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
Cristal won after fouling Fantasma and faking one.
4) Cerebro Negro © b Relámpago [IWRG IC WELTER]
5) Imposible b Dr. Cerebro © [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Title change. Cerbero falls on his 3rd defense
6) Chico Che b Teelo [hair]
Teelo has lost his mask and hair in under 5 months.
7) Hijo de Canis Lupus b Hijo del Alebrije © [IWRG JUNIORS]
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]
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]
9) Mr. Electro b El Hijo del Medico Asesino [IWRG IC HEAVY]
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 Cobre, Exotico (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 King, Conor 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.
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]
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.