CMLL on 2015-08-14 

Esfinge’s end

Recapped: 08/14/2015

What happened that mattered? Sombra accepted Atlantis’ challenge for a mask match, which turned out to be a little important (even though I was strongly in denial at the time.) Esfigne lost his En Busca de un Idolo match to Guerrero Maya, which essentially ended his tournament. Disturbio beat Boby Zavala, which turned out both to be enough for Distubrio to advance and kind of inexplicable if Zavala was going to win the tournament anyway. Demus & Shockercito started (or restarted) a feud in the minis match. 

Should I go back and watch anything? This was the first of two straight weeks of minis matches; this was the Great one with Stukita especially looking awesome. Definitely worth watching. The En Busca de un Idolo matches and the opener were both good. 

Where can I see it?: all the matches are on my secondary YouTube channel, though the video is iffy. Some matches aired on Azteca and those are on my main channel. The En Busca de un Idolo matches are on their channel.

The middle half of this show had to be rewatched much after the fact; I don’t know if I didn’t watch them live or if I just lost the text. Hope it holds togehter.

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1959-1967 Guadalajara lineups added to database

Guadalajara lineups as originally published in newspaper El Informador (and displayed in their online archive) now run from the first ten years of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. They started with the debut show in 1959, and currently run ‘complete’ thru 1969. 1967-1969 were already 1959-1961 went up a few weeks ago, and more than 500 shows from 1962-1966 went up today. You can see them Arena Coliseo Guadalajara ones on their year pages (here’s 1962). There’s a few other ones other arenas, mostly early in the timespan.

As with the other cards, these are shows mostly missing results and opening matches. It’s usually just the top two matches or a big list of names if they’re running a tournament. It’s possible to get a little sense of the feuds based on which matches where repeated and there’s some title history that can be drawn from the shows. Hopefully someone finds this useful for research purposes.

I’ll probably go as far forward as they keep publishing lineups, assuming I have time. 1970 is half done, but I didn’t have time to complete it before going to Mexico.

09/13 AAA TV Results (Ring & Rockstars 4)

AAA TV (SUN) 09/13/2015 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo [Deporte Por Dentro, La Aficion, The Gladiatores]
1) Chikitín & Thunder Boy b Fígaro Del Caribe & Invencible Jr.
locals dark match
2) La Hiedra & Taya b Faby Apache & Goya Kong
3) Argenis & Drago b El Apache & Hijo de Pirata Morgan
4) Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. b Angélico & Jack Evans and Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr.
Perros del Mal team defeated Jack & Angelico
5) Fénix, Psycho Clown, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Brian Cage, El Mesías, Myzteziz
Psycho Clown beat Mesias as Misterio and Myzteziz continue to feud.

Air Date: 09/26

As expected, similar to the Cancun taping. Perros del Mal get their wins back. It sounds like La Hiedra might have gotten the direct win in the women’s match, which would be the only surprise. The AAA pictures of the luchadors partying before the show at the resort (some seen on the Gladiador results) are more interesting than the results. They seemed to announce they’ll be back here next year as usual.

AAA TV announced a 10/09 taping in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo; that’s the missing taping I thought was prior to Heroes Inmortales is actually after it. The only air date that change is Heroes Inmortales starts airing on 10/10, six days after the event takes places. It’s a really quick turn around for a major show (so I’m still a little suspicious there’s some Teleton pre-emption or other skip week coming.)

Also, Heroes Inmortales is three weeks away and zero matches have been announced on TV tapings; they’ve pushed Alberto will be there and not a lot more. This specific taping airs eight days before the show, so any significant build up angle probably needed to be done by now, and all they’ve done is maybe set up a tag team title match. If one of the problems with TripleMania was not building up the matches on TV, that doesn’t appear to have been fixed at all this time around. It may still mean the TV is good – the Tehuacan shows were the best taping of the year and roughly one million times better than TripleMania – but it’s a positive thing they’re (apparently) not trying to sell Heroes Inmortales on PPV.

Next taping is next Sunday in Monterrey.

Eterno takes Oficial AK47 in an impromptu match, iPPV notes, CMLL title matches

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 09/13/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Mr. Leo b Acero, Imposible, Picudo Jr.
Metaleon beat Impossible leading into their title match on the 16th.
2) El Golpeador, El Hijo del Diablo, Oficial AK47, Rayan b Freelance, Leo, Mike, Rafy
3) Black Terry, Relámpago, Suicida b Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Súper Nova
Terry & Suicida asked for a tag title match against the Panteras. The Panteras accepted (though they already have another title defense scheduled.)
4) Eterno b Oficial AK47 [hair]
Scheduled main event (X-Fly versus Hijo de Dos for the IWRG Heavyweight title) was canceled due to an unspecified injury to Hijo de Dos. (X-Fly didn’t otherwise appear.) IWRG announced the scheduled 911/Eterno match would instead be a hair match to make up. However, 911 also didn’t show, so it became Eterno versus AK47. Eterno won in straight falls, first when AK47 was caught fouling Eterno, the last when Eterno was not caught doing the same.
5) Danny Casas, Máscara Sagrada, Veneno b Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan, Shu el Guerrero
Sagrada & Pirata feuded, teased a family vs family match

If the reason the title match didn’t happen was Hijo de Dos was hurt, it’s odd they didn’t find a spot for X-Fly. (X-Fly was also booked in Leon.) Not sure what happened to 911, but doing an impromptu hair match may have not agreed with everyone.

A brief interview talking about the IWRG Retro benefit show next week.

CMLL says Friday’s iPPV will be viewable live only – you’ll only be able to see it if you’re at your computer Friday night. I don’t know why they’re not doing VOD, that’s the standard for these sort of things, and there surely will be less than legal ways of watching the matches from the show within hours of if taking places. (For that same reason, it’s also unclear how much of a difference it actually makes. They should do VOD just because it’s the expected level of service, but I’d guess most people who watch iPPVs watch them live and there’s small minority of people who watch shows later legally.)

I feel like I can’t totally rule out this show actually having VOD – this is a company who just set up a mailing list to talk to iPPV buyers, set up so you were added to the list even if you didn’t buy the show, and then couldn’t figure out how to prevent everyone from emailing it for days – they come off as behind the curve on this project and it’s not impossible they don’t know exactly what they’re providing. On the flip side, if you’re a person who is going to be extra aggravated if you pay for this show and it has technical problems, maybe think really hard about if you really want to order this show for the same reason – not having VOD is a little bit of a red flag that CMLL doesn’t quite know what it’s doing here. (Someday, some lucha company will learn about the concept of “a soft launch”.) I think the wrestling is going to be worth $10, I’m just not confident about how it gets to you.

I’m traveling to Mexico tomorrow. As usual, content/schedule may be weird for the next while.

RobViper has a music video of 04/21/15 CMLL.

Super Libre had interviews with Super Estrellas Joker and Dark Angel.

Diosa Atenea won the WWS championship in a cage match, with former champion Vanely giving up the title for personal reasons prior to the match.

SuperLuchas talks to the Villano III sons. Hijo de Villano III says he’s a two time national champion in wrestling.

Segunda Caida reviews Hombre sin Nombre, Sangre Azteca, Virus vs Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr.

Circulo Rojo is sponsoring another lucha libre photowork shop at Arena Mexico on 09/25.

Mexico City arena wrestler Struendo is mentioned to be a sticker bomber in this article about urban art.

An article about the Rockstar Wrestling Alliance lucha libre promotion in Phoenix.


CMLL (SAT) 09/19/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Camorra
2) Robin vs Espanto Jr.
3) Oro Jr. vs Metálico
4) Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther vs Kamaitachi & Okumura
6) Ephesto, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Super Porky
7) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs La Máscara [CMLL MIDDLE]
12th defense. First title defense since February.

That’s a rough show, even with Kamaitachi and Panther. Even putting aside the main event, that’s a unpromising semimain match, the Oro/Metalico rematch you never wanted, and the rest of the singles matches look concerning.

CMLL (SUN) 09/20/2015 Arena México
1) Leono, Metatrón, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Artillero, Súper Comando
2) Magnus, Star Jr., Stigma vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Dragon Lee, Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
4) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
5) Atlantis © vs Mephisto [MEX LH]
first defense, rematch of title change

It turns out Sombra IS on this card too, which means that CMLL isn’t hiding him after the Anniversary show. CMLL is just plain weird. This is more packed card than usual and they’re probably expecting a bigger turnout, so maybe they just had to have everyone.

I have no idea why Puma and Tiger are in the segundas.  Magnus needs to work on superkick defense this week.

CMLL (SUN) 09/20/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Ángel Aéreo, Meteoro, Rey Halcón vs Gitano, Mr. Brisa, Relampago
2) Súper Estrella vs La Pantera
3) Exterminador & Maléfico vs Engendro Jr. & Roberto Paz Jr.
Guadalajara vs Arena Roberto Paz
4) El Divino, Neutrón, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
5) Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum vs Damián 666, Halloween, Mosco X Fly
Guadalajara vs Tijuana

This is likely the ‘CMLL’ booking the Familia de Tijuana were talking about, as Sunday Guadalajara continues to bring in indy names (like the Roberto Paz luchadors elsewhere on the card.)

CMLL Puebla: 2015-08-10

watched 08/10/2015, redone 09/02/015

What happened that mattered? Ultimo Guerrero took out Rey Escorpion and Angel de Oro kept his title over Polvora in rematches of recent matches

Should I go back and watch anything? The first half of this show was fun, but the two rematches were pale replications of their bigger matches which came before. You should go back and watch those if you missed them the first time.

Where can I see it? It’s still up on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Some matches also aired on 52MX.

There’s no notes on the matches or GIFs below. I had to rewrite this recap from scratch, and didn’t want to rewrite those. It’s simply times and finishes below. 

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