AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 12/05/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal
1) Chessman b Bengala
2) Psycho Clown b Texano Jr.
3) Taya b La Hiedra After the match, Lady Shani appeared to announce was taking herself out of the tournament but offered Taya a title versus title match should she win the entire thing.
4) Golden Magic b Niño Hamburguesa seemingly a replacement match for Taurus/Murder Clown, with Golden Magic getting back into the tournament with a win.
5) Australian Suicide b Laredo Kid
This continued the trend of main events worth going out of your way to watch.
Australian Suicide, Pentagon Jr., Pagano, and Psycho Clown have definitely advanced to the final on 12/09. The final show is supposed to start with three four-way matches, so there are eight more spots to fill. Aerostar, Drago, Golden Magic, Hijo del Vikingo, Keyra, Killer Kross, Laredo Kid, Mascarita Sagrada, Maximo, Taya, Texano Jr., and Vanilla are definitely eligible for those eights spots and should wrestle next week. Scarlett, Murder Clown, and Taurus may be eligible. They’re also just making up rules as they go so who knows.
CMLL is also planning on running their usual winter holiday schedule. Shows scheduled for New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve will be moved to the day after. That means the Monday Arena Puebla shows move to Tuesday, with the Arena Mexico & Arena Coliseo Guadalajara shows going on the same night as scheduled. CMLL has enough bodies to fill out three shows on the same night (and that’ll still leave some early match wrestlers unbooked), though it’s a different question if they have enough talent. The Tuesday Guadalajara show usually has more star power than the Tuesday Arena Mexico show. That might reverse for the holidays since the top stars will prefer to work in Mexico City so they can pick up an extra booking of three later that night around the Mexico City area. The end product of the Yago/Camorra feud, be it a singles match, a tag or a cage match, will probably take place on one of these days.
For streaming purposes, this schedule means there’s two more Monday night Puebla show for the year. The last show to air will be the 12/17 show, and then nothing on Monday until 01/08. CMLL will be down to ‘only’ two streams a week. Those Tuesday Puebla shows are very unlikely to be taped; last year, we never saw the Asturiano versus Espectro Maligno apuesta match and a Mephisto versus Caristico title match because of the schedule. (It’s also unlikely they’ll post results.) There’s a very slight chance the Sunday shows from 12/23 & 12/30 will be recorded and streamed if CMLL needs replacement TV content, but probably they’ll just reuse matches on different shows.
Leo Riano noted Keyra missed the AAA TV taping to do the WWE tryouts, though he also says he hasn’t actually asked AAA to see if Keyra had permission to skip the show. It would be strange for AAA to suddenly care about advertised people not showing up on their shows.
CMLL (MON) 12/10/2018Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Sonic vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Millenium & Rey Samuray vs El Perverso & King Jaguar
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías
4) Fuego, Tritón, Volcano vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
6) Volador Jr. vs Terrible
Micros coming to Puebla is the most interesting thing here. Sonic gets back to back weeks of bookings, which is rare for him.
CMLL (TUE) 12/11/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar, Luminoso, Magnum vs Gran Kenut, Guerrero de la Muerte, Tyson La Bestia
2) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Stigma, Titán vs Difunto, Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Carístico, Kráneo, Volcano vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero
Volador has singles matches on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. That doesn’t seem like a great idea. Caristioc being listed back is probably subject to change.
Psycho Clown beat Texano Jr. (8:56, casita, ok, 00:24:49)
Tayabeat La Hiedra (5:45, double chickenwing slam, ok, 00:40:59)
Golden Magicbeat Niño Hamburguesa (7:20, 450 splash, ok, 01:03:28)
Australian Suicidebeat Laredo Kid (7:02, shooting star press, good, 01:19:43)
Murder Clown & Taurus were advertised but did not appear. Golden Magic & Niño Hamburguesa, who both had been eliminated, were given a match where the winner would advance to the wild card round.
Lady Shani also appeared to take herself out of the tournament for no explained reason. Shani offered Taya a championship versus championship match should Taya win the Lucha Capital tournament.
The main event was the best match on the show by a big margin, though it didn’t hit for me as much as it seemed for other people watching. It had lots of crazy action, with Australian Suicide pulling out a shooting star press variation we haven’t seen from him in action before. They started off crazy with both men diving out of the ring onto their feet before Laredo leveled Suicide with a tope, and then fought on the restaurant tables. Suicide made the bold choice of trying a shooting star press off the table onto Laredo on the floor and seemed to bang a foot on the edge of the table on the way down. He was limping around immediately after. There were moments that looked a little bit off at times the rest of the way, and that foot had to be bugging him. There were also just random bits of no-selling moves throughout. It wasn’t like they came one after each other or they were happening at a big moment, it was more like a dice roll hit 6 and so the move didn’t actually hurt. Both guys did it, so maybe it was just a thing I didn’t get. This was pretty exciting, as you’d think with these two guys involved, but they can do even better.
Golden Magic & Niño Hamburguesa fit the same description as most of the undercard. There were a few fun highlight spots and watching the highlights were more fun than watching the match in entirety. The dives looked cool, Hamburguesa landing the multiple corner smashes for once (everyone usually moves on the second one) was interesting. Golden Magic came up quite short on his 450 splash at the end, and this match was short of his previous two matches. AAA didn’t really have many options on who to use as a replacement from the eliminated people but maybe putting Niño Hamburguesa in the tournament wasn’t the greatest thing for him.
Taya versus La Hiedra was just an average match. Taya was more obviously a tecnica this time. This match felt like both were being a ruda. They had some nice spots and the stuff in between wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really string together in any interesting way. It wasn’t bad but maybe Hiedra isn’t as yet as good as he looks in the tags and multiperson matches.
Psycho had a lot of energy but his match was nothing special. Texano tired quick. Maybe Psycho missing the catch on his dive didn’t help, but Texano wasn’t moving much when he was moving. That kind of limited what he was doing to taking Psycho Clown’s surprisingly high flying offense. The Psycho Clown/Murder Clown match was Psycho’s better match. I hope he gets some fun people to work within the final because I think Psycho has a great match in him with the right mix.
Bengala tried to make up for all the offense he’s not been able to get on TV in this one appearance. It was alright. Chessman breaking out the top rope tornillo on this show was wild. It didn’t hit, and the match didn’t quite hit either, but it did make a lot of noise for the five minutes it lasted.It was just a bunch of moves until Chessman landed a hard powerbomb and that was that. This was a borderline match for me, the second best on the show.