great match roundup, week of 2017-01-07

triple dive

Recap

A slow week where I still didn’t accomplish anything much and neither did anyone on a lucha libre show. It’s been so long since we’ve had AAA that I forgot it’s the first one for next week.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
good Matanza Cueto vs Dragón Azteca Jr. [death] Matanza vs El Dragon Azteca Jr Lucha Underground Mid-Season Finale (posted by El Rey Network) Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-05-07
good Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
good Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning matchGuerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Fantasy & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño OlímpicoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Grako LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Forastero, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Texano vs Joey Ryan Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-04-23
ok La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
below average Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
below average Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito  (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
not rated Cage vs Veneno (Lu) Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-04-23

como estaz 4×10: Enero

Rob and I back to talk about lucha libre things going on right now. We’re both excited for FantasticaMania, I force Rob to talk about Guerra de Titanes, he tries to get me to make an actual decision about WrestleMania plans, I complain too much about Lucha Underground and indies promotion as well. The podcast is about 90 minutes, which is not something we’re purposefully aiming for but works out nicely.

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CMLL Tuesday results, AAA hair match, Volador to ROH, RIOT

Rey Cometa

CMLL (TUE) 01/17/2017 Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Nitro b Magia Blanca, Robin, Sensei LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sagrado, Tiger, Virus b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Puma [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won with a code red in over 7 minutes.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Vangellys b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
6) La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker b Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Pierroth got in a foul on Blue Panther and La Mascara unmasked Diamante Azul.

The only thing I’ve seen from this so far is Cometa/Puma, which was a good seven minute sprint that you wish went fifteen. The rest of the card sounds like it went to form.  Nothing that happened in the main event is going anywhere because the Ingobernables are off next week.

In Guadalajara, Dragon Rojo defeated Angel de Oro to keep the CMLL middleweight championship.

In Arena Aficion, La Hechicera lost her hair in the four way match with Super Fly, Joe Lider and Big Mami. They did announce Daga would lose his hair instead of Joe Lider if Lider lost, since Lider just lost his hair two weeks ago in Neza. However, much like Lider’s hair loss in Neza, there’s no photos of Hechicera bald. There’s a shot of someone using scissors on a part of her hair backstage, but no sign she lived up to the stipulation. People pointing out the Lider situation eventually caused him to shave his head, and maybe that’ll happen again here, but ou’re a sucker if you believe an apuesta bet on AAA show.

ROH announced Volador Jr.  would be on their 04/01 show, with Dragon Lee. n

Panama’s LXN promotion announced Rey Mysterio Jr., Negro Casas, Caristico and Dalys for their 03/18 show.

Wrestling streaming service FloSlam put up a press release, noting they’re missing lucha libre programming on their network and announced they were adding Pro Wrestling Revolution out of northern California and Lucha Future out of the UK. PWR has been running iPPVs on FiteTV, usually with a couple big lucha names (Caristico’s their current champion) and locals. Lucha Forever is using a lot of familiar (and talented) wrestlers from the UK scene, some who trained at the lucha school in London, but not anyone who would be considered primarily a luchador and appear to be running a normal indie card. (Lucha Forever swears their name will make sense when they run their first show.) Calling Lucha Forever something that fills a lucha libre gap is dumb: no one who looks at their lineup will believe that, it distracts from the actual good matches they’re promising, and it’s just generally patronizing. PWR is a good first step to having some lucha on the service.

The press release says it’s a multi-show deal, and it sounds like it’s only a deal for shows from this point forward. I’d be more interested if it included the back library too. PWR’s first show will be on 02/25 with Ultimo Dragon vs Vaquero Fantasma and Ultimo Panda vs Kikutaro.

What Culture Pro Wrestling announced they’re running a Pro Wrestling World Cup. Tournaments to qualify two wrestlers will be held in seven countries, including Mexico. There’s no indication of when this would happen or who would be involved, but the press release says each countries’ tournament will be held in that country, so they’d be planning on coming to Mexico City.

RIOT 03/04 in Arena LLF in Monterrey with “Show Me The Money”
1: Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans
2: Dulce Kanela vs Larry Miranda
3: Los Kamikazes del Aire (Aramis, Iron Boy, Alas de Acero) vs Los Mismos de Siempre (Kamikzae, Kratoz, Erik Ortiz) – that’s going to be a crazy match

Fly Warrior is in the US for a couple months, based out of New Jersey.

Fenix, Psycho Clown and Magno are wrestling in New York on 02/18. Psycho Clown is a rare AAA luchador getting US bookings solely off his AAA work and not Lucha Underground.

Billionaire Carlos Slim yesterday announced a plan to launch new TV channel “Nuestra Vision” in the US in 2017. They’re planning on being Mexico focused and using programming from channels like ClaroSports. ClaroSports airs CMLL, but others (LATV) may already have the rights to those shows in the US.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and the return of Kurt Brown to the podcast.

CultIcon has a preview of Guerra de Titanes.

Hijo del Fantasma challenges Garza Jr. to do something, anything new in their title match on Friday. This is a strong Fantasma promo. I think I actually care about both the title matches at Guerra de Titanes, if only that I’d be upset if they went the wrong way.

Pentagon Jr. tells Taya to stay out of the title match on Friday.

Aerostar is holding a poll to decide if he should leave the cage on Friday, or stay in and try to get an apuesta match with Super Fly. I think he’s staying.

Arena Mexico is among the places you should know in a tour of Doctors neighborhood of Mexico City.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 01/22/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cadilac vs Keshin Black
2) Omega vs Adrenalina
3) Freelance vs Aramis, Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Black Dragón
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Killer Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, X-Fly
5) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr.
6) Golden Magic & Mr. Electro vs Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr.
7) Imposible vs Relámpago [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Listed as without referee. 5th defense for Impossible.

Main event gets back to where they were two weeks ago, though I’m not sure how the match will finish without referee. (There probably will be a referee.) A frustration with IWRG was building around the not-great heavyweights when they had Imposible, and they’ve actually done a lot with Imposible this month.

AYM has only been airing the top 4, so we may not get the five way match unless +Lucha posts it. (They should!)

CMLL (TUE) 01/24/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego vs Skándalo [lightning]
4) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Ripper, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

Of all the people flying back from Japan, it’s old man Atlantis and Stuka who have to work the first day back. (Or everyone else is stuck taking the shuttle to Guadalajara.) This card isn’t much better than the others, with a some matches which might be good but nothing that looks great and definitely some things that look bad. That minis opener is close to the worse one they can throw out there.

 

AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-14 

Recapped: 01/15/2016

What happened: Goya Kong returned, and later betrayed her brother Psycho Clown to side with the rudos. Aerostar & Drago kept the tag titles and united with Argenis to form a new unnamed group.

What was good: Nothing stuck out as something you should go out of your way to see, but nothing was truly terrible either. The opener was too short and the main event was too long, but it was a very normal AAA TV episode.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)

Caristico defeats Casas in Puebla, Tuesday preview

Caristico wins

CMLL (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destructor b Capitán Cobra
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Linterna & Mr. Brisa b Cosmos & El Alteño
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Javier Cruz Jr., Neutrón, Reycko b Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Gran Kenut
Tecnicos took 1/3, Neutron pinning Gran Kenut
4) Frezzer & Furia Roja b Joker & Sádico
Team Frezzer & Furia Roja (brothers) took 1/3, Frezzer pinning Joker win straight falls.
5) Explosivo, Flash II, Omar Brunetti b Mr. Trueno, Pitbull I, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Freezer gets that title match against Joker this Sunday.

CMLL (MON) 01/16/2017 Arena Puebla [+LuchaTV, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Fuerza Chicana & Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Astro pinned Pequeno Violencia
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Skándalo b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Rojo pinned Angel de Oro before their title match
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente b La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Carístico b Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Caristico took 2/3, the last when Negro tried La Mistica but Caristico won with la casita

Main event was better than the Tuesday Negro Casas match, though it didn’t rise to being a must see. The minis feud seems to have changed or it being dropped; Pequeno Violencia isn’t back next week.

If I caught it correctly, it sounds like CMLL will have an announcement on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on Informa this week. It seems early, but announcing a date or (more likely) a legend would make sense.

Today’s CMLL show is the better of the two Arena Mexico streamed show this week. The main event (Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs La Mascara, Pierroth, Shocker) doesn’t sound strong, but there’s good matches snuck in elsewhere on the card. Rey Cometa and Puma resume their rivalry in a lightning match, and the tercera has a promising Pegasso, Star and Stigma versus Sagrado, Tiger and Virus lightning match. There’s a lot of good luchadors there, plenty enough to have more exciting cards during FantasticaMania, but CMLL just hasn’t made any special attempt to focus them. The cards are not bad because of FantasticaMania, they’re bad because CMLL isn’t trying hard for good cards.

The rest of the show is the usual grab bag. Drone, Guerrero Maya and Johnny Idol take on Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Vangellys in the semimain, which should be fine. Magia Blanca, Robin and Sensei take on the angry old man squad of Nitro, Arkangel and Cancerbero. Acero & Aereo against Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro open the show. I really like the team of Mercurio & Nitro, but I expect just a lot of biting in a Tuesday opener.

The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Guadalajara has Dragon Rojo defending his middleweight title against Angel de Oro. Dragon Rojo does not have the look of someone who’s about to lose.

Ring of Honor announced Dragon Lee for their April 1st (WrestleMania weekend) show. Dragon Lee being part of big ROH shows is expected at this point. His match may be announced tomorrow. They’re also promising a first time CMLL star in ROH. I’d pick Cavernario if I was them.

Papagayo Adventure at Acapulco has Cavernario vs Valiente vs Flamita vs Jack Evans as a main event. Whoever’s booking those shows is booking a lot of indie dream matches.

There’s Facebook video of Ronnie Mendoza vs Zach Sabre Jr. from the Martinez show. The guy who usually posts the matches from that promotion uploaded the main event from that show.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

LigerFever has a recap of the latest Podcast Boom.

AAA posts Dorian Roldan’s interview from Revista Expansion, talks about 2016 being a good year.

Luchas 2000 #857 highlights the third or fourth more important match at Guerra de Titanes. But it has a cage!

A bio of Lady Sensation talking about her life as a luchadora.

A new indie promotion launched in Tehuacan, Pubela.

Veneno teaches the ref to dance. Kinda.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 01/23/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Zaeta Roja vs Hijo del Perverso, King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Acero, Aéreo, Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Diamante Azul vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys

This is probably the last card before the FM guys are back, depending on if they have them work on Tuesday. Tercera could be good. This is Esfinge’s first match outside of Guadalajara in six weeks.

“Perverso” is listed on the card, but in a story broken by Perverso Jr., it’s actually Puebla luchador Hijo del Perverso.  I’ve never seen him in action, and have no better idea why they’re going by Perverso than you. I don’t think it means about the same as it would in English.

new lucha videos for the weekend of January 13th, 2017

YouTube: Playlist

01/14 & 01/15 WWC: Cloud Drive

01/14 Elite: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2017-01-13
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-10-15 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer, Oro Jr., Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo
taped 2016-11-05 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Diamante Azul vs Terrible
taped 2016-10-15 @ Arena Coliseo
3) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-13 @ Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-14
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-12-17 @ Plaza de Toros Belisario Arteaga, Chilpancingo, Guerrero
1) Argenis, Lanzeloth, Niño Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava Jr., Dave The Clown, Soul Rocker
2) Aerostar & Drago © vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Daga & Joe Lider for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-01-14
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-02 @ Arena Puebla
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Disturbio, Sam Adonis, Skándalo
2) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
3) Volador Jr. © vs La Máscara for the NWA World Welterweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-16
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-15 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan Jr.
2) Mr. Electro © vs Pirata Morgan for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
3) Trauma I vs Herodes Jr.
4) Imposible © vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Relámpago for the mask and for the hair and for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship

IWRG, FantasticaMania in Nagoya, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL NJPW (MON) 01/16/2017 Nagoya International Conference Hall, Nagoya, Japan [NJPW, Puroresu Spirit]
Attendance: 1402
1) Gedo, Jado, Raziel b Henare, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask
8:40. Jado submitted Henare to a crossface.
2) David Finlay & Stuka Jr. b Ephesto & Okumura
4:21. Stuka defeated Okumura.
3) Bushi & Sanada b Ryusuke Taguchi & Soberano Jr.
9:33. Bushi beat Soberano with the MX. LIJ took the tecnico’s mask after the match.
4) EVIL & Naito b Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Don
7:38. Evil beat Blue Panther with Evil. Naito unmasked Mascara Don post match.
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Hechicero, Último Guerrero
12:18. Hechicero submitted Mistico to a rolling half crab.
6) Hiromu Takahashi & Rush b Atlantis & Titán
7:53. Rush Driver on Titan.
7) Dragón Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida b Bárbaro Cavernario, Okada, Will Ospreay
13:03. Dragon Lee powerbombed Cavernario

Dragon Lee getting the pin on Cavernario before Cavernario challenges for the title speaks to how highly NJPW sees Cavernario at this point. This is the final show pre-Korakuen Hall; they’re all off until Friday. Blue Panther Jr. says he’s hurt an elbow and a shoulder but is good to finish the tourTV Tokyo has a video story on CMLL.

IWRG (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Black Dragón b Omega
2) Demonio Infernal b Aramis
3) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Veneno b Hip Hop Man, Oficial AK47, X-Fly
4) Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Dragón Fly, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras
Hijo de Dos Caras actually showed up! He feuded with Herodes.
5) Mr. Electro © b Pirata Morgan [IWRG IC HEAVY]
first defense. Usual blah blah after the match
6) Trauma I b Herodes Jr.
Mascara didn’t get back from Jalisco in time, so Herodes Jr. worked in his place and lost.
7) Apolo Estrada Jr. L Imposible ©, Relámpago [mask, hair, IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Apolo lost his hair to Imposible in his first match here since July. 4th defense for Imposible.

Apolo coming back to lose his hair right is strange in anywhere but IWRG. Maybe the weirder part is Apolo wrestling in an Ephesto tank top of all things. Hijo de Dos Caras actually appeared and there doesn’t appear to be anything with that. IWRG claimed Mascara 2000 Jr. didn’t get back from Jalisco – maybe that was just confusion, he was in Cuernavaca, just a bit over an hour away. It’s not impossible he could’ve worked both, and it would explain why they bumped his match back.

Tonight in Arena Puebla is another chapter in the Carsitico/Negro Casas feud. They’ve been on opposite sides of matches since 2008, and this is the third singles match they’ve had since returning. Casas won on a Elite show last January, Caristico won in November in Guadalajara, and this will be the first match televised since Caristico’s return. Negro Casas singles matches have been on the short side lately, but hopefully Caristico will inspire him to do more than Maximo did on Tuesday.

There’s not a lot to look forward to on the rest of the show. CMLL’s depth isn’t great with the guys in FantasticaMania, but these cards seem worse this year than the last few. The semimain is Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone and Valiente against La Mascara, Mascara 2000 and Vangellys. Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya and Stigma face Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Skandalo, which might be good outside of the Stigma/Skandalo feud. The tercera is a minis match, Astro, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito against Espiritu Maligno, Mini Joker and Pequeno Violencia. Violencia & Shockercito feuded last week and seem headed to a singles match. The setup trios will likely be better than the singles match. Puebla opens with two locals only matches: Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. face Fuerza Chicana & Policeman, and Centella Roja and one of his sons face the Batilon del Muerte to kick off the show.

Puebla airs on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 9pm.

I watched the Blue Demon show last night. It’s not really about Blue Demon. It’s not even much about a fictional Blue Demon luchador, with his biggest match instead a framing device about his journey from childhood to becoming a wrestler. They start off with lucha libre because that’s what people are expecting, but it seems like it’ll be a long way before becoming lucha libre.

The show started with a big block of text saying names may be historic, but any relation to real events or real people is coincidence and it’s a work of fiction. It’s really a period drama where the lead character eventually becomes a luchador. The lucha libre scenes are treated like the sport is 100% legit, and that’s not even the hardest thing to believe on the show. The wrestling is a little bit like current Hijo del Santo, but generally something more akin to a modern match than anything Blue Demon and El Santo would’ve had in the 50s.

The premiere aired on Univsion, while the rest of the show will air on Unimas every night. Unfortunately, at least for me, Unimas hasn’t put in episode guide information. Every episode is listed as the same generic episode, making it very hard for a DVR to record it. You can get English captioning, but have to figure out how to get closed captioning 3 to work.

Segunda Caida reviews Valiente & Ultimo Guerrero from June, and Rey Escorpion vs Teddy Hart.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-01-10

the sabu point backfires!

Recapped: 01/11/2017

What happened: Negro Casas cheated to defeat heavyweight champion Maximo, in an outcome which is not setting up a heavyweight title match.

What was good: The fourth match is the only match worth watching. The Negro Casas/Maximo match was not much.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

CMLL weekend results, FantasticaMania in Kyoto

CMLL (SAT) 01/14/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Robin, Star Jr. b Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3. Mephisto snuck in a foul on Caristico, and Caristico wants a singles match.

An actual feud! One they could’ve started last week, when they had the same two people in the main event.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/15/2017 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [CMLL, NJPW, Puroresu Spirit]
Attendance: 778
1) Blue Panther Jr. & Henare b Ephesto & Raziel
7:41. Blue Panther Jr. German suplexed Raziel
2) Jushin Liger & Stuka Jr. b Jado & Okumura
6:20. Okumura beat Stuka with the hanging DDT.
3) Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Sanada b Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titán
10:44. Sanada defeated Taguchi with the Skull End
4) Dragón Lee & Tiger Mask b Bárbaro Cavernario & Gedo
8:34. Tiger Suplex on Gedo.
5) Euforia & Hechicero b Máximo Sexy & Mistico
11:!5. Euforia pinned Mistico with a jumping powerbomb.
6) EVIL, Naito, Rush b Atlantis, Máscara Don, Soberano Jr.
10:12. Rush Driver on Soberano Jr.
7) David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr. b Okada, Último Guerrero, Will Ospreay
12:45. Volador pinned Ultimo Guerrero after the top rope frankensteiner.

Continuing on with the tour. Monday is the last show outside of Tokyo.

CMLL (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Artillero b Bengala & Leono
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara, Mephisto, Pierroth b Ángel de Oro, Drone, Johnny Idol
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente DQ Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ when Negro fouled Marco.

I don’t believe they’re doing the Marco/Casas thing quite as much.

Friday in Tijuana, the scheduled main event was Psycho Clown and a surprise luchador versus Dr. Wagner & Pagano. The surprise was Joe Lider, which is not much of a surprise. Psycho lost (of course) to Wagner after a Goya Kong distraction. The semimain saw Fantasma & Angelico lose to Texano & La Parka when La Parka submitted Angelico.

Saturday in Arena Lopez Mateos, Sadico & Yoruba kept the AULL tag titles over Emperador Azteca & Flamita when Flamita & Sadico went to a double pin. It’s part of the never ending tease to Sadico & Flamita having an apuesta match. Earlier, Keneisha Moon defeated Diosa Atenea to win the WWS Women’s Championship. Atenea had been champion for about fourteen months, with at least seven defenses.

AAA’s TV is up, their first episode of new matches after four weeks of (planned) repeats. The show aired late on TV and was edited (with the Noti AAA segment cut out), as Televisa was broadcasting the NBA game in Mexico City and it went long.

Marco Corleone talks about being an American living the Mexican dream.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Tier 1 Lucha Libre is debuting in New York on 02/19, and they’ve posted the full Fenix/Pentagon Jr. match from the previous lucha libre promotion in running that building.

Rayo de Jalisco, Pentagon Jr., Super Muneco, Super Pinocho, and a guys who I wouldn’t recognize if his name wasn’t listed there are on the cover of Box  Y Lucha #3267.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Cavernario vs Volador Jr. from 10/07.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 01/21/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Artillero & Camorra
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther, Stigma, The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Carístico vs Mephisto

Tercera and main event could be fun.

CMLL (SUN) 01/22/2017 Arena México
1) Marvel & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Ripper
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Pierroth, Shocker, Terrible

This, on the other hand, looks like one of the rougher cards CMLL could put out. This is probably last Arena Mexico card without the Japan crew.

CMLL (SUN) 01/22/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Capitán Cobra vs Destello & Destructor
2) Fugaz & Johnny Dinamo vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) Neutrón, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Évola, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
4) Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador, Gran Kenut, León Blanco
5) Joker © vs Frezzer [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
2nd defense

Frezzer goes from losing in the cage match to winning his way to a title match.

DTU (SUN) 02/05/2017 Unidad Deportiva Javier Rojo Gomez, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Toto vs Drolux, Luigi, Hard Boy, Star Shock
2) Black Fire, Camuflaje, Kastigador, Lokillo vs Drastik Boy, Hormiga, Moria, Niño De Cobre
3) Angelito Mágico, Mini Crazy Boy, Parkita vs Aguilita Magica, Centellita De La Muerte, Mini Espíritu
4) Marcela & Zuzu Divine vs La Magnifica & Zeuxis
5) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Jimmy & Kevin and El Gio & El Junior
6) Paranoiko & Solar I vs Black Terry & Virus
7) Crazy Boy, Flamita, Mistico II vs Aero Boy, Psicosis II, Ronnie Mendoza

Just pointing this out because of the semifinal.

Terrible defeats Rayo, FM Day 2, Lucha Memes

Terrible wins!

CMLL (FRI) 01/13/2017 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito  (posted by thecubsfan)
13:07. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta b Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan)
14:26. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis (posted by thecubsfan)
16:26. Rudos took 2/6. Ripper feuded a bit with the Panthers, though it was Kraneo who got the big pin.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. TLDRAW Bobby Z [lightning] Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan)
A 10 minute time limit draw with neither man about to win when time ran out. They briefly continued fighting after the match.
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente b El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan)
9:57. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible (posted by thecubsfan)
17:31. rudos took 1/3, the last when Terrible snuck in a foul on Rayo. Rayo demanded a rematch for next week.

Terrible pinning Rayo de Jalisco is a great moment for mankind, though I’m probably not going to like it as much when Rayo beats Terrible in a singles match in two weeks. That seemed like the plan from how it went down last night, with Rayo talking about Terrible in a promo even before the match and Rayo wearing his FILL (Monterrey) Heavyweight championship to the ring. Rayo was over with the crowd, but the crowd was not especially big.

Kraneo teams with Ripper a lot because they’re Invasors, but Kraneo showing up with a new mask and repeatedly pinning Panther children makes me wonder if maybe he’s getting into the Ripper/Panther feud. Too soon to be sure but worth keeping an eye on.

Check out the Maya/Bobby match for sure, and the tercera which preceded it.

The show was broadcast on Claro Sports as usual. It’s not business as usual for Claro, though – they were taken over by Spain’s Marca this past week. A new ClaroSports website is apparently coming, but the main page now directs to Marca’s site, and Marca’s site didn’t mention the CMLL show at all. You could still view it fine via the direct link (and I didn’t get many questions about finding the link, so I suspect very few people watched it.) I’m not sure what this means for CMLL & Claro going forward, but Claro promoted the stream much less than have in the past.

A person passed away outside of Arena Mexico last night, though it does not be connected with CMLL in anyway. The individual, who’s name and gender isn’t mentioned, was 85 years old. (Other reports are reporting a different age.) They suffered a heart attack, and fatally injured their head falling down.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/14/2017 Ehime World Trade Center, Ehime, Japan [NJPW, Puroresu Spirit]
Attendance: 1104
1) Ephesto & Jado b Henare & Jushin Liger
7:51. Ephesto beat Henare with the Ephesto roll.
2) Gedo & Raziel b David Finlay & Soberano Jr.
7:13. Raziel pinned Soberano Jr. with the Caida Mas Inferno (middle rope Falcon Arrow)
3) Bushi, EVIL, Sanada b Blue Panther Jr., Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask
8:52. Bushi beat Blue Panther Jr. with the MX. The Ingobernables unmasked the tecnicos after the match.
4) Dragón Lee & Stuka Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario & Okumura
5:53. Stuka beat Okumura. Stuka won with the torpedo splash.
5) Hechicero & Último Guerrero b Máximo Sexy & Volador Jr.
14:27. Hechicero submitted Maximo to a bow and arrow variant. Hechicero declared Maximo’s kiss wouldn’t work on him.
6) Hiromu Takahashi, Naito, Rush b Atlantis, Máscara Don, Titán
9:31. Rush pinned Titan with the Rush Driver.
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Mistico b Euforia, Okada, Will Ospreay
13:50. Mistico beat Euforia with La Mistica.

Raziel’s finish getting a name beyond “Raziel Driver” is the big news from these shows.

Coliseo tonight has Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Valiente vs Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas in the main event. The Japan crew is in Ehime with a Tanahashi, Kushida and Mistico versus Euforia, Okada and Ospreay main event; that’s one I’m really disappointed isn’t airing.

Martinez Promotions returns in Texas with Epydemius & Pentagon Jr. taking on Aeroboy & Violento Jack. That show also has a Ronnie Mendoza vs Zack Sabre Jr. match. Elsehwere in Texas, Fenix & Laredo Kid team on the WrestleCircus show.

Today’s AAA TV show returns to new wrestling matches, or at least matches from a month ago in Chilpancingo.  Argenis/Lanzelot/Nino Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava/Dave the Clown/Soul Rocker, Aerostar/Drago defending the tag titles again Monster/Muder & Joe Lider/Daga and the main event of
Fantasma/Psycho/Texano vs Wagner/Mesias/Pagano will air. The remainder will air next week, and Guerra de Titanes will start airing the week after that.

On a Instagram Livestream, Melissa Santos said Lucha Underground is coming to Netflix soon. This would be great news if it happened, but it does seem like it’s supposed to have been coming “soon” for roughly a season and a half. I am doubtful this story means anything new, and I’m disinterested in promises of anything coming soon with LU that doesn’t have a hard date, but I’m putting it here so we can remember to give Melissa credit if she’s broken the news.

Lucha Memes Chairo 8 on 01/29 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Hechicero vs Dr. Cerbero
2: Silueta (c) vs Keira [REINA IJ]
3: Raymond Rowe vs Rush*
4: Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, ? vs Demonio Infernal, Black Dragon, Dragon Negro
5: Laredo Kid & Ronnie Mendoza vs Krimanal Boys (Toxin & Fly Star)*

This match will be the other match included in the $50MXP package with Rush & Raymond Rowe. It’s being billed as a bonus match, but it might be as big as a draw given Laredo & Ronnie both breaking into the US indie world in 2016. This is going to draw some interest as the first offering of this kind from a popular lucha group, so it’s a big chance for the Kriminal Boys to get a look from unfamiliar people.

The plan is to have this Lucha Memes package available to watch within 48 hours of the show.

AAA luchadors were part of fan activities for the recent NBA game in Mexico City.

¡Sorpresa! ¡Es Lucha! returns to talk about Dragon Lee, three Kings’ Day, and their picks for the best matches of the year.

Hijo del Santo writes about defeating Brazo de Oro in a hair match.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 01/20/2017 Arena México
1) Flyer & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Fuego, Pegasso, The Panther vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Tritón vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Marco Corleone vs Felino, Negro Casas, Sam Adonis
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

There’s some hope for some of these matches, but this is not an especially strong card and should do no damage to Guerra de Titanes across town.

Sam Adonis getting a semimain here – he even got to do the video preview – is a pretty big moment for his CMLL run. He still has a gringo on the other side, because it’s not safe for foreigners to go out in Mexico alone I guess.