CMLL back on Marca tonight, AAA/AEW, CMLL/ROH

CMLL was killing time until Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, which was not great. Then there was Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, which was not great. Now, they appear to be killing time until the Torneo Increíble de Parejas. This is not particularly exciting, but the show tonight should be decent.

The main event is a variation of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas title match, with Diamante Azul replacing Dragon Lee in teaming with Caristico & Volador Jr. against Los Guerreros. Diamante Azul is no Dragon Lee but he’s at his best in these sort of trios matches. That should be good, as should be the Forastero versus Cavernario lightning match.

The rest of the show is not as appealing. The semi-main is the obligatory rematch of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event, with Chavez Brothers teaming with Titan and Los Ingobernables teaming with Mr. NIebla. Audaz, Flyer and Stuka team up against Vangellys, Polvora, and a newly blue Kawato. The women to Fridays for the first time in a few weeks. Dalys teams with Amapola & Reyna Isis against Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique. Star Jr. & Stigma face Coyote & Grako in the opener, which would be a good match if it wasn’t a CMLL opener.

CMLL should be back on Marca and Facebook. Neither appears to be region blocked. Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

CMLL’s Facebook stream announced Niebla Roja & Terrible as the first team in the Torneo Increíble de Parejas. Poor Angel de Oro is going to stuck with La Bestia del Ring.

Today is the 10th anniversary of Abismo Negro’s death. His hometown paper, Tabasco Hoy, has a brief article saying that his wife feels like promises to take care of his family have been forgotten, especially after Joaquin Roldan passed away.

AAA announced a second press conference for TripleMania this Tuesday. This timing would suggest something to do with the AEW bits from this past week, but the text just teases a surprise.

On Keepin’ It 100, Konnan is enthusiastic about how the Young Bucks did in AAA, regardless of the reaction. There was acknowledgment the crowd didn’t react big to them, something Konnan warned the Bucks would probably happen before they went out. AAA had a video recapping their feud with the Lucha Brothers prepared which would’ve only aired for the live crowd, but decided not to air it. (It isn’t said why they decided that – maybe to preserve the surprise? Since the news is out now, I’d strongly consider airing that video package on TV before the match airs.)

Konnan said he made the decision to make that segment the main event and Psycho Clown earlier and seems content with that decision. It is not explained how he arrived at that decision. Konnan does say the Psycho Clown/Brazo de Plata/La Mascara storyline is finished. He implies the Young Bucks are indeed coming back to AAA some point in the future, feeling this match was enough to get them over the next time. Maybe the decision was just ending the show with something building to the future or strengthing the AEW relationship by having them go last.

Konnan wants it known that Killer Kross & Jeff Jarrett were hired guns by La Mascara and that was explained by the Spanish announcers during the match. I say that if we don’t get a vignette where La Mascara is handing them money, it doesn’t really count. Konnan says “everything made sense.” Konnan did not know why Averno was dressed as Averno, only that Averno & AAA’s Jorge Flores had a discussion if it would cause trouble for a sponsor for him to dress as Batman. They decided it was OK.

Caristico & Soberano Jr. are the two CMLL wrestlers who will be a part of ROH’s shows in mid-April. They’re on the 04/13 (Saturday) TV Taping in Pittsburgh and the live/streaming event on 04/14 in Columbus. Both are probably looking to improve their image in big US promotions. Caristico has not worked for any since the end of his WWE run. Soberano has wrestled once in Ring of Honor before, a disastrously bad match with Punishment Martinez last year. With the MSG show about a week before, ROH might not announce matches for these shows until they get very close.

+LuchaTV says Garza is joining NXT in April. It is funny watching promotions still having him on posters for May.

Daga will be part of Progress’s Super Strong Style 16, from May 4-6 in London. Aerostar had previously been announced for that tournament.

Leo Riano’s column says Fantasma already has 30 indie dates lined up. MexaWrestling is teasing a Fantasma appearance.

Dulce Garcia is not listed on the lineup for the Combate Americas MMA show in Monterrey on 04/12, which seemed to be the original plan.

Lucha Talk has a new episode up.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Hijo del Santo talks about Japanese wrestlers he knows.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 03/24/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cheff Benito vs Guerrero 2000
2) Latino & Puma de Oro vs Auzter & Neza Kid
3) Dinamic Black, Eragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hip Hop Man, Mosca, Tackle
4) Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno
5) Hijo Del Huracán Ramírez, Internacional Pantera, Súper Nova vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Villano V Jr.
6) Death Metal & Karaoui vs Aramis & Imposible [IWRG IC TAG]

The tag titles are vacant. Death Metal & Karaoui won the El Protector tournament to get a title shot. Aramis & Imposible won a contenders tournament to get their shot. This has been a long road to get to this moment but it is IWRG so I think I might need to put my chips on “draw, no champions.”

The fourth match is potentially interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2019 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Cholo & Yago
2) Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Pólvora, Templario, Virus
4) Flyer vs Titán [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
6) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón

Slightly better than usual card but it is a Tuesday show so who knows.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2019-03-05

Audaz is getting better at this

Recapped: 03/14/2019

Matches:

Angelito & Shockercito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
(12:17 [5:39, 3:18, 3:20], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Mystique beat Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(14:09 [6:47, 2:40, 4:42], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Metálico, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(16:02 [6:49, 2:39, 6:34], 2/3, n/
r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(9:21, Blue Panther fujiwara armbar, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. beat Felino, Hechicero, Templario
(11:05 [4:41, 2:00, 4:24], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible beat Místico, Soberano Jr., Titán
(13:07 [4:00, 4:13, 4:54], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Nothing happened (TM Rush)

Thoughts:

proof the minis still exist

The main felt a little lifeless for the Tuesday happy main event, but it really picked up with the big spots in the third fall. Titan and Terrible did their usual back and forth, Místico and Mephisto looked great, Soberano got in a cool dive. There was nothing deep to this but at least it gave the fans something to go home with.

The ten minute time limit doesn’t really work with the kind of match Luciferno and Blue Panther want to do. A slow moving but still somewhat interesting mat section just ends because they’ve got to get to the best part. Panther then doesn’t get in any offense until it is time for a tope, gets beat up for a while longer, and then again comes back just to get in the tope. It has the weird twists of a Blue Panther match but feels disconnected from what happened prior and nothing feels fleshed out. It was different than getting the usual lightning match but I’m not sure it was really any better.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-03-04

didn’t work

Recapped: 03/04/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger, Joker, Sombra Diabólika beat Centella Roja, Halcón Suriano Jr., Millenium
(16:59 [7:46, 4:34, 4:39], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ares, Disturbio, El Perverso beat King Jaguar, Meyer, Oro Jr.
(13:22 [4:58, 2:46, 5:38], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola in a lightning match
(7:32, La Regia, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat El Audaz, Stuka Jr., Titán
(13:38 [4:10, 2:30, 6:58], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(11:18 [3:50, 3:38, 3:50], 2/3 DQ, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

Último Guerrero © beat Vangellys for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(15:24, ok, 2/3,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Vangellys northern lights suplex (5:48)
  2. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (2:10)
  3. Último Guerrero pulpo guerrero (7:26)

What happened:

Stuka seconded Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero seconded Vangellys, a sad betrayal.

Mephisto fouled Místico, part of a build to a match that didn’t happen.

Thoughts:

flying Guerrero

I haven’t watched any Vangellys in Dragon Gate and do not have a great recollection of his AAA work. Perhaps the middle rope corner huracanrana he goes for here is his first. It gets him powerbombed instead because everyone must be powerbombed. This is UG plugging Vangellys into the flyer opponent spot, and it works just as well as it sounds. (Revelation made: they’re not calling Vangellys Tanque Aleman because of his size, but his relative speed.) They only varied from the title match formula early on, and it was not particularly good. There was no big reaction to Vangellys hitting his spear, even though that was the big move from last week. There was a lot of reaction to Tirantes, except when he signals the finish and no one understood that he did. Calling this OK seems a gift. This is only for Último Guerrero completists.

The best thing I can say about the women’s lightning match is Princesa Sugehit’s outfit was very sparkly. They worked slowly and didn’t seem to have much energy. Sugehit was ahead of Amapola in most moments. This may be the point where Amapola no longer should be having singles matches if she’s not going to be able to get in better condition. Watching her breath heavily after not doing a lot isn’t good for her or the match. Sugehit might be able to have a good match with a better opponent. Match was ended with Sugehit submitting Amapola and Pompin not picking up on it until about five seconds too late.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 22nd, 2019

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Marca said CMLL is back on their stream this week, though I didn’t see a link up yet on Facebook when I checked Thursday afternoon. Cavernario & Forastero should be fun. The main event should be good too.

AAA’s YouTube show this week just happens to be airing Hijo del Fantasma’s last TV match in the promotion. It is probably a coincidence; this would’ve aired on Space a couple of weeks ago and produced before that. The Vikingo match is definitely worth a look.

On TV sets, CMLL seems to have settled at 3:30 pm on Saturdays now. AAA on Azteca should be on the Morelia taping this week.

great match roundup, week of 2019-02-23

Golden Dragon

Trying to get this back on track before WrestleMania weekend (and baseball) kicks in. This week being a quick week helps. This being a not good week does not really help.

I already forgot I recorded that Caristico match until it showed up in the list. Titan/Templario was fun.

All 2019 round-up posts2019 MOTYC list is up now.

Recommend Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Carístico & El Bandolero vs Golden Dragón & Gringo Loco Carístico & El Bandolero vs Golden Dragón & Gringo Loco (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2019-02-24 2019-02-24
good El Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa vs Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
good Titán vs Templario in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
ok Último Guerrero vs Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
ok Fuego vs Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning matchLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
ok Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
ok Hijo del Villano III, Último Guerrero, Villano IV vs Atlantis, Místico, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
ok Astral & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
ok Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
below average Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
below average Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MARZO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-03-01 2019-03-01
not rated Arkalis, King Jaguar, Robin vs El Perverso, Joker, King Rocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
not rated La Avispa Dorada & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & La Comandante LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
not rated Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE FEBRERO DEL 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-25 2019-02-25
not rated Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Akuma & InquisidorLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
not rated Oro Jr., Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Disturbio, Nitro, Sangre Azteca Disturbio Cmll, Nitro y Sangre Azteca vs Star Jr, Super Astro Jr y Oro Jr (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Nitro y Sangre Azteca vs Star Jr, Super Astro Jr y Oro Jr. 2a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
not rated Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE FEBRERO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-26 2019-02-26
watch later Rush vs Último Guerrero Rush vs Último Guerrero from CMLL Guadalajara: 2019-02-23 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2019-02-23 2019-02-19

Hijo del Fantasma quits AAA?, Garza Jr., Aguayo

Fantasma in AAA

Hijo del Fantasma apparently quit AAA Wednesday night. I have to write “apparently” because it is a little strange. Fantasma posted photos of his time in AAA on Twitter and Instagram, saying thanks. +LuchaTV somehow knew this meant Fantasma was quitting AAA and declaring himself a free agent. Other people went on with that as the story and Fantasma was on Twitter for the next few hours responding to people and not saying the stories were wrong. Maybe there was some behind the scenes message that communicated what Fantasma was doing clearer than his original posting.

Hijo del Fantasma’s lawsuit against Lucha Underground was reported publically on February 6th. Fantasma wrestled as previously scheduled on the AAA tapings on 02/08 & 02/10. He took a distraction pinfall loss to Puma King on the second show, which was surprising given how AAA had been setting Fantasma up for a title match with Fenix to that point. Hijo del Fantasma appeared in a long sit down interview with +LuchaTV a few days later, saying everything was OK with him and AAA, particularly Dorian Roldan. Fantasma has not been on TV since and his understanding of the situation must have changed; Fantasma was teasing a departure from AAA in a new interview with +Lucha this weekend.

Fantasma’s options are limited. He’s suing Lucha Underground because of those limited options. He can’t sign with WWE. He would need approval from LU to work for any other TV promotion in the US. LU appears to have given that to anyone who’s gotten a TV offer, but it may be different with him suing the holding company. Fantasma may also be restricted from appearing even on CMLL TV, if his earlier statement about being under contract to AAA until the end of the year is correct. He could still work indies in the US & Mexico. He may have more freedom in work the Japan or UK (where he appears to have been added to the Lucha Libre World show in London), but Fantasma’s options are limited until the LU situation is resolved.

The Crash is now pushing their meet and greet this weekend as the last time you’ll be able to see Garza Jr. at their events. This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned Garza passed medicals and has a new WWE offer. Garza is playing games about where he’s going for social media fun, but he’s been going to the obvious place all along.

Today’s the fourth anniversary of Perro Aguyao Jr. sudden death from in-ring injuries. Diario Basta recaps the situation, going with the theory that Aguayo had been dealing with neck pain and just didn’t tell anyone about it. Damian 666 & Mr. Aguila talked with Record about their memories of that time; Damian was at the show but didn’t grasp the severity of the injury until he was told Perro had died. Damian is critical of promoters running Perro Aguyao Jr. tribute shows that don’t send some of the money they’re making from Aguayo’s name to his family. (There was one in San Luis Potosi yesterday, no idea if Aguayo’s family got anything.) The Gladiatores has brief interviews with Juventud Guerrera, Texano Jr., Toscano, Terrible, and Konnan talking about Perro Aguayo.

Lucha Central has this week’s ratings

  • AAA on Azteca7: 2.5 rating with 3.9 million viewers
  • AAA on A+: 0.6 rating with 1.2 million viewers
  • CMLL on Televisa9: 0.6 rating with 1.3 million viewers

AAA’s rating went up while the actual viewers went down a half million. CMLL’s viewers stayed the same while the rating went down. This was the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas airing of CMLL (Rey de Reyes is weeks away from airing on AAA), though it was also an episode starting a half hour earlier for no particular reason.

Rey de Reyes was covered in the latest The Road to Double or Nothing, the Cody Rhodes half of AEW’s YouTube shows. For the purpose of this show, the attack on Cody is mostly important in that Cody’s healing knee was re-injured during it and he may now end up missing Double or Nothing. Taurus and Konnan get name-checked but aren’t a big part of it. The Lucha Brothers/Young Bucks build up also gets some promos.

CMLL says they’ll announce their first team for the Torneo Increible de Parejas on Facebook today.

Mije wants the CMLL programmers to have more for the Micros; he’s hoping for a mask match.

Mystique appears headed back to Japan. Maybe. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what the REINA website or social media accounts are now and then decided I should move on with my life.

There’s a free preview of the first few pages of the Konnan comic book here.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 03/24/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Quka
2) Blaze & Hijo Del Tigre vs El Yaqui & Linterna
3) Baron Blanco Jr., El Divino, Paymon vs Avispón Negro Jr., Rey Hechicero Jr., Thunder Boy
4) El Rielero, Kempo Dragón, Vaquero Jr. vs Maléfico, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr.
5) Explosivo, Joker, Star Black vs Difunto, Hijo del Rambo, Príncipe Odín Jr.

The Sunday Guadalajara show is notable only for some odd names. I’m guessing they must be working with the old Juniors promotion, since Principe Odin & Rambo usually worked with them. Rey Hechicero Jr. is not believed to be related to Hechicero but has been around Mexico City indies since 2015.

I’ve scaled back at including people who just work these shows until they show up a lot, because there’s just so many random names who show up less than 5 times and then disappear forever.

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico, Principe Daniel, Rielero vs Demonio Maya, Exterminador, Sádico
2) Magnum, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. vs Difunto, Espíritu Negro, Metálico
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
4) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Místico vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

That semi-main is troubling. Main event is a near H2L rematch.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-03-01

Recapped: 03/05/2019

(This is the show I missed while being at PWG.)

Matches:

Astral & Robin beat El Coyote & Grako
(11:31 [5:31, 2:44, 3:16], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany beat Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit
(14:07 [7:08, 2:50, 4:09], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Vangellys beat El Audaz, Flyer, Rey Cometa
(11:28 [3:12, 3:49, 4:27], 1/3, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Titán beat Templario in a lightning match
(9:08, El Inmortal, good,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris
(11:52 [2:39, 3:05, 6:08], 2/3 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(7:43 [3:43, 4:00], 1 DQ/2 DQ, below average,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

how was this supposed to look?

Los Ingobernables were disqualified in the first for throwing Niebla Roja over the top rope. Terrible fouled Niebla Roja in the second fall, which Edgar missed. Bestia fouled Angel de Oro to save him from the campana, and Edgar did not miss that.

Gilbert unmasked Diamante for the DQ, though it was quite a struggle to get Azul to let it go.

Titan’s new cradle is called El Inmortal this week. That seems to have stuck.

Thoughts:

Templario’s powerbomb works only about half the time

The main event was just a long beatdown with Volador getting in a courtesy dive before the finish. It might have been successful in building up the hair match – that’s debatable at best – but it definitely didn’t work as a standalone match. It was a drag to watch, which was the case for watching most of the show. These shows can be even less appealing if you’re watching them a few days later while knowing nothing worthwhile happens.

The semi-main was sloppy and slow, built around Gilbert & Azul. Gilbert looked slightly more mobile this week but they didn’t much here to suggest a singles match would be a good idea. The Cl4n looked no better than usual. The last thing CMLL needs is more immobile rudos who aren’t really as over as they think, and yet Ciber & the Chris are here. It was funny that their big return after many months ended with them getting out of the ring as quick as possible to separate themselves from Gilbert.

Titan followed up the exciting match with Cavernario with a similarly styled match with Templario. The downside to these Titan matches back to both weeks is they’re no deeper than both guys unloading their moves back and forth for whatever time they have left. The upside is both he and Templario had a lot of cool moves to do, and they’re making a bigger deal out of Titan’s latest cradle finish by having him win with it in back to back weeks.

The tercera was a solid professional midcard match that gets bumped up good possibly because I’m thinking of the grade only after having seen the (much worse) end of the card. It was very much a “Rey Cometa does the diving headscissors” CMLL tercera special, but he did a little more than usual, Hechicero broke out some new hold and Audaz did well. No one looked bad and it was a fun time, so that’s better than most things here.

The women’s matches include attempts to do impressive things, but doing them so slowly or sloppy that they don’t come off as impressive. The Jarochita/Dalys sequence in the first fall stood out that way, with them doing leaping rolls and reversals, but stumbling thru them. These matches are obviously the ones most planned out in advance, but they’ve not executed them well.

The opener was forgettable, which is better than a lot of CMLL openers. It was also so boring that I couldn’t be bothered to figure out how Robin hurt himself I the second fall. The third fall finishes weirdly in that Coyote just did keep doing moves to Astral until he went away, no counters or reversals. Astral appears to be a bodybuilder who dabbles in wrestling at this point, though he didn’t seem as cut up as usual.

this feud is a struggle

Dragon Lee picks up another title, Tirantes pulls another Tirantes, NGD still tag champs

knee doesn’t come all that close but good effort and also I had to cut away quick because they did their fourth different camera switch in about seven seconds

CMLL (TUE) 03/19/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOEstrellas del RingLucha CentralNotimexOvacionesThe Gladiatores]
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Magnus, Robin, Star Black LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3 on a messed up finish.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Tirantes counted Misterioso down on a pinfall where he kicked out.
4) Hechicero, Kawato San, La Bestia Del Ring b Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Místico, Valiente b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Dragón Lee b Mephisto © [CMLL WELTERLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE MARZO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Lee took falls 2/3 to win, becomes the 33rd Welterweight Champion and 2nd person to hold both the Welterweight and Lightweight title (Mascara Dorada.) Mephisto falls on his 14th defense

The main event was good if maybe not great; there’s a limitation of what Mephisto can do at this point, though he did come up with a valagueza GTS out of nowhere. Mephisto is much better than his usual teammates at this point and still one of the better older guys, but he’s also 50 years old and showing it at times. Mephisto has been a singles champion four different times. I expect he’ll keep being used a title challenger but it would be a bad sign for CMLL if he’s a singles champion again.

Dragon Lee talks about his big win. Well, maybe to too big – he told the press the belt he really cares about is the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. The belt I slightly care about is the lightweight title and there’s no word of that being vacated. Dorada held both for a while (mostly so they could have the photo of him with four belts.)

The third match was ended early when Tirantes counted Misterioso down when he had clearly kicked out at a point where the match does not usually finish. It appeared to me Tirantes had just decided he was finished with the match, not that it was bad or that someone was hurt, but he just felt he was done with it. The incredulous reactions of the announcers was amusing – I need to isolate the “TIRANTES NO!” audio for future use – but someone in the production area has smartened up to a degree. They still showed the replay of the messed up count, but they avoided showing the ring after the finish and stuck to crowd shots, likely to hide whatever argument the wrestlers were having with Tirantes at that moment. You can tell how tight Tirantes is with the people who actually matter since someone less politically connected would’ve/should’ve been fired so many times by now. This is what having no consequences looks like.

CMLL (TUE) 03/19/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2019, Salvador Lutteroth & Americo Rocca
1) Avispón Negro Jr., Fantástico, Tigre Blanco b Carlo Roggi, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Gran Kenut, Guerrero de la Muerte, Maléfico b Black Sugar, Explosivo, Joker
Malefico cheated Explosivo.
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Vaquero Jr. b Difunto, Ephesto, Luciferno
tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón [MEX TRIOS]
NGD took 2/3 to retain. 9th defense
6) Carístico b Cavernario
Cavernario lost fall 1 by DQ, won fall 2, and Caristico won fall 3 to win.

Americo Rocca spoke about being honored. The “rudo is DQ in the first fall for something dumb” is the official CMLL booking layout of rudos losing the big match.

CMLL Informa’s preview mentions Rey Bucanero will have an important announcement. I hope the announcement is he’s streaming his upcoming show. I don’t think that’s the announcement.

AAA’s recap of Rey de Reyes mentions Dr. Wagner Jr. responded to Blue Demon’s promo on Twitter, a thing I didn’t know happened and am not motivated to look up now. They also say that Cody promised more surprised for TripleMania, which I don’t remember actually happening but does indicate it is going to be a while before we see AEW in AAA again.

There’s a poster out for an AAA TV taping on 05/03 in Los Mochis. It is listed on AAA’s website. This was news to the local box y lucha commission, who says a boxing show has that date on that building and so there will be no AAA taping that day. The local commission can’t even figure out who the local promoter is to find out why they’re advertising that day. That’s part of a two taping weekend with Hermosillo, so AAA couldn’t easily be rescheduled.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Damian 666 & Bestia 666.

Latigo, hyping his match with Templario this weekend, says he’s come back from China more mature but with the same hopes and dreams.

Lucha World has the latest Lucha Report, with Garza Jr. messing with people about where he’s going. Garza Jr. was doing more of it today.

Lucha Central is running a tournament of luchadors.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 03/25/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Meyer vs Black Tiger, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
2) Arkalis, Pantera Blanca, Súper Astro Jr. vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Hijo del Signo
3) Audaz, Drone, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible
5) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Main event is the rematch. It seemed like they were headed to a singles match for 04/01 but they can always change their minds.

Olimpico continues to exist. There must be dozens of guy in the CMLL gym plus opener guys like Coyote who are all apparently not trusted in that spot.

If Pantera Blanca sticks in the second, that would be another case of a father facing his sons (Gemelo Panteras.) The rule may not apply to guest wrestlers like them.

Lucha Libre 131-140 magazine recaps

Lucha Libre 140

The most interesting thing in this set of issues is the La Verdad de Lucha Libre section. I’ve added the lineups & results to the database a while back, but here are some other notes on the magazines.

Lucha Libre 131 – cover date 04/24/1966

  • In the Friday night main event, Santo, Rayo de Jalisco, and Mil Mascaras beat Benny Galant, Ray Mendoza, and Henry Pilusso in the main event, though Galant pulled off Mendoza’s mask. A Lagarde/Jerry London singles match was said to be the best on the show, though it also ended in DQ after two falls.
  • Memo Rubio lost in the second match and that’s it for him. The magazine says he quit over pay and treatment. On the last pages, there’s a much bigger list of people who are have been shown then door by EMLL: Chico Veloz, Jorge Allende, Memo Rubio, Jean Safont, Red Man, El Capitan, Black Shadow and Raul Guerrero. This bit is more on the promotion’s side, saying the wrestlers are now getting the freedom to work for whatever promoter they want and wondering which new names will come in. Cesar Valentino is also gone, headed to Spain.
  • The same Piquetes A Los Ojos column says Raul Rojas is the uncrowned lightweight champ and Rolando Costa is “mediocre”.
  • A Gori Guerrero bio, which continues the pattern of talking about how awesome Gory Guerrero is.. Did you know he had a brother named Pablo? Guerrero debuted in Mexico City in 1941, originally as a tencico, against Loco Hernandez. He didn’t have much success until he became a rudo. In a 12 months period starting in 1945, Gori won the national welterweight title (over Jack O’Brien), the national middleweight title (over Bobby Bonales) and the world middleweight title (over Tarzan Lopez.)
  • “Why are almost all the good wrestlers imported?” 10 foreigner wrestler are hyped.
  • New stars outside of Mexico City: Mario Ramirez
  • a Gori Casanova bio
  • photos of El Maldito, who also works as a taxi driver.
  • Sugi Sito is rated 84 out of 100.

Lucha Libre 132 – cover date 05/01/1966

  • Mil Mascaras defeated Benny Galant in a mask versus hair match. This seems to come out of nowhere to me, though they did interact on the last show. On the same show, Lagarde & Guajarado lose their tag team titles – said to be the Arena Mexico tag titles here – to Santo & Rayo. Galant seemed headed to a hair match to Guajarado or Lagarde previously. He’s now headed to Spain for a short tour with El Nazi. Antonio Montoro is later also mentioned as headed to Spain. This is the final Arena Mexico show of the run, which has also not really been hinted at prior.
  • Ray Mendoza is off to the Pacific Coast for a few weeks.
  • Many of the people let go by EMLL last week are getting work in small arenas. Chico Veloz apparently told another wrestler that he may get a lawyer involved, feeling it was unfair for him to be let go after 13 years.
  • a long bio on Relampago Cubano, which seems odd for a guy who hasn’t been around much. Maybe it was sitting in a drawer for a slow week
  • there are only 32 people licensed for wrestling in Guanajuato
  • Rodolfo Ruiz wants to be declared #1 contender to the lightweight title. If the magazine can will the lightweight title onto him, they will.
  • a notes column includes Black Gordman heading home to Guadalajara for his brother’s funeral and Espanto I selling his 1955 Ford Victoria back to back. Espanto I was looking for 16,500 pesos for the car.
  • a photo article on Jerry London, doing tourist stuff.
  • Aces of the province: Paulino Mar of Guanajuato
  • Mil Mascaras unmasked being advertised for next issue. I’m suspicious this may be a trick like the Santo bit.
  • El Vikingo has returned.
  • When will we have a unique commission?” The magazine writers why it’d be much better if there was a stand along wrestling commission (not combined with boxing) that had control of wrestling all over the country instead of many different local groups.
  • Tony Sugar profile
  • Halcon Negro is rated 67 of 100.
  • A rumor of Espanto I having died is false.

Lucha Libre 133 – cover date 05/08/1966

  • Benny Galant isn’t gone yet after all. He teamed with Vick Amezcua to lose to Rayo de Jalisco and David Curiel in the final of a card set by battle royal on Friday night.
  • a column mentions all those people who got cut may be brought back in three weeks.
  • the unmasked Mil Mascaras feature actually shows Mil Mascaras unmasked. Kinda. There are two photos from a photo shoot where he was hiding his face, not dissimilar from so many lucahdor seflies this year. There also is a skewed looking photo that half of Mil’s face pretty clearly, said to be taken after Benny Galant unmasked him a couple of weeks ago. Why they would show an unmasked photo of their golden boy of the last 100 show issues is not clear.
  • A Rolando Vera bio
  • Regional star Memo Vargas (Morelos)
  • David Curiel, Idolo del Futuro
  • The “we need a universal commission” bit gets another article.
  • Goliath, “the prototypical rudo”, has arrived
  • Tony Stone rates 77 of 100.
  • the top 10 rankings for the month mention El Rebelde & David Curiel are the current Arena Coliseo Tag Team champions. The Curiel article earlier implies it happened recently on a Tuesday show, but it hasn’t been mentioned in any results.

Lucha Libre 134 – cover date 05/15/1966

  • Benny Galant still hasn’t left. He’s teaming with El Nazi to lose to Rayo de Jalisco & David Curiel (who’s getting a push as a new young star) on Friday night. There’s a lot of names who weren’t appearing here until recently. It’s unclear if it’s because they’re running Coliseo instead of Mexico or if there is a real shake up because of those cuts.
  • Anibal can’t get a license to wrestle in Mexico City, which the magazine can’t understand given low-quality people they’ve allowed to wrestle. This situation is probably fueling the “we need one commission” articles; they’d like current head of the commission Rafael Barradas to not be part of it.
  • A note in a two different column suggests other wrestlers are annoyed with Mil Mascaras. It sounds like he’s already gotten a bit of an ego!
  • Blue Demon has returned to the ring in Morelia, and he’s coming for Karloff Lagarde’s title. Demon was previously mentioned as suffering a head injury in Oaxaca. This update says he was “under medical attention” for a month. There’s a bunch of photos, but they all appear to be old ones before the accident. The injury was said to happen on 05/15/1965, so he’s was out nearly a year. (It doesn’t seem he’s wrestling all that much even after this point.)
  • a Dory Dixon bio
  • Javier Meza & El Beduino are tag champions of Mexico City. I guess there are different tag titles than the Arena Coliseo & Arena Mexico ones.
  • an article asking about who will be the next stars of lucha libre somehow swerves into complaining about the commission for a third straight week. Anyway, there’s a big photo of Anibal, which is eventually a very right call.
  • Manuel Robles profile
  • Jerry London is rated 98 of 100. Everyone’s been very high on him since he came in and this highly scientific formula agrees.
  • Salvador Vazquez, the TV broadcaster in Guadalajara, is called incompetent for his “inept” lucha libre commentary. Lucha libre is still on TV in Guadalajara even though it is blocked in Mexico City at this point.
  • the final page of the article reveals Raul Rojas has won the lightweight title from Rolando Costa, who still gets trashed as “mediocre” one more time.

Lucha Libre 135 – cover date 05/22/1966

  • The magazine gets a redesign, the first since it was launched. Out are the photo comics and the prose story usually accompanied by an illustration of a scantily clad woman.  They’re bringing in more photo galleries, lots of wrestlers posing with a real-life scantily clad woman. (The wrestlers get smaller and smaller photos and the women get larger photos as time goes on.) I’d guess this is in part a response to the poll about features people liked/disliked a while back, but there’s also more color photos for autographs that seem competition based. For my purposes, this means the Friday night recap is moved from the first pages of the magazine to the near the end.
  • Likewise, there’s the start of a serial feature about deciding the best luchadora in Mexico that seems to be mostly about posting photos of luchadoras. This doesn’t stick around for long.
  • A wrestling tournament is announced for non-professional wrestlers. Readers are invited to participate. This becomes a running feature for months leading to the first event.
  • A Tony Stone bio.
  • Vick Amezcua and Goliat are going back to Guadalajara
  • Karloff Lagarde says he’s like to add the NWA Middleweight Championship to his collection but he doesn’t want to go against his great friend and current champion Rene Guajarado. That’s not going to be a problem soon, though Lagarde doesn’t get to challenge – maybe it was a setup to for a direction not taking
  • Goliat is rated 90 of 100.
  • Huracan Ramirez is rumored to have left Lutteroth promotions. Jorge Allende is demanding severance from EMLL in a court case that’s gone 9 days so far
  • Gori Guerrero is advertised as wrestling in Guadalajara next week, and possibly may be on his way back to Mexico City. (He does not return to Mexico City.)
  • Mil Mascaras wants challengers for his light heavyweight title. Between Guerrero not defending his title and Mil not getting title defenses, the light heavyweight division is not going so well.
  • Province star: Misterio Negro II

Lucha Libre 136 – cover date 05/29/1966

  • the Friday main event has Rayo de Jalisco & Daniel Curiel remaining undefeated as a team, defeating Lagarde & Amezcua
  • the cover gets a rework one week behind the rest of the magazine, with graphics added to the usual photo.
  • a long bio of Spain’s Halcon Negro, who the magazine later insists is not that good.
  • Conde Negro is rated 76 out of 100.
  • Jarochito Rivera is mentioned as winning the Mexican women’s championship by DQ over Chabela Romero in Puebla. No date is given. She’s headed to a tour of Bajio (Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Queretaro).
  • Black Killer took Humberto Garza’s hair in Guadalajara
  • An update on various wrestlers status: Pokarito Ramirez has returned to Mexico from a tour in Panama. Hercules Flores has ended his Mexico contract to head to Spain. Carnicero Butcher is headed to Peru. Ulises is returning to Guatemala to attend to his butcher shop.
  • new feature: true crime stories from private investigator Adolfo Moreno – el Pirata, the tecnico hero of Naucalpan in his wrestling life. Are there so many evil police officers in IWRG because the Morenos have spent a lot of time dealing with police officers? This takes up a lot of pages going forward and I pretty much ignore them.
  • The Verdad de Lucha Libre feature also starts this week. These summaries get shorter because the most interesting things are in those pieces.
  • new star: Ray Cortez

Lucha Libre 137 – cover date 06/05/1966

  • Jerry London wins the NWA Middleweight Championship title from Rene Guajardo on 05/22 in Monterrey. It’s been listed previously as 05/14 in Mexico City and it still switches again next issue.
  • the Super Libre column is impressed by the team of Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco the previous Sunday. It appears to be the first team up of what would become a legendary team.
  • The first Arena Mexico show of the summer is scheduled to be on 06/17.
  • Alberto Munoz successfully defended the Mexico National Welterweight Championship title in Acapulco over Vick Amezcua
  • Mexico State promoters have been told by the commission that they will no longer be able to book luchadoras. This can’t be the case forever, but it is the first I’ve heard of it outside of Mexico City.
  • the Piquetes a Los Ojos column says Muerte I has died – as a champion, because he no-showed a title defense on Thursday. They’re stripping him of the belt. A little dramatic but he is named Muerte. This isn’t the first time he’s no-showed and the column buries him for his lack of professionalism.
  • Braulio Veloz is rated 72. 10 for action but 6s in personality and popularity. He’s later reported as coming into EMLL. Jorge Allende will also be back, so he must’ve won his battle.
  • new star: El Cadaver.

Lucha Libre 138 – cover date 06/12/1966

  • Alberto Munoz unmasked Conde Negro on the Friday night show. It is Jalisco Gonzalez, said to be one of the better technical wrestlers from Guadalajara.
  • Mil Mascaras accepts a challenge for Espanto I for the Mexico Light Heavyweight championship. Espanto I had lost the title to El Santo, who vacated it, and Mil won it.
  • El Cuervo beat Mexican Lightweight champion Raul Rojas, putting him in line for a title shot. They note he didn’t get one automatically, though there’s elsewhere a mention of a #1 contenders match coming up in that city. Muerte II also wants a chance in Arena Xochimilco.
  • Pepe Villa passed away on 05/28
  • An interview with Enfermero is headlined by a declaration that he will retire if he’s unmasked.
  • Gori Casanova is rated 84, with a 10 in aggressiveness and a 7 in tecnica
  • New Star: El Conde

Lucha Libre 139 – cover date 06/19/1966

  • Rene Guajardo, Karloff Lagarde, Vick Amezcua beat Mil Mascaras, Jerry London, Black Shadow on Friday night. Rayo de Jalisco ends up bloody but victorious over Espanto I.
  • A profile of Alberto Munoz & long one on Raul Rojas, the new lightweight champion
  • El Greco is rated 79. Some 9s in accion and physical condition, and 7s in recursos, personality and taquilla. They have him as a talented wrestler who isn’t over, basically. If only he came up with a character…

Lucha Libre 140 – cover date 06/26/1966

  • Main event of Arena Mexico went to a draw! El Santo & Jerry London versus Rene Guadjarado & Karloff Lagarde ended with London & Lagarde eliminated and Santo & Guajarado unable to make it back in after a Santo tope. Guajardo is focused on winning the title back from London.
  • Pantera Blanca is rated 72, “un regular del ring”
  • local star, el Meicano (from Morelos)

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It’s a new season, and so a double length episode. Or I put together decent notes and we remembered all we wanted to talk about for once. Three hours of lucha libre and lucha libre adjacent talk. Rob and I talk about going to PWG 200 & The Crash and watching Homenaje a Dos Leyendas & Rey de Reyes. I also try to go thru every lucha libre match on WrestleMania weekend, which means saying Fenix & Pentagon’s names so many times.

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This is three hours long! We’ll be back sometime after the WrestleMania weekend shows.