great match roundup, week of 2014-05-31

Great/Excellent matches
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-05-31
taped 2014-05-23 @ Arena México
Cavernario, Dragon Lee, Negro Casas vs Cachorro, Hechicero, Virus

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

AAA on Televisa: 2014-05-31
CMLL on Terra: 2014-06-01 – I probably should be including the Sunday Terra on this list for clarity. Titan/Roja was good but didn’t quite make it.
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-05-31
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-05-31

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-06-02
taped 2014-05-19 @ Arena Puebla
Fuego, Rey Cometa, Sagrado vs Cancerbero, Kamaitachi, Raziel:

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-06-01
taped 2014-05-28 @ Arena Naucalpan
Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Fuerza Guerrera, Ojo De Tigre, Pantera, Tony Rivera vs Golden Magic, Guerrero Mixtico, Impulso, Ursus, Voltar, Zoom Driver [Copa Higher Power]:
(I’ve already forgetten if there was anything else on the trainee show to watch. I don’t know if THIS is any good, but I want to see the students in this situation.)

IWRG, CMLL Friday preview, AAA in Queretaro

IWRG (WED) 06/25/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG, The Gladiatores]
1) Sky Ángel b Electro Boy
2) Alfa & Omega b Hijo De La Bestia & Kaling Black
3) Ciclon Black & Dragón Celestial b Anubis Black & Zurdog
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Alan Extreme, Emperador Azteca, Metaleon
Oficials took 1/3.
5) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago b Apolo Estrada Jr., Guerrero Mixtico, Tony Rivera
Tecnicos took 1/3, Cerebro beating Apolo to continue their feud.

Very low attendance for this show. Show was taped, but there seems to be a lot of IWRG taped that doesn’t make air anywhere.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is highlighted by the En Busca de un Idolo epilogue ciberentico. All eight finalists and the two trainers face off. (Hechicero gets another shot at Negro Casas!) Last year’s ciberentico came down to Negro Casas defeating Virus and the year before had Ultimo Guerrero defeat Atlantis, so the actual finalists in this tournament haven’t fared well and it’s unlikely to be different with a group of novatos. Still, not sure there’s too much sense in complaining about a possible Casas/Virus finishing sequence.

The actual main event has that Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero feud continuing on. CMLL’s been pushing both the Juicio Final show on 08/01 and the idea of Atlantis/UG needing a date strong, likely hoping fans will connect the doubts. I’m highly doubtful CMLL would actually run the show on that date, but any major mask match happening in about five weeks would need to start being advertised. (This is probably more an issue for Princesa Blanca and Princesa Sugehit, who’ve made mask vs hair challenges elsewhere but not in the middle of the ring yet.) Rush & La Sombra team with Ultimo Guerrero and Mr. Niebla & Shocker team with Atlantis to keep the other feuds going, though it might be time for something of a pivot – if Los Indeseables (/Ingobernables) are meant to be something other than straight rudos, then maybe they need to feud with other rudos and go after the Guerreros trios titles.

AAA continues a stretch of Friday night tapings in Queretaro. This is a Jeff Jarrett appearance, who appeared on TV last week with a video promo this past week building facing Electroshock in this match. If there’s a plan to do anything more than the usual all star tag with Jarrett this year, it probably starts here since he may not be back again for a while. This is more likely just a show to pass the time until AAA gets a little bit closer to TripleMania, but it’s still a very attractive card: Los Angeles de Lucha Libre face Pentagon Jr., Fantasma and Pirata Morgan, Anarquia take on Bengala, Drago and Fenix and Los Cadetes del Espacio (& Argenis) face Argos, Carta Brava, Super Fly and Apache in three possibly great (or Great) matches. We all love the En Bsuca deun Idolo matches here, but it’s quite likely the best fight tonight in lucha libre land will take place on the AAA show – they’ve got more matches with a shot of being the best. The opener is a minis match with no lineup, though AAA did confirm Dinastia will be return for the first time in a while.

AAA will air the top three matches from Puebla on Saturday’s TV show.

Felino will replace Boby Zavala on Tuesday.

Apolo Valdes talks about Los Indeseables and the history of other tweener luchadors/groups in lucha libre.

Segunda Caida reviews Blue Panther, Valiente, Diamante Azul vs Terrible, Vangellys, Rey Bucanero from 04/11 and Dos Caras Jr., Negro Casas, Último Dragón vs Olímpico, Rey Bucanero, Tarzan Boy from 2006.

Financial Times does the what is lucha libre piece. Highlights include El Hijo del Santo compare working in the US to slavery, Perro Aguayo Jr. saying he feels like Floyd Mayweather, and Konnan saying only 40 luchadors have ever made big money.

Zeuxis says beating Estrellita is just the first step in a master plan to winning the world title and then expanding her reach to the US. This seems more like a world domination plan when I write it way.

Fantasma talks about his match in Xalapa, says his big achievement in AAA has been making sure Psycho Clown doesn’t win the megatitle. I think Psycho Clown’s been taking care of that himself.

Violento Jack talks about his DTU title reign so far.

The promotion that used to run shows in Arena Xalapa have now moved to Arena Valladolid just outside the city. The AAA affiliated shows now in Xalapa seem to be promoted by a different local lucahdor; I think there’s at least three groups around Xalapa right now.

06/27-30 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: last Friday from Puebla, with the Psycho Clown/Texano announcement. Probably top 3, but they’re opt to do unusual things on these one show tapings (which will be the norm for the next few weeks.) No UTDN shows listed on the schedule for the immediate future.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Leyenda de Azul was the only match they promoted for the show, but it’s been a while since they’ve had one match go an hour so probably the tercera cut to shreds (instead of, say, the news section from Informa.)

52MX: More of the Stuka/Malefico build, Atlanits/Titan/Marco vs Guerreros

Claro: The show no one (but the 1000 so people in the building saw) – Revolucionarios vs Maximo/Porky/Volador, Panther/Ephesto hopefully.

C3: Fuego/Maximo/Valiente vs Invasors. Is going to be one of those weeks with a little too much Maximo?

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Atlantis vs Rey Escorpion, Minis/local cibernetico.

Lucha Azteca: Rush/Shocker vs Mascara/Rush.

Terra Friday: En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico. I’m guessing this might be only three matches, not the usual four (or five!)

Terra Sunday: If they can get it to air, Marco, Maximo, Volador vs Revolucionarios. Oro/Metalico continues on in the undercard, adn somehow I still have Angel de Oro listed in two matches?

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: They’re sticking with Tuesday shows of late, so more Mr. Nice. Plenty of Flammers.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): last Sunday’s episodes has already started to air – in some bad video quality even by this show’s standards.