CMLL main event rematch tonight, more TripleMania matches announced, AAA on Twitch on Saturday night

IWRG (THU) 08/16/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Death Metal & Lunatic Xtreme b Mexica & Toto
Toto replaced Mexica.
2) Diablo Jr. & Dragón Bane b Black Dragón & Zatura
money thrown in
3) Diva Salvaje, Pasion Cristal, Soy Raymunda DQ El Hijo del Diablo, Hantar, Kronoz
Fantasma de la Opera ran in to attack Pasion Cristal, giving the exoticos the win.
4) Ciclón Ramírez, Emperador Azteca, Relámpago b Alas de Acero, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije
money thrown in
5) Hechicero, Imposible, Último Gladiador b Aramis, Dr. Cerebro, Xtreme Tiger
Hechicero beat Xtreme Tiger with a mask pull, teasing a singles match.
6) Rush b Penta 0MCarístico
Lots of fouls. Caristico pulled Penta’s mask but Rush was the one who pinned Penta. Penta challenged Caristico to an IWRG title match (!!) & Caristico wanted a mask match.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is main evented by a rematch of last week’s main event. It’s Volador, Matt Taven, and Caristico (as a Rey Fenix replacement) taking on once again La Bestia del Ring, Rush, and Cavernario. Last week’s match teased Cavernario/Taven and Volador/Rush. This all started off as a tease for Rush/Terrible vs Volador/Cavernario, only Terrible was hurt before it could happen. Terrible is back in the ring on indie shows but hasn’t shown up on any CMLL lineups for next week as of yet. He could appear here.

I’m tired of speculating on what the main event of the Anniversario show is at this point. I think I’m not alone there. I just would like an answer. I’m a little concerned that Rush & Volador feuded two weeks ago, feuded last week, and maybe the singles match that seems to be coming isn’t next week, but on 09/14. Rush & Volador could have a great match, but the Anniversario show would be a terrible place for it. Rush versus anyone who is not LA Park is going to get rejected hard. They’d be better off having Caristico & Volador break up once again tonight and do that match rather than put Rush into anything. A cage still seems the most likely of ideas because it’s the easiest idea.

Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas, and Okada take on Diamante Azul, Valiente, and Mistico in the semimain. That should be fine. Audaz and Forastero have a very interesting lightning match. Forastero hasn’t had a televised singles match in a year (a very good one with Rey Cometa). Audaz is Audaz. With the extra international attention, this show will get, they could go bonkers in this match to make a name for themselves.

The rest of the card is just matches to have matches, though some could turn out good. Old partners Atlantis & Guerrero Maya team up with Kraneo to face Euforia, Gran Guerrero, and Rey Bucanero. Revolucionarios Dragon Rojo & Polvora team up with Okumura (on every show despite having a wrapped midsection) to fight Esfinge, Rey Cometa, and Blue Panther Jr. Whatever happened to the Revolucionarios finding a third member? Did Templario just say no and they stopped looking? My favorite serial killer Yago will probably engage in some silliness with Disturbio as they wrestle Super Astro & Oro.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

The show will air at 8:30pm CT on Marca and Facebook. I am slightly concerned about my ability to stream the show on YouTube but I’ll probably figure something out.

A non-match thing to watch tonight: if CMLL wants to slide the Universal tournament in before the Anniversario show, it must begin next week. (That’d be blocks on 08/24 & 08/31, final on 09/07.) The ‘next Friday’ ad usually plays after the fourth match and will mention the tournament if it’s happening. If it’s not, it may be starting the week after the Anniversario instead.

The local Ford dealership posted a highlight video of this week’s Arena Puebla show.

Disturbio revealed he named himself after the band.

AAA tapes tomorrow night in Valle de Chalco, Mexico State. That’s about an hour south-east of Mexico City. The show is listed at 6:00 pm, which typically means a 6:30pm first match on Twitch.

The full card is here. Fantasma & Psycho take on Wagner & Park, which will either be changed or end up with everyone beating up Psycho Clown. Aerostar, Drago & Pagano take on the OGTs in a match which doesn’t fit the current situation of the OGTs being tecnicos. Maximo finally fills out the exoticos trio in a match against Rey Escorpion, Texano, and Hijo de LA Park. Jack Evans & Puma King were partners last time we saw them both, and now are opponents in an almost Elite vs Elite match. Lady Shani & Faby Apache meet one last time before TripleMania, with Arez & Vikingo as partners – that should be pretty good. So should the four way opener, with Black Danger, Ultimo Maldito, Arkangel Divino and Angelikal. This looks like an inconsequential taping, but AAA has the talent to make for exciting shows even when nothing much is actually happening.

(I’m mentioning this all now because there probably won’t be a news update tomorrow and I’m not sure if it’ll be around on Twitter.)

TripleMania, happening a week from tomorrow, is up to five (5) matches

  • Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma vs LA Park vs Pentagon Jr. in a four-way mask match
  • Lady Shani vs Faby Apache in a mask versus hair match
  • Jeff Jarrett (c) vs Brian Cage vs Rich Swann vs Fenix for the AAA Heavyweight Championship
  • Pagano, Joe Lider, Murder Clown vs Texano Jr., La Mascara, Rey Escorpion in a street fight
  • Averno, Super Fly, Chessman vs Jack Evans, Teddy Hart, Juventud Guerrera in a lumberjack match

They announced the Texano match on last night’s Sin Mascara stream. Eventually. Texano was on the stream talking to fans with the lure of his match being announced. About a half hour in, they got to the match, with someone reading it to him off-screen. Helpfully, they also put a graphic for the match. Less helpfully, it was a graphic for the OGT vs Elite match, not the one they were actually announcing last night. Texano was confused, as was everyone else. AAA’s only acknowledged the Texano match so far.

Sometime between early this week, when AAA 100% did not have a TripleMania card (I believe), and yesterday, when AAA suddenly started announcing matches, AAA figured out what matches they were running on their biggest show of the year. A round of applause for everyone involved. Expect more matches to trickle out.

Not a big round of applause those because these aren’t great matches for the biggest show of the year. if the idea of adding Cage & Swann to the title match was to make it actually good, that idea would’ve been nice to continue in the trios matches. Pagano/Lider/Clown was explained to be a trio going forward, which is not great. It seems a waste of Texano & Rey Escorpion to be in there with them and makes all the time spent on Mascara & Maximo’s split a bit of a waste if they’re not facing off in some fashion at TripleMania. It’s just the same sort of random trios match on a normal TV show (or a CMLL show.) OGT versus Elite at least has some story behind it, but the story sure seemed to involve people like Vampiro & Konnan, who are surely not going to be standing outside as lumberjack goofs. Lumberjack rules in AAA are one of many stipulation types which actively make their matches worse but serve a purpose here to squeeze a few more people onto the card who aren’t getting a match.

The TV/streaming picture for TripleMania is also slowly being announced. Just like every other AAA TV taping, you’ll be able to see the show live on AAA’s Twitch channel and on VOD if you subscribe. (It’s TripleMania, so there will also be a thousand bootleg versions after the fact.) For normal people, Leo Riano’s Record column announced Televisa Canal 5 will air the show starting at 11:00pm. That’s about 3 hours after the listed start time, so they’ll only get the top matches, and maybe just the four-way mask match if it’s scheduled to go long. Televisa Canal 5 aired Psycho/Wagner (on a couple minute delay) to huge ratings last year, though it had the advantage of following the massive Mayweather/McGregor fight.

Space (Mexico) will also be airing the show live, but it’s unclear if they’re airing the full Twitch broadcast or picking up later like Televisa. An English version of the Twitch stream is still expected to happen, but there’s been no official word about it so far. They might not talk about until Tuesday.

The teased on 08/31 show with Arena Naucalpan and Lucha Memes looks like it includes at least 9 promotions, forming a super alliance promotion called PALL Promotions tend not to get along for long periods of time. After the havoc that was that 08/04 weekend with promotions running against each other in crazy fashion, promoters getting along would be a nice change of pace. I’d assume a lineup comes out soon because that date isn’t far away.

Progress Wrestling announced Mexablood (Flamita & Bandido) will defend their tag team championship on their 09/30 show. That’s a big arena show in London, which means Bandido is amazingly working two big indie arena shows in the same month.

Puma King & Barby’s weekly video came out on Thursday this week. They have a good reason to be late: they’ve moved to San Diego. That’s something they probably couldn’t have done had Puma stayed in CMLL.

Circo, Maroma y Máscara, a 17 minute documentary about lucha libre with filming at Arena el Jaguar in Monterrey, will be shown at the Monterrey Film Festival a couple times this week.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Segunda Caida talks about some June 2018.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui Esta La Lucha.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/21/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Amapola vs La Jarochita [lightning]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora
5) Blue Panther, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Mephisto & Titan are matched up again, so that’s probably an actual feud. Amapola/Jarochita doesn’t seem like it’s going to be good but is the sort of chance Jarochita needs to get if she’s going to develop.

A running argument (between me and people who have common sense) is if Electrico will be in this year’s Universal tournament. I believe in Electrico will be in it. Most people do not. Electrico is the most recent national lightweight champion. JCR brings up the title in commentary but the belt has not been seen and he has not defended it since graduating to the ‘main’ division. With Marco out, CMLL needs Electrico to get to 16 – but they also bring in a champion from elsewhere and count them, like they’ve done in the past. It doesn’t feel like Electrico really got a promotion to the main division if he still gets treated like someone who’s not important – but he’s been facing the dregs of Metalico, Signo and Espanto all year, so he clearly hasn’t been that important so far.

CMLL (TUE) 08/21/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Neutrón, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Carlo Roggi, Gran Kenut, Ráfaga
2) Lluvia, Mistique, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Shocker
4) Flyer, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush
5) Último Guerrero © vs Carístico [NWA MIDDLE]
16th defense

Caristico winning this title is another route CMLL could use to bump out Electrico form the Universal tournament. Ultimo Guerrero would still be a world trios champion and be in the tournament. Ultimo Guerrero just doesn’t lose singles title matches often. 16 title defenses is only the third best he’s had with a title. (32 with the light heavyweight title, 20 with the heavyweight.)

Matt Taven is still around. Maybe he’s working thru Friday because CMLL’s planning Cavernario/Taven or the tag title match next week, but he’s gone before Sunday? Maybe Taven is just in Mexico forever.

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 16th, 2018

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AAA is streaming on Saturdays the next two weeks. This week is a 6pm start, that I keep thinking is an 8pm. That would be a bad mistake to make because the first half of the card looks pretty good. Note the episode on Space is the last new episode that’ll air on either network before TripleMania; I guess Faby & Shani bleeding again is a decent go home match.

Lucha Underground also promises a Taya bridal show and Ricky Mundo & Rosa being involved.

Noted policeman Police Man is on this week’s Puebla show.

everything Twitter people are going to ask me about Okada wrestling in CMLL on Friday answered in a link no one asking will actually click

balloon enthusiast Kazuchika Okada

I enjoy NJPW wrestler Kazuchika Okada and I’ve heard he’s wrestling in CMLL. When is this happening?

Okada will wrestle in CMLL on Friday, August 17th. The show he’s on starts at 8:30 pm Central Daylight Time. That’s 2:30 AM Saturday morning in London, and 10:30 AM Saturday morning in Tokyo. You can find your time here.

Okada is the fifth match (of six) on the show. It’ll take around about 90 minutes into the show, but it can vary a little bit.

How can I watch Okada live?

Media company Marca has the live streaming rights to Friday CMLL shows, and broadcasts them two ways:

Both are the same exact video. The Facebook stream is usually the smoother one. All of this is free.

In the recent past, one or both of these streams have been blocked outside of Mexico. There are also some people who have trouble getting these sites to work. As community service, I’ve often been also streaming the show on YouTube. I will likely stream this show as well.

Help! I can’t watch live! How can I watch the Okada action later?

You have plenty of options.

  • All CMLL Friday night shows are also available on CMLL’s YouTube channel later that night. They’re usually by an hour after the show concludes. Just look for the most recent video which says “Lucha Libre Viernes” and you’re good. I might have even posted a comment about when Okada’s match starts.
  • Matches from this show will air on Azteca America in the US on August 26th on the “Lucha Azteca” show. The matches picked for the show appear to be near random, but there’s a good shot Okada will air.
  • if you want to watch Okada only on NJPW World, it’ll probably be added to the service in the upcoming weeks and be available for all viewers (except in Mexico.) My guess is it will be the August 29th CMLL show listed on the schedule, but I don’t have that confirmed.

There will also be a dozen different pirated version of the match on YouTube because that’s how Mexican wrestling works.

Who is in match Okada’s match? I’m seeing two slightly different ones.

Okada’s match changed during the week, due to a scheduling snafu that didn’t have anything to do with him. Okada will team with Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas to face Mistico, Diamante Azul, and Valiente.

Is this the Mistico that was in WWE?

No! This is the one who’s in the main events on FantasticaMania every year.

Let’s say I skip FantasticaMania every year. Which Mistico is this again?

He is Rush & Dragon Lee’s brother. He’s the middle child of those kids.

I haven’t seen Valiente in a long time! Still fat?

No. He converted all the fat to muscles. It’s a little confusing.

I remember seeing Diamante Azul in a World Tag League. Is he good now?

Nope.

Is there any storyline to this match I need to know to appreciate?

No. Okada is a rudo in the match but that’s about it.

Why CMLL put Okada, the best wrestler in the world, in the semi-main and not the main event?

There are a lot of options here too!

1) It’s a priority issue. The main event is a rematch from last week which will build to next week. It also may be a set up to the main event for CMLL’s biggest show of the year. Okada is probably here this week and not coming back, so they’re focusing more on people who will be back.

2) CMLL matchmakers largely live in their own bubble and do not pay attention to wrestling outside of it. (CMLL matchmakers often don’t even seem to be paying attention to CMLL.) This is common among people who are in charge of making matches for wrestling shows and means they see Okada as a foreign star to include but not a big star who needs to be in the main event.

3) NJPW has a fervent but small fanbase in Mexico. Past NJPW visits have not appeared to be big deals to the CMLL fanbase at large. It’s unclear how many people are actually going to be coming just to see Okada.

4) Negro Casas & Ultimo Guerrero likely wanted to team with Okada, and wouldn’t be able to if he’s in the main event.

5) There’s a less pressure on Okada to do as much in the semi-main.

Isn’t it horrible that Bestia del Ring, a very bad wrestler, is in the main event instead of the best wrestler in the world?

Bestia is not good. I would like to see Okada in the main event instead of him. But, just about every week, there’s someone I would rather see than Bestia del Ring. This is a not a one week issue.

Why didn’t CMLL put Okada in a 1v1 match with Hechicero or Soberano or Titan or Rush or Volador or [insert name here] instead of a trios match? What do you think this match will be like?

Okada has just finished a G1 tournament of tough singles matches. The last thing he probably wants to do now is a showcase singles match. I’m sure NJPW made that known if CMLL even cared to ask. Okada’s not even specifically in Mexico to work for CMLL. He’s in Mexico for other reasons and is working a CMLL show while he happens to be here.

This match will be similar to Okada’s tag matches in ROH, or in the middle of the tour in NJPW, or on that FantasticaMania tour. It’ll be nice, it’ll be a pleasant use of ten to fifteen minutes, somewhere around ***1/4, and not super memorable outside the novelty of Okada playing luchador for a night. It’s not intended to be a big deal. It’s definitely not something worth a 1000 word long blog post but sometimes you’ve got to give the people what they want.

While I’ve got you here, what’s the CMLL Aniversario main event?

no more questions!

great match roundup, week of 2018-08-04

Iron Kid is very good

this week’s recaps

AAA was the best show of the week and the only show I didn’t watch live. (I think I might not be watching this week’s show live either.) It’s tougher to recommend AAA shows just because it’ll be a long time not subscribing to Twitch to see them – there’s not even a strong pirating scene on the right now – but at least I’ll remember to mention them again when they air in a month.

I don’t know what I should call the Friday show since it’s not really on Claro any more, because Claro’s not a thing. But it’s still the same show.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid, Niño Hamburguesa vs Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Astro, Meyer, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
good Aerostar, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black, Taya vs Daga, Drago, Jeremiah Snake, Kobra Moon Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02
good Angelikal, Dinastía, Vanilla vs Draztick Boy, La Hiedra, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Aerostar & Drago vs Hijo de LA Park & Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.LA ParkPagano  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
good Valiente vs Hechicero in a lightning match HECHICERO ENFRENTA EN MATCH RELÁMPAGO A VALIENTE (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. vs King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Carístico vs Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-06 2018-08-06
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
ok El Audaz vs Luciferno in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
ok Jack Evans & Joey Ryan vs Ivelisse & XO Lishus Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02
ok Dragón Azteca Jr. © vs Mariposa [Gift of the Gods] Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02
ok Ciclón Ramírez, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok La Máscara, Laredo Kid, Máximo vs Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok La Jarochita, Marcela, Mystique vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis BUENA EXHIBICIÓN DE LUCHA POR PARTE DE MARICELA, LA JAROCHITA Y MISTIQUE (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) REYNA ISIS HECHO A PERDER CON SU DESCALIFICACIÓN UNA BUENA LUCHA (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok Flyer, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Felino, Negro Casas, Okumura APOYADO NEGROS CASAS POR EL PÚBLICO AL ENFRENTAR LOS NUEVOS VALORES DEL CMLL (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) OKUMURA Y NEGRO CASAS VS SOBERANO JR. Y FLYER, LA LUCHA ACTUAL Y LA ANTERIOR¿CUÁL GANÓ? (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico vs Euforia, Penta El Zero M, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) PENTA EL ZERO M EN DUELO CON MÍSTICO HERMANO DE DRAGÓN LEE Y RUSH (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
ok King Phoenix, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles matchLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) SE LUCIERON CON LUCHA AÉREA VOLADOR, PHOENIX Y MATT TAVEN VS RUSH, LA BESTIA Y CAVERNARIO (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-10 2018-08-10
not rated Acero & Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño OlímpicoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
not rated Astral, Eléctrico, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro Disturbio Cmll Cancerbero y Nitro vs Super Astro Jr Astral y Eléctrico. 2a y 3a caída s (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Cancerbero y Nitro vs Super Astro Jr Astral y Eléctrico. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
not rated Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-07 2018-08-07
not rated Matanza vs Mala Suerte Lucha Underground: 2018-08-08 2018-03-02

AAA Megachampion match announced, AAA TV, DTU, Vulcano

a match! I was going to use a Vulcano pic until they announced this.

DTU (TUE) 08/14/2018 Arena Aficion [Cuadrilatero TV, Funcion Estelar]
1) John Sniper, Little Ricky, Luigui, Mini Flash b Ángel Negro, Hard Boy, Hector Perfecto, Hermes
2) Camuflaje b LokilloMr. Grim
3) Cobre, Jitsu, Pesadilla b Aj Gray, El Exótico, Tiburón
4) Mary Apache, Miranda Alize, Shotzi Blackheart b Diva Salvaje, El Exótico, Jessy Ventura and Douki, Kevin, Príncipe Cometa
Women defeated exoticos and men
5) Shlak b ParanoikoMr. CóndorTiburón
6) Ace Austin b Aero BoyJimmy [DTU AI]
Austin started on the tour with this show after missing the first couple (Impact tapings.) Jimmy challenged Austin to a direct singles match.
7) Crazy King © b Nick GageJimmy Lloyd [DTU]
money thrown in. Referee may have helped Crazy win.

Seems like a decently attended show. I don’t spot any particular cameras at this taping but it figured to be the one show most likely to turn up on Powerbomb.

IWRG tonight has Penta vs Rush vs Caristico. This would be a good night to stream the show, like two different people were doing before. I have no idea if that’s happening.

AAA TripleMania on 08/25 is now up to three (3) matches, nine day away

  • Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma vs LA Park vs Pentagon Jr. in a four way mask match
  • Lady Shani vs Faby Apache in a mask versus hair match
  • Jeff Jarrett (c) vs Brian Cage vs Rich Swann vs Fenix for the AAA Heavyweight Championship

When Fenix earned a shot at Jeff Jarrett back in Aguscalientes, it was certainly presented as if it was going to be a singles match. Cage & Swann are added with no explanation. Cage was at least around as part of MAD (& maybe Elite) on the AAA/ELITE show, though it’s not exceptionally clear why he’d be challenging his ally for the title. Swann has not existed before in AAA.

The reality is Jeff Jarrett versus Fenix would’ve been bad (Jeff Jarrett versus anyone would’ve been bad) and so Jeff Jarrett is going to stall outside for 90% of the match while the other three do highspots, and then maybe try to steal a pin. This is perhaps the problem with having Jeff Jarrett as your champion in 2018. Current Konnan AAA is going to go for “good match” over “makes any sense”. It’d be nice if AAA could have both, but it is an improvement from the Vampiro era of bad matches that didn’t make any sense. I don’t know if we’ll get the rest of the card before the TripleMania press conference next Tuesday.

Something else I don’t know what’s happening with is AAA’s TV plans. They’re still on Televisa. They may go off Televisa at some point in the intermediate future, but AAA’s shows are airing on both Space and Televisa and there’s no solid indication either are about to change. Space is still getting the episodes 1 week earlier (and with a different announce crew) than Televisa, and only 1 new episode is airing week. AAA is currently taping 2 TV episodes a week and airing 1 episode of a week. Neither of those things seems to be changing, despite them not making sense together. Here is the upcoming airing schedule on Televisa & YouTube, the places were most people who watch AAA will actually see the show.

  • taped 07/21 Mexico City will air 08/11 & 08/18
    (LA Park’s return to AAA will not air until one week before TripleMania)
  • taped 07/29 Ecatepec will air 08/25 & 09/01
    (Hijo del Fantasma’s rudo turn will not air until the day of TripleMania, or a week after)
  • taped 08/02 Aguascalientes will air 09/08 & 09/15
    (Fenix earning his TripleMania title match will not air until three weeks after TripleMania)
  • taped 08/10 Veracruz will air 09/22 & 09/29
  • taped 08/18 Chalco will air 10/06 & 10/13
  • taped 08/25 Mexico City/TripleMania will air 10/20 & 10/27 (and also maybe live)
  • taped 09/02 Monterrey will air 11/03 & 11/10
  • taped 09/07 Cancun will air 11/17 & 11/24
  • taped 09/09 Merida will air 12/01 & 12/08
  • taped 10/03 SLP? will air 12/15 & 12/22
  • and that’s probably it for the year! 12/29 & 01/05 & 01/12 are usually recap shows.

(If you are a person who gets Space, subtract one week.)

That means, as it stands right now, Heroes Inmortales and anything else taped in the last three months of 2018 will not air 2019. Maybe well into 2019. AAA, by their own volition, has put themselves in a place where they can not really use their own TV show to build up stories, because their TV is so far behind the shows they’re trying to promote. They may have realized this and decided to do less things on these tapings and at a slower pace because it takes so long to get seen, but it doesn’t explain why they didn’t chance course and cut back these shows.

Something’s gone wrong, something was supposed to change and did not, and they’re still running as if they expect that change to happen. It’s the weirdest thing. If you are a lucha libre fan who likes to watch all you can, this is a good situation with AAA streaming a whole bunch of matches they do not seem to need to run and giving more people chances to be seen. This seems like a big issue in the long run. Maybe that TripleMania press conference happens and AAA announced Space is doubling the length of their show going forward and it all makes sense – it has to be something like that for any of this make sense.

Yesterday’s CMLL Informa introduced the sensation new character find of 2018 (maybe): Vulcano. Vulcano is Kraneo’s new ally in the Gorillas del Ring group he’s putting together. Vulcano explained he’s a fan of firefighters, likes to visit fire stations and watch documentaries, so he’s wearing a fireman themed outfit to honor them. Bombero is the usually Spanish word for firefighter, so it’s unclear why he ended up named Vulcano instead. (Edit: apparently, the firefighter chief is called Jefe Vulcano)

Long time lucha libre fans remember that Vulcano was a well working midcard rudo, one-third of Los Destructores with Tony Arce and Rocco Valente. Vulcano hasn’t been active in lucha libre since 2000 (at least under that name), and I’m not sure where he is now. Other people have used the Vulcano name since – there’s one around Tijuana who worked the last EMW show – and there people upset that CMLL is once again taking a name from the past and reusing it. My guess is this Vulcano is actually Warrior Steel Jr., as the size matches up and there’s not that many other guys that size around CMLL.

ESPN has one of what seems like a monthly profile piece on a CMLL wrestler, this time on Audaz. Audaz was both a luchador and a soccer player, a defender for the LigaMX (and since defunct) Jaguars de Chiapas when his father told him to pick one or the other. Audaz picked lucha lire and is very happy with his choice, though his family originally didn’t like the idea of him going to Mexico City to learn and thought he’d get mixed up in drugs and alcohol. He credits Arkangel, Ultimo Guerrero, and Virus as his CMLL trainees and started sketching out ideas for moves in a notebook. Aerostar has talked about (and occasionally posted on twitter) a secret list of ideas he has for offense. That seemed like it was a text list, while Audaz is said to have actually drawn the ring and his movements in it to work out what he could try next. Audaz says she’s received called from the US, Japan, and Central America to wrestle there, but wants to stay loyal to CMLL for giving him this chance.

Penta says he wants to destroy the fake illusion of Psycho Clown, calling him just a creation of AAA. He’s happy to be on both TripleMania & Anniversario, and has no idea what match will be on CMLL’s show.

Escape Viajeros’s Instagram says this year’s Ring & Rockstars trip will happen September 7 to the 9th. That’s the weekend with the Cancun & Merida TV tapings, so it fits. AAA usually pushes this vacation trip big. They haven’t mentioned it yet this year.

 

Lucha Talk has a new episode up.

Valiente & Pantera Blanca Jr. are wrestling in Victoria, Texas this Saturday.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-08-07 

Hechiceor elbow smash

Recapped: 08/08/2018

Matches:

Acero & Angelito beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:23 [5:36, 3:17, 4:30], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro beat Astral, Eléctrico, Súper Astro Jr.
(14:07 [6:19, 4:42, 3:06], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
(13:20 [3:31, 3:23, 6:26], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(7:25, mask pull disqualification, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla
(11:38 [4:21, 3:08, 4:09], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
(11:00 [3:57, 1:46, 5:17], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Stuka beat Hechicero to set up a title match next week. This time for sure.

Thoughts:

nope

This show was full with matches where the crowd reacted nicely and I had a hard time caring. This particular match was a safe build to next week’s title match, with Stuka getting his tights ripped up but coming back to win anyway. They didn’t work against each other as much as normal for that situation. Angel de Oro & Hechicero worked the torture rack escape armdrag they failed at last time I saw them together, so that’s good.

Audaz & Luciferno essentially tried for the Dragon Lee & Luciferno tournament match in the lightning match. The difference is Audaz doesn’t have as deadly offense as Dragon Lee does yet, and they’re not ready to give Audaz this win yet. The general principle of the old bumping rudo making the young guy look good was there, though there are moments where it’s clear Luciferno would’ve been better at this a couple years ago. Audaz pulling him off the top rope with a headscissors didn’t quite go smoothly, and he stayed away from the fancier spots in this one. It’s still a good opponent for Audaz on the way up, a match-up worth going back to later even if this wasn’t a superb match on its own.

neat double underhook backbreaker

Trios was a simple Panther match, with a surprise submission finish and the crowd reacting to the older Panther’s every move. I’m not sure this would work as well if he was still masked: every tourist understanding that there’s an older man in this fight makes a difference and lets them get more out of little bits. This wasn’t really all that much.

The opener gets off early by not being interesting enough to bother with a negative rating. The segunda too. They were both poor but no one cares.

Lucha Underground 4×10: A Snake Scorned

bad things happen to Rick O’Sheas on this show

Matches

Matanza beat Saltador
(0:40, Wrath of the Gods, NA)

Dragon Azteca Jr. beat Killshot to win the Gift of the Gods Trios championship
(6:51, DDTJ, good) – second defense

Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake beat Killshot, Son of Havoc, The Mack to win trios championship
(8:53, Snake double underhook shoulderbreaker Havoc, good) – ninth champions

Status Check

Kobra Moon as a weapon

Champion: Pentagon Dark (3 defenses)

Gift of the Gods: Dragon Azteca (2 defenses)

Trios Champions: Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) (0 defenses)

Died This Season (10): Jeremiah Crane (casket)*, Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed) , Saltador (sacrificed)

Resurrected (1): Jeremiah Crane

Developments

Killshot double stomp

It’s a rare Lucha Underground episode which includes two different titles on the line. Tonight appears to have been a first time ever where one person was involved in title matches for two different titles on the same episode. It could’ve been the greatest night ever for Killshot. It instead went very badly.

It really wasn’t Killshot’s choice to be in two title matches. He was only going to get a shot at Dragon Azteca for the Gift of the Gods title. The trios championship defense was added after Kobra Moon demanded the rematch her team never got after losing at Ultima Lucha 3. (All the members of that title-winning team being dead or out of the Tribe didn’t seem important.) Antonio mocked the idea at first but appreciated Kobra Moon fighting for it and granted the trios title match for tonight.

That gave Killshot a second title match, which didn’t make his partners too happy. Mack & Havoc slightly leaned on Killshot to abandon the singles title match, which aggravated an already angry Killshot. He explained his anger at Son of Havoc was for being handed a title, not earning it, and his anger at Mack for taking Havoc’s side. Killshot ended up angry at himself when he lost the Gift of the Gods match to Dragon Azteca cleanly. Killshot seemed to kick out right at three on Azteca’s flashy DDT, but the announcers didn’t make much of a fuss about it.

Killshot didn’t appear at the start of trios title match, which was suddenly announced as being tornado rules. It worked out fine, Killshot showed up right about when it would’ve been his turn to be in the match. The lack of team cohesion was the bigger problem: Havoc hit Killshot by mistake with a tope, and Killshot very much on purpose tripped up Havoc when he went for the shooting star press. Jeremiah Snake took advantage for the win, bringing the trios titles back to the Reptile Tribe. Killshot mocked and double stomped Havoc after the match.

It seemed like Mack was still trying to play it neutral post-match. A later bit in Antonio’s office revealed Mack was done teaming with Killshot, and wanted a match with him. Antonio refused because he’d already set up a match for Mack next week. (Maybe that’s why the two title matches had to happen this week?) Catrina demanded a Mil Muertes/Mack match, and it would be the first ever Haunted House match. Mack was scared of Muertes before, and now just seemed eager to fight anyone.

maybe it wasn’t time to do a headstand

Everything else was subplots setting up future bits. Cage & Pentagon Dark fought around the arena as a prelude to a last man standing match they’ll have next week. Big falls were teased, not yet delivered. A priest (“Father Rick O’Shea”) in the audience, shown a half dozen times during the episode, thanked Pentagon Dark for saving him from an accidental Cage attack. Pentagon broke his arm in a transparent attempt at a viral moment.

The Rabbit Tribe is down to just being Paul London. London insisted to Antonio Cueto that Saltador would do better against Matanza than Mala Suerte did. Saltador did not, despite wearing a lucky rabbit’s foot. (Wasn’t this group horrified by that concept previously?) There were no cartoon sound effects or much to do about Matanza in this match. It was more about making it clear Paul London had gotten his men sacrificed by design and was pleased about it working, though it’s totally unclear what that design might be.

Aerostar caught up with Drago on the roof top. Drago’s been in hiding since being freed, ashamed of what he did while under Kobra Moon’s control. Aerostar tried to convince Drago it wasn’t his fault. Drago could not forgive himself and decided he needed to leave the Temple for the time being. Aerostar told Drago they would meet again. Drago wasn’t sure as he flew off, but Aerostar’s a time traveler so he might know something.

To open the show, Antonio Cueto got an invite to the Taya/Johnny wedding. He didn’t express confidence about that marriage lasting. We’ll be seeing more about that wedding to come.

Thoughts

Dragon Azteca > Sin Cara

Hey, they got rid of the trios champions I was sick of seeing together, this week can’t be that bad. Havoc/Killshot might end up being good, but getting there took up half a season with a storyline that required you to just accept a major character change for no explained reason (and quickly swept under the rug another character vanishing with no explanation.) At least it’s maybe better from here? The two matches they had tonight were better. Killshot/Azteca was the strong Azteca performance that he needs to start stacking to get people to take him seriously, helped by being given much more time than last week’s blip. They had some good chemistry, built well to the finish, and made Azteca surviving the double stomp feel like it meant something. If Azteca has a few more of these, he’ll get something out of this reign even if it’s not the big title.

The trios title match got better as it went along. Though they gave no reals reason for it to be tornado rules, it did allow the match to flow thru unending sequence of people just coming in and out. Snake & Moon did the same double team headscissors here to the outside as they did last week, and then had a whole bunch more unexpected double teams. It doesn’t really make sense they’d be so good working together early, but it made the match fun. This felt like it a had a little more to it than the atomicos last week, even if the finish took away a bit from it too. The priority was on making sure Killshot came off as the rudo in all of this over the titles. It’s not a great use of the trios titles, but I suspect there’s another crazy Killshot gimmick match coming.

Everything else was fine. The Cage/Penta brawl was weirdly more exciting than the Cage/Penta title match. Hopefully they can find this groove again next week. Matanza squashes are happening too often for nothing to be happening with them. They made it work this time by at least having something going on with Paul London in the background. Antonio wearing a wacky Halloween hat to announce the Haunted House match was something spectacularly goofy that wouldn’t have worked with Dario and maybe didn’t actually work here either. This Haunted House match seems likely to be a response to WWE’s House of Horror’s disasterpiece. I’m fearfully expecting the goofiness next week to be much worse than Antonio’s hat.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-06 

no one has been more excited doing a moonsault

Recapped: 08/07/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Meyer, Shockercito
(9:14 [3:47, 2:19, 3:08], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. beat King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:06 [6:28, 1:24, 6:14], 2 DQ/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente  
(12:33 [4:48, 2:53, 4:52] 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:51 [1:54, 2:27, 3:30], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Carístico
(16:56, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Carístico torito (2:22)
  2. Volador backcracker (3:21)
  3. Volador Canadian destroyer (11:13)

What happened:

Sansón ripped off Atlantis’ mask for the DQ in the semimain

The segunda second fall DQ was for the rudos staying in the ring as a team too long. It did not seem like it was a planned spot, and it also seemed to come after a 10 count instead of a 20. A Universo/Samuray double pin spot in the third fall did look planned.

Shockercito atypically has his title belt, which makes it easy for Joker to challenge for it after his win.

Thoughts:

this whole bit went much, much longer

Volador & Carisitco came off as Volador screwing around thru a main event match, rather than Volador attempting to be a rudo. There were moments, like the long one where he talked to the crowd for about 20 seconds while Carístico motionlessly waited for him to get in position for a move, where Volador seemed like he ‘d rather be any place but there. Carístico wasn’t clean, but he was at least into the match. Volador did just about nothing for the first couple falls, and went thru a couple of his standard finishes to win in the third. Some of the fooling around was fun, the extended moonsault tease amused the crowd, but it’s also tough to care about a match when half the people in it visibly do not. Volador has been pushed to the side with the indie guys coming in, and maybe this was thought to give him a chance for something to do, but he seemed to want nothing to do with it. Maybe enough with Volador/Caristico matches for now.

The semimain left the tecnicos in one piece, and that was good enough. Matt Taven meshed well with the young rudos, though the crowd really had no idea what to make of him and the referee was so slow at moving out of his way on his moonsault. The rudos had a harder time with Octagon’s armdrag spots, and two guys doing the non-moving tosses is odd. Having Octagon do a dive a night seems like a bad idea.

Second and third match didn’t give me much to write about. I have so little to say about Rey Bucanero & Shocker matches in general that we’re getting close to me ranking Rey Bucanero’s bandanas. Hechicero trying to set up Angel de Oro for something Angel de Oro doesn’t do in every match and Angel de Oro failing at it was the definitive Angel de Oro moment.

The minis match wasn’t a fantastic match, and I sort of just want to endorse the thought. CMLL B-show trios matches tend to be the worse the longer they go because no one wants to (or is allowed to) do a lot in them. They just kill time doing the most basic or useless stuff, and it drags matches down into boredom. This wasn’t a long much, but it was a fun one because they cut out all the stuff the filler and just speed thru the important stuff. (The semimain was tolerable in the same way; it was never going to be anything good, so they just got it over with quickly.) It’s so much better than twenty-minute snoozefests and they seemed to be enjoying doing it. Not even match needs to be long and many CMLL b-show matches are probably all longer than they need to be.

Stuka dethrones Hechicero, TripleMania press conference next Tuesday, LU

Stuka

CMLL (TUE) 08/14/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma b Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, El Audaz, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Titán DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Staright falls. Mephisto unmasked Titan.
5) Stuka Jr. b Hechicero © [NWA LHLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stuka takes falls 2/3 to win the title, his first national or world singles championship in CMLL. Stuka is the 7th (or 72nd) champion. Hechicero falls on his 7th defense
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3.

CMLL has a post-match promo with Stuka and The Gladiatores has a press room interview with Stuka. I thought it was strange The Gladiatores and Estrellas del Ring were going to a lot of Tuesday Arena Mexico shows but it paid off last night.

There’s also a CMLL update confirming Hechicero is fine after taking the finish, so they’re going to do medical updates for obviously worked spots too now. The title match looked great, and it was a strong show overall. It’s more surprising Stuka won than Hechicero lost, because Stuka seemed slotted into the perennial singles challenger who never wins role.

CMLL (TUE) 08/14/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Divino, Luminoso, Tigre Blanco
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Guerrero Samurai Jr. b Difunto, Espanto Jr., Príncipe Odín Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Pólvora b Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Rey Cometa
rudos took 2/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Flyer, Valiente b Felino, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico, Matt Taven, Mistico b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Diamante Azul was double listed, and replaced by Caristico. Tecnicos took 2/3, with Caristico submitting UG to set up a title match next week.

That title match has to be a late change since neither guy was originally on this show.

CMLL Informa says Kraneo will be introducing a new collaborator. The internet is going to be shut down if he’s splitting up with Mije.

Lucha Underground has it’s tenth episode of this season, “A Snake Scorned”. There’s only a single match announced so far

  • Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) versus Killshot, Son of Havoc and the Mack (c) for the Lucha Underground Trios championship

If this trio defeated the rebooted Rabbit Tribe and then loses the trios titles to a reeling Reptile Tribe, it’s going to be weird. Speaking of, the preview teases Paul London/White Rabbit (Kross) issues, as well as Cage & Penta having issues. That title match is coming, just not on this week’s show.

Been thinking a little bit about ol’ Jeremiah Snake. I think it was a MMM Show interview with LU’s Eric Van Wagenen where the executive producer, talking about the work visa issues, mentioned they’d been hoping every week that they’d get the new wrestlers in from AAA and it just wasn’t happening. I wasn’t not sure how literally “every week” should be read into at the time. Maybe it makes sense super literally, like every Monday/Tuesday thought thought this was the week some paperwork was going to be OK-ed, and every Wednesday/Thursday was a new scramble to find a US indie replacement when that paperwork didn’t go thru. Like, when they needed a new Reptile Tribe member, maybe the plan was to debut noted dinosaur Raptor in that spot, and they had to adjust when that couldn’t happen. Or the very mysterious Dezmond X in “Xavier” trunks shows up with no backstory because they had a spot going to a Hijo del Vikingo or a Dinastia and they couldn’t take that spot. I don’t know if any of this is true, I’m 100% just guessing, but I’m also trying to put myself in LU’s shoes and find a place where “Jeremiah Snake, a zombie Sami Callihan doing snake stuff” seemed like the best solution. It takes a lot of work to get there.

Still, if the show isn’t good, the show isn’t good. It’s frustrating that Lucha Underground was dealt a bad hand, but you’re evaluated on what you did, not what you could’ve done if everything went right.

ESPN Nacion had a typical “learning lucha libre” segment with Kobra Moon, King Cuerno, and Dragon Azteca Jr. It was obviously taped back during the Season 4 episodes and I’m uncertain why it happened to air yesterday. There are some things Lucha Underground is not good at but one thing they definitely are good at is getting on ESPN programming.

AAA will apparently be announcing their TripleMania lineup on Tuesday. A press invitation has gone out for a 10 AM conference at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. AAA held a smaller press conference to focus on Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown only before last year’s show and it’s still possible this is something similar. Still, with no other set date for the full lineup to be announced, four days before the show seems like when AAA is most likely going to announce their full card.

TripleMania is being sold on the fourway mask match and Faby/Shani. Which nine people Australian Suicide is defending his Cruiserweight championship again and which guys are being shuffled into a Copa TripleMania doesn’t really make a huge difference in selling tickets. Waiting until so late to announce those matches is strange but not a huge problem. The bigger issue is the stuff that usually gets announced alongside the lineup, like the broadcasting plans (Twitch? TV? English?), as well as just giving hyping something to talk about the show so they remember it exists. AAA is drawing well – Veracruz looked around a full house – but seems like it’s a little bit it’s own world. They’re always going to need more attention to fill Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Maybe they’ll get that attention over the next 10 days – Faby Apache & Lady Shani talked up their match in an interview with ESTO, Psycho Clown seems to be headed to Los Angeles today to do some press and they’re getting daily full page articles in Record (which aren’t posted on line.) It still seems like they could be doing a lot more and waiting until Tuesday to make a big push seems late.

(also, it’s the underinformed theory of this website that AAA has not figured out the final lineup for TripleMania and that’s why we’re not seeing it. Big on random theories today.)

Taya said she’d see Konnan soon on Twitter. She could mean the next set of Impact shows. She could also mean TripleMania. Taya & Johnny Mundo directed most of their AAA anger at Vampiro, who is still around AAA but does not have the same power he once did. AAA’s made peace with Konnan, Fenix and Penta this year, and Dorian Roldan had earlier this year mentioned a hope to see Taya return to AAA. Taya has in-ring history with Faby Apache and seemed to be Lady Shani’s out of the ring mentor during her last year there, so there’s stories they can tell if Taya wants to come back. No guarantee this is that though.

Two of RIOT’s shows – the 11/04/17 Legalicen el Martinete show with Rey Horuz vs Ultimo Ninja and the 02/03/18 No Sabes Quien show with Rey Horuz vs Laredo Kid vs Ultimo Ninja – have been added to Powerbomb.TV. More are said to be coming soon. They also have a coupon code – RIOTLUCHA – that’ll give new subscribers 20 days free to the service and gives RIOT some money if you stay a subscriber after. If you’re going to sign up to watch those shows (or anything on the service), use RIOT’s code or someone else’s code, just make sure you use a code.

Putting together a couple of mystery tweets, Lucha Memes and other promotions are running a show in Arena Naucalpan, probably on August 31st. (Or maybe October 31st.) It looks to have LA Park on it. This is notable because Memes had earlier said they were done running Naucalpan this year. Plans change.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

+LuchaTV has a sit-down interview with X-Fly & Hijo del Mosco X-Fly.

Friends of DTU are very upset Oaxaca’s Flecha Mortal is walking around wiht a fake DTU title. People need to aim higher with their fake titles; you could probably get away with a CMLL title one for years before anyone was sure you weren’t champ.

Morelos luchador Fussion talks about debuting on a DTU show.

The Nuestro Lucha Libre show which aired on public TV in Mexico a few months ago is now on Netflix. It seemed good from what I saw, though I didn’t ever get to see the full minis/women episode.

Lineup

AAA (SUN) 08/19/2018 Palenque Feria de México, Dallas, Texas
1) Arez & Lady Maravilla vs Draztick Boy & La Hiedra
2) Aerostar & Drago vs Darby Allin & Teddy Hart
3) Argenis, La Parka, Máximo vs Averno, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.

Did you know AAA is running the US this weekend? They’re being brought in for a fair, not sure it totally counts, but surprising. (Poster also features Hades instead of Maravilla.)

CMLL (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako
2) La Maligna, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
3) Drone, El Audaz, Flyer vs Templario, Tiger, Virus
4) Valiente vs Ephesto [lightning]
5) Hechicero, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush vs Euforia, Felino, Gran Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Matt Taven vs Último Guerrero

Matt Taven will (probably) have no balloons to aid him against Ultimo Guerrero this time. Singles matches have typically been the end of the run for foreigners, but Taven is around longer.

CMLL (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Eclipse Jr. vs Paymon
2) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destructor & Frenético
3) Neutrón & Principe Daniel vs Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo
4) Joker, Luminoso, Magnum vs Difunto, Guerrero de la Muerte, Maléfico
5) Tigre Blanco vs FugazGuerrero Samurai Jr.ExplosivoMágicoRelámpago AzulThunder BoyCarlo RoggiQukaDestello [OCCIDENTE WELTER, cibernetico, semifinal]
final two advance

Domingo Guadalajara is worth mentioning this week for title tournament. It appears it’s a final 2 advance to a title match next week situation. Star Black is the former champion, gave up the belt some months ago, but still is around on most shows.

IWRG , FILL (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Oriental, Biosferia, Eddy Santos vs Chico del Barrio, Ciber Punk, Dinámico
2) Cheff Benito, Shalom, Voltrex vs Black Puma, Holocsauto, Vardeus
3) Chicanito, Dranzer, Puma de Oro vs Ángel De La Tormenta, Carnicero, Voltar
4) Arquero, Black Shadow II, Toto vs Diablo Jr., Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah, Teelo
6) Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Guerrero Palma, Marduk, Taurino vs Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Kanon, Mexica, Shadow Boy and Eligro, Flayman, Neza King, Pandemónium, Quetzal and Baggera, Jhon Tito, Payachucho, Stone Magic, Último Conde [cage, mask, hair]
Gym Zeuz (Marduck/DT Oficial 911) vs Gym FILL (Mexica/DT Mexica) vs Gym Zaetas del RIng (Flayman/DT Freelance) vs Gym Arena 23 de Junio (Stone Magic/DT Angel o Demonio)

Someone you’ve barely heard of will lose their mask or hair in a cage match. Turtles versus Evil Turtles is more exciting. It’s a rare Sunday FILL show because the bigger show on Thursday.

Camalucha (SUN) 08/19/2018 Centro Civico de la Colonia el Chamizal, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Momia Mx I & Momia Mx II vs Antrax & Magneto
2) Garlik, Rey David, Yiko vs Jesdro, Karma, Súper Karma
3) Coquito Amarillo & Pequeño Jaque Mate vs Panterita & Pequeño Skayde
4) Rayo Tapatío vs Cachetada
5) Príncipe Odín, Súper Comando, Yago vs Bengala (CMLL), Leono, Retro
6) Cholo (CMLL), Euforia, Pólvora vs Flyer, Magnus, Rey Bucanero

Camalucha, promoted by former CMLL opening match wrestler Camaleon, is my favorite tiny promotion to look at the lineups. It’s probably because I’ve watched too much CMLL, and seeing the guys who are forever in the openers being in top matches is just weird. This is a Cholo 25th Anniversary celebration, which means he’s been wrestling since 1993. He’s been on the fringes of CMLL since 2004.

CMLL (MON) 08/20/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Centella Roja, Millenium vs Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Sombra Diabólika
2) Shockercito vs Joker [lightning]
3) Lestat, Pegasso, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Policeman
4) Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
5) Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event seems like a trios title set up, except Terrible isn’t back yet. It might be two weeks away, since Shockercito/Joker still isn’t happening yet.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 

more painful than a YouTube strike

Recapped: 08/10/2018

Matches: 

Angelikal, Dinastía, Vanilla vs Draztick Boy, La Hiedra, Villano III Jr.
(6:32, Dinastia Spanish Fly Villano IIII Jr., good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid, Niño Hamburguesa beat Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider
(8:58, Niño Hamburgesa splash Low Rider, great,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Ciclón Ramírez, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera 
(12:36, Carta Brava frogsplash Ciclon, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo de LA Park & Taurus beat Aerostar & Drago
(5:09, Taurus Driver on Aerostar, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beat La Máscara, Laredo Kid, Máximo
(7:37, Fantasma Thrill of the Hunt Mamba, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Psycho Clown beat Dr. Wagner Jr.LA ParkPagano
(18:57, Psycho Clown casita LA Park, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

shocking that the table held up before the powerbomb

Prior to the match, LA Park tells Wagner he’s only here because he (Wagner) couldn’t defend his mask, and that he’s going to avenge it from Psycho Clown. Wagner, who’s painting his eyes like NJPW Chris Jericho, says the same thing will happen to LA Park. Late in the match, Fantasma came out and hit both Park & Psycho with a chair. He superkicked Tirantes, who recovered in no time to count the pin when Psycho got Park with a casita a moment later. Fantasma didn’t seem particular in caring who lost.

In a stage bit, Hijo del Fantasma refused to acknowledge a young Hijo del Fantasma fan with a sing, because he’s now evil. La Mascara punches Máximo four seconds into the match and works with the rudo team the rest of the way. Mamba runs in after about four minutes, attacking everyone with a chair and apparently becoming a legal person in the match. Texano and Fantasma made peace after the match, which feels like it should’ve been a bigger deal.

Parka Negra and Hijo de LA Park fought after Hijo de LA Park’s match.

Ciclon Ramirez, representing Elite, made his AAA debut in the tercera. Juventud didn’t get along with his partners, and eventually attacked Ciclon to give Poder del Norte the win.

The feed dies during the entrances for the opener, and starts working a few seconds into the match. Vanilla bails back into the ring when on the top rope a plancha to the floor, grabs her leg, waits for Angelikal to do his dive, then clips her knee on the ropes on the way thru. She’s limping the rest of the match, though it’s not clear if she hurt her leg on the tope or abandoning the plancha.

Picudo was honored before the show.

Thoughts: 

Angelikal

The Main event started insane and slowed down a little bit as it went on so long. LA Park destroyed Psycho Clown something fierce. Psycho is as willing as Rush to just get beat up by Park in these matches. Rush’s offense just looked a bit more impactful, where Psycho tries to do stuff he can’t quite pull off (like the shiranui here.) This match lost a little bit something rewatching it, but it was still a strong brawl and the cloest AAA seems to be getting to a straight up Psycho/Park match – Wagner/Pagano were non-factors. Pagano is a goofball.

There was a fun comeback sequence the crowd was really into, with cool dives and such. There was also someone not in the match getting pinned, and the crowd kind of flatly reacted to that. I couldn’t look past it either. There were ways to do this whole sequence the same – Laredo could’ve be pinned and that led to Mamba coming out, and maybe even Fatnasma lays out Mamba at the end – that this just felt like a lazy finish. It was also a weird nontraditional way to end a match that otherwise felt like it stuck with a traditional structure. If five people can’t win against two people, then I’m not even sure what the point of having the number advantage is. The dives were cool at least.

Fantasma tope

The 2v2 match was good while it lasted, though it didn’t last nearly as long as you’d hope. Not sure if other matches went long and this got cut. Taurus with these técnicos is always going to be a good idea. Aerostar’s ideas weren’t quite working, and yet he still did enough of his usual weird flying to remain interesting. Taurus seems to really love being Taurus and plays the character well in small moments. He’s good and yet I don’t think he’s yet been in a match to see the best out of him. Parka Negra fit in well. Drago may or may not be 100%; they kept him outside a lot in this match.

Tercera felt like it went long for a match where the result was made clear the moment Juventud refused to tag in. Poder del Norte had been destroying teams actually working together faster than this, and this seemed more lasting just to allow people to get their moves in. Ciclon Ramirez looked like a major league caliber luchador, while also being less impressive than a lot of the técnicos who appeared on the show prior to him. Taking the pinfall in his first match doesn’t suggest big plans for him anyway. Joe Lider was almost tripped up by Joe Lider’s shirt early on. He did better from there.

Guerrera did not like that dropkick

The segunda was fantastic. This was the most mixed up lineup they’ve used for one of these – some Llave a la Gloria, some ex-Crash, some indie guys who came in recently, and Hamburguesa who’s been around a long time now – and they all really meshed together well. Vikingo has fit in like a glove with the Tijuana crew. Everyone fitting in suggests someone’s doing a really good job getting these guys on the same page. This one had a good build to a spectacular finish, and also crazy moves all the way thru. I’m not clear what Low Rider is supposed to be now with his new gear, and I’m mostly happy he was able to be a person still in his match after amazingly overshooting a dive. Parka Negra might have been a slightly better rudo than Black Danger. That’s a hard accomplishment, but Negra does some amazing jobs basing for people. The finish felt like the end of a fireworks show, with the only downside being more things going on than you could watch at one time. This is an easy recommendation.

The match times on the openers seem to be cut down on the recent shows, but they’re still fitting in a good amount of action with the time they have. They did some interesting mixing up of usual pairs too. Villano III & Dinastia were really good together, especially for a pair that’s barely worked together on TV to this point. V3 Jr. seems like he’s lost his TV spot for the moment with the Elite guys all coming in; he made the most a rare appearance here. Angelikal & La Hiedra doing a sequence was surprising and Hiedra did well with they laid out. It did contribute to the match in itself feeling a little bit too much as rehearsal, which was evident when Vanilla hurt herself on her dive and had to keep on going because they needed her to set up the comeback. She was definitely intended to be a star of the match and couldn’t pull it off; they may be trying too much with her too fast and it all caught up when she bailed on the first dive. Vanilla did well to finish, but this is another rough performance.

Park Driver