Penta debuts in CMLL, King Phoenix defeats Cavernario in excellent match

Penta arrives in Arena Mexico

CMLL (FRI) 06/29/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralMarcaOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo b Magnus & Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:29. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Disturbio, Kawato San, Okumura b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:12. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:12. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:49. Rudos took 1/3. Amapola, Mascara 2000, Tony Salazar and Dr. Jose Narro Robles, the former dean of the UNAM university and current Mexico Secretary of Health were given the Copa Bobby Bonales were honored.
5) King Phoenix b Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:00. Cavernario took fall 1 by countout after the splash to the floor. Phoenix took falls 2/3.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Ciber the Main Man, Sharly Rock Star, The Chrizh LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:13. Cibernetico is Ciber the Main Man and Zorro is the Chrizh. Klan Kaoz was DQed in the second fall for mask remove, then DQed in the third fall when Penta el Zero M ran in to attack Penta. They fought and cut promos on each other.

CMLL post-match promos: Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo (will form a team if the fans want it), the Copa Bobby Bonales winners, King Phoenix (satisfied with the match and getting revenge on Cavernario), Klan Kaoz (challenge everyone), Penta el Zero M (coming for Caristico’s mask) and Caristico (vs Penta). Box Y Lucha posted the general media interviews with Caristico (thinks his partners are jealous), Penta (likes the idea of a Caristico/Penta and Park/Rush doubleheader at the Anniversario show), and Klan Kaoz.

Penta’s debut got a huge reaction. I thought Caristico got too much on him for their first interaction in Arena Mexico. It probably doesn’t matter. They’re not doing the mask match but they are probably going to have a heated singles match at some point. Maybe not next week, and probably not the week after since Penta is booked elsewhere. CMLL seems to be not using LA Park at this moment because he’s working out the AAA/ELITE show, which would suggest neither Caristico nor Penta are the main event surprise for that show.

Phoenix/Cavernario was worth going out of your way to watch. Phoenix getting the W means CMLL got bigger plans; he’s sure to be on the Anniversario in some form at this point. (Maybe Lucha Brothers vs Dragon Lee/Caristico?) Cavernario should get some bigger plans too – the boos for Phoenix were more about CMLL fans wanting some more for their caveman.

Klan Kaoz didn’t look at the wrestling level of CMLL main events. On the other hand, they’re bringing in Rayo de Jalisco and Octagon in a couple weeks so maybe that doesn’t matter.

Volador is very much the odd man out right now. He looked very unhappy about it in the main event. He attacked Caristico with Zorro’s cane (only after Zorro didn’t get the idea to do it first) even though they’re supposed to be partners in something that didn’t look like part of the plan. Volador was clearly frustrated during the match, showing most life when he got the crowd to chant at Klan Kaoz.

Negro Casas was supposed to wrestle for CWA in Puerto Rico today. Instead, the promotion says Negro Casas was arrested entering the country for not having a proper work visa. There’s no word about his current status, though the promotion writing “hopefully we can bring him in later” does sound like they don’t believe it wasn’t serious. It also seemed like they thought it was a mistake Casas made, not them.

All Pro Wrestling announced Titan will face Flip Gordon in the first round of next Friday’s King of the Indies tournament. Dragon Lee’s first-round match is still to be announced.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

A brief article on the Santo museum in Tulancingo.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 07/06/2018 Arena México
1) Robin & Starman vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Atlantis, Flyer, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Penta El Zero M, Rush, Terrible vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

The main event really doesn’t make any sense – Valiente & Volador are emphatically not Caristico’s friends. CMLL may have changed a lot this year but their booking still doesn’t always have to make sense. At least Penta is an upgrade on La Bestia del Ring.

I’m making a lot of the bad Klan Kaos names because they are very bad. I know the pattern because it’s happened a lot the last few years: someone shows up in CMLL with a strange new name, everyone points out how dumb it is for about two weeks, and then we get used to calling a grown human “Caristico” after a while. These names are absurdly bad. They rely on you knowing the real identity of the wrestlers while being stuck in the mindset that everyone has to have a gimmick name. That’s not really necessary, and it’s actively counter produce here. Just call them Cristobel Martinez and Jesus Luna and Octavio Lopez, and everyone who doesn’t now who those people are will figure out quickly enough, and you won’t look like dopes in the process.

This may all be a moot point if they can’t have a better match than last night. If they can’t be good with the Guerreros, there’s not a lot of hope. The following week card (07/13) is going to be different looking with the celerbation of Atlantis anyway. I wonder if they’ll sneak Tiburon onto the card?

3th & 4th matches should be good. La Guerrera hasn’t made an appearance since her sole streaming match on May 8th, so she’s a surprising inclusion here. But then she can’t be any worse than the tag team of Apocalipsis & Inquisidor. Maybe tune in late.

Of note: if Mexico gets past Brazil on Monday (and gets past the World Cup round of 16 for the first time since 1986), they’d play their quarterfinal game against Japan or Belgium earlier this night.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29

King Phoenix

Recapped: 06/29/2018

Matches: 

Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo beat Magnus & Príncipe Diamante
(11:29 [4:17, 3:45, 3:27], 1/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Kawato San, Okumura beat Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma  
(14:12 [5:18, 3:06, 5:48], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat  Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(10:12 [5:21, 2:27, 2:24], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja  
(14:49 [5:12, 3:30, 6:07], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

King Phoenix beat Cavernario
(19:00, 2/3, excellent,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. COR Phoenix (3:18)
  2. Phoenix double wristlock back bridge cradle (4:35)
  3. Phoenix valagueza powerbomb (11:07)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Charly Rockstar, Cibernético, Zorro  
(10:13 [3:48, 1:59, 4:26], 2 DQ/3 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened: 

Caveman still crazy

The main event wasn’t any good in all the ways where it was obvious this would not be a good mix of people. Volador in particularly appeared frustrated with the quality of his opponents. Zorro/Chrizh was theoretically going to be the best of these three guys but was throwing ugly looking clotheslines when he was even doing that much. He did a running knee that I don’t know what it was supposed to be. Somehow Sharly was worse. Volador & Sharly had a brutal exchange at the start of the second fall, and Valiente eventually forced him to take a headscissors to set up his dive in the third (where I was sure Valiente was going to try and put a hole in him.) Cibernético is not supposed to be the worker of the team. More Klan Kaoz matches would be an obvious mistake.

It didn’t really matter much tonight, because of the ending. Unlike his brother (and unlike Klan Kaoz), Penta was very over from the moment he showed up and the crowd was hot to see him and to see him fight Caristico. If CMLL learns anything here, it should be that it’s about bringing the right people in, not just bringing anyone who was a name at one point.

Cavernario versus the barrier

Penta el Zero M made his CMLL debut by attacking Carístico in the main event, ending the match in a disqualification. (Klan Kaoz, in their debut, got the only clean pins of the match in the opener, with the second and third ending by referee decision.) Penta was there to answer Caristico’s challenge about coming to his building. The two teased a match and brawled until security finally got involved. They’re heading to a singles match, but it didn’t seem like one would happen next week. Volador, theoretically Caristico’s friend, actually took Zorro’s cane and hit Carístico with it during the post match attack. Volador seemed unhappy during the entire match.

CMLL billed the rudo team as Ciber the Main Main, The Chrizh, and Sharly Rockstar. Those names are terrible.

King Phoenix defeated Cavernario cleanly. The crowd was lukewarm on Phoenix, and loudly behind home team favorite Cavernario. Phoenix did win them over to some extent with the finish.

Amapola, Mascara 2000, Tony Salazar and Dr. Jose Narro Robles, the former dean of the UNAM university and current Mexico Secretary of Health recieved the Copa Bobby Bonales.

Thoughts:

Brillo Cometa

Phoenix versus Cavernario delivered. It was a fast paced action match that showed off the skill and suicidal tactics of both men. They meshed much better than last week, Fenix had out of this world moves, and Cavernario got to go to a level we haven’t seen in a long time. There were plenty of big spot highlights, without the dead moments between moves in some of the bigger CMLL matches. Their smaller stuff, the cradle sequence at the end of the second fall and the chop fight in the third fight, looked just as good as their bigger stuff.

Reaction to this match on Twitter was as the best match of the year. I had it slightly lower, to the point where I wasn’t sure what grade it was going to give it. Fenix had some heel kicks that didn’t look too convincing, and one big slip that Cavernario nicely covered. The weird negative reactions to Fenix also made the match feel strange at times. There were enough incredible moments, like Fenix paying for going for his rolling cutter way too often in an unexpected fashion, and it’s an easy recommendation even with the nitpicks.

brothers teamwork

Another good NGD match with the rudos continuing to have the Chavez brother’s number. Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero are as good at destroying people as anyone in CMLL, and they equally made Atlantis look as good as he has in a long time. Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro were way into the match and looked good when they weren’t getting superkicked out of existence.

They didn’t get a lot of time in the tercera, but it still was one of the best Rey Cometa performances in quite some time. He was on with his trickiest dives and looking good at them. Only the 450 at the end was a touch off. All the técnicos were flying around a lot, if not quite as far as Guerrero Maya would’ve liked, and the rudos were in the right place for them. Templario is fitting in these type of action matches.

thru the corner tornillo

I had some technical issues during the second match, but it seemed just a touch better than usual. Star Jr. & Stigma having an array of tag team maneuvers was unexpected. Star Jr. looks good when he has a chance to. They did a lot of dives, which sometimes worked out for Kawato. Okumura took a hard landing on his finishing superplex.

Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo remain not very good and took most of the match. The técnicos may appreciate taking the pointless Canadian Destroyers because it’s the only flip they can do with these rudos. There were about 10 good seconds of match near the end of the second fall.

great match roundup, week of 2018-06-16

LA Park

recaps

LA Park versus Rush was LA Park versus Rush. The Panthers match was the only other one I felt strongly about. There was a lot of stuff marked good that I didn’t feel all that strongly about. I don’t have the AAA matches on here. I probably should, but keeping track of AAA TV that was taped months ago doesn’t seem like a priority. The MOTYC list is updated anyway.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent L.A. Park vs Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-22 2018-06-22
great Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-22 2018-06-22
good Astral & Eléctrico vs Akuma & El Coyote LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-17 2018-06-17
good Estrellita vs MistiquePrincesa SugehitMarcelaMalignaDalysReyna IsisMetálicaLa SeductoraAmapola in a cibernetico match LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-17 2018-06-17
good Mistico & Rush vs Cuatrero & Sansón HIGHLIGHTS RUSH Y DRAGÓN LEE vs SANSÓN Y CUATRERO EN LA ARENA MÉXICO (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-17 2018-06-17
good Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato, Okumura, TemplarioLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-19 2018-06-19
good Killshot, Son of Havoc, the Mack © vs Big Bad Steve, Jake Strong, Sammy Guevara Lucha Underground: 2018-06-20 2018-02-24
good Dragón Azteca Jr. vs Drago [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2018-06-20 2018-02-24
good Pentagón Dark © vs Matanza [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2018-06-20 2018-02-24
good El Hijo de L.A. Park, King Phoenix, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-22 2018-06-22

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Gallito, Micro Ángel, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-17 2018-06-17
ok Blue Panther vs Felino LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-17 2018-06-17
ok Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO UNA FUNCION MUY PADRE 17 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-17 2018-06-17
ok Acero, Astro, Asturiano, Stukita vs Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-18 2018-06-18
ok Rush vs Kráneo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-18 2018-06-18
ok Flyer, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Titán, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-18 2018-06-18
ok Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-19 2018-06-19
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr., VirusLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-19 2018-06-19
ok Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-19 2018-06-19
ok Atlantis vs Rey Bucanero for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-19 2018-06-19
ok Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-22 2018-06-22
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-22 2018-06-22
not rated Black Tiger & Meyer vs Guerrero Espacial & PolicemanLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-18 2018-06-18
not rated Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & La SeductoraLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-18 2018-06-18
not rated Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Kawato San, Máscara Año 2000, Okumura LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-18 2018-06-18
not rated Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Signo Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-19 2018-06-19
not rated Robin & Súper Astro Jr. vs Akuma & Yago LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-22 2018-06-22
watch later Niebla Roja vs Furia Roja for the hair Niebla Roja vs Furia Roja, cabellera vs cabellera en la Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara (posted by +LuchaTV) Niebla Roja vs Furia Roja, hair vs hair (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-06-16 2018-06-12
watch later Carístico vs Mistico Carístico vs Místico, mano a mano en la Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara (posted by +LuchaTV) Carístico vs Mistico (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-06-16 2018-06-12

Klan Kaoz & Fenix/Cavernario in CMLL, Pentagon apuesta match

CMLL

After five weeks of LA Park versus Rush, CMLL goes a different direction tonight. Cibernetico, Zorro and Sharly Rock Star debut as Klan Kaoz. It’s a faction started in the Zorro-led Kaoz promotion in Monterrey that’s only one run show so far, so right now it’s just an easier way of saying “here are some people you might remember from a certain era of AAA.”

Cibernetico & Sharly have been on CMLL shows in the past, while Zorro hasn’t been around Arena Mexico in nearly two decades. All are sort of comparable to Rey Bucanero at this point in their career. Cibernetico was a bigger star than Bucanero, but all four are similar long past their physical primes. You can count on them to show effort in a big match, like tonight’s debut is, but they also shouldn’t be expected to have great matches. All probably could offer lucha libre a lot more with their minds than their bodies, but the economics of the Mexican wrestling business has left them still in the ring. They’re not at all a good stylistic match for Caristico, Volador, and Valiente – either a younger guy needed to be added to Klan Kaoz or an older guy needs to be added to the tecnico side – and it’s tough for me see past that to figure out if this is going to draw or not. With this match, both AAA & CMLL are kind of both running inter-promotional feuds against promotions which don’t really exist – CMLL against a variety of ex-AAA guys, AAA against ELITE as a stand-in for CMLL. I’m not sure if there’s still enough interest in this era of AAA to bring curious people to Arena Mexico, especially following the much bigger Park/Rush matches.

King Phoenix and Cavernario should bring some curious independent onlookers, curious to see what Fenix will do in his singles opportunity. I think there’s more pressure on Cavernario, who didn’t seem like he could keep up with one of the skilled luchadors in the world last week. Cavernario has the reputation of being one of the best wrestlers in CMLL and often lives up to that, but Fenix has gotten his own rep as one of the best by adapting well with people who aren’t working his usual style. Cavernario’s got to show that ability tonight.

A lot of solid matches without anything big for the rest of the show. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja (maybe) team with Atlantis to face NGD again. Maya, Cometa, and Stuka take on Ephesto, Mephisto and Templario, which should be a nice chance for the young rudo. Okumura, Kawato San and Disturbio take on Pegasso, Star Jr. and Stigma in the second match, and Magnus & Principe Diamante face Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo in the opener.

Beyond the matches, Amapola, Mascara 2000 and Tony Salazar will receive the Copa Bobby Bonales award. Pheonix/Cavernario is listed as a full three fall match, so this figures to be a long show.

Lucha Central has their own preview.

As always, the Friday night show is supposed to be streamed on Marca and Facebook. Both appear to be regionblocked at the moment, which means I’ll probably be streaming on Twitter. Check the pinned Tweet for info later.

Dragon Lee will be wrestling on the NJPW CEO show tonight. He teams with Taguchi to face Roppongi 3K. The entire show will stream for free on CEO’s Twitch channel starting at 7 (though I think the main card may not start until 7:30.) I’m not sure about match order, but I think Lee’s match will be on before the CMLL show starts or just about the time of the opener. I’m not sure if it’ll be available later.

Niebla Roja is also listed as teaming with Mistico against Rey Bucanero & Shocker in Tijuana tonight. I suspect he works Arena Mexico and not that date. Shocker is listeda as working about 4 different shows in that area of the country this weekend. Today would’ve been the show of the ColiseoMania show, which would’ve meant Fenix wouldn’t be in for this show.

CMLL had a non-streamed press conference yesterday with Atlantis & Octagon, talking up Octagon’s appearance on Atlantis’ 07/13 anniversary show. They’re also doing the bit where they hype it as Octagon’s first match in Arena Mexico since leaving for AAA. It’ll be his 9th Arena match over the last three years, and his second CMLL Arena Mexico show. He last appeared on the legend’s show in November 2017, where he was loudly booed by the crowd.

Impact announced a Pentagon Jr. vs Sami Callihan mask versus hair match on their 07/22 Slammiversary PPV. Pentagon is surely winning. It is funny that now AAA has a mask match that could mess with their big main event (even done by a partner), while they’re running a mask match that could mess with CMLL’s big main event.

 

Garza Jr. posted video of him working out at home, so I don’t think he’s in NXT.

Lucha World has the latest Lucha Report.

+LuchaTV has a new Aqui esta la Lucha.

Segunda Caida reviews LA Park vs Caristico in ELITE.

Excelsior has an interview with Tony Salazar.

Principe Diamante & Star Jr. were on Marca’s weekly CMLL interview.

EMW will have Psycho Clown vs LA Park vs Hijo del Fantasma on 07/27 in Tijuana.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/03/2018 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Sangre Azteca
4) Audaz vs Universo 2000 Jr. [lightning]
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto vs Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Kráneo
6) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Diamante Azul is back and the Flyer/Forastero feud is not. Audaz and Universo 2000 Jr. does not seem like an especially great fit for either of them but maybe we’ll be surprised.

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 29nd, 2018

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Beyond the matches, Lucha Underground promises something with Melissa & Catrina and Matanza making a sacrifice to the gods.

AAA on Televisa‘s start time is really unknown. They’re listed as 3pm again this week, but they’re following a live baseball game which is unlikely to be done on time.

CMLL Marca is currently region-blocked. Feel free to give me an idea of something to plug on Twitter.

LA Park/TripleMania/Anniversario, Garza/NXT?, Copa Bobby Bonales

running into trouble

Trying to sort out the LA Park news is complicated at this point. Both AAA & CMLL have different stories. At the AAA/ELITE press conference, Dorian Roldan was asked about Rush versus LA Park happening at the CMLL anniversary show. Roldan said he believed it’s impossible for that to happen this year, sometimes life gives surprises, but he did not think it would happen this year. Some people believed Roldan was being sarcastic in that remark. Meanwhile, on yesterday’s CMLL Informa, Julio Cesar Rivera issued a statement on behalf of the promotion saying LA Park was not fired from CMLL and was not suspended from CMLL. The door is open for him to return whenever he’s finished his dates with “the other company.” Rush also passionately accepted LA Park challenge hair versus mask for the Anniversario.

As best I can figure out, CMLL does not want the indie luchadors they’re featuring to be wrestling on both their shows and AAA shows at the same time. If they’re serious about LA Park returning only when he’s finished with AAA, that means we will not see him again in Arena Mexico until at least August 31, just two weeks before the potential mask match. They’re also going out of their way to make it clear LA Park is welcome back and trying to speak only positively of him, which suggests LA Park is still the one in control of this process. Meanwhile, it’s absolutely in AAA’s interest to sell the idea that the only place you’ll see LA Park put up his mask – and maybe the place you’ll see him lose it – is on their own TripleMania show. It’s confusing, and that benefits AAA. If you’re hoping for clear answers, you’re probably not getting them until the TripleMania main event is over, and that’s great news for AAA.

EMW announced Fenix working their AAA 07/27 Tijuana show. Fenix has noticeably not been listed on any of the AAA TV taping so far. I’d assume he’d also have to leave CMLL shows once those start.

CMLL announced the Copa Bobby Bonales honorees will be Mascara 2000, Amapola and Tony Salazar. I guess they’re adding a retired wrestler to each year (though they’re kind of there already with Mascara.)

Today’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter said Garza Jr. has been in NXT. Garza Jr. was supposed to be in NXT in June, so that seems logical – just a little surprising that Garza Jr. be there for a week and it wouldn’t get out at all. I know all luchadors aren’t as well known in the US but Garza’s not afraid to give away those secrets himself. The newsletter went as far as to say Garza Jr. might have been on the NXT tapings, and that part is definitely not correct. Ultimo Ninja was expected to go to NXT with Garza. There’s no mention of him, but he’s a masked dude who wouldn’t be quickly identified unmasked so not as big a deal.

WWE seems like they’ve been more flexible about letting people start with them while finishing out last few dates this year in the US but not sure if that applies to Mexico. It seems unlikely Garza would be on the 07/14 Crash show if he’s really in NXT. Ninja is listed tonight in Saltillo, and Garza is listed Saturday in Tlaxcala, and I’d think those would be highly questionable if they’ve made it to Orlando. Both were listed on the since-canceled ColiseoMania show which would’ve taken place this Friday, and Garza is advertised as far out as the 07/22 Revo Lucha sort of make-up show. Revo Lucha is as close to Garza as anyone, so I assumed Garza wasn’t going that soon after all once he showed up on that poster. Something doesn’t add up.

RO Wrestling in Salon Citlali/CAR The Crash on 07/14

When I saw the Houston championship listed in that first match, I thought this show was happening in Houston and was unsure why individual match announcements were being made for luchadors in a town we never see lucha libre from. Now I’m more confused why they have a Houston championship on the line.

Lucha Memes in Coliseo Coacalco (Chairo Bill Vol. 4) on 07/22

This is an eclectic group of matches. These matches may be good but I’d think a bigger Mexico City attraction has to be coming.

MexaWrestling in Arena San Juan Pantitlan (Mextasis) on 08/04

Those are strong matches.

Dragon Lee takes on ACH in California’s PCW Ultra on Friday 07/27, so that’s another Friday Dragon Lee won’t be working in Arena Mexico.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 07/02/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker
2) Oro Jr., Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espíritu Maligno, Príncipe Odín Jr., Rey Apocalipsis
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola [MEX WOMEN]
fifth defense
4) Drone, Lestat, Stigma vs El Malayo, Okumura, Olímpico
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Mr. Niebla, Sansón
6) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

The two singles matche were set up last week. The fourth match seems like punishment for someone.

CMLL (TUE) 07/03/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Carlo Roggi, Difunto, Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Maligna, Mystique, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Pólvora
4) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Flyer, Soberano Jr., Valiente
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

No Soberano/Cavernario quite yet. No Flyer/Forastero either if he’s wrestling here and not in Arena Mexico.

Klandestino (SAT) 08/04/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Flyman, Kalibus, Súper Terry vs Mantra, Mordok, Súper Dragons Jr.
2) Keira & Reina del Sur vs Lady Maravilla & Lolita
3) Alas de Oro, Centella Oriental, Mexica, Yakuza vs Danger, Loquillo, Sádico, Yoruba
4) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Iron Lover vs Hijo de LA Park, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pitbull
5) Dragón Lee vs Laredo KidEl BandidoDaga
6) LA Park & Rey Wagner vs Rush & Terrible

This is a ways off but a good lineup – and notable for being on the same night as an AAA TV taping. It looks like it might an AAA/ELITE deal too, only the notable ELITE names are here. With no TV deal announced, maybe it’s a sign of changing plans?

Lucha Underground 4×3: Rest in Pieces

hiromu bumps

Matches

XO Lishus beat Jack Evans (5:53, super split legged faceslam, good)

Mil Muertes won a Three to Grave Match (20:24, great)
– Jeremiah Crane out (12:42)
– Fenix out (20:24)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark
Gift of the Gods: vacant
Aztec Medallions: Dragon Azteca + 6 TBD
Trios Champions: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc
Died This Season: Jeremiah Crane (casket), Fenix (casket)

Happenings

could’ve just asked

Jeremiah Crane & Fenix have joined Dario Cueto in the great beyond, as people who get stuffed in caskets in Lucha Underground are dead. At least for now. At least for one of them. Fenix is now the man of about 999 lives, so he should be back if he’s lucky. Jeremiah Crane does not appear to have a 1000 lives. He leaves us with a lot of questions – how did he know Catrina when they were kids? How did he leave something in the old Temple that long ago? – but also answer how quickly LU was going to move on from people who didn’t want to be with the series any longer.

Crane’s death did give one important revelation: never ever make Ivelisse angry because she will keep coming after you until you are literally dead. Ivelisse made her season debut attacking Crane with the same sort of hammer that Crane attacked her with at Ultima Lucha 3, hitting Crane enough times to actually break the hammer. Ivelisse closed the casket on Crane, apparently closing the door on his Lucha Underground career.

Fenix’s elimination had a bit less outside interference to it. Melissa watched from ringside, not a fan of the idea and heartbroken when her man lost, but never actually crazy enough to get involved. Mil, in an angry mood for most of the match took some cues from their previous Grave Consequences match to destroy Fenix again and send him packing. If Catrina’s correct, Fenix losing his life should restore her. She’ll be a human, no longer a ghost. Being a ghost has kept her out of some trouble, so this a win today and maybe an L to come.

Mil can get around quick

We know what is in Pentagon’s future: a challenge from Cage. Penta felt pretty big time, having kept the title thru an Aztec Warfare and a match with Matanza, and challenged anyone. He got cage laying him out from behind, and pointing out he wasn’t in either of those matches. Penta had threatened to break everyone. The Machine doesn’t believe he can be broken.

In a Put Up or Shut Up Challenge, Jack Evans lost to the debuting XO Lishus. Lishus seems to be taking over the exotico role with Pimpinela not around, but we didn’t find out much about him (pronoun used by Striker) as a person. We did find out Lishus has a lot of cool offense.

We did learn a bit about Ricky Mundo’s doll. He realized the photos Dario Cueto handed him back in Season 3 of an Island of Dolls was a real place, decided to go there, and met Rosa. Rosa is the doll. Rosa the doll has a string that causes it to speak when pulled. Rosa is a little bit too on point with her words to be a normal doll. The rest of the Worldwide Underground is understandably weird out but don’t want to know too much about it. Also, it’s definitely left implied that Ricky & Rosa are why Angelico is nowhere to be found. The Worldwide Underground has more immediate matters than the doll at the moment – Johnny Mundo fills the rest in on starting a war with the Reptile Tribe and asks for backup. Jack Evans, no fan of snakes, decides to find something else to do for the moment.

About three seasons after everyone stopped wondering about, Lucha Underground did give a resolution on the giant key the Cuetos have been carrying around. It seemed explained at one point that it was the simply the key that held Matanza in his cage. It also appears to be the figurative and spiritual lock on the god that’s possessed Matanza’s body. Antonio Cueto monologues that he asked the Order, as a father, to preserve a sliver of Matanza when the transformation took place. They placed Matanza’s soul in the Key. It appeared last week, and in previous matches, that the Key made Matanza strong but Antonio felt that soul has kept Matanza from reaching his full strength. Antonio demands Matanza break the Key himself. Matanza does, and become strong enough to break thru his bonds. This was a very clear scene of powering Matanza up after he was beaten shockingly easy last week. It’s also one person losing a soul in the same episode where Catrina may be regaining hers.

Thoughts

whatever works

I thought the opener was alright. XO/Jack was mostly about getting XO over a lot in a debut. XO (referred to as he, but it is Matt Striker so who knows) has a lot of unique offense and was best in that part of the match. The timing on some of the selling wasn’t great, but there was enough there to make a positive impression. The editing was strange – it was very abrupt for the announcers to have said Jack made a challenge without having seen it.

Three Way To The Grave was the best match this season has had so far, by a fair margin. I wouldn’t put it above the other big casket matches on the show, but it’s no discredit to the idea. The strength of the match was Fenix/Mil Muertes sequences, especially as they played off their match from Season 1 in interesting ways. Fenix has grown greatly since then and is even better at getting the emotion from the crowd. They also gave more (TV) time to the final two sequence, an improvement over the similar three-way gauntlet match at the end of Season 3. Crane was the weak link of the match, not doing a great job on catching dives and not having as strong an overall performance as his best Season 3 stuff. Allowing Ivelisse to get involved was a tidy way of finishing up that plot, assuming people still remember it.

Fenix didn’t get a lot of help on the landing

Forastero/Flyer, Lucha Underground, upcoming Crash/Mexa lineups

Mistico & Euforia

CMLL (TUE) 06/26/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Leono LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. b Cancerbero, Nitro, Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela b Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas took 2/3
4) Hechicero b Felino [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero submitted Felino to Magia Negra in just over 9 minutes
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3, Luciferno staying winning leading into his big title match
6) Dragón Lee, Flyer, Mistico DQ Euforia, Forastero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Forastero unmasked Flyer for the DQ.

Post match promos: Bengala & Leono (random apuesta challenges), Hechicero, (wants more challenges) OneAtos Style (patching things up after Esfinge was not in Titan’s corner on Monday), Forastero (going to cut Flyer down to size), and Flyer (will take Forastero down if he gets in his way). CMLL setting up a non-title feud between Flyer/Forastero is atypical. The winner of the Gran Alternativa getting a singles feud itself isn’t odd, but I guess since there’s no suitable rudo singles champions for him to face, Forastero is getting his own big chance.

Hechicero/Felino seemed good. Haven’t seen a lot of the rest.

CMLL (TUE) 06/26/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Micro, Principe Daniel, Vaquero Jr. b Demonio Maya, Frezzer, Relámpago Azul
2) Retro, Robin, Sangre Imperial b Akuma, Inquisidor, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Drone, El Audaz, Fuego
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. DQ Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Cavernario unmasked Soberano for the DQ. Cavernario felt this action granted him a title match next week.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
Terrible back wrestling two days after a concussion. Tecnicos took 2/3.

The Twitter recap mentions Terrible, though I didn’t see him in any of the photos they posted. Maybe he was feeling fine. Maybe he took it easy. I don’t know. I know Mexico isn’t where the US is about head injuries. Cavernario’s reasoning about getting a title shot seems a little flimsy but everyone seemed sure it was happening.

Lucha Underground 4×3, “Rest in Pieces”, has two matches

  • Jack Evans vs a mystery person, which LU social media has revealed to be the debuting XO Lishus (Sonny Kiss)
    • This is billed as a Put Up or Shut Up challenge. Either a video will be posted on social media explaining what that means or we may never know.
  • Jeremiah Crane versus Fenix versus Mil Muertes in a Three Way To A Grave match

I’ve seen this episode. It’s easier just to acknowledge that instead of talking around it. I’m not under an NDA or anything, so I can try to thread the needle between giving you information which may interest you about the show and spoiling the thing.

This show has those two matches and a third brief in-ring segment, plus a couple of vignettes. One of is this Worldwide Underground bit, which leads off the show. The casket match gets plenty of time and a definite ending. It’s an elimination match – there are actually three caskets around the ring, and two people will be put in them and be Lucha Underground dead – so they needed that time to do it justice. Lucha Underground social media posted a photo of Cage with no explanation, in the way they post photos for everyone who’s going to be doing something, so don’t come at me for spoiling things.

As mentioned before, Lucha Underground will be airing a new episode next week on July 4th, US Independence Day. That’s obviously going to be a problem for live viewing. El Rey appears to be handling this by adding an additional replay of that 4th episode on July 11th, just before the new 5th episode airs.

A highlight of the post-AAA/ELITE press conferences interviews is Faby Apache saying she doesn’t know who Zeuxis is. I have no trouble believing this. Mr. Electro wants you to know he’s really an AAA guy who happens to be on Team Elite.

Segunda Caida reviews the Parkas/Munoz IWRG tag match.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of +Lucha’s interview with Daga.

Latigo de Acero Jr. took Ultimo PIcazo’s hair in Monclova.

Muerte Guerrera took Big Lover’s hair in Monterrey.

Criterio Hidalgo notes there are only three luchadoras currently wrestling in Pachuca (Pumara, Princesa Amazona) and Tulancingo (Chica Dinamtia) combined.

Lineup

The Crash (SAT) 07/14/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Oráculo, Torito Negro, Xperia vs Búfalo Ayala, Tiago, Zarco
2) Daga vs Matt Riddle
3) Lacey Lane © vs Tessa BlanchardSantana Garrett [The Crash WOMEN]
3rd defense
4) The King vs ACH vs Rey Horus
5) Blue Demon Jr., Hijo De Octagon, Octagón vs ?, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
6) Penta Zero M vs Bestia 666 [cage]

I guess Penta is the match Bestia wanted? It’s the match he’s getting. Daga is getting the match he wanted with Matt Riddle, but I’m unsure why it’s being treated as a second match. The Crash feels like it’s down to a handful of stars who are primarily with them – Garza (who’s expected to go to WWE at any moment), 450, Bestia, Rey Horuz, Daga, and Lacey Lane – and it would seem to be to their advantage to make them bigger stars since they’re sticking around. Instead, the bigger stars of this show are the annual appearances by Octagon and Blue Demon.

Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 07/14/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Medieval & Pumita vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Lady Pink & Lilith Dark vs Chica Pantera & Lady Cat and Kelly Star & Reina Oscura
3) Terremoto, Tromba, Yoruba vs Baby Star, Príncipe Aéreo, Tyson La Bestia
4) Metálica & Reina Dorada vs Baronessa & Mystique
5) Lady Flammer vs Chik Tormenta vs Lady Maravilla
6) Mary Apache vs Keyra
7) Marcela vs Rossy Moreno

This is billed as an Amazonas del Ring show being co-promoted by Mexa Wrestling, but that’s too many characters for my promotion field. It’s not the usual Mexa Wrestling show but it makes some sense not to have the usual show. They’ve already announced the Toxin/Fly Star mask match on 08/04 (and will have them sign that contract at this show), so any normal show would be a bit skippable and you might as well go abnormal. These particular matchups just aren’t particularly interesting, outside of the semi-main where Keyra is putting her 4-0 streak on the line against currently independent Mary Apache.

Mexa Wrestling also announced they’d be sending representatives to the next RIOT show, as part of a strengthening relationship between the two indies. They also announced Bandido & Flamita vs Eterno & Steve Pain for 08/04, which should be great. I want to tell Mexa Wrestling they should stream their shows online themselves, there’d be a market for these things, but that conversation never seems to go well for me. Or anyone.

AAA/ELITE lineup announced, Soberano keeps title over Titan

 

Soberano

CMLL (MON) 06/25/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, King Rocker b Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Astro, Asturiano, Stukita b Joker, Mercurio, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola b Princesa Sugehit [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Amapola won cleanly and challenged Sugehit to a title match next week. Sugehit accepted.
4) Felino, Puma, Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
La Familia Felino took falls 1/3. El Egipcio was honored after the main event.
5) Soberano Jr. © b Titán [MEX WELTERLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Soberano took falls 2/3 for his 4th defense. Titan worked a bit rudo during the match. Money thrown in.
6) Flyer & Volador Jr. DQ Templario & Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ when UG fouled Volador. Those two agreed to a singles match next week.

The main event was very good, though more storytelling and less spot after spot like you might have been expecting. It’s worth watching.

Today’s CMLL show has some mikdly promising matches with nothing special to them. Brothers Dragon Lee & Mistico team up with Flyer against the odd combination of Euforia, Forastero and Negro Casas in the main event. OneAtos Style face Dragon Rojo, Luciferno, and Polvora in a possibly good semi-main. Hechicero and Felino have their first ever singles match in the weekly lightning match. The opening matches aren’t too interesting except for Yago’s outfit. Lucha Central has a preview of the show. It’ll stream at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

CMLL announced three people will be awarded Copa Bobby Bonales on Friday. This is a  sometimes annual award handed out by Daniel Aceves, Olympic wrestling medalist, and son of luchador Bobby Bonales. It’s something of a lifetime achievement award. They originally handed out one a year, when they remembered to do it, and then expanded it two a year by making Marcela the first female winner (alongside Volador) last year. Three is a further expansion; Rob guessed they may have added one to honor Arkangel and that would make a lot of sense. They may explain more on CMLL Informa.

AAA/ELITE

AAA & Elite announced their combined show at a press conference today.

AAA TV , ELITE (SAT) 07/21/2018 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Vanilla vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Zeuxis
Team AAA (Faby) vs team ELITE (Zeuxis)
2) La Máscara & Máximo vs Trauma I & Trauma II
Team AAA (Alvardos) vs Team ELITE (Traumas)
3) ? & Aerostar vs Hijo de LA Park & Taurus
Team AAA (Aerostar) vs Team ELITE (Taurus)
4) Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. vs Golden Magic & Laredo Kid
Team AAA (Texano) vs Team Elite (Magic)
5) Joe Lider & Pagano vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
Team AAA (Pagano) vs Team Elite (Jack)
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs ?, Electroshock, LA Park
Team AAA (Wagner) vs Team Elite (Park)

World of Warcraft is sponsoring the show, as they did with the December Juan de la Barrera show. In keeping with the game, AAA will represent the Horde (wearing red) and ELITE will represent order (wearing blue). They’re encouraging the fans to support their favorite promotion by wearing those colors. It may end up as a sea of red. This was billed as the first of a run of shows, and World of Warcraft will also be part of TripleMania.

ELITE was presented as a separate promotion. ELITE owner Ernesto Santillán appeared and was treated as an equal to Dorian Roldan. It’s tough to take that completely seriously seeing as ELITE is not running any shows, and the press mostly deferred to Roldan during the press conference. “Mr. Electro” was introduced at the press conference under that name but is using the AAA trademark “Electroshock” on the poster. The same thing with Taurus, name changes that only matter if AAA is in charge.

The main event missing person is a big question. Dorian was asked about Rush, and said he’d like to be able to use Rush but it won’t be Rush. Three of the four TripleMania main event luchadors are in the match, so Penta would make a lot of sense. It’d be weird if they had Penta on this show and didn’t just advertise him. The mystery man in the third match looks like Drago’s spot, and Drago hasn’t wrestled since suffering a shoulder injury at Verano de Escandalo. They may not be sure if he’ll be back by this time.

Zeuxis said she wasn’t going to AAA. She’s technically correct; she says she’s working as part of ELITE and has not signed a contract with anyone. Anyone who can work on AAA TV without having to sign a contract to AAA is in good shape.

The show is simply listed as airing on TV. The usual image for Televisa is conspicuously missing, but they also didn’t announce any deal with Azteca or anyone else. They may have just wanted to focus on selling tickets for the live event at this point. The show will air on Twitch.

Santillán was asked about the CMLL/ELITE deal falling apart. He claimed CMLL has never told him why they stopped the deal. Dorian was asked about Rush possibly being the mystery man. He did a similar speech he’s done at other times, saying it would be better for everyone to get along and it’s only egos getting in the way. It’s a speech he wouldn’t need to make if CMLL had agreed to work together. They wouldn’t be running a AAA/ELITE show if CMLL was an option. Wagner’s comments about quitting after Verano de Escandalo were brought up, and Roldan explained it as just one thing Wagner said, but he’d still be working his scheduled dates.

More

Rey Mysterio Jr. was announced as a pre-order bonus character in the newest WWE 2K game. Dave Meltzer said Mysterio has not signed with WWE as of yet, but everyone expects it to happen eventually. The really important thing to remember is that game is never any good but people talk themselves into buying it every year.

Related: Bestia 666 wants Rey Mysterio Jr. to agree to a title match on the next Crash Tijuana show or ELSE. (Or else Mysterio ends up going back to WWE without having a chance to lose the title, probably. Once he’s signed, he’s probably not losing a title match.)

Hechicero says indie wrestlers should only be allowed to wrestle in CMLL if they really deserve it, and if they’ll increase the box office.

Lucha Memes in Coliseo Coacalco (Chairo Bill Vol. 4) on 07/22

A class on lucha libre and literature will start in July in Mexico City.

 

Puma & Barby respond to Tweets in their lastest video.

Segunda Caida watches the AAA Tijuana opener match

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Wrestling has an interview with Gringo Loco about his career.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 06/27/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Tiger, Príncipe Dragón, Vortrex vs Águila Oriental, Canibal, Chico Bestia
2) Dranzer, Puma de Oro, Rey Picazo vs Acero II, Ciber Punk, Voltar
3) Celestial Boy, Cheff Benito, Chicanito vs Biosfera, Dinámico, Kraken
4) Ángel Oriental, Black Puma, Black Shadow Jr. vs Adrenalina, Carnicero, Power Bull
5) Ángel Estrella Jr., Tortuga Mike, Toto vs Death Metal, Picudo Jr., X-Fly
6) Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Guerrero 2000, Hijo Del Mosco X-Fly, Kanoan, Lunatic Xtreme, Mexica, Shadow Boy vs Eligor, Flayman, Gallo Colorado, Hijo del Zumbido, Meza Kid, Pandemónium Jr., Quetzal, Shalom
Gym FILL (Black Terry) versus Gym Zaetas del Ring (Freelance)

We haven’t seen many trainee shows lately. We also haven’t seen Black Terry even in the mentor lately. Good to see boht.

CMLL (SUN) 07/01/2018 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Leono vs Espíritu Negro & Grako
2) Lluvia, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Kráneo vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
11th defense, 5th versus some combination of the Guerreros, first in Arena Mexico in 16 months.

The trios title match and the third match make for this a pretty good card (which probably won’t air.)

IWRG (SUN) 07/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chicanito vs Atomic Star
2) Chico Che, Mexica, Shadow Boy vs Antar, Demonio Infernal, Kronoz
3) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Pasion Kristal vs Leo, Mike, Rafy [lumberjack]
4) Aramis vs Freelance [IWRG Rey del Aire]
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo del Alebrije, Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro, Eterno, Savage
6) X-Fly vs Ovett [super libre]
7) Penta 0M, Trauma I, Trauma II vs El Mesías, Emperador Azteca, Imposible

Penta has appeared a few times in Arena Naucalpan since leaving AAA, though never before for just IWRG. I wonder if he and Mesias are doubling up in the area because both would seem to be able to get more than IWRG usually pays for top guys.

Aramis is Rey del Ring champion, they’re calling the title match Rey del Aire, and I think IWRG may have gotten confused at what their title is called.

new lucha video for the weekend of June 15th, 2018

I was happy I remembered to set up the Guadalajara recording before I left my computer Saturday. I was less happy when I returned to find out the stream died about 2 minutes before Guadalajara started. AYM remains down so I’ve got nothing to post to YouTube this week.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-06-24
taped 2018-06-15 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
2) Carístico vs Dragón Lee in a lightning match
3) LA Park, Rey Fénix, Volador Jr. vs Cibernético, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match