CMLL (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Johnny Dinamo b Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa b Capitan Cobra & Meteoro
3) Nube Roja & Rey Halcón b Gitano & Relampago
Rey Halcon replaced Toro Negro, Gitano replaced Evola.
4) Frezzer, León Blanco, Neutrón DQ El Yaqui, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
Yaqui fouled Freezer for the DQ. Those two are challenging for a mask match.
5) Metatrón, Super Calo, Súper Caló Jr. b Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Super Calo’s first known match in three years. Said to be Calo’s return to Guadalajara; unclear when he fought here previously. He was back to wearing his mask, and got the win over
Super Calo. Malefico.
Calo wearing his mask is predictably cheesy.
CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., The Panther DQ Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
straight falls, Pierroth fouled Blue Panther.
4) Fuego b Tiger [lightning]
Flashina for the win.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero b Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
Sky Team won clean.
A show. The Panthers seem to be back to feuding with Comando Boricua. The lightning matches are back, and back to being posted on YouTube channel.
It appears Mr. Niebla was suspended and Sombra unsuspended by CMLL. Niebla appeared to be drunk on Monday’s Puebla card, and might be gone from the promotion again. Sombra takes his place in a reconfigured main event. It’s now a relevos increibles with unlikely partners Volador, Sombra and Cavernario taking on Atlantis, Marco Corleone and Negro Casas. This is the third different Friday night card they’ve had this week already.
Sombra’s also hosting the TuriLuchas bus on Friday. (He was promoted for Tuesday, but that turned out to be Cavernario instead.)
Furia de Titanes says CMLL will announce the full Anniversary card next week. Three weeks out seems the right timing, but it also seems pretty quick. It seems meaningful that Sombra’s added back to Friday’s card, since that’s the night to set up matches if they’re really announcing the card on Wednesday.
Tonight’s episode is 39 (of 39), Ultima Lucha Part 2. Matches announced:
- Prince Puma (c) versus Mil Muertes (w/Catrina) for the Lucha Underground championship
- Alberto el Patron versus Johnny Mundo
- Vampiro versus Pentagon Jr. in a Cero Miedo match (clip)
- Fenix vs Aerostar vs Jack Evans vs Big Ryck vs Sexy Star vs Bengala vs King Cuerno for the Gift of the Gods championship (clip)
- Texano Jr. versus Blue Demon Jr. (clip)
As noted repeatedly, they also taped a battle royal including everyone in the promotion who does not have a match tonight. It hasn’t been said if it’ll air, but probably will. There’s got to be something with Dragon Azteca & Black Lotus too. With Vampiro wrestling, MMA commentator Michael Schiavello joins Matt Striker as announcer.
They’ll generally be hinting at storylines which we’d see in a season 2. They may be even hinting at the existence of season 2.
The Vampiro returns vignette is worth a second look (or a first one if you’ve missed it.) Comic Book Resources notes it’s a little bit of a homage to a scene on the recent Daredevil series.
The Last Real Heels have a review of their main event appearance on last week’s show. They made a great point: Dragon Azteca dying tonight is totally believable because we’ve already seen one guy lose his life. You can’t say it won’t happen because it totally has already happened. They’ve also got a fun podcast with Marty the Moth.
Rolling Stone has a piece on visiting the Ultima Lucha tapings, reveals the graffiti on the building is part of the story telling. Literally.
Konnan was on Wrestling Observer, Rudo Radio and a Reddit AMA. Rey Jr.’s been on a ton of outlets: here’s him talking on WrestlingInc: Part 1 and Part 2. The Rudo Radio also has a recap of how the Ultima Lucha part 1 matches changed from live to TV.
There’s a lot of Konnan and Rey Jr. interviews leading into TripleMania. There’s a lot of similar questions, as you’d expect. Rey is saying only positive things about his time in WWE, even going as far as saying he’d be open to going back (though that’s if his son wanted to wrestle there and Rey Jr. going back would help.) He tuned out on the wrestling business while he was in WWE, preferring to spend the not-enough time he had away from work focusing on his family. All the young AAA guys are new to him and he’s impressed in what he’s seen, specifically bringing up Pentagon sometimes. He’s excited for Sunday’s match with Myzteziz. Rey says he’s not signed with Lucha underground and people were making too much of him hanging out with Konnan at the shows, but he’d be happy to work with them in season 2 if the deal was right.
There were four important news notes on the Wrestling Observer podcast. Konnan claimed 70% of TripleMania’s tickets have already been sold. (The ticket map backs that up.) Konnan also said Flamita’s current Dragon Gate tour is his final one, and he’ll be with AAA full time. Konnan said Flamita didn’t come in earlier because they wanted to have something ready for him, not just be on cards. Konnan also used mentioned in passing that this was the same reason Holocausto group took so long to start, he didn’t want them to get lost in the mix. (Konnan listed Parka Negra in that trio, which might be just forgetfulness or might be bad news for Kronos.)
The other news is Perro news. Konnan mentioned that the plan for this year’s TripleMania was Perro versus Rey Misterio, not the Myzteiz/Perro match that had been rumored. Going back farther, Konnan said the big surprise that never happened back at Guerra de Titanes 2013 was a Perro Aguayo Jr. tecnico turn. (This might have come up in the past.) Perro was actually on the tecnico side in the main event, they did a bunch of run-ins which led to the La Sociedad being back as the big ‘surprise’, then Konnan hinted on podcast that it only came back because they needed some surprise after the original plan fell thru. Perro would’ve been with Ciberentico, La Parka, and Mesias, which would’ve left a massive gap on the rudo side. The story was really about Perro, so there wasn’t a lot of talk about what AAA would’ve looked like. Texano was champion at that point, but appeared to already be feuding with Psycho Clown. Maybe new people would’ve been elevated (though it’d be tough to get wins over that crew) or Jeff Jarrett would’ve been used more. As it turned out, Perro staying on the rudo side set him up to face Myzteziz and Alberto el Patron, and that was working out OK.
On the Rudo Radio podcast, Konnan mentioned Machine Rocker as part of a list of guys who he’s high on that Americans haven’t seen it. Konnan said Machine Rocker was in the TripleMania opener, which is a surprise – he’s on the Colombia trip. Maybe just a mistake, but I’m holding out hope there’s a secret dark match with everyone on the Colombia tour in a battle royal.
Otherwise, it’s a lot of stuff Konnan has said on his MLW podcast (which he made sure to promote!) He says Lucha Underground is coming back for a second season and says TV networks sometimes just take a while to make a second season, but also said it should be back soon. He also noted he’s not the one who’d announce something like that. He’s excited about the young talent in AAA and really likes what he sees on the US indies, both in how the wrestlers interact with the fans and how the veterans are fine putting over younger wrestlers. Konnan says there are plans for AAA’s Mexico show to come back to US, but no specifics.
AAA had it’s annual pre-TripleMania pilgrimage yesterday. More photos and video here. It looks pretty well attended by fans. Of those who were there, Psycho Clown, Cibernetico and La Parka seemed to get the most autograph and photo requests.
A story in El Economist talks about AAA’s business model, says they hope to reach 4,000 to 8,000 internet PPV buyers. I recall the Observer reporting Ring of Honor got around 2,000 buys for it’s iPPVs before the tech imploded, but that’s years ago. CMLL is getting around 350 concurrent viewers for it’s free YouTube stream.
IWRG’s changed their Sunday card around; Dr. Wagner Jr. was double booked, and now he’s just not booked. His son will take his place, though his team with Veneno & Danny Casas now fight the Capos. The Navarros move up to challenge the Piratas for the trios titles; it’s the first trios title match since October.
This was the third newspaper recap I read of Arena Puebla’s show. None have even mentioned Mr. Niebla looking drunk. (Some places will says someone a bad performance, without saying why. Not even that here.) I appreciate all newspaper coverage of lucha libre shows, but it’s depressing for smart people to go out of their way not to mention the obvious. I’m not sure if they’re concerned about losing access or if they just feel like they’re an extension of the team (or if it’s people who actually work for the promotion sending the recap to the newspapers for them), but it’s not that much more embarrassing than Niebla’ behavior.
Apolo Valdes asks what punishment happened to the fans who threw objects at Sombra and Rush?
Familia de Tijuana lost to Black Abyss Jr., Scorpio Jr. and Zumbido in Arena Popo. El Pancracio interviews Famalia de Tijuana.
Segunda Caida checks out Blue Panther versus Satanico.
CaraLucha has the Sky Stars talking about their match against the Magnificos this weekend. Also: a blooper reel.
+LuchaTV has highlights of Mr. Aguila, Halloween, Mr. Tempest versus Venum Black, Rey Horus and Huracan Jr. among lots of Tijuana clips.
Latin Lover says he’s suffering from polymyositis (muscle loss and weakness) after his wrestling career. He says he’s had eight operations.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Psycko Kid vs Extreme Fly, Luz Clarita, Rey Apocalipsis, Tony Cisneros Jr.
ChilangaMask vs Bella Ariosa (Arena Pepe Cisneros in Oaxaca)
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Ciber Punk, Disturbio, Garrobo Punk and Arez, Belial, Impulso and Aeroboy, Magnifico, Super Mega [last man standing]
3) Pagano vs Trauma I [super libre]
4) Keira vs Zeuxis
5) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
6) Trauma II vs Blue Panther
7) Avisman & Caifan vs Hechicero (CMLL) & Último Guerrero
8) Guerrero Maya Sr. vs Guerrero Maya Jr.
Full card for their Naucalpan debut. The last match added is the one listed second, a four way trios match listed as last man standing. This looks like a really good card.
CMLL (TUE) 08/11/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Angelito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Molotov, Oro Jr., Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Pegasso vs Virus [lightning]
5) Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
A rudo/rudo main event is very strange for a Tuesday. Any CMLL Anniversary card announcement press conference would be the following day. Semimain looks fun.