great match roundup, week of 2017-12-16

can’t unwatch this

shows watched

I’m so far caught up that I’m actually ahead. It helps that things really are slowing down at this point. The Extreme Tiger/Virus match is the first match I’ve rated excellent in months. There’s still nothing chronology past the 09/01 Gran Prix, but I’ve got at least one more Fenix/Flamita match to watch. The MOTYC list is updated, maybe with some stuff I haven’t posted yet.

This was a good Claro show week and an AAA match that didn’t air. It would be neat to get all the AAA dark matches posted to AAA’s channel instead of me doing dark magic to find them but that’s the way it goes.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-22 2017-12-22
good Eslabón Perdido, Poseidón, Rey Infierno vs Cosmos, Kid Lobo, Samuray Eslabón Perdido, Poseidón, Rey Infierno vs Kid Lobo, Samuray, Cosmos (posted by thecubsfan) Facebook video (posted by ) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-16 2017-12-02
good Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-19 2017-12-19
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Puma, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-22 2017-12-22
good Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Cuatrero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-22 2017-12-22

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Angelikal, Fetiche, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Ángel Mortal Jr., Chicano, Pardux Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Xalapa Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-16 2017-12-02
ok Argenis, Estrella Divina, Faby Apache, Lady Shani vs Australian Suicide, Goya Kong, Hahastary, Mamba Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Xalapa Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-16 2017-12-02
ok Bengala & Sonic vs Artillero & El Coyote LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-19 2017-12-19
ok Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-19 2017-12-19
ok Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-19 2017-12-19
ok Blue Panther, Mistico, Valiente vs Johnny Idol, Mr. Niebla, Okumura LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-19 2017-12-19
ok Pierroth, Rush, Terrible vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-19 2017-12-19
ok Fiero & Oro Jr. vs Raziel & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-22 2017-12-22
ok Rush vs Mr. NieblaÚltimo GuerreroTerribleShockerSansónKráneoEuforiaMáscara Año 2000Rey BucaneroGran GuerreroForasteroPierrothHechiceroMisterioso Jr.Vangellys in a CMLL Leyenda de Azul Tournament match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-22 2017-12-22
below average Bengala & Big Mami vs La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Xalapa Parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-16 2017-12-02
not rated Arkalis, Black Tiger, París vs Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE LUNES 18 DE DICIEMBRE ARENA PUEBLA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-18 2017-12-18
not rated Asturiano, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II vs Espanto Jr., Espíritu Maligno, Hijo del Signo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE LUNES 18 DE DICIEMBRE ARENA PUEBLA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-18 2017-12-18
not rated Pantera Blanca Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE LUNES 18 DE DICIEMBRE ARENA PUEBLA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-18 2017-12-18
not rated Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis vs Johnny Idol, Terrible, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE LUNES 18 DE DICIEMBRE ARENA PUEBLA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-18 2017-12-18
not rated Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE LUNES 18 DE DICIEMBRE ARENA PUEBLA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-18 2017-12-18
watch later Princesa Sugehit © vs Reyna Isis for the Mexican National Women’s Championship Princesa Sugehit © vs Reyna Isis for the Mexican National Women's Championship (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-12-16 2017-12-12

Caristico vs Volador for the NWA belt tonight, New Year’s Day CMLL show to air on Claro

today

Volador and Caristico meet once again in Arena Mexico tonight. Last week’s match was Volador playing more of a strong rudo, this week’s championship match probably means it’s more of a traditional Volador big move match. Caristico winning would be a big surprise and a possible sign of big plans for 2018. Volador winnign would be keeping the status quo with nothing much happening, which is much more CMLL.

The other notable match is the fourth, where Negro Casas & Sam Adonis meet two days before their hair versus hair match. Both men are with usual partners, and the finish is whatever they can do to get people to come out for the hair match (especially after they didn’t really come out for the cage match.)

The rest of the card is the usual mix of names. Mistico is listed up there, but Niebla Roja actually will replace him, teaming with Marco & Valiente against the Guerreros & Shocker. Rey Cometa, Angel de Oro and Titan face NGD, the Panthers & Star Jr. face Sagrado, Puma & Tiger, int wo matches that could be pretty good if the effort is there. The show opens with Magia Blanca & Robin taking on Arkangel & Metalico. Magia Blanca’s cousin got announced for a Dragon Gate tour, but wrestling Arkangel & Metalico is nearly as exciting.

The show will air at 8:30pm on Claro and their facebook page. Claro (Marca) says they’ll be airing the both this show, and Monday’s Sin Salida with Negro Casas & Sam Adonis. That Monday show has a 5pm CT start.

The Jackson Observer has a Sam Adonis story, which is probably from some place more famous than the Jackson Observer but not sure from where.

AAA put Guerra de Titanes tickets on sale. No card yet, though they’ve previous announced Wagner vs Mundo for the title with Vampiro as ref. Tickets are listed from 800 pesos down to 150 – or were, the 800 ring 1 tickets have already sold out today.

Segunda Caida really liked Mr. Niebla vs Caifan.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 01/02/2018 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Astral, Robin, Starman vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany
4) Tritón vs The Panther [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Nothing big being set up but the 4 and 6th matches could be interesting.

My database currently assumes the Nuevo Leon (LLF) Maligna and the one who’s shown up infrequently around Mexico City is the same woman. I’m not sure that’s correct, nor I’m sure if that’s the person debut here, and Maligna is a weird name for a tecnica.

Second match gives you all the Starman/Signo rematching you wanted.

2017 watch later catch up, part 10 of ∞

LA Park and Rush

Anima III (Chihuahua), Forastero Jr., Iron Black, Radamantis vs Asombro Jr., Brillante Jr., Cobra Oriental, Onnix
(AMLL @ Auditorio Municipal Torreon on 07/15, 23:28 [5:38, 4:54, 12:56], good, via
LUCHAMANIA AMLL (falls 1 & fall2)LUCHAMANIA AMLL (falls 3))

I have no idea who any one is: they do announce the guys names over the PA when the match starts, but it’s not so clear who they are and I can’t make it out anyway. Without names, this appears to be another match in the eternal lucha libre feud of skinny guys and fat guys. This seemed like an ok/good match for a lot of the first half, with it getting progressively bigger as the match went along. It wasn’t as fast paced and other matches, and there were some iffy moments, but they were also pulling off dangerous looking dives as the match came to an end. This wasn’t must see for me but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these guys.

big guy kip ups are always good
reckless corner lucha madness
and part 2
ring post tope con giro

Extreme Tiger vs Virus
(Lucha Memes @ Coliseo Coacalco on 07/15, 17:22, excellent, via 
+LuchaTV)

Extreme Tiger showed more holds than I expected. And then Virus dropkicked his face off. Extreme Tiger has no face now, it’s very sad. Extreme Tiger feels like he’s disappeared this year: he was all over Elite in 2016 but that’s not a thing in 2017, and he was only in the Crash early in the year. Tiger seemed in his best from ever in Elite, and the year off TV hasn’t changed anything. This is one of his best performances ever, surprisingly matching mat work with Virus for the first several minutes, before going high speed and going back and forth entertainingly with a very game Virus. The finish kind of goes wrong, in that if you’ve seen a couple Extreme Tiger matches you know what move he was going for, but this version of Extreme Tiger adjusts and makes it still work. I was concerned they had peaked and were going to lose the crowd when Tiger survived Virus’ big match finish, but they brought the match down and then back up again for one more run really impressively. I’m probably too much invested in late match near falls and intensity, but this had a lot of that if that’s what you’re also looking for. This was outstanding.

Tiger with a big dive into some dirt
the angle makes it look like Virus drove him into the mat, and the mat isn’t moving.
Virus wheelbarrow driver

Skayde vs Dr. Cerebro
(HUMO/Rey Gato at Salon Citlalli on 07/16, 10:11, good, via
Adrian Martinez)

Review: [good] A good, mostly mat wrestling match between two veterans. Dr. Cerbero seems a little bit more into the action, looking cool on the mat, about killing himself on a tope, and then killing Skayde on a piledriver. Skayde’s alright here but Cerbero seems more motivated to make something out of this, and does.

Cerebro demonstrates how to put on a STF
he lived
Skyade also lived

Eterno vs Bombero Infernal
(IWRG at Arena Naucalpan on 07/23, 7:22, good, via
IWRG tv)

Review: [good] This was a good brawl. The rope grab situational comedy was strong, and a remarkable dedication to cheating. Bombero takes some big bumps for a guy in his 40s who’s not really wrestling all that much. I was just really thrown off when they started to do post match promos after the first fall because I could not understand how it was only a one fall match. Definitely going to watch the hair match now.

old man apron dropkick
dropkick to the face

Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Dragón Lee & Rush
(Tortas Super Astro in Arena Lopez Mateos on 07/29, 21:07, great, via
Videoblog Tortas Súper Astro)

Review: [great] this was the usual bit of LA Park bringing out the best of Rush. It was less of a brawl then usual – they must’ve been told to stay away from the crowd and actually listened. It was also worked like it was a three fall match, only with the pinned team kicking out at the obvious fall break spot and starting the comeback right here. LA Park spearing Rush is one of the best spots in lucha libre, and both of them choosing to stomp their enemy then help their friend said a lot about their characters. I’d like to see Hijo de LA Park in bigger matches in 2018 to see if Dragon Lee made him look like a star here or if he’s actually gotten good.

Hijo de la Park hitting like his dad
Hijo de LA Park playing the role of Kamaitachi
skeleton into the crowd

Emperador Azteca vs Hijo del Pantera
(IWRG on Arena Naucalpan on 08/27, 10:55, ok, via
IWRG tv)

Review: [ok] Hijo del Pantera has a small thin board, pretty much a paddle, that he strikes and pokes Azteca with at the start of the match. The thing about IWRG is you know Pantera just found it laying around somewhere and decided to go use it. This is very much a random IWRG match, with a bad finish and then a more nonsensical second finish tacked on to it. The guys give their standard performances; Azteca is talented but cold, Pantera is good as a rudo though not as impressive as a técnico. This set up a match a month later and maybe that was the one I meant to put on this list?

Sacrifica Pantera
this was a lame way out of the match, but the execution on it was really good