great match roundup, week of 2018-09-29

Caristico

shows watched

Caristico & Gran Guerrero was the better no-context match, though the context of Gran Guerrero and Carisitco not getting these chances that often helps there. Mariposa & Marty was better in terms of the show, but it depends on you caring about that particular show. The AAA show is one you’ve long forgot occurred but was a decent watch. The Gran Prix was very long.

Let’s see if I can get thru a few recaps this week.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Gran Guerrero for the NWA World Middleweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-02 2018-10-02
great Marty The Moth vs Mariposa [LU HEAVY] Lucha Underground: 2018-10-03 2018-03-11
good Dinastía, Drastik Boy, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Australian Suicide, King Balam, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-30 2018-09-30
good Angelikal, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Arez, Lady Maravilla, Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-30 2018-09-30
good Aerostar & Drago vs Golden Magic & Puma King  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-30 2018-09-30
good Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-02 2018-10-02
good Son of Havoc vs Killshot Lucha Underground: 2018-10-03 2018-03-11
good Dark Magic, David Finlay, Flip Gordon, Gilbert el Boricua, Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin, Okumura vs Carístico, Cuatrero, Diamante Azul, Euforia, Hechicero, Sansón, Terrible, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match CMLL - GRAND PRIX 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) EL BORICUA GILBERT CONTRA ÚLTIMO GUERRERO PARTE DEL GRAND PRIX (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) EL RAYO DE JALISCO PRIMER GANADOR DEL GRAND PRIX PREMIA AL NUEVO GANADOR (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) MICHAEL ELGIN CANADIAN CHAMPION OF THE GRAND PRIX OF WRESTLING IN MEXICO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) PAGANO, TEXANO JR. Y MR ELECTRO SE DIERON EN LA MADRE !!!! (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) Resumen GRANDPRIX CMLL 2018 (posted by Juan Carlos) ÚLTIMO GUERRERO RETA MANO A MANO A SU VENCEDOR MICHAEL ELGIN (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-10-05 2018-10-05

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok La Parka & Murder Clown vs Dave The Clown & Monsther Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-30 2018-09-30
ok Blue Demon Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-30 2018-09-30
ok Princesa Sugehit vs Reyna Isis in a lightning match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-01 2018-10-01
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-01 2018-10-01
ok Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Michael Elgin vs Cuatrero, Dark Magic, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-01 2018-10-01
ok Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-01 2018-10-01
ok El Bunny, Paul London, The White Rabbit vs Ivelisse, Joey Ryan, XO Lishus Lucha Underground: 2018-10-03 2018-03-11
ok Hijo del Signo, Robin, Yago vs Akuma, Camorra, Star Jr. in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) ROBIN, HIJO DEL SIGNO Y YAGO VS AKUMA STAR JR. Y CAMORRA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-10-05 2018-10-05
ok Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis LA NORTEAMERICANA AVISPA DORADA, MARCELA Y LA JAROCHITA VS DALLYS, METÁLICA Y REYNA ISIS (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2018-10-05 2018-10-05
ok Valiente vs Gran Guerrero in a lightning match EL VALIENTE Y GRAN GUERRERO EN MATCH RELAMPAGO VIP (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2018-10-05 2018-10-05
ok Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Mistico vs Cavernario, Ciber the Main Man, The Chris LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2018-10-05 2018-10-05
below average La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. vs Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-30 2018-09-30
not rated Black Tiger & Meyer vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-01 2018-10-01
not rated Arkalis, Astral, Magnus vs El Perverso, Espanto Jr., PolicemanLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-01 2018-10-01
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-02 2018-10-02
not rated Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-02 2018-10-02
not rated Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-02 2018-10-02
not rated Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-02 2018-10-02

Caristico & Mistico bicker in Puebla, AAA small mobile game (if you buy some Mexico cookies), Pirata Morgan Jr.

Caristico has had enough of this

CMLL (MON) 10/22/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) El Perverso & King Rocker b Astro & Black Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3
2) El Malayo & Toro Bill Jr. b Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Marcela b Tiffany [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marcela won via double stomp.
4) Templario, Tiger, Virus b Audaz, Titán, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. No angle.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Mistico, Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerreros took 1/3. Caristico did not get along with his partners, giving up in the third fall. Mistico & Rush attacked him post-match.

The fourth match was said to be the best match of the show, though not something must see. The Mephisto/Diamante Azul feud seems swapped out for something with Mistico, Caristico and maybe Rush & Ultimo Guerrero

Arena Mexico tonight has Caristico, Stuka and Titan versus Euforia, Ultimo Guerrero and Cuatrero in the main event, which should be fine. Blue Panther Jr. and Universo 2000 Jr. had issues last week and meet this week in a lightning match. That match still appears on despite Blue Panther Jr.’s fall on Friday. Most of the matches don’t look good, but it is notable for Raziel’s first match since June. It was mentioned in passing on Friday night that Raziel has been out with an injury.

CMLL’s show starts at 7:30 pm, and it’ll be on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Guadalajara has Cavernario, Rush & Terrible versus Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Valiente as their main event. There was no particular match set up last week.

AAA & cookie manufacture Gamesa held a press conference today to talk about their copromotional deal. The deal surrounds a phone game called “Rudos y Tecnicos”, which came out last month and appears to be only out in Mexico since that’s where the cookies are being sold. Tiny cards come in the cookie package that unlocks content in the game.

AAA will run a show on 11/24 in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera as part of a promotion for the show. I haven’t watched the entire half-hour press conference, so I’m not yet sure if this is a TV taping or not.

The official version of the game, in Mexico only, are available on iTunes and Android.

You can find an Android APK of it here but I make no promises it’ll work or that you won’t get some crazy virus. It worked ok for me, but it’s probably not worth your effort to get it if you’re not in Mexico anyway. You need the spend a lot of time playing a warm-up game or the cards that come in the cookie package to advance at all. There’s only about a minute of gameplay to keep you entertained until then. I am trying to make it clear that you should not bother unless you’re in Mexico (and even though I don’t know if it’s worth the effort) but I know that message is probably not going to take. This is not a full fledged wrestling game or anything at all like that, but a small tie in product.

Unlockable AAA luchadors in the game are Averno, Aerostar, Texano Jr., Psycho Clown, Psycho Clown, Psicosis (II), La Parka, La Parka Negra, Pagano, Murder Clown, Monster Clown, Mascarita Sagrada, Lady Shani, Hijo del Fantasma, Hijo del Dr. Wagner, Faby Apache, Drago, Dinastia, Dave the Clown, Chessman, and Bengala. You unlock the characters by pulling the cards out of the cookie package, though the characters themselves just appear to be skins/costumes on the same model. I don’t think they play differently, though I could not get far enough to tell. The default character you’re stuck with until you get one is named “Bob Sombra”. I would’ve asked for a new name on that one.

The Gladiatores has a positive review of Sunday’s Lucha Memes shows. I think there’s video of the show out already. The promotion says the full show will eventually air on +Lucha’s channel. I’ve been looking around to see if there was a public explanation of what happened with Shu el Guerrero, but could not find one. I remembered Canek was booked for this show, but he’s actually been in Japan to wrestle and a comment on the Lucha Memes Facebook says he’s been rescheduled for another show. I totally forgot about the Mike Quackenbush/Chikara tease for Lucha Memes way back in April; that seems to have disappeared into the ether. Memes/PALL’s next show appears to be the 11/03 Arena Lopez Mateos show.

AAA announced Blue Demon will appear at Heroes Inmortales. Blue Demon filled it for Dr. Wagner Jr. at an AAA TV recently, so he was the most likely person to fill in for LA Park as the mystery wrestler on the show. There’s still a chance of that, but they didn’t specifically announce him for that semi-main match. Strangely, the poster being used by the local promoter has the Guerrera/Puma/Suicide team back in three-way trios despite the semi-main being changed. That version is incorrect.

An important alert/reminder: Daylight Savings Time starts in Mexico this Sunday, but not in the US for a week longer. Every stream coming from Mexico is an hour later for one complete week. This means Heroes Inmortales is listed as 6 pm CT on the poster but’s really more like 7:30 pm if you’re north of the border. (Every CMLL show next week, including the first Dia de Muertos show on 11/02, will also be an hour later than usual.) I’m going to remind people of this multiple times this next couple of weeks, and today seemed like a good day to start.

There’s a situation with Pirata Morgan Jr., in a video uploaded by Demus. The story is Pirata Morgan Jr., Demus, Super Comando, and others were part of the two show lucha libre tour in New York this past weekend. As they were getting ready to go to the airport on Sunday, Super Comando realized he was missing a significant amount of money. The other luchadors strongly suspected Morgan Jr. had stolen the money because of other things he’d done over that weekend, but Morgan Jr. insisted he did not have it. They searched Morgan Jr. and his clothes and did not find the money. Then, another wrestler suggested they check inside Morgan Jr.’s shoes, particularly under the soles, because he’d seen thieves hide items that way. What you see in the video is the wrestlers checking Morgan’s soles, and indeed finding Super Comando’s missing money. You can hear how angry the other wrestler are when they find out Morgan Jr. had stolen from them and lied. The video probably stops because it was going to turn physical, but that was prevented from happening. No charges were filed (or could be since they were all about to leave the country anyway), but there’s a good chance you won’t see Pirata Morgan Jr. around wrestling for a while.

MLW announced LA Park & Hijo de LA Park vs Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix for their 11/08 show in Cicero.

+LuchaTV has the newest edition of their podcast.

Lineups

AAA TV (SAT) 11/10/2018 Coliseo La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
1) Arcángel Divino, Dinastía, Dragón Bane vs Aramis, Lanzelot, Toxin (Estado de México)
2) Aerostar, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Fly vs Espectro, Kahoz, Taurus
3) Joe Lider & Pagano vs Cíclope (DTU) & Miedo Extremo
4) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
5) Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid vs Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Drago, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Kross

Jeff Jarrett is still around after Heroes Inmortales. Kevin Kross is too, though after some of what he said on the MMM show, it sure seems like he’s lost belief in anything he’s involved in with AAA going anywhere just as much as the rest of us.

Drago & Aerostar splitting up and Drago ending up in the main event and Aerostar in the second match is not what I would’ve bet on. It’d be really great if that semi-main was actually the semi-main, because it should be pretty good, but I’d expect it to get moved down when people below them are unhappy to be below them.

Espectro and Kahoz are Antonio Pena’s old gimmicks. Once every 5-10 years, AAA teases bringing them back with new people and then forgets the whole thing. We’re supposed to know these are Antonio Pena gimmicks but also have forgotten that Super Fly & Aerostar are rivals; it’s a very specific amount of knowledge AAA believes their fans have. 1/2/5 matches should be all good, match 3 will be a spectacle, but everything continues to run in place.

The schedule for the rest of the AAA year right now is

  • 10/28 Puebla
  • 11/10 Veracruz
  • 11/16 Bogota, Colombia (probably not taped but obviously a notable show)
  • 11/18 Ciudad Juarez
  • 12/08 Xalapa

Maybe one more taping after Xalapa? The usual December show for Chilpancingo has been announced, but the local promoter said it’s not a TV taping. They’ve obviously cut way back compared to the schedule from this summer and they don’t need any more material for TV.