great match roundup, week of 2018-03-24

Soberano wins

recaps for this week

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.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
great Volador Jr. © vs Matt Taven for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
good Hijo del Fantasma © vs La Parka Negra for the AAA Latin American Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
good Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. for the AAA World Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
good Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles matchLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
good Astral, Eléctrico, Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
good Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Taven vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
good Flyer & Robin vs Akuma & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
ok Aerostar & Drago vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clownand Joe Lider & Mr. Águila  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
ok Máximo, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
ok Eléctrico, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
ok Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma vs Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
ok Dragón Lee, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
ok Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Kawato San LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
ok Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
below average Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Vampiro vs Blue Demon Jr., Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
below average Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
below average Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
not rated Bengala & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
not rated Acero, Aéreo, Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
watch later Dr. Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin for the hair Dr. Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin, hair vs hair (posted by thecubsfan) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro ¡¡¡ CABELLERA vs CABELLERA !!! en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro, cabellera contra cabellera en IWRG *Lucha Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV) IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-03-26 2018-03-25

 

Caristico/Mistico next Monday, Flyer advances in Copa Nuevo Valores, LU vs Impact

 

Flyer & Yago

MDA (SUN) 04/01/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Babe Fox b Mini Hator Baby Fox vs Mini Hator ¡Mano a mano en la Arena Coliseo de Mty con MDA! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Memo Valles b Gato Fantasma Memo Valle vs Gato Fantasma en la Arena Coliseo de Monterrey con MDA (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
3) The Tiger b Príncipe Legendario The Tiger vs Príncipe Legendario con MDA en Arena Coliseo de Monterrey (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Príncipe Legendario (Alberto Dos Rios) replaced Epydemius
4) Laredo Kid b Emperador Azteca (IWRG) Laredo Kid vs Emperador Azteca ¡Lucha inédita! con MDA en Arena Coliseo Monterrey (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
money thrown in
5) El Divo & Juventud Guerrera b Hijo de LA Park & Jack Evans Hijo de L.A. Park y Jack Evans vs Juventud Guerrera y El Divo En Arena Coliseo Mty con MDA (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
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 L.A. Park y Cibernético vs Blue Demon Jr y El Zorro en Arena Coliseo Mty con MDA (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
LA Park won via foul on Blue Demon

MDA continues to do well, even if we only see them on YouTube highlights. The one YouTube highlight getting attention is La Parka not doing much to protect Blue Demon on a piledriver off the apron and onto one the plastic carts.

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Oro Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Oro Jr. replaced Sensei
2) Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Shockercito. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Vaquerita replaced Maravilla
4) George Kebrada & Sangre Imperial b FlyerGrakoRetroYagoAstralSúper Astro Jr. [Copa Nuevos Valores, seeding battle royalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Súper Astro Jr. b Astral [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Yago b Retro [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Flyer b Grako [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) Sangre Imperial b George Kebrada [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Yago b Súper Astro Jr. [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Flyer b Sangre Imperial [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11) Flyer b Yago [Copa Nueva Valores, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12) Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla b Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
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.

On CMLL’s Facebook, Flyer thanks everyone for supporting him, including uncle Volador. Dragon Lee also said he’d want to face Mephisto in a singles match, but that’s probably a ways off if it’ll happen at all. Next week will be full of Copa Nueva Valores singles matches as well, and that final is on 04/17.

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018 Arena 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?

ROH World has an interview with Matt Taven. If he knows when he’s going back to CMLL, he’s keeping it quiet, though he does suggest he might defend the NWA Welterweight Championship elsewhere.

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.

Bobby Lee is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. It sounds like his condition is improving.

CMLL has bios of Blue Panther and Negro Casas before they appear on the Arena Coliseo anniversary show. ESTO has an interview with Felino & Atlantis about the building. Tickets for the show were supposed to on sale Thursday, but it sounds like they may have moved it up a day.

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.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 04/28 for Blood Party

+LuchaTV has interviews with Microman and Caristico,

Drago talks about the four way tag team match in Tijuana two weeks from Friday. It sounds like it’s a title match now.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018 Arena 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.

 

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-03-27

this is much more impressive than the stage dives

Recapped: 03/28/2017

Matches:

Apocalipsis & Inquisidor beat Bengala & Retro  
(11:48 [5:18, 2:36, 3:54], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia bea Acero, Aéreo, Fantasy  
(15:40 [7:27, 3:22, 4:51], 1/3, n/r, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel beat Astral, Eléctrico, Pegasso 
(13:27 [5:51, 3:39, 3:57], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
(10:22 [3:04, 3:32, 3:46], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. beat Cavernario
(16:11, 2 DQ/3, excellent, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Taven beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible
(16:40 [5:50, 2:41, 8:09], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Maya drives Misterioso into the barricade

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.

Thoughts:

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.

gotta keeping GIFing this

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.

 

Ephesto in flight