CMLL on 2016-12-02 

Negro Casas is GOAT
Negro Casas is the GOAT

Recapped: 12/02/2016

What happened: Último Guerrero cheated to defeat Carístico in the main event, and they teased a mask/hair match. Both teams cheated a little bit in the women’s match, and they set up a rematch next week. Máximo cheated to defeat Mascara Año 2000 (for no good reason, he’d gotten in his finishing kiss) too. Nothing in particular was set up there, maybe because they were already doing two mic segments.

All these feuds coming up at once suggest there’s a big show coming. It’s possible they could hold them all off until the holidays, but it also wouldn’t be a surprise if they did some of this sooner. Último Guerrero is often back home around Christmas week, so that may be one getting done a little quicker.

Principe Diamante also re-debuted as a member of the main roster. He’d been around before as a mini, and still looks like a tall mini, but a tall mini who won the Mr. CMLL contest. There’s always suspicions the bodybuilding contest may be as predetermined as everything else. Suddenly getting booked regularly (when CMLL seems to be scheduling shows weeks in advance) seems a sign of some plan, but losing in his debut suggests there’s not one.

What was good: One of the matches without an angle! I really loved the Casas/Angel de Oro match for a nine minute showcase. The second match was good as well.

Where can I watch it: I’ll have it up later. After drama earlier, there was no particular geoblocking problem on Claro. I’m not really sure that we fixed it. It could’ve just been the social media person being wrong because they have been before. It worked, that’s all that really matters. Read More

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2016-11-29

Pequeno Nitro runs himself into the corner very hard, which is what watching this show feels like
Pequeno Nitro runs himself into the corner very hard, which is what watching this show feels like

Recapped: 11/30/2016

What happened: Ephesto cheated to beat Guerrero Maya.

What was good: Fourth match was best, but nothing was really worth slowing down to watch.

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

CMLL tonight, Caristico says things, Lucha Memes back on Christmas


CMLL (TUE) 11/29/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Capitán Cobra & Fugaz b Linterna & Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Nitro, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Robin, Soberano Jr., Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Titán
Bobby is in the Revolucionarios (at least for now.) They took 1/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico b Negro Casas
Caristico took 1/3.

CMLL has a normal show this Friday. CMLL’s preview hypes the Dinamitas and Hechicero. It’s Hechicero’s first ever Friday main event, teaming with Ultimo Guerrero and Euforia against Atlantis, Carisitco and Valiente. It’s mostly Hechicero filling in as a Guerrero while UG & Caristico feud, but he’s a better pick for that spot than other choices they’ve made in the past.

The Dinamitas – Sanson, Cuatrero and new full time CMLL wrestler 58 year old Mascara 2000 – face Maximo, Volador and Marco Corleone in the semimain. Mascara is here because CMLL thinks young Sanson & Cuatrero need their much older uncle to get over. I guess it’s good CMLL is trying to get someone over, but I’m skeptical a guy looking like a shell of himself having bad matches is going to convey much star power. There’s also a decent chance they’re setting up a Maximo/Mascara hair match; they feuded in their Tuesday match and Christmas apuesta season approaches.

Angel de Oro and Negro Casas face in a lightning match. The weekly women’s match is Estrellita, Marcela and Sanely against Metalica, Tiffany and Zeuxis. The Panthers team up with Drone against Okumura, Virus and Disturbio in the second match. Oro Jr. & Principe Diamante (billed as making his debut; that is not accurate) face Raziel & Cancerbero.

CultIcon previews the show. It’ll air at 8:30pm, and only on ClaroSports. No NJPW feed – NJPW World’s schedule doesn’t list any CMLL broadcasts this month. As I write this, the CMLL feed is again listed as blocked in the US.

Caristico talked to Plantilla Deportiva a few days ago, and LigerFever translated it on his Tumblr. It’s classic Caristico, coming off as highly confident in his own abilities. You really need to read it. Caristico’s retelling of his return to NJPW is the fans cheered him the moment he came out and all the time until he left, overshadowing Volador and everyone else. This is not exactly how I recall that going. Caristico says NJPW told him they wanted him for FantasticaMania and doesn’t know why he’s not on it. Caristico says he only told them he wants to move up from Juniors and challenge for a heavier belt. Caristico insists he wants to help make new stars, though it seems to escape his mind about the names of any new stars he’d like to make.

CMLL hypes an Angel de Oro versus Vangellys feud, because Vangellys accidentally got cut last Tuesday. The two do not face each other in the next week. Great feud!

CMLL Retro is two hours early today. If you miss it, you’re not the only one. The ratings says almost no one is watching, with the show averaging under 20,000 viewers a week (or far past the point where the numbers are statistically accurate.) Fox Deportes is not a heavily viewed station, but it’s lower than the programming around it. I’ve always wondered how few people are watching the lucha shows on even more obscure channels. 52MX and AYM are on much less systems in the US, so maybe they’re as low as the thousands or the hundreds? (Though both of those are at least available in Mexico too.) As long as they keep paying CMLL, CMLL is probably still OK with it.

Lucha Underground will have a Q&A and screening at the Martial Arts History Museum in Los Angeles tomorrow at 4pm. Johnny Mundo and Cortez Castro are mentioned as appearing. Normally, those who go get to see next week’s episode early, but maybe they’ll show this past week’s episode instead given the themes.

Lucha Underground shirts are now available at Hot Topic, though I only see the logo shirt there so far.

DTU 12/15 (“DTU9”) Arena Aficion on iPPV
1: Kevin, Jimmy, Gallego and Mr. Condor, three people lose their hair
2: Sharlie Rockstar (c) vs Ovett vs Halloween [DTU Consgrado]

Lucha Memes 12/25 (“Chairo 7: Hell in A Christmas Cell”) – new show announced, and sure to be a busy day.
1: Arez, Belial, Impulso, Freelance, Suicide, Sadico, Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Aramis in a cage match, last one in loses hair or mask.

Puma King vs Aero Boy vs Ryan Kid from San Diego as posted on Ryan Kidd’s channel.

There’s a new Box, Lucha, MMA commissioner in Morelia.