CMLL (FRI) 08/30/2019Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Lucha Central (Spanish), Notimex, Ovaciones, Publimetro, Voices of Wrestling]
1) La Jarochita & Marcela b Dalys & La Metálica tecnicas took 2/3.
2) Atlantis Jr., Audaz, Flyer b Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Tiger Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano continue to feud.
3) Microman DQ Chamuel Single fall match. Chamuel tossed his mask to Microman. Mask match challenges followed.
4) Cuatrero, Sansón, Templario b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente Rudos took 1/3.
5) Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, Titán b Carístico, Místico, Último Guerrero Ciber & Gilbert had issues and both challenged UG after the match.
6) Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Forastero, Negro Casas, Rush, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. b Big Daddy, Delirious, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Luke Hawx, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Oráculo [Gran Prix] Order of elimination: Oraculo (Rush), Forastero (Kenny King), Soberano Jr. (Delirious), Luke Hawx (Barbaro Cavernario), Delirious (Rush), Kenny King (Diamante Azul), Diamante Azul (Jay Briscoe), Rush (DQed for weapon usage on Matt Taven), Mecha Wolf (Dragon Lee), Dragon Lee (Jay Briscoe), Matt Taven (Volador Jr.), Jay Briscoe (Barbaro Cavernario), Barbaro Cavernario (Big Daddy), Big Daddy (Negro Casas w/help from Cavernario), leaving Negro Casas & Volador Jr as the survivors on the Mexico side. As a surprise to most everyone but Volador, Volador kept fightning and eventually pinned Negro Casas (w/Big Daddy getting involved) to be the winner. Volador, Casas, Cavernario and Big Daddy all made hair match challenges.
CMLL will have an Aniversario press conference on Wednesday. It certainly looks like a cage match is coming. In isolation, the semi-main and the main event could be seen as a setting up individual matches. Together, it adds up to a cage match. I can already see a repeat of March at the press conference, where CMLL’s programming department tries to make the Cibernetico versus Ultimo Guerrero match but other people keep demanding to be involved.
Gilbert el Boricua
CMLL cage matches typically have an even number of participants, usually between 8-12. Mecha Wolf 450 was surprisingly advertised for next Friday show, so perhaps add him to the list.
Big Daddy as the final foreigner in the Gran Prix is confounding, but his existence and push make some sense if he’s planned for a role in the cage match. The ROH guys wouldn’t be available on Aniversario weekend. Perhaps Oraculo but he was first out in the Gran Prix. Big Daddy also has a lot more hair than Dark Magic & Okumura, though it does make me wonder if Kawato was planned to be involved. (Luke Hawx has no hair.)
Volador got a strongly negative reaction for winning, which surely was the plan with him beating Negro Casas to do it. Volador has been bored and boring as a tecnico for some time, and this being the start of a flip back to the rudo side full time is certainly possible.
This progression of events feels like, much like the storyline, CMLL couldn’t get Ciber to agree to a hair match and changed plans. They had earlier chances to tease a cage match situation and waited until now to pull the trigger. Not sure if we’ll ever find out.
Chamuel & Micorman having a mask match seems pretty definitely happen. It’s still unclear when. Neither Micro mentioned the Aniversario show during the promo for the match, though it was brought up in the media interviews.
Though it didn’t seem to be advertised, this show was aired live in Mexico on cable station TUDN. If that worked out, I’d imagine the Aniversario show will be as well. There are websites which stream this channel, though they’re ad-heavy and shady. I don’t think I’ll be around to stream on that day but it might be a possibility to watch it live if it doesn’t stream again. (CMLL would be better just also giving ROH or someone the rights to transmit the show outside of Mexico)
I was at the GCW/BPW show last night. The Laredo Kid, Ophidian, Arez vs Black Taurus, Gringo Loco, KTB match was insane. KTB subbed for Rey Horus (missed flight) and fit in surprisingly well. They broke out a spot or two from the highly regarded PWG trios match that hasn’t been seen much yet, and they had some new creative ideas. A couple of things didn’t work out but it was very much a show of trying crazy things and hoping they worked out. A lot more did than did not. It’s a match worth checking out if you can.
Fenix & Penta beat LAX in a bonus match on the AAW show last night in what was said to be a great match. Fenix isn’t 100% but he’s going to be good enough for tonight’s AEW ladder match. I haven’t heard hints of any other AAA luchadors on the show; I kept thinking there’d be an AAA woman in the women’s casino battle royal but they’ve kept it quiet if it’s happening.
On last night’s Impact show, it sounded like the fourway with Golden Magic, TJP, Taurus and Trey went well. The reports on Big Mami/Taya and the tag turned trios match with Vanilla & Chik were not positive
AAA & Impact announced that Impact will be promoting their AAA in NY show. For practical effect, this means Impact wrestlers on the show, a documentary on Cain Velasquez and the show airing on Fight Network. (If you’re in Canada, you may no longer need to pay FITE for this show.) It seems peculiar to me to be engaging someone to promote to market these shows just two weeks before they happen but they could use the help. The LA show is not mentioned and no new matches are announced. Hopefully, that’s coming Monday.
The foreigners are part of Saturday and Sunday‘s CMLL shows. Super X runs Saturday night in Arena Neza. Sunday includes Lucha Libre Vanguardia (Dragon Gate Mexico but we can’t use that name) in CAR The Crash, a show with Flamita vs Bandido and Jimmy vs Aramis that I’m really looking forward to seeing. IWRG has Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Hechicero in a title match after their earlier single match went well. Warrior Wrestling outside of Chicago also has a lot of luchadors involved. I’m intended to be there.
ROH/CMLL matches for next week, pretty much all the CMLL related ones should be announced
Volador Jr., Triton vs Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia
Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, PCO, Brody King vs Rey Bucanero, Okumura, Hechicero, Barbaro Cavernario
Rush vs Stuka Jr. – new
Bandido vs Jay Briscoe – new
Volador vs Matt Taven for the ROH Championship
Rush vs Barbaro Cavernario
Triton, Caristico, Stuka Jr. vs Jeff Cobb, Jonathan Gresham, Jay Lethal
Silas Young & Josh Woods vs PJ Black & Okumura – new
Bandido, Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins vs Flip Gordon, Brody King, PCO – new
Briscoes & Barbaro Cavernario vs Bandido, Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins
Flip Gordon vs PJ Black vs Triton
Caristico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Okumura, Hechiceor, Rey Bucanero
Rush & Jeff Cobb vs the Kingdom – new
That last one is interesting because it seems like ROH is headed to a Rush vs Cobb vs Matt Taven title match on 09/27. PW Insider reported earlier this week Matt Taven’s contract is up in September and has not resigned. I’m not sure how much a factor that’ll play into the result.
Tonight is CMLL’s Gran Prix show. CMLL brought back the concept as an annual event in 2016. The first two really got strong reactions in Arena Mexico. Last year match (won by Michael Elgin) did not. The match didn’t really gel and there was a lack of a big moment in the match for any of the luchadors. This year’s show might have a bit of a challenge, just because so many of the US/Puerto Rico team are making their first or second appearance ever in Arena Mexico. CMLL fans should know Matt Taven pretty well and Jay Briscoe’s been around a few times now, but the rest have mostly just been seen in interviews or a single match. The Mexico side is really good, with guys like Rush & Negro Casas guaranteeing crowd instead. Still, this is not a layup.
These Gran Prix shows have been either just the cibernetico or maybe one more notable match. This one is slightly busier. The semi-main has Ciber & Ultimo on the opposite side of a Friday night match for the 10th time in the last 11 weeks. This remains a strange situation: CMLL usually waits to put tickets on sale for their major shows until they have a main event. Tickets are already on sale for the 09/27 show, something CMLL has not yet promoted, and no main event has been announced. That main event seems certain to be Ciber & Ultimo Guerrero. Making that official in front of a Gran Prix crowd seems like a good idea. If they don’t make it official tonight, then CMLL’s getting into even stranger territory. Caristico, Mistico, Titan, and Gilbert were seemingly picked to be in this match at random.
The third big match includes the smallest luchador. Microman and Chamuel settle their recent issues in a one fall match tonight. There’s some mask ripping and fouls involved but this is really just the best two micros in the division getting to have a singles match on a big show. Microman & Chamuel have had singles matches on spot shows but this will be the first micros 1v1 match in Arena Mexico since the division was relaunched. There’s a chance this is setting up a bigger match sometime next month – Chamuel wants Microman in a mask match on the Aniversario show – though I tend to doubt it for scheduling reasons. The finish will make it pretty clear either way; if Microman gets the win, that’s probably it for now.
Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Valiente takes on Sanson, Cuatrero, and Templario in what is a random trios match but could be a good one if they have time. Atlantis Jr., Flyer & Audaz versus Rey Bucanero, Hijo del Villano III, Tiger would be a similar version of the same if CMLL had someone better than Bucanero in that spot. Marcela & Jarochita face Dalys & La Metalica. Metalica’s gotta have a better match this time out. This may be the last time we see Marcela & Dalys on Friday nights until they come back from Japan.
Sanely & Avispa Dorada are taking photos with fans today, Fray Tormenta is autographing the CMLL book, Star Jr. is on the TuriLuchas and Avispa is in Freedoms. Either CMLL bought a lot of those books or they don’t sell many of them a night to still be doing autographs. It’s a good book that I’ve never gotten around to writing about.
CMLL says this show is not streaming live. In the past, that usually means the show will be posted to the CMLL YouTube channel sometime after midnight. CMLL isn’t promising a release time; I would recommend not scheduling your night around it.
I got to see Fenix last night at AAW. He’s in that zone where he’s good enough to go for Saturday’s AEW show while also not being 100%. There’s a slight limp, slight enough to miss if you’re not looking for it, and he wasn’t quite as smooth on his trickiest high spot as other times I’ve seen him. He was just a little bit off. Maybe a couple more days will help him because it doesn’t look severe, but he could probably use more time off than that.
Laredo Kid beat Ace Austin in the first round of AAW’s Jim Lynam Tournament. That’s the first time Laredo Kid has gotten a win in AAW in Chicago (though he did get a win when they’ve run in Austin.) I liked that match but of course I’m going to like a Laredo Kid match. He faces Myron Reed in the second round. I assume Reed is going to win but that sounds like a strong matchup.
I’m headed to BLP/GCW tonight to see Black Taurus vs Arez vs Gringo Loco vs Ophidan vs Laredo Kid vs Rey Horus (match subject to change) and then also wonder what I’m doing going to a show that starts at 11 pm. You can find me near a wall, slowly dying.
WR (THU) 08/29/2019 WR Arena, Atizapán de Zaragoza, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Athon Montañez, Francois Montañez, Pierre Montañez b Cachorro Lagunero, Dr. Cerebro, Hellspawn
2) Stephanie Vaquer b Nicole Montañez Hellspawn helped Vaquer win
3) Audaz (CMLL) b Templario, Star Jr.
4) Karaoui b Atomic Star
5) Jean Montañez, Mr. Electro, Zumbi b Comando 1, Comando 2, Eterno Jean Montañez Jr. seconded his father. La Comandante was with the Comandos. Mr. Electro attacked Montanez after the match.
6) Blue Panther b Black Terry money thrown in
7) Ricky Marvin & Súper Crazy b Black Panther (CMLL) & Blue Panther Jr.
(Pro) Wrestling Resurrection is one of the few promotions who have me on their mailing list, so I definitely got an email about the new they were setting up (along with promo pics of Jean Montanez & Mr. Electro). The press release didn’t actually have an address for the arena and didn’t mention they were running a show yesterday. It just popped up in +LuchaTV randomly, a show in an eight-sided ring. This is a weird promotion.
Villano III Jr. visited his father’s tomb with his newly won AAA Mixed Tag Championship. He noted that they were in mourning for Villano III last year at TripleMania and this year he won a championship. V3 Jr. has no memory of that match, he suffered a concussion and did not know the finish when he got to the back.
Pro Wrestling Mexico in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 09/22
That last match brings up another story about the AAW show last night. It was a good show but it was also a lengthy show. Nearly 3.5 hours when the show also confusingly starts a half later than the time I saw on the ticket is tough for a Thursday night. This was more problem just for me – I think a lot of people were starting a long weekend – but it was enough of a problem that I left within seconds of the main event finish. Which meant I was out in the street by the time Killer Kross made his AAW debut. I can not possibly escape this man. Is it possible he is stalking me from promotion to promotion? If so, does he appreciate me going to PWG shows? So many questions.
Dalys will be on the 09/16 Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling show as part of her and Marcela touring Japan.
A strange card. Audaz and Templario finally get to have their singles match on a show we can see, main event is a rematch of a very good tag title match, and two relevos increibles matches. At least one of those is for no reason. It would be funny if Volador & Dragon Lee get immediately set up for a rematch to try and improve over the last one though I suspect that’s not the outcome.
No CMLL show airing live on Friday. When this has happened in the past, the show has been made public on YouTube just a bit after midnight. It’ll stay available as long as it doesn’t get dinged for a music violation.
AAA on YouTube will still be on early July shows in September.
CMLL Puebla card is both weird and packed.
For ROH fans: the Tuesday Guadalajara show isn’t listed because it’s been blacked out on the internet feed that carries it of late. I’ll try recording it anyway. The ROH participation on this Sunday’s show will not air until next Sunday.
IWRG (WED) 08/28/2019Arena Naucalpan no results for the opener
2) Güero Palma, Spider Fly, Voltex b Acero II, Ángel Dragón, Especie Maligna
3) Ángel Estrella Jr., Dragón de Fuego, Haziel b Astro Boy, Carnicero, Tromba Not sure which Astro Boy.
4) Dick Angelo Jr., Mosca, Neza Kid vs Legendario, Magneto, Ovett Jr. Ovett beat Mosca. Magneto replaced Legendario.
5) Adrenalina, Ambu, Black Metalic, Internacional Mara, Jorge El Salvaje, Manchas, Rugido, Versal b Atomic Star, Auzter, Black Dragón, Cheff Benito, Chicanito, Death Metal, Mexica, Puma de Oro [Torneo FILL] IWRG (Black Terry) vs Welcome to My Barrio/Arena Tepito (Shu el Guerrero). Jorge Salvaje snuck in a foul on Black Dragon with Shu also getting involved.
Myzteziz Jr. mentioned in a talk show appearance that he will be on the AAA New York show. No Vikingo still is sad, but maybe Myzteziz will get a bigger showcase. He’d be the rising high flyer in most situations, he’s just a bit overshadowed. I wish AAA would announce more for those shows
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions AAA liked Joe Dombrowski’s work on TripleMania and so he’s permanently replacing Vamprio going forward. Larry Dallas is also in consideration, which I guess would be for Matt Striker’s spot.
The WON also mentions Delirious was scheduled to come to Mexico this week all along, to meet with CMLL officials about the future of their relationship with ROH. I think one request I’d have if I was Ring of Honor would be able to get a few guys on a regular basis rather than the wide variety they’ve gotten so far. Stuka seems to have made an impression with ROH fans because they’ve seen him so many times now and it would help the relationship for a few other of the midcard guys to get some focus. It’s a different mindset than CMLL is used to, where there are just pools of interchangable guys, but the US fans need to see the same guy many times to accept him.
CMLL (TUE) 08/27/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores]
1) Angelito & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Robin b Grako [lightning] 7:33, Robin winning with Tiger Bomb
3) Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Pegasso, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. b Cancerbero, Raziel, Vangellys Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno b Kráneo, Rey Cometa, Volcano Rudos took 2/3.
6) Audaz, Carístico, Stuka Jr. DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible Mr. Niebla pulled off Caristico’s mask for the DQ. Audaz replaced Soberano. Straight falls.
Robin talked about his two wins in three days while Caristico thanked everyone for supporting him and his father. Seems strange to me to give Caristico the win last night and do a DQ finish the night after. This show doesn’t sound good, with Grako having a particularly poor night.
I think I’m missing some eliminations there. There’s a small chance this might air on the Televisa Guadalajara 4 YouTube feed late Saturday night, but they’ve been blocking it from airing the CMLL show the last couple of weeks. Big Daddy did make it in. Luke Hawx looks like he was in Seattle yesterday but appears as if he’ll be in Arena Mexico by Friday.
The Rest of the World Team will be on CMLL Informa, which is always a weird ride of people not knowing what they’ve gotten themselves into. The Rest of the World team are doing media interviews today. Barbaro Cavernario, Forastero, and Soberano are listed as appearing as Team Mexico reps, which suggests Soberano is still in the Gran Prix at this point.
AAA briefly posted promo art with the slogan “You Can Make Dr. Wagner Jr. Great Again” to promote the AAA in NY show last night, then everyone (myself included) shook their head at it, and AAA deleted it within an hour. While there are definitely people who enjoy a reference to a slogan associated with the US Republican party, those people don’t generally include the Mexican and Latinx fans AAA would seem to want to draw for their shows. My guess is this was done by whoever AAA’s brought in to market the show because it doesn’t seem AAA’s usual art style. Whoever did it doesn’t seem to have a strong grasp on AAA’s appeal, which seems to have been a problem during this whole process. AAA luchadors talking about Slipknot’s masks is at least weird different.
(Also, Dr. Wagner Jr. is already great. That’s the kind of idea of why you’d want to see him. The bit didn’t even make sense.)
Vampiro’s Lucha Fight Club debuted with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They appear to be co-promoted by Versus Pro Wrestling, a promotion I’m not familiar with. The poster for the show had a big photo of Dr. Wagner Jr. Wagner does not appear in photos of any of the three shows. Septimo Dragon did appear on those shows. Attendance looks in the two digits for each show. Vampiro’s new podcast launches today. I know he’s announced dates for the next Lucha Fight Club shows but I can’t find them at the moment.
They’ve locally done this bit where Hijo del Espectro is complaining promoters are picking names over ability and saying Dragon Lee & Bandido try 10% as hard in Mexico as they do elsewhere to set up this three-way. Everyone says Espectro is good and so this might be very good, but it doesn’t seem like the best tactic to build him up. He’s probably there to take the loss and setting it up as being beat by guys who aren’t even trying.
CMLL (MON) 08/26/2019Arena Puebla [Lucha Central]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b El Perverso & Tyson La Bestia Rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola & Tiffany b La Jarochita & Lluvia Rudas took 2/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario Tecnicos took 2/3, setting up another Oro/Roja vs Euforia/GG match next week.
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Hechicero, Stuka Jr., Terrible, Último Guerrero, Valiente b Dark Magic, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Okumura, Oráculo [cibernetico] Okumura replaced Mark Briscoe (injury). Big Daddy was nowhere to be found and Rey Bucanero just happened to get ejected for shoving Edgar before the match started, making the sides even. Order of elimination: Okumura, Dark Magic, Oraculo, Terrible, Stuka Jr., Kenny King, Hechicero, Valiente, Jay Briscoe, Dragon Lee, Mecha Wolf, Ultimo Guerrero, Matt Taven. Caristico got the win, dedicating to it to his late father, who was honored before the match.
5) Místico b Soberano Jr. Mistico took 1/3, with two very quick falls. Soberano had his left shoulder in a brace and was limited in using that arm.
Gran Prix was fun and the crowd really got into it. Mistico & Soberano would’ve had trouble following it even if both men had working arms. Soberano gets credit for gutting it out but probably shouldn’t have been allowed to wrestle. There should’ve been time for someone to check his shoulder injury (seemingly picked up on Thursday because he’s wearing the brace by Saturday) and stop him from wrestling before he went to Puebla, but off he went anyway. Not much luck with the Puebla tecnico/tecnico singles matches so far. It is possible Soberano gets pulled from Friday’s match, though he might just be allowed to do it again
Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is short on star power, with a lot of people in Guadalajara as part of that city’s version of Gran Prix. It may be shorter by the time it happens. The main event is scheduled to be La Besita del RIng, Mr. Niebla and Terrible against Stuka Jr., Soberano Jr., and Caristico. Dr. Karonte’s funeral service is tonight, but reports suggest Caristico will still wrestle tonight. Soberano probably should be given the night off even if they think he’s good for the Gran Prix, but we’ve also watched Atlantis work thru an obvious injury for months on Tuesday nights. Who knows.
Hijos del Infierno (Hechicero in for Mephisto) face Volcano, Kraneo and Rey Cometa, who was back Sunday night after his own injury scare. Cancererbo & Raziel get a rare fourth match spot, teaming with Vangellys against the Panther Brothers and Guerrero Maya. Espanto, Signo & Nitro are equally higher than usual, teaming against Pegasso, Super Astro Jr. and Star Junior. Robin and Grako meet in the lightning match, and Angelito & Ultimo Dragoncito open against Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro. This show stream at 7:39 pm on YouTube.
Sofia Alonso is still in charge of CMLL according to multiple sources. The Facebook-based rumor that people were in a hurry to jump with had Chavo Lutteroth III coming in to take over. The problem is Chavo Lutteroth III had been part of running the company all along when Paco Alonso was running CMLL and just continued in his role on the business side of the company with Sofia. It is possible people weren’t used to hearing Chavo’s involvement and reached a poor conclusion. It’s also possible someone had an ax to grind with Chavo and wanted him to be blamed for things going on. It’s surely not the last time people are going to gossip about changes in the way CMLL has been run and it seems like a decent idea to take most of them with a grain of salt. Sofia is going to be in charge of CMLL as long as she wants to be in charge of CMLL. There’s talk about this on +LuchaTV’s podcast.
The same podcast mentions Kawato San has returned to Japan due to a health issue. Not sure what health issue or if/when he’ll return.
LA Park & Hijo de LA Park face Septimo Dragon & Magnus in Dallas on MLW’s 09/07 show. Septimo & Magnus appear to be in just to be lucha libre opponents for the Parks to beat. It is interesting to see CMLL luchadors back in MLW. On the other hand, MLW’s stated reason not to use CMLL guys is ROH might take them if they get over and being enhancement talent to the Park family probably isn’t going to get them over. (Also, Magnus might already be in Texas area at that time, making it easier to get him than from Mexico City.)
CMLL (SAT) 08/31/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) La Guerrera, La Maligna, La Vaquerita vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
3) Dulce Gardenia vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
4) Atlantis Jr., Diamante Azul, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Místico, Último Guerrero vs Delirious, Kenny King, Luke Hawx, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Oráculo [cibernetico]
Even Arena Coliseo gets a Gran Prix. Big Daddy and Jay Briscoe appear to be gone by this point.
CMLL (SUN) 09/01/2019Arena México
1) Arkalis & Halcón Suriano Jr. vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Stigma vs El Coyote, Espíritu Negro, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Drone, Dulce Gardenia, Fuego vs Okumura, Sagrado, Virus
4) Valiente vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Delirious, Kenny King, Matt Taven
6) Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush vs Luke Hawx, Mecha Wolf, Oráculo
Not sure how long the foreigners are staying, but the ROH guys have shows on Thursday so this might be it.
This is late and probably not complete but time moves quick.
RIOT (FRI) 08/23/2019Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[thecubsfan]
1) Iron Kid (Estado de México) b Madness [RIOT CHAMP, quarterfinal]
2) Douki b Belial [RIOT CHAMP, quarterfinal]
3) Arez b Demonio del Aire [RIOT CHAMP, quarterfinal] Arez & Demonio del Aire wore each other’s facepaint
4) Prometo b Chik Tormenta, Kratoz Prometo reverse 450 splash on Kratoz. Tormenta left early with an ankle injury
6) Low Rider b Willy Banderas [RIOT CHAMP, quarterfinal] Low Rider replaced Dralion (injury), Willy Banderas replaced Tony Rodriguez. Low Rider showed off his Pakistan Championship post match and declared it would now be defended under 24/7 rules. He was immediately beaten by Arez, which led to the title changing hands many times during the weekend.
7) Erick Ortiz b Fuego Del Sol [RIOT CHAMP, quarterfinal] Kneebar win. Erick Ortiz wore a Kurt Angle-like singlet.
8) Aramis (Estado de México) b Látigo [RIOT CHAMP, quarterfinal] Aramis won via La Estocada
9) Kaientai & Lord Byron b Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana Los Un-Mexicans had the help of Dash and remain undefeated.
This was a hot weekend in Monterrey and I don’t mean the wrestling. Temperatures were in the 90s during the day and didn’t cool off a lot at night. It was also humid as well, making for tough conditions. (It’d been that way for a while; a wrestler passed out due to the heat on the show the previous week.) It was also very humid, making for slippery situations. I could feel it watching the shows so I’m sure it affected the matches, though they were mostly good.
Aramis & Latigo was the match of the night. Aramis is going to do great in PWG but Latigo is also so good and deserves to be talked about in the top tier of indie guys. I didn’t do ratings as I went along but I think I’d have that Great and at least Douki/Belial (battle of guys I think I like more than most) and Arez/Demoino del Aire at least as Good. I can’t as clearly remember what I thought of Low Rider/Willy but I think it was good. Erik Ortiz/Fuego de Sol was technically good but it took the crowd until the end of the match to get into Fuego and Ortiz is technically proficient but doesn’t connect as much as some of the other guys. The three-way was the least of the matches on night one, but that happened with Chik Tormenta getting hurt early. Tormenta was in town a night early and just offering to work the show when Bryan Villa didn’t make it (again), then got put in a three-way when Tony Rodriguez also didn’t make it It’s never great to get hurt but it’s really can’t be great when you’re a fill-in. (Not a great night for the Guadalajara crew.)
I’d have the main event as Good too but that’s a polarizing opinion. It was a lot of hardcore spots and a lot of comedy and maybe a little bit too much of both. A Jackass themed spot was brilliant though, the kind of thing you can’t do more than once but will definitely work the one time you do it. Watching it live, the silliest spot (that didn’t involve a mascot) involved Mr. Iguana throwing records at Kaientai and Kaientai taking a bump for them. That silly spot also caused Kaientai to need stitches because one of those records actually cut him open. He didn’t get the stitches because he wanted to wrestle the next night.
RIOT (SAT) 08/24/2019Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey, thecubsfan]
1) Erick Ortiz b Low Rider, Douki [RIOT CHAMP, semifinal] Erik Ortiz defeated Low Rider with a crucifix driver after Douki had taken Low Rider’s jumping cutter finish.
2) Arez b Aramis (Estado de México), Iron Kid (Estado de México)[RIOT CHAMP, semifinal] Arez defeated Iron Kid hanging spinning reverse DDT. Iron Kid got toped backwards into a post and needed medical attention. One referee got taken out with a Destroyer during the match
3) Demonio del Aire b Sairus Sairus landed badly on a Spanish Fly on the floor and the match ended soon after.
4) Ayako Hamada b Chik Tormenta Chik Tormenta was limping during the match. Ayako with a cradle driver. The two agreed to do this again when Tormenta was healthy.
5) Mr. Iguana b Látigo, Willy Banderas, Fuego Del Sol, Catrin, Belial, Byron, Prometo, Kaientai, Yezka El Iguana, Demonio del Aire, Dash, Tablon, Kratoz, Madness [RIOT RUMBLE] Order of elimination: Latigo (referee Catrin), Catrin (Catrin first betrayed by his fellow referee Kike then pinned by Banderas), Byron (Prometo), Demonio del Aire (pinned by Syrus, not in match), Yezka (Tablon), Tablon left without being beat, Fuego de Sol (Banderas), Banderas (Kaientai), Belial gets beat somewhere around here, Kaientai (Prometo), Prometo (Dash), Dash (Mr. Iguana), Kratoz (Madness), Iguana* (Madness). * indicates new Pakistan champion. Madness pinned Iguana to win the title after the match.
6) Arez b Erick Ortiz [RIOT CHAMP, final] Arez won with a middle rope Sahrawi Suplex to become RIOT’s first champion. The rest of the roster congratulated both men (and Fuego del Sol won the Pakistan title from Madness as they were clearing the ring.)
Arez/Aramis/Iron Kid was the best match of the weekend. It was a well worked exciting match that probably would’ve been the best had everything gone right. One spot near the end didn’t go right but it was made up for by the accidental drama of Iron Kid seemingly getting the back of his head smashed into a support pillar on a dive. It was a fluke thing – Iron Kid later explained he was thinking off staying clear of the fans when getting hit by the dive and didn’t realize the reason he was clear was that there was a big post – but Iron Kid rising from the dead to perfectly hit huge spots was amazing.
Arez was the correct pick as champion. He was the most over guy of the weekend, both for his entrance theme and for his matches. He had the best of those matches and the fans saw him as a big star. Aramis or Douki might have more buzz elsewhere, but Arez felt like a bigger deal to this crowd. Ortiz seemed like a good pick as an opponent, both in the crowd seems to believe he’s good even if they don’t get into his matches and he could deliver a big match with Arez in the final. It was short – around eight minutes – and relied a lot on fans knowing each guy’s big moves. I’m not sure it would work as well as a standalone match for people who don’t watch a lot of these guys, there are better picks to be found for that here, but it worked as a tournament final.
I don’t know if the tournament worked as a format. These were good shows with a group that’s been selling out regularly and RIOT didn’t appear to sell out either night. Worse, the second night did less than the first. It wasn’t so bad that I worry they lost money, but it seemed to be disappointing This seemed a bit like of damage of the current Monterrey wrestling war (and it is a war, with promotions actively undermining each other) and maybe a bit from the weather (lots of rain on Saturday night), but something just didn’t connect. I know there were fans hoping the tournament would expand to a three-night deal in 2020. That’d be fun for me but it doesn’t seem like an idea enough people would support right now.
Ortiz/Rider/Douki was good. I wasn’t clear if they were doing single falls or elimination three ways until that one ended, and that one ended to make sure the guy with NJPW connections wouldn’t have to be asked to lose. Ayako/Tormenta far overachieved given Tormenta looked to be wrestling on one leg by turning into a brawl. Arez was the most over guy but Tormenta might have been the most over person entirely, and that was even before she impressed everyone once again by gutting out a match. Demonio del Aire & Sairus was not good, actively falling apart. You can see the talent in Demonio del Aire – and guys like Sairus and Madness – there’s obviously something there. They just haven’t put it together yet. It feels impossible to know how they’ll be in two or three years; either they’ll figure out how to patch the holes in their games so there talent isn’t overshadowed by their mistakes or there will be another great promising flyer or base ready to take their spot.
There were being taped for RIOT’s Pivotshare. I’ll link them when they go up, but I don’t know when they’ll go up. Turnaround time has been around three months.
Other weekend results & notes
NLL (SAT) 08/24/2019 Centro Cultural Las Americas, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Hijo De Dos Caras b La Máscara, Brazo De Oro Jr. Cien Caras Jr. distracted Dos Caras. No Bram and Apolo was moved into a different match.
2) Karma I, Máscara Oriental, Relámpago b Hantar, Heddi Karaoui, Kill Korton
3) Súper Nova b Sangre Azteca Sangre Azteca debuted (replacing Bandido (ROH)) and lost. This was Azteca’s first post-CMLL match.
4) Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Galeno Del Mal b Hijo de LA Park, Jack Evans, LA Park Jr. Jack Evans debuted, replacing Chavo Guerrero
5) Cien Caras Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras Cien Caras replacing Relampago? Both men swapped masks during the match
6) Reina Oscura & Rossy Moreno b Dulce Sexy & Lady Flammer The two sides continued to fight post-match
7) Hijo De Dos Caras & La Máscara b Apolo & Chavo Guerrero No Alberto. Chavo broke up with Apolo and turned face.
8) El Patrón Alberto & LA Park b Carlito & El Mesías Apolo attacked the tecnicos and Hijo de Dos Caras made the save.
9) Solar I & Súper Astro b Black Terry & Negro Navarro money thrown in
A whole lot of Hijo de Dos Caras on this show. Perhaps they’re taping more in mind for how these episodes are going to air, or perhaps it was just random. There’s a lot of strange things going on with this. Chavo Guerrero was positioned as lead rudo on the press conference and is a tecnico now. Kamile was the lead rudo when the shows started and missed this taping. Bram has been all over recent TVs, and missed this taping. Bram & Kamille (who are a couple at last check) don’t appear to have mentioned this show on social media at any point. The next paragraph seems to suggest one reason.
Pulpomo Renteria, who was an announcer for the first Nacion Lucha Libre taping, posted a video on Twitter saying he hadn’t been paid by the promotion. Adrian Mendoza of +LuchaTV and AAA mentioned other people have also not been paid owed money from Nacion Lucha Libre. There have been rumors of the promoting having issues with money even prior to the first taping, though no one’s publicly said it until now. It’s terrible that people did work and didn’t get paid for the work. Nacion has also looked shaky from the moment it was announced; this always looked like a possible outcome.
Sangre Azteca debuting on the indies and losing his first match seems to say a lot how this is going to go for him.
No next TV taping has been announced yet. This one should start airing this weekend. They’re airing about three new matches a week now, so they might have bought themselves an extra week by added matches. The building seemed maybe half full, and seated like a US TV taping where everyone was grouped together to make it seem more occupied for TV.
IWRG (SUN) 08/25/2019Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Dragón Fly, Marado, Mosca b Auzter, Dick Angelo 3G, Puma de Oro
2) Atomic Star, Dinamic Black, Eragón b Ra-Zhata, Shil-Ka, Toshiharu Toshiharu (or maybe Yoshitaru, reports varied) is another evil ninja turtle.
3) Black Dragón, Demasiado, Relámpago b Apolo Estrada Jr., Fulgor I, Fulgor II
4) Goya Kong & Lady Maravilla b Faby Apache & Vanilla Vargas
5) Ave Rex, Demonio Infernal, Eterno b Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije, The Tiger Ave Rex remains undefeated.
6) Máximo, Myzteziz Jr., Niño Hamburguesa, Polvo de Estrellas b Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Ovett, Súper Nova [Copa High Power] Hijo del Vikingo appeared to apologize for not wrestling. Polvo de Estrellas (who currently works behind the scenes on AAA spot shows) replaced him. Hamburguesa & Myzteziz replaced Nova & Ovett.
7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Apolo & Fresero Jr. Fresero replaced Bram and took the pin.
Hijo del Vikingo came to Naucalpan to announce he would be out six weeks from a ruptured MCL on this show. That’s good news in general. It’s disappointing that he got hurt, but knee injuries can be much worse than that and it looked like it might be much worse. It also comes at a time where AAA isn’t really running TV tapings. Vikingo will miss the Puebla show, but that might be the only one in Mexico. The Culiacan date we have would be about 5 weeks 6 days from his injury so he might be able to get thru. The problem is the one other special date, the AAA show in New York, which Vikingo will not be ready for and should not wrestle on. AAA did get Vikingo a visa to work that show – a single entry one, so it wouldn’t apply to any other date – but it looks like he’s not going to be able to use it.
There may be one person who worked this show who is actually reading this and I recommend that person (or any person) to get a picture with the three evil ninja turtles immediately. You never know how long anyone is staying in IWRG, we may never see the third turtle again, and you really shouldn’t pass up a chance to get a photo with three evil ninja turtles.
Dr. Wagner has been added to the 09/07 AAA Twitch show in Puebla show. That’s probably connected to Wagner being advertised and then quickly unadvertised for the MDA show in Naucalpan the same day.
Haven’t seen much photos from the show but my sense was it didn’t draw well. It didn’t seem like one of their strongest lineups. Both Lucha Memes & Mexa Wrestling are back in a couple of weeks for independence day shows and Mexa just ran; this felt like they had agreed to this date previously and decided to run it but keep it affordable. Don’t do moonsaults from the third deck of Arena San Juan.
Hahastary (Hades) seems to have left AAA given all her recent bookings are indie ones. She came in thru the Llave a la Gloria contest and wasn’t used much after Konnan returned to booking power and brought back in bigger indie names. AAA always ends up bringing in women from the talent searches and it rarely works out; they’re usually much greener than the winning men, it takes a while to develop them into anything (if they do develop into anything) and by then AAA’s moved on. Hahastary is young and showed some promise but not enough for AAA to really justify using her a lot given the people they have. At the same time, I think it’s probably best for luchadoras to try to build themselves up on the indies (both in ability and star power); a woman has to already be a star before she gets into one of the major promotions to be treated as one once they get there. There’s not really a ladder to climb.
Mexico City area luchador Centvrion posted “semi-retired” on Twitter this past weekend. Semi-retired is about all you can be in lucha libre. He was part of the 2011-class of indie luchadors who were just around five years too early and didn’t get to survive until doors were open in the US and elsewhere to them, but are responsible for helping build interest in the modern indie scene. (He still may be doing it; he’s appeared in videos for MexaWrestling so I have this idea he’s working behind the scenes there. Not sure if it’s a right scene.) Last time I was in Mexico City, I left under the impression that Metaleon and Centviron were going to have a mask match probably at Arena San Juan in the near future and I’m not sure why it never happened. It still might.
Pagano took Histeria 2.0’s hair in Mazatlan on Friday. That was a three-way match with Chessman, which was originally Pagano vs Joe Lider in a hair match. Histeria 2.0 (who was the 2009/2010 AAA Histeria) was a surprise wrestler and appears to be retiring soon.
Pagano & Psycho won a three-way tag match in Arena Jalisco on Sunday. The small building looked very full.
Penta won a five-way match in Pachuca’s Deportivo 11 de Julio on Sunday. The building has been using a lot of CAR The Crash trainees of late. Penta defeated Hantar, who was given Tarasco Jr. name by the original Tarasco prior to the match. (There’s been someone wrestling off and on in this area as Tarasco Jr. prior, not sure if that’s the same person or someone else.)
The Sunday Super X show in Coacalco saw Jack Evans beat Aramis in a three-way with Juventud Guerrera. That set up a Guerrera/Evans singles match. Those two had very real issues in AAA that they could draw on for this build if they wanted. The lineup seemed very changed around.
Montana kept the AULL Heavyweight Championship in front of roughly a dozen people. Maybe it was a little bit better on the non-photographed side of the building but its good AULL owns Arena Lopez Mateos and apparently can afford to put on these shows.
Rey Horus and Taurus had a strongly praised match in Indiana’s Black Label Pro on Saturday. Taurus may be taking off a bit in the US.
This is way late, so there’s no sense in doing much of a Puebla preview when it’ll be on by the time many of you read this. The show streams here at 9 pm. The Gran Prix preview match is going to get attention, though the Soberano/Mistico match is kind of more intriguing. They’re not a natural combination and they’re two guys who seem to do well in matches with natural (basing) opponents. They haven’t been highly regarded outside of those ideal situations; Soberano’s coming back off another weekend of mixed reviews from a NJPW show. Maybe they can find another dimension here or maybe it’ll fall apart.
Dr. Karonte passed away Monday. He wrestled in EMLL in the 60s and the 70s, but his best current claim to fame is being the father of a lot of wrestlers. Caristico, Argos, Argenis and Dr. Karonte Jr. (Mini Murder Clown) all are currently active. Another son wrestled as Astro Boy (prior to Caristico) and passed away young. Box Y Lucha had a poster of the Dr. Karonte family many years back and it was a large crew of people. I’m not sure if Caristico will work tonight’s Arena Puebla show in his memory or choose to spend the night with his family.
This Dr. Karonte was one of a few people to wrestle as Dr. Karonte, which led to confusion over photos and names on social media today. SuperLuchas tries to untangle the knot of more than a half dozen Dr. Karontes.
Triton is teasing leaving CMLL. He previously left CMLL in 2017. He hasn’t had any greater success in this trip – an occasional tour and about one trios title match per year – but that indie run didn’t go well either. Triton leaving CMLL that last time seemed more driven by other occupations and not really a Puma King wrestling career focus, so it might just be a similar change motivated by other life events again.
A Facebook post says Sofia Alonso has been ousted as head of CMLL and replaced by an unnamed son of Chavo Lutteroth. I’ve never heard of this Facebook page before and portions of the post don’t seem accurate to me, but I can’t specifically disprove it. If I had to guess, I’d guess it’s false but I don’t know that as a fact. This is mostly just something I feel like acknowledged just to make you aware it’s out there if this does turn into something, but don’t think much of in the moment. (It’s the CMLL/WWE story, complete with people overreacting to it.) The speed everyone’s running with a story from a random outlet is kind of terrifying. People will believe anything as long as the story is juicy enough.
On AAA’s YouTube, La Parka introduced his son Karis La Momia Jr. to AAA fans. Karis La Momia was this La Parka’s gimmick before he replaced LA Park and the connection is well known by their fans. This new Karis Jr. has wrestled at least one spot show already under this identity and is likely to show up under it on the 09/08 AAA Twitch show.
DoradaFan has a new music video of Aramis. Important scouting note: Aramis doesn’t look as skinny in person.
CMLL (FRI) 08/30/2019Arena México
1) La Jarochita & Marcela vs Dalys & La Metálica
2) Atlantis Jr., Audaz, Flyer vs Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Tiger
3) Microman vs Chamuel
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Sansón, Templario
5) Carístico, Místico, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, Titán
6) Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Forastero, Negro Casas, Rush, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Big Daddy, Delirious, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Luke Hawx, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Oráculo [Gran Prix]
There sure are a lot of interesting people around who are not in that Gran Prix. On both sides. The Gran Prix is very specifically Mexico vs US (& Puerto Rico) this year.
Microman vs Chamuel is a one fall match but not a lightning match.
The women are rarely in the openers but I don’t think that’ll change much.
IWRG (WED) 08/28/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Oriental Jr., Galactus, Último Caballero vs Biosfera, Canibal, Príncipe Jr.
2) Acero II, Astro Boy, Especie Maligna vs Güero Palma, Spider Fly, Voltex
3) Ángel Estrella Jr., Dragón de Fuego, Haziel vs Astro Boy, Carnicero, Tromba
4) Dick Angelo Jr., Mosca, Neza Kid vs Brazo De Oro Jr., Legendario, Ovett Jr.
5) Atomic Star, Auzter, Black Dragón, Cheff Benito, Chicanito, Death Metal, Mexica, Puma de Oro vs Adrenalina, Ambu, Black Metalic, Internacional Mara, Jorge El Salvaje, Manchas, Rugido, Versal [Torneo FILL] IWRG (Black Terry) vs Arena Tepito (Shu el Guerrero)
Wednesdays are Tournament FILL dates, with IWRG taking on the Welcome to My Barrio guys. I have no feel if anyone is actually watching that. I don’t know if I have a great feel for what people are watching in general unless it goes wrestling bubble viral like the Zona 23 matches do, but the Welcome to My Barrio shows have an unusually high visible spot in the +LuchaTV rotation for a group that doesn’t use many big names. Maybe a Monday show when there’s not many Monday shows helps.
The Sunday lineup has Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Hechicero match, but I’ll keep catching up with that tomorrow.
Just the CMLL results for now. Probably everything else tomorrow, though it may be later than usual.
CMLL (FRI) 08/23/2019Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, Heraldo de Mexico, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central, Marca, Ovaciones, R de Rudo, The Gladiatores]
1) Sonic & Súper Astro Jr. b Espíritu Negro & Hijo del Signo Tecnicos took 1 (DQ)/3.
2) Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías b Átomo, Gallito, Microman Rudos cheated to win. Chamuel and Microman made challenges afterwards.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Hijo del Villano III b Audaz, Flyer, Titán Rudos took 1/3. Villano III Jr. replaced Templario.
4) Volador Jr. DQ Sansón [lightning] Sanson fouled Volador.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja Rudos took 1/3.
6) Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero b Ciber the Main Man, The Chris, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles] Ciber’s team took fall 1, Ciber fouled UG in fall 2, Cavernario & Azul defeated Valiente & the Chris in the third. No resolution to UG/Ciber.
Ciber & Chris invited Valiente to join the CL4N, which is the dictionary definition of a big idea that’s thrown out during these promos which never goes anywhere. It’s weird there’s more clear direction in the micros than the Aniversario show. Maybe next week.
CMLL (SAT) 08/24/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica b La Guerrera, La Jarochita, La Maligna rudas took 2/3.
3) Robin b Espanto Jr. [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Stigma b Misterioso, Olímpico, Sagrado tecnicos took 2/3
5) Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla b Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Volador Jr. rudos took 1/3
6) Místico b Último Guerrero Mistico took 1/3, the last with La Mistica.
Mistico talked about how he needed this match to show his abilities. This is the first time Mistico’s defeated Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match in Mexico. (He’s done it previously in Japan and lost his previous 5 singles matches to UG in Mexico.) Espanto was not quite as successful.
CMLL (SUN) 08/25/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Retro b Cholo & Yago tecnicos took 1/3
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Sanely, Silueta Silueta was listed as replacing Vaquerita but actually replaced La Maligna. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Dark Magic, Misterioso, Vangellys tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther [lightning]
5) Atlantis Jr., Kráneo, Stuka Jr. DQ Ephesto, Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto tecnicos took 1/3, V3 unmasking Atlantis Jr. again.
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Terrible tecnicos took 1/3.
Mark Briscoe is off the Gran Prix team due to a knee injury. Replacing him is ROH’s Delirious, who might also be in Mexico to talk about future CMLL/ROH plans as well. (I’m assuming Delirious is taking all of Mark Briscoe’s bookings the rest of the week.) The good news is the announcers definitely will not get the Briscoes confused now.
None of the three CMLL luchadors won the Super J Cup. Soberano was eliminated by Caristico on Saturday. Caristico was defeated by Dragon Lee on Sunday, and then Dragon Lee lost in the final to ELP.
Guadalajara is the big Tuesday show, so they get the same singles match + Gran Prix preview as Puebla. That sure seems to point to a singles match (Microman/Chamuel?) being paired with the actual Gran Prix on Friday.
CMLL (TUE) 08/27/2019Arena México
1) Angelito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Robin vs Grako [lightning]
3) Pegasso, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Vangellys
5) Kráneo, Rey Cometa, Volcano vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Carístico, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
And this show gets the scraps. It’s a little weird CMLL is sending the Dinamitas to work third from the top in Guadalajara when they have Cancerbero & Raziel in the same position here. On the other hand, the Cancerberos get some decent veteran opponent for once.
Robin gets two singles matches in three days because CMLL is weird.
I’m leaving for my flight six hours from the time I’m writing this and I still kind of want to write another post, but I have enough nervous energy to finish this and have it post while I’m in the air.
Lots of people had the AAA megachampionship match (!) higher than me. Lots of people had Metalica/Dalys lower so perhaps I’m just not using the extremes enough. The title match is worth the Twitch subscription alone (though it will be still up there after the next show airs.)
I’m about caught up on the indie matches again, better go see some more.
I should be asleep right now but I’m instead typing up something that’ll show up while I’m on a flight and may be out of date. I did make a deal with myself that I’d finish this update now and then not bring my laptop on about 48 hour trip. You may not see any news in this space until Sunday, though there’s still a roundup post coming later.
I’m attending the RIOT show tonight in Monterrey. This is day 1 of a 2 night tournament to crown their first champion. First-round match ups are:
Arez vs Demonio del Aire
Aramis vs Latigo
Douki vs Belial
Low Rider (replacing injured Dralion) vs Tony Rodriguez
Erik Ortiz vs Fuego del Sol
Madness vs Iron Kid
My gut picks Arez, Aramis, Douki, Tony Rodriguez, Erik Ortiz, and Madness but I could go 0-6. I’m not really worried about being right as the matches; the sky is the limit for Aramis vs Latigo and there are others not far behind. I’m a little bit obsessive on trying to figure out what and who’s next, and there’s a lot of people who could be next on this show. Aramis made it to PWG a year before even I thought, and guys like Arez, Latigo, and Iron Kid could’ve easily been in that place. They may be in that place next year. Douki is a legend for making it in the Best of Super Junior and hopefully will get saluted like one. There are also guys like Ortiz, who I didn’t really think of a huge amount when I first started watching this promotion and then won me over with his style. Also Low Rider’s a crazy person and I don’t even understand half the things he does. This show is going to deliver, the RIOT shows have had a great track record so far, it’s just a matter of how good it’s going to be. And there are also two good tag matches on the show.
It’d be cool if this was something streamed live or even on VOD quickly, but that doesn’t seem in the cards. I didn’t want to wait until it surfaced – and also wanted to hang out with friends (or sit in the corner and saying little, let’s be real here) – so I’m going to see it live. I’ll probably write or speak a lot of words about it later.
Lucha Central has a preview of tonight’s CMLL show, which I will not be streaming. (You can still watch it here.) The key points:
do Ciber & Ultimo Guerrero finally agree to the match or is that saved for the Gran Prix?
do Microman & Chamuel agree to a match? (With the women’s match happening at Aniversario, the micros fit in either next week with a non-stip match or maybe something special for Independence Day?)
is Volador/Sanson just a random match coming off the Forastero feud or a hint of a title match to come?
Thursday night was a great night for the CMLL luchadors in NJPW’s Super J Cup
Dragon Lee defeated YOH
Caristico defeated BUSHI
Soberano Jr. defeated Rocky Romero
I thought those should be the finishes but CMLL’s track record in NJPW tournaments hasn’t been great, so I wasn’t pleasantly surprised at the outcomes. Caristico meets Soberano in round two on Saturday, which should put Caristico all the way to the semi-finals. Dragon Lee faces Ryusuke Taguchi, and would be a heavy favorite in there. There’s likely going to be a CMLL luchador in the final of this tournament on Sunday night. (All of this is airing on VOD sometime in September.)
Monday’s Puebla lineup:
CMLL (MON) 08/26/2019Arena Puebla
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. vs El Perverso & Tyson La Bestia
2) La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Amapola & Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Stuka Jr., Terrible, Último Guerrero, Valiente vs Big Daddy, Dark Magic, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Mark Briscoe, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Oráculo
5) Místico vs Soberano Jr.
It runs out the Gran Prix crew is starting on Friday (minus Luke Hawx.) The CMLL team facing them isn’t exactly the CMLL team they’ll face, but it’s a good enough preview and a loaded show with Mistico/Soberano as well. Mexico summer vacations are finishing up but this seems like it’d be a strong card for a turnout.
(I hope the CMLL announcers have finally figured out which one is Jay and which one is Mark.)
Updated CMLL/ROH matches for the September tour.
Volador Jr., Triton vs Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia
Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, PCO, Brody King vs Rey Bucanero, Okumura, Hechicero, Barbaro Cavernario – new
Volador vs Matt Taven for the ROH Championship
Rush vs Barbaro Cavernario
Triton, Caristico, Stuka Jr. vs Jeff Cobb, Jonathan Gresham, Jay Lethal
Briscoes & Barbaro Cavernario vs Bandido, Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins