LU S4 news “in the next month”, Heroes Inmortales on Twitch?, Fantasma

CMLL (TUE) 09/19/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr. b Exterminador & Joker
Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo b Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Starman
Rudos took 2/3
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Difunto, Sagrado, Tiger Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Difunto, Sagrado, Tiger (posted by thecubsfan)
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Flip Gordon, Niebla Roja DQ Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Último Guerrero Ángel de Oro, Flip Gordon, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Kojima, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan)
tecnicos took 2/3, with UG fouling Flip in the third to set up a match next week
5) Marco Corleone © b Euforia [CMLL HEAVYMarco Corleone © vs Euforia for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship (posted by thecubsfan)
4th defense. Marco took falls 1/3 to win.

This was the last show before the hiatus. The semimain set up UG/Flip for this upcoming Tuesday. Guadalajara hasn’t been directly affected by the earthquake, but it seemed like they didn’t run a show tonight after all. It’s possible they might run again Tuesday even if Arena Mexico does not.

CMLL’s collection efforts wrapped up today. They thanked everyone for participating, and said news about benefit shows and when they’d resume will be announced soon. MedioTiempo checked in with the luchadors, who say most of the items have gone to the south part of Mexico City (Xochimilco) and that they were planning on taking more to Puebla. NJPW started collecting funds for Mexico at their shows.

CMLL appeared to start putting the Anniversary show on their YouTube channel, then stopped after the first match.

I’m trying to finish up a recap of AAA’s taping from Saturday for tomorrow morning. The big thing wasn’t said, but definitely teased: Sunday’s AAA Heroes Inmortales may also be airing on Twitch. Jeremy Borash teased it a couple times during the course of the show, so maybe look for an announcement today. The Twitch stream they ran on Saturday did about 3,000 on the Spanish feed, and over 600 on English. That’s about 20% of what TripleMania did. It was a lot different card, but they’re better off if they can announce these things early.

Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of El Santo. Hijo del Santo & El Santo marked the celebration with a ceremony at the El Santo’s statue in his home town of Tulancingo. There are articles about Santo in Spanish and English. and there was probably more coverage planned until the earthquake. Claro has stories about his movies, his apuesta wins, and the anniversary. The show to celebrate him will now be held on Thursday.

Metalico talks about helping people evacuate after the 1985 earthquake. It sounds like his neighborhood was destroyed by that one.

El Fantasma suffered a heart attack earlier this week. On the AAA Spanish Twitch broadcast, they said he wrestled in Cancun last week and suffered it after the match. The announcers said it’d was now Fantasma’s final match. He seemed in good health at the show. They did the a tease of the heels going after him to distract his son, but it got cut off before it really went anywhere.

Penta’s Instagram had a poster for the upcoming Crash show on 10/05 with a TV Azteca logo. The poster was later deleted. No idea if it was a fake poster or if he got it out too soon.

Lucha Underground’s Eric Van Wagenen was on Afterbuzz TV talking about Lucha Underground. This seemed like it was in response to the latest LU is dead run of stories – but, there’s not much hard news for him to give since nothing is happening. He was asked the Season 4 question a couple of different times in a couple of different ways, and said “I think there’s a better than even chance we’ll be doing a season 4”. Near the end of the podcast, he says he expects a decision with El Rey in the next month.

The reality is those “LU is just about dead” stories are going to be there weekly (on Thursdays) until the show gets renewed or is actually dead – but they exist not because there’s some new development, but because there have been no development at all. There’s really no news here; the last bit of news was the missing the cut off date to tape again in 2017, and nothing has happened. People understandably get concerned when nothing is happen, and they’re right to be concerned because the money may not be figured out, but nothing we’re hearing has any new information on the money. In that interview, Van Wagenen mentions El Rey has a certain time frame to renew Lucha Underground before losing the rights, which is the same thing that’s been said before. MGM & El Rey have differing opinions on what LU should cost, and there’s no great incentive to either side giving in until they get close to that deadline. It’s a waiting game to see if which side blinks, or if neither side does.

(It’s also worth nothing that even El Rey saying no wouldn’t be the end of this; Van Wagenen is certain MGM would shop the show around to other places if El Rey doesn’t pick up by whatever deadline they have.)

If you do go to about 45 minutes into that podcast, there’s an entertaining unexpected story: one of the podcast hosts was the “fan” who was shoved by Matanza in the street fight with Dragon Azteca (when Azteca gets chokeslammed thru the bleachers), and the circumstances were an interesting experience.  Van Wagenen also asked about explained the decision to allow LU wrestlers to appear on Impact was made by “the LLC” (Dorian). He was against the idea of their wrestlers showing up elsewhere when the show begin, but now is more positive towards especially since they’re not providing work for the guys themselves, and hope it’s expands to everyone. (So, if there’s someone who is keeping people from appearing in ROH or elsewhere, it’s not Van Wagenen.)

 

+LuchaTV put up last week’s complete IWRG show, the carnival of champions show where the power went out midway thru the show. IWRG did run their show as scheduled tonight.

Ryan Kidd, who wrestles in California and Baja California, says he’s headed to CMLL to train in a couple weeks.

The lucha libre expo went on in Oaxaca, though delayed by earthquake.

Martinez Entertainment is running on 10/28 with Super Porky as special guest. Matches include Arez & Low Rider vs Gringo Loco & Steve Pain.

Box Y Lucha 3302 is focused on the earthquake.

AAA running charity show live on Twitch tonight, let’s contribute too

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AAA has it’s annual Ring and Rock Stars TV taping from Hard Rock Riviera Maya tonight. They’ve decided to air it live on Twitch to raise money for earthquake victims. All the revenue from the show (probably the ads, not sure if they’ll have the bit tips set up) will be donated to Save the Children Mexico. The show is scheduled to start at 8pm CT (but it’s a TV taping, so probably later than that.) They have it as two hours long but I figure it’ll be longer. I am told the plan is for the event to stream both on AAA’s main channel and English language channel, and there’s an effort to find some English language announcers to call the show for that feed. (I do not know who they will be and it may not happen since this is all coming together last minute.)

This is the announced card, though it’s an AAA TV taping so things can/will change:

AAA TV (SAT) 09/23/2017 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
1) Monsther Clown vs Murder ClownDark CuervoDark ScoriaMarty The Moth [Guitarra de Oro, semifinal]
2) Súper Fly vs AvernoChessmanAustralian SuicideArgenis [Guitarra de Oro, semifinal]
3) Drago vs AerostarLa ParkaMocho Cota Jr.Carta Brava Jr. [Guitarra de Oro, semifinal]
4) Texano Jr. vs Hijo del FantasmaEddie EdwardsJames StormEC3 [Guitarra de Oro, semifinal]
5) Lady Shani vs La Hiedra
6) Winner Of Match 1 vs Winner Of Match 2Winner Of Match 3Winner Of Match 4
7) Psycho Clown & Rey Escorpión vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pagano

Those first four matches are to set up a match for a Gold Guitar as the semifinal match, the first time AAA’s used that particular trophy.

I’d like to help out too, and have fun watching this show. Let’s play a game today: for every dive on tonight’s AAA TV Twitch show, I’ll also donate $5 to Save the Children. If Australian Suicide does something with three spins to the floor, that’s $5. If Hiedra does a simple plancha off the top rope all the way onto Shani outside the ring, that’s 5. If La Parka walks two steps to the ropes and does a tope thru, still $5. If Wagner does his forward roll off the apron, it’s for charity, so that’s definitely $5. The only rule is we actually have to be able to see the dive on the stream to add it to the count. If I can’t tell if it happened, then I can’t count it out.

If you want to play along, I’ll try to count out the dives as they happen tonight, and maybe we can all donate money when it’s over.

There were two more aftershock earthquakes this morning in Mexico, including a 6.2 earthquake in Oaxaca where the first earthquake earlier in September was centered.

CMLL will continue to accept donations this Saturday and Sunday. Arena Puebla’s show for this week was officially canceled yesterday. There won’t be any word about when CMLL will resume until at least Monday.

Caristico tells a story about he and his brother Argos being trapped after the 1985 earthquake, and helping out thru this one. Zeuxis, an ambulance medic in her other life, is apparently volunteering for the Red Cross right now.

Kojima’s headed back to Japan today.

A 10/01 show in Los Angeles with Blue Demon, Tinieblas Jr. will be donating some proceeds from the show to earthquake relief. The article says they’re hoping for 10,000 people to turn out. I hope they’re not planning on that number, which seems like it’d be twice the amount of people who’ve attended any non-WWE show this year.

Lucha Underground posted a Killshot video to set up Hell of War next week. The key information is the stipulations to each fall are first blood, no DQ, and “medical evacuation” (a stretcher match). The thing I actually took away from it is Killshot, in trying to tough talk, comes off as the rudo in the feud.

RIOT announced their next show will be on 11/04.

Iron Kid says he, Resplandor Jr., Astro and Picudo are going to Macao, China for six months to wrestle for a group there.  (Via R de Rudo) This appears to be former WWE trainee Hoho Lun’s new promotion, which also mentions Rocky Lobo & Pesadilla heading in at some point. Lun was a guest at a Gimnasio Arena Coliseo show earlier this year, so this actually makes sense somehow. It looks like they’re doing nightly or nearly nightly shows as a casino attraction, so it’s plausible this may actually work out.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Lineups

Multi (SAT) 09/23/2017 Polideportivo del Sur, Puebla, Puebla
1) Amazona & Lillith vs Luna Wampi & Rockerita
2) Dienes De Sable, Duendo Loco, Hijo De King Rocker, Ikaros, Sombra Guerrera vs Ángel Boy, Ángelus, Lobo De Plata, Lobo Negro, Sombra Azteca
3) Eros vs Magic Jr.Bombon AsesinoAmnesiaNocturnoSexy AlexanderCobra DoradaTigre SoberbioÁguila GuerreraTigre Fly
4) París vs Guerrero de PlataBracito MetrosexualVegaOficial FierroMini Demond RockPayaso RemyGuerrero Espaical [Torneo Rey Celestial]
5) Karisma & Rey Samuray vs Rey Infierno & Siki Ozama Jr. and Ares el Guerrero & Loco Max
6) Crazy Black vs King Rocker Jr.Tiger BoyLincePayasoi RetroFantasmínRayder BoyVenumYeygoAvariciaTony IronLegionario Jr.AltisPequeño Joker [Copa Rey de Tornillo]

Rey Celestial tribute show today. Lots of multi person matches because so many people want to be on it.

The Crash (THU) 10/05/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Black Boy & Black Danger vs Dave Crist & Jack Crist
2) Christi Jaynes & Keyra vs Baronessa & Diosa Quetzal
3) Trevor Lee © vs Daga vs Último Ninja [IMPACT X]
4) Arkángel Divino, Laredo Kid, Máscarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16, Mr. 450, Último Maldito
5) Jack Evans, M-ximo, Willie Mack vs Bestia 666, Black Taurus (Indie), Garza Jr.
6) The King vs Flamita
7) Brian Cage, Penta 0M, Rey Mysterio 619 vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

This is the earthquake relief show they’re doing (and two days earlier than the original Saturday date.) Rey Fenix (the King) and Flamita just had a super match in San Luis Potosi and bring it back here for the rematch. I’d suspect the Daga/Trevor Lee/Ultimo Ninja match is being done to air on Impact in some form, but I’m not sure. Daga quit AAA, and he’d be the first guy who quit AAA and still is under LU contract to be allowed to appear on someone else’s TV.

CMLL shows canceled this weekend, Santo postponement

Tonight’s CMLL’s show is canceled. So are Saturday’s and Sunday’s Mexico city show. Ovaciones reports CMLL will decide on Monday if they’re running a show on Tuesday. If they’re not deciding until Monday, that probably means Puebla is off.

CMLL will continue to accept supplies tonight from 10-6. They’re looking for medicine for pets, babe food, water and tools. Many other wrestling arenas are accepting supplies as well.

Skandalo, who hasn’t been seen in the ring since March and is believed to dealing with an eye injury, was among those collecting supplies.

IWRG luchador Blue Monsther was among those helping remove debris from a collapsed garment factory in Mexico City. He said he’d normally be teaching at a gym but felt his energy could be better used there. People working at the site have found twenty bodies and saved four people.

There’s also a story involving CMLL luchador Nitro, though I’m not exactly sure what it is. Rey Bucanero wrote something about Nitro risking his life and safety to save others. He apparently got hurt while saving two other people, but is safe now.

Fenix and Penta have canceled their appearances in Australia this week to stay with their families.

El Hijo del Santo says his show in Tulancingo scheduled for tomorrow will now be held next Thursday (09/28) at the request of the government. They’ll give a 25% ticket discount with an item donation for earthquake relief. Santo will be part of a mass in front of his father today, and will visit the Santo statue tomorrow.

The FULL show scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to 10/21.

The Crash announced their next Tijuana show ill now be held on October 5th (a Thursday, two days earlier) and tickets will be free for donations of earthquake relief supplies.

DTU resumed their shows in Xalapa. Trey Miguel kept his Rockstar Pro title over Pardux and Toto. Los Masizos may be splitting up. They won the main event over Ovett, Halloween and Shlak, but Crazy King stole the pin from Ciclope.

 

AAA Japan announced non-tournaments matches for the 10/10 Lucha World Cup
King Cuerno vs Angelico
Danny Jones, Diego, Sumrise Natsu vs Taylor Adams, Rekka, and Heidi Katrina

I guess that means Cuerno and Angelico aren’t in the proper tournament itself, but should have a pretty good match. It also helps explains why Angelico is still in AAA at the moment. This show, and the 10/09 show the previous day, also pop up on DJZ’s upcoming schedule. Also, this is my required mention that this show is less than 3 weeks away, the Mexico side of AAA has still not acknowledged these shows are happening at all, and that seems concerning.

AAA’s weekend in Riveria Maya starts this weekend.

R de Rudo’s Mauricio Rebollo writes about what he’s seen in Mexico City the last couple days. He was in a walkway connecting two buildings when the earthquake happened, which sounds like a place I really would not want to be. SuperLuchas has photos of destruction from Morelos, the epicenter of the earthquake.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast.

Lineups

The Crash (FRI) 09/29/2017 Plaza de Toros Eduardo Funtante, Mazatlán, Sinaloa
1) Dr. Necropsia, Pajaro, Thunder vs Argus, Sangre Maligna, Sigma
2) Eclipse & Relámpago vs Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
3) Jack Evans vs Bestia 666
4) Daga & Zorro vs Máximo & Rey Escorpión (Indie)
5) Penta 0M, Rey Mysterio 619, Willie Mack vs Brian Cage, Carlito, La Máscara

Full card for the debut in Sinaloa. Villa & Banderas are in from Guadalajara (but work here for indies some times.)

MDA (SUN) 10/01/2017 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Mini Hator vs Tekilita
2) Vasco Jr. vs Quinto Elemento
3) Rey Horus vs GalactarFuror
4) Antifaz & Dos Caras Sr. vs Charles Lucero & Panthro
5) Zack Sabre Jr. vs Xtreme Tiger
6) Alberto el Patrón vs El Hijo Del Santo vs Silver King

Can ZSJ finally beat a Mexican? Probably not. I think the card would’ve been more interesting with ZSJ vs Alberto and Santo vs Silver King, but Sabre probably is just here because he’s a indie name people in charge have heard of but not actually seen.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 10/01/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Notoryus Fly & Psycho Kid vs Ciclón Infernal & Súper Dragons
2) Aramis vs Sansón
3) Impulso vs Tiger [falls count anywhere]
4) Imposible vs Titán (CMLL)
5) Soberano Jr. © vs El Bandido [MEX WELTER]
first defense
6) 19 Y 1/2 vs Gato De Ecatepec123456789101112131415161718 [Memes Rumble]

There’s 4 matches there I would’ve really liked to been able to see.

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 22nd

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CMLL streams are off until they’re not. Friday seems definitely out. Arena Puebla usually sends out their poster on Saturdays, so maybe we’ll find out if they’re postponed around then. There’s not a lineup for Tuesday at this point. No idea of IWRG will be running either. It’s going to be weird to go two straight Fridays without a CMLL show. Hopefully it’s only two.

(Guadalajara should air like normal. I really should add Guadalajara to this list, but I’m sure the feed will stop working again as soon as I do.)

CMLL Azteca should air the Anniversario mask matches, if you skipped out on the iPPV. Not sure what they do next week.

AAA was taped weeks ago in Irapuato, and has actually aired started airing on Impact. That’s a difficulty in figuring out these things: it’s tough to tell what’s meant to being taped for the US TV or the Mexico one, or if it’s for both. I assume the show is airing like normal but that may be a bad assumption.

Lucha Underground is airing. I was at all the remaining episodes, a long time ago. The Killshot/Dante Fox is insane, on the level of the first Grave Consequences and the Cero Miedo match. It was an incredible experience live, and one I hope translates just as well to video. You should try to go out of your way to see this match yourself, because I think you’ll end up seeing a half dozen GIFs of it anyway.

CMLL collecting supplies at Arena Mexico, Dia de Luchador

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CMLL continues to collect supplies at Arena Mexico, something AAA is also promoting. They’re looking for medical supplies (gauze, antibiotics, syringes) and digging supplies (shovels, hammers, lanterns). Luchadors are taking photos with anyone who drops items off. Daga & Fenix will be doing the same at Blue Demon’s store and the Traumas will be doing the same at Solar’s store in the same neighborhood. Arena Naucalpan will also be collection donated supplies, as well Arena San Juan. NJPW will be raising money for Mexico at their shows, with the proceeds given to the Red Cross. Other wrestlers are helping out around Mexico City and the other areas affected by the earthquake.

All CMLL shows in Mexico City are postponed until further word. Mexico City’s government has asked all sports/entertainment events to be canceled while the city is in a state of emergency. The CMLL arenas have been inspected and are OK to use once the state of emergency is lifted, but there’s no word of when the state of emergency will end. All soccer games and other events scheduled for this weekend have already been canceled. Nothing is confirmed for CMLL at this point; it figures they’ll probably also not run this weekend but, if the government says people can start running shows sometime this weekend, they’ll probably start running that day. I wouldn’t expect them to be running any shows until Tuesday, but nothing’s been ruled out.

There’s been no talk about Arena Puebla. That area was closer to the epicenter and there’s video of buildings damaged in the same area of the city as the arena. It sounds like the building itself was OK, but I wouldn’t plan on them holding a show on Monday.

AAA’s taping this Saturday in Hard Rock Riveria Maya sounds like it’s still on. That area was far away from the unaffected by the earthquake. AAA had heavily promoted the vacation trips for months. It’ll go on, but probably a different atmosphere.

DTU’s next few shows happened to be scheduled in places unaffected by the earthquake, so they’ll go on tonight in Xalapa and with their other Veracruz show this weekend. They’ll be collection donations for the victims. Indie promotions in Cancun are running a lucha libre marathon, entry free with a donation of food. A lot of other shows around lucha libre are doing similar things.

Today happens to be Dia de Lucha Libre in Mexico. The holiday was set up by the work of the since deceased Brazo de Oro with the Mexican senate, with the idea of making it an annual event. The concept of luchadors has a different meaning this week, as Apolo Valdes writes about, but it seemed like CMLL had already forgotten it before the earthquake.

WWE sent out a survey to current and former network subscribers about possible additions to the network. The possibility of a lucha libre tournament was mentioned, but so were dozens of other ideas; it looks like they were including every idea they had, even those which would be unlikely to pull off. A lucha libre tournament seems like it fits in that category; it has so little chance of happening. WWE doing a lucha libre tournament seems like a style disaster, but it would give fresh exposure to lots of people who would never ever otherwise get it.

This week’s WON says Konnan pitched an idea for Rey Celestial to be the new La Parkita when he was in AAA, but he could never get it approved.

TKD and Culticon review last night’s Lucha Underground.

Segunda Caida reviews recent Panther and Metalico matches

The newest episode of Lucha Talk is up.

Lucha Underground 3×36: The Rise of the Ring Announcer

Fenix is an unheralded mixed tag wrestler

Matches

Dante Fox beat Texano (5:39, inside cradle, good)

Mariposa & Marty the Moth beat Melissa Santos & Fenix (9:18, spike pedigree on Melissa Santos, good)

Son of Havoc & Pentagon Dark won a seven way Gift of Gods match with Saltador, Paul London, Mala Suerte, Cortez Castro and Drago (6:37, Havoc SSP on London & Pentagon package piledriver on Saltador, good)

Developments

This was the final episode prior to Ultima Lucha, and a last chance to move a lot of pieces in place. There were many matches made for the showcase four episodes. Some were set up on this show. Some were just announced. I was suspicious Sexy Star/Taya was only mentioned in passing because it was really supposed to have been announced on social media and and that plan got dropped once Sexy became a non-person. Maybe not, since there were a other matches which were only acknowledged in passing during commentary or during the big rundown in the middle of the show.

this didn’t go as well for Melissa

Three more were made during the night. Famous B took over ring announcing for the night, and his premature announcement of Texano as the winner distracted him into an inside cradle. (It wasn’t clear if Famous B messed up, or purposelessly cost Texano the match. He seemed unbothered by the real outcome.) Texano tried to break Famous B for costing him another match, but Dario intervened: he needed Famous B for the rest of the night. Dario offered Texano a match with B next week, but Texano will have let Famous B manage him should he lose the currently one armed B. Meanwhile, the announcers were falling over each other to praise Dante Fox as a break out star following his recent performances.

The Gift of the Gods match ended the night. The usual medal ceremony was held in Dario’s office. We only saw Havoc and Pentagon place theirs, with Havoc vowing to get cash in right away to get that Ultima Lucha 3 spot he thought he had last year, and Pentagon vowing to break everyone’s arm. Neither man turned out to be right. The seven way was everyone for themselves, with the Rabbit Tribe willing to fight each other at times. Pentagon was dominant at the end, laying out both Saltador and Paul London. When Pentagon went to finish off Saltador with the package piledriver, Havoc landed on London with a shooting star press, and the referee counted both men down at the same time. (Seemed notable that Vampiro was sure Pentagon won, flipping his usual negativity towards his ex-protege. Striker saw it as a draw.) Dario Cueto swiftly sorted it out: there has to be one Gift of the Gods winner, so the tie breaker will be Pentagon versus Havoc in a ladder match with the belt on the line.

The other match was made just as quick. Cage seems to be mind controlled by the gauntlet pretty quick to us, but Dario is concerned it’s not happening fast enough or at all, and that’s why he stole it back last week. (Maybe Delgado’s death shook him up?) Dario’s got approval from his associates for a Cage, Mil Muertes and Jeremiah Crane three way match. He figures Muertes & Crane will be sucked into the gauntlet’s power much quicker. If Cage still wins, they’ll try “ascension” on him anyway, And if that fails, Dario’s okay with Limo Guy just destroying cage. Yes, Limo Guy made a cameo for the first time in months (and we saw Agent Winter again.) All the match announcements made it fell like a big show, but that overarching plot coming back in made it feel like a show coming to a head. Or an end.

king me legdrop

The other matches for Ultima Lucha mentioned include Killshot vs Dante Fox in the Hell of War, a best of three fall match with different stipulations in each fall. Ivelisse versus Catrina is on after all. (This was done in a post-edited voice over; I believe they didn’t know if Ivelisse was going to be able to go until just a bit before the match, and that’s why they dropped mentioning it for so long.) Finally, El Dragon Azteca Jr. made a typically unwise decision and will face Matanza in a cage match. Azteca’s going for revenge on Rey Mysterio, and that mention of revenge was the only time Rey’s name came up on the show.

The middle match was the debut of Melissa Santos, teaming with Fenix against Mariposa and Marty Martinez. An opening show vignette showed Fenix training Melissa, had them flirt, and revealed Melissa still hasn’t seen Fenix with his mask off. Melissa did kinda reveal Marty’s plan is not going to work, she insists she’s into Fenix with or without the mask, but Fenix doesn’t quite believe the same. Fenix also didn’t really believe he wanted Melissa to wrestle here, keeping her out of the match for most of the way. (Fenix’s unwillingness to see women hurt also extended to Mariposa temporarily, though he got over it.) Fenix finally tagged Melissa in for a run of double teams, but she was trapped in the ring when the butterflies took out Fenix and tied him to the ropes. They finished Melissa easy. Marty went to fork Melissa in the head, only for Fenix to break free in time to put a stop to it.

Thoughts

This was a really good episode. All the matches were good, if nothing outstanding, and they did a strong job of building up Ultima Lucha as an epic event with really important stakes.

Texano/Dante was the usual Texano level good match with a few neat Fox spots until the cheap ending. At least the distraction finally leads to a conclusion to that. The announcers were in on Dante as hard as anyone since Pentagon’s first armbreaking rise. It’s sudden, but it’s deserved. On the other hand, I think LU might pick gimmicks on which professions best lend themselves to extended word play and references, and the idea of another War themed match seems like it might be rough after how they ran the puns into the ground with the last one.

“jumper” jumping

LU made Melissa come off as a big deal, they laid out her spots to make her look impressive (and shot them in a way to protect her) and used her to ramp up emotions of the Marty/Fenix match even more. The fans are so into Melissa that I was half surprised no fan tried to rush the ring for the save; good thing they don’t tape in Mexico. This show is crazy enough that Marty actually forking Melissa didn’t even seem impossible. Marty isn’t naturally a great base for Fenix’s trickier offense, but they’ve built his danger up enough that the the emotions are going to carry the action.

The seven way match was almost only a series of one on ones. They kept the pace high that way and it was good action, even if it meant a lot of people selling on the outside. It was really good action while it lasted, and it just lacked some bigger moments for me to rate it higher. There wasn’t the Mala Suerte/Cortez Castro sequence or team up I was so hoping for, but they did give us a whole lot of Saltador looking awesome. Most of his (various) character time on this show has been about blending or losing badly, but he was impressive given the chance. The finishing draw came off perfectly on TV. It’s a little forced to get there, but it does helpfully give them a reason not to cash into the title match immediately.

Dante rolling

Ultima Lucha 3

episode 102 (September 27, Ultima Lucha Week 1)

  • Texano vs Famous B, Texano must join Infamous Inc. if he loses.

  • Killshot vs Dante Fox, in the Hell of War

episode 103 (October 4, Ultima Lucha Week 2)

  • (a match that hasn’t been announced)

  • Fenix vs Marty the Moth, mask vs hair

  • Ivelisse vs Catrina

episode 104 (October 11, Ultima Lucha Week 3)

  • Taya vs Sexy Star, last luchadora standing

  • Pentagon Dark vs Son of Havoc for the Gift of the Gods Championship in a Ladder match.

episode 105 (October 18, Ultima Lucha Week 4, the end?)

  • (a match that hasn’t been announced)

  • Cage vs Jeremiah Crane vs Mil Muertes for the gauntlet

  • El Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Matanza Cueto in a cage match

  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Prince Puma, title versus career for the Lucha Underground championship

lucha libre on hold following Mexico City earthquake, LU

Lucha libre in Mexico is largely on pause following yesterday’s 7.1 earthquake in Puebla. Last night’s CMLL Arena Mexico show was canceled following earthquake, which brought building to the ground in Mexico City. This earthquake took place on the 32nd anniversary of an 8.0 earthquake in Mexico. Many places in Mexico City had or were in the middle of earthquake drills when then actual earthquake happened. The city is forever affected by the 85 earthquake – every building has exit signs in case of an earthquake, building codes were changed – but there’s still significant damage to many buildings in the city and in the rest of Mexico. It’s helped some amount, but there’s still obviously going to be a significant death toll when this is over. Mexico is still digging out today; the twitter feeds I follow that usually talk about lucha libre are passing along notices about volunteers needed at different locations, trying to reunite children and elderly with their families, and passing along emergency contact info.

CMLL’s arenas are said to be undamaged. They didn’t run because the city asked them, asked all big public shows, to go dark for the night in effort to clear the streets of as many unneeded people as usual. CMLL will probably run Friday if things settle down, though it’s possible they’ll need to pass an inspection before they can reopen to the public. CMLL hasn’t announced Informa is canceled today but assume it is.

(FWIW: The last canceled Arena Mexico show was the 07/21/2012 show, due to a protest around the nearby Televisa building. The last canceled CMLL DF show was a 09/01/2013 Arena Coliseo show due to a march, with a never rescheduled Hiroshi Tanahashi/Atlantis match as the match planned.)

The Guadalajara show went on as a scheduled. The DF wrestlers were already on the bus heading out there when the earthquake happened, and that location was unaffected by the earthquake. There’s no word about Arena Puebla, but it’s not mentioned among the buildings which were damaged in that city.

The DTU show scheduled in Morelos, near the epicenter of the earthquake, is canceled. The local promoter says the building seems fine, but has to be inspected before they can run an event and that’s not going to get done in time. Refunds are being offered at point of purchase. The Mexico City ExpoLucha show scheduled for Saturday is also canceled.

MedioTiempo has a roundup of fundraising activities. Polvora and Dragon Rojo are collecting donations of supplies at Arena Mexico today, and others will be doing the same at Arena NaucalpanDTU will be collection food on it’s upcoming shows. Arena Kalaka in Ciudad is holding a show tonight to raise money to send to Mexico City; Pagano will be part of that show. AAA edecan Bere will be signing autographs and taking photos tonigth in exchange for donations at Super Astro’s restaurant. There will likely be places for money donations in upcoming days.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 36 of the 40 episode season, entitled “The Rise of the Ring Announcer”. Matches on the show

  • Dante Fox vs Texano (clip)
  • Marty the Moth & Mariposa vs Fenix & Melissa Santos
  • Gift of the Gods championship match: Pentagon Dark vs Son of Havoc vs Drago vs Cortez Castro vs Paul London vs Saltador vs Mala Suerte

This is the final show of the June 12th taping, the last taping Rey Mysterio attended. He had a family obligation during Ultima Lucha weekend. If there’s going to be any resolution to Rey being dragged off by Matanza, it probably airs tonight (though they could and have aired things out of order.) The rest of the season is Ultima Lucha 3.

The preview says “More Ultima Lucha plans are made”; I’d expect we finally get the full list of Ultima Lucha matches after this. That main event seems like it should have an effect on the already announced Puma/Mundo match. Pentagon already believes he’s winning the Gift of the Gods in this promo and he’s not alone.

Melissa wrestling means Lucha Underground is short one ring announcer for the night.

10/21 Lucha Libre y Pasion in Arena San Juan

There’s a lucha libre expo scheduled for Oaxaca this weekend. That one appears to be still be on, with the idea of raising money for those suffering from the earlier earthquake this month.

A show on 09/30 in Arena Olimpica Laguna is listed as a Jerry Estrada farewell show. Feels like there’s been some of those in the past.

Segunda Caida doesn’t recommend the Warriors vs Terry/Diablo IWRG tag title match.

Lineups

ACG (SAT) 09/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño, Javier Cruz Jr., Johnny Dinamo vs Demonio Rojo, Linterna, Thunder Boy
2) El Rielero, Explosivo, Mágico vs Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
3) Silueta vs La Pantera [lightning]
4) Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr. vs Joker & Sádico and Esfinge & Magnum and Frezzer & Furia Roja
5) Flash, Flash I, Flash II, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Ángel Negro, Ráfaga, Ráfaga Jr., Satánico

This is a benefit show for children suffering from cerebral palsy.

Gran Guerrero beats Niebla Roja (again), Panther/Virus tonight

Flip

CMLL (MON) 09/18/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika b Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Espacial replaced King Jaguar (moved up) on Sunday.
2) Disturbio & King Jaguar b Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
King Jaguar replaced Canelo Casas on Sunday
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Lady Maravilla replaced Skadi (injury) on Sunday. Sugehit submitted Zexuis again.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Stigma, Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. DQ Kojima, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Mr. Niebla and fouled Caristico for the DQ.
6) Gran Guerrero b Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18  DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero submitted Niebla Roja to set up a title match next week.

I didn’t see this one yet. Attendance looked down. It’s be easy to blame Guerrero & Roja as non-draws, but Puebla attendance seems very random most weeks.

CMLL hypes today’s main event around Mr. Niebla. Mr. Niebla didn’t wrestle last night and who knows about tonight. This is the danger in writing in advance. The scheduled main event is Caristico, Mistico & Volador against Mr. Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Mr. Niebla, but who knows. It sure seemed like the scheduled plan for an upcoming main event was a Diamante Azul & Stuka vs Negro Casas & Shocker tag title match, but they haven’t successfully gotten everyone in the same place for a while. They may all be there for today’s semifinal, with Valiente & Vangellys filling out the trios.

The match of the night will probably be the Virus/Blue Panther lightning match. It’s only the second time CMLL’s held this match. The last ended in a time limit draw, with the battle mostly staying off the ropes and about swapping the holds. That’s likely to happen again this time, 10 minutes is just not long enough, but it should be something pretty different than the usual lightning match. Panther’s sons and Titan face Los Revolucioanrios and Hechicero in a near rematch from Saturday. Fiero makes a segunda appearance, teaming with Metatron & Oro against Metalico, Nitro and Raziel. The opener is a minis tag, with Acero & Aereo against Pequeno Universo 2000 & Pequeno Violencia.

Guadalajara has Marco versus Euforia for the heavyweight title, with Marco being heavy favorite.

AAA posted a series of GIFs from the first Lucha Underground All Night Long match to show Johnny Mundo is capable of wrestling for a long time and may not be in trouble wrestling 3 matches at Heroes Inmortales. They also have quotes from Lady Shani & Ayako Hamada building up their Heroes Inmortales match.

AAA officially announced the Metepec card that was posted a few days ago, and posted a behind the scenes video package of TripleMania.

A few weeks ago at Arena Roberto Paz, Mr. Aguila said he thought his TripleMania appearance would lead to more AAA dates.

Bandido told R de Rudo he’s “close” to going to WWE, following William Regal and Dark Angel scouting him at a Lucha Memes show in the recent past. It’d be his dream to go.

Lucha Memes says they’re running a show on 10/22 in Puebla’s Arena La Loma.

Box Y Lucha #3301 has the unmasked losers from the Anniversario.

Hijo del Santo didn’t get to have his show in the Zocalo; they went with Ricky Martin instead.  El Universal has an interview about El Santo with what they say are Hijo del Santo & Axel. That would be very strange and big news given the long time legal issues between the two (so I wonder if they’ve confused Santo Jr. for Axel.)

LuchaWorld has the latest lucha report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lucha Sorpresa has some match recommendations from last week.

+LuchaTV has the latest edition of their podcast.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 09/24/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Oriental vs Power Bull
2) Demonio Infernal & Shaolin vs Súper Brazo Jr. & Tackle
3) Aramis vs Diablo Jr.
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances, Taylor Wolf, Violencia Jr.
5) Bombero Infernal, Imposible, Villano V Jr. vs Black Warrior, Eterno, Warrior Jr.
6) Herodes Jr. © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG JUNIORS]
3rd defense

IWRG tapings are about counting backwards to see if the cool looking small guy match will make TV. Aramis/Diablo Jr. is fourth from the top, so it should barring power outage.

CMLL (MON) 09/25/2017 Arena Puebla
1) París & Vega vs Ares & Joker
2) Asturiano & Millenium vs El Malayo & Rey Apocalipsis
3) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Drone, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cuatrero, Sagrado, Sansón
5) Carístico, Flip Gordon, Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) Niebla Roja © vs Gran Guerrero [CMLL LH]
first defense

Niebla Roja had to agree to lose his mask to be in that Anniversary main event, and the rumor has been that he’s leaving CMLL shortly. (Niebla’s booked in Nevada on the following Friday, thru an Arizona indie lucha promotion he’s worked for in the past.) CMLL would probably want him to lose his title before leaving, and they could get that done quickly here.

Fourth match is a rematch, which didn’t seem necessary based on the outcome on yesterday’s show.

Kojima isn’t on any cards past Friday, so he must be finishing up. They figured it out enough never to put him in a singles match.

new lucha videos for the weekend of September 15th, 2017

This is small. YouTube has the videos I shot as well. IWRG didn’t air because of the power outage, and I think I need to start looking for a new AAA Regional source before next week.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-09-16
taped 2017-09-08 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
2) Titán vs Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
3) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kojima, Pierroth, Rush

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-09-16
taped 2017-09-12 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Astral, Robin, Star Black vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Sádico, Sangre Azteca
2) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
3) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Kojima, Mephisto

 

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-09-05 

Misterioso succeeds by doing little

Recapped: 09/16/2017

Matches:

Espíritu Negro & Grako beat Fiero & Magia Blanca  
(11:07 [5:48, 2:40, 2:39], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr. beat Cancerbero, Forastero, Nitro
(13:57 [5:58, 3:52, 4:07], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
(13:52 [8:14, 2:38, 3:00], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Misterioso Jr. beat The Panther in a lightning match
(7:55, Gory Special, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora beat Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol
(15:09 [5:04, 2:58, 7:07], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Terrible
(9:28 [2:40, 2:17, 4:31], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

In angles that exist but have never gone anywhere, Misterioso is still taking masks after wins.

Thoughts:

weekly Fiero highlight

The main events breezed thru their match without doing match, and then Mr. Niebla got dumped on his head by Diamante Azul for the finish. Zacarias running away in fear was the correct reaction. I don’t know what was supposed to be happening on the plancha spot before hand, but neither did they and it didn’t matter much. Nothing on this show mattered much.

The semimain had Blue Panther weirdness. Though, if they’re doing bits where Dragon Rojo of all people is out manuevering Blue Panther on the mat, then maybe Panther needs to call it a day. Angel de Oro coming back to quickly beat Hechicero to win the first fall right away was unexpected, and it was one of those unexpected endings Panther matches.

The lightning match was the match of the night for me. They had a few big spots (Panther’s missed plancha, his topes later) to build the match around, a competitive feeling the rest of the way, and everything looked pretty solid. It was pretty enjoyable for a Tuesday match.

foreshadowing (but its on a Tuesday so no one cared)

Tiffany had a tough time in the women’s match, especially early on. It was an ordinary match otherwise, with a bit of focus on Sugehit leading into her mask match.

I watched most of a Nitro match because Forastero is pretty fun with these técnicos. They all couldn’t work with him, but they seemed to be trying to make it work and it didn’t drag on as much as some of these segundas.

Fiero might have been toned down after his brush with death the previous week, or his lack of highspots may have just been usual CMLL variance. Magia Blanca ended up getting as much spotlight as him. Blanca is looking better of late, though he’s still not as good as Fiero.

running seems like the right option