Dorada/Atlantis Jr./Mistico tonight, Dos Caras, Elite

CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 04/19/2024 Arena México
1) Galaxy & Shockercito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Legendario vs Vegas [lightning]
3) La Catalina, Lluvia, Marcela vs Persephone, Stephanie Vaquer, Zeuxis
4) Esfinge, Flip Gordon, Titán vs Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr., Zandokan Jr.
5) Ángel de Oro, Gran Guerrero, Stuka Jr., Último Guerrero vs Averno, Euforia, Mephisto, Templario
6) Místico vs Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis Jr. [Copa Universal, semifinal]

Mistico has the best built in story to advance to the final (rematch with Titan, family history with Magnus), Mascara Dorada doesn’t lose big matches, and the people who hate Atlantis are sure he’s going to win this match too. I don’t know which way that main event will go, and I really want to find out. I wouldn’t put money on any outcome but my guess is Mascara Dorada is pulling this one off.

Atlantis Jr., talking about those boos, says he’s fine with any reaction as long as the fans are reacting to him. The boos just make him bigger.

There’s nothing else of intrigue here, though the rest could be good. Match four looks like the best of the rest. Galaxy seems talented when he gets chances to do things, and so he might go all in that Friday opener.

Like the last four way apuesta match, there’s been remarkably little with Virus versus Dulce Gardenia vs Disturbio vs Akuma since that match was announced, and none of it on the Friday shows.

CMLL (SAT) 04/20/2024 Arena Coliseo
1) Emperador & Platino Kid vs Hunter & Infarto
2) Legendario, Leono, Retro vs Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte II, Enfermero Jr.
3) Astral, Diamond, Robin vs Apocalipsis, Cholo, Disturbio
4) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs Akuma, Dark Magic, Espanto Jr.
5) Fugaz, Panterita del Ring, Volcano vs Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Rey Bucanero
6) Atlantis, Star Jr., Valiente vs Magia Blanca, Magnus, Volador Jr.

Ola Negra/Dulce Atrapsuenos do meet here. What possibly will go wrong in match 2?

CMLL (SUN) 04/21/2024 Arena México
1) Kaligua & Pequeño Magía vs Pequeño Polvora & Pequeño Violencia
2) Capitán Suicida, Eléctrico, Valiente Jr. vs Forneo, Inquisidor, Sangre Imperial
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Luciferno, Sagrado
4) Kira, Skadi, Tessa Blanchard vs Dark Silueta, Lluvia, Zeuxis [Relevos Increíbles]
Kira is the new name for Andrómeda
5) Bárbaro Cavernario vs Máscara Dorada
6) Ángel de Oro, Místico, Templario vs Averno, Flip Gordon, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Dorada/Cavernario was great back in January (and supposedly great in December, didn’t see it.)

Andromeda announced she was changing her name to Kira on this week’s Informa. The story she gave is she had two picks for names when she got into wrestling, Estrellita Lagunera and Kira, and she really wanted to use that second one, and CMLL agreed. It came off as if it was part of the story, but not the whole story. CMLL’s typically not going to change the name of someone who’s already been wrestling and a champion in their promotion. CMLL has, in recent years, attempted to trademark the names of any new stars. They filed for the Andromeda trademark back in October and haven’t gotten it, so maybe there was an issue there.

Xelhua is one of the more reactive CMLL luchadors on social media. (If you use his name in a tweet, he will see it.) He post video too and has gotten attention for a recent one – about a fan who saved him from colliding head first into a chair at a recent Arena Coliseo show.

AEW announced they hired Carlos Cabrera for their announce team. He’s worked some AAA major shows since leaving WWE, though not in the last year. Tony Khan talked about this in an answer that I felt way way too long in the middle of transcribing it. Perhaps that was my problem. Deep inside there, I found it interesting that he talked about wanting to work with CMLL more in the US, in Mexico, and “internationally.” I guess internationally could just mean Canada. Khan also earlier mentioning wanting to take AEW to international markets where they had strong TV. That means no to Mexico, but maybe to Germany or Australia or France. Internationally, to me and usually to AEW, means the All In show in Wembley Stadium. Is a CMLL wrestler going to wrestle in front of 40,000 people this year? Maybe.

05/11 MLW

Virus vs Star Jr. will air on MLW’s War Chamber II this Saturday.

A 60 year old man died Thursday morning outside of Arena Puebla, the victim of a hit and run. The driver tried to escape but was detained. This is unrelated to wrestling beyond the location.

AAA

AAA should have part two of the Mexico City taping. I’m guessing it’ll three of these four

  • Adelicious, Belcegor, Taurus vs Colmillo de Plata, Garra de Oro, Reina Dorada
  • Faby Apache, La Parkita, Mr. Iguana, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Bengala, Dals, Jessy Queen, Parkita Negra
  • Charly Manson & Nygma vs Oscar Sevilla & Super Calo
  • Laredo Kid vs Octagon Jr. vs Aerostar

I’m guessing just three so they can bring back the other match in the upcoming weeks to fill out a TripleMania Monterrey show.

WON’s recap of the Latin Lover comments doesn’t have any more clarity on Konnan’s situation but does mentions AAA wants Latin Lover in a public role to play into the current nostalgia angle. That makes me think Latin Lover’s “creative director” position could just be an on screen matchmaker/authority figure. That is also Konnan’s current role, but surely one he’d be more happy to give up than the actual booking. It’s also easy to get from “on screen match maker” to “one last match at Mexico City”, which presumably is the end goal for both AAA and Latin Lover. It also takes some heat off AAA and Konnan, because seeing Latin Lover making decisions will convince enough people that he’s the one running the show; doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. Something like that makes the most sense to me out of all of this; I can’t imagine Latin Lover taking over AAA creative outside of giving some high level ideas.

Cibernetico (and Cuervo and Dave the Clown) attacked Vampiro on TV Azteca’s Venga la Alegria talk show, to build interest in TripleMania.

Laredo Kid wrestles Crazy Steve for the TNA Digital Media championship on the Countdown To Rebellion show; I think Laredo has a shot – the pre-shows are where he’s more dangerous.

Dos Caras responded to violence accusations in a statement posted on social media. He said the woman had been threatening and harrasing his family for three months and he had filed criminal complaints about her in March. Dos Caras says he met with the police about her charges on April 15th, before the story ran, and said her case had no truth – the attacks were made up, and the claims were defamation. He offered to show the media any proof they needed of his innocence, as long as it didn’t interrupt the investigation.

IWRG

IWRG (THU) 04/18/2024 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Príncipe Centauro & Rey Espartano b Ajolotl & Golden Power
2) Diosa Quetzal & Puma de Oro b Shamila & Tornado
3) Hijo del Pirata Morgan b Lolita
random match that just happened to pit husband versus wife
4) Arez, Látigo, Toxin b Águila Roja, Noisy Boy, Spider Fly
Arez threw liquid in Noisy’s eyes to pin him. Arez challenged Noisy Boy to a match – but Arez wanted a three falls stip (one fall classic, one fall Noisy style, one fall extreme.) Noisy accepted.
5) Hell Boy b Vangellys [super libre]
Hell Boy defeated Vangellys despite Ivan Rokov trying to interfere. Challenges followed.

Mala Fama versus Mexa Boys was a slow building match focusing on tecnico/rudo more than big moves. It held together better than most IWRG matches but wasn’t too exciting – it’s tough to be exciting on a Thursday night in Arena Naucalpan.

IWRG (SUN) 04/21/2024 Arena Naucalpan
1) Príncipe Centuro vs SacroDracula NgGolden PowerArceus [IWRG IC Light, #1 Contenders]
2) Bengalee, Keyra, Shamila vs Danessa, Lolita, Sagitarius
3) Hell Boy vs Puma de OroTornadoCerebro Negro Jr.Multifacetico Jr.Noisy BoyRey HalcónÁguila Roja [cage, loser advances]
4) Veneno vs Cerebro NegroBlack TerryX-FlyTony RiveraApolo Estrada Jr.AxelBombero Infernal [cage, loser advances]
5) ? vs ?? [cage, hair, mask]
6) Hijo de Canis Lupus © vs DMT Azul [RGR HEAVY]

Guera de Golfo has one cage match of young wrestlers, one cage match of old wrestlers, and a finial that’s probably one of the old wrestlers losing their hair.

ELITE

This is Sunday

Elite (SUN) 04/21/2024 Frontón México, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal
1) Brazo Celestial, Brazo Cibernetico, Brazo De Oro Jr. vs Difunto, Rokambole, Villano V Jr.
2) Arez, Látigo, Toxin vs Bestia 666, Dr. Karonte Jr., Verdugo
3) Dios del Inframundo, Rey Horuz, Xtreme Tiger vs Mocho Cota, Súper Fly, Tito Santana
4) Black Beast & DMT Azul vs Forastero (NGD) & Sansón
5) Komander vs Dralistico vs Metalik
6) Rush vs LA Park

Elite’s pushed out a lot of media to remind people this show is happening. It hasn’t really worked. Tickets haven’t moved much since the day they went on sale, even with a 2×1 sale for the last week. They seem under 50% capacity, and that’s with a couple big chunks never put on sale (possibly saved for a party bus deal they’ve during.) It’s sold enough that it won’t look terrible on video and they can always find ways of getting more people in at low price. It still appears to be a big loser – but that’s been the case for most of Lucha Libre Elite’s existence. The promotion is built around people having good will for prior versions of this show, and the public seems not to have that fondness. These ticket sales would come close to filling out an Arena Lopez Mateos or Arena Neza show (half the size of this building) and that’s about the limit to this interest. Elite had previously stat

This turnout does say something about the diminished magic of Rush versus LA Park. That success has often been more critical than economic – like I went over a few months ago, a lot of the past fabeled Rush/LA Park matches took places in promotions that didn’t survive much longer. These guys can still draw at times, LA Park still does well on some ‘provincial’ shows (and never misses a chance to let people know on social media.) Still, this feud is as cold as it’s been each for a while. All the stuff around last year’s TripleMania event, and that match being a complete disappointment, seems like it’s hurt this feud. Maybe it’ll motivate Park & Rush to pour gas back on it with a hot match on this show, who knows. Rush also seems to be on the outside looking in on AEW at the moment, and has been consisently looking for attention.

Elite’s been advertising a lot of people who aren’t listed on this card, so expect many more matches. There’s been no talk about video distribution of this show, which likely means all your favorite YouTubers will have it. Mexican wrestling companies have frequently either not streamed shows or kept it quiet what they’re doing to avoid hurting ticket sales. Ticket sales were bad enough here that I don’t think it would’ve hurt, and streaming sometimes makes these shows feel more important to go to.

Site Note

I’m going on a road trip this weekend – to AEW Collision in Peoria on Saturday and then AEW Dynasty in St. Louis on Sunday. My theory is Bryan Danielson is a pretty good professional wrestler who I like and, on the odd chance he really is retiring soon, it’s worth making the trip for one of his matches if it’s driving distance. Even if that distance is about five hours.

I’m trying to give myself permission not to do a news update on Monday; I find it tough to write while driving. You may not see any new content here until Wednesday. If you do spot someone sitting in a park in the greater St. Louis area forcing himself to write a TripleMania preview, take some pity on me.

I’ve been thinking about taking Twitter off my devices for the weekend, maybe posting on Instagram and/or bluesky for a few days if I do anything at all. Not sure if I’ll hold myself to it.

Other Notes

The Crash was messing around with streaming on YouTube Thursday night, so their show on Saturday seems likely to air live. Pagano, Mecha Wolf and Rey Horus face Bestia, D-Luxe, and Rey Escorpion in the main event.

Diosa Nix, India Mazahua and Mary Caporal are officially Las del Rancho. The history here is Capo del Norte and Capo del Sur existed under those names, someone with Los Dinamitas must’ve objected, and so they’ve been wrestling as variations of El del Norte and El del Sur. Their Los del Rancho team include other cowboy criminal themed gimmick like Pistolero Negro. Mary Caporal is a cowgirl character but India Mazahua and Diosa Nix are definitely not – it’s good comedy (to me) to see them wearing the cowboy hats.

RIOT announced they’ll return on June 15th. This will be their first show since Rey Destroller’s passing.

Julio Cesar Chavez filmed a video with Shocker.

Neon defeats Rugido, Satnam Singh added to TripleMania, Dos Caras

CMLL

CMLL (MON) 04/15/2024 Arena Puebla [CMLL, El Sol de Puebla]
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja b Fénix SO & Sombra Diabólika
2) Meyer b Prayer [lightning]
3) Diamond, Fuego, Robin b El Malayo, Rey Apocalipsis, Siky Ozama Facebook video (posted by )
4) Arkalis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Multy b Difunto, Raider, Vegas [Relevos IncreíblesFacebook video (posted by )
5) Ángel de Oro b Hechicero [lightningFacebook video (posted by )
6) Esfinge, Máscara Dorada, Místico b Stuka Jr., Templario, Último Guerrero Facebook video (posted by )
Mistica on Templario – who also got attacked by Ultimo Guerrero after the match.

Porra Fresa mentioned the post-main event attack. Neither CMLL or El Sol did, but it turns out to be the important bit.

CMLL (TUE) 04/16/2024 Arena México [CMLL, Kaiser SportsThe Gladiatores (video), thecubsfan]
1) Full Metal & Pequeño Olímpico DQ Angelito & Último Dragóncito CMLL | Pequeño Olímpico y Full Metal se van descalificados ante El Angelito y Último Dragoncito (posted by mluchatv) Reporte CMLL: Último Dragoncito y Angelito Vs Pequeño Olímpico y Full Metal en la Arena México (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
6:54. Pequeno Olimpico unmasked Angelitco
2) Metálica & Valkiria b Hera & Olympia CMLL | Hera y Olympia derrotan a La Metálica y Valkyria (posted by mluchatv) Reporte CMLL: Hera y Olimpia Vs Valkiria y Metálica (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
11:19
3) Crixus, Difunto, Pólvora b El Audaz, Hombre Bala Jr., Max Star Reporte CMLL: Crixus, Difunto y Pólvora Vs Max Star, Audaz y Hombre Bala Jr (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
12:05
4) Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, El Hijo De Blue Panther b El Coyote, Felino, Felino Jr. CMLL | Los Divinos Laguneros derrotan a Felino, El Coyote y Felino Jr. (posted by mluchatv)
15:42
5) Neón b Rugido CMLL | ¡Rugido es derrotado en mano a mano por Neón! (posted by mluchatv) Reporte CMLL: Neón Vs Rugido (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
11:09
6) Flip Gordon, Titán, Volador Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible CMLL | Volador Jr., Flip Gordon y Titán derrotan a Los Bárbaros (posted by mluchatv) Reporte CMLL: Volador Jr, Titán y Flip Gordon (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
13:54

Neon/Rugido was the best match on the night. They had the pressure of doing a big match and did well. Maybe the only thing that went wrong was Neon ripping up Rugido’s mask too well; he was battling to see at times in the third fall but there weren’t difficulties. The match didn’t seem to mean anything to turnout but not much on Tuesday usually does. It got good reactions for a non-title singles match.

The main event wasn’t far behind in qualtity. Tecnicos won but there was no trios title challenge. The Panthers match was the usual formula, just without rudos giving them as much. Hera & Olympia wrestled as tecnicas in the women’s match. I haven’t had many thoughts about Valkiria, but she came off as a slow and out of sync in this match.

CMLL (TUE) 04/16/2024 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Shezmu & Temerario b Johnny Dinamo & Minotauro CMLL - Martes de Glamour 16 de Abril 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Leo, Omar Brunetti, Vaquero Jr. b Canalla, Demonio Maya, Principe Daniel CMLL - Martes de Glamour 16 de Abril 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa b Ángel Rebelde, Halcón Negro Jr., Trono CMLL - Martes de Glamour 16 de Abril 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Hatanna, Lluvia, Tabata b Adira, Dark Silueta, Dulce Kitty CMLL - Martes de Glamour 16 de Abril 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
OCCIDENTE WOMEN TAG challenges followed (despite the champions winning)
5) Brillante Jr. & Star Black b Bestia Negra & El Gallero CMLL - Martes de Glamour 16 de Abril 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Star Black and Gallero continue to feud
6) Explosivo, Máscara Dorada, Místico b Averno, Euforia, Mephisto CMLL - Martes de Glamour 16 de Abril 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Explsoivo replaced Atlantis Jr. on Tuesday morning.

Strangely, Alexis Salazar was over here taking photos instead of Arena Mexico.

CMLL Informa is still at the regular (4 pm Mexico City) time today. The time change they talked about last week starts on 05/01. CMLL hasn’t announced a guest list.

CMLL (MON) 04/22/2024 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Blue Shark, Hijo de Centella Roja vs Espíritu Maligno, Fénix SO, King Jaguar
2) Micro Gemelo Diablo I & Micro Gemelo Diablo II vs Mije & Periquito Sacaryas
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Panterita del Ring, Volcano vs El Coyote, Okumura, Pólvora
4) Tessa Blanchard vs Stephanie Vaquer [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Gran Guerrero vs Euforia, Soberano Jr., Titán [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Máscara Dorada, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Flip Gordon, Templario [Relevos Increíbles]

Templario and Ultimo Guerrero on opposite sides here, following up on whatever that was. Two relevos increibles in a row is messy though.

Blue Panther explained to El Tiempo that the name came as a spur of the moment decision. He was wrestling as Cachorro when he was invited to Chihuahua for a match. They already had a Cachorro Valderrama so they asked him to use a different name. He came up with Blue Panther because he happened to have a blue and yellow mask. Would have have done as well if he was named Yellow Panther all this time? (Probably.)

The 05/01 Arena Coliseo Acapulco show (Mistico & Mascara Dorada vs Voaldor & Soberano) will stream for people who sign up to the Lucha Libre Acapulco page and pay 99 pesos. Other pages experimented with similar ideas during the pandemic. One twist here is the stream will not be available for people who live in Acapulco proper, those people have to watch in person or not at all.

NJPW officially announced Stephanie Vaquer’s title defense against Alex Windsor on 05/11 in Los Angeles.

05/11 MLW

Only by putting these two back together did it click they’re on the same show.

AAA

Jeff Jarrett (and later AAA) announced Satnam Singh was added to the TripleMania card. He’ll team with QT Marshall, Sam Adonis and Parker Boudreaux against Pentagon Jr. Psycho Clown, Laredo Kid, Octagon Jr. and a partner to be announced. Singh, like Boudreaux, is someone who looks impressive in the sort of media tour AAA had him no Monday in Monterrey. He’s, also like Boudreaux, someone AEW rarely trusts to be in actual wrestling matches. That match looked like the best match on paper for TripleMania, and adding Singh makes that goal more difficult.

Jarrett seems to be re-launching Global Force Entertainment as a wrestling news (copy and paste) site. It’s an odd choice; that market seems oversaturated. It may have influenced why Jarrett was the one to announce this match change. Sending Singh, Parker and Jarrett did that press circuit, likely to sell the oddity of a big muscle guy and a tall giant wrestling in Mexico.

Matt Cardona will need surgery on a torn pec, according to Fightful. Cardona was expected to be part of a TripleMania this year, probably the one in Tijuana. I’m not a doctor, but the ones I find on google suggest that’s typically a six month recovery, meaning Cardona wouldn’t be available for any TripleMania show this year.

Diana Patricia Mondragon has filed an criminal complaint of domestic violence, perpetuated by her ex-partner Dos Caras. Telediario aired a four minute segment on the story. That video includes photos and videos of her wounds, if that’s going to distress you. It also feels like Mexico covers these situations notably different than it would be handled in the US, which may be off putting. Patricia says Dos Caras hit her, leaving bruises on her arms and legs, forced her to kiss his feet and burned her with acid. Patricia says he was also threatened by Hijo de Dos Caras, who said he’d harm one of Patricia’s relatives if she broke off the relationship and also tried to throw acid at her.

In a friends-only post, Dos Caras said he’d have a press conference to refute these charges Tuesday night. I haven’t seen anything from that as of yet. Dos Caras typically only posts wrestling related photos, so posting a photo of with his wife a few days before this story broke sticks out. That appears to be a different woman than the one making the accusation.

This news goes into the AAA section, as Dos Caras is scheduled to appear Lucha Libre Expo before next week’s TripleMania. Dos Caras has also been involved in many of Alberto el Patron’s big matches, so he’ll likely be on TripleMania as well. AAA’s policy on domestic violence is well known at this point: they will no act on accusations, and only take action if the accused has been convicted of a crime. (AAA continued to use Cuatrero until a judge ruled he was a danger and put him behind bars, where he remains one year later – still no trial.) The Dos Caras charges are an accusation and possibly an investigation, so AAA will mostly likely continue to use him as planned.

IWRG

Thursday’s lineup:

IWRG (THU) 04/18/2024 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ajolotl & Golden Power vs Príncipe Centauro & Rey Espartano
2) Shamila & Tornado vs Diosa Quetzal & Puma de Oro
3) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
Random match
4) Arez, Látigo, Toxin vs Águila Roja, Noisy Boy, Spider Fly
5) Hell Boy vs Vangellys [super libre]

Match four looks interesting.

(No Big Lucha card yet, so they probably are off until 05/04.)

Other News

Latin Lover says he helped get Shocker in rehab – by telling him there was a businessman in Culiacan who wanted Shocker for an autograph signing, 15K pesos for one hour a week. There was no autograph signing, there were just five people to convince Shocker to go to a local rehab facility. Latin says Shocker went without issue.

The San Luis Potosi Congress wanted to honor Mil Mascaras with the Plan de San Luis medal for those who’ve influenced the social and cultural growth of that state. Mil Mascaras declined the invitation; he lives in the United States now and apparently did not want to return to Mexico. The San Luis Potosi Congress will instead give the medal to Enrique Auces Maciel, a businessman who passed away in 2019. Among his achievements was creating awards for outstanding students.

There’s ongoing investigation into the shoots before a Tijuana lucha libre show. All victims are said to have been shot in the legs and now are in stable condition. There’s still no motive. All three were standing near the entrance. There’s some talk locally about requiring metal detectors at show (and push back at that expense.)

The 04/21 Lucha Memes Hechicero/Aeroboy match I was excited for is no longer happening. It’s now Hechicero/Heddi Karoaui. Aeroboy is said to be off due to personal issues.

Arez and Gringo Loco are headed back to Germany’s WXW in October.

Box y Lucha 3599 has Titan, Galeno del Mal and Shocker on the cover.

great match round up, week of 2024-04-09

Some notes

  • I’ve caught up putting ratings in (even the many weeks I didn’t do one of these posts), and you can see what I’ve liked the most this year so far here.
    • I haven’t put many Big Lucha ratings in there, though I don’t think much are going to hit that list.
  • I feel like I’m underrating things to only have two Excellent matches so far this year.
  • I’ve reopened the luchablog drive under the same link. I’m not going to put anything from the last two years of CMLL this year. New AAA stuff is still going up, but mostly it’s a historical resource. I know that’s not the answer most of you want but it’s the answer I have for you right now.
    • If CMLL comes back and DMCAs the old stuff, then I’ll just move all the CMLL stuff off of there.
  • still watching the CMLL Sunday stuff even if I’m not streaming it or putting anywhere you can find it

Nothing jumped out from this week but there was plenty of watchable stuff.

rating match aired taped
good Mecha Wolf vs Octagón Jr. © for the AAA Latin American Championship AAA on Space
2024-04-13
2024-03-16
good Astro Boy Jr. & Novato vs Calavera Jr. I & Calavera Jr. II Hnos Calavera Jr I y II vs Astro Boy Jr y Novato ARENA MÉXICO CMLL (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Hnos Calavera Jr I y II vs Astro Boy Jr y Novato ARENA MÉXICO CMLL (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL on TV Mexiquense
2024-04-12
2024-03-31
good Máscara Dorada & Místico vs Ángel de Oro & Templario CMLL on TV Mexiquense
2024-04-12
2024-03-31
good Gran Guerrero vs AvernoTemplarioTitánStigmaBárbaro CavernarioTerribleDragón Rojo Jr.Ángel de OroNiebla Roja for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament semifinal match ¡Ya está en la final! Titán derrota a Templario en la Eliminatoria por el Campeonato Universal 2024 (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL - 2a. FASE ELIMINATORIA CAMPEONATO UNIVERSAL (CAMPEONES MUNDIALES CMLL)/ARENA MÉXICO / 12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Eliminatoria por el Campeonato Universal 2024 (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) Titan vs Templario FINAL ELIMINATORIA CAMPEONES MUNDIALES rumbo al CAMPEONATO UNIVERSAL/Arena México (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL YouTube
2024-04-12
2024-04-12
good Flip Gordon vs Euforia in a lightning match CMLL - MATCH RELÁMPAGO / EUFORIA  VS  FLIP GORDON /ARENA MÉXICO / 12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) En un recio mano a mano de colosos, Euforia derrota a Flip Gordon (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) Euforia vs Flip Gordon MATCH RELAMPAGO/ARENA MÉXICO/CMLL (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL YouTube
2024-04-12
2024-04-12
good Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, El Hijo De Blue Panther vs Hijo de Stuka Jr., Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr. CMLL-H. DE STUKA JR.-H. DEL VILLANO III-VILLANO III JR. VS  DIVINOS LAGUNEROS /ARENA MÉXICO/12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: El Hijo del Villano III, Hijo de Stuka Jr. y Villano III Jr. derrotan a los Divinos Laguneros (posted by mluchatv) H. Villano III, Villano III Jr e H. Stuka Jr vencen a B. Panther Jr, Dark Panther e H. de B. Panther (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) Hijos del Villano III e Hijo de Stuka Jr vs Dark Panther e Hijos de Blue Panther ARENA MÉXICO/CMLL (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL YouTube
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good Legendario vs Forneo in a lightning match CMLL - MATCH RELÁMPAGO / FORNEO  VS  LEGENDARIO /ARENA MÉXICO / 12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL: Legendario derrota a Forneo en match relámpago (posted by mluchatv) Forneo vs Legendario MATCH RELAMPAGO/ARENA MEXICO/CMLL (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Reporte CMLL: Forneo Vs Legendario duelo de jóvenes colíseinos (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL YouTube
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good Hijo del Pirata Morgan vs Jack Evans Big Lucha World
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good Flamita vs Argenis Big Lucha World
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Titán advances to CMLL Universal favor, Jeff Jarrett back in AAA, Latin Lover, Big Lucha

CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 04/12/2024 Arena México [CMLLFDDEKaiser SportsThe Gladiatores, thecubsfan]
1) Legendario b Forneo [lightningCMLL - MATCH RELÁMPAGO / FORNEO  VS  LEGENDARIO /ARENA MÉXICO / 12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Reporte CMLL: Forneo Vs Legendario duelo de jóvenes colíseinos (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
9:20
2) Hijo de Stuka Jr., Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr. b Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, El Hijo De Blue Panther CMLL-H. DE STUKA JR.-H. DEL VILLANO III-VILLANO III JR. VS  DIVINOS LAGUNEROS /ARENA MÉXICO/12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) H. Villano III, Villano III Jr e H. Stuka Jr vencen a B. Panther Jr, Dark Panther e H. de B. Panther (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
15:10
3) Flip Gordon b Euforia [lightningCMLL - MATCH RELÁMPAGO / EUFORIA  VS  FLIP GORDON /ARENA MÉXICO / 12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) En un recio mano a mano de colosos, Euforia derrota a Flip Gordon (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
7:37
4) Titán b Gran GuerreroAvernoTemplarioStigmaBárbaro CavernarioTerribleDragón Rojo Jr.Ángel de OroNiebla Roja [CMLL Universal, semifinal¡Ya está en la final! Titán derrota a Templario en la Eliminatoria por el Campeonato Universal 2024 (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre) CMLL - 2a. FASE ELIMINATORIA CAMPEONATO UNIVERSAL (CAMPEONES MUNDIALES CMLL)/ARENA MÉXICO / 12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Eliminatoria por el Campeonato Universal 2024 (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
29:33. CMLL champions block. Order of elimination: Stigma (by Titan), Dragon Rojo (Niebla Roja), Gran Guerrero (Averno), Terrible (Angel de Oro), Averno (Templario), Niebla Roja (Cavernario), Cavernario (Templario), Angel de Oro (Titan), Templario (Titan) leaving Titan as the winner.
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Octagón b Hechicero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesCMLL -OCTAGÓN-ATLANTIS-MÁSCARA DORADA VS HECHICERO-ÚLTIMO GUERRERO-VOLADOR JR./ARENA MÉXICO/12-04-24 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Triunfo técnico de Atlantis, Octagón y Máscara Dorada ante Hechicero, Último Guerrero y Volador Jr (posted by La Tijera Lucha Libre)
8:48

A good show. The main event wasn’t much, but that’s fine given who was in it. The cibernetico was better than last week over all, though the Titan/Templario final wasn’t strong. They seemed to be unsure of what each other was planning to do. The Villanos/Panther match was as good as usual, maybe not their peak but still pretty good.

Both lightning matches were good. Euforia is great at knowing when to shut down Flip.

Stephanie Vaquer retained the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against AZM on Friday’s New Japan Windy City Riot show. RevPro’s Alex Windsor asked for a title shot and will get on their 05/11 show in Los Angeles. Vaquer is so popular with that crowd that it’d be surprising if she lost the title lost it any time soon. Vaquer is announced for the 05/19 RevPro FantasticaMania show and is oddly the only CMLL woman announced. Can’t totally rule out the 05/11 match could set up something for a week later.

CMLL (SAT) 04/13/2024 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo b Full Metal & Pequeño Polvora
11:27
2) Diamond, Leono, Valiente Jr. DQ Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte II, Enfermero Jr.
10:55. 3rd fall went 25 seconds with Olimpico DQ-ing the rudos for something not shown on the stream (and leaving everyone confused.)
3) Cancerbero, Luciferno, Okumura b Arkalis, Pegasso, Rey Samuray
14:16.
4) Felino, Felino Jr., Rey Bucanero b El Audaz, Hombre Bala Jr., Panterita del Ring
14:16. Bucanero is now also wearing the Felino stripes on his gear.
5) Hechicero b Valiente [lightning]
9:31
6) Esfinge, Titán, Volador Jr. b Averno, Euforia, Mephisto
11:39

Totally skippable show; even Hechicero/Valiente wasn’t really a standout. Rey Bucanero, Felino and Felino Jr. may be another set trio.

The end of the second fall was bizarre on the stream; the rudos were confused, the announcers were confused, the fans were confused. I will still be confused if someone smarter hadn’t explained it to me. Ola Negra had been doing a spot where they pull up the trunks of the tecnicos, giving them a wedgie. CMLL didn’t like it, told them to knock it off, and told the referees to call it as a DQ if it happened again. No one watching the video could tell, but one of the rudos did the wedgie spot again and Olimpico ended the match right then and there. That’s what Olimpico’s pants pulling up signal about; the rudos knew why they were in trouble but played dumb.

CMLL (SUN) 04/14/2024 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Inquisidor, Nitro, Sangre Imperial b Leono, Novato, Robin
3) Capitán Suicida, Legendario, Volcano b Alom, Infarto, Kráneo
Capitan Suicida replaced Futuro (head injury) on Wednesday
4) Espíritu Negro, Neón, Rey Cometa b El Coyote, Pólvora, Sagrado
Neon replaced Dulce Gardenia.
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Mephisto DQ Gran Guerrero, Star Black, Stuka Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Straight falls. Gran Guerrero refused to break Pulpo Guerrero on Atlantis and so was DQed.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible b Flip Gordon, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Cavernario used a mask pull to win, setting up a singles match next week.

Cavernario/Dorada sounds fun. CMLL posting the clips now makes it easier to figure out what’s happened – Gran Guerrero did leave that hold on way too long.

CMLL (TUE) 04/16/2024 Arena México
1) Angelito & Último Dragóncito vs Full Metal & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Metálica & Valkiria vs Hera & Olympia
3) El Audaz, Hombre Bala Jr., Max Star vs Crixus, Difunto, Pólvora
4) Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, El Hijo De Blue Panther vs El Coyote, Felino, Felino Jr.
5) Neón vs Rugido
6) Flip Gordon, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible

Neon/Rugido is listed just as “mano a mano”, which probably means three falls. Neither man has wrestled a three fall 1v1 match in CMLL. It’s going to be a test. Match 2 is the sixth match Valkiria has wrestled in Arena Mexico – the other five have all been ciberenticos.

CMLL (FRI) 04/19/2024 Arena México
1) Galaxy & Shockercito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Legendario vs Vegas [lightning]
3) La Catalina, Lluvia, Marcela vs Persephone, Stephanie Vaquer, Zeuxis
4) Esfinge, Flip Gordon, Titán vs Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr., Zandokan Jr.
5) Ángel de Oro, Gran Guerrero, Stuka Jr., Último Guerrero vs Averno, Euforia, Mephisto, Templario
6) Místico vs Máscara DoradaAtlantis Jr. [Copa Universal, semifinal]

Lots of intrigue in the main event. Was Atlantis Jr. getting booed just a two week AEW/WWE fan influx thing? Which of these top tecnicos is going to be the pick as The top tecnico? Mistico is the normal choice, but CMLL ran Mistico/Titan as the Universal final two years ago, would they go for a (near) repeat so quickly?

The all rudo semimain balances out the all the tecnico main event. Villanos and Zandokan step up the later with bigger name competition. Legendario is getting a bunch of lightning matches.

Rocky Romero is now the New Japan of America Vice President of Show & Talent Coordination. He also reportedly joined the AEW’s front office back in February. Romero does not have a position with CMLL – yet???

(More seriously, Rocky didn’t wrestle on the NJPW US show on Friday. He’s been involved in the CMLL matches so the visa issues probably scrapped that match. I’m sort of curious what match it would’ve been – that show seemed to have too many matches as is, so something would’ve had to be replaced or changed.)

Mundo Deportiva talks to Xelhua, who says he started training for wrestling at the age of 3 (three). His name comes from the Azteca god who was said to have built the great pyramid of Cholula, where he’s originally from. Ultimo Guerrero, Volador and Hechicero are wrestlers he looks up to now but he says he’s real idols are wrestlers who don’t wrestle any more – he wants to represent the wrestling of yesteryear, so he watches old (and now retired) wrestlers for inspiration.

A preview of the 04/27 CMLL show in Xalapa mentions former Xalapa lucahdor Legendario is now training in Volador’s Los Depredadores class. Volador’s importance as a trainer is catching up to his importance as a wrestler.

Templario is opening a taco shop in Tlaxcala. Or at least lending his mask to it.

AAA

I don’t know what’s going on with the creative role in AAA but one thing for sure is Latin Lover was not supposed to publicly say he was taking over the spot at TripleMania. Latin Lover, in a new interview with La Tijera, claims he never said he was taking over as creative director for AAA. His story now is he’s in talks with AAA for that position, but that the only sure thing is he’ll be at TripleMania Monterrey. Latin says no contracts have been signed. Latin says he knows what the people want to see, because he’s a person who filled up buildings for every promoter he worked for. That line has me very concerned, but I’m trying not to evaluate the consequences of this change until it’s clear there’s actually a change being made.

Latin Lover is technically correct in his rebuttal; in the previous interview, he said their was a plan for him to be creative director. He also said it like that was the plan they had agreed on, not as if it was something still up for debate, so I don’t have any trouble with the reporting. Latin Lover spoke without thinking about the consequences of his words and then looked for a real life undo button. The modified version is better for Latin but worse for AAA – if Latin Lover is truly just debating taking the job, what happens with the current team (Konnan and whoever else) if he says no? Is it going to be someone else replacing them? Is just going to current team sticking around very unhappy about what just happened? This happens in sports sometimes, and management people treated like this will just move on because there’s 29 other teams, someone will find a spot for them. There’s not that chance in wrestling, and it forces some tense marriages.

This situation blends in with this week’s AAA TV: the end of the episode was different people blaming Konnan for bad things happening in AAA, and Konnan claiming it wasn’t his fault. In this case, both Cibernetico (and La Secta) and Psycho Clown assumed the Eye bit is another Konnan plot and Konnan insisted he has nothing to do with it. Cibernetico also took Konnan bringing back El Mesias as a personal attack towards him and La Secta. Earlier, La Secta and Mesias had a confrontation with tension but no touching. It feels like AAA’s setting up a turn there – Zorro promising a betrayal is explicit – but whatever direction they’re heading may be changed or dropped if Laitn Lover truly is getting involved. The best outcomes for peace are Latin Lover has actually already agreed to take the job but word wasn’t supposed to get out yet, or that Latin Lover is telling tall tales, AAA is aware and is fine with it, and nothing is changing. Everything in between is filtering with disaster.

Mecha Wolf & Octagon Jr. worked very hard to have a memorable match, and it was about as good as you could expect that to be. It was helped by AAA’s audio changes; hearing the crowd react and get into the near falls was a big improvement over last year. Not all issues are fixed; Octagon got to celebrate for roughly two second before he was wiped out by the debuting Parker Bourdeaux. Mesias faced off with Bourdeaux while Octagon Jr. ceased to exist. That is the bit with Octagon Jr. right now: AAA gives him these TV wins as if they’re going with him, and then immediately make him the third or fourth most relevant person. They don’t want fans to mistake Octagon as someone meaningful. Mesias, who appeared in three segments and was talked about in a fourth, is the important person.

Flipside is AAA has decided that Parker Bourdeaux is important, when neither the fans nor the announcers had any idea who this guy was. He was just some foreigner who showed up. Konnan, on his podcast, explained they didn’t do any introduction or explainer because AAA wanted it to be a surprise. Surprises only work if someone cares. Hopefully AAA will course correct and do something to get him over. Bourdeaux will be part of an AAA press conference today in Monterrey, so there’s something. AAA will likely announce Negro Casas and Dr. Wagner’s partner as well.

Wolf/Octagon went very long for an AAA TV match, and Secta/Circus went short. It was just setting up weapon spots, some of which didn’t look much good. The main event had interesting reactions: they were into Cibernetico, they booed Psycho Clown, and they were ambivalent if slightly positive about Alberto. The Mexico City fans for the Retro shows see the guys from that era as the real stars, so Cibernetico good, Psycho bad. Cibernetico wrestling is bad though. Alberto noticeably tried a lot more here than has in most of his matches. It couldn’t have been because he’s winning, because he’s always winning – he seemed to win to make a good impression with the right people.

In addition to Parker Bourdeaux, Jeff Jarrett and Santam Singh will also be appearing at the AAA press conference. Jarrett and Santam seemed about to split from Jay Lethal in Z-tier angle on AEW TV when that story appeared paused, and then all the characters involved have disappeared from TV for the last month. (That oxygen for that story seems to now be used on Daddy Magic’s partner feuding with Saraya’s brother, for context.) Jarrett has a long and sometimes complicated history with AAA and his involvement here is a good reminder that no matter who is the “creative director”, the person making the big decisions is Jarrett’s good friend Dorian Roldan. Jarrett’s last appearance was the 2022 TripleMania, where he and Latin Lover got into a fight. That bit was never followed up on, but maybe that’s direction if they’re both back in the fold.

Later day Jeff Jarrett has becoming a counter-culture wrestling hero. Some of it is clearly dripping in irony, and some of it is because he’s a novelty and off to the side. He’s no longer in a position of power with the ability to damage something people like, he’s just a weird out-of-time character, doing stuff that no one else does because he’s from like five generations ago and all that stuff faded out. AAA instead uses Jarrett as if he’s the biggest foreign name possible and maybe he is for them right now.

That press conference should also announce Negro Casas & Dr. Wagner Jr.’s partners. Earlier, Negro Casas talked to AS about the timeline of his jump to AAA. Casas says it started when Dalys was in Japan, and he was babysitting Psycho Clown’s kids. They were playing wrestling, including booking their own matches. Casas told them to book him too but they said they can’t, he’s not in AAA. That’s the start of it, Casas says he started thinking about maybe moving. Psycho and his wife sold Casas on the idea a couple of days later and got him in touch with Dorian Roldan. Dalys, still in Japan, told her husband to wait a until she got back until they could discuss it. They agreed to the idea when Dalys returned.

AAA’s given no indication of when that press conference is. Could be five minutes after I post. Could be later tonight.

A thing about that story: Dalys’ Japan trip was in October 2022. Dalys and Negro Casas didn’t show up in AAA until February 2023. That’s a big gap. Maybe there was more thinking that got compressed, or maybe Casas and AAA decided to have him just wait in CMLL until the moment they were ready.

Don’t have anything on Saturday’s EMW show. I presumed they were going to follow up the angle with The Crash, but either it didn’t happen or no one felt it was interesting enough to talk about. AAA didn’t post any teaser. I found one instagram story that night; Mecha Wolf walking to the ring, shooting only his feet. There is the required “promoter posts shot of full building” Facebook post and not much more.

That show hyped an appearance by Vampiro. Both EMW and Vampiro announced Friday that he would no longer appear on the show due a “doctor’s appointment in Florida.” Vampiro says he got his days confused. A doctor appointment on a Saturday is hard to figure.

El Sol de Hermosillo has a story about a La Parka tribute show in his hometown, said to be the first time Karis La Momia Jr. has wrestled there. He and his grandmother thanked the crowd supporting their family during the show; Proyector Puente has video of the ceremony.

Big Lucha

Big Lucha World (SAT) 04/13/2024 Arena Big Lucha, Iztapalapa, Distrito Federal [Big Lucha, Estrellas del Ring, thecubsfan]
1) Magnetron & Medieval b Astro Magnetico & León
a dark match (one that actually didn’t air!)
2) Depaysman & La Bomba b Reiyel & Zenky
9:50
3) Helios & Sussy Love b Marishka & Ryu Orochi
11:12.
4) Caballero de Plata, El Potro de Oro, Mr. Win, Tirano b Auzter, Black Skayde, Bogdan Klimov, Brujo
15:44
5) Elipse, Iku, Vengador b Big Tao Tao, Cósmico, Orbita
15:30. Orbita was the surprise wrestler, now a tecnico against Locos Evans. He beat Elipse for the win.
6) Flamita b Argenis
12:54. Earlier, Big Lucha’s ring announcer said Argenis was not able to wrestle on the show due to AAA stopping him, and Flamita would face someone else. That someone else turned out to be Argenis, angry with the ring announcer for saying he wouldn’t be wrestling. Argenis shoved the ring announcer down and the match started there. Flamita won with a phoenix splash. Argenis tried to convince Flamtia he was better off being a rudo, but was unsuccessful.
7) Jack Evans b Hijo del Pirata Morgan
11:08. Jack Evans cleanly defeated Pirata and then demanded a title shot. Mr. Big made the match.

Big Lucha announced they’d be returning to having (uh) Big shows, with the next one on May 4th. They also ended this show by saying “we’ll return May 4th”, so it looks like the weekly shows are going away too. (There was a mention of another event at the Mexico City race track, so that may account for one of the missing weekends.)

I liked the two singles matches, though I was pretty full on wrestling for the week by the time I got the main event and may be underrating it. Jack and Pirata did a good job of playing of each other’s usual moves, knowing each other well. Maybe that upcoming Dragon Gate appearance has gotten something into Flamtia, but he was wrestling more like he did in those days than he has for a while; I don’t know when I last saw that finish from him. The Argenis angle was really weird. Elipse and Orbita are finally easy to tell apart, since the good one is wearing white with “BL” on the boots and the evil one is wearing black with “LE” on the boots. I’m still not into the feud but they did a reasonable job with it. The 4v4 got money thrown in but I wasn’t nearly as high on it; the Russian dude almost landed on his head on a bad spot with Tirano, and that wasn’t the only mishap. Match went way long for my tastes. The announcers said Marishka was a one year vet, but she came across better than that. She and Sussy worked better as opponents than most of the people they’ve brought in. (There was also a slight chat about a Big Lucha Women’s championship.) The opener was hit and miss, but they hit on their biggest spot.

The big Big Lucha spots of the weekend took place over the West Coast Pro Wrestling show on Sunday. Viajero teamed with Aramis & Lee Moriarty against Hallowicked, Jigsaw and Matt Makowski in a bit disappointing match. Not the fault of the work. Aramis hit his finish on Jigsaw, and the referee counted three when he was supposed to notice a pin break up. It felt like it ended well too soon (and Jigsaw’s reaction made it clear it was a mess up.) Cometa Maya, Radioactivo and Oni el Bendito met in a bonus unadvertised match. They all came off super nervous, affecting their performance, but they still pulled off enough crazy stuff that those fans hadn’t seen before that it made a strong positive impression. Oni, if he sets his mind to it, could be a Taurus/Mortos like figure and the finish of the match was put together to make him come off that way.

IWRG

IWRG (SUN) 04/14/2024 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Águila Oriental & Drakula Ng b Bumbu & Sacro
2) Diosa Quetzal & Lolita b Danessa & Shamila
3) Águila Roja, Puma de Oro, Rey Halcón Jr. b Fussion, Príncipe Centauro, Sky Man
4) Cerebro Negro & Cerebro Negro Jr. © b Multifacético & Tornado [IWRG IC TAG]
fifth defense. Cerebros were seconded by new micro mascot Neurona.
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Noisy Boy, Spider Fly b Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Látigo, Toxin
an Aguila Roja distraction helped the Mexaboys win.
6) Axel, Hell Boy, Máscara Sagrada DQ Gannicus, Ivan Rokov, Vangellys
Vangellys foul led to the DQ. Gannicus and Sagitarius have joined Rokov & Vangellys’ Mafia Rusa

I got nothing here. The photos show a lot of Latigo/Toxin versus Mexaboys stuff, which sounds promising. I did watch the Thursday Arez/Latigo vs Mexaboys match, which was promising but weird because of the impromptu tag match. The best use of the Mala Fama guys for promotions like IWRG (and Big Lucha if they’re reading) is to work with their younger promising guys and help them pick up a few things. It may or not Mala Fama’s own best use of time, but use them way if you can get them.

Other News

There was a shooting prior to a lucha libre show in Tijuana on Sunday. Zeta has the best story I’ve read on this. Mikhael Lucha Libre had their first show scheduled (or at least I’m sure it’s the first under that name.) The show was scheduled for a 5 pm start at Unidad Deportivo Benito Juarez. Zeta says the ring was still being set up at 4:37 pm; it’s a Mexican wrestling show so they were probably running late, but seems likely they may have been letting fans into the building. Two men also came into the building, one wearing a gold luchador mask. That masked man shot three people: promoter Jesus Martinez Lopez and ticket sellers Martin Hurtado Avaloz and Enrique Martinez Lopez. Jesus & Martin are said to be in stable condition, Enrique is in grave condition. Police apprehended two suspects and the weapon in the case. The show was canceled. There’s no word about the motive.

In an interview with Un Round Mas, Hijo del Santo said he never put his mask up against Perro Aguayo, Villano III or Fishman because he was scared those guys would beat him.

Slam Wrestling has a piece on Negro Casas going into the Cauliflower Alley Club Hall of Fame.

Shocker’s wife says he’s gone into rehab. Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, who runs a couple of rehab clinics after his own battles with drug addiction, offered tot take Shocker after his latest arrest went viral. Shocker was booked a lot this past weekend; Pirata Morgan took his place.

Peter Avalon hasn’t been on an AEW TV show, but he popped up on Being the Dark Order this week training in Mexico. He ended up in La Bestia del Ring’s class at the Valhalla Center, and did bits with Bestia and Rush. I don’t know if this is just an internet thing, but it’s the first time Rush has shown up on anything AEW related for a while. If you want to overthink this, maybe this is a set up for Avalon to be in Jose’s spot.

A profile of Cordoba’s Pequeno Dragon.

And one of Oaxaca’s Rasputin.

CMLL Universal, CMLL/MLW, Latin Lover AAA creative head?

CMLL

Tonight’s show

CMLL (FRI) 04/12/2024 Arena México
1) Legendario vs Forneo [lightning]
2) Blue Panther Jr., Dark Panther, El Hijo De Blue Panther vs Hijo de Stuka Jr., Hijo del Villano III, Villano III Jr.
3) Flip Gordon vs Euforia [lightning]
4) Gran Guerrero vs AvernoTemplarioTitánStigmaBárbaro CavernarioTerribleDragón Rojo Jr.Ángel de OroNiebla Roja [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
CMLL champions block.
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Octagón vs Hechicero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

I’m never looking forward to an Octagon main event. It will make Dorada look even springier. Magnus was a semi-surprise last week to advance last week. Averno, getting into this tournament at the last moment by beating Barbaro Cavernario for the CMLL Light Heavyweight championship, would fit the same; it could end up Mistico versus two rivals. Cavernario, Titan and Templario are the most pushed on paper. Any of the first three matches could really pop.

I won’t be following this one live, hope to catch up on Saturday.

CMLL luchadors (Guerrero Maya, Neon, Cirxus, Retro, Reina Isis and KeMalito) are at the Acapulco Tianguis Turistico tourism expo, as part of promoting TuriLuchas. There’s been a CMLL presence there for the last few years.  That expo goes through today, so KeMalito may not an Arena Mexico appearance tonight.

CMLL (MON) 04/15/2024 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Fénix SO & Sombra Diabólika
2) Meyer vs Prayer [lightning]
3) Diamond, Fuego, Robin vs El Malayo, Rey Apocalipsis, Siky Ozama
4) Arkalis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Multy vs Difunto, Raider, Vegas [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Ángel de Oro vs Hechicero [lightning]
6) Esfinge, Máscara Dorada, Místico vs Stuka Jr., Templario, Último Guerrero

A normal Monday night.

CMLL (TUE) 04/16/2024 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo & Minotauro vs Shezmu & Temerario
2) Leo, Omar Brunetti, Vaquero Jr. vs Canalla, Demonio Maya, Principe Daniel
3) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs Ángel Rebelde, Halcón Negro Jr., Trono
4) Hatanna, Lluvia, Tabata vs Adira, Dark Silueta, Dulce Kitty
5) Brillante Jr. & Star Black vs Bestia Negra & El Gallero
6) Atlantis Jr., Máscara Dorada, Místico vs Averno, Euforia, Mephisto

Less CMLL CDMX wrestlers than usual. Hatanna and Tabata are still tag champs, but Tabata hasn’t been here since becoming Tabata.

CMLL announced Wednesday that Saturday Arena Coliseo shows will now air live for Fan Leyenda/35 USD members. CMLL’s previously been posting two matches from those shows the following Thursdays for fans on that level. Last week’s live broadcast may have been a test run. CMLL also may have decided it’s simply easier to stream the show live than to upload parts of it a few days later.

CMLL is running six shows a week currently: the 3 Arena Mexico shows, and 1 each in Arena Coliseo, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara and Arena Puebla. All of those shows are being taped for TV. Four of them are now airing on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

(I’m not sure what I’m going to do for coverage. Three weekly streams was definitely too much before; I’m already running thin without adding another show. Arena Coliseo, AAA and Big Lucha will overlap on their current schedules.)

CMLL Informa’s other big announcements were around the Kid’s Day shows. As previously mentioned, CMLL is running special events on both 04/28 (Sunday) and 04/30 (Tuesday, the traditional Kid’s Day date.) They encouraged children to dress up like Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Mascara Dorada, Mistico, Templario and Titan on Sunday; the best dressed of each will get to come back on Tuesday to walk their wrestler to the ring. The first 10 kids will also get to hang around with last year’s Kid’s Day Championship winner Volcano. This year’s championship will be decided on 04/28, with the same general idea as last year. Fans can vote on CMLL for their pick of wrestlers from six different themes, the six winners will have an elimination match on 04/28, and the winner is this year’s champion. The groups:

  • Espectacular/Spectacular: Max Star, Neon, Futuro, Brillante
  • Aterrador/Scary: Difunto, Coyote, Akuma, Kraneo
  • Rudo: Espanto, Raider, Magnus, Zandokan
  • Fuerte/Strong: Blue Panther Jr., Diamond, Crixus, Astral
  • Tecnico: Guerrero Maya, Robin, Virus, Rugido
  • Original: Rey Samuray, Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Esfinge

CMLL updated Futuro’s status: he’s home and resting after getting knocked out on Tuesday. He will be out at least a week. Capitan Futuro will replace him on Sunday’s show.

CMLL Informa itself will be moving to an 8 pm start time starting next week. It’s been at 4 pm previously. No reason was given for the change. (This may slightly affect how I’ll handle news posts.)

It had been bugging me for days that CMLL hadn’t put up Homenaje a Dos Leyendas for their 9/25 tier; that’s what supposed to happen after it airs on TV for Friday shows. Chat messages during CMLL Informa explained no, that’s not that is happening: any show that steams live on the 35/Fan Leyenda tier will only ever be available on that level. They will never go up on the other levels, they will never accessible outside of that 35 USD tier. (Until this policy changes, as it all polices do.) H2L was the first Friday show to go up on that tier; there may not be another until FantasticaMania.

Magnus, hyping a potential CMLL Universal final, claimed that Mistico’s father didn’t even want him and that’s why he left him with Fray Tormenta to raise. He also joked that everyone claims he’s getting ahead because he’s Tony Salazar son, and so now he’s angry with Tony Salazar – why did he take 15 years to help him? In reality, Magnus says he was an aimless unmotivated wrestler until the birthday of his daughter and getting into religion and credits Volador Jr. for getting behind him.

At one point, Fuerza Guerrera said he wanted to retire on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2024. That timeline has changed many times, and he’s since he has no plans to retire because he felt he would die if he retire (and/or he was getting more well paying work and didn’t want to retire.) Still, enough fans apparently asked him why CMLL didn’t book him on H2L anyway for Fuerza Guerrera to talk about in a video; he says he had operation and isn’t ready to wrestle, but plans to come back.

MLW announced Barbaro Cavernario versus Mistico for the MLW Middleweight Championship on their 05/11 show in Cicero, Illinois. The Big Idea is heel lucha libre managers Cesar Duran (Dario Cueto) and Salina de la Renta pitting members of their teams against each other to battle for a mysterious key. That probably means more CMLL versus CMLL matches.

Other wrestlers announced:

  • Magnus
  • Fuego
  • Atlantis
  • Atlantis Jr.
  • Villano III Jr.
  • Virus
  • Ultimo Guerrero
  • Guerrero Maya Jr.
  • Star Jr.
  • Felino
  • Averno
  • Okumura

This is a show definitely affected by the visa issues for some CMLL wrestlers. MLW is likely relying on who in CMLL has a visa rather than getting them themselves. No idea of matches yet. Tickets are as low as $10 for this show, and I expect it’ll be a full house.

Thursday, AEW announced their 2024 calendar of PPV events. Including in those dates is AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door show on June 30th. Last year, Forbidden Door took place on June 25th. CMLL/NJPW ran FantasticaMania Mexico on June 30th, taking advantage of NJPW people already being in the North America. July 5th is the likely FantasticaMania Mexico date this year if we assume they’ll follow the same pattern, though maybe you should just expect “somewhere around that time period.

(That Forbidden Door show is hyped as NJPW/AEW. It is safe to assume CMLL people will be in it. The slight difference is NJPW seems to be part of promoting that show, while CMLL is likely just sending wrestlers.)

DMCAs, Twitch and the Google Drive

Thursday, I got a DMCA strike on Twitch for my most recent stream from CMLL. I’ve been streaming the CMLL Sunday matches. My mistake – besides blatant and obvious copyright violations – is leaving the VOD up to get a takedown notice. Twitch lets you clear a strike if you go through a training seminar, which took about three minutes.

A few hours later (but by the time I was asleep), CMLL also went to the Google Drive and filed takedown notices on the six Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match videos. On Google Drive, that means the videos are permanently changed to user only, and can’t be shared with the public. I saw the DMCA notifications when I woke up, and decided to lock the Google Drive.

That’s where everything is now. I don’t know if this extends to all CMLL content; they’ve given out strikes to people on YouTube this week, but CMLL also seems to have a secret “if it’s under two minutes it’s fine” policy and plenty of other YouTube content remains. I don’t know if it’s strictly a H2L issue, since the other videos weren’t touched. Maybe they would’ve if I just left it up, I didn’t want to find out. I don’t know if this affects GIFs or short videos on other platforms, though I’d guess they’re fine. CMLL could explain what they’re thinking here, but they never do. They have no requirement to do so.

I don’t know what my next step is. There are always options to keep putting CMLL matches out there when and how I’d like. The cat and mouse game has gotten tiring. I was bummed when the YouTube channel got nuked, but I felt like figuring something else out a few days later. Thursday, I exhausted with everything. I’m putting a lot hours in things will inevitably fail. Building a sand castle on the beach is fun for a bit and then dumb later; that tide’s coming in no matter what. Today I feel a little better about it, but I’m also trying to just leave it be for a few days. (If you’ve hit the “request access” button, it’s filtering to a folder I won’t check for a while.)

I appreciate everyone who reached out and said nice things about the Drive and other stuff I’ve done.

AAA

Latin Lover, in Mexico City for the premiere of theatre production Roomix Thursday, talked to YouTube channel La Tijera on the red carpet. In the midst of talking about his different jobs and his podcast, Latin mentions he went out to dinner with Dorian Roldan Wednesday night and they agreed for him to be the creative director for AAA starting with TripleMania Monterrey. That is Konnan’s job with AAA, so this is huge (if true.) I have no idea what that means for Konnan’s status with AAA. Latin could just be contributing ideas and Konnan’s still the main person handling the day to day, or it could mean much more. Latin talked about it for about ten seconds, who knows. Half the people in the comments assume it’s just some angle, which is unlikely given the context but still reasonable given it’s AAA. We’ll no doubt here more about this soon if this is the big change some people want it to be, so further discussion can be saved until then.

Konnan usually is part of the AAA/EMW shows in Tijuana, and there’s one tonight. Hijo del Vikingo is also supposed to appear on that show, his first post-surgery appearance. Since most AAA info seems to come on media interviews, it’s possible we may learn Vikingo’s estimated return date.

That EMW show probably will include some follow up to AAA wrestlers showing up on The Crash’s last show in that city. I didn’t really think about it enough then, but the reason why Dorian Roldan was the AAA rep for that and not Konnan may be because Konnan & The Crash management aren’t yet on good terms; Konnan will take the very occasional shot at “Nacho de la O” on his podcast. It may have been easier on everyone just to have Roldan as the rep.

AAA this week starts the Mexico City taping. This will also be the first time any match for next week’s TripleMania gets mentioned on screen. No knowing which matches will air.

In a recent TripleMania media interview Faby Apache, when asked about Dalys’ comment about one day main eventing an AAA show, says she would love to see it. She also says she doesn’t think it’ll happen any time soon, because there are no women with discipline or wrestling level to be in that kind of match. They’re trying, but they’re not trying hard enough. Faby always says that kind of thing about all other women’s wrestlers but it just stuck me as funny this time.

Octagon Jr.‘s big goal is to be double champion – hold both the Latin American championship and the Cruiserweight championship. Komander is the current Cruiserweight champion has not defended the title in an AAA ring since winning it last September, and no longer is mentioned as champion on AEW TV. He has nothing but generic things to stay about his TripleMania match.

IWRG

IWRG (THU) 04/11/2024 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Puma de Oro b Shamila IWRG EN VIVO | THURSDAY NIGHT WRESTLING | REVANCHA SÚPER LIBRE SIN REFEREE PIRATAS VS PUERCOS (posted by IWRG tv)
Random match
2) Jessy Ventura b Pig Decapitador IWRG EN VIVO | THURSDAY NIGHT WRESTLING | REVANCHA SÚPER LIBRE SIN REFEREE PIRATAS VS PUERCOS (posted by IWRG tv)
Random match
3) Arez & Látigo b Noisy Boy & Spider Fly IWRG EN VIVO | THURSDAY NIGHT WRESTLING | REVANCHA SÚPER LIBRE SIN REFEREE PIRATAS VS PUERCOS (posted by IWRG tv)
Random match. Started as Arez vs Noisy but both partners got involved and it was switched to a tag.
4) Vangellys b Hell BoyHijo de Canis Lupus IWRG EN VIVO | THURSDAY NIGHT WRESTLING | REVANCHA SÚPER LIBRE SIN REFEREE PIRATAS VS PUERCOS (posted by IWRG tv)
Vangellys won via foul
5) Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. DRAW Pig Destroyer, Pig Destructor, Pig Pool [super libreIWRG EN VIVO | THURSDAY NIGHT WRESTLING | REVANCHA SÚPER LIBRE SIN REFEREE PIRATAS VS PUERCOS (posted by IWRG tv)
challenges followed

The idea of these random matches is the participants not selected until a random name picker plays on the screen. Prior to match 3, IWRG put the Mala Fama logo on the screen for a brief second and then the random name picker just happened to choose Arez. I think wrestling may not be on the level.

(That match is on the list of stuff to watch later.)

IWRG (SUN) 04/14/2024 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bumbu & Sacro vs Águila Oriental & Drakula Ng
2) Candy Swing & Shamila vs Danessa & Diosa Quetzal
3) Fussion, Golden Power, Sky Man vs Águila Roja, Rey Aztaroth, Rey Halcón
4) Multifacético & Tornado vs Cerebro Negro & Cerebro Negro Jr. © [IWRG IC TAG]
fifth defense
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Noisy Boy, Spider Fly vs Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Látigo, Toxin
6) Axel, Hell Boy, Máscara Sagrada vs Gannicus, Ivan Rokov, Vangellys

Axel’s also in Naucalpan for an expo this weekend.

IWRG’s Golfo de Guerra will take place on 04/21. This is another two stage cage match, where the loser of each cage match wrestle each other in a mask match. Hijo de Canis Lupus will also defend the RGR Heavyweight Championship on the show.

Big Lucha

Big Lucha World (SAT) 04/13/2024 Arena Big Lucha, Iztapalapa, Distrito Federal
1) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
2) Reiyel & Zenky vs Depaysman & La Bomba
3) Marishka & Ryu Orochi vs Helios & Sussy Love
4) Caballero de Plata, El Potro de Oro, Mr. Win, Tirano vs Auzter, Black Skayde, Bogdan Klimov, Brujo
5) Elipse, Iku, Vengador vs ?, Big Tao Tao, Cósmico
6) Flamita vs Argenis
7) Hijo del Pirata Morgan vs Jack Evans

Pirata/Jack could be interesting but I’m not sure where the title story is going (if it’s going.) Argenis hasn’t been here in a while (and I guess that confirms the Big Lucha/CMLL thing is dead dead.)

Flamita is listed as wrestling on a pair of Dragon Gate shows in Hong Kong on May 18th and 19th. Big Lucha’s logo is also on the poster. Flamita and Big Lucha had been working with GLEAT, which is very much an opposition promotion to Dragon Gate. Flamita hasn’t worked in Dragon Gate since 2019. This may be a Hong Kong deal instead of a Dragon Gate one; this is a group Ricky Marvin works with, Marvin’s now a part of Big Lucha and maybe Flamita’s heading over to Hong Kong for a spell.

Field Trip: NJPW Press Conference

Thursday, I took in the NJPW Windy City Riot press conference in Des Plaines, Illinois. I though it’d be interesting to go see something like that once. It turned out I was correct, in that once is all I really needed. It was simply wrestlers cutting promos (and/or throwing a chair and threating to shoot someone in the head) in front of an audience that would cheer.

The press conference took place in what was essentially two conference rooms with a divider removed; it was packed but it was also very small, so many fifty people hanging out. Almost all the people were actually there for the paid meet and greet. (The press conference wasn’t really a press event – no questions, no interviews – but it was free so I feel I got my money’s worth.) I had wondered if it would be more AEW fans or NJPW ones, and it was a bit of a mix – or at least a group who were into the names from both promotions. Gabe Kidd took Eddie Kingston from zero to attempted murder very quickly, Nic Nemeth seemed eager to prove himself against a different style opponent than he ever has faced, and Tetsuya Naito was both respectful of Jon Moxley’s abilities while still resolutely trolling him in the photo op.

I’m heading to this show tonight. I feel more like I should go – it’s a big NJPW show in driving distance, CMLL’s Stephanie Vaquer having a match so that seems important, they might actually change the big title in the main event – than excited for the show. I think that main event will be an event, I’m just not there with the rest of the show.

Other News

Actress Lorena Velazquez (86) passed away Thursday. The role that comes up most first in her obits is “Santo Contra Los Zombies“; she was the female lead in the first El Santo movie. El Hijo del Santo sent out condolences on Twitter.

Lucha Memes has Hechicero versus Aeroboy on 04/21, which sounds great.

ELITE announced tickets for their 04/21 show would have a 2×1 deal on Thursday. Tickets haven’t moved much at all since they went on sale. The seat map on Thursday lists a bunch of empty seats, but that central section and the ringside area were never put on sale. They’ve moved maybe a couple hundred; far less than this same lineup would’ve done in a place like Arena Lopez Mateos or Arena Naucalpan. As much as Elite gets treated like a big deal, the brand name hasn’t moved tickets Going to a 2×1 ticket sale suggest ELITE really needs to move some tickets now or else, and I don’t know what “or else” is going to be.

TNA is coming back to Cicero on June 14th and June 15th. So that’s a month after the MLW show in the same building, where MLW is selling tickets at unusually discounted prices. TNA’s press release hypes it around Mustafa Ali; there’s no mention of (promotional partner?) AAA or even Laredo Kid. TNA threw out a token trios match featuring Mexican wrestlers last time out to draw in latino fans and surely will do at least as much again; match announcements will be made in “late May.”

El Sol del Cordoba has an interview with local luchadora Libna Maciel.

CMLL early week results, AAA/Space/TripleMania

CMLL

CMLL (MON) 04/08/2024 Arena Puebla [CMLL, El Sol del Puebla]
1) Dreyko & King Jaguar b Amnesia & Astro Facebook video (posted by )
2) Espíritu Maligno & Multy b Asturiano & Rayo Metálico
3) Arkalis, Novato, Pegasso, Rey Samuray, Xelhua b Fuego, Raider, Robin, Valiente Jr., Vegas [Reyes del Aire Puebla] Facebook video (posted by )
Arkalis beat Vegas to win it (for the home team)
4) Magnus, Rugido, Volador Jr. b Flip Gordon, Gran Guerrero, Stigma [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Hechicero, Soberano Jr., Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro, Máscara Dorada, Místico [Relevos IncreíblesFacebook video (posted by )

CMLL’s Puebla highlights included the normal TV graphics, which obviously they’re not doing just for Twitter clips. The show is airing somewhere, and neither CMLL nor the TV network (content outlet?) has promoted it yet. Only in Mexico.

(lucha) things that are currently slowly driving me mad

  • this Puebla TV situation
  • MLW promoting CMLL wrestlers while making it accidently clear they don’t know who these guys are
  • any and all talk about the AEW event called “Forbidden Door”

Another strong turnout for a Puebla show, and they’re now far past holidays.

CMLL (TUE) 04/09/2024 Arena México [CMLL, thecubfsan]
1) Astro Boy Jr. & Rayo Metálico b Emperador Jr. & Platino Kid
6:34.
2) Micro Gemelo Diablo I & Micro Gemelo Diablo II b Micro Dito & Periquito Sacaryas
7:20. Straight falls. Gemelos have won their last 14 CMLL matches.
3) Dark Silueta, Persephone, Tessa Blanchard b Lluvia, Skadi, Tabata
14:45.
4) Brillante Jr., Futuro, Max Star b Crixus, Difunto, Vegas
15:30
5) Titán b Stuka Jr. [lightning]
6:34.
6) Esfinge, Místico, Neón b Magia Blanca, Magnus, Rugido
14:01. Rugido beat Neon with a mask pull (and some help from KeMalito), but Mistico submitted Magnus to win. Neon demanded a match with Rugido next week and ended up with his mask pulled off again.

The top 3 were all fun and all could’ve been better on another day. Titan/Stuka was the biggest disappointment of the three; they were in and other of there quick.

Futuro went for the big flying headscissos to the floor on Vegas but a) Vegas is good but not that good and b) it’s a Tuesday, man, maybe don’t risk your life. Futuro ended up knocked out and was stretchered away, but reported on Instagram that he was doing better.

(ROH aside no one cares about: it was really hard to take the Billie Starkz injury angle on that show seriously when I’m so used to seeing CMLL shows with people who are even slightly hurt strapped into eight ways to a backboard with six people on them. It is doing the fake MMA spots when you’re used to seeing MMA, in a fashion.)

CMLL (TUE) 04/09/2024 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL] Attendance: 0
1) Eclipse Jr., Rav, Temerario b Avispón Negro Jr., Obek, Último Ángel CMLL EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA COLISEO GDL: MARTES DE GLAMOUR / 9 DE ABRIL 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Adira, Dulce Kitty, Náutica b Estrella Maldita, Sexy Sol, Valkiria CMLL EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA COLISEO GDL: MARTES DE GLAMOUR / 9 DE ABRIL 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Adrenalina, Explosivo, Fantástico b El Malayo, Rey Apocalipsis, Siky Ozama CMLL EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA COLISEO GDL: MARTES DE GLAMOUR / 9 DE ABRIL 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Disturbio & Virus b Akuma & Dulce Gardenia [Relevos IncreíblesCMLL EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA COLISEO GDL: MARTES DE GLAMOUR / 9 DE ABRIL 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus won with a foul on Dulce, who wasn’t much helped by his partner.
5) Hijo del Villano III & Villano III Jr. b Furia Roja & Guerrero de la Muerte CMLL EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA COLISEO GDL: MARTES DE GLAMOUR / 9 DE ABRIL 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Flip Gordon, Máscara Dorada, Star Jr. b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Templario CMLL EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA COLISEO GDL: MARTES DE GLAMOUR / 9 DE ABRIL 2024 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guadalajara was back to being free – but it was on the CMLL channel, and they split it up so only the first three matches aired on Facebook. The Facebook free matches is something you already have to be watching to know it exists, CMLL doesn’t promote it much. But right now the deal is:

  • Tuesday Arena Mexico: first two matches air for free on CMLL’s Facebook
  • Tuesday Arena Coliseo Guadalajara: first three matches air for free on CMLL’s Facebook
  • Friday Arena Mexico: first (1) match airs for free on CMLL’s Facebook

Today’s CMLL Informa has

  • CMLL champions (Stigma, Titan, Templario, Averno, Gran Guerrero, Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Barbaro Caveranrio, Terrible, Dragon Rojo) talking about the Universal tournament
  • Magnus talking about winning last week’s block
  • Volcano talking the Kid’s Day tournament?
  • Los Villanos talking winning the Arena Coliseo Tag Titles

CMLL (SAT) 04/13/2024 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Full Metal & Pequeño Polvora
2) Diamond, Leono, Valiente Jr. vs Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte II, Enfermero Jr.
3) Arkalis, Pegasso, Rey Samuray vs Cancerbero, Luciferno, Okumura
4) El Audaz, Hombre Bala Jr., Panterita del Ring vs Felino, Felino Jr., Rey Bucanero
5) Valiente vs Hechicero [lightning]
6) Esfinge, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Euforia, Mephisto

Match 2 is the first appearance of Dr. Karonte II since January (if he appears.) I’m not dying for any two matches here but the lightning match would be nice.

CMLL (SUN) 04/14/2024 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Leono, Novato, Robin vs Inquisidor, Nitro, Sangre Imperial
3) Futuro, Legendario, Volcano vs Alom, Infarto, Kráneo
4) Dulce Gardenia, Espíritu Negro, Rey Cometa vs El Coyote, Pólvora, Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Mephisto vs Gran Guerrero, Star Black, Stuka Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Flip Gordon, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible

The Torneo Escuelas guys are more mixed in with the regular crew on this show. Not a lot going on though.

Box y Lucha 3598 of course has Blue Panther and Bryan Danielson on the cover.

AAA

As always, Space will be airing half of (04/27) TripleMania Monterrey live. The press release mentions the US/Mexico, Vampiro and Alberto/Nemeth match as airing. It’s always at least those matches, and maybe more depending on timing. Their start time is 8:45 pm. AAA lists a start time of 7 pm. Three matches in the first 105 minutes is normally plenty, but one of those matches is the forever bloated Copa TripleMania and there will likely be ceremonies and talking segments.

House of Glory announced Psycho Clown challenging Mike Santana for the HOG Heavyweight Championship on 05/05 show. (Mike Santana is Santana formerly of LAX if you haven’t kept track of the name change.)

El Fiscal, Black Andromeda, and Noisy Boy all show up on an AAA spot show in Villahermosa on 05/19. It may be AAA’s running more shows that day so they’re reaching out to people who don’t normally work AAA shows, but those did stand out to me. Black Andromeda’s disappeared from Mexico since December; maybe that’s a visa renewal issue? El Fiscal is Abismo Negro’s son who was working Luchatitlan who’s hinting he could show up in AAA at an time. That’s also been the status for Karis La Momia Jr. (La Parka’s son) for 4.5 years; they could show up in TripleMania at point, or they could continue working spot shows indefinitely.

IWRG

IWRG (THU) 04/11/2024 Arena Naucalpan
1) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
2) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
3) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
4) Vangellys vs Hell Boy vs Hijo de Canis Lupus
5) Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Pig Destroyer, Pig Destructor, Pig Pool [super libre]

The first three matches are all random matches. Match 4 might advance whatever story they’re telling with those three guys and DMT Azul.

Other News

Dragon Bane mentioned he suffered a nose fracture (in 4 places) and he’ll be out a couple of weeks.

The Crazzy Steve vs Laredo Kid match for TNA’s Digital Media Championship airs this Thursday.

Kinda accidentally discovered a missing title change this week. Guadalajara’s Eclipse defeated Flash I for the Mexican National Lightweight championships in the mid 90s in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara; I’m guessing 1994-12-18 but that’s a guess.

The backstory is Voices of Wrestling’s Discord was discussing a Flash/Eclipse mask match because of the real life eclipse, and Joe Lanza asked me to help figure out some details. On the luchawiki, we have a story about Eclipse beating Flash (Sr.) for his mask via martinete and Flash I unmasking Eclipse a week later. That seems like fiction after watching that match. It’s a Flash I/Eclipse mask match and the announcers repeatedly mention it was set up by Eclipse beating Flash I for the Mexican National Lightweight championship the previous week. We have a photo dated “1994” of Eclipse unmasking on the luchawiki, and there are Christmas ads during their show, so my guess is that mask match happened on Christmas and the title change on the Sunday before.

There’s other details in there where what have doesn’t fit with what we have; they mention his brother Flash II having a mask loss to a Septiembre Negro Jr.. It generally feels like we have two generations of a Flash family but three may have exists; the person we have as “Flash I” is listed as starting in 1998, but his title win is in 1991. I don’t really know how to untangle it.

(The luchawiki title histories are badly need in updating for modern stuff; we’ve got lessp people working on the ever and I haven’t done much myself. If you’re using that portion for research, you’re better of using normal wikipedia right now.)

I’ve been enjoying Facebook page Box y Lucha Norte; there’s a mix of historical stuff in there with coverage of Monterrey indies. A recent series of posts are handwritten notes on the April 8, 1984 Arena Coliseo Monterrey show; to be clear, they’re the actual notes he took on that show back fourty years ago. That turns out to be the first show in that venue in three years (there’s a mention in the modern introduction of a strike, not clear who was on strike.) The 1984 notes say there was a rumor of Arena Coliseo Monterrey being torn down for a supermarket or a hotel during that hiatus. It did finally get torn down this year, but I wonder how many times was it supposedly close to being demolished over the years before it finally was.

A generic build up interview for the ELITE show mentions the Brazos and Negociantes will have an apuesta match on 05/02.

Tijuana luchadora Lady Lee is opening a wrestling school. The article notes Lady Lee was a commissioner her – billed as the first female one as the time – but left in 2021 due to “personal issues.”

Lucha Va Voom is running in Las Vegas on 05/19 and 05/20. Pagano, Extreme Tiger and Taya are the big names in addition to the usual crew.

Shocker did media rounds claiming he wasn’t on drugs or drunk at the time of his latest arrest; he’d been off them for a day and a half. He’s booked this weekend, though he’s talking vaguely about going to rehab again.