CMLL Viernes: 2018-07-20 

tribute to Super Astro is also a little bit of a tribute to Rayo

Recapped: 07/20/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Yago beat Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr.
(12:53 [6:15, 3:12, 3:26], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis beat Lluvia, Marcela, Mistique 
(13:05 [6:40, 3:31, 2:54], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Kawato San, Okumura, Pólvora
(14:16 [4:00, 5:23, 4:53], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero went to a time limit draw against Mephisto in a lightning match
(10:00, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Penta El Zero M
(12:17 [5:26, 6:51], 1/2 DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 
(11:26 [4:02, 4:35, 2:49], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas

A promo aired, with LA Park saying he’d be at the 85th Anniversario. The match with Rush was implied but definitely not said.

Cibernético used the ropes (barely) to beat Último Guerrero in the main event.

Barbaro Cavernario fouled Carístico and unmasked him to end the semimain in two falls.

Rayo de Jalisco was remembered before the third match.

Thoughts:

Caristico with some impact

Klan Kaoz versus Los Guerreros didn’t have the Guerreros flying all over the place out of the gate and suffered for it. It had a lot of the Klan Kaoz working together on team moves instead. They are trying – they don’t do the dives and take the big bumps in the third fall if they’re not trying. This was much better than the debut. It’s just also visibly not working and that’s making it a tough watch. Kaoz is not good enough to come off as a threat to the Guerreros, the fans already want to write them off for just being ex-AAA wrestlers, and they’re missing the presence and charisma they had to overcome the work. They’re just coming off as guys who do some moves, nothing special. The Guerreros comeback was fun, UG teasing there might be another match before Ciber made it clear it was the title match was not fun. That feels like it will be it for Kaoz, but maybe CMLL will see the crowd booing afterward as a great rudo reaction and not them rejecting the match.

The semimain didn’t totally fulfill the potential of the people involved, but still was easily the best and most heated match of the night. Fans were excited for Penta versus Dragon Lee and Carístico, and the técnico in-fighting was done well soon. The brawl at the start was superheated, even if CMLL’s cameras didn’t seem to follow Penta into the crowd. The disappointment is CMLL didn’t really take as much advantage of it. They telegraphed it only going two falls from early on and downplayed Penta despite him being the most over character in the match. Maybe Penta’s not coming back for a while, but this should’ve had more than a taste of the Dragon Lee/Penta stuff teased over the last couple months, and Penta instead losing to Mistico was weird. (Perhaps we’ll have to see that match elsewhere.) Negro Casas took some big bumps for any age and Cavernario looked good as always, it was a good match, just not really the match everything leading in suggested. Don’t run your own feuds in CMLL, I guess.

Kawato’s job was to stand in place blankly and that’s his best move.

The Cuatrero/Mephisto match followed the Rayo de Jalisco tribute and had an uphill battle to get the crowd back up. It wasn’t really the right combination for that, and the match they had wasn’t much good. It was generally a professional lightning match, with one cringe moment in the middle where Cuatrero stayed still until Mephisto walked over to whip him. Neither man played técnico and the usual pro-NGD crowd didn’t care much about the generic action they were treated towards. They worked slower to make sure they could go long enough, and that didn’t help either, but neither guy seems like a great singles wrestler on their own in 2018. This was cold and disappointing. Giving it an OK grade is probably a little bit generous.

Tercera really dragged with rudo control in the first two falls and never got solidly beyond that. Titan & Triton had some moments, but not enough to make this worthwhile. Matching up Kawato and Esfinge to end a fall was some special magic, delivering the botched spot we were all expecting. They went back to in the third fall, it didn’t look good, and Esfinge was at least selling an injury after. Maybe don’t do that.

Penta taking out Dragon Lee

Dalys and Marcela had a good opening exchange, Lluvia looked the best she has since this return (and better than some time before), and the rest was a totally forgettable women’s match. Mystique is shaky and slow. Her blowing her entrance to the match turned the crowd against the tecnicas and it was odd they had her go last in the opening exchanges. The last two falls weren’t much.

Principe Diamante/Super Astros openers are better than Electrico/Astral ones, though this kind of cooled off after the good first fall. Yago’s willing to go along with their offense, which comes off as fresher than the muscle minis. Super Astro Jr.’s reverse tope looked nice. At least Espanto Jr.’s over the top Canadian Destroyer on the floor was a countout this time.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-07-17 

Sanson backbreaker pwoerbomb

Recapped: 07/18/2018

Matches:

Angelito & Fantasy beat Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
(15:30 [8:10, 3:18, 4:02], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Astral, Eléctrico, Robin  
(12:52 [5:54, 2:24, 4:34], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Fuego, Pegasso beat Disturbio, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:35 [5:38, 2:36, 6:21], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Templario beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(16:17 [7:12, 2:54, 6:11], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja © vs Sansón for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
(19:33, 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Niebla Roja reverse campana (4:43)
  2. Sansón backbreaker (2:02)
  3. Niebla Roja super Furia Roja (12:48)

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Rey Bucanero
(8:04 [1:38, 2:55, 3:31], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

this is done a lot but still cool

Niebla Roja retained his title, the second streaming title defense in two days.

The rudos were awful in the segunda, with Metalico blowing an Eléctrico spot on the floor, and Sangre Azteca just deciding not go for a Robin armdrag. These matches are unpleasant to watch, sand I’m watching as little of it as I can.

Angelito nearly dies in the opener because Pequeño Violencia doesn’t bother to get both his arms up to catch him and cannot catch a man tossed to him with one arm. He limped thru the third fall, eliminated without really getting in offense. 

Thoughts:

great effort

The main event was the usual rushed post-title match Tuesday main event trios. Though, of now, I’m thinking they prefer to be in this spot than have the title match last so they can get out with a quick match. A lot of this match was Rey Bucanero taking bumps scared of Atlantis, who was not taking bumps but did pull off a huracanrana in the end. Soberano meshed well with the Dinamitas as always, and they did get in some spectacular moves in the short time this match lasted.

Niebla Roja & Sansón had a much superior match to their two brothers on Monday. They seem like they’re much more adept at singles matches. They have deeper reservoirs of offense to pull from, instead of just the same stuff we see in trios matches without their partners. They also can make those moves feel like they’re more important; Sansón freaking out as he was about to be finished was a nice touch a lot of people in CMLL don’t do in general. These two guys got the crowd by building to bigger and bigger moments and keeping the crowd guessing. There’s are parts where they could improve – chop exchanges are probably overdone, but these guys could’ve used some other than an impact move or a dive to mix it up some – but this was a lot of fun and worth going back to watch.

I thought Black Panther did some reversal until Luciferno got the pin

I thought the Panther match had moments but was overall sloppier than usual. Luciferno seemed to mess up his own finishing move among other moments where people had to take sudden left turns to get in position. Blue Panther & Ephesto had a basic mat wrestling over six minutes that didn’t go anywhere interesting, but it was better than Blue anther Jr. looking backward before deciding to bump. It’s not as bad as this is making it sound but it was definitely off a bit.

The tercera was borderline good on the Tuesday sliding scale, with good if unfocused action. Didn’t like one of the finish I like Disturbio. I enjoyed his Neymar comedy spot. I did not like him going to a double pin with Audaz. CMLL has decided Disturbio is not special and I do not want them to do the same to Audaz. This wasn’t Audaz’ most show match, but he still springboarding from angles not many are trying.

Audaz angles

Dragon Lee (& Caristico) versus Penta tonight, Klan Kaoz/Guerreros, Rayo de Jalisco

CMLL

Tonight’s CMLL show a bit of prelude to other events. Penta is back, and finally will be across the ring from both Caristico & Dragon Lee, but whatever singles match they’re setting up is still some weeks off due to scheduling. The main event is an obvious build-up match for a title match to come. And CMLL’s spent the last couple of days highlighting matches from two weeks from today, which makes this show a bit less important.

Klan Kaoz return to face Los Guerreros in the main event. Ciber the Main Man’s crew defeated the CMLL rudos via cane shot two weeks ago, and both sides hinted towards a trios title match. Another win here would set that up on July 27th. Klan Kaoz had a better match the second time out, though that was more Los Guerreros figuring out how to work around them. I’d expect the same here.

After a month or so of social media teases,, Dragon Lee and Penta finally set foot in the same ring for the first time. The semi-main also has the wildcard of Caristico being involved, who isn’t getting along with either man. Mistico, Cavernario, and Negro Casas all being there should make for a fascinating match.

The rest are just matches to fill out a Friday, some better than others. Cuatrero and Mephisto will have their own first ever singles match. The NGD have supplanted Los Hijo del Infierno as a rudo trio, but Mephisto as an individual is still pretty high up in the rudo ranks and a Cuatrero win would be meaningful. The OneAtos trios of Esfinge, Titan, and Triton take on Kawato, Okumura, and Polvora. Dalys is part of a Friday night women’s match, as always, teaming with Amapola & Reina Isis against Marcela, and Lluvia and Mystique. Super Astro Jr. & Principe Diamante are also back on Friday nights, this time facing Yago & Espanto Jr.

The CMLL show starts at 8:30pm. It will stream on Marca (currently regionblocked, but also currently showing women’s soccer) and Facebook.  It’ll be available on CMLL’s YouTube channel later on tonight.

Ovaciones and SuperLuchas have Rayo de Jalisco obits. CMLL, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, AAA, and Hijo del Santo have posted acknowledgments of his death. I’m sure there will be a moment honoring him at every show this weekend, as there was last night in Arena Aficion.

In CMLL’s weekly Facebook video, Caristico announced he will be on this year’s 09/14 CMLL Anniversario show. So that’s only about 31 more people to be announced, and maybe some matches. In an interview with Marca, Caristico claimed he was going to retire young so he wouldn’t retire injured.

Tiffany has reached 25 years of wrestling. She’s still hoping for an apuesta match with Estrellita before she retires, which could be “one day or three years away.”

Atlantis was part of an aquarium inaguaration.

The WON mentioned Fenix/King Phoenix is expected back to Arena Mexico on 08/03, which means it’s possible he’ll be in the match with the Briscoes.

AAA’s posted a video introducing Vanilla (Vargas). They’ve also put up a cleaner version of the Jeff Jarrett promo video from last Friday’s taping; they had some technical difficulties with it live.

La Mascara is frustrated with the losing he’s done since coming to AAA, and wants to form an IngoberAAA to turn it around.

Los Traumas say they’ve never seen since La Parka use a good wrestling hold. They think La Parka was trying to be intimidating when he interrupted the press conference but thought he should better use the go to the gym and train so he’ll have a little chance again them. They also can’t remember an AAA match that started with at least five minutes of mat wrestling and think it would be great.

Meanwhile, the Traidor Clowns posted a video of them cutting up La Parka’s gear before yesterday’s show in Arena Aficion. Allowing Dave the Clown to use scissors was a mistake.

Drago did make it to MLW. Fenix & Pena beat Drago & Horuz to keep the MLW tag titles. Konnan did wrestle in the Battle Riot, did do a Tequila Sunrise. MLW announced LA Park will be on their October show in New York. LA Park was part of the prior version of MLW in the early 2000s; an at the time DVDVR review of the show with him and Shocker is stuck in my head forever because of line along the lines of “hopefully this ticket helps Court Bauer buy a nice tie for the inevitable bankruptcy hearing.” This version of MLW seems better timed and doing better judging from the crowd last night.

Arez & Mr. Iguana will debut in CZW next Saturday, facing Trey Miguel & Myron Reed. That’s part of two matches in the New Jersey area that weekend, as the two face off for NeoFight Pro the day before.

DTU announced Kylie Rae was off their August shows after breaking her collarbone in Japan. Miranda Salinas from Texas will replace her.

Arena Guatemala Mexico has posted a list of upcoming dates with foreigners. The mask match with Atlantis mentioned yesterday is set for September 2nd. Additionally, LA Park (& Hijo de LA Park) will be in Guatemala one day after TripleMania.

An article on AAA’s 11/16 show in Bogota, Colombia says there are plans for a lot more shows in the country in 2019. Psycho Clown & Hijo del Fantasma are on the show.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews NGD vs Soberano, Mistico and Angel de Oro from May 18th.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui esta la Lucha.

Luchador/serial-killer La Mateviejitas was interviewed by MSN, insisting she’s innocent of the charges and talking about her lucha libre career. The most handsome luchador she ever saw was Charlie Manson. That feels a little bit too on the nose.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Hijo del Pantera & Ricky Marvin lost their opening match of the NOAH Junior tag league back on the 16th, came back with a win on the 17th, another on the 19th. before taking a loss earlier today. That leaves them 2-2, 4 points, middle of the table. This is a single block, top two teams advance. The Mexico team needs to win their final two matches to advance. The last league match is on July 31st, the tournament final is on August 5th, and the winner teaming is possibly getting a title match on NOAH’s 08/18 show.

Rey Wagner & Hijo del Dr. Wagner’s Japanese tour wrapped up with a match in Tokyo Gurentai, a Nosawa led promotion. Wagner & old partner Kendo Kashin beat Nosawa & Hijo de Wagner. Nosawa challenged Rey Wagner to a hair versus hair match in March, and that came off as if it’s actually happening.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-07-16 

a lot of impact on this fall

Recapped: 07/17/2018

Matches: 

Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis beat Millenium, Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(11:32 [5:21, 3:00, 3:11], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Star Jr., Stigma beat Kawato, Okumura, Policeman
(15:41 [8:18, 2:10, 5:13], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gif: 4449

Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Forastero, Hechicero, Sansón
(15:49 [5:01, 6:07, 4:41], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

gif: 6000/610

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Atlantis, Carístico, Euforia in a relevos increíbles match
(10:39 [2:43, 7:56], 1/2, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

gif:

Cuatrero © beat Ángel de Oro for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(19:45, 2/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Angel de Oro Skayde Special (5:22)
  2. Cuatrero inverted bear hug (1:39)
  3. Cuatrero crucifix powerbomb (12:44)

What happened: 

messy

Tirantes slow counted Angel de Oro for no real reason. He seems to do this more often when the técnico is going to lose. Angel de Oro did lose, Cuatrero retained his title.

Rush challenged Atlantis for a light heavyweight title match next week and took his mask too.

Thoughts: 

The main event title match was the usual solid if not dynamic performance by Angel de Oro. He hits everything clean, but he doesn’t mix it up much, just getting Dive #1 and Dive #2 out of the way in series so he wouldn’t have to check them off later. The entire show felt unstimulating intellectual and there was nothing particularly deeper about this one. It was some moves until Angel de Oro’s moves failed him once again. At least he didn’t lose to his own move this time and was able to give Cuatrero his own finish, though didn’t last much more. Good enough for a title match.

I couldn’t be bothered to watch the Ingobernables match but it seemed about normal.

neither dropkick comes close

The tercera wasn’t as interesting as the names involved. Hechicero is really good, but Dinamtias wasn’t the same without all three of them in there. There were plenty of dives in the third fall, but somehow CMLL wrestlers can do those and still not get out of second gear the rest of the match. Dragon Lee’s NJPW time has caused him to watch for people breaking up a pin instead of standing around celebrating at the final pin like most CMLL luchadors.

The second match was a nothing special midcard Puebla match with a bad finish and a worse stacked up superplex going on. Star Jr. & Kawato continue to work a lot together, and a lot smoother than Drone & Kawato did later on. Drone was doing a lot of movements which were probably meant to be charismatic and came off weird. This was barely ok.

I have nothing much to say about the opener. Rey Apocalipsis having a backward version of his mask was the most interesting thing of the opener. Tigre Rojo breaking up a careta with an armdrag instead of headscissors was mindblowing in CMLL.

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 20th, 2018

full size

Lucha Underground also promises something with Mariposa & Marty the Moth.

I had a theory that maybe AAA in Queretaro was going to be a Televisa only show, only that would leaving nothing for AAA on Space this week. It’s all very mysterious.

Maybe I should switch IWRG‘s date to the live show, since that’s how we’re getting to see it.

Rayo de Jalisco has passed away

Rayo de Jalisco, Max Linares, passed away earlier today. He was 85.

The Rayo de Jalisco mask, black with a silver lightning mask cutting down the center, is one of the most famous in Mexican wrestling. The wrestler was most successful in the 60s and 70s. He won the NWA Middleweight championship three times in the 60s, when it was one of the three important titles in Mexico. Rayo both teamed and feuded with El Santo during the prior, and followed him into movies in 1970s. Rayo was popular in Guadalajara, where fans believed him to be a homegrown star (though he actually was from Mexico City.) Rayo popularized the reverse tope backward headbutt, something done by the likes of Guerrero Maya now. Rayo de Jalisco wound down in lucha libre in the 80s, losing his mask in 1989 to Blue Demon in a match between two legends of their era.

Rayo de Jalisco’s son wrestles as Rayo de Jalisco Junior. One of his grandsons wrestles as Rayman in both CMLL & AAA, and it’s believed current Guadalajara star Star Black is related to Rayo de Jalisco. Many of Linares’ brothers were also luchadors.

Rayo de Jalisco’s was honored at the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Rayo seemed frail at the time but seemed touched by the moment. A year later, Rayo was also added to AAA’s Hall of Fame, but did not appear for that ceremony

a catalog of the 2005 AAA matches being streamed on Twitch

 

Same deal as the 2004 post; this is the list of the matches AAA is currently streaming on its 24-hour Twitch feed. It’s listed in the order they’re airing, which may not always match the order they were taped. Some TV episodes appear to be missing. Occasionally, matches not aired on TV and perhaps never meant to air on TV slip thru.

2005 was the first full year I recapped AAA, though not all matches aired on Galavision and I made no attempt to track down the missing matches at that point. Perhaps I was saner in 2005. I might go back put together a recommended match list at some point, but I wasn’t really rating them like I do today. I do remember being annoyed a lot so it might not be a useful list.

2005-01-22: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Danshoku Dino, Fabi Apache, Mini Abismo Negro, Takeshi Minaminoro vs Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Ofune, Pimpinela Escarlata, Spanky Dicaprio
Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
Heavy Metal, Intocable, Zorro vs el Mosco, Histeria, Psicosis II
Charly Manson, Juventud Guerrera, Mr. Águila vs Nosawa, Taka Michinoku, Tigre Imperial
La Parka vs Cibernético

errata: all air. I missed Parka/Cibernetico in the db somehow.

2005-02-03: Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes 
Espectro Jr. & Pirata Morgan vs La Fiera & MS-1
El Alebrije, Gronda, Tinieblas Jr. vs Chessman, Cuervo, Monsther
Abismo Negro, Cibernético, Psicosis II vs La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Octagón

does not stream:
Disturbo Negro & Kiss Jr. vs Baby Rocker & Path Finder II
La Chola, La Hechicera, Princesa Sugheit vs Fabi Apache, Lady Apache, Princesa Blanca
Oscar Sevilla & Torero vs Esquizofrenia & La Rata II [losers retire] and [winners advance]
Oscar Sevilla vs Torero [loser retires]

2005-02-20: Arena Solidaridad 
nothing streams (including the Dark Angel appearance)

2005-03-04: Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro 
Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
Fabi Apache, Lady Apache, Princesa Blanca vs La Diabólica, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
Charly Manson, Hator, Mr. Águila vs Intocable, Octagón, Zorro
Máscarita Sagrada 2000 & Mini Abismo Negro vs Mini Psicosis & Octagoncito in a relevos increíbles match
Gronda, Latin Lover, Televisa Deportes vs Abismo Negro, Psicosis II, Tinieblas Jr.

does not stream:
Dance Boy, Drabek II, Luzbel vs Fuego Latino, Muerte Fantastica, Pony

2005-03-11: Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas 
Fabi Apache, Lady Apache, Princesa Blanca vs La Diabólica, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
El Hijo de Aníbal, Intocable, Zorro vs Hator, Mr. Águila, Tinieblas Jr.
El Alebrije, Electroshock, Gronda vs Charly Manson, Monsther, Picudo
Octagoncito vs Mini Psicosis for the mask
La Parka Jr. vs Latin Lover, Konnan, Jeff Jarrett, Chessman, Abismo Negro in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match

does not stream as part of this show
Thailandes vs Humberto Alanis [kick boxing] – does air later as part of an all stipulation match special

2005-04-01: Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla 
Flama Negra, Ojo de Tigre Jr., Yagan vs Battle Cat, Cool Cat, Kid Cat
Alberto Alanis vs El Tailandes [kickboxing]
Tiffany vs Lady Apache, La Diabólica
Charly Manson & Picudo vs el Ángel & Pegasso
Electroshock, Intocable, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Chessman, Hator
Alliens, Muerte Roja (Venum Black), Nicho el Millionario vs Histeria, Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis II
Gronda, La Parka Jr., Octagón vs Abismo Negro, Cibernético, Konnan

errata: Elecroshock & Gronda matches did not appear to air in the US

2005-04-15: Orizaba, Veracruz 
El Brazo, La Diabólica, Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Espectro Jr., Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Estrellas, Tiffany
El Alebrije, El Hijo de Aníbal, Intocable vs Monsther, Pirata Morgan, Tinieblas Jr.
el Ángel, Octagón, Oriental vs Charly Manson, Juventud Guerrera, Mr. Águila
Psicosis I vs Psicosis II
La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Vampiro vs Abismo Negro, Cibernético, Konnan

2005-04-30: Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas 
Mini Abismo Negro, Pirata Morgan, Sexy Francis, Tiffany vs El Brazo, La Diabólica, Mini Psicosis, Polvo de Estrellas
Octagón vs Psicosis II

does not stream
Chiva Rayada I, Chiva Rayada II, Pegasso vs Ángel Mortal, Gallego, Mr. Cóndor
el Ángel, Intocable, Zorro vs Hator, Histeria, Juventud Guerrera
Electroshock, La Parka Jr., Vampiro vs Charly Manson, Cibernético, Konnan

errata: listed as Ciudad Victoria (I had it as Ciudad Madero) and in May (which is when it aired). I had this in the database also as a 05/04 show, which seems to be a mistake.

2005-05-15: Guadalajara, Jalisco 
el Ángel, Lady Apache, Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Sexy Francis vs Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Estrellas, Texano, Tiffany
Monsther, Pirata Morgan, Tinieblas Jr. vs El Alebrije, El Hijo de Aníbal, Tinieblas Sr.
CIMA, Electroshock, Intocable vs Charly Manson, Hator, Mr. Águila
Psicosis II vs Psicosis I
Juventud Guerrera, Luzbel, Zorro vs Al Katrazz, Apocalypse, Predator
Konnan vs Vampiro
La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Octagón vs Chessman, Cibernético, Fuerza Guerrera

2005-06-01: Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí 
Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis vs Ángel Mortal, Gallego, Mr. Cóndor
Colorman, el Ángel, Televisa Deportes vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
Histeria vs Psicosis II, Psicosis I
Intocable, Juventud Guerrera, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Hator, Mr. Águila
La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Octagón vs Chessman, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan
Shocker vs Vampiro, Cibernético, Konnan in a bull terrier match

does not stream:
Lover Boy, Rayo De Plata, Sexy Salazar vs Black Maravilla, Centella Inca, Gavilán

2005-06-18: Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila 
Fabi Apache & Martha Villalobos vs La Diabólica & Tiffany
Colorman, el Ángel, Televisa Deportes vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
Corazón de Barrio & Incógnito vs Sexy Francis & Sexy Piscis
Alan Stone, Antifaz del Norte, Intocable vs Charly Manson, Mr. Águila, Psicosis II
Abismo Negro, Chessman, Hator vs Latin Lover, Shocker, Zorro

does not stream
La Parka Jr. vs Cibernético [lights out]

(a big time jump to)

2005-09-18: Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Naucalpan, Estado de México 
Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita, Martha Villalobos, Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Diabólica, La Hechicera, May Flowers, Tiffany
Cuervo, Escoria, Gran Apache, Ozz vs Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis, Laredo Kid
Antifaz del Norte, el Ángel, Estrella Dorada Jr. vs Hator, Nosawa, Zumbido [br?]
La Parka Jr., Vampiro, Zorro vs Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Jeff Jarrett
Chessman vs Latin Lover, Cibernético, Shocker [electric cage] and for the hair

does not air:
Javi, Jesse, Kevin vs Ángel Mortal, Mr. Cóndor, Pentagon Black
Jerrito Estrada, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psicosis vs Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Octagoncito, Rocky Marvin

2005-07-03: Gimnasio Lázaro Cárdenas, Salamanca, Guanajuato 
Máscarita Sagrada 2000 © vs Mini Abismo Negro for the Mexican National Minis Championship
Antifaz del Norte, El Alebrije, Oriental vs Hator, Monsther, The Punisher

does not air:
Gallito Colorado, Radioactivo, Rey Cometa vs Espíritu Negro, Kaoma Jr., Señor Sombra
Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz vs Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Francis, Sexy Piscis
Histeria & Zorro vs Charly Manson & Psicosis II
La Parka Jr., Octagón, Shocker vs Abismo Negro, Chessman, Fuerza Guerrera

2005-07-01: Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro 
Atómico, Dance Boy, Kaoma Jr. vs Dragón de Oriente II, Pequeño Pony, Rey Cometa
La Parkita, Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman, Mini Psicosis
Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis vs Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Francis, Sexy Piscis
Chessman, Hator, Mr. Águila vs Alan Stone, El Brazo, Luzbel
Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Zorro vs Charly Manson, El Castigador, Psicosis II
Abismo Negro, Cibernético, Fuerza Guerrera vs La Parka Jr., Octagón, Shocker

2005-07-24: Arena Coliseo Monterrey 
Imagen I & Imagen II vs El Ángel (Nuevo Laredo) & Rey del Camino [torneo de la oportunidad]
Bam Bam, Galactar, Máscara Púrpura vs Lobo Negro, Magia Negra, Rey Venum [torneo de la oportunidad]
Babe Rap, Hombre Sin Miedo, Laredo Kid vs Oscuridad, Rió Bravo, Tito Santana [torneo de la oportunidad]
Máscarita Sagrada 2000 & Octagoncito vs Jerrito Estrada & Mini Chessman
Incógnito, Sangre Chicana, Sangre Chicana Jr. vs Estrella Dorada Jr., Monje Negro Jr., Sergio Romo Jr.

does not air
Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Mr. Texas vs Hator, Picudo, Zumbido
La Parka Jr., Luzbel, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernético
Pimpinela Escarlata vs Sexy Francis, Sexy Piscis for the hair

errata: those first three matches are part of a locals tournament and weren’t listed as a cibernetico prior

2005-07-29: Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas 
Babe Rap, Hombre Sin Miedo, Laredo Kid vs Oscuridad, Rió Bravo, Tito Santana II
Cinthia Moreno, El Alebrije, Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Diabólica, Monsther, Sexy Francis
Psicosis II © vs Histeria for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship
Zumbido vs Oriental, Antifaz del Norte, Incógnito, Cuervo, Picudo
El Piero vs Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Octagoncito, La Parkita, Zumbido, Mini Psicosis, Rocky Marvin, Jerrito Estrada in a cage match
La Parka Jr., Luzbel, Octagón, Shocker vs Abismo Negro, Chessman, Cibernético, Tinieblas Jr.

does not air
El Guerrillero, King Boy, Sádico vs Diabólico, Inframundo, Transmetal

2005-08-01: unknown arena, unknown city, unknown state 

does not air
Cuervo & Gran Apache vs Billy Boy & Decnnis – a rare match from Central America where a location never came up.

2005-08-19: Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla 
Cinthia Moreno, el Ángel, Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Sexy Piscis vs Jerrito Estrada, La Diabólica, May Flowers, Picudo
Estrella Dorada Jr., Histeria, Oriental vs Hator, Psicosis II, Zumbido
Charly Manson © vs Zorro © for the UWA World Light Heavyweight Championship and for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship
Luzbel, Octagón, Tinieblas Jr. vs Alliens, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan
Cibernético vs La Parka Jr., Shocker

errata: airs twice, again after 08/26.

2005-08-21: Palenque de la Feria, Pachuca, Hidalgo 
Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
La Parkita & Máscarita Sagrada 2000 vs Jerrito Estrada & Mini Abismo Negro
Alan Stone, Histeria, Oriental vs Hator, Psicosis II, Zumbido
El Alebrije, Voodoo, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Monsther, Pirata Morgan
La Parka Jr., Shocker, Vampiro vs Chessman, Cibernético, Paranoia

errata: first three matches are listed as not airing on US TV

2005-08-26: Salon 21, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal 
Anthony W. Mori, BXB Hulk, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Hator, Mr. Águila
Máscarita Sagrada 2000 & Novillerito vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Psicosis
El Alebrije, La Parka Jr., Martha Villalobos, Pimpinela Escarlata vs El Brazo, Monsther, Polvo de Estrellas, Tiffany [captain hair]
Latin Lover, Shocker, Vampiro vs Abismo Negro, Cibernético, Psicosis II

2005-09-10: Centro de Convenciones, Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas
does not air

2005-09-30: Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California 
does not air

2005-10-01: Mexicali, Baja California 
Octagón, Triple A, Zorro vs Alliens, Charly Manson, Konnan
Abismo Negro, Nikozuna, Paranoia vs La Parka, Shocker, Vampiro

does not air
Airon Boy, Genio del Aire, Luminoso vs Ángel Negro Jr., Animaniac, Espia Chino
Billy Boy & Estrellita vs Gran Apache & Tiffany
Diamantina, King Azteca, Psicosis II vs Histeria, Nautilius, Oriental

2005-10-14: Auditorio Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes 
Martha Villalobos, Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Polvo de Estrellas, Shika vs Jerrito Estrada, La Hechicera, May Flowers, Policeman
Laredo Kid, Príncipe Diamante, Rey Cometa vs Ángel Mortal, Kaoma Jr., Rió Bravo
Oriental & Zumbido vs Audaz Jr., Charly Manson, el Ángel, Fantasma Jr., Gran Apache, Hator in a battle royal match
el Ángel vs Gran Apache for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match
Abismo Negro, Monsther, Pirata Morgan vs El Alebrije, Sangre Chicana, Tinieblas Jr.
Fatu & Shocker vs La Parka Jr. & Vampiro

does not air
Disturbio Negro & Kiss Jr. vs Black Finder & Dark Boy

2005-10-20: Gimnasio Marcelino Gonzalez, Zacatecas, Zacatecas 
Laredo Kid, Príncipe Diamante, Rey Cometa vs Ángel Mortal, Kaoma Jr., Rió Bravo
Audaz Jr., Billy Boy, Fantasma Jr. vs Gran Apache, Hator, Zumbido
Martha Villalobos vs Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita, Tiffany, La Diabólica, Mujer Demente, La Hechicera, Princesa Blanca in a battle royal match
Fantasma Jr. vs Hator for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match and in a tournament match
La Parka Jr., Luzbel, Tinieblas Jr. vs Espectro Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan
Vampiro & Zorro vs Charly Manson & Shocker

does not air:
Kamikaze & Tauro vs Ráfaga & Sombra Infernal

2005-10-30: Arena Coliseo Monterrey 
Gran Apache, Rió Bravo, Tito Santana II vs Billy Boy, Laredo Kid, Príncipe Diamante
Medico, Monje Negro Jr., Sergio Romo Jr. vs Antifaz del Norte, Incógnito, Pimpinela Escarlata
Electroshock, Intocable, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Psicosis II, Zumbido
Pirata Morgan vs Sangre Chicana, Hator, Estrella Dorada Jr. in a cage match and for the hair
La Parka Jr. & Vampiro vs Abismo Negro & Konnan

does not air:
Chamaco Maravilla Jr. & Dark Side vs Chica de Arabia & Rey Venus

errata: listed as Chilpancingo on the stream

2005-11-07: Domo de la Feria, León, Guanajuato 
Alan, Billy Boy, Decnnis, Rey Cometa vs Ángel Mortal, Gallego, Gran Apache, Mr. Cóndor
Charly Manson vs Audaz Jr. for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match and in a tournament match
Alan Stone, el Ángel, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Espantapájaros I, Hator, Sergio Romo Jr.
Electroshock, Intocable, Sangre Chicana vs Chessman, Shocker, Zumbido
La Parka Jr., Octagón, Zorro vs Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Cibernético

2005-11-12: Teziutlan, Puebla 
Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz vs Javi, Jesse, Kevin
La Diabólica, Rosy Ventura, Tiffany vs Estrellita, Karina Duval, Martha Villalobos
Zumbido vs Oriental for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match
Apocalipsis (AAA), Gran Apache, Pirata Morgan vs Billy Boy, el Ángel, Pimpinela Escarlata
Charly Manson & Psicosis II vs Electroshock & Histeria
Abismo Negro, Chessman, Shocker vs Intocable, La Parka Jr., Sangre Chicana

does not air:
Chavo Banda, Dragón Star, Ray Renteria vs Quasimodo, Ricky Estrada, Yango

errata: listed as Puebla on the stream.

2005-11-25: Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro 
Billy Boy, Laredo Kid, Rey Cometa vs Gran Apache, Kaoma Jr., Rió Bravo
Charly Manson vs Zumbido for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament match
el Ángel, Electroshock, Histeria vs Abismo Negro, Hator, Psicosis II
Intocable vs Shocker in a bull terrier match
La Parka Jr., Octagón, Zorro vs Chessman, Cibernético, Espíritu

does not air:
Dragón de Oriente I, Dragón de Oriente II, Estrella Fugaz vs Atómico, Dance Boy, Red Star Jr.

2005-11-19: Plaza de Toros Monumental, Apizaco, Tlaxcala
el Ángel vs Fantasma Jr. in a tournament quarterfinal match and for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament match
Intocable & Zorro vs Charly Manson & Shocker
El Alebrije, La Parka Jr., Octagón vs Chessman, Cibernético, Espíritu
Flecha Veloz & Súper Fly vs Pervso I & Pervso II
Espíritu, Picudo, Silver Cat vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
Billy Boy, Histeria, Oriental vs Gran Apache, Psicosis II, Zumbido

errata: second half of the card airs first

2005-12-10: Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco 
Shika vs Chaman for the hair
Cinthia Moreno & Oriental vs Gran Apache & Tiffany for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship and in a tournament semifinal match
Chessman & La Diabólica vs Billy Boy & Estrellita for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship and in a tournament semifinal match
Cinthia Moreno & Oriental vs Chessman & La Diabólica for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship and in a tournament final match
Electroshock, Intocable, Zorro vs Charly Manson, Pirata Morgan, Zumbido
Shocker vs Sangre Chicana for the hair
Abismo Negro, La Parka Jr., Latin Lover vs Cibernético, Cuervo, Escoria

does not air:
Kaoma Jr., Oscuridad, Rió Bravo, Tito Santana II vs Hombre Sin Miedo, Laredo Kid, Príncipe Zafiro, Rey Cometa
Jerrito Estrada, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psicosis vs Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Máscarita Sagrada Jr. II, Octagoncito

2005-12-17: Plaza de Toros Belisario Arteaga, Chilpancingo, Guerrero 
Máscarita Sagrada 2000, Octagoncito, Prince Star vs Jerrito Estrada, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman
Costeno, Decnnis, Súper Fly vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz

does not air:
Zumbido vs Fantasma Jr. for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and in a tournament semifinal match
Electroshock, Pimpinela Escarlata, Televisa Deportes vs Casandro, Charly Manson, Chessman
Intocable, La Parka Jr., Zorro vs Alan Stone, Shocker, Zumbido
Vampiro vs Cibernético

Errata: The AAA twitch switches over to 2011 after showing the first two matches. The minis match has Mascarita Sagrada wearing the a proto-Mascarita Dorada mask.

Negro Casas 40th anniversary show, ROH in CMLL, Crash 08/03, MexaWrestling anniversary, AAA in Veracruz

Negro Casas

On yesterday’s CMLL Informa, Negro Casas announced his 40th Anniversary show will be on August 3rd. He’ll team with Blue Panther & Atlantis against Fuerza Guerrera, Octagon, and Solar. Casas brought up the early career match he had with Fuerza Guerrera which went really well and helped them. He also complained about Fuerza and Octagon challenging each other for their masks forever and decided to put them on the same side for once. Casas also wanted to see Solar and Atlantis, two Diablo Velasco trainees, wrestle so he’s got them on opposite sides. Casas wanted to team with Blue Panther & Atlantis, so they’re part of it.

That means Fuerza and Atlantis are on opposite sides, six weeks out from the Anniversario show. CMLL could still set that up as the match, has tended to start stories with outsiders on the second time they’re in. On the other hand, six weeks seems a short build to set up a Fuerza Guerrera mask match.

Casas had previously hinted about wanting Hijo del Santo to be part of this show, and it seems like that must’ve been turned down. CMLL and Santo have been on bad terms for a long time, either side could’ve said no.

CMLL and ROH officially announced Matt Taven, The Briscoes, and Christopher Daniels to appear in early August. The Briscoes and Daniels had been announced previously by Pura Raza, where they’ll be wrestling on Saturday. CMLL trips are usually for a while, often for a full weekend, but these guys will only be in for one show each. The Briscoes & Taven will be on the 08/03 show, where Matt Taven will give Volador Jr. a return match for the NWA Welterweight Championship. Daniels will only be on the 08/05 show, the usually not-streamed Sunday show.

ESPN has a really good article on the CMLL Micros, especially Microman. The origin story is Microman liked wrestling, KeMonito asked Ultimo Guerrero if he’d train him, UG said sure, UG found out Microman wanted to be a wrestler and not just a mascot, UG was stumped because there was no one else Micro’s size to work with, then talked to other mascots and found out they wanted to wrestle as well. There’s a mention of the CMLL Minis division supposed to be five foot and under how it’s strayed, “a recent champion of the division was 5′ 6 3/4″.” That sure sounds like Astral. Microman’s favorite wrestler is Mascarita Dorada.

Guatemala’s FMLL, which brings in Mexico based wrestlers every couple months, yesterday posted a signed apuesta contract with Atlantis, local legend Voltron, and local rudo Hacha Diabolica to take place later this year. Diabolica would be putting up his hair (and be losing) with the other two putting up his mask. Atlantis has worked the promotion before so it’s likely this is happening.

Psycho Clown talks about TripleMania and his character origin to Ovaciones. Dorian Roldan was the one who wanted to bring back the Clowns idea but with a new concept, and Psycho says he came up with mixing Gene Simmons and a wig for his mask. Psycho Clown feels AAA is growing around the world. He went to New York last year and there were five children who knew him. This year, there were thirty. My doubts about AAA running MSG are clearly unfounded with those numbers.

Pagano says we’re seeing a new darker non-dancing La Parka because of recent events in AAA. I’m not sure serious La Parka is a great idea but is there any version of this AAA La Parka that’s a good idea?

The TripleMania XXVI edition of AAA’s Panini sticker album has been spotted, though it’s not yet been officially announced by AAA. It’ll probably be out around the same time they announce the card. EDIT: two minutes later, Panini announced the album will be released tomorrow.

AAA will have a show in Bogota, Colombia on November 16th, as mention in that article. Hugo Savinovich mentioned this on commentary in between matches on Friday’s TV taping as well. Tickets are going on sale on Monday, so AAA may announce more on in the next few days.

There are Lucha Underground caps available at Lids.com. Or these are old ones I’ve forgotten. The Pentagon Dark one is the Perros del Mal scratch logo; I wonder if whoever put that together knew that. I would get it if didn’t say Pentagon Dark on the side.

AroLucha, claiming incredible demand, has reopened their funding for another week. This was one of the funniest things I’ve read this month. They have indeed gotten an extra funder since reopening, but the money amount listed funded looks like it went down $21 from what I captured.

Espectrito, brother of the recently deceased Piratita Morgan, says Pirata Morgan is trying to sell the rights to be his mini to someone soon, claiming the money will be donated to the deceased minis widow. Espectrito says the big Pirata sold the rights to the name to his character and shouldn’t be selling them again (and doesn’t think the money would be going to his widow.)

There will be 10 hours of wrestling at Mexico City’s Zocalo on Saturday, though the person responsible for it – El Fantasma – says he has no idea who will be wrestling, or what matches will be happening. Sounds exciting.

GCW announced Psicosis (Nicho) for their 09/21 show in New Jersey.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/24/2018 Arena México
1) Leono & Sonic vs El Coyote & Grako
2) La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Marcela vs La Seductora, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Audaz vs Tritón [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Title match this week means a reset this week (and maybe nothing set up at all.) Hechicero leaves the announce desk to wrestle this time. Audaz and Triton have similar styles, which sometimes means they don’t mesh together in a lightning match. It’ll be interesting to see how that one goes.

Sonic, the modern day Frisbee, hasn’t been seen since last December. He hasn’t shown up much outside of CMLL either.

CMLL (TUE) 07/24/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Joker, Magnum, Micro vs Carlo Roggi, Mr. Apolo, Ráfaga
2) Explosivo, Magnus, Starman vs Akuma, Frezzer, Yago
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Okumura, Pólvora, Tiger
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Rush vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

This is also a reset week. Atlantis and Rush have a title match on Monday, team on Tuesday. What if Tiger became a Revolucionario? What if Tiger became Japanese?

RIOT (SAT) 07/28/2018 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Último Ninja vs Erick Ortiz
2) Kaientai & Lord Byron vs Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
3) Madness vs Baby Xtreme
4) Lady Flammer vs Keyra
5) Caifan II & Furor vs Kratoz & Prometo
6) Chik Tormenta vs Tony Rodríguez (Jalisco)

All this and a Sammy Guevara birthday party. My card order is probably wrong.

The Crash (FRI) 08/03/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Cósmico, Craven, X-Peria vs Búfalo Ayala, Star Boy, Zarco
2) Rey Horus vs Titán (CMLL)
3) Fatu & Garza Jr. vs El Mesías & Terrible
4) El Bandido & Flamita vs Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos and Soberano Jr. & Stuka Jr.
5) Trent Seven & Tyler Bate vs Bestia 666 & Mr. 450
6) Pete Dunne vs Daga vs Dragón Lee (CMLL)

Slightly different tag matches than the post implied. I’m happy Brookes & Lykos have a warmup match against Bandido & Flamita before they come my way (but this one should be good too. You’re spending a lot on bringing people in when you have Horus & Titan as your segunda.

No, this won’t stream. As reminded, card subject to change.

MEXA WRESTLING (SAT) 08/04/2018 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) 1 vs 234567891011121314151617181920 [Copa Mexa]
2) Tiger vs Metaleón
3) Lady Maravilla vs Keyra
4) Arez, Erick Ortiz, Mr. Iguana vs Centurion, Látigo, Séptimo Dragón
5) The King vs Titán (CMLL)
6) El Bandido & Flamita vs Eterno & Steve Pain
7) Toxin vs Fly Star [mask]

That opener is a Royal Rumble, which seems like a challenging thing to run on a day where everyone is booked in two different places and are in some sort of hurry. This is a really good card but going to be hurt because many of these people are around a lot and the ROH guys are not.

AAA TV (FRI) 08/10/2018 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz, Veracruz
1) Angelikal, Dinastía, Vanilla vs Draztick Boy, La Hiedra, Villano III Jr.
2) Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid (Estado de México), Niño Hamburguesa vs Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider
3) Ciclón Ramírez, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
4) Aerostar & Drago vs Hijo de LA Park & Taurus
5) La Máscara, Laredo Kid, Máximo vs Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
6) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park vs Pagano

Not official by AAA yet, but released by local promoters. The main event sticks out: Dr. Wagner Jr. says he’s done with AAA, continues to be listed on the card. Sometimes, Dr. Wagner lies. Sometimes, AAA lies. It’s tiring to figure which person is lying all the time.

AAA is running a lot of four ways on house shows as a preview for TripleMania (and probably after TripleMania), so it’s no surprise one is happening here. It’s more a surprise Fantasma is on the card and being kept out of it.

Laredo Kid is appearing as an Elite wrestler on Saturday’s show, and this would be his next date (in a pretty high position.) Ciclon Ramirez makes his debut, like as another Elite luchador. He was one of the more promising Elite wrestlers in 2016, and I haven’t seen him a lot since. Iron Kid & Draztick Boy are back after doing well in Arena Aficion.

No Fenix on this show; it looks he’s only working the Chalco date before TripleMania, just like Penta is only working one AAA date before TripleMania. Outside of Jarrett winning the main title at TripleMania, there’s no title matches or any obvious title programs on any of these shows. I’m not sure they need to have them, but it does stick out how they’re not a priority at the moment.

The 08/18 (Saturday) taping in Chalco is the only one left pre-TripleMania without an announced lineup. That, and maybe even TripleMania, could turn up next week.

great match roundup, week of 2018-07-07

Dragon Bane (did we ever figure out why they had the frame lines on the picture all night?)

this week

That’s a lot of wrestling, and I never really wrote a review of the GALLI show. Maybe too much? I feel tired and I still need three more posts and a preview to finish this week. Maybe everything is too much.

Of the three great matches, I’d pick the Panthers/Cats match first, then the AAA match, then the title match. The MOTYC list is updated.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-10 2018-07-10
great Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire vs Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
great Valiente & Volador Jr. © vs Rush & Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
good Ace Perry, Bryce Benjamin, Manny Cortez, Marshe Rockett vs Bradly Prescott, Jonathan Wolf, Shawn Kemp, Tripp Cassidy Perry, Benjamin, Cortez, Rockett vs Bradly Prescott, Wolf, Kemp, Cassidy (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2018-07-08 2018-07-08
good Isai Rivera & Joe Alonzo vs Golden Dragón & Gringo Loco Isai Rivera & Joe Alonzo vs Golden Dragón & Gringo Loco (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2018-07-08 2018-07-08
good Aeroboy © vs DJZ [GALLI CHAMP] Aeroboy © vs DJZ [GALLI CHAMP] (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2018-07-08 2018-07-08
good Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider vs Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
good Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
good Aerostar, La Máscara, Máximo vs Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
good Audaz, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
good Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Atómico & Lady Apache vs Ludark Shaitan & Slayer Atómico & Lady Apache vs Ludark Shaitan & Slayer (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2018-07-08 2018-07-08
ok Fishman Jr. & Golden Star vs Bandolero Star & Furia Roja Fishman Jr. & Golden Star vs Bandolero Star & Furia Roja (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2018-07-08 2018-07-08
ok Asturiano & Meyer vs King Rocker & Sombra DiabólikaLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-09 2018-07-09
ok Rey Cometa, Rey Samuray, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-09 2018-07-09
ok Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Mr. Niebla, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-09 2018-07-09
ok La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Carístico, Euforia in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-09 2018-07-09
ok Pegasso vs Virus in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-10 2018-07-10
ok Audaz, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-10 2018-07-10
ok Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-10 2018-07-10
ok Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Golden Magic, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
ok Pagano & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
ok Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr. vs Metálico & Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
ok Dalys vs La Jarochita in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
ok Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-07-13 2018-07-13
not rated Arkalis & Black Tiger vs Espanto Jr. & King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-09 2018-07-09
not rated Astral, Lestat, Star Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-09 2018-07-09
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-10 2018-07-10
not rated Magnus, Retro, Sangre Imperial vs Akuma, Inquisidor, Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-07-10 2018-07-10

 

Lucha Underground 4×6: Break the Machine

the spin makes it hurt more

Matches

Dezmond X beat Paul London (4:14, bodyscsissors cradle, ok) for an Aztec Medallion
The Mack won a battle royal over King Cuerno, Ivelisse, Dezmond X, Dragon Azteca, Mil Muertes, Son of Havoc (2:01, ok)
Vibora beat Johnny Mundo (8:51, twisting chokeslam, good)
Pentagon Dark beat Brian Cage to keep the Lucha Underground championship (6:46, package piledriver, good)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark
Gift of the Gods: vacant
Aztec Medallions: Dragon Azteca Jr., King Cuerno, Ivelisse, the Mack, Son of Havoc, Mil Muertes, Dezmond X
Trios Champions: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc
Died This Season (6): Jeremiah Crane (casket), Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits)

Happenings

Dezmond headscissors

This was not a big week of shakeups on Lucha Underground, but everything else seemed a little bit off from normal.

Take the opener. Paul London and the Rabbit Tribe were off – apparently a darker Rabbit Tribe after last week’s murder – and figured to beat the Dezmond X. Instead, X won cleanly and earned the final Medallion. Antonio Cueto proceeded directly to the ceremony of placing all the Medallions in the belt directly after, something that hasn’t been seen in-arena for a while. (During this, Matt Striker mentioned that some of the luchadors had been hearing about this belt since they were young, which doesn’t seem to fit with Dario coming up with the idea three seasons ago.) All seven luchadors where assembled in the ring when Antonio explained he didn’t like the number seven and ordered an immediate battle royal. The winner would get to pick one person to be eliminated from next week’s title match. Mil Muertes destroyed everyone until Havoc and Mack teamed up to send him out, so, after Havoc eliminated himself to give Mack the victory, the Mack wisely decided to eliminate Muertes. Muertes proceeded to destroy everyone for this offense except for Mack. Mack’s in the Gift of the Gods match next week and has a beating from Mil coming at some point.

The title match also felt a little bit off. It was not much longer than the Penta/Mantaza match, with Penta just getting in the right position to kick off for his Destroyer/package piledriver melody. That was enough to put down the Machine for the win, but not enough to put Cage done for the arm break. Cage ended up giving Penta a F5 on the belt, and the title match hasn’t ended this feud.

The Reptile Tribe versus Worldwide Underground feud is not close to over. The Vibora/Johnny Mundo match saw Taya, Kobra Moon, PJ Black, Drago, Daga and Ricky Mundo all get involved and brawl even after the match was over. In between, Vibora beat Mundo relatively clean in by far his longest match in this promotion. That didn’t get anyone closer to settling it.

The only vignette tonight saw XO Licious having some Flashdance fantasies post workout, without realizing Jack Evans was stalking him. Ricky Mundo found Jack, upset he wasn’t part of the previous brawl. Jack was annoyed about Ricky and his creepy doll Rosa. Jack walked off, and Rosa suggested doing to Jack what they did to Angelico. It’s still unclear what that is, but it doesn’t seem like they bought him a first-class flight to Europe and one of those neck pillows.

Thoughts

Mundo diving into nothingness

This was an OK show. It was hurt a little bit because Penta & Cage wasn’t the epic that some Lucha Underground title matches have been, and that’s becoming a pattern with Penta title matches this season. The post-match was a tease for more, and maybe they were saving something back for whenever that’ll be happening.

Dezmond X(avier)’s lack of creativity in character was surpassed in the ring, where he got to show some cool offense with newly evil Paul London. The Rabbit Tribe doing not a lot more besides London in a black outfit seemed a little let down after last week’s bit. Maybe they’ll get to it later, and maybe they didn’t want London to lose in a bigger match quite yet. Mil being taken out of the Gift of Gods match was transparently that way, something where Mil isn’t going to be challenging soon but they didn’t want him to take another loss. They’re definitely setting up a Mack/Muertes feud, and that’s not a pairing I would’ve expected.

The battle royal wasn’t much of a match and the Medallion presentation ate up a lot of time on a show with a hurried main event. It makes sense for the overall picture because it gave an opening for Striker to explain/re-explain some ideas about the tribes and the Medallions. If they’re going heavy on the series lore, this show could use a bit more of that. Someone must’ve thought the show needed some late changes; there was a lot of Striker commentary obviously redone after the fact, and the crowd booing Cage after his attack sounded faker than usual.

Vibora’s been a Johnny Mundo project during the “off season.” It wasn’t a big surprise this match took place, so they could do it for ‘real’. All the interference meant these two were wrestling for less than the time would indicate, but Vibora did look a lot better than the last time we saw him. I mean, he could barely put one foot in front of another last time, so the bar wasn’t high, but he was able to flip over the bar. It’s mostly Vibora on offense, and selling is going to be the bigger challenge but destroying people is kind of what he should be doing. He was able to take Mundo’s reverse huracanrana, and I don’t think that would’ve happened last year. Vibora’s still not smooth and I don’t need a big singles run for him, but he’s got more to offer to the role now than just being tall. I wish they had a better angle of Mundo’s dive onto Kobra Moon, because it seemed like she was destroyed but we couldn’t really tell. Street clothes Daga was cooler than expected, and Drago no longer wearing the slave chain around his neck suggested to me that these reptiles are meant to be the técnicos.