Sam Adonis & Sexy Star win Rey de Reyes, Atlantis Jr. wins first singles title, Dragon Rojo vs Templario, Fantastica Mania

CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/03/2023 Arena México [CMLL, Cronistas del RingEstrella del RingKaiser SportsR de RudoThe Gladiatores, thecubsfan]
1) Angelito, Kaligua, Último Dragóncito b Minos, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito CMLL: Angelito, Kaligua y Último Dragoncito derrotan a Pierrothito, Minos y Pequeño Olímpico (posted by mluchatv) Triunfo técnico de Último Dragoncito, Angelito y Kaligua sobre Pierrothito, Minos y Pequeño Olímpico (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
9:29.
2) Magnus b Flyer [lightningEn un mano a mano de potencia y espectacularidad, Magnus se impone a los 07:42 segundos sobre Flyer (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
7:52.
3) Capitán Suicida, Dark Panther, Volcano b Felino, Felino Jr., Kráneo CMLL: Volcano, Capitán Suicida y Dark Panther vencen a Felino, Kraneo y Felino Jr (posted by mluchatv) Dark Panther, Capitán Suicida y Volcano triunfaron sobre Kraneo, Felino y Felino Jr. (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) Sorprendentes planchas de Volcano y Capitán Suicida, espectacular lance de Dark Panther (posted by Revista BOX Y LUCHA)
17:37. Kraneo/Volcano feuded.
4) La Jarochita & Lluvia © b Metálica & Reyna Isis [MEX WOMEN TAG] ¡Las campeonas son indomables! (posted by Revista BOX Y LUCHA) CMLL - JAROCHITA - LLUVIA. VS METÁLICA - REYNA ISIS / ARENA MEXICO / 03-02-23 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: Jarochita y Lluvia y retienen el Campeonato Nacional de Parejas ante Reyna I. y La Metálica (posted by mluchatv) Lluvia y Jarochita, retienen títulos de Parejas Femeniles Nacionales ante Metálica y Reyna Isis (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
12th defense (10th on CMLL shows). 13:44.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Panterita del Ring Jr., Titán b Ángel de Oro, Bárbaro Cavernario, Niebla Roja ¡Titán ya es Inmortal y Panterita del Ring, futura leyenda de la lucha aérea! (posted by Revista BOX Y LUCHA) CMLL-GRO. MAYA JR.-PANTERITA DEL RING JR.-TITÁN VS B. CAVERNARIO-HERMANOS CHAVEZ/A. MEXICO/03-02-23 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Guerrero Maya Jr, Panterita del Ring Jr y Titán vencen a B. Cavernario, Ángel de Oro y Niebla Roja (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) Titán, Guerrero Maya Jr. y Panterita del Ring Jr. vs Ángel de Oro, Bárbaro Cavernario y Niebla Roja (posted by mluchatv)
17:58.
6) Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Gran Guerrero, Templario ¡Gran triunfor a cargo de Místico, Volador Jr. y Soberano Jr. (posted by Revista BOX Y LUCHA) CMLL Místico, Volador Jr y Soberano Jr se imponen a Dragón Rojo Jr , Templario y Gran Guerrero (posted by mluchatv) CMLL -SOBERANO JR.-VOLADOR JR.-MÍSTICO VS DRAGÓN ROJO JR.-TEMPLARIO-GRAN GUERRERO/A. MEXICO/03-02-23 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Místico, Volador Jr. y Soberano Jr. derrotan a Gran Guerrero, Dragón Rojo Jr. y Templario (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
9:03. Dragon Rojo kept stopping Templario from hitting Soberano, so Dragon Rojo could alone hit Soberano. Templario eventually just attacked Dragon Rojo, spelling their team’s doom.

This was a great show. None of the matches individually stood out in a crazy way, but everything was about the best possible version of that match. The main event was the exception, becuase they were just working the Dragon Rojo versus Templario bit. It worked, in that I have less idea of what CMLL is actually going to be doing this year than ever. Both the fourway hair match and Templario/Dragon Rojo are being built up as if they’re the H2L main event. They can’t possibly just do both, can they?

(Kraneo and Volcano was built up too but obviously they’re saving that titanic match for the Aniversario.)

CMLL (SAT) 02/04/2023 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Dr. Karonte II & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Bengala & Retro
2) Apocalipsis, Cholo, Nitro b Eléctrico, Leono, Robin
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Hombre Bala Jr. b Arkalis [lightning]
4) Cancerbero, Luciferno, Virus DQ El Coyote, Okumura, Pólvora
Cancerberos took 2/3. Polvora was DQed for stopping referee Olimpico from putting his hand down for three. His team complained to the commissioner about the decision post match.
5) Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja
Volador replaced Mistico (double booked) a few hours after the lineup was posted. Straight falls, Angel de Oro fouling Volador Jr., making the point that they’re not on the same side post match.
6) Atlantis Jr. b Stuka Jr. © [NWA LHCMLL | Atlantis Jr. derrotó a Stuka Jr. y se coronó como nuevo Campeón Histórico Semicompleto (posted by mluchatv)
Stuka falls on his 7th defense, first in over a year. Atlantis Jr. is the 8th (73rd) champion. Stuka attacked and unmasked Atlantis Jr. after the match.

Box y Lucha has the last minute or so of the title change. It’s a good minute and the crowd reacts strongly to the result. Atlantis & Atlantis Jr. join Dr. Wagner & Dr. Wagner Jr. as father and son to hold this (NWA) World Historic Light Heavyweight championship if you consider this title to be part of the same lineage. (You should.)

Stuka Jr. held this title since 2018, the same year Volador’s most recent NWA Welterweight championship started. Current CMLL champions by title length

Title Champion Date Won Days Held
NWA MIDDLE Mistico 8/21/2018 1629
CMLL WELTER Titan 12/8/2019 1155
MEX WOMEN TAG Chicas Indomables 10/16/2020 842
CMLL WOMEN Princesa Sugehit 10/20/2020 838
MEX MIDDLE Templario 9/24/2021 499
MEX WOMEN Dark Silueta 11/16/2021 446
MEX LIGHT Panterita del Ring 12/11/2021 421
CMLL TAG Chavez 1/23/2022 378
CMLL MINI Mercurio 2/20/2022 350
CMLL SL Stigma 3/15/2022 327
MEX TAG Esfinge & Fugaz 3/20/2022 322
CMLL MIDDLE Dragon Rojo Jr. 4/2/2022 309
Arena Coliseo TAG Robin & Hombre Bala 4/2/2022 309
MEX WELTER Magia Blanca 6/24/2022 226
CMLL LH Cavernario 7/15/2022 205
MEX TRIOS Dulce Atrapasuenos 7/25/2022 195
CMLL TRIOS Infernales 9/30/2022 128
MEX HEAVY Sagrado 10/10/2022 118
CMLL HEAVY Gran Guerrero 11/7/2022 90
NWA WELTER Rocky Romero 1/20/2023 16
NWA LH Atlantis Jr. 2/4/2023 1

Stuka Jr. held the NWA LH title for 1,635 days before losing it on Saturday. Volador Jr. most recent reign was for 1,631 days. Stuka, Volador and Mistico won their NWA titles all in August 2018, no NWA/Historic title changed hands for 4.5 years, and then two changed in about fifteen days. Mistico should be very concerned if he gets a title challenge soon.

The Rocky Romero/Yuya Uemura World Historic Welterweight Championship match appears to have taken place on Saturday. I’m filing that as under the Bahamas though it took place on, you know, a boat in the ocean. Romero’s (presumed) title defense is the first time someone besides Volador has successfully defended this title since Mascara Dorada defended over Averno on June 18, 2013. Neither Sombra nor Taven had a successful title defense.

CMLL (SUN) 02/05/2023 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Micro Gemelo Diablo I, Micro Gemelo Diablo II, Micro Sagrado b Átomo, Chamuel, Micro Ángel
One of the Diablos needed medical attention post match.
2) Mercurio b Shockercito [lightning]
3) La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Magnifica, La Vaquerita, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3
4) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa b Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Panterita del Ring b Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Sagrado
6) Gran Guerrero, Stuka Jr., Último Guerrero b Atlantis Jr., Titán, Volador Jr.
Guerreros took 1/3.

Nothing notable on this CMLL show, which is actually unusual at this point.

CMLL (SUN) 02/05/2023 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Black Tiger, Hijo de Centella Roja b Dark Soul, Hijo del Perverso, Sombra Diabólika
2) Amapola, Hera, Olympia b La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit Facebook video (posted by )
Amapola used the ropes to pin Sugehit. Challenges followed.
3) Hombre Bala Jr. & Robin © b Perverso & Prayer [Arena Coliseo TAGFacebook video (posted by )
4th defense
4) Esfinge, Fugaz, Star Black b Cancerbero, Luciferno, Virus
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Místico, Stigma DQ Averno, Euforia, Hechicero Facebook video (posted by )
Mistico had Euforia in La Mistica, Averno unmasked Mistico for the DQ. Challengers followed

CMLL seemed concerned the Puebla fans wouldn’t adjust to the different day/time. The Sunday shift instead worked out great, with a stronger turn out Sunday than the show six days ago.

CMLL (TUE) 02/07/2023 Arena México
1) Angelito, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
2) Eléctrico, Leono, Oro Jr. vs Dr. Karonte I, Enfermero Jr., Nitro
3) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Olympia, Tiffany
4) Raider vs Akuma [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Dark Panther, Dulce Gardenia vs Felino, Felino Jr., Hijo del Villano III
6) Atlantis Jr., Panterita del Ring, Panterita del Ring Jr. vs Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Sagrado

Panterita Jr. didn’t get the one big spotlight main event for winning the Gran Alteratnvia but he does seem to have been moved up a lot in the mix. CMLL seems set on keeping teams and pairs together whenever possible of late, so it sticks out that Dr. Karonte I and Dr. Karonte II aren’t on the same shows the last couple of weeks.

CMLL (TUE) 02/07/2023 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Cosmos, Mágico, Metatrón vs Gran Kenut, Jabalí, Minotauro
2) Brillante Jr. (Laguna), Misterio Blanco, Misterio Negro (Laguna) vs Obelisk, Raven, Temerario
3) Cachorro, El Hijo De Stuka Jr., Insólito vs Estrella de Jalisco I, Estrella de Jalisco II, Último Ángel
4) Adrenalina, Explosivo, Fantástico vs Arlequín, Bestia Negra, Gallero
5) Crixus, Rugido, Vegas vs Dark Magic, Okumura, Zandokan Jr.
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Principe Daniel vs Tonalli, Troyano, Último Guerrero

Guadalajara is bringing in some of the Torneo de Escuelas guys early. (They’re also bringing in people who didn’t make it, like Toryano.)

CMLL (FRI) 02/10/2023 Arena México
1) Halcón Suriano Jr. vs Inquisidor [lightning]
2) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs Stephanie Vaquer & Zeuxis
3) Arkalis, Pegasso, Stigma vs Capitán Suicida, Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Niebla Roja [lightning]
5) Rocky Romero & Volador Jr. vs Averno & Místico and Ángel de Oro & Oráculo and Soberano Jr. & Templario and Atlantis & Último Guerrero and Dragón Rojo Jr. & Titán and Atlantis Jr. & Gran Guerrero and Kráneo & Volcano [Torneo Incredible de Parejas, battle royal]

Your second of three reminders that this show has no final to the tournament; that happens on 02/17. It’s still an 11-match card, and a strange one with two lightning matches. Not sure when that’s happened before. Matches 3/4 look fun if they get time. 11 matches might me

Zeuxis has her first CMLL match in five years in the segunda. It’s sensible for CMLL to announce it ahead of time but the reactions when she just popped up on the lineup would’ve been fun. There’s a lot of talk about her partner too; both fans and wrestlers are heavily gossping that Stephanie Vaquer is headed to AAA. She’s been dating Cuatrero, which they’ve occasionally made public and she seems to be close friends with Dalys. Vaquer appears to have been back home in Chile recently, she didn’t appear at Rey de Reyes, and showing up on this lineup suggests she’s still in CMLL for the time being.

In a post about IWRG connections to Torneo de Escuelas wrestlers, IWRG announcer Marucio Rebollo notes Vegas is the former Akbal and Principe is the former Emperador Brillante. Akbal you can sort of figure out looking back at the Black Warrior run shows. I would’ve never gotten Emperador Brillante. That’s not a great name but it’s a lot better than Principe.

Octagon wants to main event the 90th Anniversario show against Fuerza Guerrera. Seems unlikely. Fuerza Guerrera said, for quite a while, he was going to retire on the 2023 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. In a recent interview with Mas Lucha, Fuerza Guerrera says a recent operation has pushed back his retirement timeline. It probably should speed it up if you’re getting hurt at his age. (He does say he’s ready to wrestle in March, so we’ll see if he turns up in CMLL’s H2L lineup this week.)

The mother of CMLL announcer Juan Carlos Castellanos, Margarita Martinez Alvarez, passed away on Sunday.

CMLL/Fantastica Mania lineups

These came out late Sunday night. They’re interesting. All shows will air live on NJPW World. These shows are currently listed as Japanese only.

The main thing you’re going to notice is Atlantis Jr. is still a rudo for the purpose of this tour. All the CMLL wrestlers get a spotlight match along the way – except for Cavernario, interestingly.

CMLL , NJPW (WED) 02/22/2023 Takamatsu City General Gynmasium 2, Kagawa, Japan
1) Capitán Suicida & Yuto Nakashima vs Gedo & Taiji Ishimori
2) Magia Blanca & Ryohei Oiwa vs Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
3) Dulce Gardenia, Tiger Mask, YOH vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Okumura
4) Kosei Fujita, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Soberano Jr. vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Titán
5) El Desperado, Rey Cometa, Volador Jr. vs Hechicero, SHO, Templario
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Místico vs Atlantis Jr. & Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

These non-Mexico City shows usually are fine, not great, and the tour opens with all tag matches. The main event is a fun novelty. Rey Cometa and Desperado teaming up is an easter egg.

CMLL , NJPW (THU) 02/23/2023 KBS Hall, Kyoto, japan
1) Rey Cometa & Yuto Nakashima vs Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
2) Capitán Suicida & Ryohei Oiwa vs Gedo & Taiji Ishimori
3) Dulce Gardenia, Master Wato, Tiger Mask vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Okumura
4) Kosei Fujita, Ryusuke Taguchi, Soberano Jr., YOH vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Titán
5) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Último Guerrero vs Hechicero, Magia Blanca, SHO
6) Místico & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis Jr. & Templario [Relevos Increíbles]

There are some names getting moved on but these are largely the same shows. Nakashima, Oiwa and Fujita are NJPW young lions and figure to take the loss in any match you see them in.

CMLL , NJPW (FRI) 02/24/2023 Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
1) Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask vs Gedo, Hijo del Villano III, Taiji Ishimori
2) Capitán Suicida & YOH vs Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito
3) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kosei Fujita, Okumura vs Bárbaro Cavernario, SHO, Templario
4) El Desperado, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Douki, Hechicero, Yoshinobu Kanemaru
5) Dulce Gardenia & Rey Cometa vs Bushi & Titán [semifinal]
6) Magia Blanca & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis Jr. & Último Guerrero [semifinal]

The perennial tag team tournament is faction based this year. Dulce Atrapsuenos versus LIJ in one semifinal, Depredadores versus Guerreros in the other. Capitan Suicida has a lot of challenging match ups. Hechicero might be the only CMLL guy that indie luchador DOUKI likes.

CMLL , NJPW (SUN) 02/26/2023 Mahuhari Messe International Confernece Hall, Chiba, Japan
1) Ryohei Oiwa & Tiger Mask vs Hijo del Villano III & SHO
2) Bárbaro Cavernario, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Master Wato, Okumura, YOH
3) Capitán Suicida & Kosei Fujita vs Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito
4) El Desperado, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Douki, Hechicero, Templario
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [3rd place]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [final]

I want Dulce Gardenia & Rey Cometa vs Atlantis Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero in the final for the chaos, but guessing it’s Guerreros/LIJ and Atrapsuenos/Depredadores. (This tag tournament passes as Cometa’s big challenge for the tournament.)

CMLL , NJPW (MON) 02/27/2023 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Kosei Fujita & Rey Cometa vs Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
2) Master Wato & Tiger Mask vs Gedo & Hijo del Villano III
3) Capitán Suicida vs Último Guerrero
4) Bárbaro Cavernario, El Desperado, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito
5) Dulce Gardenia, Magia Blanca, Místico vs Atlantis Jr., Hechicero, Okumura
6) Volador Jr. vs Templario
7) Titán vs Soberano Jr. [CMLL WELTER]
7th defense

NJPW previously announced this date would air for free. It’s a really good card for $0.00.

Titan/Soberano was really good in 2019. Titan/Sobreano was a MOTYC in 2019. Titan/Soberano was the best match CMLL did in 2020. They have not met since. It might go well again.

Volador Jr. and Templario haven’t had a real singles match since early in the pandemic, so that’s a good heat check to see where Templario is at this point. Ultimo Guerrero and Capitan Suicida have never had a singles match and might never have one in CMLL, so that will be a fun seven or so minutes.

CMLL , NJPW (TUE) 02/28/2023 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Kosei Fujita & Magia Blanca vs Capitán Suicida & Yotu Nakashima
2) Tiger Mask vs Hijo del Villano III
3) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rey Cometa, Ryohei Oiwa, Satoshi Kojima vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Titán
4) Dulce Gardenia vs Okumura
5) Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Master Wato, Último Guerrero vs El Desperado, Templario, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
7) Místico vs Atlantis Jr.

Atlantis Jr. beat Mistico in the final of last year’s Copa Junior, Mistico beat Atlantis Jr. in Puebla by DQ months later. Soberano beat Hechicero in En Busca de un Idolo nine years ago and they haven’t crossed paths much since; just one lightning match in 2016 where Hechicero got the win back.

Dulce Gardenia/Okumura is a Fantastica Mania classic. Tiger Mask and Hijo de Villano are opposite tag matches all tour long leading to that singles match.

Noticeably missing is a Black Cat tribute match, usually taking place on the final day of the tour to honor the wrestler who connected Mexico and NJPW. It’s possible that semi-main tag match will honor him in typical fashion.

Volador Jr. will also appear as part of the All Star Junior Festival on 02/05. The match card won’t be announced until 02/25. More CMLL wrestlers could be added; no one knows for sure what this show is or how many people are on it.

AAA

AAA TV (SUN) 02/05/2023 Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Yucatán [AAA, AS, Lucha Libre TM, Record]
***Rey de Reyes, 2023***
1) Ángel Infernal, Halcón Rojo Jr., Impacto, Panther Boy Jr. ?? Eterno Alcander, Fuerza Maya, Persseus, Shangai Kid
Dark match, lineup likely changed.
2) Kuukai, La Parka Negra, Nishikawa b Eterno Alcander, Mr. Iguana, Niño Hamburguesa
Kuukai & Nishikawa replaced Kento & Takuma. Local Eterno Alcander replaced Aerostar.
3) Sam Adonis b VampiroPuma KingArez [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Puma King replaced Jack Carthweel. Two masked people helped him and Adonis.
4) Bandido b Psycho ClownAbismo Negro Jr.Komander [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Earlier, La Rebelion and Adonis attacked Psycho Clown. Vampiro tried and failed to make the save. Negro Casas was more successful. Adonis attacked Psycho again during the match. Bandido beat Komander.
5) Pagano b Bestia 666FlamitaAramis [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
6) Hijo Del Vikingo b Mecha WolfMyzteziz Jr.Negro Casas [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Negro Casas replaced Gringo Loco.
7) Sexy Star b Chik TormentaLady ShaniDalysLa Hiedra [Reina de Reinas torneo]
Dalys officially added on 01/28.
8) Sam Adonis b PaganoHijo Del VikingoBandido [Rey de Reyes]
Adonis won via some cheating, then was attacked by Psycho Clown

This should air on 02/18 and 02/25. Maybe one week of the semifinals and then everything else on the following week? I got no real sense of the quality of matches from the fan recaps. Attendance seemed good for a regular TV taping, which this ended being in effect.

Adonis winning was the chalk pick and that’s the way it went; the priority is whatever they can do to make the possible Adonis/Psycho match seem bigger, and the only surprise was they didn’t just have Adonis beat Psycho one on one. Sexy Star was a more out of a nowhere win. She debuted two Rey de Reyes ago and hadn’t gotten a meaningful win in her AAA run so far; the wrestler is talented but “Sexy Star” has existed to this point only so AAA could have the gimmick back on TV. Adonis winning is part of an ongoing story, Sexy Star winning comes off as if they just picked at random. Maybe it’ll come off stronger on TV or there will be some sort of follow-up. Adonis got a sword, Sexy Star got an ax.

It’s weird AAA announced Dalys was wrestling and not Negro Casas, right? We all figured he’d be there (and figured people would not turn up for an AAA show, as always) so he’d be wrestling, but that seems like an easy thing to advertise. Oh well. Kento & Takuma have finished up in Mexico for now.

Twitter user Dieg0Aerostar11, believed to be an Aerostar family member, posted a video speculating Aerostar had left AAA repeatedly on Twitter on Sunday. AAA’s recap of the opener didn’t mention Eterno Alcander subbing for Aerostar, so many quick result stories still had Aerostar listed as wrestling. I don’t know if Aerostar has actually quit, but he definitely wants it to be a story if Dieg0 is putting that video out there to get attention.

This week’s AAA TV show was the first taped in 2023, and there was a big “new year new me” feel. A new graphics package, a different style for the video package open, and lots of vignettes (in the same room) to explain the matches before they happened. It’s a good start. AAA’s made a lot of these good starts and then dropped off as the year has gone by so we’ll just have to see how it goes.

The show itself was OK at best. They started with a backstage talking segment with Daga & Sam Adonis and then an in-ring with Daga, Adonis, Pentagon and Psycho Clown; both segments contained a lot of the same content and meant it was a half hour before a match happened. The AAA pattern is to open the show with a talking segment if thy’re going to do it at all and it might have been more enjoyable if they slipped in a match between the two promos. Or maybe not – the lumberjack match wasn’t good, and the other two matches were forgettable. The main event was reverse-engineered around Negro Casas & Dalys’s debut at the end. Everything before was only getting to that spot, and hoping that people would forget any nonsense involved once the reveal happened. The actual finish (everyone freezes because music plays) is one of those dumb finishes that get accepted as ‘well, it’s just wrestling.’ No one’s going to remember the rest of match and it’s not a big loss. The fans weren’t reacting much at all to the angle until the unmasking and then there was a huge reaction; you could see people shocked as they caught sight of Casas’ face.

I wasn’t able to stream the full show on Twitch. I do not believe I will be streaming AAA again on Twitch. AAA contacted me to tell me that one of their media partners would be issuing a takedown request if I didn’t stop my stream myself. (It was generous of AAA to do that; it’s something I wish would’ve been done by others in the past.) I’m not going to try streaming AAA again. I may pass on someone else’s AAA stream but I’ve decided I’m out. Even if AAA came back to me and gave me an all clear, I’m throwing in the towel on streaming AAA.

IWRG

IWRG , RGR (SUN) 02/05/2023 Arena Naucalpan [Mas Lucha, Mas Lucha]
1) Noisy Boy & Spider Fly b Jhon Tito & Rey Halcón Kick- Off | LIVE 🔴 2do Aniversario de RGR | La Familia Real | La Puerquiza Extrema Los Piratas (posted by IWRG tv)
2) Keyra & Lolita b Big Mami & Diosa Quetzal [Copa Femenil RGR] Kick- Off | LIVE 🔴 2do Aniversario de RGR | La Familia Real | La Puerquiza Extrema Los Piratas (posted by IWRG tv)
Lolita replaced Goya Kong.
3) Coronel Vip & Galeno del Mal b Hijo De Canis Lupus & Rey León Kick- Off | LIVE 🔴 2do Aniversario de RGR | La Familia Real | La Puerquiza Extrema Los Piratas (posted by IWRG tv)
Tirnates was special referee. Rey Espectro and Hijo de Fishman asked Lupus & Leon for a tag title match
4) Pimpinela Escarlata b Jessy VenturaDiva SalvajeMambaMáximoPaymonBugambiliaZoy Raymunda [RGR EXOTICO] MEMBRESÍA | 🔴 2do Aniversario de RGR | La Familia Real | La Puerquiza Extrema Los Piratas (posted by )
Pimpi won the new title. Jessy Ventura challenged Pimpinela to a hair match, which Pimpinela accepted.
5) Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Monsther, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Pig Decapitador, Pig Destroyer, Pig Destructor, Pig Pool MEMBRESÍA | 🔴 2do Aniversario de RGR | La Familia Real | La Puerquiza Extrema Los Piratas (posted by )
Monsther replaced Rey Bucanero. Jack Fancy was with the Piratas. Hijo del Pirata fouled one of the pigs to set up the Pirata Sr. pin. Challenges followed.
6) Diamante Azul (Indie), Hijo del Fishman, Rey Espectro b Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr. MEMBRESÍA | 🔴 2do Aniversario de RGR | La Familia Real | La Puerquiza Extrema Los Piratas (posted by )
Pirata interfered, then Jack Fancy hit LA Park with a briefcase to set up a Diamante Azul slam for the win.

I didn’t sense much buzz for this show but it was there – RGR and IWRG filled up Arena Naucalpan with his lineup. Give a lot of credit to LA Park I think. First half of the show aired for free, second half behind the Mas Lucha paywall. I just skimmed though, and they’re about what you’d expect. It was always strange Rey Bucanero was booked for this show and not a surprise he disappeared.

RIOT

RIOT (SAT) 02/04/2023 Palestino Libanes, San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo Leon [@thekoko666]
1) Mr. Iguana b King Rex
2) Muerte Extrema b Ultra
3) Blake Christian b Baby Xtreme
4) Kaientai & Lord Byron b Lady Flammer & Lady Maravilla
Unmexicans remain undefeated
5) Tromba (Indie) b Belial
6) Willy Banderas b Aramis
7) Black Taurus (AAA), Látigo, Toxin b Komander, Kratoz, Prometeo
8) Erik Ortiz b Arez [RIOT CHAMP]
Ortiz is 2nd champion. Arez falls on 6th defense.

This was their all-surprise matches show. I always forget to put these shows in to the database beforehand where’s no lineup.

Ortiz actually won a #1 contenders match in March, finally got his title match, and won. The top two matches sound like they went very well. The promotion says they set a new attendance record.

The Twitch channel may not be completely dead. As RIOT mentioned back on New Year’s Eve, I’d talked to them about streaming one of their unreleased shows. Streaming lucha libre shows while writing about lucha libre news is an inherent conflict of interest, but I’ve also streamed CMLL (on YouTube back in the geoblock days) and AAA so I crossed that line long ago. I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for years. One of the Guadalajara feds – it might have been GHC? – asked me about doing it at one point too, but I just wasn’t familiar enough with them to do it. RIOT I’ve gotten to know decently well and pitched the idea in person over the summer. Of course, it’s RIOT, so the one show I was going to stream (2022 La Rina night 1 IIRC) still isn’t available and I have no idea when it will be. I’ll let you know when I know.

MLW

Arez and Aramis are in contract purgatory with MLW. Rob detailed the situation in a Twitter thread on Monday. Arez hasn’t been used since June, Aramis since April. Both have been available and willing to work MLW tapings, haven’t been brought in, and there appear no plans to use them going forward. They’re not being used at the AAA/EMW/MLW show this Friday in Tijuana. MLW also has refused to release them from their contracts and has recently made legal threats. MLW has released others from contracts, and it’s unclear why they’re not doing the same with Arez and Aramis.

Being under MLW contract and not being used is a problem; they’re not getting paid to sit at home. . They’re also losing out on other opportunities. A contract with another promotion would be great, but even more piecemeal gigs: MLW contract language prohibits working for certain indie promotions, and other groups shy away from using MLW wrestlers due to past issues. It has cost these guys money to be under contract to MLW and not actually wrestle.

Both Mexican wrestlers said they felt pressured to sign these deals in the first place, under a threat of losing work in Mexico if they didn’t. (This is not the only luchador who this has happened to, though not all with MLW.) Aramis & Aramis are now stuck losing work outside of Mexico because of a contract which doesn’t seem to mean anything to either side.

(I’ve seen a misconception that MLW got Arez and Aramis their work visas. That is incorrect; they both got their own. I don’t know everyone’s situation so this is not a blanket statement, but my understanding is the foreign talent in MLW generally are responsible for managing their work visas, and MLW doesn’t get involved in getting those. I’m sure there are exceptions, but the Mexican wrestlers used and not used have largely been dependent on who already could legally come to Mexico. I believe the Dragongate wrestlers who’ve been in are all on work visas procured through Masked Republic, not MLW.)

MLW is not dumb. I didn’t understand at all what they were doing by going to ProWrestling.TV, but it makes sense in the big picture: they got some guaranteed (and surely better than YouTube) money to burn off a few tapings they had in the can, and they’re going to start fresh and new on Reelz this week. They have an idea of the bigger picture. I just don’t see where in that big picture MLW benefits from keeping people under contract who they don’t want to use and are just sitting home unhappily.

Other Notes

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Segunda Caida watches some Brazos in Panama and IWRG Retro.

Sunday was the 39th Anniversary of El Santo’s death. El Hijo del Santo has frequently held public events at his father’s statute in the past. This year, Hijo del Santo instead posted a video from a visit to his father’s grave.

Dave Meltzer reported that Dragon Lee was originally supposed to make his NXT debut on Saturday’s show. He did not due to work visa issues. Kenny Omega has missed recent AEW shows due to a visa issue that’s since been resolved, and there are been scattered notes of some of WWE’s foreign (mostly NXT) wrestlers quietly vanishing due to visa issues. I’m under the impression this is not a one wrestler or one promotion problem, but some larger issue with professional wrestlers and US work visas. I bring this up because Death Triangle have similarly vanished from AEW since their ladder match three weeks ago. They were due a break after their recent run of matches, but it may be more than that. (Bandido has similarly disappeared, though there’s not yet been a point where Bandido has been around AEW regularly.) AEW runs El Paso this Wednesday and Laredo next week, great markets for the Lucha Brothers. There’s probably something up if they don’t appear.

Arez was added to the WXW 16 Carat Gold tournament from March 10 to 12. Komander has previously been announced for the same.

Hugo Savinovich and Carlos Cabrera are headlining a “Heroes del Ring” show in Chile on March 25 and March 26th. This has been announced for a while and includes Will Ospreay, Natalia Marakova, and Santino Marella as the foreign talent. Recent articles mention the show will be aired on TNT Sports locally, with a quote from a TNT Sports executive about how the wrestling fits in so well with their programming. TNT Sports is part of the same WBD family as Space (AAA) and US’s TNT/TBS (AEW) and it’s unusual that there are three different wrestling programming in the same family. These shows sound like they’re a one off for now, more if they’re successful, and Savinovich was having some success promoting in South America before the pandemic.

04/01 GCW WRLD on Lucha lineup

El Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. successfully defended the GHC National Championship in NOAH. I keep thinking that’s going to be a temporary thing, given the history of Mexicans in Japanese promotions, and he keeps defying expectations by winning. I’d have to dig around to figure out the most successful consecutive defenses by a Mexican wrestler of a major Japanese title in Japan, but I suspect that number isn’t high. Daga made his NOAH debut in the semi-main. It was a 5v5 elimination match, and his team hilariously won 5-0. Daga’s post match promo indicated he plans to stick around for a while.

Rey Espectro had a press conference to announce Espectrito de Ultratumba is now Mini Rey Espectro. Unclear why this needed to be a press conference.

Cibernetico claims he’s going to retire in four years. I’m not sure why I even bothered to type that, it seems unlikely to be accurate.

Zeuxis returns to CMLL, Torneo de Escuelas, AAA Rey de Reyes this Sunday

site notes

Twitter’s announcement that they’re ending free access to their API on 02/09 means the @lucharobot Twitter account will probably come to an end on that date. I may try a similar on another service but no promises. I believe  the API change means I (and anyone who publishes a blog) will have to start always manually linking these posts on Twitter, which is a nuisance and something I may forget. You can always just check the website.

CMLL

Tonight’s lineup

CMLL (FRI) 02/03/2023 Arena México
1) Angelito, Kaligua, Último Dragóncito vs Minos, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
2) Flyer vs Magnus [lightning]
3) Capitán Suicida, Dark Panther, Volcano vs Felino, Felino Jr., Kráneo
4) La Jarochita & Lluvia © vs Metálica & Reyna Isis [MEX WOMEN TAG]
12th defense (10th on CMLL shows)
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Panterita del Ring Jr., Titán vs Ángel de Oro, Bárbaro Cavernario, Niebla Roja
6) Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Gran Guerrero, Templario

The main event could be good or could be the rudo team completely breaking down. The semimain doesn’t have that issue so it’s a great bet. I think Jarochita & Lluvia are keeping their titles more so now than a few days ago, but that’s match is going to more if they can recapture their form of 2021. Tercera is Felino’s first appearance since his brother left CMLL. Flyer versus Magnus is quite the battle of second generation wrestlers who once had great expectations and now are just around (though at least Magnus has found a niche in Los Depredadores.) Minis have been reliable lately. This could be another good one. It’s the usual Ticketmaster Live price; all Friday shows will be 99 pesos this month. 

CMLL announced Zeuxis’ return to the promotion at the very end of CMLL Informa. Zeuxis won Princesa Sugehit’s mask at the 84th Aniversario, then faded afterward and left within a year. The mask match turned out to be much more about Sugehit losing her mask (and setting her up to win the world title) than Zeuxis unmasking her, but Zeuxis seemed enthusiastic into lucha libre soon after. That impression continued in her post-CMLL run. She had one AAA match in 2018 that both sides were unhappy with and then appeared infrequently in the following years. (Zeuxis hasn’t wrestled 20 matches in a year since leaving CMLL.) Zeuxis did get brought back to AAA last year to help fill out the Showcenter tournament, and last wrestled for them in November. There were rumors CMLL was interested in bringing Zeuxis back as part of Team World for the 2022 Women’s Gran Prix, which didn’t happen. She talked only briefly on Informa, just that she was happy to return. No start date was announced.

Zeuxis coming back to CMLL right after Dalys leaves drew comparisons and probably was intended to be to do so. 2017 Zeuxis is a big upgrade of 2022 Dalys, but I don’t know if we’re going to see 2017 Zeuxis again. If Zeuxis is OK, which she seemed to be in those recent matches AAA, that’s still an upgrade over Dalys was giving CMLL at much less the hassle. (There’s no Negro Casas replacement waiting out there that I can think of. There are good veterans, but there’s only one Negro Casas.) CMLL 

The Homenaje a Dos Leyendas card will also be revealed next Wednesday. CMLL hasn’t yet said which day it’ll be, though maybe that’s a video that’ll air during tonight’s show. CMLL announced the Zeuxis return and the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas card announcement back to back, which sure implied Zeuxis (and other women) are booked for that show. 

CMLL announced the Torneo de Escuelas teams on Wednesday’s show. The teams:

  • Comerca Lagunera: Misterio Blanco, Hijo de Stuka Jr., Misterio Negro, Insólito, Brillante Jr. and Gran Jefe (w/coaches Blue Panther & Ultimo Guerrero)
  • Guadalajara: Vaquero Jr., Crixus, Fantástico, Adrenalina, Explosivo, Ángel Rebelde (w/coach Satanico)
  • Puebla: Millenium, Multy, El Perverso, Prayer, el Hijo de Centella Roja, Rey Samuray (w/coach Black Tiger)
  • Mexico City: Príncipe, Tonalli, Futuro, Max Star, Neón, Vegas (w/coach Virus)

The coaches will have a four-way match on 02/21 (Tuesday), which will determine the seeding for the tournament. Two of the teams will wrestle in a cibernetico on 02/24 (Friday), the other two on 02/28 (Tuesday) and the winners will meet in a final on 03/03. The cibernetico format means most of these guys will have two-three minutes of ring time to make an impression. CMLL’s said the winner gets to join the roster of CMLL, but what that means (the whole team? just the last person standing?) is a little vague. It’s never just about who wins in all these new talent tournaments; someone who makes a bit enough impression will get brought back, no matter the match result.

A lot of the names are familiar or came up last week. Insolito also goes by Rey Insolito. Gran Jefe is Gran Jefe V in his home area. Likewise, CMLL’s changed “Little Star” to “Max Star.” Multy & Prayer are Lucha Memes favorites. Vegas was a Black Warrior protege before he passed away, and they may be related. Principe is the guy I thought was Troyano and may actually be Troyano since no one seems to know who Principe is. (“Principe” is also so generic that it’s hard to search for.) 

The Guadalajara team seems like the favorite to me, because they’ve gotten a lot of real reps in the CMLL system at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. The Mexico City team is usually the favorite by default, but that batch looks like a bunch of guys nice to have around but unlikely to stand out. Maybe Tonalli’s the exception. Comerca Lagunera seems young and the Puebla guys already got their victory by getting into this instead of the traditional Monterrey selection. 

Arena Colioeo Guadalajara will be running preview matches featuring their home wrestlers against Comarca Lagunera wrestlers next week.

Nitro talked to MedioTiempo about his career with CMLL, starting there as a vendor at the age of 8.

AAA

Saturday’s AAA on Space at the usual 6:30 pm start time.

  • Mr. Iguana & Niño Hamburguesa vs Kento & Takuma [lumberjack]
  • Aramis, Vampiro, Willie Mack vs Bestia 666, Mecha Wolf, Pagano
  • Pentagón Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Daga & Sam Adonis

The main event includes the debut of Dalys and Negro Casas. These matches are on YouTube (here, here and here) though I haven’t quite gotten around to watching them. 

AAA has Rey de Reyes this Sunday. This show is not airing on FITE and is not airing live on Space. It doesn’t feel like as big event this year because of both how it’s airing and the lineup. It should eventually air on 02/18 and 02/25.

AAA TV (SUN) 02/05/2023 Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Yucatán
1) Ángel Infernal, Halcón Rojo Jr., Impacto, Panther Boy Jr. vs Eterno Alcander, Fuerza Maya, Persseus, Shangai Kid
2) Aerostar, Mr. Iguana, Niño Hamburguesa vs Kento, La Parka Negra, Takuma
3) Vampiro vs Sam AdonisJack CartwheelArez [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
4) Psycho Clown vs BandidoAbismo Negro Jr.Komander [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
5) Pagano vs Bestia 666FlamitaAramis [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
6) Hijo Del Vikingo vs Mecha WolfMyzteziz Jr.Gringo Loco [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
7) Chik Tormenta vs Sexy StarLady ShaniDalysLa Hiedra [Reina de Reinas torneo]
Dalys officialy announced on 01/28.
8) ? vs ????????? [Rey de Reyes]

It’s AAA so some of these matches will change. From what we have right now, I’m going to take Sam Adonis, Psycho Clown, Aramis and Gringo Loco in the final four. Adonis/Psycho fighting seems a lock, Gringo could use a win over Vikingo, and Aramis is just to do something different. Adonis seems the most likely to win. Chik Tormenta seemed most likely to win the women’s tournament, but now that honor goes to Dalys. Merida shows are usually afternoon shows; this one has a 4 pm start.

On last week’s podcast, Konnan and Larry Dallas were going through the TripleMania dates. Dallas mentioned the Tijuana show as on June 17th, which surprised Konnan – he thought that show was June 30th. It turns out Konnan may have been right all along. There’s a concert scheduled for that same venue on June 17th and tickets are on sale. (Lucha Libre TM first noted the concert poster.) TripleMania Tijuana hasn’t had tickets go one sale. I can’t find an AAA tweet mentioning the date looking through Twitter now, so I think AAA are well aware and just haven’t announced the new date yet. It’s strange AAA would announce a date they didn’t actually have locked in but it’s AAA.

Blue Demon Jr. told AS he doesn’t like the AAA Guerra de Rivalades tournament; he wants a heads-up with DMT Azul, not a competition to get there. He wants to win his way out of the tournament and then do the mask match. Seems like it’d be easier to do it the other way.

Gringo Loco, Toxin and Latigo vs Jack Carthwheel, Arez, and Mago on 02/18 in Los Angeles. Mago seems be getting the first shot at ACH ASF’s vacated spot in these matches. Toxin & Latigo are appearing more often in GCW than on AAA TV this week.

IWRG

This Sunday’s IWRG show is the RGR anniversary card announced months back:

IWRG , RGR (SUN) 02/05/2023 Arena Naucalpan
1) Noisy Boy & Spider Fly vs Jhon Tito & Rey Halcón
2) Big Mami & Diosa Quetzal vs Goya Kong & Keyra [Copa Femenil RGR]
3) Coronel Vip & Galeno del Mal vs Hijo De Canis Lupus & Rey León
4) Jessy Ventura vs Diva SalvajeMambaMáximoPaymonPimpinela EscarlataBugambiliaZoy Raymunda [RGR EXOTICO]
5) Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr., Rey Bucanero vs Pig Decapitador, Pig Destroyer, Pig Destructor, Pig Pool
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr. vs Diamante Azul (Indie), Hijo del Fishman, Rey Espectro

This is a Mas Lucha subscriber only show. It sounds like every Big Lucha show will also be subscriber-only going forward, at least for the live airing.

IWRG Retro this week

  • 2007-11-01: Tortuguillos Ninja vs Rockero del Diablo, Judas el Traidor, Puma King
    • video has a different date but I believe this is the correct one
  • 2007-12-02: Fantasma de la Ópera vs Black Terry
  • 2007-12-02: Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Cien Caras Jr., Villano III vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King, Negro Casas

IWRG’s Tryout format appears to be a team introduction video on Monday, a second team introduction video on Tuesday, training videos on Wednesday, and then matches and elimination on Thursday. They’ve changed the format around to do all the matches and then all the judges evaluations. This week started the competition with the teams coached by Diosa Quetzal and Las Shotas. They’re cutting down to two wrestlers per group: Golden Power & Garrobo Punk advanced from the Quetzal group and Fussion and Mandibula Jr. from Las Shotas. There are eight groups, so this should continue two teams a week for most of the month before getting to the next round.

IWRG announced they’ll have a Mejor Luchador del Mundo (World Lucha Libre Championship) competition around July this year. There weren’t many details, only that interested wrestlers can sign up on their website and this is a singles competition (specifically different from CMLL and AAA’s team competitions.) There is a sign up form on the website; it looks like the same one they were using for the Tryout without any extra details.

IWRG’s Revoluiconando show also included an interview with Hijo de Canis Lupus, focusing on his upcoming US matches and his participation as a coach in this year’s Tryout competition. He and the hosts talked about Centvrion entering the competition and how Hijo de Canis Lupus and he were friends. Canis Lupus confirmed and expanded on that, mentioning they were part of a trio together. Centvrion was part of a trio called La Mala Hiebra on the indies (mostly Arena San Juan) in 2015 and 2016. The other team members were Latigo and Fly Warrior, who vanished from Arena Naucalpan just about the same time as the new Hijo de Canis Lupus debuted. I’d been led to believe Fly Warrior was the one who got the new gimmick and his story seems to give away that secret. Maybe this was already made clear to people who watch more IWRG than I. ESTO also has a long interview with Hijo de Canis Lupus.

Other Notes

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

DoradaFan has a new Komander music video.

AULL (FRI) 02/17/2023 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Impulso © vs SolChicanico [AULL Light]
First defense. won title in November 2020.
3) Sádico vs Terry 2000Cerebro Negro [AULL MIDDLE]
vacant. Last known to exist in 2010?
4) Keyra vs BaronessaMary CaporalStarfireLudark Shaitan [AULL WOMEN]
vacant (Stephanie Vaquer vacated)
5) Hijo del Olímpico, Máscara Mágica Jr., Rey Pegasus vs Lunatik Extreme, Ovett Jr., Venganza and Gran Pandemónium, Hijo de Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr. [AULL TRIOS]
second defense
6) Emperador Azteca © vs RelámpagoImposible [AULL SW]
first defense
7) Trauma I & Trauma II © vs Alpha Wolf & Dragón Bane and Diva Salvaje & Jessy Ventura [AULL TAG]
first defense
8) Pistolero Negro © vs ForasteroRey Espectro [AULL HEAVY]
third defense

I don’t often post Arena Lopez Mateos lineups – I’ve consciously posted less lineups from all indie promotions in these blog posts in recent years because I don’t have much to say about them. I don’t have an essay about this Night of Championship show either, expert to note how crazy it is to consider AULL has seven different titles. Maybe there’s a hardcore group of fans in Tlalnepantla who know all the champions and that’s why Arena Lopez Mateos had to release a statement Wednesday night to announce Stephanie Vaquer was giving up the women’s champion. I’m not sure most people knew who the women’s champion or even what the titles are (did you know they have a Super Welterweight championship?) if it wasn’t a night of champions show.

Octagon has launched a tamale company.

An interview with Hidalgo’s Aspid. And one with Zuzu Divine.

Luchadors Morgana and Zafiro are in some sort of social media back and forth about which one of them is actually a poor wrestler. It is not worth figuring out what it’s about, neither of them are that good.

lucha libre match roundup, week of 2023-01-27

Not a lot this week. AAA was all repeat matches.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Capitán Suicida vs Virus in a lightning match CMLL: El Capitán Suicida derrota en el match relámpago a Virus (posted by mluchatv) En match relámpago, la juventud se impone a la experiencia, Capitán Su1cida vence a Virus (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL iPPV: 2023-01-27 2023-01-27
good Místico vs TemplarioAtlantis Jr.Gran GuerreroFugazStuka Jr.Soberano Jr.Dragón Rojo Jr.Panterita del Ring Jr.Bárbaro Cavernario [Rey del Aire] ¡Dragón Rojo Jr. gana el Torneo Reyes del Aire VIP 2023! (posted by mluchatv) ¡Hay nuevo Rey del Aire VIP 2023! Dragón Rojo Jr. supera a Templario y se lleva el trofeo (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL - TORNEO REYES DEL AIRE VIP / ARENA MEXICO  / 27-01-23 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2023-01-27 2023-01-27
good Stigma vs Virus in a lightning match CMLL | Virus vence a Stigma en match relámpago (posted by mluchatv) CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LUCHA LIBRE PRESENTA FUNCION DE MARTES DE ARENA MEXICO CON STREAMING GRATUITO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Virus Vs Stigma en match relámpago estilo CMLL desde la Arena México (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL YouTube: 2023-01-31 2023-01-31
good Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto © vs Esfinge, Fugaz, Star Black for the CMLL World Trios Championship CMLL | ¡Los Infernales siguen como Campeones Mundiales de Tríos tras vencer a la Fuerza Tapatía! (posted by mluchatv) CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LUCHA LIBRE PRESENTA FUNCION DE MARTES DE ARENA MEXICO CON STREAMING GRATUITO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2023-01-31 2023-01-31
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Magia Blanca, Magnus, Rugido CMLL: Guerrero Maya JR., Stigma y Pegasso derrotan a Magnus, Magia Blanca y Rugido (posted by mluchatv) Pegasso, Stigma y Guerrero Maya Jr. dieron cuenta de Rugido, Magia Blanca y Magnus (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL iPPV: 2023-01-27 2023-01-27
ok La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany CMLL: Tiffany, Reyna I. y Metálica vencen a  Princesa Sugehit, Lluvia y La Jarochita (posted by mluchatv) CMLL iPPV: 2023-01-27 2023-01-27
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Oráculo, Rocky Romero, Titán in a relevos increíbles match CMLL - NIEBLA ROJA-ÁNGEL DE ORO-VOLADOR JR. VS ORÁCULO-TITÁN-ROCKY ROMERO / ARENA MEXICO  / 27-01-23 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL | Rocky Romero, Oráculo y Titán son descalificados ante Volador Jr., Ángel de Oro y Niebla Roja (posted by mluchatv) Niebla Roja, Ángel de Oro y Volador triunfan por descalificación ante Titán, Oráculo y Rocky Romero (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL iPPV: 2023-01-27 2023-01-27
ok Acero, Aéreo, Fantasy vs Full Metal, Pequeño Polvora, Pequeño Violencia CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LUCHA LIBRE PRESENTA FUNCION DE MARTES DE ARENA MEXICO CON STREAMING GRATUITO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2023-01-31 2023-01-31
ok Astral, Cachorro, Sangre Imperial vs Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte II, Inquisidor CMLL | Inquisidor, Dr. Karonte I y II derrotan a Cachorro, Sangre Imperial y Astral (posted by mluchatv) CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LUCHA LIBRE PRESENTA FUNCION DE MARTES DE ARENA MEXICO CON STREAMING GRATUITO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2023-01-31 2023-01-31
ok Fuego, Oro Jr., Valiente Jr. vs Disturbio, Enfermero Jr., Raider CMLL | Raider, Disturbio y Espanto Jr. vencen a Fuego, Valiente Jr. y Oro Jr. (posted by mluchatv) CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LUCHA LIBRE PRESENTA FUNCION DE MARTES DE ARENA MEXICO CON STREAMING GRATUITO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2023-01-31 2023-01-31
ok Ángel de Oro, Dark Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Panterita del Ring Jr. vs Hijo del Villano III, Misterioso Jr., Oráculo, Rey Bucanero Á. Oro, P. Ring Jr, Dark Panther y Gro Maya Jr Vs Oráculo, R Bucanero, Misterioso Jr e H Villano III (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL | Ángel de Oro, Dark Panther, Panterita del Ring Jr. y Guerrero Maya Jr. salen victoriosos (posted by mluchatv) CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE LUCHA LIBRE PRESENTA FUNCION DE MARTES DE ARENA MEXICO CON STREAMING GRATUITO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2023-01-31 2023-01-31

I did finally add the 2023 MOTYC page.

Dave Meltzer raved about the Reyes del Aire, to the point where I’m not sure we saw the same match. or maybe my hopes were a lot different. Given the names involved, my hopes were set high on an ending with Soberano or Mistico or Panterita involved. Maybe missing out on that wasn’t as big a deal if you just didn’t have expectations. I liked Suicida/Virus the best of the Friday matches. What we got instead was fine but cold. Might be overrating Stigma/Virus, might be underrating the Tuesday atomicos.

I also watched the 01/14 INNOVA @ Arena Lopez Mateos show, which Mas Lucha posted last week. There’s nothing there I’d strongly recommend; it was fine, crowd seemed to enjoy it, I didn’t get it too much, and it felt fairly repetitive at time. Golden Jr. doing as many Komander spots as possible was interesting. Golden Girl and Princesa Azul stood out a bit in the women’s match, but I’d like to see them in a real match at some point. Hijo del Santo being in the main event was the reason to watch it, but he’s just in touring exhibition match mode and I don’t know if we’re ever going to see him go deeper than that – unless it’s part of a Cassandro movie. The ‘real’ stuff is just going to be the same mat work, gets beat up, does the corner dive, and get the big win. He doesn’t really need to break that formula, the crowd popped big when he just did the tijeras from the mat, and for the dive – the formula works. It’s was more interesting to see who Santo trusts to work with – a lot of Hijo del Fishman and some Herodes Jr.