Nothing. I mean, the rudas won their match in straight falls, that’s close to something.
I gave up on the semi-main when Vangellys missed his wheel kick to Flyer badly. First fall was all Ephesto/Blue Panther maestro mat work, they came back to it at the end and they might as well just do the match. Flyer is using armbars as finishes now but his flying to finish the match went fine.
Tiger/Audaz was an easy fun short match, the sort, the kind we expect Audaz to have all the time and that Tiger doesn’t get to have. Tiger gave Audaz a lot, both in taking his tricky moves but allowing Audaz to survive his bigger spots. The backcracker is usually the end in Audaz matches, so Audaz kicking out meant something to Tiger even if the crowd didn’t seem to recognize it. Audaz never looked inexperienced and some of that credit has to go to Tiger. Even the early wrestling section was a bit creative. This is his strongest singles outing in recent memory and hopefully gets another chance against a young flyer.
The creative effort was up in the tercera, but there were a number of spots that didn’t look well, and the end of the second fall was messed up by Tirantes being in his own world. It is hard to find the urgency to try new things when you don’t get great support at it and it’s simpler just to do the same things over and over even if it is boring. This paragraph is aware enough to know that it appears in a CMLL b-show review.
CMLL (TUE) 02/12/2019Arena México [CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, Lucha Central, The Gladiatores]
1) Fantasy & Shockercito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico tecnicos took 2/3
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. b Difunto, Disturbio, Espanto Jr. tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Marcela DQ Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany Tiffany replaced Amapola. Straight falls for the second straight weeks, but this time the rudas lost by DQ when Dalys unmasked La Jarochita.
4) Flyer b Pólvora [lightning] win via Spanish Fly
5) Cavernario, Felino, Luciferno b Blue Panther, Esfinge, Stuka Jr. Stuka replaced Diamante Azul earlier in the week. Rudos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Diamante Azul replaced Atlantis Jr. earlier in this week. The monkey flip senton appears to now be known as “Catapulta TNT”. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Diamante Azul gave Sanson a German suplex. Sanson needed medical attention afterward.
There was no doctor video on Sanson’s injury, which hopefully means it is nothing. Diamante Azul has hurt people with the German suplex before. It’s a great thing Niebla Roja won his block instead of Azul.
CMLL promos have Flyer talking about his win (and saying he’s 100%) and Jarochita & Dalys teasing a match. Any new feud is a good idea.
CMLL (TUE) 02/12/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Joker, Mágico, Mr. Samurai b Gran Kenut, Maléfico, Mr. Apolo tecnicos took 1/3
2) Guerrero de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Magnus, Robin, Vaquero Jr. rudos took 1/3
3) Misterioso Jr., Templario, Virus b Drone, El Audaz, Rey Cometa Misterioso replaced Hechicero. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Valiente rudos took 2/3.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] Munoz took 2/3, Rush getting help to beat Ultimo Guerrero. That sets up a singles match next week.
Rush went from Lakeland, Florida to Miami to Puebla to Guadalajara. Hopefully, he has less travel for a couple of days. The ROH/CMLL balance is going to be tough.
Add Texano to the list of wrestlers suing Lucha Underground. His is a separate lawsuit, looking for money he would’ve gotten if he wasn’t stuck under contract, exactly the same as the Fantasma lawsuit. Lucha Central says he has not joined the lawsuit looking for release, though it seems likely he will. A difference here is Texano did not work Season 4. If he was getting paid only when he wrestled on shows, which seems like the case for everyone so far, Texano has not gotten paid by Lucha Underground since June of 2016. Texano was to be part of Lucha Underground Season 4 – my impression is he wanted to work the shows and LU wanted him there – but Texano was one of the wrestlers unable to make it to the US because his visa was not approved in time. That means LU kept Texano under contract – and, in theory, kept him from finding another promotion to work for – while they were also not using him or paying him at all because of their own inability to bring him to their tapings.
I missed this from earlier this week: Apolo Valdes was told Jeff Jarrett is still appearing on Saturday’s AAA TV taping, even though he’s started with WWE. That is weird, though not for AAA & Jarrett. AAA themselves hasn’t said anything, so I would assume most people are assuming it is AAA promoting an out of date lineup like always. AAA would be in their best interest to post a Jarrett promo saying he’ll be in Morelia if they think Jarrett is going to be a difference maker.
AAA held a press event to officially announce their deal to air on Multimedios last night. AAA’s been on the channel for about a month now, though this was official roll out. There was a chance AAA had only been using Multimedios as a stop gap between Televisa & Azteca but the press conference suggests they’re together for a least this year. There was no real news, though it looks like they might have had a couple of matches similar to the Azteca bit last week. Space, Twitch, YouTube, and Multimedios are all getting the same exact episodes of AAA, where the only difference is Multimedios is inserting their own local commentary track. (They appeared to be turning down the actual audio and inserting fake crowd noise last time I checked – maybe AAA hadn’t given them a commentary free version.)
The network order of the episodes is currently:
AAA airs live on Twitch (each taping is long enough to be 2 episodes but may be cut down to 1)
Space airs the TV version get the episode first, which may be weeks/months after it happens
YouTube (& formerly Televisa) get the episode the second week
One of the big questions going into Friday is where Azteca fits in that sequence. Are they paying money but only getting the Televisa spot? Does that money mean they’re first and Space is second? Or the same week? It is noticeable that the last episode of AAA up on YouTube was the Christmas Day show. The first 2019 episode should have gone up this weekend. It could have been delayed because it now has to air on Azteca first. Or it could have been delayed because running two tapings in a weekend does not leave a lot of time for YouTube uploads.
That press conference was actually held by both Multimedios and MedioTiempo, who partnered up over the weekend. MedioTiempo was introduced as a media partner of AAA, so expect lucha libre coverage to be a lot more focused on AAA and less so on CMLL/WWE going forward. This follows Record being a semi-official outlet for AAA news and +Lucha having multiple people working double duty with AAA.
On that note, tickets went on sale for AAA’s taping in Monterrey (03/03), and the local promoter was hyping Hugo, Jesus Zuniga, and Bernado Guzman as the announcers for the show. Zuniga was on Televisa and has been quiet about his current AAA situation. Guzman was a host of the Televisa Deportes’ Zona Ruda show. Neither are on air with AAA at the moment.
AEW’s Tony Khan was on Chris Jericho’s podcast this morning. AAA only came out as if that is the promotion Penta & Fenix belong to (which is maybe something you’re encouraged to say if you’re doing a deal with AAA even if it is not that accurate.) Jericho mentioned Konnan knowing a lot of guys “no one’s ever heard of” in Mexico, which means he’s in the same position as always. You can see this also with WWE people openly asking for help finding prospects in Mexico; there are not a lot of people trusted to provide information about Mexican wrestlers to people outside the scene, so the few people who do have some power. (My consulting fee remains unchanged.)
IWRG (SUN) 02/17/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Chicanito vs Ángel Estrella Jr.
2) Auzter, Eragón, Yakuza vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Hip Hop Man, La Mosca
3) Sinn Bodhi vs Pasion Kristal
4) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Death Metal & Karaoui and Dranzer & Rokambole Jr. and Black Terry & Puma de Oro and Latino & Pitbull and Ángel Tormenta & Villano V Jr.and Diablo Jr. & Zumbi and Cerebro Negro & Neza Kid [El Protector]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, quarterfinal]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, quarterfinal]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, quarterfinal]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, semifinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, semifinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [El Protector, final]
A reason to keep an eye of IWRG is they usually produce at least one notable rookie a year. They don’t always catch on beyond IWRG, but it does seem part of the IWRG booking philosophy (??) to have someone new rise to the top every year. I’m not sure who it’ll be in 2019, though maybe this tournament will give an idea. Brazo de Oro Jr. is obviously a big name. Latino is part of the Munoz family. Neza Kid is Freelance’s son. Diablo Jr. has been around forever and shouldn’t really be a rookie. The winning team will get a tag title shot at some point.
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansónbeat La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rushin a relevos increíbles match (11:25 [3:05, 3:16, 5:04], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush ripped off Cuatrero’s mask to set up a match next week.
The main event was perfectly fine, with both teams showing decent effort. The Munoz even turned out to be the técnicos, or at least técnico enough that the NGD didn’t have to be the técnicos. (They were far more rudo post-match.) It felt a little different than usual rather than someone forced into a position they didn’t fit in to do the same match as always.
Stigma and Soberano & Angel de Oro doing technical wrestling to open the semi-main was good. It was downhill from there. The first fall bit with Volador taking bumps for elbows that were ’t within six inches looked horrendous, though everyone seemed to be avoiding coming close to Vangellys strikes. Volador did play air guitar before doing a dive so there’s something.
Both early matches were better than usual. Arkalis pulled off a headscissors with Siki Osama that I don’t think he tried with anyone else. His powerbomb finisher looks good.
Maybe Sonic is actually good. He had some good mat wrestling, a cool finish, and amusing bumps in the opening match. The final big spot of the match went wrong, but I’m not sure it was his fault or the Pantera he was wrestling. They looked still very much like they could use the work, though at least there’s only two of them now.