AAA on Twitch: 2018-10-28 

earning the name Psycho

Recapped: 10/28/2018


All matches took place in Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla

Faby Apache © defeated Scarlett Bordeaux, StarfireKeyra  to keep the AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match
(7:14, Faby Apache Dragon Suplex Starfire, good, 00:28:05)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata and Aerostar, Drago, Angelikal
(8:46, Mocha Cota Spanish Fly Angelikal, good, 00:55:20)

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © beat Bandido & Flamita and Laredo KidDJZ for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:04, Texano lasso shot DJZ, good, 01:15:37)

Pagano beat Chessman, Kahoz, Hijo Del VikingoSúper FlyParka NegraHijo del FantasmaEspectro, AvernoNiño Hamburguesa to win the Copa Antonio Pena
(19:30, below average, 01:46:20)

00:00 Super Fly & Hijo del Vikingo start
01:04 Espectro enters
02:25 Kahoz enters
03:56 Niño Hamburgesa enters
05:16 Parka Negra enters
06:46 Chessman enters
07:05 Hijo del Vikingo out
08:14 Super Fly out
08:15 Averno enters
09:33 Hijo del Fantasma enters
10:23 Chessman out
10:37 Parka Negra out
10:50 Pagano enters
13:13 Averno out
13:28 Kahoz out
13:44 Espectro out
14:30 Niño Hamburgesa out
19:20 Fantasma out

Murder Clown & Psycho Clown beat Killer Kross & Monsther Clown in a cage match
(11:47, ok, 02:21:34)

05:59 Murder Clown escapes
08:28 Killer Kross escapes
11:47 Psycho Clown escapes

Dr. Wagner Jr. beats Jeff Jarrett in a hair match
(13:37, Wagner guitar shot, below average, 02:47:00)

What happened:

death of a DJ

Jeff Jarrett lost his hair to Dr. Wagner in the main event, though only after lots of interference and cameos which meant nothing on this show.

In a bit that insulted the intelligence of anyone who watches AAA, Blue Demon Jr. earlier in the night helped out Wagner and asked to be his second. Demon has been a rudo in AAA, returned on the last taping and turned rudo, cut a rudo promo for the internet, and was clearly going to turn on Wagner, except Wagner was the only person too dumb to figure it out. It didn’t matter. Hijo del Tirantes being taken out of the match (claiming an injury, removed by Vampiro for Copetes) didn’t matter either, because Copetes did the same heel stuff. Karen Jarrett & Rey Escorpión interfered, Psycho Clown ran them off, and Wagner hit Jarrett with a guitar to get the win. Jarrett got his head shaved in the ring.

The tag match was changed to a domed cage match, which led to a lot of very big wrestlers looking very uncomfortable climbing out of the hole in the top of the cage. Psycho Clown climbed up that hole and splashed Monster Clown thru a table, then escaped on his own. Monster Clown was the surprise wrestler, which was not much of a surprise. Aerostar attacked Monster Clown, yelled at him, and unmasked him after, payback for Monster’s attacks (including earlier in this show.)

Poder del Norte

The Copa Antonio Pena was fought under royal rumble rules, and with La Mascara, Australian Suicide, Dragon Bane and La Mascara advertised but not appearing. The newest version of Kahoz and Espectro debuted, as foreshadowed with the announcers talking about them as former Antonio Pena characters in an earlier tribute to him. Espectro is Black Danger, and Kahoz is Último Maldito. The finish saw Texano & Escorpión save Fantasma from elimination (by an already eliminated Niño Hamburgesa), only for Fantasma to get (barely) knocked off the apron a moment later by Pagano. Ciclope and Miedo Extremo attacked Pagano after the match to hype their match in Juarez.

Andrew Everett could not wrestle in the three-way tag match after a knee injury in Tijuana. Laredo Kid replaced him (and Angelikal replaced him in the three-way tag.) The finish seemed intended to be a flaming lasso spot, only the lasso did not light.

Lady Shani asked Faby Apache for a(nother) shot at the Reina de Reinas championship. Faby accepted but refused a handshake


double Laredo DDT

I don’t know if I’d call Heroes Inmortales a disappointment. It certainly wasn’t any better than OK, but it’s nothing something I felt let down by. The card wasn’t that good to begin with.

Jeff Jarrett & Dr. Wagner Jr. was exactly what you’d think a 2018 AAA match would be: a lot of stalling, a lot of punching, some Karen offense that looked horrendous but not much less horrendous than some of the Jarrett stuff, and way overbooked. I found the Blue Demon stuff more offensive than the match; when AAA treats people who watch their show within such a low regard, it’s rude and a turnoff. I know they did it to heat up Wagner/Psycho vs Demon, but Demon’s turn happened well before the finish and was completely forgotten in the post match. It didn’t mean a thing. This match didn’t mean much to me either. I guess the crowd cared and it could be worse, but I would love it of the old man division wasn’t also the main event. AAA’s La Parka seems like he’s on the road to Octagon-ville, but they’re replacing him with new people not much better.

was Chessman supposed to catch Vikingo here? this is a not great bump to take on purpose

I was really down on a bonus cage match, the tag match in general, and Monster Clown as a surprise wrestler, but it all turned out pretty OK. The guys – especially Kross – didn’t seemed thrilled to be climbing around the cage, but it was nice short brawl with a crazy Psycho Clown finish. It was also the rare AAA cage match with no interference. I would not call it an actual good lucha libre cage match but it’s usually worse than this.

The Copa Antonio Pena was an average at best AAA rumble that went off the rails with Fantasma and Pagano in the end. Pagano’s sections looking bad is no news, but Fantasma wasn’t far behind him. The finish was overbooked to get in a clever finish save that was quickly ignored – if Fantasma is going to pull off a trick to not be eliminated, he needed to come close to getting Pagano out at least once. Instead, Pagano mostly whiffed at swinging at Fantasma and out he went again. Fantasma has lost whatever momentum he had coming off the mask match. Pagano’s refusal to sell the Ciclope/Miedo beating doesn’t do much for that feud, but it gets Pagano over and that’s what the point is here anyway. Someone needs to fix Kahoz’ hair, because it was clearly messing him up. Black Danger looked pretty much the same as Espectro but Último Maldito Kahoz was nothing special. Hijo del Vikingo also really didn’t get to do much beyond his elimination; I think he and Super Fly were meant to do stuff at the start, but no one gave them the cue to start fighting, and this match instead had them awkwardly waiting for it for a minute.

human suplex machine Starfire

The tag title match was a lot of good action. Being the third straight multiman/team match, the third straight match that was just about how much offense they could do and how fast they could do it, made it has less impact. I think this one might work better out of context, just to watch all the big crazy spots. This wasn’t the biggest match for Mexablood, but they looked sharp. Los Mercenarios came off as the stars by the end, which gave the match more of a purpose than these usually have. The double superplex by Texano looked impressive and poor DJZ got killed by Escorpion’s powerbomb before the finish. I wish DJZ and Laredo got to do something more here than be in multiman matches, but they do pull those off well.

The three-way tag had what felt like a million things going on all times. It held together all things considering, with the exoticos having a better match than usual and the flyer getting in a new nice spots. Nothing you have to go out of your way to see but full of highlights. It was more balanecd than the usual Poder del Norte trios matches, with them taking less of the action than usual. I’m not sure why this wasn’t just a trios title match given Poder del Norte were winning anyway, but it makes more sense than a Monster Clown/Aerostar feud.

The four way could’ve been a little better, but it was still a fun opener. Keyra looked off – there was a forearm exchange where Faby where she was lost – and the time didn’t let the match turn in more than the hurried one on ones for the most part. Even with those limitations, they just turned about as good they could fit in the time. Scarlett had good offense, lived thru the corner dropkick, and fit in fine. The match turned into a Star Fire/Faby Apache suplex battle down the stretch, which was really fun. I’d like to see them in a singles match more than anything else. Crowd didn’t start out caring about this but did get into it by the end.


Templario aims for Rey del Inframundo, FantasticaMania roster, Heroes Inmortales, Dia de Muertos

CMLL (FRI) 10/26/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralMarca]
1) Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado b Príncipe Diamante & Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora b Drone, Fuego, Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos won in straight falls.
3) Templario b Guerrero Maya Jr.EsfingeAudazBlack PantherTritónFlyerCuatreroForasteroVirusKawato SanTiger [Rey del Inframundo, #1 ContendersLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos vs tecnicos. Elimination order: Kawato San (by Triton), Black Panther (Virus), Tiger (Audaz), Triton (Forastero), Audaz (Cuatrero), Virus (Flyer), Guerrero Maya (Templario), Forastero (Esfinge), Flyer (Cuatrero), Cuatrero (Esfinge), Esfinge (Templario), leaving Templario as the challenger to Sanson next week.
4) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja DQ Cavernario, Dark Magic, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cavernario unmasked Mistico. Straight falls.
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush fouled Caristico.

CMLL promos: Caristico, Los Ingobernables, Barbaro Cavernario, Mistico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja, and Templario. Both Ingobenerables and Cavernario are fine with their disqualifications. Caristico & Mistico want singles matches.

Press room interviews: Templario (The Gladiatores)

I watched part of this show while at another wrestling show – a sad commentary on myself – but not enough to really get a sense. The cibernetico sounds like it was the best match and maybe the only really good match. It might a better match after the fact without the creeping dread of Esfinge winning a cibernetico and getting a big match next week. I’m really surprised CMLL did teases to singles matches in the final two. My sense is there were more blown spots than usual in the early matches, with the opener being especially poor.

Templario isahead of Audaz in the battle of the 2018 rookies. It’s not without reason – good basing rudos are in shorter supply in CMLL than good flyers – but it still was a bit surprising to see it happen.

CMLL & NJPW released the list of luchadors for the 2019 FantasticaMania tour (01/11 to 01/21)

  • Atlantis
  • Místico
  • Caristico
  • Volador Jr.
  • Dragón Lee
  • Titán
  • Ángel de Oro
  • Soberano Jr.
  • Flyer (NJPW debut)
  • El Audaz (NJPW debut)
  • Atlantis Jr. (first match!)
  • Último Guerrero
  • El Terrible
  • Gran Guerrero
  • Bárbaro Cavernario
  • Sansón
  • El Cuatrero
  • Forastero (NJPW debut)
  • Okumura
  • Templario (NJPW debut)

NJPW’s preview confirms Atlantis Jr. will be making his official debut on this show. (At least under that name; he’s snuck in a few shows as Tiburon.) He won’t be wrestling in Mexico prior It seems like they’ve got big expectations for him if they’re giving him this tour as his debut.

Caristico is making his first FantasticaMania appearance since the very first tour. He’s been the top guy left behind to main event Arena Mexico in recent years. Rush will be doing that instead – maybe that also means Rush/Park is going again around that time. In theory, Dragon Lee is off the island in January – I think they’ll give until at least December to find out.

There’s nine different championships which could be defended. Angel de Oro vs Cuatrero seems a lock, since there’s always a rematch from a big CMLL show. (Can’t do the Aniversario show this year.) Cavernario & Titan will be challenging for titles as always. Audaz, Flyer, and Templario are the low men on the totem pole and are least likely to get any big matches.

Estrellas de Lucha Libre points out Rey Bucanero is being advertised for the 01/19/2019 Mr. Cacao/Fukuemanmania show.  Unlike Euforia & Puma King the last two years, he won’t also be on FantasticaMania but he may physically be hanging out at the shows given the overlap timing.

Meanwhile, Volador & Soberano lost their tournament matches to the Suzuki Gun team and to RPG2K, and seem destined to finish last in their tournament. When I joked about a CMLL team finally winning a match in this competition, I didn’t realize it would be the only one.

AAA has a busy weekend. Tonight, the crew is in Tijuana for an EMW show. It’s a TV show style lineup without the TV cameras, and with a few more locals. I have no great interest in the main event hardcore match, but Daga/Puma vs DJZ/Everett, Arkangel/Vikingo/Laredo vs Pain/Taurus/Maldito, the three was tag match and the women’s match would all be matches I’d go out of my way to see if I could actually do that.

Sunday has Heroes Inmortales. It also has a daylight savings time ending, which makes this a 6:30 pm CT start in Mexico and a 7:30 pm CT start. I wrote a long preview for Voices of Wrestling, mostly struggling with the belief that Jeff Jarrett is actually going to lose his hair this time. Something always happens, and there’s nothing happening with this feud – this is the least over Jarrett’s been since he’s come to Mexico. There’s the theoretical build of having Wagner beat Jarrett to set him up for LA Park, but it doesn’t feel like a big win going into it, and it’s unclear what the deal is with LA Park & AAA at this moment (or will be in the next moment.) It’s unlikely 2018 Dr. Wagner Jr. & 2018 Jeff Jarrett can have an ok match on their own, and so this is going to be a cast of thousands running in. This match will be something but maybe not a good something.

The tag title match should be good. The women’s four way should be good, even if they put Scarlett into it. The three-way trios and the Copa should have enough people to keep the action going. But it could be better and could be making the TV more meaningful. It’s instead a card believing seeing Jeff Jarrett & Dr. Wagner in a hair match is all you need to know, and that’s not worked for me.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast.

A profile of Zacetecas‘ Artikus.

Hijo del Santo writes about last week’s trip to New York, and a previous trip that didn’t go as well. You’ll be surprised to find out that he was the hero of the story.


CMLL (FRI) 11/02/2018 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
3) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
4) Atlantis, Hijo de LA Park, Mistico vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Sansón © vs Templario [Rey del Inframundo]
6) Diamante Azul, LA Park, Michael Elgin vs King Phoenix, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Elgin being back is a genuine surprise. He’s only worked the Gran Prix related shows prior. I assume he’s not in just for one show: maybe they’re doing the Elgin/Guerrero rematch quickly? Maybe Elgin is hanging around to enter the bodybuilding contest.

Semimain is a good matchup that’s also one we wouldn’t normally get. Historically, these sort of annual tournaments (like the Leyenda de Plata) see the champion lose every year.

The micros are usually in costume for these shows, so they have to pull some double duty.

Coyote & Grako have been good in limited appearances, and this might be a really good opener for once.

CMLL Martes: 2018-10-16 

Sagrado selling is good

Recapped: 10/22/2018


Acero & Aéreo beat Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
(10:53 [4:38, 3:05, 3:10], 2/3, n/r,

Espanto Jr., Inquisidor, Metálico beat Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin
(13:39 [5:48, 4:10, 3:41], 2/3, ok,

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego beat Kawato San, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(8:18 [4:29, 3:49], 1/2 DQ, ok,

Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
(12:48 [5:46, 3:58, 3:04], 2/3, ok,

Euforia, Nitro, Rey Bucanero beat Mistico, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr.
(11:05 [3:20, 3:56, 3:49], 2/3, ok,

Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul  to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(12:34, 2/3, good,

  1. Diamante Azul press slam (3:11)
  2. Pulpo Guerrero (1:17)
  3. Guerrero Special (8:06)

What happened: 

Blue Panther Jr. and Universo feuded the entire tercera. Panther went for a chokeslam and Universo pulled off the mask for the require two fall match.


this was a less good Sagrado effort

Stuka did all he could to warn Diamante Azul to stop going to the top rope. Diamante Azul failed to pay attention and lost like a dummy in the way everyone loses to Último Guerrero. This was in fact every Último Guerrero title match, with Azul as the challenger falling for the same Último Guerrero offense as ever. Azul showed little more than he does in trios and there was deeper to his style revealed by a solo occasion. UG never reacted to Diamante Azul like he was a large threat as Michael Elgin was; Azul did power moves but didn’t physically dominate the match any more than Carístico would’ve in the same spot. The Guerrero formula did get the fans into the near falls and they helpfully didn’t drag this on longer than necessary. I think it’s mildly recommended, but only if you’re not tired of seeing this Guerrero style title defense.

Mistico’s semi-main had some fun moments in the first couple falls. Stuka’s armdrag was inspired, and Euforia & Mistico had their usual good interaction. It slowed down a lot in the third fall, which wasn’t really a surprise given the people involved. Nitro & Bucanero are just going to get thru these exchanges instead of making them interesting, which would be better if they also didn’t win the match.

this feels like a double Kushida

The fourth match was a disappointment. The rudos weren’t really feeling it; Sagrado’s non-effort on Audaz’ tope fit with the rest of the match. Misterioso and Audaz are also not a good mix. These tecnicos aren’t quite enough to make it work on their own, nor were they really trying to do so. You can skip this one easy.

The tercera was enjoyable while it lasted, just a bit shorter than usual even for a two fall match. Universo & Blue Jr. would not be anyone’s first pick for a feud, but it gave the match more of a reason to exist than normal. The surprise dives near the end were nicely done. Kawato is kicking a lot more. He’s good at kicking.

There’s not much to say about the second match, but it did seem like a better effort than usual. A dive train in the second match is stunning on a Tuesday show or most any CMLL show.

Metalico really getting the swing on the headscissors

Qualifying match for the King of Hell in CMLL tonight, Tritoncito, LU

CMLL’s Dia de Muertos show begin next Friday, which means this Friday is mostly a place filler. There’s one promising matches, but it’s a nice of matches just to have matches. The costuming and atmosphere is going to be the selling point next week, so there’s little chance anything will come out of these matches outside of the one match specifically for that purpose. That’s not a problem if the matches are good. The matches don’t look so good.

The big match is the third, the Rey del Inframundo contender cibernetico. The winner of the twelve man match gets a shot at the reigning King of Hell, Sanson, next week. The people involve aren’t big names – helpfully, they seem to have picked people who weren’t already in the Gran Prix or the heavyweight title ciberneticos to make it different – which means it’ll be a rare chance to see someone different in a big singles match. Sanson as champion would seem to eliminate any rudos, and Flyer & Audaz seem to have the best chances of the tecnicos. This match looks like it has the best lineup of any of those recent ciberneticos, and it should be easily worth watching no matter who wins.

The rest of the show is just a show. Los Ingoberanbles will have a usual main event with Carisitco, Valiente and Diamante Azul. Dark Magic will have his first match without Azul in it, teaming with Negro Casas & Cavernario against Mistico, Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja. Casas & Mistico have teased an issue in every match they’ve had, though it’s unclear if it’s going anywhere. Fuego, Drone and Pegasso take on Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Okumura in what should be a fun second match. Misterioso & Sagrado are demoted to the opener tonight because there’s so many other midcarders on the show. They face Star Jr. & Principe Diamante.

The show starts at 8:30 pm CT. (This is the last “normal time” stream for a week.)

You can watch the show on Facebook or Marca. Both are showing as Mexico only right now. I hope that gets fixed because I’m going to be around to stream the show. If it doesn’t, it’ll be on YouTube later anyway.

AAW tonight outside of Chicago has

  • Rey Fenix vs Sammy Guevera
  • Mexablood vs The Besties in the World
  • LA Park vs MJF

It should be good. I have no idea how the LA Park match is going to work. I’m mostly hoping Park is in a good mood and everyone leaves happy.

Former CMLL mini Tritoncito passed away yesterday. This was a mini of the 90s version of Triton, not the current wrestler with a different look, from a time minis weren’t making CMLL more than once or twice a year. I did see him in person at a minis anniversary show in Mexico a few years ago. He was obviously older and slower than he’d been in his prime, but he did a great job of interacting with some female hecklers. Tritoncito been having health problems for a while. There was a benefit show for him a few weeks ago, where he appeared but in a wheelchair. Age and cause of death have not been reported.

There’s some video – though hard to follow at times – of the Xalapa show with CMLL wrestlers last night on YouTube. Check this channel. There were at least three draw finishes on the show, including the main event going to a draw countout with Sanson & Penta. They had a long pull apart at the end, which seemed pretty heated. It’s hard to tell if there was anything more to it, or if they were just going for a hot brawl to balance a lame finish.

As I write this Friday morning, Lucha Underground episode 20 is still not up on iTunes. Those episodes are supposed to be up Thursday morning every week. This is not the first week it’s happened. I’ve heard people having similar problems with Lucha Underground on Amazon this season as well, which suggests this is more a Lucha Underground issue than one of the tech companies. My suspicion is sort of another consequence of the much smaller budget this year, and making sure these shows actually are available is a low priority task for someone doing a million other things. Which is a problem, because paying for a show and not being able to watch the show is going to run people off faster than any on-screen creative decision. The question in a couple weeks is not going to be if Lucha Underground come back for a Season 5? but should Lucha Underground coming back for a fifth season if it’s going to be this level of experience?

Mexa Wrestling’s return show “Destruction City” on 12/08

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report, including a recap of CMLL Informa.

Chessman says he will return the Copa Antonio Pena to AAA if he wins, since AAA and Antonio Pena has done so much for him. The article believes this means Chessman is not really an OGT.

A(nother) interview with Alex Extreme, who really wants to fave Leviatham.


CMLL (TUE) 10/30/2018 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Stigma vs Okumura [lightning]
4) Drone, Pegasso, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente

Main event points towards Cuatrero/Titan on 11/06. Stukita is getting booked more often once he said wasn’t being Stukita anymore.

CMLL (TUE) 10/30/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Mágico vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo
2) Explosivo, Mr. Samurai, Star Black vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Sádico
3) Arkalis, Robin, Vaquero Jr. vs Cancerbero, Difunto, Sangre Azteca
4) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Star Jr. vs Kawato San, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Esfinge, Kráneo, Volcano vs Dark Magic, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Diamante Azul vs Cavernario, Euforia, Gran Guerrero

Nothing going on here.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-15 

Finlay’s fun time in Mexico

Recapped: 10/16/2018


Arkalis, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat King Jaguar, King Rocker Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
(13:55 [7:10, 2:31, 4:14], 2/3, n/r,

Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany beat Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Marcela 
(16:32 [8:32, 1:46, 6:14], 1/3, n/r,

Kawato San, Okumura, Templario beat El Audaz, Stigma, Tritón  
(14:43 [6:14, 3:50, 4:39], 1/3, ok,

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(12:01 [4:20, 5:04, 2:37], 1/3, ok,

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, David Finlay, Mistico
(11:52 [5:52, 1:57, 4:03], 1/3, ok,

What happened: 

Mephisto pulled Diamante Azul’s mask during his press slam and covered him. The referee initially ruled a win for the técnicos, but spotted Mephisto with Azul’s mask and called for the DQ. This turns out to go nowhere.


King Rocker lived

It was hard for me to find much to say about the show. The action was about normal for a B-show, with no match having a substance to get interested in. Everything was fine, it seemed like it was a fun time to be there, nothing was something you have to rush to watch. The fourth match did the best in bringing the crowd up, with the Hijos del Infierno doing a good job of stooging for these técnicos. The tercera seemed like an interesting match on paper but it lost me somewhere along the way. It was one of those matches that took a lot longer to watch than listed because I couldn’t stay focused on it. The main event was simple if success. Finlay looked the best he’s been in the third fall of that match, but he never totally fit in; I don’t think he or the rudos ever figured out a way to make his parts of matches interesting during his run

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


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 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 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 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
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 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 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.


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


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,

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

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,

  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,

What happened: 


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.



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.

Lucha Underground 4×20: Seven to Survive



Jake Strong won a Seven to Survive match to become Gift of the Gods champion (33:02, good)

02:30 Dante Fox backslide Hernandez
07:15 Jake Strong anklelock PJ Black
13:10 Aerostar plancha from the top of a pallet Big Bad Steve
17:04 Jake Strong anklelock Aerostar
28:51 Dante Fox Foxcatcher King Cuerno
33:02 Jake Strong anklelock Dante Fox

Status Check

Champion: Marty the Moth (1 defense)

Gift of the Gods: Jake Strong (0 defenses)

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 (sacrificed)

Resurrected (2): Jeremiah Crane/Snake, Fenix


Dante didn’t get a lot of help being caught tonight

One match does not make a busy episode. It may have been an important one.

Jake Strong continued his dominance, remaining undefeated and winning the Gift of the Gods championship. Dante Fox came the closest to winning but lost to the anklelock. Both Fox and PJ Black had their ankles snapped by Strong. He tried to snap Aerostar’s as well, only for Cuerno to make the save. Cuerno helped Aerostar away from the ring as well, hinting at some friendship between them.

That would play into the other vignette of the night. Johnny Mundo, training on the rooftop for his match with Matanza as you do, when he was interrupted by a visitor. Aerostar told Mundo he stood no chance fighting Matanza on his own. Mundo felt he had no choice but to do so. Anyway, Aerostar wasn’t going to be a lot of help given how he got beat tonight. Aerostar wasn’t talking about himself and signaled for a friend – Drago flying in with the Gauntlet. Mundo wasn’t interested in either Drago or the gauntlet. They intimidated him into trying it on anyway, and Mundo immediately felt “like a god.” Mundo seemed thrilled with the new power. Both Drago & time traveler Aerostar seemed unsure if this was a good idea but also seemed like they had no choice.

It was left unsaid how the gauntlet got from King Cuerno’s hands to Aerostar & Drago. However, King Cuerno did hint at Aerostar hiding the gauntlet way back in episode 2.

Note that PJ Black getting his ankle snapped would seem to take him out of being involved in either Taya or Mundo’s matches in the next two weeks. Also, from a timing point of view, Matt Striker made a point to state that the “title shot must be asked for and announced in advance” concept has been permanently dropped from the Gift of the Gods championship. Strong can cash in with no advance notice, as Marty did to Pentagon Dark and Pentagon Dark did prior to Prince Puma.

Ultima Lucha 4/Remaining Matches

just doing Dante and Aero GIFs today

4×21 (Ultima Lucha 4 week 1/Halloween)
three way trios title match
Taya Mundo vs Ricky Mundo
Son of Havoc vs Killshot in a mask versus mask match

4×22 (Ultima Lucha 4 week 2/two hour special)
Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Fenix in a 2 out of 3 falls match
Mil Muertes vs the Mack in a death match
Johnny Mundo vs Matanza Cueto
Pentagon Dark vs Marty the Moth Martinez in a Cero Miedo match for the Lucha Underground Championship


This had one match. I thought the match was alert. I thought other show long matches were better. Even though this one had seven people, it felt more obvious they were stalling it out to make it the full hour. King Cuerno just standing and waiting for Dante Fox & Jake Strong to stop selling was designed to fit with his character, but also came across like they were trying to find a way to kill 90 seconds. It worked to get some people moreover – Steve got more of a reaction for the series of wrench spots than the much cooler stuff he’s done – but it was disappointing as a match. Multimen matches work better when they take advantage of having so many people. What this was instead was a series of moderately paced singles matches.

Dante really wasn’t getting much help getting caught

The Aerostar dive spot was great. Dante Fox looked great, even when he was killing himself again. The show opening up with clips of the Hell of War reminded me of how much momentum he had at that time. He took advantage of the new set as much as anyone has all season, and the crowd was immediately back behind him. The same crowd hated the idea of Strong beating him when it was teased early, and when it became obvious it was going to happen later. I guess the good news is the strong push of Strong has turned him into a heel that people are very into booing; I just don’t know if they’ll stick around to hope he gets beat.

Getting the gauntlet back into circulation is quietly a big deal. If you’re a person who was still watching after three seasons, there’s a good chance you had some interest in figuring out what the Order was about, what the Seven Tribes were out, what happened with that gauntlet. All that stuff has been mostly dropped this season, maybe because they couldn’t literally afford to follow up on it. Lucha Underground at it’s best was a great wrestling show that had some weird sci-fi mythology to it, and it’s had less of both of those this season. Catrina being killed off in a green screen deal didn’t live up to the heights of Cage splattering some guy’s head. Fixing the wrestling might be as ‘simple’ as getting visas started soon and settling on a roster, but there’s other things that need fixing.