Jack Evans/AAA, Volador advances to a Universal final, Elite, LU, Lucha Memes


CMLL (FRI) 10/21/2016 Arena México [ESTO, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito b Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico
14:00. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther
15:01. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely DQ Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
13:30. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Dalys accidentally dropkicked the referee for the DQ. She and Marcela fought post match.
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rush
9:39. Rudos took 1/2. Rudos took 1/2. Rush and his partners did not get along at all.
5) Atlantis b La Máscara & Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Dragón Lee, Luciferno, Ephesto [CMLL Universal, battle royal]
6) Dragón Lee b Luciferno [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
7) La Máscara b Ephesto [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
8) Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr. [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
9) Atlantis b Rey Bucanero [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
10) La Máscara b Dragón Lee [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
4:32. Rush distracted the ref and Dragon Lee, setting up La Mascara’s win
11) Volador Jr. b Atlantis [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
12) Volador Jr. b La Máscara [CMLL Universal, semifinal]

Another surprise in this tournament. Volador makes a lot of sense as a Universal winner – he and Rush are the big names who haven’t won – but it’s not like CMLL to book a tecnico/tecnico tournament final and it definitely seemed like La Mascara was going to advance when he got to the final. In retrospect, Mascara used up his finishing move (Rush distraction spot) one match too early. (He used the campana earlier.) CMLL continues the slow build to something with La Mascara, Rush and Dragon Lee, but it’s not happening next week. Volador in a singles match is happening, which has generally been a good thing.

The aimless women’s matches finally have an aim. It’s not a particularly new one – Marcela/Dalys’ last title match was in March, but it seems as if they haven’t stopped feuding since. It’s better than nothing.

ELITE (FRI) 10/21/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo, SuperLuchas]
1) Hijo del Pantera & Rocky Lobo b Luzbel & Tanque Infernal
listed as Pantera, but actually Hijo del Pantera.
2) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de LA Park, Zumbi b Diamante, Imposible, Karonte Jr.
money thrown in.
3) El Bandido & Golden Magic b Argos & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Dr. Wagner Jr. replaced Hijo de Dos Caras. A fan tried to get into a fight with Wagner during the match and was thrown out. Golden Magic and Argos feuded.
4) Cibernético & Sharlie Rockstar b Mr. Águila & Zumbido
Hellbrothers won with a Cibernetico foul on Aguila, then teased a big surprise soon.
5) Rey Escorpión b Blue Demon Jr. [Liga Elite]
Escorpion used a mask pull to win. Demon challenged for a mask versus hair match, Escorpion said no.
6) Carístico b LA Park [cage, Liga Elite]
A chair got in the cage and Caristico bled. Rey Escorpion came in the cage and attacked both guys. LA Park threw Caristico out of the cage (?) giving him the won, which gets him a match with Rey Escorpion (?), and Caristico came back in for a three way fight.

There was some live video floating around of the main event, but I didn’t have a chance to watch it and I don’t quite understand what happened. (I’m not even sure I have the finish right; different sources seem to explain it differently.) I understand it’s the usual Elite finishes.

Cibenrnetico & Sharlie were teasing a new Hell Brother. I think Averno & Chessman are happy in AAA at the moment (and have some level of influence in their current storyline), so it’s unlikely to be one of them.

Jack Evans and AAA

Jack Evans was fired from AAA for his comments to SoloWrestling (translation here), the same website reported today. I’ve been told the same separately. As usual, AAA hasn’t acknowledged the situation publicly and Jack’s stayed away from saying more.  In the past, Jack’s been fired from AAA and later hired back. I don’t know that’s going to happen here, I’m hoping it’ll be happening, and it seems like a thing that ought to eventually happen given the lack of bodies in AAA at the moment. AAA’s historically been better than average at letting go of grudges and hiring people back when it made business sense for them to do it, so I hope my rare bit of optimism is warranted.

If you missed it, Jack’s long interview with Spain based Solowrestling about a month essentially got summarized down to “La Parka is bad at the techinical aspects of wrestling (but he gets himself over, so Jack realized there were more than moves to wrestling)” and “AAA hasn’t been as good since Konnan left.” It is the position of this author that both those statements are 100% accurate, and statements most people would agree with, but AAA viewed those comments as harsh criticism. AAA’s taken so many hits in the last couple years that there’s a strong “you’re with us or you’re against us” bunker mentality (which sometimes peeks thru on social media) and Jack’s mouth put him in the against us category. He acknowledged he was going to get in trouble for what he was saying while he was saying it, and that’s where you’ve got to just not say it. I agree with what Jack said, but wish he didn’t cost himself his job over it.

There’s more at stake than wanting to see a certain guy in a certain promotion. Jack’s got a wife, Jack’s got a kid, but I’m not sure if Jack has legal status to stay in Mexico if he’s not working in AAA. He theoretically could try to get in CMLL, but AAA likely holds his work visa and could make it impossible for Jack to work anywhere else. This could be an issue. I hope it’s not.

There’s some ripple effects from AAA letting go of Jack. Back around the start of Lucha Underground Season 2, AAA warned it’s luchadors that they would not be able to work for LU if they no longer worked for AAA. It was an attempt to keep people from walking out of AAA to work on US indies (where AAA would no longer get a cut of their pay.) That didn’t seem to work. Flamita definitely hasn’t been back in LU since he left AAA, but both Sexy Star and Rey Fenix have left AAA, and Sexy Star wasn’t taken off Lucha Underground tapings. (Rey Fenix also was part of the Paley Center Lucha Underground panel – with Dorian praising him! – but I believe he might have technically not quit AAA at that point though both sides knew it was coming.) Jack’s been fired by AAA, but he’s still part of the Lucha Underground live events this week as far as we know. I’m not sure the wrestlers totally believed it, and there’s only one person where this matters a lot (Pentagon – and it already seems like he’s shifted AAA to third priority), but firing Jack from AAA exposes it as an empty threat.

The other bit is Jack & Angelico have generally been a package deal, so I’m not sure how much we’ll see if Angelico in AAA if this doesn’t get fixed. I don’t think Angelico is going to quit (nor would I put it on him to do so), but they’ve already been looking to do more Europe and US bookings in the last year, and this is only going to push them more that way. Angelico’s still on the Star Battle Show (tomorrow this week!) and the TV taping after, but he’s not on the rest of the tapings and maybe he’ll be around even less going forward. Angelico is good and over and AAA doesn’t have enough people who are both at the moment. They also just don’t have enough people in general, so every potential lose hurts more.

The best case for everyone is Jack gets hired back in December or January and everything goes back to normal.

(The one positive luck for AAA is they’ve had great timing in change the tag titles this year, even if it seemed a bad move at the time. Angelico & Jack were stripped of the titles in January, then both ended up hurt for months while AAA used it to set up the Apaches angle. Angelico & Jack got the tag titles back, only to lose it Drago & Aerostar – maybe just to raise that duo’s value or because Jack & Angelico were going to miss Heroes Inmortales – and now Jack wouldn’t be around to be champion anyway.)

Other Stuff

That first Lucha Underground live show (with that same Jack Evans) is tomorrow in Phoenix. There’s an article in the Phoenix New Times to promote it, which adds Ricky Mandell and Kevin Kross to the list of people working the shows. The poster for the 10/30 Houston show has main events of Drago vs Johnny Mundo (nunchuck match) and Cage vs Matanza (Lucha Underground championship) with Vampiro as guest enforcer for both matches. Marty Martinez, Ivelisse, Taya, Joey Ryan, the Mack, Pentagon Dark, and Mil Muertes are LU wrestlers on the show. Paul London, who was seen in the trailer but hasn’t yet debuted, will be there. Saltador is also listed; that may be the name of someone we haven’t seen on the show yet. Surprisingly, (Hector) Garza Jr. and Ultimo Ninja are also listed; Multimedios broadcasts into Houston, so they may actually bring their own following to the show. Like with the Austin show in the spring , these shows generally seem as if they’re meant to be happening in sync with what’s happening on the show right now, not where they’re at the end of Season 3.

There’s no CMLL show this Saturday. Sunday has Mr. Niebla, Pierroth & Rush against Gran Guerrero, Shocker and Ultimo Guerrero as the main event, and Mistico, Stuka & Volador vs Felino, La Mascara & Mephisto as the semimain. CMLL should set up a main event for the 10/30 Dia de Muertos show, but it’s not clear that they will.

This is a busy indie weekend. Cara Lucha runs tonight with Extreme Tiger vs Rey Fenix vs Fly Warrior. This is Fenix’s return to the promotion as an indie guy (previously appearing there when they were working with AAA), and also Rey Escorpion’s return to building as part of Elite. He teams with Templario against Black Terry & Zumbido in a very random looking match.

Lucha Memes is running on Sunday. They’ve got Hechicero taking on the debuting Sammy Guevera as the main event, and Ronnie Mendoza versus Dragon Lee as another big match. Flyer, Soberano and Star Jr. face the Kamikazes del Aire and Impulso versus Mike Segura promising looking matches.

Rey Fenix will be on the 11/18 Muchas Luchas (Guadalajara) show, as will be current champion Rayo Star. Rey Fenix will also be on 11/26 The Crash show.

CMLL mentioned Dragon Lee will also be part of the ROH’s 12/04 Philadelphia taping, in addition to the PPV two days before in New York.

Gringo Loco & Isaias Velasques versus DJZ & Laredo Kid is the 10/30 GALLI main event.

Box Y Lucha had an interview with CMLL edecan Paola, who revealed that she’s Ultimo Guerrero’s daughter.  The interview mentions it was a one time thing, and Paola wasn’t mentioned in CMLL head edecan Erika Canceso’s list of women currently working in the role (posted last last night when people were asking her if different people were still around.)

Ex-CMLL luchador Delta will put up his mask against Galactar in Monterrey on 11/27 in a mask match.

Matt Farmer posted 1979 EMLL & UWA results.


CMLL (FRI) 10/28/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Metálico
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Valiente [CMLL Universal, final]

This will be the first of the three Dia de Muertos shows. I had though it could be an iPPV, but there’s no sign of one.

The newest version of the Ingobernables team up for the first time in the semimain, though it’d be much more effective against the group of tecnicos in the fourth match. We don’t know if Elite are running Friday, and if Caristico is double booked, quite yet. Putting him in the fourth match would help him make a second show though.

Third match is a rematch from this week. Opener is a challenge. I had heard an idea that Drone would end up being Flyer, and I bet Flyer wishes that was correct.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-10-21

Dragon Lee tope

Recapped: 10/21/2016

What happened: Volador advanced to the final of the Universal tournament. Dragon Lee didn’t, thanks to his brother Rush. They may no longer be brothers. Marco & Máximo are definitely not friends with Rush. Marcela and Dalys are feuding once again.

What was good: I liked the second match and the tournament ifnal.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be up on my channel soon up. (more…)

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-01 

golden magic

Recapped: 10/18/2016

What happened: Blue Demon beat LA Park by DQ in the usual Elite bad finish (with some horrendous production.) Xtreme Tiger beat Ciberentico by DQ when Ciberentico decided to give the referee a martinete for no really good reason. None of these things are going anywhere.

What was good: I wouldn’t recommend anything. This was a really bad episode and fitting a pattern with this show: the singles matches are not good and have awful finishes, and the trios matches are frequently OK but disappointing.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on my channel and the Liga Elite channel, with some handheld also around

Blue Demon & LA Park is pushed with the two being held apart backstage and on an Azteca sports show. (more…)

CMLL Universal Block B, Elite, T. Panther & Misterioso to ROH

Fuego & Taguchi
Fuego & Taguchi/NJPWWorld

Tonight’s CMLL Anniversary show has the second half of the Universal tournament. After Valiente shockingly won the first block, the second block is open. It’s hard to believe Ephesto & Luciferno are doing anything, but Dragon Rojo and Rey Bucanero are about the same level of Valiente. It’s hard to imagine Rey Bucanero versus Valiente as the main event of an important Friday show, but next week’s show will probably be as much about the Dia de los Muertos pageantry as the wrestling.

Still, let’s drop those four just for simplicity’s sake. It leaves:

  • Atlantis: is Atlantis, is the reigning Universal champion. Atlantis versus Valiente is an odd match, but Atlantis in a main event singles match would feel like a singles match.
  • Dragon Lee: would’ve been a logical finalist in a lot of scenarios to continue the momentum off the mask match, but is also an odd fit as a Valiente opponent. It would be an interesting match, but not one CMLL usually does.
  • La Mascara: the only rudo with a great chance of winning, a natural opponent of Valiente, and the usual bit of a big mask loser winning something almost as big soon after to ‘prove’ he still has it. Valiente/La Mascara would not be a stellar main event most times, but would work best this year.
  • Volador Jr.: can easily shift back to being a rudo for the night, has the story of being a trios title partner with Valiente, either he or Rush is the biggest name who hasn’t won this tournament yet.

La Mascara makes the most sense, but Valiente won last week and he definitely did not make the most sense. At this point, you hope La Mascara simply makes the block final, so he can have the long singles match against either Dragon Lee or Volador.

The rest of the show is a random assortment of tag matches, some looking better than other. Euforia, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero versus Marco Corleone, Maximo and Rush in a match seemingly designed only for Rush to turn on his partners. The women are in the tercera, with Estrellita, Marcela and Sanely facing Amapola, Dalys and Metalica. The best undercard match will likely be the Friday night debut of the Junior Dinamitas as a trio, with Cuatrero, Sanson and their cousin Forastero taking on Blue Panther, The Panther and Esfinge. The show will open with a minis match, as seem to be happening frequently. This one is Electrico & Ultimo Dragon against Demus and Pequeno Olimpico.

The show airs at 8:30pm on ClaroSports.com. This is not a NJPWWorld broadcast.

Elite, in Arena Lopez Mateos, has a unique main event: Caristico vs LA Park in a cage match. Singles cage matches are rarity in lucha libre. Elite did one a few months ago with Teddy Hart and Extreme Tiger, which wasn’t as interesting as it sounds. Nothing in Elite is as interesting as it sounds of late, and the only question is how LA Park will put together a tremendously screwy finish in this environment. Blue Demon Jr. versus Rey Escorpion is the semimain, which sounds equally likely for a controversial finish. The quality of matches in Elite have dropped a lot in the post-CMLL era, and really the shows haven’t been as good since the international tournament.

The undercard doesn’t look especially good: Cibernetico & Sharlie Rockstar vs Mr. Aguila & Zumbido; Golden Magic & Bandido vs Argos & Hijo de Dos Caras; Zumbido, Emperador Azteca, Hijo de LA Park vs Karonte Jr, Imposible, Diamante (maybe the best one?); and Rocky Lobo & Pantera (maybe Hijo?) versus Tanque Infernal & Luzbel. Four or five matches from the show will air on Saturday on Azteca.

Elite held a press conference in Toluca yesterday to promote it’s 11/04 taping. The article mentions the original card, which can’t be correct: Flamita keeps being advertised even though we know for sure he’s wrestling in Dragon Gate the night before. (I guess it’s not physically impossible, but it’s tougher than Caristico’s double shots.) This time, Marcos Medina was introduced as the Elite representative. He shows up previously as connected to memorable failures ENESMA and EAW (two rings!)

We don’t know if/where Elite is taping next week, yet.

AAA is not taping this week. They’re off to Japan tonight or tomorrow, for the Star Battle show. AAA’s posted the updated lineup for the show on their site, acknowledging the Hijo del Fantasma for Jack Evans and La Hiedra for Faby Apache changes.

There’s a temporary Rey Mysterio museum in Tokyo as part of the promotion for the show.

Earlier this morning, on NJPW’s show, Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi advanced to the semifinals of the Super Junior Tag Tournament, defeating the team of Tiger Mask and Jushin Liger. Taguchi pinned Liger. A match earlier, Beretta defeated Angel de Oro to give RPG Vice a win over Angel de Oro & Titan. These matches aired on NJPW, I haven’t seen them, but it sounds like there was nothing extraordinary on the show. The next show to air will be on 10/23, the same day as the AAA Star Battle show. On the NJPW show, Titan & Liger take on Taiji Ishimori & ACH, and Tiger Mask & Angel de Oro face Taguchi & Fuego. The next stage of the tournament is on 10/30, where Taguchi & Fuego face the same RPG Vice.

The Panther & Misterioso Jr. will represent CMLL in Ring of Honor in their Survival of the Fitness tournament on 11/03 & 11/04. It’s a two day tournament: a bunch of singles matches on day 1, then a multiman match with the winner getting a title shot on the second night. That suggests they’ll probably just have the two work against each other on day one, and then the winner will likely come up a little short of that title shot.

Misterioso & the Panther have worked a lot in trios and even had a lightning match, so they should be fine enough in a singles match and either guy could get in a few spots and then get beat in the multiman fine. My issue with these picks, like Angel de Oro, is I want it to be a reward for people who are working hard in CMLL and are going to be the best CMLL has to offer and that’s not what they’re doing at all. It’s just names who’ve worked FantasicaMania and I should stop ranting about this every time. I don’t like the idea of just picking random people but, if they keep bringing CMLL people in often, eventually it’s going to be the right people.

Today’s Bauer and Pollock show includes Court Bauer says WWE may have interest in La Mascara & Rush. WWE being interested in top guys in another promotion isn’t that much of a surprise, though it’s always different when it comes to Mexico. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise with Rush; whenever Meltzer says someone is the best (whatever) in wrestling, someone in WWE perks up, and Rush has been called the best rudo in wrestling for a while. (So, of course, he’s set up to be a tecnico tonight.) There were rumors about WWE having interest in La Mascara around the mask match and back in the spring. Rush has previously said he didn’t have interest in WWE, but people say all sorts of things.

The 10/16 Arena Jose Sulaiman (Monterrey) AAA show had a scheduled main event of Psycho Clown, Monster Clown, Murder Clown against Pagano, Nicho and Damian. That doesn’t make any sense. What they did instead was have Pagano lay down so the Clowns could pin him in the first fall and all the clowns attacked Psycho to send him out of the match. Pagano sat out the match that point, allowing Nicho & Damian to tie up the match, then Psycho Clown came back in the third fall, followed by the AAA tecnicos, to disrupt the main event and end it without a finish.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-10-01 

Aerostar's vacation
Aerostar’s vacation

Recapped: 10/18/2016

What happened: Dr. Wagner Jr. turned (really more because they booked him as a técnico when he was meant to be a rudo by now than any storyline reason.) Heroes Inmortales was promoted a lot? Garza and Mundo fought leading up to that show. Super Fly got a win, over Aerostar even.

What was good: Nothing, really

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)

lucha TV preview for weekend of October 22th


I should’ve reminded you of this earlier: the Super Junior Tag Team Tournament starts early Friday morning (Central) on NJPWWorld. Maybe I’ll watch it later. For what it’s worth, this week’s CMLL Friday show is not on NJPW World. They’re back next week. Not sure why they pick some weeks and not others.

AAA starts the post-Heroes Inmortales show (so we don’t know exactly which matches will air.) You may have to wait one more week for the thrilling return of Dizzy.

The Lucha Underground preview also mentions a visit from Congressman Delgado and Rey asking for a favor from Dario.

LU Phoenix, Drone revealed, more CMLL to ROH

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 10/18/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Martes de Glamour]
1) Espectrúm, Furia Roja, Ráfaga b Explosivo, León Blanco, Magnum
Magnum and Furia Roja were added to the match. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Grako, Sangre Azteca b Bengala, Frezzer, Leono
Grako’s Arena Coliseo Guadalajara debut. Bengala & Leono replaced Starman (MIA) & Sensei. Canelo Casas replaced Furia Roja (moved down). Rudos took 2/3.
3) Nitro, Puma, Tiger b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Stigma
Rudos took 1/3, Nitro giving Oro a piledriver (and Oro stretched out.)
4) Blue Panther, Esfinge, Johnny Idol b Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3, Panther beating Dragon Rojo to set up a title match. Dragon Rojo said it’d be a honor to defend against Blue Panther.
5) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Rush
Rudos took 1/3. Shocker snuck in a foul on Rush.

Panther/Rojo is set up for next week, and Shocker/Rush are the main event trios match too.

On yesterday’s Informa, Drone suddenly admitted he was the former Hombre Bala Jr. Many people had figured it out, but CMLL hasn’t acknowledged a character change this quickly in the past. Drone says he wanted to pave his own career and his father (who had many characters) was OK with the change. Also, Mije, who hasn’t been with Kraneo lately, turned up as part of the Dia de los Muertos creatures. And Blue Panther Jr. admitted the horrible truth: he purposely buys too small shirts so he can look bigger.

No CMLL show this Saturday. It didn’t occur to me that we never got a lineup. It’s another boxing show. Hopefully that means Lucha Retro catches up a week when they get this far, but they’ll probably just air a repeat.

Lucha Underground listed main events for the Phoenix shows on their Facebook page. The noon show has Johnny Mundo versus Brian Cage in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The 3pm show has Pentagon Dark versus Mil Muertes in a No DQ match with Vampiro as ringside enforcer. Drago, Jack Evans, Ivelisse, Taya, Mariposa, Aerostar, and Son of Havoc are listed as also appearing.  Paul London is headed to WXW this weekend, which means Vampiro’s probably the main guy in charge of the wrestling part of the LU shows. This week’s WON says Vampiro’s official AAA position is “Head of Talent Relations”, so I guess he’s in that in-between luchadors and the Roldans role Jack Evans noted was missing. Speaking of, Jack Evans was added to the 11/04 AAW show in Chicago. Jack appearing on the LU shows means he’s still in OK with that company, whatever his current AAA status is.

AAA Japan’s updated the Star Battle lineup: Hijo del Fatansma replaces Jack Evans, teaming with Angelico against Masato Tanaka & Ikuto Hidaka.

There’s nothing yet for 10/30 in Houston or 11/05 in San Diego/Escondido, but I’d suspect they’ll follow the same template: noon/3pm shows, main events announcers, other matches not (but probably 3-4 total). None of this was mentioned on the TV show, or even on the social media accounts during the show. That seems bad, but not entirely unexpected at this point. They are not doing the best possible job at promoting, no change there.

El Rey & Lucha Underground are also asking for short fan video (from US people only), talking about why they like any of one of the five best LU episodes they’ve picked. The five they’ve chosen are Grave Consequences 1, Trios Champions (the tournament final), Ultima Lucha 1, Aztec Warfare 2 and No Mas. Those are fine picks. The fine print says these videos will air a Lucha Underground on/around November 29th (and also the “prize” for winning is they’ll just air your videos.) November 29th is a Tuesday, kind of an odd day for a marathon, especially when Thanksgiving is the more obvious pick just a few days before, but From Dust Till Dawn is finished up at that point so El Rey has space to fill.

Ring of Honor’s daily update mentions Dragon Lee will return to the promotion for his TV Title shot on the 12/02 Final Battle PPV. Also, two luchadors who had not previously appeared in Ring of Honor will be part of their annual Survival of the Fitness tournament on 11/03 in Arlington, Texas and 11/04 in San Antonio. The CMLL participation has gone up from occasional appearances to every weekend ROH runs after the Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi match.

I disagree with this concept of just having so many different CMLL luchadors appear; they need to concentrate on a few people if they’re hoping fans will get into any of them. It may not be ROH’s decision, but it’s not helping the concept for people to show up once and then perhaps not again for a long time. It’s great Angel de Oro got over, but it doesn’t help if he’s not seen again for six months.

Ring of Honor has their 10/14 Chicago Ridge show, with Angel de Oro vs Kamaitachi vs ACH vs Nick Jackson, on video for $15.

Rey Orion, a 24 year old Monterrey luchador who wrestling in Arena Coliseo Monterrey as recently as a month ago, has passed away. No mention of what happened. Edit: Publimetro reports Rey Orion passed away in car accident.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the Tuesday Queretaro show. He’s got extended highlights of the Negro Navarro/Black Terry vs Solar/Heddi Karaoui match.

+LuchaTV posted the complete Caristico vs Volador Jr. vs Mascara Dorada vs Titan match from this weekend’s Lucha Libre Boom show.

Imagen Televison, the over the air successor to the cadenatres network, finally launched this past week about a year after the old network went off the air. They’re not airing lucha, but it’d be a logical landing point for the Tuesday show.

LuchaWorld has the latest News Update.

TKD, CultIcon and Voices of Wrestling review last night’s Lucha Underground. Segunda Caida reviews the episode from a couple weeks ago.

Dragon Lee, talking about the Universal tournament, says his father wanted him to try MMA but he’s never been interested.

CultIcon also writes about Soberano Jr.

CaraLucha posts a promo with Skyman.

CMLL hypes Los Junior Dinamitas debuting as a trio this Friday.

Pirata Morgan is headed to Guatemala on 11/27.

Puebla’s annual lucha libre expo (4-6 indie lucha libre shows over a weekend) will be 12/12 & 12/13 at Polideportivo Puebla Sur.


LB (SAT) 11/26/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Dragóncito De Oro, Súper Pincohito, Toto vs ?, Bracito De Plata, Felinito
2) Ram El Carnero vs Dragón Bane, Ojo De Halcón
3) Demente Extreme vs Makabre, Eterno, Brian Villa, Mike Segura, Draego, Freelance, Wily Banderas, Toxin Boy, Atomic Star, Fly Star
4) Atm, Carta Brava, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera vs ?, Arez, Belial, Impulso
5) Halloween & X-Fly vs Cíclope & Paranoiko and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
6) LA Park vs Masada

LA Park vs (US) Masada, OK. This being a Halloween themed card on November 26th is the weirder thing.

Lucha Underground 3×7: Payback Time

Mil has had enough
Mil has had enough


Matanza beats Killshot to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (3:58, Wrath of the Gods, good)
Drago defeated Fenix and Aerostar (8:43, running blockbuster on Aerostar, great)
– as a result of the match, Fenix & Aerostar will not be in Aztec Warfare, while Drago enters twentieth
Prince Puma versus Mil Muertes (8:42, 630 senton, great)


what’s in that mask anyway

Dario was all about upping the difficult level for Matanza. Dario says it’s because he’s so confident in his brother, noting no one’s come close to beating him in on a Dial of Doom. He was right about that tonight, with Matanza defeating Killshot (after one scare.) Dario’s decided to make it even more challenging: Aztec Warfare is back in four weeks (November 16), the title will be on the line, and Matanza enters first. The announcers chalked this up as confidence, but it seems like Dario must have some ulteior motive. He usually does.

There’s 20 people in Aztec Warfare, as usually is the plan. Matanza is #1. Drago will be #20 – he won a three way match between the trios champions, who had no idea they were going to be in one of them. Fenix really took the worst of the fight, having his mouth or nose broken by Drago on a plancha, and being left out of the action while Aerostar took the lose. At least Fenix has time to recover.

Wrath of the Gods
Wrath of the Gods

There’s one more challenge coming, perhaps. Johnny Mundo again went to Dario to ask for a title match against Sexy Star, whining that (almost) all of his friends have gotten Gift of the Gods shots, but not him. Mundo came with more the complaints this week: he brought back the suitcase of $100K money he won in the ladder match way back in Season 1. Mundo offered to trade the money for the shot. Dario was pleased to get his $100K back, which led this real conversation

Johnny Mundo: “Well, $94,373. I had to pay some people off.”
Dario Cueto: “Oh, that’s right, the internet photos.”
(in the real world, that appears to be a reference to Melina posting photos of Johnny’s medications. It could be different photos in the LU world)

Dario gleefully gave Mundo the match versus Sexy Star next week.

The suitcase was a moment from the past catching up to the present in a good way. Killshot got the bad version of the same. After his match, a mystery man (who looks a lot like AR Fox) came to the ring. Killshot was thrilled to see the man, but mystery guy felt the opposite. He surprised Killshot with an attack, laid him out, declared “you left me for dead”, and left his dog tags on Killshot. I suspect we’ve now met both another member of Killshot’s unit, and the person who sent him the message a couple weeks back.

lot of superkicks like this in this match
lot of superkicks like this in this match

Killshot’s name will be off the Dial of Doom next time we see it – if we see it? – and someone will replace him. That’ll get figured out later. Tonight, it was Kobra Moon’s name who replaced Prince Puma’s on the wheel. That’s the first time she’s been mentioned on this season, and foreshadowing for another appearance on this week’s show. After Drago won, Kobre Moon crawled into men’s room (as usual with Drago) and congratulated him on getting one step closer to winning the championship for their tribe, “the scales have turned in your favor.” Drago disputed the idea and perhaps the pun, saying he’d left the tribe 1,000 years ago. (Another reference to a millennia ago.) This argument was interrupted by – of all people – Vinny Massaro, eating and harassing Kobra for being in the men’s room. Why Vinny was eating in the men’s room was left unsolved for this week.

One more surprise cameo ended the show, though arguably a little bit more of a California wrestling legend. Rey Mysterio, at one of those lucha dojos that seem to populate the show, told someone that he was going to have to end Chavo Jr., they both couldn’t exist at the Temple the same time, and wanted to know how the Guerreros would react. The someone was revealed to be Chavo Guerrero Sr. himself, who wanted their to be another way, but didn’t fight against the idea. There were Guerreros in wrestling after his father, and there’d be them again if his son was done in wrestling.

There was a rabbit tribe teaser. Yes. The teaser noted they should be there already. I think that’s it!

The main event was the simplest match of the night. Prince Puma managed to do what he could not back at Ultima Lucha 1, and defeat Mil Muertes. Catrina didn’t get involved much. Vampiro didn’t either, though he earlier tried to give Puma a pep speech. Puma forcefully told Vampiro to stay out of the match, which Vampiro did, but Vamp also seemed pleased at the outcome. Vampiro also seemed darker and more heelish during the match, talking about how he liked to kick people when they were down and rooting for spectators to be hit in the brawl.


Drago Spiral!
Drago Spiral!

This was one of the better episodes of the season. All three matches were enjoyable, better than last week. They moved some stories along and added a few new ones.

Matanza/Killshot was about as entertaining as a four minute match between them was going to be. I could’ve easily taken the match going longer, even as one sided as it was. They got the crowd to buy into the one big tease of the upset, which is all you really need to make this sort of match work. It seems a little bit of a waste for Killshot to go from winning his feud blowoff match to losing the next time we see him, but I guess he was going to get his clock cleaned by not-AR-Fox anyway, so maybe Matanza might as well get in there first. They got the idea of the Fox/Killshot feud over with not much, and they seem like they might be a good matchup.

Fenix versus Aerostar versus Drago got disappointing reviews live. Some of the problems came thru: Fenix’s injury was hard to miss and Aerostar had a rough night (and live reports had him being hurt sometime during the match– maybe one something that didn’t get thru.) There was some really unmissable edits getting into and around the three way chop spot, and the crowd seemed much less excited for that than they had been just moments earlier. (Because nothing can go as planned with AAA in 2016, they tried to run this same match in August and Aerostar was hurt with in the first minute.)

Mil takes a bold anti-flip stand.
Mil takes a bold anti-flip stand.

Still, and maybe because my expectations were reduced by what I had heard, I enjoyed the final product. The match was exciting, there were still plenty of big spots, there were a few spots that looked like they didn’t work as planned, but the ones that did really worked well. The drama of him bleeding added to the match even as it seemed to throw off some timing, and they all fought like there was something hugely important on the line. I think they have a more complete three way in them, in the unlikely event that they get another try, but this was pretty entertaining.

Puma/Muertes wasn’t close to the Ultima Lucha 1 match, but they also didn’t have the same time or the same stakes. They packed a lot with the time, missing the big move kickouts. Mil deciding he had enough of Puma’s fancy moves and brutally cutting him off with punches and clothesline was fantastic ever time it happened, and they put a few of those in there. The massive run of elbows to stop the Flatliner worked too, and those sort of things made this feel like a unique match, not just a greatest hits version of the other one. They’ve got enough left to come back with it again, though it didn’t feel like they needed to. This sort of Lucha Underground feuds usually end with a gimmick match, but Prince Puma winning cleanly with a 630 makes anything more feel unnecessary. If this is not the end between them for now, than they’re going to have do something important to make more feel important. (And if it is the end, there’s no real obvious thing for these two guys to do next.)

Lots of hints on what’s next all around this show. Aztec Warfare in four weeks is the big event people have been waiting for (and seems early; they’ll still have about 3/4s of the season left.) The AR Fox bit was well done as a starting point. The Kobra Moon “tribe” bit probably turned off someone people but makes me want to work out who’s supposed to be with which of the seven tribes again. (Jaguar, Rabbit, Snake/Dragon, Moth, ?, ??, ???). Vinny showing up was so random and, like with Ricky Mandell, I wonder if some people just won’t remember a guy who hasn’t been seen in 30 some episodes. Chavo Sr. being on this show doesn’t thrill me, but he handled his scene well. Mundo/Cueto was the best of all the small scenes, as it usually is.

Payback Time: Fox on Killshot? Puma on Mil? Mundo literally to Dario? Lots of possibilites.