Pierroth versus La Mascara for the masks, reduced Lucha World Cup iPPV price, Liga Elite returns

Blue Panther plancha
Blue Panther plancha

CMLL (FRI) 05/27/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
14:25. Cancerberos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta
17:41. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther
16:41. Hijos del Infierno took 1/3, Mephisto beating Panther with his own sudden Fujiwara armbar.
4) Felino b Guerrero Maya Jr. [lightning]
6:36. Superbomb by Felino.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Titán b Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Ripper
13:37. Tencicos took 21/3.
6) La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible b Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Stuka Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
9:21. Stuka replaced Dragon Lee on Tuesday, but Dragon Lee came out to talk about his injury and apologize for not wrestling. La Mascara interrupted him, insulted Lee, and kicked him in the bad leg. Pierroth ran out to make the save, declaring himself still a rudo but also the father of Rush, Dragon Lee and Mistico, and demanded a mask match with La Mascara. Mascara seemed OK with the idea, but nothing was officially agreed to. Mistico dove off the stage onto Mascara to start the match. Mascara won in straight falls cleanly, including escaping the Mistica to beat Mistico with a casita. Mascara unmasked Mistico after the match, humiliating two of the brothers in one night.

Some matches were OK, something matches were good, nothing stood out as must see.

Pierroth vs La Mascara seems to be the next ‘big’ match they’re doing, with La Mascara vs Rush following that at some point. Nothing about Pierroth vs La Mascara sounds like a good match. In theory, this might mean the end for Pierroth, but there’s plenty of ways they could keep him around if they wanted. It might be the end of the name Pierroth being used.

CMLL posted a video spotlighting the 2008 Gran Prix. They kind of make it look like Ultimo Guerrero won. (He did not win. Alex Shelley still has the trophy.)

CMLL could put together a big card with Pierroth/La Mascara, the Gran Prix, and perhaps even Cavernario/Cometa underneath. CMLL said they’ll have a press conference to talk about the Gran Prix on Wednesday, and that’d also work as the place for Pierroth & La Mascara to be made official.

AAA CONTRERAS (FRI) 05/27/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport]
1) Boricua, Colombiano, Miserbale b Fishman Jr., Ice Killer, Mohicano I, M1, Súper Tarin, Súper Muñeco, Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío II, Bronco González, Fantasma Blanca, Lady González, Máscara Divina, Fantasma Del Ring, David Rockert, Bronco González Jr., Regge Boy I,Regge Boy II, Nova, Papa Chango, Minino, Diva Virtual, Lady Sensación, Sniper, Asbel, Jaque Mate III, Goskart, Xibalba, Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr., Súper Chiva, Príncipe Kronoz, La Chona, Caricia, Infinito, Dan El Inenso, Bryan El Striper, Bestia Metálica, Spectro, La Hielera, Chuponcito, Furia Nocturna, Pantera Especial, Mr. Halcón, Ángel Divino, Desorden, Sexy Petus, Dragón Yuki, Ángel Suicida, Súper Brazo [PCM Latinoamericano]
2) Lokillo b Ángel Jr. [Copa José Contreras]
3) Faby Apache & Halcón 78 b Mamba & Taya
Falcon 78 replaced Nino Hamburguesa
4) Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. b Garza Jr., Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa
Daga replaced Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hamburguesa & Garza Jr. replaced Fenix & Octagon Jr. Lider was injured.
5) La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Taurus
Hijo del Pirata Morgan replaced Hijo del Fantasma
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. b Psycho Clown, Pagano, Texano Jr.
Pagano replaced Mesias. Order of elimination went Pagano, Texano Jr., Psycho. Wagner challenged Psycho to a mask match.

This was the 20th Anniversary show for the promotion, and the final show for the current promoter. They packed the building (better than what CaraLucha does.) There were about 60 names announced for that main event.

Lots of missing AAA people on this show. Lucha Underground has been taping vignettes this week, and most of the missing people were in Los Angeles. (That includes Hijo del Fantasma, who hadn’t been around the Temple for Season 3 so far; guess his back is getting better.) AAA is low on available wrestlers – Halcon 78 is a very much a ‘break glass in emergency’ type selection. They’re losing wrestlers, they’re not replacing them with anyone even on the smallest level, and it’s there’s plenty of people out there if they just need bodies. (See that opener.) I’m sure there’s a story, but I’m not sure what it is.

CMLL’s Sabado Retros show has Titan, Mascara Dorada and Mistico against La Mascara, Shocker and Felino in the main event. The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. versus Hechicero & Vangellys for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship, in what figures to be a successful title defense. It’s one of the better cards they’ve run.

The Lucha World Cup iPPV site up went yesterday. The new price for both shows is $19, not the $25 USD that had been advertised earlier. It’s still cheaper in Mexico Pesos, but not really by that much if you figure currency change fees and the like. There is currently no option to buy just the finals; you’re getting both shows or nothing. They’re using the same provider as before.

AAA’s TV preview is up. Matches airing

  • Cuervo, Scoria, Taurus versus Elegido, Garza and Nino Hamburguesa
  • Averno & Chessman vs Australian Suicide & Argenis for the tag titles
  • Hernandez & Zorro vs La Parka & Texano Jr.

That means they will not be airing Psycho Clown winning a shot in the Lucha World Cup until after the Lucha World Cup is started – he could be eliminated before he’s shown to actually be in. That seems a very strange and unproductive way of promoting your show, but that’s consistent with AAA this year. (I guess it means Psycho Clown has a better chance of advancing this time around, but who knows.)

AAA announced Dario Cueto and Melissa Santos will appear on the Lucha World Cup.

AAA’s promoting Tuesday’s taping with Arena Aficion listed on the poster. I don’t understand if that means they moved it again, or if they never moved it, or what. If you are in Pachuca and reading this, a) your city seemed nice when I was there, good job and b) go to Arena Aficion, try to buy tickets and then go to the other place if it doesn’t work.

Chessman says the Apache sisters stand no chance against him and Averno and should stop asking for a tag title match.

Rocky Santana wants more challengers for his trios titles.

Wrestling With Words has a review of Maximo vs Golden Boy vs Dulce Kanela vs Ultimo Ninja from ACM

Lineup

ELITE (THU) 06/02/2016 Arena México
1) Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Robin (CMLL) vs Luzbel & Tanque Infernal
2) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. vs ?, Hombre Bala Jr., Jinzo
3) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Último Ninja vs Argos, Magnus, Rey Escorpión
4) Bobby Lashley vs Xtreme Tiger [Liga Elite]
5) Atlantis & Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera & Último Guerrero
6) Carístico vs Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]

From Sunday to Wednesday to Saturday to Thursday! They’re going to run out of days soon. Elite was saying they’d be back on Wednesday after the Saturday show, so plans changed again. I’m not sure it makes any difference.

Both Liga Elite matches are first time ever matches. They’re getting way out of sync on these matches: Tiger, Caristico & Dorada will have 4 matches while Cibernetico & Casas have 1.

Atlantis & Octagon is playing off the over 25 year old movie. Hijo del Octagon figures to be mystery man, but I don’t think they’d be afraid to advertise him if he was – maybe something else is going on. (Elite hasn’t caught onto Jinzo changing his name.)

Luzbel & Tanque Infernal are FULL luchadors who were on a Sunday Elite show back in March.

CMLL (FRI) 06/03/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
5) La Máscara vs Pierroth
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero

This will be going heads up with the Lucha World Cup on internet streams, but that really only matters for the couple hundred of us watching either or both. (I’m going to try and record it, but it’s going to be tricky.)

La Mascara & Pierroth is really happening. It’s probably not going to be good.

Cometa/Cavernario back in the fourth match. Fujin & Rajin make a Friday night appearance in the second match. Negro Casas & Shocker, the actual tag team champions, actually team together in the main event.

MDA ELITE (SUN) 06/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Erika Sotelo & Mini Bengalí vs La Chocolata & Tekilita
2) Extreme Boy & Última Sombra vs Gato Fantasma & Gemelo Muerte
3) Epydemius, Galactar, Obsesión vs Gallardo, Lince, Tormento
4) Princesa Sugehit & Sanely vs Rossy Moreno & Tiffany
5) Ninja Jr. & Último Ninja vs Golden Magic & Metaleón
6) Rush & Silver King vs Fuerza Guerrera & LA Park

Elite back in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, continuning to tease the Rush/LA Park match. Semimain is a rematch from the last show, minus Flamita & Laredo Kid.

CARA LUCHA (SAT) 06/11/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) India Sioux & La Jarochita vs Demasiado & Diva Salvaje
3) Estrellita & Lady Maravilla vs Dallys la Caribeña & Zeuxis
4) Toro Negro II, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. vs Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo
5) Canis Lupus, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno vs Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico
6) Cavernario vs Black Terry

Cara Lucha back on a regular schedule, with Cavernario/Terry as the main event. Third match spills out of the mask match.

It’s not exactly Flamita’s schedule, but Lady Maravilla seems to be having no problem finding work outside of AAA.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-27 

ramp dives for everyone
ramp dives for everyone

Recapped: 05/27/2016

What happened: La Mascara took out Dragon Lee with a kick to his bad leg, angering Pierroth into challenging Mascara to a mask match. (Pierroth also plainly explained he’s the father of Rush, Mistico and Dragon Lee, which might not yet have been clear to the most casual fans.) It didn’t seem to be official yet, but it’s obviously coming. Mascara cleanly defeated and unmasked Mistico in the main event.

And that’s it as far as angles. They continue to heavily promote the Gran Prix, which would fit as a semimain with that mask match.

What was good: Lot of borderline stuff. I liked the Panther match the best, and not some of the others as much as other people, but there was no standout match. The three minutes of the main event angle were really the only standout moments.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be on my channel, and Claro has the main event.

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great match roundup, week of 2016-05-07

the hand of death can't be restrained by a coffin
I think your feelings about this GIF essentially mirror your feelings about this entire show at this point

This was a weak semana. Nothing great this week, and a lot of grudging ‘good’ grades. Even grudging OK grades – I’d be very unhappy about how Octagon Jr. was used if it wasn’t totally irrelevant by the time I got to writing about it.

Casas & Hechicero is clearly the best match of the week, but I haven’t rewatched it yet.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Lady Shani AAA on Televisa: 2016-05-07 2016-04-18
good Fuego vs Disturbio in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-10 2016-05-10
good Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-10 2016-05-10
good Ángel de Oro, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-10 2016-05-10
good Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio © vsIvelisse, Johnny Mundo, Son of Havoc [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2016-05-11 2016-01-10
good Matanza © vs Mil Muertes [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2016-05-11 2016-01-10
good Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
good Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
good Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
good Metaleón & Tritón vs Golden Magic & Puma [ELITE MIDDLE] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-13 2016-05-11
good Volador Jr. vs Xtreme Tiger in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-13 2016-05-11
ok Aerostar, Drago, Octagón Jr. vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro AAA on Televisa: 2016-05-07 2016-04-18
ok Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vsDamián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano AAA on Televisa: 2016-05-07 2016-04-18
ok Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Virus, Warrior Steel, Yago CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-09 2016-05-09
ok Dalys © vs Estrellita for the CMLL World Women’s Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-09 2016-05-09
ok Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-09 2016-05-09
ok La Máscara, Rush, Shocker vs Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Negro Casas in a relevos increíbles match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-09 2016-05-09
ok Astral & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-10 2016-05-10
ok Leono, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-10 2016-05-10
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-10 2016-05-10
ok Joey Ryan vs Mr. Cisco, Cortez Castro [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-05-11 2016-01-10
ok Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
ok Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Súper Parka vs Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-13 2016-05-11
below average Millenium & Rey Samuray vs Espíritu Maligno & Nitro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-05-09 2016-05-09
below average Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
below average La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
watch later Negro Casas vs Rey Hechicero Noches de Coliseo: 2016-05-08 2016-04-24

Konnan accuses AAA of sexual harassment, preview of CMLL card

tonight’s card

(yea, the bit I do for headlines doesn’t work well there.)

Tonight’s CMLL card is headlined by Mistico, Maximo Sexy and Stuka Jr. versus La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. There’s no storyline to it – there might have been one with Mascara & Dragon Lee, but he’s out due to injury and Stuka is in.

There’s really no obvious ongoing storylines on the show as a result, just five random trios matches and a lightning match. Marco, Diamante and Titan team against two of the Invasors (Ripper & Kraneo) & Rey Bucanero, which also keeps supposed tag partners Maximo & Marco in separate matches. Current trios champions Hijos del Infierno are teamed up again the Panthers, though it’d be hard to have them on the card without putting them together. (It’s got a good chance of being the best match of the show.) There’s a woman’s trios with the return of Sileuta, and an opener with Oro & Soberano probably not doing much against Raziel & Cancerbero. The lightning match is Guerrero Maya versus Felino.

The show will air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm.

Tonight’s also the Contreras retirement show.

The latest edition of Podcast Boom was up yesterday, though it appears to be down now. (It might be due to the sound quality rather than the content.)  Alfredo translated it and put a lot of notes in the Lucha Report. Konnan outed Copetes as a serial sexual harasser. Copetes is one of the people who decide the luchadors working each show, and Lady Maravilla said Copetes demanded sex to get booked more. This was told to Marisela Pena, who said she’d look into it, but simply asked Copetes and was satisfied by him denying. Konnan obviously didn’t believe the denial, saying Copetes had stalked Teddy Hart’s girlfriend, X-Pac’s girlfriend, Christina Von Eerie (who ended up leaving for that reason) and was interested in Goya Kong.

These are really serious charges. If true, it’s terrible behavior – both both Copetes and the Roldan’s seemingly turning a blind eye to it. Konnan’s comments on this podcast have been getting some traction in Mexican lucha media, and this could be significant trouble for AAA if it gets picked up beyond that. (It’d probably take one of the women speaking about it, and you’d understand why they would prefer to stay to far away from it.)

Konnan also said he had tried to book Sexy Star/Pentagon Jr. mixed tag matches in the past, but the cards had been changed every time (by the Roldans.) He mentioned Faby thinks little over the other women, feeling they’re not any good, and would be rough with them in matches. And Konnan said Jennifer Blake was kept around longer because Dorian Roldan liked her.

Yesterday was Lucha World Cup press day for the Mexico based luchadors. Lady Apache, Psycho Clown, Canek and Mary Apache were there. Lady Apache seems to have made the most news: she said was retiring soon, and wanted to win the LWC before doing so. It’s a retirement in lucha, so it can’t be too serious, but Lady Apache says she’ll reach 30 years of wrestling on June 30th and it’s time to give way for the younger generations. She says only contracted to work with AAA for this show and will return to indies after.

Psycho Clown told the story of how he ended up qualifying despite not being scheduled in a match. Interviews with the others haven’t surfaced. Canek, talking to El Pancracio, noted the final will be held in the same place he debuted (41 years ago) and reminded people how he’d faced Antonio Inoki, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, so he has much experience taking on international stars for this competition. Canek felt his team was the best, and vowed to bring all the flying guys down to the mat and see how they respond. I haven’t read a Mary Apache interview yet but the Gladiatores have a short video one with her, along with Canek, La Parka, Taya, Psycho Clown and Lady Apache

Winners Black passed away. He’s one of the luchadors who’ve used the name Black Shadow Jr., but is not the most well known one (the one also know as Pequeno Solin.)

AAA writes about Hector Garza, who passed away three years ago yesterday.

Chairo 4 on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Impulso vs Freelance, hair vs hair
2: Keria, Aeroboy, Demasiado vs Mini Multifacetico, Brole, Prayer
3: Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Soberano Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr.
4: Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Guerrero Maya Jr. & Virus

That’s already a really good card.

TKD reviews the CaraLucha anniversary show.

The Gladiatores have reached 10 years of publishing. They say they’re going for 20.

Eric reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings, wonders if anyone in charge of CMLL actually watches lucha libre.

Mr. Electro replaces Dragon Lee on ILLM’s show on 06/04, part of a four way main event with Metaleon, Corsario Negro Jr., Metaleon and Fly Warrior. That’s a bit of a change.

Kronosport writes about the mixed success of women’s promotion WWS, who has their third anniversary this Sunday.

An interview with the Cisneros lucha family of Oaxaca.

Ronie Mendoza, ex-Jinzo, has been listed on upcoming DTU posters as “#GoldGeneration”, and he (sort of) explains what that means in a promo – like a new era for DTU.

Joaquin Roldan paid off a soccer bet by bringing luchadors to Magia de un Deseo.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/27 NJPW: Volador Jr. [4] defeated Jushin Liger [4] in the BOSJ. Volador joins a big tie at 4, right in front of an equally big tie at 2. There’s little separation; the playoff odds give him 27.1% chance of winning his block, but it’s smaller than that in wrestling reality.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 28th

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Both AAA and Elite are the first week of two week tapings so it’s a guessing game. Elite’s advertisements are indicating that they’ll have both title Elite title matches this week, which wouldn’t leave them with all that much next week.

It’d be kind of hilarious if AAA waited to air the last LWC qualifying match. They taped 7 matches for two weeks, and might spend next week trying to sell tickets for Lucha World Cup; if there’s something you want to see from that show, you should hope it airs this week to be safe.

IWRG has been airing, but I’ve had no luck with the AYM internet feed and the LAS cable feed is airing repeats (and airing the show less frequently.)

Lucha Underground‘s on screen preview lists the trios title match. I didn’t have that in my notes, but that is listed elsewhere, so I just made a mistake somewhere. If I’m correct with the rest, there is a third match on the show which sound promising.

The Cometa/Cavernario lightning match on Azteca USA is the better of the two recently. Happy to be done uploading tournaments for a while.

Rush & Mascara feud in Guadalajara, AAA iPPV details, CMLL Gran Prix

 

Dragon Azteca & Jack Evans
Dragon Azteca & Jack Evans

CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Frezzer & Neutrón b Demonio Rojo & Mr. Apolo
Mr. Apolo replaced Chakal. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Starman
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Vaquero Jr. b El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
Vaquero replaced Gallo. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
Diamante Azul replaced Super Porky. Tecnicos took 2/3. Money thrown in.
5) La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible DQ Máscara Dorada, Rush, Titán
Rudos took 1/3. Rush & Mascara feuded, Rush unmasked Mascara for the DQ.

Rush as a tecnico makes no sense, but Rush hanging out with an oddly rudo-ish Dorada & Titan would be interesting. Too bad it’s only happening Guadalajara.

IWRG (WED) 05/25/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Aramis b Adrenalina
2) Dragón Fly & Omega b Enigma & Rocket
First Enigma match since November.
3) Factor, Spartan, Spector b Astro, Geo, Zatura
Debut for Geo.
4) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Rayan
Apolo & Eterno attacked Rayan after the loss, which caused the other three Comando Elite to rush out of the save. Insoportables said they’d have a new member to have a 4v4 match.
5) Cerebro Negro © b Trauma II [IWRG IC WELTER]
first defense

Main event sounds like it went well.

AAA announced details of the Lucha World Cup iPPV: both shows will be offered in a package for 250 Mexican Pesos or $25 USD. ($25 is a fair price for two shows, but it’s nearly twice as much as the peso price.) There will be English and Spanish announcing. The show will start to be available for sale tomorrow on AAA’s website. It’s not clear if you’ll be able to just buy one show for a lower price, but we’ll probably know that tomorrow

AAA’s schedule next week is going to be strenuous. Postponing the taping Pachuca taping two days makes sense (and Pachuca did make the final so they would’ve got killed), but it also means AAA is running three tapings in six days plus probably doing a lot of press and just general herding around foreigners from place to place.

CMLL says their World Cup International Gran Prix will take place in July, with representatives from Japan, Canada, the Isla of Tonga, New Zealand and the US. In NJPW, Tama Tonga & his brother Tanga Roa (ex-WWE Camacho) are billed from Tonga. Bad Luck Fale is also billed from Tonga, but is originally from New Zealand, as is Jay White. Canada, US and Japan could be anyone, including Raijin & Fujin. What’s strange is the title of the piece says Italy is involved (Marco), but the body of it does not mention Italy.

Diamante Azul was interviewed on CMLL Informa, and said to be the first member of the Mexico team. There will be a press conference to announce more about this tournament on Wednesday, within a day of when AAA is doing press for the Lucha World Cup. (This could not be more obvious.)

Azul also said he’d be around for five before going back to France, and plans on becoming a French citizen. Diamante Azul always says he’s wrestling and training people in France, but I’m never able to find any results of him wrestling there.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report news update.

AAW announced Aerostar will face AR Fox on their 06/17 show. That joins the Drago versus Chris Hero match on that show. It should be a pretty good show.

AULL announced everyone has mandatory practice every other Saturday. That’s a hard day for mandatory practice.

Quick AyTV interview with Mascara Dorada.

Next Saturday in Houston has a Martinez show with Aerostar & Laredo Kid vs Flamtia & Ultimo Ninja.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/29/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly vs Galaxy
2) Enigma & Hip Hop Man vs Astro & Geo
Hip Hop Man & Enigma were listed on both sides of the match in the poster. Box y Lucha has Astro & Geo.
3) Freelance & Pantera I vs Diablo Jr. & Imposible and Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno and Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
4) Dinamic Black, Hijo De Dos Caras, Ultramán Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera, Golden Magic, Trauma I
5) Danny Casas, Demon Clown, Trauma I vs Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Toscano

This isn’t the Demon Clown/Mr. Electro match threatened in the Box Y Lucha listing, but it’s still a challenging main event. Demon Clown was around for a week back in January. Assuming IWRG has a direction, always a bad assumption, it feels like there’s a cage match coming.

Lucha Underground 2×18: Enter the Mundo

Johnny's watching his carbs, no pizza DDT for him
Johnny’s watching his carbs, no pizza DDT for him

Matches

Joey Ryan beat Máscarita Sagrada (3:15, running tornado DDT, OK)

Cage defeats Chavo Guerrero for the Gift of the Gods (7:57, Drill Claw, GOOD)

Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans [O], PJ Black defeated Dragon Azteca [X], Rey Mysterio Jr., Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship (11:30, Jack Evans chair shot to the back→Jack Evans, good)

Developments

big win for Joey
big win for Joey

Two championships changed hands tonight. Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca are no longer the trios champions, as the new trio of Johnny Mundo, PJ Black, Jack Evans dethroned them. It was meant to be Fenix, and not Mundo, to be part of the challenging trio as a follow up to their runner up performance in the four way trios match. Mundo put himself in the match by taking Fenix out. We didn’t see exactly how, but Fenix was laid out in the locker room with Mundo claiming responsibility. The match was competitive and lengthy, with Puma seemingly having the win off a 630 senton only for Mundo to pull the referee to the floor (taking him out of the match.) The rudos took out Rey with a double superkick, and gave a variety of moves and fouls to the other two champions. Dragon Azteca kicked out once, but was beat soon after.

Cage earned the Gift of the Gods championship he believed he already deserved, by defeating Chavo Guerrero in the middle match on the show. Chavo put together his strongest match of either season and made Cage work for the win (though he never did cheat.) Chavo just didn’t have enough to stop Cage, with Cage even kicking out of the frog splash and turning an attempt at the Three Amigos around into the Drill Claw. Cage wasted no time and immediately declared his desire to cash in the Gift of the Gods for a title match next week against Matanza. Dario & Matanza were not seen on this week’s show, but we were left wondering if we might see another title change next week.

The other match on the show was a Joey Ryan win over Máscarita Sagrada. Ryan had other plans for the rest of the night, and the outcome was more notable for being Sagrada’s third in a row since taking on Famous B. Famous B has made Sagrada more famous, but not more successful. Famous B spent the match trying to advertise his services to everyone and not really paying attention to the fight, which is also not a great sign.

koppa kick versus discus lariat
koppu kick versus discus lariat

Ryan, frustrated at his lack of progress in the investigation, decided to illegally search Dario’s office. He didn’t really find anything would help, though he did pocket some of Dario’s cash. Joey also wasn’t too sneaky, with first Cortez finding him, then Cisco finding both of them. That one was a problem. Cisco was upset he wasn’t cut in on the robbery attempt he believed he was seeing and said he’d rat them out to Dario. Ryan promptly blew his cover and Cortez had to arrest Cisco (“Francisco Garza”) to keep him quiet.

The bit with King Cuerno at the end of Graver Consquences was explained: he’s now got Mil Muertes mounted on his wall, encased in glass. Mil is unconscious/dead. He needed Catrina to awake him last time, and there’s still no sign of her.

Pentagon, also a Matanza victim, seemed to be doing a lot better. He was moving around normal at Vampiro’s dojo. In a moment echoing a scene between Black Lotus & Dragon Azteca last season, Pentagon Jr. insisted he was ready to get revenge while Vampiro was just as sure he was not. Pentagon seems headed back to the Temple soon either way.

Finally, a Taya vignette aired, pitching her as the Perfect Woman.

Thoughts

Dragon Azteca sends Jack flying
Dragon Azteca sends Jack flying

This was a much better episode than last week. This Gift of Gods match was surprisingly better than the last one, and the trios title match was very good.

It was a fun main event, if not always as smooth once. They tried a lot of big ideas and not all of them cleanly landed, but it led to a lot of highlights. Jack’s impressive at working with these técnicos and Mundo had some very good moments. The cheating at the finish felt intentionally comically out, but not having it end on the first fall helped.

Johnny, Jack, PJ and Taya have obvious potential as a rudo group on this show. It’s still too bad we couldn’t get more Rey, Dragon, Puma title defenses.

this didn't come off perfectly, but is a crazy idea
this didn’t come off perfectly, but was a crazy idea

Cage & Chavo’s match was not at all worked the way you’d expect from a Chavo match in LU, and also was a surprisingly good match. Chavo’s matches have been good (to be fair, some of them have been intended to be matches people wouldn’t like), but this became Chavo’s attempt to have the big quality match. They built up the drama with the early leg attack and later setting up for the frog splash, giving people a moment where they believed he could actually win. It didn’t quite fit Chavo’s character for him not to cheat, but it was better for the show for that to be saved for the main event. I’m not sure it makes sense for Chavo to hang in there so long when they’re trying to show Cage has a shot against Matanza, but I don’t think anything that happened hurt Cage for next week.

The Máscarita/Ryan match was fine comedy. They are acknowledging the Famous B/Mascarita bit hasn’t been successful, so hopefully they’re onto to whatever the next step is. Pentagon going from being in traction to walking around fine a week later was odd, but I wanted them to move that along so I don’t have an issue with them moving it along quick. The police vignette also nudged that story along. The Taya vignette was fine and probably over due. The Cuerno one was epic.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-13 

Tiger legdrop
Tiger legdrop

Recapped: 05/22/2016

What happened: a Volador picked up 3 points in the Liga Elite, which may or may not be meaningful. Golden Magic & Puma advanced to the Elite Middleweight cibernetico (which wasn’t really.) The Hell Brothers and Parks aren’t friends.

What was good: The singles match and the opener tag match were good.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and Azteca’s site. (more…)

CMLL Gran Prix, Lucha Underground tonight, AAA LWC in Puebla

Disturbio knocked silly
Disturbio knocked silly

CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016 Arena México [thecubsfan]
1) Cholo & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Leono MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:55. Rudos took 1/3
2) Acero, Eléctrico, Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:34. Tecnicos took 2/3. Acero replaced Stukita
3) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:36. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Cavernario [lightning] MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won in 8:01 with a Canadian Destroyer
5) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, Tritón, Valiente MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:51. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:40. Straight falls. Stuka pinned UG and demanded a title shot next week. UG accepted in English.

There was some stuff that was good, but it was a show that could be skipped without missing too much. They had their cake and ate it too in the semifinal, with the Pierroth not getting along with his partners but the trio essentially still being the same Boricuas as always. I’m guessing they didn’t do a bigger breakup because we’ll still be getting more of these matches to come.

CMLL announced Dragon Lee would be out three weeks with a right knee strain. That’s what he had last month too. It suggests the injury didn’t get enough time to heal, or there’s something more severe that he’s trying to work thru. (As RobViper pointed out, the parallel here is to Rush and Mistico II’s repeated shoulder injuries, which kept coming back until they had surgery.) I hope Dragon Lee takes all the time he needs to recover, and the people around him don’t let him hurry back.

Stuka Jr. replaces Dragon Lee on Friday. That main event seemed to set up a return of the La Mascara/Dragon Lee feud, and maybe Mascara will feud with Maximo instead. Diamante Azul replaces Dragon Lee on Sunday, which is the saddest change. Ultimo Dragoncito also replaces Astral on Saturday.

CMLL announced the Gran Prix tournament will return at some point soon. The idea of the tournament has been Mexico versus the World, though they haven’t actually done it all times. (It’s also sometimes been a one night tournament and sometimes a cibernetico.) CMLL’s press release says this one will have eight Mexicans and eight foreigners.

The article plays up the great history of the tournament, a tournament CMLL’s forgotten to run since 2008. Previous winners are Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (1994), Head Hunter A (1995), Hijo del Santo (1996), Steel (1997), Apolo Dantes (1998), Mascara Magica (2002), Dr. Wagner Jr. (2003), Atlantis (2005), Ultimo Guerrero (2006 & 2007), and Alex Shelley (2008). Ultimo Guerrero was runner up to Shelley in that last one too, in what was designed to set up a Shelley/Sabin vs Guerrero/Casas apuesta match (but CMLL & TNA couldn’t make a deal.)

CMLL could always scrounge enough local foreigners (Marco, Okumura, Raijin, Fujin, Heddi Karaoui, Johnny Idol & American Sweetness from DTU, Rocket?) to get to eight if they wanted to go route, but the rumor is people are coming in from NJPW and maybe even ROH. Dr. Landru says he’s heard there’s people from Ocenaia, Canada and the US confirmed for the tournament, and mentions a former CMLL tag champion and member of the Bullet Club The preview plays up King Haku being the runner up in the first match, with a photo of him with his son Tama Tonga from this year’s Gran Prix, and Tama fits that criteria.

The Gran Prix was talked about on the show last night, promoting it like it’s the next major CMLL event. I guess it’s possible it could be an iPPV.

There’s no ELITE show today. They’re scheduled to be back next Wednesday. No card has been announced yet.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is the 18th of the season, “Enter the Mundo”. Matches announced

  • Mascarita Sagrada vs Joey Ryan – clip here
  • Cage vs Chavo Guerrero (c) for the Gift of the Gods championship
  • Prince Puma, Dragon Azteca Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr. (c) vs TBD

That clip might look familiar, they accidentally shared it a couple weeks ahead of time. Hope no one got fired. The trios match is listed in the show preview but no opponents are mentioned.

AAA held a press conference in Puebla to promote the 06/03 Lucha World Cup show taking place in that city. There wasn’t much news; it was more to get all the local Puebla media to mention the show and seems successful on that front.

Dorian did mention the Lucha World Cup would be on iPPV. There’s no details yet on where the iPPV would be, how much each show costs, and if they’re (still) doing English announcing. The quote makes it sound as if they’re not doing traditional PPV even in Mexico. iPPV only would give them the freedom to go as long as they’d like. Nine days to go.

Melissa Santos says she’s part of the Lucha World Cup.

RIOT on 06/11 in Arena Femenil Monterrey
1: Belial vs Drastick Boy
2: Arez vs Jinzo
3: Violento Jack vs Byron vs Tony Rodriguez
4: Erik Ortiz vs Rico Rodriguez

Chairo 4 on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Impulso vs Freelance, hair vs hair
2: Keria, Aeroboy, Demasiado vs Mini Multifacetico, Brole, Prayer
3: Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Soberano Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr.

The AMLL alliance of promoters in Torreon, Gomez Palacio and Ciudad Lerdo will be running a series of events to set up a support fund for injured luchadors. Luchadors will have to train two times a week to be eligible, but won’t have to pay – the promoters will be responsible for it. They’re also going to create a unified championship over all these gyms.

Dragon Rojo really wants to wrestle Carisitco.

R de Rudo has an interview with Sadico.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Kráneo
5) Último Guerrero © vs Stuka Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
fifth defense
6) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Stuka has no chance of winning – his big move involves going to the top rope, that’s not a good idea with UG –  but maybe he’ll get an interesting match out of it. Fourth match could be good.

CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Magnum vs Kempo Dragón & Príncipe Kisho
2) Oro Jr., Robin, Vaquero Jr. vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Joker
3) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito
4) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Valiente vs Cavernario, Furia Roja, Sagrado
5) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Titán vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible

Rush turned tecnico by turning on La Mascara. Hey, if he didn’t team with Pierroth, it might be plausible.

Furia Roja is strangely high on this card. Something is up there. The Sinaloa guys get an opener.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-05-07 

ouch
ouch

Recapped: 05/22/2016

What happened: Not much? Some Lucha World Cup announcements were made. La Frontera won their debut. Xinetez were dominant over their opponents. This turned out to be Octagon Jr.’s farewell match, and understandably so.

What was good: The women’s tag was entertaining.

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