I wrote a book. You can get it via payhip. It’s available for the low, low price of “whatever you want to pay, even if that’s nothing at all.”
The 2017 Luchablog Abstract is a 80+ page year in review. There’s an essay about the year itself, about CMLL, about AAA, and about everything else. In between, there’s brief thoughts about anyone who had at least a couple of matches in AAA and CMLL. There’s also a similar section covering the important The Crash people and a few bonus entries.
If you’ve enjoyed what I write here or elsewhere on lucha libre, I believe you’ll like this as well. If you’re someone who reads this site often, you’ll get all of my thoughts on people in once place. If you’re a new to lucha libre or unfamiliar with it, it will give you some background on what different luchadors have done and what their future looks like. If you have at all a passing interest in lucha libre, I think you’ll find it worth a look.
And, it’s a free look. The price is set to $0.00 as a default. You’re under no obligation to pay anything for it. I encourage you to purchase it once for free, decide what it’s worth to you, and then buy it a second time for that price if that works for you.
To keep your expectations in check: this is a bare bones project from a person who has never done this before. There’s no photos or art, the cover is just text. it’s just a lot of words, though the words were actually professionally edited. I hope the words are interesting enough to make up for nothing else really existing.
Here are some answers to questions you may have:
Q: Did you just steal the Voices of Wrestling concept for a wrestling ebook? A: Yes. Yes I did. At least half of them are aware of it, and this book wouldn’t have existed without their assistance.
Q: Who contributed to this book? A: Just me. I had editing help, but all the profiles and essays are mine. It was a lot of work.
Q: Will this be available outside of Payhip? How about Amazon? A: Probably not.
Q: What timespan does this book cover? A: January 1 to December 31, 2017. Anything from the last six weeks, a period commonly known as “2018”, is not covered.
Q: Why is this out now? Does it feel out of date? A: I could not commit to doing this project until January. It took about as long as I thought it would, it just took a lot of time. There are things which have changed in both promotions and for some of the wrestlers in the last six weeks, but that’s ok. My goal was to create something specifically connected to a specific time. I believe it’s still useful to get a sense of this past year.
Q: I really like this website or the luchawiki or the lucharobot or something else you do, can I just use this as a way to funnel money to you to say thanks irrespective the actual book? A: Look. I’m not going to turn down free money. However, if I wanted to charge for those things, I would be finding a way to charge for this things. This is something else. Pay whatever you want for the book.
Q: What are your plans for any money you make off this book? A: thought hard and came up with this list:
one month of server costs
probably another pizza
Q: Will there be a 2018 version? A: We’ll see. We’ll see.
CMLL wraps up the incredible pairs tournament tonight. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero face Rush & Terrible in Arena Mexico’s main event. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero are the top tecnico and top rudo in CMLL. Rush should be in one of those two roles, but hasn’t had the big important matches, strong storytelling, or good opponents of late to get there. He has all that tonight, including the story of his partner Terrible possibly joining Los Ingobernables.
This should be a pretty good match. It’s also a status quo versus actual change point – nothing much changes if Volador & Ultimo Guerrero win another tournament, and maybe something important happens if Rush & Terrible win. We’ve also seen the the Anniversario main event set up in this tournament in previous years. There’s all sorts of combinations of hair matches which could come out of this match if they’re interested in going in that direction.
The semimain points in the direction of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Angel de Oro & Cuatrero are in a trios with Dragon Lee, Mistico, Sanson and Forastero. That has the people to be a pretty good match. Mistico & Dragon Lee would be a team I’d like to see in the tag team tournament (and they could’ve just made Sanson & Forastero the NGD team if CMLL wanted to make sense.)
Atlantis, Caristico & Diamante Azul face Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Kraneo in the fourth match. Niebla Roja and Soberano Jr. meet in the lightning match; their only other singles match was a brief one in last year’s Universal tournament. Kawato teams with Puma & Tiger to face Triton, Stigma & Fuego in another promising match. Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito take on Mercurio & Pierrothito in the opener. The show will air on Facebook and should air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm, and then on YouTube later. If it’s region blocked on Claro, I probably will stream it again.
CMLL announced the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championships would be filled with another 16 team tag team tournament. There will be blocked on 02/24 & 03/09 and a final on 03/10. The champions are said to be vacant because Sanson & Cuatrero are focusing on the world tag team tournament instead. No teams have been announced.
This is the third tournament that will be happening over this same couple month of stretch, including tonight’s incredible pairs final and the soon to begin world tag team tournament. CMLL will have a six week stretch where they’re never more than eight days away from a tag team tournament match. It’s likely the Gran Alternativa tag team tournament is not far away either. It doesn’t just feel like a programming department low of ideas – though it definitely feels that way – but one incapable of taking a step back and realizing how insane it looks to be running all these tag team tournaments.
There is no AAA show tonight, for the first Friday night in three weeks, but there is a The Crash show out in Tijuana. The main event is an all star one time only trios match with CIMA from IWRG (and I guess Dragon Gate) teaming with Extreme Tiger & Rey Horus against Penta, Fenix & Rey Mysterio. As far as I can find, this will be the first time CIMA & Rey Mysterio or Penta have ever been in the same ring together. CIMA and Fenix have had one match, a trios when AAA took the Reina de Reinas tournament to Japan in 2012.
The unlikely combination of Daga & Masada will take on usual parnters Aeroboy & Violento Jack in the semimain. Willie Mack, Black Taurus, Hijo del Pirata Morgan and Sharly Rockstar have a four way match for what’s listed as the The Crash Heavyweight Championship and may be a #1 contenders match. Either winner gets Rey Mistersio, or Rey’s given up the title – The Crash isn’t saying. The rest of the show includes Rebelion Amarilla being forced to work in the second match as punishment for getting into it with fans last show. They face Arkangel Divino, Black Boy and Astrolux in a size difference.
Like all The Crash shows, nothing has been announced as far as being able to see the show. Sometimes there are +LuchaTV clips, often there’s handheld, probably 126F will have edited highlights up this weekend.
AroLucha is in Beaumont, Texas tonight. They’ve announced three matches. Today is a big day for bullet points:
James Storm vs MVP vs Low Ki
Hurricane (Hurracaine?) Helms & Mascarita Dorada vs Demus & Keyra
Juventud Guerrera, Blue Demon Jr., Maximo vs John Hennigan, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Taya
AroLucha also accidentally announced half of tomorrow’s show in Humble before deleting the tweet.
Hurricane Helms & Low Ki vs MVP & James Storm
LAX vs Sammy Guevara & Laredo Kid
Juventud Guerrera & Blue Demon Jr. vs John Hennigan & Chavo Guerrero Jr.
OGT (Averno, Chessman, Super Fly) vs Poder del Norte (Mocho Cota Jr., Carta Brava Jr., Tito Santana) in a TLC for the AAA World Trios Championship match
the Rey de Reyes tournament
That last match was announced yesterday at a press conference in Puebla. Maximo & Mascara could use some rivals, which might be where that mystery team comes in. That lineup suggests Blue Demon Jr. won’t be wrestling on the show, which is a bit of his surprise after his big return. He may get involved in some other way.
CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Pólvora vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Mephisto, Okumura
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
This took a while to come out and looks like one of the easiest to skip CMLL shows of the year. This is a show where Metatron pops up in Mexico City for the first time in fourth months.
CMLL (TUE) 02/20/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & El Mágico vs Frezzer & Ráfaga
2) Astral, Robin, Vaquero Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Difunto, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Kawato San, Sagrado, Virus
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Titán vs Felino, Hechicero, Luciferno
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Shocker
Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr.beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (10:29 [4:28, 2:28, 3:33], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )
This was the first post-FantasticaMania show. This is also the show up against Guerra de Titanes, which is why it’s showing up so late. (No one asked is another reason.)
NGD and the tecnicos started brawling before they got the ring. The focus was on Cuatrero and Angel de Oro, following the title change at FantasticaMania.
Virus had the ropes for the pin on Audaz.
The main event was the usual exhibition match when there’s nothing on the line. It came off stronger than usual. The FantasticaMania wrestlers, in this and other matches, looked sharper than usual after a trip. It seemed like they might have more off days with the travel back this time, and that might have helped – Dragon Lee & Volador just looked very on tonight. Atlantis looked better if not yet good, and I couldn’t believe he did the top. He almost didn’t make it. Dragon Lee’s chest still seems scuffed up from his chop fight with Gran Guerrero. Doing the Atlantis/UG gave this more of a direction than usual, and it was a fine for a Friday night main event.
Diamante Azul/Terrible easily overachievedexceptions. They found a few things Diamante Azul can do impressively, didn’t go too long, and Terrible carried the rest.
The crowd surprisingly got into the later stages of this match, which should be declared an obvious success. They mostly baked Terrible, which seemed to confuse Diamante Azul, but shouldn’t have been a total surprise since the Arena Mexico fans tend to support rudos who are talented and don’t get much to do. The middle rope press slam would’ve been really if Azul could’ve held it for a little longer. The finish was a cool idea that also didn’t come off completely right, but they got enough of it to totally thrill the fans. This was a good enough match to make both men look better coming out of it.
The NGD/Angels trios match seem to bring back some of the spirit from Japan. They were doing spots they had not been doing in Mexico before the tour (the assisted plancha to the floor, the Cuatrero/Angel de Oro chop exchange.) Stuka didn’t get to go to FantasticaMania, so he also got all his suplexing one guy on another spots out for the year. Angel de Oro losing a title but getting a feud with Cuatrero is a strong net positive if he’s going to go as hard as he did; he was a guy desperately in need of something to do and is getting it. Niebla Roja was moving pretty well for a guy who seemed to have leg problems in Tokyo. I couldn’t believe he did the flip onto his feet for a pose.
The tercera had good action all the way thru. Disturbio felt more in like he fit in this place than Starman, who seems to be getting a post-mask win elevation. Maybe it’s just FantasticaMania doing more to change my perception than silly cage matches. Virus continues to work with Audaz a lot. Audaz has a bunch of unique offense which makes him stick out and just comes off as guy with an extra level of athleticism. The downside is you kind of realize he’s not that taller than Virus.
The segunda was a predictably rudo heavy match, with not much done to show off Eléctrico in his new role. These are just not the rudos to do that. They took most of the match and didn’t take the tecnico offense well. Star looked better than the other two, but no one looked great there.
The opener showed signs of what a good match might be with some of these guys – Flyer and Akuma are doing mini style double rotation headscissors – but was also boring and uneventful for large portions. The first fall was slow paced ad they never really recovered, to the point where the crowd was whistling at them in the third. Espanto Jr. was a bigger drain on the match I would’ve guessed. Like Hijo del Signo used to, Espanto Jr. has a great classic lucha libre mask that he keeps trying to reinvent, as if he trying to find the right look to get him over. The mask isn’t the issue.
There’s only one show on Friday night. It’s so nice. CMLL Claro will have the final of the incredible pairs tournament, which will probably be pretty good. Niebla Roja & Soberano has a chance too. In usual CMLL form, it’s one of two Soberano lightning match this week, with another on Monday.
Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero beat Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. (11:37 [2:46, 2:17, 6:34], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Nothing except Mephisto keeping his title
Mephisto versus Titan is as good a title match which will happen in Arena Mexico all year. The Volador matches may be more spectacular, but titan brings more of an exciting rollercoaster to his matches. It’s not just the big moves, though there are absolutely big moves in this one. It’s the fast small moves, the submissions that might actually, the back and forth counters and escapes. Titan big title matches are full of drama that’s not just limited two-and-a-half counts. It starts off strong, with Mephisto surprisingly cutting off a normal opening fall sequence to Titan in a submission. It did feel like a fall blown thru because they don’t really want to do three falls, it felt like Mephisto made a smart move and forced the match to end early.
That also made Titan as the underdog for the rest of the match, both on the scoreboard and just from getting pummeled for the next half of the second fall, and rallying back from a deficit is where he excells. He’s also gotten really good at pulling the fans into his matches. The crowd was way into this match from the double dive spot on since it came so fast and spectacularly, but he still worked at rallying them as he was going for his (doomed) headscissors of the apron. It doesn’t feel forced, it feels like he desperately needs that support.
I thought they went back and forth in interesting ways, not just relying on the big kickouts to get a reaction. It was smart to not just do the Super Devil’s Wings the first chance they had, because it made Mephisto actually connecting on it the second time feel even more sure as a match ender. Titan got something out of it even if he didn’t last much longer. I don’t think Mephisto added a lot besides doing his signature moves a few times and being in the right place, but that’s all he needed to do with Titan. This is an easy recommendation.
The fourth match featured Rey Cometa looking the wrong way in a group pose and Shocker & Hechicero having a mid match rock/paper/scissors contest (both went scissors on the first try, Shocker won with paper over rock on the second), so it was not the most serious affair. It was pretty fun CMLL filler, with Triton capable of doing some incredible things. Hechicero set up Shocker’s spear to look great in the end. Cometa is full on committed to being a goofball at all moments – his wacky dance was one thing, but he also exited the ring by laying on the middle rope and falling over to the apron.
The tercera was better than usual. There were a few moments of awkward waiting but the pace was really good otherwise. All that teaming with the Panthers has taught Pegasso that the key to happiness is doing a lot of topes in a row, a lesson he tried to pass to his partners here. Magia Blanca suffered a lot in this match. He’s also as good or better than Universo Junior. Universo is greatly benefiting from his name and height at the moment.
The women’s match had a hilarious bad ending to the second fall, where Metalica went up top for the flip senton only to find Tiffany had pulled Silueta too far away to do it and just decided to do nothing. Marcela is wearing gear with “CTFRM” on it and I don’t know what that means.
The opener wasn’t far off the better Friday minis match, for better or worse. The crowd wasn’t much into it at first, but Stukita put on a good performance and Shockercito was trying.
On Informa yesterday, Cuatrero & Sanson announced they’ve vacated the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship and are entering the CMLL World tag team tournament. It’s unclear why they would have to give up the other set of tag belts to challenge for this one, except CMLL wants to move those belts onto someone else without having the NGD lose. It is clear they’re still going to lose, since Cuatrero & Sanson are obviously not advancing to the final since it’s on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and Cuatrero is facing Angel de Oro in a mask match on that show.
It would take five seconds to say “if Cuatrero (or Angel de Oro) advance to the final, we’ll hold the tournament final on a different day”, but that apparently is too costly a five seconds for CMLL to spend on making sense.
The CMLL Teleformula show is being called “A Ras de Lona“. At least for the first couple weeks, it appear to be airing the same exact matches that CMLL is airing on Azteca USA.
AAA’s partner in Monterrey, KDNA, says they’re hosting a TV taping on March 25th. If that’s correct, that means AAA would be taping (and airing on Twitch) three times in eight days. They’d start with a Cuernavaca taping on Saturday, go to San Luis Potosi on Wednesday and end up in Monterrey. It would also suggest many matches will end up being Twitch exclusive, because be taping too much material to air unless they get a longer time slot.
AAA has a press conference today in Puebla with Fantasma & Texano to talk about their Rey de Reyes apuesta match. There’s a chance we could find more about that show’s lineup. They’d probably have announced it if not for the Rey de Reyes qualifying matches coming up and they may still.
The complete list of people under consideration for DTU’s Visoria contest, winner gets a trip to Dragon Gate for a tryout:
The winner will be decided on Saturday’s Arena Neza show. I’m guessing Cobre. Whoever told “Rey Volador” to go with that name, be it himself or his trainer or his friends, is doing him a disservice by letting him use a generic name.
03/03 Pura Raza Productions at Arena Lopez Mateos has so far
The Montanez are said to be MMA fighters, so this is a mixed style match. I couldn’t find anything about them with a quick search and they didn’t turn up in Sherdog’s Fight Finder.
The Crash announced Penta 0M vs Austin Aries at WrestleCon on 04/06. The WON reported it’s unlikely Rey Misterio Jr. will be on this show – not because of a WWE deal, but because he’s currently scheduled in England the night before.
The Gladiatores has a fuller report on the Baja Callifornia awards. Black Danger vs Arkangel Divino on 01/21 won luchador of the year and Black Danger was awarded luchador of the year. It does seem like only those licensed thru or belonging to Baja Calfiornia were eligible, which probably reduces the amount of The Crash matches which could be picked.
Hijo de Centella Roja & Meyerbeat Policeman & Sombra Diabólika (13:58 [6:41, 3:43, 3:34], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Perverso beat Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. (16:31 [7:39, 5:04, 3:48], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Amapola & Reyna Isis beat Lady Maravilla & Princesa Sugehit (16:06 [8:31, 2:43, 4:52], 2/,3 ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger beat Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón (10:53 [3:41, 2:38, 4:34], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Titánbeat Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis (15:39 [5:34, 3:56, 6:09], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys beat Carístico, Kráneo, Valientein a relevos increíbles match (10:33 [2:23, 2:39, 5:31], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Nothing in storyline. In reality, Vangellys blows out his knee catching a Valiente dive about 30 seconds before the finish and will be out for most of the year.
Everything is going to come off more critical than usual in this one because I’m taking a different approach to the GIFs. Instead of GIF of interesting things I saw, maybe I can use them illustrate what I saw.
I was really in a mood to let things play on my TV instead while half paying attention than to either closely watch things or fast forward to the stuff that might be good. I did that with parts of the first two matches, and just don’t have much to say about them: Perverso is improving, kid Sombra Diabolica is better when papa Sombra Dibaolica isn’t involved, nothing involving a Puebla local really matters. I did this with the women’s match too, thinking maybe there was some hidden value. It wasn’t wretched, it was just slow and just lackedenergy. Look at this GIF:
That’s ten seconds of everyone just standing around lost. That shouldn’t be happening in a four person match with veterans. I’m not even sure who’s fault it was.
Isis has improved in some ways but she’s not going to be good until her timing drastically improves. Let’s watch Maravilla come to a screeching halt waiting for a plancha.
Almost everyone does it to some extent. Triton waited to do his guillotine legdrop in the next fall until he was sure Luciferno was frozen in place, which made it totally awkward. Isis seems worse. Isis is no newbie at this point. She’s had the experience and hasn’t improved enough at that aspect.
The tercera built well, though was clumsily at times. Ephesto has trouble keeping up. My biggest problem with these match is I really dislike the Esfinge & Triton matching gear. It’s just way too busy to my eyes.
The action was generally fine in the semimain, but it didn’t coalesce into anything interesting. Hechicero’s ability to mesh with his teammates is normally one of his great strengths. He didn’t do that here, not really getting along with his partners more wild antics or playing the patriotic Mexico rudo who didn’t agree. He was just in his own match.
If Johnny Idol ends up getting over in this new role, he ought to send Sam Adonis at least 5% of what he makes. Idol’s wrestling is still as iffy as ever. His missed superkick on Titan audibly deflated the crowd.
The personality switch wouldn’t have met as much if he was doing in isolation; he needs the evil foreigner character more than Adonis does now.
Most of the time, Kraneo’s hip smash only connects with the turnbuckle and not the head of the person in the corner. We would not know this if they shot it from the angle of attack. CMLL instead believes that shooting it from behind is better. (I think he actually got a little of Vangellys this time.)
This is up there with them choosing the angle that shows Dragon Lee kicking the turnbuckle every time.
Vangellys injury happens really fast and isn’t even that graphic. It’s occurs just in an instant – his left leg slips a bit and all of his and Valiente’s weight are on his right knee. Vangellys immediately knows he’s in trouble, and Bucanero and Valiente do their best to make sure doesn’t land Kraneo doesn’t land on him too.
I guess it’s theoretically possible there were some big Vangellys plans which were scrubbed. More likely, since the finish was Terrible unmasking Caristico, there were two weeks of these matches just to fill time. It would’ve been nice had they figured out a more interesting to fill time, but being interesting isn’t the priority.
La Secta won the tag team titles. They aren’t afforded a moment to celebrate, as the Clowns destroy the new champions. They also take out the referee when he tries to take the belts away from the Clowns.
Histeria wrestles the mask masked, which is really not a surprise at this point. The surprise turned out to be Histeria partially unmasking at some point, off screen after the match concludes while the Clowns are beating everyone up. You can see it’s off and even the front of his face if you look for him on the outside. He puts it back on before he leaves.
Dave kicks out of a Noa Noa Driver thru a chair, to Pagano’s surprise. Dave gives Pagano a horrendously poor piledriver and a top rope splash for the unlikely win.
Faby & Shani had the makings of a pretty good match with an inconclusive finish. I wouldn’t say it even necessarily ended early. They just kind of sped thru to get to the end match sort of offense before spilling outside for the countout. The hard back and forth right before that portion was pretty good, and they definitely did enough to think the rematch could be pretty good. Shani had one of the better outings, even if Faby was obviously leading/pulling Shani thru spots at time. Faby was subtly working ruda at time, though it didn’t like she could totally commit to it, and she sold the result like she was a wronged face by Tirantes bad decision, ignoring Shani at all. This was interesting if incomplete.
Pagano was awarded a sports award in Ciudad Juarez, possibly given to him before they realized he lost to Dave the Clown. Six different titles are mentioned to be on the line at Guerra de Titanes.
The main event trios is an all action match for due to the people included. It keeps the pace going better than the normal tag match last week and covered up their weaknesses better by not giving much time to linger on them. The downside is didn’t feel like it was building anywhere – the finish sequence itself seemed to come as a surprise to the crowd – even though they kept the general idea of everyone being desperate to finish someone off.
I don’t know about the post match. That kind of felt like the Clowns were not thrilled about losing and decided on their own to beat up anyone. It would explain Histeria’s strange reaction and the referee not seeming like he was planning to be taking bumps. Even if it was planned, it really took the spotlight and the meaning out of Cuervo & Scoria winning if they were simply destroyed after the fact. They’ve got to give the fans a moment to care about those guys winning if they’re going to gain some support.
It’s really quite a battle to see who is the worst wrestler between La Parka & Dave The Clown. Parka is bad for long periods of time, Dave his singular moments of terribleness. That piledriver in this match was a thing of wonder. Dave’s also horrible at selling, either completely dead or not bothering to register an impact at all while moving to his next position. Pagano was easily the second best guy in the tag match, maybe the best because Mr. Aguila was checked out on this mess. Maybe Pagano was lucky to get hurt if AAA was going to have him taking losses to Dave the Clown. I was waiting for a post match angle where he would snap or something. He just lost.
Tirantes doesn’t immediately break Faby’s armbar when Shani is on the ropes. After the fact, it’s clear that help from Tirantes is supposed to be an indication Faby is now a ruda. Both women are counted out while they’re fighting outside. Well, maybe it’s more like Shani is balled up on the ground and Faby’s too busy hitting her with a chair to think about coming back in until it’s too late. This was one of those countouts telegraphed because the referee and the announcers were making a big deal out of the count they usually ignore.
RevoLucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon [Estrellas del Ring, Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Mini Hator b Mini Difunto crowd reacted well to this match.
2) Lord Byron & Psicótico b Muerte Extrema & Sick Boy Muerte Extrema replaced Skam 13. Bestia 666 helped Bryon & Psicotico to win, setting up a match with hima nd Sick Boy.
3) Kalibus & Mantra b Erika Sotelo & Última Sombra good match
4) Lady Flammer b Succi Love billed as a four way with exoticos Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda as part of a tournament to determine a women’s champion, ended up just as a singles match.
5) Daga b Bestia 666, Epydemius, Zumbi [Revolucha CRUISER, tournament] Daga will face another winner at some point
6) Penta 0M & The King b Garza Jr. & Último Ninja Garza Jr. & Ninja had problems, blamed each other for the loss, and Garza kicked him out of the Rebellion Amarilla. Penta & Fenix made the save, so Ultimo Ninja may be in the red version now.
CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario b Astral, Flyer, Sangre Imperial Sangre Imperial replaced Electrico on Tuesday. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus Tencicos took 2/3. Virus & Audaz didn’t figure into the finish.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Kaho Kobayashi [lightning] Kaho Kobayashi replaced Marcela on Monday
5) Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente b Cavernario, Euforia, Mephisto Euforia replaced Mr. Niebla on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.
I kept getting pulled away from watching this. Sounded like a regular show.
CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar & Star Black b Maléfico & Relámpago Azul
2) Explosivo, Magia Blanca, Robin b El Coyote, Grako, Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible Tecnicos took 2/3.
Alonso Chapa, promoter of the Team 1927 indie promotion in Tijuana, passed away yesterday. It’s The Crash who announced it; 1927 would run shows a day after The Crash with a couple of the people flown in staying over along with the locals. They had that same setup this weekend with Penta & Fenix, but I have no idea if the show is still happening. Their own Facebook is quiet.
El Universal has an interview with lucha libre belt maker Santos Rodriguez Perez. He says he was a luchador who won a championship and wanted to get a copy of the belt for himself. It took a lot of work to track down the belt maker and, when he finally found him, he fell in love with the process of making belts and decided to get into himself. He avoids mentioning his luchador name.
The Chihuahua lucha libre commission has opened a dining room in Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos, where retired luchadors can get a free meal between noon and five pm each day. It’s supposed to serve about 70 people, with the commission paying for the food (with help from local restaurants.) I hope this works out well; all I can think is of how it certainly would be abused and shut down in the US.
DTU (SAT) 02/17/2018Arena Neza
1) Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Irving Travieso Montiel vs Baby Star Jr., Fly Danger, Mini Flash
2) Drolux vs Toxin, Sky Man, Anarquía
3) Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer vs Camuflaje & Junior
4) Vengador vs Adrenalina, Kastigador, Kevin, Sadiko, Lokillo, Jitsu, Rey Volador
5) Halloween & X-Fly vs Paranoiko & Tiburón
6) CIMA, Cobre, Moria vs Draztick Boy, Jimmy, Negro Casas
CIMA is in Tijuana on Friday, here on Saturday, and I have no idea where on Sunday. Cobre, Moria and Jimmy being in the main event might be a hint about how that DTU contest is going to turn out.
IWRG (SUN) 02/18/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Guerrero 2000
2) Dragón Orus & Príncipe Omi vs Dragón Bane & Fandango
3) Alas de Acero vs Ram El Carnero
4) Diablo Jr. & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Dragón Yuki & Gallo Frances
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, X-Fly
6) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Liderk, Spartan, Spector
7) Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II
Main event will have ref bits. I need the Comando Elite and the Capos to eliminate each other.
CMLL (MON) 02/19/2018Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Centella Roja vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana
2) Flyer & Príncipe Diamante vs El Perverso & Rey Apocalipsis
3) Lestat, Pegasso, Stigma vs El Malayo, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Okumura
5) Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto [lightning]
6) Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero & Valiente
That’s a rematch of last year’s incredible pairs final for no obvious reason, like how there’s no obvious reason for the fourth match to be rudo/rudo either. Soberano/Mephsito is probably setting up a title match next week, but which one? A world champ challenging for a national title would be dumb but not unprecedented.