CMLL Puebla: 2017-06-05 

this show

Recapped: 06/08/2017


Astro, Meyer, París beat El Perverso, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika (10:30 [5:29, 2:49, 2:12], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Astral, Espíritu Maligno, Magnus beat Ares, El Malayo, Joker (12:38 [5:29, 4:24, 2:45], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

King Jaguar, Olímpico, Virus beat Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.  (17:14 [7:20, 4:52, 5:02], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Atlantis, Titán, Valiente beat Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys (14:27 [7:25, 2:08, 4:54], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (10:00 [2:55, 2:05, 5:00], 2/3 DQ, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero got 125% of this

Not much. Ultimo Guerrero fouled Niebla Roja but this show wasn’t even worth bothering to do the “change your mask or else!” challenge. There was nothing to talk about from the other matches.

My only note is “JCR compared Tigre Rojo Jr. to Satoru Sayama”, which I suppose is very accurate in that they both have done Tiger characters and not really actually in any other way (though Tigre Rojo Jr. is fine.)



The matches weren’t much either, though they weren’t bad. I didn’t really pick up on the shorter match times while watching the show, but it felt like it helped a little bet. I’ve been mentioning short matches should mean better paces and it definitely felt that way in the opener, one of the better ones they had in some time. (Astro helps. Astro is very fast.)

On the other hand, the 17 minute match wasn’t far off good either, with Olimpico (seems like a Zavala replacement) adding more than usual and some fun from Virus being really aggressive. The semimain match was disappointing, because Hechicero working a lot with Atlantis seemed fun for him but didn’t leave great matchups for the rest of the match. The main event was fine, but not at the level of their better matches, not close to the Friday match with the same submission.

Warrior versus Traumas, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Kanon b Vórtize
2) Aramis & Climax b Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Extreme
3) Freelance b Látigo
both men were injured on a spot
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Villano III Jr. b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly
Black Dragon needed the stretcher. Dinamick challenged Eterno to an apuesta match.
5) Gallo Frances, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I DQ Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Mascara foul led to the DQ.
6) Negro Navarro b Heddi Karaoui
all mat wrestling match
7) Black Warrior, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II
Warrior unmasked Trauma II

Dinamic Black was wearing his IWL belt. IWL hasn’t promoted a show in 2013.This Climax looks like a different guy than the Climax Jr. who was more visible a few years ago (and it looks like they teamed together on an indie show, so there you go..)

Today’s Arena Puebla is just five trios matches with no storylines. They could come up with something and create a program quick, since it looks like next week is the week with all the singles matches elsewhere. Last week’s angle was UG fouling Niebla Roja, and neither are around this week. Instead, the main event is Caristico, Dragon Lee & Mistico against the Peste Negra trio of Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Cavernario. That has a good a chance of being good as anything; there’s nothing sure fire strong on the show and show without a strong looking matches are easy to skip with the amount of wrestling out there.

Atlantis, Johnny Idol and Marco Corleone take on Hechicero, Ripper and Mascara 2000 in the semifinal. Sagrado continues as the fill in Revolucionario teaming with Dragon Rojo & Polvora against Drone, Esfinge and Tigre Rojo Jr. The opening two matches are mostly locals. Arkalis, Espiritu Maligno and Rey Samuray versus Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo is the segunda. Ares and Espiritu keep being put in the same match week after week, where it looks Ares might have returned just to lose his hair, but they’re not actually interacting in any special way during the matches. Flyer returns to the openers, teaming with Meyer & Paris against Joker, King Jaguar and Policeman. The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm.

Titan, Dragon Lee and Volador will team with Jushin Liger against Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Evil and Sanada on the first of the two NJPW US shows on 07/01. Their match for day 2 hasn’t been announced as of yet.

CMLL has a note up about the Gran Prix. It’s nothing more than was mentioned on Informa: 09/01 date, NJPW & ROH involved.

Astral and a fan had an incident on the Saturday Coliseo show, though people got in between before anything more than a beer was thrown. You can see it develop at 8:50 in this video. It looked like the fans said something to Astral, Astral walked over to say something else and flipped the drink or food container they were holding, and the fan went after him a moment later. The fans got tossed, but Astral probably also needs a timeout.

AAA will air on FrontRunnerTV (UK) at 9pm on Wednesday. They moved it up a half hour.

IWRG has Festival de las Mascaras, on 07/02 Arena Naucalpan
1: Dragon Fly, Dinamick Black, Black Dragon vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Mosca
2: Panterita & Orito vs Eterno & Demonio Infernal
3: Mr. Electro, Internacional Pantera, Trauma I vs Grond XXX, Guerrero Maya, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

what a rare treat it will be to see Pantera masked


CMLL (SAT) 06/17/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Bengala, Magnus, Robin vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Templario
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

The new champs teaming up with Valiente against the Hijos del Infierno. (So much for Volador’s challenge.) Some odd pairings on the rudo side in the undercard, with Cancerbero getting on out his usual pool of guys and the odd ball trio of Canelo, Nitro and Templario.

CMLL (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena México
1) Astral & Sensei vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Zeuxis
3) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Felino, Hechicero, Pierroth
5) Marco Corleone © vs Terrible [CMLL HEAVY]
first defense
6) Diamante Azul Stuka, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker

The first 300 men will get to take a photo with the edecanes. The mascots are also back for father’s day. Pierroth does not fit in his match at all.

Diamante Azul was listed on these shows, and then removed this afternoon. Guess he’s not back.

MDA (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Hija de Karonte & Mini Difunto vs Mini Divo & Tsunami
2) Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda vs Chica de Arabia & La Gviota
3) Faceman & Quinto Elemento vs Pee Wee & Vazco Jr.
4) Difunto I & Galactar vs Demenzía & Titanik
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Máscara & Mxmo Sxy

This is not an interesting lineup but Maximo quickly losing all his vowels is entertaining. Mascara’s name may be meant to be “Mascara El Dios Ingobernable”, it’s unclear.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-03 

Hijo del Vikingo

Recapped: 06/08/2017


Concord & Hijo Del Vikingo beat Bronco González Jr. & Guerrero de Plata
(9:11, Hijo del Vikingo 450 splash Guerrero de Plata, good)

Lanzeloth & Máscara de Bronce beat Dalton Bragg & Joe Lider (5:44, double standing moonsault on Bragg, ok)

Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago defeat Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, El Mesías, Pagano (9:52, Drago’s Tail on Cuervo, ok)

What Happened:


The big event didn’t happen in a match, but in an in-ring interview with Leo Riano and Fantasma. It was preceded by a flashback of Texano bringing Fantasma into AAA, and then the more recent bit of Fantasma giving Texano that piledriver. Fantasma insisted to Riano that he and Texano were brothers who’d team up to go after Kross & Mundo. Texano came to the ring, and Fantasma apologized to him and offered a handshake. Texano turned his back on Fantasma. Fantasma pulled Texano back and wanted Texano to accept his apology. Texano took the microphone, both to say he won’t accept it and to hit Fantasma. Security had already gotten in the ring with Texano so that was the end of it, but Fantasma flipped out when he got back stage.

Suicide continued his tantrum from Tijuana, acting rudely towards Drago & Aerostar before the match, then attacking both enemies and teammates after the match, which turned into a brawl between all four teams. The bit ended with Pagano & Mesias having their usual staredown.


Joe Lider & Dalton Bragg were apparently forced to team by Vampiro, but Vampiro didn’t force them to get along. Bragg refused to work with Lider, and Lider ended up walking out on him in a non-competitive match.

There was no mention of the Verano de Escandalo lineup outside of the commercial promising one person would lose their mask on the show (the next day.) None of the matches specifically built to that show.


Mascara de Bronce & Lanzeloth

I could not imagine a less useful show to build up a major show. AAA must’ve had complete confidence in the Ciudad Juarez promoters to be able to sell their show completely on local promotion and goodwill from previous shows, because they gave them no help. They went out of their way to give them no help; AAA could’ve switched the episode order around and aired the match with the Verano match this week, but decided to save it until after the show it was meant to build up. It doesn’t make much sense to me.

The Llaves de la Gloria matches are a bright spot on a not exactly sparking promotion at the moment. They’ve been kept out of the massive storylines and they’re featuring Hijo del Vikingo, who looks great. He actually looks like a guy who’s been doing his incredible agile style for years, with supreme balance and no sign of stage fright. Concord did some cool things, his tornillo was nice, but he’s not as much in control as Vikingo. The rudos aren’t near as spectacular but they’re doing better going with the showcased guys than others might be in their spot, and they’re willing to take big bumps.

The Bragg/Lider vs Lanzeloth/Bronce tag match looked bad on paper and was worse in reality. The Bragg/Lider aren’t good opponents for flyers and had to spend most of their not working together to get over the 9th most important storyline in AAA. Even if either guy was good, I’ve got a hard time believing that it’s going anywhere, and Bragg again didn’t look any good. Mascara de Bronce got to do an awesome tornillo in his hometown but the rest of the match was a drag.

The work in the atomicos match was better than usual, but the rudos really slowed down with the rudos in charge. This also had another classic moment of Pagano trying to prove he’s a flyer by doing flying moves badly. Doing another match where the partners can’t get along and ending it with more partners who can’t get along is just overkill.