AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-02

still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this
still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this

Recapped: 07/10/2016

What happened: Pagano beat Psycho Clown again. Pentagon Jr. (winning a three way tag match) and Dr. Wagner (beating Mesias) won title shots in underwhelming fashion.

What was good: I liked the trios title match and didn’t have a lot of time for the rest.

Where can I watch it: It’s all on AAA’s channel, including exclusive matches.

Mesias starts the show of the ring for general Trump praising and crowd criticizing. It turns out that Dr. Wagner is just like all these ugly people. They prompt the crowd to cheer for Wagner, and they do! And then Wagner comes out a beat late. Wagner playing to the crowd goes longer than Mesias’ promo, of course. Wagner’s wearing an open chin mask, exposing a gray beard which makes him seem much older than usual. Wagner’s microphone has some annoying feedback, but the point he gets around to is he’s going to reclaim the heavyweight belt at TripleMania. Mesias explains all the ways he’s better than Wagner and challenges Wagner to fight now. Wagner is OK with that idea, but the security (who’ve been hovering around Wagner since he came out) stop him. One edit later, Wagner is gone and Mesias finishes his promo. (more…)

Rush & Park battle in Arena Mexico, Teddy Hart in Elite, Leyenda de Plata, Mini Drago

@JonatHan on Periscope
@JonatHan on Periscope

ELITE (THU) 07/14/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, MedioTiempo, Plantilla Deportiva, R de Rudo]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Príncipe Diamante
2) Jinzo & Súper Crazy b Felino & Tiger
Crazy mocked Tiger after the win.
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Rayman
4) Diamante Azul b Teddy Hart [Liga Elite]
Teddy Hart replaced Caristico. This was listed on the poster as a Liga Elite match but not announced as one after the change. Azul won a German suplex.
5) Atlantis & Dos Caras Sr. b Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000
Dos’ first match in Arena Mexico since 1997
6) Rush DQ LA Park [Liga Elite, super libre]
turned in a brawl with weapons being pulled out of the crowd (when they weren’t going into the crowd.) Both men bled. Rush threw a wooden cooler at Park a few times, Park later did the same, and was DQed for doing the same. (Referee Edgar fled after calling the DQ and it did not appear to be the planned finish to the match.) The two ignored the result and continued fighting for a couple minutes, finally being broken up by security. Park & Rush got back in the ring and cut promos until their mics were cut, then fought again for another couple minutes before breaking apart.

There’s a periscope video of the match from the second row, which gives you a good sense of how crazy the brawl got and how rabid the fans were for it. I was not surprised the super libre match ended in a DQ – it seems like all CMLL super libre no DQ matches actually end in DQ – but this wasn’t a foul or mask pull DQ. This was the referee seemingly legitimately losing control of the match and deciding it must be stopped. (Since Edgar has that earpiece, he probably wasn’t the only person involved in making that decision. There’s always the chance this could’ve been an angle, but it didn’t come off like any angle CMLL’s ever run.) Anyway, it didn’t stop the match and it’s probably for Elite’s benefit it didn’t stop, the fans would’ve been livid. There were plenty of people angry about the DQ, but the Rush & LA Park continuing to fight made it feel like some crazy event. I don’t think there would’ve been a riot, but there would’ve been a lot of unhappy people who wouldn’t be coming back again.

This looked like the biggest Elite crowd in the Azteca era. There seemed to be a bit of manipulation – it looked like the upper bowl was closed off to make sure the lower bowl filled up – but this match (and probably the legends in the semimain) drew in a way nothing has drawn for them before. They could easily do 10K+ for a rematch – but maybe it’d have to be at the Palacio de los Deportes or Plaz de la Monumental in Monterrey, because I’m not sure CMLL’s going to allow them to do this match again in Arena Mexico given how they reacted last night. If this was CMLL pulling the plug on the match, then it’s definitely never going to be as good as it could be under those conditions and would need to be done elsewhere to reach it’s full potential.

(I am even a little concerned CMLL might even ask Elite/Azteca not to air the match, as they’ve done in the past with the Wagner/Park brawl and Volador/Niebla bloody match in Puebla – it was definitely being filmed the whole way thru the post match brawl and CMLL may not be able to stop Azteca, but there’s a good chance CMLL would omit if it was a show they were airing themselves.)

Of note, a bloody crazed Rush did a post match interview, but LA Park did not.

Teddy Hart told the press that this would not be the last time we see him in Arena Mexico. This is Teddy’s first appearance in a major promotion since he left 2012. It’s hard to believe Elite would fly Teddy in to work one unadvertised match, so maybe he’s showing up tonight – only, Elite flew in David Tita to work just one match only a couple weeks ago, so they’re fully capable of such strangeness.

Teddy’s been most recently working in California, including teaming with Rush last weekend, so that’s probably the way he got back to Mexico. Teddy’s antics got him fired multiple times for AAA, a thousand times looser company than CMLL, so it seems unlikely he’d stick around in Arena Mexico for long even with Elite calling the shots.

It must be noted Elite surely knew Caristico wasn’t going to appear on this show as soon as he got out of the hospital and made no attempt to let anyone know. That’s bad business. For what it’s worth, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara continues to promote Caristico as appearing there on Tuesday.

Elite does not air tonight. It moves to Saturdays starting week, in between a soccer game and boxing.

CMLL’s show tonight looks to have a great match, though it a very different style. The Leyenda de Plata tournament restarts tonight. This tournament honors el Santo, and historically has featured CMLL’s most exciting luchadors. 2016’s field has Mistico, Volador Jr., La Máscara, Titán, Mephisto, Tritón, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ripper, The Panther, Virus and the returning Dragón Lee in a cibernetico match. The winning luchador will face Negro Casas next Friday.

Titan’s going to be busy next week, so he’s likely not advancing. Mistico, Volador, Mascara, Mephisto, Cavernario and Dragon Lee (last year’s runner up) seem to have the best chance, but this was a tournament Virus almost won last time; a surprise is not totally out of the question.

The actual main event is Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Rush versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero. A few days ago on Facebook, Rush said he’d have surprises and new Ingobernable soon. There’s no one less governable in the world of wrestling than Teddy Hart, so it’s really interesting he’s hanging around Mexico right now. I’m not sure that’s the direction, but it’s a strange possibility which has to be considered now.

There’s really no angles on the rest of the card. The opener is listed as Vaquerita & Skadi vs Tiffany & Seductora, but the preview today has Isis in place of Seductora. It’s not a big difference. Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa, and Stuka Jr. take on the Hijos del Infierno, who defended their trios titles last Tuesday in Guadalajara. Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys take face Valiente, Maximo and Super Crazy, who’s making a rare non-Elite appearance on CMLL shows. Those recent appearances were part of his feud with the Casas family, who are not involved in this match, so it’s strange to see him tonight. Might not be an angle, might just be everyone else being used in the Leyenda de Plata.

CMLL will air on Clarosports as normal. The show is not on NJPWWorld. It looks like it might have been a one time event for Volador vs Kushida, because it’s not on the schedule going at the moment. Japan is getting the Gran Prix tomorrow night, airing on SamuraiTV at 10pm local.

MugsNoticas has an article on the history of the Leyenda de Plata tournament, noting Negro Casas would be the first four time winner if he held onto it this year.

DTU is also running tonight in Arena Neza, with a six way extreme cage match as the main event. There’s a three way tag match on the card between Titan & Triton, Motorcross & Dr. Cerebro, and Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo, which would require the CMLL guys to bolt from Arena Mexico as soon as the semimain is done and make it over to Arena Neza. That’s a 45 minute drive, so they probably wouldn’t get there until 11:30, which seems way too late (and that cage match would still have to go on after.) Maybe they’d move to the start of the show to get them out of there quick? This all comes up because, earlier in the week, Titan posted on Facebook that he hadn’t been contacted to work the DTU show and wouldn’t be on it, but then later deleted that post. I dunno; Titan was doing Facebook live videos last night, so he might have explained it. The rest of the card looks interesting, but I’m not so sure about that match happening as scheduled.

Mini Drago has quit AAA, according to a post on his Facebook. His note is along the lines of Ludxor’s complaint, though with less details: poor working conditions and favoritism. His brother, Mini Charly Manson/Tiago quit back in March, and posted a note of support on his Facebook.

Mini Drago started in AAA exactly 10 years ago tomorrow, as Mascarita Divina. He’d been a second tier tecnico mini for the last decade, with maybe his most notable moment a bad leg injury on a diving headscissors that kept him out for a long time. He got the Mini Drago character in February 2014, which helped at first but not of late: he’s only appeared on TV about five times in the last two years. (This is where we’re seeing the departures from AAA of late, the guys at the end of the roster who aren’t content working the B towns.) His most recent TV appearance was last August, AAA’s just not booking a lot of mini trios for TV any more, but he was listed as returning to TV on the upcoming 07/29 Toluca card. That was a card released early and has not been officially confirmed by AAA. Perhaps he got bumped from the card and that was the breaking point, or maybe he just realized the upcoming anniversary and decided to move on.

Tiago’s only appeared a couple times since leaving AAA, but I’d guess he and his brother are going to be either teaming or facing each other an indie show soon.

Adictos del Deportes had a report saying AAA was creating a new Sexy Star, based on an instagram photo by AAA’s main Japanese contact and designer showing a new outfit. The Adictos del Deportes had said they heard a woman who tried out for WWE might be brought in to AAA for the role, but they didn’t know much. I freaked out at first but, after talking to more people about this, that outfit turns out to be one Sexy wore back in 2012 and it was more a “good luck for whatever’s next” message that didn’t get translated to English well.

Adictos del Deportes, which is run by the same people who handle Llaves y Canados and lucha libre for Multimedios, is kind of being used a news site to build angles for their promotions. (It’s successful gambit if you can get people to buy into the articles.) This is the third Sexy Star article they’ve run in a shot time – there was a fairly unbelivable story about Sexy going into MMA even before boxing a couple days ago that seem worth link. It suggests Sexy’s on the September ColiseoMania show and they’re just trying to keep her name up as a big star.

Stuka says he hopes Saturday’s appearance in ROH opens up more CMLL participation, and a longer run there for him so he can go after a title or have a rivalry.

Demus & Electrico have been wrestling in Canada for Midget Wrestling Warrior since July 7th. They finish up in Brandon tomorrow.

Lucha Underground’s Chris DeJospeh was on Wrestling Mayhem Show’s Mid Week War podcasts this week. On the Lucha Underground one, he noted last week’s Son of Havoc/the Mack match was originally a two out of three falls match, but the entire show went long (25 minutes over) and they had to edit it down and change the stipulation later. That’s why there were no falls outside on a falls count anywhere match.

RobViper has a music video of 06/18/2004 CMLL, the debut of Mistico.

Cross Arm Breaker has reviews of Herodes vs Tony Salazar and La Fiera vs Jerry Estrada

Templario & Wasson and Willy Banderas & Bryan Villa talk up their match at CaraLucha next weekend.

SuperLuchas talks to Mr. Potro, Sepulturero and Terry 2000 about their three way cage match in Tultitlan this week.

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 15th

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Full size. I added both IWRG airings because I actually found a program guide for AYM. (There’s one for LAS too.) This is long, but it’ll be shorter after next week.

No one’s promoting it, not El Rey or Lucha Underground, but they’re running a S2 marathon starting this weekend. Starting this Saturday, El Rey will air six episodes Season 2 episodes a night starting at 7pm CT. It ends an hour early on Tuesday, so they can air all four hours of Ultima Lucha back to back to back leading to the 2 hour final. (The final will repeat right after, as always.)

AAA has three way matches from Ecatepec this week, with a shot for the Cruiserweight title on the line and another heavyweight three way.

Elite moves to Saturday night at 9pm CT. Rush/LA Park is something to talk about in the morning but, for the purposes of this post, remember that CMLL’s stopped people from airing matches which they’ve felt have gotten out of control in the past (Volador/Niebla in Puebla.) Rush/Park should air, but there’s a slight chance it might.

Puebla looks more interesting of the two early week CMLL streams.

ranking the remaining Liga Elite matches

a thing that is happening
a thing that is happening

I still don’t believe this tournament will resolve as initially promised, and announcing Diamante Azul (not in the Liga Elite) versus Caristico convinced me I’m right. However, I’ve long decided I might as well treat it like it’s genuine until it falls apart, and so far it hasn’t fallen apart.

20 matches have been completed, with 46 matches left to take place. The good thing about this tournament is we know all of those matches, at least until Rey Escorpion fills in for someone again. And, since it’s the internet, I might as well rank them.

46) Cibernetico vs Xtreme Tiger

I like Tiger, you’ll see him higher on this list. The problem is he was utterly squashed by Lashley, which doesn’t give me any hope for him against any one else in this tournament. Outside of the LA Park match, Cibernetico’s not really shown up for these matches, and this seems most certain to be a 4 minute walkthru. (more…)

LA Park/Rush tonight in Elite, Lucha Mexico doc, Dragon Lee returns tomorrow

chivalry is dead?
Mil is a hero

IWRG (WED) 07/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Kamilión & Lilith Dark b Lady Dark & Lady Monster
First match in 2016 for Kaimilion and Lady Dark/Dark Lady. Debut for Lady Monster.
2) Aramis, Black Dragón, Omega b Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Skanda
3) Demonio Infernal, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Fly, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije
Demonio pulled Dragon Fly’s mask and pinned him for the win.
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr. b Eterno, Freelance, Pantera
Eterno replaced Zatura and got along with his partners enough to win (though the Gladiatores have the opposite result.) The fans rooted for Eterno to stay tecnico, and he said he’d consider it with the Insoportables and they’d have a big surprise.
5) Imposible © b Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
Very good and violent match; Imposible hit Azteca with a chair at the start of the match and turned into a bloody match. Imposible took 1/3, with both men looking finished by the end. 14th defense. Second shot for Azteca during this reign.

LA Park was doing press for this main event at a funeral home yesterday, because he is LA Park. In an interview with ESTO, Park explained that he really wanted a mask match with Ultimo Guerrero but Atlantis beat him to it, so why not against Atlantis instead? Or against Rush? Park said he had no interest in talking about Santo Jr. or giving him free publicity.

Elite returns tonight with one of the biggest possible matches in their Liga Elite tournament, Rush versus LA Park. It’s listed as super libre, which means no DQ, but the line of what is and isn’t allowed in Arena Mexico is never totally clear. There’s a non zero chance LA Park does something that makes this his last match for a while; the last time someone tried this feud (August), LA Park said things on the microphone which made it his last match for quite a while. It’s going to an event; their recent match in Tijuana was quite good and this should be the same.

It’s packed top of the card. Dos Caras makes his first appearance in Arena Mexico since 1997, teaming with Atlantis against Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000 (the youngest person in the match at 53.) The fourth match, the other TV match on a normal week, is Caristico vs Diamante Azul in what’s listed as a Liga Elite match. It doesn’t make sense as a Liga Elite match unless Azul is replacing someone (like Escorpion did last week) and it’s not clear if Caristico is actually wrestling the match. If he had the injury he said he had, he probably shouldn’t be.

The show opens with new CMLL luchador Ciclon Ramirez Jr. & rarely seen Principe Diamante versus Cancerbero & Raziel, Felino & Tiger against Super Crazy & Ronnie Mendoza and Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park & Rayman vs Hijo de Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner & Karonte Junior. The show now airs Saturday at 9pm CT.

It’s another big night for Elite. Rush versus LA Park is one of the biggest matches they can run, and you can’t bring back Dos Caras after twenty years every week. This should draw better than the International tournament, but that’s a low bar. They need to do much better than that.

The Lucha Mexico documentary premieres in theatres (and is available on iTunes) tomorrow. This is the lucha libre documentary which was airing in film festivals last year starting Shocker & Strong Man among others. Fabian el Gitano & Perro Aguayo Jr. are featured, and much of the filming was done around 2012, so it’s been in the works for quite a while. It’s getting a fair amount of press today: CNN has a video story in Spanish, NBC has an interview with the directors in English and lukewarm reviews in the AV Club and on indiewire. Nightmaish Conjuring is a bit more positive. I’d like to go see it myself, probably on Saturday.

I’d go to the premiere tonight, but I really don’t want to miss the Leyenda de Plata tomorrow night. It just got a better this morning: Dragon Lee will return for the tournament, taking Negro Casas’ spot. That’s how the Leyenda de Plata is supposed to work: Casas is the former winner so he’ll defend against the winner of the cibernetico. And it’s a killer lineup for that: Mistico, Volador, Guerrero Maya, Titan, Triton, Dragon Lee, the Panther, La Mascara, Mephisto, Cavernario, Ripper and Virus. I’d love it if Hechicero was in there instead of Mascara but there are some really good names in that list.

(Dragon Lee returns 1 day before Stuka makes it to ROH, which must be a little bit disappointing since that was Lee’s spot. They probably couldn’t be sure he’d be ready by now, and Dragon will likely end up in ROH later.)

Ludxor’s been pretty quiet since his Facebook post ripping AAA (which is still up), but posted “Nos diremos adios” on Instagram. Sounds like he’s saying goodbye to being Ludxor, but left a little vague. (R de Rudo found this first.)

Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada versus Alejandro Saez was the opening match of WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic last night, with Metalik moving onto the next round. There are highlights and a post match Metalik interview. The matches for next week do not include Raul Mendoza’s match, though Lince Dorado (on the next Crash show) will wrestle. +Lucha has a 15 minute interview with Mendoza about the CWC but I haven’t seen it yet.

TKD, Eric and Voices of Wrestling have Lucha Underground reviews. That last one has a sound theory about Dario, Matanaza, and the bull. TKD also writes about his experience about being there for Night Claw’s debut without knowing it was happening.

Podcast Boom has a press release talking about being the first ever Mexican lucha libre podcast on iTunes, which reminds me that I’m sad Kurt Brown is in Europe (?) right now instead of being in LA to give his thoughts about the Final Deletion. Anyway, the Boom iTunes link is here; the general RSS feed is here for other podcast software. They actually had an RSS feed all along, since they’re using blogtalkradio, but didn’t say or didn’t know.

I skimmed thru yesterday’s CMLL Informa. Segments were with rookies Escorpion Negro, Fiero and Maquiavelo (Fiero revealed he’s the nephew of the previous Fiero, Maquiavelo had been training for 7 years before debuting), Reina Isis fitness segment, Arkangel & K-Fu about Saturday’s Anniversary show (K-Fu will be debuting on a real show soon), Stuka Jr. & his son about going to ROH and his son training in lucha, and Guerrero Maya, Titan, Triton and The Panther talking about the Leyenda de Plata and Titan going to the Super Junior

Chilanga Mask 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan
2: Caifan 3 vs Solar
3: Roberto Paz Jr. vs Jeque
4: Laredo Kid vs Extreme Tiger vs Jason Kincaid
5: The Platino & Mr. Maldito vs El Sagrado & Bobby Z

I didn’t put it together yesterday, but the August Lucha Memes show in Mexico City is the same day as the ChilangaMask show. The former co-promoters are going to be running against each other for the first time. (CMLL people are working both shows.)

+Lucha put up full matches from the June 3 Martinez show: Violento Jack vs Arez, Ronnie Mendoza vs Ultimo Ninja and Low Rider & Mystique vs Chik Tormenta & Silver Tiger

In a new feature, AAA counts down the top usages of a move – this time, double stomps/lanzas.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Negro Casas vs El Dandy.

Wrestling with words reviews Psycho Clown vs Pentagon Jr.

working 2016 lucha MOTYC list, thru June TV

loco
loco

We’re halfway thru the year, so it’s long past time I’ve posted a working MOTYC list. Working plan is to update this after every month of TV. You can find it linked here even after it gets moved off the top of the page. I use air dates, because the post is recommending matches rather than an arbitrary date limit.

Note that I’m as behind as always on watching matches which aren’t on the shows I usually recap.

I’m thinking the end of Lucha Underground will allow me to catch up more, but it’ll probably be the usual November/December rush.

Please also remember, my tastes in wrestling are awful and wrong. (But no AAA matches in the top category make me sad.)

excellent

11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Prince Puma, Pentagón Jr. [LU CHAMP]
11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Fénix [LU CHAMP]
01-01 Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi for the hair
01-09 Sexy Star vs Mariposa [no mas] and [Aztec Medallion]
01-17 Cage vs Matanza © [LU CHAMP]
01-24 Dragón Lee vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
03-04 Kamaitachi © vs Dragón Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
03-18 Rush vs Máximo Sexy for the hair
03-18 Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas for the hair
03-28 Máscara Dorada © vs Cavernario for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
04-24 Negro Casas vs Rey Hechicero
07-01 Rey Cometa vs Cavernario for the hair
07-01 Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin,Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match

great

11-14 King Cuerno vs Fénix © [LU GotG]
11-15 Fénix vs King Cuerno [last man standing]
11-15 Prince Puma vs Pentagón Jr.
11-21 King Cuerno © vs Fénix [GIFT OF THE GODS] and in a ladder match
12-12 Matanza vs Fénix ©, Rey Mysterio, King Cuerno, Argenis, Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan,Prince Puma, Jack Evans, Taya, Cage, Máscarita Sagrada, Marty Martinez, Drago, the Mack, Chavo Guerrero, PJ Black, Aerostar, Dragón Azteca Jr., Texano, Mil Muertes[Aztec Warfare] and [LU Champ]
12-13 Texano vs Daga [Aztec Medaillon]
12-13 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio vs Cage, Johnny Mundo, Taya [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament match
01-09 Cage vs Johnny Mundo in a cage match and [aztec medallion]
01-10 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Fénix, Jack Evans, PJ Black andCortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco and Ivelisse & Son of Havoc © [LU TRIOS]
01-15 Carístico vs Rush
01-16 Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black © vs Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio [LU TRIOS]
01-16 Aerostar & Drago vs Jack Evans & PJ Black [nunchucks]
01-16 Fénix vs Pentagón Jr., Ivelisse, Johnny Mundo, Taya, King Cuerno in a Number One Contenders Match match and [LU CHAMP]
01-18 Máximo Sexy © vs Vangellys for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
01-19 Esfinge vs Puma in a CMLL La Copa Junior tournament match and in a tournament final match
01-22 Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Último Guerrero
01-22 Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario © for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
01-22 Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans vs Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
01-24 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura
01-27 Black Dragón, Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Freyser, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balak, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross,Novasonic, Orión, Royer Boy [Copa Higher Power]
01-30 Prince Puma vs Dragón Azteca Jr.
01-30 Johnny Mundo vs Fénix
02-15 Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
02-20 Belial vs Centvrión
02-21 Dragón Lee vs Extreme Tiger
02-23 Zeuxis © vs Silueta for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
03-01 Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther for the Mexican National Trios Championship
03-01 Máscara Dorada © vs Negro Casas for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
03-04 Pentagón Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Fénix, Octagón Jr. in a tournament semifinal match and in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match
03-04 Carta Brava Jr. & Súper Fly vs Ludxor & Venum
03-18 Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
03-21 Carístico vs Último Guerrero
03-23 Averno & Chessman © vs Daga & Joe Lider and Argenis & Australian Suicide [TLC] andfor the AAA World Tag Team Championship
03-30 Extreme Tiger vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match
04-06 Carístico vs Volador Jr. in a Liga Elite match
04-25 Rush vs Último Guerrero
04-27 Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match
05-03 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
05-04 Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
05-20 Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
06-03 Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka, Masato Tanaka[Lucha World Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match
06-05 Cage, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Johnny Mundo vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Dragón Azteca Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr. [AAA LLVWC] and in a tournament semifinal match
06-10 Cavernario © vs Rey Cometa for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
06-14 Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
06-24 Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
06-25 Michael Elgin vs Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament final match

Lucha Underground 2×25: Ultima Lucha Dos-Part 2

a debut
a debut

Matches

Sexy Star won a Gift of the Gods match (good)

– Night Claw eliminated Siniestro de la Muerte (2:54, Flamita Fly)

– Night Claw eliminated Daga (6:25, phoenix splash)

– Killshot eliminated Night Claw (7:01, storm cradle driver)

– Mariposa eliminated Killshot (9:10, Butterfly Effect,)

– Sexy Star eliminated Mariposa (15:04, Marty punch→ Sexy Pin)

– Sexy Star eliminated Marty the Moth Martinez (17:52, cross armbreaker)

Mil Muertes defeated King Cuerno in a death match (13:47, martinete, great)

Developments

killshot fosbery
killshot fosbery

Only two matches tonight, which were more definite conclusions than setting stuff up for later. That was saved for the outside the ring moments.

Night Claw debuted in the Gift of the Gods match, which was turned into an elimination match this time. The layout of the match took advantage off that change (and was likely the reason for the cage.) The first half of the match was showcase for Claw, breaking the curse on new wrestlers by picking up two pinfalls and a moonsault off the cage. Killshot beating Night Claw moved the match to the second part, built around the two Moth feuds this season. Killshot was unable to gain revenge on Marty, and Marty still has the dog tags. It went better for Sexy Star, who was able to defeat both her tormentors (with a little accidental help from Marty hitting Sexy) to win the championship. Sexy’s been in every Gift of the Gods match so far, and becomes the first woman to win the title or any singles gold in Lucha Underground.

Of note, Kobra Moon is still hanging around watching Daga. No progress on that front.

There wasn’t much story in the main event, just brutality. King Cuerno’s natural arrogance caught him at moments, but mostly the reborn (again) Mil Muertes was way too much for him or anyone else. Mil put Cuerno thru four tables, smacked him with a crowbar to the back of the head, and dropped him with a martinete for the win. Cuerno was attended to by paramedics. He did not appear to be literally dead, but he was pretty well killed off. I’m still not convinced of Sexy Star’s chances, but Muertes appears to be a fearsome challenger to whoever comes out of Ultima Lucha with the big belt.

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Cuerno giant plancha

That title match came up at the end of the show. Striker directly asked Vampiro what his relationship was with Pentagon Jr. at the moment. Vampiro responded by dumping his meds in the garbage and announcing he was leaving to go train his protege.

The Crew and Joey Ryan do not have a match at Ultima Lucha 2, but they made their own payoff. Mr. Cisco was sent into to talk to Dario while wearing a wire. Dario had no time for him, then paranoid thought Cisco was working against him. I guess it’s not paranoid if you’re right, and Dario quickly figured out Cisco was working for the police. Dario snuffed out the microphone, then snuffed out the life of poor Mr. Cisco, beating him to death with the same red bull that Dario says was used to kill his mother. (Joey & Cortez were shocked by being found out, but didn’t rush in to make a save.) While Dario’s hands were still covered in blood, he picked up the phone and told someone “it’s time.”

Thoughts

be careful with that glass
be careful with that glass

I liked this episode better than last week’s, although I’m not sure either match hit it’s peak potential.

The 7 way match was seriously great during the Siniestro/Daga/Claw/Killshot dominated portion, with some incredible sequences and great big spots. Night Claw came off as a star on Day 1, looking spectacular in the ring, getting those first two pinfalls, and wowing everyone with his moonsault. I would’ve liked to see him go any farther, but they gave preference to the story they were telling from that season and Night Claw was being set up more for Season 3. It’s just that Sexy Star didn’t have a good performance tonight, looking slow and awkward at time, and it was hard for me to get into her story. It seems like her and the Moths feud is over now, but it felt like it was over at No Mas and it just keeps hanging around. The crowd was into her winning, but it didn’t connect with me.

The death match was a near one sided bulldozing, but an entertaining one. Cuerno got some hope spots in, but never felt like he was that close to defeating Mil. Mil’s utter destruction of him was impressive. The biggest challenge for Mil’s big matches is he’s had so many of them on this show already, and every new one has to compete against the old ones. This didn’t have the passion (or blood) of the Fenix matches, and seemed more designed to repair Mil than to be interestingly competitive.

Cuerno walks a wall
Cuerno walks a wall

The irony is the Mil Muertes match was laid out with the idea King Cuerno wouldn’t be available to Lucha Underground for a long time if ever again, the Night Claw match was to make him a big deal going into season 3, and it would’ve been more useful the other way. As best as we can tell, this was Night Claw’s one and only match with Lucha Underground. Perhaps they quietly taped some vignettes, but he didn’t appear before the crowd in Season 3 and seems unlikely to again given his harsh breakup with AAA. It’s shame, because just this taste of him set up so many more matches I would’ve loved to see him here. The ultimate destination of a match with Prince Puma would’ve been incredible, as their alter egos have shown elsewhere.

Night Claw won’t be the first LU character to suddenly vanish between seasons – maybe we’ll see him up on a wall in S3? – but they had already set him up as a big part of the mythos and it might be tougher to extract him. And they might not have even been sure what to do with him at first, because his status wasn’t clear for a while.)

Meanwhile, Cuerno was unable to go elsewhere and is eventually going to have to return here. He’s still a cool character, but the later half of this season has done him no favors and he’s going to need some of his own repairs to recapture his original spot. You never know how things are going to turn out – hey, maybe things will change and they’ll find a way to use Night Claw too.

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chivalry is dead?

There’s no repairing Mr. Cisco, who’s true and well dead. (That’s three out of the four Crew members gone, with Bael murdered by Matanza and Big Ryck offed in the comic books.) He had his best run as a psuedo-tecnico in the last few weeks, though there was always only going to be so much run with that setup. “Dead” people on this show have ways of sneaking back in under other identities and hopefully we’ll get to see him in one which better allows that style.

How did Ryan and Cortez not make a move when their informant is exposed? Their work leaves much to be desired.

This was not a blowaway show, but it was pretty strong one. Next week lines up to be great.

great match roundup, week of 2016-06-25

AAA aired the Lucha World Cup, so there’s no recap this week. No IWRG, no Proesa, no Noches, so there’s nothing on my TV list else to check out. I really liked the Gran Prix and Fenix/Mundo more than other people.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Rey Cometa vs Cavernario for the hair CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
excellent Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión,Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
great Prince Puma vs Dragón Azteca Jr. Lucha Underground: 2016-06-29 2016-01-30
great Johnny Mundo vs Fénix Lucha Underground: 2016-06-29 2016-01-30
great Michael Elgin vs Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament final match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
good Rush vs Volador Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
good Fuego vs Virus in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
good Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
good King Cuerno vs Mil Muertes Lucha Underground: 2016-06-29 2016-01-30
good Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
good Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
ok Centella Roja & Rey Samuray vs El Malayo & Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Fuego, París, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
ok Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
ok Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
ok Volador Jr. vs Kushida [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
ok Michael Elgin vs Bram [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
below average Johnny Idol, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
below average Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Artillero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
below average Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, La Seductora, Reyna Isis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
not rated Michael Elgin vs Lio Rush [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
not rated DJZ vs Kushida [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
not rated Sabú vs Bram [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25

Kushida & Marco win tag tournament, Ultima Lucha 2 part 2, CWC

Stukita moonsaults into the wrong part of town
Stukita moonsaults into the wrong part of town

CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:38. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:35. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr. b Sagrado [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:23. Blue Panther Jr. won via nudo lagunero.
4) Kráneo, Okumura, Ripper b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Rey Escorpión & Tama Tonga b Kushida & Niebla Roja [seeding battle royal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:03.
6) Kushida & Marco Corleone b Felino & Niebla Roja [semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:03.
7) Rey Escorpión & Shocker b Tama Tonga & Tangaroa [semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:17.
8) Kushida & Marco Corleone DQ Rey Escorpión & Shocker [final] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:25. Escorpion fouled Kushida & Marco for the DQ, then fouled Shocker after the decision

Show was generally better than Monday’s show, though the best matches from Puebla were better than the best here and it was another tournament that ended with someone decided they’d rather just get DQed.

Lucha Underground has episode #25 of the season, Ultima Lucha Dos – Part 2, the final 1 hour show of the year. Next week is 2 hours. Matches announced:

  • Mil Muertes vs King Cuerno in a death match
  • Mariposa vs Sexy Star vs Killshot vs Marty the Moth vs Daga vs Siniestro de la Muerte vs Night Claw for the Gift of the Gods championship – opening clip here

There’s usually a third match, but it hasn’t been announced. Those were the first two TV matches taped on that day, and the third was the trios title match. I’ve also seen mention that they may air Taya/Ivelisse. They’ve tended to announce the last match Wednesday afternoon, so you’ll know soon.

WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic also kicks off tonight, at 8pm CT. (That’s directly after Lucha Underground airs.) If they follow the same order as the matches were taped, Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada versus Alejandro Saez is the first match tonight. Raul Mendoza’s first round match would air two weeks from today. All three were interviewed on WWE’s Espanol site. Mendoza says he couldn’t use Jinzo due to a trademark issue and that an agent contacted after seeing him in his work in Japan. That’s a few years ago now. Over on +Lucha, Mendoza gives a WWE Network plugUPDATE: WWE’s saying Ibushi/Maluta airs tonight; that was the third episode live, so they have changed around the other of matches. Mendoza’s match aired on that episode, but they have made more changes in order; your guess is as good as mine.

La Mascara is threatening to send Rush to WWE bald if he’s going. They did used to really not like long hair, so maybe Mascara is just doing a favor for his old friend. Volador again says he’s not talked with anyone in WWE. Dragon Rojo says Bobby Z is in the Revolucionarios; now if he can only convince the programming committee of this. Titan wants to win the Super J and take Cavernario’s hair.

TripleMania tickets suddenly went on sale today. Tickets run from 240MXP ($13USD) for obstructed view up to 2160MXP ($117.58USD) for ringside. Ringside is more the 2X than the next section. Of note, the description mentions three wrestlers: Psycho Clown, Pagano, and Dr. Wagner. Leo Riano’s column today says Pagano/Psycho and Mundo/Pentagon are set for the show.

Box Y Lucha 3241 has TripleMania, Pentagon Jr. and the CWC on the cover.

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom on 08/13 in Arena Lopez Matoes
1: El Gio, El Junio vs Yoruba, Shadow vs Vengador, Kastigador vs Flystar, Toxin Boy
2: Ovett & Angel o Demonio vs Misterioso & Pierroth vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Opera

Lucha Memes has a new show on 08/21 in Club Atlantico in Mexico City.
1: Virus vs Alberto Dos Rios

Los Xinetez defend the trios titles against Psycho Circus Monday in Nuevo Laredo.

Triton will be on AIW’s 08/26 show in Cleveland. That’s two weeks after he’s in GALLI, so he’ll be around the US for a while.

Over at SuperLuchas, they ask a good question: what exactly is CMLL going to allow in a Rush versus LA Park super libre match on an Elite show? (And will either of them care?)

SuperLuchas also has a piece writing about the rise and recent fall off of women’s wrestling since the Mexico City ban was lifted. I like a lot of it, but the author asks “when’s the last time Mary Apache has wrestled on AAA TV?” and it feels like she’s done it pretty often. (They did skip make the last women’s match YouTube only.)

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report

Estrella Universal is teaching lucha libre to the kids in Laredo, Texas

Azteca Deportes has a video interview with CMLL ring announcer Omar Garcia

Cross Armbreaker reviews Lizmark vs El Satanico

A Spanish language interview about the Lucha Mexico premiering in the United States on Friday; they hope to air in Mexico, but don’t have a date

Lucha Libre in Japan

Violento Jack beat Jun Kasai to win the King of FREEDOM World Championship earlier today. “#pw_freedoms” is a good Twitter hash tag to look for pictures of the show; looked like Miedo Extremo might have wrestled masked.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly & The Tiger vs Demonio Infernal & Skanda
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Relámpago [EdM Trios]
second defense.
3) Chicano, Pantera, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Toscano, Trauma I
4) Canis Lupus vs Trauma I
one fall, winner gets 50K persos
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro [hair]

Box Y Lucha’s magazine published this lineup. Mr. Electro’s the favorite but it’s not a certainty. I wonder if Pagano will be the ex-AAA TripleMania apuesta loser here in a few years. Trauma I is listed in two matches, oops.

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
6) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Sam Adonis

I guess Johnny & Sam are the Nuevo Valores. Idol as a trios partner with Marco & Maximo might work.

Fuego and Virus had this same lightning match three week sago. Fuego won that time.

Third match is first streaming appearance for Fujin & Raijin in a month (or just about as long as the NJPW guys were around.) Could be best match of the night.

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. vs Diplomático & Mr. Apolo
2) Magnus, Starman, Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

That’d be Dragon Lee’s first CMLL match back since his injury; he confirmed on Twitter that he’s working the MDA Monterrey show on Sunday, so he should make it to this match. Less sure about Caristico (the Guadalajara Twitter believes so), but that’s going to be quite a trio if they’re in there. Semimain would be Mr. Niebla’s return, after a three week break.

The Crash (SAT) 08/13/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino, Jonathan, Mirage vs Black Danger, Sargón, Último Maldito
2) Danny Lime Light vs Douglas James
3) Keira vs La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Candy White
4) Tony Casanova & Zarco © vs Humberto Garza & Último Ninja [The Crash]
5) Flamita vs Séptimo Dragón, Willie Mack, Lince Dorado, Torito, Laredo Kid [The Crash CRUISER]
title is vacant
6) El Hijo Del Santo & Rayman vs Ángel Blanco & Dr. Wagner Jr.

Santo’s the draw, but that semimain is loco. Torito is probably Mascairta Dorada.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 

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one too many dives

Recapped: 07/04-10/2016

What happened: Michael Elgin won the tournament, and they’re changing TV air times again.

What was good: The main event is the only match you really need to see. Everything else felt way too short.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AztecaDeportes.com and my YouTube channel. Juventud Guerrera posted handheld video of it on his YouTube channel (more…)