Guerreros remain tag champs, Cain & Psycho train, ROH/CMLL tour

champs

CMLL (TUE) 07/30/2019 Arena México [CMLL, OvacionesThe Gladiatores]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE JULIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Dalys, La Comandante, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, Lluvia, Skadi LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE JULIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr. b Misterioso Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE JULIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:46
4) Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys b Dulce Gardenia, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE JULIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Atlantis, Audaz, Flyer b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE JULIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
6) Euforia & Gran Guerrero © b Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja [CMLL TAGLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE JULIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia & Gran Guerrero won in their first defense.

Blue Panther Jr. talks about his win. Gran Guerrero & Euforia are happy to remain champs.

CMLL (TUE) 07/30/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Amperaje, Mágico, Micro b El Jabalí, Mr. Apolo, Thunder Boy
2) Cancerbero, Guerrero de la Muerte, Raziel b Fire Man, Magnum, Star Jr.
CMLL debut of Fire Man, who is Audaz’s younger brother. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Pólvora, Virus b Drone, Pegasso, Tritón
Disturbio replaced Kawato. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush DQ Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Munoz took 2/3, Cavernario unmasking Mistico in the third.

Maybe a Mistico singles match coming up here as well.

Kawato’s now not actually appeared in a match since July 9th, though he continues to be advertised. It could be a minor injury, it could be some visa issue, it could just be random. Kawato hasn’t indicated any issue on Twitter, mostly wishing people happy birthday.

CMLL will reveal the other women in the CMLL Universal Femenil tournament today on Informa. If there’s any chance Zeuxis is coming back to CMLL soon, I’d guess she’ll be seen today. CMLL has just enough women to fill out the other eight spots, but that counts Estrellita (wrestling rarely) and Princesa Sugehit (still out after a concussion?). Even if it’s not Zeuxis, there’s a good chance someone different is showing up.

ROH & CMLL announced Global Wars Espectacular, CMLL participation on an early September ROH tour. ROH does similar tours with NJPW participation (or maybe that needs to be past tense?) Carstico, Volador, Stuka Jr., Triton, Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, and Okumura are announced for the shows. The shows are 09/06 in Dearborn, Michigan, 09/07 outside Chicago and 09/08 in Milwaukee. Caristico is not working the Dearborn show.

This is an interesting idea and fits with Sofia Alonso’s stated international expansion ideas. It is also going to be a challenge. ROH’s going thru their own struggles and the scheduled does them no favors. This tour takes place the week after AEW rolls thru town with their All Out event. That’s already sold out and I’d expect the other promotions who are running the same weekend to do well. It’s going to be hard to convince people in the region to come out a second weekend in a row when they may have traveled to a show the previous week. I know I’m probably going to 3-4 shows during All Out weekend and planning on going to New York the week after for AAA, so it was going to be an easy call to skip this ROH and take a weekend off. Now I think I’m going for the CMLL guys, though I’m not sure that works for everyone. Warrior Wrestling is also bringing in CMLL luchadors the week before and their names are better than the ROH names (Caristivo, Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Volador, Dragon Lee, Soberano, and Templario), though I also always leave Warrior thinking the matches should be better than they turn out to be.  ROH had to try something with these shows to make them stand out and this seems like the start of a promising idea, but we’ll have to see how the matches are set up.

ESPN has a long story about Cain Velasquez preparing for his AAA debut this Saturday. (In Spanish too.) Velasquez says he’s been training 3-4 times a week, up to five hours a session, for this TripleMania debut. He probably could get away with doing a lot less, but his comments read like he plans on doing wrestling a lot more going forward and would like to split his time between it and MMA. Making a good impression in his first match seems to be important. Velasquez says he wants to be ready to have a match on both AAA’s shows in both MSG & The Forum. The last I heard, there was no official agreement for Velasquez to work those shows, though that’s probably something to be worked out while Velasquez is in Mexico this week – it could’ve changed by the time you read this. If the reaction to Velasquez wrestling in the US is anything like it’s been in Mexico, he’d obviously move tickets for a couple of shows that are struggling to do so. Velasquez has trained with WWE at NXT before and they might consider signing him as well.

Cain Velasquez & Psycho Clown did a public training session for the press today, with plenty of videos on Twitter. AAA streamed the whole session on YouTube.

Eclipse Vengador Jr. (Lanzelot) was at the training session and announced he’s in Copa TripleMania. We have no idea how many people are in Copa TripleMania, who is it in beside the eight people originally announced, or how it works. I assume it’ll be the royal rumble with pinfall/submission eliminations format they did at Rey de Reyes but Copa TripleMania is always unpredictable.

Blue Demon wrestled in San Luis Potosi on Sunday, which appears to be his final match before TripleMania. El Sabor del Ring notes Blue Demon did a promo after the match framing it as one of his last matches ever, saying this would be the last time in front of the fans in San Luis Potosi ever if he loses at TripleMania. Demon was serious enough that the fans there believed he could be losing his mask and retiring. (He’s not losing.)

Vampiro posted a video promoting his new training school. He says classes start on Thursday, which is odd if he’s planning on being in Mexico for TripleMania this weekend. AAA has not said anything about Vampiro doing commentary and Vampiro really hasn’t himself said anything more since the original announcement. My impression is the situation is in flux.

A documentary on Vampiro will be part of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.

AAA wrestlers who are in Mexico are doing a lot of press leading into the show. Here’s Myzteziz & Vikingo on Multimedios. Vikingo was on a different morning show the day before that I forgot to link. They’re also launching a new commercial campaign to showcase their luchadors living their everyday life.

Black Taurus was added to the field for PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles yesterday. This was no big surprise after his performance at the PWG show this past week. Seven spots remain for the biggest US indie tournament. Fenix is so I’d expect Penta (and his new tattoos) one of those seven.

Segunda Caida reviews some recent Demus.

The Stranger writes about Casandro’s documentary.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

great match roundup, week of 2019-07-20

that seems like no fun

recaps

I watched the Nacion Lucha Libre show because it was the debut but do not anticipate posting a recap for every week. They’re treating it like televised spot shows, so I’ll add anything that seems worth the time to the indie watch later pile. It doesn’t seem actively bad, it just also doesn’t seem to be doing anything unique or interesting.

I didn’t have the Puebla Soberano/Casas match rated as high as the Arena Mexico, which means there’s not a match I’ve rated great from that promotion this month. You have to back to early (Cavernario/Templario) last month to find one. This is all just one dork’s opinion – I think it’s definitely fair people would have the LA Park/Rush trios higher and maybe you enjoy CMLL more than me so the baseline’s a little higher – but the shows feel deep in a rut. A common point of emphasis in 2018 CMLL was LA Park/Fenix/Penta related matches were carrying a lot of excitement and CMLL would be hurting for energetic matches without them. Only Park is around, barely, and the issues that have been there for a while are sort of bubbling up. (Lacking an Aniversario program, or at least an over one, also hurts.) I’m writing this all on Saturday, so maybe the Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Euforia & Gran Guerrero match was something special. I wouldn’t count them out. I also don’t feel like there are many matches I’m very excited about seeing right now in CMLL.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good El Bandido vs Rey Horus Bandido vs Rey Horus HIGHLIGHT en Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring) BANDIDO vs REY HORUZ (07-11-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) En tremendo mano a mano Bandido VS Rey horus en lleno de promotora la Nación (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) Rey Horus VS Bandido - Nación Lucha Libre - Sala de Armas (posted by +LuchaTV) Nacion Lucha Libre: 2019-07-20 2019-07-11
good Galeno Del Mal & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Hijo de LA Park & LA Park H del Dr. Wagner Jr, Galeno del Mal VS H de la L.A. Park, L.A. Park Jr. - Nación Lucha Libre (posted by +LuchaTV) L.A Park Jr e Hijo de L.A Park vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner y Galeno del Mal HIGHLIGHT (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LA PARK JR E HIJO DE LA PARK vs HIJO DEL DR WAGNER Y GALENO DEL MAL (07-11-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) RECIO ENCUENTRO ENTRE H. L.A. Park, L.A. Park Jr. VS H. de Wagner, Galeno del Mal (posted by hector godfrey) Nacion Lucha Libre: 2019-07-20 2019-07-11
good Soberano Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-22 2019-07-22

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Alberto el Patrón, Hijo del Fantasma, LA Park vs Apolo (Puerto Rico), El Mesías, MVP Alberto El Patrón, L.A. Park, Hijo del Fantasma VS MVP, El Mesías, Apolo - Nación Lucha Libre (posted by mluchatv) L.A.PARK, EL HIJO DEL FANTASMA Y EL PATRÓN VS EL MESÍAS, APOLO Y MPV (posted by hector godfrey) LA PARK, HIJO DEL FANTASMA Y ALBERTO EL PATRON vs MVP, EL MESÍAS Y APOLO (07-11-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) Patrón Alberto, L.A Park y el Hijo del Fantasma vs MVP, Mesías y Apolo HIGHLIGHT (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Nacion Lucha Libre: 2019-07-20 2019-07-11
ok Hija De Gatubela, Stephanie Vaquer, Thunder Rosa vs Lady Flammer, Reina Oscura, Sexy Dulce Dulce Sexy, Reina Oscura, Lady Flamer vs Thunder Rosa, Stephanie Vaquer e Hija de Gatubela (posted by Estrellas del Ring) LA CHILENA STEPHANIE VAQUER Y THUNDER ROSA CON GATUBELA, Dulce Sexy, Lady Flammer, Reina Oscura (posted by hector godfrey) Sexy Dulce, Lady Flamer, Reina Oscura VS Thunder Rosa, Stephanie Vaquer, H de Gatubela - Nación (posted by +LuchaTV) Nacion Lucha Libre: 2019-07-20 2019-07-11
ok Marcela & Skadi vs Dalys & La Metálica LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-22 2019-07-22
ok Perverso, Stigma, Virus vs Eléctrico, Kairos, Toro Bill Jr. in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-22 2019-07-22
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-22 2019-07-22
ok Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Euforia, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-22 2019-07-22
ok La Jarochita, Maligna, Mystique vs Amapola, La Seductora, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr. vs Dark Magic, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
ok Tritón vs Pólvora in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
ok Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Flyer vs Felino, Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
ok Magia Blanca & Magnus vs Akuma & Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-26 2019-07-26
ok Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hijo del Villano III, Misterioso Jr., Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-26 2019-07-26
ok Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-26 2019-07-26
ok Valiente vs Cavernario in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-26 2019-07-26
ok Ciber the Main Man, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-26 2019-07-26
ok Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, SansónLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-26 2019-07-26
not rated Arkalis & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo & Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-22 2019-07-22
not rated Bengala & Sonic vs Cholo & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-23 2019-07-23
watch later Flyer vs Rey Cometa in a lightning match FLYER vs REY COMETA (07-14-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) Flyer vs Rey Cometa in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on TV Mexiquense: 2019-07-21 2019-07-14

CMLL Martes: 2019-07-23

Black Panther

Recapped: 07/23/2019

Matches:

Cholo & Inquisidor beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:01 [3:44, 2:20, 6:57], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, La Seductora, Reyna Isis beat La Jarochita, Maligna, Mystique
(12:20 [6:13, 2:46, 3:21], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr. beat Dark Magic, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:36 [5:06, 3:15, 6:15], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pólvora beat Tritón in a lightning match
(7:54, counter dropkick, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Flyer beat Felino, Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III
(15:58 [6:29, 4:00, 5:29], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Terrible
(8:38 [5:07, 3:31], 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja asked for a tag title match next week

Black Magic ducked Black Panther during their match and then unmasked him after his win.

Thoughts:

Triton

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja winning was so straight forward in the main event that it didn’t feel like they accomplished something. It was as easy as a midcard trios though it was setting up a big match. That duo and the Guerreros should make for a good title match, but this match setting it up was brief and not particularly memorable.

The advantage of Flyer and Atlantis Jr. teaming with Papa Atlantis is the youngsters are energetic enough to carry 90% of the matches with him and he can be limited to a minute or two. Atlantis limp isn’t getting any better; he was one move and out in the third fall, then back in for another fall. The rest of this was the same Atlantis/Villano stuff they’ve done a lot of already.

Triton looked great on offense, with his moonsault and his rope climb guillotine legdrop looking fantastic. He was weaker at taking Polvora’s big moves, both feeling a little bit off. This otherwise fit the usual lightning match mold, with a few impressive dives and not much of a story.

Black Magic was better this week, but also had Black Panther literally pulling him thru the final cradle Eddie Guerrero style. His dive seemed like it was fine though he seemed quite nervous doing it. (It looked be than his silla.) One thing the Panther brothers have picked up from teaming with their father are effective ways to get the crowd back into the match, a necessary skill on Tuesday shows. I don’t remember Blue Panther Sr. ever having Blue Panther Jr.’s physique though.

The women’s match was worked as a better pace than usual, especially in the third fall. It still featured a lot that didn’t look or took a second try to latch on. They almost got the crowd into it with the near falls at the end, though there was way too much asking the referee to stop counting instead of breaking up pins.

CMLL tag title match tonight, Volador/Dragon Lee, Virus/Electrico set up in Puebla, Cain in Mexico

beaten by your own inside cradle attempt

CMLL (MON) 07/29/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) King Jaguar & Meyer b Policeman & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Metálica b Marcela [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Metalica won via double underhook piledriver. No challenges followed.
3) El Malayo, El Perverso, Virus b Eléctrico, Millennium, Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus won in straight falls, then challenged Electrico to a match for the Mexican Lightweight Championship.
4) Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Lucifierno replaced Mr. Niebla. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Dragón Lee, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush b Carístico, Euforia, Volador Jr.[Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Munoz took 1/3. Dragon Lee challenged Volador to an NWA Welterweight Championship match.

Everything that was set up last week didn’t go anywhere and everything that was set up for next week came out of nowhere. Metalica just seems to win her feud with a title shot coming out of it, Angel de Oro just won over Mephisto. It is CMLL, so maybe those matches they could happen anyway.

Dragon Lee versus Volador Jr. would be a first-time every match. It would also be between the CMLL and NWA Welterweight champions. That seems like something that should be headlining a Friday night show and not just randomly happening in Arena Puebla, but good for the people of Puebla. The match happening on a Monday night and Volador’s current run of form are reasons maybe not to get too excited for it, but Volador will probably get to be the rudo in the match. That’s where he’s looked better of late.

The Mexican Lightweight Championship seemed to be forgotten. This was a main division title repurposed as a secondary minis championship. Electrico won the vacant title back in 2013 and has defended it less than once a year since. It turned out CMLL really didn’t have a need for a secondary minis championship when they barely seemed to have a need for minis at all. Electrico got moved to the main division in 2018. CMLL said at the time that Electrico would remain as champion, but CMLL also has ignored the belt’s existence until now, never doing title matches or including him in the Universal tournament. It would’ve been reasonable to believe that CMLL had just killed the belt off, except CMLL can never actually get rid of title belts. They also seem dedicated to never doing anything with Electrico, so a Virus title win would put the belt back into use and give us lots more cool Virus matches.

CMLL’s Tag Team Championship is on the line tonight in Arnea Mexico. Euforia & Gran Guerrero, who won these titles a couple of months ago, defend for the first time as Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja. Most everyone gets mixed around in CMLL, but CMLL’s teamed up the two Chavez brothers almost exclusively this year. They also won the recent Copa Dinastia. They’re basically treated as the top team already in CMLL, so them winning the tag team titles would not be a big leap. A good match would also not be a big leap: Niebla Roja has faced his former Guerrero teammates in entertaining matches many times. CMLL Tuesday shows have been skippable, but this one looks like it’ll be worth watching.

The rest of the show is more the usual forgettable mix for a Tuesday show. Hijos del Infierno team against Atlantis, Audaz and Flyer. Okumura, Universo, and Vangellys face Fuego, Guerrero Maya, and Dulce Gardenia, in Gardenia’s first streamed match since his big introduction. Blue Panther Jr. and Misterioso meet in a lightning match. Dalys, Reyna Isis and La Comandante will surely defeat La Jarochita, Lluvia and Skadi. Another regular CMLL team, Acero & Aereo, open up the show against Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico. The show streams on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 7 pm.

The press release preview of today’s show mentions the minis anniversary celebration will be around August 10th.

Guadalajara has Dinastia Munoz against Cavernario, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero.

Cain Velasquez arrived in Mexico and was swarmed by press at the airport. He didn’t really have anything to say, but you can read Milenio, +LuchaTV, MedioTiempo, and Record to read the same comments. Cain says he’s watching a lot of videos to prepare and says it’s a dream to have a match. He’s suggested this is the start of a new career, not just a match.

AAA is promoting a Blue Demon training/ session for tomorrow night on YouTube.

Hijo del Fantasma is promoting that Sunday’s appearance in Monterrey as his last indie match. That Nacion Lucha Libre card has changed a bit; Fantasma & La Mascara are now facing Carlito & MVP instead of Chavo. (Chavo being pushed as having a key role and being gone for shows 2 & 3 is a bit odd.) Bandido has been added to the show.

MexaWrestling “Summer Course” on 08/10 in Arena San Juan Pantitlan

Puma King is headed back to DDT on August 25.

Warrior Wrestling officially announced Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero vs Caristico on 09/01.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast.

Milenio has a story on a lucha libre themed hotel near Arena Mexico, “el Hotel Arena.”

Lobo Syf unmasked Flama de Oro in Cuernavaca on Sunday. Flama de Oro is Luis Roberto Urióstegui.

The documentary on Casandro will be shown in Spain this Saturday.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 08/02/2019 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr. vs Akuma & Sangre Azteca
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Guapito, Periko Zacarías
3) Marcela vs AmapolaLa MetálicaTiffanySanelyLa InfernalMalignaLa GuerreraLa SeductoraAvispa Dorada [CMLL Universal Femenil, semifinal]
Mystique was briefly listed in La Infernal’s spot.
4) Dragón Lee vs Gran Guerrero [lightning]
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

CMLL is not publishing Friday lineups until Monday – Monday afternoon this time – but they’re still sending early versions of the lineups to Box Y Lucha. That means they’re sitting around in magazines about a day, though usually with or two things wrong. They had Gran Guerrero in two matches on this lineup. CMLL published a card with Mystique in the match and the one with La Infernal, which appears to be the correction version. This is all needless information except I’m pretty sure it’s still not the best way of doing this.

The main event is a rematch from last week, which suggests a title match on August 9th. Cavernario & Terrible have gotten thru into the Ciber & Ultimo Guerrero feud this week, which is either adding more people for a cage match or just trying to hide the 1v1. (My guess is there’s a press conference coming around 08/14 to settle this, but that’s a straight-up guess.)

Everyone’s guess is the CMLL Universal Femenil final will once again have Marcela & Dalys in the final, with Dalys winning since she’s the one who doesn’t have a belt. I’m not saying that’s wrong. I do remember back to the first men’s CMLL Universal tournament where Texano Jr. made the final in an effort to elevate him aginst Ultim Guerrero. Not sure it actually worked, but CMLL’s used these sort of ciberneticos in the past try to make new female stars in the past. (That’s how we knew they were seriously pushing Zeuxis.) The problem is there are not many women’s stars ready to make. Most of the newer women have been such non-factors that just immediately giving them a couple of big wins wouldn’t be taken as weird booking rather than elevating them; La Guerrera may have potential, but she’s not going to suddenly become a person of interest if she wins this tournament or even goes to the final. It’ll just feel random. Metalica and maybe Reina Isis (who’s at least gotten title shots) seem like the only two newer women who are taken seriously enough that building them up more might mean something. Marcela & Metalica are both in this block, so either Metalica gets that big win this week (and faces Dalys in the final?) or maybe it’s Isis’ time. Or maybe this tournament will accomplish not much, which is always possible.

Dragon Lee versus Gran Guerrero is not as hugely meaningful about the direction of CMLL in the future but it should still be a fun match. It’s the first time they’ve got to do it in Arnea Mexico. (It was listed years ago as happening in Tlaxcala.)

CMLL (SAT) 08/03/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Halcón Suriano Jr. & Sonic vs Camorra & Yago
2) Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, La Vaquerita vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
3) Magnus vs Cholo [lightning]
4) Fuego, Star Black, Stigma vs Difunto, Disturbio, Sagrado
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dark Magic, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Valiente vs Hijo del Villano III, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush

I would be hyped if we got to see Magnus vs Cholo. This is not a joke. The opener too, mostly. That’s Camorra’s first appearance in four months; I really thought he was gone. He’s teaming with the guy who beat him in hair/mask match back on New Year’s Day.

Star Black and Difunto just won the Guadalajara version of the incredible pairs tournament, so these bookings might be a reward. Kind of weird that their reward for being a good team is fighting each other but so it goes. Both have been in Mexico City for weekends before.

CMLL (SUN) 08/04/2019 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Robin vs El Coyote & Hijo del Signo
2) Príncipe Diamante, Star Black, Stigma vs El Difunto, Nitro, Okumura
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Misterioso, Vangellys
4) Flyer, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
Hechicero replaced Universo 2000
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Euforia, Luciferno
6) Místico vs Sansón

Mistico/Sanson is also a first time match. I think Mistico wins but I’m not really sure.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-22

don’t feed Negro Casas

Recapped: 07/23/2019

Matches:

El Malayo & Policeman beat Arkalis & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:08 [5:33, 2:30, 3:05], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys & La Metálica beat Marcela & Skadi
(11:32 [7:22, 4:10], 1/2, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Perverso, Stigma, Virus beat Eléctrico, Kairos, Toro Bill Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(14:57 [6:47, 3:28, 4:42], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(15:14 [4:47, 4:59, 5:28], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. © beat Negro Casas for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
(10:14, 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Soberano armdrag (3:10)
  2. Casas fujiwara armbar (2:24)
  3. Soberano powerbomb (4:40)

Euforia, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(12:36 [4:25, 2:25, 5:46], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

just a bit telegrpahed

Volador appears to be wearing an old Maximo style “Kiss Me” T-shirt but it’s his logo on it so it must be new. He also worked rudo against Caristico and unmasked him after the main event.

Mephisto was called for a foul in the semi-main, though he visibly barely touched Angel de Oro. (Oro jumped more than Mephisto was expecting.)

Metalica hooked the middle rope during a cradle to hold on for the win.

Thoughts:

The main event was weird in that Ultimo Guerrero wanted his team to be the rudos but Volador’s always the rudo against Caristico here so the crowd just kind of turned the match in their favor. The match was fine, though I hoped for more Euforia versus his teammates than they gave us. There was a short bit of it in the third fall, just about as much Volador/Caristico got. CMLL is such in a rut that weird matchups like Euforia against Los Guerreros stick way out as interesting so I definitely wanted more of it.

Casas & Soberano didn’t go long. It was definitely fun while it lasted. They repeated the DDT on the apron spot from the last match (timing it a little bit better). Everything else felt different enough to be worth watching alongside the previous title match, though that one still felt a little fresher. Soberano won with an armdrag and Casas went after the arm in revenge. Casas was wildly cheered and still cheating whenever he had the chance. Soberano does stuff with Casas he doesn’t do with anyone else and Casas breaks him out of some of the bad habits.

needs a bit of work

Kairos in English means an opportune and definitive moment. Puebla terceras are not opportune and definite moments for pretty much anyone. This wasn’t Kairo’s moment in general. He had an unimpressive look, stumbled taking Perverso’s finishing the first fall, barely got anything on his tope, and he did the slowest handspring you’ll see by someone trying to do it seriously. It’s just one match, a strange match with people on different sides for obvious reason. Kairos still has to improve a lot to be a positive addition. I’d rather see him try rather than see another Olimpico match, but it worries me that this is what the CMLL school is putting out right now. The rest of the match was passing by the scale of Puebla.

The women’s match had an ending that didn’t come together smoothly. The rest of the match was smoother but featured a lot of moments where selling was replaced by people just positioning themselves for the next spot. These matches just don’t feel alive to me. It’s weird that, on a show where Negro Casas put over a youngster again, Dalys is out here doing double pin finishes in the only fall she’s asked to lose.

Nacion Lucha Libre: 2019-07-20 (Episode 1)

King Alberto

Recapped: 07/25/2019

Matches:

All matches were taped from Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca on 07/11/2019.

Rey Horus beat El Bandido
(11:35, Pizza DDT, good, HVSLuchaLibre)
the link is to a partial version; you can find a full version of this show on Facebook

Alberto el Patrón, Hijo del Fantasma, LA Park beat Apolo (Puerto Rico), El Mesías, MVP
(11:52, Park & Alberto fouls on Apolo & MVP, ok, HVSLuchaLibre)

Galeno Del Mal & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Hijo de LA Park & LA Park
(8:42, Wagner pumphandle fireman’s slam Hijo de LA Park, good, HVSLuchaLibre)

Hija De Gatubela, Stephanie Vaquer, Thunder Rosa beat Lady Flammer, Reina Oscura, Sexy Dulce
(10:43, Thunder Rosa cradle Sexy Dulce, ok)

What happened:

break the wall down

Alberto del Rio El Patron” is introduced in the opening segment to say hi to the crowd. It’s the only segment where the crowd is much visible. He gets about a sentence in before they cut to Kamille Kaine, both speaking in English (with subtitles) and reacting to something Alberto said that must’ve been cut. Kamille calls herself the bigger star in Nacion Lucha Libre. The announcers start talking right after her, definitely not translating, but she seems to be doing a heel manager bringing in foreign talent: MVP, Mesias, Mechawolf, and Apolo are talked up. Alberto tells them off and starts a Mexico chant.

Alberto wears his Dos Caras mask and a Mexico soccer jersey on the way to the ring for half the show. Ricardo Rodriguez is a referee for part of the show and ring announcing for another part. The rudos enter thru the crowd, which is a surprise to the tecnicos and the cameras. MVP fouls Alberto after the referee is taken out. Ricardo Rodriguez stops the referee from counting. Apolo & MVP pull Ricardo to the apron to slap him, and Park & Alberto foul and cradle them. The referee recovers to count three.

Horus is wearing the Rebelion Amarilla gear. Mecha Wolf doesn’t appear to be, though Bestia may be in the previews they showed for next week. The point is they seem to be ignoring that group as a faction for the purpose of this show.

Kamille comes out to watch the women’s match and joins the announcers. The announcers ask her questions periodically thru the match, though they have trouble getting her on microphone. The announcers seem unaware of what is going and ask Kamille if she and Dulce are friends. Kamille distracts Sexy Dulce after a Gori Special, and Thunder Rosa rolls her up for the pin.

The announcers do a stand up in front of the recapping how great the show at the end of the show. There’s no attempt to hide they’re doing this before the show starts. You can see easily see the vendors walking amongst the seated fans. They also seem to talk about the Chavo Guerrero match while hyping what we’ll see out of Alberto for next week. A previous “next week” video package did hype the correct matches.

Thoughts:

double KO

Alberto’s match was not what would be considered a good match. It still was amusing to watch, a one-man vanity performance, like the lead face of an old territory. Alberto wrestled this like he turned difficulty all the way down in a video game, easily destroyed all the rudos and going thru near the entire match without selling a thing. It’s only the foul at the end, and that’s only there to set up that sequence, where anything the rudos do can possibly hurt superhero Alberto. The rudos never much get the heat, even with a sneak attack beforehand, barely being set up to get knocked down again. The rudos didn’t look so great even in that. MVP & Park had a woeful sequence. Fantasma doing sequences based off being much faster than the opposition came off as very believable. This was built to put over Alberto as Superman rather than build things up. I think the crowd was still more into LA Park despite it.

The LA Park & Wagner kid do everything in all their matches, so they delivered a crazy match in their Nacion Lucha Libre debut. Everyone doing dives, everyone getting their masks ripped up. They just did a lot of stuff, but the stuff felt like it built well to bigger stuff down the line. LA Park looked a lot sharper here than he did in his Arena Mexico debut. Galeno del Mal similar hasn’t impressed in his AAA interactions but showed some good aggressiveness in this match. The injury bit at the end was weird, and maybe not a bit, but everything else came off really well.

a Lady Flammer dive (and also me thinking I should’ve adjusted brightness on these GIFs.)

Horus & Bandido was a good way to start a new show. They did eye-catching stuff and got the crowd to care about the match. There were moments, a lot involving rope running moments, where it didn’t feel like Horus & Bandido were working well together but it mostly meant they needed to go a little slower rather than derailing it. I would’ve liked to see them fighting more for a win than a showcase but I think this is what they would’ve wanted for new fans, ending with a big fancy move. This was a bit handicapped by a production crew who has no idea how to keep up with it. They whiff on Bandido’s first dive and catch Horuz’ big one from a bad angle. Something was off with the lights as well.

Dulce Sexy & Thunder Rosa being in the ring together had me nostalgic for Lucha Underground. Or at the least the judicious use of match editing from Lucha Underground. Those two were better than most in a match that had plenty of ugly headscissors. The match settles down a bit after the tecnicas get their comeback, but seems to go a long time just for the sake of doing so. This turned into a salvageable match but not really worth any particular time. Thunder Rosa might have won and Sexy Dulce was involved in the finish, but it this show entirely came off like they were pushing Kamille as the big star

Sofia Alonso interview, Puebla preview, Naucalpan

Golden Dragon

PALL (SUN) 07/28/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) ? b Fantasma De La Opera Ii Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
2) Aero Panther, Dragón Suicida, Vengador Radioactivo b Fight Panther, Mandala, Samurya Jr. and Lady Pink, Optimus, Radioactivo Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
3) Black Dragón, Chico Che, El Divino, Golden Dragón, Shadow b Amnesia, Extreme Fly, Mr. Chivo, Súper Nono, Vaquero De Texas Jr. Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Chico Che snuck in a foul on Super Nono
4) Calibus, Cobre, Jitsu, Moria, Pesadilla b Aspirantito, Atomic Star, Belial, Impulso, Mike Segura Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
5) Aeroboy & Draztick Boy b Kid Silver & Marshe Rockett and Eterno & Toxin Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Toxin was the surprise wrestler.
6) Carta Brava Jr. (LLB), Fantasma de la Ópera, Mike Segura b Camuflaje, Crazy Boy, Malkriado Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Camuflaje replaced Poseidon. Mike Segura was the Lucha Libre Boom mystery wrestler. Fantasma beat Crazy Boy by foul to continue their feud, with rematch challenges.
7) Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus DQ Trauma I & Trauma II Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Traumas DQed for fouls/mask pull.
8) Pagano b DemusCrazy KingWotan Licha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)

Seemed like a good turn out for what was essentially a Lucha Libre Boom show with DTU participation. Haven’t heard much on the matches; this is one of those ITV shows where it’s streamed but they don’t advertise it (or at least not any place where I spot it.)

I watched the fifth match primarily to have something to talk about. There’s some good moments and some that don’t quite come together, but overall fun. Chicago’s Rockett working as a giant is a trip but comes off well. Aeroboy & Draztick Boy have talked a lot this year about wanting to get something as a tag team going and you can see how that would work well if they found a place to give them some momentum at it. I also checked out a bit of the tercera to see how Golden Dragon did. He did well, his opening exchange was had some nice stuff.

Excelsior has an interview today with Sofia Alonso. It appears to be her first outside media appearance since the death of her father and Sofia becoming CMLL president. Sofia is her was his only child and she mentions he did things with her that he would’ve done with a son: Paco showed her how to shoot a gun at age 6, taught her chess, took her to F1 races, and of course to lucha libre. She remembers feeling like Alice in Wonderland when she was backstage at lucha libre events, seeing people like Gigante Silva, Atlantis, Universo 2000, Cien Caras, Blue Panther, and Negro Casas. She has her own collection of masks given to her when luchadors would visit her home and says the family itself has a private collection of lucha libre artifacts.

Sofia Alonso did not always plan on running CMLL though. She calls it a happy accident, something she couldn’t imagine leaving once she started, “la lucha libre es mi vida.” She instead left Mexico to study in England from 2012 to 2015, earning a masters degree in sociology with studies in gender & international development. She planned on working on gender equality back in Mexico before she got involved with CMLL about three years ago. Sofia was in charge of the advertising sponsorships, the relationships with TV networks, the partnerships with foreign companies and with the tourism departments until she became in charge of everything upon her father’s death. Paco Alonso had Sofia shadow him, so she has familiarity with the programming, press and production areas which now are also her responsibility. They have meetings every Friday and she doesn’t want to sit in her chair, she doesn’t feel like a substitute.

Sofia describes her challenges are to make sure the luchadors feel calm working with her and that CMLL remains “serio y stable”. She wants to work with the existing departments to keep their existing level of performance and see where they can evolve. Sofia says this is a big challenge but it’s a big opportunity to continue her father’s work.

Sofia’s asked how she was picked to be in charge of CMLL. She simply says “no one else knows what to do like I do.” Almost all the rest of the Lutteroth family lives in Baja California and she was the only one family member working in CMLL with her father. Sofia’s asked if people have questioned a woman being in charge of a business which consistents mostly of men. Sofia acknowledged that’s been asked while definitively stating there’s no man who could do this job better than she can. “This is not a matter of gender, but of knowledge and competence for the position.”

Sofia’s long term goals include the continued international expansion of lucha libre. They have to continue tours outside the country as well as being on over the top (OTT) services in other countries. They’re looking to make new alliances and boost talents. She’s asked about other promoters in Mexico and doesn’t see them as legitimate competition – they don’t have 86 years of history, they didn’t give birth to Mexican wrestling, they’re not comparable.

I feel good about the direction of CMLL in the long term after that interview. I also feel like it’s going to be an interesting next few years.

CMLL’s Arena Puebla show has a couple of feuds carrying over from last week. Mephisto fouled Angel de Oro last week in the semi-main. They meet again, with basically the same crew. Mr. Niebla replaces Lucifierno, teaming with Ephesto and Mephisto against Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Stuka. Metalica cheated to defeat Marcela last Monday and match up again in a singles match. Metalica defeated Marcela in under five minutes last time they did this lightning match, leading to a title match.

The main event has an incredible trios of Caristico, Volador, and Euforia against the Munoz family team of Dragon Lee, La Bestia del Ring, and Rush. That’s probably more about the family teaming than the odd team on the other side. The Panthers team with Stigma against Felino, Tiger and Hijo del Villano III. Malayo & Perverso team with Virus against Electrico, Millennium, and Rey Samuray. Local heroes King Jaguar & Policeman team with Meyer and Somrba Dibaolika respectfully in the opener. The show streams at 9 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Cain Velasquez is said to be arriving in Mexico tonight around 7 pm. (This seems the most likely flight.)

Azteca says TripleMania will start airing on their channel at 9 pm. The show is scheduled to start at 8 pm, so they’ll probably be missing the first two matches. That still leaves a lot more show than Televisa has shown in past years. Space is starting their broadcast at 8 pm. I assume Azteca is doing their own broadcast, so that means there will be three different teams going.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/04/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Arquero vs Neza Kid
2) Atomic Star, Auzter, Puma de Oro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Mosca, X-Corpio
3) Jessy Ventura & Pasion Cristal vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno and Herodes Jr. & Hijo de Pirata Morgan [lumberjack]
4) El Hijo del Medico Asesino vs Hijo del Alebrije
5) Látigo vs Séptimo DragónDragón BaneFreelance
6) El Mesías & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Hijo De Dos Caras & Mr. Niebla and Trauma I & Trauma II
7) Hechicero vs Hijo de Canis Lupus

Hechicero outside of CMLL is more interesrting of late. Fifth match should be good too.

great match roundup, week of 2019-07-13

I wanted to remember the moment where they told Villano III to stop with the violence even if no one Twitter is going to understand this GIF

recaps

All 2019 round-up posts2019 MOTYC list

AAA TV tapings continue to be the best TV product, even with this one having some notable flaws. I didn’t recommend a lot from the show but that doesn’t the show was enjoyable. I guess the same thing with this Friday CMLL show, which was an easy watch even without having high-end matches. There are some things more important than individual match rating, which is a good note for a post that is pretty much only match ratings.

I thought for a good moment about including Valiente/Terrible on the watch later list but then remembered it seemed like it was just eight minutes long.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Golden Magic & Lady Shani vs La Hiedra & Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
good Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible for the Mexican National Trios Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-15 2019-07-15
good Arkángel Divino, Big Mami, Dinastía, Eclipse vs Lady Maravilla, Látigo, Parka Negra, Último Maldito  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
good Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Puma King vs Averno, Chessman, Eterno  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
good Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Soberano Jr., Templario in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-19 2019-07-19
good Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) MÍSTICO, BESTIA DEL RING Y RUSH vs LA PARK, HIJO DE LA PARK Y LA PARK JR (07-19-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-19 2019-07-19
good Jushin Liger vs CarísticoNegro CasasÚltimo Guerrero[Relevo CMLL] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) NEGRO CASAS vs CARÍSTICO vs ÚLTIMO GUERRERO vs LIGER (Relevos CMLL 07-19-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-19 2019-07-19

Other Matches Watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-15 2019-07-15
ok Marcela & Skadi vs Dalys & Reina Isis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-15 2019-07-15
ok Kráneo, Stigma, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-15 2019-07-15
ok King Jaguar vs Perverso for the hair LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-15 2019-07-15
ok Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-15 2019-07-15
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz vs Dark Magic, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-16 2019-07-16
ok Blue Panther vs Felino in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-16 2019-07-16
ok Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-16 2019-07-16
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-16 2019-07-16
ok Impulso & Low Rider vs Astrolux & Freelance  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
ok Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Taya vs Chik Tormenta, Dave The Clown, Tessa Blanchard  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
ok Daga & Taurus vs Cody Rhodes & Mjf  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr., Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 2019-07-18
ok Sonic & Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-19 2019-07-19
ok Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-19 2019-07-19
ok Marcela © vs Amapola for the CMLL World Women’s Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) MARCELA vs AMAPOLA (Campeonato Femenil CMLL 07-19-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-19 2019-07-19
not rated Magnus & Retro vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-16 2019-07-16
not rated Drone, Fuego, Magia Blanca vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Sagrado Disturbio Cmll, Sagrado e H del Signo vs Drone, Fuego y Magia Blanca. 1a caida (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Sagrado e H del Signo vs Drone, Fuego y Magia Blanca. 2a y 3a caidas (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-16 2019-07-16

 

CMLL weekend shows, NLL in Fresnillo, LA Park stars in popular (?) video

CMLL (SAT) 07/27/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Kaligua b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
tecnicos took 2/3
2) La Guerrera, Marcela, Skadi b La Seductora, Metálica, Reyna Isis
Marcela replaced Vaquerita. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma DQ Okumura, Olímpico, Sagrado
tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Stigma was unmsaked by the rudos.
4) Rey Cometa b Tiger [lightning]
Cometa won with a Spanish Fly.
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. b Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
straight falls clean
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario b Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja
Guerreros took 1/3.

Rey Cometa would like some new challenges. Rey Cometa and Puma King’s feud was in 2012, so he’s about to reach seven years of facing the same family.

There was a private show in Arena Mexico the same night. One report mentions Sanely picked up a leg injury and Titan & Barbaro Cavernario had another very good match. Interesting how that’s booked for a private show and not done as a rematch on one where CMLL’s selling tickets.

NLL (SAT) 07/27/2019 Centro de Convenciones, Fresnillo, Zacatecas [El Sol de Zacetecas, Lo Mejor de Lucha, The Gladiatores]
1) Mini Fuego & Viento Negro Jr. b Black Star & The Panther Jr.
2) Águila Del Espacio, Ecoloco, Hijo Del Enfermero b Serpiente India Jr., The Panther (Zacatecas), Toxico Jr.
3) Batab El Guerrero b DualAzrael (Nuevo León)
No Baby Xtreme.
4) Dulce Sexy & Lady Flammer b Reina Oscura & Stephanie Vaquer
Kamille attacked Dulce Sexy
5) Emperador Azteca (Indie) & Séptimo Dragón b Súper Nova & the Tiger (Tamaulipas)
win via foul
6) Brazo De Oro Jr., Fresero Jr., LA Park Jr. b Galeno Del Mal, Hijo De Wagner, Hijo Del Espectro
Galeno/Wagner/Espectro are trying to become a trio, lost in their debut.
7) Apolo & Bram b Hijo del Fantasma & La Máscara
Rudo team was scheduled as Carlito (moved up) and Chavo (??). Kamille helpedthe rudos win.
8) Carlito & MVP b Alberto el Patrón & Hijo De Dos Caras
Bram was moved down for Carlito. Bloody match.

Seemed like a good turnout, though it also seemed like it may have been a sold show at a fair. Next show is next Sunday in Monterrey. and that may be the more interesting test given the saturation in that market.

Rudos winning in the main event is a surprise after how the first show was booked, but I assume Kamille was responsible somehow. Chavo Guerrero was at a comic con in London so probably shouldn’t have been advertised here. Those first two matches seemed intended to be dark matches but may end up airing if they’re going to air four matches a week.

LA Park Jr. was on this show. The other two Parks were up in the Pacific Northwest for DEFY Wrestling. LA Park & Hijo de LA Park did their usual recent comedy violence bit of emptying a bottle of water on the back of a hapless referee, stuffing the water bottle down the referee’s pants, and hitting the referee with a strap. He also did last week on the Martinez show that streamed on +LuchaTV. Video of the bit in DEFY made it to Twitter, which the promotion retweeted. There doesn’t seem to have been much of a negative reaction to the bit live. In the video, it looks like the referee didn’t know what was happening and was uncomfortable, though the bit is more humiliating than dangerous. A fury broke about the video, criticizing LA Park & DEFY. DEFY quelled that anger by announcing LA Park & Hijo de LA Park would not be forever banned from DEFY. Fans of LA Park’s work in Mexico responded by mocking the promotion and the people who offended for such a thing as soft. And there are other people who believe the whole thing might be a work because DEFY RT-ed the original bit and hasn’t undone that.

I think it’s not a work in that sense, in that they’re setting up some storyline LA Park return. I also think LA Park and his son were probably returning any time soon – getting LA Park to Seattle is neither cheap nor easy – though I guess I wouldn’t have ruled it happening a year or three down the line. (Which is somewhere past ‘forever’ in wrestling terms anyway.) I think the inconsistency in DEFY’s responses is they personally didn’t have a big issue with the LA Park because they knew what they were getting with LA Park, but then were convinced they had to make some sort of statement to avoid it blowing up into a bigger thing. LA Park gets to say he got banned by another wrestling promotion, which only helps the LA Park mythos.

CMLL (SUN) 07/28/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel b Arkalis, Oro Jr., Retro
rudos took 1/3
3) Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Rey Cometa b Dark Magic, Disturbio Kawato San, Misterioso Jr.
tencicos took 2/3
4) Máscara Año 2000 b Blue Panther [lightning]
Mascara won in 9:53 via small package, 7 seconds short of a draw.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Kráneo, Místico, Volcano
NGD took 2/3, the last with Sanson taking Mistico’s mask. Sets up a singles match between the two.
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Soberano Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Ingobernables took 1/3

Mistico/Sanson seems like a fun idea and would be a first time ever singles match. Not as confident about Mascara & Panther going 10 minutes.

Dark Scoria talked to his hometown paper about his “entry into CMLL.” This seems to be framing his appearance on the Lucha Libre Real Arena Coliseo show as joining CMLL for more than that, which doesn’t seem to be the case. I guess El Siglo de Durango has the scoop if Scoria & Escoria are suddenly wrestling terceras.

La Parka’s Record column has some scheduling notes for the pre-TripleMania week. Cain Velasquez is scheduled to arrive in Mexico on Monday to continue his training. It reads like there may be some press event of show off that training. The “setting of the scenario of TripleMania XXVII” will begin on Wednesday, which I originally thought meant another press conference running down the matches but probably actually literally means they’re starting to set up the TripleMania stage.

The latest restart of Argentina’s Titanes en el Ring is scheduled for 08/18, with a second show on 09/21. This concept seems to be relaunched every year.

A referee took a bad bump out of the ring on a DTU promoted show in Tuxpan. DTU says the referee (El Consentido) is ok.

MexaWrestling “Summer Course” on 08/10 in Arena San Juan Pantitlan

Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr.’s NOAH appearance is official as part of the NOAH N1 singles tournament, running from 08/10 to 09/16. He’s in a five-man block and looks to be an underdog in all those matches.

Lucha World has the latest Lucha Report.

ordinary CMLL Friday night show, PWG lucha trios raves, NLL second show

Luiciferno get sent

CMLL (FRI) 07/26/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOMarcaOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Akuma & Sangre Azteca b Magia Blanca & Magnus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:59. Rudos took 1/3. Sangre Azteca replaced Espanto Jr. Akuma picked up a leg injury some point late in the match.
2) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Hijo del Villano III, Misterioso Jr., Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:23. Rudos took 1/3. Hijo del Villano III replaced Kawato San.
3) Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:43. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Cavernario b Valiente [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:48. Cavernaria.
5) Ciber the Main Man, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:37. Straight falls. UG powerbombed Rush but Ciber pulled the ref out, fouled UG, and Rush got the pin. Both sides fought again after the match.
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón DQ Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:22. NGD took 1/3, the last by DQ when Forastero tossed his mask to Volador. Tecnicos (as the Dream Team) asked for a trios title match anyway. NGD offered a rematch before both sides fought.

CMLL posted promos Ciber (still wants a title match) and Barbaro Cavernario (King of 1v1 matches).

This was generally a tourist show. This was enjoyable if this was the only time you get to see the CMLL or if you really love CMLL. It was also similar to so many other CMLL shows they run that it came off as competent but forgettable. Bigger stuff happened last week and may arrive the next six weeks, this was just a show in between.

Odd to do that main event to set up a title match, but maybe the title match isn’t actually happening next week. CMLL ought to really save it for the Aniversario show if they’re going to do NGD/Dream Team.

CMLL gave the name “CMLL Universal Femenil” to the women’s tournament starting next Friday. That’s the obvious name to go with for what they wanted the tournament to be.

The Rey Horus, Flamita, Bandido versus Puma King, Laredo Kid, and Black Taurus match from PWG last night was said to be outstanding, the best match on the show. Bandido is the only person of that bunch currently in the promotion’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament. PWG stopped announcing names for that tournament last week, which I assume was to see how some people would do on this last show before the tournament to see if they belonged in the tournament. Those six guys seemed like they belonged, though there’s probably not many spaces left for them.

AAA is off this weekend. They’ll be back the next two weekends. One of them is rather big. It’s a slow weekend in general, but there are a few notable shows:

Saturday

  • Nacion Lucha Libre has their second taping, in the unusual choice of Fresnillo, Zacatecas. It appears to be a sold show to a fair, with low ticket prices, so they should have no problem getting a good crowd. The main event is Alberto & Hijo de Dos Caras vs Bram & MVP. This show should begin airing in a week from today, with Nacion finishing up the rest of the Mexico City taping today.
    • I did watch the first episode this week. Bandido/Rey Horus and Park/Wagner are fun matches but the television and promotional aspects didn’t impress me. There are just basic matches and nothing more than hoping the announcers get the wrestlers over. The biggest revelation is Kamille isn’t there just to be someone for Sexy Dulce to beat, she’s there to be the lead heel (male or female) in the promotion from the way it was presented. She’s the one who confronted Alberto in the opening segment and is leading the heel army, in something similar but not exactly like Salina de la Renta in MLW. Whoever’s in charge is enamored with her looks, because there’s no other reason to make this decision – her promos are fine but her promos are also in English.
  • Tijuana indie Tr3s Caidas has the biggest show of its short existence in Auditorio de Tijuana. Dragon Lee vs Bandido headlines, Bestia & Rey Horus face Jonathan & Tony Casanova and Flamita & someone in the semimain. (Flip Gordon was scheduled, is out with injury, no replacement has been announced.) Puma King vs Black Destiny is third from the top.
  • Arena Coliseo has a Rey Cometa vs Tiger lightning match.
  • LA Park, Hijo de LA Park and Drago make their way to Pro Wrestling Revolucion in King City, California.

Sunday

ROH announced Felino & Okumura for their 08/24 (Atlanta) and 08/25 (Nashville). It’ll be Felino’s debut in the promotion and Okumura’s return since being in their initial trios tournament long ago.

ROH also mentioned Dragon Lee will be working more dates with them, and that several wrestlers will be headed to Mexico soon. That sounds like the Gran Prix. We know that can’t happen in CMLL on 08/23 at the soonest (because the CMLL Universal Femenil wraps on the 26th.) ROH has TV tapings that weekend so it’s probably out, as is the 09/06 weekend. August 30th is the week if it is happening before the anniversary show.

Cain Velasquez posted a training video. It looked more impressive than I was expecting.

Daga returned to Impact TV last night, being inserted in to LAX to replace an injured Santana. Reports are pretty clear Ortiz & Santana leaving Impact for elsewhere, so Daga being included might just not be another one-off appearance but the start of how they’re going to finish up the current LAX members.

Golden Magic talked about the concept of being a new Jinete del Aire on a TV show. If they’re going to do this, they need to have matching gear next week.

We’re probably due one more AAA press conference before TripleMania. The annual pilgrimage is on Thursday, so that day wouldn’t be it and it’d probably make sense earlier in the week. Nothing’s been announced that I know of.

Ex-AAA luchador Intocable is now working dates as a stand-up comedian. (Actual video proof.) Intocable was a generic handsome cowboy man who never showed any comedic sides.

Morelos luchador El Corsario passed away Thursday at the age of 92. I was thinking I’ve seen his name on cards lately, which doesn’t make sense for a 92 year old guy, and then realized I’d seen his name on cards from the 1966 shows I’ve been working on with the likes of Santo.

Monclova luchador Black Toro reached 30 years of wrestling.