CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-22

effort level tonight

Recapped: 03/22/2019


Star Jr. & Stigma beat El Coyote & Grako
(13:47 [6:35, 3:21, 3:51], 2/3, below average)

Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Mystique beat Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
(10:36 [5:57, 4:39], ½ DQ, below average)

Audaz, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Vangellys
(10:02 [3:49, 2:19, 3:54], 1/3, ok)

Forastero beat Cavernario in a lightning match
(9:05, top rope senton con giro, ok)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán
(9:59 [2:17, 2:02, 5:40], 1/3, below average)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:45 [4:24, 2:11, 3:10], 2/3, ok)

What happened: 

Forastero challenged Carístico Cavernario to a title match next week.

Amapola was eliminated but came back in to dropkick Kobyashi anyway for the DQ.


an unusual sequence

Volador hit Euforia & Gran Guerrero with a double handspring, they stood there, looked at him, then slowly turned 90 degrees to take the Azul double clothesline spot. Almost no one on this show seemed like they wanted to be there and it was an unpleasurable waste of time for anyone who watched it. If you’re reading this trying to figure out if you should watch it, the answer is no no no definitely not.

The semi-main was short and there was nothing to it beyond the obligatory revenge win. Mr. Niebla was much more over then the guys who just main evented Homnejae a Dos Leyendas, and Titan’s offensive run in the third fall got the biggest reaction. Bestia’s powerbomb is the best you can say for those four, though at least Terrible made it out of this match with two working arms.

Something about Forastero doesn’t totally click in lightning matches. Or I guess in any singles matches since he doesn’t have many singles outside of lightning matches. His matches don’t escalate in ay way, which made it even more out of left field for him to get the clean top rope senton pin. He has a lot of OK offense but doesn’t stand out the way his cousins do. He’ll have another chance next week. Cavernario usually comes thru in big matches.

a Bestia highlight

The tercera had a tripe corner moonsault spot that took forever to set up and also featured Flyer holding up on his own moonsault. Then there were Destroyers. Flyer is a head case at this point and I need Magia Blanca to get healthy and return to take all of his matches. Kawato had some moments of being fine. Audaz had a cool tornillo that wasn’t even close to being caught by Vangellys. Stuka rolled up Pólvora. This was whatever.

The women’s match was whatever. Not sure what happened with Kobayashi and Dalys on that dive. Dalys seemed to take much of the match for his team, which didn’t really add anything. I guess there were occasional hard dropkicks in this match and not much more. A Kaho/Amapola feud is about as random as it can get.

The crowd was quick to boo this match when they were stating out with chain wrestling. On the other hand, it was kind of boring. They escalated to bigger moves than normal for an opener. The pace of this match was still slow and the rudos did little in the second fall. This was fine I guess but I have no interesting in seeing a moment of it again.

CMLL back on Marca tonight, AAA/AEW, CMLL/ROH

CMLL was killing time until Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, which was not great. Then there was Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, which was not great. Now, they appear to be killing time until the Torneo Increíble de Parejas. This is not particularly exciting, but the show tonight should be decent.

The main event is a variation of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas title match, with Diamante Azul replacing Dragon Lee in teaming with Caristico & Volador Jr. against Los Guerreros. Diamante Azul is no Dragon Lee but he’s at his best in these sort of trios matches. That should be good, as should be the Forastero versus Cavernario lightning match.

The rest of the show is not as appealing. The semi-main is the obligatory rematch of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event, with Chavez Brothers teaming with Titan and Los Ingobernables teaming with Mr. NIebla. Audaz, Flyer and Stuka team up against Vangellys, Polvora, and a newly blue Kawato. The women to Fridays for the first time in a few weeks. Dalys teams with Amapola & Reyna Isis against Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique. Star Jr. & Stigma face Coyote & Grako in the opener, which would be a good match if it wasn’t a CMLL opener.

CMLL should be back on Marca and Facebook. Neither appears to be region blocked. Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

CMLL’s Facebook stream announced Niebla Roja & Terrible as the first team in the Torneo Increíble de Parejas. Poor Angel de Oro is going to stuck with La Bestia del Ring.

Today is the 10th anniversary of Abismo Negro’s death. His hometown paper, Tabasco Hoy, has a brief article saying that his wife feels like promises to take care of his family have been forgotten, especially after Joaquin Roldan passed away.

AAA announced a second press conference for TripleMania this Tuesday. This timing would suggest something to do with the AEW bits from this past week, but the text just teases a surprise.

On Keepin’ It 100, Konnan is enthusiastic about how the Young Bucks did in AAA, regardless of the reaction. There was acknowledgment the crowd didn’t react big to them, something Konnan warned the Bucks would probably happen before they went out. AAA had a video recapping their feud with the Lucha Brothers prepared which would’ve only aired for the live crowd, but decided not to air it. (It isn’t said why they decided that – maybe to preserve the surprise? Since the news is out now, I’d strongly consider airing that video package on TV before the match airs.)

Konnan said he made the decision to make that segment the main event and Psycho Clown earlier and seems content with that decision. It is not explained how he arrived at that decision. Konnan does say the Psycho Clown/Brazo de Plata/La Mascara storyline is finished. He implies the Young Bucks are indeed coming back to AAA some point in the future, feeling this match was enough to get them over the next time. Maybe the decision was just ending the show with something building to the future or strengthing the AEW relationship by having them go last.

Konnan wants it known that Killer Kross & Jeff Jarrett were hired guns by La Mascara and that was explained by the Spanish announcers during the match. I say that if we don’t get a vignette where La Mascara is handing them money, it doesn’t really count. Konnan says “everything made sense.” Konnan did not know why Averno was dressed as Averno, only that Averno & AAA’s Jorge Flores had a discussion if it would cause trouble for a sponsor for him to dress as Batman. They decided it was OK.

Caristico & Soberano Jr. are the two CMLL wrestlers who will be a part of ROH’s shows in mid-April. They’re on the 04/13 (Saturday) TV Taping in Pittsburgh and the live/streaming event on 04/14 in Columbus. Both are probably looking to improve their image in big US promotions. Caristico has not worked for any since the end of his WWE run. Soberano has wrestled once in Ring of Honor before, a disastrously bad match with Punishment Martinez last year. With the MSG show about a week before, ROH might not announce matches for these shows until they get very close.

+LuchaTV says Garza is joining NXT in April. It is funny watching promotions still having him on posters for May.

Daga will be part of Progress’s Super Strong Style 16, from May 4-6 in London. Aerostar had previously been announced for that tournament.

Leo Riano’s column says Fantasma already has 30 indie dates lined up. MexaWrestling is teasing a Fantasma appearance.

Dulce Garcia is not listed on the lineup for the Combate Americas MMA show in Monterrey on 04/12, which seemed to be the original plan.

Lucha Talk has a new episode up.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Hijo del Santo talks about Japanese wrestlers he knows.


IWRG (SUN) 03/24/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cheff Benito vs Guerrero 2000
2) Latino & Puma de Oro vs Auzter & Neza Kid
3) Dinamic Black, Eragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hip Hop Man, Mosca, Tackle
4) Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno
5) Hijo Del Huracán Ramírez, Internacional Pantera, Súper Nova vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Villano V Jr.
6) Death Metal & Karaoui vs Aramis & Imposible [IWRG IC TAG]

The tag titles are vacant. Death Metal & Karaoui won the El Protector tournament to get a title shot. Aramis & Imposible won a contenders tournament to get their shot. This has been a long road to get to this moment but it is IWRG so I think I might need to put my chips on “draw, no champions.”

The fourth match is potentially interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2019 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Cholo & Yago
2) Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Pólvora, Templario, Virus
4) Flyer vs Titán [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
6) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón

Slightly better than usual card but it is a Tuesday show so who knows.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-05

Audaz is getting better at this

Recapped: 03/14/2019


Angelito & Shockercito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
(12:17 [5:39, 3:18, 3:20], 1/3, n/r,

Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Mystique beat Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(14:09 [6:47, 2:40, 4:42], 2/3, n/r,

Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Metálico, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(16:02 [6:49, 2:39, 6:34], 2/3, n/
r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(9:21, Blue Panther fujiwara armbar, ok,

Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Felino, Hechicero, Templario
(11:05 [4:41, 2:00, 4:24], 2/3, ok,

Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible beat Místico, Soberano Jr., Titán
(13:07 [4:00, 4:13, 4:54], 1/3, ok,

What happened:

Nothing happened (TM Rush)


proof the minis still exist

The main felt a little lifeless for the Tuesday happy main event, but it really picked up with the big spots in the third fall. Titan and Terrible did their usual back and forth, Místico and Mephisto looked great, Soberano got in a cool dive. There was nothing deep to this but at least it gave the fans something to go home with.

The ten minute time limit doesn’t really work with the kind of match Luciferno and Blue Panther want to do. A slow moving but still somewhat interesting mat section just ends because they’ve got to get to the best part. Panther then doesn’t get in any offense until it is time for a tope, gets beat up for a while longer, and then again comes back just to get in the tope. It has the weird twists of a Blue Panther match but feels disconnected from what happened prior and nothing feels fleshed out. It was different than getting the usual lightning match but I’m not sure it was really any better.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-03-04

didn’t work

Recapped: 03/04/2019


Black Tiger, Joker, Sombra Diabólika beat Centella Roja, Halcón Suriano Jr., Millenium
(16:59 [7:46, 4:34, 4:39], 2/3, n/r,

Ares, Disturbio, El Perverso beat King Jaguar, Meyer, Oro Jr.
(13:22 [4:58, 2:46, 5:38], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola in a lightning match
(7:32, La Regia, below average,

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat El Audaz, Stuka Jr., Titán
(13:38 [4:10, 2:30, 6:58], 1/3, n/r,

Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:18 [3:50, 3:38, 3:50], 2/3 DQ, n/r,

Último Guerrero © beat Vangellys for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(15:24, ok, 2/3,

  1. Vangellys northern lights suplex (5:48)
  2. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (2:10)
  3. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (7:26)

What happened:

Stuka seconded Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero seconded Vangellys, a sad betrayal.

Mephisto fouled Místico, part of a build to a match that didn’t happen.


flying Guerrero

I haven’t watched any Vangellys in Dragon Gate and do not have a great recollection of his AAA work. Perhaps the middle rope corner huracanrana he goes for here is his first. It gets him powerbombed instead because everyone must be powerbombed. This is UG plugging Vangellys into the flyer opponent spot, and it works just as well as it sounds. (Revelation made: they’re not calling Vangellys Tanque Aleman because of his size, but his relative speed.) They only varied from the title match formula early on, and it was not particularly good. There was no big reaction to Vangellys hitting his spear, even though that was the big move from last week. There was a lot of reaction to Tirantes, except when he signals the finish and no one understood that he did. Calling this OK seems a gift. This is only for Último Guerrero completists.

The best thing I can say about the women’s lightning match is Princesa Sugehit’s outfit was very sparkly. They worked slowly and didn’t seem to have much energy. Sugehit was ahead of Amapola in most moments. This may be the point where Amapola no longer should be having singles matches if she’s not going to be able to get in better condition. Watching her breath heavily after not doing a lot isn’t good for her or the match. Sugehit might be able to have a good match with a better opponent. Match was ended with Sugehit submitting Amapola and Pompin not picking up on it until about five seconds too late.