lucha TV preview for weekend of July 1st


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CMLL has an iPPV tomorrow on Cleeng. It’s a good show for four matches.

Elite, after the iPPV, will air the matches from Saturday’s section of the International tournament.

AAA should be back to normal programming after airing the Lucha World Cup. (They’re actually sticking in the order.) This should be the first week of the Naucalpan taping.

The Lucha Underground preview suggests the first week of Ultima Lucha Dos will focus on the Unique Opportunity tournament in for week 1.

Furia Roja unmasked, Gran Prix, Stuka to ROH

photo by CMLL
photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 06/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. b Carlo Roggi & Diplomático
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo b Pegasso, Starman, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Esfinge b Furia Roja [mask] Lucha Mascara vs Mascara Esfinge Vs Furia Roja 28-06-16 Entrevista con Esfinge (posted by José Salvador Padilla Ponce) Lucha Mascara vs Mascara Esfinge Vs Furia Roja 28-06-16 Pierde La Máscara Furia roja (posted by José Salvador Padilla Ponce) Lucha Mascara vs Mascara Esfinge Vs Furia Roja 28-06-16 Primera Caída (posted by José Salvador Padilla Ponce) Lucha Mascara vs Mascara Esfinge Vs Furia Roja 28-06-16 Sengúnda Caída (posted by José Salvador Padilla Ponce) Lucha Mascara vs Mascara Esfinge Vs Furia Roja 28-06-16 Tercer Caída (posted by José Salvador Padilla Ponce)
Esfinge took 2/3, the last with a Nudo Egipcio, to win Furia Roja’s mask. Furia Roja is Iván Alejandro Lemus Pérez, Guadalajara, 20 years old, 6 years a luchadors.
4) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Michael Elgin b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Mr. Niebla, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa b Atlantis, Kushida, Volador Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3. Mr. Niebla replaced Negro Casas (and looked in no condition to be wrestling.) Tama fouling Volador for the DQ. He attacked the ref too.

There’s video of the mask match! (I haven’t watched the video of the match yet.) Main event sets up Volador/Tama next week, which sounds fun.

Yesterday was press day for Rest of the World Team of the CMLL Gran Prix. They were also on Informa, where they were entertaining (sometimes unintentionally so), though there wasn’t any news. We’re now sure Atlantis is not on the CMLL team, that’s for certain. Michael Elgin was surprised to be so applauded by the fans already. Okumura & Sam Adonis also appeared on Azteca to hype the show. I feel like CMLL’s doing more press for this show than most any show they’ve done in the past.

The other parts of the show included Nitro mentioning he’s heading back to Europe from July 2nd to the 19th, to train European wrestlers in lucha libre style. Sangre Azteca used to go on these tours with him, but has not the last few years.

There’s no ELITE show tonight. They’re back next week.

Ring of Honor announced Stuka Jr. will debut against Kamaitachi on July 16th. This is a TV taping and the match should air sometime in the four weeks after. This match was at one point planned to be Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi, but Dragon Lee’s not expected to be ready to return at that point. Stuka wasn’t the first name that I would’ve gone with for the first CMLL rep in ROH, but he’s a reliable guy who always seems to be solid matches so he should do fine – the goal is probably more to give Kamaitachi a lucha opponent to look good against, and try out the CMLL/ROH alliance before committing to anything major.

LigerFever has a transcript of Mascara Dorada’s interview with RudoVision. Dorada mentions NJPW had offered him a one year full time contract for some time, but Dorada only wanted to do tours so he could go home to his family.

Dragon Lee posted an old photo with Cibernetico, which reminds me there’s been no mention of Cibernetico anywhere since Monday. Hope he’s good.

RobViper has highlights of 06/08 & 06/15/2010 CMLL.

TKD & Eric have reviews of last night’s Lucha Underground episode.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
3: Draztick Boy vs Freelance

There’s a video game conference going on in Guadalajara this week. Among the many presentations was one by Larva Game Studios, the company (under a previous name) which published the AAA video game six year ago. It was the first game they made, and there’s a still of their presentation about the mistakes they learned from in making the game.

Violento Jack talks about his upcoming trip to Japan.

Reversos has a story on the Arena Azteca Budokan/Morenos documentary.

El Grafico talks about the rise of Volador.

Debate interviews the host of the Metal Libre YouTube channel.

Lucha Libre in Japan (???)

Dragon Gate has a mystery man starting on Saturday. Flamita has spent the last couple months criss-crossing Mexico, working shows everywhere and often. There’s no matches announced with him going forward. I haven’t been told this is his Dragon Gate return, but Flamita did mention wanting to go back and the pieces fit.

Lucha Underground 2×23: Phoenix, Dragon and Spaceman

Fenix combo
Fenix combo


King Cuerno vs Mil Muertes (4:32, head into the chair + inside cradle w/tights pull, good)

Prince Puma beat Dragon Azteca (8:44, 630 senton, great)

Johnny Mundo beat Fenix (7:47, belt shot, great)


The last show before Ultima Lucha Dos was mostly about firming up the last few matches, as well as previewing some of the bigger ones.

death has a grip on Cuerno

Four matches were added to round out the UL2 card. Two were made outside of matches. Dario is pitting Ivelisse and Taya against each other to determine who’s the baddest…woman in the Temple. (Catrina, who certainly might have an argument for that honor, had a brief run-in with Ivelisse after. They’re still not friends.) A quick in-ring segment set up a Unique Opportunity Tournament with Texano, Cage, Son of Havoc and the Mack – the four people of note who hadn’t yet been assigned a match. We don’t know how the tournament works, only the winner gets the biggest Unique Opportunity ever.

King Cuerno and Mil Muertes will also be fighting at Ultima Lucha, after a less than clean result in their match tonight. (Of note, Striker believes this feud goes back to Catrina costing Cuerno a match against Siniestro, while we know it’s been a season long story.) Muertes shrugged off a chairshot to the head, but knocked himself silly by spearing a chair in the corner, and Cuerno used the ropes to get the win. Dario initially refused Catrina’s demand for a rematch – citing the entire first half of this season as a reason – but when Catrina upped it to a Death Match, Dario was seduced by the prospect of violence.

Azteca saved from the steps, introduced to the post

The main event furthered the final match to be included. A trios title defense, Mundo/Evans/Black (now Worldwide Underground) against Fenix/Aerostar/Drago was announced at the start of the show, and the biggest stars of each team faced off. Fenix and Johnny Mundo never had faced in a singles match before, which is a shame because this was pretty good. An even battle saw Fenix have a real shot at a win via top rope Spanish Fly disrupted by Taya taking the referee. Mundo took his trios belt, and took out Fenix with a shot to the head for the win. Jack & PJ came to the ring for an impromptu “stomp on Fenix” party. Drago & Aerostar tried to make the save, but it was really Ivelisse spearing Taya which turned the tide.

The middle match was between former trios champions Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca. The third member of the trio, Rey Mysterio, coached on Azteca from ringside. This was easily Azteca’s best performance since his debut at Aztec Warfare, but it was not enough to beat Prince Puma. Puma and Misterio had a tense confrontation leading into their match. (Vampiro hinted at the parallels between Rey & Azteca and himself & Pentagon, which might be something important later.)


top rope bodyscissors bomb
top rope bodyscissors bomb

This was an excellent show. Muertes/Cuerno was the weakest match, but it’s also one that would’ve been one of the better matches on another show. It’s also one where they seemed to be holding back a bit since they’re coming back for the rematch pretty quick, but showed enough that match should be exciting. I’m not exactly sure what a Death Match will mean in the context of Matanza murdering people on the regular, but the in-ring part has great potential.

Prince Puma versus Dragon Azteca Jr. had cross purposes: Puma’s got to stay rolling to into facing Rey, but Dragon Azteca is teetering on the edge of relevance and needed a strong performance to establish himself more firmly. (No offense to Black Lotus, but that’s obviously got to be a storyline match.) This was that match, this was Azteca coming off the level of where Fenix was when he debuted, a talented guy who can push the top guys very far and only needs to get a little bit better to be a top guy. And still Prince Puma looked like a million dollars in this match at the same time, while working a bit more arrogantly to set up the dynamic against Rey next week. The build up that match didn’t need a turn or a big angle to make it work, the little moments have built the tension fantastically.

Fenix gets his jaw adjusted
Fenix gets his jaw adjusted

Striker make a point about how Fenix isn’t the same guy as he came into the temple. I’m reluctant to agree with Striker, but it kind of felt right in this match: I’m not sure the Fenix of 18 months ago has a match this solid and still spectacular with Johnny Mundo as this one did. There were so many great looking spots, and they built to the big moves at the end really well. This match, plus four other people, sounds like an outstanding idea.

Even beyond the matches on this week’s show, they really got me excited for the next few weeks. Most everything seems like a big deal or a really promising match or even both. This is a good looking card with a good build to it, and a really strong go home show to build it up.

Ultima Lucha Dos (7/6 & 7/13 & 7/20)

  • Pentagon Jr. vs Matanza (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Aerostar, Fenix, Drago vs Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans, PJ Black (c) for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship
  • Rey Mysterio vs Prince Puma
  • Night Claw, Daga, Marty the Moth, Killshot, Siniestro de la Muerte, Mariposa, Sexy Star in a Gift of the Gods championship match
  • King Cuerno vs Mil Muertes in a death match
  • Taya vs Ivelisse
  • Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Black Lotus
  • Texano, Son of Havoc, Cage and the Mack in the Unique Opportunity Tournament (winner gets a unique opportunity)

Dalys/Estrellita, LU preview, AAA press conference, Rush/Monterrey

UG with an Angelito variant
UG with an Angelito variant

CMLL (TUE) 06/28/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Artillero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:12. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:54. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia b Dalys, La Seductora, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:52. Staright falls, setting up Estrellita versus Dalys for the CMLL Women’s Title next week.
4) Fuego b Virus [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:22. Fuego won with La Guelaguetza.
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky b Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:22. Tecnicos took 2/3. Maya beat Dragon and asked for another title match. Dragon Rojo only wanted a mask match.
6) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:46. Rudos took 1/3. Best match of the show.

The Monday/Tuesday streams have settled into an unhappy pattern of one really good match and a lot of ok/not even OK matches. This kind of fit that as well. Esterllita & Dalys seemed worse than usual and I’m not looking forward to that title match. Guerrero Maya & Dragon Rojo may have been doing their own angle, which is perfectly fine – someone ought to be doing angles.

We got new move names on the show: Esterllita’s bridging pin is Star Gate, Fuego’s cradle is La Guelaguetza. Puma’s submission move also finally got a name over the weekend, the Kingdom.

Esfinge defeated Furia Roja in their mask match in Guadalajara. Furia Roja is Ivan Alejandro Lemus Pérez.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode #23 of the season, “The Phoenix, the Dragon and the Spaceman”. Matches scheduled

  • Dragon Azteca Jr. versus Prince Puma
  • Mil Muertes versus King Cuerno (video clip)
  • a third match which hasn’t been announced.

The title is a reference to Fenix, Drago and Aerostar, a trio many have guessed are teaming up once again to go after the trios championship. That – and anything else for Ultima Lucha – would figure to be set up tonight. Ultima Lucha Dos begins next week.

Eric previews the episode.

AAA held a press event yesterday to promote the tapings in Ecatepec (Sunday) and Ciudad de Mexico (next Friday.) During the interviews, Faby Apache again challenged Averno & Chessman for a tag team title match, and it turned into a brawl. Given the pace of this feud, maybe we ought to start penciling that in as a TripleMania match. The Gladiatores has video from all the interviews at the press conference.

Taya mentioned yesterday that she’s moving to the US. She says she’s going to continue working AAA TV while also working her own schedule in the US. That’s a hard schedule to keep up, for both sides, so this might be the beginning of the end (but that end also seems far off.)

In a Facebook video, Roberto Figueroa explains what happened with Rush missing his flight to Monterrey, from his side. LigerFever translated the monologue. It seems part the Juarez promoter’s fault (for not getting Rush to the airport as planned), part Rush’s fault (for not getting on the second flight) and part whoever decides there’s only two flights from Juarez to Monterrey on Sunday. Rush posted a video (on Mistico’s Facebook of all things) where he’s very much not happy about how public Figueroa has made this situation. Rush is scheduled in Monterrey again this Sunday and says he’ll have a chat with Figueroa.

+Lucha has video of last week’s Gran Prix press conference. Marco says it’s his favorite event; it certainly helped him enter CMLL, which has changed the course of his life. CMLL has notes from the press conference and talks about the history of the event. Mugs Noticas starts a series introducing all the Gran Prix luchadors before Friday.

Elite announced they were off this Thursday, but would return next Thursday. That’s what we assumed, but they didn’t announced it last time they did this.

Guanajuato luchador Sobredosis has passed away.

NorteDigital has the beginning of a feature on lucha libre in Juarez.

Volador Jr., Marco Corleone and Valiente main event the normal Coliseo Coacalco show this week, with a great sounding Puma/Tiger vs Aramis/Alas de Acero semimain event.

NJPW released a DVD covering this year’s FantasticaMania tour today.


CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel
3) Dalys © vs Estrellita [CMLL WOMEN]
4th defense
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin vs Kráneo, Shocker, Terrible

If you couldn’t go a Tuesday without Leono & Apocalipsis, you’re in luck!

Honestly, I didn’t now I wanted to see Michael Elgin versus Kraneo until they booked that match. But the other matches they booked aren’t so interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. vs Furia Roja & Linterna
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Sensei, Star Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Kushida vs Euforia, Tangaroa, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga

Volador/Tonga sounds fun. Still annoying how they’re kind of wasting Kushida on these shows, but that’s slightly better than usual.

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-06-28 

Mascara Dorada es loco
Mascara Dorada es loco

Recapped: 06/28/2016

What happened: Estrellita challenged Dalys, and they’ll be having a CMLL World Women’s Championship match soon, maybe next Tuesday. Surprisingly, Maya also challenged Dragon Rojo, wanting another shot at the middleweight title. Dragon Rojo only wants a mask match.

What was good: The main event was the standout match on the show. The two matches before it were watchable. Not a lot before then.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Read More

Rush beats Volador (not Cibernetico), Konnan Big beats Garza Jr. (not Rush), Thunder

Rush and Volador
Rush and Volador

CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familaires, Esto es Lucha GDL, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. b Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Destructor & Diplomático b El Alteño & El Yaqui
3) El Divino, Neutrón, Vaquero Jr. b Carlo Roggi, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 1/3
4) Joker © b Nautilius [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Joker took 2/3 to keep it. First defense.
5) El Gitano L Star Black, Thunder Boy, Mr. Brisa, Capitán Cobra,Reycko, Linterna, Cosmos, Explosivo, Relámpago [mask, cage]
Everyone had to stay in for five minutes before leaving. Gitano, Gerardo Salazar de la Torre, 25 years old, 7 or 8 years a wrestler, was last and lost his mask to Star Black Jr. (who won on a small package reversal of a suplex.) Linterna was second to last going out.

Gitano’s probably wrestled for that length of time, but he was only around Arena Coliseo Guadalajara for about a year and a half. Star Black’s been around the same time, but has a YouTube channel he occasionally updated Cage match didn’t seem to draw that much extra than normal.

CMLL (MON) 06/27/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo & Saurón b Centella Roja & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:37. Rudos took 1/3. Rey Samuray landed knee to the chest on a rope flip moonsault to end the second fall, Malayo hit him back with a hard knee to the head in the third fall (and Samuray ended up on the floor counted out as an unplanned finish.)
2) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr. b Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:57. Tecnicos took 2/3. Oro Jr. replaced Super Halcon Jr.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi b Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:55. Tecnicas took 1/3
4) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, París, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:48. Rudos took 1/3. Paris & Triton replaced Stigma & Stuka, part of a domino effect of changes. Sagrado & Misterioso are no longer Boricuas but seem OK with Pierroth.
5) Johnny Idol, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:27, about 3 minutes extra because everyone in the match believed Rey Escorpion was the captain, but Tama Tonga was announced as the captain and the first fall went on until they sorted it out. Tecnicos took 1/3. Stuka replaced Volador.
6) Rush b Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:27. Volador replaced Cibernetico. Rush was DQed in the first for excessive violence and dropkicking Tirantes (who took a bump without being touched), Rush took the second clean with the same corner dropkick that led into the DQ in the first fall, and Rush took the third when Escorpion distracted the ref and Pierroth snuck in a low blow. Rey Escorpion is officially a Ingobernable, though he’s been running around with the shirt for over a month.

Match was very missable except for the main event. It was a good match for the time they had, despite getting two bad finishes out of the three falls (and it doesn’t appear they’re going anywhere.)

However, it’s also the second singles main event in four weeks where CMLL didn’t deliver the promised match. CMLL obviously knew Mephisto wasn’t going to wrestle four weeks ago because they sent Rey Escorpion to Puebla, and they probably knew this time as well, but did not announce the change to the crowd at any time. (It probably wasn’t a coincidence that Rush attacked Volador as soon as he entered, so people would react to the match and not the change.) CMLL didn’t explain why Cibernetico wasn’t there, and never acknowledged he was even supposed to be. This is CMLL’s usual policy – hide the bad news, don’t acknowledge whenever there’s any bad news and generally pretend it’s not happening. This is a terrible way to treat your customers. Volador is easily arguably a better wrestler and a bigger star than Cibernetico at this moment in time, and even then CMLL wouldn’t acknowledge they were doing a potentially better match. Mexico’s the only place where people seem to think this is acceptable. It’s not. Even WWE, who seem to lose track of who’s appearing at what house show or if they’re doing a dark match at the end of tapings, will offer refunds if an advertised top star is pulled from the show.

Cibernetico’s not a favorite among the people who read this site, but there were clearly people who went to that show because they were going to Cibernetico take on Rush. It was the biggest crowd in quite a few weeks, and those fans would be justified in not coming back again any time soon. Compare this to the situation in Monterrey, which has a rep for making lucha libre look bad, but the promoters came to the ring to apologize for their change (even though locally Garza Jr./Hijo del Ninja also might be a bigger star) and are very obviously still furious about the situation a day later.

(Even less understandable is the news reports on the show – El Popular, Efekto10 – going along with it and not acknowledging the situation.)

Meanwhile, Adictos al Deportes has put up a post with text messages between Rush and Roberto Figueroa, with images of the tickets they tried to get Rush to Monterrey. (Rush also writes “bro” a lot.) There’s also a photo of signs they had outside the building explaining Rush wouldn’t be there. LuchaMania Monterrey notes they offered refunds after the second match, and about half the crowd took it up. (Adictos said the original crowd was around 1,500.) In the main event, they teased a three way match in the main event, with an unidentified mask man coming out to face Konnan Big before Hijo del Ninja. Konnan Big turned to the entrance to see Ninja enter, and the masked man revealed himself to actually be Ninja. They had a crazy brawl, with Konnan Big winning after spearing Ninja thru a table. They talked rematch, with Ninja saying they don’t need to have people from Mexico City for a big show.

Satanico’s post about Thunder from yesterday was dire (“help us believe in miracles”), and he’s not the only person who seems concerned. Australian wrestling in Japan Ryukyu Dog Dingo was posting about it last night on Twitter, which also finally ‘solved’ the mystery of who Thunder was before he came to Mexico; he’d always said he wrestled before, but we couldn’t ever pin a name down and there was thought he might not have. In fact, Thunder wrestled in Australia’s AWF and Japan’s Okinawa Pro as “Taipan”. (There was an Australian Gladiator using that name too, but I don’t think the ages matchup.)

Using that information and doing some more searching, I’ve found out Thunder is battling cancer. I do not know what kind, but people are reacting as if it’s a very serious situation and it’s not going well. It’s a pretty stunning news to wander into, but it begins to explain his most recent/sudden disappearance (and perhaps even some of the prior ones), and CMLL’s reluctance to talk about it. I hope Thunder gets the miracle he needs.

Tonight’s CMLL main event look good on the poster, with Mascara Dorada, Mistico & Titan taking on the Guerreros of Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero. It’ll probably be shorter than we’d like live, but should still be good. Virus takes on Fuego in a lightning match might also be good. Dragon Rojo says he has a surprise today. He teams with Polvora & Bobby Z versus Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya & Super Porky, so it’ll be a surprise if the match is good. CMLL’s full preview is here; Stukita’s part of an undercard you can probably otherwise skip. The show will start at 7:30pm and air on

Meanwhile, the Guadalajara show has the Esfinge/Furia Roja mask match. Esfinge is an extremely strong favorite; it’d be one of the most unexpected outcomes of all time if Furia Roja won. This is one of the feuds CMLL loves to do, where a young guy they’re high on wins the mask of a veteran, but it doesn’t really have much impact when the feud is so tossed off and slight. The ‘real’ issues are the ones that go one forever, and this comes off as ‘fake’. Mask wins like this are more likely to backfire and actually hurt Esfinge’s career. CMLL’s audience doesn’t trust the promotion, and this sort of win only identifies Esfinge as a promotional golden boy, an “inflatdo”, that’s going to be pushed regardless of how good he is or how over he is, which ends up with another tecnico booked by the crowd. I’m not saying Furia Roja should win, but they shouldn’t have booked this match or done it in the way they’ve done it if they truly were doing this to help Esfinge. (That may not be the primary reason; this is Guadalajara’s Anniversary month and they just might have been the two names pulled out of the hat.)

The foreigners are in the Guadalajara show today. I wonder if that’s an intended plan to get that market interested in buying the iPPV, or just CMLL’s weird balancing of booking. Main event is Atlantis, Kushida & Volador against Negro Casas, Tama Tonga and Tangaroa, semimain is Diamante Azul, Maximo Sexy and Michael Elgin (what a trio) against Bucanero, Terrible and Vangelys.

Pierroth & Rush vs La Mascara & Shocker are scheduled to main event a show in Queretaro – you can take a bus there, so Rush shouldn’t miss it.

Pentagon Jr. says he wants to win the Latin American title as the icing of the cake of his recent growth, and would defend it all the time in and out of Mexico.

The Gladiatores talks to Shadow Boy & the Tiger about their feud in IWRG.

There’s a trailer for Lucha Mexico film, which comes on July 15h.

The main event of next Monday’s AAA/Cantu Nuevo Laredo show is Pentagon Jr. vs Pagano vs LA Park. It’s probably just LA Park being brought in as an outsider, since there’s less AAA people on the show than normal.

AAW announced Fenix faces Marty Scurll on their 07/23 show.

Chilanga Mask announced an 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and Poster-Mania.


LLW (FRI) 07/01/2016 York Hall, London, United Kingdom
1) Malik, Monito, Rana Venenosa vs Cassius, Diablesa Rosa, Nordico Fuego
2) Chik Tormenta vs Lady Apache
3) Juventud Guerrera & Zumbi vs Lagarto De Plata & Pure Britannico
4) Silver King & Tempestad (Santo) vs Aztec Warrior & Magno (Chihuahua)

Lineup for the Friday show; they’re running on Saturday too with something similar. Tickets are 20 & 30 pounds ($26.67 to $40 US, though the conversion changed a bit from when the show was announced.)

Nieto del Santo is wrestling as Temepstad, at least for this show. Aztec Warrior looks to be Magnifico II, but they could’ve replaced him. A bit strange Zumbi’s able to work in the UK but didn’t have a visa completed to work in CWC.

CMLL (MON) 07/04/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Centella Roja, París vs Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. vs Ares, Inquisidor, Policeman
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus
4) Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin vs Mr. Niebla, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Shocker vs La Máscara, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar [Relevos Increíbles]

This is a weird card. This will actually be Sharlie’s first match on a CMLL card since jumping to AAA last time – he’s only been on Elite shows since returning, and hasn’t even been on one of those since May. (Maybe Cibernetico’s hurt/unavailable and he’s the replacement.) Maybe Mephisto’s healthy, who knows. Maybe Negro Casas will finally get his revenge for the hair match loss, or maybe Shocker & Casas teaming might mean someone remembers they’re tag champions.

the Tonga brothers with Mr. Niebla is an odd mix, and kind of a waste of Kushida & Dorada as a team. There’s no obvious reason why King Jaguar should be a tecnico and against his buddy Policeman.