07/17 AAA TV Results (Oaxaca) – Angelico & Jack win tag titles back

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AAA TV (SUN) 07/17/2016 Pista Los Laureles, Oaxaca, Oaxaca [AAA]
1) Big Mami, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata b Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
Mami got the win. Likely a dark/YouTube match.
2) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mocho Cota Jr. b Argenis, Atomic Boy, Bengala
Atomic Boy replaced Suicide.
3) Daga & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Australian Suicide
Australian Suicide replaced Garza Jr. (double booked in Reynosa), which allowed Daga to walk off with his mask again.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Averno & Chessman © and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [AAA TAG]
Averno & Chessman fall on their 4th defense, as Jack & Angelico win the titles back in their first challenge after vacating them due to Angelico’s injury. Mary Apache distracted Averno, setting up the Angelico crucifix powerbomb/630 splash
5) Brian Cage, El Mesías, Hernandez b Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown
Wagner, Parka and Clown earlier agreed to work together to face the threat of Team Trump. Team Trump threatened them. The Mexico alliance wasn’t enough, Team Trump took the main event.

Air Date: 08/06.

Psycho Clown’s recent AAA TV record

LOSS 04/18 Leon
WIN! 04/29 Xalapa (but by countout due to Perros interference)
LOSS 05/14 Orizaba
LOSS 05/31 Pachuca
LOSS 06/16 Naucalpan
LOSS 07/03 Ecatepec
LOSS 07/08 Mexico City
LOSS 07/17 Oaxaca

This is a cheat; the Lucha World Cup stuff is removed, and Psycho Clown picked up a few wins on there. And I’m not sure this is a terrible thing; AAA viewers are trained to only pay attention to the main shows as meaningful outcomes and only the most obsessive people will remember that match in Arena Aficion, for instance. Pagano will probably beat Psycho Clown one more time in Toluca, and that’s probably the right call. It’s just definitely a predictable thing, AAA’s become very routine about the lead tecnicos losing all their matches to their big show rival before getting that win on the big show (or not.)

Mary Apache came all the way to Oaxaca (5-6 hour bus trip each way) just to walk to the ring for a minute or so. It worked, so I guess it wasn’t a completely wasted trip. Averno & Chessman as tag team champions is definitely arguable as a wasted trip, since we’re back to the people who could’ve just stayed champion (just as Fantasma did thru injury) and all we got out of it was Argenis & Australian Suicide not winning the title repeatedly in matches with awful finishes. I’d think AAA would argue they couldn’t have gotten to Chessman/Avenro vs Faby/Mary without the tag titles, and that still seems like it has a good chance of happening at TripleMania. (The original reason the Apaches wanted to face Chessman & Averno was to get the tag titles, and the Apaches should be bugging Jack & Angelico now, but I’m guessing that’s not the way it’s going.)

Would the Mexico City commission have allowed AAA to do a men versus women tag title match? I guess it doesn’t matter now, but it may be a factor in why they made the change before TripleMania rather after. Jack & Angelico are facing a mystery team in Toluca, which may indicate their TripleMania program. Otherwise, we know just about as much about that card as we did before this taping. All the announcements are going to come on Twitter or mentioned on TV, it seems.

AAA “show opening segment where the people in the main event talk” to the list of WWE tropes AAA’s borrowing lately. There’s new patterns, but they’re definitely patterns.

Garza Jr. probably main evented small Arena Coliseo Reynosa instead. That’s probably the better choice for him (and “choice” may be overstating it, he may have taken that one first), but it’s weird working a small arena in Reynosa is the better choice than appearing on AAA TV – though he really doesn’t have much of a role here.

Next taping is that 07/29 Toluca show, a week from this Friday, the last to air on TV prior to TripleMania.

Arkangel anniversary show, Stuka in ROH, Dragon Lee on CWC, Argos to Japan

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CMLL (SAT) 07/16/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
Arkangel 30th Anniversary show
1) Black Silver I & Black Silver II b Tigre Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr.
Acapulco beat Puebla
2) Skándalo b Fiero, Bobby Z, Canelo Casas, Magnus, Muerte Azteca, Oro Jr., Fireman, Asgard, Darker, Sonic, Stigma, K-Fu, Súper X, Makiavelico, Thonder Strong, Único,Asgard [Torneo Dr. X]
All Arkangel trainees. Royal rumble rules, with 3 people ending after two minutes. All are Arkangel students. Latin Star, Darker, Unico replaced Hanakoa. Skandalo beat Magnus to win.
3) Dallys la Caribeña, La Comandante, Reina Isis b Lady Boricua, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sugehit
4) JC Navarro, OT Fernandez, Sensacional Carlitos DQ Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
Fujin fouled Carlitos, giving Puerto Rico the win over Japan
5) Arkángel de la Muerte, Ephesto, Luciferno b Gallo, Pegasso, Starman
6) Diamante Azul, Máximo, The Panther b Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
The Panther replaced Brazo de Plata

Good crowd for the special show. Porky hasn’t wrestled in Mexico City in three weeks, but he is advertised on Tuesday. “Darker” is not a good name.

CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Sensei
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Negro Casas, Terrible

This is back to just being a random show.

Stuka Jr. lost to Kamaitachi in his ROH debut on Saturday after interference from Christopher Daniels (who’s allied with Kamaitachi.) Though much of the crowd didn’t seem to know Stuka, the match got good reviews and he thanked the fans after it was over. It was the third week of TV, but I’m not sure of when these would start airing.

Dragon Lee says he was offered a spot in the Cruiserweight Classic that he had to turn down due to injury, in addition to wrestling in ROH. Given Mascara Dorada got signed, that knee injury might have been the difference between Dragon Lee being in CMLL at least another year or being elsewhere. Dragon Lee is still expected to be in ROH at some point, even possibly as soon as their August PPV. (Stuka might have earned a return visit with his performance.) Dragon Lee also says he’s accomplished more in two years than La Mascara has in his entire career.

Hijo del Santo was announced for 08/12 in Rosarito. That’s part of the weekend of shows in Tijuana and Mexicali. Nieto del Santo isn’t listed as wrestling on any of them.

Silueta says she’s out with a knee injury.

Oficial AK47 says he’s retiring.

I’m on the Winter Palace podcast talking about recent lucha news.

RobViper has highlights of 07/17/04 CMLL in Monterrey.

AAA posted this week’s TV episode.

Mala Hiebra teach promo skills.

Teddy Hart says things. It sounds like he believes he’s on the Elite show next week, though it still hasn’t come out.

Photos from the CMLL vs Elite soccer game.

SuperLibre interviewed Ringo Mendoza & Satanico.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Argos will participate in Michinoku Pro’s Fukumen World League, a masked man tournament. (Mistico-Tiger noticed this first.) He’s going in as recommended from Ultimo Dragon. They’re also advertising a mystery super heavyweight from Mexico as the last participant, to be announced on August 22nd. This is the sixth time for this tournament. Dos Caras won the first, Atlantis won the third.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 07/23/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Súper Porky vs Felino, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

QPED Sabados Retros. Back to five random trios matches, and Mascara Dorada hanging around. Maybe enjoy it while it lasts.

Second match is Espiritu’s first match since April, Espanto Jr.’s first match since May, and Hijo del Signo back tomorrow for the first time in June (where he didn’t wrestle a whole lot either.) Those are the guys disappearing with the newbies coming in (and these Saturday shows being off.)

CMLL (SUN) 07/24/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Leono vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

Peste Negra back together in the main event. I think Idol makes sense with Marco & Maximo but I guess I need to see it in action.

Semimain is a rudos/rudos semimain which makes no sense at all, as Bobby is supposed now to be a trio with Polvora. The usual care going into these things.

The Junior Dinamitas are reunited; they’ve also been limited the last couple of months.

CMLL (SUN) 07/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Capitán Cobra vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Évola & Mr. Apolo
3) Johnny Dinamo & Randy vs Carlo Roggi & Exterminador
4) Metatrón, Nautilius, Reyko vs El Chakal, Sádico, Thunder Boy
5) Joker, Ráfaga, Ripper vs El Divino, Magnum, Vaquero Jr.

Ripper working a Sunday Guadalajara show as the only CMLL DF guy is a bit odd.

La Mascara advances in Leyenda de Plata, Pagano vs Psycho Clown set for TripleMania, Dorada signs with WWE

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CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Maléfico & Thunder Boy b Explosivo & Star Black
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr. b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Hechicero, Pierroth, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Vaquero Jr. DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible, Último Guerrero
Vaquero Jr. replaced Super Porky. UG fouled Rush.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © b Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico [MEX TRIOS]
Rudos took 2/3 to keep the titles. 5th defense.

This hasn’t made it to CMLL’s site, but worth nothing for the title defense.

CMLL (FRI) 07/15/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Reina Isis & Tiffany b La Vaquerita & Skadi
16:37. Rudas took 2/3. Isis replaced Sedcutora in the preview.
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
17:21. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Máximo Sexy, Súper Crazy, Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
11:35. Tecnicos took 1/3. Crazy & Bucanero feuded. 
4) La Máscara b Mistico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr., Titán, Mephisto, Tritón, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ripper, The Panther, Virus [Leyenda de Plata]
35:09. Negro Casas was originally announced, but replaced by the returning Dragon Lee. Battle royal set teams. Team A: Volador Jr., La Máscara, Titán, Guerrero Maya Jr., Cavernario, The Panther. Team B: Mistico, Dragón Lee, Mephisto, Tritón, Virus, Ripper. Order of elimination Triton (Cavernario), Virus (Titan), Panther (Ripper), Ripper (Maya), Titan (Mephisto), Maya (Mistico), Mephisto (Mascara), Cavernario (Dragon Lee), Volador & Mistico (Mascara getting both at the same time), Dragon Lee (DQ when Rush ran in to attack Mascara, though Lee was about to be beat anyway.) La Mascara faces Negro Casas next week. Lee said he didn’t want the help and challenged Mascara to a mask match. Mascara said no and unmasked Lee.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush
6:59. Guerreros took 1/3. UG fouled Rush.

The Leyenda de Plata is worth seeking out and the second match is pretty good too. Last night, I felt pretty sure they were going with Dragon Lee/La Mascara. After a night of sleeping on it and reading this morning, I’m back to not being sure. La Mascara could end up fighting anyone at this point. They seemed to be setting up something with Super Crazy and Rey Bucanero as well.

La Mascara told the press he wants Rush or Pierroth, and doesn’t have time for the little kids Mistico & Dragon Lee. Imagine a man who would rather fight Pierroth over Dragon Lee.

DTU (FRI) 07/15/2016 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, DTU, KronoSport]
1) Erwin & Irving b Masizito & Porrito
2) Zafiro b Moria, Niño De Cobra, Fly Danger, Gio
Gio was added to the match.
3) Flyer (CMLL) & Robin (CMLL) b Jimmy & Kevin
4) Felina Metálica © b Zeuxis, La Magnifica, Zuzu Divine, Lady Maravilla [SANCHEZ WOMEN]
Felino beat Maravilla to keep the local title
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora b Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza
good match
6) Black Fire © b Tony Iron, Lokillo [DTU AI]
Second defense since winning the title back in Germany.
7) Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo b Stuka Jr. & Tritón (CMLL) © and Dr. Cerebro & Motocross [DTU NEXO]
Titles were declared vacant because Titan was not there to defend. Stuka replaced him. The DTU team won the titles. The Neza team of Cerebro/Motocross were the first out.
8) Aeroboy b Cíclope [Copa Ultraviolentia Promocciones Sanchez, TLC]
good match
9) Sharlie Rockstar © b Ovett, Psicosis II, Crazy Boy, Paranoiko, Ángel o Demonio [cage, DTU Consgrado]
Sharlie Rockstar retained the title

So, Titan really didn’t work the show – but Stuka, hours from making his debut in ROH, worked twice instead. Attendance looks OK for this sort of show.

Mascara Dorada has signed with WWE, according a report by the PWTorch. It’s part of a larger report stating Ibushi has also signed, and others are being considered. There’s no indication of a start date. Dorada has announced bookings thru the 28th in Mexico; it’s rare to get lineups announced much farther than that, so he might be actually be booked out longer than that, and WWE has recently preferred incoming wrestlers finish out their agreed upon matches elsewhere before coming in.  Currently, Dorada’s only known main CMLL date is this Tuesday in Guadalajara, but it’s possible he might have a few more.

Dorada has consistently said he’d inform CMLL (and then the press) should he be offered a deal. Since the most recent CWC tapings happened on Thursday, he probably indicated he’d sign with WWE at that point. It’s not a big surprise; in retrospect, Dorada losing the welterweight championship in March was probably because they saw this as a strong possibility even back then. Dorada only returned to CMLL in February, which means there were only a few weeks where he was back in CMLL full time before he got the intital WWE offer. It’s hard to fairly blame CMLL for not using him strongly in this stint, though

It was obvious Dorada was going to stand out on WWE programming, it was always only going to be a matter of WWE deciding he would fit their style. They’re much more open to things than they’ve been in the past, and Dorada may not have to change a lot right away. Like Sombra, one of Dorada’s biggest adjustments will be needing to learn English.  They’re letting him do promos in Spanish on the CWC, but that’ll eventually change.

Tonight’s CMLL show is the Arena Coliseo Arkangel 30th Anniversary show. Because it’s CMLL, Arkangel will be in the semimain on the show. The actual main event is a random match between Super Porky, Diamante Azul, Maximo agsint Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Barbaro Cavernario. Arkangel himself teams with Ephesto & Luciferno against Gallo, Starman and Pegasso, with the dormant Arkangel/Gallo rivarly being emphasized in the preview. The undercard is full of former and current Arkangel students, including a battle royal honoring deceased luchador Dr. X.

Arkangel talked to Fuego en el Ring about his career. There’s nothing must see on this show, but it feels like a show that might do decently on the #1 rental side for the novelty.

Sunday has the Mascara 2000/Mr. Electro hair match in IWRG and the Lucha Memes show in Coacalco.  Rush versus Caifan is the main event of that nice looking show, and then he’s flying to Monterrey to headline there as well later the same night.

AAA officially announced Pagano vs Psycho Clown in a hair/mask match at the first match for TripleMania. This match was known for a couple weeks, since Leo Riano revealed it in his column, and AAA’s been building to it since the taping in Pachuca. They fight one more time at the Toluca card in a bull terrier match (which just got announced, or I completely blanked on it.)

AAA’s posted the open for today’s TV show. Matches airing today:

  • Argenis & Australian Suicide vs Daga & Joe Lider
  • Fénix vs Drago vs Aerostar [#1, AAA CRUISER]
  • Brian Cage vs Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Stuka debuts tonight in ROH against Kamaitachi. It’s a TV taping, so it’ll turn up eventually.

Lucha Underground has posted their Season 2 recap video. True fact: At Ultima Lucha 3, I leaned how to tell time by figuring out how far they were in the Season 2 recap review. Dario also has a State of the Union address leading into Ultima Lucha.

Sexy Star has posted a farewell to the Sexy Star character message on her Facebook. Slightly interesting is the opening paragraph being about how people paid her to cover her face with a mask, while she’s always talked about how she wanted to wear a mask in prior interviews.

Teddy Hart said things.

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom on 08/13 in Arena Lopez Matoes
1: El Gio, El Junio vs Yoruba, Shadow vs Vengador, Kastigador vs Flystar, Toxin Boy
2: Ovett & Angel o Demonio vs Misterioso & Pierroth vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Opera
3: Sadico & Mike Suicida vs Ronnie Mendoza & Draztick Boy vs Arez & Belial

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report

Wresting With Words reviews last week’s Elite show.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/22/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible vs Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Negro Casas vs La Máscara [Leyenda de Plata]

La Mascara is Negro Casas’ biggest test yet. None of the Munoz are booked, though they may check out the match anyway.

Both trios champions are together on the show: Sky Team in the semimain, Hijos del Infierno in fourth.

Third match is billed as CMLL versus the Elite, and is Golden Magic’s Friday night debut. TGR’s role appears to be “rudos who feud with other rudos.” Bucanero is still NWA Light Heavyweight champion, so it’s possible he and Crazy could be setting up a match for that.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-07-15 

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Recapped: 07/15/2016

What happened: La Mascara won the first stage of the Leyenda de Plata when Rush ran into attack him (to prevent him from beating Dragon Lee, who was about to be beat.) Dragon Lee challenged Mascara to a mask match. UG snuck in a foul on Rush in the main event.

What was good: I really liked the Leyenda de Plata and the second match was good too. The opener was awful.

Where can I watch it:  The main event is on Claro’s site. (more…)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-02

still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this
still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this

Recapped: 07/10/2016

What happened: Pagano beat Psycho Clown again. Pentagon Jr. (winning a three way tag match) and Dr. Wagner (beating Mesias) won title shots in underwhelming fashion.

What was good: I liked the trios title match and didn’t have a lot of time for the rest.

Where can I watch it: It’s all on AAA’s channel, including exclusive matches.

Mesias starts the show of the ring for general Trump praising and crowd criticizing. It turns out that Dr. Wagner is just like all these ugly people. They prompt the crowd to cheer for Wagner, and they do! And then Wagner comes out a beat late. Wagner playing to the crowd goes longer than Mesias’ promo, of course. Wagner’s wearing an open chin mask, exposing a gray beard which makes him seem much older than usual. Wagner’s microphone has some annoying feedback, but the point he gets around to is he’s going to reclaim the heavyweight belt at TripleMania. Mesias explains all the ways he’s better than Wagner and challenges Wagner to fight now. Wagner is OK with that idea, but the security (who’ve been hovering around Wagner since he came out) stop him. One edit later, Wagner is gone and Mesias finishes his promo. (more…)

Rush & Park battle in Arena Mexico, Teddy Hart in Elite, Leyenda de Plata, Mini Drago

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@JonatHan on Periscope

ELITE (THU) 07/14/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, MedioTiempo, Plantilla Deportiva, R de Rudo]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Príncipe Diamante
2) Jinzo & Súper Crazy b Felino & Tiger
Crazy mocked Tiger after the win.
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Rayman
4) Diamante Azul b Teddy Hart [Liga Elite]
Teddy Hart replaced Caristico. This was listed on the poster as a Liga Elite match but not announced as one after the change. Azul won a German suplex.
5) Atlantis & Dos Caras Sr. b Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000
Dos’ first match in Arena Mexico since 1997
6) Rush DQ LA Park [Liga Elite, super libre]
turned in a brawl with weapons being pulled out of the crowd (when they weren’t going into the crowd.) Both men bled. Rush threw a wooden cooler at Park a few times, Park later did the same, and was DQed for doing the same. (Referee Edgar fled after calling the DQ and it did not appear to be the planned finish to the match.) The two ignored the result and continued fighting for a couple minutes, finally being broken up by security. Park & Rush got back in the ring and cut promos until their mics were cut, then fought again for another couple minutes before breaking apart.

There’s a periscope video of the match from the second row, which gives you a good sense of how crazy the brawl got and how rabid the fans were for it. I was not surprised the super libre match ended in a DQ – it seems like all CMLL super libre no DQ matches actually end in DQ – but this wasn’t a foul or mask pull DQ. This was the referee seemingly legitimately losing control of the match and deciding it must be stopped. (Since Edgar has that earpiece, he probably wasn’t the only person involved in making that decision. There’s always the chance this could’ve been an angle, but it didn’t come off like any angle CMLL’s ever run.) Anyway, it didn’t stop the match and it’s probably for Elite’s benefit it didn’t stop, the fans would’ve been livid. There were plenty of people angry about the DQ, but the Rush & LA Park continuing to fight made it feel like some crazy event. I don’t think there would’ve been a riot, but there would’ve been a lot of unhappy people who wouldn’t be coming back again.

This looked like the biggest Elite crowd in the Azteca era. There seemed to be a bit of manipulation – it looked like the upper bowl was closed off to make sure the lower bowl filled up – but this match (and probably the legends in the semimain) drew in a way nothing has drawn for them before. They could easily do 10K+ for a rematch – but maybe it’d have to be at the Palacio de los Deportes or Plaz de la Monumental in Monterrey, because I’m not sure CMLL’s going to allow them to do this match again in Arena Mexico given how they reacted last night. If this was CMLL pulling the plug on the match, then it’s definitely never going to be as good as it could be under those conditions and would need to be done elsewhere to reach it’s full potential.

(I am even a little concerned CMLL might even ask Elite/Azteca not to air the match, as they’ve done in the past with the Wagner/Park brawl and Volador/Niebla bloody match in Puebla – it was definitely being filmed the whole way thru the post match brawl and CMLL may not be able to stop Azteca, but there’s a good chance CMLL would omit if it was a show they were airing themselves.)

Of note, a bloody crazed Rush did a post match interview, but LA Park did not.

Teddy Hart told the press that this would not be the last time we see him in Arena Mexico. This is Teddy’s first appearance in a major promotion since he left 2012. It’s hard to believe Elite would fly Teddy in to work one unadvertised match, so maybe he’s showing up tonight – only, Elite flew in David Tita to work just one match only a couple weeks ago, so they’re fully capable of such strangeness.

Teddy’s been most recently working in California, including teaming with Rush last weekend, so that’s probably the way he got back to Mexico. Teddy’s antics got him fired multiple times for AAA, a thousand times looser company than CMLL, so it seems unlikely he’d stick around in Arena Mexico for long even with Elite calling the shots.

It must be noted Elite surely knew Caristico wasn’t going to appear on this show as soon as he got out of the hospital and made no attempt to let anyone know. That’s bad business. For what it’s worth, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara continues to promote Caristico as appearing there on Tuesday.

Elite does not air tonight. It moves to Saturdays starting week, in between a soccer game and boxing.

CMLL’s show tonight looks to have a great match, though it a very different style. The Leyenda de Plata tournament restarts tonight. This tournament honors el Santo, and historically has featured CMLL’s most exciting luchadors. 2016’s field has Mistico, Volador Jr., La Máscara, Titán, Mephisto, Tritón, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ripper, The Panther, Virus and the returning Dragón Lee in a cibernetico match. The winning luchador will face Negro Casas next Friday.

Titan’s going to be busy next week, so he’s likely not advancing. Mistico, Volador, Mascara, Mephisto, Cavernario and Dragon Lee (last year’s runner up) seem to have the best chance, but this was a tournament Virus almost won last time; a surprise is not totally out of the question.

The actual main event is Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Rush versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero. A few days ago on Facebook, Rush said he’d have surprises and new Ingobernable soon. There’s no one less governable in the world of wrestling than Teddy Hart, so it’s really interesting he’s hanging around Mexico right now. I’m not sure that’s the direction, but it’s a strange possibility which has to be considered now.

There’s really no angles on the rest of the card. The opener is listed as Vaquerita & Skadi vs Tiffany & Seductora, but the preview today has Isis in place of Seductora. It’s not a big difference. Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa, and Stuka Jr. take on the Hijos del Infierno, who defended their trios titles last Tuesday in Guadalajara. Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys take face Valiente, Maximo and Super Crazy, who’s making a rare non-Elite appearance on CMLL shows. Those recent appearances were part of his feud with the Casas family, who are not involved in this match, so it’s strange to see him tonight. Might not be an angle, might just be everyone else being used in the Leyenda de Plata.

CMLL will air on Clarosports as normal. The show is not on NJPWWorld. It looks like it might have been a one time event for Volador vs Kushida, because it’s not on the schedule going at the moment. Japan is getting the Gran Prix tomorrow night, airing on SamuraiTV at 10pm local.

MugsNoticas has an article on the history of the Leyenda de Plata tournament, noting Negro Casas would be the first four time winner if he held onto it this year.

DTU is also running tonight in Arena Neza, with a six way extreme cage match as the main event. There’s a three way tag match on the card between Titan & Triton, Motorcross & Dr. Cerebro, and Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo, which would require the CMLL guys to bolt from Arena Mexico as soon as the semimain is done and make it over to Arena Neza. That’s a 45 minute drive, so they probably wouldn’t get there until 11:30, which seems way too late (and that cage match would still have to go on after.) Maybe they’d move to the start of the show to get them out of there quick? This all comes up because, earlier in the week, Titan posted on Facebook that he hadn’t been contacted to work the DTU show and wouldn’t be on it, but then later deleted that post. I dunno; Titan was doing Facebook live videos last night, so he might have explained it. The rest of the card looks interesting, but I’m not so sure about that match happening as scheduled.

Mini Drago has quit AAA, according to a post on his Facebook. His note is along the lines of Ludxor’s complaint, though with less details: poor working conditions and favoritism. His brother, Mini Charly Manson/Tiago quit back in March, and posted a note of support on his Facebook.

Mini Drago started in AAA exactly 10 years ago tomorrow, as Mascarita Divina. He’d been a second tier tecnico mini for the last decade, with maybe his most notable moment a bad leg injury on a diving headscissors that kept him out for a long time. He got the Mini Drago character in February 2014, which helped at first but not of late: he’s only appeared on TV about five times in the last two years. (This is where we’re seeing the departures from AAA of late, the guys at the end of the roster who aren’t content working the B towns.) His most recent TV appearance was last August, AAA’s just not booking a lot of mini trios for TV any more, but he was listed as returning to TV on the upcoming 07/29 Toluca card. That was a card released early and has not been officially confirmed by AAA. Perhaps he got bumped from the card and that was the breaking point, or maybe he just realized the upcoming anniversary and decided to move on.

Tiago’s only appeared a couple times since leaving AAA, but I’d guess he and his brother are going to be either teaming or facing each other an indie show soon.

Adictos del Deportes had a report saying AAA was creating a new Sexy Star, based on an instagram photo by AAA’s main Japanese contact and designer showing a new outfit. The Adictos del Deportes had said they heard a woman who tried out for WWE might be brought in to AAA for the role, but they didn’t know much. I freaked out at first but, after talking to more people about this, that outfit turns out to be one Sexy wore back in 2012 and it was more a “good luck for whatever’s next” message that didn’t get translated to English well.

Adictos del Deportes, which is run by the same people who handle Llaves y Canados and lucha libre for Multimedios, is kind of being used a news site to build angles for their promotions. (It’s successful gambit if you can get people to buy into the articles.) This is the third Sexy Star article they’ve run in a shot time – there was a fairly unbelivable story about Sexy going into MMA even before boxing a couple days ago that seem worth link. It suggests Sexy’s on the September ColiseoMania show and they’re just trying to keep her name up as a big star.

Stuka says he hopes Saturday’s appearance in ROH opens up more CMLL participation, and a longer run there for him so he can go after a title or have a rivalry.

Demus & Electrico have been wrestling in Canada for Midget Wrestling Warrior since July 7th. They finish up in Brandon tomorrow.

Lucha Underground’s Chris DeJospeh was on Wrestling Mayhem Show’s Mid Week War podcasts this week. On the Lucha Underground one, he noted last week’s Son of Havoc/the Mack match was originally a two out of three falls match, but the entire show went long (25 minutes over) and they had to edit it down and change the stipulation later. That’s why there were no falls outside on a falls count anywhere match.

RobViper has a music video of 06/18/2004 CMLL, the debut of Mistico.

Cross Arm Breaker has reviews of Herodes vs Tony Salazar and La Fiera vs Jerry Estrada

Templario & Wasson and Willy Banderas & Bryan Villa talk up their match at CaraLucha next weekend.

SuperLuchas talks to Mr. Potro, Sepulturero and Terry 2000 about their three way cage match in Tultitlan this week.

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 15th

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Full size. I added both IWRG airings because I actually found a program guide for AYM. (There’s one for LAS too.) This is long, but it’ll be shorter after next week.

No one’s promoting it, not El Rey or Lucha Underground, but they’re running a S2 marathon starting this weekend. Starting this Saturday, El Rey will air six episodes Season 2 episodes a night starting at 7pm CT. It ends an hour early on Tuesday, so they can air all four hours of Ultima Lucha back to back to back leading to the 2 hour final. (The final will repeat right after, as always.)

AAA has three way matches from Ecatepec this week, with a shot for the Cruiserweight title on the line and another heavyweight three way.

Elite moves to Saturday night at 9pm CT. Rush/LA Park is something to talk about in the morning but, for the purposes of this post, remember that CMLL’s stopped people from airing matches which they’ve felt have gotten out of control in the past (Volador/Niebla in Puebla.) Rush/Park should air, but there’s a slight chance it might.

Puebla looks more interesting of the two early week CMLL streams.

ranking the remaining Liga Elite matches

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a thing that is happening

I still don’t believe this tournament will resolve as initially promised, and announcing Diamante Azul (not in the Liga Elite) versus Caristico convinced me I’m right. However, I’ve long decided I might as well treat it like it’s genuine until it falls apart, and so far it hasn’t fallen apart.

20 matches have been completed, with 46 matches left to take place. The good thing about this tournament is we know all of those matches, at least until Rey Escorpion fills in for someone again. And, since it’s the internet, I might as well rank them.

46) Cibernetico vs Xtreme Tiger

I like Tiger, you’ll see him higher on this list. The problem is he was utterly squashed by Lashley, which doesn’t give me any hope for him against any one else in this tournament. Outside of the LA Park match, Cibernetico’s not really shown up for these matches, and this seems most certain to be a 4 minute walkthru. (more…)

LA Park/Rush tonight in Elite, Lucha Mexico doc, Dragon Lee returns tomorrow

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IWRG (WED) 07/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Kamilión & Lilith Dark b Lady Dark & Lady Monster
First match in 2016 for Kaimilion and Lady Dark/Dark Lady. Debut for Lady Monster.
2) Aramis, Black Dragón, Omega b Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Skanda
3) Demonio Infernal, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Fly, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije
Demonio pulled Dragon Fly’s mask and pinned him for the win.
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr. b Eterno, Freelance, Pantera
Eterno replaced Zatura and got along with his partners enough to win (though the Gladiatores have the opposite result.) The fans rooted for Eterno to stay tecnico, and he said he’d consider it with the Insoportables and they’d have a big surprise.
5) Imposible © b Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
Very good and violent match; Imposible hit Azteca with a chair at the start of the match and turned into a bloody match. Imposible took 1/3, with both men looking finished by the end. 14th defense. Second shot for Azteca during this reign.

LA Park was doing press for this main event at a funeral home yesterday, because he is LA Park. In an interview with ESTO, Park explained that he really wanted a mask match with Ultimo Guerrero but Atlantis beat him to it, so why not against Atlantis instead? Or against Rush? Park said he had no interest in talking about Santo Jr. or giving him free publicity.

Elite returns tonight with one of the biggest possible matches in their Liga Elite tournament, Rush versus LA Park. It’s listed as super libre, which means no DQ, but the line of what is and isn’t allowed in Arena Mexico is never totally clear. There’s a non zero chance LA Park does something that makes this his last match for a while; the last time someone tried this feud (August), LA Park said things on the microphone which made it his last match for quite a while. It’s going to an event; their recent match in Tijuana was quite good and this should be the same.

It’s packed top of the card. Dos Caras makes his first appearance in Arena Mexico since 1997, teaming with Atlantis against Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000 (the youngest person in the match at 53.) The fourth match, the other TV match on a normal week, is Caristico vs Diamante Azul in what’s listed as a Liga Elite match. It doesn’t make sense as a Liga Elite match unless Azul is replacing someone (like Escorpion did last week) and it’s not clear if Caristico is actually wrestling the match. If he had the injury he said he had, he probably shouldn’t be.

The show opens with new CMLL luchador Ciclon Ramirez Jr. & rarely seen Principe Diamante versus Cancerbero & Raziel, Felino & Tiger against Super Crazy & Ronnie Mendoza and Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park & Rayman vs Hijo de Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner & Karonte Junior. The show now airs Saturday at 9pm CT.

It’s another big night for Elite. Rush versus LA Park is one of the biggest matches they can run, and you can’t bring back Dos Caras after twenty years every week. This should draw better than the International tournament, but that’s a low bar. They need to do much better than that.

The Lucha Mexico documentary premieres in theatres (and is available on iTunes) tomorrow. This is the lucha libre documentary which was airing in film festivals last year starting Shocker & Strong Man among others. Fabian el Gitano & Perro Aguayo Jr. are featured, and much of the filming was done around 2012, so it’s been in the works for quite a while. It’s getting a fair amount of press today: CNN has a video story in Spanish, NBC has an interview with the directors in English and lukewarm reviews in the AV Club and on indiewire. Nightmaish Conjuring is a bit more positive. I’d like to go see it myself, probably on Saturday.

I’d go to the premiere tonight, but I really don’t want to miss the Leyenda de Plata tomorrow night. It just got a better this morning: Dragon Lee will return for the tournament, taking Negro Casas’ spot. That’s how the Leyenda de Plata is supposed to work: Casas is the former winner so he’ll defend against the winner of the cibernetico. And it’s a killer lineup for that: Mistico, Volador, Guerrero Maya, Titan, Triton, Dragon Lee, the Panther, La Mascara, Mephisto, Cavernario, Ripper and Virus. I’d love it if Hechicero was in there instead of Mascara but there are some really good names in that list.

(Dragon Lee returns 1 day before Stuka makes it to ROH, which must be a little bit disappointing since that was Lee’s spot. They probably couldn’t be sure he’d be ready by now, and Dragon will likely end up in ROH later.)

Ludxor’s been pretty quiet since his Facebook post ripping AAA (which is still up), but posted “Nos diremos adios” on Instagram. Sounds like he’s saying goodbye to being Ludxor, but left a little vague. (R de Rudo found this first.)

Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada versus Alejandro Saez was the opening match of WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic last night, with Metalik moving onto the next round. There are highlights and a post match Metalik interview. The matches for next week do not include Raul Mendoza’s match, though Lince Dorado (on the next Crash show) will wrestle. +Lucha has a 15 minute interview with Mendoza about the CWC but I haven’t seen it yet.

TKD, Eric and Voices of Wrestling have Lucha Underground reviews. That last one has a sound theory about Dario, Matanaza, and the bull. TKD also writes about his experience about being there for Night Claw’s debut without knowing it was happening.

Podcast Boom has a press release talking about being the first ever Mexican lucha libre podcast on iTunes, which reminds me that I’m sad Kurt Brown is in Europe (?) right now instead of being in LA to give his thoughts about the Final Deletion. Anyway, the Boom iTunes link is here; the general RSS feed is here for other podcast software. They actually had an RSS feed all along, since they’re using blogtalkradio, but didn’t say or didn’t know.

I skimmed thru yesterday’s CMLL Informa. Segments were with rookies Escorpion Negro, Fiero and Maquiavelo (Fiero revealed he’s the nephew of the previous Fiero, Maquiavelo had been training for 7 years before debuting), Reina Isis fitness segment, Arkangel & K-Fu about Saturday’s Anniversary show (K-Fu will be debuting on a real show soon), Stuka Jr. & his son about going to ROH and his son training in lucha, and Guerrero Maya, Titan, Triton and The Panther talking about the Leyenda de Plata and Titan going to the Super Junior

Chilanga Mask 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan
2: Caifan 3 vs Solar
3: Roberto Paz Jr. vs Jeque
4: Laredo Kid vs Extreme Tiger vs Jason Kincaid
5: The Platino & Mr. Maldito vs El Sagrado & Bobby Z

I didn’t put it together yesterday, but the August Lucha Memes show in Mexico City is the same day as the ChilangaMask show. The former co-promoters are going to be running against each other for the first time. (CMLL people are working both shows.)

+Lucha put up full matches from the June 3 Martinez show: Violento Jack vs Arez, Ronnie Mendoza vs Ultimo Ninja and Low Rider & Mystique vs Chik Tormenta & Silver Tiger

In a new feature, AAA counts down the top usages of a move – this time, double stomps/lanzas.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Negro Casas vs El Dandy.

Wrestling with words reviews Psycho Clown vs Pentagon Jr.

working 2016 lucha MOTYC list, thru June TV

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We’re halfway thru the year, so it’s long past time I’ve posted a working MOTYC list. Working plan is to update this after every month of TV. You can find it linked here even after it gets moved off the top of the page. I use air dates, because the post is recommending matches rather than an arbitrary date limit.

Note that I’m as behind as always on watching matches which aren’t on the shows I usually recap.

I’m thinking the end of Lucha Underground will allow me to catch up more, but it’ll probably be the usual November/December rush.

Please also remember, my tastes in wrestling are awful and wrong. (But no AAA matches in the top category make me sad.)

excellent

11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Prince Puma, Pentagón Jr. [LU CHAMP]
11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Fénix [LU CHAMP]
01-01 Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi for the hair
01-09 Sexy Star vs Mariposa [no mas] and [Aztec Medallion]
01-17 Cage vs Matanza © [LU CHAMP]
01-24 Dragón Lee vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
03-04 Kamaitachi © vs Dragón Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
03-18 Rush vs Máximo Sexy for the hair
03-18 Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas for the hair
03-28 Máscara Dorada © vs Cavernario for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
04-24 Negro Casas vs Rey Hechicero
07-01 Rey Cometa vs Cavernario for the hair
07-01 Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin,Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match

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11-14 King Cuerno vs Fénix © [LU GotG]
11-15 Fénix vs King Cuerno [last man standing]
11-15 Prince Puma vs Pentagón Jr.
11-21 King Cuerno © vs Fénix [GIFT OF THE GODS] and in a ladder match
12-12 Matanza vs Fénix ©, Rey Mysterio, King Cuerno, Argenis, Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan,Prince Puma, Jack Evans, Taya, Cage, Máscarita Sagrada, Marty Martinez, Drago, the Mack, Chavo Guerrero, PJ Black, Aerostar, Dragón Azteca Jr., Texano, Mil Muertes[Aztec Warfare] and [LU Champ]
12-13 Texano vs Daga [Aztec Medaillon]
12-13 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio vs Cage, Johnny Mundo, Taya [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament match
01-09 Cage vs Johnny Mundo in a cage match and [aztec medallion]
01-10 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Fénix, Jack Evans, PJ Black andCortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco and Ivelisse & Son of Havoc © [LU TRIOS]
01-15 Carístico vs Rush
01-16 Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black © vs Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio [LU TRIOS]
01-16 Aerostar & Drago vs Jack Evans & PJ Black [nunchucks]
01-16 Fénix vs Pentagón Jr., Ivelisse, Johnny Mundo, Taya, King Cuerno in a Number One Contenders Match match and [LU CHAMP]
01-18 Máximo Sexy © vs Vangellys for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
01-19 Esfinge vs Puma in a CMLL La Copa Junior tournament match and in a tournament final match
01-22 Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Último Guerrero
01-22 Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario © for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
01-22 Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans vs Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
01-24 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura
01-27 Black Dragón, Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Freyser, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balak, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross,Novasonic, Orión, Royer Boy [Copa Higher Power]
01-30 Prince Puma vs Dragón Azteca Jr.
01-30 Johnny Mundo vs Fénix
02-15 Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
02-20 Belial vs Centvrión
02-21 Dragón Lee vs Extreme Tiger
02-23 Zeuxis © vs Silueta for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
03-01 Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther for the Mexican National Trios Championship
03-01 Máscara Dorada © vs Negro Casas for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
03-04 Pentagón Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Fénix, Octagón Jr. in a tournament semifinal match and in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match
03-04 Carta Brava Jr. & Súper Fly vs Ludxor & Venum
03-18 Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
03-21 Carístico vs Último Guerrero
03-23 Averno & Chessman © vs Daga & Joe Lider and Argenis & Australian Suicide [TLC] andfor the AAA World Tag Team Championship
03-30 Extreme Tiger vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match
04-06 Carístico vs Volador Jr. in a Liga Elite match
04-25 Rush vs Último Guerrero
04-27 Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match
05-03 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
05-04 Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
05-20 Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
06-03 Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka, Masato Tanaka[Lucha World Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match
06-05 Cage, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Johnny Mundo vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Dragón Azteca Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr. [AAA LLVWC] and in a tournament semifinal match
06-10 Cavernario © vs Rey Cometa for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
06-14 Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
06-24 Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
06-25 Michael Elgin vs Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament final match