CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Micro b Destello
2) Destructor & Gitano b El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Relámpago & Thunder Boy
Match came down to Sky Kid beating Relampago with a Spanish Fly
4) Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga b El Divino, León Blanco, Randy
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Joker, Mosco X Fly, Sádico DQ Frezzer, Mágico, Nautilius
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Sadico & Joder unmasked Nautilius & Frezzer.
X-Fly’s first match here since February. The four people involved in the finish have a tag match next week.
CMLL (MON) 08/29/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Artillero, El Malayo, Espíritu Negro b Arkalis, Meyer, Robin
14:19. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Hombre Bala Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman
16:42. Tecnicos took 1/3. Espiritu Maligno replaced Super Halcon (still not back from injury.)
3) Astral © b Demus 3:16 [CMLL MINI]
15:20. Astral took 1/3, 6th defense.
4) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
12:00. Invasors took 1/3 and challenged for a trios title match.
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
15:32. Los Ingobernables took 1/3.
6) Dragón Lee & Volador Jr. DQ La Máscara & Máscara Dorada [Relevos Increíbles]
9:09. Team Dragon/Volador took 2/3, the last when Mascara fouled and unmasked Lee.
The title match and the main event is worth seeking out.
Tonight’s Arena Mexico show has a Volador/Ultimo Guerrero singles match, a rematch of a recent bout in Puebla. Both men love matches with two short falls and a long third fall built around big moves and two counts, and I’m sure that’s what will happen here. No title is on the line, no title has ever been on the line when they’ve had a match, which does make the finish less certain. UG won the last match by faking a foul. Volador has won the previous three full length matches.
Volador and Ultimo Guerrero are two of CMLL’s biggest stars, and yet I’d be surprised if this was a bigger than usual. It’s kind of where CMLL is at as far as generating interest, and the Tuesday shows themselves have a negative stigma at this point too, I think. It did seem like it helped in Puebla.
The rest of the show is the usual randomly assembled trios matches. Mascara Dorada, Johnny Idolo and Guerrero Maya Jr. face Mr. Niebla, Dragon Rojo Jr. and Polvora, where Maya & Dragon will keep their issue going even if the programmers aren’t. The fourth match is Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, and Fuego against Virus, Sagrado and Misterioso. Blue Panther matches have unexpected finishes, and Misterioso loses in unexpected ways, so that will be an interesting combination. Pegasso & the Panther kids take on Sanson, Cuatrero, and Skandalo in the third match. It was scheduled to be Forastero to complete the Dinamita trio, but he was swapped back ‘home’ to Guadalajara while Skandalo was moved to Mexico City (so they probably had something else going on and asked for the switch.) It would’ve been a much more appealing match the other way.
The women’s trio is Skadi, Vaquerita and Estrellita against Comandante, Seductora, and Reina Isis, which doesn’t sound good. Flyer & Bengala take on Camorra & Cholo in the opener.
The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL/YouTube. I think I’m skipping the show live to get other stuff done and watching it later.
Guadalajara tonight has the Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas title match, which should be great (and we’re unlikely to see.)
Apolo Valdes has heard a rumor Elite has broken up with CMLL and may continue on it’s own. There’s no confirmation yet. This would mean Elite would need a new venue to run shows and tape television. If Elite’s the one initiating the breakup, you’d think they would have already worked that out (and aren’t in danger of no longer running shows), but it’s hard to assume anything with Elite. There’s been no sign of a lineup this week so far.
There’s a lot of effects of an Elite/CMLL split – can CMLL wrestlers still work with Elite on their own time? Is Liga Elite officially done? Is Shocker no longer an announcer? Does that mean we have to watch more Shocker matches? – but might as well wait see how/if they’re handling this. Alfredo pointed out that it might be a good idea for Elite to lay low this week anyway. Everything is going to get lost in the shuffle between TripleMania and the Anniversary, maybe wait a week to come back and air a repeat this week.
On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Alberto has been removed from all WWE lineups after his suspension has ended. The safe assumption is Alberto is done with WWE and will be opting out of his deal in the next month. I don’t take it for granted that he’ll be back in AAA or Mexico in general; it’s possible but not as much as a lock as last time. (There had been a rumor of Alberto being in Elite by December, but I guess that’s less likely today.)
In the Figure Four Weekly, Dr. Lucha has the TripleMania attendance as 14,000.
There’s a new Lucha Underground Season 3 preview commercial airing on El Rey, with a little bit of new footage.
An interview with Akebono about the 10/26 Star Battle War show says 20 AAA wrestlers will come from Japan, which is a lot more than I would’ve guessed, and more than CMLL wrestlers at any FantasticaMania show. It’s an Akebono produced AAA show with Japan guests at that point. It also suggests AAA knew Fenix was gone for a while, since he would’ve definitely been going to Japan if they’re bringing that many people and he’s not in the promotional artwork. Tickets will run from 15000 Yen ($146 USD) to 4000 ($39USD).
DTU has a 09/24 show in Arena Coliseo San Ramon. Names announced but no matches.
Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon Fly, Atomic Star, Lilith Dark, Arana de Plata, Fireman, Demonio Infernal
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, Tekilita, Baby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber Punk, Tonak,
Jack Evans & Angelico are teaching a wrestling camp in Spain on September 28 & 29th.
Rey Misterio, MVP and Konnan are advertised for a new lucha promotion in Yakima, Washigton on 10/12.
DTU announced Mascara Dorada for their 10/16 show, so he’s sticking around for quite a while longer.
La Union talks to Cuernavaca’s Alas de Plata, who was the Alas de Plata on the most recent Cara Lucha show. The trio with Alas de Oro & Alas de Acero is going with Escuadron Celestial and they hope to team up more.
Segunda Caida reviews Kushida/Volador and Flamita/Xtreme Tiger, has the most accurate metaphor for the spread of the backcracker.
Cross Armbreaker reviews Dr. Cerbero vs Hijo del Diablo.
CultIcon has 10 things AAA should do after TripleMania.
An interview with the ring announcer in Los Mochis.
SuperLuchas asks luchadors who they’re picking between La Mascara and Dragon Lee.
CMLL (MON) 09/05/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & Astro vs Espíritu Maligno & Mini Joker
2) Asturiano & Rey Samuray vs Ares & Policeman
3) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Puma, Tiger
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper [MEX TRIOS]
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Dragón Lee vs La Máscara
Three days after CMLL has Dragon Lee vs La Mascara at their biggest (and most expensive) show of the year, and two days after they try to sell the show on VOD on YouTube, they will be doing the same match for free on their YouTube channel. The Anniversary match is going to be bigger and better, but it still seems odd to do the rematch that quick. (Maybe it’s almost reverse trailer – here’s the lesser match, now go pay for the real one?)
It’s a pretty good card otherwise, with the semimain match being a lot of fun depending on which Mr. Niebla get.
The Crash (SAT) 09/24/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino, Danny Limelight, Rayo Star vs Black Danger, Tiago, Último Maldito
2) Mr. Maldito, Tony Casanova, Zarco vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Puma (CMLL), Tiger (CMLL)
3) Bestia 666 vs Titán (CMLL)
4) Dragón Lee (CMLL) vs Laredo Kid vs Willie Mack, ? [Copa The Crash]
5) Máscara Dorada vs ?
6) Extreme Tiger, Rey Mysterio Jr., Rush vs Jeff Cobb, Mr. 450, Teddy Hart
A loaded show for Tijuana, with Misterio teaming with Rush for the first time. (Teddy Hart may be injured and may be back by this.) The poster actually lists “Rey Misterio 619” to separate him from all the rest.
No solid word about the people in those mystery spots, but lots of guesses.