AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-18 

Mascara de Bronce

Recapped: 03/21/2017

Matches:

All matches taped at Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on 03/05/2017 

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker defeated Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum (9:02, Carta Brava hanging double stomp on Máscara de Bronce, good, video link)

Angélico & Australian Suicide defeated Dark Cuervo & Joe Lider and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan to (possibly) earn an AAA tag team championship match (5:39, Angelico Fall of the Angels on Joe Lider, OK, video link)

Texano Jr. defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Psycho Clown to keep the AAA Heavyweight Championship (7:43, Texano backcracker on Wagner, OK, video link)

doom for Venum

What happened: Texano Jr. is still the AAA heavyweight champion, despite being forced into defending the championship in a three way match with Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner. He got a little help. Mystery assailants kidnapped Psycho Clown prior to the match. Psycho made it back about six minutes into the match, just long enough to get a near pinfall on Texano via a destroyer (Wagner pulled out the ref) and then distract Dr. Wagner into a loss. Psycho claimed not to know who had attacked him.

Angelico & Australian Suicide may have won a tag team championship match. The announcers mentioned the three way match as for a title match, but it wasn’t mentioned in the graphics and may have been quietly dropped. Joe Lider took the loss after he and Cuervo had a miscommunication, and Cuervo & Scoria beat up Lider for his mistake after the match. Lider is now 0-2 since the Perros del Mal have left and has been humiliated by his partners after both matches.

Mary Apache revealed her injury is a skull fracture and talked about her history of head injuries. A previous injury kept her out for three years. It’s unclear when she’ll return.

Aerostar & Super Fly argued some. The show ended with the Lucha Underground trailer for Netflix.

There were 22 minutes and 24 seconds of action on this show

Thoughts: 

unclear if anyone has caught Angelico on a dive in the last six months

They broke the AAA formula. The matches came off not as regimented as usual, or at least with new ideas and didn’t feel as much like the different people being plugged into the same setup. The openers are usually a brief tecnico warmup, a sub two minute beatdown, tecnico dives and that’s it. This opener had a little of that, but it kept going back and forth between the two sides for the last few minutes, to the point where even the final sequence between Bronce & Carta Brave could’ve gone either way. The tag team title match was in the mold of the really fun matches from Angelico & Jack Evans tag title run, with a fast pace and lots of pinfall breaks ups. It didn’t have the time or the quality of the others ones, but the effort was there. The main event felt more like a CMLL lightning match, with Wagner & Texano rushing into get pinfall chances (and not just aimlessly brawling for eight minutes before they did the ‘real’ stuff.) There’s no one right way to have matches, but it gets numbing if you have them the same way all the time. Shaking those things up is an obvious positive of the creative change. I didn’t think the matches were great (and I’d still like to see one get time) but it feels like they’re trying to get there.

There was still a lot of Vampiro on this show, but it didn’t feel like the show was about Vampiro this week. It’s hard to know what the show was about; they spent some time on the Rey de Reyes show and it was impossible to miss how nothing on this show had anything to do with that lineup. But it still feels more like something is happening here much more than before.

a nice SSP

The other obviously immediate change is the return of vignettes. There were the Apaches discussing (and reinforcing) what had happened last week, Psycho & Wagner both taunting poor Texano about how they were going to take the title away from him, Psycho getting stuffed into a van. AAA’s felt like they were mostly just rolling out matches for the last year, and now it feels like there’s more effort in making them matter.

The changing matches thing is still something to wait and see about. It’s a normal US thing and not as much in Mexico. The crowd was very unhappy when they didn’t think Psycho Clown was going to wrestle in the main event as scheduled. He got a big reaction when he turned up, but only showing up for about 90 seconds might have left people disappointed.

That opener was really good. Soul Rocker struggled a bit, but everyone else was really good and Mascara de Bronce’s tornillo looked great. They’re still having trouble catching all the dives these guys do, but they looked spectacular when we saw them.

Psycho’s already hurting before this

Chairo9, Toryumon, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 03/26/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Baby Star Jr., Dragón Negro, Magnético b Demasiado, Pitufo, Vengador Radioactivo
money thrown in
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid b Demus 3:16, Mercurio (CMLL), Pierrothito
Iron Kid surprised Demus to get the win (despite losing some blood.)
3) Trauma I & Trauma II b Totem I & Totem II
4) Puma (CMLL) & Tiger b Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
good match
5) Black Terry & Negro Navarro © b Hechicero & Virus [Arena Coliseo TAG]
2nd defense. Money thrown in.
6) Dragón Lee & Soberano Jr. b Demonio Infernal & Sádico
Demonio Infernal replaced Sammy Guevera. Good match.
7) Atlantis b Último Vampiro

Sounds like a good show, with all the matches sounding like they went well.  Guevera missed his flight. There’s a video from the promoter explaining it on Facebook, but Facebook privacy settings are awful and confusing. It sounds like Demonio Infernal did well in his spot and that’s a match I hope we get to see. Lee & Soberano wore matching outfits and would be a good tag team if CMLL had a tag team division. Puma/Tiger & Corsario/Drako looks good in the photos

Attendance was down a bit, I could actually see the bleachers in the upper section.

Lucha Memes say Black Terry & Negro Navarro will be on CMLL shows in April.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 03/26/2017 Gimnasio Cuauhtemoc, Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fire Man b Thonder Stromm
2) Sonic & Stukita b Icaro & Pequeño Olímpico
3) Hijo del Signo & Piel Roja b Platino & Skerman
4) Jorge Kebrada, OT Fernandez, Súper Ciudadando b Black Thunder, Douki, Patán
Black Thunder replaced Daisuke Hanaoka.
5) Rey Bucanero & Sam Adonis b Argos & Último Dragón
Adonis snuck in a foul on Dragon for the win.

I wonder if they’re doing Adonis/Dragon in May.

Do you want more Pierroth versus Diamante Azul? You’re getting it anwyay. Los Ingobernables face Azul, Terrible and Mr. Niebla in a rematch of last week, which is probably setting up a singles match next week. The semimain looks much better, with the Guerreros (UG, GG and Euforia) versus Marco Corleone, Matt Taven and Volador Jr.

The undercard includes Princesa Sugehit defending her championship against Zeuxis. I’m not going to again make the mistake of saying there’s no chance of a title change happening, but just that it doesn’t seem to make sense at this point in the story. It should be a good match. The early matches don’t look as promising. Fuego, Pegasso & Soberano must deal with Misterioso, Skandalo and Toro Bill, which should at least continue the Soberano/Misterioso issue. Black Tiger, Espiritu Maligno and Millenium face Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman in the never progressing Espiritu/Policeman issue. The show opens with the Centella Rojas versus Perverso & Sombra Diabolika in a tag match of all recent additions to these shows.

CultIcon also previews the show. The show starts at 9pm local, but still 1 hour later if you’re on Daylight Savings Time. This is the final week of the time difference issue; Mexico’s clocks will switch late Saturday night. (Which will mean it’ll be off an hour for people in Japan and others places who don’t do DST.) It’ll air on YouTube as normal.

At a show in Acapulco, Rush said his father was now going by La Bestia now (or maybe La Bestia del Ring, the nickname they’ve been trying to get over.) Los Ingobernables said the same thing on a show last Saturday. It hasn’t taken in CMLL yet, but it’s coming if the people involved get their way. They’d rather not owe Pierroth.

The Record story (via Vampiro’s Facebook) on AAA’s La Llave de la Gloria tryout this Saturday says there were 130 people there. I have no idea where they got that number from; there looked to be only about 30 from what we saw and I don’t think they missed 100 people. Maybe they had a 130 people send in applications. The winners of this round will be announced Thursday.

Zona Ruda AAA debuts tonight on UTDN in Mexico. It’s on hour long AAA talk show, on the same channel that repeats the AAA show during the week. Bernado Guzman from +Lucha will be one of the hosts.

Lucha Libre y Pasion put up Rey Horuz vs AR Fox and Penta Zero M vs Mr. 450 from the Mucha Lucha Atlanta show. And there’s video of Psycho Clown vs Pagano from New York here.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 04/01/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Astral, Flyer, Príncipe Diamante vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
2) Pegasso, Robin, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Forastero, Metálico
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol
5) Carístico vs Euforia

There’s no title on the line, he’s going in with a loss, it’s Euforia – if Caristico can’t get a singles win here, it’s jut not happening and he should just give up and take Flyer’s place in the opener with Astral & Principe Diamante.

Pierroth still listed as Pierroth. Metalico in a tercera is weird.

CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Fuego, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Vangellys
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Ripper
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto

Dragon Lee isn’t sticking around much past the ROH show, at least if he’s going to make this booking. (They have to get him out of Orlando before WWE grabs him.)

CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
3) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
4) Flash II, Mágico, Neutrón vs Évola, León Blanco, Pitbull I
5) Metatrón, Smaker, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico

Third match is a rematch from this past week. Evola & Magico were a rematch.

DTU (SUN) 04/16/2017 Arena Actopan, Actopan, Hidalgo
1) Hardy Boy, Masizito, Toto vs Drolux, Luigi, Químico Torres
2) Lokillo vs Niño De Cobre, Moria
3) Deluto III, Deluto IV, Deluto Jr., Deluto V vs Monje Solitario Jr., Poético, Príncipe Gladiador, Rey Tormenta Jr.
4) Jimmy & Kevin vs Ángel o Demonio & Camuflaje
5) Marcela & Zuzu Divine vs La Magnifica & Lady Maravilla
6) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Halloween & Ovett
7) Crazy Boy, Hormiga, Mistico II vs Paranoiko, Pesadilla, Psicosis II

There’s nothing to this show but I just needed an opening to point out Mistico is working quite a lot of DTU shows.

great match roundup, week of 2017-03-11

Cavernario collapses Cometa

I forgot to put this up! I don’t really think about how these shows stack up until I put this list together, but I absolutely did like Cometa/Cavenario better than anything on that iPPV, so good cal me. The iPPV was well worth $3, but an iPPV should have a match you have to see and there really wasn’t one of those.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Rey Cometa © vs Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
good Bengala vs Súper Fly AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Bengala vs Súper Fly [no dq] (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-11 2017-03-05
good Faby Apache vs Ricky Marvin © for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Faby Apache vs Ricky Marvin © for the AAA World Trios Championship (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-11 2017-03-05
good Eléctrico & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
good Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
good Matt Taven vs Último Guerrero © for the NWA World Middleweight Championship Campeonato Mundial NWA Matt Taven Vs Ultimo Guerrero en Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Último Guerrero vs Matt Taven. HomenajeaDosLeyendas (posted by R de Rudo) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
good Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto for the CMLL World Trios Championship Campeonato Mundial de Trios CMLL en Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)Sky Team vs Hijos del Averno. Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (posted by R de Rudo) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
ok Argenis, Big Mami, Dinastía, El Elegido vs Dave The Clown, La Hiedra, Mini Abismo Negro, Parka Negra AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Argenis, Big Mami, Dinastía, El Elegido vs Dave The Clown, La Hiedra, Mini Abismo Negro, Parka Negra (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-11 2017-03-05
ok Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Drone, Esfinge, Lestat vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs Ephesto, Luciferno, MephistoLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Drone, Metatrón, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Olímpico, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, La Máscara, RushHOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
below average Pierroth vs Diamante Azul for the mask HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Pierroth pierde la máscara ante Diamante Azul (posted by R de Rudo) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
watch later Black Terry & Diablo Jr. © vs Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship Black Terry & Diablo Jr. © vs Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera [IWRG IC TAG] (posted by thecubsfan) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. © vs Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera [IWRG IC TAG] (posted by thecubsfan) Black Terry y Diablo Jr. vs Pantera y Black Dragon, Campeonato de Parejas IWRG (Lucha Completa) (posted by +LuchaTV) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-13 2017-03-12

Angel de Oro dethrones Dragon Rojo, Young Bucks defeat Rey & Daga in The Crash

new champ

CMLL (SAT) 03/25/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Aéreo, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Astral, Magnus, Star Jr.
rudos took 1/3
3) Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado b Drone, Fuego, Soberano Jr.
rudos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro b Dragón Rojo Jr. © [CMLL MIDDLE]
Angel de Oro took falls 1/3 to win the title. Dragon Rojo falls on his 19th defense after nearly 5.5 years. Angel de Oro wins the title on his fourth try. Angel de Oro is the 18th champion.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee
Euforia won via mask pull on Caristico, setting up a singles match next week.

Dragon Rojo’s title reign coming on a barely advertised show in Arena Coliseo to a guy who gets nothing from the win is not the worst way to do it, but it’s pretty underwhelming. I have no idea why they bothered, or why I bother. Dragon Rojo seems sad. This is the second title change in Arena Coliseo in two months, you’d have to go back years to find CMLl doing that again.

Lucha Memes (SAT) 03/25/2017 Arena Coliseo San Ramón, Puebla, Puebla [+LuchaTV]
1) Astrolux b Black Metal (Estado de México)
2) Toxin Boy b Arkalis
Money thrown in.
3) Virus b Prayer
4) Black Terry b Impulso
Black Terry replaced Sammy Guevara. Money thrown in.
5) Hechicero (CMLL) b Centella de Oro
money thrown in

Main event sounds like it went pretty well. Guevera’s Twitter offers no reason of why he missed this show (and the Sunday one, which will be mentioned tomorrow), it looks like he was planning on being on them.

The Crash (SAT) 03/25/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@JorgeGCRR, R de Rudo, The Crash]
1) Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito b Mirage, Oraculo, Súper Caló Jr.
Super Calo Jr. & Jonathan were added to the match
2) Séptimo Dragón b Máscarita Dorada
3) Arkángel Divino & Black Boy b Flip Gordon & Mr. 450
4) Bestia 666, Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid b Dezmond Xavier, Famous B, Shane Strickland
5) Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan b Black Taurus & James Storm
James Storm replaced Bobby Lashley on Friday, with Impact sending a video saying The Crash wasn’t worthy of Lashley but might get him if Garza could win. Prior to the match, Konnan announced that if Garza beat Storm, Impact would have to either give Garza a title match next month or the alliance is off. (Sami pinned Taurus, not sure if that counts.) Garza and Storm teased a singles match but were both attacked by Familia de Tijuana, upset that Rebelion is getting all the talk.
6) Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson b Daga & Rey Mysterio 619
Rey suggested the Young Bucks return to face Fenix & Penta

Said to be another sell out with a lot of good matches. I had multiple people explain to me the semimain storyline and I’m still not sure if I’ve got 100% sure I’ve got it right. The larger idea is The Crash has set up a storyline reason to part ways with Impact – they either get the title match, or they can explain the breakup to their fans by Impact going back on the world. Familia run in seems to set them up as main event heels if it doesn’t work out. I think they’ll probably figure it out, Impact sent that video to explain the Lashley->Storm change and sent Jeremy Borasch, so they’re still trying.

CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Robin & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
La Jarochita replcaced Estrellita (still recovering from her fall?). Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Pegasso b Disturbio, Raziel, Sagrado
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente b Máscara Año 2000, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Matt Taven, Mistico, Rush
Rush and Matt Taven could not get along as a team.

Weird how Sunday has become the fourth most important show right now.

Rayman took Indio Cherokee’s hair in Arena Roberto Paz.

AAA’s second La Llave de La Gloria was Saturday. They brought a lot less people in, 20-30. My guess is that’s probably a choice and not a lack of candidates; it had to be hard to evaluate people with as many as they had last time. Record has an interview with trainee Lirio de Plata, who’s a cabbie by day.

Triton says he’s heading to Chicago from April 9 to December 20th.

LuchaRama has started announcing shows for their 04/08 return in Mexico City

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

AAA’s posted this week’s TV show.

RobViper has a music video of Elite 07/21/16.

Taven outsmarts Rush, Freedoms beats DTU in Aficion, The Crash tonight in Tijauan

Sugehit escape armdrag

CMLL (FRI) 03/24/2017 Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Eléctrico & Shockercito Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito (posted by thecubsfan)
15:52. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan)
18:05. Rudas took 1/3, Zeuxis defeating Sugehit again.
3) Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper (posted by thecubsfan)
11:44. Rudos took 1/3. great match.
4) Niebla Roja b Dragón Lee [lightning] Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan)
6:49. Niebla Roja won with a modified Canadian Destroyer
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas (posted by thecubsfan)
8:54. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match (posted by thecubsfan)
6:32. Straight falls. Pierroth was DQed for unmasking Diamante Azul in the first. Taven snuck in a foul on Rush in the second. Those two agreed to a match next week.

I really liked the third match, it was strong all the way thru. Roja/Lee had a good match but it still felt like a taste of what they could do. Taven/Rush for next week was a surprise. Zeuxis is winning all the matches but the big matches.

DTU (FRI) 03/24/2017 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV, DTU]
1) Hard Boy, Masizito, Toto b Drolux, Luigi, Químico Torres
2) Dr. Pólux Jr. b Colmillo Blanco, Lokillo, El Exótico, Hormiga, Paranoiko
Los Masizos confronted Polux after the match. Polux had said he wanted an extreme match, and they offered him one against Crazy King.
3) Ayako Hamada, Moria, Niño De Cobre b Aero Boy, La Magnifica, Pesadilla and Jimmy, Kevin, Zuzu Divine
4) El Gio & El Junior b Corsario Negro Jr. & Crazy King
5) Ovett & Takashi Sasaki b Miedo Extremo & Violento Jack
Miedo offered Sasaki a title match whenever he wanted one. Sasaki invited the DTU wrestlers to come back to FREEDOMS any time. Money thrown in
6) Daisuke Masaoka © b Cíclope [KOF CHAMP]
Match will have 10,000 thumbtacks and other extreme weapons and was made a title match earlier in the night. Very good match. Second defense (in two days in two hemispheres!) for Masaoka.

Didn’t look like as good attendance as the December show but the last two matches sound like they went well.

Ultimo Guerrero beat Wotan in the main event of the Ancla show last night in Arena San Juan. Separately, Herodes is behind the OMLL promotion, and says they’ll be back in Arena San Juan on 04/01. WMC ran two shows their last month. Arena San Juan seems like it’s getting up to a show a weekend, and not as much Cara Lucha.

There’s no AAA TV taping or big CMLL show this weekend, but it’s still pretty busy. AAA is conducting it’s second La Llave de la Gloria tryout right now. (Super Fly is one of the trainers, and it does look like he got his head shaved in Monterrey.) CMLL’s Saturday show has Dragon Rojo defending his title against Angel de Oro (with no real thought of a title change.) Sunday has nothing of note. Everyone else is busier.

Saturday

  • The Crash returns to Tijuana. The main event is Rey Mysterio & Daga versus the Young Bucks. The Bucks are said to be coming back in about six weeks, so there may be an angle out of that. It’s a big main event for Daga, who’s the mostly unknown guy in the US and could start to change that with a good night.

    The semimain on a loaded card is scheduled as Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan versus Black Taurus & Bobby Lashley. However, last night Impact released a video with Karen Jarrett pulling Lashley from the show. James Storm will replace him. The video plays this up as a storyline where Garza Jr. will get a shot at Lashley and his title if he can get a win over Storm. That would be a logical main event for a Crash/Impact PPV, and probably would be announced tonight if it is happening in three weeks. Amusingly, this video paints Impact as an evil promotion messing around with The Crash, which certainly plays into the deal with AAA. This might be the opposite; Impact being helpful by explaining Lashely’s absence from this card (for whatever reason) and giving them a storyline to build to whatever match they were going to do anything.

  • AAA wrestlers will be on WUW show in New York. Matches didn’t seem to be announced, but Psycho Clown, Pagano, Drago, Lady Shani and Lady Apache are scheduled for tonight’ show
  • Lucha Memes runs in Puebla’s Arena Coliseo San Ramon. Centella de Oro, who was great when he was a regular in Arena Puebla years ago, faces Hechicero in the main event of a five singles match card.
  • The FREEDOMS duo head to Monterrey for an NGX show. They’ll face Aeroboy & Violento Jack.
  • Pentagon, Rey Fenix and Alberto are in Peru for a loaded show.

Sunday

Today’s AAA TV show will air the Reina de Reinas elimination match, Mesias & Pagano vs Cuervo & Scoria, Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner vs Murder Clown & Monster Clown and the Rey de Reyes torneo. That means next week will have two titles matches and the mask versus hair show, one of the bigger AAA TV shows in some time.

Vampiro did an impromptu Q&A livestream on AAA’s channel. The video wasn’t archived (which may just be a YouTube stream thing) and I didn’t have a chance to see it live. My hunch was this was a correction for accidentally questioning the possibility of Wagner/Psycho.

The KDNA promoter in Monterrey was teasing a Impact/AAA/Ricochet show on 04/09 opposite The Crash’s debut. There’s nothing to this, they just wanted to get people to hold back from buying tickets to The Crash.

A lucha libre exhibit opened in Xalapa.

(a) La Parkita says he’ll retire if he loses his mask in an upcoming mask match.

Fuego en el Ring has a new edition of their podcast.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/31/2017 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Matt Taven vs Rush

Taven had said he was going to the US on Friday. Maybe really late on Friday. Maybe we’re just Saturday Friday now.

I was very happy for no more Diamante Azul versus Pierroth until I noticed Pierroth was still getting booked.

No Lee/Roja, but Sugehit/Zeuxis is still going. It seems like it’s happening rihgt now just by process of elimination, but there’s still time to change directions and drop things without explanation.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-24 

Titan versus the Invasors

Recapped: 03/24/2017

This aired on ClaroSports live, but was region blocked outside of Mexico. It is on my YouTube channel.

Matches

Valiente super armdrag

Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito defeated Eléctrico & Shockercito (rudos 1/3, 15:52 [6:33, 4:34, 4:45], OK)

Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta (rudas 2/3, 18:05 [9:03, 4:38, 4:24], OK)

Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper defeated Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán (rudos 1/3, 11:44 [3:54, 3:12, 4:38], great)

Niebla Roja defeated Dragón Lee in a lightning match (Takahashi style Canadian Destroyer, 6:49, good)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente defeated Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas (técnicos 2/3, 8:54 [2:54, 1:46, 4:14], good)

Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. defeated La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush  (técnicos straight falls, 6:32 [2:45, 3:47], ok)

What Happened:

Shockercito & Demus

Matt Taven used a distraction and a foul to beat Rush in the main event. It was a straight fall win, after Pierroth passed up the first fall win to unmask Diamante Azul earlier. Taven challenged Rush to a rematch of their September match next Friday, and Rush accepted.

Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit again. She got a little help from a trip from the outside to land her big dropkick.

Niebla Roja also picked up a pin on Dragon Lee. It felt like build to another match, but there were no challenges.

The ring announcers and edecanes did live skits to promote the Boing apple drink/cup giveaway

Thoughts:

Sugehit escape armdrag

The tercera was the match of the night, a match which looked good on paper and was much better in reality. They started off with a dynamic Titan/Hechicero battle and kept a fast pace throughout. Maximo’s kiss spot was clever, and slamming a big guy (and falling down) alwayss gets over. Titan might have cleared a new height record on his moonsault and was part of a really good moonsault. Even the rudos winning didn’t deflate the crowd much.

Dragon Lee & Niebla Roja was good while it lasted, it just didn’t last as long as I hoped. They showed good chemistry here, with Niebla Roja looking as good as he’s ever looked opposite of Dragon Lee. They left it really unclear if this is meant to go anywhere, but any Dragon Lee singles loss should go somewhere at this point.

The crowd enjoyed the semimain and the finishing sequence was well done, but it felt more routine and less to it than the earlier men’s trios. I didn’t realize how short it was until checking the clock, but it explains why I didn’t see as much in this match. Still fun to see Negro Casas do Negro Casas things and he was in good form here.

Dragon Lee coming at ya

The women’s match was shakey. It’s good to see Silueta still exists; she can be an average luchadora and that’s better that most people here. She might have been above average here, because she managed to have a problem free exchange with Reina Isis to start. Reina Isis later messed up a handspring back elbow, if that was what it was. Sanely did not have a great match either. Sugehit/Zeuxis was the fulcrum of the match, but it didn’t feel as strong as before, not like a pending big mask match.

The minis match wasn’t those guys “A” game, with the rudos not really into it (the more biting, the less Demus cares) and Shockercito seeming invisible until the third stretch. They had a lot of time, too much for what they were going to do.

Diamante Azul

The main event was the usual Diamante Azul/Ingobernable thing. Diamante Azul did his double clothesline, Volador had a nice tope con giro, but I’m tuned out on this now. Taven winning via foul was an actual surprise. Seems unlikely he’s getting the win next week, but it’s obviously positive indicator about how much CMLL loves Taven. They don’t give two singles matches in three Fridays to pretty much anything; it’s a timing issue here, but also an endorsement.

CMLL preview, DTU, Wagner/Psycho

tonight

IWRG (WED) 03/22/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Omega
2) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Atomic Star & Lunatic Extreme
no Shadow Boy or Arana de Plata.
3) Diablo Jr. b Black Dragón
4) Avisman, Eterno, Ovett b Cadilac, Emperador Azteca, Kanon
They’ve turned Ovett’s sit down senton into a deadly move now (after he left Vortize bloody last week.) He took out Emperador Azteca in thi smatch.
5) Demonio Infernal DQ Pantera
Pantera accidentally hit the referee. Challenges followed.
6) Freelance, Golden Magic, Imposible b Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago
Golden Magic beat Relampago, challenged for a title match.

If you’ve been in withdrawal over not seeing Diamante Azul fight Pierroth for a whole four days, CMLL’s got you covered today. The usual spate of mask matches rematches continues tonight in Arena Mexico, with the two people in last week’s mask match meeting in the main event. Azul teams with Matt Taven & Volador Jr. against the Ingobenables.

The best match of the night is Dragon Lee versus Niebla Roja in a lightning match. They’ve had two singles matches off of TV already, which were probably pretty good considering their interactions in trios matches. The time limit will reduce what they can get in, but it still should be pretty fun.

The only other important match on the show is the women’s match, where Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit also continue to fight. It’s Sugehit, Sanely, and Sileuta against Dalys, Reina Isis and Zeuxis. Zeuxis & Sugehit have a title match Monday in Puebla, but the feud seems like it might be more than that. CMLL’s about four weeks away from a medium sized show in celebration of the Arena Mexico building’s anniversary, and they’ll usually have at least one important match for it. It’s still too soon to tell, and they have time to come up with something new tonight, but Sugehit/Zeuxis seems like the strongest pushed match (especially with Soberano & Misterioso disappearing for a couple weeks.)

Ther rest of the card includes Peste Negra taking on Angel de Oro, Mistico and Valiente in the semimain. Maximo, Stuka, Titan and Hechicero face Hechicero, Kraneo & Ripper. The show opens with Electrico & Shockercito versus Demus & Pierrothito. All these matches could be good, but nothing’s a standout card.

CultIcon previews the show. The show starts 8:30 local, which is still one hour later than usual if you’re on Daylight Savings Time. We’re almost thru this period, just nine more days. The show is back on ClaroSports tonight.

CMLL also mentions both title matches (Dragon Rojo/Angel de Oro & Princesa Sugehit/Zeuxis) coming up in the next few days.

It’s a busy Friday night elsewhere. DTU has a big show in Arena Aficion with Daisuke Masaoka & Takashi Sasaki in from Japan’s FREEDOMS promotion. (Ayako Hamada is booked but no CMLL luchadors are; this makes more sense now that we know Ayako’s back in AAA.) This was going to be an iPPV at one point, but it didn’t happen for whatever reason. The main event is Ciclope vs Masasoka. It’s listed as a non-title thumbtacks/extreme match right now, but Masaoka says he’s defending his King of Freedom’s title in Mexico and this is the only singles match he’s announced in, so it’ll probably be changed tonight.

Ancla promotions runs Arena San Juan, with a sure to be chop hard hitting Ultimo Guerrero versus Wotan match. There’s an Elite branded show in Arena Xalapa.

+Lucha has a bunch of interviews from Rey de Reyes, including one with Vampiro. At about the five minute mark, Vampiro talks about the long announced Wagner/Psycho mask. Or, more accurately, he says “if the match happens”, suggesting it might. That’s not a good thing to suggest when you’ve been selling tickets for two months by promising people are going to see that match. The comments jump all over Vampiro for saying if, mostly because everyone’s just anticipating AAA backing it’s way out of a match they swore up and down they’re going to have. It’s probably still happening.

SuperLuchas’s article on the AAA/Impact/Crash situation clarifies the situation with a show being canceled in San Luis Potosi on Wednesday. The show was scheduled to have Penta & Daga versus Aeroboy & Violento Jack. The luchadors got to the building, the fans got to the building, but the building itself was closed by local government.  It turns out the local lucha libre commmission also just happens to be the local promoter for AAA, and it sure seems like he used that power to keep a rival promotion out.

LuchaRama has started announcing shows for their 04/08 return in Mexico City

Pentagon Jr. hypes the Crash main event. The Crash says they’re going to Oaxaca soon.

It sounds like the next La Llave de la Gloria tryout is this Saturday.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Kcidis draws the surprises of the last week.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 24th

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CMLL is back on ClaroSports Friday night. It’s still starting late, but at least we get a Dragon Lee lightning match.

AAA begins airing Rey de Reyes. Seven matches to choose from should mean a faster moving taping than usual.

IWRG has only one episodes this week – but they never aired the episode from last Sunday, so maybe it’ll end up being two anyway.

04/12 AAA TV Lineup (San Luis Potosi)

AAA

AAA TV (WED) 04/12/2017 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Bronco González, Concord, Octagoncito vs Guerrero De Plata, Hijo Del Vikingo, Mini Abismo Negro
2) Big Mami, Lady Shani, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Goya Kong, La Hiedra, Mamba
3) Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago vs El Mesías, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pagano, Súper Fly
5) Argenis, Ayako Hamada, Hijo del Fantasma vs Johnny Mundo, Kevin Kross, Taya
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown

Air Date: 04/22 & 04/29

Wagner/Psycho as normal on top.  They had a singles match back in October that had no finish. I wouldn’t count on a result here either.

Everything underneath is the new abnormal. If I told you six months ago that there would be a trio of Argenis, Ayako Hamada and Hijo del Fantamsa, you wouldn’t believe me. You also wouldn’t believe me if I told you six days ago. Trust issues aside, they are following up on the big issues of Rey de Reyes here. You can see some of those reflected in the 03/31 Neza card too, so we’re definitely onto the new creative team by this point and we’ll soon have an idea if the card charges are going to be a regular thing or just part of a transition.

Taya loses her title but gets an actual feud, so it’s not a loss. Fantasma and Kross are doing promos back and forth on Twitter. Argenis would be the #1 contender to the cruiserweight title if he wins the four way in Neza, so that match may be building an Argenis/Mundo match. That is a real sentence.

If Argenis winning the Rey de Reyes sword means the trio that formed of Argenis, Drago, and Aerostar will never actually get around to teaming. That was an old creative thing, may be out the window already with the person who trapped Faby Apache in a room. Aerostar & Drago found good replacement partners in an atomicos that might actually be good. Aerostar/Super Fly feuding seems like the only reason for that match but it still seems like they’re telling a story with Pagano & Mesias. They’re teaming here and back in Neza.

OGT versus the kid also a plot line. The trios match here seems like it builds on Averno & Chessman vs Lanzeloth & Mascara de Bronce back in Neza. Averno was really good at working with young high flyers in CMLL and Chessman’s done that in the past in AAA, they just haven’t been used in those roles here of late. Ricky is back after not appearing at Rey de Reyes, which suggests the surprise trios title change wasn’t about any of the OGT members leaving. Maybe the reason was just the surprise, a shock title change to fit the feeling of a lot of shocking things going on and a way to blow off the Apaches/OGT feud which seems to be downplayed or going away. It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to make the Mary & Gran Apache champions if they’re not going to be around any time soon and those titles might have been useful with the OGT with wherever they’re going with the kids, but I can’t totally object to a lucha title being taken out of play.

Shani seems to be starting as a tecnica in Neza. Pimpinela and Mamba get grouped in with the women.

I think that opener’s airing, even though it’s mostly non-AAA people. They have to get two weeks of TV out of this taping. What’s notable is those are not San Luis Potosi locals either. Concord is from Pachuca, Bronco Gonzalez usually wrestles in Mexico State, Guerrero de Plata & Hijo del Vikingo mostly work Puebla. These aren’t people who advanced in La Llave de la Gloria; there’s some other scouting/recruitment going on.

The show after this is 04/21 in Tijuana

Crash/Impact PPV?, ColiseoMania lineup, ChilangaMask

The Wrestling Observer mentions there’s a plan on the table to hold a Impact vs The Crash PPV that would be on 04/15 in Tijuana. The WON is very clear this is not a done deal right now, with the details not finalized. It’s unclear if this was something that was worked on prior to the Impact/AAA deal or how that would impact it.

If it happens, the show would be one of Impact’s One Night Only shows, which Impact uses as almost non-canon shows to fulfill worldwide TV contracts left over from the time where they were running monthly PPVs. (They’re usually $25 and available on Fite.TV in addition to normal PPV.) It probably would not air live; Impact has a different ONO PPV already announced as airing on 04/14, and these are usual taped and aired some time later.

The Crash hasn’t announced a 04/15 date yet, but the Auditorio is not something you can book last minute. Dates are managed by the local government, purposefully split between the different promotions to make sure no one group controls the building. If there’s a chance they’re running a PPV, they would’ve had to lock in the date and we’ll hear about it on Saturday’s show. It would means The Crash is planning on running three shows in six weeks – the WON also has them back on 05/05 with the Young Bucks – and that’s both something not usually allowed by the people who manage the building, and something that puts a lot of stress on the promotion. The Crash is running dream match shows, and it’s tough to keep coming up with dream match cards when you’re running so often.

The advantage of running a PPV on 04/15 in Tijuana is AAA is coming to the same building for a TV taping six days later. This is The Crash trying to blow AAA out of the water again. I just hope they’re not damaging themselves doing so.

Again, it’s not clear how the relationship between AAA & Impact might change these plans. The WON implies Konnan was not given a heads up that deal was happening and now is caught in the middle a bit here. I missed this when it happened, but Slam noticed Konnan did address the situation in a Twitter reply. He says he’ll have nothing to do with AAA’s business, AAA will have nothing to do with his, and LAX & AAA wrestlers will not wrestle on Impact. (It’s not said if that applies to Garza & Laredo as well – we probably can assume it will be the same but we don’t know.)

The WON also sources people who know Lucha Underground/LLFMV contracts as saying that company would have exclusive rights to any AAA character. My guess is that would only apply to characters AAA owns. When AAA & Impact tried this before, during the early days of Lucha Underground, AAA sent Argos over there. Argos used that name briefly as a CMLL opening match guy, so it would seem like something AAA didn’t own. Argos is long gone from AAA, but there’s other AAA wrestlers who had their characters before coming to AAA. I’m not sure if that actually the dividing line though; if Dorian Roldan and Vampiro are truly in charge of Lucha Libre FMV and deciding where people get booked, it would seem like they would have the power to send people wherever they wanted. I’m also not sure it matters much.

I think this deal, at least from the Impact side, is really just about getting booking fees for it’s wrestlers by sending them out to various promotions. Impact will take a Garza Jr. or a Laredo Kid or someone from AAA as a mutual respect thing, but these are not ROH/NJPW deals where Impact expects to make their money bringing these guys in. The problem of not being able to book AAA guys with Konnan’s guys or not being able to use LU owned guys is not an issue if the real plan is just to bring in people for token appearances (which is what Argos turned out to be) and mostly it’ll be Impact sending people the other way. There’s probably going to be less drama about AAA & The Crash people being in the same promotion than we think now, because they’ll barely be used in the same promotion. That doesn’t mean I think it’ll last, no one but Impact wants this situation to last as is, but it’ll be less exciting than it seems.

The Crash will have a press conference the night of April 4, the day before it’s Mexico City show. It’s kind of too late to get much newspaper edition, but in plenty of time to say something to annoy AAA.

The much bigger story in the wrestling world is the possible acquisition of ROH by WWE. It doesn’t seem it’s close to happening, and it may not happen, but it’s at least being talked about. This wouldn’t have much impact on short term impact on the wrestling promotions in Mexico; I think CMLL likes Matt Taven but hasn’t been enthusiastic or aggressive about learning about ROH and is only involved because NJPW urged them to do so. It would hurt the CMLL luchadors, who don’t otherwise have routes to (relatively) well known US promotions and can not reach beyond the smaller US lucha libre promotions without an outlet like Ring of Honor. I don’t know that ROH’s done a great job with Dragon Lee, but it’s helped him a bit in getting his name out there and maybe he get booked a decent amount elsewhere if ROH went away. (Hasn’t really happened though.) It’ll be tougher for the next Dragon Lee to get that boost without a (relatively) well know US outlet.

ESTO reports some of the speeches at the Perro Aguayo Jr. mass on Tuesday. In interviews afterwards, Kahn del Mal said it was the dream of Perro Aguayo for Perros del Mal to go on after his death, so that’s why it goes on. Halloween took the other side, saying the name should be laid to rest.

Leo Riano’s column is critical of Vampiro changing matches around on Rey de Reyes, unsure why he has the power to change the matches people expect. It’s unusual for Riano to be critical of anything in AAA, even from a storyline perspective.

On Informa, when Diamante Azul brought up the idea of facing Rush on the Anniversario show, JCR pushed the idea of Rush vs Atlantis (vs Diamante Azul, maybe.)

A show last night near San Luis Potosi city with Penta & Daga vs Aeroboy & Violento Jack was canceled. Locals believed only AAA is being allowed to run (non-local) shows in the area.

ROH announced Marcela and Amapola will have a singles match on 04/01. That’s their best chance at having a good match, but it’s going to be an uphill battl efor anyone to care. At least they’re getting a free trip to Orlando and a pay day.

MedioTiempo looks back at Abismo Negro’s wrestling career, eight years after his death.

Matt Taven told ESTO he hopes to return to CMLL often.

Shocker mentioned he still hasn’t had his surgery. He’s already been out for six weeks, that’s a long wait.

RobViper has a music video of 07/14/16 Elite with LA Park vs Rush.

LigerFever translates an El Dandy story.

El Siglo de Torreon has a good bio of Gran Markus (or you can read a lot of on the luchawiki in English.)

MX City picks the 10 most essential lucha libre movies.

Lineup

LyC The Crash (SUN) 04/09/2017 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Faceman, La Bestia, Mini Difunto vs Babe Fox, Chocolata, Mini Hator
2) Epydemius & Ninja Jr. vs Psicótico & Titanik
3) Juventud Guerrera vs Arez, Rico Rodríguez ©, Laredo Kid [LyC CRUISER]
4) Zorro vs Último Ninja vs X-Fly vs El Divo
5) Daga & Rey Fénix (US) vs DJZ & Sammy Guevara
6) Garza Jr., Penta El Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario

Full card for what’s being billed as Rey Mysterio’s only appearance in Monterrey. Semifinal could be really good

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 04/23/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Caifan III, Maldito Jr., Shiryu Dragón vs Fly Star, Hijo del Solar, Terremoto Negro
2) Freelance vs Niño De Cobre, Diablo Jr., Inmortal, Ryan Kidd, Novasonic
3) Centvrión, Dragón Fly, Impulso vs Lokillo, Mr. Leo, Próximo
4) Dave Crist vs Aero Boy
5) Masada vs Miedo Extremo vs Wotan
6) Raymond Rowe vs Hanson
7) Xtreme Tiger vs Rey Fénix, ?
8) Solar I vs Makabre, Trauma I, The Platino, Trauma II, Black Terry, Mr. Maldito [ruleta de la muerte]

Full card for the show a month from now. It’s a good card – the seventh match should be good no matter who they put in the semimain, I’m more excited for Crist/Aeroboy now that I’ve seen Crist in AAW, the third match should be good. It also has War Machine facing each other, because Mexican indie bookers love tag teams facing each other.

I would be more excited for either of these shows if I felt slightly confident I would be able to see them.