Today’s CMLL show is another collection of random matches. Last week didn’t seem to set anything in particular for this week. There are a few decent matches. The main event is Mephisto, Ephesto, Negro Casas versus Maximo, Mistico and Caristico (who has a busy night ahead of him.) That should be a good simple match. The semimain will be more complicated, as Niebla Roja once again reluctancly teams with Gran Guerrero & Utlimo Guerrero and Atlantis, Valiente and Angel de Oro. UG told ESTO that he’s just confused by Niebla Roja – Roja talks about wanting to be a tecnico, but he did unmask Angel de Oro on Monday so maybe he just has a problem with Los Guerreros Laguneros.
The best match will probably be Titan & Cavernario in a lightning match, bringing back their good feud. The third match might be good too: Los Revolucionarios versus Stuka, Guerrero Maya and Drone. The lucahdoras return to Friday shows with Silueta, Jarochita and Princesa Sugehit against Amapola, Dalys and Zeuxis, which might again be built around Sugehit & Zeuxis. Magnus & Sensei taking on Akuma & Espiritu Negro in the opener.
Caristico’s double booked in Arena Mexico and Arena Naucalpan on a Friday night again. He main events the Lucha Libre Boo show, teaming with Black Taurus against Hijo de LA Park and LA Park. That show is supposed to start a little bit earlier than Arena Mexico, but it’ll probably go longer just so Caristico can work both places. The whole show is the usual mix of indie names. It’ll probably not air on TV, but will turn up in YouTube in some form.
Volador, Dragon Lee, and Titan were announced for NJPW’s US shows in Long Beach, California on July 1st and July 2nd. They’ve announced a lot of people and they won’t have IWGP Junior championship defense, so the CMLL guys may not have a big role on the show, but it’s a nice chance for them. It’ll be Titan’s first US match.
Tonight’s also the start of the five show FULL/Alberto el Patron/Distromania tour. They kick off in Puebla with Alberto, Hijo de Dos Caras and Tinieblas Jr. versus Jack Swagger, Roy Knight and Zak Knight (Paige’s brothers.) They’ll be in Toluca on Saturday and Mexico City on Sunday. Tinieblas and others have done a lot of press, and a fair bit in the mainstream, to sell these shows. I’m skeptical about how well these are going to do, but it comes off as if they’re trying hard to get people to notice them.=
Alberto said he’s going to retire in two years. A year ago, Alberto said he was retiring in two years. He’s going to be on a soap opera soon. Like a scripted one on TV, as opposed to the unscripted one he seems to be living in.
In promoting these shows, Blue Demon Jr. says he’s actually talked to the new owners of the NWA and will meet them in July to see if they can work on something together. He had issues with the previous people running the group.
Other shows today include AAA in Tijuana with an unusual main event of Ayako Hamada & Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Kevin Kross & Kobra Moon, AAA in Neza with Parka, Psycho Clown and Texano against the Traidor Clowns & Pagano, AAA in Valle Victoria with Elegido & Fantasma vs Mesias & Parka Negra and Keira & Diosa Quetzal in a mask match in Ecatepec (where Keira is expected to win)
Dorian Roldan talked about AAA/LU business with El Economista, as he does from time to time. As an aside in the article, Roldan mentions the possibility of taping season four in Los Angeles, Austin, Mexico or Colombia. I don’t think they’ll end up taping any place except LA and would not be too concerned with that at this point if it somehow affects you. I think this – just like the LU/Impact thing – is including unlikely possibilities just to talk up the potential. The article is the usual bit of unchecked hyped: some Pentagon, Drago, Fenix, Angelico and Vampiro appearing on a single WXW show is said to be a Lucha Underground tour of Germany here.
Angelico’s listed on AAA shows in mid July. I’m not sure if he’s back before then.
Jvuentud Guerrera match update: he’s debuting in AAW to face Sami Callihan for their title on 05/25 and he’s facing Dragon Lee on June 22nd in Mexico City. Juvy’s been good when I’ve seen him this year.
Tickets are on sale for Hijo del Santo & Santo Jr. in Spain on June 17th. They’re running from 16 to 40 Euros ($18 to $45 USD).
LuchaWorld has the latest news report.
This week’s Fuego en el Ring includes an interview with Rayo de Jalisco.
The Crash (FRI) 06/02/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
4) Flamita © vs Rey Horus [The Crash CRUISER]
5) Penta Zero M & The King vs Black Terry & Skayde
6) Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Mysterio 619 vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Nicho el Millionario
Top half of the card for the Nicho benefit show. The tag match is a unique and interesting match, and Flamita/Rey Horus should be really good. Wish they were selling this show.
LI (SUN) 06/04/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Estrella Explosiva & Súper Estrella vs La Pantera & Princesa Tiger
2) Avispón Negro Jr., Flash I, Flash II vs Évola, Ráfaga, Ráfaga Jr.
3) Payaso Cocolores, Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho vs Canek Jr., Hijo del Fishman, Villano III Jr.
4) Hijo del Lizmark, Rayman, Súper Astro vs Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Águila
5) El Fantasma & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Canek & Máscara Sagrada
Leyendas inmortales is back with the usual names. That second match is kind of an Antrax memorial match.
Lucha Memes MDA (SUN) 06/04/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Alas de Acero, Aramis (Estado de México), Arez, Belial, Impulso, Iron Kid (Estado de México) vs Arkalis, Millenium, Mini Multifacético, Prayer, Rey Apocalipsis, Rey Samuray
1) Felino & Fuerza Guerrera vs Bobby Jack & Toro Bill Sr.
2) Keira & Lady Maravilla vs Marcela & Zeuxis
4) Black Terry & Negro Navarro © vs Blue Panther & Octagón [Arena Coliseo TAG]
5) Rey Horuz & Xtreme Tiger vs Ángel de Oro & Soberano Jr.
6) Satánico vs Hechicero (CMLL)
7) Último Dragón vs Último Guerrero
Ultimo Dragon versus Ultimo Guerrero is the last added match and that’ll get over great.
The one big change here is Jeff Cobb is off the card and Hechicero will face Satanico instead. Lucha Memes posted emails indicating Cobb was booked for the show, Lucha Memes booked a flight for him, and then Cobb backed out of the show because he only belatedly realized it was a CMLL thing and he didn’t want to risk losing any bookings with The Crash. In a video, Lucha Memes promoter said he tried contracting both The Crash promoters to see if they would OK it and contacting Cobb to post a video apologizing for not making the show, and didn’t hear back from either. This went on a week before they decided to book Satanico (who will have a different but still interesting match with Hechicero)
The Crash, via the WON, has said CMLL’s not allowing them to book CMLL wrestlers, but implied they’d not have the same issue going the other way. Cobb obviously thinks there’d be a problem if he took that date, it’s just unclear if he’s right or wrong since no one’s talking. I assume we’ll hear about this on a podcast sooner or later, but lucha libre politics are confusing.
I’d still like to be able to see this show complete without traveling to Puebla.
MDA (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mystique & Súper Estrella vs Chik Tormenta & La Pantera
2) Joker & Sádico vs Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
3) Esfinge, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs El Divo, Galactar, Vazco Jr.
4) Mr. Águila & Rey Horus vs Hijo de LA Park & Xtreme Tiger
5) Atlantis, Máscara Sagrada, Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera, Mr. Niebla, Satánico
6) Carístico & LA Park vs Rush & Último Guerrero
The woman’s match was the last one added to the show. This is an interesting match even being all tag matches.