Dia de los Inocentes jokes, Caifan to retire?

CMLL put up a Dia de los Inocentes joke post about running a Caristico/Mistico mask match. When the joke is “haha, we’re not going to really run the match you want to see”, it’s not really a good joke. Zona Ruda did the same thing with Johnny Mundo versus Vampiro but that one’s fine, no one wants to see that.

Blue Panther will be honored tonight in Arena Olimpico Laguna.

CMLL recaps Rush & Starman’s wins and the two title matches this weekend.

Caifan wrote on Facebook (for Friends only) that he’s retiring after tomorrow’s show in Monterrey. (Lo Mejor de Lucha mentions it.) It’s wrestling, so it’s hard to believe anyone is actually going to retire, but it does seem like he’s cut back a lot.

Rey Fenix will be on Lucha Va Voom’s Los Angeles shows on 02/14 & 02/15.

Pro Wrestling Revolucion announced Puma King will be on the 03/10 San Francisco show.

AAA put up this week’s Zona Ruda.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Hijo del Signo.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/02/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Magnum vs Difunto & Maléfico
2) Fugaz, Príncipe Diamante, Reyko vs Frezzer, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Mephisto, Shocker, Terrible
5) Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis

The Sky Team/Axis feud ends with a singles match here too. The Audaz is new; that’s a mid 90s name, and he’s in a main roster position. Fugaz & Reyko have been missing for months.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-12-19 

Acero & Aereo

Recapped: 12/22/2017

Matches: 

Artillero & El Coyote beat Bengala & Sonic  
(12:07 [5:35, 2:50, 3:42], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL

Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito beat Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito  
(15:40 [6:20, 4:05, 5:15], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely  
(12:21 [5:50, 2:15, 4:16], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Mr. Niebla, Okumura beat Blue Panther, Mistico, Valiente 
(7:52 [2:10, 2:47, 2:55], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Sam Adonis
(9:41 [1:06, 1:32, 7:03], 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Adonis shoulder powerslam (1:06)
  2. Volador backcracker (1:32)
  3. Volador top rope headscissors (7:03)

Pierroth, Rush, Terrible beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(8:24 [1:40, 2:41, 4:03], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

stop chopping Terrible

Prior to the semimain, the wrestlers and a military band come to the ring to honor rescue works and dogs who had helped out during the Mexican earthquake. There’s also a surprise musical performance before the main event.

Pierroth helped Rush get leverage to beat Último Guerrero. This went nowhere.

Mije is with Okumura, as is Zacarias. The two Sky Team and Eje del Mal members are aware they’re supposed to be feuding, even if the trios match was dropped.

Sonic, who seems to only appear in CMLL teaming with Bengala, has his left knee go out when he falls on his right knee. It doesn’t make much sense but it does appear to be significant. He can’t event stand on it when they take him out of the ring.

Thoughts: 

this went OK

The Último Guerrero/Rush feud continues, for some reason. (It’s happening in Japan, maybe.) They did show more life during parts of this trios than they showed in their singles match, but I’m not eager to see it. I am eager to see Cavernario get any feud at all; he seems really overlooked and is just in greatest hits mode in these matches. This match got a little more time than the usual post-singles match Tuesday main event, but didn’t produce any great results.

Volador/Adonis was a borderline good/great match. It’s hurt by being mostly the same Volador singles match he does every big match, just a little bit shorter and maybe a dive or two less. It’s helped because I wasn’t sure if Adonis could pull off that style of match. It hasn’t been his style so far and, even as he was standing on the top rope to be finished off, I wasn’t sure if it was something he could handle. He did fine, maybe a little slower than if Mephisto was in that spot, but enough that it gives me hope the eventual trios title match will be pretty good. Volador could really use to mix it up in singles match, but the results felt like the right one on this night.

The highlight of the fourth was Zacarias running to Mije for a hug, but it didn’t show up well for a GIF. It was heated because of the foreigners and Niebla’s antics but not the best of the técnicos. Okumura took La Mistica well at least.

There’s nothing going on in the women’s matches, which make the repetitiveness of them hard to tolerate. It’s the stuff that goes wrong that sticks out, more than any slight improvements that might be making made. Sanely DDTing Dalys into her leg reads impossible but I swear it happened. The finish looked messed up too, but might have been the intention.

I was having trouble staying awake during the minis match. I don’t think it was all because of the match, but there wasn’t a lot going on. This was Aereo’s first streaming appearance since August. He’s been around for a couple matches per month, but mostly Saturday/Sunday. He was entertaining here and would be nice to see more, but I wonder if that scheduled means he’s normally got other things going on during the week.

Sonic probably needs to at least rest his knee, or CMLL needs to stop booking him in matches if his leg is going out five minutes into every match. CMLL having a “no fathers versus sons” rule but being cool with brothers facing brothers is odd when you stop to think about it. Artillero looked better than usual against Bengala for it.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-12-18 

actually more highlights on the broken week

Recapped: 12/21/2017

Matches: 

Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis beat Arkalis, Black Tiger, París  
(14:03 [6:42, 3:59, 3:22], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espanto Jr., Espíritu Maligno, Hijo del Signo beat Asturiano, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II  
(15:45 [9:06, 6:39], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma, Sagrado, Tiger beat Pantera Blanca Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr.  
(12:47 [4:48, 0:47, 7:12], n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis beat Johnny Idol, Terrible, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(10:24 [2:52, 2:41, 4:51], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
(10:03 [4:02, 1:59, 4:02], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

hooray friendship

This show did not air live, and the taped version has issues with the video. It jumps a few second or so every while starting about 20 minutes in, and comes and goes. It’s not completely unwatchable, but it’s takes away from all the matches. All times are off as a result and no matches are rated. The tercera seemed like it was the best match from what we saw.

All the Panteras on the shows are neither CMLL DF regulars nor Puebla locals, but Matamoros luchadors. They’d appeared in Guadalajara before, and JCR suggests they could be coming to Mexico City soon. The Gemelos match was exceptionally rudo focused, but they didn’t show anything that stood out. Pantera Blanca Jr. was similarly OK and appeared to be the father of the other two; the announcers actually mentioned the relation at one time, but I couldn’t make it out.

Carístico and his partners aren’t getting along at any point. The rudos tease inviting him over on their side after the first fall, but instead beat him up. Mistico is limping noticeable after a second fall dive. The técnicos keep it together to win, but Volador and Mistico attack Carístico after the main event and take his mask.

Johnny Idol just refused to fight the rudos on other team, and occasionally laid down to get pins, leaving it as a 3 v 2 match for the first fall. Rush and Pierroth beat him up in the second fall anyway, with Adonis just staying out of it. Terrible steals the second fall while everyone but rush is fooling around outside. Adonis and Idol are forced to face each other in the third fall, and end up with a hug.

Asturiano and Espíritu Maligno feuded heavily, with Maligno pinning Asutriano and unmasking him. They’ll have a mask/hair match next week.

I didn’t cut away early, that’s how fast they cut away