CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Leono & Sonic b El Coyote & Grako tecnicos took 2/3
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. b Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca tecnicos took 2/3
3) Star Jr. TLDRAW Sagrado [lightning] 10 minute time limit, with both down at the buzzer after a Star Jr. moonsault met Sagrado feet. Sagrado angrily powerbombed Star Jr. afterwards.
4) Blue Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. Tecnicos took 1/3. Money thrown in.
5) Flyer, Kráneo, Rey Cometa b Hechicero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja [Relevos Increíbles] straight falls, Rush faking a foul from Angel de Oro. Oro loudly demanded a singles match week. Rush accepted and a post match brawl took place.
A much better than usual Tuesday show, with both the lightning match and the fourth match being worth going out of your way to watch. The brawl after the main event went a bit wild.
Rush and Angel de Oro hype a singles match. It would be their first one ever, between two guys who were trios champions together a long time ago. Star Jr. wants a rematch, while Sagrado says already knows he’s better. This seemed like the set-up to a singles rematch but they’ve already got that covered and rarely do twice.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Magnum, Metatrón, Micro b Capitán Cobra, Difunto, Fúnebre tecnicos took 2/3
2) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Sanely b La Seductora, Reina Isis, Tiffany tecnicos took 1/3
3) Drone, Fuego, Tritón b Kawato San, Metálico, Olímpico tecnicos took 1/3
4) Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente ?? Shocker, Templario, Vangellys Esfinge replaced Soberano (moved up). Templario replaced Matt Taven. Rudos won fall 1, tecnicos took 2, no third fall finish mentioned.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. Soberano replaced Volador (injury?) Tecnicos took 2/3 to set up a trios title match.
It remains to be seen if Soberano or Volador will be in that trios match. Informa might accidentally be useful if only to scan thru and see if Volador showed up. The rule about putting Euforia & Soberano in the same match seems to be no longer in existence.
IWRG (SUN) 05/26/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Noicy Boy & Spider Fly vs Cosmic & Vortex
2) Águila Oriental, Ángel Drago, Dinámico vs Biosfera, Galactus, Güero Palma
3) Ángel Estrella Jr., Dranzer, Fireman vs Canival, Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr.
4) Black Shadow Jr., Leo, Toto vs Kanon, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah
5) Chico Che vs Ovett
6) Auzter, Black Dragón, Chef Benito, Chicanito, Death Metal, Latino, Neza Kid, Puma de Oro vs Caballero de Plata, Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Guerrero Olímpico, Historico, Imperial Jr., Marado, Mosca [mask, hair, cage]
The main event is Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Argentino (Hip Hop Man), following up on recent issues. Dragon Fly returning to wrestling and being a focal point of all this might mean doom for him.
That’s about 12 hours of wrestling. That’s an unhealthy amount of wrestling is what it is. Oh well.
I liked a lot of the AAA TV from this group, especially in Nogales. It does suffer a bit from being TV filler, being the set up to something coming (maybe.) The CMLL versus The Crash felt like the complete feud in one match. It helped by CMLL having no plans but being the definitive match is something I value.
Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf 450
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Chik Tormenta vs La Hiedra, Faby Apache, Lady Maravillain a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match and in a Number One Contenders Match match
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Villano III Jr. vs Jack Evans, Australian Suicide, Taurus
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Flamita, Golden Magic, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión, Taurus, Texano Jr.
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger
CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-30
Carístico vs Último Guerrero
CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-30
Drago, Faby Apache, Golden Magic vs Chik Tormenta, Keyra, Monsther Clown
AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-03
Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpiónin a lumberjack rules match
AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-03
Avispa Dorada, Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita vs Amapola, Dalys, Reina Isis
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Puma King vs Killer Kross
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
La Parka, Murder Clown, Niño Hamburguesa vs Averno, Chessman, Dave The Clown
CMLL (MON) 05/20/2019Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Black Tiger & Policeman b El Asturiano & Rey Samuray rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón b El Malayo, Espanto Jr., Toro Bill Jr. tecnicos took 1/3. Triton was having right leg issues.
3) Flyer, King Jaguar, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Volador (injury) was replaced by Angel de Oro early Monday, but King Jaguar instead ended up in the spot. Peste Negra took 1/3.
4) Místico & Valiente b Hijo del Villano III, Niebla Roja, Audaz, Vangellys, Esfinge, Luciferno [Torneo Increible de Parejas, battle royal]
5) Audaz & Sansón b Luciferno & Volcano [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
6) Carístico & Hijo del Villano III b Atlantis & Vangellys [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
7) Niebla Roja & Terrible b Esfinge & Templario [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
8) Ephesto & Místico b Felino & Valiente [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
9) Carístico & Hijo del Villano III b Audaz & Sansón [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
10) Niebla Roja & Terrible b Ephesto & Místico [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
11) Niebla Roja & Terrible b Carístico & Hijo del Villano III [Torneo Increible de Parejas, semifinal]
The only team with two people who are real rivals made it to the final. Niebla Roja, Terrible, Mephisto and Volador are all announced as appearing on Informa to hype this final, so maybe CMLL will give some idea on what exactly is going on with Volador at the moment.
While Niebla Roja & Terrible are teaming on Mondays, it looks like they’re setting up a singles match on Tuesdays. Terrible defeated Niebla Roja in last week’s main event via foul. They rematch, Los Ingobernables against Roja, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis, again in the main event tonight.
The rest of the card is the usual Tuesday randomness. Flyer, Rey Cometa and Kraneo were picked out of the hat to face Hechicero, Mephisto and Rey Bucanero. Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Blue Panther, all strangely ranked lower than Flyer, face Polvora, Tiger and Universo 2000. Star Jr. versus Sagrado is the lightning match. Halcon Suriano Jr. makes an appearance in the segunda. The show airs at 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
Guadalajara has Caristico, Stuka, and Volador versus Los Guerreros as the listed main event, but it seems likely Volador won’t be there. They have Mistico, Soberano Jr., and Valiente versus Matt Taven, Shocker, and Vangellys and there’s no chance Taven is going to be there.
Fuerza Guerrera says he had and Silver King had a conversation about death earlier this year when both were in Japan for the El Santo led shows there. Silver King told Guerrera that he’d rather die in the ring rather than an illness or injury that caused him to be confined to a bed.
+LuchaTV has a short conversation with Juventud Guerrera. He’s asked about his match on the Martinez show and starts talking about Silver King instead. He’s upset with people on YouTube who aren’t luchadors giving their opinions, complains about people promising changes after Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death and those changes only lasting a couple of weeks, and hopes Silver King’s death prompts real change. Guerrera seems like a guy who could really use a break from wrestling for a while.
Blue Demon Jr. is part of a Burger King Mexico marketing campaign for some new burgers. They’re building to an event on May 29th in Mexico City. Blue Demon Jr. is more effective as a marketing device than a luchador, but that’s also why he’s in headlining TripleMania.
Marisela Pena is included in Forbes list of the 100 most important Mexican businesswomen.
AAA TV (SAT) 05/18/2019 Palenque de Tuxtla, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas[AAA, Lucha Central, Record, thecubsfan]
1) Dragón Bane b Golden Magic 5:56. Golden Magic used a flipping powerslam for the win
2) Halcón 78 Jr. & Lady Maravilla b Astrolux & Big Mami 7:43. Maravilla pinned Big Mami after a frogsplash.
3) Myzteziz Jr. & Niño Hamburguesa b Australian Suicide & Chik Tormenta 11:10. Nino Hamburguesa won thanks to Lady Maravilla’s help this time. Big Mami attacked Lady Maravilla but Hamburguesa left with Maravilla. Chik Tormenta took a foot to the face off a bad 450 splash attempt by Myzteziz.
4) La Hiedra & Tessa Blanchard b Faby Apache & Lady Shani 10:40. Tessa Blanchard’s AAA debut. Hijo del Tirantes helped with the rudas.
5) Chessman, Daga, Villano III Jr. b Flamita, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid 16:27. Daga beat Vikingo with a double underhook frontcracker.
6) Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Pagano, Psycho Clown, Puma King 13:23. Made a no DQ match, which mostly just meant cookie pan spots. Chessman sprayed mist in Pagano’s face to set up the win.
The fifth match was the best on the show. The Myzteziz foot to Tormenta’s face looked brutal, but she said she was OK. There’s a segment with Daga & Puma King and a dozen run-ins that I left out there, which primarily seemed to exist to write off the Perros del Mal music and secondarily to keep the Kross/Puma feud going. Chessman blowing mist set up the finish on the next day.
AAA TV (SUN) 05/19/2019 Teatro Al Aire Libre Del Parque Tabasco Dora Maria, Villahermosa, Tabasco [AAA, Lucha Central]
1) Big Mami & Dragón Bane b Halcón 78 Jr. & Lady Maravilla
2) Chik Tormenta, Hijo del Tirantes, Tessa Blanchard b Astrolux, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa
3) Australian Suicide b Villano III Jr., Golden Magic, Flamita, Myzteziz Jr. [AAA LA, #1 Contenders] Australian Suicide gets a shot at Drago at some point.
4) Pagano b Chessman [TLC] Pagano won after Chessman fell backwards off the top rope thru a table, and then an exchange of mist spots.
5) La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Hijo Del Vikingo, Lady Shani, Laredo Kid
6) Blue Demon, Daga, Killer Kross b La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King Demon snuck in a foul on La Parka (missed by the camera)
Both the finish to the main event and the dumb big spot in the TLC match were missed live. Replays showed they had like three different good angles of the table bump; if they just cut to a camera by random, they had a good chance of showing it. (I was not interested in enough to find out if they had a replay of the foul.)
The Mami/Hamburguesa/Maravilla storyline moved along a little bit and maybe Suicide will someday get the title shot he won here. (In a multi-person match for sure, but before or after Chik Tormenta gets hers?) And a bunch of heels questioned why Fenix hasn’t been back to defend the AAA Mega-championship, which is about the second or third time we’ve seen that bit. It makes everyone, Fenix included, look bad when he still doesn’t show up to defend that title.
The creative effort in AAA right now seems limited to re-constructing lineups based on whoever’s actually available for these cards. That can’t be easy given how much that seems to change, but there needs to be more than just matches to be interesting TV. This was the seventh TV taping since Rey de Reyes and I’m hard-pressed to think of significant things that have happened with lasting consequences. Maybe only La Hiedra & Taurus being added to Los Mercenarios, but that seemed less a creative decision and more just filling holes with La Mascara & Hijo del Fantasma gone. AAA running in place is nothing new, but running so many shows in a short time is really showing that weakness. If you’re not subscribing to the Twitch, this is definitely a good time to stay off it and pick and choose what comes up on YouTube.
The turnout wasn’t great this weekend. Sunday’s show seemed like a much too big building, looking about half full. Maybe there aren’t a lot of choices in Villahermosa. The smaller building on Saturyda had bunches of empty seats in the lower bowl. The upper bowl seemed a bit empty from the little bit we could see it. The reason AAA is running all these shows is the promotion and their local partners believing they’d be a draw in different locations based off the AztecaTV. It hasn’t been a clear success but it’s still early in AAA being on Azteca.
CMLL (SAT) 05/18/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Angelito & Fantasy rudos took 1/3.
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, La Jarochita rudos took 2/3.
3) Oro Jr. b Príncipe Diamante [lightning] money thrown in
4) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Disturbio, Pólvora, Vangellys tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Hechicero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero b Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano rudos took 1/3
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja NGD took 1/3.
CMLL (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr. tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Kaligua, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito rudos took 1/3
3) Hijo del Signo b Robin [lightning]
4) Flyer, Metálico, Pegasso b Dark Magic, Stigma, Virus [Relevos Increíbles] Straight falls. Metalico used the bottom rope to beat Virus. Metalico challenged Virus to a hair vs hair match. Virus raised the stakes to loser must retire. Metalico accepted.
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. b El Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas, Villano IV tecnicos took 1/3
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Cavernario unmasked Soberano (replacing Volador.)
Virus and Metalico backed up their words with promos. CMLL is selling so hard enough that they’ve said Virus is temporarily off the Juicio Final card, since his career may be over by then. “Retirement matches” in lucha libre mean nothing, this will not be the last match either person has, but CMLL is serious enough that it’ll be the last match they’ll have there (at least for a while.) I’d be shocked if it was Virus’ last match. Metalico seems closer to the end of the line, though they’re only really separated by about 11 months in age. Mostly, Virus seems a guy who’s stayed a lot closer to relevance than Metalico the decade or so, and I have trouble believing they’d end Virus’ career on a Sundays show on a two week build. They really shouldn’t be doing it with Metalico either.
I couldn’t be bothered to listen to the Hijo del Signo promo. The semi-main event tecnicos and rudos talk. CMLL won’t let up on doing Atlantis versus Villano matches. If CMLL’s really doing to do a big show every month, I think Villano V is getting a mask match this year.
Volador missed Friday’s show, missed Sunday’s show, and is off tonight’s show in Puebla. Angel de Oro is in. CMLL said Volador had an injury on Friday. No word on what is injured or how long he’ll be gone. Volador & Mephisto are scheduled to face the winner of tonight’s Arena Puebla incredible pairs tournament. Niebla Roja & Terrible seems like the favorite. There’s a bunch of teams (Caristico & Hijo del Villano III, Audaz & Sanson, Atlantis & Vangellys) with one guy who wins these tournaments and another person who does not. It is also an Arena Puebla tournament so it doesn’t really matter.
Flyer, Soberano Jr. & Angel de Oro take on Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas in the semi-main. Triton joins the usual group of locals and opener guys in the first two matches.
There’s actual results for a Kaoz show! Kaoz did not provide them. I provide them here so you might be able to better guess what random belts people are coming to the ring with. The attendance didn’t look great but not as troubling as other recent Monterrey shows.
IWRG (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena Naucalpan [@robviper, The Gladiatores]
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. & Atomic Star b Baby Star & Shere Khan
2) Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Príncipe Aéreo DQ Guerrero Olímpico, Marado, Mosca win by DQ when Alas de Acero was framed for chair usage
3) Death Metal b Liderk
4) Demonio Infernal b Manchas, Eragón, Shil-Kah, Leo, Fantasma de la Ópera, Apolo Estrada Jr., Dinamic Black, Capo del Norte, Relámpago, Jessy Ventura, Multifacético, Capo del Sur, Canibal Jr., Hijo del Alebrije, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Chico Che, Congo, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Imposible, Pasion Kristal, Lunatik Xtreme, Fly Warrior, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Zumbi, Séptimo Rayo, Metaleón, Aramis, Trauma I, Ovett, Huracán Ramírez Jr. [Rey del Ring] 31 people in a 30 person match. Eliminations: Eragon, Fantasma de la Opera, Shil-Ka, Leo, Manchas, Dinamic Black, Capo del Norte, Multifacetico, Capo del Sur, Canibal, Apolo Estrada Jr., Medico Asesino Jr., Mascara 2000 Jr., Fly Warrior, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Pasion Kristal, Zumbi, Lunztik Extreme, Septimo Rayo, Ovett, Metaleon, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Trauma I, Aramis, Hijo de Canis Lupus leaving Demonio Infernal as the winner.
Rey de Reyes was the usual bit of weirdness, right down to 31 people in a 30 person match. Your enjoyment of the end is definitely dependent on how many head drops you want to see.
On Instagram, Juventud Guerrera said Silver King was wrestling with a medical issue they didn’t know of at the time of the match. At a press conference Sunday, Silver King’s son, Ulises Gonzalez, said that was not true. He insisted his father was completely healthy, “100% clean”, and said all the paperwork backs that up. Dr. Wagner Jr. also made a point of saying Silver King had “no vices, no drugs.” You can see the full press conference here. Ulises believes his father Silver King would be alive if people acted faster, though he would’ve needed a pacemaker and would be unhappily retired from wrestling. Silver King will be buried Monday.
LA Park wants an extreme match with Pagano. He disputes those who say he can’t do technical wrestling. Park says he did and it never got him in the first match, and his star started rising once he started dancing.
CMLL (SAT) 05/25/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Arkalis & Bengala vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Kaligua, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Magia Blanca vs Inquisidor [lightning]
4) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Pólvora, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cuatrero, Gran Guerrero, Sansón
This is the show opposite of DragonMania. That is the most interesting thing about this card.
MDA (SUN) 06/02/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Dick Angelo & Farsante vs Legendario & Tempo
2) Auster, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy vs Diablo Jr., Ra-Zhata, Shil-Ka
3) Demasiado vs Pasion Cristal
4) Dinamic Black, Fly Warrior, Iron Kid vs Murciélago Plateado Jr., Neza Kid, Tromba
5) Séptimo Dragón vs Metaleón
6) Demus vs Hijo de Canis Lupus
7) Súper Nova vs Sharlie Rockstar
8) Aero Boy vs Sádico
9) Jack Evans vs Dragón Bane
10) Argenis vs Aramis
11) Carístico, Hijo del Fantasma, Imposible vs La Máscara, Trauma I, Trauma II
Sure, an 11 match card. That seems fine. This is a 6 pm start, unlike the recent 2:45 IWRG ones.
CMLL (FRI) 05/17/2019Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentral, Marca, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan]
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. COR Magia Blanca & Star Jr. 11:33. Rudos took 2/3. Magia Blanca was counted out after Akuma’s dropkick.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Sanely b Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany 13:09. Tecnicas took 1/3. Kaho hyped the hair match.
3) Felino, Hechicero, Tiger b Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón 13:50. Rudos took 1/3. Hechicero was hurt in the third fall, got himself pinned by Esfinge, and hurried to the back. (Hand injury?)
4) Negro Casas b Soberano Jr. [lightning] 8:43. Negro Casas won with a Canadian Destroyer and a casita.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero DQ Ephesto, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto 8:52. Guerreros took 2/3, the last when Mascara fouled UG.
6) Cavernario, Cuatrero, Sansón b Carístico, Místico, Valiente 6:33. Straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him to set up a singles match next week. Valiente replaced Volador.
AAA has two days of TV this weekend. Saturday’s show, at 8 pm CT, is from Tuxtla Guiterrez, is scheduled to have Wagner, Pagano & Psycho against Rey Escorpion, Texano, and Killer Kross. It’s probably going to change and most of the card is always likely to change with AAA, so maybe just some things to watch
Tessa Blanchard debuts with AAA on this show. She’s on every taping going forward.
Sammy Guevera should be back, but who knows who he’ll team with since La Mascara is still listed here. La Hiedra is on the card and might get moved up to base for Vikingo.
Flamita & Myzteziz Jr. vs Suicide & Daga sounds fun if it happens.
Astrolux (spelled Aztroluxe) is supposed to be on this taping but did show up at Crash show. I’m not clear if he’s still in AAA.
AAA’s back again on Twitch on Sunday in Villahermosa. This one will start around 6:30 CT. AAA has not run back to back days of tapings since the early 2000s. They’re doing it a bit coming up and we’ll get an early read how that is going to work out. Notes
This is the show with the La Mascara vs Pagano vs Chessman TLC match that obviously isn’t happening that way. A Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match is extra punishing to the body and it seems like a casual disregard of the luchadors bodies to have them doing it with no feud or build up. On the other hand, we probably shouldn’t assume AAA made this decision because it fits Pagano’s thinking.
There’s a mystery person teaming with Chik Tormenta who is probably Hijo del Tirantes, assuming AAA brought enough referees.
Blue Demon is on this show, to the excitement of all.
CMLL (FRI) 05/24/2019Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Estrellita, Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000
6) Místico vs Cavernario
CMLL has never gone as hard with Mistico as it originally seemed they had planned. Most of his biggest matches have come in trios, he’s never had the big apuesta win, and he’s not had many Friday night solo main events. Like none. The only other full length 1v1 match I can find for this Mistico on a Friday is a title match with Averno in 2013. That was the semi-main. The Munoz family seem as if they get a lot of benefits working in CMLL but this is something the middle brother has not gotten before.
No Matt Taven here means he’ll be replaced on Tuesday’s Guadalajara card (and that lineup should have not had him on it.) My theory is CMLL was going to run Taven/Volador in some fashion on 05/24 instead and Mistico/Caristico was just the replacement match.
AAA is happy to give you the same matches over and over again. When Hamburugesa & Lady Maravilla meet in the opener, it’ll be the 11th time they’ve been in the same TV match this year already. It’ll be the second time in three tapings that they’ve done the same match, assuming it doesn’t change again.
Hijo del VIkingo won a title shot back in Mexicali. Jack Evans won a four-way in Sonora that was originally for a title shot, then not mentioned as one with some card changes. Guess they’re still going with it anyway. It’s a rare AAA bit to actually go someplace so I’m not complaining.
CMLL has a couple of Friday nights of build towards matches already announced, starting with tonight’s show. The two announced hair matches lead into trios matches tonight. Mascara 2000 teams this time with Mephisto & Ephesto to face Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Euforia in the semi-main. Kaho Kobayashi and Amapola meet in the segunda. Sanely, Marcela, Tiffany, and Metalica round out the match.
It’s otherwise a placeholder card, though there’s some change for decent matches. Matt Taven was supposed to be in the main event, is no longer, but Cavernario makes a good replacement. The caveman teams with Sanson & Cutarero versus Caristico, Volador, and Mistico. Soberano & Negro Casas meet in a lightning match. Casas is going to work a short match anyway at this point, and they might put together something quick that’ll work. Felino, Tigre, and Hechicero face Rey Cometa, Triton, and Esfinge in the usual midcard trios match. Star Jr. & Magia Blanca open against Espanto Jr. & Akuma, which might not be good at all.
The show streams at the usual 8:30 pm start time on Marca & Facebook. They’ll probably stream on YouTube for people in Mexico, I’ll do the same.
Mr. Electro has an MMA fight on June 15th. He’s had some in the past. His opponent isn’t named. He’s hyping it towards a fight against one of the Montanez brothers, which suggests he’s pretty confident he’s going to win.
CMLL (MON) 05/20/2019Arena Puebla
1) El Asturiano & Rey Samuray vs Black Tiger & Policeman
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs El Malayo, Espanto Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
3) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) Carístico & Hijo del Villano III vs Ephesto & Místico and Niebla Roja & Terrible and Audaz & Sansón and Atlantis & Vangellys and Felino & Valiente and Esfinge & Templario and Luciferno & Volcano [Torneo Increible de Parejas, battle royal]
The irrelevance of this tournament means anyone can advance. Except Luciferno and Volcano, they ain’t winning.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena México
1) Leono & Sonic vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
3) Star Jr. vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Pólvora, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Flyer, Kráneo, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
Main event is a rematch, heading likely to Niebla Roja vs Terrible.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum, Metatrón, Micro vs Capitán Cobra, Difunto, Fúnebre
2) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Sanely vs La Seductora, Reina Isis, Tiffany
3) Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Kawato San, Metálico, Olímpico
4) Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Matt Taven, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Main event rematch here too.
Matt Taven for real this time? Or quietly removed in a couple of days? He should be advertised tonight for next Friday if he’s really coming in because there’s no way he’s coming in just for a Tuesday Guadalajara appearance.
AAA TV (SAT) 06/15/2019 Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Quintana Roo
1) Faby Apache & Lady Shani vs Chik Tormenta & Keyra
2) Myzteziz Jr., Scarlett Bordeaux, Taya vs Daga, La Hiedra, Tessa Blanchard
3) Laredo Kid & Puma King vs Sammy Guevara & Taurus and Mamba & Máximo
4) Aerostar, Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka vs Australian Suicide, Chessman, Monsther Clown
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
This is not an exciting lineup. There are vague outlines of feuds AAA might pursuee – Aerostar & Monsther Clown are back opposite each other again – but nothing is going anywhere. The third match looks the best.
Tessa seems to be a regular on AAA cards going forward.
This is a low effort for a major card. Two matches of any substance and a lot of people in random matches which don’t mean anything. This seemed like the show to move along the Lady Maravilla & Nino Hamburguesa stuff, to do the trios title match between Poder del Norte versus Jinete del Aires, maybe even to follow up on Chik Tormenta title shot. The Young Bucks are going to be of interest to people on the internet – mention them once on Twitter and just watch your replies – but Dorian Roldan just said last week how only about 5% of their audience knows of them. Maybe Rey de Reyes helps that number creep up a little bit. It’s hard to overall see what the draw is here outside of it being an AAA show with a name.
AEW’s Double or Nothing isn’t going to be much affected by AAA (possibly) giving away the finish of their tag title match ahead of time or promoting how they’re going to run it for free on Twitch about three weeks after AEW charges people $50 to see it. The number of people who care about both AEW and AAA are few in number, the people who want to see Double or Nothing are likely watching it for something beyond the match results, and the build to the match on Being the Elite has most people expecting the Bucks to use a new move to win the match. Still, Dorian Roldan did that interview once again talking about how wrestling would be better if everyone worked together and then his promotion did something that subverted a group he’s working with. It’s just rude.
All AAA had to do is leave off the text that says champions and challengers. AAA still hasn’t officially released the card, they probably won’t until Monday. A lot more people will see it then than now. All AAA has to do is scrub that text off. Will they do it? Doesn’t seem like them. Always happy to be proven wrong.
Long term question: if they’re doing the tag title match here, does this mean the Bucks aren’t working TripleMania? (I would expect the Lucha Brothers win the titles and maybe even lose them to someone else to move on.) And what happened to the Taurus/Cody thing?
Putting La Hiedra in trios matches because AAA ran out of male Los Mercenarios matches is not really good for La Hiedra. I guess Kross and Puma might still be? I guess Taya and Tessa will be? I guess none of this matters because it’ll be a different card by the time it happens anyway.
It is sort of amazing that AAA spends so much time on Faby Apache versus Hijo del Tirantes but also sees it as a near opener match on a show with nothing going on. It is very AAA.
Kobyashi & Amapola appeared to sign their contracts. Ultimo Guerrero did as well, and Mascara 2000 joined at the last moment to sign the contract.
Before revealing the card, Julio Cesar Rivera explained this was a new step by CMLL to hold a big show each month going forward. This card isn’t that great – UG/Mascara isn’t much of a match, Azul & Valiente aren’t interesting champions – but it would be interesting for CMLL to go to running big shows every month. They’ve typically stuck to just 4-5 a year, leaving long periods of nothing but tournaments around now. Maybe those hair matches on Saturday and Sunday are part of a bigger plan to make things more exciting. I would suggest waiting to see a big show every month before you believe CMLL is actually going to do it.
In addition, a Copa Dinastia tournament will start on June 7th. This is a standard three-week tournament though with fewer teams than most – just eight. That means just three matches each week, with those Friday cards looking more like normal lineups than the tournament heavy shows of recent past. Teams will be announced on future editions of CMLL Informa.
CMLL also announced a new TV deal with TV Mexiquense, a public broadcasting station in Mexico State. They’ll start airing Sunday shows on June 2nd at noon, presumably on a one week delay. Those had been airing on Teleformula, though maybe only on the Mexico feed of that station. It’s unclear if they’ll continue to air. TV Mexiquense has a video internet feed that does not appear to be regionblocked, so it is possible people will be able to watch live or record it.
CMLL (TUE) 05/14/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Eléctrico, Retro, Súper Astro Jr. Rudos took 2/3. Super Astro was strechered out after a Nitro piledriver
3) Disturbio, Kawato San, Sagrado b Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma Rudos took 2/3. Disturbio replaced Misterioso on Monday.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Templario [lightning] 7:30.
5) El Audaz, Flyer, Kráneo b Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Shocker Tecnicos took 1/3
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja Straight falls, Terrible got away with a foul on Roja.
I think I was awake long enough to watch the NBA Lottery but not enough to watch this show. LIghtning match sounds good. Terrible and Roja getting another shot seems a decent idea.
CMLL (TUE) 05/14/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Furia Roja, Gran Kenut, Jabalí b Fantástico, Mágico, Rielero Fantastico replaced Rielero. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Explosivo, Magnus, Oro Jr. b Cancerbero, Furia Roja, Raziel Furia Roja replaced Guerrero de la Muerte, working twice. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Drone, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Pólvora, Vangellys, Virus tecnicos took 1/3
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Valiente b Cavernario, Forastero, Sansón Cavernario replaced Shocker earlier in the day. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, UG sneaking a foul in on Volador.
CMLL will have a press conference tomorrow at noon CT. It’ll probably but not definitely stream on their YouTube channel. We’re expecting to get dates for Mascara 2000/Ultimo Guerrero and Kobayashi/Amapola. There are usually other announcements, though there have been no hints of what those might be. I assumed it was Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday so Matt Taven could be in town for it. He won’t be there now and it’ll be interesting if CMLL acknowledges it at all.
Juventud Guerrera posted on Instagram for the first time since Silver King’s death. Guerrera indicates Silver King had a pre-existing health issue that Guerrera was not aware of until after his death. It’s not said what that is. Guerrera’s Super X show on June 1st has been postponed. Both Fantasma & the Torreon lucha libre commission say Silver King passed a medical test in February.
An interview with Satanico has him repeatedly saying he didn’t want to say what he really felt about the Silver King because it would get him in trouble. He does mention he’s in charge of the Box y Lucha commission in Zapopan now and would require more stringent medical conditions than he observed on the video.
Today is Dia de Maestro, which including teaching luchadors. Reporte Indigo interviews Ultimo Guerrero, who says he got into training much earlier than he expected and believes his students (NGD included) will be the top stars of Mexico in the next decade. Puebla’s Black Tiger talks about training Rey Samuray, Toro Bill Jr., Milenium, Malayo, Arkalis, and even Raul Mendoza.
There’s more news about Killer Kross and his Impact contract situation. It doesn’t directly affect his AAA work except he really needs to keep working in AAA to make some money because amount Impact is probably offering isn’t great.
There’s a lot of news sites producing articles on Silver King for search reasons, but there’s not a lot new. Dr. Wagner Jr. had posted a couple of video statements. There were minutes of applause in IWRG and CMLL. AAA posted a tribute video.+Lucha has done the same. NJPW will honor him before the May 22nd show. Dr. Wagner Jr. has put out statements, thanking people for their support and saying he’ll continue with his announced dates because he believes that’s what his brother would want him to do. Juventud Guerrera, who has normally is pretty active on social media, has been quiet since the incident. He and most of the wrestlers from the tour are believed to have returned home.
El Fantasma says he’ll get criticized for saying it, but deaths like Silver King’s are “bonita” for them – he died fast, he didn’t suffer, and he did it in a match. El Fantasmas’ role as head of the Mexico City lucha libre commission seems primarily concerned with wrestler safety. I’m not sure I’d want someone in that role who believes wrestlers dying in the ring is beautiful. El Fantasma says Silver King’s wrestling license was renewed by the Torreon commission on February 15th. That commission normally requires yearly medical exams and Fantasma says they sent that to him, implying he passed.
Shocker tells ESPN that he’s required to get an EKG heart exam every year to get licensed, though he’s open to changing that to six months. Shocker also says every lucha libre show has a vigilant commission doctor, an ambulance and a replacement wrestler in case someone shows up unable to wrestle. This and Fantasma’s statement are what are supposed to happen in Mexico; it’s unclear what the policies were at this show in London. Obviously, there was no ambulance on site if they had to call one. Silver King’s death happening in London may have given it more attention but also gives the people in Mexico more freedom to treat as an exception that doesn’t apply to them.
Kahn-Del-Mal believes Silver King’s death is worse than when his cousin Perro Aguayo Jr. passed away in the ring because at least Konnan & Rey Mysterio quickly realized the situation and acted accordingly. Kahn does not blame Juventud Guerrera & referee Black Terry, but says it has to be a learning experience about how to prepare for events like that
Segunda Caida starts writing about some of Silver King’s matches: part 1, part 2.
CMLL (SAT) 05/11/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Angelito & Pequeño Violencia Angelito replaced Pequeno Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Robin b Apocalipsis, Grako, Yago tecnicos took 2/3
3) Retro b Sangre Imperial [lightning]
4) La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica b Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely Rudas took 1/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Niebla Roja b Hijo del Villano III, Shocker, Templario
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Silver King was remembered before the main event.
Retro talking about his win and Angel de Oro wearing his old gear passed as news here.
CMLL (SUN) 05/12/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Príncipe Diamante & Sonic
2) Akuma, Espíritu Negro, Sangre Azteca b Arkalis, Eléctrico, Halcón Suriano Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr. b Tiger [lightning]
4) Dark Magic, Stigma, Virus b Flyer, Metálico, Pegasso [Relevos Increíbles] Team Metalico took 1/3. Metalico snuck in a foul on Virus, who wanted a rematch.
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys tecnicos took 2/3
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja Rudos took 1/3.
Virus and Metalico have promos that seem to indicate that’s the next hair match. Not really sure why. Virus would be the heavy favorite. Blue Panther Jr. did the lightning match winner promo.
CMLL (MON) 05/13/2019Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central, Porra Fresa]
1) Black Tiger & El Malayo b Millenium & Tigre Rojo Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Olímpico, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. b Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. Olimpico replaced Misterioso. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Rey Samuray b Cuatrero, Sansón, Toro Bill Jr. Tecnicos took 1/3. Rey Samuray (Volador) and Toro Bill (Cavernario) replaced wrestlers who moved into the tournament
4) Forastero & Mephisto b Stuka Jr., Stigma, Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, battle royal] Silver King was honored before the seeding battle royal.
5) Ángel de Oro & Euforia b Guerrero Maya Jr. & Shocker [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
6) Cavernario & Flyer b Negro Casas & Stigma [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] Cavernario replaced La Bestia del Ring
7) Mr. Niebla & Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero & Soberano Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
8) Mephisto & Volador Jr. b Forastero & Kráneo [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] Volador replaced Rush.
9) Ángel de Oro & Euforia b Cavernario & Flyer [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
10) Mephisto & Volador Jr. b Mr. Niebla & Stuka Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
11) Mephisto & Volador Jr. b Ángel de Oro & Euforia [Torneo Increible de Parejas, semifinal] Mephisto & Volador will face next week’s winners on 05/27.
My guess is Rush got back from ROH too late to make this show, or too late to want to make this show, and La Bestia del Ring isn’t going unless one of his sons is going. Mephisto & Volador are two wrestlers I’m not at all excited to see in big matches at this point.
This show was blocked in the US for a few hours after it aired. I haven’t checked yet, but it seemed like the music issue was either Rey Samuray or Oro Jr. last time and Rey Samuray was back on this show.
Misterioso looks to be off all the shows this week; he was replaced by Disturbio for tonight’s show. Cavernario also replaces Shocker in Guadalajara tonight. Shocker’s not missing a show, he was just weirdly double booked in Arena Mexico & Guadalajara.
Tonight’s CMLL show is about normal for Tuesday. There’s one promising match – Templario and Guerrero Maya Jr. meeting in the lightning match – and a whole lot of other matches that are just sort of there. The Chavez brothers and Atlantis face Los Ingobernables in the main event. The old man trio of Shocker, Niebla, and Rey Bucanero face Audaz, Flyer, and Kraneo. The undercard includes Super Astro & Halcon Suirano Jr. appearances, as well as chance to find out if Metalico’s tecnico bit is more than just a Tuesday thing. The show streams at 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube.
There’s a strange situation with Matt Taven and CMLL. He was advertised as wrestling next Friday in the video promo, which is still up on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Taven was also listed for Saturday’s show, so he was going to be around a few days. CMLL issued new lineups Monday night, with Cavernario now in Taven’s spot on Friday. CMLL hasn’t explained the change, which is normal for them. Neither Ring of Honor or Matt Taven ever seemed to mention him appearing in CMLL this week. This seems like CMLL scheduled him without confirming the date with him, though I’m not sure that’s correct. Taven didn’t wrestle on the last night of the ROH TV tapings last night. He did do commentary and didn’t seem obviously hurt, but I guess it’s possible he just picked up a minor injury that would better handled by skipping this show. I don’t know.
CMLL Informa will have CMLL trainers Tony Salazar, Arturo Beristain, Virus, and Ultimo Dragoncito to celebrate Dia del Maestro. This also sounds like the crankiest possible segment. Mascara 2000, Kaho Kobayashi, Okumura and some of Diosas del Ring will also appear.
PW Insider says Killer Kross asked to be released from his Impact contract. He was denied. Kross asking out suggests he had a pretty good idea he could get an AEW or WWE deal if he was free to sign with someone else. A WWE deal would end his time in AAA, an AEW deal would not. Right now, since Impact isn’t letting him go, it is moot and he’ll still be showing up in AAA.
Squared Circle Sirens reported Chile’s Jessy was signed to a WWE NXT deal. Jessy was on one of the many Latin/South American wrestlers who were part of the tryout in Chile last December. On Twitter, Casey also mentions a woman from Brazil is coming in soon. Work visas and associated issues mean international WWE signings probably do not all proceed at the same pace, but this suggests WWE’s talked to people they’re interested in bringing in from that Latin American tryout. Dragon Bane, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla are the three Mexican names who came out from that group. There’s no indication of any of them finishing up in Mexico at this point.
CMLL (SAT) 05/18/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, La Jarochita vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Oro Jr. vs Príncipe Diamante [lightning]
4) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio, Pólvora, Vangellys
5) Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Matt Taven was briefly in this main event in Sanson’s place.
Oro vs Principe Diamante is an interesting ranking match. It’d be a surprise if Diamante won but doesn’t seem impossible with how much Oro has been forgotten here.
CMLL (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Kaligua, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Robin vs Hijo del Signo [lightning]
4) Flyer, Metálico, Pegasso vs Dark Magic, Stigma, Virus [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. vs El Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas, Villano IV
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
The Metalico/Virus thing continues. Kaligua back for the first time since January.
IWRG (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Estrella & Atomic Star vs Baby Star & Shercan
2) Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Príncipe Aéreo vs Guerrero Olímpico, Marado, Mosca
3) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 [Rey del Ring]
IWRG’s annual royal rumble style match is going with “no names announced ahead of time” this year. Silver King was scheduled to be one of the 30.
The notable thing here is the main event was a TLC match and now appears to be just a match. Doing a TLC match the night before Double or Nothing seemed like an untenable risk. Rebelion Amarilla should probably win unless The Crash has future days with Fenix & Penta locked in.
Cesar Gonzalez, best known as Silver King, passed away Saturday during a match in London. He was 51.
Silver King is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack during his match with Juventud Guerrera. It was his third match of the day. He’d wrestled on the afternoon show as Ramses, his character from Nacho Libre. The evening show included a CMLL-style battle royal to determine the match-ups. Silver King appeared to have trouble getting to his feet after a pinfall attempt. He stayed in the same position long enough that the crowd started to boo the inaction. Guerrara gave Silver King a light kick to the side seemingly to cover for Silver King not moving, Silver King immediately collapsed fully to the mat, and he never moved again. Both Guerrera and the referee (veteran wrestler Black Terry) seemed more concerned about protecting the integrity of the match than Silver King’s condition. No medical personnel were present while Guerrera struggled to turn over Silver King for the win, or even immediately after as Silver King laid unmoving on the canvas. CPR was started about 5-6 minutes after the start of the incident. An ambulance was called but Silver King was pronounced dead before it arrived.
Video of the incident, from many angles, is easily available on the internet. I will not be linking to it here. Those shooting video included El Hijo del Santo’s Facebook page. They continued to stream throughout the incident as if nothing strange was happening at all, mirroring the inability to comprehend the situation in the ring.
The short time period between when Silver King started showing symptoms and when he appeared to stop moving suggests it is possible there was nothing anyone could’ve done – that, short of Silver King having this episode happen in a hospital (or perhaps near a defibrillator), it all happened too fast for him to be saved. That nothing was done, that this was immediately responded to with inaction, is going to be a lasting memory of Silver King’s death.