King Jaguar vs Policeman tonight, G21, Clasico

photo by Black Terry Jr.

LUCHA MEMES , LLB , MDA (SAT) 04/20/2019 Arena Lopez Mateos[+LuchaTV]
1) Falcón Jr. b Shadow
2) Robin Maravilla b Avisman
money thrown in
3) Dr. Cerebro b Romano García
good match. Romano Garcia replaced Blue Panther.
4) Negro Navarro & Solar I b Multy & Prayer
5) Jimmy b Komander (Tamaulipas)Atomic Star
money thrown in. Atomic Star replaced Dragon Bane.
6) Virus b Sharlie Rockstar
good match
7) Aramis b Arez
8) Trauma II DQ Negro Casas
Casas fouled Trauma II. Challenges followed.

The people who went to this show seemed to like it a lot. There just were not a lot of people who went to this show. My theory for a long time is lucha libre fans on Facebook say they want classic old school wrestling but it is just idle talk and they won’t actually buy the tickets if/when it is presented. I’m not certain that is the totally the situation here; having the Generacion XXI show the next day in Naucalpan could’ve caused some people to pick one over the other and they picked LA Park being a madman. Or maybe running Easter Eve is the same bad idea as running Christmas Eve or Independence Eve?

(Also, I guess Generacion XXI maybe isn’t in PALL still because I don’t understand why you would form a cabal of indie promoters and have them run back to back days without some sort of cross-promotion. Maybe the dates just fell that way and there was nothing to be done, but this is why you form alliances in the first place.)

G21 (SUN) 04/21/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) Auzter & Neza Kid b Falcón Jr. & Latino
2) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje b Kalibus & Tackle Generación XXI, Arena Naucalpan | Sunday Night Lucha (posted by +LuchaTV)
3) Iracundo, Lepra, Luciferno, Maremoto Jr., Mosco, Perro Callejero, Pólux Jr., Pólux Sr. b Black Dragón, Death Metal, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Hijo del Alebrije, Leo, Oficial AK47, Puma de Oro [Torneo FILL] Generación XXI, Arena Naucalpan | Sunday Night Lucha (posted by +LuchaTV)
FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym G21 (Maremoto Sr.) Lucifer pulled Death Metal’s mask to set up a Tackle win. Tackle must’ve replaced someone.
4) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García b Carta Brava Jr. (LLB), Fantasma de la Ópera, Homicida [super libre] Generación XXI, Arena Naucalpan | Sunday Night Lucha (posted by +LuchaTV)
bloody match, win via foul. Homicida replaced Angeluz Fly..
5) Murciélago Plateado Jr. b AramisEl Bandido Generación XXI, Arena Naucalpan | Sunday Night Lucha (posted by +LuchaTV)
money thrown in.
6) Hijo de LA Park & La Park Jr. b Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. Generación XXI, Arena Naucalpan | Sunday Night Lucha (posted by +LuchaTV)
money thrown in.
7) LA Park DRAW Diamante Azul (CMLL) Generación XXI, Arena Naucalpan | Sunday Night Lucha (posted by +LuchaTV)
Match stopped by the commission after three referees were taken out. Mask challenges followed.

This one had a stronger crowd. It streamed live on +LuchaTV. I didn’t watch this – I didn’t watch any wrestling this weekend, which was a nice break until I remembered the 80 matches on my watch later pile – but those who saw it seemed high on fifth & sixth matches.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla show features an apuesta match between two long-time local regulars. Policeman has been at this arena since 2007, King Jaguar has been around Arena Puebla since 2005. Neither man wins a lot but both are cult favorites. This hair match has a two-week build, with Policeman getting the better of it so far.

The actual main event is the odd team of Caristico, Cuatrero, and Sanson against Ephesto, Mephisto, and Volador. Last week started a likely run of increased attendance due to spring holidays. This show should have a good turn out, and it is likely they’ll set up something here to get people back next Monday. It might be another Caristico/Volador match.

Rey Buacnero, Templario, and Shocker (first streaming appearance in a six weeks) face Guerrero Maya, Stigma and Titan the semi-main. Marcela and Metalica meet in a lightning match following the young ruda getting a win last week. They might set up a title match for next week. Magnus & Rey Samuray vs Toro Bill Jr. & Tyson La Besita, who has been horrendous lately. Astro & Asturiano face Espiritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana in the opener. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm and hopefully stay up there for a while.

I picked up extra channels on my cable system to record the missing Puebla show, it turned up anyway, and I decided just to keep it a weekend to see what the small CMLL TV shows were looking like now:

  • “CMLL Guerreros del Ring” on MVS TV (formerly 52MX) is airing matches from Tuesday on a quick turnaround. The 04/20 show aired matches from 04/16. They aired 2/3/6 oddly. Might have been a time issue since 5 was only two falls.
  • “Guerreros del Ring” on MexiCanal is airing matches from Mondays on a longer delay. The 04/20 show aired top 3 matches from 04/08.
  • Teleformula, as best I could tell, is no longer airing CMLL.
  • the Guadalajara show this week aired a repeat

LAS is airing a Lucha Libre show this afternoon. I’ll probably remove the package after.

El Planchitas column talks say Faby Apache may soon be leaving AAA. This seems to stem from her teasing the idea in an interview with the La Tijera Lucha Libre channel, though she’s not definite. There have been rumors of Faby Apache leaving AAA pretty much since her father El Apache passed away two years ago. It hasn’t gone anywhere yet, AAA still seems to be setting up things for her, and she’s on all the upcoming TV. It would not be a surprise if she vanished from AAA given the talk but there’s no outwards sign of it yet.

The column also mentions that Super Porky is no longer on CMLL’s payroll. Paco Alonso had told the promotion to continue paying him despite his injuries. The column says CMLL later found out that Brazo de Plata the operations he was waiting to get for his leg was not medically necessary and he would not be able to return to the ring even if he had it fixed, and decided to no longer pay him. I wonder if this is tied to Brazo de Plata appearing with AAA; he probably wouldn’t risk a CMLL payment by appearing on screen with the rival promotion.

There’s a full AAA show announced for Mazatlan on 06/07. That doesn’t appear to be a TV taping, though it also heavily suggest an 06/07 AAA taping in Saltillo which was announced locally is also not happening. (I’ve taken it off the list.)

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 04/27/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Robin vs Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Black Panther, Drone, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Tiger, Virus to see) Disturbio vs Metálico
5) Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano vs Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr.

Disturbio and Metalico being the lightning match to set up something is odd but beggers can’t be choosers.

CMLL weekend results, Liga de Campeones, Crash

photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 04/20/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sonic b Camorra & Cholo
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Sangre Imperial b Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca, Yago
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Nitro, Olímpico, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Drone, Fuego
rudos took 2/3.
4) Disturbio DRAW Metálico [lightning]
double pin on a Metalico bridging suplex
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Felino, Mephisto, Shocker
tecnicos took 2/3
6) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Carístico b Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV
tecnicos took 2/3

Disturbio and Metalico were unhappy with their draw. I guess there should be shows where all the fall outcomes are the same, just like some matches should end up in draws, but it still looks weird.

CMLL (SUN) 04/21/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Acero & Aéreo
rudos took 1/3
2) Cancerbero, Príncipe Odín Jr., Raziel b Oro Jr., Retro, Súper Astro Jr.
rudos took 1/3
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Magia Blanca, Rey Cometa b Misterioso Jr., Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Audaz b Luciferno [lightning]
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico
NGD took 1/3
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja[Relevos Increíbles]
Los Ingobernables took 1/3, winning cleanly over the Chavez

Audaz wants bigger challengers.

CMLL changed the Tuesday lightning match to Flyer vs Templario to Rey Cometa vs Templario. They’ve changed from a match they ran 7 days before to one they ran all the way 19 days before. CMLL has close to 200 wrestlers under their employ, just a reminder.

05/02 Guardians: Liga de la Campeones

My take on this is that’s a lot of people. I like the idea that they have 10 or 12 people in a match but also need a couple of mystery people to get the numbers up. Steve Pain being on the Battle of Naucalpan show makes a little more sense if he’s also hanging around for Elite the next day. Believe it or not, Ace Austin is the DTU Alto Impacto champion, has been for about a year, hasn’t been in Mexico for eight months, does not appear to be working a DTU show. Maybe later.

LuchaWorld has their latest news update.

Lineups

The Crash (SAT) 05/04/2019 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Baby Xtreme, Christi Jaynes, Danny Limelight vs Dinámico, Lady Flammer, Tiago
2) Torito Negro, Toto, Xperia vs Animal, Demencia, Silver Star [super libre]
3) Jonathan Gresham © vs Black DangerSoberano Jr.Adrian Quest [The Crash CRUISER]
first defense
4) Austin Theory vs MjfRey HorusAdam Brooks [The Crash HEAVY]
first defense
5) Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf © vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [The Crash TAG, #1 Contenders]
6) Penta 0M & Rey Fénix © vs El Bandido & Flamita [The CRASH TAG]
first defense for Lucha Brothers Bandido & Flamita were previous champions who had not lost the titles.

The main event has the tag team champions who were stripped of the tag titles for not being available against the tag team champions who were stripped of the tag titles for not being available (only for The Crash to undo that one.) This is a really good card, and yet one of the questions going into it is who might be permanently not available after it. There’s the possibility this could be the last chance to see the Lucha Brothers with this promotion if AAA can convince them to sign exclusively. Austin Theory might also be WWE bound at any time.

This is a really good card. Hope the people who get to see it enjoy it.

Volador & Ultimo Guerrero advance to Parejas Increible final, faces Cavernario & Titan next week

Halcon Suriano Jr.

CMLL (FRI) 04/19/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLucha CentralMarcaNotimexOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:08. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Tae Honma b Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:33. Tecnicos too k1/3.
3) Rey Cometa b Kawato San [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:02. Cometa won with a 450 splash
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Carístico b Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:15. Tecnicos took 2/3. Rey Bucanero replaced Forastero on Tuesday.
5) Gran Guerrero & Vangellys b Cuatrero, Hechicero, Negro Casas, Templario, Terrible, Último Guerrero [Torneo Increible de Parejas, seeding battle royalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:14.
6) Cuatrero & Místico b Hechicero & Stuka Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:36.
7) Atlantis & Negro Casas b Audaz & Templario [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:31.
8) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Niebla Roja & Terrible [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:23.
9) Rush & Vangellys b Gran Guerrero & Valiente [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:47.
10) Cuatrero & Místico b Atlantis & Negro Casas [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:14.
11) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. DQ Rush & Vangellys [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:28. Rush intentionally dropkicked the refree in the head when Vangellys was getting pinned.
12) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Cuatrero & Místico [Torneo Increible de Parejas, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:10. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador face Titan & Barbaro Cavernario

CMLL promos: Rey Cometa, Atlantis Jr., and the block winners.

Press room interviews: Volador & Utlimo Guerrero (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Caristico (Box Y Lucha), Atlantis Jr. (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Rey Cometa (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV), and the tecnicas (Box Y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Coyote & Grako (+LuchaTV)

This was a weak show. You can watch the first match and maybe the last and not miss a lot in between. The luchadors weren’t really doing much in the tournament and the outcomes were as uninspired. Try again next week.

The women’s match had so many Amapola & Dalys hitting each other spots that I thought CMLL was really doing a surprise ruda/ruda feud. They ignored it after the match and played up Kaho versus Amapola. That’s a harder than usual result to guess, though Kaho growing out her hair may be a red herring.

This weekend’s shows include a Lucha Memes/MDA/Lucha Libre Boom show at Arena Lopez Mateos Saturday. The show is called Clasico, with the concept that these will all be classic style matches. There’s no IWRG show this weekend. Generacion XXI runs at Arena Naucalpan with LA Park vs Diamante Azul as the main event. It is an odd situation where Azul seems not to be cleared to wrestle in CMLL but says he’ll be good for this match. Aramis vs Bandido vs Leon’s Murcielago Plateado Jr. could be the standout match.

Sure reads like Daga was blocked from a match because CMLL thinks he’s an AAA guy. It is odd because it didn’t seem to be happening to Laredo Kid, who has three AAA titles.

05/02 Gladiators at Fronton Mexico

The Cats are representing Elite. Bengala was never in Elite. It took two matches to get there.

As weird as this sounds, I think this might be an Elite led idea. They’re the ones pushing it hard, posting the info first and way into tournaments. They’d need a lot of support from AAA to do it, but AAA isn’t really promoting this beyond RT-ing information posted elsewhere.

05/04 The Crash

Greshman is in Mexico for the Battle of Naucalpan (versus Virus) and this match. That leaves him Thursday and Friday for some sightseeing. It would be nice if he paid a visit to Arena Mexico on Friday but past history has shown CMLL shouldn’t be counted on booking a ROH guy when they’re in Mexico.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 04/26/2019 Arena México
Arena Mexico 63rd Anniversary
1) Sonic & Súper Astro Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Tae Honma vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Valiente vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000
6) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Titán [Tornei Increible de Parejas, final]

Not much going on beyond the tournament final. Mascara 2000 is maybe in the semi-main specifically to avoid doing the rematch again. Kaho/Amapola continues in the second match. Opener includes Sonic’s Friday debut after being with the promotion since 2017.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-04-19

laughable

Recapped: 04/19/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr.
(15:08 [5:50, 2:49, 6:29], 1/3, good)

Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Tae Honma beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(15:33 [6:35, 3:50, 5:08], 1/3 DQ, ok)

Rey Cometa beat Kawato San in a lightning match
(4:02, 450 splash, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Carístico beat Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Sansón
(15:15 [5:26, 3:06, 6:43], 2/3, ok)

The dumb battle royal went 3:14

Cuatrero & Místico beat Hechicero & Stuka Jr. in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(5:36, ok)

Atlantis & Negro Casas beat Audaz & Templario in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:31, ok)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Niebla Roja & Terrible in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(3:23, ok)

Rush & Vangellys beat Gran Guerrero & Valiente in a Torneo Increible de Parejas eighthfinal
(2:47, below average)

Atlantis & Negro Casas beat Cuatrero & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(3:14, below average)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Rush & Vangellys in a Torneo Increible de Parejas quarterfinal
(2:28, DQ, bad)

Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero & Místico in a Torneo Increible de Parejas semifinal
(6:10, ok)

What happened:

Bienvenido a Mexico

Tae Honma made her debut. She was pinned in the third fall by Dalys, but Dalys and Amapola kept hitting each other by mistake while aiming for Kobayashi. Amapola eventually got disqualified for excessive violence on Kobayashi.

Volador & Último Guerrero won the second block and will face Titan and Cavernario next week.

Thoughts:

The tournament is totally skippable, a far cry from last week. There were no surprises and not much action. Rush wrestled twice while actually wrestling not at all. It was still better than what Vangellys was doing. The first round had two different versions of a team falling apart and fighting. (Audaz & Templario waited until after their to fell apart), but the cameras weren’t there to see. Rush decided to dropkick the referee in the face instead of breaking up a pin. Hechicero & Stuka tried a team and the main event had some effort, but it was so to the formula for both winners that it does not give great hope for next week.

The semi-main was a very easy, the técnicos cleanly doing high spots and not much more to it. Villano III Jr. & Atlantis Jr. didn’t look like rookies. That’s an improvement, though it still felt like a stretch to have them this high up. Villano has added some weight, Atlantis is still skinny and slow at the Atlantida.

he was making certain this would connect

Rey Cometa seemed to be annoyed Kawato had forgotten a sequence in the lightning match and decided to end it immediately. I can’t be sure that was his decision, but Kawato definitely forgot whatever he was supposed to in response to the second handspring and that was that. Cometa’s tope looked really cool, but that was mostly because he aimed it directly at Kawato in a way where Kawato’s head was going to break the fall even if he didn’t get his arms up. After a year, they don’t trust Kawato with must and he proved them right not trust him. He needs a fresh start any place else and it is a waste of his time to keep going in CMLL. This is not working at all and no one’s going to get much out of an apuesta with him.

Honma was not good in her first exchange with Amapola. She’s seemed ok the rest of the way but no strong impression. She was small enough that she made Amapola’s spear look great. Kaho had some bad luck with ugly looking shots during the. It didn’t seem to slow her down. Reina Isis was almost too short to do the Sugehit shove off the off spot.

The opener was a great Halcón Suriano showcase we haven’t gotten from him since long ago Stukita days. Grako & Coyote were fine, better than some of the latter mini rudo performances, and that was enough to be a platform for some impressive moments. Even given his height and travel, it is surprising they don’t do more with him. Though maybe not Grako’s flying elbow drop at all could be a clue. They had a lot more action to it than usual, not just from Suriano, and that effort was enough to call it worth checking out.

you take him

CMLL Parejas Increibles Block B tonight

Today’s the second block of the annual Parejas Increibles tournament. Tonight’s tournaments teams

  • Overwhelming favorites: Último Guerrero & Volador Jr.
  • Reasonable alternatives: Niebla Roja & Terrible, Cuatrero & Místico
  • Would be real surprises: Rush & Vangellys, Atlantis & Negro Casas, Gran Guerrero & Valiente, Hechicero & Stuka Jr., and Audaz & Templario

Hechicero versus Stuka Jr. is probably a bigger potential mask match than Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja and putting those two in the final would be a strong way to set it up for September, but CMLL hasn’t seemed interested in pursuing it. Atlantis & Negro Casas is fun in theory but putting Atlantis in a big match with Titan & Cavernario seems unwise. Audaz & Templario would be huge but they’re lucky to even be included. Maybe I’m underrating Rush’s chances but it doesn’t seem like a great fit of the final either. The interesting thing there is Vangellys mentioned on Informa that he was a sub for Diamante Azul, meaning Rush was originally in this tournament as a rudo and now is a tecnico. Valiente’s chances of winning are best summed up by this article which believes he’s teaming with Ultimo Guerrero tonight.

Ultimo Guerrero & Volador were in the final last year, lost, and had a strong match in that final. CMLL could just do that again. Niebla Roja & Terrible is recent apuesta match participants following up their feud, while Cuatrero & Mistico has one rising star in CMLL. It is still strange that star is not Mistico, though a block win here could turn that around a bit.

The rest of the show is not super interesting, but everything looks solid. Hijo del Villano III & Atlantis Jr. resume their matches in the fourth match, with Angel de Oro, Caristico, Rey Bucanero, and Sanson around them. It is unclear if CMLL is going to do anything beyond the tournament final next week. Running the first Hijo del Villano/Atlantis Jr. lightning match would be interesting, though I’m not sure if they’re ready yet.

I am definitely not sure if the people in this week’s lightning match are ready for each other. Rey Cometa will likely be fired up to do exciting things with Japan eyes on his match and always does a lot of dives. He’ll be doing it with Kawato San, infamous for his inability to catch dives or do much of anything cleanly in CMLL. This is going to be a challenge. This is also about the point where the NJPW visitor starts to get in a focused rivalry. A hair versus hair match with Kawato San & Rey Cometa makes as much sense as anything. On the other hand, Rey Cometa has changed his character around to be an undead spirit and may come a lot closer to the gimmick after this match. It is pretty exciting!

Japan’s Tae Honma debuts in the second match, teaming with Princesa Sughiet and Kaho Kobayashi against Amapola, Dalys, and Reyna Isis. I have no idea how good Honma is or will be in Mexico but that lineup seems like they’re hoping for a good match. Miruhon has an article about Honma’s week so far, which includes training at Arena Rey Bucanero.

Coyote & Grako, who need a team since they actually do team up all the time, face Arkalis & Halcon Suriano Jr. in the opener. The former Stukita seems to take a lot of his own bookings and so isn’t featured much by CMLL. This is his first Friday night match since December 14th. The four guys in the opener are capable of a good match, but just have to put it together.

CMLL airs on Marca and Facebook and I’ll stream it on YouTube as well.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

The FILLM show for tomorrow in Arena San Juan, with an NGD trios title defense, has been canceled due to family reasons.

05/04 The Crash

AAA has a TV taping in San Luis Potosi on 07/03. Taya is on the poster, though something this early doesn’t mean much. Also, there’s a Monterrey TV taping coming up in June, but they’ve made a bizarre choice to remove the day it is happening from the poster. You can see the top of either a 2 or a 9 right below the Domingo. Maybe it’s changing, maybe lucha libre is just weird.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

The latest in the Fantasma losing his gym story is he and friends blocked traffic to force a meeting, but still didn’t get to see the mayor. It may happen next week. Fantasma says he doesn’t want the space back, just people to be the general vengeance of seeing someone pay legally.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 04/23/2019 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Flyer vs Templario [lightning]
5) Audaz, Blue Panther, Kráneo vs Rey Bucanero, Sansón, Shocker
6) Carístico, Rush, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Caristico/Ultimo Guerrero as the Arena Mexico 04/30 main event? A trios title match with a very odd team? A random cibernetico?

Flyer/Templario just happened two weeks ago. (I just watched it this week.) It was fine. It probably shouldn’t be happening again.

How to Watch AAA

(maybe a series? trying to figure out how to make this work)

Actually Doing It:

TWITCH

AAA streams live events on Twitch on an irregular schedule. All live shows are free with commercial breaks. Those can happen during matches. A $5/month subscription will give you a commercial-free version and VOD capabilities.

There are separate Spanish and English language channels. Both channels now broadcast every live event. The Spanish feed broadcasts a never-ending stream of old AAA TV episodes along with new interview shows. The English channel is dormant between events.

There is no set schedule for AAA events. They will vary in frequency, day of the week, and start time. AAA will mention the show dates among many other dates on their social media. I have also started a Twitter account (@aaanextshow) that focuses only on AAA streams.

If you pay for Amazon Prime, there is a (complicated) process to get VOD free for a Twitch channel of your choice. It could be either AAA one, though not both. The free subscription lasts for 30 days and does not auto-renew. You can change channels, or even just want until the next time you want to see VOD free.

YouTube

AAA also posts an episode of their show on YouTube every Sunday afternoon. It includes three or four matches and a or two vignette. These occasionally include vignettes not aired live. The matches are also uploaded individually thru the week and classic matches may also be added.

The YouTube show is always well behind the Twitch live stream. It is a minimum of a three-way delay but can length greatly when AAA has a lot of live events in a short time. Some matches may also be cut out. The entrance music is also dubbed over on YouTube.

PlutoTV

An AAA stream airs on Pluto TV Channel 218. This airs old episodes of AAA TV similar to the Twitch stream, though they show different episodes at different times. It does not show live events.

Worldwide TV

If you live outside of Mexico, you can not currently watch AAA on your TV. It is not on Galavision in the US and has not been for many years. It is not on any other US network. There are no alternative cable services which provide AAA in the US or outside of Mexico.

Mexico TV

AAA airs on three networks in Mexico

  • Azteca7: Friday afternoons at 4:30 pm CT
  • Space: Friday evenings at 6:30 pm CT
  • Multimedios: Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm CT

AAA staggers the TV episodes, so each channel is getting a different show each week. Matches will generally air on Azteca7 the first week, Space the following week, and Multimedios (& YouTube) the third week.

WATCH GUIDE

  • Following AAA storylines is double edge swords. AAA expects you to remember everything that happened and also forget everything when they do too. You need a lot of forgiveness or little investment.
  • no matter what is hyped, the only match guaranteed to actually happen is the main event at TripleMania and even that is only after they’ve done a public contract signing
  • There will be giant evil groups formed. Those first shows will be fun. There will be many more shows. The group will wither away without the good guys doing anything. Accept that going in.
  • Titles are very important when they’re on screen and might as well not exist when they’re off-screen. Personal feuds take precedence.
  • AAA does spotfests and hardcore matches very well. They have no interest in technical matches. They do encourage everyone to have the best match they possibly can, which means the openers are sometimes the best matches for the disregard of their own safety. The older wrestlers, who have much more regard and much less mobility, are usually in the main events and those can be a drag.
  • the underlining theme of AAA is to get the crowd to react. If that is done with a cool move or a satisfying finish, great. If they can accomplish it by a referee refusing to count, that works for them just as well. AAA covets having an internet/worldwide fan base but the product is almost all directed at the live audience. They’re going with what works for those folks and the rest of us are along for the ride.

CMLL relationships, Garza/WWE, LU/UK

Today’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter reveals Sofia Alonso and Cuatrero are a couple. The news is new but the relationship is not; they’ve been together for quite a while. Alonso attended the most recent The Crash show which included Cuatrero, which seemed like a bad move if they wanted to continue to keep the relationship secret. It is not meant to be public knowledge and it is unclear how much of CMLL knew this before now. I assume many did because it had gotten to me, but they didn’t want it out for the obvious drama reasons. The section also mentions Forastero and Ultimo Guerrero’s daughter are together.

Lucha Memes posted a video of a Diamante Azul promo, saying he will still be facing LA Park at the Generacion XXI show this Sunday at Arena Naucalpan. I’m not sure how a Diamante Azul who’s too hurt to wrestle in CMLL is going to handle wrestle LA Park but I’m not the target audience for Diamante Azul matches at this point anyway. Maybe it’ll be fine for those who want to see him.

El Planchitas says that, after a month, CMLL and Televisa are having issues. Televisa isn’t happy with the ratings and wants CMLL to modernize the product. Planchitas track record of late has been questionable but this story is easily believable. I never know what “modernize” means (and I’m not all that sure Televisa does either), only that CMLL wasn’t interested in doing it prior and that lead to CMLL leaving last time. CMLL & Televisa need something out of the ring on those shows to introduce the wrestlers to new fans and make them more distinguishable. They’re just rolling out edited matches and expecting people to care because lucha libre, and that is only going to hook people who were already interested in lucha libre.

CMLL took out the offending music from Monday’s stream, so it is back working. I’ve had this music issue come up plenty of times and it is not a hard process to fix. There’s a button with the video on YouTube itself that will remove the song from the audio track of the video. It can take about 15 minutes and works about 95% of the time. Just finding the button and knowing to do it is the tough part. AAA’s stream on Twitch runs into the same problems but Twitch seems like it just automatically strips out the offending songs, which would be ideal for most YouTube people.

Garza Jr. was officially announced as starting with WWE yesterday. He’s been in Orlando a few weeks. He did a video promo mostly in English, which was fine if having room to improve. As has been seen time after time, Mexican wrestlers will only go as far in WWE as WWE has confidence in them speaking English before a live crowd. It shouldn’t be that way but that the situation it is, and anyone who wants to follow Garza’s path would be wise to make the same efforts to learn English. With Garza signed, there’s no obvious next guy to go WWE – maybe Fantasma? Probably not Dragon Bane right now. All we should be sure of is there probably will be more WWE signings as they continue to sign everyone.

El Fantasma had a rented a building to be a gym next to his Mexico City lucha libre commission. On Wednesday, Fantasma found all the gym equipment on the sidewalk and outside of the building. He’d apparently been evicted without being told. Fantasma said he had been in the building 11 years and had not yet paid the previous month’s rent but was good until then. The building is owned by the mayor of Venustiano Carranza borough, and Fantasma accused him of being up to something. This was covered with more intensity than anything Fantasma has done as lucha libre commissioner in a long time. I had not heard of this gym before this came up but The Gladiatores has photos of what it looked like intact.

Nothing big on Keepin in 100 this week, though there’s an interesting development if you’re reading between the lines. Maybe overreading. This takes a lot of explaining though. Konnan, with not much setup, asked if it was a good idea to have someone suffering from Alzheimer’s as an announcer. There was also hinting around about a particular Konnan Twitter post from earlier this week. Everyone was very careful to keep it vague enough for plausible deniability but it is not hard to figure out they were talking about Vampiro’s recent social media. A week ago, Vampiro posted on Facebook that he has the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. It is critical to understand that Vampiro is to dramatic posts on Facebook what models are to carefully composed photos on Instagram. It is their bit and is never the full picture. Vampiro likely didn’t expect it to get picked up as a news story and has spent the last few days trying to put the genie back in the bottle in Facebook videos and Twitter posts. That hasn’t quite worked so now he’s trying to launch a YouTube channel about healthy living. Whatever works for him, and none of this was worth writing about until it affected the actual product. That may be happening now. Konnan seems skeptical of the entire story but also of having Vampiro in his current role. Additionally, there’s a discussion of an (English speaking) announce that Kevin Kleinrock apparently recommended – I believe it was Joe Dombrowski – and Konnan seemed to think was good. (Dombrowski was on the Masked Republic PPV show and was good there.) If you put 2 and 2 together, there’s seems to be a discussion about replacing Vampiro as English announcer. It does not seem a definite thing if they’re just hinting about it.

Aside: If AAA (or the Mexico City Lucha Libre Commission) believe Vampiro is telling the truth and he does have the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, can they allow him to wrestle Konnan at TripleMania? I’m not a doctor, I have no real idea if they can do it in a safe way or if they’re risking making it much worse. The obvious comparison is WWE’s Daniel Bryan, who was not allowed in the ring until he could show the wound on his brain had improved. (He credited cryogenic therapy for it, something Vampiro has mentioned as trying now.) Healthy/safety standards are so much less in Mexico that I’m sure it’ll happen if Vampiro wants to wrestle, but I hope someone’s asking questions.

Getting back to the podcast, Konnan mentions the Guardians concept includes the winners of each weight divisions defending the titles back in their home promotions and the possibility of it getting picked up as a full-time thing. I know we are all looking forward to seeing these belts defended on Elite and AroLucha shows. Those shows finally have a match announced:

  • LA Park (ELITE) vs Pagano (AAA) vs Fatu (MLW) vs Taurus (AroLucha) in the heavyweight division

I assume that is part of a tournament and not the final. Maybe five weeks means four first-round matches and a four-way final, along the lines of the Rey de Reyes format?

Lucha Underground, seasons 1 thru 3, have popped up on Amazon’s MGM VOD service in the UK. It’s part of a $4.49 Euros ($5 USD) month subscription. It is not available in the US. I assume everyone who wanted to see the show has found a way to see the show, but that’s still a pretty good price.

05/04 The Crash

WON believes this might Fenix & Penta’s last show for The Crash, which sounds like great news for Mexablood. WON also mentions Flamita’s performance on the Impact show was impressive enough that Impact may end up signing him.

Fightful talks to Drago about his mask.

SuperLuchas looks back at the Dark Angel vs Amapola mask match.

LuchaTalk has a new episode.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/22/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana
2) Magnus & Rey Samuray vs Toro Bill Jr. & Tyson La Bestia
3) Marcela vs Metálico [lightning]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Templario
5) King Jaguar vs Policeman [hair]
6) Carístico, Cuatrero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Maybe they’re running Caristico versus Volador for the Kid’s Day Even show? it is always Volador.

Neither King Jaguar nor Policeman have won a singles match in Arena Puebla in a decade. Both are near the end of their careers. This show should be a draw but it is hard to figure out why they would do this feud unless the winner is losing their hair later (on July’s Arena Puebla Anniversary show?) or unless an old favorite is being given a payoff. King Jaguar got beat up this past week so he’s the favorite.

Marcela & Metalica are both champions and maybe one of them defends a title next week.

The second match is one Tyson la Bestia away from being interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 04/23/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico, Fugaz, Mr. Samurai vs Mr. Trueno, Paymon, Rey Trueno
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante vs Difunto, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) La Guerrera, Lluvia, Tae Honma vs Dalys, La Comandante, Metálico
4) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Terrible
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

The women don’t often make TV here but do with Honam in for the moment. Sanson is apparently seperated from his brothers for the moment.

great match roundup, week of 2019-03-30

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

This was a strange week where the Tuesday CMLL show was the best one. I really liked the trios title preview. It was also good that the AAA Tijuana taping had the weird locals match to make it memorable. There were other matches but it blends in with a lot of tapings this first third of the year.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
good Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
good Rey Cometa vs Templario in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
good Black Destiny vs Genio del AireDrakeJonathanRayo StarFantastik  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Rayo Star vs Fantastik vs Drake vs Genio del Aire vs Jonathan vs BlackDestiny | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
good Drago © vs Hijo Del VikingoMyzteziz Jr.AerostarArgenis for the AAA Latin American Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Argenis vs Myztezis jr vs Hijo del Vikingo vs Aero Star vs Drago | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
good La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | VillanoIIIJr, LadyMaravilla & Keyra vs LaHiedra, Lady Shani & Niño Hamburguesa | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
good Hechicero vs Felino in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Lluvia, Marcela, Sanely vs Dalys, La Magnifica, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
ok Esfinge, Flyer, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Olímpico, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
ok Carístico, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero vs Euforia, Mephisto, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
ok Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Maximo, Mamba & Pimpinela vs Averno, Super Fly & ChessMan | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Joe Lider & Pagano vs La Máscara & Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | Joe Lider & Pagano vs La Mascara & Texano Jr | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr. & Rey Escorpión in a cage match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) | #EMWPromociones | PsycoClown & Dr. Wagner Jr vs BlueDemon Jr & Rey Escorpión | Lucha en Jaula | (posted by Arena Clandestina) AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Magnus & Robin vs Metálico & Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
ok Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
below average Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-04-05 2019-04-05
bad Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin vs El Perverso, Policeman, Tyson La Bestia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE ABRIL DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-01 2019-04-01
not rated Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
not rated Metatrón, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02
not rated Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Kawato San, Nitro, Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ABRIL DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-02 2019-04-02

This was also WrestleMania weekend, so how about a detailed yet unthoughtful list of rating for stuff I saw live, as best I can remember two weeks later.

04/04 Mark Hitchock WrestleCon Supershow:

  • Masato Tanaka vs Eddie Kingston: good
  • Rey Fenix vs Pentagon Jr: great
  • Tajiri, DJZ, Puma King, Samantha Heights vs Sammy Guevera, Santana, Ortiz, Diamante: good
  • Robbie Eagles vs Arez vs Flamita: good
  • Jushin Liger, X-Pac, Hurricane Helms vs Caleb Konley, Zane Riley, Jake Manning: ok
  • Dragon Lee vs Cavernario: great
  • Zach Sabre Jr. vs Shane Strickland: good
  • SCU vs Orange Cassidy & Best Friends: good
  • Will Ospreay vs Bandido: great

(favorite match: Dragon Lee/Cavernario)

04/04 AIW
(from where I got there)

  • Shinjiro Otani vs Eddie Kingston: good
  • Scott Steiner vs Swoggle: OK
  • Eddie Page & MJF vs Colt Cabana & Space Monkey: OK? good? do not trust my memory of it, delivered exactly what you’d think
  • Mance Wagner vs Nick Gage: good? not my thing?
  • PB Smooth vs Tom Lawlor vs Tim Donst vs Matthew Justice: good

(favorite match: Otani/Kingston)

04/05 US vs the World

  • Brian Pillam Jr. vs Emil Sitoci: ok?
  • Ethan Page vs MJF: ok?
  • Daga vs David Starr: great
  • Darby Allin vs Black Taurus: good
  • Jiro vs Rich Swann: good
  • Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, Zachary Wentz vs Adam Brooks, Australian Suicide, Robbie Eagles: great
  • Hart Foundation vs LAX: below average
  • Puma King vs Sammy Guevera: ok – crowd was so cold that it hurt the enjoyment of the match
  • Brian Cage vs Masato Tanaka: good? have no memory of

04/05 RevPro

  • Jonathan Greshman/Chris Brooks vs Alex Coughlin/Karl Fredericks: good/great borderline
  • A-Kid vs Carlos Romo vs Kid Lykos vs Flamita: good
  • Brian Cage vs Michael Oku: good but too long
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi/Willy Ospreay vs Minoru Suzuki/Zack Sabre Jr: great
  • Rocky Romero vs Ryussuke Taguchi: OK? So loooong.
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs David Starr: have no memory of, good?
  • RPG3 vs Aussie Open: not good enough to stop me from leaving early

04/05 NXT

  • Street Profits vs Fabian Aichner & Marcela Barthel: missed most of it
  • Jaxson Ryker vs Danny Burch: initially confused why the bald Euro guy was in two straight matches, OK I guess
  • Candice LeRae vs Aliyah: shaky enough that I thought they would cut it from TV
  • War Raiders vs Aleister Black & Ricochet: great
  • Velveteen Dream vs Matt Riddle: great
  • Watler vs Pete Dunne: great
  • Shayna Baszler vs Io Shirai, Biana Belair, Kairi Sane: good
  • Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole: excellent
    • (I left my seat before Ciampa came out, am dumb)

04/06 Pancakes & Piledrivers
(wandered in during the show with no one checking me for a ticket, so good value)

  • Hoss Fight: seemed good while I was talking to people
  • Ricky Shane Page vs Tessa Blanchard: seemed good while I was talking to people
  • oVe vs Joe Gacy, Eddie Kingston, Shane Strickland: did not seem good while I was talking to people

04/06 NJPW/ROH

  • Kagetsu, Jenny Rose, Hazuka vs Hana Kimura, Stella Grey, Sumie Sakai: ate a pizza and checked Twitter during most of this. Sumie wore Kamaitachi gear so this is “good”
  • Honor Rumble: OK
  • Jeff Cobb vs Will Ospreay: great
  • Rush vs Dalton Castle: good
  • Kelly Klein vs Mayu Iwatani: went on a journey including looking for a nacho bar that turned out to be closed, sounds like I had the better experience?
  • Flip Gordon, Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins vs Bully Ray, Shane Taylor, Silas Young: OK, too long.
  • Dragon Lee vs Taiji Ishimori vs Bandido: excellent, “that’s not a real move”
  • the four-way tag match: OK? actually “good” for PCO’s latest death
  • Zach Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: technically good but it did move my heart
  • Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito: great, so so close to being excellent
  • Matt Taven vs Jay Lethal vs Marty Scurll: great, did not feel long to me and maybe only me
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White: great

AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05

Pagano

Recapped: 04/11/2019

All matches aired from Auditorio de Tijuana.

Matches:

Black Destiny beat Genio del Aire, Drake, Jonathan, Rayo Star, Fantastik
(9:55, Black Destiny Spanish Fly Drake, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Drago © beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr., Aerostar, Argenis to retain the AAA Latin American Championship
(9:21, Drago Dragon’s Tail cradle on Argenis, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr. beat La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa
(11:20, Keyra cradle Lady Shani, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(13:50, Pimpinela cradle Super Fly, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara & Texano Jr. beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(13:45, Texano/La Mascara wheeelbarrow frontcracker Joe Lider, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon Jr. & Rey Escorpión in a cage match
(15:33, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

  • 9:35 Psycho Clown escapes

  • 11:18 Rey Escorpión escapes

  • 15:33 Dr. Wagner Jr. escapes

What happened:

the power of Hamburguesa

Dr. Wagner Jr. escaped the cage by unmasking Blue Demon Jr. as they were both sitting on top of the cage.

La Hiedra escorts La Mascara to the ring. She is the newest member of Los Mercenarios and gets involved with the match many times.

La Hiedra seems unhappy about being a tecnica before the match, with the rudas trying to convince her to come over to their side. She plays fair most of the match, but pushes Niño Hamburguesa off the top rope when he hesitates after a Maravilla distraction. Hiedra cuts a promo upset about being booked on a tecnica side, she’s a ruda. V3 seems thrilled with these events and escorts her to the back. Niño Hamburgesa carries Lady Maravilla to the back again, which seemed to surprise Keyra. Keep up with the show, Keyra!

Thoughts:

Myzteziz

AAA spent 20 minutes setting up a cage and then all these guys in the main event just to decide to brawl outside off the ring. It didn’t last too long but it was still dumb. Otherwise, it was like most lucha cage matches, with lots of brawling and the rudos destroying the técnicos for an exhaustingly long time until they made a mistake with a whip. The cage bit added little to the match and felt unnecessary after just doing the same bit on the last show. They even did a very similar powerbomb spot to set up Psycho Clown’s escape. Demon had some good punches. Psycho and Escorpión fought strongly enough that I’m looking forward to their singles match. It still felt like a long match. The only interesting thing here is how Wagner cheated and was loudly booed for it. Blue Demon was the cheered one last time out too. Maybe they’re heading to TripleMania with both men cheered or Demon being the face.

Los Mercenarios had a trademark average match, keeping up with Pagano’s messy brawling while not really creating much to remember themselves. La Hiedra seemed alright as a second, probably will get better with more time, shouldn’t have been laid on in her first match in the role but it doesn’t matter. This was a CMLL midcard match that I will never remember.

The exoticos worked hard in their match. It just didn’t connect much with me. The crowd seemed to enjoy it and there was a lot of life to it, it just seemed like the same standard match we’ve seen before with a few more dives. It is good to have (seemingly) escaped the La Mascara/Maximo feud but these only really work as buffer matches. It would’ve been much better placed as the second match on the card.

fun for all

The tercera could’ve been a little bit shorter; it was a long way to go for a partner betraying her team finish. The action still seemed good enough. Lady Shani showed a little more personality than usual and Hiedra adapted fine to the tecnica side. Most of the rest was the usual Lady Maravilla/Nino Hamburguesa story but it developed better than some of the recent matches.

The biggest problem for the second match is it followed the first match. This was the better of two multi-man matches, but having them back to back dulled the impact. There’s only so long you can see two people do moves and a third person rush in to do their move next. I thought the luchadors in this looked better, with Hijo del Vikingo & Myzteziz working as opponents better than I would’ve expected and they peaked the match towards the end a lot better. It still all sort of blended together.

The opener was the usual collection of non-stop moves. It suffered a bit because the action never rose or fell, it just kept going at the same level for ten minutes. Keeping it going seemed more important than what was going on, with the key being to roll out of the way so the next two guys could do their moves more than the moves. That’s not to bury the match but it was a limitation of it. This had a lot of GIF-able moments but wasn’t much deeper than that. Drake fit in fine despite probably never working with these other five before. The only spot of his that went wrong was his dive, and that was more Genio del Aire not being in the spot. Despite that, I still thought Genio del Aire looked the best in this match and should be a regular on non-Tijuana shows. Black Destiny seems to have gained weight, though it didn’t affect his offense.