IWRG (WED) 02/07/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Full Contact & Guerrero 2000 b Fly Star & Fly Tiger
2) Dragón Bane & Lunatic Xtreme b Atomik Star & Haziel
Atomick Star replaced Angel Oriental, feuded with Lunatik.
3) Shadow Boy & Súper Brazo Jr. b Leroy & Odín
4) Demonio Infernal, Imposible, Ram El Carnero b Aramis, Black Dragón, Dinamic Black
5) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Eterno b Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Rafy
I’m not paying enough attention to IWRG, because I only noticed there were no results for last Wednesday’s show when Estrellas del Ring posted a recap. And I’m still not sure they’re right because Demonio Infernal is listed twice in the semifinal. Didn’t air.
CMLL (MON) 02/12/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon, MT]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger b Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel b Ares, Arkalis, Millenium
Ares replaced Starman (missed a couple of days). Rudos took 1/3.
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón b Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Mistico, Rush, Soberano Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Rush replaced Volador on Wednesday. Tencicos took 1/3. Mephisto fouled Soberano Jr., setting up a singles match.
5) Último Guerrero b Atlantis
UG took 1/3, the last with an arm and a leg on the ropes.
I was really worried the main event was going to be very not good when they spent the first three minutes just playing to the crowd in about the same fashion as La Parka & Dr. Wagner did on Friday night. It turned out better than that match. Also, we learned that Tirantes will take a bump in your match if you promise he gets to shine in the finish. Everyone’s got to their comeback.
Soberano & Mephisto are both welterweight champions so one or both title should be on the line if they actually wrestle.
Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has under at least three different revisions. I think I have the right lineup now. It’ll probably change again.
The main event is now Marco Corleone, Titan and Valiente against Cavernario, Euforia and Mephisto. Euforia is a replacement for Mr. Niebla, who has possibly been benched once again following his strange performance on Friday night. One of the things many people were asking about in light of Drone’s incident is how CMLL would handle the next time a someone like Niebla did something similar on their own show. Guess we’re finding out.
(Speaking of Drone: a normal CMLL suspension is about 3 weeks, which means he should be back in circulation following Friday’s show. He’s not on the Sunday cards, but that’s just one show. If he doesn’t turn up at all next week, then it confirms they’re going to hold him out longer than normal as rumored.)
The lightning match is now Kaho Kobayashi versus Princesa Sugehit, in Kobayashi’s first singles match and easily the most interesting thing on the show. The semimain is Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya and Stuka against Hechicero, Johnny Idol and Okumura. Audaz & Virus meet again in the tercera, with the frequent foursome of the Panthers, Misterioso & Sagrado filling out the match.
The second match also had a change, with Electrico still not cleared to wrestle. Sangre Imperial will be back on a stream for the first time this year, teaming with Astral & Flyer versus Akuma, Hijo del Signo and Templario. Acero & Aereo face Pequeno NItro & Pequeno Olimpico in the opener.
Guadalajara tonight is Mistico, Rush, and Diamante Azul vs Shocker, Terrible, and Rey Bucanero. There doesn’t seem to be anything carrying over from last week.
CMLL announced the tournament to fill the vacant CMLL tag team championship will have eight team blocks on March 2nd & 9th, and the final will take place on March 16th. No teams were announced yet.
The timing is terrible, even as an attempt to get a second ‘big’ match on the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas card. CMLL will have three Friday nights of the incredible pairs tournament, a normal show, and then right back into three more Friday nights of another tag tournament. (And the Gran Alternativa is probably not far away.) At least the second tournament should have less teams breaking up, though the scheduling means the logical Cuatrero & Sanson and Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja teams aren’t going to the finals. (Diamante Azul & Stuka, who were set up to win the tag team titles from Shocker & Casas at one point, are the favorites if they’re in this tournament.) It’ll be good to have the tag titles back in circulation, though the method of doing it is not pleasant.
This does make me wonder where Audaz/Virus is going, so they wouldn’t be having Virus cheat to win so much if there wasn’t a planned destination and it’s unlikely they’ll have a third notable match on H2L.
It is also weird Negro Casas & Shocker should both be healthy and around before this tournament starts, so they could have just defended (and lost) the title. Something always happens when they try, so maybe this is still for the best. Or maybe they have some big names on both sides planned for that match.
Reyna Isis & La Jarochita are headed out to REINA again. They’ll be going to Japan on 02/23, have their first match on 02/27, and will be staying for three months.
In an exclusive piece with Uproxx, Lucha Underground officially announced they’d have a new location for Season 4. That, the upcoming dates, and the idea they’re taping on Fridays in addition to Saturday & Sundays, had been out for a while and are confirmed here. That link has a few images of the new setup, which includes a catwalk which Aerostar will definitely be asking to dive the moment he sees it. On the flipside, at least Angelico will no longer feel compelled to jump off an office again, if Angelico is even around. That’s a question – who’s still around? – that goes with “when is Season 3 going to be on Netflix?” that isn’t answered in that article and everyone really wants to know.
Tickets are probably going out any moment. I think I’m not going this year – I’m not sure wanting to talk about a match for eighteen months and being legally unable that entire time to was really good for me, among other reasons – but I hope the energy in putting together a new set is also used in putting together other new things.
My real concern about LU waiting so long to announce their tapings is that maybe the people involved in putting together LU Season 4 are just doing because someone’s paying for it and they’re legally required to do it. If LU is going to make the effort and expense to do run this race one more time, they need to do it in a way that’s bigger or better than they’ve done before – just doing 21 episodes to air on a small network and the rest of the promotion to disappear into the void doesn’t seem worth the trouble. LU’s been really quiet up to now, though some of that can be explained by wanting to get media attention by giving it an exclusive. I hope they’re louder going forward.
LuchaMania Monterrey recap of Sunday’s AAA/KDNA show noted Hijo del Vikingo wrestled with a neck brace. There was a moment early in his title match on Friday where Vikingo landed badly on his head and I couldn’t figure out how he didn’t get hurt. I guess he did.
AAA’s Twitch channel has now switched from airing episodes from 2003. 2003 was not a super great time period for AAA, which also means there’s not a lot of video that was saved and later put up on YouTube – most of it hasn’t been seen since it aired, and some didn’t air out of Mexico at all. I need to go thru it and figure out what might be there that we don’t even know about.
AAA’s still posting the Televisa episodes on YouTube, if you miss that set of AAA announcers. There doesn’t seem to be anything added from Guerra de Titanes, with Noti AAA focusing on the press conference for Rey de Reyes and TripleMania. The only thing that really stuck out for me is they’re still using the “25th Anniversary” tour logos while they’re on the tour of the conquest, which is a very CMLL thing.
CIMA & Negro Casas will be on a DTU show this Saturday. CIMA is already in the country to work for The Crash on Friday. I’d assume a lineup is coming soon. I wonder where he’s going Sunday – IWRG?
Lucha Memes 03/11 in Coacalco
- Keyra vs Kaho Kobayashi
- Ricky Marvin vs Kawato
- Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
Veracruz Cien Mascaras says he came up with the name because he had like 100 masks. And then he just decided to wear a blue mask.
The Crash announced Austin Aries for their WrestleCon show.
LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.
CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
As announced about 2 seconds after I posted yesterday, Domingos Elite are on indefinite hiatus due to unclear TV situation and these are back to being CMLL only shows. Azteca promoted the announcement of the show, so I think Elite actually had a TV deal and something changed on the Azteca side. It still feels like a think that only happens with ELITE. With Elite, they could be back next week or six months from now. In it’s place, is a normal boring CMLL card.
CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Frentico
2) Cosmos & Micro vs Quka & Relámpago Azul
3) Javier Cruz Jr. & Yaqui vs Carlo Roggi & El Chakal
4) El Alteño, El Divino, Omar Brunetti vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Nautilius, Thunder Boy
5) Explosivo, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
I can’t think of anything to put here. Nothing follows from last week.