IWRG results, Puebla preview

IWRG (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Black Dragón b Araña de Plata
2) Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo
Mike was hurt after a Demonio move.
3) Hip Hop Man, Pirata Morgan Jr., X-Fly b Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije
X-Fly’s first IWRG match in 11 months.
4) Veneno b Danny Casas
Veneno won with a martinete in a bloody match, and challenge for a hair match
5) Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I b Dragón Fly, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pantera
Trauma I used the ropes to beat Mascara 2000. Pantera was stretchered out after hitting the barricade on a missed tope. Trauma I wants a title match, Mascara wants a super libre match first. Herodes first match in IWRG since September.
6) Imposible © DQ Relámpago [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
mistakenly listed as Welterweight on poster. Third defense. Impossible won by DQ when Apolo Estrada Jr. returned and caused the DQ. Apolo wants a match with his hair vs Relampago’s mask vs Imposible’s title.
7) Pirata Morgan DQ Mr. Electro
Pirata hit the ref with a chair and blamed it on Electro. Pirata wants a heavyweight title match. Electro wants a hair match.

A title match ending with someone else running in to foul the champion to set up a different match is not a great ending. (Also, not sure why Imposible or Relampago should want to put up what they have against Apolo’s hair.) They seem to be setting up another big show, or a month of a lot of matches: that triangle match, Pirata/Electro, Trauma/Mascara, Veneno/Casas.

Dragon Rojo defeated Delta in Arena Pavillon del Norte. Delta challenged for a title match next week and Dragon Rojo accepted it anyway. I wonder if Dragon Rojo is just not allowed to lose, but there still has to be a better way of doing that; if people get title shots for losing, then what do the titles actually mean?

Makabre took Dakota’s hair in Jalisco.

Today’s CMLL show is in Puebla. The main event is a rematch trios, with Atlantis, Caristico and Maximo against Cavernario, Gran Guerrero and Negro Casas. Casas snuck a win on Caristico last week, and they seem headed to a singles match in the next couple of weeks. The seminain is Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone and Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys. The Panthers & Titan take on Invasors (Kraneo, Olimpico, and Ripper); we’ll get to find out if the Blue Panther Jr./Ripper stuff lasts for any more than one weekend. The second match is a mini/locals combined match, with Puebla’s Astro teaming with Shockercito and Ultimo Dragoncito against Espiritu Maligno, Mini Joker and Pequeno Violenca. That might be the best match on the night if not for Violencia. The show will open with Centall Roja, Meyer, Millenium versus Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial and King Jaguar.

CultIcon previews the show. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 9pm Central Time.

 

CultIcon also has a lucha libre to Blue Panther.

Segunda Caida reviews LA Park vs Rush in Tijuana.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 01/14/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Robin, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Valiente vs Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas

Caristico & Negro Casas are going to work a lot of main events the next two weeks. Semimain has the Coliseo Tag Team champions, and Sagrado & Misterioso would make sense as challengers.

CMLL (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Johnny Idol vs La Máscara, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja

See Caristico & Casas again. They’re main eventing on 01/16 in Puebla in one form or another too. Maybe they’ll get Tuesday off.

CMLL (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra vs Destructor
2) Cosmos & El Alteño vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) Javier Cruz Jr., Neutrón, Reycko vs Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Gran Kenut
4) Frezzer & Furia Roja vs Joker & Sádico
5) Explosivo, Flash II, Omar Brunetti vs Mr. Trueno, Pitbull I, Rey Trueno

The rudos in the semimain were on opposite sides of a relevos increibles last night, and probably had issues there.

great match roundup, week of 2016-12-31

The Mack

Recaps

I liked a lot of stuff. I didn’t really love anything. I am a loveless person. Only five recaps, and next week is only four. I have so much extra time that I’m usind to catch up on other lucha things basically waste.

Recommended

rating matches TV Show taped
good Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-02 2017-01-02
good Volador Jr. © vs La Máscara for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-02 2017-01-02
good Tritón vs Sagrado in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-03 2017-01-03
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Ripper LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-03 2017-01-03
good Johnny Mundo vs the Mack Lucha Underground: 2017-01-04 2016-04-23
good Rey Cometa vs Cavernario Rey Cometa vs Cavernario (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Volador Jr. vs Mephisto Volador Jr. vs Mephisto (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Valiente vs Último Guerrero Valiente vs Último Guerrero (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06

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CMLL weekend results, Joe Lider haircut update

CMLL (SAT) 01/07/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Artillero b Bengala & Leono
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Drone, Stuka Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3, Roja defeating Titan.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Niebla Roja beating Titan would seem like a title match in a week where they’re doing feuds (and where Titan isn’t gone for two weeks.) This Saturday shows probably are going to be dire for a couple weeks.

AAA Sanchez (SAT) 01/07/2017 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Darker & Torito Negro b ? & Atomic
2) Chico Che, Mike, Teelo b Arlequín Amarillo, Arlequín Negro, Motocross
3) Goya Kong & Mamba b Big Mama & Pimpinela Escarlata
4) Carta Brava Jr. & Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Argenis & Australian Suicide
5) Hijo del Fantasma, Joe Lider, Pagano b Aerostar, Drago, Psycho Clown
Joe Lider got his head shaved during the last week (probably early on, because it was growing back well.) Aerostar was hurt and left the match earlier. Goya distracted Psycho Clown setting up a Pagano foul.

Attendance was back down to normal (not good) levels for Neza this week. It’s unclear if Lider got his hair cut because they got pressure for him not do it or he realized it would’ve been silly for him to come back to the same arena still having his hair a week later. (Still, if he was going to live up to the stip, he should’ve done it during the show, not some time later. This was not exactly right.)

Aerostar, who seems to be struggling with an injury, is looking for a name for the trio with Drago and Argenis.

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther b Nitro, Okumura, Virus
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Titán DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3. Pierroth fouled Marco.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr.

Hope that’s a fakeout on a Marco/Pierroth feud for Marco’s sake.

AAA posted this week’s episode. That’s week 3 of the year in review, following a week of Star Battle. They have been pushing the Guerra de Titanes lineup pretty strong on this shows, but you haven’t missed any new content.

It sounds like La Mascara is not sure if he’s working The Crash show on the 21st; CMLL hasn’t given him permission yet. It probably makes no difference to that card.

La Parka’s Record column mentions AAA plans on putting TripleMania tickets on sale soon.

Powerbomb.TV, which will include lucha libre video on demand, says they’re launching on January 14.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha News Report.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about Negro Casas vs Hechicero.

Segunda Caida reviewed Blue Panther vs Negro Navarro.

Liger Fever ranks his top 15 matches of 2016.

Técnicos triumph on Three King’s Day, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. returns next week

the end

CMLL (TUE) 01/03/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Capitán Cobra & Fugaz b Destello & Guerrero de la Muerte
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, Ráfaga, Raziel b Robin, Sensei, Star Black
rudos took 2/3
3) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther
rudos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Pólvora, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3, Angel de Oro submitted Polvora for the win.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico b Cavernario, Mephisto, Shocker
Tecnico took 2/3.

Very much a show. Really amazing the Maximo/Casas feud on Tuesday in Arena Mexico slipped thru with how little they were doing this week.

CMLL (FRI) 01/06/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan]
1) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela DQ Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan)
10:05. Straight falls, the last when Zeuxis tried to simulate Vaquerita unmasking her but the referee caught her cheating.
2) Cavernario b Rey Cometa Rey Cometa vs Cavernario (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan)
10:58. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger (posted by thecubsfan)
14:17. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Volador Jr. b Mephisto Volador Jr. vs Mephisto (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan)
15:20. Volador took 2/3.
5) Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy DQ La Máscara & Rush La Máscara & Rush vs Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy (posted by thecubsfan)
8:47. Straight falls, the last when Rush fouled Maximo.
6) Valiente b Último Guerrero Valiente vs Último Guerrero (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan)
12:58. Valiente took 1/3, the last clean.
7) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja (posted by thecubsfan)
13:15. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Really, not anything advanced on this show either, but it was still a fun show. Cometa/Cavernario, the Casas/Panthers, Volador/Mephisto and the main event were the best matches. Puma, Tiger and Casas winning seems notable, if only because CMLL didn’t beat the team that’s owed a trios title shot. That’s better than usual.  Almost all the tecnicos won on the show aimed at children, and the only rudos who won are the ones who get cheered anyway.

Not sure about the crowd. They avoided panning the crowd the whole night. The lower bowl looked heavily occupied when we’d get a shot of it, but they’re careful what they show. We never got to see the upper area. There were people posting photos from up there on social media, but all from about the same range of seats.

The show did not air live on NJPW World. Instead, it’ll air tomorrow, with Japanese commentary. That’s the first time they’ve done that. It’s probably timed to talk about FantasticaMania.

CMLL resumes running Arena Coliseo tonight after a couple weeks off. The main event is Dragon Lee, Mistico and Caristico taking on Mephisto, Ephesto and Luciferno, the last returning from holiday break.

Goya Kong explains her reasoning for betraying her brother Psycho Clown as Psycho Clown abandoning the Brazos by wrestling with a different character. Eh, ti’s a reason.

Cara Lucha says they’re back on 02/04.

Lucha Libre Boom is running on 02/17 in Arena Lopez Mateos.

+LuchaTV brought back their top 10 moments of the week feature.

El Hijo del Santo’s column this week is asking for public funding for an El Santo museum.

Rey Mysterio gets surprised by rescue cats.

A look back at the year in lucha libre in Morelos.

A lucha libre school has been kicked out of the Gimnasio Municipal in Oaxaca.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/13/2017 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

The flip side to the luchadors going to FantasticaMania is some weak cards in Mexico for a couple weeks. CMLL’s decided to fix this by bringing back Rayo de Jalisco for a visit again. Rayo’s last match in Arena Mexico back in September, where his match got booed out of the building. Maybe it’ll go better this time. I’m mostly surprised they resisted booking him against the Dinamtias. Mascara is back to be a warm body and fill up a spot.

Maya/Bobby is the En Busca de un Idolo fued back again. Ripper’s feud with Blue Panther Jr. is on hold for a couple weeks, so he can feud with Panther Jr.’s brother and father instead. Silueta is back in the segunda. Despite the high volume of women’s matches, Silueta’s only wrestled in Arena Mexico 3 times in the last 4 months. There’s probably a story we’re not getting about that.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 

Valiente Special

Recapped: 01/06/2017

What happened: CMLL changed up it’s format to feature rematches from 2016 feuds. There was no real storyline progress (and none was really expected with guys checking out for FantasticaMania), so the more interesting happening was CMLL being able to handle the different structure was ease. Seven matches, three of the singles, all of them scheduled for two out of three falls, and they still had no problem finishing in around two hours. Entrances and time in between matches was quick all night to keep the pace, and two matches were limited to two falls, but they probably could’ve gone about ten more minutes without an issue. The concept seemed to work as far as live event presentation and crowd interest (only the UG/Valiente match seemed to be met with disinterest), and this seems like something which should be repeated again.

What was good: Most of the show! I’d advise skipping the opener. There’s nothing you need to see in the Máximo/Marco vs Rush/Marco match, but it got over well. Último/Valiente was kind of the opposite, something that technically fine but not that I’d hurry to recommend. Cometa/Cavernario, Casas/Panthers, Volador/Mephisto and the main event get the stronger recommendations.

The only problem were these matches being sort of homages to the original matches, repeating what made them interesting in the first place instead of trying to expand on it. If you’re picking and choosing matches, you’d still probably rather see the original versions of most of this matches. If you sat and watched on Friday, it was still a pretty enjoyable night.

Where can I watch it: Check my twitter feed or YouTube by Tuesday.

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2016 watch later catch up, part 10 of ∞

Rey Mysterio Jr. is still good

Matches reviewed in this one

  • Sammy Guevara vs Syrus vs Ronnie Mendoza, Gran Plaza, Fort Worth, Texas, 08/06/2016 
  • Ryan Kidd vs Puma KingAeroboy [OWA US], 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, California, 11/19/2016 
  • Teelo vs RafyLeoMike, Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México, 09/04/2016 
  • Máscara Dorada vs Extreme Tiger [falls count anywhere], Arena Naucalpan, 03/06/2016 
  • Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor in a super libre match, Arena Naucalpan, 08/10/2016 
  • Brian Cage & Sammy Guevara vs Laredo Kid & Rey Mysterio Jr., Brownsville Sports Park, Brownsville, Texas, 11/05/2016 

More random matches to get thru 2016, as we’re down to the matches I kind of wanted to see and can actually find easily. A huge chunk of the remaining stuff is Lucha Memes where I have to decide if I’m going to watch in part or not at all. Didn’t even put the Christmas day show on the list.

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CMLL’s big Three King’s Day card preview, Fantasma, Laredo, Chairo, Riot

tonight

Tonight’s CMLL show is the strangest and best looking show in memory. It’s completely out of the ordinary for CMLL, looking more like a US indie lineup. They’re breaking from the rigid “five tag matches and maybe one singles match” to offer a show with three single matches and other best of 2016 rematches.

The show opens with a women’s trios match, which pulls in the two biggest women’s matches from last year. Zeuxis and Vaquerita are on opposite sides after their mask match. So are Dalys & Marcela, who spent the year feuding over the main women’s title. Amapola and Estrellita round out the match, and it’s one of the better women’s trios CMLL can put together.

Rey Cometa being in the second match in the card isn’t that surprising, but getting to see him face Cavernario in a singles match is pretty special. This is a rematch of the best of 2016 (title match and hair match) and 2014 (hair). We all mocked CMLL for forgetting this feud happened around the Universal tournament, and I’m pretty glad they remembered it this time.

The third match is Negro Casas, Puma King, Tiger Casas and Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., and The Panther. Those two teams did meet in the recent Torneo Dinastia, but it’s really more a best of 2014. The Panther kids debuted right into a feud with Tiger & Puma, they’ve had hot matches ever since then. This should be no different. The preview dutiful brings up the owed trios title shot from that match and says it’ll be happening “soon.” Not until Ephesto gets back from Japan, at least.

Volador and Mephisto are in the fourth match, which seems weird after a year of Volador big main events, but it’s a weird card. They’re the second singles rematch, following up on a November title match between them – or maybe their FantasticaMania match, or maybe their other untelevised matches. They’ve had a lot of matches, with Volador winning the last six of them. I have a memory block where I can’t seem to remember Mephisto is not on the FantasticaMania tour; he just always is, this year is a weird exception. It’s most likely CMLL bring random, but if you’re looking for a reason to expect the upset, maybe Mephisto is doing something the next few weeks and gets a win over Volador in a non-title match to set it up.

The fifth match, La Mascara & Rush versus Maximo & Marco Corleone, is a rematch of a match that didn’t exactly happen. That was the feud from this spring, leading to the mostly forgotten great Maximo/Rush match, but CMLL never got around to doing the exact 2v2 match in Arena Mexico because CMLL’s structure is too rigid to allow such a thing. (It did eventually get booked in Oaxaca.) That’s how odd this card is: CMLL is booking a throwback match now when they couldn’t bring themselves to book it during the feud.

Valiente faces Ultimo Guerrero in the semimain. Those two met many times for Ultimo Guerrero’s NWA Middleweight championship (06/17, 10/01, 12/12 made air) and in Valiente’s Universal Championship tournament win, but it’s most directly a rematch of the Leyenda de Azul final.

It’s only the main event that doesn’t exactly fit the formula: Atlantis, Caristico & Mistico versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja don’t have any special history, but should still be a positive match given the people involved.

The matches, all the match, should be good on this card. A lot of them have a chance to be great if they get enough time. Time is the big question on the show: this would stretch well past 11pm if all the matches were allowed to go their “normal” length. Will CMLL just have really short falls to fit everything in? Will matches go just one fall? CMLL hasn’t said anything, which ordinary would mean they’re sticking with the usual rules. Everything else about this show is out of the ordinary, so who knows.

Today is Three King’s Day in Mexico, a major children’s holiday where children get even more gifts. There’s quite a few kid’s focused lucha libre shows tonight and this weekend – Cibernetico and familiar Elite wrestlers have one in Queretaro, Super Muneco is the headliner in Tijuana for that reason. Most of them have cheap or free tickets in hopes to draw in kids and their parents. It’s no different for CMLL. Their poster says children’s tickets are 10 pesos ($0.47 USD) for the 11th row and back, but their preview says they’re also just giving away children’s if purchased with an adult ticket in the”Preferente” section and beyond. That’s the first elevated section, in front of the fences.

Tickets are currently moving well in the normal priced ring side ticket area, and the kid’s tickets should produce strong walkup before the shows. This show is the best CMLL has to offer without putting a major mask on the line, and they’re giving away tickets to get people to come. The gate’s not going to be anything huge, but the turnout should be. CMLL’s got to draw over 10K for this show easily, or there’s some big questions to be asked. (And if they do draw well with this setup, does that affect how they run the rest of the year? That’s the other big question for tonight.)

CultIcon also previews today’s show. Today’s show will air on ClaroSports and NJPW World (Japan only, though their listing is all messed up) at 8:30pm.

The Nueva Generacion Dinamitas kept the Occidente Trios titles in Arandas, Jalisco on Wednesday. On his (locked) Instagram, Forastero mentioned he suffered ligament damage in the match. No world on the severity or when we’ll see him again.

From about a week ago, Vice Mexico has an interview with CMLL luchadors before and after they go to the ring. Caristico has a great Caristico story.

Hijo del Fantasma said his title match at Guerra de Titanes is the first step to earning a spot at TripleMania. Hijo del Fantasma having a singles match at TripleMania feels like a good barometer to determining if the show is going to be good. A Fantasma 1v1 alone will not make a card, but Fantasma multiman match would suggest a whole bunch of exciting luchadors have been bundled into one match to create space for a not as good match. Speaking of not as good matches, Fantasma also mentions Garza Jr. needs to wrestle more like himself and not Hector Garza.

It’s worth noting Guerra de Titanes, on Friday on 01/20, will be running against CMLL’s Friday night show without half their stars. That sets up well for AAA.

Laredo Kid is apparently debuting in Evolve on 01/28. It’s the second of two shows in San Antonio. Laredo looked great in a lot of places in 2016. His work in AIW probably got him noticed for this, but he keeps popping up in fun matches as I catch up the minor stuff. Evolve/WWN have stayed away from using luchadors due to bad experiences. If this was Pentagon or Fenix, it’s be Evolve getting past that because those guys are draws. With Laredo, it’s got to be people saying positive things on his behalf, though the biggest factor is probably just they’re in Texas for the Rumble and Laredo is close enough that they can just pay him to drive in. Still, I hope he does well, in and out of the ring, and helps prop the door open for others to come thru.

Lucha Memes Chairo 8 on 01/29 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Hechicero vs Dr. Cerbero
2: Silueta (c) vs Keira [REINA IJ]

To be honest, when Lucha Memes said “we’re having a CMLL title match!”, this was not among my first dozen guesses. This is probably the most obscure CMLL title: the last Mexico defense was September 2015 (also against Keira) and it hasn’t been defended on TV since 2014. Still, that’s not really a problem, both women are good and so should be the match. Keira didn’t get lots of high profile matches in 2016, but imagine if she had actually stuck with AAA instead and spent the year losing repeatedly to the Apaches or in nothing opening matches instead. A bullet dodged.

Still can’t get over that Hechicero is going to main event two (likely to be) sold out shows in 8 days. We need to get this one on NJPW World too.

RIOT returns on 03/04 in Arena LLF in Monterrey with “Show Me The Money”
1: Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans – that’s going to be a thing.

TJ Hawke put together his best matches of ROH 2016, and Angel de Oro versus Kamaitachi ranks 6. The four way match from that weekend is in the top 15. Kamaitachi versus Dragon Lee is 4th. I think Kamaitachi might be really good.

Raizel told Plantilla Deportiva that he wants a title shot against Rey Cometa. I am for that idea.

AyTV has recent quick interview with “Dron“, Ripper, Okumura and Sangre Imperial.

Lineups

indy (FRI) 02/17/2017 Deportivo Colon, Xalapa, Veracruz
1) Crimen, Pánico, Payaso Asesino vs Fantasma del Espacio, Jaguar, Peligro
2) Freelance, Mike Segura, Relámpago vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Flamita, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Corsario De Fuego, Poseidón, Triple X Jr.
4) Black Terry & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Satánico
5) Rey Fénix (LU) & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs El Patrón Alberto & Xtreme Tiger

Unlikely to be taped unless +Lucha sends someone, but notable given all the names involved. The last group to use this venue was AAA for TV, and that’s an AAA TV main event in a better universe.

For what it’s worth, Leo Riano defended Alberto in his column this week, telling a story of what happened in Alberto’s latest incident that’s different from what the actual local reports had. (It’s not worth writing about, except to remember Riano does a lot of spinning in his column.)  He also says last week’s Arena Mexico show was 75% full, which did not appear to be the case.

2017 FantasticaMania lineup revealed

NJPW

Hooray! Quick takes on the lineups:

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/13/2017 EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Japan
1) Henare & Soberano Jr. vs Jado & Raziel
2) Jushin Liger, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask vs Ephesto, Gedo, Okumura
3) Blue Panther Jr. & David Finlay vs EVIL & Sanada
4) Dragón Lee & Titán vs Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi
5) Kushida, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis & Máscara Don vs Naito & Rush
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Máximo Sexy vs Hechicero, Okada, Will Ospreay

This show opening event is the sole taping understood to be airing exclusive on SamuraiTV (and may surface about a week later.) It’s the first of two shows to have Lee/Titan vs Bushi/Takahashi, though this is probably build for the second.

Will Ospreay being included on this tour is a surprise. They haven’t used non-Mexican fly-ins for these shows in the recent past. It’s not a clear build to a match, since Ospreay is just flying out tags. The heavyweight ranks of CHAOS (Yano, Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi) aren’t around, so maybe he was pulled in as a really good fill-in.

Mascara Don is Manabu Nakanishi’s mask persona, which he’s used on this tour in previous years.

Raziel is working against Soberano most of the tour. In some other parallel universe, Raziel might be Jado. Raziel, Soberano, Blue Panther Jr. and Ephesto are limited to tags the entire tour.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/14/2017 Ehime World Trade Center, Ehime, Japan
1) Henare & Jushin Liger vs Ephesto & Jado
2) David Finlay & Soberano Jr. vs Gedo & Raziel
3) Blue Panther Jr., Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask vs Bushi, EVIL, Sanada
4) Dragón Lee & Stuka Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Okumura
5) Máximo Sexy & Volador Jr. vs Hechicero & Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis, Máscara Don, Titán vs Hiromu Tanahashi, Naito, Rush
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Mistico vs Euforia, Okada, Will Ospreay

The first of three untelevised shows. The 4th and 5th matches are the ones I’ll miss the most, though the main event is no slouch.

Jushin Liger is seven months older than old man Ephesto.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/15/2017 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan
1) Blue Panther Jr. & Henare vs Ephesto & Raziel
2) Jushin Liger & Stuka Jr. vs Jado & Okumura
3) Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titán vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Sanada
4) Dragón Lee & Tiger Mask vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Gedo
5) Máximo Sexy & Mistico vs Euforia & Hechicero
6) Atlantis, Máscara Don, Soberano Jr. vs EVIL, Naito, Rush
7) David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr. vs Okada, Último Guerrero, Will Ospreay

Main event looks fun here as well. Henare is a heavyweight rookie who will be taking the loss in every match he’s in.

CMLL NJPW (MON) 01/16/2017 Nagoya International Conference Hall, Nagoya, Japan
1) Henare, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask vs Gedo, Jado, Raziel
2) David Finlay & Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto & Okumura
3) Ryusuke Taguchi & Soberano Jr. vs Bushi & Sanada
4) Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Don vs EVIL & Naito
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Hechicero, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis & Titán vs Hiromu Takahashi & Rush
7) Dragón Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Okada, Will Ospreay

This is the additional date that was added late. Another great looking main event that we won’t get to see.

I wish I could bet on the outcome of the third match. It doesn’t look good for the tecnicos at all.

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/20/2017 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Blue Panther Jr. & Henare vs Ephesto & Will Ospreay
2) Jushin Liger, Soberano Jr., Tiger Mask vs Gedo, Jado, Raziel
3) Máximo Sexy & Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero & Okumura
4) Atlantis, David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Bushi, EVIL, Naito, Rush, Sanada
5) Juice Robinson, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Okada, Último Guerrero
6) Titán vs Hiromu Takahashi
7) Dragón Lee © vs Bárbaro Cavernario [CMLL SL]
4th defense

This is the meat of it. The last three shows will air live on NJPW World, though the Friday and Saturday shows will have no commentary. All Korakuen Hall shows are listed as starting at 5:30pm local, which is 2:30AM 3:30AM Central Time.

The top two matches could be outstanding. Cavernario and Dragon Lee go back to their En Busca de un Idolo year, when Barbaro won both of their matches. They haven’t had a big feud Arena Mexico feud since, but Dragon Lee’s beaten him twice since the tournament, including a match in Guadalajara for this same title back in March (aired locally, but never turned up.)

We were begging for CMLL to put Kamaitachi against more people on the CMLL roster, and we finally get it with him taking on Titan. The outcome of both these matches seems obvious, but this a huge match for Titan regardless of the result. Titan’s stuck in the role as good but replacable CMLL junior in NJPW’s eyes, and could use a breakout match if he wants to advance past that role.

The rest of this card isn’t a slouch. The 10 man tag is the annual Black Cat tribute match. The third match is building to singles matches on the next show.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/21/2017 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Blue Panther Jr., Henare, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask vs Ephesto, Gedo, Jado, Raziel
2) Stuka Jr. vs Okumura
3) Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Soberano Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Okada, Will Ospreay
4) David Finlay, Dragón Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Titán vs Bushi, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, Naito, Sanada
5) Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Euforia & Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis vs Rush
7) Máximo Sexy © vs Hechicero [CMLL HEAVY]
9th defense

I couldn’t quite figure out which NJPW guy they’d allow Maximo to beat in a title defense, and that’s because it turned out to be a non-NJPW guy. Hechicero goes from being in the extra undercard rudo role Ephesto & Raziel are on this tour to main eventing a show. (He’ll be main eventing the slightly bigger Arena Naucalpan 8 days later. What a crazy time.) Truth be told, he’s main eventing here because he’s not a big name, and so they can afford to feed him to Maximo, but it’s still amazing. Hechicero is beloved in lucha libre circles and not really considered that much outside of them, and this could change that. Maximo can find another gear in big matches and this will be one of the biggest in both men’s careers. A slight improvement over Mascara 2000, at least.

Atlantis versus Rush will be something else entirely. The old man is going to have a long night. This will be the first real match between them: they ran into each other in 2012 Unviersal tournament with Rush winning, but this will go a lot longer than that. This would be a meaningful win for Rush.

Fifth match is Sky Team versus the Guerreros without the least important people on both teams. That’s probably good. Third match looks like a delight, though Okada’s going to need to learn some flips to keep up.

Okumura gets a singles match because of course he does.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/22/2017 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Blue Panther Jr., Henare, Soberano Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gedo, Jado
2) Jushin Liger, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask vs Hechicero, Okumura, Raziel
3) Dragón Lee & Titán vs Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi
4) Juice Robinson, Máximo Sexy, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Ephesto, Okada, Will Ospreay
5) Atlantis, David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida vs EVIL, Naito, Rush, Sanada
6) Mistico vs Euforia
7) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

The final show is – good, but kind of underwhelming? Maybe too similar to the formula from past years and hurt by my own expectations. Dragon Lee/Takahashi is happening, but probably not until February. Volador/Kushida doesn’t appear to be in the card at all despite the teases. There’s not even a Never Trios title defense, despite Nakanishi working some shows on this tour. (Maybe card is subject to hcange; this feels short one big match compared to previous years.)

Instead, we get Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero. It sets up for the usual Volador showcase to end the tour, and neither man’s title being on the line muddies up the outcome a bit. Mistico versus Euforia is the Mistico showcase we get every year. Euforia should bring out the best in him. The tercera tag match should be great. This card should be good. Still, the last night is usually by far the best night of the three, and it’s a lot more even this year.

lucha TV preview for weekend of January 6th

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No CMLL Sunday shows now. LU finishes up for now just in time for AAA to come back with new episodes. The Lucha Underground preview doesn’t outright specify matches, but Dragon Azteca probably is going to get himself killed against Matanza.

Still can’t believe Friday’s card is for real. It’s going to be something. It’s a NJPW World airing too.

IWRG will have another addition to the Imposible title match playlist

Dragon Lee shows up in NJPW, CMLL to WM weekend

apparently you can say hello with a German suplex

Dragon Lee showed up this morning on NJPW’s New’s Year Dash show, attacking Hiromu Takahashi (Kamaitachi.) He wants a shot at Takahashi’s IWGP Junior Championship and sounds like he’ll get it at FantasticaMania. I keep on figuring that Dragon Lee’s travels are going to be a big lucha libre story of 2017.

FantasticaMania lineups will be out by 11pm tonight.

Sangre Azteca was one of the guests on last night’s CMLL Informa, revealing he’ll soon be out three months with dental issues. That’s some messed up teeth. In less mentioned disappearance of midcards, Starman hasn’t been on a CMLL show since October 4. He appears to be taking indie bookings, so he’s likely outside of CMLL now.

On the same Informa, Puma & Tiger tried to find out when he and his family were getting the trios title shot and got no answers. Alfredo has a bigger recap of this and the latest En+Carados podcast in the Lucha Report.

Sam Adonis & Ultimo Guerrero versus Mistico & Stuka Jr. will take place on 04/01 (Saturday) in Orlando. I believe it’s the noon show listed here, part of the many shows happening around WrestleMania. This is the same Saturday night as the ROH, who’ve said they’ll have CMLL people on this show. It’s possible the CMLL guys could double up there, but my impression is those at least started as separate deals.

At yesterday’s AAA media day, Pagano said he’d like new challenges, like challenging Texano for his title. Given how hard AAA’s pushed Pagano in the last year and Texano’s lack of things to do, that would make the most sense and is something they could easily set up at Guerra de Titanes. (That’s still two weeks away.) And then all the rudos and tecnicos there ate a meal together, which seems weird but OK.

AAA’s posted the full Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner guest appearance on the holiday edition of Zona Ruda. This is a good idea for AAA to post; for years, one of the most viewed videos on my channel was a Televisa Deportes talk show with luchadors discussing the state of lucha libre.

Vaquerita says she wants a title match with Zeuxis and plans to change her look soon.

Lucha Memes says there will be a CMLL title match on their next show.

TKD and CultIcon review this week’s Lucha Underground.

Segunda Caida reviews Bandolero & DJ Z vs Skayde Jr. & Gringo Loco.

A short article on the making of plastic lucha libre figures.

Lineups

AULL (SAT) 01/14/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Princesa Mexica & Starcross vs Dragón Force & Prehispanic
2) Cometa, Juan el Ranchero, Súper Panda vs Diva Salvaje, El Caporal, Juana La Loca
3) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento vs Dante, Euro, Filder, Holkan
4) Diosa Atenea © vs Keneisha Moon [WWS WOMEN]
5) Ángel Del Amor, Mr. Potro, Rocky Santana vs Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett
6) Emperador Azteca & Flamita vs Sádico & Yoruba © [AULL TAG]
first defense

There’s little change this is going to turn up, but the main event has a) the people who were last tag team champions defending the belt without some sort of phantom change and b) Flamita versus his best indie rival, Sadico.

The WWS Women’s championship is the most logically built up title in Mexico.