2018 watch later catch up, part 1 of ∞

the hesitation isn’t great, but this is still spectacular

As usual, these are interesting looking matches from shows I don’t normally write about when I can get to them. There’s a lot of people who are quicker at reviewing non-big 2 stuff: you should check out Rob’s list or Matt B’s blog or Pushing Upward or other places I can’t think of at the moment. I crib from those lists and from what pops out to me and I’ll still miss a few. The currently goal right now is to get thru a few of these before I get distracted with Elite/Lucha Underground/baseball, even if it means those Puebla & Martes recaps will continue to be way late.

(At least for the moment, I’m doing The Crash Tijuana reviews as part of these posts instead of breaking them out on their own.)

Keyra vs Ricky Marvin
(Lucha Memes @ Coliseo Coacalco on 01/07, 15:05, great, via
+LuchaTV)

This match literally beings with a man punching a woman in the face, so you might want to keep on scrolling if you’re not good with wrestling matches like that.

It came across to me that Marvin just destroyed Keyra outside of a few hope spots on the first watch. It’s closer to balanced when I rewatched it for this recap. Keyra really takes over the match for an extended period after Marvin’s blind fall into the board on the outside. There’s a crossup moment about ten seconds in, and everything looked tight and often brutal from that moment on. Ricky Marvin comes the nearest he’s ever going to be to a movie horror monster early on, just destroying Keyra in big and impressive ways. (The fans, including an eight year old girl, lose their minds when Keyra’s easily thrown into one of the support poles.) Ricky Marvin pulls of the fiercest tapatia which ever as excited, and is good taking as getting just by the way that huracanrana spots goes. The Spanish Fly spot, set up by being ignored for about ten minutes, is also spectacular. We saw this level of Ricky Marvin on these indie shows prior to AAA, and hopefully we see a lot more of that this year.

this GIF is for the little girl on the far right laughing at the violence
warp speed tapatia
there may not be a better looking huracanana in 2018


death

ImposibleKaraouiEternoDiablo Jr.Hijo del AlebrijeAlas de AceroFreelanceAramisRafyLeoTeeloMikeDinamic BlackDragón FlyBlack DragónPantera I in a Zona de Ejecucion match
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 01/07, good, 19:31, via
IWRG tv)

Zona de Ejecution is a four way elimination match, where a new person comes in every time some one’s eliminated until there are no more people. This match is a mess early, with Mike eliminated off a referee pin and Freelance (in a Pantera mask) only not dying because the his shoulder collided with the top rope as he was making a headfirst fall towards the mat. It settles down from there and the strange rules to the match give everyone license to go full out for the few minutes they’re actually in the match. The way they do the match, with everyone waiting to get in just hanging out at ringside, sometimes hard makes it hard to always be sure of who’s in and there’s no sense of who’s coming next. It does mean there’s zero down time between eliminations, and the amount of people passing thru in such a short time makes it hard for anyone but the final two to stick out. Eterno did look good in the time he had, Black Dragon was steadier than usual, Freelance was amazing to keep going after his injury, and Karaoui seemed to be in for about 12 seconds. Aramis looked great on the way to the win. The match was fun as an entire package if you can get past the early iffiness.

two man cracker
Freelance moonsault
flying Alebrije

Pantera I © vs Aramis for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 01/14, 10:47, good, via
IWRG tv)

If I was told there was a young guy and old guy in a match, and one pretty much did dives and Destroyers while the other one was well more rounded with good mat work, I probably would’ve made the wrong guess about who is what. Pantera comes of as a man half his age, but only in that he seems to have no idea how to put together an entertaining match and just wants to do a lot of Canadian Destroyers. Aramis is the far more entertaining luchador who’s held back because of his opponents limitations. This was a match both barely crossing the threshold of good, and totally frustrating. Aramis deserved better.

Aramis always knows who to make this look like it’s really twisting the knee
I didn’t realize this was meant to be an amrdrag
not sure the running start helped, but nice effort anyway

Rey Horus vs Joey Janela
(The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 01/20, 19:10, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Janela & Horuz had some really impressive big spots and sometimes didn’t feel like a whole lot in between in it. I’m very willing to believe this one is just me being grumpy, either by burnout or by being over watching The Crash handhelds – watching the corner of the ring while the action is happening elsewhere is getting old, and the seated chair spot is missed by camera. Janela’s wildness fits in here and this is a good enough debut to want to see him back again. Maybe worth a rewatch if the professional footage ever turns up.

Rey Horuz coming thru
Janela DVD
Horuz as Sabu

Daga, Masada, Penta Zero M vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
(The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 01/20, 24:00, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Camera work isn’t great here, but it remains free and available and that’s more than I can say about whatever the big guy in front of the camera is producing. A wild weapons brawl isn’t always easy to see from a static angle, but we do get to see some of the bigger spots and the chaotic nature of the match does come thru well. Those big spots make the match; I couldn’t believe Garza took the skewers spot even watching it. I don’t quite understand why MechaWolf needed to drink water before doing his spear to his death, but whatever works for him. Bestia bled so much and I’m not even sure what happened. Another ‘maybe it’ll be better if we ever get to see the full version’ match.

Garza one armed dive
double stomp onto the chair
ladder death

Arkángel Divino & Mirage vs Aramis (Estado de México) & Astrolux and Black Danger & Látigo
(Team 1927 @ Rancho Grande, Mexicali, Baja California on 01/21, 6:33, good,
126f Pro Wrestling Magazine)

This is edited, enough to take out pauses and a couple iffy moments, but not distracting so. It leaves a fast paced match, with everyone in so often that it’s hard to remember who’s supposed to be on each team. Mirage hasn’t impressed in previous matches I’ve seen, but does a good job of basing for Astrolux here. Arkangel Divino did a couple near things, as he normally does, though most of it was with Black Danger. Astrolux is willing to try a lot of stuff, but it’s tough for people to stick out too much in the time they had here. Fun is not super substantial.

this Arkangel headscissors is always cool
flying teenager

 

CMLL Tuesday results, ELITE TV show exists?, Gladiador from AAA to Crash, Fenix/Flamita off

Templario Sasuke

CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante b Akuma, El Coyote, Príncipe Odín Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Templario b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Flyer [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer replaced Rey Cometa
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Kawato San, Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 DQ Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls. Pierroth fouled Mascara 2000 in the second.

I have seen zero seconds of this show so far. It might have been OK? CMLL is now posting quick post match promos from shows, with Kraneo, Templario, Guerrero Maya, and Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja.

CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Apolo b El Alteño & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Difunto, Espanto Jr., Metálico b Magnum, Retro, Sangre Imperial
rudos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Furia Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Diamante Azul, Titán, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, with Furia Roja surprisingly beating Diamante Azul cleanly.
5) Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Cavernario hassling Atlantis, beating him, and challenging him for a title match.

An all rudo show. The CMLL recap notes the tecnicos were baffled by Furia Roja winning. That has to be going somewhere.

Azteca’s A+ is promoting a 03/11 start for “Arena Azteca”, which seems to be a new name for the Elite TV show. That would mean TV would start be taped on 03/04. There was an ELITE lineup for 03/04, but now it looks like:

CMLL (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Robin vs Grako & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario
6) Pierroth, Rush, Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.

A normal CMLL show. So either Arena Azteca starts with the 02/11 show or the start date is wrong. ELITE start dates don’t have a great track record.

This would be the second time in a month CMLL’s run Dragon Lee versus Cavernario on a Sunday show, the only Arena Mexico show that’s not normally taped. It’s possible the first one may air, if Lucha Azteca continues airing Sunday shows. This is the 10th Cavernario/Dragon Lee match overall:

2 lightning style matches in En Busca de un Idolo (one & two)
1 Arena Coliseo match, never televised
1 Guadalajara match, only televised locally, before their internet stream
1 Guadalajara match, on TV and captured via stream
1 Korakuen Hall match, only aired on NJPW World
3 Sunday Arena Mexico matches, only highlights shown of 1 (with the wrong title) so far
1 Friday Arena Mexico lightning match.

Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is reporting Rey Mysterio is “finalizing his return to WWE, which includes a match at WrestleMania 34.” Both Wrestling Observer and PWInsider have denied this story. Rey did visit a WWE house show over the weekend, but hasn’t said anything about this story. Barrasso’s track record is shaky, so I’m actually skipping out a chance to speculate on something until there’s something more said.

On his Facebook, Ultimo Gladiador announced he was leaving AAA. (SuperLuchas noted this first.) Gladiador started in AAA as a member of Familia de Tijuana and later became a Silver King ally (where he suddenly became masked after wrestling unmasked.) Gladiador was added to the Infierno Rockers in 2014, then took over the Parka Negra gimmick in 2015. AAA focused on a narrower amount of wrestlers in 2017, and Parka Negra didn’t make the cut, working mostly off TV. His last appearance on AAA TV would’ve been the December earthquake benefit show which aired in later January.

The Parka Negra who appeared a few weeks ago was Angel Mortal Jr., who was still wearing his Angel Mortal Jr. gear with a Parka Negra mask and Perros del Mal shirt. The Parka Negra character (probably played by Gladiador) had been added as a Perros del Mal member on house shows only, and it might have been intended as a one night TV solution for Mr. Aguila not making the show. I don’t know if it affected Gladiador’s decision, because he was already working a fair bit of indie shows, but seeing his character on TV without him might have been a sign that it was time to move on.

The Crash today announced Ultimo Gladaidor as appearing on their 03/17 show. That lineup is already announced, with no surprise wrestlers, which suggests this was a sudden decision.

Bengala, Hahastary, Lady Shani and Australian Suicide are representing AAA on upcoming reality show Reto 4 Elementos. They’ve been talking about it for a while, and I keep waiting for an AAA press release to talk about it. MedioTiempo helps out by interviewing those luchadors about the show. The show doesn’t appear to have an air date, but it’s said to be airing on Mexico on Televisa and in the US on Unimas.

Krudemon of R de Rudo says AAA will introduce a new luchador on Tuesday. Guessing that’s a press conference and the new person will actually debut on Rey de Reyes. There’s plenty of space for someone.

Sociedad 3.0 has a recap of this weekend’s Arena Xalapa show. (This recap is posted the same on three different sites, and I can’t tell which one is the original.) What caught my eye was the “Marcela, new champion” headline, since she was supposed to be challenging Dalys for the women’s title. That match did happen, but it turns out it was a for a women’s continental championship that may have only existed for that day and not the CMLL one Dalys holds. Tirantes wrestled on the show under his original gimmick of Mr. Peligro.

Reina Isis & La Jarochita made it to Japan.

AroLucha posted Mr. 450/Mecha Wolf versus Willie Mack from their first TV taping for free on YouTube.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Blue Demon on their podcast.

MDA on 03/11 has LA Park vs Dr. Wagner vs Zorro.

Baja Stars USA has changed it’s 03/17 main event from Extreme Tiger & Misterioso Jr. vs Mecha Wolf & Bestia 666 to Soberano Jr. vs Mecha Wolf vs Barbaro Cavernario., saying Bestia & Tiger became unavailable.

The Crash on 04/06 at WrestleCon

Adding Rich Swann to the singles match has generally received negative reactions on Twitter. People really wanted to see that singles match, and people bought tickets specifically to see that match. Some people aren’t very enthused to see Swann in general, and Swann could’ve been easily added to the Penta/Aries or Horus/Flip/Laredo matches.

Someone will be booking Fenix vs Flamtia soon enough. The Crash is just missing on the chance. It’s Penta vs Fenix all over again.

(On Facebook, there’s on person who thought Fenix/Flamita was boring and two people who want to know how they can see this show. The Crash home fans are stuck in the same struggle with this promotion that everyone else is when they run in Tijuana. That’s also instructive – this show isn’t the same fanbase as The Crash usually performs in front of and will have different expectations.)

Chilanga Mask returns on 05/20 in Coliseo Coacalco

Lucha Report has this latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrera vs Demus.

Lineups

AAA (SUN) 03/04/2018 Acropolis Puebla, Puebla, Puebla
Rey de Reyes, 2018
1) Angelikal vs Dave The ClownPimpinela Escarlata? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
2) Bengala vs Dark ScoriaMáscara de Bronce? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
3) Hijo Del Vikingo vs Ángel Mortal Jr.Dark Cuervo? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
4) La Parka vs DinastíaVenum? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
5) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana [TLC]
6) ? vs ????????? [Rey de Reyes, final]
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
8) Hijo del Fantasma vs Texano Jr. [mask, hair]

The full Rey de Reyes card. There’s really no match added that we didn’t know already, since the undercard is completely the tournament. The biggest change is Monster & Murder being added to the semimain. Perhaps they were meant to be there all along and they didn’t want to give away the outcome of their qualifying match.

OGT vs Poder del Norte is listed just as a TLC match on the poster, though the Twitch preview says the trios titles are on the line. AAA is fully capable of running a ladder match with nothing to grab, and OGT winning the trios feud and not winning the trios titles is about how titles are normally booked here so I’m willing to believe anyway.

The Rey de Reyes has been used to set up title contenders in past years. Last year’s Rey de Reyes winner went on to, uh, not participate on this year’s Rey de Reyes even though he’s healthy now? Maybe he’ll show up in some other way. It’s hard to predict who would win this one with so many mystery spots, outside of the usual “LOL, La Parka wins” finish. It would be terrible – let me repeat, terrible – to see Dave the Clown win two matches and this tournament, but there’s a tiny bit of logic in it if AAA’s planning on doing a mask match between him and Parka. Everyone else are people not pushed strong (or usually at at all) and a win by them would probably end up the same fate as Argenis’ win: they get a sword but no follow up. The matches themselves look like they may suffer a bit with all the rudos tied up elsewhere. This is a scheduled off day for Lucha Underground people, so it would be possible one or two people who normally only work with that crew might end up here to fill those spots.

The poster says 5:30 but AAA is insistent to Twitch people that it starts at 6pm. Maybe that’s the new deal: AAA will start doing the giveaways and the pre-show flag parts at 5:30 but also say when they plan to start running the actual matches.

There’s no sign of those Puebla guys who won a chance to be on the show. I would like to see former DTU Nerd Tony Iron as a mystery wrestler but I suspect that’s not what is happening here.

CMLL (MON) 03/05/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Meyer vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
3) Audaz, Stigma, Tritón vs El Malayo, Puma, Tiger
4) Hechicero, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Titán  [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Mistico, Pierroth, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Euforia, Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Volador Jr. vs Cavernario

Three straight singles matches with Cavernario is not great planning. Neither is two relevos increibles. I think they might really be doing the Kraneo/Idol feud? I think the tercera might be good until the finish involves Stigma?

DTU (SAT) 03/17/2018 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Mini Flash vs IrvinMurdo-KÁngel Negro
2) Anarquía & Kevin Nerd vs Alfa & Fly Danger and Devitt Rodríguez & Hard Boy
3) Adrenalina vs Máscara AereaJimmyCamuflajeExotico
4) Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer vs Drolux & Moria
5) Jimmy Lloyd vs Draztick Boy
6) Eric Ryan & G-Raver vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Crazy King & Ovett
7) Violento Jack © vs Kenji Fukimoto [FREEDOM HEAVY]

Violento Jack defends a Japanese championship in his home town.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 

little girl shocked at that miss

Recapped: 02/09/2018

All matches aired live from Palenque de la Feria Nacional De San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes (and I was busy streaming CMLL to watch it live.)

Matches:

Ashley & Faby Apache beat Estrella Divina & Lady Shani 
(8:58, Faby Apache pin Lady Shani, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Australian Suicide beat Hijo Del Vikingo for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(8:46, Australian Suicide Fetus Milkshake, good, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara & Máximo beat six local wrestlers, including Corazón Forajido, Discovery, Príncipe Seir, and Xtrem X
(4:29, though it’s unclear when this started and stopped and it barely was a real match, n/r, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © beat Joe Lider & Parka Negra for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:35, Escoria legdrop Parka Negra, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly went to a double pin draw Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(14:12, Averno pinned Mocho & Carta Brava pin Super Fly, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dave The Clown & Texano Jr. beat Angelikal & Hijo del Fantasma 
(14:58, DQ, ok, via 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dr. Wagner Jr. © beat La Parka for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(19:18, DQ, below average, via 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Faby Apache

Rey Wagner throws his shirt to the crowd. The fans throw it back on the first try. He finds someone to throw it to later, but the crowd is mostly pro Parka. This kills some time. First action comes 4:06 into the match.

Nineteen minutes into the match, Blue Demon, Wagner and Hernandez walk to the ring. Parka immediately gives Wagner the urange, the move he won with in Mexico City. Parka covers, and Demon walks in the ring and kicks him in the face. Parka should win the match by DQ, which means he’s champion since titles change here on DQ. Instead, they rule as Wagner winning by DQ. The rudo trio beat up Parka, and Wagner celebrates a if they’re with him. Wagner goes for the Wagner touch with them, with Demon saying no and Hernandez saying yes. Demon says something to the younger Wagner, and the young Wagner attacks his father. Hernandez roots him on. Cuervo, Lady Shani and Vikingo materialize out of nowhere, in theory be saves, but in reality to be cannon fodder to be destroyed by the new rudos. (They do get in some offense, which is more than usual in these situations, but they’re also clearly there to take power moves from the rudos.) Mascara and Maximo also try to make the save and are beat up. Psycho Clown does better, taking out Wagner & Hernandez. The Alvarados and the tecnicos pose, only for Demon to come back in, hit Psych with a chair and take off his mask. Hijo de Wagner & Hernandez come back in and all the técnicos are taken out. (Vikingo disappears after getting thrown out of the ring by Hernandez.) Wagner is spared from the beating so he can cut a promo on the rudos, who just continue beating up the other tecnicos afterwards.

Vampiro attempts to eject Hijo del Tirantes before the semimain, but is apparently overruled by the local commissioner. Tirantes refuses to count a técnico pinfall a minute in, so that local commissioner is some kind of moron. Tirantes attacks a security officer, who just happens to have handcuffs and the key on a chain. Texano & Tirantes handcuff Fantasma to the bottom rope, while occasionally being hit by coins. Angelikal bleeds heavily after Texano works over his forehead. Angelikal is taken out on a stretcher after two piledrivers, but the rudos dump him off the stretcher and beat him up some more. Only after Angelikal is taken to the back, Bengala appears to take out the rudos. Bengala gets the key to Fantasma, but gets powerbombed into a wood plank before Fantasma can help out. Fantasma cleans house, giving Dave the Clown the Thrill of the Hunt on the stage. Tirantes calls a DQ at Fantasma at that point to end the match. Tirantes dumbly stood in the ring to taunt Fantamsa while Texano left, and Texano made no real attempt to get involved as Fatnasma beat him up – Texano just eventually pulled him out. Fantasma tells the crowd that Texano’s gone too far and he’s winning Texano’s hair for all of the fans.

Tito is cool, but whoever’s manning the camera switcher needs to calm down

Mocho & Super Fly were both fouled in their match, then pinned at the same time to cause the draw finish. Vampiro walks out and makes a TLC match between them for the trios titles at Rey de Reyes, which will be the end of their feud. Vampiro weirdly demands they accept or they’ll be forever banned from AAA, which seemed odd when both sides seemed ok with the match until then.

This is the debut of Angel Mortal Jr. as the latest version of Parka Negra and as a member of Perros del Mal. (Mr. Aguila’s video plays, but he is not present.) Parka Negra is wearing a Parka Negra mask and Angel Mortal Jr.’s gear, which is a slight clue of his previous identity and maybe a sign this was a last minute decision. The +LuchaTV guys actually acknowledge Mr. Aguila is not here, which breaks with lucha tradition (but is Good.) The match is announced as a title match right before it happens, and was not advertised as one.

La Mascara and Máximo, wearing his AroLucha shirt, thank AAA & the fans for the chance to wrestle in AAA. They’re so hyped to wrestle that they challenge anyone to come out to face them. Two unidentified locals walk out with AAA Aguascalientes belts and a local referee. Máximo is not impressed and asked for two others ones. Mascara up it to four, and they get four more luchadors. Máximo realizes there’s now six people out there and says no, but the Aguascalientes guys attack.

when you’re totally the real Parka Negra

The local luchadors are never named (so I’m guessing names from looking around Facebook profiles and past Aguascalientes lineups.) They beat up the Alvarados for about three minutes before chair shots go awry. Máximo pins three on a rope walk splash, La Mascara beats another with a cradle, and another guy just leaves the ring instead of fighting. No one really understand what’s going on for the duration of the segment.

After Suicide retained his title, he decided to hit Vikingo with it. Angelikal made the save in no seconds flat. It comes off as if Angelikal is going for the title next, but it might have simply been to get the fans used to seeing him before he’s destroyed later.

Faby continues to bully Ashley in the opening women’s match, though she also seems to get in most of the offense for her team, throwing Ashley on pins she created. About six minutes in, Estrella Divina realizes she’s a ruda and suddenly stops getting along with Lady Shani. There doesn’t seem to be any reason in the match for the sudden shift. Dvina keeps on fighting Ashley, but later hits Shani with a chair, kicks Ashley away, and allows Faby to pick up the pin. Both Apache and Divina are mean to Ashley after the match. She shares a look with Shani before walking back with them.

Thoughts:

that headscissors shook Suicide

The main event was a boring match with no finish. This wasn’t as blatantly an angle under the pretense of a match like other ones on the show, the match that led into it was just no good. It was mostly Wagner beating up Parka slowly for a long time. Parka can only sell things by being completely dead, so it’s not the most exciting action. This was the right crowd to do this match, because the kids were so into Parka that they stuck with this and cheered his big near falls. It came across as too slow and too little action thru a monitor. I don’t know about making 51 year old Blue Demon Jr. your lead rudo in 2018, but I wish he came out about 10 minutes earlier.

The semimain was just a really long angle disguised as match. They wanted Fantasma and Texano to destroy people without really fighting each other. I’m not sure it worked to build up their issue because the amount of other people distracted from it – even though that’s clearly the way the apuesta match is going, they might be want to at least hint it’s not.

The fourth match was a fun brawl, with both rudo teams playing it up totally rudo, both teams playing up their character. The trips thru the crowd were fun. Carta Brava seemed to be handed a half dozen drinks to throw. They kept up the same intensity when they were in the ring. Many shirts were murdered to make the match work and it did. Even the draw finish didn’t come off as too forced, although they play it off as a messed up finish.

it was really important to Cota to get the elbow smash in

The tag match was useful if not all that interesting. Cuervo & Scoria could use a tag win by themselves, defense or not, and they got the clean win over a team they should beat clean. The Perros del Mal weren’t interesting when they were in control, and the ex-Secta aren’t so great on offense to make a match by themselves. It was still alright, but would’ve been better even a little shorter. The yellow staple gun didn’t appear to actually be loaded, which made for good comedy in watching it.

The Mascara/Maximo segment was really just an angle to continue to introduce them. AAA definitely believes their fans do not follow CMLL and I’m not sure they’re wrong. The bit could’ve been faster, the locals got a lot more offense than you’d see from when WWE does this same bit, though that’s probably more with trying to keep the local promoter happy. They probably should’ve worked out the ending of the match a little better.

The cruiserweight title match was a really strong match, and a successful one at that. This would’ve been too quick for Vikingo to win the title for it to mean anything, but he put up so much of a challenge that he seems like a guy who will win it in the future and Suicide looks even strong for having beat him. There were some nicely done sequences here, especially from the Spanish Fly spot thru the reverse 450 splash. This title match felt like distinct from the rest of the show, which is only going to build if they keep stacking these matches on top of each other. Vikingo landing on his head looked scary as heck. Vikingo was supposed to take a dramatic bump and it just became more dramatic, but Suicide did a smart bit of keeping it simple while Vikingo was probably trying to remember what century it was.

There were too many things going on in the women’s match this time; the Faby/Shani issue seemed to be in third place behind Estrella being a random ruda and Faby/Ashley. Estrella Divina seems to turn up for a week, be put in an angle, and then disappear for four months, so it’s hard to believe that’s going to pay off in anyway. The match itself didn’t have great action in part because of the storylines, and part because Divina and Ashley didn’t wrestle especially well. Faby’s so over the top as a ruda that she’s going to get herself back over as a face if she doesn’t keep being mean to Ashley.

Joe Lider things happening to Joe Lider

 

Mephisto remains champion, HOLL/Mistico trademark

Rey Samuray has an idea

CMLL (MON) 02/26/2018 Arena Puebla [CultIconNotimex]
1) Arkalis & París b Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Astro & Stukita b Guerrero Espacial & Mercurio LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
team StukitaAstro took falls 2/3.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Templario b Lestat, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Hechicero, Stuka Jr. b Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Titán[Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kraneo accidentally splashed Idol in the first to cost his team the match, then Idol tripped him up in the second to cost him the match.
5) Mephisto © b Soberano Jr. [CMLL WELTERLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10th defense. Mephisto took 1/3 to keep the title.
6) Cavernario & Último Guerrero DQ Valiente & Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Cavernario faked a foul. Volador challenged him to a match. Cavernario pointed out Volador hit him (by accident last week) and accepted to prove he’s just as good as Volador.

Tirantes was in full rudo mode in the title match, with slow and fast counts (until the final count was just a normal count.) It got the fans to make a lot of noise at Tirantes, so I’m sure he was happy.

 

Today’s CMLL main event is Kraneo, Pierroth & Rush versus Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone and Mascara 2000. It’s probably an incredible pairs match because Pierroth & Rush need to be teaming, but it’s worth keeping on to see if anything happens with Kraneo. Johnny Idol versus Kraneo makes no sense unless Kraneo is going to be a tecnico, and CMLL seemed to be trying that in Puebla for a couple weeks.

There’s not anything important on this show, though the matches might be good. The Angel Brothers team with Stuka against Kawato, Luciferno and Polvora. The lightning match has Rey Cometa versus Guerrero Maya in a first time singles match. Templario, Cancerbero and Raziel and Pegasso, Star Jr. & Stigma in the tercera. The second match has Principe Odin Jr. (Artillero)’s first streaming match under that name, and the usual minis opener. It’ll air at 7:30pm.

CMLL & ELITE still haven’t officially announced a show for Sunday. AAA hasn’t put out a full card for Rey de Reyes.

Angel de Oro talks up his mask match with Ovaciones.

The Mistico/Anibal Jr./Silver King Jr. vs Cien Caras Jr./Mascara 2000 Jr/Felino headlined show in Mexicali drew 1500. Skalibur, Kamik-C, Ryan Kidd vs Utlimo Maldito, Arkangel Divino and Mirage was said to be the best match on the show; 126f has highlights.

Heroes of Lucha Libre, the aspiring TV lucha libre promotion who’s run two weekends so far, and may be running again on WrestleMania weekend, has filed for trademarks on Mistico and Dragon Lee’s names. They’re listed under The brothers worked worked the second taping. The only other wrestlers names trademarked are Ocelot (no idea) and Richard Trumposo (which I believe I read is Aaron Aguilera, but not 100% sure.) CMLL holds the trademarks to those names in Mexico, though they’ve never filed for them in the US. The Mistico name infamously has a complicated history. I guess I’m most surprised no one tried to get it before.

You could tell why HOLL would want to market those two guys, and HOLL might even be legally allowed to jump on the trademark. I have no idea about the legal rules, but they’d risk CMLL just telling those guys and anyone else that they’re no longer allowed to work with HOLL. This may be as simple as lawyers telling HOLL they need to be sure they have permission of the trademark holder for everyone they put on TV, and filling for Mistico & Dragon Lee’s trademarks since there isn’t one. It still seems like an overstep for a group that’s run a few shows.

Draztick Boy & Aeroboy are in the midwest this weekend. They’re in Chicago’s Freelance Wrestling on Friday and Black Label Pro in Indiana on Saturday. I might go see that one.

DTU’s loaded 03/16 Cuernavaca show is now a 03/16 Arena Roberto Paz in Jalisco show. They noticed AAA was running TV in Cuernavaca the next day and decided to move the location. Arena Roberto Paz puts up matches on YouTube, so that might mean another way to see this show.

An article about intergender wrestling (in English & Spanish and the photo gallery made it to Italian) tries to position it as a controversial thing that is changing attitudes in Mexico. In reality, it generally seems like something that happens in Mexico mostly because there’s not enough luchadoras – or quality luchadors – to do women’s matches, and occasionally for the novelty.

An author talks about his experience visiting Arena Mexico, which is illustrated with pictures from AAA. This turns into the usual where did lucha libre come from piece.x

Segunda Caida watches Mil Muertes vs Jeremiah Crane.

LuchaWorld has a new edition of the podcast and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lineups

CMLL PLEU SPORTS (SUN) 03/11/2018 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Íkaro vs Eckus
2) Crisis & Tackle vs Atomic Star & Mantra
3) Lady Maravilla, Maligna, Sanely vs Dalys, Ludark Shaitan, Zeuxis
4) Fuego & Robin vs Fresero Jr. & Sagrado
5) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger
6) Diamante Azul vs Hechicero

I think this is the second show for this promotion; they ran a show in this same building with Hechicero vs Puma back in August. They’ve got a lot more CMLL names this time around.

new lucha videos for the weekend of February 23, 2018

Guadalajara’s YouTube was down Saturday night, so that couldn’t be recorded.

Lucha Azteca aired a month old Sunday show this week. Maybe it was a one off due to the earthquake, maybe they’re permanently switching the show to Sundays and will cover Elite. It does means it’s unaired matches, at least this week (and that CMLL is taping the Sunday shows even if they don’t use the fooatge.)

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-02-24
taped 2018-02-21 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Puma de Oro vs Black Puma
2) Chef Benito & Haziel vs Guerrero 2000 & Power Bull
3) Kanon & Toto vs Hijo Del Bombero & Skanda
4) Ángel Oriental, Shadow Boy, Súper Brazo Jr. vs Dragón Bane, Lunatic Xtreme, Ram El Carnero
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Eterno, Leroy, Ovett

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-02-25
taped 2018-01-28 @ Arena México – Mega/YouTube
1) Magnus, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Templario
2) La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-02-26
taped 2018-02-25 @ Arena Naucalpan  – Mega/YouTube
1) Haziel & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Adrenalina & Atomic Star
2) Chico Che vs Gallo Frances
3) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Pantera vs Ovett, Trauma II, X-Fly
4) Black Warrior, Liderk, Spartan, Spector vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
El Protector Tournament

AroLucha TV plans, LU, Soberano/Mephisto tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/25/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Haziel b Skanda
Hazel replaced Full Contact
2) Haziel & Súper Brazo Jr. b Adrenalina & Atomic Star
Haziel, wrestling in his second straight match, got his second straight win. This was in straight falls.
3) Chico Che b Gallo Frances
Scheduled as a Chico/Freelance vs Frances/Infernal tag match, became a singles match.
4) Ovett, Trauma II, X-Fly b Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Pantera
Trauma II wants a title match with Emperador Azteca
5) Black Warrior, Liderk, Spartan, Spector DQ Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
Black Warrior switched spots with Eterno. Straight falls. Capos & Comando Elite are close to a mask match.
6) Aramis & Dinamic Black b Black Dragón, Dragón Bane, Leroy, Lunatic Xtreme, Ram El Carnero, Shadow Boy [El Protector, battle royal]
7) Lunatik Xtreme & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b El Hijo del Medico Asesino & Leroy [El Protector, quarterfinal]
8) Ram El Carnero & Trauma I b Dragón Bane & Eterno [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Black Warrior was listed as Dragon Bane’s partner, until they realized the winner of this match was getting a title shot against Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. Eterno replaced him and they were out in the first round.
9) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Black Dragón & Veneno [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Shadow Boy was injured in the seeding battle royal, and Villano V’s brother Rokambole Jr. just happened to be around to sub for him. A fortunate coincidence.
10) Aramis & Hijo De Dos Caras b Dinamic Black & Internacional Pantera [El Protector, quarterfinal]
11) Ram El Carnero & Trauma I b Lunatik Xtreme & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [EL Protector, semifinal]
12) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Aramis & Hijo De Dos Caras [El Protector, semifinal]
13) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Ram El Carnero & Trauma I [El Protector, final]
The Villanos will face Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. for the tag belts at some point

Maybe just give the Villanos the title shot instead of making your rookie/veteran tournament look silly. I dunno, it’s IWRG.

Today’s Puebla show has two matches which might be pretty good. The main event follows up on last week’s one ending in chaos, with Valiente & Volador teaming against Cavernario & Ultimo Guerrero. That has the making of something watchable. So does the semimain, where Mephisto defends the CMLL Welterweight Champioship against Soberano following up on Soberano’s non-title win. Soberano’s unlikely to win because he has his own belt, but it should still be an interesting experiences. Mephisto title matches are exactly as interesting as his opponent puts in to it, and this is test to see what ideas Soberano has in mind.

The fourth match is a strange Diamante Azul, Hechicero, Stuka Jr. versus Johnny Idol, Kraneo, Titan incredible partners match. In my dreams, this is setting up the Hechicero/Kraneo singles rematch. Lestat, Rey Samuray and Tigre Rojo Jr. will have a long argument about who gets to work Templario and who is stuck with Arkangel & Nitro in the tercera. Astro & Stukita are a fun team against not as fun Guerrero Especial & Mercurio. Akalis & Paris take on Espiritu Maligno & Sombra Diabolika in the opener. This will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel like usual.

AAA’s recap of last night’s TV taping noticeably does not mention Samoano debuting on AAA. I would not count on that being followed up on.

Mistico, Anibal Jr. and a Hijo de Silver King defeated Felino, Cien Caras Jr. & Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 in Tijuana on Friday. Turnout seems weak; the one off shows aren’t going to do well there with The Crash in the market.

AroLucha announced they’ll be taping their first season this year in Nashville – and they have a plan to record lucha libre related programming along side of it. They’re working on a scripted show about “two average gringos who must go to lucha school to win the heart of a Latino love interest.” Their idea is producing both at the same time will make it more efficient, which sounds like we’re going to see people being used for both projects at the same time. No date is announced for any of this, and no TV deal is mentioned, which is odd if they’re going to commit to doing more tapings. Neither of these still have great odds of working out even if they’re good. The TV show concept doesn’t sound super promising and I wonder if Vince Russo got a new writing opportunity, but everything of this sort is a long shot.

Dory Dixon talks about hiding in Mexico instead of going back to Jamica and ending up a luchador. This is not a recommended career path but it sure worked out for him.

On his Facebook page, Lucha Underground Rich Knox says he broke clavicle. That sucks. He’s surely out for the rest of the Lucha Underground season, and probably a lot longer than that.

I still haven’t seen any match by match results for the first few Lucha Underground. The usual argument about spoilers is happening, which feels out of place when multiple new wrestlers have publicly revealed they’ve joined the show in Season 4 on social media. My belief is spoilers are fine as long as they’re doing in a way where people who prefer to go in to a show without knowing anything still get that opportunity, but I understand other people feel differently.

There does seem groups to the most of those new names: a former WWE guy, current Impact people, some indy names, but generally all who seem to be identified with the US wrestling scene. Meanwhile, Aerostar mentioned missing the Sunday taping to work in Dallas (though he’s going back to LA), another wrestler mentioned they were done after one day on Instagram, and we saw Texano & Dr. Wagner on AAA’s show Sunday because they presumably weren’t being used. If anyone new on the lucha side has been added, they’ve kept it quiet. It doesn’t mean it’s not happening – I would not expect an LU crowd to immediately recognize a Mocho Cota Jr. if he debuted, and Mexican wrestlers aren’t as public about what they’re doing as US/Canada ones – but the picture they’re sending out to world outside the new Ice Temple is of a Lucha Underground that’s a bit less lucha, and a bit more old friends from non-lucha US promotions.

We’ve been done this road with Lucha Underground before. And it’s just one weekend of four which also had AAA things going on. And we don’t have full results. And we shouldn’t expect the current AAA guys to be immediately recognized if they did debut; most LU fans aren’t watching AAA and wouldn’t be able to ID a Mocho Cota Jr. if he walked out there, just like fans didn’t realize King Cuerno was Hijo del Fantasma at first. And there’s history of stuff not sounding good in bits and pieces of details on the tapings and then coming together better when it airs. And there’s also times where some stuff not sounding good and then also not actually being any good when it airs. All we can do from out here is nudge people in a direction, and maybe it’ll be strong enough to get Dario Cueto to hire a Mariachi Loco out of restaurant again. (And maybe most people won’t care if it still hits their entertainment button.)

This is really part of a larger riddle I’ve been struggling with for some time: what is lucha libre? What does it entail? Where are the dividing lines where it becomes something else? Ricky Marvin taking a Spanish Fly onto the chairs and dirt in Coacalco is definitely lucha libre. Rush taking a beer from an Arena Mexico fan’s hand throwing it in someone’s face is definitely lucha libre. Some kid no one’s heard of showing up on AAA show and doing an incredible aerial move is lucha libre. Ex-Impact wrestler James Storm showing up as a surprise on Nashville Aro Lucha show and saying “guess I’m a luchador now!” is surely successful and popular but doesn’t seem like lucha libre unless we’re stretching the definition to the point of meaninglessness. There’s a cutoff somewhere along that spectrum and I have no idea where it is.

Whether it be Arolucha or Lucha Underground or Lucha Libre USA or whatever’s next, the one thing I don’t want as a fan of lucha libre is non-luchadors cosplaying as guys with masks on. It’s abstractly not the style I am a fan, and it’s concretely taking away opportunities from people who do practice that style. And yet, I do not know what when someone goes from playing a luchador to being a luchador. Do they have to be Mexican or latino? Do they have to specifically wrestle on the ‘wrong side’ or do certain moves? Is Jack Evans lucha libre? Is DJZ? At what point does he become so? Is Incognito/Sin Cara still lucha libre even though he hasn’t been wrestling in the style for years?

These are question that I, person who spends too much time writing about lucha libre, should really be able to precisely define if I’m asking anyone else to do the same. I’m just not sure I can – or that I even have the right to define it.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 03/03/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Flyer & the Panther vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado and Magnus & Sensei and Disturbio & Virus and Astral & Stigma and Hijo del Signo & Metálico and Príncipe Diamante & Robin and Arkángel de la Muerte & Espanto Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, semifinal]
11) Rush vs Euforia

Flyer, Robin and Magnus wanted to be a trio. They’re now all in this tournament with separate partners.

IWRG (WED) 02/28/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinámico, Dranzer, Puma de Oro vs Bisofera, Carnicero, Chef Benito
2) Fireman, Full Contact, Hijo Del Bombero vs Black Puma, Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
3) Ángel Oriental, Haziel, Toto vs Atomic Star, Odín, Skanda
4) Kanon, Mike, Teelo vs Dragón Yuki, Leroy, Liderk
5) Aramis, Diablo Jr., Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy vs Dragón Bane, El Divino, Pachucho, Ram El Carnero, Shado and La Mosca, Máscara Magica Jr., Motocross, Orión, Príncipe Negroand Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Guero Palma, Marduk, Taurino [cage, hair, mask]

The main event is teams representing Gym FILL (Black Terry), Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera), Gym Cerebro  (Dr. Cerebro) and Gym Zeus (Offical 911), but a cage match seems like it’s everyone for themselves.

CMLL Martes: 2018-02-06

don’t send Audaz in motion

Recapped: 02/18/18

Matches:

Fantasy & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito
(9:23 [4:08, 3:10, 2:05], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. beat Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca
(13:15 [5:25, 3:02, 4:48], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus
(11:57 [6:34, 2:39, 2:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero beat Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Titán 
(7:56 [5:39, 0:50, 1:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero beat Ángel de Oro
(11:04 [2:46, 1:49, 6:29], 1/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:29 [6:27, 3:25, 4:37], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

rare sighting of Oro doing something good

Without provocation, Angel de Oro fouls Cuatrero and unmasks them. Mask match challenges followed, and they agreed to the match the next day.

It’s unclear why Tirantes disqualifies the rudos in the second fall of the fourth match. It might be Felino & Rey Bucanero both being in the ring too long while untying Soberano & Titan’s mask. No one, including the announcers, is all that sure.

Thoughts:

they should just run with Misterioso as Kawato’s evil sensei, nodding at him to break Fuego’s arm already is halfway there

A not very exciting main event finished a not very exciting show. Even by usual Tuesday easy matches, this one seemed boring during the rudo control portion, just a lot of stomping. The técnicos were not much better. Mephisto giving up before Niebla Roja even finished applying his finish was a proper way to finish this.

The singles match had not much of action early, replacing it with a lot of mask ripping. I can understand trying to get over the feud if this was on a Friday show. The Tuesday show is either hardcore fans who will go to anything, or tourist fans who don’t care about any of this. This probably happened on a Tuesday because it was just the date where it worked out to have this match, but it didn’t feel right for the setting. They picked it up later on, but it was a lot of just generic back and forth. I’m not really any more sold on this feud than Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja, except for knowing that turned out fine in the end.

Mephisto finally figured out the counter for the stop sign

The fourth match seemed to be a moving along as a fun match for this level that both sides quickly gave up on once Tirantes called the second fall DQ. This was really disappointing given the names involved and I could see grading it lower. I give them some credit because it seemed like Tirantes called the DQ himself to mess up the match, but we were still left with a pretty short match.

At this point, the lucha libre action seems to moving way too fast for Kawato to keep up and he seems lost or unsure what to do. This is weeks ago by time you read this, so hopefully he’s gotten much better. Misterioso being his mentor, perhaps because Virus is busy was Audaz, was an unexpected development. The rest of the match was an ordinary match, except for noting Fuego & Audaz is a previously rare team of CMLL wrestlers from Oaxaca. Maybe it won’t be rare going forward.

Esfinge & Triton advance in Arena Coliseo tournament, AAA in Apizaco, Elite to return next week? with Cage??

CMLL (SAT) 02/24/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Cholo & Grako b Bengala & Sangre Imperial
Rudos took 1/3.
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
Sanely replaced Kayo Kobayashi. tencicos took 1/3.
3) Audaz, Pegasso, Puma, Tiger b Akuma, Cancerbero, Esfinge, Fuego, Magia Blanca, Nitro, Oro Jr., Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Star Jr., Templario, Tritón [Arena Coliseo TAG, battle royal]
4) Cancerbero & Raziel b Magia Blanca & Oro Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
5) Esfinge & Tritón b Nitro & Sangre Azteca [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
6) Fuego & Star Jr. b Akuma & Templario [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
7) Puma & Tiger b Audaz & Pegasso [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
8) Esfinge & Tritón b Cancerbero & Raziel [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
9) Puma & Tiger b Fuego & Star Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
10) Esfinge & Tritón b Puma & Tiger [Arena Coliseo TAG, semifinal]
11) Euforia, Kráneo, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Rush
Euforia snuck in a foul on Rush, setting up a singles match.

Triton & Esfinge celebrated with the money thrown in. CMLL announced next week’s eight teams will be Flyer & The Panther, Stigma & Astral, Magnus & Sensei, Principe Diamante & Robin, Virus & Disturbio, Misterioso & Sagrado, Hijo del Signo & Metalico and Arkángel & Espanto. It’s got to be a rudo team, so Misterioso & Sagrado are the obvious favorites with Virus & Disturbio as the dark horse choices. Even if they wanted to go with the tecnico surprise, these are strong batches of tecnico teams.

Tiger & Puma not winning here is vastly disappointing. It’s hard to find a path for them to go anywhere in CMLL right now.

CMLL (SUN) 02/25/2018 Arena México
1) Camorra & Yago b Príncipe Diamante & Retro
rudos took 2/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Angelito, Shockercito, Stukita
Shockercito replaced Ultimo Dragon on Tuesday. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
Disturbio & Universo 2000 Jr. replaced Puma & Tiger. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took falls 2/3, though Mistico was hurt in the third.
5) Cavernario, Pierroth, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee
Pierroth replaced Gran Guerrero on Tuesday. Cavernario fouled Dragon Lee, then hair versus mask challenges followed.

That’s a bit escalation of challenges for two people who aren’t feuding. Probably more likely a singles match – but maybe they won’t even be back next week because ELITE will be in this spot anyway. Keep reading.

CMLL announced they’ll be running Homenaje a Dos Leyendas shows in the provincial arenas this year. Arena Puebla will get a big show on 03/19 where El Egipcio will be honored, while Guadalajara will have a similar show on 03/27 where Cien Caras will be honored. Cien Caras in Guadalajara should do a really good crowd. Caras was honored on the main H2L show in 2014. Egipcio has not been. He started his career in Puebla.

PWR ended up running Titan vs Dragon Lee as a singles match. It was great, definitely worth watching.

Miguel Reducino announced on Facebook that he’s left CMLL. He worked in the press department, was part of CMLL Informa for a time, and did announcing occasionally, including being the Spanish language announcer for the last three FantasticaMania shows. Reducino posted a long farewell statement, complimentary to ownership, the wrestlers, and those working the less high profile jobs around the company, but critical of unnamed people who abuse their power or are threatened by new ideas.

AAA TV (SUN) 02/25/2018 Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala [AAA, thecubsfan]
1) Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum b Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:55, Pimpi kiss cradle on Chicano. Mamba left the match with an injury, returned post match to stop the rudos from attacking Pimpi and form an alliance with her long time rival.
2) Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce b Raptor & Tiger Boy [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
4:53, maybe cut short after Tiger Boy suffered an injury on a dive. Mascara de Bronce pinned Raptor with a 450 after a brief 2 on 1. A rainstorm started affecting the show from here the rest of the night.
3) Dave The Clown & La Parka b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:20, Parka bodyslammed Monster. Dave & Parka worked together fine, won, and then Dave attacked Parka. Cuervo & Scoria made the save.
4) Angelikal & Bengala b Histeria & Psicosis [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:21, Bengala headscissors on Psicosis. Hijo del Tirantes refused to count three for the tecnicos until he finally did. Texano give Bengala a piledriver after the match.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo b Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:15. The Traidor Clowns attacked Cuervo & Scoria, only for La Parka to clear out all the rudos and set up Averno for a Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash.
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown b Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
20:47. Dr. Wagner (with the debuting Samaono) made the save for the tecnicos in the main event after a ref bump, and the tecnicos pinned all the rudos.

If you missed this show, that’s OK. It was quick and not the worst way to spend two hours, but there’s no great reason to go back and watch the matches. I have no expectation that these Rey de Reyes qualifying matches will amount to much. AAA could easily skip airing this TV show and not lose anything beyond the new Mamba/Pimpi alliance.

This must’ve been a paid admission show, because there were plenty of seats on the floor left empty, while people were sitting in the half full main section or the upper covered section. Those upper people might have been the smartest of all to avoid the rain. These TV tapings are generally sold show to whoever’s promoting locally, so AAA isn’t directly hurt by the disappointing turnout. It’s still a second taping in a row which didn’t look good.

Tony Iron, Rayder Boy, Tyger Fly, Tyger Boy, Fantasmin, and Altis won a tryout, which is supposed to get them to on the Rey de Reyes Puebla card next Sunday. We’ll see what the deal is with these. That card should be out on soon.

The production team for the upcoming Ultima Caida TV show says the show will be released in September. Principal production is done, but there’s additional scenes to do and so they’re not yet sure the exact date or episode count, just that they think September is the right (patriotic) month for it.

I have stuff I’d like to write about Lucha Underground, but my clock is showing under ten minutes left until deadline and I’d rather the time to do it correct. The important bit for today is the Instagram story I was worried about on Saturday seems to be nothing to worry about. If you are worried about someone you’ve seen on a Lucha Underground taping result, maybe you should worry less as well: it looks like it’s a going to be a train station of a season, with a lot of people passing thru for a short period of time. Don’t get too hung up on people who showed up one night, because a lot of them are just going to be in for one night.

PleuSports on 03/11 in Arena Azteca Budokan has Diamante Azul vs Hechicero.

Chilanga Mask returns on 05/20 in Coliseo Coacalco

Octagon says he’s not dead. I had not heard of the rumor of Octagon being dead until Octagon announced he had not died. The denails got a lot more attention than the rumor.

MicroManFever translated +Lucha’s interview with Cibernetico.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Pushing Upwards writes about the Club Apolo ruleta de la muerte from 02/18.

Lineups

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena México
1) Astral & Flyer vs Canibal & Saru
2) Magia Blanca & Magnus vs Metal & Mr. Leo
3) Gladiador Jr., Karonte Jr., Villano V Jr. vs Heddi Karaoui, Imposible, Templario
4) Puma & Tiger vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Diamante Azul & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Johnny Idol & Sam Adonis
6) Titán & Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee & Golden Magic
7) Rush vs Cibernético vs Último Guerrero vs Brian Cage

This was printed in Box Y Lucha. That does mean the plan is for ELITE to return this week, but nothing’s official until it’s official.

Brian Cage was long ago supposed to be in ELITE, part of the Liga Elite tournament. He got redirected to another few months in AAA. I do not know how that’s going to work out this time.

The semimain will be something if we can see it. And I’m pretty sure Adonis & Idol are the good guys in the fifth match.

IWRG (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy & Seiya vs Full Contact & Power Bull
2) Lilith Dark & Luna Mágica vs Cristal & Dulce Luna
3) Relámpago & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno
4) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. vs Black Warrior & Warrior Jr.
5) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro
6) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Liderk, Spartan, Spector [super libre]
7) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera [seconds hair]
Referee Capu & Baby Richard’s hair on the line

Ricky Marvin post-AAA tour comes to IWRG. Fourth match might now be a title match.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 03/11/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Máscara Aerea vs Alfa
2) Keyra vs Kaho Kobayashi
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
4) Toxin vs Zumbi
5) Virus vs Arez
6) Ricky Marvin vs Kawato
7) Soberano Jr. vs Sky Man
8) Negro Casas vs Aramis

if you’ve missed a recent attempt to help the wrestling world (and/or be an idiot on Twitter), I asked Lucha Memes & +LuchaTV if there was any way this entire show, making it clear I was willing to pay for it. +LuchaTV isn’t reacting to me on Twitter nowadays. Lucha Memes said sure, something can be done. What ended up being done is Lucha Memes will release one match for free, as they do with most of these Coacalco shows, but it’ll be me who’s picking it.

I wasn’t really looking for responsibility. I also don’t want to complain about getting free things. I still want to see the entire card, still willing to pay. (I’ve come into some money lately!) I don’t like being in the middle of things. Please take my Twitter account away.

(I would rank the matches Casas/Aramis, Viruz/Arez, Marvin/Kawato, Soberano/SKy Man, Keyra/Kaho, tag match, Aerea/Alfa and Toxin/Zumbi as what I would want to see going in without knowing which guys are working double shots and might be taking it easy. I think I have to pick the Kawato match for the people.)

DTU GALA (FRI) 03/16/2018 Centro Cultural Olympis, Cuernavaca, Morelos
1) Mini Flash vs Ángel Negro (Veracruz)
2) Fly Danger vs AlfaBilly GamerDevitt Rodríguez
3) Pesadilla vs Máscara AereaAdrenalinaDraztick BoyTiburónCobre
4) Moria © vs Lokillo [DTU AI]
5) G-Raver & Jimmy Lloyd vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
6) Violento Jack vs Kenji FukimotoEric Ryan [deathmatch]
7) Crazy King © vs Halloween [DTU]

This part of a March run of shows with GCW wrestlers and FREEDOM’s Kenji Fukimoto. DTU usually saves the big matches for Hidalgo. That stop is getting the King of Freedom’s title matches, so Cuernavaca gets the two DTU title matches instead.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-25 

brillo tornillo de Angelikal

Recapped: 02/25/2018

All matches aired live from Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on Twitch. It’s available for Twitch subscribers. It will go up on YouTube, probably a month from now.

Matches:

Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vs Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(8:55, Pimpinela kiss cradle on Chicano, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce beat Raptor & Tiger Boy in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(4:53, Mascara de Bronce 450 splash Raptor, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dave The Clown & La Parka beat Monsther Clown & Murder Clown in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(13:20, Parka bodyslam Monster, below average, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Angelikal & Bengala beat Histeria & Psicosis in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(11:21, Bengala top rope headscissors Psicosis, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(9:15, Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown beat Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión
(20:47, triple pin, OK, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

What happened:

Hernandez didn’t take it easy on this powerbomb

It rained. It was dry for the opener, then rained heavily during portions of the next couple of matches. It rained on and off until the show ended. No one seemed to slip because of the rain, but it did seem as though wrestlers were taking it easy because of the rain.

Both of the main event and the semimain featured the same trope of a top técnico running in to make a surprise save with their music playing. Dr. Wagner made a surprise appearance to help out the Alvardos in the main event, with ex-Elite luchador Samoano with him for no obvious reason. Samoano is now wearing a mask. The Alvarados were confused by the help but Wagner ended up kissing Máximo. Escorpión suffered an elbow injury at some point during the match, and it was swelling up noticably.

La Parka was the técnico making the save in the semifinal. Cuervo & Scoria had first run into save La Parka from a three on one beatdown after the tercera, and the three Traidor Clowns tried for some revenge later on. Murder & Monster also signaled they’d like the tag title belts back. Parka cleared house on everyone, dropped Averno with a quebradora to set up Vikingo’s finish, and threw the referee back in to count the pin.

get the Dinasita GIFs while you can

Hijo del Tirantes refused to make the three count for Angelikal & Bengala until he just did for the finish. Psicosis wasn’t kicking out even after a long pause, so the idea is Tirantes had no choice. Texano made a surprise appearance to piledriver Bengala, who put on a stretcher. Argenis, also not on the show, ran Texano off for before he could do more. Argenis was moving a lot better than a couple weeks ago.

Tiger Boy suffered an injury on a bad dive in the second match.

Mamba had a worked injury spot in the opener, leaving the match down to 3v2. The técnicos won soon after. Chicano & Villano III Jr. attacked after the match. Mamba returned and surprisingly saved Pimpinela, forming an alliance with her long time rival.

By winning their matches, Cuervo, Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum, Ángel Mortal Jr., Máscara de Bronce, Dave The Clown, La Parka, Angelikal, Bengala have qualified for Rey de Reyes. Though we’re not at all sure what that means.

Angel Mortal Jr. appears to be back to being Angel Mortal Jr. (and will apparently be so in Puebla), so likely it was just a one deal as Parka Negra.

Thoughts:

Wagner wanted no part of these kicks

AAA ran a lot of angles on this show, but nothing really that important. The matches didn’t look like they were going to be that great coming in, and the rain didn’t help any thing.

The main event was the standard AAA main event. The técnicos were over, but the match was a simple beatdown and comeback before the interference. La Mascara & Máximo got their big spots in for the crowd, Hijo de Wagner get to hang around with the main eventers to continue to convince people he is one, and everyone got out in one piece. It went longer than it needed to go and they really shouldn’t have pinned Hijo del Wagner here, but it didn’t feel like it mattered.

The semimain turned into a way to give La Parka revenge for a fight he already won, so that wasn’t optimum. OGT really took most of the match to set up for the técnico comeback, but that técnico lasted about a minute before the interference came in. AAA did try a lot to get Vikingo over, with the cool entrance, the big spots in the comeback, and the win, so that was good to see. The match itself is better in clips than in full.

The fourth match was a frustrating AAA match. The rudos weren’t good but also weren’t supposed to be good. The rudos were intended to get pinned a lot so Tirantes would get the choose not to count three a lot of times. That’s all the match was. Bengala & Angelikal were good on offense, but this is exactly the kind of AAA match I’m not interested in at all.

 

flying dino

The Clowns vs Dave/Parka match tried to adjust to the rain by not doing much, but they can’t even do that well. Their mat stuff early on wasn’t much good, Parka looked either more hurt or more clumsy than usual, but they worked hard on dives and big moves in the final part. They might as well have just ended early instead going for all those dives, but at least everyone made it thru in once piece. I’m tempted to give this OK just for the effort, but parts of it were really not good.

The second match was so brief that they’d really have to nail it to make an impact. There were sloppy parts even beyond the bad dive. Those guys got the start of the rain story, so I wouldn’t write them off based on this, but it also wasn’t a point in their favor. Angel Mortal looked the best of the bunch and Mascara de Bronce was all over the place.

The opener was the usual Pimpinela & Mamba match. The other people didn’t look great – Venum had a headscissors spot that didn’t look good – but it’s also tough for them to stand out in this match. That makes Mamba & Pimpinela being friends the best news possible, even with no idea where they’re going with this. Dinastia got in some in his return, but you wouldn’t have known what the big deal was if you’ve only seen this match.

Terrible joins Los Ingobernables, Dragon Lee & Titan on Twitch Saturday, AAA on Twitch Sunday, AAA GDL Hall of Fame?

Los

IWRG (FRI) 02/23/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RIng]
1) Kanon, Súper Brazo Jr., Toto b Dragón Orus, Dragón Yuki, Leroy
Dragon Orus replaced Dragon Bane.
2) Adrenalina b Skanda
bonus match
3) Dinamic Black, Internacional Pantera, Shadow Boy b Atomik Star, Liderk, Lunatik Extreme
Bonus match
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Capo Del Norte, Dragón Bane, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr.

I think the results may be missing a match, because the advertised main event isn’t mentioned but the wrestlers in it are in the group picture at the end.

CMLL (FRI) 02/23/2018 Arena México [2018 is lucha, CMLL, Culticonthecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Stukita & Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:36. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Kawato San, Puma, Tiger b Fuego, Stigma, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:53. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Niebla Roja TLDRAW Soberano Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:00. Niebla Roja missed on a dive, then Soberano did the same and both were down on the outside at the time limit. Niebla Roja was stretchered to the back
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:57. Tecnicos took 2/3. Stuka & Marco Corleone replaced Atlantis (moved up) & Caristico
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee DQ Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:36. Straight falls, the last when Cuatrero fouled Angel de Oro. They feuded heavily and mask ripped. Atlantis replaced Mistico (Tijuana booking) on Monday
6) Rush & Terrible b Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. [natl pi, finalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:41. Rush & Terrible took falls 1/3. Volador beat Rush in the third fall. Terrible beat UG. Volador might have beat Terrible, but Rush pulled out the referee and dropped him with the Rush Driver. Terrible added a top rope splash and won. Rush invited Terrible to join Los Ingobernables and Terrible accepted.

Main event and lightning match are worth going out of your way to watch.

CMLL seems increasingly a product of short term planning, so this Terrible win sticks out as something longer planned. CMLL must’ve been at least considering this direction since they brought back the national heavyweight title. Terrible won it in October and beat Diamante Azul again in January. CMLL set up the strongest team possible to be opposition, Volador & Ultimo Guerrero, giving Terrible & Rush a big win in this tournament final. Los Ingobernables seemed to be something that was only around in 2017 because of inertia. Terrible winning and being added to the group seems like a long term plan to re-energize the group.

Rush & Terrible were very proud of themselves post match. Ultimo Guerrero mentions Volador’s injury is a fractured nose.

One tag team tournament ends, two start. Tonight begins one of those, a tournament to fill the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship, given up by Cuatrero & Sanson. It’s a normal two block tournament. Tonight’s teams are Fuego & Star Jr., Nitro & Sangre Azteca, Esfinge & Triton, Cancerbero & Raziel, Audaz & Pegasso, Akuma & Templario, Magia Blanco & Oro Jr. and Puma & Tiger.

Tiger & Puma are the favorites in today’s Colieso Tag Team title block, but said last night would like to go for the world tag team titles. These titles should be something beneath them, but they haven’t really gotten that far. Esfinge & Triton are the other strong possibility from this gorup.

Dragon Lee & Titan will be on Twitch tonight. They’re in the four way of PWR’s show in San Jose, with Ultimo Dragon & Misterioso (California version), which will be streamed on the promotion’s Twitch page. The show starts at 9pm CT, and that match figures to be on around 11.

Caristico & Voaldor will have a singles match today in Xalapa.

Rush, Mistico, Dragon Lee and Pierroth will get their hands in cement and the Plaza de la Estrellas on 03/02.

AAA is back in action on Sunday, part of back to back weeks with Sunday shows. They’ll be streaming live from Apizaco on Twitch. The poster says 5pm, but AAA’s consistently said the stream starts at 6pm CT this week. A lot of the usual top people are off in Los Angeles for Lucha Underground, which makes for some weird matches and the welcome return of AAA wrestlers who haven’t been seen on TV much.

The main event is Los Alvarados taking on Hernandez, Hijo de Wagner and Rey Escorpion, which almost but not quite follows up on Hernandez, Wagner & Blue Demon taking out a bunch of tecnicos in Aguascalientes.

The entire rest of the show is Rey de Reyes qualifiers. We have no idea what that means, if the entire winning team or the person who gets the pinfall gets on, and AAA’s track record with living up to these stipulations isn’t great. Cuervo, Scoria and Vikingo take on the OGT trio in the semifinal, which should be a fun match regardless. Angelikal & Bengala versus Histeria & Psicosis could be good. Dave & La Parka vs Monster & Murder will be bad. Raptor & Tigre Boy against Angel Mortal Jr. & Mascara de Bronce has rudo/tecnico mixed sides for some reason, and the opener has rare appearances for Dinastia, Pimpinela Escaralta and Venum, as they take on Chicano, Mamba, and Villano III Jr.

A 600 seat arena, billed as Arena AAA, has been opened in the Selva Magica theme park in Guadalajara. They’re hyping it locally as a place where AAA will be both running regularly and using as their home base for a Hall of Fame. La Parka & Texano are interviewed about it. The strange thing is AAA hasn’t said anything about this outside of Guadalajara. I saw pictures of a strange AAA show on Facebook, which must’ve been their debut show on Thursday.

I don’t have results from last night’s Lucha Underground taping. There is a notable LU story though. I’m going to put it after the break if you don’t want to know it, though it’s liable to be a thing that gets talked about everywhere once people notice it.

Dulce Garcia, the former Sexy Star, will have her third boxing match on 03/24 in Saltillo against Lourdes Juarez. Lourdes is the sister of Barbie Juarez, a champion boxer, seen occasionally in the crowd at CMLL shows. Lourdes is 22-2 in her career, the WBC FECOMBOX Female Flyweight Champion, and has not lost in four years. This is a massive step up in opponents for Garcia, and a match she’s unlikely to win. Training for this match means she’s out of wresting – Lucha Underground and otherwise – for the next month.

Zona Ruda notes an interview with Latin Lover at AAA show in Juarez, where Lover says he’s been invited to wrestle in 7 to 10 TV events for AAA. Latin Lover mentioned a similar return offer last year from Vampiro, and this time it sounds like he’s going to accept it. Latin Lover is 50 and would join fellow 50+ wrestlers Blue Demon Jr. & Vampiro as short term fixes for AAA’s lack of star power at the cost of taking up spots that could be used to build new people and producing some not great matches. Latin Lover is a mainstream name due to his reality show appearances in the past, but also hasn’t wrestled 20+ matches in a decade.

EMW has a generic poster for their 04/20 TV taping. There’s no big surprises on people included, though it’s amusing that Histeria is going to try wrestling masked in the same city he lost his mask.

AAA drew a strong crowd last night to a spot show in Cuauttilan. Mr. Aguila wrestled in the main event, so him missing the Aguascalientes show seems like a one off thing (and so might  be Angel Mortal Jr. as Parka Negra.) Argenis wrestled on the show, so he wasn’t in Los Angeles.

Lucha Sorpresa has some February match recommendations.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/02/2018 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
4) Carístico & Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee & Mistico and Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero and Forastero & Sansón and Atlantis & Soberano Jr. and Euforia & Kráneo and Pierroth & Rush and Hechicero & Máscara Año 2000 [CMLL TAG, battle royal]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
13) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
14) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Ephesto, Mephisto

The CMLL tag team tournament starts, with the previous tag team champions just hanging out in the tercera. It makes no sense, which I hope means CMLL’s got some plan of where they want to this all to go and it’s worth the nonsense. The Guerreros are the favorites. Volador seemed not thrilled when he was asked about teaming with Caristico, so that’s the other thing to watch.

Someone realized Cuatrero shouldn’t be in this tournament, which means there was even less reason for them to give up their tag team titles.

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