great match roundup, rest of 2018

written since the last time I got around one of these

past round-up postsMOTYC list

I stalled on this trying to finish out 2018 for good. The 12/30 CMLL show is still to air on NJPW World on Friday morning. Maybe I’ll throw it in somehow, but I’m done. I’m free! (Or I’m behind in 2018 correct.) I’ll do a proper MOTYC post tomorrow so the Twitter lurkers know it exists, but you can just hit the link up there.

Caristico seems to have a ceiling at Great. That’s not a bad ceiling to have. His commitment to trying to give the people the Mistico they remember as best as can has kind of left him stuck in a premature nostalgia phase. He should still be evolving as a luchador but I don’t expect to get more than his greatest hits as interrupted by whoever he’s facing. Penta & Volador worked with him well over the last month.

Do you think AAA airs this taping on Space? I think this was a date they had agreed to long before they realized they’d never need it to air. I appreciate getting extra free shows but perhaps there’s a 2019 resolution around planning out their TV schedule better (or getting more time from Space?)

Recommended Matches (from the TV group)

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Penta 0M LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-28 2018-12-28
good La Parkita, Mini Gronda, Mini Psycho Clown vs La Parkita Negra, Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Chicano, Vanilla, Villano III Jr. vs Chica Tormenta, Demus, Toxin  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Faby Apache & Lady Shani vs Keyra & Lady Maravilla (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Halcón 78 Jr., Hijo Del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. vs Emperador Azteca, Samoano, Tonga  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Australian Suicide, Golden Magic, Jack Evans  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Guapito, MijeLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Atlantis, Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto, Villano IV LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
good Carístico, King Phoenix, Penta 0M vs Ciber, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris in a relevos increíbles match  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2018-12-25 2018-11-18
good Arkalis & Oro Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-28 2018-12-28
good Audaz, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato, Okumura, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-28 2018-12-28
good Dragón Lee, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-28 2018-12-28

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Electroshock, Rey Escorpión, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
ok Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
ok Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Templario, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
ok Carístico, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
ok Rush & Terrible © vs Diamante Azul & Valiente for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2018-12-25 2018-11-18
ok Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero for the hair  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2018-12-25 2018-11-18
ok Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, TiffanyLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-28 2018-12-28
ok Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.  (posted by NJPW) NJPW World: 2018-12-28 2018-12-02
below average Akuma vs Hijo del Signo in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-12-25 2018-12-25
below average Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-12-28 2018-12-28

IWRG trainees defeat Queretaro, lots of upcoming lineups, Puebla tournament

Latigo had trouble catching this so it must be tough

IWRG , FILL (WED) 01/23/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Noisy Boy DRAW Spider Fly
2) Biosfera, Mandala, Vortrex b Coyote Azteca, Súper Dragons, Urano
Urano replaced Viajero Jr.
3) Águila Oriental, Mexica, Shalom b Barón Rojo, Canibal, Chico del Barrio
4) Ángel De La Tormenta, Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr., Teelo b Cosmiv, Dinámico, Dranzer, Fireman
5) Neza Kid, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah b Black Shadow Jr., Shadow Boy, Toto
6) Ángel Estrella Jr., Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Cheff Benito, Chicanito, Death Metal, Lunatic Xtreme, Puma de Oro b Crazy Latino, Hermano Diablo II, Hijo del Pantera, Hijo Del Timador, Kamikaze, Lasserado, Ursus, Utamaro [Toreno FILL]
Torneo FILL 77. Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Pantera (Internacional). Death Metal won it for his team.

These random trainee shows – with guys from Queretaro who almost never make video in this one – make me wish I was still finding a way to record AYM. Not that I want to pay $20/month for it, but not every show turns up on +LuchaTV.

On Konnan’s podcast, there’s a bit of info on the most recent AAA TV taping. I’m really interested in the TV situation but it never comes up. Konnan does mention he made a card, “and half of it was changed.” He explained the stuff with La Parka and his son as a way to build up sympathy for Hijo de La Parka, who may debut 1.5 to 2 years from now. Konnan versus Vampiro happening at TripleMania this year is said to be “50/50 at best”; Konnan mentions being in training for his own retirement tour so that doesn’t seem like the issue. Konnan was higher on the Kross match than most of us were on Twitter at the time. AroLucha this week is mentioned as Konnan working there “if/when they come back.”

Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions two “top stars who’ve never worked Arena Mexico are debuting on 02/15.” I think I know who they are but I don’t have it confirmed, and it’s always a little bit of a question mark with CMLL until people are on a poster given the recent misadventures with Fenix & Penta. I don’t want to diminish the people because they fit as top stars, but “top stars and never in Arena Mexico” might accidentally inflate expectations that there are some big names based out of Mexico coming in and I don’t think that’s case. The CL4N are top stars in Mexico too.

Matches featuring Latigo & Tiago and Torito Negro from their OWE time are up on the promotion’s YouTube channel.

Heroes of Lucha Libre must still be trying to get someone to invest in their show concept because a video pitching the concept was uploaded on YouTube and tweeted out for some reason. I was view 2 on the video, that is my life. I did not see any clips of Dragon Lee or Mistico in it.

Today’s story of NJPW having trouble getting visas for Japanese wrestlers is reminiscent of the issues Lucha Underground had for Mexican wrestlers last year. It is also a reminder that, should Lucha Underground actually a go-ahead for a fifth season, expect a long time between when the season is announced and when it starts taping. They’re going to be trying to avoid the same timing issues. I also kind of wonder if this will play into whatever happens with AAA running in MSG, since getting LU visas for AAA wrestlers would make it a lot easier for AAA than AAA having to do that all by themselves.

Vampiro is advertised as signing autographs tonight in Tampico, which is probably part of promotion for the AAA TV taping in next door Ciudad Madero on Saturday.

02/09 The Crash in Tijuana

Tuesday, The Crash put a poll on Facebook asking the fans who they’d like to see the Traumas face, Rebelion Amarilla or Lucha Brothers. Lucha Brothers won, and The Crash announced a match with Rebelion Amarillo and the Traumas. Don’t start a poll with wrestling fans unless you’re totally sure what the outcome is going to be.

The main event for the 02/16 Baja Stars USA show in San Diego had been Psycho Clown vs Pagano vs Mortiz. It is now Bandido & Flamita vs Puma King & Mortiz. Bandido & Flamita were previously in a three way with Xtreme Tiger, who is out with an injury. No idea on the story with the AAA guys; no other booking has turned up quite yet.

MDA/SuperX on 02/17 in Deportivo de Los Electricistas in Mexico City

SuperXtar is Alas de Oro under a SuperX only character.

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

WrestleCon’s Joey Ryan show on 04/05 will have Mr. Iguana vs Black Taurus vs Puma King vs Shark Boy vs Green Ant in a King of the Concrete Jungle match.

Satanico was honored for his career in Guadalajara on Monday.

LuchaTalk has a new episode.

Lineups (though I guess those were already lineups? these are full ones)

IWRG (SUN) 01/27/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Estrellas Jr. & Atomic Star vs Black Puma & Guero Palma
2) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Juan Diego vs Neza Kid & Tackle
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Eragón vs Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme
4) Black Terry, Manchitas, Pasion Kristial vs Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hip Hop Man, Mosca
5) Cerebro Negro vs Dragón Bane
6) Multifacetico 2.0 vs Multifacetico (Puebla) [identity]
loser is no longer Mutlfacetico
7) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © vs Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. [IWRG IC TAG]
2nd defense

50/50 another Multifacetico runs in and that match goes to no finish.

Cerbero Negro & Dragon Bane is not the title match, yet.

CMLL (MON) 01/28/2019 Arena Puebla
1) King Jaguar, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Diamante Azul & Tiger vs Black Panther & Shocker and Perverso & Valiente and Euforia & Stigma and El Malayo & Kráneo and Audaz & Hechicero and Pólvora & Stuka Jr. and Arkalis & Dragón Rojo Jr. [torneo parejas increibles]
3) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinal]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinal]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinal]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas increibles, semifinal]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas incriebles, semifinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [torneo parejas increibles, final]
10) Niebla Roja © vs Luciferno [CMLL LH]
5th defense

Tournaments, CMLL tournaments especially, tend not to be good in lucha libre. On the other hand, most Puebla cards tend not to be interesting, andt his tournament is weridly interesting. I don’t think there’s an obvious favorite, though it seems like a bad idea to bet against Stigma in an imporatn match in Arena Puebla. We just have no idea if it’s important.

If Niebla Roja is in the first block of the Universal tournament, he’s retaining here. If he’s not, things are going to get interesting.

Siki Osama Jr. is a name not seen here since the TVC Deportes days. He was a regular from at least 2000-2014 (and maybe before, Puebla records aren’t close to complete.) He’s been working indies since; I think he might have been involved with promoting the La Liga de la Jusitica shows, though I may be getting that confused with a different group. His father was a wrestler and later referee as Siki Osama; this name predates any other Osamas you may be thinking of. He was good and tall when there was an entertaining batch of locals on these shows, but I haven’t seen any of his matches in a long time.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29/2019 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sonic vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) La Guerrera, Mystique, Sanely vs La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Súper Astro Jr. vs El Coyote [lightning]
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Volcano vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Super Astro versus Coyote is a fresh lightning match. Other matches seem fine. I’d find something else to do with my time if I was traveling to Mexico City though.

FILLM (SAT) 02/02/2019 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Deirus & Pumita De Oro vs Devil Boy & Shere Khan
2) Candy Swing & Felina Metálica vs Lady Cat & Quiemra
3) Atomic Star & Baby Star vs Rey Abadón & Toro
4) Fly Warrior & Gran Guerrero vs Fly Star & Mr. Águila
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Diamante
6) Romano García & Satánico vs Hijo del Fishman & Wotan

Not sure if FILLM should pass the imaginary line of lineups mentioned in the news updated but Satanico is here and my db is still confused about the Coacalco Forastero and the NGD one.

quick recommendations of 2018 RIOT matches worth watching

Demonio del Aire proving that there’s always another interesting luchador to discover

In a strange turn of events, a Mexican indie promotion has actually recorded their own shows and put them on the internet for people to purchase them. This behavior, the standard in pretty much every other major wrestling country in the world, is quite novel for Mexico. It also means I get to watch them without figuring out which of six YouTube versions is the closest to watchable.

You can find RIOT shows on their own Pivotshare site. Shows are still available on the renamed IndependentWrestling.TV, though just one of the 2018 shows. I believe Pivotshare is getting the shows going forward and has more of them. Three of the four RIOT shows from 2018 are up there now. The July show is the missing one, with the Jack Evans/Sammy Guevera match I wrote about a while back.

Matches I liked from each show:

February (No Sabes Quien)

stair climbing Arez

 

  • Low Rider vs Último Ninja vs Laredo Kid [great]: I did not watch this in ideal conditions – I kept finding myself watching RIOT shows when Humberto Carillo was wrestling on 205 live – but the match worked despite having to stop and start a bunch. Ultimo Ninja in a past life did well with his power moves against the smaller guys. Laredo Kid was all around solid as usual. Low Rider wasn’t quite at their level, with his dive gone wrong being a painful spot in the match, but he definitely didn’t drag it down.
  • Kratoz vs Kamikaze vs Mr. Iguana vs Arez vs Jack Evans [good]: best spot fest of the undercard, Creativity in fair amount of spots, and a fast pace taking advantage of having five guys involved. The Sammy Guevera cameos all nice played out nicely with his interaction with Jack Evans, continuing the build to that match.
  • Erick Ortiz vs Dralion & Caifan II vs Furor were both [good], though borderline. Both fit as cool moves matches with not a lot connecting them. These are cases where the excited RIOT crowd helps the show, making the matches feel more exciting then if they were in front of a dead CMLL crowd.

May (Riotmania)

lights on, except for Oritz
  • The match of the night was Mr. Iguana vs Erik Ortiz [great]. Ortiz usually comes off as dry to me but Iguana was a great fit for an opponent. Ortiz found a good niche as the bigger/hard hitting guy who was punishing Iguana thru the match. The crowd is into Iguana and naturally was rooting for his comebacks anyway, so Ortiz gave him a big imposing obstacle to come back from. This is a match where having a camera crew (and not just one person shooting what they can) helped because the ringside work really made the chops come thru as painful. It could’ve been better with a little more variety on offense but still easily worth watching.
  • Bandido vs Ultimo Ninja was [good] in an exhibition-y. It just never found that extra level of intensity, which always seemed to be an issue with Ultimo Ninja matches in Mexico. (That last match with Dragon Lee is a strong exception.) Bandido has wrestled best as a babyface and that probably wasn’t going to work in Monterrey with Ninja, but it leaves the match with no real direction.
  • bonus note: There’s no commentary on these shows so it’s never explained (and the usual show opening speech doesn’t happen), but this was the show delayed 90 minutes due to a power outage. The power finally returns halfway into the opener and everyone reacts big. It’s strange if you don’t know what’s going on.

September (Fanboy)

a good two for one
  • Prometo vs Demonio del Aire vs Arez vs Willy Banderas vs Látigo is the match of the nice and an easy [great]. It’s the match I’d most strongly recommend from this show if the ending wasn’t someone being legit knocked out. Demonio del Aire – who also turns up under the hideous Baby Extreme name on Monterrey indies – comes off as the greatest high flyer no one has ever heard of, pulling off tricky spots with ease until his untimely demise. (He also got hurt on the July show, having no luck at all.) Arez & Latigo team up during a middle section of the match and looks like one of the best teams in Mexico in that stretch alone despite not actually being a team much. Banderas’ names on Guadalajara indies forever; he has some smooth spots early, and there’s a fun dive sequence with Prometo and Latigo too.
  • Kratoz does fine in his match with Jack Evans [good] as far a moves, though his inability to connect with the audience much limits his matches from being a lot better. Skayde versus Erik Ortiz [good] is certainly watchable, having a lot what you’d expect from a Skayde match, but he’s also very much slowed down these days. Muerte Extrema shows up a lot on these shows; his match with Madness is the best of the bunch [good], though they probably could’ve cut a fair bit of time off it. I don’t feel too strongly about any of these matches.