CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2017-01-19 

Soberano Jr.

Recapped: 01/23/2017

What happened: On Day 1 of the tour, many outcomes set up challengers for later shows (though Máximo beat Hechicero before their title match.)

What was good: The third and fourth matches were the best on the show. The event was generally watchable, though not as good as the NJPW World shows. Even when good, the matches also often felt like shorter warmup versions of later matches.

Where can I watch it: It’s on the Real Hero archive.

I’m watching this last, though this as the first show to actually take place. Read More

Puebla results, Casas/Panthers tonight

this keeps happening to Diamante Azul

CMLL (SUN) 01/29/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Micro b Quca
Micro took 1/3.
2) Black Sugar, Capitán Cobra, El Yaqui b Carlo Roggi, Guerrero de la Muerte, Mr. Iguana
Tecnicos took 1/3. Mr. Iguana’s return (last match October 2015), now as a rudo.
3) El Alteño, Javier Cruz Jr., Nautilius DQ Demonio Rojo, Linterna, Mr. Brisa
Tecnicos took 2/3. Nautilius was hurt and the rudos were DQed for excessive violence
4) Furia Roja b Sádico [lightning]
Furia Roja took 1/3, the last using the ropes to beat Sadico.
5) Explosivo, Gallo, Mágico b Exterminador, Gran Kenut, Joker
Tecnicos took 2/3. Freezer ran into hit Joker, which helped the rudos win. Freezer & Furia Roja attacked Joker until Sadico made the save. Hair match challenges followed.

Again, the Guadalajara Sunday booking makes sense (so it’s not the usual people doing it.)

CMLL (MON) 01/30/2017 Arena Puebla [CultIcon, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Meyer, París, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Ares, El Malayo, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Demus 3:16, Mini Joker, Pierrothito b Acero, Aéreo, Asturiano LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Drone, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Bobby Z, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Titán b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Rush DQ Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Rush fouled Diamante Azul and La Mascara pulled of his mask for the DQ.

Middle matches were OK, main event was not. CMLL seems to be starting a feud in week 1 and switching to a different one in week 2 more often. Being more unpredictable doesn’t necessarily make them better.

Today’s Arena Mexico show is a normal CMLL show, though it has some promising matches. Caristico continues to main event a lot of shows, this time teaming with Valiente & Stuka against the returning Euforia, Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. Bucanero and Stuka were having a perfectly random feud last week, which may or may continue this week. The semimain is one of the best reoccuring CMLL trios matches, with the Panther family against the Casas family again. We’re all waiting for CMLL to screw it up and have the Casas family lose as a trio before they get their (long overdue) trios title shot, and tonight might be the night.

The women are up to the fourth spot, with Marcela, Sugehit, and Jarochita versus Tiffany, Isis and Metalica. Triton and Raziel meet in a lightning match. As usual with Tuesdays, the first two matches look poor: Robin, Flyer and Sensei attempt to face Arkangel, Metalico and Sangre Azteca. Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial face Grako & El Coyote in the opener. CMLL’s finally started to put the new guys in the opener, and this would be much more exciting news if the new guys they had around last year were still around.

The show will air CMLL’s YouTube channel at 7:30pm (though the Tuesday feed has started a few minutes late sometimes.)

In Toryumon Mexico, Ultimo Dragon got a revenge pinfall over Rey Bucanero in the main event trios after Sam Adonis interference back fired.

Keira wrestled with her shoulder taped up at the Lucha Memes’ show on Sunday; it looks like she hurt it in a chain match with Lady Maravilla on Sunday. Maravilla was actually her second on Sunday in the title match. Lucha Memes noted it’s their second straight show where indie wrestlers beat CMLL wrestlers for a CMLL championship.

LigerFever has a recap of the lastest Podcast Boom. There’s some talk about the Crash trying to get television, and Konnan notes the guys who jump trust him enough to go there before they have it. Roberto Figueroa and Aldo Farias‘ otherwise unexplained comments about TV networks not yet realizing the ratings power of wrestling seems like the TV thing is something they’re still having to sell TV networks on.

A surprise luchador is being advertised for the Crash. Seeing as they haven’t announced the lineup yet, this is not especially useful information, most of the card is a surprise at this point. In possibility related news, there were rumors about Niño Hamburguesa leaving AAA last fall, which didn’t end up going anywhere at that point, but he’s not being listed on AAA shows even with AAA using anyone they can to fill out shows. He could be the surprise luchador, or he could just be out with an injury.

La Rebelion with have a press conference on 02/20 in Monterrey. That’s the day after the next Llaves y Candaados show, which is supposed to end with a La Rebelion announcement. They’re obviously announcing a show, and we’ll get an official date and maybe even a card quick.

Halcon 78, who has been used as filler on some AAA house shows, wants a mask vs hair match with Joe Lider.

02/04 in Ecatepec has La Rebelion vs Mexico State indie stars. This puts Penta el 0M and Arez back in the ring in the same place (I think, they keep changing the name) as their infamous singles match.

AAW announced Hijo del Fantasma versus Low-Ki for their 02/17 show. It’s a big test for Fantasma’s first match in the US indie spehre. 4Fantasma is the current AAA Cruiserweight champion and this will probably be more interesting than any singles match he’ll have in AAA this year.

This week’s AAA TV is up.

An article about what to eat at a lucha libre show is more useful for nice photos of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

LuchaWorld has the first edition of Lucha Clasica and this week’s Poster-Mania.

There’s a new box y lucha commissioner in Nuevo Laredo. All the “there’s a new box y lucha commissioner” stories are only getting linked to at this point so I can go back and figure out when they were put in charge if something crazy happens.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 02/05/2017 Arena México
1) Leono, Magnus, Marvel vs Apocalipsis, Espíritu Negro, Inquisidor
2) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Skándalo
3) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Carístico vs Negro Casas

This is possibly a better VOD show, only Caristico/Negro Casas just aired in Puebla for free. It was good, but nothing you need to see a second time in a month for a cost. (Volador/Caristico vs Casas/Shocker for the tag titles is probably both an easier to market match and a worse quality one.)

Espiritu Negro resurfaces in CMLL for the first time since August. He hasn’t even been seen in Queretaro of late.

CMLL (MON) 02/06/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Perverso
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Drone, Esfinge, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger
4) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Diamante Azul, Euforia, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]

maybe Rush/Diamante Azul are feuding now? Maybe the Pierroth/Azul feud comes here too? Maybe this is the usual Puebla card where the middle matches might be good and not much else?

new lucha videos for the weekend of January 27th, 2017

Lucha Retro remains a repeat.

YouTube playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Q75rALHEFPBFAKwFac7RlD

01/28 & 01/29 WWC: Cloud Drive

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-27
taped 2017-01-27 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive – first match has stream issues
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Pierroth, Ray Rowe, Rush
5) Mephisto © vs Carístico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-28
Cloud Drive (lots on Psycho/Wagner)
taped 2017-01-20 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
2) Aerostar & Súper Fly vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Angélico, Carta Brava Jr., Daga in a cage match

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-01-28
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-16 @ Arena Puebla
1) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Skándalo
2) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys
3) Carístico vs Negro Casas

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-28
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-25 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Cadilac, Kesier Drago, Shadow Boy vs Águila Enmascarada, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star
2) Blue Monsther, Kanon, Vardues vs Acero, Keshin Black, Vampiro Metálico
3) Dragón Fly vs Pibe Alfajor [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
4) Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije vs Dowki, Heddi Karaoui, Hip Hop Man, Mosca (Argentina), Picudo Jr., Taylor Wolf, Yakuza [Copa Higher Power]

CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2017-01-17

Rey Cometa

Recapped: 1/17/2017

What happened: Pierroth pulled Diamante Azul’s mask to beat him (so I guess that feud started here.) Nothing else.

What was good: The semimain was enjoyable, with the rest being skippable Tuesday fare.

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

Chairo8, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Fuego en el Ring, MT, R de Rudo]
1) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma b Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Negro
Nigma was the surprise luchador
2) Laredo Kid b Arez
bonus match
3) Supermega DCOR Último Vampiro
double countout out, with Ultimo Vampiro wanting a mask/hair match
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid, Rey Horuz b Astrolux, Baby Star, Black Metal, Jack Evans
said to be a very good match, money thrown in
5) Hechicero b Dr. Cerebro
money thrown in
6) Fly Star b Toxin, Ronnie Mendoza
7) Keira b Silueta © [REINA IJ]
Keira won the title.
8) Rush b Ray Rowe
Advertised as a best of three falls, became a one fall match

Not a lot of reviews of the show, with the atomicos being the one getting the most praise. The VOD offering is supposed to be out in the next couple of days. Your guess is as good as mine on the second match, since the original planned match (Laredo/Ronnie vs Kriminal Boys) got split into a couple of matches. It was hinted Keira would be going to Japan if she won the title, and suggested again after she did win the title.

Puebla tonight has La Mascara, Mascara, Rush versus Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone and Maximo in the main event. Mascara & Marco were feuding last week, but CMLL’s shown an increased tendency to drop feuds or change them around of late. Semimain is Atlantis, Dragon Lee and Titan against Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, and Ultimo Guerrero, which might be the best match of the night. Tercera is not bad either, with Drone, Rey Cometa and Triton against Bobby Z, Misterioso Jr., and Sagrado. The minis are back in the second match with Acero, Aereo, Asturiano vs Demus, Mini Joker and Pierrothito. The opener is Meyer, Paris, Tigre Rojo Jr versus Ares, Malayo and Sombra Diabolica (first match here in six weeks.)

CultIcon previews this show. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 9pm CT

Super Libre has interviews with Al Carillo & Exterminador.

NJPW World has a new interview with Rush, probably taped over FantasticaMania.

An article about Arena Aficion, which is 65 years old tomorrow.

Box Y Lucha 3269 and Luchas 2000 #859 focus on Dr. Wagner vs Psycho Clown.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 02/01/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Star & Geo vs Atomic Star & Enigma
2) Fireman & Shadow Boy vs Araña de Plata & Keiser Dragón
3) Alfa, Aramis, Omega vs Adrenalina, Avisman, Diablo Jr.
4) Black Dragón, Dragón Fly, Freelance vs Hip Hop Man, Mosca (Argentina), Pibe Alfajor
5) Chicano, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Relámpago

There’s another Wednesday show this week (and already announced Sunday show, so it’s a two IWRG show week for the first time since December. Avisman shows up here first the first since July; his name hasn’t been anywhere in a while. Some of the guys in the opener have been gone for just about the same amount of time.

CMLL (SUN) 02/05/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Quca
2) Cosmos & Johnny Dinamo vs Destello & Destructor
3) El Divino, Nautilius, Reycko vs Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Thunder Boy
4) Mágico, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Difunto, Maléfico, Rey Trueno
5) Frezzer & Furia Roja vs Joker & Sádico [super libre]

The main event rudo feud continues, and seems headed to an apuesta match.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-01-16

Zacarias as the third man

Recapped: 01/17/2016

What happened: Carsitico beat Negro Casas in the main event. Angel de Oro & Dragon Rojo feuded before their title match in Guadalajara on Tuesday. Whatever was going on with the minis was dropped cold.

What was good: The main event was good, though the last week has shown that Negro Casas has now reached the point where a random singles match is not automatically going to be a great occasion. They used a lot of Zacarias to get there way thru, and CMLL needs to rethink how they’re using Negro Casas in general. The Angel de Oro/Dragon Rojo tries match was the most watchable of everything else.

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

CMLL weekend shows, AAA strong turnouts

CMLL (SAT) 01/28/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Magia Blanca & Marvel b El Coyote & Grako
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
Fantasy replaced Astral (not a mini any longer.) Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Stuka Jr.
Revolucionarios took 2/3, and took the tecnicos masks after the match.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 2/3. Tecnicos wanted one more fall, rudos agreed, and then the rudos walked out.

CMLL (SUN) 01/29/2017 Arena México [+LuchaTV]
1) Leono & Sensei b Artillero & Inquisidor
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Skadi b La Comandante, Metálica, Reyna Isis
La Metelica replaced La Seductora. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Bobby Z, Felino, Virus b Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul DQ La Máscara, Negro Casas, Pierroth
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Casas fouled Caristico. Caristico wants a singles match.

They’ve switched to a Casas/Caristico feud. That means Azul/Pierroth is switched to Friday shows, which is bad news for Friday shows. I’d say Soberano was being punished for getting over in NJPW, but it’s probably too much to assume the CMLL programmers are aware of anything happened on the NJPW shows. They don’t even stick around for their own shows, they’re definitely not caring about shows that are going at 3AM.

CMLL is offering this Sunday Arena Mexico show on VOD for $1. This was never announced ahead of time, never promoted, and is kind of a waste of time given this lineup. They make a little money on this if it doesn’t cost a lot to do these, but it’s a strange choice and presentation.

Euforia beat Mr. Cacao in their match on Cacao’s show.

The Arena Lopez Mateos show on Saturday is said to have been a full house. La Parka won the main event when Pagano fouled Psycho Clown and Parka fouled Pagano. Hijo del Fantasma won the Arena Neza AAA three way, when Dr. Wagner and that same Psycho Clown brawled outside for a countout. That didn’t sell out, but still did pretty good for a Neza show. Octagon’s promotion debut show also looks like it drew well.

Bacanika has a long profile of Groon XXX, who claims to be the luchador who’s suffered the most injuries in the history of lucha libre. There are some points of this bio which seem a bit fictional (the Groon/Gronda program is presented as a shoot where Groon only returned to unmask his replacement and then quit), but Gronda claims he came up with the idea for being painted red and actually painted himself that up for his first meeting with Antonio Pena. The luchadors with white outfits got annoyed with him later on for the red paint rubbing off on them.

Dr. Wagner told The Gladiatores that he respects Fuerza Guerrera, but Fuerza is wrong and he will be at TripleMania.

Luchador Scaflon Jr. was supposed to have a match tonight, but passed away in a car accident Friday night. He was 21. The article lists the match as his debut, but someone by that name has been wrestling in that area since 2014. His organs, including his kidney and coronas, were donated to four people on waiting lists.

Penta is in Texas for Martinez promotions on 02/18 against Violento Jack, and in Arena Lopez Mateos w/Daga Against LA Park & Rey Escorpion on 03/01.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

CultIcon writes about Heavy Metal.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 02/04/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Flyer, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

OK: the match on Friday with Rush, Pierroth and Rowe on the same team was NOT listed as Relevos Increibles. The matches with La Mascara on the team are listed as Relevos Incredibles. Is La Mascara still a tecnico? Or is CMLL just totally inconsistent and silly about using that term.

La Rebelión debuts, CMLL results, The Crash news

Caristico uses the enviorment

CMLL (FRI) 01/27/2017 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
16:48. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
14:05. Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther
12:19. Rudos took 1/3. Forastero replaced Cuatrero.
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy DQ Pierroth, Ray Rowe, Rush
9:22. Straight falls, the last when Pierroth unmasked Diamante Azul. Rowe did not get along with his partners at times during the match (setting up Rowe/Azul in Lucha Memes on Sunday)
5) Mephisto © b Carístico [CMLL WELTER]
11:41. Mephisto took 1/3, cleanly, to keep the title. 4th defense.
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
13:03. Tecnicos took 2/3.

You should go out of you way to see the title match. The show was overall good.

In Arena San Juan, Penta el 0M, Fenix, Daga and Garza Jr. debuted their new team name, “La Rebelión.” They had new t-shirts (on Masked Republic, though they won’t ship until mid-February and new merch to go with it. The name La Rebelion has some history, it was the name of the Perros del Mal TV show. This is allusion to them rebelling against AAA and the legacy they’re carrying on, as they specifically mentioned it being a homage to Perro Aguayo Jr. when unveiling it.

La Rebelion have set up their own Facebook.

They ended up facing and defeating Gallego, Pentagon III, Mr. Condor and Mosco de la Merced (II). The first three were replacing Histeria, Psicosis II, and Manaico. Psicosis posted a video on his Facebook saying the promoter had refused to pay their guarantees. The story going around from the promoter’s side is those guys got to the building, saw how packed it was, and held the promoter up for more money. The promoter, presumably realizing the building was full for La Rebelion, didn’t pay and those guys left. For what it’s worth, pretty much every other match on the show ended up changing during the night.

Konnan’s launched his own Patreon as an extension of his Keepin it 100 podcast. If you sign up for $3/month or more, you’ll get exclusive content, but he’s offering a podcast for $1/month subscribers talking about recent events right now. There’s a lot of talk about TripleMania, the Roldans, PROMELL. Some of it is well trod ground on other podcasts, some of is new, but you should go sign up yourself if you want to hear it all.

There’s no more clarity on the timeline of the jumps. The best we get is “we knew for a while”, and Penta/Daga/Garza were careful not to let AAA know it was happening. This might have all happened 10 months ago, back in March, but someone tipped off Dorian, and MGM’s lawyers threatened the AAA/LU guys with losing their LU deals. Fenix & Sexy Star trickled out on their own, but this had been building since then. They had remained in contract with Konnan and remained frustrated with how they were being used in AAA.

Konnan talks about the Copetes issues (asking women for sex, demanding kickbacks from wrestlers, playing favorites in house show bookings) he’s brought up on Podcast BOOM, and alleges Copetes must have something on the Roldan family to stay there. Konnan says Dorian confirmed it to him once, then denied it another time. The mystery La Chiva is said to be Copetes’ brother, getting booked on shows via Copetes’ influence over people who are actually used on TV.

Konnan believes Paco Alonso is mad at him nowadays primary because Alonso blames Konnan for messing up a deal between CMLL and WCW back in the day, and uses him as an example for others not to cross him. Konnan also thinks there’s issues because he’s badmouthed CMLL on his podcast, leading to CMLL not letting their guys on The Crash’s shows. The “other owner of the Crash”, Nacho, is friends with Rush and Konnan hears from other people in the Office that Nacho isn’t happy when he says bad things about CMLL, but believes he should hear more about when he says good things. Konnan hints he might just get CMLL people to jump Crash instead.

The Crash is planning on running 17 cities in 2017, including Mexico City. Their next big goal is getting on TV. “I really believe I’ll overtake CMLL, Elite, AAA all in a year” after he gets on TV. “I’m surrounding myself with really good people, and Dorian surrounded by straight up idiots and yes-man.”

One of those 17 cities will be Monterrey.  Llaves y Candados announced they’ll have announced about something The Crash/Rebelion related at the end of their 02/19 show. It’s obviously going to be a show with all those guys. The date is the important part, since we know AAA is already running Rey de Reyes on the 19th. We’ve seen local promotion MDA run Arena Coliseo Monterrey on the same day Rey de Reyes takes place in the bullring in the past, and perhaps we’re headed to the same thing.

The Crash announced Jeff & Karen Jarrett will be their 02/25 February show. This may be part of whatever TNA/The Crash relationship is being worked out, or it may be a separate thing given the history between Konnan and Jeff. Nothing can kill my interest in a lucha libre promotion like bringing in Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett goes about it differently than AAA’s La Parka, but brings the same pluses and negatives to the table today: they both absolutely can get themselves over in front of a Mexican crowd, but they make every match they’re in all about them and worse overall, and they never do good business when it’s time to put someone over. AAA ran big angle with Jeff Jarrett 3 or 4 times, always building him up big, and always with something happening where he couldn’t be there to put his rival over at the end, so the only people who got anything out of it were Jeff & Karen. Maybe every single time is AAA’s fault and Jeff’s totally not at fault (and just as not as fault when he pulled the same thing with NJPW), but Jeff Jarrett caries a stigma of “really bad AAA garbage” in Mexico, and The Crash should be trying to distance themselves as far as possible from really bad AAA garbage. Instead, he’s on their first show after they make news.

Here’s a solution: Penta smashes Jarrett with his own guitar on 02/25. Nothing less. If Jarrett is as good at getting himself over, he won’t be that hurt, he can just get himself back over next time he’s around. This is generally not the time to be slow playing stuff, or building to a big show you don’t even know the date of yet. The Crash just needs to kill it, to build buzz, to get people to put it on TV. Jarrett can’t even get on TV in his home country, he’s not going to help much for Mexico. I suspect Jarrett will be just doing a Trump thing and patriotic Blue Demon will defend Mexico’s honor. However, if Jarrett comes with 10 feet of La Rebelion, it needs to end with the Rebelion stomping on him. Those guys shouldn’t be beat or beat down by anyway in the Crash for a long time.

Fenix & Pentagon are teaming against the Hardys and locals (well, closer to being local) Al-Cold and AXL in Lima, Peru on 03/25. Fenix & Pentagon are already facing the the Hardys at WrestleCon the following weekend. Even without a formal agreement between Crash/TNT, promoters seem very interested in booking that match on it’s own.

CMLL tonight at Arena Coliseo has Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. versus Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Ultimo Guerrero and Angel de Oro, Fuego, Stuka and Bobby Z, Dragon Rojo and Polvora in a semimain. Both those sound pretty good, but there were no TV cameras at Arena Coliseo last week and I suspect there won’t be any this week either. Lucha Retro is already into repeats, after only 14 episodes, and they may be done already. (Dave Melzter’s news bit from a few weeks ago about how CMLL was close to losing “Azteca” makes more sense if he meant “Fox Deportes”.) The show had actually been doing it’s best ratings numbers of late, with even the repeat episode having more viewers than when it was first run.

Lucha Memes has Chairo8 on Sunday. The hype for it has been lost in the week of Rebelion news. CMLL booking Ray Rowe and having him do teases a fight with Rush probably helps, but not as much as if the announcers were allowed to actually mention the show by name and location. It’s still early days in that relationship, maybe it’ll get there.

The two big matches of note on the Chairo8 show are Rush vs Raymond Rowe and Flystar & Toxin vs Laredo Kid & Ronnie Mendoza. Those matches will be available on VOD for $3USD by Tuesday. The live crowd will get to also see Hechicero & Dr. Cerbero, Keira vs Silueta, and Jack Evans and Rey Horuz leading trios, among other matches.

Fuerza Guerrera, who may be the all time leader in backing out of mask matches, says Dr. Wagner Jr. doesn’t want to lose his mask and will not show up at TripleMania. It’s not clear if Fuerza actually knows anything or is just speculating like the rest of us. I think it’s a moot point – if AAA’s not going run a larger arena (which would give them more money to pay Wagner) and they were willing to have Pentagon Jr. lose at Guerra de Titanes when they thought he wasn’t going anywhere, then they’ll be totally fine with having Dr. Wagner beat Psycho Clown if it comes to it. It may or may not be their plan at the moment, and it may not be what Psycho Clown wants right now, but they’ll do what they have to get that match delivered. It’s strange in context, because I don’t have a lot of confidence in AAA on a lot of points, but these last few days have made me super confident that match is actually happening as promised.

Lucha Boom teased an upcoming announce with La Liga de la Justica, a Puebla indie promotion.

Mascara Sagrada bemoans the state of lucha libre. The article mentions his real name.

Rey Horuz and Bestia 666 are headed to Puerto Rico on March 18th.

Cancha has a video story on Sam Adonis. Trump Supporter Sam Adonis teaming with Vangellys on Tuesday was kind of amazing but I’m afraid to point it out.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 02/03/2017 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
4) Titán vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

CMLL calling main events with tecnicos on one side and rudos on the other side “relevos increibles” just makes CMLL look stupid. There’s no other way to stay it. A feud with Diamante Azul & Pierroth doesn’t look much better.

Titan/Cavernario is an old title feud that should be fun. Revolucionarios get their usual rivals.

Euforia, who CMLL wrote on their own website would be back on this show, is not on this show. Strong quality control. He’s back Tuesday anyway.

01/27/2017 AAA TV Results (Toluca)

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 01/27/2017 Salón Rojo del Club Toluca, Toluca, Estado de México [AAA]
Attendance: 3000
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce b Mini Psycho Clown, Parka Negra, Soul Rocker
Mascara de Bronce beat Mini Psycho with a Spanish Fly. Parka Negra replaced Apache.
2) Goya Kong & Lady Shani b Big Mami & Faby Apache
Rudas won thanks to a Chessman distraction on Fabi.
3) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Súper Fly b Aerostar, Argenis, Bengala
Super Fly put Aerostar thru a table
4) Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown b Averno, Chessman, Joe Lider
Averno & Chessman replaced Daga & Pentagon on 01/23 and this was moved down a spot. Fabi distracted the OGT team, leading to Monsther beating Lider. Lider & Kahn-Del-Mal were still wearing Perros del Mal shirts. Averno blamed them for the loss and mocked them for being left behind.
5) Angélico, Australian Suicide, La Parka b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
La Parka replaced Garza Jr. and this was moved up. Angelico beat Scoria with the Fall of the Angels
6) Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano
Los Totalmente Traidors (which now appear to officially include Dave) tried to interfere. Piero kicked them out, and Wagner told them to go. Psycho Clown beat Wagner after fouls both way. Mesias & Pagano had problems during the match.

Air Date: 02/11 & 02/18

Show sold out about five hours before bell time. AAA noted it at that time, at the start of the show, and a couple times during the show. It seemed like the most important part of the show. The local promoter said the building could hold the same 3,000 as Gimnasio Agustin Milan (currently undergoing renovations) earlier in the week. AAA didn’t and does not announce numbers. The attendance bit probably was intended to be a message & to partner local promoters: everything is still fine, maybe even better than fine. It still came of as a implied message about those who left: they don’t matter, we’er fine without them. (La Parka, who doesn’t seem to use Twitter all that much, made an effort to note how much the crowd was behind Joe Lider last night. You can go back months without him even mentioning anyone but himself and where he’s going – that’s not how he normally uses Twitter.) That’s great for AAA, and great for the people who work for AAA. It’s not a great message for a person who would like to care about these people and the luchas they’re having, but are being informed repeatedly that pretty much all of them this week (with the possible exception of Wagner & Psycho) are interchangeable and wouldn’t be missed if they were gone tomorrow. This was a good night for the business of the wrestling business but not as good if you’re into it for the wrestling portion.

There was no sign of any real change or effect from the departures, with the only acknowledgement in front of the crowd being the highlighted line to Joe Lider. Prior to the departures, AAA was said to have the first four months of the year already planned out. It appears they’re just sticking to that plan, just with those guys left out. Even the speed isn’t changing: AAA’s going to flip Pagano eventually, but they’re sticking with the timeline they have in mind (Rey de Reyes tournament final?) instead of doing it now to create new matchups. No one stepping up as Mundo’s challenge makes me think we might not know what’s happening there until the Rey de Reyes card is announced. Perhaps Psycho finally got to win a match just to make sure things ended on a positive note, but they caravan is still headed in the same general direction it was a week ago.

If you’re not into Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner, you might get Aerostar & Super Fly doing some cool thing in between a lot of interference, and the openers now look like they’re generally going to be fun since the lesser workers have been moved out of them to fill gaps higher on the card, but there’s probably not going to much more than that for you in AAA thru TripleMania. You may be fine with ath if you are into Psycho & Wagner, and you may not if those things aren’t enough, but at least it’s easy to figure out if you’re in or not.

 

Given the current climate, people missing shows without acknowledgement is going to be read into m more than normal when it’s still probably the same nothing. It’s AAA and general lucha libre policy to not acknowledge when people are missing a show, be it for a day or forever. I don’t agree with that policy even normally, but it seems like an especially ill considered idea when many of your fans are wondering who will next to leave. I’m pretty sure Apache is simply injured, because I’m possibly the sole person not employed by AAA who pays attention to AAA spot shows results and he’s been missing those dates (as well as being a 50 year old man who’s wrestled for a long time.) It’s a safe bet Drago had a similar issue, but AAA not acknowledging it makes it a issue where it’s not meant to be one.

Joe Lider still being a Perros del Mal is not much of a surprise, but it’s probably not going to be clear until it airs if the way Lider was humiliated was meant to be a end for the idea, or the start of Lider rallying back (maybe with new partners) to gain revenge.

Next taping is 02/11, a Saturday, in Cuautitlán.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-27

Panthers & Dinamitas

Recapped: 01/27/2017

What happened: Mephisto kept the welterweight title over Carístico. Carístico noticeably has lost his ability to win big CMLL matches when there’s anything on the line, but the quality of the match was the story.

Raymond Rowe and Rush didn’t get along, but didn’t fight, prior to their Lucha Memes match. (CMLL didn’t mention the show, but they were clearly working an angle to build up that show.) That match actually built up the Diamante Azul/Pierroth rivalry, also taking place this past Sunday, with Pierroth unmasking Azul.

What was good: Most everything. The title match is the one must see match, and the Ingobernables match was the weakest, but this was pleasant overall watch.

Where can I watch it: Check my Twitter feed (except for the opener, where I had stream issues.) Read More