2017 watch later catch up, part 3 of ∞

More reviews of selection matches not on my usual TV recap list.

Rush vs LA Park (BARACAL at Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México on 03/11/2017, via +LuchaTV, 22:46, GREAT): Another fun Park/Rush brawl, both great at beating each other up and willing to take punishment and bump big for the other. It never got quite to the anything could happen place of last year, but it was still worthwhile in watching their own. The two own the crowd as well as anyone. Park got beat up for about eight minutes, but they didn’t lose the fans and they were fired up when he fired up and fought back. The spear near fall looked awesome, and a lot of stuff looked good, though there was more messy than the other stuff. I’m willing to forgive messy more in a brawl like this. A DQ finish for a mask pull in a match which featured full boxes of bottles of beers being thrown and the referee being punched in the face is a little bit weak, but it’s about normal for LA Park.

they always seem to find these containers
LA Park old man tope
and a plancha!
and a spear! He was feeling it.

Juventud Guerrera vs Arez vs Rico Rodríguez © vs Laredo Kid for the win the Llaves y Candados Cruisereweight Championship
(Llaves y Candados at Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 04/09/2017, via LlavesyCandados, 9:28, GOOD) a fun four way exhibition match, with everyone having moments and maybe suffering for everyone having their moments. There’s not much more to it than everyone cycling thru to take their turns for moves. It definite puts everyone as equals, which is probably as best Rico can ask for if he’s going to lose his title here, but I kind of wanted more of Laredo being awesome and there wasn’t really a stretch where anyone could take over for much. They all looked good and it was entertaining while it lasted.

Arez should’ve just broken up the pin
Laredo Asai moonsault

Daga & Rey Fénix (US) vs Sammy Guevara & Último Ninja (LyC in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 04/09/2017, via LlavesyCandados, 16:26, GREAT) – a total fireworks show for 16 minutes. It was limited only by not giving the crowd a clear rooting interesting, so they were only ooohing and aahing to the big spots but not really invested in either side winning. This felt like the most complete Guevera match I’ve seen of him, coming across as more consistent than usual and an equal to Fenix – when Sammy almost had him beat, it felt like it something was happening. Fenix & Daga were surprisingly efficient as a team, though this leaned more heavily to a long string of one on one matches with the other guys wiping out. They could’ve changed the other or dropped some things, the seemingly obligatory Canadian Destroyer spot is treated as a big moment but the match just goes on, but the quality of the moves was really high. Definitely worth checking out.

It takes 10:42 for them to get to the match here – some of that is a Santo promo to sell that upcoming show, but there’s a lot of introductory video packages that don’t add anything. All the LyC videos are still being produced like it’s a TV show and not YouTube, which feels like not understanding the format. You don’t have to sell people on the concept for three minutes when they click on a YouTube link, they’ve already gone out of their way to find you, they’re there. You do have to get it to quick, people are going to drop off quick if you don’t give them something to watch.

I don’t know how he keeps up with the flips
no one gets more destroyed by superkicks than FEnix
everyone down
Daga quickly destroying Ultimo NInja

Garza Jr., Penta El Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario (LyC & Arena Coliseo Monterrey in 04/09/2017, via LlavesyCandados, 16:45, OK): crowd really dug it, but it went too long for me and was just kind of the Tuesday touring trios match going off the novelty of seeing these guys together in this environment. Standard técnico showcase (most with Bestia, since he’s the only rudo who could move), rudos bringing in weapons, and the técnicos hitting all their trademark spots. Monterrey still hates Garza. Mysterio’s black and gold Rebellion gear did look cool. The reactions may make this more watchable than I’m giving credit here.

Bestia knee smash
this goes less well for Bestia

Diablo Jr. vs Black Dragón (IWRG at Arena Naucalpan on 03/22/2017, via thecubsfan, 5:08, OK): a shortage CMLL lightning style match, which is decent when it starts but hard to recommend when they so obviously get lost and started restarting spots two minutes in. Diablo Jr. is more experienced and it’s hard not see it. Black Dragon isn’t bad either, this is just not his strongest match. In pure AYM form, the names of the announcers are displayed on screen but the luchadors are not similarly identified.

the end

Pantera vs Demonio Infernal (IWRG at Arena Naucalpan on 03/22/2017, via +LuchaTV , 6:09, BELOW AVERAGE): Pantera takes most of the match, Demonio Infernal bleeds, Pantera dropkicks the referee and immediately submits Infernal, but loses on the ref attack DQ. This was useless, a bad choice to watch, and missing the point of having youngsters work with veterans. Demonio Infernral looked bad until the post match brawl, which should’ve been the match. This set up a title match that the crowd audibly didn’t want to see after this match. That title match sounds like it went better, but it’s probably not worth the time investment. This one definitely wasn’t.

Just barely over. Other stuff looked better.

Indy Nation invasion of IWRG, La Llave de la Gloria, LU/Impact/AAA

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 05/17/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Bambino & Satán X b Fly Tiger & Puma de Oro
2) Águila Enmascarada, Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000 b Blue Monsther, Shadow Boy, Voltar
Aguila Enmascarda replaced Picudo Jr. (moved up)
3) Eterno & Máquina Infernal b Acero & Picudo Jr.
Picudo Jr. replaced Kanon (double booked on the same show!), Eterno replaced Tackle
4) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo b Lunatik Xtreme, Skanda, Vórtize
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull b Aspirantito Jr. (Guerrero), Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power]
Gym Fill (Black Terry) vs Gym Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera). Said to be a good & evenly matched one of these. Aramis beat Toxin. After the match, a masked team ran in and attacked the IWRG team. They revealed themselves to be Centvrion, Fly Warrior, Latigo, Arez, Mr. Leo, Septimo Rayo (or Glenn Calavera or maybe both), Fly Star and the Fulgores, calling themselves Indy Nation

This sounds like one of the best FILL shows in a while. The cibernetico went well, the undercard has some good stuff, and the angle at the end is something people who might read this site would particularly enjoy. Some of the best young indie guys, some of the best IWRG students from recent years who’ve moved on to other places, coming back an invading group should at least produce a memorable cibernetico down the line. Hopefully a lot more.

SI talked to Vampiro, who repeated that Lucha Underground wrestlers will not appear on Impact, but luchadors who are in AAA and want to work in the US will have another place where they can work. I suspect this includes anyone who works for LU no matter what character they work (or Ricochet would’ve been free to appear in Ring of Honor.) I suspect this is a lot of concern for what will be not that important appearances anyway; AAA will send a match to Impact’s PPV and maybe they’ll work some adjacent TV and that’ll be it.

Vampiro’s also asked if he thinks Lucha Underground’s momentum will be hurt by disappearing for five months. Vampiro not only evades answering the original question, but says the decision to go on hiatus makes sense when you explain it, and then doesn’t explain that either. It’s rock and roll, man. (The correct answer is “Yes! Obviously! But we didn’t have any choice in it and don’t want to cause problems with El Rey.”)

AAA announced the winners of group three of their La Llave de la Gloria tryouts. The biggest name is Muncea de Plata, daughter of Super Porky and sister of current AAA luchadors Goya Kong & Psycho Clown. She actually wrestled on AAA spot shows with her sister in 2008, before they had their masked characters, and turned up on CMLL’s old Ras de Lona program later on as someone who coming soon (but never did) even before that. She wrestled shows for Elite last year. The other women who advanced are Sexy Angel, Hahastari, Black Fury,  Lady Dragon, Diosa Atenea, Ashley and Andromeda. That’s eight women in total, out of the 15 who were shown in matches. Only five men advanced. Angelikal, a standout flyer from Torreon and El Bandido’s brother who looked the most impressive at the tryout to me, was among them. The other four are Ciclón Infernal, Royer Boy, Pequeño Petroneo and Pardux (who you might have seen in one of the early matches on the DTU iPPV last December.) As has been the case all along, we don’t what advancing to the next round actually means, or when the next tryout is, or if there’s other ways to advance besides being in a tryout.

This week’s Zona Ruda has an interview with Lady Shani.

La Parka told Vamos Deportes (mentioned on R de Rudo) that Joaquin Roldan was a great boss, so great that he told Parka that his youngest son could use the name La Parka if he wanted. That seems like a thing that never works out ok.

Masked Republic is selling new licensed lucha libre shirts over on 80s tees.

Laredo Kid & Garza Jr. are on Impact tonight, challenging for their tag team titles. Laredo Kid debuts in AAW a week from today in a four way match.

Ludark will be part of IWA’s King of the Deathmatch on 05/20 in Memphis, Indiana. I believe she’s the only woman in the field. She previously won the 2015 Queen of the Deathmatch for the group.

Lucha Memes/MDA on 06/04 in Arena Puebla

I have no idea how that tag title match is going to go but it’s going to be interesting.

DTU is running on 06/29 in Arena Aficion with the wrestlers in from Game Changer Wrestling.

In Cuernavaca, a main event hair match ended with both guys being shaved after they were attacked by their (former) mentor.

+LuchaTV says they’ll release the LA Park vs Ultimo Guerrero match from the MDA show in Monterrey tonight at 6pm CT.

Lucha Libre In Japan

05/18 NJPW: Dragon Lee [4] defeated Marty Scurll [2] in the Best of the Super Juniors. Dragon Lee is the only wrestler in his block to start off 2-0. NJPW likes to book people getting off to good starts and slipping back, but he has 2 wins and they can’t quite take those back. Dragon Lee is now regularly using the Rush corner dropkick spot. Everyone would flip out if he pulled off a La Mistica in a big spot.

Dragon Lee’s next tournament match is on the 21st (Sunday) against Taichi. Volador Jr.’s next match is against Ryusuke Taguchi on the 2oth (Saturday.) Both of those are taped delayed airings on NJPW World (don’t stay up for them.)

Something to watch here is Jushin Liger announced this would be his Best of the Super Juniors, lost his first two matches, and then declared he would not lose again.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago vs Atomic Star
2) Shaolin vs Lunatic Xtreme
3) Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Taylor Wolf
4) Aramis vs Villano III Jr.
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Veneno vs Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
6) Freelance vs Dr. Cerebro
7) Danny Casas, Imposible, Mr. Electro vs Black Warrior, Trauma I, Trauma II

Black Warrior scheduled back here after appearing in Rey del Ring. Freelance/Cerebro sounds like it’d be good.

UWE AULL (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Shibata & Spider Boy vs Holkan & Ironía
2) Ángel Del Amor, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Dr. Cerebro, Sádico, Yoruba
3) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García © vs Ángel Mortal, Bronco (UWA), Marabunta [AULL TRIOS]
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Silver King [UWE TAG]
5) Blue Demon Jr. vs LA Park, Canek, Pagano [Copa Universo]

Another card as part of the promotion’s 49th Anniversary.

FULL (SAT) 05/27/2017 Plaza de Toros Monumental el Paseo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) El Divino, Reyna Dorada, Shadow Boy vs Ludark Shaitan, Luzbel, Pequeño Warrior
2) Pibe Alfajor & Saru vs Hip Hop Man & La Mosca (Argentina)
3) Garza Jr. vs Mr. Águila, Extreme Tiger
4) Alan Stone, Mr. Elektro, Zumbi vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Intocable, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Tinieblas vs Pirata Morgan, Rey Escorpión (Elite), Zorro
6) Alberto el Patrón & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Jack Swagger & Silver King and Roy Knight & Zak Knight

The last lineup to come up for the Alberto/FULL tour is the one in his home town. He’ll team with his  brother in the main event.

Latin Lover is doing press for these shows and will be the host on them, and says he never said he was retired from lucha libre and “ponders” a return. He had three years of health problems but he says he’s in good shape now and would be open to wrestling if the people wanted it (if a promoter is willing to pay whatever high price he’ll want.) Latin says he doesn’t watch wrestling, citing the deaths of his friends Hector Garza & Perro Aguayo Jr. as some of the reasons.

great match roundup, week of 2017-05-06

Soberano over the top

shows watched

Let’s put the 02/25 Crash recap here too so it can be found again later. This was a week full of matches that were just there; even the best match had it’s falws. The following week is not a whole lot improved

rating matches TV Show taped
great Rey Cometa © vs Soberano Jr. for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) Campeonato Nacional Welter Rey Cometa Vs Soberano Jr. (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12 2017-05-12
good Aero Boy & Mojo Mcqueen vs Trauma I & Trauma II Aero Boy & Mojo Mcqueen vs Trauma I & Trauma II (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-05-07 2017-05-07
good El Gallito & Microman vs El Perico Zakarías & Mije LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-08 2017-05-08
good Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger Disturbio Cmll Arena México CDMX 09.05.2017 (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll Arena México CDMX 09.05.2017 (posted by Princesa Dorada)LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-09 2017-05-09

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs El Mesías & Pagano AAA Worldwide desde Tijuana Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs El Mesías & Pagano (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-06 2017-04-21
ok Chessman vs Ricky Marvin AAA Worldwide desde Tijuana Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Chessman vs Ricky Marvin (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-06 2017-04-21
ok Hijo del Fantasma vs Kevin Kross [tables] AAA Worldwide desde Tijuana Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Mayo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Hijo del Fantasma vs Kevin Kross [tables] (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-06 2017-04-21
ok Latin Dragón & Movado vs Bandolero & Mano Del Diablo Latin Dragón & Movado vs Bandolero & Mano Del Diablo (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-05-07 2017-05-07
ok Barry Right vs Fly Star, Gavin Quinn Barry Right vs Fly Star vs Gavin Quinn (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-05-07 2017-05-07
ok Silueta vs Chik Tormenta Silueta vs Chik Tormenta (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-05-07 2017-05-07
ok Meyer, Vega, Zaeta Roja vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-08 2017-05-08
ok Lestat, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-08 2017-05-08
ok Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-08 2017-05-08
ok Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Ephesto, Mephisto in a relevos increíbles matchLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-08 2017-05-08
ok Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-09 2017-05-09
ok The Panther vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning matchLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-09 2017-05-09
ok Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Villa, Cavernario, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-09 2017-05-09
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-09 2017-05-09
ok Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12 2017-05-12
ok Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) Los Nuevos Dinamita Vs Guerrero Maya Jr., Drone y Esfinge. (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12 2017-05-12
ok Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12 2017-05-12
below average La Jarochita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-09 2017-05-09
below average Leono & Sensei vs Artillero & Hijo del Signo 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12 2017-05-12
below average Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12 2017-05-12
watch later Climax Jr. vs Aramis Climax Jr vs Aramis en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Climax Jr. vs Aramis (posted by thecubsfan) Mano a mano: Aramis vs Climax Jr. en IWRGTV (posted by IWRG tv) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-06 2017-05-03
watch later Freelance vs Eterno Freelance vs Eterno (posted by thecubsfan) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-08 2017-05-07

05/16 AAA TV Results (Aficion) – Fantasma, Suicide turn rudo

AAA

AAA TV (TUE) 05/16/2017 Arena Aficion [AAA]
1) Bronco González Jr. & Hijo Del Vikingo b Concord & Guerrero de Plata
Vikingo got the pin with a 630 senton
2) Lanzeloth & Máscara de Bronce b Dalton Bragg & Joe Lider
Added match. The last time Bragg was seen, he was attacking Joe Lider, so of course they didn’t get along here.
3) Faby Apache b Ayako Hamada [Reina De Reinas, #1 Contenders]
Bonus match two. Faby earned a title shot at Taya at some undefined time.
4) Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, El Mesías, Pagano
Drago got the win over Scoria. Suicide attacked people on both teams (his partner Begnala last), apparently snapping and turning rudo.
5) Big Mami & Lady Shani b Goya Kong & La Hiedra
Mami & Goya replaced Pimpi & Mamba.
6) Argenis, La Parka, Pimpinela Escarlata, Ricky Marvin b Averno, Chessman, Mamba, Súper Fly
Pimpi and Mamba were added to the match. Mamba may be a OGT member; it was unclear. Pirata Morgan, who also may be an OGT member, distracted the tecnicos.
7) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Carta Brava Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Soul Rocker
The Psycho Circus were reunited for one night, with Murder fouling Psycho but Wagner fouling Murder for the win. Mocho Cota attacked the non-Poder del Norte people with a chair after the match.

Air Date: 06/03 & 06/10

The amount of matches added, subtracted and combined left me confused about how many matches actually took place on this show until I put the results together this morning. It’s seven, the same number announced, though only the opener remained unchanged. This another show where the card was public for months and one where they sent La Parka & Psycho to Pachuca recently to promote the original specific lineup, and then gave a different card. I don’t have anything new to say at this, except I’m starting to wonder if maybe AAA doesn’t actually book TV now until the day of the show, because it’s the only reasonable explanation of why they would continue to risk a backlash from advertising matches they’re not going to run. It didn’t hurt AAA on this night, they filled the 2000 seat Arena Aficion, but they continue to play with fire.

Anyway. Seven matches, which probably means the dark match gets dropped and the other two get split up into two TV. 4/6/7 probably should air on the 3rd, since that’s the night prior to Verano de Escandalo and they all tie into (announced) matches there. On the other hand, AAA’s not been so strict about that since these big events are no long on iPPV and a TV show with 2/3/5 would be a bit low on star power. (Can’t think of the last TV taping with two women’s matches where one hasn’t fed into another, by the way.) AAA’s recap doesn’t mention the Ayako/Faby match for what it’s worth, probably indicating even the people who work for AAA are having trouble keeping track of what AAA is doing, but I guess could mean someone changed their mind on it.

Suicide’s turn is not played up much in the recap bit looks like a big deal on video. Suicide turning was teased on TV this week, but it doesn’t seem like great planning to do that turn and the Texano turn within an hour of each other. It really doesn’t seem like a great idea to do the Suicide turn, the Texano turn and have Psycho’s partners turn on him in the same show – and have Joe Lider & Dalton Bragg have issues early in the show. I think – and I may be completely out to lunch – there’s an actual plan and even card for TripleMania and they’re trying to get all the pieces in place for it. The problem is it’s such a big shift from where they were and it’s going to be hard for anyone to keep all the pieces straight, and they’re not helping the situation by distracting from the really important storylines with a lot not so important ones either. Suicide could use a character change, but unless they’ve got a big match planned for him at TripleMania (seems highly unlikely), maybe that’s something that could’ve waited a few months for it to have a wider birth. No one even know who Dalton Bragg is at this point and feuding him with Joe Lider is only going to make them about the 9th most important thing going on. Maybe there shouldn’t be nine things going on, at least not while there’s this big overarching change in direction and your fans are still catching up to it.

Faby/Ayako could be good. I want to see the 630 senton. I’m not really sure I want to see much more from this show.

The next taping will be 05/26, next Friday, in Mexico City.

Cometa/Cavernario, Guerrero & Terrible to ROH, Dragon Lee & Volador win in BOSJ

flying caveman

CMLL (TUE) 05/16/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Artillero b Bengala & Magia Blanca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico b Aéreo, Eléctrico, Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Star Jr. replaced Stuka Jr.
4) Felino, Ripper, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Rey Cometa DQ Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa took 1/3, the last when Cavernario snuck in a foul on him.
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán b Hechicero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)

Singles match was good, not on the level of their best matches but not far off their recent title match on this show. Didn’t sound like the rest of the show was much..

CMLL (TUE) 05/16/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Maléfico & Mr. Apolo b Capitán Cobra & Mágico
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Difunto, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Stigma, Vaquero Jr.
3) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Astral, Esfinge, Oro Jr.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol
5) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
Rush fouled Caristico as he had La Mascara in La Caristica

That third match may turn up on the Guadalajara stream on Saturday.

Ring of Honor announced Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible will be coming in for their 06/23 PPV and their 06/24 TV taping the next day. Ultimo was in ROH last year as part of ROH’s trios tournament, while this will be Terrible’s debut. No opponents announced.

An article on the history of Arena Mexico says the current capacity has gone down from 17,000 to 12,000. I don’t think that’s correct, it’s gone down but not that much. There’s an interesting story about the long running ruler of Mexico City, Ernesto Uruchurtu, being upset when Arena Mexico was being built, because it was about 4,000 seats bigger than the Auditorio Nacional he was having built for the government. He got his revenge by making the Lutteroths do extra work on the stability of the building (at an extra cost), under the idea that the fans would be jumping around during shows.

Lucha Underground will be back in two weeks. It may cost you more to watch. I can’t find any information on Sling’s site, but multiple people have noticed SlingTV is moving it to a higher tier which will cost $5 more a month. Fubo.TV has also upped their price since there’s been a new LU episode. The episodes are still the same prices on iTunes (and maybe will be released the next day the same way on Amazon?) if you’re willing to wait the day after to see the show.

Nicho 25 Anniversary t-shirts will be sold as part of The Crash’s benefit show for him on 06/02.

Lucha Memes/MDA on 06/04 in Arena Puebla

This is quite the collection of people on one show. They’ve done a good job of making it feel like a Puebla show while adding in outsiders.

MDA in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 06/18

That is going to be a crazy match.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Both Volador & Dragon Lee got off to good starts with wins in their first matches of the Best of Super Juniors tournament. Dragon Lee defeated Hiromu Takahashi in the main event. He not only got to talk to end the show, but he picked up a win over the champion. That puts him in line for a title shot no matter how the rest of the tournament goes. Volador defeated Tiger Mask in the second match. Both matches are part of the full show available for free on NJPW World; no login needed. Dragon Lee faces Marty Scurll tomorrow morning in another match that’ll be aired live for subscribers.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 05/22/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Zaeta Roja vs Camorra, El Malayo, King Jaguar
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

This past Monday teased Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro and Rush & Mr. Niebla. Which will actually happen on the 29th? Maybe neither.

CMLL (TUE) 05/23/2017 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Yago
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Drone vs Disturbio [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Hechicero & Titan repeat in the main event but didn’t seem to be setting up anything. This is not a good card at all.

CMLL (TUE) 05/23/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & El Divino vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Magnum, Robin, Sensei vs Difunto, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

Rush/Caristico seems to be the match coming up here. CMLL booking guys in repeat singles matches suggests they are doing Rush/Niebla in Puebla.

Mephisto keeps his title in Puebla, Cavernario/Cometa tonight, AAA in Pachuca

Rush vs Peste Negra

CMLL (MON) 05/15/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Inquisidor & King Jaguar b Meyer & París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
King Jaguar replaced Camorra. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Hijo del Signo & Metálico b El Asturiano & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel b Black Tiger, Lestat, Starman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Niebla unmasked Angel de Oro in the third after not wanting to be a rudo earlier. The two sides talked about a rematch.
5) Mistico, Rush, Valiente b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush got along with his partners, though he still fouled Niebla to win. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Mephisto © b Negro Casas [CMLL WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto took 2/3 to keep the title. 6th defense

Main event seemed fine, but was mostly just good. Fourth match seemed like they were setting up Niebla/Angel, though it’d seem Dragon Rojo is still owed a title shot. Niebla Roja’s act is set to go on for a week or two more.

CMLL finishes their week of 1v1 matches tonight with Rey Cometa and Cavernario meeting once again in Arena Mexico. The match was set up last week, seemed like it was going to be a title match, wasn’t announced as a title match after all, and Cometa lost the title so it couldn’t have been one. Tuesday shows aren’t exactly on the same level of the hair matches they’ve had before, but Cometa & Cavernario have good chemistry and it should be an fun watch.

That’s the semimain. The actual main event is a grab back trios match, with Mr. Niebla, Kraneo and Hechicero facing Marco Corleone, Titan and Atlantis. New champ Soberano teams with the Panthers to take on Felino, Ripper and Sam Adonis. Stuka, Fuego and Drone face Misterioso, Sagrado and Virus; I wonder if the Soberano/Misterioso feud is still going, or if Soberano has been rocketed up the card past his current rival. The obligatory minis match is Electrico, Fantasy, and Aereo against Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olimipco and Mercurio. Magia Blanca & Bengala take on Artillero & Apocalipsis in the opener.

The show starts at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. I’d estimate the Cavernario/Cometa match taking place around 9:15ish.

AAA tapes tonight in Arena Aficion. It’s not a big venue, and should be an easy sell out for the promotion no matter what matches they run. I have no idea which matches they’ll run. The card they’re advertising generally makes sense with the current feuds, but AAA’s made a point of changing around their lineups on a regular basis the last few months. The main event is scheduled to be Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner, which they didn’t do as advertised in Tijuana and only did as a bonus match in San Luis Potosi. OGT face Parka/Argenis/Marvin, which is the Verano de Escandalo match. Monster & Murder faced Carta & Soul, which fits with their Verano match. Pimpi & Mamba are opposite sides of a tag match – there’s a lot of 2v2 matches announced for this show. We’ll see what actually happens. The show is scheduled to start at 8:30, which means it’ll probably start around the same time as Cometa & Cavernario. It’ll air in three weeks; they still have the Tlaxcala taping to air first.

Tonight’s taping will surely start with a homage to El Apache. Faby & Mary weren’t booked on the card, but it’s possible they may end up being there now. This would be the fourth straight AAA TV taping to start with a memorial to a recently deceased person: there were two tapings which started with remembrances for Joaquin Roldan, and Brazo de Oro was honored on the last show. That’s a depressing statistic.

The newspaper Basta had a big headline accusing AAA a fraud for advertising Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner in mask matches both in Juarez (on 06/04) and Mexico City (at TripleMania.) SuperLuchas argues it’s more of a Descaro – a nervy move, and is worried fans might believe lucha libre has predetermined finishes. Visit a Facebook page on lucha libre and I’m pretty sure people already believed that. (Just, mostly when their guys lose; it’s all on the level when they win.) Anyway, the interesting thing to me is AAA actually hasn’t announced the Verano de Escandalo six way match yet on TV. This week’s main event was the angle setting it up, but the only match AAA’s so far even really stating for their TV viewers is Pagano/Mesias vs Scoria/Cuervo. If you just follow as a TV show, the match you’d assume this week’s main event set up is Taya/Faby, and that’s not on any card yet.

The NJPW Best of Super Juniors kicks off early tomorrow morning, and the first show will air for free live on NJPW World starting around 4:30 AM Central standard time. Volador Jr. is scheduled in the second match against Tiger Mask and Dragon Lee faces Hiromu Takashi in the main event (probably about two hours in if you’re not up for watching the whole thing.) Dragon Lee spoke at the kick off press conference, said he was honored to be there. Volador did not, because Volador wasn’t there. I dunno. He send a comment saying he’d prove he’s the best.

Silueta returns to Japan for a REINA show on 06/04. Fuego en el Ring says Silueta will be in Japan from June 1st to the 20th.

Monterrey promotions MDA & Llaves y Candados announced they’re both no longer running shows in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. They’re both moving to Gimnasio Nuevo Leon Unido in the city, which they’re hyping as a nicer facility which will allow them to do online ticket sales. LyC announced a show there for July 9th, and Roberto Figueroa said the main event will be Garza Jr. & Ultimo Ninja vs Santo Jr. & Rene Guajardo III based on Garza & Santo fighting to end the show this past weekend. Running in Arena Coliseo Monterrey used to have the advantage of getting the shows broadcast on Multimedios, since the Monterrey TV network owns the venue. Multimedios dropped the TV show last year, and I wonder what will be the long term future for that venue. I suspect other promotions will move in for the time being.

Clela Arena, the building which hosts UIPW shows in Los Angeles, will no longer host wrestling shows. This seems like a last minute change, since UIPW had a show announced there for this upcoming weekend.

Lucha Memes/MDA on 06/04 in Arena Puebla

Flamita & Black Boy face Daga & Hijo del Pirata Morgan in Tijuana on 06/04 for Team 1927.

Powerbomb.TV announced Jigsaw vs Fly Warrior vs Chuck Taylor vs Kenbai as the main event of their 06/11 show. That’s the show with Puma & Tiger vs Guerrero Maya & Triton.

MDA in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 06/18

LucahWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

The latest edition of +Lucha’s podcast has Caristico, Soberano and Eterno as guests. Caristico seems like a man built for telling tales on podcasts. On the podcast, Caristico says he was told Elite was coming back at the end of April and he hasn’t heard from them in a while.

Lucha Underground personalities will be doing an autograph signing at the East LA Comic Con this weekend.

new lucha videos for the weekend of May 12, 2017

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RuwZfUuptPTo1BG74nh54G

The Claro graphic experiment is probably going to be a one off. I actually borrowed the idea and setup from video gaming streaming (which also is where the streaming software comes from) and it worked great for how it was intended to work. It just doesn’t quite fit for wrestling; I’d imagine it bigger/clear graphics for introduces and in between falls, taking advantage of the natural dead time in wrestling (and have less on screen when action is happening, since people aren’t looking for that.) I think there’s a blueprint here to do it but I’m skeptical it’s worth my time. It’s good to at least figure it out at least.

This is light week. All three feeds I use to record AAA weren’t working when the show aired; one came back just in time for the main event. I think what’s happening with the Guadalajara show is someone’s set up the TV broadcast to be streamed out for a half hour (as if that’s when the news is supposed to air), and so we’re going to see the first match and half of the second match until it gets fixed again. There was no Wednesday IWRG show and the best part of Sunday’s show will be up before you see this.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-12
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-05-12 @ Arena México
1) Leono & Sensei vs Artillero & Hijo del Signo
2) Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Rey Cometa © vs Soberano Jr. for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-13
taped 2017-04-21 @ Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship didn’t record
2) Ayako Hamada © vs Taya in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match and in a street fight match
3) Dr. Wagner Jr., Faby Apache, Psycho Clown © vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker for the AAA World Trios Championship
Cloud Drive – video is fairly terrible, wouldn’t have posted it if I realized how bad I put it on YouTube. No idea what happened.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-05-13
taped 2017-05-09 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Ripper, Sagrado, Virus
Cloud Drive
2) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush  didn’t record
3) Máximo Sexy vs Euforia didn’t record

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-15
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-05-14 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Aramis, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Demonio Infernal, Taylor Wolf, Villano III Jr.
2) Máquina Infernal, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Tackle vs Danny Casas, Mike, Teelo
3) 2017 IWRG Rey del Ring

AAA 25th Anniversary, IWRG Rey del Ring winner, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 05/14/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme b Shadow Boy & Shaolin
straight falls
2) Demonio Infernal, Taylor Wolf, Villano III Jr. b Aramis, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije
3) Máquina Infernal, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Tackle b Danny Casas, Mike, Teelo
Teelo replaced Leo. Danny and Mascara feuded.
4) Imposible b Súper Mega, El Hijo del Diablo, Vardeus, Oficial 911, Veneno, Kanon, Saruman, Killer Jr., Oficial AK47, Mike, Picudo Jr., Villano IV, Máquina Infernal, Argos, Mr. Electro, Rafy, Heddi Karaoui, Black Terry, Diablo Jr., Apolo Estrada, Danny Casas, Eterno, Cerebro Negro, Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Leo, Dragón Fly, Dinamic Black, Black Warrior [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Mascara 2000 was upset to have to give up the Rey del Ring title and demanded the first shot at the winner. Imposible beat Super Mega with a counter dropkick to win the 30 man match. Mascara Sagrada, Dinamic Black, Black Warrior and Oficial AK47 all returned to IWRG in this match.

I’m in favor of any IWRG match that ends with Imposible being the best guy. +LuchaTV, in their quest to make sure I don’t need to do anything and maybe might update the lucahwiki instead, announced they’ll be putting up the Rey del Ring match complete at 6pm.

Today’s the 25th Anniversary of AAA’s first show, held in Veracruz. AAA’s spent this calendar year talking about it being their 25th Anniversary, so it seems odd that it’s actually kind of a quiet day – just some congratulations on Twitter. I suspect they’re saving the bigger celebrations for TripleMania, but there probably will be some mention on tomorrow’s TV taping.

The SuperLuchas article linked up there goes over the first card in detail. Interesting, at least to me, is I’ve had the unlisted dark match as Dr. Maldad & Mr. Maldad against Quarterback & Super Bowl. Instead, SuperLuchas mentions that first ever AAA match as Apocalipsis III & El Inmortal vs Barba Negra & Super Star. SuperLuchas magazine originated as a AAA run and focused lucha libre magazine and the website quotes it for these results, so they know what they’re talking about. The Super Star, a dozen names changes later, would be better know as Black Warrior.

Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show has Mephisto defending the CMLL Welterweight Championship against Negro Casas, in a rudo/rudo battle where Casas will easily be cheered. A title change is unlikely but not out of the question: CMLL books Casas in singles matches a lot anyway, it doesn’t change the CMLL champion count for the Universal tournament (both will hold team championships whatever happens here) and maybe Casas winning the welterweight championship would free CMLL to do something else with the tag team championship than keep it on hold until Shocker is really ready to return. Nothing will probably change because change in CMLL is rare (and we just got a dose of it on Friday, might last them for months), but it’s not a certainty.

The rest of the show has nothing special. The semimain has Mistico, tecnico Rush and Valiente against Euforia, Mr. Niebla and Ultimo Guerrero. It has enough names to make it good, but also the right people to turn it into not much. Niebla Roja tries teaming with non Guerrero rudos in the fourth match, partnering with Dragon Rojo & Polvora against Angel de Oro, Johnny Idol and Stigma. The outcome will probably be about the same.

Black Tiger & Policeman are back on the show, because we can’t go long without them on Mondays. They team with Lestat, Starman, Cancerbero and Raziel. Asutriano makes a welcome appearance and has a good partner in Rey Samuray, but not so good opponents in Hijo del Signo & Metalico. Meyer & Paris versus Camorra & Inquisidor start the show, which begins at 9pm on YouTube.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey looked to be full for the Hijo del Santo match last night. They set up a Santo Jr. (the son) versus Garza Jr. feud.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from last night’s IWRG show.

Poder del Norte knows everyone thinks they’re losing at Verano de Escandalo and aren’t concerned.

LuchaWorld’s Classic Podcast looks back at Los Brazos.

El Apache is on the cover of this week’s Box Y Lucha.

CMLL weekend results, indie lineups

Templario, a man who is not Shocker/photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 05/13/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Leono
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Espanto Jr., Inquisidor, Metálico b Flyer, Magia Blanca, Starman
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
tecnicas took 2/3
4) Blue Panther, Fuego, Stuka Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 1/3
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Carístico b Mephisto, Templario, Último Guerrero
Templario replaced Shocker, who was advertised to return on this show and did interviews to hype it. No explanation was given. Tecnicos took 2/3.

My guess is Shocker just didn’t show up – Templario’s fits as a fill in only if CMLL had no notice Shocker wasn’t going to wrestle (not an injury set back) and Shocker’s had issues not showing up in the past. Shocker’s gone silent on Twitter since around the time this show started.

CMLL (SUN) 05/14/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia b Aéreo, Eléctrico, Fantasy
Aereo replaced Stukita
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma b Disturbio, Puma, Sangre Azteca
3) Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Pólvora b Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Titán
Polvora replaced Dragon Rojo Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tencicos took 2/3
5) Carístico b Euforia
Caristico took 2/3.

A show.

Sam Adonis mentioned he’s starting as color commentator for the CMLL English language show. That’s the show that airs on the Fight Network, but hasn’t been airing lately – maybe this means it will again soon.

AAA’s press release says this round of La Llave de la Gloria winners will be announced on Wednesday. It also says things which are false or fabricated. The press release reads like someone wrote it on Wednesday, quotes and all, and didn’t stop to update it after the tryout actually happened.

The guy in charge of El Rey’s RT-ing the article where Vampiro says no Lucha Underground wrestlers will not being appearing on Impact is a thing that happened.

Today in social media issues condensed: UK’s Lucha Forever had Pentagon, Drago and Fenix booked for May 14th. Lucha Forever had to postpone the show, said to be due to venue issues. The LU guys got booked out to someone else in the UK. The LU guys got to London, and couldn’t find anyone to pick them up for wherever it is they were going. Vampiro went after Lucha Forever on Twitter & Facebook, while Lucha Forever said they had a guy there waiting to pick them up. The guys got picked up, I assume, and then everyone went back and deleted everything. Life went on!

In an interview from the last show in Tijuana, Roberto Figueroa talks positive about the Crash, says it could be the #1 company in Mexico in the coming months.

Lucha Memes/MDA on 06/04 in Arena Puebla

This show already looks loaded. You know, I watch shows weekly live from Arena Puebla on the internet without a problem. Just saying!

MDA in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 06/18

Mucha Luchas Guadalajara announced they’re back on 07/02. If I remember/understood correctly, I believe a recent edition of Fuego en el Ring said the promotion was working on getting Flamita for their next show.

In Japan, Okumura was interviewed about his beck injury: he started doing rehab work right away, but he still has numbness in his thumb and index finger on his right hand. Okumura is getting his one month check up on May 18th, will return to Mexico to recover if everything looks good, and then be back in October for another check up (with MRI scans being sent to Japan in between.) He still hopes to be back wrestling by December, though that may be more positive thinking that something he can accomplish.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

RobViper has highlights of 10/21/16 Elite.

Segunda Caida reviews the Parkas vs Rush/Pierroth/Toscano trios from last April’s Elite.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 05/17/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Tiger & Puma de Oro vs Bambino & Satana X
2) Blue Monsther, Shadow Boy, Voltar vs Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000, Picudo Jr.
3) Acero & Kanon vs Máquina Infernal & Takle
4) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo vs Lunatik Xtreme, Skanda, Vortiz
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull vs Aspirantito Jr., Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power]
Gym Fill (Black Terry) vs Gym Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera)

Lucha Libre Boom is running here on Friday, so their students stop by a couple days early for a trainee show.  LLB running on Friday also means it’s a three show week for Naucalpan (or quite a while before a normal IWRG show, since the Super Astro show is on the 24th.)

RIOT (SAT) 05/20/2017 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Psicótico vs Muerte Extrema
2) Chik Tormenta vs Christi Jaynes
3) Dowki, Kaientai, Lord Byron vs Erick Ortiz, Kamikaze, Kratoz
4) Fly Warrior vs Dralion
5) Low Rider & Sammy Guevara vs Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda Jr.
6) Flamita vs Último Ninja

Final lineup for the RIOT show next Saturday. I really want to see the main event. Not enough to actually go to Monterrey, but I’d still like to see it.

CMLL (SAT) 05/20/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Stukita vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Leono, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Templario
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
4) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Niebla Roja
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]

Niebla Roja teamed up with non Guerrero rudos, but his issues seem to be more with being a rudo than being a Guerrero, so that’ll probably go no differently. Is Leono the second best wrestler in the segunda?

CMLL (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Fiero vs Cholo & Yago
2) Flyer, Magia Blanca, Robin vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Kráneo, Sam Adonis
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

Fiero & Yago’s are in the One Match A Month club, which probably doesn’t work out for them so well.

Every match on this show is technically a first time ever match, but CMLL’s done an outstanding job of making everyone feel about the same so it comes off as a card we’ve seen many times before.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 05/21/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Ángel De La Tormenta & Filder vs Cometa & Dragón Force
2) Gato De Ecatepec vs 19 Y Medio
3) Eterno vs Komander
4) Silueta vs Marcela
5) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón
6) Aramis vs Star Jr.
7) Keira & Lady Maravilla vs Alas de Acero & Iron Kid
8) Hechicero vs Solar I

This seems to have less big outside names than usual, so it might be a smaller turnout, but Eterno/Komander, Aramis/Star, Hechicero/Solar and the trios match all look interesting.

CMLL (SUN) 05/21/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Capitán Cobra vs Destello & Quca
2) El Alteño & Fantástico vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Apolo
3) Tigre Blanco vs Linterna [lightning]
4) Cosmos, Metatrón, Neutrón vs León Blanco, Ráfaga, Relámpago Azul
5) Joker, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Explosivo, Nautilius, Sádico

The main event must be an unlisted Relevos Increíbles match or a lot of turns went down tonight. Linterna/Tigre Blanco matched up in the segunda, so something probably did go down with them.

Soberano new champ, La Llave de la Gloria

Soberano tornillo

CMLL (FRI) 05/12/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Leono & Sensei b Artillero & Hijo del Signo 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
12:40, tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Robin 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
18:20 Rudos took 1/3
3) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
16:18. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Soberano Jr. b Rey Cometa © [MEX WELTER] 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
16:32+. Soberano took falls 2/3 to win the title. Cometa falls on his 2nd defense. Soberano is the 75th known champion.
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
12:36. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush 2017-05-12 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
14:14. Tecnicos took 1/3, the first by excessive violence DQ (maybe?), Atlantis submitted Rush cleanly in the third.

The title match achieved what it was set to do. I’m not sure if anything else had a purpose. CMLL may yet end up doing Atlantis/Rush, but it definitely come off as if it was the anniversary match in the building on this show. This show was rather long, with everything over 12 minutes and the title match (likely close to 20 if it aired complete) much longer than a lightning match would be. It felt long.

The link up there will take you to Rey Cometa’s entrance, but I couldn’t figure out how to remove the seven minute stretch of dead stream. You’ll want to skip ahead to 1:25:09.

Shocker returns tonight after five months to main event in Arena Coliseo. He teams with Ultimo Guerrero & Mephisto versus Atlantis, Caristico and Angel de Oro.

AAA’s Llave de la Gloria tryout took place today. They posted video of the matches on Facebook: women’s group 1women’s group 2, and women’s group 3, plus men’s group 1, men’s group 2, men’s group 3, men’s group 4.

There appeared to be 15 women, at least when they got to the match part. 10 of them were from the WWS luchadora promotion, including their champion Diosa Atenea. Muneca de Plata, one of Super Porky’s daughters, is trying out and is part of the third women’s group. She actually worked AAA spots shows way back when Porky was working for AAA, as was in the third group. Stephanie Vaquer from Chile, who’s wrestled in Veracruz and around Mexico City, is in the first group. There’s a blond woman in red and gold who’s in the first match and gets brought back to round out the third one; she seems to have potential and has a marketable look. There’s also a luchadora in a cool mask who takes a dropkick to the face like a champ and was trying rope walk/rope bounce armdrags at the end; she appears to be Hahastary, who mostly wrestles in northern Mexico.

The men’s matches are all 2v2. Angelikal is the standout performer in the first match, and of all the men today really. Taylor Wolf, who’s been in IWRG recently and is from Chile, is in the second group. There’s an amateur wrestler gimmick luchador in the third match who stands out, and the fourth match has a tag team that I can’t place.

The trainers today are La Parka, Averno, Hijo del Fantasma, Super Fly, Ayako Hamada, Mamba, Mary Apache and Faby Apache. Vampiro, who was the lead guy in the past two tryouts, is over in Germany for a LU themed WXW show. The Lucha Underground wrestlers (or maybe the cross promotion they’re getting with the TV network which airs LU) helped them what they claimed was the biggest indie crowd in 15 years. Vampiro posted his entrance on YouTube, which he says is a preview of a TV show (or channel?) he’s launching on May 31st.

On that same WXW show, Angelico picked up the WXW Shotgun Championship.

The price for the AAA Ring & Rock Stars travel package is 11,291 Mexico Pesos ($600 USD on the nose.) That includes flights from Mexico City, and 4 days/3 nights at the resort.

ESPN has a story on the Freedom Bar & Grill, with unnamed fans complaining it’s going to attract the wrong crowd to wrestling shows (fancy rich people who don’t really care about the lucha.) The director of Freedom disagreed, making the case that it’s in the same range as the ringside tickets if you get food. They note that beer sales are supposed to be cut off in the arena by the main event, but they are not cut off in the restaurant and you are allowed to stay an hour after the show ends (and enter two hours early.)

Dr. Wagner is off the Lucha Libre Boom show in Naucalpan next Friday. AAA’s got him in Tijuana instead. LA Park & Hijo de LA Park will now face Caristico & Black Taurus.

Here’s a social media thing – kerfuffle? let’s go with kerfuffle – boiled down to a quick two links. Garza Jr. teases Pagano as being on the 07/09 Llaves y Candados show. Pagano says he still is with AAA. I suspect the answer is that Llaves y Canados show isn’t having Rebelion guys.

MDA in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 06/18

AAA writes about La Parka and Joaquin Roldan being inducted into the Toluca sports hall of fame.

AS Mexico ranks the top 11 Mexican luchador of all time.

ESPN interviews Princesa Sugehit about being a woman in wrestling and Lil Cholo about being a journeyman of wrestling.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/19/2017 Arena México
1) Magnus & Sensei vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
4) Titán vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas

Will Niebla Roja finally be done teaming with people he doesn’t want to team with after this show? Probably not. Usual show of a couple matches which might be good (Cavernario is Titan’s best opponent) and no sense of direction.