on 02/24 & 03/09 and a final on 03/10. The champions are said to be vacant because Sanson & Cuatrero are focusing on the world tag team tournament instead. No teams have been announced.

This is the third tournament that will be happening over this same couple month of stretch, including tonight’s incredible pairs final and the soon to begin world tag team tournament. CMLL will have a six week stretch where they’re never more than eight days away from a tag team tournament match. It’s likely the Gran Alternativa tag team tournament is not far away either. It doesn’t just feel like a programming department low of ideas – though it definitely feels that way – but one incapable of taking a step back and realizing how insane it looks to be running all these tag team tournaments.

CMLL also announced that Templario will soon be getting a new look. He’s keeping the name, but that extra bit of attention suggests CMLL’s noticed he’s good and will be doing more with him.

There is no AAA show tonight, for the first Friday night in three weeks, but there is a The Crash show out in Tijuana. The main event is an all star one time only trios match with CIMA from IWRG (and I guess Dragon Gate) teaming with Extreme Tiger & Rey Horus against Penta, Fenix & Rey Mysterio. As far as I can find, this will be the first time CIMA & Rey Mysterio or Penta have ever been in the same ring together. CIMA and Fenix have had one match, a trios when AAA took the Reina de Reinas tournament to Japan in 2012.

The unlikely combination of Daga & Masada will take on usual parnters Aeroboy & Violento Jack in the semimain. Willie Mack, Black Taurus, Hijo del Pirata Morgan and Sharly Rockstar have a four way match for what’s listed as the The Crash Heavyweight Championship and may be a #1 contenders match. Either winner gets Rey Mistersio, or Rey’s given up the title – The Crash isn’t saying.  The rest of the show includes Rebelion Amarilla being forced to work in the second match as punishment for getting into it with fans last show. They face Arkangel Divino, Black Boy and Astrolux in a size difference.

Like all The Crash shows, nothing has been announced as far as being able to see the show. Sometimes there are +LuchaTV clips, often there’s handheld, probably 126F will have edited highlights up this weekend.

AroLucha is in Beaumont, Texas tonight. They’ve announced three matches. Today is a big day for bullet points:

  • James Storm vs MVP vs Low Ki
  • Hurricane (Hurracaine?) Helms & Mascarita Dorada vs Demus & Keyra
  • Juventud Guerrera, Blue Demon Jr., Maximo vs John Hennigan, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Taya

AroLucha also accidentally announced half of tomorrow’s show in Humble before deleting the tweet.

  • Hurricane Helms & Low Ki vs MVP & James Storm
  • LAX vs Sammy Guevara & Laredo Kid
  • Juventud Guerrera & Blue Demon Jr. vs John Hennigan & Chavo Guerrero Jr.

AAA luchadors gave out hugs at the DIF Estado de Mexico center, a place for children dealing with emotional abuse.

The new episode of Zona Ruda has Bengala as guest.

03/03 Pura Raza Productions at Arena Lopez Mateos has so far

That’s probably the full card or close to it, because it’s going to be tough to top Panther/Hechicero.

03/04 AAA Rey de Reyes in Puebla (and on Twitch) so far

That last match was announced yesterday at a press conference in Puebla. Maximo & Mascara could use some rivals, which might be where that mystery team comes in. That lineup suggests Blue Demon Jr. won’t be wrestling on the show, which is a bit of his surprise after his big return. He may get involved in some other way.

Nothing much to note as far as what Texano & Fantasma said at the press conference. AAA posted highlights of his match with Taiji Ishimori from last night’s Impact show.

03/11 Lucha Memes in Coacalco

03/24 Mexa Wrestling has an Aramis vs Toxin vs Fly Warrior vs Septimo Dragon vs Moria match where the winner gets a shot at the The Crash Cruiserweight championship (currently held by Fenix).

CultIcon has fifteen wishes for Lucha Underground Season 4.

Segunda Caida likes the newest Satanico/Hechicero match.

Profeta Jr. of Los Angeles’ FMLL talked about his title match this Sunday.

CMLL’s Asturiano is part of a prostate cancer awareness campaign.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Pólvora vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Mephisto, Okumura
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

This took a while to come out and looks like one of the easiest to skip CMLL shows of the year. This is a show where Metatron pops up in Mexico City for the first time in fourth months.

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

Tercera should be good.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 

Soberano over the top tornillo

Recapped: 01/29/2018

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Flyer & Robin
(12:14 [4:31, 3:52, 3:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel beat  Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. 
(17:13 [7:39, 3:46, 5:48], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus beat Audaz, Drone, Starman  
(13:08 [4:46, 2:44, 5:38], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat  Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:59 [5:00, 5:59], 1/2 DQ, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Terrible © beat Diamante Azul for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship
(13:14, Arena México, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Diamante Azul shoulder powerslam (3:21)

  2. Terrible dropkick (1:07)

  3. Terrible fujiwara armbar (8:46)

Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:29 [4:28, 2:28, 3:33], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened:

a little stiff but they’re making progress

This was the first post-FantasticaMania show. This is also the show up against Guerra de Titanes, which is why it’s showing up so late. (No one asked is another reason.)

NGD and the tecnicos started brawling before they got the ring. The focus was on Cuatrero and Angel de Oro, following the title change at FantasticaMania.

Virus had the ropes for the pin on Audaz.

Thoughts:

this is both difficult and a long way to go for an armdrag

The main event was the usual exhibition match when there’s nothing on the line. It came off stronger than usual. The FantasticaMania wrestlers, in this and other matches, looked sharper than usual after a trip. It seemed like they might have more off days with the travel back this time, and that might have helped – Dragon Lee & Volador just looked very on tonight. Atlantis looked better if not yet good, and I couldn’t believe he did the top. He almost didn’t make it. Dragon Lee’s chest still seems scuffed up from his chop fight with Gran Guerrero. Doing the Atlantis/UG gave this more of a direction than usual, and it was a fine for a Friday night main event.

Diamante Azul/Terrible easily overachieved exceptions. They found a few things Diamante Azul can do impressively, didn’t go too long, and Terrible carried the rest.

The crowd surprisingly got into the later stages of this match, which should be declared an obvious success. They mostly baked Terrible, which seemed to confuse Diamante Azul, but shouldn’t have been a total surprise since the Arena Mexico fans tend to support rudos who are talented and don’t get much to do. The middle rope press slam would’ve been really if Azul could’ve held it for a little longer. The finish was a cool idea that also didn’t come off completely right, but they got enough of it to totally thrill the fans. This was a good enough match to make both men look better coming out of it.

Diamante Azul slam

The NGD/Angels trios match seem to bring back some of the spirit from Japan. They were doing spots they had not been doing in Mexico before the tour (the assisted plancha to the floor, the Cuatrero/Angel de Oro chop exchange.) Stuka didn’t get to go to FantasticaMania, so he also got all his suplexing one guy on another spots out for the year. Angel de Oro losing a title but getting a feud with Cuatrero is a strong net positive if he’s going to go as hard as he did; he was a guy desperately in need of something to do and is getting it. Niebla Roja was moving pretty well for a guy who seemed to have leg problems in Tokyo. I couldn’t believe he did the flip onto his feet for a pose.

The tercera had good action all the way thru. Disturbio felt more in like he fit in this place than Starman, who seems to be getting a post-mask win elevation. Maybe it’s just FantasticaMania doing more to change my perception than silly cage matches. Virus continues to work with Audaz a lot. Audaz has a bunch of unique offense which makes him stick out and just comes off as guy with an extra level of athleticism. The downside is you kind of realize he’s not that taller than Virus.

not illegal

The segunda was a predictably rudo heavy match, with not much done to show off Eléctrico in his new role. These are just not the rudos to do that. They took most of the match and didn’t take the tecnico offense well. Star looked better than the other two, but no one looked great there.

The opener showed signs of what a good match might be with some of these guys – Flyer and Akuma are doing mini style double rotation headscissors – but was also boring and uneventful for large portions. The first fall was slow paced ad they never really recovered, to the point where the crowd was whistling at them in the third. Espanto Jr. was a bigger drain on the match I would’ve guessed. Like Hijo del Signo used to, Espanto Jr. has a great classic lucha libre mask that he keeps trying to reinvent, as if he trying to find the right look to get him over. The mask isn’t the issue.

lucha TV preview for weekend of February 16th, 2018

There’s only one show on Friday night. It’s so nice. CMLL Claro will have the final of the incredible pairs tournament, which will probably be pretty good. Niebla Roja & Soberano has a chance too. In usual CMLL form, it’s one of two Soberano lightning match this week, with another on Monday.

AAA posted their TV plans, so those are probably correct guesses.

CMLL hasn’t announced a Tuesday lineup yet.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-23 

look at how much the mat does not move

Recapped: 02/11/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
(12:29 [6:37, 2:32, 3:20], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely beat La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
(15:26 [8:19, 3:16, 3:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Stigma
(12:50 [5:21, 3:37, 3:52], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Pólvora, Shocker beat Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón
(16:24 [4:55, 3:10, 8:19], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto © beat Titán to keep the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(18:24, 1/3, excellent, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr.
(11:37 [2:46, 2:17, 6:34], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

 

Nothing except Mephisto keeping his title

Thoughts:

wrong way Cometa figures it out on the second try

Mephisto versus Titan is as good a title match which will happen in Arena Mexico all year. The Volador matches may be more spectacular, but titan brings more of an exciting rollercoaster to his matches. It’s not just the big moves, though there are absolutely big moves in this one. It’s the fast small moves, the submissions that might actually, the back and forth counters and escapes. Titan big title matches are full of drama that’s not just limited two-and-a-half counts. It starts off strong, with Mephisto surprisingly cutting off a normal opening fall sequence to Titan in a submission. It did feel like a fall blown thru because they don’t really want to do three falls, it felt like Mephisto made a smart move and forced the match to end early.

That also made Titan as the underdog for the rest of the match, both on the scoreboard and just from getting pummeled for the next half of the second fall, and rallying back from a deficit is where he excells. He’s also gotten really good at pulling the fans into his matches. The crowd was way into this match from the double dive spot on since it came so fast and spectacularly, but he still worked at rallying them as he was going for his (doomed) headscissors of the apron. It doesn’t feel forced, it feels like he desperately needs that support.

maybe the waving gave away his plan

I thought they went back and forth in interesting ways, not just relying on the big kickouts to get a reaction. It was smart to not just do the Super Devil’s Wings the first chance they had, because it made Mephisto actually connecting on it the second time feel even more sure as a match ender. Titan got something out of it even if he didn’t last much longer. I don’t think Mephisto added a lot besides doing his signature moves a few times and being in the right place, but that’s all he needed to do with Titan. This is an easy recommendation.

Titan is the coolest

 

The fourth match featured Rey Cometa looking the wrong way in a group pose and Shocker & Hechicero having a mid match rock/paper/scissors contest (both went scissors on the first try, Shocker won with paper over rock on the second), so it was not the most serious affair. It was pretty fun CMLL filler, with Triton capable of doing some incredible things. Hechicero set up Shocker’s spear to look great in the end. Cometa is full on committed to being a goofball at all moments – his wacky dance was one thing, but he also exited the ring by laying on the middle rope and falling over to the apron.

Triton is impossible

The tercera was better than usual. There were a few moments of awkward waiting but the pace was really good otherwise. All that teaming with the Panthers has taught Pegasso that the key to happiness is doing a lot of topes in a row, a lesson he tried to pass to his partners here. Magia Blanca suffered a lot in this match. He’s also as good or better than Universo Junior. Universo is greatly benefiting from his name and height at the moment.

the ramp is softer?

The women’s match had a hilarious bad ending to the second fall, where Metalica went up top for the flip senton only to find Tiffany had pulled Silueta too far away to do it and just decided to do nothing. Marcela is wearing gear with “CTFRM” on it and I don’t know what that means.

Tiffany pulls Silueta too far away, Metalica decides she can’t do her senton. The next minute is them arguing with each other and Edgar about who’s fault it was. At least they care!

The opener wasn’t far off the better Friday minis match, for better or worse. The crowd wasn’t much into it at first, but Stukita put on a good performance and Shockercito was trying.

sure!

Arena Coliseo Tag Team titles vacant, DTU Visoria

On Informa yesterday, Cuatrero & Sanson announced they’ve vacated the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship and are entering the CMLL World tag team tournament. It’s unclear why they would have to give up the other set of tag belts to challenge for this one, except CMLL wants to move those belts onto someone else without having the NGD lose. It is clear they’re still going to lose, since Cuatrero & Sanson are obviously not advancing to the final since it’s on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and Cuatrero is facing Angel de Oro in a mask match on that show.

It would take five seconds to say “if Cuatrero (or Angel de Oro) advance to the final, we’ll hold the tournament final on a different day”, but that apparently is too costly a five seconds for CMLL to spend on making sense.

CMLL’s press release on the situation makes it sound as if there will be a match for the vacant Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship, not a third tag team tournament. We can only hope.

The CMLL Teleformula show is being called “A Ras de Lona“. At least for the first couple weeks, it appear to be airing the same exact matches that CMLL is airing on Azteca USA.

AAA’s partner in Monterrey, KDNA, says they’re hosting a TV taping on March 25th. If that’s correct, that means AAA would be taping (and airing on Twitch) three times in eight days. They’d start with a Cuernavaca taping on Saturday, go to San Luis Potosi on Wednesday and end up in Monterrey. It would also suggest many matches will end up being Twitch exclusive, because be taping too much material to air unless they get a longer time slot.

AAA has a press conference today in Puebla with Fantasma & Texano to talk about their Rey de Reyes apuesta match. There’s a chance we could find more about that show’s lineup. They’d probably have announced it if not for the Rey de Reyes qualifying matches coming up and they may still.

The complete list of people under consideration for DTU’s Visoria contest, winner gets a trip to Dragon Gate for a tryout:

  1. Mini Flash (Veracruz)
  2. Cobre (DTU)
  3. Kevin Nerd (DTU)
  4. Lokillo (DTU)
  5. Jimmy (DTU)
  6. Rey Volador (Veracruz)
  7. Sadico (Tampico)
  8. Rey Gladiador (Pachuca)
  9. Adrenalina (Guadalajara)
  10. Vengador (Queretaro)
  11. Kastigador (Quetetaro)
  12. Moria (DTU)

The winner will be decided on Saturday’s Arena Neza show. I’m guessing Cobre. Whoever told “Rey Volador” to go with that name, be it himself or his trainer or his friends, is doing him a disservice by letting him use a generic name.

03/03 Pura Raza Productions at Arena Lopez Mateos has so far

The Montanez are said to be MMA fighters, so this is a mixed style match. I couldn’t find anything about them with a quick search and they didn’t turn up in Sherdog’s Fight Finder.

The Crash announced Penta 0M vs Austin Aries at WrestleCon on 04/06. The WON reported it’s unlikely Rey Misterio Jr. will be on this show – not because of a WWE deal, but because he’s currently scheduled in England the night before.

The Gladiatores has a fuller report on the Baja Callifornia awards. Black Danger vs Arkangel Divino on 01/21 won luchador of the year and Black Danger was awarded luchador of the year. It does seem like only those licensed thru or belonging to Baja Calfiornia were eligible, which probably reduces the amount of The Crash matches which could be picked.

+LuchaTV talks to Terrible about advancing to the tournament final.

LuchaWorld had the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Undergorund episode 3×31.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-01-22 

Centella Roja pescado arrmdrag

Recapped: 02/10/2018

Matches:

Hijo de Centella Roja & Meyer beat Policeman & Sombra Diabólika
(13:58 [6:41, 3:43, 3:34], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Perverso beat Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(16:31 [7:39, 5:04, 3:48], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola & Reyna Isis beat Lady Maravilla & Princesa Sugehit 
(16:06 [8:31, 2:43, 4:52], 2/,3 ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger beat Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón
(10:53 [3:41, 2:38, 4:34], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Titán beat Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis
(15:39 [5:34, 3:56, 6:09], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys beat Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente   in a relevos increíbles match
(10:33 [2:23, 2:39, 5:31], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing in storyline. In reality, Vangellys blows out his knee catching a Valiente dive about 30 seconds before the finish and will be out for most of the year.

Thoughts: 

Everything is going to come off more critical than usual in this one because I’m taking a different approach to the GIFs. Instead of GIF of interesting things I saw, maybe I can use them illustrate what I saw.

I was really in a mood to let things play on my TV instead while half paying attention than to either closely watch things or fast forward to the stuff that might be good. I did that with parts of the first two matches, and just don’t have much to say about them: Perverso is improving, kid Sombra Diabolica is better when papa Sombra Dibaolica isn’t involved, nothing involving a Puebla local really matters. I did this with the women’s match too, thinking maybe there was some hidden value. It wasn’t wretched, it was just slow and just lacked energy. Look at this GIF:

if Amapola hadn’t eventually decided to hit Marvalla, the match might still be going on today

That’s ten seconds of everyone just standing around lost. That shouldn’t be happening in a four person match with veterans. I’m not even sure who’s fault it was.

Isis has improved in some ways but she’s not going to be good until her timing drastically improves. Let’s watch Maravilla come to a screeching halt waiting for a plancha.

Maravilla runs for one step, then slowly walks, and she’s still waiting to get hit

Almost everyone does it to some extent. Triton waited to do his guillotine legdrop in the next fall until he was sure Luciferno was frozen in place, which made it totally awkward. Isis seems worse. Isis is no newbie at this point. She’s had the experience and hasn’t improved enough at that aspect.

The tercera built well, though was clumsily at times. Ephesto has trouble keeping up. My biggest problem with these match is I really dislike the Esfinge & Triton matching gear. It’s just way too busy to my eyes.

The action was generally fine in the semimain, but it didn’t coalesce into anything interesting. Hechicero’s ability to mesh with his teammates is normally one of his great strengths. He didn’t do that here, not really getting along with his partners more wild antics or playing the patriotic Mexico rudo who didn’t agree. He was just in his own match.

Adonis thinks he’s helping, and Hechicero just ignores him

If Johnny Idol ends up getting over in this new role, he ought to send Sam Adonis at least 5% of what he makes. Idol’s wrestling is still as iffy as ever. His missed superkick on Titan audibly deflated the crowd.

whiff

The personality switch wouldn’t have met as much if he was doing in isolation; he needs the evil foreigner character more than Adonis does now.

Most of the time, Kraneo’s hip smash only connects with the turnbuckle and not the head of the person in the corner. We would not know this if they shot it from the angle of attack. CMLL instead believes that shooting it from behind is better. (I think he actually got a little of Vangellys this time.)

This is up there with them choosing the angle that shows Dragon Lee kicking the turnbuckle every time.

Vangellys injury happens really fast and isn’t even that graphic. It’s occurs just in an instant – his left leg slips a bit and all of his and Valiente’s weight are on his right knee. Vangellys immediately knows he’s in trouble, and Bucanero and Valiente do their best to make sure doesn’t land Kraneo doesn’t land on him too.

he didn’t get folded up or a leg trapped, it just gave out

I guess it’s theoretically possible there were some big Vangellys plans which were scrubbed. More likely, since the finish was Terrible unmasking Caristico, there were two weeks of these matches just to fill time. It would’ve been nice had they figured out a more interesting to fill time, but being interesting isn’t the priority.

AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 

what in the world

Recapped: 1/25/2018

All matches were taped in Plaza de Toros Monumental, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on 12/16/2017 

Matches:

Faby Apache went to a double countout of the ring with Lady Shani © in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship match
(7:08, DCOR, ok, via luchalibreaaatv)

Dave The Clown & Mr. Águila beat La Parka & Pagano  
(12:32, Dave top rope splash Pagano, ok, via luchalibreaaatv)

Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria beat Monsther Clown & Murder Clown © and Histeria & Psicosis to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(8:35, Cuervo & Scoria pin Murder, good, luchalibreaaatv)

What happened:

a title change

La Secta won the tag team titles. They aren’t afforded a moment to celebrate, as the Clowns destroy the new champions. They also take out the referee when he tries to take the belts away from the Clowns.

Histeria wrestles the mask masked, which is really not a surprise at this point. The surprise turned out to be Histeria partially unmasking at some point, off screen after the match concludes while the Clowns are beating everyone up. You can see it’s off and even the front of his face if you look for him on the outside. He puts it back on before he leaves.

Dave kicks out of a Noa Noa Driver thru a chair, to Pagano’s surprise. Dave gives Pagano a horrendously poor piledriver and a top rope splash for the unlikely win.

Faby & Shani had the makings of a pretty good match with an inconclusive finish. I wouldn’t say it even necessarily ended early. They just kind of sped thru to get to the end match sort of offense before spilling outside for the countout. The hard back and forth right before that portion was pretty good, and they definitely did enough to think the rematch could be pretty good. Shani had one of the better outings, even if Faby was obviously leading/pulling Shani thru spots at time. Faby was subtly working ruda at time, though it didn’t like she could totally commit to it, and she sold the result like she was a wronged face by Tirantes bad decision, ignoring Shani at all. This was interesting if incomplete.

Pagano was awarded a sports award in Ciudad Juarez, possibly given to him before they realized he lost to Dave the Clown. Six different titles are mentioned to be on the line at Guerra de Titanes.

Thoughts:

a brawl

The main event trios is an all action match for due to the people included. It keeps the pace going better than the normal tag match last week and covered up their weaknesses better by not giving much time to linger on them. The downside is didn’t feel like it was building anywhere – the finish sequence itself seemed to come as a surprise to the crowd – even though they kept the general idea of everyone being desperate to finish someone off.

I don’t know about the post match. That kind of felt like the Clowns were not thrilled about losing and decided on their own to beat up anyone. It would explain Histeria’s strange reaction and the referee not seeming like he was planning to be taking bumps. Even if it was planned, it really took the spotlight and the meaning out of Cuervo & Scoria winning if they were simply destroyed after the fact. They’ve got to give the fans a moment to care about those guys winning if they’re going to gain some support.

It’s really quite a battle to see who is the worst wrestler between La Parka & Dave The Clown. Parka is bad for long periods of time, Dave his singular moments of terribleness. That piledriver in this match was a thing of wonder. Dave’s also horrible at selling, either completely dead or not bothering to register an impact at all while moving to his next position. Pagano was easily the second best guy in the tag match, maybe the best because Mr. Aguila was checked out on this mess. Maybe Pagano was lucky to get hurt if AAA was going to have him taking losses to Dave the Clown. I was waiting for a post match angle where he would snap or something. He just lost.

Tirantes doesn’t immediately break Faby’s armbar when Shani is on the ropes. After the fact, it’s clear that help from Tirantes is supposed to be an indication Faby is now a ruda. Both women are counted out while they’re fighting outside. Well, maybe it’s more like Shani is balled up on the ground and Faby’s too busy hitting her with a chair to think about coming back in until it’s too late. This was one of those countouts telegraphed because the referee and the announcers were making a big deal out of the count they usually ignore.

Faby dive

LU tickets move quick, Revolucha, CMLL Tuesday shows

CMLL

RevoLucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon [Estrellas del Ring, Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Mini Hator b Mini Difunto
crowd reacted well to this match.
2) Lord Byron & Psicótico b Muerte Extrema & Sick Boy
Muerte Extrema replaced Skam 13. Bestia 666 helped Bryon & Psicotico to win, setting up a match with hima nd Sick Boy.
3) Kalibus & Mantra b Erika Sotelo & Última Sombra
good match
4) Lady Flammer b Succi Love
billed as a four way with exoticos Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda as part of a tournament to determine a women’s champion, ended up just as a singles match.
5) Daga b Bestia 666EpydemiusZumbi [Revolucha CRUISER, tournament]
Daga will face another winner at some point
6) Penta 0M & The King b Garza Jr. & Último Ninja
Garza Jr. & Ninja had problems, blamed each other for the loss, and Garza kicked him out of the Rebellion Amarilla. Penta & Fenix made the save, so Ultimo Ninja may be in the red version now.

Main event sounds like it went well and there’s video up on YouTube already. There’s a vignette of Humberto Garza family being annoyed with Garza Jr. and that’s family feud looks like the direction for Revolucha this year. They’re back on 03/11.

CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario b Astral, Flyer, Sangre Imperial LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sangre Imperial replaced Electrico on Tuesday. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tencicos took 2/3. Virus & Audaz didn’t figure into the finish.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Kaho Kobayashi [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kaho Kobayashi replaced Marcela on Monday
5) Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente b Cavernario, Euforia, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia replaced Mr. Niebla on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.

I kept getting pulled away from watching this. Sounded like a regular show.

CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar & Star Black b Maléfico & Relámpago Azul
2) Explosivo, Magia Blanca, Robin b El Coyote, Grako, Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3.

As did this one.

There was a press conference for 85 Años de Lucha Libre book in Guadalajara.

The Ovaciones version of the CMLL tag team tournament story says CMLL will announce the teams next week.

Arkangel de la Muerte was announced as wrestling Mazada on 04/04 in Tokyo. I wonder if he’s going over with Reyna Isis or if that’s just a one off.

Lucha Underground tickets for the first set of tapings were filled in five minutes. The good news is they only put up one weekend of tapings, and we know there will be several more of them, so you should still have a shot at them. They’ll probably put up the second week of tapings in the next week, if not sooner. If you’re interested, you’ll want to go their new Eventbrite website and create an account in advance, to minimize the checkout time.

Texano & Fantasma did some press promoting their mask match. In ESTO, Texano said he wants to get his title back from Wagner next, and hypes the mask versus hair match as a TripleMania level match.

AAA actually posted a listing of what’s going to air on TV this week. I’m so glad this is happening that I’m even not that sad it’s only happening after watching AAA on TV is pretty much irrelevant to people who read this site since you can watch it first on Twitch.

CIMA’s visit to DTU also happens to be the finals of that “young wrestler wins a trip Japan to wrestle in Dragon Gate” DTU Visoria contest from 2017. DTU had announced Jimmy (former Nerd), Mini Flash (from Veracruz), Kastgiador (Queretaro), and Sadiko (from Tampico) as finalists so far. There may be more coming. Jimmy is getting a surprise main event so he’d be the favorite.

Black Danger & Black Boy are announced for the The Crash’s WrestleCon show. Note the names. It doesn’t matter.

Today in Dr. Wagner Jr: tips for romance. Also, when asked, Dr. Wagner assures ESTO that he’s never been lured by drugs in his entire career.

Alonso Chapa, promoter of the Team 1927 indie promotion in Tijuana, passed away yesterday. It’s The Crash who announced it; 1927 would run shows a day after The Crash with a couple of the people flown in staying over along with the locals. They had that same setup this weekend with Penta & Fenix, but I have no idea if the show is still happening. Their own Facebook is quiet.

El Universal has an interview with lucha libre belt maker Santos Rodriguez Perez. He says he was a luchador who won a championship and wanted to get a copy of the belt for himself. It took a lot of work to track down the belt maker and, when he finally found him, he fell in love with the process of making belts and decided to get into himself. He avoids mentioning his luchador name.

The Tijuana box, lucha and MMA commission gave out 2017 awards yesterday. The Crash on the best promotion, Black Boy & Arkangel Divino were team of the year, Bestia 666 was rudo of the year, Arkangel Divino was tecnico of the year, Xtreme Tiger was best at wrestling outside of Mexico, Lady Lee was luchadora of the year, Pensamiento Negro was best referee,

Bobby Lee Jr. is looking for government support to set up a lucha libre gym in Leon to help the wrestling there. He dismisses the current group of wrestlers as people just trying to get themselves over as Facebook. (I understood Bobby Lee Sr. was the long time commissioner in Leon, so if wrestling in Leon went down, it’s kind of on his family’s watch.) This ties to an urban art exhibit happening in the city this weekend.

The Chihuahua lucha libre commission has opened a dining room in Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos, where retired luchadors can get a free meal between noon and five pm each day. It’s supposed to serve about 70 people, with the commission paying for the food (with help from local restaurants.) I hope this works out well; all I can think is of how it certainly would be abused and shut down in the US.

+LuchaTV had a new edition for their podcast. I had a workaround to turn YouTube into a MP3 RSS feed automatically but I guess it’s not working since I haven’t gotten the last couple.

03/03 Pura Raza Productions at Arena Lopez Mateos has so far

TKD has a really interesting post about how to buy New Japan or Dragon Gate tickets – or rather how crazy difficult it is to buy a NJPW ticket if you don’t have a Japanese phone number. (Step 1: get a Japanese phone number.) Mexico seems actually ahead of the game in this area.

2018 is lucha libre has a grab bag of recent wrestling.

Lineups

DTU (SAT) 02/17/2018 Arena Neza
1) Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Irving Travieso Montiel vs Baby Star Jr., Fly Danger, Mini Flash
2) Drolux vs ToxinSky ManAnarquía
3) Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer vs Camuflaje & Junior
4) Vengador vs AdrenalinaKastigadorKevinSadikoLokilloJitsuRey Volador
5) Halloween & X-Fly vs Paranoiko & Tiburón
6) CIMA, Cobre, Moria vs Draztick Boy, Jimmy, Negro Casas

CIMA is in Tijuana on Friday, here on Saturday, and I have no idea where on Sunday. Cobre, Moria and Jimmy being in the main event might be a hint about how that DTU contest is going to turn out.

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

Main event will have ref bits. I need the Comando Elite and the Capos to eliminate each other.

CMLL (MON) 02/19/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Centella Roja vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana
2) Flyer & Príncipe Diamante vs El Perverso & Rey Apocalipsis
3) Lestat, Pegasso, Stigma vs El Malayo, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Okumura
5) Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto [lightning]
6) Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero & Valiente

That’s a rematch of last year’s incredible pairs final for no obvious reason, like how there’s no obvious reason for the fourth match to be rudo/rudo either. Soberano/Mephsito is probably setting up a title match next week, but which one? A world champ challenging for a national title would be dumb but not unprecedented.