lucha TV preview for weekend of May 5th

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Claro is actually showing CMLL Claro as NOT geo blocked at the moment. Too bad it doesn’t look like an interesting show.

AAA will start the Tijuana taping this weekend, though we don’t know which matches will air until later.

Puebla has what will be the fourth micro match by the time it airs.

Aeroboy debuts in AAW on Saturday, so here are some Aeroboy matches to watch


Aeroboy’s hanging around the US this weekend. He’s working a Lucha Va Voom style show in Detriot on Friday and is part of the ChilangaMask show Sunday outside of Chicago in Berywn. In between, he’ll be debuting in Chicago’s AAW in front of a new audience.

Aeroboy is a young luchador who has been wrestling seemingly forever. He started as a backyarder in his early teens, got trained, and was one of the original members of the DTU promotion, known for it’s hardcore matches. Aeroboy still does extreme wrestling, but has broadened himself into a more all around wrestler. He’s also been one one half of tag team Los Compadres Extremos with friend Violento Jack since 2010. Jack’s spending a lot of time in Japan the last couple years and Aeroboy’s been trying to establish himself more as a singles wrestler.

Aeroboy’s AAW debut match is a six way, likely to be a fast paced fight. You can see what he might be capable in that sort of match in these highlights of a 2015 match with Eterno

That top rope swanton might be his best chance at pulling out a win. There’s other moves he’ll use (watch for the rolling casita), but a sudden top rope move might help him sneak a victory.

These highlights of a match laster year with Extreme Tiger also show you what he could do:

I recorded a long version of that match.

My favorite Aeroboy match is the mask versus hair one he had with Black Terry last year, though i’s quite a bit more violent and hate filled than the one he’ll be in on Saturday

And Aeroboy and Violento Jack recently faced a couple of people familiar to AAW, Penta 0M & Daga. (This one’s a full match.)

Aeroboy’s in AAW because he’s good, but also because he happens to be around the midwest with a day off on a day where AAW had an extra spot. A strong performance might open more people’s eyes for to him, but this is a little bit of the planets aligned just correct for him and it might not be way for him to return, but maybe he’ll get more people talking about him.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-05-01 

Zacarias out runs Niebla

Recapped: 05/03/2017


All matches aired live from Arena Puebla.

Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja beat Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial (15:46 [5:29, 4:48, 5:29], 1/3, ok)

Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis, Black Tiger, Príncipe Diamante (18:31 [6:32, 4:59, 7:00], 2/3, below average)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Rey Samuray beat Misterioso Jr., Policeman, Sangre Azteca (16:44 [10:05, 1:53, 4:46], 2/3, ok)

Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth
(8:16 [1:08, 2:05, 5:03], 2/3, ok)

Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Negro Casas beat Diamante Azul, Ephesto, Mephisto in a relevos increíbles match (11:27 [7:50, 1:29, 2:08], 2 DQ/3, ok)

Último Guerrero © beat Carístico for the NWA World Middleweight Championship (13:00, 2/3 good)

  1. Carístico torito 3:43

  2. Pulpo Guerrero 1:20

  3. Guerrero Special 7:57

What happened: 

rudos bumble into giving Hijo de Centella Roja into a pin

Ultimo Guerrero kept his middleweight championship over Caristico.

Mephisto and Negro Casas feuded in the semimain. Mephisto’s team lost the second fall by a very weak shove to Pompin, who probably can’t get shoved any more than that. The outcome set up a rematch next week, for some reason. Diamante Azul replaced Volador.

Brazo de Oro was honored before the fourth match.


Toro Bill big bump

The main event was sufficient for a title match, just about good enough, but it was not as good as their previous singles match. The Arena Mexico match felt like more a big deal and this felt like a perfunctory title defense. They didn’t go as far as usual, and they seemed to be on different pages more than usual. It still was the best thing on the show.

Negro Casas wrestling as a fired up técnico is good and Diamante Azul remains better as a rudo than a técnico, but there was not much to this. Mistico had his shoulder taped up and seemed to be taking the night off, which makes it less certain if Casas/Mephisto was the feud or if they were just covering for other things going on.

The rest of the show was just ordinary and forgettable matches. La Mascara wrestling his normal match is odd but whatever works for him is fine. There was decent effort in the tercera and Rey Samurai fit in fine, but it was nothing special. The first two matches felt like a lot of guys with no path to improve and hard to care about, or find the purpose in evaluating. I’m certain Arkangel believed his match was pretty good, but it was the most generic uninspired lucha to me. We’re really past the point where I should be skipping a few weeks of these shows to get caught up on all the other stuff.

UG wins

Villanos defeat IWRG rudos, betrayal in Guadalajara

CMLL (SUN) 04/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destello & Guerrero de la Muerte b Capitán Cobra & Micro
rudos took 2/3
2) Fantástico, Johnny Dinamo, Tigre Blanco b Carlo Roggi, Linterna, Mr. Apolo
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Black Sugar, El Divino, Nautilius b Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Thunder Boy
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Trueno b Star Black
Mr. Trueno and Nautilius were seconds. Rey Trueno took falls 1/3. Nautilius betrayed Star Black and turned rudo, giving Rey Trueno the win.
5) Flash II, Metatrón, Vaquero Jr. b Joker, Pitbull I, Pitbull II
Tecnicos took 2/3.

betraying new Guadalajara idol Star Black is probably not good for your long term prospects

IWRG (WED) 05/03/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Keiser Drago b Fly Tiger
2) Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme b Vardeus & Voltar
3) Shadow Boy b Shaolin
4) Máquina Infernal & Tackle b Acero & Kanon
5) Aramis b Climax Jr.
very good match
6) Heddi Karaoui, Trauma I, Trauma II b Dragón Fly, Freelance, Veneno
Trauma I & Veneno had a hard chop fight
7) Kortiz, Villano III Jr., Villano IV b Black Terry, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr.
Villanos took 1/3, though Terry believed he kicked out before three on Villano IV’s pin. They talked about having a direct 1v1 match at some time.

On Informa, Dragon Lee said he leaves for Japan on May 14th. I’d assume Volador too, which means next Friday would be the last time we see them for a while.

+LuchaTV posted the complete ruleta de la muerte from the last ChilangaMask show.

RIOT on 05/20 in Arena Femenil Monterrey

This week’s Zona Ruda includes a sit down interview with Pimpinela Escarlata. They had Mamba on before (and brought up some clips on this interview), so it’s possible they’re just building that feud on their new show and not so much on the main show. Decent experiment anyway.

Daga posted a video of him running to get ready for his match with ZSJ on Friday, mentions his knee isn’t in the best moment (which fits with getting hurt this weekend.)

Vampiro says he’ll be revealing the biggest project of his life on May 31st.

A report on yesterday’s AAA press conference to promote the 05/17 Arena Aficion show.


IWRG (SUN) 05/07/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs Adrenalina
2) Aramis & Shaolin vs Lunatic Extreme & Vórtize
3) Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Pantera I vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Teylor
5) Freelance vs Eterno
6) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Heddi Karaoui, Veneno, Villano IV
7) La Mosca © vs Dragón Fly [IWRG IC WELTER]
first defense

Dragon Fly holds the Argentina championship, challenges the Argentina who holds the IWRG title.

I’m guessing “Teylor” is actually Chilean Taylor Wolf.

ANCLA (SAT) 06/24/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? & Ancla Jr. vs ?? & Tezca
2) Basted & Hahastary vs Black Fury & Heronia
3) Danger vs Lokillus, Yoruba, Toxin, Belial, Drako
4) Centurion & Látigo vs Astrolux & Metal
5) Demus 3:16 vs Black Terry
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Rey Escorpión vs Ancla, Arez, Terremoto

More dangerous: promoting a show or booking yourself in a match with LA Park?

2017 watch later catch up, part 2 of ∞

ZSJ runs over Ronnie

Hey, I’m doing this again.

Rayo Star & Titán (CMLL) vs Black Terry & Toxin in a Juventud y Gloria quarterfinal (CaraLucha in Arena San Juan Pantitlan, 02/04/2017, via TVLuchaMundial, 25:30, good): a satisfying unique partners match, where the veterans felt more like the stars of the show but the youngsters were never out classed. Toxin & Terry took control of the match by turning it into a brawl and away from Titan’s usual style. Titan kept up and rallied back, but it was not his usual showcase. The chops sounded very strong and the headbutts looked good. Titan and Terry went a lot longer than we usually get after a couple eliminations, and Titan’s big sell off the moonsault counter made a spot that’s never a finish come off as a convincing one. I could see going higher and there’s no strong reason against it, it was just missing that next gear or someone really standing out.

exploding dropkick
Terry headbutt

Rey Hechicero & Solar I vs Caifan & Negro Navarro (Arena Lopez Mateos, 02/04/2017, 22:52, via +LuchaTV): [good] generally the expected exchange of holds that gets easy reaction from the fans who did show up to this one (which doesn’t appear to be many.) A Negro Navarro/Hechicero issue comes up naturally, with the vet easily getting under the skin of the CMLL luchador. Both men play off it for the rest of the match, though it never really gets paid off in the one. Hechicero kind of works backwards, getting in a lot of his usual spots in early and leaving of the match in a position where there’s no real build to a finish, just a steady back and forth move change until suddenly it’s time to end. Pleasant a lot but only really needed for completists of this style.

a tumble onto cement
old man suplex

Emperador Azteca vs Diablo Jr. (Arena Naucalpan, 02/15/2017, via thecubsfan, 6:04) [good]: IWRG seems like they’ve cut down their match times this year, with most singles matches only one fall. That leads to crazy sprints like this, where Emperador Azteca loses his mind on his first dive and adds two more later on. Azteca takes most of the match, with Diablo just getting in enough shots to survive and catching the técnico at the end. The finish looks cool, but it is a bit too easy. Still, we’d be raving about this for weeks if showed up as a CMLL lightning match.

Azteca starts the match into the crowd
Diablo climb up corner dropkick
one more dive into the crowd

Golden Magic vs Pirata Morgan Jr., mask contra hair (IWRG/Arena Naucalpan, 02/12/2017 ,via iwrgtv, 22:46, good)

  1. Pirata Morgan Jr. guillotine legdrop 4:45

  2. Golden Magic top rope splash 7:45

  3. Golden Magic 450 splash 10:16

Pirata Morgan Jr. looked awesome early on, throttling Golden Magic around ringside for four minutes, with the super slam into the chairs and the unexpected flying legdrop; this looked like it was something that was going to be amazing. It turned out to be something that was just good, because Pirata Jr. is gassed after those few minutes and really can’t add much more. The second fall drags until Golden Magic takes over, and the third fall is all Golden Magic moving Pirata around to get in spots. It works, because Golden Magic can do a lot of things and the blood adds some drama, but it’s a one man match for a long way and that’s a little disappointing from where it started. Still a nice Golden Magic outing.

all the chairs
Magic moonsault

Zack Sabre Jr. vs Jinzo (Martinez Promotions/Turf Zone Arena, Kennedale, Texas, taped 01/14/2017, via victor Martinez, 24:21, great): I’m a sucker for long Mendoza matches, but this doesn’t feel like it’s even going to be a good one for a long while. The submission wrestling is met with quiet for about the first ten minutes of the match – respectful quiet, but it’s doesn’t seem to be clicking with this audience (and not the easiest match to watch when there’s a cameraman blocking the mat work.) And then, Sabre starts cinching and smashing bodyparts, Ronnie screams in pain a lot, and the fans seem to buy into it. It works as Ronnie trying and not really able to match ZSJ when he’s fighting his kind of match, but being able to fight out of it at times and put Sabre in to some danger. The last half of this match is generally strong and dramatic, though it comes off a match that might have been better received in front of an super indie crowd than a lucha crowd (which reacts stronger to the chop battle than the kick in the chest one.) Finish doesn’t look perfect and is kind of unexpected as a finish, but it’s nice upset win.

ZSJ is hard to GIF on a cell phone

Eterno vs Demonio Infernal (Arena Naucalpan, 02/05/2017, via IWRG tv, 13:30, good): this is a heated and bloody brawl where Eterno brings Demonio Infernal up to his level. Unfortunately, the finish takes it down a level or two. Demonio Infernal small packages Eterno, both roll so neither men are down, referee looks at the possible pin from all angles and then waves off the match – because it’s a double submission, apparently. Neither man was acting like they were putting each other in a hold or hurt from a hold, it’s nonsense. A draw may have made sense in this part of the feud but one that looks like this makes it hard to drop in and watch. Still, this fits with the overall improved nature of these IWRG young guy singles match; this was shorter and improved for being one fall, with the guys keeping a good pace all around. Eterno & Atomic Star specifically parodying the Daga & Eterno run-in on the Crash (just a few days before this) was amusing, and fit with Eterno not totally taking the novato totally seriously and being annoyed with how tough it turned out to be. This was really good showing for Infernal.

Demonio Infernal tope
Eterno moonsault
rolling cradle