I added 1950s lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio to the luchadb database earlier this month. This covers every year from 1950 to 1969. They’re integrated in the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results.
This was a terrible idea! It took me two months to get to this post. I was expecting more like two weeks.
Lucha libre was covered like a sport in 1950, at least in the pages of El Siglo de Torreon. It’s not just that there were so many more cards listed, but results were fairly common in some years. My searching is a lot better at finding posters than articles, which means I’ve probably missed more cards this decade than any other. There were definitely shows that didn’t have a poster but did have someone writing the results up. I only pulled articles that mention lucha in them, and there’s probably a few more to be found if someone went back and read every paper for ten years in detail. I would not recommend that use of time, but you might want to try if you think see I’m missing something.
Arena Olimpico opened late in 1954. The paper listed lineups for that building and Plaza de Toros (and sometimes a third building) for 1955 and 1956, which explains the high total for those years. The volume of events probably never changes from that point, but the mentions of them in the newspaper drop until the 80s.
The only simple part of this was these were generally short card to enter. Tag matches are uncommon for the first half of the decade, and cards may have as little as ten people on them before then. It’s a lot of the same group of people, with very occasionally appearances by national stars. The more noteworthy names are those just starting out, with Karloff Lagarde and Rene Guajardo showing up in undercards more at the end of the decade. The Norte Heavyweight and Norte Lightweight champions are the most visible titles, though it’s the usual bit of belts disappearing for months at a time (or being defended elsewhere in the north.) I have enough Norte championship info that I could put together a sort of title history page, but it seems pointless without the Monterrey title matches.
MDA (SUN) 07/29/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox b Komander
2) Karateka Jr. b Ninja Jr., Memo Valles
3) Demus b Príncipe Legendario
4) Daga DRAW El Divo double pin off a superplex
5) Hijo de LA Park & The Tiger b Emperador Azteca (IWRG) & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) The King b Laredo Kid said to be a great match (lucah de 5 estrellas)
7) Rey Wagner DQ Penta Zero M Wagner unmasked Penta, Penta fouled Wagner, referee DQed Wagner.
8) Blue Demon Jr. b LA Park A brawl. Penta ran in, followed by Wagner, and Hijo de LA Park. Park went for a foul, but Demon grabbed his arm and turned it into a casita for the win.
CMLL (MON) 07/30/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Rey Samuray b Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Joker, Mercurio, Saurón b Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito Rudos took 2/3. Mercurio beat Shockercito (so a title match could be coming again.)
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón b Olímpico, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr. tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker COR Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. rudos took 2/3, the last by countout.
5) Flyer, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero[Relevos Increíbles] Team Volador took 1/3, the last when Volador unmasked Caristico and cradled him. Caristico wants a singles match.
CMLL today has a lucha libre show. It definitely is one of those. They might be building up a Stuka/Hechicero match off the segunda; it wasn’t played up big in the results but it was the vibe I got from watching the show last week. That’ll be fine but isn’t particularly exciting, which is about normal for a Tuesday show. The main event has the Guerreros against Caristico, Diamante, and Kraneo, which will be fine. Dragon Lee, Rey Comet and Stuka take on Hechicero, Mascara, and Polovra, which is not a great mix. Disturbio and Tiger are in a rudo/rudo lightning match, which isn’t usually good. Drone, Star, and Stigma take on Misterioso, Sagrado and Universo in the tercera, and there’s a women’s match and a rejects match to open the show. Lucha Central also previews this show. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 7:30pm.
Guadalajara has Ephesto, Shocker and Terrible vs Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Atlantis in the main, which doesn’t seem good either. Titan, Soberano, and Esfinge take on Mephisto, Cavernario and Rey Bucanero in the semimain. They seemed to be moving in the direction of a Mephisto/Titan title match last week.
La Enigmatica, the luchadora sent into convulsions by an unexpected chair shot to the back of the head, posted a video with her family on Facebook thanking people for her support. She’s said to be out of the hospital after three days. (Thanks to R de Rudo.) The current president of the Ciudad Juarez lucha libre commission turns out to be former luchadora La Sirenita, who comes off in this article much more concerned about Enigmatica participating in a show when she wasn’t billed on the poster or licensed. Sirenita talks about suspending her father, El Enigmatico, who she was seconding, and suspending the promoter from running the events. Black Skeller, the man who hit Enigmatica with the chair, is not mentioned as being suspended.
AAA luchador’s appeared on Telemundo’s El Señor de Los Cielos telenovela. A lead character was trying to escape gangsters at a lucha libre show and the AAA wrestlers heroically helped hide him (which meant speaking parts of La Parka and Psycho Clown among others.) I found it funny that, of all the posters AAA could use for their show, someone decided to use one with ‘MYZTEZIZ’ on it. The first AAA poster is also in one of the scenes as an easter egg.
Facebook page Zona Ruda has a fantastic post today (if you’re a person who pays for a lucha libre wikipedia or database): they list all of the people who’ve used “Rey Mysterio” with their previous character or real name and help explain which ones are actually now. I was always confused who Rey Misterio Heredero was supposed to be and they explain which one it was. This is good content. Their actual point is it’s not as confusing as it seems since most of the “Rey Misterio”s have ceased wrestling. There’s only the one everyone knows, and two local guys now.
CMLL (SUN) 08/05/2018Arena México
1) Arkalis & Sonic vs El Coyote & Yago
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro
3) Drone vs Kawato San [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Cavernario, Christopher Daniels, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Lee, Matt Taven, Mistico
CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-07-28
taped 2018-07-24 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Okumura, Pólvora, Tiger
2) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
3) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Rush vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-07-29
taped 2018-07-20 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Lluvia, Marcela, Mistique vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
2) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Penta El Zero M
3) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris
AAA was on Friday before and Saturday after, so they’re just out of this week.
My current Lucha Underground attention level is so low that I didn’t realize those matches weren’t actually included in the last list. It’s been a problem with trying to figure out taping dates without reading all the spoilers and knowing too much of the season ahead of time. It has now occurred that avoiding digging deep into the LU spoilers hasn’t actually helped my enjoyment of this season all that much so far, so maybe I can safely reconstruct the tapings at this point. So far, I’ve only done the seven episodes that have aired.
(I also retroactively lowered Cage/Mesias a great. I think I wanted it to be better than it was and now I’m more accepting where this season is.)
Sanson/Niebla Roja is the one match to watch for sure. Sanson is easily ahead of his brother as a singles luchador at this point. I think I liked Vibora/Johnny Mundo more than everyone who isn’t named Vibora or Johnny Mundo.
I watched Soberano/Cavernario “live” and I can’t remember what I would’ve said about it, so I guess I’m watching it again. It was somewhere in the good/great range if you’re not wanting to wait months.
IWRG (SUN) 07/29/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Chicanito b Black Puma
2) Death Metal & Dowki b Alas de Acero & Holocausto Holocausto replaced Shadow Boy
3) Lunatic Extreme b Hijo del Mosco X-Fly
4) Freelance, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Relámpago b Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Gallo Frances
5) Trauma I & X-Fly b Cerebro Negro & Hijo del Alebrije Trauma I & Hijo del Alebrije argued backstage after the match.
6) Dr. Cerebro DRAW Trauma II double pin, setting up a rematch.
7) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Eterno, Pirata Morgan b Apolo Estrada Jr., Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur Pirata replaced his son. Apolo Estrada Jr. replaced Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
AYM streamed the IWRG show online, didn’t tell anyone. It’s there still, on a one camera shot.
I feel a high percentage of my role is to tell identify which title is on the line when CMLL and IWRG set up feuds. Cerbero & Trauma II appear to be heading to an IWRG Welterweight title match.
CMLL in Puebla is week 2 of a feud. We don’t know which one. Caristico, Gran Guerrero, and Ultimo Guerrero face Flyer, Mistico, and Volador in a rematch of last week’s match. It appeared to end when Mistico got a little too enthusiastic at ripping at Mistico’s feud. That could be the singles match being set up, as they were obviously feuding thru the match, though it’d be odd to go right back to it again after four months. The DQ came too soon to really get a sense of how good the match would be. It is a Puebla trios match, so it’s never going to be great.
The rest of the show is random trios. Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, and Shocker take on Niebla Roja, Soberano, and Stuka. Olimpico has his second match this month, which makes it a busy month for him in 2018, teaming with Templario & Universo 2000 Jr. versus Esfinge, Triton, and Guerrero Maya. The opening two matches has a minis focused match and the usual locals. It’s a 9pm start time show, airing on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
CMLL (SAT) 08/04/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Maligna vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Pólvora, Shocker
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
A show so unremarakble that I only realized I didn’t put it here when Super Astro Jr. mentioned the show on Twitter. It’s remarkable that it’s not remarkable – the ROH guys are in on this day but working for Pura Raza instead of CMLL.
IWRG , FILL (WED) 07/25/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Oriental & Voltrex b Canibal & Dinámico
2) Arquero, Chico del Barrio, Eddy Santos b Bisofera, Ciber Punk, Violtar
3) Acero II, Carnicero, Kraken b Dranzer, Hausser, Puma de Oro
4) Adrenalina, Ángel De La Tormenta, Power Bull b Ángel Estrella Jr., Chef Benito, Chicanito
5) Death Metal, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah b Black Shadow Jr., Diablo Jr., Dragón Maya
6) Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Black Puma, Celestial Boy, Guerrero 2000, Kanon, Mexica, Shadow Boy b Eligor, Flayman, Gallo Colorado, Hijo del Mosco X-Fly, Neza Kid, Pandemoium Jr., Quetzal, Shalom [Copa Higher Power] Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zaetas del Ring (Freelance) in a rematch. Team IWRG got the win this time.
IWRG midweek shows aren’t getting much attention of late – results for this one didn’t turn up until Saturday. I blame myself.
CMLL (SAT) 07/28/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Retro b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor tecnicos took 2/3
2) Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Arkalis, Príncipe Diamante, Robin Rudos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus b Drone, El Audaz, Stigma Rudos took 2/3.
4) Flyer, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000 tecnicos took 2/3
5) Diamante Azul DQ Shocker Shocker faked an injury in the first fall and beat Diamante. Diamante took fall 2. Shocker got in a foul on Diamante Azul, but was caught and DQed. Shocker challenged Diamante Azul to a cage match.
Diamante Azul and Shocker followed up with promos post-match. Atlantis versus Fuerza Guerrera is a match better idea than Diamante Azul versus Shocker.
CMLL (SUN) 07/29/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Espíritu Negro b Leono & Sangre Imperial
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro b Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. rudos took 1/3
3) Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus b El Audaz, Fuego, Pegasso rudos took 2/3
4) Rey Cometa b Luciferno [lightning]
5) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. Peste Negra took 1/3. Barbaro fouled and unmasked Dragon Lee.
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja b Mephisto, Shocker, Terrible tecnicos took 1/3
Rey Cometa asked for bigger matches, probably isn’t getting them. Semimain seems to be setting up the third Dragon Lee/Cavernaro match on a Sunday this year, though there’s at least a chance this could air on NJPW World.
AAA TV (SUN) 07/29/2018Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México [AAA, Lucha Central]
1) Astrolux, Lady Maravilla, Vanilla b Keyra, Látigo, Starfire 6:55, Astrolux flip huracanrana Latigo
2) Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Aramis, El Bandido, Flamita 7:42. Mocho Cota pinned Aramis after a top rope elbow drop.
3) Lady Shani, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata b Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra 9:48. Shani rolled thru a huracanrana to beat Faby Apache. Taurus attacked her post-match, and Faby took Shani’s mask.
4) Jack Evans, Puma King, Teddy Hart b La Máscara, Máximo, Sammy Guevara 13:07. Puma was the surprise wrestler, and pinned Maximo with a casita after he and La Mascara had issues again. Mascara slapped Maximo and Pimpi & Maximo made the save.
5) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly b Hijo del Fantasma, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus 14:15. Fantasma Thrill of the Hunt on Averno after Hijo del Tirantes stopped a Devil’s Wings attempt.
6) La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown b Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. 19:12. La Parka replaced Dr. Wagner. Psycho Clown beat Rey Escorpion with a torito after Murder Clown, Hijo del Fantasma, Juventud Guerrera and Jack Evans all got involved. Fantasma unmasked Psycho and Murder post match.
Matches 1/2/4 are good, but 2 wasn’t nearly as good I was hoping and nothing was on the level of the great stuff on the other shows. Fantasma may have joined MAD, that’s about all to note that happened. I would say this is not a show you need to go out of your way to watch, but it’s also a show you currently cannot watch it: it went missing from AAA’s Twitch VOD library somewhere around an hour after the show ended. It didn’t have any major technical errors, so I would guess it’s a more an issue on the Twitch side. Still, there’s no telling when anthing is airing on TV so it may be a while before anyone sees this one.
Criterio Hidalgo has an interview with Obscuro, who says he – and his brothers Wotan and Impulso – where first taken to the gym by their father to learn boxing, but decided they liked lucha libre better. The site also interviews Espiritu de Plata.
Debate.com.mx has an interview with Sinaloa luchador Dark Fire.
CMLL (FRI) 07/27/2018Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, Marca, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Kaligua & Último Dragóncito Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Stukita (US bookings.) Kaligua debut. 13:29. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Okumura, Templario, Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. 14:22. Rudos took 1/3. Panther Jr. was hurt after slipping on a ramp dive.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Soberano Jr., Titán, Valiente 16:28. NGD took 1/3.
4) Carístico b Cavernario [lightning] 8:45. La Mistica.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles] 10:03. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris Straight falls. Klan Kaoz was DQed in the first fall, then UG used the ropes to beat Ciber in the second fall. The Chris was hurt going over the rail on a dive.
CMLL promos: Kaligula (Ultimo Guerrero, Arturo Beristain trainee), Caristico (won because he’s more experienced and used his head more than Cavernario), Diamante Azul (briefly forgets what Los Ingobernables are called, they didn’t have him redo it), Los Guerreros (stopped the Kaoz), Klan Kaoz (says they won’t rest yet)
There’s also a medical update on Blue Panther Jr. (“only knocked out temporarily”). The Chris/Zorro was back on Twitter after the show, so I guess he’s OK after being hurt at the end of the show.
On paper, it reads like they’re still moving on with the Klan Kaoz/Guerreros Laguneros feud. On screen, it felt like that was the end of it, that they gave Klan Kaoz a screwy loss so they save face on their way out more than continue this feud. We’ll see on 08/10. The good stuff was less good than usual.
Maybe the biggest thing from the show was the announcement that 85th Anniversario will go on sale a week from today, August 4th. Prices are not yet available. Matches are not yet available. We’ll definitely get the first thing this week but I’m unsure about the second. They’ve built enough hype to get people to buy tickets without knowing for sure what they’re going to get, but it’d be nice if people knew. Ideally CMLL runs a press conference this week to announce a main event, but they might just as much wait until Friday to run an angle. Tickets are not going to sell out on the first day, and a lot of the close tickets are going to be kept internally and sold thru other means. You’re going to be able to get in if you wait, though you might not get super close if you do.
The Televisa network which airs AAA in Mexico (and used to air CMLL) was known as Galavision or GalaTV. It’s now rebranded to El Nueve. It’s still the same programming. AAA’s already aired by the time you read this.
Kamicazes del Ring runs the Crash’s building in Ecatepec, with Flyer vs Mr. Leo vs Emperador Azteca as the main event, and Bandido & Flamita facing Latigo & Toxin.
RIOT returns with a Sammy Guevera birthday party. That’ll probably end badly for Sammy, and great for the rest of us. The main event is Erick Ortiz vs Ricky Starks (replacing Ultimo Ninja.) These all continue to be listed as for Powerbomb.TV, though only one has ever gone up.
AAA airs on Twitch, starting around 6:30pm. The main event is scheduled to be Killer Kross, Texano Jr., and Rey Escorpion against Pagano, Psycho Clown and Dr. Wagner, but will likely be something else. The OGTs are now feuding with MAD, so they logically face Juventud Guerrera and two people who are not in MAD in Hijo del Fantasma & Taurus. The really good opener has Astrolux, Lady Marvilla, and Vanilla against Keyra, Starfire, and Latigo, but the show stealer will probably be Flamita & Bandido (re)starting in AAA with Aramis against Poder del Norte. I have no idea when anything is airing on TV right now, so you might have to find a bootleg if you can’t watch it live.
Tortas Super Astro runs in Arena Azteca Budokan. There appear to be different levels of funding for different Super Astro shows, as this one is headlined by Lizmark, Scorpio and Zumbido vs Oriental, Hijo del Angel, and Dos Caras Jr.
IWRG (SUN) 07/29/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Chicanito vs Black Puma
2) Alas de Acero & Shadow Boy vs Death Metal & Dowki
3) Lunatic Extreme vs Hijo del Mosco X-Fly
4) Freelance, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Relámpago vs Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Gallo Frances
5) Cerebro Negro & Hijo del Alebrije vs Trauma I & X-Fly
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Trauma II
7) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
The Capos are back, for all the people who’ve been asking. IWRG has been built around X-Fly and Ovett’s families feuding so, when the kids finally have their match, it’s third on the card because they’re still kids and apparently can’t be put in a high position. Semimain is setting up a title match.
CMLL (TUE) 07/31/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar, Mágico, Star Black vs Bobby Black, Guerrero de la Muerte, Thunder Boy
2) Acero, Aéreo, Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Pegasso vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Shocker, Terrible
Not sure if I missed this or it was just quietly posted before. Titan and Mephisto are headed towards a match.
We knew the top three matches already. CMLL is loading up the undercard too: NGD vs the Misticos & the manadtory Hijo de LA Park booking would be about a main event on a Tuesday. Audaz gets to face his two rivals in the opener. This could be the best show of the year in CMLL.
AAA TV (SAT) 08/18/2018 Centro de Espectaculos el Carma, Valle de Chalco, Estado de México
1) Angelikal vs Black Danger, Último Maldito, Arkángel Divino
2) Hijo Del Vikingo & Lady Shani vs Arez & Faby Apache
3) Argenis, Golden Magic, Puma King vs Jack Evans, Parka Negra, Taurus
4) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hijo de LA Park, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
5) Aerostar, Drago, Pagano vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
6) Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & LA Park
The final TV before TripleMania. Not released by AAA yet, but being promoted on Facebook already. Dr. Wagner is still booked, in a sort of preview for TripleMania (or another gang beating for Fantasma.) There’s no obvious sign of any other TripleMania match in progress. The only story point is Maximo teaming with Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata. At this point, it seems fair to expect the rest of TripleMania just to be a series of CMLL style random matches to fill out the card. They may be pretty good and fans will give them more a chance because it’s a big show, but it’s going to just be a lot of getting people on the card.
Speaking of people who are not getting on the card: Fenix! Fenix was canceled from a Pro Wrestling Revolution show this same day by AAA, seemingly to work this card, except he’s not in a match. Maybe he replaced Wagner, maybe he’s just doing a run in, maybe PWR will announce tonight that AAA wanted to make it good for them and told Fenix to work that show. (The most unlikely outcome of all!) As it stands right now, Fenix will not appear on any AAA TV show leading up to TripleMania – which would’ve been doubly weird if he had won the AAA title at Verano de Escandalo, as seemingly planned. When the talk of Penta & Fenix coming to AAA started a few months ago, it was always talked about being limited dates and not full time, but I don’t think I grasped how limited it was going to be.
Faby Apache & Lady Shani are consistently been booked in the second match. Will their mask versus hair match be the second match at TripleMania too?
That opener is a four-way match and will be insane.
Maybe the first post TripleMania TV taping, doing some rematches eight days after the show. EMW announced their next show in Tijuana for the end of August and people weren’t sure if it was meant to be TV or not.)
That semimain seems like a particularly bad mix of people. The opener should be good.
AAA (FRI) 11/16/2018 Movistar Arena, Bogota, Colombia
1) Arcángel Divino & Black Boy vs Black Danger & Último Maldito
2) Faby Apache vs Lady Shani
3) Aerostar & Drago vs Laredo Kid & Máximo
4) Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma
AAA’s not sending a lot of people to Colombia, but the card they’re sending is pretty good.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr.beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terriblein a relevos increíbles match
(10:03 [2:05, 3:03, 4:55], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris
(9:55 [4:51, 5:04], 1/2, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Klan Kaoz unmasked the Guerreros and used The Chris’ cane in the first fall, drawing a DQ. Último Guerrero beat Cibernético using a cradle and the ropes to get the pin. There were no post-match promos. The Chris flipped over the guardrail taking a dive in the third fall, and was belatedly found to have suffered an injury on the landing.
Blue Panther slipped on the edge of the ramp trying to do his usual dive in the second fall of the segunda, and fell hard to the ground. He got some medical attention, tried to continue, and left the match moments into the third fall.
The most forgettable Friday night show in quite a while.
The main event took Klan Kaoz back to square one, a first fall with the same kind of errors that doomed than in their debut. The Chris whiffing on a superkick sent the crowd over the edge, and it might not have even been his fault. Gran Guerrero ducked and maybe wasn’t supposed to there. The match was still lost at that point, and the Guerreros forcing in stage dives didn’t really find it again. Klan Kaoz seemed to be walking thru their planned offense with no intensity. It’d make more sense if they’d been told this was it regardless, and the finishes (and, more so, the lack of post-match promos) suggested this might be it for them. It may for the best, it’s not going to be great if they come back on 08/10.
Back to the meandering Los Ingobeanbels in the semimain. It was a B-show main event as the second from the top match. Diamante Azul making his big return by clipping the top rope on his ramp dive clothesline was about right. He had no presence this match. Volador was barely there outside a dive. There’s a case this was below average, but the main event was just noticeable worse.
Cavernario/Caristico wasn’t close to being Cavernario/Phoenix or Dragon Lee/Caristico. They worked a simple Carístico showcase match, at a slower speed and with seeming less intensity than either of those. Carístico got to show off his main dives. Cavernario didn’t get nearly as much; the Zacarias 619/Cavernario splash sequence was the one good moment where it felt like he had a chance. It was a clean match that seemed solid but not as exciting as hoped. It’s a borderline recommendation and not something you’d have to go back and watch if you missed it.
This NGD match was enjoyable, if just a little bit off as it went along. The técnico section seemed less fluid than usual as if they were moving around the ring to different spots but not stringing thing together in the second fall. It was better in the third fall for me, with Soberano and others looking spectacular at times, and Sansón doing a strong job of keeping it together on his springboard dive. This was still pretty good, I’d just have it a little lower than their best.
The second match is just going to be the match where Blue Panther’s ramp dive went very badly for him. He wasn’t doing so well before it, and it was a mercy ending when Templario’s dropkick in the third fall took him out of the action. There’s no remembering anything else from this ordinary midcard match, because that moment looked spectacularly bad. Templario had an OK match that would’ve been good if he got to work with anyone else on the rudo team. Tiger appears to want to try some new gear now that he’s on his own but he’s still stuck with the same opponents.
Kaligua didn’t show much more than the Acero/Fantasy group of minis in his debut, with his best work being a couple of highspots in the third fall. I’m not sure where you would show a lot in CMLL minis matches though. The rudos weren’t good and the crowd wasn’t interested in this match existing at all. Maybe he’ll be better in more time but it might be tough to tell.
Tonight’s CMLL show does not have the trios titles on the line, and that fact is probably more interesting than the match itself. Klan Kaoz has defeated Los Guerreros the last two times they’ve met. Ciber was pretty clear about wanting a championship match for the CMLL rudos trios championship. It remains a non-title match.
It’s not unusual for CMLL title match builds to go a week longer than the people involved with them seem to think. There’s plenty of times where one person challenges for a title “next week” and it turns out to be two weeks later because that’s just the pace CMLL scheduled. This is a slightly different case: Klan Kaoz is probably not on the 08/03 show, because it’s already one of the most loaded non-big 2 cards of the year. Kaoz would be working fourth from the top at best, underneath LA Park/Rush trios, Taven/Volador and Negro Casas’s anniversary match. There’s no point in bringing these guys in that low, so they’re getting at least a week off. Maybe more.
Pick your favorite theory:
CMLL is disappointed about how Klan Kaos haven’t gotten over, didn’t think they were wrestling well enough to have ‘earned’ a title match, and they’re ending the feud tonight without one.
CMLL is pleased about how well Klan Kaoz has drawn. They’re not at LA Park levels, but shows focusing on this batch of ex-AAA have been part of CMLL drawing 8,500 or more for nine straight weeks and CMLL wants to stretch it out. Klan Kaoz won’t be on 08/03, but this theory supposed they’re saving the title match for 08/10 when the ROH guys and legends won’t be around.
Klan Kaoz is going to be around for a lot longer because some or all of the people in this feud are going to be part of a cage match on 09/16. The idea of a cage match hasn’t made any sense so far, because the only people who would be involved would be much more valuable in a singles match situation. LA Park & Rush in a multiman match would be a waste, Fuerza Guerrera versus Atlantis as the end of a cage match would be a waste, and so on. On the other hand, it would tough to sell a singles Ultimo Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man (or The Chris or Scharly Rock Star) stand-alone apuesta match, and more appealing to throw in about eight other people around them to confuse the issue.
I’m still betting against a cage match. At the same time, it’s probably not an accident Cibernetico has pinned Ultimo Guerrero in both of the lead-up matches so far.
Barbaro Cavernario has lost 7 feuds in 2018 going into tonight’s show. (That chart shows 8; neither he or Caristico gets credit for a Win until this show is over.) No one in CMLL has lost as many as Cavernario in 2018. Ultimo Guerrero has lost 6 (+this current Klan Kaos feud), but Ultimo Guerrero has also won 6. Cavernario has won 0. Diamante Azul is 1-6, only beating Terrible in Guadalajara in January. Mistico is 1-4, only getting the April CMLL Trios title defense in Puebla to his win count. This is no great insight, but the people who win feuds in CMLL are people who have title belts, and people who are tecnicos. Volador has won 10 feuds because he is both. Cuatrero has won 7, because he is a champion and he’s owned Angel de Oro thru the year.
That Diamante Azul is back on Fridays for the first time in his latest return from France. He teams with Atlantis & Volador against Los Ingobernables. CMLL announced LA Park as appearing on the Anniversario show last Friday, so maybe they’ll announce Rush this night. NGD take on Soberano, Titan, and Valiente, which should be pretty good. The Panther Kids take on Okumura, Tiger, and Templario, who really seems to have been given Puma’s spot at the moment.
The show opens with Pequeno Nitro & Pierrothito (first streaming match since May) against Stukita and the debuting Kailgua. Kaligua appears to be a new luchador. He was out doing press yesterday. He’s got a Facebook page It’s mostly private, though it looks like it was told he would be debuting back in June. A Kaligua has been wrestling around Mexico State and Mexico City since 2014 and I’m assuming that’s the same one. He hasn’t ever turned up on video. Long time CMLL fans will remember the promotion used to have a “Caligula”, who became Raziel, who became a person who doesn’t seem to exist at the moment.
A lot of the AAA roster, plus Fenix & LA Park, are in Tijuana tonight for an EMW show. It’s not a Twitch streamed event. It is Tijuana, so I’d expect handhelds to show up on YouTube over the weekend. Main event is scheduled to be Psycho Clown vs Fantasma vs LA Park in a TripleMania preview. Fenix teams with Nicho & Pagano against Rey Escorpion, Texano, and Juventud Guerrera. Sammy Guervera is in Mexico, working a three-way match with Taurus and Hijo de LA Park. He’s working the Tijuana-Monterrey->Mexico City (Ecatepec) loop.
A local promoter says Alberto el Patron & Rey Mysterio Jr. will headline a The Crash show in Puebla on 09/21. Garza Jr., Bestia, and Daga are also mentioned. It’s notable that Rey Mysterio is being advertised that far in the future with his WWE status seemingly up in the air. I hope he’s not pulled off for the people involved, but they should have a plan for him not be there. Alberto versus a mystery rival (which may have intended to be Mysterio) was announced for TripleMania months ago, though hasn’t been brought up in recent months. It doesn’t seem as though Alberto will be appearing in AAA before the show, so his match would feel out of place to someone following AAA – though I’m not sure a good chunk of people who will be watching the show follow AAA anyway.
El Hijo del Santo got some attention after pointing out cars in front of his shop stripped of tires, and the government checking out the situation quickly (while insisting they weren’t doing it quickly just because was Hijo del Santo.) The article ends as it must, with Hijo del Santo complaining about the style of wrestling today.
Lucha Underground doesn’t actually list matches. They mention Cage & Pentagon need partners, so I’m assuming that’s happening. Worldwide Underground & Reptile Tribe interact in some way, but it sounds like the big match in that feud is on episode 9. The Mack has to deal with a haunting (Catrina & Mil Muertes. )
AAA is on Sunday this weekend, with a 6pm start. Bandido & Flamtia & Aramis versus Poder del Norte is very obviously going to be a great match, I could schedule the Twitter post recommending people to watch it now. They’re also back on Thursday in Aguascalientes, which means I have no idea what I’m writing this post next week.
I’ve stopped listing IWRG. I could always resubscribe to the cable package that gives me LAS (and some of the IWRG shows), but I assume it’s going to be posted anyway so that seems like a bad expense.