final Lucha Underground episode (of S3? of ever?) tonight, LA Park to Crash

main event of episode 1

CMLL (TUE) 10/17/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Wrestling With GIFS]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Angelito & Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took falls 2/3
2) Astral, Magnus, Metatrón b Espanto Jr., Grako, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Grako replaced Canelo Casas (MIA). Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Drone b Raziel [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Drone won in 7:30.
5) Hechicero, Puma, Tiger b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3
6) Cavernario, Euforia, Felino b Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cavernario beat Niebla Roja in straight falls, setting up a title match next week.

Semimain sounds like it went well, but the rest of the show wasn’t noteworthy.

#NGD kept the trios titles over the Panthers in Guadalajara.

CMLL said they have a press conference today. Apparently not at noon, since that time has come and gone. CMLL’s pushed Informa to Thursday this week, so that probably means it’s in the afternoon spot.

CMLL’s got articles up hyping the Caristico vs Volador (& Mistico) issue, and the two title matches.

Lucha Underground

Today is Lucha Underground episode 105, the 40th of this season It’s also possibly the last episode of the series. Matches announced for the show.

  • Matazna versus Dragon Azteca Jr. in a cage match
  • Cage versus Mil Muertes vs Jeremiah Crane in a gauntlet match
  • Johnny Mundo (c) versus Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground Championship

This is a long way away from the Blue Demon/Chavo Guerrero “classic wrestling” opener.

That’s three matches in a two hour show. LU often airs three matches in a one hour show. These matches went longer than usual and may be edited less than some of the recent ones, but that leaves a lot of time for everyone else.

Lucha Underground put up a trailer for the episode, which seems to give away one key spot (so you may want to skip it.)

We didn’t know only three matches were scheduled for the final show on the Sunday of the final taping. (Even when I saw it, I thought the trios title match was airing this week.) We did know Pentagon Dark was Gift of the Gods champion. The ladder match was taped on Saturday, with the other matches from last week’s episode and this week taped Sunday. “Do you think Pentagon’s cashing in tonight?” was the primary topic of discussion in the line waiting to get in on Sunday, and it’s the main discussion again 15 months later. The Dario Cueto video posted to YouTube ends with someone coming into his office off screen, which could be interrupted as Pentagon coming in to try and cash in already. Or it could be someone else.

I would record a couple of minutes extra just to be safe. LU usually comes in on whatever time they need, but El Rey sometimes starts airing it 30 seconds late. I don’t know that there’s a big thing happening at in the last minute, but it would fit.

CultIcon has a preview of the show. ESPN interviews Johnny Mundo about his post-WWE time.

We’re going to be doing a podcast (audio only) after the show ends on YouTube. Check twitter for a link later on, and it’ll be posted on the feed later on as usual.

Last night was the 4DX showing of the finale. Way 2 Real has some interviews and video from the showing. The theater seems less full than I expected for something people were having trouble getting tickets. They asked people not to reveal the episode, one last #nospoilers, and it seems to have worked. They’re doing another airing tonight.

Taya was there, and was angry at someone who still hasn’t apologized. I don’t think Vampiro was there and I think he did apologize, so this is probably Dorian Roldan.

I would be very surprised if there was any resolution – renewal or cancellation – of Lucha Underground’s status tonight. It’d be great if it was, but it’s probably going to be a few weeks. I’m sure everyone who was part of the show figured they have a resolution before the finale, but I’m guessing they put it together there might not be one and the episode needs to work either way.

This last episode airing also starts a countdown clock for anyone who’s contract has ended after three seasons. Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma and Sexy Star are said to be up, and others have definitely hinted in that direction.

The Crash

The Crash announced LA Park would be coming to their promotion. There’s no mention of when he’ll start appearing or how often he will. This is a big change. The Crash had been interested in using Park previously, but LA Park had been not so much interested in them. Many of LA Park’s biggest possible matches are against people currently working for The Crash, but he’s been able to work against them on neutral shows. Maybe LA Park’s mood changed. Maybe he thinks The Crash is close to enough to getting a TV deal.

At any rate, The Crash is now halfway to being a real major league lucha libre promotion:

  • Step 1 to being a major promotion is employing LA Park
  • Step 2 is something going wrong LA Park, leading to him leaving or other people leaving

LA Park is great, but I would get to any big matches with him ASAP because something is bound to happen. Something all does.

The Crash also announced Rush would be on their 12/03 show in Ecatepec.

More Stuff

Dalys & Zeuxis are already in Japan for REINA, and wrestle on 10/25. Dragon Lee & Titan are already there for NJPW, winning in their first night. Titan actually got the win (though over a rookie.)

Okumura is also in Japan, and says he’s aiming for a return to the ring in late November. He mentions again he was close to having his career ended by the neck injury suffered in practice.

NJPW posted all the ticket on sale info for FantasticaMania.

+Lucha’s podcast talked to Garza Jr., Prayer & Guerrero Maya Jr.

Drago is happy with his recent successes.

Sensacional de Luchadors asks Aeroboy about his feud with Black Terry.

An AAA spot show on 11/25 in Torreon is a rare card with both Dr. Wagner & Silver King on it of late.

El Universal is starting a weekly feature on lucha libre photographs.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Hechicero vs Valiente.

Tigre Rojo took Barbaro I’s hair in Arena Coliseo San Ramon.

Miguel Reducindo talks about the action figure sized rings he makes. You can order them thru his Facebook

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/22/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Oriental vs Demonio Infernal
3) Ludark Shaitan vs Lili Dark
4) Eterno, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Liderk, Rayan, Spartan, Spector
5) Black Terry, Chico Che, Hijo del Alebrije vs Pirata Morgan, Violencia Jr., X-Fly
6) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Hip Hop Man, La Mosca, Pleito Castillo
7) Bombero Infernal, Imposible, Mr. Electro vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

The Capos show up in Dinamita outfits feels like a knockoff NGD trio, if it’s meant to be one or not. I still can’t bring myself to add them to a database; give it another week.

CMLL (TUE) 10/24/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Magnus, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Cancerbero, Raziel
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Niebla Roja © vs Cavernario [CMLL LH]
second defense

Even though I’m not sure Niebla Roja is sticking around, I still don’t know if Cavernario’s actually going to get the win. He doesn’t get a lot of wins.

the promotion that gives you “Canelo Casas, booked for weeks despite not appearing” gives you “Johnny Idol, booked despite not being in the country.” Maybe he’ll be back, but I don’t believe it.

CMLL (TUE) 10/24/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Metatrón vs Furia Roja & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Sam Adonis
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Mistico, Caristico & Volador teaming up here too. Micros are back after about four months.

 

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-10-10 

too easy

Recapped: 10/14/2017

All matches aired live from Arena México

Matches: 

Apocalipsis & Artillero beat Bengala & Flyer  
(11:40 [4:06, 3:49, 3:45], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla, Marcela beat La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
(16:32 [6:34, 4:18, 5:40], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(10:41 [3:57, 3:26, 3:18], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pólvora beat Rey Cometa in a lightning match
(5:27, Polvora Driver, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán beat Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
(11:17 [5:00, 2:59, 3:18], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Felino, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente
(19:08 [2:33, 8:44, 7:51], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Cavernario and Niebla Roja feuded, with Cavernario sneaking in a foul on Niebla Roja at the finish.

CMLL neglects to to turn up the sound on the broadcast until after the first match.

Thoughts:

Artillero actually gets hit

The main event and the semimain had the rudos swallowing up the técnicos for most of two falls. It hurt the main event to get do the same thing over again, even if it was more focused by the Niebla Roja/Cavernario feud. The producer seemed more interested in the women in the crowd than the match too. This was a less exciting técnico showcase than the match that preceded. Not bad, but something to get thru to finish out this show instead of something to enjoy. Niebla Roja uses the same reverse campana as he would on Friday, so that’s clearly his new big move, and it’s smart layout to have Cavernario and Niebla Roja to get in moves before the big finish. Tirantes seems to forget what he’s supposed to be distracted by at the finish.

The semifinal wasn’t going to work from the start given the rudos. It was one of those matches where it only sort of works for the third fall, when the técnicos do their usual offense and then lose anyway. Drone did better here than he would on Friday.

no idea

The lightning match was Rey Cometa flying out around entertainingly, and Pólvora doing about one more. Rey Cometa calmly landing on his feet after a moonsault and walking around was cool, but he didn’t have a lot to work with.

How did Esfinge end up on all three streaming shows and who can I talk to about making sure that doesn’t happen again?

Metalica does a few things well and forearms really hard. I hope she gets a singles match here sooner or later. A title match with Sugehit would be new, but I’d take a simple lightning match. Comandante and Tiffany aren’t good and Maravilla couldn’t do much with them, but she’s still sympathetic enough to get cheered. Vaquerita’s finishing elbow drop landed oddly and painfully for Tiffany.

The lowlight of the opener was Artillero accidentally hitting his head on Flyer’s feet and knocking himself silly for a few seconds. He still won. Flyer’s been upping his t-shirt design game.

new move is old move

Marco defeats Rush to stay champ, Tuesday preview

some really good Sky Team teamwork

CMLL (MON) 10/16/2017 Arena Puebla [CultIcon, CMLL]
1) Ares & El Perverso b Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana b Lestat & Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Asturiano, Eléctrico, Stukita b Guerrero Espacial, Joker, Mercurio LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Cuatrero & Sansón © b Esfinge & Stigma [Arena Coliseo TAGLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
first defense
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Marco Corleone © b Rush [CMLL HEAVYLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
fifth defense. good match.

The main was said to be Rush’s best effort in a long time. The rest of the show doesn’t sound like much; the tag title match picked up in the third fall, the opening matches weren’t any good.

Nothing as exciting as the title matches on CMLL’s today show, but likely next week. Barbaro Cavernario and Niebla Roja continue to face off in the main event, headed to a singles match seven days from now if everything goes like normal. Marco, Diamante Azul, Euforia and Felino fit around them.

The semimain could be a pretty good match, with Stuka, Fuego and Guerrero Maya teaming up against Puma, Tiger and Hechicero in a match where everyone is pretty good.

Drone takes on Raziel in the lightning match. The women’s match tonight is Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Lady Maravilla faces Tiffany, Amapola and Reina Isis in her first streamed match since May. (She was in Japan for REINA, then her return was one of the canceled shows.) The minis match is Fantasy & Angelito (first stream since July) taking on Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Violencia. In between, Magnus, Astral, and Metatron are scheduled to face Nitro, Espanto and Canelo Casas, but it seems unlikely Canelo Casas will actually appear. The show streams on YouTube at 7:30pm.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lucha Memes announced it’s first show for it’s 11/20 Chairo 11 show

In other important Lucha Memes news: we now know what a La Huachimolera is.

Tonight is the first of the two 4DX airings of the Lucha Undergound finale, and they’re even going to do a pre-show for it on Facebook Live. This is probably just a red carpet entrance thing. (If you’re going, please be kinda enough to wait 24 hours to talk about anything that happens. If someone’s managed to go 15 months without getting the finale spoiled, let them have one more day)

Fly Warrior’s semifinal opponent Sunday in the Powerbomb.TV Independent Championship will be Jonathan Gresham, who attacked and unmasked Fly Warrior back at the first Powerbomb.TV show. This show also has x.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 10/23/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Meyer, París vs Ares, King Jaguar, Sombra Diabólika
2) Astral, Espíritu Maligno, Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, El Malayo, Rey Apocalipsis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Hechicero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Kráneo, Mephisto

A normal card, outside of Volador & Caristico being unfriendly partners again.

The Crash (WED) 11/15/2017 Palenque de la Feria, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Arkángel Divino & Black Boy vs Black Danger & Último Maldito
3) Jack Evans vs AeroboyBestia 666Mr. 450
4) Daga & The King vs Garza Jr. & Súper Crazy
5) Penta 0M & Rey Misterio Jr. vs La Máscara & Rush

We’re officially to the “holy crap, this is a lot of shows” portion: eleven shows from November 3 to November 15. I’m not sure that’s it, there seems to be another one popping in every day.

new lucha videos for the weekend of October 13th, 2017

Last week, my mega uploads were hit by takedown notices a few hours after they went up. I’m sure it’s an automatic deal, just assuming I wouldn’t bother to fight it (correct), but I’ll have to think about what to do if it happens again this week.

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-10-10
taped 2017-09-27 @ Arena Naucalpan  – Mega/YouTube
1) Lili Dark vs Lady KatHija Del Pantera
2) Hijo Del Bombero, Príncipe Mexica, Voltar vs Avisman, Leroy, Skanda

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-10-14
taped 2017-10-06 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Valiente vs Hechicero in a lightning match
2) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero
3) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-10-14
taped 2017-10-10 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Star Jr., Starman, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Difunto, Sangre Azteca
2) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Mephisto

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-10-16
taped 2017-10-15 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Aramis, Black Terry, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hip Hop Man, Pleito Castillo, Psycho Kid
2) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
3) Bombero Infernal, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

1991 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

April 28, 1991

I added 1991 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio (but a few from Lerdo!), to the luchadb database over the last week. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results. I didn’t expect to have this done this quick. There’s a lot of time between pitches.

year events
1985 150
1986 154
1987 152
1988 176
1989 188
1990 169
1991 174

It would’ve easily been the most events in a year if it had continued at the pace it was in summer. Lucha libre events nosedive sharply at the end of the year, going from six or more a week to one a week by December. It’s not just weather, as columns indicate people who were big attractions here just months prior (Hijo del Santo, Konnan) were not getting the same turnout. The timing matches up to when lucha libre airs starts in Mexico City. I’m not sure that’s total reason, because lucha libre had been listed on Torreon listings far before, but columns note that the local guys are having trouble competing with the national guys afterwards and that sure sounds like a TV issue.

The business downturn is also seen in Mexico City. By the end of the year, crowds are said to be down. Arena Mexico and Arena Coliseo half full on occasions, Pista under 1000.

This is the year where Flanagan & Super Punk (Ultimo Guerrero & Lucifierno) win the tag titles. They’re regulars in Arena Olimpico Laguna and showing up elsewhere. They also end up as opponents in a tournament for the vacant Laguna Light Heavyweight Championship, but no winner is ever mentioned. Results are nearly non-existent this year.

Local Issues

lucha TV/Strike Coverage

General History

Luchador of the Week type short bios/interviews

 

two CMLL title matches today, Coacalco 20th anniversary, IWRG, DTU

photo by Black Terry Jr.

indy (SUN) 10/15/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Adriano & Siniestro DRAW León Tatuado & The King Fire
2) Genio Rojo b ForasteroDemonio BaltazarKaitoKarazuHazielRotterdamWallrusDinamic KingPoder GuerreroChicago RushArkonte [Trofeo 20 Aniversario]
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Amapola, La Seductora, Reina Isis
4) Nitro & Sangre Azteca b Blue Panther Jr. & Virus and Iron Love & Judas el Traidor and Atomic Star & Jeque
Atomic Star replaced Tony Rivera. Panther & Virus could not get along. Nitro & Azteca beat Iron Love & Judas el Traidor.
5) El Golpeador, Shu el Guerrero, Súper Crazy DQ Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Shu el Guerrero replaced el Golpeador. Terrible replaced Dragon Rojo. Euforia fouled Super Crazy for the DQ. Shu wants a match with Ultimo
6) Magnífico b DagaEterno
Daga suffered a shoulder injury.
7) Juana La Loca L AramisImpulsoWotanArezBelialGoldenAeronixKalibusBlack Out [hair, mask]
Golden took Juana La Loca’s hair.

This appeared to be a packed house for the 20th Anniversary show.

IWRG (SUN) 10/15/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Ángel Oriental b Skanda
2) Súper Brazo Jr. b Tackle
3) Demonio Infernal & Violencia Jr. b Adrenalina & Infierno
Inferno replaced Toxico.
4) Liderk, Rayan, Spartan, Spector b Chico Che, Leo, Rafy, Shaolin
5) Aramis, Black Terry, Hijo del Alebrije DQ Hip Hop Man, Pleito Castillo, Psycho Kid
Straight falls. Castillo hit the referee, causing the DQ.
6) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
the Argentina duo (+ Psycho Kid) interfered
7) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Bombero Infernal, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno
Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. gave Dos two martinetes, unseen by the referee.

The Capos are likely to be regulars here under new names. I assumed they’d be revealed here, but they’re just using those temporary seeming names instead.

DTU (SUN) 10/15/2017 Centro Cívico de Tulpetlac, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, DTU]
1) Maldad vs Gran TitánFuerza MarinaEstigma
2) Billy, Erwing, Hard Boy, Toto b Drolux, Heredero Azteca, Irving, The Black Jr.
3) Sombra Azteca & Tormenta De Fuego b Cobra Imperial & Infierno Negro
4) Jimmy b Drastik BoyCobreLokilloJoe Alonso
5) Camuflaje & Junior © b Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako [DTU NEXO]
1st defense. Money thrown in.
6) Moria b Hormiga © [DTU AI]
new champ. Hormiga falls on second defense.
7) Halloween © b Ovett [DTU CONSAGRADO]
Camuflaje & Junior helped Halloween keep the title.
8) Crazy King b CíclopeDr. Pólux Jr. [DTU CHAMP, #1 Contenders]
Crazy King beat Polux for the win.

Crazy King is owed a title shot now, but it’s not clear when. Could be going to GCW to get it, or maybe it’s the coming up on the December shows.

X-LAW keeps the Consagrado and Nexo titles – and maybe gets the Alto Impacto one? I have no idea if Moria is in X-LAW. Indie promotions, really all lucha promotions, could do a better job of making it clear who’s in which faction.  It’s impossible to keep track of these things when it’s not reenforced often.

Puebla has two championship matches today. Title changes are unlikely outside of Arena Mexico and neither of these matches jump out as likely changes, but they still should be interesting matches.

Rush challenges Marco Corleone for the CMLL heavyweight championship in the main event. Rush is going to be CMLL heavyweight championship someday if he sticks around CMLL long enough, but it should have a bigger lead up than this match is getting. More interesting than the outcome will be the effort; Marco’s tried to make his title matches interesting, but Rush is a wildcard when it comes to effort.

The other title match is Cuatrero & Sanson defending the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship against Esfinge & Stigma. Marco losing the heavyweight championship now would be too soon, but the Dinamtias don’t really need these belts and could easily lose them at any time. The Arena Coliseo tag belts have tended to go to luchadors in the bottom half of cards; the NGD are quickly moving past that position and these titles. CMLL’s going to have to decide if they want to have them take a loss to someone below them, or if they’ll just vacate the belts. Esfinge & Stigma doesn’t seem like the pair to dethrone them and there’s never been an Arena Coliseo title change actually outside of Arena Coliseo, so I don’t think this is it.

Nothing pops out from the rest of the card. At least the Caristico, Volador and Mistico tecnico side is more interesting now after the Leyenda de Plata cibernetico. They’ll face Mephisto, Terrible and Rey Bucanero. The third match is a minis/locals mix schedule to have Asturiano, Electrico, Stukita versus Guerrero Espacial, Joker and Mercurio, but Stukita hasn’t been around when scheduled of late. The opener is two locals 2v2 matches. The show will air at 9pm CT.

Zona Ruda moves from UTDN to TDN in Mexico starting today. UTDN is the channel that’s also been repeating AAA thru the week, but it looks like both are moving to TDN. These seem like similar channels under the same umbrella so I’m not sure there’s that much difference, but more TDN programming in Mexico seem to make it in to the US.

The Crash says they’ll debut in Ecatepec on 12/03.

La Parka talks up his rivalry with Dave the Clown.

I liked this Super Junior Tag Team tournament preview.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 10/22/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mr. Ángel vs Paymon
2) Avispón Negro Jr. & Tigre Blanco vs Owen & Stress
3) Capitán Cobra & El Divino vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo
4) Mágico & Neutrón vs El Chakal & Guerrero de la Muerte
5) Nautilius & Omar Brunetti vs Maléfico & Star Black and Explosivo & Ráfaga and Joker & Vaquero Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

One of these teams probably won’t get along.

CMLL to adds much needed 20th championship, The Crash/DTU show on 11/30

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 10/14/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Camorra, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Starman
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone b Olímpico, Pólvora, Sangre Azteca
Sangre Azteca replaced Dragon Rojo on Tuesday. Olimpico replaced Misterioso on Thursday.
4) Hechicero, Negro Casas, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Valiente
5) Niebla Roja © b Rey Bucanero [CMLL LH]
Angel de Oro & Coyote were the seconds. Coyote appeared to interfere near the end of the match, but Niebla Roja still won for his first defense

CMLL (SUN) 10/15/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Príncipe Diamante & Sensei b Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Warrior Steel b Flyer, Magnus, Robin
Hijo del Signo replaced Canelo Casas (who’s been listed for matches for weeks and never appears in them.) New trio Flyer/Magnus/Robin immediately lose.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther b Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
fans who donated in the food drive were honored after the third match.
4) Hechicero, Sam Adonis, Shocker b Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr.
Sam Adonis replaced Vangellys.
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Caristico & Volador could not get along leading into their main event next week, but they still won.

Bits from Friday usually don’t show up on other days, but Caristico & Volador have seemed not to like each other all that much since Caristico came back so it’s probably really natural for them to work that into matches.

Canelo Casas hasn’t wrestled in Arena Mexico since August 27th. He hasn’t shown up elsewhere either, so it’s probably more an injury than CMLL or Canelo giving up on each other.

LuchaWorld has their latest news update, including recaps of interviews with Mil Mascaras responding to Alberto, and Caristico & Volador after the Leyenda de Plata match.

This week’s AAA episode is up. It’s the second half of the Hard Rock show. Heroes Inmortales should start airing next week.

Lucha Underground posted a lot of promos: Dario Cueto with a state of the LU union (timely!), Mil Muertes talking about Cage & Crane, and Prince Puma talking about Johnny Mundo.  The Dario bit ends with a mystery person showing up off screen; it may just be an in joke, but it comes off as a tease.

A second showing up of the Lucha Underground finale in the FDX theater will take place on Wednesday. My hunch is the people in charge were not expecting the amount of fans asking for tickets that they got. LA people will still turn out for this show.

RT has an article about exoticos. I can’t keep track if I’ve posted this one before or if all these articles sounds the same; I’ve definitely read about Miss Gaviota’s haircut stand before.

Sipse interviews Raul Vidal, who’s promoted events in Arena Vidal of Chetumal for 30 years.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 10/18/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dranzer & Fly Tiger vs Power Bull & Skanda
2) Diosa Atenea & Lady Cat vs Dulce Luna & Lili Dark
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy vs Fly Star, Lunatic Xtreme, Toxin
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Hip Hop Man, La Mosca, Plettio Castilo, Psycho Kid
5) Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Arez, Centvrión, Séptimo Rayo [super libre]

Main event is a rematch of a really good match last week; a lot of this card is the same group coming again.

CMLL (SAT) 10/21/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Fiero, Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Metálico
3) Astral, Pegasso, Starman vs Disturbio, Sagrado, Virus
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

A show.

CMLL (SUN) 10/22/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Fiero vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Eléctrico, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
5) Rush vs ShockerTerribleDiamante AzulStuka Jr.Gran GuerreroBlue Panther Jr.EuforiaVangellysKráneoPierrothCuatrero [MEX HEAVY]
Vacant title. Last champion was Hector Garza.

Yes, CMLL looked around and decided the one thing was missing was a second heavyweight championship.

The national heavyweight championship was a EMLL/CMLL based title until 1994, when Pierroth (not this one) jumped to AAA with it. AAA used it as one of their titles until they created their own AAA heavyweight championship in 2007. Charly Manson was heavyweight champion at the time and the idea was to unify all the other belts out of existence. Only, Charly’s loss came to Mesias, Mesias is Puerto Rician and not eligible to win the Mexico champions, and Charly just kept the belt in a closet somewhere for a couple years until he joined Perros del Mal. The belt went to X-Fly, then Garza, then Garza himself went back to AAA, putting this belt back on the shelf. After Hector died in 2013 and nothing was said about the future of the heavyweight title, I assumed it’s history was closed. The national titles are supposed to be managed by the Mexico City commission, but they’ve kept their hands off of them, and all the non-CMLL belts (Mini, Featherweight, Middleweight, Cruiserweight, Tag Team, Atomico, Women’s Tag) have just been allowed to go away. I’m really curious as to how and why this heavyweight championship ended up back in CMLL.

I under the WHY it happened: CMLL and their luchadors believing holding a championship, any championship makes the holder an important star. There seems to be ample evidence to contray – check out Saturday’s Coliseo attendance – but reality just gets in the way. Diamante Azul has had the Occidente heavyweight belt forever just so he can have a belt. He’d be my guess to get this belt as an upgrade, one they might actually have him defend.

The Crash (THU) 11/30/2017 Arena Aficion

1) Astrolux, Látigo, Torito Negro vs Kastigador, Toto, Vengador
2) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Pegazus & Tiago and Cobre & Jimmy
3) Flamita & Willie Mack vs Bestia 666 & Drastik Boy
4) Daga & The King vs Black Terry & Solar I
5) Penta Zero M vs RushGarza Jr.La Máscara

The Crash cards don’t stop. This is a co-promotion with DTU, with their guys partoof the card. Black Terry & Solar vs Daga & The King (Rey Fenix) is a near rematch of a match in TJ earlier this year.

Caristico/Volador in Leyenda de Plata, LU

Soberano

CMLL (FRI) 10/13/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Ovacionesthecubsfan]
1) Drone & Esfinge b Cancerbero & Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:16. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:32. Tecnicos took 13.
3) Valiente b Pierroth [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Valiente submitted Pierroth in 6:20.
4) Euforia, Rush, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Marco Corleone [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:39. Rush’s team won cleanly, taking falls 1/3
5) Carístico b MephistoMisticoCavernarioVolador Jr.Negro CasasDragón LeeSansónSoberano Jr.ForasteroGuerrero Maya Jr.VirusTitánPumaThe PantherTiger [Leyenda de PlataLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
37:43. A battle royal set the teams as Mistico, Cavernario, Volador Jr., Sansón, Forastero, Virus, Titán, The Panther vs Carístico, Mephisto, Negro Casas, Tiger, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Puma, and Guerrero Maya. Elimination order went Puma (Sanson), The Panther (Soberano), Tiger (Forastero), Virus (Dragon Lee), Guerrero Maya (Titan), Forastero (Mephisto), Titan (Negro Casas), Negro Casas (Barbaro Cavernario), Mephisto (Volador), Dragon Lee (Sanson), Barbaro Cavernario (Soberano), Soberano & Mistico pinned at the same time (by Sanson), and Sanson (Caristico). That left Caristico & Volador as the final for next week.

Main event was fun if sloppy. Everything else was fine or Pierroth. Attendance seemed down, and next will be an interesting test to see if a marquee match with Caristico & Volador can get fans to turn out again or if it’s still too soon.

CMLL announced the Dia de los Muertos shows will take place on 11/03 (Friday), 11/05 (Sunday) and 11/07 (Tuesday). CMLL’s tended to to have big matches on those dates, though nothing’s a guarantee with them. Negro Casas/Sam Adonis would fit for 11/03. The Sunday Muertos show often ends up streamed. There is likely to be a press conference to talk about all of this on this Wednesday or the next.

Okumura got a positive report on his neck while in Japan, so he’s close to returning.

The headline of this article says Lucha Underground has secured funding for a fourth season. The actual body of the article doesn’t say nearly as much. It’s an interview with Paul London (he and Marty are working a show in Colorado today), and London just says the things everyone’s discussed: he’s heard LU may make cutbacks, he thinks they’ll be fine as long as the in-ring portion is still there, he knows some of the wrestlers may not want to come back because the hiatus has been so long.  It’s all less exciting than it reads.

I’ve said this before, and the people who need to hear it are not reading this website so I’m not sure why I’m bothering, but I’ll write it again: everyone would love a Lucha Underground decision by the time the show goes off the air. There’s 0% guarantee there will be one. It’s not any sort of deadline for El Rey; they’ll still have time to decide, and it’s in everyone’s interest to drag this out until the other side gives them the deal they want. And even if El Rey says no, MGM & LU can still try to shop around the show to other networks, something they’re contractually not allowed to try until El Rey’s window passes. Wednesday is important because it’s the last day episode they have taped and because it starts the countdown clock for out of contract wrestlers to go elsewhere – they may get some resolution on their careers, and we may get some resolution on the onscreen stories, but the business of LU is not sure to be resolved by Wednesday.

(aside 1: The recent MMM show has a good idea of when that El Rey deadline might actually be, but you’re going to have to listen to find out yourself.)

(aside 2: There are important developments and plots coming to an end on this week’s episode. I do also expect a cliffhanger or three that’s supposed to be resolved in season 4, and I do not think there’s “series finale” version of the episode somewhere. There was always a good chance of this lingering uncertainty to end season 3, and MGM & LU would be harming themselves if they finished off everything on a show they’re still trying to sell to other networks.)

Elegido & Gronda are listed both on a card with people with quit AAA and an AAA spot show challenging for the tag titles. They must have permission to work wherever they want since AAA isn’t using them.

Segunda Caida reviews El Brazo vs Brazo de Plata vs Brazo de Oro.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 10/20/2017 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Disturbio & Sangre Azteca
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
3) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico vs Volador Jr. [Leyenda de Plata]

Outside of the main event, the only feud here is Sam Adonis/Negro Casas. They could always make something else up for 11/03, but that seems like the most likely option. NGD continue to ascend.

The Crash (THU) 11/09/2017 Deportivo Martin Alarcon Hisojo, Metepec, Estado de México
1) Astrolux & Tiago vs Látigo & Último Maldito
2) Keyra vs Christi Jaynes vs Lacey Lane
3) Arkángel Divino, Black Boy, Black Danger vs Alas de Acero, Rencor Negro, Sangre Felina
4) M-ximo & Último Ninja vs Demus 3:16 & Hijo de Pirata Morganand Black Taurus & Pierroth
5) Daga, Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada vs Flip Gordon, Laredo Kid, Sammy Guevara
6) Flamita, The King, Willie Mack vs Bestia 666, Keith Lee, Mr. 450
8) Penta 0M & Rey Mysterio 619 vs La Máscara & Rush and Brian Cage & Carlito

As with AAA, the “Toluca” show is taking place in Metepec, about 20 minutes out of town. I wonder if there’s some issue with running the main Toluca building following the rehabilitation of it earlier this year; it’s been used for lucha, but not nearly as often.

This fits with the other shows on this tour. 5/6 could be pretty good. Lacey Lane only shows up on this card; she’s a Florida Dudley Boyz trainee who had a WWE tryout earlier this year.

The Crash (MON) 11/13/2017 Gimnasio 400 Deportiva Sur, Salamanca, Guanajuato
1) Látigo vs Astrolux
2) Crazy Latino, Pegazus, Tiago vs Dr. Pólux Jr., Imposible, Murciélago Plateado
3) Arkángel Divino, Black Boy, Black Danger, Último Maldito vs Bandido (Indie), Diamante (Indie), Emperador Azteca (Indie), Golden Magic
4) Carlito & Willie Mack vs Brian Cage & Mr. 450
5) Penta Zero M & The King vs La Máscara & Rush and Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.

This is a co-promotion with local group Generacion 21, with a lot of their usual wrestlers in 2/3.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-13 

Soberano in the wrong part of town

Recapped: 10/13/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico

Matches:

Drone & Esfinge beat Cancerbero & Raziel
(13:16 [6:32, 2:42, 4:02], 2/3, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero
(13:32 [4:33, 5:03, 3:56], 1/3, ok)

Valiente beat Pierroth in a lightning match
(6:20, half crab, below average)

Euforia, Rush, Último Guerrero beat Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Marco Corleone in a relevos increíbles match
(7:39 [1:23, 1:19], 1/3, ok)

Carístico and Volador Jr. advanced over MephistoMisticoCavernarioNegro CasasDragón LeeSansónSoberano Jr.ForasteroGuerrero Maya Jr.VirusTitánPumaThe PantherTiger in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament match
Arena México, 10/13/2017

The battle royal went 1:55

  1. Sansón springboard knee drop Puma (6:53)
  2. Soberano Code Red The Panther (10:13)
  3. Forastero top rope senton con giro Tiger (11:51)
  4. Dragon Lee top rope double stomp Virus (13:27)
  5. Titan kneebar Guerrero Maya (14:47)
  6. Mephisto Super Devil’s Wings Forastero (17:26)
  7. Negro Casas casita Titan (18:14)
  8. Barbaro Cavernario pump splash Negro Casas (19:36)
  9. Volador Jr. backcracker Mephisto (24:12)
  10. Sansón torture rack side slam Dragon Lee (26:49)
  11. Soberano Fire Driver Barbaro Cavernario (27:50)
  12. Sansón German suplex Soberano (37:13)
  13. Sansón cradle Mistico (37:13)
  14. La Caristica on Sanson (37:43)

What happened:

I was so confused by this

Volador and Carístico advanced to the Leyenda de Plata Final next week in a typically confusing CMLL ending. Carístico tried to get the final to happen right there and then. It did not, but the two fought briefly to end the night and tease next week’s match. Volador finally unmasked Carístico to get him to stop.

The battle royal set team as Mistico, Cavernario, Volador Jr., Sansón, Forastero, Virus, Titán, The Panther vs Carístico, Mephisto, Negro Casas, Tiger, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Puma, and Guerrero Maya. The teams were set so fast and messily that the people in the ring and the production didn’t know they were down to eight and kept trying to eliminate teammates.

Rush had his newly won Mucha Lucha Atlanta belt.

The Dia de los Muertos shows were mentioned as taking place November 3rd (Friday), 5th (Sunday) and 7th (Tuesday.)

Thoughts: 

expected more multiple dive spots like this

A typically exciting CMLL cibernetico, with all you’d expect (including a confusing referee performance.) More bumpiness early than you’d hope, with stuff that didn’t derail he match but needed second takes. Part of that was inevitable with the pace they were going. It’s tough to stay clean when you’re going 100 MPH. It did get better after the first ten minutes, though the Volador/Mephisto fail on the top rope stuck out and the last guys were showing some fatigue near the close. The good far outweighed the bad but this this not a great match if you value cleanliness. It had a lot of wild spots to make up for it. They did the long sequence with five instead of three, which was totally unexpected, kind of weird, and made me suspect someone else was meant to be hanging out with them. Things seemed to flow too much to be missing someone.

The Carístico/Mistico confrontations were the big story of the match, teased a few times before they got to the mask ripping. I didn’t believe they were actually doing it when they feuded in Lucha Libre Boom last week and I don’t much believe it here (and I have memories of Mysterio/Myzteziz which make think it’s not much of a good idea), but it was obviously something that’s going to get the fans buzzing. There’s going to be 11 months of people being sure that’s the Anniversary match. CMLL could use that right now. Volador/Caristico will do just nearly the same and will actually happen. 30 seconds of Dragon Lee and Volador was fun. Cavernario cutting off Carístico playing to the crowd was great, as was Caristico’s team all stomping on him because they forgot he was on their team. Seemed to happen again with Tiger. Puma going out so quick stunk, but they didn’t break hierarchy with the early eliminations. Virus doing Canadian Destroyers is wrong, and he was doomed the moment he put Dragon Lee on the top rope, but at least he made Dragon Lee fight for the stomp. Soon to be tag team partners Titan & Dragon Lee destroyed each other nicely. The Sansón/Dragon Lee sequences were a good tease of an inevitable big match, and Sansón getting that pinfall was big for him and lasting so long as the last rudo was big.

Mistico taking out his brother

The semimain was a surprisingly brief match, though some of the people in it are prone to such outings. More time for the main event was alright for me. The third fall got much more time than the two prior to it, though pretty much limited to the best of routines and never rose to a level of importance. Rush & Marco feuded a little bit, and Rush picked up the win, but it seemed more for something to do than to make people think about the match they have on Monday. This was working to the live crowd, which seemed to enjoy it, and any internet people are incidental.

The lightning match was a waste of time. It’s hard to feel sympathy for Valiente getting his hair pulled when he’s wearing a ludicrous outfit which makes it possible. The referee did a lot of work in this one as an obvious way to get around Pierroth having to do much. (The worse part of the Pierroth push is not that he’s bad, but that CMLL’s fully aware he’s bad and isn’t bothered enough by it to knock it off.) Pierroth was breathing very hard by 3 minutes into this match. Pierroth is the only CMLL luchador who needs to use a chinlock for a breather, which makes him ready to take the yellow and black to NXT but not so much for lightning matches. Pierroth did survive one monkey flip, but forgot his spot after blocking the second one. Valiente got some good topes in, but Pierroth was too inflexible to be put into his submission.

Panther tope

The segunda was a Niebla Roja showcase match, which he could use if he is sticking around for any time. He got the biggest moments for his team, and he got the pin over Gran Guerrero. The crowd wasn’t much into him or this (or much in size at all), but they tried, and the entry into the reverse campana was something I wish they thought off about a month ago. The rudos didn’t offer much. Gran Guerrero didn’t get to do much beyond his superplex (and using the opposite move of his brother as a finish is hilarious.) Luciferno slipped on his handspring, which never happens. Rey Bucanero is hard to watch at times, and sure seemed to dropkick Niebla Roja low.

The opener forced us to consider if Esfinge is better or worse than 2015 Super Halcón, a question I was not prepared to examine. The unmistakable reality is Drone’s new character has taken him right where he was before, 2v2 Friday night openers, only without the potential for advancement he had a few years ago. The Cancerberos, who’ve had their own trip to nowhere, aren’t the easiest team to have good matches against and one match shouldn’t be conclusive. (At least the rudos were much better on offense than usual.) This match was fine, but the best summation of Drone’s current career arc is Esfinge seemed to outshine him.

into the crowd

Leyenda de Plata, AAA TV lineups for Querétaro & Ciudad Juárez, Dulce Garcia’s return match

Today is CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata. It’s got the strangest of the semi-regular tournaments CMLL holds. Traditionally, the winner of the previous edition faces the winner of a cibernetico to determine the new champion. (Last year’s winner is usually defeated by this year’s winner.) It’s not going to work that way this year, as last year’s winner was La Mascara, and he’s not around any more. Instead, tonight’s main event will be a 16 man cibernetico, where the final two will advance to a singles match next week.

Another tradition of the Leyenda de Plata tournament, named in honor of el Santo, is CMLL tending to pick the guys who are seen as the best in-ring luchadors in the promotion. It’s not strictly the top 16 workers, but definitely the last half of the field are more guys who are very skilled as opposed to guys who normally main event. That last six in particular – Forastero, Guerrero Maya Jr., Virus, Puma, The Panther, Tiger – are guys who are not even the top of b-shows even though most people who regularly watch CMLL would have them among their favorites. It’s tough for one match match to change impressions to the people in CMLL, but this is one night where those guys might get more attention than usual.

The “last two advance” rule makes it very hard to figure out exactly who’s going to next week’s match. CMLL would want a good match, but it’s the person who’s ultimately winning, and they can always stick it in as semimain if they don’t believe both people are big enough stars. The first seven on the list are the list of favorites: Carístico, Mephisto, Mistico, Cavernario, Volador Jr., Negro Casas, and Dragón Lee. Cavernario might be scratches from that list because he’s already got a feud with Niebla Roja, but CMLL’s shown a willingness to book the same guy in multiple singles matches just because. Dragon Lee hasn’t gotten much to do this year, he’d be the guy of the favorites I’d like to see. But he’s also faced all those rudos before, and a tecnico/tecnico match seem unlikely. The best possible outcome might be one of those last six sneaking into the final, just to create some new matches.

(Last two advance also means they’re likely to do a “last three people fight among themselves even tough it makes no sense at all” lengthy sequence at the end.)

The rest of the card can be skipped without missing too much. There’s no reason for a mixed team match in the semifinal, but of course there is one because CMLL’s made that the routine. Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, and Kraneo take on Euforia, Rush and Ultimo Guerrero. That could touch on Marco & Rush’s title match on Monday, but CMLL doesn’t really build matches for other venues. Pierroth is in a lightning match against Valiente for reasons which defy comprehension. Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero’s feud is busted down to the segunda this week, with Angel de Oro, Stuka, Lucifierno and Rey Bucanero drawn from the hat to face them. Cancerbero & Raziel take on Drone & Esfinge in the opener.

CultIcon also previews this show. It airs at 8:30pm on ClaroSports and on Facebook, and will be up on CMLL’s YouTube channel after 11.

CMLL has a new partnership with Spotify Mexico. Various luchadors are posting workout playlists in Mexico, while CMLL itself is posting a playlist of all that playlists. They ought to do a playlist of the entrance music. Maybe they have and I don’t know because I’m not on Spotify.

Olimpico replaces Misterioso on Saturday in Arena Coliseo.

German Sanchez is running his charity show in Guadalajara today. The lineup is here. Also, Rey Mysterio headlines a lucha libre show in Idaho, which I’m mentioning mostly because when else am I going to be able to mention a lucha libre shore win Idaho.

Bernardo Guzman’s column on the Lucha World Cup says they plan to move the tournament to “another country with a lucha libre tradition” in 2018, and bring back the women’s tournament. I guess that’s the US, there’s not any other place they haven’t gone where they might go.

AAA drew well last night in Tepic, though at least one fan says the conditions were terrible: bad lights and worsex ring.

My favorite shady lucha thing of the morning is KDNA trying (badly) to photoshop their show into the AAA TV Upcoming Events list, as if their show was going to be a TV taping. It is not.

LA Park has accepted an apuesta match – against a child, who challenged him while interviewing X-Fly and Los Porros. DTU is also bringing the kid (Aleta de Tiburon – Shark Fin) to their upcoming show.

+LuchaTV put up the full Soberano Jr. vs Bandido match from Lucha Memes.

AAA put up this week’s Zona Ruda, an interview with Texano.

Legend will have a AAA lucha libre fan fest in Mexico City on 11/11.

The Crash says they’re running Salamanca on 11/13, but no card for that one yet.

TKD reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

 

Lineups

MDA (SUN) 10/22/2017 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Última Sombra vs Vasco Jr.
2) Toscano vs Furor
3) Tiffany vs Dulce Sexy
4) Xtreme Tiger vs Delta
5) Caifan & Caifan II vs Trauma I & Trauma II
6) Bandido (Indie), Esfinge (CMLL), Hijo de LA Park vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Sam Adonis

The luchadora Sexy Star returns to wrestling against someone she can trust, an old AAA rival in Tiffany. The match will be terrible, but the fans of Sexy Star in Mexico never have been all that concerned about the quality of her matches. The question is how many fans are left: she got booed in Monterrey last time, and Tiffany’s from that area as well. Remember, that happened prior to the TripleMania incident. That’ll affect everything, but I wonder if people had already gotten tired of her act.

The funniest thing is MDA isn’t just booking Esfinge in Guadalajara as favor to the people who book the building, but now flying him to Monterrey.

Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. isn’t long for shows with CMLL people if he’s starting up with AAA. Hijo de LA Park si going to need a new opponent.

Toscano working second on this show is weird.

AAA TV (FRI) 11/03/2017 Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
1) Chicano, Hijo Del Vikingo, Lanzelot, Máscara de Bronce vs Ángel Mortal Jr., Angelikal, Tiger Boy, Villano III Jr.
2) Big Mami, Faby Apache, Lady Shani vs ?, Ayako Hamada, La Hiedra
3) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
4) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Angélico, Argenis, Australian Suicide
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pagano vs Hernandez & Marty The Moth
6) Texano Jr. vs Rey Escorpión vs Psycho Clown [#1 Contenders, AAA LA]

Last we saw, Texano physically has the Latin American belt, and Psycho Clown and Rey Escorpion are doing their own feud, so Texano should be the one getting the title shot. It’s AAA, so no one may be paying attention.

There are plenty of signs no one’s really paying attention to the details here: Vampiro insisted Marty is now a Shaman but he’s still listed as Moth, Australian Suicide turned rudo in May but he’s still on tecnico sides, Soul Rocker became Tito Santana in June but he’s still Soul Rocker on every poster, Angelikal and Chicano are on the wrong teams, is Ayako a ruda I don’t even know.

(I kind of hope they DO forget Australian Suicide is meant to be a rudo and just have a really good rudo, and then they can go do whatever. If your angles aren’t going to make any sense or get anyone over, can you at least make sure they don’t ruin the matches? Please?)

I think we can all agree that the most hilarious choice for mystery ruda would be Sexy Star. It’s not going to be Sexy Star.

AAA TV (SUN) 11/19/2017 Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
1) Faby Apache vs La HiedraAyako Hamada [Reina De Reinas, #1 Contenders]
2) Aerostar, Angélico, Argenis, Drago vs Averno, Carta Brava Jr., Soul Rocker, Súper Fly
3) La Parka vs Dave The Clown
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Pagano vs Marty The Moth, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
5) Hijo del Fantasma vs Rey Escorpión
6) Hernandez & Johnny Mundo vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

Dr. Wagner finally gets his son in here, and in a main event. That seemed almost as unlikely as Johnny Mundo working a non-major show, and as impossible as a La Parka/Dave the Clown match being good.

The semimain suggests Rey Escorpion is winning the #1 contenders match, but this may not be for the title shot and none of this may happen anyway. We can at least assume whoever the mystery woman is in Queretaro is not that important, if they’re not also booked for this show.

Psycho Clown not being listed for an AAA TV taping is strange. A Facebook page hyping this card, which had many of this matches already, said Psycho Clown will be special invitee – maybe that means he’s (currently) scheduled to be on the card but not in a match.

Kevin Kross, who was a focus of AAA TV from March to July, appears to be going from August to November with one TV appearance (next Friday in Metepec.) Joe Lider has vanished after main eventing a show. Minis are back to being missing.