CMLL Martes: 2019-04-02

Sanson gets caught

Recapped: 04/09/2019


Fantasy & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
(13:25 [5:35, 3:27, 4:23], 2/3, n/r, 

Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel beat Metatrón, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr.
(9:10 [4:41, 0:41, 3:48], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Nitro, Sagrado beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. 
(10:32 [3:54, 1:53, 4:45], 2/3, n/r,

Templario beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(9:19, Templario gutwrench superbomb, good, 

Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(9:59 [7:13, 2:46], 1/2, ok,

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón  
(17:11 [5:01, 4:17, 7:53], 1/3, great, 

What happened: 

The main event set up a trios title rematch for the following week.

The rudos were disqualified in the second fall of the segunda for refusing to leave the ring in a timely manner. It seemed like the plan finish. The net effect is the técnicos really didn’t win a fall, though they got in some offense in the third fall before being cut off.


Panther tope

I’m watching things in an odd order; I watched the title match set up here just before getting to this main event. (It’s been a long week.) That match is easily better than this match but this match holds up pretty well on its own and they both seem different enough that it’s worth going back to see the less famous match. This is a smooth fast paced match with NGD creating some chaos to come take over the match, and the técnicos coming back with hot moves to win it. The repetitive nature of the Chavez brothers is less a problem when everything is moving too fast to really think about it, and this is a match which takes advantage of having so many people to keep going at all time. The finish was a bit complicated and came across well. These two teams have some great chemistry.

The difference in Maya & Triton and the top guys is more in how they’re booked than what they can d. They lost in two falls here. The first fall of them taking it to the Guerrero was good fun rendered meaningless when they lost in two falls cleanly. We’ll still always have Guerrero Maya and Gran Guerrero’s chop fight and Triton doing Místico spots, but this didn’t live up to the potential it showed early.

The lightning match turned into the Rey Cometa dive exhibition. I guess it makes sense when Templario is there to catch him. The back and forth cradle stretch – with Cometa nicely making something out of a broken move – worked a little better. Still, it was Cometa getting a lot of offense to make up for him taking the loss in the end rather than a competitive match. It was fun but missing a little bit of drama.

UG keeps heavyweight title, CMLL video blocked, Gladiatores tournament details

CMLL (MON) 04/15/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) El Malayo, Toro Bill Jr., Tyson La Bestia b Asturiano, Oro Jr., Rey Samuray
rudos took 2/3.
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3, leading to Metalica challenging Marcela for a title match.
3) El Perverso, Policeman, Virus b King Jaguar, Magnus, Stigma
straight fall by the rudos. Police Man snuck in a foul on King Jaguar, setting up a hair match between the two.
4) Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 2/3
5) Último Guerrero © b Valiente [CMLL HEAVY]
UG took 2/3 for his third defense.

No video for this show if you haven’t seen it already. The show was blocked overnight due to an SME copyright claim. It is honestly amazing that doesn’t happen more often with CMLL shows given their use of music which they don’t seem to have cleared for internet use. I didn’t grab a copy before it happened so we’re out of luck for now. It will air on 52MX if you’re desperate to see it, though it’s always possible CMLL could reupload it as they have with other copyright issues.

Lucha Central’s review of the show suggests you didn’t miss anything except a good version of the expected main event. I caught up about two minutes of the show entirely. The hair match seemed like it was set up for next week, though it is possible it or the women’s title match will be held over for 04/29 as a pre-Kids Day special show. Not sure the Kids are going to be very excited to see King Jaguar and Policeman throw down but CMLL is weird.

There’s nothing obviously important on tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show. However, Kid’s Day is two weeks away. CMLL will want to have something big for that. They might pluck it out of nowhere, or they might start it tonight. Caristico, Mistico, Titan versus Mr. Miebla, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero headline tonight. Anyone of those rudos could make a challenge for Caristico’s NWA championship, even if Negro Casas is the only one who comes close to being a middleweight. It should be a suitably entertaining main event for the tourists.

The semi-main doesn’t look bad either, with Hechicero teaming with Euforia & Gran Guerrero against Soberano, Stuka, and Valiente. Templario and Flyer have both been in lightning matches lately and this time face each other. Blue Panther, Fuego, and Guerrero Maya face the diabolic trio of Dark Magic, Kawato and Polvora. Nothing much exciting in the first two matches.

The CMLL stream starts at 7:30 pm on YouTube. It usually takes a little time for a copyright claim to come up. (It probably won’t happen again.)

I never put up the Tuesday Guadalajara lineup. It is not much of a lineup.

Rey Bucanero replaced Forastero on Friday’s show. Bucanero and Hechicero being on the show means Televisa9 needs to find a new wrestler announcer again: Shocker?

I’m not sure if you’ll be able to see that Televisa9 show this week in the US. It debuted last Thursday/Friday night. It is not on my DVR’s listings for this week. It is showing up on some online ones, and I’m not sure which ones are wrong. It is as possible Univision Deportes just has bad schedule date as it is CMLL was just one week and done. CMLL and Univision Deportes never promoted the airing.

Over on El Rey, Lucha Underground is finishing their early morning airs of season 1 of Lucha Underground Wednesday morning. They’re moving right along to season 2 on Thursday. If they’re airing all four seasons, it should run thru mid-September. El Rey has not aired Lucha Underground out of season until now. The only reason you air something like this at 5 AM ET is for contractual reasons, but I have no idea what those reasons would be or mean. Meanwhile, El Rey announced new programming coming in May, the first new programming in a while.

Lucha Azteca AAA is teasing a new announcer, so Konnan & Vampiro being off the show wasn’t just a one week WrestleMania weekend thing. It looks to be a permanent thing. It might not have been a performance thing; with AAA’s busy upcoming schedule, they probably would’ve had to miss more weeks. Something would’ve had to be figured out for TripleMania too, especially if Konnan & Vampiro are still having a match. I have a wild theory that Tirantes might be the new announcer – his timing of leaving CMLL lines up well – but that is a shot in the dark. This is probably tied to whatever Azteca Deportes teased as announcing tonight so we’ll know soon.

It is has been four days since AAA & Elite has announced the 05/02 Gladiatores: Liga de Campones de Lucha Libre show with MLW, Impact, and AroLucha. There has been no explanation of what is going on with this show, which is now about two weeks away. Tickets are now on sale anyway, running from 220 to 715 MXP for ringside, $12 to $38 on USD.

Lucky for us, the topic came up on +LuchaTV’s EN+carados podcast. You can jump to the 1:10:00 mark to hear the discussion or double check my translation. The plan is for five shows, one every two weeks (“fifteen days”.) There will be tournaments in four divisions: heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight and tag team. No women’s tournament was mentioned; I am dumb for not noticing there are no women on the poster. The shows will be held at both Fronton Mexico and Pepsi Center venue from the first AAA taping this year.

If they’re running every two weeks, that means tapings on 05/02, 05/16, 05/30, 06/13, and a final on 06/27 if they stick to the schedule. It seems a little risky to be running so often in Mexico City before TripleMania. Also, needing to fly people back in every couple weeks guarantees that these tournaments will fall apart in some way – someone’s going to miss a flight, someone’s going to have something else to do. Running these on Thursdays will help but Lucha Capital was held on Wednesdays and it still was incoherent by the end.

Funcion Estelar writes about the debut of Pachuca’s Lucha Libre Vanguardia promotion, which turns out to be a limited run promotion (three more weeks) fronted by Ciclope, Miedo Extremo and Draztick Boy. They’re doing traditional shows, not the extreme matches you might expect from those guys, and using guys they’ve been training. Black Terry is in this weekend.

Okumura was honored by his hometown. (There’s a longer Japanese version.)

The Sun has a Cholitas of Bolivia story.



CMLL (SUN) 04/21/2019 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Oro Jr., Retro, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Príncipe Odín Jr., Raziel
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Magia Blanca, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Místico vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Magia Blanca seems to have returned on the Rey Cometa level, which is not great but much better than one match below. There’s a chance you could have a good match at that spot.

Lucha Libre Real (SUN) 04/28/2019 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Dark Boy & Luna Divina vs Backter & Sexy Dang
2) Lunatik Fly & Lunatik Xtreme vs Mexica & Warrior Jr.
3) Lilith Dark & Reyna Obscura vs Lady Pink & Reina Dorada
4) Felino & Xendu vs Akuma & Drako
5) Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Tiger vs Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento
6) El Bandido vs Hijo del Fantasma

The Dia del Nino shows seem to be running from the 04/27 weekend to 04/30 this year. This main event is first time ever.

DTU (SUN) 04/28/2019 Arena Neza
1) Aero Panther & Fight Panther vs Samuray Jr.
2 vs 1
2) Kunay & Mandala vs Steell Incrible Dragón & Vengador Radioactivo
3) Hard Boy, Kevin, Pesadilla vs Estudiante Jr., Fly Danger, Kalibus
4) Demente Extreme & Tóxico vs Disturbio & Príncipe Cometa and Hijo De Dr. Pólux Jr. & Tiburón
5) Anthony Greene vs JimmyCamuflajeKaleth
6) G-Raver & Orin Veidt vs Crazy Boy & Halloween and El Diablo Fly Star & Paranoiko

DTU hasn’t been coming this close to Mexico City. I seem to recall past shows at this venue which didn’t draw well, so it is for good reason. Still, that means this will probably turn up and you’ll get to the see the GCW guys.

I think the fourth match Disturbio is the Tampico one and not the CMLL one.


CMLL Puebla: 2019-04-01

Tiger has had enough headscissors

Recapped: 04/02/2019


El Perverso, Policeman, Tyson La Bestia beat Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin
(13:59 [5:16, 2:43, 6:00], 1/3, bad,

Dalys, La Magnifica, Tiffany beat Lluvia, Marcela, Sanely  
(12:32 [6:03, 3:48, 2:41], 2/3, ok,

Esfinge, Flyer, Rey Cometa beat Kawato San, Olímpico, Tiger
(13:01 [4:16, 2:41, 6:04], 1/3, ok, 

Carístico, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero beat Euforia, Mephisto, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(10:15 [2:57, 1:48, 5:30], 2/3, ok, 

Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero
(10:34, 2/3, good,

  1. Gran Guerrero package powerbomb (1:33)

  2. Volador backcracker (2:29)

  3. Volador Spiral (6:32)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero’s new finish

Gran Guerrero is unable to kick out of a Canadian Destroyer about 6 minutes into the third fall. Edgar holds up his count anyway, and he has a quick with the wrestlers. They must not believe it is all that serious because Volador gets in a (rarely seen) Volador Spiral to end it instead. The move doesn’t look good, and Gran Guerrero is unable to stand without assistance after the match.

Euforia & Ultimo Guerrero fought in the semi-main, which is treated here like a big deal and treated like no deal by a day later.


Volador’s match with Gran Guerrero had a couple of things different than usual – Volador is smart enough not to take the powerbomb on the floor on a Monday match – but it was still a Volador match with both guys taking turns doing big moves until it is just done. Volador must be certain this is a winning formula since it never changes. It did expose that the match ended early, since Volador got in two straight moves in a row to win the thing after Gran Guerrero got hurt. Guerrero was having a solid match then, and it does say something positive that Volador trust him to take the Volador Spiral, a move he’s pretty much given up doing otherwise. Still, this is just another Volador matches and you know what you’re getting with these now.

not as good at the powerbomb as his brother

It was fun seeing Último Guerrero and Euforia briefly go at each other. They were smart enough to make it a thing in a match that needed a thing to work. Valiente and Carístico weren’t on the same level, and Bestia working as a sort of tecnico was just weird. It was really quite short and didn’t have much to it but they at least did something.

The tercera was not quite the typical professional midcard match but it wasn’t too far below. Tiger and Rey Cometa would be a fun feud in a world where those guys were allowed to feud. Kawato’s double stomp is horrendous and I can’t believe no one’s explained that him yet. Flyer did a better German suplex than Kawato in his match, though that may have something to do with Esfinge. Esfinge and Kawato proved to be a poor pairing in this match repeatedly. Flyer was better than that.

The women’s match gave us Lluvia & Sanely as a tecnica duo, a half decent idea that will never go anywhere (and they were immediately beat), and La Magnifica’s debut. She did well, looking solid on offense and putting some impact into her kicks. Tiffany & Dalys not giving her much to do not seem like a great sign, but Marcela seemed to enjoy wrestling against her. Hope she’ll be back.

I don’t know why I watched the whole card but at least the opener gave me something to write about. Tyson La Bestia was horrendous, looking like someone who had no business being in a CMLL ring. The Gemelo Panteras are generally boring but seem trained. Tyson was horrendous here. The second fall finished with King Jaguar and Arkalis almost shoving each other to get into their spot. I generally like Arkalis, but he and Perverso teamed up from some wretched backbreakers in the third fall.