Volador beats Mistico (twice), (some of) The Crash in Neza, trios title match off

Volador wins

CMLL (FRI) 12/15/2017 Arena México [CMLL, OvacionesthecubsfanWrestling with GIFs]
1) Star Jr. & Starman b Hijo del Signo & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:53. straight falls, and lots of mask ripping.
2) Shockercito © b Mercurio [CMLL MINILUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:43. Shockercito took 2/3. 2nd defense
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:53. Rudas took 2/3. Pato Soria was honored after the match.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:49. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:06. Team Adonis took 1/3. Shocker replaced Negro Casas on Monday, but was replaced Polvora due to Pato Soria passing away.
6) Mistico, Terrible, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Soberano Jr., Último Guerrero [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:45 Team Mistico took 1/3. Mistico & Volador wrestled as rudos again. Finish saw everyone foul or unmask eveyone else in turn until Volador pinned Caristico. Caristico challenged for a mask vs hair match, and Volador said UG’s hair was worth more than Caristico’s mask. Mistico, Volador, Caristico and Soberano were left in the ring at the end of the post match, with the ‘rudos’ attacking Caristico and Mistico counting a mock Volador pin.

I liked matches 1, 2 and 6 and everyone besides me liked match 4. Attendance might have been slightly been better. The main event angle seems to be working, but next week will be the real test.

The Crash (FRI) 12/15/2017 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV]
1) Kalibus b Black MetalLunatik ExtremeDemonio Infernal
bonus match?
2) Pegazus & Tromba b Sky Man & Torito Negro
3) Látigo, Tiago, Toxin b Aramis, Astrolux, Black Boy
Rebelion Amarilla attacked Astrolux to cause his team to lose. Tiago was annoyed with the interference even though his team worn.
4) Keyra © b Christi JaynesLacey LaneMima Shimoda [The Crash WOMEN]
fifth defense. Mima Shimoda’s debut with the group. Rebellion Amarilla offered Keyra a spot. She said nope, so they attacked her and Lacey Lane joined the group instead.
5) El Bandido & Laredo Kid b Neza Kid & Séptimo Dragón
Neza Kid replaced Flamita.
6) Daga © b Mike SeguraWillie Mack [LWA CHAMP]
the LWA title is a Texas promotion. Neza Kid got moved to another match, and Trevor Lee missed the show due to illness. Segura was added to the match.
7) Mecha Wolf & Sammy Guevara b Flamita & The King
Scheduled as Ricochet/Guevera vs Fenix/Penta. Penta was moved up, Flamita replaced him, Ricochet missed the show citing flight issues, 450 replaced him.
8) Blue Demon Jr., M-ximo, Penta 0M b Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal was flipped to the rudo side and Penta took his place on the tecnico side with Mr. 450 moving down.

Show drew maybe half full, though the matches got good reviews. I have a (slightly obvious) idea about why these shows aren’t drawing, but you’ll see I’ve used up my ranting time on other things today. Maybe another day.

I don’t have results from Teziutlan, but there are videos of the main event, a match with Taurus, and the opener. They didn’t run Cage/Rush, instead throwing them into the main event to make it a trios. They also didn’t draw well, looking like 15-20% of the building was filled.

a useless section about no-shows

Ricochet posted a video about an hour before the The Crash show apologizing for missing the show and saying he’ll make it up some how. It’s certainly possibly Ricochet may squeeze in a The Crash appearance in the month or so he’s got left before he can sign with WWE, but it doesn’t seem like they’re going to be back Neza any time soon for him to make it up, and it sounded like he knew that even as he was saying in the video (so maybe don’t say it.)

Trevor Lee said he woke up sick and couldn’t make the show.

Both those tweets were RTed by many people, but not The Crash. It’s not like The Crash was prevented from using social media, they posted an Instagram stories and posted on Facebook during the night. Elsewhere on that same Facebook, people were asking The Crash hours ahead of the time about Ricochet not being there, and got no response. (Dark Lucha Whatsapp knew well ahead of time. Word spread fast.)

What The Crash did was put signs near the ticket windows saying Ricochet would not be there because of plane issues. (There didn’t appear to be a mention about Trevor Lee.) That is much better than nothing, and might have actually been enough a decade ago. Today, it comes off as a bet that if you can get people to the arena by not telling them about card changes, they’ll decide they might as well go in. The Crash might have not intended to leave that impression, but that’s how their actions come across.

Deceptive process with no-shows is not just a The Crash issue, it’s a Mexican wrestling issue that no one in Mexican wrestling wants to talk about. CMLL’s website swept Negro Casas all of it’s lineups during the middle of last week. It’s not the ideal way of announcing changes, but at least CMLL stopped advertising Negro Casas – except, they kept advertising him for Puebla social media after he was off that show. IWRG announced Rayan was out the mask match on Sunday in one tweet, and has spent the rest of the week tweeting about Rayan’s mask match as if it’s still on like normal. AAA runs tonight and who knows what card changing joys they’ll bring. Some of this is simply the left hand not knowing what the right is doing, but that’s not an excuse, that’s a problem that long ago should’ve been fixed.

I’ve been railing about this problem for pretty much the entire time I’ve been writing on this website. It hasn’t changed much. I think I should change because this isn’t a fair way to treat customers, and I believe it’d be a business advantage to be the company that the fans the best, but I also don’t think any company is going to make any changes unless the fans get together and force them. And one person typing away on a blog isn’t going to accomplish that.

Other Things

AroLucha announced their next shows as 01/19 in Amarillo and 01/20 in Lubbock. These do not appear to be the TV tapings, but bringing super indie style shows to places which might not have them. That’s kind of what The Crash wanted to do, and also what Lucha Underground could’ve done but failed to do. AroLucha, like many other indie promotions, are going to be making the money Lucha Underground tours could’ve been making, which would’ve left LU in a much stronger spot than “21 episodes taped over 4 weekends.”

(Pause here to note that all Arolucha announcements should be expected to come thru Konnan for the time being. Not necessarily because of his role, but he’s got 60K followers and the promotion has 1K.)

Anyway, that 01/20 date is interesting, because the next The Crash Tijuana show is also on 01/20. The Crash late announced Daga, Penta, and TBA vs Mecha Wolf, Bestia 666, Garza Jr. as the main event. Penta confirmed in the comments that he’d be there. Daga, Penta, Mecha Wolf and Garza were all on the first AroLucha show, and at least seem to not be on the third. I think Arolucha could do fine with Rey, Johnny and a random assortment of other people, but there’s not certainty to who would be on those Arolucha cards until they announce something.

Something odd happened with the Tijuana show with Alberto & Wagner. They didn’t draw well (not horrible, but not near what Crash does), and they started the show late in hopes more people would show up. Maybe because of that late start, they announced midway thru the show that the Alberto/Wagner trios match was actually going to be the semimain. Alberto beat Hijo del Wagner, and two third of the crowd left before Arandu & TJ Boy beat Extreme Tiger & Rey Horuz, which was meant to be the semimian.

Salvador Lutteroth visited Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on Tuesday.

LuchaWorld has an obit on Pato Soria.

This Weekend

Saturday

Sunday

Lineups

CMLL put up Tuesday’s lineup with some important changes.

CMLL (TUE) 12/19/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sonic vs Artillero & El Coyote
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
Shockercito replaced Electrico on Saturday.
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
4) Blue Panther, Mistico, Valiente vs Johnny Idol, Mr. Niebla, Okumura
Replaces a CMLL Trios title match (w/Adonis & Volador)
5) Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis
added on Saturday
6) Pierroth, Rush, Terrible vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas[Relevos Increíbles]

Everyone who was supposed to be in the trios title match is still on the show, CMLL just decided to do a singles matches instead. My original theory was CMLL had the Axis of Evil defeating the heroic Mexicans on the same night they were honoring actual heroic Mexicans and decided that wasn’t a great idea. It doesn’t hold thru with that singles match. Adonis beating Volador would get the same reaction. Plus, the timing isn’t great; there’s no sense in beating Sam eight days before his hair match, and no sense in beating Volador three days before he main events. Their styles don’t fit exactly with each other either. I have no idea what the thought process is here.

I do know that means Triton is not making his DF return, at least not yet.

CMLL (FRI) 12/22/2017 Arena México
1) Fiero & Oro Jr. vs Raziel & Templario
2) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Cuatrero, Negro Casas
4) Rush vs Mr. NieblaÚltimo GuerreroTerribleShockerSansónKráneoEuforiaMáscara Año 2000Rey BucaneroGran GuerreroForasteroPierrothHechiceroMisterioso Jr.Vangellys [Leyenda de Azul]
Cuatrero & Mephisto were originally announced, with Kraneo and Mascara 2000 replacing them.
5) Carístico vs Volador Jr.

That would be Kraneo’s return from being MIA (injury?), which explains why he’d be back. Not sure why Cuatrero got pulled, but the tercera will be better for him. Kind of strange Negro Casas is working Tuesday & Friday but not with Adonis either day.

I do not know how that cibernetico is going to go, but everything else has a chance to be good. Raziel is the best of the old dudes in the cage match so that opener could actually be fun outside of the mask ripping. The other matches are pretty obviously good.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 

whatever works

Recapped: 12/15/2017

Matches: 

Star Jr. & Starman beat Hijo del Signo & Templario
(8:53 [3:39, 5:14], 1 (DQ)/2, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Shockercito © defeated Mercurio for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship
(12:54 [3:52, 2:50, 6:12], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

  1. Mercurio wheelbarrow facelsam (3:52)
  2. Shockericto torito (2:50)
  3. Shockericto reinera (6:02)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
(12:52 [6:23, 1:45, 4:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(19:49 [5:53, 4:47, 9:09], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Pólvora
(11:06 [2:09, 1:53, 7:04], 1/3, ok via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Terrible, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(15:45 [1:48, 2:33, 11:24], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

good for Templario, good for Star Jr., not good for Hijo del Signo

Volador & Mistico continued to wrestle as rudos against Carístico, with Mistico even wearing some devil horns to the ring and his team jumping the opposition (including a Carístico/Mistico fight atop the stage.) The finish saw an atypical chain of chicanery while Tirantes out on the floor: Terrible unmasked Soberano, Guerrero fouled Terrible, Mistico fouled Último Guererro, Carístico unmasked Mistico after a brief fight, and Volador fouling Carístico for the deciding pin. That pivoted the focus of the issue to Carístico versus Volador. Carístico challenged his rival to an apuesta match as usual. Volador, as he’s done on Informa a couple times, declared Caristico’s match wasn’t that valuable and he’d rather face Último Guerrero in a hair versus hair match (calling UG’s hair the most valuable in the promotion, which pleased Guerrero.) Nothing was really settled, and a second post match scrum saw Mistico & Volador attack Carístico, and Volador cover Carístico for a Mistico three count. The impression now is Volador/Caristico is the big match next week, with Mistico only involved if they expand it to a tag match with Soberano or Último Guerrero, but nothing’s was certain at the close of the show.

Pólvora was a replacement for Shocker, who’s father Pato Soria passed away earlier in the day and was honored before the fourth match. Shocker himself had been a replacement for Negro Casas.

Pequeño Oimpico and Último Dragoncito were the seconds for the championship match.

The opener featured heavy mask ripping. The rudos were Dqed for excessive violence in the first. Signo was counted out in the second fall after missing a tope and needed medical help.

Thoughts: 

good clean for Volador

The main event was better from a whistle to three count match standpoint, and it was even stronger to get people interested in what big matches could be next. CMLL’s frequency of teasing big ideas and not paying them off makes it hard to buy into completely to anything they’re selling – already, they’re moving away from the direct Carístico/Mistico confrontation they were setting up just last week. Still, this felt like a much bigger deal than the big matches they have set up. The cage match is a nothing happening match, Adonis/Casas will get over when Casas is back, but just the sliver of the possibility of the matches teased here had the fans as interested. I assume CMLL’s ending this next week, but it’d probably be more worthwhile to string along at least enough to be underneath matches on those two big shows.

Volador’s best personality work is as the sort of sarcastic rudo he played here. Volador’s the top CMLL técnico because Sombra turned rudo way back when, and because now there’s been no one better for that more important spot, but it feels CMLL has something here worth upending it’s plans and figuring out everything else as it goes; this is not propping up a concept that’s not working like Los Ingobernables, this is something with life behind it. The Mistico character doesn’t fit as a rudo, but the person behind it seems to be enjoying playing Volador’s partner in crime. Terrible didn’t get as big a part as last week, but feels much more vital hanging out with these guys than Vangellys and Bucanero for obvious reasons. Again, this is CMLL, so it’s very likely they’ll do the big singles match this week or next and then everyone will suddenly be friends again, but it’d be a waste.

strut

The finish was all sorts of screwy in a fashion that doesn’t happen on CMLL shows, but that’s fine. This is an unusual feud, so back to back weeks of unusual finishes makes sense (even if it a little bit concerning for what we might be getting in that singles match.) As long the exceptional doesn’t became the normal, it works fine.

Sam was definitely hated but his match itself didn’t have a lot going on. His fight with Cavernario got the crowd to care, but the rudo/rudo bit didn’t work otherwise. Técnico Tiger would’ve been better than técnico Pólvora but that’s probably not how the decision was made. Ephesto and Cavernario did leapfrog and roll spots and it was a struggle for poor Ephesto. Ephesto had to bump backwards out of the ring and that was very slow. Someone please challenge Ephesto to a mask match.

The NGD match felt like it was missing a bit of energy. The rudos were slower than usual in the first fall and when they were back in control late. They did a lot of their usual stuff, but it felt like it was missing intensity and the crowd wasn’t as into them. This was not bad but I feel like they’ve had much better and the técnicos were fine.

Shockercito huracanrana

There wasn’t much interesting in the women’s match. Lady Maravilla and Amapola had some bad interactions in the first fall for people who I generally think of as good. It went better for them in the third fall. Amapola kneeling on the apron, watching Marcela hit Dalys with a top rope double stomp with doing anything, was odd. It worked out for her team, she’s the former champ, guess she knew better. I think I’m going to watch the Isis/Sugehit match because either Isis pulled off a lot we’re not seeing from her in the trios matches or it must’ve been a struggle.

Shockercito put on a one man show in the minis match. Mercurio didn’t have much to contribute on offense, and Shockercito added most of the action. Mercurio works with team moves in trios matches but did not impress in control of the match, and isn’t gifted enough to help Shockercito look impressive. The story of the result was Mercurio wasn’t in Shockercito’s league but it also felt that way with the work. The big moments were enough to get me to like it, and them going back to play off the first fall finish in the third, but I could people getting all they’re going to get out of it watch just the highlights. The crowd wasn’t much into this match outside of chanting for Shocker at one point, and that probably wasn’t about what was happening in the ring. They’ve been given no great reason to care about these guys and they weren’t able to change minds in this match.

This opener was the Templario show, and the portion of the crowd that was around for the opener must’ve been impressed. Signo had a good match because Templario was carrying so much of it, and because he utterly destroyed himself on a missed dive. The técnicos were just along for the ride for most of the match. Not a complete good match but more interesting than usual.

dives