Niebla Roja new CMLL LH champ, Marco/Terrible, Powerbomb.TV, Garza/Santo

new champ/photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 06/10/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Disturbio, Nitro, Virus b Astral, Magnus, Pegasso
Rudos took 2/3. Magnus replaced Starman.
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 2/3, but Volador wanted a trios title match anyway because the match was really good.
4) Niebla Roja b Carístico, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Misterioso Jr., Cavernario, Ripper, Drone, Blue Panther, Pólvora [CMLL LH]
Drone (Misterioso), Johnny Idol (Ripper), Polvora (Stuka), Misterioso (Stuka), Ripper (Blue Panther), Blue Panther (Niebla Roja), Caristico (Cavernario), Stuka Jr. (Niebla Roja), Barbaro Cavernario (Niebla Roja), leaving Niebla Roja as the winner.

It’s all coming up Niebla Roja, getting the big feud with Ultimo Guerrero while picking up his first ever singles championship. You might as well go strong with him if they’re going with him at all. Both he and his brother Angel de Oro (CMLL Middleweight) are champions.

LyP (SAT) 06/10/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Toxin & Tromba b Astrolux & Black Metal
Bonus match. Toxin & Tromba are Los Vendetta (wearing baseball uniforms)
2) Emperador Azteca b Imposible, Ciclón Black, Dragosth
Imposible was bleeding after a strong move from Azteca, who won th ematch.
3) Flamita b Sádico
Flamita actually beat Sadico (first time in a singles match after three previous losses), due to a Demus distraction. That’s a new feud.
4) Aero Boy b Low Rider
Low Rider replaced AR Fox (passport issue)
5) Rey Horuz b Jack Evans
Flamita asked for a rematch for the The Crash title.
6) Jeff Cobb, Rocky Lobo, The King b Demus 3:16, Juventud Guerrera, Súper Crazy
Rocky Lobo & Demus added to the match.

A lot names, but turnout wasn’t that great for this show – maybe 40% full? Matches are on YouTube with nothing look quite like a standout.

CMLL (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Skadi b La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
tecnicas took 1/3
3) Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr. b Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther
Rey Cometa replaced Drone
4) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Luciferno
tencicos took 2/3
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico
Rudos took 1/3. Terrible beat Marco clean and asked for a title shot. Marco said OK.

Next week’s the Father’s Day show, so a special main event fits even though it’ll be the second time CMLL’s Terrible/Marco in a few weeks. They probably should’ve just saved the heavyweight title decider match for this show but a) the Guadalajara crowd did get way into it and b) they might not be able to get everyone they needed on a Sunday

CMLL (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) El Patriarca & Mr. Ángel b Destello & Destructor
2) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Alteño, Explosivo, Johnny Dinamo
3) El Rielero, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. b Difunto, Joker, Sádico
Vaquero submitted Joker, wants a title shot on the 06/25 show.
4) Black Sugar, El Divino, Fantástico, Tigre Blanco DQ Gran Kenut, Guerrero de la Muerte, Linterna, Thunder Boy
Relampago & Cosmos ran in as Divino was about to submit Thunder Boy. The ensuing scrum set up a 10 man cage match for 06/25.
5) Star Black b Nautilius [mask] Facebook video (posted by )
Star Black survived a foul to cradle Nautilius for the win. Star Black is Cesar Ángel Montes Ramirez, con 10 years a wrestler.

I watched the mask match because I probably should watch a Star Black match if I’m thinking he’s going to be an important guy. He was alright, the match was good for a young guys mask match, and the crowd rushing around the ring after the finish was a sight. Nothing you need to see but enjoyable for the moment.

Powerbomb.TV held their Breaking the Barrier show today. It’s not yet up on their site for VOD yet, but the Periscope stream should still be alive for a while. The first wrestling match is 37 minutes in, the lucha tag is about 3:33:00 in, and the main event is about 4:18:00. It was a long show, as you can tell by those time stamps, but a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Skyade/Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma/Felino match was really strong, with Felino looking like the Felino if the 90s and Skayde doing well too. The younger guys did well, but you expected that out of them, this was the best Felino performance in I don’t know how long. It was my favorite match of the night, though I could see people picking the main event or the Pratt/Ophidian match or others on the show as theirs. Fly Warrior did win the main event, but was attacked by Jonathan Gresham and Gresham walked off with the new Powerbomb.TV championship belt. The belt was announced as going to the winner of a tournament that’ll stretch over four promotions (2 in the US, 1 in Canada, 1 in Mexico, all unnamed), but they’ll have to get it back first.

Hijo del Santo opened a new store this week. (It’s a change of locations; he was originally located at the airport.) Santo Jr. did interviews, talking about how he could make his Mexico City debut in the Zocalo in September. (They want to do it, but the government has to say OK so who knows.) Earlier in the week, Leo Riano wrote the Santo Jr./Garza Jr. match was off because Santo Jr.’s people raised his price after agreeing to the match. Santo Jr. said it was just an issue between his manager and the promoter and he still wants to do the match.

On a Facebook live with Solar, Mascara 2000 said Universo 2000 is out of danger.

Astral says that, when he was promoted to the main division, he found some of his opponents did not trust his skills and made negative comments. Astral does not say who he’s referring to, maybe because it’d be tough to name all the old cranky guys in the second matches he’s been working against.

Lucha Memes/MDA show from Arena Puebla will be up complete Monday at 8pm via +LuchaTV.

AAA’s show is up. And so, weirdly enough, is Friday night’s CMLL show. Not sure if it’s a one time thing related to the stream quality or what. If IWRG/+LuchaTV can just put up the IWRG undercard matches, I’m totally obsolete.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

Super Astro (FRI) 06/16/2017 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Astrolux, Centvrión, Pegazus vs Alas de Acero, Diva Salvaje, Juana La Loca
2) Keira vs Rossy Moreno, Lady Apache
3) Fresero Jr. vs Boby Zavala
4) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Mr. Leo vs Imposible, Látigo, Metaleón
5) Máximo, Mr. Águila, Silver King vs Black Taurus (Elite), Oriental, Septiembre Negro Jr.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Daga, Garza Jr., Golden Magic
7) Flamita, Laredo Kid, Rey Fénix vs Jack Evans, Penta 0M, Rey Horus
8) LA Park & Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara & Zorro

This is another Super Astro show in a different small venue this time, probably the most loaded Arena Azteca Budokan show in a decade. Bobby Zavala finally makes his first post-CMLL appearance (so he must’ve given up on going back to CMLL.)

Invasion Indy (SAT) 07/01/2017 Arena Neza
1) Keira vs Lady Maravilla
2) Dinamic Black, Mike Segura, Neza Kid vs Fly Star, Toxin Boy, Tromba
3) Dark Ozz & Dark Spíritu vs Hijo de LA Park & Hijo de Pirata Morgan
4) M-ximo & Rey Escorpión vs Sharly Rockstar & Zorro
5) Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Fénix vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario
6) LA Park vs Penta 0M vs La Máscara

Another show more loaded than usual, this time in Neza. Mascara consistently being booked in a higher spot than Maximo (who’s teaming with his old rival here.)

Soberano & Caristico advance to Gran Alternativa final, CMLL LH title decider tonight

Oro & Soberano

CMLL (FRI) 06/09/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, Marca, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico b Príncipe Diamante & Robin Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico (posted by thecubsfan)
16:07. Rudos took 1/3. Tiger replaced Arkangel
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit DQ Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan)
15:12. Straight falls. Zeuxis was pinned but came back in to attack and unmask Princesa Sugehit.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr. [lightning] Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan)
5:40.
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. b Raziel, Flyer, Canelo Casas, Drone, Astral, Akuma [Gran Alternativa, battle royal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
5:16.
6) Canelo Casas & Negro Casas b Astral & Valiente [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
4:45.
7) Akuma & Pierroth b Drone & Niebla Roja [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
8:07. Pierroth gave Drone a modified piledriver and fouled & unmasked Niebla Roja. Vangellys came out of the crowd and attacked Pierroth with a bat after the match, then smashed the safety barrier door on Pierroth’s shoulder many times.
8) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Raziel [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
6:53.
9) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Ángel de Oro & Oro Jr. [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
7:58.
10) Canelo Casas & Negro Casas b Akuma & Pierroth [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
Forfeit win; doctors & commission would not let Pierroth wrestle due to his shoulder injury
11) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Flyer & Volador Jr. [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
8:28
12) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Canelo Casas & Negro Casas [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
6:37. Caristico & Soberano face Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson next week.

This seemed like a good show, but Claro picked the week to change how it streams the show and it worked poorly for the whole show. Hopefully they’ll have it right next week, but there were some good matches that were hurt by the bad experience on video. It seemed like the people live were having a good time.

Akuma wants revenge on Vangellys for costing him his Gran Alternativa chance. He’s got at least as good a chance of besting Vangellys as Vangellys has at besting Pierroth. Akuma is only the second person to be eliminated from the Gran Alternativa without losing a match. Semental was the first, when Yujiro refused to team with a Mexican and beat him up with the help of Okumura in 2009.

AAA’s preview of today’s TV episode notable does not include the Faby Apache/Ayako Hamada match. That happened with a match on the Tlaxcala taping and it ended up airing anyway, but it’d be notable since it was meant to be a #1 contenders match.

SoloWrestling has an interview with Black Taurus, who says he left AAA for reasons like being told he’d be one of the first AAA guys on Lucha Underground and not getting the spot, and being relegated to working the relevos AAA matches with women and minis after being promised a big push. He feels he was a Konnan project and they weren’t going to do much with him after Konnan left. Taurus says Konnan’s talking to him about going to Impact; I’d suspect he was one of the potential options for the spots that went to Garza & Laredo, and might be an option for future an LAX opponent.

Seattle’s Defy Wrestling announced a partnership with The Crash. Maybe The Crash can send Defy their wrestlers and Defy can send The Crash their ability to record their shows for a streaming platform.

Pesadilla talks about X-Law.

Saturday shows

  • Arena Coliseo has a match for the CMLL Light Heavyweight championship. I now think it’s actually for the title and not stage 1 of something bigger, and I’m afraid to make a guess after how unusual CMLL booking has been this week. I would go with Cavernario because Cavernario is great even if there’s no way he’s a light heavyweight.
  • Lucha Libre y Pasion, a Facebook group that mostly pirates PPVs, is bringing in big names for their own show. Main event is scheduled to be Jeff Cobb & Fenix vs Juvy & Super Crazy, with Horuz/Evans, AR Fox/Aeroboy, Flamita/Sadico and Imposible/Ciclon Ramirez/Emperador Azteca

Sunday shows

NJPW is also expected to announce their G1 field on their show Sunday (early Sunday Mexico time.) It’d be a surprise if any CMLL luchadors were included. They may also announce the lineup for the Los Angeles shows in the next couple of days, where Volador, Titan & Dragon Lee have been announced.

Lucha Underground posted an Aerostar promo about Drago’s betrayal. Given LU’s usual booking, they seem a good bet to meet somewhere in the Cueto Cup, maybe even next week.

Former Mexico State Lightweight champion Castorcito passed away on the 7th.

A priest/luchador who’s not Fray Tormenta.

Segunda Caida reviews LU episode 3×13 (the one with the Black Lotus Triad)

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/16/2017 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Raziel & Virus
2) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
3) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
6) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Sansón & Último Guerrero [Gran Alternativa, final]

This show looks pretty good. Main event could be great, Dragon Lee/Cavernario is always really good and other matches have chances. The poster is interesting too, done close to the style of the Elite Arena Mexico shows rather than the traditional ones.

Vangellys told the press he was going solo, against Los Ingonbernables and TGR. So, he’s teaming with TGR anyway.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 

Soberano & Caristico

Recapped: 06/09/2017

Matches:

Metálico & Tiger beat Príncipe Diamante & Robin (16:07 [7:50, 3:19, 4:58], 1/3, ok)

Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat  Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (15:12 [7:54, 7:18], 1/2 DQ, ok)

Guerrero Maya Jr. went to a double countout with Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match (5:40, no rating due to stream issues)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico (5:21+, 5:21 [?:??, 1:45, 3:36], good from what we saw)

Soberano Jr. & Oro Jr. won the dumb battle royal (5:16)

Canelo Casas & Negro Casas beat Astral & Valiente in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (4:45, below average)

Akuma & Pierroth beat Drone & Niebla Roja in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (8:07, ok)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Mephisto & Raziel in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (6:53, good)

Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Ángel de Oro & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (7:58, good)

Canelo Casas & Negro Casas advanced over Akuma & Pierroth in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (forfeit due to injury)

Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Flyer & Volador Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (8:28)

Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Canelo Casas & Negro Casas in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal (6:37, ok)

What happened:

Los Guerreros dancing triple Gori Stretch

Soberano & Carístico advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa next week, to face Último Guerrero & Sansón. It was a strange tournament with unusual matches and outcomes.

Pierroth & Akuma surprisingly beat Nieba Roja & Drone, with Pierroth getting the win mostly by himself: a modified piledriver on Drone, and a mask pull and a foul on Niebla Roja. However, Pierroth & Akuma did not wrestle any more in the tournament, because Vangellys came out of the crowd and beat Pierroth with a bat. Vangellys also slammed the barricade gate into Pierroth’s shoulder many times. Pierroth & Akuma came out for their next match against Canelo Casas & Negro Casas, but the comission refused to let Pierroth wrestle with his injury and gave the Casas team the win by forfeit. Vangellys declared he was going after the Ingobernables for humilating him last week and done with TGR too.

The bottom half of the bracket saw Carístico & Soberano defeat Angel de Oro & Oro Jr., then Volador & Flyer in matches which were longer than usual for a CMLL tournament. They defeated the Casas family to advance to the final, which will repeat the Sansón/Soberano Jr. final from the Copa Junior.

Volador & Flyer

Vangellys/Pierroth wasn’t the only feud on this show. Zeuxis’ team lost in straight falls when she was eliminated from the match but returned to attack Sugehit (who was about to win anyway.) Zeuxis left Sugehit unmasked as their issue continues. The lightning match ended in a rare draw, when Misterioso & Guerrero Maya were counted out while brawling outside. Referee Edgar tried to stop them, only for Misterioso to chop him and throw the referee into the barricade.

Tiger made an unusual opening match appearance, replacing Arkangel. Tiger noted it was an emergency situation, and CMLL was caught off guard enough to play Arkangel’s music.

Marca/Claro changed the video player, and maybe the underlining streaming technology. It was a failure: the feed died early and often in the first half of the show, and streamed in poor quality when it was working. I have video of the matches, but it doesn’t look good. Hopefully it’ll be better next week.

Thoughts: 

Edgar goes into the barricade

It was just too bad the stream wasn’t good this week, because people were clealry giving up on this after an hour of problems (and it never got any better.) I hope CMLL’s getting good money not to just put these up on YouTube.

This was one of the better tournament block shows CMLL’s done in recent memory. It was about half giving these matches a reasonable about of time, and half grouping the best teams all in the same half of the bracket. Flyer/Volador vs Mephisto/Raziel was good in the usual Flyer fashion, Angel de Oro/Oro Jr. vs Carístico/Soberano had unexpected chemistry and Flyer/Volador vs Carístico/Soberano was everyone just unloading what they had in the case. Soberano is great and, while it would be strange for him to win two straight of these, I don’t think anyone would object to the super push at this point. The night really belonged to Flyer, who was pulling of the Mistico end of the Mistico/Volador spots as a team and looked just as good as the winner. It’s probably back to the early matches for Flyer after this, but he showed he could do a lot more if he ever gets a chance again.

The tournament was far from all good. Canelo Casas was the worst luchador on this show. He looked bad in both his matches, and somehow managed to look bad even in the stupid battle royal. Falling was a problem for him. I don’t know if it was nerves, because he’s always having problems, but it was noticeable how much they were avoiding doing anything with him in the main event, a cold ending to a run off good matches. Canelo had the same shot as Flyer to prove CMLL’s been missing something with him, and he went the exact other way with it.

Oro pulls out a cool headscissors

The Guerreros/tecnicos match was the usual good match from them, though that was the one most hampered for me by stream issues. Maya/Misterioso was fun too, and the crowd was loudly into most everything all night.

The Vangellys/Pierroth bit is an actual feud now, one that’s probably going to occupy space on a regular basis and end in a hair match. That’s not good for any CMLL card coming up soon. Pierroth has his obvious problems but Vangellys is also a weird guy to invest this much time in – unless he was the guy who agreed to lose his hair and that got him the spot.

The Maya/Misterioso thing felt like a random finish which won’t mean anything. Zeuxis/Sugehit felt like slightly moving on that angle, but it was time for a post match challenge and there wasn’t any. That match might be better than I’m giving credit for, but it’s tough to enjoy people looking like blurry blocks. Tiger looked worlds better than the técnicos in the opener.

great match roundup, week of 2017-05-27

the return of LU is bad news for tables

watched this week

Lucha Underground is back and already has the best match of the week. This is not a surprise. I watched a lot of stuff that wasn’t particular good. Like all of AAA.

I’ve updated the MOTYC list too. I know there’s been a lot of forgettable stuff and neither CMLL or AAA has been at the top, but I usually have more excellent matches by now. It’s been slow going.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great the Mack vs Johnny Mundo © [LU CHAMP] and [all night long] Lucha Underground: 2017-05-31 2016-04-24
good Esfinge, Oro Jr., Starman vs Puma, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-30 2017-05-30

Other Matches Watched

ok Australian Suicide & Bengala vs El Mesías & Pagano AAA Worldwide desde Tlaxcala Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA)Pagano y Mesías Vs Bengala y Australian en Tlaxcala - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-27 2017-04-29
ok Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs Guerrero Espacial & Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-29 2017-05-29
ok Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno vs Ares & Metálico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-29 2017-05-29
ok Lestat, Rey Samuray, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-29 2017-05-29
ok Stigma, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-29 2017-05-29
ok Rush vs Mr. Niebla LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-29 2017-05-29
ok Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-29 2017-05-29
ok Bengala & Leono vs Artillero & Hijo del Signo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-30 2017-05-30
ok Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-30 2017-05-30
ok Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-30 2017-05-30
ok Blue Panther, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-30 2017-05-30
ok Marco Corleone vs Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-30 2017-05-30
ok Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr. in a lightning match 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Hechicero, Pierroth, Rush vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Cuatrero & Esfinge vs Sansón, Star Jr., Forastero, Pegasso, Stigma, Espanto Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Blue Panther & Pegasso vs Mistico & Star Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Espanto Jr. & Kráneo vs Sansón & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Stigma & Titán vs Forastero & Shocker in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Atlantis & Esfinge vs Cuatrero & Máscara Año 2000 in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Mistico & Star Jr. vs Sansón & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Atlantis & Esfinge vs Forastero & Shocker in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
ok Sansón & Último Guerrero vs Atlantis & Esfinge in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-02 2017-06-02
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Gran Alternativa continues tonight, Copa Bobby Bonales to return

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CMLL’s Gran Alternativa continues tonight. The winner of today’s eight team block of rookie/veteran tag matches face Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson next week.

Most of the teams don’t look to have much of a shot, as always. At least one of Mephisto & Raziel, Astral & Valiente, Angel de Oro & Oro Jr., Akuma & Pierroth, and Canelo & Negro Casas will win a match because someone has to, but would be shocking finalists. Caristico & Soberano would normally be the overwhelming favorites, only it would both set up a rematch of the Copa Junior held just weeks ago. (Caristico doesn’t seem to get the big wins either in this CMLL run, but simply advancing to the final is not a big win, next week would be.) Flyer & Volador are a dark horse team; Volador’s one of the most important people in CMLL, but Flyer is one of the least important, rarely escaping the opening matches. Drone & Niebla Roja might be the smart pick, since it would continue the Roja/Guerrero issue and Drone’s used as high on the card than as any rookie here. He’s also been doing these forever.

Past Gran Alternativa experience:
4: Hombre Bala (2011 first round w/La Mascara, 2012 first round w/Marco, 2013 final with Atlantis, 2014 first round with Maximo)
3: Oro Jr. (2013 first round w/Mascara Dorada, 2014 semifinals w/Sombra, 2016 first round w/Valiente
2: Akuma (2013 first round w/Mephisto, 2014 first round w/Rey Bucanero)
2: Soberano Jr. (2013 semifinals w/Sombra, 2014 finals w/Volador)
1: Flyer (2016 quarterfinals, w/Atlantis)
1: Canelo Casas (2014 first round w/Negro Casas)
1: Raziel (2012, semifinals w/Volador)
0: Astral

ESTO has an interview with Mephisto and his rookie, 23 year vet Raziel. They think experience will give them the edge. I think they probably could’ve stuck an actual rookie in the match since they’ll only be around for maybe five minutes. This is Raziel’s only second Gran Alternativa – he was in the 2012 one prior.

It’s a packed show with four other matches. Dragon Lee returns to Arena Mexico tot team with his brother Msitico and Dragon Lee against the Guerreros in what should be a fast paced match. Guerrero Maya Jr. & Misterioso meet in the lightning match. (Maya won the one singles match they’ve had five years ago.) Sugehit & Zeuxis again face off in the women’s match, which feels like it should be going somewhere. A midcard title match next week could fit with a tag main event. Metalico & Arkangel take on Principe Diamante & Robin in the usual level of opener.

The show will air at 8:30 on ClaroSports and the MarcaClaro Facebook page.

David Aceves posted a photo of him with Sofia Alonso and a Copa Bobby Bonales, which occasionally pops up  in CMLL honor of his Aceves’ father. Bobby Bonales was an early luchador, Aceves was a silver medal. The Copa has a date of June 30, 2017, so I guess it’s happening in three weeks. It’s been less a competition and more just something awarded by Aceves in the past: Ultimo Guerrero was given it in 2013. Atlantis was given it in 2011.

DTU is running tonight in Tijuana. Ciudad Madero, a city AAA’s repeatedly tried to run a big show and been unable, will host a The Crash filled show today: Rey Mysterio, Daga & Garza take on Bestia, Damian and Psicosis in the main event.

IWRG has Festival de las Mascaras, on 07/02 Arena Naucalpan
1: Dragon Fly, Dinamick Black, Black Dragon vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Mosca

Fuego en el Ring has the latest edition of their podcast.

LuchaWorld has their latest podcast and news update.

Zona Ruda had Averno cooking food on his grill and I’m clearly watching the wrong AAA show.

Kcidis draws the new CMLL champ

Lineups

Lucha Memes (SUN) 06/18/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs King Rocker & Rey Samurai
2) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Blue Tiger, Hijo Del Vikingo, Perverso Jr.
3) Rey Apocalipsis vs Eterno
4) Sádico & Terry 2000 vs Multifacetico (Puebla) & Prayer
5) Toxin vs Arkalis
6) Iron Kid vs Demus 3:16

Quick turn around for Lucha Memes with an all indie crew. It’s kind of a home/home with the Arena Puebla show, with the first five matches all Mexico City/Mexico State versus Puebla. Hijo del Vikingo is the recent standout on AAA shows. Arkalis & Rey Samuray in an environment with no limits is interesting.

Lucha Memes also announced they’ll be putting together a Chairo show with the ROH/NJPW talent coming in for the 09/01 CMLL Gran Prix.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-05-30 

Soberano Jr.

Recapped: 06/06/2017

Matches:

Artillero & Hijo del Signo beat Bengala & Leono (15:09 [6:15, 5:10, 3:44], 1/3, viaVideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis (12:11 [5:14, 3:38, 3:19], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Puma, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Esfinge, Oro Jr., Starman (13:55 [5:23, 3:17, 5:15], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, good)

Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado (12:02 [4:40, 3:37, 3:45], 1/3 DQ, via  VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero beat Blue Panther, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. (15:53 [6:04, 4:09, 5:40], 1/3, via  VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Marco Corleone beat Terrible (8:49, 1/3 via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

  1. Marco Corleone inside cradle (1:32)

  2. Terrible dropkick (1:20)

  3. Marco Corleone Aero Italiano (5:57)

What happened:

Univero’s finish is kind of like Canelo Casas’ finish, but actually good

Not much. Marco beat Terrible in the main event to end their feud for a moment. Sagrado unmasked Blue Panther Jr. for no real reason. Princesa Sugehit & Zeuxis feuded as always.

Review:

foreshadowing

The usual forgettable Tuesday show overall, thought the main event felt a little different the usual. It was a lot more about the win and less about playing to the crowd, with Marco and Terrible taking some of their usual chemistry into a quick three falls match. There were more than a few spots that felt like it was a dry run for the cibernetico a week later, especially Marco pulling out the same cradle here that he’d use to win the title. They made it work for the time they had and it wasn’t far of from being good.

The rest of the bigger matches were about the same for me. The third one held together a little better than the two trios after it, and didn’t have a pointless DQ like the fourth match. Tiger & Puma looked very smooth in the match (the opposite of Oro Jr.) and made that match work. Universo 2000 Jr. looked alright, but he’s maybe a match higher than he should be at this point and not yet at the level of his cousins.

Soberano worked well with the semimain rudos. Mephisto’s obviously the big match for him, but I also wanted to see him work with Gran Guerrero – if only to see how far Gran Guerrero could throw him on his finish if he didn’t really care about hurting Soberano.

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 9th

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I can probably leave the same description for Lucha Underground for the next month. A 32 person tournament means 16 first round matches, and 16 divides into 4 matches for 4 shows pretty well. I’m not entirely sure which ones air when, and the preview gives no clues.

CMLL Azteca probably has the first half of the Gran Alternativa tournament, while Claro has the second half.

AAA has the second half of the Arena Aficion show. They skipped over the Faby Apache/Ayako Hamada match last week, but hopefully will show it this week. We won’t see the matches from Juarez for quite some time.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-05-29 

Asturiano

Recapped: 06/02/2017-06/04/2017

Matches:

Asturiano & Zaeta Roja beat Guerrero Espacial & Rey Apocalipsis (14:39 [6:15, 2:51, 5:33], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Ares & Metálico beat Black Tiger & Espíritu Maligno (19:10 [8:36, 4:34, 6:00], 2/3, viaVideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Fuerza Chicana beat Lestat, Rey Samuray, Starman (15:09 [7:22, 3:46, 4:01], 1/3, viaVideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Stigma, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (14:00 [6:48, 3:56, 3:16], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Rush beat Mr. Niebla (12:02, 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

  1. Rush senton (1:34)

  2. Mr. Niebla middle rope senton (3:02)

  3. Rush corner dropkick (7:26)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (9:04 [2:03, 2:24, 4:37], 2/3 DQ, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What happened:

Puebla action

Último Guerrero ripped up and unmasked Niebla Roja again. UG still wants him to stop wearing it. Niebla Roja wanted a rematch for next week.

Niebla kicked out of the first fall pin, but they counted it anyway. Rush beat Niebla clean in the third, and left Niebla without his mask before taking a bow on the ramp.

Thoughts:

Niebla spinng forearm

With this show, I watched Rush/Mr. Niebla live, watched the first half of the show days later, and watched the second half of the show days after that. It really wasn’t work looking at three times, it was another show where it’s OKs all the way down only because it’s not worth thinking deeper.

The main event was hot for it lasted. Niebla Roja convinces me he might be able to have a good match with Ultimo Guerrero every time he does the spinning forearm, which looks a lot better than the spinning headscissors. Euforia actually dropped Mistico on a dive, so he’s now like 2499 for 2500.

Niebla/Rush was about as good as it’s going to be with Niebla working a normal match, which is no great praise. Niebla didn’t seem to be out of sorts but Rush didn’t seem to trust him to do much – even on the usual argument to set up a surprise cradle spot, Rush kept looking back to make sure Niebla would actually be there. Rush was not going full out, but he was trying, you don’t do a big senton to nowhere unless you actually want the match to be good. This one just felt like not a lot to it by the second time I watched it.

Rey Samuray

The fourth match was the most complete trios match with a surprise result, but nothing really worth going back for at this late date. The Dinamitas looked good for their time, but didn’t do much they don’t normally do. It was a surprise result for me because I’m just expecting the regular trio to win, but the técnicos are higher regarded. Stigma getting Sansón up for the Stigmatica should be impossible. Mascara 2000’s looking backwards, carefully rolling out of the ring bumps still kill me. Stuka’s suplex onto someone nearly killed one of the NGD. Tecnicos struggled with the usual double corner moonsault spot. Valiente never wins with the springboard reverse tope he finishes with her here, maybe he was just switching it up since he could’ve just as easily won with one of his submission if the usual Valiente Buster was going to a problem.

My only notes on the tercera were that Lestat & Rey Samuray looked good and no one else did.

The mat work in the second match was fine but it came in the killer long first fall and then the match just went on and on. There’s no reason early matches need to be going 19 minutes, none of them benefit from it.. Metálico, as guy who entertains beyond just his matches, might be a more valuable guy with Maximo gone, but he’s got to add more to what he’s doing in the ring to match his entrance and it might be too late for him anyway.

I was set to actually give a Good grade to the opener after two falls, and then they had a deadly boring third fall in usual CMLL opener style. I don’t know why the rudos took the match so far down, except that must be the law. Asturiano is really good and Zaeta Roja didn’t seem that far behind him tonight, and I wish we could see what they could do in an actual feud rather than the batch that are always in them. They looked super in the start of the second fall and generally felt like they were doing much better stuff than we usually get in this spot. Rey Apocalipsis looked wild and out of control whenever he was on offense, forcing in spots that weren’t really working, but at least he could keep up with the técnicos better than the DF early rudos.

Niebla & Rush struggle

CMLL announces Gran Prix (w/NJPW & ROH) for 09/01, El Rey on LU

CMLL will hold another Gran Prix on September 1st. It was announced on Informa yesterday, with people from NJPW & ROH scheduled to participate. No names were announced.

CMLL likes to spread out major shows, so a Gran Prix on 09/01 suggests the CMLL Anniversary show is probably 09/22 and 09/29. (If they can announce the Gran Prix, it’d be smart if they announce that date as well.)

Also on Informa, Flyer revealed was designed by Volador, who based off the Komachi character he played in Japan. (This is the Mistico version of that character, you can see the resemblance.)

Marisela (& Antonio) Peña’s father, Don Polo Peña, passed away. This is the second member of the family to pass away in a short time, which much me very rough. Zorro mentions Don Polo helped him early in his career.

ESPN has an interview with Daniel Tibbetts, El Rey president, on Lucha Underground. It goes about 2,000 words and I’m not sure they nail him down to saying anything definite, it’s the usual “we’re high on the show but we absolutely do not want to talk about season 4 until after season 3 is over” and “all options are open (for PPV)” that doesn’t really say anything and gives you a sneaking feeling there’s not a big plan here. Saying they don’t want to talk about Season 4 until after Season 3 means we’re not going to have any resolution about where this is all going until well into pumpkin spice time. Tibbetts thought Lucha Underground going on hiatus was great, but then he’s also probably the guy who made that decision.

Powerbomb.TV announced they’ll present their own championship on Sunday’s show.  They’re planning on a tournament that’ll reach into Mexico, the US and Canada and will announce details during the show.

The Mi Pasion x Lucha Libre says Lucha Memes drew 1,300 people. They say that little it’s a disappointment given the card, but 1,300 fans for an indie show is only a disappointment in Mexico, everyone else it’s a big success. EDIT: Lucha Memes says the total was 2,115, which is even better.

Dragon Lee tells Superluchas he’s looking forward to his match with Juventud Guerrera on June 22nd, though he’s not much of a history guy and doesn’t watch a lot of stuff from before he got into wrestling. SuperLuchas has an article about the press conference for that Super X show.

Mascara & Maximo are working in Guatemala this weekend.

Lucha Memes on 06/18 in Coliseo Coacalco

  1. Iron Kid vs Demus

The Seattle Times writes about Lucha Libre Volcanica.

Atlantis, Oriental, Zumbido, Solar, Cinthia Moreno, Ludark are headed to Spain for shows on June 23 & June 24th.

The new Lucha Talk talks about Lucha Underground, X-Law, Verano de Escandalo and more.

TKD and CultIcon review this week’s Lucha Underground.

The Gladiatores interviews Roxana Cantu, Nuevo Laredo lucha promoter working with AAA (and rare promoter who happens to be a woman.)

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Kanon vs Vórtize
2) Aramis & Climax Jr. vs Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Extreme
3) Látigo vs Freelance
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Villano III Jr.
5) Gallo Frances, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) Heddi Karaoui vs Negro Navarro
7) Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Black Warrior, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

Traumas versus Black Warrior continues. Gallo Frances is working with Heddi Karaoui on other indie shows. This is is Latigo’s first IWRG match almost since he was still a Tortuga Ninja; he’s back representing Indy Nation.

DTU (THU) 06/29/2017 Arena Aficion
1) Erwing, Irwing, Luigi vs Billy, Hard Boy, Macizito
2) Astrolux, Kid Cometa, Kingston, Tiburón, Toto vs Black Metal, Drolux, Pardux, Tony Iron, Voldemort
3) Aeroboy, Cobre, Moria vs ?, ??, Mike Segura
DTU vs X-LAW
4) Jimmy & Kevin vs El Exótico & Pesadilla and Gio & Junior
DTU vs DTU vs X-LAW
5) Crazy King vs Markus Crane, Pólux Jr., Corsario Negro Jr.
6) Paranoiko & Tóxico vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Halloween & Súper Mega
7) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Jimmy Lloyd & Matt Tremont

DTU just ended their last tour and already has card out for the next. The Hidalgo shows are the ones which +LuchaTV usually makes the trip, so this has a better chance of turning up than the Queretaro show the next day. Lloyd, Tremon, and Crane are in from Game Changer Wrestling, while Mike Segura and Super Mega join in as X-LAW reps with two more to be announced.

 

Lucha Underground 3×21: Sudden Death

slow motion Puma absurdity

Matches

Johnny Mundo beat the Mack in a falls count anywhere match for the Lucha Underground championship (9:42, sunset flip powerbomb on chair, great) – 3rd defense

Drago, Vibora and Pindar beat Aerostar, Drago and Fenix (c) for the LU Trios Champs (5:34, Drago splash Aerostar, ok) – champs fall on 3rd TV defense, Reptile Tribe is 7th Champs

Prince Puma beat Mil Muertes in a Boyle Heights street fight (11:36, brick to the head, great)

Happenings

Johnny Mundo crowd dive

It took ten extra minutes, but Johnny Mundo is still Lucha Underground champion. Mundo survived the Mack and a falls count anywhere stipulation being added on at the last second by Dario Cueto. This match was even more of a brawl than last week, with both men taking advantage of the rules to win it on the outside. Mundo took advantage of the rules also by having Worldwide Underground interfere. It played out a little like last week, only Son of Havoc wasn’t around to help and Taya was – she saved Mundo from being suplexed out of the ring onto chairs, and Mundo powerbombed Mack onto those same chairs to retain the title.

Mundo’s celebration lasted all of one shower. While he was taking it, Dario announced Mundo’s next challenger will be Rey Mysterio. Mundo admitted he was worried when it was announced, sure it would be his toughest challenge yet and went to get training immediately. (Like, even before he put on some pants.) Dario says Matanza was specifically not getting the title match because of embarrassing the family “two weeks ago” by taking the backdrop thru the ceiling from Rey, and Rey’s performance there got him the title shot.

That title match won’t happen for some time. It’ll be the same show as the Cueto Cup final, the culmination of a 32 man single elimination tournament that’ll take place over the next many weeks. It’s unclear if Matanza was meant to be excluded from the tournament as well (but it definitely won’t include Rey & Mundo since they’ve got the title match.)

Prince Puma crowd div- wait no

The other two matches were about people moving to the dark side. Fenix & Aerostar had rescued Drago last time we saw them, but he didn’t seem to understand what was going on. Tonight’s match confirmed he’d been brainwashed by Kobra Moon, betraying his teammates at his first chance and handing the match to the Reptile Tribe. Drago actually switched corners during the match and tagged himself in, so it looks like the champs are Drago, Pindar and Vibora with Kobra Moon leading things from the outside.

Prince Puma also gave into his dark impulses. Or, maybe “Octavio”, since that’s what Rey called Puma early in the show. Rey tried to convince Puma that Vampiro was no good for him and using him, but Puma was too far gone, too haunted by his death and Konnan’s death. A spooky Vampiro told Rey to stay out of it. Puma wore black for the match and made a point of using weapons when possible. He had the match won when Catrina hit him with the stone. Vampiro, who was silent when he wasn’t rooting for Puma from the desk, handed Puma a brick. Puma considered the act, and still smashed into Mil Muertes’ head to get the win. Vampiro seemed satisfied with the action as much as the result.

We didn’t get a peak at anyone else this week. Ricky seems to be now firmrly in Worldwide Underground as Johnny’s lackey, not just a fan acting on his own. Jack Evans was very quickly referenced as having suffered some accident to explain why he hasn’t been part of these segments.

Thoughts

Aerostar being Aerostar with an old friend

This was one of the top “end of chapter” shows they’ve had on Lucha Underground. It reminded me a lot of episode 20 in the first season, because it also had a Prince Puma street fight (with Cage), plus the blowoff bull rope match for the AAA title with Texano & Alberto, and Son of Havoc breaking up with Ivelisse in his match with Angelico. We got another really strong title match, and a split that hopefully will work as well as that one. The matches were just as good too. That season 1 episode felt like a leveling up point, where they went from a show that was doing very good to one that felt like The Best Show Going. There wasn’t the same momentum going in to tonight’s show, but it very much felt like Lucha Underground doing what it does at it’s best.

This street fight felt a lot different than the one Puma had with Cage, and a different from the other limited rules match earlier in the night. Puma/Cage was Puma at this incredible athletic best, and definitely his coast to coast flipping dropkick was an amazing athletic feat, but this one was just as much about Puma giving in to Vampiro’s teachings. In the end, it’s Vampiro winning with Puma as his vessel and I’m not sure how good an idea that is long term, but they executed it well. Puma was more viscous, less playing to the crowd, not showing off and posing like the pre-death Prince Puma. It wasn’t over the top, and there was still plenty of the good old Puma/Muertes fabulous chemistry too. This match was about Puma, but Mil Muertes reminded everyone what a tremendous destroyer he can be, just walloping Puma at times to put a stop to his big moves. Catrina’s rock shot near the end didn’t look great, didn’t have the impact of something that was knocking Prince Puma off his feet, but it’s a minor gripe in a typically very strong match between the two. This is obviously a rivalry LU is going to keep revisiting from time to time as long as either man is around, and hopefully we get one more look at it before anything changes there.

this is a finish

Mack/Mundo 2 (1.5? Still 1.0?) was a lot of fun. Dario deciding Mack deserved an edge and Falls Count Anywhere didn’t really make sense, at least not the way he explained it, but it allowed them to have more fun with the Temple than they had even last week. They definitely had people believing a title change on that powerbomb, and I think people would’ve been completely satisfied with this match if it was the only one they had. The one negative is it felt a little bit like last week because of the interference spots, except that was a bit more entertaining interference. It made sense they’d be there, and Taya being the difference fits with the story they’ve been telling, but it did take a little bit away from the match.

This looks like the end for Mack’s title chase with the tournament coming up, but he delivered big time these two weeks. (I don’t want to re-litigate this, but it’s impossible to compare the kind of title matches when Sexy Star was around the title and the matches they’ve had the last two weeks, it’s not even close.) Mack didn’t seem to be a focus the last couple seasons, but hopefully this got him bigger into future plans

The trios title match was the least of the three matches to no surprise. They did do the extended Aerostar/Vibora sequence hope for since Reptile Steve Pain showed up here, and it was as great as it was in AAA. Maybe it might convince someone to put it together again elsewhere. That was pretty much all the match; Fenix did some stuff with Vibora, but it seemed edited or carefully shot (cutting away from Vibora taking the head kick was the peak) to hide his struggles. The mist looked as bright green as I’ve seen it, convincing me they worked some Hollywood magic to spruce up the usual bit. Dragon, Fenix and Aerostar was a predictably fun team, but who knows if we’ll actually see them all together again. Melissa sadly announcing the new champs was a nice touch.

I do have some trepidation about Cueto Cup and the next few weeks. 32 people in a tournament, assuming they’re doing a tournament in a normal fashion, means they’ve got a lot of matches to get thru for the next while. The good side is everyone should make an appearance over the next four weeks alone, since 32 people not including Rey and Mundo (and maybe Matanza?) means pretty much everyone on the roster has to be in this thing. Everyone getting a chance to do something is very much the Lucha Underground way. The concerning side is there’s probably not going to be time for the giant size matches we got on this show, and shows with these sorts of matches are Lucha Underground at it’s best.

That’s the next couple weeks. This week was great.

underappreciated huge move in a match with a lot of them