En Busca de un Idolo field set, Lucha Underground tonight, CMLL on NJPW World

photo by Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 05/26/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Camorra & El Rebelde
2) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito COR Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by countout.
3) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Silueta DQ Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
Seductora replaced Isis. Straight falls. Amapola pulled Vaquerita’s mask – second straight week someone’s done to that to Vaquerita (Isis last week.)
4) Blue Panther Jr., Boby Zavala, Canelo Casas, Delta, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Akuma, Cancerbero, Gallo, Joker, Pegasso, Raziel, Sagrado, Stigma [En Busca de un Idolo, cibernetico]
Joker’s DF debut. Battle royal determined sides. Order of elimination: Akuma (Joker), Raziel (Guerrero Maya Jr.), Joker (Pegasso), Cancerbero (Delta), Pegasso (Stigma), Sagrado (Boby Zavala), Stigma (Esfinge) and Gallo (Canelo Casas). The winning 8 advance to the touranment.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Naito b Hechicero, Kráneo, Mephisto

The cibernetico is here. The En Busca de un Idolo wasn’t as insane as last year, but still quite a show. Flyer had a very good night, even flying into the crowd on a dive. Stigma slipped on a Brillo Dorada attempt and was obviously shaken up, stumbling on a few spots until he was finished. There was no obvious repeat of a feud coming out of the eliminated eight, like Metalico and Oro Jr. last year.

The press conference was going on as I was finishing this up. The judges are Shocker, Tirantes, Hijo del Gladiador and a rotating fourth. Shocker missed a lot of these shows last year, and it ended up as two rotating positions. The tournament will air on Tuesday and Fridays thru August 21st, which seems extremely long but turns out to be the same format as last year. First round, everyone versus everyone else, will run from June 5 to July 21. The final four announcement will be on July 22nd. July 24 should be the final four + trainers trios match. The semifinals will go from July 31st to August 14th, with that final on the 21st. The teams were not announced at the press conference, but will be decided on Informa later today.

The eight left are not the best possible luchadors. Raziel, Cancerbero and Sagrado would have to be included, but those three really shouldn’t be in anything promoting itself as a new star tournament. 11 year pro and national champion Guerrero Maya Jr. doesn’t quite fit either, but maybe this is how he finally gets to Japan.

Maya & Delta are the highest ranked guys to get thru, Zavala’s the guy who’s won a similar tournament, Panther Jr. is the one who’s gotten the rocket push since debuting last year – those are the ones who are most likely to be in the final four. Flyer has a path to making it far, advancing as far as his hot streak lasts, but it lasting is a lot to ask for him. Canelo, Esfinge, and Disturbio would have to strongly change people’s impressions of them (or probably more the programmers impressions) to move onto the second round.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground episode is #29, “Fight to the Death”. Matches on the show:

  • Johnny Mundo vs Aerostar (video preview)
  • Prince Puma (c) vs Hernandez for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Fenix vs Mil Muertes in a Death Match

There’s also a Chavo & Black Lotus vignette. The preview also mentions a Sexy Star interview with Vampiro. There will probably be a follow up on the Crew losing the trios title match; they were very well warned of what would happen if they failed. Based on next week’s lineup, it’s also likely this show will see some follow up on the new Daivari/Big Ryck alliance.

Lucha Underground has not been renewed for a second season, yet. They sent out a statement confirming there’s now renewal yet. This is like the third time this has happened – people are both eager for any news and eager for the renewal that it doesn’t take much to set off the celebration. (Myself included in ‘people’ there.)

Ring of Honor was announced as airing on Destination America Wednesday nights at 7pm starting next week. That would put it directly against Lucha Underground for now. The situation may eventually change, but it’s likely to stay that way for the rest of Lucha Underground season 1 unless TNA gets yanked off the network early.

The Lucha of the Hidden Temple podcast reviews the last two episodes of the show.

NJPW World surprisingly posted Sunday’s semimain match on their streaming site. It’s the Naito match, of course. There’s no commentary It’s a Sunday semimain, so you’re not missing anything, but it’s interesting development. I speculated near the launch that CMLL matches could end up on the service but this is the first one to do so. CMLL Dos Leyendas would’ve made since showing up in some form, since it was the Kamaitachi mask match, but it did air on SamuraiTV and perhaps there are still some rights issues there. It’s unclear if more Naito matches will be put up, but there’s a decent shot if this random trios is going up. CMLL records everything, so the video is there, it’s just a matter of sending it over to NJPW and NJPW actually wanting it. It is a bit of proof about how CMLL has all the content it needs for it’s own similar service, but lacks the interest (and maybe ability) to actually do it.

The Cavernario/Dorada matches seem worth checking out so far, though. If you want to game it, NJPW bills on the 1st no matter when you subscribe, so wait a few days.)

Pentagon Jr. says he doesn’t care what Rey Mysterio has done or where he’s been, because now he’s running into a wall named Pentagon Junior. Pentagon says he doesn’t fear Rey or the Dream Team (or anything) and he’s sure he’s going to win the Verano de Escandalo main event.

The locals match for Saturday’s taping in Reynosa is being advertised locally as Asterisco Jr, Magnifico, Rey Astral y Komander para vs Imagen II, Imagen de Oro, Maldición y Rocker Boy. DoradaFan’s been high on many of those guys for a while, hope the match turns up somewhere.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground Episode 27 and Blue Panther Jr., The Panther & Titan vs Barbaro Cavernario, Boby Zavala and Mr. Aguila.

+LuchaTV has the post show World Cup conferences with Alberto & Rey and Myzteziz and the Victoria representative.

Monterrey has a Rush vs Niebla vs Terrible match this weekend.

The Gladiatores talks to Metaleon and Mr. Leo, who are going as the Lion Brothers.

CMLL posted highlights of the 05/22 show.

Bestia 666 hypes the Caralucha Anniversary show.

DJ Spectro looks back at Villano I vs Zandokan

Monclova luchadors are working with local government to run a food drive show for people in Ciudad Acuna (where tornados hit earlier this week.)

Hijo de Black Shadow/Pequeno Solin was honored in Merida.

Rubi Gardenia took Principe Azteca’s hair in Tijuana.

Someone is selling a complete Histeria outfit.

Lucha Libre In Japan

05/26 NJPW: Barbaro Cavernario [4] b Gedo [4] – this was a fun match (GOOD) worth going out of your way to see.

Mascara Dorada was on today’s show; NJPW seems to be posting the non-announcer shows at around 10pm CT.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 06/02/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
3) Stukita vs Mercurio [lightning]
4) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel
5) Fuego, La Máscara, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
6) La Sombra, Naito, Rush vs Ephesto, Negro Casas, Thunder

Third straight week with the women, Vaquerita especially. Not sure where they’re going with that – Amapola versus Vaquerita would be odd.

Semimain would be a fun match with just about anyone else in La Macsara’s spot. Third match is definitely going to be a fun match, and possibly the last YouTube lightning match for a couple months.

CMLL (TUE) 06/02/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Metatrón vs Furia Roja & Thunder Boy
2) Magnum, Robin, Sensei vs Camorra, Cholo, Ráfaga
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Lots of groups in the top matches. Nothing that seems to follow up from last night’s show.

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Lucha Underground season 2 not actually official yet

I got excited by seeing a note on Univision’s site listing a Lucha Underground season 2 dates, assuming it meant a renewal.

It turns out that note has been sitting there for a few weeks and is not confirming the renewal. They’re still working on the show, and those dates (10/28 season premiere) are the working idea of when things are coming back, but it’s still no more official than it was yesterday.

Keep bugging people to watch the show.

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Puebla, Guadalajara, En Busca de un Idolo, Lucha World Cup

CMLL (SUN) 05/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Dinamo & Reycko b Mr. Brisa & Thunder Boy
Reycko replaced Tapatio and Thunder Boy replaced El Pirana. Recap states Reycko’s team is the rudos, making everyone opposite sides of what seems to have bene going on here.
2) El Alteño, El Divino, Explosivo b El Yaqui, Gran Kenut, Relampago
Kenut accidentally splashed Divino, leading ot the tecnico win.
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Flash II & Magnum
Magnum replaced Flash I, took the loss to Rey Trueno.
4) Silueta b Chik Tormenta [lightning]
Wasn’t announced as a lightning match but worked as one. Silueta beat the debuting indy wrestler Tormenta with a moonsault.
5) Forastero, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo DQ El Cuatrero, Joker, Sansón
Tecnicos were about to win when the Truenos ran in for the DQ.

run-in DQs in the main event – they’re really booking this show like in Mexico City.

CMLL (MON) 05/25/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Akuma & Espiritu Negro b Meyer & Paris
2) Arkalis, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. DQ Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Metálico
Asturiano replaced Lestat. Tiger Rojo Jr. was knocked out when wrestling Metalico. Metalico stomped him, Tirantes shoved him away, Canelo & Espanto jumped in to stomp Tigre Rojo, Tirantes DQed them all. Tiger Rojo Jr. was stretched out and was said to regain conciousness after a minute and is fine now.
3) Estrellita b Amapola [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Tritón b Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Ripper b Ángel de Oro, Máximo, Valiente
Ripper beat Angel de Oro, setting up a title match.
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Naito b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder
Shocker returned, replacing Thunder. Naito wore an Ingobernable shirt, did similar poses.

NJPW explained CMLL’s storylines better than CMLL does: the concept is La Sombra wants his NJPW buddy Naito to be in the Ingobernables, but Mascara, Rush and Marco need to be convinced. Meanwhile, the CMLL.com news update expresses surprise Naito is programmed on the tecnico side at all, given he’s been a rudo every other time in.

Before the Puebla show, they did another press conference for the De Dos De Tres Cuartillas writing contest. Rey Apocalipsis was in attendance, so a person in charge of CMLL was dangerously close to realizing Rey Apocalispsis exists. (Actually, someone with Informa must know to get the Battlion del Muerte mention on last week, but it’s weird to see him around and not be used in En Busca de un Idolo – he’d be the runaway favorite.)

CMLL mentions the En Busca de un Idolo starting tonight. Their preview again states that all the matches will air on Terra. They also say the winner will again get to be part of FantasticaMania. Terra lists their broadcast starting at 7, which is odd because the event doesn’t start until 7:30. The En Busca de un Idolo ciberentico should take place around 8:30 CT.

SuperLuchas posted interviews with Akuma and Boby Zavala. Akuma is all “it’s just great to have the experience of being in this match!” so he doesn’t think he’s advancing. He promises to give it 100% should he actually advance, and notes some people think he should try moving to the tecnico side. Zavala seems more confident about making it and feels like this is his big opportunity to make it. Like everyone else, Boby doesn’t know what the deal is with his alliance with the Revolucionarios, but advancing in this tournament could allow him to be in matches with them again.

Something’s off with Akuma’s age – CMLL (and Akuma!) keep saying he’s 18. His birthdate was previously listed as August 28, 1995, which would make him 19. If it’s just off a year and Akuma is now 18, that means he was doing CMLL TV matches at 16 (and wrestling on Toryumon Mexico shows at 15.)

There’s usually a Wednesday press conference to hype the final eight people in En Busca de un Idolo, go over the judging and anything else. That would make a good time to also announce any upcoming major CMLL show. There’s no sign of either right now.

CMLL posted some card changes for Sunday. Angel de Oro replaces Valiente, and Fuego will replace Super Porky. Also, no one’s working Saturday because Saturday’s show is a boxing event. It’ll air on Canal 5, so it’ll have better TV coverage than every lucha libre show CMLL’s done in a year. The schedule change is strange, because Dark Angel appeared to think she was working in Coliseo that night. Maybe she’s there for other reasons? I assume they’ll have a 12 minute moment of silence on CMLL Informa in place of interviewing the guys in the segunda.

Today’s the second anniversary of Hector Garza’s passing. 

ESPN Deportes asked AAA luchadors about what changes should be made in medical care for luchadors, following up on the issues after Perro Aguayo Jr.’s passing. Myzteziz noted AAA had an ambulance and doctor at shows, saying he suffered a shoulder injury Saturday in Guadalajara and he was only able to compete at the World Cup because there was a doctor at the Guadalajara show. He feels all promotions should offer that care. La Parka claims that his wife tells him that the best cure for a sick or hurt luchador is more wrestling. (La Parka’s wife sounds mean.) Parka says there are many lucha commissions who are not functioning well enough to keep untrained people out and take care of medical issues; he and Apache seem to agree that the Mexico City commission is one of the good ones.

AAA’s official results estimated 17,000 people in attendance at the Lucha World Cup. Other live results went with 15,000. Fuego en el Ring notes the live crowd wasn’t eager to see the third place match, as the show had gone so long and they wanted to see the final. Voices of Wrestling has a lot less positive review of the show, thinking little of the matches and less of the announcing. I think Vampiro was much better than last year’s TripleMania, but it also may just be prolonged exposure to him from Lucha Underground have helped.

A TV version of the Lucha World Cup is scheduled to air at 3pm on Sunday on Televisa Channel 5. That’s a slightly better channel than the AAA show normally airs on. Mexican TV schedules are forever subject to change; that slot currently lists an airing of one of the Incredible Hulk movies right now. Not sure how long the show will be, or if it’ll turn up on YouTube.

ContralonaPR has a sit down interview with Zeuxis, back in Puerto Rico at the moment. She and Amapola have been advertised as working in Arena Mexico Guatemala on 06/21 and she confirms here that match is happening – it’s probably her return. (Hope CMLL doesn’t vacate her title next week.) Zeuxis tells the story of why she decided to get into lucha libre – she went to the 72nd Anniversary show, saw the Dark Angel versus Marcela match, and that’s when she knew she wanted to be a luchadora.

Rob has a music video of 01/27/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and MamaLucha results.

SuperLuchas looks back to a three title match show in 1980.

Lordes Grobet opened a photography exhibit in Saltillo.

WWE currently airs at noon on Saturdays in Ecuador; there’s a campaign to move the show to a non-family hour because of the violence.

Blue Demon takes off his blue mask for a red one to support a political candidate.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/25 NJPW: Mascara Dorada [4] b David Finlay [0] via Dorada Screwdriver

Dorada actually picked up two wins today; Alex Shelley is out of the tournament with a foot injury so Dorada was awarded a forfeit win. Bigger news is Dorada has a head dropping finisher (one he didn’t totally need to use because Finlay was pretty much done one move earlier.) Match was OK. Cavernario won the (not posted) opening match, nearly braining the one of the rookies with his club after the match.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/31/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman & Kanon vs Araña de Plata & Atomic Star
2) Metaleón & Mr. Leo vs Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man
3) Mike, Skide, Teelo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Imposible © vs Leo [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible’s 8th defense, first this year.
5) Máscara Sagrada, Veneno, X-Fly vs Canis Lupus, Cien Caras, Eterno

Leo going for the gold should be good. Skide? I dunno that Turtle.

CMLL (MON) 06/01/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Asturiano, Black Tiger, Flyer vs Artillero, Espíritu Maligno, Súper Comando
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Rey Samuray, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro
4) Dragon Lee, Stigma, Tritón vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
5) Ángel de Oro © vs Ripper [CMLL LH]
Angel de Oro 3rd defense.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

The Revolucionarios going back against the Estatas challenging the Sky Team was the logical progression of putting the trio back together, so I’m mildly surprised it’s happening.

Angel de Oro & Ripper just had a good lightning match so there’s some hope for that match.

Rey Samuray seemes higher than usual.

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Wagner injury report, IWRG results

IWRG (SUN) 05/24/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero b Magnum 44 & Power Bull
2) Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Yakuza b Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man
3) Dragón Celestial, Leo, Mike, Teelo b Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy, Imposible [super libre]
Straight falls. Leo wants a shot at Imposible for the lightweight title
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota
The Terrible Cerebros took 2/3.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Negro Navarro b Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Veneno
Cien snuck in a foul Sagrada.

The story on Dr. Wagner Jr.’s injury is he’s out 20-25 days due to a second degree cervical sprain taking Cage’s finish. The article claims Konnan came to Dr. Wagner’s aid, which is the hardest part of the story to believe. As noted, it looked an angle live.

Segunda Caida reviews Titan vs Cavernario from 2014.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

+LuchaTV has Volador hyping his CaraLucha match against Flamita

Fuego en el Ring had in studio interviews with Shiryu Dragon, Roberto Paz Jr., and Rudy Santana.

Super Libre talked to Joker & Chik Tormenta.

Lineups

AAA BOOM (WED) 06/17/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Chico Che, Halcón 2000, Kid Jagaur, Shadow
2) Flamita vs Arez, Dinamic Black, Suicida, Drastik Boy, Golden Magic, Freelance, Impulso, Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG), ?
3) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Eterno & Fresero Jr. and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
4) Black Terry, Crazy Boy, Pesadilla vs Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera
5) Canek, Myzteziz, Pantera I vs Averno, Dr. Wagner Jr., Fuerza Guerrera

A typically weird show. Second match could be fun.

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great match roundup, week of 2015-04-18

Good/Great/Excellent matches
Lucha Underground: 2015-04-22
taped 2015-02-08 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Angélico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc vs Cage, King Cuerno, Texano and Big Ryck, Killshot, the Mack for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship – good
Angélico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc vs Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship – great

AAA on Televisa: 2015-04-18

taped 2015-04-01 @ Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
Aerostar, Argenis, Fénix vs Carta Brava, Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan: blurb: [great]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-04-18

taped 2015-04-10 @ Arena México
Volador Jr. vs La Sombra: [good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-04-18
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-04-18

Matches To Watch Later

nothing

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JIiWcCp[1]

Dream Team win first Lucha World Cup, Toryumon Mexico X, facepaint causes Instagram war

Tiger Ali/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Toryumon Mexico (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena México [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
Dragonmania X
1) Maquiavelico b ?
Neither recap catches the name of the loser, but both note he suffered a leg injury.
2) Daisuke Hanaoka & Douki b Fiero & Imposible
15 minute time limit
3) Keisuke Okuda b Eddy French
10 minute time limit
4) Diosa Atenea, Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani, Mima Shimoda b India Mazahua, India Sioux, Maligna, Xena
20 minute time limit. Diosa Atenea replaced Kairi Hijo.
5) Super Ciudadano b Patan, Principe Orion, Hijo de Kendo, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Signo, Epydemius, Pantera I, Magnus, Piel Roja, O.t. Navarro, J.c. Fernandez [dragon rumble]
Ciudadano defeated usual rival Patan.
6) Akebono & Máximo b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
45 minute time limit. Hijo del Signo replaced Skandalo.
7) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, La Máscara, Marco Corleone
45 minute time limit
8) Último Dragón b Tiger Ali [mask, hair]
60 minute time limit. Ultimo Dragon won, of course. Arkange. OT Fernandez, JC Navarro all got involved to try and cost Dragon the match, but Marco and Akebono made the save. Tiger Ali tried to get away with his hair, but could not.

A typical DragonMania show. The thing that got the most talk wasn’t any of the matches, but Magnus wearing face paint and imitating Pentagon Jr. Pentagon, Fenix and Taya made note of it, accusing it being a(nother) instance of CMLL ripping off AAA. Magnus said it was a homage. Plenty of people jumped in on Magnus on Instagram, but Magnus also looked like he didn’t care all that much.

This has been normally a noon show and that’s what I had stuck in my head, but it was an afternoon start. No idea how they all got over to the Lucha Fan Fest.

CMLL (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Camorra b Bengala
2) Robin DQ El Rebelde
Rebelde foul for the DQ.
3) Cancerbero b Oro Jr.
4) Tritón b Okumura
Triton put an end to Okumura’s winning streak.
5) Tiger b Blue Panther Jr.
6) Ephesto & Luciferno b Ángel de Oro & Fuego
7) Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Terrible DQ Mistico, The Panther, Titán
Polvora replaced Shocker on Monday. The Panther replaced Titan (injury in Puebla.) Kamaitachi pulled Dragon Lee’s mask for the DQ.

Just another Saturday show.

CMLL (SUN) 05/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kamaitachi, Pólvora
Polvora & Dragon Rojo replaced Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero on Monday.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Máximo, Naito
Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero replaced Dragon Rojo & Shocker on Monday. UG snuck in a foul on Naito for the win.
6) Negro Casas b Volador Jr.
Casas picks up his second singles in three days, beating Volador with his own backcracker to set up a title match next week.

CMLL pushed this as being a great show. Volador and Sobreano did stage dives. It is kind of problematic if it takes the other promotion having a big show for everyone here too work harder than usual, just reenforces the belief that nothing is going happen here if they’re left to their own devices. Attendance looked typically bad.

the winners/Rey Jr.’s instagram

AAA TV (SUN) 05/24/2015 Palacio de los Deportes, Distrito Federal [AAA]
Lucha World Cup
1) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Atsushi Kotoge, Taiji Ishimori, Takayama [quarterfinal]
Mistica on Ishimori
2) ACH, Brian Cage, Moose b Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. [quarterfinal]
finish went awry here, with it appearing ROH-LU had won (Cage powerbomb on Texano), AAA had won (Texano beating Cage) and a time limit draw all within the same ten seconds. They evetually ruled time limit draw, with Cage and Texano replaying the last minutes of the match in a quick overtime, won by Cage.
3) Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I b Kenzo Suzuki, Masamune, Tiger Mask III [quarterfinal]
Demon submitted Masamune.
4) Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy b Angélico, Drew Galloway, El Mesías [quarterfinal]
Another time limit draw, with Mundo beating Galloway with a slightly misaimed Fin de Mundo in the first OT. Fans were toughest on this match, since there was no Mexican team, but the luchadors got them into it by the end
5) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b ACH, Brian Cage, Moose [semifinal]
Alberto was stuck in the ring with the ROH-LU guys for a long time near the end, but eventually submitted Moose to the armbar with about 40 seconds left.
6) Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I
shortest match of the tournament, with Mundo beating solar.
7) ACH, Brian Cage, Moose b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I [third place]
They jumped straight to OT rules; show was well over 3 hours by this point. ACH nearly beat Demon with a 450 splash but time ran out in OT1. Cage beat Wagner clean in OT2, and Wagner was stretchered out with a neck injury.
8) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy [final]
time limit draw, then OT draws with Myteziz/Anderson and Alberto/Matt. Rey Misterio Jr. won it by beating Mundo via top rope headscissors roll with about 20 seconds left. Rey dedicated the win to Perro Aguayo Jr.

Angelico was awarded the best dive of the night for his over the ringpost tope con giro. The Dream Team trio won best trio, and Rey Mysterio won MVP. (There was no announcement of hold of the night.) The top three teams all got medals.

Show ran over 4 hours, around 4 hours 20 minutes with the award presentations. The English language feed seemed to end before those awards. I had hope for a non-tournament match getting some other AAA wrestlers on this show, but it would’ve been a bad move to make it any longer. As it was, it could’ve used some time taken out if it. Almost all of the matches went to the time limit or close to it. Some of the five minute overtime periods felt like they were resting for two minutes to build up three minutes of near falls – maybe just make them 3 minutes next time? (The one OT which didn’t feel that way was Cage/Texano, but that one was obviously an improv thing – Konnan’s only appearance on the show was to rush out and fix everything after the original finish had gone wrong.) This was pushed as the first in an annual event, but it was also an experiment and they’re going surely going to refine it they keep going.

Upper regions of the Palacio looked empty in parts, but it still felt like a huge crowd. (Maybe 15K?) There was ton of Victoria promotion; hope they got their money’s worth.

ROH-LU’s matches versus MEX AAA and the Dream Team were among the best matches. Rest of the World vs TNA was good as well, and the main event had all the drama. Crowd went nuts for Rey Mysterio winning and everyone really seemed to buy into the ceremony and the pageantry of the show. Everything they did made it come off like a big important event and the wrestlers (some of whom had really long nights) seemed impressed by the occasion. Mundo & Cage are already coming back, with ACH and Galloway standing out as well. Wagner might have earned himself a return appearance at TripleMania by agreeing to the clean loss. (Wagner’s injury was a clear sympathy move – poor Striker had to scramble to cover when the slow motion replay exposed how Wagner didn’t take the trauma they were selling.)

I stuck with the English language feed for 99% of the telecast. There were early problems with both sets of announcers being audible on that feed, which were solved by the start of the first match. They never did get the crowd turned up as much as it was on the Spanish feed, and the ring announce and backstage interviews were inaudible. There were a couple of short video drops, but nothing major – it was slightly better than Rey de Reyes. (I did see scattered reports of other people having problems with the feed, especially when it came to switching to the Spanish language, but most people seemed to be OK.)

Striker and Vampiro were about what you’d expect, with an unedited and unfiltered Vampiro going to some strange places over a four hour program. The Vampiro highlight of the night was dropping some strong language ripping Piero after Piero decided to count the clock down instead of a final pinfall in the Rest of the World/TNA-ROH match. (Vampiro also did the Monsoon bit of repeatedly ripping the wrestlers for not doing things he surely would’ve done, which only seems to get over the announcer.) Striker did his research and is probably as adept at handling Vampiro as anyone could be. Jeff Jarrett joined the announcers for the semifinal. He also did his homework, but the broadcast turned into distracting promo for GFW for a while. They also did a very brief Jarrett/Alberto incident, but went nowhere with it here. Leo Riano, Adolfo Morales and Hugo Savinovich were the Spanish language announcers, with Jesus Zuniga moved to ring announcer/master of ceremony duty for the night and Arturo Rivera put in the jury of luchadors voting on the awards. I’m told Leo Riano repeated his previous racist behavior when ACH & Moose were in the ring. I’m sure he’ll apologize for it, then do it again the next time.

AAA could’ve gone towards using this tournament to build up their big matches this summer, or they could’ve gone towards building up this tournament as something meaningful itself. They went with the latter, and the Lucha World Cup came off as a big event that you’d like to see every year. There were little things (like Cage taking out Wagner and Rey & Mundo) clearly fitting in with where AAA’s headed, but it came off more as if the idea is to build the Lucha World Cup as a new tentpole event for AAA. And to that end, it seemed very sucessful – they got the big happy finish people will remember, they got fans and media treating it like a big event, and the international wrestlers all took it seriously. This seems like a very good night for AAA.

ChilangaMask Virus vs Caifan for their 06/21 Coacalco show.

There was a new +LuchaTV show this week.

Rob Viper has highlights of 01/30/2015 AAA

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida has 2 CMLL matches worth watching from February and March.

Makabre and Rayman won the Jalisco tag team championship in Arena Roberto Paz.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/23 NJPW: Ryusuke Taguchi [1-1] beat Barbaro Cavernario [1-1] in the Best of Super Juniors. You don’t need to go out of your way to watch this one.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 05/31/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Virus
3) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Kamaitachi, Mephisto
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Naito vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas [NWA WELTER]
Volador’s 3rd defense.

Hey, if you missed this afternoon’s show, you get the same show next week. That’s nice of them.

CMLL (SUN) 05/31/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Explosivo vs El Yaqui & Gran Kenut
2) Frezzer & Star Black vs El Chakal & Thunder Boy
3) El Divino, Flash II, Virgo vs Furia Roja, Infierno, Rey Trueno
4) Silueta vs Chik Tormenta [super libre]
5) Esfinge, Forastero, Gallo, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Espectrum, Ráfaga, Sansón

You can tell this is being booked locally because a) the women’s singles match has a rematch and b) there’s an atomicos match.

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