AAA defeats Elite, Villano Family versus Atlantis Family, Christmas Day results

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CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Ovacionesthecubsfan]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:39. Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, Guapito, Mije LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:56. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Hijo del Signo DQ Akuma [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:24. Camorra ran in to attack Signo, Yago ran in to attack him, and Camorra unmasked Yago. Promos to talk about next week’s apuesta match.
4) Templario, Tiger, Virus b Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:14. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto, Villano IV b Atlantis, Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:08. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Dragón Lee, ValienteLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:22. Rudos won in straight falls, UG sneaking in a foul on Caristico. Caristico challenged him to a title match next week.

CMLL promos including Ultimo Guerrero pointing out he was supposed to have this singles match with Caristico weeks ago, Caristico wanting a mask versus hair match if he wins, Dragon Lee happy to be back, the Villanos and Atlantis Jr. talking about that feud, and Akuma & Camorra and Signo & Yago discussing next week’s very unanticipated match.

+LuchaTV promos: tecnico Micros, Signo & Yago, Camorra, Black Panther, los Villanos, and Dragon Lee, who was joined by some of his teammates from the Exatlon show. Exatlon continues to this day, there are still 12 people left, and perhaps it will never actually end.

This was more an Tuesday show with some names who aren’t working many of them than a special show. The Villanos/Atlantis bit was effective (and maybe should’ve been saved for a Friday.) In a nice touch, they had Hijo del Villano III debuting wearing gear which matched his father’s from the mask match with Atlantis.

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Barón Blanco Jr., Luminoso, Mr. Samurai b Carlo Roggi, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II
2) Guerrero de la Muerte, Metálico, Mr. Apolo b Halcón Suriano Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Black
Mr. Apolo replaced Espiritu Negro. Rudos took 1/3.
3) La Comandante, La Jarochita, Sanely b La Seductora, La Vaquerita, Skadi [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Sanely took 1/3, though Comandante refused to get her arm raised with her teammates.
4) Difunto © b Stigma [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Difunto took falls 2/3 to retain. Stigma paid respect to the champion after the match. 2nd defense.
5) Felino, La Bestia Del Ring, Pólvora b Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón
rudos took 1/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Hijo de LA Park, Stuka Jr. b Cavernario, Shocker, Terrible
tecnicos took 2/3, setting up a Terrible/Azul match.

No apparent angle out of the women’s relevos increible (so maybe it was odd because those just happened to be the people available.) This will be the fourth straight Terrible/Diamante Azul match for the national heavyweight championship.

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer, Robin b Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Drone, King Jaguar, Star Jr. b Cancerbero, Perverso, Raziel
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Avispa Dorada, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys b Audaz, Kráneo, Volcano
rudos took 1/3.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón DQ Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
NGD took 1/3, Tirantes DQing Volador in a “Polemica” decision. Seemed to set up some match for next week but wasn’t clear.

CMLL didn’t post results from the holiday Puebla show last year, so it was a little surprising to see them show up last night. They weren’t very clear about the main event finish or what it set up for next week. None of the usual newspaper sources covered the show. TV Azteca Puebla covered the show and usually airs it at 10pm on Wedneday, but I’m not sure if it’ll stream on their Facebook site like some of their other live programming.

AAA TV , ELITE (TUE) 12/25/2018 Gimnasio Benito Juárez, Cuautitlán, Estado de México [AAA, thecubsfan]
1) La Parkita, Mini Gronda, Mini Psycho Clown vs La Parkita Negra, Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
10:08. Mini Psycho Clown pinned Mini Monsther Clown with a Canadian Destroyer. Debut of Mini Gronda and debuts/returns? of Mini Murder Clown & Mini Monsther Clown.
2) Chica Tormenta, Demus, Toxin b Chicano, Vanilla, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
14:55. Demus Driver on Chicano.
3) Keyra & Lady Maravilla DQ Faby Apache & Lady Shani  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:29. Lady Maravilla tossed her mask to Shani to draw a DQ. Maravilla declared that after such a clean win, she deserved a title match. Shani indicated she’d accept any challenge.
4) Halcón 78 Jr., Hijo Del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. b Emperador Azteca, Samoano, Tonga  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:32. Vikingo reverse 450 splash Emperador Azteca.
5) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly b Australian Suicide, Golden Magic, Jack Evans  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
10:14. OGT powerbombed Golden Magic twice for the win.
6) La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown b Electroshock, Rey Escorpión, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
17:08. Psycho Clown pinned Taurus with a casita to give the win to AAA (3-2). Rey Escorpion pulled off Psycho’s mask post match.

The better of the two streaming shows even with nothing must see and really of being no consequence. Everything is pretty watchable as long as you’re not on hour five straight of watching lucha libre.

The announcers closed the show by talking about it being the final AAA/Elite show. I think they meant in 2019. Still, AAA did finally win of these so it would be time to move on. The crowd was good for this show, both in numbers and reactions, but the distinction between AAA & Elite wrestlers is very thin at this point. The concept worked well for this show – giving a show that had no real purpose otherwise a narrative to exist – so I don’t expect it’ll ever go away, but I think interest in AAA itself is going to be the draw and not the “promotion rivalry”.

Next AAA tapings (believed to be airing on Twitch, though it has not yet been officially announced):

  • 01/19 in Mexico City
  • 01/26 in Ciudad Madero
  • 02/08 in Mazatlan
  • 02/10 in Tepic – announced locally late last week.

No Lucha Capital, at least for the time being. AAA will be streaming TripleMania XXV (Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner) at that 8:30 pm Lucha Capital time tonight.

There were so many other shows on Christmas Day. A common theme is a lot of those people double/triple booked ended up just not working all of those shows. (This is similar to that overcrowded August date.) Hades/Hahastary made the 2pm CAR The Crash show and the AAA TV taping, but guys like Mr. Electro and Golden Magic were listed in multiple places at the same time and it was never going to happen. The CMLL people more often did so, but even that was far from perfect. I don’t know that i have full results from anything because they’re so scattered, but some things of note

  • Rush did wrestle in Arena Neza, teaming with Dragon Lee to beat Cibernetico & Penta by foul.
    • Rush has not wrestled in Arena Mexico since December 7th and he’s not on the most recent set of lineups. Rush didn’t wrestle anywhere in CMLL on Christmas (the only other notable names to not be booked were Titan & Fuego) and he isn’t on the cards announced the last few days. There are rumors he and CMLL may be having issues, but he’s also clearly been on vacation for part of that time. This is something worth keeping an eye on but I don’t know if there’s anything to it at this point.
  • The LLB/Lucha Memes show had the Imposible/Stuka title match changed to Imposible/Flyer. That’a downgrade. Imposible kept the title. They teased a Multifacetico/Multifacetico mask match (shrug) and did some stuff with the MexaWrestling feud. Luchadors representing that promotion offered Los Kamikazes del Ring to join them after they won a multi-team trios match, though it didn’t seem like Aramis and crew were going to take them up on it. That reads like the best match on paper but reviews were scarce. Turnout seemed to better at least
  • The FILLM/Arena San Juan main event sounds as if it didn’t go well, with Corsario Negro Jr. picking up a knee injury. A Euforia/Fresero Jr. singles match led to a Mr. Iguana run-in and a challenge for a tag match with Soberano.
  • The Arena Lopez Mateos show seemed to get the most messed with by people not being there. The Caristico/Dragon Lee vs Cibernetico/Penta main came off (Penta fouled Caristico). The semimain had an entire trios team not be there. The Golden Magic, Flamtia, Emperador Azteca vs Sadico, Dragon Bane, Imposible match ended up as Flamtia & Sadico versus Cerebro Negro & Super Comando somehow.
  • Drabek II took Dragon de Oriente II’s mask in Arena Queretaro. Dragon de Oriente is David Alvarez Torres, 51 years old, 37 years a wrestler.

Fenix has been announced for the 03/08-10 WXW 24 Karat tournament (March 8-10). Penta and Rey Horus had previously been announced.

SuperLuchas has a Raul Mata obit.

Segunda Caida reviews some 2017 El Hijo del Santo.

A Fray Tormenta article. His stories are getting a little tall.

An interview with Oaxaca’s Diosa Quimera.

A lucha libre restaurant in Durango.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 12/29/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sonic vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Angelito, Kaligua, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Black Panther, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Disturbio, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Princesa Sugehit © vs Metálica [MEX WOMEN]
6th defense. Metalica’s first title shot.
5) Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Volcano vs La Bestia Del Ring, Máscara Año 2000, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

The best rudo in the semi-main is Mascara 2000, maybe? If Hijo del Villano III turns out to be good (he was just fine on Tuesday), he’ll be moved up quick. It is too bad they didn’t move up Sagrado when he still cared.

CMLL (SUN) 12/30/2018 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Maligna vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
3) Black Panther, Drone, Magnus vs Sagrado, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Titán vs Felino [lightning]
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente
6) Dragón Lee, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero

That seems like a fun main event which we’ll never see. Maligna makes her return from Japan.

CMLL (SUN) 12/30/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje, Cosmos, Micro vs Frenético, Paymon, Relámpago Azul
2) El Divino, El Yaqui, Tigre Blanco vs Demonio Maya, Exterminador, Thunder Boy
3) Mágico, Principe Daniel, Sky Kid vs Mr. Apolo, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
4) Joker, Metatrón, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Difunto, Furia Roja, León Blanco, Maléfico
5) Gran Kenut vs Smaker [mask]

That’s not the tag title feud. I guess Smaker is the favorite to lose because he just came back for this feud but it seems strange he be losing to a 35 year old instead of someone younger. This feud is too quick for anyone really to care but it is an actual intriguing match in terms of outcome

CMLL Martes: 2018-12-25

Microman

Recapped: 12/25/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
(10:39 [5:15, 2:30, 2:54], 2/3, ok, 00:01:21)

Átomo, Gallito, Microman beat Chamuel, Guapito, Mije
(14:56 [8:10, 1:34, 5:12], 2/3, good, 00:19:10)

Hijo del Signo beat Akuma in a lightning match
(5:24, DQ for Camorra running in, below average, 00:43:30)

Templario, Tiger, Virus beat Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso 
(14:52 [8:50, 2:03, 3:59], 1/3, ok, 00:55:31)

Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto, Villano IV beat Atlantis, Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(11:08 [3:23, 2:29, 5:16], 1/3, good, 01:21:30)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Dragón Lee, Valiente 
(10:22 [6:05, 4:17], 1/2, ok, 01:42:17)

What happened: 

unsafe at any age

Caristico and UG feuded in the main event, with UG sneaking in his heel kick foul for the win.

Atlantis brought out Atlantis Jr. as an introduction. The Villanos were upset about Atlantis upstaging Hijo del Villano III’s own introduction and attacked. Atlantis Jr. was dragged away from security from fighting the Villanos. Villano IV got the clean pin on Atlantis.

Flyer picked up a lower leg injury on his code red to finish Templario. It might have affected his poor performance in the third fall.

Thoughts:

The main event was a simple build-up to next week’s singles match. Hopefully everyone won’t be so focused on their others matches next week and obviously be taking it easy. It was nice to see Dragon Lee in Arena Mexico again but this wasn’t much of a match for him. It wasn’t a lot for anyone.

The semifinal was more energetic than most Atlantis matches, with the angle before the match getting both the crowd and the wrestlers into it. Atlantis Jr. looked like he wanted to fight, which is a good first moment for him. Hijo de Villano III was alright, though he didn’t do much that would’ve caused him to stand out on his own. Villano IV looked great, fighting strong and taking big bumps. I don’t know if CMLL has already decided on a heavy Atlantis/V4 direction or if Villano was simply auditioning for it. It was a good first step either way.

before it went bad for Flyer

Expectations for the fourth match weren’t high – it may be Christmas, but it also still is Tuesday – yet it was still a bit of a letdown. Flyer just went off the rails in his big third fall moment, negating a nice code red earlier. Virus at least did cut him off when he hesitated on his dive. Templario had some good moments but struggled to put his finishing submission on. No one else really stood out positively.

Signo & Akuma messed up a clothesline spot off the bat and it didn’t get better from there. As an ordinary match, it wasn’t much good. As something to make people care about their mask/hair match next week, it was even worse. CMLL should be embarrassed about this feud.

welcome back

This Micros match was one of the better-executed ones in a while. Everything built up to Microman’s run of offense, and he and Chamuel pulled it off well. Everyone else did fine, and they didn’t overextend themselves. Mije seemed get hurt or be a little off in the third fall and the dive sequence was a little weird, but otherwise this was good fun.

It is possible Acero & Aereo have gotten better wrestling a thousand opening matches. It is possible we will never know as long as they keep wrestling the likes of Pequeño Universo. Aereo’s the better of the two, at least. This wouldn’t have been the opener I would’ve picked for a special Tuesday show but they probably didn’t have a lot to pick from.

como estaz 5×10: temas

Has it really been three months since we did a podcast? Did we really only do five podcasts this year? Those questions won’t be answered on this show. We talk about the biggest stories and themes of 2018 and how they might affect 2019. It’s a year in the review that isn’t exactly going thru all the shows.

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This got broken up over 3 parts but we still hit the 100-minute range. I was also very prone to long rambling monologues on this one, I hope you survive them.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-12-17 

OK

Recapped: 12/20/2018

Matches:

Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana beat Centella Roja, Hijo de Centella Roja, Sonic
(11:54 [5:44, 3:56, 2:14], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Perverso beat King Jaguar, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:21 [7:01, 2:15, 2:05], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Vangellys beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma
(9:52 [4:29, 2:43, 2:40], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(10:27 [4:47, 1:58, 3:42], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja beat Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
(11:48 [3:42, 5:16, 2:50], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

The segunda built up a King Jaguar/Perverso feud. It was treated like it had been an issue for weeks, inserted of just being invented starting this show.

Thoughts:

not a fun time to be Tigre Rojo Jr.

Angel de Oro spends most of the main event having trouble putting weight on his right leg. It appeared to be a cramp by the way he was reacting to it, and not something serious. He was wrestling fine the next day.

Stuka was hurt taking Gran Guerrero’s finish and may have forgotten what the move was supposed to be. Stuka was fine the next day.

All the matches were simple and short matches that seemed to satisfy the crowd while having not much to them. This was another skippable show. They were all different shades of fine. Vangellys stood out as really struggling at times in his match, making for the worst overall match. The Diamante Azul heavy semi-main got over to the crowd even if it didn’t do much for me. They played up the Caristico/Cavernario feud more in the main event then I than thought, but it was more ending it now with a Místico than going anywhere. Perverso & King Jaguar had no special chemistry as rivals and the only curiosity is which of the two is getting the hair match payoff. Jaguar hasn’t been around until now, so it is probably him.

CMLL weekend results, Niebla Roja/Rey Bucanero to finally air (on NJPW World)

CMLL (SAT) 12/22/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Retro
rudos took 1/3.
3) Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 1/3. Metalica challenged Sugehit to a title match, who accepted.
4) Tiger b El Audaz [lightning]
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Grako, Pólvora, Templario
Grako replaced Vangellys. Tecnicos took 1/3. Money threw in.
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul b Máscara Año 2000, Terrible, Vangellys
Vangellys replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Metalica & Sugehit talked about the title match, which will take place next week. Metalica has a lot of friends from the indie fan community, so I think there’s a shot that match might turn up on a YouTube channel or two. Tiger also talked about his win.

Perhaps Shocker got his jaw surgery already? There could be worse reasons for Shocker to miss a show.

CMLL (SUN) 12/23/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Shockercito b Mercurio & Pierrothito
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Halcón Suriano Jr. b Espíritu Negro, Inquisidor, Sangre Azteca
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Disturbio, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Templario b El Audaz [lightning]
Templario beats Audaz in 9 minutes in the battle of the 2018 rookies.
5) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Mephisto
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Místico, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 2/3.

Pequeno Pierroth & Mercurio, TemplarioAudaz, Sangre Azteca, Astral, Electrico, and Halcon Suriano Jr. and Las Diosa del Ring all have holiday-themed promos. Templario also talks about his win over Audaz. They have video fo the match. It looks good. Maybe we’ll see it on NJPW World someday.

NJPW World announced the 11/18 CMLL show will air on their service. This is the Rey Bucanero/Niebla Roja hair match and the tag title chance. Julio Cesar Rivera mentioned on Informa that CMLL would be putting it on their YouTube channel at some point and perhaps that’ll happen one day.

Bobby Black lost his hair to Difunto in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

Caifan, doing an interview to promote his appearances, explained he didn’t have surgery or any other medical work done to take care of the knee injuries that caused his retirement last year. He just took some time off, felt better, and felt like coming back. Caifan did get some orthopedic inserts. He regrets calling it a retirement.

The mystery of the AroLucha commercials airing on POP TV was solved by PWInsider: Impact’s parent company owed AroLucha’s parent company money and AroLucha decided to accept commercials on POP TV instead of some of that money. AroLucha is not working a deal with POP TV, they weren’t even directly involved in the ads airing. I would guess AroLucha thought they would get some extra attention out of doing this, which they mostly did not, but AroLucha is working out of a strange playbook so who knows.

Dragon de Oriente II and Drabek I have long interviews to hype their mask match in Arena Queretaro on 12/25. Those two have been around that scene forever.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of Garza Jr. talking about a bad promoter.

LuchaTalk has their 2018 awards.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/28/2018 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Oro Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Audaz, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato, Okumura, Vangellys
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Dragón Lee, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Carístico vs Penta 0M

It’s happening: a good CMLL card. The last two, at least. Kawato to be confused by not facing a Panther.

Lucha Memes, Mexa Wrestling, LLB (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Chico Che, Demasiado, Homero Simpson vs Diva Salvaje, Mike, Nono
2) Amnesia, Arañita, Fandango, Freelance, Hausser, Máscara Mágica, Vaquero vs Auzter, Baby Star, Fly Warrior, Juve Venegas, Príncipe Aéreo, Tromba, Yoruba
3) Keyra vs Lady FlammerZeuxisDiosa QuetzalHija De Gatuebla
4) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Fantasma de la Ópera, Gato De Ecatepec vs Demus, Diablo Jr., Fly Star
5) Loco Max & Ricky Marvin vs Alan Extreme & Centvrión
6) Alas de Acero, Belial, Impulso, Iron Kid vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Metaleón, Mr. Leo
7) Flamita vs Rey Horuz
8) Audaz (CMLL), Carístico, Dragón Bane vs Aramis, Arkángel Divino, Toxin

Complete card for the New Year’s Day show. This show has a Ninja Turtle versus Homer Simpson. Theres’s nothing else to say.

Penta/Caristico set for next week, Dragon Lee CMLL return match announced, Angel o Demonio

Angel de Oro

CMLL (FRI) 12/21/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralluchablogMarcaOvaciones]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Robin & Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:19. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Kawato San, Okumura, Virus b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:47 Rudos took 1/3.
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Felino, Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:08. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro b Mephisto [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:57. Angel de Oro surprised Mephisto with a small package.
5) Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:16. Rudos too 1/3.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 21 DE DICIEMBRE  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:50. Straight falls, Penta fouling Caristico to set up a singles match between them.

CMLL promos: Penta & Angel de Oro.

Media room interviews: Penta (The Gladiatores, Box Y Lucha )

Another skippable Friday night show. Setting up Penta & Caristico at least gave it a reason to exist, but there’s no reason to back and watch it.

IWRG (FRI) 12/21/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Lili Dark & Ludark Shaitan b Dulce Luna & Quimera 41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by +LuchaTV) Ludark y Lilith Dark vs Dulce Luna y Quimera en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Death Metal, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Ka b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Multifacético 41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by mluchatv)
3) Imposible © b Eterno [IWRG IC MIDDLE41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by mluchatv)
Third defense. Impossible moves on to face Stuka on Christmas Day.
4) Demonio Infernal, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Lunatic Xtreme b Aramis, Hijo del Alebrije, Relámpago 41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by mluchatv) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Demonio Infernal y Lunatik Extreme vs Relámpago, Aramis e H del Alebrije (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
5) Dragón Bane © b Freelance [IWRG REY DEL AIRE] 41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by mluchatv) Dragón Bane (C)vs Freelance (R)   CAMPEONATO REY DEL AÍRE IWRG (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
4th defense
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Mr. Electro ©Toscano [hair, IWRG IC HEAVY41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by mluchatv) Máscara Año 2000 (cabellera) Jr vs Mr. Electro (campeonato) vs Toscano  (cabellera)  APUESTAS (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Toscano escaped the match first, and Mascara defeated Electro to win the title. Electro falls on his 5th defense. Mascara is the 28th champion.
7) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rey Wagner 41 Aniversario Arena Naucalpan | IWRG (posted by mluchatv) Rey Wagner e Hijo del Dr. Wagner vs L.A Park e Hijo de L.A Park en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)

This sounded like the most exciting live stream on Friday night from people who were watching both. Match 4 appears to have been the best, with 2, 3, 5 and 7 all being good.

“Galeno del Mal” got involved in the main event post-match. He appears to be Hijo del Dr. Wagne’s half brother (son of Rossy Moreno but not of Dr. Wagner.) He debuts on Christmas in Moreno’s Arena Azteca Budokan and is said to be only 16. “Nieto de Lizmark” is also listed as debuting in that main event.

The Estado de Mexico lucha libre commission sent out a press release saying they talked to the people involved in the Cuervo injury situation and have decided to hand out punishments. Angel o Demonio is suspended from wrestling in the state for 60 days from the day of the incident (until 01/18, down from being suspended until Cuervo returned), Hijo del Fantasma’s Lucha Libre Bom is suspended from promoting shows indefinitely, and Arena Lopez Mateos is reprimanded and will be closed for shows if they don’t follow these rules.

Angel o Demonio, after a week off, has simply kept wrestling elsewhere. Some promotions have promoted him around the brick he used, going as far as to tease using it again, but it doesn’t seem like there’s any special interest him. He’s been quietly advertised in a small Estado de Mexico arena, Arena Coliseo 23 de Junio, this Sunday, and I suspect he’ll work as normal. Lucha Libre Boom is also saying they’ll go on like normal. Fantasma de la Opera says he has a meeting with the commission on January 7th to talk about the punishment. All shows scheduled will go on as planned.

AAA posted video of their annual party with children from La Magia de un Deseo.

ROH made the Bandido signing official. He’ll start on the 01/12 taping in Atlanta and a be regular after that.

Garza Jr. has a video talking about not getting paid by Tinieblas Jr.

Revolution Lucha Libre debuts this Saturday in Arena Lopez Mateos. That show has Templario vs Penta vs Golden Magic in a main event. Ovett & Leviathan hype their match against Virus & Valiente.

Penta is also scheduled to work in Irapuato tonight. I think he’s got enough time between matches to make it. It’s a slightly quieter weekend than usual in general, especially around Mexico City. A lot of smaller promotions running on Christmas Day are just skipping a weekend show this week.

The Box Y Lucha commission of Cuernavaca gave out 2018 awards. That article is either missing names or they had a weird list (best rudos but no best tecnicos?) Pierroth was among legends who were honored.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Guapito, Mije
3) Akuma vs Hijo del Signo [lightning]
4) Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Templario, Tiger, Virus
5) Atlantis, Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto, Villano IV
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Dragon Lee has his first match in CMLL in five months. Hijo de VIllano III starts in CMLL. Micros and a rare Akuma singles match.

CMLL Marca: 2018-12-21

a tough night for Santa

Recapped: 12/21/2018

Matches:

Cancerbero & Raziel beat Robin & Star Jr.
(13:19 [5:32, 3:41, 4:06], 1/3, ok, 00:01:05)

Kawato San, Okumura, Virus beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone
(11:47 [4:56, 1:25, 5:26], 1/3, ok, 00:22:24)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Felino, Luciferno, Pólvora
(14:08 [5:13, 3:29, 5:26], 2/3, ok, 00:44:20)

Ángel de Oro beat Mephisto in a lightning match
(6:57, small package, ok, 01:09:15)

Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Valiente
(12:16 [5:11, 1:50, 5:15], 1/3, ok, 01:21:40)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero
(9:50 [5:21, 4:29], 1/2 DQ, ok, 01:46:43)

What happened:

Penta fouled Carístico to end the main event. Post match challenges led to a non-title Penta/Caristico match for next week.

Thoughts:

who suplexed better

The main event had some energy because the Penta/Caristico feud gave them something to work around, though that was still not as hot as it had once been. Caristico & Penta also weren’t as smooth together as they were in previous matches. The match had the chaotic finish CMLL matches are good for, but the rest of it was not special.

Like all the other undercard matches, the semi-main was an easy match with crowd pleasing spots done in similar fashion to many other matches seen regularly. It worked for them, it was not something a regular viewer would care all that much about. Even Kraneo’s great Barney outfit wasn’t as much new as having hung out in the closet for a long time. It was fine.

The lightning match was a standard Angel de Oro showcase, helped by his willingness to break out all his big dives. The small package reversal on the finish didn’t look good, but I appreciate Angel de Oro changing up his routine even slightly. I’m going to miss Mephisto when he’s gone but I’m not really looking forward to his matches right now.

everyone lived

I didn’t like the tercera as much as other outings with the técnicos. They didn’t do a whole lot before the third fall, and these aren’t rudos who are going to make a match interesting on their own. No one was almost killed this week except my attention.

The second match was decent. Kawato looked better here, though his timing was off on his double team with Okumura. Black Panther feuded with Kawato a little bit, but his big brother had a bigger presence in the match until getting pinned at the end. Drone is still willing to throw everything into dives.

Raziel & Cancerbero are back to having forgettable opener matches. Robin continues to try a few things. Star Jr. really didn’t; he seemed to be the ascension starting the year with FantasticaMania and now is just another guy on these shows. He seems a casualty of CMLL not giving enough people opportunities.

CMLL Friday preview, Bandido/ROH, AAA schedule

tonight

The CMLL Friday shows continue to stroll on tonight. There’s no real direction, it seems as if they’re marking time until something happens, but there’s no certainty of what they’re waiting for. I am not a huge fan of the Universal tournament but it does seem like they could’ve gotten that in instead of doing nothing at all.

Penta is back, once again against Caristico. They’re on opposite sides as if a feud is going on, though that doesn’t really play out in matches. Ultimo Guerrero & Cavernario are on the rudo side, Volador Jr. & Diamante Azul on the tecnico.

The semi-main has Kraneo, Valiente, and Stuka against Terrible, Euforia and Rey Bucanero. That seems like a Volcano match, but we’re spared of it for one week. Mephisto and Angel de Oro meet in the lightning match, which should be fine. Triton & Esfinge attempt not to accidentally kill Titan this week, as they face Povlora, Luciferno, and Felino. The Panthers and Drone take on Virus, Okumura, and Kawato – the Panthers and the Japanese are seemingly facing every other show now. Star Jr. & Robin open against Raziel & Cancerbero.

CultIcon has a preview of the show. You can watch it on Marca and Facebook, and I’ll stream it on YouTube. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stream next week – it’s looking like it’ll be a problem.

CMLL might not be only streaming show. IWRG has a Friday night show with the Wagners versus the Parks and Dragon Bane vs Freelance. It looks like something that’ll turn up on +LuchaTV either tonight or later on.

Gran Metalik put up a poll asking “CMLL or Indepedientes”, hinting at leaving WWE. If he signed a standard WWE 3 year deal when he came aboard, he’s probably still under WWE contract for most of a year. There’s no indication he’s being let go.

Caristico talked to Reporte Indigo about the gym he owns, saying his family never expected him to run a business because he wasn’t that much into studying at all.

CMLL looks back at March 2018.

Ring of Honor officially announced Bandido’s signing. He’ll debut on 01/12 on their TV tapings in Atlanta and probably be on pretty much all the shows going forward. They also put up the All In main event to promote it, which is obviously worth checking out if you haven’t so far.

AAA did indeed hold a press conference in Mazatlan to announce an upcoming TV taping last night. They talked about having more than 8,000 people for what would be their first ever TV taping in the city. The known AAA TV taping schedule now looks like

  • 12/25 Cuautitlan
  • 01/19 Mexico City
  • 01/26 Ciudad Madero
  • 02/08 Mazatlan

Only the Christmas Day show has a lineup so far. The press conference the other day indicated the 01/19 taping would be the first of the year. Maybe there’s another show around the 02/01 weekend?

AAA’s YouTube upload this week is the first part of a Best of 2018. That seems to means nothing new will be on YouTube until 01/12.

Former NWA Light Heavyweight, Mexican Light Heavyweight, and Mexican Heavyweight champion Raul Mata passed away yesterday.

MexaWrestling/Lucha Libre Boom/Lucha Memes War of Styles on 01/01 in Arena San Juan

2018 Caristico doesn’t quite fit in the hyper-speed spot fest as the rest of the guys and Arkangel without Maldito is always a test, but there should be some highlights in that match.

A story about San Antonio lucha libre.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer, Robin vs Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor
2) Drone, King Jaguar, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Perverso, Raziel
3) Avispa Dorada, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Audaz, Kráneo, Volcano vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
5) Místico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

This is the first of the two non-streamed shows, which makes it a little surprising they’re sending that main event here. I keep thinking they’re one week away from Peverso/King Jaguar, but they could hold it over an extra week for a Three King’s Day show.

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Barón Blanco Jr., Luminoso, Mr. Samurai vs Carlo Roggi, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Black vs Espíritu Negro, Guerrero de la Muerte, Metálico
3) La Comandante, La Jarochita, Sanely vs La Seductora, La Vaquerita, Skadi [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Difunto © vs Stigma [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
2nd defense
5) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Felino, La Bestia Del Ring, Pólvora
6) Diamante Azul, Hijo de LA Park, Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Shocker, Terrible

I’m surprised Hijo de LA Park is going to Guadalajara, he seems like a “3 shows on that Christmas” guy. The CMLL bus for Guadalajara appears to leave about noon-1pm for a normal 7:45 start, so these people are going to be rolling out of bed on Christmas morning and hurrying to Arena Mexico just to get on board.

Not sure what is going on in the tercera, but that’s a lot of women who haven’t been wrestling much or at all lately. The sides suggest one of those tecnicos is no longer going to be a tecnico (which makes some sense with Maligna & Mystique back soon.)

If I had more time, or if I had any idea when the Arena Mexico lineup was coming, I’d figure out who was left for Arena Mexico. Two women’s matches on these shows probably means none on that show, but there’s almost certainly a minis match.

Perhaps something like

  • Rush, Dragon Lee and Caristico against the Guerreros
  • Villanos & Templario versus Atlantis, Titan and Maya underneath.
  • Panthers and Okumura and Kawato and two more
  • whoever’s left in a lightning match
  • the rudos feud
  • minis opener

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 21st, 2018

full size

That’s the smallest list in quite a while. Lucha Capital is done, maybe for now or maybe forever. There’s no Monday stream.

There are two Tuesday streams. CMLL still hasn’t announced Tuesday‘s card, which seems like it’ll have debuts and returns without any specific big match. It’s also starting at 5 pm, 2.5 hours earlier than usual. The last couple matches may overlap with the start of AAA’s last stream of the year from Cuautitlan. It is not the greatest card, but there’s plenty of people who have been seen much on it for some variety.

I’m not really sure what will be on AAA YouTube. I’ve got the first past of Orizaba. They could just air only one week of Orizaba, like they were doing before Heroes Inmortales. They might also do some sort of Christmas/Year End special. I dunno.

Laredo Kid wins Lucha Capital, Akuma/Camorra vs Yago/Signo official (still not sure why)

a way to start a match

AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 12/19/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, Lucha CentralMTthecubsfan]
1) Golden Magic b Máximo Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
4:51. Golden Magic 450 splash.
2) Killer Kross b Murder Clown Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
5:01. Kross won with a back suplex. He appeared to suffer a knee injury in his match.
3) Laredo Kid b Hijo Del Vikingo Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
7:49. Laredo Fly.
4) Psycho Clown b Pagano Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
7:29. Psycho Clown won with the casita.
5) Pentagón Jr. b Australian Suicide Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
5:57. Pentagon won via package piledriver.
6) Laredo Kid b Golden MagicPentagón Jr.Psycho ClownKiller Kross [ruleta rusa] Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
8:07. Ruleta rusa means royal rumble. Killer Kross was announced as unable to continue due to knee injury, then proceeded to enter last anyway. Eliminated went Golden Magic (Pentagon Jr.), Psycho Clown (Kross), Pentagon Jr. (Kross) and Kross (Laredo Kid.)

Laredo/Vikingo and Pentagon/Suicide are worth going back to see. The main event was good for what it was for, though they had a hard time convincing fans they wanted to see Laredo Kid win a match with Pentagon and Psycho Clown. I’m not 100% sure about this, but it appears Kross really got hurt in the Murder Clown match and there was the usual confused communication about him participating in the main event.

There’s obviously a plan for Laredo Kid to face Fenix for the big title. It’s AAA, so there’s no guarantee it’ll happen until at least they announce the poster.

Golden Magic felt hard to the floor backward for his elimination from the final, and was stretched out after. There’s no update on his status, though someone’s updated his social media with a highlight from that final.

There was no mention of a second season, though Jose Manuel Guillen suggested Laredo Kid will have to defend his title. Vampiro seemed interested in commentary only in building up Kross for a match against himself.

ReporteIndigo’s story on the AAA press conference has Vampiro promising to take over Mexico City from other companies, declared AAA was the first person to put lucha libre on Facebook (where CMLL airs weekly) and says AAA is looking for new stars while deciding what will be on TripleMania. If this was someone else, I’d say this was the first official sign AAA is moving on from the Wagner/Park match. It’s Vampiro, so nothing he says really counts. It is worth thinking about that advertised Wagner/Park match again when the January AAA press conference comes around.

Myzteziz Jr. was also interviewed about his new name.

Noroeste says there’s a AAA press conference tonight in Mazatlan for a TV taping on 02/08, with the card to be announced. Our records are not complete, but I can find no previous AAA taping in Mazatlan. There’s only two tapings in Sinaloa entirely, the last in 2009. I’m skeptical this is completely correct – maybe it’s local TV?

CMLL’s Thursday Facebook stream was the contract signing of the Hijo del Signo & Yago versus Camorra & Akuma apuesta match. That’ll take place on 01/01, which is where CMLL’s stuck opening card apuesta matches in recent years. It probably won’t be great and I’m not sure why they’re bothering.

MexaWrestling/Lucha Libre Boom/Lucha Memes War of Styles on 01/01 in Arena San Juan

El Planchitas has two columns up, one of which I think was just not posted last week. That older one has a story about Garza Jr. not getting paid for working a show again – this time by FULL/Tinieblas Jr., who isn’t returning his calls. (Garza Jr. was famously not paid for working an Elite show, a bit which included the promoters apparently googling an image of a check to create a forgery, which was quickly figured out.)  The newer one says someone’s been posing as Angel de Oro on social media and causing problems.

LA Park was voted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in the latest issue. It was his 10th year on the ballot, 9th consecutive with 71% of the ballot. Vampiro, Universo 2000 and Ruben Juarez fell off the ballot due to receiving less than 10% of the vote. Blue Panther & Cien Caras fell off the ballot for not reaching 50% after 15 years on the ballot.

The WON also mentions CMLL put pressure on Rush not to work the MLW show because of CMLL’s deal with Ring of Honor, but he and Dragon Lee worked it anyway. This may be the two people MLW hinted were almost taken off their show.

Hijo del Villano III & Villano IV were guests on Marca’s CMLL interview segment. The Christmas Day lineup should be out soon. Or it is below and I forgot to cut out these two lines.

Mr. Niebla & Ultimo Guerrero versus Mr. Aguila & Corsario Negro Jr. main events the FILLM show on Christmas Day in Arena San Juan. Mr. Niebla says he hasn’t heard from CMLL lately and is unsure if he’s suspended or fired, but is being on his best behavior to go back.

Caristico, Dragon Lee, Rey Horus and Bestia 666 are advertised for the 02/23 PWR show in San Jose.

Mystique and Maligna are headed home to Mexico from Japan.

There was a protest in Mexico City about the salaries for judges and other legal officials. They protested with a parody lucha libre match.

An interview with Satillo luchador Makros.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/23/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Cosmos & Micro vs Destello & El Jabalí
2) El Alteño, Fugaz, Tigre Blanco vs Demonio Rojo, Frenético, Relámpago Azul
3) Barón Blanco Jr., Mágico, Neutrón vs Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Guerrero de la Muerte
4) Joker, Metatrón, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Gran Kenut, León Blanco, Ráfaga, Sádico
5) Difunto vs Bobby Black [mask, hair]

Sunday shows here remain mostly all locals. Difunto is the highest positioned rudo on Tuesday shows (except when Furia Roja gets in a feud) so he’s likely to keep his mask. Smaker & Sky Kid are back here after being good for over a year to set up a tag title match next week. Metatron has been MIA since February and no one noticed.