Misterioso Jr. beat Fuegoin a lightning match (4:56, Gori Special, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)
Hechicero, Morphosis, Rey Bucanero beat Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán(13:35 [6:12, 4:22, 3:01], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)
Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.(4:56 [1:29, 3:27], straight falls, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)
Cavernario beat Volador quickly in straight falls to set up a title match next week. Volador still wants to do the hair match after, and Cavernario tried to break his arm for suggesting it.
Princesa Sugehit unmasked Zeuxis on a cradle to win their match.
Rey Bucanero has new non-TGR music, though the group still appears to be a thing.
This was Morphosis (ex-Histeria)’s first streamed match since losing his mask since back in December.
A skippable show, one I had trouble maintaining interest in for two hours. There’s nothing really worth going back for except a couple minutes of Panther & Hechicero on the mat. Everything else happens elsewhere, or better.
The main event and the lightning match looked like the best chances for a good match on paper, and both were cut much shorter than usual. The short main event worked for the story of Cavernario being a huge threat to Volador, but a sub five minute match is a flat way to end a show. The lightning match was all Fuego doing as much as he could before Misterioso hit one move to put him down.
Morphosis has obviously given thought to his unmasked look, but he may want to consider hair dye or something more. He looks older than his birth certificate, even though he’s moving fine. That semimain started off building to something with Blue Panther & Hechicero and just never seemed to get back to it, ending with a random double pin instead. It was unsatifying.
I’m starting to believe CMLL’s actually going to do the Zeuxis/Sugehit mask match. Feuding every match is not anything new and isn’t definitive itself, but every match finish involving them is something CMLL only goes out of the way to do if they’re planning on a direction. It may still not be soon, neither woman is getting to make the challenge after the match, but it seems back on the schedule. The match had some problems and wasn’t as good as other versions of this same match has been, but the rivalry came across strong.
The second match had Sangre Azteca try to do mat wrestling spots with Oro that Oro was incapable of doing but Sangre Azteca would not stop trying. It was bad first fall, the match never recovered and the match went for far too long like usual. The minis didn’t do as much as they normally do in the opening match and it’s not like they normally do a lot.
This is one of those busy CMLL weeks with big matches, and they’ve hit on a few interesting ones. Friday on Claro has the Gran Alternativa final along with Dragon Lee versus Cavernario. Monday in Puebla will see Hechicero defend against Atlantis. Tuesday has a Cavernario title challenge against Volador.
AAA has a big TV week itself, starting it’s Mexico City taping. It’s another 7 taping show, so something might get left off. I’m guessing they’ll skip the La Llave match, but they’ve aired those all so far.
This is a two IWRG show week, although neither show was announced much ahead of time.
Flyer, Meyer, Parísbeat Joker, King Jaguar, Policeman(11:55 [5:50, 3:25, 2:40], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLLok)
Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo beat Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray(14:36 [6:45, 4:48, 3:03], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)
Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado beat Drone, Esfinge, Tigre Rojo Jr (12:45 [5:09, 3:17, 4:19], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, good)
Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Marco Corleonebeat Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Ripper(8:12 [4:28, 3:44], 1/2, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)
Carístico, Dragón Lee, Misticobeat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas(10:27 [3:12, 1:34, 5:41], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)
Atlantis’s team beat Hechicero’s team in straight falls in the semimain, Atlantis submitted Hechicero in the second. Atlantis immediately demanded a NWA Light Heavyweight title shot next and Hechicero unhappily accepted.
Negro Casas fouled Dragon Lee in the main event.
The Mexico City focused matches were all watchable this week, an improvement for usual.
The tercera was the most complete match, even if it was the one which ended up meaning the least. The Revolucionarios bring a lot of energy to their matches and CMLL técnicos work well with energy. Tigre Rojo unsurprisingly looked a lot more impressive in this match than usual because he had those guys to work against. Drone’s Tiger Corner Kick being used as a knockdown to set up his finish looks really good (I only wish his finish was faster and more impactful.) Sagrado blends into these matches perfectly and it’s going to be really disappointing when someone else gets the third Revolucionarios spot.
The semimain didn’t have that caliber of work, but was effective in making the Atlantis/Hechicero feud seem important with little to work with prior. Hechicero and Atlantis played it big in the post match, like it would make fifty year old Atlantis’ year if he won another title. Hechicero having a singles match with Satanico and with Atlantis in the same building in 2017 is amazing.
The main event was going pretty well and the Mr. Niebla felt apart badly in the last segment and that was said. Dragon Lee & Negro Casas were facing off the whole match and were involved in the finish, so that seems to be a direction this week. I hope they do it, but I’d like it more if it was one fall – Negro Casas has really hot 30 seconds stretches with Dragon Lee but I think it’s going to be harder the longer they go.
The second match was the trademark boring Puebla match, though Ares was crazy on his tope and Arkalis’ gear looked very Carsitico. King Jaguar seemed really uncomfortable with flyers, which is a problem when he’s in the opener with all flyers. He did take a nice bump on the set up dropkick to Flyer’s new finishing springboard dropkick.
IWRG (WED) 06/14/2017Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Vardeus
2) Fly Tiger & Skanda b Ángel Oriental & Keiser Drago
3) Dowki, Picudo Jr., Vórtize b Dragón Fly, Kanon, Shaolin Dragon Fly replaced Saruman
4) Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme b Black Dragón & Shadow Boy Shadow Boy was hurt.
5) Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca b Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo Metaleon was teaming with Indy Nation but is not part of it.
6) Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega b Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett Centvrion pinned Cerebro Negro, but Cerebro snuck back in and unmasked him to set up Super Mega’s pin. Centvrion challenged IWRG for a Indy Nation versus FILL match. Eterno accepted the match, and Centvrion, Fulgor, Latigo and Mr. Leo took the win to end the show.
Yesterday, the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather boxing match was made official. That match seemed about as likely to happen as the Octagon versus Fuerza Guerrera mask match, but they teased it so well that both believe they’re going to take home a huge amount of money so it kinda had to happen. The match was announced for August 26th. August 26th is the date of TripleMania. TripleMania may be cursed, something happens every year.
It’s likely that someone in Mexico dedicated to seeing both could do so, TripleMania’s the one AAA show run on a normal schedule and stands a strong chance of finishing before the boxing match gets to the ring. It’s going to be more a problem of attention: AAA wants a big spotlight for the week leading up to their show, to sell the show and to build it’s brand, and they’re going to struggle to get it even just in Mexico City. AAA could try to move their show to Sunday to avoid running the same night, but it wouldn’t help getting the notice they’re looking for every year with this show.
(Digression: I haven’t made my sarcasm clear enough about the ticket sales. I believe AAA has already sold a lot of tickets, but AAA rapidly reporting higher sales over a two week period when there was no reason for tickets to be moving that quick means they’re probably just saying those “70%! no, now 80%!” percentages as obvious hype to get people to hurry to the box office before they were all gone. It was definitely positioned like that on TV. My guess is the real sold number was something less than that at that point and AAA’s stopped talking about tickets sold after that couple week blitz.)
The good news for AAA is they announced TripleMania’s date and their main event way back in January, and plenty of people got their decided to come to the show. They’ve sold tickets, people have made plans to come to the show, and they’re all going to do that. There’s a Mexico City and greater Mexico country fanbase who make TripleMania their destination show every year and that’s probably not going to change. This show is still going to probably be AAA’s first $1,000,000 USD gate. It’s also another reason it was very smart & fortunate AAA went with the Wagner/Psycho mask match for this year’s show, because it’s important enough to the fanbase to be a big attraction no matter what else is going on. This would’ve been a bigger blow if it was last year’s Pagano/Psycho match.
The bad news is TripleMania is usually AAA’s one big chance to expand their brand, because it’s the only show AAA can get people who don’t normally follow lucha libre to notice, and and it’s gong to be very difficult to do that if this fight sucks up all the oxygen in the room. I know there were talks about putting it on US PPV again this year. I think having Impact wrestlers on the show was part of the idea there, and to generate some interest in AAA luchadors prior to them being brought onto Impact house shows in the fall. I don’t think that would’ve been a big number of people, but it’s less today, and it’s possible PPV providers won’t even want to carry any show that’d distract from the fight that’s going to carry their whole year. Hopefully AAA still tries, does iPPV and spends some effort getting people out there to talk about the show in multiple languages, but it’s a much harder road.
CMLL Informa ended it’s show yesterday by revealing the first two members of Team World for the 09/01 Gran Prix: Matt Taven & King Haku. Taven is not popular among most people who read sites like this, but it is logical from the inter-promotion storyline they’re telling: Taven & UG had the match at H2L, Taven & Vinny Marseglia take on Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible at ROH’s PPV next Friday and Ultimo Guerrero and Matt Taven will have another singles match on the TV taping the next day. It may not be an exciting option, but Taven/Guerrero is now even an obvious possibility for the CMLL Anniversario main event since it’s the feud CMLL keeps on going back towards.
There’s no logical defense for King Haku being on the show. King Haku is still a cult favorite, but he’s hardly a luchador at this point. He’s 58 and mostly retired, only wrestling for rare nostalgia appearances or as special cameos teaming with his sons on NJPW related shows. I suspect the latter is what is actually happening here, that Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa are also on Team World for this Gran Prix and it’ll make slightly more sense when they’re announced. Still, this is a guy who is retired and who hasn’t been in Mexico in over two decades, being billed as one of the drawing points for a big CMLL show. There’s no clearer sign of CMLL management being out of touch than deciding believing the return of a foreign star from 1994 is big news.
The Crash says Marty Scurll is coming in soon, continuing the pattern of ROH/NJPW luchadors getting brought into The Crash and not CMLL. I don’t think it was timed this way, but it’s an interesting juxtaposition with the King Haku announcement.
Leo Riano’s column says the current make up for the CMLL union board is Nitro, Arkangel and new addition Dragon Rojo Jr. Riano says all three men love wrestling; having seen Nitro’s recent matches, I’m not sure that’s the case.
Riano also pushes the idea that The Crash/Konnan is trying to get Rush. This is something we talked about when La Mascara was fired, that Rush might follow his good friend. Since then, Rush has shown no interest in leaving CMLL. It totally makes sense for The Crash to float the idea and see Rush’s interest, but I don’t think it’s going to happen at this point. The Crash is only running a couple shows a month, and has new TV outlet – their big selling point to wrestlers is freedom, and no one seems to have more freedom to do what they want in CMLL than Rush (and Riano makes the same point.) I don’t think there’s anything to this right now.
AAA started airing in the UK yesterday. It’s simply the same recordings that were airing on The Fight Network but haven’t been airing recently. They started back with the TripleMania 24 show, which is strong in terms of presentation and scale but features a lot of people who were only for that show (Prince Puma, Matanza, Dragon Azteca) and people who are now gone (Pentagon). It’s not going to help AAA much if 10 months behind, but I’m still unsure many people will have seen it any way.
Carta Brava Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Soul Rocker beatMonsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown(9:26, Dr. Wagner Jr. foul Murder Clown, ok)
The concept that Verano de Escandalo’s main event is a tag team apuesta match is established on this show. Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner make a pact to not betray each other so their TripleMania match will stay intact, Monster & Murder Clown talk about working together and the main event post match is firmly team against team. This show was taped nearly three weeks before Verano de Escandalo and seemed to show AAA knew what the rules were going to be in that main event, but either decided or was incapable of explaining it fully.
That main event, the Psycho Circus reuniting to take on Wagner, Carta Brava and Soul Rocker, predictably ended with the Traidor Clowns betraying Psycho Clown again. Wagner still fouled Murder Clown to get the win. The other rudos attacked Wagner after the match, then Poder del Norte attacked the Traidor Clowns to and those sides brawled away to leave Wagner & Psycho alone in the ring.
Psycho hyped the TripleMania match with Wagner, which led to a fight. It started to play out a lot like in San Luis Potosi, where Wagner & Psycho had their advertised singles match as a bonus after the normal TV portion had ended (seemingly as a make good.) That match was also advertised on this taping instead, but Tirantes made a point of sticking around while refusing to count pinfalls this time or treat it like it is a match. Wagner unmasked Psycho Clown to end it
La Parka had Averno beat in his match, but Hijo del Tirantes stopped his count to look at Pirata Morgan. Pirata Morgan was just standing on the apron. Pirata Morgan than whispered something to Parka which Parka found concerning. Meanwhile, Averno stole the win on Pimpinela from Mamba with the Devil’s Wings. Mamba was annoyed but Averno didn’t pick up on it. After, Mamba and Estrella Divina attacked Pimpi in the backstage area.
The announcers said La Hiedra was angry at Lady Shani for going to the tecnica side, which is a switch from the previous story (Vampiro was forcing Shani to be on the tecnica side.) Hiedra and Goya had a miscommunication leading to their defeat, and they too fought after the match.
The show ended with a long video feature on the Mexico City taping. It both felt like something they were airing because they were short on time (it was still a couple minutes shorter than usual) but also because it looked really good, like TripleMania quality. Either way, they wanted you to know that the next couple of weeks of TV were a big deal.
(Faby Apache’s win over Ayako Hamada, which was said to make her the #1 contender’s to Taya’s championship, did not air and was not mentioned.)
Another week of whatever match quality. The effort was there, and there were stretches were the last two matches were fun. They didn’t stay that way, and the finishes didn’t help. It also can’t be an accident that every match that aired, baring the rookie Llave de la Gloria match, featured partners not getting along. That came across in the taping results, but even stronger on TV. When you’re teasing Averno/Mamba tension, it’s reached an absurd level.
On the other hand, I’m not sure any of these matches would be that good if there were neutral or even good finishes. It occurs to me, maybe not as often as it should, that there’s just not a lot of guys in AAA I’m all that into seeing in matches right now and it’d hard to find many combinations of matches that I’d be excited to see. AAA’s done a lot of rearranging of what they have, and I’m not sure it’s been all that good, but there just may not be a good arrangement right now. The creative has been a mess, but not being able to bring any new people aboard four months after they lost their last batch of guys is the bigger mess.
This is absolutely the right year to have Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown, because it still overshadows all of this and will carry the company the rest of the year. And so, if it was a sort of make good or just a shifting of focus, ending the show with that back as the big issue was the way to go. This was actually the most (and only) effective show to build up Verano de Escandalo and it’s so weird it came six days after that show took place. But the show that matters is TripleMania and that match and literally ushering all the timekillers off stage to put the spotlight back where it belongs was the right way to end show.
The rest was the rest. I don’t have the pair of eyes to see Big Mami as the native star of the women’s division, they must be seeing things I’m not seeing. I don’t have any great hope or interest in Pirata Morgan’s mystery words to Parka, but Argenis & Marvin looked good in their few moments of shine. (I am starting to wonder why exactly they bothered to make Argenis Rey del Ring when he’s now the seventh or eight most important guy in matches. He’d be in the same sport regardless, because they just don’t have that many people.)
The Noti AAA segments seem really barren of late – all recaps and corporate announcements and nothing that I’d find that interesting as a fan. It’d take more planning, but it ought to be a place where they follow up one of the ‘A’ week feuds on the ‘B’ week to re-enforce it – like, air the Hijo del Fantasma backstage flip out for this first this week, so to keep that story moving on the week they’re not going to be in the ring.
The Mexico City video package was really nice. Hope the matches are too.
Pentagon Dark beat Argenis (5:43, package piledriver, ok)
Texano beat Famous B (0:25, sit down powerbomb, ok )
Drago beat Aerostar (7:23 Dragon’s Lair, good)
(Second rounds matches will be Drago vs Pentagon and Texano & the Mack.)
Uh, where to start? This episode (and the next three) are all first round matches in Dario Cueto’s 32 person Cueto Cup. The winner faces the winner of Rey Mysterio/Johnny Mundo for the Lucha Underground championship at Ultima Lucha. We know the bracket because Lucha Underground posted it on social media but, for the purposes of the story, it appears Dario is still putting it together as the show starts. (At the very least, he’s still assembling it on his own big bracket board.) It’s not clear if the announcers know the matchups – they do most of the show, but Striker is surprised by Pentagon Dark appearing. Only this week’s block of matches is shown on the tournament graphic they used.
Rey Mysterio & Johnny Mundo aren’t around, but we got a video package giving their backgroudn as they set up for the fight. It seemed like the beginning of something we might be seeing for a few weeks.
There’s no story to Mack/Suerte, Suerte just lasts longer than expected. Same really for Argenis, thogh Striker notes this is a rematch from season 1. It ends the same way, with the package piledriver and an arm break. Pentagon definitely hasn’t learned his lesson about breaking random people’s arms and still seems to want revenge on Black Lotus. Dario tells him Lotus has gone back to Hong Kong (unclear if he’s telling the truth) and gives Pentagon the tournament spot as a way to keep him from breaking Dario’s arm. Pentagon warns Dario that he’s either going to be champion at Última Lucha 3 or he’s going to break Dario’s arm at Ultima Lucha 3. Dario doesn’t seem thrilled with either possibility.
Famous B offers to throw his match with Texano in exchange for Texano taking Famous B on as his manager. Texano declines, powerbombing Famous B quickly instead. Texano and Brenda keep flirting though.
Drago and Aerostar was the match with the most attention to it. Drago is now wearing red, and still is has the collar and leash, even though it doesn’t seem like he’s going to leave. Drago’s in a weird place: he’s mostly under Kobra Moon’s control and responds quickly to her orders, but there’s still a little bit of his técnico side left in him causing him to hesitate when left uninstructed. Aerostar tried to talk some sense into his friend, then tried to springboard some sense into his friend. Neither worked.
In between, Dario caught up with Cage. Cage is wearing the metal glove all the time now. It’s later revealed the mental control the glove has over him is making it impossible for him to take it off. Dario insists Cage visit Councilman Delgado (even offering to trans!), and Cage eventually relents and agrees. Cage goes to city hall, where Delgado clearly is seeing Cage less as a person and more as an empty vessel to pour their ideas and/or god in. Cage argues and nearly punches Delgado, apologizes, and then loses it when Delgado calls him just a man. He’s not a man, he’s a machine, Cage explains as he punches Delgado so hard in the head that Delgado’s head explodes. The closing shot is an unbothered Cage walking away from Delgado’s headless corpse, squishing an eyeball with his foot.
Is it good if I’m laughing for a couple minutes after the show ends? I think it might be good, but I’m not sure if it’s meant to be that way. That closing scene, which will totally overshadow any thoughts about the matches on this show, came off going so far over the top as a challenge to the critics: “you thought we were going too far with our murders on this show? Well, here’s far we’re really willing to go, check the eyeball!” It was so over the top that it was hard to take seriously and maybe not meant to be taken that way.
It also seems to have major plot ramifications. A decapitated body in City Hall is going to be noticed, even in this universe. The police plot was about getting to Delgado and his people, so where does that go now? Dario and his people have to know they’re going to have a hard time possessing Cage or whatever it is they’re doing if he’s smashing heads, so what happens there?
Drago/Aerostar was the match of the night for me. It wasn’t the match the announcers were making it out to be, and it didn’t work for a story of two guys now more aggressively fighting each other because of the break up. It actually was Aerostar going full Aerostar, unloading his notable of tricky lucha moves because he might not get work with a guy he trusts as much as Drago again on this show and so he was going for it. Aerostar’s creatively is unmatched, as is his willing to dive head first into things, and this was an amazing exhibition. Maybe it wasn’t what it should’ve been but it was totally unique and I liked it.
The Mack/Mala Suerte also didn’t follow the expected story and that hurt it for me much more than the main event. The Mack, coming off nearly winning the big title two straight shows, should have no problem with one of the lesser members of the Rabbit Tribe. Instead, he was pushed for about eight minutes and could’ve believably lost a couple times. We know the guy under the Mala Suerte match is good and this might have been the best showcase of his skills on this show so far, but it was just an odd occasion for it to happen when Mala Suerte is such a blank slate.
Pentagon & Argenis was much more of what I was expecting. It was long too, longer than their first match, but it was a one sided fight. Argenis got in offense and even a dive, but most of that was to space out Pentagon’s offense so he could get in a lot of his arsenal. The fans went nuts from Pentagon showing up again, he didn’t lose much with them by getting his arms broken, and they definitely wanted to get that same idea over to the fans at home. This worked to reestablish him as a threat.
Texano & Famous B seemed to exist to remind you that plot was still around. It is! And the interaction with Brenda and Texano made it clear it’ll still be around when Texano’s second round match takes place.
Last week’s show was one only Lucha Underground could do. This one was one only Lucha Underground would do. I’m not sure it works the same, but it does keep you on your toes.
I think I’m the only person who liked both Mack/Mundo matches, the newest sign of my terrible taste in wrestling. (People generally seemed to not like the second one because it was too similar to the first, or not like the first because it was an all night match that didn’t go all night – though that interestingly didn’t seem to bug people who were watching both episodes back to back.) People also found fault with having a street fight/falls count anywhere match on the same show; I think CMLL has made me used to seeing the same style of match repeatedly? I dunno.
Penta Zero M vs Gringo Loco, Billy Star, Isaias Velazquez, Carnalito
CMLL (TUE) 06/13/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. rudos 2/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis tecnicos took 2/3, with Sugehit pulling off Zeuxis’ mask and cradling her in the third.
4) Misterioso Jr. b Fuego [lightning] less than five minutes. Misterioso unmasked Fuego after the match.
5) Hechicero, Morphosis, Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán Rudos took 2/3
6) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. Straight falls. Cavernario submitted Volador to set up a title match next week.
Bobby Zavala spoke publicly for the first time about his firing on +Lucha’s podcast. They had talked to him off the podcast right after the firing, but this was the first time he went on anywhere. (LuchaWorld has a recap in their news update.) Zavala says he never got a reason from CMLL why he was fired and they just refused to talk to him after he was announced as firing. His version of events is starts a luchador attended dinner on Thursday, where Ultimo Guerrero said whatever it was that infuriated the Alvarados. Zavala claims they were very upset even after Ultimo Guerrero left the gathering. Zavala admits to be on Arena Mexico security footage of the day of the car destruction with the Alvarados, but explains it as only being there to try and calm down the Alvarados and maintains that he didn’t participate in the destruction. He got a text from Edgar Noriega around 1pm that he was suspended from the show that night, then heard nothing more until he was fired. It sounds like the only person who’s talked to him since was Jose Luis Feliciano (also part of the programming committee) who said it was Paco Alonso’s decision. Dragon Rojo tried to get Bobby his job back, but Bobby says he told him to stop. Bobby says he’s been back in Torreon the last few weeks taking care of family business but will begin working indies and praised AAA.
CMLL is a strange duck of a wrestling promotion, but they tend to go thru great pains to not fire anyone. They may give a luchador few bookings and so little money to cause them to quit, but they’re not known for firing people unless the issue is forced. There’s almost certainly more to the story than the version Bobby is telling. Either way, Bobby’s moving on, and he’ll probably be teaming with Maximo and Mascara soon enough.
Lucha Underground tonight is episode 3×22, “The Cup Begins” This is the first show as part of the Cueto Cup; Lucha Underground unveiled the bracket yesterday. It appears the next four shows are going to be the first round matches in each group, going alphabetically. The A group is tonight:
The first match follows up on Drago betraying his team last week. Pentagon Dark’s match is his first since episode 13. Argenis hasn’t been in since episode 10! (I think he was not around the weekend they did Aztec Warfare.) It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Rabbit Tribe: Mala Suerte is the black rabbit of the trio. Famous B was unsuccessfully recruiting Texano last we saw both of them.
On Facebook, Vampiro had been talking for a few months about a new website that was going to launch in time for the Season 3 return. Season 3 returned, it wasn’t mentioned, I just chalked it up as a Vampiro thing and moved on. It’s now up at VampiroTV.com – the domain is because there was a Vamprio TV show scheduled to launch too (and may still.) Among the services Vampiro is offering is the ability to book Lucha Underground talent thru him; he’s the director of talent after all.
The talent list is strange: it includes people like the Black Lotus Triad, two of which are believed to be under WWE contract and the third is probably not being flown in from Japan to work a US indie. It includes Prince Puma, who does not appear to be working with Lucha Underground at this point. It could be someone just gathered all the LU profile photos and put them up without being too concerned about who was available, but Killshot and the Mack seem to be missing. I dunno. It’ll possibly be easier for promoters to figure out how to get LU wrestlers (especially the AAA crew, since it’s intimidating to contact someone speaking another language), but I’d guess the more popular people were already being contacted on directly and don’t need an intermediately. Still, I hope it gets people booked places.
Eric Van Wagenen was interviewed on the Indy Mayhem Show a little while back; it was posted this week but taped two weeks ago. There’s a couple interesting tidbits: Netflix doesn’t tell them viewership numbers, but they’ve noticed their website traffic and merchandise sales are up since being on the service. Way back on the first Lucha Underground taping, they had 300 people RSVP but only 100 people show up. They’ve had no problem filling the place since they got on TV – they were turning away 100s right away.
EVW’s asked about his highlight of season 3, and says it’s still to come. “There’s a match at Ultima Lucha 3, which is one of those ones where it has only happened to me like twice before, where I watched it, and I was so, um, disturbed be it, I didn’t know if was great-I didn’t know if was the greatest thing I’d ever seen or the worst thing I’d ever seen it.” The other two matches were Grave Consequences and Cero Miedo. “It felt evil, it felt like ‘oh my gosh, what did I just see?'” Van Wagnen explains he had a friend in crowd who was sure fake blood was involved “because there’s no way human beings could bleed that much and still be walking around”, so he took the friend to the back to show the wounds on the luchador to prove it was real blood.
IWRG (WED) 06/14/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Vardeus vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Oriental & Keiser Drago vs Fly Tiger & Skanda
3) Kanon, Saruman, Shaolin vs Dowki, Picudo Jr., Vórtize
4) Black Dragón & Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme
5) Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca
6) Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega
The IWRG card for today didn’t turn up online until Yesterday, which is late minute. That semimain should be very good.
An oddly loaded Tuesday card, with a main event that headlined Friday night shows in the past and some really solid looking matches from 3-5. Metatron makes his first appearance in about three months; he’s worked a handful of times in Guadalajara.
CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Linterna
2) Astral, Omar Brunetti, Sensei vs Espíritu Negro, Frezzer, Hijo del Signo
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Pierroth, Rush, Shocker
Doesn’t look like there’s any follow up from last night, so there must not have been an angle. Soberano and Misterioso finally meeting again in the tercera. Espiritu Negro works Guadalajara exactly once a year every year.
DTU (SAT) 07/01/2017Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Erwing, Irwing, Luigi vs Billy, Hard Boy, Macizito
2) Hijo Del Mosco vs Drolux, Toto, Espíritu Divino
3) Kid Cometa vs Moria, Cobre, Kingston
4) D-Polux Jr. & Voldemort vs Gio & Junior
5) Kastigador & Vengador vs Black Golden & Seiya and Mike Segura & Pesadilla
6) Jimmy Lloyd & Marcus Crane vs Índio Cherokee & Shiryu Dragón and Ovett & Paranoiko and X-Law 1 & X-Law 2
7) Matt Tremont vs Crazy King [GCW EXTREMO]
Another show on the DTU show in a few weeks, this time with GCW having a title defense against the Guadalajara member of Los Macizos.
Barbaro Cavernario decided he must destroy Volador for reasons which were only obvious to the caveman. He attacked Volador from the moment he got the win and defeated him cleanly for the win.
Slightly interesting show.
Cavernario & Volador have really good chemistry, and Cavernario was moving around super fast in the ending sequence. That match is going to be great. Not sure I’ve seen Stuka do the headscissors escape to his feet before. Shocker doesn’t look good, it’s going to be a long time until he’s there if he’s going to ever be there, and it’s going to be tough to have a good match with him involved. He’d be better off being the commentator instead of Hechicero.
The Dinamitas/Panthers match wasn’t quite as good as some of the other matches, with the NGD holding back a bit, but The Panther made up for it by looking super the whole way. He came off as one of the best dozen guys in CMLL, with the first fall finish specifically needing to be brought back in a bigger spot. Blue Panther Sr. also did a lot of his crazy old man stuff (attacking the cameraman!) which really worked for the crowd.
The Titan/Ephesto lightning match wasn’t much. A lot of Titan throwing himself around to create action when Ephesto wasn’t doing much. The tercera was entertaining for Stigma trying to do mat wrestling with Virus to start and getting nothing. Fuego woke the crowd up, who hadn’t been into it much before.
The minis match had the rare bit of a team losing one person via elimination and coming back to win. It was used in the first fall where it didn’t really make an impact, but you could they were trying to do something there. It didn’t quite work, but it did give us better pace and some dives.
And Sangre Imperial looked terrible on a missed springboard in the first match and not much better rest of the way. It’s hard to understand why he’s there except being Sangre Chicana’s son, because he hasn’t impressed at all.
CMLL (MON) 06/12/2017Arena Puebla [CMLL, Efekto10, El Popular]
1) Flyer, Meyer, París b Joker, King Jaguar, Policeman
2) Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo b Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado b Drone, Esfinge, Tigre Rojo Jr.
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone b Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Ripper Atlantis submitted Hechicero, challenged him to a match next week
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Negro Casas fouled Dragon Lee
Atlantis & Hechicero worked a lot against each last week but I didn’t get the idea they were feuding. They were definitely feuding this week and will have a match next week.
Today’s CMLL show is a setup for next week. Barbaro Cavernario & Volador meet in the main event, and appear to be setting up a singles match next week. This week, they’ll be joined by Felino, Mr. Niebla, Stuka and Valiente. Cavernario beat Volador cleanly last week
The semimain has Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titan versus Hechicero, Morphosis and Rey Bucanero, with CMLL presented the idea that Hechicero & Bucanero may still have issues following Hechicero beating Bucanero for his title. Fuego faces Misterioso in the lightning match. Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit meet once again in a women’s match, wtih Estrellita, Marcela, Amapola and Dalys. The skippable opening matches are Sangre Azteca, Arkangel and Metalico against Principe Diamante, Oro Jr. and Star Jr., and Aereo & Acero versus Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Violencia. The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 7:30pm.
Guadalajara has Caristico, Marco Corleone, Mistico versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero. The Hijos del Infernales take on Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr. & Niebla Roja, which might set up a quick trios title match.
El Sol de Tampico has a bio/interview with Hahastary, one of the women who advanced in the AAA La Llave de la Gloria competition. She says she was training for wrestling since 11.
Powerbomb TV’s tournament will have eight people, including one Jonathan Gresham and begins in August. They talked about running in four promotions, so maybe first round match ups scattered around the world and the final four come together for a tournament somewhere?
Puebla not only holding the blowoff match to one feud, but also apparently setting up a second feud at the same time in the semimain. This is almost like someone is working on these things. Must be an accident.
Fourth match could be good too. Week five in a row for Ares & Espiritu Maligno, who are still not feuding.
Muchas Luchas (SUN) 07/02/2017Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Black Golden, El Enviado, La Trakalosa vs Dengue Asesino, Implacable, Nexus
2) Estrella Explosiva vs Chik Tormenta
3) Estrella Oriental Jr. vs Sky Man [MUCHAS LUCHAS CHAMP]
4) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Caim & Crazy King and Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
5) Gallo & Makabre vs Dr. Cerebro & Hijo de LA Park
6) Ramsés vs LA Park vs Rayman
Guadalajara’s super indie returns next month for the first time since February. Silver King has been back to wrestling as his Nacho Libre Ramses persona a lot lately and I don’t know why – maybe the movie was on TV recently?