taped 2014-09-12 @ Arena México
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Mil Muertes b Drago (3:59, Flatliner)
Mascarita Sagrada b Son of Havoc (w/Ivellise) (5:18, front headscissors roll)
Chavo Guerrero Jr. DQ Sexy Star (2:14, ref attack)
Big Ryck b Prince Puma [street fight] (11:17, urange thru a table)
Konnan talked Dario into the street fight, then stole his drink.
King Cuerno watched Drago’s match, then gave him a fireman’s carry powerbomb after the match.
A mystery woman [ex-WWE Angela Fong] watched the Havoc/Sagrada match. Announcers could not identify her and she left before it finished.
Catrina told Dario she and Mil Muertes know the truth behind “the darkness [you’re] keeping locked up with the key”
The Chavo/Sexy match barely got going before Sexy got a chair as revenge. The ref tried to stop her so Sexi threw her down, earning a disqualifaction. Pentagon Jr. ran in to help Chavo, much to the announcer’s confusion. Fenix made the save.
Johnny Mundo dove into the ring to save Puma from an attack by the Crew (who worked the main event 3 on 1). Mundo later smacked Puma with a chair by a mistake, which led directly to the rudos winning. Mundo was apologetic about the mistake but Puma was out. Vampiro took shots at Konnna for letting Prince Puma go in to the street fight 3 on 1 (and generally seemed to be playing more heel.)
Another solid show. Two straight weeks with Big Ryck main events is a bit rough, though he got a lot of help. Castro and Cisco wrestled about half the match, with Ryck sitting in a chair and everyone playing up the numbers advantage. It was a decent way to work around what would’ve been a tougher singles match. They created a few highlights even if it wasn’t on the level of some of the other matches. Mundo’s leap into the ring was crazy and spectacular and they keep ticking that story along. One of my early concerns with this format was long matches not being possible because they have a lot of stuff to accomplish in an hour, but they’ve found ways to have 8, 10, 12 minute matches weekly and that’s a good sign for matches coming up which could use that time.
Mil Muerte versus Drago was a good TV match, and my pick for the best match on the show despite not getting a lot of time. They played big man/little man well (outside of the one ugly powerslam spot.) Mil Muertes looked impressive winning with his undefeated streak noted, and Drago got in enough to still look like a star. I liked how Cuerno took his time getting to the ring to get in the extra shot after the match, it felt like Cuerno was more in control of the situation.
I choose to believe Pentagon saw a chance to be evil and jumped at it, and that’s all the motivation he has. Announcers suggested there was more to it. That angle was probably better than match was going to be and they’re setting up a match next week so fine.
I understand Mundo left another place because politics, but the Lucha Underground promoter paid hit men to end Mundo. Are politics worse than that? [Checks Twitter this week reconsiders position] Mundo’s bit about almost being on top and coming to Lucha Underground to break all the way thru were better.
Sagrada/Havoc came off as as a Mascarita Sagrada exhibition and it worked as that, but Striker interstingly pointed out how Cueto’s been putting Havoc in odd match ups. That may just be his role in reality, the guy they trust to work against untradional opponents, but it made it feel like a storyline arc for a character who didn’t seem likely to get one. (And it’s one continuning next week.) On the other hand, the mystery woman’s appearance seemed completely random and inconsquential. Enjoyed two people teaming up to try and cheat a mini, that’s some strong evil work.
Announcers were less annoying this week!
More images after the jump
Lucha Libre BOOM (TUE) 11/25/2014 Arena Aficion [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Demasiado, El Cirujano, Fantasmita b ?
2) Douki, Robbie E, Zema Ion b Erik Santiago, Low Rider, Scott Santiago
3) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Aero Boy & Violento Jack
4) Belial, Freelance, Impulso, Suicida b Arez, Cíclope, Drastik Boy, Ninja de Fuego
5) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Fantasma de la Ópera, Maldito Jr. b Dinamic Black, Pantera, Tony Rivera
Big push for Fantasma de la Opera/Tony Rivera
6) Negro Navarro & Trauma I b Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
7) Heavy Metal & Myzteziz b Averno & Dr. Wagner Jr.
Results aren’t really important – I’ll give you one guess how that main event ended – but the turnout for this show is amazing. This building has had some very low turnouts, not just for local guys but DTU shows and shows with CMLL wrestlers, to the point where I thought this arena just might be dead. Nope: it looks like there was 80+% turnout out for the debut show (with a lot of people who worked for IWL and apparently know what they’re doing.)
CMLL (TUE) 11/25/2014 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO]
1) Metatrón & Robin b Akuma & Camorra
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Okumura b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr.
Arkangel & Canelo Casas replaced Cancerbero & Raziel on Monday.
4) Kamaitachi b Tritón [lightning]
Kamaitachi won in about 7 minutes with a German suplex.
5) Hombre sin Nombre, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr.
Sangre Azteca replaced Polvora. Tecnicos took 2/3. Dragon Lee beat Virus.
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Mephisto
Reyes del Atlantida took 1/3, the last when Barbaro desperately fouled Maya.
Maya/Barbaro has some possibilities.
Today’s Lucha Underground show is named “Boyle Heights Street Fight.” In a stunning coincidence, the show will feature a Boyle Heights Street Fight with Prince Puma and Big Ryck. The TV preview
Prince Puma fights Big Ryck in the Boyle Heights Street Fight; Konnan worries he’s made a mistake; all moves are legal.
Can’t believe Konnan would ever make a mistake, this is really going to be an acting stretch for him.
matches taped for the show
Mascarita Sagrada vs Son Of Havoc – might have been a dark match
Drago vs Mil Muertes – teaser clips
Sexy Star vs Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Big Ryck vs Prince Puma [street fight] – teaser clips
The show airs at the normal 8pm ET on the East Coast. The repeat is one hour of earlier this week, at 10pm ET and then again repeats tonight at 1AM ET
I’ll probably have a Lucha Underground recap tonight, but it may be later than usual due to the holidays. The schedule will continue to be erratic the rest of the week.
Rob has a music video of 07/29/14 CMLL with Titan vs Barbaro.
CaraLuchas has a promo about how Belial doesn’t want to team with Oro (so now you’re supposed to pay to see them not get along, I guess?)
+LuchaTV talks to Super Pinocho & Super Muneco about winning Copa MUJAM ten days ago.
Hacha de Guerra took Super Colt’s hair on the WMC show, where Dinamic Black and Guerrero WMC signed for a mask match.
An article about Blue Demon’s chiropractor. Worth clicking on the link just for the billboard.
CMLL (TUE) 12/02/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Oro Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro vs Hombre sin Nombre [lightning]
5) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada
Barbaro/Maya followed up, so it seems like they’re going with it. Delta & Hechicero are back as well, and Casas & Dorada are pretty good as extra guys. That could be a stellar main event. Virus & Dragon Lee keep running into each other in semimian and the Panthers and Felinos meet again in the tercera. Hombre sin Nombre could use a good lightning match.
CMLL (TUE) 12/02/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Robin & Stigma vs Évola & Jocker
2) Astral, Meteoro, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Tritón vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Rey Cometa vs Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
So now it’s going to be this weird thing where we get the lineup for the following week’s Guadalajara show before we have the results, but then we sort of can tell the results based on what matches are now on the show. Cometa/Sagrado is an interesting Sagrado match.
Puebla is pre-empted everywhere. IWRG is pre-empted on the channel I get.
Terra was a mess for my recording. I’m posting the HD version only for anyone who’s cutting the video up for something else, because the sound is completely out of sync. Video may skip a bit and audio goes out of sync a bit even on the lesser quality videos; I need a better way of handling this when the feed goes bad.
C3 will be up later.
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7T42t23a6Nm6DSNPSq0Hgn9
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-12 @ Arena México
Fuego, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja: GOOD
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-09 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dragon Lee vs Virus, Olímpico, Smaker, Esfinge, Raziel, Omar Brunetti, Arkángel de la Muerte, Sky Kid, Cancerbero in a cibernetico match GOOD
Atlantis, Rush, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero GOOD
AAA on Televisa: 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-07 @ Lienzo Charro, Pachuca, Hidalgo
Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum vs El Apache, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro GOOD
Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
Nothing! This is what happens when I start including Good up above, everything looks happier even though the same amount are going on the final list.
Again, didn’t get CMLL on CadenaTres this week but nothing jumps out from it.
IIRC, there were some Good matches on CMLL on Terra: 2014-09-21 but nothing I’d put in Great. The reason I’m doing this sort of thing is because I don’t trust my memory this far back, so That judgement is mostly useless.
The Anniversary show is with the next batch.
Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-09-21
taped 2014-08-25 @ Arena Puebla
Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión: – future me will be angry with current me for putting this on the list.
CMLL (SUN) 11/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@TKD_117, CMLL, Informador]
1) Satara b Índigo
2) El Brillante & Idolo b El Yaqui & Thunder Boy
3) Exterminador b Infierno
4) Perro Callejero, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Flash I, Flash II, Grey
surprise match. First match here for each Flash since the end of 2005.
5) Esfinge & Magnum b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Jocker & Mr. Águila b Omar Brunetti & Rey Cometa
Rudos took 1/3.
7) Euforia & Gran Guerrero b Ángel de Oro & Titán
Rudos took 2/3, with Euforia pulling Angel de Oro’s mask in the third
missing undercard results because CMLL posted a recap. I hope that lasts.
CMLL (MON) 11/24/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (photos)]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Hijo del Signo b Metatrón & Tigre Rojo
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela
Estrellita replaced Dark Angel, was beat by Amapola.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso b Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Valiente b Bárbaro Cavernario, Mephisto, Pólvora
Valiente beat Mephisto and demanded a(nother) shot at Mephisto’s title. Mephisto accepted. Mascara Dorada returned from injury.
5) La Máscara, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, Negro Casas
Kraneo replaced Thunder.
Mephisto vs Valiente, 2014
2014-04-29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Mephisto © b Valiente [MEX LH] 2014-09-23 Arena México Mephisto © b Valiente [MEX LH] 2014-10-12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Mephisto © b Valiente [MEX LH] 2014-12-01 Arena Puebla Mephisto © vs Valiente [MEX LH]
Recall that Hector Garza got five shots at Ultimo Guerrero and the heavyweight championship before finally winning it, so Valiente is still in good shape.
(Note that the Arena Puebla Twitter posted zero times about Arena Puebla last night – but did RT the questionable Ultimo Guerrero Twitter. Neither are probably official.)
Sangre Azteca replaces Polvora in the semimain and Arkangel & Canelo Casas replace Cancerbero & Raziel in the tercera today.
CMLL also announced that tomorrow’s bodybuilding contest will air live on Terra at noon. Maybe someone asked? I dunno. Will try to record but I’m not handling that speedily this week.
All the good CMLL information is buried in a reply on their Facebook page: CMLL confirmed Zeuxis, as the daughter of a Mexican woman (and Puerto Rican father) is eligible for the Mexican Women’s Championship in the eyes of the Mexico City lucha commission. (And so the title match being pulled wasn’t about that.)
DoradaFan has a music video of early Sombra.
This week’s magazine covers go with Infierno en el Ring as the main story.
+LuchaTV has video of Toxin Boy breaking his fingers at the WCS show, longer highlights for Fly Star vs Toxin Boy from that show, Fly Warrior vs Herodes Jr., and Alfa getting hit hard on that show (which may explain his injury on IWRG.)
Negro Navarro & ? vs Black Terry & ? has been added to the 12/21 Lucha Memes show. Navarro ought to choose Guerrero Maya Jr. since he’s probably planning on getting involved anyway. Given the recent family fights in IWRG, perhaps Terry will team with one of the Traumas?
Cara Lucha has a promo for a 12/28 Lucharama show with the Sky Stars playing SNES and a Hechicero promo for the 11/29 show.
Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more La Fiera vs El Dandy.
Ultimo Guerrero is #1 on CMLL’s top 10. Stigma is #10 based on being chosen for FantasticaMania.
Dinastia is upset at Mini Charly Manson for jumping him instead of just asking for a title match.
The two day Puebla Lucha Libre Expo was said to draw 3,000 people. The shows were local luchadors (including Pegasso and a few Arena Puebla guys.)
Blue Demon Jr. spoke at a political discussion, said he’d start his own party if he got into politics because all the existing ones are rotten.
Star Jr. replaces Starman on Friday. Virus replaces Boby Zavala and Triton replaces Pegasso on Sunday in Arena Coliseo.
CMLL (MON) 12/01/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Artillero, Guerrero Espacial, Súper Comando vs Asturiano, Black Tiger, Sensei
2) Metálico, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr. vs Lestat, Oro Jr., The Panther
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado vs Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
4) Mephisto © vs Valiente [MEX LH]
Mephisto’s tenth defense.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker vs La Máscara, Máximo, Volador Jr.
Will this be the time? Maybe. Mascara and Volador will annoy each other in the main event – how haven’t they have four matches already?
Lestat is listed as returning (from retiring), but he was also listed on those Puebla Expo shows and didn’t wrestle there either so I hope someone else is ready. Tigre Rojo Jr. making i up all the way to the terceras is somewhat interesting.
CMLL (SUN) 11/30/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs Relampago Azul
2) Dr. Frezeer vs El Chacal
3) Leo & Virgo vs Furia Nazi & Sádico
4) Exterminador vs Demonio Maya
5) Dragon Lee, Gallo, Máscara Dorada vs Jocker, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
6) Ángel de Oro vs Euforia
El Chacal makes his debut; he turned up on Club Arena Olimpia. Oro/Euforia seems like it should be a title match, but maybe that means Euforia has a chance.
CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 11/23/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, MedioTiempo]
1) Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Fulgor I b Chico Che, Kronos, Tornado (DF) and Dragon Negro, Hijo Del Angel, Ironía and Demente Extreme, Karma, Terremoto [semifinal]
Team Fulgor moved onto the second round. Centviron replaced Toxin Boy, who was hurt on the WMC show.
2) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Psico Kid b Freelance, Hormiga, Suicida and Matrix Jr., Muerte Infernal, Yoruba and Aviador Del Cielo, Kastigador Jr., Zurdog [semifinal]
Guardianes De La Galaxia moved onto the second round.
3) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Psico Kid b Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Fulgor I
Guardianes De La Galaxia won the eight team tournament.
4) Arez DCOR Sagrado
Good match. Neither man could return to the ring after a Spanish Fly thru a table.
5) Draego b Stukita
6) Dr. Cerebro b Jeque
Good match. Cerebro praised Jeque after the match.
7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II and Herodes & Tóxico DF
Herodes and Toxico were out first. Rayo II pulled Trauma II’s mask, Trauma II fouled Rayo Tapatio II, Trauma II pulled Rayo II into a cradle and got the win.
8) Black Terry b Rey Hechicero
a masked man ran in to try and cost Terry the match with a chair, but failed and got Hechicero instead. The man was revealed to be Guerrero Maya Junior, apparently refusing to give up fighthing Black Terry. Maya wants Terry yet again, but Hechicero was angry with both of them.
9) Erick Ortiz & Kaientai b Dinamic Black & Fly Star
10) Dragon Lee II, Star Jr., Stuka Jr. DRAW Belial, Extreme Tiger, Impulso
(was indeed a trios, I had this wrong.) Crowd was loudly anti-CMLL and the usual tecnicos had moments of being rudos. Stuka & Tiger went to a double pin. A fight continued after the match with all six guys being involved and referees, other wrestlers and the promoters trying to keep the two sides apart.
(Results corrected: 11/24 3pm CT)
Among the things I misunderstood yesterday is the main event trios match did happen, just the other four were fighting while Stuka and Tiger finished up. (Even worse is my inability to name about half the team members in the opener, which may have been more of a mini tournament than an eight way.) I still don’t have any better idea of what happened after the main event with Stuka and the CMLL guys; the recaps portray it as an angle building to an Indy/CMLL match but I’m not sure that’s all it was.
Of note, Trauma II was wearing “Fuera Pena” and “43” in body paint, referring to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and last week’s demonstrations against him. Blue Demon Jr. among others spoke out against the president previously, but it’s very rare to see any political statement inside a lucha libre show. (Except those sponsored by politicians, I guess.)
IWRG (SUN) 11/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan [@naoki909, The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man b Látigo & Saruman
Latigo replaced Alfa
2) Liderk, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Septimo Dragon
Rudos went after Septimo’s shoulder.
3) Canis Lupus & Eterno b Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota and Golden Magic & Relámpago and Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders]
Traumas beat the Exoticos, Canis & Eterno beat Golden Magic & Relampago (who hurt and did not wrestle much), Trauma II beat Canis, Eterno fouled Trauma II to beat him then surprised Trauma I to win.
4) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © b Canis Lupus & Eterno [IWRG IC TAG]
Lupus & Eterno got the title match by winning the previous one, only Eterno hurt his foot in hte process and was not 100%. Everyone bled. Oficials kept their titles (3rd Defense) and mask/hair challenges were made and accepted.
5) Chicano, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras, Toscano, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3. Veneno went on his mad karate chopping spree, only Toscano was upset when Veneno hit him. Veneno responded by hitting Toscano with a chair to set up the rudo win. Mascara 2000 invited Veneno to the rudo side, but Veneno gave no answer.
I’m told IWRG is still airing on AYM (at random times), but just not on the LAS version of the channel I get. As noted in yesterday’s comments, it was a TV angle that set up Hip Hop Man/Impossible.
Checking the inactive logs: Reapper/Psicosis II hasn’t been around CMLL since August. He’s still listed as working indy shows but I wonder if that’s how Morphosis ended up working a semimain yesterday. Espiritu Maligno’s title match loss to Electrico appears to be his final match in Puebla for now. He hasn’t been on CMLL card since but did pop up on an Arena Coliseo San Ramon show earlier this month. Silueta and Molotov also seem to be missing. Silueta’s received messages on Twitter hoping she recovers from an injury, so that’s probably that, but no idea on Molotov.
Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the outside the ring fights from last afternoon’s ChilangaMask’s show.
Nino Hamburguesa & Fenix beat Pentagon Jr. & Mamba on Saturday. Arez was somehow referee, and was dumbly still messing with Pentagon.
Segunda Caida reviews Cavernario matches in 2013.
Toxin Boy fractured fingers in his match on the ChilangaMask show doing something kind of dumb.
Lucha Libre in Japan
11/24 NJPW: Naito [O] & Sombra b Hiroshi Tanahashi & Capitan New Japan [X]
Not a tournament match. Tanahashi’s partner Yoshitatsu is out of the tournament due to a neck injury. It was originally reported Taguchi would just replace Yoshitatsu, but NJPW is now declaring all the matches forfeits instead. Sombra & Naito picked up their forfeit win here and have clinched Not Last with four points! Sombra’s a Cholo like 3-0 on this tour (including one other non-tournament match), his next match is on Thursday versus the ROH team.