CMLL shows canceled this weekend, Santo postponement

Tonight’s CMLL’s show is canceled. So are Saturday’s and Sunday’s Mexico city show. Ovaciones reports CMLL will decide on Monday if they’re running a show on Tuesday. If they’re not deciding until Monday, that probably means Puebla is off.

CMLL will continue to accept supplies tonight from 10-6. They’re looking for medicine for pets, babe food, water and tools. Many other wrestling arenas are accepting supplies as well.

Skandalo, who hasn’t been seen in the ring since March and is believed to dealing with an eye injury, was among those collecting supplies.

IWRG luchador Blue Monsther was among those helping remove debris from a collapsed garment factory in Mexico City. He said he’d normally be teaching at a gym but felt his energy could be better used there. People working at the site have found twenty bodies and saved four people.

There’s also a story involving CMLL luchador Nitro, though I’m not exactly sure what it is. Rey Bucanero wrote something about Nitro risking his life and safety to save others. He apparently got hurt while saving two other people, but is safe now.

Fenix and Penta have canceled their appearances in Australia this week to stay with their families.

El Hijo del Santo says his show in Tulancingo scheduled for tomorrow will now be held next Thursday (09/28) at the request of the government. They’ll give a 25% ticket discount with an item donation for earthquake relief. Santo will be part of a mass in front of his father today, and will visit the Santo statue tomorrow.

The FULL show scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to 10/21.

The Crash announced their next Tijuana show ill now be held on October 5th (a Thursday, two days earlier) and tickets will be free for donations of earthquake relief supplies.

DTU resumed their shows in Xalapa. Trey Miguel kept his Rockstar Pro title over Pardux and Toto. Los Masizos may be splitting up. They won the main event over Ovett, Halloween and Shlak, but Crazy King stole the pin from Ciclope.

 

AAA Japan announced non-tournaments matches for the 10/10 Lucha World Cup
King Cuerno vs Angelico
Danny Jones, Diego, Sumrise Natsu vs Taylor Adams, Rekka, and Heidi Katrina

I guess that means Cuerno and Angelico aren’t in the proper tournament itself, but should have a pretty good match. It also helps explains why Angelico is still in AAA at the moment. This show, and the 10/09 show the previous day, also pop up on DJZ’s upcoming schedule. Also, this is my required mention that this show is less than 3 weeks away, the Mexico side of AAA has still not acknowledged these shows are happening at all, and that seems concerning.

AAA’s weekend in Riveria Maya starts this weekend.

R de Rudo’s Mauricio Rebollo writes about what he’s seen in Mexico City the last couple days. He was in a walkway connecting two buildings when the earthquake happened, which sounds like a place I really would not want to be. SuperLuchas has photos of destruction from Morelos, the epicenter of the earthquake.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast.

Lineups

The Crash (FRI) 09/29/2017 Plaza de Toros Eduardo Funtante, Mazatlán, Sinaloa
1) Dr. Necropsia, Pajaro, Thunder vs Argus, Sangre Maligna, Sigma
2) Eclipse & Relámpago vs Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
3) Jack Evans vs Bestia 666
4) Daga & Zorro vs Máximo & Rey Escorpión (Indie)
5) Penta 0M, Rey Mysterio 619, Willie Mack vs Brian Cage, Carlito, La Máscara

Full card for the debut in Sinaloa. Villa & Banderas are in from Guadalajara (but work here for indies some times.)

MDA (SUN) 10/01/2017 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Mini Hator vs Tekilita
2) Vasco Jr. vs Quinto Elemento
3) Rey Horus vs GalactarFuror
4) Antifaz & Dos Caras Sr. vs Charles Lucero & Panthro
5) Zack Sabre Jr. vs Xtreme Tiger
6) Alberto el Patrón vs El Hijo Del Santo vs Silver King

Can ZSJ finally beat a Mexican? Probably not. I think the card would’ve been more interesting with ZSJ vs Alberto and Santo vs Silver King, but Sabre probably is just here because he’s a indie name people in charge have heard of but not actually seen.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 10/01/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Notoryus Fly & Psycho Kid vs Ciclón Infernal & Súper Dragons
2) Aramis vs Sansón
3) Impulso vs Tiger [falls count anywhere]
4) Imposible vs Titán (CMLL)
5) Soberano Jr. © vs El Bandido [MEX WELTER]
first defense
6) 19 Y 1/2 vs Gato De Ecatepec123456789101112131415161718 [Memes Rumble]

There’s 4 matches there I would’ve really liked to been able to see.

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 22nd

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CMLL streams are off until they’re not. Friday seems definitely out. Arena Puebla usually sends out their poster on Saturdays, so maybe we’ll find out if they’re postponed around then. There’s not a lineup for Tuesday at this point. No idea of IWRG will be running either. It’s going to be weird to go two straight Fridays without a CMLL show. Hopefully it’s only two.

(Guadalajara should air like normal. I really should add Guadalajara to this list, but I’m sure the feed will stop working again as soon as I do.)

CMLL Azteca should air the Anniversario mask matches, if you skipped out on the iPPV. Not sure what they do next week.

AAA was taped weeks ago in Irapuato, and has actually aired started airing on Impact. That’s a difficulty in figuring out these things: it’s tough to tell what’s meant to being taped for the US TV or the Mexico one, or if it’s for both. I assume the show is airing like normal but that may be a bad assumption.

Lucha Underground is airing. I was at all the remaining episodes, a long time ago. The Killshot/Dante Fox is insane, on the level of the first Grave Consequences and the Cero Miedo match. It was an incredible experience live, and one I hope translates just as well to video. You should try to go out of your way to see this match yourself, because I think you’ll end up seeing a half dozen GIFs of it anyway.

CMLL collecting supplies at Arena Mexico, Dia de Luchador

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CMLL continues to collect supplies at Arena Mexico, something AAA is also promoting. They’re looking for medical supplies (gauze, antibiotics, syringes) and digging supplies (shovels, hammers, lanterns). Luchadors are taking photos with anyone who drops items off. Daga & Fenix will be doing the same at Blue Demon’s store and the Traumas will be doing the same at Solar’s store in the same neighborhood. Arena Naucalpan will also be collection donated supplies, as well Arena San Juan. NJPW will be raising money for Mexico at their shows, with the proceeds given to the Red Cross. Other wrestlers are helping out around Mexico City and the other areas affected by the earthquake.

All CMLL shows in Mexico City are postponed until further word. Mexico City’s government has asked all sports/entertainment events to be canceled while the city is in a state of emergency. The CMLL arenas have been inspected and are OK to use once the state of emergency is lifted, but there’s no word of when the state of emergency will end. All soccer games and other events scheduled for this weekend have already been canceled. Nothing is confirmed for CMLL at this point; it figures they’ll probably also not run this weekend but, if the government says people can start running shows sometime this weekend, they’ll probably start running that day. I wouldn’t expect them to be running any shows until Tuesday, but nothing’s been ruled out.

There’s been no talk about Arena Puebla. That area was closer to the epicenter and there’s video of buildings damaged in the same area of the city as the arena. It sounds like the building itself was OK, but I wouldn’t plan on them holding a show on Monday.

AAA’s taping this Saturday in Hard Rock Riveria Maya sounds like it’s still on. That area was far away from the unaffected by the earthquake. AAA had heavily promoted the vacation trips for months. It’ll go on, but probably a different atmosphere.

DTU’s next few shows happened to be scheduled in places unaffected by the earthquake, so they’ll go on tonight in Xalapa and with their other Veracruz show this weekend. They’ll be collection donations for the victims. Indie promotions in Cancun are running a lucha libre marathon, entry free with a donation of food. A lot of other shows around lucha libre are doing similar things.

Today happens to be Dia de Lucha Libre in Mexico. The holiday was set up by the work of the since deceased Brazo de Oro with the Mexican senate, with the idea of making it an annual event. The concept of luchadors has a different meaning this week, as Apolo Valdes writes about, but it seemed like CMLL had already forgotten it before the earthquake.

WWE sent out a survey to current and former network subscribers about possible additions to the network. The possibility of a lucha libre tournament was mentioned, but so were dozens of other ideas; it looks like they were including every idea they had, even those which would be unlikely to pull off. A lucha libre tournament seems like it fits in that category; it has so little chance of happening. WWE doing a lucha libre tournament seems like a style disaster, but it would give fresh exposure to lots of people who would never ever otherwise get it.

This week’s WON says Konnan pitched an idea for Rey Celestial to be the new La Parkita when he was in AAA, but he could never get it approved.

TKD and Culticon review last night’s Lucha Underground.

Segunda Caida reviews recent Panther and Metalico matches

The newest episode of Lucha Talk is up.

Lucha Underground 3×36: The Rise of the Ring Announcer

Fenix is an unheralded mixed tag wrestler

Matches

Dante Fox beat Texano (5:39, inside cradle, good)

Mariposa & Marty the Moth beat Melissa Santos & Fenix (9:18, spike pedigree on Melissa Santos, good)

Son of Havoc & Pentagon Dark won a seven way Gift of Gods match with Saltador, Paul London, Mala Suerte, Cortez Castro and Drago (6:37, Havoc SSP on London & Pentagon package piledriver on Saltador, good)

Developments

This was the final episode prior to Ultima Lucha, and a last chance to move a lot of pieces in place. There were many matches made for the showcase four episodes. Some were set up on this show. Some were just announced. I was suspicious Sexy Star/Taya was only mentioned in passing because it was really supposed to have been announced on social media and and that plan got dropped once Sexy became a non-person. Maybe not, since there were a other matches which were only acknowledged in passing during commentary or during the big rundown in the middle of the show.

this didn’t go as well for Melissa

Three more were made during the night. Famous B took over ring announcing for the night, and his premature announcement of Texano as the winner distracted him into an inside cradle. (It wasn’t clear if Famous B messed up, or purposelessly cost Texano the match. He seemed unbothered by the real outcome.) Texano tried to break Famous B for costing him another match, but Dario intervened: he needed Famous B for the rest of the night. Dario offered Texano a match with B next week, but Texano will have let Famous B manage him should he lose the currently one armed B. Meanwhile, the announcers were falling over each other to praise Dante Fox as a break out star following his recent performances.

The Gift of the Gods match ended the night. The usual medal ceremony was held in Dario’s office. We only saw Havoc and Pentagon place theirs, with Havoc vowing to get cash in right away to get that Ultima Lucha 3 spot he thought he had last year, and Pentagon vowing to break everyone’s arm. Neither man turned out to be right. The seven way was everyone for themselves, with the Rabbit Tribe willing to fight each other at times. Pentagon was dominant at the end, laying out both Saltador and Paul London. When Pentagon went to finish off Saltador with the package piledriver, Havoc landed on London with a shooting star press, and the referee counted both men down at the same time. (Seemed notable that Vampiro was sure Pentagon won, flipping his usual negativity towards his ex-protege. Striker saw it as a draw.) Dario Cueto swiftly sorted it out: there has to be one Gift of the Gods winner, so the tie breaker will be Pentagon versus Havoc in a ladder match with the belt on the line.

The other match was made just as quick. Cage seems to be mind controlled by the gauntlet pretty quick to us, but Dario is concerned it’s not happening fast enough or at all, and that’s why he stole it back last week. (Maybe Delgado’s death shook him up?) Dario’s got approval from his associates for a Cage, Mil Muertes and Jeremiah Crane three way match. He figures Muertes & Crane will be sucked into the gauntlet’s power much quicker. If Cage still wins, they’ll try “ascension” on him anyway, And if that fails, Dario’s okay with Limo Guy just destroying cage. Yes, Limo Guy made a cameo for the first time in months (and we saw Agent Winter again.) All the match announcements made it fell like a big show, but that overarching plot coming back in made it feel like a show coming to a head. Or an end.

king me legdrop

The other matches for Ultima Lucha mentioned include Killshot vs Dante Fox in the Hell of War, a best of three fall match with different stipulations in each fall. Ivelisse versus Catrina is on after all. (This was done in a post-edited voice over; I believe they didn’t know if Ivelisse was going to be able to go until just a bit before the match, and that’s why they dropped mentioning it for so long.) Finally, El Dragon Azteca Jr. made a typically unwise decision and will face Matanza in a cage match. Azteca’s going for revenge on Rey Mysterio, and that mention of revenge was the only time Rey’s name came up on the show.

The middle match was the debut of Melissa Santos, teaming with Fenix against Mariposa and Marty Martinez. An opening show vignette showed Fenix training Melissa, had them flirt, and revealed Melissa still hasn’t seen Fenix with his mask off. Melissa did kinda reveal Marty’s plan is not going to work, she insists she’s into Fenix with or without the mask, but Fenix doesn’t quite believe the same. Fenix also didn’t really believe he wanted Melissa to wrestle here, keeping her out of the match for most of the way. (Fenix’s unwillingness to see women hurt also extended to Mariposa temporarily, though he got over it.) Fenix finally tagged Melissa in for a run of double teams, but she was trapped in the ring when the butterflies took out Fenix and tied him to the ropes. They finished Melissa easy. Marty went to fork Melissa in the head, only for Fenix to break free in time to put a stop to it.

Thoughts

This was a really good episode. All the matches were good, if nothing outstanding, and they did a strong job of building up Ultima Lucha as an epic event with really important stakes.

Texano/Dante was the usual Texano level good match with a few neat Fox spots until the cheap ending. At least the distraction finally leads to a conclusion to that. The announcers were in on Dante as hard as anyone since Pentagon’s first armbreaking rise. It’s sudden, but it’s deserved. On the other hand, I think LU might pick gimmicks on which professions best lend themselves to extended word play and references, and the idea of another War themed match seems like it might be rough after how they ran the puns into the ground with the last one.

“jumper” jumping

LU made Melissa come off as a big deal, they laid out her spots to make her look impressive (and shot them in a way to protect her) and used her to ramp up emotions of the Marty/Fenix match even more. The fans are so into Melissa that I was half surprised no fan tried to rush the ring for the save; good thing they don’t tape in Mexico. This show is crazy enough that Marty actually forking Melissa didn’t even seem impossible. Marty isn’t naturally a great base for Fenix’s trickier offense, but they’ve built his danger up enough that the the emotions are going to carry the action.

The seven way match was almost only a series of one on ones. They kept the pace high that way and it was good action, even if it meant a lot of people selling on the outside. It was really good action while it lasted, and it just lacked some bigger moments for me to rate it higher. There wasn’t the Mala Suerte/Cortez Castro sequence or team up I was so hoping for, but they did give us a whole lot of Saltador looking awesome. Most of his (various) character time on this show has been about blending or losing badly, but he was impressive given the chance. The finishing draw came off perfectly on TV. It’s a little forced to get there, but it does helpfully give them a reason not to cash into the title match immediately.

Dante rolling

Ultima Lucha 3

episode 102 (September 27, Ultima Lucha Week 1)

  • Texano vs Famous B, Texano must join Infamous Inc. if he loses.

  • Killshot vs Dante Fox, in the Hell of War

episode 103 (October 4, Ultima Lucha Week 2)

  • (a match that hasn’t been announced)

  • Fenix vs Marty the Moth, mask vs hair

  • Ivelisse vs Catrina

episode 104 (October 11, Ultima Lucha Week 3)

  • Taya vs Sexy Star, last luchadora standing

  • Pentagon Dark vs Son of Havoc for the Gift of the Gods Championship in a Ladder match.

episode 105 (October 18, Ultima Lucha Week 4, the end?)

  • (a match that hasn’t been announced)

  • Cage vs Jeremiah Crane vs Mil Muertes for the gauntlet

  • El Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Matanza Cueto in a cage match

  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Prince Puma, title versus career for the Lucha Underground championship

lucha libre on hold following Mexico City earthquake, LU

Lucha libre in Mexico is largely on pause following yesterday’s 7.1 earthquake in Puebla. Last night’s CMLL Arena Mexico show was canceled following earthquake, which brought building to the ground in Mexico City. This earthquake took place on the 32nd anniversary of an 8.0 earthquake in Mexico. Many places in Mexico City had or were in the middle of earthquake drills when then actual earthquake happened. The city is forever affected by the 85 earthquake – every building has exit signs in case of an earthquake, building codes were changed – but there’s still significant damage to many buildings in the city and in the rest of Mexico. It’s helped some amount, but there’s still obviously going to be a significant death toll when this is over. Mexico is still digging out today; the twitter feeds I follow that usually talk about lucha libre are passing along notices about volunteers needed at different locations, trying to reunite children and elderly with their families, and passing along emergency contact info.

CMLL’s arenas are said to be undamaged. They didn’t run because the city asked them, asked all big public shows, to go dark for the night in effort to clear the streets of as many unneeded people as usual. CMLL will probably run Friday if things settle down, though it’s possible they’ll need to pass an inspection before they can reopen to the public. CMLL hasn’t announced Informa is canceled today but assume it is.

(FWIW: The last canceled Arena Mexico show was the 07/21/2012 show, due to a protest around the nearby Televisa building. The last canceled CMLL DF show was a 09/01/2013 Arena Coliseo show due to a march, with a never rescheduled Hiroshi Tanahashi/Atlantis match as the match planned.)

The Guadalajara show went on as a scheduled. The DF wrestlers were already on the bus heading out there when the earthquake happened, and that location was unaffected by the earthquake. There’s no word about Arena Puebla, but it’s not mentioned among the buildings which were damaged in that city.

The DTU show scheduled in Morelos, near the epicenter of the earthquake, is canceled. The local promoter says the building seems fine, but has to be inspected before they can run an event and that’s not going to get done in time. Refunds are being offered at point of purchase. The Mexico City ExpoLucha show scheduled for Saturday is also canceled.

MedioTiempo has a roundup of fundraising activities. Polvora and Dragon Rojo are collecting donations of supplies at Arena Mexico today, and others will be doing the same at Arena NaucalpanDTU will be collection food on it’s upcoming shows. Arena Kalaka in Ciudad is holding a show tonight to raise money to send to Mexico City; Pagano will be part of that show. AAA edecan Bere will be signing autographs and taking photos tonigth in exchange for donations at Super Astro’s restaurant. There will likely be places for money donations in upcoming days.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 36 of the 40 episode season, entitled “The Rise of the Ring Announcer”. Matches on the show

  • Dante Fox vs Texano (clip)
  • Marty the Moth & Mariposa vs Fenix & Melissa Santos
  • Gift of the Gods championship match: Pentagon Dark vs Son of Havoc vs Drago vs Cortez Castro vs Paul London vs Saltador vs Mala Suerte

This is the final show of the June 12th taping, the last taping Rey Mysterio attended. He had a family obligation during Ultima Lucha weekend. If there’s going to be any resolution to Rey being dragged off by Matanza, it probably airs tonight (though they could and have aired things out of order.) The rest of the season is Ultima Lucha 3.

The preview says “More Ultima Lucha plans are made”; I’d expect we finally get the full list of Ultima Lucha matches after this. That main event seems like it should have an effect on the already announced Puma/Mundo match. Pentagon already believes he’s winning the Gift of the Gods in this promo and he’s not alone.

Melissa wrestling means Lucha Underground is short one ring announcer for the night.

10/21 Lucha Libre y Pasion in Arena San Juan

There’s a lucha libre expo scheduled for Oaxaca this weekend. That one appears to be still be on, with the idea of raising money for those suffering from the earlier earthquake this month.

A show on 09/30 in Arena Olimpica Laguna is listed as a Jerry Estrada farewell show. Feels like there’s been some of those in the past.

Segunda Caida doesn’t recommend the Warriors vs Terry/Diablo IWRG tag title match.

Lineups

ACG (SAT) 09/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño, Javier Cruz Jr., Johnny Dinamo vs Demonio Rojo, Linterna, Thunder Boy
2) El Rielero, Explosivo, Mágico vs Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
3) Silueta vs La Pantera [lightning]
4) Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr. vs Joker & Sádico and Esfinge & Magnum and Frezzer & Furia Roja
5) Flash, Flash I, Flash II, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Ángel Negro, Ráfaga, Ráfaga Jr., Satánico

This is a benefit show for children suffering from cerebral palsy.

Gran Guerrero beats Niebla Roja (again), Panther/Virus tonight

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CMLL (MON) 09/18/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika b Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Espacial replaced King Jaguar (moved up) on Sunday.
2) Disturbio & King Jaguar b Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
King Jaguar replaced Canelo Casas on Sunday
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Lady Maravilla replaced Skadi (injury) on Sunday. Sugehit submitted Zexuis again.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Stigma, Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. DQ Kojima, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Mr. Niebla and fouled Caristico for the DQ.
6) Gran Guerrero b Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero submitted Niebla Roja to set up a title match next week.

I didn’t see this one yet. Attendance looked down. It’s be easy to blame Guerrero & Roja as non-draws, but Puebla attendance seems very random most weeks.

CMLL hypes today’s main event around Mr. Niebla. Mr. Niebla didn’t wrestle last night and who knows about tonight. This is the danger in writing in advance. The scheduled main event is Caristico, Mistico & Volador against Mr. Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Mr. Niebla, but who knows. It sure seemed like the scheduled plan for an upcoming main event was a Diamante Azul & Stuka vs Negro Casas & Shocker tag title match, but they haven’t successfully gotten everyone in the same place for a while. They may all be there for today’s semifinal, with Valiente & Vangellys filling out the trios.

The match of the night will probably be the Virus/Blue Panther lightning match. It’s only the second time CMLL’s held this match. The last ended in a time limit draw, with the battle mostly staying off the ropes and about swapping the holds. That’s likely to happen again this time, 10 minutes is just not long enough, but it should be something pretty different than the usual lightning match. Panther’s sons and Titan face Los Revolucioanrios and Hechicero in a near rematch from Saturday. Fiero makes a segunda appearance, teaming with Metatron & Oro against Metalico, Nitro and Raziel. The opener is a minis tag, with Acero & Aereo against Pequeno Universo 2000 & Pequeno Violencia.

Guadalajara has Marco versus Euforia for the heavyweight title, with Marco being heavy favorite.

AAA posted a series of GIFs from the first Lucha Underground All Night Long match to show Johnny Mundo is capable of wrestling for a long time and may not be in trouble wrestling 3 matches at Heroes Inmortales. They also have quotes from Lady Shani & Ayako Hamada building up their Heroes Inmortales match.

AAA officially announced the Metepec card that was posted a few days ago, and posted a behind the scenes video package of TripleMania.

A few weeks ago at Arena Roberto Paz, Mr. Aguila said he thought his TripleMania appearance would lead to more AAA dates.

Bandido told R de Rudo he’s “close” to going to WWE, following William Regal and Dark Angel scouting him at a Lucha Memes show in the recent past. It’d be his dream to go.

Lucha Memes says they’re running a show on 10/22 in Puebla’s Arena La Loma.

Box Y Lucha #3301 has the unmasked losers from the Anniversario.

Hijo del Santo didn’t get to have his show in the Zocalo; they went with Ricky Martin instead.  El Universal has an interview about El Santo with what they say are Hijo del Santo & Axel. That would be very strange and big news given the long time legal issues between the two (so I wonder if they’ve confused Santo Jr. for Axel.)

LuchaWorld has the latest lucha report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lucha Sorpresa has some match recommendations from last week.

+LuchaTV has the latest edition of their podcast.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 09/24/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Oriental vs Power Bull
2) Demonio Infernal & Shaolin vs Súper Brazo Jr. & Tackle
3) Aramis vs Diablo Jr.
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances, Taylor Wolf, Violencia Jr.
5) Bombero Infernal, Imposible, Villano V Jr. vs Black Warrior, Eterno, Warrior Jr.
6) Herodes Jr. © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG JUNIORS]
3rd defense

IWRG tapings are about counting backwards to see if the cool looking small guy match will make TV. Aramis/Diablo Jr. is fourth from the top, so it should barring power outage.

CMLL (MON) 09/25/2017 Arena Puebla
1) París & Vega vs Ares & Joker
2) Asturiano & Millenium vs El Malayo & Rey Apocalipsis
3) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Drone, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cuatrero, Sagrado, Sansón
5) Carístico, Flip Gordon, Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) Niebla Roja © vs Gran Guerrero [CMLL LH]
first defense

Niebla Roja had to agree to lose his mask to be in that Anniversary main event, and the rumor has been that he’s leaving CMLL shortly. (Niebla’s booked in Nevada on the following Friday, thru an Arizona indie lucha promotion he’s worked for in the past.) CMLL would probably want him to lose his title before leaving, and they could get that done quickly here.

Fourth match is a rematch, which didn’t seem necessary based on the outcome on yesterday’s show.

Kojima isn’t on any cards past Friday, so he must be finishing up. They figured it out enough never to put him in a singles match.

new lucha videos for the weekend of September 15th, 2017

This is small. YouTube has the videos I shot as well. IWRG didn’t air because of the power outage, and I think I need to start looking for a new AAA Regional source before next week.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-09-16
taped 2017-09-08 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
2) Titán vs Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
3) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kojima, Pierroth, Rush

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-09-16
taped 2017-09-12 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Astral, Robin, Star Black vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Sádico, Sangre Azteca
2) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
3) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Kojima, Mephisto

 

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-09-05 

Misterioso succeeds by doing little

Recapped: 09/16/2017

Matches:

Espíritu Negro & Grako beat Fiero & Magia Blanca  
(11:07 [5:48, 2:40, 2:39], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr. beat Cancerbero, Forastero, Nitro
(13:57 [5:58, 3:52, 4:07], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
(13:52 [8:14, 2:38, 3:00], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr. beat The Panther in a lightning match
(7:55, Gory Special, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora beat Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol
(15:09 [5:04, 2:58, 7:07], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Terrible
(9:28 [2:40, 2:17, 4:31], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

In angles that exist but have never gone anywhere, Misterioso is still taking masks after wins.

Thoughts:

weekly Fiero highlight

The main events breezed thru their match without doing match, and then Mr. Niebla got dumped on his head by Diamante Azul for the finish. Zacarias running away in fear was the correct reaction. I don’t know what was supposed to be happening on the plancha spot before hand, but neither did they and it didn’t matter much. Nothing on this show mattered much.

The semimain had Blue Panther weirdness. Though, if they’re doing bits where Dragon Rojo of all people is out manuevering Blue Panther on the mat, then maybe Panther needs to call it a day. Angel de Oro coming back to quickly beat Hechicero to win the first fall right away was unexpected, and it was one of those unexpected endings Panther matches.

The lightning match was the match of the night for me. They had a few big spots (Panther’s missed plancha, his topes later) to build the match around, a competitive feeling the rest of the way, and everything looked pretty solid. It was pretty enjoyable for a Tuesday match.

foreshadowing (but its on a Tuesday so no one cared)

Tiffany had a tough time in the women’s match, especially early on. It was an ordinary match otherwise, with a bit of focus on Sugehit leading into her mask match.

I watched most of a Nitro match because Forastero is pretty fun with these técnicos. They all couldn’t work with him, but they seemed to be trying to make it work and it didn’t drag on as much as some of these segundas.

Fiero might have been toned down after his brush with death the previous week, or his lack of highspots may have just been usual CMLL variance. Magia Blanca ended up getting as much spotlight as him. Blanca is looking better of late, though he’s still not as good as Fiero.

running seems like the right option

 

Niebla Roja/Gran Guerrero rematch, Rey Mysterio & Hijo del Santo team, KaientaiDojo

(photo via KDojo)

LLT (SUN) 09/17/2017 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois [thecubsfan, YoDeportes]
1) Chris Michael & Rey b Blue & Dante Dvs
2) Alonzo & Guiterrez b Tony Scarpone & Wild Liger
3) Zafiro (Chihuahua) b Kendra (Illinois)Nataly SensacionCalamity JaneLuna Mágica
4) Love International, Octagoncito (original), Payaso Cocoliso, Vengador Futuro b ?, Destructor, Destructor Jr., Eros
5) Huracán Ramírez Jr. & Tritón b Skayde & X-Fly Skayde & X-Fly vs Huracán Ramírez Jr. & Tritón (posted by thecubsfan)
6) Discovery, El Hijo Del Santo, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Dr. Cerebro, Súper Crazy, Yakuza Discovery, El Hijo Del Santo, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Dr. Cerebro, Súper Crazy, Yakuza (posted by thecubsfan) Hijo del Santo y Rey Misterio Jr. triunfan en Chicago (posted by YoDeportes.com)

Most of the undercard names are totally, totally wrong. But so was the women’s match, where it appeared the lucha talent wanted nothing to do with the local woman and then the lucha women didn’t really work well with each other, and then Zafiro & Sensacion did a promo bit forever that went nowhere and accomplished nothing and I accomplished some reading. Always bring a book or a friend to a indie lucha libre show.

You know what was good in the undercard? I have no idea who “Alonzo” is (and only knew that much because it was on his gear), but he’s stood out as really good. A random Octagoncito appearance was nice to see, and he was leaps and bounds better than the other people in the match. Rey Horus was not seen; he was advertised, so maybe he was still hurt from PWG (but it didn’t stop him from working in New York last week so I dunno.)

Main event was, as best I can tell, the first time Rey Mysterio and Hijo del Santo have teamed up in 16 years – back during Rey’s bucket list CMLL run in 2001. They both gave a fair effort for this level of show (about half full at very expensive tickets); I was surprised to see Santo do the flip senton off the top to set up a tope on the floor spot. People treated Santo like a big deal but Rey was definitely the bigger star for this crew. Super Crazy did a good job of leading things on the rudo side and then vanished the moment the match was over.

He missed them doing a bit with Santo and Cerebro about Cerbero wrestling the match with a mask. Cerebro brought up the five year rule, they talked a while longer, and then they did the 10 second mask match bit with Cerebro running off instead of getting unmasked. Santo objected to someone who lost his mask putting it back on, but he later clarified to Rey that he was exempt. Rey was cool with it.

IWRG (SUN) 09/17/2017 Arena Naucalpan [@TKD_117, +LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Lunatic Xtreme & Skanda b Ángel Celestial & Hijo Del Bombero
Hijo del Bombero replaced Celestial Boy (injury). Straight falls.
2) Pantera I © b Aramis [IWRG IC Light]
second defense. Panthera took falls 1/3 to retain.
3) Eterno b Relámpago © [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
second defense. The power went out during the third fall of this match. Eterno took falls 2/3 to win the title.
4) Imposible © b Súper Mega [IWRG Rey del Ring]
third defense (all vs Mega, last went to a draw). Imposible took 1/3 to retain.
5) Emperador Azteca © b Hijo del Pantera [IWRG IC WELTER]
second defense
6) Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. © b Herodes Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TAG]
first defense. Warriors took falls 1/3 to retain. Herodes & Mascara fought each other after the match. Two mystery men showed up to help Mascara Jr. against Herodes. The power went out a second time early on.

The power outage seemed to be because of the storm, because it likely means most (or all) of this show doesn’t end up airing.

IWRG results have Celestial Boy, instead of Angel Celestial, but Celestial Boy is in a neck brace following an injury on a Coacalo show last week. He may be out a long time.

Niebla Roja gets another shot at Gran Guerrero tonight in Arena Puebla. They’re the main event in a single match, following the mask match on Saturday.  It’s the highlight match of an otherwise normal card.

Caristico, Dragon Lee and Soberano are a good tecnico team, but are facing Kojima, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas. The NGD face Esfinge, Stigma, Stuka. Sugehit and Zeuxis rematch in a woman’s trio, with Marcela, Lady Maravilla (replacing Skadi), Dalys and La Comandante round out the match. Canelo Casas continues to be MIA, with King Jaguar stepping in for him again to team with Disturbio against Black Tiger & Espiritu Maligno. The Centella Rojas face Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabolika in the opener. The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube,

Rey Celestial, real name Oscar Leonardo Torres Parra, died after being hit by a car just a few minutes before the Canelo fight started Saturday night. The driver drove away, and the only information they have is the car was white and his rear view mirror. He leaves behind a young daughter. He’ll be buried today.

 

The Eli Drake/Mascara de Bronce match airs on Impact this week. Impact’s PPV and next set of tapings will be taped in Ottawa, with Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano and Texano scheduled to appear.

CultIcon finishes his history of CMLL pieces.

Atlantis, Shocker and Daniel Aceves were part of a food drive for those affected by the recent earthquake.

Lucha Libre in Japan

09/18 KDojo:
Sammy Guevara beat Taishi Takizawa, Daigoro Kashiwa and Dicky Maye
TAKA Michinoku & Black Terry beat Tank Nagai & Kyu Mogami
Douki beat Syrus in the main event

It sounds like all the lucha matches went well. Douki is going for the title. TAKA liked teaming with Terry.

Lineups

XXX (FRI) 10/06/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Hijo De Cadáver vs Enjambre Jr.Hikuri
2) Broken & Dollar vs Golden & Hijo Del Ángel and Kroos & Terremoto
3) Mini Rey Misterio vs PentagoncitoBlack Shadito
4) Oriental vs Guerrero Siam
lucha libre vs MMA
5) Jack Evans vs Villano III Jr.TiagoGrond XXXBlack TaurusDecnnisSharly RockstarHijo del Lizmark [mask, hair]

This is a weird Naucalpan lineup that turned up over the weekend. I hope XXX Promotions means this a Gronda run show. I guess Tiago is the favorite to lose in the main event but Decnnis and Sharly aren’t impossible.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-09-04 

Octagon

Recapped: 09/15/2017

Matches:

Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial
(17:42 [5:41, 4:49, 7:12], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCML)

Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico beat Asturiano, París, Último Dragóncito
(15:40 [7:55, 3:34, 4:11], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Drone, Soberano Jr. beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys
(13:53 [4:48, 4:41, 4:24], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis beat Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Valiente
(12:31 [5:08, 1:30, 5:53], 1/3, ok, via  
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Octagón, Volador Jr. beat  Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Último Guerrero
(11:53 [5:43, 1:39, 4:31], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Octagon returned to a CMLL show for the first time in 25 years. He is only working select Puebla shows at this point, clearly getting a trial run.

Cavernario and Adonis had a testy relationship but didn’t actually betray each other.

In the opener, Tirantes forgets who’s on which team, and grabs Tigre Rojo’s arm to raise simply because he’s close to him when the fall ends. Tigre Rojo is a tecnico, it’s the rudos who won, and Tigre Rojo explains this to Tirantes.

Thoughts:

Soberano tornillo

This was a very boring show. Nothing was too terrible, but nothing was worked all that hard. Any match that looked promising really wasn’t much, and most everything felt like it never got out of first gear.

In the main event, Octagon looked no different than he did in all of his indie matches – like he probably shouldn’t be wrestling at this point and definitely isn’t interested in taking any bumps. He did do a tope, which is more than you’re going to get out of him in a random Mexico State show, but he’s way too limited to be part of good matches. But, if having good matches was what mattered, he wouldn’t have been brought in the first place. His performance wasn’t a surprise and probably was meaningless.

Soberano’s having a trouble landing his tornillo as a plancha of late. He’s always landing on his feet and sort of leaning forward into his rival. It doesn’t look right.