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.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-15 

goodbye Dragon Lee

Recapped: 06/15/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(13:47 [4:53, 3:02, 5:52], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Black Panther beat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(13:26 [4:38, 2:56, 5:52], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Felino, Puma, Tiger
(16:49 [5:41, 3:26, 7:42], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(16:02 [4:49, 4:16, 6:57], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Carístico beat Dragón Lee in a lightning match
(8:12, La Caristica, great, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cibernético, Rush, Terrible beat LA Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(16:49 [5:50, 10:59], 1 DQ/2 DQ, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

poor Fenix 

Rush faked a foul in the first fall of the main event, with help from Edgar being taken out. Referee Edgar got involved in Rush’s favor a couple times during that fall. Commissioner Rambo ejected Edgar from the match and replaced him with Tirantes. Tirantes was knocked down by Rush sending him into LA Park in the second fall. LA Park got a visual pinfall soon after, just as he did in the first fall. La Comandante passed nunchucks to Rush to use. LA Park knocked them loose, grabbed them and flashed them around. Tirantes saw Park with them, and called the disqualification. LA Park again demanded a super libre and a mask versus hair match with Rush. Rush accepted for next week.

Arkangel de la Muerte, who passed away on Wednesday, was remembered between the third and fourth matches of the card. Mephisto dressed up as Arkangel, complete to the black marker goatee, for his match.

The Panther was called “Black Panther” all match and in the preview for next week. It appears to be a permanent name change. (And a little bit confusing one, since his brother was the one called Black Panther before.)

The Titan/Triton/Esfinge trio are trying to change their name (or at least the spelling to One Atos Style) though CMLL hasn’t taken that one up yet.

Thoughts: 

One of these seemed a lot safer

The main event was a definite improvement over the last couple of weeks. Rey Fenix being involved helped, though he and Cibernético felt like AAA editions. Not because they were former AAA wrestler, but because they were big guest star names added to a match where they didn’t have an important role, like Laredo Kid and Brian Cage at Verano de Escandalo. Fenix and Cibernetico being matched up was not ideal (and must’ve been weird for both of them), and they still made it work. Like in the past, Cibernético seems willing to sell and go along with whatever spots the técnicos want to try in big CMLL matches. His bumping isn’t great, but I was content getting him taking Fenix’ spinning heel kick. Volador continues to feel like a luxury item in this feud, doing well while doing 20% of what he does when he’s the focus instead. Those supporting players being good added to the overall match, and the referee shenanigans helped create the chaotic feel that needs to be present in the LA Park/Rush feud. LA Park is an abnormal presence in CMLL and it should never feel like any routine CMLL match – the ref bumps and the ejections can’t and shouldn’t be done for everyone but they absolutely work in the context of the out of control rivalry taking place. The stuff done here makes a lot of sense if they’re finally coming back with the super libre match next week. The nunchuck spot is going to be forever remembered.

The lightning match far exceeded my expectations. Dragon Lee is Dragon Lee and is always going to be pretty good. Carístico was surprisingly excellent and the two meshed together wonderfully. Carístico was up Dragon Lee’s bonkers ideas, Dragon Lee playing rudo made the match work out pretty well, and the two were smooth against each other for a match we haven’t seen. Caristico’s walk up the rope Spanish Fly was super impressive; I was concerned he’d come off as a lot less athletic than Dragon Lee and that wasn’t the case. I was also expecting another draw once it started getting alone, so an actual finish was a nice surprise. Go watch this one.

Terrible says no to spins

The fourth match had a hard time picking the crowd back up after the Arkangel moment. The crowd really only reacted to the dives until the last moments. The action wasn’t so great that these guys were cheated out of a reaction. It was a basic Hijo del Infierno match. Hijo de LA Park is very indie, willing to try big moves and not really smooth with them. He was lucky not hurt himself on his diving headscissors, but scooting across the ropes at least made it feel different than the dozen other ones we get a week. I can not believe Mephisto took the pin.

The Tiger/Puma match was the usual good Tiger/Puma match. Felino looked a lot better than usual, maybe trying a little bit more because he was with his sons. They came off as a better unit than usual, so something was working. Titan & Felino mixed well. Puma had really timing. The match seemed a little rough at times, so I wouldn’t put among their best, but it was still good for a Friday night watch.

very unCaristico

The segunda wasn’t as the pace of other Panther matches – these rudos are just not that fast – but it wasn’t as huge a dropoff as it seemed. This was borderline good. The Panthers have their match down and can do it with pretty much anyone. Kawato included! Kawato had a nice dive, I shouldn’t be so mean. There were a lot of stutter steps during the second fall comeback because the timing just wasn’t there. It was still fine. Universo is getting new moves, needed new moves.

Of all the recent OK openers, this was definitely the best one. Shockercito & Stukita looked good, Mercurio’s comedy work, and they didn’t go too long. They even did the only thing rarer than dives in openers: near falls. Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro lived up to a reputation of being halfway decent when they try. There’s probably also a bit of me avoiding minis matches like the plague of late so this felt a bit more fresh.

spear

CMLL Puebla: 2018-06-11 

Titan knows a tricky hold!

Recapped: 06/12/2018

Matches: 

Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Star Jr. beat Disturbio, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo
(16:36 [7:57, 1:53, 6:46], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritón beat Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:39 [3:41, 5:10, 6:48], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto for the Mexican National Trios Championship
(16:35 [4:29, 3:19, 8:47], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Kráneo, Niebla Roja beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(9:43 [5:39, 4:04], 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(11:13 [4:31, 1:41, 5:01], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

work in progress

Titan worked as a rudo in the main event, though he won cleanly. Soberano asked for a rematch.

Rush removed Kraneo’s mask in the second fall for the DQ to lose in straight falls. Rush then insulted the fans and fat people for a couple of minutes. Kraneo challenged him to a singles match.

NGD retained the trios championship in a match pushed back a week.

Thoughts:

Soberano & Titan meshed very well in the main event. Titan had rudo moments and cut a rudo promo post-match, but still worked his in enough of his usual offense. It felt more like a big tournament final than Titan having to betray his usual nature to make the match work. The eventual singles match is going to be must-see. The other four guys really faded into the background and it didn’t feel like there was a lot more than that feud, but they got me excited for that feud.

I feel like Tirantes probably should’ve stopped the match

The semimain was standard feud build up stuff, with the rudos taking most of the match. The latest Ingobernables jerseys are unpleasantly gaudy, and will probably sell pretty well. Rush laying on Kraneo while starting his promo was the best move of the match. It was a simple night for the non-Kraneo técnicos.

The NGD/Infierno match was a big improvement from the match that set up this one. There was a bit more effort from both teams and faster pace at times, though it tended into trios cliché spots instead of something interesting. The reason to watch this match is more just to see how over the NGD are as a técnicos for the night. The crowd goes insane when they make their third fall técnico and are strongly behind them all night long, something that doesn’t always happen in these rudo/rudo matches. The NGD’s strengths are not as técnicos right now, though they do show some unusual things for them in the first fall, they definitely have grown a fanbase with their success.

The second match felt like a tercera and was overall alright. Okumura got the 450 knees to the midsection in the first fall, thanks to a combination of Maya position and Triton landing. He lived, to watch as Triton slipped on a multiple springboard spot in the second fall. It finally went right for Triton in the third fall with Universo 2000 Jr., which led me to believe he might now be the best rudo of these three. Kawato’s attempt at doing the cartwheel out of a headscissors was as charming as it was awful.

The opener had more of the main roster group than usual. They were better off with Star Jr. & Disturbio and the match had more to it as a result. Samuray looked good and worked as well with Signo as anyone does. The end wasn’t great; Star Jr. needed to find something to do instead of standing in place for five seconds after Disturbio hit the ropes and dived into him, and Signo looked silly pinning Arkalis while holding one of his shoulders off the mat so he couldn’t touch the ropes.

Triton

Fenix, Volador and LA Park versus Rush, Cibernetico and Terrible tonight, Atlantis & friends in ROH

If you hadn’t paid attention to Arena Mexico, today’s main event would look bizarre to you. LA Park teaming with Rey Fenix & Volador Jr. versus Cibernetico, Rush and Terrible looks like something you’d find deep in a YouTube comment thread about weird dream matches. I’m not sure it’s going to be a good match. Cibernetico & Terrible aren’t the most ideal opponents for Fenix & Volador, but it’s a lot of star power to create a different feel for the fourth week of this feud. The attendance keeps going up each day they run it, so maybe CMLL isn’t in a big hurry to get to the singles match, but I wouldn’t mind something more.

This is Cibernetico’s latest return to CMLL. On Informa, he mentioned he was previously coming to CMLL via ELITE and now is directly deal with CMLL. That seem to be said to make it clear Ciber isn’t planned to be part of whatever AAA is cooking up with ELITE. It’s still unclear how he’ll fit in CMLL; he showed more in his CMLL matches than he has elsehwere, but his style doesn’t match up with what CMLL has done in the past. Cibernetico would make more sense as a Rush opponent than partner, and Rush has shot down ideas that Cibernetico might be added to Los Ingobernables.

The lightning match is take two of the Caristico/Dragon Lee lightning match. It was in their match two months ago where Dragon Lee’s right leg went while running. That seemed to be a major ligament injury in the moment. Dragon Lee later said it was instead a muscle tear, and recovered in time to have a strong performance in NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors. He returned to Arena Mexico this past Sunday, and this will be his first televised match. this remains an interesting combination of the biggest star CMLL had last decade with the man who may become the biggest star they have next decade (or may become a big star elsewhere.)

There is a possibility Penta disrupts this match. These are the exact two guys he’s had run-ins with over the last couple weeks. It would be completely unlike CMLL for someone to run-in on a match at all, much less someone who hasn’t appear for the company so far. It’s only a possibility because these are currently strange times, and you should not go into the match expecting it.

Hijo de LA Park, Niebla Roja and Valiente take on Ephesto, Luicferno and Mephsito in the fourth match. Puma & Tiger take their act to the third match, teaming with papa Felino against Guanatos Style (Titan, Esfinge, Triton) in what should be a good undercard match. The Panthers team with Pegasso against Kawato, Okumura and Universo. Shockercito & Stukita wrestle Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro in the opener.

Lucha Central also previews the show. CMLL will air it at 8:30 at Marca and Facebook, though neither of the links seem to be accessible right now. I’ll stream it on YouTube if I have to. It’ll be on CMLL’s YouTube later.

Atlantis, Stuka and Guerrero Maya will be in San Antonio tonight wrestling for Ring of Honor. They take on the SoCalUncensored team of Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian. That show should stream live on ROH’s Honor Club service starting at 7:30 (one hour before CMLL.)

Martinez Promotions is also running tonight in Fort Worth, with Mecha Wolf vs Drago vs Ultimo Ninja vs Laredo Kid as the main event. There’s also a Faby Apache vs Lacey Lane, which is the AAA women’s champion against The Crash’s women champion. The prohibition on AAA & The Crash people working on the same show has obviously been dropped.

Adam Brooks is off tomorrow’s The Crash show, saying he can’t travel or wrestle due to an injury.

Segunda Caida writes about more Arkangel matches.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui La Lucha.

Lineups

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

Warrior Steel continues to make very infrequent appearances; this is his first match since December.

CMLL (TUE) 06/19/2018 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Virus
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato, Okumura, Templario
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
6) Atlantis vs Rey Bucanero [MEX LH]
5th defense

Atlantis hasn’t had a streamed defense of this since 2015. I think we might be ok if this wasn’t streamed either.

This show feels low on the rudo side when Espanto Jr. is working the third match and Kawato is working the fourth.

great match roundup, week of 2018-06-02

dives

shows watched

The first three matches on this list are from AAA. Things have changed a lot. The only shows on the upper part of this chart from AAA/Twitch and CMLL/Friday. That’s not much of a change this year. The next week isn’t much better; I’m still paying attention to the Monday/Tuesday shows but it’s hard to imagine why most people are still watching them.

the MOTYC list has been updated again.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Arkángel Divino, Dinastía, Hijo Del Vikingo, Star Fire vs Arez, Belial, Lady Maravilla, Último Maldito Arkángel Divino, Dinastía, H del Vikingo y Star Fire vs U Maldito, Arez, Belial y L Maravilla (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
great Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana for the hair El Poder del Norte vs OGT´S ¡¡¡ Cabelleras vs Cabelleras en Verano de Escándalo !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
good Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
good Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 2018-06-08
good Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 2018-06-08
good Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 2018-06-08
good Carístico, Mistico, Rey Fénix vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero ¡¡¡ HIGHLIGHTS REY FÉNIX EN LA ARENA MÉXICO !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 2018-06-08
good Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles matchLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 2018-06-08

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Lady Shani, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Black Danger (Baja California), Keyra, La Hiedra Lady Shani, Pimpinela Escarlata y Mamba vs Keira, La Hiedra y Black Danger (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
ok Drago vs Sammy GuevaraAerostarAustralian SuicideDarby AllinGolden Magic Drago, Sammy Guevara, Australian Suicide, Darby Allin, Aerostar y Golden Magic (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
ok La Máscara, Máximo, Pagano vs Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Texano Jr. La Máscara, Máximo y Pagano vs Killer Kross, Juventud Guerrera y el Texano Jr (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Puma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04 2018-06-04
ok Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04 2018-06-04
ok Felino, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Titán in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04 2018-06-04
ok Leono, Magnus, Starman vs El Coyote, Hijo del Signo, Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05 2018-06-05
ok La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05 2018-06-05
ok Drone vs Esfinge in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05 2018-06-05
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05 2018-06-05
ok Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05 2018-06-05
ok Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-08 2018-06-08
below average Dr. Wagner Jr. © vs Rey Mysterio Jr.Jeff Jarrett for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship Rey Wagner vs Rey Misterio vs Jeff Jarrett por el MegaCampeonato AAA. (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 2018-06-03
below average Estrellita & Marcela vs Tiffany & Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04 2018-06-04
not rated Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04 2018-06-04
not rated Astral, Eléctrico, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espanto Jr., King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-04 2018-06-04
not rated Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-05 2018-06-05

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 15th, 2018

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The Lucha Underground episode guide reads: “Catrina hopes to restore her life and searches for the Gauntlet of the Gods; the Trios Champions defend their titles against three new fighters; one of the Seven Ancient Aztec Medallions comes back into play.” The Pentagon/Matanza match was set up at the end of this week’s show.

CMLL Marca should continue to be interesting with Rey Fenix & Cibernetico joining the LA Park/Rush matches and Caristico versus Dragon Lee on the undercard.

The Latigo/Toxin vs Aramis/Astrolux AAA match will make YouTube this week and is worth going out of your way to see if you have not already.

CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2018-06-05 

a good move

Recapped: 06/11/2018

Matches: 

Retro & Sangre Imperial beat Apocalipsis & Cholo
(11:57 [5:18, 2:54, 3:45], 2/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Leono, Magnus, Starman vs El Coyote, Hijo del Signo, Yago
(14:23 [7:06, 2:44, 4:33], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL

Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit  
(12:42 [6:27, 2:55, 3:20], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge beat Drone  in a lightning match
(7:10, nudo egipico, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther  
(14:27 [4:30, 3:29, 6:28], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán  
(12:51 [5:21, 2:00, 5:30], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Rey Bucanero feuded with Atlantis in the main event, sneaking in a foul on him. That was it.

Thoughts: 

a bad move

Titan looked spectacular in the main event. Atlantis did a lot of waving people into running into each other. Bucanero & Atlantis mentally can do their feud but physically it’s not too pretty. Euforia & Gran Guerrero had one really good tag move with Angel de Oro (the press slam) and one not so good (where they smacked his head into the top rope.)

This was a Tuesday card with a lot of tourists into the show. Those tourists were into rooting for Blue Panther the elder fighting against the rudos, so they gave them a lot of that. It didn’t turn into a lot more than a basic match, and it worked for the live crowd. The Panther’s 619 finish looks good when the opponent is in the right position, but there’s little margin of error on that positioning. Blue Panther Jr. is trending towards Gronda sized muscles.

The Drone/Esfinge match was the most exciting match to that point but didn’t feel like a complete match. The dives were all over the place in this one. Drone’s sliding splash was misaimed. Esfinge’s tope con giro landed on Drone’s neck and back. Drone’s corner tope ran out of stream before connecting with the target. The ending of Drone hitting his headstand kneesmash and Esfinge essentially just getting up and beating Drone two moves later didn’t make a lot of sense either.

Are there compelling reasons to watch CMLL women’s trios matches now? Part of the reason I watch any match is to find out if they’re any good to pass that knowledge. I can’t figure a CMLL women’s trios I’m likely to enjoy with Zeuxis & Maravilla gone. There’s always the chance for lightning to strike, but the depth isn’t there. There isn’t six women CMLL could put together that would sure fire be a good match in 2018. There’s even only a few possible singles matches that I’d figure on being good. Most of those involve Dalys, who will get the best reception for her matches but they tend to do nothing for me.

Angel airborne

These matches are still worth watching to me at the moment to get a read on people. Mystique, La Guerrera, and Maligna haven’t had strong performances yet but they also haven’t had many performances. (Maligna seemed slightly better this time. Maybe Jarochita & Isis have improved since they were last around. (That didn’t seem to be true here.) That’s me wanting to know everything, which isn’t as really applicable to most anyone else. And even my time is limited. My time isn’t rewarded by watching these matches, so there’s going to be lots of skipping to come. This is one you can easily skip too.

The second match was very ordinary. Magnus & Starman doing tag moves in the second fall while Leono hung in the corner until it was time to get the pin was a bit odd. It’d help if Yago & Magnus had good chemistry, since they both seem to be good wrestlers who are stuck in this low position for the moment. They were just alright here.

Dragon Lee & Penta Zero M, LU season passes, Kraneo/Rush

Dragon Lee’s deathwish takes on a new form

Dragon Lee challenged Penta El Zero M to a match on Informa, following their incident on the PCW Ultra show Friday. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it. It’s a lot like Dragon Lee challenging Desperado to a mask match in his last NJPW interview. CMLL guys promos frequently challenge for matches or set up teams that they wish could happen. They usually have no idea if they’ll actually happen when they say them.  Groups like NJPW seem to give the wrestlers a direction they’re heading (if they have one) for all their interviews. For CMLL, the only interviews that really seem to count are the in-ring ones to build up that month’s feud.

In this case, we know Penta is coming to CMLL at some point. Penta’s not booked anywhere tomorrow, so there’s even the slight possibility he makes a shock appearance in the Caristico/Dragon Lee match. Those are the two guys he’s had words with of late. It also could be something for later or something even outside CMLL. I think CMLL wouldn’t have had Dragon Lee bring it up on Informa if they didn’t have some plan. (Edit: A fan asked the question.) It just doesn’t feel like a guarantee we’ll see it.

Lucha Underground Season 4 season is available on iTunes for $40 or Amazon for $58. Those are US links only. I have no idea. I have no idea why the free trailer for Season 4 is being sold for $3 on Amazon. After last night, I’d hold off on ordering them anyway.

The Wrap has a good interview with Killshot & Dante Fox about what went into the Hell of War match.

Articulo Siete visits a Tuesday Guadalajara show.

LuchaWorld has an Arkangel de la Muerte obituary.

Segunda Caida writes about Arkangel de la Muerte matches

Aqui La Lucah reposted an interview with a young Arkangel de la Muerte.

Lucha Libre Xalapena has an interview with local wrestler El Demasiado.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/18/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Meyer vs Guerrero Espacial & Policeman
2) Acero, Astro, Asturiano, Stigma vs Joker, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito, Saurón
3) Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & La Seductora
4) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Máscara Año 2000, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Rush vs Kráneo
6) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Rush gets another chance to see if he can get past Kraneo. Titan and Soberano still seem on track to a singles match. The atomicos match could create an apuesta match just in time for the Arena Puebla show. I’m not sure why Sauron is around if it’s not to lose his mask.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-06-04 

needs a little work

Recapped: 06/09/2018

Matches: 

Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika beat Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja 
(12:45 [7:00, 2:57, 2:48], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., King Jaguar, Policeman beat Astral, Eléctrico, Tigre Rojo Jr.  
(13:03 [5:52, 3:09, 4:02], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Estrellita & Marcela beat Tiffany & Zeuxis
(10:54 [5:07, 2:31, 3:16], 2/3, below average, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Puma beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Tritón  
(15:47 [5:21, 3:55, 6:31], 1/3 ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón  
(9:26 [4:26, 5:00], 1/2, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Titán in a relevos increíbles match
(11:00 [3:55, 1:54, 5:11], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

I don’t even know

Team Titan worked as the rudos in the main event, with Niebla & Cavernario making sure to rough up Felino.

The semimain was scheduled to be a national trios titles match. However, Mephisto could not return from a match Guatemala in time for the match due to a volcanic eruption. The title match was pushed back to next week and Hechicero filled in this week.

This was Zeuxis’ final match for CMLL for the time being, having given notice a while back. It wasn’t played up in the match. She appeared to say goodbye on Informa.

Thoughts: 

The main event was interesting for the novelty of people working different sides and really for no other reason. It was a trip to see Titan as a rudo and a partner of Cavernario, and the crowd enjoyed Felino standing up to his usual teammates. It disguised that the work wasn’t all that special, with Volador having one of his vacation days and Soberano/Titan never being as in-depth as you might hope. That felt like the match they were building until Soberano just pinned Titan to send everyone home happy. Maybe it should and will be the match they end up with, but this match didn’t come off as the first part of a plan.

Puma on target

It’s really too bad Hechicero was the substitute guy in the trios title feud, because he was obviously better than the two guys on his team who will be in the title match next week. Hechicero taking a big quebradora and Luciferno struggling to take the same move from the same man 10 seconds later was not great. This was a weird feeling matches because the NDS were técnicos and never had long control of the match, just brief moments of hope to break up the domination. It did get the crowd behind the intended team, though that team would’ve really struggled to take that much of the match without Hechicero.

The crowd was way into the fourth match. The work didn’t seem that special, just a generic toned down match. They did play to the crowd a lot. Perhaps that why it worked for them. Kawato is seemingly acting a little bit more wild and rudo-ish of late, though the rest of his wrestling is not anything pleasant. He remains an interesting person because he’s evolving in a promotion where most people are locked in the form they’ll be until their skills decline. I’m just not sure he’s evolving into anything good.

Estrellita was brutal at the end of the first fall, her work so bad that everyone else looked as if they messed up as well. There was a Marcela/Zeuxis dropkick spot that looked not good, and everyone generally felt a beat slow in reacting and moving. Marcela seemed angry throughout the whole match and it showed in her performance. I don’t know that it’s going to be a sure thing that Zeuxis will do great on the indies; this CMLL division being so underwhelming has taken her down from where she was even a year ago. Still, it’s a lot better chance for her improving than hanging around here.

 

Lucha Underground 4×1: El Jefe

hooray for this dude

Matches

Pentagon Dark won Aztec Warfare 4 to retain the Lucha Underground championship (31:13, good)
* first defense

00:00 Killshot starts [1]
00:00 Willie Mack starts [2]
00:00 Son of Havoc starts [3]
00:41 Joey Ryan enters [4]
01:40 Mr. Pectacular enters [5]
02:45 Killshot inside cradles Mack {1}
02:55 Pentagon Dark enters [6]
----
03:56 Pentagon Dark half nelson driver Joey Ryan {2}
04:32 Son of Havoc shooting star press Killshot {3}
04:38 Tommy Dreamer enters [7]
05:19 Penta superkick Mr. Pectactular {4}
05:56 Maripsoa enters [8]
07:19 Son of Havoc handspring cutter Mariposa {5}
08:15 Pentagon Dark double stomp Tommy Dreamer {6}
08:23 Vinnie Massaro enters [9]
09:38 Penta half neslon driver Vinnie Massaro {7}
09:51 Hernandez enters [10] 
10:48 Pentagon arm break Hernandez {8}
11:20 Pentagon backcracker Son of Havoc {9}
11:32 Johnny Mundo enters [11]
----
12:13 Angelico does NOT enter
12:41 Ricky Mundo enters [12]
14:07 Johnny Mundo Moonsault Drive Ricky Mundo {10}
14:14 Fenix enters [13]
15:45 Jeremiah Crane enters [14]
16:31 Mil Muertes enters [15]
17:50 Fenix sprigboard double stomp Mil Muertes {11}
18:12 Daga enters [16]
19:13 Chavo Guerrero Jr. enters [17]
19:55 Pentagon Dark half nelson driver Jeremiah Crane {12}
20:20 Chavo vertical suplex Fenix {13}
21:03 Johnny Mudno Fin de Mundo Daga {14}
21:10 King Cuerno enters [18]
22:19 Dragon Azteca Jr. enters [19]
23:47 Marty Martinez enters [20]
24:28 Marty Martinez pins Johnny Mundo {15}
----
25:19 King Cuerno frog splash Dragon Azteca {16}
26:49 Chavo Guerrero Gory Bomb King Cuerno {17}
27:18 Penta sit down cradle Chavo Guerrero Jr. {18}
31:13 Penta package piledriver Marty Martinez {19}

What happened

obligatory pizza driver GIF

Dario Cueto is dead. The opening shot of the season is Dario in a casket. This apparently his funeral, and we see Antonio Cueto and Agent Winter in the room. Antonio touches Dario in taking the Key from him. It immediately establishes that Antonio Cueto is not Dario under makeup and a bad wig, it’s his father. People have come back from the dead on Lucha Underground, and the way they leave open the question of why Dario would call his father as he’s dying (since Antonio claims never to have liked Dario) still gives one opening for an out. But, for now, the show is very insistent Dario Cueto is dead.

It’s also insistent in that Dario Cueto is dead because Antonio Cueto ordered him dead. Last season suggested it was simply about Dario failing to get control of the gauntlet (and the body of the person holding the gauntlet), but here it’s said Antonio made the decision Dario had to go. It would seem like Antonio would be fine with the knowledge that Agent Winter was the one who did the killing, but Agent Winter lies and says it was gangbangers who did it instead for unclear reasons.

Antonio Cueto is now the promoter of Lucha Underground. The old Temple can’t be used because Dario’s death attracted attention to the building. Antonio moves it to an old ice house used to store beer, saying that anywhere Lucha Underground mat (with the Aztec symbol) goes is automatically the Temple.

Antonio disrupts a ten bell salute to his son, throws the framed picture out of the ring, and declares himself a superior promoter and person than Dario. Antonio also claims he was the one who really invented Aztec Warfare and declares it to happen tonight to determine a Lucha Underground new champion, oddly sure Pentagon Dark will be losing. Along the way, Antonio also declares new trios champions: Dante Fox is missing in action, so Killshot and the Mack enter 1 & 2, and Antonio replaces Fox in the team with whoever’s number 3. That turns out to be Son of Havoc. No one’s happy with the turn of events, and less so when Killshot pins Mack and Havoc pins Killshot during the match. (Some dubbed in commentary hinted at Killshot having a personality change.)

Mr. Pectactular & Hernandez were surprises who didn’t last long. Tommy Dreamer lasted a while, to brawl with Penta and take a thumbtack bump. Vinnie Massaro got driven onto a pizza. Daga got his first match since Season 2, and lasted a few minutes.

Kobra Moon was angry about his elimination and later brought out Vibora to attack Johnny Mundo, leading to his elimination.

Catrina was upset about Mil Muertes going out rather quick, walking out on him.

Angelico was said to be supposed to be #12, did not appear, and was replaced by Ricky Mundo. Mundo was obsessed with a scary doll he brought to the ring. Johnny pinned him quickly.

Chavo Guerrero Jr. return, after losing a loser leaves the Temple forever match last season, was presumed to a peace offering by Antonio to the Guerrero family to stop their feud.

Penta cleanly won cleanly over Marty to keep his title. Antonio Cueto noted Dario would’ve probably sent out another person to face Penta now (as Dario did back in Season 2), but he’d instead announce a match for next week: Penta defending his title against “my only son” Matanza.

Thoughts.

this was about all Dragon Azteca got to do in the match but it was nice

Uh oh.

Lucha Underground gave us Pentagon Dark beating eight different people to remain champion, and it still felt like the least enjoyable Azteca Warfare by the end. Maybe by a fair distance. It was not much good until Fenix came in at 13. Past halfway is a long way to go for a match to get good.

The match had disadvantages: it was 14 past the hour before it started, which made for the shortest and most compressed version of this match ever. People were coming in, doing about two moves, and the next music would hit. There wasn’t the time for the match to settle into any groove, especially with the match having to come to a stop often for bits. Fenix’s run was great, the Penta/Marty stuff was good at the end, Johnny Mundo contributed well, but it was bizarre they found time and eliminations for Chavo Guerrero when others were just eliminated quick. There are parts of this match I liked, and there were parts of the match which confirmed my concerns about this season. I think I’ve landed on calling the match Good while being sure there’s no chance I’ll ever seek it out again.

For a first episode, it was as if a giant reset button came down in between seasons, with only the one thing everyone was sure would eventually be undone (Dario’s death) appearing to be left intact. Penta is still champion, but he’s been switched from Vampiro’s student of evil to a man fighting against the odds to remain champion. Vampiro betraying Prince Puma and revealing himself as with Pentagon was not mentioned on the show. If they made a mention of King Cuerno having the Gauntlet, I definitely missed it. He didn’t bring it to the ring. Catrina blowing a kiss as Catrina walked to the ring was about as much service as that storyline got (and there was nothing with Fenix even though he was out there.) Killshot and Dante Fox was the hottest rivalry at the end of the season, and this season started with one missing and another acting out of character. It’d be really weird to watch Ultima Lucha 3 and this episode back to back on a streaming service because of how much has changed, so I guess it’s a good thing you can’t actually do that. This was both the first episode of the season and an Aztec Warfare match, so they didn’t really have time to touch on every status quo. They just didn’t do much with the ones they had the time for. They found time to set up new issues (Mundo/Reptile Tribe, Ricky/dolls, trios title) but the past was simply the past.

one more bit of Fenix

It would surprise me if the story they told with Angelico – he just didn’t show up – is not far from the real story. But, they already did a “he’s just not here, we’re moving on to the next as quickly as possible” bit with Dante Fox on that episode. Doing it twice in half hour is not a great look, especially in an episode where a fair bit of other regulars – Cage, Taya, Drago, Aerostar, the Rabbit Tribe – gives an impression of something going wrong behind the scenes. A lot of those people should turn up later but “people aren’t here anymore” is not a great running bit.

I did not like Striker on this show in many ways. What was more confusing is they obviously had Striker go back and revoice around the Havoc/Killshot storyline, but they still left in Striker warning new fans about the Penta armbreak of Marty, when we just saw Penta do the same thing to Hernandez. Maybe that’s a reason not to use Hernandez for that if even the people in charge didn’t remember it. Maybe some editor could’ve made Striker seem less foolish than he already is. Vampiro seemed to disappear for large stretches of this show.

I did not leave this show feeling strong about this season. It’s just one episode. I know they can do better than this. But I also know they can do better than this and this is what we got instead. It didn’t work.