AAA Star Battle Japan: 2016-10-26 

Angelico barely escapes
Angelico barely escapes

Recapped: 11/12/2016

What happened: Pagano got a rematch win over Psycho Clown, though it took a lot of Tirantes helping. Nothing much else – this wasn’t really an angle show, but more of a loaded house show for the foreign audience. (Theoretically, this is the newest “maybe last ever Rey Mysterio appearance in AAA!” but who knows.)

At least on SamuraiTV, this seems a bit like a vehicle to promote Lucha Underground airing on the station – it was brought up even by NOAH guys.

What was good: Nothing jumped out as must see but the show overall was easily more enjoyable than Heroes Inmortales. The Angelico/Fantasma vs Hidaka/Tanaka match was the best match on the show to me, with the three way and main event watchable too. Nothing was bad, though the times indicated the first few matches were decently edited (probably as much for time as spots.)

Where can I watch it: It’s in the RealHero archive. AAA’s teased they may show it complete on their own show at some point – they probably should show 2/4/5/6. (more…)

Tuesday’s boring CMLL, Aztec Warfare 3, Máscara Año 2000 in CMLL

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 11/15/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Acero & Aéreo
2) Grako, Metálico, Nitro b Magia Blanca, Metatrón, Robin
Magia Blanca’s first match here since the March Gran Alternativa. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Pegasso b Disturbio [lightning]
4) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado b Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Olímpico, Ripper, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Mistico, Titán, Volador Jr.
Straight falls in a nothing main event. Sets up a Mephisto/Volador title match

I didn’t watch the show. It did not sound good, with the main event rushed thru just to get it done. It’s also quite a dispiriting show, as the older veterans (and usually the least interesting teams) won every single match. Whoever is putting together this show, theoretically the new star, seems to aggressively dislike new stars and young people. This was a failure of a show but it’s also an overwhelming failure of a concept.

Olimpico is wearing a half Olimpico face, though the straps are numerous enough that it covers up a decent portion of his unmasked phase. Felino was doing something like that for a while and it was dumb when he was doing it. Felino at least had a cat look, Olimpico’s mask was neither distinctive or memorable or really adds to his act at all.

Today is Lucha Underground 3×11, “Aztec Warfare 3” Matches on the show:

  • Aztec Warfare (the third one)
  • that’s it

I worked out what we ‘know’ yesterday – Drago is 1, Matanza is 20, Johnny Mundo’s number is revealed in this video – but the elephant in the room is a lot of people know the result. The outcome of Aztec Warfare has been the most spoiled discussed in advance airing story development of the season, probably in the history of the show. Congratulations if you’ve made it this far without knowing. It’s only one (very important) detail that’s been focused on; I’ve seen the some of the context incorrectly misconstrued and other (not as big) plot details mentioned once and quickly forgotten. There’s other stuff on this show that people are going to talk about, but the clear overarching idea tonight is get people talk about the show in general.

I have very definite thoughts about the decision and there’s stuff we can not talk about in bigger picture topics too. The Aztec Warfares have been among Lucha Underground’s biggest shows, but I’m honestly more interested in the reaction to the show than the show itself tonight; I don’t think my opinion on the creative direction itself is going to change, but I’m less sure how much everyone else will care.

CultIcon previews this show.

El Rey’s officially announced the Thanksgiving Lucha Underground marathon.

Rey Fenix says his shoulder still isn’t good and he’ll be in San Diego this weekend, so no Cara Lucha for him. It’s good he’s taking care of himself, but I hope doesn’t over extend himself again.

Brian Cage has a busy weekend coming up. He’s wrestling for New Era Wrestling in El Paso on Friday, for WrestleCircus in Austin on Saturday, for WrestleCircus in Arlington on Sunday, and in Ciudad Juarez on Sunday. Those last two seem tricky and I initially assumed that he was off the Juarez show when he was on the WrestleCircus show. Cage says he’s working both. WrestlingCircus starts at 3pm, AAA is maybe around 6pm – but really 7pm, because it’s a different time zone. I’m terrible at Texas geography, so I had to Google this, and Arlington and Ciudad Juarez are not particularly close. It’s an 8 hour drive, but I don’t think he’s driving. There are a few flights which could get Cage from Dallas to El Paso (and then he’s got thru the border) while the AAA show is ongoing. It’s possible, it doesn’t seem like a great idea because so many things could go wrong, but it’s also not that far off from what AAA & Alberto said they were doing with Heroes Inmortales. (And again, that didn’t go so well.) I hope it works if that’s what Cage is doing, but I also hope AAA has a backup plan ready to go and would just stop trying these things.

HEX Promotions in San Diego has a long Facebook post explaining why Maximo didn’t make their show. The short version is they claim Maximo took their plane ticket as a way to get to Tijuana to party, and then just made up an excuse not work the show.

CMLL says their bodybuilding contest will take place next Wednesday at 12:00. As in past years, you just need a ticket stub from any recent CMLL show to attend. It’ll be streamed on YouTube like last year.

CMLL luchadoras (Esterllita, Marcela, Zeuxis, Dalys) will be part of BBC Mexico’s 100 Mujeres presentation at the museum of fine arts on 11/21. Their match is happening around 4:40pm.

AAA was recognized from YouTube for reaching 100,000 subscribers.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Alfredo Barreto, the Neutron of Colombia, has passed away. He appeared on 60s version of Argentina’s Titanes en el Ring.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 11/22/2016 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Soberano Jr. vs Morphosis, Okumura, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Luciferno
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Volador Jr. © vs Mephisto [NWA WELTER]
Volador 12th defense

Mascara 2000 is booked on a Tuesday, after being booked on a Friday. It appears he’s a regular now. What year is this? Where am I? What is going on? This is absurd.

Mascara was terrible, just outrageously bad, in his first return appearance and only better in the second appearance because it was nigh impossible to reach the abyss of the first match again. He still wasn’t good, he probably isn’t going to start magically being good, he wasn’t a draw in his second appearance, and it’s extremely doubtful people are going to be coming back to see him on a Tuesday after seeing him on Friday. It’s not like CMLL is short on veterans – they’re overwhelmed with veterans who are on the downside of their career, and they decided to add one more. Mascara 2000 being booked on this show will make it worse, and serves no purpose other than friends helping friends at the expense of everyone else or at the expense of putting on shows.

It’s definitely possible CMLL needed a replacement for bookings which were intended for Mr. Niebla. The issue is CMLL has 200 people who work for them, most of whom are going to get less bookings this week than Mascara 2000. Put Disturbio in that spot, maybe people don’t react to Disturbio as a semimain guy – but maybe they do or maybe he gets something out of it. Maybe bring in someone else from outside CMLL who has not recently been awful as his job?

I’ve never heard anything bad about Mascara 2000 and I’m sure there are people who happy to see him getting work. I hope he does great. But everyone should be up in arms about seeing him added to this show and apparently to the full time roster. Last night’s show, and all these shows, prove this isn’t just an isolated case but the standard practice.

Volador and Mephisto have had this title match three times already. Volador won all those times. Volador will win this time. CMLL will do their best not to switch up the top guys (even though putting Gran Guerrero in the spot would change the draw and the outcome little.) It’ll be alright. Volador will do some things.

CMLL (TUE) 11/22/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Smaker vs Exterminador & Maléfico
2) Flyer, Magnus, Vaquero Jr. vs Akuma, Artillero, Joker
3) Pegasso, Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

Caristico and the rudos repeat the main event from last week, so that’s probably the program.

IWRG (SUN) 11/20/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Cadillac vs Skanda & Vampiro Metálico
2) Leo & Mike vs Acero & Demonio Infernal
3) Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Picudo Jr., Violencia Jr., Vórtize
4) Chicano, Imposible, Súper Nova vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Relámpago
5) Axel, Golden Magic, Pantera I vs Canis Lupus, Killer Jr., Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Imposible and the Diablos are partners, on opposite sides. IWRG always has a bunch of interesting trainees, and they’re doing a Pantera I/Killer feud. All lucha libre programming is awful, throw it in the bin.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-10-31 

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Sky Team dive

Recapped: 11/12/2016

What happened:  The Sky Team kept the trios title, with Valiente saving the day for his team. Marco & Máximo feuded comically in their match.

What was good: Main event was good. The incredible teams match was better than some of the recent ones, but nothing you need to see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

12/17 AAA TV Lineup (Chilpancingo)

AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 12/17/2016 Plaza de Toros Belisario Arteaga, Chilpancingo, Guerrero
1) Big Mami, Dinastía, Máscara de Bronce vs Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Argenis, Lanzeloth, Niño Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava Jr., Dave The Clown, Soul Rocker
3) Angélico, Bengala, Garza Jr. vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
5) Aerostar & Drago © vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Daga & Joe Lider [AAA TAG]
2nd defense
6) Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano

Air Date: 12/24 and 12/31?  That seems unlikely. Sometime early January, maybe.

I found this on a Chilpancingo lucha libre Facebook page.

Matches 4 and 6 keep the two big programs (OGT/Apaches/Xinetez and Foreigners/Traitors vs AAA/Perros) going. Fantasma has done interviews talking about his pal Texano becoming a tecnico but insisting he’s still a rudo. Scheduling seems to different on that point (and the cruiserweight title match was really wrestled like it was three tecnicos.)

I’m concerned about match 5; there’s decent reasoning that maybe those titles should be given to people in the feud to give something to do. Plus, Super Fly’s lurking around to give cost htem the titles (and doesn’t have a partner to challenge for the tag titles again.) The Clowns or Daga/Lider would be a downgrade in champions but that’s not a big consideration

There probably should be some progress to (or from?) Guerra de Titanes on this card, but otherwise this just seems like marking time. Angelico, short one tag partner, has dropped into the meaningless bottom half of this card, which just appears whichever other guys who are around in matches. Mamba is a better opponent for Mascara de Bronce, but a better card has both of them in the second match and Nino & Dave moved to the opener. (Two matches with heavy people spots seems a worse idea than one match with two heavy people.) I haven’t counted, but I’d guess Soul Rocker has appeared on the TV show more this year than the period where they actually did something with that trio. Mini Psycho Clown is wrestling as a tecnico on some spot shows, which appears to be a lack of bodies and not a turn based on this lineup.

Unless we’re getting a surprise announcement tomorrow about Guerra de Titanes taking place in early December, this is the last remaining taping of the year.

CMLL Domingos Familiares: 2016-10-30

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Recapped: 11/12/2016

What happened: Último Guerrero beat Rush cleanly in a singles match. That’s about it. People got dragged to hell too, I guess.

What was good: The main event was better than the previous meeting. I liked the opener and that doesn’t happen often with CMLL.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

Dragon Lee/Polvora in Puebla, Rush, DTU, XMW, Tuesday preview

today
today

CMLL (SUN) 11/13/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Quca b Avispón Negro Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Destello & Destructor b Black Sugar & Javier Cruz Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Reycko, Sky Kid, Smaker b Linterna, Mr. Brisa, Puma Negro
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Gallo & Omar Brunetti DCOR Pitbull I & Pitbull II
tecnicos took 1, Pitbulls took 2, both teams fought on the floor for the countout. Neither team was happy with the result.
5) León Blanco, Maléfico, Ráfaga b Flash II, Neutrón, Star Black
Rudos took 1/3, the last when new rudo Leon Blanco took Neutron’s mask.

Main event confirms they’re doing a Neutron/Leon Blanco feud, which is more a toss up for the finish than usual.

CMLL (MON) 11/14/2016 Arena Puebla [+LuchaTV, Culticon, El Popular]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial b Meyer & Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Mini Joker b Astral, Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito, Vega, Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Pequeño Nitro, Saurón [cibernetico] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mini Joker beat Astral to win. Said to be a very good match.
4) Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Pólvora b Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls, setting up Polvora/Dragon Lee
5) Atlantis, Rush, Último Guerrero b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
double atlantida ended it

I didn’t watch the show live, but the cibernetico sounds like it went well. It also should set up a Mini Joker/Astral match, but they both have the week off. Better off waiting until after the bodybuilding contest to do it anyway. Polvora & Dragon Lee have been in the same match for three week but not really feuding until this week.

Rush has no known bookings in Mexico in the immediate future; there’s one a month from now (keep reading) but it’s a few days after NJPW’s next tour wraps so it’s not good for us. Not being booked for a week in CMLL could just be CMLL being weird or a vacation. Dinastia Munoz, Rush’s family is promoting a show in Tala on 11/26. They did one last year, the entire family was on it. This year, the entire family is on it, except Rush. Rush is never missing that show if he’s in Mexico.

He’s not going to be in Mexico. I heard a while back that Rush would be in NJPW’s World Tag League. I haven’t gotten it confirmed and expected NJPW would’ve just announced it already, but disappearing from lineups is solid evidence, and missing the Tala show makes it certain. Rush will be Naito’s X on the 18th, the tour goes until 12/10, and we’ll see him back in Mexico sometime around the 12/12 Puebla show.

XMW (SAT) 11/12/2016 Arena XMW, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Maldad & Poseidón b Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Poseidón, Toxin, Yoruba b Douki, Orión, Taylor Wolf
Poseidon replaced Wasson
3) Belial b Arez, Kronoz, Torny, Fly Metalik, Obscuro
4) Mike Segura b Látigo, Fly Warrior
Mike Segura replaced Rey Cometa.
5) Metaleón b Centvrión Metaleón vs Centurión | XMW | 12-11-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Centvrion replaced Tiger. Said to be a great match.
6) LA Park b Wotan, Fly Star L.A. Park vs Wotan vs Fly Star | XMW | 12-11-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Crazy match. Fly Star was hit with a chair on a dive, which led to his elimination. LA Park beat Wotan.

Photos and video make this look like a wild show and well attended one. XMW has had problems finding a regular venue, maybe they have one now if this is their arena. Centvrion’s name doesn’t show up as much these days – this fill-in date was only his fourth match in two months – but he seems to be part of good matches when he’s out there and still doesn’t get booked much. Maybe he’s working under another name too or has something else going on.

DTU (SUN) 11/13/2016 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [+LuchaTV, DTU]
1) Lokillo b Vengadorcito Radioactivo, Star Shocker, Genex, Sokar, X-Boy, Centella De La Muerte, Luigi, Hardy Boy, Lujuria, Dabubio Jr., El Chato
2) Águila Mágico & Toto Porrito b Angelito Mágico & Flayer Boy
All seminar trainees.
3) Ángel o Demonio, Ovett, Thor b Exótico, Santy Hernández, Tony Iron
Thor & Santy were seminar trainees. Good match. Porros challenged Tony Iron & Rey Infierno (who are going by Los Primos Infierno)
4) El Junior & Gio b Ángelus & Ángelus Fly and Anarquía & Suspect
good match
5) Crazy King, Hijo Del Mosco De La Merced, Hormiga b Black Fire, Dragón Fly, Paranoiko
Hijo del Mosco & Dragon Fly were from the seminar. Hormiga beat Black Fire again, and Black Fire agreed to a title match.
6) Jimmy, Kevin, Kid Cometa b Drastik Boy, Hades, Ronnie Mendoza
very good match
7) Flamita b Niño De Cobre, Steel Dragón
Good match.
8) Camuflaje, Cíclope, Satánico b Crazy Boy, Negro Navarro, Tiburón
Satanico snuck in a foul on Crazy Boy. 

Tiburon (Veracruz) and Camuflaje (Mexico State) also won a trip to Cancun to wrestle for the TWS promotion sometime in 2017.

Nino de Cobre is an AAA regular who seems to be doing well there of late. He’s popped up on AAA spots shows a little bit too.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 11/13/2016 Gimnasio Cuauhtemoc, Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, SuperLuchas, The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman & K-Fu b Makiavelico & Strom Man
2) Íkaro & Pequeño Olímpico b Eléctrico & Sonic
3) Argos, Daisuke Hanaoka, Douki b Black Silver Jr., Hijo Del Black Silver, Spartaco
Silver Stars (Monterrey?) were listed but it turned out to be Black Silvers (Acapulco) instead.
4) Fiero, Ludwig Star, Súper Ciudadano b Arkángel de la Muerte, Patán, Skándalo
Fiero replaced Robin.
5) Rey Bucanero b Último Dragón [super libre]
Made a super libre match. Sam Adonis accompanied Rey Bucanero and thanked the fans for their support and talked about going next to build the wall. They hit Dragon with the Trump flag, and Bucanero took fall 1. Dragon took fall two, despite Adonis involved. Douki and Hanaoka ran seemingly to even the odds, but actually betrayed Ultimo Dragon to give Bucanero the win.

Ultimo Dragon loses more often on these shows than I’d think, though usually not with three people and a flag pole being involved. That’s the last Toryumon Mexico show of the year, and they’ll probably turn up again in March.

Lucha Memes announced Ultimo Guerrero is off of the Chairo 6 card. They held a Facebook poll for a replacement CMLL luchador, and Felino beat out Blue Panther and Gran Guerrero. I wouldn’t have guessed Felino winning, but it wasn’t even close.

Tonight’s CMLL show has Mistico, Titan and Volador Jr. versus Ephesto, Luciferno and Mephisto. They didn’t set up an angle last week (Dinamitas unmasked Blue Panther Jr., but neither are around.) They just did a trios title defense, so it’s possibly a singles title match – if it’s any match at all. (Mephisto is double champion for no real reason, and Mistico might as well have a title for Japan, so maybe.) Match should be good even if they’re doing not much.

Semimain might has Olimpico, Ripper, and Vangellys versus Angel de Oro, Johnny Idol and Rey Cometa. Olimpico was wrestling in his mask on Sunday for no particular reason. Soberano, Star and Stigma make it up to the fourth match to face Misterioso, Okumura and Sagrado. The lightning match is Pegasso & Disturbio. The second match is Robin, Metatron and Magia Blanca vs Grako, Metalico and Nitro; it’s Magia Blanca’s first CMLL match since the March Gran Alternativa, and Grako’s first streaming appearance. The opener is a Acerno & Aereo versus Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico.

CultIcon previews the show. The show will air at 7:30pm.

There’s been no injury update on Espanto Jr., but he’s been taken off Sunday’s card and replaced by Artillero. Also, a lightning match with The Panther and Okumura was added to Friday’s card.

Negro Casas and Principe Arandu had their singles rematch in Tijuana, after the previous one turned into a triangle match with Maximo. This time, no one else got involved, and Arandu took falls 1/3, the last with a foul. In the finals of a relevos suicidas, Zaeta took Pitbull’s mask. Pitbull was announced as Ramón Leal Espinoza.

Crains Business NY has an article with Francisco Segundo, who claims to have been the biggest lucha libre star in the Dominican Republic before moving to New York, and starting the BWF there for lack of anything to do. He also goes with the wrestling been real, and the author somewhat goes with it. He’s charging trainees $100/month, which probably makes more than the shows.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast and Poster-Mania.

Lucha Libre Boom on 12/14 in SLP has Rush & partner TBA versus LA Park & partner TBA.

A Joe Lider interview hypes his match in Juarez on 11/20.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 11/21/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja vs Ares & El Malayo
2) Arkalis, Asturiano, París vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Sombra Diabólika
3) Pegasso, Rey Samuray, Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Bobby Z, Kráneo, Okumura
5) Dragón Lee © vs Pólvora [CMLL SL]
third defense
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol vs Hechicero, Shocker, Vangellys

Hechicero makes the main event, possibly has to wrestle Diamante Azul. Everything’s a tradeoff.

Dragon Lee faces Niebla Roja on Saturday and Polvora on Monday. Two singles matches in three nights after zero in two months. CMLL booking is quirky. Will Polvora’s title match magic come thru again?

Fourth match seems a safe bet to be good too.

All the local guys from last week except Fuerza Chicana are off this week, and there’s some new names coming thru. Sombra Diabolica (usually with a c) has been around Puebla since at least 2008, most often with Arena Coliseo San Ramon of late. Centella Roja appears to have two sons, both a Centella Roja Jr. & Hijo de Centella Roja. This one has been wrestling since the start of 2015.

new lucha videos for the weekend of November 11th

52MX is airing the new episode on Thursdays now, or have been for a while and I’ve just not picked it up. It doesn’t really make a difference, it’s something already on YouTube. PROESA was a repeat.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TxbhIloHei-noIgziM8S4O

11/12 & 11/13 WWC

11/12 Elite

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-11-10
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-10-24 @ Arena Puebla
1) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Ares, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Felino, Pólvora
3) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Vangellys

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-11-11
taped 2016-09-10 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) Bengala, Leono, Sensei vs Akuma, Canelo Casas, Nitro
2) Flyer, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-11
taped 2016-11-11 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Flyer & Magnus vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Carístico vs Mephisto in a lightning match
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Último Guerrero vs Rush, Volador Jr. in a seeding battle royal match
7) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. in a tournament semifinal match
8) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero in a tournament final match

AAA on Televisa: 2016-11-12
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-10-28 @ Lienzo Charro de Los Reyes Ixtacala, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México
1) El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache vs Mamba, Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker
2) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
3) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-11-12
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-11-04 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
1) Carístico vs Cibernético in a Liga Elite match
2) Blue Demon Jr. & Bobby Lashley vs Mr. Electro & Silver King
3) Alas De Plata, Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Estudiante (Baja California) vs Eterno, Fresero Jr., Imposible
4) Rey Escorpión vs LA Park in a Liga Elite match

Noches de Coliseo: 2016-11-13
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-10-23 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Canek, La Parka, Quinto Elemento vs Damián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-29

convoluted but fun
convoluted but fun

Recapped: 11/11/2016

What happened: Rey Escorpión & LA Park won “Liga Elite” matches. Cibernético is having issues with a referee.

What was good: Both singles matches were good.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and the Liga Elite one.

This is a Dia De Muertos themed show, including Senora Cometa dressed as the girl from The Ring and the edecanes dancing to Thriller. Shocker is back with the announcers this week. The luchadors enter by climbing up thru a grave.

Match 1: Cibernético & Black Taurus vs Chicano (Puerto Rico) & Mr. 450
Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal, 10/28/2016
Video: 
Liga ElitethecubsfanR de Rudo

  1. Team Puerto Rico
    • Chicano senton con giro Black Taurus (4:00)
    • double superkick on Cibernético (4:25)
  2. Team Cibernético
    • Cibernético chokeslam Mr. 450 (1:32)
    • Black Taurus pounce Chicano (1:32)
  3. Team Puerto Rico
    • Mr. 450 450 splash Black Taurus (5:00)
    • COR Cibernético (5:02)

Winner: Team Puerto Rico (1/3)
Match Time: 10:59
Notes: Chicano is wearing “Illegal” on his gear – I don’t think anyone but me and maybe him remember he was El Illegal in AAA. For reasons unexplained, maybe having to do with previous attacks, Babe Richard Jr. counts out Cibernético absurdly quick – twenty seconds in the time of two. Cibernético threatens to attack him, but Babe Richard gets away.

Review: [ok] I don’t know what the point of this match was, but it was OK. The Puerto Ricians did fine, didn’t make themselves stars, but they fit in OK. They did well with Taurus, and fought Cibernético like they were specifically told never to actually touch him – the kicks at the end of the first fall didn’t come within inches of him, and it made it more jarring when Mr. 450 actually connected with Cibernético on a tope. Meanwhile, Taurus is the lightest big guy ever. Mr. 450 threw him over the barricade with remarkable ease. Taurus also made a super catch on Mr. 450s moonsault, and was rewarded by no one really catching his dive (though mostly because it came way shorter than they were expecting.) Maybe the point was to continue a Cibernético versus referee feud; that is a very dumb point. Production annoyance of the match: Chicano appears to take a huge bump off Black Taurus’ pounce, and they never find a replay that shows it.

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this took a lot of work to fix Elite’s editing.
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a light touch
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Taurus tornillo

Match 2: El Bandido, Golden Magic, Zumbi vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal, 10/28/2016
Video: 
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  1. rudos
    • Hijo de dos Caras double stomp/Dr. Wagner back sulex Zumbi (6:25)
    • Hijo de Dos Cares spear Bandido (6:36)
  2. tecnicos
    • Bandido inverted huracanrana Dr. Karonte Jr. (6:29)
    • Zumbi kick Hijo de Dos Caras (6:40)
  3. rudos
    • Hijo de Dr. Wagner electric chair Michinoku Driver Golden Magic (10:00)

Winner: rudos (2/1)
Match Time: 23:16

Review: [ok] Not bad, but not as good as the previous week. A colder crowd, a slower pace, and some clunkiness. The rudo section really dragged, and the third fall has a tremendous amount of Hijo del Dos Caras taking big moves, something he doesn’t really do well. Still, the third fall picked up with the crowd dives and it was a good match for highlights. Dr. Wagner’s tope looked painful. Elite missed Zumbi’s finish in the second fall here, treating us to a replay of the pinfall instead.

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springboard headscissors to the floor
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those barriers don’t hold up
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the floor is closer than they’re used to

Match 3: Xtreme Tiger vs LA Park in a Liga Elite match
Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal, 10/28/2016
Video: 
Liga EliteR de Rudo

Winner: LA Park (nudo lagunero)
Match Time: 14:25
Notes: Extreme Tiger seems to hurt his head on the opening takedown of the match, grabbing it in obvious pain and not getting up even as Park grabs him. Park gives him a moment and they continue without it coming up again.

Review: [good] easily the best of Extreme Tiger’s Liga Elite matches against bigger guys; they went in with a plan of Tiger being the tough underdog who won’t give up and came back a couple times. It was maybe a few minutes too long, going too long in the one sided portion early and a little bit too long in the near falls in the end, but the crowd bought into the last double stomp near fall as much as anything. (Much more than they did early on – Tiger finally getting in a move after seven minutes got almost no reaction.) LA Park dominated, but he sold big for Tiger when it was that itme and did a heroic job catching the big dive. Both guys have had better singles matches this year, but this wasn’t bad.

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head impact two ways
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heroic armdrag
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super belly to belly

Match 4: Carístico vs Rey Escorpión in a Liga Elite match
Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal, 10/28/2016
Video: 
Liga EliteR de Rudo

Winner: Rey Escorpión (Aguijon Mortal)
Match Time: 8:57
Notes: Escorpión wears Dia del Muertos facepaint. Crowd seems especially quiet for this match. They cut in shots of Senora Cometa, as in the style of the Ring, during the match.

Review: [good] Less of a story here, just move turn taking. They probably could’ve organized the moves better – nothing was going to top Rey Escorpion’s top rope reverse frankensteiner – but they were really big moves. Crowd didn’t really care at all; they reacted a little bit the La Mistica and the teases of Agujion Mortal, but the lack of atmosphere hurt what should’ve felt like a big match. This match’s production error was missing Escoprion having his foot in the ropes after taking La Mistica, then missing the next move while showing a replay.

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a fine way to hurt your foot
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dive went much better
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super inverted frankensteiner

Pantera I champion, Puebla preview

IWRG (SUN) 11/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
2) Dragón Fly b Demonio Infernal, Omega, Black Dragón, Diablo Jr., Cadillac, Pantera I, Astro [IWRG IC Light, battle royal]
3) Astro b Black Dragón [IWRG IC Light, quarterfinal]
4) Pantera I b Demonio Infernal [IWRG IC Light, quarterfinal]
5) Diablo Jr. b Omega [IWRG IC Light, quarterfinal]
6) Dragón Fly b Cadillac [IWRG IC Light, quarterfinal]
7) Pantera I b Astro [IWRG IC Light, semifinal]
8) Diablo Jr. b Dragón Fly [IWRG IC Light, semifinal]
9) Pantera I b Diablo Jr. [IWRG IC Light, final]
Killer Jr. showed up post match, pulled Pantera’s mask and challenged for the title.
10) Danny Casas, Imposible, Súper Nova b Dr. Cerebro, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago
11) Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I b Canis Lupus, Chicano, Golden Magic
Eterno replaced Herodes Jr. (double booked). Canis Lupus and Golden Magic fought post match.

This show may air tonight on AYM. This lightweight title has usually gone to the most senior trainees who are just starting to be booked full time, so 52 year old Pantera I winning it is a bit strange. Even more so since he was just challenging for a different title last week. Killer Jr.’s never stuck me as a lightweight contender either. Golden Magic & Canis Lupis have feuded before when Golden Magic was still here reguarly – and with less Elite shows, maybe Golden Magic’s back.

Today’s Arena Puebla main event is a Relevos Increibles trios. There’s been 46 shows this year in Arena Puebla. 17 of them have had Relevos Increibles matches, or more than one-third of the show. These matches were created to be different than normal matches, but they’re regular enough to feel normal. Tonight is the third in three weeks, and seems to be happening because CMLL can’t decide which side Rush is meant to be on, so everyone has to team with random people. They build towards Rush/Volador last week, but there’s reasons to believe they might not actually follow up on it.

The semimain has Dragon Lee, Maximo and Valiente against Gran Guerrero, Hechicero and Polvora. The tercera is an unusual minis cibernetico, with CMLL regulars Astral, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, and Pequeno Joker joined by locals Astro, Vega, Espiritu Maligno, Mini Joker, and Sauron in a tecnicos versus rudos. The second match is Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. versus Cancerbero & Raziel, and Meyer & Millenium versus Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial opens the show.

The show starts at 9pm, and will air on CMLL & YouTube as normal.

Mamba won the (new) EMW middleweight championship in Tijuana. The next AAA/EMW show appears to be a 12/03 show, with a TLC match including Joe Lider, Daga, Damian and Nicho.

Damian & Nicho beat Garza Jr. & Obsesion in Monterrey, which seems to set up a hair match between the two teams on 12/04.

The Puebla lucha libre expo drew 3,000 people over two days. Fans donated over 2,000 toys that’ll be given away to needy children early next year.

Pentagon Jr. lost the PCW heavyweight title to Rob Van Dam this weekend.

CMLL luchadors were in a sports parade. Octagon’s mentioned as being with some CMLL stars. Many Arkangel trainees were in different group.

Men’s Health UK visits the Lucha Libre UK shows from this summer.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-10-29 

this is a finish
this is a finish

Recapped: 11/10/2016

What happened: New alliances were formed: the Team Trump Invaders & the Traidors (Pagano, Wagner, Monster, Murder) are on one side, with various AAA tecnicos and rudos on the other side. Pentagon allied the Perros del Mal with the AAA side at the end of the show. Also, Mini Psycho Clown beat Dinastia and signaled for a title match.

What was good: I liked the minis match for how long it lasted. I didn’t think much of the last match but it felt like an effective angle.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel, much better than mine. (more…)