AAA is back on Twitch on Sunday. Show is listed as 6pm, but Ciudad Juarez is in the Mountain Time Zone, so maybe it’s a 5:30 start? I can’t tell if the match with Villano III Jr. and a host of others will air. They did air the “dark” match this past taping.
Leyenda de Plata is usually good, and it looks like CMLL Marca is not geoblocked.
Ultimo Guerrero is a little bit better as a tecnico in a big singles matches so maybe CMLL Puebla will be interesting.
AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 11/14/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, MedioTiempo, Record, thecubsfan]
1) Máscarita Sagrada (original) b Keyra 6:52. Mascarita Sagrada rolled up Keyra after a match she had dominated.
2) Texano Jr. b Niño Hamburguesa 7:54. Texano won via powerbomb.
3) Australian Suicide b Taya 8:07. Suicide won via SSP in Taya’s return to Mexico
4) Fénix b Golden Magic 11:40. Fenix won with his valagueza powerbomb, which was called the MMB (Mexican Muscle Buster) here.
Timestamps for the matches in case those links don’t work:
Main event was really good, semi-main was worth watching if you want to see Suicide being silly. You can skip the first two easily.
Taya noted this was not a full time return to AAA, but participating in this tournament as part of promotions working together. I was surprised Taya lost her return match. AAA did not play up her issues with the promotion (as they did with Kross last week.) Vampiro referenced Taya being controversial, but mostly talked her up as the best women’s wrestler in the world in a similar fashion to what he did on Lucha Underground.
Standings so far
1 Win: Vanilla, Pagano, Psycho Clown, Pentagon Jr., Lady Shani, Aerostar, Killer Kross, Laredo Kid, Mascarita Sagrada, Texano Jr., Australian Suicide and Fenix. 1 Loss: La Hiedra, Taurus, Murder Clown, Puma King, Lady Maravilla, Maximo, Hijo del Vikingo, Drago, Keyra, Nino Hamburguesa, Taya, and Golden Magic
Round 2 starts next week. That should bring some actual stakes to these matches. How I think it’s supposed to go:
luchadors who pick up a second win advance all the way to the 12/19 final
luchadors who end up with one win and one loss move onto the 12/12 wild card show
luchadors who end up with two losses are done – unless they need more people to fill out the wild card show.
I really don’t have a good sense of who’s going to win. Of the people with one win, Pentagon, Laredo and Fenix have looked the best, but none of them are AAA full timers and that might disqualify them. Maybe Psycho Clown wins this championship to make up for never winning a real AAA one? Maybe Drago or Vikingo come back from one loss to get the big win? Maybe we just won’t get a good idea until we see which 12 are left for the final.
Arena Naucalpan tonight has LA Park vs Penta 0M vs Rush as the main event in a cage. Not sure why you want to put guys who brawl around an arena in a cage but I’m not smart enough to understand indie lucha. It’s listed as a IWRG show, but it appears to be sponsored by the same people who as usual for the Montanez shows. Ricky Marvin versus new dad (again) Jack Evans could be fun. This will eventually turn up on +LuchaTV.
Atlantis Jr. is 20 years old and says he’s spent eight years training with Ringo Mendoza, Virus, Arkangel de la Meurte, Franco Colombo, Ultimo Guerrero, Ultimo Dragoncito and Atlantis. (That’s all of CMLL’s trainers over the last eight years, or at least those still working CMLL.) Atlantis Jr. does not have a firm start date for Mexico, but he believes it’ll be soon after the Fantastica Mania tour. Atlantis Jr. says he would love to face Hijo del Villano III to continue that family feud. He’s told his father that he won’t let his name down and will be an event better wrestler. Good luck on that.
The El Planchitas column talks about the rumors that El Fantasma might be removed from his Mexico City Lucha Libre commissioner role he’s had for 20 years. There hasn’t really been a candidate to replace him until now: Villano V/Ray Mendoza Jr. is said to be interested in the job. I’m unsure if a guy who lost so much money on his retirement show that he had to unretire is a great choice. The article mentions the job pays “less than 10,000 Mexican Pesos a month” (less than 500 USD.)
On his podcast, Petey Williams mentioned Impact will be returning to Mexico in January. It looks like late January judging from the schedule. It’s a little surprise; the first show they ran in Mexico seemed to draw fine, but the second night was a struggle. They probably won’t be going against a big CMLL show this time, so that’ll help a lot. AAA has run Guerra de Titanes near the end of January in Mexico City the last two years, and it’s possible Impact & AAA could combine those events on one weekend.
CMLL (TUE) 11/13/2018Arena México [CMLL, The Gladiatores]
1) Arkalis & Robin b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Espíritu Negro, Metálico b Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr. rudos took 1/3.
3) Stukita b Kaligua [lightning] Kaligua slipped and crashed on a Brillo Dorada and Stukita won quickly after.
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. b Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Okumura Tecnicos took 2/3. Black Panther’s swinging kick is being called the Boomerang kick.
5) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano b Dark Magic, Ephesto, Hechicero Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja b Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Shocker Rudos took straight falls. Rey Bucanero & Niebla Roja feuded and set up their hair match on Sunday.
My understanding is the early matches were so bad that they killed people’s willingness to care about the later matches, but it also may have just been a normal Tuesday show.
CMLL (TUE) 11/13/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar, El Rielero, Tigre Blanco b Bobby Black, Frezzer, Ráfaga Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Príncipe Diamante, Star Black, Súper Astro Jr. b Furia Roja, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Pólvora, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. b Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón Rudos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Audaz, Flyer, Titán NGD took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible tecnicos took 2/3. Rush unmasked Diamante Azul to set up a singles match next week.
If you are the person who likes Diamante Azul: Hi, hope you’re doing well, and you’re getting a lot of Diamante Azul coming up. Diamante Azul & Valiente challenge for the tag titles on Sunday, Diamante Azul vs Rush in Guadalajara on Tuesday, Diamante Azul versus Ultimo Guerrero sometime soon on a Friday.
There are promos from Rey Bucanero and Niebla Roja to build up this hair match. This has been coming since 10/28, mostly on the Sunday show. I wonder if it feels like it’s out of nowhere for most people.
CMLL announced a 2×1 tickets deal (except for the numbered ringside rows) for the next week at all of its venues. This is a Buen Fin deal, Mexico’s take on the US “Black Friday” holiday. The deals are being honored at every building from now until next Tuesday, and there should be bigger than usual turn out at those shows.
Tonight is episode 3 of Lucha Capital. It’s the last of the first phase matches, and they are weird.
Taya vs Australian Suicide
Keyra vs Mascarita Sagrada
Texano Jr. vs Nino Hamburguesa
Fenix vs Golden Magic
This tournament is still at the point where a single win or a single loss doesn’t mean a lot. It gets more meaningful next week. Fenix has been very busy and very great of late, so there’s a lot of hope for that match. I have no idea about anything else.
A medium length reminder of the Taya situation (or maybe this is three paragraphs you can skip): Taya’s last match in AAA was her April 21, 2017 street fight against Ayako Hamada in Tijuana. Taya won the Reina de Reinas championship from Hamada, wasn’t on lineups for a few weeks, and missed a June 19th taping due to injuries in a car accident. The story after this point is AAA (probably Vampiro) asked Johnny Mundo to bring the Reina de Reinas championship to the June 30th show so they could take publicity photos of it. A day later, with the title now in hand, AAA declared the championship was vacant (and gave a variety of conflicting explanations.) Taya and Johnny criticized Vampiro on Twitter and elsewhere for lying to them and being an office stooge. This was some unclear mix of being truly upset and using that unplanned situation for their own benefit, much like the recent Austin Aries deal. On a July 16 show in Monterrey, Vampiro explained Taya had refused to come to Monterrey to defend it on a show she had not been advertised for and declared the title vacant.
Sexy Star returned to the AAA to win the title, which didn’t turn out too well. (Killer Kross also attacked the women for no particular reason.) Sexy Star had left the company over a situation where Sexy Star was unwilling to lose the mixed tag titles in a match with Taya. It might have not been about Taya – Sexy Star has seemingly decided she’s never going to take a direct loss again, at least outside of Lucha Underground – but AAA might have been concerned about putting Sexy Star in the ring with a woman who didn’t like her very much. Except, AAA then did it without realizing it at TripleMania a few weeks later, and that didn’t go well.
This whole situation was a lot of drama that made AAA look like a bad place to work for as a wrestler, and all about a championship that AAA has never treated like a big deal. Trying to patch things back up with Taya was one of the AAA goals for the year, and they’ve achieved it. Taya & Vampiro already had to work together in taping Season 4 of Lucha Underground months ago, so I’m sure they’ll find a way to be professional behind the scenes even while doing some “shoot” bit for the crowd to keep the issue going.
No Scarlett match seems to suggest she’s not in the tournament after all – except, Killer Kross’ pre-match interview seemed to telegraph Scarlett appearing at some point. Fenix, Taya, and Konnan are coming from the Impact tapings in Las Vegas to these shows, and perhaps she’ll be doing the same.
AAA put up their TV show covering Cancun. They are treating Cancun & Merida as one-week tapings, which should help them catch up a bit. (AAA’s currently so far behind that these shows are no longer available on Twitch.) They aired four matches from the five match show: they cut out Fenix & Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage & Hijo del Fantansma main event. That’s a strange decision.
An apuesta match, a title match, and a trios filled with names oddly arranged sort of counts as a big show. There’s no mention of this airing. There’s always a chance, but wouldn’t plan on it (and it doesn’t actually look good.) The Sunday shows have ended up on NJPW World of late.
Roja is the obvious favorite in the main event. (This might not be the last Bucanero hair match, but there can’t be too many more.) Diamante Azul & Valiente have an actual chance to win the tag titles; CMLL was trying to get the tag titles on Diamante Azul for a while. Caristico & Penta are enemies on Friday and partners on Sunday. Akuma seems to have replaced Espanto Jr.. in the opener feud this week.
Weird the legends are back in Puebla with no explanation. I wonder if the LA Park run there worked well enough that they wanted to try other people to see if it’ll work. Penta & Fenix haven’t made their way there.
We have Amapola with 25 known defenses of the women’s title, so Dalys still has a long way to go. (Marcela had 12 challenges in that reign.) Dalys’ real big competition this month is the bodybuilding contest on the 28th.
Último Guerrero unmasked Sansón in the semi-main. Rush faked a foul from Carístico in the main event.
The main event wasn’t much of a match before the faked foul finish out of nowhere and meaning nothing. The first two falls had little to them (except for Carístico deciding he wasn’t going to take Rush’s dropkick.) It has Tirantes working rudo for no particular reason, and at least he was giving more effort to that than the wrestlers were giving towards the match. Pass on this.
The semi-main was a long way to go to finish with Último Guerrero unmasking Sansón for no real reason. The match felt like it was building to a big third fall that never really happened. There’s a Gran Guerrero/Cuatrero chop fight early in that fall that doesn’t have an ending, both guys just look at the crowd and move onto something else, and that’s the entire match. Los Guerreros working as the técnicos isn’t much of a surprise.
Lanzelot, Parka Negra, Toxin beat Arcángel Divino, Dinastía, Dragón Bane
(10:52, Parka Negra top rope splash Dinastia, good)
Aerostar, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Fly beat Black Danger, Taurus, Último Maldito
(8:48, Aerostar super Canadian Destroyer Último Maldito, ok)
Cíclope (DTU) & Miedo Extremo beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(12:16, Ciclope Flaming Wizard Joe Lider, ok)
Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(11:39, Máximo kiss La Mascara, ok)
Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid beat Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(10:48, Laredo Fly on Carta Brava, good)
Dr. Wagner Jr., Drago, Psycho Clown beat Hijo del Fantasma, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Kross
(14:04, Drago Dragon’s Lair Hijo del Fantasma, ok)
Máximo challenged La Mascara to a hair match. La Mascara fouled him, the rudos beat up the exoticos, and the challenge didn’t seem to be officially accepted.
Parka Negra replaced Aramis, though whomever’s running the entrances was unaware of that change. Lanzelot appears to be a rudo now, attacking unmasking his brother after his match (though Parka Negra gets the pin because he’s the only pushed guy of this group.)
Black Danger & Último Maldito are back to those identities, though they’re acknowledged as being Espectro & Kahoz in the Copa Antonio Pena. Monster Clown tried to surprise attack Aerostar, and Aerostar at least kept it even until a foul. Super Fly saved him from more but also got fouled. Averno made a surprise run-in to also make the save. Monster Clown seemed to signal for a trios match, though it’s not clear what form that’d take.
The opener was really the dark match, starting as the announcers were previewing the show. Hades was seconding the rudas and was given a Samoano mask.
In a segment missing audio, and cut away from oddly, Niño Hamburguesa got a letter from a secret admirer. Or at least it was a secret from us. This aired right before the exotico match. Every time AAA does this angle, it’s an exotico as the admirer.
A message from Scarlett was played, but the sound also didn’t work for this bit. She stripped in silhouette in the background. She’s presumably coming back to AAA soon.
Earlier, Fantasma challenged (the not-present Fenix) to a title versus title match. Jose Manuel Guillen did bring up the Laredo Kid challenge, which hasn’t gone anywhere in a couple of months. Drago interrupted to challenge for a shot at Fantasma’s title. Fantasma told him to go wrestle the minis, shoved Drago down and turned around to pose. Drago fought Fantasma, Fantamsa ripped up Drago’s mask, Psycho Clown made the save, and Los Mercenarios ran in after him to beat up both técnicos.
Jarrett wrestled about half the main in a mask to hide his bald head. (It’s not that bald after a couple weeks.) Wagner eventually chased Jarrett to the stage, where Blue Demon appeared and attacked Wagner. Drago made the title challenge again after pinning Fantasma, only for the rudos to again beat up the técnicos.
The main event was the usual Wagner & Psycho showcase, with a lot of Jarrett screwing around and more Kross suplexes than usual. Fantasma, in theory trying to challenge for the biggest title in the promotion, came off as the fifth or sixth most important person. The entire finish was overshadowed by Demon beating up Wagner in the background. AAA’s not playing around about which feud is the important one here. Drago was alright in setting up the match with Fantasma and doing this in the main event at least is a half effort chance of making it work. It’s just surrounded by so much that didn’t work.
The semi-main was a big opportunity for the técnicos, and they made the most of it. Angelikal picked the right moment to pull out a double moonsault, Vikingo had lots of cool offense and Laredo Kid finished the match strong. The team lacked a common thread, but they individually looked very effective. Poder del Norte was more interesting when their offense was something other than chair shots. They at least can keep up with the técnicos when they’re going at a fast pace, and these técnicos were pushing that pace. Vikingo might have been better of taking a breath and letting some of his offense sink in at it times, but it did keep the match interesting with the técnicos were in charge. This would’ve been easily a grade higher if the rudos could vary their offense a little more.
The fifth match was the usual exotico showcase, which worked for well for crowd reactions and not so much in taking the rudos seriously. It was much the same match they do all the time, though it seemed to work better for this crowd. The Los Mercenarios are having a tough time being taken seriously while being in a feud with a comedy team, but maybe La Mascara taking his cousin’s hair will help.
The fourth match really wasn’t going to be for me, but it also seemed counterproductive. Pagano seemingly took 70% of the match, not the ideal thing when Ciclope & Miedo Extremo are debuting and seemingly supposed to be built up as threats. Pagano had a pretty shaky match, even by Pagano standards, but he got his desired crowd reaction and that seems to be the important thing to him. Ciclope & Miedo looked a lot more polished in the moments they got, though AAA’s camerawork didn’t help much on Flaming Wizard spot. If you missed this one, I’m sure you’ll get about the same in Juarez.
There’s definitely some potential with Taurus teaming with the two young rudos (whatever name we’re calling against them this week), but they didn’t really reach it here. Maldito’s sloppy powerbomb caused Aerostar to pick up a leg injury and seemed to derail the last half of the match. The rest was a lot of usual Niño Hamburguesa stuff. Super Fly being weirdly included seems to be going somewhere, though it’s strange to see the OGTs as técnicos.
The actual opener eventually turned into a good match, but it left a lot on the table. The first half of the match, thru the dives and the Lanzeloth/Dinastia sequence, was pretty sloppy. People were running past each other on spots, people were being thrown to the top rope but not making it there, things just didn’t look right. I’m not sure if they just calmed down, but it did go a lot smoother once they got back to their corners. Toxin and Dragon Bane had good moments late. Lanzleot being a rudo opposite of Dinastia would give both a direction, if it’s followed up on.
It was neat to see the dark match, getting a glimpse at people who mostly had been on TV once or twice over the last two years but hadn’t been seen lately. No one stood out positively like they needed to be on TV, but it was at least interesting to see people like Hades and Solaris still exist. Samoans were alright flattening the técnicos – who never got the comeback you’d expect in this sort of match – and Hades as their mastermind is an idea that might have some legs on a less crowded roster. Didn’t get as much a sense of the others, but it wasn’t really about them. Halcón 78 failing to get out of the ring properly must feel terrible.
CMLL (MON) 11/12/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Arkalis, Asturiano, Rey Samuray b Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Perverso Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi b Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany Tecnicos took 2/3. Marcela challenged Dalys to a title match.
3) Máscara Año 2000, Tyson La Bestia, Universo 2000 Jr. b Drone, Fuego, Pantera Blanca Rudos took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Felino, Stigma DQ Ephesto, Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto Tecnicos took 2/3. Fuerza fouled Atlantis. Felino & Stigma replaced Negro Casas & Blue Panther.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero straight falls, setting up Sanson/UG for the heavyweight title next week.
This show sounds like it wasn’t much good. Negro Casas is said to be injured (though not said by CMLL) and Blue Panther continued his streak of never actually wrestling in Arena Puebla this year. Blue Panther has said he’s retiring soon after his third son debuts next year. Retirement is said often and happens rarely in lucha libre, but I’m inclined to believe it might be coming this time. I wonder a bit if that’s also the real Atlantis Jr. is debuting on Fantastica Mania, that no one’s quite sure if Atlantis will be around to do the family tag team in 2020 or later.
Today’s CMLL stream does not look promising. There’s one curious match, one feud which will be resolved elsewhere, and a lot of unpromising matches.
The main event follows up the Sunday Rey Bucanero/Niebla Roja feud. They are now expected to have a hair match on this upcoming Sunday. It’s not official yet, but it could be announced at any time today and they should make it clear by the end of this show. Niebla Roja teams with Atlantis & Angel de Oro, Rey Bucanero teams with Euforia & Shocker.
The curious match is Stukita – who was billed as graduating the minis division three weeks ago – having a lightning match against fellow mini Kaligua. Kaligua debuted back in July and hasn’t been back since until this match. He may eventually be getting Stukita’s bookings in the mini division, and there’s a chance this will be Stukita’s actual finale in the division. It’s rare for a guy with as few CMLL matches as Kaligua to get any sort of singles match, and this a chance to show what he can do that he might not get again for months.
The rest of the show are filler matches. Kraneo & Volcano team with Stuka again, versus Dark Magic, Ephesto and Hechicero. The Panthers are scheduled to team together, against Kawato, Okumura, and Misterioso. The second match two fall special includes Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr., Cancebrero, Espiritu Negro and Metalico. The no-hope opener is Apocalipsis & Inquisidor against Robin & Araklis. The show will stream at 7:30 pm.
Caristico, Diamante Azul and Valiente take on Los Ingobernables in Guadalajara.
Mascara 2000, Shocker, Blue Panther, La Comandante, La Seductora, Marcela, Pierrothio, Cancerbero, and Chamuel will appear Hipodromo de Las Americas (horse racing track) for a special race celebrating the CMLL 85th Anniversary. (The article doesn’t mention the date of the race; I think it’s this coming Saturday.)
CMLL (SAT) 11/17/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita vs La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dark Magic, Hechicero, Terrible
6) Volador Jr. vs Rush
Volador & Rush are having a singles match with no build because build up matches is not something CMLL is terribly interested in. Vangellys is listed as returning, though they’ve listed him as returning at least once prior. It’d be a couple months early and they’ve pulled false advertising with Raziel lately.
Mistico vs Último Guerrero
(CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 07/17, 12:12, ok, thecubsfan)
A by the numbers Mistico/Ultimo Guerrero match, only notable for Último Guerrero saving the dropkick off the apron to the end of the match. It’s a good set up to an unexpected Místico comeback, which goes wrong when Místico slips on a springboard anyway. The floor of the standard UG match is decently high but the ceiling is not much higher, and this doesn’t break that pattern.
July seems long ago. This was Ninja’s farewell to Mexico match and one of Dragon Lee’s last matches before his reality show trip. In the great tradition of Mexican luchadors with impending NXT deals, Último Ninja gives everything in a high impact battle, feeling like more like a big title match than an all-star exhibition. You probably shouldn’t be taking hanging double stomps to the floor when you’re packing for Orlando, but Ninja took that and more in what might have been his best match under that name. I really liked his match with Rey Horuz in RIOT and this was easily better than that, pretty close to a MOTYC level. It’s a lot of Dragon Lee’s big match moments, but Último Ninja steps up to the challenge and it feels like a huge battle all the way to the end. They did a lot and it all comes off really well. Worth going out of your way to see.
Kunai vs Iron Kid
(Lucha Tlahuc @ Gimnasio Raton Macias on 07/22, 12:16, great, Adrian Martinez)
Just complete insanity. There’s a spot with a basketball hoop support and it’s not even the craziest spot in that minute. Iron Kid is entertaining whenever he shows up in IWRG or the super indies. I had no idea who Kunai was before this match. I really wanted to know more about Kunai (or maybe it’s Kunay) after this match, and still don’t know much. If he’s got a Facebook, I can’t find it and the few promotions he’s working for don’t mention it. Kunai is athletically gifted, pulling off inside springboard moves with ease. It’s outweighed by his willingness to do outrageous stuff that’s not going to help him last too long but sure made him stand out here. I’m not sure if Kunai was going far above and beyond because this was a match with a much more visible (though hardly older) opponent, or if he’s always this way, but it was something to watch. Kunai wasn’t just taking silly bumps, he was also hitting all the spots he wanted to hit and looking like the equal of a far more hyped luchador. I’d love to see more of him.
The King (Rey Fenix) vs Laredo Kid
(MDA @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 07/29, 16:53, excellent, +LuchaTV)
This match is probably why AAA set up a Fenix/Laredo Kid match during their Yucatan weekend of shows. I guess it’s all the same that they’ve since forgotten it and moved on to other matches which won’t actually happen either since it’s unlikely it’ll be as smooth as this one. Fenix and Laredo Kid are similar wrestlers, separate more by years than style, with Laredo’s major deficiency being coming along a half-decade too soon to be cast in a cult favorite US wrestling show. Outside of Lucha Underground, Fenix has become the US guy who just has great matches every time they put him into a situation to have one, and also someone who gets little character attention seemingly because the people in charge see having good matches as his ceiling. In Mexico, Fenix is the top guy and Laredo Kid is Fenix, the likable guy who gets no character attention because the people in charge see him just as a good who can have really good matches. The similarities in style and effort are shown throughout the match, though Fenix always seems to be giving a little bit more than Laredo. It comes up pretty early when Laredo Kid does a tope to thru first row and Fenix does a tope con giro thru the first row. Laredo Kid has a few beautiful spots, and Fenix looks spectacular with his jumping cutters. (Fenix maybe does too maybe of those cutters, here and in general, but at least he’s overdoing a move that’s not overdone in Mexico.) This match is all about the spectacular spots, but it still feels like they’re competing to win – they’re competing in a spectacular fashion.
The shorter version is I thought this way superb. I don’t think it’ll make my top ten because it’s a match with no context – if this really was a built-up AAA title match with the same hot crowd, it may have a bigger place in my memory – but that doesn’t seem something you can put on the wrestlers. Neither can you put on them the weird mid-match break for some crowd hype. I think I’m really more partial to both Laredo Kid & Fenix than most, but I still think you should definitely watch this even if you’re not.
Demus vs Príncipe Legendario
(MDA @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 07/29, 7:45, ok,+LuchaTV)
A CMLL lightning match of an indie match, both in length and approximate effort. I had to rewatch it because I felt like I must’ve met something interesting happen. It remained alright but didn’t stick out beyond the weirdness of Principe Legendario playing rudo against Demus, an odd choice. There are moments where it seems like it’s going to turn into a brawl, and that would’ve been more interesting than how it ended up with more normal action.
This match gets more (TV) time than most Guadalajara title matches and makes the most of it. Titan is better at getting sympathy than most CMLL luchadors. It sticks out more in CMLL style matches, and this is definitely a Mephisto CMLL title match. Titan’s willing to go longer without getting in any offense, and to be on the wrong side of the match for an extended period. The third fall doesn’t go “my move, your move” instead turning into Mephisto just hitting Titan with his usual finishing moves (and repeatedly) and Titan just barely surviving. Even when he mounts a comeback, it may not end well. The apron powerbomb here definitely didn’t end well, and that sort of stuff made the match feel a bit more unpredictable than usual CMLL title match. It still is recognizable as a CMLL title match and might be worth passing if you’re just tired of those, but it was better than average as far as those are concerned.
That’s a lot of lucha libre. That may be too much of lucha libre. Watching the indie matches is good for me because it reminds me that boring CMLL matches aren’t all there are to lucha libre, but it makes for a lot of stuff to tackle. This is about as busy as it’s going to be for a while since there was no AAA taping the week Lucha Underground went 2 hours.
Sanson & Templario was easily the best of the three ‘great’ matches, but it’s on the cursed iPPV. (It’s still available to purchase, but it’s still the same flawed version that went up originally. I wonder if they even have a clean version of the opener.) Pentagon/Puma is a very Pentagon mask which works well. Heroes Inmortales seems like it happened and has totally stopped being a thing within weeks. Jarrett got his hair shaved and nothing else.
IWRG (SUN) 11/11/2018Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Cronier, Mardox, Siniestro b Biosfera, Noicy Bog, Voltrex
2) Canival, Carnicero, Último Cadenero b Coyote Azteca, Deirus, Urano Ultimo Cadenero replaced Matrix Jr., Urano replaced Viajero Jr.
3) Águila Oriental, Dinámico, Dranzer DRAW Antehus, Rosario Negro, Súper Dragons
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Ovett b Arquero, Barón Rojo, Mike Ovett replaced Toto. Baron Rojo & Arquero replaced Rafy & Mike.
5) Imposible b Cuervo (Puerto Rico), Eterno Eterno wants a title match with Imposible.
6) Alas de Acero, Apolo, Chris Stone Jr., Iron Kid, Kalibus, Manchitas, Psique, Sairus b Chef Benito, Chicanito, Diablo Jr., Fireman, Guerrero 2000, Lunatic Xtreme, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy[cage, mask, hair] Torneo Fill 75. IWRG (Black Terry) vs Lucha Memes (Chiquilin). Kaibuz replaced Dragón Negro. Alas de Acero took Chef Benito’s hair.
CMLL has a strange card tonight in Puebla. It’s not a good card. It is different. The main event is rudo/rudo battle, with the Guerreros taking on the Dinamitas, both CMLL trios champions in one match. It’s probably setting up a title match for 11/19 – which should be a bigger than usual show for holiday reasons – but it’s not clear which title would be on the line. It might not even be a trios title since last week’s finish involved Heavyweight champion Ultimo Guerrero and Sanson directly.
Fuerza Guerrera makes his first appearance in Arena Puebla on a regular CMLL show since 2005. (He wrestled on the MDA/Lucha Memes show there last year.) The match is sort of a legends match – Atlantis, Blue Panther, and Negro Casas facing Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto, and Ephesto – but it’s not been given any extra attention of explanation. Fuerza has some history in Arena Puebla; as JCR brings up every time the title is defended, Guerrera became the first CMLL Welterweight Championship by beating El Khalifa here in 1992.
The tercera has Drone, Fuego, and Pantera Blanca facing on Mascara 2000, Tyson La Bestia and Universo 2000 Junior. That’s a bad mix. Lluvia, Marcela, and Skai face Dalys, La Comandante and Tiffany in a sort of rematch. That could set up another Marcela/Dalys title match for next week as well. The Gemelo Panteras appear again, teaming with Perverso against Arkalis, Asturiano, and Rey Samuray to open the show This seems one worth only skimming thru, or maybe joining in the main event to figure out what’s going on. The show starts at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
Estrellas de Lucha Libre has a Leobardo Magadan piece on Brazo de Plata. He writes that Super Porky is currently living on the 7th floor of a building with no elevator, which is a bit of a problem for someone who now needs hip surgery. His hips dislodged and his knees are going backward (I don’t know what that means.) He doesn’t have the money to pay for all the medical treatment, but he is being flown to New York to appear at shows this weekend to sign autographs and sell masks.
AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 11/14/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal
1) Keyra vs Máscarita Sagrada
2) Taya vs Australian Suicide
3) Texano Jr. vs Niño Hamburguesa
4) Golden Magic vs Fénix
I need a countdown clock for the first Taya & Vampiro on-screen interaction in AAA. They really shouldn’t have wasted the worked shoot stuff with Kross last week when they had this awkward bit one coming up. The whole card is going to be weird: Taya & Suicide is an odd mix, hard-hitting Keyra against possibly old Mascarita Sagrada, Texano dealing with Hamburguesa’s silliness. Main event is not The Biggest Match of Golden Magic’s life but: everyone has great matches with Fenix, Golden Magic has not been all that great since showing up in AAA, and Golden Magic could really use a strong performance here.
It occurs to me that if Hijo del Fantasma is around again for this show, AAA might actually be able to build up the Fantasma/Fenix match they teased on Sunday. But – why was Fantasma around last week but isn’t actually in this tournament?
This is a really busy week for AAA: they’ve got this show, they’ve got taping in Juarez on Sunday, and they’ve got the Colombia debut in-between. (Whatever moment AAA tries to do with Taya & Vampiro will get the most attention, but how they do draw in Bogota is the biggest news going forward.) None of the people advertised for Colombia are working this show, so maybe the wrestlers and whoever is going from the front office will be traveling by this point.
AAA TV (SAT) 11/10/2018 Coliseo La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz [AAA, Lucha Central]
1) Mini Psycho Clown, Samoano, Samoano 2 b Halcón 78 Jr., Solaris, Tromba (Estado de México) 5:10. Dark match, shown behind announcers during intro. Hades was introduced as if participating in the match but appeared to seconding the “Samoan Brothers” instead. Samoano splashed Solaris to the win.
2) Arcángel Divino, Dinastía, Dragón Bane b Lanzelot, Parka Negra, Toxin 10:52. Parka Negra top rope splash on Dinastia for the win. Parka Negra replaced Aramis. Lanzelot wrestled as a rudo, attacking and unmasking his brother Dinastia after the match.
3) Aerostar, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Fly b Black Danger, Taurus, Último Maldito 8:48. Aerostar beat Ultimo Maldito with a Canadian Destroyer. Maldito & Danger were back from being Espectro & Kahoz (it was acknowledged they’d been those characters.) Monster Clown attacked Aerostar after the match. Super Fly surprisingly made the save. Monster fouled him, and Averno made his own save. Monster Clown seemed to signal for a trios match. Later, a vignette aired showing Nino Hamburguesa had a secret admirer.
4) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo b Joe Lider & Pagano 12:16. Debut of Los Macizos. Ciclope beat Lider via Flaming Wizard.
5) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata b La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. 11:39. Maximo kiss cradled La Mascara and challenged him to a hair match. The rudos beat up the exoticos after.
6) Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid b Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana 10:48. Laredo Fly on Carta Brava. Laredo challenged Poder del Norte to a title match.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., Drago, Psycho Clown b Hijo del Fantasma, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Kross 14:04. Earlier, Fantasma challenged a (not present) Fenix to a title versus title match. Drago challenged Fantasma to a title match. Fantasma wasn’t interested, and a fight included Psycho Clown and the rest of Los Mercenarios. The match included Jeff Jarrett leading Wagner into an attack by Blue Demon Jr. Drago beat Fantasma and challenged again, only for the rudos to beat up the tecnicos after.
This show was alright. I thought the sixth match was the only real standout match. The second match had a lot of sloppiness early but would look good as a highlight package. It was weird to see Fantasma both challenging Fenix for the (in theory) most important title in the promotion but also come off as the fifth or sixth most important person in the main event. They ran a lot of angles to set up matches for the future, but none of them have a date. I’m sure AAA plans on doing them, but it’s hard to believe anything’s happen that doesn’t have a timeline attached. The production was bad, with AAA missing shots frequently; it was amazing the double moonsault made it through fine while the rest of the semi-main had some pretty poor choices. Whoever’s in charge of the entrance video apparently doesn’t know when cards changes are being made, because Aramis video was played (just like Demus a few weeks ago), and Parka Negra got no video.
Crowd was good though. AAA claimed a sellout and it looked that way from the photos. There were into the characters too. The building seats 8,000, minus whatever they cut off for the entrance set.
For what it’s worth, the AAA recap mentions the two title match challenges but not the Mascara/Maximo hair match one. It also missed Blue Demon Jr. attacking Dr. Wagner, so maybe it means nothing.
The story they told on commentary was Espectro & Kahoz were always meant to be a one show tribute to Antonio Pena. Espectro & Kahoz were listed on the poster for this show. It sure came off more like someone decided it didn’t work.
CMLL (SAT) 11/10/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial b Cholo & Inquisidor tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany b La Guerrera, La Vaquerita, Lluvia rudas took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego DQ Cancerbero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Tecnicos took 2/3, the second by rudo DQ for excessive violence
4) Rey Cometa b Drone [lightning] money thrown in
5) Drone, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. b Dark Magic, Ephesto, Luciferno Rudos took 1/3, Drone worked back to back, replacing Flyer and taking two straight losses.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Carístico b Mephisto, Shocker, Último Guerrero Shocker replaced Negro Casas. Tecnicos took 2/3, Atlantida on UG.
CMLL (SUN) 11/11/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito tecnicos took 2/3
2) Eléctrico, Robin, Súper Astro Jr. b Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Camorra DQ Yago [lightning] Hijo del Signo (Camorra) and Espanto Jr. (Yago) worked as seconds and got involved. Camorra took 2/3, the last when Signo hit Yago.
4) Blue Panther, El Audaz, Stuka Jr. b Kawato San, Okumura, Templario tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Felino, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Místico, Niebla Roja Niebla Roja & Rey Bucanero fought before the match even started. Bucanero won in straight falls, the second faking a foul. Niebla Roja challenged Rey Bucanero to a hair match, and Bucanero accepted.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente b Cavernario, Rush, Terrible Tecnicos took 2/3. Valiente & Diamante Azul beat Rush & Terrible to set up a tag title shot.
There’s a lot happening on Sunday shows suddenly. Not much of it is good but I do think it’s happening. That’s a difference between AAA & CMLL – one is a pretty safe bet to do something but most of it will be boring, the other might do stuff and might not, who knows. The interference in the singles match suggests they’re not setting up a singles apuesta match. Maybe it’ll be a tag match, maybe it’ll be a cage.
CMLL (FRI) 11/16/2018Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Espanto Jr. & Grako
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany vs La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela
3) Volador Jr. vs King Phoenix, Titán, Flyer, Místico, Soberano Jr., Tritón, El Audaz, Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Virus, Mephisto, Templario, Kawato San, Tiger [Leyenda de Plata]
4) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero
The Leyenda de Plata had the same rules as the Rey del Inframundo tournament: there’s a cibernetico, and this year’s winner faces the reigning champion. They did do that last year. La Mascara was the reigning champion and he was no longer in CMLL. Volador is now the reigning champion, so he really shouldn’t be in this match, he should facing the winner of it next week. Instead, the final two of this match will advance (which will probably include Volador.) Phoenix should advance if he’s booked for the 23rd.
The cibernetico probably should get a lot of time, because it’s the only sure good match on the crowd. Main event may remember the Caristico/Penta feud.
DTU , AKE (THU) 11/29/2018Arena Aficion
1) ? vs ??
2) Jitsu vs Aero Panther, Anarquía, Vengador Radioactivo, Mandala, Fight Panther
3) Demente Extreme & Paranoiko vs Black Fire & Pesadilla and Drolux & Hard Boy
4) Lady Maravilla & Moria vs Diosa Quetzal & Draztick Boy
5) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Kaleth & Tiburón
6) ?, Felino, Tiger Casas vs Aeroboy, Camuflaje, Jimmy
7) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs Crazy Frank, Hermes, Luigui
Another Arena Aficion show before the DTU anniversary show. Jimmy gets to face Felino in trios match before their big singles match. Crazy King broke up with Ciclope & Miedo Extremo pretty violently, but I guess they’re going to be a trio again here and on that Anniversary show.