Lucha Libre REAL (SUN) 04/14/2019 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr., Estrellas del Ring, Lucha Central]
1) Dark Boy & Sexy Danger b Bakler & Luna Divina
2) Criss Stone Jr. & Syrus b Sádico & Yoruba and Lunatik Fly & Lunatik Xtreme
3) Dulce Gardenia, Redentor, Rossy Moreno DQ Demasiado, Fulgor, Reyna Obscura
Baronessa attacked Rossy Moreno to set up a title match
4) Robin © b Warrior Jr., Imposible [LLR OMEGA]
Warrior Jr. replaced Halcon 78.
5) Metaleón & Tiger b Demus & Eterno and Troyano & Último Gladiador
Demus & Eterno replaced Karaoui & Zumbi. Challenges for a trios match followed.
6) Cuervo b Fresero Jr. [bull terrier]
a polemica lucha, set up a tag title match
7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero
a lot of cheating
The only Lucha Libre Real storyline I care about is if Robin got a real belt. Looks like he got a real belt! Also looks like Demus was going to take that one too.
IWRG (SUN) 04/14/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Black Shadow II, Dinámico, Spider Boy b Canival, Cosmic, Vortex
2) Biosfera, Cheff Benito, Latino b Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr., Power Bull
3) Alas de Acero, Holocausto, Rey Gato b Ángel Drago, Galactus, Güero Palma
Holocausto replaced Manchas
4) Hijo de Canis Lupus COR Máscara Año 2000 Jr. © [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Mascara 2000 was counted out and lost the title in his first defense.
5) Divino, Hausser, Ninja de Fuego b Erigor, Gallito, Neza Kid
6) Ángel Del Amor, Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Einar El Vikingo, Guerrero Olímpico, Historico, Maradó, Ragnar El Vikingo b Auzter, Black Dragón, Chicanito, Death Metal, Dinamic Black, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy, Toto [Copa Higher Power]
Team FILL vs Team Argentina (Hip Hop Man). Dragon Fly (returning) was the mystery wrestler for Team Argentina and got the win with a pinfall over Black Dragon.
Dragon Fly hasn’t been in Arena Naucalpan in about a year and hasn’t been wrestling much since (but did wrestle with Hip Hop Man’s crew.) You never know with IWRG but this was played up like the start of something.
A title changing hands with no one getting pinned is very IWRG.
ROH last night in Columbus
- Rush beat Soberano Jr.
- Bandido beat PJ Black in a match with Caristico & Flip Gordon
The Rush/Soberano match was a short squash, which seems like will be the way of all Rush singles matches from now until he gets into a title program. The four-way had some moments that didn’t go well but was overall pretty fun. Flip Gordon went a long way on a dive to a balcony (not from a balcony); whatever he says, he seems to have a lot of confidence in his knee.
They taped TV the day before, with both the Briscoes vs Caristico/Soberano and The Kingdom vs Rush/Cobb/Lethal said to be good. I believe the trios match is airing on ROH’s 400th episode (May 17th), and the tag match sometime prior. ROH is off until the May War of the World tour, though the April Crockett Cup will air on their streaming service. AAA is still the weirdest schedule but ROH is not far off.
I watched some of ROH while actually being at GALLI last night. They said goodbye to the swap meet in November, they’re back in the swap meet (in a new area) in April. I didn’t write down usable results. I thought the show was better than usual, though I may have been distracted during some of the more questionable parts. These shows are good for seeing random midwest wrestlers I haven’t heard of who have some promise to be something sometime down the line; this time it was Kyle Pro (out of Wisconsin?), who was doing well with a Sonny Kiss/XO Liscious sort of character in the opener. I have not seen Air Wolf, I heard good things about Air Wolf, Air Wolf did a cool dive and seemed OK the rest of his match. Maybe I need to see other matches to see more.
Everyone was trying very hard to make DJZ’s last match for the promotion good. The five other guys in the match are all guys he’d worked with a lot (in the ring and/or in the training) over his last few years in the promotion. It felt like maybe they were trying too hard early on, but they settled down and it worked out to a fun match. It was one totally worth the trip and the reason most people had made it to GALLI on an unusually snowy April night. (It wasn’t just the fans; many of the wrestlers who worked the show or those who had worked past ones were hanging out watching DJZ’s final match here.) DJZ seemed sincerely appreciative to the fans and to the promotion for how they’d helped him along his path. He’s got a few more matches away from Chicago before he goes to NXT, and you should check him out while you can.
Tonight’s Arena Puebla show has Ultimo Guerrero defending the CMLL World Heavyweight championship against Valiente. That seems likely to be a very Ultimo Guerrero formula match, with the only question being if they’ll do a Guerrero Special in Puebla. A title change seems very unlikely this early in an Ultimo Guerrero title reign.
NGD versus Caristico, Mistico and Soberano has the best chance at a memorable match, depending on how hard they want to go on a Monday night. It also might depend on if Mistico is really there (no matches this month) or who replaces him. King Jaguar, Magnus & Sigma face Perverso, Policeman, and Virus in the tercera. There are a women’s match and a usual opener to start the show. It starts at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
Box Y Lucha 3381 has Dragon Lee & Rush on the cover.
Segunda Caida reviews a July 2018 CMLL trios match.
An interview with Monterrey’s Demonio del Caribe, who has plates in an arm after a break.
CMLL (SAT) 04/20/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sonic vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Sangre Imperial vs Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca, Yago
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, Fuego vs Nitro, Olímpico, Sagrado
4) Disturbio vs Metálico [lightning]
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Felino, Mephisto, Shocker
6) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Carístico vs Cavernario, Hijo del Villano III, Villano IV
Villano IV has been off since late February. At his age, it could’ve been an injury. This doesn’t look like an appealing card.