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…)
CMLL (TUE) 11/15/2016Arena 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)
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.
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.
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) 11/22/2016Arena 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) 11/20/2016Arena 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.
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 (SUN) 11/13/2016Arena 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) 11/14/2016Arena Puebla [+LuchaTV, Culticon, El Popular]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial b Meyer & Millenium
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr.
3) Mini Joker b Astral, Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito, Vega, Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Pequeño Nitro, Saurón [cibernetico] Mini Joker beat Astral to win. Said to be a very good match.
4) Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Pólvora b Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Valiente Straight falls, setting up Polvora/Dragon Lee
5) Atlantis, Rush, Último Guerrero b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] 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 Centvrion replaced Tiger. Said to be a great match.
6) LA Park b Wotan, Fly Star 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) 11/13/2016Autolavado 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.
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.
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.
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 Mephistoin 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 Guerreroin 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 Cibernéticoin 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 Parkin 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
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 Elite, thecubsfan, R de Rudo
Team Puerto Rico
Chicano senton con giro Black Taurus (4:00)
double superkick on Cibernético (4:25)
Cibernético chokeslam Mr. 450 (1:32)
Black Taurus pounce Chicano (1:32)
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.
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: thecubsfan, Liga Elite
Hijo de dos Caras double stomp/Dr. Wagner back sulex Zumbi (6:25)
Hijo de Dos Cares spear Bandido (6:36)
Bandido inverted huracanrana Dr. Karonte Jr. (6:29)
Zumbi kick Hijo de Dos Caras (6:40)
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.
Match 3: Xtreme Tiger vs LA Parkin a Liga Elite match
Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal, 10/28/2016
Video: Liga Elite, R 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.
Match 4: Carístico vs Rey Escorpiónin a Liga Elite match
Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal, 10/28/2016
Video: Liga Elite, R 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.
IWRG (SUN) 11/13/2016Arena 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.
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…)