Garza says goodbye to the Crash, CMLL title matches set up, Fantasma

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 03/23/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3 in a rematch
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica b Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa DQ Metálico, Pólvora, Virus
tecnicos took 1/3, Virus fouling Cometa in the third.
4) Universo 2000 Jr. b Drone [lightning]
Universo 2000 won via martillo negro
5) Ángel de Oro, Magnus, Titán vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Misterioso Jr.
Magnus replaced Niebla Roja. Cuatrero replaced Rey Bucanero. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario b Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
Templario pinned Soberano to set up a title match next week.

Universo 2000 celebrated his win. Templario talked up next week’s title match.

The Crash (SAT) 03/23/2019 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@JorgeGCRR, The Crash, thecubsfan]
1) Karma, Ryan Kidd, Unicornio b Anthar, Taliban, Terror Azteca
Unicornio beat Terror Azteca.
2) Animal, Demencia, Silver Star DQ Torito Negro, Toto, Xperia
Triple Amenaza attacked Los Haraganes (Animal team) for the DQ.
3) Baby Extreme & Lady Flammer b Christi Jaynes & Douglas James and Danny Limelight & Miranda Alize and Oráculo & Zeda Zhang
Baby Extreme defeated Zeda Zhang. Oraculo had words with the Monterrey team after the match.
4) Jonathan Gresham b El Bandido ©FlamitaShane Strickland[The Crash CRUISER]
Gresham submitted Strickland to an octopus to win the title. Bandido gave him the title and wished Strickland luck in his next step.
5) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mecha Wolf b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Garza Jr. won his farewell match by fouling Negro Casas. Bestia & Mecha Wolf praised him post match, a returning Black Danger was introduced as Garza’s replacement in the group, a video with Humberto Carillo & Lacey Lane congratulated Garza Jr., and Garza Jr. said he couldn’t the promotion where he was going but he is joining his cousin in Orlando.
6) Dragón Lee (CMLL) DQ Rey Horus
Rebelion Amarilla tried to help Horus win, it didn’t work, so they just stomped Dragon Lee until a DQ. Horus offered him a rematch. Rebelion Amarilla offered Rey Horus a spot in the group and he left without making a decision.

I watched most of the top three matches on a stream. The main event didn’t really get going to a high level and it was clear a screwy finish was coming. It was unsatisfying. The semi-main was good in an exhibition-y way. They wanted a happy moment to come out of it and Garza winning in his farewell was their way of doing it. The fourth match was not long but was good fun while it lasted.

Garza did not wrestle on the Kaoz show tonight so this might be it for him in Mexico. I would expect WWE won’t announce new signings until after WrestleMania.

They announced Carlito/Mesias vs Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja vs Los Traumas and NGD vs Bestia, Garza, and TBA for the 04/13 show.

CMLL (SUN) 03/24/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor b Retro & Sangre Imperial
rudos took 1/3
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito
straight falls, setting up a Pierrothito/Shockercito title match
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr. b Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Soberano Jr. b Tritón [lightning]
Soberano won via Fire Driver.
5) Dragón Lee, Místico, Stuka Jr. b Dark Magic, Ephesto, Luciferno
straight falls
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente b La Bestia Del Ring, Negro Casas, Terrible

Shockercito & Pierrothito talk up their title match, which is the first one for the minis title in over a half year and the first one in Arena Mexico in 15 months. Soberano says his win over Triton proves the Lagunero school of wrestling is better than the Guadalajara; he may be overvaluing beating Triton.

AAA posted a farewell message to Hijo del Fantasma on Friday, officially recognizing his departure from the company. Fantasma was interviewed on the most recent MMM Show and mentioned he brought up the idea of leaving AAA “a few weeks ago” and AAA was understanding. Fantasma felt like he was doing the same things over and over again in AAA and felt like it was time to go somewhere else for a fresh start. He wanted to leave on good terms with AAA, knowing that he might come back someday. (Though, the people who left on bad terms also seemed to come back.) Fantasma praised Konnan as helping get lucha libre over in the US twice and seemed like he’d happy to work with him elsewhere.

Dulce Garcia will have her first MMA match on 04/12 on Combate Americas show in Monterrey. She’ll be taking on Mariana Ruiz Avila, who will also be making her professional debut (with 1 loss as an amateur.) The early matches will are on Univision TDN in the US, which will probably include her match.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Forastero/Cavernario & Naito set for next Friday, Verano de Escandalo in Merida

Flyer

CMLL (FRI) 03/22/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lost in LuchaLucha CentralNotimexOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Star Jr. & Stigma b El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:47. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Mystique DQ Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:46. Straight falls, the last when Amapola was eliminated but came back in to dropkick Kobayashi.
3) Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. b Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:02. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Forastero b Cavernario [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:05. Forastero pinned Cavernario cleanly after his senton then asked for a title match.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:59. Rudos took 1/3 to get revenge for last week.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:45. Tecnicos took 2/3.

There are CMLL promos from Los Ingobernables & Mr. Niebla talking about their win, Barbaro Cavernario & Forastero talking about their title match and Amapola and Kaho seemingly setting up one of their own. That definitely came off as the start of a sequence, but the women happen to be off the show the day the NJPW wrestler is booked.

+Lucha has media room promos from Los Guerreros, Caristico, Diamante Azul, the rudas, the tecnicas, Terrible, the Chavez Brothers, Cavernario, and Forastero, who wants a singles title to put with his trios one.

Not a good show at all. Forastero & Cavernario was missing something but they were definitely trying. You could say that for some of the other matches too, but the top ones were just guys trying to get thru the night and get on to the next show as easy as possible. The match times were shorter than usual but it wasn’t like more time would’ve fixed the issues. Maybe it’ll be better if they’re trying to impress people with Naito around.

AAA’s Verano de Escandalo will take place in Merida on 06/16 (Sunday) according to this commercial. Lucha Noticias picked up on this first I saw. AAA ran Merida last year after a six-year break. Verano de Escandalo was held in Monterrey last year, who got Rey de Reyes this year.

No AAA TV taping this weekend. The Crash is running tonight in Tijuana, with Dragon Lee versus Rey Horus as the main event. Negro Casas teams with Felino & Cavernario against Rebelion Amarilla in what will be Garza Jr.’s last night with the promotion and Bandido defends The Crash cruiserweight championship in a four-way with Flamita, Jonathan Gresham and Shane Strickland (who also is done with here after this match.)

On Sunday, Kaoz has a five-way match with Hechicero, Mephisto, Mr. Aguila, Zorro and Garza in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, which is Zorro’s return to the promotion and Garza’s farewell in his hometown. He’s scheduled for a couple of matches in the next couple of weeks but it is possible that’ll be it until he starts with WWE. A little closer to me, GALLI has a loaded show with Aeroboy versus Fenix plus Drago & Rey Horus vs Gringo Loco & Golden Dragon. I don’t think I’m making that one after all so hopefully one of the eight (?) other people recording it will put it up somewhere.

Rush vs Dalton Castle is official for the ROH & NJPW MSG show. I wonder if getting a MSG match was part of the deal to get Rush to sign.

Imperio Oaxaca has an article about the local lucha libre championships:

  • Super Aguila, who is now Rey Aguila, is the Oaxaca State Welterweight Champion
    • there are no other recognized Oaxaca State titles because there is no Oaxaca state lucha libre commission
  • El Practicante & Chockmah are the Oaxaca City Tag Team Champions
  • Endeavor & Principe Condor are the Mexico State Indie Tag Team Champions, but the titles are not being defended due to issues between themselves and a promoter
  • La Sonadora is the Oaxaca City Women’s champion
  • There’s an Oaxaca City Light Heavyweight championship but it is currently vacant
  • all the other titles are local arena titles or made up.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/29/2019 Arena México
1) Pegasso & Stigma vs Akuma & Disturbio
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Kawato San, Tiger, Virus
3) Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario
4) Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán vs Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón
5) Cavernario © vs Forastero [MEX LH]
first defense
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Naito, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

This is show is a miscommunication comedy where the CMLL side is trying to look good for the serious NJPW visitors (a title match! Bestia del Ring & Diamante Azul stuffed into a closet somewhere!) while the NJPW just wants to get in some vacation time while they’re on this side of the world and do not care at all. The show looks better than usual at any rate. The top three all having strong promise and the worst people all have the night off.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-22

effort level tonight

Recapped: 03/22/2019

Matches:

Star Jr. & Stigma beat El Coyote & Grako
(13:47 [6:35, 3:21, 3:51], 2/3, below average)

Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Mystique beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(10:36 [5:57, 4:39], ½ DQ, below average)

Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys
(10:02 [3:49, 2:19, 3:54], 1/3, ok)

Forastero beat Cavernario in a lightning match
(9:05, top rope senton con giro, ok)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán
(9:59 [2:17, 2:02, 5:40], 1/3, below average)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:45 [4:24, 2:11, 3:10], 2/3, ok)

What happened: 

Forastero challenged Carístico Cavernario to a title match next week.

Amapola was eliminated but came back in to dropkick Kobyashi anyway for the DQ.

Thoughts: 

an unusual sequence

Volador hit Euforia & Gran Guerrero with a double handspring, they stood there, looked at him, then slowly turned 90 degrees to take the Azul double clothesline spot. Almost no one on this show seemed like they wanted to be there and it was an unpleasurable waste of time for anyone who watched it. If you’re reading this trying to figure out if you should watch it, the answer is no no no definitely not.

The semi-main was short and there was nothing to it beyond the obligatory revenge win. Mr. Niebla was much more over then the guys who just main evented Homnejae a Dos Leyendas, and Titan’s offensive run in the third fall got the biggest reaction. Bestia’s powerbomb is the best you can say for those four, though at least Terrible made it out of this match with two working arms.

Something about Forastero doesn’t totally click in lightning matches. Or I guess in any singles matches since he doesn’t have many singles outside of lightning matches. His matches don’t escalate in ay way, which made it even more out of left field for him to get the clean top rope senton pin. He has a lot of OK offense but doesn’t stand out the way his cousins do. He’ll have another chance next week. Cavernario usually comes thru in big matches.

a Bestia highlight

The tercera had a tripe corner moonsault spot that took forever to set up and also featured Flyer holding up on his own moonsault. Then there were Destroyers. Flyer is a head case at this point and I need Magia Blanca to get healthy and return to take all of his matches. Kawato had some moments of being fine. Audaz had a cool tornillo that wasn’t even close to being caught by Vangellys. Stuka rolled up Pólvora. This was whatever.

The women’s match was whatever. Not sure what happened with Kobayashi and Dalys on that dive. Dalys seemed to take much of the match for his team, which didn’t really add anything. I guess there were occasional hard dropkicks in this match and not much more. A Kaho/Amapola feud is about as random as it can get.

The crowd was quick to boo this match when they were stating out with chain wrestling. On the other hand, it was kind of boring. They escalated to bigger moves than normal for an opener. The pace of this match was still slow and the rudos did little in the second fall. This was fine I guess but I have no interesting in seeing a moment of it again.

CMLL back on Marca tonight, AAA/AEW, CMLL/ROH

CMLL was killing time until Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, which was not great. Then there was Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, which was not great. Now, they appear to be killing time until the Torneo Increíble de Parejas. This is not particularly exciting, but the show tonight should be decent.

The main event is a variation of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas title match, with Diamante Azul replacing Dragon Lee in teaming with Caristico & Volador Jr. against Los Guerreros. Diamante Azul is no Dragon Lee but he’s at his best in these sort of trios matches. That should be good, as should be the Forastero versus Cavernario lightning match.

The rest of the show is not as appealing. The semi-main is the obligatory rematch of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event, with Chavez Brothers teaming with Titan and Los Ingobernables teaming with Mr. NIebla. Audaz, Flyer and Stuka team up against Vangellys, Polvora, and a newly blue Kawato. The women to Fridays for the first time in a few weeks. Dalys teams with Amapola & Reyna Isis against Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique. Star Jr. & Stigma face Coyote & Grako in the opener, which would be a good match if it wasn’t a CMLL opener.

CMLL should be back on Marca and Facebook. Neither appears to be region blocked. Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

CMLL’s Facebook stream announced Niebla Roja & Terrible as the first team in the Torneo Increíble de Parejas. Poor Angel de Oro is going to stuck with La Bestia del Ring.

Today is the 10th anniversary of Abismo Negro’s death. His hometown paper, Tabasco Hoy, has a brief article saying that his wife feels like promises to take care of his family have been forgotten, especially after Joaquin Roldan passed away.

AAA announced a second press conference for TripleMania this Tuesday. This timing would suggest something to do with the AEW bits from this past week, but the text just teases a surprise.

On Keepin’ It 100, Konnan is enthusiastic about how the Young Bucks did in AAA, regardless of the reaction. There was acknowledgment the crowd didn’t react big to them, something Konnan warned the Bucks would probably happen before they went out. AAA had a video recapping their feud with the Lucha Brothers prepared which would’ve only aired for the live crowd, but decided not to air it. (It isn’t said why they decided that – maybe to preserve the surprise? Since the news is out now, I’d strongly consider airing that video package on TV before the match airs.)

Konnan said he made the decision to make that segment the main event and Psycho Clown earlier and seems content with that decision. It is not explained how he arrived at that decision. Konnan does say the Psycho Clown/Brazo de Plata/La Mascara storyline is finished. He implies the Young Bucks are indeed coming back to AAA some point in the future, feeling this match was enough to get them over the next time. Maybe the decision was just ending the show with something building to the future or strengthing the AEW relationship by having them go last.

Konnan wants it known that Killer Kross & Jeff Jarrett were hired guns by La Mascara and that was explained by the Spanish announcers during the match. I say that if we don’t get a vignette where La Mascara is handing them money, it doesn’t really count. Konnan says “everything made sense.” Konnan did not know why Averno was dressed as Averno, only that Averno & AAA’s Jorge Flores had a discussion if it would cause trouble for a sponsor for him to dress as Batman. They decided it was OK.

Caristico & Soberano Jr. are the two CMLL wrestlers who will be a part of ROH’s shows in mid-April. They’re on the 04/13 (Saturday) TV Taping in Pittsburgh and the live/streaming event on 04/14 in Columbus. Both are probably looking to improve their image in big US promotions. Caristico has not worked for any since the end of his WWE run. Soberano has wrestled once in Ring of Honor before, a disastrously bad match with Punishment Martinez last year. With the MSG show about a week before, ROH might not announce matches for these shows until they get very close.

+LuchaTV says Garza is joining NXT in April. It is funny watching promotions still having him on posters for May.

Daga will be part of Progress’s Super Strong Style 16, from May 4-6 in London. Aerostar had previously been announced for that tournament.

Leo Riano’s column says Fantasma already has 30 indie dates lined up. MexaWrestling is teasing a Fantasma appearance.

Dulce Garcia is not listed on the lineup for the Combate Americas MMA show in Monterrey on 04/12, which seemed to be the original plan.

Lucha Talk has a new episode up.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Hijo del Santo talks about Japanese wrestlers he knows.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 03/24/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cheff Benito vs Guerrero 2000
2) Latino & Puma de Oro vs Auzter & Neza Kid
3) Dinamic Black, Eragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hip Hop Man, Mosca, Tackle
4) Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno
5) Hijo Del Huracán Ramírez, Internacional Pantera, Súper Nova vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Villano V Jr.
6) Death Metal & Karaoui vs Aramis & Imposible [IWRG IC TAG]

The tag titles are vacant. Death Metal & Karaoui won the El Protector tournament to get a title shot. Aramis & Imposible won a contenders tournament to get their shot. This has been a long road to get to this moment but it is IWRG so I think I might need to put my chips on “draw, no champions.”

The fourth match is potentially interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2019 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Cholo & Yago
2) Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Pólvora, Templario, Virus
4) Flyer vs Titán [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
6) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón

Slightly better than usual card but it is a Tuesday show so who knows.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-05

Audaz is getting better at this

Recapped: 03/14/2019

Matches:

Angelito & Shockercito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
(12:17 [5:39, 3:18, 3:20], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Mystique beat Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(14:09 [6:47, 2:40, 4:42], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Metálico, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(16:02 [6:49, 2:39, 6:34], 2/3, n/
r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(9:21, Blue Panther fujiwara armbar, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Felino, Hechicero, Templario
(11:05 [4:41, 2:00, 4:24], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible beat Místico, Soberano Jr., Titán
(13:07 [4:00, 4:13, 4:54], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing happened (TM Rush)

Thoughts:

proof the minis still exist

The main felt a little lifeless for the Tuesday happy main event, but it really picked up with the big spots in the third fall. Titan and Terrible did their usual back and forth, Místico and Mephisto looked great, Soberano got in a cool dive. There was nothing deep to this but at least it gave the fans something to go home with.

The ten minute time limit doesn’t really work with the kind of match Luciferno and Blue Panther want to do. A slow moving but still somewhat interesting mat section just ends because they’ve got to get to the best part. Panther then doesn’t get in any offense until it is time for a tope, gets beat up for a while longer, and then again comes back just to get in the tope. It has the weird twists of a Blue Panther match but feels disconnected from what happened prior and nothing feels fleshed out. It was different than getting the usual lightning match but I’m not sure it was really any better.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-03-04

didn’t work

Recapped: 03/04/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger, Joker, Sombra Diabólika beat Centella Roja, Halcón Suriano Jr., Millenium
(16:59 [7:46, 4:34, 4:39], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ares, Disturbio, El Perverso beat King Jaguar, Meyer, Oro Jr.
(13:22 [4:58, 2:46, 5:38], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola in a lightning match
(7:32, La Regia, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat El Audaz, Stuka Jr., Titán
(13:38 [4:10, 2:30, 6:58], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:18 [3:50, 3:38, 3:50], 2/3 DQ, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Último Guerrero © beat Vangellys for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(15:24, ok, 2/3,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Vangellys northern lights suplex (5:48)
  2. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (2:10)
  3. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (7:26)

What happened:

Stuka seconded Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero seconded Vangellys, a sad betrayal.

Mephisto fouled Místico, part of a build to a match that didn’t happen.

Thoughts:

flying Guerrero

I haven’t watched any Vangellys in Dragon Gate and do not have a great recollection of his AAA work. Perhaps the middle rope corner huracanrana he goes for here is his first. It gets him powerbombed instead because everyone must be powerbombed. This is UG plugging Vangellys into the flyer opponent spot, and it works just as well as it sounds. (Revelation made: they’re not calling Vangellys Tanque Aleman because of his size, but his relative speed.) They only varied from the title match formula early on, and it was not particularly good. There was no big reaction to Vangellys hitting his spear, even though that was the big move from last week. There was a lot of reaction to Tirantes, except when he signals the finish and no one understood that he did. Calling this OK seems a gift. This is only for Último Guerrero completists.

The best thing I can say about the women’s lightning match is Princesa Sugehit’s outfit was very sparkly. They worked slowly and didn’t seem to have much energy. Sugehit was ahead of Amapola in most moments. This may be the point where Amapola no longer should be having singles matches if she’s not going to be able to get in better condition. Watching her breath heavily after not doing a lot isn’t good for her or the match. Sugehit might be able to have a good match with a better opponent. Match was ended with Sugehit submitting Amapola and Pompin not picking up on it until about five seconds too late.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 22nd, 2019

full size

Marca said CMLL is back on their stream this week, though I didn’t see a link up yet on Facebook when I checked Thursday afternoon. Cavernario & Forastero should be fun. The main event should be good too.

AAA’s YouTube show this week just happens to be airing Hijo del Fantasma’s last TV match in the promotion. It is probably a coincidence; this would’ve aired on Space a couple of weeks ago and produced before that. The Vikingo match is definitely worth a look.

On TV sets, CMLL seems to have settled at 3:30 pm on Saturdays now. AAA on Azteca should be on the Morelia taping this week.

great match roundup, week of 2019-02-23

Golden Dragon

Trying to get this back on track before WrestleMania weekend (and baseball) kicks in. This week being a quick week helps. This being a not good week does not really help.

I already forgot I recorded that Caristico match until it showed up in the list. Titan/Templario was fun.

All 2019 round-up posts2019 MOTYC list is up now.

Recommend Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Carístico & El Bandolero vs Golden Dragón & Gringo Loco Carístico & El Bandolero vs Golden Dragón & Gringo Loco (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2019-02-24 2019-02-24
good El Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa vs Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
good Titán vs Templario in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
ok Último Guerrero vs Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
ok Fuego vs Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning matchLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
ok Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
ok Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV vs Atlantis, Místico, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
ok Astral & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
ok Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
below average Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
below average Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
not rated Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin vs El Perverso, Joker, King Rocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
not rated La Avispa Dorada & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & La Comandante LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
not rated Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
not rated Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Akuma & InquisidorLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
not rated Oro Jr., Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Disturbio, Nitro, Sangre Azteca Disturbio Cmll, Nitro y Sangre Azteca vs Star Jr, Super Astro Jr y Oro Jr (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Nitro y Sangre Azteca vs Star Jr, Super Astro Jr y Oro Jr. 2a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
not rated Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
watch later Rush vs Último Guerrero Rush vs Último Guerrero from CMLL Guadalajara: 2019-02-23 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2019-02-23 2019-02-19

Hijo del Fantasma quits AAA?, Garza Jr., Aguayo

Fantasma in AAA

Hijo del Fantasma apparently quit AAA Wednesday night. I have to write “apparently” because it is a little strange. Fantasma posted photos of his time in AAA on Twitter and Instagram, saying thanks. +LuchaTV somehow knew this meant Fantasma was quitting AAA and declaring himself a free agent. Other people went on with that as the story and Fantasma was on Twitter for the next few hours responding to people and not saying the stories were wrong. Maybe there was some behind the scenes message that communicated what Fantasma was doing clearer than his original posting.

Hijo del Fantasma’s lawsuit against Lucha Underground was reported publically on February 6th. Fantasma wrestled as previously scheduled on the AAA tapings on 02/08 & 02/10. He took a distraction pinfall loss to Puma King on the second show, which was surprising given how AAA had been setting Fantasma up for a title match with Fenix to that point. Hijo del Fantasma appeared in a long sit down interview with +LuchaTV a few days later, saying everything was OK with him and AAA, particularly Dorian Roldan. Fantasma has not been on TV since and his understanding of the situation must have changed; Fantasma was teasing a departure from AAA in a new interview with +Lucha this weekend.

Fantasma’s options are limited. He’s suing Lucha Underground because of those limited options. He can’t sign with WWE. He would need approval from LU to work for any other TV promotion in the US. LU appears to have given that to anyone who’s gotten a TV offer, but it may be different with him suing the holding company. Fantasma may also be restricted from appearing even on CMLL TV, if his earlier statement about being under contract to AAA until the end of the year is correct. He could still work indies in the US & Mexico. He may have more freedom in work the Japan or UK (where he appears to have been added to the Lucha Libre World show in London), but Fantasma’s options are limited until the LU situation is resolved.

The Crash is now pushing their meet and greet this weekend as the last time you’ll be able to see Garza Jr. at their events. This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned Garza passed medicals and has a new WWE offer. Garza is playing games about where he’s going for social media fun, but he’s been going to the obvious place all along.

Today’s the fourth anniversary of Perro Aguyao Jr. sudden death from in-ring injuries. Diario Basta recaps the situation, going with the theory that Aguayo had been dealing with neck pain and just didn’t tell anyone about it. Damian 666 & Mr. Aguila talked with Record about their memories of that time; Damian was at the show but didn’t grasp the severity of the injury until he was told Perro had died. Damian is critical of promoters running Perro Aguyao Jr. tribute shows that don’t send some of the money they’re making from Aguayo’s name to his family. (There was one in San Luis Potosi yesterday, no idea if Aguayo’s family got anything.) The Gladiatores has brief interviews with Juventud Guerrera, Texano Jr., Toscano, Terrible, and Konnan talking about Perro Aguayo.

Lucha Central has this week’s ratings

  • AAA on Azteca7: 2.5 rating with 3.9 million viewers
  • AAA on A+: 0.6 rating with 1.2 million viewers
  • CMLL on Televisa9: 0.6 rating with 1.3 million viewers

AAA’s rating went up while the actual viewers went down a half million. CMLL’s viewers stayed the same while the rating went down. This was the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas airing of CMLL (Rey de Reyes is weeks away from airing on AAA), though it was also an episode starting a half hour earlier for no particular reason.

Rey de Reyes was covered in the latest The Road to Double or Nothing, the Cody Rhodes half of AEW’s YouTube shows. For the purpose of this show, the attack on Cody is mostly important in that Cody’s healing knee was re-injured during it and he may now end up missing Double or Nothing. Taurus and Konnan get name-checked but aren’t a big part of it. The Lucha Brothers/Young Bucks build up also gets some promos.

CMLL says they’ll announce their first team for the Torneo Increible de Parejas on Facebook today.

Mije wants the CMLL programmers to have more for the Micros; he’s hoping for a mask match.

Mystique appears headed back to Japan. Maybe. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what the REINA website or social media accounts are now and then decided I should move on with my life.

There’s a free preview of the first few pages of the Konnan comic book here.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 03/24/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Quka
2) Blaze & Hijo Del Tigre vs El Yaqui & Linterna
3) Baron Blanco Jr., El Divino, Paymon vs Avispón Negro Jr., Rey Hechicero Jr., Thunder Boy
4) El Rielero, Kempo Dragón, Vaquero Jr. vs Maléfico, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr.
5) Explosivo, Joker, Star Black vs Difunto, Hijo del Rambo, Príncipe Odín Jr.

The Sunday Guadalajara show is notable only for some odd names. I’m guessing they must be working with the old Juniors promotion, since Principe Odin & Rambo usually worked with them. Rey Hechicero Jr. is not believed to be related to Hechicero but has been around Mexico City indies since 2015.

I’ve scaled back at including people who just work these shows until they show up a lot, because there’s just so many random names who show up less than 5 times and then disappear forever.

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico, Principe Daniel, Rielero vs Demonio Maya, Exterminador, Sádico
2) Magnum, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. vs Difunto, Espíritu Negro, Metálico
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
4) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Místico vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

That semi-main is troubling. Main event is a near H2L rematch.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-01

Recapped: 03/05/2019

(This is the show I missed while being at PWG.)

Matches:

Astral & Robin beat El Coyote & Grako
(11:31 [5:31, 2:44, 3:16], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany beat Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit
(14:07 [7:08, 2:50, 4:09], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys beat El Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa
(11:28 [3:12, 3:49, 4:27], 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Titán beat Templario in a lightning match
(9:08, El Inmortal, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris
(11:52 [2:39, 3:05, 6:08], 2/3 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(7:43 [3:43, 4:00], 1 DQ/2 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

how was this supposed to look?

Los Ingobernables were disqualified in the first for throwing Niebla Roja over the top rope. Terrible fouled Niebla Roja in the second fall, which Edgar missed. Bestia fouled Angel de Oro to save him from the campana, and Edgar did not miss that.

Gilbert unmasked Diamante for the DQ, though it was quite a struggle to get Azul to let it go.

Titan’s new cradle is called El Inmortal this week. That seems to have stuck.

Thoughts:

Templario’s powerbomb works only about half the time

The main event was just a long beatdown with Volador getting in a courtesy dive before the finish. It might have been successful in building up the hair match – that’s debatable at best – but it definitely didn’t work as a standalone match. It was a drag to watch, which was the case for watching most of the show. These shows can be even less appealing if you’re watching them a few days later while knowing nothing worthwhile happens.

The semi-main was sloppy and slow, built around Gilbert & Azul. Gilbert looked slightly more mobile this week but they didn’t much here to suggest a singles match would be a good idea. The Cl4n looked no better than usual. The last thing CMLL needs is more immobile rudos who aren’t really as over as they think, and yet Ciber & the Chris are here. It was funny that their big return after many months ended with them getting out of the ring as quick as possible to separate themselves from Gilbert.

Titan followed up the exciting match with Cavernario with a similarly styled match with Templario. The downside to these Titan matches back to both weeks is they’re no deeper than both guys unloading their moves back and forth for whatever time they have left. The upside is both he and Templario had a lot of cool moves to do, and they’re making a bigger deal out of Titan’s latest cradle finish by having him win with it in back to back weeks.

The tercera was a solid professional midcard match that gets bumped up good possibly because I’m thinking of the grade only after having seen the (much worse) end of the card. It was very much a “Rey Cometa does the diving headscissors” CMLL tercera special, but he did a little more than usual, Hechicero broke out some new hold and Audaz did well. No one looked bad and it was a fun time, so that’s better than most things here.

The women’s matches include attempts to do impressive things, but doing them so slowly or sloppy that they don’t come off as impressive. The Jarochita/Dalys sequence in the first fall stood out that way, with them doing leaping rolls and reversals, but stumbling thru them. These matches are obviously the ones most planned out in advance, but they’ve not executed them well.

The opener was forgettable, which is better than a lot of CMLL openers. It was also so boring that I couldn’t be bothered to figure out how Robin hurt himself I the second fall. The third fall finishes weirdly in that Coyote just did keep doing moves to Astral until he went away, no counters or reversals. Astral appears to be a bodybuilder who dabbles in wrestling at this point, though he didn’t seem as cut up as usual.

this feud is a struggle