great match roundup, week of 2015-02-21

Good/Great/Excellent matches

Lucha Underground: 2015-02-25
taped 2015-01-18 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Aerostar vs Drago: good
Cage vs Prince Puma: good
Johnny Mundo vs King Cuerno: good

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-02-21
taped 2015-02-17 @ Arena México
Astral, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito: [good]
Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado: [good]
Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Virus: [good]

AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-21
taped 2015-02-08 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Dinastía, Drastik Boy, Octagoncito vs Arez, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psycho Clown: blurb: [good]
Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. for the CMLL World Trios Championship: [great]

Leyendas Inmortales: 2015-02-22
taped 2015-01-31 @ Deportivo Jose Maria Pino Suarez, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Bryan, Hijo del Solar, Solar I vs Histeria II, Negro Navarro, Rambo: [good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-02-21

Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2015-02-21
taped 2015-02-18 @ Arena Naucalpan
Black Angel vs Dragon Black and Voltar and Alas de Acero and Aramis:

Ricky Cruz wins IWRG Rey del Ring

Rey del Ring participants

IWRG (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr., Estrellas del Ring, IWRG]
1) Hip Hop Man b Dragón Celestial © [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
Hip Hop Man wins the (his) title back. Zero known successful defenses for Dragon Celestial.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy
3) Ricky Cruz b Spartan, Tony Rivera, Oficial 911, Pantera I, Rayan, Liderk, Oficial AK47, Hijo del Alebrije, Cerebro Negro, Emperador Azteca, Astro Rey Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000,Yakuza, Danny Casas, Black Terry, Rafy, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Golden Magic, Hijo del Fishman, Universo 2000 Jr., Relámpago, Metaleón, Chicano, Apolo Estrada Jr., Máscara Sagrada,X-Fly, Eterno, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Wrestlers entered every 3 minutes, so this was a 90 minute match. Astro Rey, Spartan, Yakuza and Ricky Cruz returned. Other Ninja Turtles were in the group photo of participants but didn’t actually get int he match. Oficials and Comandos feuded, with AK-47 unmasking Rayan multiple times. Spartan (listed as Spector on EdR) and Tony Rivera started, and Pantera & Tony were the first ones out. Veneno was #30. Final four were Eterno, X-Fly, Hijo de Dos Caras and the returning Ricky Cruz, with the sort of FdT duo being eliminated first. Dos & Cruz agreed to wrestle cleanly. Cruz had Dos pinned, with one referee (Rosas) saying Dos was down for three and the other referee (Sonrisas) saying Dos got a shoulder up at two. Cruz asked for the match to continue to settle it, and eventually submitted Dos for the win. Cruz is a two time winner, having won this back in 2009.

Cruz winning makes sense if he’s returned, though it doesn’t really explain why he’s returned. It’s IWRG, it doesn’t matter. This will likely air on AYM tonight, AYM doesn’t post produce their shows at all, so they’re probably going to air a 100 minute segment without a commercial break.

Tonight’s Puebla show has a Sky Team/Guerreros main event, and the first of two Syuri/Marcela’s lightning match. Syuri’s undefeated this time, but Marcela figures to put an end to that before their title match on Friday. CMLL is doing a good job with Syuri which kind of totally exposes how bad a job they do with everyone who actually works for them. It’s so out of character, even with how CMLL normally books foreigners, that it causes one to believe something unusual is going on here. Crazy theory that’s not as crazy as I’d like: is REINA compensating CMLL to book Syuri exactly the way they’d like them? Is CMLL some sort of fantasy camp nowadays? I have zero proof of this and am just speculating, but there is definitely an effort being made here wholly different with how CMLL handles everyone else – it’s not like even this Mistico was winning every single match when he returned. CMLL has to be getting something out of this, they always appear to be looking to make money from CMLL by selling it off in many different ways (besides running a successful week to week promotion), it’s just a different form of advertising revenue.

I don’t have any problem with Syuri being used this way, none at all, it’s simply jarring for to CMLL show they’re capable of doing such things when they’re doing virtually nothing with their own wrestlers. I’m not sure CMLL is doing an En Busca de un Idolo this year – JCR interviewing Tony Salazar on Informa with neither of them even bringing up the idea was a bad sign – but CMLL not bothering to run a Gran Alterntiva or Sangre Nueva tournament feels like a specific effort to do to a little as possible at the moment. Maybe even making it about critical popular things is missing the point: the Dia de Muertos weekend didn’t make any one’s lists of best shows of the year, but they seemed to be successful in bringing people in and that sort of dramatic staging would be something logical to try again in another way but there’s no sign of it and it probably won’t unless the calendar just happens to work out.

A few new US trademarks have popped up for Lucha Underground. Unlike some of the previous ones reported, these are all characters who will appear later this season. The trademarks look to be filed a few days after their first appearances were taped. Hopefully mentioning the existence of characters is not a spoiler:

They also grabbed Mil Muertes ‘real name’ of Pascual Mendoza and the season ending title of Ultimalucha (one word.)

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Negro Casas vs La Fiera.

Segunda Caida reviews the recent Marco/Rush vs Casas/Shocker tag title match.

SuperLuchas has a new logo.