Lucha Capital: 2018-11-14

Fenix front cracker? monkey flip?

Recapped: 11/14/2018


Máscarita Sagrada beat Keyra
(6:52, Máscarita Sagrada cradle, below average,
00:17:39 )

Texano Jr. beat Niño Hamburguesa
(7:54, Texano superbomb, ok,

Australian Suicide beat Taya
(8:07, Australian Suicide SSP, ok,

Fénix beat Golden Magic
(11:40, Fenix Mexican Muscle Buster, great,

What happened:

Dave the Clown did the arm wrestling challenge and comedically lost to a child (with some help from La Griega.)


poor Fenix getting killed by this move in multiple universes

Fenix wrestles as the plucky underdog challenger most everywhere now. This match – maybe this tournament – is a rare chance to see him as the ace of a promotion. Fenix was the man the crowd had clearly come to see, he was in the main event spot, and he’d got a memorable match out of a wrestler who was clearly nervous to be in such a big spot. This seemed like a good but shaky at points match in the first watch thru, and more of a great Fenix performance on a rewatch. Golden Magic has talent and can do athletic things, but he seemed to freeze up before going for the first dive of the match, there was an odd exchange on the top rope later, and there were a couple times where he wasn’t quite in the right position. Fenix is so good that it didn’t really hamper the match. It did seem to lead to some occasional hard kicks to get Golden Magic’s attention. They did plenty to convince the fans that Magic had a chance for a gigantic upset, while Fenix still was able to end the match the moment he wanted it to end without question. I’d put Laredo/Drago ahead of this one as the best match of the tournament, but Fenix has had the best individual performance so far.

The Taya/Suicide had cute bits that’ll look good in GIFs (maybe the ones you’re seeing right here) but never really came together as a match. Suicide choice to play up a lot more comedy than usual, which made it even weirder when he got the surprise win. Suicide didn’t take it easy, the moonsault on the table couldn’t have felt good, but he was way over the top to get a reaction at times. Taya was over as a tecnica, though it was unclear if that was a one match role for her or a permanent change for this run.

wake up dropkick

Texano was the slowest moving of the top guys on this show, keeping it at more a house show level effort. It may have been more about trying to keep Niño Hamburguesa from running out of steam in an eight minute match, but Hamburguesa still felt like he was doing much of the work. It was still an improvement over the opener but not great back to back.

Keyra and Máscarita Sagrada were incompatible wrestlers. Sagrada did so little that I’m concerned about how all the matches in this tournament could go. Maybe Keyra wasn’t the right base for him, because he did no flying and a bad small package counter at the end. Keyra tried making it work by working heavily ruda, but it only led to Sagrada losing his mask on his own finish. This was not any good.

Cuervo benefit show, Lucha Capital Week 4

AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 11/21/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA]
1) Argenis b Mocho Cota Jr.
bonus non-tournament match
2) Hijo Del Vikingo b Máscarita Sagrada
Both are 1-1.
3) Drago b Puma King
Drago is 1-1, Puma is 0-2
4) Keyra b Vanilla
Both are 1-1.
5) Murder Clown b Samoano
Murder Clown is 1-1. Killer Kross attacked both and introduced Scarlett, who said she’d be in the tournament.

Pagano and Vampiro missed the show due to travel issues. Konnan filled in as an announcer.  All the matches were changed, though many of them did not seem to need to be changed. It felt like the show was getting stretched out because someone was late arriving but Kross was in his gear and looking ready to wrestle when he did his run-in, so I’m not sure what happened.

AAA put up a standings page today. Murder Clown has 3 points, which means his match against Samoano counted in the standings. It’s less clear if that counts as a loss for Killer Kross.

The same travel issues – fog around the Mexico City airport delaying flights in and out – may have led to CMLL people missing a packed show in Oaxaca last night.

Tonight is the Cuervo benefit show at Arena Naucalpan.  In addition to the announced card, many other luchadors have committed to appearing at the show. There will be an autograph signing an hour before the show, including a lot of wrestlers who will not appear. It has not been said, but I would not be surprised if this show ended up streaming on +LuchaTV tonight.

The show looks like it may fill the building or come close. Thank you to everyone who has donated to help Cuervo. The plan has changed now to give the money directly to Cuervo’s family this weekend when they’ll be in Mexico City. If you are in Mexico, there’s also a bank account you can donate towards.

Lucha Memes says they (the promoters) are paying all of Cuervo’s expenses.

Furia de Titanes says they will not be taking Angel o Demonio off their 12/08 show because they booked him two months ago, they feel that commitment is important to make, and it is up to the fans to decide if they want to come or not. That’s a joke. In the end, I think it’s going to be a moot point – they’re running in Mexico City and Fantasma is not going to let Angel o Demonio wrestle – but this shows how some in Mexico are treating this as no big deal, compared to rest of the world wanting Angel o Demonio out of wrestling and in jail. This is such an obvious reprehensible act and people are still trying to find a way to make excuses.  (Another example is Super Crazy telling ESPN extreme wrestling should be banned in Mexico because few know how to do it but also saying Cuervo was in part at fault because you can never turn your back on someone in that style of match. There’s more – I’m not going to bother to link to the El Planchitas column, but the excuse there is Angel o Demonio asked to face someone beside Cuervo because he didn’t think Cuervo could wrestle the style of match he wanted.

Here are some facts: Angel o Demonio’s matches are usually bad, no one’s buying tickets to see him wrestle, he’s not going to be missed much the moment he stops wrestling and he just nearly killed someone. If you can’t take a stand against this guy, then you’re never going to take a stand against anything.

It’s that last point that really matters. It doesn’t matter how you like the guy or respect the guy or have worked with him for years, Angel o Demonio could be the greatest person in the world and Cuervo could be the most untrained person for all I care, it does not change that fact that he almost killed a person with his actions. He made a mistake just about as bad as you can make, and people need to accept that. I’m glad the charity show exists to show some of the good of Mexican wrestling because much around it is showing the worst.

CMLL Martes: 2018-11-13 

this is an all bridging suplex blog

Recapped: 2018-11-17


Arkalis & Robin beat Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
(9:26 [3:46, 2:32, 3:08], 2/3, n/r, 

Cancerbero, Espíritu Negro, Metálico beat Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr.
(14:40 [8:24, 2:23, 3:53], 1/3, n/r, 

Stukita beat Kaligua in a lightning match
(5:00, cradle back suplex, ok, 

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Okumura
(9:57 [4:36, 1:35, 3:46], 2/3, ok, 

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Dark Magic, Ephesto, Hechicero
(15:00 [5:29, 3:41, 5:50], 2/3, n/r, 

Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja
(7:17 [3:56, 3:21], 1/2, n/r, 

What happened:

Rey Bucanero won cleanly in straight falls prior to the hair match.


Stuka tope

The fourth match was a very to form feeling Panther family match. They did their usual spots. The rudos sort of tried. Kawato has advanced to being average. I’m going to forgot about all of this immediately. Blue Panther Jr. has the worst looking multiple backbreaker spot and it still gets over bit because everyone loves that spot. Wish he would just give it back to Guerrero Maya though.

Kaligua/Stukita was a nice dive exhibition with some good spots in between, until Kaligua’s Brillo attempt went badly wrong. All considered, he landed pretty safely, but that was that for that match. The match prior felt a little too practiced but at least they had practiced entertaining spots.