CMLL Puebla: 2017-07-31 

Rush is supposed to grab Tirantes arm, can’t, so Tirantes just stops counting and everyone is confused

Recapped: 08/01/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla


Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray beat Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis
(14:27 [5:13, 4:56, 4:18], 1/3, ok, via

Rey Samuray came out spectacular in the first fall and the first two falls were generally interesting, but this match faded to a conclusion. They really should’ve mad the classic version of the Spanish Fly the last spot of the match but bringing back the hair feud we’ve all moved on from was deemed more important.

indie Rey Samuray must be fun

Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany beat La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely  
(14:41 [6:10, 3:03, 5:28], 2/3, ok, via 

reason for GIF: I totally forgot Tiffany’s finisher is a reinera because she gets so few wins. And there was nothing else to say about this one.

Shockercito © beat Pierrothito for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship (14:01 [3:23, 3:05, 7:33], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The minis title match was really good, as the two long time CMLL luchadors are really smooth working with each other. This is the advantage to having the same dozen people wrestling each other forever, they can get really good at doing it. Nothing went wrong in the match, and Shockercito threw him into big spots like his tope. It was missing a little excitement from me to go higher, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Shockercito tope

Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Stigma beat El Malayo, Puma, Tiger
(15:03 [4:04, 3:47, 7:12], 2/3, ok via

This was exciting and competitive. It followed the usual CMLL trios big match formula, but they were doing it at incredible speed. It really was moving fast at the end of the first fall and again in the third fall. This looked on paper like something to set up Malayo and Stigma, but they were bit players to the other four. Rey Cometa is the one of the most dramatic sellers of moves in CMLL; he was even selling his own rope flip Spanish Fly by the end.

Tiger tornillo

Dragón Lee, Mistico, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
(11:08 [5:56, 5:12], 1/2, ok, via

Notes: Stuka and Mephisto went at it from the start. Stuka surprised Mephisto with a huracanrana in the first, in a fall the rudos were otherwise winning. Stuka took the second fall cleanly, setting up a title match for next week.

This not much of a match because of it being two falls and deciding to save more of Stuka & Mephisto for next week. They were alright, like they’re always alright, and I expect they’ll have (or had by the time you read this) a solid good title match. Negro Casas & Dragon Lee were the real stars here, chopping each other so hard that you can see the sweat flying off of them, and finishing a short exchange with an armdrag and a pose that sent Casas rolling up the ramp. I don’t know if Casas can go a dozen minutes whenever he wants not, but he can look world class in short sprints. That’s perfect for CMLL trios matches. Dragon Lee doesn’t take shows off. Mistico had some iffy spots, including messing up the boost dropkick near the end, but there was some good stuff here.

Seriously, they’re headlining a show next year. Write it down.

Carístico beat Rush
(10:48, ok, via 

  1. Rush corner dropkick (1:50)

  2. Caristica (4:06)

  3. DQ Rush foul (4:52)

Notes: Carsitico tried wait for Rush to come out the entrance, so Rush came out thru the crowd, and was laying in the ring when Carístico finally turned around. About 4 minutes into the third fall, Caristico puts Rush in a casita, and Rush just fails to kick out. He appears to try and grab Tirantes’s hand to stop the count, but he’s nowhere near it and Tirantes isn’t helping. Tirantes does tell them to ignore it, unlike any other match. Carístico does a weird look frogsplash, and they repeat the spot with Rush grabbing Tirantes this time. Rush fouled Caristico to end the mask, unmasked him, and him with the stretcher as the fans were walking out.

The main event was not as bad as I thought it might be, but the finish was fairly terrible and Rush barely got out of first gear. Rush works so much slower than everyone else, but it’s OK if he’s bringing something else. He’s bringing not great looking work (the La Mistica looked bad) and threatening to murder Tirantes repeatedly doesn’t make the match more compelling on it’s own.) Rush desperately trying to do moves to win the third fall right away doesn’t fit with him throwing away the match at the end, unless Rush’s character is supposed to be a guy who tries until it gets too hard and then looks for a way out. (Maybe that IS his character.) Carístico didn’t show much on his own, and he’s not really a guy who pull more effort out of people at this point in his career.

Mephsito keeps title over Stuka, Oraculo/Black Danger in Crash, Garza


CMLL (MON) 08/07/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja b Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, Lestat, Robin b El Malayo, El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) La Comandante & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita & Princesa Sugehit LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sugehit & Zeuxis challenged each other.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico DCOR Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Morphosis did wrestle. No one made it back in after tecnico dives, ending the match in a draw.
7th defense
6) Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, working rudo, snuck in a foul and used the ropes to beat Marco. That set up a title match.

Title match sounds like it went well. They had a ref bump and Mephisto got a visual pin as if to tell the fans that Mephisto really wasn’t going to win and then Stuka hit the big splash but only for two. Mephisto used a valagueza soon after for the win. That’s a more self aware finish than usual.

That’s the second draw in four weeks, much more often than usual.

Last Tuesday was the Angel de Oro/Rey Bucanero match, so tonight’s Tuesday’s show either has a new feud picked at random or perhaps nothing at all. Very exciting. The main event has Rush weirdly on the tecnico side. Diamante Azul was on the tecnico side in Puebla and ended up feuding with Marco Corleone. That same pattern would suggest Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero as the new feud tonight.

Angel de Oro & Rey Bucanero are actually still on opposite sides of the semimain but there’s only a 50/50 chance they’ll remember they were feuding. They team with Niebla Roja, Titan, Mr. Niebla and Terrible. Drone, Fuego & Guerrero Maya take on old rudos Ephesto, Luciferno, and Felino. Luciferno is the young man on the team at 45.

Rey Cometa takes on Forastero in what should be a good lightning match. Vaquerita, Marcela and Sanely face Seductora, Metalica, and Tiffany in something that doesn’t look much good. Acero & Aereo face Pequeno Universo 2000 & Pequeno Universo in the opener.

The Crash put a date to one of the three apuesta matches they announced as doing this year: Oraculo and Black Danger will have their mask match on 09/02 in Tijuana. Black Danger’s the rudo but also probably the favorite since he’s Tijuana based and Oraculo really has only been using the character in this promotion.

Maximo teased Rush coming to The Crash, which they tease all the time and means nothing.

Usually, when you hear about a fight between a wrestler and a fan, it’s tough to find good video of it. Not when the wrestler just posts a clip himself: Garza has a video of him punching a fan from Tijuana. It sounds like the fan pulled the barrier back to cause Garza to fall, and you can see the security guy point out the fan who did it before realizing what Garza was going to do. La Mascara appears to have nearly gotten into a fight with the same fan later during the show.

AAA is telling finalists for the La Llave a La Gloria tournament to bring their gear and full identification. No S/N this time, I guess. They’re also telling fans to email for tickets if they want to be at the event. I’m sure there’s some logistical reason for it, but anyone lucha libre fan who shows up at Arena Naucalpan at 9am on a Saturday should get a space.

AAA is taking questions for Vampiro again.

Black Terry talks about returning to Japan after 17 years.

Delirio unmasked Flanagan in Arena Aficion.

Wrestling With Words reviews this week’s CMLL show.

LuchaWorld has the latest update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Box Y Lucha #3925 has Mistico & Sam Adonis on the cover.


IWRG (SUN) 08/13/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Tiger vs Atomic Star
2) Climax & Shaolin vs Demonio Infernal & Skanda
3) Bombero Infernal & Bombero Infernal Jr. vs Eterno & Lunatic Xtreme
4) Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro vs Argos & Dr. Karonte
5) Emperador Azteca vs Hijo del Pantera
6) Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Herodes Jr., Internacional Pantera, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
7) Black Dragón vs Gallo Frances [mask]

That mask match happened quick.

new lucha videos for the weekend of August 4th, 2017

Monday IWRG was delayed until overnight due to baseball, which might be a regular thing for the next couple of months. I didn’t have a chance to sort thru what aired, but it looked like it was a combination of Sunday undercard and the Emperador Azteca/Hijo del Pantera match that was skipped from weeks ago. I’ll get to it later in their week.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-05
taped 2017-06-30 @ Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla
1) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs El Mesías
2) Psycho Clown vs Pagano
3) Johnny Mundo © vs Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-08-05
taped 2017-08-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astral, Star Black, The Panther vs Disturbio, Sagrado, Virus
2) Esfinge, Johnny Idol, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sam Adonis
3) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-08-05
taped 2017-07-28 @ Arena México
1) Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso vs Puma, Raziel, Tiger
2) Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero in a lightning match
3) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-08-05
taped 2017-08-02 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Kanon vs Kempo Jr., Monaguillo, Warrior Jr.
2) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Acero, Picudo Jr., Samot in a lumberjack rules match
3) Anubis Black, Leo, Rafy, Teelo vs Eterno, Harry The Sick, Ovett, Taylor Wolf
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible