Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee, AAA in Toluca, Alan Xtreme loses in WMC, Hayabusa

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

WMC (THU) 03/03/2016 Gimnasio Gloria, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), KronoSport, MasLucha]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & India Sioux b Ashley & Yoruba
2) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako b Guerrero Mixtico & Yoruba and Imperio Negro & Terremoto Negro [WMC TAG]
3) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje b Máximo & Robin (CMLL)
4) Alan Extreme L Wotam and Ancla [hair, mask]

Show seemed to draw OK for a very rare Thursday show in Mexico City. It’s supposed to be a regular thing. Alan Extreme is going to have to cover his face in shame after losing his hair again.

The last match on tonight’s CMLL card is Atlantis, Mascara Dorada, Volador versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas as build to Volador versus Casas in a couple weeks, but the real main event Kamaitachi versus Dragon Lee once again. It’s their fifth title match in the last night months, but the first where Kamaitachi comes in as champion. Those matches have established a high standard, I really have no idea how they can manage to top what they’ve done in the past, but they’ve managed to do it each time in the past.

Normal CMLL booking would have Dragon Lee win the championship back and Kamaitachi head back to Japan. However, we’re well outside normal CMLL booking – Kamaitachi would’ve been gone months ago normally, and wouldn’t also still be booked for a spotlight match on Dos Leyendas if he was wrapping up. I tend to think Kamaitachi is keeping the title and Dragon Lee or someone else will have to eventually chase him back to Japan to get it, but I could see any outcome from tonight’s match.

The rest of the card is interesting, and might have some good matches. The main event is about Casas/Volador, while the seminain is about Maximo/Rush. Rush teams with La Mascara and old Maximo rival Rey Escorpion while Maximo has Marco and Ultimo Guerrero. Tercera has the all Guadalajara team of Titan, Triton and Esfinge taking on Virus, Mephisto and Ephesto. The segunda is a women’s match with Marcela & Dalys on opposite sides, which may set up a title match between them next week. And the opener has Cuatrero & Sanson versus Hombre Bala & Super Halcon, which would be very interesting without the opening match restrictions and might still be OK with them.

The show starts at 8:30pm CT. and will air on ClaroSports.

AAA tapes their own TV show tonight in Toluca. Again, the main event is a built to the later show, Texano Jr. versus Dr. Wagner versus Mesias in a bull terrier match (which usually doesn’t add anything much to a match, but allows them to get out of it without anyone getting pinned.) The most interesting match is a four way match between Pentagon Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma vs Fenix vs a luchador to be announced, as Group 4 of the Rey de Reyes. The names involved mean that match could be in the same stratosphere as Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee, assuming the mystery luchador is any good and the booking stays out of the way. AAA hasn’t given out a hint of the identity, just hinting that it’s a big deal. The silhouette on the poster looks a lot like Fireball, but this is the poster where they also put Daga on it despite him not having a match, so they could just be testing to see if we’re paying attention. Pentagon seems like the favorite to win this block, but it’s no sure thing – the only sure thing is the winner of this group will probably be the best pick to win the whole tournament given who else is involved.

The card also has Psycho Circus versus Zorro, Cuervo and Escoria, which might be the champs getting a Wagner added win before Rey de Reyes. Aerostar & Drago taking on Priata & Taurus in what could be a good match, and there’s a usual mixed tag match to open it Ludxor says he’s going to the taping tonight. It may just be a trip to Toluca to hang out, but AAA ought to be adding an extra match to tonight’s show to give them an extra week of TV and Ludxor in a bonus match is what seems to happen usually in this situation.

The show starts is listed as 8:45 pm, and will actually get going a few minutes after that. AAA’s social media will have results, and the first part of the show should air this weekend.

AAA has an Aerostar interview talking about his match with Drago against Pirata & Taurus as preparation for the AAA trios title match at Rey de Reyes.

Hayabusa passed away earlier this week, with the news coming out last night. SuperLuchas has a detailed obit, and BAHU has a very detailed match by match history of his career. Hayabusa came to Mexico in 1993 to wrestle near Tijuana where he was first given a mask, then wrestled in CMLL for a large chunk of 1994. His style as a high flyer had a significant influence on lucha libre and current luchadors. (Sometimes literally: Pentagon Jr. and ex-CMLL Ramstein’s masks were designed with Hayabusa’s mask in mind.) Hayabusa returned to Mexico in 2012 as part of LEGEND’s Lucha Fan Fest. Hayabusa’s life was irrevocably changed by a slip and horrendous fall off a springboard moonsault, something I’m sure is going to be on my mind every time Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi attempt something crazy tonight. I hope both promotions mention Hayabusa tonight.

Elite said they drew well in Aguascalientes last night. It doesn’t look full, but it’s well attended.

Volador says he’ll fight Negro Casas clean if Casas fights clean, but he’ll cheat if Casas also cheats.

CaraLuchas announced a 03/12 show with Wotan vs Joe Lider vs Ciclope vs Danger in a four way extreme match.

It reads like Guadalajara TV is airing a repeat this week, so maybe Dorada/Casas won’t air anywhere. That’d be a shame.

C2E2 says Lucha Underground will not appear the Chicago comic book expo on the weekend of 03/20.

+LuchaTV has a new episode of Esto es Lucha with Dhani and no Joe Lider.

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa.

SegundaCaida reviews Black Terry versus Multifacetico.

Pro Wrestling Revolution says they’re doing a iPPV with Caristico on March 26th.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 5th

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CMLL Claro has Kamaitaichi vs Dragon Lee. So that’ll be good.

Carta Brava & Apache vs Ludxor & Venum might have been the best match of the AAA taping in Queretaro

The Chairo show won’t be taped by AYM, so last night’s IWRG FILL show has a better shot of airing.

2016 watch later catch up, part 1 of ∞

Matches reviewed in the post below

  • Zeuxis © vs Lluvia for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
    Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 12/29/2015
  • Hombre Bala Jr. vs Tiger
    Arena Coliseo, 01/23/2016
  • Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
    Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 01/24/2016
  • Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
    Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 01/05/2016
  • Alas de Acero, Aramis, Dragón Fly vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vórtize
    Arena Naucalpan, 01/27/2016
  • Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Black Dragón, Freyser, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balak, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross, Novasonic, Orión, Royer Boy [Copa Higher Power]
    Arena Naucalpan, 01/27/2016

Matches currently in the queue to watch

01-17 Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
01-17 Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
01-17 Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Pantera I for the IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship
01-24 Fly Star & Toxin vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
01-30 Volador Jr. vs Mariachi Loco [UIPW CHAMP]
02-07 Golden Magic & Tritón vs Puma & Tiger
02-07 Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Máscara Dorada vs Cibernético, La Máscara, Mephisto
02-10 Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
02-14 Carístico vs La Máscara
02-20 Belial vs Centvrión
02-21 Dragón Lee vs Extreme Tiger
02-21 Epydemius, Galactar, Último Ninja vs Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Quinto Elemento
02-24 Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Matrix Jr., Rayan
02-24 Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. vs Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II, Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera I, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycko Kid [Copa Higher Power]
02-27 Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
02-28 Marcela vs Ayako Hamada

Please let me know if I’m missing matches I might enjoy!
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H2L, Dorada defeats Casas, FILL beats Toluca, Kamaitachi bikini challenge?

CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Divino & Magnum b Maléfico & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Bengala, Flyer, Leono b Artillero, Inquisidor, Sádico
Sadico replaced Espiritu Negro. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Máscara Dorada © b Negro Casas [CMLL WELTER]
Casas took one with the casita, Dorada took two with a submission, and Dorada took three with a casita to keep the title. Dorada 2nd defense
5) La Máscara, Mistico, Súper Porky b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Rey Escorpion’s return after his usual winter absence. Tecnicos took 2/3, Mistica on Rey Escorpion.

Dorada, while hyping his match this weekend with Extreme Tiger, says money was thrown in for this title match.

IWRG FILL (WED) 03/02/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Adrenalina b Ángel De La Muerte II
2) Fire Man & Galaxy b Black Dragón & Osiris
3) Blue Monsther, Criss Boy, Zatura b Acero, Picudo Jr., Troll
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. b Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II, Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycho Kid [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Toluca, rematch from last week. Gemelo’s trying making the switch again, Uno coming in to replace Dos after Uno had been eliminated, but Dragon Fly just beat Uno this time. Gemelos challenged any two members of the Naucalpan team to an apuesta match.
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Factor, Rayan, Spector
Tortugas took 2/3. Rafy bled. Spector fouled Mike, but Leo came in to foul Spector and Mike covered for the win. Apuesta challenges followed.

Those rudos still wrestle a bit around Mexico State but rarely in Naucalpan after losing their masks. The Tortugas in a mask match feels like something that would be a big deal.

CMLL has an article clarifying their Mexico City schedule for next few weeks:
03/04 Friday: Arena Mexico
03/05 Saturday: Arena Coliseo
03/06 Sunday: MOVED to Arena Coliseo
03/08 Tuesday: Arena Mexico
03/11 Friday: Arena Mexico
03/12 Saturday: Arena Coliseo
03/13 Sunday: MOVED to Arena Coliseo
03/15 Tuesday: MOVED to Arena Coliseo
03/18 Friday: Arena Mexico (Homenaje a Dos Leyendas) – back to normal after this point

There’s no mention of Elite Wednesdays, so they’re either not starting until after Dos Leyendas or they’re not starting. Start times all remain the same. They’ll have normal Turiluchas service for all these shows, including the Tuesday show moved to Arena Coliseo. There’s no mention of if the Tuesday show will be on YouTube, but assume so.

Last night’s Lucha Underground announced an Aztec Warfare match will take place on March 23rd. That’s the same night as Rey de Reyes. There’s been no hint of Rey de Reyes being available on iPPV (or regular PPV!) so it may be impossible to see both shows, but it’s going to be a pretty creatively interesting night for AAA and AAA related promotions. Anyway, this

March 04 FRI 20:30 CMLL Arena Mexico (Kamaitachi vs Dragon Lee) [Claro]
March 04 FRI 20:45 AAA TV taping in Toluca (Rey de Reyes Group 4) 
March 06 SUN 17:30 LuchaMemes Chairo 3 (XTiger/Dorada, Dragon Lee/Rey Horuz)
March 09 WED 19:00 LU episode 7, Prince Puma vs Pentagon vs Mil Muertes
March 11 FRI 20:30 CMLL Arena Mexico [Claro]
March 11 FRI 20:45 AAA TV taping in Naucalpan
March 16 WED 19:00 LU episode 8, matches TBA
March 18 FRI 20:30 CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas [iPPV? Claro?]
March 20 SUN 14:00 ChilangaMask 3rd Anniversary show (Caifans vs Traumas, ACH vs ?)
March 23 WED 19:00 LU episode 9, Aztec Warfare
March 23 WED 20:45 AAA Rey de Reyes in San Luis Potosi [iPPV?]
March 25 FRI 20:30 CMLL Arena Mexico [Claro]
March 30 WED 19:00 LU episode 10

That doesn’t include the usual Monday/Tuesday streams of CMLL.

In putting together this list, I realized I missed the news that Saturday’s Go Mask show – the one which had Pentagon vs Fenix vs Aerostar vs Taurus as the main event – has been announced as postponed.

Court Bauer posted a photo of the run sheet of an AAA episode he’s taping today; it’s the first part of the Cuautitlan taping, a show I liked. Note the hash tag is AAAinEnglish, not AAAinUS.

Yesterday on Informa, Lluvia and Reina Isis each other made a bet where the loser of their match on Saturday would have to wear a bikini and hand out salad during next week’s Informa. Informa is really getting weird. Anyway, Kamaitachi was one of the next guests and said he too would wear a bikini if he lost to Dragon Lee on Friday.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

RobViper has a music video of 08/21/15 CMLL

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Skayde & Cancer vs Turbo & Mimo vs Senky & Astro Negro.

Super Comando revealed the Chicago stop of the upcoming lucha tour (with Demus, Electrico, Zexuis and Lluvia) will be on March 20th in Berwyn. He also says that’s his last US match for now. No word on where the other shows are going to be.

Pequeno MS-1 is off a Friday night show in Campeche, because he broke three toes in a car accident. The video includes footage of the car accident (car is upside down!) and just about shows the toes.

Photo report on Monterrey luchadors playing soccer. And a photo report of a show in San Diego.

Lucha Libre in Japan

NJPW announced the return of the Super J Cup, a single elimination junior heavyweight tournament, to take place on August 21st. That’s about the same time the WWE Cruiserweight tournament will be wrapping up. CMLL was listed as one of the participating promotions. No names or even size of the tournament was mentioned, but Dragon Lee being involved is a safe assumption.

Silueta is wrestling on the FukumenMania show on 03/06. She and Zeuxis face each other in a singles match again on 03/25 in Korakuen Hall for REINA.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/18/2016 Arena México
Homenaje a Dos Leyenda 2016, Lizmark & Salvador Lutteroth
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
4) Rush vs Máximo Sexy [hair]
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky vs Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas [hair]

Not really much of interest added to the card, and some people (Niebla, Oro) who don’t seem to quite fit. I’m really surprised they didn’t include Caristico or La Mascara. The semimain is obviously the super casual match, but it would’ve still been one with those two guys in for anyone else (and they make more sense than just about anyone booked in that match.) It’s got to be a specific decision not to have Caristico on the big shows at this point.

First two matches could be fun on a big show where there’s not the same limits on those early matches.

Lucha Underground 2×6: Gift of the Gods Ladder Match

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The Matches

Kobra Moon defeated Sexy Star (2:59, Snake Sleeper, below average)
Pentagon Jr. DQ Prince Puma (4:57, Mil Muertes interference, good)
Fenix defeated King Cuerno in a ladder match to win the Gift of the Gods championship (16:40, grabbed the belt, great)

Puma, with ease
Puma, with ease

The Developments

This was a less busy show than last week’s, since the main event took up a lot of time. (No show closing vignette either.)

Fenix winning back the Gift of the Gods championship was the biggest news. Cuerno seemed more interested in destroying Fenix for much of the match. There were relatively few attempts at climbing a ladder to win the match, with most of the time actually spent at ringside or in the crowd. Fenix won cleanly in the end, after putting Cuerno thru a table via springboard frankensteiner. He and Mil pointed at each other to end the show.

Mil had a busy night. He started out saying a quiet prayer and a loud threat to Catrina – he was tired of her manipulating everyone and wanted to destroy people himself. Their relationship seems stunted at the same dynamic it had when they met, Catrina still treats him like Pascal the kid, and Mil didn’t seem happy about it. Catrina again urged patience. The apparent solution was for Mil to reveal his broken arm had healed, and he destroyed both Pentagon Jr. & Puma to end their match prematurely. Muertes later declared he’d fight both of them next week in a title match to finish them off.

this wasn't enough
this wasn’t enough

That wasn’t the only big Mil Muertes announcement. Matt Striker had revealed Catrina & Mil had decided to hold the second Aztec Warfare in three weeks (March 23rd.) Striker made it sound as if it was invite only match.

There were a few other times, but it was more just keeping plates spinning. Sexy Star had her first match of the season, but lost when she was distracted by Marty. Willie Mack was at ringside. Whatever Willy and Sexy saw two episodes not revealed. Kobra Moon just happened to be the opponent. Moon is 2-0 with no obvious sign of a storyline, a remarkable situation in LU.

The episode also touched in on Famous B and Rey & Dragon Azteca, but didn’t advance their plots in any way. And that’s about it.

Thoughts

Fenix tope con giro OVER a ladder
Fenix tope con giro OVER a ladder

This was all about the ladder match. Again, like the last man standing match, it defying the expectations of a lot of leaping off high points or even falling off the ladder a bunch. Instead, it was a brutal fight, with Fenix taking some sizeable punishment. The fall off the balcony was the most painful looking moment, but there were other shots (like the fall from the hanging ladder holder) which were nearly as bad. Announcers always talk about ladder matches taking months off of people’s lives and careers, and that felt very true in this match. It was a slower match than I thought, especially in the early going where Cuerno went to set up for some spots and Fenix just was slow getting up or in the wrong position. Maybe it was a clever tease for later, but I wonder if Fenix might have got banged up early – he was definitely limping by the time they ended it. If there was one flaw, it’s the frankensteiner thru a precut table at the end didn’t look as nasty as a lot of stuff which came before it. Fenix crawling over Marty to get to the ladder was pretty great though.

Both men looked incredible in this match and Cuerno’s not really hurt much by losing, but it also came off as the definitive end of this issue for the time being and the moment to move onto something else.

The other matches were not much. The quality in them differed, but the end product was really not as far apart as you’d think. Puma & Pentagon essentially started in the middle of a longer match, and didn’t really get to the big near falls before Mil Muertes ran in. The first match was a much deeper match than between the two, and that one left you wanting more. It was for the best that they announced the three way for next week immediately after this match to stifle some of the disappointment. People really want that match, and weren’t thrilled with what they got.

Not sure people really wanted Sexy Star & Kobra Moon. It was better than Kobra Moon’s first match; the embarrassing strikes were more on Sexy Star’s side with whatever kneelifts she was doing at one point. The entire match felt like the production was trying to get thru it as quick as possible, with Willie Mack and The Moth coming off as as much a distraction of the viewers as the luchadors. Sexy Star’s reason for being at least is clear – there’s a mixed tag match or feud coming – but her opponent’s existence is a mystery. Perhaps it’s just an availability thing, but it’s strange they have Kobra Moon getting wins without giving her some sort of story – there are more experienced people they could throw out there to get wins for win’s sake if that’s the was the only purpose. Maybe there’s another shoe about to drop, but they’re not hinting at anything.

The two best matches this season have been Fenix versus King Cuerno. It’s time for other people to get involved. They’ll surely get there in three weeks, but hoping for more before then.

Marty is a hero for moving the ladder
Marty is a hero for moving the ladder

Hijos del Infierno retain championship, DTU in Aficion, LU

Stigma celebrates too soon
Stigma celebrates too soon

CMLL (SUN) 02/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Capitán Cobra b Diplomático
Cobra took 1/3
2) Demonio Rojo & Gitano b El Alteño & Reycko
Reycko replaced Linterna. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Frezzer & Guerrero de la Muerte b Carlos Rogi & Mr. Apolo
Guerrero de la Muerte replaced Cosmos and got along with his tecnico partner to take falls 2/3.
4) Espectrúm, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Divino, Mágico, Vaquero Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Espetrum sneaking in a foul on Vaquero Jr. Mask/hair challenges followed.
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Omar Brunetti bJoker, Niebla Roja, Puma
tecnicos took 2/3.

Espectrum/Vaquero Jr. continues on.

DTU (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena Aficion [Function Estelar, Mas Lucha]
1) Jimmy & Kevin b Adrenalina Fly & Niño De Cobre
2) El Exótico b Johnny Idol and Lokillo and Tony
3) Aeroboy & Violento Jack b Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako (Distrito Federal)
Gio el Malkriado replaced Violento Jack. No Chato & Nene, so a tag match instead of a three team one.
4) Fujin & Raijin b Drastik Boy & Pesadilla
Crowd liked the match.
5) Titán (CMLL) & Tritón (CMLL) b Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo
Said to be a good match, money thrown in. Titan & Triton asked for a Nexo (TAG) title match and the champions accepted.
6) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo [TLC]
Ovett wanted a shot at Ciclope’s DTU title, which Miedo reminded him he was still the #1 contender.
7) Sharlie Rockstar b Súper Mega © [DTU Consgrado]
Mega asked for a rematch

Fourth & fifth matches stand on as really good in the reviews. Crowd was good.

CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:21. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma DQDisturbio, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:32. Straight falls, ending when Puma fouled Stigma.
4) Sagrado b Delta [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:24. Sagrado won via powerbomb.
5) Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellysb Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:11. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © bBlue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:24. Hijo del Infierno took 2/3 in a very good match. Hijos del Infierno 3rd defense

Main event is the match worth watching; they worked very hard and they had the usual Blue Panther creativity in match layout. Nothing much going on the rest of these shows, and you’re better off watching these on delay and filtering/speeding thru the slow stuff at this point.

Flyer replaces Magnus on Saturday against Raziel.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground episode is #6 of the 2nd season, “Gift of the Gods Ladder Match.” I stopped reporting the upcoming LU episode names when this one came up because it’s a slight spoiler. Matches announced:

  • Sexy Star vs TBA
  • Pentagon Jr. vs Prince Puma
  • King Cuerno (c) vs Fenix in a ladder match for the Gift of the Gods championship

The ladder match in particular got strong reviews live. There was also a significant announcement made during the taping, but it might have been something only for the live crowd. You’ll find out soon enough.

The Chairo 2 card will be released tonight on MasLucha’s YouTube channel. It’s been a while, but that was the Christmas Day Naucalpan show: Atlantis/Caifan, Casas/Cerebro, Navarro/Virus.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara says there’s an Elite card coming to an upcoming Sunday. Maybe the 03/20 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show?

Sexy Star as wrestling in Tennessee on March 13th, with Texano, Taya, Fantasma, and Texas luchadora Candy White. It’s possible this was scheduled before Sexy Star ‘retired’ a couple weeks ago.

Bxb Fly returns with a music video of IWRG 01/17/16.

Segunda Caida reviews last week’s Lucha Underground episode and Hijo del Diablo & Gringo Loco vs Black Terry & Dr. Cerbero

WrestleCon announced an Andrew Everett, Fenix, and Aerostar vs Jack Evans, Flamita and Drago trios match for their show. That leaves Pentagon without an announced match so far.

Eric Mutter previews Friday’s CMLL show and ranks the Kamitachi/Dragon Lee matches.

Mamba want Casandro’s hair.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Leono vs El Rebelde & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón
3) Estrellita vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper

Just back to random matches. Zeuxis is on every show except the Puebla show. All the young rudos make the show – including the return of Rebelde.

CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) León Blanco & Neutrón vs Demonio Rojo & Mr. Trueno
2) Mágico, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Furia Roja, Metálico
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Mr. Niebla in both buildings! That’s going to be tough.

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-03-01 

The Panther tope
The Panther tope

Recapped: 03/01/2016

What happened: Hijos del Infierno successfully defended the trios titles over Divinos Laguneros. Puma fouled Stigma to end the third match in straight falls. Rey Cometa was stretchered out after a piledriver.

What was good: Really just the main event, though there were some semimain moments that were good.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Matches will air in MegaSports next Monday, and may air on LATV at some point. (more…)

03/11 AAA TV Lineup (Naucalpan)

03/11 in Naucalpan

AAA TV (FRI) 03/11/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Argenis, El Mexicano, Estrella Divina vs Mamba, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Xandåo
2) Dinastía, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
3) ?, Drago, Fénix vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Garza Jr., Jack Evans, La Parka vs Pentagón Jr., Taurus, Villano IV
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Texano Jr.

Air Date: 03/19? They’re still kind of a week short, so either a match is going to be added to Toluca, or Toluca or Naucalpan is going to be stretched out to two weeks, or maybe they’re going to do the never seen bit of combining showing two different tapings on one show or – I dunno, this could air March 19th and/or it could air March 26th, your guess is as good as mine.

This taping is a late addition to make up for Tampico being canceled, and it kind comes off as such. The opener is such a random group of individuals, as if the first six people who responded to a group text got a spot on the card. (I’m almost sure that didn’t happen.) The rest of the show is lack a little continuity or design too.

The main rudo side has Dr. Wagner Jr., Mesias and Texano. Those three guys will meet in a bull terrier match on Friday and then will be partner on this show. Normally, one of the people in the Rey de Reyes championship match (Texano vs Mesias!) would be turning face, but none appear to be doing so. None of this makes much sense on paper. Perhaps they’ll find a way to make it compelling on TV. This remains a strange way to build to a title match; the Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner feud appears to have priority.

Semifinal is a really exciting match without La Parka (and maybe Villano IV) involved. No such luck. It is notable because it comes after the Rey de Reyes Group 4 match. Parka & Villano (and Demon have advanced), Pentagon Jr. is the only guy from Group 4 booked in the match, and Pentagon is the favorite to advance out of that group. Maybe that’s going to be a final preview match.

Aside 1: Fantasma is not booked here, or anywhere on TV outside of Friday’s Group final. He could surprise and go to the final himself and that would explain things. It’s just strange there’s no spot for him here or on Rey de Reyes unless he makes the final. He is healthy and was wrestling Sunday in Juarez, so no idea.

Aside 2: Queretaro’s big story was the Perros del Mal all being friends again. None of the Perros del Mal team on the following two tapings. Strange.

Still kind of assuming all the luchador sorpresa spots at Fireball, though it’s strange (a word I’m overusing) AAA wouldn’t list him by this point if that’s the case. Probably more peculiar is Ricky Marvin being a rudo (and not Bengala.) Lack of logical rudo to team up with those guys now that they’re out of La Sociedad? Injury replacement for Daga? The end of the masked character? He’s probably more useful on the rudo side at this point given the depth of young flyers on the tecnico side, but there probably should be some explanation of what’s going on there.

Aside 3: who is in La Sociedad now? Could I get a organizational chart?

The usual Relevos match gets moved to the segunda, except the exoticos get left behind. Mascarita Sagrada is the only person who repeats this match and the Rey de Reyes opener.

Opener is a grab bag of people. Argenis/Mascara 2000 Jr. are among the lowest tecnicoss and rudos on the totem pole. Estrella Divina works some AAA spots shows and is getting a TV chance as an opponent for Mamba. (This will be her first TV appearance since 2014, when they had a 4 women vs 4 exoticos match.) And Xandao and Mexicano is maybe student versus trainer? I think Mexicano has a hand in the training, and AAA’s used him on small shows a few years ago. Mexicano was a TV regular a long time ago, but this would be his first appearance since 2000 and there’s really no reason for him to be on this show unless it’s to help Xandao thru a debut match. Xandao is a tall Brazilian (friend of Zumbi!) who’s been used by Leyendas Inmortales and indy shows, but hasn’t made much of an impression outside being tall and Brazilian. Maybe he’ll show something here, but there’s more interesting people who could’ve been used in that spot.

Naucalpan tapings are usually pretty hot. The card really isn’t – matches 3 and 4 could be good, but could not be just the same. Match 5 is probably a normal Psycho Circus math with an angle at the end. Mathc 2 is also something we’ve seen many times before.

Upcoming AAA TV schedule

03/04: Toluca
03/11: Naucalpan
03/23: San Luis Potosi (Rey de Reyes)

Upcoming Arena Naucalpan schedule

03/02: FILL show (vs Toluca)
03/06: Chairo 3
03/09: maybe no show
03/11: AAA TV
03/13: maybe regular IWRG

Caristico/UG, Infiernos/Panthers & Casas/Dorada tonight, DTU in Aficion, LU on iTunes

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Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (MON) 02/29/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Centella Roja, Millenium b Ares, Mini Joker, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:42. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana b Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Starman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:08. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Princesa Sugehit b Zeuxis [lightning] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:30. Sugehit won with a Mistica variant. No challenge followed.
4) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:05. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico DQ Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:45. Tecnicos took 1/3. UG fouled Caristico (first match here in 5 years) after they feuded all match.

Caristico was the most over guy in a show that mostly felt like everyone taking a night off. Nothing you really need to see from the show.

Tonight’s CMLL show is headlined by the Hijos del Infiernos versus Los Divinos Laguneros (the Blue Panthers) for the National Trios Championships. The Panthers won in straight falls last week. It’s more likely the rudos will stay champs, but it’s also been a title with not much interest and a title change is not out of the question.

The rest of the card has interesting people, but maybe not lined up the best for great matches. Fuego, Maya & Cometa take on Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys in the semimain. Puma & Tiger team up with Disturbio, facing the overmatched trio of Oro, Pegasso and Stigma. Delta and Sagrado are in the lightning match, the third time they’ve had this match in about a year. (Delta won last March, Sagrado won in November.)

The show starts at 7:30pm, on CMLL.com and YouTube.

CMLL’s Guadalajara show has a Mascara Dorada/Negro Casas CMLL Welterweight Championship. Dorada’s almost definitely winning in his home arena, though Casas did beat Dorada when they met there three years ago. This was a fun match when they had it just before Dorada’s Japan trip, and there’s a chance it could show up later on decades YouTube channel later on.

The most interesting CMLL show tonight is probably the DTU show in Arena Aficion. The main event is Super Mega vs Sharlie Rockstar for the DTU Consgrado championship (which has been used as a secondary title for older guest stars.) There’s a chairs/lamps match with Ciclope & Miedo Extremo vs Ovett & Angel o Demonio, and two ‘interpromotional’ tag matches too interesting for CMLL cards. Titan & Triton take on Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth, while Fuijin & Rajin face Draztick Boy & Pesadilla. Titan and the NJPW kids have new promos for the show.

DTU also announced a tour of Veracruz to come later this month.

Lucha Underground arrived on iTunes yesterday. The formal press release came out today. It appears it is only available in the US Store at the moment and there is no indication when they might be in other countries. Episodes are $3 in HD, $2 in SD. Season 1 is $35 SD/$45 HD, Season 2 is $30/$40 HD (less episodes.) The season passes are about 50% off the individual episodes; unless you’re picking out a few episodes, it’s a much better deal to just get them all. New episodes will be up the day after they air. The Season 2 debut will be available for free from now until March 28th, and the trailers will be free forever.

Pro Wrestling Sheet first mentioned LU told the the crew plans for iTunes releases when they also announced the Season 3. It was said to be happening in “a few months”, so getting it done in four weeks is ahead of schedule. There’s been nothing else as firm about any other digital outlet, but any progress is good progress.

Kahn del Mal actually wrestled in the Perros versus Psycho Circus cage match on Saturday. He replaced Daga, who was said to be injured and not at the show  Kahn has been on TV as a second with the Perros, but never an active luchador and they may have just used him in the cage match to keep the Perros del Mal theme. It’s still very strange to put a non-wrestler in a match; that seems like something a lucha commission might stop, if they existed. He was the first out.

Matt Cross is off the 03/20 ChilangaMask show due to Lucha Underground commitments. ACH’s opponent is TBA, but they’re saying they found out in plenty of time to get a good replacement.

RobViper has a music video of 08/18/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

ViceMexico has an article about exoticos (from the recent exoticos heavy WMC show.)

Marcela says the Moreno sisters aren’t prepared enough to fight her. Ayako Hamada apparently was, since she beat Marcela on Sunday in HUMO in what was said to be a good short match. Casandra won the vacant women’s championship in the undercard. She talked about her victory with Furia de Titanes.

Lucha Libre in Japan Not Mexico

02/28 REINA: Silueta & Makoto beat Tsukaka Fujimoto & Akane Fujita

Akebono held a press conference for his upcoming new promotion Royal Road and mentioned there would be an AAA/LU match on the 04/20 debut show. No names announced yet. Like the US shows, it’d probably have to be AAA people who are working under their AAA characters in LU.

WXW announced Black Fire’s schedule for April. He’s in the UK for now.

Jack Evans and Fenix have been added to WrestleCon.

Lineups

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 03/06/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Robin vs Luzbel & Tanque Infernal
2) La Jarochita & La Vaquerita vs Amapola & Zeuxis
3) Dinamic Black, Metaleón, Rocky Lobo vs Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Golden Magic vs Argos
5) Marco Corleone & Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas & Rush
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Mistico vs La Máscara, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

I guess the idea is this is a CMLL/ELITE copromotion, rather than just the Elite shows of previous Sundays. (No Wednesday show yet.) The Elite Cristico/Mascara feud continues, as does the CMLL feuds in the semimain. Luzbel & Tanque Infernal are new names for here, but have previously shown up on FULL shows (where Luzbel was Luzbel Jr.)

CMLL (MON) 03/07/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Rey Samuray & Zaeta Roja vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Black Tiger, Robin, Sensei vs Artillero, Camorra, King Jaguar
3) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Máximo Sexy, Súper Porky, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero

Slow build to Caristico. No build to Zeuxis/Sugehit; Zeuxis is around on Sunday but not on this show. Batillon del Muerte in the opener should be fun, but the rest of this card might not be so great.