CMLL preview, Lucha Underground ratings


CMLL is back tonight on at 8:30pm. Their preview pushes those returning from Japan in the main event: Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario and Negro Casas against Mistico, Volador and Dragon Lee.  There’s nothing ongoing for these guys, but it should be a good match and it’ll probably play into the semimain. Thunder faces Euforia there, with every member of the Revolucionarios and the Guerreros around to get involved (except for Rey Escorpion.) Some smoke and mirrors to disguise that match might helps, might not be enough.

This looks like a fun card. Halcon & Bala are usually good as a team, even against Arkangel and Cancerbero. Fuego, the Panther and Triton face Puma, Tiger and Virus in a match which could be the best of the night. The middle two matches – Maya, Titan and Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno and Pierroth + Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja vs Dragon Rojo, Kraneo and Polvora – includes a weird split up of a normal trio but also should both have good action.

Euforia says Thunder doesn’t respect lucha libre. That is true.

DTU has a show tonight in Arena Queretaro. They held a press conference yesterday, and there’s promos from Sharlie Rockstar and Stuka Jr. Rey Cometa was supposed to be on that show and I didn’t catch if they announced a sub.

PWTorch reported the first episode of about 109K viewers for the season two premier of Lucha Underground. That’s the highest rating they’ve gotten from a first run episode (hitting 102K a few times last year.) The replay drew 85K viewers; the highest they had last year was in the 50s, so that’s a big increase. It’s probably attributed to running the replay right after the show originally airs rather than putting in a few repeats in between. 109K viewers is not a big number in TV, or even in the wrestling portion of TV, but coming back from a four month break with a better number seems promising. Hopefully they keep increasing from here.

There’s a lot of reviews of the first show out, but The Last Real Heels got Chris DeJoseph on to talk about it, so that’s probably pretty good.

+LuchaTV posted like the full Pagano/Sharly Manson match from the 01/01 CaraLucha showPagano hypes his match against Ultimo Guerrero and Rush in Neza this Saturday.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Informa, including Hechicero & Dragon Lee talking about their trip to Japan. I wonder if they’ll have Dorada on next week.

Segunda Caida reviews Volador Jr., La Sombra, Sagrado vs Sangre Azteca, Black Warrior, and Dragón Rojo

Ray, who wrestled in CMLL in 2011 and was part of REINA at that time, recently underwent an operation for a brain tumor.

03/12 RIOT card so far
Unmexicans vs Compadres Extremos
Alberto Dos Rios vs Psycko Kid
Tony Rodriguez vs Rico Rodriguez – new, loser is the lesser Rodriguez (may only be my stipulation)

02/19 AAA TV Lineup (Queretaro) – two more Rey de Reyes qualifiers, Mixed Tag Title match

AAA TV (FRI) 02/19/2016 Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
1) Ludxor & Venum vs Carta Brava Jr. & El Apache
2) Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Nova vs Daga, Joe Lider, Súper Fly
3) Pentagón Jr. & Sexy Star © vs ? & ?? [AAA MIXED TAG]
defense against the winner from Cuautitlan. First defense!
4) Dinastía, El Elegido, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mamba, Mary Apache, Mini Charly Manson
5) Villano IV vs Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans [AAA Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
group 2
6) La Parka vs Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro [AAA Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
group 3

Air Date: 02/27 & 03/05 – probably need to make the chart at some point, when everything else isn’t broken.

Putting all those blocks in one place:
1: Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus (02/06)
2: Villano IV, Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans
3: La Parka, Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro
4 : ??? (is there a fourth?)

The first block will inform the third one: if Wagner advances, then Psycho does as well (and then there’s likely at least one more match with them at Verano de Escandalo, maybe another at TripleMania if they’re locked in together.)  The second block is harder to figure, but Jack might a favorite. He’s got nothing to do with Angelico out of the moment, so it probably depends on if they’re doing Suicide/Daga or if he’ll be part of a trios match with those guys. Electroshock could be possible if there’s a fourth block for Hijo del Pirata to get involved in.

That’s the third time AAA’s run the same exact opener (though none in ten months – those guys disappeared in the second half of the year), plus a lot of trios. Apache & Carta never win when it’s 2v2, hope they’ve been coming up with a new strategy.

The usual opener Relevos AAA match being the fourth match is the strangest thing. Especially since the trios match has an issue, and the title match is a title match. I must be reading the lineup wrong.

Tough to predict the title match without knowing who’s going to be in it. Sexy Star has some high profile press appearance with AAA and it’s nice for her to have a belt for those. Sexy Star has also not been around with AAA much, so maybe she loses the belt here because she might not have a chance later. It’s the mixed tag title, it doesn’t really matter either way. (Pentagon doesn’t seem to be a booking factor in his programs.) Match should be good with any of the three teams who could win the shot.

AAA seems to be saying it won’t be Lady Shani & Hijo del Pirata Morgan winning the shot, since Pirata’s already booked. Fantasma & Taya and Bengala & Fabi are not booked.

Next taping after this is not clear – we don’t know when (or where) Rey de Reyes. If it’s early March, then it’s the next taping. If it’s mid march,t hey may squeeze one more in. There’s already an announced taping in late March in San Luis Potosi.

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 1: 2016-01-17 

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Recapped: 01/22/2016
This is the show from Kochi Sunpia CHRES, Kochi, Japan, on the first day of the tour.

What happened: Los Ingobernables cheated to beat Atlantis and friends, then took their masks. Zavala & Okumura won a non-title match before their title match, and Volador & Mistico got wins over their rivals in singles mattes on the last day.

What was good: The Jay White/Dragon Lee versus Hechicero/Virus was match of the night, with everything else being close to the cut line, one way or another.

Where can I watch it: It’s on RealHero’s rutube channel. At some point, I’ll figure out how to add to rutube to make it searchable in the database as well.

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