AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 10/30/2019 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, Lucha Central, thecubsfan]
1) Bengala b Mamba, Abismo Negro Jr. 10:55. Bengala beat Mamba
2) Keyra b Vanilla, Lady Shani 10:01. Keyra defeated Vanilla. All three women’s teams have 1 point.
3) Octagón Jr. b Carta Brava Jr., Mr. Iguana 11:16. Octagon pinned Carta Brava.
4) Psycho Clown b Murder Clown, Pagano 11:04. Psycho Clown’s team is the only one to win all (3) matches so far.
The third match was the best match on the show. The women’s match seemed to be good but I was distracted during it. The restaurant was packed for this show, the most people who’ve been there this season. There was a deal on tickets, though I’m not sure if it was that or lots of people wanting to see Psycho Clown.
There are more shows than usual for a Thursday, with the end of October celebrations playing a role.
Arena Naucalpan has the annual Castillo del Terror show, a 12 man cage match where the loser loses his mask. There’s also a Penta/Fenix vs Traumas super libre match. The show is scheduled at a 7:45 local start, which is again an hour later if you’re in the US. AYM has switched from streaming these shows on YouTube to Facebook and Twitter. AYM did say they’d stream this show but it may be a hunt to find it.
Cancha quotes a source that La Parka underwent a 12 hour surgery on Tuesday. (There’s a non-pay version here.) He’s expected to need two additional surgeries. There are no specifics about the surgeries, only that Parka was doing as well as could be expected after the first one. The source says it is unlikely La Parka will ever wrestle again, as he’ll need to go thru a long and rehab just to regain his mobility. This seems to go against what Karis said yesterday, though it’s possible the surgery could’ve happened after his statement. Dorian Roldan said AAA would attempt to have a medical update today.
Kawato San posted two photos on Twitter last night, the first time he’s posted on the service in four months. (He had been liking posts for a while.) It appears those photos are from Mexico and recent, since one includes a Dia de Muertos altar. There’s been no mention of him by CMLL since disappearing from cards in early July. The only public report was Kawato was ill and had returned to Japan. Kawato is currently the CMLL Lightweight Champion; CMLL didn’t take the belt away. (They also still haven’t done anything about Dragon Lee and his Welterweight Championship.)
Vampiro posted, then deleted, an all caps message on Facebook saying he couldn’t work the WrestleCade shows he agreed to but also couldn’t find the email of the person who booked him. Vampiro explained he was going to be in Mexico and he was needed for TV and Lucha Capital. Wrestle Cade takes place Friday November 29th to Sunday December 1st. Lucha Captial is on Wednesday. It seems likely Vampiro is now part of TripleMania Regia on December 1st, but it seems like it would be possible for him to be at WrestleCade at least one days. Vampiro has worked for some promotions but it also seems like there’s a fair amount of him canceling shows.
CMLL (SUN) 11/03/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino, Fantástico, Mr. Samurai vs Fenetico, Frezzer, Fúnebre
2) Crixus, Luminoso, Paladin vs Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, Chris Skin
3) Joker, Sádico, Vaquero Jr. vs Difunto, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte
4) Flash, Gallo, Principe Daniel vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Pepe Aguayo
5) Hechicero vs Satánico
Beyond the Hechicero/Satanico match, Guadalajara is now bringing back Flash and Pepe Aguayo (last match here 2015.) I wonder if there’s some pressure to get the attendance up on Sundays to explain the sudden reliance on older more well-known luchadors or if it’s just friends helping friends.
CMLL (TUE) 10/29/2019Arena México [CMLL, Furia de Titanes, Notimex, The Gladiatores]
1) Grako & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Leono & Sangre Imperial rudos took 1/3
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Angelito, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito Pierrothito replaced Peq. Nitro. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma b Dark Magic, Raziel, Vangellys tecnicos took 2/3
4) Star Jr. b Rey Cometa, El Audaz, Dulce Gardenia, Black Panther, Pólvora, Virus, Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Tiger [Rey del Inframundo, #1 Contenders] elimination order: Universo 2000 Jr. (by Rey Cometa), Black Panther (Polvora), Disturbio (Dulce Gardenia), Tiger (Audaz), Dulce (Virus), Rey Cometa (Polvora), Polvora (Star Jr.), Audaz (Virus), Star Jr. (Virus) leaving Star Jr. as the winner. He faces Sanson on Friday.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Rey Bucanero b Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente straight falls, setting up Rey Bucanero challenging Stuka next week.
The cibernetico was ok and maybe the best thing on the show. The following Tuesday show has been a Dia de Muertos show in the past; not doing one this year suggests even El Inframundo isn’t interested in Rey Bucanero versus Stuka in 2019.
Star Jr. facing Sanson is a better reward than last week’s trios match. He’s a long shot at dethroning the champion, yet it’s still another chance for him to stand out. Star Jr.’s new submission still needs some work (or a different move.)
CMLL (TUE) 10/29/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Fantástico, Luminoso, Reycko b Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico tecnicos took 1/3
2) Akuma, Furia Roja, Hijo del Signo b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Vaquero Jr. rudos took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Fugaz b Misterioso, Okumura, Sagrado tecnicos took 2/3
4) Atlantis, Kráneo, Volcano b Cavernario, Felino, Hechicero Cavernario replaced Mr. Niebla (injury). Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero tecnicos took 2/3, UG fouling Diamante Azul. Rematch for next week.
There was some mild Dia de Muertos themed outfits here. Not sure what Guadalajara did to get back to back Diamante Azul programs.
Marca has said they are airing Friday’s Dia de Muertos show. Last year, CMLL ran a rather disastrous iPPV where the video didn’t work at all early on and stuttered for most of the show. CMLL has not run an iPPV since, though they’ve kept some shows from airing live to not give them away for free.
Lucha Capital Week 3 is tonight. If you’re in the US or someplace else who hasn’t changed your clocks, the show starts one hour later than usual. (The easier version is it starts one hour after the AEW/NXT shows end.)
women: Vanilla vs Keyra vs Lady Shani
men: Mr. Iguana, Murder Clown, Carta Brava Jr., Pagano, Abismo Negro Jr., Octagón Jr., Bengala, Psycho Clown, Mamba in three triangle matches.
Murder Clown & Mamba are on the same team, so they should be drawn into different matches. We don’t have any idea about the other matches and will not until people walk out. This isn’t as strong a lineup as last week. Bengala without Ultimo Maldito is always an interesting experience. Pagano, in general, is an interesting experience. Still rooting for Abismo Negro Jr. to find his footing, and perhaps a different environment will work better for him.
Penta & Fenix fight SCU to determine the first-ever AEW Tag Team Champions tonight. The Lucha Brothers seem like slight favorites.
AAA officially announced TripleMania Regia, a December 1st show taking place at Monterrey’s baseball stadium. No card was announced beyond saying Kenny Omega will defend the title. Blue Demon, LA Park and his sons appeared, with a tease towards a mask match which is not actually happening. Pagano, Psycho Clown, and Lady Shani are also pictured. The Lucha Brothers are not, though that may mean nothing.
The concept is this has the TripleMania name and will as big as those shows, though the ticket prices and size of the building are scaled down. The TripleMania Regia tickets are on sale already, with the top price at 1000 Mexican Pesos and around 15,000 tickets available. The top price for TripleMania was 7000 pesos. Ticket price isn’t everything but expectations for what this should be kept in check accordingly; this seems set up to be more along the lines of a Rey de Reyes/Guerra de Titanes show. Those are still enjoyable, it’d just be unreasonable to expect a gigantic apuesta match at those prices.
Rush came up, though as a reason LA Park would not bet his mask against Blue Demon and someone he’d like to face on this show. LA Park also mentioned wanting to face Cain Velasquez, who was not announced for this show. It was left unclear if either would be on this show, though they’d seem to be more firmly announced if AAA knew they had them.
TripleMania Regia being done in partnership with the Sultanes de Monterrey baseball team, who own the stadium. There was a previous attempt to run the 20K seat building for wrestling with Alberto as the headliner, and it seemed to not draw well enough to work. Multimedios, AAA’s broadcaster in Monterrey, also appear to be involved. I believe this will air on Twitch as normal though it didn’t seem to come up.
Karis La Momia Jr. said his father, AAA’s La Parka, did not undergo a second surgery. El Hijo del Santo said Parka did yesterday, saying he had talked to Parka’s daughter. Karis says his father is instead resting, sedated and stable. Santo giving updates on Parka’s status has seemed surprising given the history there – Santo & AAA had a prolonged lawsuit that was ugly on both sides, though often the wrestlers get along even when the wrestlers don’t get along with the promotions. I tend to believe Karis, but it is concerning AAA hasn’t sent out an optimistic statement at this point.
SoloWrestling has an interview with Rush from the UK tour. Rush confirms the important material: he did go to see Joker during Heroes Inmortales. He gives it a solid recommendation. In more relevant news, Rush says he wanted to keep working with CMLL, could not come to an agreement with the new boss, and decided to leave. Rush says he felt stagnated in CMLL and winning the ROH title gave him confidence that he could stand on his own outside of CMLL. Rush’s original goal was to win the ROH title in two years and exceeded that, so he’s looking for more goals. Rush is open to returning to CMLL someday, but in a relationship where he had more control of the situation similar to Fenix & Penta in AAA. Rush is critical of CMLL for not taking using the NJPW & ROH relationship to bring in their big names. (I presumed NJPW people were just not interested in coming to CMLL, but the AAA/Omega bit makes it clearer NJPW people were just not interested in coming to CMLL for the price CMLL’s willing to offer.)
Rush is not interested in signing a deal. He does says he’s talked with Dorian Roldan & Konnan, have not reached an agreement, may yet for some dates, but didn’t leave one company to go join another. He’s working on a per date basis with Nacion and would be open to the same for AAA.
Rush mentions one of his goals with Ring of Honor is to improve his English. He didn’t think much on it when he first came, feeling his goals were all in Mexico anyway. That’s changed since he signed with ROH and he’s been working on improving this year. Rush is looking forward to the title match with PCO because he feels the crowd will cheer for the Canadian and he’ll be able to be a bit more of a rudo like in Mexico.
Rush feels CMLL did not treat Dragon Lee fairly, firing him in retaliation for Rush leaving. Rush says “three of the best companies in the world” want Dragon Lee to sign with him, though he will not make a decision until next year.
Rush’s “two year” goal seems to refer to his ROH contract. There was a shift a more or so back where what had previously referred to as Rush signing with ROH for a two-year deal became reported as just one; I think I noticed this in the WON first. There is room for confusion; some of the wrestlers ROH brought on late 2018/early 2019 were signed for two-year deals where the wrestlers got the option of leaving after year one. It’s not absolutely clear who has what deal, but I believe Rush’s deal has him signed thru 2020 with no option to leave earlier. Rush put up a tweet teasing an alliance with Kenny King for next year, which suggests he’s planning on being in ROH whatever his contract reads.
Rush and Los Ingobernables are listed as appearing both in Arena Lopez Mateos and Arena Queretaro tomorrow. It’s not possible to work both those shows unless one is delayed greatly or the match orders are shuffled; these venues are 2.5 hours apart. It reads as though Rush is working the Nacion/Queretaro date, though Lopes Mateos continues to promote him.
Alejandro Davila became the lead Tijuana Lucha Commissioner a couple of months back. The article mentioning that change – and the other changes in the boxing/lucha/MMA office – mentioned he’d be banning mixed matches without explaining what that meant. That’s followed up on today, with Davila saying men vs women matches are banned in Tijuana. He notes promoters aren’t happy with him about that rule, but the rule already existed, he’s just going to make sure it’s enforced. Davila doesn’t feel men hitting women should be any part of a show, feeling it just promotes violence against women. Fire and light tube spots are also banned, explained as for the safety of the fans. The enforcement is going to be the issue; EMW just ran a mixed match on their last show, The Crash runs them often, and AKE is a local hardcore promotion which uses light tubes.
NOBA , TWE (SAT) 11/02/2019Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Agorafobia III vs Optimus, Radioactivo, Crazy Thengu
2) Karma I, Karma II, Máscara Oriental vs Antar, Átomo, Misterik
3) La Heroína & Lunatik Fly vs Lady Cat & Sherkan and Sádika & Terremoto and Demencia & Sadik Maiden
4) Alas De Fuego, Aspiratito, Baxter, Kid Silver vs Centurion, Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Yoruba
5) Cerebro Negro & Fantasma de la Ópera vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Toro Negro Jr.
6) Freelance vs Eterno, Sádico, Príncipe Aéreo
7) El Mesías vs Fresero Jr.
8) Penta 0M vs Toxin, Flamita, Último Maldito, Arkángel Divino
No one’s going to have a full count of how many Penta & Fenix matched worked because CageMatch and Wrestling-Data don’t go as deep into Mexico shows and I don’t do much with the US. Maybe I’ll get motivated at the end of the year to figure this out.
IWRG , AAA (SUN) 11/03/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Acero II, Nice Boy, Príncipe Jr. vs Bisofera, Especia Maligna, Voltar
2) Ángel Estrella Jr., Dinámico, Spider Fly vs Canival, Carnicero, Voltrex
3) Dany Victoria, Jefe Hacha, John Tito, Mission X, Payaxucho, Yuma vs Adrenalina, Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Guerrero Olímpico, Mardano, Mosca and Ángel Oriental Jr., Cadilac, Galactus, Güero Plma, Quetzal, Taurino and Atomic Star, Auzter, Chicanito, Death Metal, Kamicaze, Puma de Oro Gym 23 de Junio (Tito) vs Gym Argentino (Mosca) vs Gym Zeus (Cadilac) vs Gym FILL (Chicanito)
4) Dinamic Black, Halcón Negro, Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera, Lunatik Xtreme
5) Diva Salvaje, Jessy Ventura, Pasion Cirrstal vs Stripper Big I, Stripper Big II, Stripper Big III
The main event team is just listed as “Stripper Big” with no idea what they are beyond that. It should be something. The four-way trainee match seems hectic.
CMLL (MON) 10/28/2019Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) King Jaguar, Magia Blanca, Meyer b Ares, Centella Roja, Joker tecnicos took 1/3
2) Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman b Asturiano, Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin Rudos took 2/3. Asturiano suffered an injury on Fuerza Chicana’ finishing slingshot into the middle rope
3) Star Jr. b El Perverso [lightning]
4) Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Stigma b Máscara Año 2000, Okumura, Olímpico Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto DQ Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Mephisto fouled Angel de Oro after feuding all match. Hechicero replaced Negro Casas.
6) Místico b Forastero Mistico took 2/3.
The main event doesn’t sound like much. Perhaps an Angel de Oro/Mephisto match coming. Asturiano says he was a little hurt but it doesn’t seem anything serious.
It’s unclear why Negro Casas is missing shows – he’s off Friday as well. I’d guess it was an injury, but he did wrestle on Sunday night in Monterrey. It is now clear why Mr. Niebla is missing shows: he posted a hospital photo on Facebook, saying he’s dealing with an infection. He originally suffered an elbow injury three months ago, his shoulder started to hurt as well, the CMLL doctor insisted on him getting it checked out, and doctors found damaged joints. The unstated bit is many people assume any Mr. Niebla absence is the result of his alcohol issues and Niebla wants it clear that wasn’t the case this time.
Cuadrilatero TV notes this is part of a run of injuries this weekend. IWRG’s Shalom broke an ankle. AAA’s La Parkita won’t be seen for a while, because he broke his tibia. I haven’t been able to find that one. Crazy King (of DTU)’s elbow injury looks like it will require surgery.
Gilbert el Boricua is also off Friday’s show. Mephisto & Cavernario step in for Gilbert and Casas. Gilbert was definitely trying to work a feud with Ultimo Guerrero and UG seemed to be ignoring it. It seemed like maybe it was the slow build to something, but I guess it could be Gilbert doing something with permission. CMLL’s policy of not explaining why people are of the show has unintended side effects, like fans believing Niebla got into trouble, and people are going to be left wondering if Gilbert ran afoul of the wrong man without any other explanation. Not that explanations are always believable either.
There’s a little more meaning to tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show than usual for a Tuesday night. The semi-main is the Rey del Inframundo cibernetico, the winner to challenge Sanson for the championship on Friday. It would be the biggest CMLL match of the year for most everyone involved, which is also why most of the people involved have no chance of getting it. Sanson did face fellow Templario last year, but a high profile Friday singles match against Polvora, Virus, Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr. and Tiger seems unlikely. Black Panther spent last Wednesday telling media that he thinks he needs to turn rudo, which was a savvier way to say the same as Fuego did last year – “I’m stuck in the same place and I need to do something different.” He can’t be thinking he’s winning this. Dulce Gardenia seems like the favorite, based off heavily CMLL’s gotten behind the character, though matches with Sanson against Audaz or Star Jr. or even Rey Cometa would probably be just as good. It’s tough to imagine Cometa getting that chance and last week’s “showcase” didn’t seem to be setting up Star for more things. It’s likely Audaz or Dulce and it’s probably Dulce.
The actual main event on Tuesday’s card is Soberano, Stuka, and Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero and Rey Bucanero. That seemed to be build up Stuka & Bucanero for a title match. Blue Panther Jr. didn’t make the Rey del Inframundo field. His brother did, so Panther Jr. will be teaming with two of usual third wheels (Maya & Stigma) instead of one versus Raziel, Dark Magic and Vangellys. The minis get a trios match and the opener includes people who you’re only vaguely aware still work here.
The show starts at 7:30 pm locally, which is one hour later than usual because of the DST change.
Guadalajara has Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja teaming with Diamante Azul against the Guerreros.
Super Astro Jr. is a multi-talented person. Wrestling is his first love, but he worked first as an auto mechanic and later as a physiotherapist. He is also a third baseman in a baseball league, having played since he was young.
Ring of Honor has announced their 11/09 & 11/10 Texas dates are rescheduled to next June. These Texas shows typically include CMLL wrestlers and I believe had already announced Dragon Lee in addition to Rush. (It didn’t sound like ROH yet.) They’ve got replacement dates announced, which happens when a promotion actually plans on running a show they’ve postponed. “Operational conflict” was the vague explanation given. The crowds for last week’s ROH shows in UK were small, as they’ve been often of late. Rush as ROH champion in Texas with a heavy Latino population seems like it should’ve been a good mix but hasn’t changed ROH’s fortune. ROH runs this weekend and is off until their year closing shows in the mid of December. That leaves Rush has plenty of time to work in Mexico. It probably means more KAOZ level shows than AAA right away.
CMLL (SUN) 11/03/2019Arena México
1) Fantasy & Kaligua vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Estrellita, Sanely, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Infernal, La Seductora
3) Átomo, El Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hijo del Villano III [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Dulce Gardenia, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Gran Guerrero
No Chamuel/Microman singles match after all. Do you get dragged to hell if you get DQed for removing a mask? Asking for a small friend.
Estrellita is back to save the CMLL women’s division. It is her first match since May.