Volador defeats Gran Guerrero in final pre-Aniversario CMLL show, AutoLuchas announcement on Tuesday

CMLL (FRI) 09/18/2020 Arena México [CMLLLucha CentralMarcaMas Lucha (3)Mas Lucha (full show), thecubsfan]
1) Diamond b Súper Astro Jr. CMLL MANO A MANO DIAMOND VS SUPER ASTRO JR. - VIERNES ESPECTACULAR 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE  2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:14. Diamond took 2/3.
2) Amapola & Reyna Isis b La Guerrera & La Jarochita CMLL JAROCHITA - GUERRERA VS AMAPOLA - REYNA ISIS / VIERNES ESPECTACULAR 18 SEPTIEMBRE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:35. Rudas took 1/3. La Guerrera replaced Lluvia.
3) Espíritu Negro & Rey Cometa b Hechicero & Mephisto CMLL REY COMETA - ESPÍRITU NEGRO VS MEPHISTO - HECHICERO / VIERNES ESPECTACULAR 18 SEPTIEMBRE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:04. AtrapaSueños took 2/3 and have won three matches in a row.
4) El Bandido, Místico, Valiente b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón CMLL MISTICO - VALIENTE - BANDIDO VS LA NGD / VIERNES ESPECTACULAR 18 SEPTIEMBRE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
20:41. Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero CMLL MANO A MANO DE FIGURAS / VOLADOR JR. VS GRAN GUERRERO VIERNES ESPECTACULAR 18 SEPTIEMBRE  2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:25. Volador took 2/3. Gran Guerrero was stretchered out after taking a Canadian Destroyer

Espiritu Negro/Rey Cometa versus Hechicero/Mephisto was Good, borderline higher. Everything else was forgettable. NGD wrestle the same match and just plugging in different tecnicos into their same spots. The match has worn on its welcome. Volador is sort of the same way, except he seemed to scale down what he was even doing a lot in the main event. He may have had two spots on offense before the mid-point of the third fall, and it was all near fall, long break, near fall from there.

Gran Guerrero sold the Destroyer like he suffered serious neck trauma, which concerned a lot of people watching. CMLL routinely has people stretchered out after taking Destroyers or other piledrivers, though that routine’s been broken with so much time off. The injury speculation became a big enough thing for CMLL to post a Gran Guerrero video statement saying he was ok.

CMLL’s done a good job of building up Espiritu Negro & Rey Cometa for the world tag team title match. It sticks out because there’s been no effort to build up any other match on the show similarly. The daring thing to would be to build up that brother team and then have them actually win the tag team titles next week when Caristico & Mistico break up. A Caristico/Mistico feud is the best bet to sell some iPPVs and it seems like CMLL’s still going to be stuck on this path for a while.

There’s still no answer as to what CMLL is doing for the women’s title match, except that Marcela still appears to be wrestling on the Aniversario.

I presume CMLL would’ve reported the finish of their Flyer/Atlantis vs Tiger/Hijo del Villlano III tag title match if the titles changed hands. They haven’t mentioned it.

AAA will have a press conference Tuesday at 11 AM to talk about their Auto Luchas project. They passed the news to media members and Psycho Clown mentioned it in his weekly column. There’s no hint as to when the shows might happen, but the timing of the announcement fits with the very unofficial concept of AAA returning in October. Drive-in wrestling shows appear to still be prohibited in Mexico City, but we’ve seen policy changes being announced suddenly and only after affected shows have already been announced. (A minor drive-in show is announced tonight for Mexico City, so maybe something has happened or maybe everyone’s just casually doing their own thing.)

MexaWrestling and Lucha Libre Vanguardia are running shows tonight. MexaWrestling will air on Mas Lucha’s premium channel at some point. Neither the promotion nor the service has been especially clear on when it airs. It’s possible it’s airing tonight and they just haven’t explained it, but I think it’s probably just being taped. Vanguardia airs as Facebook Group iPPV a week from Sunday. Mas Lucha seems to be airing a Guadalajara empty arena show tonight.

Lucha Memes has Perro de Guerra Jr. & Blaze for their 10/04 Battle of Coalaco tournament. Blaze has shown promise in some of the empty arena matches but those are a bit underwhelming names. These usually tournaments start out with bigger names, but maybe they’ll come along later.

Segunda Caida writes about a 1995 CMLL handheld.

Princesa Sugehit tests positive for COVID-19, Volador/Gran Guerrero tonight, various conspiracies

Princesa Sugehit announced she tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. Her positive came in on Wednesday morning. The announcement was made that afternoon on CMLL Informa. She said she was showing no symptoms.

Sugehit will be quarantined in her home in Monterrey for two weeks to prevent the spread of the virus. She will be unavailable to participate in CMLL’s Aniversario show, despite winning the poll to challenge Marcela for the CMLL Women’s Championship. CMLL said Wednesday they’d announce how they’ll handle this situation shortly. There’s been no announcement as of Friday midday. CMLL’s website currently lists Marcela as defending the title, with a challenger to be determined.

Princesa Sugehit is the first person in either CMLL or AAA to acknowledge a positive COVID diagnosis. (I don’t know of any other positive tests, but there’s no reason anyone would’ve announced them until now.) Sugehit mentions she’s been tested three times, the last just back in Monterrey. Sugehit’s wrestled at least three times – once on PPV, twice on TV matches airing the previous week – so CMLL doesn’t seem to be testing before every match. Perhaps CMLL is doing the entire week of TV in one batch, and everyone’s getting tested before that marathon starts.

The fairest way to honor the fan’s votes would delay Princesa Sugehit’s title match until she’s cleared to return. That was the outcome last year when Marcela couldn’t defend this same title on this same show due to injury, though it took until Chrismas to make that match up. CMLL’s lineup suggests they’re still planning on having Dalys Marcela defend the title at this point. CMLL could hold another poll to determine a replacement challenger, as they did when Cavernario was injured. The CMLL Informa chat, not necessarily a representative sample, preferred that option. CMLL could also replace Sugehit with the second-place finisher, Dalys. That’s the most straightforward option and is also the likeliest.

The combination of Dalys and distrust in CMLL has led a segment of the CMLL fanbase to be suspicious of this story. The theory is CMLL paying Princesa Sugehit (money, more bookings for the rarely seen Raider, other benefits) to bow out of the match so Dalys can get it instead. That would’ve fit with CMLL’s plan; they expected Dalys to win this title shot. Dalys had been upset on social media when fans were not making that happen. CMLL’s programming division and Dalys seem to agree on this – she’s booked as the #1 woman even without the title, so she’s the would be the ‘correct’ choice to be dominated. The title doesn’t seem to mean anything as far as selling tickets or gaining the interest of the fans. Dalys title matches haven’t been impressive, but the title itself means the world to her.

I have trouble believing this theory just because of the COVID diagnosis. That’s going to way more people to look into the story than you’d want. Reporting a positve COVID test will cause local authorities to evaluate CMLL’s health plans. Everyone close to Sugehit has to question their health status. If CMLL wanted to pull a scam, Sugehit could’ve claimed a knee injury or a muscle pull, and it’s a non-story outside the small world of CMLL. JCR & Sugehit seemed to be taking the issue too seriously for it to be any ruse, though I’m terrible at figuring out those things.

That last point is worth noting: CMLL’s shown concern and support for Princesa Sugehit after this diagnosis. You’d think that would be something any wrestling promotion would do, but maybe not every promotion. So it’s worth noting CMLL is handling this as they should.

CMLL Informa also corrected the match order slightly. It’s going Micros, World Trios, Mexican Women, Mexican Trios, CMLL Women, NWA Welter, and CMLL Tag. I don’t immediately understand how they came up with that order, but I’ve burnt out on caring. This show will be Caristico’s fourth Aniversario main event and first since 2010. It’ll be the first for everyone else. All matches will be one fall, which is probably for the best with seven matches.

CMLL finishes out the pre-Aniversario stretch tonight with another Ticketmaster Live card. Volador versus Gran Guerrero is the headline match. I wonder if Volador and Ultimo Guerrero were meant to be this main event before UG disappeared from these cards. The interactions in the preview trios matches have been lackluster. Volador & GG have to step it up a lot to make this an exciting match, something Volador hasn’t done much the last couple of years.

NGD make their first PPV appearance of this run against Mistico, Bandido, and Valiente. Espiritu Negro & Rey Cometa continue their appearances, this time against Hechicero & Mephisto. Jarochita teams with newly minted title challenger Lluvia against Amapola and Reyna Isis. The always fun Super Astro Jr. returns in the opener to face Diamond.

The show airs on Ticketmaster Live at 8:30 pm. I can’t imagine anyone buying this today; the only people watching will be those bought the entire package a few weeks ago, the people who will be watching CMLL no matter what. Tonight’s event is the last regular show in the package. CMLL hasn’t announced how they’ll handle these going into October.

The Los Angeles Times has a long on Ultimo Guerrero and Olimpico, among others, working in food trucks because lucha libre has shut down. Olimpico’s working at his wife’s pre-existing crepe business. Ultimo Guerrero is at his recently purchased hamburger truck. Guerrero’s hamburger stand is the most popular in this neighborhood, thanks to his popularity as a wrestler. The article reads like the transition to street food has been a success, though they miss wrestling.

The Los Angeles Times article mentions he works there with his wife, Lluvia. Their relationship had not been acknowledged publicly but was the source of a lot of recent discussion gossip site discussion alongside Lluvia’s surprising poll results.

Tiger & Hijo del Villano III will be challenging for the national tag team titles on Televisa on Saturday, as revealed as part of the weekly virtual media day. They’ve been feuding with Atlantis Jr. & Flyer on that TV show these last two weeks, the only feud CMLL’s done on TV so far. I remain surprised how little CMLL has pushed this match on social media. Maybe there are promos on TV. CMLL – and most lucha libre in general – still see TV as the enemy to the live turnout and that’s seemingly why lucha libre on TV is never much promoted. There’s no live gate now, so the best thing CMLL can do is get people to buy their PPVs (which they promote well) and watch their TV (which they barely acknowledge.) Maybe it is just hard to change that mindset.

Lucha Memes, LLB (WED) 09/16/2020 Arena Lopez Mateos [Mas Lucha]
1) Gremlin b Kastigador (Querétaro)
2) Rey Marte b DominioImperio
3) Toxin b Fly Star
4) Corsario Negro Jr. COR Drako
Drako couldn’t make it back in after being thrown into the barricade. Fantasma de la Opera & Cerebro Negro were advertised but are not listed in the results.
5) Mike Segura b Freelance
6) Ricky Marvin b Arez [cage]
Arez argued he was only pinned for two.
7) Aramis b Baby Extreme

I’m not sure the same deal of the Arez/Marvin finish. This match at Lucha memes was their second lucha of the night, having wrestled in CAR The Crash and doing a hair match challenge shortly before. They did a hair match challenge in Arena Lopez Mateos as well. My feeling, baseless without seen either of those matches, is to move away from that feud for now. There’s nothing gained from Arez losing to Marvin so often. Arez getting the win, or Arez losing again in a hair match, might as well be saved for a day when a lot more people can be put in the building.

The photos show not many people in the building. The promotion said it was just a consequence of 30% capacity. AULL’s reopening show was also limited to 30%, but that seemed to be many more people. That “30%” appeared more than 30%; Memes might have the right amount of people. Legend also ran last weekend in Arena Lopez Mateos, which might clarify this attendance bit, except there are no photos of that one. Legend is putting that show & the 09/26 show as a 250 MXP Whatsapp PPV, and they seem to have stopped people from videoing their PPV (or at least putting it out yet.)f

This Memes show will eventually turn up on IWTV. Lucha Memes is back on 10/04 in Coliseo Coacalco with another eight-person tournament.

Arena Mama Lucha-s in Mexico State has been closed by the authorities. The local Cuatitulan Izcalli municipality closed the arena for running public events during the pandemic without proper health procedures. Their first show since the start of the pandemic did take place. Reports aren’t clear on that part, but there’s a video of the matches on their YouTube channel. I believe they’re prohibited from having more events at the moment. Lucha Libre shows in Mexico State were allowed to restart on August 17th, though individual towns may have different policies. It appears the promotion took the required medical care of the wrestlers; they’ve posted videos of the sanitization and COVID testing procedures. The promotion also posted photos of what they say was a non-wrestling event that was not stopped by the government. The government notice cited various health statues but didn’t give a specific reason for the shutdown.

The accusation is this shutdown is tied to the Anibal Jr./Princesa Azul situation from three months ago: Anibal suddenly revoked permission from his “daughter” to use the character, Princesa Azul implied sexual harassment and refused to change the name. Nothing much came of it; Princesa Azul hasn’t worked a whole lot in the last few months (like everyone else), so there wasn’t much to take issue with over the name. This show was her first announced match in Mexico State since everything happened. Anibal Jr. also promotes in the state, so the idea is he’s got some extra influence in the area. Mama Lucha hasn’t posted specific evidence of Anibal being involved. It’s more circumstantial stuff like a message chain from a few weeks ago where it appears Anibal is still upset about the situation. The promoter also pointed out there were seven shows in Mexico State that day, and hers was the only one shut down. Anibal’s not talked about the situation on social media. He did seem to reference in a post an Albert Einstein quote about not caring what others think of you. Wrestling people tend to be conspiracy-minded, but it’s public enough that everyone will be watching for it the next time Princesa Azul is booked in Mexico State.

The head of the Torreon lucha libre commission has submitted health protocols to the local government for resuming lucha libre. They sound a lot like what’s being done in Mexico State – 30% capacity, mandatory COVID testing – which the head commissioner insists will make all shows unprofitable. He’s saying tests cost 1000 pesos. I’m curious how promotions around Mexico State are making it work at that price. There are some indications they’ve found sponsors or have turned into a marketing partnership.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan faces Jean Montanez in a hair versus mask match on 09/26. It’s the Montanez WR promotion, and they usually win, but it’d be strange for anyone to lose their hair at 30% capacity.

DTU released their full next card, which will be a charity show

DTU (FRI) 10/02/2020 Pachuca, Hidalgo
1) Dragón Suicida & Flash Boy vs Anarquía (Veracruz) & Dariux
2) Blaze vs Princesa AzulFight PantherBrazo CiberneticoDiosa QuetzalDark Power
3) Brazo De Oro Jr. vs KevinSamuray Jr.Aeropanther [DTU AI, #1 Contenders, torneo]
4) Hormgia vs Kaleth?Brazo Celestial [DTU AI, torneo, #1 Contenders]
5) ?, Chaneke, Disturbio vs Demente Extreme, Hijo De Dr. Pólux Jr., Paranoiko
6) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Galeno del Mal and Black Fire & Camuflaje

This was originally supposed to air 09/27, which would’ve been a free show airing at the same time as Vanguardia’s PPV. DTU’s show moved to the Friday after to avoid conflict.

Cibernetico says he plans to return to the ring in February and still wants Ultimo Guerrero’s title.

 

El Diario de Finanza has a list of what luchadors are paid per match. They do some research in the post, but the big list they use doesn’t seem to be sourced in any way I can tell, but maybe they’re right.

El Dandy & Satanico will be honored (but do not appear to be wrestling ) on a 10/04 Arena San Juan show. There are over 50 people booked for a show which appears to be selling no tickets and airing on the internet for free.

Latin Lover made one of his periodic mentions that he’d like to do another match.

An article saying a scheduled show in Leon has been canceled doesn’t seem to mention why it’s canceled.

Chessman was named in charge of the Deportivo de Alto Rendimento Villa Nicolas Romero, a local government-sponsored boxing and wrestling training center.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

CMLL Aniversario lineup set, Independence day shows

CMLL is planning on announcing the full Aniversario lineup this afternoon. CMLL’s website quietly lists it already. Here’s what we got.

CMLL (FRI) 09/25/2020 Arena México
CMLL 87th Aniversario
1) Chamuel © vs Microman [CMLL MICROS]
first defense since belt was decided
2) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero © vs Hechicero, Templario, Terrible [CMLL TRIOS]
fourth defense
3) Volador Jr. © vs El Bandido [NWA WELTER]
sixth defense
4) Marcela © vs Princesa Sugehit [CMLL WOMEN]
sixth defense
5) La Metálica © vs Lluvia [MEX WOMEN]
3rd defense, first since last year’s Aniversario
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus [MEX TRIOS]
15th defense (previous announced 15th defense was canceled)
7) Carístico & Místico © vs Espíritu Negro & Rey Cometa [CMLL TAG]
second defense

The poll closed yesterday with no late surprises. The match order is determined by votes for each match. Mas Lucha noticed that the polling script CMLL lists the actual amount of votes for each option in each poll if you dig around in the code. These are the match totals they came up with (plus the Micros one that was missing)

  • CMLL World Tag: 37,251
  • Mexican Trios Title: 36,196
  • Mexican Women’s Title: 36,581
  • CMLL Women’s Title: 35,525
  • NWA Welterweight Title: 35,037
  • CMLL World Trios: 34,989
  • CMLL Micros: 34,049

The order Mas Lucha has doesn’t quite match up with the votes they’re listing. The votes look correct. The main event is correct but some of the other matches move around. There’s something they’re doing I’m not understanding; I put it up there in the vote order. We’ll know for sure in a few hours anyway.

There wasn’t a whole lot of difference between each of the polls, just about 10% between highest and least. It’s close enough that just a slight push in a direction probably was enough to change order. There’s no obvious pattern. The first poll on the page finished second to last in votes. Some near the bottom were blows outs but so was the top one.

Maybe the pattern to notice is the matches CMLL absolutely wouldn’t book under normal circumstances are the ones who are on the top of the card. Espiritu Negro & Rey Cometa, Los Cancerberos, and Lluvia do not get these sort of title matches under normal circumstances and they’re the three top vote-getters.

Informa will talk to the challengers today.

Ke Monito has a new twitter account as @kemonito_cmll.

NJPW airing CMLL matches this week, which are either empty arena matches we haven’t seen or oddly photographed old matches. Those matches appear to be airing on TV in Japan, not on NJPW World.

Finn Balor says he’d like to see an NXT versus CMLL show. Finn Balor knows what to say to get his name in the paper.

Today is Mexican Independence Day. It’s normally one of the busier days of the year for lucha libre. It remains one of the busiest days in a while: twelve (advertised) shows is a lot by pandemic standards. It’s well down from usual: there were 33 shows last year, and 79 in 2018 when it lined up on a Sunday. Three shows stick out as notable:

  • Lucha Memes & Lucha Libre Boom runs Double Power in Arena Lopez Mateos. Arez and Ricky Marvin meet in a cage match, with Arez still looking for that first win over Arez. Aramis meets Baby Extreme in a battle of two young flyers (though not actually a first-time match as advertised) and Freelance meets Miek Segura in a battle of two old flyers. This show is said to be going up at IWTV “in a few days.”
  • CAR The Crash is advertising a Ricky Marvin vs Arez vs Skayde vs Latigo main event. I think this one might happen before the Lucha Memes show; it’s scheduled to start about a half-hour earlier and has fewer matches. Even in a pandemic, people are getting double-booked with shows which will be challenging to make. These shows (with no obvious promoter but probably run by Ancla) have been making YouTube lately.
  • Arena Neza has a show listed on the poster as iPPV, but I don’t see any place to actually order it. The main matches have been put on YouTube a day or so later for free by approved bootleggers, reducing the reason to buy anyway. The main event has LA Park vs Dr. Wagner vs Black Taurus.

There are likely many more shows going, just not being advertised on social media to avoid being shut down.

Lucha Memes says they’ll announce their next card today. If you’re reading this, either it hasn’t happened yet or I forgot to delete this sentence. You’ll never know unless you read the whole post.

AAA posted a promo of CIMA challenging Fenix. Daga already challenged Fenix, so I think we’re just getting rudos cutting promos on various people that may not be all that meaningful but still fun.

A tribute to La Parka & Taboo was held in their hometown of Hermosillo.

EMW’s plans for running drive-in shows have been postponed, which means Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf may have jumped for no show, or maybe didn’t jump at all, or I don’t know.

It turns out the relaunch of the Turiluchas bus (where patrons end up in a brewery to watch the show) is the only themed Turibus running. That article about the business mentions they’re hoping to open up more bus routes by the end of the month.

El Sol de Tampico has an interview with Blackman III, who talks about wrestling in IWRG (under a different name?)

Xalapa luchador Barret passed away. He seems to have wrestled between 2013 and 2015.

Mas Lucha has a new edition of En+Carados.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/18/2020 Arena México
1) Diamond vs Súper Astro Jr.
2) La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Amapola & Reyna Isis
3) Espíritu Negro & Rey Cometa vs Hechicero & Mephisto
4) El Bandido, Místico, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero

This card isn’t going to excite anyone who isn’t already in for these shows. I don’t know that Bandido/Gran Guerrero would’ve been a better draw but it feels like it would’ve been a better idea to use Bandido as if he won’t be available again soon. They can run that Volador/Gran Guerrero match any time and it’ll mean the same. The fans in the poll seem to be high on Bandido and CMLL’s high enough to include him on every PPV, but they haven’t really utilized him more in any special way.

It’s strange because CMLL does seem to be going with the poll results in other ways. Rey Cometa & Espiritu Negro are probably going to get three wins in a row to set up the tag title match, which feels like the only match being built up and surely wouldn’t happen if they weren’t getting so many votes. Lluvia, who seems to stand as good a chance as anyone as winning a title on the Aniversario, is actually booked.

I like that Super Astro Jr. exists again.

IWRG (SUN) 09/20/2020 Arena Naucalpan
1) Legendario vs Atomic Star
2) Fulgor I vs Black Danger
3) Jessy Ventura & Pasion Kristal vs Hijo De Kahoz & Hijo Del Espectro [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
4) Dragón Bane vs Shun Skywalker
5) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Capo del Norte & Capo del Sur [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
6) Toxin © vs Puma de Oro [IWRG MEXICO]
first defense

Dragon Bane gets a chance to avenge his loss in the Rey del Ring tournament.

some early September CMLL/indie extra reviews

I’m not posting stand-alone recaps lately, so match ratings are sitting in document files on my drive and not published anywhere. I’m not enthused to do ratings nor do I think I’m good at it, but if I don’t do these maybe no one will and the world will be missing the crucial knowledge of which Sonic match was slightly better than all the other Sonic matches.

(There’s probably not a next news post until Wednesday evening, waiting on CMLL to make announcements. I still need to go back and watch some Skywalker matches.)

07/30 (not really) AMX Yago vs Sonic: [great] The very early leader for the best empty arena match. Partly because Sonic is a nutcase for doing a missed dive in front of no one. That’s balanced by some very appreciated creativity, like the dive into a blind armdrag later on. I gave up Sonic after his repeated knee injuries and that was an obvious mistake; he’s got the ability to very entertaining if CMLL will let him out of the openers. He won no falls and looked like a star still. This is another of Yago being a really good rudo base in a promotion that really needs them. Go out of your way to watch this.

On the 08/29 Vanguardia show, I had both the Cruiserweight four-way match and the main event as good. The main event grade is irrelevant: if you like big spectacle hardcore matches, you should definitely watch this. If that had also aired in front of an audience like IWTV, people would’ve been talking about it for days. I’m high on Draztick Boy matches and this one gave me another good one; it was borderline higher.

08/29 IAW Arez vs Energía vs Iron Kid vs Látigo for the IAW Championship: [great] Just a level above everything else on this show, moving really fast and pulling off the creative stuff they were trying. Other matches on this show weren’t lacking for ideas, but this one put them together in the best way and could actually pull them off. There are miles of interesting things to GIF here if one is so inclined. Iron Kid is missing a hook or a breakout performance because he doesn’t seem far behind Arez & Latigo but it doesn’t feel like he treated as that level of star. Latigo adding more submissions balances out his size issues well.

The rest of the show was all OK grades. Jitsu and Tromba were really going for it in their match but it was not happening at all in the first half. Baby Love has the offense down but is missing that connection to the crowd. This was a weird crowd: they did it Japanese style where fans (far more than 30%) were allowed into the building but no one was allowed to cheer, and no one seemed to know how to react instead. I have the previous IAW show sitting around to watch but couldn’t get motivated to watch more empty arena stuff. Maybe later.

On the 09/04 PPV, I went OK with everything except for a Below Average for the women’s match. Just too much sloppiness there. An OK grade is generous for that main event.

09/05 Gala (09/13 YouTube): Checked this out primarily to check in on Atlantis Jr. (& Flyer) vs Hijo del Villano III (& Tiger). Villano had seemed to be putting on weight to no longer be skinny. He’s back to being skinny and seems to be moving better. The match is thoroughly average, a welcome improvement for Flyer (though he still goes bad near the end.) Sonic/Grako was OK. It wasn’t going to be remarkable but Grako running out of gas late hurt a lot. I gave the main event one fall and figured out it was nothing worth thinking about.

09/11 AMX Jarochita/Reina Isis: [good] The PPV match seems slightly better. Jarochita (end of first fall) and Isis (late in the third) have impressive transitions into submissions during the match. Jarochita screaming until her finishing sequence is a nice a bit of energy. Isis controlling the match with a lot of eye scrapes and lesser brawling attacks slows it down a bit.

On the 09/11 PPV, I went Good for everything except a Below Average for the main event. I didn’t feel strongly positive about any of the matches except the Soberano/Titan vs Tiger/Templario match, but those all felt superior to the matches from the previous work. Maybe I’m giving too many points to effort but it’s a rare quantity.

09/12 MVS Oro Jr./Coyote: [good] More stuff going on early on than the PPV match. They were off a bit in the third, Coyote especially not coming close to catching Oro’s dive. There’s a lot of overlap between these matches, though this one got a little less time.

The 09/12 Televisa show should be on YouTube next week, but the three known matches (Felino/Star, Jarochita/Sugehit vs Tiffany/Infernal, Flyer/Atlantis vs Villano/Tiger) don’t seem like something I need to see. I’m making my periodic attempt to cut down watching CMLL for anything else with my time. It never really sticks.

IWRG, AAA title defense, next Vanguardia show

IWRG (SUN) 09/13/2020 Arena Naucalpan [Mas LuchaR de Rudo]
1) Dick Angelo 3G b Rey Halcón Jr. Eliminatorias por el Campeonato Intecontinental de Parejas | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV)
Dick Angelo replaced Legendario
2) Avisman, Fulgor I, Karaoui b Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Eragón Eliminatorias por el Campeonato Intecontinental de Parejas | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by mluchatv)
3) Puma de Oro b Toxin [super libre] Eliminatorias por el Campeonato Intecontinental de Parejas | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by mluchatv)
Puma de Oro got the win to set up a title match next week.
4) Demonio Infernal & Fresero Jr. b Big Chico Che & Big Ovett [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal] Eliminatorias por el Campeonato Intecontinental de Parejas | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by mluchatv)
5) Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus b Shun Skywalker & Yoshioka [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal] Eliminatorias por el Campeonato Intecontinental de Parejas | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by mluchatv) VIBRO LA ARENA  NAUCALPAN EN  ELIMINATORIA MÉXICO-JAPÓN POR CAMPEONATO INTERCONTINENTAL DE PAREJAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV)

Those two winning teams face in the semifinals, probably on 09/27. Los Traumas versus Los Capos and Los Exoticos versus Hijo del Espectro & Hijo de Kahoz are the next quarterfinals.

There would absolutely be a show in Naucalpan on 09/16 most years. It doesn’t appear there will be one this year.

Daga defended the AAA Latin American championship against Isaias Velazquez Saturday in Chicago Heights. AAA didn’t seem to acknowledge this title match. They didn’t either with the Fenix/Aeroboy match a couple of years ago but I counted it then so why not now.

No big changes in the CMLL polling. Lluvia’s lead over Reyna Isis is hovering around five percent, and it’s the closest battle.

Diario el Mundo has a remembrance of past Orizaba, Veracruz luchadors.

Box Y Lucha 3439 has so many things on the cover. The “El Aribto” cover is a delayed obituary for the writer who passed away early during the pandemic. Inside, Hijo del Pirata Morgan (hair) versus Jean Montanez (mask) is announced for September 26th and Tromba reveals he’s actually an alien from the planet Iris.

Lineups

Vanguardia (SAT) 09/19/2020 Estadio Primero de Mayo, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Alfa Jr. & Dayami vs Misionero & Zuzu Divine
2) Billy Biker & Murdoc vs Dragón Boy & Rey Dragón
3) Gasparín & Símbolo Azteca © vs Drolux & Moria [BMLL TAG]
4) Látigo vs Lobo BlancoCrazy King [VANGUARDIA 4X4]
5) Oriental vs ArezDraztick BoyFalcón Fire [BMLL CRUISER]
6) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Jitsu & Santy Hernández [explosion]

Full lineup for the the next show. This is a PPV a week or so later. I think they had it on 09/27. Mas Lucha is airing a free DTU charity show on 09/27 (lineup is sort of implied by the poster) so that would be a rough day to run a PPV but who knows.

The idea is Ciclope scared Santy Hernandez into re-hiring him and making the main event. The last explosion match they did had good (loud, not actually dangerous) explosions. I’d like to see the fourway match if you’re willing to deal with Whatsapp & Facebook.

Taboo passes away, CMLL PPV week 2 sets up (bad looking) Gran Guerrero/Volador match, CMLL TV update

CMLL (FRI) 09/11/2020 Arena México [CMLLLucha CentralMarcaOvacionesR de Rudo, thecubsfan]
1) El Coyote b Oro Jr.
13:44. Coyote took 2/3.
2) La Jarochita b Reina Isis
17:15. Jarochita 1/3.
3) Espíritu Negro & Rey Cometa b Cancerbero & Raziel
16:51. AtrapaSuenos took 2/3.
4) Soberano Jr. & Titán b Templario & Tiger
25:42 (last fall 14:21). Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Sansón b El Bandido, Flyer, Volador Jr.
13:45. Rudos took 2/3. Gran Guerrero used the ropes to beat Volador, setting up a singles match next week.

The fourth match may have been the best. There was a lot of effort and Titan came up with some new ideas, though it may have been stronger with a crowd. The main event was the weakest match easily. Everything beyond the Bandido/Euforia sequences showed no effort. Flyer looked like he didn’t belong in a ring. Volador and Gran Guerrero are not trying to an embarrassing degree. The singles match between them next week is unappealing. The bigger problem is it’s hard to be excited for this Volador to face Bandido in two weeks if this is the Volador we’re getting now.

Coyote/Oro Jr. had a good third fall. Jarochita & Reina Isis continue to show that the younger CMLL women will try to make something happen if put against each other. Cancerbero & Raziel didn’t step it up much, though Cometa & Negro showed a few more teamwork spots. The semi-main got a lot of time and I can hardly remember anything Tiger did in it. Titan & Templario had a long final back and forth to finish that.

La Jarochita took a header on a tope in the third fall, looked shook up, but was allowed to continue after a ten-second consult by the doctor. Cancerbero seemed to get drilled head first into the sideboard in the tercera, but was up like nothing happened.

The seemingly inevitable PPV failure took place on this show. There were stream issues from just after the second match concluded until the last fall of the fourth match. The video and audio were out of sync, with both distorted at times. The stream also stopped, seemingly an attempt to restart it. CMLL replaced the two affected matches after the show, though not without the stream going out another time during the replay. It appeared the stream was set to automatically end after three and a half hours; they got it back going again quickly if you refreshed. It is frustrated this happened but better it happened in week two rather than the Aniversario. Maybe CMLL and Ticketmaster will learn from it, and at least the viewer now has the expectation that any compromised match will just be replayed later. It may be a very long night on September 25th but you will get to see everything.

additional CMLL empty arena shows

CMLL is taping and airing new matches for their TV shows, though those shows seem to be as scarcely advertised. I believe they started airing last weekend, though only a new match on the AMX show (old TV Mex) show was mentioned by the promotion. Friday’s AMX show aired three matches, including Blue Panther (Senior & Junior) defeating Luciferno & Polvora. MVS TV on Saturday showed three matches of their own, with a Black Panther & Dulce Gardenia over Okumura & Akuma main event. Televisa was the one channel I was not able to record, but someone watching the show mentioned three matches on the show (and seemed to indicate there was an additional opening match.) Only Televisa seemed to be getting a match program: there was an allusion to Flyer & Atlantis vs Tiger & Hijo del Villano III last weekend too. The rudos won this week, so they’re probably headed to a tag title match next week. Maybe CMLL will mention it? These shows total up to ten additional matches taped a week in addition to the five airing weekly on PPV.

Since I started writing this, CMLL revealed they’ll be putting up last week’s Televisa episode on YouTube Sunday, so we’ll at least get to see those matches.

CMLL had shows on Teleformula (Sunday) and MegaCable (Monday) before the pandemic. Those channels currently aren’t mentioned on the CMLL website and I’m not sure if they’re still airing. It’s always been believed CMLL makes only a small money on these TV deals, especially the non-Televisa ones. It must still be something. CMLL wouldn’t bother to tape new matches if they weren’t profitable endeavors

I’m using the air dates for these shows as tape dates, as I’ve tended to do for most mysterious streaming content during this pandemic. Those dates aren’t correct, these shows aren’t live. I think it could be possible to deeply research social media to see which wrestlers are posting pre/post-match Instagram photos and track ringside clothing changes to figure out when things were taped, but it doesn’t seem like a great use of my time.

A pattern:

  • PPV’s women’s match was La Jarochita vs Reina Isis
  • AMX’s women’s match was La Jarochita vs Reina Isis
  • Televisa’s women’s match was La Jarochita & Princesa Sugehit vs Tiffany & La Infernal
  • MVS’s women’s match was La Jarochita & Princesa Sugehit vs Tiffany & La Infernal

All those are different matches; some of the gear changes even if the matches do not. The repetitiveness of these matches is a discussion is a thing in itself, but La Jarochita wrestling so many times sticks out. Sugehit is wrestling and Marcela was on PPV last week. Are all the tecnicas unavailable? It’s strange Lluvia is leading a poll to get a title shot but hasn’t wrestled as far as I can tell. (Though she may not be leading for long; Reina Isis has suddenly made up a lot of ground.)

Additional Notes

Former AAA luchador Taboo (Bardo Escoboza, 49) passed away Friday in Queretaro. Mas Lucha reports the cause of death as pulmonary thrombosis – clotting in his lungs – originally suffered a week earlier. Taboo’s time as an AAA television performer was relatively brief. Cibernetico and La Parka were (again) feuding, with Cibernetico using video of Parka’s family and kidnapped Parka’s son with the help of the new masked ally. La Parka’s legitimate brother, Taboo, was introduced as the masked man. Taboo became part of Cibernetico’s Bizarros group, then faded out once as that concept did the same. Taboo won the IWRG IC Heavyweight Championship in 2011. He may have used the name Karis la Momia afterward, but he didn’t seem to wrestle much outside of 2010-2012.

No big positive changes on the biweekly Mexico health map; some states rolled back from Yellow to Orange. The colors are easier to understand version of an underlying point system. A state has to get to 15 to get to Yellow. Mexico City was in the mid-20s, so nowhere close. Mexico State was at 16, so they’re almost there. The next update is scheduled for 09/25.

You may have forgotten the Stronghearts showed up in AAA card earlier this year. Apparently they’re still coming for Big Mami and Nino Hamburguesa.

Mr. Condor says he’s taking a break from wrestling until after the coronavirus goes away. (Furia de Titanes noticed this post first.)

Arena Puebla’s Manuel Robles says La Fiera is the best wrestler from Puebla ever. He also names Egipico, Loco Max, Stigma, Centella de Oro, and Lestat; the big factor here are people who wrestled as locals in Arena Puebla who made it to Arena Mexico even briefly. He says CMLL has told him it’s not worth the cost to do TicketMaster Live-like empty shows in Puebla or Guadalajara, so they’re sidelined until they can open to fans.

Lucha Libre Vanguardia is happening on 09/19, airing as a PPV on 09/27

I guess Fly Star couldn’t make the show so they moved the title over? And they didn’t know that until after the last show happened? I’m not sure. Mas Lucha briefly uploaded and then removed a video with Ciclope & Santy Hernandez teasing an explosion match, so maybe look for that next week. Not much more time before this show.

Chinampaluchas luchadors were handing out masks or threatening holds in the Zocalo. The photo with the article shows them handing one to a traffic officer, which might suggest how seriously people in charge are taking all of this.

Soberano & Titan versus Templario & Tiger tonight on 2nd CMLL iPPV

The second of the three CMLL pre-Aniversario PPVs takes place tonight. There’s a better on paper match than anything we’ve seen. It’s still a lot of matches just to have matches.

The main event has Volador Jr., Bandido, Flyer against Sanson, Gran Guerrero, Euforia. Gran Guerrero tossed his mask to draw a DQ on Volador, setting up this rematch. That is the usual CMLL set up a singles match for 09/18. Volador’s already scheduled to have a singles match on 09/25. The same guy having back to back singles matches is almost never done in CMLL, but this is a strange time. CMLL going to Volador to be in a special match is something we’ve seen a lot from them in recent years.

Soberano & Titan take on Templario & Tiger in the semi-main. That looks like a very strong match on paper. Last week’s environment didn’t feel conducive to great matches, but these guys will show enough effort to make up for it. Tiger is the one I’m least confident among this foursome; the disappointing FantasticaMania tour (earlier this year or a century ago, it’s hard to remember) felt like he may have already peaked as far as what we’re getting out of him in CMLL. Maybe the other guys can bring more out of him.

Rey Cometa & Espiritu Negro face Raziel & Cancerbero in a tag match between luchadors likely to challenge for the Aniversario show. La Jarochita & Reyna Isis and Oro Jr. & Coyote meet in singles match.

The show streams at 8:30 pm. If you got the bundle package (which I assume is 95% of the people watching), you need to go into your email and click the same link as last week.

Last week’s show went two hours; the matches went a little longer to compensate for less of them. That seemed to hurt the action if anything; it’s ok and probably better if Oro & Coyote get 10 minutes and not 15. I’d also like to see some copyright-free music for entrances because the silence is weird.

SuperLuchas reports Cavernario is expected out three to four months; we’ve probably seen the last of him until 2021.

Templario officially replaced Barbaro Cavernario in likely trios title challengers. He’s still eligible to wrestle twice and challenge Volador, though it’s unlikely that’ll happen. Gallito has cut Microman’s lead to 11% in that poll, though he’ll have to pick up the pace greatly to surpass by next Wednesday’s deadline. There’s no big shakeups in the other polls.

Olimpico talked about his switch to being a referee on CMLL Informa. It was as much a battlefield promotion as it seemed. CMLL isn’t going to use Pompin, Bestia Negra, and Terror Chino as referees during the pandemic so Panico brought up the idea to Olimpico. Olimpico has no referee license, with Fantasma letting him slide on his wrestler license for the rest of 2020 due to the situation. They’ll sort out a referee license (and maybe a new name, like Metalico/Tigre Infante) next year. Olimpico would like a retirement show, when fans can comeback, but is otherwise considering himself retired.

I wonder if other CMLL luchadors were asked; could we’ve gotten referee Rey Bucanero or Nitro or some other wrestler near the end of their run? I guess we might still if something happens to Metalico or Edgar.

The CMLL media interviews this week were Bandido, Reina Isis, and Mephisto. Mephisto said the best argument for his team to get the trios title is they’ve been a team so long. I think that might actually be why they’re losing. He notes he beat Ultimo Guerrero for tag titles long ago so they’ve got a good chance if they get the match. Bandido says he wasn’t expecting the fan support and has lots of people he’d like to face even past Volador, like a hair match with Ultimo Guerrero.

Mascara 2000 says 2021 will be his last year of wrestling. This is the normal retirement stuff, though the reality is he probably shouldn’t be wrestling this year as it is. If CMLL isn’t putting the older referees in the ring, they probably can’t be putting 62-year-old Jesus Reyes either. 60-year-old Negro Casas is listed in one of the polls but hasn’t been scheduled otherwise for a match yet.

Salvador Lutteroth is again scheduled to appear on a panel discussion next Friday. This one is on the legacy of lucha libre in Baja California, airing on the Facebook page for the Secretary of Culture. Rey Misterio & Maurcio Limon Pino are also from the Comic Con panel. Estudiante Jr., Lady Lee and Ruby Gardenia are also scheduled to appear.

AAA put up a Daga vignette challenging Fenix. I’d like to think these vignettes are going somewhere but Daga being involved makes me feel like it’s just something to keep people talking. Daga also seems to have made his match this Saturday in Warrior Wrestling against Isais Velazquez a title match.

Lucha Memes says their 09/16 show will be their first show on IWTV. There’s no word yet of when it’ll be on there, though the promotion does say they’ll talk more about their plans this week.

Lucha Libre Vanguardia is happening on 09/19 but airing as a PPV on 09/27

Vanguardia set up a Fly Star versus Crazy King match for the Vanguardia 4×4 (24/7) Championship on the last show. Latigo pinned Fly Star for the title during a training session, so that match has changed.

Cancun’s Alfa Dragon talks about his return to wrestling; local venue Arena Revolucion is running an empty arena show tomorrow.

The Reynosa boxing and lucha libre commission has had no leader for three years. That seems like a long time. The mayor typically appoints someone, but no one’s been named since 2017. Two boxing guys are putting themselves forward for the position.

The “Cassandro, the Exotico” documentary, an inspiration for the upcoming film, is available for free on TubiTv.

Warrior Jr. says he’s switching to Hijo de Mano Negra, or maybe Mano Negra Junior. The name’s not his issue; he’s going to be working the same indie shows. Furia de Titanes points out this man has a cousin who is already training as Hijo de Mano Negra in CMLL. That Mano Negra suggested he’d be giving up the name on Facebook, then told Furia de Titanes it actually had been decided. CMLL will probably call their one Hijo de Mano Negra if they want to use the gimmick (and bringing back old gimmicks is what CMLL like to do.)

Crazy Boy is doing a one man tour of indie promotions and autograph signings starting this weekend. A match with Principe Cometa will stream on 09/16. DTU also says they’re running Arena Mama Luchas in Mexico State in November.

A TeleDiario report says lucha libre is not expected to return in Puebla until November. That seems later than Arena Puebla was expecting, though there may be different rules for them.

Sarah Stock’s furlough from WWE has become a permanent job loss. The former Dark Angel has been traveling the US in a van and filming vlogs, having gotten bored with being in the same place for long. It doesn’t seem like she’d be in a hurry to get back the wrestling grind outside of WWE.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

An interview with Tampico’s Mensajero de la Muerte.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 09/13/2020 Arena Naucalpan
1) Legendario vs Rey Halcón Jr.
2) Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Eragón vs Avisman, Fulgor I, Karaoui
3) Toxin vs Puma de Oro [super libre]
4) Demonio Infernal & Fresero Jr. vs Big Chico Che & Big Ovett [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
5) Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Shun Skywalker & Yoshioka [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]

The top two matches are part of an eight tag team tournament, winner to face current champions Marshe Rockett & Bryce Benjamin. Los Traumas face Los Capos and Los Exoticos face Hijo del Espectro and Hijo de Kahoz in the other half. That seems like Los Traumas versus Los Golepadors in the final, though it’s not certain. Far less certain is how a tag title match is going to happen with US based wrestlers. Maybe the winner is heading north.

Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 09/19/2020 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Noicy Boy & Rey Halcón vs Sherekan & Zika
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Alex Black & Mafioso
3) Hija De Gatubela & Séptimo Dragón vs Hijo Del Impostor & Universis
4) Príncipe Aéreo & Puma de Oro vs Galeno del Mal & Hijo Del Espectro
5) El Diablo Fly Star, Lunatik Xtreme, Sobredosis vs Black Danger, Fly Warrior, Toxin
6) Dragón Bane © vs Baby Xtreme [IWRG REY DEL AIRE]
7) Centvrión & León Dorado vs Hijo de Canis Lupus & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

Full lineup for this show. León Dorado is the former (and maybe still occasionally) Metaleon, who was using “León Dorado Jr.” in a few 2016/2017 ELITE shows. Centvrion and Dorado have an on and off mask feud, though this would be an unfortuante time to restart it.

The IWRG Rey del Aire title is a real IWRG title, in that it hasn’t been defended in a full year. Dragon Bane & Baby Xtreme are both capable of having good matches but I’m not sure if they’re a good fit for each other.

This show airs on Mas Lucha’s premium channel. I’m playing around with simple ideas to keep track of the streaming show schedule but I’d still rather someone else do it.

Aniversario poll updates, TuriLuchas

None of the CMLL Aniversario polls are feel close one week away from closing. Bandido challenging Volador and Mistico & Caristico facing Rey Cometa & Espiritu Negro seems set already. Terrible, Hechicero and certain replacement Templario are just as safe to get the world trios match, assuming CMLL doesn’t reset the poll due to injury change.

The other four polls are numerically close but don’t feel in great danger in changing. The people winning are the same who were winning last week, typically by larger margins. Virus, Raziel & Cancerbero are up by nearly 10 points on Negro Casas, Felino and Tiger. Princesa Sugehit has increased her lead to 4% over Dalys. Lluvia has remained steady with a 5% lead over Reina Isis. Microman leads Gallito by 12.5%, but Gallito seems like the only challenger who has some momentum and has been cutting into the lead. These polls won’t be final until next week, but catching up is increasingly difficult the more votes that are cast. It’ll take something big to happen for those leaders to change.

CMLL Informa will have Gran Guerrero, Reyna Isis, Templario, and Olimpico as guests. CMLL was searching hard for things to talk about before the pandemic, which makes it odd Olimpico’s retirement and referee bit is just now coming up. The Cavernario replacement poll will close on Informa, and Templario will be the winner barring some massive surge of voting.

Barbaro Cavernario says his operation was a success. No hint about a return date.

CMLL announced the passing of Gerardo Antonio Pastrana Santa Cruz of Mobility ADO, who is the bus service that runs the Turiluchas bus in Mexico City. The announcement says he was involved in that project in some fashion.

The Turiluchas bus is running again. Just not to Arena Mexico. The bus is taking fans to a brewery to watch the show on a stream each Friday. A luchador will be appearing at the event. They’ve got dates through the 25th, which suggests they’re not expecting to be able to go Arena Mexico for the Aniversario.

Lucha Memes has set up a channel on IWTV. There’s no word what will be on it or where it’ll be on it, just the usual vague Twitter posts. This seems like an overdue move inspired by other Mexican promotions doing the same. Lucha Memes has also started in different directions in the past only to abandon them so maybe it’s not worth thinking about too deeply.

Angelico makes his first in-ring appearance on AEW Dynamite since February today. He’s facing Orange Cassidy and it probably won’t end well for Angelico. The graphic mentions Jack Evans, so maybe Jack is traveling the globe with a broken face?

(A) Hijo de La Parkita unmasked (a) Hijo del Especrito in Guanajuato on Sunday. Espectrio was unmasked as José Alejandro Pérez Retana.

El Sol del Tampico interviews referee Nino Bailarin.

Cavernario off the CMLL Anniversary show (and out for a while), Templario probably in, 09/11 lineup

Barbaro Cavernario is off the CMLL Anniversary due to injury, CMLL announced on a special Facebook video stream Monday night. Box Y Lucha quotes the injury as “luxofractura de la base en articulación proximal de primer metatarsiano”, which Google tells me is a badly dislocated toe and also an image I wish I didn’t see. Cavernario believes he suffered the injury on his springboard plancha, feeling foot and knee pain after landing. The match was briefly stopped between falls for the doctor to check on him, though Cavernario was allowed to finish the match and didn’t appear to be badly injured. Cavernario said he would not know exactly how long he’ll be out until after the surgery, though it was estimated as “some months.”

The team of Cavernario, Hechicero, and Terrible was likely going to challenge Los Guerreros for the CMLL World Trios Championship on the Anniversary show. The poll is still open, but that trio is leading the closest contender by 40 percentage points. CMLL will replace Barbaro Cavernario in that team with another poll. Templario, Vangellys, and Dark Magic are the choices to replace him in a replacement poll which will conclude on Wednesday by Informa.  It appears like CMLL just picked pick candidates they’d knew would assure a Templario victory. CMLL comes at things so differently, than I understand that I’m not completely sure, but Dark Magic and Vangellys are not pushed as much as Templario and don’t have much popularity. Templario had nearly 70% of the vote last I checked.

Templario is the fourth/alternate member of Los Guerreros, so this sets up an odd dynamic of him trying to dethrone his usual teammates. Assuming they’re there even all there. The other Los Guerreros unspoken storyline is Ultimo Guerrero is strangely missing from the CMLL return cards. He was pulled off the 09/04 show and he’s not on the 09/11 show, he didn’t even appear on the government show. This comes after Ultimo Guerrero was also pulled off multiple indie dates. Maybe he’s dealing with an injury? Maybe something else is going on?

CMLL also announced the CMLL World Tag Team poll had gotten the most votes so far. That means the CMLL Aniversario main event is currently Caristico & Mistico defending against Espiritu Negro & Rey Cometa. It’s a bit of a surprise because all that poll isn’t all competitive even though it has four teams. It is possible fans of Caristico & Mistico realized they need to vote in that poll to get their guys into the main event, but those two luchadors haven’t pushed that concept hard as far as I’ve seen. As silly as it may sound, I think that poll might also be helped because it’s near the top of the page and a few people will get bored with voting before reaching the end.

The Cavernario replacement poll closes this Wednesday by the start of Informa, where the winner will be announced. The Aniversario challengers polls will all close next Wednesday, also with the matches to be announced on Informa. CMLL said that multiple times on Friday and I guess my brain is just set to zone out the in-between match segments.

CMLL also revealed the 09/11 lineup

CMLL (FRI) 09/11/2020 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. vs El Coyote
2) La Jarochita vs Reina Isis
3) Cancerbero & Raziel vs Espíritu Negro & Rey Cometa
4) Soberano Jr. & Titán vs Templario & Tiger
5) El Bandido, Flyer, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Sansón

The semi-main could be very good, but this week’s main event looked like it could be very good and was not last week. I’m curious if we’ll see a more motivated Raziel & Cancerbero in their first appearance after doing well in their poll.

During the CMLL Facebook live, the hosts responded to some alternate suggestions for luchadors to replace Cavernario. Mesias/Gilbert el Boricua was the one outside name who got as far as being mentioned on the stream. Julio Cesar Rivera explained CMLL is focusing on giving work to as many of the current roster as possible and so will not be bringing in outside talent. (JCR later stated Bandido was on the CMLL roster when that discrepancy was brought up.) Half of the people on this show are people who also worked on 09/04. Reina Isis & Jarochita aren’t among that count, but they also worked the government show. I have no problem with Coyote as a wrestler, it’s just hard to understand a policy of spreading out work while having the same opening match rudo back to back weeks.

CMLL stated there’d be news soon about plans for October. That seems likely to be the same run of normal Friday shows and Dia de los Muertos as a more expensive show at the end of the month. They’re also still hoping to get fans in the building and seem dependent on the health color changing from Orange to Yellow. The next update of that color map is Friday.

The “Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro” documentary is available on streaming starting today. It’s a $5 rental on Apple/Vudu and cheaper than that on Amazon if you’re subscribed to prime. The reviews of the movie have generally been positive.

EMW has a poster out for the 09/15 Autolucha show, though no matches or location. Bestia 666 and MechaWolf are joined by Damian 666, Daga, Tessa Blanchard, Nicho, and Extreme Tiger among others.

Lucha Libre Vanguardia is happening on 09/19 but airing as a PPV on 09/27

I didn’t understand that one date was for the live event and one date is for the PPV until the promotion explained it to me. It still took a while for me to get it. I hope everyone else gets it easier.

DTU announced a #1 contenders tournament for their Alto Impacto title. There will be three four-way matches (two on their next show) were the winners the advance to a tournament final. The people who finish second place will get in a last chance match and the winner of that will also go to the final. This is all leading to the idea of Ace Austin returning to Mexico “in a few months”, which I guess could be a thing that is possible to happen.

Mas Lucha has a new edition of En+carados.

Jack Evans is out with a broken face, a very Jack Evans injury.

Aeroboy mentioned his parents are now free of COVID after a 55 day battle with the virus.

Demonio Infernal remains Rey del Ring, Pompin to retire after 63 year referee career, Bestia & Mechawolf jump to EMW?

IWRG (SUN) 09/06/2020 Arena Naucalpan [Mas LuchaR de RudoSuperLuchasThe Gladiatores]
1) Legendario b Dick Angelo 3G
Dick Angelo replaced Canival King.
2) Diosa Quetzal b Lilith Dark
3) Toxin b Puma de Oro Gran Final del Rey del Ring | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV)
Toxin won with an unseen foul. Puma de Oro wants a no rules match.
4) Big Chicoche, Big Ovett, Veneno b Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Fresero Jr. Gran Final del Rey del Ring | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV)
5) Dragón Bane & Trauma I b Hijo de Canis Lupus & Trauma II [Relevos IncreíblesDragón Bane y Trauma I vs Trauma II y el Hijo de Canis Lupus desde la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Gran Final del Rey del Ring | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV)
6) Demonio Infernal © b Shun Skywalker [IWRG Rey del RingGran Final del Rey del Ring | IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV)

Demonio Infernal/Shun Skywalker was said to be a better all-around match than last week’s Shun Skywalker main event. I don’t understand Puma de Oro’s logic – he lost to a foul so now he’s going to make sure fouls are legal?

Mas Lucha had a rough weekend of streaming. The ChinampaLuchas show was delayed; it was a taped show, but the sound and the video were way off. The IWRG show had streaming issues again; the video currently up seems to start the third match. There’s something wrong with the internet in that spot.

ANLPL (SUN) 09/06/2020 Arena Lopez Mateos [@tampicoluchafan]
1) Hijo del Fishman b Hijo de Máscara Sagrada
Fishman unmasked Mascara Sagrada in front of the referee, who held onto the mask as he counted the pin. Both men were very tired on the finish.
2) Pirata Morgan b Súper Astro
3) Solar I b Satánico
4) Octagón b Fuerza Guerrera
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. DQ Canek
Canek fouled Rayo

It was a mild surprise to find results for this show so I decided to put them here. They’re going to restream this show on Monday and Tuesday so maybe people will watch it then? I saw only one Twitter account talk about. This appeared to be taped some afternoon at Arena Lopez Mateos; it was much lighter in that building than I’m used to seeing it. The promotion did do COVID-19 testing for it and we know that because the COVID-19 testing service sponsored the show.

The opener was briefly on the old Nacion Lucha Libre bootlegging YouTube channel; the promotion showed up in the comments and asked to them to take it down, and then did. I did see the end before it went away. Sagrada was horrendously tired by the finish, which may have contributed to it looking like a mess. Those were the young guys you’d hope would have some energy on this show, which has me fearful of the rest.

CMLL referee Pompin was part of the same government ceremony where the luchadoras were honored. He noted started refereeing when he was 14 and now has refereed for 63 years, making him the oldest referee in the world. I don’t know that’s correct but it certainly seems right. Pompin also said he was retiring in 2020 because he can’t see well any more. It’s still four months between now and the end of the year so maybe the health situation in Mexico improves to where CMLL feels safe in using the older referees again.

EMW announced Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf were the first two announced on drive-in shows on September 15th and 16th. No location was announced. Those two are the last full-time stars of The Crash’s Rebelion era, so it’s a big surprise for them to show up for their archrivals. Maybe the current situation has the EMW & Crash working together, but The Crash hasn’t said anything. Bestia & Mecha Wolf were involved behind the scenes as well, so my first impression seeing those names was the thought The Crash might be a victim of the pandemic. The Crash has survived many changes in the past so this could turnout to just be another one, but I wonder.

I wouldn’t immediately assume Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf are going straight to AAA from this; can’t rule it but I would assume AAA’s going to be focusing on giving their current guys work once they have it. I’m also curious how this Autoluchas is going to work since the Tijuana commission has said they’re requiring COVID testing and the lucha promotions have previously claimed it was too expensive. Maybe a solution was found or maybe this will be outside of Tijuana’s reach.

09/19 or 09/26 Lucha Libre Vanguardia

That match is something I would pay to see, but the whatsapp/facebook PPV style makes it very hard for me it very difficult for me to do so even if I wanted. So it goes. I think the last Vanguardia show would’ve gotten a lot of interest had it streamed on IWTV and this might as well without hurting the iPPV sales. I also think there’s a low chance of it happening

Vanguardia is still advertising a 09/19 date today, while Mas Lucha is promoting the show as on 09/26. I keep thinking it would help Mas Lucha to publish a regularly updated calendar of upcoming streaming events, free or paid. It’s increasingly evident this is an absurd request because internally they don’t have a calendar and that’s how you end up with promoting a show for two different days simultaneously.

Likewise, that ChinampaLuchas show definitely was a PPV last week but switched to donations by the time it aired. I would have guessed three months into all of this Mas Lucha would have a definite idea whether donations, PPV, or their premium channel is the best option. All the promotions are shifting around but there’s no one answer they’re moving towards, so either no one knows or everyone is just going to keep guessing until normal shows can be held again.

Dragon Rojo Jr. is unsure if he’ll be able to return to wrestling. He’s had four operations on his right knee and he’s still rehabbing it. He had talked about returning earlier this year but it reads like that wouldn’t have happened even if not for the pandemic. It’s been twenty months since his last match, which is increasingly looking like his final match. Most of the article is about Rojo finding work out of wrestling, including helping people with 21-day fitness challenges.

Box Y Lucha 3438 has the CMLL restart.

Pachuca luchador Bestial (Luis Perez Sanchez) passed away Friday.

Retired Acapulco wrestler Hercules (Gilberto Valentin Clemente) passed away Sunday.

Lady Shani was holding a mask raffle for a young woman in need of a liver transplant, but the woman passed away before it could be held.

A profile of Oaxaca luchador Birdman.

Periodico La Voz has an interview with Guerrero Negro III.