Hechicero new NWA LH champion, Rey/Chavo on LU tonight

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 11/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, MedioTiempo, SuperLuchas]
1) Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Robin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
2) Acero, Fantasy, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Sanely b La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Hechicero b Rey Bucanero © [NWA LH] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero took falls 2/3 to win the title, surviving a piledriver and submitting Rey to his rolling half crab. Bucanero falls on his fourth defense. Hechicero is the 6th/71st champion, and this is his first CMLL championship.
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © [MEX TRIOS] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3. Eighth defense for the Hijos del Infierno

I only saw the finish of the fifth match, but that match was said to be pretty good, with Bucanero looking better than on the Anniversary show and Hechicero being great. It’s really great to see Hechicero rise to being a world champion; he had to give up his life and restart from the bottom to make it in CMLL, and he’s doing it.

I wonder if Hechicero’s success will have any effect on the career decision of other indie stars; we’ve seen with WWE that both the success of indie wrestlers and WWE’s increased appreciation for those who work a different style has led to more people of that type getting brought into WWE. In CMLL, I don’t think it’s ever been as much a barrier to entry as an disinterest in going – you’re giving up money in the short term at least if you start from the bottom and there’s no guarantee you’ll get beyond that point, but Hechicero is proof that it could work out. (At the same time, the indie scene seems as strong, at least on given it’s scale.)

Gran Metalik was listed as one of the stars appearing on WWE’s new 205 Live show, a cruiserweight focused hour show on the WWE Network. The show is scheduled to premiere on 11/29 and it’d make sense if Metalik returned to WWE on that date, but Metalik’s given no definite indication of when he’s finishing in CMLL.

Today’s Lucha Underground is episode 9 of 40, “Loser Leaves Lucha.” It’s one of two episodes remaining before Aztec Warfare 3. Matches announced:

  • Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Son of Havoc – a stipulation will be announced
  • Matanza (c) vs the winner of a Dial of Doom spin, for the Lucha Underground championship
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Chavo Guerrero Jr., loser leaves Lucha Underground (video clip)

It’s not in the preview, but there will also be a match announced for next week.

If you’re a person living in Mexico who changed their clocks on Sunday, the stream you’re used to watching will be one hour earlier than usual.

My recap won’t be up until Thursday evening. I may actually watch the HD version this week.

Lucha Underground announced Saturday’s show in San Diego/Escondido will have Angelico vs Johnny Mundo in a street fight as the noon main event, and the Mack versus King Cuerno in a two out of three falls match as the 3 pm main event. Everyone but Mundo hasn’t been on of these yet, and Mundo’s been on all the shows and done all the meet and greets too. These shows are a home game for Fenix now but he’s not among those advertised (Drago, Aerostar, Ivelisse, Jack Evans, Paul London, Mil Muertes, Taya); it could be because he’s out hurt anyway or because he still seems to be in Mexico at the moment. I think it’ll be a positive sign if he makes an appearance on this show, and not for sure a negative one if he doesn’t.

RealHero has uploaded the full Star Battle show to Google Drive. I added it to the lucha recap backlog.

11/16 DTU will have a main event of Volador Jr., Flamita, Crazy Boy versus Negro Casas, Ronnie Mendoza, Draztick Boy. It’s in Celaya, so it’s unlikely we’ll see that match complete, but +LuchaTV seems to be covering it for highlights.

Chairo 6 on 11/27 in Arena Naucalpan
1) Memes Rumble (Alberto Dos Rios + 21 surprise luchadors)
2) Hechicero vs Caifan – two out of three falls
(8 matches total)

+LuchaTV posted the complete Maximo vs Demasiado hair match from the Chariro Xalapa show. It also looks like they’re starting a YouTube podcast. Please give me an RSS feed. It’s all I ask. (I actually ask for a lot more than that.)

AAA has photos of their annual holiday offering.

CMLL has an article about Ephesto, Soberano Jr., Raziel and Blue Panther Jr. debuting in Japan on the FantasticaMania show. That’s not quite correct: Ephesto, as Panterita del Ring, actually was on 1992 UWF tour. CMLL’s preview says Raziel making the tour was the biggest surprise.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

TKD reviews the XMW 4th Anniversary show.

This week’s Lucha Talk talks about Valiente winning the Universal tournament and this week’s Elite show, among other topics.

Luchador couple Baby Angel & Guerrero Dragon of La Piedad talk about their career.

There’s a lucha libre art exhibit in Tampa on Friday and Sunday, with (unspecified) live lucah matches and a mystery person from Tijuana. Their facebook reveals it’s Rey Horuz, along with what appears to be Flordia indie wrestlers working under lucha characters for the shows.

Villano V suggests that Canek is not actually the best luchador in Mexico.

Lineups

(no CMLL Tuesday cards yet)

WRG (SUN) 11/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Omega vs Atomic Star & Fly Tiger
2) Alas de Acero, Black Dragón, Cadillac vs Adrenalina, Araña de Plata, Hanaoka
3) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Zatura vs Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Skanda
4) Pantera, Pantera I, Relámpago vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Karonte Jr.
5) Bobby Lee Jr., Chicano, Danny Casas, Freelance, Hijo De Dos Caras, Suicida, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Imposible, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I[Copa Huracan Ramirez]

Main event is a cibernetico in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of Huracan Ramirez’s passing. I guess Dr. Cerbero is a rudo now?

Only Mexico gives you the team of Pantera & Pantera I.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-10-10 

Monday night Mascara Dorada
Monday night Mascara Dorada

Recapped: 10/30/2016

What happened: Nothing. There’s a feud in the semimain that end up going nowhere.

What was good: Nothing, really. The main event was so mailed in that people were forgetting to cover people for three counts (or forgetting to pull people up at two.) None of the matches are wretched, but it’s a poor investment of time to watch this.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel and has already aired on 52MX (more…)

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-08

cartoon levels of voilence
cartoon levels of voilence

Recapped: 10/08/2016

What happened: Rey Escorpión pinned Carístico, who got hurt along the way. Cibernético attacked a ref again. Black Tauro debuted.

What was good: I liked the second match. Other people might like the main event better but it was stuff I was very tired of seeing.

Where can I watch it: It’s on the Liga Elite channel and my own

(more…)

Sky Team keep trios titles, Hechicero/Bucanero and (other) trios title tonight

tonight
tonight

CMLL (SUN) 10/30/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro b Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
Tecnicos toko 1/3
2) Destello & Destructor b Black Sugar & Johnny Dinamo
Rudos took 2/3
3) Capitán Cobra, El Alteño, Fugaz b Gran Kenut, Linterna, Mr. Brisa
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Explosivo, Magnum, Star Black b Espectrúm, Furia Roja, Sádico
tecnicos took 1/3
5) Évola b El Yaqui [hair]
Evola took 1/3, the last with a piledriver variation, to upset Yaqui. Yaqui got his hair cut and then needed medical help.

Evola never wins – he’s lost the last seven hair matches he’s been in. This is strange, and only a little less so if he’s being set up for another loss.

CMLL (MON) 10/31/2016 Arena Puebla [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) El Malayo, Espíritu Maligno, Policeman b Arkalis, Meyer, Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, King Jaguar, Raziel b Black Tiger, Flyer, Lestat LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stigma replaced Blue Panther.
4) Máximo Sexy, Pierroth, Rush b Marco Corleone, Shocker, Vangellys [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Team Rush took 1/3.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara [CMLL TRIOS] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sky Team took 2/3. Valiente won the match by beating La Mascara after Volador had already been defeated. 8th defense

Eight defenses ties the record for this title. The Bufete del Amor (Maximo, Rush, Marco) got to eight and only lost them because of Marco’s car accident. Golden Generacion (Mascara, Sombra, Dorada) got to eight and lost them Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto – I can’t recall why. It’s possible Los Brazos got to eight or more and we just don’t know, because my records have more holes than swiss cheese, but it seems like an easy thing for CMLL to hype whenever the Sky Team have their next defense. Not sure they will.

The third match is said to be pretty good. Valiente’s push has last four days, so that’s good. They didn’t seem to go anywhere in particular in the semimain, they’re just booking relevos incredibles because they keep listing Rush as a tecnico but they won’t want him facing Pierroth. It’s dumb.

Today’s CMLL show is a rare event with two title matches. Oddly, the main event is the national title, with the world title being in the semimain. Mephisto, Ephesto and Luicferno defend the national trios titles against the randomly assembled team of Mistico, Mascara Dorada and Diamante Azul. As the preview notes, Mascara Dorada & Diamante Azul (as Metro) actually held these trios titles as a team prior, with Stuka instead of Mistico. That trio never lost the titles in the ring, Mascara Dorada just gave them up because he had other things to do. (They tried replacing him with Delta. It didn’t work out.) Dorada has other things to do at this very moment, so for a title change to happen.

The less predictable title match is the NWA Light Heavyweight fight. Rey Bucanero defends against Hechicero, who won a 12 man cibernetico last week. A rudo/rudo title match is rare. Bucanero singles matches should probably be rare, and are a good reason for a change. Hechicero is one of the best wrestlers in CMLL, but going from never winning a championship or a tournament to winning a world title is a big leap the world of CMLL – Hechicero is going to be the internet rooting interest to win tonight, but no one should feel confident about him winning. FantasticaMania does play into this somehow – a Hechicero win would give them an extra feud for the tour – but otherwise this is a title that really hasn’t been relevant or central to CMLL this entire decade. There would be better matches with Hechicero as champion right now, but CMLL hasn’t seen the need to do much with this title in the past and might just feel OK with keeping it on a vet who’s been there forever.

The rest of the show is a normal CMLL show in fall of 2016, with the added bit of it being a Dia de Muertos themed show – the top four matches will have losers taken to hell. The fourth match has Valiente, Blue Panther (maybe, he missed last night), and Atlantis against Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Felino. There’s a women’s match, because of course there is, with Sanely, Vaquerita and Estrellita against Seductora, La Comandante and Metalica. I wonder CMLL knew they were going to be running lots more women’s matches and Metalica and Jarochita got brought in to help fill those matches out, or if it just worked out that way. Fantasy, Acero, and Shockercito take on Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Olimpico and Demus in the minis division. Robin & Bengala versus Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr. will be the opener. No one will be dragged to hell from that match, because everyone involved is already there.

The show will air at 7:30 in Mexico City, 8:30 CT in the US if your clocks haven’t changed yet. (It’s an hour later than you’re used to in most of the world.) The show – minus the dance numbers – will air on YouTube and CMLL.com.

Lucha Mexico, a documentary which was in theatres this summer, is now available on Netflix (in US & Canada at least.) I’ve watched it – I wished they would’ve focused more on fewer things than try to go in many different directions at once, but it’s worth your time if you have Netflix.

Cara Lucha announced their The Best Cara Lucha Championship this Sunday will be decided in an eight man single elimination tournament. (Well, maybe. They say “six matches”, but an eight man tournament usually needs eight – maybe the final is on the 11/19 show show.) The poster already has eight people on it, and they’ll announce matchups (!) and have a press conference with Volador, Rey Fenix and Flamita before the show. That suggests Flamita’s coming back to Mexico right after his title match.

The Panther will face Silas Young, Will Ferrera and Yo (Fujin) in a four way match at ROH’s 10/03 show in Arlington. Panther sort of gets his wish – he doesn’t face Kamaitachi, he gets some new people, but he still gets Fujin. Fujin/Raijin vs The Panther/Blue Panther Jr. seemed like the most frequent matchup for the Japanese kids. Silas Young seems like the favorite to advance but it’s not impossible Panther could win, and CMLL luchadors have been booked decently strong in ROH.

Figures Toy Company announced they’ll be making a Taya action figure. I’m surprised AAA or Lucha Underground doesn’t own those rights. Taya definitely had the name and the character prior to coming to AAA, but I would’ve guessed she would’ve been asked to sign some of the merchandising rights over along the way.

GALLI is running Steve Pain & Gringo Loco vs Triton & Super Crazy this Sunday.

AAA put up the 2010 February taping from Salamanca.

A handheld video of the AAA in New York show from 1994 was posted on YouTube. The show hadn’t been seen since it took place; it wasn’t taped by the promotion.

Black Terry has highlights of Eterno vs Dinamic Black, Wotan & Caifan vs Black Terry & Canis Lupus, Negro Navarro vs Black Terry, Golden Magic vs Metaleon vs Emperador Azteca vs Chicano vs Imposible and Latigo & Centvrion vs Impulso & Ares vs Sadico vs Freelance vs Iron Kid & Alas de Acero.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Promociones Avila in Tijuana says they’re going to try Negro Casas vs Arandu again, after the last match ended up with Maximo getting involved.

More photos from the Lucha Underground Houston episode.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 11/07/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Centella Roja, París vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón
2) Lestat, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Ares, Metálico, Policeman
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Rush, Último Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Another relevos incredibles, though this one is a main event so it could go somewhere. Mascara Dorada is not going anywhere, at least not yet. Polvora sticks out as an odd inclusion in that match. Tercera should be good. Lestat is around two more weeks. Asturiano makes his close to monthly appearance.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 11/13/2016 Gimnasio Cuauhtemoc, Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal
1) Fireman & K-Fu vs Makiavelico & Stromh Man
2) Eléctrico & Sonic vs Okaro & Pequeño Olímpico
3) Argos, Daisuke Hanaoka, Douki vs Silver Star I, Silver Star Jr., Spartano
4) Ludwig Star, Robin, Súper Ciudadano vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Patán, Skándalo
5) Último Dragón vs Rey Bucanero

Usual Toryumon card, which don’t really turn up on video much outside of the Dragonmania shows and are very repetitive; the promotion only runs four shows a year, and this is the third time they’ve had a Dragon vs Bucanero singles in the last six years. I wonder which of the many Silver Stars these are.

The Crash (SAT) 11/26/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino, Ely Everfly, Mirage vs Black Danger, Douglas James, Último Maldito
2) Black Boy vs Jinzo, Aero Boy, Próximo
3) Keira vs Sexy Dulce [The CRASH WOMEN]
Vacant title
4) ?, Máscarita Dorada, Willie Mack vs Bestia 666, Black Tauro (Elite), Demus 3:16
5) Flamita © vs Extreme Tiger [The CRASH CRUISER]
6) Jeff Hardy, Rey Fénix (LU), Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Jeff Cobb, Nicho el Millionario, Teddy Hart

Typically packed the Crash card. Semimain could be great. Mascarita versus Demus was always good and Mascarita versus Black Tauro could be amazing. I think Sexy Star/Sexy Dulce is a Keira fan – she snuck her into getting an AAA match – so there’s a chance that could go better than it sounds.

new video releases for weekend of October 29-30th

YouTube playlist.

Elite posted the shorter version of their show to the Azteca website, so you really want the YouTube site. Televisa cut their feed off about 10 seconds in Guadalajara lucha show, so I’d guess airing last week was a mistake. I’ll keep it recording for a while in case they mess it up again. Still having IWRG issues and it didn’t seem to air on LAS.

It appears like Llaves y Canados are going to post only the matches from they shows they promote on their YouTube site, so I need to keep recording for the other promotions. The LyC YouTube version is in HD, I only get SD.

10/29 WWC & 10/30 WWC: Cloud Drive

10/29 Elite USA: Cloud Drive

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-10-28
taped 2016-10-28 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Metálico
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Valiente for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament final match

AAA on Televisa: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-10-14 @ Plaza de Toros Jorge Gutierrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo
Cloud Drive
1) Dinastía & Octagoncito vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psycho Clown
2) Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma vs Brian Cage & El Mesías
3) La Parka & Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Pentagón Jr.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-10-17 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
2) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas, Sam Adonis, Shocker
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-10-28 @ Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal
Cloud Drive
1) Cibernético & Taurus (ex-AAA) vs Chicano (Puerto Rico) & Mr. 450
2) El Bandido, Golden Magic, Zumbi vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
3) Xtreme Tiger vs LA Park in a Liga Elite match
4) Carístico vs Rey Escorpión in a Liga Elite match

PROESA on Efekto: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-09-18 @ Arena 2 de Junio, Col. Benito Juárez, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
Cloud Drive
1) Blue Star & Pequeño Unicornio vs Black Espada & Rusto Black
2) La Mohicana & Xema vs La Hielera & Quimera
3) Ambar, Mitico, Zoom Driver vs Asesino del Futuro, Black Heart, Cadenero Punk

Noches de Coliseo: 2016-10-30
taped 2016-10-23 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
Cloud Drive
1) Mini Psycho Clown & Octagoncito vs Mini Difunto & Mini Hator
2) Niño Hamburguesa vs Chocolata, Ronaldinho

AAA on Televisa: 2016-10-08 

business as usual for Aerostar
business as usual for Aerostar

Recapped: 10/27/2016

What happened: Monster Clown & Murder Clown betrayed Psycho Clown, who was figuratively and literally badly burned. Faby Apache got locked in a room (which turned out not to be so locked.) Aerostar & Super Fly kept the tag titles.

What was good: I liked the ladder match and had not a lot of use for the rest. I realized AAA main events are going to mostly be Psycho Clown getting beat, making a brief comeback, and then getting screwed for the next year straight (after happening for most of the last six months), and it is good that I realized that but not good for wrestling action.

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

Ultimo Guerrero beats Rush, LU in Houston, Lee/Tiger/Horuz/Aramis

photo by Black Tiger Jr.
photo by Black Tiger Jr.

CMLL (SAT) 10/29/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Cancerbero, Canelo Casas Robin, Raziel b Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor
3) Metálico, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Oro Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Only fall tecnicos won was by DQ (Ripper fouled Panther twice, referee only called it on the second one.)
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente
Terrible pulled Diamante Azul’s mask and pinned him, setting up a singles match for next week

Not a themed show, regular turnout, will air who knows when.

CMLL (SUN) 10/30/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero, Astral, Stukita b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Morphosis, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis b La Jarochita, Lluvia, Silueta
Rudas took 2/3. Losers were dragged to hell starting with this match.
4) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Último Guerrero b Rush
UG took falls 2/3 to win again.

I haven’t seen this show, and I heard different takes on the main event. It does sound like the shows were better than normal non-Friday streaming, though not anything extraordinary. Attendance was good, much more in the cheaper seats. I don’t know if three (or more) shows in a week is a great idea, but CMLL obviously needs to come up with some other themed shows during the year. If you hype a show (or shows) as a big deal and then you run the show, people tend to show up, it’s amazing.

CMLL’s also not aired the dance numbers on these shows. The idea is probably they don’t want to get blocked on YouTube, as the Anniversary show did, but the idea doesn’t really make any sense. The Friday show was on Claro, not YouTube. It’s not like Claro is going to turn off the feed at any point, at least on purpose. The other shows do air on YouTube, but they don’t enforce copyright in real time – it’s possible the VOD will disappear later on, but CMLL could always put up edited versions later on. CMLL must be bothered by what happened with the Anniversary show that they’re being more cautious than they need to be.

(I suspect this is why CMLL is now airing the commercials as part of the video instead of shooting the screen – once they realized they’d have to figure have to some videos that way not to show what’s going on, they might as well do all of them.)

Titanes del Ring (SUN) 10/30/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Kanon, Lilith Dark, Voltar b Los Independientes, Gym Coacalco, Dragonmania
four way trios match between four schools. The team representing Gym FILL won.
2) Cerebro Maligno b Canario, Niño De Cobre, Black Dragón
Fly Warrior missed the match (didn’t make it over from IAP in time?). Cerebro beat Canario.
3) Eterno b Dinamic Black
Dinamic Black replaced Bandido. Money thrown in.
4) Araña de Plata, Atomik Star, Lady Maravilla b Fly Star, Keira, Toxin Boy
Los Insanos (Plata’s team) pulled the Kamikaze’s masks for the win.
5) Golden Magic b Metaleón, Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Chicano
6) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo DQ Cíclope (DTU), El Gio, El Junior (DTU), Ovett
Team DTU was DQed for using light tubes.
7) Freelance & Sádico b Centurion & Látigo and Arez & Impulso and Alas de Acero & Iron Kid
Freelance & Saidco beat Arez & Impulso
8) Wotan b Caifan, Black Terry, Canis Lupus
Wotan snuck in a foul on Canis Lupus. Mask/hair challenges followed.
9) Extreme Tiger b Dragón Lee, Rey Horuz, Aramis Dragon Lee vs Rey Horus vs Extreme Tiger vs Aramis | 30-10-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Dragon Lee replaced Rey Fenix (injury, appeared to apologize about not being there and said he’d be out 3 or 4 weeks). Lee beat Aramis with the Dragon Driver.

Not a lot of details on this one; a lot of stuff looks good, though only Eterno/Dinamic Black is mentioned as being good in the +LuchaTV recap and I bet the main event will look good when I see the highlights. Black Terry Jr. highlights = not AYM. This show had a crazy collection of indie stars and yet it looks less full than the Chairo/Lucha Memes shows. This didn’t seem pushed with anything more than the poster, which is probably not enough now.

LU 1230 (SUN) 10/30/2016 Traders Village, Houston, Texas [Prowrestling, PWPondering]
1) Paul London b Marty Martinez
2) the Mack b Garza Jr.
Crowd largely didn’t know Garza Jr.
3) Johnny Mundo b Drago [nunchuck] Lucha Underground En Vivo! - Drago Vs Johnny Mundo (Nunchuck Match) (posted by PerformedPrune2)
hyped as a Gift of the Gods match, but Mundo declared that it wasn’t on the line because the belt was being displayed in a glass case. Taya helped Mundo win, but Drago got revenge post match.

LU 300 (SUN) 10/30/2016 Traders Village, Houston, Texas [ProWrestling.net, PWPonderings]
1) Matanza b Cage [LU CHAMP]
2) Ivelisse b Taya, Saltador, Joey Ryan
Ivelisse beat Joey Ryan. Saltador is the checkboard guy associated with Paul London from the trailer.
3) Pentagón Dark b Mil Muertes [Devils Day Death Match]  (posted by PerformedPrune2)
Vampiro started off the show by announcing this as a Devil’s Day Death Match before his doctor confronted him, saying it was bad he was involved in violence. Vampiro almost choked the doctor before Mil attacked Vampiro from behind. He came back to help Pentagon win. Pentagon was swarmed by fans on the way back.

No Ultimo Ninja – LU fans got Matanza instead and were probably pretty OK with that trade. I think “Vampiro’s doctor” was Chris DeJospeh – he was definitely there, but I haven’t seen a photo of hte doctor.

Both Lucha Underground shows look well attended. I can see a few empty seats, but I can also see tons of people crowded around outside the “arena”. People on Twitter were saying they were turned away from noon show because it was full. It’s a much bigger setup than last week – maybe 800 people each show? The Houston Chronicle has photos.

Apuesta matches from Sunday:

Tonight’s Puebla show – well, the truly most important thing about tonight’s Puebla show is if you’re watching it in the US or any place else that didn’t switch clocks, it’s one hour later this week only. That’s 11pm Eastern, 10pm Central in the US. (If you live in Japan, it’s one hour later until spring. Sorry!) The Sky Team is in action, that’s normally really fun, but there literally was a CMLL show yesterday and there literally will be another CMLL show tomorrow, maybe you should get your sleep and catch up on this later. If you’re up until 1AM watching CMLL and they do a rushed 9 minute match, you will be very sad.

Anyway, the main event is the Sky Team facing La Mascara, Euforia, Gran Guerrero in a trios title match. This would be a really compelling challenge if CMLL could’ve bothered to book Niebla Roja or Ultimo Guerrero instead of La Mascara – Mascara’s not going to be bad, but the odds of a split faction team winning the trios titles is very low. The only way it happens is if CMLL suddenly decides the Sky Team needs to die. There was no suggestion of that on Friday. It still should be a fun match, maybe even a great one if they give it time and effort, but the drama isn’t what it could be.

Semimain has the Maximo, Rush and Pierroth as a trios match, so that’s going to be a waste of 20 minutes until they get onto the finish, and then maybe they’ll set up something with either those guys or the Marco, Shocker and Vangellys opposition. The Panther family teams up to face Sagrado, Misterioso, and Okumura; it’s the last match in Mexico for Misterioso & the Panther before they head off to ROH for a couple of days. Everyone’s favorite vampire Lestat rises on Halloween to team with Black Tiger & Flyer against Raziel, Cancerbero and King Jaguar. Lestat was involved in the continous King Jaguar/Black Tiger/Policeman drama before he disappeared last year, so maybe there’s a storyline coming there. The opener is Arkalis, Meyer and Zaeta Roja vs Malayo, Espiritu Maligno and Policeman. Zaeta Roja’s usual good, but the opener is not a great place to be good.

The show will air on YouTube and CMLL.com, one hour later than usual.

US women’s promotion SHIMMER announced Sexy Star/Dulce Sexy will appear on the 11/12 & 11/13 tapings. On a business level, this kind of makes sense to me: we’ve seen Fenix, Pentagon, Drago and Aerostar help draw crowds and draw in those might not otherwise check out typical indie promotions, there’s logic in trying the same thing with Sexy Star to see if it’ll work with her. SHIMMER may make money off photos and such, regardless of what she adds in the ring – and if it doesn’t work, that’s the life of an indie promoter, you take the best gambles you can and sometimes they don’t work. On a personal level, I laughed out loud when I saw this announcement, just thinking about how badly she may get exposed on this show, and then was borderline offended that the first luchadora was Sexy Star – not the people who’ve had a history of great matches, not younger people who could gain a lot from the experience, but someone who I watched for years and years without ever seeing a great match out of her. Sexy Star is on Lucha Underground, so a fanbase (and likely even a programming department) largely oblivious to Mexican wrestling might actually know her and it’s sound business decision, but it’s so unjust at the same time.

(This is, in a nut shell, the usual ROH/FM complaint too: I want all the international opportunities to the people who work hard and have good matches. I know that it never going to be that way, but not enough to stop getting annoyed when it doesn’t.)

As much as I disliked the last episode, Sexy Star is probably the biggest lucha triumph of the Lucha Underground creative crew. They’ve definitely helped guys like Pentagon, but half the battle with those guys was just getting them out there where people could see what they do. Sexy Star’s the opposite, she would’ve been exposed if she was thrown out there with no support, and needed some storytelling and good match making to cover up for her weaknesses. Sexy Star has her fans, and would not if LU hadn’t done well for her. Though, I think we’re going to get a measurement of exactly how well they’ve done with her rather soon.

RIOT is running a show on 11/19 in Arena Femenil de Monterrey. Card so far:
1) Ultimo Ninja vs Septimo Dragon
2) Erik Ortiz vs Kamikaze
3) Kratoz vs Impulso
4) Dralion vs Alberto Rios
5) Larry Miranda & Dulce Kanela vs Hooligan Byron & Kaientai
6) Belial & Arez vs Drastick Boy & Ronnie Mendoza

GALLI has some Facebook video of their show last night with Laredo Kid.

Volador, Flamita and Negro Casas are among those advertised for the 11/16 DTU show in Celaya.

A fan held video of Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park from the 2008 Anniversary show was posted to YouTube. It’s a low quality video, but it’s of one of an infamously lost match. Wagner & Park were told not to do their usual brawling match, did it anyway, and it would get them banned from CMLL until their return late last year. (Park was banned immediately, Wagner was around a few more months.) CMLL never aired the match and would not let anyone air the match, though +LuchaTV was able to air highlights.

Black Terry Jr. posted photos of Rey Horuz vs Dragon Lee vs Extreme Tiger vs Aramis.

+LuchaTV has interviews with Mascara de Bronce and new Universal champion Valiente.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

LA Park’s hand prints were added to Plaza Galerias.

A video interview with Electrico.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 11/05/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer, Leono, Sensei vs Artillero, Grako, Inquisidor
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Skadi vs La Seductora, Metálica, Yeska
3) Blue Panther, Drone, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Ripper, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul vs Terrible
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Main event looks like a lot of fun! Drone finds a way to get booked. And yet another women’s match.

Yeska (sometimes Yesca) was part of a batch of young women who debuted in late 2008 and early 2009, after the CMLL women’s division got going again. Zeuxis & Lluvia eventually stuck as full timers. Others, like Crazy Star, Estrella Magica and Star Fire, just disappeared after a time and have wrestled a bit on the indie scene. Yeska stopped being used in CMLL in 2010 and just vanished for four years – maybe she was starting a family or injured or just not interested in wrestling. She never had any success in CMLL and didn’t show improvement, so that would’ve made sense. Her name shows up in 2014 a couple times, and then returns for a handful match of matches this year. Two of those matches are with Reina Isis on Toryumon shows, so this is probably an Arkangel student – his name’s coming before as recruiting indie women when REINA needed people.

Yeska might only be getting booked because Isis is still in Japan and CMLL needed another body. But that match isn’t going to be any good with or without here, and there are dozen of men who don’t seem to be getting booked who could have a better match. There’s also a bunch of women who could probably get that same spot and do well with it – perhaps Yeska has improved leaps and bounds after not wrestling for years, but there are people Metalica was/is working with on the indies who I’d bet on. (Not just a young person – a vet who knows what they’re doing could’ve been helpful, there are some very green people in that match.) It could also be that Yeska’s not getting paid very much for this date – or is losing money on it, because paying for training classes is part of the deal – and people who are actually good aren’t going to take that deal. That’s a bigger problem with the CMLL set up.

Terrible hasn’t done anything remarkable in years at this point, except occasionally powerbomb Titan very hard, but Azul beating him still would feel wrong.

CMLL (SUN) 11/06/2016 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Lluvia vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

A show. With a women’s match, because what show doesn’t have a women’s match. There’s a tercera that used to be here but maybe not again. I miss Puma.

CMLL (SUN) 11/06/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Black Sugar & Capitán Cobra vs Destello & Quca
3) El Yaqui & Reycko vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo
4) León Blanco, Neutrón, Smaker vs Espectrúm, Exterminador, Rey Trueno
5) Frezzer, Gallo, Omar Brunetti vs Pitbull I, Pitbull II, Sádico

First appearances for the Pitbulls since June 2015. They were feuding with Exterminador & Malefico, and then just disappeared. Might have been one of the programming changes.

FantasticaMania, CMLL in ROH, Elite, DTU

ELITE (FRI) 10/28/2016 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo, SuperLuchas]
1) Belial & Impulso b Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Mr. Leo
Ciclon Ramirez replaced Hijo del Pantera
2) Emperador Azteca & Heddi Karaoui b Imposible & Metaleón
3) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. b El Bandido, Golden Magic, Zumbi
money thrown in
4) Chicano (Puerto Rico) & Mr. 450 COR Cibernético & Taurus (ex-AAA)
Mr. 450 pinned Taurus and Cibernetico got counted out (and blamed the ref for counting too fast.) The Puerto Ricians are going as “Los Ilegals” – Chicano was the masked El Ilegal in AAA.
5) LA Park b Xtreme Tiger [Liga Elite]
6) Rey Escorpión b Carístico [Liga Elite]
Escorpion had his face painted up as if he was on the Dia de Muertos shows and won with the Aguijon Mortal. Escorpion wants a title match and Caristico accepted backstage.

Rey Escorpion picked up the clean win on Caristico a few weeks back and again here; something’s clearly coming, it’s just a matter of Elite getting there. People who’ve watched the show said the third match is really good. Attendance did not look good for this show.

Bandido, Golden Magic and Zumbi defeated Cibernetico, Sharlie Rockstar, and Heddi Karaoui on an Elite show in Cuernavaca on Thursday. It was a DQ win; Cibernetico fouled Bandido, then fouled the referee. Cibernetico seem to be attacking the referee in all his matches. Bandido’s brother Magia Blanca worked in the undercard; he hasn’t shown up on Elite tapings, but perhaps he’s also left CMLL.

DTU (FRI) 10/28/2016 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, DTU, Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport]
1) Erwin & Irving b Masizito & Porrito
2) Diva Salvaje, El Exótico, Yuriko b Moria, Niño De Cobre, Ovett
Ovett replaced Lokillo
3) Princesa Sugehit & Zeuxis b Lady Maravilla & Zuzu Divine
4) Charly Madrid & Oscar Sevilla b Hormiga & Neza Kid and Mike Segura & Sádico
money thrown in
5) Gallego & Mr. Cóndor DQ Jimmy & Kevin
The referee helped the Diabolicos beat the Nerds. They made hair match challenges for DTU’s 9th Anniversary.
6) Aero Boy & Drastik Boy b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora
Aero Boy & Drastick Boy beat the CMLL team in a good match.
7) El Gio & El Junior b Halloween & X-Fly and Cíclope & Toxico
Diva Salvaje & Yuriko challenged Ciclope and Ovett after the main event.

I don’t believe DTU has announced when/where their 9th Anniversary show is happening in December, but they’ve obviously got a card in mind for it; they’ve gone from directionless to a lot of matches being hinted at. (That probably needs to end up on a streaming service.)

Meanwhile in Japan, Masashi Takeda defeated Kenji Fukimoto to keep the main DTU championship. That title has been renamed the DTU World Championship after being defended in Japan. Miedo Extremo & Violento Jack lost a title challenge for the KFC Tag Team Championships, and I’m sure we all hope those titles are sanctioned by the chicken fast food place.

NJPW released the CMLL list of wrestlers for the FantasticaMania tour at intermission of their show this morning. (Fuego & Taguchi lost on that show, falling in the semifinals of the tag tournament.) The CMLL 16 luchadors going are:

Tecnicos: Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr., Máximo Sexy, Dragón Lee, Titán, Stuka Jr., Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr.

Rudos: Último Guerrero, Euforia, Ephesto, Cavernario, Hechicero, Okumura, Raziel

Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., Ephesto and Raziel are all debuting, with Panther Jr. coming one year after his brother and Soberano being on the same tour as his father. The NJPW video still does not list the extra date CMLL mentioned, which makes me think that maybe a show just got canceled.

FantasticaMania usually features a lot of CMLL title matches, especially on the Tokyo shows. Atlantis, Volador, Maximo, Dragon Lee, and Ultimo Guerrero are all current singles champions, and Hechicero would be one too if he wins on Tuesday. (The timing of when CMLL would’ve said OK to the list of people and when this title match was announced match up interestingly.) I’d still bet that Volador versus Kushida or whoever is junior champ at that time closes out the tour, but maybe there’d be another Volador singles match earlier. Kamaitachi turning back up to face Dragon Lee seems like a possibility. Ultimo Guerrero and Cavernario having big matches seem pretty likely too. There’s no team title being carried to Japan, but there’s still time for Raziel & Okumura to suddenly challenge the Panther & Guerrero Maya or something.

The next step is finding out those matches, but that’s a while away – we usually don’t get them until a couple weeks before the tour, in early January.

Cancerbero isn’t going to Japan with his long time partner, but he did win a multi-activity competition over Flyer, Tiger, Robin, Forastero, Raziel and Soberano. They were all doing an appearance at the Granja Las Americas theme park, climbing rock walls and shooting paint guns and riding in cars as part of a marketing tie up. No video, but there are photos. Cancerbero beat out Soberano and Flyer for first overall.

Hechicero, Okumura and Ultimo Guerrero were involved in a nearly as goofy competition: the ROH six man tournament. They wrestled two matches on Saturday’s Ring of Honor taping in Maryland: they defeated Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Kamaitachi in the quarterfinals (in the first week of TV), and lost to the Kingdom in the semifinals (week three or four.) I’m not sure when these episodes start airing. It sounds like Team CMLL did well, and got CMLL chants after their loss. I can’t come up with a time when people have actually chanted CMLL in Mexico, so this seems to be going well.

CMLL didn’t post full results for Coliseo, so we’ll handle that later.  CMLL’s show tonight, at 7pm ET, has Rush vs Ultimo Guerrero and will be streamed on YouTube.

 

The Lucha Underground shows in Houston are going on as I’m pecking away at this. There first show was so full that there were people turned away, and the second show was the busier show last week. (Get to to Tamale festival early if you’re going in San Diego.)

Lucha Underground posted a bonus clip Sunday afternoon, setting up a Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Son of Havoc match for this week an d teasing Famous B managing more people.

AAA put up this week’s TV show. Pentagon did end up working in Tijuana instead of the TV taping, where he was the one who took the loss in the Texano/Mesias/Pentagon three way tittle match. Texano snuck in a foul and small packaged him.

Cara Lucha announced they’ll start a tournament to crown their first ever Cruiserwieght champion on their 11/19 show. The poster actually implies the name of the title is The Best, and Cara Lucha The Best Championship would be a more amusing name.

Lucha Memes indicated they’d be running Arena Aficion in a few months.

Powerbomb.TV, a soon to open wrestling VOD service, announced their service will include RIOT shows from Monterrey.

Black Terry Jr. posted photos from a Saturday show in Villa del Carbon.

Wrestling with Words rewatches the Villanos versus Psycho Circus.

The guitarist from Tool performed in a Pentagon Jr. outfit.

Mistico’s been hanging around the Mexico F1 race all weekend.

Super Fly says he won’t rest until he retires Aerostar; he will never sleep again.

10/28 AAA TV Results (Tlalnepantla)

AAA
AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 10/28/2016 Lienzo Charro de Los Reyes Ixtacala, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México [AAA]
1) El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache COR Mamba, Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker
OGT watched the match from ringside, distracted Faby and Tirantes quickly counted her out.
2) Dave The Clown, Parka Negra, Súper Fly b Aerostar, Máscara De Bronce, Venum
The debuting Mascara de Bronce (Gotita de Plata) was the mystery luchador and Venum did appear. Didn’t help – Super Fly powerbombed Aerostar thru a table as part of his victory.
3) Hijo del Fantasma b Drago, Angélico [AAA CRUISER]
Drago replaced Jack Evans. The tecnicos asked for this to be made a cruiserweight title match. Fantasma agreed. They used elimination rules this time, with Angelico beat Dragon and Fantasma beating Fantasma to keep the title. Sixth defense.
4) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
Tirantes helped OGT win and officially is part of the group. Zorro offered them a title match.
5) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown b Daga & Joe Lider and Damián 666 & Pagano
Changed from a three way trios to a three way tag (Psycho/Wagner moved to the main event, Pentagon doubled booked in Tijuana.) Rudos just all teamed up and beat up the Perros. The traitor clowns got the win.
6) Psycho Clown NC Dr. Wagner Jr.
no finish when Pagano, Murder, Monster and Damian ran in, and Aerostar, Angelico, Daga and Lider made the save. Daga spoke out against the rudos. The TripleMania challenges were brought up again.

Air Date: a good question! This has grown from a one taping show to maybe a two taping one. It’ll definitely start 11/05 and it may be 11/12 (which would bump everything else a week back.)

I mentioned false advertising with Fenix on TripleMania. AAA appears to have done the same here, listing Pentagon in the main event and not telling people he was going elsewhere even as they were sending him to Pentagon. That is no bueno but they don’t seem to be changing it.

As a maybe make up, AAA did Psycho/Wagner – but then didn’t do a finish. This show also had two evil referee finishes and essentially a 4 on 2 handicap match. That can’t have been too fun to watch. In WWE, they might counterbalance this by doing a dark match 5v5 match with everyone in the main event, and Psycho beating Damian or whatever after a few minutes. That’s not how people see wrestling in Mexico, but it’d make for a more enjoyable show. All I can think of is, even before seeing a moment of the card, there’s only two matches which have a chance of being watchable and the rest of looks likes like stuff I’ll want to endure for as little time as possible. This needed a better balance between getting heat on the heels and having actual watchable TV.

We know Gotita de Plata is Mascara de Bronce because Gotita posted a photo of Mascara de Bronce on his Instagram, wrote about it being a new chapter in his career, and then attempted to change his Instagram name to Mascara de Bronce. (As of this writing, he has it as “Mascara de Bromce AAA”; it’s hard out there for a flying goat.) It’s nice to see him get a shot and I like what we can see of the costume, but the name is a little too generic for my tastes.

Aerostar versus Super Fly seems to be on once again. I downplayed the chances of the career vs career matches they were hyping, and you’ll end up right most of the time if you’re cynical about AAA midcard feuds, but it does come off as if they’re going somewhere with this. It should be good.

Random title defenses on AAA shows are good. The next title defense won’t be random; we already knew there was a trios title match between the Xinetez and OGT next Friday in Aguascalientes. Everything’s going OGT’s way – sometimes it means they’re about to stumble, but I’m more confident in them this time.

I bet I’m going to get so annoyed when Tirantes counts out Faby even though Mary and/or Apache are standing in the ring, but it’s an evil referee so it doesn’t have to make any sense. AAA leaning back heavily into the evil referee thing is annoying as a viewer. It’s seems solely part of the the OGT/Apaches/Xinetes storyline (which seems separate from everything else, probably because it’s being produced by those involved), so Tirantes will be normal in the rest of them, but adding the Xinetez now means it’s happening on a third of the card.

Daylight Savings Time, Valiente champion, Rey Fenix talks about AAA

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

AN IMPORTANT THING: Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning in Mexico. It’s a week later in the United States. ALL MEXICO STREAMS WILL BE AN HOUR LATER NEXT WEEK. I forgot about this until Albert pointed it out. CMLL Sunday’s show will start at 6pm CT, Puebla will come on at 10pm CT, Tuesday’s show will be at 8:30pm CT, Friday’s show at 9:30pm – all an hour later. I’m going to have to say this about 50 times in the next week but maybe some people will read this?

CMLL (FRI) 10/28/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, MedioTiempo, Sipse]
1) Apocalipsis & Metálico b Bengala & Flyer
Rudos took 2/3
2) Disturbio, Okumura, Virus b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely DQ Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
straight falls, with Marcela being KOed after an illegal choke to cause the DQ. Marcela was stretchered out (though it seemed like a worked injury) and gets a title shot out of this. Dalys was the evil god thru the night (along with Valiente and Volador.) Starting with this match, the losers were all taken to hell.
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 2/3
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Rush snuck in a foul on UG.
6) Valiente b Volador Jr. [CMLL Universal, final]
Seconds were Soberano and Mephisto (Valiente, also back from Hell rather quick.) Valiente took falls 1/3, the last with two Valiente Busters to win.

Valiente said he couldn’t come up with the words to describe what he felt; he seems as surprised by the outcome as everyone else. Just three years ago, CMLL saw Valiente as not being as important Vangellys in the final of that year’s En Busca de un Idolo tournament. Vangellys is currently the fourth man in a three man group. Valiente won the national welterweight title when CMLL wanted to move him up to the midcard. Since then, he’s lost thirteen straight singles title matches, including one just a month ago. There’s overarching story you can tell, about a guy who quit lucha for years because he was going nowhere, then came back to work himself from the very bottom of CMLL to the very top in a place (and a country) where that is extremely difficult to do. However, the microstory is how CMLL used him just three days before this, as a guy who at best comes close to winning but always ends up losing at the end, and with fans mostly accepting it rather than getting fired up about. (Hechicero cheating didn’t seem to get people fired up for Valiente, it just came and went.) If CMLL is committed to make Valiente a top guy, with a specific destination in mind, then this was a great way to destroy those old impressions of Valiente and make people give him another chance to start off that new role. If Valiente continues in his usual near top role, then this is just a waste of tournament and a waste of booking an upset winner. Yes, you’ll have taught people that upsets can happen but, unless there’s strong follow up, you’ll have taught people that it doesn’t matter all that much.

The bitter part is, new guys strongly put in top positions is what we’re always asking out of major lucha libre promotions, this is CMLL doing that, and we’re still unhappy because it’s not the right guy (and they did so by beating a more deserving guy.) I’m not sure what dark horse in the field would’ve been a good upset winner. People would’ve been happy for Rey Cometa winning, but it’s take even more for the fans (and CMLL itself) to see Cometa as a top guy. I would’ve liked Dragon Rojo better, because he’s put in the work in improving his wrestling and his character, but I doubt it would’ve been a generally popular pick. Otherwise, it was just a group of guys who are not very good or would gain only little by an upset run like this – there wasn’t a young guy like Barbaro Cavernario or Titan or even a Rey Escorpion were a series of upset wins would represent a big change.

Three years ago, Valiente would probably have been that guy to represent a big change. He hasn’t been successful as a singles wrestler, but he’s been a trios champion for two of the last three years. He’s best suited for that smaller role, and has slipped in other areas as he’s grown older. His wrestling isn’t as varied and interesting as it used to be. He’s the same OK promo he’s always been. Valiente’s costuming has become polarizing; most people would say it’s for the worst, but he obviously thinks it’s much better. The only major change from the guy who wasn’t considered vital enough to be Vangellys to the guy who beat Volador is his physique, turning into a small ball of muscle. Valiente doesn’t seem to use that muscle in any significant way during his matches – he’s only doing a stripped down version of the same offense he’s always done – but he clearly takes great pride in it and it certainly seems CMLL feels the same. It was hard not to notice both Mephisto and Sobreano wearing Omega Team track pants while seconding the guys in the main event. That same logo has been on Valiente’s gear for the last couple of years. I’m not sure if they have a sponsorship deal with CMLL itself or just the individual wrestlers, but the result of the main seemed like an endorsement of their supplement/steroids products above anything else.

Volador losing can be chalked up to CMLL’s usual bit of spreading all the big wins around and feeling he just got one. I’m skeptical that’s the best way to make a star. Attendance seemed down this year compared to past Dia de Muertos shows.

LuchaWorld has a translation of +LuchaTV’s interview with Rey Fenix. There’s a lot in there, and you should read or watch the whole thing. Some of the same stories were told on the Highspots interview with Fenix a month or so back too, so you may want to check that out.

The immediate most important part of the interview is Rey Fenix says he separated his shoulder in the CaraLucha match, but is expecting to be back by 11/18 for the Guadalajara Muchas Luchas show and making every date about that. He does not sound too concerned about the injury long term, but is taking care to rest until then.

It’s clear he won’t be going back to AAA when he’s done. Fenix seems to have had issue with AAA with how he was being used, how much he was being paid and how the wrestlers are treated, but the actual breaking point was when he decided to move to San Diego. Fenix did tell AAA, and AAA was angry with him for not telling them and generally moving. The way Fenix told it, AAA’s both sort of cut him off from working for them and threatened him with legal action for working anywhere else. Fenix says he was willing to work both the Veracruz and TripleMania shows, called to ask for travel info, and was never sent plane tickets for either. He says the Roldans would only take to him for a few minutes to allow him to explain what he was doing, but at the same time have gone to lucha libre commissions to try and get Rey Fenix blocked from wrestling (because AAA owns the Fenix name.) Rey Fenix notes he may eventually be forced to change his name yet again.

Rey Fenix does not know where this will leave him with Lucha Underground. He’s hoping to have a meeting with the LU people to discuss things soon. Rey Fenix loves Lucha Underground and very much wants to keep working there, but not if he has to go back to AAA. He’s rather just keep doing the indie traveling he’s doing rather than go back to AAA under any circumstances.

AAA always has their own side to these stories, and rarely actually tells them. It’s possibly, maybe even likely there’s more going on here than Fenix wants to talk about – money is usually the source of problems, but no one in lucha likes to talk about money in public (or much in private.) In a small way, I can feel for AAA here. If one of your employees decides to relocate out of the country without telling you, that’s a bit rude (and in a lot of other industries, maybe grounds to let someone go.) But, if it’s gone down the way Fenix says, and AAA just both cut Fenix off and stopped him from working anywhere else, then that’s crazy. You’ve got to work with people. It sticks out that AAA seems to definitely have worked with Taya in what seems to be same situation. Maybe Taya gave more of a heads up on her move, and Taya’s earned a lifetime of points with AAA for her work (and they’re not going to break ties with her while booking Mundo), but Fenix going forward seems to be as valuable as Taya is, except AAA doesn’t seem to value the relationships the same. Even a part time Fenix is a big help for a promotion short on stars, and AAA’s is currently willing to fly in lots of other people from the US because they need the star power. Maybe a better comparison is Hernandez, who had an ugly break up with Lucha Underground, and still got brought back to be the third or fourth most important guy in Team Trump. AAA got over whatever issues they had there to bring in a guy in a much less important role than Fenix. Flying someone out of the US is an added cost, maybe one not easy for AAA to afford, but there seems to be a larger statement being made about staying in line with AAA or else that’s being made.

Fenix isn’t the first person to complain about the working conditions in AAA. He probably won’t be the last. AAA showcases the giant buses they use take people to TV tapings, but the spot shows are a much less glamorous life. AAA has the hardest schedule of any major league promotion. So many small shows in random locations and rough situations. CMLL has some of that too, but they also have a handful of regular weekly stops; it’s probably not fun to be a bus for a long time to go to Guadalajara, but you know the bus, you know the venue, you probably know the area around the venue, there’s a routine to it. An AAA luchador can go to any city in Mexico on any day of the week in whatever vehicle they happen to have available to send them at that point in time. It’s not even the US indies, where at least you might have the privacy/security of your own car, it’s more public/group transport. You’ve got have to a definite adventurous spirit to want to do it, and I’m sure it seems a lot less attractive once you start comparing it to flying into cities in the US. (When someone eventually writes about the effects of LU, this is going to be one of them – if that show never happens, then those guys never get booked in the US, and they never see the differences between Mexico and US wrestling conditions for themselves.)

If Fenix is telling the truth, that means AAA absolutely and shamelessly advertised someone to appear at TripleMania that they had no intention of actually wrestling at the show. If lucha libre was a commissioned sport, someone probably would be looking into those statements.

Sexy Star quit AAA in February. She hasn’t missed a Lucha Underground taping, and, at least in front of the crowd, there’s been no indication she’s in trouble with Lucha Underground or will be written out of the company. If anything, the people who write LU have specifically gone the other way, making it clear she’s still very valued to them no matter what happened with her and AAA. Jack Evans worked LU shows last weekend despite being already fired from AAA. I suspect Fenix will have a conversation with Lucha Underground people next week when they’re in San Diego, and he’ll be back in Lucha Underground for Season 4 this year. It seems pretty likely, and Konnan’s said as much, that AAA’s power in Lucha Underground has been reduced to where they can no longer ban AAA wrestlers who are no longer AAA wrestlers. They have money in LU so they have influence, but the impression I get is if the other people want someone to stay enough, they will stay. Fenix is a key part of Lucha Underground for the first three season and I’d suspect he’ll stay that way as long as he’s under contract to them.

My bigger concern is is how this affects everyone else. If AAA truly is trying to block Fenix from working in places in Mexico, then it stands to reason they’d try to force that elsewhere where they have leverage, and the only leverage they really have is taking away Pentagon. I imagine Angelico & Jack will still work their tag stuff even while Jack’s gone from AAA, and I’d imagine Pentagon & Fenix would keep wanting taking their match and their tag stuff around too. Fenix lets slip that he’s booked for PWG in December, and I’ve got a very strong suspicion it’s going to be a follow up to the Fenix/Pentagon versus Young Bucks match from BOLA weekend. Pentagon makes good money working PWG, he makes good money working AAW with Fenix, if AAA tries to block him from working those sorts of places, it’s going to force Pentagon to make his own choice. I don’t think AAA wants it to come to that. I’m sure they want some revenge on Fenix in their heart, but they ought to be thinking with their head and back off before they make it worse.

CMLL’s back in Arena Coliseo tonight – or maybe it already happened, given the pace I’m going. The scheduled main event is Shocker, Terrible and Rey Bucanero versus Stuka, Diamante Azul and Valiente. That sounds not great. CMLL’s preview doesn’t mention Valiente coming is a Universal champ, which make me think it was written Friday and they hadn’t been told Valiente was winning. Drone makes another appearance in the semimain.

A show in Chilpancingo is advertising Dragon Lee & local Rey Nocturno versus Xtreme Tiger & Bestia 666. Sounds fun. An indie show in Mexico City has Wotan vs Impulso vs Obscuro, and seems like the kind of thing that might show up on YouTube. There’s a GDR free show at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera using CMLL & Elite wrestlers, with Cibernetico & La Mascara versus Pierroth & Rush. There’s no way that will be good, but the Star Jr. & Bandido vs Cuatrero & Sanson match probably will be.

Sunday’s CMLL show will air live on CMLL’s stream as part of the Dia de Muertos run of shows. The main event is Ultimo Guerrero versus Rush, which just aired weeks ago on the same CMLL stream. CMLL strongly believes different audiences go to different days of the week and so they can run the same matches on different days without burning people out. They either haven’t realized it’s the same audience watching all these streams, or they just aren’t bothered by that part so much.  The only thing which seems safely worth seeking out is the segunda with Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., the Panther versus Misterioso, Morphosis and Tiger.

Sunday has the Titanes del Ring loaded show in Arena Naucalpan. Rey Fenix will not be on it; Laredo Kid replaced him in Queretaro, so maybe that’s the plan here too. I don’t know if this will be taped by AYM (kind of doubt it), but that’s another one where handhelds will probably turn up.

Sunday also has a Demasiado versus Maximo hair match in Xalapa. And Lucha Underground runs in Houston.Misterioso’s 11/03 Ring of Honor match is a four way match with Hangman Page, Lio Rush and Sho Tanaka (Raijin). That’s going to be weird. The Panther’s match is not yet announced. Ultimo Guerrero, Hechicero and Okumura are in ROH tonight. Even in the airport, Ultimo Guerrero wears that bandage.

Taya says she’s heading back to Japan in three weeks, I think. Haven’t seen anything specific announced.

The Rey Mysterio museum in Tokyo is being kept open an extra week due to high levels of interest.

The Crash says Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy will be in their 10/26 main event. Aeroboy is also advertised for the show. The Crash is using big names and already taping (and sometimes streaming) their shows; they should be an obvious get for one of the hopeful streaming networks.

Caristico and Rey Fenix are half of a Lucha Libre Boom main event on 12/08. Caristico & Rey Fenix were supposed to be tag partners in AAA in one of the many 2014-2015 storylines that were just dropped a third of the way thru.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 11/04/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso vs Okumura, Pólvora, Virus
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible
4) Dalys © vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
sixth defense
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

Title matches probably should be higher up. CMLL announced this title match during the show to the live crowd; you’d also think they’d want to have Marcela earn the show in a more impressive way than being choked almost to death. It’s just an odd way to set up a title match.

Main event is a relevos increibles because CMLL’s insistent on Rush being a tecnico even though they never explain it and no one else sees him as a tecnico. Valiente celebrates his big win by not even being booked, though Volador versus Rush should be entertaining. The Hijos del Infierno are together for a second straight week, so maybe there’s something coming up with them. Rey Cometa was taken off shows this week, but perhaps he’ll be back next week. (The women being reduced to a title match means the usually good men’s tercera is back this week, and hopefully for more than just one week.) Stukita and Mercurio are in the opener; Mercurio hasn’t been around since August. Nice to get him back.