Volador defeated Barbaro Cavernario to keep the NWA World Welterweight Championship
Sam Adonis snuck in a foul on Blue Panther to win that match. That’s about it.
This was a one match show, but that can work out fine when the match is as good as Volador/Cavernario. Cavernario is so good as Volador’s opponent – we’ve seen Volador do this style of match with an incredible amount of people over the last three years, and there’s a level of fatigue with some of the more familiar elements. Cavernario relieves that fatigue, bringing his own believable aggression to make Volador fight for his big spots and crushing him with his own big moves. This was not spot to near fall to spot like a Volador/Mephisto match, this was Volador being in danger often and surviving from moment to moment. They were helped by a large and loud crowd who so into the action that they believed this one was ending on a tapatia, but the luchadors gave them plenty to react towards during this match. This match up is a success every time they do it, and hopefully they’ll find a way to do in the biggest moment someday.
The semimain was the usual showcase but just didn’t click for me. There was a lot of standing and looking around at times where it didn’t belong. Mistico looks all banged up right now: the pad on his back, the neck pain from Monday and was moving slower than usual. He still tried to do everything he normally does.
The fourth match almost got to good, helped by Sam Adonis being getting big reactions from this crowd. He’s the most over guy who gets nothing to do, and this would be shocking in any promotion but CMLL. This match was fun at times and I think my problem was only that I liked the match before even better.
That tercera just moved really well and had some unique moments, from Puma & The Panther being the mat opening bit (not Virus) to the simultaneous pins at the end but one side having already beaten someone for the win. Puma looked good thru the match, and helped it keep the really fast pace. Pegasso wearing his combo Panther shirt was amusing, because CMLL seems to be booking him like he’s the fourth member of the family this year – he’s with these two almost as much as Forastero is with Cuatrero and Sansón. Blue Panther Jr. would be more enjoyable with some more snap on his moves.
It takes about one botched spot for me to give up on CMLL opening cards matches these days and they gave me a good one about 4.5 in. The rest of the match was not really anything, people taking occasional bumps with no background noise because there’s not many people there and no one cares. The second match wasn’t any better.
CMLL (MON) 06/26/2017Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Vega b El Perverso & Joker
2) Amapola & Dalys b Marcela & Sanely Marcela replaced Estrellita. Dalys used the ropes beat Marcela for the win. Challenges followed.
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso vs Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas Espiritu surprised Ares with a cradle. Challenges followed.
4) Felino, Puma, Tiger b Drone, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr.
5) Dragón Lee b Negro Casas [lightning] Dragon Lee won in about 7 minutes.
6) Niebla Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible DQ Pierroth, Rush, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] Ultimo Guerrero fouled Niebla Roja
I’ve seen the last two matches so far. Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas was very good. The main event was not. They finally got on the Ares/Espiritu thing.
It’s been roughly 15 hours since anyone last got to see Ultimo Guerrero versus Niebla Roja, so we’re all in luck tonight. They meet again in the Arena Mexico main event tonight, with Mistico, Diamante Azul, Euforia and Gran Guerrero filling out the match. It’s the only ongoing feud on this Tuesday show.
The semimain has Hijos del Infernio against Fuego, Soberano and Stuka. Esfinge and Disturbio meet in the lightning match; CMLL’s gone cold on Esfinge from where he was about a year ago. Raziel, who’s only Arena Mexico loss in the last two months was in the Gran Alternativa, teams with Sagrado & Virus against Johnny Idol, Oro Jr. and Stigma. The weekly match of the doomed, the Tuesday segunda, has Astral, Magnus, Robin, Artillero, Espanto Jr., and Hijo del Signo. The show opens with Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial against Cholo & Templario in what would be Templario’s first streaming appearance in about a year.
The show starts at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube but, unless you want to watch new father Magnus, you probably should wait at least an hour before joining.
CMLL will have one of it’s traditional noon press conference tomorrow. The invitation includes the Gran Prix logo, so that’ll be a focus. I think there’s a good chance most of the field is announced. I also believe they’ll be putting a date on Vangellys/Pierroth; Vangellys is also announced as speaking on CMLL Informa later that night. The dream announcement is simply a date for the Anniversary show.
On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Drago & Hijo del Fantasma are expected to work the Impact TV tapings following this PPV. PPV might be a way around their contract limitations but those guys appearing on Impact would mean they’re just ignoring them after fighting for the months ago. It’d make sense for Drago & Fantamsa to build something up with the Impact guys coming for TripleMania to generate interest, but AAA’s already set up Fantasma in their title match and Drago seems to be set for a trios title match.
Konnan announced he’ll been posting video of The Crash show for his Patreon subscribers this week. It’ll be for the $5/month subscribers. I want this to be the full show but it’s not actually said. Konnan also shoots short videos for his Patreon subscribers and it could be something along those lines.
MedioTiempo has a video interview with Angel de Oro, talking about wanting to become a bigger star. Angel de Oro is the current CMLL middleweight champion of the world after a light run as light heavyweight champion, has won two Reyes del Aire, one mask, and been brought into other major promotions.
This is so small as to be pointless. AYM’s feed has been off and on all weekend, and was airing a lot of a volleyball tournament when it was on, and aired some repeats instead of the main event from this show. (The fifth match aired, but not in full on the feed.)
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-23 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-06-23 @ Arena México
1) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Vangellys vs Pierrothin a lightning match
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Euforia, Rushin a relevos increíbles match
IWRG (SUN) 06/25/2017Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Tentáculo b Power Bull debut of Tentaculo
2) Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme b Climax Jr. & Shaolin
3) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Metaleón & Picudo Jr. Picudo Jr. replaced Demonio Infernal
4) Dinamic Black, Gallo Frances, Pantera del Japon DQ Eterno, Látigo, Tyson La Bestia straight falls. Latigo replaced Cerebro Negro.
5) Heddi Karaoui, Trauma II, Villano III Jr. b Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I Hijo turned on his partners for screwing up and mask challenges followed.
6) Cerebro Negro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I DQ Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible, Veneno Dos hit Mascara with a chain. Cerebro Negro replaced Black Warrior.
7) Black Warrior, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [hair] 3 v 3 hair match. Black Warrior replaced Pirata Morgan Jr. Piratas took 1/3. Hijo pined Ak-47 for the deciding pin.
Getting Black Warrior as a sub seems totally unfair. Black Warrior subbing for someone who no showed is also kind of unusual.
Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show is highlighted by Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas. It feels like they’ve had good matches in the past, but really it’s just been the Leyenda de Plata final from 2015. They’ve matched up a couple times in Guadalajara, but this is the first time we’ll get to see them. The lightning match might be the better format for them, it’ll allow them go at a fast pace and not worry about fall breaks.
The actual main event has Ultimo Guerrero as the third Ingobernable for a night, facing Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Niebla Roja. The fourth match is Drone, Johnny Idol, and Stuka Jr. versus the Felino family; it’s probably going to be the second best match. Ares & Espiritu Maligno, who slightly started feuding with each other last week, continue to be on these shows in trios matches. Arkangel, Canelo, Fuego & Pegasso will be around them. There’s a tag team women’s match with Dalys & Amapola against Sanely & Estrellita; it’s a rematch from last week where the rudas were DQed, so there’s probably a title match coming out of it. Dalys defending against Estrellita fits. Local favorites Asutriano & Vega take on Perverso & Joker in what could be a good match if they had no handicuffs. The show will stream at 9pm CT on CMLL’s YouTube channel like normal.
Back at the TripleMania press conference in April, Impact and AAA (Dorian Roldan) announced there’d be wrestlers going back and forth between the companies. This immediately seemed to be an issue, since Lucha Underground wrestlers were said specifically not permitted by their contracts to appear on any one else’s television. This was something specifically enforced on an Impact show where a referee was blurred because he was on LU contract. After AAA made this announcement, both Vamprio and Eric Van Wagenen said Lucha Underground luchadors would not be appearing on Impact due to that contract. You can thread a needle to make everyone correct: technically, they’re right now only scheduled to appear on a PPV and not the TV show, and perhaps there’s different rules for that. Penta, Fenix, Drago and others have appeared on (relatively small) streaming services since being on Lucha Underground without LU appearing to raise a contract issue, maybe this is being seen as the same thing.
It’s still weird for the LU people to be so definitive about these guys not appearing elsewhere and then it to mostly just happen. It comes off as if they were being creative with the truth or overruled. Dorian Roldan, in position of being in charge of Lucha Underground live events, maybe just decided this was a live event worth pursuing. In the end, they only thing the LU side seems to have gotten so far was AAA not to putting the two people who are feuding on LU together in Impact – Aerostar was the original rumor, Fantamsa is in his place. Both Impact & AAA’s press releases on this match avoid mentioning Lucha Underground by name, even though that’s the place where most American fans would know Drago from and Fantasma being included would be a bigger deal if they said he was King Cuerno.
Just to be clear, I have no problem with AAA wrestlers on Impact. If AAA still plans on doing a TripleMania US PPV, getting some courtesy mentions on another PPV could be a help. I don’t expect many people to be buying an Impact PPV but people who buy an Impact PPV are probably more open to buying just about any wrestling PPV if they’re made aware of it. (So, it’d be a really good idea if AAA was sure of it’s TripleMania date and plans by this Sunday so those could be correctly promoted, and if there was English language information some place handy so curious people could find it. The press release keeps the August 26 date.) But I generally don’t see a problem with LU being allowed to be anywhere on TV that might help promote the show – there’s no real LU advantage to having the referee blurred or Ricochet being kept off the NJPW shows this weekend in LA – and those haven’t been allowed. The exception here seems to be solely to help AAA and not really anyone else.
The press release says it’s a four promotional match, with LAX, Drago/Fantasma and two other teams to be mentioned. NOAH’s probably the third team, since they’ve both got a relationship there. Both NOAH & Impact say they have a relationship with the Crash. It would seem to be political impossible to get The Crash & AAA guys in the same match, but Impact is already doing the impossible (and Mexican promotions historically have gone the extra mile just to be associated with Impact) so I can’t rule it out. LAX is headed to Puerto Rico’s WWL soon, and probably that’s the better answer. The press release also mentions AAA wrestlers will be on the November Impact show as well.
Lucha Underground has an eBay store now. That seems random, but I’d guess it was just what they could get done.
ANCLA WWCI (SAT) 06/24/2017Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Carxyus]
1) Black Fury & Diosa Quetzal b Bastet & Hahastary
2) Thunder Stroom b Black Warrior Jr.
3) Drako b Danger, Lokillus, Yoruba, Toxin, Belial, Guerrero Mixtico, Kronoz
4) Astrolux & Black Metal b Fly Warrior & Látigo Fly Warrior replaced Centvrion (injury)
5) Demus 3:16 b Black Terry
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Terremoto DQ Ancla, Arez, La Máscara Maximo tried to help La Mascara win, but the ref called the DQ.
LLB NOBA (SAT) 06/24/2017Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Avantar, Channer, Optimus b Fandango, Licántropo, Lunatik Extreme
2) Cazador, Demonio Chino, Enigma b Keiser Drago, Kilvan, Shadow Keiser Dragon replaced Yoruba
3) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera b Ángel o Demonio, Fresero Jr., Herodes Jr.
4) Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Glen Calavera, Látigo, Metaleón, Séptimo Rayo, Yoruba b Aspirantito, Atomik Star, Eterno, Freelance, Limbo, Toxin, Tromba LLB vs Indy Nation (with some subs; Centvrion was there but unable to wrestle due to injury.) Fly Warrior nearly won his second match in under two hours, having pinned Eterno for the win, but the ref missed and Eterno went onto win.
5) Hijo de LA Park & Mr. Águila b Emperador Azteca & Golden Magic
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. b LA Park [super libre] so many fouls and Wagner sneaking in a casita
A bunch of people working twice Saturday night. A promotion that says they’re not going to do any foul finishes would have a big advantage over everyone else (but a lot of people who they couldn’t use, I suppose.)
CMLL (SAT) 06/24/2017Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Grako & Yago b Fiero & Sonic debut of Sonic
2) Espanto Jr., Metálico, Nitro b Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante Leono suffered a knee injury. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther Rudos took 1/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. Mephisto pulled off Azul’s mask to set up the win.
CMLL (SUN) 06/25/2017Arena México
1) Artillero & Templario b Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial
2) Raziel, Sagrado, Virus b Astral, Star Jr., Stigma Rudos took 1/3. Raziel replaced Misterioso (moved up) on Monday
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora b Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. Misterioso replaced Morphosis on Monday. Rudos took 2/3. Misterioso took Drone’s mask this time.
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Valiente DQ Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] tencicos took 1/3, Rush unmasking Azul for the DQ (two straight days where Azul’s unmasked)
5) Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Carístico, Mistico, Niebla Roja UG unmasked Niebla Roja again. Roja wants a mask/hair match.
They were teasing that apuesta match more heavily here, but it’s hard to see where it fits in. The fans wouldn’t seem to accept Niebla Roja defeating Ultimo Guerrero or see UG beating Niebla Roja as a big deal. Niebla Roja/Gran Guerrero (in a title match) seems like a more likely outcome
Hijo del Santo defeated El Bandido in the final of the Lucha Libre World/Todo x el Todo tour on Saturday. It was streamed on Facebook live (and plays better on demand – no buffering.) As far as I can tell, it’s Santo’s first singles match in 3.5 years. You could tell, he looked rusty and it felt like Bandido was mostly chosen as a guy who’d be easy for Santo to move around.
Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible won their match on the ROH PPV Friday. They both competed on the TV taping on Saturday. UG’s match with Matt Taven aired on the first week of TV and gave the indication there’s more to come with those two. Terrible was an extra guy in a six way match on week three, I believe.
IWRG (WED) 06/28/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Voltar vs Guerrero 2000
2) Fly Tiger & Keiser Drago vs Adrenalina & Power Bull
3) Ángel Oriental, Seiya, Verdeus vs Atomic Star, Lunatic Xtreme, Skanda
4) Guerrera & Luna Mágica vs Cristal & Lady Sensación
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
6) Emperador Azteca, Internacional Pantera, Pantera del Japon vs Cerebro Negro, Dragón Yuki, Ovett
Main event has visiting Japanese luchador versus visiting Japanese luchador. Mariachi Locos team up for the first time in a final. Luna Magica is still wrestling.
CMLL (SAT) 07/01/2017Arena Coliseo
1) Fiero & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Espíritu Negro
2) Estrellita, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
4) Drone, Fuego, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Cuatrero, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Minis make another Saturday appearance, booked higher than the women. No carry over from the Diamante Azul/Mephisto bit from this weekend.
CMLL (SUN) 07/02/2017Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Príncipe Diamante vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Marco Corleone, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Kráneo
4) Diamante Azul vs Rush
5) Carístico, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Hooray for doing the Diamante Azul/Rush match on a non streamed Sunday show.
CMLL (SUN) 07/02/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra vs Quca
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Gitano & Mr. Apolo
3) El Alteño & Johnny Dinamo vs Demonio Rojo & Évola
4) El Divino, Mágico, Neutrón vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Nautilius, Ráfaga
5) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno and Explosivo & Star Black and Frezzer & Furia Roja [OCCIDENTE TAG, semifinal]
Gallo & Esfinge were tag team champions. Gallo hasn’t been in this building since February and this seems to indicate he’s not coming back this time.
LLB NOBA (WED) 07/12/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Star vs Toxin Boy, Tromba
2) Atomic Star, Chico Che, Hijo del Alebrije vs Fandango, Shadow, Yoruba
3) Fantasma de la Ópera vs Fresero Jr., Ángel o Demonio, Cerebro Negro, Ovett, Herodes, Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG)
4) Arez, Aspirantito, Belial, Freelance, Suicida vs Baxter, Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Golden Magic, Imposible LLB vs IWRG
5) Garza Jr. & Zorro vs Pirata Morgan & Sharlie Rockstar
6) Daga & Penta 0M vs ? & LA Park and La Máscara & Máximo
After a week of not getting IWRG lineups until the day before the show, they’ve now got three Naucalpan shows announced: the Wednesday one up there, the Festival de Mascaras next Sunday, and this one in a couple weeks. Garza Jr. is still listed as a Rebelion member but it appears he’s not one.
CMLL (FRI) 06/23/2017Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, Marca, Ovaciones]
1) Arkángel de la Muerte & Disturbio b Flyer & Robin
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit DQ Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis Zeuxis was DQed this time for unmasking Sugehit.
4) Vangellys b Pierroth [lightning] Vangellys used the ropes to get the win. Pierroth and Vangellys agreed to a hair match. Rush & Pierroth attacked Vangellys.
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja b Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja feuded.
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Euforia, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] Diamante Azul beat Rush
I’ve seen none of this show yet, but it doesn’t sound like it was any better than it seemed on paper. The three feuds prior to the show kept on, but only Vangellys & Pierroth got to verbalize challenges. That’s how CMLL says that’s the one happening soon.
Claro had problems with their feed once again, not getting it running until the second match was going. It looks like it was probably something on the Arena Mexico side this time, since CMLL’s own recording doesn’t pick up until the third match. Still, this only happens on Fridays and never an acknowledgement something was wrong until they’ve got it working again.
Next week’s opener is much better than usual, so I hope they finally get it working. Since the problem always seems with the start of the feed, it’d be smart if they just started it earlier to get it working. Put a countdown timer up there or a logo like NJPW does, but they could at least use it to sort out whatever’s wrong that night.
Post show, Rush said the only mask he’s looking for is LA Park’s. CMLL books Diamante Azuls strong when he’s around, he’s not around much, and Rush/Azul still feels like a backup Anniversario plan if they’ve got nothing better (and if Azul sticks around long enough.)
Garza was invited to join Los Ingober Indies, which may also be how they’re getting around that trademark. It didn’t appear he accepted, but this was pushed as a situation in progress rather than just a one off thing. Edit: Sure looks like Garza’s quit the group on Facebook.
This show seemed to draw well as usual. Nicho’s booked thru next weekend, so it may be his surgery is still a few days off.
The Hijo del Santo/Bandido title match Santo was advertising didn’t happen, or at least didn’t happen on the first day of the tour. They did the Santos over Bandido & Silver King instead in Manchester. That seems more like a last day of tour match.
Arena Coliseo will have Hijos del Infierno versus Volador, Valiente and Diamante Azul. Mephisto fouled Valiente last week, so that’s the match probably being set up. CMLL usually avoids title matches during the Unviersal tournament, but that one would actually have no effect on the tournament (Mephisto and Valiente would be in either way.)
Lucha Libre Boom is at Arena Lopez Mateos with Dr. Wagner Jr. versus LA Park, where Dr. Wagner will inevitable indicate he’d like to face LA Park in a mask match maybe more than the guy he’s facing.
CMLL (FRI) 06/30/2017Arena México
1) Drone, Pegasso, The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Titán vs Pólvora, Ripper, Virus
3) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Sam Adonis
4) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee, Ángel de Oro, Valiente, Negro Casas, Shocker, Luciferno, Hechicero [CMLL Universal, battle royal] the Copa Bobby Bonales will also be handed out
6) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, 8f]
7) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, 8f]
8) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, 8f]
9) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, 8f]
10) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
11) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
12) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
The Universal tournament is early; the only time it’s been earlier was the first one in 2009. CMLL will have tournaments on Friday nights for 9 of 13 weeks, or 6 of 7. I guess the good thing is they’re just about running out of them.
CMLL attempts to have exactly 16 champions for this tournament every year. It doesn’t always work out, but CMLL title match changes thru the year are done with the 16 number in mind, especially during the last few months before the tournament. It’s a odd and not useful way to handle championships, and causes situations like Shocker to be tag champion while being hurt for a half year because it’s easier than figuring out which two people who aren’t champions can win the titles instead while still getting Negro Casas in it. And it also means a guy like Shocker has to get back in the ring in time for the Universal tournament, possibly just to have a five minute match. Maybe this would be worth the effort if it meant more, but Valiente’s crazy win last year has long been forgotten – if that level of result isn’t going to have lasting results, then maybe CMLL shouldn’t be booking their year around this tournament.
The placement of this tournament seems to explain how and why they handled the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles like they did: they weren’t going to have time to put them on a Friday show with the Gran Alternativa happening, but they had to get new champions ASAP because of this tournament.
Mephisto, Niebla Roja, Marco Corleone, Mistico, Ultimo Guerrero, Soberano Jr., Atlantis and Ephesto are left for Block B.
Atlantis and UG (twice) are the other former winners. There’s no obvious direction except for Volador & Ultimo Guerrero being in the finals of everything and being on opposite blocks here. Valiente’s win really most everyone in play. (Not you, Luiciferno.)
The final of the Universal tournament will take place on 07/14. That may also be the date for Vangellys/Pierroth.
This is also the Copa Bobby Bonales show, though Copa makes it sound like a competition and it’s more an award for service. Blue Panther (2009), Negro Casas (2010), Atlantis (2011) and Ultimo Guerrero (2014) have been given them in the past. Volador or Shocker would fit.
Super Astro (SAT) 07/29/2017Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Candy White, Diva Salvaje, Keyra, Pegasuz vs Estrellita, Hijo del Alebrije, Lady Maravilla, Yuriko
2) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Diamante, Fly Warrior, Imposible
3) Lizmark Jr. & Ninja Jr. vs Fresero Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
4) Flamita & Rey Horus vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Mr. Niebla & Shocker vs Hijo De Dos Caras & Silver King
6) Gran Guerrero, Mr. Electro, Último Guerrero vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rey Escorpión, Septiembre Negro Jr.
7) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Dragón Lee & Rush
This promotion doesn’t seem to run the same venue twice, one of a number of things unusual about it. For all Rush seems to have the freedom to do in CMLL, it’s only in the indies where he can get people to promote Pierroth under his new name (one they don’t have to pay the original Pierroth to use.)
IWRG FILL (WED) 06/21/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Craken, Matrix Jr., Satán X b Destructor, Dinámico, Dranzer
2) Adrenalina, Skanda, Warrior Jr. b Fly Tiger, Keiser Drago, Voltar
3) Blue Monsther, Celestial Boy, Shadow Boy b Acero, Auzter, Vórtize
4) Hijo del Pantera, Lunatic Xtreme, Toxin b Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Leo Hijo del Alebrije replaced Dragon Fly, Hijo del Pantera replaced Skanda, worked rudo, and snuck in a foul on Alebrije.
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Power Bull b Aeroboy (Estado De México), Alex Pain, Centella Salazar, Danny Barrio, Homonimo, Payachucho, Stone Magic, Último Conde [Copa Higher Power] Gym FILL (Bombero Infenal) versus Gym Cuatitlan (Robin Maravilla)
Main event looks like about what you expect out of the Copa Higher Power
Super X (THU) 06/22/2017 Big Daddy Latino, Tlalpan, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Superxtar b Aeroboy, Eterno
2) Mini Rey Misterio DRAW Mini Juventud Guerrera double pin
3) Marcela b Sanely Marcela replaced Lady Apache
4) Huracán Ramírez DQ Hijo De Dos Caras Dos fouled Huracan
5) Sam Adonis b Súper Crazy after a match that went all around the night club, Adonis used the ropes to beat Crazy
6) Juventud Guerrera b Dragón Lee Guerrera won after a mask pull. Dragon Lee asked for a rematch.
I can’t tell who is Mini Juvy from the photos (only they look way too big to be the ex-Mascarita Sagrada.)
After three weeks of a Gran Alternativa, and spotlight title matches on the last three CMLL streams, tonight’s CMLL show is easy to miss. CMLL’s not designed it to be that way, there are storylines going on that they very much would like us to care about, but those feuds are either running in place or not that interesting to start with. There’s a lower chance of good matches than usual.
Maybe one of the three rivalries will move to a next step tonight. One is Niebla Roja versus the Guerreros (as the semimain tonight, with Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee, and Niebla Roja versus Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, and Rey Bucanero.) Another is Pierroth versus Vangellys, who face in a dreadful lightning match. The last is Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit, who are joined this week by Estrellita, Marcela, Dalys and Amapola. All feel like they have the upside of a secondary apuesta match on the Anniversary show, but there’s three of those and probably only one is going to take place in September. If one or two are happening in July, then it’s time to start making that clear. If they’re not happening until August, or just not actually happening, maybe this show means nothing.
The main event has nothing to do with anything. Diamante Azul makes his latest return, this time teaming with Volador and Marco against Rush, Euforia and Barbaro Cavernario. It’s listed as a relevos increíbles match because CMLL still treats Rush a tecnico despite not being one for years. CMLL also is talking up a Rush/Diamante Azul feud we haven’t seen. Stukita makes a more exciting return in the minis match, with Electrico & Shockercito against Mercurio, Nitro and Violencia. The opener has Arkangel & Disturbio versus Flyer & Robin, with all the advantages to the veteran rudos.
The show will air at 8:30pm on ClaroSports and probably on Facebook. CMLL has also been covertly streaming the broadcast and posting it publicly on their channel within an hour of it airing the last couple weeks. I may not be around to record today (and even if I do, the frequently dying streams may my kill my recording), so probably keep an eye on the official channel if you want to watch it later.
The Crash is also back tonight in Tijuana. The main event is a four way cage match with Daga, Garza, Damian and Nicho, where the loser loses their hair. Everyone, myself included, assumed Nicho was losing his hair when this was announced, as a farewell before getting his leg operation. Nicho’s booked at least thru next weekend, so it may not be as quick a goodbye as thought. Still, only he or Damian should be losing this match.
The semimain has Penta & Fenix against Mascara & M-ximo, which might also be a place for someone new to show up. Jeff Cobb & Keith Lee take on Brian Cage & Willie Mack in a battle of large agile people. Jack Evans & Bestia 666 continue to feud in the tercera trios, and Rey Horus defends his newly won cruiserwieght title against Lion Rush, Matt Sydal and Sami Callian in the second match. Black Danger and Oraculo, who’ve been feuding towards a mask match, open the show.
The Crash’s show is believed to be not streamed anywhere, though you may want to check in on their Facebook later on to be sure. It may show up at some time, in some place, but they’re not saying. Konnan’s said they’d have the video worked out by “next month”, so this would possibly be the final show with this issue. Fancams should turn up as usual.
ROH announced Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero will face Mistico & Atlantis on 08/19 in Liverpool as part of their UK tour. That’s the best match they could do with those four. UG versus Mistico would be the match to run on the show the next day. That’s all fine and good.
ROH’s text piece hyping this is bad. Whoever wrote it believes the Mistico coming to CMLL is Caristico, not the Munoz brother who’s been Mistico for years now. The photo in the piece is Mistico II, but the background information is all about Mistico I’s history with these two guys. Advertising Caristico as Mistico would make CMLL really unhappy, so I don’t think that’s happening here – I think whoever wrote this just doesn’t know CMLL at all. The piece generally reads like it was written based on a history that article that hasn’t been updated since 2010 (they’re not sure if Atlantis & Mistico will be able to be friends), so I’m wondering if it’s just some wikipedia out there that hasn’t been updated. Maybe whoever wrote it just stopped following lucha libre around 2010, which would definitely explain why Rey Bucanero is booked for this tour, he was still great at that point.
ROH actually has a PPV tonight. It’s the one with The Kingdom versus Terrible and Ultimo Guerrero. It’ll probably be better than the CMLL show, though it’ll also cost you about $40. They’ll also probably continue to treat the CMLL guys like WCW treated it’s luchadors during the Nitro era, with the promotions and announcers not bothering to learn or care much about them. That is going to drive me nuts if I watch the show so I’m going to do my best not to do that. It’s probably going to mean nothing to the ROH fans who don’t really know these guys anyway.
IWRG’s annual show where everyone can wear their masks for one night and old names are brought back. The main event is a sort of Villanos versus Misionerios match, and Caristico vs Black Warrior is a big feud from almost a decade a go now. It’d normally be impossible for AAA and CMLL wrestlers to be on the same show, but Caristico might be able to get away with it (though a change still seems possible.)
This is a house show, but AAA’s main titles are being defended so it’s notable. Tijuana is the only place Taya & Mundo are working off TV for AAA. In fact, this is currently the first match Taya’s scheduled to work for AAA since the last show in Tijuana – between the car accident and maybe scheduling issues, Taya & Ayako had a match that AAA themselves thought was awesome and then haven’t been back on TV at all. They’ve failed to take advantage of whatever momentum was there.
Hechicero beat Atlantis to remain NWA Light Heavyweight Champion
Dragon Lee defeated Negro Casas after the two feuded all match.
Dalys & Amapola were disqualified for excessive violence, setting up a match next week.
Ares & Espíritu Negro show the slightest sign of a feud.
The main worked a great bit in overcoming problems it was creating. Hechicero & Atlantis’ work in first fall was solid, but they were battling thru issues in that third fall and it was remarkable they were able to finish as smooth as they could. Something was off on the side kick spot Hechicero did in the second fall – he covered for it as well as usual, but they went back to it a moment later and nothing looked smooth to finish that fall. Compounding things, Tirantes appeared to pull a muscle in his left leg counting the finishing pin, and was obviously in pain every time to get up and down for counts in the third fall. That third fall was heavily built around doing many third falls, so Tirantes slow movement hampered the speed they could be done, but he was also in too much pain to make a show of himself in the process and the focus remained on the luchadors. Atlantis also bled from the nose for the last few minutes of the match, courtesy of a Hechicero knee to the face on his standing shooting star press. (It’s near that Hechicero can do the shooting star press, but it’s a challenging move to be thrown out as a middle of the third fall random spot and his landings on them have never looked smooth.) Atlantis being able to keep battling at about his normal speed despite taking such a serious blow made the match more impressive, and they did so much that it felt like it was a big deal. Atlantis looks older than ever, but there was enough of him to make this match with Hechicero worked. We’ve now seen Hechicero with Rey Bucanero and Atlantis in this title reign (since the Stuka match never aired), and I hope we get to see with someone a big younger who can move.
Cavernario looked way off in the semimain, struggling to take headscissors from both Carístico and Mistico. It seemed to and derail the match, with the técnicos deciding not to deal with it. Mistico walked off grabbing his neck, having landed badly on the first one. Cavernario would look many times better the next day. Casas/Dragon Lee stuff look good.
The fourth match was a quicker match than usual, good pace, better than Friday but nothing special. Putting the dives pots in earlier changed the feel around usual, and Vangellys getting in the spear gave another peak to the match. Stigma has a springboard kick to the knee that I’m not even sure it was supposed to be to the knee.
Ares more aggressive and central this week, feuding slightly with Espiritu Negro – but so was Arkangel and Lestat was involved too and there’s no direction here unless you also obsessively compare the lineups from week to week. The rudos got some serious static from Tirantes for continuing the beatdown after the match. Tirantes shoved Ares to get him to stop, which might have been needed from a time perspective but I don’t imagine would happen anywhere else.
The excessive violence DQ in the women’s match was not built at all, coming off as random. The rudas were at least looking good at destroying people. The tecnica highlight was Estrellita not remembering how to put on her own finish or didn’t bother because it was going to be broken up anyway.
The opener moved well, had some decent action, was actually OK fine instead of the usual handwave OK.
AAA finishes up the Mexico City taping. The minis title match should air this week, but I have a suspicion the La Llave de La Gloria match will air instead. (Hope the missing match makes YouTube either way.)
IWRG is as iffy as ever; I don’t think they’ve aired this Sunday’s taping, and they might instead of the Wednesday show. (The best shot at seeing the Copa Higher Power is +Lucha, as always.)
For people who don’t want to deal with YouTube, this week’s Lucha Azteca should be really good.
The text preview and matches for this week’s Lucha Underground suggests this may be a Crane/Catrina/Muertes/Ivelisse??? focused episode. The police are there too though, and they shouldn’t go so long without addressing their status quo after Delgado’s death.
CMLL aired the Father’s Day Sunday show without advertising it ahead of time. The Father’s Day show was built around seeing the edecanes; the edecanes dance numbers were removed from the show.
Marco Corleone made his first defense of the CMLL heavyweight title, defeating Terrible.
Princesa Sugehit and Zeuxis continued their feud with no obvious change brought on by Sugehit’s newly announced upcoming WWE appearance. This time, Zeuxis was eliminated, but unmasked Sugehit from the outside to set up the win for Dalys. There’s still no post-match microphone challenges; it seems like the mask match is happening, but they’re not close enough to put a date t it yet.
Gallito & Microman remain undefeated over Zacarias & Mije.
Yes, I am annoyed they aired this show and not the one with Dragon Lee/Cavernario.
The heavyweight title match was the only thing you should spend any real time on here. We may not take the CMLL titles all that seriously, but the people holding them seem to consider them worth upping their games. Maximo had some of the best singles matches of his career when he was heavyweight champion and Marco and Terrible had a strong match in Marco’s first defense. Marco mixed up his offense a bit for the championship match, and Terrible always seems game if he’s in a singles match with someone who wants to do something. They had a few good near falls that got the crowd believing a title change could happen – the neck scissors submission looked good, the roll thru Aero Italia was a smart spot since it’s often a finish – and the fans reacted well despite Marco’s not being a usual favorite of these crowd. (Putting female favorite Marco against tough guys Terrible on Father’s Day probably should’ve backfired loudly.) Some of the punch spots didn’t go as well as usual and I think they can expand on this, but this was fine for a title match.
The micros seemed to have taken the some unfortunate lessons from their previous success. They went for more spots, more time, and ended up with more things not going well and less of the feeling of an actual match. This match seemed like it proved they’d be best showing up once every few months. The remainder of the show was the usual disposal b-show matches, with the distress of Pierroth feeling he could do Rush’s invisible football spot on his own.