lucha TV preview for weekend of February 9th, 2018

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AAA on Twitch is listed as an 8:30 start time. Let’s be real, nothing is happening before 9. I don’t know even if the card is right. Should be a good time.

CMLL on Claro has Kobayashi’s streaming debut, and also a competition to see who gets to lose to Volador & Ultimo Guerrero. It’s weird CMLL is having a competition to determine the best 2 man team in CMLL and also needs to fill it’s two man team titles and these are unrelated facts.

I guess CMLL Azteca is interesting to see how things get split? Maybe AAA Televisa is interesting to see if they just go one week behind Space or do something completely different? Maybe it’s not that interesting of a week.

The Crash: 2017-12-01 

sometimes your seat comes with Black Boy

Recapped: 01/05/2017


Arkángel Divino & Black Boy vs Aramis (Estado de México) & Toxin (Estado de México)
(10:59, excellent, via

An outstanding match, one of the best The Crash matches of the year. These are two up and down teams, prone to spectacular moments and the occasional youthful mistake, only they didn’t really make the mistakes here. It was just a lot of big offense for ten minutes. The pace slowed down slightly during the second half, but then they did the doomsday device tope into the crowd and everything was awesome again. Team CDMX got ripped off after their superb combo – hometown ref should’ve given them a three count. In more serious matters, Toxin & Aramis felt like they had been training together, and had totally come to this match prepared. This is ever so slightly docked cause I have no idea what happened on the finish from this video, but it really fits along Sky Man/Saturno as the kind of all action style indie match I really enjoy. This would be one of the first matches I’d show people if they wanted to know what The Crash was about.

this headscissors keeps looking better
a tough part of Tijuana

Christi Jaynes, Keyra, Lacey Lane vs Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
(12:41, good,

The viewing of the women’s match is though, because the person in front is wearing a Black danger mask, and the big white afro is blocking the center of the ring. The action is pretty good when you can see, you just have to accept you can’t for large portions of this. The misogynistic spots are still there, but it doesn’t feel like the story of the match like it has in other mixed matches. The women base really well for the women’s offense and the match has a lot of showy spots.

Jaynes tricky headscissors
Black Danger smartly covers up for the dropkick

Hijo de LA Park vs Jack EvansJoey RyanLuke HawxViento
(11:38, good,

This is about as random as group of people as there could be, with everyone but Jack not really regulars here and not regular opponents. It’s a bit directionless and strange, but it goes as well as it could given that setup. Viento & Park seem to have the best exchanges. Joey Ryan does his Joey Ryan stuff.

A Viento GIF

Damián 666 & M-ximo vs Black Taurus & Pierroth
(8:37, ok, 

This was a bit of a waste of Black Taurus, who’s great in working with Máximo but feels qualified for something better. It’s a match with no real finish – a one armed Garza comes out and helps martiente Damian for the DQ, then gets run of by the Rojo Rebellion. That’s at least a substitute for the Daga/Garza stuff that was probably supposed to happen here, but the match itself wasn’t all that interesting. Damian’s back on the next show, six weeks later, and isn’t involved with any of these guys, so it seems kind of pointless.

Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson vs Daga & The King
(17:01, good, via

This comes across as big match for Daga & Rey Fenix, and another indie appearance for the Bucks. It’s a bit more comedy and bits, and not always so serious – doing a long staggering around spot about 14 minutes in is about the level. They’re not blowing off the match, and they get over with it, but it’s also not the dream match. Daga has a bad moment early, flipping on to his head and onto Matt Jackson, does better the rest of the match, but is missing that little bit extra where he takes over the match. This is fun enough if you go in to it with reduced expectations.

Fenix armdrags can’t be stopped
Fenix tope con giro

LA Park & Nicho el Millionario vs La Máscara & Rush and Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.
(13:17, good,

Better than I thought it would be. It didn’t come together in a big way, and the finish was strange (since when do Los Ingobernables have a referee?), but there were interesting enough parts. Rush & Park had their usual good chemistry. I wonder how many times I’ve seen LA Park push a referee into a sunset flip and count pin. It’s a good sized numbers. The usual finisher sequence turning into everyone clotheslining and dropkicking each other hard was unique. Garza and Bestia getting into an unending war of superkicks because they’re essentially the same guy was amusing. Nicho seemed to have more energy but was moving gingerly.

Bestia toss
Rush will never stop this spear



RIOT (SAT) 02/03/2018 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Byron & Kaientai b Azrael & Muerte Extrema
2) Caifan II b Furor
money thrown in
3) Erick Ortiz b Dralion
4) Kratoz b KamikazeMr. IguanaArezJack Evans
Please Don’t Dive Invitational #2. Sammy Guevera, who was scheduled for the show but injured, worked as special ring announcer for this show (and referee & beer seller for this show.) Sammy bragged he’d beaten everyone in the match (except Iguana, who he didn’t even know what was) and wanted a dance challenge instead. Sammy’s dance was interrupted by the surprise appearance of Jack Evans. Evans outdanced Sammy and then superkicked him. Everyone dove. Jack looked like he was going to win until Sammy pulled him out and superkicked him. Kratos beat Kamikaze.
5) Último Ninja b Low RiderLaredo Kid
Laredo Kid got the win on Low Rider after he leaped into a double RKO.

This was the show where nothing was announced besides Guevera. It looked like it drew about normal and those who came were happy with the show. At some point, this show may be on Powerbomb.TV.

JVDA Photography has one two photo montages of this show.

CMLL put a full press release about yesterday’s media event.  One item that jumped out me as how Domingos Elite is being positioned as run by a combination of Elite, CMLL and Azteca. Elite appeared to be simply tenants last time around, and business partners this time. Maybe that’ll keep them sustainable for a longer period of time.

ESTO talked to Golden Magic, who says he was one of the first person brought aboard ELITE before they were even running shows.

In an “only in Mexico” thing, Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero face Cibernetico & Sharly Rockstar in the main event of the ELITE return show, then Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero face Electroshock & Sharly Rockstar about two hours later in Arena Neza.

CMLL has a recap of Puma’s post-FantasticaMania matches in Japan. Atlantis was talking on Facebook as I write this.

HIjo del Vikingo wants to make a mark in AAA by winning the cruiserweight title this Friday.

Fantasma & Texano were guests on Zona Ruda.

Asterisco Jr. and Perfil were awarded tecnico and rudo luchador in Arena Coliseo Reynosa. Mascara Roja Jr. & Hijo were tag team of the year.

Michinoku Pro’s Daichi Sasaki is headed to Mexico at the end of March.

Masked Republic tee shirts are now available on Uwartees.

Lucha Sorpresa talks about good matches from the last week or so.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Segunda Caida watches Black Terry & Negro Navarro versus Satanico & Blue Panther.


IWRG (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Full Contact vs Skanda
2) Alas de Acero & Haziel vs Fandango & Odín
3) Aramis & Hijo del Alebrije vs Eterno & Lunatic Xtreme
4) Emperador Azteca © vs Cerebro Negro [IWRG IC WELTER]
5th defense (last two were scheduled in small Oaxaca shows which may or may not have happened.)
5) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I
6) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
7) Black Dragón vs Spartan [hair]

Both the people in the main event have lost their masks, who will hit rock bottom?

4 & 5 pick up the feuds from a couple weekend ago. Third mach could be good if it makes air. Medico Asesino must be sad about missing out on the Elite return so far.

CMLL (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje vs El Jabali
2) Mr. Ángel & Último Ángel vs Frentico & Paymon
3) Tigre Blanco © vs Thunder Boy [SINALOA WELTER]
2nd defense
4) Gran Kenut & León Blanco © vs Black Sugar & Neutrón [SINALOA TAG]
new name for the Pacific Coast tag titles?
5) Vaquero Jr. vs MetatrónMagnumMágicoExplosivoJokerRáfagaFuria RojaDifuntoFrezzer [Copa Guadalajara]

A quite busy show for a Sunday Guadlajara show. Frentico is a new name here; there’s one in Xalapa. Jabali is a new name and an old one; there was a Jabali here in late 50s and early 60s.

CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Flyer vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Marcela vs Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

Marcela & Princesa Sugehit is an interesting match. They’ve had four singles matches, all were title matches, and Marcela won every single time. It should set up another title match if she wins.

More Audaz/Virus. Could that be a secondary Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match? It’s happening at some point.

CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Star Black vs Maléfico & Relámpago Azul
2) Explosivo, Magia Blanca, Robin vs El Coyote, Grako, Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

They seemed to be setting up Ultimo Guerrero & Volador here. Neither are back this week.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-09 

strange things

Recapped: 02/05/2018


Magia Blanca & Retro beat Akuma & Yago
(10:24 [4:35, 2:31, 3:18], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
(12:40 [6:40, 2:44, 3:16], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(4:13, casita, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa
(11:46 [5:13, 1:55, 4:38], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
(9:35 [1:45, 3:23, 4:27], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(6:27 [3:15, 3:12], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

pobre Yago

This is the final show before FantasticaMania for many of the people on this show, with them heading to the airport after this show. The average match quality is down from usual as a result, with luchadors trying to primarily stay in one piece before getting on a plane a few hours later. Euforia and Carístico aren’t going anywhere, so they feud in the main event to set up a singles match next week.

Drone’s match turns out to be his last Arena Mexico match for time being. He’s currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time following wrestling in no condition to perform in Japan.


this doesn’t work

Assuming everything progress on like we’d expect, there’s going to be a lot of NGD vs Dragon Lee/Soberano matches in the future, and this was a little preview of that. Little because it didn’t even crack ten minutes, yet the young guys showed promising chemistry. Rush seemed to even be into the match at times. It makes me think Rush’s ideal promotion might have been Leyendas Inmortales, where he could’ve just brawled with old men in main events constantly. The Mr. Jack match would’ve been something.

The Axis of Evil have some rougher moments with some of the tecnico spots, but get enough of that matches like the fourth match can hold together. Johnny Idol has found his calling as guy who losses in poses to Niebla Roja. He’s an easily dislikable dork on many occasions in that match. The técnicos are smooth like always, but there’s not a lot going on.

The opener very much felt like a rookie match, though in a way that’s or interesting than most of the openers. Retro is awkward as ever, but at least seems to have a decent amount of offense now. Yago is hero or a fool for taking Retro’s cutter. Akuma and Magia Blanca seem to have some chemistry, showing some emotion against each other. Both of Magia Blanca’s finishes looked poor though.