Drone debut, Lucha Underground preview & tour

Drone (photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL)
Drone
(photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL)

CMLL (TUE) 10/18/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Akuma & Metálico b Metatrón & Robin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Disturbio, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Okumura replaced Arkangel. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Skándalo b Star Jr. [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Skandalo Driver for the win.
4) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 18 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3, the last a DQ when Mephisto fouled Dorada

I’ve only watched the fourth match so far. Drone was very much spotlighted and worked with Hechicero most of the match; they were doing all they could to get the character over. Drone talked post match, where he’s trying really hard to do a fake voice. He was treated like a new wrestler in the match (complete with Angel de Oro giving him the traditional kick to the backside for a debuting guy), but he didn’t wrestle like a new guy. He kind of wrestled like a guy trying to hide his identity, not really doing a lot but simple stuff in the first fall before doing more complex stuff in the third. The presentation came off as if Drone was meant to be the big star of the group; he may have started on a Tuesday tercera, but it felt like he’d be moving up soon.

Drone’s been guessed to be Hombre Bala most frequently. Drone didn’t do any of the trademark Hombre Bala spots, but did use the same rope flip moonsault that Bala’s used from time to time. I didn’t pick this up originally, but Drone also has the same piercing near his mouth that Bala does (though it’s a different colored stud there now.) I’m not sure it’s Bala, but there was nothing to dissuade you if you already believed it was him. As of now, Drone has no next match listed, while Bala is scheduled Monday in Puebla.

Also after the match, Angel de Oro talked about his ROH trip. He, Fuego and Titan are off to Japan for three weeks. They start on the 21st (Friday), and that first show will air on NJPW World at 4:30AM CT with the quarterfinals of the Super Juniors Tag Team tournament.

The main event definitely seems like it’s starting up a trios title program. Lucifierno is making the main event two weeks in a row and they’ve already got a singles match set up, so it’s surely a trios title defense and probably on 11/01. That also means Dorada is still around on 11/01 (and we’re taking it day by day on that at this point.)

Lucha Underground 3×7 is called Payback Time. Things announced:

  • Matanza versus a Dial of Doom winner for the Lucha Underground championship
  • Mil Muertes versus Prince Puma – video
  • something with Fenix, Drago, Aerostar (implied to be a trios match)
  • something with Johnny Mundo trying to get a title shot (again)

There’s previews of the next two episodes out if you know where to look. I believe there’s a big announcement on this show, but they could always change things around in editing. Things are going to happen.

(I think I’m not going to be around Twitter much tonight, but everything should get done on the normal schedule.)

Son of Havoc said he’ll be in Phoenix for the Lucha Underground show. Taya’s said she’ll be on the San Diego show. Ricochet has mysterious passport issues which are causing him to miss the first few days of the NJPW tour, which would also just happen to allow him to make his (first priority) show in Phoenix. I (or you!) could spend the next few days trying to figure out who’s on what LU shows, but the things I know are

  • Not everyone is going to be on all the shows.
  • Lucha Underground long ago worked out who’s going to be on which shows
  • Lucha Underground isn’t going to promote who’s on the shows (or the matches) because they’re promoting the brand and/or not very good at this

Lucha Underground luchadors working the shows were told weeks and maybe months ago. Those bookings can always be adjusted, or people could (fairly) assume these shows weren’t ever happening and might have already booked themselves elsewhere, but Lucha Underground could’ve rolled out a list of talent at about the same time they announced these events. Instead, it took them four days after Cricket announced the shows to acknowledge it themselves and everything else is going to be a surprise. “The shows will be good! I wish they did a better job of promoting!” – the eternal Lucha Underground frustration.

These shows came up briefly on the latest MLW Radio. show. Court Bauer happened to eat dinner with Dorian Roldan in New York recently. Bauer said these shows are low risk (Cricket’s covering it, I’d guess) and they’d be thrilled if they drew 1,000 fans for each show. They expect the shows to be very good and hope that increases interest. Maybe that tells us a little bit of why Lucha Underground isn’t doing some bigger tour: if they don’t think they can draw more than 1,000 fans for free, than a larger scale (and paying) tour seems economically unwise. (On the other hand, they’d probably draw better if they advertised it more than six days ahead of time. I hope they advertise it on TV tonight.)

AAA posted Garza Jr. versus Johnny Mundo, which did not air on their TV show.

11/03 Arena Aficion has a loser loses hair cage match with Ultimo Guerrero, Lizmark Jr., Terrible, Scorpio Jr., Alan Stone and Barbaro Cavernario (which probably means Scorpio or maybe Alan losing.)

Shogun lost his mask to Makro in a cage match on Arena Coliseo San Ramon’s anniversary show.

Valiente is happy to be in the Universal final.

Psycho Clown is still angry.

Dr. Wagner Jr. still is talking up the mask match with Psycho Clown.

The crew from +LuchaTV is now working with MedioTiempo.

Photos from the Mucha Lucha Atlanta show this weekend.

The Texas Standard interviews Xavier Garcia, author of a series of kid’s lucha libre books.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/23/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Máscara De Ángel vs Adrenalina
2) Black Dragón & Cadilac vs Araña de Plata & Skanda
3) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije vs Demonio Infernal, Picudo Jr., Violencia Jr.
4) Danny Casas, Pantera I, Zatura vs Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I
5) El Hijo del Diablo vs Black Terry [hair]
6) Imposible © vs Trauma II [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
second defense

First IWRG show in two weeks, though both of those matches were set up by previous weeks. Both should be good. Zatura is much higher than usual for his occasional apperance.

CMLL (TUE) 10/25/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Drone, Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Ripper
4) Atlantis vs La Máscara, Valiente, Gran Guerrero, Johnny Idol, Vangellys, Stuka Jr., Bobby Z, Blue Panther Jr., Hechicero, Esfinge, Misterioso Jr. [NWA LH, cibernetico, #1 Contenders]
winner faces Rey Bucanero next week
5) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Main event is a rematch. Cibernetico had been announced before; I thought Valiente, Idol and Stuka were contenders before. Valiente’s got his win in the Universal tournament, so that cuts down the field a bit more. Tercera should be pretty good.

CMLL (TUE) 10/25/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & El Yaqui vs Évola & Mr. Apolo
2) Mágico, Robin, Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Maléfico, Nitro
3) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Dalys, Metálica, Zeuxis
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Blue Panther [CMLL MIDDLE]
16th defense
5) Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero

The most middleweight defenses we have is Satanico with 19th. We’re probably missing a bunch, but that’s the number we have. Dragon Rojo is getting close. He’ll probably get one closer after this defense over Panther (which appears to have a one week build); that match should be interesting, but a title change seems unlikely.

Evola/Yaqui’s Sunday feud crosses over for at least one night.

DTU (FRI) 10/28/2016 Arena Neza
1) Masizito & Porrito vs Erwin & Irving
2) Diva Salvaje, El Exótico, Yuriko vs Lokillo, Moria, Niño De Cobre
3) Princesa Sugehit & Zeuxis vs Lady Maravilla & Zuzu Divine
4) Hormiga & Neza Kid vs Charly Madrid & Oscar Sevilla and Mike Segura & Sádico
5) Jimmy & Kevin vs Gallego & Mr. Cóndor
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora vs Aero Boy & Drastik Boy
7) Halloween & X-Fly vs El Gio & El Junior and Cíclope & Toxico

I’m pretty sure I was at a show where Halloween said he did his last extreme match ever!! (in DTU). My heart is broken unforeseeable mistruths. In more useful analysis, I guess this means Halloween is officially done with AAA to be working a show with CMLL guys.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-09-10/17/24

dueling topes
dueling topes

Recapped: 10/17/2016

The three mid September episodes covered TripleMania, which was previously reviewed as an iPPV (including the Lucha Underground match, which did not air on TV.) All episodes had a few minutes of extra finish.

The September 10th episode included an AAA Rewind feature on TripleMania I. The video quality of the TripleMania I footage looked much better than we have elsewhere. This week also promoted the 09/16 Hard Rock show through the show.

The Copa Antonio Pena match aired on September 10th, followed by interviews with both men to build to their match for Heroes Inmortales. Daga believes all the foreigners don’t respect Mexican lucha libre. Australian Suicide calls Daga a coward for running in and throwing a chair at his head (six sitches), and Daga says he didn’t whine about almost getting his eye knocked out by Suicide because it’s lucha libre. Daga says everyone wanted him to win the TripleMania Cup, and Australian Suicide ruined it for him.

The Pentagon/Mundo title match also aired this week. El Fantasma gets a graphic, as the president of lucha libre in Mexico City, when he’s shown post match (and while he looks on unable to do anything.)

The AAA Rewind on the 09/17 show focuses on Love Machine and his role on the first TripleMania. The Hard Rock video packages are replaced by clips of last week’s Daga/Suicide interviews, to promote Heroes Inmortales.

The not-yet-OGT versus Apaches match is followed by an interview with the Apaches separately discussing the match. Faby & Mary feel they showed how tough they were, and were surprised by their father’s actions. El Apache says it hurt to see his daughters hit and bleeding and he had to act. The Apaches are happy to be reunited, despite what happened.

The main event of this week is the AAA Heavyweight Title match.

AAA Rewind on September 24 starts with Cien Caras, talks about all the people who lost apuesta matches on TripleMania. The last one listed is Joaquin Roldan, and I believe he actually won that match (but did lose his hair.) That’s where they end it – the more recent loses by Cibernetico, Texano and Brian Cage are unmentioned (though Mesias’ losses are left in.)

Starting this week, the Heroes Inmortales promos are hyping Alberto’s involvement in the show (though they still end with Daga/Suicide.) The annual Anontio Pena mass is also mentioned.

The opener is the four way tag title match, and it’s followed by an Aerostar & Drago promo talking about the belts. They’re happy to be champion and defending the match at Heroes Inmortales. They preview the match. Aerostar says Super Fly’s career has gone down since he took his mask. (Laredo Kid’s name doesn’t come up. Garza Jr.’s name is missing from the TripleMania talk, for whatever it’s worth.)

Pagano versus Psycho Clown finishes the TripleMania hype.

great match roundup, week of 2016-09-17

this week’s recap

From this point until the far far future where I’m actually caught up, I’m trying my best to skip CMLL matches which seem to have no chance to be very good or meaningful. You’ll see a lot of not rated for a while.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Mephisto © vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-09-20 2016-09-20
great Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Mistico & Volador Jr. for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-09-19 2016-09-19
great Black Terry vs El Hijo del Diablo IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-09-19 2016-09-18
great Rush vs Matt Taven CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-09-23 2016-09-23
great Bárbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Mistico,La Máscara, Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Mephisto, Valiente,Euforia, Máscara Dorada, Dragón Rojo Jr. in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-09-23 2016-09-23

Other matches watched

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LU Tour, Puebla, Guadalajara results, Guatemala lucha

CMLL (SUN) 10/16/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro b Destello & Guerrero de la Muerte
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Sugar & Capitán Cobra b Gitano & Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Frezzer DRAW Mágico
Magico took 1, Freezer 2, and they double pinned off a tapatia.
4) Évola & Exterminador b El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos jumped the tecnicos and took 1, were DQed in the second for excessive violence, and Evola snuck in a foul on Yaqui to win. Yaqui demanded a singles match next week. Evola agreed and said he’d take Yaqui’s hair.
5) Flash II, Kempo Dragón, Star Black b Joker, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3. Terremoto’s first match here in a year.

Evola & Yaqui have that match this Sunday. Frezzer & Magico are off.

CMLL (MON) 10/17/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, Efekto]
1) Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, Inquisidor b Astro, París, Vega LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Vega’s first match in about 4 months.
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico b Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy DQ Negro Casas, Sam Adonis, Shocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Casas fouled Atlantis for the DQ.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, La Mascara pinning Mistico.

Doesn’t sound like there was a standout match on the show.

Tonight’s CMLL show in Arena Mexico has Mistico, Mascara Dorada and Diamante Azul against Mephisto, Ephesto, Luciferno. It’s rare the Hijos del Infierno actually team up in a main event; they’re still the national trios champions, and have been for a while primarily because the CMLL Universal math worked out that way. The semifinal has Atlantis, Valiente, and Stuka against Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Vangellys. The next two weeks are Rey Bucanero focuses – the cibernetico to determine a challenger on 10/25 (including all three tecnicos in this match) and his title match on 11/01. That likely means there’s nothing coming out of this show, because Tuesday shows usually only have one storyline and we already know it.

Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Drone (debuting under that name) take on Hechicero, Sagrado and Misterioso. The most popular guess for Drone has been Hombre Bala Jr. I’m not sure it’s him, but we’ll have a better idea after this match.

The lightning match is Star Jr. versus Skandalo, which will be a challenge (and probably a loss) for Star Jr. Rey Cometa, Fuego, and Pegasso versus Virus, Okumura and Disturbio is the second match. Robin & Metatron take on Akuma & Metalico in the opener.

CultIcon also previews the show. It airs at 7:30pm on CMLL & YouTube.

The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara main event is Rush teaming with people who don’t like him (a CMLL trademark), Dragon Lee & Maximo. They face Mr. Niebla, Shocker and Ultimo Guerrero. Guadalajara is also beginning it’s own official tourist bus today, after the success CMLL’s had with it in Mexico City. There’s been unofficial busses in Guadalajara prior, sponsored by bars, but this is linked up with the local bus tours. It’s $195 pesos per tripThere’s a picture of the bus: it’s a little odd Mystique is on the bus since she isn’t associated with Guadalajara and has wrestled there about 3 times.

Lucha Underground announced the tour dates yesterday, and today announced the details of the Phoenix show. There will actually be two shows, a 12:30 and a 3:00pm show. Attendance is free, but you’ll have get a wristband (and a new one for the second show.) No luchadors are mentioned as specifically appearing. There’s Facebook event pages for the shows in Houston and San Diego/Escondido listed as “12-6pm”, so possibly they’ll both be running two shows.

+LuchaTV posted video of Bengala being knocked out by Nino Hamburguesa’s corner cannonball in Mexico City on Saturday.

The Crash announced Sexy Star/Sexy Dulce for their 11/26 show.

Prensa Libre has a deep look at the history of lucha libre in Guatemala, on the occasion of the sport reaching 75 years in the country this past Sunday. The first show in Guatemala in 1941 – the then president was a fan of lucha libre, so they had it as part of his birthday party. The article mentions someone I don’t think I’ve heard of before, Joseph Azzari, as being a big star in the 70s. He’s said to have drawn a 30,000 crowd in 1973, and a 20,000 crowd in 1976 against Mil Mascaras.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and the latest Lucha Report.

Fuego en el Ring has relaunched their show as a YouTube podcast. Episode 2 is up now.

Segunda Caida writes about Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas versus Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr.

LA Park did an interview about the usual things while in Tijuana.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 10/24/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Meyer, Zaeta Roja vs Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Policeman
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Ares, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Bobby Z, Felino, Pólvora
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara

Mistico and La Mascara rematch in the main event. Atlantis & Negro Casas do the same in the semimain (and Shocker is around, so it could suddenly become a tag title match.) Second match should be good, though I may totally give up on Apocalipsis & Toro if it’s not. Bala being around here suggests he’s not Drone or CMLL isn’t paying attention. CMLL doesn’t pay attention a lot, so I dunno.

new video releases for weekend of October 16-17th

AAA was pre-empted for baseball on feed, and the other feed was down. No new IWRG this week.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7QrEITKziOHcS2q9R-B-6Lp

10/15 & 10/16 WWC: Cloud Drive

10/15 Elite USA: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-10-14
taped 2016-09-03 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) Leono, Magnus, Sensei vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
2) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-10-14
taped 2016-10-14 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
4) Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 vs Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr.
5) Mephisto & Shocker vs Último Guerrero, Negro Casas, Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Rey Cometa, Mistico for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a seeding battle royal match
6) Rey Cometa vs Máximo Sexy for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
7) Negro Casas vs Valiente for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
8) Mistico vs Último Guerrero for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
9) Mephisto vs Shocker for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
10) Valiente vs Máximo Sexy for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match
11) Último Guerrero vs Shocker for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match
12) Valiente vs Último Guerrero for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament semifinal match

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-10-15
taped 2016-10-03 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Johnny Idol, Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Sam Adonis
2) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys vs Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto
3) Rush vs Último Guerrero

PROESA on Efekto: 2016-10-15
taped 2016-09-11 @ Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
Cloud Drive
1) Águila Del America Jr. & Mirouge vs Óscar El Hermoso & Soy Raymunda
2) Ice Ángel & La Hielera vs Crazy Ángel & Diva Virtual
3) Kahoz Jr. & Ojo De Tigre vs Fuerza Negra & Maldito Jr.

Noches de Coliseo: 2016-10-16
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-10-11 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Konnan Big, Obsesión, Símbolo vs Golden Boy, Humberto Garza Jr., Súper Parka
taped 2016-10-02 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
2) Carístico, LA Park, Último Dragón vs Antifaz, Rush, Xtreme Tiger

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-09-23 

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Volador gets the rudos, misses me

Recapped: 09/23/2016

What happened: Rush beat Matt Taven in Taven’s tour ending match. Barbaro Cavernario & Volador advanced to the Reyes del Aire final.

What was good: The Reyes del Aire was a lot of fun and Rush/Taven is good too.

This is another where I was there live and already reviewed the show in other formats. Maybe I should’ve written down my notes for this recap then, but I didn’t think about it.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel, via magic.

Match 1: Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
Arena México, 09/23/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

  1. rudos
    • Raziel reverse campana Oro Jr. (7:12)
    • Cancerbero motocicleta Star Jr. (7:36)
  2. técnicos
    • DQ Cancerbero [Star Jr. mask pull] (1:05)
  3. rudos
    • double submission (3:59)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 12:40
Notes: Star Jr.’s mask comes off while Cancerbero gave him an inverted crucifix powerbomb. It came off after Star Jr. hit the mat, it wasn’t pulled off. Still, on TV, it feels like one of the Cancerberos trademark fake accidental mask removals.

Review: [below average] The usual stubborn performance by Raziel & Cancerbero against the rookies, where they take most of the match and an accidental mask pull means the técnicos don’t get a comeback and offense until very late. The técnicos didn’t have a good match but weren’t getting much help. There’s a springboard spot by Oro Jr. which looked not good live and doesn’t look much better here, but it’s clear it was Cancerbero unwilling to go along with the move. At least their double teams were nice.

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wait for it
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which team is the high flying tecnicos?

Match 2: Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
Arena México, 09/23/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

  1. rudos
    • Virus half crab armbar Fuego (7:49)
  2. tecnicos
    • Pegasso torito Puma (3:27)
    • Soberano guillotone moonsault Tiger (3:45)
  3. rudos
    • Puma & Tiger mouse trap Soberano (4:38)
    • Tiger backcracker & Puma middle rope double stomp Pegasso (5:42)

Winner: rudos (1/3)
Match Time: 17:16

Review: [OK] better than the last match, and really good in stretches, just with some oddness and obvious being held back by being in the second match. Puma & Tiger were rolling on the double teams, but it went a lot smoother with Pegasso than Soberano for whatever reason. Soberano’s moonsaults looked nice anyway. Virus and Fuego had good exchanges but (as a result of those double teams) really disappeared down the stretch.

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Soberano guillotine moonsault
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and one more moonsault

Match 3: Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán vs Bobby Z, Ephesto, Hechicero
Arena México, 09/23/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

  1. rudos
    • Ephesto shoulderbreaker Johnny Idol (4:27)
    • Bobby Z dropkick Titan (5:22)
  2. técnicos
    • Angel de Oro Skayde Special Bobby Z (4:16)
    • Titan El Inmortal Hechicero (4:18)
  3. técnicos
    • DQ Ephesto [foul to Johnny Idol] (7:00)

Winner: técnicos (2/3)
Match Time: 16:40

Review: [good] The (apparently) short lived Johnny Idol/Ephesto feud! It’s been a long time since the hat has been that random, but I get the feeling CMLL believes Idol is Corazon de Leon 2016 and they’re doing things to make him seem sympathetic. It’s a very slight feud, a little bit early which doesn’t stick until you look for it and the ending late, and then doesn’t seem to go anywhere after this. Surrounding it is a very exciting well worked match, with Titan and Hechicero stealing the show. Hechicero is the best assistman in the promotion, setting up his teammates all the time while also getting in his own shots. Angel de Oro looked smooth. Bobby Z needs a second offense move desperately, but at least he makes a lot of his move.

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leaping kick to the face
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Titan top rope moonsault to the floor

A Paralympic wrestling gold medalist is honored between matches.

Match 4: Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Arena México, 09/23/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

  1. técnicos
    • Shocker elbow drop Marco Corleone (3:38)
    • Ultimo Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero Stuka Jr. (3:54)
  2. rudos
    • Marco Corleone Aero Italia Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible (2:13)
  3. rudos
    • Ultimo Guerrero inside cradle Atlantis (4:28)
    • Shocker pin Stuka Jr. (4:33)

Winner: rudos (2/3)
Match Time: 10:40

Review: [ok] Normally, when I mention something seemed like a much better match in the building, I’m guessing based on the crowd reaction. This time, I was there, this was much better in the building. It’s a predictable ordinary comfortable match between these teams that came off professional but unmemorable on TV, and it was a fun time live. I can’t recommend it because you can’t travel back in time, but it’s a reminder that sometimes the simple stuff works well too. The finish, with the rudos just suddenly win off simple pins, was the exception. The rudo fans were happy about it, but it came off abrupt on any method of viewing.

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Aero Italia

Match 5: Rush vs Matt Taven
Arena México, 09/23/2016
Video: 
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  1. Matt Taven springboard kick (2:03)
  2. Rush corner dropkick (3:38)
  3. Rush Driver (4:40)

Winner: Rush (2/3)
Match Time: 10:21

Review: [great] This did also come across as more live, and felt a lot longer/deeper in person. It’s still a pretty good TV blowoff match, with Rush selling big for Taven’s moves, Taven looking impressive, and Rush nearly killing him on the bad dive catch before actually finishing him off with the Rush Driver. Neither man was really all that strong a técnico or rudo in this match, they just had a fight with Rush being his usual arrogant self. (The pose on the announce desk for no reason was pretty great.) I’m not sure I ever thought Taven was going to win, and it could’ve used more drama before the end, but it was still plenty entertaining.

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Taven springboard head kick
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Rush corner dropkick
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not the greatest work on the catch
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Rush Driver

Match 6: Bárbaro Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Negro CasasMisticoLa MáscaraDragón LeeMáximo SexyMephistoValienteEuforia,Máscara DoradaDragón Rojo Jr. in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match
Arena México, 09/23/2016
Video: , 
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  1. Valiente Buster on Dragon Rojo (5:36)
  2. DQ La Mascara [unmasking Dragon Lee] (7:32)
  3. Negro Casas casita Mascara Dorada (8:39)
  4. Euforica Special on Valiente (9:01)
  5. Mephisto Devil’s Wings on Máximo (10:03)
  6. Dragon Lee double stomp (12:21)
  7. Cavernario cavernaaria Dragon Lee (12:48)
  8. La Mistica on Euforia (14:10)
  9. Barbaro Cavernario springboard pump splash Mistico (14:43)
  10. Volador pin Mephisto (24:16)

Winner: Volador & Barbaro Cavernario
Match Time: 24:16

Review: [great] an amazing high spot fest and a high rate of action, especially in the first half of this match. There were so amazing spots that I lost track of them all. Volador stood out as a superhero at the end, but it felt like all the tecnicos got in great moments and they even fit some story in there with Mascara & Dragon Lee.

This was easily better the Taven/Rush, but the three way section pinfall breakup really annoyed me. I complain about it every time, but it’s a point where the last thing you want to do is break up pins, and they build the whole thing around breaking up pins. Even without that part of the match felt overly long, and like they were stretching it out to fit in a lot of ideas. The ending came off as cold and would’ve under any circumstance, but waiting so long to get there didn’t help.

This one worked better live too. TV is really good at following the one on one action, but it felt like they were missing during the multimans early. The big four way dive spot looked very good on TV, but was absolutely incredible live (plus had another dive they missed – poor Máximo got missed twice!) and the production just couldn’t keep out. The announcers weren’t any better at getting across the idea of the final two advancing to next than they were at getting across the idea live.

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operacion Dragon
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wait, what was Dorada’s actual plan here
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this looked 500% more amazing in person
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Valiente Special
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just the normal boost headscissors to the floor

 

Lucha Underground tour info, Mascara Dorada wins in Lucha Libre Boom

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SUN) 10/16/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b El Coyote & Grako
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
Oro Jr. replaced Starman (who’s been missing for a couple weeks now.) Straight falls for tecnicos, Skandalo unmasking Soberano.
3) Bobby Z, Sagrado, Virus b Esfinge, Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa b Kráneo, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
Johnny Idol replaced Diamante Azul on Monday. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
Diamante Azul replaced Angel de Oro (ROH) on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Another no angle show.

LLB DTU (SUN) 10/16/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport, R de Rudo]
1) Bracito De Plata b Dragóncito De Oro, Mini Fantasma De La Opera, Panterita, Súper Pinochito, Felinito, Mini Dr. Xtreme, Pachuco, Oficialito AK47
2) Atomic Star, Freelance, Ojo De Halcón b Chica Ye-Ye, Fuerza Negra, Robin
Robin replaced Loco Max and hit the barricade head first on an over the rope tope, needed medical attention.
3) Atm, Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Eterno, Fly Star, Séptimo Dragón, Toxin
Terry beat Eterno
4) Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza DCOR Mike Segura & Sádico and Arez & Belial Ronnie Mendoza y Draztick Boy vs Sadico y Mike Segura vs Arez y Belial | BOOM | 16-10-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Golden Generacion and Segura/Sadico went to a double countout after Arez & Belial were pinned.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario & Lunatik Xtreme b Carta Brava Jr. (IWL) & Fantasma de la Ópera and Cíclope & Paranoiko and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
Lunatik replaced Misterioso. Extreme match (barbed wire.) Barbaro Cavernario beat Ciclope & Paranoiko.
6) Máscara Dorada b Carístico, Titán (CMLL), Volador Jr. [Copa Boom Internacional] Volador Jr. vs Mascara Dorada vs Caristico vs Titán | BOOM | 16-10-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Dorada Driver on Titan. Said to be good.

Publimetro has a story collecting Black Terry Jr.’s video (and bloody pictures) of Robin’s accident.

Dorada went from not appearing on this show to winning the main event and getting a trophyTerry has the highlights of the main event; RobViper says it was really good. AYM was not taping the show, so you’ll have to get the show from Terry or someone else who recorded it on their own.

Mascara Dorada goes from this match to team with Mistico & Valiente tonight in Arena Puebla. They face Euforia, Gran Guerrero and La Mascara. Mascara’s involvement means this is less likely to end cleanly than on Friday, but Dorada’s been doing some of the best work of his career the last few months and even a normally sleepy match in Puebla might be must watching.

It’s all trios matches on the show tonight. Atlantis, Johnny Idol & Maximo face Negro Casas, Sam Adonis and Shocker; Adonis fouled Idol last week. Guerrero Maya, Stigma and Stuka face Invasors Kraneo, Olimpico and Ripper. Astral, Austirano, Electrico take on Mini Joker, Pequeno Violencia and Sauron, in a minis match which is one mini rudo short of being pretty good. The opener is Astro, Paris, Vega and Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, and Inquisidor.

The CMLL Puebla show airs at 9pm on CMLL.com/YouTube.

The venues for the Lucha Underground shows are out. Mariachi Loco posted the info on his Facebook, Marty Elias had it posted it before on instagram.

10/23 Phoenix – Arizona State Fair (free show with $10 adult/$5 children fair admission ticket)
10/30 Houston – Traders Village Flea Market ($4 parking and free admission)
11/05 Escondido (San Diego) – Tamale Festival (free admission)

No start times. None of the websites for these events mention Lucha Underground, but Lucha Underground has acknowledged them this morning when asked about them on Twitter and have said more details are coming.

These shows seem more like brand building than stand alone trying to make money themselves. That’s not necessarily a fatal flaw: DTU’s show at a fair on Sunday had an excellent sounding Ronnie Mendoza/Pesadilla vs Puma/Tiger match, so I think LU can have a good show at a Tamale Festival too. I would just keep your expectations in check if you’re going to these.

Angel de Oro lost to Kamaitachi in Dearborn on Saturday’s ROH show. Match was said to be pretty good. So that’s two things we can seem to credit to Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi: ROH seems more excited to bring in CMLL people, and Kamaitachi is actually winning now.

The La Parka story headlines Box Y Lucha 3255.

Magnifico took Tony Rivera’s hair on Coliseo Coacalco’s anniversary show. Black Out lost his mask to Mr. Potro in a cage match on the same show. He’s Jose Luis Contreras Chavez, 21 years old, 1 year a wrestler.

LigerFever translated +LuchaTV’s recent interview with Psycho Clown. Psycho Clown told a long story about how he absolutely can not wrestle for three weeks and he’s right on the edge of making Star Battle, and then he was in the ring a couple days later. (He probably shouldn’t be in the ring.)

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 10/23/2016 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) La Jarochita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Felino, La Máscara, Mephisto
5) Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rush vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event is listed a relevos increibles. In CMLL’s mind, Rush is still a tecnico. He’s a rudo in everyone else’s mind and all his friends are rudo but CMLL is weird.

There’s likely a big match on 10/30, though not one they’ve bothered to set up. Rush/UG? Volador/Mephisto? Mistico/Mascara?

There’s been lots of women’s matches of late, but not a lot of Zeuxis. She’s not been totally frozen out since her WWE appearance, but this will be only her second appearance in the last four weeks.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 10/23/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Astrolux, Baby Star, Zafiro (Chihuahua) vs Black Metal, Diosa Atenea, Moria
2) Impulso vs Mike Segura
3) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
4) Negro Navarro © vs Alberto Dos Rios [FMLL CHAMP]
5) Keira vs Silueta
6) Ronnie Mendoza vs Dragón Lee
7) Hechicero vs Sammy Guevara

Full card for this Sunday’s show; I think the opener’s new. 3/6/7 have great potential.

CMLL (SUN) 10/23/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo vs El Diplomático
2) Cosmos & El Alteño vs Mr. Brisa & Relámpago
3) El Divino, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Demonio Rojo, Gran Kenut, Thunder Boy
4) El Yaqui vs Évola
5) Metatrón, Nautilius, Neutrón vs Joker, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno

Yaqui/Evola were in a tag match this week after Evola cheated to win two weeks ago, so that’a  feud and maybe an upcoming hair match.

XMW (SAT) 11/12/2016 Arena XMW, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Maldad & Poseidón
2) Toxin, Wasson, Yoruba vs Douki, Orión, Taylor Wolf
3) Arez vs Belial, Kronoz, Torny, Fly Metalik, Obscuro
4) Látigo vs Rey Cometa vs Fly Warrior
5) Metaleón vs Tiger
6) Wotan vs LA Park vs Fly Star

XMW exists, has it’s own arena? Definitely has an odd main event.

LU live tour, Coliseo results, LLB in Naucalpan

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when they say to make sure your posts always have a photo, I bet this isn’t what they meant

CMLL (SAT) 10/15/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico b Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
Fantasy replaced Astral on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo b Flyer, Oro Jr., Robin
Flyer replaced Fuego (moved up) on Tuesday. Robin replaced Leono, Hijo del Signo replaced Virus. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Jarochita, Sanely
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Felino, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther, Fuego, Johnny Idol
Fuego replaced Esfinge on Tuesday. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja

A no news show.

A press release on Cricket Wireless’ site mentions a Lucha Underground tour. There are three shows, Sunday 10/23 Phoenix, Sunday 10/30 Houston and Saturday 11/05 San Diego. (These are the same dates the WON has mentioned.) There’s no details on who exactly will be on those show, the start times, the venues, or how to get tickets. It’s part of a larger contest to win a trip to Los Angeles for a taping, though the rules page for the contest isn’t working.

Lucha Underground itself hasn’t mentioned this, but many of the talent saw the same mention of it I did and have started to hype it on their own social media. Everyone wants to know to get tickets, no one’s said how to get tickets. The press release went up on Friday, perhaps we’ll get more info on Monday.

If you’re close to those shows, my suggestion is to a Cricket Wireless Monday and see if they know anything about the contest or the ticket. There’s a good chance they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about, but there’s a slight chance they might be able to help you out. The reporting on this has said the tickets were going to be free, and it might just be a deal where you have to go in and look at some phones and they’ll give you a ticket for your time. It’s also possible this was just put up by accident and some deal didn’t get done – if LU isn’t pushing this by Monday night, something’s gone wrong.

Today’s show at Arena Naucalpan is a loaded Lucha Libre Boom show. The main event is scheduled to be Caristico vs Volador vs Titan vs Mascara Dorada, only Mascara Dorada has said multiple times he’s not working the show. Until yesterday, when a video of him saying he’ll be on the show turned up. On his new Gran Metalik Facebook page, he says he and the promoter worked it out. This show may air on AYM Monday night; most non-IWRG shows do not, but the last Lucha Libre Boom show at that building did.

It’s a busy day for Caristico, since he’s also listed as main eventing the Arena Mexico show. The event in Naucalpan will start at least 45 minutes (and probably more) after the CMLL one, so he should be able to make both. On the CMLL show, Caristico is supposed to team with Marco Corleone and Diamante Azul, only Azul is also listed on a card in Florida. That’s a less plausible double shot. The main event rudos are Ultimo Guerrero, La Mascara and Mr. Niebla, but Niebla is also listed in Coahuila. Someone didn’t do a great job of scheduling this week.

AAA posted this week’s TV show, covering the second half of Heroes Inmortales, including Daga versus Suicide. It does not include Johnny Mundo/Garza Junior. Apparently, Multimedios will be airing that match at some point (or maybe already did on a Noches de Futbol show and no one around knew it?), but may be uploaded onto AAA’s site soon.

Lucha Azteca (Mexico) aired a best of episode this week, since they didn’t tape anything (and apparently didn’t know they weren’t going to tape anything, or they would’ve saved some matches from last week.) They do have a taping next week.

Dr. Cerbero took Angel o Demonio’s hair in Arena Lopez Mateos.

Combates Americas mentioned they’re coming to Mexico City in January. With Alberto’s involvement, that’ll probably be a significant media story.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Record interviews Hijo del Fantasma, needs to update their photos.

10/14 AAA TV Results (Tlahuelilpan)

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AAA TV (FRI) 10/14/2016 Plaza de Toros Jorge Gutierrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo [AAA]
1) Mini Histeria & Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía & Octagoncito
Psycho Clown defeated Dinastia and demanded a title match.
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache b La Hiedra & Mamba
Post match, Hijo del Tirantes distracted the Apaches, who were attacked from behind by OGT.
3) Dizzy, Parka Negra, Súper Fly b Argenis, Australian Suicide, Bengala
Australian Suicide (first match unmasked, keeping the name) replaced Jack Evans. Dizzy replaced Apache (also confirming Dizzy is not Parka Negra at the moment!) Super Fly beat Argenis.
4) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
OGT beat the trios champs in a non-title match via foul. They want a title match.
5) Brian Cage & El Mesías b Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma
6) La Parka & Texano Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Pentagón Jr.
Psycho Clown wanted to wrestle, but doctors/security stopped him, and this was a handicap match without him. He ran in and helped La Parka win anyway. Cage & Mesias ran in to help Wagner & Pagano beat up the tecnicos and Pentagon. Garza & Fantasma made the save, with Pentagon siding with the tecnicos/Mexicans.

Air Date: 10/22 & 10/29

AAA says this was a sell out. It looked full. It looked a bit small, but a full bullring is still a full bullring.

La Parka wins the main event and Jack Evans isn’t anywhere to be found. There might be a message there. Given the lack of people in AAA right now (Dizzy!), and the frequency of people being gone from AAA and then turning back up, hopefully this is a temporary situation and everything gets worked out.

Australian Suicide being on the show makes sense as replacement, but it also points out how strange it is that he’s not scheduled for any TV taping in this cycle after being unmasked. He’s probably in Jack’s place on the 28th too, but just not sure why he wasn’t originally booked if he’s still around.

My running theory has been a big Mexico vs Evil People match at Guerra de Titanes, and I think it’s possible I may be guessing it into existence. It sure seems like the main event is heading that way; they’re only a Clown or a Mundo away from a big 5v5 match if they’d like to do one.

We knew the trios title match was coming – it’s already announced for 11/04 – but the minis title feud is new. It’s not mentioned in the recap, but is in the live results. Maybe Guerra de Titanes for that, and maybe the three way trios title match too (though Apache is oddly missing.)

This is Dizzy’s first known match on a TV taping in 3 years (though the last one didn’t air – it did have Argenis & Super Fly too!)

Next taping is two Fridays away.

Valiente wins CMLL Universal Block A, Lucha Libre Retro, PWR

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Valiente wins

CMLL (FRI) 10/14/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, ESTO, thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
13:30. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
12:52. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
16:40. Guerreros took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
11:45. Tecnicos took 1/2, the last when Mascara fouled Marco.
5) Mephisto & Shocker b Último Guerrero, Negro Casas, Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Rey Cometa, Mistico [CMLL Universal, seeding battle royal]
2:49. Rey Cometa replaced Cavernario (not a champion!) on Monday.
6) Máximo Sexy b Rey Cometa [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
3:19
7) Valiente b Negro Casas [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
2:23
8) Último Guerrero b Mistico [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
5:37
9) Shocker b Mephisto [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
3:07
10) Valiente b Máximo Sexy [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
1:41.
11) Último Guerrero b Shocker [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
2:50.
12) Valiente b Último Guerrero [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
10:17. Valiente pulled off the giant upset (despite the crowd cheering UG) and advanced to the 10/28 final.

Valiente winning came out of nowhere. It’s going up there with Villano V beating Blue Panther. It would’ve been a great story, only the crowd wanted Guerrero to win the main event. Valiente’s new look probably isn’t helping him (though it’s as good an explaination for the win as anything.) The upside is pretty much anyone in next week’s field – Dragon Lee, Dragon Rojo, Volador, La Mascara, Atlantis, even Rey Bucanero – have a decent chance of winning the whole thing if Valiente is already in the final. CMLL usually avoids doing tecnico/tecnico finals, but they usually avoid having a guy who never wins singles matches in the final of this tournament, so anything’s really possible.

The Dinamitas didn’t seem to be a draw the second time in. I hope the foul wasn’t starting an angle, but that’s usually how they do it.

Mascara Dorada is crazy to keep doing what he’s doing while not yet in WWE. He’s taken even more risk of late.

Today’s CMLL show at Arena Coliseo has Atlantis, Valiente and Maximo versus La Mascara, Mr. Niebla and Niebla Roja. CMLL’s preview pushes it as Maximo versus La Mascara. Lucha Libre Retro, the new Fox Deportes airing matches from this arena, did start airing last night. They started with the 09/03 taping (airing matches 2 & 5), about seven weeks behind. The show I attended will air in two weeks, and there were a couple good matches from that show. Super Porky (w/a cane) and Gerardo Mendoza (of the CadenaTres show) are hosts. It’s 720p and 60 frames second; the “retro” show is the best looking one I’ll post.

Angel de Oro wasn’t involved in the finish of his ROH debut. Kamaitachi beat ACH in the four way, with Nick Jackson also involved. It reads like all four guys did well. Angel de Oro wresltes Kamaitachi in Michigan tonight.

Caifan was the surprise luchador on the Cholo de Tijuana show last night, teaming with LA Park against La Mascara & Rush. Full results haven’t been posted yet, but we do know Caristico beat Rey Escorpion (despite random interference from Histeria) to win the group’s new Cruiserweight championship.

The 10/28 show in Tijuana is a EMW promotions (Hijo del Medico Asesino?) one with AAA luchadors. The main event is the same sort of three way on most AAA shows this year, with Pentagon, Texano and Wagner this time. The semi main has Rey Horuz and Paul London in a trios; London on a Mexico indie show is a new thing.

PWR is on FiteTV tonight at 9pm CT for a $10 iPPV. The main event is Blue Demon versus Hijo del Trump, but the most interesting match to me is Rey Horuz vs Black Taurus. That sounds outstanding if they mesh well in their first match against each other. I’ve got other stuff happening tonight, but I may check that out on replay later on.

An incredible spot with Misterio & Daygoro from Arena Los Pinos in Juarez.

Wrestling with Words has a new column reviewing every single lucha singles match to turn up this week.

Lineup 

CMLL (FRI) 10/21/2016 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
5) Atlantis vs La Máscara, Volador Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Dragón Lee, Rey Bucanero, Luciferno, Ephesto [CMLL Universal]

After Valiente, anyone could win this block and I wouldn’t be shocked. Well, I’d still be shocked if Luciferno won, let’s not go that far. My hunch is La Mascara gets his win over Dragon Lee and wins the Universal tournament next week in the usual post-mask loss bounce, but I definitely don’t feel safe with that pick.

Rush broke up with Marco & Maximo and took Maximo’s hair and CMLL seems to have forgotten it about seven months later. It could be they’re just doing a bit where Rush keeps annoying partners, like he annoyed Dragon Lee & Mistico last week by cheating, but it looks mostly dumb.

Women again on the card, again much higher than usual (rookies like Metalica and Sanely aren’t usually terceras) – they could at least give them sort of feud. Second match looks good but would be better if it was a third match. There’s nothing as bad as the Dinamtias on here, but nothing with the upside of the Mascara Dorada trios match from this week.