indy (THU) 11/30/2017 Arena Coliseo [@OficialRDR]
1) Chapulín Negro, Magnífico, Pilatos b ?, Barrio Latino, Zoom Driver
losing side not confirmed.
2) Alas de Oro & Súper Bólido b Águila Del America & Fuerza Negra
3) Gallero, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Hijo del Pantera, Hijo del Solar, Súper Astro Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón b Ojo De Tigre, Pantera II, Súper Astro
5) Blue Panther, Canek, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Satánico
Couldn’t tell how well this was attended, but it sounded loud when they brought out everyone to honor Ubrought out everyone to honor Universo 2000. Edit: I thought he was there, but I have may assumed wrong.
The Crash (WED) 11/29/2017 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [El Sabor del Ring]
1) Keyra & Tiago vs Lacey Lane & Pegazus and Christi Jaynes & Zumbi
Lacey Lane replaced Vanilla Vargas.
2) Hijo de LA Park, Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada vs Black Taurus, Demus, Luke Hawx
Hijo de LA Park replaced Willie Mack, Luke Hawx & Demus replaced Angel Fashion & Mike Mendoza.
3) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450 b Bandido (Indie), Damián 666, M-ximo
Bandido & Damian replaced Hijo de LA Park & Laredo Kid, Mr. 450 replaced Black Taurus.
4) Flamita b Rey Fénix (US)
lots of money thrown in.
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Daga, LA Park, Penta Zero M
usual challenges followed.
I haven’t tracked down complete results from Arena Aficion. Turnout didn’t look great; they were co-promoting with DTU and seemed to draw just about the same as DTU does.
The Crash heads to their home base in Tijuana tonight. The announced main event is Daga & LA Park vs La Mascara & Rush vs Bestia & Garza, but the big draw might be the Young Bucks returning to the promotion to take on Flamita & Rey Fenix in the semimain. That’s probably the best match happening anywhere tonight. The Crash runs their angles for their Tijuana audience. The last show had Volador appearing, which we know won’t happen tonight because he’s in Arena Mexico (and that bit hasn’t been followed up anywhere in the last month.) The show will probably be up as handhelds on YouTube over the weekend and on Konnan’s Patreon in the next week or so.
Meanwhile, in Mexico City, there’s three shows of note on the same night. WWE comes to town, Elite resurfaces, and CMLL decides to run another tournament (in response to any of this) tonight.
It’s been 378 days between Elite TV tapings. Elite’s last notable show was November 18, 2016 in Arena Naucalpan; there were some shows branded as Elite shows in the months after, but they’ve mostly ceased to exist then. Luchadors with the promotions would insist Elite was coming back soon for months, and ELITE even announced a undated Night of Champions show at one point, but it appeared the promotion had closed up shop. Word started to go around about their resurrection early November, and they make their return tonight in Mexico City’s Deportivo Pavon.
The new run of ELITE shows are billed as “Street Lucha Libre”, leaning into running smaller arenas by going with a more underground field. They’re also billing these as still being in on TV Azteca. The TV network has said nothing about the promotion coming back to their channel, and the promotion has said nothing about when these shows would air. The old Lucha Azteca page is still there, without hype for a return. I’m skeptical they’re actually going to be on TV, but we’ll have a better idea after this show. This group doesn’t seem to have much of a chance without a TV deal, but that TV deal wasn’t enough to keep them afloat last year either.
The card itself is nothing special, disappointingly normal and looking like many of the indies who focus on ex-AAA/CMLL names. The main event is Cibernetico vs Mr. Electro vs Blue Demon. Cibernetico is the ELITE Heavyweight champion, but he’s never defended it. The semimain is Sharlie Rockstar & Ultimo Ninja vs Zorro and a partner to be named; it’s a little notable Ninja is here and not the Crash, but they don’t seem to be using him in Tijuana. Bandido defends the Elite Welterweight Championship against Extreme Tiger in the best looking match on the show. There are some interesting wrestlers in the undercard, but nothing that jumps out as a match.
If this airs on TV, we’ll obviously see it then. Even if it doesn’t, there’s a good chance someone will be recording it from the seats or ringside. Elite’s already pushing next week’s show in Cuautitlan, though they’re not announcing matches.
WWE also makes it’s annual return to Arena Ciudad de Mexico tonight. AJ Styles defends his world title against Jinder Mahal in the main event. Tye Dillinger, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sin Cara challenge Baron Corbin for the WWE US Championship, which is being billed as Sin Cara trying to win the title in his home town. I think they’re doing the bit where he’s supposed to be the original Sin Cara, who is really from Mexico City. This Sin Cara freely talks about being from Ciudad Juarez and honors Juarez legend’s Cinta de Oro’s with an allusion to his mask, so it’s weird. He also never much wrestled in Mexico City: I can find four matches for him in the city itself before he went to WWE, and tonight will be his fifth match for WWE in Ciudad Mexico. Nakamura’s actually wrestled in Mexico City a lot more than this Sin Cara.
Tickets from this show is 320 to all the way up to 12,780 MXP for the closest seats. (That’s 17 to 686 USD!) The ticket website doesn’t show any full sections, but they look pretty full. The WWE tour goes to Merida on Saturday, and Monterrey on Sunday.
CMLL has it’s traditional Friday show. CMLL might be running a tournament to get a lot of big names on the card against the WWE. Or they might be running a tournament because that’s just what they’ve done. This is the eighth Friday night show since the earthquake, and five of those have had at least part of a tournament.
Tonight’s contribution is the Copa Junior VIP, a 12 man match with top second generation wrestlers. (At least in theory; Stuka Jr. is Stuka’s brother.) There’s a lot of fun wrestlers involved, and also Shocker is there. There’s no real favorite, because it’s hard to figure this meaning anything, but the match itself could be any good. The one bit everyone’s waiting for is Sam Adonis to somehow get involved in a match he’s not part of, to get Negro Casas eliminated and continue the build to their spot.
Marco, Titan and Valiente take on Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero and Terrible in the semimain. Adonis’ match on the card teams him with Vangellys & Hechicero against two of his rivals (Blue Panther & Rey Cometa) along with Guerrero Maya Jr. Tonight’s women’s match is Dalys, Tiffany and Seductora against, Marcela, Sileuta and Lady Maravilla. The tecnica side looks solid there, but not so much the rudas.
The other news on the show might come from the segunda. Cancerbero & Raziel went after Pegasso’s mask in previous matches, and they’re match up again. We’re still waiting to find out who else will be pulled into the 12/25 Infierno en el Ring cage match, and either Astral & Stigma could be added from the tecnico side. Virus will team with his allies on the rudo side. The opener is a minis match, Stukita & Shockercito facing Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico. The show starts at 8:30 on ClaroSports and Facebook, and it will pop up at some point on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
CMLL’s Soberano Jr., Angel de Oro & Akuma join a bunch of indie names on shows in New York and New Jersey this weekend. These shows were thought off at one time, but appear to still be on.
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