CMLL Puebla: 2016-02-01

Dorada is back
Dorada is back

Recapped: 02/01/2016

What happened: Negro Casas cheated to defeat Volador. Volador wants a singles match still. The big Thunder/Rush battle ended in under seven minutes with Thunder fouling Rush. Mephisto cheated to beat Angel de Oro, which might be a start of a program there.

Oh, and Mascara Dorada is back.

What was good: I liked the opener and the main event, and there were good moments in other matches. There’s no stellar match, but this was one of the better Puebla shows in a while.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Some matches will air on 52MX on 02/13

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Atomic Star & Herodes Jr. win IWRG’s El Protector, Ultimo Dragon show, Puebla

Los Mariachis Locos

Ultimo Dragon Gym (SUN) 01/31/2016 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Ikar & Sonic b Daisuke Hanaoka & Fire Man
2) Princesa Sugheit b Reyna Isis
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Patán, Skándalo b El Padrino, Fiero, Súper Ciudadano
Dragon Rojo switched places with Canelo Casas.
4) Solar I DRAW Black Terry
Solar replaced Blue Panther. Double pin finish.
5) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Último Dragón bArkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Terrible[Copa Nipro]
Canelo Casas switched places with Dragon Rojo. Angel de Oro replaced Valiente.

Solar/Terry is probably fine, but Panther/Terry was the most interesting match on this card.

IWRG (SUN) 01/31/2016 Arena Naucalpan [@naoki909, +LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Rey Paloma b Guerrero 2000, Power Bull, Vórtize
Rey Paloma is an indy wrestler from Japan, has been in BJW among other plaecs.
2) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro © [EdM Trios]
Title change! Diablo’s team are the Maricahis Locos IWRG had been teasing, and they won the titles by taking falls 2/3. Champions fall on their 3rd defense. Best match of the night.
3) Negro Navarro & Trauma II b Hijo del Pantera & Pantera
Navarros won in straight falls.
4) Emperador Azteca & Hip Hop Man b Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon [El Protector, seeding battle royal]
a battle royal to determine brackets for IWRG’s annual rookie/veteran tournament.
5) Adrenalina & X-Fly b Kanon & Toscano [El Protector, quarterfinal]
6) Atomic Star & Herodes Jr. DQ Hijo de Mascara Sagrada & Máscara Sagrada [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Atomic Star faked a foul to draw the win.
7) Dragón Fly & Hijo De Dos Caras b Hijo del Alebrije & Veneno [El Protector, quarterfinal]
8) Hip Hop Man & Trauma I b Danny Casas & Emperador Azteca [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Trauma I fouled Danny while Hip Hop Man beat Azteca
9) Atomic Star & Herodes Jr. b Adrenalina & X-Fly [El Protector, semifinal]
X-Fly bled after a Herodes chair shot.
10) Dragón Fly & Hijo De Dos Caras b Hip Hop Man & Trauma I [El Protector, semifinal]
11) Atomic Star & Herodes Jr. b Dragón Fly & Hijo De Dos Caras [El Protector, final]
Herodes again asked for a title match with Dos, and Dos said he’d have to win clean one on one first.

Past winners
2010: Dr. Cerbero & Hijo del Signo
2011: Scorpio Jr. & Comando Negro
2012: X-Fly & Imposible
2013: X-Fly & Carta Brava Jr.
2014: Super Nova & Electro Boy
2015: Negro Navarro & Metaleon
2016: Herodes Jr. & Atomic Star

Atomic Star lost in the finals with Eterno in 2014, lost in the first round with Eterno again in 2015. I guess he got a better partner! Hijo del Diablo seems to have come out with the more successful trio in the Gringos VIP split.

Lucha Underground sent out a press release confirming the Season 3 renewal. The interesting bit is they say the Season 3 won’t start until early January 2017. That’s a much longer break than I would’ve assumed – around six months after Season 2 ends. It’s likely (whenever they start), it’ll be another season where the season will be mostly or all taped before it airs. It also definitely shifts the plan away from doing PPVs and other TV-like live events; it’s not going to work to do a PPV if everything on both sides of it has been taped for months.

This would also mean anyone under contract for three seasons – Pro Wrestling Sheet said this is the case with Prince Puma back in the fall – probably wouldn’t be a free agent until summer of 2017 if the contract doesn’t expire until the episodes all air. (There was some founded speculation this would happen much sooner over the weekend.) On the other hand, if LU does start taping – and finish taping – season 3 in 2016, that’d leave Ricochet to spend a lot of 2017 in NJPW if he’d like.

Some of those who went to Ultima Lucha 2 got a physical copy of the first Lucha Underground magazine. The back cover has a teaser for the next issue (out in a week and a half or so), which seems to be a Mil Muertes, Catrina, Disciples focus.

Today’s Puebla show has Rush versus Thunder in a real wrestling match. I endorse rioting if Rush loses in straight falls like Euforia did on Friday. Main event is Mascara Dorada’s first match back with CMLL, teaming with Dragon Lee & Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero. That may continue the focus on the Casas/Volador issue from Friday, but Puma and Tiger aren’t scheduled to be in Puebla today. Maybe Casas can recruit Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill, who wrestle a segunda against Magnus & Metatron. Show starts at 9pm as usual.

Promo from Okumura, Kamaitachi and the new kids. They’re clearly not going to be masked.

LuchaRama announced their next show for 02/27.

Segunda Caida reviews Negro Casas vs Tarzan Boy

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 02/07/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Linterna vs Black Sugar & Quca
2) Explosivo & Star Black vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Cosmos, Frezzer, Magnum vs Espectrum, Gran Kenut, Thunder Boy
4) Mágico, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico
5) Esfinge & Gallo © vs Cancerbero & Raziel [OCCIDENTE TAG]
2nd defense

Should be a successful defense for the locals. Tercera is Espectrum’s first match in many months.