CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-20 

Diamante Azul & Rayo de Jalisco dives

Recapped: 01/20/2017

What happened: The new version of Revolucionarios debuted with a big introduction and a win. Rayo de Jalisco’s feud with Terrible was toned down; he got the revenge pin in the first fall and the focus was on Mephsito & Carístico (who have a singles match tomorrow in Coliseo.) Nothing else really happened.

What was good: The Revolucionarios match was the most watchable. None was really bad and some stuff (opener) was better than usual, but there wasn’t a lot you need to go out of your way to watch. People watching the stream were generally higher on the show than me.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be on my channel soon enough. (more…)

FantasticaMania Day 5, preview for GdT and CMLL’s shows today, LU

Titan’s strong dives to start

CMLL (TUE) 01/17/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Mágico & Vaquero Jr. b Gran Kenut & Joker
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit, Silueta, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. © b Ángel de Oro [CMLL MIDDLE]
Dragon Rojo took 1/3 to keep the title, the last with an inverted gori stretch. 17th defense
5) Marco Corleone, Mephisto, Terrible b Carístico, Kráneo, Negro Casas [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Mephisto took 1/3, the last with Mephisto sneaking in a foul on Negro Casas.

We don’t have a card for Tuesday’s Guadalajara show (and we may not be getting one though the show will go on), but Negro Casas/Mephisto will have a match because they can’t stop doing Negro Casas singles matches. Those two met in a 2014 CMLL Universal opening round match, but their only three fall match was in September 2005, eleven and a half years ago.

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/20/2017 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [411Mania, Culticon, F4Wonline, NJPW, thecubsfan, Wrestling With Words]
FantasticaMania 2017, Day 5
Attendance: 1515
1) Blue Panther Jr. & Henare b Ephesto & Will Ospreay
6:36. Panther submitted Ephesto to the nudo lagunero.
2) Jushin Liger, Soberano Jr., Tiger Mask b Gedo, Jado, Raziel
6:40. Soberano beat Raziel with a guillotine moonsult.
3) Hechicero & Okumura b Máximo Sexy & Stuka Jr.
6:34. Okumura beat Stuka with a Michinoku Driver
4) Bushi, EVIL, Naito, Rush, Sanada b Atlantis, David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi
10:35. Evil beat Finlay with the Evil.
5) Juice Robinson, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Okada, Último Guerrero
13:32. Euforia submitted Mistico to the Soberna.
6) Hiromu Takahashi b Titán
14:57. Takahashi beat Titan with the Time Bomb.
7) Dragón Lee © b Bárbaro Cavernario [CMLL SL]
20:20. Dragon Lee won via bridging back suplex. Cavernario may have suffered a shoulder injury during the match. 4th defense. Takahashi tried attacking Lee after the match but Lee stopped him and posed with both belts.

This is the first FantasticaMania where they’re explicitly building to another show down the line instead of making it self contained, and that affected the top couple matches. The goal of Takahashi/Titan was to continue to position Takahashi as the top of the division. Titan wouldn’t be in the top 10 of contenders at this point, so Titan had to go down hard and that was the story of the match. Takahashi being Takahashi, he was still willing to take the death bump if it had gone right. Still, this was the back and forth fight hoped for because that didn’t serve NJPW’s plans. Dragon Lee & Cavernario got more time because Lee hasn’t had that epic in NJPW for a year, but the longer match slowed down the pace a bit. The length and violence of the match might have worn them out of the end, and the match seemed to end a little early due to Cavernario’s injury.

NJPW’s recap mentions Cavernario suffered a right shoulder injury and seemed to believe it happened on a reverse huracanrana. There’s some uncertainty if he’ll be back in the ring the rest of the week, though he was fine enough to be back on Twitter afterwards.

The full show from the first day of the tour (as aired on SamuraiTV) is now up.

Tomorrow’s (early morning) FantasticaMania show will have the Atlantis versus Rush and Maximo versus Hechicero title matches. That title match will be interesting: the crowd was into Maximo tonight, and NJPW apparently will give them a lot of time out of deference of it being a title match, but it’s still a strange match up. It should be good, but I’m not sure what the reaction is going to be. (I’d expect Atlantis/Rush to go shorter than Titan/Takahashi.)

The undercard is the strongest of the three Tokyo shows, though we probably shouldn’t expect greatness out of it. The other five Ingobernables face Dragon Lee, Titan, Juice, Tanahashi, and Finlay. Kushida, Taguchi and Soberano are scheduled to face Okada, Ospreay and Barbaro Cavernario in the tercera; that could be a strong match if Cavernario can go. It’s another good chance for Soberano, though he’s likely to take the pin. Stuka and Okumura have a special singles match as the second match, and the opener is an atomicos with Bleu Panther, Henare, Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask against Ephesto, Gedo, Jado, and Raziel.

Culticon previews the show. It’ll air at 3:30 AM CT on NJPW World and will be available to watch on demand immediately after if you’re the type who prefers normal amounts of sleep.

Euforia will face Mr. Cacao in a singles match in Nagayoa on the 29th.

While CMLL is offering a title match in Japan, they’re offering a Rayo de Jalisco match in Mexico City. Tonight’s main event is a rematch from last week, with Rayo de Jalisco, Caristico & Diamante Azul versus Terrible, Mephsito and Rey Bucanero. Terrible cheated to win last week, with definite hints they’d be heading to a Rayo/Terrible match. A Rayo de Jalisco Jr. singles match is a bad idea and maybe CMLL won’t actually do it. The crowd that showed up last week did seem to be into the nostalgia of seeing Rayo, but it also didn’t seem to draw a bigger than usual crowd. (Maybe a normal crowd is good enough given the people involved.)

The only somewhat important match on the show is the official debut of the new Revolucionarios trio, with general Dragon Rojo and colonel Polvora welcoming captain Bobby Z to the trio. They face usual rivals Rey Cometa & Guerrero Maya, with Johnny Idol tagging along. It’s CMLL, so it’s a 50/50 shot the new group wins.

The rest of the card has Marco Corleone, Angel de Oro, Blue Panther taking on Negor Casas, Sam Adonis and Felino, who hasn’t been on TV in about three weeks. It’s no big deal, but weird given the lesser amount of people around. The lightning match has Triton versus Misterioso Jr., which should be good. Fuego, the Panther & Pegasso take on Skandalo, Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, which will be a **1/4 match. Flyer & Oro Jr. open the show against Inquisidor & Akuma.

The show will air on ClaroSports.com at 8:30pm CT like usual, though you may need the direct link to go find it.

AAA returns to TV taping tonight. They’re also in Mexico City, at their usual home of Gimnasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera, with this year’s Guerra de Titanes. There’s two title matches on the show: Pentagon challenges Johnny Mundo for the Latin American championship, while Garza Jr. does the same against Hijo del Fantasma for the cruiserweight championship.

Pentagon versus Mundo was built up on TV, with Pentagon getting a singles non-title win over Mundo after losing the title way back at TripleMania. The match was brought up during the year in review stuff, but didn’t seem to get any special hype on last week’s TV show. Johnny Mundo’s sent in promos to build up matches previously, but I think he’s only just RT-ed the Guerra de Titanes poster this time. Maybe there will be more today, but I get the feeling this might be it for Mundo for the moment in AAA. The thing is, given Taya is still Reina de Reinas champion, not being around doesn’t mean you can’t still be champion. (And it’s not like Pentagon is going to be around every weekend either.) I expect a title change, I’m just not certain of it.

The other title match is Hijo del Fantasma versus Garza Junior. AAA’s done nothing to build up the title match or Garza in anyway. They’re teaming, now they’re not, and now they’re going to have a match that’ll be OK. Probably not much more than that because Garza Jr. hasn’t been much better than OK in his AAA run. It probably doesn’t matter for his career to have good matches, because he seems to be getting booked (on his own, without AAA) pretty well without having many good matches. It still would be nice if he had one, but I think his lack of full time status means he’s unlikely to win the title.

The main event has gotten the most hype on the show, but it’s among the least interesting. La Parka, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. face Dr. Wagner, Mesias and Pagano in a match that continues the autopilot ride to Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner at TripleMania. Perhaps the most we can hope for is Texano getting a title feud, as the heavyweight champion of the promotion hasn’t had anything to do since TripleMania. Earlier, there will be a cage match with Aerostar, Super Fly, Argenis, Australian Suicide, Angelico and Carta Brava Jr., where the final two will have an apuesta match at Rey de Reyes. Aerostar and Super Fly is the only feud they’ve pushed from that bunch, but they could do a different match up without it really changing much. Faby Apache & Mary Apache take on Averno & Chessman in a rematch from TripleMania. I had hope for that match turning out well way back then, but months of Tirantes related finishes and non-finishes has killed my interest. (A lot of stuff seems to be direct follow up to TripleMania, showing how little has actually happened in the months since.) The opener will be Bengala, Big Mami, Dinastia, and Pimpinela Escarlata against Dave the Clown, Lady Shani, Mamba and Mini Psycho Clown.

AAA’s hinted at big news outside the matches. They have not yet announced the TripleMania location, but we know they’re at the very least considering Plaza Mexico. That announcement could come today. Alberto el Patron is also in Mexico City, and AAA officials were special guests at the Combates Americas show last night. Alberto has said he’ll be back in AAA at some point, and this would be an easy way to make an appearance and set up something for later in the year.

Guerra de Titanes is listed at 8:45pm CT start local. It’s usually a little bit later, but perhaps not as much in Mexico City because there won’t be a local promoter dark match. The show is not officially streaming, but I’d guess live fan cams will pop up during the night. It’ll air on TV starting next weekend.

AAA says the show is sold out, a full day ahead of time. There will be no tickets available at the door. That’d be over 5,000 people. AAA’s run this venue in recent years, but never advertised it as a sell out and definitely not a full day ahead of time. It’s so unexpected that I’m curious if they’re simply not selling all the seats. (There’s no sign of that.) This is a really good sign for a promotion hoping to sell a lot of tickets in Mexico City this year. They’re probably missing an opportunity by not putting this on iPPV, but I wouldn’t have guess that ahead of time and I’m not surprised they didn’t either.

On +Lucha’s podcast, Taya said she was still firmly part of AAA, but now based in the US to be closer to her family and grow as a wrestler.

Lucha Libre FMV announced that Dorian Roldan is now the General Manager of Lucha Libre FMV. The press release says he’ll be in charge “live events, talent relations, sponsorships, merchandising, and licensing.” The idea, as explained by Eric Van Wagenen on Masks, Mats and Mayhem is that Dorian will bring AAA’s experience in running live events and helped shift them towards more touring. That seems to be the general focus of the next few months: they’re aiming to run tapings in the fall (not a firm date), but Van Wagenen said he was confident there’d be live events sometime this spring and summer. That may not even come in a traditional fashion; there’s been talk about trying to help out the wrestlers by making it more allowable for them to use their LU gimmicks elsewhere (which has been a real issue for guys like Mil Muertes and King Cuerno, who are much less valuable under their AAA characters.) They’ve even spitballed an idea of offering a package of wrestlers/characters to foreign places where the show is airing (like Germany.) It was made clear these are ideas they’re just throwing around and nothing is committed, but that they’re working harder in this area and expect to make some progress.

Van Wagenen also gave his side of the LU hiatus. The hiatus wasn’t planned when they were taping. The idea didn’t come to him until “November or December”, and even then it wasn’t a certainty, just trying to figure out at what point it would make sense to take a break. They weren’t ever told how long they’d be gone and it didn’t come off like EVW had been told a specific date even at this point. His guess was like mine after the El Rey upfront – they’re on hiatus so they can be on the air when LU’s new shows are ready to start airing. Van Wagenen pointed out that El Rey may not even yet know when those shows are going to be ready, which would prevent them from giving a firm Lucha Underground date. It’s important to note he was guessing at this, is not speaking officially for LU or El Rey.

Dorian Roldan having more power in the Lucha Underground power structure, specifically over “talent relations”, seems like bad news for talent who have bad relations with AAA. Jack Evans, Sexy Star, Fenix, even Flamita have left AAA and already had uncertain futures with LU. If this gives Dorian sole control, they may not return to LU without returning to AAA. On the other hand, LU’s invested a lot of time in some of those characters – Sexy Star & Fenix especially – and other parts of the management team may not want to lose that investment. It seems less likely those people will be back whenever LU tapes again, though this definitely doesn’t shut the door.

There’s screen shots of the WWE survey sent out to Mexican fans this past week. CMLL & AAA do not come up by name, but just by concept. They want to know if WWE fans are interested in them at all, or if they’d be interested in a new Mexican league. There’s also a section devoted to find out how much having more content in Spanish (or specifically with Mexican voices) is important to subscribers. These surveys are about figuring out priorities.

Atlantis says he’s happy Villano III will be honored at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Silueta & Star Black were among those honored at the Guadalajara sports awards.

The Box Y Lucha commission of Ahome, Sinaloa gave out 2016 awards: Omar Brunetti was the stellar wrestler of the year, while Dark Fire was the luchador of the year. Sagrado Tormento, Mr. Iguana, Alma Grande as the tecnico trio of the year, Payaso Infernal, Dr. Terror, Mario Mora as the rudo trio of the year. Cholo Chriss & Mr. Iguana were revelations of the year, Dragon Rider the novato of the year. Dark Fire & Sagrado Tormento won tecnico tag team of the year and Dr. Terror & Cholo Chriss were the rudo version. Tony Golden was given special recognition for his work in lucha libre.

Estrellas del Ring posted footage of Jack Evans & Flamtia vs Golden Magic & Bandido in Acapulco.

The Gladiatores has photos of the lucha libre art at the Metro Guerrero stop in Mexico City.

+LuchaTV has the top 10 highlights of the week and a full Aqui esta la Lucha highlgiht show.

Lineups

Cara Lucha (SAT) 02/04/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Caballero De Plata, Estrella De Oro, Hijo de Clímax vs Imperio Negro, Samael, Ying Sang
2) Hermano Calavera I & Hermano Calavera II vs Drako & Sádico
3) Templario © vs Corsario Negro Jr. [CaraLucha The Best]
first defense
4) Rayo Star & Titán (CMLL) vs Black Terry & Toxin [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
winning team faces Demus 3:16 & Yoruba.
5) Volador Jr. vs Fénix El Rey

The main event is the first time those two guys will have a singles match. It should be very good.

We can finally figure out the tournament brackets for the CaraLucha tournament, and it might end up making sense.

CMLL FantasticaMania 2017 Day 5: 2017-01-20 

javelin tope

Recapped: 01/20/2017

What happened: Dragon Lee defeated Cavernario to keep the lightweight championship. Takahashi dominated Titan, but had less luck attack Lee after the main event.

What was good: Nothing was bad on this show, but it’s the last three matches which are worth watching. The main event was strong, though possibly ended early due to injury. Titan/Takahashi was a little disappointing but effective for it’s purposes. The Guerreros/Okada vs Mistico/Volador/Juice match was just fun.

Where can I watch it: It’s on NJPW World for subscribers.

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lucha TV preview for weekend of January 20th

full size box

FantasicaMania! I’ve written about it a few times. The shows are subscriber only. You don’t actually have to get up at the early morning hours to watch it; NJPW does make those available for VOD right away.

CMLL Retro jumped around a bit last week, showing a main event three weeks ahead of the rest of the card. That doesn’t really make any sense unless they’re going to be doing more jumping around, so my guesses may be off.

AAA has the second part of Guerra de Titanes. I was thinking the other day that the mystery person stalking Cuervo & Scoria fifteen minutes ago was probably supposed to be Zorro since they’re teaming together now. It just was never well explained, which I was I’m just explained it to you about a year after they started teaming up. Perhaps they’ll be explaining the mystery Apache attacker on this show, the last from 2016.

FantasticaMania, H2L on March 17, Villano III to be honored, Astral no longer a mini

The first FantasticaMania show will take place before the next time I write one of these posts. The full schedule for the weekend is like this:

All three FantasticaMania days will air at 4:30 AM ET, 3:30 AM ET, 1:30 AM ET. They’re all on NJPW World and you will have to subscribe (for about $9 USD month, automatically renews on the first day of the month) to see them. It’s probably a sane thing to get normal sleep and just watch these shows in the morning, but you’ll need to stay away from Twitter and this website tomorrow if you want to watch without being spoiled.

Friday’s main events have the highest upside of the tour. Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi (Takahashi) was the best match last year, and both of them will have singles matches against guys just about as good. Dragon Lee defends the lightweight title against Cavernario in the main event, and Titan gets a non-title match against the top junior in NJPW in the semimain. The undercard should be good – it’ll be the one and only time you ever see Ephesto & Will Ospreay as two man team! – but those main events are worth sacrificing some sleep on a work day.

CultIcon has a preview of tomorrow’s FantasticaMania show. I wrote about the whole tour over for Voices of Wrestling. NJPW has their official preview of the big matches (in Japanese) and a report on the rudos meet and greet.

The 01/13 tour opening show aired on NJPW World earlier this morning and may soon be available to download.

NJPW’s Twitter says they’ll have Spanish Commentary on Sunday.

CMLL Informa actually had news this week. I’m confused too. The biggest news was the announcement of this year’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It’ll take place Friday March 17th. Villano III will be honored. He was interviewed at the end of Informa and in tears over the honor. Villano III is obviously worthy of being recognized by CMLL. He was chosen specifically for this year because this show will be exactly 17 years since his famous mask match with Atlantis.

This is far earlier than CMLL usually announces a major show and is good news to anyone who might want to make a trip to Arena Mexico from a long way away. We have no idea what will main event the show yet (though Blue Panther Jr. & Ripper seem to be feuding towards this point), and I’m not sure if if any indie promotions will be running around Mexico City that weekend, but H2L is usually one of the best CMLL shows of the year and most attended. If you want to attend a loud CMLL show, you’ve got two months notice instead of the usual two week notice.

CMLL Informa also had an announcement of Astral moving up to the main division. They explained Paco Alonso himself gave the approval. Astral’s last match as a mini will be this Sunday, and then he’ll be start in the main division on February 10th (Friday). Astral relinquished the CMLL Minis championship on Wednesday as part of this move. There was no word on how they would determine a new champion,

Astral’s technically the second person to move from the mini division to the main division in the last year, but we don’t think of Principe Diamante as a mini because he rarely appeared before winning this year’s bodybuilding contest. Principe Diamante has amusingly lost every single match he has had since re-debuting. CMLL midcard booking is fairly random, but that seems to be the welcoming pattern for minis moving to the main division. When Demus moved to the main roster, he was the lowest rudo on the totem pole, and eventually felt the situation was so bad that he’d rather just move back to the minis division. It’s not impossible to do well, Virus has made a name for himself, but moving form the minis to the main division is just the start of the battle.

Informa aired a video of Ray Rowe highlights, and confirmed he’d be wrestling on the 01/27 CMLL Arena Mexico show a couple days prior to the Lucha Memes show. Lucha Memes had been hinting at that for a while, with the idea that it’s the start of a pattern of CMLL/ROH/Lucha Memes talent sharing.

WWE recently sent out a survey to Mexican subscribers of the WWE Network, asking them questions including their interest in lucha libre programming on their network. AAA & CMLL were name checked (and the only two name checked.) WWE routinely sends out these surveys to different countries to gauge interest in other promotions, and there’s rumors they will be adding outside promotions to their service in 2017. This is the first time CMLL & AAA have been brought up. Even if CMLL & AAA wanted to get on the WWE Network (and there’s no indication of that), both have existing deals that would make it tough for them move their shows onto any new service in the short term.

The debut of the Blue Demon series in the US, aired on both Univision and Unimas, had 1.7 million viewers. There were 1.3 million watching on Univsion (more than ABC & CBS among 18-34) and 400K on Unimas. The show is airing on Unimas nightly so far, and we may be able to find out how it’s doing later; Univision posts it’s ratings on Tuesdays. This show probably will end up with enough visibility that it would increase in interest in a Blue Demon luchador, but Blue Demon Jr. wants nothing to do with it and there’s no one else to take advantage.

The chain of Plaza Sendero malls often host lucha events. A few are hosting them next week. What’s odd about them are the main events: Ciudad Juarez has Taurus (quit AAA) & Gronda (AAA?) vs Cibernetico (quit AAA) & Elegido (AAA). That probably isn’t going to be allowed unless people have quit or un-quit. Los Mochis has Intocable in Cibernetico’s spot, Toluca has Monster & Murder vs Intocable & Elegido.

The AAA show last night in San Luis Potosi looks like a sellout. Ayako Hamada is back in Mexico and was with the Perros del Mal. Not sure if that means she’s back in AAA for the moment, though the Apaches vs Ayako & Anyone is much better than another Apaches vs Chessman & Averno match.

El Siglo de Torreon, starting a weekly column spotlighting local luchadors, profiles Psycho. Psycho shows up in La Sombra’s photos as a trainer or workout partner when he’s back in Torreon. Psycho has been wrestling for 15 years, and claims he kept his wife in the dark about his wrestling career for two years until a neighbor spilled the secret

Rey Fenix says he’s not booked on the 02/18 show in New York. The promoter posted messages to prove Fenix had a conflict with the date, and says Fly Warrior will be in his spot.

Alberto el Patron, hyping Thursday’s Comabtes Americas show, says he (still) plans to retire in mid 2018.

Legend posted the flyer for the first ever show in Arena Aficion in 1952. They have a couple walls of old posters hanging in the waiting room area outside the main arena but I didn’t get a photo of that one.

Local Cancun luchador Pegasso passed away. He was 32. He’s not related to the CMLL one.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa.

The latest EN+CARADOS podcast has interviews with Taya, Mr. Niebla and Astral.

CultIcon picks the best matches of Lucha Underground season 3 part 1.

Lineups

Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) ?, Demasiado, Diva Salvaje vs Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Negro
2) Astrolux, Baby Star, Black Metal, Jack Evans vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid, Rey Horuz
3) Fly Star & Toxin vs Laredo Kid & Ronnie Mendoza
4) Supermega vs Último Vampiro
5) Hechicero vs Dr. Cerebro
6) Keira vs Silueta © [REINA IJ]
7) Rush vs Ray Rowe

Full card, with the Super Mega versus Ultimo Vampiro match being added. Super Mega was Ultimo Vamprio at one point. Rush versus Raymond Rowe is a two out of three falls match.

Lucha Memes also announced Zack Sabre Jr. would be coming to promotion soon.

great match roundup, week of 2017-01-07

triple dive

Recap

A slow week where I still didn’t accomplish anything much and neither did anyone on a lucha libre show. It’s been so long since we’ve had AAA that I forgot it’s the first one for next week.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
good Matanza Cueto vs Dragón Azteca Jr. [death] Matanza vs El Dragon Azteca Jr Lucha Underground Mid-Season Finale (posted by El Rey Network) Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-05-07
good Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
good Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning matchGuerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Fantasy & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño OlímpicoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Grako LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Forastero, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Texano vs Joey Ryan Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-04-23
ok La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
below average Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
below average Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito  (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
not rated Cage vs Veneno (Lu) Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-04-23

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Rob and I back to talk about lucha libre things going on right now. We’re both excited for FantasticaMania, I force Rob to talk about Guerra de Titanes, he tries to get me to make an actual decision about WrestleMania plans, I complain too much about Lucha Underground and indies promotion as well. The podcast is about 90 minutes, which is not something we’re purposefully aiming for but works out nicely.

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CMLL Tuesday results, AAA hair match, Volador to ROH, RIOT

Rey Cometa

CMLL (TUE) 01/17/2017 Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Nitro b Magia Blanca, Robin, Sensei LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sagrado, Tiger, Virus b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Puma [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won with a code red in over 7 minutes.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Vangellys b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
6) La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker b Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Pierroth got in a foul on Blue Panther and La Mascara unmasked Diamante Azul.

The only thing I’ve seen from this so far is Cometa/Puma, which was a good seven minute sprint that you wish went fifteen. The rest of the card sounds like it went to form.  Nothing that happened in the main event is going anywhere because the Ingobernables are off next week.

In Guadalajara, Dragon Rojo defeated Angel de Oro to keep the CMLL middleweight championship.

In Arena Aficion, La Hechicera lost her hair in the four way match with Super Fly, Joe Lider and Big Mami. They did announce Daga would lose his hair instead of Joe Lider if Lider lost, since Lider just lost his hair two weeks ago in Neza. However, much like Lider’s hair loss in Neza, there’s no photos of Hechicera bald. There’s a shot of someone using scissors on a part of her hair backstage, but no sign she lived up to the stipulation. People pointing out the Lider situation eventually caused him to shave his head, and maybe that’ll happen again here, but ou’re a sucker if you believe an apuesta bet on AAA show.

ROH announced Volador Jr.  would be on their 04/01 show, with Dragon Lee. n

Panama’s LXN promotion announced Rey Mysterio Jr., Negro Casas, Caristico and Dalys for their 03/18 show.

Wrestling streaming service FloSlam put up a press release, noting they’re missing lucha libre programming on their network and announced they were adding Pro Wrestling Revolution out of northern California and Lucha Future out of the UK. PWR has been running iPPVs on FiteTV, usually with a couple big lucha names (Caristico’s their current champion) and locals. Lucha Forever is using a lot of familiar (and talented) wrestlers from the UK scene, some who trained at the lucha school in London, but not anyone who would be considered primarily a luchador and appear to be running a normal indie card. (Lucha Forever swears their name will make sense when they run their first show.) Calling Lucha Forever something that fills a lucha libre gap is dumb: no one who looks at their lineup will believe that, it distracts from the actual good matches they’re promising, and it’s just generally patronizing. PWR is a good first step to having some lucha on the service.

The press release says it’s a multi-show deal, and it sounds like it’s only a deal for shows from this point forward. I’d be more interested if it included the back library too. PWR’s first show will be on 02/25 with Ultimo Dragon vs Vaquero Fantasma and Ultimo Panda vs Kikutaro.

What Culture Pro Wrestling announced they’re running a Pro Wrestling World Cup. Tournaments to qualify two wrestlers will be held in seven countries, including Mexico. There’s no indication of when this would happen or who would be involved, but the press release says each countries’ tournament will be held in that country, so they’d be planning on coming to Mexico City.

RIOT 03/04 in Arena LLF in Monterrey with “Show Me The Money”
1: Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans
2: Dulce Kanela vs Larry Miranda
3: Los Kamikazes del Aire (Aramis, Iron Boy, Alas de Acero) vs Los Mismos de Siempre (Kamikzae, Kratoz, Erik Ortiz) – that’s going to be a crazy match

Fly Warrior is in the US for a couple months, based out of New Jersey.

Fenix, Psycho Clown and Magno are wrestling in New York on 02/18. Psycho Clown is a rare AAA luchador getting US bookings solely off his AAA work and not Lucha Underground.

Billionaire Carlos Slim yesterday announced a plan to launch new TV channel “Nuestra Vision” in the US in 2017. They’re planning on being Mexico focused and using programming from channels like ClaroSports. ClaroSports airs CMLL, but others (LATV) may already have the rights to those shows in the US.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and the return of Kurt Brown to the podcast.

CultIcon has a preview of Guerra de Titanes.

Hijo del Fantasma challenges Garza Jr. to do something, anything new in their title match on Friday. This is a strong Fantasma promo. I think I actually care about both the title matches at Guerra de Titanes, if only that I’d be upset if they went the wrong way.

Pentagon Jr. tells Taya to stay out of the title match on Friday.

Aerostar is holding a poll to decide if he should leave the cage on Friday, or stay in and try to get an apuesta match with Super Fly. I think he’s staying.

Arena Mexico is among the places you should know in a tour of Doctors neighborhood of Mexico City.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 01/22/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cadilac vs Keshin Black
2) Omega vs Adrenalina
3) Freelance vs Aramis, Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Black Dragón
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Killer Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, X-Fly
5) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr.
6) Golden Magic & Mr. Electro vs Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr.
7) Imposible vs Relámpago [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Listed as without referee. 5th defense for Impossible.

Main event gets back to where they were two weeks ago, though I’m not sure how the match will finish without referee. (There probably will be a referee.) A frustration with IWRG was building around the not-great heavyweights when they had Imposible, and they’ve actually done a lot with Imposible this month.

AYM has only been airing the top 4, so we may not get the five way match unless +Lucha posts it. (They should!)

CMLL (TUE) 01/24/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego vs Skándalo [lightning]
4) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Ripper, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

Of all the people flying back from Japan, it’s old man Atlantis and Stuka who have to work the first day back. (Or everyone else is stuck taking the shuttle to Guadalajara.) This card isn’t much better than the others, with a some matches which might be good but nothing that looks great and definitely some things that look bad. That minis opener is close to the worse one they can throw out there.

 

AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-14 

Recapped: 01/15/2016

What happened: Goya Kong returned, and later betrayed her brother Psycho Clown to side with the rudos. Aerostar & Drago kept the tag titles and united with Argenis to form a new unnamed group.

What was good: Nothing stuck out as something you should go out of your way to see, but nothing was truly terrible either. The opener was too short and the main event was too long, but it was a very normal AAA TV episode.

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

Caristico defeats Casas in Puebla, Tuesday preview

Caristico wins

CMLL (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destructor b Capitán Cobra
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Linterna & Mr. Brisa b Cosmos & El Alteño
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Javier Cruz Jr., Neutrón, Reycko b Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Gran Kenut
Tecnicos took 1/3, Neutron pinning Gran Kenut
4) Frezzer & Furia Roja b Joker & Sádico
Team Frezzer & Furia Roja (brothers) took 1/3, Frezzer pinning Joker win straight falls.
5) Explosivo, Flash II, Omar Brunetti b Mr. Trueno, Pitbull I, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Freezer gets that title match against Joker this Sunday.

CMLL (MON) 01/16/2017 Arena Puebla [+LuchaTV, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Fuerza Chicana & Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Astro pinned Pequeno Violencia
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Skándalo b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Rojo pinned Angel de Oro before their title match
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente b La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Carístico b Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Caristico took 2/3, the last when Negro tried La Mistica but Caristico won with la casita

Main event was better than the Tuesday Negro Casas match, though it didn’t rise to being a must see. The minis feud seems to have changed or it being dropped; Pequeno Violencia isn’t back next week.

If I caught it correctly, it sounds like CMLL will have an announcement on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on Informa this week. It seems early, but announcing a date or (more likely) a legend would make sense.

Today’s CMLL show is the better of the two Arena Mexico streamed show this week. The main event (Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs La Mascara, Pierroth, Shocker) doesn’t sound strong, but there’s good matches snuck in elsewhere on the card. Rey Cometa and Puma resume their rivalry in a lightning match, and the tercera has a promising Pegasso, Star and Stigma versus Sagrado, Tiger and Virus lightning match. There’s a lot of good luchadors there, plenty enough to have more exciting cards during FantasticaMania, but CMLL just hasn’t made any special attempt to focus them. The cards are not bad because of FantasticaMania, they’re bad because CMLL isn’t trying hard for good cards.

The rest of the show is the usual grab bag. Drone, Guerrero Maya and Johnny Idol take on Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Vangellys in the semimain, which should be fine. Magia Blanca, Robin and Sensei take on the angry old man squad of Nitro, Arkangel and Cancerbero. Acero & Aereo against Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro open the show. I really like the team of Mercurio & Nitro, but I expect just a lot of biting in a Tuesday opener.

The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Guadalajara has Dragon Rojo defending his middleweight title against Angel de Oro. Dragon Rojo does not have the look of someone who’s about to lose.

Ring of Honor announced Dragon Lee for their April 1st (WrestleMania weekend) show. Dragon Lee being part of big ROH shows is expected at this point. His match may be announced tomorrow. They’re also promising a first time CMLL star in ROH. I’d pick Cavernario if I was them.

Papagayo Adventure at Acapulco has Cavernario vs Valiente vs Flamita vs Jack Evans as a main event. Whoever’s booking those shows is booking a lot of indie dream matches.

There’s Facebook video of Ronnie Mendoza vs Zach Sabre Jr. from the Martinez show. The guy who usually posts the matches from that promotion uploaded the main event from that show.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

LigerFever has a recap of the latest Podcast Boom.

AAA posts Dorian Roldan’s interview from Revista Expansion, talks about 2016 being a good year.

Luchas 2000 #857 highlights the third or fourth more important match at Guerra de Titanes. But it has a cage!

A bio of Lady Sensation talking about her life as a luchadora.

A new indie promotion launched in Tehuacan, Pubela.

Veneno teaches the ref to dance. Kinda.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 01/23/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Zaeta Roja vs Hijo del Perverso, King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Acero, Aéreo, Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Diamante Azul vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys

This is probably the last card before the FM guys are back, depending on if they have them work on Tuesday. Tercera could be good. This is Esfinge’s first match outside of Guadalajara in six weeks.

“Perverso” is listed on the card, but in a story broken by Perverso Jr., it’s actually Puebla luchador Hijo del Perverso.  I’ve never seen him in action, and have no better idea why they’re going by Perverso than you. I don’t think it means about the same as it would in English.