great match roundup, week of 2019-01-12

Cavernario back at it again.

recaps

I like Cavernario versus Soberano more than most. Other people seemed to like Euforia & Rush more than I did. I think everyone has NGD vs Dragon Lee & Munoz in about the same place. I’m not going to fix the match name.

There’s finally an AAA show in the next batch. There was no real reason to keep starting the week on Saturdays, it is just habit at this point.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Soberano Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
great Cuatrero & Sansón vs Dragón Lee & Místico [CMLL FAMILY] and in a tournament final match  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
good Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Soberano Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Namajague, Okumura  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
good Atlantis & Atlantis Jr. vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL FAMILY] and in a tournament semifinal match  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
good Dragón Lee & Místico vs Flyer & Volador Jr. [CMLL FAMILY] and in a tournament semifinal match  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
good Rush vs Euforia LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
good Ángel de Oro & Titán vs Forastero & Okumura  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-14 2019-01-14
ok Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-14 2019-01-14
ok Drone, Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 15 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-15 2019-01-15
ok Sagrado vs Tiger in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 15 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-15 2019-01-15
ok Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titán vs Forastero, Gedo, Taiji Ishimori  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
ok Fujin & Raijin vs Bushi & Shingo Takagi  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
ok Satoshi Kojima & Toa Henare vs Terrible & Tetsuya Naito  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
ok Carístico, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask vs Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-16 2019-01-16
ok Arkalis, Astral, Magnus vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Metálico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Ephesto, Gilbert el Boricua, Mephisto vs Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Audaz, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Gedo, Taiji Ishimori, Templario  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Fujin, Raijin, Satoshi Kojima, Toa Henare vs Bushi, Shingo Takagi, Terrible, Tetsuya Naito  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Atlantis & Atlantis Jr.  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
ok Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Carístico & Namajague in a relevos increíbles match  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-18 2019-01-18
below average Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-14 2019-01-14
below average Rush, Vangellys, Villano IV vs Euforia, Kráneo, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-14 2019-01-14
not rated Astro, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs Black Tiger, Perverso, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-14 2019-01-14
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño ViolenciaLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 15 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-15 2019-01-15
not rated Oro Jr., Retro, Star Jr. vs Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 15 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-15 2019-01-15
not rated Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs El Coyote, Felino, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 15 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-15 2019-01-15
not rated Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Volcano vs Luciferno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 15 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-15 2019-01-15

CMLL Universal tournament field set (probably), AAA accident, Toxin injury update

missing: Dragon Lee, Euforia, Electrico, Esfinge, Triton, Marcela, La Metalica, Shockercito

Today is the final day to vote for the Tapatia awards. You have until midnight to vote. It won’t take long.

CMLL posted a photo of all their champions in the CMLL Universal tournament. Of course, being a Mexican wrestling photo, they had 15 people for the 16th man tournament. Dragon Lee, Euforia and Electrico are missing, Dragon Lee is in Block A this week, which means Euforia & Electrico are not participating. There will be no reason given, but I think my theory of not using both Soberano family members was correct, I just had the wrong one out.

That means Block B is Mephisto, Cuatrero, Ultimo Guerrero, Volador Jr., Sanson, Soberano Jr., Diamante Azul, and Niebla Roja. It looks like another Ultimo Guerrero/Volador match, with Diamante Azul being the most likely third choice.

(Dragon Lee, Euforia and Electrico were just the men with main titles who were missing. It was good to see the “wow, that’s a lot of champions” reaction to the photo and realize there are at least eight more people who are missing from the full set of CMLL belts.)

Lost in Lucha has a preview of the Universal tournament.

Atlantis says he’s happy with how his son did in Japan. He feels there are three big goals for a Mexican wrestler: wrestle in Arena Mexico, wrestle in Japan and win a title, and his son will have two of those done by the end of the week. He notes the title will take a few years to get towards. Atlantis does not have any plans to retire for the moment, feeling renewed teaming with his son. Atlantis Jr. says he’s nervous going into his first Arena Mexico match.

CMLL’s Diosas del Ring edecans have a new Twitter account and say they’ll be streaming tryouts for their 2019 tryouts today and tomorrow morning.

Hades of AAA is also out with a leg injury. The La Planchitas column mentions she, Goya Kong and Parka Negra were among those riding in a van on their way back from Aguascalientes when that van was hit by a drunk driver. Hades is said to have taken the worst of it, with one of her legs behind trapped under a seat and requiring an operation immediately. Both Hades and Goya Kong have vaguely referred to this on Instagram. There’s so match late night travel involved with Mexican wrestling, especially for the AAA side, on roads that aren’t always in great shape. It’s unfortunate when accidents happen and it is lucky they don’t happen more often.

AAA and their local promoters in Morelia held a ticket sale kick-off press conference yesterday for the 02/16 taping. Drago & Myzteziz Jr. were interviewed. It appeared they were still advertising Jeff Jarrett for the show, though it’s only really meaningful if they stop mentioning him. Jarrett going to WWE and what it means for AAA was very briefly brought up on Konnan’s podcast, but Konnan didn’t talk about it and they very quickly moved onto what it means for WWE.

I forgot to screen-shot a tweet and I’m regretting it right now. A random twitter user posted a photo of a Rey de Reyes announce date, asking AAA if it was real. The user has since deleted the tweet. I believe the date was 03/17, might have been 03/24 but it was definitely 2019. The graphic did not have a name of a city but did have a name of a ticket website, which is based in Puebla and has sold tickets for Tehuacán shows in the past, but it does not have Rey de Reyes listed. I couldn’t find anything that confirmed that date for either city. AAA did run Puebla for Rey de Reyes last year so it is reasonable possibly but not confirmed.

MexaWrestling will be holding a Toxin benefit show on 02/10. Toxin originally believed he had an injury that would cause him to leave wrestling, then thought it was something less serious (out 1-2 months) and now has found out it’s worse than that and is getting an operation imminently. MexaWrestling posted the x-ray and I’m not good at reading x-rays, but it appears to be a lower leg or an ankle fracture.

Super X & MDA held a press conference for their 02/17 show. This comes off like it’s a Super X (Juventud Guerrera) programmed show with just enough help from MDA to get their name on the poster. The main event was revealed to be Fuerza Guerrera & Rush versus Juventud Guerrera & Hijo del Pirata Morgan. Pirata & Eterno, who were part of Guerrera’s AAA “Anarkia” group, are now part of Guerrera’s non-AAA MAD group. (Given AAA’s strong feelings on controlling their intellectual property, Guerrera’s group might not be MAD for long, though it’s not especially clear who owns the name. Or who even cares about the name at this point.) Fuerza Guerrera “invaded” the press conference with his daughter to build up the main event. The El Planchitas column on Monday wrote that the long term plan here is for Fuerza & Juventud to settle their issue and end up teaming again.

Pro Wrestling Revolution announced a Carsitico vs Dragon Lee vs Rey Horus match for 02/23 in San Jose. It’s Dragon Lee’s first match in the promotion since winning the King of the Indies tournament they co-sponsored. I’m sure they had bigger plans for follow up that didn’t happen when Dragon Lee was off on Exatlon (which is still going for at least another week.) It also suggests Dragon Lee has not signed with ROH yet, as assumed to be happening or at least agreed to this date well in advance of any deal.

Arena Aficion has their 67th Anniversary show tonight. The Pachuca, Hidalgo building was opened on January 31, 1952. Today’s show is an AAA event with Psycho Clown, Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka and Pagano in a four-way for a trophy. Locals Persy & Militar de la Muerte have a mask match. Criterio Hidalgo has an interview with the ring announcer.

Arena Naucalpan also has a show tonight. It’s a little bit treated like an IWRG show, though it is really more of a Castelazzi promotions show. The Montanez MMA brothers work few other shows except for that promotion. Francois puts his mask on the line against Dr. Cerebro hair, and Cerebro is unlikely to lose his hair. The show has a brothers tag match – Guerreros vs the Luna Brothers of Electrshock & Sharly Rockstar and a father/son tag match – Solars & Panthers.

+LuchaTV put up the 01/20 Angel o Demonio versus Penta trios match. There are so many shows they taped, I wish they would’ve picked pretty much anything else. Though that’s because I feel like re-enacting that spot where someone was seriously injured is a bad thing and most people in Mexico seem like it is a cool thing to heat up feuds. You can see that bleachers in Arena Loepz Mateos seem lower than usual for a Penta appearance, but often I don’t think these are decisions made for business reasons either.

Retro Wrasslin’ has a recap of the Contrapunto episode most famous for El Santo briefly unmasking.

Lucha Talk has this week’s episode.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 02/03/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. vs Puma de Oro
2) Kamisake & Latino vs Güero Palma & Neza Kid
3) Atómico Star, Divino, Manchitas vs Apollo Estrada Jr., Hip Hop Man, Mosca
4) Liderk, Rayan, Spector © vs Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme [EdM Trios]
first defense (won back in December 2017)
5) Black Dragón & Séptimo Rayo vs Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus
6) Hijo del Pantera, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs Mr. Águila, Sinn Bodhi, Utamaro
7) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © vs Capo del Norte & Capo del Sur [IWRG IC TAG]
2nd defense

Back to “normal” on Sunday for IWRG. Trios titles look certain to change hands with how rarely all three Comando Elite are in IWRG. (One missing the title match wouldn’t be a change.) Less sure about the main event.

CMLL Martes: 2019-01-15 

a lot of things happening here

Recapped: 1/17/2019

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
(11:58 [5:39, 2:55, 3:24], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca beat Oro Jr., Retro, Star Jr.  
(15:42 [5:20, 6:23, 3:59], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Pegasso, Stigma beat Disturbio, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:06 [6:49, 3:44, 4:33], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sagrado beat Tiger in a lightning match
(6:01, casita, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat El Coyote, Felino, Pólvora
(10:25 [3:55, 3:32, 2:58], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Volcano beat Luciferno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
(11:01 [3:37, 7:24], 1/2 DQ, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mephisto fouling Niebla Roja set up a singles match next week.

Pólvora and Felino had random issues in their match, following up from their lightning match last week. Tirantes heroically pretended it wasn’t happening.

Thoughts: 

a Kawato dropkick

Poor Tiger got pinned his own family’s hold. (Same thing happened to his father moments later.) At least it was in a match where both men were trying, wrestling a technical style for two rudos. Any match with a powerslam on the floor can’t be all bad, but it was just an exchange of random moves and no more.

The third fall of the tercera was unexpectedly interesting, or I’ve been wore down by CMLL b-shows so much that the slightest increase seems like a big deal. I was looking back at NGD results the other day because I couldn’t remember if NGD had every lost a team title match. They have, and they also did when Universo 2000 Jr. was in the Guadalajara team before Forastero existed. Universo has gotten to OK and looked it here, but that would’ve been bad news if that had stuck as the trio. The técnicos were better than usual even if I’m not quite sure what Drone was trying to do on his apron dive.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-14

uh huh

Recapped: 01/17/2019

Matches:

Astro, Millenium, Rey Samuray beat Black Tiger, Perverso, Sombra Diabólika
(11:31 [3:50, 4:31, 3:10], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
(11:46 [4:50, 3:34, 3:22], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón beat Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García
(7:52 [0:59, 2:21, 4:32], 1/3, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr.
(15:19 [4:19, 5:07, 5:53], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Kráneo, Valiente beat Rush, Vangellys, Villano IV in a relevos increíbles match
(8:16 [3:43, 4:33], 1/2 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rush attacks Euforia before the whistle. Euforia fouls Rush to end the match, and challenges followed

Luciferno attacked Niebla Roja before the match, and challenged him after pinning him twice in their match.

Thoughts:

Mije goes for a ride

The main event doesn’t really get going. There’s a lot of Villano IV punches if you’re for that, but it’s 95% rudo beatdown, then Euforia making enough of a comeback to get in the foul. Euforia was fired up for his match and I think it might be interesting, but this didn’t do much to sell it. It would’ve been nice if CMLL tried something different his week.

Luciferno was trying in his match with Niebla Roja and is prone to doing at least one crazy thing in singles matches so I guess I’m for this feud. I’m not sure anyone else is, but anything to break up the monotony is good at this point. It was about to form for the Hijos del Infierno otherwise, with the técnicos doing OK but not much.

This match was at it’s best when they were doing nothing. They stuck with almost nothing for the first two falls. It’s hard to look dumb when you’re just grabbing a body part and yanking it. (The cruz nipona is a great hold for people who can’t do much, it’s tough to mess up and you can do it standing.) They did more in the third fall and it was a poor idea. Super Pinocho’s low bridge spot will be among the worst of 2019. This should be his final match in a CMLL ring, he badly struggled dong basic spots and had to be helped thru the finish. Raton was the best of the técnico side and still missed a corner armdrag he tried to do. The Diabolicos looked fine mostly because they could only look better than the people they were in there with.

The segunda was better than usual. There was some off moments but the action actually made up for it. Halcón Suriano Jr. hasn’t been around a lot since the name change, so this was the first time he seemed as exciting in this character as he had as Stukita. It looks like he’s switching out a lot of stuff he did as a mini and hasn’t really found new stuff yet, but his energy level and movement is better than most in his position. The técnicos wearing matching gear didn’t seem to ever be addressed by the announcers. If I was a CMLL luchador, I’d form groups and teams without letting anyone know and run with it until it gets over or it gets caught, so I’m going to pretend that’s what happened here. Can’t wait for CMLL to come up with an idea for you if you’re Robin.

Diamante Azul & Valiente keep tag titles, Guevera/AAA, Dark Magic update

Super Astro

The tapatia awards are closing tomorrow night. There’s still time to vote. I think I still have to vote, so there’s definitely still time to vote.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lost in LuchaLucha Central, The Gladiatores]
1) Bengala & Sonic b Apocalipsis & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany b La Guerrera, Mystique, Sanely LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls
3) El Coyote b Súper Astro Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Coyote won with a super double underhook suplex
4) Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Titán b Hechicero, Nitro, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Nitro replaced Rey Bucanero (Japan).
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Volador & Niebla Roja replaced Kraneo & Volcano on Saturday.

Sounds like a better Tuesday and usual, with the semi-main and lightning match as the highlights.

Fuego and Mystique talk about their returns to CMLL, and Coyote talks about his surprising win.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Fugaz, Micro, Principe Daniel b Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Thunder Boy
2) Cancerbero, Guerrero de la Muerte, Raziel b Magnus, Sangre Imperial, Star Black
rudos took 1/3.
3) Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys b Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico DQ Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Templario
Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano official debut in Guadalajara (though Tiburon also had a match here.) Caveranrio replaced Villano IV. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Villano III took Atlantis’ mask.
5) Diamante Azul & Valiente © b La Bestia Del Ring & Rush [CMLL TAG]
first defense. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rush unmasked Azul but Azul ended up beating Rush anyway.

Came so close to La Bestia del Ring as champion. May happen someday.

Marcela, being interviewed by Basta about her recent title defense, says the one thing she’d still like to do in her career is to make a movie or be in a movie. I would not have expected that answer. Marcela is still in Japan, wrestling on an upcoming Ice Ribbon show.

Dark Magic has a photo on his Facebook of him back in the CMLL training gym with Okumura. I suppose he’ll be back soon.

Sammy Guevera is finished with MLW. Sammy Guevera is probably signing with AEW, if he hasn’t signed already. Guevera has been done with MLW for a while – Aerostar’s debut match in the promotion this weekend is essentially taking’s Guevera spot – and MLW putting the news out is an attempt to frame the story. Just as “MLW outbid ROH for Rush but Paco Alonso wouldn’t let him sign”, MLW didn’t have a talent not under contract scooped up from them by AEW, they “decided not to use him anymore because he was double booking himself” and just happened to leak what happened when they thought that AEW announcement was imminent.

Guevera did have an issue with being double booking, though stories greatly different on which was the first booking on 02/02. He was in Japan for months working for DDT, making him unavailable to MLW. Focusing on other people is the right call for MLW. I even understand why they have to spin these stories – if you’re projecting yourself as Major League Wrestling, you can’t be losing all the talent battles – but the spin is still annoying.

Anyway, the reason why this really matters for this blog – except for the oh so mysterious other booking Sammy Guevera might have on 02/02 that is not AEW – is where Guevera is working on Friday. Guevera is scheduled to be in Tijuana for his first defense of the AAA Cruiserweight championship. That’s an AAA show, where Konnan puts the cards together (at least in part.) It’s promoted locally by EMW, where Konnan also puts the cards together. Konnan also is part of the creative process for MLW, as part of Konnan working for 90% of all wrestling companies in North America at the same time. Konnan knows the AEW deal and has much more power to get a title change done than an average AAA spot show programmer. Laredo Kid is the scheduled challenger. He could end up two belt champion, someone else could be moved into that spot (Aerostar also booked on that show!), or they could do some weird shoot angle as they did with Vampiro & Mundo before in that same exact promotion, Guevera is booked on AAA TV in February, but those lineups obviously aren’t binding – this could end up being his final AAA show for the time being. Guevera losing the title would be a signal AAA believes that’s it.

Pasala has a story on luchador/graffiti artist Struendo.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

great match roundup, week of 2019-01-05

don’t have enough GIFs, have to reuse one

recaps

This was a boring week, where even the first FantasticaMania show didn’t really liven things up. Lots of average matches on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Even the Atlantis Jr. match probably wouldn’t be as interesting if it was match 100 instead of match 1.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Audaz, Flyer, Titán vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-08 2019-01-08
good Atlantis & Atlantis Jr. vs Okumura & Sansón  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11

Other Matches Watched

ok Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón vs Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Rocky Santana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-07 2019-01-07
ok Bengala & Sonic vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-08 2019-01-08
ok La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-08 2019-01-08
ok Ángel de Oro vs Templario in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-08 2019-01-08
ok Carístico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Terrible, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-08 2019-01-08
ok Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-08 2019-01-08
ok Robin, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel Disturbio Cmll, Cancerbero y Raziel vs Star Jr, Super Astro Jr y Robin. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Cancerbero y Raziel vs Star Jr, Super Astro Jr y Robin. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato, Sagrado, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Villano IV vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Audaz, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask vs Gedo, Taiji Ishimori, Templario  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Flyer, Jushin Liger, Titán vs Forastero, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Místico vs Cuatrero, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Kushida, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Carístico, Namajague in a relevos increíbles match  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
ok Fujin, Raijin, Satoshi Kojima, Toa Henare vs Bushi, Shingo Takagi, Terrible, Tetsuya Naito  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
below average La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Vangellys vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-07 2019-01-07
below average Pólvora vs Felino in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-01-11 2019-01-11
not rated Black Tiger & Sombra Diabólika vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-07 2019-01-07
not rated Astral, King Jaguar, Príncipe Diamante vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Joker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-07 2019-01-07
not rated Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-01-07 2019-01-07

 

CMLL Martes: 2019-01-08 

Mistico is not a training tool

Recapped: 01/09/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:18 [5:42, 3:32, 4:04], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Metálica beat La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
(10:36 [6:05, 1:57, 2:34], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Flyer, Titán beat Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
(12:28 [4:32, 3:39, 4:17], 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro beat Templario in a lightning match
(6:09, top rope headscissors, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Terrible, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
(10:37 [5:55, 1:57, 2:45], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:26 [2:48, 3:32, 4:06], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Nothing.

Thoughts: 

this is more a Metalica highlight

This was the final show before FantasticaMania for about half the people working these shows. The matches were a bit shorter and lower impact than the names might suggest, though some of that is probably due to being a Tuesday show as well. The last two matches were sort of cut down exhibition showcases, showing some of what these matches could be like while not going full out. This was the more exciting of top two matches, with the rare chance to see the Munoz family together bringing some extra energy. Rush seemed more into than usual for one of these B-Shows. Dragon Lee perhaps less so when he’s winning falls with half crabs, but he and his brother show some nice dives. The spot with Dinamitas ever so slightly tossing Místico up and down on a press slam was impressive.

The second and third fall of the semi-main were about two minutes each. They tried for the two minutes, they just weren’t going to spend a lot of time on this match on this night. Carístico looked the best of the técnicos and the announcers were way too excited about the third fall finish.

I know Templario did things in this lightning match, but nothing besides getting his finisher countered into a headscissors for the loss really stuck out. He kept up with Oro in the match, but this was mostly the técnico making the effort. It was definitely reduced by being on Fantastica Mania travel day.

not sure what kawato did here

They didn’t re-invent the wheel in the tercera, but the rudos looked more into the match than usual, and they made the most of what the técnicos were going to do in a match before a big trip. Kawato seemed angry and aggressive, especially early in the match, and it was a vast improvement over seeing lost and confused. He landed a dive and he caught a dive, he is officially over the Yoshihashi line and I can imagine a scenario where he actually has a good match on his own. He and Virus looked pretty good, while Okumura seemed to be off into the background. Audaz did that thing where he looks like the most impressive acrobat in the world for about 30 seconds and then disappears for a few minutes.

The segunda was a strange laid out match. The first fall was even, for the most part, the rudas took over at the end and Sugehit snuck in a pin (which had happen in the opener for the técnicos only win as well.) The rudas took almost all the next two falls, minus a ten-second comeback. This ended up as one-sided as matches can be, though it is not really surprising it was the luchadoras rudas who beat a non-Marcela team pretty dominantly. Skadi got a showcase to start off and was the only tecnica to get in offense in the third fall, so she really needed to be good to make anything out of this. She surprisingly was good, the best she’s looked since coming back. It has the same artificial feeling as some of the other women’s sequences, but at least hers are new.

The opener seemed like it was built around boring the fans in the second fall so they’d be more excited when the comeback finally happened. They were effective in doing that. Sonic seemed the most confident he’s been since coming back from him knee injury, and Bengala let him take a lot of the match for his team. Grako & Coyote continue to have flashes of being interesting.

Diamante Azul & Tiger win random tournament, NGD vs Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja/Volador tonight

when they don’t play the right music

CMLL (MON) 01/28/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha CentralNotimex]
1) King Jaguar, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Siki Ozama Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. First Ozama match in Arena Puebla in 4 years.
2) Arkalis & Perverso b Audaz, Black Panther, El Malayo, Pólvora, Stigma, Tiger [torneo parejas increibles, battle royalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Diamante Azul & Tiger b Audaz & Hechicero [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Black Panther & Shocker b Euforia & Stigma [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) El Malayo & Kráneo b Pólvora & Stuka Jr. [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Perverso & Valiente b Arkalis & Vangellys [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Diamante Azul & Tiger b Black Panther & Shocker [torneo parejas increibles, semifinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) El Malayo & Kráneo b Perverso & Valiente [torneo parejas increibles, semifinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Diamante Azul & Tiger b El Malayo & Kráneo [torneo parejas increibles, finalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Niebla Roja © b Luciferno [CMLL LHLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Niebla Roja took 2/3, 5th defense.

The tournament was more interesting in paper than in reality. Some of the matches got time (the Peverseo/Valiente vs Arkalis/Vangellys match felt like it got a lot of time) but little of it was good and the more interesting people didn’t get advance. Malayo seemed like one of the guys least excited for this thing and somehow went ot the final. Tiger & Azul were the most excited. If I was Tiger, I’d be whatsapp-ing Puma King to ask him how many tournaments he’s won lately. But I am a terrible person.

I gave up before the main event but it sounded like it was fine.

Today’s CMLL show looks a little better than it was first announced. Cuatrero, Forastero, Sanson were scheduled to face Angel de Oro, Kraneo and Volcano. The big two are out, and Niebla Roja & Volador Jr. are instead. It is the most promising match on a usual Tuesdays show.

Hechicero teams with Rey Bucanero & Shocker, who feel like they’re on every show lately. They face Titan, Soberano and Blue Panther. Fuego, Rey Cometa, and Triton meet Kawato, Misterioso, and Sagrado.  Coyote gets his first ever lightning match against Super Astro Jr. There’s a women’s match (Mystique’s first Arena Mexico match) and a usual opener to start it off. The show streams at 7:30 pm on CMLL.

Guadalajara has Bestia del Ring & Rush challenging for the tag titles against Diamante Azul & Valiente. A title change is unlikely. A good match is slightly less likely. Atlantis Jr. makes his first official appearance in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, teaming with his father and Mistico. Hijo del Villano III also makes his debut in this arena, teaming with Villano IV and Templario. This should air on Thursday and Saturday locally, though only the Saturday version streams on the internet.

La Sanely will participate in a conference about psychology in sport on 02/01. She’s a psychologist in her other life, though I guess she has to go as Sanely now.

Jeff Jarrett reportedly signed a deal to return to WWE this past weekend. AAA announced Jarrett on their 02/16 lineup a few hours before that news came out. It is possible WWE lets Jarrett work out his already announced dates, though I don’t expect AAA will make it clear any time before the show happens.

MexaWrestling is teasing a plan to launch a YouTube channel. I don’t think you need to a plan to create a YouTube channel, I manage to do it whenever I get owned by a wrestling personality on Twitter and have to find a way to send them a match, but plans are probably a good idea.

+LuchaTV posted an interview with German Cardona of the Mexico State lucha libre commission from the 01/20 Arena Lopez Mateos show. He’s asked why Angel o Demonio is now unsuspended. Carona does not come off well. He explains Angel o Demonio is a very professional luchador and the commission said the suspension didn’t have a set time, so they could decide to end it at any time. He calls Angel o Demonio “muy professional” at least five different times in a 90 second interview, coming off as if he was unprepared for anyone to ask him that obvious question and latching onto the only thing he could think come up with. Cardona explains the original attack on Cuervo as just as small bit of anti-professionalism and justifying Angel O Demonio bringing out a brick again as proof everything is OK because he was stopped from using it this time. This is the last we’ll hear about this story until the next person gets hurt.

Mexa Wrestling on 02/23 (“New Idols”) in Arena San Juan

PWG on 03/01 has

The main event feels like it’s going to be a title change.

Lucha Memes on 03/19 in Coliseo Coacalco (Charro Kingdom)

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has their latest podcast.

Lineups

IWRG , Castelazzi (THU) 01/31/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cheff Benito & Mexica vs Death Metal & Neza Kid
2) Dulce Luna, Kaho Kobayashi, Quimera vs Diosa Atenea, Ludark Shaitan, Stephanie Vaquer
3) Aramis, Hijo del Alebrije, La Mosca, Relámpago vs Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Sangre Chicana, Ricky Marvin
4) Hijo del Solar & Solar I vs Black Panther (CMLL) & Blue Panther
5) Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi © vs Jean Montanez & Pierre Montanez [TWS TAG]
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Francois Montanez [mask, hair]
7) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Mr. Electro & Sharly Rockstar

The masked French submission wrestlers are back. Will one be unmasked by Dr. Cerebro? (Nah, probably not.) It feels like there is a better use of Ricky Marvin than having him tag-along with the new rudo trio that disappeared after three weeks. Maybe not.

Kobayashi mentioned on Twitter that she was happy to be able to check Arena Naucalpan off her list of venues wrestled in.

ANCLA (SAT) 02/02/2019 Centro de Alto Rendimento The Crash, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Lilith Dark vs Lady Monster
3) Memo Romero & Príncipe Deka vs Astrolux & Black Metal
4) Fly Warrior vs Bam Bam
5) Drako & Último Guerrero vs Caifan & Mr. Iguana

This looks like a FILLM show but appears to be an ANCLA show? These are important distinctions. Bam Bam versus Fly Warrior seems like a different match if Bam Bam makes the show.

CMLL (SUN) 02/03/2019 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Leono vs Grako, Inquisidor, Metálico
3) La Jarochita vs La Comandante [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
5) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

You could say this card is good for nothing but it did remind me Leono still exists. Lightning match seems like Jarochita’s toughest task in CMLL so far.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-07 

Rush

Recapped: 01/08/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger & Sombra Diabólika beat Ares & Guerrero Espacial
(
12:46 [5:19, 1:58, 5:29], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, King Jaguar, Príncipe Diamante beat El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Joker
(
14:31 [8:19, 3:20, 2:52], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Rocky Santana beat Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón  
(
11:40 [6:53, 3:30, 1:17], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto beat Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr.  
(
15:42 [6:24, 4:29, 4:49], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Vangellys beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(
12:07 [2:38, 2:33, 6:56], 2/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mephisto & Zacarias, great friends

Hechicero wasn’t all that interested in helping his partners, though Los Ingobernables were taking no chances. They had the first fall well in hand when Rush fouled Kraneo. They unmasked him too. Tirantes messed up a pinfall count in the second fall. Hechicero eventually gets too friendly with the rudos in the third fall and they attack him, with Valiente throwing him back into gets a bigger beating. Valiente and Kraneo make a two-man comeback, and then the match turns into a normal one for about 3 minutes until Hechicero betrays Valiente again. They argue, and the rudos beat Kraneo.

Mephisto and Zacarias had a lot of fun before the third fall of the semi-final match.

Los Diabolicos are Dqed quickly for excessive violence in the first, though it seemed like the panned finish. Gallego snuck in a foul on Super Muneco in the third fall.

Thoughts: 

trio fantastia

This show was more ordinary than bad, with a lot of the matches just being about the level you’d expect from the people involved without being excitement. The main event wasn’t any good, but that was more of a matter of the story they decided to tell than any lack of execution.

The legends match here went smoother than the comparable match in November. They didn’t aim particularly high, but they did get as far as a Super Pinocho dive and what they did in the ring looked fine. It’s not much worse than the local veterans matches on this show, which is not a high bar. It is weird to bring in the old children’s act and have them win zero falls but that’s CMLL.