CMLL (FRI) 02/07/2020 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, Lucha Central, Marca, Ovaciones, R de Rudo, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan, TUDN]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
9:27. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Tsukushi b Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
17:27. Tecnicas took 1/3. Debuting Tsukushi beat Dalys with the casita she learned from Negro Casas
3) Atlantis Jr., Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Okumura, Pólvora, Tiger
15:35. Tecnicos won in straight falls.
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja b Euforia, Gilbert el Boricua, Negro Casas
15:29. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario b Felino
9:55. Felino took 1/3, the last by DQ when Cavernario was (quickly) disqualified for holding onto the cavernaria too long. Negro Casas fought off Cavernario post match. Felino & Cavernario to a hair match.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
11:51. Tecnicos took 2/3.
This was not a good show. The crowd didn’t really know what to make of Felino & Cavernario; the angle after made it clearer who they were supposed to be rooting for, but the match could’ve been worked to make it clearer. The hair match is definitely happening but neither the luchadors nor the announcers actually mentioned Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. All the upcoming attention is on the incredible pairs tournament instead, building one thing at a time.
Tsukushi made a first impression mostly about being so much smaller than the CMLL women. The casita plays off Negro Casas leading an Ice Ribbon training session and teaching Tsukushi and others how to properly do the move. No word if Dalys made him sleep on the couch after being beat by it. If Tsukushi is really only around for two weeks, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do a title match in Mexico. Maybe Japan.
My idea of a CMLL normal match length is “between 12-15 minutes” and not a single match was between 12 and 15 minutes. It was strange.
AAA is live on Twitch tonight at 8 pm CT. The card is vaguely similar to the previous show, with all six person matches. There are only three more shows until Rey de Reyes, including tonight, so angles to more definitively build to matches on that card might be helpful. It also just might be a tournament dominated show anyway and there won’t be much room for other story.
The story of the main event is supposed to be Dr. Wagner Junior’s final match in AAA. Wagner announced he’d be going back to the independents after this match. That may not be happening now; Dr. Landru suggests Wagner won’t be showing up after all. It’s not clear as to what happened.
This is pure speculation on my part, but today also saw a clip of Konnan attacking Psicosis II circulated to lucha libre sites. It’s transparently an angle, but perhaps it’s an angle to set up Psicosis in Wagner’s spot tonight. There is a limited life span on the Psicosis/Konnan beef, maybe there’s a rush to run with it. (This video bit hasn’t gotten spread around nearly as much as the original actual incident, so maybe the beef is already spoiled.) A Psicosis/Konnan on-screen feud doesn’t seem to set up good matches and it sets a precedent that will be problematic later on. It would fit AAA to turn real-life emotions into an angle to get attention. I also may be connecting unconnected things at this point.
The main event has Lucha Brothers teaming with whoever against Faccion Ingobernable. That may be headed to a tag title match, with or without Wagner. Poder del Norte take on Psycho Clown, Murder Clown and a mystery luchador in the semi-main. The surprise is probably Monster Clown reuniting Psycho Circus, and the team getting a win together again. Poder del Norte have their own stretch of victories (8 wins and 1 DQ loss to the Parks since TripleMania) but they’re not in a title picture right now. The trios title challenges instead appear to Los Mercenarios, who face Hijo del Vikingo, Puma King and Rey Horus. That should continue to move along to a title match at Rey de Reyes.
The third match is the only non-trios match, but it’s simply a 2v2v2 tag instead. The Park brothers face Super Fly & Villano III Jr. vs Myzteziz & Octagon. Big Mami and Lady Maravilla again meet in the segunda, with Mr. Iguana, Dinastia, La Hiedra and Parka Negra involved. The opener is scheduled as Drago Kid, Iron Kid, and Laredo Boy against Latigo, Low Rider and Parka Negra, which might be the craziest match on the show.
Lucha Central previews the show.
Psycho Clown mentions a recent AAA photo shoot in his album.
Ryu Lee versus Hiromu Takahashi takes place Sunday in NJPW and streams on NJPW World. The show begins at 1 AM CT. Takahashi & Lee is match 6, so I’d guess it takes place at least two hours into the show.
Ring of Honor has Bandido & Flamita against The Briscoes and Rey Horus vs Brody King at 2 pm. The show airs on their Honor Club service.
CMLL (FRI) 02/14/2020 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Tsukushi vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Atlantis Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
4) Carístico & Forastero vs El Bandido & Último Guerrero and Diamante Azul & Gilbert el Boricua and Felino & Niebla Roja and Mephisto & Titán and Flyer & Hechicero and Dulce Gardenia & Okumura and Guerrero Maya Jr. & Universo 2000 Jr.
They’re back to calling this “Torneo Nacional Increible de Parejas” despite the teams not representing any particular area and two people in this block born in another nation. Teams are helpfully ranked in order of their chances of actually winning this thing. Felino & Niebla Roja may have better chance than usual given the recent feud, though this might be a set up for a second match at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.
The second match is a rematch. There’s usually a singles match along with this tournament this week, Dalys/Tsukushi for the CMLL Japan women’s title would fit, but it again didn’t sound like she was staying for that long.