CMLL (TUE) 04/30/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, The Gladiatores]
1) Apocalipsis & Espíritu Negro b Bengala & Sonic Rudos took 1/3
2) Átomo, El Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías tecnicos took 2/3
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger b Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr. Rudos took 2/3
4) Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. Rudos took 2/3
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. rudos took 2/3
6) Carístico b Último Guerrero Caristico took 1/3. money thrown in
CMLL (TUE) 04/30/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Baron Blanco Jr., Neutrón, Tigre Blanco b Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Ráfaga Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Fuego, Magia Blanca, Star Black b Disturbio, Guerrero de la Muerte, Sangre Azteca Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Difunto b Joker [lightning]
4) Kráneo, Tritón, Volcano b Dark Magic, Misterioso Jr., Rey Bucanero tecnicos took 2/3
5) Flyer, Rey Cometa, Titán vs La Bestia Del Ring, Negro Casas, Terrible Rudos took 1/3, only losing the middle due to mask pull (Flyer) DQ
6) Ángel de Oro b Mephisto Angel de Oro took 2/3.
Standard stuff here. The lightning match was an added match.
This afternoon is the Lucha Memes/Mexa Wrestling “Battle of Naucalpan 1” show at Arena Naucalpan. The show has an eight-man tournament, as well as Bandido versus Ultimo Guerrero and Jonathan Gresham versus Virus dream matches. There are 12 scheduled matches and most everything figures to get a lot of time, so this might be a pretty long one. It also looks like the best independent show of the year. There’s always question marks about luchador making their scheduled bookings. This should could lose 2 or 3 matches and still be worth seeing. The tournament itself is totally up in the air, with most everyone having a reasonable case for winning.
This is the most expensive ticket for indie show of this type in memory, and probably the most expensive to put on. They’ve been pushing ticket sales hard, including offering a bus trip from Mexa Wrestling’s home base of Neza to Naucalpan. Everyone takes from everyone else in Mexico City indies, so there will probably be more attempts at shows like this if this works.
You will not be able to see it live unless you can make the trip to Naucalpan. It will not stream live on +LuchaTV and they’re asking fans not to film or stream it themselves. That’s standard policy in for most US groups but not in Mexico. I think everyone expects it to be posted by +LuchaTV eventually but no one’s said it will be and there’s no mention where that’ll happen.
I think I like Flamita beating Arez in the final of Battle of Naucalpan, mostly because it puts a MexaWrestling & Lucha Memes regular together. You can make your guess here.
On Twitter, Aerostar challenged Monster Clown to a mask versus mask match at the AAA MSG show. This seemed more definite than most mask match challenges. There are currently no matches announced for that show. No ticket prices either, though the tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Sunday. I’m skeptical an Aerostar versus Monsther Clown match, a feud AAA isn’t even pushing on their own TV tapings at the moment, will be selling any tickets to the MSG show but one match for the show is better than zero matches for the show. Monster/Aerostar has a better chance of featured prominently there than being grouped in TripleMania and it would show AAA has remembered to book matches for the show.
Vampiro talked to TV & Notas about his medical situation. The timeline doesn’t quite seem to match up with his original statement but it is Vampiro. Vampiro says he’s still working for AAA, doing English announcing and occasional Spanish announcing from the US.
Aramis & Miragevs Arkángel Divino & Black Destiny (02/10 @ Tr3S Caidas, 10:15, good, Arena Clandestina; match starts at 4:25)
An action match that got smoother as it got along. Arkangel Divino had a couple of moments early on where he looked shockingly lost. He came back to nail his last few moves. Aramis was the shiniest luchador here, getting in his flying well, showing surprising power for a skinny guy and selling the reverse rana big. Mirage & Destiny were their normal good but also sort of average selves.
They decided to make the match with just the hot spots. It didn’t really work out well because people weren’t as excited for those spots and a couple of them didn’t go well. Latigo seems like he can build matches better than this. Not sure about Dragon Bane. It did have a few fun highlights. I really liked the finishing spot even if it seemed like 90% of the crowd didn’t understand it was the finish.
It is weird mentally that Zumbido appears to be lighter than Ricky Marvin this time. They work as a team for the nostalgia if not for the style. Zumbido’s out to prove he can once again be the Zumbido of the early 2000s. Ricky Marvin has no interest in that time’s Ricky Marvin and wants to destroy anything that vaguely resembles it. Ricky Marvin going after joins is fn, though they have trouble making it go anywhere and he doesn’t always seem to be in the right spot for the counters. This match seems to peak well before they get to the finish and could’ve been better cut down a bit, but there are still some solid moments.
Voltron is the Carlos Colon of Guatemala, having been at the top of the local promotion for a couple of decades. I don’t know if he’s the guy running things behind the scenes, though the evidence suggests it strongly. Being the top of Guatemalan wrestling doesn’t seem to be mean much – there’s maybe a 100 people here for this match – but it does mean one of his sons get to wrestle former AAA superstar Decnnis. This is a very AAA weapons infused brawl, with Decnnis attacking with a drink carrier early and the first fall ending due a second swinging a chair and lot of heel referee work. Hijo del Voltron seems fine, which is no sure thing given his role. Decnnis is a good base for them when they’re not swinging chairs. It does stick out that Voltron looks worse on his own; the cartwheel splash he does to end the second fall looks ugly and he’s got a slow motion tope later on. There’s no special charisma there either. He’s fine but the thing that makes him a star is his name. Decnnis works good enough as a base that it’s too bad he doesn’t turn up in Mexico doing that a bit more.
Virusvs Demusin a super libre match (02/16 @ Revolucion Lucha Libre, 10:48, good, +LuchaTV starts at 27:36)
I was really left wanting it to not as easy it did. The brawling portion of the match is as enjoyable as when they actually get to the ring, though neither feels fully developed with the time they get. It is neat to see Virus take a fight over the rail, so unlike CMLL, and Demus is in his element here. Still felt like this could’ve been more.
Demus matches sure aren’t long. (It occurs to me later that a reason might be because both of these matches were happening the same night.) This seemed like a fair end since it appeared he comprised Bam Bam to a permanent end. “Esto es criminal” was the right and proper call for Demus guiding Bam Bam’s tope into head and back first landing on the chairs. Bam Bam seemed something like 75% of what he used to be (in skill, in size he was more like 150%) but he did contribute a lot of blood in his time in. This was a quick entertaining match if not more.
Again, another match that’s on the short side, but completely believable in ending when it did because someone just got taken out in the end. Toscano is still really solid, though age has caught up with his looks. Impulso stood out for his reckless disregard, right down to the finish. Drako lands one of the better butter splashes. This was too short to be a lot but there’s enough here to like.