05/09-10 lucha times

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No word on the Fox show. Probably silly to expect any. The CMLL Fox version of the show was averaging about 45-48 minutes. The Azteca version is never more than 42, and sometimes as little as 38. It’s great we’re still getting the Friday night matches somehow, but they’re going to be even more clipped.

I’m not exactly sure what the deal with IWRG is either. They haven’t actually aired a new episode in weeks, but the old episode is still in circulation. They also did not run a show midweek this week and have not announced a show on Sunday, at least on the internet. Slightly concerned.

FULL promoted that match as airing this week. I maybe able to get the better video quality Ultravision airing of the show this week.

Next Wednesday’s Lucha Underground has Jack Evans’ debut. I think that’s the one match left where I don’t know who wins (though I’ve got a pretty good guess.)

I will effort getting ClaroSports, but no promises.

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Lucha World Cup teams, Cavernario to BOSJ, AAA in TNA

CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Freezer & Meteoro b Relampago & Thunder Boy
Freezer replaced Divino.
2) Cancerbero, Joker, Raziel b Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Virgo
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, setting up Misterioso & Pierroth challenging for the Occidente tag titles next week.
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Marco Corleone b Euforia, Felino, Niebla Roja
Euforia replaced Barbaro Cavernario. Dragon Rojo was hurt (on a second rope headscissors on Mr. Niebla?)
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Dragon Rojo left Monday’s match hurting too, though that could’ve been selling Bucanero’s finish. He’s just back from being out with an injury and is having a rough time of it.

AAA held a press conference to announce the Lucha World Cup. Full final teams

  • Mexico 1: Dream Team (Alberto el Patron, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr.)
  • Mexico 2 (Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr., Psycho Clown)
  • Mexico 3 (Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar)
  • Japan 1: Team NOAH (Taiji Ishimori, Atsushi Kotoge, Yoshihiro Takayama)
  • Japan 2: Team AJPW (Kenzo Suzuki, Tiger Mask III, Masamune)
  • USA 1: Team ROH/Lucha Underground (Moose, ACH, Brian Cage)
  • USA 2: Team TNA/Lucha Underground (Matt Hardy, Ken Anderson, Johnny Mundo)
  • Rest of The World (Angelico, El Mesias, Drew Galloway)

The format is single elimination. They did not announce first round matchups. They did announce special rules: all matches will have a 15 minute time limit. If there is no winner, there will be a sudden death 1v1 overtime that will last 5 minutes. (It’s unclear what would happen next – just a draw?)

Canek and the Hermanos Dinamitas (Mascara Ano 2000 at the press conference, not said if both Universo & Cien) will be part of a judging panel. They’ll decide the best match and best luchador.

The shows will air on iPPV, in English and Spanish. No price or website was reported. (I’m posting this before they’ve sent out a press release, so maybe more details in a little bit.) The Lucha Underground crew of Matt Striker & Vampiro will handle the English commentary. There’s no mention of the Spanish, but presumably it’ll be the usual AAA crew.

Dorian Roldan was asked about groups not here, specifically CMLL. He said they invited everyone, including CMLL, but CMLL turned them down. AAA would be happy to work with them in the future, which is always the case.

Edit: I thought they were done, but apparently not?

  • first round matchups will be drawn on May 22nd, 2 days before the tournament.
  • the hope is to make this an annual tournament

NJPW announced it’s Best of Super Juniors lineup. Barbaro Cavernario and Mascara Dorada are CMLL participants. Three or four shows will air on their NJPW World streaming service, including the opening show on May 22nd. (Breakdown of what’s expected to air is here.) Cavernario’s title win is highlighted in the preview of him in the tournament, and the sudden nature of the title changes suggests it was a favor to NJPW to build him up going into the tournament. Likewise, taking him off CMLL shows is giving him a chance to heal before the more important NJPW ones. Cavernario should be excellent if he’s feeling fine.

The winner of this tournament will get a shot at NJPW’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.Mascara Dorada had a shot and lost already, so he’s unlikely to win (and also he’s a CMLL guy in NJPW, so he’s really unlikely to win.) Dorada does have a good chance to be a story in the tournament anyway. NJPW’s earlier teased a singles match between him and KUSHIDA, and they just so happen to face off to start the tournament. A scenario where Dorada beats KUSHIDA to start, then KUSHIDA gets that win back later in the tournament (or even sometime after the tournament) is definitely in play.

LuchaMania Monterrey has an article talking about two recent area extreme wrestling shows which were canceled on the day of the show, and rumors of extreme wrestling being outlawed in Monterrey. Alfredo Alvarado asked the commission what was happening, and was told the plan is not to ban extreme wrestling, but to regulate it and set some limits. For example: barbed wire ropes are going away, but barbed wire still can be used. The shows themselves were canceled because their permits were pulled for not having certain requirements, and the article notes the commission has been checking on the other non-extreme promotions in the area to see if they meet regulations.

Super Porky says he plans NOT to retire. Brazo de Plata says it used to be said that a luchador should retire at 55, but he’s just going to keep going. Super Porky says he likes working in Tinieblas’ FULL promotion (where they always put him on top), but also vaguely mentions there’s issues between FULL and CMLL.

Bob Ryder of TNA said an AAA wrestler would be working on their next set of TV tapings as part of a talent sharing deal between the two companies. The tapings start Friday, include an almost live show Friday night, and go thru June 26th to set up their Slammiversary PPV on 06/28. The AAA wrestler should have some significant role on that PPV too if he’s meant to be taken seriously. This deal makes some sense as payback for sending the TNA wrestlers to Lucha World Cup. I’m not 100% sure, but I’d presume anyone who’s worked on Lucha Underground can only be on that show for contractual reasons and it may have to be someone who hasn’t appeared yet.  Ryder also said TNA would like to do more of talent exchanges (which probably means ‘send people to TripleMania’ since that’s what it always means.)

TNA rival GFW is still listed AAA as a partner in their latest press release, but who knows what the current deal actually is there.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and an interview with Rey Horuz about his career. Horuz says he’s got a big announcement coming up in a couple months.

AAA posted their version of last week’s TV show.

Black Terry Jr. has a phantom cam video of a Myztezyz plancha.

+LuchaTV has the latest Dr. Wagner vs LA Park encounter and Wagner complaining about the referee.

Mr. Aguila & La Mascara are coming to Cicero, Illinois this Saturday.

Perros del Mal disagree with Pepe Aguayo saying he was a member of Perros del Mal on a recent TV show, saying he and Perro Jr. were never close. I think I still have this show on my DVR and still need to watch it.

Rossy Moreno & Lady Apache talk about their luchadora organization.

There’s another photographer workshop at Arena Mexico on May 29th. For 1200 pesos, you get to stories, the chance to show five luchadors,

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 05/11/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Robin vs Ares & Hijo del Signo
2) Flyer, Lestat, Soberano Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Metálico
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Morphosis, Pierroth, Sangre Azteca
4) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Kráneo, Rey Escorpión, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Shocker cheated to beat Rush last week, and theyr’e back together this week.

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Lucha Underground 1×26: Best in the Business

Angelico caught in a bad spot

the matches

Cortez Castro & Mr. Cisco [O] DQ Havoc [x] & Angelico (5:24, Psycho Realm)
DelAvar Daivari DQ Texano (0:12, Texano refused to break from the corner at a count of five)
Cage [O] & Cuerno b Puma [X] & Hernandez (7:24, Weapon X)
Alberto el Patron b Johnny Mundo (12:17, Rompe Destinos armbreaker kick to the head)

the developments

The show started and ended with Alberto el Patron and Johnny Mundo. They met Dario together to start the show, turning their ongoing back and forth about who was better into a declaration that they were both better than Hernandez (or “Fernandez”, if you’re Mundo) and he shouldn’t have been the #1 contender. Dario acquiesced to their demands, offering them a match to settle who was best, with the winner facing Hernandez next week to determine the true #1 contender.

more flipz

The match took up the last quarter of the show. Alberto used some rudo tactics early. Mundo may have hurt his knee on a bad fall out of the ring. Mundo landed the Fin de Mundo, but Alberto got the ropes. Alberto got his armbreaker, but Mundo also turned out of it and got the ropes. Alberto was able to land the big kick to the head one more time and put on the armbar for the clean win.

The first match on the show continued the Crew/trios champions issue: the Crew won a 2v2 match by beating Havoc. Bael got punched off the apron late, but it was otherwise a fair win for the rudos. Ivelisse spent the match yelling criticism to her team, who mostly ignored her and were back to not working well with each other.

Cage doing Cage things

Delavar Daviari debuted, after first meeting with Dario in his office. Davari spent most of his meeting messaging on his phone and not looking at Dario, to Cueto’s obvious annoyance. This segment and the match established Davairi has become a real estate mogul in recent years and was now so rich that he didn’t need to wrestle. (He’s nicknamed the Goldn Warrior, and wears all gold.) Daviari claimed he still is wrestling because he inflicting violence. He didn’t get to inflict much, as Texano rushed the ring and refused to stop punching Daviari until he was quickly disqualified. Daviari escaped the beating after the bell.

Dairo continued to stir things up with Hernandez and Puma, but they were pretty much stirred up on their own. Puma would’ve attacked Hernandez in the locker room if not for Konnan’s intervention. Hernandez made it clear he’s no friend of Puma, but stated his intention was to help Puma keep the title long enough for Hernandez to win it from him. Hernandez and Puma weren’t thrilled when Cueto made them a tag team against Cuerno & Cage, and Hernandez was even less happy when Dario informed him he’d have to defend his #1 contendership next week. Hernandez antagonized Puma during the match before pulling him in front of Cuerno’s Flecha del Infierno, then outright turning on him with a kick to the head. Konnan, who had been trying to forge a partnership, backed off Hernandez after the attack. It was too late for Puma, who was easily beat by Cage.

Mundo lands badly, gets landed on

In non match segments, Black Lotus continues to believe she’s ready to face the monster but can’t get past Dragon Azteca. And, to close the show, Catrina stood by the coffin of Mil Muertes, opened it, and ordered him to rise to life once again. Mil Muertes’ eyes reopened to start the show.

thoughts

That’s a lot of text already. There was a lot of different stories packed into the show, especially the first half of it. Everything was easy to follow, but there was so much going on that not all of it was retained. They had so much to work in that only the main event got a proper entrance; two matches started with everyone in the ring and the other had Texano running in and not lasting longer. Maybe that’s the one story (Texano/Davaiari) that could’ve been moved to a different week to give it more time. They advanced the story a bit by explaining Daviari’s back story, but the match itself was a letdown.

Or maybe other things could’ve been moved. The trios feud was just there to remind us what the status quo was for that feud, and the Black Lotus feud just repeated what we had seen prior. Both exist to build anticipation for what’s coming, but the effect is less when there’s so many other things going on.

KO kick

Second tag match was good and took care of all they needed to. Puma got to do some stuff, Hernandez got to be highly annoying, and Cage & Cuerno won in a situation where they really should’ve won. It’s clear the Puma/Hernandez match is happening at some point, whatever happens with next week’s Alberto/Hernandez match, and they’ve set up everyone well for it.

Main event was very good, easily Great. It felt more like a WWE style match (two chinlock will do it for you), but Alberto working as a rudo went well with how they could set the match up. Alberto never did anything so rudo that he couldn’t still be a good guy by the end of the match. Mundo looked in trouble after taking the flip out of the ring onto the steps, but seemed fine the rest of the way. The finish was really great: it was a clean one after a bunch of recently screwy ones (all seemingly for storyline reasons), Alberto’s kick prior to the end looked awesome, and it’s something Mundo has to address going farther – he tried to get to the top and fell short again.

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CMLL (apparently) lost it’s main TV outlet; few notice

CMLL’s main live event of the week is the Friday night show. Matches from that show air in Mexico on Fox Sports 2. That may need to be changed to the past tense. The show did not air last week, is not listed as airing on the schedule for this week, and it’s unclear if they’ll be back on the network again. Those Friday night matches will still air on Azteca in the United State. It means the only way Mexican fans can watch the main CMLL stories is by being at an Arena Mexico show or by finding my YouTube channel and hoping I upload the show. (Obviously, this is a poor idea.)

CMLL has said nothing about the situation. CMLL Informa, the weekly in-house show dedicated to talking about about all that’s going on in CMLL, did not directly talk about the situation. The only reference was saying the Reyes del Aire match would air on Azteca (America) and omitting the usual mention of it also airing on Fox Sports 2. Fans asking CMLL about the situation on social media have been ignored in usual fashion.

It may also be only a temporary situation: when small indy promotions like AULL and FULL have found TV outlets this year, it seems likely someone will take in CMLL. It’s still embarrassing – both in losing the TV and how they’ve not addressed it. (The counterpoint is these sort of TV issues play a much lesser role in the discussion of wrestling in Mexico as compared to the US; I’m not sure anyone else is going to report this, but perhaps that’s an even bigger issue with CMLL’s reach.)

This is also not an entirely unexpected development. CMLL’s was bounced from Televisa for reportedly not improving their TV product and low ratings, and seemed to be bumped down from Fox Sports Mexico 1 to 2 for similar reasons. Fox Sports Mexico acquiring the TV rights to WWE in Mexico last year meant they had little need for CMLL. The show was frequently moved around and treated as a filler program and now they’ve got other wrestling for the same purposes.

CMLL still has plenty of TV: 2 hours on Cadena3 (available over the air on Mexico City and in other locations, but not nationwide) and 1 hour each on Canal 52MX and Claro Sports (available on limited systems.) Any of those programs could now start airing the big Friday night matches, but the last two are too small to do much good. Cadena3 has seemed like a better outlet for CMLL’s main action for quite some time, but CMLL’s never made that change. The hold up might be about Cadena3 producing their TV broadcast themselves, while CMLL’s been producing the Friday TV shows completely on their own. (From the outside, there doesn’t seem to be much difference except for the announcers, but it could be the announcers who decide these things.)

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Casas & Shocker keep tag titles, Lucha Underground, Puebla

CMLL (MON) 05/04/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Black Tiger & Paris
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Nitro
3) Hechicero, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso
Dragon Lee was stretchered out after taking a Kamaitachi suplex.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
5) Rey Bucanero b Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning]
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máximo, Rush
Shocker beat Rush.

Shocker beating Rush should lead to something, but no lineups for next week yet.

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita DQ Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
Originally a women’s match (Vaquerita/Marcela/Skadi vs Amapola/Dalys/Comandante). Straight falls, with Mercurio fouling Shockercito.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Canelo Casas, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán DQ Gran Guerrero [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero DQed for unmasking Titan
5) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © b Atlantis & Blue Panther [CMLL TAG]
Champs took falls 2/3 clean to keep the titles. Shocker & Casas’ 6th defense

That seems like they’re setting up Mercurio/Shockercito in a hair match sometime soon. Main event is said to be a good techinical match.

Lucha Underground

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is #26, “The Best in the Business.” The title comes from an Alberto, Mundo and Cueto segment that’s already up. (As chui noted, that segment is one hat away from accidentally referencing a luchablog injoke.) Matches on the show

  • Texano vs DelAvar Daivari
  • Son of Havoc & Angelico vs Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro
  • Prince Puma & Hernandez vs Cage & King Cuerno
  • Alberto El Patron vs Johnny Mundo

DelAvar is the man in the crowd who attacked Texano. There’s a shorter clip of his meeting with Dario. There’s also a clip of Black Lotus’ continued training, and an extra on Johnny Mundo’s parkour skills.

Main event is a pivotal moment in this season. It’s also said to be very good.

Other News

No news on the remaining empty spots on the Lucha World Cup today. There’s six spots left to reveal (the other Mexico indy guy, the ROH team, the non-Galloway Rest of the World members.) I’ve heard educated rumors about all the spots, nothing strong enough to confirm names, but also nothing that would also be big news if revealed either. All “names that make sense but aren’t going to change your impression on the tournament one way or another.

There will be a male luchador dance show on Sunday’s show in Arena Mexico as part of Mother’s Day celebrations.

Esfinge was interviewed in Puebla about his debut in that arena. It reads as if he’s training under Ultimo Guerrero in Mexico City now. (Maybe that answers Alexis’ question?) Esfinge says he wants to be part of two big competitions which are coming up, doesn’t name either one.

Aerostar reveals he dreamed of being a football player or a rock star as a kid until fell in love with lucha. I can not imagine rock star Aerostar.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of last week’s Gym Zeuz vs Gym IWRG match. Doesn’t look like that one’s going to air on TV.

+LuchaTV talked to Hijo de Dr. Wagner about his injury.

Enrique and Oscar recapped the AAA show in Aguascalientes.

Segunda Caida watches Damiancito el Guerrero vs Cicloncito Ramirez and and more random CMLL, is excited to see Pierroth.

SuperLuchas writes about the opening of Arena Poza Rica and an El Toreo show.

A story on lucha libre in Portland.

Martha Villallobos campaign ad.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/05 REINA: Princesa Sugehit b Narumiya [CMLL-REINA INTL] via La Mistica.
First defense. Unclear if she’s staying for more shows.

I’ve read the NJPW Best of Super Juniors is going to be announced tomorrow. I don’t see anything officially saying that, but it would make sense with NJPW’s tour ending earlier today. My original, way back in January, guess was Triton would end up in this year but that was thinking they’d bring back Cavernario at some other time. They haven’t brought back Cavernario, so maybe they were saving him fro this – but maybe Cavernario’s knee injury will put a wrench in those plans. Maybe it’ll just be only Mascara Dorada as the CMLL representative.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro vs Ripper [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Vangellys
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

TGR vs Ingobernables, sort of. Shockercito and Mercurio face off again in the segunda.

CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Metatrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Esfinge & Gallo © vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado [OCCIDENTE TAG]
first defense for Gallo & Esfinge
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Euforia, Kráneo, Thunder
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

That semifinal is a weird combination of people. Tercera is both sets of secondary tag team champions with only the local titles on the line. Lluvia’s been working random spot shows but this is her first main CMLL show since February.

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Lucha World Cup, ChilangaMask lineups, Occidente Trios championship

CMLL (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Mascara De Oro b Gitano & Relampago
Debuts in a win for Avispon & Mascara.
2) Mercenario & Mr. Brisa b Capitan Cobra & Mr. Apolo
rematch from last week’s DCOR draw. Rudos won this time.
3) Pitbull I & Pitbull II b Nube Roja & Toro Negro
4) Exterminador & Maléfico b Gallo & Virgo
Virgo replaced Esfinge (double booked in Mexico) and lost when Malefico pulled his mask and rolled him up.
5) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Cuatrero, Joker, Sansón [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, final]
Furia Roja surprised Joker with a huracanrana to win the vacant titles.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has a promo with the new trios champions. Either they defend these belts again in a month or they won’t mention them again for six months.

AAA (MON) 05/04/2015 Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes [@luchalibreaaa]
1) Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria
2) Aerostar, Mary Apache, Venum b Mamba, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie
Aerostar beat Super Fly
3) Angélico & Jack Evans DQ Daga & Pentagón Jr.
Pentagon fouled Angelico
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Chessman, Electroshock, Zorro
Murder splash on all three rudos for the win
5) Blue Demon Jr., El Patrón Alberto, Myzteziz b Averno, Texano Jr., Villano IV
Alberto submitted Texano Jr.

Just a spot show, and one heavily sponsored by Victoria (so maybe discounted or free tickets?) but they 80% filled up a 16K bullring with just a loaded up house show. (In totally different contexts, they out drew WWE RAW’s live attendance last night.)

Lucha World Cup

TNA announced Matt Hardy, Ken Anderson and Drew Galloway as their representatives in the Lucha World Cup. They’ll be in separate trios: Hardy and Anderson will join Johnny Mundo on a combined Team TNA/Lucha Underground team. Galloway will be part of Team Rest of the World.

The remaining spots to announce are in Team Ring of Honor, Team Rest of the World and Team Mexico Independents. Dr. Wagner Jr. confirmed he’ll be part of the latter team.

Other News

Arena Mexico has Shocker & Negro Casas defending the tag team titles against Blue Panther & Atlantis. The champions have held the titles for about the years, and this is the first time they’ve defended against a non-Ingobernables team (and actually been rudos in the title match.) Atlantis & Blue Panther are former champions, but are unlikely to win again. Titan has the second of three straight singles matches tonight, this time against Gran Guerrero in a lightning match.

Guadalajara has the Ingobernables (no Marco) versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys.

It’s just a normal Tuesday schedule in Mexico. It’s a bit more busy in the US, though many shows took place this past weekend. There are Cinco de Mayo themed lucha libre shows coming up in places like TulsaVancouver (May 8th) and of course in Los Angeles with Lucha Va Voom tonight. That article says Casandro is taking time off to get surgery after tonight’s show.

CMLL made some changes on it’s cards this week. Cavernario, who spend the weekend wrestling on what appeared to be an injured knee, is now off next Sunday. He’s still scheduled to be on tonight’s show in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, but that may just be them not updating Guadalajara’s lineup. Disturbio is pulled from Saturday and Sunday shows.

I was a guest on the most recent Exile on Badstreet, talking about tecnicos.

Cara Lucha is having a afternoon show on 05/16 for the third part of it’s Bestiario I tournament. The show starts at 2pm and will have the the eight remaining luchadors facing off in matches (with judging determing who advances) until they get down to the final two. They’re turning it more into a convention, with cheap prices, vendors selling merchandise, music, and autograph signings with Fenix and Flamita.

The eight remaining luchadors are

  • Principe Aereo
  • Aramis
  • Centella Atomica
  • Rey Fenix
  • Heredero Maya
  • Wasson
  • Puma Galactico
  • Pegazus

El Hijo del Santo said it would cost 40 million dollars to make a Santo vs Demon match happen. He explained it costs that much because some wrestlers end up poor. He did not explain how that money would end up with other luchadors.

CMLL posted highlights of the Reyes del Aire.

+LuchaTV talked to the Panteras about reuniting, and Guerrero Maya (Sr.) from the Festival de Mascaras show. They also Fuerza Guerrera about critics of his anti-AAA stance and about his CaraLucha match, as well as with <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2in53G4cKHw>Hechicero about the same.

LuchaWorld has this week’s KrisZ’s news report, this week’s Poster-Mania, and a report on the UIPW show this weekend.

SuperLuchas looks back at a show with two apuesta matches, including a Canek vs Angel Blanco mask vs hair match.

Criterio Hidalgo has a bio of AAA’s Kronos.

DJ Spectro looks back at Dr. Wagner’s debut and the debut of El Gato (Ari Romero).

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of rowdy Arena Naucalpan fans.

Lineup

Chilanga Mask (SAT) 05/16/2015 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Aero Xtreme vs Rey Celestial, Reggae Boy, Mercurio
2) Dralion vs Belial
3) Electro Boy, Fly Star, Toxin Boy vs Astro Rey Jr., Draego, Psico Kid
4) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Dorado Jr. & Sangre Fría Jr.
5) Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez) & Latin Dragón vs Arez & Kaientai
6) Impulso vs Saturno
7) Black Terry vs Caifan, Satánico
8) Rey Horus vs Aero Boy

Updated card. There’s one minor charge (Electro Boy in for Fly Warrior) and one major change – Aeroboy and Rey Horus wanted a singles match, so they were pulled out of their trios match to get it. This is a really strong indy card. I don’t think we get to see it unless we all chip in for a bus ticket first class plane flight ticket for Black Terry Jr., but I’d be counting down the days if it was in Guadalajara.

Of note for wiki purposes: Doradao Jr. & Sangre Fria Jr. are listed as brothers.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 05/17/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Arez & Belial vs Aramis & Iron Kid and Ciber Punk & Garrobo Punk
2) Alas de Acero & Impulso vs Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez) & Rey Apocalipsis
3) Caifan vs Aero Boy
4) Silueta vs Keira
5) Rey Horus vs Flamita
6) Latin Dragón vs Psico Kid

Full Card for this show, which should be good too. Rey Horus vs Flamtia should be great.

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Festival de Mascaras, CMLL weekend lineups

Impossible, Apolo Estrada Jr., (masked) Hijo del Diablo on Guerrero Maya & Veneno/photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Flash I & Forastero b El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Magnum, Reycko, Soberano Jr. b El Rebelde, Maléfico, Metálico
Reycko replaced Molotov.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón
Comando Boricua used teamwork and a mask pull to beat Gallo after earlier losing a fall due to excessive violence.
4) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Thunder
Barbaro replaced Mr. Aguila. Thunder fouled Marco for the DQ.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
first defense for Sky Team. They took falls 2/3, Mistico beating Ultimo Guerrero for the win.

almost week old results are better than no results. Hope they air the segunda instead of the tercera (this will not occur.)

IWRG (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr),Estrellas del Ring]
Festival de Mascaras 2015
1) Electro Boy b Atomic Star and Magnum 44 and Dragón Celestial andHip Hop Man
Electroboy beat Hip Hop Man, wants a shot at the Argentina title.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael
hometown Turtles beat the AULL ones.
3) Golden Magic, Guerrero Maya Sr., Veneno b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Black Terry returned to his Guerrero Maya identity. Good match, money thrown in.
4) Pantera I, Pantera II, Solar I b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Negro Navarro
First time Panteras have teamed since maybe the late 80s/early 90s; they had been a regular tag team in this building in the 80s. Good match. Solar was honored for 40 years of wrestling by IWRG after the match.
5) Black Tiger III, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Chicano,Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras
Black Tiger III unmasked as Silver King (with the Silver King mask.) The two brothers feuded. Dos accidentally got involved in the ending series of mask pulls and fouls, which ended with Silver King beating Dr. Wagner after a foul and challenges all around.

I read the recap of the main event finish about three times, in two languages. I think it’s clearly written, but I still couldn’t follow it. Possible this show turns on AYM tonight.

After Titan lost the welterweight title yesterday, he kneeled down and dropped the title in front of Cavernario. CMLL’s Twitter saw this as a bit rudo and said the crowd booed. Titan explained he didn’t mean it that way, and he thinks Barbaro Cavernario was a worthy challenger.

Matt D at Segunda Caida reviews Cicloncito Ramirez & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Felinito & Pirata Morgan.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 05/09/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Apocalipsis
2) Flyer vs Disturbio
3) Stigma vs Sangre Azteca
4) Tritón vs Puma
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Morphosis & Ripper
6) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
7) Máximo © vs Rey Bucanero [CMLL HEAVY]
Maximo’s first defense.

Flyer vs Disturbio should be fun. Two heavyweight title matches in five months is an above average pace for CMLL.

CMLL (SUN) 05/10/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dinamo vs Relampago
2) Meteoro & Star Black vs El Piraña & Guerrero de la Muerte
3) El Divino & Metatrón vs Gitano & Thunder Boy
4) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno vs El Chakal, Joker, Sádico
5) Gallo, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Ráfaga

Semimian is a sort of rematch of the title match.

CMLL (SUN) 05/10/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Magnus vs Camorra & El Rebelde
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Titán vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Would be excited for the opener if Terra was still around, because there’s a high chance of Rebelde & Magnus doing something. Main event is Sky Team vs Peste Negra again.

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Cavernario wins welterweight title from Titan, turtle warfare in Cara Lucha

Rafy versus Leo/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Cara Lucha (SAT) 05/02/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Tercera Caida, The Gladiatores]
1) Magnifico II & Templario b Arceus & Tribal  (posted by +LuchaTV)
2) Leo b Mike, Rafy  (posted by +LuchaTV)
Teelo pulled out of this match after suffering a nose injury the previous weekend. All three ended up with ripped and masks. Leo won, and they all hugged after. Money thrown in.
3) Bárbaro Cavernario b Toscano, Herodes Jr.
Barbaro & Herdoes worked together to beat Toscano, then Cavernario beat Herodes. Cavernario claimed Herodes had betrayed Peste Negra by leaving CMLL and challenged him to a hair match.
4) Fly Star & Toxin Boy b Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Yoruba and Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico and Rayo Star & Sky Man
Faction match. Some factions have 2, some have 3 for whatever reason. Kriminal Boys beat Sky Stars after La Resistencia & Neza Kings were beat. Challenges set up a rematch as an apuest match on 05/30.
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Fuerza Guerrera & Rey Hechicero
Atlantis & UG started hitting each other by mistake in the third fall. Fuerza tried to sneak in a foul, but was caught for the DQ. No one was happy: Fuerza wanted matches with Hechicero & UG, and Atlantis wanted UG.

Attendance looked way down for this show. Too many shows on this day? Match people weren’t interested in? Turtles match looked great in the clips.

CMLL (SAT) 05/02/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Espanto Jr. b Bengala
2) Disturbio b Robin
3) Pequeño Olímpico b Último Dragoncito
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Astral.
4) Marcela b Amapola
5) Boby Zavala b Esfinge
6) Rey Bucanero & Terrible b Máximo & Valiente
Bucanero beat Maximo, asked for a heavyweight title shot.
7) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
Mascara replaced Atlantis and accidentally kicked his partners a few time to cost them the match.

Cavernario was limping badly on Friday night, fought twice on Saturday. At least twice: there was a (secret) sponsored show on Saturday in Arena Mexico. No known full lineup, but the main was Mistico, Maximo, and Volador Jr. defeating Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Niebla Roja.

new champ/photo by CMLL-Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Súper Comando
Apocalipsis replaced Cholo on Monday.
3) Cancerbero, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Starman, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Delta, Fuego, Valiente b Kráneo, Luciferno, Vangellys
Kraneo replaced Ripper on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario b Titán © [MEX WELTER]
Cavernario took 1/3, the last with the cavernaria, to win the championship. Cavernario is the 73rd champion. Titan’s falls on his 8th defense, second straight against the Caveman.
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Thunder b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rudos cheated when Tirantes was distracted and Thunder snuck in a foul on Rush.

Cavernario wraps up a (at least) four match weekend on a bad knee with a title win. Titan held the title for 17 months and hopefully will be challenging for it (or another title) again soon. Match will air on Claro Sports next weekend and maybe on LATV at some random time. It looks good – and it looks like it was Titan who did the big splash to the floor.

There was a good turnout for Myzteziz & Fenix defeating Pentagon & Averno in Arena Neza on Friday night.

Ricky Ricon took Super Brazo’s hair in Arean Azteca Budokan on Saturday.

Rey Trueno, Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno won the Occidente Trios championship.

A new episode of +LuchaTV aired with highlights from the last month. There’s also highlights of the last CaraLuchas show with Leo vs Rafy vs Mike and Magnifico II & Tribal vs Templario & Arceus, and Black Terry talking about Carlos Maynez.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Negro Casas, Emilio Charles Jr., Mano Negra vs El Brazo, Ultimo Dragon, Oro

Chris Parks’ lucha libre art work will be exhibited in St. Petersburg (the Florida one) on Tuesday.

RobViper has a music video of CMLL 01/06/15.

SuperLuchas looks back at a UWA Japan vs Mexico main event and Perro Aguayo Sr. losing a title due to massive blood lose – only for Villano III to refuse it.

Segunda Caida reviews 05/02 PWR.

The Princesa Sugeith/Narumiya match on Tuesday is now a title match.

Close up of a Valiente Special.

Conde Bartock talks about Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, which looks like it’s being slowly disassembled.

The usual Cholita story.

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05/02 AAA TV Results (Pachuca)

AAA TV (SAT) 05/02/2015 Lienzo Charro, Pachuca, Hidalgo [AAA]
1) Mary Apache & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache & Keira
Taya beat the debuting Keira with a Northern Lights Suplex and a double stomp.
2) Angélico & Jack Evans DQ Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
Tecnicos won via DQ (Scoria foul on Angelico) and were attacked after the match. Cuervo & Scoria dropped them with martinetes, then attacked them again as the doctors were trying to load them into the ambulance.
3) Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Kronos b El Elegido, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
New (unnamed?) trio won with a triple team cutter on Elegido.
4) Psycho Clown b Zorro, Averno [Copa Victoria Mexico Team 2 Selection]
Psycho took the last spot on Team Mexico 2 with a Canadian Destroyer. Electroshock’s group attacked Psycho after the match.
5) Chessman © DQ Blue Demon Jr. [AAA LA]
Seconds were Parka & Cibernetico. At the start of the show, Blue Demon came out for a promo where he insisted his title match with Chessman be called using normal rules – no chairs, no fire. That happened, but (of course) Demon looked like a fool in the end when Chessman framed him for a chair shot at Hijo del Tirantes called the DQ. Chessman defense #1. Sociedad attacked after the match, with Fenix & Alberto making the save. That led into the main event.
6) Brian Cage & El Mesías b El Patrón Alberto & Fénix
Brian Cage beat Fenix with the Weapon X. Cage attacked Alberto post match and demanded a title match.

Air Date: 05/23 & 05/30

A lot of rudo wins, with only Psycho Clown getting his hand raised as a tecnico without being low blowed – and that one just sets up some more rudo victories down the line. Lucha Underground just had a story where a trio that didn’t like each other put aside their differences just enough to win an important trios tournament. The chance of Psycho, Texano and Fantasma repeating that seem to be about 5%.

The Chessman/Demon story is open ended enough that they could come back to it again for a rematch if they need one on Verano de Escandalo or TripleMania, or they can say Demon got his match and just move on to whatever.

Psycho Circus vs Electroshock/Pirata/Kronos (no ‘z ‘now) also seems like a match that might happen on one of the two big shows in the next few months or might be forgotten about entirely.

Building up Escoria & Cuervo feels like a big priority here; they got a bunch of TV time yesterday to explain their motivations and lay out their opponents again. (Weirdly, Mesias has gotten about no TV time for the same purpose, but then he also doesn’t appear to have a match coming up soon.) My guess is it’s only about trying to make this feud work, since Escoria & Cuervo have been very minor characters for quite a while.

The next show is the 05/24 World Cup, but there’s likely to be a press conference or two before that. I’d guess the other teams start getting announced in the next week.

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