Cavernario & Volador advance to Rey del Aires final, Caristico/Tiger, The Crash

photo by CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/23/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Oro Jr. & Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, losing the middle fall only when they accidentally pulled off Star Jr.’s mask.
2) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán DQ Bobby Z, Ephesto, Hechicero
Ephesto fouled Angel de Oro.
4) Shocker, Terrible, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Rush b Matt Taven
Matt Taven won fall 1 with his springboard enziguri, Rush took the second with his corner dropkick, and Rush finished Taven with the Rush Driver to end Taven’s tour in Mexico.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. b Negro Casas, Mistico, La Máscara, Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Mephisto, Valiente, Euforia, Máscara Dorada, Dragón Rojo Jr. [Reyes del Aire]
Rudos versus tecnicos. Elimination order: Dragon Rojo (by Valiente), La Mascara (DQ for unmasking Dragon Lee), Mascara Dorada (Casas), Valiente (Euforia), Maximo (Mephisto), Negro Casas (Dragon Lee), Dragon Lee (Cavernario), Mistico (Cavernario), Mephisto (Volador) – leaving Volador & Cavernario to advance to next week’s final.

The show was good, with 3/5/6 being the standout matches. The main event was insane at times, but the ending was as flat as you can get (and the long three way portion before it didn’t make a lot of sense and felt like it went too long.)

The feed died for about five minutes during the main event. They kept flying around like crazy in the building. I wonder if NJPW World has the full version.

ELITE (FRI) 09/23/2016 Arena Neza [Kronosport, SuperLuchas]
1) Shaolin & Solaris b Mini Sharlie & Pequeño Warrior
2) Diamante (CMLL) & Imposible b Neza Kid & Rocky Lobo
Rocky Lobo was stretchered out.
3) El Hijo De Amo De Los 8 Angulos, Hijo de LA Park, Zumbi b Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr., Samoano
4) El Bandido, Golden Magic, Último Ninja b Hijo De Dos Caras, Karonte Jr., Magno (Chihuahua)
Rudos were positioning themselves as a new trio (Los 2 Karontes) even despite the loss.
5) Rey Escorpión DQ Cibernético [Liga Elite]
Upset (maybe with cheating.) Cibernetico wants a rematch, Escorpion wants a title match.
6) Carístico b Xtreme Tiger [Liga Elite]
money thrown in

This will air later tonight. Caristico/Tiger sounds worth going out of your way to watch. Attendance doesn’t look great. AAA’s the only promotion that’s done well in this building the last few years, and that’s usually only for a TV taping. No word where/when the next taping will be.

We’re headed to Tijuana for the Crash’s show (though most of the time will probably be spent sitting at the airport.) Main event is Alberto & Jeff Cobb vs Rush & La Mascara, in the first time ever Rush & Alberto will be in the match. The semimain is Mascara Dorada against an unlisted opponent. Mascara Dorada has said he’ll be there, and the match is going to be newsworthy whoever he faces. The rest of the card looks interesting as well. The Crash posted a livestream of their show as a surprise on their website last time; maybe check it again close to the 10pm CT start time.

CMLL has Diamante Azul, Valiente and Johnny Idol against Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja at Arena Coliseo tonight. The preview suggests they may pick up the Valiente/UG feud which was ignored last week.

Tiger will replace Sharlie Rockstar on Sunday’s Chairo 4 card. He faces Trauma II, and they’re still doing the rule where each man must win by a certain move. Trauma II will still has Lo Negro del Negro, and Tiger must win with la casita. Sharlie being off the show is a political issue that doesn’t direclty have to do with this promotion.

Murder Clown & Monster Clown are looking forward to their tag title shot next week.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/30/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Lluvia, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Titán vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja
5) Carístico, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, La Máscara, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Cavernario [Reyes del Aire]

The final of Reyes del Aire, this time for sure.

Caristico worked Elite last night, CMLL next week. Different rules for him than anyone else.

CMLL appears to actually be doing a Johnny Idol/Ephesto feud? The hat at work. Tercera could be really good.

como estaz 4×5: Reyes del Aire

CMLL
CMLL

On this edition of the podcast, Rob and I talk somewhat drowsily about the 09/23 CMLL show, with Matt Taven & Reyes del Aire. Rob didn’t achieve his dream of being close enough to catch the dives, but was close enough to get the beer spilled on him. This is a quick one, around 30 minutes.

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We’re heading to Tijuana in a few hours, and the final podcast of the trip will show up sometime late Sunday/early Monday.

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 24th

Connecting to my home computer is a pain right now and this is a day late anyway. I’ll skip the chart this weeks. Everyone pretty much is airing when it’s supposed to.

Friday

CMLL’s back at 8:30pm with the show on ClaroSports. You know the lineup from the preview. The undercard could be good, and you’ll probably want to tune at least by 9:45 CT to catch the last couple matches.

Saturday

AAA will wrap up TripleMania. I believe they’re skipping the Lucha Underground match, and will instead air the four way tag team match and Pagano vs Psycho Clown.

Elite will air matches from tonight’s show in Neza, and we might get an idea of where they’re taping next.

CMLL 52MX will air three matches from the 09/12 Puebla show: probably the main event to set up the tag title match, and maybe the semimain too.

Azteca US may air the second episode of Elite; it’s hard to tell. If they do, that included the great Caristico/Volador match and also Atlantis/Mascara.

Sunday

If you’re in Mexico, you can see CMLL Titanes en el Ring on ClaroSports. That should have the top matches from this past Friday’s Arena Mexico show (and it’ll be interesting if they air the main event.) This is now the only repeat of the Friday show.

I’m really not sure where they’re at with LATV, but they’d be at Ultimo Guerrero vs Volador if nothing got skipped.

Monday

Lucha Retro is listed on some program guide, and still UFC on others. The ones that said UFC were correct last week.

Puebla will air on YouTube with Dragon Rojo vs Angel de Oro and Marco, Pierroth, Rush vs Euforia, Maximo and UG.

This is normally the Sunday IWRG day, but there’s been no new episdoes this week.

Tuesday

CMLL’s normal Tuesday show has a normal card. At 7:30pm!

Wednesday

Lucha Underground episode 4 is “Brothers in Broken Arms”, a possible reference to Chavo & Azteca both getting their arms broken by Pentagon Jr. They have a match with Rey Mysterio as referee. The preview says the Worldwide Underground vs Sexy Star/Fenix/Drago/Aerostar will also take place, and hints at a match for Cortez Castro. There’s three matches left from the first night of tapings, one of them is a Castro match. (It’s possible another one of those may be added to make it a four match show.)

10/28 AAA TV Lineup (Tlalnepantla)

AAA

AAA

AAA (FRI) 10/28/2016 Lienzo Charro de Los Reyes Ixtacala, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México
1) El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache vs Mamba, Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker
2) ?, Aerostar, Venum vs Dave The Clown, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
3) Hijo del Fantasma vs Jack Evans, Angélico
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. and Damián 666, Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano

Air Date: 11/05 – this only has five matches, so it’s probably the one show taping we were looking at. Even with it not being as long as usual, this means AAA’s announced the next seven weeks of TV (TripleMania part 3, Hard Rock, Heroes Inmoratles Part 1, Heroes Inmortales Part 2, Tlahuelilpan 1, Tlahuelilpan 2, and Tlalnepantla).

The main event is listed as an extreme match, but when do those guys not have an extreme match?

Xinetez/OGT rematch on this show, so that’s a program – and the Apaches are around. That three way trios match seems more likely.

Third match is not a cruiserweight title match, so it’s possibly setting up one. The good news for Jack is he could just sit on the floor and watch this match, and then he’s finally escaped doing a three way match. (There really should be something on the line, or Jack & Angelico are going to look like idiot tecnico friends for fighting each other instead of just agreeing that one of them will beat Fantasma.)

Venum is still around! Possible. That other spot would normally go to Ludxor, but he’s not in AAA and it doesn’t sound like he’d be able to wrestle at this point anyway. There’s long been talk about moving Dinastia up to the main division, and maybe this might be it, though Dave the Clown on the other side will make that harder.

It’s September, but AAA’s getting down to the last few tapings to announce. There’s probably a taping the first week of November. A Ciudad Juarez newspaper announced a taping on 11/20 (but that was month ago and so it always subject to change.) Guerra de Titanes is probably a couple weeks after that, and they could bring back the late December taping if everything goes as scheduled.

Reyes del Aire, Taven/Rush in CMLL, Caristico/Tiger in Elite tonight

CMLL
CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 09/20/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Martes de Glamour]
1) Metálico, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno b Leono, Mágico, Magnum
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Felino, Kráneo, Ripper b Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Marco Corleone b Terrible
Marco took 2/3 to beat Terrible and win the feud.
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico b Gran Guerrero, Matt Taven, Rey Bucanero
Matt Taven replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 1/3.

The following day, Dia del Luchador, local and legendary Guadalajara luchadors were honored. Photos here.

CMLL continues it’s stretch of bigger than usual Friday shows with a double main event tonight. The last match is this year’s Reyes del Aire match, a 12 man cibernetico to determine the best high flyer in the promotion. In reality, a bunch of people who are not normally considered high flyers (but good at catching their big moves) will be included. Last year’s winner was La Sombra. He will not be repeating. Volador is a 3 time winner, Valiente a 2 time winner, and La Mascara won the 2006 tournmanet.

The field is Mistico, Volador, Dragon Lee, Mascara Dorada, Valiente and Maximo as tecnicos, and Mephisto, Negro Casas, Dragon Rojo, La Mascara, Barbaro Cavernario and Euforia as rudos. Cavernario is the only rudo who might stand a chance at winning; La Mascara should do well as part of the usual post mask match bounce, but wouldn’t fit as a winner. The winner is probably coming from the tecnico side, probably from the Mistico, Volador and Dragon Lee group. Mascara Dorada is as good as them, but isn’t going to win while going to WWE, even as many times as I joke about it on podcasts. I said Dragon Lee yesterday, but today I’m feeling more like they’ll give Mistico a big win. Hopefully they’ll have the right audience for it.

ESTO is sponsoring the Reyes del Aire, as part of their own 75th anniversary of running a sports daily, and has quick introductions and quotes about each of the 12 luchadors in the match.

The other main event is Matt Taven facing Rush, in Taven’s last match in ROH. The outcome is pretty obvious, but the match itself should still be interesting. Taven’s looked better than I would’ve guessed coming of a knee injury, and this will be his one big chance to have a singles match in Mexico so he might really go for it. Rush has mixed well with foreigners, so they could have something quite good here.

ESTO interviewed Matt Taven, who seems to have enjoyed his time in Mexico and notes Rush hurt his cheekbone. That dropkick is not fun. Taven says has a plan for Rush.

There are four more matches, which might get shorted on time given how much they’ll need for the later ones. Atlantis, Marco and former Reyes del Aire winner Stuka take on Ultimo Guerrero, Terrible and Shocker. Angel de Oro, also a former winner, teams with Titan & Johnny Idol against Bobby Z, Ephesto and Hechicero. Fuego, Pegasso and Soberano Jr., who probably will win a Reyes del Aire if they keep it going long enough, fight Puma, Tiger and Virus in a good looking segunda. The show opens with Oro Jr. & Star Jr. against Cancerbero & Raziel.

CultIcon also previews the show. It will air on ClaroSports back at the normal time of 8:30pm. I’ll be at the show live again, and it’ll be impossible for me to record it, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you miss it.

Meanwhile, Elite tapes their TV show in Arena Neza. It’s unclear if this is one time stop; Elite’s suggested they’re moving around a bit. They’ve got two big singles matches – Caristico versus Xtreme Tiger and Cibernetico versus Rey Escorpion  – but that arena has been a tough draw outside of regular AAA TV tapings. The show will air Saturday night on Azteca.

Google’s Doodle of the day is El Santo in honor of his 99th birthday. While the other stuff I’m writing about is big in the moment today, that art work is the biggest thing in lucha libre for the rest of the world. September 23, 2017, makes sense as a big show for Hijo del Santo and Santo Jr. CultIcon has a tribute to El Santo.

AAA/Ouduo announced Akebono, Kenzo, Naomichi Marufuji, Taiji Ishimori, Aja Kong, Natsu Sumire, Masato Tanaka, Ikuto Hidaka, and Toshizo for the 10/26 Star Battle show. Everyone but the masked Toshizo also participated in the Lucha World Cup .

Adictos Al Deporte, back posting feverishly about Heroes Inmortales after being quiet for months, floats the idea of Lucha Underground wrestlers on Heroes Inmortales and Garza Jr. being in Lucha Underground. It’s interesting they’re trying to use Lucha Underground to gain attention for Heroes Inmortales, given how little the US show seemed to be over at TripleMania.

Mexican hip hop group La Banda Baston will appear on the Crash show. They have a concert the same night in Tijuana, so they’re probably just showing up briefly. They’ve appeared on wrestling shows prior, notably playing Fenix to the ring, but they’re also notable because the members of the group are also the hosts of the Reyes del Biutiful podcast.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 09/27/2016 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sagrado
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Virus [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Dragón Lee vs Cavernario, La Máscara, Mr. Niebla
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Pierroth, Ripper, Rush

We lucked out on which Tuesday show to see. Lots of trios matches with good people mixed in with not good (maybe the tercera has the most hope) and nothing sticking out. Blue Panther Jr/Virus should at least be interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 09/27/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Neutrón vs Mr. Apolo & Relámpago
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Okumura, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Terrible
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker

Main event is has the Sky Team versus the tag champions and Shocker. I’m guessing they’re repeating the tag title match here. Mascara Dorada continues to wrestle in Guadalajara.

IWRG (WED) 09/28/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Enmascarada & Kira vs Crecy León & Crezy Tiguer
2) Canario, Keshin Drago, Volta vs Charly Boy, Guerrero 2000, Vardeus
3) Fireman, Omega, Shadow Boy vs Keshin Black, Picudo Jr., Skanda
4) Cadilac, Leo, Mike vs Demetrio El Gladiador, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon vs Demente Extreme, El Pachico, Fuerza Negra, Kid Jaguar, Ojo De Halcón, Pinochito, Shadow, Tromba
FILL (Black Terry) vs Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera)

No IWRG Wednesday shows in September inevitably ended with a Wednesday IWRG show to close out September. After an IWRG vs Lucha Memes match on Sunday, there will be an IWRG vs Lucha Libre Boom on Wednesday, a prelude to LLB running their own show in a couple of weeks.

Demeterio, Hip Hop Man’s dad, is back in the semifinal.

Mascara Dorada status update, Ronnie Mendoza interview

CMLL (SUN) 09/18/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Micro b Destello
Micro took 1/3.
2) El Alteño & Johnny Dinamo b Linterna & Mr. Brisa
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Cosmos & Smaker b Exterminador & Relámpago
tecnicos took 2/3
4) El Divino, Reycko, Star Black b Évola, Sádico, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 2/3, Star Black defeating Sadico with his Estrella Negra to set up a title match next week.
5) Esfinge, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. b Espectrúm, Furia Roja, Joker
tecnicos took 2/3.

Mascara Dorada talked in Guadalajara after his match on Tuesday. +LuchaTV has the video. The story now is Dorada still hasn’t signed with WWE, but it’s only a matter of waiting for his visa to come thru and moving his family. Dorada says he had a flight issue which caused him to miss Friday’s show, but is working all the rest of his shows this week. CMLL has been supportive of Dorada and so he wants to go out the front door, not sneak out the back door.

AAA had a cake for their Dia del Luchador celebration, which puts them ahead of CMLL. That was part of the AAA media day for Heroes Inmortales. SuperLuchas has a round up of quotes, which don’t hold many surprises.

Adictos al Deportes says LA Park has been approached about appearing on Heroes Inmortales. That’s a good rumor to float if you want to sell some extra tickets, but there’s not an obvious spot for him on the card; it would be a waste for him to replace Team Trump or win Copa Antonio Pena.

While at the senate for the Dia del Luchador announcement on Tuesday, Reforma asked Rush, Mephisto and Mistico what they thought about Donald Trump. The Hill translated, and the responses are about what you’d expect.

Reyes del Biutiful recently interviews Jinzo/Ronnie Mendoza about his career, his CWC match, and his plans for the future. (He’d really like to get booked on US independents in the next year.) LigerFever’s translated it all in six parts: one two three four five six.

Masashi Takeda won the DTU championship from Miedo Extremo earlier today.

AAA looks back at the creations of Antonio Pena.

TKD, Voices of Wrestling, CultIcon review Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update and an interview with Ripper.

El Sabor del Ring writes about Dia del Luchador and the Facebook retirement of SLP’s Silver Slam.

+Lucha posted the full Flamita vs XL match from August’s DTU show.

como estaz 4×4: weekend previews

Myself, Rob and special guest Black Terry Jr. preview the weekend shows: CMLL’s Rey del Aire, the Crash on Saturday in Tijuana, and Chairo 5 in Naucalpan on Sunday. The podcast goes 40 minutes.

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We had the idea to tape this on the roof, which people occasionally walking by. Hope it sounds OK.

Lucha Underground 3×3: Ultimate Opportunities

Aerostar is amazing
Aerostar is amazing

matches

Matanza (c) defeated Matanza for Lucha Underground Championship (6:01, Wrath of the Gods, good)
Cage defeated Texano (5:55, discus clothesline, ok)
Fenix, Drago, Aerostar (c) defeated Taya, PJ Black, Jack Evans (9:22, Aerostar inside springboard frontcracker PJ Black, good)

 

developments

There were a lot of stories about the same level of importance, nothing dominating the episode as in past weeks. The most time building a match was for one happening next week. The show started off with Rey Mysterio and Dragon Azteca training while Mysterio advised Azteca not to go for revenge against Pentagon. Azteca has a lot of trouble actually listening to advice. He first foolish charges Chavo Guerrero when he interrupts (angry about Chavo betraying the alliance with Azteca Sr. way back in season 1), which only gets him quickly humiliated. Azteca later goes to Dario to demand the match with Pentagon. Dario would rather see the Azteca/Black Lotus match completed, but offers to pencil in the Pentagon/Azteca match for next week. Dario later met with Chavo, in a meeting we didn’t see, and ends the episode explaining the situation to Mysterio directly. Rey doesn’t want to Azteca to face Pentagon, and Dario agrees with him – he’s changed the match to Azteca/Chavo instead, with the winner getting Pentagon. (Chavo must still want revenge for Pentagon breaking his arm near the end of season 2.) Dario points out Mysterio is conflicted; he knows Chavo well, and he knows he doesn’t want Azteca to actually face Pentagon yet, so Dario decides the proper thing to do is to make Mysterio the special referee so he Rey can decide the match himself. That goes down in pen.

Dario’s a busy guy in this episode. He introduces the first match, with The Mack being the latest name to ‘win’ the Dial of Doom. Matanza tries to attack Mack on the way to the ring, but Mack comes in from an unexpected direction and gets some solid shots on Matanza. Matanza eventually gets his knees up on a frog splash and finishes off another challenger. (“DARIO’S CHOICE” replaced Son of Havoc on the wheel, for what it’s worth.)

The previous Dial of Doom winner, Son of Havoc, is seen at home. Well, maybe his mom’s home. Son of Havoc complains about Famous B and his commercials to a friend who very much feels the same, Mascarita Sagrada. They’re briefly interrupted by Havoc’s mom who offers to make them Bagel Bites. This really happened, and the Bagel Bites bit appeared to be sponsored content.

Dario also appeared to offer an Ultimate Opportunity to two people who had disappointed him by losing in the first round of the 4 A Unique Opportunity tournament at the end of last season, Cage and Texano. The opportunity itself and the stips weren’t really revealed until the match was over, but it’s another best of five series. Cage leads 1-0.

In even more Dario action, in between meeting with Azteca and Chavo, Dario opened some mail. He discarded a Famous B hat, and tried to discard some mysterious photos which was sent to him. Dario put him in his trash basket, only for them to magically appear back on his desk. Ricky Mandell, who still exists and wants to have another match on this show some day, came asking for the match and ended up with the photos as Dario tried to rid two nuisances at the same time.

The main event featured no Dario whatsoever, but also not a lot of Johnny Mundo. It was scheduled to be Mundo, Jack, and PJ challenging, but Mundo walked out over still not getting a shot at Matanza – he’s a main event talent and expects to be treated that way. Taya gleefully took Mundo’s place on the team, though she may have regretted it later. Jack spent most of the match pouting and refusing to get along with PJ for no apparent reason. Jack just took a seat on the floor near the end, and Worldwide Underground really didn’t stand much of a chance. Mundo returned post match to attack the tecnicos, with Sexy Star making the save again.

thoughts

Last week was the big match episode, this was a moving pieces around episode. Texano/Cage is literally the start of something, the trios title match was obviously a setup for something else, and Matanza simply collected another title defense to his run. There was lots of Dario, which is great because Dario is great, but they were all just setting up things for later on.

Matt Striker talked about the Mack being trained by Lil Cholo and TJ Perkins. I have no idea who this TJ Perkins is, but does that mean LU is a reality where both Lil Cholo and the remarkably similar Mr. Cisco exist.

Mack looked good on offense against Matanza, and Matanza again got thrown a lot more in a Season 3 match than he did for almost all of Season 2. I’m kinda of waiting for a story about how Matanza got powered down between seasons, because it’s kind of impossible to ignore. It makes for more exciting matches, but it is a break from what they’ve done before.

Matanza is really running thru the 4 A Unique Opportunity participants, but won’t be getting Cage or Texano for a while, I’d guess. Their match felt like a teaser to bigger matches down the line – neither guy even tried their usual big spots – which makes sense if they’ve got four of them. It’s unfortunate timing to be rolling this out just as WWE is running a similar angle, where the matches seem to be well received, but the concept is not. It did help spotlight Aerostar & Drago back in season 1, and Texano could use the same sort of attention to distinguish himself here.

Main event was kind of a mess for a while, with Jack’s antics detracting from the match. I’m sure it was mostly them just working thru the cards as they’ve been dealt – Jack can’t talk and can probably barely wrestle because of his jaw injury at that point, so even filming something to explain why Jack was acting that way would’ve been a challenge – but it was confusing and took away from a match which looked much better on paper. It did get going late, and it was an unexpected spotlight match for Aerostar, who seemed to get the most time of the tecnicos. Sexy Star’s dropkicks could not be saved by editing.

Dario was the star of the show. His bit with Rey at the end was great. I couldn’t decipher much of the photos, but I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them.

taping dates for dorks

The trios title match was taped on May 15th (I think!), the other matches were taped on March 20th

Mephisto keeps title over Titan, Dia del Luchador, Lucha Underground

Titan
Titan

CMLL (TUE) 09/20/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, CultIcon, MedioTiempo, thecubsfan]
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Hombre Bala Jr. b Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa, Valiente b Luciferno, Mr. Niebla, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
Tecnicos took 2/3. Estrellita beat Dalys.
5) Mephisto © b Titán [CMLL WELTER]
Mephisto took fall one wiht a powerbomb, Titan won fall two with El Inmortal, and a long third fall ended with Mephisto’s Super Devil Wings. 3rd defense
6) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match

Titan versus Mephisto is something you should go out of your way to see; I’d grade it excellent from how it came across in the building, though I may watch it again whenever I make it home. The main event was pretty good as well, and much more than I’d expect we’d get at that point in the show. There was never a clear reason why the women’s match was fourth. One of the senators pushing the Dia del Luchador deceleration was female Olympian Ana Guevara, and maybe presenting women luchadors in a more high profile position was somehow connecting to getting her behind the bill. I dunno, just grasping for reasons where there often isn’t one.

Today is the day designated as Dia del Luchador by the Mexican Senate. (I’m still unsure if that means it’s a law, but it’s good enough for lucha.) It’s also a Wednesday and IWRG isn’t running, so there aren’t actually any lucha libre shows except maybe in Acapulco. CMLL, who pushed for this, simply designated last night’s show as it’s Dia del Luchador show a day early. It may have lifted attendance; it looked about 4,000 people for this show, which is 2×4 times more than usual.

There’s stories about lucha libre in the papers for the holiday, but really not much public celebrations. Maybe they’ll get it better with a year lead up next time (when the day will fall on a Thursday.)

Apolo Valdes writes that luchadors need more substantial things than a day.

Sopitas profiles various minis for Dia del Luchador.

Lucha Underground has episode 3×3, Ultimate Opportunities. Matches announced:

  • Matanza versus the winner of Dial of Doom for the Lucha Underground Championship – teaser photo almost gives away the opponent, the comments totally do
  • Aerostar, Drago and Fenix (c) versus PJ Black, Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship – teaser photo
  • Texano versus Cage – video preview

The preview says Dario will give two wrestlers will get an Ultimate Opportunity, and Texano & Cage is the only match where two guys are having a match for no obvious reason.

SI’s Extra Mustard interviews Johnny Mundo, Eric Van Wagenen and Chris DeJoseph about the series.

The Sports Entertainment Shrinks podcast interviews Marty the Moth.

Dave the Clown, Monster Clown and Murder Clown defeated Joe Lider, Cuervo and Escoria on Sunday in Valle de Chalco. Dinastia replaced Venom in the semimain.

Garza Jr. says he’s going to shut down the evil Americans.

Kcidis draws Mascara Dorada’s greatest opponent.

09/14 AAA TV LIneup (Tlahuelilpan)

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AAA TV (FRI) 10/14/2016 Plaza de Toros Jorge Gutierrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo
1) Dinastía & Octagoncito vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Mamba
3) Argenis, Bengala, Jack Evans vs Apache, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
5) Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma vs Brian Cage & El Mesías
6) La Parka, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Pentagón Jr.

Air Date: 10/22 & 10/29

Always a bit of a surprise for AAA to early announce a taping which takes places after a PPV. There’s nothing here that completely spoils anything from Heroes Inmortales, though we can take some guesses.

Dr. Wagner Jr. is probably a rudo and I should fix that. Pentagon and Fantasma, I’m less sure about. The top two matches move Texano away from Team Trump, with Garza possibly continuing instead.

Los Xinetez haven’t been around much this summer, and now are facing the rudo trio that’s risen up in their place. The Apaches are all on this card, so that issue could still be ongoing – maybe the ultimate destination is a three way trios title match?

Third match looks like the best one on the show. Always nice to see Dinastia.