Volador attacked Místico before the start of the match and manipulated referee Edgar often. Volador completely strips Carístico of his mask in the second fall but gets away with it. He does it again for the pinfall in the third.
Carístico was fired up and showed it thru a lot of dives in the main event. Volador was also present. That’s probably too harsh, Volador did a bit too, but this was Carístico working a closer to max effort than Volador. Volador did rudo bits, early and late, but never felt really into the match despite the dramatic near falls late. The Destroyer spot was cool. I’m probably downgrading it based on what I feel like it could be rather than what it actually is; the ceiling should be much higher but this was still better than any other match on this show.
The semimain was an alright match. They seemed to do stick more to mat work in the first fall, the ending came very quick in the third fall, Soberano looked like the best guy on this team. It didn’t interest me a whole lot.
No one’s said when/where this is airing. I think everyone expects it to air on Marca like usual but CMLL has done weird things with the last two major shows. I’m not sure a lot of people were curious about this show with just the stuff that had been announced before. Virus and Metalico might create more interest. The one consistent part is CMLL’s always put it on their YouTube channel by Saturday morning. Hopefully, CMLL will make the Friday night part clear in advance. It’d be good if live is an option, but “not live” is bearable if someone just says something about ahead of time. If there’s no stream, CMLL should be shouting “no stream Friday, please come to Arena Mexico” in between every fall like all the other plugs starting with tomorrow’s show
AAA’s officially put up the lineups for Queretaro, Monterrey, and Cancun. They have not put up the Merida Verano de Escandalo lineup, which was revealed locally at the same time as the Cancun one. Instead of editing the poster to not list the Young Bucks as champions, AAA’s decided to just pocket it until after Double or Nothing. Jack Evans is still listed as Queretaro.
Pierrothito talks about getting into wrestling, which seems a lot like getting into anything but wrestling for a while before ending up there.
CMLL (SUN) 05/26/2019Arena México
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Cholo & Yago
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Súper Astro Jr. vs Hijo del Signo [lightning]
4) Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Hijo del Villano III, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Místico, Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero, Negro Casas, Shocker
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
The good Sunday Arena Mexico people don’t get Metalico/Virus but do get, uh, Super Astro vs Hijo del Signo. NGD vs Ingobernables is not one done a lot.
CMLL (SUN) 05/26/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mandala vs Jabalí
2) Amperaje & Cosmos vs Destello & Relámpago Azul
3) Black Sugar, Fantástico, Tigre Blanco vs Mr. Trueno, Paymon, Rey Trueno
4) Baron Blanco Jr., El Rielero, Vaquero Jr. vs Capitán Cobra, Maléfico, Príncipe Kisho
5) Crixus, Magnum, Metatrón, Paladin vs Difunto, Furia Roja, Gran Kenut, León Blanco
Again, I usually skip posting Sunday’s Guadalajara lineup here because they are mostly names no one knows. This week, it is two names I don’t even know – no one named Paladin or Crixus has wrestled here prior, and they’re in the main event. It is truly a mystery. (In general, they seemed headed to a cage match here soon.)
CMLL (MON) 05/27/2019Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika
2) King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro
3) El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger
4) Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Mephisto & Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja & Terrible [Torneo Increible de Parejas, final]
Mephisto & Volador vs Niebla Roja & Terrible will be solid. 3rd and 4th matches are in the same range.
Soberano might become trios champion because Volador was off one week! Soberano probably isn’t becoming trios champion.
Mexa Wrestling (SAT) 06/08/2019Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Calibus vs Príncipe Aéreo, Sobredosis, Black Dragón, Auzter, Sherekan, Baby Star, Torito Negro
2) Centurion, Dinamic Black, Fulgor I, Imposible, Mr. Leo vs Fly Warrior, Murciélago Plateado, Poseidón, The Tiger, Último Maldito
3) Negro Navarro & Solar I vs El Mimo & Toro Negro
4) Jack Evans vs Aramis, Arkángel Divino, Pumita
5) El Diablo & Lady Flammer vs Hija De Gatubela & Metaleón
6) Rey Horus vs Steve Pain
7) Golden Boy & Símbolo vs Trauma I & Trauma II
This show is called God Level and is quite a random collection of matches. I think it’ll be good but it doesn’t particularly feel like a Mexa Wrestling show. The fourth match is subtitled “Purity of Strong Style” and I can not imagine why.
Arez, Monsther Clown, Taurus beat La Parka, Drago, Golden Magic (12:08, Taurus Rodeo Driver Drago, ok, 01:30:10)
Chessman, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beat Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown
(17:44, Chessman chair to the knee Pagano, ok, 01:54:44)
Psycho Clown went after the rudos post-match, only to take a spear from Taurus. La Parka, Vikingo, and Myzteziz beat them up. Poder del Norte ran thru the crowd to attack them. The rudos destroyed the tecnicos for an extended period.
La Parka harshly attacked Poder del Norte after their match for attacking his son way back when.
Maravilla seems to hurt her right shoulder during an armbar reversal sequence early on. She tried to wrestle thru it, and Hijo del Tirantes actually left the ring to check on her during the match. Mami ran in post-match to attack Maravilla, once again trying to legdrop and getting Maravilla mostly in the face. Tirantes also got beat up.
The main event was very ordinary. Two técnico posing bits felt like they were really stretching it up. Pagano finish seemed like a write off if this same bit of him being taken away with a horrible injury didn’t already happen every second match. Chessman had a better night than one before but wasn’t asked to do a lot. Psycho Clown tried but this wasn’t near as good as his match the previous show.
The semi-main had the La Parka match, which was rather not good, and they had everyone else, which had some definite moments. This was hard for me to watch because the framerate was dropping badly at points, but the action was good when it seemed to be moving at a good speed. Golden magic had a great headscissors. Arez got in his suplex when he wasn’t stooging for everyone. Taurus continued to look dangerous to the técnicos and probably should’ve teased a title match. Monster Clown working well with flyers gives some hope to the Aerostar feud if they’re going to do it.
The latest Poder del Norte match was just non stop action, coming off to with the dives off the entrance set and getting better after that. Poder del Norte are doing fewer chair spots ow and making them more effective, which is nice. They’ve also hit their finishing sequence so many times for the certain win, making it surprising when the pin was broken up. Vikingo let Flamita be the one to almost kill himself but still pulled out a few fling spots. The points where the match turned drastically were incredible. This feud continues to be great.
The finish of the exoticos/women match was supposed to be a Maravilla one woman Spanish Fly on Mamba, only Mamba fell down before they could do it. It was that side of match, starting out with the Maravilla arm injury and featuring other messed up looking spots in the middle. Chik Tormenta is the only one who had anything close to a good match. Big Mami’s run-in didn’t help.
Having a pre-match promo changing the opener to a three-way tag and then the wrestlers ignoring it to do the same trios match was so aggressively dumb that it was hard to take the rest of the match seriously. At least if they set up Mami & Hamburgesa splitting up more it may have justified it, but they were more friends than when they started. The camerawork made it hard to figure why Mami didn’t win the match. Hijo del Tirantes is better doing a little and had to do a whole match here. This is not a good use of anyone’s time.
This opener was a trios match than Konnan arbitrarily changed it to a three-way tag match. The referee was a local who didn’t seem to be named, or maybe just a staff guy. He did have what would be normally considered refereeing gear. Lady Maravilla showed up just as the técnicos were going to win.
These issues summaries run from September 11th to November 13th, 1966. This is getting close to the end of 1966. I’ll try to do some sort of year in review once that is finished.
Lucha Libre 151 – 09/11/1966 (Friday of 09/02, released 09/06)
Last week, it seemed like a hair match was coming but it wasn’t clear which one. It turns out to be two: Jerry London defeats Karloff Lagarde in one, and Rene Guajardo beats Felipe Ham Lee in the other.
The EMLL Anniversary show is said to be set for 09/23. (It doesn’t happen until 09/30.)
Rene Guajardo also has recently defended his title against Felipe Ham Lee, but not said when or where
a feature: “luchadors: normal people outside the ring who are capable of marrying women”
Most of the wrestlers owe more than 6 months of back dues to UNL
“Braulio Mendoza is lying.” Acapulco wrestlers are upset with Mendoza, the head of the local version of the union but afraid of challenging him. There are issues with trying to kick Johnny Ceballos and La Cebra out of the union after they’ve been accused of crimes
Karis La Momia is now wrestling under his real name of Mario Gomez in Tulancingo
Rodolfo Ruiz is expected out for all of September with kidney issues. A later note says amends it to two months.
El Vasco broke his right forearm in a match with Tony Sugar and will be out a while.
Pepe Menedita it in “delicade” health
filmmakers really want Mil Mascaras
Rafael Barradas is preparing a book about the history of lucha libre
Chabela Romero has defended her women’s title against Betty Olguin in Arena San Juan Pantitlan
Pokarito Ramirez challenges Raul Rojas for a shot at the lightweight title”
Emilio Charles is now the programmer for a promotion running at Plaza de Toros Monterrey
A Goliat bio
Chino Chow is rated 84, with a 7 for personality among 8s and 9s.
magazine complains about too many people with Oro/Dorado in their name.
paper very upset with the result between Tigre Steiger & Mil Mascaras
an article complains about too many popular rudos and not many tecnicos.
a Dr. Wagner profile. He hasn’t been around much.
Cavernario Galindo art bio
Lucha Libre 152 – 09/18/1966 (Friday of 09/09, released 09/13)
Mil Mascaras, Black Shadow defeat El Santo, Rayo de Jalisco in the finals of a Friday tag tournament and a battle of idols. Match was said to be great.
Mil Mascaras will be out 7 weeks due to filming a movie.
Canadian Jerry London has fallen in love with Mexico. “He has changed hot dogs for enchiladas.”
Ciclon Veloz Jr. hopes to reach the same fame as his father.
The two hair match show last week drew 163,987 pesos, which is just short of the record (164,500) set by Santo versus Espanto I in a mask match.
Huracan Ramriez may have returned to Central America.
Black Gordman may have won national heavyweight title from Pantera Negra in Monterrey but they don’t have it confirmed. (Current records say Gordman won on the 6th in Ciudad Victoria).
Guadalajara announcer Salvador Vazquez is called “inepto”
a list of those who lost their hair in 1966 so far. Seems a weird article for September. Some have dates, some do not, most have already been mentioned.
Carlos Moreno & “Wolff” Rubinski get the art bio tribute.
Lucha Libre 153 – 09/25/1966 (Friday of 09/16, released 09/20)
Karloff Lagarde & Rene Guajardo beat Ray Mendoza & Jerry London, though that was only after a defeated Lagarde knocked out London from outside. The magazine is unhappy with the rudos’ behavior.
There’s a rumor of more EMLL wrestlers being cut.
Raul Reyes wants an apuesta rematch with Dr. Wagner
Oswaldo Johnson, the promoter of note from Guatemala, was in Mexico City working to recruit more wrestlers to come to his country.
Tito Montes, a Mexican raised in the US, has debuted in Acapulco.
Rene Guajarado profile billed as an undisputable champion
The notes column mentions the ropes in Arena Coliseo are bad and a danger to the wrestlers
Tigre Steiger needed a minor back operation after being hit with a bottle in Cuernavaca.
The magazine talks about all the big names who’ve wrestled for EMLL, celebrated it’s 33rd anniversary the next day.
An article about the history of the national middleweight title seems like it is more like the world middleweight title. I’m very confused.
Bulldog Reyes is rated 76.
Rene Guajardo & Jerry London get the art bio treatment.
Lucha Libre 154 – 10/02/1966 (Friday of 09/23, released 09/27)
El Santo, Jerry London, Ray Mendoza beat Rene Guajardo, Karloff Lagarde, Henry Pilusso in the Friday main event. This turned into heavy brawling and was not liked by the magazine.
Karloff Lagarde is going to be out for a while after getting his tonsils removed.
There’s a long article about how the people make the wrestlers stars, not the people. This feels like a reaction to something – maybe Box Y Lucha called Mil Mascaras an invention of Lucha Libre? Mascaras definitely comes up, with the magazine admitting Mil had a lot of hype coming in while arguing that also meant the crowd would’ve turned harder against him if he didn’t deliver on the hype.
The “batalla rusa de parejas” is debuting in Arena Coliseo; basically a tag team tournament with partners determined by elimination order. “No one liked the idea.”
Ray Silva & Leo Lopez are debuting in Arena Coliseo from Guanajuato
El Santo has recently defended his title against Buddy Montes in Plaza de Toros el Cortijo.
A notes column mentions El Santo is getting 750 dollars (specified as dollars instead of pesos) per match.
the main event luchadors from 09/16 show were fined 250 pesos for their actions. It’s not said exactly what the action is, just the magazine says it was a serious spectacle.
ex-wrestler Juan Garza is now the match-maker in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The middleweight title history continues. The order of the champions match up but the dates remain different thru Tarzan Lopez’s first reign.
The Tijuana wrestlers union has dissolved due to bad direction. Wrestlers have joined the Mexicali group instead.
New Tabasco state champions are Vikingo II (lightweight), Rayo Vengador (welter), and Halcon Blanco (middle)
Tigre Steiger gets a profile after being around for a while. He’s in for 3-9 months and has a degree from the “University of Hamburgo” as an x-ray technician.
Caballero Tigre hype.
Jose Lotario is doing well in Puerto Rico.
a Black Shadow profile.
Lobo Negro & Carnicero Butcher get the art treatment.
Lucha Libre 155 – 10/09/1966 (Friday of 09/30, released 10/04)
in the 33rd Anniversary EMLL show, Rene Guajardo defeats Jerry London in a hair vs hair match. Lucha Libre believes London was the best wrestler in Mexico. They’re so upset about the outcome that they doesn’t even want to write about the match.
The promoter of Plaza de Toros el Coritjo are called out for making 15,000 on their 09/25 show and paying the referee only 41 pesos. A lot of drunk people too t the show.
Gori Guerrero is coming to wrestle in Mexico City. This time for sure! (He does not come.)
El Nazi went to a draw with Mil Mascaras and feels that shows he can beat Mascara in a title match
Rizado Ruiz talks about his career. Jesus Lomelin gave him the name.
Referee Roberto Rangel traveled to San Antonio to referee a Bruno Sammartino & Dorrel Dixon WWF title match.
Tona La Tapatia is now working behind the scenes on movies
Part 3 of the middleweight history, which again has all different dates than I’m used to.
Joe Marin gets the art tribute
The union will hold a benefit show on 10/14. These have had all title matches in the past, but no lineup turns up from this one.
Halcon Negro loves Mexico
Buddy Montes rated a 59, with a 5 in popularity and 6 in tencica. The magazine is still upset about him getting a title match against El Hijo del Santo
Tigre Steiger, scheduled for 3 months, is already on his way out due to poor performances.
Lalo Montengro unmasked Fantasma (from Pachuca) in Morelia, but no name was announced.
Lucha Libre 156 – 10/16/1966 (Friday of 10/07, released 10/11)
Rene Guajardo & Black Shadow win the first ever ruleta rusa tournament on a Friday night. This is not an apuesta match like we might think about that term today. It is the same eight-team tournament they’ve been doing, except the teams themselves are decided by battle royal. Shadow reverts to his rudo persona for the first time in a while in teaming with lead rudo Guajarado. It sticks, he remains a rudo going forward.
This is the 3rd Anniversary of the magazine.
There’s an article complaining about “campeonitis”, worthless championships. The tag team title situation gets brought up here. Santo & Rayo are the Arena Mexico (Friday) champions, Rebelde & Apolo Curiel are the Tuesday Arena Coliseo tag champs and Espanto I & Espanto III are the Sunday Arena Coliseo tag team champions. None of them come up much and there are no officially recognized national tag team championship. The magazine only wants two titles (National and World), getting rid of the local/state titles.
They also want champions to defend against real challengers, still aggravated by that Santo title defense against Buddy Montes.
Japan’s Akio Yoshihara is returning to Mexico for the first time in nearly a decade.
Cesar Valentino is back from wrestling in Spain. He didn’t like it, saying he got paid less in the US and the fans weren’t the equal of Mexico. Valentino says Argentina is a much better situation in all ways than Spain.
Rodolfo Ruiz is 2 weeks away from returning from injury.
the Mexican Middleweight title history continues here. I can actually make sense of it compared to what we have right now. The version here is Tarzan Lopez held the belt for 10 years from 1946 to 1956, instead of vacating it after winning the world title in 1948. There’s no new champion until 1956 so that could very well be correct.
Tigre Steiger’s contract is mentioned as being canceled by CMLL, so he’s officially done.
new luchador Zeus gets a profile
Karloff Lagarde has been discharged by surgeons after his tonsils surgery. Pacific Coast promoters want him against Santo when Santo returns from South America
Ray Mendoza sold a lot of tickets in Acapulco, with the magazine claiming he’s the best ticket seller of the moment
a title win (World Junior Middleweight) by Basil Batah in Venezuela on 10/02 is said to have drawn 13,000 people.
La Furia is rated a 82
A short article on Ray Silva.
Lucha Libre 157 – 10/23/1966 (Friday of 10/14, released 10/18)
Ruben Juarez, Rayo de Jalisco beat Karloff Lagarde, El Nazi in a boring Friday main event. This was Lagarde’s return from injury. Angel Blanco & Dr. Wagner won in the semi-main, their highest profile win as a tag team so far. Akio Yoshihara did make his return.
the 2-3 Fuera column wonders why there are no national tag team champions.
The Tuesday Arena Mexico titles held by Rebelde & Daniel Curiel have been vacated to give other youngsters a chance. A tournament is underway
Bodybuilders are coming into wrestling, but the magazine believes they will put the rest the old myth that bodybuilders don’t have enough flexibility to do well in wrestling. In a remarkable coincidence, this leads into a plug for a bodybuilding magazine from the same publishers.
a profile on Halcon Suriano. He was born into wealth (inherited from his grandfather on his father’s side), but the family lost all the money when he was young and it was a terrible adjustment. The second part of this interview seems to be missing, but the photos indicate there were hopes of him being a next El Santo only for him suffering a vertebrae injury against the Espantos.
Hector Guzman has re-opened Arena Lopez Mateos after improvements to the arena shut it down for 45 days.
local promoters are now all copying the ruleta ruso idea
Chico Casasola may be leaving his EMLL programming role to return this job as head of the wrestlers union.
Pepe Casas was a hair vs mask match with Caata Brava I
A Karloff Lagarde hype article
The despised Mil Caras, revealed months ago here to be Sordomundo Rodirugez and also someone bitting off Mil Mascaras’ fame, lost that mask to El Zombie in Arena Azteca Budokan.
A show at Arena Oblatos in Jalisco was threatened to be shut down because two of their wrestlers owe move to the Arena Coliseo Guadalara promoters. The column is confused at what one has to do with the other.
El Monstruo is rated 77
A micro-report on Rasputin
Juan Flores, the Mexico greco-roman champion at 78 kg, is headed to CMLL.
An interview on El Rebelde as he works on his car.
Lucha Libre 158 – 10/30/1966 (Friday of 10/21, released 10/25)
Rene Guajardo again defeated Jerry London for the NWA Middleweight championship. NWA President Sam Mushnick was in attendance and raised Guajarado’s arm after the defense.
a profile on Black Shadow, becoming a rudo again after 13 years.
Rayo de Jalisco continues to have fans and critics for his flying style.
Anibal now is in CMLL’s gym training for a debut.
Hype for Wagner & Blanco
Ray Mendoza & Mil Mascaras are working on movies.
As de Oros has been called to Mexico City to debut
The magazine is upset the Vetarron brothers are wrestling in outfits similar to Mil Mascaras.
someone claiming to be El Santo but obviously a fake wrestled in Puerto Rico
Prelimiary wrestlers who can be top stars in the future: Pato Soria, Solitario, Benny Romero, Tony Reina, el Greco, Cesar Valentino, Ciclon Veloz Jr., Chucho Villa, and Ray Silva
an interview with Vikingo
Lucha Libre 159 – 11/06/1966 (Friday of 10/28, released 11/01)
Black Shadow & Henry Pilusso won another ruleta ruso
Jerry London has terminated his contract with EMLL, which is what spurred them to call Dory Dixon back in.
Halcon Negro has also quit EMLL, unhappy about his spot. He’s out of wrestling and working in other businesses. Lucha Libre had often been down on his matches
Lucha Libre now is down on Akio Yoshihara’s matches, says he needs to show more heat and aggressiveness or he’ll be going back to Japan.
The rankings have Guajarado as the top rudo with black Shadow just behind. Rayo de Jalisco is the top tecnico in front of Santo. They list tag teams (Rayo/Santo) and trios (London, Lee, Mendoza) for the first time.
Blue Demon is going to film another movie before returning to wrestling.
Tony Salazar pops up for the first time in a Nuevo Valores section. He’s 19 at this point and hoping to pass the professional test (but is wrestling on small shows alreadly)
Felipe Ham Lee profile
As de Oro wants to wrestle in Arena Mexico.
a Dick Angelo profile
Leo Lopes is out 40 days due to a clavicle injury, suffered when the second rope broke on last Tuesday’s Arena Coliseo show. Those were the same ropes warned about earlier. .
A Q&A with Raul Rojas, who likes dancing (flameco!); he says it was his passion before wrestling.
Carnicero Grimaldo is rated 78.
Lucha Libre 160 – 11/13/1966 (Friday of 11/04, released 11/08)
Rudo Black Shadow continues winning, teaming with Henry Pilusso to beat Rayo de Jalisco, Ray Mendoza on Friday night. The magazine is thrilled to get a week off from Rene Guajarado.
The La Verdad de Lucha Libre section still has not returned – but “La Falsa de Lucha Libre” shows up in this issue! They’re upset about wrestlers who don’t really know lucha, battle royals (how can you have real fights with all those people in the ring) and the rise of holds that require obvious co-operation or aren’t actually hurting anyone
the opening complaints of the magazine: why are the Ventarron being allowed to wrestle masked and under other identities unmasked? When will someone hold a tournament to decide a challenge for Gory Guerrero? Later, it’s claimed Gori Guerrero was totally going to come back to defend against the great Jerry London but London left Mexico. They do praise Antonio Montoro so it’s not all complaining.
A Dory Dixon profile. He has muscles. He would be champion but all the current champions are scared to defend against him! This is some good journalism.
The women luchadors are in Monterrey and Torreon right now. Black Gordman and Cesar Silva have left the Monterrey and are headed to Juarez.
Mil Mascaras is getting close to finishing the two movies he was on.
build for a Black Shadow vs Rayo de Jalisco match.
a Huroki Sito interview.
Alfonso Dante is rated 81, called “cold”
El Muerto Alfonso Morales is now Golden Boy.
someone named Juan Macanas is getting on small shows in Mexico City but isn’t really trained.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Leono & Sonic b El Coyote & Grako tecnicos took 2/3
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. b Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca tecnicos took 2/3
3) Star Jr. TLDRAW Sagrado [lightning] 10 minute time limit, with both down at the buzzer after a Star Jr. moonsault met Sagrado feet. Sagrado angrily powerbombed Star Jr. afterwards.
4) Blue Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. Tecnicos took 1/3. Money thrown in.
5) Flyer, Kráneo, Rey Cometa b Hechicero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja [Relevos Increíbles] straight falls, Rush faking a foul from Angel de Oro. Oro loudly demanded a singles match week. Rush accepted and a post match brawl took place.
A much better than usual Tuesday show, with both the lightning match and the fourth match being worth going out of your way to watch. The brawl after the main event went a bit wild.
Rush and Angel de Oro hype a singles match. It would be their first one ever, between two guys who were trios champions together a long time ago. Star Jr. wants a rematch, while Sagrado says already knows he’s better. This seemed like the set-up to a singles rematch but they’ve already got that covered and rarely do twice.
CMLL (TUE) 05/21/2019Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Magnum, Metatrón, Micro b Capitán Cobra, Difunto, Fúnebre tecnicos took 2/3
2) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Sanely b La Seductora, Reina Isis, Tiffany tecnicos took 1/3
3) Drone, Fuego, Tritón b Kawato San, Metálico, Olímpico tecnicos took 1/3
4) Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente ?? Shocker, Templario, Vangellys Esfinge replaced Soberano (moved up). Templario replaced Matt Taven. Rudos won fall 1, tecnicos took 2, no third fall finish mentioned.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. Soberano replaced Volador (injury?) Tecnicos took 2/3 to set up a trios title match.
It remains to be seen if Soberano or Volador will be in that trios match. Informa might accidentally be useful if only to scan thru and see if Volador showed up. The rule about putting Euforia & Soberano in the same match seems to be no longer in existence.
IWRG (SUN) 05/26/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Noicy Boy & Spider Fly vs Cosmic & Vortex
2) Águila Oriental, Ángel Drago, Dinámico vs Biosfera, Galactus, Güero Palma
3) Ángel Estrella Jr., Dranzer, Fireman vs Canival, Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr.
4) Black Shadow Jr., Leo, Toto vs Kanon, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah
5) Chico Che vs Ovett
6) Auzter, Black Dragón, Chef Benito, Chicanito, Death Metal, Latino, Neza Kid, Puma de Oro vs Caballero de Plata, Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Guerrero Olímpico, Historico, Imperial Jr., Marado, Mosca [mask, hair, cage]
The main event is Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Argentino (Hip Hop Man), following up on recent issues. Dragon Fly returning to wrestling and being a focal point of all this might mean doom for him.
That’s about 12 hours of wrestling. That’s an unhealthy amount of wrestling is what it is. Oh well.
I liked a lot of the AAA TV from this group, especially in Nogales. It does suffer a bit from being TV filler, being the set up to something coming (maybe.) The CMLL versus The Crash felt like the complete feud in one match. It helped by CMLL having no plans but being the definitive match is something I value.
Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf 450
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Chik Tormenta vs La Hiedra, Faby Apache, Lady Maravillain a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match and in a Number One Contenders Match match
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Villano III Jr. vs Jack Evans, Australian Suicide, Taurus
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Flamita, Golden Magic, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión, Taurus, Texano Jr.
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
Drone, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Tiger
CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-30
Carístico vs Último Guerrero
CMLL YouTube: 2019-04-30
Drago, Faby Apache, Golden Magic vs Chik Tormenta, Keyra, Monsther Clown
AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-03
Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpiónin a lumberjack rules match
AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-03
Avispa Dorada, Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita vs Amapola, Dalys, Reina Isis
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-03
Puma King vs Killer Kross
AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28
La Parka, Murder Clown, Niño Hamburguesa vs Averno, Chessman, Dave The Clown
CMLL (MON) 05/20/2019Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Black Tiger & Policeman b El Asturiano & Rey Samuray rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón b El Malayo, Espanto Jr., Toro Bill Jr. tecnicos took 1/3. Triton was having right leg issues.
3) Flyer, King Jaguar, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Volador (injury) was replaced by Angel de Oro early Monday, but King Jaguar instead ended up in the spot. Peste Negra took 1/3.
4) Místico & Valiente b Hijo del Villano III, Niebla Roja, Audaz, Vangellys, Esfinge, Luciferno [Torneo Increible de Parejas, battle royal]
5) Audaz & Sansón b Luciferno & Volcano [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
6) Carístico & Hijo del Villano III b Atlantis & Vangellys [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
7) Niebla Roja & Terrible b Esfinge & Templario [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
8) Ephesto & Místico b Felino & Valiente [Torneo Increible de Parejas, 8f]
9) Carístico & Hijo del Villano III b Audaz & Sansón [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
10) Niebla Roja & Terrible b Ephesto & Místico [Torneo Increible de Parejas, quarterfinal]
11) Niebla Roja & Terrible b Carístico & Hijo del Villano III [Torneo Increible de Parejas, semifinal]
The only team with two people who are real rivals made it to the final. Niebla Roja, Terrible, Mephisto and Volador are all announced as appearing on Informa to hype this final, so maybe CMLL will give some idea on what exactly is going on with Volador at the moment.
While Niebla Roja & Terrible are teaming on Mondays, it looks like they’re setting up a singles match on Tuesdays. Terrible defeated Niebla Roja in last week’s main event via foul. They rematch, Los Ingobernables against Roja, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis, again in the main event tonight.
The rest of the card is the usual Tuesday randomness. Flyer, Rey Cometa and Kraneo were picked out of the hat to face Hechicero, Mephisto and Rey Bucanero. Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Blue Panther, all strangely ranked lower than Flyer, face Polvora, Tiger and Universo 2000. Star Jr. versus Sagrado is the lightning match. Halcon Suriano Jr. makes an appearance in the segunda. The show airs at 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
Guadalajara has Caristico, Stuka, and Volador versus Los Guerreros as the listed main event, but it seems likely Volador won’t be there. They have Mistico, Soberano Jr., and Valiente versus Matt Taven, Shocker, and Vangellys and there’s no chance Taven is going to be there.
Fuerza Guerrera says he had and Silver King had a conversation about death earlier this year when both were in Japan for the El Santo led shows there. Silver King told Guerrera that he’d rather die in the ring rather than an illness or injury that caused him to be confined to a bed.
+LuchaTV has a short conversation with Juventud Guerrera. He’s asked about his match on the Martinez show and starts talking about Silver King instead. He’s upset with people on YouTube who aren’t luchadors giving their opinions, complains about people promising changes after Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death and those changes only lasting a couple of weeks, and hopes Silver King’s death prompts real change. Guerrera seems like a guy who could really use a break from wrestling for a while.
Blue Demon Jr. is part of a Burger King Mexico marketing campaign for some new burgers. They’re building to an event on May 29th in Mexico City. Blue Demon Jr. is more effective as a marketing device than a luchador, but that’s also why he’s in headlining TripleMania.
Marisela Pena is included in Forbes list of the 100 most important Mexican businesswomen.
AAA TV (SAT) 05/18/2019 Palenque de Tuxtla, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas[AAA, Lucha Central, Record, thecubsfan]
1) Dragón Bane b Golden Magic 5:56. Golden Magic used a flipping powerslam for the win
2) Halcón 78 Jr. & Lady Maravilla b Astrolux & Big Mami 7:43. Maravilla pinned Big Mami after a frogsplash.
3) Myzteziz Jr. & Niño Hamburguesa b Australian Suicide & Chik Tormenta 11:10. Nino Hamburguesa won thanks to Lady Maravilla’s help this time. Big Mami attacked Lady Maravilla but Hamburguesa left with Maravilla. Chik Tormenta took a foot to the face off a bad 450 splash attempt by Myzteziz.
4) La Hiedra & Tessa Blanchard b Faby Apache & Lady Shani 10:40. Tessa Blanchard’s AAA debut. Hijo del Tirantes helped with the rudas.
5) Chessman, Daga, Villano III Jr. b Flamita, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid 16:27. Daga beat Vikingo with a double underhook frontcracker.
6) Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Pagano, Psycho Clown, Puma King 13:23. Made a no DQ match, which mostly just meant cookie pan spots. Chessman sprayed mist in Pagano’s face to set up the win.
The fifth match was the best on the show. The Myzteziz foot to Tormenta’s face looked brutal, but she said she was OK. There’s a segment with Daga & Puma King and a dozen run-ins that I left out there, which primarily seemed to exist to write off the Perros del Mal music and secondarily to keep the Kross/Puma feud going. Chessman blowing mist set up the finish on the next day.
AAA TV (SUN) 05/19/2019 Teatro Al Aire Libre Del Parque Tabasco Dora Maria, Villahermosa, Tabasco [AAA, Lucha Central]
1) Big Mami & Dragón Bane b Halcón 78 Jr. & Lady Maravilla
2) Chik Tormenta, Hijo del Tirantes, Tessa Blanchard b Astrolux, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa
3) Australian Suicide b Villano III Jr., Golden Magic, Flamita, Myzteziz Jr. [AAA LA, #1 Contenders] Australian Suicide gets a shot at Drago at some point.
4) Pagano b Chessman [TLC] Pagano won after Chessman fell backwards off the top rope thru a table, and then an exchange of mist spots.
5) La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Hijo Del Vikingo, Lady Shani, Laredo Kid
6) Blue Demon, Daga, Killer Kross b La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King Demon snuck in a foul on La Parka (missed by the camera)
Both the finish to the main event and the dumb big spot in the TLC match were missed live. Replays showed they had like three different good angles of the table bump; if they just cut to a camera by random, they had a good chance of showing it. (I was not interested in enough to find out if they had a replay of the foul.)
The Mami/Hamburguesa/Maravilla storyline moved along a little bit and maybe Suicide will someday get the title shot he won here. (In a multi-person match for sure, but before or after Chik Tormenta gets hers?) And a bunch of heels questioned why Fenix hasn’t been back to defend the AAA Mega-championship, which is about the second or third time we’ve seen that bit. It makes everyone, Fenix included, look bad when he still doesn’t show up to defend that title.
The creative effort in AAA right now seems limited to re-constructing lineups based on whoever’s actually available for these cards. That can’t be easy given how much that seems to change, but there needs to be more than just matches to be interesting TV. This was the seventh TV taping since Rey de Reyes and I’m hard-pressed to think of significant things that have happened with lasting consequences. Maybe only La Hiedra & Taurus being added to Los Mercenarios, but that seemed less a creative decision and more just filling holes with La Mascara & Hijo del Fantasma gone. AAA running in place is nothing new, but running so many shows in a short time is really showing that weakness. If you’re not subscribing to the Twitch, this is definitely a good time to stay off it and pick and choose what comes up on YouTube.
The turnout wasn’t great this weekend. Sunday’s show seemed like a much too big building, looking about half full. Maybe there aren’t a lot of choices in Villahermosa. The smaller building on Saturyda had bunches of empty seats in the lower bowl. The upper bowl seemed a bit empty from the little bit we could see it. The reason AAA is running all these shows is the promotion and their local partners believing they’d be a draw in different locations based off the AztecaTV. It hasn’t been a clear success but it’s still early in AAA being on Azteca.
CMLL (SAT) 05/18/2019Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Angelito & Fantasy rudos took 1/3.
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, La Jarochita rudos took 2/3.
3) Oro Jr. b Príncipe Diamante [lightning] money thrown in
4) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Disturbio, Pólvora, Vangellys tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Hechicero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero b Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volcano rudos took 1/3
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja NGD took 1/3.
CMLL (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr. tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Kaligua, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito rudos took 1/3
3) Hijo del Signo b Robin [lightning]
4) Flyer, Metálico, Pegasso b Dark Magic, Stigma, Virus [Relevos Increíbles] Straight falls. Metalico used the bottom rope to beat Virus. Metalico challenged Virus to a hair vs hair match. Virus raised the stakes to loser must retire. Metalico accepted.
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. b El Hijo del Villano III, Negro Casas, Villano IV tecnicos took 1/3
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Cavernario unmasked Soberano (replacing Volador.)
Virus and Metalico backed up their words with promos. CMLL is selling so hard enough that they’ve said Virus is temporarily off the Juicio Final card, since his career may be over by then. “Retirement matches” in lucha libre mean nothing, this will not be the last match either person has, but CMLL is serious enough that it’ll be the last match they’ll have there (at least for a while.) I’d be shocked if it was Virus’ last match. Metalico seems closer to the end of the line, though they’re only really separated by about 11 months in age. Mostly, Virus seems a guy who’s stayed a lot closer to relevance than Metalico the decade or so, and I have trouble believing they’d end Virus’ career on a Sundays show on a two week build. They really shouldn’t be doing it with Metalico either.
I couldn’t be bothered to listen to the Hijo del Signo promo. The semi-main event tecnicos and rudos talk. CMLL won’t let up on doing Atlantis versus Villano matches. If CMLL’s really doing to do a big show every month, I think Villano V is getting a mask match this year.
Volador missed Friday’s show, missed Sunday’s show, and is off tonight’s show in Puebla. Angel de Oro is in. CMLL said Volador had an injury on Friday. No word on what is injured or how long he’ll be gone. Volador & Mephisto are scheduled to face the winner of tonight’s Arena Puebla incredible pairs tournament. Niebla Roja & Terrible seems like the favorite. There’s a bunch of teams (Caristico & Hijo del Villano III, Audaz & Sanson, Atlantis & Vangellys) with one guy who wins these tournaments and another person who does not. It is also an Arena Puebla tournament so it doesn’t really matter.
Flyer, Soberano Jr. & Angel de Oro take on Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas in the semi-main. Triton joins the usual group of locals and opener guys in the first two matches.
There’s actual results for a Kaoz show! Kaoz did not provide them. I provide them here so you might be able to better guess what random belts people are coming to the ring with. The attendance didn’t look great but not as troubling as other recent Monterrey shows.
IWRG (SUN) 05/19/2019Arena Naucalpan [@robviper, The Gladiatores]
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. & Atomic Star b Baby Star & Shere Khan
2) Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Príncipe Aéreo DQ Guerrero Olímpico, Marado, Mosca win by DQ when Alas de Acero was framed for chair usage
3) Death Metal b Liderk
4) Demonio Infernal b Manchas, Eragón, Shil-Kah, Leo, Fantasma de la Ópera, Apolo Estrada Jr., Dinamic Black, Capo del Norte, Relámpago, Jessy Ventura, Multifacético, Capo del Sur, Canibal Jr., Hijo del Alebrije, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Chico Che, Congo, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Imposible, Pasion Kristal, Lunatik Xtreme, Fly Warrior, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Zumbi, Séptimo Rayo, Metaleón, Aramis, Trauma I, Ovett, Huracán Ramírez Jr. [Rey del Ring] 31 people in a 30 person match. Eliminations: Eragon, Fantasma de la Opera, Shil-Ka, Leo, Manchas, Dinamic Black, Capo del Norte, Multifacetico, Capo del Sur, Canibal, Apolo Estrada Jr., Medico Asesino Jr., Mascara 2000 Jr., Fly Warrior, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Pasion Kristal, Zumbi, Lunztik Extreme, Septimo Rayo, Ovett, Metaleon, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Trauma I, Aramis, Hijo de Canis Lupus leaving Demonio Infernal as the winner.
Rey de Reyes was the usual bit of weirdness, right down to 31 people in a 30 person match. Your enjoyment of the end is definitely dependent on how many head drops you want to see.
On Instagram, Juventud Guerrera said Silver King was wrestling with a medical issue they didn’t know of at the time of the match. At a press conference Sunday, Silver King’s son, Ulises Gonzalez, said that was not true. He insisted his father was completely healthy, “100% clean”, and said all the paperwork backs that up. Dr. Wagner Jr. also made a point of saying Silver King had “no vices, no drugs.” You can see the full press conference here. Ulises believes his father Silver King would be alive if people acted faster, though he would’ve needed a pacemaker and would be unhappily retired from wrestling. Silver King will be buried Monday.
LA Park wants an extreme match with Pagano. He disputes those who say he can’t do technical wrestling. Park says he did and it never got him in the first match, and his star started rising once he started dancing.
CMLL (SAT) 05/25/2019Arena Coliseo
1) Arkalis & Bengala vs Apocalipsis & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Kaligua, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Magia Blanca vs Inquisidor [lightning]
4) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Pólvora, Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Místico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cuatrero, Gran Guerrero, Sansón
This is the show opposite of DragonMania. That is the most interesting thing about this card.
MDA (SUN) 06/02/2019Arena Naucalpan
1) Dick Angelo & Farsante vs Legendario & Tempo
2) Auster, Puma de Oro, Shadow Boy vs Diablo Jr., Ra-Zhata, Shil-Ka
3) Demasiado vs Pasion Cristal
4) Dinamic Black, Fly Warrior, Iron Kid vs Murciélago Plateado Jr., Neza Kid, Tromba
5) Séptimo Dragón vs Metaleón
6) Demus vs Hijo de Canis Lupus
7) Súper Nova vs Sharlie Rockstar
8) Aero Boy vs Sádico
9) Jack Evans vs Dragón Bane
10) Argenis vs Aramis
11) Carístico, Hijo del Fantasma, Imposible vs La Máscara, Trauma I, Trauma II
Sure, an 11 match card. That seems fine. This is a 6 pm start, unlike the recent 2:45 IWRG ones.
CMLL (FRI) 05/17/2019Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentral, Marca, Ovaciones, The Gladiatores, thecubsfan]
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. COR Magia Blanca & Star Jr. 11:33. Rudos took 2/3. Magia Blanca was counted out after Akuma’s dropkick.
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Sanely b Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany 13:09. Tecnicas took 1/3. Kaho hyped the hair match.
3) Felino, Hechicero, Tiger b Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón 13:50. Rudos took 1/3. Hechicero was hurt in the third fall, got himself pinned by Esfinge, and hurried to the back. (Hand injury?)
4) Negro Casas b Soberano Jr. [lightning] 8:43. Negro Casas won with a Canadian Destroyer and a casita.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero DQ Ephesto, Máscara Año 2000, Mephisto 8:52. Guerreros took 2/3, the last when Mascara fouled UG.
6) Cavernario, Cuatrero, Sansón b Carístico, Místico, Valiente 6:33. Straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him to set up a singles match next week. Valiente replaced Volador.
AAA has two days of TV this weekend. Saturday’s show, at 8 pm CT, is from Tuxtla Guiterrez, is scheduled to have Wagner, Pagano & Psycho against Rey Escorpion, Texano, and Killer Kross. It’s probably going to change and most of the card is always likely to change with AAA, so maybe just some things to watch
Tessa Blanchard debuts with AAA on this show. She’s on every taping going forward.
Sammy Guevera should be back, but who knows who he’ll team with since La Mascara is still listed here. La Hiedra is on the card and might get moved up to base for Vikingo.
Flamita & Myzteziz Jr. vs Suicide & Daga sounds fun if it happens.
Astrolux (spelled Aztroluxe) is supposed to be on this taping but did show up at Crash show. I’m not clear if he’s still in AAA.
AAA’s back again on Twitch on Sunday in Villahermosa. This one will start around 6:30 CT. AAA has not run back to back days of tapings since the early 2000s. They’re doing it a bit coming up and we’ll get an early read how that is going to work out. Notes
This is the show with the La Mascara vs Pagano vs Chessman TLC match that obviously isn’t happening that way. A Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match is extra punishing to the body and it seems like a casual disregard of the luchadors bodies to have them doing it with no feud or build up. On the other hand, we probably shouldn’t assume AAA made this decision because it fits Pagano’s thinking.
There’s a mystery person teaming with Chik Tormenta who is probably Hijo del Tirantes, assuming AAA brought enough referees.
Blue Demon is on this show, to the excitement of all.
CMLL (FRI) 05/24/2019Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Estrellita, Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000
6) Místico vs Cavernario
CMLL has never gone as hard with Mistico as it originally seemed they had planned. Most of his biggest matches have come in trios, he’s never had the big apuesta win, and he’s not had many Friday night solo main events. Like none. The only other full length 1v1 match I can find for this Mistico on a Friday is a title match with Averno in 2013. That was the semi-main. The Munoz family seem as if they get a lot of benefits working in CMLL but this is something the middle brother has not gotten before.
No Matt Taven here means he’ll be replaced on Tuesday’s Guadalajara card (and that lineup should have not had him on it.) My theory is CMLL was going to run Taven/Volador in some fashion on 05/24 instead and Mistico/Caristico was just the replacement match.
AAA is happy to give you the same matches over and over again. When Hamburugesa & Lady Maravilla meet in the opener, it’ll be the 11th time they’ve been in the same TV match this year already. It’ll be the second time in three tapings that they’ve done the same match, assuming it doesn’t change again.
Hijo del VIkingo won a title shot back in Mexicali. Jack Evans won a four-way in Sonora that was originally for a title shot, then not mentioned as one with some card changes. Guess they’re still going with it anyway. It’s a rare AAA bit to actually go someplace so I’m not complaining.