Titan/Cavernario tonight in CMLL, Lucha Azteca AAA week 2

tonight

It is great to have the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas card already. The trios title match sounds exciting and we have a Micros match to look forward. It does leave the next three CMLL Friday night shows with a little less excitement as a tradeoff. At least there’s a little hope for two of the matches.

The NGD (Nueva Generacion Dinamita) main event tonight, facing a dream team of Caristico, Mistico, and Volador. One of the things hoped for this year was the young Dinamitas being moved up to face top-level competition. This is top-level competition. This is also giving the underutilized Mistico something interesting to do on a Friday night. If CMLL had not announced H2L card already, this could easily be seen as a set up to a trios title match on that show. The thing is, CMLL could just do that title match some other week, they have plenty of time and space to use tonight as a setup to a bigger match next week or beyond. It is just not clear CMLL is that interested.

CMLL made one change to the card, affecting the other interesting match. Barbaro Cavernario as Titan has been listed as a lightning match, ten-minute time limit. It is not just a match, That seemed exciting, any match between those two is fun and they could do a lot in ten minutes. It is not being listed as just a match, which means they get up to three falls to do whatever. These two have not had a chance to do that sort of match against each other since 2015 when they had one of the best matches of the year. Both Cavernario and Titan are better now, though they’ll get a little less time without anything on the line. Still, the potential is very high for something memorable.

A reason to make this change is this will be the first CMLL show back on Televisa. CMLL TV mindset is they air one match per half hour of TV, lightning matches don’t fit that length, but stretching it to three falls does work. A strong Cavernario/Titan match is also a good way to make a first impression, assuming there are actually new people watching CMLL on Televisa.

The rest of the show is passable at best. Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, La Bestia del Ring and Terrible preview their hair match in the semi-main. Diamante Azul & Gilbert el Boricua fill out the match. Gilbert continues with no purpose in CMLL as if they gave up on him seeing his condition but are still committed to fulfilling his dates. Some of Felino, Hechicero and Shocker are also in the category of just filling out some dates. They take on Stuka, Kraneo, and Volcano, who has been off streaming shows for a month. Drone, Fuego & Pegasso face Virus, Sagrado and Misterioso in the second. They would be a fun tecnico team with the right opponents, they do not have the right opponents. Same could be said about the opener, where Arkalis & Magnus have the displeasure of wrestling Hijo del Signo & Metalico.

The show starts at 8:30 pm and continues to stream on Marca (Mexico only) and Facebook (not blocked this week.) I’ll stream it on YouTube.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

In Record, Leo Riano praises himself for reporting CMLL would be on Televisa, I guess assuming people will forget will he said the opposite last week. Riano praises Sofia Alonso and Julio Cesar Rivera (!) and says there are not currently any plans for him to be on the show despite the social media support.

Lucha Azteca AAA will have matches from the 01/26 Ciudad Madero show. Everything but the opener is listed as airing, which should mean some interesting reactions to the Ciclope & Miedo Extremo versus Joe Lider & Pagano match.

For what it is worth, I’ve tried a little bit to find ratings for Lucha Azteca AAA and have had no such sites. There seemed to be sites who were posting rating date but are no longer. Neither AAA nor Azteca has said anything about the numbers.

Martinez Entertainment tonight has Penta 0M & Rey Fenix versus Dragon Lee & Rush in Fort Worth, Texas. There’s people on the poster (Aeroboy) who don’t appear to have matches, so I’m still not sure of the full card. I’m still not sure if this will air – their shows have turned up on +LuchaTV in the past, but there’s no logo on their poster this time. I guess wait to see if there are results posted on +Lucha’s social media account tonight.x

Australian Suicide was announced for Glory Pro and AAW this weekend in the US midwest. Suicide joked that last week’s AAA show was his first & last announcing gig. it may not have been much of a joke. Suicide got bookings thru at least WrestleMania weekend in the indies and he’s not a big enough name yet that people are going to fly him in from Mexico City regularly. Suicide is listed back in Mexico next weekend but who knows with AAA lineups.

Lucha Underground’s Chris DeJoseph, whose Twitter posts about LU’s future kind of blew up because everyone is so desperate for any news about the show’s future/demise, will be on The Wrestling Guy Podcast next Wednesday. He had said he just wanted to do a single podcast, so that might be the last we hear from him for a while.

After a long pause, Segunda Caida has made it to episode 14 of Season 4 of Lucha Underground. I’m trying to figure out if they will get to the end of Season 4 or if Lucha Underground will make a public decision about their future first. I think I like Segunda Caida’s chances better.

04/04 Impact in New Jersey (WrestleMania Weekend) will have Drago, Aerostar, King Cuerno and Daga against Cage, Moose, Eddie Edwards, and Johnny Impact. It is billed as Lucha Underground versus Impact, though half the people on the Impact side are also LU wrestlers.

The return to Arena Coliseo Acapulco show looks like it drew well.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including an interesting story on Terrible.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

Puma King has a new video, continues his 2019 hobby of trying to start a Flamita/Bandido feud.

There’s a new lucha libre commission in Delicias, Chihuahua. Their goal is a dedicated lucha libre arena.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/25/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin vs El Perverso, Joker, King Rocker
2) La Avispa Dorada & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & La Comandante
3) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
4) Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Último Guerrero vs Vangellys

The main event is a first time ever match. Not all first time ever matches are good ideas. I don’t think Vangellys is actually going for his first ever moonsault because I’m doubtful he’ll want to take that bump on a random Monday.

CMLL (TUE) 02/26/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo, Metatrón, Rielero vs Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo
2) Arkalis, Magnus, Star Black vs Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Euforia, Gran Guerrero

Third match could be good, I guess.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-02-18

moving up for a Marcela dropkick seems a bad idea

Recapped: 02/19/2019

Matches:

Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Tyson La Bestia beat King Jaguar, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(12:31 [6:02, 2:03, 4:26], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora beat Marcela, Mystique, Princesa Sugehit
(15:22 [7:00, 3:44, 4:38], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stigma, Titán, Tritón beat Felino, Hechicero, Tiger
(15:54 [5:45, 5:20, 4:49], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV beat Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Vangellys
(10:11 [3:17, 1:49, 5:05], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja beat Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
(11:54 [1:30, 4:06, 6:18], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Niebla Roja tried rushing Terirble and Pierroth before the match. It did not go well for him, or angel de Oro when he tried to help out. Terrible fouled Niebla Roja for the DQ.

Último Guerrero used the ropes to beat Vangellys in the third fall of the semi-main, setting up a singles match.

Thoughts:

The main event started with a lot of emotion and settled down into something people were just getting thru to be done with. Kraneo’s comedy seemed out of place in what was supposed to be a serious issue, but then Niebla Roja and Terrible did a lot of posing too. Bestia did not much and Angel de Oro was smart enough to dive onto Euforia instead.

Vangellys & Último Guerrero showed nothing of a rivalry, there’s no particular reason to see them fight next week. Villano III Junior’s red and block gear looked cool. Villano IV and Atlantis were dedicated to not doing much. Villianos is at least willing to take his falling out of the ring bump (which is probably not a great idea to be taking so much), while Atlantis was not moving much from one spot. I was unsure if Dragon lee was actually in the match at one point, but he was able to do his usual run with Villano III Jr. and then

Everyone on the rudo team tossing around Stigma as part of the third match beatdown was fun. The match really never got going otherwise, though there were a couple small Hechicero moments (liking kicking Stigma in the face) that were fun.

lucha TV preview for weekend of February 22th, 2019

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This is a Slow week with no AAA TV taping. I’m also not listing the Azteca show going forward. I’ll probably put the CMLL on Televisa listing up for one week. More people are going to watch AAA & CMLL on those channels than online, but I think people who read this site are almost all going to watch these matches online than wait a couple weeks for them to air on TV.

There are two chances to see Ultimo Guerrero singles matches, on Puebla and Guadalajara, should I remember to actually record Guadalajara.

Titan versus Cavernario is worth checking on Marca.

Guerreros versus Lucha Brothers/Volador & micros added to H2L, CMLL/Televisa

 

CMLL announced the final two matches for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on Informa. They only announced one, but it is a big one. Los Guerreros Laguneros will defend the CMLL Trios Championship against Volador Jr., King Phoenix, and Penta 0M on the 03/15 show. That’s the sort of ‘dream’ match CMLL really needed to balance out the disappointing apuesta match.

Penta & Fenix have been announced as challenging Rey Escorpion & Texano Jr. on 03/16 at Rey de Reyes. It is unlikely they’ll win either title, given their schedule makes it hard to be in either promotion long enough to defend titles. Still, Fenix would become the first person to hold a CMLL title and AAA title at the same time if his team wins the trios titles. Penta would be the second if he and Fenix win on Friday and Saturday.

CMLL revealed the final match on Facebook last night: the micros will have a match. That means the full card looks something like this:

CMLL (FRI) 03/15/2019 Arena México
1) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Hijo del Villano III, Pólvora, Vangellys
2) Átomo, El Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Zacarias el Perico
3) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero © vs King Phoenix, Penta 0M, Volador Jr. [CMLL TRIOS]
2nd defense
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gilbert el Boricua, Negro Casas
6) Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring & Terrible [hair]

Notable that there’s no Villano V and Atlantis, given their current feud. This normally could be a place where an Anniversario match between them would be teased. Rush is off in Las Vegas for Ring of Honor.

CMLL also announced Homenaje a Dos Leyendas shows would be taking place in Puebla on March 18th (Estrella Blanca to be honored) and Guadalajara on March 19th (Americo Rocca honored).

CMLL also officially announced an alliance with The Crash, saying talent from both promotions would be exchanged. CMLL wrestlers have been working in the Tijuana promotion for the last several months. Garza & Mecha Wolf are working Arena San Juan on Saturday, so it is possible they could make an appearance. The Crash proclaimed this as an alliance between The Crash, CMLL, NJPW, and ROH entirely. Poor RevolutionPro, and also The Crash may be overstating it but at least this removed any obstacles from trying to bring in people from those other promotions.

El Planchitas has a new column today, noting they said CMLL wasn’t going on Televisa and then CMLL announced they were going on Televisa. Their explanation is there were no plans at the time, but the big rollout AAA got with Azteca upset the people at the top of Televisa and they ordered those below to convince CMLL to come back to their network as a response. CMLL gets to keep control of production and the transmission schedule – I think they mean the 8-day delay, not when it airs. Control of production also likely means pick of the announcers; CMLL said the usual main crew of Julio Cesar Rivera, Leobardo Magadan, and Miguel Linares would be hosting the CMLL show. In related news, Arturo Rivera says he will not be on the show.

This story keeps going back and forth on if AAA was getting or being paid; Planchitas says Televisa had told AAA it was doubling the price to air the show before they left, and that CMLL is now paying about half of was AAA had been paying. No numbers are ever mentioned.

On CMLL Informa, JCR said the live steams of shows will not be affected. Some with the other TV deals. I suspect whichever channel (Teleformula?) is now airing Friday nights might not get the same TV matches Televisa is airing. I remember the time when I had to care about that, and now it seems irrelevant with everything on the internet already.

El Siglo de Torreon has a nice interview with Stuka Junior. His family were wrestlers and lived next to the Andrades growing up, so he was always around wrestling and growing up. He did not plan on being Stuka Jr., but just stole/borrowed some of his brother’s old gear in preparation to debut under a different name. Stuka I caught him at the arena and told that if he was going to use Stuka’s gear, he had to use the Stuka Jr. name. Satanico was the one who told Stuka Jr. he should try his luck in CMLL and Ultimo Guerrero went to Stuka’s house to let him know CMLL wanted him.

AAA sent out an announcement for a TripleMania press conference next Wednesday. At the end of last year’s TripleMania, AAA had said the 2019 edition would take place on August 3rd in Arena Ciudad de Mexico. They also said LA Park versus Dr. Wagner. LA Park has not wrestled in AAA since September, complaining once again about how AAA treats their wrestlers. AAA has been building towards a Blue Demon versus Dr. Wagner replacement main event since that point but has yet to say it is actually happening at TripleMania. This press conference seems like where that would normally be announced – though it is LA Park so there is no ever ruling him out from showing up again as a surprise. The Rey de Reyes card has not been announced yet, so that and the AEW alliance seem like other possible topics.

AEW came up on this week’s Keepin’ It 100, with Disco Inferno interrogating Konnan about the relationship between AAA & AEW. Konnan said AEW will have permission to use whomever from AAA they’d like to use and AAA has no control of the finishes in AEW, though Konnan believes he’ll get a heads up. AAA’s deal with Impact is unaffected. Konnan said Cody, the Young Bucks, and Tony Khan are the creative team and was impressed by Khan in talking to him. Konnan believes they’re focused on not making the same mistakes that WCW & Impact have made.

I would suggest that while AEW could use anyone they want from AAA, they still have to clear it with the government of the US first. Despite AAA’s desire to promote in the US at some point, I don’t believe they’ve made a promotion wide push to get travel or work visas for everyone to be able to wrestle in the US; what ones exist are generally the wrestlers getting it done themselves, so not everyone has one. This can’t be undersold as an issue given the recent problems NJPW has had with visas. If you’ve seen an AAA luchador in the US, they’re probably good (or close enough to good.) If it is a AAA person with (strong) internet buzz who has not been on any US shows and has not been announced for any upcoming US shows, they probably do not have the ability to wrestle in the US at this time. Double or Nothing being 3 months away sounds like a lot of time, but it is maybe not enough time when it comes to getting Mexican wrestlers permission to wrestle in the US. Just a qualifier to keep in mind when reacting to who does and does not end up working in AEW, at least right away.

La Parkita, who seemed to suffer a head injury last Saturday, was back wrestling on Tuesday in Arena Aficion. Guess it could be someone else in the suit but it didn’t sound that way.

The Masked Republic Luchaverse comics can now be purchased digitally on ComiXology.

A show honoring Chamaco Valaguez took place in Morelos. The poster said it was a homage and a benefit show for him, though the reason for a benefit show is never mentioned. He does seem to have lost a lot of weight.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 02/24/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Jabalí
2) Linterna & Sangre Fría Jr. vs Demonio Rojo & Paymon
3) Avispón Negro Jr., Fugaz, Mr. Samurai vs Bobby Black, Demonio Maya, Thunder Boy
4) El Alteño, Joker, Skayde vs Exterminador, Príncipe Kisho, Ráfaga
5) Kempo Dragón, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Difunto, Maléfico, X-Fly

You really never know where Skayde is going to turn up.

CMLL Tuesday results, Acapulco

pay attention Soberano

CMLL (TUE) 02/19/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Estrellas del RingLucha CentralThe Gladiatores]
1) Robin & Sonic b Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:46. Tecenicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel b Oro Jr., Principe Daniel, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls
3) Dalys b La Jarochita [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dalys won via powerbomb
4) Okumura, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Audaz, Flyer, Soberano Jr. b Kawato San, Rey Bucanero, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:18. Tecnicos took 1/3
6) Atlantis, Místico, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Dalys talks about her win. The fifth match was good, worth checking out. Haven’t seen a lot of the rest of the show yet.

CMLL (TUE) 02/19/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Paymon b El Alteño, Linterna, Yaqui
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Retro, Sangre Imperial, Tigre Blanco b Akuma, Difunto, Espíritu Negro
tecnicos took 1/3
3) Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, Lluvia, Sanely
rudas took 2/3
4) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Forastero, Sansón
Tecnicos took 1/3
5) Último Guerrero DQ Rush
UG took 1/3, the last when Rush fouled him.

Negro Casas will give an update on his rehabilitation from surgery today on Informa. CMLL also said they’ll announce the final two matches for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and talk about the TV situation. Los Guerreros are said to be announcing a surprise on that show, which might be their match for the H2L.

No additional details came out of the CMLL press conference. CMLL wrestlers, Julio Cesar Rivera, and Sofia Alonso were on Televisa Deportes shows yesterday to promote the return to the network. I haven’t seen any mentions of any details about the show yet. There is a rumor that Televisa may assign Arturo Rivera to the CMLL show, which he would hate and CMLL wouldn’t be fond of either. That would seem like Televisa trying to get out of whatever deal they have Rivera if it happened, but these TV networks don’t think too much about who would fit as announcers.

AAA put up the first week of the Mexico City taping on YouTube, the first taping of 2019 to make it on their YouTube channel. The episodes will start popping up on Sundays evening after the Multimedios show airs going forward.

Arena Coliseo Acapulco will host a wrestling show for the first time in 4 years tomorrow. A show headlined by Blue Demon & Flamita versus Rey Fenix & Penta 0M scheduled for a different venue was moved back to the old traditional venue. The Arena Coliseo in Acapulco was built in 1953. The Lutteroth family owned the building, just like they the four buildings they still run every week. Acapulco was the Wednesday night stop on that weekly calendar, with a couple matches worth of people sent. Attendance fell in the late 90s and early 2000s, and the building was sold in 2006. There have been infrequent shows there since, as well as a failed attempt to use it as a basketball venue. It would be surprising if they made it work this time but the lucha libre scene in that city seems stronger than it has been in the recent past.

El Universal has a very short article on actor Daniel Martinez joining AAA. Martinez, as Eclipse Vengador, is the lead star of the Por La Mascara series which has been airing next to AAA on Space. Way back when the show started airing in October, there was hype of the character eventually crossing over to the ring, to the point that I thought this might be an old article just resurfacing. There’s not been much mention of the show since it started airing. I guess he could be the mystery person in Monterrey but I’m skeptical of this story.

02/28 in Pittsburgh has Penta & Fenix versus Sam Adonis & DJZ.

Segunda Caida watches Ultimo Guerrero vs Corsario Negro Jr.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report

+LuchaTV has a sit-down interview with Hijo del Fantasma. That seems like it might be worth listening to later.

Tinieblas Sr. says he has sold all the trophies he won in his career because he does not like keeping memories. A documentary of his life is supposed to come out in June.

A report on La Gran Lucha, a show in Argentina featuring wrestlers Titanes en el Ring & 100% Lucha.

A story on a lucha libre school in Oaxaca.

CMLL returns to Televisa, Chavez vs Bestia/Terrible on H2L, Sexy Star in MMA

CMLL promised big news at their press conference today. They delivered big news.

CMLL will return to Televisa’s Canal 9 on March 2nd, next Saturday, at 2 pm. They are essentially taking over AAA’s spot on the network. The first show will include two matches from this Friday’s CMLL show, so it appears the matches may be airing on an eight-day delay. That was the policy when CMLL was last on Televisa, back in August of 2013. CMLL’s show will re-air on Televisa Deportes Network, which AAA’s show used to do as well. It also looks like the Zona Ruda AAA show may be relaunched as a CMLL show based on their new header. Sofia Alonso introduced the deal, as CMLL continues to put her out in front when they have good or big news to share. (She was gone before the main event was announced.)

There was no word about announcers or if this will affect the current streaming deal on Fridays. CMLL said they’d have more information tomorrow on Informa. The weird part of this story is Leo Riano reported this in the talks about two weeks ago, then backed off it last week after other sources had said there was nothing to it.

I joked about this on Twitter, but Televisa and CMLL probably are not motivated to work together if Azteca & AAA didn’t make a deal. Both the television networks and the wrestling promotions are strong rivals.

CMLL also revealed most of the information about Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It will take place on March 15th, with the expected La Bestia del Ring & Terrible versus Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja double hair match set up last Friday. CMLL feinted as just doing the Terrible/Niebla Roja match until a post-contract signing match led Bestia and Oro to be added. The losing team will all lose their hair. Terrible/Niebla Roja would be a bit of a toss-up. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja as a team are heavy favorites over Terrible & La Bestia del Ring.

Three other matches were announced

  • Titan, Triton, Esfinge vs Vangellys, Polvora, Hijo de Villano III
  • Caristico, Dragon Lee, Soberano vs Mephisto, Epehsto, Templario
  • Sanson, Cuatrero, Forastero vs Negro Casas, Barbaro Cavernario, Gilbert el Boricua

CMLL said the remaining matches would be announced on Informa tomorrow. I’d expect one more big name match since the Guerreros and Atlantis are noticeably missing. March 15th is the same day as ROH’s PPV in Las Vegas, so Rush will not be part of this show.

Blue Demon will be the honored luchador at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It seems a great oversight not to have honored one of the most famous people in the history of Mexican wrestling, but CMLL has tended to honored living wrestlers in recent years, likely as a way to draw a few more fans. Blue Demon passed away in 2000, so CMLL brought in his son to talk about him. This was not Blue Demon Jr. the luchador. Instead, non-wrestling son Alejandro Munoz spoke about his father.

Tickets go on for the show tomorrow. Ticket prices are listed as running from 336 to 1476 MXP, exactly the same as last year’s Angel de Oro & Cuatrero mask match. I suspect the show will also be an iPPV though it is not currently being advertised as one.

CMLL also announced Naito would return to CMLL on March 29th. That’s the week prior to NJPW’s show in MSG, so he’s getting to North America a little early. Tae Homna, the women Marcela recently defended the women’s championship against in REINA, will come to CMLL on April 22nd.

CMLL (MON) 02/18/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Tyson La Bestia b King Jaguar, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
2) Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora b Marcela, Mystique, Princesa Sugehit LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3
3) Stigma, Titán, Tritón b Felino, Hechicero, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls. UG cheated to beat Vangellys, setting up a singles match next week
5) Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja DQ Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Terrible & Niebla Roja feuded, Terrible fouled Niebla Roja for the DQ.

This show did not sound good. Vangellys/UG did not have strong build.

Arena Mexico tonight has Atlantis, Mistico and Valiente against Ephesto, Luciferno and Mephisto tonight. Audaz, Flyer, and Soberano face Rey Bucanero, Templario and Kawato in the semi-main.

La Jarochita & Dalys follow up with last week’s issue with a lightning match. That’s moderately interesting with two matches still to be announced for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and the lack of a second stip match for that show.

Guadalajara has Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero.

Ciber the Main Man told +Lucha the KL4N would be back in March a couple weeks ago. I am not confident about this statement.

Other News

I watched AAA wrestlers on an Azteca TV game show, Mi Pareja Puede. It was three hours long, which is too long for me but they kept it entertaining the whole way. (Also, not many commercials breaks helps.) This was some cross over promotion for the Lucha Azteca AAA show, though it wasn’t directly mentioned a lot. La Hiedra & Dave the Clown defeated Big Mami & Nino Hamburguesa, Lady Shani & Bengala and Carta Brava Jr. & Goya Kong. Everyone came across well. I went in thinking it was odd to have people who are not really even on AAA TV all that much representing the show on a game show, but I came out thinking you just want people who will be entertaining and have fun with the concept and they did that.

I was trying to track down a date for a match – still looking! – and I found the lineup for the second ever AAA show in Queretaro on 05/22/1992. The micros match aired so that one was in database but not the others, which moved up the AAA start date for a few people. That’s Heavy Metal’s debut as Heavy Metal for one.

Dulce Garcia – Sexy Star – will be participating in MMA fights for Combate Americas. The Wrap says she’s signed a multi-fight deal, with her first fight on 04/12 in her hometown of Monterrey. No opponent was mentioned. Sexy Star went undefeated in boxing in 5 matches, fighting people who had boxed professionally just once prior or had lost many matches. Talk of Garcia switching to MMA has been around since about her second boxing match. I guess she is technically on a 2.5-year undefeated streak in all combat sports. She was directly defeated in Lucha Underground to Joey Ryan in June of 2016 and has sworn off taking any direct losses in Mexico.

Garcia last boxed in August, never really reaching any notoriety in that sport after her first fight. She’s been wrestling more of late, mostly for Monterrey’s Kaoz promotion. She’s scheduled to wrestle on MexaWrestling’s show outside of Mexico City on Saturday. Garcia is still well known in Monterrey and has been a TV personality for the last couple of years. Most people there accept her explanation that she couldn’t have actually injured Rosemary back at TripleMania because the Canadian woman refused medical attention. (She repeated that explanation yesterday.) Her first fight will get some interest locally, probably will be against someone of similar experience level.

Lucha Underground lead wrestler Chris DeJoseph was answering questions on Twitter, and saying he’d be willing to do one last podcast with an unbiased source. (I don’t think I qualify. These people would be better.) DeJoseph responded to someone asking the inevitable question about season 5 by saying he doesn’t believe it is coming back but hopes not.

Lucha Memes on 03/31 in Coliseo Coacalco (Chairo Kingdom)

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has this week’s EN+carados.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 02/22/2019 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Magnus vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
3) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Shocker
4) Titán vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
6) Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Never got this posted. Titan/Cavernario is always really good. Main event has a chance as well, though it suggests last week’s pseudo-Sky Team trios challenge isn’t going anywhere. Magnus wanted 2019 to be his year but has to wrestle Metalico & Signo. I’m not liking his odds.

CMLL seemed to indicate they’d only air two matches on Televisa, which suggests the top two airing. Still, Titan/Cavernario is exactly the first match I’d run on a new TV show.

CMLL (SAT) 02/23/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Átomo, El Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zacarías
3) Avispa Dorada, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Flyer, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul vs Sansón

Microman W-L record by building
Arena Mexico: 13-0
Arena Coliseo: 9-6

There’s a correction ending to the main event and there’s one where Diamante Azul wins. Avispa Dorada appears to be headed back from Seattle and the snow judging from social media.

CMLL (SUN) 02/24/2019 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Espanto Jr. & Grako
2) La Guerrera, Lluvia, Skadi vs Kaho Kobayashi, La Maligna, La Vaquerita
3) Halcón Suriano Jr. vs El Coyote [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Flyer vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Dragon Lee doing the normal San Jose to Arena Mexico weekend. There are too many tecnicas so a tecnicas versus tecnicas match makes sense, but also turning one or more would make sense.

CMLL seems to send out the full week’s cards to various media outlets. I’m not sure if they’re meant to be printed. Publicmetro does occasionally. This week, it reveals Principe Diamante was originally in the lightning match instead of Halcon Suriano.

great match roundup, week of 2019-02-09

Taurus 1, Vikingo 0

recap

The top five matches on the list are all from the same AAA show. Possibly just because they’re going alphabetically, but there are good matches there. The problem is I have no idea when these might be released with the new schedule and lack of YouTube uploads. If you thought AAA wasn’t discussed much in the general internet wrestling discourse before, no YouTube would make it even worse (but maybe you believe it couldn’t get any worse and so no matter.)

Blue Demon versus Dr. Wagner is going to be the main event of TripleMania – as far as I can tell – and it is tough to believe it will be any better than the match they already had. AAA fans will be happy with it if it is that good/absurd.

When this posts, I will be all caught up for five whole hours. Except for the IWRG FILL cibernetico and who knows what else I need to watch. I definitely don’t know what else to watch.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-10 2019-02-10
great Hijo Del Vikingo vs Jack EvansTaurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-10 2019-02-10
great Drago vs Laredo KidFlamita  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-10 2019-02-10
good Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr. in a street fight match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-10 2019-02-10
good Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown, Puma King vs Hijo del Fantasma, Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-10 2019-02-10
good Rush vs Cuatrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-11 2019-02-11
good Carístico, Místico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-02-15 2019-02-15
good Terrible vs Niebla Roja for the CMLL Universal Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-02-15 2019-02-15

other matches watches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-11 2019-02-11
ok Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Vangellys vs Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-11 2019-02-11
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Difunto, Disturbio, Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-12 2019-02-12
ok Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-12 2019-02-12
ok Flyer vs Pólvora in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-12 2019-02-12
ok Blue Panther, Esfinge, Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Luciferno LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-12 2019-02-12
ok Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-12 2019-02-12
ok Pegasso & Stigma vs Cancerbero & Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-02-15 2019-02-15
ok Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Pólvora, Templario, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-02-15 2019-02-15
ok Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, La Bestia Del Ring, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-02-15 2019-02-15
below average Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-02-15 2019-02-15
not rated Hijo de Centella Roja, Rey Samuray, Sonic vs Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-11 2019-02-11
not rated La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Metálica, La Seductora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-11 2019-02-11
not rated Fantasy & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-12 2019-02-12

weekend indie results, Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja vs Terrible/Bestia in Puebla

I put a lot of indie results in the database that don’t ever get put on this blog. Maybe it is worth putting them on the blog today.

WWCI , XMW (SAT) 02/16/2019 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Lilith Dark ?? Lady MonsterIndia MazahuaSadik MaidenZafiro (Chihuahua)Reyna DoradaSkadiLady Pink [WWCI WOMEN] Skady vs Reina D vs L Pink vs Lilith D vs Zafiro vs India M vs Sadik Maiden vs Lady Monster (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Marcela DRAW Mary ApacheCinthia MorenoDalys Marcela vs Cinthia Moreno vs Dalys vs Mary Apache en la Arena San Juan con XMW (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Marcela & Mary Apache went to a double pin
3) Demus COR Bam Bam Demus vs Bam Bam mano a mano en la Arena San Juan Pantitlán con XMW (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Demus beat up Bam Bam on the outside and Bam Bam couldn’t return. Hair match challenge followed.
4) Fly Star & Toscano b Drako & Impulso Toscano y Fly Star vs Impulso y Drako en la Arena San Juan con XMW (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Fly Star asked for a shot at Impulso’s Cruiserweight belt
5) Último Guerrero DQ Caifan [super libreUltimo Guerrero vs Caifan mano a mano con XMW en la Arena San Juan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Caifan fouled UG, and challenged for a hair match.

The main event set up a hair match, as Planchitas reported days in advance. And there were a bunch of people missing from the opener (which didn’t have a result mentioned that I could find yet.) On the other hand, the women in the other match all showed up as scheduled for a draw where no one had to lose. The WWCI promoter was very upset about that article on Facebook, telling people to call the newspaper and demand a retraction. Show didn’t draw well, which I’m guessing he’s probably also blaming on that article but suggests he could’ve used his energy in different ways.

MANIACOMANÍA (SAT) 02/16/2019 Centro de Alto Rendimento The Crash, Ecatepec, Estado de México [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Candy Swing b Guerrera Negra Candy Swing vs la Guerrera Negra mano a mano en Maniacomanía 3 (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Espia Maya & Princesa Legna b Dulce Luna & Skarlet Espia Maya y Princesa Legna vs Dulce Luna y Skarlet en Maniacomanía 3 (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
3) La Heroína b Ludark ShaitanHija De GatubelaQuimera Heroína vs Ludark vs Hija de Gatubela vs Quimera por la Copa Maniacomanía 3. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
4) Sanely © b LluviaReina Oscura [RO WOMEN] Sanely(c) vs Lluvia(r) vs Reina Oscura(r) por el Campeonato Femenil Ro Westling (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
5) Marcela b DalysCinthia Moreno Marcela vs Dalys vs Cinthia Moreno en Maniacomanía 3 en el Car the Crash (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Marcela submitted Dalys. Money thrown in.

This group got a finish out of that same group.

DTU , PROES (SAT) 02/16/2019 Arena Victoria, Ecatepec, Estado de México [DTU]
1) Corak & Fly Danger b Corazon Latino & Perro De Guerra Jr.
2) Fight Panther, Kunai, Mandala b Aero Panther, Steel Increible Dragón, Vengador Radioactivo
3) Cazador Salvaje I, Cazador Salvaje II, Último Cazador b Maldad, Shaggy, Tormenta Roja
4) Kevin b JitsuKalibus
5) Jimmy b Moria
6) El Junior b Crazy BoyHalloweenDement Extreme
Junior pinned Crazy Boy, who offered him a title shot for winning.

El Junior was one of Los Malkaradios, the evil opposites of Los Nerds. They were a trio, then a tag team, then they were gone, now one is back and is getting a title match. I’m still interested in finding out of Kunai has one really good match or is actually really good.

MDA , Super X (SUN) 02/17/2019 Centro Deportivo Y Cultural, Electricistas, Azcapotzalco, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Lolita b Ludark Shaitan
Ludark had a foot on the ropes but the ref missed it
2) Superxtar b LátigoAlas De Plata
No Sombra de Plata so this became a three-way. The guy named after the promotion won.
3) Eterno & Tromba b Freelance & Imposible
Tromba replaced Hijo del Fishman. Tromba and Ludark were added to MAD (and Eterno & Hijo del Pirata had been added back at the press conference.)
4) Sinn Bodhi b Demasiado
5) Aero Boy b Aramis
good match
6) Laredo Kid b Dragón Bane
good match. Dragon Bane attacked Laredo Kid after.
7) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Juventud Guerrera DQ Fuerza Guerrera & Rush
Pirata faked a foul. MAD (which now included Sinn Bodhi) attacked Fuerza Guerrera post-match. Mask/hair match challenges followed, along with Fuerza saying he’d bring in his own group to feud with MAD.

Turnout seemed decent. Konnan and Juvy may not be friends at the moment but Guerrera is borrowing the key booking points (start a group, put every heel in it). This should turn up in some form. Estrellas del Ring seemed to put up the show last night, then took it down, then put up highlights.

RLL (SAT) 02/16/2019 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV]
1) Astrolux & Sombra Azteca ?? Black Metal & Drolux
2) Rossy Moreno & Tiffany b Baronessa & Diosa Quetzal
3) Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento b Dr. Cerebro, Ricky Marvin, Último Gladiador
Leviatham upset Ricky Marvin
4) Virus b Demus [super libre]
5) Emperador Azteca, Silver Tiger, The Tiger b Drako, Fresero Jr., Imposible
Fresero & Drako betrayed each other, giving the other team the win. Garza Jr. ran in post match as part of Kaoz getting involved all night.
6) Místico II & Rush b Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.

Seemed medium full, which is a little bit disappointing. They did a Kaoz Lucha Libre invasion angle on this show; I have trouble believing people care about these things but I’m writing it down here never the less.

IWRG (SUN) 02/17/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. b Chicanito
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., Hip Hop Man, La Mosca b Auzter, Eragón, Yakuza
3) Sinn Bodhi b Pasion Kristal
4) Diablo Jr. & Puma de Oro b Ángel Tormenta, Brazo De Oro Jr., Death Metal, Dranzer, Latino, Neza Kid [El Protector]
5) Ángel Tormenta & Villano V Jr. b Dranzer & Rokambole Jr. [El Protector, quarterfinal]
6) Death Metal & Heddi Karaoui b Latino & Pitbull [El Protector, quarterfinal]
7) Cerebro Negro & Neza Kid b Brazo De Oro Jr. & Hijo de Canis Lupus [El Protector, quarterfinal]
8) Black Terry & Puma de Oro b Diablo Jr. & Zumbi [El Protector, quarterfinal]
9) Death Metal & Heddi Karaoui b Ángel Tormenta & Villano V Jr. [El Protector, semifinal]
10) Cerebro Negro & Neza Kid b Black Terry & Puma de Oro [El Protector, semifinal]
11) Death Metal & Heddi Karaoui b Cerebro Negro & Neza Kid [El Protector, final]

Death Metal & Heddi Karaoui were no one’s picks to wins. It’d be a surprise if they beat the Oficials. Los Villanos attacked Metal & Karaoui for whatever reason after the the win.

There is no consensus on if it is “Angel Tormenta” or “Angel de la Tormenta”.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla always looked interesting for being a rematch of Niebla Roja & Terrible of the CMLL Universal tournament final. It is more interesting with Angel de Oro & La Bestia del Ring, who may also be part of a hair match at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. There’s a chance that match will be announced tomorrow around noon, and tonight might be the moment where they make it clear. Euforia & Kraneo are also in the match, which will be more interesting for those post match challenges than the match itself.

The match CMLL appeared to be setting up for Puebla itself was Vangellys versus Ultimo Guerrero, based on Guerrero fouling Vangellys next week. That also doesn’t sound too great. Atlantis & Dragon Lee make for an odd team with Vangellys, while UG teams with the Villanos.

Titan, Triton & Stigma against Felino, Tiger & Hechicero is the best chance for a good match. Marcela, Princesa Sugehit and Mystique face Dalys, La Comandante and La Secutora in the second match. Gemelos Panteras & Tyson la Bestia wrestle Tigre Rojo Jr., Rey Samuray and King Jaguar in the opener. The show airs at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Lucha Azteca AAA will reportedly have a second airing on Azteca’s A+ Sundays at 1 pm, starting March 10th. Not sure if that means those episodes will be the same episode as the Friday show or four weeks behind. A+ is the digital substation which was to get the CMLL/ELITE show last year. Not sure if that means anything as far as the show airing in the US, but it is a reminder that these things sometimes take a while to get going.

Lineups

IWRG , FILL (WED) 02/20/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro Boy, Bisofera, Jesse Ventura vs Noyce Boy, Rock Power, Vortex
2) Dinámico, Dranzer, Fireman vs Aguila Oriental, Canival, Spider Fly
3) Ángel Estrella, Juve Venegas, Mexica vs Guerrero 2000, Power Bull, Rey Del Fuego
4) Black Shadow II, Manchas, Shadow Boy vs Neza Kid, Ra-Shata, Shil-Kah
5) Ángel Tormenta, Cheff Benito, Chicanito, Death Metal, Diablo Jr., Latino, Puma de Oro, Toto vs Ángel Drago, Cadillac, Galactus, Marduk, Omega Jr., Taurino, Ultra Man Jr., Zovek [torneo FILL]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial AK47)

They don’t actually list the trainers on the poster this time so I may have gotten my Oficials confused. IWRG also posted a video with Bombero Infernal’s children lucha libre class.

CMLL Martes: 2019-02-12

Star Jr. dropkick is the highlight you get

Recapped: 02/14/2019

Matches:

Fantasy & Shockercito beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(16:10 [8:09, 4:26, 3:35], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. beat Difunto, Disturbio, Espanto Jr.
(14:46 [6:30, 3:08, 5:08], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Marcela beat Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany
(11:20 [7:16, 4:04], 1/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Pólvora in a lightning match
(7:37, Spanish Fly, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Felino, Luciferno beatBlue Panther, Esfinge, Stuka Jr.
(15:09 [5:46, 3:47, 5:36], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(8:15 [2:08, 2:59, 3:08], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Sansón ended up injured after taking Diamante Azul’s German suplex. The second fall ended with Diamante Azul possibly trying to German suplex Cuatrero, only Cuatrero had grabbed the top rope. Azul pulled him away from the ropes, though it turned into a sort of rolling reverse cradle where Azul was unable to get over (and Volador actually got the pin.) After the third fall German suplex, Azul seemed unconcerned Sanson’s injury and appeared to stare out of the ring in Cuatrero’s direction instead, which gave the impression it was not an accident. Sansón did not miss any matches.

Dalys unmasked Jarochita in the women’s match.

Thoughts:

strong effort on this clothesline

The main event was a quick match forgettable outside of Diamante Azul’s behavior.

The Blue Panther match had unusual fall endings – a rudo won on the casadora cradle reversal spot instead of a técnico – but the action in between the falls wasn’t special. Esfinge’s tope in the third fall looked good and also good for Zacarias for standing up to Felino.

The lightning match was a normally slow starting Polvoa match building up to an exciting closing stretch. It did not have that exciting closing stretch. Any match Flyer gets out of in one piece is a good Flyer match.

The women’s match may have only gone two falls, but it felt as long as normal. The match pivoted on Jarochita/Dalys sequences, so perhaps CMLL will still be running Dalys single matches even with the belt. Jarochita tried hard given the moment even if not everything looked good; it’d be better if Kobayashi was getting the chance but at least she’s taking it seriously. Though the chance wasn’t serious enough here for her to get any pins on Dalys.

I watched the second match to see what Difunto would do. He didn’t do much. It was a bad idea. He did seem like a decent base, close to being a mildly useful Disturbio (new hair color) then a completely useless Espanto. The CMLL lower card needs more than slight improvements.

new AAA Cruiserweight champion, CMLL weekend shows

CMLL (SAT) 02/16/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Cholo & Inquisidor
team feline took falls 2/3
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Principe Daniel, Príncipe Diamante b El Coyote, Grako, Nitro
tecnicos took 1/3. Principe Daniel visiting from Guadalajara.
3) Drone, Fuego, Tritón b Kawato San, Sagrado, Tiger
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Princesa Sugehit b Reyna Isis [lightning]
5) Rey Bucanero, Templario, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr.
straight falls again, Terrible cheating to beat Niebla Roja. Hair match challenges followed.
6) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Diamante Azul DQ Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Sanson fouled Diamante Azul

CMLL promos: Princesa Sugehit, Principe Daniel, and Terrible.

AAA TV (SAT) 02/16/2019 Palacio del Aire, Morelia, Michoacán [AAALucha CentralRecordthecubsfan]
1) Dragón Bane, Draztick Boy, La Parkita b Látigo, Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:10. Dragon Bane 630 senton Latigo. La Parkita suffered a head injury on a diving headscissors to the floor.
2) Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr. b Golden Magic, Niño Hamburguesa, Starfire  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:04. Keyra beat Star Fire with a German suplex after Nino Hamburguesa was again distracted by a Lady Maravilla.
3) Laredo Kid b Sammy Guevara © [AAA CRUISER (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
New champion. Villano III Jr. & La Parka got involved but didn’t finish in the outcome. Title Change. Laredo Kid was immediately attacked and unmasked by Los Mercenarios.
4) Faby Apache, Parka Negra, Súper Fly b Dinastía, Lady Shani, Myzteziz Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
10:05. Faby Apache beat Dinastia with a Tiger Suplex, then got into an argument with Dinastia
5) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata b Chessman, La Máscara, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:42. Pimpinela cradled La Mascara after a Maximo kiss. Earlier, La Mascara threatened to attack Brazo de Plata until Psycho Clown make the save.
6) Aerostar, Drago, Hijo Del Vikingo b Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:23. Vikingo beat Tito Santana with a reverse 450 splash
7) Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:49. Texano put Pagano thru a table with a powerbomb

This wasn’t as good as last Sunday. 3rd and 6th matches were the ones to watch. The Cruiserweight change is important – Laredo Kid has gone from an extra guy brought in as part of the Elite bit to winning two championships and a tournament in the last few months due to timing and availability – but everything else is skippable.

There was no real mention of the oddness of Jeff Jarrett being back here after being on WWE TV. Jarrett was treated as normal. He even hit Wagner with his guitar. It did not feel like they were writing him off, even though everyone seems sure he’d have to be with WWE full time after this point. Guess we’ll see.

I think this might be the end of Sammy Guevera in AAA too. Maybe he’ll show up at TripleMania again as an AEW representative, but my impression is the relationship between AAA & Guevera isn’t great. Guevera spit on the belt and threw in the ring at the end of the match, which seemed a spot to cement his rudo turn, but I’m not betting on it being followed up on.

Konnan reported the show as 4,600 sellout. Konnan was in Las Vegas for Impact while this taping was happening and may not have seen this show yet. It looked like there were empty areas from what I saw.

At least 10 times as many people were watching the Spanish feed as the English feed, which is around the same ratio it’s been for most of the broadcasts. That meant less than 400 people were listening Vampiro & Australian Suicide watch the show, a number so small in comparison to all of the people who will watch it in Spanish (both live and on the various TV networks) that I’m not even sure why I’m writing a paragraph about it. It was exactly as good as expected, with Australian Suicide getting in funny lines but getting no help from Vampiro. If AAA is doing English commentary just as something to check off a list (or to put in press releases), then what they’re doing is sufficient. If AAA is doing English commentary to grow a fanbase in the US, they’ve got to do a lot better than what they’re doing. My assumption is it is the first option and so Vampiro will keep being the host because he’s already at the taping and they don’t want to invest any more in it.

The plan is for the English broadcast to be a part of show going forward. Vampiro promoted that fact by saying the next show would be on 03/03 from “Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo” (it is in Nuevo Leon) and would be Rey de Reyes (which is actually the following show.)

CMLL (SUN) 02/17/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Sangre Imperial & Sonic
Rudos took 1/3. Camorra’s first match since the hair match loss (so he’s not done.)
2) Oro Jr., Principe Daniel, Súper Astro Jr. b Apocalipsis, Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo
tecnicos took 1/3
3) Magnus b Retro [lightning]
Magnus gets a win on his birthday in 6:56, including using his senton to the floor.
4) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. b Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3. Universo 2000 Jr. had one shoulder taped up in every match, now has both shoulders taped u.
5) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano
rudos took 2/3
6) Místico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
Gran Guerrero fouled Valiente

CMLL promos: Espiritu Negro, Magnus, and Gran Guerrero, who wants a singles match with Valiente. That and Sanson/Diamante Azul seem like singles match next week.

AAA luchadors will be appearing on Azteca Uno’s Mi Pareja Puede on Monday. This show airs in the US on Sundays.

Puma King vs Hijo de LA Park has been added to the MLW 03/02 show.

LuchaWorld has this week’s news update.