Cometa dethrones Cavernario, UG/Valiente, LU touring?

Brillo Cometa
Brillo Cometa

CMLL (TUE) 06/07/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Espectrúm & Maléfico b León Blanco & Nautilius
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca b Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Furia Roja, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Esfinge needed medial help after taking Sagrado’s finish. (Still no feud with Furia Roja.)
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Terrible b Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico
Terrible replaced Mephisto. Rudos took 2/3, the last when Ephesto used the ropes to beat Mistico. Tecnicos wanted a rematch.
5) La Máscara DQ Rush
Rush took fall 1, La Mascara took fall 2, La Mascara fouled Rush and tossed his mask to Rush to draw the DQ. Mascara said he’d do everything he could do humiliate Rush.

That semimain trios rematches as the main event this Tuesday

CMLL (FRI) 06/10/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, thecubsfan]
1) Akuma & Metálico b Robin & Star Jr.
11:13, rudos took 2/3.
2) Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus b Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma
16:33, rudos took 1/3.
3) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
15:04. Tecnicas took 1/3, Sugehit beating Zeuxis. Sugehit signaled for a title match, but did not make a challenge on the mic.
4) La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible b Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
12:36. La Mascara took 1/3. Pierroth was DQed for mask removal for the first, La Mascara was DQed for the same reason in the second. Pierroth and La Mascara exchanged fouls in the third, with La Mascara using the ropes also to win.
5) Rey Cometa b Cavernario © [MEX WELTER]
Cometa won the title by taking falls 2/3 clean in a great match, beating Cavernario by his own hold. Cometa is the 74th champion. Cavernario loses in his 3rd defense. Cavernario gave Cometa credit for the win but teased a hair match.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
9:03. Sky Team took straight falls. Valiente feuded with UG and submitted him for the win. Valiente demanded a title match and UG accepted.

Cometa & Cavernario was very good and worth checking out. It’s amazing to see where Cometa’s gone over the last three or so years; being a talented tecnico who’s not afraid of losing seems to help.

CMLL seems to be setting up a lot of singles matches at once, and they all can’t be happening on 07/01. Depending on how things break down, it might be a situation where the show before or after the iPPV is the better night.

Aero Boy took Black Terry’s hair in Tulancingo. MasLuchas has an interview with Terry after his loss.

Today’s AAA TV show is from the 05/31 show in Arena Aficion. Matches in the preview:

2) La Hiedra & Taya vs Faby Apache & Mary Apache
4) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin [#1 Contenders, AAA TRIOS]
5) El Mesías & Hernandez vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Texano Jr.

Lucha Underground Executive Produrcer Eric Van Wagenen was on NBC Radio’s Pro Wrestling 24/7 show and mentioned some plans for Lucha Underground’s near future. I (and maybe other people?) had assumed Season 3 wouldn’t be airing until 2017. Van Wagenen says the plan is actually not to have a six month break between seasons and instead come back sometime in the fall with the Season 3, though they don’t have a specific date yet. The overreaching plan going forward is to tape 40 episodes every spring/summer, then tour in the fall, aiming for 2-5K size buildings in market where they think the show would do well.

That’s a big change from where they were around the time of the Austin Warfare show, when the idea was more like a live show once in a blue moon. It didn’t sound like they’d be running every weekend by any means, but he threw out the possibility of a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. That calendar would also get away from the big issue of this year’s tapings, where they’re so far ahead that Ultima Lucha 3 will tape before Ultima Lucha 2 finishing airing. A Fall to Spring schedule plus a Spring taping schedule means most of the S3 episodes will have aired before they start S4 (and it won’t be as long to S4 – maybe 9 months instead of 12 or 15.)

Lucha Underground tapes tonight and tomorrow night. I saw on Twitter that fans got to the building as early as 6:30 AM to get in line for tickets, only to find other people were already there. I’d suspect it’s only going to get crazier for Ultima Lucha 3 in a couple weeks – there’s rumors about fewer tickets being available to the general public for that show as well. Whatever tickets they are handing out should go out early next week, and will go fast.

CMLL Friday night events are still being listed on Playstation (3&4’s) Live Event Viewer. It’s a strange deal, because they’re asking $10 for something you can see in an internet browser for $0. However, as Carlos pointed out in the comments, that means the 07/01 CMLL iPPV is also only $10 if you buy it thru Playstation, rather than the $15 + fees on Cleeng. You might want to wait until the day of the show just to make sure nothing strange happens, but it’s an easy way to save $5 and get to watch the show on your TV instead of a monitor.

Demus 3:16’s opponent in WWC on 06/25 will be Torito (Mascarita Dorada), which I believe is his first post-WWE appearance. Torito being the mascot for the Matadors is probably the connection.


CMLL (FRI) 06/17/2016 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Rey Bucanero, Shocker
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Último Guerrero © vs Valiente [NWA MIDDLE]
Sixth defense.
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto

Weird main event: this seems like the week where Pierroth/La Mascara would have to be signed if it’s happening on 07/01, only La Mascara is facing another Munoz family member instead. Maybe it’ll be an angle.

Valiente doesn’t seem to stand much more of a chance than Stuka just did, but it at least gives the card an interesting match. Cometa & Cavernario face off in the fourth match, as do Sugehit and Zeuxis in the second. It’s odd to see Bucanero and Shocker all the way down in the third, but not the wrong decision.

I’m going to be at AAW when this is happening, so you’ll have to find someone else who’s saved this.

CMLL on 2016-06-10 

Cavernario tries to break Cometa in half

Recapped: 06/10/2016

What happened: Rey Cometa defeated Cavernario with his own move to win the Mexican National Welterweight Championship. Many matches were set up or built towards:

  • Princesa Sugehit challenging Zeuxis for the Mexican National Women’s championship
  • La Mascara challenging Pierroth for a mask match
  • Barbaro Cavernario challenging Rey Cometa for a hair match
  • Valiente challenging Ultimo Guerrero for the NWA Middleweight Championship.

That last one was agreed to for next week. No idea on the others.

What was good: The title match is must see, and I may have underrated it. The main event told a story well.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s site, and the rest will be on my site.

Match 1: Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Metálico
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Metálico rolling headscissors armbar Robin (3:16)
    • Akumua valagueza Star Jr. (at least 3:55)
  2. rudos
    • Star Jr. crucifix cradle Metálico (3:35)
    • Robin sit down powerbomb Akuma (3:58)
  3. rudos
    • Akuma Canadian Destroyer Robin (3:02)
    • Metálico sit down powerbomb (3:20)

Winner: rudos  (2/3)
Match Time: 11:13 seen, probably a couple more took place.

I started the show late and missed the first few moments of this match.

Review: [ok] usual grade, but seemed better than the normal opener from what I saw. Metalico’s comedy stylings working well even when you have the sound off, and his and Akuma’s big moves looked spectauclar. The undercard rudo beatdown segments still don’t have much going on, but I’m wondering if that’s a directive because of how often it is. Star Jr. didn’t get to do a lot in this one either, but looked good in what he did do.

Akuma well timed dropkick
Akuma well timed dropkick

Match 2: Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. rudos
    • Disturbio modified cloverleaf Sobreano (7:02)
  2. técnicos
    • Pegasso 450 splash Skandalo (4:07)
    • Stigma Stigmatica on Disturbio (4:27)
  3. rudos
    • Virus Rosa Pegasso (4:03)
    • Skandalo Driver on Stigma (5:04)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 16:33

Review: [ok] another match better than it’s usual place on the card, with Virus making everything flow together well. Soberano looked super excited for this match, didn’t actually do much, but also made what he did look good. The rudos were well organized and dominant, and the técnicos were just sort of around.

Soberano springboard headscissors
Soberano springboard headscissors

Match 3: La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. tecnicas
    • Vaquerita top rope elbow drop Dalys (5:42)
  2. rudas
    • Zeuxis running double knee smash Princesa Sugehit (3:00)
  3. tecnicas
    • Tiffany short powerbomb Vaquerita (4:19)
    • Lluvia corner dropkick Tiffany (5:12)
    • Princesa Sugehit La Misitca Zeuxis (6:22)

Winner: tecnicas (1/3)
Match Time: 15:04
Notes: Sugehit signaled for a title shot after her victory, but no microphone challenge.

Review: [below average] I had stream issues in the third fall (which looked to be on my side), but I don’t think I would’ve thought much better had I gotten to see the whole thing. This was a lesser version of the usual women’s tag match they had been doing. Lluvia seems to less cool versions of everyone else’s spots. Vaquerita seems to exist to get dropkicked hard by Zeuxis, which is not a fun reason to exist. There were a couple of good Zeuxis spots but not enough reason to spend 15 minutes on this. No real interest in a Sugehit/Zeuxis title match, and the crowd didn’t seem to have much interest in it. Least of the three matches so far.

Zeuxis' dropkick speeds up on impact
Zeuxis’ dropkick speeds up on impact

Match 4: Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. Team La Mascara
    • DQ Pierroth [shove to Bestia Negra] (2:19)
  2. Team Pierroth
    • DQ La Mascara [unmasking Pierroth] (5:12)
  3. Team La Mascara
    • Shocker Dos Caras Clutch Rey Escorpión (5:06)
    • La Mascara foul Pierroth (6:05)

Winner: Team La Mascara (1/3)
Match Time: 12:36
Notes: In the third, Rey Escorpión tripped up La Mascara to set up a Pierroth foul. Terrible and Shocker pulled out the ref to stop the count, La Mascara fouled Pierroth and used the ropes to get the win. Mascara demanded a mask match, and Pierroth stalled this out for one more week by not really giving an answer. Pierroth eventually took La Macar’as mask.

Review: [below average] Mostly a Pierroth/La Mascara brawl, with the other guys limited to doing not much and not really impressing when they did. (Terrible’s plancha onto Kraneo was nice though.) The only way those two are going to work are going to be taking every shortcut they could, and they used the announce desk and the fouls for that. I just have no use for this. Mascara was still the face this week. Shocker is still over despite not being very good, and both things were evident in this match.

they're damaging a perfectly good announce desk
they’re damaging a perfectly good announce desk

Match 5: Cavernario © vs Rey Cometa for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. Cavernario springboard splash (4:07)
  2. Rey Cometa 450 splash (2:22)
  3. Rey Cometa cavernaria (11:06)

Winner: Rey Cometa, new champion.
Match Time: 17:35
Notes: Soberano & Zacarias

Review: [great] well worked title match, well thought out and with a tone of third fall highlights leading up to the surprise ending. First two falls were calm in terms of spots but good in execution and story building. Cometa seemed in real danger of losing in two straight and it was no simple manner to tie it back up. The third fall had the normal huge spots in CMLL matches, but lots of reversals and left turns when you thought they were going right. It was so much more creative than normal CMLL matches, and they successfully brought the intensity up as they went along. The cavernaria teases at the end were great for people invested in this feud (which not enough of the crowd seemed to be) and Rey Cometa winning with the move himself was a super shock move. The only reason this doesn’t get top grade is we know they have better in them, and they may get to show it again soon. This still was so very good and should be the bar everyone else tries to reach.

Cavernario springboard forearm
Cavernario crucifix powrebomb
Brillo Cometa
Brillo Cometa

Match 6: Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Arena México, 06/10/2016

  1. Sky Team
    • Mistico armbar Gran Guerrero (3:09)
    • Volador backcracker Euforia (3:09)
  2. Sky Team
    • Valiente Indian Deathlock Ultimo Guerrero (5:54)

Winner: Sky Team (1/2)
Match Time: 9:03
Notes: Valiente went after Ultimo Guerrero all match, eventually beating him to win in straight falls. Valiente demanded a NWA Middleweight shot, and Ultimo Guerrero accepted for next week.

Review: [good] This was a nine minute match where Ultimo Guerrero refused to fight for about six of it, and it was still very good. Valiente angirly challenging Ultimo Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero refusing to even acknowledge him was totally effective, getting the crowd on Valiente’s side and making it big when they finally fought. They gave it plenty of time to play out and sink it, despite the match obviously being designed to be pretty short. Volador and Mistico still got in big spots despite being in the background, and they made you want to see the title match (even though there’s reason to believe it might not be so great.)

nicely done double bulldog
nicely done double bulldog
Mistico diving headscissors
Mistico diving headscissors