Lucha Underground 4×16: Kill Mil

i get the same sense of dread watching this

Matches

Matanza beat Jack Evans
(1:23, Wrath of the Gods, n/r)

Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Crane (c) beat Joey Ryan, Ivelisse, XO Lishus to keep the Lucha Underground Trios Championship
(5:23, Daga submit Joey Ryan, ok)

Drago & Aerostar vs Jack Swagger in a nunchuck match
Jake Strong b Drago & Aerostar
(8:27, anklelock on Drago, ok)

Pentagon Dark beat Mil Muertes, Dragon Azteca, King Cuerno to earn a Lucha Underground championship match at Ultima Lucha 4
(5:10, Mexican Destroyer on Mil Muertes ok)

Status Check

Aerostar doing Aerostar things

Champion: Marty the Moth (0 defenses)

Gift of the Gods: Vacant.

Trios Champions: Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) (2 defenses)

Died This Season (15): Jeremiah Crane (casket), Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed) , Saltador (sacrificed), Benji the Agent (murdered by Ricky), Angelico (implied to have been murdered by Ricky), Catrina (fell off a roof), Joey Wrestling (sacrificed), Jack Evans

Resurrected (2): Jeremiah Crane/Snake, Fenix

Developments

insert snarky caption about this show

Pentagon Dark earned himself a Lucha Underground championship match at Ultima Lucha by winning a four-way match. He beat Mil Muertes, who had already taken two stunners from the returning The Mack. Mack hung around to challenge Muertes to a death match at Ultima Lucha 4, declaring he was no longer scared of Muertes. Dragon Azteca Jr. was also in the match but got into a fight with Fenix after the zombie grabbed Melissa again. King Cuerno also participated. Marty will appear on the next episode to talk about this match.

The four-way match itself was set up by a long and verbose Antonio Cueto letter, which seemed peculiar. Antonio Cueto was around and could’ve just set up the match himself. He did set up one later. When Jack Evans complains about XO Lishus being allowed in the Temple including an aside about how Jack would’ve taken care of Matanza if he was at the wedding, Cueto gave Jack a chance for it to happen tonight. Jack tried to run from Matanza, but could not escape. He could land the 630 senton, but couldn’t put away Matanza and was the latest sacrifice. These wins are progressively becoming more competitive for Matanza once again, though this still lasted less than two minutes.

The trios title match did include a brief reference to the Ivelisse/Crane issue. (It happened in the midst of a long bit of redone Matt Striker audio where Vamprio was not heard – given what they leave in of Vampiro, what could they possibly be taking out?) The story that really overshadowed the match was the arrival of Rabbit Tribe 2.0. We’ve been introduced to El Bunny and The White Rabbit in those vignettes, but this was the first time the crowd saw them. They stayed out of the match, with London & Bunny attacking the losing challengers after the match. The White Rabbit seemed to inform Joey Ryan that he would be their first target.

Jake Strong overcame two on one offense, mist, and lots of nunchucks to submit Aerostar. Drago attacked afterward and got his ankle broken.

Última Lucha 4 lineup so far

Kobra Moon and KeMonito have a lot of the same offense

Official

  • Pentagon Dark vs Marty the Moth (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • the Mack vs Mil Muertes in a death match

Likely (or in the preceding few episodes)

  • Fenix vs Dragon Azteca Jr.
  • Killshot vs Son of Havoc
  • a Gift of the Gods match
  • Something with the Snake Tribe & the Rabbit Tribe and/or Joey Ryan

Thoughts

Dragon Azteca has had enough of this announcing

Another episode where none of the matches were great – the trios title was closest to being good, though it never got to a high gear. Most everything was short shifted, with the promise that eventually we’ll get blowoff matches and this will all be worth it. I don’t know.

In a situation where anyone beyond the most diehard Lucha Underground fans was still watching this show, people would be up in arms about how Drago & Aerostar were booked on this show. On this season, really: Drago got to be a slave for a while, got to do nothing to free himself, said he was leaving for a while, came back one week later, and engaged in a feud with Jake Strong that ended with Drago’s ankle getting broken. Aerostar should’ve let Drago remain a slave, Drago would be a trios champion with two working feet right now.

This match made Jake Strong look like his last name, which is really good if you care about Jake Strong at all. I do not. He’s just a guy who wins a lot with a mild catchphrase, just about the same character development than Big Bad Steve has gotten. He’s probably been disadvantage greatly because Lucha Underground just isn’t doing many vignettes this year (remember when Kobra Moon got a jewelry thief intro that’s gone nowhere?) but he’s just really being presented as Jack Swagger with a new name. If you didn’t care about Jake Swagger already and weren’t sympathetic to his lack of opportunity in WWE, he’s just a guy who wins a whole lot. Jake Swagger doesn’t fit the Lucha Underground mold, and it was going to take some work to convince viewers that he belongs. They’ve done none of the work.

It’s not even like the flipping the result would’ve been better. Aerostar & Drago doing everything they could to just barely beat Strong would not have looked much better. It still would’ve been demoting cult favorites to enhancement talent level. They were aware enough about how this finish would look to make sure to give Aerostar & Drago many big spots, but it had the effect of Aerostar & Drago doing everything they could do and still losing totally clean.

LU really awkwardly put together the Joey Ryan/XO Lishus/Ivelisse trio to have them lose in their first match and then get destroyed. Joey Ryan getting targeted by the new Rabbit Tribe looks like a direction past that. The show has done a little work on Ryan’s técnico turn, but it’s an odd one of the three to pick. El Bunny looked good.

I’ll miss Jack Evans. He didn’t have as much bad luck as Angelico, but it wasn’t far off. He got himself over without every really winning all that much. He was great at light comedy on a show that tends to take itself very seriously. I tend to believe all these sacrifices are going to be reversed, and maybe he’ll reverse his own beliefs on coming back for another season.

The main event was billed as a dream match, a PPV quality match, that went about five minutes of TV time. About one minute of that was on Fenix/Azteca and Mack/Muertes. It didn’t quite become a PPV match. The usage of King Cuerno this season remains bizarre. Mack/Muertes seemed pretty definitely over last time. Mack being scared didn’t seem to play into the result. The fans seemed really into Mack so it’ll be fine, but this didn’t feel like the direction they were headed after that cage match. The idea of a deathmatch meaning something important and unique in a season where 1/3rd of the roster has been killed off (and some have come back to life) is an even tougher sell.

great match roundup, week of 2018-09-01

Ultimo Maldito is the better brother

shows watched

The great match roundup has no great matches and is not particularly timely. It’s a failure all around as I try to dig out the latest hole I’ve dug for myself.

The AAA Twitch shows have generally good stuff – even the OK stuff was perfectly watchable. I know people are inclined not to pay for lucha libre because free has been the market price for so long, but the channel is worth the money if you’re not around to watch AAA shows live.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Draztick Boy vs ArezBelialÚltimo Maldito  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
good Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © vs Mamba & Máximo and Aerostar & Drago and Jack Evans & Teddy Hart for the AAA World Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
good Psycho Clown vs LA ParkHijo del Fantasma  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
good Rey Cometa vs Tiger in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-04 2018-09-04
good Lady Maravilla, Lady Shani, Vanilla vs Keyra, La Hiedra, Scarlett Bordeaux  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
good Fénix & Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage & Hijo del Fantasma (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
good El Gallito, Guapito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zacarías BRINDARON BUEN ESPECTÁCULO MICROMAN, GALLITO Y GUAPITO (posted by hector godfrey) LA SEGUNDA LUCHA LA PROTAGONIZARON LOS MINI LUCHADORES (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Faby Apache vs Lady Shani  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
ok Hijo de LA Park, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
ok El Audaz, Fuego, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, VirusLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
ok Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, MephistoLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
ok Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Flyer & Volador Jr. in a tournament semifinal match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
ok Mistico & Rush vs Cuatrero & Sansón in a tournament semifinal match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
ok Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Mistico & Rush in a tournament final match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
ok Matanza vs Joey Wrestling Lucha Underground: 2018-09-05 2018-03-03
ok Killshot vs Big Bad Steve Lucha Underground: 2018-09-05 2018-03-09
ok Pentagón Dark © vs Hernandez [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-05 2018-03-09
ok Angelikal, Australian Suicide, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
ok Laredo Kid & Sammy Guevara vs Golden Magic & Jack Evans  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
ok Aerostar, Máximo, Pagano vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
ok Pegasso & Príncipe Diamante vs Hijo del Signo & MetálicoLOS APARENTES GANADORES TERMINARON DERROTADOS EN LA LUCHA INICIAL (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
ok Dalys vs Reyna Isis in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
ok Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Templario HECHICERO TUVO BUEN DESEMPEÑO ENFRENTANDO A TITÁN, TRITÓN Y ESFINGE (posted by hector godfrey) HECHICERO, TEMPLARIO Y DRAGÓN ROJO SUCUMBEN ANTE LOS TÉCNICOS (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
ok Gilbert El Boricua, Mephisto, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, L.A. Park, Mistico EL ENFRENTAMIENTO ENTRE L.A. PARK Y EL HOY GILBERT EL BORICUA FUE EL CENTRO DEL DUELO DE TRÍOS (posted by hector godfrey) HACE SU DEBUT EL MESÍAS CON EL NOMBRE DE GILBERT EL BORICUA (posted by hector godfrey) L.A PARK RECIBIO CASTIGO POR EL BORICUA, MOSTRO CANSANCIO AL INICIO DEL ENCUENTRO (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
below average Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Murder Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, Taurus [no DQ]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
below average Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match CARÍSTICO, VOLADOR JUNIOR Y MATT TAVEN VS RUSH, CAVERNARIO Y LA BESTIA DEL RING (posted by hector godfrey) LANCES AL POR MAYOR ENTRE RUSH, CAVERNARIO, MATT TAVEN, CARÍSTICO Y VOLADOR JUNIOR (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)MATT TAVEN TERMINA BAÑADO CON CERVEZA Y RUSH PELEANDO CON LA SEGURIDAD (posted by hector godfrey) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-07 2018-09-07
not rated Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
not rated Cuatrero & Mistico vs Flyer & Gran Guerrero in a seeding battle royal match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-03 2018-09-03
not rated Sangre Imperial & Sonic vs Apocalipsis & Camorra LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-04 2018-09-04
not rated Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-04 2018-09-04
not rated Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-04 2018-09-04
not rated Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-04 2018-09-04
not rated Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-04 2018-09-04

Caristico/Guerrero, trios title challenge, LU

they still don’t care about how awful this looks

CMLL (TUE) 09/25/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Sonya De Costa Rica b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas took 1/3
3) Audaz, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Kawato San, Nitro, Okumura LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Nitro replaced Sagrado on Tuesday. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Tiger b Black Panther [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
win via casita
5) Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Terrible b Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
6) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls, setting up Gran Guerrero vs Caristico for the NWA MIDDLE title.

CMLL promos: Sonya, Tiger, Gran Guerrero, and Caristico.

It didn’t seem like anyone watched this who was on Twitter. That’s probably OK. Guerrero/Caristico is interesting. They’re playing off the story of Gran Guerrero trying to avenge his brother, and we haven’t seen him in many singles matches outside of the Niebla Roja feud.

CMLL (TUE) 09/25/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Difunto, Exterminador, Guerrero de la Muerte b Black Sugar, El Alteño, Mágico
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Akuma, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo b Magnum, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, Pegasso b Ares (Costa Rica), Escualo (Costa Rica), Kaiser (Costa Rica)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Team Costa Rica drops to 0-2.
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Tecnicos took 1/3, then asked for a national trios title match next week.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

NGD defending against tecnicos was the more fun idea of a match than Atlantis/UG, so I’m glad they picked that feud for next week. Atlantis got UG with the Atlantida according to the recap.

There was a weak unsourced rumor that Volador has left CMLL just because he missed a couple shows. It died here. I’m guessing he was actually just on vacation.

Lucha Underground has their episode 4×16, “Kill Mil” tonight

  • Jake Strong vs Aerostar & Drago in a nunchuck match
  • Ivelisse, XO Lishus, Joey Ryan vs Kobra Moon, Daga and Jeremiah Crane? (maybe for the trios championship?)
  • a #1 contenders match, probably including Mil Muertes based on that title

Strong says this match is one of his favorite ever, which seems surprising. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if I’m not completely annoyed with Lucha Underground by the end of that match.

Segunda Caida is up to episode five from this season.

There’s also a Lucah Fiesta iPPV tonight on Fite.TV for $10. Ultimo Dragon, Shocker and Caristico face Sam Adonis, Rey Bucanero and NXT-wrestler Rey Bucanero. The semi-main has some flyers and Gringo Loco, so that sounds good. It’ll be available for VOD after the fact.

AAA posted a DJZ promo hyping the Heroes Inmortales tag title match. It is a little weird that DJZ and Andrew Everett are now that Everett has left Impact (and DJZ hasn’t been on in quite a while.)

Zona Ruda has a Taurus promo towards Lady Shani. That hasn’t been followed up since TripleMania but maybe it’ll go somewhere.

Super Nova is listed and pictured (back middle slightly to the left) on a show on 10/28 in San Luis Potosi. That’s the same day as Heroes Inmortales, where Super Nova’s Bengala personality isn’t booked. Bengala hasn’t appeared on TV since Rey de Reyes, in part due to appearing on a reality show and suffering a significant foot injury. Bengala has been listed on house shows (and is listed on them thru the week before this show.) It wouldn’t be a surprise if he moved on from AAA, but I’m not sure if that’s what this is.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update and a Villano III podcast on their Patreon.

+LuchaTV has a sit-down interview with Pirata Morgan.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 10/01/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Meyer vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana
2) Arkalis, Astral, Eléctrico vs El Perverso, Espanto Jr., Policeman
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Reyna Isis [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Cuatrero, Dark Magic, Sansón
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible

Rush gets the week off, so they’re switching to a different feud if they’re doing a feud at all.

Dark Magic, the unknown US wrestler announced for the Gran Prix, debuts as a rudo a few days before that big match. He’s been working low-level indies this month. They haven’t given him easy guys to start with.

Sugehit/Isis may be a setup for running that title match again.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-07 

these women are friends

Recapped: 09/08/2018

All matches aired live from the Plaza de Toros in Cancún, Quintana Roo

Matches: 

Keyra, La Hiedra, Scarlett Bordeaux beat Lady Maravilla, Lady Shani, Vanilla
(9:42, Keyra Code Red Maravilla, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Angelikal, Australian Suicide, Hijo Del Vikingo  
(8:37, Mocho Cota Jr. frogsplash Angelikal, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Golden Magic & Jack Evans beat Laredo Kid & Sammy Guevara
(9:24, Jack Evans foul + bridging backslide Sammy Guevera, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beat Aerostar, Máximo, Pagano  
(11:35, La Mascara foul Maximo, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Brian Cage & Hijo del Fantasma beat Fénix & Psycho Clown
(11:26, Hijo del Fantasma mask pull Psycho Clown, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

oddly aimed tope

Psycho Clown nearly won with a casita in the main event. Cage might have distracted the referee from three, or Fantasma might have kicked out, it wasn’t especially clear. Fantasma got away with a mask pull for the win second later. Los Mercenarios came out and helped unmask Fenix after the match.

Rey Escorpión and Texano pulled Copetes away from the ring when Maximo had a winning pin in their match, and Mascara snuck in a foul. La Parka made his only appearance of the show to run off the rudos post-match.

After her win, Keyra asked Vampiro for a title match. Vampiro said yes.

Dr. Wagner Jr. repeated his challenge to Jeff Jarrett for a hair match.

Thoughts: 

agile Psycho Clown?

Main event had a good effort even if the execution seemed off. Psycho Clown is trying to do more stuff, though he still felt like he couldn’t quite keep up with the speed Fenix & Cage wanted to work. Cage & Fantasma are a good team, though they also didn’t do that much while in control. They did hit some of the bigger spots (except for that dive catch spot) pretty well and Fenix came off as a bigger part of things than he had prior to TripleMania.

I had forgotten I was supposed to care about Mascara and Máximo fighting. They did a good job with it, the crowd really got behind Máximo when he finally came back at Los Mercenarios and Mascara. The long section of the rudos working people over didn’t do much for me, but it got the intended reaction. Aerostar & Pagano were limited to just offense early and dives, but those were good. This worked fine as a TV match even if it’s nothing you need to see later.

Vikingo

There were definite highlights in the 2v2 tag, but there was so much sloppiness. Jack had a rough start to the match, and Golden Magic caught the disease later on. I don’t know what move Magic & Guevera did near the end of the match. I did love the multiple moonsault bit Jack did, and Guevera coming back with SSPs were nice. Laredo Kid found new ways to cause grievous harm to himself, but also took out Jack’s ribs on the springboard 450 splash. Something clearly didn’t happen right on the finish, because Laredo was very confused about what he was supposed to be doing after he hit the move on Golden Magic. This was not bad, but it had some really obvious flaws.

Did you realize the second match was Suicide teaming with his two title challengers from this year? It is weird watching a promotion where many months of the year are decided not to have happened, but I guess that must be what it’s like to follow WWE. Matches set up to fail are not ever going to be recommendable watches, and this was one an obvious failure from the moment it was put on paper. Poder del Norte did about as well as they’ve done of late in these type of matches until Suicide’s walkout made it all moot. They gave the tecnicos a really good opening run and some offense later that made beating them feel like it meant something. Vikingo didn’t get in as much as Monterrey but he and Angelikal looked good in what they did. Vikingo’s corner dive was super impressive.

The AAA women’s trios are the opposite of the CMLL versions. The Arena Mexico matches look rehearsed and fake. This AAA trios match, like many of them, was chaotic and impactful. It was as if Keyra make a deal that she’d get to win as long as she was kicked hard in the face a few times. Maravilla & Shani lived up their part of that deal. Hiedra continues to looked improved, and this was Vanilla’s steadiest match since her first one. Bordeaux didn’t make a big impact, but that’s perfectly fine. She seemed to do what she was asked and never got into trouble. It’d be best if they could trade in a few of the loose looking headscissors for armdrags or other moves, but this was overall good.

two for one

CMLL Martes: 2018-09-04 

dueling tornillos

Recapped: 09/12/2018

Matches: 

Apocalipsis & Camorra beat Sangre Imperial & Sonic  
(11:45 [5:28, 3:22, 2:55], 1/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. beat Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro
(13:32 [7:31, 2:04, 3:57], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
(13:41 [6:09, 3:02, 4:30], 1/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(8:03, backcracker, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja  
(12:40 [3:29, 3:03, 6:08], 1/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(8:31 [2:32, 2:05, 3:54] , 2/3 DQ, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

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What happened: 

Volador and Cavernario feuded, or more Cavernario feuded with Volador and Volador was amused. The finish saw Tirantes get turned around in the corner, Volador dropkick Tirantes, then Volador fake a foul for the DQ.

The opener is Camorra’s first streaming appearance in nearly a year and a half. He’s gotten heavy and wore a football jersey to hide his weight gain. Apocalipsis fouls Sangre Imperial for no reason.

Thoughts: 

anti-headscissors powerbomb

Tiger and Rey Cometa went for in their lightning match, the only notable thing on this show. It was really nothing except big moves and energy. Those things are in short supply on this show, so it sticks out positively. Cometa’s tornillo was really good, Tiger’s sequences went well, and the crowd got into it. They weren’t telling a story, they didn’t really need to.

LA Park beats Rush in Puebla, Daga to MLW, LA Park/AIW, IWRG lineups

looking for the Kraneo clicks

CMLL (MON) 09/24/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, ESTOLucha Central]
1) Millenium, Robin, Súper Astro Jr. b King Rocker Jr., Perverso, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3. Peverso’s first appearance in 4 months.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma b Ares (Costa Rica), Escualo (Costa Rica), Kaiser (Costa Rica) LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3, including beat the Costa Rican teams in seconds in the first fall
3) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Volcano & Kraneo seem sure Diamante Azul is part of their trio.
4) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b La Bestia Del Ring & Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Cavernario & Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
An exchange of fouls left LA Park on top. No challenges. Team Park took 2/3.

Main event was fun, like last week. I haven’t seen the rest of the show. It sounded like the Costa Rican guys got over as outsiders but there in-ring needs some improvement.

CMLL says they’ll announce the final four members of Team Mexico for the Gran Prix on Informa, as well as interview the Costa Rican wrestlers. They promised revenge after losing last night in Puebla.

Arena Mexico tonight has Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Caristico versus Gran Guerrero, Shocker and Rey Bucanero, which appears to be setting up Caristico defending his title against Gran Guerrero next week.

The odd team of Luciferno, Mascara 2000 and Terrible face Kraneo, Valiente and Volcano in the semimain. Tiger has his 8th lightning match of the year, this time against Black Panther. That seems like it’ll be good. Audaz, Fuego and Rey Cometa face Kawato, Okumura and Nitro, a late sub for Sagrado. Sonya form Costa Rica debuts, teaming with Lluvia & Marcela against Amapola, La Seductora and Tiffany. The opener looks bad.

The show starts at 7:30pm. You should probably at least scan thru to see that lightning match.

Guadalajara has Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Volador Jr. taking on Cavernario, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero, which seems to set up another Atlantis/UG match. The semimain also teased a Sanson/Soberano match, and one of those should be happening next week. The Costa Rica trio are in the tercera and should make TV, if I can record it.

A run of Thursday shows in Arena Xalapa using CMLL wrestlers and promoted by Tirantes have been canceled after one show. The promotion says it’s not their fault and it’s not CMLL’s fault, but there are other people out to get them and the fans. There’s a press conference Wednesday to explain what they actually are talking about.

Flip Gordon posted his schedule for September. He’s in CMLL from the Gran Prix on 10/05 thru the Tuesday in Guadalajara.

CMLL posted about Steel winning the 1997 Gran Prix.

Atomo took Cadete del Aire’s mask on Saturday in Arena Coliseo Chihuahua.

Musashi took Rey Tiburon’s mask in a cage match on Monday in Mexico City. Rey Tiburon is Daniel Cruz Bolanos. There’s video highlights of the final.

Daga will challenge Low Ki for the MLW Heavyweight Championship on their 10/04 show in New York. This is the same show with LA Park vs PCO. I suspect this was a last minute decision; Joey Janela was scheduled for the show, would’ve been a more obvious challenger for that market, and is now out hurt. It’s a huge platform for Daga to maybe finally making a name in the US, which hasn’t happened for him as others on Lucha Underground. Even beyond that, Low Ki’s style seems like an influence on Daga, so it’s probably just a cool match for him to get to have.

EMW says they’ll have Laredo Kid, Hijo del Vikingo and Arkangel Divino against Steve Pain, Taurus, and Ultimo Maldito on 10/27.

LA Park will appear in Cleveland, Ohio for AIW on 11/23, which should set up at a fantastic podcast at the very least.

The WWN/Evole list of shows for WrestleMania weekend includes a Viva La Lucha show. That’s the first lucha libre focused show to be announced, though you can look at the last few paragraphs and figure there will be a lot of luchadors on other shows. I don’t know if there will be another one. CMLL doesn’t seem like they’d bother, . The Crash’s show drew better than expected last year but they’re more Tijuana-centric now. AAA being AAA, they’re probably trying to do something but also lacking the ability to actually get it done.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

RCH, which I seem to recall announced they were out of promoting wrestling, is promoting a free show on 09/30.

Esquimal Jr. did not beat Pentagon in Arena Aficion.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 09/30/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Stigma vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Pegasso vs Disturbio [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Felino, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
6) Michael Elgin, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Elgin versus NGD doesn’t seem to set up a singles match, but I guess we’ll see. Pegasso/Disturbio should make it online.

IWRG FILL (SUN) 09/30/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Oriental, Eddy Santos, Mandala vs Canibal, Ciber Punk, Dinámico
2) Bisofera, Celestial Boy, Shalom vs Chico del Barrio, Voltex, Votlar
3) Ángel Estrella, Dranzer, Keiser Drago vs Ángel De La Tormenta, Barón Rojo, Carnicero
4) Arquero, Black Shadow Jr., Toto vs Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah, Skanda
5) Black Puma, Chef Benito, Chicanito, Fireman, Guerrero 2000, Mexica, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy vs 19 1/2, Alas de Acero, Apolo, Chris Stone Jr., Dragón Negro, Iron Kid, Manchitas, Psique
IWRG (Black Terry) vs Lucha Memes (Referee Chiquilin)

A Sunday trainee show because there’s a bigger show on Sunday. Lucha Memes is participating here, and also in the show in Coacalco. Iron Kid is the only one wrestling on both, though Black Terry is on both shows as well.

AAA , IWRG (THU) 10/04/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Toto
2) Black Shadow II & Mexica vs Death Metal & Demonio Infernal
3) Aramis, Freelance, Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Dragón Bane
4) Estrella Divina, Goya Kong, Imposible vs La Hiedra, Mamba, X-Fly
5) Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo De Dos Caras
6) Texano Jr. vs Mr. Electro vs Pagano

It’s an AAA house show in IWRG. Tercera might be nice. The main event is listed as without rules, so it’ll likely end with a DQ.

LyC (SUN) 10/21/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Baby Xtreme vs Emperador AztecaSilver Tiger
2) ? & La Justiciera vs ?? & Poly Star
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Galactar & Rico Rodríguez
4) Ephesto vs Orlando Santa CruzSalseroPotro Jr.Pancho TequilaÁngel DoradoCrazy DemonCowboy Jr.Golden BoyRey DemonioAndroide [Copa Lila Cavazus]
5) Mini Hator & Pequeño Dragón vs Mini Bengalí & Mini Difunto and Mini Bronco & Mini Tigre Universitario and Mini Divo & Mini Monje Negro
6) Caifan & Caifan II vs Diluvio Negro I & Diluvio Negro II
7) Antifaz, Hator, Toscano vs Damián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario
8) Blue Demon, Heavy Metal, Huracán Ramírez vs Jerry Estrada, Pirata Morgan, Satánico

This looks like a busy show but I’m mostly mentioning this because I hate the kerning on this poster. It’s unreadable from a distance.

new lucha video for the weekend of September 22nd, 2018

I recorded Guadalajara, it appeared to air normal matches and the file got corrupted. I can’t get this work two weeks in a row.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-09-23
taped 2018-09-14 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
2) Matt Taven & Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Rush for the hair

RO & IWRG weekend results, 10/06 The Crash lineup, Park & Park vs Rush & Cavernario in Puebla

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 09/23/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Chico del Barrio ?? Chef Benito
2) Lunatic Xtreme & Toto b Ángel De La Tormenta & Death Metal
3) Black Dragón, Lolita, Pasion Kristal b Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Diosa Atenea
4) Ra-Zhata & Shil-Kah b Leo & Rafy
win via cheating
5) Aramis b Dragón Bane and Freelance
said to be very good
6) Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro b Cuervo & Dark Scoria
some referee weirdness involved in the finish
7) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Mr. Electro b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Sinn Bodhi, Último Gladiador
Emperador Azteca was hurt and could not finish the match. Electro challenge Bodhi to a singles match.

Black Terry Jr. had a cool super slow motion video of Dragon Bane’s big dive in that match.

RO (SUN) 09/23/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Limbo Jr. b MusashiDivo Jr.
2) Dalys b Lilith Dark
3) Eterno b Aramis Eterno vs Aramis mano a mano en RO WESTLING en la Arena Coliseo Coacalco (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Eterno challenged Aramis to a hair vs mask match.
4) Black Warrior & Shocker b Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro Shocker y Black Warrior vs Black Terry y Dr. Cerebro en RO WESTLING (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Negro Navarro but could not wrestle due to injury. No explanation on Ultimo Guerrero. Black Terry returns from injury in a loss.
5) Emperador Azteca & Metaleón b Centvrión & Warrior Jr. Emperador Azteca y Metaleón vs Centvrión y Warrior Jr en RO WESTLING (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
6) Toxin DRAW Negro Casas Negro Casas vs Toxin Boy mano a mano en RO WESTLING (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
double pin finish, though Toxin clearly had a shoulder up

Reads like Eterno/Aramis might have been the best match, but you could go watch the videos and let me know.

Today’s CMLL Puebla rematches LA Park & Rush after they took over last week’s main event with a brawl. LA Park teams with his son Hijo de LA Park, while Rush teams with Cavernario. La Bestia del Ring is also booked on the card, but someone had the good sense to keep him out of this. It seems like Rush & LA Park will have a singles match on 10/01, but nothing’s for sure with LA Park.

Caristico & Soberano take on Negro Casas & Bestia in the semimain. This isn’t a good place for Bestia either but there’s not really one to be found. NGD take on Kraneo, Vulcano and possible third trio member Diamante Azul. The Costa Rican trio of Ares, Escualo, and Kaiser debut against Blue Panther, Black Panther Jr., and Stigma. I have no idea what to expect, but the Panthers should make for at least an OK match. Milenium, Robin and Super Astro open up against King Rocker Jr., Perverso and Policeman.

The show will air at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Segunda Caida reviews the Aniversario main event and Dalys vs Reyna Isis.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 09/29/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Sangre Imperial & Sonic vs Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Arkalis, Astral, Eléctrico vs El Coyote, Grako, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Ángel, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
4) Esfinge & Tritón © vs Pólvora & Templario [Arena Coliseo TAG]
first defense
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Sagrado
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Shocker, Terrible

Diamante Azul may be joining Gorillas del Ring if he likes it or not.

The Crash (SAT) 10/06/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Danny Limelight & Eli Everfly vs Douglas James & Royce Isaacs
2) Cinico, Star Boy, Viento, Zarco vs Jonathan, Súper Caló Jr., Taliban, Xperia
3) Willie Mack vs Austin Theory vs Zumbi vs Flip Gordon
4) Daga vs Hechicero (CMLL) [ironman]
5) El Bandido & Flamita vs Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe
6) Bestia 666, Fatu, Mecha Wolf vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Most promotions would list the length of their iron man match, since that’s the concept and all, but The Crash is thinking outside the box. I’d think the Guerreors being in the main event means they’ll actually be here, but there’s no knowing until someone changes a lineup.

Coliseo Tag Title match set up, Fenix beats Aeroboy in fantastic match, Crash

CMLL (SAT) 09/22/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Grako, Inquisidor, Metálico b Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Retro
rudos took 1/3
3) Reyna Isis b La Jarochita [lightning]
Isis beat Jarochita via cristo. 6:39.
4) Akuma, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr. b Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma
Akuma replaced Polvora. Rudos took 2/3.
5) Pólvora, Templario, Tiger b El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón
Polvora & Tiger replaced Misterioso & Dragon Rojo. Rudos took 1/3, and Polvora & Templario challenged for a tag title match.
6) Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 2/3.

CMLL posted an Isis promo talking about her win and Templario & Polvora talking about their challenge. I would definitely watch that match if it was offered to watch. It like would not be. I wonder if the title challenge would still be happening if Misterioso & Dragon Rojo were involved.

CMLL (SUN) 09/23/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro b Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial
rudos took 2/3
3) Sanely b La Metálica [lightning]
4) Hechicero, Pólvora, Tiger b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
rudos took 1/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
tecnicos took 1/3
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente b Felino, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3

The only promo from this show was Sanely. CMLL committed to do nothing interesting here. They haven’t done an built up match on Sunday since 08/19. They might squeeze one in the next few weeks if some of the Gran Prix guys are sticking around for a while.

The Costa Rican wrestlers have made it to Mexico City. The male wrestlers (Ares, Kaiser, Escualo) wrestle tomorrow in Puebla and Tuesday in Guadalajara. The lone luchadora, Sonya, wrestles in Tuesday in Arena Mexico.

CMLL looks back to Head Hunter I winning the 1995 Gran Prix and Great Sauske losing in the final of the 1996 one. The loser is getting the big picture is odd until you realize Hijo del Santo won that year. It is mentioned in the text, they just didn’t want to focus on him.

I went to Arena GALLI for what was billed as their last show. That’s a story in itself – they’re losing the building it’s not clear when, and they might get a couple more shows after all. But they thought this was the last show in the building when it was announced, and so they had Fenix vs Aeroboy, with the AAA Heavyweight Championship & the GALLI title on the line. The building was “don’t let the fire marshall know” levels of full, as many people I’ve seen for their shows. Those fans were rewarded with a superb match. You never know exactly what you’re going to get when guys travel to small buildings. Aeroboy & Fenix went full speed from the start, a back and forth hard hitting match with Fenix pulling off some incredible spots. The match would’ve fit in on the PWG and AAW shows I’ve seen the last few weeks, with the only problem is people didn’t quite believe the AAA title would be changing hands in Villa Park, Illinois. Fenix won, picking up both titles, and they talked about a rematch after the fact.

It occurred to me while watching that there’s a good chance the best Mega title match Fenix will have will be this match totally ignored by AAA, or something similar in another promotion. AAA (Konnan) can talk about wanting to have a title with great matches but, when the rubber hits the road, they’re never going to give their guys chances to have that match. The Fenix/Laredo Kid match they’ve teased would be fantastic, except we know one or two or more other people will be thrown in and they’ll be running bits with evil referees and other inference. The Fenix/Bandido/Flamita match is the best counterpoint, but it was also match thrown out with about an hour of build and no reason to believe any outcome outside of Fenix winning. Whether because of poor build or poor excution, the results aren’t there. It’s strange that AAA went thru a lot of drama to bring Fenix (& Penta) back, and are using him less effectively than a small lucha promotion putting on shows in a run-down strip mall.

MedioTiempo has a report on the match too. The match streamed live on Powerbomb.TV and the full show should be there as well. DTU seemed to stream this live and then vanished it after. About 1/8th the crowd seemed to be recording the match.

The Crash 10/06 poster includes Flip Gordon, Willie Mack, Mexa Blood, and the Rebelion Amarilla among people not yet announced. It has Los Guerreros, who are also advertised for a show in Arena Neza the same night.

Zona Ruda estimates Friday’s The Crash show at 60% full, which is actually better than it looked.

El Grafico interviews with Tiger, who explains he hurt his leg on a dive in the Expo Museo ruleta de la muerte match. He thought his best hope of surviving was to rest for the rest of the match, just going to the end and trying to fight whoever was left. He did and beat Rambo.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Today was the 101st Anniversary of El Santo’s birth, which led to a lot of articles repeating the same facts.

A collection of 2,500 masks.

Cl4n/Guerreros, Elite beats AAA again, The Crash, Elgin in CMLL next week

flying caveman

CMLL (FRI) 09/21/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralMarcaMedioTiempoNotimexOvacionesThe Gladiatoresthecubsfan]
1) Magnus & Star Jr. b Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:49. Magnus & Star took falls 2/3. Signo forgot to kick out in fall 3.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego b Kawato San, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:08. tecnicos took 1/3
3) Cuatrero, Rey Bucanero, Sansón b Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Tritón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:25. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:12. Guerreros took straight falls. The Chris was DQed for using the cane in the first. UG used the ropes to beat Ciber in the second and demanded a trios title rematch.
5) Mistico DQ Negro Casas [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:26. Casas tied Mistico’s mask to the ropes. While the referee was looking at Zacarias, Mistico came out of his mask and kneed Negro Casas questionably low. The referee turned around and awarded Mistico the win by DQ.
6) Cavernario, Rush, Terrible b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, King Phoenix LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:11. Rudos took 2/3, winning cleanly.

This is the only one of these three shows I’ve seen. It was not good and the only thing going on is the Cl4n/Guerreros feud. With no great interest in that and no follow up from the hair match, this didn’t feel like the week after the Aniversarios how. It felt like a show that could’ve happened at any time.

Post Match promos: Euforia & Gran Guerrero, El Cl4n, Mistico, and the main event rudos. They’re still teasing the idea of Cavernario joining Los Ingobernables.

Mr. Niebla says he’ll be talking to CMLL this week. He’ll probably be back soon. I do not think he’d be doing these interviews about his issue without that rumor about him getting his license taken away, which he shoots down again here.

AAA TV, ELITE (FRI) 09/21/2018 Salón Rojo, Toluca, Estado de México [AAAESTOLucha Central]
1) Máscarita Sagrada (original) & Mini Psycho Clown b Espectrito & Mini Coco Amarillo
Bonus match. Appeared to be the first match for the original Mascarita Sagrada in 20 years.
2) Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire b Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani
Keyra beat Faby and repeated her title challenge. Starfire also challenged Faby.
3) Ciclón Ramírez, Demus, Emperador Azteca b Aerostar, Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa
“AAA” debuts for Elite’s Azteca and Demus.
4) Mamba & Máximo b Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. and Golden Magic & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Maximo/Mamba & Wagner/Magic replaced Traumas on 09/21. Wagner betrayed Golden Magic, and the Mercensario beat up the tecnicos post match.
5) Hijo de LA Park, Laredo Kid, Taurus b Joe Lider, La Parka, Pagano
Laredo Kid replaced Puma King on 09/21. This match clinched another win for Elite. A video appeared post-match, with Miedo Extremo & Ciclope challenging Pagano & Joe Lider to a match.
6) Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown b Electroshock & LA Park
Los Mercenarios unmasked and beat up Psycho Clown post-match.

I saw only bits and pieces to this but it seemed to get favorable reviews. Nothing much of importance happened unless you – like the people on this show – are going with the idea that the Heroes Inmortales card was not released by AAA a week ago. They did a big reveal of half of the Antonio Pena Cup field, which is already on that lineup, and Keyra & Starfire made challenges we already knew about. I guess you have to explain things to the TV audience, though they probably won’t be seeing this show until long after that card takes place anyway.

That Heroes Inmortales card is noticeably missing Fenix. AAA still had Laredo Kid get the win to build to the title shot set up in Merida, and the opening video brought up Fantasma also challenging for that title a while back.

It appeared to be the original Mascarita Sagrada in the opener, a borderline Hall of Famer for his influence. It appears to be his first match in AAA since 1998, and maybe his first match in AAA under that name since 1995 (but I may have the minis named wrong.) Sagrada left AAA after a falling out with Antonio Pena; AAA’s certainly working hard at repairing old breakups this year.

The Crash (FRI) 09/21/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [The Crash, TJ Sports, Zona Ruda]
1) Star Boy, Viento, Zarco b Animal, Demencia, Silver Star Haraganes vs La Triple Amenaza. The Crash Lucha Libre (posted by Arena Clandestina)
2) Douglas James, Kody Lane, Tessa Blanchard b Heather Monroe, Matt Vandagriff, Royce Issacs
only 2 of the advertised six people appeared.
3) Soberano Jr. b ACH Soberano Jr vs A.C.H Mano a mano espectacular. The Crash Lucha Libre (posted by Arena Clandestina)
4) El Bandido, Flamita, Rey Horus b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Templario (CMLL)
money thrown in
5) Daga & Volador Jr. b Carístico & Penta Zero M
Volador beat Caristico via mask pull.
6) Gilbert el Boricua b Mecha Wolf 450
Mecha Wolf asked for a rematch.

Have not seen this one yet, but it appears the top four matches all went well to various degrees. Interesting the finish in the semimian didn’t involve Daga or Penta, which would appear to be the more important local feud. The finish to the fourth match was as good as you’d think.

It’s impossible to miss how much smaller the crowd was than usual, by far the weakest crowd in recent times for The Crash in it’s home building. With all due respect to Mecha Wolf, not having the two bigger names from the Rebelion Amarilla (Garza, Bestia) probably hurt. Coming back in two weeks might be too quick, but that seems like the plan going forward. They’ve got the 10/06 show and seem like they’ll be back quick after that.

The Crash’s talk about streaming “every event going forward” lasted 1 event. They did eventually say as much on Facebook, after they had been asked about 15 times. I don’t think we appreciate how good we’ve had it with AAA saying they were going to stream every taping on Twitch this year and actually doing it. Plenty of people say they’re going to do things in lucha libre and few seem concerned with actually living up to their promises.

Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, and Euforia were announced as appearing on 10/06.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews include the Super Calo/Rey Mysterio Jr. dark match from a WCW Nitro that was recently added to the WWE Network.

El Paso is using luchadors in a campaign to get teenagers to try sports and stay away from drugs.

Luchadora Zuzu Divine talks about returning to wrestling.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/28/2018 Arena México
1) La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
2) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
3) Valiente vs Felino [lightning]
4) Hijo de LA Park, Mistico, Soberano Jr. vs Forastero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
5) Carístico, Michael Elgin, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Cuatrero, Sansón
6) Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris © vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
first defense

This is an overloaded card when Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Ephesto and Mephisto are working the second match.

Main event feels too soon for Cl4n to lose the titles back if they’re going to a hair match. But logic is not a big part of this feud.

Michael Elgin returns for the third year, the only outsider in a week before the Gran Prix. CMLL loves Elgin. A singles match with someone should be expected if he’s around for a while. I also believe Elgin wouldn’t be back in CMLL if he could get booked in high profile places in the US. (Kind of surprised we’re not seeing Dark Magic early too, because he probably could use the work.)

We know Cuatrero, Sanson, and Elgin are in the Gran Prix, and it’s a good chance other people in that match will be as well.

Hijo de LA Park getting booked even with LA Park out is a good sign for that relationship.