CMLL preview, AAA pilimigrance, IWRG 09/04 card

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CMLL hasn’t sent out a preview of today’s show, which is just about right. They were busy with the photo exhibit openings around the country, and tonight’s Arena Mexico show is a bit of an afterthought after that and with the anniversary show next week. The main event is a special match on paper, with Caristico & Mistico teaming together with Dragon Lee against La Mascara, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero, but it’s more likely to be a 9 minute sprint with mask pulling and fouls to build up next week. (Plus, Caristico didn’t look 100% in Japan, and Negro Casas isn’t a sure bet.)

The fourth match is also just there to be a setup for next week, with Super Crazy, Sharlie Rockstar, Golden Magic taking on Rey Bucanero, Gran Guerrero and Euforia. Outside the feud, Golden Magic has better rudos to face than he’s gotten previously, but the interesting thing to watch is how Elite is mentioned. This feud has been pushed as CMLL vs Elite for the last few weeks, so Elite should still be mentioned unless something’s going on. (Elite’s Twitter turned up Thursday just to say there’s no show this week, as if this was news when the week was mostly gone, but reassured their TV would still air this week.)

For what it’s worth, Teddy Hart is apparently out of Elite (at their choice), and was telling people he was going to get into one of the other Mexican promotions. He lasted three matches, two more than anyone would’ve figured.

The other matches are just matches. There’s some worthwhile stuff in them. Los Ingobernables? (Pierroth, Rey Escorpion & Rush) take on Maximo, Shocker and Terrible in a weird match. Soberano Jr. and Hechicero meet in the lightning match, their first match since En Busca de un Idolo. Fujin, Okumura, and Raijin continue their quiet war against the Panthers, with Fuego taking the place of Blue Sr. The opener is Sensei & Starman versus Disturbio & Sangre Azteca, so at least Disturbio will wear something weird.

CultIcon has a preview of the show.

The show airs today at 8:30pm CT. It will return to ClaroSports and will also air on NJPW World for IPs showing up as in Japan. There are reasons, but it’s strange to realize that both CMLL and AAA are much more actively marketing in Japanese than in English. AAA has a Japanese Twitter account that will post results and NJPW covers CMLL shows. At this point, NJPW is not covering the Anniversary show with video; no CMLL shows are listed on their NJPW World schedule for September as of yet. SamuraiTV might have an exclusive on it. They’re airing the last few Anniversary shows before showing this year’s one in a couple of weeks.

It’s good for CMLL to be back on ClaroSports – they make money off that deal – but I so much love YouTube better. It’s easier to get it on my TV and it’s possible to go back and watch later. It’s not especially clear if Friday shows are supposed to be available after the fact (last Fridays was pulled down, the week before is still up there), but it’s a much better experience.

I think I may not be around for this one? I have like three sets of plans and didn’t get back to people in a timely matter, so I have no idea. I am poor at time management this week (which is why the AAA & Elite recaps aren’t up.)

CMLL changed Sunday’s poster, but none of the tickets. It’s just the prices, with the closest seats going up 20-30 pesos. (Here’s the original. Here’s the new.) It also looks like they’re opening up more areas, so I guess they expect the trios title match and Niebla/Maximo to draw.

AAA’s annual pilimigrance was yesterday. I’m told Fenix was there, though I could not find a photo of him. That would suggest he’s good to go for TripleMania. I did find a photo of the mysterious Chiva and someone I can’t even recognize.

During the day, Lady Shani posted a photo with Taya accompanied by a nice note about how much Taya’s helped her, with Shani it’ll be tough when Taya’s gone. Taya’s repeatedly said she’s not actually leaving AAA, just commuting from Los Angeles rather than Mexico City, but R de Rudo isn’t buying it. I tend to believe Taya, but have doubts AAA is going to use people as much when they have to fly someone in. Cage is used on some of the tapings, not all of them, a guy like Mundo is used even less, and both are treated as bigger deals in AAA than Taya. (Which is more AAA dropping the ball on Taya than Taya’s fault at this point.)

El Economista has an article on an AAA business development, as they often do. This one is about the deal with Panini for the sticker albums. Panini says they were looking to expand their line of albums, and have been surprised about how many of their distributors around the world were interested in an AAA line. For now, the 200 sticker album is only available in Mexico, but they’re working on other countries. The album will be sold until December, they’re hoping to make an annual thing, they don’t have a specific date for the next edition, but they plan to do it strategically. Maybe bet on an annual TripleMania schedule. I wonder if they can be released in US – if there’s some Lucha Underground deal that might preclude it.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Atomic Star
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, Baby Star Jr.
Black Terry says he’ll announce someone who hasn’t ever been in one of these before tomorrow.

Segunda Caida has a quick review of the Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor super libre match.

CultIcon writes about Antonio Pena.

Texano agrees with me that Dr. Wagner Jr. is not to be trusted.

Justiciero is back at home after two weeks in the hospital. He had surgery on August 11th for fluid on his lungs and has been recovering since; they’re still trying to figure out the cause.

Skayde won the GALLI championship in Mexico City on Saturday.

The Gladiatores has interviews of Chicano and Pantera I, who wanted a mask match with Imposible on the already announced 09/04 show.

There’s may be a CMLL tie up with a Mexico City 10K run in October (or they’re just doing a homage.)

Mil Mascaras faces Nosawa on 11/28 in Korakuen Hall. This was a change after Terry Funk said he was unable to be involved.

Lineups

Cara Lucha (SAT) 09/03/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Fiero, La Jarochita, Tiago vs Fly Star, Keira, Toxin
2) Pardus vs Maldad
3) Toro Negro Jr. vs Danger
4) Guerrero Mixtico vs Black Terry vs Heddi Karaoui
5) Herodes Jr. & Mocho Cota Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
6) Hechicero & Máscara Dorada vs Ángel Blanco Jr. & Flamita

Mascara Dorada & Flamita has been previously announced for that show. Angel Blanco Jr. is in from the Santo shows; CaraLucha reps were at the Crash, so there may be some tieup there. A bit surprising to get Herodes & Mocha Cota on the same show as CMLL guys, but maybe they’re not counted as AAA guys to someone. Toro Negro/Danger was set up on the last show.

Cara Lucha’s schedule has been a bit ragged of late. If they continue running every two weeks, the next show would be on the 17th, the day after CMLL’s mystery show.

IWRG (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Diosa Atenea, Dragón Fly vs Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Lilith Dark, Skanda
2) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Pantera I vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Hanaoka, Hip Hop Man, Killer Jr., Yakuza
4) Heddi Karaoui © vs Imposible [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
second defense, first since August
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Trauma II vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Toscano and Herodes Jr. & Mr. Electro and Chicano & Veneno [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders]
6) Canis Lupus vs Trauma I [mask]
Canis Lupus’ second will be Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro will be Trauma I’s second.

We knew about the mask already. The tag four way has four teams who are not regular teams, so good on that. Imposible does indeed get his middleweight shot. If he wins, they should’ve waited for him to vacate the title until he won (or at least he got the match.) If he loses, everything is dumb. Should be a fine time. This is a very loaded card for a show with pretty much only IWRG regulars.

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 26th

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CMLL is back on ClaroSports Friday night.

AAA is the final build to TripleMania, the cage match should air, and maybe the other matches that lead into TripleMania. Or not.

Elite should have Dragon Lee vs Flamita, and maybe useful info on Elite.

I’m not sure if the Sunday IWRG show airs, since it’s not really an IWRG show.

Super Porky update, IWRG & Guadalajara update

CMLL (TUE) 08/23/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Furia Roja & Ráfaga b El Divino & Neutrón
Rudos took 2/3
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Fuego replaced Stuka (moved to Arena Mexico.)
4) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys b Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico
Rudos took 2/3, Negro Casas beating Dragon Lee and challenging for a title match afterwards.

CMLL hasn’t had a (super) lightweight championship for as long as the other time, and it’s been inactive or outside of Mexico for a large chunk of that time. Similar deal with the national lightweight title, which is now treated as a mini championship. Negro Casas has usually challenged for Welterweight titles since leaving the UWA in the early 90s. Negro Casas’ last known challenge for a lightweight championship is December 1984.

IWRG (WED) 08/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Fly Tiger b Keiser Drago
2) Cadilac & Shadow Boy b Rosario Negro & Viajero Extremo
3) Astro, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije b Hanaoka, Skanda, Yakuza
4) Black Terry, Emperador Azteca, Veneno b Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Judas el Traidor
5) Dragón Fly b Hip Hop Man © [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
Dragon Fly won the championship, taking falls 1/3. Hip Hop man falls on his third (?) defense, and appeared to have a shoulder injury after armbar Dragon Fly used to win.

Last night’s CMLL Informa included strange but true tales of Pierroth’s parenting, and also snuck in an explaination of Super Porky’s situation. He has a femur injury, but can’t get the surgery until he loses weight, and is 2-3 weeks away from the doctors deciding if they can have that surgery. Maximo says they’ll be running a benefit show. It’s a sad situation for a guy who’s been a headliner for three decades needs a benefit show for a health issue. It also suggests that Porky was being put on shows so he could make enough money to pay for his medical bills, only someone would later decide he wasn’t medically clear to go out there. (It also means he might be wrestling on small shows, which are less likely to stop him from working.) LuchaWorld has a full recap of the show in today’s news update.

CMLL luchadors are doing autograph signing to promote the opening of the CMLL photogallerys at Liverpool stores across Mexico.

AAA’s annual pilgrimage was today. The group photo seems much smaller than usual; most of the main eventers aren’t there. Ludxor noted (complained) it was mandatory participation in some of his post-AAA interviews, and perhaps that’s been changed. Edit: or maybe that’s just an early photo, since I see newer photos of more people there.

AAA also officially announced their deal with Panini for an album of stickers. They say it’s available today at newspaper stands.

RIOT Riotmon on 09/10 in Arena LLF
1: Mascara Dorada vs Ultimo Ninja
2: Los Delicuentes (Galactor & Furor) vs Larry Miranda & Dulce Kanela
3: Black Terry vs Alberto Dos Rios

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon Fly + 5 more
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, Tekilita + 5 more

Lucha Memes also announced a 10/30 show in Xalapa (Chairos 2 Xalapa)
1: Maximo vs Demasiado, hair versus hair

A new group (?) named Lucha Titanes says they’re bringing CMLL stars to Arena Naucalpan on 10/30.

LuchaWorld has an interview with Nicho el Millionario, which includes important information about his upcoming plans that I’m not going to give away in this line of text.

LigerFever has a recap of the latest Podcast BOOM, talking about AAA & Monterrey. AAA agreed to work Multimedios to promote the Heroes Inmortales card on the condition Konnan stay out of it. Konnan got involved anyway. They won’t get the card until after TripleMania.

Cross Armbreaker reviews Black Warrior vs Shocker in 1999, El Dandy vs Javier Llanes in 1994 and La Fiera vs Emilio Charles Jr. in 1994.

CultIcon compares AAA and CMLL and previews TripleMania.

Plantilla Deportiva talks to Valiente about the trios title match on the Anniversario show.

Televisa’s Somos Fans did a segment on Pentagon Jr.’s story last night (but it’s region blocked from the US.)

Taurus says he’s going to win Copa TripleMania and then the Megachampionship. A Texano/Taurus match would be very fun.

Apolo Valdes previews TripleMania.

AAA previews the Cage vs Dr. Wagner vs Texano heavyweight championship match.

Black Terry Jr. looks back at the Apaches last high profile match against men, their 2011 match with Los Traumas.

Nayarit luchador Marakame retired. Apparently, he had a big feud with Super Calo back in the day.

Brian Cage, meeting fans.

Volador/UG, lucha cage match ends in typical fashion

Titanics
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MDA (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [+LuchaTV, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Dulce Kanela & Erika Sotelo b Larry Miranda Jr. & Sexy Piscis
2) Extreme Boy, Gemelo Muerte, Tekilita b Chamaco Gurrola, Quinto Elemento, Última Sombra
3) Antifaz & Mr. Elektro b Bestia 666 & X-Fly
Scheduled as Ángel de Oro, Mr. Elektro, Sharly Rockstar vs Bestia 666, Hijo de LA Park, X-Fly with some people moved up to the next match (and Sharly double booked in CMLL.)
4) Hijo de LA Park, La Máscara, Silver King b Ángel de Oro, Mistico II, Pierroth
5) Tekilita L Ninja Jr., Epydemius, Obsesión, Galactar, Mini Hator, Delta, Lince De Oro, Tormento, Mini Difunto, Chamaco Gurrola [cage, mask, hair]
In a typical lucha fraud, Tekilta and Chamaco Gurrola were added to the match at the last minute and ended up being the last two in. Chamaco beat Tekilita for his hair, instead anyone who was advertised in this match.
6) Caifan, Canek, Rush DQ Atlantis, Dos Caras Sr., LA Park
CMLL referee Edgar worked this match. Canek blatantly unmasked Dos Caras after a match where neither man looked good.

It rained very badly in Monterrey, a storm back enough that it affected the show. Arena Coliseo Monterrey’s roof must not be so good, because parts of the building had water and the ring and the area around it was wet by the end of the show, which affected the last couple of matches.

CMLL (TUE) 08/23/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Bengala & Leono b Akuma & Artillero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:15. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:38. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:45. Tencicas took 1/3.
4) Stuka Jr. b Ripper [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:10. Stuka won with the torpedo splash. Stuka replaced Blue Panther Tuesday morning.
5) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán b Bobby Z, Morphosis, Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:16. Tecnicos took 2/3. Blue Panther replaced Super Porky on Tuesday morning.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero DQ Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:20. Rudos took 1/2, UG faking a foul from Volador, setting up another singles match between the two.

This is the exact same way they set up the last Volador/UG match in the building. Creativity is not a strong suit.

Tonight’s IWRG show has the Hip Hop Man/Dragon Fly title match.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk

If you mess around with El Rey’s schedule, it looks like they’ll be reairing the entire Ultima Lucha 2 episodes prior to the Season 3 debut. No full season replay unless it’s added later on.

Caristico will appear on the 10/16 Lucha Libre Boom/DTU show at Arena Naucalpan.

Pentagon Jr. says he will not allow Johnny Mundo’s nonsense cheating in their match.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

Pagano talks about his match with Psycho Clown.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor from 08/03/16.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/30/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Pólvora vs Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Máscara Dorada
6) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

This match just happened in Puebla. It was pretty good, until it ended in DQ. These two have now had about a dozen singles matches, usually with one or the other holding a title, and every single match has been non-title. That’s a little odd.

Dragon Rojo & Guerrero Maya are at it again in the semimain. Fourth match teases Virus vs Blue panther. Panthers will be confused to fight the Dinamitas instead of the Japanese, but it’s new rudos all the same. First two matches are dire.

CMLL (TUE) 08/30/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Reycko vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Luciferno, Vangellys
4) Dragón Lee © vs Negro Casas [CMLL SL]
second defense
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto

Dragon Lee’s had two title defense since winning the title again. They both sound good (Negro Casas & Cavernario), they probably aren’t quite totally good, it doesn’t matter since I can’t figure out a way to see them, and it’s slowly driving me insane.

ColiseoMania IV (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) ? vs ?? [Copa Coliseomania]
2) Humberto Garza Jr., Ninja Sr., Príncipe Franky vs Difunto I, Karonte, Potro Jr.
3) Pirata Morgan, Silver King, Zorro vs Delta, El Elegido, Laredo Kid
4) Flamita vs Sammy Guevara
5) Juventud Guerrera & Mr. Águila vs Angélico & Jack Evans
6) Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Garza Jr. vs Moose, Teddy Hart, Willie Mack

Semimain could be good. Fourth match should be pretty good if Flamita is OK. Main event is just weird and I’ve gone on about it too much on Twitter.

This show is being taped for TV but (if recent patterns hold) almost none of it will actually air.

AAA (FRI) 09/16/2016 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Big Mami, Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa vs La Hiedra, Mini Psycho Clown, Soul Rocker
3) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Daga & Joe Lider
4) Fénix, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Parka Negra, Taurus, Zorro
5) Psycho Clown vs Pagano, Pentagón Jr. [bull terrier]

AAA (FRI) 09/16/2016 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Cuautitlán, Estado de México
1) Atomic Boy, Dizzy, El Duende, Mr. Potro vs Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento
2) Argenis & Drago vs Soul Rocker & Súper Fly
3) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Daga & Joe Lider
4) Psycho Clown vs Pagano, Pentagón Jr.

These shows are the same night – one is listed as starting 75 minutes from each other, and it shouldn’t be hard to get from one to the other, so that’s not the issue. The issue is this is the same day as AAA’s announced taping in Riveria Maya, and AAA’s roster is now so small that’s it tough for them to be loaded spot shows and tapings the same day. The only people in major TripleMania matches who aren’t on these shows are Wagner, Mesias (who was pulled off AAW, so must be busy booked somewhere else), Angelico, Aerostar, Averno, Chessman and the Apaches.

There’s a couple answers. AAA’s tended to do minimal cards for the Hard Rock shows, and they do have enough people for that. It’ll be impossibly difficult to build with a short roster, but maybe that’s just a sacrifice. (Maybe it’s even going to be a Monterrey focused show anyway; the ColiseoMania card bills itself as the road to Heroes Inmortales.) The other possible answer is that taping has been canceled/postponed/moved/whatever, and so everyone’s working those Mexico State shows instead. The Hard Rock logo disappeared from the taping listing this week on TV, and AAA’s removed partial information about other tapings from their TV when they knew they were canceling it but didn’t want to announce it yet. AAA would figure to wait until after TripleMania to announce a change in plans.

Mistico defeats Cavernario in Puebla, Dinamitas keep trios titles, TripleMania iPPV

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CMLL (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destello & Quca b Avispón Negro & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Black Sugar & Fugaz b Guerrero de la Muerte & Linterna
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) El Divino & Explosivo b El Chakal & Espectrúm
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge, Kempo Dragón, Magnum b Mr. Trueno, Príncipe Kisho, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.

5) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © b Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.[OCCIDENTE TRIOS]
Dinamitas took falls 2/3 to keep the trios titles (first defense). Last fall saw Flash II & Forastero eliminated, Cuatrero dove onto Vaquero, and Sanson & Star Black were left. Or they thought it was, but Forastero smacked Sanson with a guitar.

The guitar shot is a reference to a similar spot in the Rayo de Jalisco versus Cien Caras feud.

IWRG (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Black Dragón & Omega b Araña de Plata & Guerrero 2000
straight falls. Omega replaced Alas de Acero (double booked, couldn’t make it in time?)
2) Diosa Atenea, Miss Gaviota, Relámpago DQ Diva Salvaje, Judas el Traidor, Lilith Dark [Relevos Increíbles]
Salvaje fouled Gaviota
3) Diablo Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo b Black Terry & Cerebro Negro
Diablos won via foul. Diablo Jr. wants a title shot at Cerbero Negro, while Terry wants a rematch in super libre with Hijo del Diablo, or even a title match.
4) Herodes Jr., Imposible, Toscano b Chicano, Pantera I, Veneno
Prior to the match, Imposible surprisingly relinquished the lightweight championship. He said he feels he’s a middleweight now and wants to go after that championship. This upset Pantera I (and the fans), who had wanted a title rematch against Imposible. Imposible cheated to beat Pantera I and mask match challenges followed.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © DQ Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG JUNIORS]
first defense. Dos took 1/3. Mascara puled the mask, got the three count, and then referee Maya figured out what had occurred and called the DQ

Imposible’s title reign ending suddenly and with no particular conclusion is a normal IWRG story. (Heddi Karoui is the middlweight champion, who knows when he’ll be around to defend his title next.) This show seems to have been skipped by AYM.

CMLL (MON) 08/22/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana b París & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:10. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Ares & Guerrero Espacial b Millennium & Robin LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:09. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito b Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:28. Rudos took 1/3. Demus beat Astral and demanded a title match for next week. Astral agreed.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:09. Invasors took 1/3. Ripper snuck in a foul on Mephisto, who’s team wanted a rematch.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Rush DQ La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:24. Tecnicos took 2/3. La Mascara & Dragon Lee feuded, with La Mascara unmasking Dragon Lee for the DQ.
6) Mistico b Cavernario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:27. Mistico took 1/3, the last with La Mistica.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has Niebla Roja, Euforia, and Ultimo Guerrero against Volador, Valiente and Maximo. The preview pitches it as a another preview of the trios title match on 09/04, but it appeared they were building up a Volador/UG singles match last week and they face off again tonight.

The same CMLL preview has adjusted matches from the two matches right underneath. Super Porky was listed but will not wrestle, but at least CMLL is (slightly) acknowledging the change today. Blue Panther will take his place in the semimain, teaming with Titan & Rey Cometa against Bobby Z, Morphosis and Olimpico. This is Morphosis’ 3rd match in 4 days in CMLL. He’s had 3 total CMLL matches the rest of the year.

Stuka replaces Blue Panther in the lightning match. He’ll face Ripper in the second. Stuka’s listed as also wrestling in Guadalajara tonight and will probably be replaced by a local wrestler. Dalys, Tiffany and Zeuxis are scheduled to face Marcela, Princesa Sugehit and Lluvia in the woman’s match. Shockercito, Stukita and Fantasy take on Mercurio, Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Violencia. Leono and Bengala continue their dominance of Tuesday openers, facing Akuma and Artillero.

CMLL’s show airs at 7:30pm on YouTube & CMLL.com.

CMLL’s changed the text on the Rey Bucanero, Euforia, Gran Guerrero versus Super Crazy, Sharlie Rockstar, and Golden Magic from “CMLL to Liga Elite” to generic “Relevos Increibles”. I’m not sure why they’d bother with that unless there was something going on with Elite. We have no idea when (or if) Elite is running a next show, though the TV show account was posting like normal yesterday.

AAA confirmed TripleMania would be on iPPV, in both English and Spanish. The English announce team hasn’t been revealed.  The price remains $23USD, and the show is listed as starting at 6pm on Sunday.

Taya says she’ll be cornering Pentagon at TripleMania. Pentagon/Mundo should be good, but I think we’re going to be watching the match waiting to see when/if Taya betrays Pentagon. Earlier, Taya noted she was moving to the US full time on September 1st, but still plans on being part of AAA for a long time to come.

Lucha Memes posted Dragon Lee versus Freelance from this past Sunday. The ring is obviously slick from a hailstorm that passed thru – Freelance appears to be picking up hailstones as the video starts – but it’s still a pretty entertaining match. They also appeared to very well for the first show in this location; there’s not much empty space.

El Rey Network announced they’ve signed a one year First Look deal with Rey Mysterio, where they get first look at any TV projects Rey might come up with. I assume this means they’re working on something more (though that’s not necessarily the case), and that this might be a creative way for El Rey to pay Mysterio outside the normal structure (and budget) of Lucha Underground.

ILLM has a show at Salon Citalli on 09/11
1: Corsario Negro Jr. vs Gran Guerrero

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico). They’ll be announcing a new name each day.
IWRG: Black Dragon (7 more)
Lucha Memes: Astrolux (7 more)

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom has a show on 10/16 in Arena Naucalpan.

Kcidis draws Dragon Rojo vs Guerrero Maya Jr.

Alberto’s failed drug test gets the biggest spot on this week’s Box Y Lucha. He’s still not even floated out an explanation of what happened, as far as I know. Maybe he understandable just wants to stay off the radar at the moment. I was a bit surprised when the stories about him & Paige being a couple came out months, because I didn’t know he and his wife had divorced. Turns out Alberto had not gotten divorced and his wife might have found out at about the same time as everyone else, so now that divorce is happening. Alberto’s had a rough 12 months, though a lot of it seems of his own making.

Bugambilia says he’s in the CMLL bodybuilding contest in November. He announced this while promoting the supplements he’s using to get ready for the contest.

LA Park says he’s thinking about retiring, or maybe going away for a year or two or three and seeing if wants to come back.

Dragon Lee, in a post match interview, says he’d like to face Flamita again so people won’t say he only won because Flamita got hurt.

LuchaWorld has the latest news report & this week’s PosterMania.

Cross Armbreaker writes about Perro Aguayo vs Gran Hamada from UWF and the very disappointing Rey Bucanero versus Ultimo Guerrero match.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 08/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago vs Fly Tiger
2) Cadilac & Shadow Boy vs Rosario Negro & Viajero Extremo
3) Astro, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hanaoka, Skanda, Yakuza
4) Black Terry, Emperador Azteca, Veneno vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Judas el Traidor
5) Hip Hop Man © vs Dragón Fly [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
third (?) defense

Cadillac is a new name here. I’m familiar with the car. A wrestler of that name has been seen in Queretaro and Guanajuato – he’s in this match, somewhere.

CMLL (MON) 08/29/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Meyer, Robin vs Artillero, El Malayo, Espíritu Negro
2) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman
3) Astral © vs Demus 3:16 [CMLL MINI]
Astral 6th defense
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Dragón Lee & Volador Jr. vs La Máscara & Máscara Dorada [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event looks amazing. The Mascara Dorada countdown is on – WWE says the Cruiserweights on 09/19, but Gran Metalik was not specifically name dropped and it’s always said to longer for international guys to complete the WWE signing process – but for now, he’ll team with his old Golden Generation partner in one of the last build up matches prior to the Anniversary. Semimiain is Los Ingobernables. Fourth match is the rematch, third is the title match. Second match is back to Ares/Black Tiger, and also would be Super Halcon’s first appearance after being out with an injury for the last four months.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-08-22

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minis dive train

Recapped: 08/22/2016

What happened: Mistico beat Cavernario in the main event. Demus beat Astral to set up a title match next week. Ripper cheated to beat Mephisto, setting up a rematch next week.

What was good: Mistico/Cavernario, the semimain and the minis match were all good

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

Lucha Memes, Chilanga Mask, Puebla preview

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photo by Black Terry Jr.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/21/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Aramis b Psycho Kid, Novasonic, Hijo Del Ángel, Hijo del Alebrije, Kronoz, Terremoto Negro, Dragón Fly
Aramis beat Psycho Kid.
2) Jeque b Roberto Paz Jr. Jeque vs Roberto Paz Jr en Chilanga Mask (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
3) Dorado Jr. & Mr. Leo b Chicano & Fulgor I and Fulgor II & Sangre Dorada JR. Chicano y Látigo vs Fulgor II y Sangre Fría Jr vs Dorado Jr y Mr. Leo (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Fulgor II was hurt.
4) Black Terry DRAW Wotan Black Terry vs Wotan en Chilanga Mask (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
crowd wanted one more fall, but the commission said no.
5) Xtreme Tiger b Laredo Kid Extreme Tiger vs Laredo Kid en Chilanga Mask (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
No Jason Kincaid in the match, though he was present. Tiger won a good match.
6) Mr. Maldito & The Platino DQ Bobby Z & Sagrado
7) Solar I b Caifan Rockero III Solar vs Caifan Tercero en Chilanga Mask. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
8) Dave Crist & Jason Gory b Aken & Impulso Impulso y Arez vs Jasón Gory y Dave Crist en Chilanga Mask (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Aken & Impulso want a hair rematch.
9) Juventud Guerrera b Terrible Juventud Guerrera vs el Terrible en Chilanga Mask (posted by Estrellas del Ring)

I’m low on details for both these shows, unfortunately. I couldn’t even figure out if Juvi/Terrible happened until I saw the video was posted to YouTube. (Card order is very wrong.)  Kincaid was there, so I’m guessing he was sick or hurt – he mentioned he’d like to come back and try again someday. This group is running only once every few months, so we may not see them again until well into autumn.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Wotam vs Black Terry and Laredo Kid vs Extreme Tiger.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 08/21/2016 Atlantico Club, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV]
1) Rey Cometa b Mike Segura
Very good.
2) Dragón Lee b Freelance
Very good match, money thrown in.
3) Keira b Lady Maravilla, La Magnifica
4) Arez b Zafiro (Chihuahua)
Zafiro was stretchered out
5) Virus b Alberto Dos Rios
good match
6) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid b Kaligua Jr., Lunatic Fly, Lunatic Xtreme
good match

This show got more positive reviews, but reviews in general of either show were sparse. Not sure if video is going to turn up anyway. Lucha Memes said Alberto will be working on their shows in the DF area for the next year. Their next show is the 09/25 Chairo show.

Today Puebla show is highlights by a Mistico versus Cavernario main event. It’s a first ever singles match between the two. Mistico’s looked great this year and Cavernario is one of the better rudos CMLL has, so this has the makings of one of the better singles matches possible.

The semimain is another Anniversario preview, where Dragon Lee teams with his brother Rush and Atlantis against La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. The teased La Mascara/Shocker partnership hasn’t been brought up in weeks, but they’re allies tonight.

Two undercard matches might set up a match next week or down the line. Astral, Asturiano, Electrico face Demus, Espiritu and Pierrothito in a rematch from last week, which could set up another rare minis title match. The national trios champions, Hijos del Infierno, face Invasors Kraneo, Morphosis and Ripper in an odd rudo/rudo clash in the fourth match. Mephisto and company are already scheduled to defend their titles Sunday in Arena Mexico, and title matches on back to back days would be strange for CMLL, so perhaps it’s the minis match that’s more likely amount to something.

The first two matches are tag matches with mostly locals. Ares, unmasked last week, teams with Guerrero Espacial against Millennium & Robin in the second match. Paris & Rey Samuray face el Malayo & Fuerza Chicana in the opener.

Cult Icon also previews the show. As normal, the show airs at 9pm on CMLL.com/YouTube.

Just as I hit post, AAA officially announced the TripleMania iPPV. It’s still $23.

The Season Pass for Lucha Underground Season 3 is up on iTunes. It’s $40 for 40 HD episodes, $10 cheaper for SD. That’s actually cheaper than Season 1 ($45 for 39 episodes.) The preview for the season mentions Dario is released from prison (and clarifies that it was for Mr. Cisco’s murder), so the ending vignette for the final episode doesn’t appear to have meant much immediately.

KrisZ points out Hijo de Wagner announced he’d be out a month with a knee ligament sprain. He’s looked pretty good on Elite (and Medico Asesino has looked like the guy with a knee injury.)

CultIcon writes about Promo Azteca.

Diamante Azul is announced for a December tour of Pakistan. He mentioned this on an Informa appearance a while back.

WMC, Cara Lucha, Elite results, Caristico to Michinoku Pro

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SAT) 08/20/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico b Magnus, Robin, Templario
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa b Felino, Morphosis, Pólvora
Johnny Idol’s first match in the building. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
Mistica on Mephisto for the win. Mistico challenged for a title shot.

A show. Attendance remains slightly better than they were doing with the old format. Looks like there’s boxing next weekend, so CMLL isn’t really running any show in Mexico City themselves past Friday and Mistico is going to have to wait for that title shot.

Cara Lucha (SAT) 08/20/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Carxyus, Kronosport]
1) Centella Atómica & Tromba b Ángel Jr. & Príncipe Aéreo
2) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Alas de Acero, Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata
money thrown in
3) Sky Man b Rayo Star © [Mucha Luchas SUPREMO]
Sky Man and Rayo Star appear to have broke up as a team; they fought after the title change and challenged to a mask match.
4) Corsario Negro Jr., Drako, Toro Negro b Andy Boy, Danger King, Látigo
Foul snuck in on Latigo for the win. Toro Negro wants a singles match with Danger.
5) Dragón Lee & El Bandido b Centvrión & Fly Warrior
Dragon Lee beat Fly Warrior, and gave credit to the indie guys for being tough but said they’ve got to get better to beat them.
6) Flamita b Xtreme Tiger Facebook video (posted by )
Mutual respect after the match.

That main event is already up on Facebook (I haven’t had a chance to see it, but it sounds like it was good if not great.) I missed whenever Sky Man & Rayo Star split up, I guess.

WMC (SAT) 08/20/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Ancla Jr., Star Warrior, Tezca b Camuflaje, Destructor De Galaxias, Sique [Copa WMC, semifinal]
2) Hércules, Oscar El Hermoso, Rey Abadón b Astaroth, Destructo De 6, Vampiro (Local) [Copa WMC, semifinal]
3) Ancla Jr., Star Warrior, Tezca b Hércules, Oscar El Hermoso, Rey Abadón [Copa WMC, final]
4) Demus 3:16 b Black Terry Demus vs Black Terry | WMC | 20-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Terry wanted a super libre rematch
5) Arceus, Impulso, Metaleón, Reina Dorada b Arez, Diva Salvaje, Felina Metálica, Terremoto Negro
Impulso & Arceus replaced Obscura & Zoy Raymunda
6) La Jarochita, Marcela, Zafiro (Chihuahua) b Diosa Quetzal, Keira, Paloma Rouse
Zafiro & Diosa Quetzal were added to the match.
7) Sagrado b Freelance [super libre]
8) Ancla, Corsario Negro, Drako b Alan Extreme & Yoruba [captain hair, hair]
Billed as 3v4 with Drako & Wasson’s hair on the line. No Wasson or Guerrero Mixtico (so 3v2), and Alan lost his hair instead. Yoruba wanted revenge.
9) Fly Metalik L Fly Warrior, Fly Star, Mr. Leo, Centurion, Látigo [mask] Fly Metalik/Fly Warrior vs Latigo/Centurión vs Mr. Leo/Fly Star | WMC | 20-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Mr. Leo replaced Toxin. Fly Warrior took Fly Metalik’s mask. Fly Metalik is Carlos Olvera, 21, 6 years a luchador.

I’m not 100% sure who was in the semimain still, just that Alan loses his hair a lot. Metalik was the expected loser in the main event, as he’s wrestling less of late.

Elite (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Estrellita & Lluvia b Keira & Muñeca De Plata
2) Decnnis, Fresero Jr., Zumbido b El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Metaleón
Zumbido’s return to Arena Mexico and Decnnis’ debut. Match had errors, and Emperador Azteca was hurt after a first fall move by Fresero Jr.
3) Blue Panther b Argos
Argos replaced Black Terry.
4) Rey Escorpión & Sharlie Rockstar b Golden Magic & Valiente
5) Dragón Lee b Flamita
short good match, truncated when Flamita suffered an arm injury. Flamita was stretchered out after the Dragon Driver.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Máximo, Súper Crazy, Xtreme Tiger
Mr. Niebla snuck in a foul on Maximo.

Neither singles match seems to have gone exactly as planned. Black Terry indicated that he was planning on working all three shows (Chilanga, Elite, IWRG), so something must’ve happened. He made two, got the IWRG, and it may just not been possible to do three. All the indie shows seemed decently attended, but I’m not sure this over-saturation of a weekend was a great idea for everyone. The attendance looks OK in the photos, but they’re not of the full arena.

I’m going hold off on the Lucha Memes and ChilangaMask results in hopes more details will turn up. It looks like Jason Kincaid came to Mexico and was at the show, but he’s not mentioned in the results (injury? illness?) and the Terrible/Juvy match is missing from the results (but there were so many +LuchaTV posts that I could’ve just missed it somehow.)

Volador, Caristico and Titan defeated Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Gran Guerrero on the Super J show early Sunday morning my time. The match was good and they got plenty of time; NJPW’s site erroneously lists it as a 5 minute match, but it appeared to be 15. Volador got a special solo entrance, beat Gran Guerrero for the win and, after winning the tournament, Kushida himself seemed to offer Volador a title match whenever he wanted it. Volador beat Kushida in the Elite tournament a couple months ago and the title match is probably happening at some point.

Soon after the show ended, Michinoku Pro announced Caristico was the mystery Mexican star for the upcoming masked man tournament. It’ll run from September 16th to September 18th, he’ll face Samba (a masked man billed as from Rio in the first round), and this was the same tournament Argos was previously announced in. Argos faces Revolucion (a masked Cuban), and was probably a package deal to get Caristico. Caristico didn’t have a big role on the NJPW show and was definitely meant to be second fiddle to Volador, where they could’ve stuck in any other CMLL tecnico and gotten the same effect (though maybe not the long playing to the crowd after the match.) I wonder it was simply NJPW wanting to get Carisitco’s first match back in Japan on their show before Michinoku Pro brought him in. The CMLL guys were pretty over and there was value in having him there.

Pentagon Jr. won the PCW Heavyweight Championship this weekend, addind it to the AAA Latin Americas championship, Mucha Luchas Atlanta Championship, AAW Heavyweight Championship, Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight Championship – so he’s a five  (Penta-) champion.

The main event of ColiseoMania will be Moose, Willie Mack, Teddy Hart vs Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., and Garza Jr., according to Garza. The Rest of the World/Mexico bit will get over, but it seems like a waste to bring in those guys to work against Blue Demon Jr. (and Wagner, to a lesser extent.)

This week’s AAA TV show is up.

An Ivelisse promo for Lucha Underground Season 3

Super Libre had taped interviews with Dragon Lee, Tiger and Rey Escorpion.

Cult Icon writes about Paco Alonso.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
3) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Dragón Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
5) Máximo Sexy vs Mr. Niebla
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
6th defense

Elite said they were back for all the Sundays, and it turned out to be one Sunday. I’m a little concerned. This leaves them with no TV for 09/03. At the same time, Niebla/Maximo was clearly set up on today’s Elite show, so they knew this handoff was happening. The aprons still said “Todos Los Domingos” tonight, for what it’s worth.

In their place, CMLL’s thrown together a loaded card that just happens to be going on at the same time as TripleMania. Those names working fourth from the top suggest they’re trying to run against AAA, but I’m not sure what affect it’ll have if they don’t promote beyond their website (and past history suggests both shows will do fine in this situation.)

Mr. Niebla versus Maximo is a first time in Arena Mexico match – they did it a couple times in Guadalajara in 2012, and they’ve been opponents (and partners) roughly a million times. The trios challengers have only teamed together once in Arena Mexico, so it makes a lot of sense they’re getting a shot.

CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destello
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Destructor & Gitano
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Relámpago & Thunder Boy
4) El Divino, León Blanco, Randy vs Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga
5) Frezzer, Mágico, Nautilius vs Joker, Mosco X Fly, Sádico

X-Fly is making an occasional appearance. Joker & Sadico are champions.