CMLL on 2016-05-13 

Sky Mistico
Sky Mistico

Recapped: 05/13/2016

What happened: La Mascara split from Rush & Pierroth, something with an eight day build. After the show, Rush indicated he plans on continuing to use the Ingobernable name, but he’s the last remaining member of the original trio, and it’ll be the same group in name only if it continues to exist. La Mascara may be forming a partnership with Shocker instead, and there were teases of matches between the four.

That was the only angle the show.

What was good: The semimain was very good, though very similar to other matches the Sky Team and the Guerrero have had. The tercera was good as well.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s website. The entire show will be on my channel on Tuesday. The main matches will air on Azteca US on June 11.


rudos versus rudos main event in Arena Mexico tonight

tonight’s card – before they replaced Cavernario

CMLL’s copy editing is having a hard week; the headline on the press release for Friday’s show lists the returning “Schocker”. To be fair, they also wrote Pierroth is the perfect replacement for La Sombra, so the spelling isn’t the wrongest thing in the piece. Pierroth makes his main event debut, teaming with La Mascara & Rush as the least impressive version of Los Ingobernables against fellow rudos Terrible, Shocker and Rey Bucanero. It’s a main event where the fans will have no rooting interest and no particular reason to care about either side winning. It should do wonderful.

The breakup of the Boricuas is reenforced elsewhere in the piece, where the preview claims Misterioso has been stopped wearing his Boricua militia gear and returned to his normal oufits. Maybe I missed the show where that actually happened; Misterioso and Sagrado were reenforcing how they were 100% Puerto Rican when we last saw them on CMLL Informa. (And it’s not like one would expect them to have any other plans for those two; if they’re dropping the gimmick, they’re dropping back in to nothingness. But maybe that’s the idea – the article also says Misterioso & Sagrado aren’t training.)

The semimain has the Guerreros taking on the Sky Team; it’s rare the trios champions are all together in once place of late. The tercera puts Guerrero Maya, Titan and Blue Panther across the ring from Polvora, Dragon Rojo and Bobby Z, and Panther matches often work out well. The opener has Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito against my favorite CMLL minis rudos, Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro. It’s not a position they can do a lot in, but it should be a good 12 minutes. There’s also a women’s match with Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, and Lluvia facing Zeuxis, Tiffany and Amapola.

The show will air as normal at 8:30pm local time on ClaroSports’s website.

Elite’s Lucha Azteca7 show airs 3 hours later, 11:30pm local time. This link may work for the show, and the Lucha Azteca 7 twitter will send out an official streaming link at show time (which will work if you’re not in the US.) This week’s matches will include Volador versus Xtreme Tiger and Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero. They reordered the program to put what they consider the least important content (the undercard highlights) at the end last week, and I wonder if they might move more in that direction. WWF’s Saturday Night Main Event would famously air the biggest match on the show first with the idea that it’s similar late night slot meant fans wouldn’t last the whole show at that late hour and they wanted to make sure the most important stuff got seen. (The priority there was building to other shows and not weekly TV as it was here, so it’s not exactly apples to apples.) The same strategy would mean starting the show with that Ultimo Guerrero/Caristico match.

Dorian Roldan mentioned recent trips to F1 to Barcelona, Lucha Underground, Puebla for the World Cup and the TV show in Orizaba. The first one was a little bit of a mystery, but this article explains Roldan and Blue Demon Jr. were there doing press for the the F1 race in Mexico. It’s said to be one of a many more publicity events they’ll be doing before the race on 10/30. Demon doing this sort of work again makes me feel like he’s a lock for the Lucha World Cup, but it was strange they didn’t announce him for the show on Wednesday. Maybe he couldn’t be there, but Lady Apache didn’t appear to be there either. Maybe they think Demon will be a name that can attract US attention and so they wanted to save him for those announcements. That doesn’t seem like a great bet.

AAA has a press release announcing their show airing on Fight Network. I bet this was always planned to be the ‘hard’ launch, but it’s odd timing after the guy producing the show said days ago he was finishing his final episodes. (As usual, AAA has said nothing about the situation.) No idea about about the long term future of that show, but they should have at least a few more episodes.

LIGERFEVER translated an interview with Caifan, where he mentioned he’d been contacted by Elite a couple times but the dates have always been a conflict. There’s not that much work on Wednesday, so I’m thinking that’s more likely to have been on the Sunday show days. I’d expect he’ll be in if they can find a day, and it’d be great to see him in Arena Mexico after he lost his previous chance due to injury.

RobViper has highlights of 10/16/15 CMLL.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 14th

this week's schedule
this week’s schedule

For what it’s worth, there may not be a news update tomorrow, or it may just be a quick one. I may be around for Claro, but I’m playing things by ear. CMLL’s putting Pierroth in the main event, they are making it very obvious they don’t care about that show, I’m not going to sweat over it either.

This week’s AAA show is the start of the Leon taping, so I’m back to guessing blind. I’m going with both Lucha World Cup qualifying matches airing. They’ve usually split those matches up, but they’re already promoting Pentagon and Texano as advancing, so they might as well air those matches ASAP.

Avoid Lucha Azteca (US) at all costs the next two weeks. It’s the infernal Parajes Increíbles tournament. It should be skipped if you haven’t see it yet; it’s a big world out there, find something better to spend your time on.

I mentioned on Twitter that there were only 10 episodes left this season of Lucha Underground. Just to be clear, the information I have is they’re running 26 episodes this season, and this will be episode 17, so there you go. I think 26 was even mentioned by LU type people in interviews earlier this season. Last season is a different number, next season is a different number, but this season is 26. It’s always possible they could change that around – they’re going to have plenty of season 3 footage! – but I’d assume it’s sticking. Among other reasons, they had to commit to a specific number when they started to offer that season pass on iTunes. Savor the time you’ve got.

Minor trivia note: next week’s episode was taped before this week’s episode. They figured they couldn’t run another match after Graver Consequences.

1945-1949 Jalisco lineups added to luchadb

Most of them have been added to the event listings for a few weeks, but the last few stragglers were up yesterday. They’re 95% lineups with some scattered results.

If you’re running a results archive or just want to look at a very long list of results, you can find them in a text file here. The previous archive is here; they now cover posters listed in El Informador from 1945 to 1986 when they stopped printing them. There is only scattered info in early 1945 and there may not be much left before then, but I’ll take a look.

The Occidente/Jalisco title histories on the luchawiki are also updated, and are probably as complete they’re going to get without another local archive turning up.

Caristico & Volador win in Elite, Guadalajara results, LWC

Dorada crunching tope
a random Dorada tope because why not

CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Esto es Lucha GDL]
1) El Yaqui & Johnny Dinamo b Diplomático & Linterna
2) Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Metálico b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Starman
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán b Nitro, Puma, Tiger
Nitro replaced Cavernario.
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Cavernario replaced Mr. Niebla.
5) Rush b Terrible
Rush won via foul

I thought Caveman was pulled from this card, but he actually replaced Mr. Niebla. At any rate, he’s off Sunday’s card for Luciferno.

ELITE (WED) 05/11/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Príncipe Diamante & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Dinamic Black & Rey Cometa b Metaleón & Tritón and Golden Magic & Puma and Ángel de Oro & Argos [ELITE MIDDLE, seeding battle royal]
Battle royal set teams for the tournament, though the matches didn’t follow in the normal order. Order of elimination went Angel de Oro, Argos, Puma, Golden Magic, Triton, Metaleon leaving Rey Cometa & Dinamic Black left (and staying in the ring to face the first two out.)
3) Ángel de Oro & Argos b Dinamic Black & Rey Cometa [ELITE MIDDLE, quarterfinal]
these matches were one fall
4) Golden Magic & Puma b Metaleón & Tritón [ELITE MIDDLE, quarterfinal]
Puma & Golden Magic didn’t get along, but won anyway. Kato Kung Lee was honored after teh match.
5) Magno, Rey Escorpión, Último Ninja b Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Rocky Lobo
Rudos, including the debuting Ultimo Ninja, took 2/3.
6) Volador Jr. b Xtreme Tiger [Liga Elite]
Volador is now 2-1 (6) and Tiger drops to 1-2 (3).
7) Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar DQ Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Súper Parka
Park hit Cibernetico with knuckles then attacked Cibernetico as he was being carried out.
8) Carístico DQ Último Guerrero [Liga Elite]
UG unmasked Caristico for the DQ. Caristico is now 2-1 (6) and UG is 1-2 (3).

Elite Standings (Points/Matches)
6 Volador
6 Caristico
6 Atlantis
6 Mascara Dorada
4 LA Park (1 match behind)
3 Bobby Lashley (1 match behind)
3 Rush (1 match behind)
3 Xtreme Tiger
3 Ultimo Guerrero
1 Cibernetico (2 matches behind)
0 La Mascara (1 match behind)
0 Negro Casas (2 matches behind)

Attendance seems the usual (not good.) It sounds like Ultimo Ninja did well in his debut. No idea if the two teams in the middleweight tournament face off, or if there’s a mini four man league, or what happens next. Elite completely failed to explain how the tournament was starting, so one can only expect for them to continue to not explain how the tournament is going to take place next.

IWRG (WED) 05/11/2016 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Canario & Fly Tiger b Magic Dragón & Último Caballero and Demonio Infernal & Skanda and Bambino & Sexy Girl
listed as a atomicos, but Gladiatores has it as a four way tag instead.
2) Vampiro Metálico & Voltar b Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II
3) Adrenalina, Águila Oriental, Osiris b Brazo Cibernetico Jr., Terrible Aries II, Torbellino Azul Jr.
Brazo Cibernetico Jr. replaced Aries I. Reports differ if the third man was Angel Guerrero or Torbellino Azul Jr.
4) Acero, Blue Monsther, Rolling Boy b Keshin Black, Power Bull, Troll
5) Aramis, Atomic Boy, Dragón Fly, Fireman, Galaxy, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Shadow Boy DRAW Astaroth (Guerrero), Guerrero Jr. (Guerrero), Pez Tiburón, Relámpago Jr. (Guerrero), Rey Azteca (Guerrero), Rey Jaguar (Guerrero), Último Samurai (Guerrero), Uranio [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) versus Promciones del Norte (Black Silver – Acapulco). Atomic Boy replaced Zatura, and it was Rey Azteca instead of Guerrero Azteca in the match. Kannon and Pez Tibruon were the last two and double pinned for draw. Challenges followed.

Double pins in these are an unusual ending.

+LuchaTV has video of the Lucha World Cup press conference from yesterday. They also filmed an interview with Dorian Roldan to go up at some point. Satanico is listed among the Lucha World Cup judges in the press release, which is notable since he was training wrestlers at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara at last word. The judges will be picking best luchador, best dive (Canek’s got this one) and best match.

The Rest of the World team is listed as South Africa, the UK and Puerto Rico, which is exactly what it was last year when it was Angelico, Drew Galloway, and Mesias (and makes me wonder if something was mistakenly left unupdated since Angelico isn’t likely to be able to wrestle and sticking Australian Suicide in his spot makes more sense than flying in PJ Black.) The AAA page about the press conference lists three more women’s teams to be announced. That’s a typo – a five team tournament would be odd – but for the moment, the other teams are listed as Team USA and a non-country team. Guessing that means Taya will be captaining a team but it won’t be all Canada.

Victoria was also teasing the 2017 tournament would take place in Japan. They’re footing the bill, so it will be if they want it.

Chilanga Mask returns on 06/05 in Arena Jose Suliaman/Solidaridad
1: Extreme Tiger vs Caifan

Latigo hypes his mask match with Toro Negro Jr.

Masato Tanaka mentioned his Lucha World Cup appearance and mentioned getting a message from Crazy Boy. Might he work a DTU show too?

Devil Rocker is listed on a card with Cibernetico in June. Devil Rocker hasn’t been on AAA cards since last spring, but he disappeared quiet enough that no one’s really noticed. And AAA doesn’t appear to have stopped him from using the lucrative (???) Devil Rocker gimmick on the indies so far.

LuchaWorld has their latest news update.

Eric reviews last night’s Lucha Underground episode.

Jeff Cobb vs Pentagon Jr., which I believe was the match scheduled to take place on an indie before Pentagon was pulled off the show, will be taking place in a different California indie on 06/07.


IWRG (SUN) 05/15/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Adrenalina & Fireman vs Aramis & Atomic Star
2) Astro & Omega vs Avisman & Hip Hop Man
3) Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Cerebro Negro, Herodes Jr., Killer Jr.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy © vs Factor, Rayan, Spector [EdM Trios]
first defense
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Trauma I vs Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Main event doesn’t have a stip to it but appears headed to one.

That’s quick to the trios title match. Avisman hasn’t been around since February.

NICE (SUN) 05/22/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) ? vs ??
2) Ángel Justiciero & El Divo vs Bengalí & Diluvio Negro
3) Dulce Kanela, Quinto Elemento, Último Ninja vs Golden Boy, Pedro Navajas, Rey Demonio
4) Rey Hechicero vs Máscara Dorada
5) Atlantis vs Caifan, Súper Parka

It’s a Sunday show, and same group that promoted the Hechicero/Casas match, so it’s likely this show will eventually air.

Lucha Underground 2×16: Graver Consquences

the hand of death can't be restrained by a coffin
the hand of death can’t be restrained by a coffin


Joey Ryan [O] beat Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro [X] for an Aztec Medallion (1:17, inside cradle with tights pull, OK)

Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma [O], Dragon Azteca Jr. beat Son of Havoc [X], Ivellise, Johnny Mundo (w/Taya) to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (7:58, 630 senton, good)

Matanza (c) defeated Mil Muertes in a Graver Consequences match to keep the Lucha Underground Championship (14:46, Wrath of the Gods -> coffin close, good)


tricky way into the 619
tricky way into the 619

This was mostly a straight forward match show, with one key storyline bookending the show and another passing thru it.

Dario met Councilman Delgado in an empty subterranean bar. Delgado definitely holds some power over Dario. Dario paid Delgado $50K in what appeared to be protection money, but that’s not all. Delgado informed/threatened Dario that his boss would be appearing in the temple when his descension is complete, and that Matanza would be no match for him. Dario did get something useful out of it; Delgado let Dario know the police were on to him and may have people undercover the Temple. We know that’s Joey Ryan and Cortez Castro, but Dario seemed dismissive of the idea.

To close the show, Councilman Delgado handed over the $50K to his boss in a limo. Delgado seemed confident and controlling with Dario, but was sweaty and nervous in this moment. We, of course, never saw the boss – we just saw him light up a cigar in a brief flash to end the scene.

The other big plot line is King Cuerno has apparently decided to make Mil Muertes his new prey, with or without the title. Cuerno was stalking Mil in his candle sanctuary (yes, it’s a sanctuary for candles) and took the place of one of the pallbearers wheeling the casket out at the end of the show.

headscissors into the railing
headscissors into the railing

The whole Mil organization had a rough night. No sign of Siniestro, but Mil was roundly and fairly beat by Matanza in their title match. Matanza attacked Catrina late in the match (revenge for Catrina slapping Dario), knocking her out and placing her and the rock in a coffin. Dario looked in the coffin after the match, and Catrina was nowhere to be found. Ghost powers work in her favor, maybe.

For what it’s worth, Catrina explained she’d been waiting for the main event and Mil to win the title for 197 years. It’s unclear what Catrina would get out of this title reign that she was unable to do (or complete?) in the first one, but it did give an estimate to her age.

Dario off delivering bribes perhaps prevented us from getting an office scene where he explained why Mundo was Angelico’s replacement on the trios team. We were just reminded the original team didn’t along at first anyway so maybe it wouldn’t be a big problem that this team didn’t get along either. I guess it wasn’t a big problem, because the new champs generally outclassed the old ones in a match less competitive than you’d think, but Ivelisse and Taya not getting along didn’t help matters. Taya attacked Ivelisse after the match, so this won’t be the end of that. Rey Mysterio insisted Prince Puma hit his move for the win, for whatever it means.

The opener was mostly noteworthy for how suddenly it ended. Joey pulled the tights, but since it was Cortez involved, there might be something extra to it. Joey Ryan is the seventh medallion winner, joining Aerostar, Texano, Sexy Star, the Mack, Siniestro de la Muerte and (I guess) Chavo Guerrero as holding a Medallions. This means a Gift of the Gods match is coming soon, but it’s hard to see any one of those seven being able to defeat Matanza. It’s hard to see anyone beating Matanza.


heroic spear
heroic spear

Like last week, this show was mostly dependent on the main event. There was more help in the undercard this week, but they laid out the time to have a big epic conclusion. It didn’t work for me this time; there was big guys brawling and cool destruction but it was missing the story and emotion from last week – and from the other Grave Consequnces match. The extra caskets were never really explained, but served as just more things to break. There were definitely some cool spots – the idea of punching out of a casket to stop it was great, and they came up with an explanation with the weird chainmail glove. This just didn’t feel like one of the bigger matches in Lucha Underground history, and had to follow one that was.

(However you feel about the intergender wrestling on the show, Catrina being knocked unconcious and carried around limp is not a great visual for a day where domestic violence is in the wrestling news. They couldn’t predict the future four months ago, but it didn’t make it any less unsettling.)

flatliner onto caskets
flatliner onto caskets

The trios title match felt like it took a while to really got going, and then only got there for about a minute before ending. Ivelisse may have been hurt early on and it could’ve thrown it out, but there’s got to be a really good match with Son of Havoc & Johnny Mundo against these three guys and this was not really that. The opener was quick and inconsequential.

The latest mystery man angle concerned me. Throwing around “desecnion” and “My Lord” seems like like a religious plot line, which usually don’t work out so great on TV shows. On this TV show, it comes off as trying to create a new unseen but fearsome super villain just episodes after we finally met the last unseen but fearsome super villain. (They were selling as the new big bad as the scariest thing possible, which was hard to take seriously after we saw a monster and the personification of death battle for 14 minutes.) Matanza’s turned out OK, but I’d like not to do this again so soon, and making it work twice is going to be awful tough. This show has pulled off things which didn’t look likely on paper, but I just have a bad feeling about this one.

diagonal topes are always cool
diagonal topes are always cool

Lucha World Cup announcements, Konnan on AAA, Graver Consequences tonight

Angel de Oro flattened
Angel de Oro flattened

CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO,thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:45. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Leono, Sensei, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Rudos took both falls cleanly!
3) Fuego b Disturbio [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Fuego small packaged Disturbio in 7:48.
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:38. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Hechicero, Kráneo, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:30. Rudos took 2/3. Hombre Bala replaced Super Porky, but landed on his head on a match ending Asai tornillo and was stretchered out.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Último Guerrero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Not a super interesting show, though the semimain was better than expected with no Porky. It appears they’re not letting Brazo de Plata work back to back shows, which is a great idea but then they should stop booking him on back to back shows. Hombre Bala’s landing looked not great, and there’s no update on his status so far.

Tonight’s Elite show has Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero and Volador versus Xtreme Tiger in Liga Elite matches. Caristico and Ultimo Guerrero’s singles match in Puebla was quite good and this should be the same. Volador and Xtreme Tiger have run into each other in the past, including in the previous aborted attempted at a Lige Elite, but this is their first singles match. Volador and Dorada was fun and Dorada and Tiger was really good, so this figures to out well too.

The trios match in the middle is the Parks versus the Hell Brothers. The Parks versus the Ingobernables worked better than expected, but I’m not sure they can pull it off again. The non-TV matches include a under explained match setting up an Elite Middleweight Championship; the official preview doesn’t seem to have any more of an idea than we do. We’re guessing it’s seeding, and perhaps they’ll actually make TV when the new title is actually on the line.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is episode 16 of the season, Graver Consquences. Matches on the show

  • Joey Ryan vs Cortez Castro vs Mr. Cisco for an Aztec Medallion
  • Ivelisse, Son of Havoc and TBD vs Dragon Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Misterio Jr. (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Mil Muertes vs Matanza (c) for the Lucha Underground championship in a Graver Consequence match

The opener is for the final Aztec Medallion (which means Dario will be able to hold a Gift of the Gods match as soon as next week.) Angelico’s still out of action, and will be for a while, so the mystery in the second match is who will end up as the third partner. There are four caskets in the main event and no one’s quite sure why.

Edit: I forgot about this until I hit post, but Lucha Underground actually posted a teaser of Mascarita Sagrada vs Joey Ryan, and a teaser of the three way with Joey Ryan. Spoiler? I don’t really want to type “three way with Joey Ryan” ever again so let’s move on.

AAA held a press conference for the Lucha World Cup. They made the choice to announce some of the teams, but didn’t mention anyone coming from the US or Canada, simply announcing the Japan teams and some of the Mexico teams. These are the teams as they were announced.

Men’s Division
1: Japan/NOAH: Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Mayback Taniguchi
2: Japan/Ouduo/Zero One: Masato Tanaka, Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka
3: Mexico/AAA: Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., winner of Ricky Marvin/Nicho/Hijo del Pirata Morgan on Saturday
4: Mexico Leyendas: Canek, La Parka (AAA), ???
5: Mexico Internacional: Rey Mysterio, ?, ??
6: US (TNA): ?, ??, ???
7: US (LU): ?, ??, ???
8: Rest of the World: ?, ??, ???

Women’s Division
1: Japan: (WAVE/OZ) Aja Kong, Yuki Miyazaki, Natsu Sumire
2: Mexico: Lady Apache, Mary Apache, Faby Apache
3: US: ?, ??, ???
4: Canada: ?, ??, ??? (definitely Taya in this group)

Black Terry, Solar, Villano V, Mascara 2000, Universo 2000 and Cien Caras were announced as judges for the awards. (It’s a little notable for the Dinamitas to show up here with Cien’s kids just starting in CMLL, but it’s really just a one off appearance.)

Lady Apache’s appearance will be the first for her in an AAA related show since 2005. She’s been on the indies since leaving CMLL in 2012. It’s strange timing for a return after her spouse Electroshock walked out of the promotion just a few days ago, but I don’t know what their status is at the moment.

The last legend spot seems like it should go to Blue Demon Jr., and Demon’s Victoria can was shown during the presentation. (Then again, so was Sexy Star.)

There’s no word yet when the rest of the people might be announced. This show no longer being on PPV might play into the missing names. This won’t be on PPV, so TNA’s announcer being part of it or using it to promote their own PPV is mostly out of play (it may still air on iPPV, to a smaller audience) and maybe that’s changed the deal. That wouldn’t explain the LU guys. They also might just be waiting for a different venue to get more attention, since announcing names intended to attract a US/Canada audience ought to be done at an English language press conference.

Konnan talked about his departures from Lucha Underground and AAA on this week’s MLW Radio podcast. It’s basically the first half of the show. Konnan explained he didn’t want put his cohost Court Bauer in a tough place by talking badly about AAA/LU while Court was still working with them, but now Court’s not. Konnan didn’t have much to say about LU – there was even a brief, unexplained mention by Court that Konnan was supposed to be back on the show in Season 3 or 4 – and mostly directed his ire at AAA. Much of the material was similar to Konnan’s podcast from this past weekend, but this time in English.

Konnan’s complaints were almost all the Roldans, who he feels were gifted a wrestling company he (Konnan) helped Antonio Pena build, and the Roldans don’t know what they’re doing and lie and scare the wrestlers to keep them in line. Konnan comes of as if he believes he was the one person keeping the promotion from completely falling apart, with the Roldans causing most of the problems. Konnan said most people are afraid to say something, even those who are left, because they don’t want to hurt their chance of working there again. He’s not concerned about that.

Konnan brought that AAA told Lucha Underground to have their lawyers warn the AAA luchadors that if they worked for anyone besides AAA in Mexico (including specifically Konnan), they’d be violating contracts and removed from Lucha Underground. Konnan does not believe this is the truth, but calls the wrestlers too scared to try AAA and find out. Konnan also brings up situations with Mini Charly Manson & Hijo del Fantasma trying to leave, though whatever the situation with Mini Charly Manson is not explained. Konnan says Fantasma received a WWE offer and had previously been told he’d be let out of his AAA deal whenever he wanted, but they’re not holding him to a 7 season deal which Dorian signed on behalf of the first wave of AAA luchadors. (It’s implied the later AAA luchadors may be under different deals, or at least got to sign them themselves. Also Fantasma’s back injury is from going thru a table.) Konnan also mentioned Dorian Roldan claims to be majority owner of LU but is actually a minority owner, which may play into all of this.

Konnan talks about the Octagon situation, emphasizing how the Roldans were very close friends with Octagon until they totally turned on him. Konnan said he’d been trying to sign Flamita for years, but then Dorian would stand him up for meetings or keep him waiting for hours and was confused when Flamita would go off to work in Japan instead.

Konnan and Dorian engaged (?) in some passive aggressive subtweeting after the podcast came out.

Lucha Memes will have CH4IRO (Chairo 4)  on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan.

+LuchaTV has the Tortugas Ninjas and Comando Elite challenging for mask matches. For what it’s worth, the new Ninja Turtles movie premieres in Mexico on June 5th.

RobViper has RobViper has highlights of 12/29/09 CMLL and 03/19/93 AAA as well as Metatron and Mascara Dorada highlights

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings.

RIOT’s on 06/11.
1: Belial vs Drastick Boy
2: Arez vs Jinzo

WWE announced it’s Mexico tour dates for the year. They’re coming twice, though not repeating the same cities. They’ll visit Puebla (Saturday August 27) & Leon (Sunday August 28) during the summer, and go Merida (Friday December 2), Mexico City (Saturday December 3) and Monterrey (Sunday December 4) during the winter.

Long time Chicago area lucha libre referee El Apentias is close to retiring.

Apolo Valdes talks about life after wrestling for luchadors.

Australian Suicide hypes his title match and his feud with Daga.

06/11 Nuevo Laredo has AAA guys (Demon & Garza) in the main event and CMLL guys (Stuka, Delta, Dragon Rojo and Niebla) in the semimain.


CMLL (MON) 05/16/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Millenium vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Hombre Bala Jr. & Star Jr. vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
Hijos del Infierno 4th defense.
6) Rush vs Marco Corleone

Marco won by DQ when they ran this singles match in Arena Mexico.

Angel de Oro just lost his title, Mephisto won an extra one, the CMLL laws of championship balancing indicate a change is likely Monday night.

Second match could be fun. Minis are higher than usual, and it’s a CMLL vs Puebla match. It’s a little early for Puebla Anniversary season.

CMLL (TUE) 05/17/2016 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Flyer, Robin, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Metálico
3) Soberano Jr. vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Oro Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
5) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z, Mephisto, Vangellys
6) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Main event could be very good. Dragon Lee seems listed as being back a week ahead of schedule. The Dinamita kids replace Fujin & Rajin agaisnt the Panthers this week. CMLL has a ton of news people and yet they can’t find theri way to even this show.

CMLL (TUE) 05/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Vaquero Jr. vs Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) El Divino, Sensei, Starman vs Cancerbero, Furia Roja, Raziel
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Terrible

Rush cheated to beat Terrible this week in a singles match, which sets up a trios match?

great match roundup, week of 2016-04-23

pizza DDT
pizza DDT

There was a lot of really good stuff this week. It was a strong episode of Lucha Underground, and it was a strong episode of Elite, plus some other CMLL stuff that was good. AAA was AAA.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Rush vs Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
great Cage vs Johnny Mundo in a cage match and [aztec medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-04-27 2016-01-09
great Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Fénix,Jack Evans, PJ Black and Cortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco and Ivelisse & Son of Havoc © [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2016-04-27 2016-01-10
great Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 2016-04-27
good Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Cibernético, La Máscara,Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
good Lluvia vs Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, La Vaquerita, Skadi,Dalys, Zeuxis, Reyna Isis, La Seductora, La Comandante in a cibernetico match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
good Máscara Dorada vs Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
good Flyer & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Blue Panther, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Kráneo CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Rey Cometa vs Cavernario in a lightning match CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Rey Escorpión CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Mephisto & Mistico vs Carístico & Cibernético in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a tournament final match CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good El Hijo De La Park, LA Park, Súper Parka vs Pierroth, Rush,Toscano Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 2016-04-27
good Bobby Lashley vs Último Guerrero in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 2016-04-27
ok Faby Apache, Maravilla, Mary Apache vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Taya AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 2016-04-08
ok Argenis, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 2016-04-08
ok Psycho Clown © vs Dr. Wagner Jr. for the AAA Latin American Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 2016-04-08
ok Flyer, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
ok Cavernario, Felino, Rey Escorpión vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
ok Aéreo & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
ok Leono & Sensei vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
below average Asturiano & Meyer vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
below average Magnus, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-10 

Tuesday fun
Tuesday fun with gringas

Recapped: 05/10/2016

What happened: Nada. Hombre Bala, replacing Super Porkly, landed badly on a dive. The rudos weirdly won the second match in straight falls. Truly, though, nothing of importance took place and this was just a show with no purpose.

What was good: I liked the lightning match and the two trios which followed it. Enjoyable if not must see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 

Mascara Dorada is impossible
Mascara Dorada is impossible

Recapped: 05/08/16

What happened: Volador Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero picked up 3 more points in the tournament. LA Park and Rush continue to hate each other.

What was good: Everything was watchable. The opener was a Volador special and the main event had some good moments. The trios match was not as dire as it looked on paper.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel and the Azteca 7 Elite show page. (more…)