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

Lucha Underground 4×17: “The Moth and The Butterfly”

sibling issues

Matches

Paul London, el Bunny, the White Rabbit [O] b Joey Ryan [X], Ivelisse, Xo Lishus (6:21, Down The Rabbit Hole mandible claw, ok)

Son of Havoc beat Killshot (6:36, Havoc blocked casita, good)

Marty the Moth Martines beat Mariposa to keep the Lucha Underground Championship in a no DQ match (9:11, package piledriver, great)

Status Check

Champion: Marty the Moth (1 defense)
Gift of the Gods: Vacant.
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

Developments

two for one

Last week was the first mention of Ultima Lucha 4. This was the week where it became center of the Lucha Underground universe. Marty the Moth won the Lucha Underground championship two weeks ago. This was the week where they made him into a threat.

New champion Marty has a new look. The Azteca Pride shirt is gone, with a moth cape replacing him. Reklusa – named as such here – seconded him during a promo and spent his match crawling along the apron. Marty, when he wasn’t drowned out by Cero Miedo chants, declared he was getting revenge on all who had wronged him. This included the first, and likely only, mention of Sexy Star this season: Marty claimed Reklusa had been stalking Sexy Star for a year (all those spiders) and beat Star up outside her house so bad that only Sexy Star’s mask remained. Marty said he was thankful for Mariposa strongly encouraging him to get back on his feet after getting his arm broken by Pentagon Dark and wanted to reward his “beautiful sister” by giving her a title shot. This actually seemed more like Marty getting revenge what Mariposa has done to him in the past, like helping get his hair cut last season. (Marty getting revenge on Melissa was teased but moved on from quickly.) It was the exact crazy & brutal match you’d expect from these characters. Mariposa made a chair assisted rally, but Reklusa broke up a Butterfly Effect attempt (match was made No DQ) and Marty made the 0M sign before winning with a package piledriver. As a further message to the next person he wanted revenge on, Pentagon Dark, Marty challenged him to a Cero Miedo match and broke his sister’s arm in Pentagon fashion. Pentagon ran Marty off and accepted the stipulation.

Of special note – enough that there was an obvious commentary redub here – Matt Striker brought up that Vampiro has not wrestled since the last Cero Miedo match and Vampiro implied he was still hurting from that match. That was a fairly obvious indicator Vamp’s going to be more than a guy sitting at a desk sometime soon.

It wasn’t the only one very obvious indicator of a reactivated character. The introductions to the Killshot versus Son of Havoc included the first mentions of Dante Fox since the opening episode. The context here was “maybe Dante Fox was right and Killshot was a non-team-player jerk all along” but the message seemed to be “expect to see Dante Fox again.” Havoc took a back and forth match by blocking a casita into a cradle of his own, though that in no way stopped Killshot from continuing to fight. Killshot used his own dog tags – the ones he cared so deeply about to fight Marty a season ago – as objects to load up his punches to Havoc after the match. Killshot unmasked Havoc, which gave Antonio Cueto an idea: a mask versus mask between the two at Ultima Lucha. The big concept is the masks represent who these men have become, but they also obscure who these men were – and so whoever’s exposed may have a lot of angry people from their past coming after them. (Then again, being masked sure didn’t stop Killshot from being tracked down by Dante. Guess not everyone is Dante Fox.)

The other two segments set up things for the future, though less clear endpoints. The Rabbit Tribe 2.0 debuted with a win over Joey Ryan and company. As set up last week, Ryan was the target of The White Rabbit. The White Rabbit did not even tag in until they were left one on one, brushed off Ryan’s superkicks, tossed him with a suplex, put on a white glove, and easily finished Ryan with a mandible claw (Down the Rabbit Hole.) The white glove was left bloody and Ryan convoluted on the mat.

Melissa caught up with Aerostar; Drago being the one with who’s ankle was broken last week has allowed Aerostar to be around to explain this plot. Aerostar believes Fenix’s life essence was mixed with Catrina’s dark aura, and Fenix still has that bit Catrina stuck in him. Melissa asked if there was a solution. Aerostar did not believe so, saying he’d been in the end and saw nothing. Melissa asked him which end and Aerostar clarified “the end of everything.” A character talking about the end of everything with this series always feels like it could have some extra meaning.

Ultima Lucha 4

a preview of things to come?

(officially a two-week show, encompassing episodes 21 and 22)

  • Mil Muertes vs the Mack in a Death Match
  • Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Fenix, two out of three falls
  • Pentagon Dark vs Marty the Moth Martinez (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship in a Cero Miedo match
  • Killshot vs Son of Havoc, mask vs mask

Thoughts

they moved that table a bunch with her head (or shoulder)

This was a much-improved episode over recent weeks. Everything had a purpose and accomplished it well. If only it came about ten episodes sooner.

The opening trios was the best example of that. It was a strong introduction to the new Rabbit Tribe, with white-face-painted Paul London changing his style, El Bunny looking impressive and The White Tribe being treated like a monster on the finish. The match itself was more coherent than the last week’s one; there was a story they were trying to tell and they did well with it. The problem is, they did an introduction with six episodes left. Maybe we’ll get one or two more Rabbit Tribe matches – though it wasn’t even clear against who – and this feels like something that won’t have the space to go anywhere until next season. If/when there is a next season.

Killshot/Son Of Havoc was an improvement over Killshot/Big Bad Steve. Killshot’s new methodical targeted style plays better off a guy who speeds it up when he has the chance. It felt like the first match of a feud, where a fluke roll-up reversal finishes but doesn’t really end it. The mask match is coming at the right time from the storytelling aspect – they’ve been feuding from episode 1! – but it feels like they could do more in the ring if they had the time. Maybe we’ll also get one more match from them.

Mariposa/Marty was the right match at the right time. It didn’t seem like it’d be a great idea from the start, because Mariposa hasn’t been a sympathetic character and isn’t so much smaller than Marty that she automatically seems like one in this situation. Getting blood early helped a lot to give a rooting interest, and Marty looking so dominant in a brutal match worked well too. Mariposa burying Marty under an ending streaming of chairs was a great moment. They got the emotion along with the wrestling in this match and it made a big difference. Marty probably should be winning cleanly over someone who almost never wins on this show, but I guess they needed to establish a reason for Reklusa to exist. Marty using the package piledriver and breaking Mariposa’s arm put the attention back on him, and that helped in the end. Marty’s history of big Lucha Underground matches says Cero Miedo is probably going to a spectacle, and they’ve done the right thing to make people care about it by making Pentagon the challenger.

CMLL Martes: 2018-09-18 

Microman

Recapped: 10/01/2018

Matches: 

Hijo del Signo & Metálico beat Arkalis & Sonic
(13:28 [6:02, 2:40, 4:46], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany beat La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit
(12:07 [5:40, 2:48, 3:39], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel, Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
(13:38 [6:32, 0:53, 6:13], 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Cometa beat Drone in a lightning match
(8:04, Canadian Destroyer, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano beat Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
(15:49 [5:44, 3:23, 6:42], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja  
(15:13 [6:39, 3:30, 5:04], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero fouled Caristico to set up the win in the main event.

Thoughts: 

spinny bird action

The main event was on par with usual Tuesday main events. Shocker & Rey Bucanero have advanced to the matching gear stage of their relationship and seemed to be working harder than usual. Gran Guerrero and Carístico made it very clear they’re feuding with really doing anything complex. That does give me some worry about the ceiling for the title match, but they weren’t asked to do much here The Chaves brothers are very prepared for a tag team title shot that never seems to be coming.

The lighting match was the usual multiple dive formulaic performance, not a standout for either guy. Cometa did a little more than his usual spots. Drone did some of his but seemed not to be into the match. Neither man had much creativity and they ended it was a Destroyer, so there’s not a lot to be gained from watching this.

The micro match felt like the b-version of the match. They’re still novel, it works enough, but it meant Microman had a relatively easy night while his two partners seemed to be in a lot more. Angel generally did better, though I’m not sure what the deal was with the spinning press slam spot – putting Mije down and having him just dizzily fall looked odd. Chamuel continues to look good at setting people up, Zacarias is still best on personality.

Drone

Caristico & NGD keep their titles, LU, “Ni tu, ni yo”

Audaz

CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2018 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentralOvacionesThe Gladiatores]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls
3) Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
6) Carístico b Gran Guerrero [NWA MIDDLELUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Caristico took falls 1/3 to make his 1st defense

The main event got strong reviews. Caristico talked about his win.

Perhaps the biggest news is CMLL airing new Roshfrans commercials. Or maybe not.

CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Divino, Luminoso, Mr. Samurai b Demonio Maya, Maléfico, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Angelito, Micro, Shockercito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Relámpago Azul
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Kráneo, Michael Elgin, Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © [MEX TRIOS]
NGD took 1/3 for it’s 6th defense.
5) Atlantis b Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 1/3, Atlantis using the Atlantida in the third.

There’s a photo of the aftermath of the Atlantida, so it may actually have happen.

FILLM announced they’ll have Ultimo Guerrero vs Corsario Negro Jr. in a hair match in Arena San Juan on 10/03.

CMLL officially confirmed the Gran Prix this Friday will be on iPPV via internet.tv. As with the Aniversario show, it’ll be $10 USD or 100 Mexican Pesos, which are two very different numbers. It will also be $10 via ROH’s HonorClub. If you subscribed to HonorClub to watch the Aniversario show, you should still be under your month’s subscription for this show.

Sanson & Cuatrero talk about being in the Gran Prix.

Lucha Underground 4×17 is “the Moth and the Butterfly”

Killshot and Son of Havoc haven’t appeared in four weeks. Their break up was six episodes ago. Lucha Underground’s budget being slashed has hurt them in developing characters obviously, but it’s also hurt them in keeping feuds hot. With more money, or maybe more time, maybe there’s a 30-second vignette with Killshot or Havoc reminding us of their feud, and making sure it just doesn’t go unmentioned for a month. That seems to be about as common a problem as characters showing up and never being mentioned again this season (are we going to see Dezmond X or Sammy Guevera again?)

This article on upcoming film with AAA involvement Ni tu, ni yo explains the plot: “El Conejo” helped his brother “Halcon Negro” become a wrestler, Halcon Negro is very successful while Conejo fades away due to addiction, Conejo resurfaces to cost Halcon Negro a match by a mistake, and then they’re forced to team up. It’s a comedy, though I guess it could read different ways. The stars are also the writers of the movie, and they say they wanted to make a lucha libre movie because there hasn’t been once since Nacho Libre and that was American. The movie comes out next week, October 12th.

Psycho Clown is also interviewed about the movie; he was only on set for one day and he played a rudo. He liked doing it.

That will not be the only lucha libre movie this month. An El Santo/El Hijo del Santo documentary “El Hombre Detrás de la Máscara”, is scheduled to have a limited release starting on October 18th. There’s a trailer here.

AAW announced Rey Fenix vs Sammy Guevera and LA Park vs MJF for their 10/26 show.

Masada, the member of the Rebelion Rojo you’ve long forgotten, is listed on the 10/27 EMW show. Which means he’s probably not working for the Crash any longer.

Criterio Hidalgo has an interview with local luchador King Airon. He is 15. He started training at 7 and debuted at 11

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 10/08/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Lestat, Rey Samuray vs Guerrero Espacial, Joker, Rey Apocalipsis
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Templario
4) Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin, Mistico vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
5) Volador Jr. © vs Cavernario [NWA WELTER]
first defense

This main should be better than the nothing match they did before the Aniversario show, but it also is a Monday.

Wish they moved Templario up so we could see how good he could make Flip look. There’s a lot of heavyweights on this show.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-09-17 

violence

Recapped: 09/25/2018

Matches: 

Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana beat Black Tiger & El Asturiano  
(12:43 [5:38, 3:59, 3:06], 2/3, n/r, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Oro Jr., Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, King Jaguar, King Rocker Jr.
(14:18 [5:43, 4:19, 4:16], 1/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
(14:43 [7:15, 1:40, 5:48], 2/3, below average, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.  
(11:38 [4:49, 2:15, 4:34], 1/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush beat Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Último Guerrero 
(28:21 [5:02, 10:15, 13:04], 2/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Rush snuck in a foul on LA Park for the win, setting up a rematch the following week.

Review:

some professional work

I couldn’t believe how long the main event was when I went back to time it, and I’m still not sure I did the math right. It didn’t feel like a near half hour match, though it did feel a lot like the longer running indie matches LA Park tends to rather than a normal CMLL tag. It was more of a brawl than anything usual in Arena Puebla, to the point that it looked strange for Ultimo Guerrero to be in a corner waiting for a tag in the third. The effort was so much more than anything else on this card, with LA Park & Rush doing a lot for a small building at the other guys contributing. The best subplot was Hijo de LA Park trying to get Bestia to take moves and bumps he normally wouldn’t take, to mixed results. Bestia did take a German suplex and a dropkick to the floor seriously after taking it easy. Ultimo Guerrero got overshadowed, and that never happens. The downside of it being so long is it was a lot of work for the expected LA Park/Rush screwy finish at the end, but they did give the people tuning in for LA Park what they wanted. This was a borderline great match.

The middle matches don’t have much value. The semi-main was very generic outside of the cool dive spot at the end. The tercera was a worse match than usual with those guys, where Sagrado attempting to give himself a torito because Stigma was no help just about right. The takeaway I got from the match is Guerrero Maya is putting on weight, not a great takeaway.

The second match was a standard Puebla match, so promise but not a lot of direction. Tiger Rojo and Audaz using the same armbar is not good news for Tigre Rojo, but he’s also probably wrestling in Puebla forever so what does it matter. King Rocker was as good if not better than Oro Jr. doing the mirror spots in the second fall. King Rocker might be better served as a tecnico. Oro seems like someone who would be happy with a change of look, but that seems unlikely to happen. In the meantime, Oro seems like he’s just taking other people’s offense and doing it in less impactful ways.

Call PETA

1940s Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

I added 1940s lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio to the luchadb database last month. This covers every year from 1940 to 1949. They’re integrated in the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results, which is finally nearing completion.

I had been hoping to finish this in August. It is now October. It didn’t go quickly. There was a lot of lucha.

1970s: 323
1960s: 258
1950s: 909
1940s: 415

Not as bad as 1950s. It still turned out to be a lot, though it varied quite a bit per year.

1940 24
1941 15
1942 4
1943 4
1944 13
1945 23
1946 80
1947 83
1948 83
1949 86

I think the pattern is no one pays much attention if there’s only one promotion, but pay a lot more attention if there are two or more groups. (Until today, where shrinking newspapers mean no one pays attention.) There also weren’t as many sports to cover in 40s, so wrestling was covered as a way to fill up one of those eight pages they were putting out a day.

Another reason the shows might have gone up starting with 1945 is that was the year Palacio de los Depotes was opened. That building, or others with the same name, have been in use since that year.

The other thing that helpfully filled space in the paper are reports of fights around or after lucha libre shows. I suspect they were no more common here than any other decade, and it just got brought up more. There’s issues with thrown objects, a wrestler getting into fight with police (and later hauled in front of a judge), and just a general brawl outside of a show. There’s an uproar about lepers coming to a show, in a truly random bit.

There’s also a 1948 article complaining how wrestling has gotten too silly and isn’t like it was in the old days anymore. This article has a nice illustration of Japanese (?) wrestler Taro Sato.

My favorite find is buried in Casos Deportivos column, which occasionally mentioned lucha libre at this point. In 1949, there’s a mention that Salvador Lutteroth was looking to put together enough money to build a Madision Square Garden level arena in Mexico City to host boxing, lucha libre and basketball. This is the plan for Arena Mexico, which is still 7 years away from coming into existance. The story has always been the Black Shadow/El Santo mask match selling out while turning lots of people away spurred Lutteroth into building Arena Mexico. That was in 1952. It might have pushed him to finally do it, but the idea had been in his head for a few years by that point.

Gran Prix on iPPV, Dark Magic debut, two title matches tonight, Memes/Coacalco

welcome to CMLL, Dark Magic

PALL , Lucha Memes (SUN) 09/30/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [R de Rudo]
1) Maravilla Plateado & Maremoto Jr. b Perro Callejero Jr. & Perro Negro
2) Iron Kid b Dragón Bane
3) Avisman & Black Terry b Eragón & Robin Maravilla
Robin Maravilla was the surprise partner
4) Mike Segura b Freelance
replaced a Fantasma de la Opera/Jessy Ventura match?
5) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako DQ Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
6) Zeuxis b Belial
Belial was coming in with a knee injury, which Zeuxis took advantage of to win.
7) Templario b Ricky Marvin
Marvin had control most of the match but Templario still won in the end.

Templario/Marvin sounds like it was good. I have no big problem with these two top matches instead of the original (Zeuxis/Marvin didn’t seem interesting, Templario/Belial did) and Segura/Freelance is an upgrade, but I still don’t understand why these changes aren’t advertised. I’m fine being the one person complaining about it.

CMLL (MON) 10/01/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Estrellas del Lucha LibreLucha Central]
1) Black Tiger & Meyer b Ares & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkalis, Astral, Magnus b El Perverso, Espanto Jr., Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Magnus replaced Electrico. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Princesa Sugehit b Reyna Isis [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3 and unmasked the tecnicos after.
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Michael Elgin b Cuatrero, Dark Magic, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
CMLL debut of Dark Magic. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible b Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE OCTUBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Set up a Cavernario/Volador title match.

I’ve only have seen the semimain as part of the Dark Magic scouting project. It will not surprise you to learn he looked like a US indie guy dropped into CMLL. He did a lot of stuff you’d see in US and not much in Mexico – he did a Stunner late, and his finish appears to be a spinebuster called “the Magic Touch.” He didn’t do much of anything that felt Mexican style – which might be for the best, because he’s supposed to be different and doing it just to do it never looks good. He mostly worked with Diamante Azul for the first two falls and they were adequate, maybe a little smoother than when he faces Elgin more in the third fall. He didn’t show a strong personality, but the idea is obviously for him to look physically impressive and so he did. It’s only one match, and I think he looked like he’d be fine in the Gran Prix, but he also didn’t jump out as a great new star. Dark Magic seemed in the Johnny Idol range of just being a guy.

There’s two title matches and a non-title singles match tonight in CMLL buildings. Arena Mexico has Caristico defending the NWA Middleweight Championship against Gran Guerrero, the brother of who he took it away from a couple months ago. Caristico hasn’t been in a lot of three fall singles matches since coming back to CMLL, and Gran Guerrero hasn’t had many at all. There’s a classic formula for Caristico title matches they could use here, and it may be about how well they can do it for a Tuesday crowd.

This looks better than a usual Tuesday Arena Mexico card, in that there’s more than one promising match. Mistico, Volador and Stuka team up to face Ephesto, Mephisto, and Negro Casas, which should at least be good on the Tuesday sliding scale. Audaz makes an appearance, teaming with the Chavez brothers against Los Revolucionarios and Luciferno.

The undercard is less exciting. The Panther family takes on Felino, Tiger and Puma stand-in Misterioso. The second match has the usual dead-enders and Super Astro. The opener is a low-level minis match.

The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara show is usually the better of the Tuesday shows, and still is even with Arena Mexico getting at title match. Guadalajara gets the Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero match, the first time they’ve had it in Atlantis’ home arena since 2014. They’re 3-3 in this building all time. Nueva Generacion Dinamita defend the national trios titles against the makeshift team of Esfinge, Triton, and Soberano, who might be in a spot intended for Titan. A title change in either championship match would be a surprise, but they should least be entertaining getting to the expected finish. These two matches should air on TV Thursday and Saturday night locally; the Saturday airing normally airs on YouTube as well.

CMLL announced Friday’s Gran Prix will indeed be an iPPV on internet.tv. It’s not listed on internet.tv as of yet, and there’s no price announced. It’s already been announced as airing on ROH’s Honor Club. If you signed up for the Aniversario thru ROH, your month should still include the Gran Prix. I wouldn’t count on another CMLL show airing on ROH – CMLL may be doing UG/Ciber but ROH only seems to be carrying shows with ROH wrestlers – so you may want to see which option is cheaper if you’re deciding where to watch.

All children’s tickets (from the 11th row back) will be 10 pesos with an adult ticket. That’s about $0.50 in US Dollars.

CMLL looks back at Ultimo Guerrero at the 2007 Gran Prix.

Rayo de Jalisco Jr. will be accompanying the Mexico team at the Gran Prix. He won the 1994 version of the Gran Prix (which was a much different tournament.)

AAA noted Hijo del Fantasma has reached one year as Latin American Champion. He’s defended the title against Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr., and Parka Negra, plus a non-TV defense with Pagano & Mesias. He also hasn’t defended the title in six months and there’s no sign of him defending it any time soon. He hasn’t really even had a feud for the title since January, since the Parka Negra match was just a random title match. I could go for a random title match though.

MLW will have LA Park & Hijo de LA Park vs Rey Fenix & Pentagon Jr. on 11/08 in Cicero (Chicago), IL. I didn’t want to make another trip to Cicero this year but I think it’s happening.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast.

Lineup

FILLM (SAT) 10/06/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Davo & Rakner vs Orión & Tiger Metal
3) Lady Cat & Lilith Dark vs La Chola & Reyna Obscura
4) Chapullin Colorado & Toro Negro Jr. vs Minimo & Mixteco Jr.
5) Centurion, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico
6) Baby Star & Toxin vs Fly Star & Thunder Storm

FILLM shows usually don’t meet the very fuzzy bar of stuff worth mentioning here, but someone’s brought back Mala Hiebra versus the Neza Boys and I approve of that. Main event is Toxin/Fly Star, a feud mostly built in one promotion but seemingly being used by many running indie shows (so maybe people should build more/better feuds?)

CMLL (SUN) 10/07/2018 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. vs Espíritu Negro, Grako, Metálico
3) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) El Audaz vs Kawato San [lightning]
5) Euforia, Shocker, Terrible vs David Finlay, Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin
6) Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Matt Taven

Volador is in Juarez, so no rematch with Matt Taven yet. We really have no idea how long any of the foreigners beside Flip are sticking around, but at least we know Finlay & Flip are meant to be tecnicos and the Briscoes are still rudos.

Kawato being here on Sunday is interesting for other promotions. Here, being opposite Audaz at least suggests the possibility of Kawato getting into a feud – Audaz is destined for a big win at some point. This was around the point Takahashi’s trip to Mexico where he first faced Dragon Lee in a lightning match. Kawato/Audaz doesn’t seem to have that potential but that doesn’t mean CMLL wouldn’t try.

CMLL (SUN) 10/07/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje & Micro vs El Jabial & Paymon
2) Black Sugar & Linterna vs Demonio Rojo & Relámpago Azul
3) El Divino, Mr. Samurai, Tigre Blanco vs Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Thunder Boy
4) Luminoso, Magnum, Star Black vs Furia Roja, Gran Kenut, Guerrero de la Muerte
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto vs Esfinge, Explosivo, Tritón

Hijos del Infierno make their way here for unusual DF guys in Guadalajara on Sunday. Maybe they have an additional sponsor, maybe they’re finding extra places to work on the week where the outsiders are taking up some spots.

IWRG (SUN) 10/07/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy & Toto vs Chef Benito & Death Metal
2) Black Shadow II vs Diablo Jr.
3) Metaleón, Multifacetico 2.0, Rokambole Jr. vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Demonio Infernal
4) Hijo del Alebrije vs Hijo de Canis Lupus
5) Imposible, Súper Nova, Toscano vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pitbull, Último Gladiador
6) Leo & Rafy vs Ra-Zhata & Shil-Ka
7) Aramis vs Dragón Bane vs Freelance

Aramis, Dragon Bane and Freelance have been good against each other and they’re getting a main event. It may just be due to the heavyweights not being around, but I hope they make the most of it.

Super Nova/Bengala showing up here is another booking suggesting he may not be an AAA full timer at this point. He’ll be back as Bengala in the same building a few days later.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 10/21/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Arkonte, Blackout, Demonio Baltazar, Forastero, Kaito, Karazu, Murciélago Infernal, Orión, Poder Guerrero, Rey Del Barrio vs Albatros, Cris Stone Jr., Divo Jr., Dragón Negro, Juan Diego, Manchas, Ojo de Tigre Jr., Psique, Súper Dragón
2) Jeque, Solar I, Tony Rivera vs Black Terry, Judas, Máscara Año 2000
3) Keyra vs Estrellita
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
5) Negro Casas vs Virus
6) Shu el Guerrero vs Hechicero
7) Eterno vs Aramis [mask, hair]

Memes’ Coliseo Coalcaoc show is loaded. Eterno and Aramis are two talented guys in search of a signature match (or at least a new-ish one for Eterno.) Hechicero gets to face another legend of el Toreo, one day after facing ZSJ. Negro Casas/Virus and NGD/Indystrongibles should be fun. Keyra versus Estrellita should be target practice.

new lucha video for the weekend of September 29th, 2018

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-09-29
taped 2018-09-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, Pegasso vs Ares (Costa Rica), Escualo (Costa Rica), Kaiser (Costa Rica)
2) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-09-30
taped 2018-09-21 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
2) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris
3) Mistico vs Negro Casas in a lightning match

 

great match roundup, week of 2018-09-08

Laredo Kid

shows watched

That is a lot of wrestling, including a weekend I wasn’t in town. I can never leave or I’ll never catch up again.

Of the five matches I rated great, the Aniversario match is the one I’d least like to watch again. The NGD being able to wrestle well as rudos against other rudo teams is a really good sign, since CMLL (and Mexican wrestling) seems to love to do that a lot.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Daga vs Hechicero (CMLL) “Entran DAGA Y REY HECHICERO”. (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) Daga vs El Hechicero Mano a mano espectacular. (posted by Arena Clandestina) DAGA VS HECHICERO (posted by 126f Pro Wrestling Magazine) Daga vs Hechicero- The Crash (posted by +LuchaTV) DAGA VS REY HECHICERO MANO A MANO EN TIJUANA (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) Facebook video (posted by thecrash.luchalibre) Hechicero vs Daga (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana) The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08 2018-09-08
great Bestia 666, Fatu, Mecha Wolf vs Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón Cuatrero, Sanson y Forastero vs Bestia 666, Mecha Wolf y Fatu (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana) Facebook video (posted by thecrash.luchalibre) La Nueva Generación Dinamita vs La Rebelión Amarilla. The Crash Lucha Libre. (posted by Arena Clandestina) LA REBELIÓN AMARILLA VS LA NUEVA GENERACIÓN DINAMITA (posted by 126f Pro Wrestling Magazine) Los Nuevos Dinamita(Sansón, Cuatrero y Forastero) Vs La Rebelión Amarilla(Mr. 450, Fatu y Bestia) (posted by LNDLC) Sansó, Cuatrero y Forastero vs Bestia 666, Mecha Wolf y Fatu- The Crash (posted by +LuchaTV) SANSON/CUATRERO/FORASTERO vs REBELIÓN AMARILLA (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08 2018-09-08
great Fénix vs Laredo Kid vs Cage  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09 2018-09-09
great Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park vs Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta El Zero M CMLL 85 ANIVERSARIO - LUCHA SEMIFINAL - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) L.A. PARK SU HIJO Y CARÍSTICO VS PENTA EL 0M, KING PHOENIX Y DIAMANTE AZUL (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) L.A. PARK Y DIAMANTE, PENTA Y CARÍSTICO E HIJO DE L.A. PARK CONTRA FENIX, ASÍ ERAN LAS ACCIONES (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) PRESENTACIÓN DE LA LUCHA SEMIFINAL DE RELEVOS INCREÍBLES (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14 2018-09-14
great Matt Taven & Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Rush for the hair 85 aniversario CMLL, Cabelleras vs Cabelleras. Rush & Bárbaro Cavernario vs Volador Jr & Matt Taven. (posted by Arena Clandestina) CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO LUCHA ESTELAR 14 09 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) PRESENTACIÓN DE RUSH, EL TORO BLANCO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) RUSH VENCE AL FINAL A VOLADOR JUNIOR Y JUNTO CON CAVERNARIO GANAN LA CONTIENDA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) RUSH Y CAVERNARIO LE PERDONABAN LA CABELLERA A MATT TAVEN, PERO VOLADOR LO OBLIGÓ (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) VOLADOR ES RAPADO POR CAVERNARIO Y RUSH EL CABELLO, LO ECHO AL PÚBLICO Y PATEO LOS ÚLTIMO PELOS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) VOLADOR JUNIOR SE PRESENTA CON UNIFORME DE VENON (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14 2018-09-14
good Rey Horus & Soberano Jr. vs CIMA & T-Hawk ENTRAN SOBERANO JR / REY HORUS / CIMA / T-HAWK (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) Facebook video (posted by thecrash.luchalibre) REY HORUS Y SOBERANO JR VS CIMA Y T HAWK (posted by 126f Pro Wrestling Magazine) Rey Horus y Soberano Jr. vs Cima y T- Hawk (posted by +LuchaTV) SOBERANO JR / REY HORUS vs CIMA / T-HAWK (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08 2018-09-08
good Keyra, La Hiedra, Scarlett Bordeaux vs Lady Maravilla, Lady Shani, Vanilla  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09 2018-09-09
good Dragón Azteca Jr. © vs Ivelisse [Gift of the Gods] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-12 2018-03-09
good Daga, Jeremiah Snake, Kobra Moon © vs Aerostar, Drago, Fénix [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-12 2018-03-09
good Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, SansónATLANTIS PESE A SU DINAMISMO PARA ENFRENTAR A LOS DINAMITA SUCUMBIO SU TERCIA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO - TERCERA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) ENCUENTRO ESPECTACULAR DE LA TERCIA DE MÍSTICO SOBERANO Y ATLANTIS VS LOS DINAMITA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) PRESENTACIÓN DE LA TERCERA LUCHA DE ACCIÓN EN EL 85 ANIVERSARIO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14 2018-09-14

Other Matches Watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Audaz (CMLL), Torito Negro, Xperia vs Star Boy, Viento, ZarcoAudaz, Xperia y Torito Negro vs Viento, Starboy y Zarco- The Crash (posted by +LuchaTV) Facebook video (posted by thecrash.luchalibre) STAR BOY, ZARCO Y VIENTO VS TORITO NEGRO, AUDAZ Y XPERIA (posted by 126f Pro Wrestling Magazine) Torito Negro, Xperia & Audaz vs Zarco, Viento & Starboy (posted by Arena Clandestina) The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08 2018-09-08
ok Carístico & Volador Jr. vs Daga & Penta Zero M Carístico y Volador Jr. vs Penta El OM y Daga- The Crash (posted by +LuchaTV) Facebook video (posted by thecrash.luchalibre) Hechicero vs Daga (posted by LNDLC) Penta Zero M y Daga vs Volador Jr y Caristico (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana) PENTA ZERO Y DAGA VS VOLADOR JR Y CARÍSTICO (posted by 126f Pro Wrestling Magazine)VOLADOR JR / CARISTICO vs PENTA CERO MIEDO / DAGA (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) Volador Jr & Caristico vs Penta Zero Miedo & ¿Daga? (posted by Arena Clandestina) The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08 2018-09-08
ok Angelikal, Golden Magic, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09 2018-09-09
ok Australian Suicide & Hijo de LA Park vs Aerostar & Máximoand La Máscara & Rey Escorpión  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09 2018-09-09
ok Pagano & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & LA Park  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-09 2018-09-09
ok El Hijo De Centella Roja & Millenium vs Ares & Rey ApocalipsisLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-10 2018-09-10
ok Lestat, Pegasso, Rey Samuray vs El Malayo, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-10 2018-09-10
ok Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón vs Kawato San, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-10 2018-09-10
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volcano vs Felino, Shocker, TerribleLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-10 2018-09-10
ok Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-11 2018-09-11
ok Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-11 2018-09-11
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-11 2018-09-11
ok Atlantis, Kráneo, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-11 2018-09-11
ok Volador Jr. vs Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-11 2018-09-11
ok Mil Muertes vs King Cuerno in a Number One Contenders Match match and [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2018-09-12 2018-03-09
ok Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas ÁNGEL DE ORO, NIEBLA ROJA Y EL AUDAZ FUERON LOS TRIUNFADORES (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO SEGUNDA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) PRESENTACION SEGUNDA LUCHA DE ACCION DEL 85 ANIVERSARIO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14 2018-09-14
below average Tessa Blanchard vs Princesa Sugehit Facebook video (posted by thecrash.luchalibre) PRINCESA SUGEHIT vs TESSA BLANCHARD (posted by La Poesia De La Lucha Libre) Princesa Sugehit vs Tessa Blanchard- The Crash (posted by +LuchaTV) Princesa Sugehit vs Tessa Blanchard. The Crash Lucha Libre (posted by Arena Clandestina) TESSA BLANCHARD VS PRINCESA SUGEHIT (posted by 126f Pro Wrestling Magazine) The Crash streaming: 2018-09-08 2018-09-08
below average La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO - PRIMERA LUCHA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) MARCELA, PRINCESA SUGEHIT Y LA JAROCHITA VS DALLYS, MISTIQUE Y METÁLICA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) TREMENDOS DUELOS MARCELA CON METÁLICA Y MISTIQUE CON LA JAROCHITA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) VENCEDORAS MARCELA, PRINCESA SUGEHIT Y JAROCHITA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14 2018-09-14
below average Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris for the CMLL World Trios Championship ÚLTIMO GUERRERO MOLESTO GOLPEA AL REFEREE Y RECLAMA TRAMPA PARA DARLES EL GANE A KAOZ (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO - CUARTA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) LOS INTEGRANTES DEL KLAN KAOZ CON SUS NUEVOS CINTURONES DE CAMPEONES DE TERCIAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) PRESENTACION DE LA LUCHA POR EL CAMPEONATO DE TERCIAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) CMLL iPPV: 2018-09-14 2018-09-14
not rated Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-10 2018-09-10
not rated Leono & Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis & Yago CMLL YouTube: 2018-09-11 2018-09-11

 

AAA in Uriangato, Dark Magic debut, Fuerza Guerrera’s new kids, Memes defeats IWRG

AAA

AAA TV (SUN) 09/30/2018 Plaza de Toros San Miguel, Uriangato, Guanajuato [AAA, Lucha Centralthecubsfan]
1) Dinastía, Drastik Boy, Hijo Del Vikingo b Australian Suicide, King Balam, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:42. Hijo del Vikingo pinned King Balam (Dizzy)
2) Angelikal, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa b Arez, Lady Maravilla, Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:54. Nino Hamburguesa splashed Arez
3) Aerostar & Drago b Golden Magic & Puma King  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
7:54. Puma King cradled Drago for the pin. Aerostar was frustrated Drago for losing and walked out on him, teasing the end of the team.
4) La Parka & Murder Clown DQ Dave The Clown & Monsther Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
6:45. Monster Clown got caught fouling Murder Clown after Dave (replacing Taurus) did the same to La Parka
5) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata DQ La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
12:16. La Mascara fouled Pimpienla for the DQ.
6) Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett b Blue Demon Jr. & Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:54. Blue Demon replaced Dr. Wagner, and fouled partner Psycho Clown to set up a Jarrett guitar shot and a Fantasma pin. Rudos (with Los Mercenarios) unmasked Psycho Clown before the exoticos made the save.

I haven’t updated the TV chart lately, but this appears to be airing on December 8 and 15th if the current schedule holds. That would make it the final TV episode of the year since they’d go into holiday programming after – at least on Canal9/Televisa. I don’t think the current schedule will hold but I don’t know what they do instead.

This show was fine, in that range of AAA shows which had good undercard matches, lacking main event matches, and nothing that seemed like it mattered.

AAA probably knew Wagner wasn’t making this show for at least a week since the WON just happened to mention Blue Demon was coming back soon and here he was. They continued to imply Wagner was there until Demon came out as a surprise. In the WON, it was explained Demon was coming back because of a sponsorship deal. There probably is a sponsorship deal, but it came across as they just grabbed the first big name who answered the phone when they found out Wagner wasn’t going to be there. AAA could’ve announced a change, or just a mystery person, and decided that earned goodwill was not worth the effort.

TripleMania was billed as the show where we’d really see Konnan’s storyline start. We’ve only seen small stuff since then. Aerostar and Drago splitting up is a direction (and either the cause or effect of those Aerostar Twitter post last week), and other things are happening, but it’s unclear if any of the stuff like Parka/Murder vs Dave/Monster or Psycho vs Everyone is meant to be going anywhere or is just killing time on a fair show. Revealing the Heroes Inmorrtales card a month ahead of time also sort of reveals most of it isn’t meaningful – Aerostar & Drago are still scheduled to be teaming on that show. There’s been little consequence to anything that’s happened in the four shows since TripleMania, and a lot of stuff going on is the same stuff that was going on before TripleMania. These shows don’t have to be vital to be good, but it’d help.

AAA hyped the 10/19 show in Naucalpan as Twitch exclusive, with the idea it won’t air on TV. AAA did this with a match early this year, maybe it’ll be different this time. The lineup doesn’t feel like it’s any more geared to a Internet audience, or at least I don’t think an internet audience wants – Psycho Clown & Rey Wagner vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner & Electroshock. It’s just the usual random tag matches, some of which may be good and some of which may also include Joe Lider and Pagano. Seems like a missed chance to experiment. The focus is really on drawing a crowd in person, not on Twitch, but I’m not sure random tag matches are that much of a ticket-selling draw either.

There was no mention of the 10/11 show in Aguascalientes, which would be the next streaming show on Twitch. If it’s really streaming on Twitch, which AAA has never confirmed. I wouldn’t make firm plans to watch AAA on that day until something more is said.

IWRG FILL (SUN) 09/30/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Canibal, Ciber Punk, Dinámico b Águila Oriental, Mandala, Power Bull
Power Bull replaced Eddy Santos
2) Chico del Barrio, Voltex, Votlar b Bisofera, Celestial Boy, Shalom
3) Ángel Estrella, Dranzer, Keiser Drago b Ángel De La Tormenta, Barón Rojo, Carnicero
4) Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah, Skanda b Arquero, Black Shadow Jr., Toto
5) Black Puma, Chef Benito, Chicanito, Fireman, Guerrero 2000, Lunatik Xtreme, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy b 19 1/2, Alas de Acero, Apolo, Chris Stone Jr., Dragón Negro, Iron Kid, Manchitas, Psique [Copa Higher Power]
IWRG (Black Terry) vs Lucha Memes (Referee Chiquilin). Lunatik Xtreme replaced Mexica. Alas de Acero beat Xtreme to win with a little help from Psique. The two had feuded during the match, with Xtreme pointing out Alas de Acero was on the IWRG teams before.

Usual FILL show, with a Copa Higher Power that looks like it had a few insane spots and a good turnout of families watching their sons in matches.

indy (SUN) 09/30/2018 Mambocafe Insurgentes, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, MedioTiempo]
Fuerza Guerrera 40th Anniversary
1) Mini Rey Misterio b PentagoncitoMini Espíritu
2) Estrellita & Lluvia b Lady Sensación & Rossy Moreno
3) Fuerza Guerrera Hija, Fuerza Guerrera Jr., Imposible b Dragón Dorado, Hijo De Octagon, Lady Apache Hija de Fuerza Guerrera, Fuerza Guerrera Jr e Imposible vs H Octágon, L Dragón y L Apache (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Hijo de Octagón, Lady Apache y Dragón Dorado vs Fuerza Guerrera Jr., Fuerza Guerrera y El Imposible (posted by +LuchaTV)
The two Fuerzas were debuted “children” of Fuerza Guerrera, who won via cheating
4) Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Negro Casas b Carístico, Mano Negra, Octagón
Fuerza snuck a foul in on Caristico.
5) Solar I, Súper Astro, Villano IV b Máscara Año 2000, Scorpió Jr., Skayde
MedioTiempo’s results say no one understood what the finish was supposed to be

Fuerza Guerrera’s children are the news for the show. Like Hijo de Octagon, they’re people Fuerza Guerrera is renting his name out to and not his actual children. No one has actually told me that, but it’s obvious from how it was presented. I don’t think Fuerza and Juventud are on great terms, but new children debuting is probably an additional reason why Fuerza didn’t want his actual son there. Fuerza has tried this before and the other wrestlers haven’t really caught on. The luchadora, who was occasionally and very confusingly listed as “Fuerza Guerrera”, seems to be a late addition since there was only one mystery spot in that match and Lady Apache wasn’t supposed to be involved.

The Memes show happened Sunday, but I all I’ve seen so far is incomplete results on Twitter. Hopefully more turns up tomorrow.

The Saturday Arena Pavillon del Norte show ended with Ultimo Guerrero and local Espartaco making hair versus mask challengesThe Tijuana show he was also listed on just didn’t replace him, turning a four-way into a three-way match with lots of interference and Cibernetico winning. Arkangel Divino, Black Destiny, Black Boy, and Ultimo Maldito were also announced and did not appear.

There’s a lot of people who wear masks in CMLL. Tonight’s CMLL show features the debut of a true mystery man, Dark Magic. Magic has been a big question mark since he was announced for the Gran Prix. He was in IWRG prior and has been wrestling small indie shows since, but this will be the first chance most people will see him. From the little I’ve seen is Dark Magic looks impressive standing, and less impressive when he has to start moving there. That seems like a bad formula for having good matches in CMLL, but it was good enough to get Thunder pushed as a top guy in the promotion. They’ve put Sanson & Cuatrero with Dark Magic, so he’ll have help. He’ll also have another English speaking in Michael Elgin on the opposite side, teaming with Diamante Azul and Kraneo.

The actual main event is LA Park, his son, and Volador facing the sort of Ingobernables of Terrible, Besita, and Cavernario. No Rush this week, so Park will have to brawl with his friends. The frequent Monday night trio of the Panther Kids & Stigma face Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Okumura. (Blue Sr. hasn’t worked Puebla in over a year.) Princesa Sugehit faces Reyna Isis in what could potentially set up a title match. The opening matches are slightly better than usual though Espanto Jr. is still involved.

CMLL will stream the show at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

CMLL’s Gran Prix will air on ROH’s Honor Club, They aired the Anniversario show too. I’m not sure if this means this show will be iPPV for everyone. CMLL hasn’t said anything yet. They announced the Aniversario iPPV on Informa last month, and I’d expect the same again if it’s going to happen.

CMLL announced they’re off in Arena Coliseo this week, so we’ll have to wait for any Gallito/Chamuel battle. Jhonny Gonzalez is boxing their Saturday night instead. That means Dulce Garcia (Sexy Star) will also likely be there. She’s been taking more wrestling bookings of late.

All Japan announced the Lucha Fiesta Tour for 11/3 to11/6. This was the Ultimo Dragon led tour that included Sam Adonis, Diamante, and Caristico last year. I haven’t seen a talent list this year, but Ultimo Panda & Sam Adonis have announced themselves on it.

Tiger Japan, who’s teaming with Draztick Boy against Hechicero & Cavernario, talked about that chance.