Puebla tonight (but one hour later in the US), Cinta de Oro, CMLL weekend lineups

I was holding out for full IWRG results, but no such luck yet.

Puma retained the Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship over Omar Brunetti last night in Guadalajara.

The one thing you need to know about today’s Arena Puebla show: it’s an hour later. Daylight Savings Time starts to affect the streams tonight. It’s still 9pm start time in Puebla, but it’s 10 pm Central Daylight Savings Time in the US, 11 pm on the East Coast. This might be the time to start watching these after the fact (he writes, knowing he’ll probably watch it live anyway.)

Tonight’s main event is Caristico, Mascara Dorada and Maximo versus Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero, continuing the UG/Caristico feud. It’s one of the two main events for Puebla this week: he’s also headlining an Elite show in Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo on Thursday, and there probably should be some crossover promotion for that show. (It’s one of four shows for Elite this week, a very busy week for them.)  It’s also the second CMLL show in Puebla that same day; a few of the same luchadors are also working a 3:30pm show in Cuautlancingo, which is about 30 minutes from Arena Puebla.

The best match on the show might be the Panthers & Stigma versus Fujin, Okumura and Raijin in the tercera. The only locals on the card are Arkalis, Paris, Malayo and Guerrero Especial in the opener, though Guerrero Especial & Paris are also listed on a show in  You can see the full card here. Again, the show starts one hour later than usual if your clocks changed over the weekend.

Diario has a longer story about Cinta de Oro‘s passing. He seemed not to be feeling even before his last match. He was told they could give him the night off, but he said no, he doesn’t miss matches. After the show, Rocky Star offered to take him to the hospital, but Cinta said it was just being tired from being old and prefered to go home. He was found the next morning in his rocking chair, having passed away during the night.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from Arena La Loma in Puebla, where Caifan & Black Terry defeated Arez & Gato Montes in the main event.

Aerostar is headed to SXSW, as are others who are part of Tuesday’s Lucha Underground show. That’s cool! Not cool is AAA advertising luchadors in Nuevo Laredo, Queretaro and Piedras Negras this week who won’t be there, because they’ll be in Austin instead.

A Johnny Mundo interview promoting the SXSW Lucha Underground content has a lot of usual info, a mentioned that Mundo lives “five minutes away” from the Temple, and this quote:

“Usually, every match in the WWE, I was the one with the stupid ideas. I’m trying to figure out how to jump off the stage, or turn the logo into a weapon or obstacle. I was always watching Jackie Chan movies or Tony Jaa, and putting moves that I saw in Rumble in the Bronx into matches. When I got toLucha Underground, that mentality helped me immeasurably, when it came to working guys like Prince Puma, and a lot of the guys from [Mexican wrestling promotion] AAA. It was kind of weird, because I was going, man, they have stupider ideas than I do. Now I’m the one going, ‘No, we can’t do a Spanish Fly off the bandstand. That’s crazy.'”

That sounds like Prince Puma. The panel discussion on Lucha Underground is Tuesday afternoon at 2, and the show is at 8pm the same night. There’s always a chance of some news coming out of these.

El Universal has a nice article on Pista Arena Revolucion, the 70s, 80s, and 90s C arena for CMLL & UWA in Mexico City. It actually started out as an ice hockey arena. That didn’t work out.

BxB Fly has highlights of 01/11/16 CMLL.

Super Libre has Asesino Negro & Pablo Romero as guests.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Compadres Extremo versus Kaientai & Bryon, Tony Rodriguez vs Rico Rodriguez, Caifan vs Dralion vs Arez and Ultimo Ninja vs Sammy Guevera vs Erik Ortiz from the RIOT show.

Segunda Caida makes the mistake of watching tournament lucha. I’m afraid to point out CMLL’s skipped the incredible partners tournament this year in case it reminds someone to still run it after H2L.

A Puebla photographer is using lucha libre to get kids into photography.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 03/19/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Cholo
2) Leono vs Apocalipsis
3) Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero
4) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Nitro
6) Delta & Fuego vs Olímpico & Sangre Azteca
7) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Terrible, Vangellys

I think the main event might be the only good match on the show. There are so many CMLL rudos I don’t want to watch.

CMLL (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Warrior Steel
4) Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto

The promised reversion to CMLL shows has occurred, just about two weeks later than we thought – and it’s just back to matches for matches sakes. (Elite Miercoles would seem to start next Wednesday, since Arena Mexico is still closed this week.)

Warrior Steel is the name of note. He’s a long time Mexico State indie guy. I have lineups of him on lineups back to 2006, which is the earliest I really started tracking these things. He’s worked in Arena Neza and for EAW and lot of indie groups, but hasn’t ever shown up on anything I’ve managed to record. He has worked on a CMLL show that was streamed once though: the 07/17/2011 Arkangel 25th Anniversary show that I was unable to record. (I’m still unhappy about that.) He was part of an opening match battle royal with many Arkangel former students, with him and Flamita said to look the best. Things have sure worked out better for Flamita than Warrior Steel after that match. I have no idea why Warrior Steel is debuting now.

CMLL (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & El Tapatío vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Dark Fire & El Alteño vs Mr. Brisa & Payaso Infernal
3) Cosmos & Metatrón vs Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy
4) León Blanco, Nautilius, Neutrón vs El Chakal, Joker, Sádico
5) Gallo, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Maléfico, Ráfaga

And, with CMLL getting the full Sunday card in Mexico City, they’re no longer being sent to Guadalajara on Sundays. Dark Fire and Payaso Infernal from Sinaloa are back to help make up the numbers.

Cinta de Oro passes away, UG keeps title over Atlantis, CaraLucha

photo by CMLL
photo by CMLL

CARA LUCHA (SAT) 03/12/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, KronoSport]
1) Lady Pink & Máscara Celestial b Pyrot & Reyna Oscura
2) Templario b Ángel del Misterio
3) Andy Boy, Chik Tormenta, Diva Salvaje DQ Demasiado, Keira, Yoruba
Neza Kings ran in for the DQ to attack Yoruba as part of a Resistancia/Neza Kings feud.
4) Flama Roja & Toro Negro Jr. b Centvrión & Látigo
bloody match. Flama Roja did a dive off the first balcony. Latigo & Toro Negro are still making mask challenges.
5) Daga b Rayo Star
6) Danger b Cíclope, Joe Lider, Wotan

Attendance seemed down from recent shows, which have been on more competitive nights. There weren’t as much indie shows. Indie promotions run hardcore matches – like the main event – because they usually draw well but this didn’t work for whatever reason.

CMLL (SAT) 03/12/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Pierrothito b Acero
2) Flyer b Espanto Jr.
3) Hombre Bala Jr. b Akuma
4) Súper Halcón Jr. b Disturbio
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Boby Z & Okumura
Bobby fouled Delta
6) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Luciferno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
7) Último Guerrero © b Atlantis [NWA MIDDLE]
Gran Guerrero and Soberano’s were seconds. Guerrero took 2/3, the last with the Guerrero Special, to retain the title. Money thrown in. fourth defense for Ultimo Guerrero. Atlantis is currently Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship

Main event sounds like it went pretty well. Attendance looked about normal; you’d have to be a dedicated fan to know anything out of the ordinary was happening.

CMLL Elite (SUN) 03/13/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito b Shockercito & Último Dragóncito
2) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Emperador Azteca & Magnus
3) Dinamic Black, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Eterno, Fresero Jr., Heddi Karaoui
money thrown in
4) Rocky Lobo & Súper Crazy b Felino & Tiger
5) Dragón Lee, Golden Magic, Máscara Dorada b Argos, Kamaitachi, Volador Jr.
6) Atlantis & Carístico DQ Cibernético & Mr. Niebla
Cibernetico fouled Atlantis.

Elite posted phone video of the segundatercera (part 2), fourth, fifth and main event – the last three are more complete than the first couple. This show returns back to Arena Mexico next week, though your guess is as good as mine as which brand is running it.

Juarez legend Cinta de Oro passed away. He was 51 and had just wrestled Saturday. He, along with Rocky Star, were local stars during the great period for lucha libre in the 80s and 90s. Alfredo has more on Cinta de Oro in the Lucha Report.

Sangre Nueva Jr., 28, also passed away due to a heart attack on Tuesday. He’s Mascarita 2000 Jr.’s son, who had wrestled around Mexico State a bit.

Pentagon Jr. won the Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight Championship in Atlanta.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from the RIOT show Saturday night.

RobViper has highlights of 08/28/15 CMLL

R de Rudo has photos from the Hijo del Perro Aguayo photo exhibit.

This week’s Box Y Lucha (#3225) has the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas matches on the cover.

Tijuana lucha promotion Evolurion Lucha Libre says they’re getting local TV.

Sanson & Cuatrero talk about being on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas

great match roundup, week of 2016-03-05

all of this week’s ratings – I liked the three way a lot.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Mil Muertes © vs Prince Puma, Pentagón Jr. [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2016-03-09 2015-11-22
good Ludxor & Venum vs Carta Brava Jr. & El Apache AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-05 2016-02-19
good Rey Samuray & Zaeta Roja vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-07 2016-03-07
good Marty Martinez vs the Mack Lucha Underground: 2016-03-09 2015-11-22
good Cage vs Taya [no DQ] Lucha Underground: 2016-03-09 2015-11-22
good Astral & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 2016-03-11
good Marcela © vs Dalys for the CMLL World Women’s Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 2016-03-11
good Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush in a relevos increíbles match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 2016-03-11
ok Dinastía, El Elegido, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vsHijo de Pirata Morgan, Mamba, Mary Apache, Mini Charly Manson AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-05 2016-02-19
ok La Parka vs Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro [AAA Rey de Reyes] and in a tournament semifinal match AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-05 2016-02-19
ok Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2016-03-05 2016-02-26
ok La Máscara, Rush, Vangellys vs Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2016-03-05 2016-02-26
ok Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-07 2016-03-07
ok Flyer & Leono vs El Rebelde & Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-08 2016-03-08
ok Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-08 2016-03-08
ok Estrellita vs Zeuxis in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-08 2016-03-08
ok Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-08 2016-03-08
ok Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-08 2016-03-08
ok Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 2016-03-11
ok Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Súper Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 2016-03-11
ok Máscara Dorada, Súper Parka, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 2016-03-11
below average Mistico, Súper Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2016-03-05 2016-02-26
below average Black Tiger, Robin, Stigma vs Artillero, Camorra, King Jaguar CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-07 2016-03-07
below average La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-07 2016-03-07
below average Máximo Sexy, Súper Porky, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-07 2016-03-07
watch later Máscara Dorada © vs Negro Casas for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship CMLL Guadalajara: 2016-03-05 2016-03-01
watch later Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. vs Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II,Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycho Kid [Copa Higher Power] IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-03-05 2016-03-02
watch later Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Rayan, Spector IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-03-05 2016-03-02
watch later Rico Rodríguez © vs Mocho Cota Jr., Ninja Jr., Galactar[LyC CRUISER] Noches de Coliseo: 2016-03-06 2016-02-28
watch later Cibernético vs Rush and Konnan Big Noches de Coliseo: 2016-03-06 2016-02-28

 

 

 

03/11 AAA TV Results (Naucalpan)

AAA TV (FRI) 03/11/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, AAA]
1) Mamba, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Xandåo b Argenis, El Mexicano, Estrella Divina
Los Perros del Mal destroyed both teams after the match. Said to be a dark match.
2) Dinastía, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa b El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
Hamburguesa splash for the win. Faby asked Taya for a title match. Taya said no since Faby had not beat her directly.
3) Drago, Fénix, Octagón Jr. b Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
Octagon Jr. was announced as the surprise luchador a few days prior and got a better reaction on this show. Fenix beat Marvin with a huracanrana. Ricky Marvin told the press this was the start of a new chapter in his career. Los Perros del Mal interrupted post match (and may have distracted earlier) to tell Averno & Chessman that Lider & Daga were winning the tag titles at Rey de Reyes.
4) Garza Jr., Jack Evans, La Parka b Pentagón Jr., Taurus, Villano IV
Garza beat Taurus. (Said to be Taurus’ first defeat, but he lost in Rey de Reyes as well.) Pentagon said he’d beat Demon, Parka and Villano at Rey de Reyes, then go after Jack Evans next.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Texano Jr. b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Mesias and Texano didn’t get along but it didn’t cost the match. Wagner beat Psycho Clown with a Michinoku Driver, then challenged Psycho Clown for a title match and a mask match. Psycho tried to respond but Wagner took his mask.

Air Date: 03/26. Match one may not air – though since the Perros turned up at the end, maybe they’ll edit it into being the open or something. It could also just be on YouTube.

Appeared to be a sellout, which would be the second in this arena in five days. The Elite card will likely make it three in two weeks. IWRG cards will generally do a couple hundred people. The building isn’t dead, it’s about getting giving people what they want to see.

Though this is a lame duck position, they did do some work to build up the lesser matches on Rey de Reyes. The mixed trios match now has a purpose, Faby’s got to beat Taya to get a title match. There’s at least a little bit of effort into the tag title match. Even the Pentagon/Jack thing, a dropped angle from the fall being picked up, points at a post-Rey de Reyes plan.

Back prior Guerra de Titanes, I argued Psycho & Wagner would win the title shot match because they’d be the best choice to main event Rey de Reyes. They did not win, but it still feels like they’re going to be main eventing Rey de Reyes. They’re definitely the biggest match; whatever they’re doing with Mesias & Texano is not not coming across strongly in results. That title match is only going to get a reaction if it’s a hot crowd or they do some great work in the match itself.

Drago, Fenix, Octagon vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin sounds like the best match on the show. The comments Mas Lucha got from Ricky made it soudn as if Bengala is a beast of the past.

Garza Jr. told Furia de Titanes that any talk of him going to WWE is simply rumors. I wonder if “rumors” has a different connotation in Spanish than in English. Rumors in English can mean true or false, but every luchador says “rumors” like it’s obviously false. (That’s what Sombra said in the identical situation.) This seems like the English version, but it also seems like the only thing Garza can really say in the situation – neither WWE or AAA would be happy with him saying more. It does seem like AAA can’t be too concerned about him leaving if they’re starting to give him actual wins.

Next taping is 03/23 in San Luis Potosi for Rey de Reyes, which will be their first taping in that venue since Alberto left. This week’s TV show announced a 04/08 return to Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, which would be the following show. Outside of Rey de Reyes, they’re not venturing too far away from the Mexico City base so far this year. That’s not too abnormal, but shows directly in Mexico City is a bit unusual.

AAA also announced tickets on sale for a 05/14 TV taping in Orizaba. There’s likely two to be announced in between.

Dalys is new women’s champion, Casas & Maximo win, RIOT & CaraLucha tonight

Super Porky is too fat
action!

CMLL (FRI) 03/11/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Kronosport, thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
16:32. Tecnicos took 2/3. Astral & Stukita replaced Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito on Monday.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
14:42. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Súper Porky b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
11:49. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Dalys b Marcela © [CMLL WOMEN]
12:39. Dalys took 1/3, the last with a casita, to win the championship. She’s the 18th champion. Marcela falls in her 3rd defense, first since September
5) Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas b Máscara Dorada, Súper Parka, Volador Jr.
5:40. Straight falls. Volador had Casas beat in the second fall, but Tiger and Puma interfered to help Casas foul Volador and win. The rudos beat up the tecnicos post match.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
8:20. Tecnicos took 2/3, Maximo kissing Rush in the third fall.

There weren’t any stand out matches but it worked as a build up to next week’s big matches. They set up two plot points – Volador being overwhelmed by the Casas family and Maximo’s kiss being deadly – which seem like they’ll play into next week’s title match.

Dalys winning her first title the week before Negro Casas has a hair match is interesting timing.

The broadcast barely mentioned the iPPV, if they did at all. There is a promo for it on their YouTube channel.

Seemed like an average or below average turnout.

Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show has Ultimo Guerrero defending his title against Atlantis. This another thing CMLL’s barely promoted! Atlantis has his own title so it’s unlikely he’s going to win this one.  It’s the first of three straight show in Arena Coliseo – there’s no matches in Arena Mexico until Friday due to work being done.

There’s also a Cara Lucha show tonight, with Ciclope vs Joe Lider vs Danger vs Wotan in the main event, and Daga vs Rayo Star in the semimain.

Tonight’s also RIOT’s third show, with Caifan vs Dralion vs Arez on top.

The Guadalajara Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will now take place on 04/05, according to Super Libre

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

Star Fire had her (latest) knee surgery yesterday.

CMLL luchadors were present at a Turibus press event announcing expanded service.

Bloomberg has a photo story of a night at Arena Mexico.

Monterrey’s Arena Jaguar has a YouTube channel now. The Pedro Navajas injury mentioned a few days ago is up there and looks ugly.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 03/13/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & Johnny Dinamo vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Explosivo & Star Black vs Carlos Rogi & Mr. Apolo
3) Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm
4) Gallo, Súper Porky, Titán vs Furia Roja, Maléfico, Último Guerrero
5) Puma © vs Omar Brunetti [OCCIDENTE LH]
Puma’s first defense after winning title last June

Lineup got posted a little late for this one. Occidente title matches are coin tosses. Vaquero/Espectrum appears to be a three fall match.

IWRG (WED) 03/16/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero vs Adrenalina
2) Black Dragón & Galaxy vs Acero & Picudo Jr.
3) Dragón Fly, Freyser, Zatura vs Astro, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II
IWRG vs Toluca
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Rayan, Spector
5) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Canis Lupus & Eterno

Elite is running the Sunday show, so this is the only IWRG show of the week. Trauma II still on cards.

CMLL (FRI) 03/18/2016 Arena México
Homenaje a Dos Leyenda 2016, Lizmark & Salvador Lutteroth
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
4) Rush vs Máximo Sexy [hair]
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky vs Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas [hair]

You already knew this card, but it’d be weird to have a Friday show without it.

ERLL (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Cíclope (DTU) & Pesadilla vs Galactar & Titanik and Danger King & Wasson (DF) and Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda
2) Ludark Shaitan vs Chik Tormenta
3) Koko Viper & Memo Valles vs Alberto Dos Rios & Hijo De Centurion Negro
4) El Alebrije I & Histeria II vs Ángel Dorado Jr. & Gato Fantasma
5) Blue Panther Jr. vs Drastik Boy, Rico Rodríguez
6) Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Blue Panther & Silver Star
7) Último Guerrero vs Caifan

Big card for the ERLL match with an Ultimo Guerrero/Caifan match.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-11 

hooray team
hooray team

Recapped: 03/11/2016

What happened: Dalys defeated Marcela to become the CMLL Women’s World Champion. She’s the 18th champion.

The underdogs for next week’s hair match won both their matches. Negro Casas defeated Volador after a foul and some interference from Tiger & Puma again. Máximo defeated Rush cleanly after kissing him.

Also, the theatrical play La Dama del Negro was honored before the main event for 22 consecutive years off performances. This included La Dama del Negro making a cameo earlier in the night, and various CMLL ‘terror’ characters being the part of a presentation of a giant plaque. One of the actors praised lucha libre (or at least the luchadors he could remember from the old song), but there was no obvious connection to CMLL explaining why they were giving such a big presentation. Someone in charge must be a big fan.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas was mentioned thru the show, but the fact that it was on iPPV was barely mentioned if at all to the audience most likely to purchase it.

What was good: The women’s match was fine, but didn’t seem at the level of other big women’s title matches. (I liked Silueta/Zeuxis more, without a question.) The minis opener was a lot of fun. The later matches were more angles than matches, the angles were pretty good.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on ClaroSports.com. The show will air on Claro Sports TV in a week or so, and on Azteca on 04/02.

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CMLL & AAA preview, LU to sell tickets for wrestling show

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Both AAA and CMLL have TV tapings tonight. By coincidence, both are a bit of lame duck shows, leading into major shows where the card is all set.

CMLL is one week away from Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Tonight’s top two matches are trios matches leading into the two apuesta matches next week. Rush and Maximo are in the last match, with Marco, Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Escorpion and La Mascara, in a rematch from last week. Maximo won in straight falls that time, the last when Rush went crazy and got himself DQed. Volador and Negro Casas meet in the semifinal. Super Parka returns again to team with his son (and Mascara Dorada) against Negro Casas, Barbaro Cavernario and Kamaitachi. It’s one skeleton man away from being a really good match, though the emphasis will probably be on Casas harassing the Volador family.

CMLL did time one feud to end before their major show. Dalys has been beating Marcela in matches for the last few weeks, and gets her title match tonight. Dalys has been better against Marcela (and in CMLL) than elsewhere, so it could turn out to be a good match. A title match seems unlikely, but not impossible – every time Marcela loses her title, it’s been to a foreigner (Hiroka, Ayumi, Syuri), so perhaps Dalys will win it for Panama.

The rest of the card includes a Super Porky trios match, the Panthers & Fuego taking on Los Cancerberos, and a minis match with Stukita, Astral, Mercurio and Nitro.

Show starts at 8:30pm CT and will air on ClaroSports.com. (Daylight Savings Time does not start until this weekend.)

AAA’s taping is just outside of Mexico City in Arena Naucalpan. AAA tapings in IWRG’s home building are always sell outs and loud crowds. This taping is a little bit hampered by it’s place on the schedule – it won’t air on Rey de Reyes and it seems only to be on the schedule to make up for Tampico being canceled – but the show should be interesting to watch even with no great consequences.

The problem is the card itself isn’t laid out to have no great matches either. The main event is The Psycho Circus versus Dr. Wagner, Texano and Mesias, where it’ll be a surprise if Texano & Mesias don’t attack each other leading into their Rey de Reyes match. Perhaps it’ll be clear by the end of the night if Mesias is meant to be a tecnico now, but it feels late in the program to finally make it clear. The semimain is also a Rey de Reyes preview, with finalists La Parka, Pentagon Jr. and Villano IV in a trios (with Garza, Taurus and Jack Evans to round it out.) Pentagon’s going to be the crowd favorite in Naucalpan, but I’d almost be worried if he won on this show, because it’d seem to make him less likely to win the actual tournament.

The rest of the matches don’t appear to be connected to Rey de Reyes. Octagon Jr. teams up with Fenix and Drago to take on Averno, Chessman and inexplicably unmasked Ricky Marvin in what should be the best match of the show; I expect a lot of Flamita chants in this one. The second match is the usual mixed trios match, and the opener is a random group of individuals for a match which might only turn up on AAA’s YouTube channel.

The show is listed as starting at 8:45 pm CT (so figure more around 9:10.) There is no official live stream, but Periscopes of AAA shows have been popping up lately and it might be the same tonight. The show will air on AAA TV on March 26th.

AAA posted a Drago interview about his match tonight.

There will be a small amount of $10 general admission tickets for next Tuesday’s Lucha Underground show at SXSW in Austin. LU is going to sell tickets to a show for the first time.

BxB has highlights of 01/04 Puebla

RobViper has his picks for the best matches of the year so far.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa.

Segunda Caida reviews Virus vs Negro Navarro.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Esto es Lucha with Caifan.

The Octagon gear is now available to purchase. It looks like they just ship to Mexico.

Kcidis draws a tirabuzon.

An Octagon/Volador vs Hijo de Pierroth/Hijo del Espectro match headlines 03/20 Arena Coliseo Monterrey. That replaces the MDA/Elite show in the building, since Elite is now running Naucalpan on that date.

Cibernetico notes Sunday will be his first ever match in Arena Coliseo.

15 year old luchador Crazy Warrior talks about his upcoming debut.

X-Fly is apparently in Chicago and feuding with local voodoo man Mojo McQueen. I know nothing of what’s going on outside my door.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 12th

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It’s spring daylight savings time this Sunday in the US, which messes up everything for a month. Mexico does not switch over until April 3rd, so there’s a four week span where Central Time in the US and Central Time in Mexico City means two different things. Here’s the simplest explanation: starting with Monday’s Puebla show, all of the CMLL streams are starting one hour later if you’re in the US. This also includes Rey de Reyes, should it air on iPPV. AYM and Multimedios are also affected, but both channels do strange things as it is. 52MX’s airing change, but they’re usually pretty good about keeping their schedule correct. Channels which air in the US are unaffected (unless you live some place that doesn’t change times, in which you’re on your own.)

I’m going to have to repeat this about 500 times in the next two weeks, but these are the two important days affected

  • 03/18 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas: starts 10:30 pm eastern daylight time, 7:30 pm pacific daylight time
  • 03/23: Lucha Underground airs at 8pm EDT, AAA Rey de Reyes starts around 11pm EDT (shows do not overlap)

keep those things in mind if you’re ordering those iPPVs – those are going to be late night shows

This week, Lucha Azteca has the Mephisto/Mascara Dorada match, worth seeking out of if you haven’t seen it. AAA will be airing the first half of the Toluca show, likely including the four way that was posted this week. CMLL’s Tuesday show will be a rare show from Arena Coliseo, the place where all the streams shows were being aired for a couple years.

lucha iPPVs, Dragon Lee/Cavernario, Octagon on Octagon Jr., LU

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wish I understood why I’m now getting this blurring

CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) León Blanco & Neutrón b Demonio Rojo & Mr. Trueno
2) Mágico, Soberano Jr., Starman b Arkángel de la Muerte, Furia Roja, Metálico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3, Maximo beating Mephisto with a kiss.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Tecnicos took 2/3, Cavernario pulling off Dragon Lee’s mask for the DQ.

That sure sounds like they’re doing Cavernario/Dragon Lee some point soon, though it’s a straight trios rematch main event next week. Hope it turns up if it happens.

CMLL’s 03/18 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will be a $10USD iPPV on Cleeng. CMLL hasn’t announced it (why would they promote something like that on Informa?) but it’s up on the cleeng site today. The last show worked out well. The show before it did not, but they ended up posting the show for free. The shows have been live only viewing in the past and I’d assume the same until they say anything else.

AAA also hinted they’d have information about Rey de Reyes being on iPPV soon. I was doubtful it’d be available at all, so this is a nice surprise. Again, that’s the same night as Lucha Underground Azteca Warfare, so it’s going to be a busy night.

This week’s WON says Lucha Underground is close to a deal with Netflix, where season 1 would go up on the service. (Netflix posts complete seasons, so season 2 wouldn’t be up until sometime after it finishes on El Rey.)

It also notes a WWE is looking for another round of international signings, including a AAA/LU top star “who hasn’t been in a major US promotion” who’s also unhappy with LU creative. Meltzer does not give any more details, but the top people in LU who are also in AAA are Mil Muertes (who has been in TNA so he’s DQed), Fenix, Pentagon, and King Cuerno/Hijo del Fantasma. You can throw in Texano Jr. if they mean top in AAA (and you can increase the group even larger depending on how elastic your definition of ‘top’ is.) It may be a complete coincidence, but Hijo del Fantasma posted a dramatic statement on Twitter yesterday. He’s made sense as a WWE pickup for a long time, only missing the WWE’s own initiative to bring in more Mexicans. Not sure if there’s anything to this though: everyone in Lucha Underground is believed to be under contract and couldn’t leave unless they were out of their contract – being unhappy and wanting out and being able to get out are two different things.

Octagon held a press conference to announce his own clothing line. That’s a real sentence. It’s mostly shirts and caps with the Octagon image, which is an interesting thing given the ongoing battle over the rights to that character. Octagon said you could buy the shirts at RemediosMagicos.com; in usual Mexican wrestling merchandise fashion, there’s not yet any Octagon merchandise there yet. Former AAA luchadors (Cibernetico, Estrellita, the other Octagoncito among them) and celebrities were in attendance.

Of course, what people really wanted Octagon to talk about was Octagon Junior. Octagon believes he owns the right to his name – his claim is he came up with it and give to Antonio Pena, not the other way around – and now even AAA believes it, so they’ve created an Octagon Jr. to be able to keep using the character when they lose the lawsuit. (Octagon’s theory is AAA would’ve just called him “Octagon” if they felt they owned the name.)  Octagon doesn’t feel this is legal either and will file a lawsuit about it. Octagon also claimed he had been planning on revealing his own Octagon Jr. previously, and there will be news to come out about it in a few weeks.

It’s hard to believe any of this will go anywhere; outside of the Axel/Hijo del Santo suit, it doesn’t seem like any lucha libre cases has come to a legal resolution in a long time.

Sexy Star threw her support towards Octagon.

Zeuxis posted photos of getting ready for her trip to the US, , which means I’m probably going to debate buying a #PuertoRicianPower shirt in the next couple weeks. I can do that, because I know the Chicago area show is in Berwyn, but it may be tricker for other people – the rest of the tour has dates,  but the venues/time are still a mystery to me. Jocay has been trying to find out the details of the New York/Connecticut and been told nothing is set. There has been similar tours in the recent past, and there’s usually posters on the internet for all the shows. Maybe they’re just advertising shows hyper-locally, though you’d think they’d get the word out as loudly as possible when you’re bringing in people from Mexico.

Box y Lucha mentions Monterrey luchador Pedro Navajas was unconscious for 45 minutes after a dive gone wrong in Arena el Jaguar over the weekend. It sounds like he recovered, but a scary situation.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

There’s a (free) Hijo del Perro Aguayo photo exhibit tonight in Mexico City.

The Lucha Underground show at SXSW has an poster.

Volador talks about hair match with Negro Casas.

Lucha Underground 2×7: Death Comes In Threes

why do a plancha when you can SSP?
why do a plancha when you can SSP?

The Matches

  • The Moth defeats Willie Mack (3:24, middle rope curbstomp, good)
  • Cage defeats Taya (6:58, weapon X, good)
  • Mil Muertes defeats Prince Puma and Pentagon Jr. (11:58, double flatliner, excellent)

The developments

The Lucha Underground championship picture has been pretty crowded, but it seems to be thinning out going into Aztec Warfare. King Cuerno seems to have exited the scene after his ladder match last week. Prince Puma and Mil Muertes’s title hopes flatlined after an incredible main event, with Mil Muertes finishing them both off with the same move at the same time. The finish was dominant, though the rest of the match seemed to go equally between all three luchadors. Of note, Pentagon Jr. once again seemed to have Prince Puma beat with the package piledriver and instead went for the armbreaker. This time, he got speared out of his shoes by Mil. Mil has one more obstacle in his way: Fenix, who declared he was cashing in his Gift of the Gods championship for a title match next week. Fenix had a nice profile video earlier in the show.

Moth has unexpected flying power
Moth has unexpected flying power

That’s one of two title matches announced for next week’s show: a vignette revealed Ivelisse got Catrina to agree to give the ex-champs a rematch for the belts. There’s one slight catch: should Ivelisse, Angelico and Son of Havoc lose, they’re done in Lucha Underground. Angelico & Havoc weren’t really thrilled with the bargain, but have no choice but to win.

This week’s episode resolved a dangling plot point from last year’s Ultima Lucha. We finally met Marty Martinez’s sister: Mariposa, a masked winged creature. (Mariposa means butterfly, but Mariposa looked more of a scary threatening creature than Princesa Sugehit’s outfits.) Mariposa debuted during the Mack versus Marty match, which give Marty a distraction win. Mariposa also seemed to give Sexy Star a panic attack, and the Martinez’s had no problem attacking Sexy after the match as well.

There was one more plot brought back from that season finale montage, in a less expected fashion. Drago confronted (in the bathroom, of course) Jack Evans about his Dragon Slayer comments and challenged him to prove it. To Drago’s surprise – and maybe to Jack’s surprise too – PJ Black jumped into help Jack. A nunchucks fight broke out, with Drago first knocking down both opponents at once before the numbers caught up to him. Aerostar, time traveling with glowing nunchucks, made the surprise save for his old friends. Seems like a tag feud is coming up.

I didn't think they were doing this, as they were doing this
I didn’t think they were doing this, as they were doing this

The middle match on the show was announced as being Cage versus Johnny Mundo in a no-DQ match. Instead, it was Taya’s debut, replacing Mundo. Taya explained Johnny didn’t see the point of this match after already beating Cage in their last match, so she was taking it intsead. Taya was far from helpless, but she was far from actually winning this match too. Even Mundo’s expected inteference wasn’t enough, though it probably really didn’t help when Mundo shoved Taya to Cage to safe himself.

The only other plot line of note was another Famous B vignette. In this one, Famous B used a wand (and his powers to make someone Famous) to turn around the life of Brenda. We’ll be seeing her again.

Aztec Warfare is two weeks away.

Thoughts

The main event was superb, and done at a crazy pace. They had a twenty-minute match in a twelve minute segment. There were huge dives, big moves, use of the scenery, and ever other trait of big Lucha Underground matches. There was even some subtle storytelling: Pentagon & Puma worked -ogether when they could (including four straight dives on Muertes), seemingly knowing they couldn’t beat him on their own. They were correct! It was a pretty daring result – maybe the most daring thing on this episode, which is saying something – by pinning the lead face and the hottest star in the company completely clean at the same time. I think it worked, it certainly makes Mil look like a killer. The rest of the match did that too, with him just destroying Puma and Pentagon when they weren’t destroying each other. It seemed like a slightly different take on Muertes before, with the Power of the Stone being played down compared to where it was last season. Catrina was definitely at ringside, but seemed like she had one of her smaller parts of the season.

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tope DDT!

Next week’s title match with Fenix is huge.

The episode needed that caliber of main event, just to save this episode to be another referendum on intergender wrestling. I thought maybe everyone would be exhausted on this argument, but then I saw the match and – yea, if you dislike the concept, you’re really going to hate that match and maybe this entire show. I didn’t need the match, but it seems unfair not to give them credit for the match they did have – Taya took an incredible beating, still got in just enough offense to look like a credible performer, and Cage came off as strong as he has since his feud with Puma. Taya getting put thru two tables and being up a minute later to do interference spots fine was the biggest problem for me, really – I though the work was OK (if sometimes too obviously edited) and didn’t have a strong emotion any other way.

Other people can provide hotter takes. I can provide some facts. This is the second to last 1v1 man versus woman match of the season, provided I didn’t miss a match, and that last one isn’t for a long way away and under very special circumstances. It’s definitely not the last time men and women fight each other on this show – there’s the trios title match next week, there are going to be multiperson matches with women, they are not siphoning off the women into their own division by any means – but the 1v1 seem to draw the biggest reaction and those pretty much go away.

all four dives
all four dives

And – I wonder about that. I don’t know. Could just be circumstance in feuds or types of matches. (This first part of the season has been very heavy on singles matches and that’s going to be balanced out later on.) It also might be the people behind the scenes listening to the criticism and backing off on this point to a small degree. If you’re against intergender wrestling, you’re probably believing LU is going hard against you based on this show. For me, looking ahead, it actually seems like maybe they were listening and maybe this was a breaking point. I also could be totally offbase on that. Those first Season 3 tapings should be interesting to see if they provide any clues.

I got nothing for the people upset about everyone losing in the first match. Sorry!

I liked the opener, probably more than most. Big guys throwing each other around was fun. I could’ve gone for a lot longer time, but it was fine for a TV match. The advantage of Marty being out of the ring for so long is that his period as a complete jobber is a distant memory, and he was good enough to take seriously on this show. Mariposa’s outfit seems totally impractical and over the top, but I bet people thought that about Drago’s gear too and it worked out fine.

The Fenix video was really well done. We got a lot of those type of videos early on last season introducing people, and it’s nice to see them still being used in season 2 – this one and the Cuerno one last week – to spotlight guys. The Famous B commercial was really well done too, although three is about the limit of how many you can do of them before bringing him back into Temple without tiring people of them. (That’s probably why we didn’t see Rey or Dario this week.) The Sexy Star/Mack opening vignette felt not so good – they didn’t even seem to trust Sexy to talk! Maybe her voice retired.

you fool around with death, you die
you fool around with death, you die