Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(11:26 [4:49, 2:27, 4:10], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event was the usual send the fans home fun b-match at the end of a Tuesday show. The técnicos all did dives, everyone showed a bit of their offense, and the good guys won. That’s actually surprising when it comes to the Chavez brothers, who feel like they’re 1-1000 against various combinations of NGD. Nothing sticks out about this match in particular otherwise but it was a decent time.
The semi-main was a decent action match that didn’t connect with me, despite Hechicero doing some good stuff with Soberano & Titan. It is too bad we can’t just clone him so he could’ve worked with Panther too. Shocker again gamely took some headscissors, and was much more of an asset to the match than Nitro.
It’s nice to see Fuego is alive. It’s less nice that he came back for a very routine match. Sagrado did a running to the corner bit during the match and ran like a man who’s has some significant leg issues. Maybe that’s a(nother) reason why he’s not good now. Kawato did not have a good match, though he’s at least got his finisher working better now.
Super Astro Jr. had himself a nice match while not doing much of his father’s spots. He’s really good. The moonsault to the floor looked great, the kick to the face in the corner on Coyote looked not fun for Coyote. Astro is farther alone than Coyote, who almost wiped himself out hitting the ropes on a dive but recovered the rest of the way. Both had promise here. They would benefit from getting more opportunities like this and the lightning matches would benefit from having more young wrestlers in them.
CMLL (TUE) 02/05/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores]
1) Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Bengala & Sangre Imperial rudos took 1/3
2) Amapola, Dalys, Metálica b Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Lluvia rudos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma b Cancerbero, Raziel, Sagrado tecnicos took 2/3
4) Audaz b Tiger [lightning] Audaz won in 7:06 with a code red.
5) Blue Panther, Flyer, Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys Flyer did return to the ring after his mishap on Friday.
6) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Euforia, Terrible tecnicos took 2/3.
Audaz/Tiger was fun and is worth checking out. Flyer being healthy is good news, though I think he’s probably going to be worse off for messing up that spot so badly.
CMLL (TUE) 02/05/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Bobby Black, Furia Roja, León Blanco b Avispón Negro Jr., El Rielero, Tigre Blanco
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Súper Astro Jr. b Difunto, Espanto Jr., Sangre Azteca tecnicos took 2/3
3) Black Panther, Esfinge, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volcano Templario & Felino replaced Hechicero & Shocker. Rudos took 2/3 with Bucanero & Niebla Roja feuding again.
5) Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero b La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush Team UG took 1/3, the last when UG snuck in a foul on Rush. Rush wants a rematch next week.
Arena Coliseo Guadalajara posted a note reminding their fans that you can see them on Televisa Guadalajara Saturday nights. That’s the show I put up on YouTube when I remember to put it up. (I have it this week but I keep forgetting about it.) There’s no obvious reason why they put up this reminder, though there’s a general “Televisa should replace AAA with CMLL!” sentiment on social media and maybe they’re pointing out they’re already on locally.
It seems unlikely the main CMLL show would end up taking up the Canal Nueve spot. Televisa wanted something that was presented a bit more like ELITE ended up, and I’d guess CMLL wants whatever they’re getting paid from the other small networks they’re on. CMLL also seems disinterested in TV anyway, never really mentioning any of these deals. I bet there are lucha libre people in Guadalajara who had no idea CMLL was on TV there until because it’s never mentioned, and the CMLL Mexico City TV shows only exist as random logos on the background of the Informa set. If Televisa felt they looked bad by losing a property to TV Azteca, they could always just bring back CMLL in that spot, but current management seemed to have no interest in lucha libre.
El Hijo del Santo’s visit to his father’s statue included words about his father and his upcoming trip to Japan. Santo Jr. was not there again this year. Hijo del Santo was asked about his son’s plans for wrestling and Hijo del Santo’s message was that there’s no hurry for his son to wrestle. He’d like him to concentrate on finishing his degree before wrestling and says that’ll be two more years. That seems like a chance. Hijo del Santo seemingly has only wrestled in Mexico the last few years when it’s been an opportunity to get his son some in-ring time, so this is also a sign we won’t see him much. He’s still doing the international trips to Mexico and Japan, where he gets paid and treated well, but I wouldn’t expect much more based off what he said here.
Main event could be good. FOurth match looks good as well.
CMLL (MON) 02/11/2019Arena Puebla
1) Hijo de Centella Roja, Rey Samuray, Sonic vs Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Metálica, La Seductora
3) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Vangellys vs Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV
5) Rush vs Cuatrero
Rush versus Cuatrero is happening right away. I have no earthly idea why Vangellys is on the tecnico side in Atlantis Jr.’s Puebla debut.
RLL (SAT) 02/16/2019Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Astrolux & Sombra Azteca vs Black Metal & Drolux
2) Rossy Moreno & Tiffany vs Baronessa & Diosa Quetzal
3) Virus vs Demus [super libre]
4) Dr. Cerebro, Ricky Marvin, Último Gladiador vs Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento
5) Emperador Azteca, Silver Tiger, The Tiger vs Drako, Fresero Jr., Imposible
6) Místico II & Rush vs Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.
Virus/Demus is usally worth tracking down.
Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 02/23/2019Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Jonathan & Rayo Star vs Freelance & Máscara Mágica and Torito Negro & Tromba and Multifacetico (Puebla) & Prayer
2) Alas de Acero, Impulso, Iron Kid vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Mr. Leo [super libre]
3) Sexy Dulce vs Quetzal, ?, ??, ??? [MW WOMEN]
4) Gato De Ecatepec vs Demus [bull terrier]
5) Centvrión vs Mecha Wolf, Alan Extreme
6) Flamita vs Dragón Bane
7) Arkángel Divino & Puma King vs A Replacement For Toxin & Aramis
8) Metaleón vs Garza Jr.
This show is entitled “New Idols, Creating New Stars” and it stresses me out that I can’t figure out who those New Idols are. All these people are people who are on these shows all the time or are big names being brought in. There are new-ish people in the opener but you’re not exactly going to make them by having them work in match one of eight.
UWE (SAT) 02/23/2019Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Juventud Eterna, Misterik, Príncipe Guerrero vs Demencia, Enjambre Jr., Hijo De Coco Amarillo
2) Capricornio, Karma I, Karma II vs Ancla, Hantara, Kronoz
3) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Nygma vs Guerrero Azteca, Meteoro, Samot, Yoker
4) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García
5) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Sangre Chicana Jr. vs Hijo de Black Silver, Sádico, Zumbido
6) Cibernético, Sharlie Rockstar, Zorro vs ?, Alberto el Patrón, Hijo De Dos Caras
Niebla Roja kept his title. Diamante Azul & Tiger won a tournament which seems unlikely to ever be mentioned again. Puebla luchador Siki Osama Jr. wrestled here for the first time in four years.
Luciferno showed less in the title match than expected. Groin kicks in the third fall are not particularly great offense. He did feel fresher than Mephisto doing the same match but Niebla Roja got more out of that one. The only really bad moment was when a misaimed catapult appeared to send Niebla Roja’s face into the bottom rope. There just wasn’t much of memorable moments either.
The incredible pairs tournament started with whoever’s running the music not paying attention and playing the Guerreros theme for both Tiger & Diamante Azul and Audaz & Hechicero. It never seemed like it got on track and none of the matches were positive standouts. The last quarterfinal was a standout for the wrong reasons, going absurdly long for no obvious reason. It wasn’t particularly good or compelling, it didn’t involve teams that were feuding or going to the final, it just seemed to get lost somewhere. Arkalis hanging around for a while after Vangellys was beat (and walked to the back, totally disinterested in this match) but it didn’t feel like a moment of survival, it felt tedious. It cost the final matches from having any siginifacant time and cost my interest from the rest of this.
Audaz & Hechicero were the most fun of the makeshift teams and were done after one. Tiger & Diamante Azul seemed to be having fun and Stuka threw himself into being a rudo for a few minutes. Malayo again got a really big chance on this show and didn’t seem particularly interested. Stigma has the rap of being overpushed because he’s part of the family that’s run his building forever, but he’s still better than Malayo. There’s no great young rudo here but I still don’t understand why other people are in that spot at least from time to time.
Siki Osama Jr. seemed to still be a good base and better than the average Puebla local in his return to the building. He’s so tall relative to the tecnicos that it seemed tricker to work with him; the first fall finish looked didn’t come close to hitting, but he and Tigre Rojo did better later on. The announcers welcomed him back like he’d be around a while, so we’ll see how good he can do with others.