CMLL Martes: 2019-01-15 

a lot of things happening here

Recapped: 1/17/2019

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
(11:58 [5:39, 2:55, 3:24], 2/3, n/r,
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Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca beat Oro Jr., Retro, Star Jr.  
(15:42 [5:20, 6:23, 3:59], 2/3, n/r,
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Drone, Pegasso, Stigma beat Disturbio, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr.
(15:06 [6:49, 3:44, 4:33], 2/3, ok,
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Sagrado beat Tiger in a lightning match
(6:01, casita, ok,
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Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat El Coyote, Felino, Pólvora
(10:25 [3:55, 3:32, 2:58], 1/3, n/r,
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Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Volcano beat Luciferno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
(11:01 [3:37, 7:24], 1/2 DQ, n/r,
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What happened: 

Mephisto fouling Niebla Roja set up a singles match next week.

Pólvora and Felino had random issues in their match, following up from their lightning match last week. Tirantes heroically pretended it wasn’t happening.

Thoughts: 

a Kawato dropkick

Poor Tiger got pinned his own family’s hold. (Same thing happened to his father moments later.) At least it was in a match where both men were trying, wrestling a technical style for two rudos. Any match with a powerslam on the floor can’t be all bad, but it was just an exchange of random moves and no more.

The third fall of the tercera was unexpectedly interesting, or I’ve been wore down by CMLL b-shows so much that the slightest increase seems like a big deal. I was looking back at NGD results the other day because I couldn’t remember if NGD had every lost a team title match. They have, and they also did when Universo 2000 Jr. was in the Guadalajara team before Forastero existed. Universo has gotten to OK and looked it here, but that would’ve been bad news if that had stuck as the trio. The técnicos were better than usual even if I’m not quite sure what Drone was trying to do on his apron dive.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-01-14

uh huh

Recapped: 01/17/2019

Matches:

Astro, Millenium, Rey Samuray beat Black Tiger, Perverso, Sombra Diabólika
(11:31 [3:50, 4:31, 3:10], 1/3, n/r,
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Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
(11:46 [4:50, 3:34, 3:22], 2/3, ok,
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Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón beat Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García
(7:52 [0:59, 2:21, 4:32], 1/3, below average,
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Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Niebla Roja, Stigma, Stuka Jr.
(15:19 [4:19, 5:07, 5:53], 1/3, ok,
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Euforia, Kráneo, Valiente beat Rush, Vangellys, Villano IV in a relevos increíbles match
(8:16 [3:43, 4:33], 1/2 DQ, below average,
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What happened:

Rush attacks Euforia before the whistle. Euforia fouls Rush to end the match, and challenges followed

Luciferno attacked Niebla Roja before the match, and challenged him after pinning him twice in their match.

Thoughts:

Mije goes for a ride

The main event doesn’t really get going. There’s a lot of Villano IV punches if you’re for that, but it’s 95% rudo beatdown, then Euforia making enough of a comeback to get in the foul. Euforia was fired up for his match and I think it might be interesting, but this didn’t do much to sell it. It would’ve been nice if CMLL tried something different his week.

Luciferno was trying in his match with Niebla Roja and is prone to doing at least one crazy thing in singles matches so I guess I’m for this feud. I’m not sure anyone else is, but anything to break up the monotony is good at this point. It was about to form for the Hijos del Infierno otherwise, with the técnicos doing OK but not much.

This match was at it’s best when they were doing nothing. They stuck with almost nothing for the first two falls. It’s hard to look dumb when you’re just grabbing a body part and yanking it. (The cruz nipona is a great hold for people who can’t do much, it’s tough to mess up and you can do it standing.) They did more in the third fall and it was a poor idea. Super Pinocho’s low bridge spot will be among the worst of 2019. This should be his final match in a CMLL ring, he badly struggled dong basic spots and had to be helped thru the finish. Raton was the best of the técnico side and still missed a corner armdrag he tried to do. The Diabolicos looked fine mostly because they could only look better than the people they were in there with.

The segunda was better than usual. There was some off moments but the action actually made up for it. Halcón Suriano Jr. hasn’t been around a lot since the name change, so this was the first time he seemed as exciting in this character as he had as Stukita. It looks like he’s switching out a lot of stuff he did as a mini and hasn’t really found new stuff yet, but his energy level and movement is better than most in his position. The técnicos wearing matching gear didn’t seem to ever be addressed by the announcers. If I was a CMLL luchador, I’d form groups and teams without letting anyone know and run with it until it gets over or it gets caught, so I’m going to pretend that’s what happened here. Can’t wait for CMLL to come up with an idea for you if you’re Robin.

Diamante Azul & Valiente keep tag titles, Guevera/AAA, Dark Magic update

Super Astro

The tapatia awards are closing tomorrow night. There’s still time to vote. I think I still have to vote, so there’s definitely still time to vote.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lost in LuchaLucha Central, The Gladiatores]
1) Bengala & Sonic b Apocalipsis & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany b La Guerrera, Mystique, Sanely LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls
3) El Coyote b Súper Astro Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Coyote won with a super double underhook suplex
4) Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Titán b Hechicero, Nitro, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Nitro replaced Rey Bucanero (Japan).
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE ENERO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Volador & Niebla Roja replaced Kraneo & Volcano on Saturday.

Sounds like a better Tuesday and usual, with the semi-main and lightning match as the highlights.

Fuego and Mystique talk about their returns to CMLL, and Coyote talks about his surprising win.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Fugaz, Micro, Principe Daniel b Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Thunder Boy
2) Cancerbero, Guerrero de la Muerte, Raziel b Magnus, Sangre Imperial, Star Black
rudos took 1/3.
3) Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys b Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico DQ Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Templario
Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano official debut in Guadalajara (though Tiburon also had a match here.) Caveranrio replaced Villano IV. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Villano III took Atlantis’ mask.
5) Diamante Azul & Valiente © b La Bestia Del Ring & Rush [CMLL TAG]
first defense. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rush unmasked Azul but Azul ended up beating Rush anyway.

Came so close to La Bestia del Ring as champion. May happen someday.

Marcela, being interviewed by Basta about her recent title defense, says the one thing she’d still like to do in her career is to make a movie or be in a movie. I would not have expected that answer. Marcela is still in Japan, wrestling on an upcoming Ice Ribbon show.

Dark Magic has a photo on his Facebook of him back in the CMLL training gym with Okumura. I suppose he’ll be back soon.

Sammy Guevera is finished with MLW. Sammy Guevera is probably signing with AEW, if he hasn’t signed already. Guevera has been done with MLW for a while – Aerostar’s debut match in the promotion this weekend is essentially taking’s Guevera spot – and MLW putting the news out is an attempt to frame the story. Just as “MLW outbid ROH for Rush but Paco Alonso wouldn’t let him sign”, MLW didn’t have a talent not under contract scooped up from them by AEW, they “decided not to use him anymore because he was double booking himself” and just happened to leak what happened when they thought that AEW announcement was imminent.

Guevera did have an issue with being double booking, though stories greatly different on which was the first booking on 02/02. He was in Japan for months working for DDT, making him unavailable to MLW. Focusing on other people is the right call for MLW. I even understand why they have to spin these stories – if you’re projecting yourself as Major League Wrestling, you can’t be losing all the talent battles – but the spin is still annoying.

Anyway, the reason why this really matters for this blog – except for the oh so mysterious other booking Sammy Guevera might have on 02/02 that is not AEW – is where Guevera is working on Friday. Guevera is scheduled to be in Tijuana for his first defense of the AAA Cruiserweight championship. That’s an AAA show, where Konnan puts the cards together (at least in part.) It’s promoted locally by EMW, where Konnan also puts the cards together. Konnan also is part of the creative process for MLW, as part of Konnan working for 90% of all wrestling companies in North America at the same time. Konnan knows the AEW deal and has much more power to get a title change done than an average AAA spot show programmer. Laredo Kid is the scheduled challenger. He could end up two belt champion, someone else could be moved into that spot (Aerostar also booked on that show!), or they could do some weird shoot angle as they did with Vampiro & Mundo before in that same exact promotion, Guevera is booked on AAA TV in February, but those lineups obviously aren’t binding – this could end up being his final AAA show for the time being. Guevera losing the title would be a signal AAA believes that’s it.

Pasala has a story on luchador/graffiti artist Struendo.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.