CMLL (FRI) 01/25/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, luchablog, Marca, Ovaciones, PubliMetro, Record, The Gladiatores]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Eléctrico & Oro Jr.
13:19. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
13:41. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Felino, Shocker, Vangellys b Audaz, Flyer, Titán
11:57. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Soberano Jr. b Templario [lightning]
8:09. Soberano won with his sit down piledriver.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
9:47. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta 0M DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
10:56. Straight falls, the last by DQ when Rush fouled Penta, then unmasked him and everyone else after the match.
Media room interviews: Diamante Azul (Box Y Lucha), Los Ingobernables (Box Y Lucha), Guerreros & Cavernario (Box Y Lucha). These promos are still in Fantastica Mania mode, where the trio they’re in that night was the best team they’ve ever been in and would like to be part of forever.
The work is still in recovering from Fantastica Mania too. Soberano/Templario is the only one worth going out of your way to see, though the main event was better than expected. Penta & Fenix are in Atlanta next Friday, so whatever they were setting up there will take a while to get to in CMLL. They shouldn’t take too long; there’s a looming time limit on Lucha Brothers versus Ingobernables/Munoz matches in CMLL. We don’t know when LU will make a decision and when Fenix & Penta will be free to sign with someone, but it’s unlikely ROH will keep outbidding people for (more) Mexican wrestlers. Any of the other people they’d sign with are not going to have a relationship with CMLL and these days may end.
Fenix & Penta wrestled in Mexico City last night, flew up to Chicago tonight for AAW, and fly back to Mexico City tomorrow night for a match. I think these last few years have been really fun (and profitable) for them but I can’t expect they’ll want to keep up these schedules if they get good offers for easier ones.
AAA is streaming again tonight on Twitch. They’re live from Ciudad Madero, a city seared into my mind as the location for the 2015 Guerra de Titanes. The show was canceled and everything seemed to be falling apart for AAA at the same time: Alberto left while champion, Mysterio finished up, and Konnan was excommunicated soon after. The Ciudad Madero cancelation was a separate issue from the rest – cartel-related violence has made the city unsafe to run – but it seemed like the bottoming out point in what turned out to be a disappointing year. AAA canceled another show in Ciudad Madero in 2016 as well, and tonight will be the first time they’ve been back for a taping since 2010. AAA will get to associate Ciudad Madero with something else tonight.
It is an alright card. No Blue Demon, which helps the matches. The main event still looks like a typical AAA main event, with Psycho Clown, Dr. Wagner, Fantasma and Rey Escorpion involved. The twist is Aerostar & Monsther Clown pick up their late-year feud tonight in that main event.
The semi-main has The OGTs scheduled to face Murder Clown, Laredo Kid, and Drago. Something is up because Drago is also listed as defending his Latin American championship against Parka Negra, Argenis and Golden Magic. AAA has enough people that Drago really doesn’t need to be working twice. AAA is definitely aware Drago’s listed twice so maybe there’s a story to come on the show.
Miedo Extremo & Ciclope meet Pagano & Joe Lider once again. They’ve split their head to head meetings so far. It’s not listed as an extreme match but probably will end up one. Poder del Norte face 2/3rds of the trios champions (Myzteziz Jr. & Hijo del Vikingo) and Nino Hamburguesa in the second. The opener is listed as Mascara de Bronce, Raptor and Vanilla against Jack Evans, Australian Suicide and La Hiedra. Evans & Suicide were in Canada last night to wrestle on a Teddy Hart show and Evans is listed as working in Los Angeles tonight, so both are doubtful to make it to Madero. Maybe Chicano and Villano III Jr. will get the call.
Lucha Central has a preview. The show is listed as an 8pm CT start, which means first match around 8:30 pm or so.
In his Record column, La Parka says Hijo de La Parka only told him recently he wanted to be a luchador. He still has to finish high school and will be going to college. I’d suspect he’ll wrestle the same time he goes to college but it still may be quite a while before we see him in the ring regularly.
Ciudad Madero’s Disturbio talks about his love of extreme wrestling. He’s wrestling in the locals only match, which usually gets skipped by the Twitch stream.
02/09 The Crash in Tijuana
- Damian 666 vs Bestia 666 in a hardcore cage match
- Willie Mack (c) vs Austin Theory vs Barbaro Cavernario for The Crash Heavyweight Championship
- Lady Flammer vs Reina Isis vs Christi Jaynes vs Miranda Alize
- Carlito & Mesias vs Trauma I & II vs MechaWolf & Garza Jr.
- Tiago, Terror Azteca, Dinamico vs Unicornio, Torito Negro, Xperia
- Flamita, Rey Horuz, Soberano Jr., Oraculo, Dragon Bane, Titan in a match of some kind
It’s unclear in the post if that’s a trios, a three-way tag, or a six-way match. Guess that’s something to look forward to in the poster.
The Crash also released their full schedule for the year. They’re going to run 17 shows in total in Tijuana. (The one they already ran is not listed.) They’re pretty much going to be running every third week with the exception of taking August off. The Anniversario show is 11/02.
It is weird that The Crash, a promotional I constantly and possibly unfairly pick on for small things like forgetting who their champions are, is so organized to have all their dates figured out for the year and that’s something AAA & CMLL cannot do. I mean, “every Friday” is pretty simple but it’s late January, I couldn’t tell you when Homenaje a Dos Leyendas or Rey de Reyes is, and The Crash is out here announcing November dates like a grown-up promotion.
Toxin is off the MexaWrestling card due to injury. The injury was not as severe as first thought but he’ll still be out for a while.
Puma King compares the types of fans in Mexico, Japan, and the US.
CMLL pulled Volcano & Kraneo off the Tuesday Arena Mexico card and put on Volador & Niebla Roja instead. A tag team getting pulled off suggests they’re booked somewhere else and not injury, but you never know.
CMLL (FRI) 02/01/2019 Arena México
1) Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Niebla Roja vs Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto, Villano IV
4) Flyer, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Templario, Último Guerrero
5) Carístico vs Dragón Lee, Valiente, Stuka Jr., Terrible, Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Forastero [CMLL Universal, torneo]
6) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
7) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
8) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
9) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
10) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
11) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
12) ? vs ?? [CMLL Universal, final]
The Universal tournament ending the show instead of the trios match means maybe they’ll give the semi-main time. Or at least it won’t be the match that won’t be cut.
That leaves Mephisto, Cuatrero, Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Volador Jr., Sanson, Electrico, Soberano Jr., Diamante Azul and Niebla Roja (assuming he gets by Luciferno on Monday) as left for the 02/08. CMLL could run a 10 man block if they want. That just seems to out of the box for them. It is intriguing to have both Euforia & Soberano left since even just putting them in a battle royal violates CMLL’s secret rule against fathers and sons wrestling each other. Maybe that is also the answer to how they’re getting to eight: the lightweight title and welterweight titles are the smallest weight divisions for the national titles, so Electrico and Soberano get bumped.
Atlantis Jr. making his Arena Mexico debut will be a big deal.