Are you ready for some non-tournament action on Lucha Underground? Well too bad it’s not happening. It actually might be happening, but I gazed at the old secret page of taping results and realized there’s nothing obviously taped for this show in non-tournament action. They may have taped out of order, there’s a lot of that, but it’s probably the three matches and some vignettes, and three matches and some vignettes next week too. Other things will start happening after.
AAA finishes off Verano de Escandalo with a confusing Ricky Marvin angle, a confusing three way cage match and a three way tag team mask match which never should’ve been confusing but AAA was weirdly unwilling to explain themselves.
Dinamic Black vs Aramis is a hidden nice IWRG match. if it airs.
IWRG (WED) 07/05/2017Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Adrenalina & Atomic Star b Keiser Drago & Voltar
2) Lunatic Xtreme b Warrior Jr. the wrestler listed as Warrior Jr. the last couple weeks is Star Warrior/Black Warrior Jr.
3) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Dowki & Pantera del Japon Dowki was suffered a head injury during the match and couldn’t remember it afterwards.
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Kanon straight falls. Kanon replaced Dragon Fly.
5) Cerebro Negro, Dragón Yuki, Ovett b Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera II Hijo del Pantera betrayed Emperador Azteca (since they’re already feuding.) Pantera II (in the match instead of Pantera II) sided with his son and helped unmasked Azteca.
CMLL has more details on Atlantis injury: he suffered it Friday with Mephisto on his tope, and it’s a rupture of one of the tendons about his right kneecap. They’re not sure when he’s returning, but they’ve already ruled him off the ROH UK tour. That’s not until mid August, so they’re not expecting him back for quite a while. CMLL noted again that this is the first time in Atlantis’ 34 year career where he’s suffered a serious injury.
CMLL says ROH will decide the replacement. It’s hard to figure ROH’s thought process on these. Niebla Roja would make CMLL sense because he’s Ultimo Guerrero’s rival of the moment, or you could do a tecnico ally of Mistico. I would like to think that ROH has been so clowned about their CMLL stuff the last month that they’ll take the time to figure out who would make sense for this spot and come up with a good replacement.
Diamante Azul will replace Atlantis in the Universal tournament on Friday. Of the seven minor title holders I could think of, Azul is the least interesting to see in the match, but the most important to CMLL. It’s not really a surprise CMLL would go with him but not exciting. Record’s story on the change amusingly believes the way the faces are listed on the poster indicates the matches and states Azul will face Mephisto last week. They do not follow CMLL that closely, though CMLL would be a better promotion to follow if Record was correct.
Soberano replaces Atlantis on Sunday’s show.
Krudemmon says he talked to Mini Rey Mysterio/Octagoncito, who explains his deal to go to Impact was made with AAA before he left the company. It’s no surprise he’d want to honor a deal to get him on US TV (and they used him fairly well for a Mexican mini in a US promotion) but it does make me wonder why AAA didn’t get one of their own guys as the rudo mini instead of Demus. I’d rather see Demus but I don’t fully understand what happened there.
IWRG (SUN) 07/09/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago & Shaolin vs Skanda & Tentaculo
2) Ovett vs Dragón Yuki
3) Atomic Star, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr.
4) Dinamic Black vs Aramis
5) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I vs Argos, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
6) Mr. Electro, Villano III Jr., Villano V Jr. vs Black Warrior, Trauma I, Trauma II
I think Black Warrior is still feuding with the Traumas but I’m not sure the fiction IWRG booker is aware of this. Same goes for Pantera/Azteca. You can see I’ve stopped bothering to figure out tecnico/rudo sides here because so have they.
Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Fuego, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(13:14 [2:06, 5:12, 5:56], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, Mistico, Niebla Rojabeat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (9:25 [1:58, 2:40, 4:47], 2/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero – not Ultimo Guerrero – feuded for the entire match. Guerrero fouled Niebla for the DQ and then unmasked him after.
The Roja/Gran feud was the most interesting than about a main event that wasn’t too interesting. Roja is not a negative, but he’s not showing enough as a tecnico to be confident this is going to work out when they finally have the big match. If anything, this could turn out to be Gran Guerrero’s breakout opportunity instead. Diamante Azul, back from France again, seemed about normal for him (which is no great praise.) He seems to have added some mass or lost some muscle. He’s still very strong, so strong that he screwed up the double team spot with Mistico at the end by over throwing him. This trio of Guerreros worked very well together.
The semimain was the surprise of the show. The Hijos del Infierno have looked their age of late, but turned back to the clock for at least a couple falls here. They were more the goons of the old days, taking big moves and stooging for the técnicos. It seemed like they ran out of gas in the third fall, but that’s more than usual. The match was not laid out like usual, with sudden endings in all three falls giving it a different feel. The tower of doom follow up splash spot done in every big match actually eliminated somewhere, which needs to happen a little more often. (It seemed to surprise the people in the match, as if it was an accidental three, but it made sense with how they ended up.) Sobreano’s ramp running springboard was more incredible to me than any dive off the stage.
I was ready to dismiss Esfinge and Disturbio early on, but they one me over as the match went along and it felt like the best possible match those two could have in this situation. It wouldn’t feel out of place in one of the many tournaments. Singles lets Disturbio show off his personality more, and they did a more focused job of building to the finish and including a believable near fall than most of these matches. The action itself didn’t rise to meet the layout but there was at least something here.
The tercera was the ever rare rudo exhibition match. It felt long, though I didn’t know it broke 20 minute until I added it up after. The first fall featured Virus putting Stigma in holds, then letting up on the holds so Stigma’s attempts at a reversal could re-position him for a different Virus hold. Raziel got in a fancy pin on Oro and the rudos had no particular regard for the técnicos. Not without merit, Stigma didn’t have a good night when left on his own either, and Idol seemed slow in this match.
My only note on the segunda was the dive looked good but none of the other bit spots did either. Magnus is looking better by the people he’s hanging with here but he’s still stuck hanging with them.
The opener was a rare sighting of Cholo and Templario. Templario seems like he’s gotten significantly better, looking solid as a wrestler and with more confidence, though he didn’t get a lot here. Cholo is still Cholo with slightly stranger hair and a still deadly looking finish. Bengala teased a dive, which was more amusing than the rest of the match.