great match roundup, week of 2019-03-23

bad times for a smurf

I’m usually good on getting everything from CMLL watched prior to Monday’s Puebla show. On occasion, I’ll even have the recaps done and scheduled to be posted before Puebla airs. This is a very rare instance where I’m so far ahead that this post is going up on what would be considered on time before the next week starts. On the other hand, I haven’t worked a moment on my taxes. So maybe not great life priorities. (It definitely won’t be this way next week, there’s no way I’m getting to CMLL Marca before Monday.)

Lots of watchable stuff even if nothing great. People seemed to like the Tuesday show (03-26) more than I did but it was the rare CMLL B-show I was ok with writing about everything.

Recommended Matches 

rating matches TV Show taped
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 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
good Flyer vs Titán in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
good Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
good Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Kawato San, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
good Dragón Lee, Místico, Titán vs Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
good Cavernario © vs Forastero for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Audaz, Drone, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
ok Astral & Eléctrico vs Inquisidor & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Nitro, Templario, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-26 2019-03-26
ok Pegasso & Stigma vs Akuma & Disturbio LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
ok Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
ok Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Naito, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-29 2019-03-29
not rated Astro, Asturiano, Meyer vs Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
not rated Arkalis, Pantera Blanca, Súper Astro Jr. vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Hijo del Signo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE MARZO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-03-25 2019-03-25
watch later Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón for the Mexican National Trios Championship CAMPEONATO DE TERCIAS LA NGD(SANSON CUATRERO Y FORASTERO) VS ONE-ATOS STYLE(ESFINGE TRITON Y TITAN) (posted by A Los Raketazos) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón [MEX TRIOS] (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2019-03-23 2019-03-19

Demus wins in Memes, WR, IWRG, Gran Guerrero vs Volador tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

WR (SAT) 03/30/2019 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de RudoSuperLuchasThe Gladiatores]
1) Flecha Roja, Johnny Montaña, Princesa Azul, Sky b Bastet, Lemuria, Licántropo, Stephanie Vaquer Bastet y Stephanie Vaquer vs Princesa Azul y Sky con WR (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Daniel De La Cruz b Manuel Rodríguez [shoot fighting]
3) Atomik Star, Ébano, Hijo Del Lancero, Kevin b Espantapájaros, Factor Miedo, Portois Montañez, Saku
The Montanez (with even more family members) attacked Saku after the match
4) Ernesto Manuel b Licántropo
Shoot fighting. Neither was originally scheduled.
5) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Sangre Chicana b Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento and Rencor Boricua, Terror Boricua, Violento Jr. Herodes Jr, Hijo de S Chicana e H del Pirata vs los Bastardos vs Poder Boricua (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
6) Black Panther (CMLL), Blue Panther Jr., Pierre Montañez b Eterno, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr. Blue Panther Jr, Black Panther y Pierre Montañez vs Eterno, Universo 2000 Jr y Kawato San (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Francois Montanez challenged Eterno to a title match, with Diamante & Blue Panther Jr. getting involved.
7) Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi b Jean Montañez & Pierre Montañez © and Dr. Cerebro & Mr. Electro Zumbi y Heddi Karoui vs Pierre y Jean Montañez vs Mr. Electro y Dr. Cerebro. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
8) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Fantasma b Ricky Marvin & Súper Crazy and Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria [submission] Hijo del Fantasma y el Hijo de Dos Caras vs Cuervo y Escoria vs Ricky Marvin y Super Crazy (posted by Estrellas del Ring)

It was odd that Wrestling Resurecion was talking about doing MMA and lucha libre on the same show. It makes a lot more sense when it is revealed to be another Montanez show; their sponsor was on the ring apron. Not a strong turnout the intended audience are the people in the ring for these.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 03/31/2019 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Hijo De Dr. Pólux & Murciélago Plateada b Alas de Acero & Iron Kid and Multifacetico (Puebla) & Prayer
2) Dragón Bane b Hijo de Canis Lupus
good match between the brothers, who weren’t thrilled to fight each other
3) Virus b Flamita
4) Súper Crazy b Aeroboy
5) Aramis b Negro Casas
good match, big win for Aramis
6) Ricky Marvin b Arez
said to be a MOTYC level. Arez challenged Ricky to a hair vs hair match
7) Demus b Gato De Ecatepec [mask, hair]
Gato de Ecatepec is Javier Rodriguez Cruz, 17 years a wrestler

Thank goodness Demus won. Ricky Marvin’s pre-AAA strong indie run was fueled by facing guys like Arez so I can only imagine it was probably pretty good at hard hitting. Meanwhile, Negro Casas is clearly at the point where it does not bother him to lose any match. It is a good place to be.

IWRG (SUN) 03/31/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiaotres]
1) Latino & Puma de Oro b Neza Kid & Power Bull IWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Power Bull replaced Guerrero 2000.
2) Atomic Star, Black Shadow Jr., Mexica b Auzter, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah IWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Eragón b Ángel Tormenta, Látigo, Mosca IWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
4) Demonio Infernal b Cerebro Negro IWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Cerebro Negro offered Demonio Infernal a title match
5) Death Metal, Karaoui, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. DQ Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo De Huracán Ramírez, Internacional Pantera IWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Pantera hit a referee with a tope by accident (or maybe because Mascara pulled him in the way) which caused the DQ. Huracan wants a title match with Mascara.
6) Dragón Bane, Eterno, Golden Magic b Aramis, Imposible, Metaleón IWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Metaleon replaced Ciclon Ramirez. Money thrown in.
7) El Hijo del Medico Asesino DQ Hijo de Canis Lupus © [IWRG JUNIORSIWRG: Campeonato Junior de Juniors (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Extreme IWRG finish: Mascara 2000 was seconding Canis Lupus and kept interfering. Both Lupus & the referee wanted him to cut it out and he was ejected. Mascara just returned to the ringside area anyway and hit Medico Asesino with a chair. Demonio Infernal, Medico’s second, pointed it out and the referee called for a DQ and a title change.

A title switch where the guy who wins the title isn’t even involved in the finish makes for a worthless title. Semi-main was said to be pretty good.

Facebook Zona Ruda says the Arena Coliseo Monterrey on Sunday (Angel Dorado Jr. anniversary cage match with Ultimo Guerrero and other CMLL wrestlers) drew about 500 people, while the Arena Jose Sulaiman show (Blue Demon vs LA Park vs Dr. Wagner) drew about 400. Commenters on the post are blaming the weather and bad advertising for the Coliseo show. Titan & Cavernario had a great match on the Arena Coliseo Monterrey show, and it may show up on LuchaMania Monterrey.

CMLL is running yet another Volador singles match main event tonight, their go to idea when they need a singles main event match and have no great idea. (Keep reading for another.) He faces Gran Guerrero for the first time since the 2015 FantasticaMania. That match was a turning point for Gran Guerrero, proof he could be a part of good singles matches after looking lost as a Guerrero for the year or so prior. It was still mostly a Volador big move exhibition and I’d suspect tonight will be a lesser version of that.

The rest of the card is not that interesting. Bestia del Ring teams with Mistico & Ultimo Guerrero against Euforia, Mephisto and Valiente in a strange semi-main. Esfinge, Flyer and Rey Cometa take on Kawato, Olimpico and Tiger. There’s a women’s match and a mostly locals match to open it up. The show airs on CMLL’s YouTube. This is the final Puebla show that is one hour later for people in the US (and the final one at the ‘winter’ time for people who don’t change clocks, like Japan.)

Lost in Lucha is trying a CMLL recap video podcast format, which is a good idea. This is something I’ve thought do but video editing is scary.

Flamita is now on the 04/04 Impact United We Stand card, facing Rich Swann in an X Division title match. Also, King Cuerno/Hijo del Fantasma is finally officially off the card, replaced by Marty the Moth. That match is still 3 vs 4, though that may be an angle to play out.

Sanely & La Magnifica replace Vanilla Vargas & Christi Jaynes on the 04/06 MexaWrestling show.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 04/06/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Sangre Imperial & Sonic vs Príncipe Odín Jr. & Yago
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Sagrado, Tiger, Vangellys
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero
5) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas

It is unclear why this is the Anniversario show and not last week except for the calender. There’s a singles match with no build and a micros match but there’s nothing really special about it.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-26

just wanted to see the Twitter reaction

Recapped: 03/26/2019

Matches:

Astral & Eléctrico beat Inquisidor & Yago
(11:52 [5:05, 2:50, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 00:02:00)

Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel beat Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr.
(16:01 [4:34, 4:40, 6:47], 2/3, ok, 00:22:10)

Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Pólvora, Templario, Virus
(9:23 [5:46, 3:37], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:47:41)

Titán beat Flyer in a lightning match
(8:45, el Inmortal, good, 01:07:29)

Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
(12:32 [6:12, 2:30, 3:50], 2/3, ok, 01:22:11)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón
(12:06 [4:52, 4:10, 3:04], 1/3, good, 01:45:40)

What happened:

the new look does work for dives

Templario fouled Rey Cometa for no great reason.

Inquisidor is a sub for Cholo. CMLL still plays Cholo’s music for a few seconds before figuring it out. Yago is mentioned for recovering from injuries suffered in the apuesta match months ago. He’s got a good over his mask, which also may have been changed. The Subzero faceguard still is very bright.

Thoughts:

The main event fulfilled the goal of a positive match to send the people home happy. I’m not sure if I’ll remember it by the time this actually goes up, but they did a quick match and a good pace, keeping the match moving thru the rudo section to the quick comeback and win at the and. This is what they seem to try for every Tuesday and it worked a little better than usual even while being shorter than usual.

Remember the time Averno left CMLL and Mephisto & Ephesto needed a new partner and veryone wanted it to be Hechicero and it ended up being Luciferno? That didn’t really work out for us but maybe it worked out for Hechicero? He’s doing OK, though he showed how well he could work with the other two if given the chances. Hechicero and Stuka worked this match like their feud was something CMLL cared about, and they brought the rest of the match-up. The downside was the timing was just off in the third fall Atlantis run, and that’s enough to make him look really old. Atlantis working Tuesday show semi-mains doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

Raziel having a good day

The lightning match was a rare moment of Titan not being the underdog. Flyer is still a bigger size than Titan but he was the one who had to keep sneaking in the superkick at the right time to avoid taking big blows and eventually made the big mistake that cost him. This was more Flyer getting in limited shots at the right time and get knocked around a bit, and he did better at it than the generic aerial luchador on some Fridays. It probably doesn’t work against anyone but Titan, who looked as good as usual, but there’s some hope there.

The tercera felt cut short because of the foul finish, which was too bad because the técnicos looked on. Audaz did a few evasive Audaz things but also got so much height on his dive. Maya looked sharp too. Cometa/Templario should happen when Templario eventually gets a title but it was a random bit to end in a DQ here. Templario did get dropped right on his skull on a Rey Cometa Spanish Fly. Maybe the foul was a bit justified.

The segunda was I guess fine, but too long for me. They took advantage of the space to try some weird offense instead of just the usual same brawling, though maybe Oro Jr’s attempt at a handspring stunner could use some work. They did get in a dive in the segunda, a Tuesday rarity, and Raziel did that thing where he looks like great for about five minutes.

The opener was more competent than usual. The year of being the lowest people on the totem pole has definitely taken a big toll on Astral & Electrico’s energy. They were just fine here. Yago moved like a guy who wasn’t dealing with an injury, though the t-shirt at least made him look like he gained weight. He had some creativity and was willing to set up for técnicos. There are parts here that could’ve worked in a better match.