CMLL Tuesday feuds, LU tonight

Microman

CMLL (TUE) 09/18/2018 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentralOvacionesThe Gladiatores]
1) Hijo del Signo & Metálico b Arkalis & Sonic LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas took 2/3.
3) Ángel, Gallito, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Drone [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:05
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano b Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volcano Arena Mexico debut. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, Gran Guerrero snuck in a foul on Caristico.

CMLL promos: micro tecnicos, Rey Cometa, and the main event rudos (Shocker doesn’t like the idea that Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja think they’re more guapo then him).

CMLL plays up the Gran Guerrero/Caristico issue, which might mean something if they rematch next week. Caristico has a title to defend now.

CMLL (TUE) 09/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Guerrero Samurai Jr., Principe Daniel, Tigre Blanco b Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cholo, Furia Roja, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Eléctrico, Star Black
rudos took 1/3. Astral left hurt.
3) Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 1/3. Sanson snuck in a foul on Soberano.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when UG unmasked Atlantis.

It’s less clear which of these two feuds are actually going anywhere.

Today on CMLL Informa, the Mexican team for the Gran Prix will be announced.

Lucha Underground 4×15 is “The Hunted”. Matches on the show this week

  • Aerostar vs Fenix
  • Dragon Azteca (c) vs Marty the Moth for the Gift of the Gods Championship
  • Pentagon Dark (c) vs Mil Muertes vs King Cuerno for the Lucha Underground Championship

You’ll see lead referee Marty Elias as a referee tonight and for the remaining episodes, but apparently no more. The Floor Seat, where Elias has worked some, says Elias asked for and was given his release. He appears to be telling people that he’s retired.

Elias was on the MMM show back at the end of June, and sounded as excited as anyone about the possibilities of a season 5 (and going on a diet for it), not like someone who was about to leave. Elias was working on The Contender, also produced by Eric Van Wagenen, and appears to be a close friend to other people who work on the show. (Elias also worked on GLOW.) He’s a referee, so he’s not really noticed, but Elias seemed to be a core person on the wrestling side of Lucha Underground and talked on that podcast a lot about how much he enjoyed working there. It would be understandable if he no longer wanted to take the punishment of being a Lucha Underground referee, but Elias also seemed like a guy who’d just be transitioned to working behind the scenes whenever that day came and would be around the show until there was no show. Something had to have changed recently. Even then, LU is notoriously not quick at releasing talent from contracts. I know this seems like nothing because it’s referee, but this feels like a red flag about something.

Lucha Central has an interview with Faby Apache about her Impact debut. That one is years in the making.

Lady Shani, Drago and Psycho Clown are in Colombia to promote the AAA show there.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 09/24/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Millenium, Robin, Súper Astro Jr. vs King Rocker Jr., Perverso, Policeman
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stigma vs Ares (Costa Rica), Escualo (Costa Rica), Kaiser (Costa Rica)
3) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring & Negro Casas
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Cavernario & Rush

Sure seems like Puebla is getting LA Park/Rush on 10/01 or 10/18. It was kind for them to move Bestia del Ring out of the match, except if you’re Soberano and Caristico.

On Tuesday, Kraneo was still pushing the concept of Diamante Azul being the third Gorilla del Ring. They all team up here.

It’s not mentioned at all on the poster that the guys in the second match are the previously announced visitors from Costa Rica. They should probably make it a little clearer since Puebla already has an Ares.

new lucha video for the weekend of September 15th, 2018

The Guadalajara show aired an hour early and the feed died after the opener.

CMLL Azteca ends with a very brief backstage brawl between Taven, Volador and Rush that was of course not mentioned elsewhere.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-09-15
taped 2018-09-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-09-16
taped 2018-09-07 @ Arena México – Mega
1) El Gallito, Guapito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zacarías
2) Dalys vs Reyna Isis in a lightning match
3) Carístico, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match

LA Park/Rush brawl in Puebla, weekend results, Impact

Rush & LA Park

CMLL (SUN) 09/16/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Coyote & Espíritu Negro b Bengala & Sonic
rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b La Guerrera, Lluvia, Mistique
rudas took 2/3
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz b Disturbio, Templario, Virus
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Máscara Año 2000
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Valiente b Sansón [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Flyer, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas
Flyer replaced Volador. Tecnicos took 2 (DQ for Cavernario mask pull on Mistico) & 3.

Promos: Mystique (back from injury, soon to Japan), Valiente (happy with his win), Barbaro Cavernario (warns Mistico he may be next).

Volador missing this show is pretty notable since seeing him bald seems like the big draw.

CMLL (MON) 09/17/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lost in LuchaLucha CentralNotimex]
1) Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana b Black Tiger & El Asturiano LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Oro Jr., Súper Astro Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. b El Malayo, King Jaguar, King Rocker Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush b Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush snuck in a foul on LA Park. He told the crowd they weren’t important enough to get the LA Park/Rush match.

Main event was said to be among the best matches in Puebla this year, with the crowd being excited for LA Park/Rush. Attendance was up  though they’ve been strong all summer. The streaming numbers were very up from usual.

Luminoso took Alteno’s hair in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on Sunday. Vaquero & Rielero kept the Occidente Tag Titles on the same show.

Esfinge will join Virus as CMLL reps on the 11/25 FunkumenMania show.

IWRG (SUN) 09/16/2018 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Toto b Chicanito
2) Death Metal & Guerrero 2000 b Ángel Estrella Jr. & Shadow Boy
3) Demonio Infernal & Séptimo Rayo b Metaleón & Multifacetico 2.0
4) Cerebro Negro, Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah b Chico Che, Freelance, Relámpago
The evil turtles attacked Chico Che, wanting revenge for him shaving Teelo.
5) Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible b Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, X-Fly
6) Dr. Cerebro, El Mesías, Último Gladiador b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Mr. Electro
Mesias hit Electro with a chain to get the win.

Maybe they’re going somewhere with the Chico Che win. But it is IWRG.

I attended PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles over the weekend. It was fantastic, getting better each day. Bandido advanced the farthest out of the traditional lucha libre group, ending as the runner-up to Jeff Cobb. Bandido was personally outstanding in the tournament, with his best performance coming in that final. Bandido was as good as any person in the tournament, but the unique thing about Bandido is how much that particular crowd loved him. Bandido was that BOLA’s audience favorite son. Partly because he was an easy to root for babyface, but he also felt like he was a specifically PWG guy in a tournament of all-stars. Bandido being unknown by most in the US before he started in PWG might have actually helped him with that crowd, because it makes it feel like they made him and they’re more invested in him. Jeff Cobb won the tournament and was great, but it felt like Bandido came out of it as the biggest star for the people who were there. I’m interested in how this is going to play out when it gets released on video.

A 12/08 AAA TV taping was announced at the Xalapa AAA show this past Sunday. LA Park, Fenix, and Penta are announced, as well as Psycho Clown & Pagano.

La Parka told the press at one of the Hard Rock shows that two of his sons – 18 & 19 years old – told him now that they want to be wrestlers and may debut in a couple of years. He said this is the first time he’s mentioned it and plans to hold on long enough to team with them.

The Gladiatores has results from the two days of Impact tapings. Laredo Kid, Hijo del Vikingo, Aerostar, Keyra, Murder Clown, and Maximo appeared on that day’s of tapings, along with Faby Apache on both days. I’ve seen very little on the Friday show elsewhere, and the pictures indicate they drew very poorly.

Chicago’s AAW announced LA Park will be in on their 10/26 show. LA Park has worked Chicago many times, but only on lucha libre shows – this is a generally different audience who might have not seen him in person since WCW. AAW also officially announced Dragon Lee is off of their tournament in a couple weeks (because of Extalon).

Blue Demon Jr. has a new deal with a production company Moxie 88 for possible TV, film, and video game projects. None of those has been officially announced as happening as of yet.

Vice Canada has a video on why Fenix wears a mask, which is apparently only watchable in Canada.

Grafico has a report on the Expo Museo Lucha Libre. So does the Gladiatores. So does SuperLuchas.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 4×4. and some recent lucha.

LuchaWorld has Saturday’s news updatesand Tuesday’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lucha Talk talks about the CMLL Aniversario show.

+LuchaTV has the latest edition of their podcast.

Criterio Hidalgo visits a children’s lucha libre class.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 09/22/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Retro vs Grako, Inquisidor, Metálico
3) La Jarochita vs Reyna Isis [lightning]
4) Fuego, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Templario
6) Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Back in Coliseo after taking last week out.

CMLL (SUN) 09/23/2018 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Nitro
3) Sanely vs La Metálica [lightning]
4) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Tiger
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

So that Mistico/Cavernario interaction goes nowhere, like most Sunday bits.

IWRG (SUN) 09/23/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chico del Barrio vs Chef Benito
2) Lunatic Xtreme & Toto vs Ángel De La Tormenta & Death Metal
3) Black Dragón, Lolita, Pasion Kristal vs Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Diosa Atenea
4) Leo & Rafy vs Ra-Zhata & Shil-Kah
5) Dragón Bane vs Aramis vs Freelance
6) Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
7) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Mr. Electro vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Sinn Bodhi, Último Gladiador

Sinn Bodhi is a freak show styled wrestler based in Las Vegas who was briefly in WWE as Kizarny. He’s brought in luchadors for his show and is starting to get some return bookings. He also is tagging me in photo posts on Twitter a very annoying amount. Fifth match looks great and sixth match should give a sense on how good Cuervo & Scoria are gong to be post-AAA.

CMLL , ACG (SAT) 10/06/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) ? vs ??
2) Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

The weird Saturday sponsored show is back.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-09-03 

at least one fan had a good time.

Recapped: 09/11/2018

Matches:

Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
(15:02 [7:21, 5:26, 2:15], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCML)

El Audaz, Fuego, Stigma beat Cancerbero, Disturbio, Virus
(13:55 [6:09, 3:08, 4:38], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:40 [3:53, 6:19, 4:28], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

the dumb seeding battle royal went 1:33

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Flyer & Volador Jr. in a semifinal
(7:22, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico & Rush beat Cuatrero & Sansón in a semifinal
(8:07, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Mistico & Rush in a final
(4:33, DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Rush fouled Último Guerrero in the tournament final, and almost got away with it.

The opener has the reunion of the Batillon de la Muerte (Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.), at least in name. Adelita and Apocalispis have updated military looks (and Adelita is now blond), while Toro Bill is just in a regular gear. They don’t really work together in the match, and you would not be aware they were a team if you missed them walking out together for the entrance.

Thoughts:

There’s no reason for the tournament and nothing comes out of it, just the same Rush/UG feuding that’ll keep on going without a specification direction or challenge for a while. They do give the matches a lot of time for tournament matches; they’d look normal on a NJPW or US indie card for length of time and effort. The Munoz/Dinamitas is the better of the two semifinals in the rewatch, with some shaky headscissros sticking out in the other one. They’re both about the best from this show, though nothing to go out of yoru way to see. The main event is a little bit lesser and has the cheap finish, Tirantes seeing a foul he shouldn’t have been able to see.

A team with Kraneo makes some sense for Volcano, if only because maybe the comedic nature of the match will make it easier for Volcano to get thru them. He looked exactly unready for the spot sas you’d expect for an inexperienced guy who hadn’t been wrestling much. I’d assume CMLL had not put Warrior Steel in the ring much so people wouldn’t recognize him in the new character, but he’s coming off as not ready for this high a spot on the card. They didn’t really ask a lot out of Volcano in this match and he still couldn’t do a lot.

The segunda was a thoroughly average match hardly worth even writing about. Audaz doesn’t do amazing, but he makes the hard stuff look very easy. He and Virus have had better chemistry in other matches. Going solo has failed to bring out an extra dimension of Cancerbero, though he did get to work in some of his team spots.

Rush & Cavernario win Aniversario, BOLA, Heroes Inmortales, Niebla

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/14/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis CMLL  - 85 ANIVERSARIO - PRIMERA LUCHA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
La Metalica replaced La Maligna on 08/24 (and it might have been a typo to start?)
2) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja b Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO SEGUNDA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto replaced Mr. Niebla on 09/14.
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr. CMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO -  TERCERA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOSCMLL - 85 ANIVERSARIO - CUARTA LUCHA - 14 - 09 - 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerreros fall on their first defense. Ciber used the ropes to beat Ultimo Guerrero.
5) Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta El Zero M b Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park CMLL   85 ANIVERSARIO - LUCHA SEMIFINAL  - 14 -  09 -  2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Bárbaro Cavernario & Rush b Matt Taven & Volador Jr. [hairCMLL -  85 ANIVERSARIO LUCHA ESTELAR   14   09   2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Volador Jr vs Rush parte final 85 Aniversario del CMLL en la Arena México. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Cavernario beat Taven, Volador beat Cavernario, Rush beat Volador after Taven kicked Volador (by accident? he was a rudo after the match.)

Post-show interviews: Las tecnicas, the second match tecnicos, Negro Casas, NGD, El Klan, Diamante Azul/Fenix/Penta, Rush & Barbaro Cavernario.

Main event was said to be good beside the finish, and there was stuff to watch in 2/3/5. Taven may have been a rudo or may have turned for the benefit of the ROH audience. Overall, this seems like a card where the good stuff was better than expected and the bad stuff was a little bit worse.

El Klan – or Cl4N, CMLL and Ciber need to have a meeting to figure this out – winning came off as a big surprise to people watching. I’m not as shocked, CMLL’s would’ve ditched them a while ago if they thought they were bad – giving them titles is no big deal if you’re already putting on the Aniversario show. Maybe we’ll get Universal matches for all of them too.

Outside of the internet.tv showing up as $100 USD for some people for a while, it sounds like the stream went well. ROH is suggesting the idea of doing putting up an English language version of the main event on delay. It’d be a big step if there was English language CMLL content available.

I spent the night at PWG’s Battle of Lost Angeles. My phone barely works in the building, which didn’t stop me from checking it every 15 minutes for CMLL results. I probably should learn something from that.

Relevant lucha libre results

  • Rey Horus beat Adam Brooks
  • Flamita beat Puma King
  • Bandido beat T-Hawk

Horus & Bandido had great performances. Flamita and Puma King had maybe the best match of the night. Puma King got over from the moment he came out and got two different Please Come Back chants after the match. It’s hard to imagine a debut match getting a better reaction than Puma got here. Flamita’s super and people were disappointed he won. He wrestled before intermission and I think he sold every shirt he had during intermission. All the Mexican wrestlers did well and there will be more to say about them on Sunday, but Puma was the guy making his first impression and he made a strong one.

Mr. Nieble acknowledged to Pasala that he was drunk in the 08/28 match that ended very quickly. He thanks Volador for ending the match before he did any harm to himself or someone else and defends CMLL and the commission from blame, saying he’s good at hiding his condition before going out there. (That seems unlikely, but it also seems like something you should say if those people are dependent on getting your job back.) Niebla says he’s not been suspended by the commission or had his license retired, as was going around in a pretty thin rumor, and will be wrestling tomorrow as scheduled. His only contact with CMLL was a phone call telling him he was off shows.

The leaked Heroes Inmortales card for San Luis Potosi in 10/03 is now taking place on 10/28 in Puebla. That’s a pretty big switch. The San Luis Potosi promoters had been advertising Heroes Inmortales for that date for a while, and the card is essentially the same (women’s match moved to opener and Australian Suicide replaces Taurus), so the 10/03 show was real and something happened. No idea what. It’s a little strange to have a major card announced complete six weeks ahead of time when AAA was so reluctant to announce a TripleMania lineup.

Alberto el Patron says he’s not wrestling because he’s so busy with Combates Americas it only leaves him one week a month to wrestle. Alberto says he was offered a part in a John Wick sequel, but said no because he wanted to study acting before he did it.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/21/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Fuego vs Kawato San, Okumura, Virus
3) Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cuatrero, Rey Bucanero, Sansón
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris
5) Mistico vs Negro Casas [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, King Phoenix vs Cavernario, Rush, Terrible

Volador is in The Crash and Taven is seemingly back in Boston, so no follow up on the main event. Terrible does make his return to Friday nights, probably one week too late for him. (He was the guy taking photos with fans last night.) Mistico/Negro Casas should be fun.

Guerreros versus Klan must be going to some hair match, this is too much effort for just a trios title change. Ciber verus Ultimo or all three versus all three?

AAA on Twitch: 2018-09-02 

Draztick versus everywhere

Recapped: 09/08/2018

All matches aired live from Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey, Nuevo León

Matches: 

Draztick Boy beat ArezBelialÚltimo Maldito
(9:56, reverse hip toss driver Belial, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Faby Apache beat Lady Shani
(7:36, german suplex, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Hijo de LA Park, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider  
(12:36, Tito Santana top rope senton Vikingo, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © beat Mamba & Máximo and Aerostar & Drago and Jack Evans & Teddy Hart to retain the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(9:29, quebradora Texana, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, Taurus beat Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Murder Clown  in a no DQ match
(13:59, Jarrett Stroke Wagner, below average, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma beat Psycho ClownLA Park
(13:51, Fantasma foul on LA Park, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Aerostar doing a Aerostar dive

LA Park has decided he and Fantasma are great friends and demanded a mask match with Psycho Clown right now. He did not get it right now. Psycho Clown and Park argued, the whistle sounded, Park shoved Psycho and Fantasma kicked Parka right in the face. Fantasma explained to Psycho that they should beat up Park together. They stuck together until Park made a comeback. A very LA Park finish saw Fantasma tossed onto Copetes as he was counting a pin, LA Park unmask Psycho Clown, and Fantamsa fouled Park. Copetes reacted in time to count that pin. Rey Escorpion and Texano walked out to beat up Park & Psycho, but they were already pretty well beat up.

Wagner wrestles in a La Parka outfit to taunt Jarrett, I guess. Kross is wrestling in MMA shorts for some reason. Jarrett uses a blade, and Wagner bleeds a scary amount.

Belial dive

Máximo makes a really ill -considered attempt to attack Rey Escorpión & Texano post-match. He gets hit in the head with a chair and bleeds. Mamba tries to make the save. It goes no better. Los Mercenarios get their belts, Máximo makes his own comeback, and the rudos foul him.

Dr. Wagner came to the ring for a promo midway thru the show, wanting to take Jeff Jarrett’s hair for all the Mexicans he’s insulted. Jarrett & Hijo del Fantasma interrupt. Fantasma says Wagner is dumb for not being able to challenge Jarrett in English, and Jarrett says “basura.” Wagner challenges Jarrett to his face and they play the music. Fantasma stops the music so he can trash Wagner too.

Faby Apache is wearing a headscarf, which makes it look like Mary Apache has lost a lot of weight at first glance.

Match goes about 3 minutes before Shani pulls the covering off Faby’s head to exposed her shaved head. Faby goes down to cover up, Tirantes checks on her, and Taurus runs in. Shani is ready for him this time and takes him out with an armdrag and a dropkick, but Faby attacks her from behind. Taurus tripped up Shani about five minutes later and Faby got the win, then the rudos unmasked Shani after the fact.

Thoughts: 

LA Park spear

Sometimes I think LA Park is meant to be a rudo in AAA. This was a time where he was the sympathetic outnumbered técnico for about eight minutes. That was a long time that didn’t amount to much, except the time I won’t have back. Making LA Park the hero was probably the correct plan, the Monterrey fans were anti-Psycho Clown from the start, but the match got much more interesting from the moment they went to everyone battling among themselves, and it would’ve been nice if that section got more of the time. Psycho Clown seems like he’s lost weight and got in better shape underneath the ever present t-shirt, and I think he’s moving around the ring better too. The little bit he did with Fantamsa here had more promise for a singles match then I would’ve thought otherwise.

The semi-main is worth watching only if you’re into seeing Dr. Wagner Jr. bleed buckets. It’s a walk and brawl and bleeds with him and Jarrett, with the other four getting little attention and contributing little more. Jarrett spends the first half of the match ducking out of every confrontation, so it’s not like he’s really doing all that much either. Kross suplexing Murder Clown after the match was more than he got in the match. Taurus did no better. The only reason this existed was to build Jarrett/Wagner for some unclear date, and so it could’ve happily ended when both Jarrett & Kross had Wagner in a submission hold at the same time. It instead drifted on for a long time after, just for the required but mostly pointless comeback. The actual finish, Wagner had no idea how to take the Stroke on the first try and Jarrett just doing it again, was not really worth the effort of extended the match so far.

don’t get a stuck in a corner with Poder del Norte

The four-way tag match was all action on a show of all action matches, but the action was pretty good. Rey Escorpión & Texano got to do a straight tag match for what feels like the first time in a while, meshing well with the técnico sides. Nine minutes isn’t a lot for a four-way match, so this wasn’t Aerostar & Drago doing as much as they’ve done recently, but Aerostar still got to dive into the third row. Jack was very good at being annoying. Teddy is the right guy to be taking the pins at this point. The post-match went on far too long, the usual bit of doing many things when just one would’ve had impact.

The Poder del Norte match was good at points. Hijo del Vikingo looked absolutely brilliant, the kind of state of the art flyer that you kind of hope gets out of AAA and to some place that might do a bit more focused job of making him a star. Instead, this goes near 13 minutes to end with Hijo de LA Park turning on Vikingo for no reason. It would’ve been too long even without the turn, and it’s a lot of wasted time to get that point. Poder del Norte is at the best steamrolling teams, but this was too long for a stream roll or a match with a nonsensical team.

tricky cradle

The Faby/Shani match was surprisingly cold once Faby’s head got exposed. The action in the ring was missing something as well, there wasn’t the spark there’s been there before. They were giving a good effort, and the moves were alright, but it didn’t seem to be headed to anywhere except killing time before the interference finish. Shani never seemed that close to winning, and Faby using the Devil’s Wings just didn’t feel like a big deal.

People seemed to be, if not down then not really enthused with the opener when it came up earlier. There is definitely a layout issue with it, in that there’s no layout and it’s just four guys doing spots until they’ve done all the spots. Outside of maybe Arkangel Divino & Hijo del Vikingo, AAA’s not doing anything to get these lower level guys over as individuals and it makes it more incumbent on them to do something to get over. That’s turned into everyone doing a lot of big moves, but it’s not always working – it didn’t really work here. It seems like it would’ve been easy to do something around normal partners Belial & Arez working together for most of the match, but telling those sorts of stories isn’t something most guys in Mexico even think about it, much less execute. Anyway, that’s a lot of words to say this match felt same-ish to a lot of other actions matches, but I still really liked the action. The wacky cradle battle to start the match felt like it came at the wrong time, but there sure were some wacky cradles. Belial did both his indian deathlock/bridging back suplex spot and his low tope spot, and that’s what I want in every Belial match. (I could’ve used some more selling.) Ultimo Maldito is better as a solo act than his brother and looked sharp with this Mexico crew. Draztick Boy’s run at the end was well done and his win came as a surprise. His blockbuster dive with Arez was the spot of the mathc in a match of spots.

 

CMLL Aniversario, Impact, Expo Museo Lucha Libre

Today is CMLL’s Aniversario show. You can watch it on Honor Club or internet.TV. The show should be good, even if it’s not the Aniversario show expected. Expectations for the show have been lowered so much that it could easily be a pleasant surprise.

I wrote a long preview over at Voices of Wrestling. I’m still expecting Rush & Cavernario to win, and the Guerreros to retain the trios titles. It’s worth noting that today’s WON seems to be hinting at a Volador/Taven win, which surprises me.

Volador says Rush isn’t half as good as La Sombra. Ultimo Guerrero is sure he’s keeping the trios titles. Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Impact taped last night in Mexico City. I have results here, and some of your favorite bootleggers already have video up on YouTube. Attendance was said to be not good but they moved people around to make it look good – which is really no different than many Impact tapings. Today’s taping might be even more of a struggle; if you’re interested in going to a lucha libre show in Mexico City today that’s not the CMLL show, you probably just have to hang around outside Fronton Mexico long enough and you might get a free ticket.

AAA wrestlers were used at the show, though some of the names you might expect were working a show scheduled for Guanajuato last night. (Though some people were been pulled from that show.) Two Llave de la Gloria level trios matches were taped for Impact’s Xplosion show, and sound like they were among the best things on the show. Jose Manuel Guillen worked as an announcer. Faby Apache got a storyline. The Lucha Brothers had two matches on the taping, which perhaps will be split over two episodes so they won’t be needed for today’s taping. La Parka answered an open challenge. La Parka was obviously a terrible fit. Besides the entire issue of wrestling, the people who are going to an Impact taping are the least likely to like AAA’s La Parka, so he was booed noticeably and fans changed for LA Park. (Parka blamed it on it being Impact fans.) Still, he and AAA get to brag that an international promotion used La Parka on their TV and hope everyone forgets the details. That’s really the motivation for everyone to be on this show.

The Gladiatores has interviews with Faby Apache and Puma King.

Not sure who will end up working the tapings today, but this Keyra twitter post seems like a tease of her being there. There were a lot of indie people around last night, and not all got used.

The Expo Museo Lucha Libre opens today. Saturday night is the night with the wrestling show (at 5pm), but today is the Rey Mysterio Jr. & Mil Mascaras autograph signing. I think it might be the biggest day of the weekend for them. Whoever planned this did a great job of putting it on the right weekend.

Today’s also the first night of PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles. I’ll be there. Lucha related matches tonight include Adam Brooks vs Rey Horus, Flamita vs Puma King, and Bandido vs T-Hawk.

LuFisto and Crazy Boy/DTU had a bad falling out, which LuFisto took to social media saying that she never got paid for her matches on this trip. They agree only on the LuFisto left the tour before working the last show. LuFisto says she was concerned about missing an important show this weekend and was contacted by United that she may need to change her flights due to the hurricane hitting the east coast of the US. DTU says LuFisto contacted United herself to get her flights changed to leave early. DTU was going to use the money owed to LuFisto to pay for the new flight. When the new flight didn’t cost extra, DTU decided to keep the money, justifying it as a co-promoter pulling out of that last show in Guadalajara and DTU losing money in the process. LuFisto also says she was told she asked not to wrestle any extreme matches and was told she wouldn’t be, then ended up in one in Hidalgo. She and her friends are now telling Americans not to work for DTU going forward.

It’s notable that the advertised DTU main event in Guadalajara was LuFisto vs Chik Tormenta. LuFisto didn’t work the show, but it doesn’t look like Tormenta was going to either. She was on those Impact tapings instead last night.

LuchaWorld had the latest Lucha Report.

Puma King and Barby told a story instead of cutting up a video this week. They’re a bit busy.

great match roundup, week of 2018-08-25

he’s going to feel this forever so I might as well keep using the GIF

this week’s shows

I think I might have rated too many TripleMania matches the same. The opener was different than the cruiserweight match, which was different from the main event. And the mixed tag was better than all of them. This is maybe why people use stars.

I really liked the ladder match. Mephisto/Titan did more for me than the four way mask match but style preferences may differ.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Aerostar & Drago vs Golden Magic & Laredo Kid and Bandido & Flamita and Andrew Everett & DJZ in a ladder match and for the AAA World Tag Team Championship and in a Number One Contenders Match match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) EMOCIONANTE LA LUCHA DE ESCALERAS BANDIDO Y FLAMITA POR CAMPEONATO DE PAREJAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
great Psycho Clown vs Hijo del FantasmaLA ParkPentagón Jr. for the mask and in a cage match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) L.A PARK ACEPTA LUCHAR CON EL HIJO DE DOCTOR WAGNER PARA TRIPLEMANIA XXVII (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) L.A. PARK RETA MÁSCARA CONTRA MÁSCARA AL FANTASMA POR NO HABER VALIDADO SU TRIUNFO CONTRA LA PARKA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) SORPRENDIÓ LA LLEGADA DEL PIERROTH ORIGINAL, LLEVADO POR L.A.PARK (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
great Mephisto © vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-28 2018-08-28
good Astrolux, Dragón Bane, Freelance vs Aramis, Draztick Boy, Látigo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) EN LLAVE A LA GLORIA FREELANCE , ARAMIS , ASTROLUX, DRAGON BAN EL LÁTIGO Y LA CENTELLA DE PACHUCA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good Australian Suicide © vs Shane StricklandACHSammy Guevara for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship AUSTRALIAN SUICIDE PIERDE EL CAMPEONATO PESO CRUCERO DE TRIPLE A (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AUSTRALIAN SUICIDE, ACEPTA LA PLAYERA DE MAD QUE ENTREGA KILLER KROSS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) Lucha Campeonato Mundial Crucero AAA | PRESHOW Triplemania XXVI | LUCHA COMPLETA (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © vs Hijo Del Vikingo & Vanilla and Dinastía & Lady Maravilla and Angelikal & La Hiedra for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) BIG MAMI Y EL NIÑO HAMBURGUESA MANTIENEN EL CAMPEONATO DE PAREJAS MIXTO (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana and Hijo de LA Park, Puma King, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) LOS EXÓTICOS LLEVARON LA DE PERDER FUERON VAPULEADOS POR LAS OTRAS DOS TERCIAS (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) MAMBA, PIMPINELA ESCARLATA Y MÁXIMO, HICIERON UNA ENTRADA LLAMATIVA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. vs Joe Lider, Murder Clown, Pagano in a street fight match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) LOS MERCENARIOS ENFRENTARON LA VIOLENCIA QUE IMPLICA LA LUCHA CALLEJERA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good Lady Shani vs Faby Apache for the mask and for the hair  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AGUERRIDA LUCHA ENTRE LADY SHANI Y FABY APACHE (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) FABY APACHE CON PUDONOR ACEPTA SU DERROTA ANTE LADY SHANI, HASTA SE RAPA ELLA MISMA (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good Jeff Jarrett © vs FénixBrian CageRich Swann for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) JEFF GARRET CAMPEÓN,, FÉNIX, BRIAN CAGE Y RICH SWANN (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) TODO MUNDO SE SORPRENDIO CUANDO ESPERABA A CONAN DISFRAZADO UPS WAGNER (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
good Shockercito © vs Joker for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-27 2018-08-27
good XO Lishus vs Jack Evans [no mas] Lucha Underground: 2018-08-29 2018-03-03
good Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Felino, Negro Casas, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 2018-08-31
good Matt Taven vs Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 2018-08-31

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Teddy Hart vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly in a lumberjack rules match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))LUCHA EN LUMBERJACK( CON CORREAS) OGTS VS MAD (posted by HECTOR GODFREY TV) AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-25 2018-08-25
ok Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Olímpico, Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-27 2018-08-27
ok Bengala & Sonic vs Inquisidor & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-28 2018-08-28
ok Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz vs Kawato, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-28 2018-08-28
ok Jake Strong vs Drago Lucha Underground: 2018-08-29 2018-03-03
ok Arkalis & Robin vs Akuma & El Coyote LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 2018-08-31
ok La Jarochita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 2018-08-31
ok Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, The Chris LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 2018-08-31
ok Bushi, Naito, Rush vs Diamante Azul, LA Park, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-08-31 2018-08-31
not rated Centella Roja & Meyer vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-27 2018-08-27
not rated La Jarochita & Marcela vs Dalys & La Comandante LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-27 2018-08-27
not rated Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-27 2018-08-27
not rated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-27 2018-08-27
not rated La Maligna, Mistique, Sanely vs Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Mistique,Sanely,Maligna VS Tiffany,Amapola,Metalica (posted by doncelladehielo89) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-28 2018-08-28
not rated Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-28 2018-08-28
not rated Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-08-28 2018-08-28

CMLL Martes: 2018-08-28 

Audaz steals a dive

Recapped: 09/11/2018

Matches:

Bengala & Sonic beat Inquisidor & Yago
(13:12 [4:57, 2:20, 5:55], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany beat La Maligna, Mistique, Sanely
(11:48 [6:19, 2:42, 2:47], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLLgif: 5855

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz beat Kawato, Okumura, Virus
(11:10 [2:32, 3:45, 4:53], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Hechicero, Shocker beat Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
(14:06 [5:51, 3:38, 4:37], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto © beat Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(16:11, 1/3, great,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mephisto powerbomb (2:13)

  2. Titan figure four (1:20)

  3. Mephisto La Rosa (12:38)

Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero beat Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr.
(1:59 [0:49, 1:10], 1/2 DQ, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Yago and friends

Mr. Niebla is in no condition to perform in his match. He may be drunk, though no one’s specifically admitted to that even after. It’s apparent to everyone involved by the time Niebla falls off the top rope as part of his entrance, though the announcers do their best to ignore it. Volador immediately unties Niebla’s mask after the whistle, then goes in the ring to get quickly beat by Negro Casas after a snap mare. Bucanero immediately sets up the Zacarias 619 spot to start the match to give the crowd something to cheer. Volador comes in right after to face Negro Casas, but tells him to bring in Volador so he can finish the match. Volador visibly calls spots to Bucanero and Niebla, gets whipped into a handspring on Bucanero, Niebla swings at him and misses, and Volador unmasked Niebla. It seems like Niebla was in the wrong spot to take handspring, but it might have been Volador’s planned to keep him from taking a bump to unmask him quicker. Volador immediately walks out of the ring, only stopping to say something to a fan and look at the ring one time. Crowd seems to be surprised the show is over and starts booing loudly as the announcers wrap up their portion and they realize they’ve gotten nothing of a main evnet.

Titan’s left hand is heavily wrapped going into the title match. He’d hurt in Puebla the day before at the very end of the match, though he was unaware it’s was a fracture until a few days later. The hand is visibly bugging him past the first fall, though he’s able to grip with it. Mephisto goes after it a bit to start the third fall to explain why Titan’s selling, though it doesn’t become the focus of the match. Sonic and Ephesto are the seconds.

Mistique hurts her ankle in her first spot of her match – jumping into the ring for an armdrag on Tiffany, who’s out of position – and is done at that point. Tecnicas quickly win that fall, then lose the next two.

Thoughts:

Mephisto making life hard for Titan

Titan got a lot Mephisto in their title match, pushing him farther in the most in Mephisto’s standard title match structure and producing some moments where the crowd truly believed in the title match. This was more very well executed than innovate, with Titan taking tremendous punishment in moments like the apron bomb, and showing a lot of heart in fighting thru obvious pain. Titan can do incredible athletic things, but his ability to show how much pain he’s in and keep going wins over sympathy better than most CMLL luchadors in these singles matches. Knowing the hand issue, with Mephisto going after it at times, adds to the drama of the match significantly. It would’ve been better if that played directly into the finish, but it comes up plenty when titan just didn’t have enough left to pull off adequate covers, row hen Mephisto’s over-eagerness to take advantage of it nearly gets him beat. This is a strong performance.

Black Panther stealing his brother’s dive, and then watching as his brother was tapped out by Virus, was great comedy. Not sure Black Panther would’ve done better but the musclehead Panther was easily outsmarted by Virus. That would be a nice sequence in a match where the rudos were interested in doing more than kicking around the técnicos for a couple minutes. The técnicos weren’t much more excited to be here outside the finishes. Kawato got thru a sequence with Audaz fine, which was nice to see. They also had both Black Panther and Okumura to make sure Audaz was caught in case Kawato couldn’t do it, so not everything is progressing.

The 2v2 is normal opener fare with a normal crazy Yago entrance. Yago isn’t only an entrance only as Metálico, but they don’t give him much to do here. They had the rookies work with the vets a lot, and the veterans aren’t doing a lot. They mixed it up in the third fall but it didn’t help this become any interesting. Sonic was either doing better selling than usual for an opener or his right knee was bugging him by the end of the match, causing a planned double team to go wrong.

CMLL iPPV on internet.tv, Impact in Mexico City, NJPW talking to Fenix?

Friday’s CMLL show will be streamed live on ROH’s Honor Club service as part of their $10/month service. It’ll also be available on internet.tv for $10 if you’re in the US, and 100 MXP ($6 USD) if they see your IP as coming from Mexico. If you have to use a VPN service to get around the Marca geoblocks, you can do the same thing here to save $4 if you want.

There’s a chance the Gran Prix will end up on Honor Club as well; the reason ROH is picking this up is because of Matt Taven being on the show,  Flip Gordon is in the Gran Prix, so maybe they air that as well and it’s you get 2 shows for one price. There’s no way of knowing for sure though, and it’s a subscription you’ll to have to unsubscribe to not pay again in 30 days. (The subscription is good for a full month no matter when you cancel – you can do it right after you subscribe if you’re worried. some people have told me they’ve had problems unsubscribing, but I haven’t had that issue.) This is also a big lucha libre show, so there will be all sorts of bootlegged versions if you’re more willing to look for them than to pay.

I’m likely going to cut and paste most of that tomorrow, if I post at all. This is the last day of regular service until Wednesday. I’m heading to Los Angeles this weekend to see PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles this weekend, hanging around an extra day on Monday and flying back early Tuesday. I am just about set up with recaps to post during all that time, so something will be up in this space. I’ll write news update if/when I have the time, but no promises on that or an Anniversario recap (which I won’t be seeing live.) I’d like to watch it Saturday, but I’m also not going to sit around a hotel room watching wrestling if there are other things going on. It’ll get done eventually.

Tonight is the first of the two nights of Impact Wrestling taping in Mexico City. Tickets for the Thursday show seem to be going better than the Friday night one, for obvious reasons. Impact has announced people on the shows (Austin Aries, Brian Cage, Tessa Blanchard, Eddie Edwards, Fenix, Johnny Impact, Killer Kross, LAX, Moose, Pentagon Jr.). It looks like Hernandez will also be there. No matches announced though. I think you need matches to sell tickets in Mexico – it’s definitely AAA’s theory, which is why they’ve been announcing matches for shows even when they’re not the matches they’re going to run. I do expect AAA wrestlers on these shows, though not the undercard flying guys and more the Psycho Clown guys – though it seems like those names should be advertised if that’s the plan. LAX is really good, but announcing Psycho Clown (if he’s there) is going to mean more to this audience.

ReporteIndigo is doing interviews with many of the people on tomorrow’s Anniversario show. King Phoenix/Fenix was interviewed yesterday, telling the story of him and Pentagon going for mask sellers outside Arena Mexico to wrestle inside of it. At the end, he’s asked about the recent WWE rumors and Fenix notes that 70% of his biggest matches have come outside of Mexico. He finds it incredible that he’s gone from a kid mask seller to someone who’s “getting offers to work for WWE & NJPW.”

The WWE stuff is absolutely not new, though people have been treated it like breaking news the last few weeks. WWE’s been interested in Fenix & Penta for years, and the only thing that’s been holding up WWE from making a formal offer is the Lucha Underground contracts they’re under. The status of their contracts hasn’t been publically revealed, though everyone seems to have a theory. Fenix & Penta surely signed the same 7-year deal as most everyone else coming into the promotion, but it seems like they might have redone the deal somewhere along the way and LU has been more willing to just let people leave since the start of season 4. NJPW is new. NJPW has only brought in Mexican wrestling talent thru CMLL for a long time now. Fenix & Penta are in CMLL but not part of CMLL and it’s not clear been if that’s close enough. NJPW is a big deal for the prestige, but also because they pay pretty nicely. It’s also very possible that “All In” means NJPW to Fenix and I’m overthinking it.

There’s a lot of factors here, but the distilled version is if it’s a decision between WWE and what Penta/Fenix are doing now, then I believe WWE is the more likely outcome. If it becomes WWE versus “some of what Penta/Fenix are doing now and plus semi-regular NJPW dates”, then it’s more of a toss-up.

In somewhat related bits, Sin Cara is in Mexico City for the Lucha Libre Expo Museum and was asked why there are no top latino stars in WWE. Sin Cara believes it’s not a question of talent, but of people not getting opportunities. He mentions Penta, Fenix, and Dragon Lee as being good enough to make it in any company, but says it’s harder to stay in favor with a company.

Soberano was asked about his recent international trips by TJ Sports. He feels he learned from his experience in RevPro despite losing both his matches, says he’s got no ROH dates at the moment, but will be headed to Japan soon. I assume that’s NJPW’s annual junior tag tournament in October. It also suggests NJPW’s already selected the people for those shows, and maybe that means Dragon Lee won’t be going since he’s not available for those dates at the moment.

Razon interviews Cavernario & Rush, who gives Volador credit for being enough of a man to challenge him. But no more credit than that.

Volador tells ESTO that he’s had experience on Anniversario shows, but Matt Taven has not, and he’s a little worried the big moment might make him nervous. He’s also worried that he might repeat his last Anniverasrio main event and lose again. He had really good matches with La Sombra leading into their main events and thought highly of him as a wrestler, and does not the same of Rush.

Barbaro Cavernario tells MedioTiempo this match is a big opportunity to show what he and all the young luchador in CMLL can do. There’s been no formal offer for him to join Los Ingobernables and he remains loyal to Peste Negra. Cavernario calls Taven one of the most popular wrestlers in Ring of Honor, which doesn’t seem to be the case on Twitter. In another article, Cavernario promises the match of his life. He’s 100% doing the splash to the floor.

The El Panchitas column hears Rey Mysterio Jr. will be at the CMLL Anniversario show. As a fan, to watch Fenix & Penta. He’ll be at the Expo Museo Lucha Libre for an autograph signing earlier that day.

CMLL looks back at the 1994 Anniversario with Ricky Santana getting the big win, as well as Rush beating Maximo Sxy for his hair.

LuFisto is off the DTU show tonight, flying home early, and says she wasn’t paid what was promised because she was leaving early. She’s not the first person to have money problems with DTU, as noted in that post.

The +LuchaTV Thursday show is Martinez’s 5th Anniversario show. Last week’s show seemed to not happen due to technical difficulties, but a couple matches from the AAA Juarez were posted on YouTube this week anyway.

Hidalgo luchador El Exotico says they’ll be out at least two months after being injured on the DTU show on Sunday. It’s back injury, not a head or neck one, but enough for them to paralyzed for 15-20 minutes. Exotico is grateful DTU/Coliseo Coacalco had a doctor on hand to make sure the injury didn’t come worse.

Lineups

ExpoMuseo (SAT) 09/15/2018 World Trade Center, Benito Juárez, Distrito Federal
1) Gallito Tapatío & Microman vs Chamuel & Perico Zacarías
2) Marcela, Mina Shirikawa, Sanely, Zuzu Divine vs Amapola, Dalys, Kali, Lilith Dark
3) Gallo Tapado Jr. vs Fishman Jr.Trauma IIRambo Jr.Hijo Del Villano III Jr.Ultramán Jr.Mano Negra Jr.Hijo del SolarStuka Jr.Dragón Rojo Jr.Blue Panther Jr.Soberano Jr.TigerSansónMagnusStar Jr.Warrior Jr. [battle royal]
4) Mano Negra, Solar I, Villano IV vs Felino, Kurisu, Okumura
5) Atlantis, Dos Caras Sr., Mil Máscaras vs Negro Casas, Scorpió Jr., Último Guerrero

This 5pm show at the Expo Lucha seems like it’ll be interesting. I don’t know about match quality, but this is the only time you’re seeing Microman & Mil Mascaras at the same time. The entire expo seems like it’s going to be worth checking out, and it’s only 110MXP ($6 USD).

CMLL (TUE) 09/18/2018 Arena México
1) Hijo del Signo & Metálico vs Arkalis & Sonic
2) La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
3) Ángel, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
4) Drone vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volcano vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

Volcano makes his Arena Mexico debut. The Micros are back on a Tuesday, with Angel subbing in for Guapito. (The MicroAngel name didn’t last long.) Drone/Cometa should be interesting. The opener will not be interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 09/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Guerrero Samurai Jr., Principe Daniel, Tigre Blanco vs Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Black vs Cholo, Furia Roja, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero

NGD take on Soberano and the healthy OneAtos styles team.

The Sunday Guadalajara show has what’s essentially a four way apuesta match.

AAA , ELITE (FRI) 09/21/2018 Salón Rojo, Toluca, Estado de México
1) Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire
2) Aerostar, Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa vs Ciclón Ramírez, Demus, Emperador Azteca
3) Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. vs Mamba & Máximo and Golden Magic & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Maximo/Mamba & Wagner/Magic replaced Traumas on 09/21.
4) Joe Lider, La Parka, Pagano vs Hijo de LA Park, Laredo Kid, Taurus
Laredo Kid replaced Puma King on 09/21.
5) Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown vs Electroshock & LA Park

This was a Twitch stream, then wasn’t a Twitch stream, and now has returned to streaming of Twitch. There’s been some changes today. Puma is off, and AAA Megachampion contender (???) Laredo Kid steps in. The Traums are gone and two teams have replaced him (giving AAA an unfair two teams in the match.) This is still an AAA/ELITE show, and AAA has yet to win one of those.