Atlantis, Pierroth, Rushbeat Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Último Guerreroin a relevos increíbles match (6:24 [3:31, 2:53], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Último Guerrero fouled Atlantis for the DQ, though he seemed to miss on the first try. This sets up a singles match next week.
Soberano beating Mephisto in the third fall is setting up a singles program, though it’s not obvious at this point.
Starman and Signo continue to feud. Rey Apocalispis’ new mohawk is looking cool.
The semimain was a modern CMLL style done very well. Soberano, Dragon Lee and Titan did some of their usual offense for a crowd very into seeing them as a team. They were just three young técnicos flying all over the place and the crowd got into it. The rudos kept up with them better than they have in the past, and the match peaked well with the triple dive spot. The third fall is clunky, with at least two times the fans think the fall is over, and at least one time the técnicos seem to think so leading to confusion. They still got it back for the conclusion. Dragon Lee took a flip bump off a kick to the stomach. Dragon Lee is a special man.
Tiger & Stigma tried to do more story and a bigger spots than usual for a lightning, coming off Tiger cheating for the win last week. They had some ideas – stringing two Stigmaticas was definitely different – but it just didn’t really come together. Stigma can do individual spots fine, but sometimes get lost stringing them together. There’s a section around an enziguri early were the rhythm of the match is off for a while. They went back and forth constantly, which probably didn’t help with the rhythm of the match. I would’ve thought Tiger kicking out of Stigmatica would get a strong reaction, or any reaction. As much as Stigma has been built up as a local star, this day’s crowd wasn’t particularly into him, and they needed that for this match. This was at least a little different.
Joker & Astro worked very hard in their match, trying to make something of what’s becoming a rarer opportunity for them as of late. Not everything went right and Pierrothito & Dragoncito weren’t nearly as into this, so this had stretches of being interesting among some ordinary stuff in a short span. You won’t be too disappointed if you’re just looking for the local guys.
Vega looked good in the opener, which would be meaningful if he could ever escape the openers. There has to be 50 better luchadors in Puebla than Saurón at the minimum, and Paris is just lucky he didn’t get dumped on his head at the end.
CMLL’s show today is the incredible pairs final. I wrote a lot about it last week, and nothing too important has changed after the one week delay: if Rush & Terrible win, it means this tournament had a point and we might see a new combination of Los Ingobernables. If Volador & Ultimo Guerrero win, it doesn’t really mean all that much.
It’s still the same good looking card as it was last week, with a couple of minor changes. Mistico is off this show because he was previously booked In Tijuana and Mexicali this weekend. That means Atlantis now teams with Angel de Oro & Dragon Lee against NGD. Caristico is probably booked somewhere too, because he’s off the show. Diamante Azul now teams with Marco & Stuka against Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Kraneo. Niebla Roja & Soberano is a promising lightning match, the second match gives us Kawato with Tiger & Puma, and Stukita makes an appearance in the opener. CultIcon goes into a lot more detail of the show.
The show normally air at 8:30pm on both Claro’s website & Facebook. Except, both Claro & the Facebook site are restricted to only Mexico access at the moment. If that’s still the case at show time, I’ll just stream it on YouTube. CMLL will put up their own YouTube version of the show after the fact.
CMLL announced the first four of sixteen teams in it’s CMLL Tag Team Tournament.
Atlantis & Soberano Jr.
Mistico & Dragon Lee
Caristico & Volador Jr.
Rush & Pierroth
12 to go. No mention of which blocks these are in. CMLL probably will announce the rest of the first block during the show tonight. Rush & Pierroth as the Los Ingobernables team seems to hint at tonight’s result.
Lucha Underground tapes a new episode tonight for the first time in 606 days. They’re taping tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and are expected to tape about two episodes per night.
I’m going to treat Lucha Underground spoilers generally like I have the last two seasons: I won’t post full results on the database until they air. I will mention wrestlers coming in and out of, as best as can be figured from those same spoilers, as that will may have some affect on ongoing things in AAA and elsewhere.
In that vein, it’s a good time to mention again that five wrestlers are scheduled to debut this weekend. I don’t know all the names, but my understanding is there’s a prominent US indie name among them. I do anticipate people will end up leaving after this season because of their frustration with how the LU brand has been managed, but LU still appears to be capable of bringing in new people at around the same talent level as before.
The overall talent budget per episode is going down, if only because Rey Misterio does not appear to be coming back for this season. At the same time, there is no freeze on talent, or a lot of people being dropped from the show. There probably will be more people wrestling for the show than ever. My concern going in is the opposite way, that LU is going to have a lot of talent and maybe not enough time to give everyone a chances to show it with a reduced amount of episodes.
On Instagram, Catrina has been spotted at the Temple. She gave an interview to ESPN late last year where she refereed to Lucha Underground in the past tense quite a bit, seemingly like she was done with the show. I believe one of the affects of the new episode count and set up is we’re going to see more people coming in to LU for short weekend long runs, not the full season, and it’s possible they might have talked Catrina into coming back for a few days to finish out her character.
It appears Sexy Star is not coming back for Lucha Underground Season 4. Dulce Garcia is in Saltillo, Coahuila today for a boxing press conference. There’s no more info than that so far, the press conference does not appear to have happened yet. Her husband wasn’t tagged, so this is probably about a bout she’s lined up soon, and and she’s not going to be wrestling anywhere while she’s prepping for it.
Brad Shepard hints that ex-TNA wrestler Jessie Godderz will be at Lucha Underground. Godderz is also a Big Brother alumni, and there’s some cross pollination between those two shows: snake man Vibora is also a former star of that CBS reality show. All the new people are trying to keep it quiet but it probably won’t be much longer.
Lucha Underground tickets for this weekend were briefly available last night. They’re gone now. I suspect the new system to distribute tickets makes it easier for Lucha Underground to redistribute tickets if there are cancellations. I think everyone will have a lot more information about how well this all works after the first weekend, and that’s why the second weekend tickets have not gone up yet. Still, if you’re in the area and want to go, it couldn’t hurt to periodically check in to see if there’s suddenly some other tickets open.
The Apizaco fair is expected to draw 70,000 people over about 10 days. Most of the events will be free. The article mentions AAA’s TV taping soon after, so I believe it might be one of those free events, it’s just not said. (AAA hasn’t been pushing a ticket website for this show.) It should be a good crowd; the first few matches on the Aguascalientes show were definitely hurt all the empty seats.
CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante vs Akuma, El Coyote, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Templario
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Kawato San, Luciferno, Pólvora
6) Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush
Rush is a rudo when Pierroth is around.
Maya/Cometa should be pretty fun. Templario seems like he’s moving up a bit already.
CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Apolo
2) Magnum, Retro, Sangre Imperial vs Difunto, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Tritón vs Furia Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
A much higher than usual place than usual for local Furia Roja.
A long time ago (2011), the new characters of Titan and Triton were introduced with Diamante Azul as their third partner, as a unit Shocker was putting together to feud with Atlantis. They never actually teamed together and have only done so twice since.
Revolucha (SUN) 03/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Faceman vs Scravos
2) Lady Flammer & Succi Love vs Erika Sotelo & La Chocolata
3) Kamikaze & Kratoz vs Azrael & Muerte Extrema
4) Ryan Rogan vs Epydemus, ?, Low Rider [Revolucha CRUISER]
5) Nicho el Millionario vs Sick Boy, Psicótico
6) Damián 666, Masada, Último Ninja vs Bestia 666, Black Taurus (Indie), Garza Jr.
Ultimo Ninja & Garza on opposite sides of the main event already. Ryan Rogan, the mystery Canadian in Veracruz, is now gets a shot on a bigger profile show.
LLB (SAT) 03/31/2018Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Divino, Dragón Bane, Fandango, Ninja de Fuego, Ram El Carnero, Shadow vs Gato De Ecatepec, Manchitas, Psique, Pumita De Oro, Súper Dragons, Toxin Boy
2) Aspirantito, Freelance, Mike Segura vs Sádico, Sky Man, Súper Mega
3) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett vs Belial, Impulso, Último Vampiro
4) Carta Brava Jr., Fantasma de la Ópera, Súper Comando vs Corsario Negro, Drako, Fresero Jr.
5) Cíclope, Draztick Boy, Miedo Extremo vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs El Bandido, Hechicero, Xtreme Tiger
This is a Lucha Libre Boom versus Lucha Memes. I think, if you squint, you can figure out who’s supposed to be representing each promotion. To me, it still feels like every promotion books about the same guys so I’m finding it hard to care about the feud. There’s still good matches here, with the top two looking fun. Hope Volador just betrays Caristico again, it’s the one CMLL feud I believe in.