Six straight days of shows (seven in eight) made me very excited to do anything else that weekend and I’m still not quite back on track. Flamita/Bandido/Fenix will take forever to make TV but maybe they can insert in a new announce track in the meantime? The CMLL Claro show is something you can watch now and should if you missed it.
I think I was possibly the only person to actually like the Daga/PJ Black match. In retrospect, LU had decided by then that Worldwide Underground was going to be the faces in the feud, but somehow didn’t have that as the plan at the start? I dunno.
Flamita vs Bandido, Fénix
AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02
Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
CMLL (MON) 08/13/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Cronista del Ring, Lucha Central]
1) Joker & Mercurio b Meyer & Shockercito Rudos took 2/3, setting up a Joker/Mercurio title match.
2) La Jarochita & Mistique b La Metálica & Reyna Isis tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Drone, Stigma, Tritón b El Malayo, Kawato San, Okumura tecnicos took 1/3
4) Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker b Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Valiente rudos took 1/3. Hechicero took Soberano’s mask after the match.
5) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón tecnicos took 2/3.
The big news from this show was a heavy sponsorship by Ford. A “Ford Motorcraft” logo was in the center of the ring, banners were hung around the arena and representatives were introduced as being in the front row. Motorcraft turns out to be the parts company, not the whole car company. It’s not immediately clear if this is a Puebla sponsorship deal or something for CMLL entirely; we’ll know more about that tonight. It’d be interesting if it was only Puebla because Puebla happens to be the home of Volkswagon in Mexico.
Hechicero defends the NWA Light Heavyweight championship tonight in Arena Mexico. It’s his first streamed title defense in over a year. (He’s had a non-recorded win over Blue Panther Jr., a Guadalajara win over Esfinge, and the recent Christopher Daniels match.) Hechicero remains good, though he’s also adjusted a lot to the CMLL style since he started in the promotion a few years ago, concentrating on a smaller set of moves he can do well in every match than being as experimental as he was prior. Hechicero’s matches can still be exciting, the match with Valiente on Friday show that, but he’s not had the top level matches in CMLL. He’s also not been given all that much chance for those. Stuka doesn’t seem to have much chance of winning but should be a solid opponent.
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja team with Kraneo against NGD in the main event. That’s a solid Tuesday match which might be sped thru tonight. Hijos del Infierno face Panther, Soberano and Titan in the fourth match. Audaz makes an appearance in the tercera. You may want to skip the first couple matches.
Guadalajara has Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, and Negro Casas against Caristico, xMatt Taven and Mistico as the main event. Last week was the Mephisto/Titan title match, so we’re looking for a new feud somewhere here.
CMLL announced they’ll have an 85th Anniversario press conference next Wednesday, announcing the details of the show. It’s expected those details will include the mysterious main event of the show. The promo art for the press conference includes a photo with Rush, for what it’s worth.
CMLL also announced Soberano Jr. will be on that Anniversario show. From his reaction in that video, it didn’t appear he had been told before that point. The full list of people announced so far are LA Park, Caristico, Mistico, Dragon Lee (if off reality show by then), Sanson, Forastero, Cuatrero, King Phoenix, Penta el 0M and now Soberano. There are some obvious names to be added.
One of those obvious names are Ultimo Guerrero. He told Notimex that he wants a hair versus hair match against Cibernetico on that show, feeling it’s a big match people want to see. He’d also be open to facing Mesias if he comes to CMLL.
Highlights of Dragon Lee’s performance on the first of a million Exatlon episodes are here, at least until Azteca gets it taken down. He appears to have done very well on his first show and probably will be sticking around for a while.
La Enigmatica posted a video, asking for her father to be allowed to wrestle again. When Black Skeller’s license was suspended for attacking her with a chair, they also took away El Enigmatico’s license for allowing her at ringside without one. Skeller continues to wrestle anyway, telling people the whole thing was a work. Engimatica maintains it was not, and her father needs to work to pay for her medical bills. She’s in a neck brace in a video and says she’ll still be in for a month more.
Azteca did show clips of Negro Casas being honored, but skipping that match and the title change is bizarre. I thought maybe they were splitting up the episode into two until they showed the main event. It always seems Lucha Azteca is not a show designed to get over CMLL’s storylines.
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-08-12
taped 2018-08-03 @ Arena México – Mega
1) El Audaz & Fuego vs Templario & Virus
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) King Phoenix, LA Park, Penta El Zero M vs Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rush