CMLL Universal tournament starts tonight, Montañezmania, Toxin benefit show

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IWRG , Castelazzi (THU) 01/31/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTVBlack Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) El Mara & Machete b Mr. Ángel & Príncipe Barush Machete y el Mara vs Príncipe Barush y Mr. Ángel en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by )
bonus match 1
2) Kevin & Portos Montañez DQ Factor Miedo & Saku Portos Montañez y Kevin vs Factor Miedo y Saku en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by )
Bonus match 2. Kevin and the newest Montañez broke up post match.
3) Death Metal & Neza Kid b Cheff Benito & Mexica Mexica y Chef Benito vs Death Metal y Neza Kid en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
4) Diosa Atenea, Ludark Shaitan, Mary Caporal, Stephanie Vaquer b Dulce Luna, Kaho Kobayashi, Lolita, Quimera
5) Hijo del Solar & Solar I b Black Panther (CMLL) & Blue Panther Blue Panther y The Panther vs Solar y Solar Jr en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by )
money thrown in
6) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Sangre Chicana, Ricky Marvin b Aramis, Hijo del Alebrije, La Mosca, Relámpago Chacho Herodes Jr, Ricky Marvin, H Chicana e H Pirata vs Mosca, Aramis, H Alebrije y Relámpago (posted by )
7) Jean Montañez & Pierre Montañez b Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi © [TWS TAG] Zumbi y Heddi Karoui vs Jean y Pierre Montañez CAMPEONATOS DE PAREJAS TWS (posted by )
CMLL’s Edgar Noriega was scheduled to be referee but the French challengers didn’t want him there. Black Terry ended up as referee.
8) Francois Montañez b Dr. Cerebro [mask, hair]
9) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Mr. Electro & Sharly Rockstar Ultimo Guerrero y Gran Guerrero vs Sharlie Rockstar y Mr. Electro en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by )
Guerreros cheated to win.

Show sounds poorly attended and not very good. Though the point of the show seemed to be to have the Montanez win matches and they did that, so mission accomplished. There will be about 15 different version of this show on YouTube eventually.

Persy unmasked Militar de la Muerte I in Arena Aficion. Militar de la Muerte I is Daniel Torres Ramirez, 35 years, 20 years a wrestler.

CMLL begins it is annual-ish biggest competition, the Universal Tournament, tonight. It’s a tournament of CMLL champions, or at least all the champions who can fit in 1 6 man tournament. It is occasionally used to build up bigger matches for later in the year and occasionally used just to give someone already on top a glorious victory. It has been much more of the latter in the last few years. Valiente’s 2016 win seemed to be forgotten about three weeks after it occurred. Volador’s 2017 win was more about the one top guy in the promotion who hadn’t won it yet getting that win than any direction coming out of it.

The Universal champion and final could be meaningful this year. Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will take place a month about a month after the final and there’s no sign of a match to headline CMLL’s second biggest show of the year. There’s just as much mystery about who would be this year’s winner. When in doubt, Ultimo Guerrero & Volador are always safe choices for repeat winners. Diamante Azul, Caristico, Barbaro Cavernario, and Dragon Lee all have reasonable chances at winning this tournament for the first time. There are cases for a lot of others to at least make the final. Once the (dumb dumb dumb) seeding battle royal is over, we might have a better idea of what match-ups look likely for this block final, but this is the most up for grabs big Universal tournament they’ve done. That’s great, but the challenge is still to make people care about when it’s all done.

Tonight’s Block A breaks up this way
No Chance: Forastero
Maybe They Can Be In The Final (If Block B Is Winning): Valiente, Stuka Jr., Terrible, Gran Guerrero
Possible Winners: Cavernario, Caristico, Dragon Lee

The tournament is scheduled to close the night, which means the matches will go as long as they have time. They usually don’t have much. Doing eight sets of entrances eats up a lot, and this would be much preferable as a cibernetico if it all has to be done in one week.

Flyer, Mistico & Volador take on Euforia, Templario and Ultimo Guerrero in what should be a good semi-main event. It might even be interesting if someone gets to ask Euforia about why he’s not in the Universal tournament. Don’t be mistaken into believing that’s the second most important competition on the show.

The Arena Mexico fans are going to turn out to see Atlantis Jr. make his official Mexico City debut in the tercera. He teams with his father and Niebla Roja versus Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto and Villano IV. Atlantis Jr. looked promising for his experience level on the Fantastica Mania tour, though he worked a lot with experienced people on those shows and will probably be working a lot with less experienced Hijo del Villano III for the time being. Atlantis Jr. should get over to fans of his father, using a lot of the same style he does, but it does make him feel a little dated in 2019. (He’s a better version of Retro at this point.) Meanwhile, with the lack of any other options, aging masked man Villano IV showing up and being booked a lot as an Atlantis opponent suggests one possible solution for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Though, if CMLL is doing a Papa Atlantis mask match, they probably want to get it announced early enough to get the people who are willing to fly in for what is sure to be high ticket prices.

The segunda includes Kaho Kobayashi’s first appearance on a stream since her return (Informa excepted), teaming with Lluvia and Princesa Sugehit to face Amapola, Dalys, and Reyna Isis, also back for the first time in a while. Robin & Star Jr. open the show with Akuma & Epsanto Jr.

Lucha Centra has a preview of the show.

The show will air at 8:30 pm CT on Marca (region-blocked) and Facebook (region-blocked). I’ll likely stream on YouTube.

AAA/EMW has a show tonight in Tijuana. The main event is scheduled to be Brian Cage, Psycho Clown and Puma King versus Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, and Killer Kross. Daga continues to work alongside AAA wrestlers on shows which have a Konnan influence but has not yet returned to AAA. Sammy Guevera will defend the AAA Cruiserweight Championship and is scheduled to do against Laredo Kid; I’m ready for any possibility. This won’t stream but will show up on the usual TJ handheld YouTube channels.

Brazo de Plata’s hair is on the line tonight in Arena Lopez Mateos. He is not wrestling, he is seconding Maximo while La Mascara puts Goya Kong’s hair on the line. Super Porky losing his hair is the expected outcome; it’d be shocking if anything else occurred.

In Record, Leo Riano says AAA and Televisa are still in talks about a new deal, and says that is why neither has said anything about the situation. This Saturday will be the fourth week AAA is off of Televisa. Everything goes slowly with AAA and I’d guess Televisa is no different. Still, at some point, it serves the people who are following your product to say what’s going on.

+LuchaTV posted the Fenix & Flamita vs Dragon Lee & Golden Magic match.

MexaWrestling is teasing bringing on Sexy Star on their 02/23 show.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Puma King visits North Carolina, annoys Bandido in his latest video.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/04/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Astral, Milenium, Sonic vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Guerrero Espacial
2) Arkalis, Pegasso, Rey Samuray vs Joker, Siky Ozama, Tyson La Bestia
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs El Malayo, Felino, Pólvora
4) Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

the Munoz family takes on NGD in the main event. Dragon Lee is around this weekend but apparently disappears next week. It’s possible he might have some Exatlon commitments as that show finally ends, not sure.

CMLL (TUE) 02/05/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr., El Rielero, Tigre Blanco vs Bobby Black, Furia Roja, León Blanco
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Difunto, Espanto Jr., Sangre Azteca
3) Black Panther, Esfinge, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volcano vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Munoz head over to Guadalajara next. I believe Gran Guerrero and Universo 2000 Jr. is the only main roster rudo under 30 years old on this show.

CMLL (TUE) 02/05/2019 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Lluvia vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sagrado
4) Audaz vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Flyer, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys
6) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Euforia, Terrible

and I think Cavernario and Metalica are the only rudos under 30 here. These are the thing to talk about where neither of these shows has a feud this week. Audaz/Tiger should be fun.

Mexa Wrestling (SUN) 02/10/2019 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Príncipe Aéreo vs Black MetalAstroluxKalibusCelestial BoyPumitaShere KhanMascaraita DivinaFandangoJuventud Venegas
winner faces Flamita on the next MexaWrestling show
2) Chris Stone Jr. & Syrus vs Mike & Teelo and Mimo & Toro Negro and Samoano & Terremoto
3) Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatik Xtreme vs Diablo Jr., Fly Star, Yoruba
4) Atomik Star, Black Terry, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Baby Star, Diva Salvaje, Fly Warrior, Tromba
5) Keyra vs Rossy Moreno
6) Látigo vs Dragón Bane
7) Flamita vs Ricky Marvin

This is benefit show for Toxin, who’s out an unclear length after leg surgery. Three singles matches to headline the show. Opener is interesting: the 02/23 has been called New Stars without really having any new stars. One of those guys actually facing Flamita would fit.

6 thoughts to “CMLL Universal tournament starts tonight, Montañezmania, Toxin benefit show”

  1. CMLL needs to give some of these old guys a mask payoff and move them on out, so that these young guys can get big wins and gain notoriety. These cards are getting stale. Especially with guys like Shocker, Rey Bucanero, Ephesto, Vangellys, Mephisto, Bestia del Ring etc. bringing them down in the main/ semi-main spots.

  2. Flamita and Dragon Bane are new stars in the general wrestling world but they’re not really new stars in terms of that promotion and that building.

  3. If AAA and Televisa come to terms, it could result in Televisa owning the international rights to the show and providing that content to Univision/Galavision in the US as they did for a very long time.

    If that’s one of the negotiating points, maybe we’re actually one step closer to getting AAA in the US again?

  4. Keith Barbaro = Anonymous Forgot to fill detalis before posing comment.

    I’m aspie about television and arena deals. :)

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