CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, Lucha Central, thecubsfan]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Arkalis & Robin
11:52. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Lluvia
13:11. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Hijo del Signo & Yago b Akuma & Camorra [mask, hair]
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
12:52. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Lee, King Phoenix, Penta 0M b Cuatrero, Forastero, Templario
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
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.
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.
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.