Neither Cavernario/Soberano or Taven/Volador had the same sequences as a normal big CMLL match. Both were really good. Perhaps more variety is a good thing. Same thing applies for Fantasma/Parka Negra, which was definitely not like most anything AAA does in the upper half of their shows. I still think I might have underrated that one.
I’m all caught up on TV, or at least was when I wrote this. Maybe I’ll squeeze in some indie matches again.
MDA (SUN) 04/01/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Babe Fox b Mini Hator
2) Memo Valles b Gato Fantasma
3) The Tiger b Príncipe Legendario Príncipe Legendario (Alberto Dos Rios) replaced Epydemius
4) Laredo Kid b Emperador Azteca (IWRG) money thrown in
5) El Divo & Juventud Guerrera b Hijo de LA Park & Jack Evans Divo has joined MAD, and Hijo de LA Park challenged him to a mask vs hair match.
6) Cibernético & LA Park b Blue Demon Jr. & Zorro LA Park won via foul on Blue Demon
CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018Arena México
1) Bengala & Oro Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor Oro Jr. replaced Sensei
2) Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Shockercito. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela Vaquerita replaced Maravilla
4) George Kebrada & Sangre Imperial b Flyer, Grako, Retro, Yago, Astral, Súper Astro Jr. [Copa Nuevos Valores, seeding battle royal]
5) Súper Astro Jr. b Astral [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
6) Yago b Retro [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
7) Flyer b Grako [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
8) Sangre Imperial b George Kebrada [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
9) Yago b Súper Astro Jr. [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinal]
10) Flyer b Sangre Imperial [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinal]
11) Flyer b Yago [Copa Nueva Valores, semifinal]
12) Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla b Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. straight falls, Mephisto pulling Dragon Lee’s mask and cradled him.
CMLL didn’t make it clear they were running singles matches instead of a cibernetico. A cibernetico would’ve produced a better overall match. Singles match gave some people more chance to stand out individual (and gave them the only singles wins they’re likely to get this year.) Retro was beat quickly and some of the other matches didn’t go long, but it was an overall interesting field. Super Astro Jr. show off a few of his father’s old moves. George Kebrada looked useful in streaming debut. Flyer & Yago went for difficult spots in the block final and did not get them all but were able to recover when well.
Flyer’s seems to face Akuma a lot, seven times since last October, and his chances of going to the final is up. Flyer winning suggests Audaz has been removed from the tournament, since there’s no point in the new star losing in this competition. Last night’s run down of Informa guests suggests Principe Odin Jr., who’s has a new name but has been around since 2005 as Artillero, might have been added to this tournament. I don’t think we’re going to know for sure who’s in the second block unless they announce it on Informa or release the card on Thursday.
CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Ráfaga & Sádico b El Yaqui & Mágico Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Frezzer, Raziel b Magnum, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther Rudos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Tecnicos took 2/3, and challenged for the national trios championship. NGD accepted.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, the last by sneaking in a foul on Volador.
Trios title match next week. The GDL feed is working at this moment, but will it last?
CMLL luchadora Skadi was doing an autograph signing this past weekend. She has been seen in the ring since injuring an ankle on a move off the apron last September. Skade mentions here that she actually broke her ankle in four places.
complete Impact Wrestling versus Lucha Underground, airing on Twitch for free Friday night.
Austin Aries & Fenix vs. Alberto El Patron & Pentagon Jr.
Eddie Edwards vs. Jeremiah Crane [I Quit]
Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie [IMPACT KNOCKOUT]
LAX vs. Killshot & The Mack [IMPACT TAG]
Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett & DJZ vs. Drago, King Cuerno & Aerostar
Teddy Hart, Scott Steiner vs Dave Crist, Jack Crist
Famous B vs Trevor Lee
Matt Sydal, Caleb Konley, Moose vs Chavo Guerrero Jr., Jack Evans, Matanza
Eli Drake vs Brian Cage
Despite Lucha Underground doing zero to promote this show, Impact has sold out the reserved seating.
I’ve enjoyed Famous B’s work on Lucha Underground and it will be neat to see him on WrestleCon. I do not intend disrespect for Famous B. I would have liked to see more AAA luchadors in his spot, or other people’s spots, on this card. However, it seems a safe bet issues like that are more AAA issues than Impact (or LU’s), since that seems to be a consistent issue no matter who’s using them. It does make it strange that Lucha Libre FMV’s Lucha Underground has more people on this show who’ve left AAA than who are still working for AAA.
CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko vs El Malayo, Grako, Templario
3) Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys & Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
6) Carístico vs Mistico
The big news: CMLL actually teamed up Los Ingobernables. Congrats to Kraneo for being free of these fools for a day.
And also Caristico & Mistico. I don’t know. When they’ve gone in this direction in the past, like last December, I always figured they held back because they were going to save Caristico vs Mistico for a big day in Arena Mexico. A Arena Puebla show the week after spring vacations end is not exactly a big day. If this draws just as well as the last two weeks, that’s a big feather in their cap, because those shows have a scheduling advantage these ones have not.
I suspect this match is happening to balance things out. Mistico got the win last week, perhaps with the idea that Caristico was going to get his win back here. I can’t imagine Caristico agreeing to lose twice in a row to his replacement. And maybe that’s the reason it’s happening a relatively small show in Arena Puebla instead of a big Arena Mexico show, because CMLL can’t imagine having Mistico lose on a big show either.
It still seems like, if not a waste, but a missed opportunity to hype this match for weeks and put in a bigger building when it’s first time dream match. It’ll still do well in Arena Mexico if/when they do it. Maybe they need to run it thru in Arena Puebla successfully to feel confident about running it thru Arena Mexico and this will ease that process. Maybe the reason CMLL doesn’t do the big matches is because they actually don’t know what their big matches are, and see this one as no more important than the Gran Guerrero versus Mistico they originally were going to run. (I’m skeptical of that reason; indie promoters were asked to not book this match or tease it on their shows. But some of those indies run the same size buildings as Arena Puebla.) Whatever the reason, there’s not many bigger singles non-stip matches CMLL could be running, and it seems to be behind at least the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show and the Copa Nueva Valores tournament in importance for some reason.
At least it’s not on the Sunday show like all the Dragon Lee/Cavernario matches.
Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Tavenbeat Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible (16:40 [5:50, 2:41, 8:09], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
The opener was joined in progress, the stream started late. Opening mat work was still going on, so probably a minute or so was missed.
The Tuesday main event was much more than usually happens in that spot, with a lot more time put in. It wasn’t a deeper match than they usually go but it did have more moments where it felt like they cared. Terrible doing the stare down with everyone is fun, and he worked well with Dragon Lee. Matt Taven threw everything into his last tope. Diamante Azul threw Ephesto far on his monkey flip.
The singles match was a treat. Cavernario aggressiveness early caused the match to play a lot different than usual. It never felt like an exhibition, but a war Soberano had to overcome a big early blow, more apuesta grudge than title match. The Mephisto/Soberano match showed off all Soberano could do, this match made you care more about him actually being able to do it. Soberano still got in some of his fancier spots for the sake of doing them, they just made stuff like the stage dive feel more a part of the match than usual. Cavernario’s one of the best at selling or doing anything and not just standing blankly waiting to be hit, which helps a bunch. Neither guy really had to kill themselves for a strong reaction, which was a nice change of pace. I liked this more than Angel de Oro/Cuatrero early. It’s a borderline match for me, and I ended up putting in excellent because it felt like something that didn’t deserve to be lumped in with all the Great matches.
We’ve progressed to the point where Misterioso is getting pins when other people are being dumb. It’s contagious, and the rudos caught it in the second fall of the fourth match. Universo 2000 didn’t feel out of place in the match, though it was heavier on comedy than usual for this crew. I didn’t like it quite as much as the others.
The tercera was the best of this psuedo-series between the Cancerberos & the ex-Minis. Outside of one slip, the rudos held better during this match. The técnicos have tried for more in other matches, but what they did her worked and peaked well for the finish. This match, like all the others on this show, was helped by having a crowd that was far more into this action than usual for a Tuesday.