Espanto Jr. & Grako beat Metatrón & Sonic
(11:16 [5:28, 2:26, 3:22], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma beat Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
(12:03 [5:57, 1:50, 4:16], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marcela beat Reyna Isisin a lightning match
(8:40, Marcela double knee smash, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Audaz, Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Disturbio, Hechicero, Misterioso Jr.
(18:42 [8:12, 3:40, 6:50], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas beat Atlantis, Blue Panther, Kráneo
(11:18 [2:57, 3:57, 4:24], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(12:12 [3:32, 4:29, 4:11], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush distracted referee Edgar from a Terrible foul on Caristico, which gave him the ring. Caristico set up a singles match with Terrible for next week.
I thought the main event was the slightly better of the two very much Tuesday top trios matches because Los Ingobernables seemed to be trying more than usual. The semi-main was sillier and might have connected better with the tourists for that reason. Soberano doing maybe the only pescado of his life because he didn’t rust Bestia del Ring to catch anything bigger was amusing.
Hechicero led a really good Tuesday trios match. Everyone was looking a little bit motivated than usual. You don’t get many belly to belly suplexes out of Misterioso. Hechicero was the standout, making Blue Panther Jr. look great early on the mat and then being there for Audaz’s big moves. Audaz looked great racing around the ring and nailed the tricky headscissors good. This stood out among the usual CMLL b-show fare.
The lightning match was all about Marcela showing she could do anything Reina Isis could do better. Even when Isis got the better of Marcela on the outside, Marcela just took back over like nothing had happened when they got back in the ring. Isis did get in her finish (maybe so Marcela could kick out of it.) This wasn’t as one-sided as the Dalys/Metalica match but was just as much about giving the well-established veteran a meaningless win.
CMLL (TUE) 08/20/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, The Gladaidos]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Angelito & Fantasy Rudos took 1/3.
2) El Coyote, Grako, Nitro b Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante Rudos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Okumura, Sagrado, Virus Tecnicos took 1/3, though Rey Cometa was hurt in the finishing sequence when he missed an apron diving headscissors.
4) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano b Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys tecnicos took 1/3
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. b Dark Magic, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas tecnicos took 2/3
6) Carístico DQ Terrible Caristico took 2/3. Terrible pulled Caristico’s mask off for the DQ.
CMLL promos include Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla suggesting a (somewhat unaware) Dark Magic might joint Peste Negra because he fits half of that name and Terrible being proud of his loss. The main event was better than the finish sounds. Cometa seemed in pain as he was stretchered out, though we’ve seen a lot of people be stretchered out and be back quick.
CMLL (TUE) 08/20/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Baron Blanco Jr., Luminoso, Vaquero Jr. b Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel b Halcón Suriano Jr., Pegasso, Star Black Rudos took 1/3
3) Dulce Gardenia, Esfinge, Tritón b Disturbio, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, with Mephisto challenging Volador to a title match.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Los Ingobernables took 2/3, the last with Rush unmasking and fouling Sanson but getting away with it.
CMLL is booking Caristico, Mistico and Volador singles match on a rotation against different rudos. They probably need more tecnicos to cycle in but they don’t quite seem to do it.
CMLL will be announcing the Rest of the World team for the Gran Prix today. There are been no real hints about who will be on it. One big set of questions going in are if Kawato San will be on that team and if they explain what’s happened to him either way. (I have no idea.) It’ll be news if there are other NJPW wrestlers involved since they’re running their own show in England that day. I’d expect there’ll be more ROH wrestlers but no one’s been announced outside of maybe Kenny King. CMLL has gone in odd directions before so there’s no guessing what they’ll do this time.
Ciber & Ultimo Guerrero are also announced for Informa, so there’s an outside chance they might agree to their hair match today.
Cain Velasquez officially announced he’d be on the AAA shows in New York & Los Angeles. If you purchased a ticket for MSG, have you heard anything from Ticketmaster about the show being moved? I have not yet, maybe it was lost in a spam filter somewhere, but the website still lists the ticket with MSG seating.
Alberto, doing interviews for Saturday’s Nacion Lucha Libre show in Ecatepec, said his promotion is weighing two different US TV deals. That seems unlikely, but perhaps he can leverage the Combates Americas deal in some way to get a spot. Alberto acknowledged Bandido won’t be on the show as listed (he’s working ROH; Alberto claims Bandido’s also signed with Nacion, which definitely is NOT true.) He says they’ll have someone as good or better in his spot but doesn’t say who. He also feels like they’re not competing with CMLL or AAA but on a higher level competition with LigaMX, NBA and NFL. Alberto’s connection with reality appears shaky.
Arez & Latigo are headed to back to OWE in September. They’re running in Japan for a couple of shows on 09/08 and 09/12. Arez is only working the 09/12 show (he’s working on 09/08 in Puebla.)
Wotan, who’s no one’s idea of technical wrestlers, says trainers need to prepare their students better before letting them debut.
CMLL (SUN) 08/25/2019Arena México
1) Leono & Retro vs Cholo & Yago
2) La Maligna, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dark Magic, Misterioso, Vangellys
4) Blue Panther vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Atlantis Jr., Kráneo, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hijo del Villano III, Mephisto
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Terrible
Nothing much notable here.
MDA (SUN) 09/08/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Chef Benito & Chicanito vs Mexica & Neza Kid and Celestial Boy & Shadow Boy and Shalom & Spider Fly
2) Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Tromba vs Fly Warrior, Iron Kid, Puma de Oro
3) Freelance vs Astral
4) Hijo de Canis Lupus & Imposible vs El Divo & Sádico
5) Argenis vs Aeroboy vs Dragón Bane Jack Evans was briefly listed in this match.
6) Jack Evans & Pagano vs Penta 0M & Rey Fénix [HOG TAG] Dr. Wagner was briefly announced, then replaced by Jack Evans hours later.
Dr. Wagner Jr. was on this card and now is not on this card. Did AAA pay him to come over to work the AAA TV taping instead? It is hard to escape the fact that Pagano, Penta, and Fenix are all working this show and not on that AAA TV taping. If Penta & Fenix do end up signing with AAA, it’s going to mean AAA offering than seem to be for normal TV tapings.
Rush unmasked Caristico in the first fall, then Caristico tossed his mask to get Rush disqualified again in the second fall. Rush walked off with Caristico’s mask.
UG got away with a foul on Mistico for the win, setting up a rematch the following week.
Caristico & Rush didn’t have the highspot match of Volador & Dragon Lee or the technical back and forth of Virus & Electrico. They had Caristico doing his version of the LA Park/Rush match, right down to doing the spear and the DQ finishes. This was not a traditional match by any means by they did find an entertaining way to do the usual silliness, and to surprise in it not going the full distance. This never felt as out of control as an LA Park match but it was built around the big crowd response moments the same way, and it worked better than I would’ve expected.
The NGD/Guerreros match is the definition of “Puebla” matches. It wasn’t bad, but they rushed thru the high spots to get it over with. There’s a better match here with more time or a venue they’re more interested in wrestling. Soberano did more with his partners than Mistico did with his, though even Soberano didn’t try some of the stuff we’ve seen him do in other mixed matches. Maybe the rematch will have more.
Dulce & Fuego are two-thirds of the way to a charismatic trio. Stigma wasn’t bad but didn’t quite fit the bit. (This is Drone’s spot.) Dulce’s act remains popular and he’s not having much stumbles, so someone made a good decision going with him. The problem for Fuego is that Dulce may not say at this level long to team with him.
Parts of this women’s match felt like Marcela & Dalys trying out different spots for their inevitable next title match. That’s as much useful purpose as possible. Magnificia seems like a more natural rudo but had a couple of impressive highspots as a tecnica. She was here on emergency replacement duty but obviously would be in the upper group of CMLL women if used her regularly.
I watched the two opening matches and could not come up with much to say about them. Not sure why the second match went so short but not sure it mattered.