Niebla Roja shaves Rey Bucanero, tecnico Cage?, missing Fenix, Lucha Capital Week 4

Star Fire survived the Keyra dropkick

CMLL (SAT) 11/17/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. b Príncipe Diamante & Robin
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Estrellita, La Seductora, Metálica b Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita
Estrellita replaced Tiffany. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman DQ Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Chamuel fouled Microman.
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Volcano b Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3, with Drone picking up the win hours after his father passed away. Hombre Bala was remembered after the match.
5) Dark Magic, Hechicero, Terrible b Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán
Rudos took 1/3. Terrible pinned Stuka and challenged for a title match.
6) Rush DQ Volador Jr.
Rush took 1/3, faking a foul in the third for a DQ.

CMLL put up the moment of applause for Hombre Bala. Stuka & Terrible talked about their pending title match. It’s weird to have the national heavyweight champ challenge for the world light heavyweight title but CMLL is weird. Rush also talked about his win.

CMLL (SUN) 11/18/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Hijo del Signo & Yago b Akuma & Camorra
Straight falls. Mask/hair vs mask/hair challenges followed.
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Titán b Felino, Luciferno, Vangellys
tecnicos took 2/3. Hombre Bala was remembered after the match.
4) Carístico, King Phoenix, Penta 0M b Ciber, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris [Relevos Increíbles]
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul & Valiente b Rush & Terrible © [CMLL TAG]
Tecnicos took 2/3 to win the titles. Diamante Azul snuck a foul on Rush. Diamante Azul & Valiente become the 40th champions. Rush & Terrible lose the titles after zero successful defenses.
6) Niebla Roja b Rey Bucanero [hair]
Niebla Roja took falls 2/3.

Niebla Roja talks about the hair win. Rey Bucanero talks more about Hombre Bala, who was being cremated at the same time as this match was going on. Diamante Azul & Valiente talk about their tag win. Ciber & Gilbert seem unbothered by another loss.

This didn’t stream; the only video record of it will be clips on Informa. Niebla Roja beating Rey Bucanero is no surprise. Azul & Valiente winning the tag team titles is a bit of surprise. CMLL did seem very hungry to get a tag team belt on Diamante Azul for years when Shocker & Negro Casas were the champions, so there’s some build to this. I expect the same complaints about CMLL not doing anything with the actual tag teams they have to still be valid since Diamante Azul & Valiente don’t seem more likely to defend the titles. Even the Rush & Terrible team seem like it was underutilized; tag title defenses would’ve been better than most of the Rush singles matches.

There are now 18 champions – or 16 plus Dragon Lee (island) & Electrico (really still a mini) – if CMLL is planning to run the Universal tournament. They’re running out of time.

AAA TV (SUN) 11/18/2018 Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua [AAA, Lucha Central]
1) Centinela, Mr. Alfa, Villano III Jr. b Rey Puma, Syrus, Vip  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
6:45. Aereo was scheduled but missed the show due to injury. All others had qualified for the match. Villano III pinned Syrus to win. VIP attacked his partners after the match.
2) Lady Shani, Starfire, Vanilla b Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Zafiro  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:39. Zafiro replaced Scarlett, who Vampiro says did not make the show due to situations out of their control. Lady Shani beat Lady Maravilla with a spinning Gori Special. Keyra and Shani both declared they’d be the next AAA Reina de Reinas champion, then got into a mask pulling brawl that had to be broken up twice.
3) Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid b Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:57. Hijo del Vikingo beat Tito Santana with an imploding 450 splash.
4) Joe Lider & Pagano b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:44. Pagano beat Ciclope with something like a Spanish Fly into a table on fire. Ciclope & Miedo feigned mutual admiration before attacking Lider & Pagano again.
5) Mamba, Máximo, Murder Clown b La Máscara, Monsther Clown, Rey Escorpión  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:25. La Mascara beat Maximo via foul. Maximo challenged LA Mascara to a hair match in January.
6) Brian Cage, La Parka, Psycho Clown b Blue Demon, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:04. Earlier in the show, Psycho & Parka protested teaming with Demon. They were interrupted by Fantasma, Texano and Konnan. Fantasma called them unprofessional for not teaming with Demon, said he’d beat Drago at Guerra de Titanes, and said he’d get the mega title after Cage beat Fenix. Cage was not happy with this, and was eventually attacked by the rudos. Psycho & Parka thought about it and made a save. Blue Demon attacked them. Cage & Demon changed sides in the main event and Cage appears to be a tecnico going forward. Cage pinned Texano with a F5 after Demon fouled Psycho. Those two fought to the back after.

Poder del Norte/tecnicos was good, the hardcore match was a spectacle and everything else was alright. The hardcore match seemed to burn out the crowd for a while but they came back in the main event. They didn’t write out Scarlett, but her absence was still strange. The post-match angle in the women’s match felt like it built up Keyra versus Shani stronger than any match. (La Hiedra, Faby Apache and Scarlett are supposed to be in the match.) Maximo specifically asked for a hair match on 01/01. That was understood to mean Juarez, but Maximo also asked for a hair match in Arena Neza Saturday night so who knows for sure. If it is really happening on New Year’s Day, it ought to be announced soon. Cage becoming a tecnico seemed a bit random but might be step one in a bigger plan.

AAA put up this week’s TV show, covering the Merida show. Just like last week’s show from Cancun, it’s the entire taping in one week. Just like last week’s show, one match was cut. Just like last week’s show, it was the match that featured AAA Megachampion Fenix which was cut. It is weird that the mega-champion hasn’t been part of the show since TripleMania – but then I thought to go back and check, and realized the TripleMania title match was cut from TV too. Fenix’s last AAA match to make YouTube, his only AAA match to make that TV show, is the Aguascalientes three-way with Fenix, Flamita, and Bandido. (He did appear on Lucha Capital, and will be in at least two more matches there.) Being cut from one show might just be a weird meaningless choice. Being cut from all the shows can’t be an accident.

After Fenix was skipped on TV last week, it was mentioned to me that AAA might be downplaying Fenix because they were very upset about the dive that took out Marisela Pena at TripleMania. That dive was probably not fun to get hit by, but I dismissed the idea that AAA would put their personal feelings that far ahead of doing business. They did out aside their feelings to bring back Fenix in the first place. Maybe I’m just wrong! Something is obviously wrong. Whatever the problem is, there’s limited use in having Fenix be champion if you’re not going to put him on TV, and the idea of having a champion who will have hot matches doesn’t work if you’re not going to book the champion. This was all in my head before tonight’s show, where Cage was flipped seemingly to feud with Los Mercenarios. Cage being a tecnico makes sense if Cage is going to win the title and do the feud with Fantasma instead of Fenix because AAA’s already soured on Fenix. It’d also explain why Cage is getting that title shot instead of the Laredo Kid match that had been set up, as AAA has always been higher on Cage and he’d make more sense to them as a transitional champion. I do not know that Cage is going to win but it seems suddenly very possible.

SuperLuchas has an obituary for Hombre Bala.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Semana writes a positive review of AAA’s show in Colombia.

The return of Argentina’s Titanes en el RIng was postponed.

Lineup

AAA (WED) 11/21/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal
1) Hijo Del Vikingo vs Vanilla
2) Máscarita Sagrada vs Killer Kross
3) Puma King vs Pagano
4) Drago vs Keyra

This is the start of phase 2 of the tournament. Puma is headed to DDT before phase 3 starts, so Pagano eliminating him with a second loss seems a safe bet. I don’t think Kross’ undefeated run is going to end at the hands of Mascarita Sagrada. Vikingo has a loss and Vanilla has a win, so there’s a good bet they’ll reverse that so both are 1-1. I wish it was a better bet for that match to be good. Drago & Keyra are both coming off a loss and the loser is probably also done. This is the first show without a sure great match; maybe the main event will be that, but that’s far frome sure.

AAA also officially announced the 12/08 Arena Xalapa taping. There are a couple of changes. Black Danger & Ultimo Maldito replace Dave the Clown & Villano III Jr. in the second match. The OGT/Poder del Norte match is no longer listed for the trios titles. AAA has not yet announced the 12/02 Aguascalientes Guerra de Titanes card, but they did make some references to matches on that show (Drago/Fantasma, Fenix/Cage)

CMLL (FRI) 11/23/2018 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Súper Astro Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Soberano Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Dark Magic, Luciferno, Vangellys
4) Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Penta 0M
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario, Último Guerrero
6) Cavernario vs King Phoenix [Leyenda de Plata]

Cavernario versus Phoenix was good last time. Also, last time, the fans were strongly behind Cavernario.

There are so many people in the Mascara 2000 match that the match might actually be good. Templario is unofficially the fourth Guerrero Lagunero. If only there were still tecnico groups for Audaz to join.

Whoever puts together the cards may be under the impression that Penta & Caristico are still feuding, but has failed to communicate that to those people.

Fuego’s best chance of being pushed? Travel to Michigan and wrestle on low-level indies, I think.

Oro being in the opener is obviously subject to change. There’s been no update, which seems like a good thing in this case.

Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 12/08/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Xtabay vs Reina Dorada
2) Diosa Quetzal, Torito Negro, Toro Negro vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Lady Flammer
3) Dragón Bane vs Alan Extreme
4) Brian Villa & Willy Banderas vs Metaleón & Mr. Leo and Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana
5) Zumbido vs Diva Salvaje
6) Fly Star vs Demus [hardcore]
7) Rey Horuz vs ArezÚltimo MalditoToxinArkángel Divino

No changes from the announced card. Lucha Memes & Lucha Libre Boom announced they’re making their debut in this building a day later with a card called “Nueva Era.” I’m sure they’ll be agressively counter promoting this card, as MexaWrestling and Memes have gone back and forth on scoial media.

 

Cavernario & Fenix advance to Leyenda de Plata final, AAA does well in Colombia

Cavernario

CMLL (FRI) 11/16/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOEstrelas de La Lucha LibreLucha CentralMarcaOvacionesThe Gladiatoresthecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Grako b Astral & Eléctrico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:30. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:33. Straight falls. Dalys was DQed for refusing to let go of a choke.
3) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Vangellys b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3. Vangellys return from knee injury.
4) Cavernario, El Audaz, Felino, King Phoenix, Tiger, Tritón, Virus, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Flyer, Kawato San, Mephisto, Místico, Soberano Jr., Templario, Titán [battle royalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Cavernario & King Phoenix b Volador Jr.TitánFlyerMísticoSoberano Jr.TritónEl AudazDragón Rojo Jr.FelinoVirusMephistoTemplarioKawato SanTiger [Leyenda de PlataLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
34:52. Eliminator order Kawato San (by Audaz), Tiger (Templario), Triton (Dragon Rojo), Audaz (Soberano), Flyer (Virus), Titan (Felino), Virus (Mephisto), Dragon Rojo (Cavernario), Felino (Soberano), Templario (Volador), Mephisto (Fenix), Soberano (Cavernario), Mistico (Volador), Volador (Cavernario), leaving Cavernario and King Phoenix as the finalists for next week.
6) Gran Guerrero, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:42. Rudos took 1/3, UG rolling thru La Mistica to cradle Caristico for the win.

Post-match promos: Marcela & Dalys (building up their Puebla match), Vangellys, Barbaro Cavernario & King Phoenix (Leyenda de Plata; Phoenix is very obviously edited), the main event rudos (Penta forgets Valiente’s name) and the main even tecnicos.

I really liked the cibernetico, though it did get a bit iffy for a stretch. The rest of the show is skippable. Fenix/Cavernario next week is going to be outstanding.

Oro Jr. suffered a what appeared to be a serious injury on a show in Texas last night. The promotional later announced Oro would be ok. There are no details on what exactly his injury is.

AAA (FRI) 11/16/2018 Movistar Arena, Bogota, Colombia [Lucha Libre AAA Colombia]
1) Angelikal & Hijo Del Vikingo b Black Danger & Último Maldito
Vikingo & Angelikal replaced Divino & Black Boy when Blue Demon was added to do the card.
2) Faby Apache b Lady Shani
3) Laredo Kid & Máximo b Aerostar & Drago
Maximo pinned Aerostar after the kiss. Aerostar earlier dove off a balcony.
4) Psycho Clown b Hijo del FantasmaBlue Demon Jr.
Psycho pinned Fantasma after Fantasma had fouled Blue Demon. Psycho Clown thanked the audience.

This show looked like a strong success: about 70% full crowd that was into everything. It seemed a crowd more specifically excited for having major league Wrestling more than specifically AAA, but they did get into the AAA wrestlers. I saw the last two matches, which were both better than you’d expect on a normal show. The reactions I saw on social media for the show were strongly positive, especially for those people who went to the show; there’s definitely a “now that we proved we’ll support wrestling, WWE will come soon” vibe to some of it, but the people who went to see AAA seemed to enjoy AAA.

This aired live in Colombia on WIN Sports, with Savonvich and Zuniga commentating. WIN was one of the sponsors – it was their logo on the mat – and they did of TV promotion for the show. Nothing more was said about a follow-up show beyond “we hope to return”. It’d be a surprise if they did not return.

Hombre Bala has passed away. Aurelio Ortiz was an 80s/90s start in EMLL, who later wrestled as caveman Cro-Magnon. He had a long stint in AAA as the Monsther, teaming with Chucky to forever feud with Alebrije & Cuije. Hombre Bala is part of the Pirata Morgan family, his son Drone wrestles in CMLL, and his daughter India Sioux is married to Maximo. His wife was a luchadora as well. Hombra Bala had been in poor health for a while.

Volador and Rush meet in a singles match tonight in Arena Coliseo. Sunday has the Rey Bucanero/Niebla Roja hair match. There’s always a chance CMLL could stream that show, but nothing has been announced and probably wouldn’t be until the afternoon of the show.

AAA will definitely be streaming on Sunday. They’ll be on Twitch on Ciudad Juarez, the end of a very busy week for them. The show will start at 5:00 pm CT, with the first match around 5:30 pm. The main event is scheduled to be Blue Demon, La Parka, Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr., Hijo del Fantasma and Brian Cage, which doesn’t sound any good and also doesn’t make much sense. They’ll also have the Joe Lider & Pagano versus Ciclope & Miedo Extremo extreme match, and a rematch of Poder del Norte versus Vikingo, Laredo and Angelikal. The group who worked Ciudad Juarez have a lot of traveling to do this weekend.

Indie shows this weekend include Zona 23 shows in Monterrey and Mexico State (might turned up on Powerbomb, include people coming in form IWA), a FILL legends show in Monterrey (Rayo vs Solitario), IWRG (Eterno vs Imposible), AAA’s Ultimo Maldito putting up his mask against Proximo in Tijuana, and LA Park & son facing Wotan & Masada in Guanajuato.

I still don’t understand what happened with Ayako Hamada, but she has a new Facebook page and posted something about “a person destroyed her life” but God opened a door for her.

As a press conference for an upcoming Evolution Lucha Libre show, the third Hijo de Rey Misterio announced he was returning to his previous D’Luxe character.

An interview with Pachuca luchador Persy.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-11-16 

King Phoenix

Recapped: 11/16/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Grako beat Astral & Eléctrico
(13:30 [5:22, 4:12, 3:56], 1/3, below average, 00:01:10)

La Guerrera, Lluvia, Marcela beat Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
(11:33 [6:03, 5:30], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:23:20)

Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Vangellys beat Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(12:20 [5:35, 2:57, 3:48], 2/3, ok, 00:44:10)

The dumb battle royal went 2:52.

King Phoenix and Cavernario advanced past Titán, Volador Jr, Flyer, Místico, Soberano Jr., Tritón, El Audaz, Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Virus, Mephisto, Templario, Kawato San, Tiger in CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament
(34:52, great, 01:16:34)

  1. Audaz springboard headscissors Kawato San (7:56)
  2. Templario frontcracker powerbomb Tiger (9:35)
  3. Dragon Rojo double stomp Triton (12:20)
  4. Soberano front piledriver Audaz (13:28)
  5. Virus motocicleta Flyer (14:51)
  6. Felino superpowerbomb Titan (18:19)
  7. Mephisto super Devils’ Wings Virus (19:20)
  8. Cavernario springboard splash Dragon Rojo (20:43)
  9. Soberano guillotine moonsault Felino (21:27)
  10. Volador reverse rana Templario (23:01)
  11. Fenix springboard dropkick to the face Mephisto (24:24)
  12. Cavernario cavernaria Soberano Jr. (25:25)
  13. Volador Canadian Destroyer Místico (28:50)
  14. Cavernario cavernaria Volador Jr. (34:52)

Gran Guerrero, Penta 0M, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente
(9:42 [2:14, 1:29, 5:59], 1/3, ok, 01:56:30)

What happened: 

Audaz

UG turned a La Mistica straight into a crucifix cradle.

Felino might have picked up a hip injury taking Soberano’s moonsault. The final four came down to only Místico left on his team against King Phoenix, Volador and Cavenario. Those last two decided to start fighting Phoenix, and fought the final as a three way leading to the finish. Cavernario & Phoenix advance to next week’s final, a rematch from earlier this year.

Dalys would not let go of a choke – a choke she’s never ever done before and probably will never do again – and she was disqualified without a count. (This was a typically strange way to do a DQ in a women’s match where there’s no mask involved.)

Grako lost Astral on a powerbomb. Instead of picking him up again, he just dropped him badly. Eléctrico was strechered out after taking Grako’s hanging double underhook facebuster, though it was less clear if that was a real injury (brought out by his head being too low) or if he was selling the move.

Thoughts: 

Caristico DDT

The main event seemed liked it was going to be a usual super rush trios match to follow a really strong match for two falls. It slowed down and gave a little bit of time in the third fall, though the action was never really noteworthy. It was more interesting what they didn’t do (Azul/UG dropped) than anything they did do. Penta based well for Carístico but mostly existed as something for Valiente & Diamante Azul to be angry about. They seemed annoyed he’s so over, which is an odd thing to be angry about. The finish was nicely done.

The Leyenda de Plata was easily the best of the recent run of ciberneticos, a borderline great/excellent match. The overall performance level was better than those, and this had an insane section of the match that was just missing from the others. The action was really solid for most of the way – until Fenix’s slip on a springboard felt like it derailed the action and the crowd for a couple of minutes. Fenix got them back with a dive, but it was just long enough where I couldn’t go with the high grade. Fenix looked super throughout the rest of the match, with his best moments coming in the second half of the match. Templario had a great run, carrying a lot of the middle and doing great with whoever he was working with them. Soberano looked really good if also a bit dangerous. Triton & Audaz did well in short runs (while you could’ve replaced Felino with anyone and gotten the same.) Would’ve liked to see more of Titan but they did get to mix it up with other people. This is an easy recommendation.

Soberano tornillo

Vangellys getting a strong showcase win in his return was the purpose of the third match. That’s a strange purpose but I suppose he was fine with it. Rey Cometa did an impressive dive and then Vangellys quickly pinned him. The match was the most professional of the undercard, the standard solid if predictable CMLL midcard trios match.

The women’s match was the same as always, just with a little less crowd reaction than normal. It held all the way to the finish, where no one really bought the finish. This division desperately needs something fresh to happen. This was the opposite, Dalys & Marcela feuding again. I feel like I’ve seen the Amapola dropkick the person on the middle rope spot 1000 times and La Guerrera took the bump differently than everyone else, so that’s something to say for this match. It didn’t go well.

The opener kind of derailed when Grako dropped Astral badly, as tends to happen. The rudos stalled out the second fall to give Astral some time to recover, and openers don’t need any more time to cool down. Grako seemed off the rest of the match, though he hasn’t looked on a lot. Grako trying to take a bump into the corner off an Electrico dropkick and landing on referee Pompin’s feet is about as well as this one went.

Templario

Leyenda de Plata, AAA in Colombia, Penta/Park to come on the Naucalpan Anniversary show

AAAA

IWRG , FLUFENAX (THU) 11/15/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Emperador Brillante b Blue Monsther
2) Francoise Montanez b Dr. Cerebro
Took place before the stream started. Cerebro challenged for a mask match.
3) Hijo del Solar & Solar I b Hijo del Fishman & Negro Navarro IWRG - 15 Noviembre 2018 - L.A. Park vs Rush vs Penta Zero M, en Jaula (posted by +LuchaTV)
Billed as Hijo del Solar versus a mystery MMA wrestler, ended up a tag math instead.
4) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther b Trauma I & Trauma II IWRG - 15 Noviembre 2018 - L.A. Park vs Rush vs Penta Zero M, en Jaula (posted by +LuchaTV)
Good match, mask match challenges followed.
5) Jack Evans b Ricky Marvin IWRG - 15 Noviembre 2018 - L.A. Park vs Rush vs Penta Zero M, en Jaula (posted by +LuchaTV)
A rare loss for Ricky Marvin.
6) Jean Montanez & Pierre Montanez b Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi IWRG - 15 Noviembre 2018 - L.A. Park vs Rush vs Penta Zero M, en Jaula (posted by +LuchaTV)
7) Charly Rockstar, Ciber the Main Man, Cuervo (Puerto Rico), The Chris b Hijo de LA Park, Lizmark Jr., Mr. Electro, Ramsés IWRG - 15 Noviembre 2018 - L.A. Park vs Rush vs Penta Zero M, en Jaula (posted by +LuchaTV)
Ciber beat Electro to set up a title match.
8) Rush b LA ParkPenta 0M [cageIWRG - 15 Noviembre 2018 - L.A. Park vs Rush vs Penta Zero M, en Jaula (posted by +LuchaTV) Rush vs L.A Park vs Penta 0M ¡¡¡ LUCHA EN JAULA EN LA ARENA NAUCALPAN !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
The rules were the first person to escape would win, and the last two would have a match later. Rush escaped, and Penta & Park will have a singles match on 12/21 as Arena Naucalpan’s Anniversary main event.

I only saw the main event. You don’t need to see the main event. The semi-main went far too long.

Tonight is the Leyenda de Plata. In the old times of the 2000s, it used to be the sort of the tournament to determine the best wrestler in the promotion. It was supplanted by the Universal tournament, but it might as well serve that purpose with no sign of the big red belt this year.

Historically, last year’s winner of the Leyenda de Plata faced the winner of a cibernetico to determine the new champion. It was exactly the same format the Rey del Inframundo just used. That was thrown out last year, because the former champion was La Mascara and La Mascara ceased to exist in CMLL. Volador is the reigning champion, but they’re putting him in the cibernetico instead. That means tonight’s cibernetico will end with two people left in the ring and without a definite winner and loser. That is what happened last night in the IWRG cage match, no one much liked it then, and no one will much like it tonight. It’s a simple to way to set up a singles match, which is what CMLL likes.

Chances of making the finals

Good: Volador Jr., Cavernario, Mistico, Mephisto, King Phoenix
Minimal: Dragon Rojo, Soberano, Templario, Titan
Nope: Felino, Triton, Kawato San, Flyer, Virus, Audaz, Tiger

I write those “Nopes” even while noting the best recent Leyenda de Plata finals were the 2013 tournament (Negro Casas versus Titan) and 2015 (Negro Casas versus Dragon Lee), where they put a young guy with an experienced guy who would make him look good while still winning. Cavernario versus Audaz or even like King Phoenix versus Tiger would be really helpful for the lesser star, but you can’t actually bet on CMLL doing thoes things.

In an interview with Diario Basta, Mephisto says the Leyenda de Plata is for the smaller weight classes and the Leyenda de Azul is for the heavyweights. The older version of that is Leyenda de Plata was for the best actual wrestlers and the Leyenda de Azul was for the bigger names. There’s a decent amount of overlap in those ideas. Mephisto has been in 11 of the 16 and has won 0 of the 16, but he thinks he’s got a good shot this time.

Mephisto also notes he has 13 defenses of the Welterweight Championship, up from 11 in the last reign (we can only find 8), and he hopes to reach 20 this time. Mephisto explains his winning strategy is to use his big moves late in the match.

The rest of the show is pretty much a nothing special show. Caristico, Diamante Azul and Valiente take on Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, and Penta 0M. The Caristicio/Penta program was super over when Penta debuted and CMLL just sort of ran away from it. It’s UG versus Azul that’s probably the focus. Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., and Rey Cometa take on Misterioso Jr., Okumura, and Vangellys in an added match. This will be Vangellys return if he actually is back (and he’s listed on a lot of shows.) The women include Dalys & Marcela fighting for the umpteenth time. Astral & Electrico team up against Espanto Jr. & Grako in the opener.

The show will air at 8:30pm on Marca (currently geoblocked) and Facebook (not geoblocked). I’ll probably stream it as well.

AAA debuts tonight in Colombia. The card has changed a little bit from when it started; an original Hijo del Fantasma vs Psycho Clown main event now includes Blue Demon. Angelikal & Hijo del Vikingo replace Arcangel Divino & Black Boy (who hasn’t been around much) in the undercard. The show is not expected to stream on Twitch, though there’s always a chance it could turn up in other forms.

There are some big-picture questions which might be answered. AAA has wanted to advance northward but hasn’t found sustained success in the US. If they can grow to the south, perhaps that’ll bring in the revune they were expecting from the US. It is also test to see if the new content platforms they’ve been on this year are strong enough to reach fresh markets. This show has been promoted locally, but also by AAA on their Twitch broadcasts and on via their show on Space, which airs in South America. If AAA can grow on the Space deal alone, maybe that changes their relationship with Televisa going forward.

AAA (Dorian Roldan) has done interviews previously suggesting returning to Colombia for a tour of shows in 2019, and even running a satellite promotion in the country that they would train and use to run the smaller cities. These are grand ideas, and AAA grand ideas have a way of not actually turning out. (I wouldn’t be surprised if local wrestlers ended up on tonight’s show; they’ve been used in promotion for this card.) If it anything is going to come of it, it has to start with a good turnout tonight. I just don’t really have a strong idea of what “good” means. The arena holds 14K, but I don’t think they need to fill it out to consider it a success. Hugo Savinovich, who seems to have been a part of promoting this, was doing well with 7K crowd in Chile. Maybe AAA would be happy with the same.

There’s lots of local press for the shows. Blue Demon went in depth about his life with El Tiempo, mentioning he choose to go to a military academy when he was young, and says the lymphatic cancer he was discovered to have in 2000 reached stage 4. Faby Apache is interviewed in ADN.

At least one of the pieces on the show indicate lucha libre was a big deal in Colombia in the 70s/80s, then died out due to people complaining about the violence. A local wrestler, Rayo de Plata, did an audio interview saying Colombia wrestling actually went down to the violence in the country around that time.

Mexa Wrestling on 12/08 in Arena San Juan has

That’s the final card, they just don’t have a poster yet. I would like singles matches instead of a fiveway but the five away is probably going ot be very good.

Puma & Barby did a live Q&A video.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

Lineups

AAA TV (SUN) 12/02/2018 Palenque de la Feria, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
1) Keyra vs Faby Apache ©Lady ShaniLa HiedraScarlett [AAA REINA DE REINAS]
2) La Máscara, Parka Negra, Taurus vs Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata
3) Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid © vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana [AAA TRIOS]
3) Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana © [AAA TRIOS]
first defense

4) Joe Lider & Pagano vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo [AAA TAG, hardcore]
8th defense (6th on TV)
5) Hijo del Fantasma © vs Drago [AAA LA]
5th defense, 4th on TV.
6) Fénix © vs Brian Cage [AAA HEAVY]
2nd defense, 1st on TV
7) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon & Killer Kross

A taping we didn’t even know was coming before the local promoter put up this lineup. I could really use a list of upcoming shows. This comes before the Xalapa taping (a week later, which has Poder del Norte defending these trios titles against OGT, so.) What’s more is the poster bills it as Guerra de Titanes. That would mean AAA will have a (January 2018) Guerra de Titanes and a (December 2018) Guerra de Titanes.

Fenix defends the AAA title for the first time 3.5 months after winning it, and not again the guy who challenged him. Cage did indicate he’d like to get a title shot and maybe they’ll explain it Juarez. Drago & Fantasma was set up on the last taping. Rey Escorpion & Texano are going to regret wandering into the extreme feud. The women’s division continues the “everyone gets a title shot” strategy.

CMLL (TUE) 11/20/2018 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Eléctrico, Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Tiger
4) Titán vs Flyer [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
6) Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible

Titan & Flyer is at least a unique match. Raziel might be back, or I might skip through that match so far that I’ll never know.

CMLL (TUE) 11/20/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr., Magnum, Mr. Samurai vs Carlo Roggi, Guerrero de la Muerte, Mr. Apolo
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Black Panther, El Audaz, Esfinge vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Templario
4) Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
5) Diamante Azul vs Rush

Diamante Azul/Rush is sometimes alright, and sometimes not very good. Semi-might might be pretty good.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 16th, 2018

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AAA is back on Twitch on Sunday. Show is listed as 6pm, but Ciudad Juarez is in the Mountain Time Zone, so maybe it’s a 5:30 start? I can’t tell if the match with Villano III Jr. and a host of others will air. They did air the “dark” match this past taping.

Leyenda de Plata is usually good, and it looks like CMLL Marca is not geoblocked.

Ultimo Guerrero is a little bit better as a tecnico in a big singles matches so maybe CMLL Puebla will be interesting.

Lucha Capital Week 3, LA Park/Rush/Penta in Naucalpan tonight, Impact Meixco return?

Fenix dive

AAA , CAPITAL (WED) 11/14/2018 Pinche Gringo Barbecue, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [AAA, MedioTiempoRecord, thecubsfan]
1) Máscarita Sagrada (original) b Keyra Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
6:52. Mascarita Sagrada rolled up Keyra after a match she had dominated.
2) Texano Jr. b Niño Hamburguesa Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
7:54. Texano won via powerbomb.
3) Australian Suicide b Taya Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
8:07. Suicide won via SSP in Taya’s return to Mexico
4) Fénix b Golden Magic Facebook video (posted by luchalibreaaa)
11:40. Fenix won with his valagueza powerbomb, which was called the MMB (Mexican Muscle Buster) here.

Timestamps for the matches in case those links don’t work:

00:17:39 Keyra vs Máscarita Sagrada (original)
00:33:31 Texano Jr. vs Niño Hamburguesa
00:59:12 Taya vs Australian Suicide
01:31:40 Golden Magic vs Fénix

Main event was really good, semi-main was worth watching if you want to see Suicide being silly. You can skip the first two easily.

Taya noted this was not a full time return to AAA, but participating in this tournament as part of promotions working together. I was surprised Taya lost her return match. AAA did not play up her issues with the promotion (as they did with Kross last week.) Vampiro referenced Taya being controversial, but mostly talked her up as the best women’s wrestler in the world in a similar fashion to what he did on Lucha Underground.

Standings so far

1 Win: Vanilla, Pagano, Psycho Clown, Pentagon Jr., Lady Shani, Aerostar, Killer Kross, Laredo Kid, Mascarita Sagrada, Texano Jr., Australian Suicide and Fenix.
1 Loss: La Hiedra, Taurus, Murder Clown, Puma King, Lady Maravilla, Maximo, Hijo del Vikingo, Drago, Keyra, Nino Hamburguesa, Taya, and Golden Magic

Round 2 starts next week. That should bring some actual stakes to these matches. How I think it’s supposed to go:

  • luchadors who pick up a second win advance all the way to the 12/19 final
  • luchadors who end up with one win and one loss move onto the 12/12 wild card show
  • luchadors who end up with two losses are done – unless they need more people to fill out the wild card show.

I really don’t have a good sense of who’s going to win. Of the people with one win, Pentagon, Laredo and Fenix have looked the best, but none of them are AAA full timers and that might disqualify them. Maybe Psycho Clown wins this championship to make up for never winning a real AAA one? Maybe Drago or Vikingo come back from one loss to get the big win? Maybe we just won’t get a good idea until we see which 12 are left for the final.

Arena Naucalpan tonight has LA Park vs Penta 0M vs Rush as the main event in a cage. Not sure why you want to put guys who brawl around an arena in a cage but I’m not smart enough to understand indie lucha. It’s listed as a IWRG show, but it appears to be sponsored by the same people who as usual for the Montanez shows. Ricky Marvin versus new dad (again) Jack Evans could be fun. This will eventually turn up on +LuchaTV.

The CMLL wrestlers for the usual Wednesday media session were Diamante Azul & Valiente (talking about their tag team title match), Rey Bucanero & Niebla Roja (talking about their hair match) and Atlantis Jr.

Atlantis Jr. is 20 years old and says he’s spent eight years training with Ringo Mendoza, Virus, Arkangel de la Meurte, Franco Colombo, Ultimo Guerrero, Ultimo Dragoncito and Atlantis. (That’s all of CMLL’s trainers over the last eight years, or at least those still working CMLL.) Atlantis Jr. does not have a firm start date for Mexico, but he believes it’ll be soon after the Fantastica Mania tour. Atlantis Jr. says he would love to face Hijo del Villano III to continue that family feud. He’s told his father that he won’t let his name down and will be an event better wrestler. Good luck on that.

The El Planchitas column talks about the rumors that El Fantasma might be removed from his Mexico City Lucha Libre commissioner role he’s had for 20 years. There hasn’t really been a candidate to replace him until now: Villano V/Ray Mendoza Jr. is said to be interested in the job. I’m unsure if a guy who lost so much money on his retirement show that he had to unretire is a great choice. The article mentions the job pays “less than 10,000 Mexican Pesos a month” (less than 500 USD.)

On his podcast, Petey Williams mentioned Impact will be returning to Mexico in January. It looks like late January judging from the schedule. It’s a little surprise; the first show they ran in Mexico seemed to draw fine, but the second night was a struggle. They probably won’t be going against a big CMLL show this time, so that’ll help a lot. AAA has run Guerra de Titanes near the end of January in Mexico City the last two years, and it’s possible Impact & AAA could combine those events on one weekend.

Arena Guatemala Mexico’s show is airing Saturdays at 8 pm on Canal + Guatemala. Local wrestling TV shows are a rarity lately. Maybe I’ll try to record this.

El Matematico and referee El Godro will be honored at a show in Xochimilco this Sunday.

The documentary on Casandro is airing in Japan on 11/23.

Oaxaca’s Red Demon introduced Red Demon Jr.

Lucha Capital part 3 tonight with return of Taya, Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero set for Sunday

Eh.

CMLL (TUE) 11/13/2018 Arena México [CMLL, The Gladiatores]
1) Arkalis & Robin b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Espíritu Negro, Metálico b Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3.
3) Stukita b Kaligua [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kaligua slipped and crashed on a Brillo Dorada and Stukita won quickly after.
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. b Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Okumura LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Black Panther’s swinging kick is being called the Boomerang kick.
5) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano b Dark Magic, Ephesto, Hechicero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja b Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took straight falls. Rey Bucanero & Niebla Roja feuded and set up their hair match on Sunday.

My understanding is the early matches were so bad that they killed people’s willingness to care about the later matches, but it also may have just been a normal Tuesday show.

CMLL (TUE) 11/13/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar, El Rielero, Tigre Blanco b Bobby Black, Frezzer, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Príncipe Diamante, Star Black, Súper Astro Jr. b Furia Roja, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Pólvora, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. b Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Audaz, Flyer, Titán
NGD took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
tecnicos took 2/3. Rush unmasked Diamante Azul to set up a singles match next week.

If you are the person who likes Diamante Azul: Hi, hope you’re doing well, and you’re getting a lot of Diamante Azul coming up. Diamante Azul & Valiente challenge for the tag titles on Sunday, Diamante Azul vs Rush in Guadalajara on Tuesday, Diamante Azul versus Ultimo Guerrero sometime soon on a Friday.

There are promos from Rey Bucanero and Niebla Roja to build up this hair match. This has been coming since 10/28, mostly on the Sunday show. I wonder if it feels like it’s out of nowhere for most people.

CMLL announced a 2×1 tickets deal (except for the numbered ringside rows) for the next week at all of its venues. This is a Buen Fin deal, Mexico’s take on the US “Black Friday” holiday. The deals are being honored at every building from now until next Tuesday, and there should be bigger than usual turn out at those shows.

Electrico was honored by his university.

Tonight is episode 3 of Lucha Capital. It’s the last of the first phase matches, and they are weird.

  • Taya vs Australian Suicide
  • Keyra vs Mascarita Sagrada
  • Texano Jr. vs Nino Hamburguesa
  • Fenix vs Golden Magic

This tournament is still at the point where a single win or a single loss doesn’t mean a lot. It gets more meaningful next week. Fenix has been very busy and very great of late, so there’s a lot of hope for that match. I have no idea about anything else.

A medium length reminder of the Taya situation (or maybe this is three paragraphs you can skip): Taya’s last match in AAA was her April 21, 2017 street fight against Ayako Hamada in Tijuana. Taya won the Reina de Reinas championship from Hamada, wasn’t on lineups for a few weeks, and missed a June 19th taping due to injuries in a car accident. The story after this point is AAA (probably Vampiro) asked Johnny Mundo to bring the Reina de Reinas championship to the June 30th show so they could take publicity photos of it. A day later, with the title now in hand, AAA declared the championship was vacant (and gave a variety of conflicting explanations.) Taya and Johnny criticized Vampiro on Twitter and elsewhere for lying to them and being an office stooge. This was some unclear mix of being truly upset and using that unplanned situation for their own benefit, much like the recent Austin Aries deal. On a July 16 show in Monterrey, Vampiro explained Taya had refused to come to Monterrey to defend it on a show she had not been advertised for and declared the title vacant.

Sexy Star returned to the AAA to win the title, which didn’t turn out too well. (Killer Kross also attacked the women for no particular reason.) Sexy Star had left the company over a situation where Sexy Star was unwilling to lose the mixed tag titles in a match with Taya. It might have not been about Taya – Sexy Star has seemingly decided she’s never going to take a direct loss again, at least outside of Lucha Underground – but AAA might have been concerned about putting Sexy Star in the ring with a woman who didn’t like her very much. Except, AAA then did it without realizing it at TripleMania a few weeks later, and that didn’t go well.

This whole situation was a lot of drama that made AAA look like a bad place to work for as a wrestler, and all about a championship that AAA has never treated like a big deal. Trying to patch things back up with Taya was one of the AAA goals for the year, and they’ve achieved it. Taya & Vampiro already had to work together in taping Season 4 of Lucha Underground months ago, so I’m sure they’ll find a way to be professional behind the scenes even while doing some “shoot” bit for the crowd to keep the issue going.

No Scarlett match seems to suggest she’s not in the tournament after all – except, Killer Kross’ pre-match interview seemed to telegraph Scarlett appearing at some point. Fenix, Taya, and Konnan are coming from the Impact tapings in Las Vegas to these shows, and perhaps she’ll be doing the same.

AAA luchadors left this morning for Colombia. Hijo del Fantasma did an interview with Caracol TV to promote the shows.

AAA put up their TV show covering Cancun. They are treating Cancun & Merida as one-week tapings, which should help them catch up a bit. (AAA’s currently so far behind that these shows are no longer available on Twitch.) They aired four matches from the five match show: they cut out Fenix & Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage & Hijo del Fantansma main event. That’s a strange decision.

The recent documentary on Casandro is positively reviewed here.

Monito visited a market in Hidalgo.

An interview with Toluca’s Boomerang.

+LuchaTV has a sit-down interview with Parka Negra.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 11/18/2018 Arena México
1) Akuma & Camorra vs Hijo del Signo & Yago
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Felino, LucifernoVangellys 
4) Carístico, King Phoenix, Penta 0M vs Ciber, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris
5) Rush & Terrible © vs Diamante Azul & Valiente [CMLL TAG]
first defense
6) Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero [hair]

An apuesta match, a title match, and a trios filled with names oddly arranged sort of counts as a big show. There’s no mention of this airing. There’s always a chance, but wouldn’t plan on it (and it doesn’t actually look good.) The Sunday shows have ended up on NJPW World of late.

Roja is the obvious favorite in the main event. (This might not be the last Bucanero hair match, but there can’t be too many more.) Diamante Azul & Valiente have an actual chance to win the tag titles; CMLL was trying to get the tag titles on Diamante Azul for a while. Caristico & Penta are enemies on Friday and partners on Sunday. Akuma seems to have replaced Espanto Jr.. in the opener feud this week.

CMLL (MON) 11/19/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Black Tiger & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Pegasso & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Metálico & Toro Bill Jr.
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., El Malayo, Pólvora
4) Dalys © vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
17th defense, 7th versus Marcela
5) Atlantis, Octagón, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto
6) Último Guerrero © vs Sansón [CMLL HEAVY]
first defense

Weird the legends are back in Puebla with no explanation. I wonder if the LA Park run there worked well enough that they wanted to try other people to see if it’ll work. Penta & Fenix haven’t made their way there.

We have Amapola with 25 known defenses of the women’s title, so Dalys still has a long way to go. (Marcela had 12 challenges in that reign.) Dalys’ real big competition this month is the bodybuilding contest on the 28th.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-11-05 

Hmm.

Recapped: 11/12/2018

Matches:

Astral, Lestat, Pantera Blanca beat Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Policeman
(12:33 [4:48, 4:53, 2:52], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi beat Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
(9:58 [6:01, 2:21, 1:36], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Kráneo, Stigma beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Tyson La Bestia
(9:51 [3:22, 2:24, 4:05], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(15:00 [5:16, 3:44, 6:00], 1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush beat Carístico
(10:10, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Último Guerrero unmasked Sansón in the semi-main. Rush faked a foul from Carístico in the main event.

Thoughts:

these kicks look better

The main event wasn’t much of a match before the faked foul finish out of nowhere and meaning nothing. The first two falls had little to them (except for Carístico deciding he wasn’t going to take Rush’s dropkick.) It has Tirantes working rudo for no particular reason, and at least he was giving more effort to that than the wrestlers were giving towards the match. Pass on this.

The semi-main was a long way to go to finish with Último Guerrero unmasking Sansón for no real reason. The match felt like it was building to a big third fall that never really happened. There’s a Gran Guerrero/Cuatrero chop fight early in that fall that doesn’t have an ending, both guys just look at the crowd and move onto something else, and that’s the entire match. Los Guerreros working as the técnicos isn’t much of a surprise.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-11-10

dropkick pre-revenge

Recapped: 11/11/2018

All matches aired live from Coliseo La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz

Matches:

Mini Psycho Clown, Samoano, Samoano 2 beat Halcón 78 Jr., Solaris, Tromba
(5:10, Samoano splash Solaris, ok)

Lanzelot, Parka Negra, Toxin beat Arcángel Divino, Dinastía, Dragón Bane
(10:52, Parka Negra top rope splash Dinastia, good)

Aerostar, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Fly beat Black Danger, Taurus, Último Maldito
(8:48, Aerostar super Canadian Destroyer Último Maldito, ok)

Cíclope (DTU) & Miedo Extremo beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(12:16, Ciclope Flaming Wizard Joe Lider, ok)

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(11:39, Máximo kiss La Mascara, ok)

Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid beat Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(10:48, Laredo Fly on Carta Brava, good)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Drago, Psycho Clown beat Hijo del Fantasma, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Kross
(14:04, Drago Dragon’s Lair Hijo del Fantasma, ok)

What happened:

Dinastia moonsault

Máximo challenged La Mascara to a hair match. La Mascara fouled him, the rudos beat up the exoticos, and the challenge didn’t seem to be officially accepted.

Parka Negra replaced Aramis, though whomever’s running the entrances was unaware of that change. Lanzelot appears to be a rudo now, attacking unmasking his brother after his match (though Parka Negra gets the pin because he’s the only pushed guy of this group.)

Black Danger & Último Maldito are back to those identities, though they’re acknowledged as being Espectro & Kahoz in the Copa Antonio Pena. Monster Clown tried to surprise attack Aerostar, and Aerostar at least kept it even until a foul. Super Fly saved him from more but also got fouled. Averno made a surprise run-in to also make the save. Monster Clown seemed to signal for a trios match, though it’s not clear what form that’d take.

Lanzelot Fly

The opener was really the dark match, starting as the announcers were previewing the show. Hades was seconding the rudas and was given a Samoano mask.

In a segment missing audio, and cut away from oddly, Niño Hamburguesa got a letter from a secret admirer. Or at least it was a secret from us. This aired right before the exotico match. Every time AAA does this angle, it’s an exotico as the admirer.

A message from Scarlett was played, but the sound also didn’t work for this bit. She stripped in silhouette in the background. She’s presumably coming back to AAA soon.

Earlier, Fantasma challenged (the not-present Fenix) to a title versus title match. Jose Manuel Guillen did bring up the Laredo Kid challenge, which hasn’t gone anywhere in a couple of months. Drago interrupted to challenge for a shot at Fantasma’s title. Fantasma told him to go wrestle the minis, shoved Drago down and turned around to pose. Drago fought Fantasma, Fantamsa ripped up Drago’s mask, Psycho Clown made the save, and Los Mercenarios ran in after him to beat up both técnicos.

Jarrett wrestled about half the main in a mask to hide his bald head. (It’s not that bald after a couple weeks.) Wagner eventually chased Jarrett to the stage, where Blue Demon appeared and attacked Wagner. Drago made the title challenge again after pinning Fantasma, only for the rudos to again beat up the técnicos.

Thoughts:

Los Macizos looked like the professional team

The main event was the usual Wagner & Psycho showcase, with a lot of Jarrett screwing around and more Kross suplexes than usual. Fantasma, in theory trying to challenge for the biggest title in the promotion, came off as the fifth or sixth most important person. The entire finish was overshadowed by Demon beating up Wagner in the background. AAA’s not playing around about which feud is the important one here. Drago was alright in setting up the match with Fantasma and doing this in the main event at least is a half effort chance of making it work. It’s just surrounded by so much that didn’t work.

The semi-main was a big opportunity for the técnicos, and they made the most of it. Angelikal picked the right moment to pull out a double moonsault, Vikingo had lots of cool offense and Laredo Kid finished the match strong. The team lacked a common thread, but they individually looked very effective. Poder del Norte was more interesting when their offense was something other than chair shots. They at least can keep up with the técnicos when they’re going at a fast pace, and these técnicos were pushing that pace. Vikingo might have been better of taking a breath and letting some of his offense sink in at it times, but it did keep the match interesting with the técnicos were in charge. This would’ve been easily a grade higher if the rudos could vary their offense a little more.

The fifth match was the usual exotico showcase, which worked for well for crowd reactions and not so much in taking the rudos seriously. It was much the same match they do all the time, though it seemed to work better for this crowd. The Los Mercenarios are having a tough time being taken seriously while being in a feud with a comedy team, but maybe La Mascara taking his cousin’s hair will help.

Psycho Driver

The fourth match really wasn’t going to be for me, but it also seemed counterproductive. Pagano seemingly took 70% of the match, not the ideal thing when Ciclope & Miedo Extremo are debuting and seemingly supposed to be built up as threats. Pagano had a pretty shaky match, even by Pagano standards, but he got his desired crowd reaction and that seems to be the important thing to him. Ciclope & Miedo looked a lot more polished in the moments they got, though AAA’s camerawork didn’t help much on Flaming Wizard spot. If you missed this one, I’m sure you’ll get about the same in Juarez.

There’s definitely some potential with Taurus teaming with the two young rudos (whatever name we’re calling against them this week), but they didn’t really reach it here. Maldito’s sloppy powerbomb caused Aerostar to pick up a leg injury and seemed to derail the last half of the match. The rest was a lot of usual Niño Hamburguesa stuff. Super Fly being weirdly included seems to be going somewhere, though it’s strange to see the OGTs as técnicos.

The actual opener eventually turned into a good match, but it left a lot on the table. The first half of the match, thru the dives and the Lanzeloth/Dinastia sequence, was pretty sloppy. People were running past each other on spots, people were being thrown to the top rope but not making it there, things just didn’t look right. I’m not sure if they just calmed down, but it did go a lot smoother once they got back to their corners. Toxin and Dragon Bane had good moments late. Lanzleot being a rudo opposite of Dinastia would give both a direction, if it’s followed up on.

It was neat to see the dark match, getting a glimpse at people who mostly had been on TV once or twice over the last two years but hadn’t been seen lately. No one stood out positively like they needed to be on TV, but it was at least interesting to see people like Hades and Solaris still exist. Samoans were alright flattening the técnicos – who never got the comeback you’d expect in this sort of match – and Hades as their mastermind is an idea that might have some legs on a less crowded roster. Didn’t get as much a sense of the others, but it wasn’t really about them. Halcón 78 failing to get out of the ring properly must feel terrible.

UG/Sanson set up in GDL, more Bucanero/Roja build tonight

Sanson wins

CMLL (MON) 11/12/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Arkalis, Asturiano, Rey Samuray b Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Perverso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi b Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Marcela challenged Dalys to a title match.
3) Máscara Año 2000, Tyson La Bestia, Universo 2000 Jr. b Drone, Fuego, Pantera Blanca LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Felino, Stigma DQ Ephesto, Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Fuerza fouled Atlantis. Felino & Stigma replaced Negro Casas & Blue Panther.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, setting up Sanson/UG for the heavyweight title next week.

This show sounds like it wasn’t much good. Negro Casas is said to be injured (though not said by CMLL) and Blue Panther continued his streak of never actually wrestling in Arena Puebla this year. Blue Panther has said he’s retiring soon after his third son debuts next year. Retirement is said often and happens rarely in lucha libre, but I’m inclined to believe it might be coming this time. I wonder a bit if that’s also the real Atlantis Jr. is debuting on Fantastica Mania, that no one’s quite sure if Atlantis will be around to do the family tag team in 2020 or later.

Today’s CMLL stream does not look promising. There’s one curious match, one feud which will be resolved elsewhere, and a lot of unpromising matches.

The main event follows up the Sunday Rey Bucanero/Niebla Roja feud. They are now expected to have a hair match on this upcoming Sunday. It’s not official yet, but it could be announced at any time today and they should make it clear by the end of this show. Niebla Roja teams with Atlantis & Angel de Oro, Rey Bucanero teams with Euforia & Shocker.

The curious match is Stukita – who was billed as graduating the minis division three weeks ago – having a lightning match against fellow mini Kaligua. Kaligua debuted back in July and hasn’t been back since until this match. He may eventually be getting Stukita’s bookings in the mini division, and there’s a chance this will be Stukita’s actual finale in the division. It’s rare for a guy with as few CMLL matches as Kaligua to get any sort of singles match, and this a chance to show what he can do that he might not get again for months.

The rest of the show are filler matches. Kraneo & Volcano team with Stuka again, versus Dark Magic, Ephesto and Hechicero. The Panthers are scheduled to team together, against Kawato, Okumura, and Misterioso. The second match two fall special includes Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr., Cancebrero, Espiritu Negro and Metalico. The no-hope opener is Apocalipsis & Inquisidor against Robin & Araklis. The show will stream at 7:30 pm.

Caristico, Diamante Azul and Valiente take on Los Ingobernables in Guadalajara.

Robin says he wants a mask match with Akuma and expects bigger opportunities.

Next Tuesday, a Nueva Generacion Dinamita comic book will be introduced next Tuesday. It appears to be fictional adventures in the style of comic books from years past, and (in theory) other CMLL wrestlers would be featured in future books. Gala Lutteroth, listed as the Director of Cultural Relations, is the CMLL connection.

Mascara 2000, Shocker, Blue Panther, La Comandante, La Seductora, Marcela, Pierrothio, Cancerbero, and Chamuel will appear Hipodromo de Las Americas (horse racing track) for a special race celebrating the CMLL 85th Anniversary. (The article doesn’t mention the date of the race; I think it’s this coming Saturday.)

Mexa Wrestling on 12/08 in Arena San Juan has

The main event is still to be announced.

+LuchaTV’s latest podcast is up.

Killer Kross explained he’s never going to lose in Mexico. Sounds right. He’s also teasing a woman (probably Scarlett) is coming soon. Also, Hijo del Fantasma says he’s not in the Lucha Capital tournament due to personal commitments.

An interview with San Luis Potosi wrestler/promoter Mr. Marca.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 11/17/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita vs La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, El Guapito, Perico Zakarías
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Vangellys
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dark Magic, Hechicero, Terrible
6) Volador Jr. vs Rush

Volador & Rush are having a singles match with no build because build up matches is not something CMLL is terribly interested in. Vangellys is listed as returning, though they’ve listed him as returning at least once prior. It’d be a couple months early and they’ve pulled false advertising with Raziel lately.