Rush vs Marco, La Parka injury, who’s the 12th man?


CMLL (FRI) 04/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
16:01. The rudos won again, taking 1/3.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
17:20. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper b Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Súper Porky
15:59. Rudos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara b Ángel de Oro [lightning]
La Mascara won with the running knee smash in 5:37, then demanded Angel de Oro give him a CMLL Light Heavyweight Championship match. Oro sort of agreed.
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
10:27. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. DQ Cibernético, Negro Casas, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
7:40, straight falls, Rush fouling Marco in the second. Marco wanted a singles match, and Rush said no. Caristico and Volador did not get along.

Show was good! Attendance seemed fine, though I’m betting the streaming numbers were down. They’ve only got one more week before the tournament kicks in and two singles matches set up; maybe one of will main event one of those tournament shows.

Lucha Azteca 7’s debut episode aired as scheduled Friady night. It wasn’t hard to find the feed, and there are already versions of it posted online. I’ll have it up too. They showed the top three matches from Wednesday’s show, changing the order of matches around to end with the trios title match. That seemed odd, until the post match attacks were revealed as setting up next week’s singles matches: Atlantis vs La Mascara and Caristico vs Volador. They’re booking week to week! The presentation of the matches seemed good, and the matches themselves are worth watching, but the extra material to add “entertainment” – the never ending red carpet bit, the interviewer – were not much good. That stuff is designed for broadening it’s appeal, but I’m not sure it will.

The show ended with a look at the standings, where the 12th member of the league was listed as a mystery person. The press release listed Juventued Guerrera in that spot. The announcers pushed the 12th person as a ‘mega’ surprise. Maybe accidental word choice? There’s no sign of the Juvy or anyone else on next week’s lineup. It seems like everyone’s getting their first match before anyone gets their second, which means the mystery person would show up by 04/13.

La Parka (AAA) fell unconscious in the main event of the Martinez show last night. He was down a few minutes, recovered enough to make a joke, and was taken away in an ambulance. It wasn’t clear what happened – it looked like he just fainted live, but Adictos al Deportes found some video and believes Parka hurt his spine on a sunset flip. It was described as the only bump he took in the match.

Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show is the 73rd Anniversary show. Rey Bucanero defends the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event. A title change is unlikely; Rey Bucanero isn’t doing any thing with this championship, but Valiente being a double champion seems doubtful and there’s no sign of the trios titles being changed soon. The undercard includes Hombre Bala vs Puma, which was quite good last time it happened.

AAA’s TV is up. They’ve got the Relevos AAA, TLC and Mesias/Texano match from Rey de Reyes this week.

MVP announced he was joining Lucha Underground at WaleMania. People thought he meant wrestling; he says he might, but he meant he was joining an agent. MVP’s already been working as an agent there for a month; even with LU spoilers reported, it does tell you how much LU news still doesn’t get out.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

Psycho Clown talks about next Friday’s title defense against Dr. Wagner.

The Rotation and Black Fire face off for the a shot at the DTU Alto Impacto title next Saturday.


CMLL ELITE (WED) 04/06/2016 Arena México
1) Delta & Pegasso vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Fuego, Tritón, Zumbi vs Imposible, Karonte Jr., Magnus
3) Dragón Lee & Valiente vs Argos & Magno (Chihuahua)
4) Atlantis vs La Máscara [Liga Elite]
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Toscano vs Cibernético, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Carístico vs Volador Jr. [Liga Elite]

Caristico & Volador haven’t met in singles matches since 2010, a series of matches which (finally) made Volador into the top guy he is today, and also was the tail end of Mistico’s CMLL boom. Volador became the Volador we know by the end of their memorable Copa Bicentenario match, and Mistico left CMLL four months later. They – most especially Volador – have not been kind to each other now that they’re back in the same business. Either Caristico & Volador really do not like each other, or they’ve done an amazing job convincing people of that. That main event is going to be amazing and also maybe a good match.

Atlantis & La Mascara is a lot less hype.

Toscano being back – and maybe being the new member of Bufete del Amor given who he’s teaming with – is obviously interesting. Toscano left CMLL in late 2011, as if he was going to join Perros del Mal, but really only worked a couple shows before he, Texano, and Mascara 2000 Jr. showed up in AAA as el Consejo. Toscano worked well as a rudo there, but eventually got lost in the mix, and was let go from AAA in 2014 due to personal issues. He’s been showing up infrequently and randomly on the indies the last year and a half.

Magno is recently ex-WWE, where he trained in NXT for many months but only wrestled a few matches in front of live crowds. He was back in Juarez last weekend, and his ex-WWE status has probably helped him get a spot here. Nice to see Imposible back on these shows.

CMLL (FRI) 04/08/2016 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán
4) Ángel de Oro © vs La Máscara [CMLL LH]
6th defense, first since August
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Rush vs Marco Corleone

This show is head to head with the AAA taping. Rush vs Marco or Psycho vs Dr. Wagner, I guess. It’s also the last show before the tournament takes over. There is going to be a lot of flying in the semimain, and a lot of punching in the main event.

CMLL on 2016-04-01 

Recapped: 04/01/2016

not even sure Stuka wanted to dive
not even sure Stuka wanted to dive

What happened: Rush fouled Marco in the main event, and Marco demanded a singles match. La Mascara cleanly beat Angel de Oro, and challenged him to a title match. At least one of those singles matches should happen this week.

Also, this show was head to head with a WWE NXT special, and was following the first episode of Lucha Azteca 7; it felt much less important than usual in the moment it was happening.

What was good: I liked the first half of the card. Fans threw in money after the third, which felt a little bit generous but not totally undeserved. The rest of the show wasn’t bad, and the show enjoyable.

Where can I watch it: The main event is up on Claro’s website, I’ll have all the matches on Tuesday, and the top matches may air on Azteca US in about a month.

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