Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa (11:46 [5:13, 1:55, 4:38], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (9:35 [1:45, 3:23, 4:27], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr.beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (6:27 [3:15, 3:12], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
This is the final show before FantasticaMania for many of the people on this show, with them heading to the airport after this show. The average match quality is down from usual as a result, with luchadors trying to primarily stay in one piece before getting on a plane a few hours later. Euforia and Carístico aren’t going anywhere, so they feud in the main event to set up a singles match next week.
Drone’s match turns out to be his last Arena Mexico match for time being. He’s currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time following wrestling in no condition to perform in Japan.
Assuming everything progress on like we’d expect, there’s going to be a lot of NGD vs Dragon Lee/Soberano matches in the future, and this was a little preview of that. Little because it didn’t even crack ten minutes, yet the young guys showed promising chemistry. Rush seemed to even be into the match at times. It makes me think Rush’s ideal promotion might have been Leyendas Inmortales, where he could’ve just brawled with old men in main events constantly. The Mr. Jack match would’ve been something.
The Axis of Evil have some rougher moments with some of the tecnico spots, but get enough of that matches like the fourth match can hold together. Johnny Idol has found his calling as guy who losses in poses to Niebla Roja. He’s an easily dislikable dork on many occasions in that match. The técnicos are smooth like always, but there’s not a lot going on.
The opener very much felt like a rookie match, though in a way that’s or interesting than most of the openers. Retro is awkward as ever, but at least seems to have a decent amount of offense now. Yago is hero or a fool for taking Retro’s cutter. Akuma and Magia Blanca seem to have some chemistry, showing some emotion against each other. Both of Magia Blanca’s finishes looked poor though.
Flyer, Millenium, Pegassobeat Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman (14:50 [6:17, 4:20, 4:13], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.beat Hechicero, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. (11:19 [5:02, 2:50, 3:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Valiente (10:29 [4:07, 1:18, 5:04], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth beat Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Terriblein a relevos increíbles match (6:12 [2:44, 3:28], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event sets up a Diamante Azul/Marco Corleone title match by Azul beating him in straight falls.
The semifinal did feature a great moment in a referee refusing to allow a double submission to count, with Mr. Niebla having no idea what wa going on.
I’m trying (once again!) to cut back on my CMLL b-show reviews in order to redirect that time into more useful areas. I still think I need to watch at least one match a show to make this recaps worth the time it takes to post them. The tercera was no extraordinary match, but it was the best looking match on the card and a good enough match for a TV watch. Stigma & Universo 2000 surprisingly work well together in the first fall, the rudos come across strong taking the match over, and Guerrero Maya & Hechicero match up well together. They’d match up even better the next week, that’s where you need to use your time. Hechicero’s avoidance of Stuka’s splash into a submission is a tricky thing to pull off – if you don’t make it a big move, it feels like it should register as an impact, but Hechicero needs to shrug it off to immediately lock in his impact. It’s a good idea to do something different with Stuka’s splash, it just didn’t come across as smoothly as it needed to here. against each other.
CMLL (TUE) 02/06/2018Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. b Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus b Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. Rudos took 1/3. Kawato’s first win in CMLL.
4) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Titán b Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
5) Cuatrero DQ Ángel de Oro Cuatrero took 1/3, the last when Angel de Oro fouled and unmasked him. Mask match challenges followed.
6) Carístico, Niebla Roja, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Tecnicos took 1/3.
Cuatrero/Angel de Oro was more set up than match.
Kawato keeps looking at Misterioso when he’s doing something – or not supposed to be doing something. He did it while applying a wristlock to beat Fuego in the first fall and then I couldn’t stop noticing it. They’ve been on the same team in every match so far. It is nice they’ve assigned someone to make sure Kawato knows what he’s doing in these matches, since they usually have Okumura in that role.
CMLL held it’s Dos Leyendas press conference today. Some of the stuff was already announced, some new, just like last week’s AAA show.
CMLL (TUE) 02/06/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Omar Brunetti & Tigre Blanco ?? Joker & Thunder Boy tecnicos took 1, rudos took fall 2, no third fall reported
2) La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Sanely rudas took 1/3
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger Puma’s return from Japan. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther b Okumura Okumura wore a Blue Panther mask to taunt him. Panther took falls 2/3 to win. Money thrown in.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, UG sneaking in a foul on his current partner Volador.
Hooray, UG wrestling Atlantis & Volador, how novel.
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas
The show will take place on March 16th, with Angel de Oro versus Cuatrero in a mask versus mask match. This has seemed like the direction the last few weeks. It still mirror the past year’s Anniversary show, two guys who have never been used as singles main eventers on big shows being asked to carry a big show. The rest of the card is TBA.
Mil Mascaras will be the legend honored. He appeared in a video tape bit.
This version of Elite is presented as more of an overt CMLL/ELITE co-promotional situation than in times past. Ernesto Santillán was there as Elite general manager, and Gerardo Melin & Rafaél Ayala will be announcers. Hechicero & Tirantes will also work as guest announcers, the role Shocker filled last time.
Elite will be airing on A+, an subchannel offshoot of the main Azteca channel in Mexico that was launched just last year. Most of the country can get the channel over the air, though it’s figures to have much less awareness than the channel they were on previously. (In the US, these digital subchannels have not caught on at all, not sure how it’s gone in Mexico.) Shows will air on Sundays at 2pm, the week after they take place.
It is possible the US Azteca eventually picks up this show, though that wasn’t announced as a plan here.
Ultimo Guerrero made it clear he wants the Elite heavyweight championship currently held by Cibernetico, in the process of burying him for not showing up for the press conference. Golden Magic was the sole ELITE luchador present.
Other CMLL announcements
The CMLL tag team titles were declared vacant, for not having been defended in 16 months. (The last defense was in October 2016.) CMLL had been trying to get the titles off of Shocker & Casas for a while, only one or the other would get hurt or be otherwise busy or an earthquake would cancel shows for two weeks. It seemed like they should just vacate them for a while and had held off doing them. I’d think this means they had new champs and a plan to get there ready to go and just needed to get the titles freed, except CMLL said they didn’t have any specific plan to fill the tournament to announce.
The new Teleformula show starts this Sunday, at 1pm. They’ll air Friday matches, starting with the current tournament.
None of this will affect the internet/YouTube content. It’ll go on as it has.
No one appeared to ask about Drone, at least during the live press conference.
There were rumors of LA Park making a surprise appearance as part of the Guerra de Titanes main event. It may have been a reason that whole cage match came off so badly; the theory goes LA Park just didn’t show and they threw something together – but the only people who know for sure are LA Park & AAA and they’re not saying. What we do know is Park would obviously like to have a payoff the level of what Wagner got last year, and AAA would like the attention bringing that would come with bringing back Park once again. This fits Dorian talking about trying to sign a national star and later talking about how stars want to work in AAA.
This doesn’t mean LA Park is necessarily going back to AAA – it’s LA Park, he does whatever he wants, he could show up in Elite on Sunday and no one would be shocked. But there’s smoke to this Twitter bit.
The California based Heroes of Lucha Libre hasn’t been seen since running it’s second show in December. Tinieblas says they’ll be back April 6, 7th and 8th. That’s WrestleMania weekend. There’s no location announced so I guess they could even be in New Orleans. The building they have been using, Citizen Bank Arena, is booked for a hockey game on April 6.
MDA posted a Rush promo (against the MAD group.) MDA sending out promos to build to matches is interesting, but the thing that struck me was this might mean about Rush’s status. This could mean he’s done with The Crash for the time being, since CMLL seems to let their top guys only pick one of these indie groups to work with. A big attraction of The Crash for Rush was to work with La Mascara and that’s not an option now. He’s not on The Crash’s next card and hasn’t been announced as coming with them to WrestleMania.
Lucha Memes says their next show will be on 03/11 back in Coacalco, with Keyra vs Kaho Kobayashi. This is not a title match, though the title is an interesting part of this. Keyra was CMLL REINA International Junior champion, REINA took the belt away (likely because a deal couldn’t be worked out with Keyra), and Kobayashi won the vacant title.
The art for this Memes show is Japanese themed. They’ve hinted about booking Kawato while he’s in Mexico, so I think there’s a chance he works this show
CMLL (MON) 02/12/2018Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger vs Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón
2) Arkalis, Millenium, Starman vs Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero
This is the 7th time Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero have wrestled a singles in this building alone in the last 7 years. Matches 3/4 could be good.
AAA TV (SUN) 02/25/2018 Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala
1) Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vs Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
2) Raptor & Tiger Boy vs Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
3) Dave The Clown & La Parka vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
4) Angelikal & Bengala vs Histeria & Psicosis [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión
AAA suddenly realized both they have a Rey de Reyes tournament coming up and also that they employ Dinasita. Great news for everyone. The main event might be a Rey de Reyes match too, who’s to say. Last year’s Rey de Reyes was an unannounced Royal Rumble, so no idea what these matches are leading into this time.
(What’s great here is it’s going to be pretty tough for AAA to announce a Rey de Reyes card without giving these matches all away.)
For what it’s worth, CMLL doesn’t own Maximo – another non-wrestling company had the rights to name for merchandise, which is why he ended up as Maximo Sexy. CMLL did file a trademark for La Mascara in 2010, listing this guy’s first usage of it in 2004 as the start. Plenty of people have used La Mascara even before then, which might be why that trademark has been stuck in “under review” status for the last 7 years.
This was the third of the annual three recap shows. The 12/23 show had matches from TripleMania (the ladder match, the four way tag match, and Wagner/Psycho.) The second show had matches from the other big shows(Rey de Reyes sword match, the Verano de Escandalo tag mask match, Ayako/Shani, and the Heroes Inmortales care match). This show focused on AAA’s charity efforts. They showed the Gold Guitar match from the Hard Rock show (which was used as charity) and the top three matches from the Luchando del Mexico show, which had not been aired previously.
The new matches were taped from Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, on December 9th. The arena had a different stage than usual, and they bathed the arena in a black/purple light.
Joe Lider, Parka Negra, Súper Fly beat Aerostar, Drago, Raptor (9:04, Super Fly springboard splash Raptor, ok, Lucha Libre AAA)
Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown (11:17, COR, below average, Lucha Libre AAA)
Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Averno, Chessman, Texano Jr. (18:28, Pagano pin Averno + Psycho pin Chessman, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
This is a show in Mexico City, so Fantasma (Sr.) is at ringside, and Texano taunts him while beating up his son, seemingly taking credit for his retirement. After 18 minutes of action, Tirantes slaps Fantasma in the back and grabs him, Texano kicks and gets Tirantes by mistake, Texano recovers and unmasks Fantasma, Fantasma fouls Texano and covers, and the rudos rush into break it up. Psycho and Pagano win with pinfalls on OGT and Averno ten seconds later.
Cuervo & Scoria are wresting in skeleton themed shirts underneath the straight jackets to match Parka, but we never get the big reveal because the rudos attack them first.
About 9 minutes in, with no explanation or provocation, Aerostar climbs a light tower. (He’s wearing a GoPro camera around his head as he climbs, which might be the reason. GoPro is a sponsor of this event.) No one is even outside when he does that. The announcers compare this to TripleMania, and it’s just like that in that they pretty much stop showing the match to shift to shots of Aerostar. The técnicos send the rudos out, send them around the corner teasing a dive, Scoria does dive and gets caught and dropped, and then Aerostar jumps onto everyone. (The camera is gone when we see Aerostar on the floor, he may have quickly pulled it off after he landed.) That feels like that should be a DQ, which Arturo Rivera points out at the announce table. The rudos never make it back in and are counted out.
Noti AAA focuses on the Guerra de Titanes card. All the matches are covered. Mundo/Wagner is hyped like there’s nothing strange going on there. There’s also the announcement that the Luchando de Mexico gate will be donated to charity, and a mention of Pagano’s injury.
The main event went forever, included Tirantes turning rudo about 15 seconds, and was not that interesting most of the time. All of these matches felt a bit in house show mode, which is really what this is for all three matches despite the TV cameras, though at least the Fantasma/Texano was a bit more intense. I never think Pagano is much good, but he seemed particularly bad in this match. He’s not good at being a técnico doing a lot of flashy moves and hopefully they take him back in his original direction next time we see him.
This Parka match is a setup to do a Go Pro stunt. We never see the video from the Go Pro angle, and the angle we do see shows Aerostar as a dark blob falling to the floor. There is no replay. It is never mentioned again after this show. It is dumb on every level. Even if Aerostar was totally willing and eager to do this stunt, someone with concern for his safety should’ve said no. The Clowns, once again, put up the best effort they could in catching, but could’ve been hurt in something that wasn’t worth more than 30 seconds of attention on this show. The match itself was nothing, maybe because they knew it wouldn’t matter much, and was overtaken by the stunt in the end anyway.
Nothing much going on in the opener. The rudos do the minimum on offense. They are there to set up the técnicos, but it’s not a big night of them. Nice to see Parka Negra, who’s just doing his Último Gladiador stuff in the gimmick now because who cares. Parka Negra was given a big introduction and build up for one that’s petered out gong nowhere, yet they still keep it around. It’s strange. So is Super Fly winning on a slingshot splash out of nowhere. It was made weirder by Tirantes turning away from the ring before the finish for no reason, as if he needed to avoid seeing a foul, but there was just foul.
Lucha Memes (MON) 02/05/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Luis Cirio, Manny Cirio, Tony Cirio b 19 Y Medio, Gato De Ecatepec, Manchitas
2) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett b Arez, Belial, Impulso Prior to the match, Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera, Carta Brava, Suicida among them) ran in to challenge the Memes wrestlers. Bloody match.
3) Cavernario b Mr. Iguana
4) Keyra & Ricky Marvin b Psique & Sky Man and Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
5) Diva Salvaje, Mr. Niebla, Zoy Raymunda b Fresero Jr., Súper Mega, Último Vampiro
6) Hechicero b Satánico
7) Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid [MEX TRIOS] second defense
Video off the top matches are already. Heard the title match was really good, and that Cavernario looked injured during this match, though I’m unclear if it was something he came in with or suffered during along the way. Good turnout for the show.
A Lucha Libre Boom invasion has no interest to me – Fantasma de la Opera & (this) Carta Brava do not have interesting matches, and guys like Arez & Suicida work for both – but it’s not for me.
CMLL (MON) 02/05/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, Notimex]
1) Policeman & Saurón b París & Vega Rudos took 2/3.
2) Joker & Pierrothito b Astro & Último Dragóncito Rudos took 1/3.
3) Lestat, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. b El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Rey Apocalipsis tecnicos took 2/3
4) Stigma b Tiger [lightning] Stigma won in 7:59.
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Pierroth, Rush DQ Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] Straight falls. UG fouled Atlantis, setting up a singles match next week.
Matches 4 & 5 sounded like they went very well.
Beyond the singles match, they’re teasing Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero in an apuesta too, which seems like an odd decision if they’re actually going to be delivering Angel de Oro vs Cuatrero.
Tonight’s Arena Mexico has that exact match, Angel de Oro versus Cuatrero, in what’s increasingly looking like the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event. CMLL may make that official as soon as tomorrow’s noon press conference. Today’s match is more about seeing if they can make it a little bit better than their match in Tokyo.
The actual main event is Caristico, Niebla Roja and Valiente versus Los Hijos del Infierno, who have been put together as a unit a little more often lately. The fourth match pits y Cometa, Soberano and Titan against Rey Bucanero, Felino and Hechicero. Audaz & Kawato are in action tonight. It’s the same rudo trio as Friday (Kawato, Virus and Misterioso) against Audaz, Fuego and Guerrero Maya. The show begins at 7:30 and will air on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
Guadalajara has Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. & Dragon Lee versus the Guerreros and an odd Blue Panther vs Okumura singles match. Puma returns from Japan to CMLL on this show.
Regal’s denial is a pretty hard denial but Meltzer is usually not that far wrong. It could be the story got out before it was official or ready to be announced “at this time”, or it could be just not happening at all. I had a lot written here about that tournament, and I can rewrite it later when if it’s official later. The short version is I would expect people from CMLL and Mexican indie people to be plucked for any such tournament.
AAA’s Twitch channel is not exactly what I thought it would be the first few days in. It looks like they’re going thru the 2011 calendar year of TV tapings, and airing 5-6 episodes (or around 8 hours) a day on a loop. It’s not perfectly going in order – there was a bunch of AAA April 2011 shows that seemed to be skipped yesterday – and it’s not going as far as you’d eventually hope, but it is decent video wallpaper. I know they’re probably going to add more over time, and the one thing I’d like to see now is just a listing of what episodes are streaming that day to give an idea of what matches to see. Today’s batch includes a Naucalpan show I recall as being good.
IWRG aired no new matches in the usual spot. I checked the overnight replay on a whim, and I think they’re new matches, and I think they’re the Wednesday matches but I’m far from certain – in a hurry, all trainees, announcers are no help. Let me know if I screwed up (just not in the YouTube comments, I almost never check those.)
My current theory is Lucha Azteca is getting strange matches because they’re now splitting the matches between two different TV shows. They were definitely recording introductions for the (ClaroSports TV) Titanes en el Ring show a few weeks back, so it may be them or Teleformula.
CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-02-03
taped 2018-01-30 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
2) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Difunto, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Forastero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr.
IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-02-06
taped 2018-01-31 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Fireman, Rayado, Toto vs Black Puma, Guerrero 2000, Voltar
2) Dranzer, Full Contact, Hausser vs Chicanito, Dragón Infernal, Power Bull
3) Celestial Boy, Haziel, Príncipe Omni vs Adrenalina, Dragón Bane, Voltan
Today’s Puebla show seems to be setting up another Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis match. CMLL would have to be walking around with a blindfold on to believe putting Atlantis in a singles match is in their (or Atlantis)’s best interest at the moment, but that’s the CMLL way. The announced main event tonight is Atlantis, Pierroth, and Rush versus Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone and Ultimo Guerreor – basically Pierroth & Marco swapping sides to avoid Pierroth wrestling his son.
The best match of the night looked like Dragon Lee, Soberano and Titan against the Hijos del Infierno. Tiger Casas faces Stigma in a lightning match in Stigma’s home building, so good luck Tiger. (That’s a first time ever singles match.) Astro & Joker make their first appearances since November, and the rest of the undercard includes Vega, Policeman, Lestat, Rey Apocalipisis and another Starman/Signo trios. The show airs on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 9pm.
The more interesting show tonight is in Arena Naucalpan, where Lucha Memes hold Chairo 12 – which is being billed as their final one of the year, since Naucalpan will no longer give them weekend dates to run. There are seven matches on this card, including the NGD facing indie trio Kamikazes del Aire for the national trios titles, Barbaro Cavernario versus Mr. Iguana and a Hechicero versus Satanico winner. (That one, despite what I have listed, doesn’t yet have anything specifically on the line.) There’s other good matches on the undercard, but those matches alone would be enough to get me in the door. Memes usually does well in Naucalpan, but a 5pm Monday start might be more of a challenge.
As mentioned before, I think the Lucha Memes are more under the radar on the internet than they were about a year ago this time because no one’s sure what/if anything will turn up; there’s no sense in anticipating something which may not happen. This show being in Arena Naucalpan, which means people will likely be openly filming the show from the crowd and it’ll show up in YouTube in some mixed level of quality even if the promotion doesn’t benefit from putting out a great version themselves.
Ryan Rogan, billed as from Canada (and he probably is, I just don’t know him) has been wrestling in small Auditorio Unidad Deportiva in Fortin, Veracruz off and on since November. It seems very random but that’s lucha libre. The interesting thing is a match he had last week against local Crazy Star called “Help Time”. The rule was if neither man wins in ten minutes, each person gets to have to friends come in and help them win the match. I think every AAA match works this week, though they don’t have the patience to wait ten minutes.
Alberto, Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo del Fantasma,, Penta, Fenix, Sam Adonis and many more are listed as working a 05/11 show outside of Chicago. This is a new group and that’s a lot of names, and they’re promoting it hard three months out, and that’s historically not a great sign for a show actually happening (see the Florida show with Puerto Rico/Mexico wrestlers that got was exactly the same), but good luck.
ELITE (SUN) 02/11/2018Arena México
1) Shaolin & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Diosa Quetzal & Marcela vs Dalys & Zeuxis
3) Ciclón Ramírez & Relámpago vs Cancerbero & Raziel and Audaz & Magia Blanca and Metaleón & Mr. Leo
4) Emperador Azteca, Fly Warrior, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Heddi Karaoui, Imposible, Tyson La Bestia
5) Diamante Azul & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther
6) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Mistico vs Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto
7) Cibernético & Sharly Rockstar vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero
This seems a return back to the DomingosElite vision of simply putting together CMLL & Elite people together as a novelty. The novelty wore off last time. You’d hope Elite would learn and maybe there will be better ideas expressed during this show or before it happens. This doesn’t give me a lot of confidence and no one seems to learn.
CMLL (SAT) 02/03/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Aéreo & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Acero (two straight misses). Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany b Lady Maravilla, Maligna, Sanely Rudas took 2/3.
3) Oro Jr. b Starman [lightning] win via moonsault
4) Fuego, Pegasso, Star Jr. b Olímpico, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 Jr. tecnicos took 2/3
5) Felino, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee b Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón tecnicos took 2/3. Cuatrero and Angel de Oro feuded.
Angel de Oro & Cuatrero keep feuding on every show.
That’s Olimpico’s first match since November. They used him increasingly small amounts in 2017; he seems like he’s only on a call if they need someone to work a fourth match on an unimportant show at this point.
CMLL (SUN) 02/04/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito tecnicos took 1/3
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Retro, Robin, Sensei Artillero’s debut as Princiep Odin Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Disturbio, Kawato San, Pólvora Tecnicos took 2/3. Kawato had some team work problems leading to his team’s defeat.
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja b Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis tencicos took 2/3.
5) Dragón Lee DQ Cavernario unannounced surprise match. Dragon Lee took 2/3 the last by mask pull DQ.
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto tecnicos took 1/3.
Dragon Lee and Cavernario unannounced is bizarre. It seems like it shouldn’t be going anywhere because next week Elite takes over. I’m not sure what to expect now.
AAA posted the Televisa episode this week., which is an edited version of the Lucha World Cup. It does not look like they’re posting the Space version of shows except for what’s on Twitch, and what airs will be slightly different – they showed the Johnny Mundo “Wagner is not a real doctor” promo on TV for that, but not on what we saw.
Acapuclo luchador Black Silver Jr., real name Ignacio Aguirre Zerón, was among two people who died in a one car accident Saturday. Black Silver Jr. was a second generation luchador, a local star who would frequently work in matches with big names when they came thru – he faced Santo and his son back in November, a few days after his wife passed away. Silver Jr. had a match for CMLL in Arena Coliseo in 2012, which was probably a tryout of a sort.
MLW announced Black Boy vs Black Danger for their show this upcoming Thursday in Orlando. That’s pretty random by a cool shot for them. The notable thing is here they’re “Destino Negro” and “MEGA Danger”. The names “Black Boy” and “Black Danger” aren’t too great and they’re not that known outside of Tijuana so I wouldn’t mind losing them – Black Danger gets referred to as Peligro Negro half the time already. Still, if you’re going to go away from Black Boy because it doesn’t sound good, maybe even the Spanish word for black isn’t going to go over great in some places.
Black Danger or Mega Danger or watcher you want to call him was also be interviewed by SuperLuchas recently, seemingly before they knew of that match.
The Crash announced their first match for their 04/06 WrestleCon show: Flamita vs Rey Fenix. They were great every time they met in Mexico last year and should be the same here.
CMLL (SAT) 02/10/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote, Grako, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Eléctrico vs Oro Jr. [lightning]
4) Fuego, Pegasso, Starman vs Nitro, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
6) Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Máscara Año 2000
Kawato in a semimain already.
CMLL expects Electrico to be back soon (or will just pull him in a ocuple days.)
CMLL (FRI) 02/02/2018Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) El Coyote & Templario b Astral & Eléctrico 11:37. rudos took 2/3. Electrico was hurt winning the second fall and did not finish the match.
2) Audaz, Pegasso, Rey Cometa DQ Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus 14:19. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Virus fouled Audaz.
3) Diamante Azul & Valiente b Niebla Roja, Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Mistico, Volador Jr., Titán [natl pi, battle royal] 2:08
4) Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja b Blue Panther & Sam Adonis [natl pi, 8f] 5:17
5) Mephisto & Mistico b Hechicero & Soberano Jr. [natl pi, 8f] 6:01
6) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Cavernario & Titán [natl pi, 8f] 4:36.
7) Diamante Azul & Pierroth b Rey Bucanero & Valiente [natl pi, 8f] 2:45.
8) Mephisto & Mistico b Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja [natl pi, quarterfinal] 5:57.
9) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Diamante Azul & Pierroth [natl pi, quarterfinal] 4:33
10) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Mistico [natl pi, semifinal] 7:41.
11) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Carístico DQ Cuatrero, Euforia, Sansón 9:30. Straight falls. Angel de Oro, Cuatrero & Sanson replaced Marco Corleone, Euforia and Terrible on Friday, so Cuatrero was there to foul and unmask Angel de Oro after the match. Angel de Oro challenged Cuatrero to a mask match.
Angel de Oro & Cuatrero being suddenly moved into the main event to continue their feud and ending with mask challenges means it’s about 95% likely they’ll be the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event in March. CMLL’s probably announcing it Thursday. This is a deceleration that CMLL saw Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja as a success, because this will be nearly as hard a sell.
The tournament was not good. The word “predictable” gets a bad wrap. This was predictable, predictable is still good if it’s something you want to see to happen. Fans did want to see Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr. win in the end, and didn’t care much about the rest of this – some excitement with a surprise team at least making that final batch would’ve helped. Mephisto & Mistico provided a good block final, only after a lot of blah matches with guys wrestling in the usual uncreative tournament fashion.
Maybe there’s a big shakeup coming in the other block. Likely, Volador & Ultimo Guerrero will have a very good win over whomever comes out of it, and CMLL will hint about those two meeting on the Anniversario show.
The first two matches were the more interesting ones, which is an odd thing to say about the CMLL show. Kawato showed promised but needs more time. Audaz & Virus are eventually going to have a rather good singles match. Templario is very good.
Getting the H2L main event is pretty big. It was not even the biggest news of the night. ELITE is once again returning to Arena Mexico. Elite did say they were coming back in February. I didn’t believe them. I don’t think anyone believed them. They’ve had so many lives already:
2014-2015: “All Elite”, running all of the CMLL arenas at least once with a vague tournament idea and random foreigns
late 2015-March 2016: now as Elite, with the Domingos Elite concept of CMLL vs Elite matches in Arena Mexico on Sunday.
March – August 2016: Elite with the Liga Elite tournament and midweek Arena Mexico shows, though the exact day of the week would keep changing as they tried to find one which would work. This is the Azteca TV era.
September – November 2016: Elite leaves Arena Mexico, still has Azteca TV, but no better crowd. They look to be done when the ‘season’ is abruptly halted.
(most of 2017: vague teases of an imminent return which never happens)
December 2017: the Street Elite concept, the idea that they’re purposefully running smaller buildings to take the lucha libre straight to the people. These are said to be TV tapings despite no cameras being seen recording these shows. The run three shows, the ring breaks on one shows, and they’re gone again.
February 2018 – ???????: back again on Saundays
The 2016 Arena Mexico run is the most well thought part of their run. That’s when most of the good matches took place, that’s when they were easiest to watch. I believe the Sunday run of shows was the one where they had the best attendances, so it makes sense to try that again if you’re going to try this at all.
There’s not much word on TV at this point and Elite’s a believe it when you see it situation anyway. CMLL posted videos promoting Cibernetico and Caristico. The Twitter also tagged Extreme Tiger, Golden Magic and Hijo de Dos Caras, so it’s the usual crew, and it looks back to that old concept of CMLL/Elite combined shows. The CMLL Sunday cards are coming out Tuesday-ish of late, so we’ll know more then and maybe this gets explained at the press conference.
@KingRafles12 on Twitter says he’s heard the legend to be honored this year at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will be Mil Mascaras. That’d be a very sensible choice.
AAA TV (FRI) 02/02/2018 Salón Rojo del Club Toluca, Toluca, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Big Mami & Lady Shani b Ashley & Faby Apache Shani beat Ashley, who was yelled at for losing by Faby post match.
2) Niño Hamburguesa b Dave The Clown
3) Joe Lider & Mr. Águila b Histeria & Psicosis
4) Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Lanzelot, Máscara de Bronce vs Australian Suicide, Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly Argenis appeared before the match, limping noticeably and apologizing for not wrestling on this show, while vowing to be back in the ring before Rey de Reyes. OGT & Suicide tried to attack him, and Argenis held them off with his sword (!) before the tecnicos made the save. Mascara de Bronce replaced him in the match. Angelikal, looking more Mistico than ever, pinned Averno with a torito in a surprise outcome.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka b Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana [AAA HEAVY, #1 Contenders] Wrestled as a trios match but with the last minute added stipulation that the person getting the pin would get a shot at Wagner and his title. Carta Brava Jr. was one step from being one step from being heavyweight champion, only OGT distracted him and Parka got the win.
6) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma b Texano Jr. & Villano III Jr. Tirantes came out to be the referee, only for Vampiro and (frail seeming) Villano III to throw him out. Copetes replaced him. Wagner betrayed Fantamsa and walked out on him, then Copetes got taken out and Tirantes ran in to help Texano and make it 3 on 1. Bengala made the save, and Fantasma got the win over Villano III with the Thrill of the Hunt.
7) Psycho Clown & Vampiro b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rey Escorpión listed as a mystery match and said to involved Clown & Wagner. Monday prior to the show, local press reported it was a three way match with Vampiro. Actually ended up a tag match with Rey Escorpion (and Wagner being friendly to the tecnicos.) Vampiro was stretchered out after slowly running into the post, and then the stretcher people accidentally dropped him. Mascara & Maximo ran in for the save and Psycho got the win. Match was billed as Twitch exclusive (so maybe not on either TV show), though Psycho still bled heavily. Maximo & Mascara had early appeared to declare they were 100% AAA.
The full show is on Twitch, and I should work on adding those links to the database next week. Bernardo Guzman replaced Hugo Savinovich as Twitch/Space announcer. Either Hugo’s being flown in just for the big shows or they just wanted him there to help kick it off.
This was a show building to Rey de Reyes, and the atomicos is really the only notable match to watch. Bengala & Tirantes are obviously going to be involved with Hijo del Fatnasma & Texano all the way thru their mask match, and there’s a good shot one or the other is taking a big loss at some point. The old school AAA bit would be Bengala losing his mask or especially Tirantes losing his hair instead of living up to the Texano/Fantasma stipulation. The way they keep making Bengala & Tirantes as important as the other two suggests there’s some switch coming up.
The main event was announced as exclusive to Twitch, which I guess means it’s not airing on either TV show. They had enough matches to skip it. They should also skip it because it was fairly poor, a house show match worked at minimal effort by everyone except Psycho Clown. Maximo & Mascara making the save feels like something which still should air on TV in some form.
Next week’s show is in Aguascalientes. La Parka winning a title shot for that show is the closest AAA’s come to acknowledging Johnny Mundo will not be there, since the current advertised main event is Wagner & Psycho vs Mundo & Hernandez. It’d be fair if AAA announced a new lineup this week, though every bit of recent history suggest they will not. Parka vs Wagner sounds like a bad match, and one where Hijo del Wagner might once again try and and fail to change the outcome to the match.
AAA on Televsia is surprisingly airing the Lucha Libre World Cup today, which means Space is actually getting Guerra de Titanes first over Televisa. Space will get the trios title four way, the Parka street fight, Faby/Shani and Lanzelot/Suicide this week, and Fantasma/Texano, Wagner/Mundo, and Psycho/Escorpion next weekend.
Today also has Cruz del Silencio’s 10th anniversary show in Morelia, which is featuring hearing impaired wrestlers from all over the world. Monitor Expresso talked to Cruz del Silencio’s mom about about her son wrestling. She’s gotten a bit used to her son getting beat up in the ring, though it sounds like her daughters have not.
ELITE is back to running Sundays, as they did when they started working with CMLL. They start a week from Sunday, with the usual names advertised.
Cuatrero unmasked Angel de Oro to end the main event. Angel de Oro challenged him to a mask match, and that certainly seems to be the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event right now.
Volador & Último Guerrero advanced to the 02/16 tournament final.
Blue Panther & Sam Adonis broke up during the match. Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja beat them, then broke up themselves in their next match.
Kawato made his CMLL debut. Virus fouled Audaz.
Eléctrico smashed his head into Templario’s on a springboard splash, and didn’t finish the match. He needed a trip to the hospital for dental work and sticheds.
CMLL tournament lucha libre is back! It’s not any good. This show was dominated and dragged down by this block. They felt into every cliché of how these things go. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero winning the block like the right decision by fan reaction, but the rest of the matches were just lazy booking doing nothing interesting with the teams. I started handwaving the matches when they quickly weren’t worth paying attention to, and couldn’t get back into it when they were trying a bit more in the block final or even the trios main event after. This is a regression from where they’ve been in the past, and has never worked well.
The main event was successful in it’s purpose of making sure people went away thinking about Cuatrero & Angel de Oro and the action was alright too. They’re not hiding Atlantis as much as they should be.
Kawato did well when it was simply him doing moves to people. It was tougher when he had to interact and work with people in more complicated manners. He’s been around for one whole day, so there’s no surprise in that and he did enough that you can see why people are interested in him. Virus & Audaz continue to have good chemistry and should have a fun singles match whenever it occurs. I fear we may have to wait a while with the tournament taking up so much space though. It’ll be good whenever it goes down.
Eléctrico & Astral of course looked a lot better in the opener then they had the week before. It’s no surprise – even Coyote looked a better because Templario was there to help him too. There’s no way Astral could’ve pulled off the same headscissors spot he did here with Nitro & Arkangel. This opener was cruising to good status until Eléctrico got hurt. They pretty much didn’t have a third fall as a result. It seems a bit of an injustice Audaz got to move up and Templario did not.