CMLL (SAT) 09/16/2017 Arena México [Claro, CMLL, CultIcon, SuperLuchas]
CMLL 84th Anniversario
1) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther
21:23. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
13:21. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas DQ Kráneo, Rush, Sam Adonis
9:21. straight falls.
4) Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit [mask]
20:49. Zeuxis took falls 2/3 to win. Princesa Sugehit is Ernestina Sugehit Salazar Martinez, 37, 21 years a luchadora.
5) Carístico, Flip Gordon, Volador Jr. b Kojima, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
16:04. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Gran Guerrero b Niebla Roja [mask]
18:23. Gran Guerrero took 2/3. Niebla Roja is Sergio Raymundo Chavez. He is 31, 11 years a wrestler
CMLL & AAA’s big show are always going to be compared. AAA was much more ambitious, failed badly in some ways, but delivered the one match they really cared about. CMLL had better matches, but also aimed much lower and the complacency in the promotion was impossibly to ignore. Both had parts to enjoy, but neither was such a complete good show that I feel any great urge to argue for one over the other.
LI (SUN) 09/17/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Magic Girl & Tarahumara b Eva Bernal & Guerrera Isis
2) Ángel Negro, Hijo Del Villano III, Villano III Jr. b Flash I, Pantera del Japon, Súper Astro Jr.
Pantera de Japaon replaced Hijo del Pnatera (IWRG). Money thrown in.
3) Pantera, Solar I, Súper Astro b Heddi Karaoui, Rocky Casas, Veneno
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Rayman, Satánico, Villano IV
Satnaico replaced Fantasma but turned on his parnters.
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Canek
Cien Caras seconed Canek, but the ref threw him out before the finish. Rayo won. Money thrown in.
They threw in money for Rayo & Canek so I’m ok with never using money being thrown in as a good indicator of a quality match.
CMLL (SUN) 09/17/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
2) Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel b Pegasso, Starman, Stigma
rudos took 1/3
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
Sugehit wins her first match unmasked. Tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Dragón Lee, Flip Gordon, Rey Cometa DQ Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
tecnicos took 2/3. Euforia fouled Flip to set up a singles match next week.
5) Carístico, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Rush
Niebla Roja wins his first match unmasked, taking 2/3.
Mask match losers getting the win in their next match is the biggest lock in professional wrestling. I like to dream Euforia is feuding with all the ROH talent to get him ready for a big TV title run. (Even in my dreams, I can’t dream big.) Probably more that he’s a guy they trust with these guys who has some name value. This will mean two singles matches next week for Euforia, since he’s also going for the heavyweight title Tuesday in Guadalajara.
Puebla luchador Rey Celestial passed away Saturday. DTU held a moment of applause in his memory tonight. No cause of death has been mentioned. He was wrestling as recently as Wednesday in San Luis Potosi for The Crash. Rey Celestial was 22 when he passed away. He would’ve been about 17 when he was the minis winner of the second edition of Quien Pinta Para La Corona. That’s the competition that’s sort of become a cautionary tale for AAA’s latest talent search contest. Rey Celestial, La Magnifica and Saturno won the competition, but AAA didn’t appear to have any real interest in using the winners. Celestial spent about a year working small shows, and ended up with as many matches on AAA TV as on DTU’s TV show. (This would’ve been around the time of that AAA brand split that never actually happened.) Celestial was still good when he would turn up on video, and had worked a handful of The Crash shows before his passing. Winning the AAA contest probably didn’t change his career, but it did change his life – he and La Magnifica were a couple at the time of his passing.
CMLL posted a clip of a documentary on Dragon Lee on Facebook. Dragon Lee’s been mentioning working on it at Twitter, but it surprised me it was CMLL project – it’s something NJPW does a lot with their guys, but CMLL’s not done one prior.
AAA posted this week’s TV show, which was part two of AAA. But right now ti’s down.
Diosa Atenea unmasked Zuzu Divine in Arena Aficion. Zuzu is Azucena Angeles Flores, 23 years old.
TLN in Canada is back to airing episodes that haven’t aired on El Rey. They aired part 2 of Ultima Lucha (skipping three episodes, including the next two episodes.)
CMLL (FRI) 09/22/2017 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Luciferno
4) Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Kráneo
6) Flip Gordon, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
That main event would’ve been a good semimain on Saturday. Oh well.
Reyna Isis is back after an extended trip to REINA in Japan.
CMLL (SAT) 09/23/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Sangre Imperial & Sensei vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Bengala, Fiero, Magnus vs Akuma, Cancerbero, George Kebrada
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Sanely vs La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
4) Johnny Idol vs Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Flip Gordon, Mistico, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
The Idol/Rojo match is random and not from anything they set up.
CMLL (SUN) 09/24/2017 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sonic vs El Coyote & Templario
2) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
3) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Pólvora
4) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Flip Gordon vs Euforia
Semimain will probably be pretty great. NGD have leapfrogged a lot of people.
CMLL (SUN) 09/24/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Quka
2) El Yaqui & Principe Daniel vs Mr. Apolo & Relámpago Azul
3) Black Sugar, Javier Cruz Jr., Tigre Blanco vs Demonio Rojo, Difunto, Thunder Boy
4) El Alteño, Mágico, Neutrón vs Carlo Roggi, Mr. Trueno, Nautilius
5) El Rielero, Explosivo, Vaquero Jr. vs El Chakal, Pitbull I, Ráfaga
Chakal & Daniel have been wrestling on the indies for the last year, but are back here.