Caristico/UG tonight, Puebla results, Kid’s Day, LU contracts

Soberano & Hechicero

CMLL (MON) 04/29/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Astro & Meyer b Joker & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ABRIL DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Espíritu Maligno & Toro Bill Jr. b Asturiano & Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ABRIL DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Drone, Fuego, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Disturbio, Policeman, Virus LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ABRIL DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Marcela © b Metálica [CMLL WOMENLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ABRIL DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marcela took 1/3 to retain. 2nd defense (first in Mexico)
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ABRIL DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul returned from injury to replace Atlantis Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Cuatrero, Sansón [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE ABRIL DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador cheated to win again, setting up a singles match with Caristico next week.

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

2015-04-30 (Thursday): 39
2016-04-30 (Saturday): 68
2017-04-30 (Sunday): 109
2018-04-30 (Monday): 28
2019-04-30 (Tuesday): 25

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.

Guadalajara has Angel de Oro versus Mephisto tonight. My recording of last week’s Guadalajara failed. Hopefully this week will go better.

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.

Meanwhile, SoCal Uncensored was the first to report that Dorian Roldan threatened Ring of Honor & the NWA over using Willie Mack, saying Mack is thought to still be under Lucha Underground contract. Willie Mack lost the NWA National Championship this past weekend as a result and may also be looking for a legal remedy.

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.

RIOT 05/04 (Chicles) in Arena LLF

Caifan II got hurt over the weekend, so he’s out too.

EMW announced Tessa Blanchard for their 05/31 show, which would be her first appearance in Tijuana since vacating The Crash Women’s Championship back in February.

MDA 06/02 at Arena Naucalpan

+LuchaTV has a new edition of En+carados #119.

Rayo de Plata Jr., Rayo de Plata IV and Futuro 2000 defeated Ke-Changote, el Viejo de la Danza, and Red Monster for their masks at the opening of the new Arena Mexico Rayo de Plata on Sunday. No names announced.

Segunda Caida watches some Casandro & a CML undercard match.

El Sol de Durango has an interview with Dark Scoria.

Infobae has a video interview with Tony Salazar.


CMLL (SUN) 05/05/2019 Arena 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

There’s no way that main event is ending clean.