CMLL on Marca: 2020-01-24

perfect

Recapped: 2020-01-24

Matches:

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Halcón Suriano Jr. & Magia Blanca
(11:39 [4:18, 3:09, 4:12], 1/3, ok, 00:03:18)

Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Olímpico, Tiger, Virus
(11:56 [5:21, 3:10, 3:25], 2/3, ok, 00:21:27)

Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Titán beat Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
(11:47 [3:59, 5:10, 2:38], 1/3, ok, 00:42:53)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Niebla Roja
(13:04 [2:35, 2:48, 7:41], 2/3, ok, 01:04:36)

Místico beat Gran Guerrero
(15:09, 1/2 DQ, good, 01:32:25)

  1. La Mistica (3:20)
  2. DQ Gran Guerrero [mask pull] (11:49)

Felino, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. beat Carístico, Cavernario, Valiente in a relevos increíbles match
(9:25 [3:11, 2:20, 3:54], 1/3 DQ, ok, 01:54:11)

What happened:

Niebla neck adjustment

Cavernario & Felino started brawling from the moment the match started. There’s no build to it, they just fight like they hate each other. Neither man comes off as the tecnico, though it is Cavernario who leaves Felino laying after unmasking him. UG also treats Cavernario like he’s disrespecting Niebla’s memory by attacking Felino and asked for a rematch. Felino & Cavernario fight again after the talking is done, with Cavernario getting the better of it. Felino grabs the microphone saying he doesn’t know the future of Pesta Negra but thanks the fans for supporting them.

The show opens with words to and about Mr. Niebla from Ephesto, Blue Panther, Rey Bucanero, Olimpico, Shocker and Felino. The announcers wear Mr. Niebla wigs and Niebla armbands. The edcanes wear the wigs as well, and many wrestlers are wearing a Niebla styled mask or gear. Olimpico, Shocker, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero and Felino wore their old masks.

Mr. Niebla’s family was honored after the fourth match. Franco Colombo represented CMLL and Shocker handed his mask to the family.

Gran Guerrero unmasked Místico after both had ripped up each other’s mask. Gran Guerrero shoved the referee too.

Stuka replaced Diamante Azul in the fourth match. Diamante moved up to replace Volador.

Diamond did the “next week” bumper. The crowd was reacting a lot louder than usual, but they may have to react to the wrestlers coming out to the Niebla tribute.

Thoughts:

Shocker strut

The Cavernario/Felino feuds feel like I missed a month of CMLL TV and I’m dreading going back and watching it. It’s not even abruptness that makes it hard to meet emotionally, it’s that missing part. This is specifically a storyline about two grieving friends directing that grief into anger against others, but we’re only allowed to see the anger instantly and have to assume the feelings that led to it. Their behavior in the match doesn’t begin to make sense until the talking after it. Cavernario’s supposed to be the rudo of the two, based on that post-match interaction, but that’s never allowed to come thru in the match itself. Cavernario and Felino make the best of it and maybe I’ll catch up to them as it goes along. The match itself was wrestled smoothly, and moved along well, though it had trouble following what had happened before it. Diamante Azul would be better as a rudo; he did well catching Caristico’s dive at the end.

Místico won the crowd over with a springboard shooting star press. Winning this crowd over is more impressive than the actual athletic move. Gran Guerrero gave Místico a lot too, Místico kicking out of a super version of fireman’s carry powerbomb he’s used to putting a lot of people away. The flow of the match was heavy house formula, all one moves, and pinfall attempts in the second fall. It definitely worked for this crowd, though it felt too slow for me. The effort level in Arena Mexico was much higher than the Puebla match; there wasn’t a back superplex on Monday for sure. That Monday match felt like just a normal random B-show main event, while this one came off like something that could headline a major show.

The crowd being really into the Dinamtias (and the rudos in general on this show) helped carry what was a pretty ordinary fourth match. The reaction for the trip NGD tope felt like it belonged to a much stronger match than this. The only difference between this match and most recent ones is the rudos did triple-team stomp down in the ring instead out of it, and it seemed like the tecnicos were a little jet-legged still.

The tercera was about Shocker & Rey Bucanero wearing their old mask and not much more. Soberano flew a little bit but Titan & Star Jr. weren’t part of it much. The crowd enjoyed seeing Shocker on this show and he didn’t have to do much to get their approval. That’s was good news for him.

The segunda was a little bit more active than usual even while not amounting to a lot. Olimpico came out working very hard in the first fall and then faded back. Olimpico never seems great, but maybe there would’ve been more life to his last few years had they regimmicked him under a new mask. The old mask took a decade off his age.

Akuma & Espanto Jr. are committed to the Ola Negra concept, coming up with more two-man spots to sell themselves as a team. It’s not a bad idea for an early match group. The problem is Espanto Jr. is still likely to look a fool twice a match blowing a spot. Halcon Suriano needs to be higher up for promotion if playing to the crowd counts so much.

Felino/Cavernario (and Soberano/Templario) tonight, Golpeadors

CMLL

The 2020 Tapatia awards for excellence in the field of lucha libre remain open until at least 02/01. 

Also, I wrote all of this last night. I’m traveling this weekend. I’ll be at the EMW show in Tijuana on Friday night, at the RIOT surprise show on Saturday, and hopefully back home at a Super Bowl party on Sunday. There will be no Saturday update and maybe not a Sunday one. I will attempt to run the Friday night stream but no promises on it working or it staying up. 

CMLL continues the sudden Cavernario/Felino feud in a rematch of last week’s main event. Cavernario again teams with Carisitco & Valiente, Felino again with Diamante Azul & Ultimo Guerrero. CMLL current practice is two singles matches leads to a singles match on the third week, though Negro Casas being around to patch things up may affect that.

There’s really nothing else important. The Chavez bring back their FantasticaMania team with Titan against Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Gran Guerrero. Soberano versus Templario has the best chance of being a great match on the show. Negro Casas returns to team with Ephesto & Mephisto against Atlantis Jr., Star Jr., and Stuka Jr.

Diamond makes his CMLL Friday debut under the new name. The reaction should be interesting. It’s interesting CMLL came up with the Santo-like idea after Hijo del Santo was announced as wrestling Arena Naucalpan. Hijo del Santo has uncharacteristically said nothing about the Diamond character as of yet, though he’ll surely be asked about it this weekend. Diamond teams with Drone & Fuego against Kawato, Okumura, and Virus. That’s a segunda and a reminder this is much about nothing if Diamond stays in those level of matches. The show opens with Akuma & Espanto against Arkalis & Robin.

CMLL streams at 8:30 pm. Marca will stream the show here. I’ll try to stream it here. If I fail, it’ll be on the CMLL YouTube in the morning anyway.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

In interviews from Sunday’s IWRG show, Hijo de Canis Lupus said he lost all respect for CIMA, while CIMA called Lupus & Dragon Bane unprofessional.  You can watch the match here; it falls apart early when Canis spits at CIMA and CIMA loses it. It’s also a treat because Relampago didn’t get the message that it was an elimination match, so he ran in too soon the first time, then was late showing up the second time.

Lupus double-downed on Facebook, implying CIMA is soft for being upset. I’m told Dragon Bane said something similar in a private Facebook post. I come down on CIMA’s side in this, though my take is the least important part of this. Canis Lupus is getting a lot of support on Facebook from people who already like him. Most people don’t know him, only know a highly respected guy like CIMA doesn’t thinks he’s unprofessional, and aren’t going to want to work with them over it. If Los Golepadors are happy working in Naucalpan & Arena Aficion forever, which is a noble thing to do, only then are they going about it the right way.

Either Dragon Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus or the Stronghearts would probably be quietly removed from next Sunday’s card in other situations. CIMA has a long relationship with the IWRG’s Moreno family (probably the only reason he’s working these shows to start with) and Dragon Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus are the current symbols of the promotion.

Also on that show, Fuerza NG challenging Emperador Azteca to a mask versus mask seems a little soon for a guy who’s been wearing the mask for about a month.

Bandido opened up a Pro Wrestling Tees store. And his merchandise has a Twitter.

02/22 The Crash

I think that’s all the matches, in case I’m missing something. Gelus is the luchador who was said to be from Juarez and wrestled a lot like Aereo from Juarez. Aereo’s mask match with Villano III Jr. is a week after this.

The commissioner of lucha libre in Torreon, Arturo Zarate, is pleased with the conditions of the arenas in his town. He mentions the lucha libre promoters agreed to ban extreme matches after a rash of injuries. There’s also the annual “Torreon luchadors need to get their yearly license” article.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

A Puma King music video.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 02/04/2020 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Luminoso & Metatrón vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Ráfaga
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Súper Estrella vs La Comandante, La Infernal, Tiffany
3) Drone, Dulce Gardenia, El Rielero vs Disturbio, El Difunto, Virus
4) Explosivo, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

That’s also a main event rematch.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2020-01-21

Bengala magic

Recapped: 2020-01-22

Matches:

Cholo & Príncipe Odín Jr. beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:39 [5:29, 4:06, 4:04], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Grako, Hijo del Signo, Nitro beat Magnus, Oro Jr., Robin
(12:33 [5:05, 3:50, 3:38], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Espíritu Negro, Misterioso, Sagrado beat Diamond, Pegasso, Stigma
(9:12 [3:29, 5:43], 1 DQ/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pólvora beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(6:28, STF, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. beat Máscara Año 2000, Templario, Vangellys
(16:38 [5:04, 3:22, 8:12], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis Jr., Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
(13:12 [6:08, 2:26, 4:38], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

The third match rudos were disqualified after staying in the ring too long together in the first fall. There is no ring girl or whistle to start fall 2, the rudos just keep going after fall 1.

Thoughts:

Nitro being techinical?

The main event was technically fine but not as exciting for the casual crowd as other versions. Atlantis Jr. getting the surprise pine probably would’ve worked better on a Friday where more people know who Atlantis is, rather than a crowd who just sees him as another guy. The surprise pin meant no big tecnico run, just a sudden end. Diamante Azul worked harder than Volador in the main event.

The Panthers were setting up for the usual big comeback, but the rudos cooled the match too much and the timing of some the offense was off. It was a match with Mascara & Vangellys, it was going to be slow, but the first fall had better action than the rest could provide. The highlight of this match was Julio Cesar Rivera saying Blue Panther Jr.’s new double half crab spot adds up to one full crab. You can’t argue with that math.

It is at the point where I groan when the guys start knocking each other up the ramp because it means it’s time to force in a stage dive to try to get a reaction. There was that, there was the dive to the floor, there was a Destroyer so Cometa could do a flip bump, and there wasn’t much in between. Maybe those are three the same things, but the CMLL guys have figured out a way to build naturally to a dive and the other stuff feels forced. Cometa’s become the worst at doing the stage dive just to do it. Polvora was also in the match.

Diamond cradle, all cradlestoday

The tercera was all about the mask feud not being over, though it’s hard to believe they’re going to keep it going anywhere. Diamond had some flashy stuff he didn’t really use in the mask match but the new name and mask didn’t get him much of a reaction. A little whistling and not much more; the real test will be his first Friday night show. Diamond’s face was totally exposed to the camera on the mask pull, which seems unfortunate.

Nitro was in an unusually jovial mood in the segunda. He winning a match with a cradle, he did the hopping spot with Robin, he took bumps and didn’t get in the third fall win. I’d much rather see than the angry piledriver Nitro.

The opener was about as good as it’s going to be with these four, which meant Cholo fell down awkwardly taking a key Sonic high spot. Principe Odin Jr. does understand that at least 50% of being a good lucha rudo is being a fool, but then he’s also faced Bengala a thousand times so they know how to play off each other.

CMLL Puebla: 2020-01-20

Centella Roja being good

Recapped: 2020-01-20

Matches:

Asturiano, Meyer, Millenium beat Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Rey Apocalipsis
(16:11 [6:33, 4:37, 5:01], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Samuray, Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
(14:56 [8:53, 3:14, 2:49], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Perverso, Toro Bill Jr. beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma
(11:10 [0:24, 5:13, 5:33], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(11:43 [4:25, 3:04, 4:14], 2/3, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Místico beat Gran Guerrero
(15:41 [3:52, 11:49], 1 DQ/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. DQ Gran Guerrero mask pull (3:52)
  2. Mistica (11:49)

What happened:

Kawato snuck in a foul on Stigma to set up the win.

Thoughts:

no idea

The Gran Guerrero/Mistico match was a slower-paced and less action version of the Mephisto match from Tuesday. The Arena Puebla crowd wasn’t as into, making it only slightly better than the usual Monday main event. The crowd was into Místico though, making it another time where top tecnico was actually cheered. Stopping in the third fall to do cheerleading was effective in terms of getting a reaction, not as entertaining watching.

The semi-main was a half effort match even by Puebla standards.

Kawato was set on being evil rather than doing much, so the tercera didn’t amount to much. He and Stigma are fine together but there’s no real reason to want to see them fight outside of revenge. The Puebla locals got to do dives but didn’t have a particularly strong match.

Mije smash

Mistico out 2-3 months, Maximo hospitalized, Zona 23/GCW

the La Parka mass (photo from AAA)

Mistico will be out two to three months following surgery to remove a loose screw. He announced the medical issue on CMLL Informa yesterday. The surgery will take Wednesday. Mistico was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle on May 3, 2014, suffering a broken right tibia and fibia among other injuries. Doctors placed a rod in the legs to help heal it, and the screw came loose from that. This means the teased Gran Guerrero/Mistico big match last week won’t be happening at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, though it remains a possibility for later in the year.

In theory, CMLL could declare the CMLL tag team championship vacant. Mistico is going to be gone around as long as Kawato San. (They do have a tag team tournament coming up, of sorts.) They’ll probably just leave it alone.

CMLL announced Diamante Azul & Gilbert el Boricua and Caristico & Forastero as teams for the Gran Alternativa. They join Bandido & Ultimo Guerrero as three teams announced so far. A fourth team will be announced tonight on CMLL’s Facebook page as part of their weekly interview. The tournament begins on February 14. Ovaciones says Azul & Boricua are in Block A on 02/14 and the full team will be announced this weekend.

Tsukushi will come to CMLL next week for a two-week tour. She was the woman was going to get a chance to go to Japan if she could beat La Jarochita on the CMLL Lady’s Rin show. They went to a draw, but Tsukushi & Tsukasa Fujimoto defeated Dalys & La Jarochita in a subsequent tag title match in Ice Ribbon. Maybe that counts too. People who know Tsukushi say she’s rather good.

Maximo is currently hospitalized. No report has the health issue as currently seriously. The exact issue is unclear. It was originally reported as a heart attack, which made it to places like El Universal. Other sources responded saying it Maximo had just been held over after found having high blood pressure. It appears both of these stories are coming from Maximo’s family; I guess you need multiple distinct sources even when trying to get information on a family member’s health. The stories don’t totally match up beyond the health issue and family members posting about it sounded more concerned than just an overnight blood pressure checkup. A heart attack is going to leave Maximo out of action longer than high blood pressure, but it doesn’t appear he’s in danger at the moment either way.

The mass for La Parka was held yesterday. You can see video of it. Marisela Pena announced La Parka will be inducted to the AAA Hall of Fame at this year’s TripleMania. She also said Karis la Momia Jr. will be La Parka, but at the right time.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey, the site of La Parka’s life-ending injury, hasn’t held a show since November 17th. There are been two shows since that KAOZ show. The promotion has been in the process of remolding the arena, and will hold a show on February 23. That appears to be the grand re-opening but not sure.

There are not many details on last night’s IWRG show. The Welcome to My Barrio team won the main event, though it reads as the team members changed. They’ll face an IWRG team on a future show.

ESPN has a story on Geroge Kittle’s love of 0M.

New York’s ICW announced a Pagano vs Nick Gage match on 03/22. Pagano’s worked in the US some, but almost all for lucha libre focused promotions. Promoters had previously said the price to book Pagano was more than they wanted to pay.

GCW announced a combination show with Zona 23 on 05/03. Zona 23 has grown strong cult fandom over the last year in the US indie scene, helped a lot by their shows going up on Independent Wrestling TV. GIFs and short videos of the shows have gotten passed around a lot. Carxyus, who did some filming for CaraLucha and other Arena San Juan, is doing the same for Zona 23. I remember him talking disappointingly about how there weren’t really that many people buying DVDs of those CaraLucha shows years ago. Zona 23 is doing a lot better clearly. The unique look and atmosphere helps it stand out, as do the performers with only slight regard for their (or their opponent’s) safety. Still, the shows had been happening for a few years, with Estrellas del Ring and others filming it. The hockey stick growth among US indie fans didn’t seem to take place until Zona 23 was showing up behind an IWTV subscription wall. That’s counter-intuitive – it’s more expensive to see, but opened itself to a new audience who isn’t digging thru lucha libre channels to find content.

GCW is a promotion built on unusual concept shows, so working with Zona 23 is a natural fit.

Dr. Wagner, promoting a show in Torreon, says the local talent is great but they just need local business people to adapt to new ways of promoting wrestlers.

Rey Apocalipsis is the first to make it on to +LuchaTV using the Psicosis slap to Konnan to build up his own match with Psicosis.

San Luis Potosi’s Principe del Futuro/Venganza passed away Tuesday. This is the third San Luis Potosi luchador to pass away this year. Killer Machine was older, but Principe del Futuro & Vaquero de Texas Jr. were rather young. Principe del Futuro seems to have stopped wrestling in 2016.

Morelos luchador Fussion talks about teaching wrestling.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/03/2020 Arena Puebla
1) Espíritu Maligno, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. vs El Malayo, El Perverso, Policeman
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
3) Dulce Gardenia, El Audaz, Fuego vs Hechicero, Sagrado, Vangellys
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Star Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Carístico, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

The main event is a rematch. The micros make a rare Monday night appearance. The opener is all rudos for reasons only understood by Black Tiger.

CMLL (TUE) 02/04/2020 Arena México
1) Bengala & Halcón Suriano Jr. vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Graham, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Ayden, Grako, Nitro
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Dark Magic, Misterioso, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) El Audaz vs Templario [lightning]
5) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Atlantis Jr., Carístico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

Graham & Ayden are more of the Texas wrestlers. It looks like Nitro led a training session with them last night. Audaz and Templario meet here (and next month in Pittsburgh)

IWRG (SUN) 02/09/2020 Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Oriental Jr. & Cheff Benito vs Dick Angelo 3G & Voltrex
2) Legendario vs Rey Halcón Jr.
3) Hades, Lolita, Puma de Oro vs Diosa Quetzal, Ludark Shaitan, Lunatik Xtreme
4) Fresero Jr. vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino
5) Big Chicoche, Big Mike, Big Ovett vs Capo del Norte, Shun Skywalker, X-Fly
6) Chicano, Mamba, Tiago vs CIMA, Lindaman, T-Hawk
Estrella Divina will be with Mamba’s team
7) Demonio Infernal, Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Emperador Azteca, Fuerza Guerrera NG, Relámpago

Chicano, Mamba, Tiago and Estrella Divina are new group El Imperio. They’ll face Stronghearts in their debut on the card.

This will be the first show with (current Dragon Gate) Shun Skywalker and (ex-Dragon Gate) Stronghearts on the same show. They don’t tend to associate with each other; the breakup there still seems bitter. (CIMA was pointedly excluded from all video clips at a recent Dragon Gate anniversary celebration.) This was the third of three announced dates and I’m not sure if they’ll be back beyond. The angle this past Sunday seemed to set up something with the Stronghearts against Dragon Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, and Relampago, that match is not happening and the impression is that’s no accident.

CIMA posted a photo of the group at the AAA offices. This show is one day before AAA’s taping in Queretaro. Stronghearts are not announced but it seems likely they’ll be there.

great match roundup, week of 2020-01-11

the chaps make the dives look cooler

recaps

All 2020 round-up posts2020 MOTYC list

The family tournament and Titan/Forastero were the best of the first two Korkauen Hall shows. People who don’t watch a lot of CMLL like Titan/Forastero, the tournament final and (bafflingly) Okumura & Stuka a lot more than I did. Maybe you will too if you’re reading this just to dip in for a few matches.

The Reyes del Aire is way better than it looks. Better than the recap makes it look; I had an idea to do something with Black Panther’s dives, made a note to wait to post the recap until I did it, and then just posted it anyway. These would all get done faster if I just forget the GIFs to start with.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Drone vs TemplarioRey CometaKawato SanPríncipe DiamanteAkumaBlack PantherHijo del SignoStar Jr.VirusEsfingeDisturbio in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-14 2020-01-14
good Místico vs Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-14 2020-01-14
good Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Douki & Namajague NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
good Euforia & Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL FAMILY] and in a tournament semifinal match NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
good Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Negro Casas & Tiger [CMLL FAMILY] and in a tournament semifinal match NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
good Titán vs Forastero NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17
good Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL FAMILY] and in a tournament final match NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Titán vs Templario in a lightning match TEMPLARIO vs TITÁN (01-05-2020) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) Titán vs Templario in a lightning match (CMLL on TV Mexiquense: 2020-01-12 taped 2020-01) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL A Ras De Lona: 2020-01-12 2020-01-05
ok El Audaz & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kanemaru & Luciferno NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
ok Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Bushi, EVIL, Takagi NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
ok Stuka Jr. & Titán vs Forastero & Okumura NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
ok Carístico & Kojima vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Último Guerrero NJPW World: 2020-01-16 2020-01-16
ok Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Douki & Luciferno NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17
ok Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Kanemaru, Namajague, Okumura NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17
ok Dulce Gardenia, El Audaz, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Bushi, EVIL, Takagi NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17
ok Carístico & Kojima vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Último Guerrero NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17
ok Negro Casas & Tiger vs Euforia & Soberano Jr. [CMLL FAMILY] and [3rd place] NJPW World: 2020-01-17 2020-01-17
below average Astro, Kaligua, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Pierrothito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE ENERO DE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-13 2020-01-13
not rated Asturiano, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Ares, Centella Roja, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE ENERO DE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-13 2020-01-13
not rated Black Panther, Esfinge, Stigma vs Dark Magic, Kawato San, Olímpico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE ENERO DE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-13 2020-01-13
not rated Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano vs Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE ENERO DE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-13 2020-01-13
not rated Diamante Azul, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE ENERO DE 2020 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-13 2020-01-13
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-14 2020-01-14
not rated Eléctrico, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Grako, Inquisidor, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-14 2020-01-14
not rated Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Dark Magic, Misterioso, Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2020-01-14 2020-01-14

CMLL FantasticaMania Tokyo Day 2: 2020-01-17

Recapped: 2020-01-17

Matches:

Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Douki & Luciferno
(8:06, Fuego armbar Douki, ok)

Kanemaru, Namajague, Okumura beat Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
(9:36, Okumura mask pull inside cradle Stuka Jr., ok)

Bushi, EVIL, Takagi beat Dulce Gardenia, El Audaz, Hiroshi Tanahashi
(10:44, Evil scorpion deathlock Audaz, ok)

Titán beat Forastero
(13:14, Titan springboard stomp Forastero, good)

Carístico & Kojima vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Último Guerrero
(11:43, Kojima lariat Ultimo Guerrero, ok)

Euforia & Soberano Jr. beat Negro Casas & Tiger in the CMLL Family 3rd Place match
(8:40, Soberano Destroyer Tiger, ok)

Cuatrero & Sansón beat Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja in the CMLL Family 1st Place Match
(12:18, Sanson super torture rack bomb Angel de Oro, good)

What happened:

Titan going way up and down

Titan kept his title. NGD won the Family tag team tournament.

Thoughts:

The tournament final will play better for NJPW fans who don’t watch a lot of CMLL than people who watch everything. It’s a tour of what both teams have done a lot in Mexico, done with polish but without much new added. The NGD came impressively with their double teams, there was plenty done here to help the viewer understand why they’d been so dominant. It didn’t offer as much to those who are familiar with them. They did pinfall breakups for a long time in the match and that portion could’ve been better. They were using match ending moves but rarely giving a chance for them to breathe as if the match could end. Covers were broken well before three, submissions were on just for an instant, the drama at the moment was kind of missed as if they were in a hurry. They got a lot of time, and it’s just an additional second or two that would’ve made the difference. The finish came off good at least.

Soberano & Euforia were better as individuals in the third-place game but didn’t get to show as much teamwork. They were at the best in small stints with Negro Casas, though Casas seemed to tire at the end. Tiger was again fine but no more than fine. It feels strange to see a Destroyer actually win a lucha libre match as opposed to being a random midmatch spot.

If you want to see Kojima bizarrely try a top rope headscissors just so Ultimo Guerrero can reverse it into a powerbomb, the Friday version of this tag match had that. The Thursday did not. There are other small and irrelevant changes outside the different finish but no strong reason for two of these matches needing to exist.

Maya coming through

Body part selling like Titan’s hampered ankle is very rare in CMLL. It seemed to be a play toward NJPW sensibilities and hopefully worked out for him. Forastero showed more offense here than he has in most of his recent singles match, but he’s not a guy who’s going to work well just trading big spot, so maybe the build around the drama of the ankle was for the best. Titan balanced showing the pain in his ankle while still fighting through his big spots well and this was probably about as good a match as these two guys were going to have.

We’re halfway home on the LIJ matches and they’re basically following the same pattern and having the same results. Tanahashi wrestled a little bit more in this match but these are hard spots. It’s mostly a lot of Dulce spots, with the third tecnico getting in a dive and a little more and definitely taking the pin. The matches are fine for what they’re setting out to do but don’t stand out.

The second match worked in bits and parts. Maya looked good, they were successful in building up Okumura and Stuka (as much as that can be done), the action generally moved well. Flyer looked off a little bit if you’re looking for it and Kanemaru is just not on the same page as the CMLL tecnicos.

Fuego and Taguchi did a little bit less tonight compared tonight one. We’re getting plenty of them, that’s fine, but the match felt quite short.

Caristico versus NGD (again), La Parka mass, Vikingo

“Vikingo making an Impact” seems trite but yet

The 2020 Tapatia awards for excellence in the field of lucha libre remain open until at least 02/01. I haven’t voted yet myself but there’s still time.

CMLL (TUE) 01/28/2020 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, The Gladiatores]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3
2) Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas took 1/3
3) Súper Astro Jr. b El Coyote [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:06.
4) Disturbio, Misterioso, Sagrado b Diamond, Oro Jr., Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3. Oro Jr. didn’t get over the top rope on a Brillo dive at the end of the first fall and did not finish the match.
5) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3
6) Atlantis Jr., Carístico, Soberano Jr. DQ Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE ENERO DE 2020 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls. Sanson fouled Cuatrero in the second.

CMLL did a Sanson & Cuatrero finish on Monday and Tuesday. That’s partly a product of the same people working those shows of late, but also the low effort in booking. Caristico wants a trios title shot, while the NGD are offering a rematch. It would make sense if one of these feuds ended up in a trios match and one in a 1v1 but it doesn’t have to make sense.

Diamond, who lost to a team of Misterioso, Sagrado, and Disturbio, talks about wanting to begin the third boom of lucha libre. They say CMLL doesn’t tell interesting stories but whoever convinced Diamond that he was really going to be the next Mistico once he put on the Santo suit is a master storyteller. Also, I guess the two other booms are Mistico and the early 90s but I feel like it’s possible people watched wrestling before the 90s.

Super Astro talks about his latest lightning match win. Often, I just look at the Facebook summaries of these promos; the Panthers promo was skipped entirely. (They congratulate the rudos for beating them while saying getting the reactions of the fans is most important.)

Oro appeared to try for a Brillo dive, didn’t get any spring, hit the top rope, and fell over it to the floor. He turned over as he felt, landing on his back and side. CMLL put him in the neckbrace and on a backboard, but it looked more spectacular than damaging. He says he’s fine.

CMLL (TUE) 01/28/2020 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Mágico & Tigre Blanco b Paymon & Relámpago
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Magia Blanca, Mr. Samurai, Retro b Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor, Jabalí
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Dulce Gardenia, Fugaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Dark Magic, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys b Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Valiente
rudos took 2/3
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3, Gran Guerrero unmasking Diamante Azul for a DQ.

The Gran Guerrero trial series continues.

AAA will have a mass to honor La Parka this afternoon in Basilica de Guadalupe. They’re meeting at 2:15, with the service at 3.

IWRG has a trainee focused show starting at 7:45 pm tonight. The trainee shows haven’t been streamed as of late.

CMLL Informa has Mistico, Negro Casas, Caristico, Dalys, Sanely, Akuma and Espanto Jr. on the show today. It’s a good bet the second Gran Alternativa team will be announced as well, involving those first three names somehow.

Impact posted highlights of Vikingo’s match with Josh Alexander last night. He looked great and it’s worth going out of your way to see. The confidence to go for the moonsault spot was impressive. His match with TJP will air next week.

On +Lucha’s website, Bernardo Guzman writes how incidents like the Ripper/Konnan fight are more common in wrestling than reported. They’re rarely reported in Mexican wrestling, though there seems to be a cottage industry to uncovering them in the US. Guzman hints at a time where Psycho Clown nearly attacked Jeff Jarrett in 2015 in Queretaro while avoiding details. (I think Guzman means 2018, since that appears to be the only time Jarrett wrestled in Queretaro.)

Lucha Memes announced they’ll put up Aramis vs Latigo on their new YouTube channel from their show this upcoming Monday.

WrestleCon announced Shingo Takagi vs Bandido for their 04/02 Mark Hitchock Memorial WrestleCon Super Show

El Rey Network is asking viewers to contact DirecTV & ATT after the network was dropped by those channels. This doesn’t seem to matter for Lucha Underground any more. The promo doesn’t include it as one of those shows on the network. It does include the AAA in New York show, though that may just be because there’s not much other new content to use. The channels were dropped for six days before El Rey mentioned it and the post mentioning it has four RTs at the moment.

RIOT posted their first YouTube podcast, talking about their show this Saturday.

CMLL FantasticaMania Tokyo Day 1: 2020-01-16

old man dropkick

Recapped: 2020-01-16

Matches:

Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Douki & Namajague
(7:22, Fuego casadora cradle Douki, good)

El Audaz & Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Kanemaru & Luciferno
(10:17, Audaz pin Luciferno, ok)

Bushi, EVIL, Takagi beat Dulce Gardenia, Flyer, Hiroshi Tanahashi
(11:00, Takagi pumping bomber Dulce, ok)

Forastero & Okumura beat Stuka Jr. & Titán
(9:07, Forastero armbar Okumura, ok)

Bárbaro Cavernario & Último Guerrero beat Carístico & Kojima
(13:05, Cavernario cavernaria Caristico, ok)

Cuatrero & Sansón beat Euforia & Soberano Jr. in a CMLL FAMILY semifinal
(9:30, Cuatrero inverted bear hug Soberano, good)

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Negro Casas & Tiger in a CMLL FAMILY semifinal
(12:52, inverted campana, good)

What happened:

the flying Soberanos

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja meat Sanson & Cuatrero in the Family tag team final. They exchanged words after the main event.

Thoughts:

The main event was the best match of the night, the two teams meshing well and no big errors. Casas was having a lot of fun laying in shots in the main event. He made more of the match than Tiger. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja were smooth and got overdoing their act. There’s nothing on this show that needs to be seen but the last match was the most pleasant watch.

The opening family tag match was more enjoyable than most of the matches on the show, though it felt less than their best. I appreciate Soberano figuring out a way to force in a stage dive in Korakuen Hall, and Soberano jumping into the finish was well done. The crowd seemed less receptive to the match, and most matches, then in the past. Euforia playing against his usual style didn’t work as well here too, probably because they’re not using to seeing Euforia at all. Cuatrero rebounded from a tough start.

When the Caristico match turns into dueling posing early on, it suggests it’s not going to be the hardest working match. That tag match was some exhibition, some build to the singles match, nothing particularly shocking. All of these matches feel long to me, but it is just a one fall match and my CMLL brain is used to shorter periods. Work wasn’t really great near the finish.

A lot of the undercard seemed like b-level matches, but it also may be personal. Titan & Stuka should’ve had a better match than they did in the fourth but there really wasn’t much the rudo were adding to it. It was a basic showcase match of the big spots but one easy to skip.

it’s like they brought the stage

The Gardenia trios were fine, despite the noticeable botch at the end. Gardenia taking the pin doesn’t really matter as much Gardenia surviving stuff earlier; he’s elegant but also tough. I didn’t think much about Flyer in this match which is alright by for him.

Japan has brought us many amazing things. The second match brought us Luciferno wrestling without a shirt. He did get a new top that matched his gear. The match didn’t flow great together, Audaz doing some spectacular things but not really getting into the flow of the match. I’m not sure there was a flow to the match at all and it ended with Luciferno seemingly kicking out of the finish.

Fuego & Taguchi are good for amusing openers and were good at it here. They did a lot more comedy than Fuego usually does alone, but it works well with Taguchi as the opposite. Namajague fits in these wells too. DOUKI didn’t get to do as much but that’s not really his role for these.