Lucha Memes MDA: 2017-06-04 

this is the spot

Recapped: 12/07/17

All matches were taped at Arena Puebla on 06/04/2017. Some of these matches were in my watch pile and I decided I might as well just watch all of them. That might not have been my smartest use of time.

Matches: 

Alas de Acero, Aramis Arez, Belial, Impulso, Iron Kid vs Arkalis, Millenium, Mini Multifacético, Prayer, Rey Apocalipsis, Rey Samuray
(15:53, great, via
+LuchaTV)

Review: [great] Perfect opening match, with enough action to get the crowd going. I actually expected this to be just nuts from the beginning, but the actually let Prayer do some mat work and built the match up to the big movements, took it down a little bit again, and then went completely insane at the end. They didn’t seem to know how to follow the last dive train – what exactly do you do after a shooting star press splash to the floor? – and the guy getting the winning pin had not felt like much of the match until that point. Still, there’s some great stuff while they’re going, and some suicidal stuff late. It was noticeable how much bigger some of the Puebla guys look; Arkalis doesn’t seem like a big guy until he’s in the ring with the Kamikazes. It didn’t affect that match at all, except Arkalis got to do some power stuff.

backdrops into tope con giros seem a bit crazy

Keyra & Lady Maravilla vs Marcela & Princesa Sugehit
(12:33, ok, via
+LuchaTV)

What Happened: This wasn’t on my watch list, I was really confused how I didn’t reflexively put a Keyra/Zeuxis match on this list, then realized it was because Sugehit had replaced Zeuxis and I forgot to note it for five months.

Review: [ok] Even with the change, this was a disappointed match. It started out hard hitting, but slowed down a lot while the CMLL women were in control. They took a lot of the match too, and weren’t really doing much interesting with it. It left the indie women looking toned down as usual. Keyra still got in a solid shot or two, but this was like getting a luck at what a CMLL version of Keyra would be and I’d pass on that. They just didn’t have great great chemistry and the match wasn’t laid out well. Late in the main, Keyra nails Marcela with a dropkick in the corner, and the next spot is Marcela reversing out of a move to drop Keyra for her double stomp. That was followed by Sugehit coming in to accidentally kick her partner a spot too soon. This wasn’t a disaster, but they have to have a better match in them.

Felino & Fuerza Guerrera vs Bobby Jack & Toro Bill Sr.
(9:19, below average,
+LuchaTV)

Review: [below average] This match started with Felino & Toro Bill doing about nothing for two minutes, and later Fuerza stand on the apron as if he was going to do a tope and then do nothing at all. This both felt like every bit of nine minutes and also nothing happening close to nine months. I guess the local guys tried more than the national guys. Avoid.

Sadico & Xtreme Tiger vs Ángel de Oro & Soberano Jr.
(13:18, good, via
+LuchaTV)

Review: [good] match is rougher than I was expecting early on, with Sadico & Soberano not working well together. It picks in the last third, with Sadico wiping out Soberano nicely on a dive and some big head dropping. It’s never close to a great match but it does find the right amount of intensity at the end. Angel de Oro never comes close on his post stunner kick, it’s a spot he needs to trash, but it’s hilariously far away in the end game here.

Sadico dive
this looked brutal

Black Terry & Negro Navarro © vs Blue Panther & Octagón for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
(13:19, ok, via
+LuchaTV)

Review: The tag title match was passable but just that. Octagon is Octagon, out of place in a llave battle and in much anything at all, but I didn’t think this was Panther and Navarro’s work against each other. This was a lot of putting on holds, and then letting them go with no particular battle or struggle. It didn’t feel like a fight with the urgency of the other title defenses, but going thru the motions of what people expected to see out of them. Navarro’s mat style helps him because his timing is way off when he actaully needs to take bumps. I’m not sure if he was already not feeling OK on this show given how he disappeared the second half of the year, but he didn’t seem to be moving well. I’m not sure what was supposed to happen double elimination spot, but it didn’t happen right.

Hechicero beat Satánico
(12:16, good, via
+LuchaTV)

ReviewThis is a great mat wrestling brawl early. No one gets more out of a hammerlock than Satanico. His whole body shaking in pain, his face grimacing as he tries to find a way out. Satanico raking the back of Hechicero’s neck was great. Once they get out of that ring and get out of that early stretch, it’s like Satanico’s tank goes empty. Hechicero tries to make it a one man show, taking big bumps were possible. Satanico fires up a little bit late, but I kept waiting for the big fiery brawl back in control and it never really comes. It’s cool we go to see this happens, there’s stuff here to enjoy, and the story of Satanico just not being outmatched is an interesting one in itself, but I wanted a bit more.

Hechicero versus seats

Último Dragón vs Último Guerrero
(11:37, ok, via
+LuchaTV)

Review: [ok] This was better than I figured it would be, but didn’t quite make it to good for me. Último Dragon did more in this match than I was expecting. Dragon going to town on Último Guerrero with chops was fun, and he showed a bit more offense than I was expecting. Finished seemed to come suddenly and was a cheap ending for this sort of match. Everyone rushing out of the building before they could get around to post match challenges suggest they didn’t really care all that much.

UG taking flip bumps is unusual

Mephisto wins “Reyes del Aire”, foreigners main event Mexico tonight, 12/25 Memes

look, policeman made a highlight GIF

CMLL (MON) 12/11/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Sin Limite de TiempoWrestling With Gifs]
1) Arkalis & París b Fuerza Chicana & Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Hijo del Signo & King Jaguar b Lestat & Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Cancerbero, Espíritu Maligno, Raziel b Astral, Asturiano, Pegasso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Espiritu fouled Asturiano for the win, then unmsaked him post match.
4) Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis b Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
The rudos had new team gear.
5) Mephisto b MisticoPólvoraVolador Jr.Dragón LeeRey BucaneroNiebla RojaGran GuerreroValienteFelino [Reyes del Aire VIP] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Polvora replaced Negro Casas earlier Monday. Mephisto pinned Volador for the win.

They could’ve called it a Copa Puebla or a Copa Dicemebre or whatever else and it would’ve been fine. Nothing great, but better than usual hurried Arena Mexico main event. Calling it Reyes del Aire sets a sort of expectations of a fast paced flying match. This was a quick but not fast paced cibernetico, with a single dive and not much flying for the King of Air. Niebla Roja is getting better, but they’re not doing it right when he’s lasting longer in this match than Dragon Lee. They risk hurting the draw of this events – and this show did seem to draw more than usual – when they give such disappointing results.

Espiritu Maligno turning rudo and immediately getting into a feud suggests he may get a hair cut really soon.

I don’t know if it’s CMLL getting behind the foreigners or the foreigners seeing an opening and just going forward it, but they’re already coming across as a major league team. (It has to be a bit of CMLL getting behind them, Marco losing cleanly doesn’t happen often.) They move from semimain on this show to headlining tonight’s Arena Mexico show against Dragon Lee, Valiente and Volador. That seems like it must set up a title match on 12/19 – that’ll be the last Tuesday show for quite a while – though I suppose CMLL could also use it as the semimain underneath the cage match on 12/25.

In the semimain, Titan, Marco and Stuka take on Cavernario, Shocker and Vangellys. Tigre and Misterioso face off in a rudo/rudo lightning match. The tercera plays off the upcoming cage match, with Cancerbero & Raziel taking on Starman & Oro Jr. (and Fuego and Virus filling out the match.) The second match has exciting tecnicos Flyer, Magnus and Principe Diamante against not exciting rudos Arkangel, Metalico and Sangre Azteca. New kids Sonic & Yago pop up in the opener with Bengala & Espiritu Negro. What costume will Yago walk out in tonight?

This show airs at 7:30 on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Guadalajara has a Sugehit/Isis title match (Sugehit’s the strong favorite) and Caristico, Niebla Roja, Rush vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla and Ultimo Guerrero (maybe a Niebla/Caristicio feud.)

Atlantis is listed as wrestling in Sinaloa this weekend. Your guess is good as mine if he’s ready to go.

Puma is hanging around Japan after FantasticaMania, wrestling a 01/28 show in Kyoto thru Mr. Cacao.

Lady Shani will defend the AAA Reina de Reinas championship on Saturdays taping in Apizaco. Faby earned this shot back in Chihuahua on 11/19. This seemed like something that might get saved for Guerra de Titanes, but they’re likely to get more time on a regular TV taping.

AAA posted Goya Kong’s injury on YouTube. I had this up on Twitter for a second, but even the still seems to show the really bad way her leg twisted and I’ll spare you from that. With Goya out of action for a while, the AAA ruda side is down to just La Hiedra and Hahastary as regulars. Ashley was grouped with the rudas for one show and Faby’s teasing a turn; one of those will probably have to stick.

Last week in FREEDOMS, Aeroboy & Violento Jack defeated Jun Kasai & Dasuke Masaoka in a death match. Masaoka pinned Jack in a rematch on the 10th. That set up an Aeroboy/Masaoka death match and Violento Jack defending the FREEDOMS title against Kasai, both on Christmas.

Lucha Sorpresa posted phone video of the LA Park/Dr. Wagner match from New York this past weekend, plus the women’s triangle match.

The new episode of the +LuchaTV podcast is up.

CultIcon has the third part of his WCW lucha coutndown.

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

Black Terry Jr. flips thru the CMLL 85th Anniversary book so you can be jealous.

Kcidis draws Carsitico vs Mistico.

The Gladiatores interviews el Fresero.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 12/17/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fandango vs Ludark ShaitanShadow BoyLili DarkDemonio Infernal
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Freelance vs Leroy, Lunatic Xtreme, Ovett
3) Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro
4) Emperador Azteca & Hijo del Alebrije vs Fly Warrior & Séptimo Rayo
5) Eterno, Karaoui, Veneno vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) Mr. Electro, Sharly Rockstar, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Ray Mendoza Jr., Rocambole Jr., Villano IV, Villano V Jr.
7) Black Dragón vs Rayan [mask]

Or, at least that was the plan. IWRG announced Rayan suffered a fracture, won’t be able to wrestle Sunday, but will still be putting his mask in the main event. No idea who replaces him yet.

CMLL (MON) 12/18/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Black Tiger, París vs Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Asturiano, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II vs Espanto Jr., Espíritu Maligno, Hijo del Signo
3) Pantera Blanca Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis vs Johnny Idol, Terrible, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Adonis & Idol haven’t been together for like a week and they’re on opposites sides of a match. That is dumb. The only thing stopping that from logically being a five on one is Terrible likes to punch Rush in the face (and CMLL doesn’t work with logic.)

All those Panteras pop up. Pantera Blanca Jr. is a Matamoros luchador since at least the start of this decade. The Gemelos turned up over the summer – they seem to be Matamoros based, but they’re doing a lot of traveling for people who are new. Even the Facebook page for one of them just was opened last month; it feels like locally known guys in that area trying to restart under a new name, though most don’t wouldn’t try to hide whatever they’ve been before this much. All these guys (and usual opponent Tony Texano) showed up on a Arena Coliseo Guadalajara card back in October, so they’ve figured out some way to get CMLL to book them in spots where they normally only book locals.

They’re probably meant to be booked as a trio, but the Asturiano/Espiritu Maligno feud still takes precedence. It’s unlikely we’ll get to see that match; this will probably be the last streaming Puebla show until 01/08.

Lucha Memes (MON) 12/25/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Belial, Demasiado, Impulso vs Apolo, Kalibus, Mantra
2) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Sádico & Yoruba
3) Demus 3:16 vs Trauma I
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, El Bandido vs Arez, Flamita, Súper Crazy
5) Ricky Marvin vs Trauma II
6) Daga vs Caifan

Full card for the Christmas day show. I believe that fourth match is newly announced and has a good shot at being the best match on the card.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 8th, 2017

Saturday, I got home in the evening, not feeling well, and noticed my computer said it was running low on hard disk space. I thought to myself “that’s probably something I should take care of (tomorrow)” and went to bed very early. I woke up the next morning to find out my computer was actually out of space entirely, having filled up during the airing of the CMLL Guadalajara show. It’s an MP4 recording so, if it doesn’t close cleanly, it’s completely unplayable. This happens one way or another every six months, I spend most of a day trying to find a way to save it, and I usually just end up very frustrated. The Puma/Esfinge match is in here, but I can’t get to it.

No midweek IWRG this week (AAA show instead). AAA repeated Dave/Parka as their extra match. Not much else.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-12-09
taped 2017-12-01 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
2) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

(note they didn’t air the Copa Jr. VIP)

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-12-11
taped 2017-12-10 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Aramis & Lunatic Xtreme vs Alas de Acero & Demonio Infernal
2) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly © vs Liderk, Rayan, Spector for the Mexico State Tag Team Championship