great match roundup, week of 2018-01-20

shows watched

I keep thinking I’m lazy and far behind. That’s seven shows out of a week, I guess I’m doing that bad. It’d really be a list if I threw in The Crash, but I’m not sure I’m doing another year of full recap off handheld videos.

I somehow gave the Drone match an OK? That seems like a bad job out of me, hurrying thru watching a match I slept thru.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Volador Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
excellent Mephisto © vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
great Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Dragón Lee & Mistico[CMLL Hermanos] and in a tournament final match NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
great Lady Shani © vs Faby Apache in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match Lady Shani vs Faby Apache ¡¡¡ CAMPEONATO REINA DE REINAS EN GUERRA DE TITANES !!!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
great Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión in a bull terrier matchPsycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión ¡¡¡ MANO A MANO EN BULLTERRIER MATCH !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown © and Histeria & Psicosis for the AAA World Tag Team Championship Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 2017-12-16
good Fuego, Ryusuke Taguchi, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, SHO, YOH NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
good Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [CMLL Hermanos] and in a tournament semifinal match NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
good Dragón Lee & Mistico vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL Hermanos] and in a tournament semifinal match NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
good Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Disturbio & Puma NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Jushin Liger, Kushida, Star Jr., Tiger Mask vs Okumura, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL Hermanos] and [third place] NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Drone, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Satoshi Kojima vs Rush NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
good Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Stigma vs Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
good Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
good Lanzelot © vs Australian Suicide for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship Lanzeloth vs Australian Suicide por el Campeonato Crucero AAA (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana and Argenis, Bengala, Máscara de Bronce and Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly © for the AAA World Trios Championship Poder del Norte vs OGT´S vs Cadetes vs Bengala, Angelikal y Máscara de Bronce (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Audaz, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus Disturbio Cmll, Kawato San y Pólvora vs Fuego, The Panther y Blue Panther Jr. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Virus y Misterioso Jr vs Soberano Jr, Audaz y Star Man. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Virus y Misterioso Jr vs Soberano Jr, Audaz y Star Man. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
good Terrible © vs Diamante Azul for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26

Other Matches Charted

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Faby Apache vs Lady Shani © in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 2017-12-16
ok La Parka & Pagano vs Dave The Clown & Mr. Águila Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-20 2017-12-16
ok Drone & Star Jr. vs Disturbio & Puma NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
ok Atlantis, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito NJPW World: 2018-01-21 2018-01-21
ok Lady Maravilla & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & Reyna Isis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, TigerLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Atlantis & Hirai Kawato vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Gedo NJPW World: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
ok Shockercito & Stukita vs Pequeño Olímpico & PierrothitoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
ok La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-23 2018-01-23
ok Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka vs Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown in a street fight matchLa Parka, Dark Scoria y Dark Cuervo vs Monster Clown, Murder Clown y Dave The Clown (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
ok Flyer & Robin vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
ok Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
below average Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Johnny Mundo © for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship Jhonny Mundo vs Rey Wagner por el Mega Campeonato AAA en Guerra de Titanes. (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
below average Hijo del Fantasma © vs Texano Jr. in a cage match and for the AAA Latin American Championship Hijo del Fantasma vs el Texano Jr por el Campeonato Latinoamericano AAA (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Twitch: 2018-01-26 2018-01-26
not rated Hijo de Centella Roja & Meyer vs Policeman & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22
not rated Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Perverso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-22 2018-01-22

IWRG, La Mascara in MDA, CMLL Parejas Increíbles rematch tonight, Coliseo Tag Tournament

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Celestial Boy b Guerrero 2000
2) Dragón Bane & Fandango b Dragón Orus & Príncipe Omi
Referee Baby Richard & Capu argued before the match
3) Alas de Acero b Ram El Carnero
4) Diablo Jr. & Súper Brazo Jr. b Dragón Yuki & Gallo Frances
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly DQ Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, X-Fly
Dragon Fly & X-Fly both faked a foul, with Babe Richard awarding the win to Dragon Fly.
6) Liderk, Spartan, Spector b Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Straight falls. Mascara 2000 was hurt. Mask match challenges followed.
7) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II b Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera
Referee Capu fouled Baby Richard and one of the Panteras before the Traumas won. This sets up Traumas/Panteras match on 03/04 with the referee hair on the line.

It sounds like it’ll be a singles match between one Trauma and one Pantera. And then maybe they’ll drop this feuding referee thing.

Today’s Puebla show has one more rematch of 2017’s incredible pairs final before they can finish the 2018 version of that tournament. Volador & Cavernario take on Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente in a rematch of one of the best CMLL matches of the last year. It probably won’t be quite as good this time, but it should be along the same lines of quality as their rematch last month at the Best of 2017 Arena Mexico show.

Soberano takes on Mephsito in a lightning (ten minute time limit) match, following up on the two feuding in singles matches the last couple of weeks. Soberano won the only other singles match between the last October, though he left the match shaken up. This match seems like it should set up a title match between two next week; both are welterweight champions.

The fourth match is an odd NGD vs Johnny Idol, Okumura and Kraneo trios match. (Sam Adonis might still be on vacation.) Kawato, Malayo and Universo 2000 Jr. face Lestat, Pegasso and Stigma in the third. Astro & Flyer are among those in opening matches.

The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel as normal.

Last night’s Zorro & Kevin Kross versus Rush & Cibernetico match ended with Rush betraying Ciberentico after Ciberentico had him with a kendo stick by accident. After they argued and Rush left, La Mascara made a surprise appearance to set up a match for the next show. It sounds like they were careful not to let Mascara & Rush to be in the ring at the same time to avoid getting in trouble with CMLL. On AAA TV, La Mascara & Maximo had declared they were 100% AAA. Like everyone else with a name who’s come in recently, they still seem to have the freedom to work elsewhere on their own time.

A main event with Alberto el Patron, Rey Wagner & Rey Escorpion drew 1,800 in Torreon on Saturday, a full house. Wagner beat Escorpion while Alberto cut off Wagner’s son from inteferring with an armbar.

In Arena Jalisco on Sunday, Maravilla Azteca unmasked Sunny, who was revealed to be Eduardo Ayala Perez, 28, 11 years a wrestler. Rayman won the vacant Jalisco heavyweight championship on the undercard.

Legends of Lucha Libre action figures are coming soon.

Segunda Caida reviews Demus vs Wotan.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 02/21/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Puma de Oro vs Black Puma
2) Chef Benito & Haziel vs Guerrero 2000 & Power Bull
3) Kanon & Toto vs Hijo Del Bombero & Skanda
4) Ángel Oriental, Shadow Boy, Súper Brazo Jr. vs Dragón Bane, Lunatic Xtreme, Ram El Carnero
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Eterno, Leroy, Ovett

A Wednesday show! With lots of very young people and nothing much going on.

Chef Benito is probably supposed to be Chief Benito but I could go for a Chef luchador.

CMLL (SAT) 02/24/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Cholo & Grako
2) Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Fuego & Star Jr. vs Nitro & Sangre Azteca and Esfinge & Tritón and Cancerbero & Raziel and Audaz & Pegasso and Akuma & Templario and Magia Blanca & Oro Jr. and Puma & Tiger[Arena Coliseo TAG, battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, semifinal]
11) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Euforia, Kráneo, Shocker

Tiger & Puma are the only team of this bunch who’ve challenged for the tag titles. Esfinge & Triton have matching gear, so they’re a favorite.

CMLL (SUN) 02/25/2018 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Retro vs Camorra & Yago
2) Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto vs Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Camorra still exists.

2017 watch later catch up, part 13 of ∞

Ultimo Bandido

Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero
(CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 10/31, 12:58, good, via thecubsfan)

This was the b-show version of Último Guerrero & Volador, which is actually a pretty pleasant occurrence. Both men’s issues revolve partially around a seeming need to do every single move they can do in every single match, and a stripped down version is preferable holds surprises for what they choose to leave out. And they do add a few things to the parade of two counts; can’t recall seeing Último Guerrero pull out a German suplex much. It’s still some checklist stuff – UG goes front superplex, super bomb, suplex into the ring. Finish would’ve come off better if Último Guerrero didn’t already use up that superbomb, but it does still look spectacular and the crowd reacts well. Strong fans of these two guys would like the match even more.

this is the one thing he definitely teaches
the slower than usual nature of this spot felt more like they were countering each other to this ending
a new move?

Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible © vs Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly for the Mexico State Tag Team Championship
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 11/05, 16:02, good, via +LuchaTV)

It’s really too bad this was much a Mariachi Locos year – they didn’t team much even while champions and haven’t afterwards – because they’re a really fun time when they’re working hard. They just run over the técnicos impressively in the second and third fall before the comeback. The técnicos looked less special here, with Dragon Fly being iffy at times. The Dinamic Black dive into the crowd was big, but it doesn’t feel like he take over the match like he might. Maybe IWRG knew they were going to a big thing with Black Dragon by this point and played out the match that way. This is a fun TV match, and more in the ring trios than most of big match brawling IWRG.

bridging with your arms folded is always cool, everyone should learn how to do it
flying Diablo

Flamita vs El Bandido
(TSW @ Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 11/18, 18:03, great, via Adrian Martinez)

Total storytelling match, where Bandido comes to the ring with a bunch of belts and Flamita shows him what it means to be a real top guy. Bandido diving on Flamita to start the match only ticks him off more, and we’re treated to a rudo Flamita beating the life out of Bandido for a long period of time. Flamita asks the referee is Bandido wants to quit after a fierce dropkick, which is mostly about being a jerk but also an almost reasonable request. This story means it never goes the super fast pace you might expect out of both guys, though they do eventually get to the giant big spots trading. Bandido does enough to get make a good showing of himself before Flamita puts him away. Bandido doesn’t have quite enough to battle Flamita but this very much makes you want to see a rematch in a year or so when he might.

disdainful double stomp
no idea what the pose is about but it’s cool
Flamita has had enough of this dude

Dragón Lee vs Cavernario
(CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 11/21, 12:38, great, via thecubsfan)

Dragon Lee & Barbaro Cavernario had an obviously great match while also not even going at their maximum level. They’re both really good, and willing to do crazy things at ay time. Cavernario taking Dragon Lee’s tope and leaping backwards into the second row is a thing of legends. Dragon Lee being in an angry mood all match because Cavernario ambushed him gave the match a strong feeling, though it would’ve been even better if that could’ve played more into what Dragon Lee was trying. They went one move longer than I thought they would be going, and that’s a compliment because it sold how tough Cavernario is to beat. There’s a higher level match between them possible. This was still worth watching.

all time great Cavernario moment
these two outdo each other with overthe top sells

Princesa Sugehit © vs Reyna Isis for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
(CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 12/12, 13:11, ok, via thecubsfan)

The frame rate is pretty iffy on this one, which makes it pretty shaky to watch. It’s already pretty shaky to watch because it’s a Reyna Isis singles match. Sometimes you just need to know, you know. Isis submission at the end of the first fall looks good, which made it effective when they went back to it later. The rest of her offense is otherwise limited and not that interesting. There’s a front cracker near fall near the end that looks like a messed up monkey flip for a moment. Sugehit’s kicks need to be treated as bigger deals than they are here, that’s got to be something to separate her from everyone else. The finishing sequence was probably the best well done part of the match, going forward than expected and having some obvious thought put into it. It gives me a little hope they might figure out something more next time around.

Sugehit kicks Isis so hard she hurts her own leg??

Keyra vs Ludark Shaitan
(Generacion XXI @ Plaza de Toros Revolucion, Irapuato, Guanajuato on 12/18, 10:09, good via LuDarK ShAiTAN OficialRUDO VISION+LuchaTV

I haven’t seen a Ludark match all year so why not. She seems like a good opponent in theory for Keyra because she hits hard and is unafraid to hit hard back. Ludark takes a great bump off a Keyra headscissors and gets crushed by the dropkick into the corner. The action’s altogether strong in this one, the storytelling is not so great. Keyra takes most of the match, seemingly gets hit by just one Ludark big move, kicks out at one, and then frantically waves for crowd support as if she’s been getting beat for three minutes. Ludark really need to get more of this match to make it seem like Keyra accomplished anything. It’s still a worthwhile women’s match – the wrestling here is far ahead of Sugehit/Isis – and I hope Ludark pops up more in interesting places in 2018.

This is the match where Zeuxis attacks Keyra to set up their own title match. Zeuxis’ outfit – hoodie and sweatpants – was not flattering. She would’ve been helped looking more like a star when making this run-in. It wouldn’t be an impressive moment unless you already knew them, and, as much as people reading this might follow CMLL, there’s plenty of indie lucha fans who don’t really pay it that much attention.

Ludrak really going for the bump
Keyra corner dropkick
Keyra just loves suplexes

CMLL resumes after earthquake, DTU’s Moria wins trip to Dragon Gate

photo by CMLL

DTU (SAT) 02/17/2018 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Irving Travieso Montiel b Baby Star Jr., Fly Danger, Mini Flash
2) Camuflaje & Jitsu b Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer
3) Anarquía b DroluxToxinSky Man
4) Lokillo b VengadorAdrenalinaKastigadorKevinSadikoJitsuRey Volador
5) CIMA, Cobre, Moria b Draztick Boy, Jimmy, Negro Casas
Negro Casas’ return from injury. CIMA’s team won. Earlier, Moria was announced as winner of the DTU Visoria contest and will go to Japan for Dragon Gate.
6) Halloween & X-Fly b Paranoiko & Tiburón

Even with CIMA & Negro Casas on the show, this show is among the lowest turns I can ever recall seeing in Arena Neza. Previous DTU shows in Neza haven’t drawn well either. The DTU roster came to the ring before the match, and it appears there’s more wrestlers at the show then fans in the seats. It’s depressing. The Crash says they sold out in Tijuana with CIMA. There were a lot of other notable people on the show, but the difference in the two turnouts is stark.

DTU both announced that the decision about the winner would be coming in a few days , and that Moria was the winner. People were congratulating Moria so I assume he did win. I have no real sense of Moria. I looked around and saw that he’s from Ecatepec, he came thru that cities Arena Victoria, and he has a Facebook page that’s mostly posts from other people or mirror photos. He’s the current DTU Alto Impacto champion, in a match that only turned up in clips. I really don’t know enough Moria to know if he was the right choice to win. I assume he probably was. The issue is, if a guy is talented enough to get invited to tryout for Japan, he shouldn’t also be anonymous.

CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Retro b Apocalipsis & Cholo
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. b Espanto Jr., Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr.
tencicos took 1/3.
3) Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely
Rudas took 1/3. Isis & Jarochita’s final match in Mexico before a three month trip to Japan.
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
tecnicos took 2/3.

CMLL being back to normal after the earthquake is a good thing. Everything just went on like normal after Friday. That should would’ve gone on too if the earthquake had happened at 1 instead of 5:30.

CMLL running nothing happening shows on Sunday doesn’t seem like a good thing – but I suppose they would only start running angles here if they didn’t think Elite was coming back for a while.

CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. b Frentico
Avispon took 1/3.
2) Capitán Cobra & Micro b Quka & Relámpago Azul
Tecnicos took 1/3. Capitan Cobra replaced Cosmos.
3) Carlo Roggi & El Chakal b Javier Cruz Jr. & Yaqui
Rudos took 1/3.
4) El Alteño, El Divino, Omar Brunetti DQ Guerrero de la Muerte, Nautilius, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Carlo Roggi ran in.
5) Explosivo, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. b Joker, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
tecnicos took 1/3.

Back to feeling like I shouldn’t put up these Sunday results because they’re just names with no identities connected to them. Run-ins usually mean a cage match is coming.

AroLucha seemed to draw better in their second weekend of running live shows. Reports on Twitter was positive for both the shows in Beaumont and Humble, and they streamed some of it on Facebook.

I didn’t see much of those shows, but I did see the Baja Stars USA show main event from Saturday night. Fenix & Penta vs Bestia & Garza is still up on Facebook and worth watching.x

The unnamed promotion running in Cancun seemed to fill the 5,500 seat bullring. Cancun hasn’t been a strong market for lucha libre shows of late, even when they’ve had main events the level of Rush & Mistico vs Volador & LA Park and it seemed like a city that’s been skipped over for big shows for that reason. Not sure what made the difference.

AAA continues to draw very well in Ciudad Juarez. That may be AAA’s strongest city right now. The local promoter announced a 04/29 return date, with one of those posters that’s supposed to make you think it’s a TV taping without actually saying it is. (I think it’s probably not.)

Everyone from Lucha Underground should be reporting to Los Angeles by early this week. Social media probably will give an idea of who’s there and not. Angelico being booked in the UK on the first night of the tapings suggests he’s out, but perhaps he’ll just be coming in later. I think I may just spent the next few days constantly eyeballing Sexy Star’s twitter account to see if she posts a photo of a plane.

On the Lucha Libre Boom show in Arena Lopez Mateos on Saturday, Super Loco took Mini Bestia Magnifica’s mask in a minis cage match. Mini Bestia Magnifica is Victor Sosa Ortiz, 47 from Pachuca. Lucha Memes did some invasion of the show

03/11 Lucha Memes in Coacalco

That should be a fun match.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Kraneo, Vangellys, Terrible vs Marco Corleone, Diamante Azul and Caristico from 01/12.

A lucha movie poster exhibit opened in Satillo.

There’s a lucha libre restaurant in Dubai.

CMLL Friday night canceled after earthquake, Bestia/Rey & Swann coming to The Crash, AAA TV in SLP

I wrote a book. I’ll probably forget to promote after this weekend so here’s one reminder.

CMLL canceled due to earthquake

Mexico suffered a 7.2 earthquake at 5:39 pm on Friday evening. The earthquake was centered in Oaxaca, which has some of the worst damage from last September’s earthquake. It was felt in Mexico City, though the damage does not seem to be as bad there as the September earthquake. The local government requires an inspect of large scale entertainment buildings like Arena Mexico after earthquakes, and could not complete it in time to open the doors for Friday’s Arena Mexico show at 7:30pm and the show was canceled. It was just a matter of hours; CMLL indicates the building was confirmed OK to use later that night.

CMLL had Saturday scheduled as an off day previous, with a boxing promotion using Arena Coliseo for the night. That, and CMLL’s Sunday show are expected to go on as normal. The card scheduled for last night in Arena Mexico will now take place this upcoming Friday (February 23rd). It’ll be the same lineup, with the incredible pairs final again scheduled. The 02/23 was scheduled to be the “normal” week in between CMLL’s Friday night tag team tournaments. They’ll now just directly follow each other.

CMLL says tickets for last night’s show can now be used for next week’s show. Refunds are also available at Arena Mexico and Ticketmaster.

No one else has announced any cancellations for this weekend and shows are expected to go on as usual.

The Crash in Tijuana

The Crash (FRI) 02/16/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [+LuchaTV, 126F, Lo Mejor de Lucha, The Crash]
1) Búfalo Ayala, Mirage, Último Maldito b Cardenal Jr., Rayo Star, Súper Caló Jr.
Mirage replaced Jonathan
2) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450 b Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy
Rebelion Amarilla won their ‘punishment’ match easily, and demanded tougher opponents. Penta, Fenix and Daga confronted them, with Penta challenging Garza to a mask hair match. Garza accepted – if the Red group wins a cage match. Masada was added to the Rebelion Roja.
3) Black Danger & Lacey Lane b Diosa Atenea & Douglas James and Danny Limelight & Lady Flammer
4) Willie Mack b Black TaurusHijo de Pirata MorganSharlie Rockstar [The Crash HEAVY, torneo]
as best anyone can tell, Willie Mack is the #1 contender to Rey Misterio’s championship
5) Daga & Masada (Texas) b Aeroboy & Violento Jack
Weapons match. Masada & Violento Jack made challenges for a one on one death match
6) CIMA, Extreme Tiger, Rey Horus b Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr., The King
Bestia challenged Rey to a title match afterwards for 03/17.

The title match is now official. Bestia getting the title shot after Willie Mack won a match to win a title show is odd itself. March 17th is interesting. Lucha Underground tapings were originally said to be three weeks. Everyone’s said five weeks of late. March 17th is the fourth week. Mysterio is no long on Lucha Underground. Bestia is – or at least was – Vampiro’s evil master in the LUS3 closing scenes. It seems highly unlikely Lucha Underground is going to work with The Crash to for days off. Announcing that match – and building towards Masada & Violento Jack – suggests The Crash knows they’re not going to do that cage match on that March show.

(Maybe Bestia asked out of his LU deal? Maybe it’ll be three weeks but they told the talent to take five weeks off in case anything went wrong. Maybe not everyone understands how long it will be and it won’t be clear until they all gather together in Los Angeles in a few days.)

I assume Masada was added to Rebelion Roja because the plan is a four on four cage match against Garza, Bestia, 450 and Taurus. It doesn’t make sense for Rey to work a cage match and Zorro’s gone from here, so it’s really was just down to Fenix, Penta and Daga. Maybe 5 on 5 if they include Black Danger and Ultimo Ninja, but Ninja doesn’t seem to be a regular in Tijuana. They’re very obviously much higher on Masada than anyone else.

Again, this was taped for TV. If/when these things air, they’ll be months behind what is actually going on this promotion and have lost value for that delay. It took me until the middle of February to release a 2017 book and I could tell how much that aged the content. It’s going to be the same way for these matches if they’re just sitting on someone’s hard drive.

Rich Swann to The Crash

The Crash announced Rich Swann for their WrestleCon show. 03/17 show. No match was announced. EDIT: I misread the easy to read poster; it really is the Tijuana show and not WrestleMania weekend, which makes a lot of this dumb text. I’m going to leave it up to own my dumbness.

It’s the first WrestleMania weekend booking Swann has been announced for since being released from WWE, though he has picked up other indie bookings. That release which came after Swann was charged with domestic violence. Those charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence, but Swann was never used again by WWE after those charges. This follows on The Crash using both Oraculo and MechaWolf/Mr. 450, both who were accused in separate domestic violence incidents. Neither has been charged, with police specifically saying no one would be charged in the 450 incident.

This is a cultural difference between Mexican & American wrestling in this moment. You can see it in this SuperLuchas article on Swann working The Crash, where they write it’s “unknown” why Swann got let go by the WWE because he was cleared. To me on the north side of the border, it’s fairly obvious Swann got let go because he was charged, and a strong accusation or a charge of domestic violence makes you toxic in 2018 US because of a long ugly history of not taking similar situations serious enough. Mexico is in a different place, where they’re not concerned in the same way, and so I’m sure The Crash doesn’t see any issue in using an immensely talented wrestler as soon as he became available. That would probably work out without incident if it was a for a Tijuana show, just as 450 and Oraculo have worked their shows without an incident. It’s more complicated when they’re running for a US audience.

I don’t know how people are going to feel about Rich Swann by the time of that show. I don’t know how to feel about it right now.

It’s unlikely The Crash is paying the full bill to fly in Rich Swann. At least one of the US promoters, and probably more than that, will be using Swann that weekend as well. The US people are just more aware of the mood and waited for someone like The Crash to take the bullet by putting Swann’s name out there and judging the reaction before making their own move.

Other News

In his column in Record, Leo Riano says the Domingo Elite shows will be back in “no more than a month.” He also says Blue Demon Jr. is working on an autobiography, and saying Diosa Quetzal was nervous in her debut but will definitely be better the next time. LuchaTV has an interview with Quetzal’s opponents Dalys & Zeuxis talking about how luchadoras need to prepare very hard to wrestle in Arena Mexico because it’s not easy. That match must’ve gone quite badly.

On the GCW last night in New Jersey, Ciclope set a leg on fire to hit Miedo Extremo with a Flaming Wizard for the win. Those two guys are giving it their all to make a name for themselves in the US. They’ve done in Mexico too, and I hope they don’t damage themselves in the process.

This weekend is flush with shows of note.

  • DTU runs Arena Neza on Saturday, with a once in a lifetime CIMA, Cobre & Moria vs Draztick Boy, Jimmy & Negro Casas main event. This show will also have the finals of DTU’s talent search contest, where one of ten young wrestlers will earn a free trip to Japan and a tryout match on a Dragon Gate show. Cobre, Moria and Jimmy being in the main event suggests them as the favorites.
  • Lucha Libre Boom runs Arena Lopez Mateos with the 90s movie team of Octagon, Mascara Sagrada and Atlantis against Canek, Fuerza Guerrera and Pirata Morgan. There’s also a NGD vs Rayman/Freelance/Mike Segura semimain. The last Lucha Memes show had a Lucha Libre Boom invasion moment, so maybe the reverse will happen here.
  • Arolucha is in Humble, Texas. The announced main event include recent former lead AAA rudo Johnny Hennigan teaming with Chavo Guerrero against Juventud Guerrera and current AAA lead rudo Blue Demon Junior. The show also has LAX’s Santana & Ortiz taking on Laredo Kid &  Sammy Guevera. Arolucha streamed their show on Facebook last night and may again tonight.
  • an unnamed promotion, who’s poster looks a lot like the BARACAL group from last year, runs tonight in Cancun with LA Park & Volador Jr. versus Mistico & Rush in a battle of families. Sam Adonis mentioned he’d been added to this show.
  • On Sunday, MDA returns to Arena Coliseo Monterrey for the first time after unveiling their MAD rudo group. MAD’s Kevin Kross & Zorro face Cibernetico & Rush in the main event, while Juventud makes the trip here to represent MAD against Extreme Tiger. There’s also a Ludark Shaitan versus Dulce Sexy match, with the implied concept Ludark is going to use some of her usual extreme tactics to mess up the former Sexy Star in the way she’s messed up people in the recent past.
    • The MDA promos leading up to this show include VHS effects and promos with background music and other ideas I’ve seen a little bit in US indie wrestling but never in Mexican wrestling. I would really like to know who’s the creative/production team behind these now – I always like to see people trying new things and someone’s definitely trying with this.
    • Cibernetico being booked here meant he was never going to be on the second ELITE show if it hadn’t been pulled. Which is peculiar.
  • Long time local legend Rocky Star will be honored at AAA spot show in Juarez on Sunday. The Juarez spot shows seem to set up matches for TV tapings here and there probably will be another Juarez TV taping in the next few months so the results matter.
  • FILLM at the ex-Salon Citlali has Octagon versus Fuerza Guerrera, if you want to punish yourself. Golden Magic versus Diamante and Gran Guerrero versus Fresero Jr.

ROH announced Soberano Jr., Ultimo Guerrero and Volador for their on 03/03 Anniversary show in New York. Matches TBA. That’s a Saturday show. ROH is moving towards streaming all their shows live but hasn’t officially launched their HonorClub service yet – this will be available at some price point.

+LuchaTV posted their interview with Cibernetico., as well as a new edition of Aqui esta el Lucha.

2018 is lucha libre watched Destino Negro versus MEGA Danger.

Eju TV has a feature on Fray Tormenta. Tormenta says Huracan Ramirez was the first one to find out he was an actual priest, when he called him for a wrestling booking on a Saturday and Tormenta said he couldn’t do it because he had a wedding booking.

El Sol de Leon writes about the first mask maker.

Lineups

Pura Raza (SAT) 03/03/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
AULL trainees
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
CMLL trainees
3) Sádico & Yoruba vs Audaz & Titán
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Jean Montañez & Pierre Montañez
5) Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis
6) Blue Panther vs Hechicero
7) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Full lineup for this promotion’s debut show. This lineup is in “too good to be true” territory, though there are behind the scenes indications that this was done with CMLL’s blessings and shouldn’t fall apart.

AAA TV (WED) 03/21/2018 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina
2) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka vs Joe Lider, Mr. Águila, Parka Negra
3) Aerostar, Drago, Hijo del Fantasma vs El Mesías, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Vampiro vs Blue Demon Jr., Dave The Clown, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) 1 vs 2345678 [Copa Perros del Mal]

Promociones Juniors put out their upcoming TV taping last night. This is two tapings after Rey de Reyes. There’s supposed to be a show in Cuernavaca in between – I wonder if that lineup is out or the date got changed. In theory, this will air April 28th & May 5th. In reality, things will probably change and I’m not sure if you need me calling out air dates in a world where everything is airing live.

That main event is simply listed as “eight star luchadors”. I’d assume it’s people from the undercard working twice, and probably something just for the live audience and Twitch.

This is the first we’ve seen of Pagano and Mesias this year, both returning from injuries. Many of the people we’d expect to be on Lucha Underground are back here, which either means AAA is going to be flying a lot of people between Los Angeles and San Luis Potosi or they expect the tapings to be done by this point. There’s no sign of any new people as mystery people on Rey de Reyes. Parka Negra being back on TV suggests they’re going with Angel Mortal Jr. as the fourth (? – Zorro, Dizzy, Ultimo Gladiador) version of that character going forward.

That semimain looks like one of the worst matches AAA could put together. Third match could be fun. Fourth match might be OK.

The 2017 Luchablog Abstract is now available

I wrote a book. You can get it via payhip. It’s available for the low, low price of “whatever you want to pay, even if that’s nothing at all.”

The 2017 Luchablog Abstract is a 80+ page year in review. There’s an essay about the year itself, about CMLL, about AAA, and about everything else. In between, there’s brief thoughts about anyone who had at least a couple of matches in AAA and CMLL. There’s also a similar section covering the important The Crash people and a few bonus entries.

If you’ve enjoyed what I write here or elsewhere on lucha libre, I believe you’ll like this as well. If you’re someone who reads this site often, you’ll get all of my thoughts on people in once place. If you’re a new to lucha libre or unfamiliar with it, it will give you some background on what different luchadors have done and what their future looks like. If you have at all a passing interest in lucha libre, I think you’ll find it worth a look.

And, it’s a free look. The price is set to $0.00 as a default. You’re under no obligation to pay anything for it. I encourage you to purchase it once for free, decide what it’s worth to you, and then buy it a second time for that price if that works for you.

To keep your expectations in check: this is a bare bones project from a person who has never done this before. There’s no photos or art, the cover is just text. it’s just a lot of words, though the words were actually professionally edited. I hope the words are interesting enough to make up for nothing else really existing.

Here are some answers to questions you may have:

Q: Did you just steal the Voices of Wrestling concept for a wrestling ebook?
A: Yes. Yes I did. At least half of them are aware of it, and this book wouldn’t have existed without their assistance.

Q: Who contributed to this book?
A: Just me. I had editing help, but all the profiles and essays are mine. It was a lot of work.

Q: Will this be available outside of Payhip? How about Amazon?
A: Probably not.

Q: What timespan does this book cover?
A: January 1 to December 31, 2017. Anything from the last six weeks, a period commonly known as “2018”, is not covered.

Q: Why is this out now? Does it feel out of date?
A: I could not commit to doing this project until January. It took about as long as I thought it would, it just took a lot of time. There are things which have changed in both promotions and for some of the wrestlers in the last six weeks, but that’s ok. My goal was to create something specifically connected to a specific time. I believe it’s still useful to get a sense of this past year.

Q: I really like this website or the luchawiki or the lucharobot or something else you do, can I just use this as a way to funnel money to you to say thanks irrespective the actual book?
A: Look. I’m not going to turn down free money. However, if I wanted to charge for those things, I would be finding a way to charge for this things. This is something else. Pay whatever you want for the book.

Q: What are your plans for any money you make off this book?
A: thought hard and came up with this list:

  1. a pizza
  2. one month of server costs
  3. ????graphic design????
  4. probably another pizza

Q: Will there be a 2018 version?
A: We’ll see. We’ll see.

Torneo Increible de Parejas final tonight, CIMA & Rey in the Crash, Rey de Reyes

tonight

CMLL wraps up the incredible pairs tournament tonight. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero face Rush & Terrible in Arena Mexico’s main event. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero are the top tecnico and top rudo in CMLL. Rush should be in one of those two roles, but hasn’t had the big important matches, strong storytelling, or good opponents of late to get there. He has all that tonight, including the story of his partner Terrible possibly joining Los Ingobernables.

This should be a pretty good match. It’s also a status quo versus actual change point – nothing much changes if Volador & Ultimo Guerrero win another tournament, and maybe something important happens if Rush & Terrible win. We’ve also seen the the Anniversario main event set up in this tournament in previous years. There’s all sorts of combinations of hair matches which could come out of this match if they’re interested in going in that direction.

The semimain points in the direction of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Angel de Oro & Cuatrero are in a trios with Dragon Lee, Mistico, Sanson and Forastero. That has the people to be a pretty good match. Mistico & Dragon Lee would be a team I’d like to see in the tag team tournament (and they could’ve just made Sanson & Forastero the NGD team if CMLL wanted to make sense.)

Atlantis, Caristico & Diamante Azul face Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Kraneo in the fourth match. Niebla Roja and Soberano Jr. meet in the lightning match; their only other singles match was a brief one in last year’s Universal tournament. Kawato teams with Puma & Tiger to face Triton, Stigma & Fuego in another promising match. Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito take on Mercurio & Pierrothito in the opener. The show will air on Facebook and should air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm, and then on YouTube later. If it’s region blocked on Claro, I probably will stream it again.

CMLL announced the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championships would be filled with another 16 team tag team tournament. There will be blocked on 02/24 & 03/09 and a final on 03/10. The champions are said to be vacant because Sanson & Cuatrero are focusing on the world tag team tournament instead. No teams have been announced.

This is the third tournament that will be happening over this same couple month of stretch, including tonight’s incredible pairs final and the soon to begin world tag team tournament. CMLL will have a six week stretch where they’re never more than eight days away from a tag team tournament match. It’s likely the Gran Alternativa tag team tournament is not far away either. It doesn’t just feel like a programming department low of ideas – though it definitely feels that way – but one incapable of taking a step back and realizing how insane it looks to be running all these tag team tournaments.

CMLL also announced that Templario will soon be getting a new look. He’s keeping the name, but that extra bit of attention suggests CMLL’s noticed he’s good and will be doing more with him.

There is no AAA show tonight, for the first Friday night in three weeks, but there is a The Crash show out in Tijuana. The main event is an all star one time only trios match with CIMA from IWRG (and I guess Dragon Gate) teaming with Extreme Tiger & Rey Horus against Penta, Fenix & Rey Mysterio. As far as I can find, this will be the first time CIMA & Rey Mysterio or Penta have ever been in the same ring together. CIMA and Fenix have had one match, a trios when AAA took the Reina de Reinas tournament to Japan in 2012.

The unlikely combination of Daga & Masada will take on usual parnters Aeroboy & Violento Jack in the semimain. Willie Mack, Black Taurus, Hijo del Pirata Morgan and Sharly Rockstar have a four way match for what’s listed as the The Crash Heavyweight Championship and may be a #1 contenders match. Either winner gets Rey Mistersio, or Rey’s given up the title – The Crash isn’t saying.  The rest of the show includes Rebelion Amarilla being forced to work in the second match as punishment for getting into it with fans last show. They face Arkangel Divino, Black Boy and Astrolux in a size difference.

Like all The Crash shows, nothing has been announced as far as being able to see the show. Sometimes there are +LuchaTV clips, often there’s handheld, probably 126F will have edited highlights up this weekend.

AroLucha is in Beaumont, Texas tonight. They’ve announced three matches. Today is a big day for bullet points:

  • James Storm vs MVP vs Low Ki
  • Hurricane (Hurracaine?) Helms & Mascarita Dorada vs Demus & Keyra
  • Juventud Guerrera, Blue Demon Jr., Maximo vs John Hennigan, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Taya

AroLucha also accidentally announced half of tomorrow’s show in Humble before deleting the tweet.

  • Hurricane Helms & Low Ki vs MVP & James Storm
  • LAX vs Sammy Guevara & Laredo Kid
  • Juventud Guerrera & Blue Demon Jr. vs John Hennigan & Chavo Guerrero Jr.

AAA luchadors gave out hugs at the DIF Estado de Mexico center, a place for children dealing with emotional abuse.

The new episode of Zona Ruda has Bengala as guest.

03/03 Pura Raza Productions at Arena Lopez Mateos has so far

That’s probably the full card or close to it, because it’s going to be tough to top Panther/Hechicero.

03/04 AAA Rey de Reyes in Puebla (and on Twitch) so far

That last match was announced yesterday at a press conference in Puebla. Maximo & Mascara could use some rivals, which might be where that mystery team comes in. That lineup suggests Blue Demon Jr. won’t be wrestling on the show, which is a bit of his surprise after his big return. He may get involved in some other way.

Nothing much to note as far as what Texano & Fantasma said at the press conference. AAA posted highlights of his match with Taiji Ishimori from last night’s Impact show.

03/11 Lucha Memes in Coacalco

03/24 Mexa Wrestling has an Aramis vs Toxin vs Fly Warrior vs Septimo Dragon vs Moria match where the winner gets a shot at the The Crash Cruiserweight championship (currently held by Fenix).

CultIcon has fifteen wishes for Lucha Underground Season 4.

Segunda Caida likes the newest Satanico/Hechicero match.

Profeta Jr. of Los Angeles’ FMLL talked about his title match this Sunday.

CMLL’s Asturiano is part of a prostate cancer awareness campaign.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Pólvora vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Mephisto, Okumura
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

This took a while to come out and looks like one of the easiest to skip CMLL shows of the year. This is a show where Metatron pops up in Mexico City for the first time in fourth months.

CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & El Mágico vs Frezzer & Ráfaga
2) Astral, Robin, Vaquero Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Difunto, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Kawato San, Sagrado, Virus
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Titán vs Felino, Hechicero, Luciferno
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Shocker

Tercera should be good.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-26 

Soberano over the top tornillo

Recapped: 01/29/2018

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Flyer & Robin
(12:14 [4:31, 3:52, 3:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel beat  Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. 
(17:13 [7:39, 3:46, 5:48], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus beat Audaz, Drone, Starman  
(13:08 [4:46, 2:44, 5:38], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat  Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:59 [5:00, 5:59], 1/2 DQ, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Terrible © beat Diamante Azul for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship
(13:14, Arena México, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Diamante Azul shoulder powerslam (3:21)

  2. Terrible dropkick (1:07)

  3. Terrible fujiwara armbar (8:46)

Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:29 [4:28, 2:28, 3:33], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened:

a little stiff but they’re making progress

This was the first post-FantasticaMania show. This is also the show up against Guerra de Titanes, which is why it’s showing up so late. (No one asked is another reason.)

NGD and the tecnicos started brawling before they got the ring. The focus was on Cuatrero and Angel de Oro, following the title change at FantasticaMania.

Virus had the ropes for the pin on Audaz.

Thoughts:

this is both difficult and a long way to go for an armdrag

The main event was the usual exhibition match when there’s nothing on the line. It came off stronger than usual. The FantasticaMania wrestlers, in this and other matches, looked sharper than usual after a trip. It seemed like they might have more off days with the travel back this time, and that might have helped – Dragon Lee & Volador just looked very on tonight. Atlantis looked better if not yet good, and I couldn’t believe he did the top. He almost didn’t make it. Dragon Lee’s chest still seems scuffed up from his chop fight with Gran Guerrero. Doing the Atlantis/UG gave this more of a direction than usual, and it was a fine for a Friday night main event.

Diamante Azul/Terrible easily overachieved exceptions. They found a few things Diamante Azul can do impressively, didn’t go too long, and Terrible carried the rest.

The crowd surprisingly got into the later stages of this match, which should be declared an obvious success. They mostly baked Terrible, which seemed to confuse Diamante Azul, but shouldn’t have been a total surprise since the Arena Mexico fans tend to support rudos who are talented and don’t get much to do. The middle rope press slam would’ve been really if Azul could’ve held it for a little longer. The finish was a cool idea that also didn’t come off completely right, but they got enough of it to totally thrill the fans. This was a good enough match to make both men look better coming out of it.

Diamante Azul slam

The NGD/Angels trios match seem to bring back some of the spirit from Japan. They were doing spots they had not been doing in Mexico before the tour (the assisted plancha to the floor, the Cuatrero/Angel de Oro chop exchange.) Stuka didn’t get to go to FantasticaMania, so he also got all his suplexing one guy on another spots out for the year. Angel de Oro losing a title but getting a feud with Cuatrero is a strong net positive if he’s going to go as hard as he did; he was a guy desperately in need of something to do and is getting it. Niebla Roja was moving pretty well for a guy who seemed to have leg problems in Tokyo. I couldn’t believe he did the flip onto his feet for a pose.

The tercera had good action all the way thru. Disturbio felt more in like he fit in this place than Starman, who seems to be getting a post-mask win elevation. Maybe it’s just FantasticaMania doing more to change my perception than silly cage matches. Virus continues to work with Audaz a lot. Audaz has a bunch of unique offense which makes him stick out and just comes off as guy with an extra level of athleticism. The downside is you kind of realize he’s not that taller than Virus.

not illegal

The segunda was a predictably rudo heavy match, with not much done to show off Eléctrico in his new role. These are just not the rudos to do that. They took most of the match and didn’t take the tecnico offense well. Star looked better than the other two, but no one looked great there.

The opener showed signs of what a good match might be with some of these guys – Flyer and Akuma are doing mini style double rotation headscissors – but was also boring and uneventful for large portions. The first fall was slow paced ad they never really recovered, to the point where the crowd was whistling at them in the third. Espanto Jr. was a bigger drain on the match I would’ve guessed. Like Hijo del Signo used to, Espanto Jr. has a great classic lucha libre mask that he keeps trying to reinvent, as if he trying to find the right look to get him over. The mask isn’t the issue.

lucha TV preview for weekend of February 16th, 2018

There’s only one show on Friday night. It’s so nice. CMLL Claro will have the final of the incredible pairs tournament, which will probably be pretty good. Niebla Roja & Soberano has a chance too. In usual CMLL form, it’s one of two Soberano lightning match this week, with another on Monday.

AAA posted their TV plans, so those are probably correct guesses.

CMLL hasn’t announced a Tuesday lineup yet.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-23 

look at how much the mat does not move

Recapped: 02/11/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
(12:29 [6:37, 2:32, 3:20], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely beat La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
(15:26 [8:19, 3:16, 3:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Stigma
(12:50 [5:21, 3:37, 3:52], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Pólvora, Shocker beat Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón
(16:24 [4:55, 3:10, 8:19], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto © beat Titán to keep the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(18:24, 1/3, excellent, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr.
(11:37 [2:46, 2:17, 6:34], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

 

Nothing except Mephisto keeping his title

Thoughts:

wrong way Cometa figures it out on the second try

Mephisto versus Titan is as good a title match which will happen in Arena Mexico all year. The Volador matches may be more spectacular, but titan brings more of an exciting rollercoaster to his matches. It’s not just the big moves, though there are absolutely big moves in this one. It’s the fast small moves, the submissions that might actually, the back and forth counters and escapes. Titan big title matches are full of drama that’s not just limited two-and-a-half counts. It starts off strong, with Mephisto surprisingly cutting off a normal opening fall sequence to Titan in a submission. It did feel like a fall blown thru because they don’t really want to do three falls, it felt like Mephisto made a smart move and forced the match to end early.

That also made Titan as the underdog for the rest of the match, both on the scoreboard and just from getting pummeled for the next half of the second fall, and rallying back from a deficit is where he excells. He’s also gotten really good at pulling the fans into his matches. The crowd was way into this match from the double dive spot on since it came so fast and spectacularly, but he still worked at rallying them as he was going for his (doomed) headscissors of the apron. It doesn’t feel forced, it feels like he desperately needs that support.

maybe the waving gave away his plan

I thought they went back and forth in interesting ways, not just relying on the big kickouts to get a reaction. It was smart to not just do the Super Devil’s Wings the first chance they had, because it made Mephisto actually connecting on it the second time feel even more sure as a match ender. Titan got something out of it even if he didn’t last much longer. I don’t think Mephisto added a lot besides doing his signature moves a few times and being in the right place, but that’s all he needed to do with Titan. This is an easy recommendation.

Titan is the coolest

 

The fourth match featured Rey Cometa looking the wrong way in a group pose and Shocker & Hechicero having a mid match rock/paper/scissors contest (both went scissors on the first try, Shocker won with paper over rock on the second), so it was not the most serious affair. It was pretty fun CMLL filler, with Triton capable of doing some incredible things. Hechicero set up Shocker’s spear to look great in the end. Cometa is full on committed to being a goofball at all moments – his wacky dance was one thing, but he also exited the ring by laying on the middle rope and falling over to the apron.

Triton is impossible

The tercera was better than usual. There were a few moments of awkward waiting but the pace was really good otherwise. All that teaming with the Panthers has taught Pegasso that the key to happiness is doing a lot of topes in a row, a lesson he tried to pass to his partners here. Magia Blanca suffered a lot in this match. He’s also as good or better than Universo Junior. Universo is greatly benefiting from his name and height at the moment.

the ramp is softer?

The women’s match had a hilarious bad ending to the second fall, where Metalica went up top for the flip senton only to find Tiffany had pulled Silueta too far away to do it and just decided to do nothing. Marcela is wearing gear with “CTFRM” on it and I don’t know what that means.

Tiffany pulls Silueta too far away, Metalica decides she can’t do her senton. The next minute is them arguing with each other and Edgar about who’s fault it was. At least they care!

The opener wasn’t far off the better Friday minis match, for better or worse. The crowd wasn’t much into it at first, but Stukita put on a good performance and Shockercito was trying.

sure!