lucha TV preview for weekend of October 26th, 2018

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Daylight Savings Time starts in Mexico on Sunday. AAA’s show on Sunday and the three weekly CMLL shows starting on Monday (and including the Friday Dia de Muertos show) will all an hour later than usual if you’re in the US or someplace else that doesn’t change time. This is only a one week deal: the US changes back the following weekend.

This is really important for the AAA show. That poster says 6:00 pm. If you’re in the US, it’s 7:30 pm CT, 90 minutes after that listed time. Jeff Jarrett & Dr. Wagner probably won’t get into the ring until around 9:30 at the earliest.

Lucha Underground will finally reveal who’s under the mask of Son of Havoc or Killshot this week.

The cibernetico on CMLL Marca tomorrow show be good. This wouldn’t be a bad week to skip everything else in CMLL. They’re setting up for big main events on that first week of November, which means a lot of main events with iffy finishes.

great match roundup, week of 2018-10-06

the upside is Reklusa is leaving Lucha Underground with a perfect match quality record

watched

There was a lot of strong stuff this week. Elgin/UG will never be talked about outside of lucha libre because Elgin and because the WON skipped out on a star rating, but it was the best match of the bunch. I wish were getting more Dark Fenix matches this season, because they’ve all been really good. Rekulsa will only have one match on Lucha Underground and I think it might have been better than Nightclaw’s one match on Lucha Underground but that’s a close call. This is so far behind that we can all note The Chris hasn’t appeared in CMLL since this match and wonder if we’ll see him and his pals again. Hey, that legends show is coming to CMLL in November.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Fénix & Mil Muertes vs Dragón Azteca Jr. & the Mack Lucha Underground: 2018-10-10 2018-03-11
great Pentagón Dark vs Reklusa Lucha Underground: 2018-10-10 2018-03-11
great LA Park, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Hechicero, The Chris L.A. PARK, MISTICO Y VOLADOR JR VS THE CHRIS. CAVERNARIO Y HECHICERO (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-10-12 2018-10-12
great Michael Elgin vs Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-10-12 2018-10-12
good Volador Jr. © vs Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-08 2018-10-08
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-09 2018-10-09
good Rush vs Diamante Azul & Último GuerreroTerribleKráneoShockerVolcanoRey BucaneroBlue Panther Jr.Gran GuerreroValienteEuforia for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship and in a cibernetico match and in a Number One Contenders Match match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-09 2018-10-09
good Carístico, David Finlay, Flip Gordon vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-09 2018-10-09
good Audaz, Esfinge, Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-10-12 2018-10-12

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Matanza vs Taya Lucha Underground: 2018-10-10 2018-03-11
ok Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis DALLYS . AMAPOLA Y REYNA ISIS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) PRINCESA SUGEHIT, AVISPA DORADA Y LA JAROCHITA VS REYNA ISIS, AMAPOLA Y DALLYS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-10-12 2018-10-12
below average Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Camorra LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-10-12 2018-10-12
below average Atlantis, David Finlay, Hijo de LA Park vs La Bestia Del Ring, Okumura, Rey Bucanero ATLANTIS, DAVID FINLAY E HIJO DE L.A. PARK VS OKUMURA, REY BUCANERO Y LA BESTIA DEL RING (posted by hector godfrey) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-10-12 2018-10-12
not rated Asturiano, Lestat, Rey Samuray vs Guerrero Espacial, Joker, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-08 2018-10-08
not rated La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, TiffanyLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-08 2018-10-08
not rated Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-08 2018-10-08
not rated Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin, Mistico vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-08 2018-10-08
not rated Sangre Imperial & Sonic vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-09 2018-10-09
not rated Magnus, Retro, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-10-09 2018-10-09
not rated Ricky Mundo vs Famous B Lucha Underground: 2018-10-10 2018-03-11

 

Santo Jr., micros, Alberto, indie in-fighting, Castillo del Terror

I’ve got no news about Lucha Va Voom but their poster for tonight’s show is cool.

DTU is running tonight in Arena Aficion, with La Secta (Cuervo/Scoria) vs Los Macizos (Ciclope/Miedo Extremo) vs Kaleth/Tibruon (not the Acapuclo one.) Aeroboy and Jimmy meet in a singles match.

The Tirantes promoted Thursday shows originally scheduled in Arena Xalapa are resuming in the same town, only in a building called Salon Bazar. Tonight’s main event is a unique Penta vs Sanson vs Mr. Niebla three-way match. In AAA originally, and then later in Lucha Underground, “Pentagon Jr.” is billed as from Xalapa. The actual person is not from Xalapa, the idea is he’s Octagon’s rival and Octagon is from rival city Veracruz. I’m not sure Pentagon has wrestling much in Xalapa lately and I wonder if he gets any extra reaction from fans who believe he’s a local wrestler come home.

Hijo del Santo told Diario Basta that Santo Jr. will debut in Mexico City in early 2019, perhaps on a special Todo x el Todo show. Santo Jr. has not been on a poster I’ve seen since June and appears to only have wrestled three times this year. That debut has been pushed back in the past.

CMLL micros Microman, Guapito, Mije, and Zacarias were scheduled to main event Arena Mexico Rayos de Plata in San Luis Potosi. (You may remember this group having a TV show for about a year, and then a reality show around the promoters for a year.) It sounds like a lot of people turned out to see the CMLL micros. They didn’t get to see all of the main event.  Zacarias was banned from wrestling by the new president of sports in San Luis Potosi for medical reasons. There was no medical report or doctor saying Zacarias was too hurt to wrestle, the president just looked at him and decided it was a no go. There’s a lot of local politics hinted at in that article – this guy has been in charge just since the start of the month – so it’s unclear if Zacarias is really that hurt.

Alberto el Patron will have an MMA fight in Combate Americas in March 2019. Maybe. Alberto both claims it’s happening and talks about “if it happens” in an interview with Milenio, committal without committing. He hopes to do 10-12,000 people and a gate of 25 million but does not have an opponent yet. He says he’s considering three people. In an amazing coincidence, he was also considering three people for his TripleMania match when doing an interview for that. The difference here is names one he’d like: CM Punk, since he feels they’d do millions on PPV. Alberto and Punk don’t seem like they’d be in the same weight class. Alberto says he’ll make his decision in two months. He’d probably have to decide by the end to be ready for a fight in March.

Mexa Wrestling has been announcing luchadors, though not yet matches, for its Season 2 debut show in December. Tuesday, they announced Alas de Acero would be debuting for the promotion. Wednesday, Mexa Wrestling announced Alas de Acero was off the show due, claiming he had personal problems on that day. They were suspicious. Another unnamed wrestler also canceled on them – and that wrestler said PALL (and specifically Lucha Memes’ Daniel Ledesma and Lucha Libre Boom’s Fantasma de la Opera) told them they were blocked from working from Mexa Wrestling. This seems to fit with the story R de Rudo reported a couple weeks ago, where wrestlers getting benefits from PALL are only allowed to work for their related promotions. (R de Rudo has since noted their entire staff is banned from Lucha Memes shows for reporting that.) For its part, Mexa Wrestling is promising some sort of retribution. This probably won’t end well for anyone.

Blue Panther says he does not consider himself a legend of wrestling – because he has no idea what that is. He feels he’s still learning 40 years in.

Gimnasio Ranchero, the Torreon building where La Sombra among others wrestled his first match (and came back for an autograph signing as NXT champion), has been torn down. It’s temporary: they’re going to build a new Gimnasio Ranchero on the same site.

AAA posted some video to hype Heroes Inmortales:

AAA announced their lineup for 11/18 Ciudad Juarez show. There are no changes from what the local promoter announced previously.

California’s Paradox Wrestling is running its first show (at least under that name) on 11/03. Hope it goes great. They’re already advertising a follow-up show on 02/02/19. The poster has Bandido front and center. I’ve been told Bandido is not working that show. He has never actually been contacted to work that show.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

Tijuana’s Dia de Muertos festivities will include an alter to dead luchadors.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 11/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Mexica vs Alas de AceroShadow BoyLunatik XtremePower Bull
2) ?, Boy Raymunda, Ovett vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [lumberjack]
3) Pasion Kristal vs Fantasma de la Ópera [hair]
4) Último Gladiador vs Cuervo (Puerto Rico)Hijo De Dos Caras [hardcore]
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Shil-KahDiosa AteneaLeoMikeAramisHijo del AlebrijeDragón BaneSpectorRelámpagoLudark ShaitanZumbi [Castillo del Terror, cage, mask]

The annual of Castle of Terror show also includes a performance by Michael Jackson impersonator Joe Jackson. Comando Elite member Spector popping up here since July makes him the most obvious loser, though all the ninja turtles are possible too. Dragon Bane or Aramis is going to do something borderline amazing/stupid off that cage.

CMLL (MON) 10/29/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno & Joker
2) Millenium & Robin vs Espanto Jr. & Fuerza Chicana
3) Esfinge, Kráneo, Stigma vs El Malayo, Hechicero, Templario
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Flyer, Stuka Jr., Valiente
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush vs Carístico, Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Looks like they’re headed to a Dia de Muertos day match of Mistico/Rush vs Caristico/Guerrero.

Flyer’s been less visible in the last few weeks. This is his first streaming show this month, and he’s been off CMLL shows entirely since the first week of October.

CMLL Martes: 2018-10-09 

Flip & Cuatrero

Recapped: 10/14/2018

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Sangre Imperial & Sonic
(10:44 [4:27, 3:10, 3:07], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Magnus, Retro, Star Jr.  
(11:51 [7:13, 4:38], 1/2, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón beat Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:43 [6:14, 3:50, 4:39], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul & Último Guerrero defeat Rush, Terrible, Kráneo, Shocker, Volcano, Rey Bucanero, Blue Panther Jr., Gran Guerrero, Valiente, Euforia in a cibernetico match to decide the match for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(20:06, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Euforia La Soberana Blue Panther Jr. (8:30)

  2. Rush corner dropkick Shocker (10:19)

  3. Gran Guerrero superplex Volcano (12:07)

  4. Kraneo legdrop Gran Guerrero (15:53)

  5. Terrible powerbomb Valiente (16:32)

  6. Diamante Azul la de a caballo Euforia (17:08)

  7. Rey Bucanero Decapacion Bucanero Kraneo (18:14)

  8. Rush & Terrible dropkick Rey Bucanero (18:29)

  9. Diamante Azul German suplex Terrible (19:21)

  10. DQ Rush [unmask Diamante Azul & foul] (20:06)

Carístico, David Finlay, Flip Gordon beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(13:29 [3:49, 3:51, 5:49], 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Triton

NGD are wearing flak jackets to the ring, a truly original idea for a trio in 2018. Carístico is also looking more Sin Cara than usual in the main event.

The cibernetico was técnicos versus rudos, which left Terrible and Rush on opposite sides. As always, they ignored it, helping each other out and refusing to fight. Kraneo seems to forget Rush is on his “team” and brawls with him during one scrum. Rush got himself disqualified by fouling and unmasking Diamante Azul, leaving Ultimo Guerrero & Azul as the final two for next week’s title match.

The second match rudos won in straight falls again.

Thoughts: 

Flip

Tuesday night ended with a better trios match than usual. Having Flip Gordon around helped. He clearly wanted to do a lot in his chance at an Arena Mexico main event, and the Dinamitas meshed well with him. The Gordon/Flip clothesline evasion sequence leading into his dive in the third fall needed some really great timing to avoid looking silly. They pulled that off. Carístico seemed more fired up for the occasion, and the NGD were good thru the match. I thought this was the match where Finlay might shine some. He did some headcrushing moves but otherwise not really. Maybe next time.

The cibernetico is recommended if only slightly so. It’s a lot of action in twenty minutes, with everyone trying and the match moving along well. It’s never great action and there’s no real standout stretch. The eliminations give it some direction, but Rush blowing off the match at the end diminishes the purpose. It’s fine as the ciberneticos go, and a lot shorter than the Gran Prix, but also not likely to be remembered later.

Maybe it’s a Tuesday sliding scale bit, but the tercera match was pretty fun for a midcard match. They came out pretty energetic in the first fall, and they had some good moves in the third fall. The rudos worked harder than the guys who won the straight falls in the match before, and they didn’t overstay their welcome. Triton had a good night. It’s still very much the usual midcard CMLL match but they kept it moving well and maybe that’s all it takes.