Dia de Muertos iPPV, Aro Lucha to Pop TV?, Ninja Turtle unmasks elite police officer

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 11/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan
Castillo del Terror, 2018
1) Lunatik Xtreme b MexicaAlas de AceroShadow BoyPower Bull El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV)
2) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Demonio Infernal, Ovett, Soy Raymunda [lumberjack] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
Demonio Infernal was a surprise for some reason.
3) Pasion Kristal b Fantasma de la Ópera [hair] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
Fantasma cheated a lot, still lost.
4) Cuervo (Puerto Rico) b Último GladiadorHijo De Dos Caras [hardcore] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
5) Spector L Hijo de Canis LupusShil-KahDiosa AteneaLeoMikeAramisHijo del AlebrijeDragón BaneRelámpagoLudark ShaitanZumbi [Castillo del Terror, cage, mask] El Castillo del Terror 2018, IWRG Arena Naucalpan *Función Completa* (posted by mluchatv)
match came down to Mike vs Spector, with Leo & Rayan climbing in to join in. Spector was slowest escaping, and lost his mask. (Mike gets the win.) Spector is Jose Manuel Mejia, but tried to keep his face obscured, with the idea you’d have to buy a ticket to see it revealed on the next show. He’s also the former Arlequin/Arlequin Amarillo, who lost his this same match a decade ago to the day.

I only watched the cage match. It was definitely an IWRG cage match. The post match was bizarre, with Spector trying to hide his face by putting a hand in front of it, and not doing a very good job of it. It did come off more like he was doing it on his own more than a weird angle IWRG was doing, but who knows. Most of the crowd seemed like it filled out before he even unmasked for the first time, which says to me they weren’t that caring about who

Today is the first CMLL Dia de Muertos at Arena Mexico show of the year. These are themed shows using the imagery of the Dia de Muertos holiday. Luchadors, referees and ring announcers are painted up as created of the dark, CMLL edecan Gabu Bau introduces the show as Catrina, and various CMLL luchadors act as masked gods during the show. The losers of the matches, usually on the last half of the card, are taken to hell by the guardians of the underworld (usually other CMLL wrestlers in costume.) It’s a different show and sometimes a very weird show, though it usually doesn’t affect the action in the ring.

This show is also an iPPV. Internetv sent out an email announcing they’d be carrying the show for the usual 100MXP/$10USD price. CMLL did not announce it themselves until late Thursday night, less than 24 hours after the show starts. With the Gran Prix & the Anniversary show, this is the third iPPV running in about 7 weeks. (This one does not appear to be airing on ROH’s Honor Club service.) These shows have been aired freed the previous year.

In theory, these shows are on iPPV to make sure Mexico City people don’t feel like they can just stay home and watch the show for free, while still making the shows available to people outside the area. In reality, I don’t think most people are going to understand that this is an iPPV until the show starts and they can’t find a link in the usual places. They’re not going to go to this show to see it because they don’t know they have to. CMLL has consistently waited until days before to announce the last two iPPVs, but waiting until the day of is crazy.

Should you buy this show? Let’s do this like a bit on a middling sitcom and make a list of pros and cons.

why it’s worth buying

  • Templario/Sanson should be pretty good, and it’s a unique match
  • the main event should be pretty good, and it’s also a unique match
  • Micros!
  • The atmosphere of the show is usually fun.

why it’s not worth buying

  • its really annoying they CMLL waited until the last minute to announce this
  • the last two iPPVs have been ok but disappointing.
  • most of the Friday night shows of late have been ok at best.
  • the Grand Prix ended up on CMLL’s YouTube channel a week later, so maybe you’ll be able to see this legally later if you wait.
  • if you want to see the Dia de Muertos theme, you’ll be able to see it for free on Tuesday (and maybe Sunday)
  • if you’re in the US, this show is starting an hour later than usual, which is pretty late even for a Friday night.
  • if you’re in the US, they’re charging you about double the price for the show just to have a “10” number.

I’m buying it, but I am not the model for sensible spending on lucha libre. I think it’ll be alright but, if you’ve got other options, you should explore those other options.

That good main event is Diamante Azul, LA Park, and the returning Michael Elgin against Penta, Fenix and Ultimo Guerrero. Elgin is not listed on next week’s CMLL cards, so this appears to be just an unusual one night return. Phoenix & Penta got off to good starts in CMLL but haven’t been used in effective ways in their recent appearances. This is probably just a match to have a match, but it’d be helpful if something was coming out of it.

Sanson defends his once a year Rey del Inframundo championship in the semi-main against Templario. This is Templario’s new biggest match of the year, a spotlight singles match in his first full year on the CMLL roster. I think the dedicated CMLL fans know both guys are really good, and the challenge is if they can pull in the more casual fans coming for the Dia de Muertos hype. This match should be pretty good, but there’s a significant amount of pressure.

The fourth match has Hijo de LA Park, Mistico and Atlantis taking on Cavernario, Ephesto, and Mephisto. Audaz gets a Friday night appearance, teaming with Angel de Oro & Stuka against Hechicero, Rey Bucanero and Terrible. The micros get in on the Dia de Muertos show for the first time (at least in-ring), with Microman, Gallito and Atomo taking on Mije, Zacarias and Chamuel. Coyote & Grako, who’ve looked promising in few appearances, take on Super Astro & Oro Jr. to open the show. This should be a good show, but they haven’t been running good of late.

Mr. Iguana seemed to be teasing an appearance of himself and Fresero Jr. at this show.

One thing you should look for coming out of this show is if the Cl4n is back on next week’s show. They haven’t appeared on Friday night shows as a full time in five weeks. If they’re not back soon, it’s hard to believe the cage match is still on.

Grafico interviews Templario, who reveals he worked at his uncle’s funeral home when he was living in Tlaxcala. This is a device to tell a “scary” story as hype for Templario potentially becoming king of hell.

The most fascinating thing to happen yesterday was PopTV airing a commercial for Aro Lucha during Impact, teasing a debut sometime in 2019. Impact’s deal with PopTV is up at the end of the year, Impact’s ratings have been on a prolonged slide, and they recently got bumped to a later timeslot. All of that sounds like really bad news for Impact, potentially fatal news, though everyone who might be reporting on those things is more preoccupied with the problematic WWE show today.

The part we know for sure is Aro Lucha is apparently coming to Pop TV in 2019. The part we don’t know for sure is what exactly Aro Lucha is at the point. They haven’t run a show since June and haven’t done more than publically Tweet since their funding drive came to an end in August. There’s been reports of Aro Lucha meeting about TV deals, but no one connected them to Pop TV to this point, and no one’s really saying much it even today.  The promo used footage from their December 2017 taping, a moment in time where Konnan had been excommunicated from The Crash (mostly) for working on this show, but a significant chunk of the wrestlers were still working for The Crash and otherwise free to work anywhere. A lot has changed in eleven months. The Crash couldn’t really stop people from working for Aro Lucha if they wanted, but now a lot of those people are working for companies who could have some control – especially AAA, where a lot of the Mexican talent has ended up.  That includes the booker, Konnan, who has since returned to AAA while also working for MLW and has some influence in Impact. I have no idea what an Aro Lucha show is in 2019. It may not be like that December show, but I have no idea what it would be.

I’m not going to get to The MMM Show with Lucha Underground’s Eric Van Wagenen and Chris Roach today, but you should really go listen to it if you’re interested in the interworkings of that show and/or the guests expressing fear of this blog. I’ll have notes later on this weekend, but there’s some very interesting stuff.

In a recent video, Juventud Guerrera seemed to announce he was no longer with AAA. I don’t totally trust my own translation, but it appears him being pulled for Heroes Inmortales was because Guerrera is not currently with AAA. He was unhappy with how he was being used and wanted to be booked like a bigger star – he mentions wanting to be megachampion.

The Gladiatores has a video with Puma & Pentagon, who note Lucha Capital wasn’t the first time they fought: they first met 11 years ago on a Cuchillo promoted show when Penta was still Syrus.

Puma King & Barby are back with a new video, a lot from a recent show at PCW Ultra.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Lucha Report.

Argentina’s Pagina 12 has an interview with Casandro, around her new documentary.

An interview with Monterrey luchadora Tsunami, coming to Mexico City to challenge for a title this weekend.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 11/06/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Star Jr. vs Metálico & Nitro
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger
4) Cuatrero © vs Titán [CMLL MIDDLE]
3rd defense, first not against Angel de Oro.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Dark Magic, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Místico, Stuka Jr. vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

The last of the three Dia de Muertos match. I do not understand why the title match is fourth, but it should be pretty good.

CMLL Martes: 2018-10-30

Cuatrero punished for celebrating too soon

Recapped: 10/31/2018

Matches:

Shockercito & Stukita beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:41 [5:33, 4:48, 3:20], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela beat La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
(14:54 [6:01, 3:16, 5:37], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Okumura beat Stigma in a lightning match
(7:41, Okumura cutter, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Sagrado beat Drone, Pegasso, Tritón
(9:22 [3:32, 2:25, 3:25], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Negro Casas, Nitro beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa
(11:08 [3:49, 3:03, 4:16], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(9:55 [3:47, 6:08], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Titan beating Sansón in straight falls sets up a title match.

Thoughts:

didn’t seem fun

I thought the main event was a good build-up match for next week’s Cuatrero/Titan championship match. It still had enough going on this week to satisfy the fans who were there, and it had a couple of the strange touches that only otherwise seem to happen normally in Blue Panther matches. Double pins that don’t affect a finish are pretty rare outside of stuff he puts together, and Titan surprisingly turning around the first fall was an unusual twist. Titan beat Cuatrero in the first fall because the Dinamitas are (understandably) overconfident, and in the second fall just by outsmarting him, giving plenty of reason for him to win next week. The story didn’t allow for as much NGD offense as other matches but the técnicos carried that part of the match, and it felt like a full match despite only lasting two falls. It was a borderline good match.

My hot undercard take: hooray for Lluvia finally getting new gear after about a decade.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 2nd, 2018

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CMLL is not on Marca tomorrow. With a day’s notice, they’re running it as a $10/100 MXP iPPV. (If you can fool internetv into believing you’re buying the show from Mexico, you can get for about half the price.) I think it should be a good show, but the CMLL shows lately haven’t been that good. It’s also an hour later show than usual.

The final Lucha Underground episode – at least for now – is the usual two hour special. They only have 4 matches, which means either all those matches are getting plenty of time, or other crazy things are happening.

Lucha Capital will run against the final half hour of Ultima Lucha. No matches have been announced yet, but there should be four of them each show for the rest of the month.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-10-29 

NGD

Recapped: 10/30/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno & Joker beat Astro & Meyer
(10:55 [4:49, 2:52, 3:14], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Millenium & Robin beat Espanto Jr. & Fuerza Chicana
(10:51 [3:44, 5:22, 1:45], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Kráneo, Stigma beat El Malayo, Hechicero, Templario
(16:42 [7:27, 2:44, 6:31], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Flyer, Stuka Jr., Valiente
(15:03 [6:29, 3:49, 4:45], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush beat Carístico, Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(12:25 [3:03, 3:04, 6:18], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rush fouled Carístico in the main event, seemingly setting up a singles match between them.

Joker and Espíritu Maligno have matching outfits and JCR talks about wanting to see them team more. This is CMLL for “they’ll never team again”.

The video stream is bumpy again, causing the very start of the second fall of the segunda to go missing. This matters to only people who are keeping track of the time.

Thoughts:

Hechicero seems to be the only person Mije trusts to do this right now

The semimain was a usual Dinamita match, not a bad thing. It needed a little more to stand out. Flyer’s third fall offense showcase consisted of a dropkick and a rebound double armdrag. That third fall didn’t go that long, but he needs to show a lot more to be taken well in this level. Stuka & Valiente, having their own normal matches, clearly outshined him. Cuatrero reversing out of Valiente’s move to his own inverted bearhug was a more thought than usually put into those matches and should pop back up in a big match one day.

The tercera features Templario and Hechicero standing around for 15 seconds waiting for Malayo to do something with Stigma, than Hechicero just doing it himself. Malayo was worse than usual and I don’t understand what someone sees in him to continually put him so high on the card. Templario and Stigma have an iffy third fall sequence, salvaged by Templario for the most part. It makes me grateful Tlaxcala’s Templario made the move to Mexico City and didn’t just commute to Puebla like Astro. Match wasn’t worthless but it was worse than the usual Kraneo led match.

Lucha Capital Episode 1, Kaoz

this happened

AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 10/31/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, Lucha CentralMTthecubsfan]
1) Vanilla b La Hiedra Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
8:17
2) Pagano b Taurus Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
7:39
3) Psycho Clown b Murder Clown Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
7:31
4) Pentagón Jr. b Puma King Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
12:37

First week of an eight week run. They drew decently well for a BBQ restaurant on a Wednesday night in Mexico City with one day’s notice, though there was obvious room for more people. Crowd seemed to be into most of the matches and kept their energy during a two hour show. The thing you need to know about the tournament standings is it’s better to win than lose and the person who wins the most will be the overall winner. This is all you need to know for the next couple episodes.

I wrote a lot about this show already one post down. The one really obvious thing I missed was there were four matches on this show, and four clean finishes with no interference. This was 180 degrees in presentation from Heroes Inmortales, where the screwy finishes and the interference seems to be the point of the matches. The closest to anything like that was Vampiro complaining about Copetes counting slow, which was no slower than the CMLL refs. Copetes got knocked down in the main event, but just got right back up and life moved on. It’s one week and who knows what this will evolve into by week 8, but at least for now this was a version of AAA without the bad drama. That’s a nice change.

Scarlett wasn’t listed in the big standings screen they did at the end. They said 24 people were in the tournament, and Scarlett would make 25. I’m completely confused again. Maybe she’ll be a surprise later on. If the most confusing this tournament gets is not being clear if Scarlett Bordeaux is it, it’ll be a pretty coherent tournament for Mexico.

Jose Manuel Guillen is part of so much lucha libre content that he was on a streaming show on Facebook while another (taped) show with him was streaming on YouTube. Lucha Capital came off as a loose show where the main demand of the announcers is more to keep the energy high – it seems like a place where AAA could experiment with other people (including active wrestlers) in either JMG or Vampiro’s spot to see if there’s any spark and to build a bigger bench in case a need arises. That’s not usually what AAA does and I’m not even sure if anyone who might be a candidate is interested. I did notice Vampiro mentioning the show would be in English and Spanish, and it turned out to be 99% in Spanish like the Twitch broadcasts.

La Pasala says Hijo del Tirantes was assaulted in Veracruz and the neck collar he was wearing at Heroes Inmortales was real. That sort of explains why he was replaced on the show, though it still made Vampiro look dumb for putting another rudo referee in the match.

Tonight is a much busier Thursday than usual, with a few extra show celebrating Dia de Muertos. There’s a busy Arena Neza show, and IWRG running it’s annual Castillo del Terror cage match, where one person will lose their mask. Comando Elite’s Spartan looks like the most likely loser, but minor surprises are possible – it’s really only Aramis & Dragon Bane who aren’t going to lose while they’re being booked in AAA (at least/until they get new characters.)

CMLL wrestlers visited the National Museum of Anthropology as cross promotion for the Dia de Muertos shows.

LuchaMania Monterrey has a recap of Sunday’s Kaoz show, which seems like a show that will show up on +LuchaTV eventually. A Ramses (Silver King) versus Mil Muertes match was said to be quite bad, enough that it killed the crowd for the main event. I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen Silver King in a good match Mil by any name has been a struggle this year. The NGD vs Rebelion Amarila match was said to be the best match of the night, and notable for Garza Jr. doing more flying than he has in many years. The finish set up Garza versus Rush, and it seems like Garza is back working a normal schedule now. That does put some doubt into the finish of Saturday’s Bestia/Garza hair match on The Crash anniversary show – I was figuring Garza was definitely losing, and his hair would grow back while he took time off. I’d still beat on Bestia winning because he’s the hometown guy and the one more likely to be around The Crash year from now.

AULL announced their last show of the year is November 18th. AULL is the main Arena Lopez Mateos promotion that runs with trainees and unknowns and does not draw many fans. I presume that means other promotions are running the building frequently the last few weeks in the year. There hasn’t been an AULL branded show since September 1st, so they’re just not running many of them.

Caballero Negro took Dr. Muerte’s mask in Xalapa.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 11/04/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje & Cosmos vs Frenético & Relámpago Azul
2) El Divino & Principe Daniel vs Demonio Maya & El Chakal
3) Explosivo, Mágico, Neutrón vs Difunto, Exterminador, Maléfico
4) El Rielero & Vaquero Jr. vs Gran Kenut & León Blanco
5) Tigre Blanco vs Thunder BoyFugazPaymonBarón Blanco Jr.QukaAvispón Negro Jr.DestructorReykoDestello [cage, mask]

Ten man cage match was set up on this week’s show. Baron Blanco Jr. had not wrestled in this arena before two weeks ago, so.

IWRG (SUN) 11/04/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Estrella & Chicanito vs Power Bull & Sairus
2) Dulce Luna & Lady Cat vs Chica Pantera & Lili Dark
3) Black Dragón & Eragón vs Death Metal & Picudo Jr.
4) Lunatik, Ovett, Toto vs Fantasma de la Ópera, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Ka
5) Aliado de Dios, Danny Casas, Metaleón vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Hijo de Canis Lupus
6) Dragón Bane, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Mr. Electro, Relámpago, Rokambole Jr., Villano V vs Athoz Montanez, Cuervo (Puerto Rico), Demetrio El Gladiador, Heddi Karaoui, Hip Hop Man, Mosca (Argentina), Zumbi

Printed in Box Y Lucha but not published by IWRG yet. The main event is IWRG vs the World, which feels like something that might be more likely to change. Hip Hop Man, his brother La Mosca and their father Demeterio are all back in IWRG for this. HHM saying his last goal in Mexico is to team with his family makes it seem like he might not be staying in Mexico too much longer.

Lucha Capital: 2018-10-31

this is no way to treaty royality

Matches

Vanilla beat La Hiedra
(8:17, huracanrana reveal, ok, 00:10:45)

Pagano beat Taurus
(7:39, Volador Sprial, ok, 00:29:20)

Psycho Clown beat Murder Clown
(7:31, Code Red, good,
00:55:20)

Pentagón Jr. beat Puma King
(12:37, Factor Miedo package piledriver, great, 01:20:33)

Thoughts

flying bullman

Lucha Capital for more like a late night variety show that had wrestling matches than a normal wrestling matches. La Griega was taking photos with fans between matches, they did a surprise arm wrestling bit with Máximo, they had a song break between a match – this was a pitch to someone who likes entertainment who might also be into lucha libre rather than a focused lucha libre show. The track record is people who are looking for general entertainment don’t watch these sort of hybrids, and all you get are wrestling fans who just want to see more wrestling, but I guess you’ve got to try it and see. The venue looked a lot different anything usual for AAA, a warehouse restaurant with maybe a couple hundred of fans standing just past the mats and watching the action. They stayed interested in the show the whole night, though I think this is going to work a lot better if it remains free attendance. It sounded like they may start charging next week, and we’ll see if there’s interest in that with more than a single day warning.

There’s no real need to watch this live. It ran about 1h50m total. You can cut that in half if you watch it later and skip thru the breaks between matches. You may be able to get your Facebook comment mentioned if you watch it live, but that’s about the only advantage.

the worst thing to happen to an animal in this building

Pentagon Jr. versus Puma King was just both guys doing their increasingly big stuff for a dozen minutes. It started off as if they were going to take it easy, do some comedy, and that was it, and it just kind of picked up intensity after a few minutes. There was a big slip by Pentagon on a springboard, and this lacked the creativity of the Son of Havoc/Killshot match over on Lucha Underground. It had more emotion to me; I’m not sure it was the crowd or because I was just looking forward to this match more. (The outcome really wasn’t in any more doubt that the mask match, so that wasn’t it.) There was nothing really unique about this match, and people who get bored of Penta doing similar stuff in every match probably should pass, but it just really was fun as a package to me. This was a match I hadn’t seen, wanted to see, and enjoyed seeing.

Psycho Clown and Murder Clown felt like the most complete of the first three matches. Murder Clown looked more impressive than usual, trying things we don’t see from normal and looking dominate enough that Psycho Clown had something meaningful to overcome. The top rope splash felt like Murder could’ve actually won, and Psycho did well to come back and win. The limitations of the setting were shown here though, with both guys seemingly afraid to knock people over by falling backward on impact for a dive, making neither those seem more impressive.

Murder Clown 619

The Taurus/Pagano match had good parts, though it didn’t really come together as more than an exhibition. Pagano looked better than usual and Taurus was still much sharper on everything he did. He was there to get Pagano over. Pagano was way over before it and the finish looked great because Taurus was there to make it work. This will look cooler in highlights.

The women’s match was just a match. I guess months ago, it would’ve been a sure bet to be not good, and so having a match that was just alright is a relief. They did some moves, but it never had a lot of momentum or direction. The rana reversal bit for the finish worked, but came along slowly. It was a solid but not a hot match.