Konnan accuses AAA of sexual harassment, preview of CMLL card

tonight’s card

(yea, the bit I do for headlines doesn’t work well there.)

Tonight’s CMLL card is headlined by Mistico, Maximo Sexy and Stuka Jr. versus La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. There’s no storyline to it – there might have been one with Mascara & Dragon Lee, but he’s out due to injury and Stuka is in.

There’s really no obvious ongoing storylines on the show as a result, just five random trios matches and a lightning match. Marco, Diamante and Titan team against two of the Invasors (Ripper & Kraneo) & Rey Bucanero, which also keeps supposed tag partners Maximo & Marco in separate matches. Current trios champions Hijos del Infierno are teamed up again the Panthers, though it’d be hard to have them on the card without putting them together. (It’s got a good chance of being the best match of the show.) There’s a woman’s trios with the return of Sileuta, and an opener with Oro & Soberano probably not doing much against Raziel & Cancerbero. The lightning match is Guerrero Maya versus Felino.

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

Tonight’s also the Contreras retirement show.

The latest edition of Podcast Boom was up yesterday, though it appears to be down now. (It might be due to the sound quality rather than the content.)  Alfredo translated it and put a lot of notes in the Lucha Report. Konnan outed Copetes as a serial sexual harasser. Copetes is one of the people who decide the luchadors working each show, and Lady Maravilla said Copetes demanded sex to get booked more. This was told to Marisela Pena, who said she’d look into it, but simply asked Copetes and was satisfied by him denying. Konnan obviously didn’t believe the denial, saying Copetes had stalked Teddy Hart’s girlfriend, X-Pac’s girlfriend, Christina Von Eerie (who ended up leaving for that reason) and was interested in Goya Kong.

These are really serious charges. If true, it’s terrible behavior – both both Copetes and the Roldan’s seemingly turning a blind eye to it. Konnan’s comments on this podcast have been getting some traction in Mexican lucha media, and this could be significant trouble for AAA if it gets picked up beyond that. (It’d probably take one of the women speaking about it, and you’d understand why they would prefer to stay to far away from it.)

Konnan also said he had tried to book Sexy Star/Pentagon Jr. mixed tag matches in the past, but the cards had been changed every time (by the Roldans.) He mentioned Faby thinks little over the other women, feeling they’re not any good, and would be rough with them in matches. And Konnan said Jennifer Blake was kept around longer because Dorian Roldan liked her.

Yesterday was Lucha World Cup press day for the Mexico based luchadors. Lady Apache, Psycho Clown, Canek and Mary Apache were there. Lady Apache seems to have made the most news: she said was retiring soon, and wanted to win the LWC before doing so. It’s a retirement in lucha, so it can’t be too serious, but Lady Apache says she’ll reach 30 years of wrestling on June 30th and it’s time to give way for the younger generations. She says only contracted to work with AAA for this show and will return to indies after.

Psycho Clown told the story of how he ended up qualifying despite not being scheduled in a match. Interviews with the others haven’t surfaced. Canek, talking to El Pancracio, noted the final will be held in the same place he debuted (41 years ago) and reminded people how he’d faced Antonio Inoki, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, so he has much experience taking on international stars for this competition. Canek felt his team was the best, and vowed to bring all the flying guys down to the mat and see how they respond. I haven’t read a Mary Apache interview yet but the Gladiatores have a short video one with her, along with Canek, La Parka, Taya, Psycho Clown and Lady Apache

Winners Black passed away. He’s one of the luchadors who’ve used the name Black Shadow Jr., but is not the most well known one (the one also know as Pequeno Solin.)

AAA writes about Hector Garza, who passed away three years ago yesterday.

Chairo 4 on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Impulso vs Freelance, hair vs hair
2: Keria, Aeroboy, Demasiado vs Mini Multifacetico, Brole, Prayer
3: Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Soberano Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr.
4: Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Guerrero Maya Jr. & Virus

That’s already a really good card.

TKD reviews the CaraLucha anniversary show.

The Gladiatores have reached 10 years of publishing. They say they’re going for 20.

Eric reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings, wonders if anyone in charge of CMLL actually watches lucha libre.

Mr. Electro replaces Dragon Lee on ILLM’s show on 06/04, part of a four way main event with Metaleon, Corsario Negro Jr., Metaleon and Fly Warrior. That’s a bit of a change.

Kronosport writes about the mixed success of women’s promotion WWS, who has their third anniversary this Sunday.

An interview with the Cisneros lucha family of Oaxaca.

Ronie Mendoza, ex-Jinzo, has been listed on upcoming DTU posters as “#GoldGeneration”, and he (sort of) explains what that means in a promo – like a new era for DTU.

Joaquin Roldan paid off a soccer bet by bringing luchadors to Magia de un Deseo.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/27 NJPW: Volador Jr. [4] defeated Jushin Liger [4] in the BOSJ. Volador joins a big tie at 4, right in front of an equally big tie at 2. There’s little separation; the playoff odds give him 27.1% chance of winning his block, but it’s smaller than that in wrestling reality.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 28th

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Both AAA and Elite are the first week of two week tapings so it’s a guessing game. Elite’s advertisements are indicating that they’ll have both title Elite title matches this week, which wouldn’t leave them with all that much next week.

It’d be kind of hilarious if AAA waited to air the last LWC qualifying match. They taped 7 matches for two weeks, and might spend next week trying to sell tickets for Lucha World Cup; if there’s something you want to see from that show, you should hope it airs this week to be safe.

IWRG has been airing, but I’ve had no luck with the AYM internet feed and the LAS cable feed is airing repeats (and airing the show less frequently.)

Lucha Underground‘s on screen preview lists the trios title match. I didn’t have that in my notes, but that is listed elsewhere, so I just made a mistake somewhere. If I’m correct with the rest, there is a third match on the show which sound promising.

The Cometa/Cavernario lightning match on Azteca USA is the better of the two recently. Happy to be done uploading tournaments for a while.

Rush & Mascara feud in Guadalajara, AAA iPPV details, CMLL Gran Prix

 

Dragon Azteca & Jack Evans
Dragon Azteca & Jack Evans

CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Frezzer & Neutrón b Demonio Rojo & Mr. Apolo
Mr. Apolo replaced Chakal. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Starman
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Vaquero Jr. b El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
Vaquero replaced Gallo. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
Diamante Azul replaced Super Porky. Tecnicos took 2/3. Money thrown in.
5) La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible DQ Máscara Dorada, Rush, Titán
Rudos took 1/3. Rush & Mascara feuded, Rush unmasked Mascara for the DQ.

Rush as a tecnico makes no sense, but Rush hanging out with an oddly rudo-ish Dorada & Titan would be interesting. Too bad it’s only happening Guadalajara.

IWRG (WED) 05/25/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Aramis b Adrenalina
2) Dragón Fly & Omega b Enigma & Rocket
First Enigma match since November.
3) Factor, Spartan, Spector b Astro, Geo, Zatura
Debut for Geo.
4) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Rayan
Apolo & Eterno attacked Rayan after the loss, which caused the other three Comando Elite to rush out of the save. Insoportables said they’d have a new member to have a 4v4 match.
5) Cerebro Negro © b Trauma II [IWRG IC WELTER]
first defense

Main event sounds like it went well.

AAA announced details of the Lucha World Cup iPPV: both shows will be offered in a package for 250 Mexican Pesos or $25 USD. ($25 is a fair price for two shows, but it’s nearly twice as much as the peso price.) There will be English and Spanish announcing. The show will start to be available for sale tomorrow on AAA’s website. It’s not clear if you’ll be able to just buy one show for a lower price, but we’ll probably know that tomorrow

AAA’s schedule next week is going to be strenuous. Postponing the taping Pachuca taping two days makes sense (and Pachuca did make the final so they would’ve got killed), but it also means AAA is running three tapings in six days plus probably doing a lot of press and just general herding around foreigners from place to place.

CMLL says their World Cup International Gran Prix will take place in July, with representatives from Japan, Canada, the Isla of Tonga, New Zealand and the US. In NJPW, Tama Tonga & his brother Tanga Roa (ex-WWE Camacho) are billed from Tonga. Bad Luck Fale is also billed from Tonga, but is originally from New Zealand, as is Jay White. Canada, US and Japan could be anyone, including Raijin & Fujin. What’s strange is the title of the piece says Italy is involved (Marco), but the body of it does not mention Italy.

Diamante Azul was interviewed on CMLL Informa, and said to be the first member of the Mexico team. There will be a press conference to announce more about this tournament on Wednesday, within a day of when AAA is doing press for the Lucha World Cup. (This could not be more obvious.)

Azul also said he’d be around for five before going back to France, and plans on becoming a French citizen. Diamante Azul always says he’s wrestling and training people in France, but I’m never able to find any results of him wrestling there.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report news update.

AAW announced Aerostar will face AR Fox on their 06/17 show. That joins the Drago versus Chris Hero match on that show. It should be a pretty good show.

AULL announced everyone has mandatory practice every other Saturday. That’s a hard day for mandatory practice.

Quick AyTV interview with Mascara Dorada.

Next Saturday in Houston has a Martinez show with Aerostar & Laredo Kid vs Flamtia & Ultimo Ninja.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/29/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly vs Galaxy
2) Enigma & Hip Hop Man vs Astro & Geo
Hip Hop Man & Enigma were listed on both sides of the match in the poster. Box y Lucha has Astro & Geo.
3) Freelance & Pantera I vs Diablo Jr. & Imposible and Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno and Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
4) Dinamic Black, Hijo De Dos Caras, Ultramán Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera, Golden Magic, Trauma I
5) Danny Casas, Demon Clown, Trauma I vs Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Toscano

This isn’t the Demon Clown/Mr. Electro match threatened in the Box Y Lucha listing, but it’s still a challenging main event. Demon Clown was around for a week back in January. Assuming IWRG has a direction, always a bad assumption, it feels like there’s a cage match coming.

Lucha Underground 2×18: Enter the Mundo

Johnny's watching his carbs, no pizza DDT for him
Johnny’s watching his carbs, no pizza DDT for him

Matches

Joey Ryan beat Máscarita Sagrada (3:15, running tornado DDT, OK)

Cage defeats Chavo Guerrero for the Gift of the Gods (7:57, Drill Claw, GOOD)

Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans [O], PJ Black defeated Dragon Azteca [X], Rey Mysterio Jr., Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship (11:30, Jack Evans chair shot to the back→Jack Evans, good)

Developments

big win for Joey
big win for Joey

Two championships changed hands tonight. Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca are no longer the trios champions, as the new trio of Johnny Mundo, PJ Black, Jack Evans dethroned them. It was meant to be Fenix, and not Mundo, to be part of the challenging trio as a follow up to their runner up performance in the four way trios match. Mundo put himself in the match by taking Fenix out. We didn’t see exactly how, but Fenix was laid out in the locker room with Mundo claiming responsibility. The match was competitive and lengthy, with Puma seemingly having the win off a 630 senton only for Mundo to pull the referee to the floor (taking him out of the match.) The rudos took out Rey with a double superkick, and gave a variety of moves and fouls to the other two champions. Dragon Azteca kicked out once, but was beat soon after.

Cage earned the Gift of the Gods championship he believed he already deserved, by defeating Chavo Guerrero in the middle match on the show. Chavo put together his strongest match of either season and made Cage work for the win (though he never did cheat.) Chavo just didn’t have enough to stop Cage, with Cage even kicking out of the frog splash and turning an attempt at the Three Amigos around into the Drill Claw. Cage wasted no time and immediately declared his desire to cash in the Gift of the Gods for a title match next week against Matanza. Dario & Matanza were not seen on this week’s show, but we were left wondering if we might see another title change next week.

The other match on the show was a Joey Ryan win over Máscarita Sagrada. Ryan had other plans for the rest of the night, and the outcome was more notable for being Sagrada’s third in a row since taking on Famous B. Famous B has made Sagrada more famous, but not more successful. Famous B spent the match trying to advertise his services to everyone and not really paying attention to the fight, which is also not a great sign.

koppa kick versus discus lariat
koppu kick versus discus lariat

Ryan, frustrated at his lack of progress in the investigation, decided to illegally search Dario’s office. He didn’t really find anything would help, though he did pocket some of Dario’s cash. Joey also wasn’t too sneaky, with first Cortez finding him, then Cisco finding both of them. That one was a problem. Cisco was upset he wasn’t cut in on the robbery attempt he believed he was seeing and said he’d rat them out to Dario. Ryan promptly blew his cover and Cortez had to arrest Cisco (“Francisco Garza”) to keep him quiet.

The bit with King Cuerno at the end of Graver Consquences was explained: he’s now got Mil Muertes mounted on his wall, encased in glass. Mil is unconscious/dead. He needed Catrina to awake him last time, and there’s still no sign of her.

Pentagon, also a Matanza victim, seemed to be doing a lot better. He was moving around normal at Vampiro’s dojo. In a moment echoing a scene between Black Lotus & Dragon Azteca last season, Pentagon Jr. insisted he was ready to get revenge while Vampiro was just as sure he was not. Pentagon seems headed back to the Temple soon either way.

Finally, a Taya vignette aired, pitching her as the Perfect Woman.

Thoughts

Dragon Azteca sends Jack flying
Dragon Azteca sends Jack flying

This was a much better episode than last week. This Gift of Gods match was surprisingly better than the last one, and the trios title match was very good.

It was a fun main event, if not always as smooth once. They tried a lot of big ideas and not all of them cleanly landed, but it led to a lot of highlights. Jack’s impressive at working with these técnicos and Mundo had some very good moments. The cheating at the finish felt intentionally comically out, but not having it end on the first fall helped.

Johnny, Jack, PJ and Taya have obvious potential as a rudo group on this show. It’s still too bad we couldn’t get more Rey, Dragon, Puma title defenses.

this didn't come off perfectly, but is a crazy idea
this didn’t come off perfectly, but was a crazy idea

Cage & Chavo’s match was not at all worked the way you’d expect from a Chavo match in LU, and also was a surprisingly good match. Chavo’s matches have been good (to be fair, some of them have been intended to be matches people wouldn’t like), but this became Chavo’s attempt to have the big quality match. They built up the drama with the early leg attack and later setting up for the frog splash, giving people a moment where they believed he could actually win. It didn’t quite fit Chavo’s character for him not to cheat, but it was better for the show for that to be saved for the main event. I’m not sure it makes sense for Chavo to hang in there so long when they’re trying to show Cage has a shot against Matanza, but I don’t think anything that happened hurt Cage for next week.

The Máscarita/Ryan match was fine comedy. They are acknowledging the Famous B/Mascarita bit hasn’t been successful, so hopefully they’re onto to whatever the next step is. Pentagon going from being in traction to walking around fine a week later was odd, but I wanted them to move that along so I don’t have an issue with them moving it along quick. The police vignette also nudged that story along. The Taya vignette was fine and probably over due. The Cuerno one was epic.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-13 

Tiger legdrop
Tiger legdrop

Recapped: 05/22/2016

What happened: a Volador picked up 3 points in the Liga Elite, which may or may not be meaningful. Golden Magic & Puma advanced to the Elite Middleweight cibernetico (which wasn’t really.) The Hell Brothers and Parks aren’t friends.

What was good: The singles match and the opener tag match were good.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and Azteca’s site. (more…)

CMLL Gran Prix, Lucha Underground tonight, AAA LWC in Puebla

Disturbio knocked silly
Disturbio knocked silly

CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016 Arena México [thecubsfan]
1) Cholo & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Leono MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:55. Rudos took 1/3
2) Acero, Eléctrico, Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:34. Tecnicos took 2/3. Acero replaced Stukita
3) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:36. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Cavernario [lightning] MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won in 8:01 with a Canadian Destroyer
5) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, Tritón, Valiente MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:51. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 24 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:40. Straight falls. Stuka pinned UG and demanded a title shot next week. UG accepted in English.

There was some stuff that was good, but it was a show that could be skipped without missing too much. They had their cake and ate it too in the semifinal, with the Pierroth not getting along with his partners but the trio essentially still being the same Boricuas as always. I’m guessing they didn’t do a bigger breakup because we’ll still be getting more of these matches to come.

CMLL announced Dragon Lee would be out three weeks with a right knee strain. That’s what he had last month too. It suggests the injury didn’t get enough time to heal, or there’s something more severe that he’s trying to work thru. (As RobViper pointed out, the parallel here is to Rush and Mistico II’s repeated shoulder injuries, which kept coming back until they had surgery.) I hope Dragon Lee takes all the time he needs to recover, and the people around him don’t let him hurry back.

Stuka Jr. replaces Dragon Lee on Friday. That main event seemed to set up a return of the La Mascara/Dragon Lee feud, and maybe Mascara will feud with Maximo instead. Diamante Azul replaces Dragon Lee on Sunday, which is the saddest change. Ultimo Dragoncito also replaces Astral on Saturday.

CMLL announced the Gran Prix tournament will return at some point soon. The idea of the tournament has been Mexico versus the World, though they haven’t actually done it all times. (It’s also sometimes been a one night tournament and sometimes a cibernetico.) CMLL’s press release says this one will have eight Mexicans and eight foreigners.

The article plays up the great history of the tournament, a tournament CMLL’s forgotten to run since 2008. Previous winners are Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (1994), Head Hunter A (1995), Hijo del Santo (1996), Steel (1997), Apolo Dantes (1998), Mascara Magica (2002), Dr. Wagner Jr. (2003), Atlantis (2005), Ultimo Guerrero (2006 & 2007), and Alex Shelley (2008). Ultimo Guerrero was runner up to Shelley in that last one too, in what was designed to set up a Shelley/Sabin vs Guerrero/Casas apuesta match (but CMLL & TNA couldn’t make a deal.)

CMLL could always scrounge enough local foreigners (Marco, Okumura, Raijin, Fujin, Heddi Karaoui, Johnny Idol & American Sweetness from DTU, Rocket?) to get to eight if they wanted to go route, but the rumor is people are coming in from NJPW and maybe even ROH. Dr. Landru says he’s heard there’s people from Ocenaia, Canada and the US confirmed for the tournament, and mentions a former CMLL tag champion and member of the Bullet Club The preview plays up King Haku being the runner up in the first match, with a photo of him with his son Tama Tonga from this year’s Gran Prix, and Tama fits that criteria.

The Gran Prix was talked about on the show last night, promoting it like it’s the next major CMLL event. I guess it’s possible it could be an iPPV.

There’s no ELITE show today. They’re scheduled to be back next Wednesday. No card has been announced yet.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is the 18th of the season, “Enter the Mundo”. Matches announced

  • Mascarita Sagrada vs Joey Ryan – clip here
  • Cage vs Chavo Guerrero (c) for the Gift of the Gods championship
  • Prince Puma, Dragon Azteca Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr. (c) vs TBD

That clip might look familiar, they accidentally shared it a couple weeks ahead of time. Hope no one got fired. The trios match is listed in the show preview but no opponents are mentioned.

AAA held a press conference in Puebla to promote the 06/03 Lucha World Cup show taking place in that city. There wasn’t much news; it was more to get all the local Puebla media to mention the show and seems successful on that front.

Dorian did mention the Lucha World Cup would be on iPPV. There’s no details yet on where the iPPV would be, how much each show costs, and if they’re (still) doing English announcing. The quote makes it sound as if they’re not doing traditional PPV even in Mexico. iPPV only would give them the freedom to go as long as they’d like. Nine days to go.

Melissa Santos says she’s part of the Lucha World Cup.

RIOT on 06/11 in Arena Femenil Monterrey
1: Belial vs Drastick Boy
2: Arez vs Jinzo
3: Violento Jack vs Byron vs Tony Rodriguez
4: Erik Ortiz vs Rico Rodriguez

Chairo 4 on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Impulso vs Freelance, hair vs hair
2: Keria, Aeroboy, Demasiado vs Mini Multifacetico, Brole, Prayer
3: Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Soberano Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr.

The AMLL alliance of promoters in Torreon, Gomez Palacio and Ciudad Lerdo will be running a series of events to set up a support fund for injured luchadors. Luchadors will have to train two times a week to be eligible, but won’t have to pay – the promoters will be responsible for it. They’re also going to create a unified championship over all these gyms.

Dragon Rojo really wants to wrestle Carisitco.

R de Rudo has an interview with Sadico.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Kráneo
5) Último Guerrero © vs Stuka Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
fifth defense
6) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Stuka has no chance of winning – his big move involves going to the top rope, that’s not a good idea with UG –  but maybe he’ll get an interesting match out of it. Fourth match could be good.

CMLL (TUE) 05/31/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Magnum vs Kempo Dragón & Príncipe Kisho
2) Oro Jr., Robin, Vaquero Jr. vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Joker
3) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito
4) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Valiente vs Cavernario, Furia Roja, Sagrado
5) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Titán vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible

Rush turned tecnico by turning on La Mascara. Hey, if he didn’t team with Pierroth, it might be plausible.

Furia Roja is strangely high on this card. Something is up there. The Sinaloa guys get an opener.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-05-07 

ouch
ouch

Recapped: 05/22/2016

What happened: Not much? Some Lucha World Cup announcements were made. La Frontera won their debut. Xinetez were dominant over their opponents. This turned out to be Octagon Jr.’s farewell match, and understandably so.

What was good: The women’s tag was entertaining.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel (more…)

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-24

Stuka is going to end up doing a flip after one of these one day
Stuka gets the one hand handstand!

Recapped: 05/24/2016

What happened: Stuka defeated Ultimo Guerrero to earn a title match next week. The Boricuas somewhat didn’t get along, but still won without a problem. Rey Cometa beat Cavernario again.

What was good: I liked the third match, and the main event was good for the storytelling. Cometa/Cavernario was disappointing.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel.

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2016 watch later catch up, part 2 of ∞

this looked painful
this looked painful

Matches reviewed in the post below

  • Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
    Arena Naucalpan, 01/17/2016 
  • Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
    Arena Naucalpan, 01/17/2016 
  • Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
    Arena Naucalpan, 02/10/2016 
  • Epydemius, Galactar, Último Ninja vs Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Quinto Elemento
    Arena Coliseo Monterrey, 02/21/2016 
  • Marcela vs Ayako Hamada
    Sala Balumcanan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, 02/28/2016 
  • Dragón Lee vs Extreme Tiger
    Arena México, 02/21/2016 

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Dragon Lee injury, Puebla, Guadalajara, Monterrey

ramp powerbomb for Astro
ramp powerbomb for Astro

CMLL (TUE) 05/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Explosivo & Vaquero Jr. b Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) Cancerbero, Furia Roja, Raziel b El Divino, Sensei, Starman
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Ripper
Triton replaced Super Porky, Dragon Rojo replaced Olimpico.
5) Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush
Rudos took 1/3. Rush & La Mascara did not get along. Rush attacked Mascara after the match, Rey Escorpion helped, but Terrible & Shocker made the save.

This one never quite made it up on CMLL’s site, but Guadalajara is still posting the same photos on their Facebook (which I forget about some times.)

CMLL (SUN) 05/22/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Cuca b Zendra
Zendra (listed as returning?) replaced Tapatio. “Quca” spells his name “Cuca” on his shirt, so that’s probably the correct spelling. Zendra was stretchered out after the finishing powerbomb.
2) El Yaqui & Fugaz b Carlo Roggi & Exterminador
Tecnicos took 1/3. Exterminador’s first match this year.
3) El Gitano, Mr. Brisa, Thunder Boy DQ Explosivo, Johnny Dinamo, Star Black
Johnny Dinamo replaced Capitan Cobra. DQ for fouls; feud is Star Black & Explosivo vs Mr. Brisa & Thunder Boy.
4) Kempo Dragón & Príncipe Kisho b Gallo & Vaquero Jr.
The Sinaloa pair won, and won cleanly this time. They asked for a shot at the Pacific Coast tag team titles so they could take it back form Jalisco.
5) Mágico, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti b El Chakal, Furia Roja, Maléfico
Chakal replaced Rafaga. Tecnicos took 1/3.

That title match is happening this Sunday. I don’t have a previous appearance by Zendra, so it must have been spelled differently prior.

NICE (SUN) 05/22/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Lo Mejor de Lucha]
1) Beto Acala & Súper Jack b Etreus & Gallardo
2) Bengalí & Pedro Navajas b Ángel Justiciero &Quinto Elemento
3) Golden Boy & Rey Demonio b Dulce Kanela &Último Ninja
4) Rey Hechicero b Máscara Dorada
5) Caifan b Atlantis, Súper Parka

This may air on Noches de Coliseo next week. It’ll be the first time most people see it; attendance looks bad (and really spread out.) Monterrey being in a LigaMX semifinal probably hurt a great deal. Poor Dorada is going to everyone’s home building and taking L’s, he needs to get people to come face him in Guadalajara.

CMLL (MON) 05/23/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo & Guerrero Espacial b Arkalis & Astro
11:31. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. b King Jaguar & Policeman
13:01. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Saurón b Astral [lightning]
Sauron submitted Astral in 7:53, then asked for a title match next week. Astral accepted.
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
14:53. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Dragón Lee, Titán, Valiente
8:50. Rudos took straight falls. Dragon Lee (re)injured his left knee in the first fall and was unable to finish the match. Second fall wrapped up quick.
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas DQ Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Mephisto [Relevos Increíbles]
11:31. Team Caristico took 2/3. Team Mephisto worked as the rudos, and Mephsito fouled Caristico in the third. Post match promos set up a Dorada/Mephisto vs Casas/Caristico match next week.

Dragon Lee’s injury was an awkward landing off a normal move, but he also didn’t look to be moving great before it. There’s no update about his status. He’s listed as working Friday and Sunday in Arena Mexico. They haven’t updated card as of yet.

Dorada/Mephisto vs Casas/Caristico seems like it’ll be fun, because the trios last night was fun. Casas & Caristico have some history as a team.

Tonight’s CMLL Mexico show is headlined by Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja against Stuka, Atlantis and Angel de Oro. CMLL seemed to be setting up something with Stuka & UG last week, but no challenges were made. The CMLL preview mentions Roja is back after suffering an injury; that may be true, but he was wrestling in Arizona at one point, and wrestled in Mexico State a few weeks ago.

Rey Cometa and Barbaro Cavernario, a feud has bouncing around the weekly Arena Mexico shows, meet in a lightning match. It’s a repeat from a month ago, where Cometa beat Cavernario; Cometa’s still looking for the title match.

Other matches tonight include Pierroth, Misterioso and Sagrado being weirdly reunited after breaking up over the last few weeks. They face Triton, Valiente and Fuego. Puma & Tiger are in action, teaming with Disturbio against Esfinge, Pegasso and Stigma. Stukita makes an appearance, with Electrico & Fantasy against Nitro, Olimpico & Pierrothito. The opener is Leono, Bengala versus Cholo, Espanto, which may be a reason to tune in late.

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

Pentagon Jr. talked up the Lucha World Cup, which is only 10 days away. It didn’t click to me that it was that close until I saw it mentioned by Furia de Titanes; that’s really not far.

Cara Lucha is back on 06/11 in Arena San Juan
1: Black Terry vs Barbaro Cavernario

Lucha Memes announced a 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

RobViper has highlights of 10/20/15 CMLL, the last C3 episode.

Blue Demon is happy to team with La Parka & Canek.

R de Rudo has a quick interview with Hector Guzman, Arena Lopez Mateos promoter.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/24 NJPW: Volador Jr. defeated Tiger Mask. Volador moves to 1-1, 5th place. He’s up to a 1.8% chance of winning, though I suspect a lot of winner of this competition had low odds at one point along the ways. The easy way to track the format this year is you can probably afford one loss, you likely can’t have two loses, and you’re done once you hit three.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 05/30/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Meyer vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Astral © vs Saurón [CMLL MINI]
5th defense
4) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger
5) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs La Máscara, Shocker, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico & Negro Casas vs Máscara Dorada & Mephisto [Relevos Increíbles]

Adding this in late, as it showed up just after I posted. Essentially what we expected. More Puma & Tiger is always good.