The first pinfall in this week’s Lucha Underground title match happened in about four minutes, so it’s probably a safe bet they won’t be going another 38 minutes on next week’s show. The preview states we’re getting Prince Puma versus Mil Muertes, one of LU’s more reliable big match ups, and a big announcement.
I don’t know why I wrote this was Block B of the Gran Alternativa on CMLL Claro. That’s next week. This is Block A. And a lot of short matches.
AAA is on the first half of Arena Aficion tapings. This show will air one day before Verano de Escandalo, they’ve announced zero matches for Verano de Escandalo on TV, and I’m not sure that’ll change.
DTU (WED) 05/31/2017 Arena Actopan, Actopan, Hidalgo [+LuchaTV]
1) Drollux, Erwing, Irwin, Migaru b Billy, Hard Boy, Toto Two tag matches combined, 4 vs 3?
2) Deluto IV & Deluto Jr. b Camuflaje & Flayer Boy Flayer Boy replaced Paranoiko
4) Jimmy & Kevin b El Exótico & Pardux
5) Pesadilla b D-Polux Jr., Moria, Lokillo D-Polux Jr. replaced Jason Cade (moved up)
6) Dezmond Xavier & Jason Cade b Cobre & Drastik Boy Jason Cade replaced Trey Miguel. Money thrown in.
7) Corsario Negro Jr., Halloween, Ovett b Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo After the match, a bunch of masked men representing the old X-LAW promotion ran in. Halloween was on their side. Two unmasked as Gio & Junior (Los Malkriados) while the rest remained masked.
SuperLuchas covered the XLAW Invasion – XLAW was founded by SuperLucha’s Editor-in-Chief Ernesto Ocampo. XLAW, a super indie type promotion before there were those in Mexico, was founded in 2001. It’s last show was in 2010. It is strange to me to do an invasion angle based on a promotion which hasn’t existed in seven years and was never a big enough part of the landscape that people were demanding it’s return. On the other hand, DTU hasn’t seemed to had any storylines this entire year so beggers can’t be choosers – if they didn’t do anything at all, I probably wouldn’t be spending this much space on the show.
+LuchaTV actually live streamed the invasion on Facebook. That’s the kind of smart thing promotions need to be doing to get buzz, especially when this angle is going to impact the next several they’re running. (The Crash should’ve been livestreaming the La Mascara/Maximo run-in.) Still, if you can live stream parts of shows, it feels like it shouldn’t be six months and counting between seeing an actual DTU show.
I don’t know what the deal is with AAA & Ricky Marvin. It certainly seemed like they wrote him on Friday, but Ricky worked AAA show in Veracruz the next day with no mention of anything being wrong. Saying that AAA TV doesn’t make a lot of sense is obvious right now, but avoiding mentioning Marvin by name and turning Pirata Morgan doesn’t make sense if he’s just going to keep being on shows. Maybe there’s a backstage skit which hasn’t yet been explained which will make some sense of this.
Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible will face Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia on ROH’s 06/23 PPV. They’re building off the Taven/UG match in CMLL. ROH says Taven taunted UG by using his finish on TV; no one watching TV seems to have seen this (Taven hasn’t been on TV in a few weeks.) I’d assume the Taven/UG singles rematch takes place on the following day’s TV show. If this is Taven & one of his faction partners against Ultimo Guerrero, it’s odd Euforia or Gran Guerrero isn’t going.
On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Impact was looking for a “good Mexican team” to face LAX for their tag team titles at their 07/02 PPV. Previously, Konnan had said LAX would not interact with AAA wrestlers at all. Impact did says there would be AAA wrestlers on this show somewhere. Most of the Crash wrestlers are under LU deals. Mascara & Maximo may be free to work, but who knows if/what will happen with them between now and July.
To the surprise of few, neither Dragon Lee or Volador Jr. advanced to the final of the Best of Super Junior. Both were alive until the last day, Volador to the last match, but Kushida was able to get back a win over him after Volador beat Kushida in Mexico twice last year. Volador & Dragon Lee will finish up with non tournament matches on NJPW’s June 3rd show.
Full card for GALLI’s 10th Anniversary card with Penta, Aeroboy and Guerrero Maya as guests. There’s no hint about the mystery guy in the main event and I know staggering little, but DJ Z did show up on their last show to do a dive and that’s the kind of match you’d like to see him in if he was healthy. Maybe they have someone else planned, maybe they’re just waiting to see how he’s feeling that day. Rest of the card look good if very long.
Cancerbero & Raziel defeatFlyer & Oro Jr.(13:19 [4:00, 4:36, 4:43], 1/3, ok, via thecubsfan)
Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus defeat Fuego, Star Jr., Stigma (16:42 [7:02, 3:02, 6:38], 2/3, good, via thecubsfan)
Puma, Sam Adonis, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther(15:12 [3:59, 3:32, 7:41], 1/3, good, via thecubsfan)
Stuka Jr.beat Pólvorain a lightning match(8:24, torpedo splash, ok, via thecubsfan)
Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Rojabeat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero(7:09 [1:25, 2:38, 3:06], 1/3 DQ, ok, via thecubsfan)
Bárbaro Cavernario, Pierroth, Rush beat Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente(11:15 [2:45, 2:43, 5:47], 1/3, ok, via thecubsfan)
Niebla Roja wore has a gold mask, complementing his brother’s mask instead of the Guerreors colors. I think it’s new, but not sure. It still has the UG design influence. Último Guerrero unmasked Niebla Roja for the DQ, then yelled at him for again not changing his mask. Último Guerrero vowed to keep taking the mask until Niebla Roja changed. Niebla Roja put on another version of his mask, and Último Guerrero took that one too.
There’s no sound for a couple minutes in the segunda because CMLL forgot to turn up the sound coming out after a break again.
The first fall of the first match started before I could start recording, and I guess I could’ve found someone else’s version but did not. It didn’t seem like I was missing much.
This one of those shows where the middle matches were good and the bigger matches were not. At least they were setting up things in one of those matches.
Watching the invisible soccer game be down to Rush playing with La Mascara is the saddest thing ever. They’re never going to let the Los Ingobernables die, but they are so dead. Rush himself was still over, was still the biggest star in this match, still dropped Carístico hard on the Rush Driver for the absolute clean win. (Caristico’s rant on this CMLL run is going to be great someday.) This was the normal main event with no storyline going on and not the big working names, and the crowd seemed happy enough with it.
The semimain did a good job of establishing the issue if not exactly delivering a good match. The first two falls weren’t just quick,bbut there just wasn’t much to them and the third fall wasn’t a lot better. They may not have wanted to give up too much the first time, that just didn’t work for this match. Niebla Roja did fine with Último Guerrero for his first time in that role in a long time, but I kind of wanted more aggression and lessnormal tecnico offense.
The lightning match had big spots but really didn’t feel like it added up to a full thing. The dive off the stage is a fun thing to look, but they hadn’t really built up to that spot or anything else as it happened. It might have just been that the matches prior to it moved really well, but this one didn’t do a lot for me.
The third match was maybe even a little better than expected. Everyone was on for this one, the (many) superkicks looking sharp and the timing really great thru. Even Blue Panther Jr. seemed like there might be a good wrestler deeply buried inside him. I’m not sure how I finished this recap because I died when the camera missed the shot of the Cometa/Junior double superkick. At least the comedy bit before it was well done. The Panther somehow has gotten faster, and one day he’s going to accidentally fly thru the ropes he’s trying to hang in for an amazing GIF. Sam Adonis fit in this mix, and the last few seconds with him and Rey Cometa were solid stuff. Adonis may need to work on wrangling Cometa on dives, but there’s nothing stopping CMLL from booking that lightning match.
The second match was a lot more fun than CMLL usually has at that spot. Partly it was a bunch of people who normally work higher and better, partly because they did a lot more with the layout of the match than usual. The only thing rarer than a dive in the first two matches of a CMLL show is an interesting near fall, and there was a few of those along side some teamwork spot. Fuego may not be the top pick for a Virus opponent in a big match, but they’re great playing off each other in this middle of the show trios match environment, and Sagrado & Misterioso remain really good. Star had a good match too. This is not must see but an easy watch.
Opener didn’t work out well. Raziel seemed in a particular bad mood with Flyer in the second fall, making sure to mess up his nice new outfit. It derailed that section of the match, and it didn’t allow the técnicos to do enough to stand out. Oro & Flyer got in a bit more than most Cancerbero matches but they’re not really successful in the role of helping out youngsters. It does feel more like a fight at times.