IWRG FILL (WED) 05/17/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Bambino & Satán X b Fly Tiger & Puma de Oro
2) Águila Enmascarada, Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000 b Blue Monsther, Shadow Boy, Voltar
Aguila Enmascarda replaced Picudo Jr. (moved up)
3) Eterno & Máquina Infernal b Acero & Picudo Jr.
Picudo Jr. replaced Kanon (double booked on the same show!), Eterno replaced Tackle
4) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo b Lunatik Xtreme, Skanda, Vórtize
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull b Aspirantito Jr. (Guerrero), Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power]
Gym Fill (Black Terry) vs Gym Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera). Said to be a good & evenly matched one of these. Aramis beat Toxin. After the match, a masked team ran in and attacked the IWRG team. They revealed themselves to be Centvrion, Fly Warrior, Latigo, Arez, Mr. Leo, Septimo Rayo (or Glenn Calavera or maybe both), Fly Star and the Fulgores, calling themselves Indy Nation
This sounds like one of the best FILL shows in a while. The cibernetico went well, the undercard has some good stuff, and the angle at the end is something people who might read this site would particularly enjoy. Some of the best young indie guys, some of the best IWRG students from recent years who’ve moved on to other places, coming back an invading group should at least produce a memorable cibernetico down the line. Hopefully a lot more.
SI talked to Vampiro, who repeated that Lucha Underground wrestlers will not appear on Impact, but luchadors who are in AAA and want to work in the US will have another place where they can work. I suspect this includes anyone who works for LU no matter what character they work (or Ricochet would’ve been free to appear in Ring of Honor.) I suspect this is a lot of concern for what will be not that important appearances anyway; AAA will send a match to Impact’s PPV and maybe they’ll work some adjacent TV and that’ll be it.
Vampiro’s also asked if he thinks Lucha Underground’s momentum will be hurt by disappearing for five months. Vampiro not only evades answering the original question, but says the decision to go on hiatus makes sense when you explain it, and then doesn’t explain that either. It’s rock and roll, man. (The correct answer is “Yes! Obviously! But we didn’t have any choice in it and don’t want to cause problems with El Rey.”)
AAA announced the winners of group three of their La Llave de la Gloria tryouts. The biggest name is Muncea de Plata, daughter of Super Porky and sister of current AAA luchadors Goya Kong & Psycho Clown. She actually wrestled on AAA spot shows with her sister in 2008, before they had their masked characters, and turned up on CMLL’s old Ras de Lona program later on as someone who coming soon (but never did) even before that. She wrestled shows for Elite last year. The other women who advanced are Sexy Angel, Hahastari, Black Fury, Lady Dragon, Diosa Atenea, Ashley and Andromeda. That’s eight women in total, out of the 15 who were shown in matches. Only five men advanced. Angelikal, a standout flyer from Torreon and El Bandido’s brother who looked the most impressive at the tryout to me, was among them. The other four are Ciclón Infernal, Royer Boy, Pequeño Petroneo and Pardux (who you might have seen in one of the early matches on the DTU iPPV last December.) As has been the case all along, we don’t what advancing to the next round actually means, or when the next tryout is, or if there’s other ways to advance besides being in a tryout.
This week’s Zona Ruda has an interview with Lady Shani.
La Parka told Vamos Deportes (mentioned on R de Rudo) that Joaquin Roldan was a great boss, so great that he told Parka that his youngest son could use the name La Parka if he wanted. That seems like a thing that never works out ok.
Laredo Kid & Garza Jr. are on Impact tonight, challenging for their tag team titles. Laredo Kid debuts in AAW a week from today in a four way match.
Ludark will be part of IWA’s King of the Deathmatch on 05/20 in Memphis, Indiana. I believe she’s the only woman in the field. She previously won the 2015 Queen of the Deathmatch for the group.
Lucha Memes/MDA on 06/04 in Arena Puebla
- Jeff Cobb vs Hechicero
- MDA/Chairo (Alas de Acero, Aramis, Arez, Belial, Impulso, Iron Kid) vs Puebla (Mini Multifacetico, Millenium, Prayer, Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Rey Apocalipsis)
- Rey Horuz & Xtreme Tiger vs Angel de Oro & Soberano Jr.
- Keira & Lady Maravilla vs Marcela & Zeuxis
- Fuerza Guerrera & El Felino vs Toro Bill & Bobby Jack
- Negro Navarro & Black Terry (c) vs Blue Panther & Octagon for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship
I have no idea how that tag title match is going to go but it’s going to be interesting.
DTU is running on 06/29 in Arena Aficion with the wrestlers in from Game Changer Wrestling.
Lucha Libre In Japan
05/18 NJPW: Dragon Lee  defeated Marty Scurll  in the Best of the Super Juniors. Dragon Lee is the only wrestler in his block to start off 2-0. NJPW likes to book people getting off to good starts and slipping back, but he has 2 wins and they can’t quite take those back. Dragon Lee is now regularly using the Rush corner dropkick spot. Everyone would flip out if he pulled off a La Mistica in a big spot.
Dragon Lee’s next tournament match is on the 21st (Sunday) against Taichi. Volador Jr.’s next match is against Ryusuke Taguchi on the 2oth (Saturday.) Both of those are taped delayed airings on NJPW World (don’t stay up for them.)
Something to watch here is Jushin Liger announced this would be his Best of the Super Juniors, lost his first two matches, and then declared he would not lose again.
IWRG (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago vs Atomic Star
2) Shaolin vs Lunatic Xtreme
3) Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Taylor Wolf
4) Aramis vs Villano III Jr.
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Veneno vs Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
6) Freelance vs Dr. Cerebro
7) Danny Casas, Imposible, Mr. Electro vs Black Warrior, Trauma I, Trauma II
Black Warrior scheduled back here after appearing in Rey del Ring. Freelance/Cerebro sounds like it’d be good.
UWE AULL (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Shibata & Spider Boy vs Holkan & Ironía
2) Ángel Del Amor, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Dr. Cerebro, Sádico, Yoruba
3) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García © vs Ángel Mortal, Bronco (UWA), Marabunta [AULL TRIOS]
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Silver King [UWE TAG]
5) Blue Demon Jr. vs LA Park, Canek, Pagano [Copa Universo]
Another card as part of the promotion’s 49th Anniversary.
FULL (SAT) 05/27/2017 Plaza de Toros Monumental el Paseo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) El Divino, Reyna Dorada, Shadow Boy vs Ludark Shaitan, Luzbel, Pequeño Warrior
2) Pibe Alfajor & Saru vs Hip Hop Man & La Mosca (Argentina)
3) Garza Jr. vs Mr. Águila, Extreme Tiger
4) Alan Stone, Mr. Elektro, Zumbi vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Intocable, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Tinieblas vs Pirata Morgan, Rey Escorpión (Elite), Zorro
6) Alberto el Patrón & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Jack Swagger & Silver King and Roy Knight & Zak Knight
The last lineup to come up for the Alberto/FULL tour is the one in his home town. He’ll team with his brother in the main event.
Latin Lover is doing press for these shows and will be the host on them, and says he never said he was retired from lucha libre and “ponders” a return. He had three years of health problems but he says he’s in good shape now and would be open to wrestling if the people wanted it (if a promoter is willing to pay whatever high price he’ll want.) Latin says he doesn’t watch wrestling, citing the deaths of his friends Hector Garza & Perro Aguayo Jr. as some of the reasons.