Seductora shaved, Kraneo triumphant at Arena Mexico Anniversary show

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CMLL (FRI) 04/27/2018 Arena México [Estrellas del RingLucha CentralluchabogMarcaOvaciones]
62nd Arena Mexico Anniversary
1) Drone, El Audaz, Tritón b Okumura, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:31. Drone replaced Titan (moved up) on Monday. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:58. Titan replaced Dragon Lee (injury) on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora [hairCMLL: Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora (Arena México 27/04/18) (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:53. Sugehit took 1/3. Seductora lost her hair for the first time.
4) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:33. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Kráneo b Rush CMLL: Rush vs Craneo (Arena México 27/04/18) (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:07. Straight falls. Rush was DQed in the first fall for ripping off Kraneo’s mask. Kraneo fouled and splashed Rush for the second fall win.
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:27. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Show was alright. There was no must see match on the show on quality alone, but Sugehit/Seductora and Rush/Kraneo both had enough to satisfy people interested in those matches. It was really more the other matches which were slight disappointments. Crowd seemed good but we never got much of a look at the upper deck; they kept the lights low all night.

The stream went out before the main event and never came back on. CMLL & Marca didn’t acknowledge it happening. it was on Youtube either.

CMLL promos: Soberano, NGD, Princesa Sugehit, La Seductora, and Kraneo.

As Charro passed away earlier today. As Charro was a lucha libre star of the 70s and 80s. Another wrestler had been using the character more recently. Lucha Central has five things you should know about As Charro.

Jim Vasallone has a video interview with Konnan, where he says he’s back in AAA “booker/writer”. His explanation is the AAA family want to focus on going international, he talked about ideas, and they thought he was the best part for it.

AAA has a video up promoting Sammy Guevera and Darby Allin as coming in soon. No date is given. I wonder if Allin is the mystery man in the Verano de Escandalo match, or debuting on some other show.

Ticket prices for the Monterrey ColiseoMania show run from 113MXN ($6) for the 3rd deck up 2034 MXP ($109) for the Oro ringside section. They’re not selling the outfield seats. I’m guessing that’s the most expensive ticket in Monterrey history yet, but we don’t know what the prices are for Verano de Escandalo ticket prices are yet (and the Dodgers/Padres series looks a lot more expensive.) The ringside tickets are just a bit cheaper than last year’s CMLL Anniversary show and much cheaper than Wagner/Psycho.

Xavi, the son on Javier Llanes and grandson on Enrique Llanes, debuted on a show in Mexico City on Friday.

The Box Y Lucha commission of Nogales passed away.


CMLL (FRI) 05/04/2018 Arena México
1) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
2) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Rush vs Último Guerrero [lightning]
5) Atlantis & Magia Blanca vs Flyer & Volador Jr. and Eléctrico & Mistico and Ángel de Oro & Robin and Hijo del Signo & Terrible and Mephisto & Yago and Ephesto & Maquiavelo and Hechicero & Espanto Jr. [Gran Alternativa, battle royal]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]

We already knew the Block A teams. We still don’t know the Block B ones! It used to be repeat winners of young tournaments were unheard of, but CMLL did it with Soberano & Sanson last year and could move Magia Blanca & Atlantis again. I would like to see the big Yago run but I don’t think it’s likely. Maybe Flyer & Volador, maybe Electrico & Mistico.

Will Rush finally get a singles win? He’s facing Ultimo Guerrero so probably no.

IAW (SAT) 05/12/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Destructor De Galaxias vs Caballero de PlataCorakEnergiaDinamic Fly Jr.PsiqueDemusImperial Jr.Id DragónPríncipe Aéreo
2) Danger vs Nuevo ÁngelLady CatDemasiadoMini Black Cat
3) Tromba vs Torito Negro Jr. [falls count anywhere]
4) Alimaña, Ciclón Black, Fly Metalik, La Fuerza vs Iron Kid, Rencor Negro Jr., Resplandor Jr., Sangre Felina
5) Metálica vs Lilith DarkStar Fire
6) Epydemius vs Aerodinamic
7) Lokillo, Sádico, Yoruba vs Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo

Upcoming indie show. Main event should be fun.

CMLL on 2018-04-27

ups and downs

Recapped: 04/27/2018


Drone, El Audaz, Tritón beat Okumura, Tiger, Virus
(12:31 [4:45, 3:47, 3:59], 1/3, good)

Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:58 [6:10, 4:08, 3:40], 2/3, good)

Princesa Sugehit beat La Seductora, hair vs hair
(17:53, 1/3, ok)

  1. Princesaa Sugehit La Regia (3:52)
  2. Seductora seated armbar (2:07)
  3. Princesa Sugehit Michinoku Driver (11:54)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja
(14:33 [6:21, 2:33, 5:39], 1/3, ok)

Kráneo beat Rush
(9:07 [2:49, 6:18], 1 DQ/2, good)

Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
(7:27 [2:16, 1:41, 3:30], 2/3, ok, via)

What happened: 

this was smart

La Seductora lost her hair for the first time in her career, to Princesa Sugehit.

Kraneo beat Rush in straight falls. Rush got himself disqualified in the first fall for an intentional mask pull. After the referee was taken out in the second fall, Kraneo fouled Rush and splashed him for the win.


The main event was sped thru, really short for even a b-level main event. I’d assume their time go cut when the hair post match took so much time. They were good enough in the time they had that it could’ve developed into something memorable, but instead we got about 15 seconds of Último Guerrero and Volador and quick finishes. The surest sign this was a big show was the crowd booing Mistico every time he did something.

Terrible gets caught

Kraneo almost dying on an ill-advised tope was not a great moment, but Rush made the most of it by selling that Kraneo’s weight landed on his ankle. The entire match was that way – not filled with errors, but making the most of what they had to work with. Rush is a great bully and jerk, more thrilled to rip off Kraneo’s mask in the first fall than to win the fall. Kraneo looked competitive against rush before getting the win, and they did enough that they could come back for a rematch.

The fourth match suffered from following the hair match; it would’ve taken an exceptionally good match to follow that one. This was instead an ordinary match with a few cool spots. They did enough to eventually get the crowd back into it in the third fall – they responded best to Angel de Oro – but felt like they just kept on going a little past their peak.


The big apuesta match was probably the best match of La Seductora’s career. She made a good effort, and they tried to shape the match in a way that could work for her. They just didn’t go far enough with it. The brawling they did early got the crowd into it, similar to the Zeuxis/Sugehit match. They even did the drink spots, at random time, just to see if they could get the same reaction. The fans were less interested when they did wrestling spots, because they weren’t nearly as good as that previous match or the matches on this show. They did care enough about the outcome to react to the near falls, but the pace of the match slowed down greatly in the third fall the longer it went. They would’ve been better off just sticking with the brawling, even if that meant they went a lot shorter. I think people who were into this feud or are fans of Princesa Sugehit would be satisfied with the mach but I wasn’t that interested in it.

The two teams in the segunda meshed well, only lacking a little more time. The finish the did was inventive if also disappointing because it felt like the match could’ve gone three or four minutes. The rudos got a nice win out of it, and the técnicos looked smooth up that point. One day, some one in CMLL will come up with a way to set up the dive off the stage in a way where it’s not totally obvious that a dive off the stage is coming.

Frequently, CMLL midcarders shuffled to the opener end up working hard than usual on these big shows. That didn’t seem to be the case here. The opener was fine but not the all out match it could’ve been. Triton looked good on his técnico run, but Audaz and Tiger didn’t work as well together. The match picked up nicely in the third fall, thoughi t still felt a little short of where it could be. Virus/Audaz having little time together was odd.