Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo beat Astral & Eléctrico (16:19 [6:24, 4:49, 5:06], 1/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL )
Okumura, Puma, Tigerbeat Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther (12:58 [3:45, 2:26, 6:47], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Fuegoin a lightning match (7:15, Sacrifica Maya, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Soberano Jr. (13:41 [3:43, 3:57, 6:01], 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL )
La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo (11:57 [1:34, 3:42, 6:41], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr.beat Templario & Último Guerreroin the CMLL Gran Alternativa final (20:56 [4:38, 3:11, 13:07], 2/3, excellent, VideosOficialesCMLL)
As soon as the match ended, Los Ingobernables hit the ring to attack Volador & Flyer. Their attack lasted only a few seconds before LA Park and Hijo de LA Park made the save. LA Park thanked the fans on social media for asking for his return, and then asked for a mask versus hair match with Rush for those fans. Rush thanked CMLL for letting a real fighter back into Arena Mexico. He wanted to fight LA Park right then and there, though Terrible and Besita did nt let that happen. Los Ingobernables left and LA Park & Hijo del LA Park celebrated with Flyer & Volador.
Los Ingobernables attacked Atlantis as he walked out, which left him laying on the apron for the entire first fall, only getting up I time to get beat up after the fall. Atlantis wasn’t in at all in the second fall except to do his new side slam finish. Bestia has given up wearing his Bestia outfit, at least for the moment.
Fuego untied Guerrero Maya’s mask early in their match, and Maya did the same to him. Maya’s mask came off on turnbuckle smash on the apron. Cameras missed it. Maya protested for a DQ but didn’t get one.
Finish of the second match saw The Panther pin Puma as Okumura pinned Drone, but Drone was the captain and Puma was not.
Like last year, the 2018 Gran Alternativa was a dramatic match where the young wrestlers came off as important and as skilled as the veterans. Everyone showcased their best material and were able to blend it together for a match that was exciting until the end. They built it well, and they built in front of a crowd that was completely behind the idea. This was so much of a better night than the Magia Blanca match for Flyer, who wrestled smoothily and impressively thru the match. Templario got show off his agility and his strength in a typically strong performance. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador were wrestling as if this was as important to them as the rookies, and their strong chemistry remains intact. The Guerrero Special/gutwrench powerbomb was huge, the crowd knew what it meant when Volador rolled out without getting pinned. This was a great success.
Rush getting a clean win in the semifinal and Los Ingobernables looking more energetic made a lot more sense after the main event. The extra energy helped the normal set up for the match. Kraneo still seems to be having a lot of fun in his new role. Atlantis was kept out of action, and most of his offense was moving slightly to cause the rudos to run into each other. He took bumps, but he never took a wrestling move.
NGD had one of their better trios matches of late. They seemed more energetic and broke out some of their biggera moves that have been put on the shelf of late. Forastero was good on offense and reacting to the técnicos flippiness, and the técnicos did a lot of flips. Soberano was pulling off all his trickiest spots with ease, Angel de Oro was sharp. Mistico seemed like the sixth best wrestler in this match and he was still very good and more over than usual. Worth going out of your way to see.
Maya/Fuego was a good técnico match with some unexpected energy for the crowd being really into Fuego and quick to turn on Maya. They didn’t do anything special besides the mask untying, the crowd just likes Fuego (and he should’ve won here.) Everything was just done cleanly and the back and forth worked well.
The segunda was yet another Panthers/Gatos really good match in the never ending sequence. The bigger spots, like Blue Panther Jr.’s double slam, are getting progressively more over and they speed and mix of action worked really well here. Okumura picked his spots fine, though Drone was the definite better third wheel. They did lose the crowd a little bit after five straight dives and the intentionally confusing finish didn’t help. It still was very good, just you could tell a slight difference between this match and the other really good trios match.
The opener was a sloppy boring mess. The headscissors gone wrong by Eléctrico on Hijo del Signo was as long a sustained bad moment as you get in CMLL, and those weren’t even the worse two. Signo looks like he really had not interest in wrestling today, and his effort is minimal.
CMLL (SAT) 05/19/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Akuma, Apocalipsis, Inquisidor b Magnus, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial Rudos took 2/31
3) Metálico, Nitro, Universo 2000 Jr. b Magia Blanca, Robin, Star Jr. Rudos took 1/3
4) Felino, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero b Audaz, Blue Panther, Flyer Rudos took 1/3
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla b Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3
Post match interviews from this one: Acero & Aereo (who hope to move up to the main division like Electrico & Astral), Sangre Imperial, Flyer (wants Super Parka to also come to CMLL).
Penta repeated the challenge on social media, making it clear this was more than just an idle post match challenge. I kinda hope Pentagon doesn’t mean Arena Mexico, but wants to go challenge Caristico as the Sin Cara Gym. This, and comments on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio show and elsewhere, certainly are suggesting something like this is happening soon. LA Park did just show up on a CMLL show, so I guess anything is possible.
Sounded like the show had a lot of good matches and fun live matches but nothing outstanding. They did appear to have a ringside camera, a simple one and not a TV deal, so it was taped for whatever vault they stick all theses shows in.
CMLL (SUN) 05/20/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Bengala & Leono
2) Angelito, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito Tecnicos took 2/3. Pierrothito was hurt on a quebradora in the second fall, wanted to continue, but could not
3) Kawato San, Okumura, Olímpico b Audaz, Pegasso, Tritón Rudos took 1/3
4) Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Titán b Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Valiente b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible Tecnicos took 1/3, Azul pinning Terrible to set up a title match
Azul is eventually going to win a heavyweight title – at the moment, with Marco in the US until who knows, it has to be this one – but it would be odd to do it on a show that’s not taped. Not CMLL odd, but normal people odd.
The Crash (SAT) 06/16/2018Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Jonathan & Xperia vs Búfalo Ayala & Rayo Star
2) Mr. 450 vs David Starr vs Hijo De Dos Caras vs Curt Stallion
3) Austin Theory & Rey Horus vs Brian Cage & Joey Janela
4) ACH, Shane Strickland, Willie Mack vs El Bandido, Flamita, Séptimo Dragón
5) Daga & The King vs Adam Brooks & Matt Riddle
6) Alberto el Patrón, Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Rush
That’s a slightly expensive wrestling card with far more people than they would seem to need. There’s about a dozen big names being brought in for this card not even counting the regular group of big names. I’m not sure they’re getting the most value out of a David Star by bringing him into wrestle the second match on a loaded card but they’ve fully gone into the dream match mode the last couple months. All these names also means the cards more likely to change than usual, though it’s still got no chance of showing up anywhere.
Cage showing back up in The Crash just at the same time he’s showing back up in AAA is the strange world we currently live in.
CMLL (FRI) 05/18/2018Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, Lucha Central, Marca, Notimex, Ovaciones, R de Rudo]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo
2) Okumura, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Fuego [lightning] eight minutes. Like their last match, Fuego teased rudo tactics.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Soberano Jr.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo
6) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Templario & Último Guerrero [Gran Alternativa, final] Los Ingobernables attacked Flyer & Volador after their win, with LA Park & Hijo de LA Park making the save. LA Park immediately challenged Rush to a mask/hair match. Rush indicated he’d accept.
The main event was really good and then overshadowed by the post match angle. The storyline LA Park is running with is the fans on social media really want the match and pushed LA Park to come to Arena Mexico to make the challenge, and Rush wants the match, and all they need is CMLL to agree. The seeds of this have been planted for a while. Maybe even as far exactly one month ago, when the Gran Alterantiva Block A was announced. Flyer being in the final gave reason for LA Park to save, so the idea to bring in LA Park could go back at least as far as when they set up this tournament.
LA Park’s appearance got a big reaction in the building, and in the media afterwards. This is obviously the Anniversary main event, and possibly the highest ticket ever for a CMLL Anniversary main event, if Park & CMLL can manage to work together four months. It’s the easiest sell for a big CMLL match since Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero – the hard work of making people care has long sense been done, it’s now just about seeing if they can pull it off. It would reflect harsher on CMLL than on LA Park if it doesn’t happen, but then CMLL is also more likely to just not care.
The matches expected to be good were really good, and the main event was said to be very good.
Dragon Lee won his opening BOSJ match over Sho (Raijin). It sounds like it went very well, but he’s wrestling very hard and did not appear to be 100% going into the tournament. I hope he makes it thru OK, but I’m also penciling in Dragon Lee taking some time off after the tour.
This was also a really good show! It was a good night for lucha. The MAD angle stalled out a bit here, but they did great work with the OGT/Poder del Norte feud and the TripleMania main event got some heat to it. (It still needs two more people, and it sure doesn’t look like one of those will be LA Park now.) Shani/Faby still is working for me, though Fabi betraying Hades and having no allies right at the time Mary Apache & Natsumi have returned to Mexico does make for a good story. The opener on this show was nearly as good as the Tijuana one, and Hijo del Vikingo was great in the second match. So was Parka Negra – I don’t know if he’s “most improved”, but he’s definitely become a real asset in the short time under the mask. It’s too bad they didn’t give him a new character and saddled him with the baggage of something that hasn’t been working.
Again, it was clearly Konnan as the MAD mastermind and, again, everyone was on strict orders not to say “Konnan.” I’d expect the reveal is being kept until Verano de Escandalo, though I guess it could be even longer with how AAA sometimes paces things. There’s also a possibility that they’ll keep on teasing Konnan and do the swerve into it being someone else for the reveal. Earlier, Konnan posted a photo of Juventud Guerrera & Killer Kross and two mystery people. Neither of the other mystery people appeared on TV. Teddy Hart was briefly mentioned as being part of the attack in Tijuana prior to the show, and wasn’t mentioned again.
An AAA Twitch subscription is worth the $5/month right now with the quality shows they’ve done recently. I don’t expect a lot from the Arena Aficion show a week from Thursday, but you’d get the Verano de Escandalo VOD if you started today. If you prefer to wait for it to hit YouTube, this show should be start to appear on June 16.
Dr. Wagner’s title defenses have come against La Parka, Hernandez and Pagano. He won the title against a less than interested Johnny Mundo. Dr. Wagner Jr. appears to have lost a step or two, but it also might be related to the people he’s having matches against. His next scheduled title match is at Verano de Escandalo, though I’m not quite sure against who: Rey Mysterio is still definitely booked, but AAA has gone back to mentioning a surprise third wrestler after previously taking the surprise off the poster. This doesn’t look like a one time brain freeze, they were hinting about the same in the comments earlier in the day. I think it’ll turn out to be a noteworthy person, because I do not expect Wagner to leave Monterrey as champion.
No sign of Blue Demon. No sign of Hijo de Dr. Wagner Junior. Hernandez seems to exist simply to be a guy to be beat (and it’s as if AAA had previously agreed to a number of dates with him and are trying to burn them off now that the direction has changed.)
The Crash’s next show in Tijuana is on 06/16, and we know that because the poster is already out. Rey Mysterio, Alberto, Rush, Penta, Fenix, and Matt Riddle are among those pictured. This would be Rush’s first appearance in The Crash this year. He appeared to be done with the group after La Mascara left. Alberto hasn’t appeared on The Crash Tijuana show since June. Garza Jr. is listed as well, which perhaps might be his final match for the promotion if he’s headed to WWE.
CMLL (FRI) 05/25/2018Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Robin vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Drone, El Audaz, Fuego vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
3) Rey Cometa vs Guerrero Maya Jr. [lightning]
4) Niebla Roja, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Ángel de Oro, El Hijo De La Park, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Flyer, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
This is a really good card. Every match has a strong change of being good.
Flyer gets the main event by winning the Gran Alternativa tournament. LA Park gets the main event by being LA Park. I can’t explain La Bestia del Ring.
Hijo de LA Park looked good on indies when I spotted him last year. Though, most of the times I saw him, he was wrestling with Fenix. Might have a sample size issue there. We’ll see what he can do with NGD.
CMLL’s Gran Alternativa final was the story of Friday night, though not the way anyone expected. Flyer & Volador cleanly won the tournament, but were immediately attacked by Los Ingobernables. Who should make the save but LA Park (and Hijo de LA Park), rescuing his family. Park took the microphone and repeated his long running challenge for a mask versus hair match with Rush, working in the same magic words which got Park banned from CMLL in his last stint. The bit came off as if that match, Rush vs LA Park in an apuesta match, was the likely 85th Anniversario main event.
CMLL (FRI) 05/18Arena México 00:00:28Astral & Eléctrico vs Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo 00:24:25Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger 00:46:45Fuego vs Guerrero Maya Jr.in a lightning match 00:59:40Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón 01:24:02Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible 01:42:31Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Templario & Último Guerreroin a CMLL Gran Alternativa final
AAA show lacked a singular story focus; even the MAD faction existed but didn’t really advance. If there was one specific trend, it was a great emphasize on building towards matches that were announced for the future – though, it came on card where almost every announced match didn’t occur. The semimain had MAD build up anger between Fantasma and Psycho Clown, the first in-ring time AAA’s really pushed them being opponents as part of the four way TripleMania cage match (where two participants remain mystery.) Faby Apache and Lady Shani also had their first interaction since Rey de Reyes. Their match here didn’t do much for their TripleMania match. Maybe AAA thought the same, since Lady Shani was oddly sent out to be the second for Pagano in the main event (where Wagner didn’t have a second), which gave Apache a moment to attack her post match.
The most effective match was a violent bloody brawl between the OGT and Poder del Norte, with the northern team picking up a much needed impressive win leading into their apuesta match on Verano de Escandalo. The least enthralling set up was Murder Clown attacking Pagano after the main event, a set up for their own match in Arena Aficion a week from Thursday.
There wasn’t much new with MAD on this show. Only Killer Kross wrestled, with Juventud Guerrera appearing post match to stir up trouble for Fantasma & Psycho. Konnan again made an appearance where no one would say his name, this time watching Guerrera & Kross beat up Hernandez, Fantasma & Psycho afterwards. Maybe Konnan’s biggest influence was felt in the opener. Toxin, Latigo, Aramis and Astrolux, all recently from The Crash (though none booked this weekend) made their AAA debuts in an impressive opener. Vampiro continued to appear on AAA shows in his insert box, but never appeared before the crowd.
Chef Benito vs Power Bull (IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 3/14, 7:54, ok, via thecubsfan)
Someday, someone will ask me “Did you watch any of the short lived chef character in IWRG?” and I will now be able to prove I did. Power Bull has been around IWRG trainee shows forever at this point, and works with Benito to find a few things he can do well. I do not know if Benito was wrestling under another gimmick before this weird one, but they put together a match better than you’d expect for a rookie, building around a couple spots he can do and the punishment he’s willing to take. Benito can do a backcracker, he can take a powerbomb onto a barricade, all the IWRG essentials. He doesn’t do enough Chef spots for my liking but he’s fine here.
Tiago vs Látigovs Astroluxvs Rayo Starvs Torito Negrofor The Crash JUNIOR championship (The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 03/17, 8:17, good, via MegaKakashi619)
It’s been a moment since I’ve watched a The Crash show on video. This renewed my frustrations of watching a spot fest with two heads blocking out the screen while a ringside camera taped a version of the match that will never be seen or, worse yet, will only be seen years after everyone’s moved on. The match itself as a good spot fest though it never seems to develop a lot more beyond just every big spot and it’s tough to tell the success rate when some of the moves are just noise. Crowd was well into the match despite not having a Tijuana local involved, and received the surprise winner well. This is an all highlight match, so you can probably get just as much from the cutdown versions at better angles.
El Bandido & Flamita vs Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentzvs Aeroboy & Séptimo Dragón [The Crash TAG] (The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 03/17, 11:04, good, via MegaKakashi619)
A good exhibition match, especially showing off the Xavier/Wentz and Flamita/Bandido teams. The three way nature prevents it from building all that much. Everyone gets a turn on offense, there are dives, and there are pinfall breakups, but there’s also probably a better match with just two teams. This wasn’t as frantic as the other Crash match, and probably needs to be seen in full to be appreciated. It’s too bad that’s not an option. Xavier & Wentz did enough here to impress and you’d probably be better off watching them against Flamita/Bandido from elsewhere.
Atomic Star, Metaleón, Rafy vs Fly Star, Fulgor I, Fulgor II (MexaWrestling @ Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 03/24, 20:09, good, via Carxyus)
A usual super indie brawl, in that it looked a lot of fun in the building and hard to follow on video. The two sides meshed well, and Atomic Star gave the most to this match – both in blood and balcony dives – but no one stood out too much above each other. The twist about which match they were building up to at the end was well done.
Aramis vs Toxinvs Moriavs Séptimo Dragónvs Látigo winner gets a shot at the The Crash Junior championship (MexaWrestling @ Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 03/24, 14:19, good, via Carxyus)
A fast moving five way match, almost exclusively staying as with a multiman structure (1 vs 1, with people being bounced in and out) and a lot of action. It wasn’t all clean, and it got a little too sloppy for me in the middle, but they were plenty of moments to make a highlight reel. Moria looked pretty good outside his DTU environment but was clearly the least over of the group. Aramis had the best match and was the crowd favorite. Septimo Dragon did a lot of head drops and I liked him more than usual
Eterno & Ricky Marvin vs Belial & Impulsovs Astrolux & Freelance (MexaWrestling @ Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 03/24, 12:22, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, great, via carxyus)
Easily the best of the three Mexa Wrestling matches on this show for me. It’s got the same level action as the other two – in fact, it’s a little numbing to watch all three together because it’s such similar action – but it’s a cleaner execution. The tag team format does give it a little bit different feel, even if it’s still mostly big moves and pinfall breakups. Belial & Impulso come off as the most coordinated team, with a few good team spots and sequences. It seems really easy for everyone to do spectacular stuff with and to Astrolux. Ricky Marvin has his monster moments, destroying people leading to the finish, and this fits well with his strong 2018. And Freelance steals the show at times with his flying. This doesn’t come off as a deeply meaningful match but it’s a well done one.
DTU (THU) 05/17/2018Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [+LuchaTV]
1) Corazón Latino, Dayami, Zarco b Extreme Flyer, Josh Sniper, Saider
2) Billy Gamer & Luigi Bros b Devitt Rodríguez & Hard Boy
3) Dallys la Caribeña b La Magnifica [Copa 40 Anniversary] Scheduled for a one fall match. They went to a draw, then decided to go for another fall which was won by Dalys.
4) Tiburón b Hormiga, Hércules Negro, Black Fire, Kaleth Kaleth’s first match since 2014. Scheduled as a trios with Pesadilla, coverted into a five way.
5) Crazy Boy, Negro Casas, Paranoiko b Camuflaje, Jimmy, Mr. Cóndor
This show is more notable for an announcement about it than anything that happened on it. Powerbomb.TV announced DTU would be coming to their subscription service, starting with this show. There’s no information yet on when it’ll be poster or if other older shows will be coming. DTU would become the only Mexican indie promotion making full shows available on a subscription site, with most instead relying on clips and occasional full matches on +Lucha’s YouTube channel. (LLF has a pay per download model.)
Powerbomb started off with a lot of lucha libre content from Black Terry Jr. & Carxyus, but had added little since launching beyond a single RIOT show. Adam Lash appeared to be the contact for the Mexican sources. Once he was removed from the company, it was unclear if there would be any more content coming (but then, again, it wasn’t as if there was a lot coming in beforehand.) There were DTU matches posted on Powerbomb around launch via Black Terry Jr. handhelds, but they were removed a few months in by request of DTU. They didn’t want their video to be part of the service at the time, so this is a reversal. Last year, some DTU shows started appearing on Smart Mark Video’s site (a partner of Powerbomb), though that footage appeared taped by Game Changer Wrestling as part of their wrestlers being on DTU tours. DTU themselves have occasionally been posting full matches on their Facebook site this year. DTU’s taken steps in the past to model itself like US indie promotions, but have also tended not to follow up and instead fallen back into simpler models.
Once again, CMLL and AAA are running big shows at overlapping times tonight. CMLL’s usual Friday night show includes the final of this year’s Gran Alternativa tournament. AAA tapes TV in Tehuacan with – well, who knows.
This is AAA’s first taping in four weeks, the longest break between those shows this year. The last show, April 20th in Tijuana, centered around the AAA debut of the MAD faction. Juventud Guerrera, Killer (Kevin) Kross and Teddy Hart were in-ring representatives. A video that was clearly of Konnan but not acknowledged as such also aired. There’s not been much advancement in the intervening month. A couple of lineups for Verano de Escandalo, one with surprises, and one with a bunch of names, implies a lot of other people joining MAD. No one’s officially been added to the group, and Teddy Hart might have been removed from the group since he doesn’t appear on any of these lineups. It’d be helpful to get more answers on tonight’s show, though it seems more likely the big reveals – like Konnan being acknowledged on screen – might wait until that June show.
Tonight’s AAA show is a question mark, because most of the matches have been unrevealed. The two openers are completely unannounced, and two more matches have one side listed as simply luchadores sorpresa. The main event has everyone listed, but it is also a mystery needing to be resolved. Texano’s listed as teaming with MAD’s Guerrera & Kross, which may mean he’s also in MAD, or may mean he’s just teaming with them to face rival Hijo del Fantasma. Pagano & Psycho Clown complete the tecnico side, and we’ll get to see if Psycho Clown’s comedy leanings fit in a promotion invasion storyline.
The other complete trios match is the fourth on the card, with the OGT taking on Poder del Norte. These two rudo teams will rematch on Verano de Escandalo in a hair versus hair match, which is battling two issues: AAA (Vampiro) went over the top in declaring the match between these teams at Rey de Reyes would be the final one, and it’s hard to believe Poder del Norte is going to win the apuesta match. Carta Brava, Tito Santana and Mocho Cota have won the titles since their rocket push began a year ago, but have lost every apuesta match they’ve been in (which just also devalues those title wins.) I don’t think they can fix the first issue, and I’m not sure what they could still do fix the second, but that’s what they’ll probably be working at tonight. The matches between the two teams have at least been pretty good.
As for the others matches, Hijo del Vikingo, La Mascara and Maximo faced a team TBD. Champion Dr. Wagner Jr. faces Rey Escorpion in a match that doesn’t fit with either of the two’s current stories but might be the best chance for a good Wagner match in a while. It’ll be interesting to see how/if Wagner fits into the MAD storyline after kind of blowing it off at the last taping. Aerostar & Drago face two mystery people, who are hopefully two good bases, and the two openers are completely unknown. It’s a little surprising AAA’s announced the full Verano de Escandalo card and offered no updated on this one. Tickets must be moving relatively well.
CMLL completes it’s three week Gran Alternativa tournament with a pretty good final. Block A winners Flyer & Volador Jr. take on Block B winners Templario & Ultimo Guerrero in tonight’s main event. Templario’s been featured as a rising star through this year and feels like the favorite. I don’t think Flyer can be totally dismissed, because this comes off as situation where Templario’s going to end up advanced on the card eventually regardless of the outcome. Both the outcome and the performance means more to Flyer. His Torneo Nuevo Valores final peformance was shaky, he really needs a big night to separate himself from the first/second match pool of wrestlers, and it might be a long time before he gets another final like this. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero are reliable, probably a bit too reliable in what they’re going to do, and Templario’s been both solid and spectacular. It’s Flyer who’s going to determine if this is just a good Friday night main event or something close to last year’s MOTYC level final.
There’s not much going on the rest of the card. The Kraneo/Ingobernables matches continue in the semimain, with Atlantis & Diamante Azul tagging along. The NGD face Angel de Oro, Mistico and Soberano, which would be the best match on the show most nights. Fuego and Guerrero Maya Jr. meet in the lightning match; their only previous singles match in January ended when Fuego unmasked Maya (and it didn’t go anywhere.) The Panther kids & Dragon take on Puma, Tiger and Okumura in the second match. The only match airing before AAA might be the worst one of the night, Astral & Electrico taking Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo.
The show starts at 8:30pm, airing on Marca & Facebook, then will be up on YouTube later. Lucha Central also previews this show. The CMLL show looks the better of two on paper, if only because we don’t really know what the AAA card is. It’ll be a surprise if any match is better than the CMLL main even too.
CMLL looks back at the 2016 and 2017 Gran Alternativa. CMLL skipped Rey Escorpion winning the tournament, but does mention him going to the final in 2016 with Fujin (YOH).
The Club Production show tonight in Veracruz – Cibernetico, Mr. Electro, Sharlie Rockster vs Hijo de Dos Caras, Mascara 2000 Jr., and Pirata Morgan – has been canceled. The promoter straightforwardly says not many tickets were sold, though a lot of people said they wanted a big lucha show in the area.
Akuma & Euforiabeat Astral & Niebla Rojain a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (5:52, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico & Star Jr.beat Cavernario & El Coyotein a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (9:045, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Audaz & Kráneobeat Príncipe Diamante & Valientein a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (4:38, ok, via Video: VideosOficialesCMLL)
Templario & Último Guerrerobeat Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr.in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (4:38, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico & Star Jr.beat Akuma & Euforia in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (3:37, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Templario & Último Guerrero beat Audaz & Kráneo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (3:30, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Templario & Último Guerrero beat Caristico & Star Jr.in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal (7:13, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr.beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto (7:07 [0:22, 2:41, 4:04], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Templario & Ultimo Guerrero advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa
The no time limit rematch of the ten minute time limit draw between Soberano & Negro Casas went less than ten minutes.
The main event was a Tuesday style short main event after a very long show, but they tried to get in as much as they could with the time. Only the first fall felt cut short, everything else was just worked at twice the speed as normal, with no time to rest. It was mostly a técnico exhibition and the técnicos looked good – not quite good enough to get the crowd to stop booing Mistico, but good enough.
On this block of the Gran Alternativa
Star Jr. was having a nice night before the big slip at the end, and it threatens to overshadow the entire run. He’s very close to being very good, but just a little bit off.
Templario got to do a little bit of everything in his tournament matches and pulled it all off well. I was surprised Carístico was willing to take the gutwrench powerbomb at the end, but that’s a good sign for the rudo. The final should be great for him.
I wished they switched around the order of the matches to give Audaz more time; he’s got in about 20 seconds of hot spots in the match with Último Guerrero & Templario, but is capable of more than he showed. It’s still surprising they didn’t just do the Templario/Audaz final, and hopefully that means they’re saving his big day for later.
Akuma has a good tope, nice looking offense and can set up técnicos well enough. I keep thinking there’s more for him than he’ll get to show here.
Universo and his uncle went with mostly in-ring brawling, which wasn’t the most exciting way of controlling their match but fit with their image. It’s tough to make punches to the gut look dangerous when people are taking super powerbombs, and I don’t think they quite achieved it.
Principe Diamante working with Audaz didn’t really benefit either of them. They both had to slow down to get a hang of it and it made them look a lot more artificial.
Coyote’s made a great effort to look a like Cavernario, but couldn’t wrestle at his level tonight. He was shaky with both técnicos, and didn’t stand out on his own.
Astral seems between weight cuts at the moment, looking more like old Valiente than current Valiente, but it didn’t seem to affect his flying – he seemed less than a robot than usual.
A modern Negro Casas special: faster pace singles match with some surprisingly big bumps, a fight over a casita, and a finish in under ten minutes. It looked like Soberano was going to be one to take the bigger falls early, but Casas outdid him by receiving that super powerbomb. He was up surprisingly quick after, because they just got to keep matches moving with Casas involved. They got in a lot of Soberano’s trademark spots while making them work in the flow of the match, and this one where he’s not hurt by losing. I thought this was slightly better than the Aramis/Casas match, and you’ll like this if you liked that.
The tercera was a borderline match, with parts really fun and a feud to liven it up. They did a lot with Hechicero & Esfinge, and fans who don’t follow anything but the local arena are probably going to be confused when that feud is never followed up because it got finished in Guadalajara. Crowd went nuts for Titan’s Mistica into a backslide. The Mexican crowds always react well for a tricky technical move done impressively. Titan & Triton had a normal match, but it was solid, which can also be said for the rudos.
The second match was better than usual, even if it wasn’t quite enough to get a higher grade for me. The second fall seemed to be just a long stretch of Pegasso being unable to legally tag Fuego and that’s a big anchor to the rest of the match. Still, Raziel & Cancerbero seem to be more in to the matches when they’re working with good veterans they trust, and Fuego & Pegasso are good veterans. Stigma was also there, at least until Raziel totally missed catching him on the match ending dive.
The opener was exactly the boring match you’d expect from these two teams. They did a lot near falls for a match no one would’ve missed if it was skipped. Mercurio appears to be growing out his hair, even though there’s no minis hair match obviously coming. CMLL is falling in love with the overhead camera at the wrong times; the bump Mercurio took from the tecnico’s doomsday dropkick finish would look a lot more impressive if we could see how far he was falling. Same thing on the package piledriver at the end.
Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. beat Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(12:30 [4:40, 3:32, 4:18], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
(9:21 [2:36, 2:03, 4:42], 2/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Último Guerrero & Stuka randomly started feuding to set up a title match in a couple weeks. UG unmasked Stuka at the end.
The main event was the standard building stuff with Stuka & UG, plus Diamante Azul doing strong people stuff. There was nothing special to the feud, except for UG calling the handwaving chants on himself after getting himself disqualified at the end. Atlantis did very little in this, and couldn’t take a bump when his time killing hold was broken up in the third fall. They didn’t pin him either, so he wouldn’t have to take that bump. At this point, I’m kind of left hoping he’s picked up a minor injury that he’s working his way thru, because there needs to a chance of an improvement at some point.
The lightning match was solid and no one died on a dive, though Tiger did his dive in a way where he landed on his feet about the same time he made impact. Tiger made sure he wouldn’t have to worry about being caught. Kawato showed more varied offense in this than has in his singles match and didn’t build towards the double stomp, so I can’t hate him. It was alright and that’s about what I expected.
The tercera was a cut above usual CMLL midcard matches. The guys involved are usually good, but they were totally clicking in this match. Audaz was unremarkable on Monday and totally impressive in this match better designed to show his talents; the first big evasion spot was amazing. No one else is doing the things like his middle rope springboard backwards into a sunset flip. Audaz does a cool dive here, which reminded me that he’s not really doing all that many dives yet – his big spots are in the ring, just using the ropes in crazy and fast ways. They’ve downplayed the Virus/Audaz stuff – even here, when Audaz submits Virus, it’s not treated as a big deal – but I hope they go back to it to at least give us one awesome. It wasn’t just him. Puma was nailing people with superkicks, and he and Rey Cometa had their usual great chemistry thru the match. Sagrado worked well as a rudo and a base, and Maya was efficient in what he did. Always glad to have new people involved to learn more individual quirks and peculiarities, but can’t say I was impressed by the new women. Mystique has the flashier moves of the two, including lots of cartwheels, but also seemed like she was struggling the ropes. La Guerrera outright struggled in a couple of moments and didn’t show a personality. The double corner headstand spot was clearly supposed to be their big showcase moment, and instead came off as slow and clunky. Then they seemed lost for a moment on what to do that next. Metálica nailed Maravilla with a forearm in the second fall , one of those ones that remind me why she seemed interesting at first here. She hasn’t been great lately, in a group where not a lot of people are great. Maybe having some young girls to destroy will wake her up; she gave Guerrera a piledriver she’s not doing with the other women.
The Gladiatores posted a press release from the Mexico City Lucha libre commission, which says there will be a marathon of lucha libre matches in the Zocalo as part of a cultural initiative. They say they expect all promotions to be represented. No names are announced, and the date is said to be coming in upcoming days.
KevinKiller Kross sent a promo to AAA to build up Verano de Escandalo. Kross does more work in building up appearances than most people making guest appearances in AAA.
CMLL (TUE) 05/22/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Tigre Blanco vs El Chakal & Mr. Apolo
2) Astral, El Rielero, Eléctrico vs Espíritu Negro, Gran Kenut, Hijo del Signo
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible