Sam Adonis and Rey Apocalipsis are substitutions. Apocalipsis is a late enough one that he only has his sombrero and serape, no gun or Adelita.
The rudas are disqualified rather suddenly for excessive violence (hairpulling and punches?). It came off like a bad planned finish rather than the referee calling an early end to it.
Volador/Negro Casas proved they could have a good match without Negro Casas taking death bumps a 50 year old guy probably shouldn’t be taking 9on b-shows? at all?) There was worked at a generally fast pace but without all the dives you’d expect from Volador match. They still had near falls, and they had the crowd most into any of the matches all night. I would’ve loved to see Casas kick out of the back cracker, and kept on going until Volador won some less traditional way; it was missing a little more to make it a strong recommend for me, but it’s a fine use of time.
Lestat & Malayo looked fine if not noteworthy in their chance at a higher match. Rey Apocalipsis, on short notice looked out of place and awkward trying to fit in here. No one was really clicking; it took Marco punching Sam out of nowhere to wake up the crowd, and it was a lot of standard stuff the rest of the way.
The crowd was so dead for the Cometa/Puma trios match, especially early on. I’m not sure if the bad finish in the women’s match killed it or they just weren’t coming thru well, but it was weird watching a match that quiet. It never gets much better, and it hurts what’s otherwise a decent if not spectacular match. Cometa & Puma remain smooth working with each other on the seemingly rare occasions when they do.
Astro’s found a way to do a lot of cool armdrags in this opener. Both Meyer and Astral had a fun run of offense in the second fall, and then the rudos put a stop to that. They actually weren’t so bad, and there’s probably a pretty good match between these teams some place with less limitations.
CMLL (TUE) 12/05/2017Arena México [20minutos, CMLL, Wrestling with GIFs]
1) El Coyote & Espanto Jr. b Retro & Sangre Imperial Retro replaced Sensei on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Fiero, Oro Jr., Starman DQ Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Raziel Rudos were DQed in both falls of a two fall match.
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma b Disturbio, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Titán b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. Johnny Idol replaced Negro Casas on Thursday. Team Rest of The World took falls 1/3, then issued a challenge for the trios titles.
6) Último Guerrero b Rush UG took 2/3, UG scissored the ropes to get leverage on a pin. Rush chased Tirantes to the back.
I was half paying attention the main event, but it seemed the better of the two Rush/UG matches. And somehow, UG managed to win both of them. He cheated, but it’s all the same.
The Idol rudo team now seems mostly because they needed a third guy for this idea.
CMLL held a press conference to announce matches and promote their new book.
Their 85 Years of Lucha Libre book will go on sale Friday. They’re trying to push people to buy it in person at Arena Mexico by offering autograph signings (Satanico & El Halcon will be among those around Friday), they’ll have 3000 books on hand, and it won’t be distributed elsewhere until January. The book is 327 pages, with 260 images, and will be sold for 985 Mexican Pesos, which is about $52 USD. At that price, I suspect it’ll be around for a while and there isn’t any urgency to get a copy from Mexico right away.
The cage match is indeed on 12/25. The full field is Fiero, Star Jr., Starman, Oro Jr., Pegasso, Cancerbero, Raziel, Hijo del Signo, Nitro, and Templario (so it’s Nitro, Oro and Star Jr. being thrown in here to get to 10.) I think Fiero is doing something ill advised off that top of that cage. Starman and Nitro are the ‘favorites’ to lose.
Sam Adonis vs Negro Casas, in a hair versus hair match, was officially set for 01/01. They also had an interview with the Adonis/Okumura/Idol trio, treating them like a big new thing. It’s going to be a busy few weeks for Adonis.
The group of luchadors heading to Japan for FantasticaMania will be gone from 01/10 to 01/23. That’s two Fridays. No matches have been announced; that’s come on 01/05 in recent years.
The Crash’s next show in Tijuana is on 01/28, going about two months between Tijuana shows. That’s the longest break between shows in a year, but it may just be a seasonal thing rather than a post-Konnan change. That last long break was around the same time last year.
+LuchaTV talked to Rey Fenix as part of this week’s podcast. He sounded certain he was continuing to work with The Crash. (It seems like The Crash got all the key people onboard with their decision to break with Konnan before they announced it.) He seem less certain if he’s coming back with Lucha Underground S4, acknowledging he’s under contract but not being too excited about it. I think, after months (a year!) of that next taping date getting pushed back and back, the wrestlers aren’t really buying in to another season until something gets firmly announced, they’re definitely not giving up work to be available until they have something for sure.
CMLL (TUE) 12/12/2017Arena México
1) Bengala & Sonic vs Espíritu Negro & Yago
2) Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Oro Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Tiger vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys
6) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
Mistico is apparently unavailable, so not title match yet. Kind off odd that they’d put the one other foreigner against the group of evil foreigners, but they’ve had Adonis and Marco on the opposite sides of trios a lot lately.
There’s clearly no reason for all these tecnico/tecnico and rudo/rudo matches except someone is bored. And not bored in a useful way! I can relate.
DTU’s biggest show of the year is 8 days away, so it’s about time to get a lineup. Semimain looks really interesting (if confusing, since Jimmy just asked for a title shot this weekend.)
Alberto el Patron (SAT) 01/20/2018 Deportivo Morelos, Cuajimalpa, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Saru vs Ángel Del Amor, Alfa, Omega, Luzbel Jr., Tanque Infernal, Rider, Canibal, Warrior, Súper Bufon [Copa Lucha]
2) Hijo De Dos Caras vs Apolo
3) Mini Rey Misterio & Sexy Star vs Lady Sensación & Pentagoncito
4) Misteziz & Tinieblas Jr. vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Psicosis II
5) Dos Caras Sr., Octagón, Solar I vs Canek, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan
6) El Patrón Alberto vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Cibernético
Alberto held a press conference today to announce the rescheduled earthquake benefit show. The conference itself sounds like it went professionally, with talk of shirts and calendars that are going to be sold to go to Alberto’s new charity. (The website even had a Paypal donate link, though it wasn’t working last time I checked.)
The poster they handed out looked unprofessional. Whoever threw it together used a photo of Black Warrior for (ex-Pequeno) Warrior, a photo of Sabu for Saru, and a photo of Kenny Omega for Omega. They’ve also got Sexy Dulce listed by her old AAA name, and the same with Caristico (who won’t even utter the name Myzteziz in interviews nowadays.) I’m not sure I’d want to put Sexy Star on a charity show, but Caristico’s inclusion is more of a surprise – he and Alberto had a infamously tumultuous relationship in both WWE and AAA, where they couldn’t even be in the same room at the same time by the end. Caristico seems to have calmed down since coming back to CMLL, or at least doesn’t have bad stories leaking out any more, so maybe they fixed their issues. Even though, and even with the extra leeway they give Caristico, it’s a little surprising they’d be ok with letting him work a show with AAA’s Wagner & Psicosis. It’s also a little surprising he’d be ok with doing it in the third from the top match.
Marty Martinez & Texano beatHijo del Fantasma & Pagano (12:19, Marty pinned Fantasma, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Hernandez & Rey Escorpión
(18:37, Wagner Samoan drop Hernandez, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Everyone starts fighting before the whistle in the main event, while Zuniga announces Vampiro has now made this falls count anywhere. There’s no reaction to the stip. Wagner and Psycho have surprisingly little problem with each other considering. They do some pinfall attempts in a walkway later in the match to play to the stip, but it’s not taken all that seriously and they still finish in the ring. Wagner kind of no sells a clothesline before he beats Hernandez with a Samoan Drop.
Marty is no longer wearing facepaint, but has part of his beard dyed white. He’s wearing a Marty the Moth shirt and his video says Mart the Moth. His gear says Casuas and he’s announced as Marty the Shaman. Texano still has the Copa Pena and title belt that belongs to Fantasma. Texano is still angry about Vampiro taking him out of that match and feels he’s the rightful champion. Texano’s in the middle of telling the crowd they should only be cheering him when Fantasma dives on him. Fantasma takes the belt thru the crowd to where the announcers are stationed, and leaves it there for safekeeping. Later in the match, after he’s been hit by Fantamsa’s tope, Texano walks to the announce booth and takes the title back. Texano eventually hits Fantasma with the belt and pulls Marty on top for the win. He leaves with the belt.
Noti AAA has Vampiro and a doctor talking with Mesias about his knee injury. They blame the Pagano bat shot to the knee that ended the match at TripleMania for the injury (which would seem to only explain one of the two knees, and seemed to actually hit his thigh, but I’m not a doctor.)
The New Ref is down for what seems like forever after taking a kick to the chest from Averno. OGT manage to hit Aerostar with a chair on a dive, unmask Drago, and hit a chair into a chair into Raptor’s knee over a dozen times. Security comes in the ring before the referee comes up and breaks up the match, though the referee (Negro Rosas) does get up and call the DQ. A highlight is a security guy visibly telling Averno to slap him a couple times before Averno does.
The main event was hurt a bit by being the third match done in the same style, and not being done in a particularly interesting way. The crowd reacts to the spots they wrestlers want to them to react to, and generally how they’d like to react, but it comes across as nothing special on TV.
The Fantasma/Texano match focused on getting people into that issue, but come off too long and not that interesting in between the angles. Marty & Pagano didn’t really have any chemistry. Pagano’s selling is so bad. He looks like he’s bored when he’s taking German suplexes from Marty here, and just disinterestedly move from spot to spot. To be fair, I was just as bored with this match at times. Marty took a bump from Pagano throwing a drink at him, which as good a way as any to waste time while the attention was on Fantasma & Texano. Crowd got into those two but I didn’t think the action was all that special. This is another finish that doesn’t make much sense with the story they’re telling: Texano is upset about people thinking Fantasma is the rightful champ, so why is he passing off a free pin on his hated rival to Marty? Probably because none of this matters.
The trios match was all about putting OGT strong over as rudos. It was successful at that, even though it wasn’t clear why it was being done – if these guys aren’t OGT’s next técnico opponents, it’s unclear who would be. If they are, the other matches might be better: the rudos took most of this and the técnicos barely got to do anything at the end. Not really sure why they did a ref bump when the match is ending in DQ anyway. The finish came off as if was an injury angle for Raptor, only Raptor was back on the next TV taping as healthy as ever. Something got lost.