Niebla Roja to the CMLL Universal finals, wild main event in AAA, Fenix injured

Taurus Driver

CMLL (FRI) 02/08/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralMarcaOvaciones]
1) Metálico & Nitro b Príncipe Diamante & Robin LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:54. Rudas took 2/3.
2) Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. b Black Panther, Drone, Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:29. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico DQ Gran Guerrero, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:18. Straight falls DQ, the last when Villano III fouled Atlantis
4) Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:56. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Sansón & Volador Jr. b Niebla RojaDiamante AzulSoberano Jr.Último GuerreroMephistoCuatrero [CMLL Universal, seeding battle royalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul [CMLL Universal, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:14, pulpo guerrero
7) Cuatrero b Soberano Jr. [CMLL Universal, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:42. Crucifix powerbomb.
8) Niebla Roja b Mephisto [CMLL Universal, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:40, reverse campana
3:21. Huracanrana.
10) Último Guerrero b Cuatrero [CMLL Universal, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:02. Guerrero Special
11) Niebla Roja b Volador Jr. [CMLL Universal, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:04. Canadian Destroyer (Kamiatachi style)
12) Niebla Roja b Último Guerrero [CMLL Universal, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:00. Niebla Roja won the block in a shock with a reverse campana. He faces Terrible next week.

CMLL promos: Atlantis, Hijo del Villano III, Gilbert & Los Ingobernables, and Niebla Roja. Also the guy who does the voice for He-Man in Latin America was actually at the show.

Media room interviews: Niebla Roja (talked about making it to the final), Ultimo Guerrero (praised Niebla Roja), Los Ingobernables (teased the idea of Gilbert joining), Atlantis (put down Hijo del Villano III), and the Villanos (vowed to retire Atlantis). Again, no one’s made an apuesta challenge but there’s nothing else being built up besides the Atlantis/Villano feud so that looks like the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas big match. H2L came for the first time on yesterday’s broadcast, but no date was given. Maybe that’ll come up when the Universal tournament final plugs go away.

Usually, when a wrestling promotion says “against all predictions, this man won”, it is a bit of hyperbole. It is not hyperbole with Niebla Roja. I was wrong – loud wrong – picking Diamante Azul to win, but I join the 99% of people who did not have Niebla Roja going to the final of the Universal tournament. This is reminiscent of Valiente going to the final (and winning) in 2016.  Valiente’s performances had slipped in the ring at that point and it felt like he was being rewarded more for his enlarged physique, so that wasn’t received well. Niebla Roja is not universally beloved, but he did pick up some votes for best wrestler and most favorite wrestler in the Tapatia awards and I think enough people like him that this is going to be looked at well. Niebla Roja versus Terrible will be a first time match.

Dragon Rojo posted a post-surgery photo with a massive leg cast. I’d guess we’re not going to see him for a while.

ESTO had an article shooting down the idea of CMLL returning to Televisa, insisting there had been no talks between the two companies. This story had first come up in Leo Riano’s column in Record a few days ago, though it’s blamed on “blogs who cover lucha libre.” (Huh.)

It’s a bit odd for a promotion to declare the biggest TV network in the country is definitely not interested in broadcasting you. The article mentions CMLL will continue streaming on Marca and airing on Sundays on Teleformula, a show very people know exist. (I certainly didn’t know Hechicero was one of the announcers. Everyone go vote for Hechicero as best announcer in the WON awards.)  The previous CMLL Televisa crew was Leobardo Magadan, Miguel Linares, Dr. Alfonso Morales, and Leo Riano. Morales is no longer doing much announcing, but the other three men were the rumored crew for CMLL returning to Televisa. The current CMLL Marca crew is Leobrado Magadan, Miguel Linares, Julio Cesar Rivera, and sometimes a rotating fourth person. JCR both appears to be the odd man out should CMLL return to Televisa and also the person in charge of CMLL’s TV department. He probably wouldn’t be interested in a deal that would cost him a prime position and may even be a person deciding if it’s going to happen. He sure seems like the source to this story.


AAA TV (FRI) 02/08/2019 Centro de Usos Múltiples, Mazatlán, Sinaloa [AAALucha CentralPunto]
Attendance: 6500
1) Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr. b Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa
Maravilla again distracted Hamburguesa from a victory.
2) Laredo Kid b Taurus
replaced a scheduled Sammy Guevara title defense (family emergency, rescheduled for 02/16). great match
3) Faby Apache & Monsther Clown b Aerostar & Taya
Hijo del Tirantes helped Faby Apache win, though Tirantes earlier expressed confusion/annoyance about his relationship with Faby and they argued afterwards.
4) Drago © b Jack EvansHijo Del VikingoFlamita [AAA LA]
turned into a title match to replace the missing cruiserweight defense. Second defense, Drago beating Vikingo.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Máximo, Puma King b Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara
Demon snuck in a foul on Wagner with the referee distracted
6) Killer Kross & Rey Escorpión b Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown
Earlier, a Konnan/Mercenarios promo included Fantasma challenging Fenix again and led to Rey Escorpion boasting about all his (& Texano’s) tag title defenses. Vampiro interrupted, insulted Konnan some, and introduced a video. The Lucha Brothers said they’d be challenging for the tag titles at Rey de Reyes (officially announced as 03/16 in Puebla). Vampiro then attacked the rudos, the rudos attacked him, Psycho Clown made the save, Faby Apache attacked him (???), and Taya & Laredo Kid got involved as well. During the main event, La Mascara came out to mildly distract the referee while Fantasma gave La Parka a martinete. Parka was eventually strechered out but the match continued anyway. Laredo Kid ran in from the crowd and took Parka’s place for a while, then Hijo del Vikingo ran in and took Laredo Kid’s place. Vikingo landed the 450 on Kross but Kross kicked out and eventually pinned him after his back suplex.

The main event was quite the 90s throwback in terms of so much going on. La Mascara put about as much effort into distracting the referee as he does in wrestling nowadays, and it was silly that the match wasn’t stopped at that point. (AAA’s got to pick “referee distractions” or “all matches no DQ”, because doing both back to back is weird.) No one came up with an explanation for why Laredo Kid or Hijo del Vikingo were allowed to add themselves to the main event because there was no real explanation to be had. Hot rising star Vikingo taking the pin in a match he wasn’t in after having his finish kicked out of doesn’t do him any favors, though it came across better than the disaster it must read like. The real problem seems like having Hijo del Vikingo take the pin also earlier when Jack Evans, who has nothing going on, was also available to lose in that match. They tried to push the idea of huge win for Vikingo before he got beat, and it’ll serve a purpose if Vikingo eventually does beat Kross (Mascara de Bronce feud take 2!) but the earlier loss doesn’t really have a purpose. It was a memorable wild scene but I’m not sure it served AAA well. AAA people would rightfully say “scoreboard!” and the scoreboard shows they sold out that arena. So maybe none of this matters.

Show started a half hour later than planned (so a half hour later than the usual half hour late start), which made it run late into the night. Taurus/Laredo was great from what I saw of it. Opener looked good and the crowd was super into Nino Hamburguesa. The fourway was said to be alright but maybe not as good as you’d expect with the names involved and the Aerostar tag was also just fine. Semimain sounded skippable; La Mascara is in the matches but also seems to be skipping them.

Sammy Guevera sent in a video from home talking about a family emergency and saying he’d be back in Morelia to make up the title match. This was followed by Killer Kross interrupting, complaining about no one ever defending their titles in AAA (he’s not going to like the next paragraph) and hoping that Sammy’s family all dies. That seemed harsh. That’s also something that would be a bit over the line if there was a serious family emergency, so it is good that it isn’t really as serious as sounds but Guevera does really have a family thing that’s going on.

Fenix suffered an injury at the end of the AAW show Friday night in Texas which will likely keep him out of action for a short time. It means the heavyweight title scheduled for Sunday is almost definitely not happening (and it’ll be the second straight time he’s had to miss a defense due to injury.) Fenix landed badly taking a cutter in AAW’s main event tag title match, a fall that did not immediately look bad. Fenix was in obviously in pain after and they quickly ended the match (with Penta winning the tag titles.) Fenix was checked out and ruled to have a muscle contusion, a relief considering how seriously everyone had treated the injury at the moment. Fenix & Penta are scheduled for House of Glory in New York tonight before Fenix was to join the AAA crew in Tepic. AAA hasn’t said anything about how the card will shuffle, and likely will not until show time.

MLW announced Fenix & Pentagon will be on their 03/03 show in Chicago (barring injury), which presumably means Penta/Park is still on for the first MLW show WrestleMania weekend. They have not signed with AEW (and can’t until LU is resolved), so they’re still as free to work for MLW when they want. MLW drew a heavy latino audience last time in Cicero so having them on that show is important.

No one seemed to think the Lucha Brothers were leaving MLW until MLW started teasing after their show past weekend and I’m unsure why MLW did a storyline teasing losing more people than they already had. It did not seem to get them any more positive attention and it probably made for a week of people who had bought tickets to those upcoming events less sure they were going to see some of the people they wanted to see. (Being the internet, there are still going to be people who heard MLW’s story about the Lucha Brothers maybe leaving and will not catch the story about them not actually leaving too.) I guess it worked if it was meant to distract from the disappointing match they had.

Impact announced Fenix & Penta will face Rob Van Dam & Sabu on their own WrestleMania weekend show (which starts about an hour after the Thursday night MLW one.) Impact also aired Fenix & Penta winning their tag team titles from their taping in Mexico City, which looked pretty good from what I got to see of it.

One more Lucha Brothers note: on Wrestling Observer Radio, Tony Khan specifically thanked Dorian Roldan/AAA for making the Lucha Brothers available for them. Fenix & Pentagon are competing under their indie names, but I guess that means they had to get permission from LU/AAA to work on those shows. Khan mentioned more luchadors would be on the show but did not want to give many details about this (or a lot of other things.)

AAA is back on Twitch Sunday night. It will be around an 8 pm CT start time counting the time difference and the usual delay. The main event is scheduled to be La Parka, Psycho Clown & Puma King versus Rey Escorpion, Hijo del Fantasma and Killer Kross, but that may change with if they play up the martinete on Parka from Friday. Most of the rest of the card may change: Demon versus Wagner in a street fight seems pretty set and likely for a big announcement, but the rest of the show has to deal with Fenix and Guevera missing. As simple as it would be to just combine some matches, AAA seems set on having six matches for tapings for TV purposes.

Fenix is supposed to defend his title against Laredo Kid and Flamita. I wouldn’t mind seeming a Laredo Kid/Flamita singles match. Aerostar, Maximo, Taya are scheduled to face Faby, Mascara and Monsther Clown. The second match is listed as Hijo del Vikingo & Sammy Guevera versus Jack Evans and Taurus. The opener is the same as Friday, Dianastia, Lady Shani, Nino Hamburgesa against Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot and Villano III Jr., and it might have the same finish.

Record has an interview with Dr. Wagner, pitching the idea of himself versus Blue Demon Jr. in an apuesta match. It’s very obvious that is the plan, only AAA still isn’t having anyone say it on their shows. Wagner is not saying TripleMania even here. Maybe we’ll have a better idea what is supposed to be happening after their street fight.

Other shows of note this weekend

Guadalajara’s Difunto makes his debut on the CMLL shows this weekend. A quick interview with El Grafico fills in a blank: he started out in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara as El Diplomatico in 2015 before switching to the Difunto character. I remember Diplomatico for being such an odd name, especially for a rudo.

There’s a new wrestling school in Tampico.


CMLL (FRI) 02/15/2019 Arena México
1) Pegasso & Stigma vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Pólvora, Templario, Vangellys
4) Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, La Bestia Del Ring, Mephisto
5) Carístico, Místico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Terrible vs Niebla Roja [CMLL Universal]

Top two matches should be good.

The “two main event stars debuting” are missing. My belief was the two wrestlers were Garza Jr. & Bestia 666, who were already announced as appearing the next day in Arena Lopez Mateos. They’re main eventers in the Crash, the Crash works with CMLL, they haven’t wrestled in Arena Mexico and they’re likely were not coming to Mexico City to just for one show. (Garza and MechaWolf are noticeable around the following weekend as well.) But they’re not there, so I’m not sure if that means they got dropped entirely or if they’ll be some sort of surprise.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-02-08 

Niebla Roja plancha

Recapped: 02/08/2019


Metálico & Nitro beat Príncipe Diamante & Robin 
(15:54 [7:54, 4:37, 3:23], 2/3, below average, 00:01:02 )

Okumura, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. beat Black Panther, Drone, Rey Cometa
(11:29 [4:09, 3:38, 3:42], 2/3, ok, 00:25:00)

Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico beat Gran Guerrero, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV
(8:18 [3:03, 5:15], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:46:31)

Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush beat Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Valiente
(14:56 [3:18, 6:01, 5:37], 1/3, ok, 01:00:58)

The dumb battle royal went 3:32

Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul in a CMLL Universal eigthfinal
(3:14, Pulpo Guerrero, ok, 01:29:24)

Cuatrero beat Soberano Jr. in a CMLL Universal eigthfinal
(4:42, crucifix powerbomb, ok, 01:43:58)

Niebla Roja beat Mephisto in a CMLL Universal eigthfinal
(3:40, reverse campana, ok, 01:51:00)

Volador Jr. beat Sansón in a CMLL Universal eigthfinal
(3:21, huracanrana, ok, 01:56:30)

Último Guerrero beat Cuatrero in a CMLL Universal quarterfinal
(4:02, Guerrero special, ok, 02:01:58)

Niebla Roja beat Volador Jr. in a CMLL Universal quarterfinal
(5:04, Canadian Destroyer, ok, 02:07:32)

Niebla Roja beat Último Guerrero in a CMLL Universal semifinal
(6:00, reverse campana, good, 02:13:39)

What happened:

Hijo del Villano III is out

Niebla Roja won the block to face Terrible next week in the Universal final.

The Villanos jumped Papa Atlantis before the match, and Hijo del Villano III fouled Atlantis Jr. to end it.


I didn’t give most individual matches of the Universal tournament a strong grade, but it was still good as a package and significantly better than usual. Last week’s final had the better high end matches but everything here was watchable with more thought than usual. It’s also possible I would’ve got more into the individual matches if I wasn’t watching two other sat the same time. Only the Diamante Azul match was the traditional “loser uses up all his offense” tournament match. The Niebla Roja/Mephisto match felt like the opposite, Mephisto just getting in nothing in and taking the loss. Volador/Sanson & Cuatrero/Soberano had good counters out of usual stuff, and both the second round matches felt fresh. Niebla Roja really seemed to have a chance when he made the final and beating Ultimo Guerrero cleanly (after beating Volador cleanly seven minutes before) felt like a big deal. It was an interesting and surprising choice that played better than Valiente’s advancement three years ago.

Mistico headscissors

CMLL continues to put over Gilbert strong, even if he’s not very good at this point and they have no particular direction for him. It’s like they’re waiting for something to come up and just keeping him ready until it does. Rush & Carístico were in the semi-main trios a bit, Carístico definitely so, but there wasn’t much going on around them and this was a very forgettable match. Bestia attempted to use a finish that was very much beyond him; stick with the senton.

The tercera was a vast improvement in energy over the two matches. The Villanos are into the feud and the Atlantis are fighting to survive. Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano III looked better this week until the very obvious slip late in the match. Hijo del Villano at least reacted well. Papa Atlantis and V4 brawled a lot, but it felt like the sons were the focus. Gran Guerrero & Místico were a level above everyone else and are the match I’d like to see, but that was clearly not the plan here.

The segunda was a standard midcard match, maybe a little worse than usual. Okumura coming in hurt the match, not just because it was Okumura. Kawato helps to add my interest in these because there’s a chance he might actually get better. There doesn’t seem to be chances for the rest of this group. A lot of it is people being overexposed, but The Panther feels less exciting than a year ago. The boomerang kick spot went quite bad, the topes aren’t as good and the mat wrestling is gone. Not that I’d expect it with these rudos.

Metalico’s flashy entrance distracts from the fact that he’s often counterproductive once the whistle blows. He seemed to cause Robin to be hurt at the end of the match. Nitro doesn’t have a flashy entrance. He was the better of the two there. Diamante has cool spots that seemed to take a long time to set up. Avoid this match.

Rush’s new move