Lucha Brothers & Diamante Azul versus Los Ingobernables tonight in CMLL

Tonight is the first show for CMLL post-Fantastica Mania, so the main event logically includes – just one wrestler who was on the tour? Los Ingobernables (with the returning Terrible) face Diamante Azul, Penta, and Phoenix in tonight’s Arena Mexico. My theory has been the original plan for the last few weeks was Rush repeating his feud with Diamante Azul and shifted to Euforia only due to Azul’s groin injury. Azul returned last week, and he’s back opposite Rush. It is nice for the Lucha Brothers to be back, but it’s not an exciting use of them when one or the other will be working across from Bestia del Ring.

The fourth and fifth have much more Fantastica Mania returns. Caristico & Volador, now back on the same side, team-up with Atlantis against Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario and Gran Guerrero. Everyone in this match besides Atlantis is a champion and will be part of the Universal tournament beginning next week. The match might be good by itself, as should be Soberano versus Templario.

Titan, Flyer and Audaz would be a fun team if they weren’t facing Shocker, Felino, and Vangellys. Likewise, the Panther kids & Rey Cometa versus Misterioso, Sagrado and Universo 2000 Jr. shows the weakness on the rudo side. Grako & Coyote might be part of the solution, though they need more work. They’ll get some with Oro & Electrico.

The show will air at 8:30 pm on Marca (currently Mexico only) and Facebook (currently Mexico only). I’ll probably stream it on YouTube.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Diamante Azul wants to win the Universal championship. There are people I’d like to win but I don’t see a great favorite so maybe.

Black Panther hopes his feuds with Misterioso & Tiger resolve. I don’t think he’s going to be that lucky.

Hijo del Vikingo is on Impact tonight, facing Rich Swann. All Impact shows stream live fof free on their Twitch channel, starting at 9 pm CT.

02/09 The Crash in Tijuana

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

The father/son match has been built up (when not meant to be building up) forever, throwing it in a four-way takes the steam off that greatly.

Rush has been added to the 02/09 and 02/10 ROH shows in Florida.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Bryan Danielson wants a mask versus hair match with Gran Metalik.

Caballero Negro Jr. took Crazy Man’s hair.


CMLL (TUE) 01/29/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fugaz, Micro, Principe Daniel vs Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Thunder Boy
2) Magnus, Sangre Imperial, Star Black vs Cancerbero, Guerrero de la Muerte, Raziel
3) Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico vs Hijo del Villano III, Templario, Villano IV
5) Diamante Azul & Valiente © vs La Bestia Del Ring & Rush [CMLL TAG]
first defense

Atlantis Jr. makes his CMLL Guadalajara debut. (So does Hijo del Villano III.) That may mean an Arena Mexico debut on Friday.

my favorite Mexican wrestling matches of 2018


I write up a lot of lucha libre shows, write & rate all the matches on those shows that are worth my time, compile it into small lists, and then keep a master list of the best over the course of the year. Perhaps you don’t read this website every single day and you miss some of all that. That’s probably a correct decision, but I can still give you a list of matches I like.

This is just a list of “lucha libre” matches, an anamorphosis distinction that at least doesn’t include NJPW or PWG that might make my top matches of the year overall. It’s in chronological order, not ranked. Links are provided; almost everything is available for free to watch on YouTube right now. I’ve tried to explain each match quickly. It’s possible this all says more about my likes than what are “really” the best matches.

Match video note
Niebla Roja © vs Gran Guerrero for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship (01-19)  NJPW World Epilogue to their mask match feud, showcasing how far they’d come since it started.
Volador Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship (01-21)  NJPW World Usual end of Fantastica Mania firework show
Mephisto © vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship (01-23) CMLL YouTube Titan as most sympathetic CMLL tecnico
Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. vs Rush & Terrible in a National Parejas Increible Tournament final (02-23)  CMLL YouTube a strong match with a big storyline development after
Pentagón Dark vs Marty Martinez in a cero miedo for the Lucha Underground championship (taped 03-17, aired 11-07, ep 22) iTunes
overwhelming levels of violence
Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario (03-27) CMLL YouTube two young guys doing all the spots
Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito vs Arcángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire (04-20) AAA YouTube Tijuana luchadors making names in “Konnan’s back” statement match
Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Templario & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament final (05-18) CMLL YouTube great match with bigger post-match angle
Látigo & Toxin vs Aramis & Astrolux (05-18) AAA YouTube indie guys making a great impression on a new stage (goes nowhere)
Flyer, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible (05-25) CMLL YouTube Rush versus LA Park was very hot
L.A. Park vs Rush (06-22) CMLL YouTUbe very very hot
King Phoenix vs Cavernario (06-29) CMLL YouTube caveman keeps up against world class fighter
The King (Fenix) vs Laredo Kid (07-29) +LuchaTV YouTube well wrestled match between two of the best
Flamita vs Bandido vs Fénix (08-02) AAA YouTube fast moving match in front of a crowd who could not care
Aerostar & Drago vs Golden Magic & Laredo Kid and Bandido & Flamita and Andrew Everett & DJZ in a ladder match and for the AAA World Tag Team #1 Contendership (08-25) AAA YouTube an actual good AAA gimmick match!
Rey Fénix © vs Aero Boy ©, for the for the AAA & GALLI World Heavyweight Championship (09-23) +LuchaTV YouTube unbelievable good for a small venue show
Eterno vs Aramishair versus mask (10-21) +LuchaTV YouTube long time underrated rudo showcases a rising tecnico
Cavernario vs King Phoenix in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata final (11-23) CMLL YouTube the rematch is just about as good as the original

lucha TV preview for weekend of January 25, 2019

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CMLL on Marca is the first show of the post-Fantastica Mania run and the last Friday before the Universal tournament takes over. Soberano & Templario should be fun.

AAA on Twitch is back on Saturday night again. Drago is in two matches for some reason. Aerostar gets a main event appearance. Things get destroyed in the middle of the show. AAA on YouTube might be Xalapa, might be best of Xalapa & Cuautilan.

CMLL Puebla has a weird tournament.