CMLL second match rudo feud moves to Tuesdays, Lucha Capital week 7

CMLL (TUE) 12/11/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralThe Gladiatores]
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Akuma, Camorra, Nitro b Hijo del Signo, Raziel, Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Originally a Jarochita/Sugehit/Sanely vs Comandnate/Metalica/Isis match. Team Camorra took 2/3. Akuma pinned Signo with help from Camorra. Post match promos teased Camorra/Akuma vs Signo/Yago.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. DQ Kawato San, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, the last by DQ when Tiger unmasked Maya.
5) Luciferno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rey Bucanero replaced Ephesto. Rudos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Cavernario, Euforia, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Nitro, Akuma & Camorra and Raziel, Hijo del Signo and Yago talk about their feud. That tag match is happening either on Christmas or New Year’s Day. Both are Tuesdays, which is why it was suddenly moved onto this show. It is unclear why it took CMLL until yesterday to realize they were running the feud on Tuesdays. Maybe Camorra has something else to do on Tuesdays.

There are also promos with Drone talking about his father and Mephisto & Rey Bucanero talking about their win. Tiger appears to be taking on Puma’s tradition of wearing Grinch outfit during December.

CMLL (TUE) 12/11/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gran Kenut, Guerrero de la Muerte, Tyson La Bestia b Black Sugar, Luminoso, Magnum
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Marcela
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Stigma, Titán b Difunto, Hechicero, Pólvora
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Carístico, Kráneo, Volcano b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Último Guerrero b Volador Jr.
UG took falls 2/3 to win, evening the score from Friday.

I can’t wait to record the main event and never watch it.

Today is Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, a day off for many in Mexico. It also means a lot of free lucha libre shows near churches today, especially in Puebla.

It is also the penultimate episode of Lucha Capital. The original explanation for this tournament said five matches would be happening on this episodes. Five matches are in fact scheduled to happen. They’re not exactly working out how they were announced, but that is pretty close for AAA.

Taya, Keyra, and Vanilla meet in the women’s final. AAA went out of their way to tease Taya facing Lady Shani only if Taya wins the tournament, so Taya is probably winning this tournament. Vanilla & Keyra would be longshots even with that tell. The Keyra/Vanilla match had good moments even if it didn’t come together and the best AAA women’s matches have tended to have more people in them, so perhaps this will be pretty good.

The other four matches are in the men’s family. No matchups have been announced, as with recent cards. All the matches will have the winners move onto next week’s final, and the losers eliminated, so the stakes are pretty easy to understand. The stakes are also really not high since the overall winner is likely coming from the four people who’ve already advanced to the final (Psycho Clown, Pentagon, Pagano, Suicide) or even maybe-eliminated Killer Kross instead of anyone who is battling today. Tonight is really more about which four wrestlers you’d like to see wrestle at least once more next week. This is how I have them:

  1. Laredo Kid
  2. Hijo del Vikingo
  3. Aerostar
  4. Golden Magic
  5. Drago
  6. Maximo
  7. Texano Jr.
  8. Mascarita Sagrada

The original set up had 12 people in the finals (leading to 4 three-way matches, then 3 one-on-one matches to determine a winner.) It looks like there will be 8 people in the final, maybe 9 if/when Kross gets added, but your guess is as good as mine at what they’ll do next week.

DoradaFan has a new highlight video of Myzteziz Jr.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 4×11.

Marca is one of a number of outlets who have a story on the family behind the La Parkita viral video.


CMLL (MON) 12/17/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja, Hijo de Centella Roja, Sonic vs Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana
2) King Jaguar, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Perverso
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero

Last show of the year. They certaintly seem to be setting up Caristico/Cavernario on the non-streamed show. Streaming really doesn’t matter to CMLL.

Like Black Tiger being flipped to the rudo side with no explanation, King Jaguar appears to be a tecnico again without reason. CMLL treating their wrestlers like interchange generic figures probably is one of the most damaging things they do.

IWRG (SUN) 12/16/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dulce Luna & Princesa Saira vs Lady Cat & Lili Dark
2) Ángel Estrella Jr., Puma de Oro, Voltar vs Canibal, Dinámico, Matrix
3) Chicanito, Fireman, Mexica vs Black Puma, Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
4) Dinamic Black vs Mosca
5) Lunatic Xtreme vs Alas de Acero
IWRG vs Lucha Memes
6) Chris Stone, Iron Kid, Manchitas vs Death Metal, Guero Palma, Taurino
Lucha Memes vs Gimnasio Zeuz
7) Divino, Hijo Del Brazo De Platino, Ninja de Fuego vs Fly Man, Neza Kid, Quetzal
Lucha Libre Boom vs Zaetas del Ring
8) Black Dragón, Dragón Bane, Toto vs Black Lancer, Máquina Infernal, Shaolin
Gym FILL vs Gym Villanos

A rare situation of Naucalpan running two straight days, with the Memes/Boom show the night before. As often when someone else runs the building, the IWRG show of the week is a FILL trainee show.

2018 watch later catch up, part 14 of ∞

Aramis bomb

Aramis, Dr. Cerebro, Xtreme Tiger vs Hechicero, Imposible, Último Gladiador
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 08/16, 15:43, good, +LuchaTVIWRG tv)

A really good brawl that adapted back into a straight trios match better than most. They kept the emotion high even as people were suddenly waiting for tags. It’s nice to see Último Gladiador still exists, though his kilt is too shinny for me nowadays. Imposible and Aramis have a solid exchange that makes one hope IWRG’s random match generator puts them together at some point. Messy finish leads to nothing, but that’s the way it goes.

not many Imposible matches this year so I haven’t overused this spot

Penta 0M & Rey Fénix vs Mistico II & Rush
(Klandestino @ Arena Lopez Mateos on 08/19, 16:26, good, +LuchaTV)

Another match with a heated crowd making for a better live atmosphere than it came across to me on video. The brawling works well to get them to care while being harder to follow on a screen. Fenix & Penta look easily superior to Rush & Místico for most of the match, with the Munoz brothers just not as adept or practiced a team. This match is mostly four people in, and it was inescapable that two of them were much more used to working together than others. This was good as a novelty but didn’t reach the heights these guys have done in other setups. The dumb finish is not unexpected and suitably over the top.

talk about how they’re not much of a team, undercut it by posting a GIF of them working as a team

Trauma I & Trauma II vs El Bandido & Flamita
(PALL/AMLL @ Arena Azteca, Torreón, Coahuila on 09/23, 15:56, good, Tribuna cuadrilateroTV)

What Happened: Video is occasionally clipped. This is a three fall match, though there are no real breaks between the falls.

Recap: Bandido coming back to Torreon for a big match after his big US breakout drew a packed building. It was good in an exhibition sort of way. It doesn’t really take advantage of Bandido being the returning star, with the Traumas more working their normal spots and Mexablood fitting themselves around the margins. There are some good moments here but you can see much better matches from that team, and the finish is inexplicable for a match that’s not coming back. Probably a bigger match live in a packed building than on video many months later.

Bandido tornillo

Eterno vs Aramis
(RO @ Coliseo Coacalco on 09/23, 10:12, good, HECTOR GODFREY TV)

A nice Aramis exhibition where maybe Eterno doesn’t take enough of the match for himself. The first time I watched it, it felt like the match was all Aramis once he came back from an early attack. It comes thru as more competitive on the rewatch, with Eterno putting off Aramis a few times if never being able to mount a series of attacks after he’s put down. Aramis’ flashy offense generally looks good, save one or two headscissors that don’t grab much of the head, but it still feels off a bit.

four rotations

Aramis & Dragón Bane vs Demonio Infernal & Freelance in a relevos suicidas match
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 10/07, 8:59, great, +LuchaTV)

Demonio Infernal vs Freelance, mask vs hair
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 10/07,
9:38, good, +LuchaTV)

This plays out like one long match but is two different matches for record keeping. The first match/half is superior, with all four looking sharp while going a thousand kilometers an hour. The flyers are as expect, but late addition to this feud Demonio Infenral fits in well. He’s really not that big but played a power guy well against this trio of smaller guys. Aramis & Dragon Bane fighting as teammates is goofy, but they do sell the idea that they hate each other so much that they can’t stop fighting. They have great moments while they’re in, just in point with their crazy offense, and they make their feud seem like the big thing going forward.

Which is a problem for the second half, because the fans aren’t really buying the microwaved rivalry between Demonio & Freelance. The lack of a reaction to the result (with +LuchaTV doing slow pans of people looking a lot disinterested) doesn’t help. They also spend a lot of the last few minutes around the ring, setting up some violent moments and one spectacular dive, but not giving the match much time to build in the ring. It is still pretty good, just not as strong as what came before it.

Dragon Bane tornillo
Demonio powerslam
Freelance balances into a dive

Angelikal & Hijo Del Vikingo vs Chicano & Villano III Jr.
(AAA/Bandolera @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera on 10/21, 18:02, great, Bandolera 1410am)

What Happened: The match doesn’t get started until 6 minutes into the video.

Review: If all AAA crowd were as loud as this free (?) ticket sponsor deal, AAA would be the hottest promotion in the world. They were into the match before it got started, and they stayed into it the técnicos flashy offense. Vikingo and Angelikal didn’t go completely crazy, but they did go tornillos and shooting press level of crazy. Angelikal doing handspring runs with tornillos is probably not really necessary while still being really impressive. AAA wrestlers appear to be having a contest over who can take a cutter in the way that most looks like it’ll cause a broken neck. Hijo del Villano III shows both charisma and skill here, as well as a cool tope con giro. Chicano is not as good as Hijo del Villano III but he breaks out the Rayo de Jalisco headbutts for no reason so he’s definitely not bad. There’s no real depth to this match but none is needed. If you’ve liked Vikingo & Angelikal as a trio, you’ll like this.

double tecnico dive
head remained attached
Mexico has a surprising amount of good spinning powerbombs