The Crash: 2017-06-02 

Fenix gets some help on this splash

Recapped: 09/09/2017

All matches were taped at Auditorio de Tijuana on June 2, 2017

Matches: 

Arkángel Divino © vs Látigo [The Crash JUNIOR]
(9:28, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Felt like a CMLL lightning match of a few years ago, with a bunch of dives and some in ring action to space them out. (Usually didn’t have a C4 on the floor.) Latigo did a good job of working with Arkangel up until the finish, where the headscissors did not work at all. At least they kept the armbar on a while to make it look like that was the point. Arkangel doesn’t stick out as much without the super move he can only do with Último Maldito, but he did have a few other impressive spots and this was steadier than most singles matches they’d put out there for an opener.

Latigo’s corner tornillo looked nice.
a rare dive to this side of the ring

Oráculo vs Black Danger vs Jonathan vs Black Boy vs Último Maldito
(6:57, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Usual Crash multman, where it has moments of looking really looking state of the art and moments where everything looks is missing. This time, it was the first few moments where everything seemed like it was clicking and things broke down a bit as they tired out. It didn’t go as long as other ones of these might, but they did mange to fit some good highlights. It’s hard to totally keep track of who is who given he video quality, but Jonathan is easy to ID because he’s the one with no mask and he did well, and I think it was Black Danger had a cool dive.

organized chaos to start the match

Flamita © vs Rey Horus [The Crash CRUISER]
(13:03, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Flamita & Rey Horus worked the right match for the occasion. It’s rare to see rudo Flamita, but he did a great job with it and the crowd wanted to root for Horuz in this match when he finally made his comeback. They meshed pretty well together on their big moves. Thirteen minutes for a midcard singles match on The Crash show is an appropriate amount of time, but here it felt like way too soon. This was a borderline grade for me; they were getting to a great match but seemed cut short before they got there.

this is a simple senton done well and felt rudo-ish
Horuz over the post

Jack Evans & Zorro vs Bestia 666 & Hijo de Pirata Morgan
(9:00, good, via  
MegaKakashi619)

There was nothing extraordinary in this one, but it still was a solid indie lucha libre tag match. Bestia had a few misses and Pirata was probably not supposed to land really hard on his shoulder, but most things seem like they went like they planned. Bestia and Jack have good chemistry, though the crowd might not be behind who they want them to behind. Zorro seems a lot more interesting when you go months without seeing him: the cane shot flurry stands out as really good when you’re not numb to seeing it every other week. His dive was a surprise too.

Pirata lived
Jack twisting 450

Penta Zero M & The King vs Black Terry & Skayde
(15:02, great, via
MegaKakashi619)

What Happened: Máximo & La Mascara debut after the match to attack Penta and Fenix.

There were four men in the semifinal, all did pretty well, but Black Terry really shined. He took absurd amount of hard shots for a person of any age, and made his survival more convincing every moment. GIFs don’t really capture how hard those slaps and chops look, and he fought back harder. Fenix & Penta were obviously into working with the legends and gave them a lot, but Skayde & Terry felt like they belonged in there. The pace didn’t need to slow down to accommodate them, Fenix and Penta didn’t reduce what they did or tone done how they did it. The only thing was missing would’ve been a home crowd to root them on longer. (Terry/Penta in a singles match in Naucalpan would have crazy reactions.) It seemed like people were confused going into the finish and Terry might have been part of it, but it didn’t really matter much to me because his tough guy performance the rest of the match was so astounding to watch. The Mascara/Maximo bit was obviously the priority here but it was too bad it denied the a moment to give those guys an ovation before sending them off. This match had some flaws but is definitely worth a watch.

I’m not sure Skayde helped
Black Terry reclaims his move

Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Mysterio 619 vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Nicho el Millionario
(13:49, good, via
MegaKakashi619)
What Happened: Máximo, La Mascara and a masked X-Fly attack after the match, but X-Fly turns on Mascara and Máximo as do the rudos. After a standoff with the invaders, everyone ends up in the ring to honor Nicho for his final show before going in for surgery.

Review: The main event was more a legends tribute match than an interesting match on it’s own, a chance to do a little bit of Rey Mysterio/Nicho now because who knows where Rey will be by the time Nicho’s back in the ring. It was a slow paced match because Nicho’s not the only guy on his side not moving well, and it was mostly worthwhile for the nostalgia. Rey looked like the best guy in the match.

Mr. Aguila being weird
Daga & Garza do lame looking topes, Rey is much more cool

IWRG, GALLImania, Crash TV pilot?, Puebla

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 09/10/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Fly Tiger
2) Demonio Infernal & Látigo b Lunatic Xtreme & Skanda
straight falls
3) Leo b Chico CheToxinTackleSúper Brazo Jr.
Leo replaced Rafy and won.
4) Gallo Frances, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera b Aramis, Bombero Infernal, Emperador Azteca
Hijo del Pantera will finally face Emperador Azteca for his title next week.
5) Herodes Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Black Warrior & Warrior Jr.
6) Eterno, Súper Mega, Trauma II b Imposible, Villano III Jr., Villano V Jr.
Super Mega wants a title shot at Imposible.

A lot matches to suddenly set up title matches because they suddenly decided they were doing the four title match show next week. Warriors might be tag champs because Black Terry will be in Japan then (and Negro Navarro isn’t around to lose the trios titles.)

GALLI (SUN) 09/10/2017 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, Illinois [thecubsfan]
1) Elliot Paul b Galáctico Kid
2) Matt Knicks & Stevie Fierce b Furia Roja & Pat Monix
Knicks and Fierce were representing Freelance, who were threatening a takeover
3) Atómico Jr. & Mr. Brisa b El Traidor & Pentagoncito Jr.
finish appeared to be messed up (Pentagoncito hurt?)
4) Golden Dragón & Slayer b La Máscara & Máximo Golden Dragón & Slayer vs La Máscara & Máximo (posted by thecubsfan)
Mascara betrayed Maximo
5) Guerrerito del Futuro & Imperio © b Atómico & Venus [GALLI TAG]
6) Barry Ryte © b Mojo Mcqueen [GALLI CHAMP]
set up a McQueen mask vs Ryte’s title match after a distraction finish.
7) Penta el 0M & Rey Fénix (US) b Billy Star & DJZ and Gringo Loco & Skayde Jr. Billy Star & DJZ vs Penta el 0M & Rey Fénix (US) vs Gringo Loco & Skayde Jr. (posted by thecubsfan)
Mascara got involved, but Maximo countered him out. Vague tease of Skayde Jr. vs Fenix if/when Fenix returns into 2018.

I went to this. They didn’t announce any of the matches ahead of time, but announced that Penta, Fenix, DJZ, La Mascara and Maximo would be on the show. I didn’t realize that was going to be the main event until they suddenly announced it was time for the last match and all those guys left. They totally went for it and did some insane things I was not expecting. My phone camera work doesn’t do the match justice, but it’s worth going out of your way to check out. DJZ pointed out Penta and Fenix (and really DJZ too) don’t really have to go 100% at these small shows, but they still do because that’s who they are. There was a vague idea of them coming back sometime in 2018; they set up something with Skayde, but it was less certain than last time around.

I think I’m taking my terrible video skills to Santo/Mysterio show in Cicero on Sunday, but we’ll see.

Johnny Mundo defeated Rey Horuz in the main event of the WUW show on Saturday. Drago vs Aerostar vs Willie Mack was said to be match of the night. Lady Shani picked up the win over Taya in what was said to be another good match.

Atomik Star & Eterno cheated to beat Hijo del Alebrije & Aramis in the debut show for Liga de las Sombras promotion in Coacalco. Celestial Boy suffered an injury on the undercard.

The Crash returns to San Luis Potosi on Wednesday. They drew really well there in their first time in a month ago. At the press conference for this show, it was announced this show would be a pilot for a TV show on Televisa. I’m skeptical: I think Crash already filmed a pilot some time back, and local promoters will often tease TV as a way of increasing attendance. Still, Televisa carried both AAA & CMLL for years, only dropping CMLL because (it was said) they didn’t do enough to modernize. The Crash is a more modern product.

The Octagon trial run continues in Puebla, teaming with Kojima & Volador against Gran Guerrero, Negro Casa and Kojima. The semimain is a strange relevos incredibles; perhaps they wanted to do something with DIamante Azul on the ‘rudo’ side, but now Johnny Idol’s there. He teams with Cavernario & Felino against Angel de Oro, Kraneo and Valiente.

Los Panthers and Stigma versus Misterioso, Sagrado and Vangellys are in the tercera and might be the best match of the night. The diabolical trio of Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr. and Disturbio face Arkalis, Rey Samuray and Tigre Rojo Junior. The opener has the Centella, Meyer, Ares, Perverso and Fuerza Chicano. It’s the normal 9pm start time.

DJZ posted videos talking about the Sexy Star incident and returning to Mexico after his injury.

Hijo del Santo and the TxT crew are headed to Madrid, Spain for a show on 10/07. Santo Jr., Silver King, Casandro, Laredo Kid, Bandido, Psicosis II, Hijo de Fishman, Octagoncito (I) and Mascarita Dorada are advertised.

DTU has a press conference to talk about their upcoming shows tomorrow at noon.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-08-22 

NGD foiled

Recapped: 08/26/2017

All matches aired live from Arena México

Matches:

Bengala & Sensei beat Apocalipsis & Cholo
(12:37 [5:25, 3:23, 3:49], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca beat Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Starman
(14:09 [6:00, 3:27, 4:42], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma, Tiger, Virus beat Drone, Fuego, Stigma  
(12:42 [4:50, 3:20, 4:32], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(11:32 [4:07, 2:45, 4:40], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL

Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente beat Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
(9:45 [2:58, 1:49, 4:58], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero beat Mistico
(13:24, 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mistico torito (3:26)

  2. Último Guerrero reversed torito cradle (1:24)

  3. Último Guerrero cradle with ropes (8:34)

What happened:

Tiger superkick

Mistico thought he had the match won with a La Mistica, but Tirantes tapped him on the shoulder because UG had the ropes, not for the win. UG then used the ropes for a winning cradle.

Sangre Azteca hurt his right knee on his finish, but left on his own power.

Thoughts: 

 

Fuego beats Virus with a hold

Último Guerrero & Mistico was solid and uninspired, the usual playing of the greatest hits album. In a way, it’s more disappointing for Mistico. UG is what he is, but while Mistico seems to have gotten better and sharper, he’s still missing that blow out performance of a match to announce him as an upper level wrestler. He did some neat things, but nothing more than you’d see from a trios, and he didn’t show another gear here. It’s Tuesday, it may not have been the extra gear day, so not giving up hope. Fans are still digging the UG formula, even if I trouble appreciating it.

Negro Casas with this group of Peste Negra just makes me want to see Negro Casas against the tecnicos and nothing else. There wasn’t a lot else here, and there sure was a lot walking on the finish. Everyone kept it to the basics.

This Dinamitas/Panther match didn’t have as much craziness as their Friday matches, but they still worked effectively together. It was plenty enough for a good match if not a great one. I like how the NGD can easily switch from being one team of rudos all working the same way to being three individuals when it’s the time for that. Finish was super creative and well done.

The tercera was the usual fast paced cat match. Tiger seemed like he had more bigger moments than usual, especially looking sharp in the first couple falls. Puma also broke out a German suplex he usually doesn’t do.