Niebla Roja out of the Guerreros?, CMLL injury updates, LU-ish show in Toronto, Octagoncito

trouble with the Guerreros

CMLL (TUE) 03/28/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3
2) Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis b La Vaquerita, Sanely, Silueta LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Sagrado, Skándalo, Virus b Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Triton continues his losing streak.
4) Bobby Villa b Titán [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Bobby Villa won 08:02 via counter dropkick
5) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy b Puma, Terrible, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
6) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Valiente b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Gran Guerrero & Euforia had problems with Niebla Roja and attacked him by the end of the match.

Niebla Roja is as confused by what happened as anyone else. Niebla Roja has been feuding with Dragon Lee and a split comes out of nowhere. Roja’s been part of the Guerreros almost since the moment he redebuted in spring of 2012, starting off as a Ultimo Guerrero’s protege. He’s been much better as a rudo than his tecnico run as Angel de Plata; Roja getting shuffled to another rudo group seems preferable than to him going to the tecnico side. The recap says nothing is certain until Ultimo Guerrero weighs in. Niebla Roja teams with Gran Guerrero and Ripper on Sunday.

A CMLL press release has injury updates on five luchadors, including one who it wasn’t clear was still around. Super Halcon Jr. hasn’t been seen in CMLL since last May 6th, with no word why he disappeared at the time.  CMLL now says Halcon went under a retina operation in 2014 so he’d no longer have to wear glasses, but something went wrong and he underwent a second operation the day after his last match. He’s still recovering ten months later and CMLL doesn’t offer a time table for his return.

There’s also no longer a schedule for Okumura’s return. He was originally supposed to be out a few weeks after suffering a neck injury in training. Rest hasn’t healed the neck, and he’s returned to Japan to undergo surgery. It’s not clear how serious the surgery is, which would great affect when he would return. They do say he’s planning on returning.

Shocker is back in the gym training to come back. CMLL explains he’s been slow coming back because, after his jaw surgery, he had a bad fall while in the US and needed another surgery. That had to suck. Ephesto’s blood poisoning is said to be from a bad injection (??), and he’s recovering on schedule. Estrellita is also recovering well after her fall on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

CMLL says this Saturday’s Arena Coliseo, with Euforia vs Caristico, happens to be the 74th Anniversary show for the building. They make a lesser deal about that every year.

Lucha Underground Season 3 starts on TLN on May 5th. They’re going to be closer to being on El Rey than usual, may even catch up if they air multiple episodes a day.

Smash Wrestling & Lucha TO announced a Lucha Underground themed show on 05/28 in Toronto. Aerostar, Drago, Son of Havoc, and The Mack are listed as wrestling and Vampiro is the host. Matt Cross being billed as Son of Havoc and Willie Mack as the Mack suggests this show is approved by Lucha Underground, so maybe they’re making progress at getting guys booked off the show.

Octagoncito has apparently quit AAA. The original Octagoncito says he’s teaming with his replacement, who will now be going as Mini Rey Mysterio, on a 03/31 show in Tijuana. The last time Octagoncito was on TV, the angle was him complaining about how he wasn’t getting a shot against Dinastia. Near the end of 2016, in a newspaper article, Octagoncito said he felt the minis were being forgotten by AAA and was considering leaving, which gives this report a little credible. Using the name Mini Rey Misterio is more surprising; there’s a couple of (fake) Rey Misterios on that show, so maybe Rey Misterio gave him the name.

AAA officially announced Verano de Escandalo will take place on 06/04 in Ciudad Juarez. This had been announced on the last AAA show in Juarez. No matches are announced or even hinted at yet. (Maybe Mundo/Argenis?) Tickets are on sale, running from 150 to 1400 pesos (or $8 to $74).

Aerostar says he’s changed his focus to the tag team titles. He and Drago face Cuervo & Scoria on Friday, which is currently not listed with anything on the line but figures to be made a tag title match given the pattern of changes on recent shows.

WrestleCircus mentions they’re not allowed to book AAA wrestlers as long as they’re using Penta & Rey Fenix. If this tactic is supposed to get people to stop booking those guys, it doesn’t seem to have worked: those guys are working at least a half dozen shows this weekend.

Luchador Dardo Aguilar has passed away. He wrestled for EMLL in the 70s & early 80s, and part of Super Muneco’s AWWA promotion and a trainer later on. Quien es quien has a quick bio from a couple years ago.

Martinez promotions in Texas is back on 04/09 with Rey Horuz & Low Rider vs Black Taurus and the debuting Lucifer Black. Lucifer Black is said to be an ex-AAA and ex-CMLL luchador and talked very slow in a promo. No idea who it is but, to take a shot in the dark, I wonder if it might be the former Mortiz. He did jump from CMLL to AAA to team with Taurus for a while before Mortiz dropped out of AAA.

There’s a video on the tie up the new Arena Mexico Freedom Bar is doing with the Turibus & CMLL.

+LuchaTV has Angel de Oro, Rayman, Black Terry and Crazy Boy on their podcast.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews the latest LA Park vs Rush.

Juventud interviewed Sexy Dulce & Ronnie Mendoza on his show. Dulce says she still doesn’t know who she’s facing in her debut match that’s only three and half weeks away.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman vs Atomic Star
2) Cadilac vs Skanda
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy vs Avisman, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
4) Emperador Azteca vs Eterno
5) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
6) Freelance, Heddi Karaoui, Veneno vs Súper Mega, Trauma I, Trauma II
7) Herodes Jr. © vs Danny Casas [IWRG JUNIORS]
first defense

Eterno and Azteca in a singles match sounds fun.

CMLL (TUE) 04/04/2017 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Astral vs Virus [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Sangre Azteca
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

Arena Coliseo champions Negro Navarro & Black Terry make it back to Arena Mexico. Both have been back in Arena Mexico as part of Elite, Toryumon and nostalgia shows, but I think you have to go to Navarro to find 2001 on a regular Arena Mexico show and 1996 for Terry – or maybe that that was the mysterious Guerrero Maya. You might have to back to 1989 to find him under his own name on a normal CMLL show, but it was still EMLL back then.

CMLL (TUE) 04/04/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Explosivo vs Exterminador & Maléfico
2) Robin, Star Black, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Furia Roja
3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán vs Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

They did a foul finish with Volador last night in Guadalajara, but the recap isn’t clear who he’s feuding with.

AAA (FRI) 04/14/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Big Mami, Faby Apache, Niño De Cobre vs Goya Kong, Lady Shani, Máscarita Negra
4) Joe Lider & Súper Fly vs Aerostar & Drago and Atomic Boy & Dizzy
5) La Parka, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Pagano

A non-TV show in Naucalpan. Fourth match is confusing billed as a battle between promotions when they’re all from the same promotion. DTU’s Nino de Cobre has been popping up on AAA spot shows of late. I wonder who they get to work the opening matches.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-03-21 

Triton moonsault

Recapped: 03/24/2017

Matches: 

Cholo & Inquisidor beat Bengala & Leono (rudos 2/3, 17:51 [8:12, 2:51, 6:48], ok)

Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo beat Magia Blanca, Sangre Imperial, Starman (rudos 1/3, 15:21 [8:24, 3:19, 3:38], below average)

El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat The Panther, Drone, Tritón  (NGD 2/3, 14:38 [4:49, 3:46, 6:03], great)

Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Virus in a lightning match (Sacrifica Maya, 9:59, good)

Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger beat Luciferno, Mephisto, Pólvora   (Team Casas 2/3, 14:50 [3:41, 4:22, 6:47], good)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone (Guerreros 1/3, 12:17 [5:26, 2:04, 4:47], good)

What Happened:

this didn’t go well

Nothing much!

Team Casas beat nearly the national trios champions in a very good match.

Guerrero Maya defeated Virus with less than a second left. It was amazing timing.

Magia Blanca was hurt when Nitro whiffed on catching him on a headscissors.

The Panther replaced his father in the tercera.

Ultimo Guerrero went into about the eight row of the crowd to confront a fan for completely unclear reasons; whatever happened must’ve happened while they were showing post fall replays. Nothing came of it, with Caristico brawling with UG to pull him back to the ring.

Thoughts: 

perfect timing

One of the best CMLL Tuesday shows in a long time, with fun midcard matches. The main event was good too but, if it had something like Cometa/Cavernario to end it, it would easily be better than Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

I really liked both of the big trios matches, and I’m keep changing my mind on which one I’d rather better. (Part of the problem was forgetting to write down the ratings I had live; new format needs some work.) There were a lot of little things to like about the NGD match; the setup to Panther/Sanson sequence setting up Triton’s 450 splash was well down. Cuatrero stands out an athlete even with athletic flyers like the three here. The Dinamitas are at the stage where they’re constantly adding something, trying something new and it makes each match worth checking out. It really works that they’re facing the Panthers a lot lately, because it feels like when those Panthers debuted against Tiger & Puma and also kept surprising. Triton also looked great in this match, working hard even as he’s finishing up here and they’re having him lose every night in Arena Mexico. It’s a good sign for his US work. Forastero made things easier for himself by cutting out the ramp running part of his dropkick. It’s a trade of a little bit of the drama for a lot of difficulty.

The Casas trios match was a rare chance to see Puma & Tiger as tecnicos. (Negro Casas played Negro Casas, kind of existing beyond tecnico/rudo status at this point.) They worked nearly as well there as they do on the rudo side, and showed off great teamwork. This match felt more dramatic coming to the close. Nothing was really on the line, but this came off as the replacement for the owed title match, and was worked like the titles were on the line at the end. The huracanrana to end the second fall didn’t go well, but the third fall finish came off much sharper.

The Panther learn his old partner’s move

Guerrero Maya and Virus went about eight minutes without touching the ropes. They never actually bounced off of them, but used them for flying spots to get to the finish. The only problem with the match was it felt paced for a twenty minute match and they had half that amount of time, so they spent eight minutes working their way around in holds and the last two minutes trying to fit in the things the fans expected. The mat work was well done if not creative, but also a little lost on this crowd and probably much more appreciated by the people watching on YouTube. The timing of the finish was incredible, so unexpectedly perfect for CMLL that I can’t believe it was actually meant that way – like it was supposed to be a draw and the referee counted too fast for once. Everyone played it off like that was the finish (and it makes not much difference either way.)

The main event was a usual main event, with both teams getting in their high points but not too much to the match. Dragon Lee seemed on and the Guerreros were sharp. It made the match better than usual for this spot, but not something I’ll remember a week from now.

nice set up for the kick

I think Magia Blanca overshot his target on the headscissors, but veteran maestro should’ve done a lot more to catch him. He may physically be unable to do so, he moves quite slow, but maybe that’s a reason not to put him out there. The biggest upset is they played out the third fall mostly normal instead of the usual quick to the end bit when there’s an injury.

It was nice to see Cholo is alive. Bengala didn’t appear to be thrilled to be in another boring opener, especially to take the Cholo Driver at the end.

push up revenge

CMLL Puebla: 2017-03-20 

check out these hard hitting punches

Recapped: 03/22/2017

Matches: 

King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. defeated Meyer, París, Vega (rudos 2/3, 13:43 [6:39, 3:36, 2:49], ok, video link)

Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel defeated Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray, Zaeta Roja (rudos 2/3, 14:44 [7:16, 3:11, 3:50], ok, video link)

Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit in a lightning match
(Zeuxis cradle, 5:48, ok,
video link)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Luciferno defeats Lestat, Rey Cometa, Stigma
(rudos 1/3, 16:09 [5:11, 3:20, 7:05], ok, video link)

Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible defeated La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(Team Azul 2/3 [DQ for Pierroth removing Azul’s mask], 12:50 [2:48, 3:51, 6:11], ok,
video link)

Mephisto © defeated Carístico to keep the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(Mephisto 1/3 [La Caristica blocked into faceslam], 15:40, good,
video link)

What happened: 

Vega dropkicked totally out of his stage

There was a marriage proposal (which they almost totally missed in an ad break.) She said yes.

Mephisto cleanly defeated Caristico once again. The finish came off as lame, with Mephisto just blocking La Caristica (Mistica), Caristico falling onto the mat, and Mephisto getting a pin off that.

Zeuxis defeated Sugehit with the same cradle again this week, and asked for a title match. Sugehit pushed the idea of it being a mask match instead. It’ll be a title match.

Policeman and Espiritu Maligno continue to feud, and Maligno even picked up a fall win this time, but still lose cleanly in the end. Perhaps CMLL decided Maligno is an ex-mini and must lose at all times.

Vega cool armdrag

Pierroth unmasked Azul, again.

Dragon Rojo replaced Morphosis, who may or may not still be a CMLL luchador at this point. He hasn’t been back since he lost his mask and wasn’t around much prior to it.

Rey Cometa was stretchered out after a Kraneo running hipcheck to the head. This appeared to be a real injury (replay show some whiplash) but Cometa hasn’t been reported as missing time.

Thoughts: Nothing much special on this Puebla show, and a little bit disappointing.

this is both awful and great at the same time

Caristico/Mephisto tried in the third fall, but it still felt like a lesser version of the singles match we just saw in Arena Mexico. The finish just didn’t work at all, even the announcers were caught off guard by how a minor looking spot was it. The crowd got into the match, but Caristico’s also at the point where it’s tough to believe he’s going to win anything important until he actually does again. It was still the best match on the show, but it was nothing needed to see unless you have to see everything these guys do.

Not much good from the rest. Sugehit/Zeuxis was an ordinary lightning match. Stigma had a dumb moment in his trios match and very much seemed to be carried around. Lestat looked good, will continue to go nowhere. Vega looked good, will continue to go nowhere. Batillon did better than usual and the opener almost worked, but this recent format of short third falls in the first match hurt. At least the fans react to the never ending Ingobernable feud; they’re not into the Policeman/Espiritu stuff at all and weren’t much into Zeuxis/Sugehit either.

Lestat tornillo

I’m skeptical “Pierroth” will continue to be known as Pierroth for long. They’ve changed around his character a lot since he was brought back, and it’s really clear how very little connection the current performer has to the gimmick now that he has no mask. There’s some yellow in his gear, and that’s it. This man’s gimmick is “Rush’s Father”, right down to wearing the same style boots as Rush, and it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense for him to use the name. It’s CMLL, so inertia might mean no change (he’s teaming with an unmasked guy named La Mascara), but it was glaring how extraneous the name is at this point.

Princesa Sugehit has to do a springboard/Asai dive if she and Zeuxis have a mask match. She’s teased it (or more just done a spot to get countered) every single match. I’m not even sure she doing it as a something to pay off forever, but people who watch too much CMLL would go crazy if she did even just a cross body off that springboard.

Giving Terrible something to do is nice, but CMLL seemed to miss the point that rudo is pretty good.

 

Sugehit keeps title over Zeuxis, Tuesday preview, stolen title belts

Misterioso gets the best of Soberano

CMLL (MON) 03/27/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja b El Perverso & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman b Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Misterioso Jr., Skándalo, Toro Bill Jr. b Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Princesa Sugehit © b Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sugehit took falls 2/3 to retain. 2nd defense.
5) Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3. Los Ingobernables rushed out and attacked the tecnicos after the match.
6) Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Pierroth shoved the ref and unmasked Rush.

CMLL’s show tonight is an ordinary show, with nothing much on the line. Atlantis, Matt Taven & Valiente face the Guerreros (no UG) in the main event. The best match trios match of the night might be Drone, Guerrero Maya and Maximo versus Puma, Tiger and Terrible. Terrible & Maximo will probably wrestle a lot together, but I’d like to see Terrible face the other guys. Titan versus Bobby Villa will be a good lightning match. Esfinge, Soberano and Triton face Sagrado, Skandalo and Virus, which probably won’t break Triton’s win streak. Vaquerita, Sanely & Silueta are scheduled against Dalys, Metalica and Isis in the women’s match. (CMLL’s preview lists Princesa Sugehit, Skady & Jarochita vs Zeuxis, Amapola and Tiffany, which is Friday’s women’s match.) An all rookie match of Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial versus El Coyote & Grako opens the show.

CultIcon previews the show. It starts 7:30pm local, though 8:30pm for people in the US. It’ll be on YouTube like normal.

Guadalajara has Caristico, Mistico and Volador against Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas. Hechicero replaces Dragon Rojo in the semimain. Dragon Rojo hasn’t indicated why he’s missing the show on his Twitter, but he is working on a Revolucionarios music video.

Okumura is headed back to Japan for treatment on his still injured neck.

Vampiro says he’s off of WrestleCon in Orlando this weekend because he’s decided to be at the Neza taping instead. Vampiro’s been announced for WrestleCon for months, and this Neza taping has been announced for over a month, but it’s portrayed as a conflict that just now came up. I dunno. AAA still isn’t saying anything about Mesias, who’s booked to be both in Orlando and Neza on Friday.

Record writes about Chilean Hector Chavez, who was part of the most recent La Llave de la Gloria tryout and brother of model/singer Daniella Chavez. She’s with Televisa, so AAA might have been encouraged to include Hector in the competition, but he looked pretty decent for a guy I hadn’t seen before in the tryout match. He was on the XMW show back on the 11th (and listed as Romeo there; not sure if that was a mistake or the name he normally wrestles under.)

Lucha Underground airs on Wednesday and Thursday this week on El Rey. It does not air Friday, maybe because that’s when Rey Mysterio Jr. hosts a series of short action films instead.

This news article mentions a match on Saturday’s The Crash show interrupted by a surprise performance of Tijuana’s ensemble vocal opera. The article says the crowd enjoyed it. There’s a little sideways video of this, making it more clear that it happened before the matches.

Veracruz’s Coliseo Fraternidad says Mascara Sagrada Jr. stole their title & Billy Boy stole their title. They only found this out because Sagrada & Billy had a title match for the allegedly stolen belt this past weekend in Arena Azteca Budokan.

LuchaRama on 04/08 in Mexico City

Mala Hierba actually teams up and Baku the lucha elephant returns, that’s already my favorite match of the entire LuchaRama.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

MDA Promotions, who usually only run in Monterrey, says they’re coming to Guadalajara on 06/18.

Hijo del Santo complained Televisa security wouldn’t let him in the door without unmasking. He later explained he knows there are rules, but they usually don’t apply to him.

Sam Adonis says the bad image Americans have of Mexico is wrong.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 03/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Omega vs Keiser Drago
2) Cadilac vs Picudo Jr.
3) Kanon & Saruman vs Avisman & Skanda
4) Shadow Boy vs Lunatic Extreme
5) Camaleón, Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Heddi Karaoui
6) Golden Magic & Veneno vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Relámpago

Main event is building towards Magic/Relampago. A couple of surprising names: Camaleon was a rarely seen opening match veteran in CMLL before getting hit by a truck in 2014 and suffering a leg injury. He’s recovered enough to wrestle on indie shows the last couple of years (and the Baby Camaleons around are his nephews, I believe.) Saruman was an indie name of note around 2012, most notable in Todo x el Todo, one of a few guys who were training in CMLL forever and seemed promising but never getting a shot in that promotion. He mostly disappeared after 2014 and I assumed he wasn’t coming back, but he’s excitedly talking up his return on his Facebook.

CMLL (MON) 04/03/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & París vs El Malayo & Joker
2) Asturiano & Rey Samuray vs Cancerbero & Raziel
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Policeman, Skándalo
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Diamante Azul vs Pierroth
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Los Ingobernables having no friends leads to an odd main event. Azul/Pierroth wasn’t good in Arena Mexico and probably will be much worse in the rematches. Panthers versus Revolucinarios should at least be good. I presume the Joker in the rudo is actually Pequeno Joker and not the Guadalajara Joker.

new lucha videos for the weekend of March 24th, 2017

this week in IWRG

Elite jumped back to the first episode ever, so no need for that. There are a few episodes that haven’t aired in the US but, if they’re just repeating the same episodes over again, there’s no point in recording it. It says something if CMLL can’t get back on the air in the US over now twice warmed over repeats.

YouTube Playlist

03/25 & 03/26 WWC

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-24
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-24 @ Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
4) Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match

AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-19 @ Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs El Mesías & Pagano in a Number One Contenders Match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship and in a cage match
2) Faby Apache vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Ayako Hamada, Goya Kong, Big Mami in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Number One Contenders Match match
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
4) Argenis vs Averno, Chessman, Bengala, El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Niño Hamburguesa, Joe Lider, La Parka in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-03-25
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-13 @ Arena Puebla
1) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
2) Drone, Esfinge, Lestat vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
3) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Ripper

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-26
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-22 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Diablo Jr. vs Black Dragón
2) Cadilac, Emperador Azteca, Kanon vs Avisman, Eterno, Ovett
3) Pantera vs Demonio Infernal
4) Freelance, Golden Magic, Imposible vs Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago

AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-18 

Mascara de Bronce

Recapped: 03/21/2017

Matches:

All matches taped at Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on 03/05/2017 

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker defeated Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum (9:02, Carta Brava hanging double stomp on Máscara de Bronce, good, video link)

Angélico & Australian Suicide defeated Dark Cuervo & Joe Lider and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan to (possibly) earn an AAA tag team championship match (5:39, Angelico Fall of the Angels on Joe Lider, OK, video link)

Texano Jr. defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Psycho Clown to keep the AAA Heavyweight Championship (7:43, Texano backcracker on Wagner, OK, video link)

doom for Venum

What happened: Texano Jr. is still the AAA heavyweight champion, despite being forced into defending the championship in a three way match with Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner. He got a little help. Mystery assailants kidnapped Psycho Clown prior to the match. Psycho made it back about six minutes into the match, just long enough to get a near pinfall on Texano via a destroyer (Wagner pulled out the ref) and then distract Dr. Wagner into a loss. Psycho claimed not to know who had attacked him.

Angelico & Australian Suicide may have won a tag team championship match. The announcers mentioned the three way match as for a title match, but it wasn’t mentioned in the graphics and may have been quietly dropped. Joe Lider took the loss after he and Cuervo had a miscommunication, and Cuervo & Scoria beat up Lider for his mistake after the match. Lider is now 0-2 since the Perros del Mal have left and has been humiliated by his partners after both matches.

Mary Apache revealed her injury is a skull fracture and talked about her history of head injuries. A previous injury kept her out for three years. It’s unclear when she’ll return.

Aerostar & Super Fly argued some. The show ended with the Lucha Underground trailer for Netflix.

There were 22 minutes and 24 seconds of action on this show

Thoughts: 

unclear if anyone has caught Angelico on a dive in the last six months

They broke the AAA formula. The matches came off not as regimented as usual, or at least with new ideas and didn’t feel as much like the different people being plugged into the same setup. The openers are usually a brief tecnico warmup, a sub two minute beatdown, tecnico dives and that’s it. This opener had a little of that, but it kept going back and forth between the two sides for the last few minutes, to the point where even the final sequence between Bronce & Carta Brave could’ve gone either way. The tag team title match was in the mold of the really fun matches from Angelico & Jack Evans tag title run, with a fast pace and lots of pinfall breaks ups. It didn’t have the time or the quality of the others ones, but the effort was there. The main event felt more like a CMLL lightning match, with Wagner & Texano rushing into get pinfall chances (and not just aimlessly brawling for eight minutes before they did the ‘real’ stuff.) There’s no one right way to have matches, but it gets numbing if you have them the same way all the time. Shaking those things up is an obvious positive of the creative change. I didn’t think the matches were great (and I’d still like to see one get time) but it feels like they’re trying to get there.

There was still a lot of Vampiro on this show, but it didn’t feel like the show was about Vampiro this week. It’s hard to know what the show was about; they spent some time on the Rey de Reyes show and it was impossible to miss how nothing on this show had anything to do with that lineup. But it still feels more like something is happening here much more than before.

a nice SSP

The other obviously immediate change is the return of vignettes. There were the Apaches discussing (and reinforcing) what had happened last week, Psycho & Wagner both taunting poor Texano about how they were going to take the title away from him, Psycho getting stuffed into a van. AAA’s felt like they were mostly just rolling out matches for the last year, and now it feels like there’s more effort in making them matter.

The changing matches thing is still something to wait and see about. It’s a normal US thing and not as much in Mexico. The crowd was very unhappy when they didn’t think Psycho Clown was going to wrestle in the main event as scheduled. He got a big reaction when he turned up, but only showing up for about 90 seconds might have left people disappointed.

That opener was really good. Soul Rocker struggled a bit, but everyone else was really good and Mascara de Bronce’s tornillo looked great. They’re still having trouble catching all the dives these guys do, but they looked spectacular when we saw them.

Psycho’s already hurting before this

Chairo9, Toryumon, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 03/26/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Baby Star Jr., Dragón Negro, Magnético b Demasiado, Pitufo, Vengador Radioactivo
money thrown in
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid b Demus 3:16, Mercurio (CMLL), Pierrothito
Iron Kid surprised Demus to get the win (despite losing some blood.)
3) Trauma I & Trauma II b Totem I & Totem II
4) Puma (CMLL) & Tiger b Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
good match
5) Black Terry & Negro Navarro © b Hechicero & Virus [Arena Coliseo TAG]
2nd defense. Money thrown in.
6) Dragón Lee & Soberano Jr. b Demonio Infernal & Sádico
Demonio Infernal replaced Sammy Guevera. Good match.
7) Atlantis b Último Vampiro

Sounds like a good show, with all the matches sounding like they went well.  Guevera missed his flight. There’s a video from the promoter explaining it on Facebook, but Facebook privacy settings are awful and confusing. It sounds like Demonio Infernal did well in his spot and that’s a match I hope we get to see. Lee & Soberano wore matching outfits and would be a good tag team if CMLL had a tag team division. Puma/Tiger & Corsario/Drako looks good in the photos

Attendance was down a bit, I could actually see the bleachers in the upper section.

Lucha Memes say Black Terry & Negro Navarro will be on CMLL shows in April.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 03/26/2017 Gimnasio Cuauhtemoc, Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fire Man b Thonder Stromm
2) Sonic & Stukita b Icaro & Pequeño Olímpico
3) Hijo del Signo & Piel Roja b Platino & Skerman
4) Jorge Kebrada, OT Fernandez, Súper Ciudadando b Black Thunder, Douki, Patán
Black Thunder replaced Daisuke Hanaoka.
5) Rey Bucanero & Sam Adonis b Argos & Último Dragón
Adonis snuck in a foul on Dragon for the win.

I wonder if they’re doing Adonis/Dragon in May.

Do you want more Pierroth versus Diamante Azul? You’re getting it anwyay. Los Ingobernables face Azul, Terrible and Mr. Niebla in a rematch of last week, which is probably setting up a singles match next week. The semimain looks much better, with the Guerreros (UG, GG and Euforia) versus Marco Corleone, Matt Taven and Volador Jr.

The undercard includes Princesa Sugehit defending her championship against Zeuxis. I’m not going to again make the mistake of saying there’s no chance of a title change happening, but just that it doesn’t seem to make sense at this point in the story. It should be a good match. The early matches don’t look as promising. Fuego, Pegasso & Soberano must deal with Misterioso, Skandalo and Toro Bill, which should at least continue the Soberano/Misterioso issue. Black Tiger, Espiritu Maligno and Millenium face Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman in the never progressing Espiritu/Policeman issue. The show opens with the Centella Rojas versus Perverso & Sombra Diabolika in a tag match of all recent additions to these shows.

CultIcon also previews the show. The show starts at 9pm local, but still 1 hour later if you’re on Daylight Savings Time. This is the final week of the time difference issue; Mexico’s clocks will switch late Saturday night. (Which will mean it’ll be off an hour for people in Japan and others places who don’t do DST.) It’ll air on YouTube as normal.

At a show in Acapulco, Rush said his father was now going by La Bestia now (or maybe La Bestia del Ring, the nickname they’ve been trying to get over.) Los Ingobernables said the same thing on a show last Saturday. It hasn’t taken in CMLL yet, but it’s coming if the people involved get their way. They’d rather not owe Pierroth.

The Record story (via Vampiro’s Facebook) on AAA’s La Llave de la Gloria tryout this Saturday says there were 130 people there. I have no idea where they got that number from; there looked to be only about 30 from what we saw and I don’t think they missed 100 people. Maybe they had a 130 people send in applications. The winners of this round will be announced Thursday.

Zona Ruda AAA debuts tonight on UTDN in Mexico. It’s on hour long AAA talk show, on the same channel that repeats the AAA show during the week. Bernado Guzman from +Lucha will be one of the hosts.

Lucha Libre y Pasion put up Rey Horuz vs AR Fox and Penta Zero M vs Mr. 450 from the Mucha Lucha Atlanta show. And there’s video of Psycho Clown vs Pagano from New York here.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 04/01/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Astral, Flyer, Príncipe Diamante vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
2) Pegasso, Robin, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Forastero, Metálico
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol
5) Carístico vs Euforia

There’s no title on the line, he’s going in with a loss, it’s Euforia – if Caristico can’t get a singles win here, it’s jut not happening and he should just give up and take Flyer’s place in the opener with Astral & Principe Diamante.

Pierroth still listed as Pierroth. Metalico in a tercera is weird.

CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Fuego, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Vangellys
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Ripper
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto

Dragon Lee isn’t sticking around much past the ROH show, at least if he’s going to make this booking. (They have to get him out of Orlando before WWE grabs him.)

CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
3) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
4) Flash II, Mágico, Neutrón vs Évola, León Blanco, Pitbull I
5) Metatrón, Smaker, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico

Third match is a rematch from this past week. Evola & Magico were a rematch.

DTU (SUN) 04/16/2017 Arena Actopan, Actopan, Hidalgo
1) Hardy Boy, Masizito, Toto vs Drolux, Luigi, Químico Torres
2) Lokillo vs Niño De Cobre, Moria
3) Deluto III, Deluto IV, Deluto Jr., Deluto V vs Monje Solitario Jr., Poético, Príncipe Gladiador, Rey Tormenta Jr.
4) Jimmy & Kevin vs Ángel o Demonio & Camuflaje
5) Marcela & Zuzu Divine vs La Magnifica & Lady Maravilla
6) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Halloween & Ovett
7) Crazy Boy, Hormiga, Mistico II vs Paranoiko, Pesadilla, Psicosis II

There’s nothing to this show but I just needed an opening to point out Mistico is working quite a lot of DTU shows.

great match roundup, week of 2017-03-11

Cavernario collapses Cometa

I forgot to put this up! I don’t really think about how these shows stack up until I put this list together, but I absolutely did like Cometa/Cavenario better than anything on that iPPV, so good cal me. The iPPV was well worth $3, but an iPPV should have a match you have to see and there really wasn’t one of those.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Rey Cometa © vs Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
good Bengala vs Súper Fly AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Bengala vs Súper Fly [no dq] (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-11 2017-03-05
good Faby Apache vs Ricky Marvin © for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Faby Apache vs Ricky Marvin © for the AAA World Trios Championship (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-11 2017-03-05
good Eléctrico & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
good Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
good Matt Taven vs Último Guerrero © for the NWA World Middleweight Championship Campeonato Mundial NWA Matt Taven Vs Ultimo Guerrero en Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Último Guerrero vs Matt Taven. HomenajeaDosLeyendas (posted by R de Rudo) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
good Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto for the CMLL World Trios Championship Campeonato Mundial de Trios CMLL en Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)Sky Team vs Hijos del Averno. Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (posted by R de Rudo) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
ok Argenis, Big Mami, Dinastía, El Elegido vs Dave The Clown, La Hiedra, Mini Abismo Negro, Parka Negra AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Argenis, Big Mami, Dinastía, El Elegido vs Dave The Clown, La Hiedra, Mini Abismo Negro, Parka Negra (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-11 2017-03-05
ok Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Drone, Esfinge, Lestat vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs Ephesto, Luciferno, MephistoLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-13 2017-03-13
ok Drone, Metatrón, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Olímpico, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-14 2017-03-14
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, La Máscara, RushHOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
below average Pierroth vs Diamante Azul for the mask HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2017 SALVADOR LUTTEROTH Y VILLANO III (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Pierroth pierde la máscara ante Diamante Azul (posted by R de Rudo) CMLL iPPV: 2017-03-17 2017-03-17
watch later Black Terry & Diablo Jr. © vs Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship Black Terry & Diablo Jr. © vs Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera [IWRG IC TAG] (posted by thecubsfan) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. © vs Black Dragón & Internacional Pantera [IWRG IC TAG] (posted by thecubsfan) Black Terry y Diablo Jr. vs Pantera y Black Dragon, Campeonato de Parejas IWRG (Lucha Completa) (posted by +LuchaTV) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-13 2017-03-12

Angel de Oro dethrones Dragon Rojo, Young Bucks defeat Rey & Daga in The Crash

new champ

CMLL (SAT) 03/25/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Aéreo, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Astral, Magnus, Star Jr.
rudos took 1/3
3) Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado b Drone, Fuego, Soberano Jr.
rudos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro b Dragón Rojo Jr. © [CMLL MIDDLE]
Angel de Oro took falls 1/3 to win the title. Dragon Rojo falls on his 19th defense after nearly 5.5 years. Angel de Oro wins the title on his fourth try. Angel de Oro is the 18th champion.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee
Euforia won via mask pull on Caristico, setting up a singles match next week.

Dragon Rojo’s title reign coming on a barely advertised show in Arena Coliseo to a guy who gets nothing from the win is not the worst way to do it, but it’s pretty underwhelming. I have no idea why they bothered, or why I bother. Dragon Rojo seems sad. This is the second title change in Arena Coliseo in two months, you’d have to go back years to find CMLl doing that again.

Lucha Memes (SAT) 03/25/2017 Arena Coliseo San Ramón, Puebla, Puebla [+LuchaTV]
1) Astrolux b Black Metal (Estado de México)
2) Toxin Boy b Arkalis
Money thrown in.
3) Virus b Prayer
4) Black Terry b Impulso
Black Terry replaced Sammy Guevara. Money thrown in.
5) Hechicero (CMLL) b Centella de Oro
money thrown in

Main event sounds like it went pretty well. Guevera’s Twitter offers no reason of why he missed this show (and the Sunday one, which will be mentioned tomorrow), it looks like he was planning on being on them.

The Crash (SAT) 03/25/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@JorgeGCRR, R de Rudo, The Crash]
1) Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito b Mirage, Oraculo, Súper Caló Jr.
Super Calo Jr. & Jonathan were added to the match
2) Séptimo Dragón b Máscarita Dorada
3) Arkángel Divino & Black Boy b Flip Gordon & Mr. 450
4) Bestia 666, Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid b Dezmond Xavier, Famous B, Shane Strickland
5) Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan b Black Taurus & James Storm
James Storm replaced Bobby Lashley on Friday, with Impact sending a video saying The Crash wasn’t worthy of Lashley but might get him if Garza could win. Prior to the match, Konnan announced that if Garza beat Storm, Impact would have to either give Garza a title match next month or the alliance is off. (Sami pinned Taurus, not sure if that counts.) Garza and Storm teased a singles match but were both attacked by Familia de Tijuana, upset that Rebelion is getting all the talk.
6) Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson b Daga & Rey Mysterio 619
Rey suggested the Young Bucks return to face Fenix & Penta

Said to be another sell out with a lot of good matches. I had multiple people explain to me the semimain storyline and I’m still not sure if I’ve got 100% sure I’ve got it right. The larger idea is The Crash has set up a storyline reason to part ways with Impact – they either get the title match, or they can explain the breakup to their fans by Impact going back on the world. Familia run in seems to set them up as main event heels if it doesn’t work out. I think they’ll probably figure it out, Impact sent that video to explain the Lashley->Storm change and sent Jeremy Borasch, so they’re still trying.

CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Robin & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
La Jarochita replcaced Estrellita (still recovering from her fall?). Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Pegasso b Disturbio, Raziel, Sagrado
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente b Máscara Año 2000, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Matt Taven, Mistico, Rush
Rush and Matt Taven could not get along as a team.

Weird how Sunday has become the fourth most important show right now.

Rayman took Indio Cherokee’s hair in Arena Roberto Paz.

AAA’s second La Llave de La Gloria was Saturday. They brought a lot less people in, 20-30. My guess is that’s probably a choice and not a lack of candidates; it had to be hard to evaluate people with as many as they had last time. Record has an interview with trainee Lirio de Plata, who’s a cabbie by day.

Triton says he’s heading to Chicago from April 9 to December 20th.

LuchaRama has started announcing shows for their 04/08 return in Mexico City

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

AAA’s posted this week’s TV show.

RobViper has a music video of Elite 07/21/16.

Taven outsmarts Rush, Freedoms beats DTU in Aficion, The Crash tonight in Tijauan

Sugehit escape armdrag

CMLL (FRI) 03/24/2017 Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Eléctrico & Shockercito Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito (posted by thecubsfan)
15:52. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan)
18:05. Rudas took 1/3, Zeuxis defeating Sugehit again.
3) Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper (posted by thecubsfan)
11:44. Rudos took 1/3. great match.
4) Niebla Roja b Dragón Lee [lightning] Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan)
6:49. Niebla Roja won with a modified Canadian Destroyer
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas (posted by thecubsfan)
8:54. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match (posted by thecubsfan)
6:32. Straight falls. Pierroth was DQed for unmasking Diamante Azul in the first. Taven snuck in a foul on Rush in the second. Those two agreed to a match next week.

I really liked the third match, it was strong all the way thru. Roja/Lee had a good match but it still felt like a taste of what they could do. Taven/Rush for next week was a surprise. Zeuxis is winning all the matches but the big matches.

DTU (FRI) 03/24/2017 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV, DTU]
1) Hard Boy, Masizito, Toto b Drolux, Luigi, Químico Torres
2) Dr. Pólux Jr. b Colmillo Blanco, Lokillo, El Exótico, Hormiga, Paranoiko
Los Masizos confronted Polux after the match. Polux had said he wanted an extreme match, and they offered him one against Crazy King.
3) Ayako Hamada, Moria, Niño De Cobre b Aero Boy, La Magnifica, Pesadilla and Jimmy, Kevin, Zuzu Divine
4) El Gio & El Junior b Corsario Negro Jr. & Crazy King
5) Ovett & Takashi Sasaki b Miedo Extremo & Violento Jack
Miedo offered Sasaki a title match whenever he wanted one. Sasaki invited the DTU wrestlers to come back to FREEDOMS any time. Money thrown in
6) Daisuke Masaoka © b Cíclope [KOF CHAMP]
Match will have 10,000 thumbtacks and other extreme weapons and was made a title match earlier in the night. Very good match. Second defense (in two days in two hemispheres!) for Masaoka.

Didn’t look like as good attendance as the December show but the last two matches sound like they went well.

Ultimo Guerrero beat Wotan in the main event of the Ancla show last night in Arena San Juan. Separately, Herodes is behind the OMLL promotion, and says they’ll be back in Arena San Juan on 04/01. WMC ran two shows their last month. Arena San Juan seems like it’s getting up to a show a weekend, and not as much Cara Lucha.

There’s no AAA TV taping or big CMLL show this weekend, but it’s still pretty busy. AAA is conducting it’s second La Llave de la Gloria tryout right now. (Super Fly is one of the trainers, and it does look like he got his head shaved in Monterrey.) CMLL’s Saturday show has Dragon Rojo defending his title against Angel de Oro (with no real thought of a title change.) Sunday has nothing of note. Everyone else is busier.

Saturday

  • The Crash returns to Tijuana. The main event is Rey Mysterio & Daga versus the Young Bucks. The Bucks are said to be coming back in about six weeks, so there may be an angle out of that. It’s a big main event for Daga, who’s the mostly unknown guy in the US and could start to change that with a good night.

    The semimain on a loaded card is scheduled as Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan versus Black Taurus & Bobby Lashley. However, last night Impact released a video with Karen Jarrett pulling Lashley from the show. James Storm will replace him. The video plays this up as a storyline where Garza Jr. will get a shot at Lashley and his title if he can get a win over Storm. That would be a logical main event for a Crash/Impact PPV, and probably would be announced tonight if it is happening in three weeks. Amusingly, this video paints Impact as an evil promotion messing around with The Crash, which certainly plays into the deal with AAA. This might be the opposite; Impact being helpful by explaining Lashely’s absence from this card (for whatever reason) and giving them a storyline to build to whatever match they were going to do anything.

  • AAA wrestlers will be on WUW show in New York. Matches didn’t seem to be announced, but Psycho Clown, Pagano, Drago, Lady Shani and Lady Apache are scheduled for tonight’ show
  • Lucha Memes runs in Puebla’s Arena Coliseo San Ramon. Centella de Oro, who was great when he was a regular in Arena Puebla years ago, faces Hechicero in the main event of a five singles match card.
  • The FREEDOMS duo head to Monterrey for an NGX show. They’ll face Aeroboy & Violento Jack.
  • Pentagon, Rey Fenix and Alberto are in Peru for a loaded show.

Sunday

Today’s AAA TV show will air the Reina de Reinas elimination match, Mesias & Pagano vs Cuervo & Scoria, Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner vs Murder Clown & Monster Clown and the Rey de Reyes torneo. That means next week will have two titles matches and the mask versus hair show, one of the bigger AAA TV shows in some time.

Vampiro did an impromptu Q&A livestream on AAA’s channel. The video wasn’t archived (which may just be a YouTube stream thing) and I didn’t have a chance to see it live. My hunch was this was a correction for accidentally questioning the possibility of Wagner/Psycho.

The KDNA promoter in Monterrey was teasing a Impact/AAA/Ricochet show on 04/09 opposite The Crash’s debut. There’s nothing to this, they just wanted to get people to hold back from buying tickets to The Crash.

A lucha libre exhibit opened in Xalapa.

(a) La Parkita says he’ll retire if he loses his mask in an upcoming mask match.

Fuego en el Ring has a new edition of their podcast.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/31/2017 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Matt Taven vs Rush

Taven had said he was going to the US on Friday. Maybe really late on Friday. Maybe we’re just Saturday Friday now.

I was very happy for no more Diamante Azul versus Pierroth until I noticed Pierroth was still getting booked.

No Lee/Roja, but Sugehit/Zeuxis is still going. It seems like it’s happening rihgt now just by process of elimination, but there’s still time to change directions and drop things without explanation.