CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2017-04-04 

Shockercito & Demus

Recapped: 04/09/2017

Matches: 

All matches aired live from Arena México, and are available on CMLL’s YouTube channel

Flyer & Sensei (2/3) Camorra & Espanto Jr. (13:13 [4:53, 3:30, 4:50], ok)

Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito  (2/3) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito (11:25 [5:14, 2:42, 3:29], ok)

Virus (submission) Astral in a lightning match (6:10, ok)

Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther (1/3) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Sangre Azteca (13:58 [7:53, 2:31, 3:34], good)

Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys (2/3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa (8:57 [3:04, 3:01, 2:52], ok)

Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente (1/3) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush (7:25 [3:52, 3:33], ok)

What happened:

CMLL wackiness

Pierroth and Valiente feuded all match, with Pierroth fouling and Valiente at the end. Los Ingobernables attacked Tirantes when he called for the DQ, and Tirantes actually “accidentally” took down Pierroth.

The Panther challenged for a tag title shot following his brother submitting Negro Navarro for the win. Navarro & Terry thanked the crowd and Arena Mexico for giving them a chance to wrestle there, and accepted the challenge. The first fall had Blue Panther Jr. submitting Sangre Azteca, and Negro Navarro & Blue panther double pinning each other. They get stuck in a leg lock, and Pompin seems confused at who won the fail by the time he sorted it out.

Thoughts: 

Terry breaking arms

The Navarro/Terry match was good as something much different than a normal Tuesday match. The mat work, the mean shots to set thoes holds up (like Panther’s stomp on Negro Navarro’s heel before locking on a hold), it felt like a different fight than usual. Even Sangre Azteca, who was totally extraneous to the match, wasn’t trying to force in all his spots as usual and knew when to stay out of the way. The Panther showed more than Blue Jr., who mostly did a normal CMLL match, but they all made a good job of making Terry & Navarro look dangerous. The crowd took them, with enough people who knew who they were to get behind them. This was a successful match.

The minis match was a total Shockercito show, where he got in all the hot moves, got the real upset fall win, and took the pinfall. I don’t know that Shoerkcito was everyone’s pick for the next minis champion, but matches like this, where he’s spinning around Demus four times one on headscissors, make him look like the best guy. His two partners couldn’t have been more anonymous, Shockercito alone might have carried it to a good level. Fantasy’s only impact on the match was a bad looking double elimination spot with Pequeño Olímpico.

the main event finish

Astral’s win/loss record since going to the main roster hasn’t been great, but neither has his performance. He has a chance to show off what makes him special in this one, and really didn’t stand out all that much. If you like a guy who will flip off the apron to avoid a kick, he’s the one for you, but he’s a generic muscle bound flyer. The standards for being a flying guy are higher in the main division (and he was definitely the best guy at even as a mini), and Astral’s just not one of the better guys here. On the other hand, CMLL’s not really taken performance into account when it comes to who wins and losses in the past.

There’s nothing much to say about the other matches. The semimain got the crowd more than other two, but they were very generic CMLL matches.

Rebelion in Monterrey, Mariachis champs, Puebla preview, CMLL weekend lineups

photo by Black Terry Jr.

LyC The Crash (SUN) 04/09/2017 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Lo Mejor de Lucha, MedioTiempo (1-3), MedioTiempo (5-6)]
1) Babe Fox, Chocolata, Mini Hator b Faceman, La Bestia, Mini Difunto
2) Epydemius & Ninja Jr. b Psicótico & Titanik
4) Laredo Kid b Juventud Guerrera, Arez, Rico Rodríguez © [LyC CRUISER]
Laredo Kid is new champ
5) Zorro b X-Fly, El Divo
Zorro beat X-Fly & Divo. Ultimo Ninja was moved up.
5) Daga & Rey Fénix (US) b Sammy Guevara & Último Ninja
Ultimo Ninja replaced DJZ
6) Garza Jr., Penta El Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario

This one sounds like it was more successful the The Crash show, with attendance guesses ranging from 90% to a total sell out. I haven’t heard much about the matches.

IWRG (SUN) 04/09/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Shadow Boy b Keiser Drago
2) Aramis & Black Dragón b Lunatik Xtreme & Skanda
3) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible b Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma [EdM Trios]
Title change! Exoticos fall on first defense.
4) Cerebro Negro b Relámpago
Cerebro wants a middleweight title shot.
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Black Terry, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Ovett
6) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Dr. Cerebro, Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr.
Fishman & Joaquin Roldan were remembered with a moment of applause before the main event. Pirata beat Herodes to set up challenges.

Hooray for the Mariachis. Hijo del Pirata is back and getting a top feud immediately.

The biggest match on today’s Puebla show is Espiritu Maligno & Policeman putting up their hair. They’ve been feuding for about a month, but it’s been pretty one sided. Policeman sent Maligno packing to the tecnico side, then beat him in every match until last week. Any outcome is possible when it comes to Puebla locals, but Policeman being so dominant until the end suggests Espiritu is going to win.

The rest of the show are ordinary stuff with some build to next week. The main event is a rematch, Rush, La Mascara and Atlantis taking on Volador, Maximo and Marco. They seemed to be setting up Atlantis versus one of the two Ingobernables last week, but we’ve seen more frequent changes of feuds in progress of late. Mistico, Titan and Valiente take on Cavernario, Negro Casas and Niebla Roja in semimian, and Dronge, Fuego, Stigma face Disturbio, Puma & Tiger in the third, two trios matches which could be good. Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. team against Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar, and Asturiano & Zaeta Roja open against Joker & Rey Apocalipsis.

The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

A news report on Joaquin Roldan’s wake.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

A YouTube star is accusing Coco Rojo and others acting as arena security of beating him up as a wrestling show. (It might have been at the The Crash show on Wednesday.) He posted a video about this, of course.

Picudo said Pagano is a copy of him. This comes off like Picudo would really like a match with Pagano.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 04/15/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Robin & Sangre Imperial vs Artillero & Templario
2) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth

Like Yago, Templario was around last spring, came back for about a match in October, and then hasn’t been on CMLL shows for six months until resurfacing here. I feel like there’s a moderately good story we’re not getting, but it’s also CMLL so there could be no reason at all. Anyway, he’s a rudo now I guess.

CMLL (SUN) 04/16/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
2) Black Sugar & Capitán Cobra vs Destello & Destructor
3) Dark Fire & El Alteño vs Gran Kenut & Payaso Infernal
4) Nautilius & Star Black vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
5) Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Frezzer, Furia Roja, Mosco X Fly

Payaso Infenral & Dark Fire are back in from Sinaloa. X-Fly is back in from everywhere. They may be setting up something out of the semifinal.

CMLL (SUN) 04/16/2017 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca, Magnus, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Nitro
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Starman vs Forastero, Puma, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Pólvora
4) Dragón Lee © vs Cavernario [CMLL SL]
5th defense
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Pierroth, Último Guerrero

Dragon Lee & Cavernario had that match on FantasticaMania and it was pretty good.

CMLL (THU) 04/20/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Zoom Driver vs José Marquez
2) Canek Jr., Hijo del Solar, Ultramán Jr. vs Fishman Jr., Herodes Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Blue Panther & Solar I vs Black Terry & Negro Navarro
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Mano Negra vs Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero vs Canek, Rush, Villano IV

This is the ring Ringo Mendoza benefit show, with some unusual names working the show and two kickboxing matches (I have no idea why.) Villano IV working for AAA and working a main event of a CMLL endorsed show is very strange.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-04-03 

Los Ingobernable silliness

Recapped: 04/06/2017

Matches:

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla, and can be seen on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

  • El Malayo & Joker (1/3) Arkalis & París (12:32 [4:21, 3:29, 4:42], ok)

  • Cancerbero & Raziel (1/3) Asturiano & Rey Samuray (13:11 [6:59, 3:23, 2:49], ok)

  • Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso (1/2 DQ) Disturbio, Policeman, Sagrado (9:27 [3:20, 6:07], ok)

  • Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther (2/3) Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora (14:47 [4:51, 1:59, 7:57], good)

  • Diamante Azul (2/3) Pierroth (11:05 [1:12, 3:16, 6:37], below average)

  • Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush (1/3) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. (9:53 [2:02, 2:43, 5:08], ok)

What happened:

Joker Driver

Los Ingobernables got made at Atlantis for trying to win the match in the first fall, then made sure he didn’t get the win in the third fall so they could cheat and win themselves three seconds later. Somehow, this set up a rematch next week, though the ultimate outcome is probably Atlantis vs Mascara or Rush. (Or a tag team match, but that’d be crazy.)

Diamante Azul caused the referee to get knocked down. Diamante Azul fouled Pierroth. Azul could’ve pinned Pierroth and got the pinfall win, but tossed his mask to Pierroth to draw the DQ instead. Diamante Azul may not be a smart guy.

Money was thrown in for the Panthers/Revolucionarios match.

this ended badly for Pequeno Joker

Policeman/Espiritu continued with Policman kicking Espíritu until he was finally disqualified. Espíritu squeezed out a small package to take the second fall and the win. They agreed to a hair match next week.

The lineups may have said “Joker” but the announcers are still calling him Pequeño Joker. Malayo & Joker had matching gear, warming up for the non-existent Puebla tag team tournament.

Thoughts

Revolucioanrios are the masters of the low dropkick

Main was a hybrid of the usual match to send everyone home happy with an angle to set up a feud (though not that one that’s actually happening next week), and really didn’t succeed greatly for either. Ingobernables have no reason to get along with Atlantis, but are apparently obsessed with getting credit for a win no one will remember next week. Least of all them. This was fine, I guess.

Pierroth/Azul wasn’t the worst match I’ve seen, but the double shouldebrlock was awful. There were some points in their favor, they tried when they got around to trying, but the main way they got to a ten minute was Pierroth doing a lot of stalling and low intensity brawling in the ring. Pierroth still is doing spots he sucks at; the Daniel Bryan kicks are so horrible that they’re hiding them on camera. He whiffed on a chop and the ones who hit didn’t seem any harder. The finish was garbage, only notable for CMLL not giving Pierroth post-mask loss wins. This was a dumb use of my time to watch and your time to read this paragraph.

one GIF to demonstrate which is the better Panther brother

Revolucionarios/Panthers was the match they’ve done before adapted to Puebla environment and maybe downscaled slightly. I still liked it, the heavy amount of convincing near falls plays well for me, but it also didn’t feel better than the previous streamed match. It’s still good, and nice to see Panther actually win one of his epics. We did learn The Panther not only has the best tope in the immediately family, but he’s also smart enough to not wear the generic singlet after it look bad the first time. His brother is not quite there.

The tercera had the problem of following a boring match that was rudo heavy by laziness with another match that was rudo heavy by storyline. I’m interesting in seeing if these guys can do anything in a singles apuesta match, but I wasn’t that interested in this one.

PIERROTH CAUGHT A DIVE

The second match is totally skippable. Rudos felt like they took 1.9 falls, then were not willing to go with the técnicos at all at the end of the second fall. The técnicos got two and half minutes to look good and then they were just put down. No one screwed up anything, but this was boring.

The opener didn’t light anyone’s world on fire. It was not that much better than a standard opener. It was notable for being an all rookie (or at least more recent addition) match, comparable to the all DF rookie match last match last Tuesday. This was the better match of the two, with no big gaffes and some more impressive matches. I was more optimistic the DF guys could turn into something, because there’s at least a chance there and not one here.

Dragon Lee/Cavernario next Sunday, Santo coming to Monterrey

photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 04/08/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Grako & Yago b Magia Blanca & Marvel
Yago’s return, with a win.
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Estrellita’s return from injury. Tecnicas took 1/3
3) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Drone, Fuego, Soberano Jr.
Fishman was honored before the match. NGD took falls 2/3 (and had a fair bit of crowd support.)
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Titán b Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Sam Adonis
Tecnicos took 1/3
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Hechicero, Kráneo, Mephisto
Hechicero replaced Ephesto on Tuesday.

Yago returned for a one off in October. Hope it’s longer this time.

CMLL (SUN) 04/09/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Leono
2) Magnus, Pegasso, Stigma b Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
tecnicos took 1/3
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Artillero, Puma, Tiger
Artillero replaced Skandalo. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Valiente DQ Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush
DQ not specified, but usual things from Los Ingobernables.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr.
Cavernario submitted Dragon Lee, challenged him for a title match, then took his mask after the fact.

As we know, Sunday CMLL shows aren’t generally taped, but they can be taped if CMLL wants them to be. They even did an unexplained VOD for one for them with no particular important match. CMLL can film next Sunday’s match if they think it’s worth their time, or they’re convinced it’s worth their time. Any big Dragon Lee match should absolutely be worth their time.

I’m going to be annoying all week (and maybe next) until CMLL says they’re filming and airing the complete Dragon Lee/Cavernario match. The presentation they have for Tuesday shows, even on a taped show, would be great – but all I’m really asking for is one camera pointed generally towards the ring to see this match. I’d pay for it too. I think the Crash DF debut showed that just having a really good match doesn’t mean you’ll do great business, but a Dragon Lee/Cavernario match seems like it wouldn’t do too much worse than Pierroth/Azul (especially since the iPPV/VOD market seems generally foreign fans who are lean towards buying for match quality.)

AAA put up this week’s TV show. The show was mentioned on social media as being dedicated to Joaquin Roldan, the death being too late to mention him this week. They didn’t seem to have any problem with last week’s show being taken down and say it’ll be back up soon.

At Llaves y Canados show tonight, they announced Hijo del Santo will be wrestling at Arena Coliseo Motnerrey on May 14th. It would be his first match in the arena in about a decade.

DTU announced a deal with New Jersey’s GCW, with talent coming to Mexico in June and July. Crazy Boy had appeared on GWC’s Joey Janela Spring Break show.

LuchaWorld and SuperLuchas both have very good obits for Fishman. LuchaWorld has also talks about Joaquin Roldan’s passing in the news update.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from the LuchaRama show.

Hetzza won her debut match in Stardom, and challenged for the High Speed championship.

Kraneo talks about his other job as chiropractor.

A candidate for Mexico State governor just happened to run into Atlantis at Arena Azteca Budokan, a venue he hasn’t wrestled at in for years, and Atlantis just happened to have his CMLL Universal Championship for a photo op.

Funcion Estelar has an interview with Coco Rojo II.

 

Fishman passes away

Fishman

Fishman, José Ángel Nájera Sánchez, passed away on Saturday. He had just reached his 66th birthday on Thursday.

Fishman was born in Torreon, but started wrestling and first grew to fame as a Juarez luchador. He’d return to that city often in his career. He became a national star in Arena Mexico in the late 70s, with his iconic green and yellow mask standing out on magazines. (It’s a mask that resonates even today; when Daga & Garza did their run-in debut on The Crash a few months ago, they picked Canek and Fishman’s masks becuase they look cool.) Fishman won the masks of El Faraon, Sangre Chicana and Cobarde I, three luchadors who would go onto have long and important careers, in the span of 16 months. He also defeated Blue Demon twice for titles, first for the NWA Welterweight Championship and later for the national version, in that same period of time.

Fishman jumped to the rival UWA promotion, where he was consistently among the top light heavyweight stars thru the 80s as both a tecnico and a rudo. He traded wins and championships with Perro Aguayo, Villano III, and old rival Sangre Chicana, and headlined many shows during the strongest period in the history of the company. He was an opponent for foreign wrestlers when they came to UWA, and was brought to the US and Japan as a visiting star.

Fishman’s drop off mirrored the UWA. Fishman actually was part of the original group of luchadors in AAA, but his (by then) slower style didn’t work in that context or on TV. Fishman had stretches in both AAA & CMLL thru 2000, but generally as a name from the past rather than an important star of the moment. Fishman lost his mask in 2000 to Mascara Sagrada, the main event of a short lived promotion GWAS, with a disappointing turnout and suggestions Fishman wasn’t paid what he was promised for the match.

Fishman hasn’t been forgotten by lucha libre, but his place at the end probably wasn’t what he was expecting when he was main eventing packed El Toreo shows. If UWA had survived, he probably would’ve been brought back forever as a star of their best days. Without his home promotion, Fishman wasn’t afforded the same long term high respect as a Canek. His mask match wasn’t the memorable classic that gave a reason for people to always remember him like Villano 3’s. Instead, Fishman was sort of a relic of a bygone era, still a huge star to people who followed and admiring lucha libre of that time but not meaningful to younger generations. He spent the last few years of his active career wrestling for small independents, for promoters who remembered the name. He teamed with one son as Hijo de Fishman for a time, then stripped him (the current Black Fish) of the name after a falling out and gave another son the name. Fishman was still listed on shows as recently as last year, though some of those may have been his son being listed under his name.

There’s no details on Fishman’s funeral service.

Angel de Oro wins Reyes del Aire, Copa Junior begins next week

I thought Niebla Roja was saving his brother until he started to move him into positionCMLL (FRI) 04/07/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro 2017-04-07 CMLL Viernes (Reyes del Aire 2017) (posted by thecubsfan)
14:46. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Princesa Sugehit, Silueta, Skadi b Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis 2017-04-07 CMLL Viernes (Reyes del Aire 2017) (posted by thecubsfan)
14:42. Tecnias took 1/3.
3) Sam Adonis b Rey Cometa [lightning] 2017-04-07 CMLL Viernes (Reyes del Aire 2017) (posted by thecubsfan)
Added on Monday. 9:10, Adonis beat Cometa with a powerbomb and his feet on the ropes.
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero 2017-04-07 CMLL Viernes (Reyes del Aire 2017) (posted by thecubsfan)
9:03. Tecnicos took 2/3. Atlantis challenged UG to a title match for this week.
5) Ángel de Oro b Carístico, Cavernario, Mistico, La Máscara, Volador Jr., Mephisto, Máximo Sexy, Euforia, Valiente, Luciferno, Niebla Roja, Dragón Lee, Hechicero, Titán, Gran Guerrero [Reyes del Aire] 2017-04-07 CMLL Viernes (Reyes del Aire 2017) (posted by thecubsfan)
29:44. Lucifierno replaced Ephesto on Monday. Tecnicos vs rudos. Eliminations: Luciferno (Volador), Titan (Cavernario), Gran Guerrero (Maximo), Dragon Lee & Mephisto at the same time (Hechicero & Volador), Valiente (La Mascara), Cavernario (Mistico), Maximo (Hechicero), Mascara (Caristico), Hechicero (Volador), Caristico (Euforia), Mistico (Niebla Roja), Niebla Roja (Volador), Volador (Euforia) and Euforia (Angel de Oro) seconds later. This is Angel de Oro’s third Reyes del Aire win. Caristico & Volador attacked each other during the match, with Mistico playing peacemaker. Niebla Roja generally got along with his partners.

Reyes del Aire was really good when a lot of people were involved. Like last year, it slowed down during an extended three way portion near the end (though at least this time we got a winner.) Angel de Oro was about the 12th or 13th most impressive guy in the match and it’s hard to grasp why CMLL is so strong behind him. He’s now ended Dragon Rojo’s title reign and won this competition in a short period of time. Perhaps they’re building to something – maybe a reunion with his brother – but Cavernario winning this last year really didn’t set up anything. Regardless of the finish, you’ll want to see this match.

Atlantis/UG came out of nowhere and seemed shoehorned in for no obvious reason. Not sure we need a second Ultimo Guerrero title match in about four weeks when there’s so many people they could choose for. It may be in service of whatever they’re doing with Niebla Roja. That breakup was not played up much last night – the Guerreros came out together, but Niebla Roja was hanging back from the other two.

The idea of a Zeuxis/Sugehit mask match as the big event on a 04/28 Arena Mexico anniversary show seems to be off. The Copa Junior Nuevo Valores final will take place on that date instead, and CMLL typically does not have two midcard singles matches on the same show. It’s not impossible CMLL could’ve moved it to the 04/30 Kid’s Day show – that’s gotten all the attention with no mention of an Arena Mexico anniversary show – but it doesn’t appear to be happening on a Friday night any time soon. (In possibly related news, WWE’s Women’s tournament was announced as “sometime in quarter two or three”, which suggests it may not take place until deep into the summer.) They’re the lightning match on Tuesday, so it hasn’t been totally dropped, but it looks like plans changed.

CMLL changed Tuesday’s title match. The Panther will now team with his father Blue Panther Sr., instead of his brother, to face Negro Navarro & Black Terry for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championships. Not sure if it’s an injury or other reasons; Blue Jr. hasn’t been listed on any show since Tuesday.

Last week’s AAA episode is off their official YouTube channel because of a copyright violation notice from El Rey. If you own the rights to a video, you can ask YouTube to block (or monetize) any other video uploaded to the service which matches your video. In this case, the scenes from the Lucha Underground Netflix commercial matched up with El Rey’s video and an automated program took down AAA’s video. This probably can and will be cleared up (though it’s obviously not going a priority), and it’s more about the flaws in YouTube’s content blocking situation than anything AAA or LU did. It still looks bad and probably is frustrating for everyone involved.  It also may delay or prevent AAA from posting shows on that channel for the time being.

There’s a lucha libre photo exhibit open for one week only in Juarez.

Fuego en el Ring has the latest edition of their podcast.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/14/2017 Arena México
1) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
2) Soberano Jr. vs The Panther, Drone, Oro Jr., El Cuatrero, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Espanto Jr. [La Copa Jr. Nuevo Valores, semifinal]
3) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis [NWA MIDDLE]
11th defense

Atlantis has gotten title shots in Arena Puebla and Arena Coliseo, but not yet in Guadalajara, so this is not the magic fourth chance. (He’s also the Mexican Light Heavyweight champion, which means this title change would have to set up another.)

Semimain teams up Niebla Roja with the other Guerreros, so there’s going to be problems.

There’s a good four (Soberano, Panther, Drone, Cuatrero) and a not as good four (Oro, Canelo, Signo and Espanto) mixed in that Copa Junior. I’d bet on Soberano right now.

Five matches seems short. The eight man cibernetico is probably not going longer than a normal trios match. The main event may go longer, but the semimain may go short. Guessing another match may be added during the week.

AAA’s Joaquin Roldan has passed away

Joaquin Roldan

AAA announced Joaquin Roldan passed away early this morning. He was 63.

Roldan, the brother in law of AAA founder Antonio Peña, had been involved with AAA for about 20 years. He was a lawyer and worked in that role in his first years in the promotion. Roldan took over operation of the promotion when Peña suffered an illness and passed away in 2007 2006. Joaquin, his wife Marisela (Peña’s sister) and their son Dorian became the public face of the promotion in Antonio Peña’s absence. (Joaquin is also survived by a daughter who’s helped with AAA but in a less public role.) It’s believed Marislea was given ownership of AAA by her brother, but Joaquin was person running the promotion due to social norms of Mexico. Joaquin may have had the most power of the family members, but it seemed like the big decisions were things the family made as a unit.

Joaquin Roldan is also one of the people responsible for Lucha Underground existing. He owns some part of the promotion, and is visible sitting in the crowd on the first few tapings.

Joaquin Roldan was also the onscreen face authority figure for many years, feuding with Dorian Roldan & Konnan constantly. The rudos were always kept strong for the perennial blow-off down the line, so Joaquin was often outmaneuvered by his opponents between a few victories. Roldan broke his nose when he was tripped into a turnbuckle at one TripleMania, was tricked into having his head shaved at another TripleMania, vowed La Sociedad would be gone forever from AAA really soon a few times. Roldan didn’t seem comfortable in his role at first, but grew to like it and improved in the role. He appeared much less in that role the last couple years, with AAA dropping the feuding family members after Konnan left the company. Marisela continued to sit in the front row as the face of AAA, and Joaquin appeared to be backstage helping run the TV tapings.

Joaquin had not been seen at AAA events as much in recent months. He was at the Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner contract signing press conference, and was part of the remembrance of Chavo Guerrero Senior. I’m not sure if he had been at the La Llave de la Gloria tryouts or the work AAA did on the movie, but those all fell under the idea of “new projects” that Dorian would be leading on. There was no outward sign something was wrong, but now I look back at Joaquin looking a little thinner and tired at that contract signing and wonder if wasn’t because it was a trying week, but because of health issues. (Plantilla Deportiva says a source has told them Joaquin died of cancer, which would certainly fit. Edit: Arturo Rivera also said it was cancer.) Joaquin was put in AAA’s Hall of Fame last year at TripleMania by Marisela & Dorian, something that seemed a little tone deaf at the time. Maybe they knew, and wanted to make sure he had a moment of recognition.

The Roldans are holding a wake for Joaquin Roldan today at the Capilla de Gayosso funeral home in Mexico City.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-07 – Angel de Oro wins Reyes del Aire

dives everywhere

Recapped: 2017-04-07

Matches:

All matches were taped taped on Arena México at 04/07/2017, and aired on ClaroSports. They’re on my youtube channel.

Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro (2/3) Acero & Aéreo (14:46 [6:45, 3:41, 4:20], ok)

Princesa Sugehit, Skadi, Silueta (1/3) Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis (14:43 [7:15, 3:40, 3:48], below average) 

Sam Adonis  defeated  Rey Cometa in a lightning match (9:10, powerbomb w/feet on the ring, good) 

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. (2/3)  Kráneo, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero (9:03 [2:29, 2:30, 4:04], OK)

including a GIF strike exchange in Reyes del Aire, I dunno

Angel de Oro won the 2017 Reyes del Aire (29:44, great)
taped on Arena México at 04/07/2017

06:14 Volador backcracker Luciferno
10:15 Cavernario mammoth dropkick Titan
12:01 Máximo rope walking plancha Gran Guerrero
14:32 Hechicero cradle Dragon Lee
14:32 Volador quebrada Mephisto
17:39 La Mascara double knee smash Valiente
18:22 Mistico Mistica on Cavernario
19:57 Hechicero conjuro Maixmo
20:25 Carístico Carsitica La Mascara
21:41 Volador backcracker Hechicero
23:41 Euforia Soberana Carístico
24:15 Niebla Roja middle Furia Roja Mistico
24:47 Volador top rope headscissors Niebla Roja
29:35 Euforia Soberana Volador
29:44 Angel de Oro mecedora Euforia

What Happened:

Titan takes out everyone with the moonsault

Angel de Oro won the 2017 Reyes del Aire. Yes, Angel de Oro. For the third time. He submitted Euforia a second after Euforia submitted Volador.

Carístico and Volador got into a fight with each other during the match, with Mistico trying to play peacemaker. Niebla Roja and the Guerreros didn’t seem to be friendly, but Roja otherwise fought as normal rudo. (The match had been billed as having a battle royal, but they cut it out.)

Atlantis submitted Último Guerrero in the semifinal and challenged for a NWA Middleweight Championship match next week. UG accepted.

Sam Adonis defeated Rey Cometa, using the ropes to get the pin.

CMLL announced a Copa Junior Nuevo Valores would begin next week.

Skadi replaced Sanely in the women’s match.

Thoughts:

Valiente Special

The main event had some incredible stretches of action, sequences as good as they’ve done in any one of these crazy ciberneticos. The pace was incredible most of the way and very compelling; I couldn’t find time to make any notes beyond keeping track of eliminations because I didn’t want to take my eyes of the screen. The lower level of the last five minutes – from Niebla Roja and Volador both nearly landing on their head on the headscissors slip thru the finish – hurts this from being a match of the year contender, and Angel de Oro as the winner also doesn’t help. Still, this is a match you really ought to see just to be amazed. Valiente looked great during his portion, Hechicero got a few big moments, there was a finisher move melody that came off fantastic, all the Misticos and Volador doing dives in a row was cool, and Carístico & Volador was a great touch that works even if they never bother to follow up on it. Endings are overaly important to me, and you may get more out of this if that doesn’t concern you, because there was about 20 minutes of incredible action in this one.

The semimain seemed super rushed, as if CMLL was mostly worried about having enough time for the main event. (They did!) Atlantis and UG is a well trod feud, so it doesn’t really matter they didn’t do all that much to build up a title match here. Diamante Azul stole the match, looking more impressive tossing around Kraneo than anything he did with Pierroth. His ramp dive at the end looked awesome too. It also felt more like build to the Kid’s Day show, with Zacarias & Mije beatup por Monito.

Their were some iffy moments in the lightning match – the Canadian Destroyer didn’t look right, Adonis couldn’t find the ropes with his other foot stood out – but I thought it was still a good effort for the first single’s match they’ve given Adonis. Adonis took most of Cometa’s offense well, had stuff he could do on his own, and the crowd was really into the match. Cometa seems to have a knack to play the heroic Mexican better than most guys in his spot, and comes off sympathetic easily.

he lands on his feet on this, amazing

The women’s match was messy and not up to even the usual level for these things. Metalica & Skadi worked a lot together here it and it was compelling, not always for positive reasons. Some exchanged looked bad, some looked surprisingly OK, and sometimes it looked like Metalica was really getting kicked in the face. It’s strange they trust the people who display the less skills do more dangerous spots in this second match.

The técnicos tried hard to make the opener something noteworthy. It didn’t quite work, but the first fall was pretty good for this position. The rudos did go with the big spots and Pequeño Nitro took a big bump to the floor, but Mercurio also clowned around a bit. This match mostly proved Aereo is much better than Acero and might be useful in an environment where he was allowed to do things. Acero can do things too, but he can only do them slower than average and not as gracefully. This was good on the sliding scale of openers but I think it needed a little more for me.

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CMLL Reyes del Aire tonight, Ringo Mendoza tribute show, DJZ recovering

tonight

Tonight’s the 14th CMLL Reyes del Aire, CMLL’s kinda annual tournament of high flyers.

All Time Reyes del Aire leader board

3 Volador Jr. (2005, 2007-1, 2009)
2 Valiente (2008, 2012-2)
2 La Sombra (2013, 2015)
2 Angel de Oro (2011, 2012-1)
1 Barbaro Cavernario (2016)
1 La Mascara (2006)
1 Stuka Jr. (2014)
1 Virus (2007-2)

Sometimes you can forgot how long Volador’s been around, and then you see that he won his first Rey del Aires twelve years ago (and somehow hasn’t won another in eight years.) CMLL’s preview insists they’re just doing a normal cibernetico tonight, none of that final two go to next week. Quickly sorting out people into tiers of chances.

good chance: Místico (odd he hasn’t won yet), Volador Jr. (is Volador Jr.), Dragon Lee (is actually the best guy)

mild chance: Carístico (probably too high for a guy who never wins), Titán (good underdog story), Máximo (would make no sense, way over), Valiente (no UG to beat this time), La Máscara (would be annoying but could set up something), Hechicero (fits if they want to deal the same good working rudo steal the win story as last year)

no chance: Ángel de Oro (just got his one win for the decade), Bárbaro Cavernario (repeat unlikely), Mephisto (but a good shot at being in the final two), Luciferno (no), Niebla Roja, Euforia, Gran Guerrero (issues with the Guerreros will eliminate)

They’re going to do a battle royal to set sides, which works with the Niebla Roja situation: he can face his partners and Dragon Lee if they’re on the other team. Whatever sides they set up, this should be one of the best CMLL matches of the year.

The rest of the show looks decent. The semimain has Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Stuka vs Negro Casas, Kraneo and Ultimo Guerrero, which should be a good solid match. Sam Adonis gets his first lightning match, facing noted hero of the Mexican people Rey Cometa. The early stuff is questionable as usual. Princesa Sugehit, Sanely and Silueta face Dalys, Reina Isis and Metalica. The random minis match of the week is Aereo & Acero versus Pequeno Nitro & Mercurio.

The show will air at 8:30pm on ClaroSports. They’re back to the normal time, though you’ll only miss the less promising matches if you tune in late.

Okumura’s doctors found a fracture in the sixth disc in his neck and dislocation of six and seven discs. He’s going to have surgery soon.

Ringo Mendoza will be honored on a special Arena Coliseo (Mexico City) show on April 20th. It’s on CMLL’s site, so they’re running the show, a rare Thursday night Coliseo show. The last one of those was a tribute show to Texano back in 2005. Mendoza was honored last month in Guadalajara and there was a report having health issues.

The CMLL mascots did an interview to promote their match on April 30th, which is going to be a big deal if they’re going to promote it for four weeks. Micro Man revealed he’s actually the 18 year old son of KeMonito and will be debuting on this show. Zacarias claimed he was an exotic dancer in Monterrey before coming to CMLL. (He was wrestling in La Laguna, so that would’ve been a long trip.)

DJZ’s surgery went well. He’s going to be recovering and not wrestling in Mexico City for a while, but it reads like it could’ve gone a lot worse. Between this and the wrist injury, DJZ has has no luck of late.

Pentagon is off today’s DEFY show in Seattle due to a personal emergency. I suspect that means he’s also not in AAW tomorrow but it hasn’t been announced yet.

Lucha Memes/MDA has Chairo 10 on April 28 in Arena Naucalpan

The Crash now has tickets on sale for their 05/05 show in Tijuana with the Young Bucks vs the Lucha Brothers.

Mike Quackenbush has been announced as a trainer for the AAA/WWC/Vampiro tryout.

Hoy Los Angeles does the usual “lucha libre has died but we’re going to revive” it article for LA. Jesse Hernandez and Heredero Rey Misterio are interviewed.

Lucha Report has the latest news update.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 6th

 

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I’ve taken Elite off the schedule since it’s just repeats of repeats. This feels like the fewest number of shows in some time, and the IWRG stuff is mostly hopeful than solid. AYM’s been flakey about actually airing the promotion of late.

CMLL has Reyes del Aire. And hopefully no blocks.

AAA starts the Neza taping, which looked completely weird reading the results and probably the same when we see it. Maybe we’ll get Parka Negra/Elegido or maybe the debut of Dalton Bragg. Or maybe a good match.

Lucha Underground’s dropped back down to airing only two episodes a week, which puts them right on schedule to run thru Season 3, with the last repeat episode airing before the first new episode. Not sure running episodes at times that weren’t advertised at all really served a purpose but you’ll have caught them all if you DVR a season pass.