Mask match & Leyenda de Plata final tonight, CMLL/Big Lucha/Tiger Mask in Arena Coliseo

At some point, I hit undo and WordPress magically removed every edit I had done for the preceding hour; I’m not even sure what I’m still missing right now after trying to put it back, but I’m probably missing something.

CMLL

There’s been three or four CMLL shows that looked great on paper this year that haven’t ended up delivering. Tonight’s CMLL show looks great on paper and maybe they’ll pull it off.

  • Soberano vs Templario will continue their rivalry in the Leyenda de Plata final. I’m hoping they building on their rivalry rather than repeat all the big spots they did last time out. I expect they’ll do lots of big spots (and also Destroyers) anyway. Templario seems like solid favorite to 50/50 their feud
  • Pequeno Olimpico vs Ultimo Dragoncito is a mask match between two minis who’ve been part of CMLmoderne the modern division was formed. This is going to be great if the crowd cares at all, and I think there’s enough long time fans around left that they will. Ultimo Dragoncito seems the slight favorite – Pequeno Olimpico has been very emotional leading into this as if he knows what’s coming, and Dragoncito remaining masked better sets up an apuesta match later with the third pillar of the division, Pierrothito.
    • CMLL put up both the rudos and the tecnico minis ciberneticos on YouTube that set up the match. The tecnico one is the better of the two easily, though Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico finish the rudo one well. It gave me a lot of hope for the mask match tonight being good; it’s been a while since Pequeno Olimpico had a big singles match but I think he’ll be up to it.
  • the rest of the card is fine, nothing great but nothing too bad. Tercera has Averno & Mephisto and Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero on opposite sides again, with Titan and Negro Casas rounding out the trios. Dulce Atrapsuenos will face some rudos who haven’t been on many Fridays in the second; that tecnico trio always gets up. Panterita Jr. & Suicida are included in the opener.

The show will air on TicketMaster Live for 99 pesos/5 USD. It’ll air on YouTube on August 13th. This is a good time to start watching YouTube uploads, starting with this Sunady’s show. That has the first part of the tournament and a great singles match.

CMLL (SUN) 07/31/2022 Arena México
1) Bengala & Retro vs Cholo & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Lluvia vs Hera, La Seductora, Olympia
3) Angelito, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
4) Dark Panther, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Fugaz, Titán vs Cavernario, Euforia, Terrible

A show. Those minis aren’t wrestling Saturday, so this will be the first unmasked match for someone. (And they’re not instantly retiring.)

CMLL (MON) 08/01/2022 Arena Puebla
1) Mercurio & Último Dragóncito vs Angelito & Pequeño Olímpico [Relevos Increíbles]
2) La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Dark Silueta & Reyna Isis
3) El Audaz, Suicida, Volcano vs Kráneo, Magnus, Rugido
4) Atlantis, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Fuerza Guerrera, Hechicero
5) Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja © vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG]
4th defense

This would be a great streaming show because a) the Chavez have been great this year and b) we’d be living in fear of Los Guerreros taking away their titles (and making it less likely they’ll have chances to have good matches.) Olimpico & Dragoncito is going around the loop.

CMLL (TUE) 08/02/2022 Arena México
1) Leono & Retro vs Cholo & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Kaligua, Pequeño Magía, Shockercito vs Full Metal, Minos, Pequeño Violencia
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Hera, La Seductora
4) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs El Coyote, Felino, Rey Bucanero
5) Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto vs Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Sagrado

A normal Tuesday show after last week’s ciebrentico.

CMLL’s Guadalajara card isn’t out yet, but there are two interesting names. Sangre Azteca, who’s been out of CMLL since 2019, is listed as appearing. I’d guess that’s only a Guadalajara thing for the moment, though also a sign of how much autonomy that office has to bring in their own people. There’s also a teacher/student trios match led by Satanico and Ultimo Guerrero. UG is teaming with Troyano and current IWRG Middleweight Champion Tonalli. Tonalli also faces Templario on the upcoming Arena Puebla Lucha Memes show and it seems like he’s got a better chance of coming to the main roster sometime this year.

No sign of Mistico yet. He was supposed to be back this Friday at the last by his original timeline. CMLL may have had him wait until the down week between tournaments. He keeps getting brought up in these Gran Prix interviews.

CMLL is holding interviews with the foreign Gran Prix members in the weeks leading up to the match. Rocky Romero’s recent one was full of highlights, with lines such as “no one knows Volador Jr. outside of Arena Mexico and Arena Coliseo”, and saying he had no respect for Mistico or Volador because they could never beat him. He also had no Soberano Jr. or Atlantis Jr. because they’re young and haven’t done anything. Romero likes Titan and has heard good things about Templario, but the only two people he respects in CMLL are Virus (who did beat him) and Negro Casas (who traveled the world and learned things and added it to his own.) Romero vowed to change CMLL, saying they haven’t grown and need to learn things from other promotions in the world. This was an in-character promo but it may have cut a bit to close to the bone in a promotion where people are used to hearing such negative things.

Matt Taven and Kenny King did less explosive interviews. Taven really wants to be CMLL Heavyweight Champion and won’t give up on facing Hechicero; his new plan is to win the Gran Prix and then use that to talk someone in charge of booking himself to challenge Hechicero at the Aniversario show. I’ve never rooted for Matt Taven harder.

CMLL , Big Lucha (THU) 08/18/2022 Arena Coliseo
1) King, Kong, Potro De Oro vs Elipse, Orbita, Viajero
2) Diamond, Magia Blanca, Magnus vs Cometa Maya, Éxtasis, Radioactivo
3) Okumura, Shocko, Tirano, Yutani vs Carito, Dulce Gardenia, Guerrero Maya Jr., Limbo
4) Action Jackson vs Lince Dorado
5) Atlantis & Negro Casas vs Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera
6) Averno & Mephisto vs ? & Tiger Mask IV and Robbie Eagles & Rocky Romero and Aeroboy & Skayde

It’s a bit eyebrow-raising to see CMLL work with Big Lucha, but Bandido isn’t the sole owner of Big Lucha and there are other parties involved. This is similar to the Lucha Libre Real Liger celebration in Arena Coliseo in 2019 using the same Honor y Gloria name, only Lucha Libre Real seems not to exist anymore so Big Lucha is supplying the wrestlers. Bandido, Flamita and Komander all appear on AAATV so there was no chance they’d be able to be here. The four-way tag is weird, but less weird than “everyone wrestlers Lyger for a minute.” The second match is the one big CMLL vs Big Lucha trios, and I wonder if that’ll go better than the recent IWRG vs Big Lucha match. Okumura mentions there were plans for a show like this prior to the pandemic, so this might be an annual thing if it holds up. Atlantis also declared he will die in three months if he retires so he can never retire. He should probably get that checked on.

CMLL Informa announced October will be a women’s wrestling focused month, with both that division’s Gran Prix and the Universal tournament happening that month. I wonder if they’re really going to run two women’s ciberneticos in a short period or if there’s something else going on there. I’d expect there might be some foreigners to come in for one of the tournaments just to make them different. Dalys and Stephanie Vaquer also mentioned they’re wrestling about 15 times in Japan and will be gone until October 3rd.

CMLL Guadalajara wrestlers helped with a COVID children’s vaccine campaign.

AAA

AAA TV this week should be the last half of Mazatlan

  • Jack Cartwheel & Willie Mack vs Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf
  • Mr. Iguana, Niño Hamburguesa, Pagano b Gringo Loco, Látigo, Toxin
  • Hijo Del Vikingo & Pentagón Jr. vs Dragón Lee & Dralistico

I’m planning on streaming this at 6:30 pm on Twitch as long as the stream works.

Parka Negra and Hijo del Vikingo did promotional work in Vikingo’s home of Puebla on Wednesday. They were pushing the on-sale date for the 08/06 Puebla show, which doesn’t appear to be a scheduled TV taping but is presented in a similar fashion. The press conference gave the impression these will be monthly Puebla shows similar to the Monterrey Showcenter ones; they’re really added regular tour stops in slightly unconventional places.

Johnny Caballero was scheduled for Northeast Wrestling’s show on Sunday, then it was changed to just signing autographs due to injury, and Wednesday it was announced Johnny wasn’t healthy enough even to fly. Johnny is scheduled to wrestle Friday in Aguascalientes on Friday in the “dream match” four-way with Willie Mack, Laredo Kid, and Bandido, but it’s hard to believe he’s going to make that show if he can’t even get on plane right now. Hope he gets better but figure on that match changing. I’m sorry if this is disappointing news to all of you who’ve spent years hoping for that dream match.

The WON had two interesting news bits from the most recent Showcenter event. Natalia Marakova missed that show due to flight issues, and the WON confirmed she actually had flight issues. The previous show she missed, two months ago, she didn’t have flight issues. Marakova plays a Russian character and really is Russian. Mexico changed their entry rules for Russians following to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, it required some extra clearance to get her to an AAA show and it reads like AAA was caught unaware that first time. (Mas Lucha later mentioned they knew Sussy Love was replacing her days ahead of time, which always suggested it was something other than flight issues) They had it the second time, they just didn’t have the plane.

The more interesting bit is on the scheduled Dralistico/Latigo match. The story in the WON is it was switched to Vazco Jr./Latigo because Dralistico considers himself a tag team guy and didn’t want to be in a singles match. That seems hard to believe and goes against him asking for more singles match while in CMLL, but Dralistico is weird enough for this to be true. The bigger problem for Dralistico is he might be back a singles guy if ROH ever does sign Dragon Lee.

IWRG

Mas Lucha (THU) 07/28/2022 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG, Mas Lucha]
1) Princesa Águila (Chihuahua) & Sakura (Chihuahua) b Lady Amazona & Luna Mágica and Bengalee & Zuzu Divine and Artemiz & Princesa Azul Kick Off | 16 Aniversario de Más Lucha: DMT Azul VS Gronda XXX en mano a mano + 5 luchas más (posted by mluchatv)
sets up a LLM TAG title match
2) Yorvak b AtómicoRadioactivoCalibus Kick Off | 16 Aniversario de Más Lucha: DMT Azul VS Gronda XXX en mano a mano + 5 luchas más (posted by mluchatv)
3) Alas de Oro & Alas De Plata © b Imposible & León Dorado [AULL TAG] Kick Off | 16 Aniversario de Más Lucha: DMT Azul VS Gronda XXX en mano a mano + 5 luchas más (posted by mluchatv)
Leon Dorado & Imposible had problems
4) Rey León © b Travis BanksKempo Jr.KaraouiSam Adonis [915-656]
5) Brazo Cibernetico Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Brazo Celestial & Rokambole Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Villano V Jr. suffered a knee injury of a (seemingly poorly applied) move from his brother Rokambole Jr., stopping the match for a bit. Brazo de Oro Jr. interfered and both teams stopped working with each other.
6) DMT Azul b Groon XXX
Groon was accompanied by new group El Culto (Yoruba, Kundra, Fly Star, there to take bumps for DMT Azul). Adonis interfered to help his La Empresa teammate and Azul beat Groon with a release German suplex.

Attendance was good for a Thursday show, though not a sell out (and I think Mas Lucha shows have done better in the past.) The first three matches are available for free on YouTube; they cut it off with the surprise of Adonis joining match 4.

IWRG (SAT) 07/30/2022 Arena Naucalpan
1) Rosel & Último Caballero vs Milagro & Rey Fuego
2) Rey Minos & Steven Manson vs Súper Boy & Súper Cometa
3) Ajolotl, Cheff Benito, Heredero Maya vs Balak, Rey Eclipse, Skanda
4) Sol, Spider Fly, X-Devil vs Águila Oriental, Kenji, Rey Aztaroth
5) Estrella de Oro, Genex, Jhon Tito vs Black Dragón, Vertigo, Wagner Kid
6) Cerebro Negro Jr., Dick Angelo 3G, Garra Mortal, Hell Boy, Legendario, Leo, Limbo, Rey Halcón vs Aaron Sykes, Abc, Charly Madrid, Lasser, Pasion, Tackle, Troyano, Último Rebelde [Torneo FILL 98]

GYM FILL vs Gym Ultimo Guerrero again. This will air on IWRG’s channel on August 5th.

IWRG (THU) 08/11/2022 Arena Naucalpan
Hip Hop Man 20th Anniversary
1) 1 vs 234567891011121314151617181920 [royal rumble]
2) Adrenalina, Ángel Del Amor, Caballero de Plata, Guerrero Olímpico, Historico vs Calibus, Epidemia, Gárgola Xtreme, Steel Heart, Zenick
team Sencilito (Bambuchito) vs team Coacalco (Justiciero)
3) Ajolotl, Ciclonico, Mr. Jerry vs Dragón Yuki, Vantvert Jack, Vantvert Negro and Freelance, Paymon, Yorvak
4) Dragón Fly, Hijo de Payaso Purasanta, Maradó, Payaso Pura Santa Jr. vs Canibal Jr., Capo del Norte, Hijo De Mr. Niebla, Pistolero Negro
5) Aster Boy, Diva Salvaje, Hip Hop Man, Zumbi vs Black Terry, Heddi Karaoui, Maldito Jr., Mosca

Hip Hop Man, who’s 20 years goes back to his time wrestling in Argentina, is using his anniversary show to book all his friends. There are worse ideas. Tinieblas Jr. & Alushe will also appear. Bambuchito is Mas Lucha announcer Hip Hop Man, so there’s probably a comedy bit here I haven’t grasped yet.

Orizaba

Veltorr Producciones posted a statement Wednesday night, which came off more defensive about their image being hurt than trying to address people angry about their show not happening. They are offering refunds, but only in person in Orizaba, only Monday and only between 12-5 pm that day. They shift the blame onto the wrestlers for not working even though they were mostly paid. The promoter claims everyone who asked for a guarantee ahead of time were paid (and wrestlers who did get guarantees noted they were paid) and “80%” of the wrestlers were paid by the first match. He blames the difficulties on wrestlers not accepting “movimientos en transferencias” (they wanted cash, he wasn’t paying cash), calls the wrestlers unprofessional for not wrestling and wants the commission to punish them. Mamba and the promoter are now in a war of words, including a 22 minute YouTube video retort.

Latin Lover says he was told 10 of the 30 people booked for the Veltorr Orizaba show didn’t show before the show, and he had been told it was because they weren’t paid. Latin Lover himself was paid, but saw the fans start to throw chairs after the show paused for an hour, and went to the ring to explain the reality of the situation in hopes of calming them down.

Other

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Bendito won the Big Lucha World qualifying tournament on Wednesday in a good match over Extasis. That puts him in Friday’s Big Lucha Phase 1 tournament for their new world title. The quarterfinals are

  • Flamita vs Super Nova
  • Cometa Maya vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
  • Texano Jr. vs Bendito
  • Rey Horus vs Emperador Azteca

The semifinals and finals of this phase will also take place on this show. The winner just gets into another tournament, not the belt. The only other match announced is a mixed tag. I wonder how well this show is going to do; those are Names and there could be good matches but it doesn’t feel like a normal Big Lucha card. This  may stream live on Mas Lucha.

GCW’s The People vs GCW in late night Friday; it starts a little before CMLL finishes. Banido vs Jordan Oliver and Black Taurus, Gringo Loco, Jack Cartwheel vs ASF, Koamnder, and Laredo Kid is on the show.

The Ric Flair’s Last Match show with Bandido vs Taurus vs Rey Fenix vs Laredo Kid is on Sunday.

IWTV put up the 07/16 Lucha Memes show. That’s a quick turnaround. Tell me who wins if you watch it, I still don’t know. Lucha Memes turning around a show in 12 days is quicker than the 175 (and counting) days since the first day of RIOT’s La Rina took place. It is still not available.

Black Taurus challenges Brian Meyers for the Impact Digital Championship on next Thursday’s Impact.

Arkangel Divno faces Ultimo Maldito on 09/23 in GCW in Los Angeles. Do not share any GIF with any GCW people, let them go in knowing nothing.

Zona 23 announced a co-promoted show with GCW on 10/16, the day after TripleMania Mexico City. Indie promotions running big shows around TripleMania or Aniversario to pull in traveling fans has made sense for years, it’s just funny to see Zona 23 be the one to jump on it. Zona 23 is also teasing something with AAA.

Puebla defeats Mexico City, CDMX/GDL, Orizaba

CMLL

Dulce Atrapasueños kept the Mexican National Trios championship over Fuerza Poblana Monday in Puebla. The Facebook page posted the last couple of minutes.

CMLL (TUE) 07/26/2022 Arena México [CMLL, Kaiser SportsMarca]
1) Full Metal, Minos, Pequeño Violencia b Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito 20220726cmll_match1Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito vs Full Metal, Minos, Pequeño Violencia.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive)) Pequeños estrellas del CMLL: Shockercito, Acero y Aéreo Vs Pequeño Violencia, Minos y Full Metal (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
Rudos took 1/3
2) Marcela & Skadi b Stephanie Vaquer & Tiffany 20220726cmll_match2Marcela & Skadi vs Stephanie Vaquer & Tiffany.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive)) CMLL | Marcela y Skady VS Stephanie Vaquer y Tifanny (posted by mluchatv) Marcela y Skadi Vs Stephanie Vaquer y Tiffany en la Arena México del CMLL (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Arkalis, El Perverso, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Samuray, Stigma b Enfermero Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Robin, Sangre Imperial, Valiente Jr. [cibernetico20220726cmll_match3Enfermero Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Robin, Sangre Imperial, Valiente Jr. vs Arkalis, El Perverso, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Samuray, Stigma in a cibernetico match.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive)) CMLL | CDMX VS Puebla | ¡Guerrero Maya Jr. le da el triunfo a la Fuerza Poblana! (posted by mluchatv) Guerreo Maya Jr da la victoria a la Escuela Poblana frente al contingente de la CDMX (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
CDMX vs Puebla. Elimination order Sangre Imperial (by Arkalis), Enfermero (Stigma/Pegasso), Inquisidor (Rey Samuray), Pegasso (Hombre Bala Jr.), Valiente Jr. (Rey Samuray), Perverso (Robin), Sangre Imperial (Stigma), Rey Samuray (Hombre Bala Jr.), Stigma (Robin), Robin (Guerrero Maya Jr.), Hombre Bala Jr. (Guerrero Maya Jr.) leaving Guerrero Maya Jr. as the winner for Team Puebla
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Terrible b Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Stuka Jr. 20220726cmll_match4Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Stuka Jr. vs Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Terrible.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive)) Los Ingobernables: Terrible, Ángel de Oro y Niebla Roja VS Negro Casas, Stuka Jr. y Blue Panther (posted by mluchatv) Lucha estelar CMLL: Negro Casas, Blue Panther y Stuka Jr Vs Terrible, Ángel de Oro y Niebla Roja (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)

This cibernetico wasn’t as good as the two Friday ones – the talent level isn’t the same – but it was still fun and you could tell the Puebla team saw it as a very big deal. It’s worth checking out.

Tuesday shows are offering 50 pesos ($2.50 USD) tickets for kids on Tuesdays for the summer.

CMLL (TUE) 07/26/2022 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Flash, Omar Brunetti, Ráfaga, Vaquero Jr. b Ángel Rebelde, Halcón Negro Jr., Optimus, Trono 20220726cmll_match1Ángel Rebelde, Halcón Negro Jr., Optimus, Trono vs Flash, Omar Brunetti, Ráfaga, Vaquero Jr..mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
2) Adrenalina, Explosivo, Fantástico b Diamond, Magia Blanca, Magnus 20220726cmll_match2Adrenalina, Explosivo, Fantástico vs Diamond, Magia Blanca, Magnus.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
3) Dalys, Lluvia, Sexy Sol b Dark Silueta, Náutica, Valkiria 20220726cmll_match3Dalys, Lluvia, Sexy Sol vs Dark Silueta, Náutica, Valkiria.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
Dalys challenged Silueta again (but is off to Japan next week?)
4) Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr. DQ Bestia Negra, Gallo, Zandokan Jr. 20220726cmll_match4Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr. vs Bestia Negra, Gallo, Zandokan Jr..mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
Ultimo Guerrero ran in, attacking Gallo (sub for Difunto) and helping Ola Negra unmasked the tecnicos. Teased a match with Satanico and a city vs city battle.
5) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa b Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte, Joker 20220726cmll_match5Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte, Joker.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))
6) Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Black b Bárbaro Cavernario, Demonio Maya, Principe Daniel 20220726cmll_match6Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Black vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Demonio Maya, Principe Daniel.mp4 (posted by luchablog vault (Google Drive))

A run-in in CMLL is rare. A run-in by someone who isn’t even booked on the show is ultra-rare. A run-in by someone who isn’t even booked and theoretically had to take a six-hour bus ride just to do the run-in is sort of crazy. UG got his money’s worth out of the promo time (and also got soaked by a beer) but I kinda wonder if there was some other reason he was in Guadalajara and they just had him do the interference as an add-on.

The Saturday GDL/CDMX show upload was a bit of a disappointment; few of the Guadalajara wrestlers didn’t really stand out in their big shot, and I wasn’t excited about the possibility of anyone coming to Mexico City more often. Sexy Sol got over doing Big Mami spots to an audience who probably doesn’t watch AAA, Zandokan showed some personality in the opener, and the rest were sort of create-a-luchadors. The semi-main was the best match but it also featured a spot where one person went the wrong way and everyone froze for a moment, just tough to watch. It’s watchable, no worse than a random Tuesday or Sunday show, but nothing that’s going to make you want to go out of your way to catch these Tuesday Guadalajara shows.

CMLL (FRI) 07/29/2022 Arena México
1) Astral, Panterita del Ring Jr., Suicida vs Disturbio, Inquisidor, Raider
2) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Villano III, Luciferno
3) Averno, Mephisto, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico [mask]
5) Soberano Jr. vs Templario [Leyenda de Plata, final]

Two singles matches back to back is not how CMLL normally books things and is absolutely the right call for this show. Only five matches on the show means both matches should get plenty of time to be as great as they possibly can. The undercard is solid if nothing spectacular. This should be a show worth seeking out.

CMLL (SAT) 07/30/2022 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Kaligua vs Pequeño Polvora & Pierrothito
2) Cachorro, Leono, Neón vs Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte II, Grako
3) La Guerrera, La Vaquerita, Skadi vs Amapola, Metálica, Reyna Isis
4) El Audaz, Flyer, Volcano vs El Coyote, Kráneo, Rey Bucanero
5) Panterita del Ring, Star Jr., Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Felino, Mephisto

Back to regular shows here.

Lucha Memes (SAT) 08/06/2022 Arena Puebla
1) ?, ??, Alas de Acero, Astro De Plata Jr. (Estado De México), Iron Kid (Estado de México), Rencor Negro Jr., Sol, X-Devil Jr. vs ???, ????, Lince Xtreme, Rider Boy, Sobrebio, Súper Tigre, Tiger Boy, Tiger Fly
2) Multi & Prayer vs Belial & Impulso
3) Rey Apocalipsis vs Black Terry
4) ?, Kastigador (Querétaro), Vengador (Querétaro) vs Panterita del Ring Jr., Suicida (CMLL), Tony Iron and Noisy Boy, Oni El Bendito, Spider Fly (Estado De México)
5) Dulce Gardenia & Rey Cometa vs Corsario Negro Jr. (Estado de México) & Drako (Estado de México)
6) Templario (CMLL) vs Tonalli
7) Hombre Bala Jr. & Robin (CMLL) © vs Arkángel Divino & Último Maldito [Arena Coliseo TAG]
8) Atlantis Jr. vs Trauma II
9) Último Guerrero vs Aeroboy

CMLL promoted this today so it goes into the CMLL section. This is a loaded show; it’s too bad Memes exists in a void. (I saw no reporting on their Arena Lopez Mateos show.) This should turn on IWTV eventually. Match 7 is interesting for existing, since Akrangel Divino & Ultimo Maldito worked AAA TV back in April.

CMLL Informa has Templario (Leyenda de Plata), Dalys & Stephanie Vaquer (Japan), Ultimo Dragoncito (mask match), Guerrero Maya Jr. (Tuesday cibernetico), and Los Guerreros (?).

Robbie Eagles appeared the Super J Cast this week. He mentions he had been told he was coming to the Gran Prix a wild be. Eagles said he’ll be in Mexico “a little bit of time, not too long” and expects to be back in Japan for NJPW’s early September shows.

AAA

The 08/20 Saltillo show only having five announced matches makes a little more sense with a full poster. It’s being promoted by local group BRB, who are running two local title matches before the listed AAA TV matches. There’s a decent chance one or the other will sneak on TV. Vampiro is also advertised for that show, so he’ll probably make TV in some form.

I did watch the AAA Puebla part 2 show. It was a fine enough TV show, no stand out match but it didn’t feel like a waste of time. I think I would’ve been more interested if it aired in sequence;  two months later, the big Villano III Jr/Octagon Jr. angle just feels like another of those AAA big ideas that don’t go anywhere, since it hasn’t been part of the rest of the TV shows. (It also felt like a Puerto Rico angle in both concept and slowing down to sell it; Hugo’s said he’s helping with the AAA creative this year and perhaps it was his idea.) I did notice that the YouTube version of the show went 10-15 minutes longer than the TV version usually does; maybe stuff like the Komander sit down interview and the guys in the second match restarting their feud would’ve gotten cut out on Space.

AAA is running in Merida the day after Hard Rock show, with many of the same people. This seems to be the same similar to the Puebla shows (maybe same building owners?)

Taya’s title challenge to Thunder Rosa came up in Rosa’s interview with Digital Spy; she vaguely promises something is happening soon. The stuff that happens on TripleMania this year only seems to follow up on another TripleMania, so that Taya/Rosa match seems like it’s been set for Mexico City since it got set up. My theory is Lady Flammer’s title shot (also set up in the same segment and nothing has happened since) will get her added to the match and maybe others as well; it’s unlike AAA to book multiple many singles matches even on a TripleMania and more people involved will smooth over any political issues about who gets pinned.

Nonpayment Zone

Veltorr Promotions, the group behind the failed Orizaba show, says they’ll announce a plan to refund fans Wednesday night at 7 pm. The local Box y Lucha commission was called in front of the Orizaba city council and explained the promoter will be required to refund all tickets and pay back all wrestlers. That seems unlikely to happen. The commission would also like to add a rule requiring a security deposit by promoters and say they’ll have stricter controls.

One of the wrestlers affected by that show falling apart and no one getting paid was luchadora La Heronia. She took to social media to complain about the situation. This was not a smart move, because it reminded that Heronia was the promoter of a group called REX who also did not pay many people on their last show in August 2021. One of those unpaid was Ricky Marvin, who showed up in Heronia’s comments to ask how the shoe felt on the other foot. She’s been clowned about the situation for the last couple of days; Mas Lucha cheekily reuploaded Marvin’s match with Ultimo Guerrero from that show.

Alberto el Patron posted a teaser for Nacion Lucha Libre a couple of days ago, and the promotion itself told Apolo Valdes that they’ll have news next week. Nacion Lucha Libre and Alberto have talked about coming back “soon” multiple times, so this is not much until a show date is actually announced. Nacion Lucha Libre is also a group who didn’t pay many of their wrestlers on the last taping of their first run, which should be an obstacle in running again. Alberto seems to be teflon in Mexico so I don’t expect that to get brought up.

IWRG

There’s another Torneo FILL on 07/30 with Ultimo Guerrero students.

IWRG (SUN) 07/31/2022 Arena Naucalpan
1) Baby Star, Sol, Spider Fly vs Garra Mortal, Limbo, Rey Halcón
2) Caballero de Plata, Freelance, Vértigo vs Cerebro Negro Jr., Hell Boy, Yorvak
3) Diva Salvaje, Heddi Karaoui, Noisy Boy vs Fly Warrior, Fulgor, Travis Banks
4) Jessy Ventura © vs Paymon [IWRG IC WELTER]
2nd defense
5) Aster Boy & Rey Horus vs Puma de Oro & Tonalli
6) Rey Espectro vs Galeno del Mal

The actual order of the top three matches will be determined at show time (which sounds like someone’s working a double shot.) Random Rey Horus appearance on this show. Diva Salvaje, Heddi Karaoui and Noisy Boy is an eclectic team even for IWRG.

Other

LuchaWorld has this week’s Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Denverite has a good behind the scenes article of local lucha promotion Hugo’s Lucha Libre and their most recent show.

Rush faces Jon Moxley for AEW Interim Championship tonight. Rush has little chance of winning, but it’s among the most important matches of his career.

Laredo Kid & Trey Miguel face Johnny Swinger & Zicky Dice tomorrow on Impact.

Circle 6 announced Ricky Marvin vs Vinnie Massaro on 08/05 in Houston.

Garden State Pro Wrestling has Elemental & Bendito vs Latigo & Arez on 08/27.

The Crash announced Dr. Wagner Jr. for their 09/09 show. (A reminder they have a show on 09/09.)

Masked Republic is involved has a new line of luchador spotlighted slot machines. Solar, Super Astro, Matematico, Psychosis, Ultimo Dragon, Mascrarita Dorada, Dragon Lee, Felino Jr. and Laredo Kid are all involved.

An incredible trivia bit mentioned the very end of the Monday Open the Dragon Gate podcast: Nosawa apparently owns the trademark to Perros del Mal in Japan. I can’t recall hearing that before.

An interview with Hidalgo mask maker Daniel Hernandez. One of his favorite moments is when he tried to get Dr. Wagner Jr. to sign a mask he made and Wagner refused because he doesn’t sign professional quality masks. Instead of being annoyed he couldn’t get the autograph, Hernandez was appreciative of the compliment for his work.

Templario/Soberano in Leyenda de Plata final, Pequeño Olimpico/Ultimo Dragoncito mask match set for Friday, Orizaba failure show

CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 07/22/2022 Arena México [CMLLEstrellas del RingKaiser SportsR de RudoThe Gladiaotres]
1) Disturbio, Enfermero Jr., Inquisidor b Oro Jr., Sangre Imperial, Valiente Jr. Enfermero Jr, Inquisidor y Disturbio vencieron a la tercia de Sangre Imperial, Valiente Jr y Oro Jr (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
13:02.
2) Dalys, Dark Silueta, Stephanie Vaquer b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi ¡Falla infernal! Hechicero golpea a Euforia, y da el triunfo a U. Guerrero, Cavernario y G. Guerrero (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
12:10. Rudas took 1/3.
3) Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto ¡Falla infernal! Hechicero golpea a Euforia, y da el triunfo a U. Guerrero, Cavernario y G. Guerrero (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL - EUFORIA-MEPHISTO-HECHICERO VS  B. CAVERNARIO - G. GUERRERO - U. GUERRERO/A. MEXICO / 22-07-22 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: Último Guerrero, Bárbaro Cavernario y Gran Guerrero vs Hechicero, Euforia y Mephisto (posted by mluchatv)
14:29. Team UG took 2/3.
4) Templario b Volador Jr.Star Jr.El CoyoteFugazEl AudazStigmaDulce Gardenia [Leyenda de Plata, semifinalCMLL - SEGUNDA FASE DEL TORNEO LA LEYENDA DE PLATA / ARENA  MÉXICO / 22-07-22 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Gran lucha entre #Templario y #VoladorJr, doloroso y tremendo final  (posted by ) Segunda Eliminatoria del Torneo Leyenda de Plata (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) Templario vence a Volador Jr. y está en la final del Torneo de la Leyenda de Plata (posted by mluchatv)
Elimination order: Audaz (by Star Jr., 7:43), Stigma (Coyote, 12:16), Dulce Gardenia (Fugaz, 15:04), Coyote (Volador Jr., 18:48), Fugaz (Star Jr., 22:39), Star Jr. (Templario, 23:33), Volador Jr. (Templario, 28:47)

Another good show, with another good cibernetico. That format made a night where it was fairly obvious which two would be the final two a bit more entertaining; we got much more out of the first 23 minutes of this match than a single elimination tournament. Fugaz had a really good night, Dulce got over well as always. Audaz finally got a match with old rival Templario and was doing rudo bumbling spots as partners instead of high spots as opponents.

The bigger picture is CMLL’s now in their highest quality stretch of the year, covering at least the next couple of months. These Leyenda de Plata ciberneticos will start to turn up on CMLL’s YouTube this Sunday, the Gran Prix is coming soon, and Aniversario will be a big deal as always. This is as a good.

Templario/Soberano is the least prestige of the four Aniversario feuds. Atlantis/Fuerza have lots of history. Atlantis Jr./Stuka Jr. has been going for long and more intense. Averno/UG is not clicking as a big deal for me but they’ve got a lot more history. Putting that Soberano/Templario feud in the final of this tournament helps boost it up, makes it look like a more legitimate option. I tend to think fans would still reject that match if it was the mask match over the other possibilities, but CMLL’s at least making a case for it.

I feel like I’ve written about Hechicero’s struggles too much lately, but I still have to point out Hechicero’s depressing post-match interview from Friday. You can have a good debate on the saddest part. My pick was someone asking about Matt Taven challenging for the Heavyweight championship in his Gran Prix video, and Hechicero responding that Taven must’ve assumed the Heavyweight champion would be in the Gran Prix and so did he.

CMLL (SAT) 07/23/2022 Arena Coliseo [Box y Lucha, CMLLEstrellas del RingMas LuchaThe GladiatoresThe Gladiatores (videos)]
1) Diamond, Magia Blanca, Magnus b Bestia Negra, Difunto, Zandokan Jr. Facebook video (posted by )
referee Bestia Negra officiated GDL wrestler Bestia Negra’s match
2) Dark Silueta, Náutica, Sexy Sol, Valkiria (Jalisco) b Hera, La Jarochita, Lluvia, Olympia Facebook video (posted by )
3) Adrenalina, Explosivo (Jalisco), Fantástico b Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr. Facebook video (posted by )
4) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa b Furia Roja (Jalisco), Guerrero de la Muerte (Jalisco), Joker (Jalisco) Facebook video (posted by )
5) Soberano Jr., Star Black, Star Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Demonio Maya, Principe Daniel Facebook video (posted by )

The Guadalajara (2 wins ) vs Mexico City (3 wins) idea definitely got more attention this show than usual – it appeared just behind the April Arena Coliseo Anniversary show in attendence and there were more media there than normal. Matches weren’t that impressive but the concept seems like something to repeat periodically.

CMLL (SUN) 07/24/2022 Arena México [CMLL, Cronista del RingKasier SportsThe Gladiatores (Videos)]
1) La Guerrera & La Magnifica b La Seductora & Olympia
2) Kráneo, Nitro, Raider b Astral, Robin, Volcano
3) El Coyote, Okumura, Rey Bucanero b Arkalis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso
4) Último Dragóncito L ShockercitoAéreoAceroAngelitoFantasyKaliguaPequeño Magía [cibernetico, cibernetico suicida]
Groups: Ultimo Dragonicto, Aereo, Acero, Angelito and Pequeno Magia, Kaligua, Fantasy, Shockercito. Escapes: Pequeno Magia (beat Angelito), Aereo (Fantasy), Angelito (Shockercito), Kaligua (Acero), Fantasy (Dragoncito), Acero (Shockercito), Shockercito (Dragoncito) leaving Dragoncito. Dragoncito faces Pequeno Olimpico on 07/29.
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Titán b Gemelo Diablo I, Gemelo Diablo II, Sagrado

Ultimo Dragoncito, Pequeno Olimpico and Pierrothito have been talking about mask matches with each other for at least a decade – it came up on the long forgotten Ras de Lona CMLL TV show. They’re the longest tenured minis and among the longest tenured wrestlers overall in CMLL, having stuck with the promotion when the rest of the minis left to join Antonio Pena in AAA. (This tournament is part of the 30th anniversary of the Pequeno Estrellas division and they’ve had to slightly dance around the fact that these guys date back to the Minis division that existed prior and is now written out of CMLL’s history.) Like a lot of CMLL challenges, it seemed like Pierrothito, Ultimo Dragoncito and Pequeno Olimpico would be making them forever with nothing happening. It’s finally happening with Pequeno Olimpico vs Ultimo Dragoncito. (And it’s hard not to wonder if this would’ve been Pierrothito vs Ultimo Dragoncito had Pierrothito tested positive for COVID.)

Pequeno Olimpico seems the slight favorite to lose his mask, but it’s a close to a toss up. It could be the final match for whomever loses; both men are well into their 50s. It’s going to be a highly emotional and intense match for them, and it’ll just be a matter of if the crowd sees these guys as the same big deal the promotion sees them at. This also could be read as a hopeful sign for the CMLL Aniversario; there were cheap ways out of doing a match like this (or they could’ve just not booked an apuesta match), and CMLL went for the biggest possible CMLL Pequeno Estrellas match they had to offer. They might do it again in September.

CMLL hasn’t announced a full card yet for Friday, but the Leyenda de Plata final and this mask match make it one of the bigger nights of their year so far. I wonder if they’ll sneak in the other three Aniversario hopefuls in a trios match to bring those threads together.

Negro Casas’ recent appearance in NJPW aired on the most recent edition of NJPW Strong.

AAA

AAA TV (SUN) 07/24/2022 Showcenter Complex, San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo Leon [@thekoko666, AAA]
1) Dulce Canela b Baby Love
Announced as La Hiedra vs Natalia Marakova; Marakova had flight issues for a 2nd show.
2) Arez & Baby Xtreme b Diva Salvaje & Jessy Ventura
Announced as Baby Extreme, Komander, Lady Shani vs Diva Salvaje, Dulce Canela, Jessy Ventura. Good match.
3) Aramis & Jack Cartwheel b Flamita & Parka Negra
good match
4) Látigo b Vasco Jr. [Showcenter Tournament, torneo]
Announced as Dralistico vs Latigo. Still part of the tournament.
5) Dralistico & Laredo Kid DQ Abismo Negro Jr. & Antifaz
Antifaz fouled/unmasked Laredo
6) Hijo Del Vikingo, Mr. Iguana, Niño Hamburguesa b Chessman, Puma King, Toscano
very good match

Half the card changed, including Natalia Markova having flight issues for a second straight show. I have no idea why they changed the men’s tournament match with Latigo and Dralistico both being there; it didn’t make sense for the tournament for them to be wrestlng but this tournament isn’t intended to make any sense.

Vasco Jr. is a Monterrey indie wrestler, the brother of CMLL luchadora Tiffany. He was also, a very long time ago, “Kumbia Kid Jesse” in 2004, then “Jesse of the Night Queens” in 2007-2008.  It’s another name from the AAA past returning, though probably just as a weird fill in. This would be Vasco Jr.’s first televised match in 14 years, if any of this is actually airing. AAA’s social media put up clips of matches from the show, but not of that match.

As always, there’s an photo of a full looking arena. Shots of the building looking not so full if shot the other way.

AAA TV (SAT) 08/20/2022 Lienzo Charro Professor Enrique Gonzalez, Saltillo, Coahuila
1) Komander & Sussy Love vs Chik Tormenta & Látigo and Maravilla & Toxin
2) Aerostar, Drago, Myzteziz Jr. vs Argenis, La Parka Negra, Villano III Jr.
3) Crazy Boy, Mr. Iguana, Niño Hamburguesa vs Bestia 666, Gringo Loco, Mecha Wolf
4) Charly Manson, Pagano, Zorro vs Abismo Negro Jr., Cibernético, Rey Escorpión
5) Dragón Lee & Fénix vs Aramis & Hijo Del Vikingo

A newly announced TV taping, sliding in between Verano de Escandalo and the Hard Rock show. (This means there’s even less of a chance of the Showcenter evnets airing.) The main had MOTYC potenial. Everything else is just marking time. Five matches for an AAA TV taping doesn’t make sense for a promotion that airs three matches a week, but it doesn’t have to make sense.

AAA TV (SUN) 08/21/2022 Showcenter Complex, San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo Leon
1) Dulce Canela vs Artemiz [Showcenter Tournament, torneo]
2) Aramis, Komander, Niño Hamburguesa vs Argenis, Látigo, Parka Negra
3) Chik Tormenta vs Maravilla [Showcenter Tournament, torneo]
4) Aerostar & Drago vs Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf
5) Dinámico vs Puma King [Showcenter Tournament, torneo]
6) Octagón Jr. & Pagano vs Rey Escorpión & Villano III Jr.

AAA immediately put up the next lineup after the last one happened. It’s rare for them to run two tapings on back to back days, but they’re more tapings in my mind than reality at this point The tournament matches don’t make sense but that’s to be expected; I look forward to retroactively constructing the tournament brackets they actually did when this over. Artemiz is originally a Torreon based luchdora who’s been showing up on indie shows all over Mexico this year, and fits the wide net AAA is using to bring different people in.

AAA TV on Space aired the first three matches from Mazatlan taping. I only saw the opener; the streams I used to record failed miserable. (Even the Twitch stream that used to be going didn’t seem to be running on Saturday.) The show will repeat again next week and I’ll try again. It may turn up on AAA’s YouTube in four weeks.

Space announced Verano de Escandalo will air live on August 5th, at 9:30 pm. Same deal as usual for Space airings: they’re intending to air just half the card live and half the card next week, only AAA runs too slow to make that work perfectly. I’m going to try to stream it as always, but obviously streaming Space is a problem right now. The secondary issue is this is a Friday night show overlapping with CMLL, and I kinda need to record both of them. I have some ideas how I’m going to do this but it’s going to not be a good day for me.

There is still new unseen AAA to watch even if I didn’t capture most of the TV show. AAA put up the missing half of the Puebla taping:

  • Baby Extreme, Drago Kid, Komander vs Diva Salvaje, Jessy Ventura, Mamba
  • A bit with Octagon Jr. & Villano III Jr.
  • Aerostar, Drago, Myzteziz Jr. vs Argenis, Parka Negra, Toxin
  • Dave The Clown, Murder Clown, Pagano vs Flamita, Rey Escorpión, Villano III Jr.

This was the show originally scheduled to air on Space prior to TripleMania Tijuana, then Space just decided not to air it and AAA decided not to put it up on YouTube until after they put up all of TripleMania. It’s great that we get to see it, it’s not as great that AAA TV on YouTube slips even later; this is a show taped in May that’s going up in July. This show went up too late for me to watch it, but I’ll try to check it out this week.

Taya kept the Reina de Reinas championship on Saturday on Garden State Pro Wrestlng’s show. Taya defended the title a few times in a tour of Canada too apparently. AAA hasn’t mentioned any of these and they’re probably not meant to be canon, but they eventually sort of referred to them as a bulk amount of when Deonna Purrazzo was doing the same thing (though that may just be the announcers doing their own research and no cohernt plan.)

fiasco in Orizaba

Veltorr (SAT) 07/23/2022 Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz [La Tijera Lucha Libre]
1) Gato Extremo, Génesis Star, Súper Grillo Jr. b Black Star, Halcón Maligno, Rey Felino
2) Ringo Acosta Jr. & Samuray Jr. b Hermes & Lasserman
3) Anarquía & La Heroína b Mini Psycho Clown & Morgana

The most talked about Mexican wrestling show of the weekend lasted three matches. Latin Lover appeared after the third match to announce the wrestlers had decided they would not perform, because many of them weren’t going to get paid. The local commission followed with a statement saying they’d try to work something out between the wrestlers and the promotion, but nothing more happened. Fans weren’t given refunds, the promotion claiming they had no money. A few fans instead took the plastic chairs or tables with them instead, and some threw those chairs around. The local police eventually got involved – not really to help the fans, but to get the chairs back. Everyone was left unhappy.

The show was built around the LA Park family versus LFI. Rush had earlier in the day said he wouldn’t be there – not because he was actually wrestling on the ROH PPV instead, but because of issues with the promotion. Bestia 666 posted a video on Facebook, saying he and MechaWolf would not be coming because their flights were canceled and said he’d heard 11 other people were off the show as well. Some wrestlers still made it to the show; many weren’t paid when they got there and were left to find their own way home. (La Tijera’s YouTube channel has a bunch of interviews with disappointed/angry wrestlers, because they were all stuck on the same bus road home.) The show seemed to exist on the idea that just putting LA Park (with a bunch of his family) and Rush (with a bunch of his family) would guarantee a big turnout and that did not happen; it was a small crowd in a big building which left angirily. El Sol de Orizaba has it as 40% full; it looked closer than 20% than that. The promoter, a local radio host, didn’t appear to have enough money to cover the show if he didn’t sell tickets, and they didn’t sell tickets. In a private Facebook page, he blamed the wrestlers for not attending, implying the show tanked becase people (Rush) didn’t show up, but he seemed to be canceling flights earlier than that.

Orizaba is a AAA TV stop and there are wrestlers who work AAA shows on the card, but this doesn’t appear to be anything to do with their local promoter. That promoter is running the same venue on 08/27, and will probably have to face new regulations due to this failure. Various actions are always proposed to keep underfunded and unprepared promoters like this out of the Mexican wrestling business, but so much of the wrestling business (especially on an indie level) are wrestlers taking bookings from promtoers who are way in over their heads, just hoping they last long enough to pay everyone out. This one could not.

ROH

Rush defeated Dragon Lee on ROH’s Death Before Dishonor match. The match was announced Friday night on AEW’s Rampage show, and it appeared it was a match that was only officially made earlier on Friday. It was the first singles match between the brothers and the story they were trying to tell (to mixed results) was that Rush would pull one over even on his own brother to win a match.

Rush moves onto a AEW interim title match with Jon Moxley on Wednesday’s Dynamite broadcast. Dragon Lee generally wrestled like a mad man trying to earn a contract but appears unsigned for the moment. Tony Khan talked positively about Dragon Lee. I had about 500 words here breaking down  the deeper meaning of that but even I have to edit myself sometimes. Shorter version is I think Dragon Lee is well thought enough of to get hired by ROH, but they’re trying to hire as few as ROH exclusive people as possible until they have TV and Dragon Lee isn’t as important to the project as the Briscoes. There’s a strong chance of Dragon Lee’s getting offered a ROH deal once ROH itself has a good weekly deal, but Dragon Lee is probably limited to per-night appearances until then. And, as Lucha Underground Season 4 might have taught us, sometimes those deals go quick, sometimes it’s a very long wait to get the deal you want, and sometimes you just give up and take whatever’s on the table. Who knows how it’ll go.

This is a Nerd stuff paragraph but what else do you come here for. AEW is pushing the idea that Rush has won 10 straight matches as justification for Rush getting a title shot on Wednesday. I believe someone used Cagematch, where the administators work hard at including every match they can but not every show from Mexico make into their listings. One show that did not was the May 29th, 2022 Robles Promotion show in Monterrey. Box y Lucha 3508 does have results from that show, reporting that Rush and his family lost to LA Park and his family on that show. (It seemed to me that Rush also lost his April 29th Mexico City match, but the finishes of Rush/LA Park matches are open to interruption similiar to ancient texts.) There’s maybe 12 people who are going to watch Dynamite on Wednesday and know the Rush win streak is not accuate and now you are one of them.

IWRG

IWRG (SUN) 07/24/2022 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG, Mas Lucha]
1) Sol & X-Devil b Kenji & Limbo LIVE: Rey Espectro y Aster Boy VS Galeno del Mal y Puma de Oro | Mano a mano: Imposible VS Tonalli (posted by IWRG tv)
2) Baby Star & Garra Mortal Jr. b Pantera Jr. & Vértigo LIVE: Rey Espectro y Aster Boy VS Galeno del Mal y Puma de Oro | Mano a mano: Imposible VS Tonalli (posted by IWRG tv)
3) Tonalli b Imposible LIVE: Rey Espectro y Aster Boy VS Galeno del Mal y Puma de Oro | Mano a mano: Imposible VS Tonalli (posted by IWRG tv)
Tonalli beat Imposible cleanly, Imposible argued for a title match anyway
4) Caballero de Plata, Internacional Pantera, Noisy Boy b Fly Warrior, Paymon, Yorvak LIVE: Rey Espectro y Aster Boy VS Galeno del Mal y Puma de Oro | Mano a mano: Imposible VS Tonalli (posted by IWRG tv)
5) Dick Angelo 3G, Legendario, Travis Banks b Gran Pandemónium, Hijo de Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr. LIVE: Rey Espectro y Aster Boy VS Galeno del Mal y Puma de Oro | Mano a mano: Imposible VS Tonalli (posted by IWRG tv)
sets up an EDM TRIOS title match
6) Galeno del Mal & Puma de Oro b Asterboy & Rey Espectro LIVE: Rey Espectro y Aster Boy VS Galeno del Mal y Puma de Oro | Mano a mano: Imposible VS Tonalli (posted by IWRG tv)
Rey Escpectro (ex-Hijo del Espectro Jr.) first match here since January. Galeno beat Espectro set up a IWRG HEAVY title match.

Losing to a champion and getting a title match is an IWRG staple, but they set up two other title matches here so maybe that’ll happen first.

Other News

Vince McMahon retired from the WWE, in an announcement strategically planned for Friday afternoon and under the cloud of NDAs over sexual harassment. This is a story you can find covered in much more depth in many other places but seems impossible to not at least nod at here. I have no idea what net effect it’ll have on WWE’s strategy in Latin America and Mexican wrestlers, only that everything they do will probably be status quo at first to make sure investors don’t get nervous with new people in charge, and we’ll only see real changes a year down the line if McMahon’s influence truly does disappear from the promotion.

Hijo del Abismo Negro, the son of the famous Abismo Negro, was scheduled to debut on that Orizaba show. He instead debuted on a show in Puebla on Sunday. He talked publicly about wanting to become a luchador after AAA introduced their Abismo Negro Jr.; the family has made clear their annoyance about anyone else carrying the name. His outfit actually looks a lot more like Winners to me.

The Tepic Box y Lucha commission mentions a recent show expecting to draw 500 people with Los Gemelos Diablos on top instead drew about 40. It was an outdoor show and it rained. They figure the promoter may have lost 20,000 pesos ($~1000 USD), and say that’s why they advise promoters to study carefully before even hiring a wrestler.

Ultimo Dragon faces Hijo del Santo on 07/30 in Dragon Gate. That’ll air live and remain on VOD for a week. Dragon Gate charges for their VOD on the first of the month, so you may want to either watch it live or wait until 08/01 to subscribe.

Reynosa is restarting its local boxing and lucha libre commission.

There was an exhibition of wrestling merchandise and artifacts in Hidalgo, hoping to stir up interest in a local museum.

Box y Lucha #3511 has a lot of CMLL stories on the oger, as usual. Box y Lucha said they’re publishing digitally only, no paper magazines, for the time being.

El Heredero (Tirantes’ grandson) says he’s training to be a wrestler and was invited to train with CMLL.

Septimo Dragon’s hometown paper talked to him about his trip to GLEAT.