CMLL Martes: 2019-01-08 

Mistico is not a training tool

Recapped: 01/09/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:18 [5:42, 3:32, 4:04], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Metálica beat La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
(10:36 [6:05, 1:57, 2:34], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Flyer, Titán beat Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
(12:28 [4:32, 3:39, 4:17], 2/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro beat Templario in a lightning match
(6:09, top rope headscissors, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Terrible, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
(10:37 [5:55, 1:57, 2:45], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(10:26 [2:48, 3:32, 4:06], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Nothing.

Thoughts: 

this is more a Metalica highlight

This was the final show before FantasticaMania for about half the people working these shows. The matches were a bit shorter and lower impact than the names might suggest, though some of that is probably due to being a Tuesday show as well. The last two matches were sort of cut down exhibition showcases, showing some of what these matches could be like while not going full out. This was the more exciting of top two matches, with the rare chance to see the Munoz family together bringing some extra energy. Rush seemed more into than usual for one of these B-Shows. Dragon Lee perhaps less so when he’s winning falls with half crabs, but he and his brother show some nice dives. The spot with Dinamitas ever so slightly tossing Místico up and down on a press slam was impressive.

The second and third fall of the semi-main were about two minutes each. They tried for the two minutes, they just weren’t going to spend a lot of time on this match on this night. Carístico looked the best of the técnicos and the announcers were way too excited about the third fall finish.

I know Templario did things in this lightning match, but nothing besides getting his finisher countered into a headscissors for the loss really stuck out. He kept up with Oro in the match, but this was mostly the técnico making the effort. It was definitely reduced by being on Fantastica Mania travel day.

not sure what kawato did here

They didn’t re-invent the wheel in the tercera, but the rudos looked more into the match than usual, and they made the most of what the técnicos were going to do in a match before a big trip. Kawato seemed angry and aggressive, especially early in the match, and it was a vast improvement over seeing lost and confused. He landed a dive and he caught a dive, he is officially over the Yoshihashi line and I can imagine a scenario where he actually has a good match on his own. He and Virus looked pretty good, while Okumura seemed to be off into the background. Audaz did that thing where he looks like the most impressive acrobat in the world for about 30 seconds and then disappears for a few minutes.

The segunda was a strange laid out match. The first fall was even, for the most part, the rudas took over at the end and Sugehit snuck in a pin (which had happen in the opener for the técnicos only win as well.) The rudas took almost all the next two falls, minus a ten-second comeback. This ended up as one-sided as matches can be, though it is not really surprising it was the luchadoras rudas who beat a non-Marcela team pretty dominantly. Skadi got a showcase to start off and was the only tecnica to get in offense in the third fall, so she really needed to be good to make anything out of this. She surprisingly was good, the best she’s looked since coming back. It has the same artificial feeling as some of the other women’s sequences, but at least hers are new.

The opener seemed like it was built around boring the fans in the second fall so they’d be more excited when the comeback finally happened. They were effective in doing that. Sonic seemed the most confident he’s been since coming back from him knee injury, and Bengala let him take a lot of the match for his team. Grako & Coyote continue to have flashes of being interesting.

Diamante Azul & Tiger win random tournament, NGD vs Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja/Volador tonight

when they don’t play the right music

CMLL (MON) 01/28/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha CentralNotimex]
1) King Jaguar, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Siki Ozama Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. First Ozama match in Arena Puebla in 4 years.
2) Arkalis & Perverso b Audaz, Black Panther, El Malayo, Pólvora, Stigma, Tiger [torneo parejas increibles, battle royalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Diamante Azul & Tiger b Audaz & Hechicero [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Black Panther & Shocker b Euforia & Stigma [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) El Malayo & Kráneo b Pólvora & Stuka Jr. [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Perverso & Valiente b Arkalis & Vangellys [torneo parejas increibles, quarterfinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Diamante Azul & Tiger b Black Panther & Shocker [torneo parejas increibles, semifinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) El Malayo & Kráneo b Perverso & Valiente [torneo parejas increibles, semifinalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Diamante Azul & Tiger b El Malayo & Kráneo [torneo parejas increibles, finalLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Niebla Roja © b Luciferno [CMLL LHLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE ENERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Niebla Roja took 2/3, 5th defense.

The tournament was more interesting in paper than in reality. Some of the matches got time (the Peverseo/Valiente vs Arkalis/Vangellys match felt like it got a lot of time) but little of it was good and the more interesting people didn’t get advance. Malayo seemed like one of the guys least excited for this thing and somehow went ot the final. Tiger & Azul were the most excited. If I was Tiger, I’d be whatsapp-ing Puma King to ask him how many tournaments he’s won lately. But I am a terrible person.

I gave up before the main event but it sounded like it was fine.

Today’s CMLL show looks a little better than it was first announced. Cuatrero, Forastero, Sanson were scheduled to face Angel de Oro, Kraneo and Volcano. The big two are out, and Niebla Roja & Volador Jr. are instead. It is the most promising match on a usual Tuesdays show.

Hechicero teams with Rey Bucanero & Shocker, who feel like they’re on every show lately. They face Titan, Soberano and Blue Panther. Fuego, Rey Cometa, and Triton meet Kawato, Misterioso, and Sagrado.  Coyote gets his first ever lightning match against Super Astro Jr. There’s a women’s match (Mystique’s first Arena Mexico match) and a usual opener to start it off. The show streams at 7:30 pm on CMLL.

Guadalajara has Bestia del Ring & Rush challenging for the tag titles against Diamante Azul & Valiente. A title change is unlikely. A good match is slightly less likely. Atlantis Jr. makes his first official appearance in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, teaming with his father and Mistico. Hijo del Villano III also makes his debut in this arena, teaming with Villano IV and Templario. This should air on Thursday and Saturday locally, though only the Saturday version streams on the internet.

La Sanely will participate in a conference about psychology in sport on 02/01. She’s a psychologist in her other life, though I guess she has to go as Sanely now.

Jeff Jarrett reportedly signed a deal to return to WWE this past weekend. AAA announced Jarrett on their 02/16 lineup a few hours before that news came out. It is possible WWE lets Jarrett work out his already announced dates, though I don’t expect AAA will make it clear any time before the show happens.

MexaWrestling is teasing a plan to launch a YouTube channel. I don’t think you need to a plan to create a YouTube channel, I manage to do it whenever I get owned by a wrestling personality on Twitter and have to find a way to send them a match, but plans are probably a good idea.

+LuchaTV posted an interview with German Cardona of the Mexico State lucha libre commission from the 01/20 Arena Lopez Mateos show. He’s asked why Angel o Demonio is now unsuspended. Carona does not come off well. He explains Angel o Demonio is a very professional luchador and the commission said the suspension didn’t have a set time, so they could decide to end it at any time. He calls Angel o Demonio “muy professional” at least five different times in a 90 second interview, coming off as if he was unprepared for anyone to ask him that obvious question and latching onto the only thing he could think come up with. Cardona explains the original attack on Cuervo as just as small bit of anti-professionalism and justifying Angel O Demonio bringing out a brick again as proof everything is OK because he was stopped from using it this time. This is the last we’ll hear about this story until the next person gets hurt.

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

PWG on 03/01 has

The main event feels like it’s going to be a title change.

Lucha Memes on 03/19 in Coliseo Coacalco (Charro Kingdom)

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has their latest podcast.

Lineups

IWRG , Castelazzi (THU) 01/31/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cheff Benito & Mexica vs Death Metal & Neza Kid
2) Dulce Luna, Kaho Kobayashi, Quimera vs Diosa Atenea, Ludark Shaitan, Stephanie Vaquer
3) Aramis, Hijo del Alebrije, La Mosca, Relámpago vs Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Sangre Chicana, Ricky Marvin
4) Hijo del Solar & Solar I vs Black Panther (CMLL) & Blue Panther
5) Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi © vs Jean Montanez & Pierre Montanez [TWS TAG]
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Francois Montanez [mask, hair]
7) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero vs Mr. Electro & Sharly Rockstar

The masked French submission wrestlers are back. Will one be unmasked by Dr. Cerebro? (Nah, probably not.) It feels like there is a better use of Ricky Marvin than having him tag-along with the new rudo trio that disappeared after three weeks. Maybe not.

Kobayashi mentioned on Twitter that she was happy to be able to check Arena Naucalpan off her list of venues wrestled in.

ANCLA (SAT) 02/02/2019 Centro de Alto Rendimento The Crash, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Lilith Dark vs Lady Monster
3) Memo Romero & Príncipe Deka vs Astrolux & Black Metal
4) Fly Warrior vs Bam Bam
5) Drako & Último Guerrero vs Caifan & Mr. Iguana

This looks like a FILLM show but appears to be an ANCLA show? These are important distinctions. Bam Bam versus Fly Warrior seems like a different match if Bam Bam makes the show.

CMLL (SUN) 02/03/2019 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Leono vs Grako, Inquisidor, Metálico
3) La Jarochita vs La Comandante [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
5) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

You could say this card is good for nothing but it did remind me Leono still exists. Lightning match seems like Jarochita’s toughest task in CMLL so far.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-07 

Rush

Recapped: 01/08/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger & Sombra Diabólika beat Ares & Guerrero Espacial
(
12:46 [5:19, 1:58, 5:29], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, King Jaguar, Príncipe Diamante beat El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Joker
(
14:31 [8:19, 3:20, 2:52], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gallego, Mr. Cóndor, Rocky Santana beat Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón  
(
11:40 [6:53, 3:30, 1:17], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto beat Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr.  
(
15:42 [6:24, 4:29, 4:49], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Vangellys beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(
12:07 [2:38, 2:33, 6:56], 2/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mephisto & Zacarias, great friends

Hechicero wasn’t all that interested in helping his partners, though Los Ingobernables were taking no chances. They had the first fall well in hand when Rush fouled Kraneo. They unmasked him too. Tirantes messed up a pinfall count in the second fall. Hechicero eventually gets too friendly with the rudos in the third fall and they attack him, with Valiente throwing him back into gets a bigger beating. Valiente and Kraneo make a two-man comeback, and then the match turns into a normal one for about 3 minutes until Hechicero betrays Valiente again. They argue, and the rudos beat Kraneo.

Mephisto and Zacarias had a lot of fun before the third fall of the semi-final match.

Los Diabolicos are Dqed quickly for excessive violence in the first, though it seemed like the panned finish. Gallego snuck in a foul on Super Muneco in the third fall.

Thoughts: 

trio fantastia

This show was more ordinary than bad, with a lot of the matches just being about the level you’d expect from the people involved without being excitement. The main event wasn’t any good, but that was more of a matter of the story they decided to tell than any lack of execution.

The legends match here went smoother than the comparable match in November. They didn’t aim particularly high, but they did get as far as a Super Pinocho dive and what they did in the ring looked fine. It’s not much worse than the local veterans matches on this show, which is not a high bar. It is weird to bring in the old children’s act and have them win zero falls but that’s CMLL.