Volador wins CMLL Gran Prix, Chamuel/Microman mask match, cage match coming?

CMLL (FRI) 08/30/2019 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Lucha Central (Spanish)NotimexOvacionesPublimetroVoices of Wrestling]
1) La Jarochita & Marcela b Dalys & La Metálica LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas took 2/3.
2) Atlantis Jr., Audaz, Flyer b Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis Jr. & Hijo del Villano continue to feud.
Single fall match. Chamuel tossed his mask to Microman. Mask match challenges followed.
4) Cuatrero, Sansón, Templario b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, Titán b Carístico, Místico, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
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 PrixLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
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 promos: Marcela & Dalys building up their match. Atlantis Jr. happy to be on his first major show, Hijo del Villano III explaining he can beat Atlantis Jr. any time he wants. Microman and Chamuel talking about a mask match. Gilbert still wants a singles match with Ultimo Guerrero, Ciber still wants Ultimo Guerrero. Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas challenge Volador, Volador is willing to face Ciber.

Media interviews: Volador (Box y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Cibernetico (Box y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Gilbert (Box y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Microman (Box y Lucha, +LuchaTV), Chamuel (Box y Lucha, +LuchaTV)

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.

  1. Ultimo Guerrero
  2. Cibernetico
  3. Gilbert el Boricua
  4. Volador Jr.
  5. Big Daddy
  6. Barbaro Cavernario
  7. Negro Casas

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

09/06 Detroit

  • 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

09/07 Chicago

  • 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

09/08 Milwaukee

  • 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.

CMLL Gran Prix tonight (but not airing live), Fenix, WR

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.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Speaking of Michael Elgin: Lucha Libre Real says he’s coming in for their 09/21 show.

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 Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by mluchatv)
2) Stephanie Vaquer b Nicole Montañez Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by +LuchaTV)
Hellspawn helped Vaquer win
3) Audaz (CMLL) b TemplarioStar Jr. Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by mluchatv)
4) Karaoui b Atomic Star Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by mluchatv)
5) Jean Montañez, Mr. Electro, Zumbi b Comando 1, Comando 2, Eterno Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by mluchatv)
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 Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by mluchatv)
money thrown in
7) Ricky Marvin & Súper Crazy b Black Panther (CMLL) & Blue Panther Jr. Pro Wrestling Resurrection, desde la WR Arena (posted by mluchatv)

(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.

A show in Tampico scheduled to be headlined by Ultimo Guerrero, La Bestia del Ring and Mr. Aguila vs Cibernetico, Charly Manson and Mesias was said to draw more than 5,000 people.

There hasn’t had a Nieto del Santo update in a while. Hijo del Santo told Ovaciones that his son is studying abroad and will not wrestle in Mexico until he finishes. It does sound like he’s planning on wrestling again, which hasn’t always been clear.

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’s probably the whole show.

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.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Puma has a video on his latest trip to Japan.

Tomorrow’s AAA spot show in Torreon was canceled.

Hijo de Canis Lupus feels he’s surpassed the original.


CMLL (MON) 09/02/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Sonic vs Joker & Sombra Diabólika
2) Arkalis & King Jaguar vs El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana
3) Drone, Fuego, Toro Bill Jr. vs Perverso, Stigma, Universo 2000 Jr.[Relevos Increíbles]
4) Audaz vs Templario [lightning]
5) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee, Terrible, Valiente[Relevos Increíbles]
6) Euforia & Gran Guerrero © vs Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja [CMLL TAG]
2nd defense

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.

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 30th, 2019

full size

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.