Volador keeps title over Caristico, best of 2017 show, Arolucha Texas talent list

at least this dive connected

CMLL (FRI) 12/29/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Metálico & Universo 2000 Jr. b Magia Blanca & Robin LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:08. Arkangel replaced Universo 2000 Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Puma, Sagrado, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr., The Panther LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:36. Rudos too 1/3.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:08. NGD took 1/3. Rey Cometa replaced Niebla Roja (moved up) on Wednesday.
4) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:59. Adonis’ team was DQed in the first fall for excessive violence, the second for Sam striking and choking Casas with the flagpole. Casas rallied back to choke Adonis.
5) Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:34. Rudos took 1/3. Niebla Roja moved up on Wednesday to replace Mistico.
6) Volador Jr. © b Carístico [NWA WELTERLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:21. Volador took falls 1/3. 17th defense!

Main event was good, but the lame first couple of falls made it feel less than last week, and the way they wrapped it up as something that just existed to kill time during the holiday season was disappointing. The rest of the show was watchable if nothing that had to be watched.

Negro Casas & Sam Adonis fought more in front of the press. The crowd was reacting in a way where that match is going to do pretty good.

Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show has the Hechicero/Blue Panther Jr. title match. It’d be a big surprise if Panther Jr. won, but it’s not impossible. There will be no Arena Coliseo show next Saturday, since they’ll be running Arena Mexico instead.

ESTO writes about Psycho Clown being the wrestler of the year. I think this is the consensus pick for what he did, but what he did didn’t have the impact you’d expect. Dr. Wagner seems like the person who benefited the most from their mask match, and Wagner’s the one in the top feud against Mundo, while Psycho seems lower feuding with Rey Escorpion afterwards. Every one of these lists Psycho & Pagano as winning the Lucha Libre World Cup, but very few people in Mexico have even seen the show and I’m not sure how much that win really matters to any one except the people complying these lists. AAA should show that event today or next Saturday if they want to get any mileage out of it, but it’s not clear that they will.

Pagano talks about now being super friends with Psycho Clown. AAA had lots of TV time in 2017 devoted to things that went nowhere, and spent little time on things that could’ve been better explained (Pagano’s actually a tecnico now without ever having make a tecnico decision.)

Arolucha announced wrestlers for it’s 01/19 & 01/20 Texas show:

Juventud Guerrera, Super Crazy, Carlito, James Storm, Shane Hurricane Helms, Low Ki, Jack Edwards, Laredo Kid, Pierroth, Black Tauros, Taya, Mascarita Dorada, Drastik Boy, Lufisto, Demus, Pirata Morgan Jr., Xtra Talented (Tag Team), Steve Pain, Gringo Loco, Low Rider, and Trey Miguel

Fenix & Rey Mysterio weren’t on lineup for the Crash show on 01/20, which led me to believe the might be here instead, but that does not appear to be the case. No one from the debut show’s main event is here; most of that taping isn’t here. Demus, Mascarita Dorada, Taya, James Storm, Trey Miguel, Shane Helms, and Jack (Evans) Edwards are the only people on both. There are interesting wrestlers here that should provide a good show but, at least a first glimpse, Arolucha seems like it’s going to vary a lot from weekend to weekend.

No matches announced. Arolucha also posted a highlight package (the thing they’ll be using to sell this to TV networks), and it features a horrendous theme song.

Lucha Sorpresa has some recent match recommendations.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 01/06/2018 Arena México
1) Audaz, Flyer, Magia Blanca vs El Coyote, Templario, Yago
2) Pegasso & Titán vs Raziel & Virus
3) Soberano Jr. vs Rey Cometa
rematch of Soberano’s title win.
4) Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero
rematch of 2017 Anniversario mask match
6) Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero & Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
rematch of tournament final

This is a SATURDAY show at 5pm. There is NO SHOW on Friday. This is going to be a tough concept to grasp.

As they did with last year’s Kid’s Day, this is a special Best of last year edition. At least that’s the vague idea. Drone, Esfinge and Guerrero Maya Jr. did team together to face the NGD in a couple unnoteworthy matches, but that’s probably just about getting Sanson and his cousins part of this show. Likewise, Pegasso & Titan and Raziel & Virus did not have a big match you forgot – this will be the first time all four of them will be in the same match – but CMLL must’ve thought they had good 2017s (and were available.)

The opener looks like the best of the young guys. I would’ve put Akuma in over Coyote, but it’s not a bad selection. Audaz is a new name, but a familiar person: Fiero said he was saying good bye to that name and had a surprise in 2018. I’ll miss the taunting meows. CMLL and others have given people the Audaz name (bold/fearless) before and it’s only worked out slightly for a LLI wrestler from the 70s.

It would’ve been the ultimate if CMLL put Zeuxis/Sugehit on this show instead of Roja/Guerrero, but they’re pretty dedicated to getting one of those acts over and aren’t concerned much about the other.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-29 

another week, another miss

Recapped: 12/29/2017

Matches:

Universo 2000 Jr. & Metálico beat Magia Blanca & Robin
(11:08 [5:08, 3:27, 2:33], 1/3, below average, YouTube)

Puma, Sagrado, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr., The Panther  
(11:36 [3:21, 3:14, 5:01], 1/3, good, YouTube)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán  
(16:08 [5:22, 3:27, 7:19], 1/3, good, YouTube)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat  Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
(7:59 [4:25, 3:34], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, YouTube)

Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero beat Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente
(11:34 [5:25, 2:06, 4:03], 1/3, ok, YouTube
)

Volador Jr. © beat Carístico for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(19:21, good, YouTube)

  1. Carístico headscissors small package (2:26)
  2. Volador backcracker (0:47)
  3. Volador Canadian Destroyer (16:08)

Gif: 5528/5846/6511

What happened: 

what a chop

Flyer & Titan were the seconds in the title match. That proved pivotal, with Flyer distracting Tirantes as Carístico applied La Mistica for the certain win. (Flyer was probably a sub for Mistico.) Carístico let go, and was soon hit with a Canadian Destroyer for the win.

The post match was a race to see who could take control of the narrative. Volador tried to brag about beating Carístico, but Carístico hurried in to put the belt on Volador to prove he’s a bigger man and also didn’t care all that much about losing. It came off both unprofessional and very clear CMLL was not going any farther with the program any time soon.

The rudos stomped on Casas until they were Dqed in the first, then Adonis used the flag to hit and choke Casas for the DQ in the second fall.

Universo 2000 Jr. replaced Arkangel de la Muerte in the opener

Thoughts: 

enjoying Mr. Niebla while it lasts

The main event felt a bit similar to last week, but Volador is so good at playing subtle heel and the crowd was very into Carístico. It still worked. They used Carístico missing the crowd dive instead of missing the one out of the ring, they varied up the highspots a bit and the moves looked cleaner. It was taken down by the first two falls being such a thumb to the eye of the concept of three falls. The first fall was almost nothing before the finish, the second fall was little more. It takes you out of the match when they put so little into it.

The semimain was a very regular match. Shocker wore camouflage, which fit because the better part of the match as where he blended into the background. Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero wrestle all the time and no one cares, so it’s like August all over again.

The crowd is ready for the hair match, and the Casas/Adonis match was just about demonstrating. Casas too; the silent angry he showed watching Adonis walk out was really good, as was his selling of the choke. Casas getting the comeback and the choke was probably too soon, but they sold that match big.

Blue Panther Jr. dumped

The NGD put on a very strong performance in the tercera. Forastero stuck out the most of me of the trio, with his reactions and his selling as much as smartly catching a pointing Cometa into an armscissors. Titan & Rey Cometa have good timing with these guys and Angel de Oro runs in place amusingly. It does feel like Angel de Oro is doing the stage dive onto a Dinamita every week but they may be going somewhere with him.

The second was a fun action match that was a drastic improvement over the match that preceded it. The Panthers and the felinos have faced each other so many times but they did manage to mix it up this time. Sagrado handled Star Jr’s slip better than anyone did in the opener. The more power spots Panther does, the better of he is as a way to separate himself from everyone else.

The opener’s first fall was so nothing that I quickly shifted to figuring out what else was going on. This was a good call, because this match ended in a disaster. Robin had a really great idea for an exciting springboard headscissors, it’s too bad he’s not capable of doing it at this point, at least not with Metalico. The ramp run went ever worse. Keep reaching for the stars.

KO kick