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did you know: Lucha Underground is back on Wednesday. It has a match. I hope it’s good.

AAA went back to taping episodes in order in Tlaxcala. The second half has a Kevin Korss vs Psycho Clown match, set up by the finish of this week’s TV.

It’s probably good Niebla/Rush is airing live from Puebla because it has all the makings of a match CMLL would edit out if it was taped.

Tuesday CMLL has Marco/Terrible, which might be a rematch coming soon.

La Mascara makes his first post-CMLL appearance at Super Astro show

La Mascara/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Super Astro (WED) 05/24/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, R de Rudo]
1) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje b Aramis & Demonio Infernal
2) Demus 3:16, Eterno, Rossy Moreno b Felinito, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Keira
Eterno replaces Samoano
3) Ciclón Ramírez Jr., El Bandido, Emperador Azteca b Diamante (Elite), Imposible, Metaleón
money thrown in
4) Súper Astro Jr. b Rey Horus, Laredo Kid, Golden Magic, Flamita, Jack Evans, Último Ninja, Xtreme Tiger
Super Astro Jr. didn’t look good, won anyway, was booed.
5) Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Fénix (US) DDQ Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Wagner & Fenix ended up with each other’s masks
6) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario b Cibernético, Silver King, Súper Astro
7) LA Park & Rey Escorpión (Elite) DQ Penta 0M & Zorro
La Mascara made a surprise appearance to attack LA Park.

Unsatisfying finishes to LA Park matches are a common thing, but at least this one had something to it. La Mascara came out in a hoodie to conceal his identity while he was attacking Park, before doing the surprise reveal. He’s still referring to himself as La Mascara and wearing the Los Ingobernables gear, which he probably can get away with on the indie level. He tried to go promo for promo with Penta0M, did not win, and attacked Hijo de LA Park so he could get something on someone.

He told the press he had lots of friends on the independents, and lots of quality opponents to face (mentioning LA Park and Alberto, but not Penta. and Penta.) Mascara insisted multiple times he wanted to be independent, not in any promotion. He may even mean it, at this point. He did not mention Maximo or Bobby Villa.

Ultimo Guerrero told Record he had no interest in running the union, has no idea what’s going on with it, and just wants to be a solider (not the guy running things.) He also claimed to not know why Mascara & Maximo attacked his car and so he would say nothing about it. This is hard to believe and suggests he just wants this story to go away.

Leo Riano’s Record column on the Alvarado/UG situation fits with other people who work for AAA, taking the side of Mascara & Maximo. He says those guys won by earning their earning freedom from CMLL and will get more work elsewhere. He also says Ultimo Guerrero shouldn’t press charges, because it won’t get his car back. Maybe everyone has information we don’t, but it’s so bizarre to see these guys treated like they’ve done nothing wrong; usually when it’s even a justified rebellion about something, the things they are rebelling against are well known.

(Amusingly, he goes from saying nothing should be done about this to saying AAA must do something about Kevin Kross chokeslamming Faby Apache.)

Mascara & Maximo are listed as part of the Vamper Revolution show today in Mexico State, though it would not be a surprise if they missed the show.

AAA officially posted the lineup for the 06/19 Nuevo Laredo taping. It’s the same lineup that had been out for a week.

Local promoters say the AAA 06/30 Puebla taping will have Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown. That’d be the fifth time AAA’s billed this match. We’ve seen it only once on TV (though it’s possible they may have done it as a dark match at other times.)

+Lucha put up the Angel de Oro vs Rey Horus match from the MDA show in Monterrey, so maybe the CMLL matches are going up out of order.

NJPW World is airing last Friday’s CMLL show for Japanese fans tomorrow. That was not a geoblocked show.

Box Y Lucha has an interview with Rey Bucanero & Terrible about their upcoming international dates.

I’m on the latest edition of the LuchaWorld podcast.

The newest Lucha Talk talks about the Alvarado situation.

RobViper was on the latest Winter Palace.

Lineups

The Crash (FRI) 06/02/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino © vs Látigo [The Crash JUNIOR]
First defense.
2) Oraculo vs Black Danger, Jonathan, Black Boy, Último Maldito
3) Flamita © vs Rey Horus [The Crash CRUISER]
Fourth defense. Horuz won the title shot on the last The Crash show.
4) Jack Evans & Zorro vs Bestia 666 & Hijo de Pirata Morgan
5) Penta Zero M & The King vs Black Terry & Skayde
6) Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Mysterio 619 vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Nicho el Millionario

Full card for the Crash show, with the Jack/Zorro vs Besita/Pirata tag the most notable name. There’s no foreign names coming in but you can have a pretty good card with all Mexicans and this looks like one.

CMLL Tuesday, union leadership, HUMO show canceled

 

Yago/photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 05/23/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Grako & Yago b Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 1/3
3) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi
4) Drone b Disturbio [lightning]
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol
Felino replaced Cavernario.
6) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán
straight fall win, Terrible cheating to beat Marco, setting up a singles match next week.

This show didn’t stream; CMLL said they had an issue with their fiber internet connection. The show was still recorded and will be put up when the internet’s fixed. I suspect today’s CMLL Informa isn’t going to happen if it’s not fixed by then.

Rey Bucanero was surprised to find Rey Bucanero was working those ROH/RevPro shows in the UK. He’s pleased too, and maybe looking to get in better condition before those matches. Bucanero says he’s thrilled to represent CMLL internationally since he hasn’t had that chance in a long time. He mentions he once had a sort of performance/exhibition in London, but hadn’t had a real match there before this tour.

Ernesto Ocampo reports Paco Alonso actually did appointed Ultimo Guerrero as the new head of the luchador union on Thursday, which is what set off the Alvarados. Alonso and CMLL undid the decision on Saturday after Ocampo’s article pointed out the issues with the union. I’d assume that means Alonso still very much wants Ultimo Guerrero to be head of the union, but may have to wait until December for it to happen.

Arturo Rivera took to Facebook to defend the Alvarados and dispute reporting on the situation without offering any new information on what occurred. It’s basically the Spanish language version of what Vampiro wrote in English on Saturday, where the real enemies are deemed to be the vile media and Ultimo Guerrero and Psycho Clown’s actions were justified. (They’re treating this like a lucha libre finish where the rudo fouls the tecnico, the tecnico fouls the rudo back, and it’s unfair when the justified tecnico is the one disqualified.) I’m looking forward to what Leo Riano writes in Record about this, as he also seems to speak for AAA in these situations, but it seems unlikely Psycho Clown will be in any trouble with AAA over this incident.

This week’s Zona Ruda includes an interview with La Hiedra.

Poder del Norte have t-shirts!

Tonight’s Arena Naucalpan show is the loaded Super Astros anniversary show, including a LA Park & Rey Escorpion vs Zorro & Penta 0M main event.

RCH held a press conference for their 06/02 show in Naucalpan. They announced Demus will replace Black Terry in his match against Impulso. Terry was double booked with The Crash in Tijuana on that date.

HUMO’s 06/03 show is canceled. They’re not totally direct about why, but between the announcement and a comment on Facebook that SuperLuchas notes, CMLL said to HUMO they wouldn’t let their luchadoras face indie luchadoras and HUMO decided it was better to cancel than to shuffle everything. The main event was scheduled as Dalys, La Comandante and Marcela versus the Moreno sisters (Cinthia, Esther, and Rossy). The Morenos used to be in AAA, but none of them have worked there for years, so it’s not clear why CMLL would have an issue.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/28/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shaolin vs Atomic Star
2) Máquina Infernal & Takle vs Rafy & Teelo
3) Aramis, Pantera I, Saruman vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Villano III Jr.
4) Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno and Black Dragón & Dinamic Black
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Imposible
6) Dr. Cerebro, Dragón Fly, Mr. Electro vs La Mosca, Pirata Morgan Jr., Veneno
7) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Black Warrior & Súper Mega

Black Warrior betrayed the Traumas last week, faces them this week. Fifth match is a match between Rey del Ring winner against the previous Rey del Ring champion (who wants a title shot.)

CMLL (TUE) 05/30/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Artillero & Hijo del Signo
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Esfinge, Oro Jr., Starman vs Puma, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado
5) Niebla Roja, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
6) Marco Corleone vs Terrible

It’s not physically possible for Volador to make both this show and the NJPW show the next day unless someone invents time travel. They probably just threw a name because it was a Maximo booking and they haven’t figured out who gets the spot yet.

Niebla Roja versus the Guerreros in the semimain. Sagrado sliding into the Bobby Villa spot in the tercera. Universo 2000 getting booked decently from the start.

CMLL (TUE) 05/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Neutrón vs Difunto & Sádico
2) Astral, Magnus, Star Black vs Metálico, Nautilius, Sangre Azteca
3) Marcela, Silueta, Skadi vs Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
4) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Titán vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Carístico vs Rush

Back to back days of singles matches for Rush with two different opponents (Niebla on Monday.) Star Black & Nautilius bring their Sunday feud onto Tuesday shows.

great match roundup, week of 2017-05-13

this still looks not fun

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Ayako Hamada © vs Taya in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match and in a street fight matchAAA Worldwide desde Tijuana Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-13 2017-04-21
great Rey Cometa vs Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-16 2017-05-16
good Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © for the AAA World Tag Team ChampionshipAAA Worldwide desde Tijuana Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-13 2017-04-21
good Mephisto © vs Negro Casas for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-15 2017-05-15
good Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Ripper, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-16 2017-05-16
good Magnus & Sensei vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro CMLL 2017-05-19 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19 2017-05-19
good La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis CMLL 2017-05-19 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19 2017-05-19
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado CMLL 2017-05-19 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19 2017-05-19
good Titán vs Cavernario in a lightning match CMLL 2017-05-19 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19 2017-05-19
good Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas CMLL 2017-05-19 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19 2017-05-19

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., Faby Apache, Psycho Clown © vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA Worldwide desde Tijuana Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Dr. Wagner, Faby Apache, Psycho Clown © vs Carta Brava, Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker [AAA TRIOS} (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-13 2017-04-21
ok Meyer & París vs Inquisidor & King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-15 2017-05-15
ok El Asturiano & Rey Samuray vs Hijo del Signo & MetálicoLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-15 2017-05-15
ok Black Tiger, Lestat, Starman vs Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-15 2017-05-15
ok Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-15 2017-05-15
ok Mistico, Rush, Valiente vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-15 2017-05-15
ok Bengala & Magia Blanca vs Apocalipsis & Artillero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-16 2017-05-16
ok Aéreo, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-16 2017-05-16
ok Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, VirusLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-16 2017-05-16
ok Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-16 2017-05-16
ok Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero CMLL 2017-05-19 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19 2017-05-19

 

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-05-16 

at it again

Recapped: 05/18/2017

Matches: 

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico.

Apocalipsis & Artillero beat Bengala & Magia Blanca (11:55 [4:48, 3:06, 4:01], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico beat Aéreo, Eléctrico, Fantasy (12:47 [6:16, 2:40, 3:51], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. defeat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
(15:02 [7:20, 4:07, 3:35], 1/3, via
VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Felino, Ripper, Sam Adonis defeat Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther (11:55 [0:36, 6:07], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, good)

Rey Cometa beat Cavernario (16:53, 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, great)

  1. Rey Cometa standing Spanish Fly (1:14)
  2. Barbaro Cavernario Rosa suplex (1:56)
  3. DQ Cavernario foul (14:03)

Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla (10:37 [2:50, 2:13, 5:34], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What Happened:

Misterioso & Sagrado take out Fuego

Cavernario fouled Cometa to end their singles match. It seemed more out of frustration in his inability to win than trying to cheat.

Blue Panther & Ripper feuded!

There’s no sound for the first two falls of the main event; they turned it down for the commercial and didn’t remember to turn it back up.

That’s about it.

Review:

Titan hands tope con giro

The singles match is the match to watch, a match near the level of their most recent Tuesday title match and a step above the Cometa/Soberano title match. It’s tense match feeling more like a fight with a lot at stake, and Cavernario brings the aggressiveness that’s not normally found in a tecnico/tecnico match. This was more about trying to win than the show off match on Friday. It felt like Cometa was barely getting in anything against his savage opponent, and Cavernario was increasingly frustrated at not being able to put Cometa away until he broke. The finish worked well for the context even if it is a let down from what the match could be. I suspect they just didn’t want Cometa to lose two singles matches in a week, and I hope they didn’t beat Cavenrario either because he’s going after Soberano next. That’s going to be similarly great when it happens, and helpful for Soberano to keep growing.

The tercera trios match was the best of the rest of the matches. The quick first fall actually worked here, giving the match an energy boost compared to the slow starting the rest of the night. (AAA almost always has hot starts, CMLL almost always has cold starts, both could use more mixing.) They kept up good pace and had some good action thru the match. Blue Panther Jr. looked better than usual, and Ripper & Panther bringing back the feud CMLL’s bookers forgot was a nice nod in a promotion where most of those things just get dropped after three weeks. This wasn’t the best match I’ve seen or anything, but we’d be a lot happier if this kind of match was the baseline instead of the B-show exception.

American Mutilation

Everyone hit their marks in the main. There’s rarely any sloppiness in the show ending matches and there wasn’t really in this one either, but they can’t help but feel more like a choreographed action adventure stage show with no weight too it. It’s less a fight, more Marvel Heroes doing one of their three shows a day at Six Flags. It’s good for their target audience, it’s just disappointing not to be the target.

Bengala seemed excited in the opener. He was the only one. Of all the possible highspots in the second match, Pequeno Nitro doing a plancha to the floor would not have been my pick. Hechicero claimed Virus knew more holds than him when talking about the tercera. Hechicero has done fine in his first times as guest commentator the last couple of weeks; he tends to speak in paragraphs as always, but he comes off like he knows he what he’s talking about and is interested in the action.

Cavernario turns it around quick

 

CMLL firings, Rush/Niebla feuding in Puebla, DragonMania

CMLL Firings

CMLL official fired La Mascara, Maximo Sexy and Bobby Villa on Monday. CMLL didn’t announce a reason, but it’s understood it’s due to their roles in destroying Ultimo Guerrero’s car. Bobby Villa had not previously been connected to this situation in any way, but he was off of Friday’s CMLL show and replaced by Sagrado. CMLL probably knew something, but no one’s said what happened with him and he claimed not to know when asked by +Lucha. (Villa also claimed to only know he had been fired when he read about it on Facebook.)

CMLL affirmed that Nitro will be head of the union at this time, and an election to determine a new leader will be held in December.

CMLL says the CMLL heavyweight and CMLL light heavyweight championships are now vacant, and will be filled in upcoming tournaments. CMLL’s title situation revolves around having exactly 16 (healthy) champions for the Universal tournament, which means those titles will have to go to people who are not current champions.

The firing and video got picked up by pretty much every news outlet which covers sports in Mexico. No one seemed to have any more information than what was announced in the press release but everyone’s heard that part of the story.

AAA has made no statement on Psycho Clown being involved, and Psycho Clown continues to wrestle all his normal dates, including in Morelos on Sunday.

Angel de Oro & Barbaro Cavernario replace La Mascara & Maximo tonight at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. That’s the last CMLL regular booking they have, but they are booked on indie shows which look like they were done thru CMLL. They’re scheduled to team in the main event a Vamper Crew show in Atizapan on Thursday. Maximo is on a show in Mexico City on Sunday and the Toryumon Mexico show on Saturday. La Mascara is scheduled to be on Tijuana on Saturday. They’ll probably be missing all of those dates.

Dragon Rojo says he and Polvora will continue as Los Revolucionarios without a third member for at least the immediate future.

CMLL (MON) 05/22/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Ares, El Malayo, King Jaguar b Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ares, who hasn’t been around much since losing his mask, replaced Camorra. rudos took 2/3
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma b Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Niebla Roja betrayed his team. Polvora & Rojo beat him up, with Angel de Oro making the save again.
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla DQ Pierroth, Ripper, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ripper replaced La Mascara. Rush unmaskeed Niebla for the DQ.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario is now the Peste Negra member teaming with Rush & Pierroth on Friday’s main event. I think CMLL belatedly recalled Niebla & Rush were in the middle of a feud here and made the change. Not that CMLL is totally on the ball: they kept running the ad for Friday with Maximo involved, something that no one would’ve missed if they just didn’t show it.

Today’s CMLL show is the usual group of random matches. Drone/Distubrio is the lightning match, Atlantis, Marco, Titan versus Hechicero, Rey Bucanero and Terrible. There’s no feud carrying over from last week and they might insta-make one to set up a match.

Rey Misterio Jr. will help wave the green flag for the Baja 500 race on June 3rd in Ensenada. That’s the car race El Rey is scheduled to air, so that’s probably the connection.

Ultimo Guerrero, Mistico, Atlantis and Rey Bucanero will represent CMLL on ROH/RevPro shows on August 18, 19, and 20th in the UK. Atlantis & Rey Bucanero are going to have tougher times fitting in on that sort of show.

AAA hyped Verano de Escandalo as a show where someone will lose their hair and someone will lose their mask. Vampiro corrected AAA’s Twitter, saying some masks will be lost. Does that mean AAA is not doing a Mamba/Pimpinela hair match? Does it mean multiple people will be losing their masks in the main event? Will there be some other mask match? I think these are all good questions which won’t be answered because even the people trying to promote AAA’s upcoming shows apparently have no idea what matches are actually going to take place. Maybe only Vampirio knows. Heck of a way to promote a wrestling company.

Flamita will face Mark Andrews in the first round of Progress Wrestling’s Super Strong Style 16 on May 17th in London.

GALLI says they’re no longer working with Triton. I suspect this means he’s not going to be in the US long term.

SuperLuchas catches up with the two winners of a car raffle back in the early 90s: a 12 year old who won the fan contest, and El Indominto won the luchador contest. (They both ended up selling the car with in a couple years.)

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report, an article on the firings, and this week’s Poster-Mania.

The new +Lucha podcast has Black Warrior, Cibernetico and Monster Clown as guests.

CultIcon has his top 10 picks for next CMLL heavyweight champion.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/23 NJPW: Dragon Lee defeated Ricochet

That’s another big win, and one I didn’t exactly expect. Dragon Lee leads his block at 3-1, and is going to to have a commanding lead if he can beat Will Ospready in his next match on the 26th.  Volador has Desperado on the 25th, which should be fun.

Lineups

Toryumon Mexico (SAT) 05/27/2017 Arena México
1) Blood Eagle, Fidel, Labernito vs Adrian Quest, Dicky Mayer, Eli Everfly
2) Mima Shimoda & Vanilla Vargas vs India Sioux & Reina Isis
3) Súper Ciudadano vs Patán, Fiero, El Gallo, Silver Star, OT Fernandez, Piel Roja, Hijo del Signo, Villano III Jr., Malefico [Dragon Scramble]
4) Daisuke Hanaoka & Douki vs Bodyguard & Zeus
5) Black Tiger Vii, Dick Togo, Yohei Nakajima vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Negro Navarro, Solar I
6) Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero
7) Carístico, Jun Akiyama, Último Dragón vs Joe Doering, Mephisto, Sam Adonis

This is the announced lineup for Saturday’s Dragonmania show, but it’s expected Maximo won’t be in that match. No wonder Douki is just posting all his workout/lifting info on Twitter lately, he’s got to get himself big to face that team. This may turn up on SamuraiTV.

CMLL (MON) 05/29/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs Guerrero Espacial & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno vs Ares & Metálico
3) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Fuerza Chicana
4) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
5) Rush vs Mr. Niebla
6) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Rush seemed into the feud with Mr. Niebla this week. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja are going to be moving up if they’re facing the Guerreros.

new lucha videos for the weekend of May 19, 2017

YouTube Playlist:  here.

I recorded AAA, but the recording skips around at points like last week and I don’t think there’s a point in putting it up like that. The AYM feed was down on Monday for the second IWRG show.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-19
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-05-19 @ Arena México
1) Magnus & Sensei vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado
4) Titán vs Cavernario in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-05-20
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-05-16 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astral, Esfinge, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-21
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-05-17 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Monsther, Shadow Boy, Voltar vs Águila Enmascarada, Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000
2) Acero & Picudo Jr. vs Eterno & Máquina Infernal
3) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo vs Lunatik Xtreme, Skanda, Vórtize
4) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull vs Aspirantito Jr. (Guerrero), Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power]

como estaz 4×13: car vandalism edition

There’s only one rule on this podcast: whenever two main eventers and one Bobby Villa get fired, we’ll get around to doing a podcast again. (There are actually many rules.) Rob and I go over the saga of Ultimo Guerrero’s blue mustang for an hour, recapping what we know and what we think it might mean. (Something finally broke well for AAA? Kinda?) The back half of the show includes a discussion of our level of Lucha Underground excitement (spoiler: mild), the billion angles going on in AAA at once, and the disappointing lack of progress in indie footage availability.

I accidentally dropped a Lucha Underground spoiler in that discussion; I edited it out, but you do get to hear me talking about having to edit it out. It’s safe but you can yell at me later.

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Thanks for listening. We’ll be back in a month.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-05-15

maybe just let go

Recapped: 05/16/2017

Matches: 

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla.

Inquisidor & King Jaguar defeat Meyer & París (15:01 [6:52, 4:22, 3:47], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Hijo del Signo & Metálico defeat El Asturiano & Rey Samuray (17:19 [8:17, 4:16, 4:46], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel defeat Black Tiger, Lestat, Starman  (16:54 [8:19, 3:35, 5:00], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma defeat Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora (17:51 [6:18, 2:47, 8:46], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Mistico, Rush, Valiente defeat Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero (8:47 [4:28, 1:49, 2:30], 2/3, via Video: VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Mephisto © defeated Negro Casas to keep the CMLL World Welterweight Championship (11:23 [2:28, 2:01, 6:54], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, good)

What Happened:

Casas took a big superplex too

Mephisto kept the CMLL Welterwieght championship in the main event.

Mr. Niebla bumped into Pompin in the third fall in the semifinal, and Rush wasted no time in fouling him. Rush otherwise wrestled the match in his tecnico persona – still antagonistic to the crowd, but getting along fine with his teammates. Niebla & Rush teased a match post match but weren’t given a microphone to do so.

As usual, Niebla Roja didn’t want to use rudo tactics and didn’t get along with his partners. He still ended up unmasking Angel de Oro at the end, which set up a rematch for the following week. It seemed more like they were setting up a match with Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro at this point rather than a team.

Thoughts: 

Rey Samuray ramp springboard armdrag

The title match was fun for seeing Negro Casas in a title match environment Mephisto was no different than usual, just moving from one usual big move to check it off his list, but Casas brought some good energy and emotion that made it feel more than just a recitation of routine spots. He probably doesn’t need to take a Super Devil’s Wings at his age but more credit for him doing it. Hijo del Signo, as Casas’ second, seemed to be more into this match than any of his own.

The rest of the matches were completely forgettable B-show stuff. Rey Samuray looked good in his match, but there’s nothing interesting about the rest of this show.

maybe no more Pompin ref bumps

Lucha Memes, IWRG, Puebla, BOSJ

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 05/21/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Ángel De La Tormenta & Filder b Dragón Force & Príncipe Mexica
Principe Mexica replaced Cometa. Money thrown in
2) 19 Y Medio b Gato De Ecatepec
3) Eterno b Komander
4) Alas de Acero & Iron Kid b Keira & Lady Maravilla
Keira & Maravilla want a rematch
5) Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Negro b Arez, Belial, Impulso
6) Aramis b Star Jr.
7) Marcela b Silueta
money thrown in
8) Hechicero b Solar I
money thrown in

This Memes show seemed a little lost in the attention for the Puebla show in a couple weeks – I blanked on mentioning it on Saturday – but they seemed to have drawn a nice crowd for the show. Hechicero/Solar sounds like the match of the night, though probably in a very specific style.

IWRG (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Keiser Drago
2) Shaolin b Lunatic Xtreme
3) Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro b Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno
Eterno replaced Apolo Estrada Jr. (and so they were back together as Los Insoportables.)
4) Villano III Jr. b Aramis
5) Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Veneno
6) Dr. Cerebro b Freelance
7) Danny Casas, Imposible, Mr. Electro b Black Warrior, Trauma I, Trauma II
Team Imposible took 2/3 (and worked as tecnicos.) Imposible submitted Trauma II. He was not the captain, but Black Warrior was annoyed about Trauma II losing and attacked his partners, allowing himself to get beat.

Imposible ended up very bloody in the main event before winning anyway.

On his podcast, Dave Meltzer said he was told La Mascara has only been suspended at this point, not fired. There’s no other update on the situation. CMLL has made no card changes and said nothing about what occurred so far.

La Mascara was scheduled to appear on tonight’s show in Arena Puebla. He probably won’t be there. Rush & Pierroth will team with someone else to take on Marco, Mascara 2000 and Mr. Niebla, in what seemed to be setting up Rush/Niebla match. The main event has the Guerreros taking on Atlantis, Mistico and Valiente in what should be a quick tecnico showcase. Niebla Roja is listed on the rudo side in the tercera, so he’ll probably end betraying Dragon Rojo & Polvora tonight and at Angel de Oro’s side at the end of the match. The show has a women’s match (no Zeuxis) and a locals + Camorra opener. The show will air at 9pm on YouTube.

Elsehwere in Puebla, Toro Bill Jr. and Rey Apocalipsis ended up feuding and ripping each other’s masks in the main event of the Promolucha show on Saturday. They both appear to still be rudos, but just feuding ones. Whoever’s in charge of booking the Puebla guys onto the Monday show must be aware of what’s going on (so someone local), since they stopped teaming on those shows a few weeks ago, but the Batilon del Muerte seems no more.

There’s really no reason to show the trailer for Friday’s show – no one will miss it, it has Maximo in it – but they show it every week so I wonder if they’ll just show it anyway.

Kevin Kross beat Dr. Wagner in Tijuana in a tag match with Ayako Hamada and Kobra Moon. Kross snuck in a foul to win. Octagoncito wrestled under that name, then ran in later as Mini Rey Misterio.

Estrellita is listed on a Cholo de Tijuana show in Acapulco on May 31st, but says she will not be working that show.

(Via R de Rudo) A group of pranksters made a compilation video of them tricking people into standing still for a selfie picture with one person, then having other people run in from behind to either throw a bucket of water on them, or to kiss them if it was a woman. La Hiedra was one of the woman who was kissed, and she isn’t happy about it. This video comes off less like hilarious pranks and more like them being jerks; the bits where they just walk by people and squirt something at them comes off as cruel.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Catching up:

05/20 NJPW: Ryusuke Taguchi b Volador Jr.
05/21 NJPW
: Taichi b Dragon Lee
05/22 NJPW
: Yoshinobu Kanemaru b Volador Jr.

That’s a bad run. Volador is 1-2, Dragon Lee is 2-1. It’s hard to advance with 2 losses and it’s pretty much impossible to do so with three, so Volador would have to win all his remaining matches to make it to the final. (It’s probably not happening.)