CMLL Aniversario: 2018-09-14 

brother teamwork

Recapped: 09/19/2018


La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis
(11:16 [5:53, 2:33, 2:50], 1/3, below average)

Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja beat Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas
(11:20 [3:55, 4:38, 2:47], 1/3, ok)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr.  
(14:21 [6:11, 4:11, 3:59], 1/3, good)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Trios Championship
(11:31 [5:23, 3:22, 2:46], 1/3, below average)

Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta El Zero M beat Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park
(18:51 [5:53, 5:41, 7:17], 1/3, great)

Bárbaro Cavernario & Rush beat Matt Taven & Volador Jr. , hairs vs hairs
(22:56 [3:54, 2:54, 16:08], 1/3, great

What happened: 

got to stay aware in the front row

In the main event, Taven is eliminated in the third fall but then comes back into springboard kick Volador. It’s played up like a mistake for a moment like he was meaning for Rush, but Taven is attacking Volador and friendly with the rudos after. Taven tries to run away without getting his hair cut, and Volador brings him back. They get some hair cut in the ring.

Ciber (barely) used the ropes to pin Último Guerrero

Reina Isis is wearing cat ears. Bastet is the cat Egyptian god, not Isis. It doesn’t matter.


The main event fell short of being a top end match, though it was still an entertaining match and the most dramatic one on the show. It didn’t all come together for the all the problems which could’ve been seen from the start. The entrances spell out that this should’ve been Rush & Volador, with Cavernario & Taven literally being afterthoughts. Taven appears to be here and a técnico just to give Volador an out for losing. Cavernario doesn’t even have that much of a defined role but needed to here because he was the one guy the crowd was totally behind. Except that means the match is one guy the crowd hates (Rush) & one guy the crowd loves (Cavernario) versus one guy the crowd seems to have limited interest in (Taven) and one guy they’re not as much behind as usual (Volador.) It’s a weird dynamic that distracts from the match and then is overshadowed by the Taven turn at the end. Even putting aside this wasn’t the match people want, this wasn’t well put together.

I complain about lucha production a lot (and will do more), but this great moving cinematic shot of Cavernario & Rush hitting their big moves is something you’d get nowhere else

The actual match is very good, doing their best to overcome the hand they were given. Cavernario does the crazy splash early, and then often. Rush is working his hardest while still antagonizing this crowd. Volador looked sharp. They put together nice series of moves and had some spectacular moments near the end. Taven was the weak link match in this match, unexpectedly not being on the same page as the Mexicans at points and just seeming off in a way he hasn’t this tour. Cavernario shined brighter, coming thru in all the big moments in a way that would’ve won over the crowd if they weren’t already behind him. These four guys did all you would expect out of them in a big match, and this would’ve been exceptional for most Friday night shows. It just still didn’t feel like a big Aniversario show main event.

The semi-main was the one match that over delivered. They had to overcome some odd teams, and one spot that very much didn’t go right. It didn’t matter in the end because they did so much that one moment going wrong was overshadowed by so many that went right. Fenix & Penta pushed the match farther than anyone else, adding sequence and not just moves. Hijo de LA Park was shaky a little early – doing mirror spots with Fenix doesn’t benefit him – but added big moments as they came on. Diamante Azul was fine though the idea of him matching up with LA Park seemed like a waste of LA Park. Carístico fit nicely with both Penta & Fenix and I’m still not sure why they haven’t done either of those matches. This wasn’t the big LA Park match that could’ve been but he put in a solid effort.

Operacion Dragon

I didn’t in find title match as much as much terrible as terribly underwhelming and terribly boring. The Cl4n got a lot of offense, which has a hit or miss rate of looking any good. Cibernético struggles with falling down, which seems to be something most people need to be able to do as professional wrestlers. The Guerreros didn’t do as much as their first match, and the finish came off as screwed up. I don’t know why they’re bothering about this, but finally giving them an entrance video was a pretty big tell that they were going to be sticking around for a while.

The NGD match wasn’t among the best ones they’ve had – Atlantis was both figuratively and literally in the way of that – but it was a good showcase for the rudos. They ran thru some, though not all of their big offense in the second fall and the rudo crowd was pleasantly surprised to see Mistico take the loss in the end. Soberano looked good except for the one big slip and surprised everyone by using an actual submission hold. Mistico continued his run of doing well on big shows and getting booed for it.

flying Forastero

Didn’t really think a lot of the second match. The veterans were present and trying, but not bringing a lot extra to the match. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja aren’t adventurous on their own. This was better than the Tuesday version of this match would be, but it still felt short of something notable. They did build the match on making Audaz a bigger star by the end, and the dive he tried looked pretty cool.

The women’s match wouldn’t stick out positively even on a regular CMLL show. It was not Aniversario caliber or close. They had less energy than usual and no one outside of maybe Metalica was trying things they don’t normally do. The comeback spot by Marcela looked messed up or badly timed, Dalys took a lazy bump on a dropkick out of the ring, and the most of the work was forgettable. Isis probably shouldn’t be doing a stripping routine if she’s meant to be booed, but who even knows if rudos are supposed to be booed in CMLL. You’re probably supposed to jump over a drop down but Isis wasn’t doing that either. It is embarrassing this match it on to the Aniversario show and so many people who would’ve tried did not.

Cavernario smash

Guerreros vs Cl4n tonight, Wagner skipping AAA TV?, Daga in AAA, Aerostar, Mascarita

CMLL treats the world to another Cl4n versus Guerreros match tonight in Arena Mexico, this time for the CMLL trios championship. This is the eight match they’ve had in the last three months, counting the one where LA Park replaced Euforia. Maybe one of them has been good. That’s not a good ratio. The Cl4n are 5-2, only losing last week and the one before their end of July break. This is a terrible direction, but it seems like CMLL should be committing to it longer if they believe so much into it, and that makes the Guerreros winning the title back very unlikely. On the other hand, maybe the turnout is the guide: last week’s show, where this feud was the only thing of note, was the lowest turnout since LA Park showed up. Perhaps that’s a one week dropoff following Aniverasrio, but maybe they should have a chat with the people working the ticket window before they decide tonight’s result.

If Cl4n lose the trios titles tonight, they would tie the reign of Tanahashi, Taichi and Okumura as shortest trios title reign. That was quick because Tanahashi was going back to Japan. It doesn’t seem like the Cl4n is going anywhere.

Michael Elgin returns to CMLL in the semimain, as a preview of the Gran Prix. He’s in as a tecnico, as he has been the last two teams, teaming with feature opponents in Caristico & Volador against Sanson, Cuatrero and Cavernario. Their cousin Forastero is one match down, teaming with vets Negro Casas & Rey Bucanero against Misitco, Hijo de LA Park and Soberano.

Felino and Valiente meet in the lightning match. Felino’s won the last two times they’ve met in singles matches. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja teaming up with Flyer to face Templario, Ephesto and Mephisto seems good on paper, but I haven’t thought much of Ephesto & Mephisto of lately. The opener is a trios match, rare outside of big shows, with Princesa Sugehit, La Jarochita, and La Guerrera facing Dalys, Metalica and Reyna Isis

It’ll air at 8:30pm on Marca (currently region blocked) and Facebook. I should be around to stream it totally illegally on YouTube. A loyal CMLL fan was coming into that chat complaining about me doing that and now I can’t monetize my channel and I’m wondering if those two things might just be related.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Nueva Generacion Dinamita are asking for the next trios champion match against whoever wins the tonight. They’re set on unifying the two sets of trios titles, which CMLL is not going to do but sounds good in a promo.

Telegraph has a profile of Microman, similar to other ones recently. This one says Microman’s finish is called “Zero Gravity” (or maybe “Gravedad Cero”), and mentions the microstars are currently guaranteed two matches per month.

CMLL looks back at Dr. Wagner Jr. winning the 2003 Gran Prix with a picture of Ultimo Dragon. I thought they were just avoiding highlighting people at first, but now I think they just want to push the international-ness of the competition by focusing on the most successful foreigner in each match.

Sunday’s AAA TV taping is supposed to be the last big build up to Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Jeff Jarrett, the main event hair match of Heroes Inmortales a month from now. It may not be. Dr. Wagner posted a poster for a different show for Sunday, an indie show in El Paso. I guess that means he’s not making the AAA show, though it’s never that clear with Wagner. The AAA main event is currently scheduled to be Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett. AAA should announce something, probably won’t.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter explained the odd appearance of Mascarita Sagrada on last Friday’s TV taping. One of AAA’s sponsors (not specified which one) has an advertising campaign including Sagrada, so AAA decided it would be a good idea to use him. A different sponsor is using Blue Demon Jr., so he might be back as well. It seems concerning companies which sponsor AAA wrestlers don’t see them as big enough stars to use them in commercial campaigns. There’s also a mention Park wasn’t happy about losing the main event and maybe it’s the beginning of the end for him for now.

Daga may be on his way back to AAA. EMW, their Tijuana promoter, announced Daga would be appearing on their 10/27 show. Daga’s wrestled exclusively for The Crash in Tijuana’s Auditorio since last January. Konnan being back in AAA and Daga being brought into MLW allied with Konnan seemed like a sign they were all at least talking again, and this would seem to confirm that. Daga is listed on the 10/06 The Crash show (iron man match with Hechicero) but who knows beyond that. Penta, Fenix, and Rey Mysterio have all previously left AAA to wrestle for the Crash and then returned to AAA. The only people in that Rebelion group not to go back to AAA are Zorro (who wasn’t in the group for long) and Garza (who isn’t wrestling right now.) All three continued to work for The Crash at the same time, but Rey’s obviously done now and Fenix hasn’t been mentioned after he missed the 09/08 show to work AAA.

Aerostar teased leaving AAA in a series of Twitter posts last night. Aerostar has been part of AAA for his whole career, and would not be able to be “Aerostar” if he left AAA. He’s also been one of the more loyal defenders of AAA when others have left and said negative things about AAA in the last couple of years. Now that many of those people are back, he seems to be out of the mix a little bit – though he’s still being booked regularly on the tapings, which is better than most. Aerostar also seemed to really love the match with Jake Strong, which is obviously different than my feelings about his match, so it’s tougher for me to figure out what he wants. I don’t think this will amount to much but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Drago will be wrestling in CZW on 10/13, facing John Silver. Silver wrestled Puma King last year. This paragraph feels related to the last paragraph.

AAA held a press event to talk about it’s TV show on Space, which sort of treated it like it was an unknown thing even though they’ve been on the channel since January. I assume that means it’s an unknown thing to most potential viewers. They remain on Televisa’s Nu9ve (Galavision), in a situation everyone’s been expecting to change at any time but still hasn’t.

AAA has been doing a series of “Yo Soy” videos to introduce their wrestlers to new fans, and they’re up to Hijo del Vikingo today.

Gas stations employees, whose video mimicking lucha libre spots went viral, will wrestle on the Saturday AAA show in Torreon. La Aficion says they’ve been training with Silver King.

Puma King has a video about his weekend wrestling in the US.

IWRG’s annual Castillo del Terror cage match will be on Thursday 11/01.

Fuerza Guerrera talks about his career in an article that seems cut off part way thru.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

The Rey Pantera vs Rey Infierno mask match scheduled for Arena Xalapa on 10/20 appears to be off, though there still will be a show that day.

Gallo Sureno passed away.

Funcion Estelar visits Intruso Jr.’s school in Pachuca.


AAA TV , ELITE (FRI) 10/19/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Vanilla vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire
2) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana vs Ciclón Ramírez, Golden Magic, Jack Evans
3) Aerostar, Bengala, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Demus, Emperador Azteca, Imposible
4) Joe Lider & Pagano vs Laredo Kid & Taurus
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Electroshock & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

This appears to be the next taping after Sunday’s show, but 20 days off seems like the old times of spring 2018. What’s definitely not old is Electroshock being in every single Elite main event. AAA can take one group of people out of the first three matches and put a new group in, but they can’t change the people who are in the main events no matter who’s in charge. Electroshock has been granted status of permanent main eventer for as long as he shall live.

Bengala makes it back on TV. He also showed up on the AAA Twitch stream yesterday, probably to make sure rumors of his demise were not taken seriously. The bottom half of this card does look good, though I wonder who Jack Evans has angered to be working low on the card against fellow rudos. I wonder if the IWRG fans will support Imposible and Emperador Azteca (and if they’ll taunt Golden Magic.)

CMLL Mexico: 2018-09-11 

getting so many hits from a Metalico GIF

Recapped: 09/25/2018


Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro beat Magnus, Robin, Star Jr.
(11:54 [7:30, 4:24], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger beat Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma
(13:47 [4:41, 3:09, 5:57], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Shocker beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(11:57 [5:46, 2:21, 3:50], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Kráneo, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(9:51 [3:57, 3:36, 2:18], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Cavernario
(>4:00, 1?/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

The Mexico men’s soccer team was playing a game against this show. It might be responsible for CMLL forgetting to stream the opener, and for the segunda going two falls for no other reason.

The stream also goes out during the first fall of the main event, joining in the second fall (though it’s not at all clear a fall break has been missed until the match is over.)


I watched the main event just so I could give an OK and write these words, because it’s going to be weird to have a streamed Volador/Cavernario match without a rating. There’s no reason to watch this one – I’m rating it OK primarily so I don’t have to recall why I didn’t rate it – because Volador is doing almost nothing and the match is messed up pretty badly by the stream dying. There’s no circumstance where a good match would’ve come out of matching these two guys up days before their Aniversario match, and this exists as a testament to the weaknesses of CMLL’s booking.

The rest of the card was usually Tuesday filler. I watched most of the show that aired and yet don’t have it me to do match reviews. The Fuego match was the most classical fan friendly easy Tuesday match, a borderline good match where everyone worked hard in usual midcard fashion. Blue Panther tried to switch it up a little bit during his match, and it was more distracting than creative this week. Also distracting was Dragon Rojo deciding he needed to start wearing white face point. The semi-main was aggressively nothing, as was the Nitro match.

maybe not the only move Volador did but it seemed that way