What happened: Sombra defeated Volador in straight falls (with a little help) to set up a title match next week. The Panther & Super Comando started feuding, and Thunder & Ultimo Guerrero continued feuding. Hechicero defeated Heddi Karaoui in a singles match which had been build for a few weeks (and, weeks later, Karoui hasn’t returned to the main CMLL shows.)
What was good: The main event felt like a big match, and the fourth match had the usual Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi show.
Where can I watch it: The show is on my YouTube channel, though some matches are only available with the Azteca edits.(more…)
What happened: Mephisto beat Dragon Lee in the main event, but cheated to do it. Princesa Sugehit defeated Zeuxis in a trios match to set up a title match next week.
What was good: The opener, the tercera and the main event were good, with Dragon Lee/Mephisto beating the best. However…
Where can I watch it: it’s on my YouTube channel, but the videos are awful. This was off the Ciudad Juarez feed, the first time I had used it in months, and the files are just horrible. I feel bad I couldn’t find a better way to grab these, but the audio is out of sync and the video goes in and out. (My best solution to watch it was in 2x fast forward, which smoothed out the video and eliminated the audio.) Dragon Lee put out his usual big performance, but you don’t want to deal with this video.(more…)
RIOT (SAT) 11/14/2015Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey] 1) Karisma b Poly Star 2) Tony Rodriguez b Erick Ortiz 3) Arez & Belial b Hooligan Byron & Kaientai Kaientai & Hooligan Byron are going by Generation One. Arez beat Kaientai with a Samoan Driver. 4) Rico Rodríguez b Alberto Dos Rios Tony Rodriguez challenged Rico Rodriguez after the match, but Rico explained he only wrestles top stars. 5) Low Rider & Sammy Guevara b Kratoz & Ultimo Ninja Low Rider dropped Ultimo Ninja with the Pisoton Doble and Guevara added kicks to win. The outside rudos had earlier taken out the referee, which the Monterrey guys felt cost them the win, and they wanted a extreme rematch. Low Rider accepted, but Sammy had no idea because he doesn’t speak Spanish. 6) Dralion b Impulso Dralion used a variant of the Dralion Suplex for the win. Dralion said he wanted to fight Arez next. Arez came out and said OK, but it’d have to be at another show – he’s down to one pair of pants after Caifan ripped up his other pair on the last show. Remembering that, Arez took the moment to challenge Caifan to a title. rematch (for the Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight Title.) Fans asked for a three way match between Arez, Dralion and Caifan.
I can’t fight because I only have one pair of pants is the best reason not to fight that I’ve ever heard.
CMLL (TUE) 11/17/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico b Acero & Angelito
2) Canelo Casas, Metálico, Nitro b Magnus, Robin, Soberano Jr.
3) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Skadi Amapola replaced Isis.
4) Sagrado b Delta [lightning] Sagrado used a Buca Storm to win in 7:50.
5) Super Porky, Titán, Tritón b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero, Vangellys
A show. No sign of any angle. Not missing this show all that much.
Konnan was back on his MLW Radio podcast yesterday. I took some notes. Konnan claimed Cibernetico was still under AAA contract, AAA lawyers have told Cibernetico’s people, and they will go to court to enforce the lawsuit. It was explained this didn’t happen with some of the other departures because Alberto’s contract had expired a month prior and Myzteziz was never under contract. (It’s unclear why Cibernetico was the only one of these three under contract, or why AAA would sue to bring Cibernetico back.)
Konnan says Elite is throwing big money at AAA wrestlers because they’ve found bringing indie wrestlers in to main event hasn’t worked. Cibernetico was offered a multiyear deal and a signing bonus. (Elite being around for multiple years seems optimistic.) Chessman, Cuervo, Averno, Sexy Star, Pentagon and others were all offered deals, the others turned it down, and so Black Warrior got brought back once again.
Konnan and Court Bauer also talked about the Verano de Escandalo Guerra de Titanes card that was posted here. The segment came off as if Konnan was hearing the final lineup for the card for the first time. Konnan explained he wanted to do a tournament for the heavyweight title and Speedball & Willie Mack were originally supposed to be in the tag team title match instead of Chessman & Averno. Konnan said the Hell Brothers were added for political reasons (probably because of the Elite offers.) Jack Evans voiced his displeasure with Averno & Chessman being added; Konnan too has posted comments on Twitter in recent weeks that seem like unhappiness with being overruled on booking decisions, and it came off like this card was more of that.
I’m kind of two minds about the tournament. AAA looks clownish by going out of the way to announce they were doing a tournament and then not doing a tournament. On the other hand, there’s no real point to doing a tournament if the final was going to be Johnny Mundo versus Rey Mysterio. That’s easier match to sell than a tournament, Rey doesn’t need to be wrestling multiple singles matches on a show, and the appeal of a tournament is someone unexpected might reach the final or win and these are the two most expected guys.
Mundo/Rey makes sense as the Guerra de Titanes match if that’s locked in for TripleMania in some fashion, and those are the two biggest names AAA has access to at the moment. It just doesn’t feel like a safe bet to lock in Rey can’t stop saying he’d go back to WWE if they gave him the right deal (especially when they just gave Alberto that deal!) I don’t have a real solution here – if Rey’s going to be booked like the best guy in the promotion, he should be champion, but the only way to bring someone up to that level is to give them some of those big wins. Rey/Mundo is probably the best decision for Guerra de Titanes and for TripleMania 2016, but maybe not for TripleMania 2017 and 2018 and 2019 when either or both aren’t good bets to be around.
No Suicide/Daga, no Fantasma open challenge (especially given Speedball has nothing to do) feels like whoever put together this card for AAA’s biggest show of the year isn’t actually watching AAA’s TV. Maybe they’re waiting for it to go up on YouTube too. I’m also not sure why Averno & Chessman had to replace Willie Mack & Speedball instead of just having both teams there: four ways are dumb, but not really any dumber than three ways. It really should only be a 2v2 match given the angle they’ve done on TV (or they should’ve done something in Juarez or Xalapa to explain why it’s a 3 way match.)
Bobby Z is unhappy with the FantasticaMania roster. Bobby feels that winning En Busca de un Idolo not only gave him the opportunity to win, but his prize was also Guerrero Maya Jr. NOT going to Japan and they’ve taken that away from him. This is a fair point, but he probably should be more concerned that he’s never gotten his title match either. (This is also a strange article for CMLL to put out, pointing out the flaw in their own booking, unless they’re planning on resolving it somehow.)
New promotion Independientes Lucha Libre Mexico held a press conference to introduce themselves. Dinamo is the general director, Climax is the general coordinator, Bad Boy is programmer. They’re planning to run every two weeks and are the 500th promotion vowing to bring back traditional lucha libre.
CMLL (TUE) 11/24/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder
6) Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero
This card is not so good. A lot of these guys (Rush, Thunder, Ultimo Guerrero) aren’t usually working Tuesday shows, which I guess might mean something is up for Friday. But this card is not so good.
CMLL (TUE) 11/24/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Metatrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Rey Cometa vs Boby Z, Tiger, Vangellys
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
I’ll back to the matches and everything else. Let’s go with this line, said by actual (local) promoters and written down in a newspaper as if this is as a plausible thing.
Aunque ya son varias las contiendas confirmadas para el evento, se dio a conocer la posible presencia de “El Patrón”, Alberto del Río, además de Doctor Wagner y ¡John Cena!
Yes! AAA’s not just trying to get Alberto back for one show, but they’re going to bring John Cena to say Hola to all the folks in Tampico. I have a few doubts about that taking place. Meanwhile, Wagner’s on the actual poster too and they didn’t book him in a match. I need a perplexed emoji.
Looks like a two man tournament for the AAA Heavyweight title! That’s a bit non-traditional. On MLW Radio, it sounded like Konnan was still figuring out what he wanted to do and plans were subject to change, but then I have no idea why Dorian announced a tournament. It’s almost as if things are not making sense in AAA. Mundo is the heavy favorite – Konnan’s been pretty straightforward that Alberto was going to lose the title and he was feuding with Johnny. They could change plans since everyone knows (and Konnan also indicated he wasn’t going to have Alberto lose the title in the ring, at least at first, because everyone would’ve known.) The title probably should be on Rey, he’s the #1 guy.
There’s weeks of airing a bit about Hijo del Fantasma issuing an open challenge for Guerra de Titanes, and then he ends up facing no one.
Jack asks on Twitter for no more multiman matches, they build up an honest to goodness 2v2 tag match, and then Chessman and Averno are added in the last minute (and may win the belts to try and keep them around.) Anarquia are really good against tecnicos and are feuding with Australian Suicide for the last few months, so they’re going to pinball against the old rudos and Suicide (and Speedball) gets the night off. Willie Mack’s flown in to work an opener against Argenis? This card is bizarre, just totally random. Everyone needs some more sleep.
The article says this is being held at the fairgrounds, not the Auditorio. TV didn’t list a venue, but even that seems weird to me.
CMLL (SUN) 11/15/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Johnny Dinamo & Micro b Black Sugar & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Capitan Cobra & Javier Cruz Jr. b Avispón Negro Jr. & Demonio Rojo
3) El Chakal & Mr. Apolo b El Yaqui & Nube Roja Chakal used the ropes to beat Nube Roja. Nuba Roja challenged him to a hair match.
4) El Divino, Linterna, Reycko b Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Thunder Boy Linterna replaced Freezer
5) Kempo Dragón, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. DQ Exterminador, Maléfico, Ráfaga Chakal and Mr. Apolo ran in to attack the tecnicos for the DQ.
They were teasing a double hair match previously, but a run in the main event suggests something more like a cage match.
No recap last night, because the best match was also the one where the FantasticaMania roster was announced and I was a little distracted. Maybe it’ll go up tonight. The takeaway was the main event being good, but only barely so because they rushed thru it. Outside of Sombra or Volador doing one man performances, the ‘big’ main events in this building have all been short and disappointing since it started airing. The better matches are the ones in the middle of the card.
A poster is floating around that advertises Rey Mysterio, Dr. Wagner Jr., Alberto el Patron, Johnny Mundo, Blue Demon and La Parka for Guerra de Titanes. It’s bizarre that it even exists; Wagner was Alberto’s replacement so there’s only a short period of time where AAA could’ve thought both would’ve been around, and that time was a while ago. Everyone with AAA says Alberto’s not appearing at the show, so how did a poster announcing his farewell appearance get sent out? (For the same reasons the lineups aren’t updated, one supposes.) For what it’s worth, Alberto is not scheduled on a WWE house show that day, but is due into Puerto Rico the next day for his WWC match.
Sombra’s going on a trip! Good on him for taking advantage of the days where he’s not working to do something fun. I can’t imagine what else this could possibly mean. (I really don’t know, but he’s smart enough to know what people are thinking when they see that.)
CMLL (SUN) 11/22/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo vs Quca
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Diplomático & Mr. Brisa
3) León Blanco, Metatrón, Nautilius vs El Chakal, Mercenario, Mr. Apolo
4) Gallo, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
5) Esfinge & La Máscara vs Euforia & Maléfico
CMLL DF luchadors back here on Sundays? This would be the first time on a ‘normal’ Sunday card since 2014 (but there’s been a lot of abnormal cards this year.) This seems like a ripple effect of Elite taking over Sunday Arena Mexico shows. Euforia & La Mascara don’t seem in the mix to work those shows and have to find their bookings elsewhere.
Doing local versus DF ciberneticos is something these venues should more often, but this is a pretty weak DF side. It’s typical though, because it’s usually only the opening/second match DF guys who face the Puebla locals. There’s just that not that many good DF opening match guys.
CMLL’s Puebla broadcast hyped five tecnicos as possibly following the path of Pegasso, Stigma and Guerrero Maya Jr. as Puebla natives making the jump to Mexico City. (Only Stigma wrestled regularly in Arena Puebla.) Four tecnicos are on this show: Zaeta Roja, Arakalis, Asturiano and Lestat. Tiger Rojo Jr. is the other.
This is a gigantic leap, but I wonder about the long term status of Inquisidor and if this might be the beginning of something. He’s down to one Tuesday show, one Coliseo show and maybe one Puebla appearance a month, and he might even lose some of those spots if a new wave of debuts are happening in a couple months. That was Molotov’s fate before he lost his mask and disappeared and maybe we’ll see the same for Inquisidor some point soon.
DTU (THU) 11/26/2015Arena Aficion 1) Luigi & Niño De Cobre vs Electrock Boy & Perro Negro Jr. 2) Chica Ye-Ye, El Intruso Jr., Jimmy, Joven Maravilla, Kevin vs Black Fire, El Exótico, Lokillo, Ovett, Tony [cibernetico] 3) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Rocky Lobo [lightning] 4) Delta & Stuka Jr. vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Lanzeloth & Septimo Dragón 5) ?, Misterioso Jr. (CMLL), Psicosis II vs Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Violento Jack mystery luchador is from CMLL 6) Titan vs Drastik Boy 7) Blue Panther, Negro Navarro, Paraoniko vs Ángel o Demonio, Solar I, Valiente
DTU’s take on Padrismo. Titan/Drastick Boy is the most interesting match to me.
CMLL & NJPW announced the names for the 2016 FantasticaMania tour Monday night. The FantasticaMania tour runs from January 17th to January 24th, six shows in seven days. CMLL luchadors going this year:
Mistico, CMLL trios champion
Volador Jr., NWA Welterweight and CMLL trios champion
Atlantis, Mexican Light Heavyweight champion
Guerrero Maya Jr.
Dragon Lee, CMLL Super Lightweight champion
Mascara Dorada, CMLL Welterweight champion (and on loan to NJPW until the end of this tour)
Ultimo Guerrero, NWA Middleweight champion
Barbaro Cavernario, Mexican Welterweight champion
Ring announcer Ivan will be on the tour as well. This will be the NJPW debut of Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., the Panther, Hechicero, Bobby Z and Virus.
This is an excellent roster for putting together exciting CMLL matches, with some guys I’ve really wanted to see make the trip to Japan but wasn’t sure would make it. The final four from last year’s En Busca de un Idolo – Cavernario, Hechicero, Dragon Lee, and Panther – go to Japan as a group after only Cavernario got the trip last year. Guerrero Maya Jr., who was runner up in En Busca de un Idolo goes anyway; it’s illogical but he deserves it. Stuka, Fuego and Titan have done well in previous trips and Virus should do the same.
Many of the big FantasticaMania matches are usually around title matches. Ultimo may defend against someone. Cavernario/Titan fits. Dragon Lee/Virus as well, though Kamaitachi is already teasing one match against his rival on this tour. A rematch of Dorada/Volador feels like the proper tour ender match, but they could also do something with two luchadors challenging for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles too.
The big news is the omissions. No Ingobernables. No one was really expecting Marco or La Mascara, but Rush & Sombra have been on this tour every year they’ve been healthy and are among the biggest stars of the CMLL crew in NJPW. They’re the only ones who are treated as threats to the NJPW heavyweights. Rush missed last year, so this will be two straight for him. Sombra was supposed to be in the World Tag League, was not. There was recent word going around that Sombra was going to be on this tour and so everything had to be OK with him and CMLL and there was talk of him being the CMLL guy who goes to Japan for a year. Sombra’s not on this tour after all, so he won’t be going to NJPW for a year. Maybe this’ll change when they put up the Puebla lineup for next week, but Sombra’s currently not booked anywhere in Mexico either. There’s definitely something going with Sombra for all these things to be happening.
We know it won’t be Sombra who’s going to NJPW. Who will it be?
Unlikely: Okumura (does not compute), Mistico (better in small dodes), Volador Jr. (CMLL needs him to much), Atlantis (he and Tiger Mask and Lyger could wrestle in trios all year, but nah), Virus (would be great but nah), Ultimo Guerrero (same as Mistico), Mephisto (same), most of the new guys (too new!)
Outside possibilities: Stuka Jr. & Fuego (could do everything Dorada did without being wasted, but seems more likely NJPW would want someone they could build up), Mascara Dorada (just did it, but who knows)
Best candidates: Dragon Lee (is really great, but this is his first time in Japan and is really young, they may want to wait a year to see how he progresses), Titan (is really great, but this may be wishcasting; doesn’t have as a high profile as the other guys), Barbaro Cavernario (is really great, may have to sacrifice a bit of accounting education for wrestling education)
As of November 16, at 11:46 PM, I guess I’d put my money on Cavernario. But not much money, I don’t really know.
IWRG (SUN) 11/15/2015Arena Naucalpan [@naoki909, Mano a Mano] Pantera 30th Anniversary
1) Atomic Star & Matrix Jr. b Aramis & Dragón Bane
2) Centvrión, Hijo del Alebrije, Látigo b Hip Hop Man, Kanon, Ram El Carnero Centvrion’s first match here since last Christmas.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Diablo Jr. I, Golpeador, Imposible, Violencia Jr.
4) Canis Lupus, Eterno, Spector b Mega, Pantera I, Super Mega Eterno snuck in a foul on Pantera I.
5) Danny Casas, Pantera, Súper Nova b Heddi Karaoui, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., X-Fly Karoaui made it from wrestling in Arena Mexico earlier the day. Tecnicos took 2/3. Mascara challenged Pantera to a mask vs hair match.
Mascara 2000 Jr. is funny.
FULL MDA (SUN) 11/15/2015 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon [Estrellas del Ring, Lo Mejor de Lucha] 1) Difunto I, Epydemius, Psicotico b Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Ultimo Ninja Difunto snuck in a foul on Ultimo Ninja. 2) Blue Panther, Solar I, Súper Astro b Fishman Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico Pirata fouled Panther, but Latin Lover ran out to foul Pirata and give the tecnicos the win. 3) Atlantis, Máscara Sagrada, Tinieblas Jr. DQ El Dandy, Mano Negra, Scorpio Jr. Mascara 2000 ran in to attack Tinieblas. Satanico and Dandy fought after the match. 4) Mistico II, Super Porky, Zumbi b Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero, Toscano 5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush b Herodes Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II excellent match 6) Canek, Dos Caras Sr., Rayo de Jalisco Jr. DQ Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Scorpio Jr. ran in for the DQ. Usual challenges followed.
Building looks ~70% full, which is a really good turnout nowadays. FULL does a lot of run-ins for the sake of run-ins, not that they’re necessarily going anywhere.
CMLL.com lists next sunday’s Elite/CMLL show as Cibernetico, Mephisto and Black Warrior versus Caristico, Atlantis, and Negro Casas. That’s Black Warrior in the spot Box Y Lucha had as Dark Cuervo. CMLL.com does not have the rest of the lineup. Elite released the full lineup on Tuesday night the last couple of weeks.
Today’s CMLL Puebla show has the Sky Team defending their trios titles against Peste Negra. A title change seems unlikely – it seems doubtful a Mistico team is going to lose a title and a Niebla team is going to win one – but they’re capable of having a good match. Locals working tonight are Meyer, Paris, Black Tiger, Millenium, Black Tiger, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr. and Rey Apocalipsis.
CMLL (SAT) 11/21/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Sensei vs Camorra
3) Star Jr. vs Inquisidor
4) Starman vs Hijo del Signo
5) Tritón vs Okumura
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
7) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
Main event could be fun. Semimain is the Arena Coliseo Tag Team champions teaming up in Arena Coliseo. Maybe show up a half hour late for this one.