Rey Cometa beat Tigerin a lightning match
(9:42, handspring Canadian Destroyer, good, 00:59:30)
Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano
(12:03 [5:26, 2:34, 4:03], 1/3, n/r, 01:14:28)
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente
(12:38 [5:23, 1:35, 5:40], 1/3, n/r, 01:37:24)
Valiente is knocked out on a match closing tope and doesn’t move as he’s put on the stretcher. It’s not clear on the original angle what happened, but a replay shown as the announcers are about the close the show reveals Valiente bounced off Euforia and struck the back of his head on the barricade.
The second fall of the opener included a Pequeno Violencia & Kaligula double pin, then Pequeno Olimpico pulled Angelito’s mask and cradled him for the unusual opening match straight fall win.
The main event was a strong iteration of the usual send everyone home happy match, though it’s tough to recommend a match where someone gets straight knocked out. It’s unreal how Atlantis Jr. fits into these matches and sadly probably helpful to him that his father took time off rather than continuing to team with him and hold him back.
Cometa/Tiger didn’t bring a lot of new to the table and included some early stalling so they could get to nine minutes, but it finished strong. Cometa didn’t nail the handspring destroyer as well as had earlier yet it was still impressive. So were the near falls and back and forth in the last few minutes, this being a rare lightning match to really take advantage of the time situation to build drama and still give a finish. Tiger seems like he doesn’t have a lot of offense, but all a sudden showed a lot in minute eight of this nine-minute match.
There may be some Tuesday curve here, but the women’s match seemed noticeably better than usual. It was the opening stint with Dalys & Jarochita which stood out the most, with some long sequences and creativity. It felt like a break from the routine and held together during a long run. The match went more back to form the closer it got to the end but it’s still one to watch if you’re looking to watch a CMLL women’s match.
CMLL (MON) 03/09/2020Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., King Jaguar b Black Tiger, El Coyote, Inquisidor tecnicos took 2/3
2) Stigma b Okumura [lightning] Stigmatica
3) Audaz, Flyer, Kráneo b Hechicero, Toro Bill Jr., Vangellys Toro Bill missed Shocker, who’s missing multiple shows again. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Felino, Negro Casas, Templario b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán rudos took 1/3
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero NGD took 1/3, Forastero using the ropes to beat Ultimo Guerrero and set up a singles match between them for next week.
Another Forastero singles match wasn’t exactly what anyone was hoping from the main event. Though, if he can’t have a memorable match with Ultimo Guerrero, it’s just not happening.
There were no edecanes on the show. My hunch is those women were joining in the general women’s strike. Many Mexican women refused to go to work on Monday and participates in protests against the government and their inaction in stopping violence against women. The Diosas del Ring hasn’t specifically said that was the reason, but that Twitter account has posted content supportive of that cause. (I haven’t watched the full show, it’s possible CMLL explained this on the broadcast.)
Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico card is poor. The main has some decent names but appears to be just a set-up or a Gran Guerrero/Valiente match. None of the other matches look promising; all are repetitive and have no meaning. Dark Magic versus Blue Panther Jr. doesn’t look good but maybe Dark Magic will be less confused in a singles match than a team one? It is Magic’s first ever singles match in CMLL. Blue Panther Jr. has won his last five lightning matches. The show starts at 7:30 pm local, 8:30 Central Daylight Time but maybe it’s one you should skip.
CMLL continued their sit down interviews was past Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main eventers by talking to Mascara 2000 about teaming with Cien Caras against Perro Aguayo & Hijo del Perro Aguayo in 2005. Julio Cesar Rivera is showing off the plaque for these shows. They really should be hanging somewhere in Arena Mexico instead of being in a closet.
El Hijo del Santo says he may retire in 2021, in an interview with Monterrey’s El Horizonte. It’s not committal; the only thing Santo is committing to is a desire to retire before an injury forces him to retire and that he’s not planning to retire this year. His dream is to run a retirement show in 40K seat Plaza Mexico, similar to his father’s retirement show in El Toreo. (There may be some of the same people on both.) He’s also considering running a retirement tour through various cities, but neither of these plans appears close to occurring at this point. Neither does the proposed series based on El Santo’s life. Hijo del Santo explained the idea for the story shifted from just being biography to also including fantasy elements of the El Santo films. He’s searching for writers who can capture the many different layers of El Santo. On the subject of Nieto del Santo, Hijo del Santo says his son was stressed out from trying to balance wrestling with university and so the father told the son to focus on his school. He’s one and a half years away from graduating. That may explain that 2021 date, but Hijo del Santo also says his son should follow a career he likes – the son is studying communication, so if he’d like to pursue movies or music or something else instead of lucha libre, his father will support him, he just wants his son to be successful.
After the AAA taping ended, Blue Demon attacked Drago a lot. Demon/Drago, Argenis/Myzteziz, Parka Negra/LA Park Jr. all feel like they’re feuds to fill out a (TripleMania Regia) cage matches and not singles matches AAA will be running. That’s where I’m keeping my expectations at least, anything more will be an unexpected bonus.
The Mr. Iguana versus Fresero match on the 03/28 RIOT show has been canceled. It appears Kaoz Lucha Libre threatened to take away bookings for one or both of the luchadors if RIOT got to do their singles match in Monterrey first. The Iguana/Fresero break-up has been playing out through multiple promotions, not just Kaoz, and Kaoz isn’t focusing on that rivalry – this seems more like jealousy that than business. RIOT says they’ll announce a replacement match with Mr. Iguana soon.
(Unlike other promotions, RIOT is announcing this ahead of time and offering refunds.)
Jimmy told El Sol de Hidalgo that he’s returning to Dragon Gate this month. That’s probably dependent about actually being able to travel to Japan, which is battling the COVD-19 virus. I believe Jimmy is a five-month stint this time, which means he’d return sometime in August.
The last news report I saw had less than 10 COVD-19 cases in Mexico. There’s no concern about any events being canceled in that country at this point. Still, it seems to be going through every country eventually and it’s something looming in the near future.
Principe Negro lost his mask in a cage match in Monterrey’s Arena Jaguar on Sunday. He’s Roberto Valdez, 47, 19 years a wrestler, losing it to Monje Negro Jr.
A five-team tournament is odd. I’m not sure if that means the battle royal goes to the block final or if the first two have a play-in match. (I’m not confident CMLL knows either until they explain it.)
It also means CMLL probably needs more five more teams. That seems to leave them one short: Amapola, Dalys, Estrellita, La Guerrera, La Infernal, La Metalica, La Vaquerita, Mystique, and Princesa Sugehit make 9. Dalys is counted as Mexican because she’s married to a Mexican and spent enough time in Mexico; maybe that’ll mean Stephanie Vaquer counts as well? Maybe Estrellita doesn’t participate (or is even done with CMLL) and it’s just four teams.
The main event is going to be good but they’ve gone to it too many times with nothing changing.
CMLL (SUN) 03/15/2020Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Cosmos vs Destructor & Relámpago Azul
2) El Alteño, Reycko, Rielero vs Joker, Sádico, Vaquero Jr. [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, #1 Contenders, 8f]
3) Fantástico, Luminoso, Mr. Samurai vs Difunto, Fúnebre, Infierno [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, #1 Contenders, 8f]
4) El Divino, Explosivo, Star Black vs Freezer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, #1 Contenders, 8f]
5) Crixus, Flash I, Gallo vs Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, Mr. Apolo [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, #1 Contenders, 8f]
This is a 16 team tournament. That’s 48 people; basically, if you’re a man in the CMLL Guadalajara gym and weren’t in this tournament, you’re way low on the depth chart. Star Black is back from a six month absence with a broken leg to fill this out.
Astro & Hijo de Centella RojabeatEspíritu Maligno & Policeman
(11:43 [6:46, 2:34, 2:23], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Fuego, Joker, StigmabeatDark Magic, Diamond, Okumurain a relevos increíbles match
(16:20 [6:57, 3:41, 5:42], 2/3 DQ, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Shocker, Templario, Virus beat Atlantis Jr., Star Jr., Volador Jr.
(13:34 [5:59, 2:28, 5:07], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The dumb battle royal lasted 3:15
Ángel de Oro & Niebla RojabeatFelino & Negro Casas in the torneo de parejas familiares quarterfinal
(7:38, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero & SansónbeatDrone & Rey Bucanero in the torneo de parejas familiares quarterfinal
(8:06, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero & Último GuerrerobeatMáscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. in the torneo de parejas familiares quarterfinal
(3:52, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia & Soberano Jr.beatEphesto & Luciferno in the torneo de parejas familiares quarterfinal
(5:05, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero & SansónbeatFelino & Negro Casas in the torneo de parejas familiares semifinal
(3:03, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero & Último GuerrerobeatEuforia & Soberano Jr. in the torneo de parejas familiares semifinal
(2:01, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero & SansónbeatGran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in the torneo de parejas familiares final
(4:58, DQ, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD fouled Gran Guerrero, which wasn’t seen. Ultimo Guerrero unmasked NGD, which was seen.
Templario challenged Volador to a title match.
Okumura blatantly fouled Stigma. There was no obvious reason why that was otherwise a Relevos Increibles match.
The final trios match of the night had the best action of the show, though it didn’t transcend from usual trios match into something special. Templario and Volador didn’t have perfect chemistry but Templario did react differently to Volador than most of the people he faces and it’ll at least be a different match. A rudo actually beat a tecnico cleanly in deciding fall to build up a match, a finish I’m not sure CMLL was aware they could still do. Shocker takes headscissors is rough for everyone.
Astro moves so much faster and impressively than anyone else in his match that I started looking at the difference for a Tlaxcala resident in between traveling to Puebla to Mexico City. Astro’s got to think about adding 45 minutes each way because he shows too much promise to train in Arena Puebla hoping for a chance in the next decade.