LIJ in Arena Mexico, Niebla off Anniversario, Expolucha tonight

Los Ingobernables de Japan members Naito & BUSHI return to Arena Mexico tonight, teaming with Los Ingobernable’s Rush tonight in the match. EVIL is scheduled to be with them, and there’s a good chance La Bestia del Ring and Terrible will join in the Ingobernables fiesta by the time they’re done. LA Park, Volador, and Diamante Azul are the competition, not the Washington Generals, but it’s probably not going to be their night. CMLL crowd reacted turned out and reacted strongly to Okada a few weeks ago. Naito is likely a bigger star to their fans, given his history with their company, so I expect a similar event tonight. CMLL going with a picture of BUSHI where he’s holding a teddy bear is great.

Reporte Indigo has a story on the reach of Los Ingobernables.

Most people are going to focus on the main event. Cavernario/Matt Taven is going to be the match of the night. Cavernario is very good and Matt Taven’s been in his best form in CMLL this run. He’ll technically be the tecnico, but that CMLL crowd is going to be behind the favorite caveman, just as they were in the King Phoenix feud. Cavernario might even actually win this time. This should be something people are excited to see but, like everything associated with the 09/14 card, CMLL’s made people less interested.

Definitely less interesting is the semi-main, another Guerreros versus Klan Kaoz match. These have been the same matches since this feud started, just varying on how much extra the Guerreros want to do and the crowd’s willingness to go along. Something probably needs to happen here to get raise interest in this feud. I’m uncertain what they could do.

One problem with pushing Klan Kaoz as a rudo threat to the Guerreros is the Nueva Generacion Dinamitas exist, are in the match just prior, and would’ve been more exciting title challengers. Instead, they continue to drift, facing the Casas team of Negro Casas, Felino & Tiger. That’s two rudo/rudo matches on the show for no particular reason. Marcela, Lluvia, and La Jarochita and Dalys, Reina Isis and Amapola in a trios match that feels very familiar even if it hasn’t happened in exactly that combination. Arkalis makes his Marca debut tonight, teaming with Robin against Coyote & Akuma. Those guys are capable of having an above average opening match.

This show airs at 8:30pm CT on both Marca and Facebook – though there’s no Facebook link up yet, and Marca’s feed is listed as regionblocked at the moment. This seems like a problem, the kind I usually have to figure out myself, so the bad news for you is I’m probably not streaming tonight’s CMLL on YouTube. I’m going to be at a different wrestling show tonight, not watching this show live. (I also, despite my best efforts, have a fantasy football draft tonight.) I may be able to get the stream started remotely, but both the Marca and Facebook feed died on me last week and I’d have to spend the night glued to my phone to make sure it was working. I recommend you use the Facebook feed when it comes out tonight, or just wait until tomorrow and watch it on YouTube.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Mr. Niebla is off the 09/14 CMLL 85th Anniversario show. CMLL quietly replaced his name with Mephisto on the website. That’s as close as they’ll come to acknowledging Niebla’s performance on Tuesday. Mr. Niebla originally seemed to be suspended for about three weeks for every one of these incidents. The length of his suspensions has grown in more recent years, though there’s no consistent pattern to it. I do expect we’ll see Mr. Niebla back in CMLL but I would not bet on a specific time.

CMLL starts it’s Matt Taven & Cavernario career look backs.

ExpoLucha gets into full gear tonight. They’ll be streaming a Future Legend show on Lucha Central tonight at 10pm CT. Penta, Rey Fenix and Rey Mysterio team up – for probably the last time in at least a while – against Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis and Super Crazy. It’ll surely be the last Rey’s last match with Guerrera & Psicosis for a few years, and who knows if any one of them will be wrestling the next time Mysterio leaves WWE, or if there’s even going to be another post-WWE Mysterio. It’s Lucha Central’s first live streaming show, so cross your fingers, but it looks like a good lineup if goes off without a hitch.

The PALL alliance of promotions has their debut show tonight in Arena Naucalpan. The scheduled main is LA Park vs Rayo de Jalisco vs Mr. Niebla Hechicero. Mr. Niebla has been pulled off this show due to his CMLL suspension. Park is attempting to work both Arena Mexico & Arena Naucalpan on the same night, which can be done but might not mean the best for him in either place. The most interesting match to me is the Tortugas Ninjas vs Kamikazes del Aire vs Freelance/Segura/Dragon Bane three-way tiros match. This will definitely turn in YouTube bootlegs and fits the mode of the shows +LuchaTV has been streaming of late.

“AAA vs ELITE 2” takes places tonight in Tijuana, with local promoter EMW running the show. The main event has Psycho Clown, Puma King, Hijo del Fantasma and Electroshock in a four-way. Damian 666 becomes the latest luchador to go from working The Crash to wrestling for rival local group EMW, teaming with Mr. Aguila against Pagano & Joe Lider. This is not a streaming show, but I suspect it’ll turn up on handhelds. I’m interested in seeing if “AAA vs Elite the concept” is a draw; they’ve done a good job of promoting it locally like it’s an important show.

There’s a rumor going around Facebook – seems to have started here – that Scoria, Cuervo, and Faby Apache are leaving AAA and going independent. Random facebook sources are a stretch to trust.

It would be pretty easy to believe Cuervo & Scoria leaving AAA. They haven’t been on a taping since May and have barely shown up on spot shows the last couple months. They do not appear to be in AAA’s plans and it’s probably time for them to look elsewhere. Faby Apache leaving would be a shock. It definitely seemed like there was a falling out between Faby & AAA sometime last year when she was deprioritized on lineups, but she’s been one of AAA’s featured stars of this year, is the current women’s champion, and her father was just added to AAA’s Hall of Fame. Faby’s also listed on a lot of cards going forward, including the show in Colombia, though all AAA cards are subject to change. That includes Sunday’s taping in Monterrey. You shouldn’t believe this is happening based on what’s been announced so far, but it would be meaningful if the already scheduled Shani/Apache singles match suddenly becomes for the Reina de Reinas championship.

AAA put up Dr. Alfonso Morales and El Apache‘s AAA Hall of Fame inductions on YouTube. That was the part of the show where the stream wasn’t quite working. AAA also put up a Lady Shani vs Faby Apache bathroom fight that took place in Ecatepec that seems a little after the fact now.

MedioTiempo talks to Christian Cymet about the lucha libre museum exhibit coming up on 09/14 to 16th, says Sin Cara will be appearing.

+LuchaTV has the latest Aqui esta la Lucha.

Ciudad Juarez will have a lucha libre expo next weekend.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Puma King & Barby’s latest video is about TripleMania.

The Gladiatores has a sit-down interview with Shu el Guerrero.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 09/04/2018 Arena México
1) Sangre Imperial & Sonic vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
4) Rey Cometa vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

A show. Maybe we can hope for Volador/Cavernario again. Sonic gets on shows two weeks in a row, but Camorra & Apocalipsis still exist.

CMLL has now run Rey Cometa/Tiger three times (and they also had a match in Brazil.) That kind of seems low, seeing as they’ve been stuck in the same place forever. Maybe not the exact same place: Rey Cometa won in 2013 and Rey Cometa won in 2015. Tiger’s got to get this done this year or he may not get another shot until 2021.

CMLL (TUE) 09/04/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar, Guerrero Samurai Jr., Mágico vs Frezzer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca, Tyson La Bestia vs El Rielero, Fugaz, Reyko
3) Audaz, Drone, Pegasso vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora
4) Black Panther, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Kráneo vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible

Terrible has returned from his back injury after four weeks off. It’s convivent he was cleared to return just as a spot for a main event rudo opened up with Mr. Niebla being gone. Terrible’s probably not replacing Niebla here, he’s taking back the spot Cavernario had, so maybe Cavernario is taking the Niebla spot in Mexico City.

Main event program pointed towards a Rush/Caristico match. It wouldn’t be the greatest idea to have Rush work singles matches before CMLL’s biggest show of the year, but it is CMLL so it could still happen.

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 31st, 2018

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AAA is back on Twitch Sunday night, with a close replay of the two TripleMania apuestas match. Pentagon Jr. sits out a three-way main event, and Faby & Shani have a singles match. They’re also scheduled to have a four-way tag team title match, with three teams who didn’t win a title shot (and one of those teams definitely lost it.) This won’t be as crazy as TripleMania but there are a few good matches.

I’m not sure what will end up airing on AAA TV this week. AAA did put up the Ecatepec Part 1 show on YouTube despite it not actually airing. Maybe Televisa airs part 2 this week?

Besides the certain death of Joey Wrestling, LU also promises a luchador coming for revenge on Pentagon Dark (about time for Marty to show up) and Son of Havoc watching a Killshot match.

TripleMania rating, Titan hand injury

I have so many unused TripleMania GIFs

Leo Riano’s column in Record says TripleMania drew “close to” 1.25 million viewers on Canal5. This would be the broadcast starting around 11pm, just including the last few matches. (Ratings for shows in Mexico aren’t as easily available as in the US; the couple places I checked didn’t have any numbers for Saturdays, and didn’t go as late as 11pm on the days I checked.) That’s down hugely from last year, but that’s also an apple to orange comparison, AAA wasn’t following a gigantic boxing event this year. It also wasn’t airing on Space as well, though I have no context for how many people would’ve been watching on that channel (or watch it in general.) Riano says both Televisa and AAA were happy with the number. TripleMania aired in the Saturday night slot that’s usually a boxing show and outdrew the rival boxing show on Televisa. Riano believes this might set up more AAA appearances on Canal5 on Saturday nights.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter says TripleMania drew 13,500 people, including giveaways. They reported 17,000 last year. You could see totally empty sections all in straight eyesight of the camera. That means CMLL will likely end up with the largest attended show in Mexico, which I don’t think has been the case the last few years. The 08/03 Casas Anniversary show was listed as “just about 16,000”, and the 07/13 Atlantis one was “14,000”. I’m not sure if the actual CMLL Anniversario will get to 13,500. It’d be a peculiar story if neither of the “biggest show of the year” from each promotion turned out to be the biggest one, but that certainly seems possible.

Titan will be out for a “few days” with a left-hand fracture. He says he picked up on Monday, though it wasn’t checked on Wednesday (after his title match.) Hand fractures usually take more than few days to heal, maybe he’s planning on working around it or it’s not bad. Titan isn’t listed on another show until the September 9th Kaoz show in Monterrey.

The “Mr. Niebla drunk?” story got picked up on some websites. CMLL didn’t address the situation on Informa and there’s been no lineup change. The highlights of Informa, to me person who didn’t actually watch it, was Volador saying he’d prefer a different Anniversario main event and Mephisto having no interest in the winner of the Klan Kaoz/Guerreros match. No one’s selling this show.

Joey (Mercury) Wrestling challenged Matanza to a match next week in a Lucha Underground promo, so Joey Wrestling is not long for this world.

CMLL starts a look back at Volador’s career, with his Rey del Aire wins.

Alex Colon won the DTU Alto Impacto championship from Ace Austin in Rockstar Pro last night.

RIOT has Fanboy on 09/29. Matches announced

Lucha libre shirt company Talivision is opening up a new store near Arena Mexico. The store opens on 09/14 with Penta & Fenix appearing.

AroLucha shows up in a press release from the company who made their LED board. AroLucha itself hasn’t done more than send out some social media since that fundraiser has ended.

Puerto Vallarta is forming a boxing, lucha, and MMA commission.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 09/02/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Shadow II & Mexica vs Death Metal & Lunatik Extreme
2) Ángel Estrella Jr. vs Atomic Star
3) Ciclón Ramírez, Metaleón, Multifacetico 2.0 vs Fly Warrior, Séptimo Rayo, Violencia Jr.
4) Chico Che, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr. vs Ra-Zhata, Shil-Ka, Teelo
5) Aramis © vs Dragón Bane [IWRG REY DEL AIRE]
6) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Trauma I, Último Gladiador

It’s Thursday and there was still no IWRG card out, so I was beginning to wonder if maybe IWRG wasn’t running Sunday this week. They are, though the poster visually looks more like an indie show that the normal IWRG one.

Lucha Underground 4×12: Till Death Do Us Part

not the tacos

Matches

Jake Strong beat Drago
(4:55, ankle lock, ok)

XO Lishous beat Jack Evans in a no mas match
(11:25, cross armbreaker, good)

Johnny Mundo and Taya Valkerie’s wedding ended in a no-contest

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark (4 defenses)

Gift of the Gods: Dragon Azteca (2 defenses)

Trios Champions: Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) (0 defenses)

Died This Season (12): Jeremiah Crane (casket)*, Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed) , Saltador (sacrificed), Benji the Agent (murdered by Ricky), Angelico (implied to have been murdered by Ricky)

Resurrected (1): Jeremiah Crane/Snake

Developments

this didn’t seem fun (but it did seem very dark)

No one died this episode, which is pretty big news the way this season has gone. It was not for lack of trying. Ricky Mundo, angry about being treated like trash by the rest of Worldwide Underground, was easy prey to his doll Rosa’s manipulations this week. Rosa convinced Ricky to release Matanza before the wedding. Ricky sat in the crowd and watched as Matanza interrupted just as the wedding was finishing. Matanza thrashed the wedding party – including surprise best man Joey (Mercury) Wrestling and unexplained bridesmaid Cheerleader Melissa. Taya bled after a headbutt. took the Wrath of the Gods and was chokeslammed thru her wedding cake. Everyone was pretty well destroyed, including Master of Ceremonies Famous B. It was unclear if Worldwide Underground figured out Ricky was responsible; they didn’t have much time to figure out much.

The one member of the group who escaped the beating was Jack Evans, only because he took his beating earlier. XO Lishous made Jack Evans say No Mas to win the match and the feud. Ivelisse & Joey Ryan got themselves involved, following up from the previous tag match in the feud. They stopped Jack from attempting to break XO’s neck, and XO won soon after. Ivelisse & XO weren’t totally convinced on trusting Joey. Jack’s injuries in that match led him to skip the wedding.

I think the wheelchair provided a helpful place to lift but still impressive

The only other match on the show was the teased Drago/Jake Strong match this week. Strong continued his undefeated streak. He also threatened to use Drago’s nunchucks to break his ankle, only for Aerostar to make the save. Drago & Aerostar together were able to just barely escape. The tease here seemed to be a tag match (or even just a 2 vs 1), though it’s seemed doubtful even that would be competitive.

(While not officially part of the show, an LU/El Rey commercial airing right after the episode concluded had a pretty big teaser for something happening at the start of the next episode. I don’t know if people watching this thru iTunes/Amazon/other means will see the same ad as well, and even talking about what they said will happen will give it away if you follow the show. It was a teaser but in practice less of a tease and more of a reveal. On the odd chance that someone’s avoiding all other LU news for the rest of the week, I’ll save talking about it until next week. )

Thoughts

Lucha Underground got as much out of the wedding as they could. They gave as much time as a showcase match (around 15 minutes including entrances), they did an early tease of an interruption so the crowd wouldn’t just be sitting waiting for it, and they finally did the attack in a way that made Matanza look impressive. This was still some comedy to this, same as the recent Matanza sacrifices, but he did also beat up seven people single handily. That’s pretty good. Famous B shined in his role and the Mundo & Taya vows were very well written. Ricky was treated so badly on this episode that Striker trying to ease Ricky into the face role in this feud was nearly credible, but Ricky did stab a man to death last week so it’s sure it’s totally believable. Still, it was a way for Ricky to get his revenge in a credible fashion since he’s not going to be beating up all these people. This was all alright for me, and I have no doubt a lot of people loved it a lot more than me.

ladder dives don’t really help much in a no mas match but nice anyway

Drago & Strong was better than the Aerostar version of this match, and close the Guevera version of this match. These are still competitive squash matches. Strong going half the season with little character and no standout match is a little bit of a problem for someone they’re focusing on so heavy.

Joey & Ivelisse interfering was a problem too. Mixed feelings coming out of one tag match really wasn’t enough to sell Joey caring to get involved, and Ivelisse deciding to be part of this was a stretch too. It was transparently a way to get to an ending while giving Jack an out for losing, which hasn’t been what Lucha Underground blowoff gimmick matches have been. The match itself was good, just lacking going anywhere new. XO repeating the same swearing spot as Sexy Star didn’t get over nearly as well this time.

Mephisto remains champ over Titan, Mr. Niebla has a bad night, LU wedding

the main event finish.

CMLL (TUE) 08/28/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralOvaciones]
1) Bengala & Sonic b Inquisidor & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany b La Maligna, Mistique, Sanely LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3. Mistique suffered a leg injury springboarding into the ring, her first action of the match. She was attempting to armdrag Tiffany, who was not close enough, and landed awkwardy. Mistique was unable to continue and most of the match was 3v2.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz b Kawato, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ephesto, Hechicero, Shocker b Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Kraneo replaced Vailente.
5) Mephisto © b Titán [CMLL WELTERLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto took falls 1/3 for his 13th defense. Titan’s fourth challenge in this reign.
6) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:08. Straight falls. Mr. Niebla was in no condition to wrestle, and Volador pulled off his mask in frustration in the second fall.

Mistique is expected out for about two weeks with a knee injury. Though being out two weeks could mean two days. Mephisto talked about his win. The Gladiatores also had post-match interviews with Titan and Mephisto. The title match was good, though nothing must see when they’ve had a few already.

Mr. Niebla appeared to be in no condition to perform and should not have been allowed to go to the ring. Whoever was running the show was aware, because Niebla did not enter from the top entrance (for fear he’d fall down the stairs?) Niebla did his usual bit of climbing to the top rope to pose, only he immediately lost his balance and fell to the floor. The cameras cut away from Niebla at that part, realizing what was going on. Negro Casas & Rey Bucanero quickly finished the first fall before Niebla could get in the ring, while Volador held Niebla on the outside and untied his mask. The rudos didn’t seem to want Niebla in the ring in the second fall, but he still got in. After a couple moments of being lost, they set up Volador for a handspring double elbow, only Mr. Niebla was way not in the normal position to take it. Volador immediately pulled off Niebla’s mask to end the match and stormed to the back. Volador did it on purpose to end the match early. Mr. Niebla might have known it was coming from the setup. Everyone else seemed surprised, though the rudos had a better idea of what was going on. The match time was just over two minutes, close to four minutes including the break between falls (went longer than usual.)

I don’t know that Mr. Niebla was drunk, but he has admitted alcohol addiction He’s been suspended from CMLL many times for similar incidents. They usually seem to happen on Tuesdays, which may just be because CMLL has a lot less management paying attention to Tuesday shows. CMLL never announces or acknowledges a suspension, Niebla simply disappears from cards for at least three weeks. Niebla hasn’t had a problem this year, but he had CMLL absences last July and October that might have been the same issue. The only upcoming CMLL card is listed on is the Anniversario show. Niebla is also scheduled to be in the main event of the PALL debut show on Friday. He’s worked indie shows while being suspended from CMLL in the past and it’ll be more up those promotions if they still want ot use him. Mr. Niebla was headlining that show, I think, because Lucha Memes and other promotions were really happy with Niebla’s performances on their shows of late.

You can most people who know him really like Mr. Niebla because others with the same issues probably wouldn’t get the same seemingly unlimited chances. It’s not sure if those unlimited chances are helping him.

CMLL (TUE) 08/28/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo b El Alteño, Rielero, Vaquero Jr.
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Black b Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro, Guerrero de la Muerte
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
rudos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Tritón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Matt Taven DQ Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Rush fouled Caristico.

On Saturday, CMLL put up a video saying Magnus would be out two weeks after taking Universo 2000 Jr.’s Black Hammer, which was obviously a worked injury. He was out about two days.

CMLL, being very sneaky as to the outcome of the Anniversario show, has started a series of talking about past big Rush wins in hair matches. And only Rush wins. They mention his 2010 win over Loco Max to start. These things might be more effective is CMLL posted the video of the match. I can do that.

A handheld and slightly edited version of the Caristico title win over Ultimo Guerrero is up on YouTube.

Lucha Underground is up to episode 12 of the season, “Til Death Do Us Part”. That’s not ominous at all! Matches Happenings on the show:

  • XO Lishus vs Jack Evans in a No Mas match
  • Drago vs Jake Strong
  • Johnny Mundo & Taya get married

Ricky Mundo seems likely to mess with the wedding. It’s just not clear exactly how.

AAA officially announced shows for the 09/07 TV taping in Cancun & the 09/08 Hard Rock Hotel show in Riviera Maya, which does not appear to be a TV taping this year. The Cancun show is as was announced a few weeks ago. The September 8 AAA show has Psycho Clown & Fenix against Hijo del Fantasma & Brian Cage. That’s a bit of a problem since the September 8 The Crash show has Penta & Fenix vs Caristico & Volador. The Crash announced first, but I suspect the new AAA champion will end up working the AAA show. Fenix hasn’t said anything yet.

Fenix wants to defend his title against Dr. Wagner Jr.

RIOT has Fanboy on 09/29. Matches announced

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 09/03/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
2) El Audaz, Fuego, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Virus
3) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
debut of Volcano
4) Mistico & Rush vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero and Cuatrero & Sansón and Flyer & Volador Jr.

Lots of stuff going on here. A four-way tag team main event is strange. They seemed headed to something Rush/UG related and perhaps that’ll still be happening. This looks like a short show. The main event will turn into three matches, but they’ll be one fall matches and tend to be on the quick side. It’s possible another match may be added.

Volcano, Kraneo’s new big friend, makes his debut. They’ve changed the spelling not to conflict with “Vulcano”. I would be surprised if Stuka is also a Gorilla but I don’t rule it out.

Toro Bill Jr. makes his first appearance here in 15 months. He hasn’t been a regular since he and Rey Apocalipsis stopped teaming together. If I remember right, at least Apocalipisis and maybe Toro Bill claimed they had no idea why CMLL stopped booking them together, but they also stopped teaming on indie shows as well. They recently reunited on an indie show and now they’re back together here.

Still no sign of Raziel. I think it has to be an injury at this point.

DTU (TUE) 09/11/2018 Arena Aficion
1) Dayami, Destino, Luigi vs ?, Josh Sniper, Zarkoth
2) Hermes vs JitsuDevil BoyMoria
3) Jimmy vs Douki
4) Paranoiko & Pesadilla vs El Exótico & Kevin
5) Kaleth & Tiburón vs Diva Salvaje & Jessy Ventura
6) Crazy Boy & LuFisto vs Dany Demanto & Mary Apache and Chik Tormenta & Joe Lider
7) Masashi Takeda vs Aero Boy vs Crazy King

The usual Arena Aficion show will have a death match on top. Mary Apache is working these shows but Faby is not, so the Faby/LuFisto match must be happening elsewhere.

LLB , Lucha Memes (SUN) 09/16/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Abadón, Juan Diego, Juan el Ranchero vs El Divino, Hijo Del Brazo De Platino, Ninja de Fuego
2) Lady Maravilla vs Keyra
3) Drako, Fantasma de la Ópera, Ovett vs Ángel o Demonio, Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Corsario Negro Jr.
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Belial, Dragón Bane, Impulso
5) Mike Segura & Templario vs Fly Star & Freelance
6) Octagón & Satánico vs Demus & Pirata Morgan
7) Hechicero vs Daga
8) Nicho el Millionario vs Rush
no rules match

09/16 is going to be a busy day and everyone’s starting to fill in their matches. Nicho burned a Los Ingobernables shirt as a setup to this match. I like this card better than the PALL show Friday.

Fly Star’s been trying to get “El Diablo” over as either a name or a nickname since the day after he lost his mask. I’m not giving in yet.

Mephisto/Titan tonight, Puebla results, PALL

flying fish and friends

CMLL (MON) 08/27/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Meyer b Ares & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Dalys & La Comandante b La Jarochita & Marcela LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas took 2/3.
3) Shockercito © b Joker [CMLL MINILA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Shockercito took falls 2/3 to keep the title. 4th defense
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Olímpico, Pólvora b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
Villano III was remembered before the match. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja b Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero DQ Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerreros took 2/3, Rush fouling UG again. Rush & company took Euforia & UG’s mask post-match. No post-match promo.

The only promo from yesterday was Shockercito celebrating his win. I saw part of the match and it seemed just OK. Some match is being set in the match but no one seemed interested in making clear what they’re doing next.

Matt Taven is winning all the unimportant matches, only losing the feud matches (Volador title win, Ultimo Guerrero set up trios, the Rush/Cavernario set up matches.)

Two weeks ago, Stuka Jr. defeated Hechicero for the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship. One week ago, Caristico took the NWA Middleweight Championship away from Ultimo Guerrero. Titan has a chance to make it the third Tuesday with a title change tonight, as he challenges Mephisto for the CMLL Welterweight Championship. Titan’s challenge for the fourth time and is in about the same place as the other challengers. It’s possible he’ll win, but there’s no great feeling a title change is coming. Titan & Mephisto matches have tended to be as good as Titan is willing to take big bumps for Mephisto’s moves (since Mephisto is just doing the same spots every singles match.)

The rest of the show is ordinary fare. Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Rey Bucanero take on Mistico, Atlantis, and Volador. An odd grouping of Ephesto, Hechicero & Shocker face Soberano, Stuka, and Valiente. Ephesto is on his own because Mephisto is in the title match, but Rey Bucanero & Shocker are meant to be a team. Not this week. The Panthers teaming with Audaz to take on Kawato, Okumura, and Virus might be interesting. There’s a women’s match, and the opener has some interesting people not seen often (serial killer Yago, Sonic).

Lucha Central has a preview of the show. It’ll air at 7:30pm.

With the title change last week, there’s not much going on this week in Guadalajara.  New champ Caristico teams with Diamante Azul & Matt Taven to take on Cavernario, Bestia and Rush.

PALL, Promotores Asociados Lucha Libre, held an introductory press conference yesterday at Arena Naucalpan. (That video is about 40 minutes long and I’m probably not going to ever watch it. MedioTiempo & R de Rudo have summaries.) PALL is an umbrella promotors group including IWRG, Lucha Memes, Lucha Libre Boom, NOBA, Pleu Sports, MDA, Generacion XXI, GCC and Tortas Super Astros. MDA’s Twitter post about it also mentions Barakal, famed for running that one LA Park/Rush match and almost literally nothing else. NOBA is an Acapulco based promotion, Generacion XXI runs in Guanajuato mostly,  MDA tends to be in Monterrey but will run elsewhere in partnership with Lucha Memes – most every promotion in this group has worked with Memes at some point. I only know of two shows, separated by half a year, that Pleu Sports has run. I know even less about GCC; I think this is a group that promotes in Cancun.

EDIT: GCC is a new name for Barakal! That explains what happened there. They are still mostly promoting around Cancun.

The idea of PALL is to raise the level of indie lucha libre by promotions working together and holding each other to high standards. They’ll coordinate note to run shows against each other and to denounce promoters who don’t pay wrestlers what they’re owed. They’ll share recommended wrestlers, and put together a fund to pay for medical expenses for those hurt on their shows. It’s not particularly big goals, but basic changes could help. This is all in the promotion of a show this Friday at Arena Naucalpan. Mr. Electro spoke from a wrestler point of view at the press conference; he’s not currently on the card but I assume that means he’s going to be.

Some, but not all of these promotions are participating in a trios tournament with outsider promotions on 09/29.

Flamita faces Rich Swann on 09/08 in Manchester as part of the Revolution Pro British J Cup.

RIOT announced their next show, Fanboy, will take place on 09/29.

MDA will run their ColiseoMania 2018 show the following day, on 09/30.

Segunda Caida really enjoyed the Daniel Makabe vs Negro Navarro match, which is on Twitch at about the two hour mark of this video.

Lucha World has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Critero Hidalgo interviews Tuzo Infernal (I think, his name isn’t ever really mentioned in the body of the article.) He’s over 60, so he’s thinking about retiring soon.

Lineups

Future Legend (FRI) 08/31/2018 Paradise Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
1) John Hennigan vs Taya ValkyrieLa MáscaraBlack Taurus (Indie)Shane HelmsSantanaOrtizMáscarita DoradaDemusBlack Danger (Baja California)Destino NegroDouglas JamesFamous BEli EverflyOráculoSerpenticoEl SnowflakeUltimo Panda
matches to be announced
2) Rey Horus vs Austin TheoryLaredo Kid
3) Chris Adonis, Eddie Edwards, Moose vs Killer Kross, Marty Martinez, Ricky Banderas
4) Penta Zero M, Rey Fénix (LU), Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis, Súper Crazy

Legends of Lucha Libre (SAT) 09/01/2018 Paradise Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
1) Fuerza Guerrera vs SkaydeNegro NavarroEl CobardeMano NegraÁngel Blanco Jr.
mathes to be announced
2) Hijo del Solar & Solar I vs Bestia 666 & Damián 666
3) El Mesías, Tinieblas Jr., Último Dragón vs El Fantasma, Hijo del Fantasma, Pirata Morgan

Expo Lucha announced these two shows will be streaming live on LuchaCentral. The Friday show starts about 10pm CT (so it should be still going as CMLL wraps up), and the Saturday show starts at 4pm CT (so before All In if you’re watching both.) They’ll have both Spanish announcing (Roberto Figueroa) and English (Joe Dombrowski & uh Vampiro again).

CMLL (SUN) 09/02/2018 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
3) Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Flyer vs Mephisto [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico vs Cavernario, Euforia, Gran Guerrero

Not much interesting is happening on CMLL b-shows and this continues that.

WWCI (SUN) 09/16/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Imperio Negro & Memo Romero vs Príncipe Deka & Ying Zang
2) India Mazahua & Jessy Ventura vs Óscar El Hermoso & Zafiro
3) Astrolux vs Black Metal
4) Lilith Dark & Mary Apache vs Black Fury & La Magnifica
5) Impulso & Wotan vs Demus & Steve Pain and Drako & Hijo del Fishman

Not a hugely notable show on its own, but it does mean Lucha Memes own 09/16 show must be someplace else. (And does the PALL agreement mean that’ll be the only show that group of promotions runs on 09/16?)

new lucha video for the weekend of August 17th, 2018

I almost completely forgot to record Guadalajara – and then saw that the show usually airing before CMLL was instead in their timeslot. I’m not sure if that meant CMLL aired before or not at all. The Carisitco/Ultimo Guerrero match aired in clips on CMLL Informa, so the video of the match definitely exists, but I don’t have it. I hate missing title matches but I’m not sure what I could do about this one.

CMLL could put the match on YouTube today if that was important to them. CMLL didn’t air the Okada match, so things that would seem to be important just aren’t.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-08-26
taped 2018-08-17 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Kráneo vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
2) Audaz vs Forastero in a lightning match
3) Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush

TripleMania, CMLL weekend results, IWRG

not the worst experience Flamita’s had in AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 08/25/2018 Arena Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAACageside SeatsLucha CentralMarca (mask)Marca (women)OvacionesR de RudoSuperLuchasThe GladiatoresthecubsfanTribuna]
TripleMania XXVI
1) Astrolux, Dragón Bane, Freelance b Aramis, Draztick Boy, Látigo
a Llave a la Gloria match
2) Sammy Guevara b Australian Suicide ©Shane StricklandACH [AAA CRUISER]
Guevera beat Sucide with a 630 senton to win the title. Suicide falls on 4th defense, 3rd on TV. Killer Kross attacked everyone (Guervera included) before offering Suicide a MAD shirt. Suicide later was with MAD.
3) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © b Hijo Del Vikingo & Vanilla and Dinastía & Lady Maravilla and Angelikal & La Hiedra [AAA MIXED TAG]
3rd defense (2nd televised).
4) Bandido & Flamita b Aerostar & Drago and Golden Magic & Laredo Kid and Andrew Everett & DJZ [Ladder, AAA TAG, #1 Contenders]
Bandido & Flamita earned a shot at the tag team titles (held by Rey Escorpion & Texano)
5) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata and Hijo de LA Park, Puma King, Taurus
Poder del Norte beat Hijo de LA Park
6) Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Teddy Hart b Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [lumberjack]
a confused (and mistimed?) finished included Poder del Norte attacking OGT, only for OGT to still somehow get the win. Chessman & Jack Evans appeared to get in a legit fight, and a fan attacked Carta Brava.
7) La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Joe Lider, Murder Clown, Pagano [street]
Texano hit Lider with a flaming lasso. Pagano was once again strechered out.
8) Lady Shani b Faby Apache [mask, hair]
Shani’s mask vs Faby Apache’s hair. Moved down a spot. Taurus took out Shani’s second Nino Hamburguesa with a spear. La Parka replaced him and helped counter both Taurus and Hamburguesa to allow Shani to win. Faby Apache got some of her head shaved in the ring and completely shaved out of it.
9) Fénix b Jeff Jarrett ©Brian CageRich Swann [AAA HEAVY]
Moved up a spot. Fenix beat Jarrett after Dr. Wagner (playing Konnan pretending to be La Parka – layers inside of layers.) Marisela Pena was taken out by a Fenix dive onto Jarrett. Jarrett falls on his first defense.
10) Hijo del Fantasma L Psycho ClownLA ParkPentagón Jr. [mask, cage]
Four way mask match in a cage. Pentagon was the first to escape, throwing fire in Psycho’s face while they were both on top of the cage. Psycho recovered to escape next. The cage was removed for the LA Park & Fantasma final, where Tirantes helped Fantasma (at times) but Park still won. Hijo del Fantasma is Jorge Luis Alcantar Bolly, 34, 18 years a wrestler. Dr. Wagner Jr. confronted Park afterward, and the two eventually agreed to a mask versus hair match in next year’s TripleMania.

The show is still up to watch free on the English version. You have to be a subscriber to watch on the Spanish version. I’m not sure that’s ideal but it’s also whatever – you can find plenty of versions on YouTube anyway. AAA might as well make these bigger shows for free VOD on Twitch if possible because they can’t stop the pirating.

+LuchaTV posted video with an unmasked Hijo del Fantasma, Dr. Wagner repeating his challenge, Fenix promising 2019 will be a big year for the megachampionship, and Lady Shani talking about her win.

There were definite problems with the show, but it still was one of the better recent TripleManias. It was far different than any other major promotion show – they went for spectacular even if sometimes sloppy, they went heavy in the rudo referee bits to get heat, they went stronger in hardcore spots with blood and fire than most anyone is going to do on this scale. I thought it was good, but it looks like the usual polarizing show.

I stuck with the Spanish feed. Matt Striker & Vampiro were as terrible as anticipated. What I didn’t anticipate is a fair bunch of people who check in with AAA for TripleMania see it as a trash promotion and having terrible announce team fits in with what they’re looking to get out of the show. It doesn’t seem like the way to expand AAA outside of Mexico, but nothing else on that show felt like something that would easily be transferable outside of Mexico either.

Two big questions I’m wondering about

  • What happened between June 3rd, where Wagner did post-show interviews saying he’s quit AAA, and Wagner getting next year’s TripleMania main event? And when did it happen?
  • Last week, when CMLL was pushing the idea that LA Park versus Rush could happen at some other point of the year, did they know LA Park had already agreed to face Wagner next year at TripleMania and were lying just to keep fans off their backs, or were they blindsided? LA Park still being on the cards suggest one outcome.

The next AAA show is Sunday night. AAA’s upcoming scheduled on their website seems to list 09/30 (Uriangato, Guanajuato) and 10/28 (Puebla) tapings. The 10/02 San Luis Potosi taping is not yet listed.

MicromanFever translated the post-main event promos. LA Park did agree to the mask match, though while also saying Wagner wasn’t worthy of a mask match. I’m really uncertain if people are going to go for it.

AAA can be silly, but I don’t think they’re silly enough to agree to have LA Park win two straight years at TripleMania without a plan for what’ll happen at the third.

CMLL (SAT) 08/25/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito b Aéreo & Fantasy
Rudos took 2/3. Pierrothito got away with a foul on Fantasy.
2) Akuma, El Coyote, Yago b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr.
rudos took 1/3.
3) Universo 2000 Jr. b Magnus [lightning]
Universo beat Magnus with a Martillo Negro
4) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger b Drone, Fuego, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3. Misterioso cheated to beat Fuego.
5) Blue Panther Jr., Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Forastero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Carístico, Matt Taven, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 1/3.

There’s an Universo 2000 Jr. promo celebrating his win, and one with the doctor announcing Magnus will be out two weeks after taking the Black Hammer.  So I guess they need a sub for Tuesday’s Guadalajara show? I like how the only time these post-show medical updates have someone out for a specific amount of time is on a kayfabe injury.

This show took place at the same time as TripleMania and didn’t seem any less attended than usual. This is more relevant for the Impact tapings; there’s a lot of people in Mexico City and there are groups who like different styles of wrestling. They can still draw fine against the Anniversario if it’s a show a group of people want to see.

CMLL (SUN) 08/26/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Inquisidor b Arkalis & Robin
rudos took 1/3.
2) La Guerrera, Marcela, Sanely b Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
Sanely’s return from Metalica caused knee injury. Her team took 1/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Rey Cometa [lightning]
Maya won with Sacrifica Maya.
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. b Disturbio, Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero b Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Soberano Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
tecnicos took 2/3.

Sanely and Guerrero Maya Jr. have post-match promos. Matt Taven is winning a lot.

Explosivo won the Occidente Welterweight championship.

IWRG (SUN) 08/26/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Shadow Boy b Holocausto
2) Death Metal & Lunatic Extreme b Mexica & Shaolin Mexica y Shaolin vs Death Metal y Lunatic Xtreme en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
straight falls
3) Alas de Acero, Black Shadow II, Relámpago b Capricornio, Diablo Jr., Karma
4) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo del Alebrije, Multifacetico 2.0 b Cerebro Negro, Eterno, Violencia Jr.
Villano III was remembered after the match.
5) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Trauma I, Trauma II b Ciclón Ramírez, Emperador Azteca, Hijo De Dos Caras
mask challenges followed
6) Freelance & Imposible DQ Aramis & Dragón Bane
Aramis accidentally kicked the referee for the DQ. Dragon Bane and Aramis fought backstage, setting up a title match.

Dragon Bane/Aramis should be good if it happens.

Today’s Puebla show is slightly bigger than usual. The main event is Los Guerreros versus Cavernario, Bestia del Ring and Rush in a rematch from last week, which is iether setting up a trios title match or a Rush/UG match. Shockercito defends the minis title against Joker, which is a rare chance to see a minis title match on the stream. The rest of the show is about the normal mix of matches.

El Grafico has an interview with Demus & Super Comando to build up their singles match on the 09/02 Cama Lucha show. I’m unsure with El Grafico has decided to go all in on covering Cama Lucha but I’m not arguing with it.

El Mimo was honored Sunday on the IAW show for 20 years of wrestling, and Tromba wrestled as Mimo Jr. for the day. I did not know they were related.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Record talks to Christian Cymet, who wants to set up a permanent lucha libre exhibit in Mexico City.

A visit to a lucha libre school in Zacatecas.

Cuernavaca’s Tartu el Brujo talks about returning to wrestling.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 09/01/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Acero, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Astral vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
4) Drone, Fuego, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Kawato San, Okumura
5) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
6) Atlantis, Kráneo, Mistico vs Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero

Very much a show. Sangre Azteca won a title in Argentina, and I’m not sure if he’s back in time for this mathc.

LA Park unmasks Hijo del Fantasma in the main event of TripleMania, Lady Shani takes Faby Apache’s hair

Hijo del Fantasma unmasked (photo by AAA)

Hijo del Fantasma lost his mask in the main event of this year’s TripleMania, as expected. The big surprise was it LA Park who got the win. The two finished the fourway mask match with heavy involvement from Hijo del Tirantes (who had very involved in the show already.) LA Park speared Hijo del Fantasma for the match deciding pinfall. Fantasma unmasked as Jorge Luis Alcantar Bolly, 34 years old, 18 years a wrestler.

There was a reason behind Park winning: Dr. Wagner Jr. walked out to challenge him for a hair versus mask match after. Park was very negative about the idea, feeling his mask was worth much more than Wagner’s hair, and Wagner lost his chance by losing his mask in the same ring a year ago. Park seemed to eventually agree by the end of the back and forth, though not strongly. All three announce crews immediately pressed that it was a match definitely happening for next year’s Triplemania, obviously being alerted that it was happening beforehand, but LA Park didn’t seem too enthusiastic about it. It was tough to read the fans, many of whom were exiting the building after a 5.5 hour show. This was a spot intended to replicate Wagner and Psycho Clown agreeing to a mask match ahead of time, but it didn’t have a strong feeling.

That Wagner/Park match is scheduled to take place at TripleMania XXVII, announced as taking place August 3rd in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Other results from the show

  • Vampiro and Konnan signed a contract for a loser leaves AAA (or Mexico) match. No date was announced, and it may end up being a team versus team match. This was highlighted by Vampiro losing it on while doing English commentary because the cue for his music was missed.
  • Lady Shani took Faby Apache’s hair, in a match which saw La Parka counter the interference of Taurus and referees fighting. Faby Apache got a real haircut time. She wasn’t bald when she left the ring, but her hair was cut enough that she would be better off bald. AAA did post a photo of her bald in the back later on.
  • Fenix is the new AAA Mega Champion, having defeated Jeff Jarrett. Dr. Wagner Jr. got a bit of revenge on Jarrett by pretending to be Konnan pretending to be Parka. It worked better than it sounds. Fenix beat Jarrett with a cutter. Cage may have suffered a leg injury during the match but did finish it.
    • A section of the match was designed for Marisela Pena to humiliate Jarrett by throwing a drink in her face, and Fenix to add in a dive to Jarrett. That first part went fine, but Fenix came in very hot and Jarrett didn’t catch the dive as much as he passed it by to Marisela and the people she was sitting with. You’ve never seen security people and medical people run to ringside as fast as they did then – it was as if a president got shot. Marisela herself seemed fine but it was less clear about the other people in the area, and the commotion distracted the fans attention from the match until the fake La Parka came out.
  • La Mascara, Texano Jr. & Rey Escorpion defeated Pagano, Joe Lider and Murder Clown in an over the top hardcore match that saw Texano set his lasso on fire to hit Joe Lider (or an area near Joe Lider) for the win. Pagano was rushed to an ambulance after the match in a regular situation.
  • OGT beat Elite in the worst match of the night. A confusing sequence saw Poder del Norte attack OGT before and after the finish to no effect, and Chessman and Jack Evans getting into a very real brawl while the finish was happening. The MAD concept was given a big run with video packages and an in-ring promo segment here, but no one seemed to  care about this feud (and it appears to be over now with MAD losing and OGT moving back to Poder del Norte again.)
  • Poder del Norte earlier continued their winning streak by winning the three way team match, pinning Hijo de LA Park. So one win and one loss for the Parks tonight.
  • Bandido & Flamita were surprise winners in the ladder match and are owed a tag title shot now. AAA hung an attache case very high up, so the wrestlers had use for the ladders and used them a lot. Drago may have reinjured his shoulder on a spot in a match full of spots. Bandido & Flamita aren’t booked on the next three TV tapings, so it may be a while before they get that shot.
  • Nino Hamburguesa & Big Mami continued their successful mixed tag team reign with a win in the opener. They were easily the most popular team and got in many good moments.
  • Sammy Guevara picked up the Cruiserweight title, pining Suicide after a 630 senton in a match also including ACH & Shane Strickland. It was a bit of a disappointment of a match, though not one that stuck out by the end of the show. Killer Kross attacked everyone but Suicide after the match and gave Suicide a MAD shirt. Suicide later appeared with MAD, but had no great role.
  • Dragon Bane, Aramis and Freelance beat Draztick Boy, Latigo and Aramis in an exciting if at times sloppy opener.

Attendance looked good but far from a sell out; the cameras angles used kept showing sections of totally unsold seats, and these weren’t ones cut off for the entrance. The crowd generally seemed to be into the show, especially the main events. There was a lot of referee stuff with Tirantes but it didn’t seem to hurt the crowd.

I had terrible streaming problems for the second half of the show; I missed the finish of Shani/Apache and the main event when the stream just stopped on me, so there’s no real way I can do a recap tonight. It may be a few days. It must’ve been on my end; there was a path early where the feed was struggling badly for 20 minutes but no one reported problems otherwise. If you’re waiting for a recommendation, I’d say most of the show was watchable but it felt long and you’re going to have to put up with a lot of AAA tropes (referees that make no sense, heavy interference in singles matches). It was very much a TripleMania.