Dragon Lee ends 1387 day Virus championship reign, Mistico defeats Ripper on Coliseo Anniversary

CMLL (SAT) 04/04/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
Arena Coliseo 72nd Anniversary
1) Súper Comando b Bengala
2) Canelo Casas b Flyer
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Nitro
4) Syuri b Dalys
Syuri has now won all 5 matches she’s been in on this tour.
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora & Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente
Guerreros took 1/3.
7) Mistico b Ripper
Mistico won the first with a huracanrana, Ripper the second with a tapatia, Mistico the third with La Mistica.

Attendance seemed slightly up, but the Sabado Retros format (and general programming malaise) meant it wasn’t going to be nearly as big as show as it had been in years prior. CMLL online said they treated it like a festive show, but Porra Fresa was unimpressed, feeling CMLL did nothing to celebrate the anniversary outside of mentioning in on the poster. SuperLuchas notes that on the same day, 39 years ago, the Arena Coliseo anniversary show had a title match and a hair match.

Battle-news has the usual detailed review of Syuri’s ever move in her match. The articles notes Negro Casas congratulated Syuri on her great performance against his wife.

new champ photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena México [CMLL, NotiMex]
1) Magnus & Molotov b Akuma & Espanto Jr.
Espanto Jr. left the match hurt after taking a move from Mangus.
2) Eléctrico, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico b Acero, Astral, Shockercito
Electrico worked rudo as an emergency sub for Pequeno Nitro and got the win.
3) Dark Angel, Skadi, Syuri b Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
Sixth straight win for Syuri.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Dragon Lee b Virus © [CMLL SL]
Seconds were Star Jr. (otherwise not on the show) and Pequeno Olimpico. Dragon Lee won the first fall with two straight german suplexes. Virus defeated him in the second (which involved referee Terror Chino messing up yet again) and Dragon Lee took the win and the championship with a hanging double stomp. Virus falls in his ninth defense after 1387 day reign. Money thrown in.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Máximo, Titán, Volador Jr.
Mr. Niebla’s lastest return, winning clean with the splash.

Dragon Lee getting this title shot so soon after unmasked Kamaitachi telegraphed the title change. Virus’ title reign was one of the best things CMLL had going, a likely match of the year every time he defended the championship and actually getting to defend it fairly often (compared to normal for CMLL.) Dragon Lee will have his own type of exciting matches – there should definitely be a rematch with Kamaitachi, and Barbaro Cavernario would make sense as a challenger as well – but it’d be a shame if Virus just gets sucked back into midcard stasis. They’ve got to keep using him.

Lucha Azteca (USA) is currently not listed in some guide listings for next week Saturday. It could show up later in the week, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Rayo Star’s dive onto Skyman, plus highlights of the Traumas & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Puma, Tiger and Stigma from Lucha Libre Boom. Puma seems fairly sure he and his brother are better than the Traumas.

LuchaWorld has Saturday’s KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has a music video of AAA 11/30/14 and CMLL 12/02/14.

Super Libre had Black Terry, Blue Panther, Volador Jr. in taped interviews

Fuego en el Ring had Cuatrero and Sanson in studio.

Epydimus won the LyC Cruiserweight championship today.

The preliminary lineup for ChilangaMask on 05/16 Guadalajara includes Caifan, Rey Horus, and Latin Dragon as the non-regulars.

Rayo de Plata wants the government to sponsor a lucha libre museum in San Luis Potosi.

Lucha Libre in Japan

04/05 NJPW: Kenny Omega (c) b Mascara Dorada [IWGP JH]
Sad. This was a good match. Even better is I didn’t stay up for it and avoided the feed going down.


CMLL (SAT) 04/11/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito vs Pequeño Olímpico
2) Sensei vs Nitro
3) La Vaquerita vs La Seductora
4) Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi & Virus
7) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo, Rush vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

first appearances for Rush & Sombra here under Sabado Retros format.

CMLL (SUN) 04/12/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Delta vs Pólvora [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther vs Okumura, Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Fuego, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

More Niebla. Maybe Niebla’s just been cleared to work Sundays. Segunda looks good, not sure about the rest.