The Crash: 2017-10-05 

unreal

Recapped: 12/19/2017

All matches were taped in Auditorio de Tijuana. This, like the last show, is one hard camera and no switching. This is the last Tijuana show available on Konnan’s Patreon. The November one never made it up there, and the December one was when they were splitting.

Matches:

Black Boy & Black Danger vs Dave Crist & Jack Crist © for the IMPACT Tag Team Championship
(5:18, good, via Patreon)

Review: This was a decent action opener with a few flaws. There were a few cool spots, though the first one wasn’t helped to by the lights being down and blocking out the dive. Black Danger attacking Black Boy midway thru the match only makes sense if you know they’re usually opponents, but then it doesn’t explain why they’re teaming to begin with. It feels strange that martinetes are no longer Dqs without some big story, but these all feel like nitpicks. The teams generally work better against each other than you’d guess and they keep up a fast pace during this quick opener.

 

this looks bad for both brothers

Christi Jaynes & Keyra vs Baronessa & Diosa Quetzal
(7:01, good, via Patreon)

Review: the revolving door of The Crash luchadoras ended up with Mexicali’s Baronessa getting a shot. She didn’t screw up moves like that one Elite match, but seemed lost at times, didn’t really do much, and kicked out of the finish when that was the last thing she should’ve been doing. Diosa Quetzal did better, but also looked on a different page at times, and it came off like she was not much liked. Keyra and Jaynes looked like the better team and did more cool flips. The match overall was enjoyable when everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing, they tried to do interesting stuff, and it ended at the right time. Border line grade to the positive, just because it was interesting and the women who don’t like each other seem like they hit each other the hardest.

Diosa dropped on her head
Jaynes double stomp/moonsault
Keyra’s welcoming dropkick
and some responses

Trevor Lee © vs Último Ninja [IMPACT X]
(6:00, good, via Patreon)

What Happened: This is originally supposed to be a three way match with Daga, but Trevor Lee demands it to be two singles matches so they can’t double team against him. Trevor Lee asks them to decide between themselves which one will face him. Daga & Último Ninja agree they’re not playing by Trevor Lee’s rules, and they’ll both face him. Último Ninja will go first.

(Also, at this point, Daga’s not allowed to appear on Impact TV, and in theory, splitting it into two matches allows one of them to air.)

Review: Ninja & Trevor Lee felt like a more one sided CMLL lighting match than usual. Último Ninja got in impressive looking moves, then just got caught and rolled up at the end. Trevor Lee did a lot less than I would’ve expecting knowing this was a match being filmed for his show, but maybe the right amount knowing he’d have to do a second round match. This is about as borderline as the women’s match; there were good moments here, but you could just do just as well without it.

Ultimo Ninja doesn’t put it together all the time, but he’s can look so impressive at his size

Trevor Lee © vs Daga [IMPACT X]
(8:31, good, via Patreon)

What Happened: Trevor Lee fouls Daga, which is a DQ. Dqs are usually title changes and the ring announcer start to say that, but gets cut off. Referee ends up fouling Trevor Lee instead, which gets a pop. The ring announcers then says Trevor Lee is the champion, and everyone’s confused. They send in a official to confirm it, but not to explain it. Daga demands a rematch. Konnan comes out to confirm that and that the Garza/Daga match will happen when Garza is healthy and Bestia/Jack will take place on the Anniversary show.

Review: This was the better of the two matches, though maybe one long singles match would’ve been the best. Lee looked more impressive, and that got the crowd to care more as Daga kept kicking out of big moves. Daga himself didn’t look great when he was on offense – an unusually weak tope early stuck out – but the crowd was behind him strong enough that it made the match interesting. The finish was weak, and it was strange that the ref got the revenge foul.

this Trevor Lee german suplex is a good show of how much better these look when I zoom in
Daga springboard cutter

Arkángel Divino, Laredo Kid, Máscarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16, Steve Pain, Último Maldito
(7:14, great, via Patreon)

Review: This only went seven minutes and in some ways was the greatest hits of the usual guys, but everything went spectacularly. Steve Pain was a great addition, feeling as much as Laredo Kid’s natural opponent as the other rivalries (though I guess they would’ve worked a lot in AIW), and working well with the others. Arkangel & Maldito sometimes come off as one hit wonder but their one hit is a really catchy. Dorada & Demus stumbled a little bit at the end but the rest made up for it. This could’ve easily gone a lot longer but they had a good run while they went.

Laredo DDT with a little help
Demus throwing himself at people is the best finish
when doing a ‘rana to the floor just isn’t enough

Jack Evans, M-ximo, Willie Mack vs Bestia 666, Black Taurus (Indie), Mr. 450
(13:33, good, via Patreon)

Review: This was good in the usual style but didn’t leave me much to talk about. I was glad not to get the full dancing sequence, some of the dives were really good, and I’m unsure if the lady who’s always out with the Rebelion Amarilla actually has a name because she’s got so little to do during these matches. It felt like Jack/Bestia was a little more downplayed than usual until their sequence of counters at the end, and that most of the crowd wanted Bestia to win than Jack. That seems right for Tijuana.

Maximo backwards dive
Mechawolf with a normal spear and a flying one
Mack onto everyone

The King vs Flamita for the The Crash Cruiserweight championship
(17:04, great, via Patreon)

Review: Fenix & Flamita was an incredible match in ways, with them going at a fast speed early on and pulling off some impossible counters. Some of the stuff they pulled off late, like Flamita’s DDT and Fenix jumping backwards into a double stomp, were crazy in both how impossible they seemed to pull off and how much trust the people involved needed to have to take it. Fenix’s also really made that handspring cutter look great, pulling Flamita down with him. The back and forth near the end was great – but maybe to me, and not as much the level crowd. This felt like a match that would’ve gotten over huge in any indie arena and did with some of the fans, but the crowd wasn’t nearly as into it as me and made it not fee like the absolute top tier of a match for me. There’s also a portion after Fenix gets sent into the crowd where action slows down for a bit – maybe he was shaken up? This is still a match worth good out of your way to see but I’m not sure it would make the top of 2017 matches.

the old top rope cartwheel DDT
Fenix cutter
phoenix splash onto a Fenix

Brian Cage, Penta 0M, Rey Mysterio 619 vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
(15:00, good, via Patreon)

Fans definitely did care about the main event, even though it was also as definitely not on the same level as the match that preceded it. It was good a times, with Rush notable working a lot harder here than he has in CMLL for most of the year, and Cage being used in the match nicely. The real highlight of this match was Pierroth’s total disinterest in trying to catch Brian Cage on a dive. Luckily the other two were there, but it was like Pierroth got in the spot just to watch Cage fly. Los Ingobernables matches make me have my guard up, because I’m so used to bad finishes, but this one ends better than most. It may just go on a bit too long, as the rudos really don’t seem to come all that close to winning but just force the finishing sequence to repeat a few times. This was perfectly fine as a main event.

Cage is a mobile carrying device
Rey is out

Christmas Day results from CMLL, Memes, Elite, Crash

Bandido
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SAT) 12/23/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial b Grako & Yago
Grako replaced Cholo. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Magia Blanca, Robin
Rudos took 2/3, Nitro giving Robin a piledriver.
3) Mije & Perico Zakarías b El Gallito & Microman
Chamuel was referee. Mije & Zacarias don’t get many wins, but improve to 2-4 in Arena Coliseo.
4) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán b Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
Panther Jr. actually won this week (fall 1/3, submitting Hechicero to win), and again challenged fro a title match
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
Volador stole the winning pin from Caristico. They argued post match.

A usual show. Caristico & Volador winning as a team while feuding is unusaul but I don’t think I have a problem with it. Hooray for Panther actually beating Hechicero this week.

CMLL (MON) 12/25/2017 Arena México [Claro, CMLL, La AficionLa Aficionthecubsfan]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Shockercito & Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE 10 MASCARAS EN JUEGO LUCHA EN JAULA LUNES 25 DE DICIEMBRE  DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:23. Rudos took 1/3. Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Fantasy.
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE 10 MASCARAS EN JUEGO LUCHA EN JAULA LUNES 25 DE DICIEMBRE  DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:37. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja b Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE 10 MASCARAS EN JUEGO LUCHA EN JAULA LUNES 25 DE DICIEMBRE  DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:21. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Kráneo, Pierroth, Sam Adonis b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE 10 MASCARAS EN JUEGO LUCHA EN JAULA LUNES 25 DE DICIEMBRE  DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:35. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Hijo del Signo L Star Jr.NitroOro Jr.TemplarioStarmanCancerberoFieroPegassoRaziel [cage, maskLUCHA LIBRE 10 MASCARAS EN JUEGO LUCHA EN JAULA LUNES 25 DE DICIEMBRE  DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:40. Order of escape: Pegasso, Nitro, Cancerbero, Oro Jr., Raziel, Fiero, Templario, Star Jr., leaving Signo and Starman. Starman beat Signo with the Air Raid Crash. Signo is Marco Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez, 38 years old.

This didn’t draw any better any other Sunday show, though at higher prices – in the 1000-1500 range of people. The hardcore fans wanted to see this show for the mask match, but no one outside them cared about a prelim guy loser their mask this year. They drew around 12,000 for the cage match two years ago when Super Comando lost his mask, this show drew 10% of that. That’s was a Friday, but it also was a match with better names and a card with more important people on it. Just announcing “someone is going to lose a mask” is not a draw in 2017. Or probably 2018.

No full Puebla results, just bits and pieces. Asturiano kept his mask and Espiritu lost his hair. Tiger won his match. Mistico didn’t show up for the main event.

Lucha Memes (MON) 12/25/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)R de Rudo]
1) Belial, Demasiado, Flama Roja b Apolo, Kalibus, Mantra
Flama Roja replaced Impulso.
2) Demus 3:16 DQ Trauma I [super libre]
DQ in a super libre match when Demus hit the referee by mistake. Ref had been favoring Trauma I.
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, El Bandido b Arez, Flamita, Súper Crazy
great match
4) Ricky Marvin b Trauma II
crowd chanted ‘otra lucha’
5) Daga b Caifan
good match
6) Corsario Negro & Drako b Sádico & Yoruba
moved to the main event (because they weren’t as much in a hurry.)

+LuchaTV was strong on the trios match. I saw a fan saying Demua/Trauma and Daga/Caifan were their favorites. Everyone seems disappointed with Marvin/Trauma.

LDLL The Crash (MON) 12/25/2017 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
5) Daga b Jack Evans
Jack Evans replaced Black Terry (injury). Good match.
6) Rey Fénix b Penta 0M
great match

The “Fenix and Penta have never had a singles match in Mexico” meme is dead. Not sure if we’ll actually see it, but glad it went well after all this time.

ELITE (MON) 12/25/2017 Deportivo Morelos, Cuajimalpa, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV]
1) Hijo Del Ángel b Brazo Cibernetico Jr.
2) Metaleón & Mr. Leo b Emperador Azteca & Fly Warrior
Emperador Azteca suffered an injury.
3) Imposible & Karaoui b Bandido & Caifan
A mystery Frenchman helped Karaoui win. Karaoui said he’d explain it later.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Karonte Jr., Tyson La Bestia DRAW Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Golden Magic
Tyson La Bestia replaced Hijo del Gladiador
5) Trauma I & Trauma II DQ La Máscara & Máximo
Traumas had the match won after some fouls, and Mascara unmasked Trauma II.
6) Cibernético & Sharly Rockstar b Lizmark Jr. & Mr. Electro
Lizmark Jr. replaced Zorro.

No crowd photos except for the first match, where there didn’t appear to be a lot of people (or TV equipment.)

The Crash says Black Boy won the The Crash Junior Championship. They don’t mention details, but he and Arkangel Divno were supposed to have a match in Mexcali yesterday so that’s what I’m guessing.

Nothing notable on the AAA shows, though the regular Arena Lopez Mateos AAA show seems to have outdrawn Arena Mexico.

CMLL’s back tonight with a show that feels like it exists only to fulfill the quota of dates needed. The main event is a grab bag match of Angel de Oro, Caristico and Titan against Gran Guerrero, Mephisto and Shocker. Triton makes his Arena Mexico return in the semimain, teaming with Guerrero Maya & Rey Cometa against Hechicero, Mascara 2000 and Polvora. Virus and Universo 2000 Jr. meet in a strange lightning match.

The undercard includes Fiego making it to a tercera, Magia Blanca & Flyer in the second, and Yago wearing an odd outfit to the opener. All the matches have at least one luchador who will limit how good it can be, and the low effort on yesterday’s show gives me no great hopes for this one. It’ll air at 7:30pm on YouTube if you want it.

Guadalajara has the Sky Team vs the Axis of Evil, which might be restarting the trios program which didn’t finish in Arena Mexico.

The local The Crash promoter for Tapachula says they’re back in Chiapas on 04/28 with LA Park, Carlito and Blue Demon Jr..

Violento Jack kept the King of the Freedom World Championship, defeating Jun Kasai in Korakuen Hall. That’s Violento Jack’s last match in Mexico for now, so it’s a bit of surprise he’s coming home with the belt. Aeroboy lost to Daisuke Masaoka in the semimain.

El Siglo de Torreon interviews Soberano Jr., Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero, who are very proud of how many local wrestlers have made it to CMLL: over 10 on one show, one in every match. Ultimo Guerrero emphasizes how many guys he’s responsible for bringing to Mexico City (all the way thru Magia Blanca and Bandido) and is looking for more. Soberano Jr. says he’s hoping for more title defenses in 2018. I suspect he’ll be having one in a few weeks.

Mucha Lucha Atlanta says they’ll have Penta vs Rush on 03/25. They technically don’t say it’s a singles match.

+LuchaTV put up the Mr. Niebla vs Caifan match, one I was skeptical would even happen and now will definitely watch.

RobViper put up a music video of 10/01/1993 AAA and “the best Reyes del Aire ever

Escoria talks about Christmas memories.

An interview with Mexico City hopeful luchador Urik Jr.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 12/30/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Grako, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Felino, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
4) Hechicero © vs Blue Panther Jr. [NWA LH]
4th defense
5) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Pierroth

I would be very sad if Blue Panther Jr. wins.

CMLL (MON) 01/01/2018 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Esfinge, Titán, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis [hair]

There’s no strong second match to help out Casas/Adonis, but their are bigger names on the card. Tickets run 455MXP (23USD) to 50 before Ticketmaster fees.

Signo’s match will be his first unmasked one.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 22nd, 2017

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-12-23 – Mega/YouTube
taped 2017-12-19 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
2) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys
3) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-12-23 – Mega
taped 2017-12-15 @ Arena México
1) Shockercito © vs Mercurio for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship
2) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Pólvora vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-12-23 – Mega/YouTube
taped 2017-12-20 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Dranzer, Príncipe Ishtar, Puma de Oro, Steel Drago vs Black Boy, Craken, Dinámico, Muerte Infernal
2) Ángel Oriental & Black Puma vs Adrenalina & Full Contact
3) Dragón Orus, Príncipe Omi, Warrior Jr. vs Chicanito, Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
4) Fly Tiger, Odín, Shio Star vs Haziel, Leroy, Voltar
5) Chico Che, Súper Brazo Jr., Tortuga Mike vs Lunatic Xtreme, Ovett, Skanda
6) Arez, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro, Fantasma de la Ópera, Internacional Pantera, Oficial 911, Robin Maravilla, Yakuza vs Akira San, Cadilac, Diablo Jr., Dragón Bane, Fulgor II, Lacerado Kid, Moto Cross, X-Corpio in a cibernetico match