Navarro defeats ZSJ in Chairo10, La Mascara & Soberano win in CMLL

photo by Black Terry

CMLL (FRI) 04/28/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, ESTO, thecubsfan, Wrestling With Words]
1) Eléctrico & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
15:05. Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Estrellita, Metálica, Sanely b Dalys, Marcela, Zeuxis [Relevos Increíbles]
9:33. Team Estrellita took the match in straight falls, the last when the Dalys/Marcela/Zeuxis team fell apart. Dalys & Zeuxis attacked Marcela after the match.
3) Soberano Jr. b Sansón [Copa Junior Nuevo Valores, final]
18:33. Tecnicos took 1/3. Soberano won the tournament.
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
13:24. Tecnicos took 2/3. Before the match, Brazo de Oro was honored with a moment of applause.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas
12:18. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) La Máscara b Volador Jr.
13:41. Mascara took falls 2/3, the last with a campana, and held up a banner honoring his father after the match.

This wasn’t the best CMLL show but it was a memorable one. La Mascara is super professional for wrestling in the main event and making it his way thru it fine. The Copa Junior did what it was intended to do.

In a post show interview, La Mascara said he’s considering taking his father’s name in some fashion as a homage.

Lucha Memes MDA (FRI) 04/28/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid b Baby Star, Dragón Fly, Galactar Facebook video (posted by )
2) Titán (CMLL) b Rey Horuz Facebook video (posted by )
3) Negro Navarro b Zack Sabre Jr. Facebook video (posted by )
4) Black Terry DQ Rush Facebook video (posted by )
Rush was DQed for using a martiente
5) LA Park b Súper Mega

MDA was the one who uploaded most of the matches; as ever, I’m caught between being happy we get to see the matches complete at all and confused why they don’t do it a way they can profit and expand off it if they’re going to do it at all. I haven’t seen it yet. Opinions seem to greatly differ on the Navarro/ZSJ match – either just OK or one of the best matches of the year. Attendance seemed down, more so in the expensive seats. Might have been the day change or all the other shows going on for Kid’s Day.

+Lucha has put up the Negro Navarro & Black Terry vs Virus & Hechicero match from the last Lucha Memes show.

AAA tapes tonight in Tlaxcala. The listed main event is Kevin Kross vs Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, but it’ll probably change. The show is listed as an 8:30 CT start time, so expect it to turn up around 9:15.

CMLL’s Coliseo show tonight has Diamante Azul, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr. against Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Volador in the main event. While there’s not many big indie shows the rest of the weekend, it’s still the biggest weekend of the year in terms of small and local indie shows celebrating tomorrow’s Kid’s Day holiday.

LuchaWorld has a really good bio of Brazo de Oro.

Texano, currently out of action on AAA TV, teamed with La Parka to beat Chessman and Averno in Arena Neza. This show didn’t seem to draw as well as some of their recent ones in the arena.

La Parka and Joaquin Roldan will be honored by the Toluca Hall of Fame on May 11th.

Zeuxis talks about her favorite video games, including the one that inspired her mask.

AAA’s put up the open for this week’s TV show.

RobViper has a music video of 09/23/16 ELITE

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/05/2017 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Espíritu Negro
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro vs Ripper [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

This doesn’t look promising. Main event is more Ingbornables versus Diamante Azul. Semimain is Niebla Roja having problems with his partners – this might actually be the the turn, it’s the right time. Fourth match looks like the best on the show.

Women’s match is back to normal, and maybe we’ll find out if they’re doing Marcela versus Dalys or Marcela & Sugehit vs Dalys & Zeuxis any time soon. Espiritu Negro being listed in the opener is unlikely, even less likely he’ll be there.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-28 

La Mascara

Recapped: 04/28/2017

All matches aired live on ClaroSports and are archived on my channel.

Matches: 

Eléctrico & Fantasy beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico (15:05 [6:09, 4:38, 4:18], 2/3, ok)

Estrellita, Metálica, Sanely beat Dalys, Marcela, Zeuxis in a relevos increíbles match (9:33 [5:45, 3:48], 1/2, ok)

Soberano Jr. defeated Sansón to win the Copa Junior Nuevo Valores (18:33 [3:48, 0:55, 13:50], 1/3, great)

  1. Soberano guillotine moonsault 3:48
  2. Sansón springboard guillotine knee drop 0:55
  3. Soberano sit down piledriver 13:50

Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper (13:24 [5:36, 2:07, 5:41], 2/3, ok)

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas (12:18 [2:58, 2:15, 7:05], 2/3, good)

La Máscara beat Volador Jr. (13:41 [1:20, 1:44, 10:37], 2/3, good)

  1. Volador backcracker 1:20
  2. Mascara double knee smash 1:44
  3. Mascara campana 10:37

What happened: 

Soberano

La Mascara wrestled the main event and won, defeating Volador cleanly with la campana, in a match taking place only hours after his father Brazo de Oro passed away. The promotion remembered Brazo de Oro with a moment of applause before the match. La Mascara tearfully held up a banner to honor his father to end the show.

Soberano Jr. defeated Sansón to win the Copa Junior Nuevo Valores 2017.

Marcela, Dalys & Zeuxis fell apart in the second fall of their match, with friendly fire incidents leading to Dalys & Zeuxis attacking their tecnica partner. No challenges were made after, so it’s unclear if this starts another cycle of Dalys/Marcela or if it’s a tag feud (with Sugehit?)

Thoughts:

pretty sure Sanson teleported

The main event is hard to evaluate as a match itself. It wasn’t really the emotional match or La Mascara one night técnico performance you might have expected of the situation, but something not that far off from what they might have done had there nothing else gone on. La Mascara did vow to be not an Ingobernable but a Mosquetero de Diablo tonight, and did his best to live up to it. He still wore the breakaway pants, but fought tougher and more serious than usual, especially when he attacked Volador hard from the start. It kind of turned into a usual Volador as it went on. Mascara still did more than he usually does in these matches, which might have happened anyway because it was a Friday main event, but felt like a bit part of the moment. The match felt professional, but it also felt understandable like their hearts were totally into it – they did the match because that’s what Brazo de Plata would’ve wanted, but their minds weren’t in it. They made the right call to have La Mascara win and win clean, and made the best of a tough day.

this worked well

Soberano & Sansón felt appropriate as the end of a young stars tournament. There were moments which didn’t go smoothly and maybe some ideas that could’ve been thought out better, but the potential of these guys was obvious and they wowed the fans with their athletic activities. After the usual sped thru falls, they went back and forth for a long time in the final fall. Soberano’s big moves looked bigger, but Sansón did well to be there right with him to catch and to get in his own offense. This feels like a match we’ll see again, and another achievement in a big 2017 for Soberano.

The rest of the show didn’t have a lot to it. I thought the semimain was good, but only barely so with some rough moments and the spark missing from similar matches. Dragon Lee and Negro Casas’ extended fight atop the turnbuckle to set up the finish was the most fun part of the match. The crowd liked the fourth match, a comedy heavy trios which smartly brought the crowd back up from the Brazo de Oro tribute, more than the one with all the flyers in it. It didn’t do as much for me, but it definitely achieved it’s purpose. The women’s match was just a strange setup to restart the one main world feud which never seems to end. I’d say the setup hurt the match, but those matches are just about the same whoever is on which side. The opener was the usual minis opener deal.

Volador versus TBD tonight in Arena Mexico, Chairo10 (ZSJ/Navarro, Rush/Terry) tonight in Naucalpan

LuchaMemes/MDA

CMLL (TUE) 04/25/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, Martes de Glamour]
1) Joker & Sádico b Sky Kid & Smaker
Sky Kid was hurt on the finihs.
2) Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul b Acero, Cosmos, Último Dragóncito
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, The Panther b Forastero, Puma, Tiger
4) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b La Máscara, Pierroth, Sam Adonis
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Rush b Diamante Azul
Rush snuck in a foul on Diamante Azul

Usual show in Guadalajara. It’d be nice if the third match (first TV match) slipped thru this week, but it’s unlikely.

SuperLuchas has a very good obit for Brazo de Oro. Brazo de Oro probably will be honored at wrestling shows many times this very busy weekend.

Volador Jr. versus La Mascara was scheduled to be tonight’s Arena Mexico main event. It’s not been announced if La Mascara will still wrestle following his father’s death, but it’s probable he will not wrestle. Traditionally, Mexican families spent the day with the body of the deceased, but whatever La Mascara decides is the correct decision. The fans would be understanding with any substitution and any of the three rudos in the semimain could be elevated to the main event. It’s going to be an emotional night whatever happens in the main event; Brazo de Oro was a fixture and still active around Arena Mexico and many people wrestling or otherwise part of the show knew him well.

As it stands, the semimain will be Mephsito, Negro Casas and Barbaro Cavernario taking on Caristico, Dragon Lee and Mistico, which could be an exceptional match. Valiente, Marco Corleone and Diamante Azul take on Ripper, Hechicero and Kraneo in the fourth match.

The Copa Junior comes a conclusion tonight with a the son of Euforia, Soberano Jr., taking on the son of Cien Caras, Sanson. Soberano seems headed to a big match with Misterioso sometime in the next few months and could use a win her to put him more in the spotlight before that oppurtinty. On the other hand, CMLL’s been behind the Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas since they’ve debuted, and for good reason, so Sanson can’t be ruled out from pulling an upset.

The second match is an unusual relevos incredibles match. CMLL running a relevos incredible match itself isn’t new, we’ve seen about what seems likes hundreds with Los Ingobernables the last few years. It’s not done as much in the women’s division, because hardly anything is done in the women’s division. The teams are Zeuxis, Dalys & Marcela against Metalica, Estrellita and Sanely. These lead to either to someone changing side, or a makeshift team having some issue leading to a match. There’s been no hint of someone switching teams yet. Marcela and Dalys could have problems to lead to another match, but this seems like an extra effort to do a match they’d run with no setup anyway. It’s possible also a stipulation just to do a stipulation.

The opener is Electrico & Fantasy versus Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Nitro. The match was listed that way on the poster, but the show preview CMLL sent out to it’s media partners had Demus instead of Nitro. It’s fixed on CMLL’s site; I suspect Demus was originally in the match before he quit, and someone neglected to make the change after he left.

Lucha Memes also has a rare Friday night show, Chairo 10 at Arena Naucalpan. There’s a good sounding opening trios, but it’s really built around four matches that each could’ve main evented any indie show. CMLL’s Titan faces Rey Horuz/Dragon Azteca. Rush fights Black Terry. LA Park creates some sort of havoc with Super Mega. And, in the match that’s gotten the most attention, Zack Sabre Jr. makes his Mexico debut by facing Negro Navarro. The previous Chairo cards have been more along the lines of 7-9 matches with some singles and some tags; it’ll be an worth watching to see if the different style or day changes how the show does.

Sabre/Navarro reads like a great exchange of holds match on paper. My concern about the match is the quality of Navarro’s matches vary with how highly he thinks of his opponents – if he doesn’t think or know much of his opponent, it may be quick and one sided. Navarro sounded interested in wrestling if not totally familiar with him on +Lucha’s podcast, and hopefully we’ll get the match everyone wants to see here. Navarro mentioned a hope to use this match to get more international bookings, and a good performance here could help with that.

Lucha Memes announced Negro Navarro & Black Terry vs Hechicero & Virus from the last Lucha Memes show will be uploaded to +LuchaTV’s channel. (It’s possible this may be delayed due to Brazo de Oro’s death.) It’s great we’re getting to see that match. It’s disappointing we’re still getting piece meal bits and pieces of shows instead of the full thing. I don’t want to preach about this today, my message doesn’t seem to be getting thru. Tonight’s show should be a good event and I hope it does well.

There’s also an AAA show tonight in Neza – it’s the one with the cool Lego inspired poster – and a special Kid’s show with no advertised matches in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. Today kicks off one of the busiest lucha weekends of the year. The big promotions are running shows, but it’s more about lots of local and small shows aimed at kid’s, many of which inevitable take place at non-traditional locations.

Rey Mysterio was on Jim Ross’ podcast. Pretty much unprompted, just in general discussion about how management should treat wrestlers, Rey brought up and criticized a promotion that was sending wrestlers on fifteen plus hour bus trips to shows. Rey never mentioned AAA by name, but was clearly talking about them. Rey wouldn’t have been asked to go on those bus trips during his return to AAA, but was speaking on behalf of people who probably could not safely say those things. AAA has the roughest travel schedule of any major promotion as far as I know, with no set touring scheduled and people sometimes send from one corner of the country to another, or just stopping back in Mexico City in between. (Christina Von Eerie had a great explanation of what it’s like to work an AAA schedule on a recent edition of Colt Cabana’s podcast.) I know it was reported that AAA recently said they were going to end that practice and start flying people out if it was more than a certain amount of hours, though I’m not sure if they have. Mysterio sounded very down on AAA, which fits him with him being part of the Rebelion. He and Dorain Roldan were doing group interviews last week at C2E2 about Lucha Underground; everyone at LU events is really good at keeping whatever tension there is out of sight for those outings.

Aeroboy will debut in AAW on May 6th. He’s on the ChilangaMask show the next day, so he’s picking up an extra high profile match while in the area.

RIOT on 05/20 in Arena Femenil Monterrey

The ribbon cutting was held yesterday for a lucha libre museum in Tijuana. The official opening is Saturday.

Super Crazy is announced for AIW’s JLIT tournament on May 26th & May 27th.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

DoradaFan has highlights of January 3, 2017 and January 10, 2017 CMLL

Segunda Caida reviews the Panthers vs Negro Navarro & Black Terry.

Fuego en el Ring’s latest podcast is up.

Lineups

HUMO (SAT) 06/03/2017 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Diva Salvaje & Rey Gato vs Novasonic & Piel Roja
2) Sagrado vs Demasiado
3) Paloma Rouse & Zafiro (Chihuahua) vs Mystique & Reina Dorada
4) Skadi vs Tsunami
5) Felina Metálica vs Ludark Shaitan
6) Dalys, La Comandante, Marcela vs Cinthia Moreno, Esther Moreno, Rossy Moreno

The women’s focused HUMO promotion returns on June 3rd with the Moreno sisters against CMLL lucahdoras.

LLP (SUN) 06/04/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Canario, Novasonic, Prehispanic vs Imperio, King, Quetzal
2) Fly Star & Toxin vs Lunatik Fly & Lunatik Xtrem and Kaiser & Osiris
3) ?, Johnny Idol, Pantera vs Apolo Estrada, Rey Gato, Sam Adonis
4) Aero Boy vs Alan Extreme vs Dinamic Black
5) Dr. Cerebro & Hanaoka vs Dick Togo & Douki

Dick Togo was around Mexico for a few weeks in 2012. It’s unclear if he’s hanging out with the Japones del Mal for one match or more. Semimain could be very good.

Brazo de Oro passes away

Brazo de Oro, 1988

Brazo de Oro, Jesús Alvarado Nieves, passed away early Friday morning from a heart attack.

Brazo de Oro was the first member of the famous Los Brazos trio, and first of the six sons of Shadito Cruz to start wrestling. He was named after a movie (which his father also briefly used), and the name scheme and the word Brazo became associated with his entire family. Brazo de Oro is remembered as part of that trios, but he first found success as a singles wrestler when he was out on his own (winning Texano Sr.’s hair among others and many local championships), and he and Brazo de Plata were a successful tag team as well. Brazo de Oro was believed to be actual best wrestler and best prospect among the young wrestlers for a time, and Dr. Lucha’s obit for El Brazo mentioned there was serious consideration to leaving him as a single and only having him team with his family occasionally (which could’ve led to a Villano III like career.)

Instead, El Brazo completed the trio in 1981, which began as the vicious Los Mosqueteros del Diablo rudos and evolved into a beloved comedy act much later in their career. They were a strong part of the UWA/LLI, and won the promotion’s trios championships three times when it was the most important trios title in Mexico. They also were national trios champions twice. They were a popular act thru the 80s, and among the people featured in rival promotion EMLL when the two groups exchanged talent; their appearances there would’ve been their first national exposure in the US. Brazo de Oro and his brothers also traveled to Japan many times, wrestling tours for All Japan, New Japan, WAR, Michinoku Pro and other promotions as a lucahdor emblematic of the UWA/lucha libre style in Mexico.

Brazo de Oro’s biggest feud was the family feud with Los Villanos. The matches were violent and bloody, a rougher style used by many in the promotion and less so in major lucha promotions today. The rivalry lasted for years (and still gets called back to today) and was heated enough that there were reports of promoters around the country wanting to host the blowoff match. They eventually chose a promoter away from their homebase of El Toreo outside of Mexico City, with the 3v3 mask match taking place in Monterrey on October 21, 1988. The choice of venues and promoters was a mistake: lucha libre rivalries were mostly regional concerns, the match didn’t drew well in Monterrey, and the Brazos claimed they were never actually paid for the mask loss.

Of the three brothers in the primary trio, Brazo de Oro seems like the one most damaged by losing his mask. Brazo de Plata and Brazo were more charismatic luchadors and Brazo de Oro never had the singles success once forecast for him. The trio stuck together even as LLI fell apart, moving to CMLL where they found some success in the early 90s. After a few years, Brazo de Oro turned into the guy with a name who would lose apuesta matches every year or so, first in Arena Mexico and later just about anywhere. CML had a intra-family feud in 1995, with El Brazo splitting from the other two and winning Brazo de Oro’s hair before losing to Brazo de Plata. It seemed to reflect some actual issues between the family members, as El Brazo left CMLL in 1996 never to return and Brazo de Oro remained in CMLL for the rest of his career.

Brazo de Oro remained active thru 2006. I first saw him during those late stages of that career, where he was not much of an exciting luchador and nothing like he had been in his best days, but a name from the past who was kept around to have some experience mixed in with the younger wrestlers. Brazo de Oro announced a retirement around 2006, but of course continued to wrestle from time to time, even being brought back to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara a few times. He would also appear as a corner man for his son La Mascara’s title matches at times, especially early in his career. The last confirmed Brazo de Oro match appears to be a Christmas 2015 match with Brazo de Plata and Robin (filling in for Brazo de Platino) versus Canek, Dos Caras and Mil Mascaras; a lot of Brazo de Oro’s final matches were LLI tribute matches or Villano/Brazo tribute matches. Many of the participants in the match don’t look like they should be still wrestling at that stage, but such is the long lasting popularity of that era of Mexican wrestlers that people will still come out to see them more than two decades after the promotion ceased to exist. Those opportunities to see those wrestlers are shrinking; with also Fishman passing away earlier this month, it feels like those times are beginning to slip away for good.

A 1991 CMLL vignette which frequently gets brought up when talking about Los Brazos. The brothers are having childlike dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Brazo wanted to be a rock star, Brazo de Oro wanted to be a businessman, and Brazo de Plata dreamed of being Brazo de Plata. The dreams have often been said to be reflection of what they really wanted to be, and Brazo de Oro spent much of his career behind the scenes working on the business of lucha libre. He was part of LLI’s office late in the promotion’s run, then moved over to being the man in charge of wrestler’s union in the CMLL around 1994 when the UWA went rapidly downhill. Last anyone’s said, Brazo de Oro was still in charge of the wrestler’s union, though he’s been also been mentioned as being part of the programming team in the distant past and had appeared as a reserve referee a few times earlier this decade. He likely had other behind the scenes roles.

El Brazo passed away in 2013. Brazo de Plata is now the only remaining member of the famous trio, too hurt to continue wrestling. He hopes for a return, but it’s unclear if it’ll happen. Their brother Brazo Cibernetico/Robin Hood passed away back in 1999. Brazo de Platino and Super Brazo still wrestle on small shows. Brazo de Oro is survived by La Mascara, who’s currently scheduled to main event tonight’s Arena Mexico show. He also appears was at least billed as the father of Brazo de Oro Jr., who wrestled a few shows with Brazo de Oro and continues to wrestle on smaller shows today, but hasn’t been billed as one of his sons in the obits today. The Brazos seemed fond of wrestling, but were also seemed fond (or in need) of making as much money from wrestling as they could, and it was not uncommon for them to license out the Brazo name to non-family members.

CMLL & AAA have already posted condolence message. He’ll be remembered at shows this weekend.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 27th

full size

CMLL’s said they’ll air Sunday‘s micro estrellas match, but we don’t know exactly in what form – or, I don’t know what form. It may be live, it may be VOD right away, it may be VOD not even close to being right away. We probably we won’t know for sure until it’s either there or not, that’s how CMLL works.

The way CMLL Claro is working is it’s just geoblocked all the time. It may be because NJPW is airing the shows on a delay, it may just be all geoblocked now, or it may just be an error. It doesn’t matter, we can’t see it either way.

AAA should finish off the rest of the San Luis Potosi taping. If you’re looking for Taya/Ayako, it may air next week or the weekend after.

You’ll probably want to want to watch CMLL Tuesday to see Dragon Lee vs Niebla Roja.

Team Villanos outcheats Team FILL in Naucalpan

IWRG FILL (WED) 04/26/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Celestial Boy b Fly Tiger, Voltar, Keshin Black, Vardeus
turned into a five way, with Celestial Boy replacing Guerrero 2000.
2) Ángel Oriental, Blue Monsther, Kesier Drago b Atomic Star, Lunatik Xtreme, Power Bull
3) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo b Picudo Jr., Skanda, Vórtize
4) Black Laser, Climax Jr., Hijo Del Villano III, Kortiz, Máquina Infernal, Tackle, Villano III Jr., Zhalon b Acero, Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Shadow Boy [Torneo Fill]
Torneo FILL 58, Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Villanos (Villano IV). Match came down to Diablo Jr. and Villano III Jr., with the teachers getting involved and Villano IV putting his nephew on top for the win. A brawl broke out post match.

Good turnout for the trainee show based on photos. This may turn up on TV Saturday.

Villano IV showing up here with students brings up something I talked around in the AAA recap. The four new guys on TV were billed as La Llave de la Gloria contestants, but had not been listed by AAA as finalists so far. Maybe they did tryout anyway, but my guess is they’re actually Villano IV trainees who didn’t work this show, or maybe Apache trainees, or someone else affiliated with the promotion. (Also, it looked pretty likely that Guerrero de Plata normally wrestles as something other than Guerrero de Plata.) It would make sense AAA would be getting wrestlers from somewhere besides tryouts, though we haven’t seen many of them in recent years – I’d assume the younger luchadors training with whoever AAA has, but they ought to have more than that and maybe we’re getting to see that.

Those La Llave de la Gloria sessions have been on the last Saturday of the month the last couple. No sign of them this week, probably because they’re taping in Tlaxcala on Saturday. Maybe next weekend?

AAA confirmed the Verano de Escandalo lineup. Guess they didn’t have new Cuervo & Scoria photos handy.

Angelico suffered a knee injury over WrestleMania weekend, but it’s said not to be too serious.

Leo Riano’s column says the Freedom Bar & Restaurant in Arena Mexico will have an opening on May 9th. The Facebook account for the restaurant has been saying the 12th. Maybe the 12th is when it’s open for the public and the 9th is more the press event. The 9th is a Tuesday, so there might be a bigger card than usual that week.

Ring of Honor posted the Amapola/Marcela match. It’s alright, crowd was generally respectful. The announcers do their best to put the match over as a big deal while seemingly not knowing more about these women than a five minute wikipedia read. Most telling moment is either them being surprised by Marcela using the double underhook backbreaker or theorizing Amapola is about to go for 450 splash. For me, there are moments that remind me of how they’re not quite what they were – Marcela needing two tries to get that backbreaker, or the off the middle rope headscissors that seems to timing issues – but it was nice for them to get the opportunity.

AAA posted this week’s Zona Ruda, which has an interview with Texano.

Apolo Valdes writes about the lack of true rudos in lucha libre.

LuchaWorld has the latest LuchaWorld Podcast w/Dr. Lucha.

AJPW’s Zeus & the Bodyguard will be part of Ultimo Dragon’s tour of Mexico in late May, including DragonMania.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 04/30/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Power Bull
2) Alas de Acero & Fly Star vs Adrenalina & Lunatic Extreme
3) Aramis vs Atomic Star
4) Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije, Saruman vs Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Vórtize
5) Dragón Fly vs Eterno
6) Emperador Azteca, Pantera I, Solar I vs Heddi Karaoui, Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro
7) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II © vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [IWRG IC TRIOS]
fifth defense

Black Terry found himself a trio! The Terribles Cerebros reunite, as the first challengers for the IWRG trios championship in Naucalpan in about a year. (Trauma I was busy with Canis Lupus, then Trauma II was out of action, but still.) This is Black Terry’s first shot at the trios titles since 2011, when he was teaming with Durok and Freyser.

This’ll be a rare three show week, with Lucha Memes running on Friday.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-22 

Averno attempts to end the Space Cadet

Recapped: 04/26/2017

Matches: 

All matches were taped from Domo de San Luis in San Luis Potosi on April 12. They can be seen on the Lucha Libre AAA channel

Concord, Hijo Del Vikingo, Octagoncito beat Bronco González, Guerrero De Plata, Mini Histeria (9:19, triple pin, ok)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum (8:46, Super Fly frogsplash Venum, ok)

Johnny Mundo, Kevin Kross, Taya defeated Argenis, Ayako Hamada, Hijo del Fantasma in a non disqualification match (rudos, Taya chair shot to the head Ayako, 11:27)

Notes:

Hijo del Vikingo

Taya introduces Kross to the crowd. Fantasma responds by introducing the new champ, Ayako in Taya’s face. A table and a chair came into play late. The no disqualification stipulation wasn’t emphasized, but explained away the work. Taya hit Aayko in the head with a chair for the win. Taya tried to boat about the win, but was cut off by Vampiro’s music. Vampiro reminds everyone that Mundo cheated to win the title, and gives Fantasma a rematch for the championship in Tijuana. Vampiro also makes Taya & Ayako in a street fight for the Reinas de Reinas championship.

OGT unmasked their opponents after their match. Ricky Marvin cleaned house after the match when Pirata Morgan showed up and attacked Marvin. (On the taping, Pirata was already seen on the show, but he really comes out of nowhere here.) La Parka shows up to make the save and everyone scatters, though Pirata makes sure to stare at La Parka for a while before slowly exiting the ring. Parka challenges the OGT & Pirata.

Concord

Mini Histeria replaced Mini Abismo Negro. He got his own entrance away from the new guys, while Octagoncito comes out with his partners. The four new guys are introduced as Llave de la Gloria contestants, but none of the four are listed among the finalists AAA has posted to far. The referee is the mystery referee who worked the Neza show, so he’s probably actually a regular addition. Guerrero de Plata has a pirate theme going on and is wearing no silver (red and gold), suggesting he was previously working under a different name.

Noti AAA promoted some tiny action figures being given out by the Pasala newspaper every Monday. AAA showed Fantasma, Faby Apache and Parka figures, but there’s clearly at least two more figures partly showed and partly cropped out by AAA. (One appears to be an Octagon or Octagoncito.) There’s 19 being given out.

Noti AAA credits Vampiro for creating the new OGT, which doesn’t quite make sense unless the idea is Vampiro restarting the Rey de Reyes match is supposed to have pushed Super Fly to joining the group. Averno has a promo where he doesn’t show much.

Highlights of the AAA & Impact press conference are shown. Jeff Jarrett talking about going after Fantasma and Parka’s mask, and Fantasma challenging him back, so they’re clearly building a TripleMania match this week.

Thoughts:

Fantasma is easily distracted, kicked

The main event was a messy match, not in execution of moves but of flow. I would’ve assumed they would do a US style tag match given the people involved, but it was more like an AAA style. Kross didn’t immediately fit in – he used a chinlock in an AAA trios match to slow down the action, can’t think of the last time I saw that – and didn’t get to throw around as much. (He also did the three amigos and Eddie Guerrero shake which was lost on the announce crew and production.) Taya & Ayako didn’t look great, but they did look better in Monterrey. Argenis was back not standing out

The middle match did was it was intended to do, the OGT looking strong as a new unit by destroying the técnicos most of the match. They came off as much more impressive unit than the tecnicos. The rudos worked well for the técnicos, but they didn’t have their best nights. The second triple dive spot didn’t come off well, Mascara de Bronce took too long setting up and Lanzeloth crashed and burned. They did have some good offense, it just came smoother for it in other matches.

bad times for Argenis

The opener was sloppy and disorganized at times, but it finished strong and gave us good long looks at some new people. Hijo del Vikingo looked great, and has the potential to be something really good. Concord tried big offense but looked sloppy, though that could’ve been the rudos. Bronco Gonzalez was the better of the two rudos, with Guerrero de Plata not showing much at all. Octagoncito worked hard and Mini Histeria was fine.

06/04 AAA TV Lineup (Ciudad Juárez) – six way mask match headlines Verano de Escandalo

AAA

AAA TV (SUN) 06/04/2017 Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
1) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago vs Australian Suicide, Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce
2) Argenis, La Parka, Ricky Marvin vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
3) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © vs El Mesías & Pagano [AAA TAG]
second defense
4) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba [bull terrier, hair]
5) Hijo del Fantasma vs Kevin Kross
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Carta Brava Jr., Soul Rocker [mask]

Air Date: 06/17 & 06/24

This is after Tlaxcala and after Pachuca, and about six weeks from now.  It also doesn’t appear to be an official poster, since the photos of Cuervo & Scoria are still as Xinetez. Maybe we’ll get an update down the line, but AAA probably would’ve preferred to keep this quiet at least until after this Saturday’s taping.

Four matches were already announced – it’s only the tag title tag & singles match which are newly revealed, and those fit where things appear to be going. It does confirm Taya & Mundo aren’t going to be around for a moment. They’ll probably turn up again before TripleMania, but the pacing suggests Fantasma versus Mundo for the titles on that show. (Of course, they did a tease for Jarrett/Fantasma on TV this week, so nothing’s for sure.)

The main event theoretically has a chance to disrupt the one match we know for sure for TripleMania, but no one’s really going to be too worried about. Any of the other four people could lose, but Soul Rocker would make more sense – he’s got an unmasked gimmick, and the Infierno Rockers have otherwise been dropped.

Pagano’s either winning the tag titles or having a violent breakup with Mesias in his hometown. Either way, this is a long way to set up the same match AAA ran on the last major show, with Cuervo & Scoria (so far) not seeming any more over than they were before.

That match, like all others, are subject to change. Mamba/Pimpinela seems most likely, because you’d only know it’s happening based on stuff coming out of Juarez. The feud’s been hinted at TV, but you’d have to know it was there to even think they were going somewhere with it.

AAA hasn’t officially announced a taping past this point on TV, but the Nuevo Laredo promoters are already advertising a date on the 19th.

great match roundup, week of 2017-04-15

I’m so far behind. And probably should be skipping most of the CMLL weekday shows. Oh well.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Máximo Sexy © vs Terrible for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-18 2017-04-18
good Australian Suicide, Dr. Wagner Jr., Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Psycho Clown vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Soul Rocker 10 Man Tag from AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-15 (posted by thecubsfan) AAA Worldwide desde Neza Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Abril 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Dr. Wagner Jr Y Psycho Clown TEAM vs Muerder Clown y Monster Clown TEAM (posted by Estrellas del Ring)Dr. Wagner Jr Y Psycho Clown TEAM vs Muerder Clown y Monster Clown TEAM (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-15 2017-03-31
good Rush vs Atlantis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-17 2017-04-17
good Fuego vs Virus in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-18 2017-04-18
good Blue Panther Jr. vs Esfinge, Magnus, Stigma, Star Jr., Sansón, Forastero, Artillero [Copa Junior Nuevos Valores] and in a tournament semifinal match 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-21 2017-04-21
good Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Máscara, Negro Casas 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-21 2017-04-21

other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Mamba vs Estrella Divina AAA Worldwide desde Neza Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Abril 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Mamba vs Estrella Divina (posted by thecubsfan) Mamba vs Estrella Divina mano a mano en la Arena Neza (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-15 2017-03-31
ok Aerostar & Drago © vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria for the AAA World Tag Team Championship AAA Worldwide desde Neza Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Abril 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Aerostar & Drago © vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria for the AAA World Tag Team Championship (posted by thecubsfan) Dark Cuervo y Dark Scoria vs Aerostar y Drago en la Arena Neza (posted by Estrellas del Ring) AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-15 2017-03-31
ok Arkalis & Vega vs El Perverso & Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-17 2017-04-17
ok Astro, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito vs Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-17 2017-04-17
ok Drone, Espíritu Maligno, Stigma vs Disturbio, Olímpico, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-17 2017-04-17
ok Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-17 2017-04-17
ok Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs La Máscara, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-17 2017-04-17
ok Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-18 2017-04-18
ok Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-18 2017-04-18
ok Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-18 2017-04-18
ok Flyer & Robin vs Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-21 2017-04-21
ok Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Nitro, Raziel, Virus 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-21 2017-04-21
ok Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Luciferno in a lightning match 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-21 2017-04-21
ok Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Sam Adonis 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-21 2017-04-21
below average Bengala, Príncipe Diamante, Sensei vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-18 2017-04-18

 

Dragon Lee/Niebla Roja next week, Micro Estrellas hype

Dragon Lee vs Niebla Roja

CMLL (SUN) 04/23/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familares]
1) El Destructor b Micro
Destructor took 2/3.
2) Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy b Capitán Cobra & El Yaqui
Rudos took 2/3
3) Black Sugar, Fantástico, Mágico b Évola, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 2/3. Magico & Evola feuded, Magico getting the win.
4) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno DQ Nautilius & Star Black
Rudos took 2/3, Rey Trueno faking a foul for the DQ.
5) Explosivo, Omar Brunetti, Vaquero Jr. b Espectrúm, Exterminador, Maléfico
tecnicos took 2/3

Semifinal sets up Star Black/Rey Trueno this Sunday.

CMLL (TUE) 04/25/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. b Flyer & Magnus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Oro Jr., Starman, Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) The Panther b Sagrado [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Panther won in 8:28
4) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol b Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Angel de Oro was hurt, but Blue Panther rallied to win the match without him.
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, with Niebla Roja not getting along with his partners. He blamed the loss on him and demanded a singles match with Dragon Lee to prove himself. Dragon Lee offered a mask match, and Niebla Roja wasn’t up for that match.

Main event was the usual mix of Dragon Lee & Niebla Roja looking good and the rudos not getting along. Lightning match is said to be good.

CMLL has an article talking about Mije to hype the Kid’s Day match. The mascot match is officially a Micro Estrellas match, with the suggestion there might be more appearances by these guys outside the Kid’s Day show and framing them as a modern version of the Arturito/Gran Nicolay matches from the 80s. (The previous modern version of those matches are the current Pequeno Estrellas division.)

CMLL’s also posted the annual the Arena Mexico history piece, which is about all the hype the anniversary is going to get.

AAA appears to be taping some special Kid’s Day themed matches to air on Televisa’s La Jugada this Sunday. The relationship between AAA and Televisa seems fairly strong of late, especially with the Zona Ruda show airing every week.

Lucha Underground Season 3 starts on TLN in Canada next Friday, May 5th. They’re still airing two hours a week, which would mean they would be caught up with El Rey by August 11th if it stays that way.

Bust praises the presentation of women on Lucha Underground. I believe the moment they actually passed the Bechdel Test was when Sexy Star and Ivelisse were arguing about who was the biggest bitch in the building (though Son of Havoc might have come up so maybe that didn’t count.) To me, LU’s presentation of women hasn’t usually been as strong or positive as portrayed, but they’re doing enough to get positive write ups like this all the time. Sexy Star winning the title and Ivelisse getting that title shot outshines other issues they might have had.

The Pit has a short interview with Rey Mysterio and Dorian Roldan from C2E2, part of a series of ones they’re doing with people from Lucha Underground. No big revelations but Dorian did know Sexy Star won her debut match the night before.

RCH on 06/02 in Arena Naucalpan

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of the +Lucha’s podcast. +Lucha’s video recap of the week has also returned.

The Caristico & Discovery vs Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero match in the Chicago area has been moved to the Eagles Club in Berwyn, same place where ChilangaMask is running a week later. Tickets are expensive for this show, I could go to a full day of a comic/entertainment convention (or AAW’s show in Chicago) for a decent seat.

There’s a talent search show with Tijuana luchadors being taped in San Diego and airing May 1st.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/02/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Espanto Jr. & Grako
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Forastero, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja
6) Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

We’re getting to see Niebla Roja versu Dragon Lee, and there’s no other Guerrero around to cause problems.

CMLL (TUE) 05/02/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Leono, Magnum, Sensei vs Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel
2) Flyer, Magnus, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
3) El Gallito & Microman vs El Perico Zakarias & Mije
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Guadalajara TV – where Shocker is announcing while he’s recovering – showed the promo to hype the micro match for Arena Mexico. Maybe they’ll fix it to promote the match actually taking place here.

LLB (FRI) 05/19/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Macho I, Macho II, Macho III, Ram El Carnero vs Dragón Bane, El Pachucho, Fandango, Kid Jaguar
2) Aguilita Solitaria vs Pinochito, Tritoncito, Pentagoncito, Caramelito, Demus 3:16, Súper Loco, Panterita
3) Ángel o Demonio, Ovett, Vaquero Ibarra vs Mike, Rafy, Teelo
4) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera vs Fresero Jr., Herodes, Maldito Jr.
5) Séptimo Dragón vs Eterno, Suicida, Cíclope, Freelance, Miedo Extremo, Sádico, Emperador Azteca, Atomic Star, Ninja de Fuego, Drastik Boy
6) ? & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Hijo de LA Park & LA Park [super libre]

Lucha Libre Boom returning to Arena Naucalpan which a normal card for them.

There was a rumor a couple months ago that non-IWRG promotions were no longer going to be able to use Naucalpan because Elite was going to be running the building. Naucalpan getting a lot of indie promotions now, which suggests Elite is planning on a different building or not planning on doing much.