CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-20 


Recapped: 08/21/2018


Asturiano, Centella Roja, Millenium beat Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Sombra Diabólika
12:45 [6:04, 4:02, 2:39], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Joker beat Shockercito in a lightning match
(5:52, inverted reinera, ok, 

Lestat, Pegasso, Tritón beat Cancerbero, Nitro, Policeman
(10:45 [4:44, 2:00, 4:01], 2/3, n/r,

Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(15:22 [5:21, 6:58, 3:03], 1/3, ok,

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush  in a relevos increíbles match
(12:25 [3:45, 3:17, 5:23], 2/3, ok,

What happened:

Rush fouled Último Guerrero to set up a rematch next week.

Nitro catches a Pegasso second fall dive with a knee to the back. Pegasso continues but is in obvious pain and is strechered out at the end of the match.

Joker pinning Shockercito set up a title match for the following week.



The main event was another match of the Guerreros playing técnicos. These rudos are better than Klan Kaoz but the match was definitely a b-show main event effort. They did a little bit in the third fall but were also mostly killing time to get to the finish. Zacarias hanging out with the Ingobernables is an unexpected highlight of this pairing.

The third and fourth matches were the same match: técnicos showcase early, rudos take over for a not interesting control period, técnicos make a quick comeback and win with a top rope move. The Angel de Oro match had higher high points and more obvious things which went wrong. The Triton match had Policeman as the best base of the group. Neither was anything but average TV material.

Joker got little offense in his match with Shockercito outside of his sudden submission to win. He didn’t have sort of impressive output you’d want for a title challenger no one believes is actually going to win. Joker’s jester mask looked fantastic but this was weirdly just a Shockercito showcase against an average base.

IWRG Caravana de Campeones, DTU, Puebla

the springboard is so necessary

IWRG (SUN) 09/09/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. b Chef Benito
2) Death Metal & Demonio Infernal b Alas de Acero & Mexica
3) Pasion Cristal DQ Fantasma de la Ópera  (posted by +LuchaTV)
Cristal won after fouling Fantasma and faking one.
4) Cerebro Negro © b Relámpago [IWRG IC WELTER (posted by +LuchaTV)
1st defense
5) Imposible b Dr. Cerebro © [IWRG IC MIDDLE (posted by +LuchaTV)
Title change. Cerbero falls on his 3rd defense
6) Chico Che b Teelo [hair (posted by +LuchaTV)
Teelo has lost his mask and hair in under 5 months.
7) Hijo de Canis Lupus b Hijo del Alebrije © [IWRG JUNIORS (posted by +LuchaTV)
Alberije falls on his 2nd defense in a weird finish where Alebrije & Lupus ended up switching masks. The referee counted a pin for Alebrije as Canis, but gave the title to the actual Canis. Canis declared this made sense.
8) Dragón Bane © b Freelance [IWRG REY DEL AIRE]  (posted by +LuchaTV)
1st defense. Good match with a bad attempt at a reverse rana on the finish.
9) El Hijo del Medico Asesino b Mr. Electro [IWRG IC HEAVY (posted by +LuchaTV)
9) Mr. Electro b El Hijo del Medico Asesino  [IWRG IC HEAVY (posted by +LuchaTV)
3rd defense, first in over a year. Medico Asesino & Dr. Cerebro attacked Electro after the match. Cuervo & Scoria made surprise appearances to help Mr. Electro. Electro talked about reforming Holocausto in IWRG.

+LuchaTV was back to streaming this show as a surprise, though there was a lot less +LuchaTV presence at the show after Mr. Electro bloodied one of their photographers last Sunday. Holocausto was a 2015 AAA group which got a long build with Hijo del Pirata Morgan & Electroshock, getting an unusual amount of building up vignettes about finding a mystery third man. That mystery person turned out to be Kronoz, the group had one match together, Kronoz got a bad foot injury on an indie show, and AAA dropped the idea after wasting all that time on it. Since I have that video link there, I think we can agree the Holocausto was real and was terrible. Parka Negra filled in as a third partner before AAA moved Pirata over to another group and turned Electroshock tecnico. That Parka Negra was Ultimo Gladiador, who teamed with Electroshock at other times and happens to show up on next week’s IWRG show.

DTU (SUN) 09/09/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Aero Panther & Destino b Danny Latino & Devil Boy
2) Hard Boy, Hermes, Mandala b Drolux, Luigi, Vengador Radioactivo
3) Jimmy NF CobreExotico (Hidalgo)Hormiga
match ended with no decision after Exotico was hurt.
4) Kaleth & Tiburón © b Moria & Último Gladiador [DTU NEXO]
Made a title defense before the show. First defense.
5) Paranoiko b Fly Star
money thrown in
6) Joe Lider b Crazy KingConor Claxton
Joe Lider replaced Masashi Takeda (didn’t make it from Chicago?) and Conor Claxton seems to be replacing Danny DeMento in general.
7) LuFisto b Zeuxis
hard hitting match

Not sure what happened to Takeda between GCW and this show, but he was supposed to be one of their bigger deals on the show. They tried to make up for it with a bonus title match and Joe Lider.

Tonight’s Puebla show has the fourth week of the Rush/Ultimo Guerrero feud, and it’ll probably go a fifth since the singles match hasn’t happened yet. That’s a marathon feud by CMLL b-show efforts, where feuds run quickly (and with many twists) to the singles match. The actual problem here is CMLL decided to put Rush in a feud at the same time he was heading to the Anniversario main, and when he also had a feud in Guadalajara. Now they’re stuck not wanting Rush to have two singles matches prior to main eventing their biggest show of the year. It’s still going to be a lot for Rush in a short time if he has the singles match next Monday instead and it should’ve been someone else in his spot. The main event, with Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, and Atlantis, will probably not be great.

The whole card doesn’t look great. I’m thinking about cutting down these Monday/Tuesday recaps to just a match or two each so I can get thru them. There’s not a match on the show that looks like worth focusing on, everything looks average as best. Volcano has his second match teaming with Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja against Felino, Shocker and Terrible, which is interesting for the Volcano novelty and not much else. Flyer may be filling it for Titan, as his usual partners Esfinge & Triton take on the odd trio of Kawato San, Mascara Ano 2000 and Universo 2000 Jr.. The second match has some of the better local guys and Pegasso & Sangre Azteca, and the opener is another featureless tag match.

The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel but it’s not must see at all.

CMLL still hasn’t said anything about how Friday’s night show will be streamed live, but we know when it’ll turn up in Japan. SamuraiTV lists the show as airing on 09/30. Matches from the show – though there’s no telling which ones – will air in the US on Lucha Azteca on 09/22.

CMLL is off on Saturday night. I never thought about it, but it’s normal there’s no show the day before independence day.

AAA’s recap of the Merida show mentions Laredo Kid is getting a title shot at some point, doesn’t mention the actual match he was in. Perhaps they’re just tired after a long weekend but I’m thinking they realized how dumb it was for him to lose a non-title match to get a title match.

Black Terry was interviewed at the show and said he’d return to the ring soon. He’s listed on the 09/23 RO @ Coacalco show.


IWRG (SUN) 09/16/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Danadala vs Chicanito
2) Puma de Oro & Shadow Boy vs Death Metal & Demonio Infernal
3) Chico Che, Metaleón, Multifacetico 2.0 vs Séptimo Rayo, Shil-Ka, Ta-Zhata
4) ?, Freelance, Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro, Dragón Bane, X-Fly
5) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Último Gladiador
6) Mr. Electro © vs El Mesías [IWRG IC HEAVY]
4th defense

Mesias would make sense as an IWRG defense but the promotion seems very invested in Elector at the moment. The Evil Trutles are suddenly missing their leader.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09

Laredo Kid with all the spins

Recapped: 09/09/2018

All matches aired live from Coliseo Yucatan, Mérida, Yucatán


Lady Maravilla, Lady Shani, Vanilla beat Keyra, La Hiedra, Scarlett Bordeaux
(8:56, Shani bridging pin Hiedra, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Angelikal, Golden Magic, Hijo Del Vikingo 
(9:50, Mocho Cota frog splash Golden Magic, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Aerostar & Máximo beat Australian Suicide & Hijo de LA Park and La Máscara & Rey Escorpión
(10:00, Máximo kiss La Mascara, ok Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Fénix beat Laredo Kid and Cage
(9:08, Fenix valagueza powerbomb Laredo Kid, great, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Pagano & Psycho Clown beat Hijo del Fantasma & LA Park
(16:52, Psycho Clown casita Fantasma, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened:

they worked hard to get in this spot and it was at the halfway point of the match

Laredo took the pin in the three-way match but still asked for a title match. Fenix liked wrestling Laredo and said sure. Cage also made title challenge motions.

Máximo goes after La Mascara post-match, only Texano to come out and help his friends. Aerostar got unmasked.


AAA main events tend not to be strong and this wasn’t breaking that trend. A lot of meandering eventually set up a double dive table spot, which was good but not worth all that time. The técnicos didn’t do a whole lot afterward either, and those two dives at the end were both not much good. Pagano had a pretty amazingly botched spot but everything else was OK considering.

The three way was a great treat, a lot of action in a short amount of time. Cage can’t get that powerbomb catch to work with Fenix lately but the suplex on the floor followed by the Laredo Kid 450 splash was really good. Laredo Kid looked good in the match outside of a sequence where he and Cage weren’t on the same page. Laredo Kid and Fenix were spectacular, and Fenix & Cage can have a really good sequence was ease. This wasn’t quite as epic as the Aguascalientes Fenix/Bandido/Flamita match, though it also had a crowd who didn’t sound super into it. Still worth watching if you like the style.

Tito is stronger than three camera changes on one shot

I spend the first few minutes of three-way tag match distracted by trying to figure out what exactly the lineup was for his show. Those were the good moments, I should’ve been distracted while Los Mercenarios weren’t doing much when in charge. The comeback was good, with Park having a nice Spanish Fly and the Aerostar/Maximo dive spot being good, but this didn’t add up to a lot.

The second match didn’t go smoothly. Vikingo and Poder del Norte had all sort of issues on what was definitely supposed to be Vikingo’s big showcase. Golden Magic got an arm up to block a chair shot and got his forearm sliced open pretty significantly. Poder del Norte took a lot of the match like some of their other big wins lately, did look dominate at the end, but have put together more entertaining matches.

The Cancun was the better of the two women’s matches this week, but this still was better than average. The Keyra/Maravilla mat wrestling segment was good, though it seemed a little less coherent for a while after there. The closing stretch and the post-match brawl were fun. Scarlett got a few more moments in this match, and Hiedra continues her run of improved performances.