Caristico defeats Mistico, Friday card changes, IWRG Guerra de Golfo

Caristico wins

CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray b El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) El Malayo, Grako, Templario b Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos take 1/3 over the debuting Guadalajara crew.
3) Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit b Dalys & Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicas took 1/3 in a bit of a surprise.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3. Cuatrero pulled Dragon Lee’s mask off again, and Dragon Lee wants another match next week.
5) El Malayo, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Peste Negra took 2/3, the last when the Terrible blatantly fouled Negro Casas. Malayo replaced Shocker.
6) Carístico b Mistico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mistico won the first with La Mistica, Mistica was DQ in the second for ripping off Caristico’s mask by mistake, and Caristico won the third clean with La Caristica (La Mistica.)

Main event was good. I was sure the second fall was a mistake DQ live, but it felt more like it was part of the storyline later: both guys got a fall win and Mistico can call the middle fall loss a fluke. 2/4 matches seem like worth watching.

Earlier, Caristico made the case that Mistico hasn’t really done anything in his career.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has eight singles matches, a rarity in trios focused CMLL. The main event is a Dragon Lee vs Mephisto non-title singles match. This should be a good exhibition for Dragon Lee, who doesn’t seem to take it easy in any singles match. They’ve met once before, three years ago. Dragon Lee is better now, Mephisto not so much, but it should still be worth watching.

The card also includes the second block of the Torneo Nuevo Valores, winner to face Flyer next week. The luchadors involved in this one are Magia Blanca, Coyote, Fugaz, Principe Diamante, Maquiavelo, Reyko, Principe Daniel, and Principe Odin Junior. There’s no clear favorite or underdog, it’s eight guys at about the same level. I think people would be disappointed if the former Artillero and the long time veteran advanced under his new character. Otherwise, anyone could win and it’s just about the same going in. Hopefully, this tournament makes us to want see the winner more.

Three usual matches round out the card. Felino, Niebla and Rey Bucanero take on Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Mistico in the semimian buffer match. Disturbio, Hijo del Signo and Nitro take on Electrico, Fuego and Pegasso. Magnus & Robin face Akuma & Cholo in the opener, which might be a good match if not for the usual restrictions.

CultIcon previews the show. It’ll start at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube page. The Nuevo Valores tournament will begin around 8:15pm.

Guadalajara has NGD (Sanson, Cuatrero and Forastero) defending the Mexican Trios Championship against Esfinge, Titan and Triton. A title change would be a big surprise. The main event has Caristico teaming with Valiente & Volador against Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Gran Guerrero.

There’s some significant changes on Friday’s card. The Sam Adonis/Negro Casas lightning match is now a Soberano Jr./Negro Casas match. Johnny Idol is also off the show, with Dragon Rojo taking his place. No reason given for these changes.

CMLL says they’ll have a press conference next Wednesday. They’ll talk about the Arena Mexico Anniversary show, the Kid’s Day shows and special shows they have planned for May.

Barbaro Cavernario announced he finished his degree in public accounting.

AAA, in reminding folks about the 04/20 TV taping in Tijuana, mentioned it’ll be start at 11pm CT. It’s a 9pm local start and they’re on Pacific Time. That also means it’ll be possible to watch the CMLL & AAA shows back to back next Friday if you’re a crazy person very dedicated to the lucha libre. AAA has an interview with Hijo del VIkingo to build up the four way match.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 04/28 for Blood Party

CHIKARA announced the team of Rey Bucanero, PCO and Winter for their 08/31-09/02 King of Trios. PCO and Winter had pirate characters in WWE, so that’s the bit of the team.

Puma King & Barby have a new video up. Someone stole a car mirror!

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

+LuchaTV has a new episode of the podcast up.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 04/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Black Puma
2) Dranzer & Toto vs Power Bull & Voltar
3) Mexica & Shadow Boy vs Leroy & Lunatic Xtreme
4) Atomic Star, Eterno, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Drago vs Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Oficail 911, Taurino
FILL (Eterno) vs Oficial 911 (Gym Zeuz)
5) Factor & Spector vs Capo del Norte & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Semimain follows a challenge from last week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Retro vs Apocalipsis & El Coyote
2) Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Blue Panther vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Blue Panther versus Rey Cometa sounds like a really good match we’re not going to get to see.

IWRG (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena Naucalpan
Guerra del Golfo, 2018
1) Toto vs Power Bull
2) Black Dragón, Chico Che, Mexica vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances
3) Leo, Rafy, Veneno vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Eterno
4) Trauma I vs Hijo del PanteraTortuga TeeloImposibleHijo de Canis LupusAramisSúper Brazo Jr.El Hijo del Medico Asesino [cage, loser advance]
5) Trauma II vs SpectorTortuga MikeEmperador AztecaDinamic BlackCapo del NorteDiablo Jr.Machine Rocker [cage, loser advance]
6) ? vs ?? [cage, mask]

This is the annual three cage match show, where the losers of the two cage matches meet in a third with a mask on the line. The tease here is one of the feuding teams (Tortugas, Comando Elite, Capos, Rockers) will lose their mask in this match. There’s also a guy like Super Brazo Jr. lingering around there.

LLB NOBA (WED) 05/02/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Baxter vs OptimusAtomic StarHijo De Brazo De PlatinoFandangoKid SilverSauromDragón BaneToto
2) Asparantito, El Divino, Pinochito vs Demonio Chino, Ninja de Fuego, Pentagoncito
3) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Dr. Karonte Jr. & Súper Comando and Halloween & X-Fly
4) Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Golden Magic vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
5) Pantera vs Último VampiroMegaSúper MegaFantasma de la ÓperaMike SeguraCarta Brava Jr. (IWL)PanteritaStar BoyAvismanBombero Infernal? [Copa Retro Naucalpan]
6) Carístico vs Penta 0M vs Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagón

Lucha Libre Boom returns to Naucalpan for the first time in 10 months with an odd first of a main event. Some of the other stuff looks more likely to work out, especially the fourth match.