Akuma unmasked, Lucha Brothers harass Dragon Lee, Diamante Azul injured

Akuma unmasked

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLucha Centralthecubsfan]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Arkalis & Robin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:52. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Lluvia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:11. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Hijo del Signo & Yago b Akuma & Camorra [mask, hairLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:43. Yago & Signo took falls 1/3, Yago beating Akuma for the win. Akuma is Jose Luis Florenico Matinez from Saltillo. He was billed as 22 years old and 5 years a wrestler. Akuma started wrestling in CMLL in 2012 (so the experience is wrong), and he’d previously given his birth year as 1995 (so the age might be wrong.)
4) Hijo de LA Park, Kráneo, Volcano b Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:52. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Lee, King Phoenix, Penta 0M b Cuatrero, Forastero, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:08. Tecnicos took 2/3. Dragon Lee pushed Penta out of the ring late in the match. Penta attacked Dragon Lee after the match. Phoenix joined in attacking Lee and they left him unmasked.
6) Carístico b Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1 DE ENERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:19. Straight falls, UG fouling Caristico in the second. Seemingly a quick match so Caristico could make his other booking, but Caristico stuck around to do interviews for an extended period of time.

CMLL promos: Los Villanos, Dragon Lee, Ultimo Guerrero, Caristico, Hijo del Signo & Yago, Akuma & Camorra,

The show was good but still a little disappointing; I expected much more out of the main event and a bit more of the semi-main. Akuma & Camorra did an interview talking about how this loss was just the beginning of the war. I’d be surprised if CMLL bothered to book them as opponents again. I’m less certain if the Dragon Lee vs Penta/Phoenix stuff will happen in CMLL or if that’s just stuff to set them up for bookings elsewhere. Hard not to notice they set up a tag team feud while Penta & Fenix were carrying The Crash Tag Team belts to the ring.

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Astral, Black Tiger, King Jaguar b Cholo, Fuerza Chicana, Joker
Black Tiger replaced Electrico. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente b La Bestia Del Ring, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Volador Jr. b Sansón
Volador took falls 2/3.

Only got a couple of photos from this show but Volador & Sanson (or the micros) did not appear to appear to draw anything special for this show. The Arena Mexico wasn’t as strong a turnout as I thought either.

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Mr. Apolo b Avispón Negro Jr., Black Sugar, Joker
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Drone, Súper Astro Jr., Vaquero Jr. b Disturbio, Guerrero de la Muerte, Metálico
tecnicos took fall 1/3
3) Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón b Difunto, Kawato San, Okumura
Difunto replaced Virus. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja
Rudos took 2/3, the last with Mephisto sneaking in a foul on Niebla Roja to set up a singles match next week.
5) Terrible b Vangellys [MEX HEAVY]
Terrible took falls 2/3 to retain. Vangellys replaced Diamante Azul (injury) on Monday. 3rd defense, would’ve been 3rd against Azul.

Vangellys got the title match because Diamante Azul is out with a groin strain suffered on the Friday night show. CMLL should announce injury replacements on the regular, though this is a rare situation of them actually doing it. My assumption is they only announced a substitution because there was a title match involved.

Mephisto & Niebla Roja should be a title match, though they’re separated by two different weight classes.

CMLL went thru OctoberNovember, and December to finish the 2018 look back.

WrestleZone has an interview with Bandido. He mentions choosing between ROH and WWE was choosing between his heart and his head, and he went with his heart.

Cancun based wrestler Corsario passed away on December 31st. He was 73 and had been the president of the local commission from 2002 to 2009.

The gas stations employees from a 2018 viral video made their in-ring debut on a Silver King promoted show over this weekend. They were billed with the idea that they’re just about to get their wrestling license, but it seemed more like a publicity stunt.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

CMLL Sin Piedad: 2019-01-01

King Phoenix seems healthy

Recapped: 1/1/2019

Matches:

Arkalis & Robin beat El Coyote & Grako
(11:52 [6:07, 2:45, 3:00], 2/3, ok, 00:02:02)

Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Lluvia
(13:11 [6:26, 4:01, 2:44], 2/3, ok, 00:21:15)

Hijo del Signo & Yago beat Akuma & Camorra, mask/hair on the line
(16:43 [1:29, 2:50, 12:24], 1/3, below average, 00:49:19)

Hijo de LA Park, Kráneo, Volcano beat Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV
(12:52 [4:41, 4:09, 4:02], 1/3, ok, 01:19:30)

Dragón Lee, King Phoenix, Penta 0M beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Templario
(11:08 [3:14, 2:35, 5:19], 2/3, good, 01:42:34)

Carístico beat Último Guerrero
(6:19 [2:41, 3:38], 1/2 DQ, ok, 02:06:40)

What happened:

this had a zero chance of working

Último Guerrero heel kick fouled Carístico for a DQ.

Dragon Lee & Penta had issues during the end of the match and Penta unmasked Dragon Lee after. Fenix jumped in to help his brother, and Dragon Lee was unmasked as second time. The rest of the Munoz family was elsewhere.

Akuma and Camorra lost their mask versus hair respectively. Akuma gave his name as Jose Luis Florenico Matinez from Saltillo. He was billed as 22 years old and 5 years a wrestler, though those do not appear to be accurate years.

Thoughts:

Hijo de LA Park tope

The six-minute CMLL main event wasn’t as embarrassing as some other six-minute CMLL matches. They worked hard for the time they were out there, to the point where it was a bit of a tell they weren’t going the distance. UG usually doesn’t go thru his third fall checklist that early if something isn’t up. Still, doing a six-minute match with the same finish as the trios that built it up is lame. They should’ve just made this semi-main if it had to be short and ended with the Lucha Brothers match

The semifinal is a bit tepid for a couple falls. It finally gets to a high level in the last half of the third fall, but it felt like a match that had the potential to be that good the entire time. Fenix had a slip setting up a super tricky dive, but otherwise looked normal coming back from injury. Dragon Lee too looked like his old self. Templario mixed it best of this group with the técnicos, though everyone seemed fine. The post-match angle was fun though it’s unclear if it’s going anywhere in CMLL.

no idea what was supposed to happen there

The fourth match capped off a blah start this card, a competent but not really interesting match. Villano III Jr. looked alright working with Hijo de LA Park in this match and based for him fine, but seems like he’s going to have to grow in the position CMLL’s dropped him in. Volcano does a lot of fat mat agile spots poorly, which doesn’t really help in any fashion. This is a chronic problem with how CMLL tries to use bigger wrestlers against type, and it hardly ever works for them.

The apuesta match started off decent and fell off the rails in the third fall. They couldn’t execute the spots they want to do and they seemed to forget what was supposed to happen. The double dropkick spot wasn’t going to even work, but Camorra sitting on the top rope for about 10 seconds to do a dive was kind of just as bad. Akuma willingness to throw himself around on dives (and protecting Signo on his finish after it appeared he took a head injury) was the best part of the match. Yago was not bad but his finish still doesn’t look good and it seemed like he and Akuma messed up the timing on the finish. This apuesta match will be quickly forgotten, which at least is better than it could’ve gone.

fun times for Caristico

The women’s match had good effort, including a totally unexpected dive sequence. It still wasn’t all that much, but at least they tried. Lluvia’s new outfit is a great improvement over her old gear, but it wasn’t enough to actually beat Dalys here.

The opener was a professional match, which felt like it might still be better than things to come. Arkalis seemed to be trying more than Robin, though it wasn’t really working for Arkalis. Coyote & Grako looked solid here, though lack some personality. I wonder if there’s a rule against opening match wrestlers doing 2 on 1 moves, since the rudos should have some sort of teamwork at this point.