Soberano & Shockercito remain champs, AAA @ MSG press conference

probably the only clip of the match we’re getting

CMLL (SAT) 03/30/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Acero & Aéreo
rudos took 1/3
2) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Sanely b La Metálica, La Seductora, Tiffany
tecnicas took 1/3, though CMLL says Avispa had a rough landing on her dive to Metalica at the end of the match.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Flyer b Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys
Sangre Azteca replaced Polvora. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Príncipe Diamante, Valiente, Volcano DQ Felino, Máscara Año 2000, Negro Casas
Principe Diamante replaced Valiente (moved up.) Mascara 2000 replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Casas fouled Kraneo.
5) Soberano Jr. © b Templario [MEX WELTER]
Soberano took falls 2/3, the last with a Fire Driver. 6th defense
6) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Valiente replaced Mistico.

Templario and Soberano talk their title match, and Atlantis & Atlantis Jr. hype next week’s show Ovaciones was wrong, CMLL now says next Saturday is their Arena Coliseo Anniversary show.

CMLL (SUN) 03/31/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Sangre Imperial b El Coyote & Grako
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, Mystique, Skadi
rudas took 2/3.
3) Shockercito © b Pierrothito [CMLL MINI]
Shockercito took falls 2/3, the last with a reinera, for his 5th defense
4) Blue Panther, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato San, Luciferno, Tiger
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Dark Magic, La Bestia Del Ring, Máscara Año 2000 b Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja
straight falls?
6) Atlantis Jr., Carístico, Volador Jr. b Mephisto, Negro Casas, Terrible
Mephisto replaced Shocker (who missed both matches this week.) Tecnicos took 1/3, Atlantis surprising with Terrible with a huracarrana.

Shockercito celebrated his title defense. Have we considered the possibility CMLL is trying to improve Mascara 2000’s rating as a wrestler by surrounding him with some extremely challenging partners? I can’t think of another reason that match happened. Whatever the deal was with Atlantis Jr. disappearing for a few weeks obviously isn’t slowing down his march of victories upon his return.

PWInsider posted a list of talent expected for the AAA press conference on Thursday. I’ll save you a link: AAA wants to get anyone with AAA affiliation who is working in New York on WrestleMania weekend on that press conference. If they’re not there, it is probably just a matter of being unable to rework their travel plans in time (and having to rework travel plans can tell you a little bit about the lead time here.)  I was thinking of reworking my flight because it seemed very important to try to get into a AAA press conference at MSG (assuming I’m allowed in!) but then I found out the change fee was $200+ and it was suddenly not very important to me. You can all let me know what happens. Or just make things up, it’ll be hard to tell at this point.

Cain Velasquez admitted to ESPN Mexico Digital that he could not name a single AAA luchador. Velasquez does know he has to learn a lot and says he’ll look for the best trainers in Mexico & the US. This is why I have trouble believing the original comments were part of a plan – there’s not much here that suggests anything else has been planned out. There’s also an article where Velasquez predicts a luchador will one day cross over and do well in MMA.

Velasquez on the card is going to drive interest and sell some tickets. Blue Demon Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr. is going to drive interest and sell some tickets and might also be dramatically good. I would like the next TripleMania match to be announced just to be something that is good in line with the rest of AAA’s TV though, even if it is not going to drive interest or sell tickets.

Canal Space posted one of their occasional AAA documentaries, “La Vida de Lucha“. It appears to be exactly what it says, various people talking about the life of being a luchador. El Mexicano is in there mentioned as an AAA trainer; that’s what everyone figured when he showed up on some spot lineups but AAA doesn’t mention their trainers much. There’s also a Dr. Maligno in there who looks like indie wrestler Golden. A lot of the footage feels like it may be from last year but they do have a vignette with an Eclipse who looks like a lot like the Eclipse Vengador Jr. from Rey de Reyes so maybe not.

 

The Friday AAA show in Arena Queretaro was said to be a full house, which would be about 2000.

The Crash on 04/13 in Auditorio de Tijuana

A story on a lucha libre school in Paraguay.

Naito & Los Ingobernables humiliate tecnicos, Cavernario still champ, CMLL title matches this weekend

CMLL (FRI) 03/29/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLost in LuchaLucha CentralMarcaOvacionesthecubsfanYahoo!]
1) Akuma & Disturbio b Pegasso & Stigma LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone b Kawato San, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:27. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario b Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:57. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán b Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:29. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Cavernario © b Forastero [MEX LHLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
20:57. Cavernario won falls 2/3 for his first defense.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Naito, Rush, Terrible [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:18. Naito stopping by on the way to MSG (and Costa Rica.) Tecnicos took straight falls, the second by DQ when Rush fouled Volador. Ingobernables left Caristico and Valiente unmasked as well.

The Los Ingobernables CMLL promo features Naito talking in Japanese for about 20 seconds and Rush & Terrible admitting they had no idea what he just said. Barbaro Cavernario talks about his win. Titan, Dragon Lee and Mistico is this week’s tecnico trio who believes they should keep teaming going forward and challenge for titles who actually will not team up again for three months.

This was a much better show than last week even with the title match not being quite as good as hope. Forastero underwhelmed in a singles match, or at least reminded us that the NGD guys are still young and relatively inexperienced with areas to improve. Effort in the first three matches seemed up, with a general idea that NJPW eyes might be watching. The guys in the top half of the card probably already feel good about their chances of going to Japan but there are always a few bottom rung FantasticaMania spots that a lot of people are hoping to get.

Naito was the CMLL luchador taking photos with fans at Arena Mexico before the show. That’ll cost slightly more next week.

CMLL has two title matches this weekend. Templario challenges Soberano for the Mexican Welterweight Championship on Arena Coliseo’s 76th Anniversary show. Shockercito defends his CMLL Minis Estrellas Championship against forever rival Pierrothito on Sunday’s Arena Mexico show. This is Shockercito’s fifth defense and second against Pierrothito, who he beat to win the title. Neither match is expected to have a title change or be uploaded on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Pirata Morgan will have a 40 year anniversary show in Arena Neza this SundaySuperLuchas interviews him, where Pirata explains the “mejor luchador del mundo” nickname was given to him in 1984 on an Arena Mexico show and he feels that still counts. The two matches people still talk to him about are his hair matches with El Faraon and Vampiro. He’s planning on doing a retirement tour when he’s 60, in three years. He says he imagines doing it like Perro Aguayo did, which means he could still be wrestling when he’s 65.

Other indie shows which may turn up include the debut of the Pro Wrestling Resurrecion on Saturday in Arena Lopez Mateos. The new main event is scheduled to be Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy vs Cuervo & Scoria vs Fantasma & Dos Caras Junior. It was originally a submission match, not sure if still is, not sure why it ever was with those people. Lucha Memes is back on Sunday in Coacalco with the Demus versus Gato de Ecatepec hair versus mask match, where there will be blood. Gato is locally popular but I will be sad if Demus loses to him. Virus versus Flamita, Super Crazy vs Aeroboy, Arez vs Ricky Marvin and Aramis vs Negro Casas are on the card, which figures to turn up on +LuchaTV in a month. Guess there’s a chance the Black Mask show in Tulancingo could turn up too, +Lucha sometimes mentions their results. That has an Aeroboy/Arez match. IWRG has Hijo del Canis Lupus vs Hijo de Medico Asesino title match, and also new tag champs Aramis & Imposible teaming with Ciclon Ramirez against Dragon Bane, Eterno and Golden Magic.

Thursday’s AAA show in Toluca is said to have drawn around 3,000 people. The Myztezyz Jr, Hijo del Vikingo y Drago vs Carta Brava Jr, Mocho Cota Jr and Tito Santana match was said to be pretty good.

This happened at the Arena Big Punch show in Tijuana last night, which sounds like it was a good show.

Lucha Central has TV ratings for CMLL & AAA this past week. CMLL drew 1.1 million viewers, about where it has been the last two weeks of known numbers. AAA drew 3.3 million viewers. They had 4.4 million two weeks ago, so about 25% of their audience has disappeared over that time. It’s still three times as much as CMLL gets but that’s not a good trend.

YouTube took down RobViper’s channel. He’s not sure what video got copyright strikes; YouTube still hasn’t notified him. When luchablog got similarly killed, it was the Brazil company which owned Terra who issued all the strikes in short order. Best guess is it’s a music violation, but there’s usually no strikes for that. The big problem for us is we lose all those music videos. The big problem for Rob is he had hundreds of subscriptions to obscure channels. If you have obscure lucha libre YouTube channel recommendations, he could use them.

AAA put up the Juventud Guerrera versus Rey Mysterio Jr. TripleMania IV match with each man’s car on the line. That’s a stipulation that should be brought back.

Leon Chino Negro and Monterrey’s Estudiante have passed away in recent days according to Box Y Lucha. Leon Chino had a distinctive mask and is known as one of Hijo del Santo’s mask victories.

Monclova’s Deja Vu lost his mask in a ruleta de la muerte on Thursday in Arena Tigre Padilla to local Black Metal. He is Genario Sanchez, 25, brother of Baby Rap.

An interview with long term San Luis Potosi luchador Break Demon.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 04/05/2019 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Metálico & Sangre Azteca
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Hechicero vs Felino [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible

This is not strong. I think I’ll be ok missing this live.

The main event feels like CMLL forgot Rush was going to be in New York and just threw La Bestia in his spot instead of rebooking the card.

Semi-main is Atlantis Jr.’s first appearance on a streaming show since February 11th. He did miss a couple of weeks entirely, so maybe there was a minor injury. Cavernario is back here after facing Dragon Lee on Thursday (so don’t expect him to be a MSG surprise.)

Hechicero wrestling on a Friday night means Televisa is out a commentator. Shocker would probably be the replacement if he was around. Maybe Rey Bucanero? Maybe Estrellita?

No Kaho so the finish last week with her and Amapola is just random.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-29

crazy caveman

Recapped: 03/30/2019

Matches:

Akuma & Disturbio beat Pegasso & Stigma
Pegasso & Stigma beat Akuma & Disturbio
(13:22 [6:04, 3:21, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 00:01:40)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone beat Kawato San, Tiger, Virus
(12:27 [5:43, 3:02, 3:42], 1/3, good, 00:22:22)

Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario beat Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón
(13:57 [5:05, 2:46, 6:06], 1/3, ok, 00:44:53)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán beat Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón
(14:29 [3:55, 2:39, 7:55], 2/3, good, 01:09:35)

Cavernario © beat Forastero to retain Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
(20:57, 2/3, good, 01:37:17)

  1. Forastero triangle armbar (2:27)
  2. Cavernario plancha neanderthal (2:48)
  3. Cavernario cavernaria (15:42)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Naito, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(10:18 [5:00, 5:18], 1/2 DQ, ok, 02:08:16)

What happened:

Rush fouled Volador for the straight fall loss, then Los Ingobernables unmasked Carístico & Valiente.

Thoughts:

Los Hermanos Lee

The main event was fun in an exhibition fashion, with Naito having fun hanging out with Terrible & Rush when not getting crushed by a Valiente tope. He was into the spirit of things and did more than his partners. Rush seemed pleased with himself on the foul (and the stealing of Bandido’s bit) but was more into posing then coming close on dropkicks. Carístico was good, everyone else was just kind of there. This feels better than last year’s version but it is also only notable for Naito’s cameo.

So. About the title match. Cavernario is very good and the CMLL crowd loved him in this match. Cavernario’s eagerness to throw himself in and out of the ring made this match what it was. Cavernario hit all the big highspots from his match with Titan a month ago and played off last week’s finish, and this still wasn’t close to that match. Forastero just couldn’t put together much of anything compelling in this match, didn’t show the presence of his cousins in big matches. Forastero was just a guy who occasionally doing moves at a slow pace. The first two falls of not much didn’t help, but there was a lack of aggression and urgency here. A rudo/rudo match and a challenger who didn’t have much of a chance to win made this an uphill challenge but Forastero didn’t really rise to the challenge. Anyone else could’ve been put in his spot to get largely the same match.

It is so great to have Negro Casas back. The fourth match reminded me how Casas had a career making matches with Dragon Lee and Titan and probably could have one with Místico if they ever put him in a big singles match. He had the best sequences with each guy here, even if most of the ones with Místico were owning him. I think he and Dragon Lee would put each other out for a month if they had that singles match now but I still want to see it. NGD were OK if only really impressive when powerbombing the técnicos in the first fall, but they were good at being in the right spots for Dragon Lee & Mistico’s big headscissors. I only really liked the third fall but I really liked it a lot and it was much more than I was expecting.

Naito hit by microbus

The técnicos had a lot of ideas for group spots – there’s enough here that you could see Flyer replacing Titan in the trio, though that would also come with them moving down the cards – but it didn’t really come together as an interesting match. Tossing Flyer outside the ring to pull him back in for the finish was also weird and a flat way to end the match. Templario wasn’t bad but he’s had stronger appearances. Rey Bucanero did a piledriver on the apron for no reason.

The extra energy shown by both sides made a difference in the segunda. The técnicos were throwing themselves into moves and the rudos looked better than usual. I think the only one who wasn’t trying to do something crazy was Mije (so hopefully he’s the one who goes to Japan.) Black Panther’s tope at the end looked good. Kawato didn’t have anything seriously go wrong, always a small victory.

The opener was depressing in an unusual way for CMLL opener. They were definitely trying to have a good match, it was just not really happening for them. Stigma and Akuma just weren’t all that tight with the big spots they were doing. Akuma took a big bump to the floor of a headscissors that wasn’t much around the head. Disturbio and Pegasso didn’t actually do all that much. I’m not sure they’re capable of having a better match than this.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-03-25

maybe he should’ve moved

Recapped: 3/26/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman beat Astro, Asturiano, Meyer
(16:22 [6:39, 4:54, 4:49], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkalis, Pantera Blanca, Súper Astro Jr. beat Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Hijo del Signo
(14:12 [5:36, 4:44, 3:52], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Drone, Stigma beat Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado
(16:12 [6:40, 4:04, 5:28], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
(10:54 [3:34, 3:56, 3:24], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr.
(14:18 [3:51, 4:56, 5:31], 2/3 DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Hijo de LA Park talks a kid into giving him his lightsabre, immediately breaks it in half

Los Guerreros attempted to jump the técnicos but the Parks came thru the other way instead, which was telegraphed by the cameras. LA Park spends parts of the first fall looking for an object to use. He checks under the ring, he messes with a row of chairs, he’s not satisfied. Park and son end up leaving the building between falls and come back with a red triangle rack. I have no idea what is for. Park is intent on using it, but a guillotine spot with Gran Guerrero doesn’t work and using it as a blunt weapon is ineffective. The Guerreors make their comeback before Park can do any more and someone drags it away from ringside. A series of fouls and referee mishaps ends with Volador dropkicking Tirantes by mistake, intended to get Gran Guerrero. That sets those two up for a singles match next week.

Ingobernables jumped the técnicos in the semi-final. Terrible fouled Angel de Oro for the finish.

Super Astro has gotten a large wings tattoo on his back during his injury absence, perhaps hoping it will allow him to fly away from a future crash landing.

Thoughts:

definitely not the plan but it worked out

The change in next week’s match wasn’t as big a bait and switch as it seemed just watching the end of this week’s match originally. Último Guerrero & LA Park’s chop battle was the high point of the match but LA Park was fighting pretty much anyone and it didn’t feel as much as a last second swerve. It was an obvious switch from last week and they didn’t much to set up Volador/Gran Guerrero prior to the finish still. The match itself was indie chaos LA Park strung around a three fall setup. It was a more exciting brawl than the one that preceded it even if was still all over the place. Like last week, there were teases about how good a LA Park/Ultimo Guerrero singles match could be, but who knows if we’ll ever see it.

The Ingobernables/Chavez matches work better as fast paced brawls. Or at least the last two ones have been perfectly tolerable. They did a lot of brawling, they’ve figured out the one thing Bestia can do well is a group powerbomb, and they moved onto the next match. Could be worse.

I have nothing to say about the ordinary tercera, I just want to note that the CMLL cameras caught Olimpico’s dive and not Audaz. To be fair, there’s probably not too many Olímpico dives to catch. And Audaz didn’t really get caught on his first dive by Sagrado so maybe they didn’t want to take the chance on the second.

Gran Guerrero strong but so are those chairs for not breaking

Naito in CMLL tonight, AAA MSG press conference next week

NJPW’s Tetsuya Naito makes his annual appearance in Arena Mexico tonight. It’s part of a weekend trip to the southern part of North America, wrestling for CMLL tonight and Costa Rica’s CWE tomorrow. He’ll team with fellow Los Ingobernables members Rush & Terrible to take on Caristico, Valiente, and Volador in tonight’s main event. Naito’s appearance with BUSHI and EVIL last year was more an event than a match and this may be the same.

The match that looks like a safer bet to be a good match is the semi-main, where Cavernario defends the Mexican Light Heavyweight championship (just go with it) against NGD’s Forastero. The challenger is better in trios matches, but Cavernario always comes thru in big matches. With Naito and extra NJPW attention, this will be a good match.

The fourth match is pretty good too, with Cuatrero & Sanson teaming with Negro Casas against Dragon Lee, Mistico and Titan. Esfinge and Triton add Flyer to their team for the night to take on Templario, Felino and Rey Bucanero. Kawato makes an appearance on a show with extra Japanse attention, teaming with Tigre & Virus against the Panther brothers and Drone. Pegasso & Stigma open up against Akuma & Disturbio.

CMLL starts at 8:30 pm local, which is still one hour later if you changed clocks. There’s only about eight more days of this time issue. CMLL will stream on Facebook & Marca (currently geoblocked but probably not later), and I’ll be streaming it on YouTube. It’ll be up on CMLL’s YouTube later and there’s a good chance Naito’s match will end up on NJPW World in the future.

I will be lost in New York next week so maybe don’t count on a YouTube stream.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

AAA will have a press conference (Thursday) April 4th at 11:30 AM at Madison Square Garden. AAA sent out the info to some people in the press but hasn’t publically announced it. It is presumed to be the thing Konnan hinted at on his podcast, an announcement of AAA show to take place in that arena later that year. AAA had plans, known but never formally announced, to run the building last year. At the time, the idea it wasn’t enough time to be ready and they’d hold it off until 2019. That just seemed AAA talk that wouldn’t go anywhere, but 2019 appears to be a year of AAA talking big and then actually doing the big thing.

Last year’s plan was to run on Mexican Independence Day, on September 16th. That’s a Monday this year. My pretty safe guess is they’ll be running on Sunday the 15th. (In no great coincidence, a leak of the WWE schedule reveals they’re planning on running shows in MSG Monday & Tuesday of that week.)

The big question is what will AAA actually be running with? A regular AAA show will be a tough show, and they’re already running their biggest show of the year about six weeks prior. (This MSG plan would explain why TripleMania is earlier than usual.) AAA bringing back the Lucha World Cup idea seems plausible, especially now that they’re working with AEW and other promotions. The 2018 MSG plan included a never-named media sponsor footing most of the bill, and those previous World Cups were sponsor funded events. There was also a stated plan to run the US after running Mexico (where the concept worked well) and Japan (where the concept didn’t work as well), though again no one believed AAA because they’ve been talking about coming to the US forever. The difficulty is going to be getting all the people who might appear on a World Cup show – or really any AAA show – into the country without running into visa issues.

I’m not going to be attending this press conference. My plane from Chicago takes off about a half hour before this starts. I would’ve come in earlier if I had known this was happening. If someone else wants to pretend to be luchablog, maybe go ahead and try.

Alberto el Patron was out promoting the Combates Americas April Monterrey show yesterday. He told MedioTiempo that his long-awaited MMA fight that was originally supposed to be happening around now is still happening, he just needed more time to prepare. He’s aiming for October in Los Angeles or Las Vegas. Patron says he was originally going to face Cain Velasquez, but Velasques opted to re-sign with UFC instead. He’d be open to facing Velasquez in a wrestling match but says it would be complicated to have a MMA match.

The Christi Jaynes vs Vanilla Vargas vs Lady Flammer match scheduled for the 04/06 MexaWrestling show is off, with both Jaynes and Vargas having late changes of plans that’ll keep them off the card. That’s a tournament match and the promotion hasn’t decided if to put other women in the tournament or have a mixed tag with Flammer.

El Hijo del Santo’s column in El Grafico today is his final for the newspaper. He’s been writing there for five years after leaving Record and is complimentary to the media outlet. It reads like he has no plans to move onto a different paper.

This Entereprenuer bio of Caristico has 10 tips to beat your competition. Caristico says he’s going to retire in about 9 years. That sounds random, but it would be 30 after his debut.

AAA posted Fishman, Jerry Estrada, May Flowers and Villano V vs Winners, Super Calo, La Parka and El Mexicano from TripleMania IV (Ciudad Madero version) on YouTube, following the minis match from that show. The next match on that show is Rey Mysterio versus Juventud Guerrera car match. Copies of that match, unlike the others, exist on the internet but I would post any Rey Mysterio match I have if I was AAA.

The Crash on 04/13 in Auditorio de Tijuana

Puma King goes to a hockey game.

An interview with Super Hades.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/02/2019 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Metatrón, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Rey Cometa vs Templario [lightning]
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.

This looks better than usual for Tuesday, as did last week. The lightning match follows up on this past week’s foul, something that’s been suggested for lightning matches since the moment CMLL brought them back.

Metatron is back. You probably didn’t notice he was gone. He last appeared here in February, disappeared until December, and has only been wrestling in Guadalajara since. That suggests an injury but I can’t recall hearing about one.

CMLL (TUE) 04/02/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje, Cosmos, Micro vs Jabalí, Paymon, Relámpago Azul
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Black vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Furia Roja
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
4) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas

Dragon Lee/Cavernario build up trios for WrestleCon.

AAA TV (SUN) 04/28/2019 Domo Binacional, Nogales, Sonora [AAA]
1) Faby Apache & La Hiedra vs Chik Tormenta & Lady Maravilla
2) Sammy Guevara vs Jack EvansAustralian Suicide [AAA CRUISER, #1 Contenders]
3) Flamita, Hijo Del Vikingo, Villano III Jr. vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
4) Golden Magic, La Parka, Niño Hamburguesa vs Averno, Chessman, Dave The Clown
5) Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown, Puma King vs Rey Escorpión, Taurus, Texano Jr.

Nothing too huge on this taping. This is the second half of a weekend swing with Mexicali, though Cage & Daga seem not to be part of the second show. Dave the Clown and La Hiedra are added.

Dave will be thrilled his feud with La Parka is back on. Villano III Jr. & Hiedra will be shocked at being tecnicos for a night. The Second match is the new rudo trio already having a match against each other because they did all the tecnicos against each other in Mexicali. This does reveal that the upcoming Laredo Kid defense is a multi-person match, but it usually is.

It looks like the current AAA policy is to announce cards about a month out. That means we should get another lineup next week for Los Mochis if that show is still happening.

great match roundup, week of 2019-03-16

Rey del Ring

I liked Rey de Reyes easily more than Homenaje a Dos Leyendas but the grades aren’t all that different. Maybe grades are dumb; they don’t really credit the spectacle of the Psycho Clown cage match. There were plenty of watchable matches this week at least.

Someday indie matches will return. It would help if I updated my list of matches to watch.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Laredo Kid vs Hijo Del VikingoJack EvansSammy GuevaraEclipse Vengador Jr.TaurusGolden MagicAerostarMyzteziz in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
great Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero © vs Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. for the CMLL World Trios Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-16 2019-03-15
great Mephisto © vs Dragón Lee for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-19 2019-03-19
good Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © vs Lady Maravilla & Villano III Jr. for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
good Lady Shani © vs La HiedraKeyraChik Tormenta in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match and in a street fight match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
good Fénix & Pentagón Jr. vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. for the AAA World Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
good Fénix & Pentagón Jr. © vs Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson for the AAA World Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
good Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Hijo del Villano III, Pólvora, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-16 2019-03-15
good Átomo, El Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Zacarias el Perico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-16 2019-03-15
good Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-16 2019-03-15
good Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gilbert el Boricua, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-16 2019-03-15
good Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-18 2019-03-18
good Atlantis, Místico, Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-19 2019-03-19

Other Matches Watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Daga, Joe Lider, Taya vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
ok Drago, Pagano, Puma King vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
ok Mamba, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, La Máscara in a cage match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-16 2019-03-16
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-18 2019-03-18
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-19 2019-03-19
ok Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-22 2019-03-22
ok Cavernario vs Forastero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-22 2019-03-22
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-22 2019-03-22
below average Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring & Terriblefor the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-16 2019-03-15
below average Star Jr. & Stigma vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-22 2019-03-22
below average Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Mystique vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-22 2019-03-22
below average Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán vs La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 22 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-22 2019-03-22
not rated Astro, Rey Samuray, Sonic vs Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-18 2019-03-18
not rated King Jaguar, Star Black, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, Perverso, Raziel LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-18 2019-03-18
not rated Audaz, Drone, Stigma vs Felino, Templario, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-18 2019-03-18
not rated Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-19 2019-03-19
not rated Magnus, Robin, Star Black vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro Disturbio Cmll, Nitro e Hijo del Signo vs Magnus, Robin y Star Black. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Nitro e Hijo del Signo vs Magnus, Robin y Star Black. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-19 2019-03-19
not rated Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano vs Hechicero, Kawato San, La Bestia Del Ring LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-19 2019-03-19

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 29th, 2019

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People will want to watch Naito on CMLL Marca tomorrow and be very confused about it starting so late. Maybe they can be tricked into watching Cavernario beforehand.

AAA YouTube has a taping from six weeks ago. And this is the first part. It is a good part.

I’m probably not getting around to this next week.

Velasquez match, Fantasma, WR, Arena Coliseo Aniversario

that’s a HOF mohawk

The Cain Velasquez match comes up on this week’s Keepin’ It 100. The press conference message was Cain is wrestling on TripleMania but the match has not been settled. It appears that is the actual situation: Konnan said he has an idea he likes for the match but has to run it up the ladder to get approved. He expects that it will end up being a 2v2 match, not a singles match. Konnan also has a dream match that he’s working on that he believes will blow everyone away.

WrestleMania weekend comes up for discussion too – that’s where the empty thoughts in the next paragraph came from – and Konnan mentions AAA will have a “special announcement” that weekend. On the face, WrestleMania weekend seems like a really poor time for anyone not running a big show to make an announcement, because it stands a big risk of being eclipsed by whatever else happens. It’s a special difficulty for AAA if they make it during their Tijuana taping that weekend. It is the final day before Daylight Savings Time starts in Mexico in the farthest west they go. (If you’re in New York for WrestleMania or anywhere else on the US East Coast, AAA starts at 1 AM Saturday morning if they even start on time.) The only reason I could come up where it would make sense making a big announcement is if the announcement is New York focused – if AAA is bringing back the idea of running MSG again. That seems like a stretch but I know AAA hasn’t ruled out the idea.

This is a non-issue except for people concerned with announcing but I wonder who is going to be the announcers for the AAA show in Tijuana that weekend. Vampiro is listed as signing autographs at WrestleCon, so he might not be around. Jose Manuel Guillen usually goes to WrestleMania to cover it for +LuchaTV so he might not be around. Konnan might fill-in for either, but he’ll be at MLW & Impact that weekend. It could be Jesus Zuniga gets back behind the mic with Hugo if he’s free from his Televisa commitments and Adrian goes it alone.

(You know, if I was organized and liked public outings and/or drinking, I should’ve organized a Saturday 1 AM AAA in watch party someplace where the other lucha libre degenerates could watch TJ locals do many Destroyers in that opener. It is an idea I had but not one I was interested enough to figure out. I’ll probably be sitting around someplace in the WrestleCon Hotel watching it on my phone instead.)

Leo Riano says Dorian Roldan reached out to Cain Velasquez after he made his comments, but also says Roldan reached out to Velasquez last year. Where there other comments last year? Riano also says CMLL & Televisa would like the viewership numbers to improve but commercial sales are doing OK and there’s some thought to adjusting the time or having it run longer.

AAA put up a surprise vintage match: the minis match from TripleMania 4 in Ciudad Madero.

The debuting (Pro) Wrestling Resurrecion Revolution held a press conference yesterday to talk about their first show this Saturday in Arena Lopez Mateos. This is the Mexico City promotion, not the northern California one. They really need to drop the “Pro” to make it less confusing. The big angle on the press conference was Hijo del Fantasma showing up and asking to be part of the main event. That main event was Ricky Marvin & Super Cuervo vs Cuervo & Scoria, so Fantasma needed a tag partner and didn’t have one at the moment. Hijo de Dos Caras nominated himself and got the spot. Caras was in a trios match with the Panther boys against Eterno, Kawato, and Okumura. Okumura’s not thought to be back from surgery from months so that slides into a tag match.

The recycled lucha story of the last few days has been “Is Hijo del Fantasma/King Cuerno going to the WWE?”, because Dave Meltzer mentioned Fantasma had a WWE offer on a recent podcast. This was not new news: it’s been reported many times that Fantasma had an opportunity to go to WWE around the time of the original Cruiserweight Classic but was prevented going there by his Lucha Underground deal. (Fantasma also talked about having a WWE tryout many times, as recently as last week’s MMM Show.) The repeater new stories made it sound like Fantasma had a recent deal. Fantasma was asked about that at the press conference and MedioTiempo mentions Fantasma has not received any WWE offer so far. Fantasma says he’s open to going there, just like he’s open to going to CMLL to feud with his old friend Rush. LA Park is the other big name Fantasma would like to wrestle. He’s smartly picking big names.

It hasn’t been announced as such, but this Saturday’s Arena Coliseo show will be the Arena Coliseo 76th Anniversary show according to Ovaciones. (It reads like a CMLL press release which hasn’t been posted to their website yet.) Arena Coliseo was opened on April 2nd, 1943. The Arena Coliseo Anniversary show is usually the first week of April and usually promoted a little bit. That’s probably why Soberano/Templario is happening on a Saturday. Ovaciones says Arena Mexico will have the building anniversary shows on Friday April 26 and Sunday April 28. (This is different than the CMLL promotion anniversary date if you’re not used to all these anniversaries.) CMLL figures to hold a Kid’s Day show on Tuesday April 30th as well.

The finals of the parejas increibles would make for a reasonable main event for that Friday Arena Mexico anniversary show. That would mean blocks on April 12 and 19th. We’ll probably know within the first match on Friday. Either they promote the tournament as starting next week or it starts the 12th, because they’re not going to do a tournament block show for a building anniversary.

CMLL Parejas Increibles Teams announced so far

Yago would like to form a trio with Hechicero & Mephisto and his goal is to be in a main event. Yago doing CMLL press is a pretty big achievement.

Estrellita may be back in CMLL next Sunday (or maybe she’s just making an appearance.)

CMLL announced they’ve established relations with the Japanese embassy in Mexico City. I assume this will help to direct Japanese fans to CMLL, but not many details are mentioned.

El Planchitas says CMLL is worried about bad turnout, especially on Tuesday shows “where families of wrestlers don’t even want to come.” This turns into an item about CMLL giving press tickets to give away – The Gladiatores did so for this past week – but CMLL’s really been giving away tickets for a while to various shows. Anyone who’s watched some Informa knows about that, and they’ve done it in other media appearances. Planchitas uses this as a complaint about not getting their own free tickets but I’m more disappointed about no mention of making the shows better.

Misterioso Jr.’s daughter has passed away.

The Crash on 04/13 in Auditorio de Tijuana

That suggests Horus is not the mystery person in the main event.

Rey Horus & Aeroboy are scheduled to be in Chicago on 04/28 for GALLI, though the last Thalia Hall show got canceled.

05/19 ChilangaMask 6th Anniversary show in Coliseo Coacalco

Silueta hasn’t been seen since December 2017. If you guessed “left wrestling to have a child”, you are correct. (It’s a boy.) She says she’s nervous to return but looking forward to it.

LuchaWorld has a fresh Lucha Report.

LuchaTalk has the latest episode.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/01/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin vs El Perverso, Policeman, Tyson La Bestia
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Sanely vs Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Flyer, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Olímpico, Tiger
4) La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Último Guerrero vs Euforia, Mephisto, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero

No title on the line in the main event. Semi-main is likely a relevos increible just because Mistico & La Bestia are on the same show, but I want some Ultimo Guerrero/Euforia battle. Marcela & Tyson get to be on the same show.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-19

he won the match

Recapped: 2019-03-24

Matches:

Angelito & Fantasy beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(12:29 [4:35, 3:43, 4:11], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro beat Magnus, Robin, Star Black
(13:52 [6:46, 2:54, 4:12], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
(12:13 [5:20, 2:43, 4:10], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Kawato San, La Bestia Del Ring beat Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano
(10:55 [3:03, 2:20, 5:32], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Místico, Valiente beat Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Templario
(11:21 [4:11, 3:39, 3:31], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee defeats Mephisto © to win the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(17:42, 2/3, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mephisto trap cradle (2;50)

  2. Dragon Lee casadora cradle (2:54)

  3. Dragon Bomb (11:58)

What happened:

Dragon Lee wins the CMLL Welterweight Championship from Mephisto

Star Black in his Arena Mexico debut appears accidentally eliminated early in the third fall. He got his shoulder up on a Disturbio, but it was the shoulder shielded away from referee Edgar. The rudos were winning eventually anyway but Star Black doesn’t get a chance to show much.

Thoughts:

a Star Black highlight

Mephisto versus Dragon Lee was a strong way to end Mephisto’s title reign. It was a like most of Mephisto’s title matches, with a long third fall of back and forth big kickouts, with the smaller técnico battling to stay alive. It bordered on reaching level of too much when it got to the Canadian Destroyer, but it seemed balanced out by some small touches that made it stick out a bit more. The first fall surprise trap cradle was really well done, coming both as a surprise and looking really good. It didn’t work quite as well in the second fall, but they broke the trope of dong finishes in the first fall just to kick out of them later and made it more a question of what would end up the match. Mephisto did a great job of sneaking into a cradle while Dragon Lee was arguing over a count, Dragon Lee had the moment of ripping down his knee pad before delivering the knee to the face that set up the finish. Dragon Lee still destroyed himself in different ways during the match, you weren’t let down there, but it was more than usual title match formula.

The semi-main and the third match were similar in structure. There were disallowed técnico tag spots and the match turning around when the rudos were too busy posing rather than paying attention. An important difference is Negro Casas is great and brings out the best in Mistico. Another difference is Tirantes didn’t count three when he was bored. Atlantis & Rey Bucanero had trouble moving around but it didn’t prevent the semi-final from being very watchable.

Dragon Lee topes

CMLL Puebla: 2019-03-18

Recapped: 03/23/2019

Matches:

Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Sombra Diabólika beat Astro, Rey Samuray, Sonic
(11:21 [6:08, 3:12, 2:01], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Perverso, Raziel beat King Jaguar, Star Black, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(16:24 [6:59, 3:13, 6:12], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Drone, Stigma beat Felino, Templario, Tiger
(10:59 [3:44, 2:58, 4:17], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente went to a draw with Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
(10:16 [3:30, 2:28, 4:18], rudos 1 técnicos 2 draw 3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(22:06 [3:45, 7:58, 10:23], 1/3 DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

your weekly dose of Audaz

This is the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show for Puebla, with Estrella Blanca honored.

The finish of the main event – LA Park handing his mask to UG to draw a DQ – set up challenges for a rematch for the following week.

Terrible has a shoulder sling on his right side following Friday’s match (and injury) but doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it. La Bestia del Ring pinned Niebla Roja as Angel de Oro pinned Terrible in the third fall. In theory, both Niebla Roja & Terrible were the captains, but no captains were ever announced. Los Ingobernables jumped the técnicos before the match, and the ring announcer cut his introduction short. Miguel Linares knew who the captains were and it seemed consistent during the match, just a little confusing for the finish. This also was rematches the following week.

Thoughts:

Guerrero powerbombs

LA Park was on for his return to Arena Puebla. This is LA Park doing headscissors and taking big bumps for dropkicks even early on. Último Guerrero works great as an opponent for him, and one that is fresh in CMLL at least. This match is really about those two, with Volador doing less than an up and down Hijo de LA Park. Euforia has to save Hijo de LA Park from himself on a complicated headscissors, though skinny Park does better later. The hidden highlight of the match is Gran Guerrero just refusing to sell LA Park’s belt shots, Hijo de LA Park getting legitimately angry over it and LA Park doing the same no sell to Gran Guerrero in revenge later. They’ve all very macho. The finish is screwy but that is part of the bargain with LA Park matches. Not usually part of the bargain is Último Guerrero having to point LA Park at the right way to go right before that, as I guess Park forgets he’s supposed to cause the lesser Guerreros to go away before the fake mask pull. UG is really obvious about it, which causes more problems for me than LA Park kicking Tirantes and getting away with it. There’s no problem with kicking Tirantes at any point.

I’m convinced Audaz is better than Templario but that still means Audaz is really good. Both shined in the tercera. It also featured Drone having one of those occasional strong performances that really make you sad he screwed up his career. Borderline match.