CMLL (FRI) 06/01/2018 Arena México [Claro, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, Record, thecubsfan]
1) Disturbio, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante
17:42. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Okumura, Puma, Tiger b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
14:15. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
13:23. Blue Panther Jr. replaced Diamante Azul. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero b Ángel de Oro [CMLL MIDDLE]
16:41. Cuatrero took falls 2/3, the last by reversing the campana into his own. First defense.
5) Carístico, Flyer, Mistico b Forastero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
10:14. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
16:27. Team Park took falls 2/3, the last by DQ when Rush threw a backboard at LA Park. LA Park asked for a super libre match. Rush blew him off.
This was not as hot as last week. It wasn’t bad, with Angel de Oro/Cuatrero as the standout match. The main event felt like both Rush & LA Park agreed to largely color inside the lines after last week’s chaos. That’s good for long term though not as much for a random Friday.
Black Taurus teaming with Caristico to take on Volador & Hijo de LA Park last night in Neza feels a pretty good example of how weird things are getting at the moment. AAA called him Black Taurus (the name he uses on his own) and not just Taurus (the name they own) in their recap, which suggests he’s still an indie guy and they’re OK with that. It’s becoming harder to figure out which people in AAA are actually AAA people.
+Lucha has a lot of promos from the AAA taping in Arena Aficion, including Black Taurus declaring himself 1000% Liga Elite. I think that’s the only way to be. Also, Lanzelot is looking for another title shot. He lost twice now and they’ve got a million people in that division, back of the line for you.
Shows this weekend (or what’s left it)
- Heroes of Lucha Libre returns tonight in Los Angeles. Rey Mysterio Jr. headlines against Trumposo (Aaron Aguilar probably). This group initially was hoping to draw 10,000 people and have progressively scaled down expectations. HOLL taped their previous shows for a TV show, which has yet to surface.
- The show most likely to show up on all your favorite YouTube channel is the loaded Tortas Super Astros one at Arena Azteca Budokan. That arena doesn’t get many shows the level of Laredo Kid vs Alberto vs Xtreme tiger, and it’s the usual collection of familiar indies names loading up the undercard.
- Other Saturday shows; Coliseo, FILLM, Pura Raza, FULL, and AAA laden show in New York’s La Boom.
- Sunday has Verano de Escandalo. I have a preview on Voices of Wrestling, so does Lucha Central. It’s a hard show to preview: unexpected things should happen, but everything’s so over the place that it’s easy to read way too much into small things. Was the guitar with the MAD man on Thursday a tease of yet another Jeff Jarrett return? Is Diamante Azul off shows to go back to France, or is a guy who was seen a lot in ELITE possibly making a move? Who knows, but I’m excited to see what develops.
- IWRG has a hair match, Lucha Memes has a fan appreciation show, and CMLL has a normal show.
Lucha Underground Season 4 is on sale on iTunes if you’re in the US. The only video up right now is the same trailer seen elsewhere. That is listed as track #23, which seems to match the report that this season will be only 22 episodes. It’s $40US for that amount of episodes, the same price it was for the 40 episode previous season. I think it’s probably still cheaper as a season pass than the individual episodes, but by near as much.
Lucha Central has a preview of Verano de Escandalo.
Mi Morelia has an interview with Chico YeYe, who’s now running a school in the area.
Alberto el Patron created some children’s soccer scholarships.
CMLL (FRI) 06/08/2018 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Carístico, Mistico, Rey Fénix vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
That video was the tip off that Rey Fenix would be debuting this week (though it would’ve been more mindblowing if they had just said nothing and then there he was.) It’s obviously going to be an interesting deal in how he’s used and how the fans react to him. There’s a strong belief that the lucha libre fan who follows all lucha libre is a minority and most follow one promotion/area and are oblivious to anything else. I don’t think that’ll be the case with Rey Fenix.
Main event seems to be holding off the super libre match for 06/15. If CMLL wanted a reason to give LA Park a break during the world cup, he could easily do something that’d get him fake suspended for a while in a super libre match. But we don’t know if the actually watch it.
Stuka/Hechicero should be solid. Audaz getting a higher spot would be notable if there wasn’t so much else going on. He’s getting a little bit of the rookie tournament winner elevation without them remembering to have him win one. (Templario is MIA.) The cats are owning the segunda right now. The openers on these shows are not so good.