That is a lot of wrestling, including a weekend I wasn’t in town. I can never leave or I’ll never catch up again.
Of the five matches I rated great, the Aniversario match is the one I’d least like to watch again. The NGD being able to wrestle well as rudos against other rudo teams is a really good sign, since CMLL (and Mexican wrestling) seems to love to do that a lot.
Daga vs Hechicero (CMLL)
The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08
Bestia 666, Fatu, Mecha Wolf vs Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón
The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08
Fénix vs Laredo Kid vs Cage
AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09
Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park vs Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta El Zero M
CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14
Matt Taven & Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Rushfor the hair
CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14
Rey Horus & Soberano Jr. vs CIMA & T-Hawk
The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08
Keyra, La Hiedra, Scarlett Bordeaux vs Lady Maravilla, Lady Shani, Vanilla
AAA TV (SUN) 09/30/2018 Plaza de Toros San Miguel, Uriangato, Guanajuato [AAA, Lucha Central, thecubsfan]
1) Dinastía, Drastik Boy, Hijo Del Vikingo b Australian Suicide, King Balam, Villano III Jr. 9:42. Hijo del Vikingo pinned King Balam (Dizzy)
2) Angelikal, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa b Arez, Lady Maravilla, Parka Negra 11:54. Nino Hamburguesa splashed Arez
3) Aerostar & Drago b Golden Magic & Puma King 7:54. Puma King cradled Drago for the pin. Aerostar was frustrated Drago for losing and walked out on him, teasing the end of the team.
4) La Parka & Murder Clown DQ Dave The Clown & Monsther Clown 6:45. Monster Clown got caught fouling Murder Clown after Dave (replacing Taurus) did the same to La Parka
5) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata DQ La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. 12:16. La Mascara fouled Pimpienla for the DQ.
6) Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett b Blue Demon Jr. & Psycho Clown 9:54. Blue Demon replaced Dr. Wagner, and fouled partner Psycho Clown to set up a Jarrett guitar shot and a Fantasma pin. Rudos (with Los Mercenarios) unmasked Psycho Clown before the exoticos made the save.
I haven’t updated the TV chart lately, but this appears to be airing on December 8 and 15th if the current schedule holds. That would make it the final TV episode of the year since they’d go into holiday programming after – at least on Canal9/Televisa. I don’t think the current schedule will hold but I don’t know what they do instead.
This show was fine, in that range of AAA shows which had good undercard matches, lacking main event matches, and nothing that seemed like it mattered.
AAA probably knew Wagner wasn’t making this show for at least a week since the WON just happened to mention Blue Demon was coming back soon and here he was. They continued to imply Wagner was there until Demon came out as a surprise. In the WON, it was explained Demon was coming back because of a sponsorship deal. There probably is a sponsorship deal, but it came across as they just grabbed the first big name who answered the phone when they found out Wagner wasn’t going to be there. AAA could’ve announced a change, or just a mystery person, and decided that earned goodwill was not worth the effort.
TripleMania was billed as the show where we’d really see Konnan’s storyline start. We’ve only seen small stuff since then. Aerostar and Drago splitting up is a direction (and either the cause or effect of those Aerostar Twitter post last week), and other things are happening, but it’s unclear if any of the stuff like Parka/Murder vs Dave/Monster or Psycho vs Everyone is meant to be going anywhere or is just killing time on a fair show. Revealing the Heroes Inmorrtales card a month ahead of time also sort of reveals most of it isn’t meaningful – Aerostar & Drago are still scheduled to be teaming on that show. There’s been little consequence to anything that’s happened in the four shows since TripleMania, and a lot of stuff going on is the same stuff that was going on before TripleMania. These shows don’t have to be vital to be good, but it’d help.
AAA hyped the 10/19 show in Naucalpan as Twitch exclusive, with the idea it won’t air on TV. AAA did this with a match early this year, maybe it’ll be different this time. The lineup doesn’t feel like it’s any more geared to a Internet audience, or at least I don’t think an internet audience wants – Psycho Clown & Rey Wagner vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner & Electroshock. It’s just the usual random tag matches, some of which may be good and some of which may also include Joe Lider and Pagano. Seems like a missed chance to experiment. The focus is really on drawing a crowd in person, not on Twitch, but I’m not sure random tag matches are that much of a ticket-selling draw either.
There was no mention of the 10/11 show in Aguascalientes, which would be the next streaming show on Twitch. If it’s really streaming on Twitch, which AAA has never confirmed. I wouldn’t make firm plans to watch AAA on that day until something more is said.
IWRG FILL (SUN) 09/30/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Canibal, Ciber Punk, Dinámico b Águila Oriental, Mandala, Power Bull Power Bull replaced Eddy Santos
2) Chico del Barrio, Voltex, Votlar b Bisofera, Celestial Boy, Shalom
3) Ángel Estrella, Dranzer, Keiser Drago b Ángel De La Tormenta, Barón Rojo, Carnicero
4) Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah, Skanda b Arquero, Black Shadow Jr., Toto
5) Black Puma, Chef Benito, Chicanito, Fireman, Guerrero 2000, Lunatik Xtreme, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy b 19 1/2, Alas de Acero, Apolo, Chris Stone Jr., Dragón Negro, Iron Kid, Manchitas, Psique [Copa Higher Power] IWRG (Black Terry) vs Lucha Memes (Referee Chiquilin). Lunatik Xtreme replaced Mexica. Alas de Acero beat Xtreme to win with a little help from Psique. The two had feuded during the match, with Xtreme pointing out Alas de Acero was on the IWRG teams before.
Usual FILL show, with a Copa Higher Power that looks like it had a few insane spots and a good turnout of families watching their sons in matches.
indy (SUN) 09/30/2018 Mambocafe Insurgentes, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, MedioTiempo] Fuerza Guerrera 40th Anniversary
1) Mini Rey Misterio b Pentagoncito, Mini Espíritu
2) Estrellita & Lluvia b Lady Sensación & Rossy Moreno
3) Fuerza Guerrera Hija, Fuerza Guerrera Jr., Imposible b Dragón Dorado, Hijo De Octagon, Lady Apache The two Fuerzas were debuted “children” of Fuerza Guerrera, who won via cheating
4) Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Negro Casas b Carístico, Mano Negra, Octagón Fuerza snuck a foul in on Caristico.
5) Solar I, Súper Astro, Villano IV b Máscara Año 2000, Scorpió Jr., Skayde MedioTiempo’s results say no one understood what the finish was supposed to be
Fuerza Guerrera’s children are the news for the show. Like Hijo de Octagon, they’re people Fuerza Guerrera is renting his name out to and not his actual children. No one has actually told me that, but it’s obvious from how it was presented. I don’t think Fuerza and Juventud are on great terms, but new children debuting is probably an additional reason why Fuerza didn’t want his actual son there. Fuerza has tried this before and the other wrestlers haven’t really caught on. The luchadora, who was occasionally and very confusingly listed as “Fuerza Guerrera”, seems to be a late addition since there was only one mystery spot in that match and Lady Apache wasn’t supposed to be involved.
The Memes show happened Sunday, but I all I’ve seen so far is incomplete results on Twitter. Hopefully more turns up tomorrow.
There’s a lot of people who wear masks in CMLL. Tonight’s CMLL show features the debut of a true mystery man, Dark Magic. Magic has been a big question mark since he was announced for the Gran Prix. He was in IWRG prior and has been wrestling small indie shows since, but this will be the first chance most people will see him. From the little I’ve seen is Dark Magic looks impressive standing, and less impressive when he has to start moving there. That seems like a bad formula for having good matches in CMLL, but it was good enough to get Thunder pushed as a top guy in the promotion. They’ve put Sanson & Cuatrero with Dark Magic, so he’ll have help. He’ll also have another English speaking in Michael Elgin on the opposite side, teaming with Diamante Azul and Kraneo.
The actual main event is LA Park, his son, and Volador facing the sort of Ingobernables of Terrible, Besita, and Cavernario. No Rush this week, so Park will have to brawl with his friends. The frequent Monday night trio of the Panther Kids & Stigma face Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Okumura. (Blue Sr. hasn’t worked Puebla in over a year.) Princesa Sugehit faces Reyna Isis in what could potentially set up a title match. The opening matches are slightly better than usual though Espanto Jr. is still involved.
CMLL will stream the show at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
CMLL’s Gran Prix will air on ROH’s Honor Club, They aired the Anniversario show too. I’m not sure if this means this show will be iPPV for everyone. CMLL hasn’t said anything yet. They announced the Aniversario iPPV on Informa last month, and I’d expect the same again if it’s going to happen.
All Japan announced the Lucha Fiesta Tour for 11/3 to11/6. This was the Ultimo Dragon led tour that included Sam Adonis, Diamante, and Caristico last year. I haven’t seen a talent list this year, but Ultimo Panda & Sam Adonis have announced themselves on it.
Tiger Japan, who’s teaming with Draztick Boy against Hechicero & Cavernario, talked about that chance.
Dinastía, Drastik Boy, Hijo Del Vikingobeat Australian Suicide, King Balam, Villano III Jr. (9:42, Hijo del Vikingo imploding 450 splash King Balam, good, twitch @ 00:31:37)
Angelikal, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa beat Arez, Lady Maravilla, Parka Negra (11:54, Niño Hamburguesa splash Arez, good, twitch @ 00:51:23)
Golden Magic & Puma King beat Aerostar & Drago (7:54, Puma King Gedo Clutch, good, twitch @ 01:20:42)
La Parka & Murder Clown beat Monsther Clown & Dave the Clown (6:45, DQ for Monster Clown fouling Murder Clown, ok, twitch @ 01:37:31)
Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. (12:16, DQ for La Mascara fouling Pimpinela, below average, twitch @ 01:54:54)
Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett beat Blue Demon Jr. & Psycho Clown (9:54, Fantasma pin Psycho Clown, ok, twitch @02:16:19)
Konnan announced Hijo del Tirantes would be the referee for Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Jeff Jarrett at Heroes Inmortales. This was obviously done with the idea he’d be favoring Jarrett and Tirantes himself teased the idea, but Tirantes was less a focus on the rest of the show than normal. He did ignore the foul and guitar shot in the main event.
Blue Demon replaced Dr. Wagner, who was working in El Paso instead. Demon played the usual legend role, mostly brawling with Jeff Jarrett, before fouling Psycho Clown at the end. Demon was a rudo before he suddenly disappeared from AAA, so it does make more sense that he’d still be one. Jarrett hit Psycho with a guitar and Fantasma tried to recreate the guitar pin spot from earlier this year. Los Mercenarios helped unmask Psycho Clown, and were run off by the exoticos. The two sides had an unending faecoff while the show was being wrapped up
La Mascara fouled Pimpinela for the DQ there.
Dave the Clown replaced Taurus in the fourth match. Monster Clown fouled Murder, only after Dave had done the same to a Parka.
Aerostar walked out after he lost the match. Drago seemed frustrated, and it was teased they were done as a team.
This King Balam is Dizzy/Ruigdo getting another new name.
I watched the main event, shrugged, and moved on with my life. They did the same matches they’ve been doing with LA Park, Psycho, and Fantasma, including some of the same table spots. To no one’s great surprise, it was worse with Jeff Jarrett & Blue Demon involved instead. It was not terrible, but it seemed house show weightless, like most of this show. There’s been bits with Fantasma & Psycho in all of these matches and they just have the same match next week, and Blue Demon making an unexplained appearance made it feel less like it was going to be remembered a week from now.
The semi-main is an easy skip. It was long and not particularly interesting. Los Mercenarios slapping around the exoticos is not interesting. The exoticos getting their revenge by beating up Samoano is not so interesting. This match actually might have worked as a change of pace between the two opening matches, but no way would these guys happily work in that spot on the card. The comeback has to really be hot to make this format useful, and it was instead the same exoticos spots as always. This feud really needs a destination to give it some momentum, instead of just running in place doing the same matches every week. It’s not so good to just be thrown out there.
Murder Clown was the best wrestler in the fourth match, which probably tells you all you need to know. They tried to make up for their lack of ability with energy, and it didn’t completely work. La Parka was trying to do things on offense, and it ended as it must, with La Parka and the Clowns messing up in embarrassing fashion. The timing on some other spots wasn’t great and people were in wrong places at times. The evil-er clowns almost didn’t get catch Murder Clown on his dive, which would’ve been really bad. At least it was quick.
I’ve got the three first-half matches all rated as good, but the AAA vs ELITE match was best of all of them. It had big moves, and it also had the smoothest action of the undercard. Puma worked well with Aerostar & Drago, like they’d been wrestling against each for a while, while still having some new ideas. Golden Dragon had a steady match. Aerostar wasn’t as crazy as he’s been at times, doing more of his usual offense but doing it well. This had a lot more to it than they’d seem to be able to fit in the time. Puma’s cradle finish seemed not to be liked by a lot of people. I think I worked for the story they were telling – Drago shouldn’t have lost like that – but I’ve also seen Puma use it a lot lately so it didn’t strange to me.
The second match suffered from being too match the same as the first match, a lot of moves and nothing really more. The spots weren’t as spectacular here – Angelikal wasn’t on the level of Vikingo – though they also did not have as much that went wrong. Parka Negra remains a great rudo, working the best of anyone with Shani and saving her from near doom on a dive. Niño Hamburguesa got over doing his usual stuff and Arez looked sharp.
The opener was exciting at times and really sloppy a times with a lot of spots. King Balam, who took special effort to expose himself as Dizzy by the end of the match, wasn’t the greatest base for Vikingo and they were off badly on a spot early on. There were other moments where it didn’t look quite right, but they were also trying so many things that it worked it good overall. Dinastia had some crazy dives. Villano III looked super impressive and it’s too bad he’s not an every TV show guy. Hijo del Vikingo looked great when he was on, and this was a good team effort. Suicide joining MAD at TripleMania seems pointless if he’s going to be wrestling in the same matches and the MAD bit not even matter – like, he could’ve at least hung out with Konnan and Jarrett later – but so much of these angles seem kinda pointless.