Dinastíabeat Arez and Mocho Cota Jr. (7:27, Dinastia Spanish Fly Arez, good,00:08:08)
Faby Apache beat Lady Maravilla and La Hiedra (6:38, Faby Apache armbar La Hiedra, ok, 00:23:37)
Tito Santana beat Dave The Clown and Hijo Del Vikingo (13:14, Tito Santana backcracker, below average, 00:39:43)
Taurusbeat Súper Fly andPuma King (11:02, Taurus double underhook piledriver Super Fly, ok, 01:03:29)
Vikingo needed some medical attention after his match.
Dinastia, Faby Apache, Tito Santana, and Taurus won their matches. We’re still refusing to pay attention to the group standings until this is halfway done.
Vampiro led a round of applause for La Parka at the start of the show.
Fantasma appeared to present the Lucha Capital belts. They are new belts, they have 2019 on them.
The main event was good in spots but never really came together. The pieces just didn’t fit as well as they could’ve had. Taurus got to do so some strong spots and the finish looked brutal but felt like he could’ve done more against one of the flyers.
Upon first viewing, I thought there was a chance Vikingo got hurt enough to cause his match to end unexpectedly. It doesn’t seem that way watching again, which makes the whole thing confounding. There’s some logic in having the rudos take a lot of the match to set up a big Vikingo comeback. They did that, Vikingo did a few spots, and they strangely went back to beating up Vikingo. It doesn’t square with Vikingo winning the Copa Pena a few days ago. Even if Tito had to get the win for tournament reasons, he could’ve gotten it over Dave instead. This outcome doesn’t make sense from a wrestling logic standpoint and the match was long and boring to boot.
The women’s match couldn’t overcome the usual disruptions which are brought on by a three-way match. Everyone seemed to work hard, it just didn’t come together as anything beyond a bunch of moves and a finish. Maravilla had the coolest bridging moves.
The opener was the best match of the night. Arez’ creativity mixes well with Dinastia’s energy, even when it is as simple as grabbing Dinastia’s tail to pull him into a suplex. All the Poder del Norte guys are probably underrated as individuals because they just work as a team; Cota came off here like he’d be one of the better solo rudos of his size if things went differently. The finish was tricky and came off well.
CMLL (TUE) 10/22/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan]
1) Kaligua & Shockercito b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor b Oro Jr., Retro, Robin 13:50. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther, Drone, Rey Cometa b Dark Magic, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. 14:18. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Tiger b Guerrero Maya Jr. [lightning] 7:11. Tiger won with a casita
5) El Audaz, Kráneo, Volcano DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Pólvora 13:45. Straight falls, the last when Polvora unmasked Audaz.
6) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. 13:13. Rudos took 2/3. Stuka and Bucanero feuded all match, Bucanero got the submission win, and signaled for a title match
Blue Panther’s match was most over, Tiger/Maya was maybe the best, nothing you needed to see. I complained about too many Forastero feuds, then they started a Bucanero, maybe wrestling is a mistake.
CMLL (TUE) 10/22/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, Mr. Apolo b Crixus, Magnus, Reycko
2) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b La Jarochita, Lluvia, Sanely rudas took 2/3
3) Misterioso, Sagrado, Vangellys b Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge rudos took 1/3
4) Diamante Azul b Hechicero Azul took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón tecnicos took 2/3
No signal for a trios title match coming but it seems possible. CMLL making Magnus go six hours to Guadalajara to lose an opener comes off like a punishment, though I don’t think it’s meant to be one.
Volador & Titan are 2-1 in the NJPW Super Junior Tag League. They picked up a non-tournament win today. NJPW is careful about who gets the pinfalls and who gets pinned, so Titan picking up the win in every match seems meaningful. (But then he also took the pinfall.)
Atlantis & Atlantis Jr. talked to Diario Basta. Atlantis said he feels physically good, which is tough to reconcile with the guy who was tied to the ropes on Monday so they could hide his lack of movement. He’s going to keep wrestling at least until his other son debuts. Atlantis says he tells his son to ignore everyone’s advice besides his own because he’s had more success than anyone else. Atlantis also makes a point of saying he owns his name/character completely (and so does his sons.) Atlantis says he’s had prelim talks with people from the US to make a 13 episode TV series. It reads like it’s just in the idea stage at this point. Atlantis Jr. is training wrestling from morning to 2 pm from Monday to Saturday, then going to university to 8 or 9 pm.
Microman and Retro (in his Dia del Muertos outfit) were on Heraldo de Mexico’s morning show to promote the show.
Dalys & La Jarochita will go to Japan for “CMLL Lady’s Ring” on 01/22. CMLL doesn’t use the “CMLL” name when mentioning it on Twitter, so it appears to be someone using the name and not CMLL itself being involved outside of talent. This means Negro Casas and Dalys will be in Japan around the same time.
AAA Lucha Capital is back tonight. The poster has Hijo del Vikingo, Taurus, Arez, Dinastia, Puma King, Mocha Cota Jr., Super Fly, Tito Santana, Dave the Clown, Faby Apache, Lady Maravilla, and La Hiedra. There will be four three-way matches, one of them is probably all the women, and the rest we will not know until the matches are announced. Vikingo and Taurus alone make this worth seeking out. It’ll air on Facebook at 9pm CT. It streamed on a few different pages last week, but the AAA page seems to be the one that has the additional commentary from Australian Suicide
Vampiro and the director of his documentary were interviewed by MorbidoFest. Vampiro thought it would be a career biography, where it was more about where Vampiro was struggling in the moment they were filming and his relationship with his daughter. He still liked it. The last bit of the interview is Vampiro asking the director if they could edit the end of the film so they could show the big reaction he got returning at TripleMania.
Pentagon Jr. & Fenix are in action on AEW Dynamite tonight. They face Private Party in the semi-finals of the promotion’s tag team tournament. The Lucha Brothers seem like slight favorites to make the final. Kenny Omega will be facing Joey Janela on the show, so we’ll find out how/if they mention Omega winning the AAA Mega Championship.
It’s an (appropriately!) friends only message on Facebook where the Lucha Memes promoter confirms their upcoming Battle of Coacalco show will have not be taped. They only feel the people who buy tickets should be able to see it. I’ll do my best to honor those wishes and not mention the show again on this part of the site after this paragraph.
Box Y Lucha announced they’ll hold social media voting for their year-end awards for the first time this year. The Box Y Lucha awards are infamous. Every December, there’s an award party, (obscure) luchadors post photos of a Box Y Lucha award they won, and everyone else on Facebook makes a joke about the luchadors buying their awards. It does seem like people have been buying wins and also it may be fine because Box Y Lucha may not still be publishing without that added revenue source. I suspect the fan voting is to make the concept more credibility and make those other awards more valuable.