IWRG: 2020-02-23

Alebrije over the barricade

Recapped: 2020-03-30

Matches:

Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Puma de Oro beat Hip Hop Man, Mosca, Rey Halcón Jr.
(17:42, ok, +LuchaTV)

What Happened: Mosca & Hip Hop Man beat up Halcon for taking the loss.

Review: The action here was fine, no major problems, but the pace was slow and the rudos seemed that way in name only. Hip Hop Man did the most at that (though he wanted no part of being posted), but Halcon seemed on the wrong side. Alas de Oro & Plata did little teamwork for a set duo.

Halcon de Oro being tricky

Black Dragón, Eragón, Hijo del Alebrije beat Canival King, Death Metal, Toxin
(17:36, ok, mluchatv)

What Happened: Death Metal gave Black Dragon a martinete for the DQ.

Review: It’s a long way to go for a DQ finish, but this does do a lot to heat up the Black Dragon/Death Metal feud. They bled and brawled all match, and it came off as a big issue going into their hair match feud. (I’m now more disappointed it wasn’t better.) The other four ware fine but nothing special but the focus was very IWRG.

Big Chico Che, Big Mike, Big Ovett beat Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Lunatik Xtreme
(10:10, ok, mluchatv)

The role of the Capos here was to bump around for the Big Strippers, and they didn’t even do that well. They also struggled at standing close enough to the ring to catch dives. Lunatik Exterme at least took the finish great. These matches are all about the same but I got the least out of these easily.

Strippers Big fun

Puma King, Relámpago, Shun Skywalker beat Demonio Infernal, Fuerza Guerrera NG, Súper Nova
(17:08, good, mluchatv)

The main event had no particular story to it, but the action was good and the match held together well. Demonio Infernal & Puma King had some serious exchanged which felt like they could’ve done a lot more with a spotlight. This is a borderline match, getting a higher grade maybe because I just wanted to like something.

Relampago hits Super Nova while flying by

Velasquez, food drives, other notes

This is normally a busy week in lucha libre. Tomorrow is Kid’s Day, which would’ve led to a high volume of shows this weekend across Mexico. (CMLL is sending out Kid’s Day wishes on YouTube instead.) There’s no new solid information about when things may resume. Mexico’s president said today that some regions of Mexico may begin to open up on May 17th. Those would be the areas least affected by the virus. It has hit hardest in Mexico City, about 25% of all cases, and so the location of much of the major league wrestling seems unlikely to be included in that group opening up. A new report on the virus is due tomorrow, and dates may be adjusted again after it.

Cain Velasquez was apparently cut by WWE recently. It’s strange for WWE to release a high profile name without mentioning it, but Velasquez’s whole short tenure with WWE was strange. He had signed a three-year deal in October, made it about six months, and wrestled twice. He never wrestled in the US for the promotion, instead just in one Saudi Arabia show (a short loss to Brock Lesnar) and the annual Mexico City stop. Velasquez was signed so AEW could not sign him, so WWE could do the rematch with Lesnar and because Velasquez had buzz coming off appearing on AAA’s TripleMania and New York show, but it was immediately evident that WWE had no interest in Cain as he had gotten over in AAA – and after he lost to Lesnar, no interest in him at all. Velasquez use in WWE has diminished the buzz he had; I think it’s possible AAA would bring him in once again if they’re able to have something like a normal TripleMania again this year.

El Fantasma hosted a food/basic necessities drive at the offices of the lucha libre commission on Monday. Current luchadors, retired luchadors, and referees were given items. R de Rudo’s article has Super Porky and CMLL referee Tigre Infante pictured. The Gladiatores shows more people and includes India Sioux & La Marquesa thanking for the help.

The AMLL group of promotions based in Torreon also gave out food to wrestlers.

Gran Hamada will be honored on August 29th show in Guadalajara’s Arena Verdugo Nazi.

A short article on Tribuna better explains the whole Cibernetico paternity situation; at least one side believes this is more about child support payments then the child. Sabrina Sabrok & Erik Farjeat had a daughter, they divorced, Farjeat wants the child and those child support payments, Sabrok believes he’s using the girl for the money and that he’s not even really the father – that’s where Cibernetico came in. Last week, this news was dropped shockingly on Cibernetico and he wanted nothing to do with it. This week, Cibernetico has changed his mind and is now willing to the DNA test because he disapproves of Farjeat.

Box Y Lucha continues to post their El Arbitro articles Antonio Pena articles with part 2, part 3, and part 4. They are highly entertaining.

IWRG: 2020-02-16

(and so I start looking through some 2020 for IWRG just to see what I can find. This is going from the Bandido show to the empty arena show – or maybe not exactly, because I can’t get myself to watch a bonus empty arena show.)

seemed less than safe, so normal for a Copa Higher Power

Recapped: 03/29/2020

Matches:

Mary Caporal & Miss Delicious beat Lady Cat & Miku
(10:25, ok, +LuchaTV)

There’s a 25 second stretch in this match where Miku is kneeling on the top turnbuckle, waiting for her opponents to both get up and get in position. They’re very slow up after Lady Cat’s dive for some reason, and then they’re still in the wrong corner. The dive looks fine, and that’s just generally the level of these matches. There are sequences that go well, but they struggle connecting those sequences, and when more than two people are involved. There are also sequences that don’t go quite as well. This seems, at this point like an issue more of repetition than hopelessness so maybe they just need time. Still, while they tried for a lot more than a CMLL women’s match, there were more obvious issues; I’m being overly generous going with OK.

teamwork

Ambu, Hijo De Payaso Purasanta, Manchas, Pantera Jr., Payaso Purasanta, Rayado, Rudigo, Verzal beat Águila Oriental Jr., Chef Benito, Chicanito, Legendario, Lunatik Extreme, Puma de Oro, Rey Halcón, Voltrex in a Copa Higher Power
(27:17, ok, mluchatv)

This isn’t really good and rarely memorable, but I had been warned it wasn’t much good and ended up pleasantly surprised but it just being boring. The Welcome to Mi Barrio guys don’t really stand out in a way where I feel like I need to see them again, with the guy left at the end being an unimpressive pick for that position. The match takes forever to really get going because they keep doing brawls on the outside and the first few eliminations are messy, but there’s been worse.

Shun Skywalker went to a draw with Súper Nova
(14:57, good, mluchatv)

This match felt like the opening match of a longer feud, though not one they really got back to before the shutdown. Shun is obviously very good and been given few interesting matches in Mexico. Super Nova gets to show more here as a singles than usual and they have some decent chemistry. It just never really gets anywhere. The ankle injury bit derails the match a bit, though it does seem to have some purpose in setting up why Nova can’t make it back in by twenty. No real reason Shun can’t though. This is a countout finish, and those finishes are tough to take seriously in a promotion where they brawl outside for minutes at a time with no consequence.

shun

El Bandido & Fuerza Guerrera NG beat Emperador Azteca & Toxin
(22:28, good, mluchatv)

The main event is enjoyable but not particularly satisfying. The crowd cares about Bandido, they go through the steps of a big IWRG match, but it never really feels like it builds in a way. It’s a CMLL big match in the transition to a numbing amount of near falls which don’t feel like they mean much. The tag format might actually make it works because the point because to rotate through everyone having a turn than either side having much control. Maybe I’m expecting something out of these matches that just aren’t going to happen but this left me unsatisfied; it was enjoyable but there’s much better Bandido stuff to watch. They seemed to be going for a great one of those but didn’t really put it together.

Bandido on his off day