Angel de Oro keeps his title, Ultima Lucha preview

Angel de Oro, still champ/Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Rey Halcón b Micro
2) Black Sugar & Demonio Rojo b Javier Cruz Jr. & Star Black
3) Metatrón & Neutrón b Gran Kenut & Relampago
4) El Yaqui, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno DQ Frezzer, Magnum, Virgo
Frezzer and Yaqui are feuding. Yaqui faked a foul for the DQ.
5) Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo b Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
Pepe Aguayo replaced Esfinge. Gallo beat Rafaga for the win.

Frezzer & Yaqui face off again in the trios this week.

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio b Último Dragoncito
Angelito replaced Stukita and Nitro replaced Olimpico on Monday, then Angelico and/or Nitro didn’t show so they just did a singles match. Pompin may have screwed up the three count.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi
3) Leono, Pegasso, The Panther DQ Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Straight falls, Metalico fouling Leono.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Rey Escorpión b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Good match.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán
Titan replaced Sombra (suspension) on Monday. Mr. Niebla did wrestle.
6) Ángel de Oro © b Pólvora [MEX LH]
Angel de Oro took falls 1/3, the last with his mecedora. Angel de Oro’s 4th defense

CMLL coverage raved about the main event. That’ll air on Saturday. This might be the first show in a while where C3 won’t be airing all the episodes (the stretch of second match entrances is over.)

Angel de Oro said he’d challenge Polvora to a mask match if he lost the title, so maybe Polvora won by losing.

Lucha Underground

Episode 38 tonight, named Ultima Lucha, Part 1. I wonder what will be next week’s episode! (I really do, the guide doesn’t list a show name or description, but does list it as two hours.)

  • Cage versus The Mack in falls count anywhere match
  • Drago versus Hernandez in the Believer’s Backlash match
  • Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) versus the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship

Cage versus the Mack will lead off the show. I have a very strong suspicion they’ll have some progress on the Black Lotus plot. I know I’ve been thinking this for weeks, but I feel very confident this week.

People you may know from Twitter will be lumberjacks in the Believer’s Backlash. I hope they talk about the experience after the show.

There’s no teaser clip this week – you don’t need a teaser clip for Ultima Lucha – but there is the 37 episodes in 37 minutes video if you haven’t seen it. There’s also Ivelisse talking about her road to Ultima Lucha.

Chris DeJoseph was on the Like Father, Like Son podcast talking about this show. Ultima Lucha will have Mil Muertes versus Prince Puma for the championship, but DeJoseph mentioned that early plans had Muertes & Puma being friends. Mil would’ve been Puma’s sidekick! I can not imagine that version of Lucha Underground. DeJoseph said those characters were designed first and then casted. DeJoseph was among those pushing hard for Ricochet to be Puma, feeling he’d be a mega star. (Cage is also brought up as a guy who DeJoseph had been impressed with previously and wanting to bring him into this.)

There was talk about the style of the show. Lucha Underground wanted to wait to create a title, focusing on the style and feel of the show before throwing a belt in a mix.. They had Aztec Warfare in mind as the means to determine a champion all along, just not sure when they were going to do it. DeJoseph says Ultima Lucha will tie up all the loose ends, specifically mentioning the Dario/Black Lotus/Dragon Azteca storyline. The podcast also has DeJoseph talking about the electrified Disciples of Death and Famous B’s run of moves in the battle royal, it’s worth checking out.

Voices of Wrestling talked to Son of Havoc. Havoc praised how the Lucha Underground people have treated him and everyone else thru the run of the series. Havoc kept waiting for some promise not to be delivered or some catch, because professional wrestling is like that, and it’s still never happened. “This group has come thru above and beyond every time.” He credits the LU team for listening and putting together a great lockerroom. Everyone hangs out together, there’s no stars separating from everyone else but instead a guy like Johnny Mundo is the first people on the other side of the curtain to congratulate people on a good match. He also liked how it wasn’t just the usual ‘old boys network’ of people in charge doing things just the way they’ve done, but new people trying new ideas.

Havoc was asked about intergender wrestling – the very first episode had him facing Sexy Star – and he said he didn’t realize it would be a big deal. He’s had matches including women on indies, but it is a different thing when it airs on TV. Havoc said he felt intergender wrestling was progressive and cited the Avengers as an example. (If there was a Lucha Underground podcast/writer drinking game, it would definitely involve taking a drink when someone brought up the Avengers.)

Havoc’s strong positive feelings really inform why people involved with the promotion are less worried about no season two announcement so far. For us on the outside, this Lucha Underground is a wrestling promotion and wrestling promotions say things they’re not going to do (or may not even plan to do) all the time, so we’re trained to disbelieve the first time something breaks logic. For the people on the inside, this is not a wrestling promotion – or not like one they’re used to – and they’ve got a history of LU being honest and upfront with them many times so it makes all the sense to continue trusting them to deliver. I’m not sure everyone believes, or believes it’ll be on the original schedule, but they still seem confident it’s happening.

 

Havoc’s doing a media round leading into tonight’s show; he’ll be taking questions in Reddit’s AMA section around 5pm ET today.

Voices of Wrestling had their podcast review of last week’s episode (where I did find myself wanting to shout into the void to correct; a lot of people are confused by Ultima Lucha being two but next week still being two hours), as did the Last Real Heels. I enjoyed the breakdown of how many Miller Lites they may have had over two days.

Other Notes

Sky Mexico has put up the AAA TripleMania PPV info for Mexico, which is about the same as usual; 289 Mexican Pesos and about 19 USD.

LuchaMania Monterrey writes about the CaraLuchas versus Casanova event where the Neza Boys (Guerrero Mixtico & Danger) cheated to take the tag titles from Ultimo Ninja & Epydemius. The big news is the building must’ve gotten a new door; they were prevented from holding shows until they cleared up crowd fan safety issues.

CaraLuchas says Halloween, Damian and Bestia 666 will be coming in for their 08/08 show.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solar & Halcon 78 vs the Comandos.

CMLL notes Pierrothito winning a title in Chicago.

LV talks about this week’s CMLL 52MX &  AAA TV shows. The booking of the Myzteziz/Averno match makes no sense given where they’ve ended up with TripleMania, but the match itself was very good.

LuchaWorld reviews the En Busca de un Idolo maestro trios match.

Segunda Caida reviews the 2015 parajes increible final and Lucha Underground episode 34.

SuperLuchas looks back to Hijo del Santo unmasking Aristotoles

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/28 NOAH: Genba Hirayanagi b Bengala [GJHL}
Bengala falls to 2-2.

07/29 Freedoms: Jun Kasai & Masahi Takeda defeated Ciclope & Violento Jack

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Fuego vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto

Main event is Sky Team versus some possible challengers. Titan & Triton are reunited in the semifinal. Blue Panther working in the tercera seems weird. Fuego & Tiger should end up on YouTube, if they’re still doing that.

CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Neutrón vs Évola & Furia Roja
2) Flyer, Magnum, Magnus vs Artillero, Joker, Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Omar Brunetti, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Metálico, Virus
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Thunder

Marco, Maximo, Super Porky and La Mascara are all going to be working to be working Guadalajara a lot the next 2.5 months to replace Sombra & Rush. Semimain is trios champions versus Invasors.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Psycko Kid vs Luz Clarita, Rey Apocalispis, Tony Cisneros Jr., Xtreme Fly
ChilangaMask vs Arena Pepe Cisneros (Oaxaca)
3) Keira vs Zeuxis
4) Trauma II vs Blue Panther
5) Avisman & Caifan vs Hechicero (CMLL) & Último Guerrero
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
7) Guerrero Maya Sr. vs Guerrero Maya Jr.

They haven’t quite released the full card, but I lose track of all the matches once we get to six. The newest edition is the second, and that is the Rey Apocalipsis of Puebla and roosters. He gets around. Any of the top four matches could easily be the best match on the show, or on most shows. There’s a video with interviews Keira versus Zeuxis, pushing the Tepito versus Arena Mexico aspect.

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-11 

Recapped: 07/07-14/15

Match 1: Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
Arena México, 07/07/2015

triangular del Solar (or Bengala)
  1. rudos
    • Espanto top rope splash Bengala (4:51)
    • Cholo cradle suplex Robin (5:03)
  2. tecnicos
    • Bengala triangular del solar Espanto (2:23)
    • Robin senton con giro Cholo (2:55)
  3. tecnicos
    • Robin sit down powerbomb Espanto Jr. (2:36)
    • Bengala satellite armbar Cholo (3:17)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 11:15

Review: [ok] Disposable opening match. Bengala was solid as usual, but Espanto didn’t show as much as he had in other matches. Cholo’s existence is still amusing but there’s not a lot to say about this match.

satellite armbar

Match 2: Leono, Star Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Arena México, 07/07/2015

Star Jr. :(
  1. tecnicos
    • Stigma torito Raziel (6:50)
  2. tecnicos
    • Star Jr. hammerlock Cancerbero (4:30)
    • Leono headscissors cradle Metalico (5:47)

Winner: tecnicos (2-0)
Match Time: 12:37
Notes: Star Jr.’s return from an injury in training.

Review: [below average] never really got rolling, tough return by Star, tough finish by Leono, Stigma stumbled a couple times in between, really short and wasn’t good while it lasted. There are better Cancerberos matches, and there are sure a lot of Metalico ones.

tecnicos take the match, somehow

Match 3: Fuego, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
Arena México, 07/07/2015

Porky (and Volador) running
  1. rudos
    • Vangelis northern lights suplex Volador Jr. (4:53)
  2. técnicos
    • Fuego Flashina Vangellys (2:52)
  3. técnicos
    • Super Porky back splash Dragon Rojo & Pierroth (5:11)

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:56
Review: [below average] a Super Porky match; crowd enjoyed it, it’s the same thing you’ve seen on TV every week, and everyone else took a night off. Fuego had a bad blown spot in the third, probably wishes he took the night off. The other five guys did very little, probably should’ve done very little, but it didn’t make for much to watch.

Volador slingshot headscissors
not quite the smoothest armdrag

Stellar Moments

La Combinacion: Pequeño Olímpico German suplex, Mercurio cradle on Astral

El Castigo: Astral & Eléctrico sliding dropkicks on Pequeño Olimpico & Mercurio

El Triunfo: Shockercito reinera on Pequeño Olímpico

La Llave: Mística on Mephisto

Lo Espectacular: triple dive by Místico, Valiente and Dragon Lee

Match 4: Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Kamaitachi, Mephisto, Pólvora
Arena México, 07/07/2015

CMLL video thinks Kamaitachi and Naito are the same guy.
  1. rudos
    • Mephisto Devil’s Wings Místico (2:29)
  2. técnicos
    • Místico la Mistica Mephisto (2:38)
  3. rudos
    • DQ Angel de Oro [foul on Pólvora] (5:48)

Winner: rudos
Match Time: 10:55
Notes: Kamaitachi’s video includes a shot of Naito because I guess all the Japanese guys are the same. Angel de Oro and Pólvora fight during the match, and Angle de oro fouls and unmasked Pólvora to end the match.

Mistico realizes his role as set up man

Review: [ok] best match on the show, though that’s not high praise. The first of this one wasn’t that good either, as the rudos beating up the técnicos in uninspiring fashion dragged. Things picked up after the comeback. Angel de Oro & Pólvora had generic exchanges; following that up with the much better Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee battles illustrated a big difference between the two. Dragon Lee & Místico show promise as a team, if only for all the spots where Místico sets up a big Dragon Lee spot.

don’t stop to taunt!
Dragon Lee over the top headscissors

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Maximo keeps heavyweight title, Sombra wrestles and challenges Volador, AAA trios title

Maximo keeps his title/CMLL-YouTube

CMLL (MON) 07/27/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Canelo Casas, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman b Asturiano, Paris, Zaeta Roja
rudos took 2/3
2) Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora b Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela
Rudas took 2/3, Amapola grabbing the ropes to pin Marcela in the third. Amapola wanted a title shot, Marclea countered with a lightning match next week.
3) Lestat, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca
Espiritu Maligno replaced Hechicero. Tecnicos took 2/3 with Jaguar going after Lestat the whole match.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente
Hechicero replaced Negro Casas. Rudos took 1/3, only losing the second when being DQed for being in the ring too long. Polvora beat Angel de Oro for the winning pin, then took Angel’s mask too.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Último Guerrero DQ Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Negro Casas replaced Mr. Niebla. Sombra & Volador feuded, with Sombra trying to draw the DQ by tossing the mask in the third, but getting caught and DQed. Volador challenged Sombra to a singles one fall match, but Sombra said he wouldn’t do it for Puebla. Volador asked again, and Sombra says he was only booked for one week, so Volador would have to wait until next week.
6) Máximo © b Euforia [CMLL HEAVY]
Hechicero & Mascara were seconds. Euforia won the first with the Euforica Special, but Maximo came back with a huracanrana in the second fall and a top rope headscissors in the third to remain champion. Match picked up as the third fall went along. Maximo’s 3rd defense.

Is it okay for me to admit I totally don’t understand what’s going with Sombra? I’m not sure how he’s allowed to work in Puebla but not in Guadalajara and presumably not in Mexico. (Maybe he’s allowed after today; I don’t have the card because the person who posted it turned their account private over night, but the Ingobenrables are listed in Nuevo Laredo on Sunday – they were never going to be in Arena Mexico that date, and maybe there’s no need for them on Friday.) I do know that Sombra seems clear to work in Puebla, since they moved the Volador/Sombra match there from Arena Mexico. Maybe it wasn’t a CMLL a suspension but a Mexico City lucha commission one? I dunno.

Anyway, Sombra/Volador on 08/03 (probably non-title), and then likely Amapola/Marcela on 08/10. I could’ve gone to that one…

I didn’t watch the first half of the show closely, but there was nothing worth rewatching. The fifth match was the best of the show, though the last few minutes of Maximo/Euforia were strong.

KrisZ mentioned Mr. Niebla’s Facebook account is gone. Something may have happened with him again, or it might be part of Facebook’s crack down on stage name accounts.

CMLL left the show up on YouTube for a little while after it was live, but then switched the video to private. That issue without putting up the show after is not technical, but seemingly a rights issue.

Mr. Niebla is still listed on CMLL’s preview for today’s show in Arena Mexico. Sombra is still replaced by Titan. The four guys teaming with Leono & Metalico (The Panther, Pegasso, Raziel and Cancerbero) would all have a more interesting singles match than the two guys who are feuding. The main event remains Angel de Oro versus Polvora, where Oro is the heavy favorite and the question is more about what they’ll do to try and have an entertaining fifteen minute match. Polvora has looked strong in this build up and last night in Puebla, but everyone seems to believe the match is ending with a mecedora.

Molotov will sub for Robin on Saturday’s show. Next Saturday’s show is said to be canceled due to boxing.

Naito teased a Rush appearance on his Twitter.

Jack Evans mentioned on yesterday’s Wrestling Observer Live his match for TripleMania will be himself, Angelico & Fenix versus Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., and Hijo del Fantasma versus Averno, Chessman and Cibernetico for the AAA Trios championship. AAA confirmed the match today, noting it would pit allies Hell Brothers & La Socidedad as enemies.

That title match will be a good match, even better if Electroshock and Hijo del Pirata can lock Cibernetico in a closer or whatever they did at Guerra de Titanes, but it’s also yet another year with all the much praised young wrestlers are thrown into a midcard build with no build and nothing coming out of it. TripleMania has a little bit of of modern day WrestleMania feeling, where the guys who are regular TV presences get shuffled into less meaningful roles on their biggest show of the year to make room for special guest stars coming in for one match. (The entire run of the Angelico/Jack tag team has been represented by a multiman tag match with the awful WWL guys, a ten man elimination match where they weren’t partners, and this match where they’re trios partners with someone who’s not their normal partner because AAA needed to find a way to get Fenix booked. It’s not an inspiring setup.) The Psycho Circus/Villanos & Demon special tag are going to have to include a lot of punches to the face to make them worth the time.

Anyway, that’s six matches – Misterio/Myzteziz, Cage/Alberto, Villanos, Demon, trios titles – and three hours usually means just six matches. Some sort of Relevos AAA probably rounds out the card. Goya sort of confirmed she’s on the card in an interview with ESTO; it reads like she’s not really sure who’s she’s facing or if she’s allowed to say.

The English language announcing team for the TripleMania show will be Matt Striker and Hugo Savinovich. Striker hinted at this early in the day when he took a selfie with Hugo on the set of the countdown show they’re doing. (They’re doing a countdown show.)

Villano III says he’s happy to be on TripleMania. He says he started his career against an Alvarado (Shadito Cruz) and is glad to be going out against another member of his rivals.

AAA posted a Villano IV & Murder Clown face to face interview to build up TripleMania. I guess Psycho Clown was busy? This didn’t air on TV.

Murder Clown, referencing that interview, says he feels the Villanos are good but overconfident and his team is the better unit.

El Hijo del Santo, who said he was probably retiring in 2014, says he’s probably retiring in 2016. Santo explains he’s totally healed, only has something like a scar from his injury. His doctor is surprised, cleared him, but thought Santo shouldn’t take too many more chances. It’s magic. What he’d really like to do is run a five show Todo x el Todo tour this September and October in Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Monterrey and Mexico City and then a few shows next year. It’s the end of July, so Santo’s either got those cities booked or it’s a bit too late.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania

Veracruz luchador Black Boy announced a benefit lucha libre show for local lesbian community, then complained the local government wasn’t doing enough to help the lucha libre community.

Hidalgo may pass new luchador safety regulations, but the article isn’t clear on what that would be or what it would mean.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows 31 years ago. A super libre match ended in a DQ, so some things never change.

Arena Lopez Mateos announced they’re reopening after doing some remodeling this month. They have a LA Park & Volador vs Sombra & Pagano match on 08/01 and an AULL show on 08/02

AAA lists Hijo de Dos Caras as working an Acapulco show. He may just be an extra, but it would figure for him to join AAA at some point.

Last week’s SuperLibre had Hijo del Solitario in studio.

Mil Mascaras talked about his career, had a poem for El Toreo.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman, Alas de Acero, Dragon Fly vs Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man, Toxin Boy
2) Metaleón, Miss Gaviota, Mr. Leo vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Imposible
3) Golden Magic, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Negro Navarro, Príncipe Orión
4) Hijo del Solar & Solar I vs Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. and Universo 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Dragón Celestial & El Hijo del Diablo and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 [Legado Final]
sons start the match, and are replaced by their fathers when they’re eliminated

IWRG’s run this father/son elimination before, and usually all the sons get eliminated before the father does. Panters are champions, so someone should beat them to set up a title change. What IWRG does will probably not make sense. (See Negro Navarro teaming with one of the Americans after being opponents this past week.)

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new video releases for June 25

As thins as it gets: AULL didn’t air (and is presumed dead), FULL aired a rerun, Noches aired reruns, IWRG had only one new show and the feed was down during it.

52MX had some unusual match picks. This version of Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi is not complete, but it’s more complete than I would’ve guessed. (Same thing for Azteca.)

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Tn0eErYETaL3ule66a_OtP

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Traumas outsmart Americans, Puebla, Alberto, Sombra, Super Calo

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Mano a Mano]
1) Aeroman b Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man
No Alas de Acero, so they did a three way instead.
2) Dragón Celestial & Metaleón b Enigma & Imposible
very good match
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo b Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Súper Nova
good match with Avisman & Super Nova looking good against each other. Super Nova and Golden Magic fought each other after the match, with Magic demanding a Junior de Juniors title chance.
4) Hijo del Solar, Máscara Sagrada, Solar I b Halloween Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión
Coloso Chris faked a foul in the second, Trauma I faked a foul in the third.

AYM turned up late for the show, so definitely the first match won’t air. Third match sounds pretty good.

Marcela beat Keira in the main event of HUMO’s Salon Citali show, with money thrown in. Lady Maravilla defeated Big Mama for that group’s women title with help from Chica Yeye.

Alberto’s rant on Myzteziz got noticed by Record, which means it’s not just an internet thing but a topic everyone in AAA is going to be asked about next time they’re in front of the media. The discusion probably won’t wait until TripleMania; there’s surely a press conference for the show that both men will be at, and they’ll both get to be asked about this. Sounds like fun. A clip of an Alberto interview may remind you of all the reasons he disliked Myzteziz in the past; this could be a new reason but the feelings are not new.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla show will have Euforia challenging Maximo for the Heavyweight championship. Maximo should remain champion. The show, which doesn’t look quite as good as last week’s Anniversary show, will air live again on CMLL.com and YouTube. CMLL never uploaded last week’s show but says they will at some point; my guess is it’s going to have to wait until it airs on TV (which means at least a two week delay.)

There’s a CMLL video report on last week’s Puebla show, with some backstage interviews.

Sombra is still technically listed as wrestling tonight in Arena Puebla, but he’s probably going to be replaced. He has for tomorrow’s Arena Mexico show, with Titan taking his place. That show also has an added match – the Panther, Pegasso & Leono vs Raziel, Metalico, and Cancerbero – so it seems like that hair match feud is back on. The opener has also been changed, with Stukita replaced by Angelito and Pequeno Nitro replacing Olimpico.

I think this needs repeating, because I’ve seen it confused in other places: Sombra & Rush are suspended for 90 days only in Jalisco, and that mostly means Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. They’re secretly suspended from all CMLL matches for an indefinite time; no one’s said they’re suspended so we don’t know a time limit. Rush appeared to be secretly suspended from CMLL for three weeks earlier this year, so maybe that’s a good guess here, but there’s no telling for sure. (Three weeks would be 08/11 in this case.) It could be different lengths because Rush is a repeat offender, it could be shorter because they were provoked. It’s probably not 90 days every where; Niebla was secretly suspended many times before he got up to 90 days. At this point, all we know is they’re off until they’re not.

Universal has a story about Sony developing a TV show about the fictionalized history of a luchador; it’d use the name of a real life luchador who started in movies, though it sounds like the plots would be actual fiction. Given the hints, it appears to be a Blue Demon show. (Hijo del Santo would never give away the rights for something like this, so it has to be.) No air date or channel is known, and it doesn’t sound like it’s that far along.

RobViper has a highlight video of March 24 CMLL.

Super Libre had Black Terry on the guest, and talked about the Sombra/Rush/fan fight incident.

Segunda Caida reviews Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/24 NOAH:
Super Crazy b Genba Hirayanagi [GJHL] – Crazy 3-0!
Bengala b Taiji Ishimori [GJHL] – Bengala 2-1

07/25 NOAH:
Super Crazy b Taiji Ishimori [GJHL] – Crazy 3-1

Neither man had a tournament match on 07/26, though Bengala did win the opener. Crazy leads the block with three wins with two matches left, and Bengala is part of a group of people with two wins with three matches left.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 07/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Metal, Canario, Vaderus vs Demonio Imperial, Sexy Girl, Skanda
2) Charly Boy, Guerrero 2000, Magnum 44 vs Chicanito, Vampiro Metálico, Voltar
3) Adrenalina, Centella Oriental, Hijo Del Alebrije vs Estrella Oriental, Matrix Jr., Pluma Negra
4) Acero, Aeroman, Black Drago vs Power Bull, Rey Terco Jr., Royer Boy
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Chapuloin, Electro Boy, Fresero Jr., Kanon vs Draego, El Brujo, Omega (Jalisco), Principe, Rayman, Roberto Paz Jr., Rudy Santana,Smaker [Copa Higher Power]
FILL (Eterno’s class) versus Arena Jalisco (All Carrillo)

Forgot to include this for a few days. The Arena Jalisco crew had mentioned they were coming. Rayman in a trainee match is a ringer. Eterno should file a protest with whoever’s regulating these things.

CMLL (SAT) 08/01/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Camorra
2) Robin vs Akuma
3) Eléctrico vs Pequeño Nitro
4) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Raziel
5) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Puma
6) Princesa Sugehit & Silueta vs Dalys & Zeuxis
7) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Mistico vs Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto

Hombre Bala Jr. versus Puma sounds awesome.

CMLL (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena México
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Acero, Aéreo, Eléctrico vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
4) Blue Panther, Titán, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Niebla Roja
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Rey Escorpión, Shocker

Semimain is a rematch. Pierrothito returns in the segunda, which also continues Aereo versus Pequeno Violencia. Both those could easily happen as something to run against TripleMania (which would dissuade no one from going to TripleMania and would do better on literally any other Sunday.) That 08/09 sh0w seems like one Rush or Sombra would normally be on.

CMLL (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo vs Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Capitan Cobra & Meteoro vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Nube Roja & Toro Negro vs Évola & Relampago
4) Frezzer, León Blanco, Neutrón vs El Yaqui, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
5) Metatrón, Super Calo, Super Calo Jr. vs Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno

Super Calo! Super Calo? Super Calo hasn’t been seen in three years. Calo Jr. turned up a few weeks ago on an indy show. I have no idea why either of them are main eventing this show.

Leon Blanco is also back here for the first time in a year.

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Alberto unloads on Myzteziz on Twitter, Satanico defeats Blue Panther on CaraLucha, Aereo/Violencia

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CARA Lucha (SAT) 07/25/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Imparables del Ring, Kronosport, The Gladiatores]
1) Magnético & Puma Galáctico b Heredero Maya & Lasser
2) Ludark Shaitan b Hahastary and Keira and Lady Maravilla
Ludark was back from last week’s knee injury and got the win.
3) Pegazuz, Rayo Star, Sky Man b Magnífico I, Magnífico II, Templario Magnifico I, Magnifico II y Templario vs Rayo Star, Sky Man y Pegazuz 25-07-15 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Great match.Money thrown in. Sky Stars challenged Los Magnificos for a 2v2 match.
4) Hombre Bala Jr. DQ Leo Hombre Bala Jr. vs Tortuga Leo 25-07-15 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Great match. Bala tossed his mask to Leo to draw the DQ.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario & Herodes Jr. b Fly Star & Toxin Boy
Kriminal Boys left the match hurt.
6) Satánico b Blue Panther Blue Panther vs Satanico 25-07-15 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Money thrown in, good match.

Tercera Caida posted the main event in full. Satanico either learned from the ChilangaMask match or just had a better match. Magnificos may have made their best of their chance; the CaraLucha match mentions them as members of the promotion going forward. That 2v2 match and a CMLL versus Familia de Tijuana match will take place on the 08/08 show.

CMLL (SAT) 07/25/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala b Apocalipsis
2) Mercurio b Acero
3) Magnus DQ Espanto Jr.
Espanto Jr. was DQed for (slightly) uynmasking Magnus, which appeared not to be the planned finish. Referee was Terror Chino.
4) Molotov b Súper Comando
5) Sangre Azteca b Star Jr.
6) Marcela & Skadi b La Comandante & Tiffany
Comandante’s first match back since a REINA trip.
7) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

A show. This is the least happening show of the week by far.

CMLL (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Robin b Camorra & Cholo
2) Esfinge, Star Jr., Tritón b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Amapola b Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
4) Aéreo, Astral, Eléctrico DQ Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
Violencia fouled Aereo, and they may have made hair challenges this time.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Mephisto pulled Atlantis’ mask rolled him up for the win.
6) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Super Porky b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
La Mascara & Super Porky replaced Rush & Sombra (suspended?) on Friday. Niebla & Euforia beat Mascara & Marco for the win.

So: trios title match and hair match on the 8th? Seems that way.

Alberto el Patron had a Twitter meltdown tonight, vowing to beat up Myzteziz when they next crossed paths at TripleMania. (Backup screens are here.) There was no explanation of what Myzteziz had actually done, just a lot of Alberto threats. He told Myzteziz to bring a gun and all of his friends from Tepito and Alberto was still going to beat him up.

Aerostar, Faby Apache, Machine Rocker, Taya, Australian Suicide, Ludxor, Argenis, Apache, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito, Mini Histeria and Mini Psicosis are working four shows in Colombia at the start of August. There’s a press release here; it’s a summer festival which brought in CMLL luchadors four years ago. They do a nice job of changing the cards around slightly each day. The last show of the batch is Saturday, August 8th – and TripleMania is the next day. It would be rough but not impossible to make it back to Mexico City in time. Most of the people on that list seem like those who may not have a spot on TripleMania, so maybe that’s not the plan. Aerostar, Faby and Taya are the three big exceptions – someone’s got to work opposite Goya in a Relevos AAA – but it’d be a very long day if that’s the plan so it may not be. Guess we’ll know soon.

ChilangaMask added Trauma II versus Blue Panther to their 08/16 Arena Naucalpan show. That’s match five, so they’re getting close to a full card.

SuperLuchas looks back at a Mil Mascaras title defense, plus an interesting tale of a Solitario/Santo title match. Solitario tried to unmask Santo. Didn’t work, and Santo responded by unmasking Solitario and holding him so the entire crowd could get a good look. Solitario ran to the back, covering his face. Referee counted him out, and gave Santo the title. Commissioner immediately overruled the finish and declared it vacant. That sounds like there were some issues there. (It also sounds like I need to fix about six different title matches – Luchas 2000 records were right.)

The Gladiatores has a recap of Nicho defeating Pagano. Nicho was stretchered out after the match.

LuchaWorld has a KrisZ’s news report.

TKD wrote about the July 18th Arena Coliseo show, and figured out the favorite matches he’s seen and Black Terry Jr.’s seen.

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Ultimo Guerrero versus the world, Volador beats Mascara, Nicho shaves Pagano, Demon on TripleMania

CMLL (FRI) 07/24/2015 Arena México [Box Y Lucha, CMLL, Terra]
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
straight falls. An Oro Jr. swing kick from the apron caught Espiritu Negro in the mouth, and he ended the fall bleeding on the mat. He left the match. Akuma rallied to beat Oro, but lost to Sobreano in the second.
2) Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Lluvia, Skadi Estrellita, Lluvia, Skadi vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis (posted by luchablogdos)
Rudos took 2/3. Skadi replaced Vaqeurita and Zeuxis did the same for Tiffany Seductora. Match got bad for a stretch in the third fall, lowlighted by Skaid missing on a sliding dropkick and Zeuxis diving over the rail on ‘impact’ anyway. Dalys continued her win streak by beating Estrellita for the win.
3) Dragon Lee, Máximo, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Rey Bucanero Dragon Lee, Máximo, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Rey Bucanero (posted by luchablogdos)
Rudos took 2/3, the last when Maximo accidentally kissed ref Edgar and Bucanero used the distraction to foul his perennial rival.
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas b Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Virus [En Busca de un Idolo] Lucha de Maestros del Torneo En Busca de un Idolo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Trainers and final four of En Busca de un Idolo. Team Casas took 2/3 in a great match. Match centered on Negro Casas being worked over by the rudos, trapped from his partners for long stretches, but eventually beating Zavala for the winning pin.
5) Volador Jr. b La Máscara
La Mascara replaced La Sombra on Thursday (presumed suspension.) Mascara took fall 1, Volador rallied took take 2 & 3.
6) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Marco Corleone, Rey Escorpión, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]
Marco Corleone replaced Rush on Thursday (suspension?) Thunder foul kicked Ultimo Guerrero.

Attendance looked like it dropped right back to normal. The En Busca de un Idolo is worth going out of your way to see. Recaps differ about Ultimo Guerrero feuding with Rey Escorpion or Thunder – maybe it was both, but it’s Thunder he’s paired with next week.

Ultimo Guerrero says he wants Thunder’s mask. Can that just take place on a Tuesday?

Volador said La Mascara is a good luchador but not a difficult opponent for him. Volador would be willing to give Mascara a title shot on the Anniversary show.

Estrellita wouldn’t mind facing Dalys in a hair match at the Anniversary show. It’s the season for making challenges on the odd chance someone is listening.

Sombra was off.

CMLL, Telcel and a lottery company are doing a contest for Anniversary tickets. Of note, the rules list the Anniversary show as happening in September, but give no date. That’s a chance from the story writing contest (which had said 09/18) and opens up the possibility CMLL is wavering on the date.

Nicho beat Pagano for his hair in Tijuana. Pagano had won pretty much every match in that feud until now.

AAA did not announce the card for TripleMania on Friday after all. There was no explanation given, though it’s possible they thought it was better to save it for a day where everyone wasn’t focus on Hulk Hogan’s issues. They did announced one more match, Blue Demon Jr. celebrating his 30th anniversary by teaming with La Parka versus Mesias & Electroshock. This match as no particular hook besides the Demon anniversary. The preview even notes tecnico Electroshock lost his hair to tecnico Mesias on this show last year – and now they’ll be teaming together as rudos. It would’ve made more sense to put Hijo del Pirata in Mesias’ spot, but this match surely also doubles as a way to get important people on the card without interfering with matches that might actually be good.

Electroshock being in this match suggest he’s not part of the AAA Trios title match I thought I saw on the lineup. The Psycho Circus are busy with the Villanos, which eliminated any existing trios from challenging. It could’ve been changed or a fake out to begin with, but Cibernetico figures to be on this show and a trios title match remains the easiest way. (Jack, Angelico and Suicide are left, but they haven’t been put together as a team a lot lately.) That’d also mean AAA will have at least 7 matches on this show, since there’s bound to be relevos AAA and a big mutliman scramble to take care of everything else.

I wonder if the original timing of the TripleMania might have to do with it being announced on TV today anyway. (It’s back to being on at 5 today.) That’s usually the deal with the AAA pushes an announcement in Spanish, but it may be a different deal in English. Guess we’ll see.

CaraLuchas has a show today with Blue Panther versus Satanico as the main event. They’ve also got promos for Los Magnificos versus the Sky Stars and Hombre Bala versus Leo.

There’s a benefit show for Bogar Jr. in San Luis Potosi today, who had a double fracture of his left leg after hitting the barricade on a dive.

Ciclope talks about his upcoming deathmatches in Japan.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/31/2015 Arena México
1) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) Esfinge vs Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Kráneo, Ripper, Thunder

Invasors in a Friday main event is very strange, and every strange thing feels like it’s related to either Sombra & Rush being suspended and/or weird anniversary plans. It’s probably also related to wanting to keep TGR together to face Maximo, as CMLL repeats the Rey Bucanero/Maximo feud for the thousandth time. (That seems like something you’d throw in a cage, because you need a certain amount of feuds and ther’es no way they’d main event with that alone.)

En Busca de un Idolo round 2 starts of with 1 vs 2 and 3 v 4 from the first round.

Segunda has the (scheduled) return of Rey Cometa. This would be his first CMLL match in six months, since he hobbled thru a match with Barbaro Cavernario at FantasticaMania in January.

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