Nueva Generacion Dinamita retained the trios titles.
Angel was the referee for the Micros match.
Moreau and Guerrilero are Nitro trainees (trained in France, but neither is originally French), who just happened to be in Mexico when Eléctrico and Hijo del Signo happened to miss their match.
The main event was an exciting match between the two young teams. There was a lot of drama in the third fall, which went longer itself than most Tuesday main events tend to go. They didn’t lose any steam going that long. The big near falls felt like they could end the match either way. This was one were it felt like all six men were on the same level contributing, though Sansón got the big moment in the end. There were some sloppy moments that stuck out a bit more on a rewatch. I didn’t even notice Cuatrero getting medical attention live. It is enough to say it probably won’t make the best matches of the year, but it’s a solidly in the group just below.
Diamante Azul wears a t-shirt and doesn’t tag in during the early sequences. He drops off the apron to the floor as soon as the rudos take over the ring. Azul does not go in, letting Titan and Atlantis get pinned. He does come in after they get pinned, takes one kick to the midsection from Luciferno, ducks a forearm, and rolls out. Azul actually starts in the ring in the second fall, taking a double drop toe hold and then rolls to the apron. Titan has to help him off the apron to the floor where he’s finally medically attended to by the doctor. It is clear whatever injury Diamante Azul had dates to prior this match and unclear why he was allowed to wrestle in such condition. Titan steals the second fall as Diamante Azul is strechered away, and the third fall last just enough for the técnicos to get in some offense before Mephisto unmasks Atlantis.
The lightning match wasn’t much. Flyer did not seem into this at all. There’s a sequence in the four-minute mark where he’s walking to take the backdrop to the apron, then taking two tries on a moonsault. The finish was strange, a shot that didn’t look like a normal foul but that was the only possible intent of the move. I don’t understand what they were going for.
The segunda answered the question “do the main micros have an easy match?” This was it. Chameul was great, with some impressive mas skills early, and Gallito did a plancha to the floor for some reason. Not much of the rest was good or memorable. This also felt like one not as much laid out in advance as previous ones, as it meandered a bit and had no direction. The end was a big three-man highspot which seemed like it came out of nowhere. You can skip it.
The one-off APC guys made the opener at least a bit worth some curiosity. Guerrillero/Hugo Perez stood out as a rudo with some power and a few impressive spots. Moreau looked like a lesser version of a lot people who are already here (or a worse Johnny Idol.) Their finish went quite bad. It is not a good idea to read too much into one match but I’m not sure we’ll ever see them again. Espíritu Negro got to do his bump and Astral had his first dive on a stream in a long time.
This sounded like an average Puebla show. Didn’t sound like the title match was anything special. Atlantis Jr. missing matches this early on doesn’t seem good. Diamante Azul is quietly back. I’m not sure I need another Volador/Caristico match.
Today is Kid’s Day in Mexico, a children’s holiday usually filled with lucha libre shows. It is also a Tuesday, so the celebration is more spread out over this week. There are many more shows than usual for Tuesday, but not as much as it would be if it was
CMLL celebrates with a Caristico/Ultimo Guerrero singles match tonight in Arena Mexico. They’ve matched up many times over the years, Caristico has won almost all of them, and he seems likely to do the same on Kid’s Days. The rest of the card is the usual. NGD take on Soberano, Stuka, and Atlantis in the semi-main. The Panther family are on stream together for the first time in a while, this time facing Ephesto, Felino, and Luciferno. Tiger, if he’s healthy, teams with Cancerbero & Raziel against Drone, Pegasso and Star Jr. The micros are back in segunda, which Atomo as the third tecnico and Guapito as the third rudo. The show opens with Bengala & Sonic versus Apocalipsis & Espiritu Negro.
Lucha Central reported yesterday that XO Lishus (Sonny Kiss), Famous B and Matanza (Jeff Cobb) have sought legal representation to get out of their Lucha Underground contracts. It does not sound as if lawsuits have been filed yet. Previously, King Cuerno/Hijo del Fantasma, Ivelisse, Joey Ryan, and Kobra Moon/Thunder Rosa did file a lawsuit, which was settled in after a month with those four getting their releases. Jeff Cobb sticks out because everyone believed he was out of Lucha Underground contract already. The LU staff have publicly talked about offering releases for anyone who asked for them prior to Season 4 as long as they stayed to finish out storylines and the Matanza/Jeff Cobb storyline was very definitely finished off.
These are being framed as Lucha Underground contracts, but this isn’t MGM & El Rey voicing an opinion about where wrestlers can work. This is AAA/Dorian Roldan being left in charge of the contracts and choosing to enforce in the ways that best help their goals. (Having fans get made at the non-existent Lucha Underground instead of AAA over it is an added benefit.) Cobb & Mack are the only two of this batch who appeared to have gotten threatened legally. Cobb & Mack also are the only two who were appearing semi-regularly for The Crash. At least in Mack’s case, one proposed solution was for Mack to stop working The Crash and jump to the rival AAA promotion in the area, and Mack rejected the idea. I’m unsure if Cobb has been made the same offer, but it leaves me curious about Daga’s return to AAA and Rey Horuz/Dragon Azteca’s legal status among others.
I suspect what Dorian Roldan is doing will not hold up in arbitration, and this will get settled in a short time like the previous lawsuit. Roldan may be just be betting those involved will find it easier to cave and work for him rather than pay to get the legal fees and spend the time to win. It is also possible people under LU contract could just wait the few more months for Lucha Underground contracts to expire – but if Roldan is saying people who believed they were released are not actually released, I’m not sure anyone can be sure they’ll be free when they think their contract says they’ll be free.
CMLL (SUN) 05/05/2019Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Stigma vs Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Blue Panther vs Dark Magic, Pólvora, Vangellys
5) Místico, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
6) Volador Jr. vs Rush
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Hechicero, Templario, Terrible
(17:34 [6:12, 5:28, 5:54], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul, Mephisto, Valientein a relevos increíbles match
(8:58 [4:38, 4:20], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event is supposed to set up a tag title match (Ultimo Guerrero & La Bestia del Ring against Diamante Azul & Valiente), only Diamante Azul is ruled out injured the following days.
Policeman gets away with a foul on King Jaguar and the rudos beat up King Jaguar after the opener. It is a prelude to a challenge for next week, only no one notices (including the announcers.)
Mephisto takes a hiptoss into the ring late in the first fall and land on his right shoulder. I’m not sure if he injured it on that, he doesn’t show it, but he also can’t hold up Carisitco on a boost headscissors or La Mistica directly after. Carisitco puts on a gentle armbar on the left arm while Mepshtio gives up. He’s attended to on the entrance ramp for a number of minutes while the match continues on, and he’s eventually taken away. The match continues 2 on 3 for a normal length the third fall. Último Guerrero & La Bestia del Ring challenge for a tag title match after their win and the rudos leave the técnicos unmasked.
The semi-main might have benefited from being surrounded by a not so appealing show. I think it still would’ve held up as interesting on a normal show. Hechicero did more basing that he’s showed in other matches. The técnicos looked spectacularly in part because his and Templario’s work. Terrible has good chemistry with the Chavez brothers after their recent work. It got a little sloppy at times and the finish was probably helped quite a bit by the camera angle hiding how long Terrible had to freeze in place for Soberano to complete his tornillo but it was still entertaining.
Chik TormentabeatLa Hiedra, Faby Apache, Lady Maravilla
(9:27, Chik Tormenta Styles Crash Lady Maravilla, good, 00:22:46)
Jack Evans beat Villano III Jr., Australian Suicide, Taurus
(7:44, Jack Evans 630 senton Villano III Jr., good, 00:45:14)
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Flamita, Hijo Del Vikingo, Golden Magic
(11:04, Mocha Cota frog splash Golden Magic, good, 01:04:26)
Killer Kross beat Puma King
(9:56, powerbomb, ok, 01:29:32)
Murder Clown, La Parka, Niño Hamburguesa beat Averno, Chessman, Dave The Clown
(17:00, Hamburguesa splash Dave the Clown, ok, )
Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown, Puma King beat Rey Escorpión, Taurus, Texano Jr.
(15:45, Laredo Kid powerbomb Rey Escorpión, good, 02:30:45)
The main event started as Psycho Clown & Laredo Kid versus the three rudos. Psycho Clown explained that originally scheduled partner Puma King was unable to wrestle after being beat up by Killer Kross earlier but they’d go it 2v3. Hijo del Vikingo ran out to turn the tide a few minutes in, continuing his staple of running in every main event that way. It was still 3v4 with La Hiedra getting involved with no problem. The rudos attacked Laredo about five seconds after he got the win, only for La Parka to walk out and hit each rudo with a chair to run them off.
Lady Maravilla did distract Nino Hamburguesa in the semi-main. It worked as a distraction but his team still rallied to win.
Killer Kross had been talking about becoming the Diablo of Monterrey – his nickname when he came back to Mexico as part of MAD’s beginnings. He wore white facepaint and had some Undertaker flourishes, including the pin.
Poder del Norte repeated their challenge for a trios title match after the their win.
The second match was originally a three way and originally for a cruiserweight title shot. It did not appear the title shot was still on the line, though it is possible Jack Evans will get one anyone.
Lady Shani, who is wrestling but not on TV cards for the next few weeks, did appear before the opener to offer a title shot to the winner. Chik Tormenta got the win.
I have no notes for the main event, which kind of many want to throw out the whole recap and just handle it differently. This Nogales show was a slightly different iteration from the Mexicali show two days prior. Most of the matches were pretty good, though it lacked something with the emotion or performance to feel must see. There was a match where someone won a title shot, with no explanation of when that match would be (and reasonable doubt that it would ever be a singles title match.) Both had really good Poder del Norte matches and Vikingo making main event run-ins. The Nogales show had a little less star power, with most of the Impact crew heading to Tornto, but slightly better overall matches. None of the matches which happened were advertised that way; AAA appears compelled to release lineups before they actually have decided what matches they’re going to run, and so this is going to keep on happening until they decide to release updated lineups when they figure it out.
This was a relatively small roster for these shows, but it was pretty much the right people. I have no idea why Taurus worked twice, but Taurus was good twice, just being a great base in both matches. Los Mercenarios never win, all the post-match attacks they do can’t really hide that, but they’re good opponents for the brawling & weird flying Psycho Clown wants to do. Laredo Kid & Vikingo are good and better off for being around Psycho; Vikingo especially seemed over earlier in the show, and teaming with Psycho earlier probably has helped break him out as much as the moves.
Poder del Norte had a better match this time out, the best match of the night, with Flamita, Golden Magic and Hijo del Vikingo fitting better as opponents. They were on fire on offense and also setting up the tecnicos. Vikingo appeared to have springs for legs at times. Both four ways were good, though it was truly odd to have two four ways back to back. Chik Tormenta is a surprising pick for a title match, but she’s been good in her most recent matches. There’s also almost no chance Chik Tormenta is facing Lady Shani one on one; most of the women are probably going to be involved.
The La Parka match is Not For Me, but the crowd seemed to like. More this La Parka’s moves, they always seem twice as long as they need to be. More than the young flyers, Parka seems to do more than he needs to do in every match. I think he just likes being cheered out there and I can’t blame him for that. I’d just prefer shows closer to two hours rather than three.
Killer Kross probably should’ve lost. It does seem like a waste for a multi-year undefeated streak to end on a random AAA TV taping, but the streak and Kross are not over – they know it, he wouldn’t be trying out a new look if he was over – and it’s hard to imagine it turning around enough that someone ending his streak is going to mean anything more than a single loss. This was just another instance of Kross giving some power moves and looking mean at the camera. It was fine, Puma did a better job of seemed outmatched by Kross than most people but my patience is long exhausted on this one.
The main event here was said to be excellent, well worth watching.
Lucha Libre Real (SUN) 04/28/2019Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
2) Mexica & Warrior Jr. b Lunatik Fly & Ovett Jr. Lunatik Xtreme wrestled as Ovett Jr. Money thrown in.
3) Bengalee & Lady Pink b Lilith Dark & Reyna Obscura
4) Felino & Xendu b Akuma & Drako Drako & Akuma had problems. Terremoto helped Drako and teased a trio with Ovett.
5) Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Tiger b Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento Tiger suffered a knee injury early on. Mask match challenges followed.
6) Hijo del Fantasma b El Bandido
Bandido/Fantasma was said to be pretty good as well. Tiger lost to Vangellys and then hurt his knee, which is probably worse than losing to Kevin Kross but a rough weekend. I think Felino won in Arena Neza.
Tonight’s CMLL Arena Puebla show includes a first-time challenger for the CMLL Women’s Championship. Metalica challenges Marcela for the main women’s championship. A title change is unlikely, but it still is an interesting match in a division without many of them. This will be the first streaming three fall Metalica match in CMLL. She’s the national women’s champion, but that match was a Saturday night Arena Coliseo show, and she hasn’t had a defense yet. Metalica has a good reputation on the indies and has shown glimpses of it in trios matches. This is a chance for her to do more.
The main event is a rematch. Mephisto & Volador (teaming with Ephesto) cheated Caristico (w/Cuatrero & Sanson) last week, and there’s a match coming with some combination next week. Gran Guerrero, Hechicero and Ultimo Guerrero take on the Atlantis family & fellow blue aficionado Soberano. That might be good. Newly bald Policeman teams up with possibly soon bald Disturbio and Virus to take on Drone, Fuego, and Tigre Rojo. The show opens with two 2v2 matches with all locals. It’ll stream on CMLL’s YouTube at 9 pm.
Fenix & Pentagon Jr. lost the Impact Tag Team Championship on their PPV last night. Fenix had an injury scare but was said to be alright. On his podcast, Dave Meltzer believed this might be the Lucha Brothers wrapping up in Impact. I’m not sure is about if it’s that quite yet, though it is coming before long. From an Impact perspective, it was time for LAX to win the tag titles back, but they can keep finding this for Penta & Fenix to do in the short term. They’re signing with AEW once that becomes an option – that’s been obvious since they started the feud with the Young Bucks – but they’re still stuck under Lucha Underground contract for maybe a few months long. I’m working with the assumption that they’re stuck until August. It might be slighter sooner, and they might stop taking bookings in advance of that date (and have informed promoters of that), but I think they’re around indies for a little while longer.
The interesting thing here, at least to me, is the person enforcing those LU contracts appears to be Dorian Roldan. (You’ll be hearing more about LU contracts this week.) Dorian Roldan is also a person who wants to sign Fenix & Penta to Mexico-exclusive deals with AAA. It seems theoretically possible that Roldan could allow Fenix & Penta out of their LU contracts to sign with AEW a few months early, and in exchange, they agreed to sign a deal with AAA. I don’t know if that sort of trade would hold up legally, but it is also wrestling.
The Lucha Brothers are scheduled to be on The Crash show Saturday. They’re not really working there any more than they’re working on AAA TV shows this year. It’ll only be their second appearance, compared to just working AAA Rey de Reyes. Still, the Crash seems happy to use them whenever they can, so any sign that the Lucha Brothers won’t be coming back to The Crash any time soon – a tag title change, a farewell speech – would probably indicate the wheels in motion with those other deals. Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf showing up on Friday in Arena Mexico is interesting, but what happens on The Crash’s own show on Saturday might be more meaningful.
CMLL (SAT) 05/04/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Halcón Suriano Jr. & Retro vs El Coyote & Inquisidor
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
3) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Hechicero, Olímpico, Shocker
4) Disturbio vs Metálico [hair]
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán vs Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Villano IV
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
Anyway, doing Disturbio versus Metalico on a two-week build in Arena Coliseo is a reminder that CMLL programmers have a lot of freedom to do what they want and decide it is a better idea to do as little as possible.
IWRG (SUN) 05/05/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Neza Kid
2) Atomic Star & Auzter vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Hijo Del Ángel vs Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Marado
4) Eragón, Toscano, Zumbi vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Diablo Jr.
5) Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme vs Ángel Tormenta, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr. [super libre]
6) Fly Warrior, Metaleón, Ovett vs Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, X-Fly
7) Aramis, Carístico, Imposible vs ?, Trauma I, Trauma II
CMLL (SAT) 04/27/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Robin b Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Príncipe Odín Jr. tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Tiger, Virus b Black Panther, Drone, Star Jr. rudos took 2/3
4) Disturbio b Metálico Disturbio took 2 (excessive violence DQ) and 3 (unseen foul). Challenges followed.
5) Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano b Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno tecnicos took 2/3
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. Ingobernables took 1/3.
Metalico and Disturbio video promos after the match suggest this feud is heading to a hair match. It’s a random pairing and one where Disturbio would be the favorite, though Disturbio has lost his hair in the past and Metalico never has done the same.
CMLL (SUN) 04/28/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. b Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. rudos took 2/3
2) Magia Blanca, Robin, Stigma b Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca Robin replaced Magnus earlier that day. Tecnicos took 2/3, though Robin left hurt after a moonsault to the floor.
3) Vangellys b Tiger [lightning] Vangellys replaced Sagrado earlier that day.
4) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Kráneo b Dark Magic, Kawato San, Olímpico tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Flyer, Stuka Jr., Titán b Hechicero, Mephisto, Templario tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush straight falls. Rush fouled Volador, Volador asked for a singles match.
Vangellys talks about his win, Robin will be under medical observation and Rush tells Volador he doesn’t want any more of him.
The Crash put up a press release, talking about Mecha Wolf and Adam Brooks as hopefully the first of many The Crash wrestlers appearing in CMLL, as well as NJPW & ROH wrestlers hopefully coming to The Crash.
AAA TV (SUN) 04/28/2019 Domo Binacional, Nogales, Sonora [AAA]
1) Chik Tormenta b La Hiedra, Faby Apache, Lady Maravilla [Reina De Reinas, #1 Contenders] 9:27. Lady Shani appeared before the match to declare the winner would get a title shot. Tormenta beat Maravilla with a Styles Clash.
2) Jack Evans b Villano III Jr., Australian Suicide, Taurus 7:44. Jack Evans landed a 630 senton on Villano III Jr. Originally a match for an AAA Cruiserweight Championship, but that may have been dropped.
3) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Flamita, Golden Magic, Hijo Del Vikingo 11:04. Mocho Cota frog splash Golden Magic.
4) Killer Kross b Puma King 9:56. Kross powerbombed Puma King, and then attacked him while he was on a stretcher.
5) La Parka, Murder Clown, Niño Hamburguesa b Averno, Chessman, Dave The Clown 17:00. Hamburguesa splashed Dave the Clown for a win. Maravilla showed up earlier to distract Nino but was long gone by the time the finish happened.
6) Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown b Rey Escorpión, Taurus, Texano Jr. 15:45. Tecnicos fought 2 on 3 until Vikingo showed up as the third man. Laredo Kid powerbombed Rey Escorpion for the win. Rudos attacked the tecnicos until La Parka ran them off.
Pretty good show. There were a couple of matches were just OK, but most everything was pretty enjoyable. I liked the third match the best but others might prefer the main event.
This was the weakest looking crowd so far, with scores of visible seats open on the floor all night right in front of the hard cam. The bowl of the stadium looked half full. None of the matches took place as advertised and they added one. I think everyone’s kind of used to that with AAA at this point. I’m not sure why they had Vikingo & Taurus wrestle twice.
During the show, AAA officially announced Verano de Escandalo was 06/16 in Merida. A poster with that information came out about four weeks ago. It also at least seven tapings from now.
Black Destiny beat Skalibur, Fantastik, Rayo Star, Drake, Genio del Aireto win the EMW Middleweight championship (5:53, Black Destiny top rope Canadian Destroyer on Skalibur, good, 00:21:00)
Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa beat Jonathan & Lady Maravilla (9:06, stereo middle rope splashes, ok, 00:37:18)
Hijo del Tirantes & Chik Tormenta beat Faby Apache & Taya (8:59, DQ; Hijo del Tirantes faked foul, 00:56:28)
Hijo Del Vikingo beat Golden Magic, Villano III Jr., Flamitaina Number One Contenders for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship (16:39, great, 01:16:13)
medical stop Villano III Jr. (8:57)
Flamita superbomb Villano III (11:57)
Hijo del Vikingo inverted 450 splash Flamita (16:39)
Daga & Taurus beat Brian Cage & Laredo Kid (11:01, Taurus Rosa Driver Laredo Kid, good, 01:43:18)
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santanabeat Australian Suicide, Daga, Jack Evans (11:35, Mocho Cota Jr. splash Australian Suicide, good, 02:06:36)
La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma Kingbeat Chessman, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. (17:53, Psycho Clown torito Rey Escorpion, good, 02:26:53)
After about 8 minutes of the main event, Taurus arrives to take out La Parka with a spear, which leaves La Parka injured and out of the match. Laredo Kid runs in for the save and takes him out with a dive. Poder del Norte attack Lareod and take him out. Vikingo shows up with a stick but the numbers get the better of him, and they all quickly brawling to the back. Murder Clown shows up next and – much like happened six weeks ago in Sinaloa – he substitutes for La Parka’s place in the match. Kross shows up about 16 minutes in, pulls Puma King out, and powerbombs him thru a table. It really doesn’t matter, because Psycho beats Rey Escorpión clean a moment later with a torito and Puma celebrates with this team. Puma is in the middle of challenging Kross to a singles match when Texano attacks him from behind. Taurus comes back out to help and is now wearing a Rey Escorpión shirt. Escorpión and Taurus come over to the announce desk later to scream about. Konnan points out that makes him a new Mercenario.
Killer Kross replaced Daga, who moved into Guevera’s spot in the next match. Daga is anti-Perros del Mal but using the Perros del Mal music. For AAA reasons, Jesus Zuniga introduced the Poder del Norte trios match before the Taurus tag match. Poder del Norte came out seemingly randomly to distract Laredo Kid at the finish. Vikingo makes the save after the match, and it sets up a trios title match.
The cruiserweight match was temporary stopped just about 9 minutes in when Hijo del Villano suffers a right shoulder injury. It is treated with grave seriousness, though it also looks like it might have been a work.
The mystery person is never given a name but is someone wearing Averno’s gear and mask. It becomes quickly clear it is Hijo del Tirantes, and Faby unmasks him by about six minutes in. Hijo del Tirantes has Faby Apache seemingly defeated with a Devil’s Wings, but holds up the count. Faby immediately gets up and cradles him, but referee Copetes holds up the count for no apparent reason. (It is possible Chik Tormenta was supposed to grab him from outside the ring; Copetes turns to her to react to nothing we see.) Hijo del Tirantes fakes a foul to draw the DQ.
Jonathan does not keep up with the show, because he seems wrongly concerned when Maravilla starts flirting with Niño Hamburguesa. Big Mami is rightly concerned. Again, Niño Hamburguesa & Big Mami are almost enough to win despite Hamburguesa refusing to hit Maravilla, but Mami is violently annoyed with Hamburgesa’s refusal to hit the woman who definitely is not her girlfriend. Hamburguesa checks on Maravilla after the match, so Big Mami fakes a fainting spell to get attention instead. Hamburguesa catches her, but then dumps her off on Jonathan and carries Maravilla off.
A video from Drago (who is in Australia) airs before the match, announcing he has to give up the EMW Middleweight Championship due to being so busy elsewhere. This was the championship he was originally to defend on the previous taping in Tijuana.
Neither Hugo nor Vampiro is around. I didn’t catch an explanation. Jesus Zuniga replaces Hugo for most of the show, with Konnan kicking him out and taking over for the last two matches. Konnan starts doing impressions of Hugo’s catchphrase, which is funny the first couple times but as much not the dozen or so that follow.
The May 2nd Elite show was promoted.
The main event had at least seven run-ins and was chaos, though better than usual La Parka main event chaos. He wasn’t really involved much when he was around. Chessman wasn’t much good either, but the waves of people getting involved kept a long match more fun than a standard match would’ve been. Murder Clown does well in técnico offense runs, which still seems weird. Psycho Clown was good as usual. Puma vs Kross is a weird use of both those guys but better than the no use they’ve been on.
The semi-main wasn’t good enough to overcome being a rudo versus rudo match where the two teams didn’t have much reason to fight. (They really needed to come up with a reason, even if just for one night.) It’s tough to have matches just for matches sake when you get this late into an AAA card and have seen just about everything. There was some iffy-ness here – Jack Evans didn’t have a strong night – through the Poder del Norte being a machine helped make this at least worthwhile. This was not bad by any means but it may be one working better out of context on its own because it didn’t have much of one on this show.
The 2v2 match was about doing a big man Cage/Kross standoff, which got a little reaction. Taurus & Laredo Kid were the more interesting pair. Cage & Laredo worked well for a makeshift team and Taurus destroying people is always fine. The Rodeo Driver on Laredo looked especially brutal. There finish of Laredo Kid diving onto people who just showed up at ringside was a bit cheesy but the match they’re setting up should be as good fun as always. Not sure when they’re going to do all these matches though.
The four ways stupendous, strong use of elimination rules to give some great chaotic action early and a good back and forth at the end. All four men had strong nights. Golden Magic had a positive night, looking on point with his flying before being powerbombed out of the match. Villano III Jr. was fighting out of his experience class and fitting in fine before his demise. Flamita had one of his best individual showings in AAA, really making the ending series with Hijo del Vikingo really come together. His offense looks great and he probably is the only one in this match with the experience to lean into the Vikingo reaction and switch to leaning more rudo at the end to make the finish a bigger deal. This Flamita is a luxury as an extra midcard person in AAA. I have no idea how long he’ll be happy just working the middle of the card matches, but he’s so the right guy to work the AAA young guys who have only faced each other so far, and I hope we get more of him and Vikingo somehow. The Villano injury bit derailed the match and there was a double cutter spot that was quite bad, but the match entirely is something you should go out of your way to see.
The (mostly) women’s match was fine, though it couldn’t help but think it would’ve been better with an actual fourth woman. Tirantes wrestles and was fine as a base, but he didn’t do much early. Chik Tormenta looked impressive with what was basically a showcase for her, but it limited the match. It also meant nonsense to end it. The finishing sequence is very unsatisfying, with Hijo del Tirantes passing up a deserved win for an undeserved win for no particular reason. Faby and Taya was fine, though it didn’t seem like Taya was hitting well with everything.
The mixed tag story needs to move on to another chapter already. Hamburguesa & Mami aren’t as fun right now and they’ve been hitting the same beats with this for three months. It doesn’t even really make sense right now: Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa are actually so dominant, they win when Hamburguesa is not even trying half the time. Lady Maravilla has definitely been successful in seducing Hamburguesa but she’s still losing every match so it seems like a dumb plan. There’s drama but no movement and everyone is looking silly (and not the good kind of silly) by standing in the same spot. Jonathan was fine but I think I came away glad he was being used in this match rather than replacing anyone in the opener.
The opener was almost a replay from Tijuana, with Skalibur taking Jonathan’s spot. It seemed less frantic than that match. Everyone got a moment early on without a rush or without as much time as the last match. The last minute or so was just typical Baja California lucha libre insanity, where the AAA cameras couldn’t totally capture it but it would’ve been tough for anyone. Drake finally got caught on a dive and it didn’t end up going any better for him. Genio del Aire remains super smooth in everything; in another era, he’d be under some weird Antonio Pena gimmick and working openers every year for a year. Skalibur is a crazy person.
AAA TV (FRI) 04/26/2019 Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Baja California[AAA]
1) Black Destiny b Skalibur, Fantastik, Rayo Star, Drake, Genio del Aire[EMW MIDDLE] 5:53. A video aired with Drago giving up this title before the match. Black Destiny beat Skalibur with a Canadian Destroyer.
2) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa b Jonathan & Lady Maravilla 9:06. Jonathan replaced Black Danger. Tecnicos won despite Hamburguesa refusing to hit Maravilla. Mami tried fainting to get attention from Hamburguesa after the match but he still walked off with Maravilla.
3) Chik Tormenta & Hijo del Tirantes DQ Faby Apache & Taya 8:59. Hijo del Tirantes, under an Averno mask, was the mystery wrestler. He faked a foul for the DQ after Copetes did not complete a three count for Faby Apache.
4) Hijo Del Vikingo b Golden Magic, Villano III Jr., Flamita [AAA CRUISER, #1 Contenders] 16:39. An elimination match, though that wasn’t clear to anyone except the people in the match at first. Villano III Jr. was eliminated thru medical stopped (shoulder injury, may have been an angle). Flamita beat Villano III with a superbomb, then was defeated by Hijo del Vikingo by a reverse 450 splash. Vikingo gets a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship (Laredo Kid) at some point, though there is another one these scheduled for Sunday.
5) Brian Cage & Laredo Kid b Killer Kross & Taurus 11:10. Killer Kross was moved into this match (Daga bumped up). Poder del Norte distracted Laredo Kid into a loss to Taurus. Vikingo made the save post match. Poder del Norte want another trios title match.
6) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Australian Suicide, Daga, Jack Evans 11:35. Daga replaced Sammy Guevara. Poder del Norte beat Suicide after a Cota splash.
7) La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King b Chessman, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. 17:53. Taurus ran in and speared La Parka, who left the match with an arm injury. Laredo Kid, Hijo del Vikingo and Poder del Norte all got involved, with Murder Clown replacing Parka in the match. Killer Kross also put Puma King thru a table but Psycho beat Escorpion with a torito anyway. Puma challenged Kross to a singles match, but the rudos attacked Puma before he could finish. Taurus joined in and was said to be the newest Los Mercenarios.
This show was good, with the first and fourth match being the ones to seek out. This was a better version of the Tijuana show. The main event set up Puma vs Kross, which is odd since Kross is among those who will be at Impact on Sunday and not on the next AAA TV show. There’s no date for when Vikingo is getting his title shot (and it isn’t listed on the next five shows.)
There’s no update on Villano III Jr.’s status. It was serious at the time but the injury didn’t make sense from the shot he received. Maybe it was something that happened earlier, but we’ll see what happens with him on Sunday.
SuperLuchas says the viewership for the 04/19 AAA on Azteca 7 was 772,140 viewers. Lucha Central had previously stated it was 5.4 million viewers and has stuck with that number despite the counter story. SuperLuchas reporting suggests the past week AAA ratings were around that much lower number (and the CMLL numbers are lower than that.) Both Record’s Leo Riano (in a column in Record) and AAA themselves (at the Cain Velazquez press conference) have talked about getting AAA’s show was closer to 5 million. SuperLuchas fact-finding on what other shows get makes me think they might have the right set of numbers. At the same time, it is incredible for someone used to US numbers to see a claim that the highest rated show in a country in a week only get around two million viewers. My takeaway is probably not to trust any of these numbers unless I can prove them myself.
Lucha Central has been reporting AAA & CMLL ratings for weeks. No disrespect meant, but no one cared until the Young Bucks were invoked. This really shouldn’t have been about the Young Bucks anyway – they were not promoted for the TV show, they were barely part of it coming out, Psycho Clown was the draw for the live crowd and probably for the TV crowd. It got signal boosted over the pasts weeks because of those names and is getting mocked now because of those same names. This is an AAA story here because a gap of five million people is a pretty big difference in how we view the importance of the Azteca7 deal, but 99% of the internet is talking about has no idea about the show beyond the idea the Young Bucks were on it.
(I pushed the number too, but more because AAA having that many more viewers than WWE was unbelievable, not AEW. And apparently, it was unbelievable.)
The people on Twitter really need AEW to run a show already so they can war over that rather than everything else tangentially related to it. It is tribal warfare at this point and any logic or sense seems abandoned in favor of trying to score meaningless points. Everyone is mental.
CMLL (FRI) 04/26/2019Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, Lucha Central, Marca, Ovaciones, PubliMetro, R de Rudo, Record, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan] Arena Mexico 63rd Anniversary
1) El Coyote & Grako b Sonic & Súper Astro Jr. 15:23. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Tae Honma b Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora 10:32. Straight falls, Amapola again getting DQ-ed for excessive violence on Kaho.
3) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Tritón b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto 9:51. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Valiente b Hechicero [lightning] 9:24. Valiente submitted Hechicero
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000 b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. 18:32. Mascara snuck in a foul to beat Niebla Roja.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario & Titán b Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. [Torneo Increible de Parejas, final] 23:03. Barbaro Cavernario & Titan took falls 2/3. Volador & UG had problems in the third fall and Guerrero attacked Volador after the match.
The main event was better than I thought, though short of the top tier bit. The eliminations come really fast, something the AAA elimination match handled out a lot better. The opener was solid, the fifth match was better than expected and Valiente/Hechicero was pretty good.
If you spend a single moment thinking about who wins Copa Bobby Bonales, it is a wasted moment. The winners are happy and it does not matter at all. At least WWE manages to get an extra ticket selling event out of their Hall of Fame.
Guerrero Maya & Stuka take on Bandido & Flip Gordon tonight at 5 pm CT as part of the 2019 NWA Crockett Cup, available on iPPV. That’s the first round in a tournament to decide new NWA Tag Team Champions. I’d be surprised if either team won the titles but it should be fun getting there anyway. I’ve heard there’s an NWA/lucha libre announcement coming soon that is going to to have people talking.
CMLL (FRI) 05/03/2019Arena México
1) Magnus & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Grako
2) Avispa Dorada, Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita vs Amapola, Dalys, Reina Isis
3) Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf 450
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
CMLL promoted “CMLL vs the Crash” during the show Friday night. This led people to reasonably start speculating on the many people who’d be seen on the show, including the wrestlers. Everyone expected a few different matches of people. In the end, it is regular Mecha Wolf and guest wrestler Adam Brooks, no more. CMLL would’ve been better just letting it be a surprise, and people who watch CMLL would’ve been better off expecting the minimum. That match is still more interesting than anything else going on this show.
Speaking of expecting the minimum: Titan & Cavernario celebrate their win by getting the week off. No follow up to Volador/Ultimo Guerrero. No follow up to Niebla Roja/Mascara 2000. Amapola/Kaho is the important CMLL feud.
Valientebeat Hechiceroin a lightning match
(9:24, Valiente legtrap armbar, good)
Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000 beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
(18:32 [5:33, 5:22, 7:37], 2/3, good)
Bárbaro Cavernario & Titán beat Último Guerrero & Volador Jr.in the Torneo Increible de Parejas final (23:03 [5:59, 2:42, 14:22], 2/3, great)
Titan & Barbaro Cavernario won the tournament. Volador & Último Guerrero had problems late in the match, culminating in UG powerbombing Volador on the floor. It did not directly lead to the results, though Guerrero attacked Volador after the match.
Mascara snuck in a foul on Niebla Roja for the win.
Amapola once again was disqualified for excessive violence, this time for choking on the ropes.
I was all set to give up on this when they got to the very predictable Guerrero Special finish. The match was good but lacked in any creativity to that point, just going thru the motions of a normal match. It picked greatly after that point, going back and forth well before it descending into an unexpected breakup angle. Cavernario & Titan came across as the equal of Último Guerrero & Volador even with the break up issue, getting the clean wins at the end. This match was more dramatic in those last half dozen minutes than it was exciting.
The técnicos showed out by the end of the semi-main with some big dives. The match wasn’t too harmed by Mascara 2000 subbing in for Sansón, though it still wasn’t at the level of the recent Tuesday matches with him staying out of the way. Mascara 2000 getting involved with an angle seems a poor use of time.
Valiente and Hechicero just went for all big moves all the times and pulled off lots of big moves. It was almost a bit of disappointment that the finish was just a normal submission hold, underwhelming compared to people flying around for big moves. Valiente’s moonsault looked incredible for the brief moment where it didn’t look like it was going to happen. There was one corner spot where Hechicero seemed to slip and both were frozen for a moment, but the rest of the match looked pretty nice.
Atlantis and son continue to produce solid if not spectacular matches. Triton seemed toned down than usual teaming with them. Hijos del Infierno are an equally not an exciting team. This was mostly a route to get to the father and son winning at the same time and they got to that ending.
The women’s match finish was lame – they haven’t figured out a way to do a satisfying DQ finish for unmasked women still. Kaho and Amapola have some chemistry in the little time they work together but I have no idea what a three fall match between them would look like. Tae Honma got to do a dive in Arena Mexico and seemed thrilled. Seductora was an odd pick to work with her most of this match.
Sonic & Super Astro were a fun team in a match that had some spotty moments. My theory is Sonic can do some cool stuff if he had good bases to work with. These were not the right bases. Coyote & Grako are getting very slowly, very small better. Demus is missed, though I bet Demus doesn’t miss working CMLL openers. Sonic does take big bumps that his body probably isn’t going to hold up long doing. I hope they find a way to do something with him first.
DTU (THU) 04/25/2019Arena Aficion
1) Steel Dragón & Vengadorcito Radioactivo b Kalibus & Mandala
2) Exótico & Fly Danger b Aaron Sykes & Helio Guerra
3) Jitsu b Adrenalina, Moria
4) Anthony Green b Jimmy, Camuflaje, Kaleth, Pesadilla
5) Demente Extreme, Paranoiko, Tóxico b Hard Boy, Hijo De Dr. Pólux, Tiburón
6) G-Raver & Príncipe Cometa b Aero Boy & Crazy Boy and Crazy King & Orin Veidt
I did not see this match and didn’t see a lot of talk about it. Turnout seemed good for a DTU show.
Both CMLL and AAA are running streams tonight. This will happen next week as well. AAA is listed as starting about 90 minutes into the CMLL show, though it may be a bit later with the usual introduction talking.
This may be a big night for turnout. This is right in the middle of a holiday period for Mexico, which always seems to help. AAA live shows have been drawing well. A sell out tonight would be a crowd around 10,000 people. AAA’s first TV taping in the since 2005 should have some extra interest, though the reason it is the first taping in so long is because lucha libre shows historically haven’t drawn well in Mexicali. The Crash has tried to run one-off shows the last couple of years and couldn’t make it work. If AAA draws well, that show on Azteca7 has to be credited with part of it. CMLL’s show has been promoted more than usual because there’s a number attached to it and the tournament they’re running has been built up into a big thing. CMLL drew 11,500 last week (according to the WON) and tonight might not be that far off it.
The CMLL card is the bigger of the two in name. It is the 63rd Anniversary of the opening of Arena Mexico, celebrated with the finals of the Torneo Increible de Parejas and the Copa Bobby Bonales. I wrote a bunch about the Copa yesterday; the shorter version is it’ll be a ten-minute ceremony somewhere in the middle of the show with Sofia Alonso and you probably won’t think about it again until next year.
The tag tournament final is the draw. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador’s pattern singles matches have been talked about a lot. They’re slightly less predictable in tag matches, but we will definitely see someone try a middle rope huracanrana on Ultimo Guerrero only to be sadly reversed into a super powerbomb. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador have also been so established at the top that it would actually be a big moment for Titan & Barbaro Cavernario to win this tournament over them. UG is the top rudo, Volador is the top tecnico, winning tonight would just confirm what we already know. They’d still be in those spots with a loss, but Cavernario & Titan will have felt like they have actually accomplished something. That’s rare in a promoter where 90% of the matches feel meaningless, and something that could make this one of the more memorable matches of the year. Cavernario has been the standout CMLL regular over the last year at this point and Titan has been surprisingly protected in CMLL booking – he hasn’t lost a singles match this year – so those two pulling the upset still seems plausible.
It is an Anniversary show, but none of the other matches look to have much put into them. The semi-main has a near rematch of the recent Mexican trios title match, with Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Soberano Jr. versus Cuatrero, Forastero and Mascara 2000 stepping in for Sanson. Perhaps CMLL doesn’t want to do that rematch so soon, but 50+ Mascara 2000 feels out of place. Valiente takes on Hechicero in a lightning match. CMLL went from seemingly never booking Hechicero on Friday nights again to allow him to do commentary to having him wrestle on every Friday night. Valiente has won two of three lightning matches they’ve had so far.
Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., and Triton face Hijos del Infierno. Atlantis and Triton usually are on much different levels – this is their first time teaming in Arena Mexico since 2012 – but Atlantis is a little lower than usual teaming with his son. Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela and Tae Honma face Amapola, La Comandante and La Seductora. Honma is finishing up here, while Kobayashi and Amapola are heading to a hair match sometime this spring. Coyote & Grako retain their opener rudo spot, facing Super Astro Jr. & Sonic. Last week’s lightning match was good and this might be the same. Super Astro is good all the time. Sonic shows glimpses of it but usually doesn’t get to work with decent people. Coyote & Grako are at least decent.
CMLL will air on Marca and Facebook and I’ll probably stream it on YouTube.
A lot of news sites have articles about the 63rd Anniversary of Arena Mexico. Most lean heavily from the articles CMLL puts out every year. ESTO is the one I liked best.
Leo Riano’s column says that AAA 5.4 million viewers was the record for the AAA Azteca show. The first episode was said to do around five million, though it wasn’t clear exactly where around. On the other hand, Riano says AAA and CMLL are “very even” in the ratings, which does not appear to be the case in the slightest. Azteca has been heavily pushing the Rey de Reyes match itself on social media for today. No idea if they’re doing it on TV as well, but I’ll be interested to see if that means anything for ratings.
AAA is running tonight in Mexicali. That’s the Pacific timezone, so an 8 pm local start is 10 pm Mexico City time. AAA tends to run around 3 hours, so it’ll be a late night if you’re on the eastern side of North America. Today’s the good day to subscribe to AAA on Twitch; it’ll cover all seven shows over the next month. I should get a referral code for all the times I write that it is a good time to subscribe to AAA, but this does seem like the best value point.
The AAA card is subject to change as always. Black Danger’s apparently been gone from AAA for over a month and he’s still listed on this card. Sammy Guevera is currently is in Pakistan, so he’s not working these weekend shows. Jack Evans probably exists but I’m not 100% sure. There still is a ton of talent on this card, some of the more repetitive and least interesting wrestlers are off this weekend. There’s no Blue Demon, there’s no Dr. Wagner, there’s no Pagano, there’s no Joe Lider, there’s no exoticos. All of those are fine in the right doses, but leaving them off for a weekend gives room to a lot of other exciting people.
There still is La Parka, working the main event on Friday. He teams with Psycho Clown and Puma King against Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr. & Chessman in a match sure to have comedy. Psycho and Escorpion’s feud should be the focus, with everyone else a bit adrift from storylines at the moment. The semi-main had Laredo Kid & Brian Cage taking on Taurus & Daga. Cage has been around so infrequently that it still is strange to see him as a tecnico, but that’s a match with some serious potential.
Poder del Norte are scheduled to face Guevera, Jack, and Australian Suicide. No idea what that will be. I assume some of the Tijuana locals might show up to fill gaps on this card (especially since a couple of them are actually Mexicali locals.) Dave the Clown is already listed for Sunday’s show, so he’s a possibility. A four-way with Golden Magic, Hijo del Vikingo, Villano III Jr. and Flamita with the winner getting in line for an AAA Cruiserweight title shot is scheduled. Vikingo seems like the heavy favorite there. Taya & Faby Apache team for what must be the first time, taking on Chik Tormenta and a mystery person. It kind of has to be an important woman to not seem imbalanced. AAA has given no hints. Tessa Blanchard is still my guess, but she hasn’t given it away if it is here. Ayako Hamada mentioned she’s taking bookings again yesterday, so she’s an alternate possibility. Lady Maravilla & Black Danger are supposed to open the show against Big Mami & Nino Hamburguesa. That seems like a spot where Villano III Jr. might get pulled into instead.
The show will stream live on AAA’s Twitch in Spanish and English. This should make it to YouTube about a month from now. However, they’re taping a lot of TV going forward, and that means some matches probably won’t make the YouTube uploads.
The Mexico City lucha libre commission may be homeless this afternoon. The Gladiatores posted a letter the commission received from the mayor of the Venustiano Carranza area of the city, ordering the commission to vacate their offices by noon today. The mayor was responsible for the sudden eviction of El Fantasma from a next-door gym; the only difference is they’re letting people know ahead of time. The offices are at the old abandoned Olympic velodrome and the commission says they have legal documents stating permission to stay there forever from the head of the Mexico government.
Dragon Lee is headed to Ring of Honor on June 28th (Baltimore, PPV) and June 29th (Philadelphia, TV taping). If Dragon Lee is working in NJPW thru their Dominion show, he’ll back in Mexico for a few weeks. There is another short NJPW tour after, so it is possible he won’t be back until July. I’d much rather Dragon Lee disappear to NJPW & ROH for long stretches than Dragon Lee disappears to WWE for good.