Fly Star unmasked, Pura Raza, plenty of other weekend indie shows

RIOT (SAT) 07/28/2018 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Madness b Baby Xtreme
2) Tony Rodríguez (Jalisco) b Chik Tormenta
3) Kaientai & Lord Byron b Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
Kaienntai and Byron remain undefeated in RIOT. Referee Kike Aguilera got taken out during the match, and Sammy Guevera counted the three.
4) Lady Flammer NF Baby Extreme
Keyra no-showed. Baby Extreme worked twice but suffered an arm injury early on and the match didn’t finish.
5) Erick Ortiz b Ricky Starks
Ricky Starks replaced Ultimo Ninja on 07/20. Ortiz beat Starks. Ortiz challenged Starks for a trios match, Los Mismos de Siempre versus Xtra Talented + one TBA. Starks accepted then fouled Ortiz.
6) Kratoz & Prometo b Caifan II & Furor
Prometo (formerly Kamikaze) beat Furor with a 450 splash.
7) Sammy Guevara b Jack Evans
Sammy Guevera had a birthday party earlier in the night, where a small child gave him a Goku as a present. RIOT also brought out a Panda to dance for Sammy. The Panda danced, superkick Sammy, and revealed himself to be Jack Evans. Sammy’s real gift was a match with his enemy. Very good match. Guevera did a moonsault off the loft onto Jack, and was down with a leg injury for a while. He eventually crawled back to the ring to try to continue, seemed as though he could not continue, and surprised Jack with a superkick. Sammy eventually won a back and forth match with a 630 senton.

A week late with this, but the parts of Sammy/Jack I’ve seen were very good.

CMLL (SAT) 08/04/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica b La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Maligna
Amapola replaced Seductora. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Astro Jr. b Hijo del Signo, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) La Bestia Del Ring, Pólvora, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, the last with Shocker sneaking in a foul on Angel de Oro.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

Results that I’m putting here just because I usually put it here but nothing appears to have happened. Hijo del Signo and Super Astro Jr. did promos trying to work a feud based on people caring about their father’s feuding.

MEXA WRESTLING (SAT) 08/04/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Negro Casas b Fresero Jr.SobredosisBaby StarDiosa QuetzalYorubaTortito NegroX-FlyOvettLunatic ExtremeEmperador AztecaFandangoWarrior Jr.TrombaAtomic StarTerremotoMr. Leo181920 [Copa Mexa] Campal Mexa, 20 luchadores en acción, invitado especial NEGRO CASAS. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
listed as a 20 person match (maybe 3 names missing, maybe not actually 20?) Everyone was a surprise. Negro Casas got a big reaction and was honored after his win.
2) Keyra b Lady Maravilla Keira vs Lady Maravilla en mano a mano en Mexa Westling (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Keyra remains undefeated in MexaWrestlng
3) Titán (CMLL) b The King King Fénix vs Titan mano a mano en Mexa Westling en la Arena San Juan Pantitlán (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
4) El Bandido & Flamita b Eterno & Steve Pain Flamita y Bandido vs Steve Pain y Eterno en Mexa Westling en la Arena San Juan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
5) Aramis, Centurion, Látigo b Arez, Erick Ortiz, Mr. Iguana Arez, Mr. Iguana y Erik Ortiz vs Centvrión, Látigo y Aramis en Mexa Westling (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Aramis replaced Septimo Dragon (injury)
6) Tiger b Metaleón Metalón vs Tiger mano a mano en Mexa Westling en la Arena San Juan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
7) Toxin b Fly Star [maskToxin vs Fly Star ¡¡¡ Máscara vs Máscara en Mexa Westling !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Fly Star was unmasked as Alberto Colin Espinoza, 28 years old, 10 years a wrestler.

Huge turn out for the mask match/1st anniversary show. That match was said to be must-see, and probably will be easy to find with dozens of people shooting video. This was said to be a very good show, and they had a more professional lighting and look than usual.

CMLL , Pura Raza (SAT) 08/04/2018 Rodeo Santa Fe, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, MTR de Rudo]
1) Demasiado b Tackle
Sangre Nuveo del CMLL
2) Angelito & Shockercito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
Pequeno Estrellas
3) Dalys & Reina Isis b Marcela & Mystique
4) Kawato, Musashi, Okumura b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Dragón Lee & Mistico b Titán & Tritón and Audaz & Templario
Bandido & Flamita were advertised but didn’t wrestle (didn’t make it over from Mexa Wrestling in time)
6) Hechicero b Christopher Daniels [NWA LHHIGHLIGHTS Hechicero vs Christopher Daniels en Pura Raza (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
sixth defense
7) Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe b Rey Cometa & Volador Jr. HIGHLIGHTS Jay y Mark Briscoe vs Volador Jr y Rey Cometa en Pura Raza (posted by Estrellas del Ring)

There were definitely going to be winners and losers on this packed night. I’m not sure if anyone had guessed Pura Raza was going to be on the losing end; the ROH +CMLL names seemed like they should be a big deal. They were not, drawing a small crowd in a big building. The last couple of matches were said not to be great either.

Sanchez , Invasion Indie (SAT) 08/04/2018 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Mr. Ángel, Niño Triki, Príncipe Caballero b Machete, Príncipe Barush, Titan Del Espacio
2) Antar, Kronoz, Savage b Capricornio, Karma I, Karma II
3) Flama Roja, Torito, Toro Negro b Estrella De Oro, Sky Man, Warrior Jr.
Warrior Jr. betrayed his team.
4) Corsario Negro Jr., Drako, Fresero Jr. b Bizarro, Herodes Jr., Veneno Fresero Jr, Drako y Corsario vs Veneno, Bizarro y Herodes Jr en la Arena Neza (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
5) Carístico DDQ Penta Zero M [super libre] Penta 0M vs Carístico mano a mano en la Arena Neza (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Penta fouled Caristico, Caristico pulled Penta’s mask.
6) Mr. Electro, Sharly Rockstar, Zorro b Hijo de LA Park, Trauma I, Trauma II Mr. Electro, Sharlie Rockstar y el Zorro vs el Hijo de L.A Park y los Traumas I y II (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
7) LA Park DQ RushRey Wagner Rush vs L.A Park vs Rey Wagner en triangular en la Arena Neza (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
DQ for mask removal.

Credit to Caristico & Penta ending a super libre match in a double DDQ. Seemed like they did well in turnout.

Klandestino (SAT) 08/04/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos [R de Rudo]
1) Flyman, Kalibus, Súper Terry b Mantra, Mordok, Súper Dragons Jr.
2) Keira & Reina del Sur b Lady Maravilla & Lolita
3) Hijo de LA Park, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pitbull b Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Iron Love
4) Danger, Loquillo, Sádico, Yoruba b Alas de Oro, Centella Oriental, Mexica, Yakuza
5) Dragón Lee b Laredo Kid & Impossible
No Bandido and Daga, with Imposible in as a replacement. He was eliminated first and Dragon Lee beat Laredo Kid
6) LA Park & Rey Wagner b Rush & Terrible Rey Wagner y L.A Park vs Rush y la Bestia del Ring en la Arena López Mateos. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Bestia del Ring replaced Terrible (injury)

I know the least about this show, but it also seems to have drawn well. (Maybe fans just liked going to buildings they know?) It worked better for other people, but the end result of Bandido being triple booked was getting to work one show, getting removed from another, and not making a third in time. Maybe everyone will figure this out better next time. (Spoiler: No.)

CMLL (SUN) 08/05/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Coyote & Yago b Arkalis & Sonic
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin
rudos took 2/3.
3) Drone b Kawato San [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Titán b Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
tecnicos took 1/3
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Tiger vs Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
Tiger replaced Terrible (injury). Rudos took 1/3.
6) Cavernario, Christopher Daniels, Último Guerrero b Matt Taven, Mistico, Niebla Roja
Niebla Roja replaced Dragon Lee, both in the match and his feud with Cavernario. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last via DQ when Cavernario fouled Roja.

Post show promos: Kawato (in Japanese!), Rush, Kraneo & Diamante Azul (Kraneo wants to form Los Gorilas del Ring!), Niebla Roja and Cavernario. I have no idea where Dragon Lee was instead of being here.

CMLL saw the Briscoes off, say they’ll return soon. Christopher Daniels said the same thing after his match. Could be coming back for the Gran Prix, could just be saying things.

At the The Crash show on Friday, Daga told 126F that he’s going to Japan for a couple months. The Crash announced T-Hawk & CIMA for their 08/08 show, which is about a week before BOLA.

Lucha World has the latest Lucha Report.

The Gladiatores has a 50-minute interview with Black Terry.

Segunda Caida reviews Fenix’s CMLL debut on 06/08/18 & the 07/20 big CMLL trios.

Park/Rush remains almost on but not on, NXT UK & CMLL in The Crash, Picudo

LA Park & Rush

CMLL (FRI) 08/03/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOEstrellas del RingLucha CentralMarca (Casas)Marca (Rush)OvacionesSuperLuchasThe Gladiatoresthecubsfan]
1) El Audaz & Fuego b Templario & Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:54. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:31. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:31. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas b Fuerza Guerrera, Octagón, Solar I HIGLIGHTS Negro Casas, Blue Panther y Atlantis vs Fuerza Guerrera, Octágon y Solar (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Negro Casas 40th Anniversary match. He was given a plaque by Sofia Alonso and joined by Dalys, his daughters, and their children. his team took falls 2/3 in 11:25.
5) Volador Jr. b Matt Taven © [NWA WELTERLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:39. Volador took falls 2/3, Taven falls in his first defense. Rush attacked Volador after the match, and Taven when he tried to get involved. Taven and Volador ran Rush off, Taven turning tecnico in the process.
6) King Phoenix, LA Park, Penta El Zero M b Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:35. Debuts of the Briscoes in CMLL. They and Rush attacked LA Park before the match. Team Park took 2/3, but the last only by DQ when Rush repeatedly landed the corner dropkick but refused to hold down Park for three, then unmasked him and fouled the referee. Both Park & Rush declared they wanted their mask/hair match at the Anniversario show and for it to have no rules, but it was not confirmed as happening.

CMLL post match interviews: LA Park, Lucha Brothers, Rush, Volador Jr., Blue Panther, and Solar & Fuerza Guerrera.

CMLL also posted the Negro Casas tribute in its own video, notable mentioning the rights to the music.

Media interviews: Volador Jr. (Box Y Lucha), Volador (Box Y Lucha), Rush (Box Y Lucha), Negro Casas (The Gladiatores), Fuerza Guerrera & Solar (The Gladiatores)

This was a very strong show, with 3 & 6 worth watching, and 5 as long as you’re cool with the Volador formula. It was easily the most attended show of the year – a sell-out or something pretty close to it. IT was a crowd that was loudly into the show, especially the main event.

CMLL holds contract signing when they officially have a match. There was no contract last night. CMLL led people to believe Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero were going to have a mask match one year, ran La Sombra & Volador Jr. instead, listened to a night of Fraude chants, and still sold out the building next year. They learned that worked, and they learned they can do it again. There was no other main event suggested outside Rush/LA Park last night, but they were very careful to say it wasn’t locked in. LA Park is as hot a star as he’s been in a while, and the MLW deal shows he can get booked in places that weren’t available to him even a year ago. Both AAA & CMLL will drop what they’re planning and give Park his mask match next year or the year after if he decides to do it then; it’s just a gamble of how long his body holds up.

The most optimistic view is CMLL can’t or won’t announce the match until after TripleMania is over, because they don’t trust AAA and maybe don’t totally trust LA Park either. (AAA could outbid CMLL for the mask if they wanted to, but it wouldn’t be the soundest financial decision they could make.) Maybe LA Park & Rush are going right up the line but not over it because they’re just not allowed. The pessimistic viewpoint is that if you trust wrestling promotions to do what they’re hinting they’re going to do, you’re going to be disappointed a lot. I have no inside information on this and the people who usually have inside information seem to have been wrong a lot about this.

LA Park is in Veracruz next Friday for AAA’s taping in Veracruz. He’s got nothing yet announced for 08/17.

The Crash (FRI) 08/03/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [126f, Zona Ruda]
1) Cósmico, Graven, X-Peria b Star Boy, Viento, Zarco
Viento replaced Bufalo Ayala. Money thrown in.
2) Titán (CMLL) b Rey Horus
Very good match. Horuz and Titan talked about a rematch in September.
3) Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos b El Bandido & Flamita and Soberano Jr. & Stuka Jr. Facebook video (posted by )
Good match. Brookes pinned Stuka Jr. with a cradle and a trunks pull.
4) El Mesías b Terrible Facebook video (posted by )
Garza was announced off the show earlier that morning (injury), so this was changed to Mesias vs Terrible (and Fatu wasn’t there?) The singles match didn’t last long, with Terrible being hurt on an early dive. Mr. 450, who had taunted Mesias before the match to build up a Puerto Rico vs Puerto Rico match, came out to brawl with Mesias to take up some of the time.
5) Bestia 666 & Mr. 450 b Trent Seven & Tyler Bate Facebook video (posted by )
good match, money thrown in
6) Pete Dunne b DagaDragón Lee (CMLL) Facebook video (posted by )
good match. Daga took Dragon Lee’s mask after the match.

The big outside names and the good matches were outweighed by moving from Saturday to Friday. This wasn’t the filled building, closer to 2/3rds full. Running Friday was the only way The Crash could get the Progress/NXT UK names, and The Crash seems more interested in having surprising match ups than business, so I would guess they’re probably fine with how it turned out. They streamed the top three on Facebook with no warning, though I suspect better views will turn up on YouTube this weekend.

Next show is 09/08 (Saturday). They teased Lucha Brothers vs Caristico/Volador, which suggests Penta & Fenix won’t be working the Cancun?/Merida AAA TV tapings that weekend. Cuatrero, Sanson, Hechicero were also announced, and Titan/Horuz seems like it’s happening again.

If you watch the 2003-2005 AAA shows on their Twitch channel long enough, you’re eventually going to see a match with a bunch of run-ins and interferences and maybe even dueling promotions. It seemed to happen in just about every episode when I was cataloging them. In the middle of it, inevitably, will be a wildly dressed man blowing fire as a big spot. That man was Picudo, who passed away yesterday due to complications from diabetes. He was 51, and had appeared last in AAA as part of the Copa TripleMania. Picudo was a young luchador, wrestling different names in small promotions in 1992 who got his big break when AAA started. He was one of the original members of the promotion, an undercard rudo doing a sort of British punk gimmick. Picudo wasn’t especially pushed, but he was good and good enough to be used as Perro Aguayo Jr.’s first major rival. Aguayo took Picudo’s mask just four months into his own career.

Picudo got a more prominent role after the AAA/WCW/Promo Azecta split happened. He formed Los Vatos Locos, essentially a KISS tribute band as a wrestling group with Charly Manson, Nygma, and May Flowers. Espiritu, Silver Cat, and short-lived characters Slam & Super Kiss were part of the group later on. AAA increasingly focused on big characters in the post-1998 period. Luchadors dressing up like a rock band with makeup fit in, were pretty popular and frequently fought for the Mexican Atomicos (4v4) Tags. The group was phased out from a regular TV role in the mid 2000s; like most rock bands, they’d just run their course as an act and were moved down to smaller venues. Picudo made a surprising, if concealed, return to AAA in 2012 as Devil Rocker, one of the masked Infierno Rockers. The Rockers were a midcard trios match at time when AAA wasn’t doing a lot with midcard trios, but they were having good matches when matched up with the right opponents.

After AAA stopped using the Rockers, Picudo continued to use the Devil Rocker character with new people under the Machine Rocker & Soul Rocker characters. This was a strange situation because AAA was threatening lawsuits over people using “Fenix” and “Pentagon Jr.” names elsewhere, but appeared not to have the same issues with the Rocker characters. The difference was Picudo is part of the Pena family, a cousin of both Antonio & Marisela. Picudo passed away on his birthday, which was also Joaquin Roldan’s birthday. I can’t imagine how rough a day it is for that family.

SuperLuchas has an obitruary of Picudo.

Today’s an apocalyptic day of indie shows in Mexico State. There’s a lot of great looking matches, though there’s a lot of people also booked for two shows which are running at about the same time. Bandido’s booked for three, and he might not be the only one who works three. With the need to get to one place to another more important than the need to have four star matches, it’s likely a few of these matches are going to disappoint. There’s so much that there should be good stuff still, but these matches may change as people are a little late making it one place to another.

None of these are announced as streaming; at best, it’ll be THe Crash situation where surprise streamed on Facebook from a weird angle. All of them will probably be bootlegged.

  • Mexa Wrestling celebrates it’s first anniversary with former Kriminal Boyz parnters Toxin and Fly Star having a mask versus mask match. The two have been feuding off and on for the last couple years (interrupted by promotors trying to put the team back together), and have been heavily fighting the last few months. They’re going to destroy each other. Toxin is the slight favorite. The Mexa Wrestling show is loaded without it: MexaBlood taking on Eterno & Steve Pain, Fenix vs Titan, and Tiger vs Metaleon highlight the card. I think I would want to see this whole show if I had gone to Mexico today.
  • That would be a problem, because most of the people I would hang out with in Mexico want to go to the Pura Raza show instead, or at least after a few of the Mexa matches take place. Both shows have high end matches, but the Pura Raza draw is the place to see the Ring of Honor wrestlers in big matches. Christopher Daniels faces Hechicero for the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship, and Hermanos Briscoes taken on Rey Cometa & Volador. The Dragon Lee, Mistico versus Titan & Triton vs Mexa Blood vs Audaz & Templario four-way may be insane.
  • Arena Lopez Mateos’ Klandestino brand would be the hottest show on most weekends: LA Park & Wagner vs Rush  & Terrible, and a four way with Dragon Lee, Laredo Kid, Bandido and Daga.
  • Arena Neza follows last night’s Arena Mexico with LA Park vs Rush vs Dr. Wagner. As sure as the sun will rise, Dr. Wagner will tease the idea of going to CMLL to challenge both of these men. Caristico and Penta get to have their singles match here as well.
  • Vamper Wrestling has Atlantis & Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera & Ultimo Guerrero
  • Mistico is working for Tinieblas’ FULL promotion. Those two face Euforia * Pirata Morgan.
  • When all these shows heavy on CMLL talent were announced, I assumed that meant CMLL wasn’t running Arena Coliseo. That is wrong: Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Valiente take on Felino, Mr. Niebla and Rey Bucanero. Atlantis is double booked, but a lot of the rest of the card are people who didn’t get on those indie shows.

By comparison, Sunday is pretty calm. Daniels makes has his one CMLL match. (Klan) Kaoz runs in Monterrey. They’re more a real promotion than Elite is right now. IWRG has two title matches and a team main event.

At the AAA/Panini press conference this past week, Dorian Roldan said TripleMania lineup will be announced in a “couple” of days. That fits with Konnan saying it would be announced Monday. AAA’s held a press conference for that announcement in past years.

The Pachuca lucha libre commission proposed in November still hasn’t been passed into law, which is causing conflicts with the Hidalgo lucha libre commission.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Amapola about her mask loss, now 10 years ago.

An interview with Sinaloa’s Astro Boy.

Segunda Caida writes about the Hijo del Santo & Eddie Guerrero vs Blue Panther & Negro Casas match from 1987 Juarez that turned up on YouTube recently.

Baja Stars USA 08/18 Extreme Tiger & Rey Horus vs Sanson & Cuatrero main event is now Tiger vs Horuz vs Daga vs Barbaro Cavernario after the NGD guys were pulled off the show.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 08/10/2018 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Mystique vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
4) Valiente vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico vs Euforia, Penta El Zero M, Último Guerrero
6) King Phoenix, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Taven still around, until who knows when. Things that would make people upset: a Rush/Volador feud or a Rush/Taven feud. Tercera is a really good match for a tercera.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-03 

 

LA Park

Recapped: 08/03/2018

Matches:

El Audaz & Fuego beat Templario & Virus
(12:54 [6:51, 3:15, 2:48], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:44 [3:46, 3:56, 4:02], 1/3, ok,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(14:31 [3:35, 3:43, 7:13], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas beat Fuerza Guerrera, Octagón, Solar I
(11:25 [5:22, 3:10, 2:53], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Volador Jr. beat Matt Taven © to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(16:39, 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL )

  1. Matt Taven frogsplash (3:43)
  2. Volador Jr. backcracker (1:51)
  3. Volador Canadian Destroyer (11:05)

King Phoenix, LA Park, Penta El Zero M beat Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rush
(19:35 [4:29, 4:59, 10:07], 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

a big night for Parks

Rush dropkicked LA Park twice at the close of their match, covered LA Park, and picked him up before three both times. Rush then purposefully unmasked LA Park and fouled the referee when he called for the disqualification. Rush grabbed camera cords from the outside and brought them in to repeatedly whip Park, payback for Park doing the same thing after their singles match. Rush told Park the time for talking was over, he wanted a mask versus hair match at the Anniversario show, and he wanted it to be no rules because he wasn’t planning on following them. LA Park wanted that too, and said the rules were the only thing stopping him from finishing Rush last time they met. No one specifically said the match was on. CMLL was careful to say they were on the road to it happening, not that it was happening. Still, fans were left with the idea that would be the match with tickets going on sale tomorrow.

Volador regained the NWA Welterweight Championship from Matt Taven, despite some slow counts from Tirantes. Rush, for no particular reason, attacked Volador after the match. Taven got involved and got attacked, but Taven and Volador were eventually able to repel Rush out. (Flyer, Volador’s second, was no help.) Taven was clearly a técnico afterwards.

The Negro Casas Anniversary match was wrestled cleanly, with no match being set up. Negro Casas’ family (including Warrior Jr. and the Psycho Clown babies, but not Psycho himself) came to the ring to honor him and Sofia Alonso gave Casas a plaque. Many of the wrestlers and referees wore silver 4:40 armbands in his honor.

Thoughts:

Air Taven

The show delivered. If there’s a better top to bottom CMLL show this year, it’s going to be an amazing show. The legend match felt special even it wasn’t good, and the segunda felt more like it belonged on a regular show. Everything else was very good or better, and it felt like a huge night of wrestling.

It probably felt even better in the building. It’s two straight days of pretty good wrestling shows where the production was unable or unwilling to show all of the action. Outside of the usual bit of missing in between fall action to air replays, CMLL seemed reluctant to show LA Park & Rush brawling past the barriers. There were multiple moments in the opening falls of the main event where CMLL went to a wide shot of the arena, showing nothing in particular, while Park & Rush were a half-dozen rows deep into the crowd. It sounded like an exciting match, but it wasn’t looking like one when they were giving us shots of the Lucha & Briscoe Brothers keeping in a little lowkey when they thought the attention was elsewhere. The third fall was outstanding, with the Jay & Mark vs Fenix & Penta action being surprisingly well laid out action for two teams who hadn’t interacted before. All four worked really well together, and I’d love to see them have a straight tag match down the line. LA Park and Rush was LA Park and Rush, with an amazing reaction for the faceoff they did near the end. I wish I could trust that they were actually doing the mask match, but CMLL spent a summer with Último Guerrero & Atlantis declaring they were going to have a mask match only to end up with Volador & La Sombra. Giving wrestling promotions the benefit of the doubt is foolish.

 

a beautiful Mistico toss headscissors

Matt Taven versus Volador was the usual big Volador title match. It had the two early falls, it had all of his big spots, and it had Matt Taven getting near falls off moves he’d established early. The crowd very much feared Taven was going to win off the frog splash in the third fall. (They didn’t react as much to the headlock driver, which was what set up the win last time around. CMLL doesn’t remind people of finishes from five months ago.) I still don’t understand why CMLL did this title change, but Taven’s willingness to work a Volador style match on Volador’s home turf might be a reason they keep going with him. Taven seemed as if he hurt his knee early in the third fall, but perhaps it was just a slip since he kept on going fine and was there for all of Volador’s offense. I wonder why they had to turn him técnico post match, but maybe there’s as much reason as there was for this title change.

The legends match was the expected more of a “good to see these guys” than an “actually good” match. Fuerza Guerrera stole the show by actually doing a dive and instigating fights where every they could. I assume they’re going to keep bring these same guys for legends matches regardless, but the number of Solar matches left in Arena Mexico can probably be measured in single digits. He looked very old struggling to finish the first fall. Octagon looked usual Octagon bad more of the match but did manage a dive in the end. They got thru the match well enough, but the money getting thrown in at the end spoke more to these guys being legends enough for the fans to overlook the quality of the match.

 

bad times for Audaz

Everyone was on in the tercera. Mistico & Carisitco looked clean in their big moves. The NGD did a pretty good destruction for a fall and a half, adding some new ideas to the stuff they have in down right away. The big show crowd always has it’s hatchets out for Mistico. He was good enough in big matches to get them to forget to boo him at times. It was easily Hijo de LA Park’s best match in CMLL so far and a match fitting a big show.

The second match wasn’t really impressive. It didn’t seem to be any better than the usual match between these teams, and you’d expect it a little bit more for this bigger show. Panther did get his dive right and had better backbreaker than usual, but didn’t seem all the way into it. All the técnicos seemed a little thrown by the boos for them, which should’ve been expected. Mephisto and crew did the usual ok but unspectacular work as usual.

The opener was a solid match. The crowd was in the mood for more flying than they were doing early and so was I. The no opening match dive poly was well in effect, but they figured out a way to pick it up. Templario’s apron dropkick looks to be a frequent spot now, while Audaz made up a new move when his original idea didn’t go well.

Monito wins

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-07-31

this is two different tries at this

Recapped: 08/1/2018

Matches:

Apocalipsis & Inquisidor beat Retro & Sangre Imperial
(11:49 [4:54, 3:20, 3:35], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany beat Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit
(12:12 [5:22, 3:06, 3:44], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Drone, Star Jr., Stigma
(9:10 [4:49, 1:54, 2:27], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(7:40, jumping spinning DDT, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora
(14:21 [3:39, 5:07, 5:35], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(12:45 [6:02, 1:37, 5:06], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Hechicero & Stuka agreed to a match next week.

Thoughts:

One way to catch a tope

This didn’t have the smoothest main event. I could not believe the Guerreros tried the super press slam bit on Kraneo. It wasn’t much of a press. Somehow, the chokeslam on Carístico went even worse. The second fall was delayed by Último Guerrero going into the crowd, seemingly to point out someone who had thrown something at him. It was that kind of energy. Carístico and Euforia messed up a headscissors in an impossible fashion. They did give us a Kraneo and Último Guerrero doing sumo spots, and perhaps that’s all we need.

Stuka/Hechicero looks like it’ll be solid if not spectacular, a lot like the semimain. This match was a bit all over the place, to the point where I couldn’t tell if they were doing some Blue Panther level weirdness or if just not totally paying attention. The Mascara/Hechicero midmatch fight might have meant to have some payoff that Stuka interrupted, but the countout to end the second fall felt more like they lost track of who was captain. Dragon Lee did a lot of exciting stuff, surprisingly breaking out the diving headscissors off the apron on a Tuesday show. He also used a Boston crab as a finish.

another way to catch a tope

Tiger/Disturbio was better than the average rudo/rudo lightning match, though maybe only a good by the sliding Tuesday scale. Disturbio does both big (faking the injury again) and little (repeatedly finding a limb to put on the ropes to make Tiger have to cover again) things to make it feel like something’s actually happening. It also allowed Tiger to play técnico, and his dives and moves worked well in that context. The new spinning DDT needs a bit more speed so it’s not so obvious the rudo is carrying him around, but it’s an interesting idea.

They didn’t go long in the tercera, which at least meant they went faster. It was more of a Misterioso “look how stupid the rudos are” more than a Sagrado “look at the rudos actually doing something” match. They made the most out of the rudos dumbness and Drone had a nice tope.

perhaps not a great idea

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-30 

Astro

Recapped: 07/31/2018

Matches:

Black Tiger, Lestat, Rey Samuray beat Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial
(12:34 [5:17, 5:47, 1:30], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Joker, Mercurio, Saurón beat Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito
(12:59 [6:24, 3:12, 3:23], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLLgif: 3845/4335/4342

Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón beat Olímpico, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(17:55 [7:07, 3:21, 7:27], 2 COR/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Mr. Niebla, Shocker beat Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(17:34 [5:21, 7:03, 5:10], 2/3 COR, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero  in a relevos increíbles match
(14:57 [4:28, 2:24, 8:05], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Volador wrestled in Último Guerrero’s kilt for a while for fun. He also unmasked and cradled Carístico for similar reasons, setting up a singles match next week.

Thoughts:

that’s probably not how that was supposed to go

It’s still strange Volador & Mistico are the evildoers against Carístico, but they did a good job of being stooges for the Guerreros and Carisitco. The crowd delights at chanting Mistico Pirata and believe in it, so they might as well get to it. The action itself was about usual b-show main event level.

Soberano and Hechicero have some elegant exchange in otherwise to form match. Niebla isn’t doing a lot but is engaging in what he’s doing. Shocker’s jaw issues aren’t the reason he’s walking from spot to spot. Pompin nearly got run over by Niebla Roja at one point, then backed into by him later. He’s got to stay fast enough to get out of the way. The ending, with the técnicos getting beat no more than usual for a brawl outside the ring this time leading to a countout, came off as strange. It was definitely a planned finish by the way everyone was reacted, but not a credible plan.

I guess this is tougher than it looks

The tercera guys weren’t doing any special match but still got the crowd well into the match by the time the dives came around in the second fall. The third fall cooled it off considerably; maybe there’s nothing more to see after Tirantes almost gets kicked low. This was not a Templario dong cool stuff with flyers match, so what’s the point.

Minis matches in Puebla are enjoyable with the right secondary guys (Astro, Asturiano), and when the CMLL rudos try. Mercurio gave a good effort here, and Shockercito’s offense was flashy enough to keep the crowd’s attention. They worked the match at a fast pace than usual for a Puebla undercard match, which helped a lot too. I still wouldn’t recommend the match, there wasn’t so much to it, but it was nothing something you need to speed past either.

loaded CMLL show tonight, Fenix versus Jarrett at TripleMania

Fenix

Just as I was finishing up, Black Terry Jr. posted that Picudo passed away. Picudo was an AAA luchador from virtually day one, a key undercard figure in those early days, and someone who was still around recently as one of Devil Rocker. I’ll try to have more to say about him tomorrow.

AAA TV (THU) 08/02/2018 Palenque de la Feria Nacional De San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes [AAA, Lucha Centralthecubsfan]
1) Príncipe Seir, Titan Xtreme, Xtreme X ?? Corazón Forajido, Dark Finder, Discovery
dark match
2) Arkángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire b Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
5:30. Arkangel Divino high speed Mistica on Ultimo Maldito
3) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Angelikal, Astrolux, Hijo Del Vikingo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:12. Mocho Cota Jr. pinned Astrolux after an overhead belly to belly suplex.
4) Aerostar & Vanilla b Chik Tormenta & Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:48. Changed due to Drago being injured and Flamita & Bandido being moved to a three way. Aerostar beat Parka Negra with a complicated frontcracker.
5) Hijo de LA Park, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown b Argenis, La Máscara, Máximo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:03. La Mascara & Maximo broke up again – but shockingly Murder Clown turned on his parnters too, and got the win by splashing both La Mascara & Hijo de LA Park.
6) Fénix b FlamitaBandido  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
14:14. Fenix made a surprise appearance on the show and was confronted by Konnan, demanding Fenix make a decision about joining MAD. Fenix faked joining the group, then took out Juventud and Taurus (maybe in MAD, maybe just out to take some offense from Fenix.) Vampiro offered Fenix a three-way match with Bandido and Flamtia, where the winner would get to make their own make for TripleMania. Fenix declared he’d challenge Jeff Jarrett if he won. (Bandido & Flamita never made declarations.) Fenix beat Bandido with his valagueza powerbomb to advance to TripleMania.
7) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly DQ Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:17. Kross seemingly was enroute to winning when he lost his mind and attacked referee Piero. Copetes ran in to call the DQ and was attacked as well. MAD destroyed OGT.
8) LA Park & Pentagón Jr. b Pagano & Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:48. LA Park declared before the match that he didn’t want to team with Pentagon or anyone else. Park attacked Pentagon with a chair as he was about to break Psycho Clown’s arm, but also attacked Psycho Clown. Pentagon pinned Psycho after a mask pull.

This was a good show, with better wrestling and more interesting than the Sunday one. If you have a Twitch subscription or some other way to watch this show you should watch the Flamita/Baniddo/Fenix match for sure. Nothing on this was bad, though there were matches that could’ve gone a lot smoother. The Fenix stuff was telegraphed (though apparently not telegraphed enough for AAA to get a proper shot of Fenix surprise attacking MAD) and tecnico Murder Clown is weird, but at least it felt like things were progressing towards TripleMania.

TripleMania right now is:

  1. LA Park vs Pentagon Jr. vs Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma in a mask match
  2. Lady Shani vs Faby Apache in a mask versus hair match
  3. Fenix vs Jeff Jarrett (c) for the AAA Mega Heavyweight Championship
  4. Alberto vs ?? – ???

AAA did a sprawling and unfiltered pre-show before the wrestling started, eventually settling down on the two announce crews sitting around and talking about what’s going on in AAA. I didn’t watch all of it, but I did notice Jose Manuel Guillen going over the lineup and mentioning “El Patron” having a match, and Leo Riano responding that the only Patron he can think of is Dorian Roldan. It’s always possible this is a joke that went straight over my head, but I have no idea right now if Alberto is still wrestling on this show. I guess we’ll know Monday or whenever it takes place.

The other AAA bit from last night was Australian Suicide posting a video of him doing a double moonsault onto foam as a practice run, and complaining about being in exotico matches while (ex) Crash guys get the chances. This seemed like an angle designed to get suckers like me to RT it, but I stayed strong and am only mentioning it here where no one will actually read it. Every TripleMania, the cruiserweight champion gets shuffled into a multiman match, and I suspect the same will befall Suicide whenever this year’s lineup comes out. It’ll probably include some of those Crash guys, so maybe this is a build up to that.

AAA’s next TV taping is a week from today in Veracruz. That means CMLL & AAA will be going head to head next week. This week, they’re going one after another, which allows some people to work both.

big CMLL show tonight

About three weeks ago, I wrote something along the lines that CMLL had to do something big on the Atlantis Anniversary show, because the extra crowd coming to the building for that show probably won’t think about coming back to Arena Mexico before the Anniversary show. I could not have been more wrong. Tonight’s Negro Casas 40th Anniversary show has become one of the biggest shows of the year, and maybe the biggest when it’s all done. Lower level tickets were almost gone yesterday, something that doesn’t always happen with Anniversary shows. It helps a great deal that CMLL did not dramatically raise the prices for this show, and it helps that they’re drawing a lot of different crowds. Volador in a title match is an attraction to the modern CMLL fan, the Negro Casas anniversary match is going to bring back older ones, indie fans have LA Park, Penta & Fenix in a big match, and those who are fans of non-Mexico wrestling get to see the Briscoes in their first Mexico appearance along with Matt Taven. This is a well put together card from both match quality and match variety, it might be better than the actual Anniversario show.

The main event has LA Park & Rush on the opposite sides of a trios match, their first meeting in Arena Mexico since Rush was knocked out by LA Park at the end of their singles match. LA Park teams with Fenix & Penta, while Rush teams with Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe, in for one show only. This seems certain to be a crazy brawl. It’s less certain where it’s going: most of the press previews of this show still think Rush/Park is happening, though most people who saw those ticket prices yesterday think something else is occurring. Again, this seems like the time to make a match clear – tickets go on sale tomorrow – but CMLL could also be super sneaky and let people think they’re getting Rush/LA Park without saying it. Whatever happens, LA Park is supposed to be in AAA next Friday, and so won’t be back in Arena Mexico for a couple of weeks.

Matt Taven won the NWA Welterweight Championship from Volador Jr. in March. It was a giant surprise. It was a surprise to people who follow CMLL, since Volador had held that belt for about forever (three and a half years) and made it into the most valuable championship in the promotion. It seems to be a surprise to Taven’s home promotion of Ring of Honor, who did not acknowledge the title change for quite a while and has only used it on screen as an occasional weapon for Taven to use in other matches. Taven has not defended the title in the US. Normally, there’d be a reason you would make that title change. Five months later, I’m not sure if there was one. If Volador wins the title back tonight, it definitely feels like a title change just to have a title change. If Taven holds on, maybe this is just reintroducing him before going onto more success in the Universal tournament. I liked the last Taven/Volador match, and maybe Volador in singles matches will be better when CMLL’s not doing them every two weeks.

Negro Casas bringing in legends to team with would probably be enough to main event most shows. (It’s sort of what they did for the Arena Coliseo anniversary show.) Tonight, it’s fourth from the top. Casas will team with Atlantis & Blue Panther versus Fuerza Guerrera, Octagon, and Solar. This is billed as teams arranged by Casas himself, who was actually the chief match arranger in CMLL long ago. It also happens to be the CMLL guys against the outsiders. It also puts Fuerza opposite Atlantis, the rumored Anniversario match of July. Nothing much happened with them last time out, though CMLL seems to be starting feuds the second time an outsider (or outside team) comes in. If nothing happens at all, this should be amusing enough for Fuerza & Octagon attempting to get along.

That’s the important stuff. The non-important stuff is pretty good too. NGD take on the unlikely trio of Caristico, Mistico and Hijo de LA Park. Caristico & Mistico were able to get along enough to win the last time they teamed, so maybe they will here. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja partner with Blue Panther Jr. (who was back wrestling this weekend after his pratfall) against the Hijos del Infierno, which should be the usual solid match for the crew. The show opens with Audaz & Fuego against Templario & Virus, which should be at least good and possibly amazing if they take the handcuffs off the opener guys since it’s loaded show.

The show will stream at 8:30pm on Marca and Facebook. I will likely also stream the show on YouTube. It’ll be up on CMLL’s YouTube after the show.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

The Briscoes have already made it to Mexico. Pura Raza has a promo from them. Matt Taven is in too.

+LuchaTV has interviews with Los Ingobernables and Volador before tonight’s show.

Volador Jr. says he’s not interested in facing Caristico in a mask versus hair match. He would prefer a straight hair versus hair match against Ultimo Guerrero, Rush or Cavernario, feeling those would be more important. Volador is hoping to stop his stream of title match losses tonight.

Fuego promises there will be cake tonight. He and Audaz partnering tonight is a team of the two most famous CMLL wrestlers from the state of Oaxaca. Fuego says they grew up about an hour away from each other, and he asks Audaz to bring him things from home when he goes to visit.

Noticias de Educación en México has a video story on Ultimo Dragonicto’s training class.

Other News

The Crash is running tonight in Tijuana, with a lot of CMLL & WWE NXT UK wrestlers coming in, would aboslutely be the show everyone would be talking about on a normal Friday. It’s possible it might have the better matches when it’s all done. The main event seems like a one time only three-way match between Pete Dunne, Daga, and Dragon Lee. Bandido & Flamita, fresh off appearing in AAA last night, are in a three-way with Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos and Stuka & Soberano. Tyler Bate and Trent Seven take on Bestia & Mr. 450. Rey Horus versus Titan is the second match on the card, that could main event a lot places. Like all The Crash shows, there’s no streaming available – and this card might not be happening if it was available. I suspect YouTube will be flooded with handhelds this weekend, and we can only hope they don’t clip up the matches.

EMW announced Mr. Aguila & Damian 666 will be teaming on their AAA vs Elite 08/31 Tijuana show. That’s notable because Damian isn’t AAA or Elite – he’s been one of the steady members of The Crash the last few years, and his son Bestia has been a featured member of that promotion. Damian is not listed on tonight’s The Crash’s show . Puma King is also advertised for the 08/31 show. Puma & Barby’s social media are hinting at some news to come on Monday’s show, not lucha libre related.

There’s a second Mae Young Classic women with strong Mexico connections, though you probably do not know here unless you’ve been watching a lot of indie wrestling. WWE announced Chile’s Zatara will participate in the upcoming tournament. Zatara’s most high profile match in Mexico was on this year’s DragonMania, teaming with Mima Shimoda & Zatara against Diva Salvaje & fellow Chilean Stephanie Vaquer. I believe she’s also been using the name Xatana Zatara or Xatana in Mexico, but I may be confusing people. She’s a women who’s been on Mexico shows since 2014 from time to time but hasn’t been talked about much. It’s a different story in Chile, where she wrestled in every promotion and won a lot of titles. She was using the name Tiffany in Chile, which wouldn’t work well for Mexico since there’s already one of those.

The lucha libre viral video that wasn’t a brutal video of the week is Demus ripping down a photographer’s set after the photographer implied Demus was fat. This looks a little bit like a set-up.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 08/07/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
4) El Audaz vs Luciferno [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

3 & 4 could be good but this a throughly boring card. Hechicero & Stuka agreed to their title match last week, so there’s no real reason to see them in another trios match.

Cancerbero is in the segunda. Raziel has been missing for 56 days. Drone was missing for only 43 days.

CMLL (TUE) 08/07/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Frezzer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca, Yago
3) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Templario
4) Mephisto © vs Titán [CMLL WELTER]
12th defense (last at a small show in April.) Titan’s third challenge in this reign.
5) Matt Taven, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

The title match is happening here, though Titan’s chances aren’t great. Taven working every show until some point.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 

Fenix

Recapped: 08/02/2018

Matches:

Arkángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire beat Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito
(5:30, Arkangel Divino high speed Mistica on Último Maldito, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Angelikal, Astrolux, Hijo Del Vikingo
(11:12, Mocho Cota Jr. belly to belly suplex Astrolux, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Aerostar, Vanilla beat Chik Tormenta, Parka Negra
(9:48, Aerostar walk up the ropes double springboard frontcracker Parka Negra, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo de LA Park, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown beat Argenis, La Máscara, Máximo
(11:03, Murder Clown top rope splash La Mascara & Hijo de LA Park, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Fenix beat Flamita & Bandido
(14:14, Fenix valaguez powerbomb, Bandido, excellent, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Taurus
(9:17, DQ, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

LA Park & Pentagón Jr. beat Pagano & Psycho Clown
(11:48, Pentagon Jr. mask pull Psycho Clown, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Aerostar at work

Fenix will face Jeff Jarrett at TripleMania. This stemmed from Fenix making a surprise appearance at the start of the show. He was interrupted, after a false start, by Konnan, Juventud Guerrera and Taurus. It appeared Taurus may have been the second person in a week to join MAD off-screen, but he was more specifically there to get beat up by Fenix. Fenix played at joining mad before giving Guerrera a cutter and cleaning house. Vampiro came out to join Fenix, and explained Drago was off the shoulder after fracturing his shoulder back at Verano de Escandalo. (That was June, they’re just acknowledging it now.) Vampiro changed the card around to accommodate that and Fenix being here, and proposed a Fenix vs Bandido vs Flamita three way match where the winner would get to pick their match at TripleMania. Fenix not only quickly agreed, but declared he’d challenge Jeff Jarrett for the Heavyweight Championship when he won. Bandido & Flamita’s ideas for matches were never discussed and were obviously never going to happen the way the segment took place. Fenix won the three-way match to ensure his place on TripleMania.

Pentagon Jr. pinned Psycho Clown in the main event, after the usual run of fouls and referee bumps. LA Park declared he didn’t want to team with any man in this match and proved it by attacking Pentagon late in the match. Penta and Park argued post-match. The result is supposed to make fans concerned Psycho Clown is doomed at TripleMania with everyone beating him, but the Park & Pentagon not getting along (unlike Fantasma & Park previously) gives him a little hope of the rudos fighting among themselves at TripleMania.

this doesn’t seem like the best strategy but it looked cool

Kevin Kross appeared to have Averno defeated via anklelock in that match, and I’m unsure if Averno refused to give up or if Piero refused to call a submission. Either way, Kross went crazy and attacked Piero. Copetes ran in to call a DQ and was attacked again. MAD destroyed the OGTs after the match.

La Mascara & Maximo’s breakup seemed to finally happen, though it wasn’t the only break up to happen. Mascara accidentally superkicked Máximo early on, then was on purpose attacking him for a while. Mascara calmed down until Máximo kissed him again. They argued, with Murder Clown strangely trying to clam it down. Hijo de LA Park & Monster Clown argued with Murder Clown about that, and suddenly Murder Clown was getting into a fight with them. Murder Clown was clearly a técnico by the time the match ended, pinning both Mascara and partner Hijo de LA Park when the match ended. It’s unclear if any if this will stick.

Thoughts:

A much better show than Sunday. If they could’ve combined that crowd with this action, it would’ve been outstanding.

sure, let’s die

A big difference between LA Park vs Rush and LA Park vs Psycho Clown is Psycho is not as good or as willing to go with what the crowd is giving him. For whatever reason, the loudest portion of the Aguascalientes crowd was anti-Psycho every time his name was mentioned. (They were that way when AAA visited Aguascalientes back in February too if I recall right.) Instead of embracing the boos, Psycho worked so hard to get cheers that weren’t coming. It made the match come off strangely, and the same problem is going to exist at TripleMania. The action was fine if not particularly great. There was a lot of brawling, in a tough building to do it with not much room at ringside and a reluctance to go to deep into the crowd. Psycho does the spear into a corner table bit too often, and the tag team version set up here was super convoluted. Pentagon beating Psycho was the finish that needed to happen but was no guarantee to happen in AAA.

Both MAD and OGT came across much stronger in the semi-main here than in their separate matches in Ecatepec. It’s no great surprise that Averno is going to make Killer Kross seem a lot more impressive. It was as much the work between Super Fly & Juventud Guerrera and the battle of the monsters, Chessman and Taurus, which stuck out to make this match interesting. Some of MAD’s stuff came off as a bit clunky, which worked in the matches favor. OGT should be the better trio machine, they’ve been doing it much longer. The finish didn’t make much sense, but it was more an excuse to have Kross layout a lot of people after. Dropping Vampiro & Konnan on each team is going to change these matches a lot, but at least there’s something interesting at the core.

Flamita DDT

Flamita versus Fenix versus Bandido would be talked about as a match of the year candidate if it happened in front of a few hundred people in a US indie arena instead of a few thousand people in Aguascalientes. This was the same crowd that was solidly behind La Parka in his title match with Dr. Wagner earlier this year; they are loyal to longtime brand names and not interested in people they don’t see as stars on the same level. These three guys worked incredibly hard and Máximo got a bigger reaction than them in the previous match. It does not diminish the work these guys did – they didn’t wrestle it like it was an empty gym, Fenix was killing himself trying to get the crowd into it – but it did affect the experience of what it was like to watch this match. The match itself was amazing, an athletic display of tough spots with great execution. It was a lot of big moves leading to pinfall breakups, but it never felt like two people fighting and one guy sitting out to the side. It was more two guys fighting and one guy laying dead from something huge that happened before. Fenix was the standout of the three, showing incredible balance on his springboard, but Flamita and Bandido weren’t far behind and made a much stronger impression than their last match. As noted with the main event, the tight area didn’t give them a lot of room to maneuver out of the ring, and they ended up keeping it more inside it for the big spots, which also kept the pace going an amazing speed. Fenix is obviously onto bigger things (and was obviously onto them as soon as they only had him out for the segment to set this up), but I do hope they keep finding bigger things for Bandido & Flamita to do in AAA if they’re sticking around. This match was one of the best AAA matches of the year, but I’m struggling at what to do with it because it didn’t connect with the crowd so much.

The Maximo/Mascara match was just another one of their usual not too interesting AAA matches for a while. It made sense Argenis was involved, that’s the right place for him. Then the bizarre Murder Clown happened. It definitely got over, fans wanted to cheer for Murder Clown beating up everyone, and I fear they’re actually heading to the sure to be rough Murder Clown/Kevin Kross match. It also was hilarious that Murder Clown’s turn got much bigger billing than Maximo/Mascara drama that’s been strung along for weeks. I don’t exactly know what you do with Murder Clown as a solo or Monster Clown at all, which makes me strongly suspect this is going nowhere in the long term. At least this match will have value for a curiosity factor.

this was very dumb

Chik Tormenta & Parka Negra were really good opponents for Parka Negra & Vanilla in the tercera. I think Vanilla might be just OK at best, but Tormenta could do enough to keep her offense in tact Parka Negra was right there for Aerostar’s nuttiness. Tormenta & Negra were surprisingly effective as a team in control of the match too. Vanilla has obvious to improve on her dives and her headscissors, but there’s something there to work with. Aerostar had three big spots and nailed them all.

The segunda completely comes down to where you go on missed spots versus spectacular spots. Poder del Norte was off, especially early on. Tito Santana almost ended Hijo del Vikingo with a powerbomb, the powerslam bit with Angelikal went very wrong, and there were other moments didn’t look good. Angelikal might have been hurt on that spot, because he looked off the rest of the way, especially his shooting star press. There’s still a great highlight package, with Vikingo and others doing crazy flying, and thinks like Astrolux’s crazy bump off a dropkick to the floor. This was a bit more even than Sunday’s match, though Poder del Norte still won strong in the end.

The opener was another insane outing from the TJ group, feeling different enough from the last match as not to give the some hope of depth. It also felt about half as long, though that still means they’re packing in twice as many moves as a normal match. Arkangel Divino was more center as the focus this time, with his big moves coming at the highspots spots of the week. The headscissors to the floor might have been the most impressive of all the spots. Genio del Aire flying into the crowd is one way to start a show. This is not at the level of the other match, but it was still pretty worthwhile.

Vikingo lives

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 2nd, 2018

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First week of the month is usually singles or title match week for CMLL. That means Volador/Taven tomorrow for CMLL Claro, Volador/Caristico in Puebla, and Stuka/Hechicero on Martes. A Titan/Mephisto match airs next week.

This should be the first week for the AAA/ELITE show to air on Space, though I’m still trying to figure out the significance, if any, to the Televisa logo not being on that poster.

Lucha Underground also promises a skit with Mariposa & Antonio, plus Paul London making an offering on behalf of the White Rabbit. That’s probably really bad news for Saltador or Mala Suerte given the death rate on this show.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-29 

 

Bandido

Recapped: 07/29/2018. All matches aired from Ecatepec live.

Matches: 

Astrolux, Lady Maravilla, Vanilla beat Keyra, Látigo, Starfire
(6:55, Astrolux flip huracanrana Latigo, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Aramis, El Bandido, Flamita
(7:42, Mocho Cota elbow drop Aramis, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Lady Shani, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra
(9:48, Shani bridging pin Faby, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Puma King, Jack Evans, Teddy Hart beat La Máscara, Máximo, Sammy Guevara 
(13:07, Puma King casita Máximo, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(14:15, Fantasma Thrill of the Hunt, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(19:12, Psycho Clown torito Rey Escorpión, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened:

still not entirely sure what happened here but it’s cool

An early segment had Parka complaining about the outside groups, again. MAD came out to confront him, with Fantasma apparently now part of MAD. Fantasma said Juventud Guerrera was a bigger star than La Parka, which ended with Parka attacking Guerrera and MAD attacking Parka. Psycho Clown made the save. Parka later replaced the announced Dr. Wagner in the main event. Jack Evans and Juventud Guerrera interfered in the main event, along with Hijo del Tirantes helping the MAD team. Murder Clown improbably made the save, and teased a match with Killer Kross. Psycho beat Escorpion in the confusion. Fantasma and MAD beat up the tecnicos post-match, taking Psycho & Murder’s masks.

La Mascara & Maximo, for the third show running, had issues at the end of their tag match. Maximo, who is the tecnico in the breakup, outright broke up a Mascara pin. Mascara slapped Maximo after the match, which led to Mamba & Pimpinela running in to run Maximo off.

Faby evaded facing Lady Shani early during their match, then both women attacked each other with a cookie sheet. Shani got the win again, only to be attacked by Taurus once again and cut open. Post-show promos reaffirmed Taurus is helping Faby Apache as part of a recruiting effort to get her to jump to Elite.

An early vignette had Konnan talking about Fenix’s appearance at Verano de Escnadalo and how they didn’t fight then, but Fenix might not be so lucky next time. That was the only appearance of either of them. Vampiro also did not appear on screen, which might be for the first time since his return to the promotion.

Thoughts: 

it’s too bad the Psycho/Escorpion feud went nowhere, they have good chemistry

The first skippable show of this most recent era. It’s the same show they’ve been running for weeks – the same Shani/Faby bit with Taurus running in, the same bit of Fantasma unmasking Psycho and leaving him laying, the same Maximo/Mascara break up which gets reset by the next show. Running weekly is going to lead to repetition (and might even be necessary if they’re actually airing on two different networks), but the lack of variety compounds the lack of movement. They don’t seem to have anything but those three feuds going on and they can’t (or won’t) cycle anything else up.

It’s a bad idea to watch AAA for the storylines, no matter who’s in charge. Those storylines aren’t the reasons people are excited to watch AAA at the moment anyway. It’s all about the quality of matches they’ve added. When those matches are great, AAA also running the umpteenth “Psycho Clown gets beat up to end the show” bit is irrelevant. When the matches are a little bit off, like it was for the segunda here, then the other issues come to light. The early matches might have been better with more time (or a better use of it in the second), and the fourth match actually exceeded expectations given Mascara & Maximo were involved, but there wasn’t the must-see match this time around. AAA’s essentially in the classic CMLL scenario right now, where the talent level has reached a critical mass level and it’d be hard for them to have a bad show, but it’s still possible to underwhelm.

If you do want to have storylines be interesting, the one real development on this show – Fantasma jumping to MAD – probably should’ve happened on screen, instead of being an unexplained bit. That was a strange choice, seemingly accidentally re-enforcing the perceptions that these groups are no more meaningful than what t-shirts people happen to be wearing that day. If a group is important, then choosing to join a group and the moment someone joins should be a dramatically important moment, not something that happens quietly off screen. MAD is getting a reaction because they’re rudos doing rudo things, but the concept of “MAD” and “Elite” aren’t getting over because they’re not treated as meaningful things.

an interesting way to set up this double team

Not that the main event would’ve lit the world on fire with Dr. Wagner instead of Parka, but it totally turned into the Parka/Psycho comedy brawling main event. Kross being paired up with Parka was something less ideal. If the idea is to make Kross being a ‘real’ fighter, there’s no worse use of him than selling for Parka’s goofy offense for most of the match, and for Parka to barely sell for Kross’ own offense. The upside is they didn’t give Pagano much of a chance to maim himself. Escorpión & Texano can do these sort of brawls well, and the crowd enjoyed this match (as they enjoyed much of this show.) It wasn’t much interesting watching it on a stream.

The semi-main was the least exciting match of the card to that point. It was the same chaos as the matches that preceded, but at a slower speed and with less interesting action. It didn’t have the benefit of a rivalry like those other matches, so Hijo del Tirantes feuded with Averno instead. They finally found a groove late in the match and this wasn’t bad but mostly forgettable. I would encourage new top rudo Fantasma to not run away from fights in the future. Fantasma needing even the slightest bit of help to beat Averno doesn’t make a lot of sense but it’s the AAA way.

The fourth match was mostly carried by the rudos, which is notable because some of those rudos wouldn’t be guys you’d expect to keep matches together. The rudos rolled thru their offense well and sold for the técnico characters. Teddy doesn’t seem to like dealing with Máximo but was more of a professional than usual. Jack and Sammy, one night after having a big singles match, were really great working together in their spots. There were some sloppy moments and the finish somehow was worked around Máximo breaking up pins but being the good guy in the breakup, though that’s not enough to take this match down.

Vanilla DDT, with a little help

The tercera was a lot of Lady Shani & Faby Apache hitting each other with cookie sheets while the other four did a normal exotico match. Shani showed some good anger on the kicks to Faby’s head. The blood was a bit unexpected, but I guess that’s now just their thing to drum up interest since it keeps happening with them. Faby & Shani’s exchanges were the best and hottest part of this match, and it’s that part is helping get the feud to the point of people caring. Suicide’s comedic antics were appreciated, though it felt like there were a lot more useful spots for him to be in on this show. Exoticos did the kiss spot early, went to it again later, and it didn’t get as much a reaction the second time. Not sure why they did it so early.

The segunda had a lot of quick and impactful offense. Strangely, it seemed to be 75% the rudos. I kept waiting for the técnicos to have a hot run of moves. They got short bits of it, but never took over the match for a couple minutes in the usual showcase match. It was worked like AAA didn’t expect the técnicos to be back, and wanted to make sure the rudos came off as the stars of the match. Bandido and Aramis still got in cool dives, and they all showed a little bit of why people would be excited for them, but it was too one-sided to make the newer guys mean anything.

The opener is on the shorter end of one of these when they could do more, which meant some people disappeared into the background. Latigo was really great as the base for everyone, he is one of the best guys in Mexico at that right now. The finish was spectacular, but the early part of the match was him setting up Lady Maravilla and Vanilla up for big moves too. If AAA is going to continue running high spot intensive matches to open up shows, Latigo should be a regular rudo as part of them.

Aramis moonsault

CMLL Anniversario prices suggest LA Park/Rush will not happen this year, AAA from Aguascalientes tonight

AAA again airs on Twitch tonight, with a show live from Aguascalientes. The matches will start around 9pm CT, they’re planning on more content beforehand. The usual Thursday night Sin Mascara show will run around 7:30pm with Hugo as guest and the pre-show will start at 8:30pm. I have no idea when/if this will air and end up on YouTube.

The main event is scheduled to be Pentagon Jr.’s first match in AAA in 18 months, and his only currently announced appearance in AAA prior to TripleMania. He’ll team with LA Park against Psycho Clown & Pagano. That’s 3 of the 4 people in the TripleMania mask match. Hijo del Fantasma is not listed on the show. He doesn’t appear to be working elsewhere, so it’s possible he could make an appearance. The story of that TripleMania main event is the other guys all hate Psycho Clown and AAA’s hero might finally be in a TripleMania situation where he can’t win. I’d expect that to continue here.

The OGT face MAD’s Killer Kross & Juventud Guerrera with Taurus in the semi-main. OGT has been running off MAD the last few tapings, and it might not go as well for them in an actual match. In the meantime, I could use a chart listing which people are in which groups. It’s possible Taurus is meant to be MAD – he did save Kross last time we saw him – but I’m not sure.

Maximo & La Mascara will fail to function as a team once again, this time with Argenis versus the Traider Clowns & Hijo de LA Park. Parka Negra being weirdly obsessed with LA Park’s skinny son is the most exciting thing about that one. Drago, Aerostar, and Vanilla will take on Bandido, Flamita and Chik Tormenta in a match that hopefully will be better than the Ecatepec Bandido/Flamita one. I don’t know if Vanilla & Tormenta will be able to keep up; it’s hard for pretty much anyone to keep up with those other four. Poder del Norte follow up on their win by, uh, facing people even loser on the totem pole – though a match with Vikingo, Astrolux, and Angelikal should be great. So should be the stream opener, the exact rematch of the match in Tijuana that got people really excited about AAA again: Arkangel Divino, Black Destiny and Genio del Aire versus Black Danger, Ultimo Maldito and Mirage. That one isn’t listed on AAA’s version of the poster, which makes me a little bit worried something is up. Still, Arkangel Divino & Ultimo Maldito in their hometown should be a big deal if AAA lets it happen.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show. I have a feeling this might be a card subject to change show.

The ticket prices for the 09/14 CMLL Anniverasio show are now on Ticketmaster. The tickets themselves will run from 483 MXP to 2640 MXP, including service fees. That is much higher on the low end and much lower on the high ends than the big Atlantis mask matches of years past. (That’s just on the Ticketmaster tickets; the cheapest tickets are sold at the building only.) That could mean they expect many people will be there, but that not as many people will want to pay big money just to be close. It look like a cage match, not LA Park/Rush or even Fuerza/Atlantis. (Maybe Dorian was right?!?) Nothing is certain just yet, but I’d estimate LA Park/Rush has less than a 50% chance of happening, and maybe much less. It’s interesting that, as recently as yesterday, Penta continued to push for the idea of Penta & Fenix vs Rush & Dragon Lee for the Anniversary, something that only makes sense if he does not believe Rush is in the main event.

The tickets will go on sale at 11AM on Saturday. I would suggest making sure you create an account before that time if you are in a rush to buy tickets. If you’re not in a hurry, I’m sure there will still be tickets available the day of the show at those prices.

Marcela, Dalys, Tiffany and Metalica are all off the IAW show on 08/11 at the The Crash’s building in Ecatepec. IAW says CMLL pulled them from the show.

There’s some updated to the Black Skeller/La Enigmatica story. Black Skeller, the man who attacked a women with a chair, had has license retired by the Ciudad Juarez commission. That’s probably the most they can do. It’s also hard to figure out what that’ll actually do. As one of the promotions who’ve booked Skeller in the past pointed out, La Enigmatica had no license whatsoever and still was at ringside. Licenses only matter if there’s someone enforcing them, and that doesn’t seem to have been happening in Juarez. It may happen for a while now.

Diario.MX (Ciudad Juarez) has an interview with Jamie Garcia, who’s responsible for Arena La Mezquite where the incident happened. You’ll be unsurprised to learn the lucha libre arena was in violation of many city regulations. There was no paramedic or ambulance at the building; Garcia said they usually have two nurses (not in uniform), but one had to leave early. All shows in Juarez must have between the fans and the ring, which there was not. The building was not allowed to sell alcohol and Garcia said they do not sell it, but they do let people bring in their own. (Skeller acts erratically in the video, and has been accused of acting that way because he was drunk.) Garcia again shifts the blame to La Enigamatica being untrained, as if this was a flat back bump that went wrong and not a chairshot to the head of someone who was not close to the action. That does seem like it’s the prevailing view of the Ciudad Juarez community – and also that they’d like this to go away as quickly as possible to not have any more outsiders looking into what’s going on.

Today’s WON reports Rey Mysterio is expected to go back to WWE after the first weekend of September. In other words, he’s working All In and another show that weekend, and anything past that (like that The Crash show in Puebla) is probably not happening.

The Wrestling Observer also reports WWE has interest in Fenix and Pentagon. I think they’ve probably had interest in them since Lucha underground took off, but maybe it’s more pronounced now. In theory, Fenix & Penta are under Lucha Underground contract thru Season 7 (three more years at the current rate.) In reality, LU’s become pretty accommodating at letting people out of their deals if they give them a heads up to finish off their storylines. If Fenix & Penta wanted to go to WWE, they’d be free to do so no later than the end of 2019.

The AAA/ELITE show drew 5,000 people, which the WON says the AAA believes the Elite feud is something to run with. AAA is fooling themselves if they believe Elite, and not LA Park returning to AAA, was the big draw on that show. They may be able to get Elite to mean something eventually but it wasn’t exactly a sea of blue shirts for that show.

Other odds and ends:

  • LA Park is expected to be a regular in MLW for a few months. (It’s weird to think about LA Park showing up in MLW without has mask which kind of made me think he won’t be doing that before the ticket prices came up. On the other hand, I don’t expect MLW would be kept in the loop about upcoming CMLL booking decisions and LA Park seems like a guy who’s going to pull a Silver King and just return to wearing his mask at the first moment anyway.)
  • AAA’s hinted at problems with Zeuxis last week unsurprisingly turn out to be that they wanted her to lose to Faby Apache in her debut and she was not happy about it. (Which AAA had to know was going to be the case when they asked her to lose, but they also likely realized it was going to be a one-off before they asked, and it’s easier to have someone you’re not bringing back upset about losing than a regular. You can easily spot the difference in how they treated Puma King, who they knew was coming back for more shows.)
  • Impact’s Keira Hogan & Scarlett Bordeaux are coming in for a 09/07 Cancun show. (No show has been announced yet for that date and I can’t find any more info. They’re in AAA to be attractive women, which is similar to when Angel Williams/Angelina Love came in from Impact to AAA for similar shows a decade ago, and then almost ended herself on a dive. Everything is a repeat.)

MLW has actually announced Penta & Fenix vs Hijo de LA Park & LA Park for 10/04 in Queens in the time it took me to finish this post.

Lucha Talk has a new episode up.

Criterio Hidalgo has an interview with Roco Vann Jr., who hopes to make it to CMLL someday. There’s also an interview with local lucahdor Kulikitaka.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 08/06/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Meyer, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio
2) Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. vs King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Dragón Lee, Kráneo, Valiente vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
4) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Carístico vs Volador Jr.

Why is Octagon wrestling the NGD a thing? Can they at least put him in the match with Rey Bucanero and SHocker so we can easily dismiss it all?

Matt Taven being booked into Puebla means he’s actually going to be around a while. I don’t know anything but my bet now is Taven is beating Volador on Friday and the Universal tournament starts next Friday.

CMLL , Mexican Madness (SAT) 08/11/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Denebola vs Valkiria
female student match
2) Odisis vs Persa
female student match
3) Greim & Latino vs Dragón Maya & Hunter
trainees from Tala
4) Explosivo, Mágico, Principe Daniel vs Gran Kenut, León Blanco, Thunder Boy
5) Draego, Joker, Rielero, Vaquero Jr. vs Bryan Villa, Difunto, Sádico, Willy Banderas
6) Cirujano, Flash I, Flash II, Star Black vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Ráfaga, Ráfaga Jr.
7) Esfinge, Magnum, Rayman vs Ángel Negro, Gallo, Pit Bull
8) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush

A mix of the Familia Real/Familia Munoz feud + friends of both + Guadalajara regulars.