CMLL on Marca: 2019-06-14

everyone lived

Recapped: 06/14/2019

Matches:

Magia Blanca & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Espanto Jr.
(10:25 [3:50, 2:25, 4:10], 2/3, ok, 00:01:35)

Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Tiger
(10:52 [3:46, 7:06], 1/2 DQ, good, 00:19:02)

Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Hijo del Villano III
(14:09 [3:58, 4:10, 6:01], 1/3, good, 00:39:45)

Euforia beat Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
(8:47, inside cradle, below average, 01:04:02)

The dumb battle royal lasted 1:24

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in a Copa Dinastia quarterfinal
(5:51, ok, 01:24:02)

Dragón Lee & Místico beat Máscara Año 2000 & Sansón in a Copa Dinastia quarterfinal
(4:40, ok, 01:32:55)

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Dragón Lee & Místico in a Copa Dinastia semifinal
(12:35, good, 01:40:15)

Austin Theory, Carístico, Volador Jr beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rush
(9:32 [2:06, 3:29, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 01:57:25)

What happened:

Sanson welcomes Dragon Lee back

Austin Theory won in his CMLL debut.

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja advanced to the finals of Copa Dinastia. They will face Rush & La Bestia del Ring next week.

Tiger pulled Triton’s mask for a DQ in the second match. He then took Triton’s replacement mask too.

In post-match promos, Dragon Lee announced he was vacating the CMLL Lightweight Championship.

Thoughts:

Rocket Soberano

This was a better show than the lineup suggested. Copa Dinastia was much better and the midcard matches delivered more than expected.

Austin Theory’s debut went well. He got in a few impressive moves, he got some air on his dropkicks and he stood out. This would’ve been the nice start to a month or two run, though I’m still skeptical we’ll even see him in CMLL again. Maybe it’ll encourage CMLL to continue to bring people in from The Crash. The match itself was definitely on the short side. It was for the best, a long match wouldn’t have worked as well after a length show and a heated match prior.

The Copa Dinastia seems to have been ill constructed. The Dragon Lee/Mistico vs Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja match came off as a worthy final, only instead the Chavez brothers are moving onto face the lesser Munoz team next week. Much like Soberano/Euforia last week, the Guerreros were ushered out in shockingly quick fashion. At least they lost to a better team. Mascara 2000 did not fit in at all in his match, making it a 2 on 1 often even before he was eliminated. Perhaps CMLL didn’t want to beat the Sanson/Cuatrero team (though the teams they did pin are just as protected), but sticking in Forastero or even Universo 2000 Jr. would’ve been an improvement.

The Chavez vs Munoz block final stood out enough that it’s worth a watch even outside of the context of the tournament. They attempted to wrestle tecnico/tecnico style, though the crowd surprisingly turned again the Chavez brothers a bit. Mistico & Dragon Lee again appeared to be a promising team when given a chance to wrestle as a pair. Both teams kept up the action thru a long match by tournament standards. Even if this couldn’t be the final for whatever they’re setting up next week, this would’ve been better as the first week of the tournament. Knowing Dragon Lee & Mistico couldn’t advance (because CMLL’s not going to book them against their father) hurt the drama tremendously for me. It didn’t seem to bug the crowd as much. They were into the show all night long, strongest during this match.

double team magic

Euforia/Bucanero was a mistake on paper that proved to be a bad idea in the ring. Rey Bucanero heroically did his semi-annual crazy dive early on to make this work. It was crazy and it also seemed to exhaust him for the rest of the match. Nothing went seriously wrong, this just moved at a snail’s pace compared to the rest of the show and felt like it lasted forever. I suspect this match was done to get both closer to their promised amount of bookings for a month, not because anyone thought it would be good. It just shows the problems of CMLL’s setup.

The reaction I saw on Twitter was a lot more enthusiastic about the tercera than I came away with it, so maybe I’m just off. I’m still not particularly impressed by the rookies and Valiente didn’t have an especially good night. Still, Soberano was great and this match came together as more of a group effort than anything else. This trios got significantly more time than the matches underneath it (and the ones after it) and squeezed in a lot more highspots for that time.

Tiger & Triton gave the segunda much more of a direction, unexpected as it was. (It was also a relief, given Kawato & Esfinge interacting a lot earlier in the match. I don’t rule that out totally.) Tiger continues to be in great form in this matches when give a chance to do something, though maybe he should be aiming higher than his post-show challenge for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship. CMLL seemed to take the restrictions off the second match guys on this show. Cometa’s running Spanish Fly to the was nutty, even more so since Kawato was the guy taking it. Kawato’s kicks are looking good. Hope his knee is as well after that landing.

Espanto Jr. crotched himself on the finish of the opener, so business as usual there. The rest of the match had some good spots and slow speed into and out of them. The other three wrestlers all still show promise but don’t seem like they have any chance of developing here. Magia Blanca could really use a good indie booking for us to find out if he can do more than he’s shown in CMLL since returning from injury.

Austin Theory & Copa Dinasta Block B in CMLL tonight

Tonight’s CMLL show features the unexpected debut of Austin Theory. Theory is a 21-year-old wrestler from Georgia who has mostly known for working in EVOLVE and related promotions. He’s in CMLL thru their connection with The Crash. Theory’s look and presence had made him an obvious WWE pick up for quite some time. He’s a guy who gets favorably reviewed to John Cena and has a good a chance as any indie wrestler or NXT trainee of being the center of WWE’s universe five years from now. Theory is currently Evolve’s champion and WWE will probably let him finish that out. Theory probably won’t be an indie wrestler much longer than that. Being a CMLL wrestler for long is unlikely. I guess I can’t rule CMLL setting something up here for next week, but he’s not long for here. This is going to be a weird curiosity on his match listing.

The Crash/CMLL alliance is just a weird curiosity as this point. CMLL has brought in three people from The Crash. Two (Theory & Adam Brooks) were foreigners who are semi-regulars at best with the promotion. They’re not particularly promoting The Crash with this one, though I would guess the Tijuana promotion is happy keeping CMLL happy and keeping the doors open to send more talent their way. It does come off like CMLL is using The Crash as a foreign wrestler talent scout, despite in theory CMLL having people employed to find foreign people and also having access to a couple of different promotions of foreigners.

Theory teams with Caristico and Volador in the main event to face Rush, Cavernario and Negro Casas in what should be a good main event. Cavernario and Theory have wrestled a twice in Tijuana, Theory and Caristico teamed on the last The Crash show, he should be able to fit in fine.

Tonight also includes the second Copa Dinastia block. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja fit the final thematically, having feuded with Los Ingobernables earlier this year. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero are treated as the strongest pair. Mascara 2000 & Sanson would be the most disappointing finalists. Dragon Lee & Mistico would be the most exciting finalists normally but are unlikely to advance given their father & brother already have. I do wonder how the fans would react if they CMLL did have an All-Munoz final. There’s a pretty good tecnico/rudo dynamic and there’s also the change the diehards would be very upset about the Munoz push and loudly reject the whole thing.

The Chavez Brothers feel like they’re considered the weakest team in this block and want to prove they belong in the main events.

The rest of the card is just OK. Rey Bucanero versus Euforia is not a great mix for a lightning match. Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr. and Valiente versus Cuatrero, Forastero, and Hijo del Villano III should be fine, but the younger wrestlers are still doing a lot of learning as they go. CMLL’s got to hope it turns it as well as it did for Gran Guerrero. Esfinge and Triton team with Rey Cometa against Polvora, Tiger, and Kawato. The NJPW wrestler is being booked every Friday, even if it seems his feud got dropped. Magia Blanca & Star Jr. open it up on against Akuma & Espanto Jr.

This show airs at 8:30 pm on Marca and their regionblocked YouTube channel, and I will also stream it on my YouTube.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

This is the start of three nights of streamed shows from major promotions. AAA runs both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Those might be a bit more interesting.

Leonardo Riano’s column is on the Nacion Lucha Libre column. Riano says this had been a plan of Daniel Leal’s for about 10 years that came together in the last two. There’s not a lot new here, though Riano notes they’re not worried about the ticket sales thanks to their sponsors and patrons. I hope they really are prepared to lose a lot of money.

Daga is done from MLW. Their story is he pulled off the 06/01 show in Milwaukee at the last minute citing a vacation, and they later found out he was actually wrestling in Mexico. I don’t have a show for Daga on 06/01. He did wrestle the night before in Tijuana and the night after in Guadalajara. He and Tessa may have legitimately planned to take a vacation day in between instead of some long trips back and forth. There is a reoccurring MLW history with Daga, Sammy Guevara and Puma King where MLW brings them in with a big fanfare, just uses them to put over people, decides to stop using them, takes the additional step of telling media outlets that it is entirely the wrestler’s fault with a story, and then those stories haven’t rung true. I hope it works out better for Flamita & Rey Horus but everyone should know what they’re getting into going forward.

Rob’s interview with Konnan from Double or Nothing weekend is on the Highspots Wrestling Network. I haven’t seen it yet but they bury Sammy Guevera so it seems like quality content.

It is a good time to sign up for Highspots Wrestling Network or just RIOT’s channel because they’ve uploaded two shows: the July 2018 show with the surprise Jack Evans vs Sammy Guevera match and the all surprise show from February.

Hijo del Canis Lupus kept the IWRG IC Heavyweight Championship in Tijuana over Jonathan last weekend. Money was thrown in.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Update.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2019 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Bengala vs Cholo & Yago
2) Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Retro vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Nitro
3) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Maligna vs Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
4) Esfinge vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Místico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

Esfinge and Vangellys seems like CMLL is running of out of people. I don’t think the semi-main will be great but I have a feeling it’ll be the best possible version of that match. Can the tecnicas get a win when Dalys isn’t involved?

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 14th, 2019

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There are sure a lot of shows. I’ve decided the more accurate/laziest way to tackle the two Sunday shows is just to list them together. Maybe I’ll get some sense of which matches got where over time but I don’t have one right now.

AAA on Twitch has Verano de Escandalo on Sunday and an entirely different show on Saturday. It’s a lot of wrestling. Hopefully some good wrestling, but a lot of wrestling.

CMLL Claro has the appearance of Austin Theory and the appearance of Dragon Lee, both very rare appearances in CMLL in this moment.

Soberano/Templario streaming tonight, Metalico to be a referee, AAA close to selling out Verano

WrestleRex has a show in Pittsburgh tonight with Bestia 666 & Sam Adonis vs Facade & Super Crazy and Templario vs Soberano. Lucha Central will be streaming the show for free on their site.

AAA says tickets are almost gone for Sunday’s Merida show. Ticket website seems to confirm this isn’t just hype. AAA rarely sells out in advance. This is a near 9,000 seat venue. It is actually smaller than the building they ran last time in Merida. I suspect the building they’re using for Sunday, Poliforum Zamna, is cheaper because it is older but they might have sold a few more tickets.

On his weekly YouTube video, Sammy Guevara explained he missed Monterrey because the company AAA works with for flights didn’t get him or the other foreigners their flights in time. This would explain Kross’ absence as well. Guevara has his flight info for this weekend’s show so he will be coming. On +LuchaTV’s podcast, Jose Manuel Guillen said Guevara actually missed the show due to losing his passport, and Guevara has responded with a photo of his passport and a one finger salute.

Pro Wrestling Mexico has advertised Star Fire, Teddy Hart, Baby Xtreme, Johnny Mundo, Arez, Dragon Bane, Taya, Puma King, and Pagano for their debut show. It now has a date, July 21st, so there’s probably not an AAA taping on that day. No Monterrey venue announced yet.

Add 08/10 in Saltillo to the list of AAA TV tapings. It’s the first AAA TV taping known post-TripleMania (besides MSG.) I still don’t know if I’ve got everything before TripleMania.

Metalico appeared on CMLL Informa to make a surprise announcement: he was becoming a referee. I’ve had a hunch that some active early match luchador was going to retire and become a referee since Tirantes left. Metalico will have to go thru some training and be approved by the Mexico City Lucha Libre commission. He’ll also continue to work as a trainer at Rey Bucanero’s school.

(If I was CMLL, I’d record and put the best parts of the referee training online. Particularly if things like CPR and first aid are involved.)

I can think of two wrestlers who’ve made the transition to referee in recent memory. Angel Azteca did so a little bit after losing his mask at the end of 2003. It didn’t last long, he wrestled on the indies, and he actually passed away due to a heart attack after a tag match with Atlantis in 2007. Adonis Salazar, an indie luchador turned referee in Naucalpan among other places, refereed for CMLL around 2006. It didn’t last long and was only memorable for a segment revealing one of his gimmicks was Super Archie (as in the comic book character.) Once you get tenure with CMLL, you are there for life, but Metalico does have to re-earn that as a referee.

Dulce Gardenia was also on CMLL Informa and talked to YoDeportivo about his debut this Saturday. Gardenia has been training in CMLL since February on the recommendation of Ultimo Guerrero, who thought Gardenia was wasting his talents in Torreon. He’s training with UG in Mexico and has trained with Kain, Aguila Roja, Condor de Oro, Gran Markus, and Halcon Suriano. Dulce Gardenia hands out a flower to a fan before each match.

A question someone could’ve asked as at the AAA press conference was “are you sure the guys working AAA TV can also work for your TV show?” If it was asked, I didn’t see it reported anywhere. The answer, based on an Alberto comment on Instagram, is a hard no. There’s no word on if this affects everyone or just some people. Wagner, Penta, and Fenix all might have more freedom than the rest but is hard to tell. None of the AAA wrestlers were at the press conference and Puma was the only one I saw who mentioned it. I argued that Nacion Lucha Libre should’ve used those guys in higher positions, but maybe they should’ve been so sure before using them at all. It would be nice if Nacion Lucha Libre issued an updated lineup if they’re admitting people have been pulled from the card, but promotions like this usually don’t do that.

RIOT’s La Riña En El Cerro de La Silla (08/23 & 08/24) participants:

  1. Douki
  2. Latigo
  3. Erik Ortiz
  4. Aramis
  5. Belial
  6. Madness
  7. Iron Kid
  8. Arez
  9. Tony Rodriguez – new
  10. TBA
  11. TBA
  12. TBA

Dulce Garcia is listed on a boxing show on June 28th in Monterrey. I think she’s boxing, she seemed to suggest she’s boxing, it just doesn’t have an opponent listed and is a charity show so she could just be supporting it.

Segunda Caida watches Metalico vs Disturbio and the Los Haragans match from the May 4th The Crash show.

The full LA Park & Voltron vs Rush & La Bestia del Ring match is now up on YouTube.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/17/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Millenium, Rey Samuray, Sonic vs Black Tiger, Guerrero Espacial, Policeman
2) King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Corsario De Fuego, El Perverso, Tyson La Bestia
3) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Felino, Kawato San, Tiger
4) Carístico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Último Guerrero vs Terrible

Terrible/UG was very not good last time. Semi-main is one of those matches that looks promising and then you remember it is Puebla.

CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje, Cosmos, Micro vs Fantástico, Fúnebre, Jabalí
2) Magnus, Sangre Imperial, Star Black vs Cancerbero, Paymon, Raziel
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring, Negro Casas, Terrible
5) Rush vs Cavernario

Guadalajara spent two weeks building up Rush/Caristico, had them exchange challenges, and then are running Rush/Cavernario. Not sure why they have trouble drawing some guy. If Cavernario gets a great match out of Rush on an off night in Guadalajara, he really is luchador of the year.

bland CMLL Tuesday shows, Nacion Lucha Libre, Diamante Azul

at least she had a good time

CMLL (TUE) 06/11/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, The Gladiatores]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Angelito & Kaligua LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Espíritu Negro, Raziel b Oro Jr., Robin, Súper Astro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
3) Virus b Drone [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:51.
4) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Jarochita, Marcela, Sanely LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3.
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto b Atlantis, El Audaz, Kráneo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Forastero, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible b Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Soberano replaced Diamante Azul on Saturday.

An all rudo show with weak reviews. CMLL also made no attempt to do a replacement feud for Diamante Azul/Forastero.

Diamante Azul posted a video on Instagram of himself in a hospital to undergo surgery. I still don’t know what the injury is, but he’s clearly going to be out for a while. Maybe there will be an update on Informa.

CMLL promos from the show are from Virus, Titan, and Audaz, who notes one year anniversary of Arkangel de la Muerte’s passing tomorrow. Sanely promotes the Father’s Day show.

CMLL (TUE) 06/11/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar, Principe Daniel, Tigre Blanco b Capitán Cobra, El Chakal, León Blanco
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Metálica b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Lluvia
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys b Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
rudos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
tecnicos too 2/3.
5) Gran Guerrero, Rush, Último Guerrero DQ Carístico, Cavernario, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Rush took 1/3, the last when he faked a foul from Caristico. That set up a singles match for next week.

So that feud continues on like planned, even while Arena Mexico does not.

There was a press conference before the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara show to set up some local matches that had been built up over the last couple of months, as part of the 60th Anniversary of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

  • June 16 will have a four-way mask match including Capitan Cobra, Paymon, Fantastico, and Tigre Blanco
  • June 23 will have Vaquero Jr. vs Malefico in a hair vs hair match
  • The building will also hold a film festival on June 22nd
  • The building will also feature a lucha libre art exhibition this month

There’s a lot of follow up articles on Nacion Lucha Libre, including quotes from interviews post press conference. Daniel Leal was presented as director of the promotion, so he’s probably the guy paying the bills. Tickets for the first show are said to be 200 to 900 at eticket.mx; they’re not up there right now. They have a website nacionluchalibre.com, which is nothing but a setup for emails. The email sends you a generic image of the poster for the show, with no information about when the first show is happening (much less other shows.)

Alberto hyped Nacion Lucha Libre as having a bigger star power card than any other promotion. The promotion will treat wrestlers better than any other promotion, promising to cover the medical expenses of any injured wrestler and retirement funds. Alberto said Nacion Lucha Libre was two years in the works and everything was carefully planned out. Fantasma will be honored on an August show as a plan of honoring a different legend on every show.

A wire story posted everywhere has Alberto saying Rey Mysterio will come to the roster. (Other sources clarify Alberto said it would be his dream for Rey Mysterio to join, not that he actually will. Excelsior quotes Alberto as saying they’d run MGM Arena in Las Vegas, a 17,000 seat building, as a season-ending show. Record quotes Alberto as saying they’ll be running 35 dates, including shows in San Antonio and Austin. He also is quoted here as saying he’ll have an alliance with NJPW by the end of the year; MedioTiempo says Alberto instead said they many tour Japan but it was yet to be confirmed.

Blue Demon Jr. says he’ll retire if he loses his mask. Dr. Wagner Jr. has said the same about the TripleMania match. I believe Demon.

LA Park (and son) is showing up on AAA spot shows. He’s listed on a Juarez show and this one outside of Toluca. AAA local promoters are free to bring in LA Park on their own, and it often happens in Nuevo Laredo with no extra meaning attached. Still, when it happens a lot, it points to a return to AAA and it officially becomes TripleMania season on Sunday night. Just something to watch out for right now.

This is a few days old, but Fenix & Pentagon have been moved to Impact’s Alumni page. They weren’t on the last tapings or the set before that and were essentially done after the last PPV. They haven’t appeared on recent MLW shows either. I believe they’re still working non-AEW shows in the US for a while (and technically still might not be under AEW contract) but this is TV companies moving on from them before they’re pulled away.

Earlier this year, Misterioso Jr.’s daughter passed away during childbirth at an IMSS hospital. Misterioso Jr. doubts the doctors did their jobs properly and asked for an investigation into her death. He was told the investigation would take 40 days. After 50 days of nothing, he took to social media to demand something be done. It got some attention, enough for IMSS to respond saying they’ve completed the investigation and are they’re just finishing the report.

A mass was held for Silver King in Torreon. El Hijo del Santo appeared to do interviews with Silver King’s son, so they seem OK. Santo noted a lot of people had questions and comments about what happened but the only people he felt he needed to answer to were Silver King’s family.

Octagon, promoting his union in El Grafico, says only 70 people who have joined so far. That’s actually more than I would’ve guessed.

Chulo Vista officially proclaimed next Wednesday, June 19th, as Rey Mysterio Jr. Day.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

Lucha Memes, TWE, Mexa Wr (SAT) 06/29/2019 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Rayo Star & Sky Man vs King Rocker (Puebla) & Rey Samuray (Puebla)
2) Prayer vs Multy
3) Lunatik Extreme & Lunatik Fly vs Alas de Acero & Iron Kid
4) Jonathan vs Templario
5) Hija De Gatubela, Príncipe Aéreo, Torito Negro vs Lady Lee, Pegazus, Skalibur (Baja California)
6) Aramis vs Rey Cometa
7) Caifan & Caifan II vs Canis Lupus & Virus

My database isn’t built to have all these long promotion names. It’s a problem, though not a big one. Aramis/Cometa sounds great, some of the other matches look good. The challenge will be getting the indie fans to come back to this venue a few weeks after the last MexaWrestling one (but it is a few weeks later.)

great match roundup, week of 2019-05-25

Virus saving his career via kicks to the face

recap

I really liked Metalico vs Virus. This had a week with a really good AAA show and a surprisingly enjoyable CMLL show. And also two CMLL shows which weren’t much good. Giving the Incredible Partners final an OK is the most generous grade I’ve given out this year.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Metálico vs Virus [career] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
great Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. vs Australian Suicide, Eterno, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Eclipse Jr. & La Parkita vs Mini Histeria & Mini Monster Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Big Mami, Draztick Boy, Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Maravilla, Tiger Boy, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Faby Apache, Lady Shani, Taya vs Chik Tormenta, Keyra, Tessa Blanchard  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Drago, Murder Clown, Pagano vs Chessman, Daga, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Disturbio, Kawato, Misterioso Jr. Disturbio Cmll, Kawato San y Misterioso Jr vs Blue Panther Jr, The Panther y Rey Cometa. 1a caida (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Kawato San y Misterioso Jr vs Blue Panther Jr, The Panther y Rey Cometa. 2a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
good Kaho Kobayashi vs Amapola for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
good Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King vs Blue Demon Jr., La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
ok El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
ok Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
ok Mephisto & Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja & Terrible[Torneo Increible de Parejas] and in a tournament final match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
ok Águila Blanca, Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. vs Akuma, Dick Riviere, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Audaz, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Rush vs Ángel de Oro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
ok Diamante Azul & Valiente © vs Euforia & Gran Guerrerofor the CMLL World Tag Team Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
ok Último Guerrero vs Máscara Año 2000 for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
not rated Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
not rated King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
not rated Bengala & Sonic vs Inquisidor & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
not rated Atlantis, Flyer, Kráneo vs Felino, La Bestia Del Ring, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28

CMLL Martes: 2019-05-28

an Aguila Blanca appearance

Recapped: 06/03/2019

Matches:

Inquisidor & Yago beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:03 [4:53, 3:33, 4:37], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Águila Blanca, Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. beat Akuma, Dick Riviere, Nitro
(10:30 [3:20, 4:12, 2:58], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(11:09 [4:14, 6:55], 1/2 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys beat Audaz, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(10:19 [4:07, 1:55, 4:17], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Kráneo beat Felino, La Bestia Del Ring, Templario
(11:33 [4:19, 2:20, 4:54], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush beat Ángel de Oro
(14:31, 14:31, 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Sagardo fouled Drone on a corner handstand, or at least that was the attempt. It is a tiny bit suspicious there’s a lot of Sagrado related mayhem of late but it still may mean nothing.

Thoughts:

Star Jr.

Ring of Honor star Rush won a fall in seconds and apparently didn’t realize they still do a three fall, judging by the way he gave up fighting for about three minutes. Angel de Oro laying on the mat doing nothing didn’t help. The third fall was full of starts and stops, not getting to any flow until late. Even then, they messed up a spot so badly that I’m not sure if it was a Destroyer and Code Red. This is skippable.

The fourth match didn’t totally come together. Maya frustrating Hechicero by outwrestling him is fun, but the rest of the match didn’t come together to something great. Audaz looked sloppy in his big third fall run, not that it stopped CMLL from replaying his misapplied ringpost headscissors. Vangellys wasn’t an ideal fit for this match and still won.

The third match felt off. The long two falls for a match that isn’t going three is always strange, it just feels off when those falls are going much longer than usual. Drone was off in this entire match, up to losing his mask taking a Canadian Destroyer from Tiger in the second fall. Star Jr. had his struggles too.

Aguila Blanca showed more as a guest wrestler than most of the segunda tecnicos, including the two segunda tecnicos in this match. They opened the match open more to allow him to do dives that aren’t normally allowed in the second match, but he also hit his big spots when given that chance. Being a fresh person in a stagnant group of people also helps (but can quickly go away with uninspiring performances; see Magia Blanca.) I don’t know if he would be this good every week but he was good in this match. Dick Riviere took a kick to the face nicely.

Akuma

2019 indie catch up, part 7 of ∞

this match is recommended but this particular moment is not recommended

Recapped: 06/04/2019

Matches:

Cerebro Negro vs Demonio Infernal
(IWRG @ 03/31, 10:24, good,
Internetv Deportes)

I’m not sure Demonio Infernal really earned the blood here – his seemed to start bleeding after a slingshot to the post that was too obviously shoulder first – but the blood looked really cool with his facepaint so it is all OK. This felt quicker than the 11 minutes and didn’t seem to develop totally, though the last few minutes were nicely back and forth. It was still entertaining but felt like they were holding back a bit for the title match set up for next week.

head to head tope

Aramis, Imposible, Metaleón vs Dragón Bane, Eterno, Golden Magic
(IWRG @ 03/31, 12:57, great,
Internetv Deportes)

There’s some shakiness early that might throw you off this match. (Dragon Bane blows a flip, a couple of headscissors don’t come off.) Stick with it, and you’ll get the crazy action trios match a lot more effective than those first minutes. Eterno is at an elite level as a base and continues to have great chemistry together. Dragon Bane looks cool and doesn’t do the over the top things that frustrate about Dragon Bane matches. Golden Magic and Metaleon have a few good sequences, though it feels weird when they end up being the most important ones. This felt on the level to the much liked trios match on the Cuervo Benefit show, easily worth your time.

Metaleon and Golden magic

Wotan vs Fly Star in a super libre match
(FILLM @ 03/16, 13:39, good,
Carxyus Pro.)

HOT TAKE: Carxyus is the best lucha libre video editor in Mexico.

This is very much a “what are they thinking” match, right thru the point where Fly Star does a dive to nowhere on the very firm Arena San Juan floor. Then it just gets stuck trying to top it. At least is a match that totally earned a finish that usually is hard to believe. If your desires in lucha is people hitting each other very hard, hurting themselves nearly as hard, and bleeding a lot, this is the match you should watch. (Also, if you want to see what Wotan looks like unmasked since he pretty much is wearing his mask as bandana by the end.) The hard-hitting nature of a match alone isn’t usually enough for me to love it, but it was that style match about as strong as they could go.

I don’t understand how Arena San Juan has any seats left

Látigo vs Dragón Bane
(ANCLA @ 03/17, 8:50, good,
Estrellas del Ring)

I was worried this was clipped up when I saw the length. This turns out to be instead an indie version of lightning match, albeit one that only seems like it gets going just a couple minutes before it wraps. Latigo keeps Dragon Bane in check for most of the match, though Dragon Bane takes a flip bump so wildly that the referee seems concerned. He should not be that concerned. Latigo is perhaps the strongest person in Mexico because he’s the only luchador who I’ve seen powerful enough to block a Destroyer attempt. At least the first time. This was totally solid but could’ve still used like three minutes.

Dragon Bane feels the power of Latigo

Ángel Estrella Jr., Auzter, Black Dragón, Cheff Benito, Chicanito, Mexica, Neza Kid, Puma de Oro vs Barrio Latino, Gemelo Diablo, Holocausto, Kid Jaguar, Piloto Infernal, Poético, Sky Ángel, Tarasco II Jr. [Copa Higher Power]
(IWRG/FILL @ 03/20, 35:57, good,
Internetv Deportes)

This was a solid cibernetico, hitting the usual bits, and held together for having a lot of young wrestlers. It doesn’t strike means extraordinary and is a really big time commitment for the quality. Chicancito was the best of the IWRG guys I don’t see much, moving around well and having a bit of charisma. Black Dragon probably should’ve stayed to the end instead of Mexica, who did a knees first 450 splash as his big spot. None of the visiting luchadors particularly stand out, though no one’s in this was terrible. Watching the ITV version of IWRG remains a special amount of annoying. There doesn’t appear to be any effort to find out the names of the visiting luchadors for any of these matches, which seem like an important detail to have. Everyone besides Kid Jaguar is referred to as “a student from Golpeador’s school.” I guess should feel lucky they know the IWRG luchadors names. If you find yourself on this show as a guess, definitely wear gear with your name on it. There’s a double backdrop spot that would make for a cool GIF if InterneTV could’ve panned the camera at all.

 

Ángel de Oro vs Mephisto
(CMLL ACG @ 04/30, 7:59, ok,
thecubsfan)

This is another Guadalajara match I’m checking off a list, marking it down more to make sure I don’t spend time watching it twice. It is so generically a CMLL big match that I might just do that, with Mephisto doing the same four spots he does in every match and Angle de Oro not really switching it up all that much either. The last few minutes turns into just getting each other on the top rope for spots over and over again. It is more impressive that Titan & Dragon Lee have gotten some emotion out of this setup because there’s not much here. The only surprising thing here is confetti being shot off at the finish, which seemed to shock and scare Terror Chino. People who don’t watch a lot of CMLL and are not as dulled by their usual single match structure. will probably like this more than me. You probably have seen a lot of CMLL if you’re digging into Guadalajara matches.

this is a GIF from this match

Nacion Lucha Libre introduction (and is doomed), Terrible/UG in Puebla, Forastero/? tonight

CMLL (MON) 06/10/2019 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JUNIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Arkalis, King Jaguar, Pegasso b Corsario De Fuego, El Malayo, El PerversoLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JUNIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Debut of Corsario de Fuego (from Xalapa). Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger b Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JUNIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JUNIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3.
5) Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JUNIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Team Terrible took 1/3, the last with Terrible using the ropes to beat UG. That set up a (non-title) singles match.

Semi-main reads like it was entertaining but maybe not much of the rest. CMLL is only promotion in the world where someone could pin the heavyweight champion, challenge him to a match and not think to include the title. It is the singular obsession in most every other promotion and is something not even thought about in CMLL.

Today’s CMLL main event is a bit of a mystery. Last Tuesday’s main event was absolutely building towards a Diamante Azul/Forastero match. Diamante Azul is now off the table and it isn’t clear who might get next week’s singles match instead. Soberano replaced Diamante in the match. he also just had a singles main event, which might mean Stuka or the returning Titan are more likely to get an opportunity. It is also possible CMLL will just pass on doing anything, as they often do. Forastero is scheduled to team with La Bestia del Ring & Terrible, who are more occupied elsewhere.

The singles match that we know will happen is Virus versus Drone. Virus lightning matches are strangely rare; this is the first one he’ll have on a live stream since July. Virus showed how great he can still be in his career match with Metalico. Drone has looked good in trios matches and will get the best possible chance to do just as well in a singles match. This should be one worth seeking out, even if CMLL B-show stuff isn’t in your usual stuff to watch.

The rest of the card is far more ordinary. Hechicero & Mephisto get to break out the matching masks while teaming with Ephesto against Atlantis, Audaz and Kraneo. The women get a rare fourth match on the card, though the match itself (Dalys, Isis & Tiffany vs Jarochita, Marcela and Sanely) feels very not rate. Espiritu Negro makes an infrequent appearance teaming with Cancerbero & Raziel against Oro Jr., Robin and Super Astro. Mini Kaligua makes a stream for the first time this year, teaming with Angelito against Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia. Kaligua disappeared from end January to mid May, so it is likely he’s been dealing with some injury issues. CMLL streams the show at 7:30 pm on YouTube.

Nacion Lucha Libre

NLL (THU) 07/11/2019 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca, Ciudad México, Distrito Federal
1) Relámpago vs Heddi Karaoui
2) Christi Jaynes, Stephanie Vaquer, Thunder Rosa vs Lady Flammer, Reina Oscura, Sexy Star
3) Dual, Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Batab El Guerrero, Bram, La Máscara
4) Daga & Flamita vs Puma King & Rey Horus
Flamita probably is in Dragon Gate on this date.
5) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Bestia 666 & Black Taurus and Laredo Kid & The Tiger
6) Penta 0M & Rey Fénix vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Mecha Wolf 450
7) Solar I vs Negro Navarro vs Damián 666 vs Canek
8) Alberto el Patrón, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Wagner vs Apolo (Puerto Rico), El Mesías, MVP

I’m going to write a lot of words below. The shorter version is we see 1-3 of these start-ups every year, this one looks to be making the same mistakes they all do, and they all last just a few shows before heading into “we’ll have news real soon!” land. I’d be shocked if this was still a thing by the end of the year; I saw the press conference and gave it four shows tops. It seems to have more money behind it so maybe it’ll last longer than Liga de Campeones did but it has all the makings of a group not long for this world. Everyone at the press conference seemed happy at the end and I could only just imagine the money being set on fire. This is doomed and anyone who pays attention to start up lucha libre promotions knows this is doomed, but the good thing is wrestlers can apparently find new people with money who can get sucked in by the wrestler’s star power and make some poor decisions.

Nacion Lucha Libre held a press conference today to introduce the promotion. Alberto is the focus, as the lead wrestler and face of the company. They’ve got a TV deal with ImagenTV, an over the air network in Mexico, to air the shows on Sunday Saturday nights at 10:30 pm to midnight. The opening press conference pushed the many stars they have participating and a Mexico versus the World aspect. Chavo Guerrero Jr. was brought in as the subtle heel guy bringing in the foreigners to improve Mexican wrestling. Kamille – a tall-blond-women who you could possibly know from NWA shows working as Nick Aldis’ bodyguard – followed to cut a more traditional heel promo and get into an argument with Sexy Dulce. Kamille is scheduled to appear on the debut show and not wrestle; she is a trained wrestler but appeared to be out until the NWA bit came along. Mesias also cut a pro-Puerto Rico promo (and was called Mesias.) Tinieblas & Dos Caras will be honored at this show and Fantasma appeared to endorse the show. Some of the other wrestlers – Fantasma & Mascara among them – were at the press conference but didn’t get much to say. MVP, Carlito, Roberto Rodriguez and Wagner sent into video promos.

Carlito is not booked on this show, so his involvement suggests at planned future shows. A 90-minute weekly show means Nacion Lucha Libre has to run just about every second week, maybe every third. No other dates were announced. Nacion Lucha Libre does have other shows booked thru the summer, away from Mexico City that wouldn’t conflict with this, they just decided not to tell anyone about them at the press conference

That’s part of a general feeling of sloppiness and lack of preparation in the presentation. Flamita is listed but isn’t going to be on this card unless they’re flying him back and forth from Japan. Dulce Garcia is listed as Sexy Star; they realized it enough to awkwardly dub it out of the video. The Tiger from Nuevo Laredo is the wrestler booked, but they used a photo of Tiger from CMLL. Zeuxis was booked on these shows, is not, is still lurking in the crowd image.  The press conference started late and had sound issues. This was day one, where Nacion had as much time as they wanted to get ready and be organized. They were not organized. It probably isn’t going to get much better on day 30.

Salas de Armas is 3,000 person building most famously used by the Perros del Mal promotion (though probably most frequently used by Toryumon Mexico in stronger days for that group.) This group has some sponsors, but they can only lose money running a show with that many names (and that many flights) in that small of a building. The Crash at least tried Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera when they went for this sort of concept. It failed for them and I’m not convinced this is going to work any better for Nacion Lucha Libre, but it’d at least give them a shot. Maybe this first show can be looked at as a loss leader to build up the TV, except that TV is Sunday at 10:30 pm, not exactly a time one would expect people to find the show. Sunday at 10:30 pm also suggests it may be a time buy. No one from ImagenTV was introduced at the press conference, which points the same direction. There was no mention of a digital strategy for their show, or anything else along those lines you might expect from a promotion operating in the year 2019.

As mentioned, Kamelle appears in segments around the NWA Heavyweight Championship. Bram is a UK wrestler who tends not to get a lot of work in the US outside of that NWA orbit as well. (Bram is a former TNA wrestler who was arrested of domestic violence in 2015. This was while he was still married to Charlotte Flair, though she was not the woman involved. The charges were dropped a few months later, but accusations still follow him around and have caused European fans to talk promotions out of using him at times. He posted a statement about the accusations in 2017. He wrestled on the NWA Crockett Cup show.) There’s little chance Bram comes up to get booked here unless there’s more going on. Alberto versus Nick Aldis for the NWA Heavyweight Championship seems a match that would fulfill both the NWA’s and Alberto’s goals if Nacion Lucha Libre lasts long enough.

Dr. Wagner, Fenix, Penta, Puma King, Daga, Laredo Kid, Taurus and Flamita all are on this show, reminding us that none of them are on any sort of AAA exclusive contract (and possibly under nothing more than a handshake or a LU legal notice.) AAA will probably be unhappy to see them working these shows but it is unclear if they can do about it; they’re not exactly going to stop pushing Wagner right now. CMLL might also not be thrilled about The Crash guys working these shows either, but if they’re going to use the foreigners and not the regular guys, they can hardly be upset about Bestia & Horus & Damian getting work. Also, most of those guys being treated like midcarders barely worth a mention shows how off the pulse Nacion Lucha Libre is at the moment. All due respect Apolo but no one in Mexico knows who Apolo is even though he’s been used the same Evil Puerto Rican fashion by AAA and other promotions. (Apolo was in the Lucha World Cup. No one knows this.) Apolo is probably not going to work this time either, but he’s big and he’s foreign and I guess the people in charge are convinced that’s what draws people. I hope Apolo gets a great payday out of this, it isn’t his fault.

I have no idea who Dual & Batab el Guerrero are supposed to be. They may be sponsored gimmicks. This is the only press conference that drove me to wikipedia to find out if MVP is actually Puerto Rican because his match is billed as US vs Mexico. He does not appear to be so. Canek should be honored with Tinieblas and Dos Caras and it is absurd that he’s still wrestling.

Maybe the matches are going to be good? 4 & 5 look good, though I’d trade hiding Chavo Guerrero in the three-way tag for anyone else teaming with MechaWolf in the 6th. Lucha Brothers don’t come cheap and it’d make more sense to put them in a place to succeed. Wasting them in a match to get Chavo Guerrero over as a lead heel was a bad idea when they did in the first few episodes of Lucha Underground and is even more of a bad idea now. But this is a group coming from a totally different mindset, that thought the most important people to focus on past Alberto were Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Kamille. I don’t know.

Other Notes

AAA/EMW is running next in Tijuana on 07/12. Michael Elgin (moving over from The Crash), Eddie Edwards are the outsiders brought in. Willie Mack continues to serve his Lucha Underground imposed sentence. I think that’s Arkangel Divino on the poster and he hasn’t been around AAA in a few months.

Voices of Wrestling has an interview with Volador Junior.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of the podcast.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Vampiro is opening a school in Las Vegas.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 06/16/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Iron Kid & Príncipe Aéreo vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Jessy Ventura, Óscar El Hermoso, Soy Raymunda vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, Cocolores vs Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Nitro
4) El Hijo De Huracán Ramírez, Internacional Pantera, Máscara Sagrada Jr. vs Cerebro Negro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Fly Warrior
5) Aramis vs Demonio Infernal
6) Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
7) Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Negro Casas vs Hechicero, Trauma I, Trauma II

This is the annual of Festival de las Mascaras show. That usually means previous generations of IWRG wrestlers making their return under their old masks. There’s only a little bit of that this year. The focus instead is instead on bringing back Vampiro to honor him. Between Vampiro, Negro Casas, the Dinamitas vs Dinamitas match and even the Hechicero appearances, there are many things here that would be a big deal on a standalone IWRG show. It should be a big turnout with all of this happening together.

(Again, this means Vampiro isn’t at Verano de Escandalo. Vampiro could still be on the AAA payroll but it doesn’t seem like he’s doing any work for/with them at the moment.)

AAA TV (SAT) 07/06/2019 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco
1) Aramis, La Parkita, Vanilla vs Keyra, Low Rider, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Big Mami, Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa vs Arez, Hijo del Tirantes, Lady Maravilla
3) Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. vs Chik Tormenta, Eterno, La Parka Negra
4) Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
5) Drago © vs Daga [AAA LA]
fourth defense
6) La Parka, Murder Clown, Puma King vs Dave The Clown, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
7) Aerostar, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly

This wasn’t going to be released until tonight but La Parka posted it early for some reason? Maybe he’s unhappy about being the semi-main? Maybe he wanted this post to be even later.

Daga is probably winning the Latin America title. Drago’s had some time with it and Daga’s story is better if he actually wins a title. If the pattern holds, his US bookings will pick up immediately for unrelated reasons and we won’t see a title defense until 2020.

I don’t know what’s going on in the third match but I like it. I don’t what’s going on with Hijo del Tirantes wrestling in the second match but I don’t like it (unless it means the Faby feud is over.) Vanilla makes her first appearance this year and has been working spot shows all this time. Low Rider hasn’t been on AAA TV since September.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-05-27

the Zacarias tope is too strong for Soberano

Recapped: 06/02/2019

Matches:

Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer beat Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika
(12:31 [6:28, 3:09, 2:54], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro beat King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
(14:49 [7:10, 2:14, 5:25], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger
(11:40 [3:03, 2:09, 6:28], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(6:12 [3:17, 2:55], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Volador Jr. beat Niebla Roja & Terrible in the Torneo Increible de Parejas final
(19:36 [5:42, 4:24, 9:30], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Triton & Esfinge have finally found a third person to pose with

Volador & Terrible won the tournament

Mr. Niebla snuck in a foul on Caristico to win the match. That set up a singles match the following week.

Thoughts:

It was sort of amazing that these four went thru the motions of trying in the main event, given how desperately they did not care for the first two falls. This was dreadful for the first ten minutes. I’m not sure I would’ve thought much of the third fall if it hadn’t followed what came before, the bar was lowered so much. They went thru their usual stuff for a while, which was better than doing nothing at all, but really not worth the extended length of this match. It added it up to something that was technically ok, but boring enough at the start that I wouldn’t think most people would sit thru and it wasn’t enough of a reward at the end for that time commitment. CMLL got the effort they probably should’ve expected from four guys who knew this match was big in name only and should’ve used someone who would’ve been more excited about it.

Nothing super in the semi-main, but they knew they only had about five minutes to work and made it five hard minutes. Peste Negra took most of the match and were super active. Casas & Soberano had a couple of good sequences leading into their title match this weekend. Caristico & Mr. Niebla seems like a bad idea but at least it is a different bad idea.

The tecnicos seemed more motivated than usual in the tercera. The motivation didn’t always pay off but effort is always nice in Arena Puebla. Triton trying to repeat the Fenix spot got laughs from the crowd but I’m just happy he’s keeping up with lucha outside of CMLL. Tiger remains Audaz’s best opponent but it was really strange for Audaz to wrestle the whole with his entrance coat on.

this catch went better for Casas