lucha TV preview for weekend of September 21th, 2018

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I did this post last week. It never got posted. It’s still in my drafts, but the chart got updated.

As the afternoon goes on, I’m less certain The Crash will be streaming and so I haven’t even put in on the list. Roberto Figueroa, the lead announcer for the last stream, does not appear to be in Tijuana. Do not plan your Friday around watching that show.

The two AAA TV airings are now two weeks apart. (This happens a few weeks ago when the Gala/Canal9 show aired a Best of TripleMania show instead of a new episode.) Space gets the second half of Veracruz, while the main show gets the second half of Aguascalientes.

The YouTube channel was doing a catch up last week, but I think this means the episode in between is the one going up this week. Should I just be listing what’s new on YouTube rather than what’s on TV? More people watch AAA on TV than on YouTube or Twitch but I don’t know if any of those people read this site. I’m writing previews most of the streams anyway, and I’m not sure if this weekly post has a purpose.

Lucha Underground says there’s #1 contenders match; the title seems to be a suggestion of the people involved. Jake Strong in a handicap match seems something likely to be infuriating. The preview also says Ivelisse and XO Lishus find a new partner, so either Joey Ryan is being killed off really quick (no) or the preview wasn’t quite sure what stuff aired to this point.

CMLL, AAA & The Crash (?) all streaming tonight, Hechicero to PWG

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Tonight is an insanely busy night of lucha libre. AAA, CMLL, and The Crash are all running streaming events tonight. It’s possible all three will be overlap; AAA and CMLL will mostly, with the Crash starting a couple hours later on in the Pacific Time zone. None of it is a must-see show or has a huge match, but all seem to have something worth watching. It might be a good night for whatever the 2018 equivalent is for channel flipping.

CMLL’s back to normal after last week’s Aniversario show. The big winners, Barbaro Cavernario & Rush, are back for the main event. The losers, Volador & Matt Taven, are not. The main event has Atlantis, Diamante Azul and King Phoenix taking on Cavernario, Rush and Terrible, in Terrible’s first Friday main event since returning from injury. This match should give us some more Cavernario/Fenix, and might establish where the caveman fits in with Los Ingobernables back at full strength.

Mistico and Negro Casas meet in a special lightning match. Surprisingly, this is only the second time they’ve had a singles match. Mistico won about three years ago on a Sunday show, in a match not a lot of people saw. Casas is best in singles matches under ten minutes, so this lightning match set up will work well for him.

Cl4n and Guerreros are back at in the fourth match. Esfinge, Triton and Stuka Jr. face Sanson, Cuatrero and Rey Bucanero in a trios match of two trios missing their third man. The Panthers team with Fuego to take on Okumura, Virus, and Kawato in a match I always think will be better than it usually ends up being. Magnus & Star Jr., who seems to have been dropped a bit on lineups of late, team up in the opener against Akuma & Espanto Jr.

This show will start at 8:30pm on Marca and Facebook. I will be trying to stream this on YouTube (and so this is the show you’re most likely to get a writeup of tonight.)

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Reporte Indigo talked to Barbaro Cavernario about how managed to get an accounting degree while being a professional wrestler. Cavernario actually went to school in Guadalajara, and he’d spend that very long bus ride between Mexico City to Guadalajara (and back) doing his homework. He’d schedule his classes so he could spend all of Monday and Tuesday at school (from 7 to 10AM) so he could be free other days. Cavernario says there’d be times where he’d wrestle on Sunday, jump on the 10AM bus back to Guadalajara, get home at 5AM, shower, eat breakfast, and go right to class.

Kaho Kobayashi will be out three months with an injury, so she will not coming to Mexico in October as planned.

CMLL starts a look back at the Gran Prix with the 1994 version.

AAA is back after a week off with another AAA versus ELITE show. This is actually the third one; Elite won the streamed show in Mexico City and also a non-streamed version in Tijuana. It’s probably about time to for AAA to actually get a win, though the show itself doesn’t look too compelling. There’s good people on the show but not arranged in interesting matches.

The main event is a case of that issue: Fantasma, Psycho Clown and LA Park have been interesting matches, but Electro Shock is also there to weigh it down. The semi-main has a possibly fun team of Hijo de LA Park, Taurus and Laredo Kid, but they’re stuck with an odd AAA unit of Joe Lider, Pagano, and La Parka.

AAA somehow has two teams in the tercera, both Rey Escorpion & Texano and Mamba & Maximo against the one strange team of Golden Magic and the returning Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.  The younger has not been seen on AAA TV the concept of the father/son Wagner feud was dropped back in April. That feud being dropped seemed like a reason why Rey Wagner was leaving AAA back at Verano de Escandalo. Rey Wagner seems very much in AAA now, possibly because he’s getting two apuesta matches in the next twelve months, but maybe something else has happened positively with his son.

Aerostar, Argenis and Nino Hamburguesa face Emperador Azteca, Ciclon Ramirez and Demus in the second match. These are the AAA debuts for Demus & Emperador. The opener might be the best match of the show: the unlikely AAA team of Faby Apache, La Hiedra and Lady Shani taking on the Elite steam of Keyra, Lady Maravilla and Starfire. Starfire hasn’t been seen much, and maybe needs to pick up a win to justify being in the Heroes Inmortales title match.

AAA is saying this show will start at 9pm CT on Twitch, which probably means the first match is starting more around 9:15 or 9:30. It’ll go up on AAA’s YouTube page a couple months from now.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

La Parka talked about how much better Mexican wrestling is than US wrestling, which follows him being booed at the taping. Parka says the reaction to the match between him and Eli Drake would’ve been more positive to him at an AAA show, which is certainly true. But it’s not like these were really Impact fans who didn’t know who Parka was – these were Mexican wrestling fans who know Parka and reacted honestly. La Parka says he wouldn’t want to go to wrestle in the US full time for his family but would open to doing it for 2 or 3 months.

Faby Apache, Murder Clown and Dave the Clown talk being luchadors for Dia de Lucha Libre/Luchadors.

Dr. Wagner Jr. said things about Jeff Jarrett. I can see the point of this feud but also I have zero interest in it.

The Crash has a surprisingly quick turnaround from their last show, two weeks ago. The Crash said they’re streaming everything on Facebook going forward. It’s The Crash, and it’s lucha libre, so that may not actually happen that way. The show did stay on Facebook last time and streamed relatively well.

The main event is a meeting between Gilbert el Boricua and Mecha Wolf 450, a feud of Puerto Rican wrestlers who feuded in Puerto Rico and have had some interactions here. The semi-main might still be the bigger match, since it has Penta & Caristico teaming agianst Daga & Volador, four of the bigger names. I think they’ve got the card set up this way to try and make Mecha Wolf a star when they need their own guys to be star, but the reactions will be interesting.

Also possibly interesting: if Volador shows up, since he hasn’t been seen since losing his hair match. He missed his bookings both on Monday and Tuesday. What we know about the Crash is they wouldn’t say in advance if he’s missing the show, but they did remove Fenix from the opening video so maybe that’s something to look for. Last show’s tag match between these four guys wasn’t very good, but I think the teams work better this week. Like Mecha Wolf, this is a big show for Daga to come off as a star against Penta & Caristico.

The middle matches here might be the matches anywhere tonight. Bandido & Flamita team with Rey Horus against Templario, Niebla Roja and Angel de Oro. Bandido’s brought up the idea of making Rey Horus the third Mexablood member, and maybe something happens along those lines tonight. Horus has been a big part of The Crash but always seems to be left out of their groups. Meanwhile, Templario has been great in CMLL and this is one of his more high profile matches out of it, getting a higher spot than he would in his home promotion. He and Bandido should match up fantastically tonight.

Soberano Jr. faces ACH in a match which looks good on paper. Tessa Blanchard doesn’t have to wrestle a luchadora tonight. Instead, she’ll be opposite recent DTU guest Miranda Alize in a trios match with Kody Lane, Torito Negro, B-Boy and Lil Cholo. Everyone who ever worked Lucha Underground is going to end up working at least one show for The Crash. The opener has Zarco, Starboy and Vietno against Silver Star, Demencia and Animal in a match that’ll have many spots and hopefully hit most of them.

The Crash lists 10:30pm CT on their poster. That seemed to mean an actual start around 11:00pm CT last time around; their opener should be getting started just about the time CMLL is finishing up. Again, they’ve sad last time that all shows would stream on The Crash’s Facebook but I have no confidence about them and they haven’t specifically said it today. If you don’t want to stay up to find out, it should be available on VOD later.

Lucha Central also previews this show.

PWG in Los Angeles on 10/19 has these lucha libre related matches

  • Puma King vs Rey Horus vs Flamita
  • Rey Fenix vs Bandido
  • Hechicero vs Zach Sabre Jr.

Those should all be pretty good matches, but it’s the last that sticks out the most. Hechicero & Sabre was a match that Lucha Memes teased as happening a couple times but was not put together. Sabre’s cut way back on his indie matches as he’s worked more with NJPW, so even a date like this in PWG is pretty rare and he wouldn’t be facing Hechicero unless he specifically wanted to face him.

Hechicero appeared in ROH a couple years ago but hasn’t appeared on US indies. This is a big opportunity for a guy CMLL obviously believes is good but doesn’t really do a lot with. That description also fits Puma King, who has since left CMLL, and Hechicero showing up here has people wondering if the same thing has occurred or will occur. From what I’ve been told, that is not the case – Hechicero is still in with CMLL and there are no plans for him to leave that promotion. Things can always change – I don’t think Puma thought he was leaving CMLL when he worked that first show for Powerbomb.TV – but do not read to strongly into this.

Rey Mysterio signing with WWE has been expected for months. WWE still hasn’t made it officially official, but PW Insider reported a few days ago that Mysterio had signed for a two year day (where Rey can get out six months early if he wants.) Multimediamouth talked to AroLucha, where Rey was being billed as the key figure in the promotion. The CEO Jason Brown says their (non-exclusive) wrestling contract with Rey expires at the end of the year and they were not caught off guard by him going to WWE, but that Rey will still be involved with the company and retain his ownership share. AroLucha says they’ll continue building their company. Their company has run six shows, only one since February and has not announced plans for a next show after their funding run completes. I’m guessing they’re waiting to see if the footage they’ve taped already will get them a TV deal.

An odd match this weekend is Penta going to Arena Aficion to face local luchador, Eskimal Junior. An interview with Eskimal sheds no light on why this match is happening, though he does note he’s quite the underdog.

The Mexico City lucha libre commission will hold a service fair at their offices on 10/02. They’ll be signing luchadors up for health insurance among other programs.

Fuego Latino took Venom’s mask in Ciudad Victoria on Friday. This Venom is Marcos Zuniga Ramirez, 44 years old, 14 years a wrestler.

Puma King & Barby’s latest video has his debuts in PWG and Impact.

Ray Richard says he’s retiring at the end of this year.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Aqui Esta La Lucha.

Lineups

indy (SUN) 09/30/2018 Mambocafe Insurgentes, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal
1) Máscarita Sagrada & Mini Rey Misterio vs Pentagoncito & Piratita Morgan
2) Estrellita & Lady Apache vs Luna Mágica & Rossy Moreno
3) Dragón Dorado & Hijo De Octagon vs ? & Imposible
4) Solar I, Súper Astro, Villano III vs Máscara Año 2000, Pirata Morgan, Romano García
5) Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Mano Negra, Octagón

Full card for the Fuerza Guerrera 40th Anniversary show. I respect Fuerza for his cranikness but I would respect him more if he was cranky enough to refuse to book Octagon and his “kids” on his own show.

como estaz 5×9: bandit

Rob and I can’t seem to find time to do a podcast when we’re actually in the same place, so the episode count remains reset and we instead use Hangouts to talk about the CMLL Aniversario show and PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles. One of these things was excellent. One was just above average. I bet you know which one is which but I’m going to keep up the mystery for the purpose of filling out this intro.

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This is the longest podcast we’ve done in some time but I think the pace and the information was pretty good. Last rambling than usual! Thanks for listening.

Impact in Mexico starting airing tonight, La Parka’s sons, Gran Prix, Rush

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Tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling is the first episode from their Mexico tapings. Lucha matches of note on the show include

  • Austin Aries vs Texano for the Impact Championship
  • oVe (Sami Callihan, Jake Crist, Dave Crist) versus Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Hijo del VIkingo
  • Faby Apache vs Alisha Edwards

The show airs on PopTV in the US. If you do not get Impact Wrestling, the episodes are also available for free on GlobalWrestlingNetwork about two weeks after they air. Impact taped two nights of tapings, but it may be more than two episodes given how many matches they’re running.

Sofia Alonso held a press conference talking about renovating CMLL. (This TV y Novelas page talks about it, but isn’t clear when/where – it may have been before Friday night’s show.) She wants to see CMLL with new faces and on new platforms to capture younger fans and convince them to come to shows. Some luchadors were presented as the new faces of CMLL: Dragon Rojo, Titan, Cuatrero, Hechicero, Soberano, and Fuego. Some of those people have been around for quite a while. 10 years ago, as part of the 75th-anniversary celebrations, CMLL pushed a debuting class of luchador as new stars. Dragon Rojo (as Diamante Negro) & Fuego (as Flash) were part of it then too. x

CMLL announced Ultimo Guerrero, Diamante Azul, Cuatrero and Sanson as the first four members of Team Mexico for the 10/05 Gran Prix. The other four will be announced next week.

CMLL is also part of a lottery ticket giveaway.

Rush revealed to Diario Basta that he almost became a movie star. Rush says he was supposed to be in the movie Roma, which has gotten strong reviews at film festivals and will be released on Netflix at the end of the year. Rush says he had a contract, gone to rehearsals, got measured for costumes, but they changed the filming date and it conflicted with FantasticaMania. He said he choose wrestling over movies. (Latin Lover ended up cast in the movie. I’d guess for the same part, but it’s not said.) Rush says that if he was offered a movie today, he’d reject it – he’s got too many offers to wrestle to take time off for movies. He also wouldn’t go on a reality show like Extalon, not wanting to leave his work and his family behind. Rush thought it was better idea for Dragon Lee, who doesn’t have a child or wife yet.

The La Planchitas column today does some fun investigating today. A few days ago, AAA’s La Parka talked about wanting to wrestle long enough to team with his 18 & 19 year-old sons. That should’ve been strange; the only son of La Parka we have ever seen before was a small child involved in a Parka/Cibernetico storyline many years ago. (That was the angle that led to the debut of Parka’s brother, Tabu.) Planchitas says one child – probably the child from that angle – is an 11 and wants to be a luchador but is obviously a long way away. La Parka has another son, but he’s playing football and not wrestling. The 18 and 19-year-old sons, it turns out, are inventions of AAA to keep Parka character going similar to what was tried (and badly failed) with Octagon Junior. It’s not clear if anyone’s been cast in the Parka roles yet, but Parka bringing it up was planting a seed for it.

Funcion Estelar interviews Aero Boy about challenging for the AAA Megachampionship. They bill it as the first time the main AAA title has been defended outside of Mexico. (It was defended on a Lucha Underground show.) Aero Boy seems excited for the chance.

I put up the 09/30 MDA poster weeks ago, but I didn’t think enough about it. Caifan is listed on the card, which would be his first match since retiring at the end of last year.

A doctorate student in Guadalajara did a study on why luchadors wrestle on small shows with little or no pay. He ended up working as a referee.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 09/25/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Sonya De Costa Rica vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Audaz, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado
4) Black Panther vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano vs Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Terrible
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

Caristic & Ultimo Guerrero matched up again, so that’s a singles match in the next couple of weeks. Black Panther/Tiger should be good. I’m probably being too literal about Sonya’s name as listed on the poster.

PALL (SUN) 09/30/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Fantasma de la Ópera vs Jessy Ventura
2) Angeluz Fly & Maravilla Strong vs Perro Callerjero Jr. & Perro Negro
3) Iron Kid vs Dragón Bane
4) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
5) Avisman & Black Terry vs ? & Eragón
6) Templario vs Belial
7) Zeuxis vs Ricky Marvin

This is techinically a LLB/Lucha Memes/G21 combined show. Zeuxis/Marvin came up as an idea elsewhere this week. Templario/Belial and Iron Kid/Dragon Bane boht sound promising. Fourth match will be hard hitting.

 

Lucha Underground 4×15: The Hunted

nastier than a tweet

Matches

Fenix beat Aerostar
(6:16, Fenix Valagueza powerbomb – Black Fire Driver, good)

Marty the Moth beat Dragon Azteca Jr. (c) beat to win the Gift of the Gods Championship
(4:47, double underhook DDT, ok)

Pentagon Dark defeated Mil Muertes and King Cuerno to keep the Lucha Underground Championship
(6:01, package piledriver, good)

Marty Martinez defeated Pentagon Dark to keep the Lucha Underground Championship
(3:33, double underhook DDT package piledriver, ok)

Status Check

Horuz over the top

Champion: Marty the Moth (0 defenses)

Gift of the Gods: Vacant.

Trios Champions: Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) (1 defense)

Died This Season (14): Jeremiah Crane (casket)*, Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed) , Saltador (sacrificed), Benji the Agent (murdered by Ricky), Angelico (implied to have been murdered by Ricky), Catrina (fell off a roof), Joey Wrestling (sacrificed)

Resurrected (2): Jeremiah Crane/Snake, Fenix

Developments

this seemed not fun

This has been a pretty pitiful season for Marty the Moth Martinez. Pentagon broke his arm in Aztec Warfare to start the season. Marty’s only been seen in two vignettes in the thirteen episodes since that time. It turned around in one show. Marty had the greatest night of his career, ending it as Lucha Underground champion.

It helps to have things break your way. Marty got unexpected luck early. Fenix destroyed Aerostar and confronted Melissa post-match. Dragon Azteca decided to get in the middle and paid for it. Fenix ended up dropping him on the floor with his valagueza powerbomb – dubbed the Black Fire Driver by Matt Striker – and Azteca was really in no condition to defend his title.

Azteca insisted on doing it anyway, especially when Antonio Cueto said he was going to just rule it as a forfeit. Azteca put up a fight and got in one moment of hope, but eventually lost cleanly to Marty’s double underhook DDT.

how dumb are you King Cuerno

Pentagon Dark survived the double challenge of Mil Muerte and King Cuerno to keep his title, only to be immediately attacked. The strange amount of time remaining gave a hint as to what was happening next. Antonio Cueto appeared to state Marty persuaded him that the “one week notice” rule on the Gift of the Gods championship was a dumb idea, and he was waving it going forward. (This was the other thing Marty bought last week.) Cueto ordered the match started with Marty against a beat up Pentagon.

Marty had control most of the short match, but Pentagon caught him with the Mexican Destroyer. Marty smartly rolled out before he could be pinned. Marty also apparently made his own luck: a previously unseen woman crawled into the ring and surprised Pentagon with a Canadian Destroyer. (It’s Chelesa Green, who was not given a name.) Marty hit his double underhook DDT, and shockingly ended Pentagon’s reign.

Small detail: this week, Striker acknowledged Mil Muertes was on his own. He did while seemingly going out of this way to not mention Catrina by name.

In the only unrelated segment of the night, Paul London was granted an audience with the White Rabbit. London noted how long it took to get noticed and mentioned sacrificing Saltador & Mala Surete. The White Rabbit paid no attention to any of that, only noting London was down two teammates and suggesting himself and El Bunny fill in. London agreed to take them back to the Temple.

Marty’s cash-in means the Gift of the Gods title is now vacant. The usual end of season Medalion scramble should begin shortly. We should also expect to start hearing matches for Ultima Lucha 4 (just 6 episodes away) at any time. It sure appeared a couple were set up on this show.

Thoughts

Aerostar flies

This episode was all in service of telling the story of Marty scheming his way to a championship. The matches were a bit sacrificed to tell that story. They’re always shortchanged on a four-match show. They were designed not to be much in two of them, with similar “the champion is too hurt to put up a challenge” stories being told. It worked if you got into the Marty win, and it came so out of nowhere (even with the pieces laid out last week) that it was memorable. I’m not sure I’m excited about a Marty title run, but it’s understandable they’d want to give it a try after his strong work in his feud with Fenix and Killshot last season. It just also feels part of the erratic nature of this season for someone to be gone for two-thirds of it and end up as champion.

Dark Fenix, as we’re no doubt supposed to think of him, really stood out in his match with Aerostar. I’m still not convinced that a rudo Fenix is the best use of him, but he’s really good at the sinister zombie act he’s doing, and it does freshen him up after basically being the same character for the entire run so far. (There’s few characters from the initial run of episodes who haven’t been changed or disappeared for a stretch.) Fenix & Aerostar probably could’ve done much more given the time, but they made the most out of what they had and the bigger match is the one with Azteca.

not nice to meet you

Mil/Cuerno/Pentagon took the hardest hit from the storyline requirements. Marty/Azteca could’ve been better, but those three guys are among the best luchadors who’ve been on the promotion and it felt too hurried to be a big-time match. It was reminiscent of the Cage & Matanza matches that didn’t quite live up to their potential.

The other two matches weren’t much. Pentagon got more offense, though both shared the same couple of hope spots by the champions before they got beat. Marty got a little more help with Pentagon – Penta is historically weak to women doing Canadian Destroyers – but they were notable for the outcome and not a lot that happened in them.

CMLL Tuesday feuds, LU tonight

Microman

CMLL (TUE) 09/18/2018 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentralOvacionesThe Gladiatores]
1) Hijo del Signo & Metálico b Arkalis & Sonic LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas took 2/3.
3) Ángel, Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Drone [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:05
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano b Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volcano Arena Mexico debut. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, Gran Guerrero snuck in a foul on Caristico.

CMLL promos: micro tecnicos, Rey Cometa, and the main event rudos (Shocker doesn’t like the idea that Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja think they’re more guapo then him).

CMLL plays up the Gran Guerrero/Caristico issue, which might mean something if they rematch next week. Caristico has a title to defend now.

CMLL (TUE) 09/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Samurai Jr., Principe Daniel, Tigre Blanco b Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cholo, Furia Roja, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Eléctrico, Star Black
rudos took 1/3. Astral left hurt.
3) Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 1/3. Sanson snuck in a foul on Soberano.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. Diamante Azul DQ Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when UG unmasked Atlantis.

It’s less clear which of these two feuds are actually going anywhere.

Today on CMLL Informa, the Mexican team for the Gran Prix will be announced.

Lucha Underground 4×15 is “The Hunted”. Matches on the show this week

  • Aerostar vs Fenix
  • Dragon Azteca (c) vs Marty the Moth for the Gift of the Gods Championship
  • Pentagon Dark (c) vs Mil Muertes vs King Cuerno for the Lucha Underground Championship

You’ll see lead referee Marty Elias as a referee tonight and for the remaining episodes, but apparently no more. The Floor Seat, where Elias has worked some, says Elias asked for and was given his release. He appears to be telling people that he’s retired.

Elias was on the MMM show back at the end of June, and sounded as excited as anyone about the possibilities of a season 5 (and going on a diet for it), not like someone who was about to leave. Elias was working on The Contender, also produced by Eric Van Wagenen, and appears to be a close friend to other people who work on the show. (Elias also worked on GLOW.) He’s a referee, so he’s not really noticed, but Elias seemed to be a core person on the wrestling side of Lucha Underground and talked on that podcast a lot about how much he enjoyed working there. It would be understandable if he no longer wanted to take the punishment of being a Lucha Underground referee, but Elias also seemed like a guy who’d just be transitioned to working behind the scenes whenever that day came and would be around the show until there was no show. Something had to have changed recently. Even then, LU is notoriously not quick at releasing talent from contracts. I know this seems like nothing because it’s referee, but this feels like a red flag about something.

Lucha Central has an interview with Faby Apache about her Impact debut. That one is years in the making.

Lady Shani, Drago and Psycho Clown are in Colombia to promote the AAA show there.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 09/24/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Millenium, Robin, Súper Astro Jr. vs King Rocker Jr., Perverso, Policeman
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma vs Ares (Costa Rica), Escualo (Costa Rica), Kaiser (Costa Rica)
3) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring & Negro Casas
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Cavernario & Rush

Sure seems like Puebla is getting LA Park/Rush on 10/01 or 10/18. It was kind for them to move Bestia del Ring out of the match, except if you’re Soberano and Caristico.

On Tuesday, Kraneo was still pushing the concept of Diamante Azul being the third Gorilla del Ring. They all team up here.

It’s not mentioned at all on the poster that the guys in the second match are the previously announced visitors from Costa Rica. They should probably make it a little clearer since Puebla already has an Ares.

new lucha video for the weekend of September 15th, 2018

The Guadalajara show aired an hour early and the feed died after the opener.

CMLL Azteca ends with a very brief backstage brawl between Taven, Volador and Rush that was of course not mentioned elsewhere.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-09-15
taped 2018-09-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-09-16
taped 2018-09-07 @ Arena México – Mega
1) El Gallito, Guapito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zacarías
2) Dalys vs Reyna Isis in a lightning match
3) Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match

LA Park/Rush brawl in Puebla, weekend results, Impact

Rush & LA Park

CMLL (SUN) 09/16/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Coyote & Espíritu Negro b Bengala & Sonic
rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b La Guerrera, Lluvia, Mistique
rudas took 2/3
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz b Disturbio, Templario, Virus
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Valiente b Sansón [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Flyer, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas
Flyer replaced Volador. Tecnicos took 2 (DQ for Cavernario mask pull on Mistico) & 3.

Promos: Mystique (back from injury, soon to Japan), Valiente (happy with his win), Barbaro Cavernario (warns Mistico he may be next).

Volador missing this show is pretty notable since seeing him bald seems like the big draw.

CMLL (MON) 09/17/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lost in LuchaLucha CentralNotimex]
1) Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana b Black Tiger & El Asturiano LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Oro Jr., Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. b El Malayo, King Jaguar, King Rocker Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush b Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush snuck in a foul on LA Park. He told the crowd they weren’t important enough to get the LA Park/Rush match.

Main event was said to be among the best matches in Puebla this year, with the crowd being excited for LA Park/Rush. Attendance was up  though they’ve been strong all summer. The streaming numbers were very up from usual.

Luminoso took Alteno’s hair in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on Sunday. Vaquero & Rielero kept the Occidente Tag Titles on the same show.

Esfinge will join Virus as CMLL reps on the 11/25 FunkumenMania show.

IWRG (SUN) 09/16/2018 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Toto b Chicanito
2) Death Metal & Guerrero 2000 b Ángel Estrella Jr. & Shadow Boy
3) Demonio Infernal & Séptimo Rayo b Metaleón & Multifacetico 2.0
4) Cerebro Negro, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah b Chico Che, Freelance, Relámpago
The evil turtles attacked Chico Che, wanting revenge for him shaving Teelo.
5) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible b Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, X-Fly
6) Dr. Cerebro, El Mesías, Último Gladiador b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Mr. Electro
Mesias hit Electro with a chain to get the win.

Maybe they’re going somewhere with the Chico Che win. But it is IWRG.

I attended PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles over the weekend. It was fantastic, getting better each day. Bandido advanced the farthest out of the traditional lucha libre group, ending as the runner-up to Jeff Cobb. Bandido was personally outstanding in the tournament, with his best performance coming in that final. Bandido was as good as any person in the tournament, but the unique thing about Bandido is how much that particular crowd loved him. Bandido was that BOLA’s audience favorite son. Partly because he was an easy to root for babyface, but he also felt like he was a specifically PWG guy in a tournament of all-stars. Bandido being unknown by most in the US before he started in PWG might have actually helped him with that crowd, because it makes it feel like they made him and they’re more invested in him. Jeff Cobb won the tournament and was great, but it felt like Bandido came out of it as the biggest star for the people who were there. I’m interested in how this is going to play out when it gets released on video.

A 12/08 AAA TV taping was announced at the Xalapa AAA show this past Sunday. LA Park, Fenix, and Penta are announced, as well as Psycho Clown & Pagano.

La Parka told the press at one of the Hard Rock shows that two of his sons – 18 & 19 years old – told him now that they want to be wrestlers and may debut in a couple of years. He said this is the first time he’s mentioned it and plans to hold on long enough to team with them.

The Gladiatores has results from the two days of Impact tapings. Laredo Kid, Hijo del Vikingo, Aerostar, Keyra, Murder Clown, and Maximo appeared on that day’s of tapings, along with Faby Apache on both days. I’ve seen very little on the Friday show elsewhere, and the pictures indicate they drew very poorly.

Chicago’s AAW announced LA Park will be in on their 10/26 show. LA Park has worked Chicago many times, but only on lucha libre shows – this is a generally different audience who might have not seen him in person since WCW. AAW also officially announced Dragon Lee is off of their tournament in a couple weeks (because of Extalon).

Blue Demon Jr. has a new deal with a production company Moxie 88 for possible TV, film, and video game projects. None of those has been officially announced as happening as of yet.

Vice Canada has a video on why Fenix wears a mask, which is apparently only watchable in Canada.

Grafico has a report on the Expo Museo Lucha Libre. So does the Gladiatores. So does SuperLuchas.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 4×4. and some recent lucha.

LuchaWorld has Saturday’s news updatesand Tuesday’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lucha Talk talks about the CMLL Aniversario show.

+LuchaTV has the latest edition of their podcast.

Criterio Hidalgo visits a children’s lucha libre class.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 09/22/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Retro vs Grako, Inquisidor, Metálico
3) La Jarochita vs Reyna Isis [lightning]
4) Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Templario
6) Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Back in Coliseo after taking last week out.

CMLL (SUN) 09/23/2018 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro
3) Sanely vs La Metálica [lightning]
4) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Tiger
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

So that Mistico/Cavernario interaction goes nowhere, like most Sunday bits.

IWRG (SUN) 09/23/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chico del Barrio vs Chef Benito
2) Lunatic Xtreme & Toto vs Ángel De La Tormenta & Death Metal
3) Black Dragón, Lolita, Pasion Kristal vs Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Diosa Atenea
4) Leo & Rafy vs Ra-Zhata & Shil-Kah
5) Dragón Bane vs Aramis vs Freelance
6) Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
7) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Mr. Electro vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Sinn Bodhi, Último Gladiador

Sinn Bodhi is a freak show styled wrestler based in Las Vegas who was briefly in WWE as Kizarny. He’s brought in luchadors for his show and is starting to get some return bookings. He also is tagging me in photo posts on Twitter a very annoying amount. Fifth match looks great and sixth match should give a sense on how good Cuervo & Scoria are gong to be post-AAA.

CMLL , ACG (SAT) 10/06/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) ? vs ??
2) Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

The weird Saturday sponsored show is back.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-09-03 

at least one fan had a good time.

Recapped: 09/11/2018

Matches:

Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
(15:02 [7:21, 5:26, 2:15], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCML)

El Audaz, Fuego, Stigma beat Cancerbero, Disturbio, Virus
(13:55 [6:09, 3:08, 4:38], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:40 [3:53, 6:19, 4:28], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

the dumb seeding battle royal went 1:33

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Flyer & Volador Jr. in a semifinal
(7:22, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico & Rush beat Cuatrero & Sansón in a semifinal
(8:07, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Mistico & Rush in a final
(4:33, DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Rush fouled Último Guerrero in the tournament final, and almost got away with it.

The opener has the reunion of the Batillon de la Muerte (Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.), at least in name. Adelita and Apocalispis have updated military looks (and Adelita is now blond), while Toro Bill is just in a regular gear. They don’t really work together in the match, and you would not be aware they were a team if you missed them walking out together for the entrance.

Thoughts:

There’s no reason for the tournament and nothing comes out of it, just the same Rush/UG feuding that’ll keep on going without a specification direction or challenge for a while. They do give the matches a lot of time for tournament matches; they’d look normal on a NJPW or US indie card for length of time and effort. The Munoz/Dinamitas is the better of the two semifinals in the rewatch, with some shaky headscissros sticking out in the other one. They’re both about the best from this show, though nothing to go out of yoru way to see. The main event is a little bit lesser and has the cheap finish, Tirantes seeing a foul he shouldn’t have been able to see.

A team with Kraneo makes some sense for Volcano, if only because maybe the comedic nature of the match will make it easier for Volcano to get thru them. He looked exactly unready for the spot sas you’d expect for an inexperienced guy who hadn’t been wrestling much. I’d assume CMLL had not put Warrior Steel in the ring much so people wouldn’t recognize him in the new character, but he’s coming off as not ready for this high a spot on the card. They didn’t really ask a lot out of Volcano in this match and he still couldn’t do a lot.

The segunda was a thoroughly average match hardly worth even writing about. Audaz doesn’t do amazing, but he makes the hard stuff look very easy. He and Virus have had better chemistry in other matches. Going solo has failed to bring out an extra dimension of Cancerbero, though he did get to work in some of his team spots.

Rush & Cavernario win Aniversario, BOLA, Heroes Inmortales, Niebla

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/14/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis CMLL  - 85 ANIVERSARIO - PRIMERA LUCHA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
La Metalica replaced La Maligna on 08/24 (and it might have been a typo to start?)
2) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja b Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO SEGUNDA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto replaced Mr. Niebla on 09/14.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr. CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO -  TERCERA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOSCMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO - CUARTA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerreros fall on their first defense. Ciber used the ropes to beat Ultimo Guerrero.
5) Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta El Zero M b Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park CMLL   85 ANIVERSARIO - LUCHA SEMIFINAL  - 14 -  09 -  2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Bárbaro Cavernario & Rush b Matt Taven & Volador Jr. [hairCMLL -  85 ANIVERSARIO LUCHA ESTELAR   14   09   2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Volador Jr vs Rush parte final 85 Aniversario del CMLL en la Arena México. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Cavernario beat Taven, Volador beat Cavernario, Rush beat Volador after Taven kicked Volador (by accident? he was a rudo after the match.)

Post-show interviews: Las tecnicas, the second match tecnicos, Negro Casas, NGD, El Klan, Diamante Azul/Fenix/Penta, Rush & Barbaro Cavernario.

Main event was said to be good beside the finish, and there was stuff to watch in 2/3/5. Taven may have been a rudo or may have turned for the benefit of the ROH audience. Overall, this seems like a card where the good stuff was better than expected and the bad stuff was a little bit worse.

El Klan – or Cl4N, CMLL and Ciber need to have a meeting to figure this out – winning came off as a big surprise to people watching. I’m not as shocked, CMLL’s would’ve ditched them a while ago if they thought they were bad – giving them titles is no big deal if you’re already putting on the Aniversario show. Maybe we’ll get Universal matches for all of them too.

Outside of the internet.tv showing up as $100 USD for some people for a while, it sounds like the stream went well. ROH is suggesting the idea of doing putting up an English language version of the main event on delay. It’d be a big step if there was English language CMLL content available.

I spent the night at PWG’s Battle of Lost Angeles. My phone barely works in the building, which didn’t stop me from checking it every 15 minutes for CMLL results. I probably should learn something from that.

Relevant lucha libre results

  • Rey Horus beat Adam Brooks
  • Flamita beat Puma King
  • Bandido beat T-Hawk

Horus & Bandido had great performances. Flamita and Puma King had maybe the best match of the night. Puma King got over from the moment he came out and got two different Please Come Back chants after the match. It’s hard to imagine a debut match getting a better reaction than Puma got here. Flamita’s super and people were disappointed he won. He wrestled before intermission and I think he sold every shirt he had during intermission. All the Mexican wrestlers did well and there will be more to say about them on Sunday, but Puma was the guy making his first impression and he made a strong one.

Mr. Nieble acknowledged to Pasala that he was drunk in the 08/28 match that ended very quickly. He thanks Volador for ending the match before he did any harm to himself or someone else and defends CMLL and the commission from blame, saying he’s good at hiding his condition before going out there. (That seems unlikely, but it also seems like something you should say if those people are dependent on getting your job back.) Niebla says he’s not been suspended by the commission or had his license retired, as was going around in a pretty thin rumor, and will be wrestling tomorrow as scheduled. His only contact with CMLL was a phone call telling him he was off shows.

The leaked Heroes Inmortales card for San Luis Potosi in 10/03 is now taking place on 10/28 in Puebla. That’s a pretty big switch. The San Luis Potosi promoters had been advertising Heroes Inmortales for that date for a while, and the card is essentially the same (women’s match moved to opener and Australian Suicide replaces Taurus), so the 10/03 show was real and something happened. No idea what. It’s a little strange to have a major card announced complete six weeks ahead of time when AAA was so reluctant to announce a TripleMania lineup.

Alberto el Patron says he’s not wrestling because he’s so busy with Combates Americas it only leaves him one week a month to wrestle. Alberto says he was offered a part in a John Wick sequel, but said no because he wanted to study acting before he did it.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/21/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
3) Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cuatrero, Rey Bucanero, Sansón
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris
5) Mistico vs Negro Casas [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, King Phoenix vs Cavernario, Rush, Terrible

Volador is in The Crash and Taven is seemingly back in Boston, so no follow up on the main event. Terrible does make his return to Friday nights, probably one week too late for him. (He was the guy taking photos with fans last night.) Mistico/Negro Casas should be fun.

Guerreros versus Klan must be going to some hair match, this is too much effort for just a trios title change. Ciber verus Ultimo or all three versus all three?