CMLL Puebla: 2017-04-24 

Cavernario & Titan

Recapped: 04/28/2017

Matches: 

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

  1. Lestat, París, Zaeta Roja beat El Malayo, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika (12:16 [5:58, 2:58, 3:20], 2/3, ok)
  2. Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis beat La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely (11:38 [5:31, 2:49, 3:18], 2/3, ok)
  3. Esfinge, Fuego, Soberano Jr. beat Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus (15:08 [6:43, 3:34, 4:51], 2/3, ok)
  4. Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán (13:54 [5:36, 2:42, 5:36], 1/3, ok)
  5. Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. beat La Máscara, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero (11:23 [6:06, 5:17], 1/2, ok)

What happened: 

Último Guerrero and Carístico set up a match for next week. That is all that happened.

None of the matches were interesting at all. None were even a disaster worth gawking it, it was five of routine CMLL matches in 2017. This show was so unmemorable to me that I didn’t realize I never put up the recap until I went to do the week summary. (So those are slightly useful!) They’re going to have 52 of these a year in Puebla and this show was somewhere close to 50.

Thoughts: 

Soberano

The main event itself was a generic feuding building match, with Utlimo Guerrero running a lot from Carístico and eventually taking a dive and a finish from him. UG was at least good at being a jerk to Carístico at times, and Atlantis found a creative way of getting out of doing another dive at the end of the match. It looked like the rudos were getting in each other’s way at the end of the first fall, but it quickly become evident they were just finding ways to get in finishes even though they were going to lose this in two falls. Even though Mascara & Volador were headlining the Friday show, there was no special effort for them to feud as well – the other four people just mixed up arbitrarily.

Mr. Niebla & Felino in as a team means a lot of getting by to get by matches. The others probably couldn’t overcome those limitations and didn’t seem particularly interested in doing so. Niebla is running a streak of “accidentally” falling off the apron before pretty much every Puebla match. Gotta switch it up a little more.

Zeuxis

I’m not sure if we’ll get another interesting match out of the Cancerberos. They weren’t taking the match as a trio here, but it should’ve been more interesting than it ended up. The exciting moments of the match was the two dives unexpected dives in the second fall by Esfinge and Soberano, and Cancerbero & Raziel did well catching them, but didn’t do much themselves to help the match. Soberano needs more work on his frog splash.

The women’s match featured a great moment in bad coordination, as the other four women set up the star submission expecting Sugehit & Zeuxis to do their finish, only Zeuxis was busy digging herself out from the chairs Sugehit had buried her under. Tiffany stopping selling to try and see what happened to them was nice. Jarochita’s submission to end the first fall was one of the least convincing holds you’ll see.

Opener wasn’t much. First fall wasn’t interesting, third fall was every taking turns doing a move, then everyone taking turns doing a submission, then Lestat just beating Malayo while his partners stood on the apron watching for no reason. Zaeta Roja looked off, especially in the second fall.

Ultimo Guerrero keeps title over Carsitico, Niebla Roja versus Dragon Lee tonight

Negro Casas

CMLL (MON) 05/01/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja b Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr. b Arkalis, Black Tiger, Príncipe Diamante LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Rey Samuray b Misterioso Jr., Policeman, Sangre Azteca LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente b La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Negro Casas b Diamante Azul, Ephesto, Mephisto [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul replaced Volador Jr. Team Casas took falls 2/3, the second by excessive violence DQ. The winners wanted to do the same match next week for no really good reason and were left beaten and unmasked.
6) Último Guerrero © b Carístico [NWA MIDDLE] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
UG took falls 2/3. 12th defense

Strong turnout out on the show. The main event was a good version of the usual Caristico/UG match. The semimain didn’t seem to be as much. The big news from the show might have been the announcement that the micros would be appearing on next week’s show. Ernesto Ocampo writes about the history of small luchadors in Mexico.

CMLL’s big match tonight is Dragon Lee versus Niebla Roja in a non-title match. Niebla Roja’s one of the harder to figure out CMLL luchadors in terms of skill. There are poitns where he seems to fade way into the background, but he also has moments where he and Dragon Lee have great exchanges. Niebla Roja’s seems to have the ability to have fun singles matches, but he hasn’t had a great one that’s made it to us. His matches with Titan and Dragon Rojo are the closest he’s come. He hasn’t gotten as many opportunities to have them, but part of that’s because Roja’s spent time away from CMLL in the US for stretches of the last couple years. This is the third time he and Dragon Lee will have this singles match in the last two two months: their lightning match was good and their Coliseo match was never seen. Everyone has really good matches with Dragon Lee and this Niebla Roja’s chance to have his best single’s match ever.

It may be a big few hours for Dragon Lee. NJPW’s expected to announce the Best of the Super Juniors lineup at their show tomorrow (late night Tuesday/early Wednesday in this hemisphere), and Dragon Lee’s been featured on all of the promotion. Dragon Lee was announced as appearing on Informa, but so was his opponent here, as well as Sanson, Soberano and Ultimo Guerrero, so that part may just be a coincidence. I do not expect a second CMLL luchador to appear in the tournament.

The actual main event tonight is Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente against Cavernario, Felino and Mr. Niebla. Cometa main events are rare enough that it’s possible they may be setting up another round of Cavernario/Cometa. The Panthers take on Terrible, Bucanero and Vangellys in the fourth. Drone, Fuego, and Star Jr. take on Forastero, Virus and Canelo Casas in the tercera; I too am confused why Canelo Casas is that high up in the card. The minis, Stukita, Shockercito and Electrico face Mercurio, Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Violencia in the second match. Bengala & Sangre Imperial take on Espanto Jr. & Grako; Grako & Sangre Imperial appear paired up.

Guadalajara has the micros, and the Guerreros versus Caristico, Mistico and Maximo. Having Monday Puebla and Tuesday Guadalajara must be rough, Puebla gets back late and Guadalajara seems to leave fairly early

El Alteno defeated Mr. Apolo for his hair in a cage match on the bonus Friday show in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara last week. No results, but Satanico wrestled.

In a post match interview from Friday, Hechicero talked about the ZSJ match he missed out on. He mentions there, and I think it’s been mentioned elsewhere, that the match was actually scheduled to happen early but it turned out they couldn’t get Sabre in for those dates. Sabre’s a busy guy and so a tough man to book, but Hechicero still builds it up as happening at some point.

SanDiegoRed and ZetaTJ take a look around the new lucha libre (and collector’s) museum in Tijuana. The Gladiatores has a recap of the lucha show they held for the opening.

Lucha Underground’s first episode on Tele5 drew either 110K or 100K viewers. The second episode had 80k. I have no context to know if that’s good or bad.

On Facebook, Vampiro says he’s been trying to get in shape for his match in WXW on the 13th, but it’s not working so maybe keep expectations in check. He’s hoping they bring him back a few times a year.

Rey Mysterio and a lot of the usual Crash names are advertised for Ciduad Madero on 06/09.

DTU is going to Tijuana on 06/09.

Milenio has an obit for Brazo de Oro.

Wrestling With Words writes about ZSJ vs Negro Navarro as being one of the most important matches of the year.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 05/06/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magia Blanca, Magnus, Sangre Imperial vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
4) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs La Metálica, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Drone vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Carístico, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Ripper, Último Guerrero

Micro match comes to Coliseo. This is one of two shows CMLL is running this day, with the sponsored show taking place in Arena Mexico around the same time. That might explain why this card looks a bit slight, even for Saturday.

CMLL (SUN) 05/07/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Magia Blanca vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Drone, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara

Back to not airing, and that’s probably fine. Gran Guerrero & Euforia being in the main event instead of the rudos in the semimain might mean they’re setting up something, or it might just be random.

CMLL (SUN) 05/07/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Johnny Dinamo vs Destello & Destructor
3) Black Sugar & Tigre Blanco vs Gran Kenut & Linterna
4) Cosmos, El Divino, Mágico vs Difunto, Mr. Apolo, Relámpago Azul
5) Explosivo, Flash II, Star Black vs Maléfico, Nautilius, Pitbull I

I guess we’ll find out in a couple days that Nautilius turned rudo. Flash II & Pitbull I repeat from last week in the main event, sot hat’s probably the feud.

CMLL (MON) 05/08/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer, Vega, Zaeta Roja vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr.
3) El Gallito & Microman vs El Perico Zakarías & Mije
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Ephesto, Mephisto [Relevos Increíbles]

They weren’t definite on which match they’re ultimately setting up in the main event. Negro Casas versus Mephisto seems the most likely, but they could’ve just been making something up with no Volador. Micros hit all four arenas in about eight days. They’ve usually run six matches even with them, so maybe something gets added.

new lucha videos for the weekend of April 28th, 2017

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TCIoCcur10AtMynGfssWeX

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-28
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-04-28 @ Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Dalys, Marcela, Zeuxis vs Estrellita, Metálica, Sanely in a relevos increíbles match
3) Soberano Jr. vs Sansón [Copa Junior Nuevo Valores] and in a tournament final match
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Volador Jr. vs La Máscara

AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-29
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-04-12 @ Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Big Mami, Lady Shani, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Goya Kong, La Hiedra, Mamba
2) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs El Mesías & Pagano and Aerostar & Drago
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Carta Brava Jr. & Soul Rocker

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-04-29
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-04-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Forastero, Puma, Tiger  – joined in progress

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-04-29
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-04-26 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Fly Tiger, Voltar, Keshin Black, Vardeus
2) Ángel Oriental, Blue Monsther, Kesier Drago vs Atomic Star, Lunatik Xtreme, Power Bull
4) Acero, Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Shadow Boy vs Black Laser, Climax Jr., Hijo Del Villano III, Kortiz, Máquina Infernal, Tackle, Villano III Jr., Zhalon [Torneo Fill]

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-01
taped 2017-04-30 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije, Saruman vs Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Vórtize
2) Dragón Fly vs Eterno
3) Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I, Solar I vs Heddi Karaoui, Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II © vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro for the IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-04-25 

Panther triple tope

Recapped: 04/30/2017

Matches: 

  1. Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. beat Flyer & Magnus (9:53 [5:15, 1:59, 2:39], 1/3, ok)
  2. Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Oro Jr., Starman, Stigma (18:07 [8:46, 3:53, 5:28], 1/3, ok)
  3. The Panther beat Sagrado in a lightning match (9:32, springboard dropkick, good)
  4. Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys beat Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. (15:34 [5:39, 4:14, 5:41], 2/3, ok)
  5. Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol beat Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Mephisto (8:26 [2:55, 2:37, 2:54], 1/3 ok)
  6. Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente beat Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero (10:52 [2:48, 2:45, 5:19], 1/3, ok)

What Happened:

Metalico’s dance numbers are more exciting than his matches

Niebla Roja continues to not get along with his partners, wanting to fight the técnicos fairly instead and by himself. Niebla Roja blamed his partners for the loss and demanded a singles match with Dragon Lee for next week. Dragon Lee accepted, though he tried to make it a mask vs mask one. Roja did not agree.

The semimain didn’t really get going to any great level, and finished iffy because they were down a man. Johnny Idol not being totally sure he won the first fall until Blue Panther gave him some approval was definitely the highlight.

Thoughts:

watch where you’re rolling

It’s good we’re finally getting the Dragon Lee/Niebla Roja match on a stream, and it’s not like this turn is taking much longer than normal, but it still makes these matches kind of useless in the meantime. The Guerrero seem to be far more successful while breaking up than any other team in history. There were some good moments but the angle stopped the match from really going anywhere.

Angel de Oro seems to hurt his back by sometime in the middle fall. He’s grabbing when he ought not to be selling it, and goes thru some lengths not to fall on it when Gran Guerrero decides to give him a chokeslam. Replays suggest he threw it out trying to give Luciferno a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. The match stops before the third fall as he’s carefully loaded into the stretcher and taken away. The match finishes 2 on 3 with a messy third fall.

Johnny Idol, briefly confused winner

Everyone seemed fired up to for a big match in the first fall of TGR/tecnicos fourth match. That was done by the second fall and they were easily on cruise control. The big with the rudos catching all the técnicos and throwing them into the crowd was nice but maybe should’ve been saved for a match where they were trying more of the way.

The lightning match was an entertaining match to me that didn’t seem to entertain the crowd as much – they couldn’t have been any quieter for most of this match. Panther is trying to get the crowd going more often (and borrowing some of his father’s tricks) and it still didn’t seem to do much for the Tuesday crowd. Both guys brought out their bigger moves and worked all the way to the time limit, only slowing down a bit at near the end, but it would’ve been funnier in front of a crowd that cared.

he dove into the front row, sorta

Starman was pinned inches away from the técnico corner in the second match, and Oro & Stigma seemed to have no interest in extended the match. I applaud them for this decision. Like many an Arkangel match, this felt like it went on and on and I’d yet only three minutes had passed. The botched monkey flip/sunset flip bit was hilariously terrible. They tried, Stigma did a tope into an armdrag even in a second match, but it just wasn’t all that interesting. Maybe Edgar didn’t try as much – Metálico appeared to be the captain in the second fall, and Arkangel suddenly was in the third fall.

Canelo Casas being smart enough to trip up Flyer for trying a top rope move in the rudo corner was a smart Canelo Casas moment. And the dropkick at the end was a well timed finished. This what passes for a good Canelo Casas match.

 

Navarros defeat Cerebros, UG/Caristico tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 04/30/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Shadow Boy b Power Bull
2) Kanon & Shadow Boy b Adrenalina & Lunatic Extreme
Shadow Boy (working twice) & Kanon replaced Alas de Acero & Fly Star
3) Aramis b Atomic Star
4) Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije, Saruman DQ Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Vórtize
Hip Hop Man fouled Black Dragon
5) Dragón Fly b Eterno
Hip Hop Man, who still wants the Argenita title back from Dragon Fly, tried helping Eterno. It didn’t work, but Hip Hop Man and a returning Pibe Alfajor attacked Dragon Fly after the match.
6) Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I, Solar I b Heddi Karaoui, Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro
Hijo del Alebrije replaced Emperador Azteca
7) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II © DQ Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Navarros took 1/3. Cerebro faked a foul in the second, Navarro did in the third. fifth defense

This show may turn up later tonight on AYM.

Ultimo Guerrero and Caristico meet once tonight in Puebla. It’s one of the more predictable singles matches CMLL can roll out: Ultimo Guerrero doesn’t lose much, Caristico seems to never win the big match in CMLL now, and both guys are focused on making sure the fans get to see all their regular spots every time. It makes for a safely good match but one that doesn’t seem likely to reach a high ceiling. The two faced in singles match many times in Mistico’s first run, but this is actually the first time they’ve had singles title match.

It’s grab bag tag matches the rest of the way. Maximo & Mistico team with Negro Casas against Ephesto, Mephisto and Volador in a relevos increibles match with no obvious purpose. Atlantis, Stuka and Valiente face La Mascara, Mr. Niebla and Pierroth in a match which won’t be much. Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa and Rey Samuray take on Misterioso, Policeman and Sangre Azteca. Arkalis, Black Tiger, and Principe Diamante face Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr. in another match that doesn’t seem all that promising. The Centella Roja family face Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial in the opener.

The show starts at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube, though you may want to skip to at least the second hour if you’re not crazy enough to watch everything.

Lucha Underground starts tonight on Tele5 Germany, an over the air station. The show had already been airing on the local version of TNT. Wikipedia says the TNT station has 0.1% audience share, and Tele5 has 0.9% audience share – so it’s either a 9x increase or still a station off the radar. Either way, these kind of deals can open revenue sources for LU if they’re successful.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

A Santo mural was unveiled in Aguacalientes.

RCH on 06/02 in Arena Naucalpan

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 05/03/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Kesier Dragón vs Fly Tiger
2) Vardeus & Voltar vs Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme
3) Shaolin vs Shadow Boy
4) Máquina Infernal & Tackle vs Acero & Kanon
5) Climax Jr. vs Aramis
6) Dragón Fly, Freelance, Veneno vs Heddi Karaoui, Trauma I, Trauma II
7) Kortiz, Villano III Jr., Villano IV vs Black Terry, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr.

Follow up from last week, with the Villanos in the main event and other students in lesser matches. Main event looks like it’ll set up a tag title match on 05/10.

The Crash (TUE) 05/30/2017 Arena Querétaro
1) Agnelus Fly, Ángel Rebelde, Destello vs Crazy Latino, Hades, Lobo Lafayette
2) X-Fly vs Ursus, Atómico, Dragón De Oriente II, X-Danzz [QRO HEAVY]
X-Danzz (Dance Boy) may be champion.
3) Chik Tormenta, Gremlin, Speed Demon vs Kastigador, Keira, Vengador
4) Flamita vs Rey Horus vs Séptimo Dragón
5) Garza Jr., Jack Evans, Willie Mack vs Black Taurus (Elite), Laredo Kid, Súper Crazy
6) Daga, Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario

Crash continues to tour outside of Tijuana (& Mexico City). They did well with Rey headlining in Aguascalientes and this is not a big arena to fill.

CMLL Domingo Familiares: 2017-04-30 

Microman with a big win

Recapped: 04/30/2017

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

Matches:

  • Leono & Príncipe Diamante beat Cholo & Espíritu Negro (12:42 [5:01, 4:29, 3:12], 1/3, ok)
  • Pegasso & Starman beat Hijo del Signo & Metálico (11:25 [5:12, 3:08, 3:05], 2/3, ok)
  • Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Virus beat Drone, Esfinge, Fuego(15:36 [7:13, 2:47, 5:36], 1/3, good)
  • El Gallito & Microman  defeated El Perico Zakarías & Mije (13:00, great)
  • Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. (8:14 [2:23, 1:31, 4:20], 2/3, ok)
  • Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero (9:13 [3:14, 2:25, 3:34], 2/3 DQ, good)

What happened: 

Gallito taking moderate sized risks

The Micro Estrellas/mascots had their first match, with the one fall match featuring a lot more wrestling and less comedy than expected. The tecnicos won cleanly and lots of money was thrown in.

Euforia unmasked Caristico to end the show. Niebla Roja still wanted to be friends with the tecnicos, but worked more with his teammates than on Tuesday (which may have been a one day Kid’s Day reprieve.)

Thoughts: 

Hechicero crushed

This show was really just about the mascot match. It was an crowd (both in the building and on the internets) that really wanted to see the match and would’ve been appreciative of a basic match, and got much more. There was comedy, there was surprising athleticism, and there was comedic athletic spots. (Gallito going up all the way to the third step for a stage dive was impressive and funny.) They said these guys were training with Ultimo Guerrero and maybe he needs to train everyone, Mircoman looked better than most of the guys wrestling in the opening match. These guys had the advantage of obviously having worked out a match ahead of time and rehearsing it, plus a crowd that was going to be forgiving if they didn’t hit everything not quite right, but they also had the not so small disadvantage of being tiny, and they overcame it to have something really entertaining. Everyone should be thrilled how this one went.

There wasn’t much worth paying all that attention to on the rest of the show. The last three trios matches were very much good match formulas, with there just being a little bit less to than semimain for me, but other people might fairly rank them in a different order. They really just needed to do the usual matches to get over with the crowd, with only the tercera feeling like they may have gone a little extra. Putting the Niebla Roja angle aside for the night was the smart move for the main event, giving it a better flow for the night. Peste Negra winning their match was odd, but they can get away with it with that rudo team. Hechicero looked a lot better than in his Angel de Oro match and is back to landing the springboard.

The opening two matches were forgettable. Espíritu Maligno hasn’t made TV in eight months, but still can do his old man senton con giro. Principe Diamante wearing a Captain American design when the other mini to come up to the main roster is also doing the same design is not smart. The crowd was reacting strongly even to that opener, which is may why the second match seemed to play a lot to the crowd and not to the pace of the match.

double tope con giro

Micro luchadors steal Kid’s Day show

Gallito flies

CMLL (SAT) 04/29/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Camorra & Cholo
Camorra & Cholo were originally announced, then repalced by Apocalipsis & Inquisidor on the website, then actually wrestled and lost anyway.
2) Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel b Astral, Sangre Imperial, Star Jr.
3) Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela
4) Luciferno, Mephisto, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Titán
Brazo de Oro was honored before the match.
5) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys

A show.

CMLL (SUN) 04/30/2017 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Leono & Príncipe Diamante b Cholo & Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DIA DEL NIÑO EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:42. tecnicos took 1/3. Espiritu Negro’s first match here since August.
2) Pegasso & Starman b Hijo del Signo & Metálico LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DIA DEL NIÑO EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:25, tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Virus b Drone, Esfinge, Fuego LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DIA DEL NIÑO EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:36. rudos took 1/3
4) El Gallito & Microman b El Perico Zakarías & Mije LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DIA DEL NIÑO EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:00 one fall match, with Gallito and Microman winning in the (re)start of the micro division.
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DIA DEL NIÑO EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:14. Rudos took 1/3, winning cleanly.
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DIA DEL NIÑO EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:13. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Euforia unmasked Caristico.

The micros match was a success: the match was fun, they did much more than you’d expect, and there was a huge crowd for the Kid’s Day show. If anything, they should’ve had it later in the night, because it was really tough to follow the show they put on. Kid’s Day itself (and the discounted tickets with it) were a reason this drew well, but it seemed like they drew over 10,000 fans for a show where the only match really promoted was the micros. It was tough to figure out exactly how much they drew, CMLL never turned on all the lights, but they did sweeping shots of the crowd to show off a lot of people in the upper reaches of Arena Mexico. They’re taking this match to Guadalajara on Tuesday and that probably won’t be the last time we’ll see it. It may lose something if they do it too often, but it’s probably won’t be the last match they have.

Ending the show with a DQ mask pull was odd. Niebla Roja toned down his disagreements with his partners after the first few moments of the match, allowing them to have a main event that more fit Kid’s Day. The crowd was into everything the entire show, even the not so good first couple of matches. It felt like more like the old Mistico days than even the large crowds of other shows, with an audience more willing to cheer the tecnicos and boo the rudos than the group that shows up for the Anniversary show.

YoDeportes has highlights of Carstico & Discovery vs Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero. It looks like that show drew really well, as packed as the AAW shows in that building.

Mr. Leo won a four way elimination match over Freelance, Daga and Centvrion in Gimnasio Hercules for Kamicazes del Ring. Daga wasn’t actually pinned, leaving the match with a knee injury. He made no mention of the knee injury on Twitter, so it’s probably not much.

Powerbomb.TV announced Puma & Tiger will now face Guerrero Maya & Triton on their 06/11 show, instead of Los Traumas. Fly Warrior will also be on the card.

+LuchaTV says they’ll have a professional shot version of Zack Sabre Jr. vs Negro Navarro up on Monday.

Lucha Memes on 05/21 in Coacalco.

RCH on 06/02 in Arena Naucalpan

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

AAA’s put up this week’s TV show.

Box Y Lucha 3821 has Brazo de Oro on the cover.

Aeroboy’s AAW debut on 05/06 will be in a six way match.

04/29/2017 AAA TV results (Tlaxcala)

AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 04/29/2017 Paleqnue del Centro Expositor, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala [AAA]
1) Niño Hamburguesa b Máscara de Bronce, Venum, Joe Lider
Hamburugesa beat Lider after Dalton Bragg appeared and attacked Joe. Hamburguesa earned a spot in an upcoming match for the vacant mixed tag team titles.
2) Argenis & La Parka b Chessman & Súper Fly
OGT came to the ring, but were interrupted by Ricky Marvin. Marvin introduced Parka & Argenis as his partners. Vampiro suspended Averno (???) so this became a 2v2 match. Argenis pinned Chessman
3) Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker © b Faby Apache, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown [AAA TRIOS]
explained as Vampiro ordering the match. The Clowns betrayed Faby for the loss. Psycho Clown tried to make the save but Kevin Kross attacked both him and Faby, causing Faby to be stretchered.
4) Averno & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba & Ricky Marvin
Chessman & Super Fly tried helping Averno, but Parka & Argenis countered them. Averno beat Marvin, then Kross beat up Marvin and Hijo del Tirantes.
5) Big Mami b La Hiedra, Goya Kong, Lady Shani
Mami will team with Nino Hamburguesa to face a yet to be decided team for the mixed tag titles. They celebrated together after the match.
6) Australian Suicide & Bengala b El Mesías & Pagano
Cuervo & Scoria cost Mesias & Pagano the match, and Mesias & Pagano were tense towards each other.
7) Kevin Kross b Psycho Clown
everyone else on the show ran in on this match, including Hijo del Fantasma (who was scheduled for this match but didn’t wrestle for unclear reasons.) Kross beat Psycho and took out a few other people.

Air Date: 05/20 & 05/27

AAA changed every match on the card, came up with stipulations which weren’t promoted before hand and ended the show with everyone in the building running in. Most every change could’ve been explained prior to the show, but AAA is doing it because they think it’s working and because they can.

The mixed tag team titles had been a useless championship for years, and ceased to exist over a year ago without anyone missing them in the meantime. There’s no real use necessity in bringing them back, but AAA has seemed to love Big Mami even before the creative change and she’s still featured as the star of pretty much every match she’s in, so maybe they have some plan here.

Vampiro’s making a lot of decisions that seem to backfire. The big storyline of the first season of Lucha Underground was Vampiro revealing himself to be the evil mastermind behind Pentagon, and Vampiro again revealing himself as Actually Evil is definitely in play here.

Those air dates are nearly a month away. All the changes and activity makes it hard to remember what happened when, more so when the show with it isn’t going to air for weeks. It’ll be that way for a while: AAA TV this week says the 05/20 Contla taping is still on, so every taping won’t air for at least three weeks for the foreseeable future. We should get that Contla taping as soon as Monday, given we already have the taping after it.

AAA takes two weeks off and returns for TV on 05/16 in Pachuca.

Navarro defeats ZSJ in Chairo10, La Mascara & Soberano win in CMLL

photo by Black Terry

CMLL (FRI) 04/28/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, ESTO, thecubsfan, Wrestling With Words]
1) Eléctrico & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
15:05. Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Estrellita, Metálica, Sanely b Dalys, Marcela, Zeuxis [Relevos Increíbles]
9:33. Team Estrellita took the match in straight falls, the last when the Dalys/Marcela/Zeuxis team fell apart. Dalys & Zeuxis attacked Marcela after the match.
3) Soberano Jr. b Sansón [Copa Junior Nuevo Valores, final]
18:33. Tecnicos took 1/3. Soberano won the tournament.
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
13:24. Tecnicos took 2/3. Before the match, Brazo de Oro was honored with a moment of applause.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas
12:18. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) La Máscara b Volador Jr.
13:41. Mascara took falls 2/3, the last with a campana, and held up a banner honoring his father after the match.

This wasn’t the best CMLL show but it was a memorable one. La Mascara is super professional for wrestling in the main event and making it his way thru it fine. The Copa Junior did what it was intended to do.

In a post show interview, La Mascara said he’s considering taking his father’s name in some fashion as a homage.

Lucha Memes MDA (FRI) 04/28/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid b Baby Star, Dragón Fly, Galactar Facebook video (posted by )
2) Titán (CMLL) b Rey Horuz Facebook video (posted by )
3) Negro Navarro b Zack Sabre Jr. Facebook video (posted by )
4) Black Terry DQ Rush Facebook video (posted by )
Rush was DQed for using a martiente
5) LA Park b Súper Mega

MDA was the one who uploaded most of the matches; as ever, I’m caught between being happy we get to see the matches complete at all and confused why they don’t do it a way they can profit and expand off it if they’re going to do it at all. I haven’t seen it yet. Opinions seem to greatly differ on the Navarro/ZSJ match – either just OK or one of the best matches of the year. Attendance seemed down, more so in the expensive seats. Might have been the day change or all the other shows going on for Kid’s Day.

+Lucha has put up the Negro Navarro & Black Terry vs Virus & Hechicero match from the last Lucha Memes show.

AAA tapes tonight in Tlaxcala. The listed main event is Kevin Kross vs Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, but it’ll probably change. The show is listed as an 8:30 CT start time, so expect it to turn up around 9:15.

CMLL’s Coliseo show tonight has Diamante Azul, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr. against Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Volador in the main event. While there’s not many big indie shows the rest of the weekend, it’s still the biggest weekend of the year in terms of small and local indie shows celebrating tomorrow’s Kid’s Day holiday.

LuchaWorld has a really good bio of Brazo de Oro.

Texano, currently out of action on AAA TV, teamed with La Parka to beat Chessman and Averno in Arena Neza. This show didn’t seem to draw as well as some of their recent ones in the arena.

La Parka and Joaquin Roldan will be honored by the Toluca Hall of Fame on May 11th.

Zeuxis talks about her favorite video games, including the one that inspired her mask.

AAA’s put up the open for this week’s TV show.

RobViper has a music video of 09/23/16 ELITE

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/05/2017 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Espíritu Negro
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro vs Ripper [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

This doesn’t look promising. Main event is more Ingbornables versus Diamante Azul. Semimain is Niebla Roja having problems with his partners – this might actually be the the turn, it’s the right time. Fourth match looks like the best on the show.

Women’s match is back to normal, and maybe we’ll find out if they’re doing Marcela versus Dalys or Marcela & Sugehit vs Dalys & Zeuxis any time soon. Espiritu Negro being listed in the opener is unlikely, even less likely he’ll be there.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-28 

La Mascara

Recapped: 04/28/2017

All matches aired live on ClaroSports and are archived on my channel.

Matches: 

Eléctrico & Fantasy beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico (15:05 [6:09, 4:38, 4:18], 2/3, ok)

Estrellita, Metálica, Sanely beat Dalys, Marcela, Zeuxis in a relevos increíbles match (9:33 [5:45, 3:48], 1/2, ok)

Soberano Jr. defeated Sansón to win the Copa Junior Nuevo Valores (18:33 [3:48, 0:55, 13:50], 1/3, great)

  1. Soberano guillotine moonsault 3:48
  2. Sansón springboard guillotine knee drop 0:55
  3. Soberano sit down piledriver 13:50

Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente beat Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper (13:24 [5:36, 2:07, 5:41], 2/3, ok)

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas (12:18 [2:58, 2:15, 7:05], 2/3, good)

La Máscara beat Volador Jr. (13:41 [1:20, 1:44, 10:37], 2/3, good)

  1. Volador backcracker 1:20
  2. Mascara double knee smash 1:44
  3. Mascara campana 10:37

What happened: 

Soberano

La Mascara wrestled the main event and won, defeating Volador cleanly with la campana, in a match taking place only hours after his father Brazo de Oro passed away. The promotion remembered Brazo de Oro with a moment of applause before the match. La Mascara tearfully held up a banner to honor his father to end the show.

Soberano Jr. defeated Sansón to win the Copa Junior Nuevo Valores 2017.

Marcela, Dalys & Zeuxis fell apart in the second fall of their match, with friendly fire incidents leading to Dalys & Zeuxis attacking their tecnica partner. No challenges were made after, so it’s unclear if this starts another cycle of Dalys/Marcela or if it’s a tag feud (with Sugehit?)

Thoughts:

pretty sure Sanson teleported

The main event is hard to evaluate as a match itself. It wasn’t really the emotional match or La Mascara one night técnico performance you might have expected of the situation, but something not that far off from what they might have done had there nothing else gone on. La Mascara did vow to be not an Ingobernable but a Mosquetero de Diablo tonight, and did his best to live up to it. He still wore the breakaway pants, but fought tougher and more serious than usual, especially when he attacked Volador hard from the start. It kind of turned into a usual Volador as it went on. Mascara still did more than he usually does in these matches, which might have happened anyway because it was a Friday main event, but felt like a bit part of the moment. The match felt professional, but it also felt understandable like their hearts were totally into it – they did the match because that’s what Brazo de Plata would’ve wanted, but their minds weren’t in it. They made the right call to have La Mascara win and win clean, and made the best of a tough day.

this worked well

Soberano & Sansón felt appropriate as the end of a young stars tournament. There were moments which didn’t go smoothly and maybe some ideas that could’ve been thought out better, but the potential of these guys was obvious and they wowed the fans with their athletic activities. After the usual sped thru falls, they went back and forth for a long time in the final fall. Soberano’s big moves looked bigger, but Sansón did well to be there right with him to catch and to get in his own offense. This feels like a match we’ll see again, and another achievement in a big 2017 for Soberano.

The rest of the show didn’t have a lot to it. I thought the semimain was good, but only barely so with some rough moments and the spark missing from similar matches. Dragon Lee and Negro Casas’ extended fight atop the turnbuckle to set up the finish was the most fun part of the match. The crowd liked the fourth match, a comedy heavy trios which smartly brought the crowd back up from the Brazo de Oro tribute, more than the one with all the flyers in it. It didn’t do as much for me, but it definitely achieved it’s purpose. The women’s match was just a strange setup to restart the one main world feud which never seems to end. I’d say the setup hurt the match, but those matches are just about the same whoever is on which side. The opener was the usual minis opener deal.