CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-03-01 

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The Panther tope

Recapped: 03/01/2016

What happened: Hijos del Infierno successfully defended the trios titles over Divinos Laguneros. Puma fouled Stigma to end the third match in straight falls. Rey Cometa was stretchered out after a piledriver.

What was good: Really just the main event, though there were some semimain moments that were good.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Matches will air in MegaSports next Monday, and may air on LATV at some point. Read More

03/11 AAA TV Lineup (Naucalpan)

03/11 in Naucalpan

AAA TV (FRI) 03/11/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Argenis, El Mexicano, Estrella Divina vs Mamba, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Xandåo
2) Dinastía, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
3) ?, Drago, Fénix vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Garza Jr., Jack Evans, La Parka vs Pentagón Jr., Taurus, Villano IV
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Texano Jr.

Air Date: 03/19? They’re still kind of a week short, so either a match is going to be added to Toluca, or Toluca or Naucalpan is going to be stretched out to two weeks, or maybe they’re going to do the never seen bit of combining showing two different tapings on one show or – I dunno, this could air March 19th and/or it could air March 26th, your guess is as good as mine.

This taping is a late addition to make up for Tampico being canceled, and it kind comes off as such. The opener is such a random group of individuals, as if the first six people who responded to a group text got a spot on the card. (I’m almost sure that didn’t happen.) The rest of the show is lack a little continuity or design too.

The main rudo side has Dr. Wagner Jr., Mesias and Texano. Those three guys will meet in a bull terrier match on Friday and then will be partner on this show. Normally, one of the people in the Rey de Reyes championship match (Texano vs Mesias!) would be turning face, but none appear to be doing so. None of this makes much sense on paper. Perhaps they’ll find a way to make it compelling on TV. This remains a strange way to build to a title match; the Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner feud appears to have priority.

Semifinal is a really exciting match without La Parka (and maybe Villano IV) involved. No such luck. It is notable because it comes after the Rey de Reyes Group 4 match. Parka & Villano (and Demon have advanced), Pentagon Jr. is the only guy from Group 4 booked in the match, and Pentagon is the favorite to advance out of that group. Maybe that’s going to be a final preview match.

Aside 1: Fantasma is not booked here, or anywhere on TV outside of Friday’s Group final. He could surprise and go to the final himself and that would explain things. It’s just strange there’s no spot for him here or on Rey de Reyes unless he makes the final. He is healthy and was wrestling Sunday in Juarez, so no idea.

Aside 2: Queretaro’s big story was the Perros del Mal all being friends again. None of the Perros del Mal team on the following two tapings. Strange.

Still kind of assuming all the luchador sorpresa spots at Fireball, though it’s strange (a word I’m overusing) AAA wouldn’t list him by this point if that’s the case. Probably more peculiar is Ricky Marvin being a rudo (and not Bengala.) Lack of logical rudo to team up with those guys now that they’re out of La Sociedad? Injury replacement for Daga? The end of the masked character? He’s probably more useful on the rudo side at this point given the depth of young flyers on the tecnico side, but there probably should be some explanation of what’s going on there.

Aside 3: who is in La Sociedad now? Could I get a organizational chart?

The usual Relevos match gets moved to the segunda, except the exoticos get left behind. Mascarita Sagrada is the only person who repeats this match and the Rey de Reyes opener.

Opener is a grab bag of people. Argenis/Mascara 2000 Jr. are among the lowest tecnicoss and rudos on the totem pole. Estrella Divina works some AAA spots shows and is getting a TV chance as an opponent for Mamba. (This will be her first TV appearance since 2014, when they had a 4 women vs 4 exoticos match.) And Xandao and Mexicano is maybe student versus trainer? I think Mexicano has a hand in the training, and AAA’s used him on small shows a few years ago. Mexicano was a TV regular a long time ago, but this would be his first appearance since 2000 and there’s really no reason for him to be on this show unless it’s to help Xandao thru a debut match. Xandao is a tall Brazilian (friend of Zumbi!) who’s been used by Leyendas Inmortales and indy shows, but hasn’t made much of an impression outside being tall and Brazilian. Maybe he’ll show something here, but there’s more interesting people who could’ve been used in that spot.

Naucalpan tapings are usually pretty hot. The card really isn’t – matches 3 and 4 could be good, but could not be just the same. Match 5 is probably a normal Psycho Circus math with an angle at the end. Mathc 2 is also something we’ve seen many times before.

Upcoming AAA TV schedule

03/04: Toluca
03/11: Naucalpan
03/23: San Luis Potosi (Rey de Reyes)

Upcoming Arena Naucalpan schedule

03/02: FILL show (vs Toluca)
03/06: Chairo 3
03/09: maybe no show
03/11: AAA TV
03/13: maybe regular IWRG

Caristico/UG, Infiernos/Panthers & Casas/Dorada tonight, DTU in Aficion, LU on iTunes

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Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (MON) 02/29/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Centella Roja, Millenium b Ares, Mini Joker, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:42. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana b Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Starman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:08. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Princesa Sugehit b Zeuxis [lightning] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:30. Sugehit won with a Mistica variant. No challenge followed.
4) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:05. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico DQ Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:45. Tecnicos took 1/3. UG fouled Caristico (first match here in 5 years) after they feuded all match.

Caristico was the most over guy in a show that mostly felt like everyone taking a night off. Nothing you really need to see from the show.

Tonight’s CMLL show is headlined by the Hijos del Infiernos versus Los Divinos Laguneros (the Blue Panthers) for the National Trios Championships. The Panthers won in straight falls last week. It’s more likely the rudos will stay champs, but it’s also been a title with not much interest and a title change is not out of the question.

The rest of the card has interesting people, but maybe not lined up the best for great matches. Fuego, Maya & Cometa take on Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys in the semimain. Puma & Tiger team up with Disturbio, facing the overmatched trio of Oro, Pegasso and Stigma. Delta and Sagrado are in the lightning match, the third time they’ve had this match in about a year. (Delta won last March, Sagrado won in November.)

The show starts at 7:30pm, on and YouTube.

CMLL’s Guadalajara show has a Mascara Dorada/Negro Casas CMLL Welterweight Championship. Dorada’s almost definitely winning in his home arena, though Casas did beat Dorada when they met there three years ago. This was a fun match when they had it just before Dorada’s Japan trip, and there’s a chance it could show up later on decades YouTube channel later on.

The most interesting CMLL show tonight is probably the DTU show in Arena Aficion. The main event is Super Mega vs Sharlie Rockstar for the DTU Consgrado championship (which has been used as a secondary title for older guest stars.) There’s a chairs/lamps match with Ciclope & Miedo Extremo vs Ovett & Angel o Demonio, and two ‘interpromotional’ tag matches too interesting for CMLL cards. Titan & Triton take on Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth, while Fuijin & Rajin face Draztick Boy & Pesadilla. Titan and the NJPW kids have new promos for the show.

DTU also announced a tour of Veracruz to come later this month.

Lucha Underground arrived on iTunes yesterday. The formal press release came out today. It appears it is only available in the US Store at the moment and there is no indication when they might be in other countries. Episodes are $3 in HD, $2 in SD. Season 1 is $35 SD/$45 HD, Season 2 is $30/$40 HD (less episodes.) The season passes are about 50% off the individual episodes; unless you’re picking out a few episodes, it’s a much better deal to just get them all. New episodes will be up the day after they air. The Season 2 debut will be available for free from now until March 28th, and the trailers will be free forever.

Pro Wrestling Sheet first mentioned LU told the the crew plans for iTunes releases when they also announced the Season 3. It was said to be happening in “a few months”, so getting it done in four weeks is ahead of schedule. There’s been nothing else as firm about any other digital outlet, but any progress is good progress.

Kahn del Mal actually wrestled in the Perros versus Psycho Circus cage match on Saturday. He replaced Daga, who was said to be injured and not at the show  Kahn has been on TV as a second with the Perros, but never an active luchador and they may have just used him in the cage match to keep the Perros del Mal theme. It’s still very strange to put a non-wrestler in a match; that seems like something a lucha commission might stop, if they existed. He was the first out.

Matt Cross is off the 03/20 ChilangaMask show due to Lucha Underground commitments. ACH’s opponent is TBA, but they’re saying they found out in plenty of time to get a good replacement.

RobViper has a music video of 08/18/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

ViceMexico has an article about exoticos (from the recent exoticos heavy WMC show.)

Marcela says the Moreno sisters aren’t prepared enough to fight her. Ayako Hamada apparently was, since she beat Marcela on Sunday in HUMO in what was said to be a good short match. Casandra won the vacant women’s championship in the undercard. She talked about her victory with Furia de Titanes.

Lucha Libre in Japan Not Mexico

02/28 REINA: Silueta & Makoto beat Tsukaka Fujimoto & Akane Fujita

Akebono held a press conference for his upcoming new promotion Royal Road and mentioned there would be an AAA/LU match on the 04/20 debut show. No names announced yet. Like the US shows, it’d probably have to be AAA people who are working under their AAA characters in LU.

WXW announced Black Fire’s schedule for April. He’s in the UK for now.

Jack Evans and Fenix have been added to WrestleCon.


CMLL ELITE (SUN) 03/06/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Robin vs Luzbel & Tanque Infernal
2) La Jarochita & La Vaquerita vs Amapola & Zeuxis
3) Dinamic Black, Metaleón, Rocky Lobo vs Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Golden Magic vs Argos
5) Marco Corleone & Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas & Rush
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Mistico vs La Máscara, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

I guess the idea is this is a CMLL/ELITE copromotion, rather than just the Elite shows of previous Sundays. (No Wednesday show yet.) The Elite Cristico/Mascara feud continues, as does the CMLL feuds in the semimain. Luzbel & Tanque Infernal are new names for here, but have previously shown up on FULL shows (where Luzbel was Luzbel Jr.)

CMLL (MON) 03/07/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Rey Samuray & Zaeta Roja vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Black Tiger, Robin, Sensei vs Artillero, Camorra, King Jaguar
3) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Máximo Sexy, Súper Porky, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero

Slow build to Caristico. No build to Zeuxis/Sugehit; Zeuxis is around on Sunday but not on this show. Batillon del Muerte in the opener should be fun, but the rest of this card might not be so great.