Astral keeps title, Tuesday preview, CMLL/Elite?, AAA/Japan, loaded Crash card

Pierroth is not good
Pierroth is not good

CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Micro b Destello
2) Destructor & Gitano b El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Relámpago & Thunder Boy
Match came down to Sky Kid beating Relampago with a Spanish Fly
4) Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga b El Divino, León Blanco, Randy
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Joker, Mosco X Fly, Sádico DQ Frezzer, Mágico, Nautilius
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Sadico & Joder unmasked Nautilius & Frezzer.

X-Fly’s first match here since February. The four people involved in the finish have a tag match next week.

CMLL (MON) 08/29/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Artillero, El Malayo, Espíritu Negro b Arkalis, Meyer, Robin LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:19. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Hombre Bala Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:42. Tecnicos took 1/3. Espiritu Maligno replaced Super Halcon (still not back from injury.)
3) Astral © b Demus 3:16 [CMLL MINI] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:20. Astral took 1/3, 6th defense.
4) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:00. Invasors took 1/3 and challenged for a trios title match.
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:32. Los Ingobernables took 1/3.
6) Dragón Lee & Volador Jr. DQ La Máscara & Máscara Dorada [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:09. Team Dragon/Volador took 2/3, the last when Mascara fouled and unmasked Lee.

The title match and the main event is worth seeking out.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show has a Volador/Ultimo Guerrero singles match, a rematch of a recent bout in Puebla. Both men love matches with two short falls and a long third fall built around big moves and two counts, and I’m sure that’s what will happen here. No title is on the line, no title has ever been on the line when they’ve had a match, which does make the finish less certain. UG won the last match by faking a foul. Volador has won the previous three full length matches.

Volador and Ultimo Guerrero are two of CMLL’s biggest stars, and yet I’d be surprised if this was a bigger than usual. It’s kind of where CMLL is at as far as generating interest, and the Tuesday shows themselves have a negative stigma at this point too, I think. It did seem like it helped in Puebla.

The rest of the show is the usual randomly assembled trios matches. Mascara Dorada, Johnny Idolo and Guerrero Maya Jr. face Mr. Niebla, Dragon Rojo Jr. and Polvora, where Maya & Dragon will keep their issue going even if the programmers aren’t. The fourth match is Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, and Fuego against Virus, Sagrado and Misterioso. Blue Panther matches have unexpected finishes, and Misterioso loses in unexpected ways, so that will be an interesting combination. Pegasso & the Panther kids take on Sanson, Cuatrero, and Skandalo in the third match. It was scheduled to be Forastero to complete the Dinamita trio, but he was swapped back ‘home’ to Guadalajara while Skandalo was moved to Mexico City (so they probably had something else going on and asked for the switch.) It would’ve been a much more appealing match the other way.

The women’s trio is Skadi, Vaquerita and Estrellita against Comandante, Seductora, and Reina Isis, which doesn’t sound good. Flyer & Bengala take on Camorra & Cholo in the opener.

CultIcon reviews the show.

The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL/YouTube. I think I’m skipping the show live to get other stuff done and watching it later.

Guadalajara tonight has the Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas title match, which should be great (and we’re unlikely to see.)

Apolo Valdes has heard a rumor Elite has broken up with CMLL and may continue on it’s own. There’s no confirmation yet. This would mean Elite would need a new venue to run shows and tape television. If Elite’s the one initiating the breakup, you’d think they would have already worked that out (and aren’t in danger of no longer running shows), but it’s hard to assume anything with Elite. There’s been no sign of a lineup this week so far.

There’s a lot of effects of an Elite/CMLL split – can CMLL wrestlers still work with Elite on their own time? Is Liga Elite officially done? Is Shocker no longer an announcer? Does that mean we have to watch more Shocker matches? – but might as well wait see how/if they’re handling this. Alfredo pointed out that it might be a good idea for Elite to lay low this week anyway. Everything is going to get lost in the shuffle between TripleMania and the Anniversary, maybe wait a week to come back and air a repeat this week.

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Alberto has been removed from all WWE lineups after his suspension has ended. The safe assumption is Alberto is done with WWE and will be opting out of his deal in the next month. I don’t take it for granted that he’ll be back in AAA or Mexico in general; it’s possible but not as much as a lock as last time. (There had been a rumor of Alberto being in Elite by December, but I guess that’s less likely today.)

In the Figure Four Weekly, Dr. Lucha has the TripleMania attendance as 14,000.

There’s a new Lucha Underground Season 3 preview commercial airing on El Rey, with a little bit of new footage.

An interview with Akebono about the 10/26 Star Battle War show says 20 AAA wrestlers will come from Japan, which is a lot more than I would’ve guessed, and more than CMLL wrestlers at any FantasticaMania show. It’s an Akebono produced AAA show with Japan guests at that point. It also suggests AAA knew Fenix was gone for a while, since he would’ve definitely been going to Japan if they’re bringing that many people and he’s not in the promotional artwork. Tickets will run from 15000 Yen ($146 USD) to 4000 ($39USD).

ROH’s World Champion Adam Cole is teasing some involvement in CMLL.

DTU has a 09/24 show in Arena Coliseo San Ramon. Names announced but no matches.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon FlyAtomic Star, Lilith Dark, Arana de Plata, Fireman, Demonio Infernal
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, TekilitaBaby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber PunkTonak,

Jack Evans & Angelico are teaching a wrestling camp in Spain on September 28 & 29th.

Rey Misterio, MVP and Konnan are advertised for a new lucha promotion in Yakima, Washigton on 10/12.

DTU announced Mascara Dorada for their 10/16 show, so he’s sticking around for quite a while longer.

La Union talks to Cuernavaca’s Alas de Plata, who was the Alas de Plata on the most recent Cara Lucha show. The trio with Alas de Oro & Alas de Acero is going with Escuadron Celestial and they hope to team up more.

LuchaWorld has a fun interview with Los Traumas,  the latest news update and this week’s Poster-Mania

Segunda Caida reviews Kushida/Volador and Flamita/Xtreme Tiger, has the most accurate metaphor for the spread of the backcracker.

Cross Armbreaker reviews Dr. Cerbero vs Hijo del Diablo.

CultIcon has 10 things AAA should do after TripleMania.

Luchas 2000 #838 has a CMLL Anniversary preview. As does Box y Lucha #3249.

An interview with the ring announcer in Los Mochis.

SuperLuchas asks luchadors who they’re picking between La Mascara and Dragon Lee.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 09/05/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & Astro vs Espíritu Maligno & Mini Joker
2) Asturiano & Rey Samuray vs Ares & Policeman
3) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Puma, Tiger
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper [MEX TRIOS]
7th defense
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Dragón Lee vs La Máscara

Three days after CMLL has Dragon Lee vs La Mascara at their biggest (and most expensive) show of the year, and two days after they try to sell the show on VOD on YouTube, they will be doing the same match for free on their YouTube channel. The Anniversary match is going to be bigger and better, but it still seems odd to do the rematch that quick. (Maybe it’s almost reverse trailer – here’s the lesser match, now go pay for the real one?)

It’s a pretty good card otherwise, with the semimain match being a lot of fun depending on which Mr. Niebla get.

The Crash (SAT) 09/24/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino, Danny Limelight, Rayo Star vs Black Danger, Tiago, Último Maldito
2) Mr. Maldito, Tony Casanova, Zarco vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Puma (CMLL), Tiger (CMLL)
3) Bestia 666 vs Titán (CMLL)
4) Dragón Lee (CMLL) vs Laredo Kid vs Willie Mack, ? [Copa The Crash]
5) Máscara Dorada vs ?
6) Extreme Tiger, Rey Mysterio Jr., Rush vs Jeff Cobb, Mr. 450, Teddy Hart

A loaded show for Tijuana, with Misterio teaming with Rush for the first time. (Teddy Hart may be injured and may be back by this.) The poster actually lists “Rey Misterio 619” to separate him from all the rest.

No solid word about the people in those mystery spots, but lots of guesses.

new video releases for weekend of August 27-28th

PROESA and Noches de Coliseo were both repeats. IWRG aired only one new show this week, combing the Wednesday and Sunday shows. (Last Sunday’s show never aired.)

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RYgPoKOKQckfiWCtWOWMO8

08/27 WWC & 08/28 WWC:  https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/6L4QqAwT5OECnMBrIcpcuEdefqoiNh5OgBiDyVwHHMr?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-08-26
taped 2016-08-26 @ Arena México
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/dlkjdeqh5e3QW0KTRMFbCUb1hQoZQ9p0SulAFuryF07?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy
1) Sensei & Starman vs Disturbio & Sangre Azteca
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero in a lightning match
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero vs Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush vs Máximo Sexy, Shocker, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs La Máscara, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-27
taped 2016-08-19 @ Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz, Veracruz
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/KXywI5zNHRAGFd3HdvBUcVdWCQtUX39rPkelKzlwiRV?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy
1) Big Mami, Mary Apache, Niño Hamburguesa vs El Apache, Lady Shani, Taya
2) Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma vs Aerostar & Drago and Daga & Joe Lider
3) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano in a cage match

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-08-27
taped 2016-08-15 @ Arena Puebla
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/nfzOmRDB0H01AF8bapVlceneElZ57d7p51QoGSMbt3L?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy
1) Fuego, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
2) Black Tiger vs Ares for the mask
3) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2016-08-27
taped 2016-07-29 @ Arena México
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/16htVevlSBUNrFpDjvklQIf4j7rnvaZ8GBPgSaBwXkA?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy
1) Dragón Lee vs La Máscara
2) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Último Guerrero

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-08-27
taped 2016-08-21 @ Arena México
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/4o8yuC8QbLSjKxVwFIQfvW9s4k8X6AqL7hOUd1aHMg3?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy
1) Golden Magic & Valiente vs Rey Escorpión & Sharlie Rockstar
2) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Metaleón vs Decnnis, Fresero Jr., Zumbido
3) Estrellita & Lluvia vs Keira & Muñeca De Plata
4) Dragón Lee vs Flamita
5) Máximo, Súper Crazy, Xtreme Tiger vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-08-29
taped 2016-08-28 @ Arena Naucalpan
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/JfbqSRhDsYkbMHGE6uOKASVmbgGVFgAkMLR86A8khFZ?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy
1) Astro, Rey Piscis, Súper Caló Jr. vs Resplandor, Resplandor Jr., Scorpió 2.0
2) Hijo De Octagon, Hurcan Ramírez Jr., Máscara Sagrada Jr. vs Histeria, Monsther, Scorpió Jr.
taped 2016-08-24 @ Arena Naucalpan
3) Cadilac & Shadow Boy vs Rosario Negro & Viajero Extremo
4) Astro, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hanaoka, Skanda, Yakuza
5) Hip Hop Man © vs Dragón Fly [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]

CMLL Puebla: 2016-08-29

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Recapped: 08/29/2016

What happened: Astral kept the minis title over Demus. Los Invasors earned a trios title shot. La Mascara left Dragon Lee humiliated again. Los Ingobernables remain undefeated.

What was good: The title match was great, and the main event was a lot of fun.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel.

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08/28 AAA TV Results (TripleMania XXIV)

TripleMania
TripleMania

AAA TV (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [411Mania, AAA, Culticon, Kronosport, Medio Tiempo (3), Medio Tiempo (6), Medio Tiempo (7),Publimetro, R de Rudo, Sipse, SuperLuchas, Tape Machines are Rolling, Televisa, thecubsfan, Wrestling With Words, Yucatan]
1) Australian Suicide b La Parka, El Elegido, Taurus, Hernandez, Pimpinela Escarlata, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Daga, Súper Fly, Zorro, Mamba, Argenis [TripleMania Cup]
21:13. Moved to the first match. Rules were revealed to be the first four starting in the ring, someone new added every minute, over the top eliminations and the last two having a match. Argenis was the surprise luchador (though he wasn’t identified as such, and came off as a replacement for someone.) Mamba, Suicide, Daga & Parka started. Parka was the last one thrown out, with Suicide & Daga lasting the whole way to face each other. Suicide got the three count after his tornillo shooting star press, though Daga’s foot was on the ropes. Daga had dedicated the win to Perro Aguayo Jr. and attacked Suicide after he was given the win. The trophy broke in the process.
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache NC Averno & Chessman
Around 9:07, no official ending. Moved up a spot. El Apache was referee, helping the rudos early on but stopping them when Averno tried to hit Faby with a beer bottle (as Faby had done to him.) Rudos attacked Apache, preventing him from counting a Faby visual pin on Chessman. Averno hit Faby with a light tube in the back, causing her to bleed heavily from the forehead. El Apache made the save and called for the doctors. Ricky Marvin ran in and hit El Apache with a chair, causing him to bleed as well. The match had no finish or ending, and the best guess is no contest. Averno, Chessman, and Ricky Marvin are now known as OGT.
3) Aerostar & Drago b Angélico & Jack Evans © and Matt Cross & Paul London and Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma [AAA TAG]
11:49. Garza Jr. replaced Fenix, who was never mentioned. Cross & London’s AAA debut. Drago pinned London to win the titles in the best match on the show. Aerostar & Drago are the 17th champions. Angelico & Jack fall on their first defense; this is the second time they’ve lost the titles without being pinned this year.
4) Johnny Mundo b Pentagón Jr. © [AAA LA]
15:05. Mundo defeated Pentagon Jr. when Taya fouled Pentagon. Taya & Mundo are now together in AAA. Mundo is the 7th champion. Pentagon Jr. falls on his first defense.
5) Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Misterio Jr. b Marty Martinez, Matanza, Mil Muertes
11:55. Only Vampiro (as special guest announcer) and Misterio were given entrances. Rey wore Perro Aguayo Jr.’s boots, and “Perrito” on the back of his gear. Misterio beat Marty with a frog splash.
6) Texano Jr. © b Dr. Wagner Jr., Cage [AAA HEAVY]
11:16. Moved up a spot. Texano small packaged Cage for the win. First defense. After the match, Hernandez, Mesias, Taya and Mundo helped Cage attack Texano. Mesias posed with the belt. Aerostar, Drago and Garza were all unsuccessful in making the save.
7) Psycho Clown b Pagano [hair, mask]
27:46. Extreme match, with chairs and tables and thumbtacks. Damian & Nicho ran in near the end, Dr. Wagner Jr. made the save, but fouled Psycho Clown. Pagano and Wagner lit a table on fire, then immediately were speared into the table by Psycho Clown. Psycho Clown pinned Pagano for the win. Tirantes was referee, played it fair most of the time, fast counted to help Pagano near the end, then counted the final pinfall without much of an issue. Monster & Murder Clown celebrated with Psycho Clown after the match. Wagner stopped the post match preceedings to challenge Psycho Clown to a mask match in one year’s time, at TripleMania XXV. Psycho Clown accepted, and AAA confirmed it as the plan for next year after the show. Pagano got his head (quickly) shaved in the ring.

Air Date: 09/10 & 09/17.

AAA did the scene at the end of the with the idea they would actually have Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Psycho Clown next year. This time last year, AAA would’ve thought they had Rey Misterio, Myzteziz and Alberto in this year’s main event. This time a year ago, Dr. Wagner was trying to get back into CMLL. A lot can change in a year, and neither AAA or Wagner himself are all that stable. It’s also a very expensive match, and AAA’s seemed to be having financial issues at times. Wagner/Psycho match would be a very big deal match (and one where Wagner would seem likely to finally lose his mask), but it’s a long way from happening.

AAA’s recap only mentions Garza Jr. as running in to save Texano after the title match. It could just be an accidental omission of Drago & Aerostar (the new tag team champions who were mostly laid out off-screen), but AAA’s got a big show in Monterrey in five weeks and it’s the time to do something with him if they’re going to do it. They seemed to point at Mundo/Garza, which justifies the title change in a short sided way.

The building looked full, though we didn’t get a lot of shots of the entire building. (We got lots of close-ups of fans instead.) Joaquin Roldan did say it was a sell out, which is a big success given the lack of star power on the show compared to past years.

Fenix is be done in AAA right now. There was no mention of him on the show, even though they were promoting him on the show as recently as the TV show the night before. He’s already taken dates on Heroes Inmortales weekend. The Pentagon/Fenix match is not happening in AAA. My impression is the problem between Fenix/AAA are not insurmountable (it’s not as bad as Flamita/AAA), but any Mexico lineups currently listed as having Fenix should be treated as false. (The only one I have is the 09/16 show in Ecatepec.) AAA has previously warned there wrestlers that they would lose their role in Lucha Underground if they leave AAA; this hasn’t seemed to apply to Sexy Star and it’ll be worth watching if it happens with Fenix.

(It’s weird that the Fenix & Fantasma team introduction was done in Toluca, the same place the Octagon Jr. character was introduced. Both started great and didn’t last long.)

I had heard Pentagon was also done, but he wrestled as scheduled. This was incorrect info, and I apologize for posting it.

El Cuadrilatero bemoans Wagner stealing the spotlight at the end of the show. If AAA’s going to continue to borrow layout ideas from the WWE model, they should probably take the “RAW after WrestleMania” formula and schedule a TV taping in Mexico City the day after TripleMania every year. There’s logistical reasons to do it – instead of giving away TripleMania on TV two weeks after it airs, it can be the end of the year repeat programming – but it’d also let them set up their new programs without squeezing them all into TripleMania. In this case, it might have flowed better if Wagner to get involved at TripleMania, but the big challenge was saved for the next day as to not overshadow the result of the main event. (Running TripleMania on Sunday makes this harder to do, but I think they could fill Naucalpan on a Monday night.)

Pagano thanked fans for their support. He listed Nicho & Damian as part of his group. Halloween wasn’t at the show, and I’m beginning to wonder if he just invited himself to the pilgrimage and isn’t in AAA any more.

+Lucha has interviews with Pagano and Psycho Clown following the main event.

Joe Lider’s bleeding heavily in the Mundo/Pentagon match was very random. Lider was a surprise wrestler in hardcore promotion NGX Saturday and bled a bunch, so it likely was the wounds from the previous night opening up really easily.

Aerostar & Drago winning the tag team titles was a genuine surprise, as was Daga & Suicide being in the finals of Copa TripleMania. The Aerostar/Drago bit was hurt when they were later used as disposable bodies for Team Trump to beat. My fear is they’re being set up as small guys for Hernandez and Cage to squash while winning the tag titles, my hope is Jack & Angelico get a rematch.

(The Team Trump sure seems like it has an expiration date of November, but AAA also seems to be aiming to carry it thru the rest of the year at least.)

Here’s the three video posts I put up about Matt Striker & Vampiro:

  • Matt Striker referring to a Pentagon tope con giro as “doing it for Bengahzi”
  • Matt Striker going off on either the audience for not liking the above, or on generally on people who question his political views on Twitter
  • Matt Striker & Vampiro entertaining themselves (and pretty much only themselves) during the Lucha Underground match.

The more I think about it, the more I believe Vampiro was kind of forced into doing announcing and didn’t really want any part of it. He absolutely acted like a person who did not want to be out there. (His actual role may have been agenting the Pagano/Psycho match, as it felt like LU matches.)

Matt Striker’s not going to change. The fault lies on AAA on bringing him back time after time. He’s gotten basically the same reviews every time, and AAA doesn’t seem to care all that much. Maybe AAA waiting to the last moment to announce Striker & Hugo was because they couldn’t find anyone else, or maybe it’s because they knew the reaction they’d get. All I know is when I get plenty of people telling me they switched to the Spanish commentators (who are not much better if you understand Spanish), then you’ve really defeated the purpose of having English commentary.

The reality is this is probably a dead issue for, since AAA’s not going to bother with an English feed for Heroes Inmortales and probably not Guerra de Titanes, if they’re even iPPVs.

A while after the show ended (though curiously not during the show), AAA announced participation on a multiple promotion show in Korakuen Hall on 10/26 called Star Battle Japan. It’s a home and home for the Lucha World Cup; many of the Japanese promotions who participated (Noah, Ouduo, Wave, Zero1) are listed on the show. Rey Mysterio, Pentagon Jr., Psycho Clown, Cage and Taya are pictured. In Japan, they’ve mentioned Akebono will wrestle. (He seems to be the entire Ouduo promotion, so he has to if they’re part of it.)

Note that Mysterio is an independent guy, and not an AAA exclusive. He’s working the next The Crash show, which will also have Rush on it. Working the Japan show doesn’t mean necessarily he’s in for more AAA (though it’s always nice to see him.)

The next taping is scheduled to be on 09/16. AAA’s been acting squirrely about that show on TV, but it is listed on the Hard Rock Riveria Maya’s site. The show after that is Heroes Inmortales, and both lineups may be out soon.

Hijos del Infierno keep trios titles, Flamita’s busy Saturday

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champs/photo by CMLL
UWE (SAT) 08/27/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport, R de Rudo]
1) Pegazuz & Príncipe Mexica b Dragón Force & Ironía
2) Felina Metálica & Keira b Diosa Atenea & Lady Maravilla
Felina appeared hurt despite the win.
3) Sensei, Shibata, Yakuza b Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba and Dante, Euro, Filder
4) Sádico b Flamita, Toxin, Mike Segura, Impulso Flamita vs Sadico vs Toxin vs Impulso vs Mike Segura | AULL | 27-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Sadico beat Flamita, setting up another round of challenges between the two. Money thrown in. Match was good, very good with the last two. Flamita’s right arm appeared to still be hurt.
5) Caifan, Dr. Cerebro, Virus b Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II Virus, Caifan y Dr. Cerebro vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I y Trauma II | AULL | 27-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
6) LA Park & Rey Hechicero b Pierroth & Rush

The building looks about 70% full during the main event. This was Flamita’s second match of the night; he had a well regraded match with Freelance at Gimnasio Hercules as a surprise luchador. (It’s the one time where the surprise luchador turned out to be good; he probably wasn’t listed because they weren’t sure of his schedule.) He and Sadico is the Arena Lopez Mateos dream match that never seems to happen.

CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Robin
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Star Jr. b El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus DQ Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
Straight falls? Tecnicos took first, Virus fouled Blue Panther in the last fall.
4) Dragón Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máximo Sexy b Mr. Niebla
Maximo took 2/3.
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
Rudos took 2/3 to retain. 6th defense

I used that photo up top because it occurred to me that Fantasma & Rambo probably had a discussion about which shows they were going to last night. Rambo almost always goes to CMLL shows and Fantasma is almost always the commission rep at AAA shows, so it probably wasn’t a long discussion, but Rambo appears to be having a much better time than Fantasma did. Fantasma seemed to be hating life when they’d pan to him.

Rambo probably has a lot more space to himself though. Sunday crowd looked nothing special, maybe down a bit from normal. CMLL simply doesn’t have the big of draws that they can throw out A-/B+ lineups in Arena Mexico on no notice and expect a surge of people to show up, especially against a show like TripleMania. Even Maximo/Niebla, which would’ve been a big deal at one point, didn’t seem to mean much now.

Blue Panther/Virus doesn’t seem to go anyway; Virus faces the sons next week.

No Saturday CMLL show. Barbie Juarez lost her boxing match.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon FlyAtomic Star, Lilith Dark, Arana de Plata, Fireman and one more
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, TekilitaBaby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber PunkTonak and one more
3: to be announced tonight

This week’s AAA TV is up.

Lector 24 talks to Billy Boy about his career at this moment.

LuchaWorld has Sunday’s news update.

Cross Armbreaker reviews Super Porky vs Gran Markus Jr.

Arkangel is teaching a lucha libre seminar in Puerto Rico on 09/15.

Chik Tormenta will wrestle on the 09/25 Diamond Stars show in Tokyo’s Shinkiba 1st Ring, facing Heidi Katrina for the vacant CMLL-REINA Internacional championship. This is the title Narimiya held, not the one Silueta holds, and I’m mildly surprised it exists. I didn’t know Diamond Stars existed before this; this is their first show.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 09/03/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Soberano Jr., Starman, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Nitro
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Main event would be (in theory) Dragon Lee’s first unmasked match. Semimain should be pretty fun.

CMLL (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena México
1) Magnus & Starman vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Blue Panther Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Olímpico, Pólvora
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Bobby Z, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero

There’s no big match on this show, but they’ve got three usual midcard matches and a usual second match in the opener, so this is CMLL trying hard on Sundays. Maybe they’re hoping people stick around all weekend? I’m not really sure.

CMLL (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Quca
2) Capitán Cobra & Fugaz vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Explosivo, Randy, Reycko vs Exterminador, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
4) Frezzer & Nautilius vs Joker & Sádico
5) Mágico, Neutrón, Omar Brunetti vs Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno

Omar (should be tecnico green and) hasn’t been around since May. Maybe an injury?

The four guys in the semimain were in the main event this past week, so something’s being set up.

MDA (SUN) 09/18/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox & the Tiger (Tamaulipas) vs Jesse & Psicótico
2) Quinto Elemento & Última Sombra vs Alberto Dos Rios & Gemelo Muerte
3) Delta & Laredo Kid vs Galactar & Pierroth
4) Antifaz, Caifan, La Máscara vs Dragón Lee II, Mistico II, Rush
5) Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Máscara Sagrada & Octagón

This came out last week but I didn’t include it. Atlantis will look very young in the main event. The La Mascara/Dragon Lee rematches will last for quite some time. Putting Pierroth in that match with Delta & Laredo Kid is a bad sign on your programming prowess.

AAA TripleMania XXIV: 2016-08-28 

dueling topes
dueling topes

Recapped: 08/28/2016

What happened: Psycho Clown defeated Pagano for his hair in the main event. The finish and outcome was overshadowed by Dr. Wagner Jr. first trying to cost Psycho Clown the match, then challenging Psycho Clown to a mask match at next year’s TripleMania. Psycho Clown readily accepted.

Texano retained the heavyweight championship by defeating Brian Cage. A post match attack by team Trump suggested Mesias would be the next challenger.

Johnny Mundo defeated Pentagon Jr. to win the Latin American championship when Taya betrayed Pentagon and joined Team Trump.

Aerostar & Drago surprisingly won the tag team titles, with Drago defeating Paul London. Garza Jr. replaced Fenix, who appears to be done in AAA for the moment.

Averno & Chessman versus Mary Apache & Faby Apache ended in no apparent finish. El Apache stopped the rudos when Averno attempted to gain revenge on Faby hitting him with a bottle by doing the same to her. The rudos attacked Apache, and broke a light tube over Faby when she had a visual pinfall. Apache tried to save his daughters, but was attacked by Ricky Marvin. Averno, Chessman and Ricky Marvin are now “O G T” and had new t-shirts, but we never got a good enough shot of those shirts to know what OGT means.

Australian Suicide defeated Daga to win the TripleMania Cup. Daga’s foot was on the ropes, missed by the referee, and he attacked Suicide after the match.

Rey Misterio won the Lucha Underground trios match.

Art Barr & Joaquin Roldan were added to the Hall of Fame.

What was good (and not good):  The tag title match was the best match on the show. The crowd reacted strongest to the main event, though it was technically not much good. The Pentagon/Mundo, heavyweight title, and LU trios match were at best passable good, but also nowhere as near as good imagined. Whether it’s TripleMania booking or (positive) crowd noise not being picked up as well in Arena Ciudad de Mexico, those matches all felt like they’d been better in any other situation. The Daga/Suicide ending of the Copa TripleMania battle royal was good as well.

Having a long term plan is great, and Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Psycho Clown would be a giant match if it occurred. Given AAA’s history, and Dr. Wagner’s lifetime of setting up mask matches and not doing them, it’s very hard to take seriously. The way it was announced also completely obliterated what was just the main event of their show, with AAA trampling over the Pagano/Psycho ending in a hurry to make next year’s match.

I dunno about the short term or long term plan here
I dunno about the short term or long term plan here

Joaquin Roldan appeared not to know he was going into the Hall of Fame, seemed very touched by the moment, and did his best to make it not about him. It was still groan inducing. The list of people who’ve made big contributing to AAA is very long, and only 12 of them are in before Joaquin. Putting yourself in your own Hall of Fame is never a good look, but it’s particularly bad optics after the last fifteen months AAA’s had. It was a poor job of reading the room, as the AAA crowd made it clear they didn’t like the idea. Much like the main event, the way they put Roldan in the Hall of Fame reduced Art Barr to a minor footnote they were racing past to get to the real news, and that’s no way to treat an introduction.

Particularly, putting a promoter in a Hall of Fame for doing such an excellent job moments after Fenix no-showed the tag team title match took some gumption. The situation with Fenix and AAA has clearly been going on since at least the Veracruz taping, and AAA opted to be dishonest about it the entire way. Fenix is a popular guy, but Fenix to Garza wasn’t going to cost them any tickets. It will cost them trust, and that’s why no one’s really going to believe them about Wagner and Psycho until they’re both in the ring next year, and Villano IV or someone else isn’t added to take the pinfall.

The English announcers, particular Matt Striker, seemed better prepped for the show than in times past. Hugo, as usual, came off as if he very little specific knowledge and talked in big generalities to avoid getting trapped on getting those details wrong. Striker knew the history of all the feuds (and even some that weren’t scheduled, like Psycho/Wagner) and came off like he somewhat followed the product. There were a lot of details he got wrong, but that part seemed like progress. The other parts of Striker’s antics were out of control and harmful to the show. Striker and Team Trump were specifically a poor mix; Striker saw the group as an opening for a discussion of his political views and verbally bristled when he got a poor reaction to them, blowing off the finish of the Pentagon/Mundo match because he was so annoyed.

Vampiro replaced Hugo for the Lucha Underground match and was awful. I don’t think he’d mind that review, because he clearly wasn’t trying to be anything but awful. It came off as both Vampiro was being required to do announcing on this show and didn’t want to do it, and also that Vampiro had been drinking or doing something before going out there. (Here’s some highlights.)

The English announcing on these shows have peaked at “below average” and usually been much worse. It’s really hard to understand why AAA continues to bring in English announcer for these shows, because they are actively making matches less enjoyable for people listening in that language. The Spanish announcers did not sound like they were much better tonight, taking time to use offensive language and expose the identity of all the Lucha Underground wrestlers (except Mil Muertes, oddly enough), but maybe that’d just be random noise to the English fans,

At any rate, this whole concept desperately needs to be re-evaluted. If the idea of English announcers it to appeal to English speaking fans, AAA’s been failing and failing repeatedly.

The whole Lucha Underground presentation was also a failure. Five of the six guys were thrown out with no introduction. AAA presented the guys like unknowns being shoved out on a major show, and the fans whistled at them to get off the stage so the real stars could appear. If this was an idea to get Mexican fans to push for Lucha Underground to be shown in Mexico, it was rejected. If this was an appeal to American fans to try TripleMania, they probably went away excited to see these guys back in their normal environment but disinterested in seeing them treated like non-entities in AAA.

The video quality of the show was mostly fine, but the production choices were aggravating. They fell in love with crowd shows, hoping for big reactions, and often cut away from the ring during moves or during pinfalls. Important spots and action were missed during live action repeatedly. There was a loud buzz over the sound system during the later portions of the show, though they got it under control at some points.

This show was overall much better than last year’s shows, but there’s still plenty of issues. I didn’t feel this was a waste of time, simply that it could’ve and should’ve been better

Where can I watch it: It’s still available on iPPV and will start to air on TV a week from Saturday. Given the length of the show (around 3.5 hours), much will be cut or edited.

What’s next?: Heroes Inmortales on 10/04. Mesias/Texano seems like a lock, and matches like Garza/Mundo, Drago/Aerostar vs Cage/Hernandez, and all three Apaches versus Ricky/Chessman/Averno seem plausible. AAA’s clearly planning on actually doing Suicide/Daga sometime soon, and it may even happen this time. (more…)

all you need to know about today’s TripleMania XXIV event

tonight
tonight

When is TripleMania?

Today! (Sunday, August 28th.) The show is scheduled to start at 6pm Central Time and will last for up to 4 hours.

This link will convert the time to your time zone.

What matches are on TripleMania?

This year’s TripleMania will have 7 matches. The matches scheduled to take place, in order:

Faby Apache & Mary Apache versus Averno & Chessman

A men versus women’s special tag match. The Apache’s father, El Apache, is special referee – but he’s been siding with the chauvinistic men.

Copa TripleMania, including La Parka (AAA), El Elegido, Taurus, Hernandez, Pimpinela Escarlata, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Daga, Súper Fly, Zorro, Australian Suicide, Mamba, and (at least) one more person to be announced

A battle royal (and maybe Royal Rumble) match where the winner will receive a trophy.

Angélico & Jack Evans (champions) versus Matt Cross & Paul London and Aerostar & Drago and Fénix & Hijo del Fantasma for AAA’s World Tag Team Championships

A four-way tag match with the recent kings of the division (Evans/Angelico) defending against a regular Mexican partnership (Aerostar/Drago), a guest American team (Cross/London) and the unusual face/heel team of Fantasma/Fenix.

Pentagón Jr. (champion) versus Johnny Mundo for the AAA Latin American Championship

El Cero Miedo defends AAA’s secondary championship against the man who pinned him to win this year’s Lucha World Cup, Johnny Mundo. Taya may be caught in the middle: she’s allied with Pentagon in AAA, but with Mundo in Lucha Underground.

Texano (champion) versus Dr. Wagner Jr. and Brian Cage for the AAA MEga Heavyweight Championship

Texano defends not only the title, but Mexico’s honor against Team Trump member Brian Cage and complete wildcard Wagner in a three way match. Cage pinned both Texano and Wagner in a three way match leading up to this.

Marty Martinez, Matanza, Mil Muertes vs Azteca Dragón Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Misterio Jr.

A special Lucha Underground trios match featuring six wrestlers who are not regularly participating in AAA (at least under those names.) Dragon Azteca is called Aztec Dragon when he wrestles in AAA.

Pagano (hair) vs Psycho Clown (mask) in a hair versus mask match

Long time AAA crowd favorite Psycho Clown has been repeatedly defeating by Pagano, a hardcore wrestling clown from Juarez. Pagano has won their last six matches leading up to this climax. Evil referee Hijo del Tirantes will be referee, as a consequence of the most recent loss.

Is there a more detailed preview available?

Sure is. I wrote many more thousands of words over at Voices of Wrestling.

How can I watch the show?

The only way to watch the show live is via iPPV, at internetvluchalibreaaa.com. The show costs $23, which includes VOD after the show airs. The VOD is usually available immediately after the show’s conclusion, and you are able to rewind a show as it airs.

The show will be broadcast in both English and Spanish. The English announcers will be Matt Striker and Hugo Savinovich.

Anything I should be warned about ahead of time?

AAA’s had a history of techinical issues on recent TripleMania. Their other iPPV generally work fine but something seems to go wrong on theses shows. Cross your fingers.

We’re not 100% Fenix will actually appear. I believe he will be, but he missed AAA’s last show and they did an angle to possibly replace him on the team with Garza Junior . Garza says he’ll be on TripleMania today, though AAA hasn’t announced him in any match. (Ricky Marvin says he’ll be there too, so they could just be adding more people to the show or be using them in other roles.) The most recent information I had is Fenix will be there, but I’m far from certain. AAA hasn’t explained what’s going on, but keep an eye on their social media if this is important to you – they’ll probably post a photo of him getting ready for the show.

Where can I find out more?

I’ll be on twitter, @luchablog, all night. A recap of the show will appear on this site an hour or so far it airs.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-20 

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Fantasma & Fenix

Recapped: 08/20/2016

What happened: Pagano beat Psycho Clown again. Fenix & Fantasma are a team.

What was good: I liked the minis match and really liked the tag match.

Where can I watch it: It’s best viewed on AAA’s channel (more…)

Super Crazy & La Mascara humiliate rivals before Anniversary show, TripleMania notes

Mascara ejected Dragon Lee repeatedly
Mascara ejected Dragon Lee repeatedly

CMLL (FRI) 08/26/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, ESTO, Regeneracion, thecubsfan]
1) Disturbio & Sangre Azteca b Sensei & Starman
13:49. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther
13:19. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Hechicero b Soberano Jr. [lightning]
9:20. Hechicero pinned Soberano after a running knee smash.
4) Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
9:05., Super Crazy took 1/3, and said he’d leave Rey bald next week.
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush b Máximo Sexy, Shocker, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
12:57. Ingobernables took 2/3, losing the first only by DQ (as is the recent pattern with them.)
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ La Máscara, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
8:57. Straight falls, Mascara getting DQed for excessive violence. He left Dragon Lee unmasked, and said he’d do the same next week.

Standard build up show, with Hechicero vs Soberano worth seeking out. Crowd was less into both apuesta matches than you’d expect. Maybe just a random crowd, but didn’t feel like a great sign for next week.

Pierroth is awful.

There were no mentions of Elite on the show; Super Crazy no longer had the logo on his boot, Caristico is not being introduced as a CMLL wrestler. Elite is still scheduled to air tonight (and is on the very tentative schedule for next week),  but obviously something is up. I wonder if we’ll get an official announcement of Caristico coming back to CMLL proper on the next CMLL press conference, and I’m not sure where this leaves Cibernetico and everyone else.

CMLL posted a Dragon Lee training vignette for Friday’s match.

TripleMania is Sunday on iPPV. You can buy it on internetvluchalibreaaa.com for $23 USD. It is not available on traditional PPV, or any app, not even in Mexico this year. (Which is a little odd.) AAA’s said there are English announcers, but hasn’t said who they’d be. Matt Striker is one of them, judging from his Twitter. It’s either Vampiro (in Mexico City) or Hugo Savonvich with him. Both pairs have had struggled in the past and don’t seem to be prepped well, but I guess they’ll be quotable.  You also have a Spanish commentary option, probably with the usual four man crew for big shows (Arturo Rivera, Andres Maroñas, Jesus Zuñiga and Leo Riano.)

I’ve written a preview of TripleMania over at Voices of Wrestling. The main event is not going to be anything I like and probably not good by conventional senses, but the rest of the card looks pretty entertaining and I wish the show was cheaper to get people to take a chance, or more accessible to get people to find  or know about it. The interest in the show is way down from last year, and even down from previous years which doing heavy publicity. A lot of it’s a lucha thing (not a good lucha thing), but I’ve received much more questions about what CMLL is doing for their Anniversary show than TripleMania. Having a rep for running good shows matters. This show should at least help build AAA’s rep.

That’s mostly an internet thing, though. The missing piece, the more important part, is how this show is going to do live. Super Boletos shows a lot of sections still open (as of this morning), but that’s deceptive – the sections I checked usually had only one or two empty seats. The ticket system said there was no place where I could buy four reserved seats together. (The brown areas up top are not open seating, so there’s still room.) It looks like AAA’s going to do OK and maybe even much better than OK, at a cheaper price than past years.

I find myself most interested in the Pentagon/Mundo result. There’s a good case for Mundo winning to build a rematch for the future, because one of AAA’s problems is not having lots of big matches for future. The issue is one of the other AAA problems is their main homegrown guys don’t win much and they’re bad at following up on angles. I don’t trust AAA at executing something complex, and so would rather keep it simple. (Maybe Mundo winning but a match being announced immediately for Heroes Inmortales would be work.)

One correction from yesterday: the photo with Fenix at the pilgrimage was actually from 2015, not this year. I’m still under the impression he’ll be there on Sunday (though it’d be a good move for AAA to post a photo of him being there before the show.)

The AAA sticker album will be packed in with the Reforma newspaper on Monday, and will be available at Sanborns & Mixup starting that day.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Atomic Star, Lilith Dark
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, Baby Star Jr., Black Metal

Lilith Dark is a luchadora, and I’m not sure they’ve had a woman in any of these Torneo FILLs prior. She’s been working early matches on recent IWRG shows and also wrestles for the WWS promotion.

 

Gran Metalik (Mascara Dorada)’s next match in WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic appears as though it’ll appear next Wednesday. You can find the result of his match with Akira Tozawa is you look around (or you might not want to look around if you want to stay spoiler free.)

Titan was announced for the 10/16 Lucha Libre Boom/DTU show at Arena Naucalpan. Caristico was previously announced. Titan has not appeared on the last two DTU shows he was announced on; hope this means they worked everything out, but I hoped that last time too.

Angelico & Jack Evans wrestle in the UK for Preston City Wrestling on 09/24.

Pentagon Jr. faces Rob Van Dam on 11/12 in Torrence, California. (Which, if you’re being very forward looking, means that’s not a LU S4 taping weekend.)

Reporte Indigo has an interview with aspiring boxer Sexy Star. In this one, like most, she portrays her unmasking as her choice and never mentions any issue with AAA. She also says she was into boxing before wrestling.

 

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-08-26

Ultimo Guerrero STRONG
Ultimo Guerrero STRONG

Recapped: 08/26/2016

What happened: La Mascara & Super Crazy left Dragon Lee & Rey Bucanero humiliated.

What was good: You should go out of your way to see Soberano vs Hechicero. Nothing else was really that great.

Where can I watch it: In theory, the main event is on Claro’s website, but they messed up and only put up the post match replays (again). I’ll have the show up no later than Tuesday. (more…)