CMLL Puebla: 2018-03-26 


Recapped: 03/26/2018


Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Meyer beat Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Sombra Diabólika
(16:02 [7:05, 3:41, 5:16], 2/3, below average,
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Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Policeman beat Eléctrico, Millenium, Rey Samuray
(16:59 [9:44, 4:09, 3:06], 1/3, ok,

Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma beat Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(17:36 [8:05, 3:48, 5:43], 2/3 DQ, ok,
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Dragón Lee, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja beat Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
(15:51 [7:06, 2:28, 6:17], 2/3, ok, via

Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(10:47, 1/2, good, via VideosOficialesCMLLs)

What happened:

Shocker really likes hitting Dragon Le

The main event set up a trios title match for next week

Mascara 2000 fouled Angel de Oro after the two had feuded all match.


The main event is the Sky Team again playing against type, because the crowd will not cheer for Mistico in most circumstances and absolutely will not cheer for him in a match also including Caristico. Sometimes, it seems like CMLL just expects to wake up one day and that situation to have ‘fixed’ itself. Ultimo Guerrero and Mistico’s opening exchange is definitely worked like they expect a sympathetic reaction for Mistico is trapped in tough holds, and that never comes. Everyone adjusts, as they’ve done many times already, and it becomes a fun match that’s sidetracked a few times because of Mistico (storyline pouting.) There’s enough here to make next week’s title match appetizing, though the appeal here is the flipped sides from normal.

you gotta be careful of Terrible’s left cross

The semimain had a strong first fall and then slowed way down with these rudos in charge. That’s not new for these rudos. It did turn much more entertaining in the third fall with everyone going for random epic battles. Dragon Lee usually looks great himself. He also made Terrible and Shocker look impressive for knocking him silly. Not sure why Rey Bucanero is pinning Matt Taven before Matt Taven challenges for a title but CMLL doesn’t have to make sense.

If you ever wanted to see Angel de Oro and Mascara 2000 feud for a match, CMLL had you covered tonight. Mascara usually doesn’t hang around this far down the midcard, so this match was unique if not very useful. Finish seemed they’re continuing this issue, which is so strange. Universo 2000 Jr. seems to be gaining confidence, and probably will end up being a positive before long.

When Rey Samuray didn’t try the Brillo 450 to end the second fall, I was sure that meant the técnicos were winning the match and he was doing it to end it. Nah. Eléctrico took a dropkick to the backside, Samuray took a Canadian Destroyer and Metálico sort of backdrops Millenium. Electrico’s laying on the apron roll into a headscissors was a better as an idea than it came across, Metálico had to do 90% of the work and isn’t good enough to hide that he was mostly carrying him. Hijo del Signo looked the best of the rudos once the bell ring, which is saying something.

The opener had moments where it appeared it could become interesting, but quickly corrected course and was it’s usual forgettable match. Black Tiger sure stands blankly and calls spots obviously for a maestro. Some went wrong with him in the third fall, which required them to stall out the match until he was ready. Meyer was the best guy in the match.

poor Metalico

Misitco submits Caristico, Copa Nuevo Valores tonight

Mistica on Caristico

CMLL (MON) 04/02/2018 Arena Puebla
1) El Malayo, King Jaguar, Policeman b Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas took 2/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma b Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecicos took 2/3, Angel de Oro pinning Mascara 2000 in the third.
4) Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. DQ Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls. Sanson unmasked Dragon Lee for the DQ, then the NGD took his and Soberano’s masks.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOSLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2  DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sky Team took 2/3, the last when Mistico submitted Caristico cleanly to La Mistica 10th defense, first in over a year. Post match challenges built up a Mistico/Caristico title match.

I very well may be forgetting something, but I believe that’s the first time Mistico has made Caristico give up to their shared hold. The post match promos and the announcers were all treating Mistico vs Caristico like it was obviously going to be happening next week and it was no big deal it would be. It still would be a really big deal if it actually happened, and shocking that CMLL would do it for the first time in Arena Puebla when they’re aware of how hot the tease of the match has been in Arena Mexico. Guess we’ll see when the card comes out.

Beyond all that, the match was said to be good. (I didn’t get to watch much of it yet.)  This appears to be the first card with all five Dinamitas on it.

Today’s Arena Mexico show’s main event is Mr. Niebla, Ephesto and Mephisto versus Diamatne Azul, Dragon Lee and Soberano. The spotlight match is the semimain, the first part of the Copa Nuevo Valores tournament, which is sort of successor to the Sangre Nueva tournament and Copa Juniors of recent years as the midcard/lower competition.

2012: Dragon Lee (Mistico) defeated Raziel
2013: Soberano Jr. defeated Taurus (Gran Guerrero)
2014: Super Halcon Jr. defeated Canelo Casas
2016: Esfinge defeated Puma
2017: Soberano Jr. defeated Sanson

Tonight will have eight men in a cibernetico. Eight more will be in a match next week, and the finalists will meet on 04/17 for the cup. Tonight’s eight can be broken up like so

very long shots: Sangre Imperial, George Kebrada, Retro, Grako
dark horses:  Super Astro Jr., Yago
favorites: Flyer, Astral

A rookie tournament is more prone to unexpected finalists. We have less information about how CMLL sees these guys. Retro & Grako have been openers only, but Geroge Kebrada has barely been seen. I’m guessing Super Astro Jr. has a better shot because he has a family name, but he didn’t really stand out when I saw him last year. Flyer doens’t have many big wins but he’s being booked higher than everyone else here, and Astral is a former champion.

Astral is notable also because he was not in the originally announced field. I’m not sure who got bumped, but I do know there’s a rumor going around Facebook that both Audaz & Templario were moved out of this competition. I don’t know if it’s true, but something to keep in mind if the announcers start listing off next week’s field during this week’s match.

Reporte Indigo interviews Sangre Imperial, who feels he needs to win over the fans in this match more than he needs to actually win the match. He’s probably correct? Imperial says his father (Sangre Chicana)’s name opened doors, but he needs to prove he’s more than just another junior to get farther. It doesn’t sound like father and son are close.

The rest of CMLL’s Tuesday show includes a women’s match, a minis match, an opener full of veterans since the rookies are already booked. Tuesday’s show returns to the normal 7:30pm CT start time, which means the Sangre Nueva tournament takes place around 8:40pm. It’ll be on YouTUbe as normal.

Guadalajara has Caristico teaming with Volador & Valiente against Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas. Volador attacked Caristico after they teamed up last week there and probably will again. The semimain has the NGD vs Esfinge, Titan and Triton, which seems likely to set up a trios title match next week – though perhaps it’s a question which trios titles will be on the line. Remember, Cuatrero, Sanson and Forastero hold both the national trios titles and the Guadalajara focused Occidente Trios Championship.

Voice of Wrestling has a preview of the The Crash show at WrestleCon, which is incredibly only three days away. My current understanding is the show will not air live, but a rough cut of the show will be up to watch on Highspots in a day or so, and then a more post produced version will be available later on.

Johnny Mundo and Taya are interviewed on Harley Morenstein’s YouTube channel about Lucha Underground. (Thanks for mentioning this in the comments!) The video gives the best look of the Season 4 Temple I’ve seen so far. During the discussion, Morenstein says Lucha Underground Season 4 starts in June, and Mundo corrects to the more vague “summer”.

Puma’s latest video includes a trip to Guadalajara for their Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show. Puma was also announced for Beyond Wrestling’s 04/29 show in Worcester, taking on Flip Gordon.

In Arena Jalisco, Willy Banderas lost his hair to Reggae Boy in a cage match.

04/22 Lucha Memes vs CaraLucha in Coliseo Coacalco

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

+Lucha has the latest edition of their podcast.


new lucha videos for the weekend of March 30, 2018

Guadalajara is still down. IWRG only aired one episode and only half of that. This is not much and I thought it was going to be nothing on YouTube at all at one point.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-04-01
taped 2018-03-23 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Blue Panther Jr. vs Drone in a lightning match
2) Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Sansón, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
3) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero vs Kráneo, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-04-02
taped 2018-04-01 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Príncipe Mexica & Toto vs Atomic Star & Dragón Bane
2) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances, Hip Hop Man, Lunatic Xtreme
3) Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., X-Fly