CMLL New Year’s Day show, GALLI

CMLL tomorrow

Not much news today. I don’t see any IWRG results from any of the usual sources; I think +Lucha might have decided to take a deserved weekend off. There are no shows tonight because of New Year’s Eve. You’d think lots of social drinking and lucha libre would be an obvious mix. Maybe next year.

There are interesting things coming, they’re just a little away. NJPW has announced the FantasticaMania lineups on January 6 in recent years. That’d mean seeing them around 11 pm CT Saturday night. AAA has a year-opening press conference next Monday morning. They’ve done it a few years in a row now, so I guess it’s a tradition to hear about big (possible) plans for the rest of the world and a TripleMania main event (which may no longer be Park/Wagner.) AAA will probably reveal the lineup for at least the Mexico City AAA TV taping and maybe more. AAA is airing this year’s TripleMania in the Wednesday Lucha Capital timeslot this week. I think AAA would like to go back to running Lucha Capital the following Wednesday if a Facebook deal can be done, and that might be an announcement as part of next Monday’s press conference.

There’s a couple CMLL shows before those announcements. CMLL is not streaming tonight. They will stream tomorrow at the holiday 5 pm start time with some curiosities. Akuma & Camorra are widely expected to lose to Yago & Hijo del Signo in the rudos apuesta match. The Akuma/Signo preview match was not good, and none of the other matches were positive. The recent low water mark for these January apuesta matches was the Soberano & Star Jr. versus Cholo & Ramstein from Three King’s Day 2015, where Ramstein appeared to have no business being in the ring (either due to injury or other reasons), the match went atrociously poor, and Ramstein wrestled once more to show his face before disappearing from CMLL forever. I suspect that is what will happen again here – Camorra seems to have friends in the right places to get a hair match payoff that benefits no one but himself, but might just vanish after – but the concerning thing is most of the people in that really 2015 match are higher regarded than those in the 2019 one. It is CMLL, so there will be plenty of chances for other disasters, but this could be one of the best matches of the year.

The top matches could be better. Caristico and Penta got generally strong reviews for their match on Friday. The match on Tuesday won’t have many surprises but should still get a great reaction. Caristico and Ultimo Guerrero have had less Arena Mexico singles match than you’d expect – this will be the 7th, including 1 for Elite – for two guys who were among the biggest names in Caristico’s defining years. Caristico has won all the matches but one (a semi-final in a Universal tournament where Caristico crashed and burned on a dive), though it feels like Guerrero is the favorite in 2019.

There are high hopes for Dragon Lee, King Phoenix and Penta versus Cuatrero, Forastero, and Templario as well. The rest of the card has Hijo del Villano and Hijo de LA Park part of the fourth match, a women’s trios match and an opener that might be better than the apuesta match. The show starts at 5 pm on Tuesday and it should air on YouTube; no sign of a last-minute iPPV this time around.

Puebla has Volador/Sanson. Guadalajara has Terrible scheduled to defend his title against Diamante Azul, but no one’s quite sure what will happen.

Arena San Juan has the MexaWrestling vs Lucha Memes show with Flamita/Horuz & Audaz, Caristico and Dragon Bane vs Aramis, Arkangel Divino, and Toxin. Naucalpan has an all cage match show. I’m not sure if either will live, but both figure to turn up on +LuchaTV eventually. There are AAA staffed shows in Arena Lopez Mateos and Arena Neza.

The next news post won’t be until late Monday, if not Tuesday.

I was at the first show at the New Arena GALLI in Melrose Park, which turns out to be a cut-out area in an indoor soccer facility. (Lucha Libre shows and indoor soccer buildings seem to go hand and hand.) The area they were in was a little tight and seemed smaller than the space they had at the since-closed Villa Park location. I wonder if they might move it around to a different part of the building in the future. They filled the area they had, with Bandido being the popular outside attraction for the night.

I filmed the Bandido vs DJZ vs Isais Velasquez vs Gringo Loco main event. The match was pretty good. They switched it from a tag match, probably to set up the finish they were doing, and money was thrown in after the fact. It’s likely a better version will turn up at some point: there were at least seven different cameras filming the show in some official capacity. I only recognized Wrestling with Unicorns, someone else was filming the show with a drone.

The post-match talked about a four-way cage match; I haven’t been around GALLI since the Rey Fenix/Aeroboy match so I was a little bit lost. GALLI explained it on Facebook: on 01/20 it’ll be Aero Boy vs Gringo Loco vs Bandolero vs Skayde Jr., mask on the hair on the line in the cage, though it’s actually promoter Carlos Galli’s hair instead of Gringo Loco. Rey Fenix will be back on the show, though he’s not listed on the poster yet.

MLW announced they’ve signed Gringo Loco to a contract, following him appearing on their Cicero and Miami tapings. MLW deals tend not to be exclusives, just the first right to book if there’s a conflicting date, so he’ll probably be around on other shows as well.

Puma King celebrated the new year in Japan; he’s still around DDT for a while longer. He posted a message that seemed to sum up his year: “The only thing you can not recover is time. It’s better to repent for what you did than to live thinking of what you could’ve done.” This seems like solid advice I should take if only I had any of idea of what I to do. I’m jealous of those who figured it out.

Today concludes the 15th year of writing this site. I started in 2003 after doing writing about CMLL TV for a couple of years prior. It became this daily maniac thing around 2006 and has become a distressingly large portion of my life since. I made a point to take some days off this year. Having accidental days off, where I wrote but it didn’t get posted for WordPress weirdness, and having no one seemingly notice made it clearer that the whole enterprise as is not as vital as I like to imagine it is. Relaxing and taking an easier route is something I’ve had a hard time grasping so far; maybe next year.

Thanks for reading. I hope you all have gotten something out of the site. In a very tiny niche, I get a lot of attention for writing something that almost no one actually reads and some benefits from it. I also get to be an anonymous weirdo most of the time, and that’s something I’m pretty comfortable being. I do not know what 2019 will bring, but I hope this site will continue to be worth your time.

(I will be deleting any praise in the comments. Get out of here with that.)

Tijuana’s EMW (AAA allied) says their next show is February 1st.

Interviews with Pachuca’s Pumara, Guerrera Isis and Poetico.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 01/05/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Estrellita, La Maligna, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Nitro, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Flyer vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Diamante Azul nowhere to be found (and Carisitco working a lot of shows) suggests he’s really missing more than a weekend of shows. The Fantastica Mania shows are going to be interesting but I’m not sure what it’ll look like back in CMLL during those two weeks.

new Mexican women’s champion, Caristico outsmarts Penta in front of a big audience, great 01/04 lineup

new champ

CMLL (FRI) 12/28/2018 Arena México [Claro, CMLL, ESTOLucha CentralOvacionesThe Gladiatores]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Arkalis & Oro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Audaz, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato, Okumura, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán DQ Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, weird finish
5) Dragón Lee, Místico, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Penta 0M DQ Carístico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Caristico tossed his mask to Penta.

Arena Mexico drew an unexpectedly large crowd for this show. I guess there was more juice left in Pentagon versus Caristico than I thought (or maybe they would’ve sold out the place if they had done it sooner.) CMLL’s largest crowds have been on special occasions and big matches between CMLL wrestlers and outsiders. They haven’t done these crowd with CMLL versus CMLL matches on normal shows.

CMLL (SAT) 12/29/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Sonic
rudos took 1/3.
2) Angelito, Kaligua, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Disturbio, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. b Black Panther, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
rudos took 1/3.
4) Metálica b Princesa Sugehit © [MEX WOMEN]
Surprise title switch, with Metalica taking falls 2/3 to become the 20th modern champion. Princesa Sugehit falls on her 6th defense. Metalica wins the title in her first ever title shot.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Máscara Año 2000, Shocker b Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Volcano
rudos took 1/3.
6) Carístico, Titán, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Caristico replaced Dragon Lee mid-week. Titan replaced Diamante Azul. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ when UG fouled Caristico. Money thrown in.

CMLL posted a video of an ecstatic Metalica with her new belt, in the aftermath of the biggest win of her career by a fair margin. Metalica winning is a shock in a division that could use a shock. We have Metalica as 24 on the luchawiki, and I’m not sure when the last time a Mexican woman that young has won the title. (Zeuxis is close, but a couple years older.) I need more time to do research because the answer at the moment seems to be “never”. Metalica was one of the better indie luchadoras when she was mainly competing outside of CMLL and has seemed one of the better young luchadors but hasn’t had a great or really notable match. If they were going to make someone, Metalica makes as much sense as anyone, but we’re not going to know if this is going to work for a while. Then again, recycling the same people in the same positions sure wasn’t working.

CMLL (SUN) 12/30/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Robin b Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Maligna
Rudas took 1/3.
3) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Black Panther, Drone, Magnus
Nitro replaced Sagrado. Rudo stook 2/3.
4) Titán b Felino [lightning]
Titan beat Felino with a casita
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3, Shocker replaced Diamante Azul but didn’t really want to be a tecnico and betrayed his team.
6) Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero
Caristico replaced Dragon Lee on Wednesday. Tecnicos took 2/3. UG unmasked Caristico to end the main event in a DQ for two straight nights.

Diamante Azul seems to have vanished (gone to France?) without CMLL being aware. That makes for some replacements for the last two nights. It also makes for a serious problem for Tuesday, where Diamante Azul is scheduled to challenge Terrible for the Mexican National Heavyweight championship. It’s going to be tough to send a sub when there are two other shows going on. I suspect local Furia Roja will get the shot instead.

I think they’re doing better building up Caristico/Ultimo Guerrero than the apuesta match, but they have much better material to work with.

CMLL Guadalajara did not post results tonight, but +Lucha mentioned Smaker lost his mask to Gran Kenut. Smaker is Alejandro Ramos Garcia, 27, 13 years a wrestler. Difunto helped Kenut won the match. Smaker made TV a handful of times in 2014/2015 when the 52MX Guerreros del Ring was showing Guadalajara matches.

Sofia Alonso has a five-minute recap of the year in CMLL that’s pretty complete. I think I saw people upset Okada & Naito appearing didn’t get a mention, but not much else was. (There is a noticeable edit when it appears Alonso is about to talk about the Anniversario match early on.) I’m just impressed someone in some sort of ownership role in CMLL seems aware of everything that happened in CMLL this year, which seems so much different than the previous years.

CMLL also has text look backs at JulyAugust, and September.

La Parka’s column in Record says AAA is deciding between three matches for the main event of TripleMania. That’s a remarkable change from this year’s TripleMania ending with AAA stating LA Park vs Dr. Wagner would definitely headline the 2019 TripleMania. I’m not sure the other possibilities would be any more aesthetically pleasing: Wagner/Blue Demon and Konnan/Vampiro loom as possibilities.

Diaro Basta talks to the people in the CMLL New Year’s Day Apuesta match. Signo & Yago are under the belief that a win would launch them to “luchas estelares”. I believe they are mistaken.

Laredo Kid will replace Flamita on the 01/18 PWG show. Flamita is still on the New Year’s Day MexaWrestling show. Caristico sent in a promo to assure that he will also still be on the show even though he’s main eventing Arena Mexico at a show starting a half hour earlier. MexaWrestling says that show will feature a surprise debut and a farewell.

Violento Jack says he’s planning on staying in Japan “indefinitely”, or at least thru December 2019. Jack points out that an independent wrestler in Mexico has to deal with promoters not paying what they promised, events being canceled at the last moment and poor hotel stays, and he had not had those issues wrestling in Japan. Violento Jack was recently included in the top 10 of the ShuPro Wrestling Gran Prix fan voting for the best foreigner, the only Mexican wrestler to be included.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including an update on Tinieblas and Garza.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/04/2019 Arena México
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Templario
2) Titán vs Tritón [lightning]
3) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
4) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo
5) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.[MEX TRIOS]
7th defense

This is not the best of the previous year card CMLL’s done in this spot the last few years. It’s a good substitute, with an unexpected but likely strong main event and a really great semi-main. Youth are getting a spot at top and some of the familiar names are working the midcard spots instead. The first two matches probably won’t be worked like the normal first couple of matches.

There are no hints of anything special for the 01/06 Sunday show, which is strange. Maybe a surprise is coming.

Penta vs Caristico tonight in CMLL, IWRG Anniversary show

Penta 0M debuted in CMLL on June 29th. He ran in as a surprise, attacking Caristico. It took CMLL six months to get a singles match between the two. Tonight’s CMLL match will be hot because it has two of the bigger stars in Mexico facing off for the first time in Arena Mexico, though it still feels like CMLL missed the peak of the feud. This will be the fourth singles match they’ve had, after one in The Crash and two in Arena Neza. Caristico has won two of those, and one went to a draw. Caristico is the home team luchador here and seems like the favorite.

The lineup looks better than the last couple of shows, which have underperformed. Dragon Lee being back helps; his match with Mistico & Volador against NGD may be better than the main event. The rest of the show fits with the averageness of those recent Friday night shows. Atlantis, Diamante Azul & Titan taking on Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Hechicero doesn’t seem a great mix. Kawato, Okumura, and Vangellys versus Guerrero Maya, Flyer, Audaz is a standard “almost” promising CMLL match of 2018.

Estrellita has her first Arena Mexico since July 31st (and her first Friday match since the week before Penta debuts.) She’s had some injury issues this year. She’ll team with Marcela and Lluvia against Amapola, Dalys, and Tiffany. The show opens with Arkalis & Oro Jr. taking on Coyote & Grako.

LuchaCentral has a preview of the show. The show will air on Marca (region-blocked at last check) and Facebook.

CMLL posted April, May, and June in it’s look back at 2018 within hours yesterday.

Dorian Roldan told Record that he hopes to run an AAA show in Madison Square Garden in 2019. This idea first was started this summer (also in Record), Konnan later implied that a media company would be footing most of the bill if it happened, and then it just did not happen. The idea then was around Mexican Independence Day and maybe that’ll be the idea again if it does happen. It still seems like a long shot, though perhaps we’ll hear more about it at the January AAA press conference. Roldan also mentioned more international AAA shows (a tour in Colombia) and workng with more promotions.

This interview with Vanilla mentions the AAA Mazatlan lineup is expected to be known on 01/02. I’d guess the ones before it would be ready at the same time.

Warrior Wrestling announced Dragon Lee will replace Titan on their 01/05 show. Dragon Lee was also advertised for the 01/25 Northeast Wrestling show in Poughkeepsie, New York. I’m not sure if Dragon Lee will reach quite the Penta & Fenix levels of being booked everywhere in 2019, but it’s going to be a busy year for him outside of Mexico.

AJPW announced Kento Miyahara & Yuma Aoyagi will appear on this year’s DragonMania.

Diosa Quetzal who became known popular after appearing on reality show Enamorandonos, says she has to fight the perception she’s only a reality TV invented star.

PubliMetro talks to Psycho Clown about their year.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Morelos luchador Fussion won the award for the revelation of the year.

An interview with Monclova’s Zintro.

Lineups

IWRG (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Divino, Juan Diego, Kid Jaguar vs Guerrero Palma, Marduk, Taurino and Flyman, Flyman II, Gallito Colorado and Manchitas, Psique, Puercules and Atomic Star, Chicanito, Death Metal [cage]
LLB (Jaguar) vs Gym Zeus (Marduk) vs Zaetas del Ring (Flyman) vs Lucha Memes (Psique)
2) Capo del Norte & Capo del Sur © vs Karaoui & Zumbi and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [cage]
first defense
3) Leo & Mike vs Dinamic Black & Eragón and Ra-Zhata & Shil-Kah and Freelance & Relámpago [cage, #1 Contenders, IWRG IC TAG]
4) Dragón Bane © vs Rey Horus [IWRG REY DEL AIRE, cage]
5th defense
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Toscano [cage, hair]

IWRG’s 23rd Anniversary show features every match in a cage and a main event apuesta match that is a bit hard to predict. Not sure any matches benefit from being in a cage and they’re resting a lot on the novelty of being an all cage match show.

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Astral, Eléctrico, King Jaguar vs Cholo, Fuerza Chicana, Joker
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
4) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
5) Volador Jr. vs Sansón

That’s a first time singles main event (that no one outside of the arena may see.)

The King Jaguar/Perverso issue came and went quick. Now Jaguar is just booked every week for no reason.

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr., Black Sugar, Joker vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Mr. Apolo
2) Drone, Súper Astro Jr., Vaquero Jr. vs Disturbio, Guerrero de la Muerte, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Vangellys
5) Terrible vs Diamante Azul [MEX HEAVY]
3rd defense, 3rd against Azul

Will this be the team for Diamante Azul? Will any one care? No, Probably not.

Rush is again not booked on any of the shows. Rush has been taking vacations but he’s also worked in Arena Neza on Tuesday, wrestled in Mazatlan last night and is scheduled to be in Acapulco on Saturday. There is reason to suspect he’s been quietly suspended for 30 days and we won’t be seeing him until around 01/06.

Fuego is also not on these shows and hasn’t been seen since the 14th. Titan missed the Christmas Day shows but is working in Puebla this time around.

the best AAA matches of 2018 (a dumb list)

All my picks for the best matches of 2018 are on this page. Listing of the best matches from a single promotion is good material for a day where I may not be around. There’s still a CMLL show to watch (and maybe more if I figure out how to watch the old ones on NJPW World) and I’ve got a few more indie matches to write about. AAA is done for the year, so let’s do some half decent internet list.

This is only including stuff that streamed on an official AAA outlet.

excellent (among the best of the year, the must-see matches)

  • 04/20: Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito vs Arcángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire – YouTube
  • 05/18: Látigo & Toxin vs Aramis & Astrolux – YouTube
  • 08/02: Flamita vs Bandido vs Fénix – YouTube
  • 08/25: Aerostar & Drago vs Golden Magic & Laredo Kid and Bandido & Flamita and Andrew Everett & DJZ in a ladder match – YouTube

The three-way is the best all-around match but suffers from a crowd they just couldn’t reach. The 04/20 match gets the opposite reaction. I might have liked the ladder match more than most everyone, including the people in it.

Most of the people in these matches were not full-time AAA wrestlers. It might say something about the full-time AAA wrestlers, or it might say something about AAA being surprisingly willing to let people come and go when they had time and interest.

It was notable when AAA did not have a single match in VOW’s length poll in 2016. They had entries in 2017. They’re going to have plenty in 2018, including a few that might not have even made the next part of the list

Great (among the best of the year, possibly with a flaw, worth watching if you want to watch more lucha)

  • 01-26: Lady Shani © vs Faby Apache in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship match – YouTube
  • 01-26: Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión in a bull terrier match – YouTube
  • 04-20: Aerostar & Drago vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship – YouTube
  • 05-18: Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana – YouTube
  • 06-03: Arkángel Divino, Dinastía, Hijo Del Vikingo, Star Fire vs Arez, Belial, Lady Maravilla, Último Maldito – YouTube
  • 06-03: Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana for the hair – YouTube
  • 07-13: Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire vs Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra – YouTube
  • 07-21: Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Electroshock, LA Park, Puma King – YouTube
  • 08-10: Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid, Niño Hamburguesa vs Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider – YouTube
  • 08-25: Psycho Clown vs Hijo del FantasmaLA ParkPentagón Jr. for the mask and in a cage match – YouTube
  • 09-09: Fénix vs Laredo Kid vs Cage – aired on Twitch, hasn’t been put on AAA’s YouTube
  • 09-21: Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire – YouTube
  • 10-31: Pentagón Jr. vs Puma King – Facebook
  • 11-07: Drago vs Laredo Kid – Facebook
  • 11-14: Golden Magic vs Fénix – Facebook
  • 11-28: Pentagón Jr. vs Golden Magic – Facebook
  • 12-02: Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana © for the AAA World Trios Championship – Twitch ($)
  • 12-08: Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. vs Australian Suicide, Jack Evans, Taurus – Twitch ($)
  • 12-08: Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana – Twitch ($)
  • 12-12: Drago vs Hijo Del Vikingo – Facebook
  • 12-19: Pentagón Jr. vs Australian Suicide – Facebook

Averno, Chessman, Super Fly vs Carta Brava, Mocho Cota and Tito Santana shows up 3 times. That’s pretty good.  Electroshock makes the list one more time than I thought. One more time than Pagano. You are still allowed to love the TripleMania garbage match without me.

It is a little weird there’s not a 1v1 match on either of these lists past January outside of the Lucha Capital stuff, but it is not so surprising when you watch AAA. It is also weird that the women’s division has generally been Good post-April but rarely great. Glad at lesat one trios match made the list.

There were a lot of shows between January and April. There were not a lot of good matches. I’m not sure if/when the December matches will go up on AAA’s YouTube; not everything from Twitch is making it up.

Feel free either to watch some of these or yell at me for not including something, whichever you prefer.

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 28th, 2018

I’ll give you a link to the full-size version. I don’t think it is needed. This is about as small a list as it has been in years.  It’ll remain slow thru next Friday’s show and then get back to normal (and then go crazy when FantasticaMania kicks in.)

I’m traveling the next couple of days, so you may be on your own when it comes to Marca. The website is currently region-blocked and there’s no video link on Facebook yet, so it may not go well. I’ll see what I can do. The main event should be heated and semi-main should be good.

If you don’t have enough of Caristico singles matches on Friday, you’ll get another on Tuesday. I still think there’s a half a chance that show ends up on iPPV and we might not know it until Monday. I would not recommend buying it after last time’s fun.

great match roundup, week of 2018-12-15

dives everywhere

recaps

past round-up postsMOTYC list

An actual strong CMLL match this week and on a non-Friday show. A list of good CMLL matches on B-Shows is one of those ideas I’ve had but may never actually get done.

I do have some time. No AAA taping this week, and I’m almost done with the catch-up. There may just be one more part depending on how many Christmas Day indie matches were worth watching (and how much I’m willing to wait to see what other random stuff might turned up.)

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-18 2018-12-18
great Pentagón Jr. vs Australian Suicide Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa) Lucha Capital: 2018-12-19 2018-12-19
good Hijo Del Vikingo vs Laredo Kid Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa) Lucha Capital: 2018-12-19 2018-12-19
good Golden Magic vs Pentagón Jr.Laredo KidPsycho ClownKiller Kross [ruleta rusa] Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa) Lucha Capital: 2018-12-19 2018-12-19

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-12-15 2018-12-11
ok Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
ok Akuma & Camorra vs Hijo del Signo & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-18 2018-12-18
ok Audaz, Drone, Rey Cometa vs Disturbio, Nitro, Sagrado Disturbio Cmll, Nitro y Sagrado vs Drone, Audaz y Rey Cometa. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll,. Nitro y Sagrado vs Drone, Audaz y Rey Cometa. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-18 2018-12-18
ok Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-18 2018-12-18
ok Golden Magic vs Máximo Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa) Lucha Capital: 2018-12-19 2018-12-19
ok Killer Kross vs Murder Clown Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa) Lucha Capital: 2018-12-19 2018-12-19
ok Psycho Clown vs Pagano Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa) Lucha Capital: 2018-12-19 2018-12-19
ok Robin & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-21 2018-12-21
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-21 2018-12-21
ok Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Luciferno, PólvoraLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-21 2018-12-21
ok Ángel de Oro vs Mephisto in a lightning matchLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-21 2018-12-21
ok Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-21 2018-12-21
ok Cavernario, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero vs Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-21 2018-12-21
not rated Centella Roja, Hijo de Centella Roja, Sonic vs Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
not rated King Jaguar, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Perverso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
not rated Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
not rated Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-17 2018-12-17
not rated Kaligua & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-18 2018-12-18
not rated Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-18 2018-12-18

 

CMLL New Year’s Day lineup, Sanson/Volador in Puebla?

There’s not much news this week away from the holiday shows. There’s an AAA spot show in Naucalpan today with a big +LuchaTV logo on the poster, so perhaps it’ll stream on YouTube today. There’s a Vikingo match so you may be interested.

Dragon Lee was pulled off the Saturday and Sunday CMLL shows. Caristico takes his place. This seems to be a date conflict and not an injury and didn’t come up CMLL’s Informa. He’s still on Friday’s show and listed for New Year’s Day so it does not appear to be an injury.

TV Azteca Puebla posted only highlights of Tuesday’s Arena Puebla show and have since removed them. The main event ending was Volador being close to finishing Sanson off when Sanson tossed his mask to draw the DQ. They’re likely having a singles match next week.

Corsario Negro Jr.’s knee injury seems bad. There’s a raffle being held to raise money, and the post on it mentions Corsario Negro Jr. is expected out 6-12 months.

RIOT is teasing actually releasing their shows on Pivotshare. Seems to good to be true.

GALLI is running Bandido & DJZ vs Gringo Loco & ? on Sunday. NothingElseOn.TV says they’ll have GALLI content soon, which I assume would be the same sort of stuff they’ve been posting on YouTube.

Halloween says he has “one shoulder broken, one shoulder torn, and three vertebraes hurt” but he doesn’t want to stop wrestling because he doesn’t know what he’d do without it in his life.

Ovaciones has a long interview with Jaque Mate Jr. for some reason. He says he’s debating between joining CMLL or saying in the independent (which means for a guy like him is he’s going to be an independent.)

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Santo versus Bandido from 2017. Again, it seems increasingly likely Santo Jr.’s biggest contribution to lucha libre might be streaming that match on Facebook.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Lluvia vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
3) Akuma & Camorra vs Hijo del Signo & Yago [mask, hair]
4) Hijo de LA Park, Kráneo, Volcano vs Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV
5) Dragón Lee, King Phoenix, Penta 0M vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Templario
6) Carístico vs Último Guerrero

I think I know every spot that will happen in Carisitco/UG and probably the order they’ll be in but it’ll be fine. The fifth match should be the show stealer. Will every other match be better than the apuesta match? I think they can get there in the fourth match, we can bet on some solid Kraneo comedy at least. The opener would be easily good if they didn’t have the opener handcuff on and I think they can do it. It’s that women’s match that is a deal breaker, but I believe in the CMLL women to come thru (and for someone in the apuesta match to have a Ramstein level performance.)

2018 watch later catch up, part 16 of ∞

Mr. Iguana barely survived 2018

Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans
(RIOT @ Arena LLF on 07/28, 14:36, great, no publicly available link)

What Happened: This match isn’t publicly available at this point in time. I got to see the match by annoying one of the promoters into sharing, then losing the link to where he posted it, then asking someone else if they could ask them where the match was at. I do not recommend this strategy. RIOT may put up matches on some service at some time?

Review: [great] A tremendously fun match with a memorable moment or three. Sammy & Jack are goofy before the bell, and at times during the match, but they also show genuine dislike and anger. Some of the shots occasionally come off sloppy, but they work as just angry people who are a bit too emotional to always hit right. The crowd helps raise this up too, being into the match and hilariously taunting Guevera by singing happy birthday when the match is going poorly for him. This resembles a lot more of a wild brawling match at times – they end up outside and dunking each other in a tank of water – than both guys just doing highspots and is better for it. If this ever available, it’s worth checking out.

this is not the ice bucket challenge
look how messy his back looks

Mr. Iguana vs Taurus vs Vasco Jr. in a tournament final ladder match
(KAOZ @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 10/28, 12:34, great, mluchatv)

A lucha libre ladder match where the ladders held up, the people in the match knew the rules, and they did cool stuff using the ladders, what a great thing. I think we’re in a period where ladder matches in Mexico are no longer catastrophes and that’s a pleasant things. Taurus is at his best in this match, not doing stuff just to do it and instead of coming off as a monster destroying things while still being able to base for the crazy things. Mr. Iguana has some crazy ideas, most of which work out and make the feel wild. I liked the Terry Funk homage, and the corner dive was insane. I wish Mr. Iguana wouldn’t take crucifix bombs out of the ring because I’d like to see him in wrestling a lot longer. Vasco Jr. is a guy. This was borderline good/great but there were a few spots that’ll stick in my memory more than most good matches.

animal on animal violence
when you really wish you had a floor cam

Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450 in the KAOZ TRIOS tournament
(KAOZ @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 10/28, 15:41, good, mluchatv)

Seemed like it was going to be a fine if a bit exhibition trios match between these two teams for the half dozen or so minutes. They found another level after the careta spot, picking up the pace and coming up with some sharp looking spots. Rebelion doesn’t seem to team in trios much (or I skip it because I can’t find a full video, probably), but came across as a group on NGD’s level here. The badly timed finish took it down a bit; this isn’t much of the ladder match with a better-executed ending.

hooray team kick
confused by Garza Jr. flashy offense

Zumbido vs Ricky Marvin
(LLB/HUMO in Arena Lopez Mateos on 11/03, 9:10 seen, Estrellas del Ring)

What Happened: This is three falls, but the first two falls are clipped to nothing. Also, a random Angel o Demonio appearance as a second, which feels weird at the moment.

Review: Zumbido politely asks for his second to move the barricade away from the ring before he does a dive, then cracks his head on the apron on the dive because there’s not enough room and bleeds from the back of the head for the next while. Perhaps we can heed Zumbido better next time. Zumbido completely whiffs on catching a Ricky Marvin dive later on. They’re much better when they’re inside the ring, a solid hard hitting match with a good bit of action and some calls backs to their hair match. Zumbido’s worked himself into shape where I hope he gets a nice opponent for a big hair match at some point. This showing that both guys can still go, though it doesn’t hit the highest heights.

unclear why my only GIF is the injury

Penta 0M, Puma King, Rey Fénix vs Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II
(Cuervo Benefit show @ Arena Naucalpan on 11/22, 15:09, good, +LuchaTV)

Fun exhibition style, peaking with the brawl early. Fenix’s dive near the end was nice too. It didn’t feel like they did all they could’ve done but they did go 15 minutes on a free show so not exactly complaining. Pentagon really wants a match with Eterno from the looks of this one and I hope he gets it at some point. Actually, Fenix/Eterno would be pretty good too.

no matter how many people are in Arena Naucalpan, an empty section of chairs can always be found
Fenix reaching the fans

Alas de Acero, Aramis, Freelance vs Arez, Belial, Toxin
(Cuervo Benefit Show @ Arena Naucalpan on 11/22, 7:43, good, +LuchaTV)

This was totally rushed but sometimes that’s really OK. This was really great in a different way than the short Negro Casas matches, they just used the time to do anything and everything they could think of. The lack of smoothness could be forgiven because something else exciting was happening a second later. Freelance’s backdrop dive to the floor was the biggest moment, but Arez stood out with his spots and Aramis was good as usual. This is the kind of that would get these guys over anywhere they went.

Freelance behaving normally
Alas de Acero in the wrong part of town

CMLL Mexico: 2018-12-18 

hooray team

Recapped: 12/20/2018

Matches:

Kaligua & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
(12:34 [4:59, 4:03, 3:32], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo del Signo & Yago beat Akuma & Camorra  
(6:30 [3:52, 2:38], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Drone, Rey Cometa beat Disturbio, Nitro, Sagrado
(9:24 [3:05, 2:51, 3:28], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match
(7:41, Gori Special, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto
(10:25 [4:19, 1:20, 4:46], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
(13:44 [4:47, 2:23, 6:34], 1/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Akuma & Signo are disqualified in the first for putting on a two man tapatia on Camorra. Camorra rips Yagos mask in the second, really making it unusable. Yago really has no choice but to take Akuma’s mask to cover up, though that also ends the match. Apuesta challenges followed.

Thoughts:

Signo regretted the dive immediately

The main event was a strange occurrence of a Friday night match on a Tuesday night main event. It looked like it was just going to be a simple but crowd pleasing match, but they found an extra gear. It never felt like a really big match, just one where everyone was really sharp at what they were doing and doing more than I’ve seen on this Monday/Tuesday shows of late. Templario figures to be facing Soberano a lot – he’s in this trio for these matches because Euforia can’t be – and is handling wrestling him and this elevation to a top spot without a problem. He and Gran Guerrero had another moment of really good teamwork here. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja looked much better than they did in Puebla the night before, and the match was fun all the way to the end. A rare treat for putting up with the shows; I might be overrating this because of the show where it is happening, but I think it’s worth people’s time.

The tercera would be recommendable if the rudos weren’t so lame. Crowd at least liked it. Nitro doing a Destroyer and making no effort to catch on a dive was right. Credit to Audaz for making something up when Sagrado completely forgot how to take his finish. I wish it was physically possible for the técnicos to do some other spot off the apron beside a headscissors but it appears it is not possible.

The rudo/rudo feud was energetic if not exactly exciting. Signo offers a willingness to hurt himself on a tope and not much more. Camorra offers less. There really wasn’t a lot of time or opportunity to do a lot in this match but Yago & Akuma didn’t look as interesting as they have had in normal matches. I have little hope for this blowoff match.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25

the man who won it for AAA

Recapped: 12/25/2018

Matches:

La Parkita, Mini Psycho Clown, Solaris beat La Parkita Negra, Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown
(10:08, Mini Psycho Clown Canadian Destroyer Mini Monster Clown, good, 00:18:25)

Chica Tormenta, Demus, Toxin beat Chicano, Vanilla, Villano III Jr.
(14:55, Demus Driver on Chicano, good, 00:39:51)

Keyra & Lady Maravilla beat Faby Apache & Lady Shani
(9:29, DQ Lady Shani [Lady Maravilla fake mask removal], good, 01:05:21)

Myzteziz Jr., Halcón 78 Jr., Hijo Del Vikingo beat Emperador Azteca, Samoano, Tonga
(9:32, Vikingo reverse 450 splash Emperador Azteca, good, 01:25:25)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Australian Suicide, Golden Magic, Jack Evans
(10:14, OGT double three-man powerbomb Golden Magic, good, 01:45:31)

La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Electroshock, Rey Escorpión, Taurus
(17:08, Psycho Clown casita Taurus, ok, 02:08:01)

What happened:

the only person allowed to brutalize people in a Faby Apache match is Faby Apache

Elite won the first two matches. AAA won the last three to win the series. The announcers called it the “Ultima” confrontation, though they may have just meant the last one in 2018.

Rey Escorpión stole Psycho Clown’s mask post-match for no real reason. They’d be feuding during the match.

Hades seconded Samoano & Tonga again and seems to be their permanent manager, so that wasn’t just a dark match fever dream.

Thoughts:

Yep.

The AAA main event followed the normal formula for those matches. La Parka did some comedy, Pagano blew spots, Psycho Clown looked good. It didn’t hold my interest as the 12th straight match I’d watched but seemed about average for that spot. Rey Escorpión messing with Psycho Clown after the match felt more like Rey Escorpión doing something on his own than any angle, but we’ll see.

The semi-final was about where I got overwhelmed about how many things were going on at once at lost track a bit of what I was happening in front of me. This seemed like another good action match with weird sides. The OGT worked like rudos even though they were the home team. That made for the more exciting match, with the “Elite” team breaking out a lot of flying against a good team of bases, even if it didn’t make a lot of sense in the overall show narrative. I liked some of the other matches more but this was still enjoyable.

flying Tonga

The fourth match was well over expectations. Myzteziz & Vikingo are clearly trying to make very match special. It was really the Samoanos who were much better than they’ve been in any other match, peaking with a giant Tonga dive sequence at the end. They came across strongly and Hades did well with her couple of interference spots. Samaono hasn’t done much to be taken seriously to this point, but they might be able to get something of the unit. Halcón and Emperador were fine for what they were asked for. Crowd booing Myzteziz Jr. for existing is not a good sign. He did win them back over when he did a cool move a moment later.

The women’s match turned into the usual extremely hard-hitting match expected from this quartet. Keyra launching into Shani with the corner dropkick and then getting unexpectedly obliterated by Faby Apache was brutal and perfect for this match. Faby & Keyra had a brief sequence of murdering each other that was stupendous. Everyone fought hard for how long it lasted. This was good in a different way than the match the other matches prior to it on the card. Lady Maravilla shows infinitely more personality in AAA, coming across strongly on her post-match promo. AAA missing the finish was a bit hilarious but at least they showed the it in the replays.

a big day for Villano IIIs

The segunda had a lot of action and some errors, as might be figured with a match running as long as it ended up with some inexperienced people. There was one sequence with Demus, Chicano and Villano III Jr. that had some embarrassing botches, but most of the action held up. Chicano did some amazing things and had some weaker moments; he seems to be going a 100 MPH to try to make an impression and get on these shows regularly, which might not be to his benefit. Vanilla had a solid match, which seems notable when it comes to her, and got crushed by the Elite team a couple times. Villano III’s new look is cool and he had a mostly good match. Toxin made a positive impression. Demus’ finish looked killer.

The opener was interesting for the weirdness of a lot of these people finally existing. Mini Gronda moved better than either of the other two Grondas and doesn’t really fit the gimmick besides dressing up in the look, but that’s fine. The rest was a lot more comedy than in most AAA matches, and it came off well as a chance of pace. The new crew of minis can wrestle well enough that it’s not just a reliance on comedy to get thru everything. These minis worked as something different though not something I need to exactly see on every taping.

Chicano flies