Penta/Impossible, evil Turtles, Volador/UG tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr.The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Chicanito
2) Chico Che, Mexica, Shadow Boy b Antar, Demonio Infernal, Kronoz
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Diva Salvaje, Nigma, Pasion Kristal [lumberjack]
Nigma replaced Demasiado. After the match, Teelo and two new evil Tortugas (Shilka & Rashatta) attacked the tecnico Ninja Turtles.
4) Cerebro Negro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Eterno, Savage b Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo del Alebrije, Relámpago, Veneno
moved down a spot, with Hijo del Medico Asesino and Veneno added to set up a feud with them. Relampago & Cerbero Negro also feuded.
5) Aramis © b Freelance [IWRG Rey del Aire]
First defense of a title Aramis won back on New Year’s Day.
6) X-Fly b Ovett [super libre]
Toto tried to help his father Ovett but got beat up. X-Fly used a foul to win.
7) El Mesías, Emperador Azteca, Imposible b Penta 0M, Trauma I, Trauma II
Team Imposible took 1/3, the last when Imposible beat Penta with an off the middle rope Canadian Destroyer. Penta seemed to kick out at 3. Penta/Imposible and Mesias/Trauma I teased matches.

+LuchaTV live surprise streamed this show (and I’m not sure if IWRG was fully aware that was happening.) They aired 3/4 on IWRG’s channel, then switched over to their own channel for the fifth match but joined it in progress, then the stream had to be restarted for the last two matches. It was not streaming well for me, but I’ve had plenty of internet problems this weekend so it could’ve just been me. +Lucha has been doing livestreams for its podcast of late and said they’d be doing more shows live as well, so maybe the presentation will get smoother with more chances at it.

The show drew pretty well by IWRG standards but not a sell out even with Mesias & Penta. Penta feels like a much bigger deal in the US than Mexico right now. The crowd IWRG drew here would still have been bigger than most US indies, though most US indies are charging more than IWRG was charging here ($250MXP ringside/15 USD).

No one’s going to spell “Shilka” and “Rahsatta” with any sort of consistency but the looks are good. I did a very brief search and couldn’t find anything suggesting they’re Ninja Turtles characters. I am not fully versed in the Ninja Turtle canon so feel free to educate me in the comments.

Volador & Ultimo Guerrero have been relegated to support players on Friday nights of late. They’ll get a bigger chance on a stream tonight. Following up on yesterday’s trios title change, Volador & Ultimo Guerrero have another singles match tonight in Arena Puebla. It’s their 15th overall, and 10th since 2014. UG leads 8-6, but Volador has won the last three matches and UG’s most recent two wins were both by DQ. UG hasn’t actually pinned Volador in a third fall in while. Their matches don’t have much variance in moves, though they’ll probably not do nearly as much on Monday night as a Universal final.

Princesa Sugehit defends the Mexican Women’s championship against Amapola. They’ve met three times in lightning matches and Amapola has won every time. I don’t expect that to continue. The matches in the way past were pretty good, and I don’t really expect that to continue.

Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Mistico take on Cuatrero, Sanson and Mr. Niebla in the semimain. Malayo and Lestat are up in the fourth match again, teamaing with Drone, Stigma, Malayo and Olimpico. There are two mostly locals matches as well, neither looking great.

The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube page.

Ultimo Guerrero’s match in ROH against Matt Taven will air on Fite.TV starting at 6pm today.

MLW announced Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs Drago & Aerostar for the MLW Tag Team Titles on their 07/19 New York City show. This will air as a TV special a little over a week later. Penta and Fenix will also challenge for the tag team titles on 08/17 in APW.

Ricky Marvin & Hijo del Pantera will be a team in NOAH’s Junior Tag League starting on July 7th. Pantera is already in Japan working for Wrestle-1.


CMLL (SAT) 07/07/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Retro vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Amapola, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
3) Gallito, MicroÁngel, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Felino, Hechicero, Shocker
5) Carístico, Mistico, Rush vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero

Mistico & Rush are probably not Carisitco’s friends. Microman has wrestled 7 times in Arena Coliseo and 4 times in Arena Mexico this year, slightly odd when CMLL runs Arena Mexico 3 times as often.