Drago, Psycho Clown, TayabeatAyako Hamada, Blue Demon Jr., Rey Escorpión
(16:41, Psycho Clown torito Rey Escorpion, ok, 02:29:25)
Demon had the match won via foul but Wagner came out and attacked his hand with a hammer, taking him out of action.
Texano pinned Murder Clown after a distraction by La Hiedra and a foul.
Hijo del Vikingo appeared to apologize for being unable to wrestle due to injury. Averno attacked him. Myzteziz & Parka tried to make the save but were attacked by Argenis. Argenis has a beef over Myzteziz using a Mistico family mask. Argenis attacked Myteziz again after his match, causing Myzteizz to bleed from the head after a chair shot.
Abismo Negro Jr., Octagon Jr. (third version) and Bengala (third version) all made their debuts under those names on the show.
The main event brawl didn’t come off as well as some others, missing some wildness that was found in other matches. There were a few headscissors that looked pretty awful once they got back in the ring, but including the women didn’t really change this from the usual AAA main event formula. Wagner being advertised this show and only appearing to hammer Demon’s hand seemed to be a let down. Maybe not for the crowd, who seemed to enjoy it.
The rudos sell a lot for Murder Clown and Murder Clown doesn’t sell a lot of for them, which is making Murder Clown into a big star. He’s not really given anything to do and I’m not sure what they should be doing with him, but he shined brighter than both his partners before taking the loss. Aerostar seemed to get hurt but still was going a lot of his usual stuff. The crowd liked Hamburguesa against these rudos but maybe not with the urgency of before TripleMania. Like the rest of the undercard, this was enjoyable without getting too serious.
They were going for a great match in the three-way tag and it just didn’t work. There was some good creative and an attempt to bring back a spot from the GCW/BLP spot last week, but they just didn’t work out. It didn’t seem like the match was clicking with the fans, in part due the usual unfamiliarity with the foreigners (and AAA doing nothing to introduce them, as they did with all the new people on this show.) It’s possible they may have burned out a crowd that just wanted to see Psycho Clown by this point. Everyone worked hard and there were highlights, it just didn’t work out like I think they were hoping. The cameras missing both the three count and the dive before it didn’t help.
The tercera got more time than usual but it didn’t really wasn’t quite as exciting as the other ones. I think there were still some good moments but it didn’t come together any big, with the crowd getting into Big Mami’s spots but not a lot else. Octagon & Abismo worked together well but I’m unconvinced Abismo can pull off the character and nothing that happened here changed my mind. Octagon basically wrestled the same as Golden Magic, which isn’t idea for a martial arts character but at least is enough to get a reaction. Abismo Negor needed a moment of his own and since Eterno doesn’t have many, it probably needed to be an Abismo Negro one. I was waiting for a martinete that didn’t come and he’s going to need a moment like that to work. Without one, Abismo Negro Jr. is going to quickly feel like the third versions of Psicosis and Histeria, guys in suits who never got anywhere in AAA out of it.
The tecnicos looked solid in the second match. Arkangel Divino had a good debut in the new gimmick if he made it very obvious that he was under the mask. Eclipse had an inventive final stretched before Poder del Norte destroyed him. This was about at the level of most of the recent Poder del Norte matches, where they help the tecnicos look spectacular for about six minutes and then destroy them for the last three. The destruction remains good, but they remain ready for something a bit more.
The opener was the usual AAA opener match with craziness. Toxin seemed to get the high score with the diving senton to the floor but Low Rider was also doing ill-advised things. This didn’t seem to build to any particular big finish but it kept on the absurd level for most of the match. Perhaps the weirdest thing was Aramis & Toxin doing good mat work to start a match, which is not something normally done in AAA
I’m heading to Los Angeles for PWG’s BOLA tournament for the next few days. I think I’m still going to be posting news, but the schedule may be off. Don’t count on a CMLL stream Friday.
CMLL (TUE) 09/17/2019Arena México [Lucha Central, Notimex, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores]
1) Leono & Retro b Inquisidor & Yago
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. rudos took 1/3
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso, Sagrado, Tiger tecnicos took 1/3
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Audaz, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. NGD took 2/3.
6) Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario straight falls, Volador faking a foul in the second.
Volador/Cavernario seems more about building up the cage match than having a memorable match of their own. The other matches weren’t as a big deal.
The minis match is a good occasion to point out Mercurio finished up here back on 08/27. It was apparently his decision, having found non-wrestling work elsewhere. It is possible he’ll be back but not a certainty. That would seem to open up a spot for another mini rudo, but Pierrothito has started appearing full time more often since then, so maybe that just takes care of it.
CMLL (TUE) 09/17/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Gran Kenut b Fugaz, Johnny Dinamo, Principe Daniel Rudos took 2/3. Fugaz returned a couple of days after an injury.
2) Explosivo, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante b Cholo, Difunto, El Coyote tecnicos took 2/3
3) Metálica b La Jarochita [MEX WOMEN] Metalica took 1/3, for her 1st defense
4) Kráneo, Titán, Volcano b Difunto, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero Difunto replaced Hechicero.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Esfinge b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Esfinge replaced Diamante Azul. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul Diamante Azul replaced Dragon Lee. UG took 2/3, the last via mask pull.
Mascara 2000 announced he would be committed to wrestling 100% thru the end of the year but would wrestle sporadically in 2020. It’s not that the 61-year-old wrestler is looking to retire from the ring, he just needs to focus on his music career. He made this announcement at a performance to promote his new album. Mascara 2000 hasn’t actually wrestled in CMLL in a month. Maybe he’s been in the studio.
TUDN has a story on the CMLL Aniversario show. TUDN is the current name of Univison’s sports network in the US and a technically different one in Mexico. The Mexico one ends with a reminder to watch CMLL on Nu9ve. They’ll surely be airing Aniversario on Saturday. CMLL hasn’t said anything about how they’re handling the live broadcast if they’re handling it at all. They might say something on CMLL Informa today, though that’s earlier than they’ve done of late.
MexaWrestling says their next show (10/05) will be a benefit show for Metaleon. He suffered an arm injury back in June and hasn’t wrestled since then. Metaleon underwent surgery last week, said to be paid for by PALL & IWRG. He’s out the rest of the year, and they’re trying to raise money to replace what he would’ve earned the next few months.
Vampiro has suspended his Go Fund Me campaign, saying the increased amount of wrestling bookings he’s getting now allows him to save money for his operation on his own.
CMLL Lady’s Ring, the promotion that had the Dalys title match, says their next show is 01/22. That’s about the time NJPW & CMLL runs FantasticaMania. It’s a Wednesday, so there’s probably not a conflict – it may actually be the usual off-day before the Korakuen Hall shows.
TripleMania will begin appearing on AAA’s YouTube channel this week. AAA also posted a Fenix promo hyping the title match with Fenix.
The AAA tour of Colombia has been postponed. It was originally 10/05 & 10/06 and now will take place on November 16 and November 17. The first set of dates conflicted with the Morelia taping, the next set conflicts with the (not yet official) Ciudad Juarez one, so it’s all about the same to AAA. The Soacha building is listed as 2,800 tickets on sale, while Tunja is 692, so these aren’t tough buildings to fill
IWRG has a very complicated list of prices for their annual Castillo del Terror show. This is the show where someone loses their mask in a cage match. It’ll take place on 10/31 this year.
PWR (SAT) 10/05/2019 Mt. Pleasant High School, San Jose, California
1) Hermano Azteca I & Hermano Azteca I vs El Gavilán & Zuca
2) Border Patrol, El Dinamita, Papo Esco vs Andy Brown, Fidel Bravo, Fuego
3) Rocky Romero vs Colt Stevens [PWR JR]
4) El Cucuy vs Xavion, Viento, Ultimo Panda [PWR OPEN]
5) Zeuxis vs Lady Apache [PWR WOMEN]
6) Último Dragón vs El Hijo Del Santo
This should be a big show. Santo is wrestling more of late but who knows when he and Ultimo Dragon will have a match again.
AAA , ELITE (SAT) 10/12/2019Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Big Mama & Faby Apache vs Rossy Moreno & Starfire
2) Dinastía & Máscara de Bronce vs Astral & Halcón 78 Jr.
3) Estrella Divina, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Oriental, Zumbi, Zumbido
4) Aerostar, Argenis, Drago vs Dr. Karonte Jr., King Balam, Verdugo
5) Averno & Chessman vs Golden Magic & Trittón
6) Psycho Clown & Rey Escorpión vs Trauma I & Trauma II
The Mecha Wolf matches were good, help by being just an outsider trying to work hard and pushing everyone else with them. This tag title match was a little bit too close to the last one to the point where you may not need to see both.
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Cuatrero, Terrible
(10:36 [1:32, 2:51, 6:13], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cavernario fouled Volador for the DQ as part of the build to the hair match to be announced the next day.
The main event was the most enjoyable match of the night, the tecnicos getting the crowd to react well running their offense. It seemed like the usual formula might not work when the Chavez brothers were loudly booed on corner dropkicks. The crowd was more favorable to the showcases in the third fall. The DQ wasn’t great but they have headed there all match and it was leading to the next day’s announcement.
The end of the second fall was dismal, with Flyer’s timing off and Atlantis moving like a 70-year-old man. The rest is not as bad but not many highlights. Atlantis turning into a lesser version of La Parka is not really the way anyone wanted to see him go.
Guerrero Maya Jr. was one of the most creative CMLL luchadors. What happened in the lightning match was instead a pretty standard match of a few of his simpler high spots leading to taking Polvora’s finish. It was a simple match.
A match where everyone seemed to be in the right place but no one seemed all that excited about it. Dark Magic stuck out as so set in getting in the right spot (which he was as far as I could) that he was unaware an audience was watching. A lot going on.
CMLL (MON) 09/16/2019Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Ares, Black Tiger, Policeman b Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer, Tigre Rojo Jr. 16:38. Rudos took 2/3. Hijo de Centella Roja’s first match here since February.
2) Lluvia, Sanely, Skadi b Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany 19:57. Tecnicas took fall 1, rudas took falls 2, Metalica & Lluvia ended fall three on a double pin. They fought post match.
3) Dulce Gardenia, Rey Cometa, Stigma b Okumura, Olímpico, Perverso 13:31. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Flyer b Hijo del Villano III, Templario, Vangellys 9:43. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Soberano Jr. b Carístico, Místico, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles] 10:07. Team Casas took 1/3, with Casas sneaking a foul in on Caristico. Caristico wanted a singles match next week.
This was on three hours earlier, so I waited for it to be over and then watched it. That wasn’t a good idea. The Mexico City edecanes dance numbers were the only extra effort on the show.
Lluvia/Metalica seems to be coming soon. The main event feud has gone from Dragon Lee/Volador to Terrible/Casas to Caristico/Casas, so I’m not entirely sure that singles match is happening next week.
Sounded like this was a pretty good if very long show, though the main event didn’t go well.
Klandestino (MON) 09/16/2019Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fandango & Multifacetico b Chilango & Mr. Pachuco
2) Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata, Centella Oriental, Mexica b Cometa, Leviatham, Sádico, Yoruba Cometa replaced Impulso
3) Aeroboy, Trauma I, Trauma II b Emperador Azteca, Multifacetico, Último Legendario Multifacetico replaced Imposible.
4) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Rey Fénix (Indie) DDQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Dragón Lee (CMLL), La Bestia Del Ring double DQ when Fenix & Dragon Lee pulled each other’s mask. They kept brawling afterwards.
5) Rush b LA Park and Penta 0M Rush pinned Penta after a foul.
Arena Lopez Mateos has had frightful crowds on Sundays with locals. They still can draw well when they bring in names (which I guess says something about the names on the Sunday cards, or just running on Sunday in general.) The building looks packed for this one. Fenix & Dragon Lee keep doing things in their matches as if they’re building up a feud and then also giving the impression they’d like to not wrestle each other again. Fenix was harsh towards Dragon Lee in a post-match interview.
AAA (MON) 09/16/2019Arena Neza [+LuchaTV]
1) Rey Caballero & Shaman Jr. b Laberinto & Príncipe Neza
2) Tiger Boy & Villano III Jr. b Dinastía & Eclipse Jr.
3) Faby Apache & Lady Shani b Keyra & Lady Maravilla Keyra’s return from injury (ankle) after two months
4) Neza Kid Jr. & Neza Kid Sr. DQ Dinamic Black & Súper Nova Dinamic Black replaced John Tito. Nova tossed his mask to draw the DQ.
5) Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Niño Hamburguesa Australian Suicide replaced Myzteziz
6) La Parka, Máximo, Octagón Jr. b Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown Octagon Jr. was the mystery wrestler
7) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr. DQ Fénix, Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown LA Park tossed his mask to Psycho
Seemed like a strong turnout out here as well. It is strange in retrospect that there was hope for Keyra to return in time for TripleMania when she’s just now stepping back into the ring a month later. Octagon Jr. is probably going to be surprise luchador a lot for the next month.
CMLL tonight has Volador/Cavernario in Arena Mexico. Volador & Cavernario have had a lot of good matches against each other, even if they tend to be the same match until the last minute or two. Volador did not have a strong match with Dragon Lee in his last high profile long-form singles match, though he did better playing a heel against Negro Casas. Not sure how they’ll end up playing it here. It is a Tuesday show, so maybe expectations should be kept in check.
This is an overall better Tuesday show than usual though. NGD took Audaz, Soberano and Stuka in the semi-main. The Panthers & Maya take on the midcard rudo squad of Misterioso, Sagrado, and Tiger. The full Cancerberos team up for the first time this year in Arena Mexico against Drone, Fuego and Star Jr. The show opens with a minis trios and a prelim tag match (where Yago exists again.) The show streams at the normal time of 7:30 pm.
Guadalajara tonight has Ultimo Guerrero vs Dragon Lee and Metalica vs La Jarochita for the Mexican Women’s championship. Metalica already getting into a feud with Lluvia tips the decision there. We probably won’t see it unless a fan takes their own video. Maybe less of a chance to see the whole thing, since I’ll be traveling and hoping the recording I set up works.
CMLL (SUN) 09/22/2019Arena México
1) Arkalis & Bengala vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) La Guerrera, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, La Infernal, La Seductora
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dark Magic, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys
4) Stuka Jr. vs Luciferno [lightning]
5) Soberano Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mr. Niebla, Templario
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja
Princesa Sugehit suffered what was reported as a concussion on June 1st, so this would be her return. There has been three Bengalas in the time that CMLL has had one Bengala, though I think AAA’s got more out of theirs.
CMLL (SUN) 09/22/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Cosmos & Fantástico vs Frenético & Thunder Boy
2) El Divino & Mágico vs Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo
3) Fugaz, Johnny Dinamo, Luminoso vs Exterminador, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte
4) Neutrón & Rayman vs Gran Kenut & León Blanco
5) Gallo, Javier Cruz Jr., Leo, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Maléfico, Sádico, Satánico
More people from the indies filing in here, as well as Satanico making an appearance. I guess Satanico could be the guy in charge here now, but I really don’t know.
MDA (SUN) 10/06/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Monsther, Legendario, Tempo vs Dick Angelo, Magnético, Raven
2) Chef Benito & Chicanito vs Mexica & Neza Kid
3) Demasiado & Yawy vs Alas de Oro & Alas De Plata
4) Hijo De Dos Caras vs Demonio Infernal
5) Aramis & Imposible vs Fly Warrior & Puma de Oro
6) El Divo & Sádico vs Trauma I & Trauma II
7) Carístico & Dragón Lee vs Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus
AAA hasn’t officially announced this card, though it’s being advertised locally (as 100% Confirmed.)
The main event looks like Blue Demon was busy that day. (He’s on the original poster.) I’m not sure how a relevos increibles match inside of a cage actually works. This seems like something that could set up Escorpion/Psycho or Chessman/Pagano to close out the year.
Fenix vs Kenny Omega is indeed on. This seemed like a tough match to put together when it was announced at TripleMania. Now that Omega is seemingly doing a losing streak book, maybe a finish isn’t so tough after all.
Figure on the mystery person(s?) in the Copa Antonio Pena to be more prelim guys in new gear. You may recall AAA trying that in last year’s match with Black Danger (Espectro) and Ultimo Maldito (Kahoz), and then quickly walking it all back.
My theories on why Daga won AAA Cruiserweight title shot in New York and now is challenging for the Latin American title
Laredo Kid was supposed to be in that match defending his title, they just changed it to a #1 contenders match without thinking about it when he was replaced (and Aerostar or Puma were meant to be in Chris Dickinson’s spot)
they just forgot which title Drago has
It’s strange to go from Big Mami/Nino Hamburguesa/Lady Maravilla stuff on almost every TV taping to nothing with those three together but they’re still getting a title shot. It does fit just keeping the stories in place in between each big show.
I would bet on the Octaogncito being a new Octagoncito. The last one is probably still Mini Rey Misterio and Konnan had said more minis would be debuting soon.
Note that this is a week after the Los Angeles show, where zero matches have been announced as of yet. It would be for the best to announce something while people are still talking about AAA at all, though perhaps waiting until the show airs on AXS on Friday might be the idea; time. Or, they’ll just not announce anything at all.
Volador pulled off Dragon Lee’s mask and pinned him in the second fall. Dragon Lee asked for a rematch.
I wish the Guerreros switched their finishes around in this one. It would’ve been more interesting if they had used the new hold in the third fall instead of ending this title match exactly how they ended the previous one between these two teams. The action was slightly better the first time and fresher; both teams put in a good effort but they didn’t really build on the first one as tour the match for a different fanbase. CMLL is for the live crowd so concerns about repeating is not such a concern. This was still good fun but I’m not sure you need to see both matches.
The Volador/Dragon Lee sequences were good enough to suck me in for a rematch, but the whole match wasn’t very much. They did work hard fro the time they went.
The random midcard tag match was notable for being a 2v2 one fall match where none is usually done, and there was good action as long as it went. It felt like it peaked in the opening exchanged and the rudos struggled to stay on the same page while in control. MechaWolf has generally done well in CMLL but something wasn’t fitting together right here. The other guys contributed but the Audaz/Templario sections were so good as to really wish they’d been able to have the scheduled singles match or at least finish this one out.
The relevos increibles aspect of the tercera really didn’t add anything to the quality of the match. Toro Bill was better as a tecnico than Stigma was as a rudo but neither really affected the quality of the average midcard match. Maybe it helped them be less bored but it didn’t really translate into anything memorable.
Astro’s been looking good in the openers and this was probably the best he’s been so far. He was getting big air and pulling off some nicely complicated stuff. I think Joker is one of the better local rudos and that helped, though Sombra Diabolika is more of a struggle. Sonic worked well alongside him and this seemed like the closest to a good opening match as possible in Arena Puebla.
While none of the ciberneticos hit the high end this year, the Gran Prix week still is enjoyable just for being something different than usual. This wasn’t the best selection of foreign talent but any different and capable people changing up the usual matchups in CMLL is a plus. Especially if you watch a lot of it.
(I initially had the Gran Prix as 08/31, as it didn’t really go on VOD until the next day and I use air dates. But I think that’s too pedantic even for me.)
The second RIOT show took place on the Saturday of this week. It was slightly better than the first night with the best match of the weekend, so maybe it’s the one to get if they offer them separately.
Carístico, Dragón Lee, Hechicero, Stuka Jr., Terrible, Último Guerrero, Valiente vs Dark Magic, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Okumura, Oráculoin a cibernetico match
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-26
Microman vs Chamuel
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-30
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Sansón, Templario
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-30
Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Forastero, Negro Casas, Rush, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Big Daddy, Delirious, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Luke Hawx, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Oráculoin a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-30
Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. vs El Perverso & Fuerza Chicana
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-26
Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-26
Místico vs Soberano Jr.
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-26
Robin vs Grakoin a lightning match
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-27
Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Vangellys
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-27
Audaz, Carístico, Stuka Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-27
La Jarochita & Marcela vs Dalys & La Metálica
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-30
Atlantis Jr., Audaz, Flyer vs Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Tiger
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-30
Carístico, Místico, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, Titán
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-30
La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Amapola & Tiffany
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-26
Angelito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-27
Pegasso, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
CMLL YouTube: 2019-08-27
Kráneo, Rey Cometa, Volcano vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
Mexa Wrestling , BELLO (SAT) 09/14/2019Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Sobredosis & Torito Negro b Kalibus & Zika and Baby Star Jr. & Shere Khan
2) Astrolux & Freelance b Príncipe Aéreo & Puma de Oro
3) Cinthia Moreno, Hahastary, Hija De La Gatubela b Black Fury, Guerrera Isis, Morgana
4) Black Terry, Centvrión, Fly Warrior b Hijo Del Rey Pantera (Veracruz), Rey Pantera (Veracruz), Slayer (Veracruz)
5) Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Súper Nova, Último Legendario DQ Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Sangre Chicana Jr. DQ for Herodes Jr. foul
6) Hijo del Fishman, Rocky Santana, Romano García b Fly Star, Toxin, Wotan Romano got ina foul on Toxin.
7) El Bandido b Emperador Azteca, Mr. Iguana
Sounds like this was a pretty good show. The semi-main might have gotten biggest reaction, with the main event struggling a bit with the ring.
Fugaz posted an update on his Facebook. He was knocked out for a couple of minutes after the top rope snapped on him in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. (Video here.) He says his neck was checked and is ok. He’s listed on Tuesday’s lineup, though that would’ve been done before the injury.
AAA Invading NY will air on AXS TV this Friday at 7 pm. The press release mentions the four advertised matches. Not sure if that means just those four, or if they just didn’t know the other matches when they wrote the press release. I would assume this is the Hugo/Striker version of the show. AAA’s relationship with Impact, whose parent company also owns AXS, is probably the reason this is happening. AXS currently airs NJPW, Women of Wrestling and will be adding Impact in October. They seem to be dropping a lot of their original programming, especially on the MMA side, so there may be an opening for affordable programming. AAA’s got English language programming from every taping that currently isn’t really being used. This could be just one show (or two shows with the LA one), but it could turn into more.
It’s hard to have paid for a $30 PPV air on a Sunday, then see it air on TV on a Sunday. It’s possible AAA/AXS didn’t reach the TV deal when they had the PPV on sale, given how recent the AXS deal is. I probably would end up buying the LA show anyway, but others who aren’t in a hurry would probably wait to see if it’ll air next time. I’m actually not sure if the AAA Invading LA show is on PPV; I think only the NY show was announced for that deal. Obviously, it’d be a really nice deal if the LA show was live on AXS for free as it was on Space in Mexico this time (and made available internationally somehow as well.)
This might be pilling on, but just to have it in print somewhere: the AAA people listed in a May press for the AAA show who didn’t appear: Averno, Dinastia, Golden Magic, Hijo del Tirantes, Hijo del Vikingo, La Hiedra, La Parkita, Lady Maravilla, Lady Shani, Mamba, Maximo, Myzteziz Jr., Nino Hamburguesa, Pagano, Piero, Pimpinela Escarlata, and Villano III Junior. La Parka was also pictured in the advertisement used for months for this show (and even wrote a column about how he was getting his visa.) Everything is not in AAA’s control or even their fault. It is still useful to remember that when they announce people, that doesn’t mean they’re sure they’ll be there. That’s a reality of AAA.
Puebla is three hours earlier today, starting at 6 pm due to the holiday. It’s not a super interesting card. Caristico, Mistico, and Terrible take on Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Soberano Jr., following on Terrible and Casas having issues last week. Things don’t always get followed up on here, so it’s just as likely to be any other combination feuding.
Atlantis teams with his son & Flyer against Hijo del Villano III, Templario and Vangellys in the semi-main. Rey Cometa, Stigma and someone (it’s listed as Triton; he says he’s in Jalisco) face Okumura, Olimpico, and Perverso. Tiffany, Metalica and Amapola meet Lluvia, Sanely, Skadi is a rare Arena Puebla trios women’s match; maybe a result of a lot of people being booked elsewhere. Policeman is in the opener. This show will be up on YouTube, whenever you choose to watch it. Or choose not to watch it.
Shoko Nakajima, of Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, is coming to CMLL for a couple of weeks in November. Everyone seems to say positive things about her in response to this news. Everyone always says positive things about Japanese women when they’re heading to Mexico. I’m not sure what that means or why that occurred to me in this case.
CMLL (TUE) 09/17/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fugaz, Johnny Dinamo, Principe Daniel vs Frezzer, Furia Roja, Gran Kenut
2) Explosivo, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante vs Cholo, Difunto, El Coyote
3) Metálica vs La Jarochita [MEX WOMEN] 1st defense
4) Kráneo, Titán, Volcano vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Último Guerrero vs Dragón Lee
Both singles matches were clear after last Tuesday’s show, though the full lineup hadn’t been out. Metalica/Jarochita being in fourth from the top means it is unlikely to air.
CMLL (SAT) 09/21/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Eléctrico, Halcón Suriano Jr., Robin vs Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor
3) Fuego, Magia Blanca, Pegasso vs Dark Magic, Disturbio, Nitro
4) Marcela vs Reyna Isis [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Carístico, Místico, Titán vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
A Saturday card.
DTU (THU) 09/26/2019Arena Aficion
1) Mandala vs Samuray Jr., Gran Cobra, Vengador Radioactivo, Dragón Suicida, Jitsu
2) ? vs ?? Torneo Alto Impacto de Jos Jovenes
3) Sobredosis vs Lunatik Fly, Mc Hardboy, Hijo De Dr. Pólux Jr., Hard Boy
4) Exótico & Pesadilla vs Hijo Del Picudo & Nigma and Brazo Celestial & Brazo Cibernetico Jr.
5) Aero Panther, Dragón Bane, Drolux vs Fight Panther, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Moria
6) Blue Panther Jr. vs Calibus, Brazo De Oro Jr.
7) Camuflaje & Penta Zero M vs Crazy Boy & Crazy King
Announced last week but I’m behind on lineups. Seems like a long time since Penta’s made an appearance in DTU, but it helps that they run Thursday shows. No names are listed in the second match. It looks like an all rookies match. The fourth match is maybe setting up a tag title match.
Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, Titán beat Carístico, Místico, Último Guerrero
(9:57 [1:41, 2:41, 5:35], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Forastero, Negro Casas, Rush, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. beat Big Daddy, Delirious, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King, Luke Hawx, Matt Taven, Mecha Wolf 450, Oráculoin a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match
(49:05, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:55 Rush corner dropkick Oraculo
19:45 Kenny King Royal Flush Forastero
23:55 Delirious top rope splash to the back Soberano
26:04 Cavernario reverse springboard splash Luke Hawx
28:17 Rush corner dropkick Delirious
29:21 Diamante Azul German suplex Kenny King
32:33 Mecha Wolf 450 splash Diamante Azul
34:28 DQ Rush [weapon usage]
38:43 Dragon Lee Descondora Mecha Wolf 450
42:23 Jay Briscoe Jay Driller Dragon Lee
44:03 Volador top rope huracanrana Matt Taven
45:41 Cavernario Rosa suplex Jay Briscoe
47:18 Big Daddy Rainmaker Cavernario
48:28 Negro Casas casita Big Daddy
49:05 Volador Jr. backcracker Negro Casas
Team Mexico eliminated three of Team World in a row, leaving them down to Mecha Wolf, Big Daddy, Matt Taven and Jay Briscoe pretty quickly. Team World remained behind most of the match. For reasons unclear, Dragon Lee threw a whole bunch of television cable in the ring after Rush hit the corner dropkick on Matt Taven, leading Rush to whip and choke Taven with it until he was disqualified.
Negro Casas beats Big Daddy as the last man on the foreign team, after a Cavernario trip (mostly missed by the cameras.) Everyone celebrates as if the match is over, except Volador attacks Negro Casas because the match isn’t over. Casas still gets in a casita on him, only for Big Daddy to pull the referee away. Volador wins via backcracker. He gets booed. Promos go back and forth, teasing some combination of Volador & Big Daddy vs Casas & Cavernario.
Zacarias seconded the Ultimo Guerrero team, as seemingly part of paying him to work this show despite not wanting him to be ringside for the Gran Prix. Gilbert stole a pin from Ciber in the first fall. Gilbert tried to do the same in the third fall but UG kicked out. This led to a smart use of CMLL’s usual obstinate refereeing. Both Ciber and Gilbert tried to cover UG, the referee got Gilbert to stand up and back off because only one person is allowed to cover, and Ciber used the distraction to get in a foul for the win. Ciber & Gilbert faced off, with both issuing challenges to Ultimo Guerrero.
Chamuel barreled into referee MicroAngel to take him out, then tossed his mask to Microman to draw the DQ. Mask challenges followed.
The hottest moments of this year’s Gran Prix are the initial scrums. The match never completely dies off but the crowd doesn’t seem to be loudly into much until the last few minutes. The action is kind of just fine most of the time, with everyone trying and no one really clicking. There just wasn’t a really strong stretch, and the end was flat. There was enough action to make it worth watching once but it’s not something I’d need to invest all that time in again. I think having an unknown group of wrestlers played a factor in the reactions, though it seemed like there was a similar problem last year. Mecha Wolf was the standout on the foreigner side, meshing well enough with Dragon Lee (outside of one spot) that you’d want to see them get a chance to do it again. I thought Jay Briscoe was good too, though his elimination spot takes three trios to sort out. Diamante Azul seemed like the worst guy in the match – his sequence with Kenny King was cringy and it wasn’t on King. Big Daddy might have actually been the least but they went out of their way to protect him, having him barely in before he was needed for the finishing sequence. Why Big Daddy is needed is an entirely different question. The idea here seemed to be emphasizing his size by putting him in the with talented small guys, but I’m not sure he really impressed. Not a lot here did, and this will just go down in the record books as having happened.
The semi-main was one of the lesser Ciber/UG and friends matches because the angle to get Gilbert involved with the feud derailed the match frequently in the first two falls. The third fall was solid if not exciting. Titan getting to work rudo, or at least do all his usual stuff and also some mask pulling, was a little different.
Microman & Chamuel was a good exhibition of Microman spots, though it could’ve benefited from a bit more aggression typical to mask match feuds. This wasn’t a great time for a Chamuel guillotine legdrop, need more clobbering instead. Chamuel really laid out MicroAngel on the referee bump, maybe the hardest hit of the magic. They’ve got room to go higher in the mask match.
The tercera got a little bit of time, enough to give a showcase for everyone. Templario’s agility stood out among the usual NGD/Chavez fighting. The match didn’t get too deep, there were no real near falls, but it was better than the average match in this spot.
The second match never really hit second gear. The big stuff they tried to didn’t come off as big; the stage dives were set up by some hard to ignore standing around by the rudos waiting to hit. Cuatrero was at least selling when Angel de Oro did the spot later. Atlantis Jr. came across as the best of the tecnicos, with Audaz never putting together a big moment. Flyer seemed the most focused on, an odd choice, but it also didn’t help that he was working with Rey Bucanero. They were on different pages in the third fall. This was usual trios filler and could’ve been more.
The women’s match featured that good psychology where the tecnicas won the second fall and started the third fall on the defensive. Dalys has to get in her moves, which seemed like the entire portion of the match. I wish they didn’t get in the brutal guillotine spot. This match wasn’t terrible and Metalica didn’t collapse so it was at least better than the last Friday women’s match. It seems a waste to use up an Aniversario spot on something that is clearly not over but I guess that could apply to many things.
Taking it out of context for a paragraph: this was an easy to watch AAA show. It was something akin to an AAA version of the CMLL FantasticaMania shows; it was about giving a slimmed down version of the usual product that would be enjoyed by a more casual audience who wanted to see the characters. There was no weapons or blood, there were no rudo referee spots, there weren’t much of angles. The only big rudo cheating moment was the segunda, which seems designed to set up those guys coming back later to get run off. What remains were the fun sort of matches that AAA has delivered often in 2019. Nothing was bad, some stuff was great (with 3/4/5/6 all getting mentioned as best of the night), and the show got done at a decent time. If you watched it, you left happy you watched. That’s the sense I got from the iPPV, and people who were there came away even stronger, hoping AAA would return in 2020. If you’re in Los Angeles and thinking about going, this was a good sign for what you’re going to get next month.
Placing it in a bigger context is mixed. The Hulu Theatre was full or close to it; 3,000 fans wouldn’t have looked good in MSG, but it came off as a successful event in the smaller room. AAA’s idea that people would show up if they just ran and didn’t do much more was correct, though we’re all left wondering if they might have been able to draw a decent crowd in MSG if AAA had done a better job of pushing the show all along. Another way of looking it at is they could’ve just announced the Hulu Theatre at first and this would be seen as a big success (along with “maybe they should’ve run the big arena!” stories), though I’m not sure any of this happens without the initial goal of being in MSG. As enjoyable as the show was, I’m not sure it’ll happen again with the way everything went down.
An issue going forward for is AAA clearly had massive problems getting their visas for this show, and tried their best to keep it quiet at the cost of not really being upfront with the fans about what was going on. AAA is lucky/smart to employ a lot of people who work independently and have their own visas to get into the United States because it doesn’t appear that anyone AAA would’ve requested visa for was approved in time for the show. (Dave the Clown is the only possible exception, but it would make more sense that Dave also has a visa of his own rather than he was the only one approved.) Even the referees, Hijo del Tirantes and Piero, didn’t make this show. Los Angeles people should expect this same general group of AAA wrestlers and a bunch of California based people to fill out the card there because it seems unlikely to get fixed in a month if it hasn’t been fixed already. AAA deserves some sympathy here but if anyone should’ve been prepared for visa trouble, it should’ve been a company involved in multiple seasons of Lucha Underground where the same thing happened. I don’t know that AAA can continue into the US without finding a way to handle visas better.
Daga might have a very long wait to get a match with Laredo Kid. Laredo Kid has been pulled off the Black Label Pro and PWG tournaments next week. It has not been officially announced, but my understanding that Laredo Kid is now in the Dominican Republic as a new cast member of the Exatlon reality. (The season has been gone for a few weeks, so he’s probably an injury replacement.) Konnan mentioned this possibility a couple of weeks ago. The story goes that Laredo Kid had no idea when he would be added and got short notice that he was heading to the island. Exatlon greatly raised the profile of Hijo del Octagon, though I’m not really sure if it did much for Dragon Lee. As a wrestling fan, of course I’d rather see Laredo Kid take all his wrestling matches, especially the one I’ve already paid to see. (Puma King replaces Laredo Kid in BOLA.) I also wonder if he’s going to miss a big opportunity in the wrestling world while he’s gone. It is tough to blame someone for accepting an offer to be on the most-watched show in Mexico by people of the ages of 19-44, as Exatlon was last week. Laredo Kid’s had a great year in AAA – he’s still going to get consideration for best Mexican wrestler if ends right here – but people still don’t see him as a star on the level of Fenix & Penta. Maybe doing well on a reality show can change that.
There’s no telling how long Laredo Kid will be gone. Hijo del Octagon was on Exatlon five months. Dragon Lee was on the show three months. Both were still out a few weeks after they left the show, trying to get back in wrestling shape and catch up on life. Australian Suicide, Lady Shani, Hades and Bengala were out of their competition show in the first week, and they were still out of action about a month. Bengala was out much longer because of his foot injury. (Dragon Lee never seemed to get that ear issue fixed, did he?) If we get to see Laredo Kid again this year, it’ll be a bonus.
other quick thoughts
Even with the visa issues, it does seem like AAA had a good idea on a lot of the people in the undercard and just didn’t want to mention them for whatever reason. Maybe Laredo Kid being pulled scrambled things, but they could’ve easily promoted Aerostar & Daga & Drago being there.
The first two matches were heavy on non-AAA people, which seemed like an odd feeling for AAA’s big return to New York. It wasn’t a factor by the time they got to the fourway
The Wagner/Demon ended on a move that never ends a match, but everyone reacted to it normally. Demon did complain about the count, and that may have just been a way to give him an out.
Cain Velasquez did well again. It’s hard to imagine they’re going to be able to compete with other promotions will be offering him after the Los Angeles show; they’ve got to hope he ends up with AEW and is free to return to AAA again. And he should want Taurus with him wherever he goes.
We really don’t get to see Mascarita Dorada on TV/stream much anymore. He’s still very good. Hopefully we get him and Demus again in California.
I have no idea what the El Rey logo was doing there but that sure is interesting. Some of the partners in Lucha Underground did get brought up to speak at the Los Angeles press conference, so maybe we’ll see more then.
AAA is off the next two weekends and back on 10/05.
CMLL (SAT) 09/14/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Cholo & Yago b Bengala & Sonic
2) La Infernal, La Seductora, Tiffany b La Guerrera, La Vaquerita, Sanely rudas took 2/3.
3) Átomo, Gallito, Microman DQ Chamuel, Guapito, Perico Zakarías tecnicos took 2/3, Chamuel unmasking Microman.
4) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Volcano b Cancerbero, Dark Magic, Raziel tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul b Negro Casas Azul took 1/3. Mutual respect after the match.
CMLL (SUN) 09/15/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Leono & Sangre Imperial Rudos took 1/3.
2) Angelito, Kaligua, Shockercito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Dulce Gardenia, Rey Cometa b Okumura, Sagrado, Virus tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente b Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero tecnicos took 1/3. Hechicero needed the stretcher after taking a super german suplex.
5) Carístico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. b Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Terrible tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul UG used a mask pull to win.
Marcela kept the CMLL Women’s Championship in Japan, so she’ll be defending it against Dalys on Aniversario as expected. Felino is headed to Japan on 11/27 for Fukumen Mania, one of a few promotions Dalys & Marcela have worked for on this trip.
The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara results from Sunday fit the general sense of a big undo from the last few years; I don’t know who’s replaced Magnum, but they definitely feel a lot different about some people. Rayman was the latest wrestler to make his return to the arena. The local version of Joker was strangely flipped to the tecnico side last year, and seemed to be moving right back to the rudo side today. The biggest event doesn’t seem mentioned in the results, just slightly evident in the photos shown. The top rope disappears for a while, then the bottom rope disappears instead, then they have three ropes again. According to fan in attendance, the top rope broke when Fugaz hit it near the second match, causing him to hit the ramp and appear to suffer a serious head injury. There’s no mention of his injury in the results
A relative of Shocker called up a wrestling YouTube channel and explained Shocker is not really in rehab, he’s just so concerned about how his face looks because of the jaw injury that he’s avoiding the public until he gets surgery, he’s just too concerned about being seen as anything less than 1000% Guapo. This story strains credibility – it wouldn’t be hard for Shocker to tweet “hey, I’m at home for a while, but everything’s ok” without showing his face for one – but what gain is there in attempting to prove a man is in rehab? We’ll see him when we see him, hopefully better than we last saw him.
CMLL (FRI) 09/20/2019Arena México
1) Sonic & Súper Astro Jr. vs Espíritu Negro & Grako
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zacarías
3) Atlantis Jr., Dulce Gardenia, Flyer vs Felino, Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III
4) Soberano Jr. vs Templario [lightning]
5) Cavernario, Ciber the Main Man, Volador Jr. vs Big Daddy, Gilbert el Boricua, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Carístico, Místico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
Soberano & Templario have gotten to do that singles match twice since they last did it in Mexico. They’ve been the best match on the show both times.
Six of the seven guys in the cage match are in the semi-final. The other is in the main event, where Caristico, Mistico & Valiente get a warm-up match before their national trios title challenge by, uh, facing two-thirds of the world trios champions.
Mije’s been listed a few times but hasn’t wrestled on a CMLL show we’ve seen since June.