CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-03-22 

good to have Rey Escorpion back
good to have Rey Escorpion back

Recapped: 2016-03-22

What happened: Fujin & Rey Escorpión advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa tournament. Skandalo and Fuego appeared to be feuding, though they didn’t get involved in the finish.

What was good: The Gran Alternativa tournament was generally good, though the format meant no stand out matches. Rocky Casas (especially) & Magia Blanca looked green, but the rest of the action went pretty well. Triton didn’t fit in the criteria but looked good in all of his matches. The tercera match was the best match, and it was an overall fun show.

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

Gran Alternativa tonight, AAA iPPV?, Elite, Mr. 450

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fight night

CMLL (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar & El Tapatío b Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dark Fire & El Alteño b Mr. Brisa & Payaso Infernal
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Cosmos & Metatrón b Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) El Chakal, Joker, Sádico b León Blanco, Nautilius, Neutrón
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Gallo, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. DQ Espectrúm, Maléfico, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3. Espectrum snuck in a foul on Vaquero behind the referee’s back, but the fans convinced referee Willy to call the DQ. Vaquero wants that hair match with Espectrum.

CMLL (MON) 03/21/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Fuerza Chicana b Astro & Asturiano LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:41. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral & Eléctrico b Mini Joker & Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:24. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Metálico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:58. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:11. Japan took 2/3, Okumura cleanly beating the Panther after last week’s cheating.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:08. Felino replaced Negro Casas. Pesta Negra 1/3, with Cavernario going after Dorada all match and beating him clean. Cavernario demanded a title match next week.
6) Carístico b Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:07. Caristico took 1/3, the last with La Mistica

Really good Puebla show, with a strong main event and the undercard as good or better than you’d expect. The big crowd helped the matches and the matches helped the big crowd.

Tonight’s CMLL show is the Gran Alternativa tournament (7:30pm local, 8:30pm CDT.) If you’re new, or just checking in because Raijin and Fujin are being involved, Gran Alternativa is once a year (more or less) single elimination tag team tournament where an upcoming and coming wrestler teams with a veteran. It’s the original way CMLL used to promote a new wrestler, with the idea that the winner would get a shot at the top of the card for a few weeks and end up being a star. It’s worked out sometimes, though more in the early run.

1994: Hector Garza (success)
1995: Shocker (success)
1996 (1): Chicago Express (not a success - suffered an injury)
1996 (2): Rey Bucanero (success)
1998: Tony Rivera (mild success)
1999 (1): Ultimo Guerrero (success)
1999 (2): Tigre Blanco (not a success)
2001: Sicodelico Jr. (not a success)
2003: Alan Stone (not a success)
2004: Mistico (success)
2006: La Mascara (success)
2006: Misterioso Jr. (mild success)
2007: La Sombra (success)
2008: Dragon Rojo Jr. (mild success)
2009: Okumura (not a success)
2010: Polvora (mild success)
2011: Rey Escorpion (success)
2012: Euforia (mild success)
2013: Boby Zavala (mild success)
2014: Barbaro Cavernario (success)

The tournament has been supplanted by the more elaborate En Busca de un Idolo in the last few years, but the Gran Alternativa is still loved by older fans – when CMLL only had 60 or 90 minutes of TV, this tournament would be the only time the rookies would make tape in complete matches. Calling them complete matches might be a bit of an  exaggeration, CMLL one night tournaments are notoriously full of short unsatisfying matches. Figure them as being as long as one fall of a normal match, with the finalists getting about the same amount of time if they had a normal three falls match.

This year’s tournament is a sixteen team tournament, which means the winners of tonight’s block of matches and the winners of next Tuesday’s block of matches will meet on April 5th to determine the winner. (That will likely be a normal three falls match.) There are no brackets; seeding is determined by a (really dumb) battle royal prior to the tournament.

Teams in this Block, veterans listed first

  • Mistico & Tritón
  • Último Guerrero & Magia Blanca
  • Atlantis & Flyer
  • Negro Casas & Rocky Casas
  • Máximo Sexy & Súper Halcón Jr.
  • Rey Bucanero & El Cuatrero
  • Oro Jr. & Valiente
  • Rey Escorpión & Fujin

Oro, Halcon, Flyer and Triton have no shot. Magia Blanca, teaming with UG, has the best shot of the winning but there are imaginable scenarios where Casas, Cuatrero and Fujin all have shots.

Guadalajara has Cavernario challenging Dragon Lee in a title match. It’s going to be a quite a busy week for our caveman amigo, though it seems unlikely he’s going to win either championship. The match will be taped for Guadalajara TV, and there’s a shot it could surface.

MedioTiempo has a video story on the Perro Aguayo Jr. mass. Earlier, they looked back at Hijo del Perro on other TV shows. +LuchaTV has interviews with Canek, Familia de Tijuana, Mil Mascaras, and Caristico about Perro. Independent luchadors talk about how medical support at their show is close to nil. KronosSports looks back at highlights of Perro Aguayo’s career.

Today’s also the seventh anniversary of Abismo Negro’s death.

Rey de Reyes is on iPPV – probably. Their iPPV site has been updated with Rey de Reyes info; it had not been last week. The page lists it as $15/150 MXP, but no one can actually pay that amount. If you bought the previous show, the website doesn’t know this is a new show and will allow you in without paying more. If you haven’t signed up before, it’ll prompt you to pay $19 USD. AAA hasn’t advertised this iPPV at all and I would not pay for this show until they do, just to safeguard yourself from them resetting the sale history and unintentionally wiping out your purchase.

Mr. 450 says he’s no longer working with AAA. He’s was only used a few times on TV late in 2015 and didn’t settle into a permanent role, but it was said they wanted to use him more. (Edit: he was also a lumberjack on Guerra de Titanes despite not having a match.) That was with Konnan in charge and AAA more willing it bring outside people in; neither are true so this isn’t a big surprise – I think people mostly had assumed he wasn’t coming back if they had thought about it. He may still continue to turn up on indie Mexico shows (and so it’s surprising he’d rule out going to AAA, since happening to be in Mexico in the first place seemed to be how he got first booked; there’s no reason to say no unless he’s got something else planned.) Mr. 450’s a guy who also might fit into WWE Cruiserweight Series, as he’s been in on NXT TV already as enhancement talent.

Cibernetico joins Zumbi as being announced as being announced part of the Liga Elite via interview on Azteca. Rush and Brian Cage are part of it too, given their match announced. There probably is a press conference on Wednesday to announce the whole field, and it’s likely more unexpected people will be included.

Lucha Underground starts on France’s ACTION channel on April 9th (Saturday) at 10:20pm. The deal had been announced a few weeks ago, but this is the first time we’ve seen a start date. Like Canada, expect for the show to air from season 1. LU’s not touring, so having all the shows in sync doesn’t matter as much.

Lucha Memes says they’ll be running two shows the same weekend in September. There’s been talk in the past about trying to book shows around the CMLL Anniversary show and that may be this. Previously this week, the group teased Zack Sabre Jr. coming in, and the possibility of iPPVs

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Aero Boy defeated Black Terry in Tulancingo.

Utlimo Guerrero beat Caifan in Monterrey.

SuperLuchas looks back at Pedro Septien.

Box Y Lucha #3226 has a recap of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

JVDA Photography has high quality photos of lucha libre shows, include the recent RIOT show.

Gran Nikolai visited the lucha libre exhibit at MODO, which is closing down soon.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 03/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón vs Ram El Carnero
2) Dragón Fly & Freyser vs Matrix Jr. & Picudo Jr.
3) Diablo Jr. I, Dragón Fly, Zatura vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Pasion Kristal vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
5) Solar I, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I
6) Golden Magic © vs Danny Casas [IWRG JUNIORS]

No Wednesday show, no Toluca/EDM feud. Danny Casas gets his title shot earned two weeks ago.

CMLL (MON) 03/28/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Flyer & Zaeta Roja vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Arkalis & Rey Samuray vs Cancerbero & Raziel
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Stigma, Titán, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Kamaitachi, Skándalo
5) Máscara Dorada © vs Cavernario [CMLL WELTER]
Dorada second defense.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Dorada/Cavernario in the semimain means they should have plenty of time. Are they returning to doing a big match in Puebla every week? Sky Team versus Revolucionarios in the main event could set up a trios title. Kamaitachi still around in the fourth, good Puebla tecnicos vs the Cancerberos in the segunda, Batillon del Murte in the opener.

CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2016 (Lutteroth & Asesino Negro)
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Sangre Azteca, Skándalo, Virus
4) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Carístico & Mistico vs Cibernético & Último Guerrero

Caristico & Mistico team up as the main event of Guadalajara’s H2L show. It’s possible the Vaquero/Espectrum hair match ends up here, though I’m less certain since they moved it to a Tuesday.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-03-21 

Caristico gets a good seat
Caristico gets a good seat

Recapped: 03/21/2016

What happened: Caristico defeated Ultimo Guerrero in the main event. Cavernario beat Mistico in the semimain and demanded a title match. Team Japan defeated Panthers/Stigma in a rematch.

What was good: Pretty much everything was good, and the main event was great.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel and will air on 52MX in a couple weeks.

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Hijo del Perro Aguayo, AAA departures, Elite, Chicago, LLT

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the Aguayos
Today’s the anniversary of Perro Aguayo Jr. passing. AAA will hold a mass in his honor in Mexico City today at 4. The Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute from Lucha Underground is still very affecting. It’s tough not to think about how Perro would fit in now, and what he’d think about the issues going on behind the scenes.

ESPN talked to Khan-El-Mal, who talks in detail about how that week and night took place. He was the one who called home to tell the rest of the family Perro Jr. had died, concerned they’d find out first thru other ways. He mentions a reason they were careful in telling Perro Sr. is he had underwent heart surgery prior.

Hijo del Santo says he talked to Rey Mysterio Jr. in December, reassuring him he wasn’t at fault what was happen. Santo says Mysterio was very hurt by the memes and other images mocking Perro’s death or blaming him for it. Santo has had no contact with the Aguayo family since the funeral, after the Aguayo family accused him of trying to get publicity off Aguayo’s passing. (Santo disputed this.)

In a interview with a few luchadors, La Parka (AAA) says some commissions have improved after Perro’s death, others have not, it’s not something that can just be fixed in a year or two and most of the people ‘suggesting’ fixes were just looking to get a moment in the spotlight. Texano notes it’s not the first death in the ring, and Perro’s passing was a series of unfortunate events. Khan says Perro fought for better conditions for his fellow luchadors during his career, and would be glad to have helped with that in his passing.

Mr. Aguila says Hijo del Perro once told him the best thing that could happen to him would be to die in the ring, and he thinks about that when he thinks back about Perro now. Aguila prasies Aguayo for his humbleness despite having everything, and feels the Perros del Mal name should’ve been retired after Aguayo passed away.

Krudemon from R de Rudo discussed the new Perro Aguayo Jr. photo exhibit, crediting it as an idea Dr. Landru and Mexifotos came up with, as both worked with or for the Perros del Mal promotion.

Psycho Clown praises Hijo del Perro for how he help out El Brazo’s family with a benefit show after his passing.

MDA ELITE (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, KronoSport, R de Rudo]
1) Chamuel & El Guapito b Chico Temido & Pequeño Magnífico
2) La Jarochita & Marcela b Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno
Marcela replaced Lluvia (Berwyn) and got the win.
3) Golden Magic, Metaleón, Último Ninja b Bestia 666, Ninja Jr., Oriental
Oriental replaced Halloween.
4) Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Sharlie Rockstar b Damián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario
Halloween replaced Mr. Aguila. The FdT held a minute of applause for Perro Aguayo Jr.
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mil Máscaras b Canek, La Máscara, Negro Casas

Show appeared to be a sell out.

ChilangaMask (SUN) 03/20/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Fuego en el Ring]
1) Trauma I & Trauma II b Caifan & Caifan Rockero III
2) Metaleón b Psycho Kid and Hijo Del Ángel and Emperador Azteca and Freelance and Fly Star and Mike Segura [Aerial Assault]
3) Jeque b Tigre Universitario
4) Aeroboy, Fulgor I, Fulgor II b El Dorado Jr., Sagrado, Sangre Fría Jr.
5) Lio Rush b ACH, Ricky Marvin
Lio Rush was announced as the surprise luchador during the week, then Ricky Marvin was a surprise on the day of the show. Ricky was then eliminated first, and Lio beat ACH.
6) Masada b Raymond Rowe [submission]
7) Makabre & Shiryu Dragón b Impulso & Wotam
money thrown in for the extreme fight.

Coacalco seemed very full as well. Shiryu Dragon took a very ill advised plunge and came up very bleeding. Black Terry Jr. has tons of photos from that show.

LLT (SUN) 03/20/2016 Eagles Club, Berwyn, Illinois [thecubsfan]
1) Fúnebre & Príncipe Guerrero b Eragón & Símbolo
Rudos took 1/3. Tecnicos took the second with cradles. Rudo referee refused to count the pin and looked away, a fan slid in and counted three. The count stood.
2) Payaso De Rodeo b Meteoro
Payaso took 2/3.
3) Zeuxis b Lluvia
Zeuxis took 1/3. Rudo fans handed the women money.
4) Demus 3:16 & Eléctrico b Máscarita Sagrada & Tzuki
rudos took 1/3, the last with a Demus Driver.
5) Hijo del Fishman & Huracán Ramírez b Canek Jr. & Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 1/3. Money thrown in.

This was a fun show; there was no #MOTYC or anything, but the top 3 matches were all fun. The CMLL people were the most popular; I’m not sure how much masks they sold, but they were taking a lot of pictures. (Demus had Perros del Mal shirts to autograph and was facepainting kids.) Attendance seemed around 80; much smaller turnout than the AAW & SHIMMER shows I’ve seen in the same building. (They did have a “don’t get too excited around the luchadoras” announcement, so it kind of felt like SHIMMER.) The main event was better than I’d figure – Huracan Jr. was not bad – though an example of how money being thrown in is sometimes done so fans can feel like they saw a great match even if they didn’t. Electrico sticks out as showing much more personality on indie shows than he does in CMLL.

They also had the downside of US lucha. The first two matches were mistake filled and not in the league of the full time guys (though Meteoro looked the best of the bunch.) The show was fun when it was going, but very tedious when it wasn’t, with at least three intermissions including times where the show seemed to come to a halt until they could get enough people to throw in for mask raffles. I saw a couple of families leave during the main event, because it was already past 9 (for a show where the doors opened at 5, and none of the matches were long.) Super Comando might have been running the show or helping run it – he was literally running around at points of the undercard.

Adictos al Deportes, a relatively new site that seems to have some sources, says Steve Pain, Carta Brava Jr. and Goya Kong have left AAA. Pain acknowledge he left on Facebook, while the site is reporting the other two have left. Goya & Carta are said to have given their notice on Friday and are planning to work indies; however, they both recently mentioned on Facebook that Goya is pregnant with Carta Brava’s child, so it’s likely Goya’s not going to be wrestling for a while.

Pain is based in Los Angeles and has been in and out of AAA since 2013. He was on the end of year taping and hasn’t been brought back, but is finding working elsewhere and working indies. He’s a guy Konnan brought away, and Konnan not being is probably a factor. He was actually listed on an AAA show in Arena Aficion this past week, but was replaced.

Goya’s AAA run lasted nine months. Carta Brava came to AAA in 2013, always on the verge of getting an AAA gimmick and a push, but instead wrestling in opening matches near infinity. This works in his favor, since he can just continue being Carta Brava on the indies. Carta was very good when he got the chance, but it didn’t seem like AAA was going anywhere with them. It does seem like a not great sign that soon to be parents are risking leaving their place of employment; Brava seems to have a decent chance of getting into Elite with his IWRG classmates, but that’s surprising. (It’s also conceivably possible that they’re focusing on other occupations more and lucha libre less, and an indie schedule would work better for that than AAA spot shows.)

Note that none of these three are not even part of the group who are working in the US on AAA’s behalf who are rumored to have the most issues. (Pain’s probably getting in his own bookings.) The unhappiness is all over the roster.

Adictos also says Sexy Star retired from AAA over a contract dispute; she had been unhappy with how much she was being paid for a while, and had been given an ultimatum to sign an exclusive contract with AAA to continue working LU, which she didn’t want to do. Sexy Star did work LU this weekend, though it was unclear if she was being written out of the show. Lots of things about LU seemed unclear this weekend.

Today’s Puebla show has Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero, their first singles match since Caristico return to CMLL. It’s their first singles match in this building since 2009. They had 21 documented matches during Caristico’s first CMLL run and Ultimo Guerrero got the pinfall only once shortly after that Puebla match, with Mistico missed on a tornillo to the floor and was pinned shortly after.

It’s fun looking card, with Dragon Lee, Mascara Dorada and Volador versus Peste Negra, and a Panthers vs Japan rematch. Show starts at 9pm local, but that’s 10 pm Central US/Canada and 11pm Eastern US/Canada; another late night.

04/10 Lucha Memes in Ecatepec so far
Ultimo Guerrero vs Hechicero
Black Terry vs Super Mega
Aramis vs Alas de Acero vs Iron Kid

Niebla Roja won Lucha Libre Voz (Arizona) championship in a four way with Rush, Bestia 666 and Hijo de Rey Misterio. They teased a Rush/Niebla Roja rematch.

Segunda Caida reviews Sombra & Dorada vs Liger & Garza from Wrestle Kingdom V.

WWL lives again; no shows announced, though it sounds like Caristico is open to work there.

Ultimo Guerrero even wears his bandaid at the airport.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 03/26/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Artillero
2) Leono vs Akuma
3) Soberano Jr. vs Nitro
4) Pegasso vs Raziel
5) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Virus
6) Blue Panther & Súper Porky vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
7) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys vs Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente

Guerrero Maya versus Virus is always good. Main event builds to a Valiente/Terrible singles match.

CMLL (SUN) 03/27/2016 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Cholo & Yago
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Delta, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Cavernario, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión

More new names. Forastero is Cuatrero & Sanson’s cousin though said not to be the son of Mascara 2000 or Universo 2000. They’re currently Jalisco trios champions, and the other two had said he was training in Mexico City.

Yago, like Warrior Steel, is a small time Mexico City area luchador for the last several years. His only appearance big appearance was in the Arkangel alumni battle royal, also like Warrior Steel. Flamita might be working CMLL openers if he had only stayed super obscure for the last five years. (There was also a Yago in 1994; I assume this isn’t the same fellow.)

CMLL (SUN) 03/27/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs Diplomático
2) Explosivo & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Gitano & Mr. Brisa
3) Cosmos, Dark Fire, El Yaqui vs Gran Kenut, Payaso Infernal, Relámpago
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Mágico vs Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Sádico
5) Neutrón, Omar Brunetti, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Joker, Ráfaga

One more build up before Omar/Espectrum presumably next week.

CMLL weekends results, Perro Aguayo, LU/Netflix

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 03/19/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala b Cholo
2) Leono b Apocalipsis
3) Cancerbero b Soberano Jr.
crowd got behind Soberano despite the loss (moonsault miss)
4) Súper Halcón Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Hombre Bala Jr. DQ Nitro
Nitro fould Bala.
6) Delta & Fuego b Olímpico & Sangre Azteca
7) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Valiente DQ Bobby Z, Terrible, Vangellys
Terrible fouled Valiente, and Valiente wants a singles match.

CMLL (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & The Panther b Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
The Panther replaced Leono. Apocalipsis replaced Inquisidor.
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Tritón DQ Puma, Tiger, Warrior Steel
Warrior Steel’s debut. Tiger foul for the DQ.
4) Stuka Jr. b Pólvora [lightning]
Torpedo splash in around 6 minutes.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto b Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Volador follows H2L loss with a win.

This is back to the normal Sunday randomness.

I’ll write about ChilangaMask, Elite in Naucalpan and a show in Berwyn tomorrow.

AAA and Perros del Mal will hold a mass in Perro Aguayo Jr.’s honor Monday at 4pm in Mexico City. There are a quite a few stories remembering both his life and his tragic death – the saddest to me is the Tijuana commissioner admitting not much has improved as far as medical care for lucha libre in the year since Perro passed away. So many press conferences and so many people with big ideas and nothing really amounted to anything; Mesias is quoted in another article saying there were changes for about a month and then everything went back to ‘normal’. SuperLuchas looks back at Hijo del Perro and the year without him. There’s interviews with the remaining members of Los Perros del Mal; Joe Lider says wrestling is not the same for him now, Taya says Perro was like a brother to him, Daga notes the controversy of even continuing the group (honoring versus profiting off his memory)

SoloWrestling interviewed Angelico, who’s was in Spain for a seminar. Angelico said Netflix had offered them a deal, but Lucha Underground rejected it for being too low. They’re hoping Netflix will come back with a better deal but are looking at other options. This is a difference between what a normal wrestling promtoion might do and how Lucha Underground operates – they’re a small part of a Mark Burnett media property who has a strong sense of how much they should be paid for certain content and are going to be more likely to hold that line. It’s probably affected other deals too – there are things they probably could’ve got done, but are holding out for better terms. Anyway, Angelico says he’ll be part of Season 3, joining the tapings in April and May, and htey’re shooting out of order so he may be part of earlier episodes. (It was clear to those at the tapings this weekend that matches were being taped for parts of many different shows and maybe not in any conventional order.) Angelico mentions he was going to wrestle in PWG and Chicago (AAW), could not due to his knee injury, but expects to do more with Jack in the near future.

SuperLuchas and Apolo Valdes both write about the Arturo Rivera/Konnan/Multimedios story.

+Luchas has interviews with Volador Jr., Rush, Negro Casas and Hijo del Lizmark from Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. The Lizmark segment felt like it got short changed on the show; I think all of the tribute videos they were showing during the last month went longer the the plaque presentation. The show went long as it is, but it didn’t feel like they did enough (and they don’t seem to do enough when the luchador isn’t there to walk slowly out to accept.)

Super Libre had a lot of guests, including Rudy Santana.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and KrisZ’s news report.

Rob has music videos of 08/31/15 AAA and 06/26/15 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Chairo II.

Black Fire faces Axel Dieter Jr. on 04/02 WXW show, and posted a video talking about his month in Europe.

Diosa Atenea beat Sexy Girl to keep the WWS championship and earn an appearance in Europe.

There’s a new history of women’s lucha libre exhibit in Queretaro

Dragon Rojo is going for the Norte Welterweight Championship on Thursday.

Volador & Rush win at H2L, Cage to Elite, LU tongiht

Negro Casas is a mad man
Negro Casas is a mad man

CMLL (FRI) 03/18/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO]
Homenaje a Dos Leyenda 2016, Lizmark & Salvador Lutteroth
1) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
21:05, rudos took 1/3.
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
10:27. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente b Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
16:38. Team Mexico took 2/3.
4) Rush b Máximo Sexy [hair]
15:00. Pierroth and Super Porky were seconds, with Pierroth first appearing as if he was Rush to allow Rush to attack from the crowd. Rush was DQed in the first for attacking the referee. Pierroth interfered in the third fall, and he and Porky were thrown out. Rush survived three kissed and won clean with the double underhook piledriver Rush Driver.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky b Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
8:06. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Cibernetico and UG started hitting each other on purpose and then not on purpose. They brawled after the match, and decided on a singles match next week.
6) Volador Jr. b Negro Casas [hair]
Seconds were Mephisto and Flyer, with no other Casas getting involved. Volador took 2/3, with the usual quick two falls and a long third fall with a lot of near falls. Volador won with a reverse headscissors.

Show was pretty good, with only the opener really underperforming expectations. Apolo Valdes had the building as 80% full; it looked a less than that on video, but they were definitely above 12000.

Rush suggested strongly that Pierroth would be part of the Ingobernables, which sounds like a terrible idea. They are teaming up next week. Cibernetico/UG is the other big news from the show – that’s a match at least as big as the two hair matches they ran tonight, and maybe big enough to run an Anniversary show around.

Maximo talks about his defeat, and Volador talks about his win. I’m sure the Rush video is coming soon and he’ll be a great mood.

Sunday is the one year anniversary of the accident which took Hijo del Perro Aguayo’s life. The match was on the 20th, and he passed away in the early hours of the 21st. Perro Aguayo Sr. made his first public statements about his son’s death to Record; he’s been quiet and out of the public eye the whole time. There have been strong rumors he was suffering from the damage of his in-ring career and his family were protecting him from those issues being exposed. The interview points in that direction, and says the death of Perro Jr. has hurt Perro Sr. a lot. Perro’s only quoted a couple time, but the most striking: “I gave my life, my effort, and everything I had to lucha libre, and lucha libre took away what was most important to me, my son.”

AAA posted a video tribute to Perro as part of their TV show, mentioning a longer one would be coming on YouTube. I believe AAA & MasLucha posted information about a mass in his honor on Monday, but i can’t find the information about it.

Hijo del Santo writes about his memories of Perro Sr.

Lucha Underground Season 2 has aired less than one-third of their episodes, but Lucha Underground Season 3 taping gets underway this afternoon in Boyle Heights. These are episodes which will be taped until mid May, but El Rey has said will not air until 2017. It’s a little strange they’re in a hurry taping, though it would seem to save them money from having to tear down and set up the set. It also means we may have more information on a few of the strange situations around AAA. There’s three people who would just make news by wrestling or not wrestling

  • Sexy Star. She may be telling people she’s retired from wrestling and going into boxing, but she was also wrestling an indie show in Tennessee with other AAA luchadors last weekend. My impression is AAA doesn’t want her part of this show and her wrestling in the tapings would mean either that’s changed, or AAA doesn’t have the power to block people who’ve quit their company. She’s quite likely a test case for others.
  • King Cuerno. He’s who I (and smarter people than me) have suspected as being the unidentified AAA/LU who wants out of his deal according to WON. (In a a later answer to an audio question about the situation, Dave Meltzer said the unnamed person was trying claim a breach in their contract to leave – so the contract length would not be part of it and it could happen immediately.) Cuerno is strangely missing from the Rey de Reyes lineup and would probably have no problem getting a WWE deal – either a short term one as part of the Cruiserweight Tournament, or a long term one as part of NXT – if he was free from other commitments.
  • Dr. Wagner Jr. He’s more likely to stick around with AAA in Mexico if he’s being used in LU – not just for the TV’s added payday, but the hope that exposure on this show will help him get booked even more in the US. Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner appears to be a big feud for AAA, but AAA needs a happy Wagner for that.

That’s beyond the normal bit of new people being added and others disappearing, though the relatively short distance between the two seasons might mean less turnover. (There were a handful of familiar and not familiar names who had a dark match or two near the end of season 2.) The first episode in the last two seasons has had a huge match, set up a big plot for the rest of the season, and generally been one of the hotter episodes of the season. Might be the same for season 3.

One person who won’t be at the Lucha Underground tapings, at least on Saturday, is Cage. He’s working a show in Texas instead. Many LU luchadors were booked for this show, but everyone but Cage was replaced. Interestingly, Elite’s Caristico was one of those added. Cage has another booking of note: he’s working the 03/30 ELITE Wednesday debut show against Rush. That’s the first Lucha Azteca taping. It appears Cage is part of the Liga Elite show and would be working regularly in Elite. It suggests Cage is done with AAA, and it also looks like LU is OK with their luchadors working an opposition promotion to AAA, which would suggest AAA has limited to no control of who works with LU. (That would mean Sexy Star is safe.)

There are other people associated with AAA who are whispered to be on that 03/30 Elite show. You know how I’ve kept mentioning how Wednesday might be crazy with Aztec Warfare and Rey de Reyes? I don’t know if we’re getting an Elite news conference on that day too, but it would fit and it might also have an effect on AAA.

In actual lucha libre shows and not political intrigue, ChilangaMask is Sunday! The added ACH/Lio Rush match adds a nice match to the card, and is the second foreigner match with Raymond Row versus Masada. You can see the full lineup here.

I’m on a very short time limit today; please forgive me if I’m neglecting something important

AAA’s TV episode is already up, the second half of the Toluca show.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Informa.

El Espectador has a pretty indepth piece on the history of lucha libre in Colombia.

Joe Lider says he’s going to win the tag team titles because he also wins the tag titles.

Adictos al Deportes looks back at the history of lucha libre and TV Azteca.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of new lucha libre exhibit.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/25/2016 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Pólvora
4) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Cibernético vs Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

This is Cibernetico’s first singles match in CMLL. He’s been better in CMLL, but it feels like something they wouldn’t do without a reason.

Besides Ciber/UG, the two trios matches follow up on the hair matches. Maximo doesn’t wrestle, but his friend Marco and his father Porky do, while Caristico returns to Fridays to continue his pique with Caristico.

Hechicero returns again, maybe.

CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas iPPV: 2016-03-18 

triple kiss!

Recapped: 03/18/2016

What happened: Volador defeated Negro Casas for his hair in the main event, winning cleanly with no interference from any family members (and Casas even had Mephisto instead of one of his nephews in his corner.) Rush also defeated Máximo for his hair in their match, though he had a little help from Comandante Pierroth. They acknowledged each other as family (though it didn’t seem like Rush outright admitted Pierroth was his father) and suggested they would continue to be together (though again it wasn’t outright said Pierroth would be an Ingobernable.)

The semimain saw friendly fire between Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero led to an all out fight. The rudos lost the match, and the two argued their way to a singles match next Friday. It was a rare case of CMLL building to a next week’s show on a major show.

The feed mostly held thru; it died in the main event (just around 11pm local, suggesting there was an automatic setting to cut it off then.) They got it back, but not everyone was able to get it working again. CMLL also quietly offered the show on Playstation’s Live Viewer, and the feed apparently did not come back for people using that service.

The changes to Arena Mexico were slight: new video boards and maybe a new ringside floor were all that were visible. 

What was good: I though both hair matches were excellent and the atomicos was great. The second match was fun and you can skip the rest.

Where can I watch it: You can’t legally right now. Claro Sports will air matches 2, 3, and 5 whenever they air these things, and Azteca will air the two hair matches four weeks from now.

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Homenaje a Dos Leyendas tonight, IWRG, ChilangaMask

H2L/CMLL needs to get a new stock photo of Rush that’s not 3 years out of date. He’s barely even evil!

IWRG (WED) 03/16/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Alas de Acero b Adrenalina
2) Acero & Picudo Jr. b Black Dragón & Galaxy
3) Dragón Fly, Freyser, Zatura b Astro, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II
Gemelos tried pulling the switch again, Freyser won anyway, and then the Gemelo declared the pin shouldn’t count because the wrong guy got pinned. That didn’t work, so Gemelos instead suggested a IWRG vs Toluca cage match.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy DQ Factor, Rayan, Spector
IWRG vs Toluca. Straight falls. Rafy faked a foul to the DQ. Comando Elite destroyed the Turtles after the match and took their masks. Mask challenges followed.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II DQ Canis Lupus & Eterno Eterno y Canis Lupus vs Trauma I y Trauma II, en la Arena Naucalpan (16-marzo-2016) (posted by +LuchaTV)
Eterno pulled T2’s mask while T2 fouled Eterno. Referee turned around to only see the unmasking and called the DQ.

Turtles/Comandos is going to be a big deal if they do it. I’m categorizing this as a new Zatura, and not the one who hasn’t been around since 2010. You never know with IWRG.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas is tonight at 8:30pm Central Standard Time, but an hour later than usual in the US. You can find out the time where you are here. I’ve got a longer preview of the show over on Voices of Wrestling. The shorter version is it’s as good match quality show as any iPPV they’ve run, only lacking suspense in the big matches. The Mexico vs Japan match is the only storyline match where the outcome is in doubt. Still, that shouldn’t hurt the crowd intensity for the two hair matches, and the quality of the matches should be high. This is easily worth what they’ve charging for it, assuming you’re around late on a Friday night to watch it.

The show is available for $10+$2 fees on Cleeng live only. A friend got a call that their credit card was being used in Mexico after paying for the show. Hopefully that’s just a fluke thing, but maybe using Paypal (an $0.80 fee) to keep your credit card a step away is not a bad idea.

The biggest thing to watch for on this show is any hint of the Anniversary show main event. CMLL hasn’t really teased one, and while Volador/Rush is the most likely outcome, it’s still far from being certainty. It’s also possible tonight is Kamaitachi’s final night in CMLL – he’s spent the last few days talking about his favorite parts of Mexico, as if he’s saying goodbye – but they may want to get Fujin and Raijin a big win to take over his spot quickly. It’s also just going to be interesting to see if this week of remodeling Arena Mexico includes any physical changes to the interior of the lucha arena, or if it’s just stuff behind the scenes. (It could be a new set, but it’s a 60 year old building – they may have also needed to fix a lot of pipes or something.)

I’ll have results on Twitter if you’re not buying the show, and a recap soon after.

SuperLuchas looks back at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas losers. CMLL has their own preview. Eric also has a preview of the show.

Rocky Casas is said to be Heavy Metal II, who turned up on indie shows late last year. There’s an interview on Facbook with both Heavy Metals where the older one is said to be Rocky Casas’ uncle.

Elite says they sold out Puebla last night. This angle suggests not so much. They acknowledged the Azteca7 story last night and set they’d have more information soon. I’d guess a press conference on Wednesday. There’s no real other news about it, just amazement that it’s actually happening.

Chris DeJospeh was a guest on Afterbuzz TV’s Lucha Underground recap show. DeJospeh says LU knew who they wanted as Matanza during Season 1 and were pleased/surprised to keep the casting quiet as long as they did. There’s also some talk about how Bael’s death gave them the freedom to try more out there things, and the influence of He-Man.

A lucha libre museum exhibit opened in Centro de la Cultura y las Artes José Emilio Pacheco in Tlalnepantla. Blue Demon Jr. was the spokesperson for the project, which includes 500 pieces. They’re hoping to find a permanent space for the exhibit, but for now it’ll be open until May 7th.

ChilangaMask announced it’ll be Lio Rush facing ACH on their show Sunday. Lio is the recent winner of ROH’s Top Prospect tournament who got a lot of buzz for his matches in 2015.  You can watch a documentary about him here. Rush vs ACH should be a pretty good match. The comments have people asking for a (Lio) Rush vs (CMLL) Rush battle.

The CMLL-RENA Tag Team championship is vacant; Narumiya and Syuri were champions, but Narumiya is retiring. No word what they’ll do with th ebelts.

Adictos al Deporte recaps the Konnan/Arturo Rivera situation, noting that Rivera made the same claims on his radio show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra versus Dragon Rojo.

A video interview with Arkangel & Nitro.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 19th

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Not listed here: AAA should have a PPV on Wednesday. They do have Taurus/Pirata vs Aerostar/Drago on Saturday, which also should be good.

CMLL does have an iPPV on Friday. This is my periodic reminder that I do not upload PPVs to YouTube until/unless the show has finished air on TV. I’d like CMLL to keep doing them.

I’d assume the Elite show on Sunday in Naucalpan will not be taped, which means last night’s IWRG show will air all weekend on AYM – or maybe some random repeat.

Both Puebla and Tuesday Mexico are actually interesting this week.