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.
Do you want another Forastero singles match? It’s happening anyway. Today’s CMLL show has the third Dinamita facing Mistico. He’s got recent losses against Volador, Caristico, and Cavernario. It’s unlikely this one is going to end with Forastero’s arm being raised. They’ve all been fine, nothing has been great, and Mistico isn’t the opponent to have a great match on a Monday night.
There’s a second singles match on the show: Star Jr. faces Perverso after a foul last week. Perverso seems like a guy destined to lose his hair to a Mexico City guy, Star Jr. is a Mexico City guy getting a sudden push, there’s a chance this could be going somewhere. Hopefully, this will be a good start to whatever they’re doing if they are doing.
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja team up with Soberano against Ephesto, Mephisto and Negro Casas. The fourth match is a weird match with old men Mascara 2000, Olimpico and Okumura on one side against Dulce Gardenia, Flyer and Stigma. That could go badly. No Astro this week, but Halcon Suriano is back and teaming with Asturiano & Robin against Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, and Policeman. Magia Blanca, somehow now lower than Robin in the depth chart, teams with King Jaguar & Myer versus Ares, Centella Roja, and Joker. I’m still confused by Joker being a tecnico for one week under another name and then going back to his old name.
The show starts locally at 9 pm. If you are in the US, Japan, or any place else who did not change clocks this past week, the show is one hour later than usual. It’ll air on YouTube and it’ll be available on VOD if that new time is too late for you.
I was at the GALLI show last night. Fenix vs Gringo Loco is up on my YouTube channel. It was good, though not in the league of Fenix/Aeroboy from a year ago. The tough schedule the Lucha Brothers thrust upon themselves is adding up, in that Fenix is not going to have the energy to work these smaller shows as he did even twelve months ago. It is nice to see Fenix locally but it is hard to understand why he’s still working these matches or much of anything beyond AEW.
There are issues with the schedule beyond the performances. The latest Lucha Brothers booking issue popped up this weekend, with those two along with the Rebelion Amarilla crew announced for Ireland’s OTT the same day as they had been announced for AAW’s show in Chicago. Fenix & Penta are working in Europe that weekend, so it seemed likely they were not coming to Chicago. AAW first explained it the Lucha Brothers were elsewhere by AEW decision, then retracted that and said it was a Lucha Brothers double booking.
The OTT booking had its own controversy; the promotion announced Fenix, Penta, Bestia 666 and Rey Horus, then quietly listed MechaWolf along with them the next day. The UK/Ireland fanbase has been vocally against promotion using wrestlers with domestic violence allegations. It’s mostly come up in regards to Bram, and MechaWolf has a story as well. OTT knew the story well enough to pull the sleight of hand about booking him.
The AAA spot show in Guadalajara looks to have drawn a full house of 15,000. This was the show where wrestlers were wearing masks representing different Jalisco cities. It wasn’t a normal ticket selling deal – only people who wanted ringside or VIP tickets had to pay more than the general feed to get into the fair, I think – but it’s still a lot of people. There’s no results from that show, it’s just not that sort of show, but it still happened.
D Luxe (sometimes Deluxe, sometimes D’Luxe) was unmasked by Mr. Tempest on Arena Nacioanlista’s 30th Anniversary show. The match was a four way main event with Principe Negro Jr. & Estudiante Junior. D Luxe was the most recent fake Hijo de Rey Mysterio before giving up that gimmick in the last year. His real name is Angel Alejandro Garica, 30 years, 10 years a wrestler.
IWRG (THU) 10/31/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Auzter & Shadow Boy vs Güero Palma & Neza Kid
2) Atomic Star, Freelance, Puma de Oro vs Avisman, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
3) Diva Salvaje, Jessy Ventura, Pasion Kristal vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Fly Star & Lady Flammer vs Lunatik Xtreme & Quetzal and Demonio Infernal & Ludark Shaitan
5) Penta 0M & Rey Fénix (Indie) vs Trauma I & Trauma II [super libre]
6) Ave Rex, Dragón Bane, Imposible, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Dinamic Black, Toxin, Aramis, Relámpago, Capo del Norte, Leo, Ángel Tormenta, Death Metal [cage, mask]
The annual Castle of Terror show, where the final match comes down to two people and a mask match which may or may not end in controversy. Death Metal & Angel Tormenta stand out as possible mask losers; both had short pushes earlier in the year. The Capo del Norte gimmick seems might be done. As the foreigner, Ave Rex would be a good candidate except he does wrestle masked in the US.
Penta & Fenix have a tag team tournament final on Wednesday, then come here to face the Traumas in a no rules match.
CMLL (SAT) 11/02/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Arkalis, Robin, Sonic vs Cholo, El Coyote, Yago
3) Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
4) Blue Panther, Dulce Gardenia, Rey Cometa vs Okumura, Olímpico, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Valiente vs Luciferno, Rey Bucanero, Sansón
6) Carístico vs Terrible
Caristico & Terrible had issues teaming on Saturday, leading to this singles match.
Full line. The UnAmericans will put their undefeated streak on the line. Chrisi Jaynes replacement hasn’t been announced yet. I can’t fly to Monterrey to see this one so I suspect it’ll take 9 months or so for it to be on pivotshare.
Another strong show with a surprising amount of things being set up. Guerra de Titanes is 12/13 (one day earlier) and has two tag title matches set up. The fourway was as great as expected, with Vikingo having a better performance than the previous week and the few faults of the match mostly being attempts at being super creative which didn’t totally come together. The minis match was unexpectedly great, though perhaps it would’ve been expected if Freelance & Astrolux were none participants. Laredo Boy being older than Laredo Kid is amusing, but maybe also a sign of AAA wanting to get away from the mini termonology. They’re using Dinastia out of that division (here working twice for a MIA Maximo) and they may want to leave the door open for other luchadors of similiar stature.
(I’m not sure when I’ll get to a recap of this.)
The building looked about 2/3rds full. It seats 3,300, so that would be in range of what they used to draw in the old Toluca Gimnasio Agustin Milan arena. It looked the best of all the Toluca area venues they’ve tried so far, with just enough room for dives.
I think have to come to grips that Abismo Negro Jr. exists purely to keep the name in circulation and there’s no real plan for him at that moment beyond that. I’m stuck on the idea that bringing back Abismo Negro would mean a big deal, but he’s taken the pinfall in 3 of the 4 matches he’s in – he loses more than Eterno was losing. It’s a bonus if the gimmick gets over but that’s not the priority – using him to get over other people, the same as he was doing as Eterno, is the project. They did have him tease a martinete very briefly and it didn’t get much of a reaction, so maybe it’s not something worth pursuing anyone.
Next taping is 11/09 (Saturday) in Torreon. That turns out to be the same night as the next AEW PPV.
CMLL (SAT) 10/26/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico b Acero & Aéreo rudos took 1/3
2) Akuma, Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo b Arkalis, Eléctrico, Magia Blanca rudos took 1/3
3) Drone, Pegasso, Stigma b Dark Magic, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Misterioso DQ Sagrado [lightning] Sagrado fouled Misterioso
5) Audaz, Dulce Gardenia, Súper Astro Jr. vs Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III, Pólvora Super Astro replaced Atlantis Jr. (moved up). Rudos took fall 1, 2nd and 3rd not reported.
6) Atlantis Jr., Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Terrible, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles] Atlantis Jr. replaced Mistico. Straight falls for Azul’s team.
Rush kept the Ring of Honor Championship over Jeff Cobb today in Bolton. Flamtia also beat Mike Bailey in his sole victory of the three-day tour. The Flamita match was the better of the two, neither really was must see; the Scurll/Gordon vs Lucky/Flethcer match was the best of what I had time to see. It appears Rush will not defend the title again until December’s Final Battle, though that could change. The date for AAA’s Guera de Titanes changing to December 13th means there’s now no chance Rush will be on that show (thought hat weird Mexicali show seems safe for the Lucha Brothers now.)
CMLL (FRI) 10/25/2019Arena México [CMLL, Marca, Ovaciones, R de Rudo, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan, thecubsfan]
1) Magia Blanca & Príncipe Diamante b El Coyote & Grako 11:47. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Astro Jr. b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus 14:30. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Atlantis Jr. TLDRAW Templario [lightning] Atlantis got Atlantida just as ten minutes hit. They continued to fight after the finish.
4) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Stuka Jr. 16:45. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Cavernario, Gilbert el Boricua, Último Guerrero b Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Valiente 18:49. Rudos took 1/3. Gilbert seemed to want to feud with UG, but UG ignored it. Star Jr.’s prize for winning Gran Alternativa.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Místico b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas 11:01. Straight falls. Sets up a Dos Misticos vs Gran Guerrero/Euforia title match. Negro Casas replaced Mr. Niebla earlier in the day.
The lightning match seemed like the best match, with the two trios around it being in about the same area. Nothing great. The main event accomplished what it should’ve done, the semi-main did not.
CMLL announced Gran Cochisse is the new head trainer and programmer in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. Cochisse was the lead trainer there until 2010, with Mascara Dorada/Gran Metalik, Titan and Barbaro Cavernario being some of his better-known students. I’m not sure if he’d been a programmer (the matchmaker) before. There was no clear reason why Cochisse was let go; it came off as some political battle because they were turning on good prospects. Magnum had been the programmer here until about August, and seemingly was fired after a sexual harassment complaint became public. Satanico had been billed as lead trainer at the Guadalajara school. I’m not sure if he’s still part of it now. La Magnifica, Gran Cochisse daughter, quit CMLL after her father was let go and has recently returned, so this may have been in the works since around the same time.
AAA is back on Twitch at 8 pm tonight. (It’s the final main show before the DST change in Mexico.) The lineup does not seem like a big card: stuff like Psycho Clown, Pentagon, and Pagano vs Averno, Rey Escorpion and Chessman should be fine but not great and doesn’t seem mean to much. That’s the same for most of the matches; it should be ok, it might be good, but it seems like one you can skip. The one must-see match was added late, a fourway with Arez, Aramis, Hijo del Vikingo and Taurus. That one has a very high ceiling.
There are few updates on La Parka. Perhaps there will be early on the show tonight. Chessman will replace La Parka next week in Arena Aficion. Chessman was emotional in talking about Parka’s injury; those two have been together on the roster for a long time and had seemingly a thousand tag matches against each other.
Psycho Clown takes over La Parka’s column in Record (or whomever the ghostwriter has to change personalities.) Psycho, Leo Riano, and Alfonso Morales write about their La Parka memories.
Over in Exatlon, Myzteziz sat out part of the competition with a head injury. His team went to the elimination round and, strangely, Myzteziz was cleared by the doctors to compete in that. (Myzteziz & Laredo Kid have been among the least successful participants on the show.) Myzteziz surprisingly managed to win the elimination game and is still on the show another week.
MexaWrestling has a Fresero vs Demonio Infernal title match. The last date hype for this show noted there were no Canadian Destroyers on the show last show, wrestlers did four new moves, and they’re hoping for the same tonight.
A longer obit on the recently deceased Pilo Rivera explains he was nicknamed “el Vampire del RIng” because he was said to bite the heads of his opponents, suck blood in, and then spit it up at the lights.
CMLL (FRI) 11/01/2019Arena México
1) Magnus & Príncipe Diamante vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Atlantis Jr., Flyer, Fugaz vs Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III, Templario
4) Sansón vs ? [Rey del Inframundo]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Gilbert el Boricua, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico & Místico vs Euforia & Gran Guerrero [CMLL TAG] 4th defense
There’s a hope that Caristico & Mistico teaming is going to be a big draw for a themed show that usually does really well. There’s not much left in the rainy day ideas if that doesn’t work.
Gilbert & UG team again, as if that’s going somewhere.
Fugaz does get another Mexico City booking against some good rudos.
Marcela returns to action so maybe the tecnicas can get a win? Or maybe they’ll just set up the title match
CMLL (TUE) 10/29/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico, Luminoso, Reycko vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Vaquero Jr. vs Akuma, Furia Roja, Hijo del Signo
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Fugaz vs Misterioso, Okumura, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Kráneo, Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Mr. Niebla
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Astro Jr.beatCancerbero, Raziel, Virus
(14:30 [6:32, 2:34, 5:24], 1/3, good)
Atlantis Jr.went to a time limit draw with Templarioin a lightning match
Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, TerriblebeatDulce Gardenia, Flyer, Stuka Jr.
(16:45 [7:16, 3:49, 5:40], 1/3, ok)
Cavernario, Gilbert el Boricua, Último Guerrero beat Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Valiente
(18:49 [6:12, 2:13, 10:24], 1/3, ok)
Carístico, Diamante Azul, Místico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(11:01 [7:38, 3:23], 1/2, ok)
The main event set up a Mistico/Caristico vs Gran Guerrero/Euforia tag title match.
Gilbert tried to keep his issue going with Ultimo Guerrero, and Ultimo Guerrero didn’t acknowledge him.
Atlantis Jr. was just getting Templario in an Atlantida when time ran out. They continued to fight after the match, just as Templario & Soberano did.
The main event was an unusually sloppy match for the guys who are meant to be feuding. There were a lot of boost headscissors which didn’t get boosted. Diamante Azul dropping Negro Casas directly on his head wasn’t much good either. Azul isn’t ever much good but the other guys can do a lot better than this. Hopefully they will next week.
They didn’t do near enough to showcase Star Jr. in the semifinal to follow up his tournament win. He did get to beat UG in the second fall, though with a submission move he never uses instead of something showing off his agility. His few spots in the third fall seemed outweighed by taking all of UG’s offense. The dive at the end didn’t go smoothly. The rest of the match was fine but it didn’t do what it should’ve been set out to accomplish.
The fourth match seemed more improvised than usual, with Hechicero and Stuka pointing people in the direction for spots. The first two falls were slow and didn’t flow well. It got better in the third – maybe I just like the tecnico stuff better? It seems to be a trend. Flyer struggled as usual, on a show where plenty of tecnicos looked better than him. He may need a mental break as much as anything.
The lightning match was slow early, with away too many clothesline and not great action. Turned into a match with nothing in between the big moves, but then shifted into big moves all the time so it worked out. Atlantis Jr. still has to improve in between those spots but he at least has more exciting spots than most of the opener guys. Templario’s powerbomb looked great and they clearly trust him more than any other young rudo to keep running these long matches with him.
Good action match with both sides working smoothly together. The first fall had some nice sequences, Cancerbero & Super Astro, in particular, pulling out an unexpectedly good exchange. It slowed down a bit in the second fall with the rudos in charge, but the third fall had good action.
My stream went out in fall 1, which is bad because it might have been a good fall. Coyote and Grako looked worse than usual and Magia Blanca wasn’t helping. The apron dives involved some undeserved faith. Principe Diamante is better than this but the rest of the guys need work.
Today’s Friday Arena Mexico show returns to a normal lineup after a few weeks for the Gran Alternativa. Winners Star Jr. & Valiente receive a semi-main spot as a prize, teaming with Soberano Jr. against Cavernario, Gilbert, and Ultimo Guerrero. It’s an opportunity for Star Jr. to show he belongs in that spot going forward. It’s also a chance to see if CMLL’s going to pick up the Gilbert/UG feud built up for the Aniversario show or if, like everything else with that cage match, it was to be forever forgotten. No sign of Big Daddy Yum Yum this month.
The actual main event is Caristico, Mistico, and Diamante Azul vs Mr. Niebla, Euforia and Gran Guerrero. That’ll peak with a lot of people running on the ramp. The fourth match is Terrible, Hechicero and Rey Bucanero against Stuka Jr., Dulce Gardenia and Flyer, which could be continuing the Stuka/Bucanero feud from Tuesday.
Atlantis Jr. takes on Templario in a lighting match. It’s Atlantis Jr.’s only second singles match in Arena Mexico and he has a good opponent to show what he can do. Atlantis Jr. has come along faster than expected this year. The Panthers team with Super Astro Jr. against Virus, Raizel, and Cancerbero in the segunda which could be good. Grako & Coyote are back teaming, this time against Magia Blanca & Principe Diamante.
The show will stream on MarcaClaro’s YouTube at 8:30 pm. I’ll attempt to stream it on YouTube, though it didn’t go too well last week. The show will be one hour later next week for people outside of Mexico.
There’s no major update on La Parka. The most recent news is he was able to talk to his family while in intensive care and the doctors hoping to move him out of there soon. El Universal spoke to a doctor focusing on sports medicine and rehab about Parka’s possible recovery. The doctor believes it will be a difficult recovery for Parka, noting being 53 years old makes it hard. He compares the injury to the one Okumura suffered, which left him out of action around a year, but also in that luchadors who a capacity to recover better from injuries than a normal person.
Cain Velasquez said he had one more AAA match on his contract. In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE disputes this idea. Their version is Velasquez had the AAA InvadingLA show left on his deal and the obligation was finished when the show was canceled. Technically, the show is postponed not canceled. I guess that may have been a necessary technicality the way things are going.
Meanwhile, there’s also a story about AAA hoping to run a baseball stadium show on 12/01 in Monterrey. This show hasn’t been announced and wasn’t on the list of tapings Jose Manuel Guillen mentioned on +LuchaTV’s podcast, but has been talked about locally. AAA typically likes to get the word out at least a month ahead of time, so there’s got to be news soon if it is happening. The show comes up in the context of Omega’s next possible date – maybe on 12/01 in the baseball stadium, maybe 12/14, maybe no one’s quite worked it out yet. An Omega title match or anything else AAA has set up (Aerostar/Monster Clown?) doesn’t seem important enough to carry an extra-large show. Cain Velasquez in his last AAA appearance does seem like that sort of draw. If AAA can get Cain and get the baseball stadium, it seems like a swell idea. If they can’t use Cain, then maybe this show never actually gets announced.
ROH is running its year-end PPV on 12/13 and announced its year-end 12/15 TV tapings for 12/15. It is at least now theoretically possible that Rush (& Dragon Lee, but more likely Rush) could wrestle on the ROH PPV on Friday, show up in AAA on Saturday, and then make it back for ROH TV on Sunday. That 12/01 Monterrey show, if it occurs, is another logical place to bring in Rush for AAA TV; there’s no ROH date conflict there.
DTU ran their regular show in Arena Aficion
DTU (THU) 10/24/2019Arena Aficion [+LucahTV, DTU]
1) Samuray Jr. b Aero Panther, Fight Panther, Vengador Radioactivo, Dragón Suicida, Darius
2) Drolux & Moria b Brazo Celestial & Brazo Cibernetico Drolux & Moria replaced the Panthers. Sets up a title match for December.
3) Arez & Pesadilla b Calibus & Rayo (Peru)
5) Ricky Marvin b Brian Johnson, Exótico, Brazo De Oro Jr. very good match
6) Camuflaje b Dante Caballero, Puma King
7) El Diablo Fly Star b Crazy Boy, Crazy King, Hard Boy, Mc Hard Body, Halloween sets up a Halloween vs Crazy Boy trios match for the DTU Aniversario show. Halloween said he’ll bring X-Fly, Crazy picked Paranoiko.
CMLL (TUE) 10/29/2019Arena México
1) Leono & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Dark Magic, Raziel, Vangellys
3) Rey Cometa vs El Audaz, Star Jr., Dulce Gardenia, Black Panther, Pólvora, Virus, Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Tiger [Rey del Inframundo, #1 Contenders]
4) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Rey Bucanero
The main event could continue Stuka/Bucanero feud.
Black Panther & Polvora both sound more desperate for some change than excited for the Rey del Inframundo match. Dulce, Star, and Audaz are the favorites in the cibernetico.
AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 10/30/2019 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal
?) Vanilla vs Keyra vs Lady Shani
?) Mr. Iguana vs Murder Clown, Carta Brava Jr., Pagano, Abismo Negro Jr., Octagón Jr., Bengala, Psycho Clown, Mamba
This is all the people who haven’t had a match yet. This AAA tournament makes sense though three weeks of card announcements. It’s a nice thing. The women seem to be facing only each other. Mamba & Murder Clown are on the same team so they should be in separate matches. That’s all we know until Wednesday. If you are in the US or otherwise don’t change your clock tomorrow, the show will start 1 hour later than usual.
A confusing week is coming up. Daylight Savings Time ends in Mexico (and many other places) early Sunday morning. It does not change in the US for a week more. It’s only seven days, shorter than the spring, but everything starting on Sunday will be one hour later than usual. The AAA Twitch show is the last show without any adjustment most people watch; if you only watch AAA on Twitch, you’re to going to notice anything. The Puebla show starts at 10 pm CT, the Lucha Capital show will be one hour after the AEW/NXT shows for one week only.
AAA in Toluca (not actual city name but Toluca is so much easier to type) is the same day/time as last week. Not the same lineup, though the added four way helps.
The best CMLL match this week might be the cibernetico on Tuesday. Or maybe Atlantis/Templario on Tuesday.
AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 10/23/2019 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, Lucha Central, thecubsfan]
1) Dinastía b Arez, Mocho Cota Jr. 7:27. Dinastia beat Arez
2) Faby Apache b La Hiedra, Lady Maravilla 6:38. Faby Apache submitted La Hiedra
3) Tito Santana b Dave The Clown, Hijo Del Vikingo 13:14. Tito Santana beat Vikingo with a backcracker
4) Taurus b Puma King, Súper Fly 11:02. Taurus double underhook piledriver Super Fly.
Beating Vikingo at this time is inexplicable from a business standpoint, so either the person in charge wasn’t thinking or it was some weird behind the scenes political thing. We’re consciously avoiding talking about the points until after four weeks, but the relevant fact is the only thing they’re keeping track of is wins. Tito beating Dave or Tito beating Vikingo means the same thing for the tournament, so there was no need to beat Vikingo. It’s also a goofy BBQ show that few people watch compared to normal AAA shows (maybe 4K live on Facebook stream, not far off from what Twitch but a drop in the ocean compared to the TV numbers) so it’s not the end of the world.
Vampiro also snapped at a fan who asked him for a photo while he was trying to interview someone; this doesn’t seem like a role he’s comfortable in.
La Parka’s son (Karis La Momia Jr.) says his father was able to speak and identify the people in the room on Wednesday. Parka is said to be off a resperator and breathing on his own. The exam of the neck damage scheduled for Wednesday got pushed to Thursday.
Kenny Omega’s AAA Megachampionship win was brought up on AEW Dynamite, with video footage shown. He did not have the physical belt on the show. Fenix & Penta advanced to the finals of the AEW Tag Team Championship tournament on the same show. They’ll meet SCU next week. The Lucah Brothers will be in Lucha Va Voom tonight, facing Rey Horus and a person who’s name I’m afraid of mentioning to avoid him getting trouble.
On his podcast, Konnan explained why Lady Shani showed up mid-way during the Fenix/Omega match. He was concerned about the crowd not being into the match, especially because they were following Taurus/Vikingo, the crowd was quiet, and he thought Shani would help them get a reaction. Then they got a reaction themselves.
CMLL announced the Rey del Inframundo cibernetico field
Universo 2000 Jr.
This match will take place next Tuesday. The winner will face Sanson for the Rey del Inframundo championship on Friday. That match will be in a high position on the card – it was the semi-main last year. It’s hard to imagine most of these luchadors having a 1v1 match against Sanson high on a Friday card in 2019. Dulce Gardenia is the favorite, with maybe Audaz and Star Jr. as possibilities. They did run Templario/Sanson last year, which was a bit of a surprise.
CMLL announced Tiger Hattori will visit Arena Mexico on 11/15 as part of his retirement tour. NJPW’s version says Hattori may referee a match; I suspect there’s some work visa issue to work out. Hattori & Naoki Sugabayashi typically come to Mexico this time of year to decide the lineup for FantasticaMania. This year, I suspect there will also be a further discussion of Dragon Lee’s status.
Hijo de Canis Lupus says he and his brother Dragon Bane will be in Japan from 11/30 to 12/16. He’s excited about the trip and feels he’s already surpassed the original Canis Lupus by being an international wrestler. Dragon Bane isn’t interviewed, but he seems to be doing better on Instagram after his frightening collapse on an Arena Naucalpan show two Sundays ago.
Ciudad Victoria luchador Master Fly, Jesus Estrada, passed away this weekend.
An interview with Tulancingo’s Perro de Pelea, which I think is that luchador’s nickname but not his actual wrestling name.
CMLL (MON) 10/28/2019Arena Puebla
1) King Jaguar, Magia Blanca, Meyer vs Ares, Centella Roja, Joker
2) Asturiano, Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin vs Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
3) Star Jr. vs El Perverso [lightning]
4) Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Stigma vs Máscara Año 2000, Okumura, Olímpico
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Místico vs Forastero
This will be Forastero’s singles match in CMLL this month, fourth since August.
I have a strong suspicion Star and Perverso are headed to an apuesta match.
Notable spinning man Halcon Suriano hasn’t been around much the last couple of months. He’s in at least this week.