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.
CMLL (TUE) 12/04/2018Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) El Coyote & Metálico b Retro & Sangre Imperial Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Princesa Sugehit Rudas took 2/3.
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Kawato San, Okumura, Virus Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Misterioso Jr. b Black Panther [lightning] Gori Driver on Panther for the win.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Tecnicos took 2/3.
Promos from Misterioso (who seems to have given up stealing masks) and Guanatos Style. No real feuds, maybe the third match was the best match.
CMLL (TUE) 12/04/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL, Lost in Lucha]
1) Guerrero de la Muerte, Relámpago Azul, Rey Trueno b Cosmos, Micro, Mr. Samurai Guerrero de la Muerte replaced Thunder Boy
2) Gran Kenut, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor b Príncipe Diamante, Rielero, Tigre Blanco Tigre Blanco replaced Electrico. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso b Cancerbero, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 Jr. tecnicos took 1/3
4) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano b Hechicero, Shocker, Vangellys tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. rudos took 1/3. UG used the ropes to pin Volador, setting up a singles match between them next week.
CMLL is going to run Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero on Friday and Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero again four days later. Those two aren’t creative with their matches in general. Twice in two days is going to make it worse.
Tonight is episode 6 of Lucha Capital. It is the final match of the second round of matches. Everyone will have had two matches (or just be out of the tournament, like Fenix.) It is an AAA tournament, it is unlikely everything will make sense by the end, but here is where everything stands:
wrestling tonight with 1 win: Australian Suicide, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr.
wrestling tonight with 1 loss: Taya, La Hiedra, Murder Clown, Taurus
eliminated (5): Puma King, Lady Maravilla, Nino Hamburguesa, Golden Magic, Fenix (injury)
advanced to the wild card show (8): Aerostar, Drago, Hijo del Vikingo, Keyra, Killer Kross, Mascarita Sagrada, Maximo, Vanilla
advanced to the final show (3): Pentagon Jr., Pagano, Lady Shani
The way the rules were explained originally, Lucha Capital would have 12 people in the final. That appears to be impossible to happen given the rules that have been announced and the people who are left. Most any outcome leaves 11 people left, so perhaps Scarlett’s role in this tournament is being added in the final week. They’ll also probably have to run tag matches next week, or they’ll be stuck running 7 or 8 singles matches.
That’s next week’s problem. There are no matches announced tonight, because they can’t be accused of changing matches if they don’t announce them. I would figure Psycho Clown advanced to the final and La Hiedra is eliminated, but everything else is unclear.
The WWE Latin America tryout finished yesterday. There’s a picture of the complete (43 person) field on Twitter. WWE is running a show in Chile tonight. That would be the logical place to make any announcements coming out of this tryout.
Impact will return to Fronton Mexico in Mexico City on January 11th and January 12th. That’s a Friday and a Saturday. CMLL probably isn’t running anything big on that Friday, and AAA may not be back until the week after, so this is easier dates for Impact this time around. Maybe they’ll even be able to get Fenix & Penta for both days.
A video of a group of people, including what appears to be a child in a La Parka outfit, doing wrestling bits at a Tijuana stop light went viral yesterday. People doing tricks for tips in Mexico is uncommon but happens; I saw a firebreather once on a trip. Anyway, because it is Parka and a viral video (like the gas station workers who were doing wrestling spots), AAA wants to meet the kid to give him a prize.
Ultimo Maldito was added to Saturday’s AAA TV at Arena Xalapa a few weeks ago. That means today he’s off the MexaWrestling show. Aramis will replace him, facing Rey Horus, Toxin, Arez and Arkangel Divino. Divino is going to be tested not having his brother there.
IWRG (SUN) 12/09/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Chef Benito vs Atomic Star
2) Metaleón & Mexica vs Death Metal & Picudo
3) Black Dragón & Dinamic Black vs Hip Hop Man & Mosca (Argentina)
4) Hijo del Alebrije & Relámpago vs Karaoui & Zumbi
5) Aliado de Dios & Toscano vs Capo del Sur & Fantasma de la Ópera
6) Black Terry, Imposible, Murciélago Plateado vs Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme
7) Aramis, Rokambole Jr., Villano III Jr. vs Dragón Bane, Sinn Bodhi, Último Gladiador
This card was a changed a lot from what Box y Lucha had. It is a lot of random matches anyway.
AAA is carrying this lists lately. They have two shows where you might see a good match, and both are hitting with something most every time out. CMLL has one right now, the Friday night show. Once a month, with the right combination of guys, there may be a title match that gets close to Great. Otherwise, the best you can hope from Monday/Tuesday is something good to slip thru, and that’s become rarer.
CMLL (MON) 12/03/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, Lucha Central]
1) Astro, Meyer, Sonic b Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker, Sombra Diabólika Sonic Arena Puebla debut. Tencicos took 1/3.
2) Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, Policeman b Arkalis, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Stigma, Titán, Tritón b Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cavernario, Felino, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Valiente Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul & Volador Jr. DQ Rush & Terrible Tecnico stook 2/3, the last when Volador faked a foul from Terrible.
This went just under 100 minutes, which is pretty short for a Puebla show. Sometimes they go with a longer match when they only run five. Not this time. Third match sounded like the only one worth watching.
Today’s CMLL Tuesday card is full of matches that are close to looking good. They’re just not quite there. There’s also nothing carrying over from last week, except if “Black Panther has underwhelming opponent in a lightning match” is meant to be a story. The main event has NGD vs Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and anchor Atlantis. Los Guantos Style (Titan, Triton, Esfinge) face Hijos del Infierno (Ephesto, Luciferno, and Mephisto.) Like last night, the tercera could be the best match, where Rey Cometa, Guerrero Maya, and Drone take on Okumura, Kawato, and Virus. The women are the second match and the opener has the first Sangre Imperial streaming appearance in two months. This show will stream at 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
Guadalajara has the Guerreros versus Caristico, Valiente, and Volador. They seemed to be setting up a Volador/UG match last week, but perhaps that will be adjusted due to the next paragraph.
There are some changes to cards for later this week. Caristico is off Friday and Saturday, and not on Sunday’s show if he was ever meant to be. The Friday main event singles match with no build is now the latest version of the Ultimo Guerrero versus Volador. Atlantis slips into Volador’s place in the semi-main. Diamante Azul fills in on Saturday’s main event. Tuesday substitutions are typically injury changes, though it might be a different case with Caristico and his outside work.
WWE’s PC Instagram was posting photos of the trainees from various countries posing together. I posted the Mexico one. Either Diamante has changed his mask or I don’t recognize the guy in the middle. I don’t recognize the taller men, but Bestia 666 says the guy on the right was a football teammate of his. Everyone’s having a little fun with Raul Mendoza training Ricky Marvin. Marvin is not just more experienced than Mendoza, he was instrumental in Mendoza getting his stint in NOAH that helped get him looked at by WWE in the first place.
Stephanie Vaquer, who’s been wrestling in Mexico, is there as well. Today’s the last day of the tryout; you can see about five seconds of a Lady Maravilla/Zatara match on their Instagram story. WWE usually ends up signing a few people from these tryouts, if only to show they achieved something. I’m not sure if that’s the going to be case here. It may be, but it sounds like this is more scouting for future plans than the present.
CMLL (SUN) 12/09/2018Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Leono, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro
3) Audaz, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Templario, Vangellys
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
Raziel is listed again. It would help if Vangellys is good.
LLB , Memes , Noba (SAT) 12/15/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Kraken & Demasiado vs Divino & Hijo De Brazo De Platino
2) Baxter & Kid Silver vs Alas de Acero & Iron Kid and Freelance & Máscara Mágica
3) Gato De Ecatepec & Manchitas vs Demus & Fantasma de la Ópera
4) Eterno vs Audaz (CMLL)
5) Ricky Marvin vs Loco Max
6) Mr. Niebla vs Zumbido
7) Impulso vs Fly Star, Dragón Bane, Canis Lupus, Chico Che, Optimus (Guerrero), Eragón, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal [cage, mask, hair]
I just watched Eterno versus Aramis last night and Eterno was at least a very good base for a flyer there.
AAA , IWRG (THU) 12/27/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Lady Shani & Vanilla vs Keyra & Lady Maravilla
3) Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento vs Epidemia, Heavy Boy, Yakuza
4) Hijo Del Vikingo & Lancelot vs Tiger Boy & Villano III Jr.
5) La Parka, Máximo, Pagano vs Joe Lider, La Máscara, Texano Jr.
Alas de Oro, Centella Oriental, Mexica, Yakuza vs Danger, Loquillo, Sádico, Yoruba (Klandestino @ Arena Lopez Mateos on 08/04/2018, 26:18, good, HECTOR GODFREY TV)
This was a good action tag match in front of a crowd who was very excited to see it. Everyone did well, there wasn’t a particular direction to it. It seemed like a fun match to experience live but there were a few points of obvious repositioning and releasing holds for no reason that bothered me on video. Sadico always makes these roundups and then I don’t think to see him the rest of the year, but he remains really good with his dropkicks and his dive among the highlights here. I don’t think I’ve seen Yakuza since he lost his mask. He could use some bigger trunks.
Penta 0M vs Rush vs Carístico (IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 08/16, 12:39, ok, +LuchaTV)
I’m not sure why I included this one on the list to watch. Maybe I hit the wrong button? It is more energetic than most matches involving all these people, but not a great match by any standards. They brawl a bit, they use some weapons, there’s an convoluted finish. It’s fine, it’s a little bit better than fine, but it’s not a particularlysatisfying match.
Lady Maravilla vs Keyra (LLB/Lucha Memes @ Arena Lopez Mateos on 09/16, 5:59, +LuchaTV)
This version of the eternalrivalry seemed surprising for how fast they were getting to the big stuff. It may a little more sense when they were only going six minutes. Still, this flowed better than the Mexa Wrestling match while giving you a look at some of what they could do – it’s a better introduction match for sure. The sequence leading into the campana and Keyra crushing Maravilla’s face was really well done. Keyra is a rare human being who will give her friend a hard elbow in the face and then smile and laugh about it. Maravilla’s finish looked good. Easy enjoyable match.
Hechicero vs Daga (LLB/Lucha Memes @ Arena Lopez Mateos on 09/16, 19:55, great, +LuchaTV)
This version of Hechicero/Daga was going along better than The Crash September version, and then the referee counted three on a spot where it sure didn’t seem like was the plan and that was it. This match was still building up and it was just cruel for it to end so soon. I’d probably put that match over this one because it had an ending, but this would’ve been easily better had it kept going for a couple more minutes. The smaller sequences were really good. I liked the battle over Hechicero’s anklelock, and Hechicero’s corner knee smash was one of the best he’s done. Daga’s German suplex looked great too. I still have the Crash Iron Man match to watch and my recollection is that didn’t go quite as well. Hope they eventually get a chance for it to go as far as it seemed like it was going to go here.
El Bandido, Flamita, Rey Horus vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Templario (CMLL) (The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 09/21, 8:45, good, Arena Clandestina)
What Happened: This version is edited, heavily so near the end.
A strong all action tercera from what we could see. The Mexa Blood & Horuz team are really spectacularthroughout the match, looking like the more major league side. Templario carries things for the CMLL team. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja are fine but didn’t make much of an impact in what we see. (It’s a bit telling that Niebla Roja’s move for the big run of finishes is a CanadianDestroyer, a CMLL version of the fantastic moves, while the indie teams are doing more cutting edge stuff.) An easy fun watch, if frustrating that it had editing where not much was really needed.
Aramis, Freelance, Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Dragón Bane (AAA/IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 10/04, 16:58, good,Internetv Deportes)
Easily the best of the three trios/atomicos in this batch. It built better, it had a fun mat wrestling section with Aramis/Dr. Cerebro while also matching big highspots. The crowd was into this one too, and the screwy finish feels irrelevant because we still got a three count. Relampago had a weak performance in his highlight run, but so many other guys looked great in their time. The dives were pretty cool too. Dragon Ban hasn’t gotten to act like much of a rudo in AAA, gets to do so here, and shows a little bit of a personality. The third fall goes a decent amount of time but doesn’t amount to a lot. This would’ve been a stronger recommendation with a bit more.
IWRG (SUN) 12/02/2018Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Death Metal & Hijo De Blue Monsther b Arquero & Mexica
2) Ra-Zhata & Shil-Kah b Black Dragón & Dinamic Black
3) Diosa Atenea, Multifacético 2.0, Pasion Kristal b Ludark Shaitan, Soy Raymunda, Tackle
4) Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Extreme b Eragón, Hijo del Alebrije, Relámpago
5) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Imposible, Ovett, Toscano, Último Gladiador b Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Karaoui, Mosca (Argentina), Musashi, Zumbi [Copa Higher Power] Imposible got the win, beating Karaoui & Hip Hop Man for the win.
6) Aramis L Freelance, Alas de Acero [seconds hair] Referees were assigned as seconds by blind draw, with Adonis Salazar appearing as the referee for this match. Capu was with Freelance, Chiquillin with Alas de Acero, Reyes Rosas with Aramis. Freelance won first, then Alas de Acero beat Aramis to cose Reyes Rosas hair.
7) Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. DQ Rokambole Jr., Villano IV, Villano V Jr. Toscano got involved to attack Mascara 2000 Jr. (upset about Consejo breaking up & wants a hair match?!?), only that annoyed the Villanos since they were DQed in the process.
Toscano has held a grudge since about 2013. I mean, I personally appreciate holding grudges for half a decade but I wouldn’t look for IWRG to settle them. I would look to IWRG hoping to get a hair payday if they’re giving them to referees off two week builds.
CMLL doesn’t run many 2v2 matches outside of openers, so it’s notable tonight’s Arena Puebla show has Rush & Terrible versus Diamante Azul & Volador Junior. This would make sense if Rush & Terrible were still tag team champions, or Diamante Azul was teaming with fellow new champion Valiente instead of Volador. Valiente is booked, but in the semi-main instead. Maybe they’re setting up another title match, possibly they’re killing time for another week.
Stigma, Titan, and Triton take on Kawato, Okumura, and Tiger in the tercera, the best chance for a good match on this show. (The main event sounds possibly good but Rush’s efforts in Puebla have not been strong.) Cavernario, Felino and Rey Bucanero take on Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente in the semi-main. The first two matches heavy on locals and Espanto. Puebla, like most of CMLL, could use some new and interesting rudos.
The Puebla show will air at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
There are Mexican wrestlers popping up on other TV shows this weekend. Guerrero Maya & Stuka challenging for the ROH tag team titles aired this weekend on ROH TV and will stream on Fite.TV tonight. Global Wrestling Network (Impact) has an episode of Xplosion with Dragon Bane, Starfire, and Aramis versus Arez, Latigo and Chik Tormenta. That was taped way back on the Mexico City taping and I had given up on it every airing. They have another trios match in the can, which might air next week. Xplosion episodes were free previously, are asking to register when trying to watch them today, but they have a 30 days free trial anyway.
KDNA (Monterrey) says their 12/30 show will be taped for TV. They’ve said previous shows will be taped for TV which turned out to be, so maybe just put that one in pencil. The firm upcoming shows (next Saturday in Xalapa, Christmas in Cuautitlan) would bring AAA to 32 regular tapings this year, plus the eight additional Lucha Capital shows. Last year had 28 tapings.
CMLL (SAT) 12/08/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman vs Apocalipsis, Cholo, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Astral, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
4) Star Jr. vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Either Starman has returned or he’s catching up with Raziel for times CMLL lists him when he’s not actually going to wrestle.
La Parka, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly (5:30, DQ Averno for mask pull, ok, 02:01:31)
Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. beat Joe Lider & Pagano and Cíclope & Miedo Extremoto keep the AAA World Tag Team Championship in a hardcore rules match (17:28, Texano & Escorpión two man powerbomb Pagano, good, 02:11:30)
Blue Demon & Killer Kross beat Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown (10:13, Kross & Demon pin Wagner, below average, 03:15:46)
Scarlett is with Kross, as on Lucha Capital, and it seems to be permanent thing going forward. Scarlett interfered in the match, which strangely caused Vampiro to come out to grab her. Before Vampiro could chokeslam the woman, Kross hit Vampiro in the back. Vampiro ended up leaving grabbing his neck. Kross snuck in a foul on Psycho and suplexed him, and Demon beat Wagner clean with the Devil’s Wings. Or that was the plan, except Tirantes held up at two for reasons no one really understood. He might have had a problem with Kross helping pin Wagner, but then he let Demon & Wagner pin him at the same time anyway. The show ended with the rudos unmasking Psycho Clown and celebrating.
The Fenix/Cage title match didn’t happen. Cage sent in a video (translated by Melissa) saying he’d been injured a few days ago and was not able to wrestle. Fenix appeared in front of the live crowd to talk about his injury. He got some boos for the match not happening, which upset him. Laredo Kid interrupted, put over Fenix for being professional enough to show up anyway, and asked if he was still getting a title shot. Fenix assured him that Laredo was first on his list for challenges when he was healthy again.
Both the Mercenarios & Macizos beat up Pagano & Lider after the match, so it does not appear the Ciclope & Miedo Extremo vs Pagano & Joe Lider program is done.
In an in-ring bit early in the night, La Parka brought on Angelikal, praised him, and unveiled gear for him for a new character: Myzteziz Junior. (Myzteiz was the identity Carístico used in AAA.) Angelikal wrestled under the new identity in the title match, which his team won. Parka congratulated the winners after the match, saying he knew Myzteziz would bring them luck. The OGTs interrupted, insulted Parka, and got into a fight with the técnicos. They took out Hijo del Vikingo with a shoulder injury in the process. Parka challenged OGT to an immediate match, which ended with Averno unmasking Parka (after first only getting the top of his mask) and later taking the other two masks.
A series of vignettes aired with Brazo de Platino trying to convince Máximo and La Mascara to reunite, with Mascara insisting he wasn’t a Brazo but a Mercenario. (These had been airing on Space the last couple of weeks in real time but had not yet aired on Twitch.) Brazo de Platino brought out La Mascara to again plead with him. Mascara faked agreeing and attacked him. This came across like a role Super Porky was intended to play for sympathy but is not physically able to at this point.
Kerya was scheduled for the title match but did not appear, because she was trying out for WWE in Chile. Hijo del Tirantes helped Scarlett out of a Faby tapatia to break up a spot where everyone was in a hold. Scarlett walked out of the match a moment later, confusing everyone. Tirantes and Faby went back to feuding, which led to Shani beating Faby when she was distracted. Faby seemed to be a tecnica in this match. Outside of Scarlett being a heel, it was tough to tell what role anyone was supposed to be in.
The opener was an added dark match, with Último Maldito & Arkangel Divino coming home to work with other Aguascalientes wrestlers.
The main event was the usual not much Blue Demon/Dr. Wagner main event. Some weak brawling, a run-in to push the never happening Vampiro/Kross match, and a really poor looking finish. Not great night for referees being able to count to three. Demon slapping hands with all the fans and then working rudo in the match didn’t work, but I’m not sure anything he’s going to do will work. It’s just cold.
Drago/Fantasma was a slow-paced match feeling like it might building to something, but taking forever to get there. They never totally found that extra gear though it did get better as they went along. Drago bleeding a lot was a strong visual that didn’t play equally strong into the match. They did build drama with the near falls but the typically quiet Aguascalientes crowd didn’t seem that into it. Fantasma’s offense doesn’t look as sharp as it once did, with the big tope never coming off strong. Drago’s escape out of the Thrill of the Hunter came off well, but Copetes hesitating on the winning three count hurt the drama of the moment. There already wasn’t as much drama in that moment as there should’ve been.
This was the best of three Macizos/Pagano/Lider matches so far. It was a more balanced match between three teams and escalating well, which was important given how long it went. The last couple minutes were clunky to get Pagano to finish the match, but he wasn’t as much a problem as in the other ones with more people to surround them. Los Macizos looked sharp thru the match and took a lot of punishment; they’re still clearly here just to give Pagano & Lider something to wrestle, but they’re coming off as the better team. Rey Escorpión was relatively up for the extreme spots in the match and pulled off a cool powerbomb catch for the finish. Texano did not seem to be as much interested in killing his opponents got thru it fine. There are some obvious not great spots, both in ideas and execution (that table spot near the end didn’t come close to looking like a Canadian Destroyer), but this was good for what it was.
The title switch was the best Poder del Norte/Laredo squad match yet. Other matches may have a few more shocking moves at the very top end, but this one had plenty close while building to a bigger end game. This seemed like it would be a title change going in and “Myzteziz Jr.” clinched it before it started, yet they were still able to put together a moment where it looked like Poder del Norte might win. They wrestled fast and they kept it interesting. The técnicos went over very strong in the end. Poder del Norte still looked good enough, here and in general, that they’re still useful as contenders down the line. The follow up on trios match really wasn’t much, with Myzteziz getting a few spots and Laredo doing much less. It was a chance for Parka to do his thing, which isn’t much of a thing to see and didn’t have a purpose here.
This tapings version of the Máximo/Mascara match was slightly better than normal only because Parka Negra & Taurus. They looked super, especially early in the match, and one or the other should be used as a challenger for Drago right away. There isn’t much else to say about the rest of the action. The crowd didn’t care about the feud any more after the dramatic intervention of Brazo de Platino, but then this crowd didn’t care about a whole lot.
The women’s match was a big disappointment. I’m not sure if there was drama putting together the match, but it came off like a match no one was really happy with, especially the people who had to watch it. The match made no sense except if they decided Shani had to beat Faby for the title but also that Faby wasn’t going to lose clean. Apache working as a tecnica and feuding with Tirantes made no sense given months of storylines except to set up for that finish. It also made the end of the match a mess, and it wasn’t a match that was going along that great. The match got worse once Scarlet left. It wasn’t that she was great (she was fine), but the weirdness of the match was exposed to less people involved in it. It just kind of meandering to a lame finish with none of the impact or fun of the recent matches. If AAA had to do the finish this way to tie up the Faby/Shani feud and are moving onto anything else, then maybe it was a necessary evil (though one that should’ve come months ago.) It’s even worse if this just the start of more with them.
The dark match was an attempt to repeat similar previous matches but didn’t reach those heights. The Tijuana guys match here last on the previous Aguascalientes got last time but was an easier superior match. Everyone was willing to take big bumps, but the offense and layout made it feel too indie match. They did everyone does a Canadian Destroyer spot, but slower and less well than previous ones, and it doesn’t help to do direct comparisons when it is going to be something worse. Último Maldito & Arkangel Divino did their usual sequence, though ti it felt a bit of a walkthru. Maldito’s dive looked cool, but it also required the match to stop for a minute while he searched for a suitable chair. The solution there can’t be “find another chair” when “do a different dive is a possibility.” They got money thrown in, but they really need encouragement to try something different.
TJ Sports thought the main event was a title match. The Crash results don’t mention the title. There were no titles there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anythinig. I think they may have been talked about stripping the titles for a fourth straight time.
Johnny Mundo, Taya, Ultimo Dragon, and Los Traumas were announced for their January show. This would be the Mundos first appearance with the promotion, something that seemed like it might have happened when everyone else who had left AAA was showing up there.
CMLL (SUN) 12/02/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Kaligua & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Stukita (so I guess he was right about not working under that name here any more in a fashion.)
2) Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Yago b Akuma, Camorra, Espanto Jr. Signo pinned Akuma with help from Yago
3) Espíritu Negro b Súper Astro Jr. [lightning] win via tapatia
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano b Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys
6) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja DQ Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker Bucanero fouled Niebla Roja
A scheduled Fenix vs Cage match for the AAA megachampionship did not take place. Fenix was hurt in his last CMLL appearance and Cage picked up an injury a couple days before the show. Cage sent in a video to apologize. Fenix appeared to apologize. Laredo Kid interrupted to ask if he would still get a title match, and Fenix said Laredo was on top of his list once he came back.
I’m hurrying to get done because of bad scheduling by me and this show going long. The added opening match was fine but didn’t help my cause. If you’re in a hurry, I’d say the trios title match is the one to watch, with the extreme match and the Drago/Fantasma match worth to watch The women’s match was a disappointement and both the Mascara/Maximo and main event match were about what you’d think.
Part of the crowd booed Fenix when he was doing his speech – I think that’s more on AAA for not being upfront about the match being canceled rather than Fenix, but Fenix was obviously upset. At least he got to keep the title. Still curious about what they would’ve done had Cage been healthy. The Laredo bit suggests Fenix wasn’t going to lose the title here.
This week’s Lucha Capital will have Psycho Clown, Texano Jr., Taya, La Hiedra, Australian Suicide, Laredo Kid, Taurus, and Murder Clown. Those are the eight who haven’t had a second-round match yet (or an official one in Murder Clown’s case), so no surprises.
Hades says she’ll be wrestling as Hahastary on the indies. Given how little she’s been on TV since become Hades, that probably makes no difference.
Add Vanilla Vargas to the list of familiar next from Mexico trying out for WWE in Chile. The bigger picture here idea here is this is happening in Chile, and not the much closer trip to Mexico for the WWE people. If there is a Latin America WWE Performance Center or NXT, it doesn’t look like it’ll be based in Mexico. And these people are more likely headed to that facility than to Orlando.
The IWRG Trios championship surprisingly changed hands in Puebla on Saturday night. Prayer, Multifacetico and former Arena Puebla regular Centella de Oro won the titles from Dinastia Navarro. IWRG titles rarely change hands outside of Arena Naucalpan. These Trios titles did so in 2013, which seemed liked the Piratas working their own program maybe without authorization. Dinastia Navarro had been champions for over two years but hadn’t defended the titles since 2016. Part of that has to be Negro Navarro’s health issues, but he’s wrestling now and still hasn’t been booked on an IWRG card since July 2017. Prayer & (formerly Mini) Multifacetico have looked good on Lucha Memes shows and Centella de Oro was great back in the late 2000s/early 2010s when we’d get to see Puebla occasionally.
The good matches were generally a bit better than you’d expect. The bad matches were as bad as you may have feared. The Guerreros title defense is worth seeking out and the NGD/Ingoerbanbles match is good if you have time.
A plaque was added to Arena Mexico recognize lucha libre being declared part of the culture of Mexico City. And to honor the people who got that declaration, from the way it was presented.
Visiting Record on his post-Exatlon media tour, Dragon Lee explained his ear problems were actually a pre-existing wrestling injury. He says he had a burst eardrum from a shot, didn’t think it was serious and he was having it treated. He knew he shouldn’t be going in the water with it, wanted to tough it out anyway and didn’t complain for a while, but it started to hurt so much that he got scared and they took him out of the competition. Dragon Lee says lucha libre is followed by a lot of people, but he was surprised about how he’s known everywhere now. He thinks it helped that they got see him not just as a luchador but also as a person.
AAA has Guerra de Titanes tomorrow night. The listed time is 6 pm, which means it’ll probably be around 6:30 pm. I wasn’t really planning on writing a preview, but the card was really interesting to me when I started thinking about it and wrote something for Voices of Wrestling. The Fenix title mystery is classic AAA weirdness, and there are some good matches on the undercard. There’s also a general but rare in AAA sense of an actual direction, so maybe it will be a meaningful shw.
Keyra won’t be in Aguascalientes. Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Lolita, and Dragon Bane are among those in Chile for a WWE tryout. She posted a photo of the women, Lucha Memes mentioned Dragon Bane was with them and Dragon Bane also mentioned it on Facebook. It’s a different group of people. WWE’s generally only brought in Mexican talent who’ve also worked outside of Mexico. That’s not been the case always; WWE scouted Bandido at a Lucha Memes show before he’d was a name outside of Mexico. Keyra, Lolita and Dragon Bane have worked Lucha Memes shows this year. I don’t think Maravilla did, though she has been on other PALL shows. Lolita is a bit of a stretch as a WWE prospect in 2018, but she’s certainly good enough to get a chance in a tryout. Keyra, Maravilla and Dragon Bane are no-brainer picks as young luchadors in Mexico who would do well outside of Mexico too, and it’s more of a question of WWE wanting to pull that fruit off the tree now or wait longer to see what they develop into.
La Parka’s column mentions the marketing director of Gamesa – the people behind the Emperador cookies and last week’s sponsored show – was a big fan of Mascarita Sagrada growing up. That perhaps is a reason why Mascarita Sagrada got the spot in a commercial and is wrestling so much in AAA now.
The Crash is running tonight in Tijuana. The new main event is Besta & Mecha vs Cuatrero & Sanson for the vacant tag team championship, with Penta facing Mistico and Rey Horuz in a three-way match. There’s always a chance The Crash could randomly stream some of this, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Angel o Demonio claimed to La Pasala that his wrestling license has been reactivated since Cuervo has left the hospital. That’s not exactly what the original threat was – Angel O Demonio was said to be suspended until Cuervo could wrestle again – but he’s clearly at the point of making up stuff to see if people will go for it. Angel o Demonio’s printed up t-shirts to sell that play off the attack but doesn’t believe people should yell at him about outside wrestling shows because “it happened so long ago.” Angel o Demonio says he’ll never work for the PALL promotions again for not supporting him. Angel o Demonio cost those promotions lots of money and
Angel o Demonio is going to keep wrestling unless the other wrestlers force it to not happen. Promoters and officials can occasionally be lectured into preventing him from working at times. It’s going to take a culture change to rid wrestling of guys like Angel o Demonio and that can only come from the wrestlers themselves. I’m sure there are luchadors who worked that benefit show who never wanted to work with him again, but we’ll see if they actually make a stink about. Today’s Arena Juarez Facebook posts have Pagano lending support to Angel o Demonio, so I don’t expect to universally happen by any means.
WWE’s one and only stop in Mexico this year is tonight in Mexico City. The popularity of the promotion in the country has greatly declined from their peak. Still, running a single show a year is going to draw in a lot of dedicated wrestling fans from across the country. Tonight’s show will include Andrade Almas’ first match in Mexico since joining WWE in 2015. He’ll face Rusev. Rey Mysterio Jr. will wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura for the US championship.
DTU’s Thursday show in Arena Aficion announced their anniversary show will be on 12/18 in the same arena. They seemed to set up Crazy King defending the DTU title against either Crazy Frank or the winner of tonight’s ultraviolent tournament, as well as Aeroboy vs CMLL’s Tiger for Aerboy’s Black Mask (Acapulco) Cruiserweight championship and a maybe three-way tag title match. They officially announced Familia de Tijuana (Damian, Halloween, Nicho) vs Pesadilla, Paranoiko, Crazy Boy for the show.
CMLL (TUE) 12/04/2018Arena México
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Metálico
2) Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
4) Black Panther vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja
A normal Tuesday show. Wish they switched the teams around in top two matches to do NGD vs Guantos Style here.
CMLL (TUE) 12/04/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Cosmos, Micro, Mr. Samurai vs Relámpago Azul, Rey Trueno, Thunder Boy
2) Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante, Rielero vs Gran Kenut, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano vs Hechicero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
UG cheated to beat Volador last week, so there’s a title match being set up for 12/11.
CMLL (FRI) 12/07/2018Arena México
1) Robin & Súper Astro Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako
2) La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Metálica, Reina Isis
3) Audaz, Flyer, Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario
4) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Bestia Del Ring
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Rush, Terrible
6) Carístico vs Último Guerrero
Probably should’ve built up Caristico/UG at all last night if they were going to do it. Notice Bestia is booked but Cavenario is ahead of him on the depth chart. Tercera could be fun.
Atlantis, Blue Panther, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.beat Canek, Máscara Año 2000, Villano IV
(9:57 [4:09, 3:09, 2:39], 2/3, below average, 02:10:48)
This was the annual Leyendas show, featuring three matches built around returning old stars. Emphasis on old. Super Muneco and Super Pinocho teased their indie feud after the opener, and Canek & Rayo were among those obviously trying to drum up interest for one last feud.
Rush got a hat track to end his match: he knocked down Edgar, he fouled Sansón and he unmasked Sansón.
The Guerreros/sort-Sky Team match stood out massively from the matches around it. They would’ve looked speedy and super athletic with a normal match. They looked ultrasonic because they tried to compress a much longer title match in a short time. (This seemed a consequence of previous matches running long; a CMLL show ending with the two shortest matches is peculiar.) There was a mistake here or there, notable Euforia missing a catch on a Místico dive and Gran Guerrero & Volador needing two tries on a chokeslam, but it held together relatively well for the conditions. There’s higher to go if they had a moment to let things sink in, but this was a match where what used to be third fall sure finishes were blown thru in the second fall. Or they were just near falls in the middle of chaos. It was an all action match with the técnicos looking very on. They made the most of their time.
The Dinamitas/Ingobernables match lacked much of an end game, but it was a lot of fun into them. The NGD got to work a lot as técnicos while still doing much of their teamwork spots. Los Ingobernables were trying in the first fall and built well to the comeback. It was thrown a little off by the first fall going very long to make up for no third fall. They still built to an exciting third fall with a combination of brawling. I think they have a better match as trios in them, but it seemed more like they were setting up the singles match.
The Microstars match was not as exciting as many of the past ones. Chamuel and Microman were magic together in the third fall, but it didn’t have as many strong moments or as good build as past ones. It started slow and didn’t really pick up until the crowd was horrified by Mircoman getting beat up to end the first fall. There were individual good moments but a lot of uninteresting parts too.
I wrote reviews of the legends match, but there’s really no point. All were varying levels of bad. None of it matters. It didn’t even seem to matter a lot to the fans who came for this show: the Trio Fantasia/Diabolicos match might have gotten the most reactions. The fourth match was frightening silent throughout. The performances were frightening too. Jerry Estrada made his return but looked like he was in no condition to be in the ring. Canek is increasingly immobile. There were no happy surprises this time: Los Diabolicos were worse this year, Solar & Negro Navarro gassed early (and their match seemed to fall apart in the first fall) and Atlantis didn’t look out of place in that main event. There’s nothing good you can take from those matches.