great match roundup, week of 2018-09-15

the power of Hiedra

Shows watched

I’m not sure if I could have more different (or more obvious) feelings about two things then I do about the AAA women’s division and the CMLL version. The women’s match in Toluca was so much fun. I can’t think of a CMLL match that was fun. Some were grudgingly well executed but they’re not really fun.

I’m getting close to above water on these recaps and I suddenly don’t have any baseball games to watch, so the indie reviews should turn up soon.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
good Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Último Guerrero vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-17 2018-09-17
good Ángel, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-18 2018-09-18
good Fénix vs Aerostar Lucha Underground: 2018-09-19 2018-03-10
good Pentagón Dark © vs Mil MuertesKing Cuerno [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-19 2018-03-10
good Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. vs Mamba & Máximo and Golden Magic & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
good Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown vs Electroshock & LA Park  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Oro Jr., Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo, King Jaguar, King Rocker Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-17 2018-09-17
ok Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-17 2018-09-17
ok Drone vs Rey Cometa in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-18 2018-09-18
ok Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-18 2018-09-18
ok Marty Martinez vs Dragón Azteca Jr. © [Gift of the Gods] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-19 2018-03-10
ok Marty Martinez vs Pentagón Dark [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-19 2018-03-10
ok Espectrito & Mini Coco Amarillo vs Máscarita Sagrada (original) & Mini Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Aerostar, Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa vs Ciclón Ramírez, Demus, Emperador Azteca  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Joe Lider, La Parka, Pagano vs Hijo de LA Park, Laredo Kid, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Magnus & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cuatrero, Rey Bucanero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs 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) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
ok Atlantis, Diamante Azul, King Phoenix vs Cavernario, Rush, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
below average Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-17 2018-09-17
below average Mistico vs Negro Casas in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-09-21 2018-09-21
not rated Black Tiger & El Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-17 2018-09-17
not rated Hijo del Signo & Metálico vs Arkalis & Sonic LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-18 2018-09-18
not rated La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-18 2018-09-18
not rated Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-18 2018-09-18

CMLL Heavyweight championship decider announced, RIOT, IWRG

RIOT (SAT) 09/29/2018 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Muerte Extrema b Madness
2) Psicótico b Brian Villa
Willy Banderas helped his tag partner Villa.
3) Willy Banderas b PrometoDemonio del AireArezLátigo
best match of the night. Demonio del Aire is the former Baby Extreme. (A good name change!) Banderas beat Demonio with a Michinoku Driver variation.
4) Jack Evans b Kratoz
5) Skayde b Erick Ortiz
money thrown in for a mat based match
6) Kaientai & Lord Byron b Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
Byron wrestled as “Byron 66 1/2” (Damian parody). Dash (a usual Un-Mexican ally who was here as ring announcer) helped the Un-Mexicans win after Demonio shoved him earlier. Challenges for a trios match followed.

This didn’t look like the strongest RIOT card on paper but it reads like it turned out pretty well and they had another strong turnout. The Monterrey indie promotion turned three years old this week and seems like they’ve had steady progress upwards over that time – this appears to be their straight sell out. I think they’d be getting a lot more attention if people outside Monterrey could see their shows, but they seem to be doing fine anyway. RIOT probably has one more show left this year.

There’s a rare (of late) Thursday night show in Arena Naucalpan today, with Texano vs Pagano vs Mr. Electro as the main event.

Sunday’s IWRG main event was announced as Dragon Bane versus Freelance vs Aramis, which seems like an exciting opportunity to give three guys who’ve been having good matches a main event spot. Well, forget that. The new main event is Demonio Infernal & Freelance vs Aramis & Dragon Bane in a relevos suicidas match, where the losing team will have a hair/hair or mask/mask match. Demonio Infernal is good and was on the card already, but has had nothing to do with these three guys recently. (The problems with lack of psychology in lucha libre have much more to do with the programmers than it does with the wrestlers.) The change certainly comes off like Demonio’s there to lose his hair once again, though Freelance is certainly capable of the same.

GALLI put up the Aeroboy vs Rey Fenix match from GALLI a couple weekends ago. It’s worth your time.

In addition to the two lucha libre movies coming out this month, a new lucha libre related show will premiere on Space on October 14th. “Por La Mascara” is about a son following in the wrestling footsteps of his father while also fighting crime in an action/comedy. It reads like they’re leaning towards the El Santo movie direction. Space airs AAA, and previous press releases on this show indicated their will be some sort of co-promotion.

Diamante will be appearing on the AJPW Lucha Fiesta tour.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 10/09/2018 Arena México
1) Sangre Imperial & Sonic vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Magnus, Retro, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Rush vs Último GuerreroDiamante AzulTerribleKráneoShockerVolcanoRey BucaneroBlue Panther Jr.Gran GuerreroValienteEuforia [CMLL HEAVY, cibernetico, #1 Contenders]
final two advance to title match next week
5) Carístico, David Finlay, Flip Gordon vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Flip had Guadalajara on his calendar. I was surprised he knew where he was going with CMLL so far in advance. Guess he didn’t. Matt Taven appears to be just in Friday night. He’s not turning up on the shows after like the other outsiders.

CMLL has 16 available champions:

  1. Mephisto (CMLL Middle)
  2. Cuatrero (CMLL Welter, Mex Trios)
  3. Niebla Roja (CMLL LH)
  4. Rush (CMLL Tag)
  5. Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL Trios)
  6. Gran Guerrero (CMLL Trios)
  7. Euforia (CMLL Trios)
  8. Volador Jr. (NWA Welter)
  9. Caristico (NWA Middle)
  10. Stuka Jr. (NWA LH)
  11. Terrible (Mex Heavy, CMLL Tag)
  12. Sanson (Mex Trios)
  13. Forastero (Mex Trios)
  14. Electrico (Mex Light)
  15. Soberano Jr. (Mex Welter)
  16. Atlantis (Mex LH)

Dragon Lee (CML SL) is also champion, but also stuck on an island still. Maybe he bumps Electrico out. The heavyweight championship would make an odd 17 – unless someone who is champion doubles up. It’d be unlikely for Terrible to hold both heavyweight titles. That leaves Rush or the Guerreros. A situation where Ultimo Guerrero lost one singles belt to win another seems plausible.

Those names are usually listed in CMLL internal ranking order, so maybe the big news is Volcano is ahead of a lot of people.

CMLL running this title means the tournament is coming soon. Maybe as soon as starting on 10/19 and the final as the semi-main to a cage match on 11/02.

CMLL (TUE) 10/09/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo, Joker, Tigre Blanco vs Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Rielero vs Cholo, Espíritu Negro, Tyson La Bestia
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Okumura
4) Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Ángel de Oro, Michael Elgin, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

Kawato still booked on Tuesday. The question is if “Black Panther” got turned down as a name or if it’s just a typo that returns him back to being “The Panther.”

AAA , EMW (SAT) 10/27/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Lady Shani vs KeyraLady Maravilla
2) Black Boy & Black Danger vs Genio del Aire & Mirage and Arez & Látigo
3) Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid vs Steve Pain, Taurus, Último Maldito
4) Daga & Puma King vs Andrew Everett & DJZ
5) La Máscara & Texano Jr. vs Mamba & Máximo
6) Mr. Águila vs Nicho el MillionarioPaganoJoe LiderMasada (Texas)

Matches 12/3/4 look good. This isn’t a streaming show but it’d be great if turned up somewhere.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-21 

I think I’d rather go thru the table

Recapped: 09/22/2018

All matches aired live from Salón Rojo, Toluca, Estado de México

Matches: 

Máscarita Sagrada (original) & Mini Psycho Clown beat Espectrito & Mini Coco Amarillo  
(9:38, Mascarita casadora cradle Mini Coco Amarillo, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire beat Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani  
(10:12, Keyra inside cradle on Faby Apache, great,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Aerostar, Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa vs Ciclón Ramírez, Demus, Emperador Azteca
(10:35, Ciclon super headscissors on Argenis, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Mamba & Máximo beat Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. and Golden Magic & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
(10:09, Mamba powerbomb Golden Magic, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo de LA Park, Laredo Kid, Taurus beat Joe Lider, La Parka, Pagano
(13:08, Laredo Fly on Lider, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown beat Electroshock & LA Park
(17:26, Psycho Clown casita Electroshock, good)

What happened: 

dives everywhere

The frame rate drops badly during portions of the main event, which presumably won’t be an issue when it airs on YouTube. Los Mercenarios beat up and unmasked Psycho afterward.

After the semi-main, a video introducing Los Nomadas aired, with them challenging Ciclope & Miedo Extremo.

Los Mercenarios attacked Mamba & Máximo after their match, though the exoticos eventually ran them off.

Keyra is no longer challenging Faby Apache, she’s telling Faby she’s going straight up win the title. Star Fire decides to challenge too, saying her generation is coming for Faby. Faby agrees to take them both on.

It appears to be the original Máscarita Sagrada in the opener, which would make his first appearance in 20 years. The rudos may be people working with him on indies, and they use a Club America flag to get heat. This is also AAA mini champion Mini Psycho Clown’s only appearance on AAA TV this year; he’s a técnico tonight after previously being a rudo.

Thoughts: 

Hijo de LA Park dives

I wasn’t strongly into most of the matches on the show but they seemed like the crowd enjoyed them. The crowd enjoyed the brawl a lot in the main event, that’s for sure. The low stakes didn’t help but I think my mind just wasn’t ready for more lucha. Electroshock seemed to be walking from spot to spot when they were in the ring early but did brawl fine. The Fantasma/LA Park stuff got good reactions even that seems like the wrong dynamic. LA Park selling Fantamsa’s dive more than Electroshock sold the finish was wonderful.

The semi-main was about as good as a match with that motley crew of AAA técnicos was going to be. The Elite side worked very hard Pagano stopped for a moment to think about everything he was going to do as to avoid turning into a GIF this week. I could’ve done with it being a little bit shorter, I could’ve done without La Parka singly handily beating up Laredo Kid & Taurus, but I guess this match had to happen and so it did. Parka making sure to beat up La Parka was nice Secret highly of the end sequence is watching to see how quickly La Parka gets out of the way of Pagano’s dive.

obligatory Star Fire suplex spot

I didn’t have much of a feel for the third or fourth matches but liked the three-way tag a little more. The match flowed well, they did a lot of team stuff, and the finish made the most sense. The worst team, lost. Texano and Escorpion sure seemed to disappear for a long time at a finish only to beat up everyone after, and they might as well have won if that was the idea, but this was just about keeping that issue going. Golden Magic did well. Wagner needs to be in a rudo role the whole time but felt less exposed at this level than he did on his previous run on top.

The tercera had some good parts and didn’t come together in a good way. They weren’t hitting on all cylinders – directors too, since they missed both of Aerostar’s dives to show Argenis instead. Aerostar was good but not doing his most impressive stuff. Demus looked promising as a base for the flyers but didn’t get to do a lot of it. He did get to punch Aerostar in the face and seemed very excited about this. Ciclon and Emperador Azteca were kind of plain. The most useful thing to take from this match is AAA really wanted Elite to win this competition again since they could’ve flipped the outcome here without affecting anything.

“yheeaaa”

The women’s match was super, the sort of hard-hitting and fast paced match that they’re great at lately. This was the best Keyra and Lady Maravilla have looked in this run, mixing up well with Faby and just hitting everyone hard. Lady Maravilla also showed more personality as ruda than I can recall seeing from her at any time before. Last year’s La Hiedra would’ve been totally out of place is the match, this one fits in fine, and I’m not sure what happened. The match kept building nicely. Starfire and Shani didn’t get to stand out as much as some of the others, and there was a little shakiness in the first half of this match, but they took up several level as they went down the stretch. I was disappointed to see they’re not on the next show, because the women’s matches have been as reliable good as anything.

The minis match was an odd surprise including and take some generosity to rate as a major league level match The rudos came off low-level indie guys early. Espectrito did better as a base later on, but they didn’t feel TV level. Mini Psycho Clown did surprisingly well as a técnico and is about Dinasita’s size. It’d be worth giving him a new gimmick, except AAA has two dozen guys his side and the idea of Mini Psycho Clown is probably getting over easy on the spot shows. Máscarita Sagrada had a couple of spots and got the win, but the rudos did a lot of the work for him like many an old guy.

Mascarita Sagrada