big turnout for LA Park & Dr. Wagner debut, weekend lineups

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/28/2015 Arena México [CMLL, CMLL (highlights)]
1) Pegasso & Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo Pegasso & Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado PIMERA LUCHA CMLL 28 AGOSTO 2015L (1) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Canelo Casas, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas b Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, Virus[En Busca de un Idolo] 2015 En Busca de un Idolo post tournament cibernetico (posted by thecubsfan) SEGUNDA LUCHA CMLL 28 AGOSTO 2015L (2) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Torneo Cibernetico del 28 de Agosto de 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Negro Casas and his students versus Virus and his students. Zavala had his shoulder taped from last week. Eliminations went Flyer (by Canelo Casas), Blue Panther (Esfinge), Canelo Casas (Disturbio), Esfinge (Guerrero Maya Jr.), Delta (Boby Zavala), Disturbio (Negro Casas), Negro Casas (Virus), Virus (Guerrero Maya) and Boby Zavala (Guerrero Maya brainbuster), leaving Maya the winner.
4) Dragon Lee, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión Dragon Lee, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión (posted by thecubsfan) TERCERA LUCHA CMLL 28 AGOSTO 2015L (3) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marco Corleone replaced Mistico on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3 in a great match.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Sombra, Rush b Atlantis, LA Park, Volador Jr. CUARTA LUCHA CMLL 28 AGOSTO 2015L (4) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Sombra, Rush vs Atlantis, LA Park, Volador Jr. (posted by thecubsfan)
Chaos all the way thru, with Rush vs Park and Atlantis vs Sombra pushed. Team Sombra took falls 2/3, the last with a Sombra mask pull on Atlantis and a Wagner foul and Wagner Driver on Park.

Really good show. Maybe not the best show to take place on Friday, but a lot more exciting that most Friday nights. Crowd was much bigger than usual, with the lower bowl looking close to full and the upper bowl opened up with some people up there. There were a lot of the wide shots of the crowd CMLL usually avoids. Park & Wagner always have great debuts that attract a lot of attention when they show up in a promotion, and this was more of the same. (It’s the doing the big matches that’s the problem.)

Main event is worth going out of your way to see. My version has the quality problems that won’t go away, but there’s a clean (with no entrances) version over on Claro’s website. The cibernetico was also really good, possibly the best match that happened to the 2015 En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico.

CMLL said they’d announce the full lineup for the Anniversary show on Informa this week. There’s no sign of Thunder & Ultimo Guerrero. LA Park made mask versus hair challenges towards Rush again, but it doesn’t feel like that’s close to happening.

Wagner notes some fans were upset he came back as a rudo, but he’s happy to be what CMLL Needs him to be. He also says he’s going after “Ramoncito or Voladorcito”.  LA Park calls Wagner a traitor for teaming with Sombra after bad mouthing the Ingobernables on the indies. Park says he weighs 132 KG (291 lb), and he looked every bit of that. Wagner & LA Park both talked about “smoking the peace pipe with CMLL”, which I can believe is an actual event that occurred.

Today’s Sabado Retros has the Revolucionarios versus La Mascara, Titan and Blue Panther for the main event. Sunday has the Mr. Niebla Arena Mexico return, plus another Dragon Lee/Kamataichi title match. (It’d be a big surprise if Dragon Lee lost now.) It sounds like there may be a private sponsored show at Arena Mexico Saturday night as well.

Mini Charly Manson, Taya and Atomic Boy talk about their preparation for Sunday’s Mr. Mexico body building contest. Atomic Boy still exists! (He says he’s returning from surgery, which he must’ve had a few times by now.)

CMLL announced winners for it’s story writing contest in the 7-9 age group and the 10-12 group. The older group first place story was called “Mistico versus the Invasion of the Hechiceros”. There’s a honorable mention winner who wrote about Pegasso & Sensei versus some monster.

Fuerza Negra took Yelmo 2000’s mask in an Arena Aficion cage match.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas looks back to three big shows in the Mexico City area.

El Dandy’s back to training luchadors.

Goya Kong talks about the next CaraLucha show

Hijos del Infierno talk about winning one set of trios title, and challenge for another.

DJ Spectro looks back to Espectro versus Pantera Blanca

The Viva la Vida blog has more pictures of Ciclope and Violento Jack’s matches from Japan.

A brief history of lucha libre in Caracas, Venezuela in the 50s.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 09/02/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Centella Orietnal & Chicanito vs Adrenalina & Vardeus
2) Blue Metal, Blue Monsther, Omega vs Magnum 44, Power Bull, Vampiro Metálico
3) Freyser, Hijo del Alebrije, Super Jack vs Acero, Galaxy, Kanon
4) Aeroman, Diablo Jr. I, Eternus vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star
5) Black Terry, Dragón Fly, Voltar vs Oficial AK47, Pikachu, Toxin Boy
6) Eterno vs Oficial 911
one fall main event

They’re back on Wednesdays after a week off, with the Terry/Eterno/Oficials three way feud contuning in the top matches. Super Jack is back here.

CMLL (FRI) 09/04/2015 Arena México
1) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Luciferno, Puma, Tiger
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Kamaitachi, Mephisto
3) Titán vs Pólvora [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Boby Zavala, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Sombra vs Atlantis & LA Park

Similar main event, without Volador & Rush involved. Sombra and Wagner have never teamed in a 2v2 match. I’m not sure if it’s even been publicly confirmed (possibly for political reasons), but the story I’ve heard in the past is Wagner was the one who got Sombra into CMLL way back when.

Peste Negra versus Sky Team could be a set up to a trios title match on the Anniversary show. No Ultimo Guerrero and Thunder seems to eliminate them from an apuesta match on that show, but maybe we all will be surprised on Wednesday.

I feel like the fourth match is a nice time to take a break, maybe fix myself a drink. Congrats Boby. Titan versus Polvora should be fun. Good to see Kamaitachi ahead of Luciferno, but Puma and Tiger behind Ephesto is weird. Those first two matches should be fun.