Not a strong week. Thank goodness for the LBGT+ community or there would only be one good match this week. And the follow-up match to that was better than this match. Go look thru the indie stuff instead.
Dulce Gardenia vs Disturbio
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-06-28
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-06-28
Astro, Meyer, Rey Samuray vs Black Tiger, Joker, Toro Bill Jr.
IWRG (SUN) 07/07/2019Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Auzter b Neza Kid
2) Canibal Jr. & Death Metal b Atomic Star & Brazo De Oro Jr. Perro Aguayo was honored after the match.
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Hijo del Alebrije DQ Dragón Fly, La Mosca, Marado
4) Centurion & Fly Warrior b Fulgor I & Fulgor II and Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
5) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Sangre Chicana, Rokambole Jr.b Demonio Infernal, Diva Salvaje, Eterno, Lunatik Xtreme Pirata Morgan got in a foul on Demonio Infernal, then challenged him to a title match.
6) Soy Raymunda L Óscar El Hermoso, Miss Gaviota, Demasiado, Lolita, Diva Salvaje, Pasion Kristal, Lilith Dark, Diosa Atenea, Jessy Ventura[cage, hair, mask] Raymunda lost her hair to Pasion Cristal. Last four were Lolita, Ludark, Pasion and Oscar. Lolila & Ludark left leaving Oscar & Pasion, but Raymunda came back to stop Oscar from losing and ended up losing.
Never go back in a cage after you’ve escaped. It always backfires on you. You can always get your revenge on someone later. An important lesson for a Monday.
Madriza (SUN) 07/07/2019Centro de Alto Rendimento The Crash, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Black Joe & Príncipe Perseo b Blue Win & Guerrero De Fuego
2) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García b Karma I, Karma II, Máscara Oriental
3) Ancla b Drako, Misteryk
4) Bestia 666 b Demus Bestia used the ropes to win. Demus complained about it but Bestia said a win is a win.
5) Puma King b Kill Korton Kill Korton is the former Kronoz
6) Fénix (Indie) b Freelance
7) Penta b Arez
I watched Fenix/Freelance so I’d have something to say here instead of just gesturing at the video links. Fenix/Freelance is not a match you need to watch. It’s rough for a while, with both guys taking turns slipping at unfortunate moments. It got a bit better at the end but it’s clearly not the match they hoped to have.
Today’s Arena Puebla show has a King Jaguar versus Perverso lightning match, which seems to be setting up a hair match as soon as next week. King Jaguar originally became a tecnico (“turned tecnico” is not accurate) late last year opposite of Perverso, but the feud got dropped – or saved until this year’s Arena Puebla show. Having a deep memory of Arena Puebla locals feuds is something I will regret on my deathbed.
Dragon Lee, Mistico and Soberano face Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Negro Casas in the semi-main and best-looking match on the show. The actual main event has a Los Ingobernables versus NGD match. Sanson fouled Terrible last week so that might be a title match coming up soon. Electrico, Pegasso, and Millenium take on Policeman, Raziel, and Cancerbero in the tercera. Halcon Suriano & Sonic turn up in the second match against Espiritu Maligno & Rey Apocalipsis. The show airs at 9 pm on Arena Puebla.
Elite returns again tonight. Kind of. The lineup is another one of the AAA vs Elite shows that AAA was using a TV tapings last yet but has dropped as a concept in 2019. AAA’s mentioned the show but this seem to be sort of an Elite promoted show, whatever that means at this point. The poster indicates the show will be taped for TV and El Planchitas suggested this group really did have some of TV deal, but didn’t specify with who and there’s been no mention of it since. Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Eterno & Imposible sounds fun if it turns up, and it has a good shot of at least showing up in bootleg form.
Both of those shows will have moments of remembrance for Paco Alonso, as many shows did last night. There’s no more news on his death at this point. The Perro Aguayo death announcement included a mention of his wake. There was not the same in Alonso’s announcement, seemingly respecting his wish for privacy even after his death.
I keep thinking about what is next. Sofia Alonso is 28. She’s often compared to WWE’s Stephanie McMahon. McMahon was also running her own department at 28, being in charge of the WWE writers, similar to Alonso being charge of CMLL’s marketing. That’s a lot of responsibility at a young age, but not something that encompasses the entire business of the promotion. If Vince McMahon passed away when Stephanie was 28, I’m skeptical they would’ve put her or her husband fully in charge – they would’ve been in front of the promotion to assure their business partners of stability, but those same business partners would’ve wanted an experienced CEO and a team to be involved. I have no idea if Sofia Alonso is more capable of running CMLL at this point, but convincing the sponsors and TV partners and everyone else they’re working with is the more immediate challenge, not really the luchadors. The good news is WWE is a situation where everything runs thru Vince McMahon, while it has appeared that a lot of stuff in CMLL ran without Paco Alonso being involved and might still keep rolling along for a while no matter who’s in charge, buying ownership more time to decide what to do next.
+LuchaTV has an interview with Cuatrero, who did a good job of not tipping his hand to whatever he must be going thru right now.
Pirata Morgan Jr. appeared to wrestle on a Contreras show Saturday. Assuming it’s the same one it used to be, that’s the first time he’s turned up on a wrestling show since he was found to have stolen from fellow luchadors on a US tour. Pirata Morgan Sr. had said this son would no longer be allowed to use his name. Six months might have been enough time for attention to die down, though I don’t think there was any people on that tour who was on this show.
Last Sunday in Puebla, Guerrero Espartaco unmasked Leone. Leone gave his naem as Leonardo Hernandez Vazquez, 41 years old, 3 years a wrestler. That’s a combination of age and experience I don’t hear much.
Romano García vs Dr. Cerebro
(Memes/LLB/MDA @ 04/20, 5:52, good, mluchatv)
This was catch and release llaving-ing early and I was immediately regretting having put this match on my list to watch. And then Dr. Cerebro grabbed Romano Garcia in the setup for la Cerebrina and I decided this was an automatic Good if he just hits the Cerebro Driver out of it and wins. He did! Automatic. The holds they were doing before were creative enough but also sometimes these maestro matches should absolutely go this way. If they’re trading all sorts of potentially fatal holds, they ought to be as fatal in minute five as they are in minute twenty. Dr. Cerebro was good enough to get to it in minute five, won, great story.
Arez vs Aramis
(Memes/LLB/MDA @ 04/20, 11:12, great, mluchatv)
If you could take, say, around the first half of this match, then splice in an Arena San Juan big move section as the second half of this match and put in a place that gets a lot of spotlight, people would be talking about this match and these guys as the future of wrestling. It was that impressive. They were super creative in the sequences they were doing and just as smooth in executing them. They were so clean at doing such complicated that I could see some people being turned off for it feeling as a choreographed fight. For me, a person who enjoys cool reversals, it came off more like people thinking and moving faster than I could imagine. The second half is still pretty good, though the parts where they’re doing llaves because that’s the bit instead of doing what would normally make sense in that situation stick out. Aramis & Arez were very loyal to what the promotion was looking out of this show. It should be commended on some level, though it also felt like this was headed to a match of the year level fight if they just decided to throw out the concept. Worth checking out for something different than you’d expect.
Negro Casas vs Trauma II
(Memes/LLB/MDA @ 04/20, 8:17, good, mluchatv)
Casas & Trauma are Casas & Trauma and so they’re not at all bothered to stick to the concept of this show. It’s basically Trauma II getting to have a vaguely CMLL style lightning match, with a little nod towards the idea of using holds. There’s some stuff that doesn’t come off well (that dragon screw leg whip) but it is an increasingly rare chance to see Casas in a rudo/rudo battle with someone willing to be nasty towards him. He’s catching forearms instead of dives, something the Arena Mexico tecnicos aren’t going to give him. There’d be a great feud here if Casas was a bit younger. The finish is bad but that’s just what you’re getting with the Traumas at this point.
Atomic Star, Auzter, Puma de Oro vs Fly Warrior, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
(IWRG @ 05/12, 11:30, good, Internetv Deportes)
A really good undercard action match with about the usual Arena Naucalpan craziness. The return of the Fulgors as a team I can see regularly and enjoy has a been a pleasant 2019 surprise. The lunacy of a double clothesline doomsday device is exactly what I want out of IWRG undercard matches. The injury in the middle of the match seemed to throw people off but they were back and hitting the barricade in painful fashion before long.
Star Boy, Viento, Zarco vs Animal, Demencia, Silver Star
(The Crash @ 05/24, 16:15, great, Arena Clandestina)
A crazy brawl, over the top violence with fans at ringside in the danger zone. Just a great Tijuana rudo brawl with fun teamwork and destruction. The weakest stretch of the match when they were actually having a normal match. The best is when they were throwing the referee out of the ring. (This was actually great, a wronged party actually going after the evil referee instead of just teasing it like always.) Most of the matches in this list don’t have announcing or the announcing is forgettable. I wish they had it here just to keep track of who is who and to explain the angle at the end.
A good action match and something that felt worthy of a title change. They go to the Dramatic Near Falls pretty early, but are able to keep them feeling intense and meaningful all the way until the end. I’m sure this would be one that was better in the building just because they did make this feel like this was important. It felt like Bestia & Mecha Wolf accomplished something when they finally got the win after a few tries. I could’ve used a bit more Fenix, especially down the stretch. His armdrags early were cool at least. Everything in this match felt sharp, even if it also felt like the Lucha Brothers were saving their top effort for the next night.