The TV tapings catch up with the Heroes Inmortales angles in the main event; that’s the only time Pagano is scheduled to team with Monster & Murder on TV at the moment.
Pentagon may not be facing Mundo at Juarez, but he is Aguascalientes. That might be the best match of this cycle.
Trios title match should be interesting too, though expect the Apaches to get involved until such time as they don’t. The undercard are just matches to have matches. Taya’s match will be her first on TV since before TripleMania (though she’ll be cornering Mundo on the other shows.) Pirata Sr. does get booked against after Heroes Inmortales, though it doesn’t look like they’re doing a Pirata versus Pirata feud, or really much with either guy. On the spot shows, Hijo del Pirata Morgan has been replacing Taurus, which is a slight move up for him.
The open could be very good. Venum might still be around! Or he could’ve quit and come back like Pirata, who knows.
No Australian Suicide. No Alberto. I feel sadder about one of those. Alberto was under the impression his next show would be an AAA show, but there’s no sign of one. I wonder if he knew/knows he was pulled off the Juarez show?
This run of tapings start tomorrow. The next date we’re looking for is Guerra de Titanes.
Famous B [O] & Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Son of Havoc & Máscarita Sagrada [X] (6:23, Wagner Driver->Famous B stethoscope press, good)
Sexy Star defeats Jack Evans (9:13, swinging neckbreaker, good)
Pentagon Dark [O] beat Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Rey Mysterio Jr. [X] (8:37, good)
Remember early season 1, where it looked like Chavo Guerrero Jr. was going to be the main heel of Lucha Underground? That didn’t last all that long. If it had, I’d guess it would’ve looked something a lot like tonight’s episode, where Chavo was all over the place.
The scheduled main event was Dragon Azteca Jr. versus Pentagon Junior. It didn’t happen. Chavo could not defeat Azteca in the ring (thanks a bit to Rey), so he beat him up in the locker room with a chair. Rey was a little too late to help out this time and – after Azteca was sent to the hospital – stormed into Dario’s office to demand a match with Chavo. Chavo was already in there to demand the match with Pentagon himself. They fought in Dario’s office, which Dario enjoyed, and Dario decided they should fight in the ring too, in a three way match with Pentagon. There were no alliances in the match, but trip by Chavo left Rey hanging off the top rope, and Pentagon pulled Rey off into a package piledriver for the clean win. (Pentagon wasn’t distracted by Vampiro’s existence, a difference from episode 1.) Chavo lost his mind after the finish, destroying Rey’s knee with a chair and taking out referee Marty Elias when he tried to intervene.
Chavo Guerrero Sr. – or “Chavo Classic”, as they used his WWE name – was mentioned a lot during the show. Dragon Azteca Jr. had a poster of Dragon Azteca versus Chavo Guerrero, which Chavo Jr. claimed was a resounding win for his father. Striker & Vampiro brought up Chavo Classic a lot in commentary, with Vampiro talking about Chavo KO-ing (an unnamed) Rey Mysterio Sr. in a locker room fight years ago. It was too much to be incidental, and more like they were introducing the concept of Chavo Classic before we saw him.
The other two matches didn’t have any vignettes, but they did have some story. Máscarita Sagrada rode in a side car to Son of Havoc’s bike on the way to the ring, and Sagrada was more effective as a tag partner than he has been on his own. Still, he was cleanly beaten by a Wagner Driver. Wagner tagged in B to allow him to get the pin, which the announcers noted was B’s first in Lucha Underground. (Son of Havoc seems to be friends with Sagrada off of Famous B & Wagner costing him his title shot at the end of Season 2, but it wasn’t brought up in commentary.)
Sexy Star survived the challenge of Jack Evans – and some other people – to remain Gift of the Gods champion. PJ Black used a kendo stick to play air guitar/distract the referee late, allowing Johnny Mundo to spear Sexy Star on the outside and send her in for a near fall. Mundo seemed to have no issue with Jack winning the title he so desperately wants, despite Vampiro predicting the opposite. Aerostar & Drago ran off Black & Mundo, and Fenix distracted the referee from a pin when Jack tried using the ropes on his usual bridge. In the confusion, Sexy got the kendo stick, fouled Jack with it, and beat him with a swinging neckbreaker.
There was another vague Rabbit Tribe teaser. They’re coming, but they’re not here yet.
Maybe they’ll be here next week. Two matches were announced during the show definitely for next week: another Dial of Doom title match against Matanza, and Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma.
I liked all three matches, though all in very separate ways and with different expectations attached. They’re all rated the same up there, but the main event was the best for me – and still a little disappointing. It never found a great rhythm, with Chavo/Rey feeling a lot different than Pentagon/Rey (and Chavo/Pentagon not really feeling all that much.) It was great to see Pentagon pick up a win, and a pretty definite won, to come back after his early loss. It’s a little weird to realize this Dragon Azteca storyline was all a setup for a Chavo/Mysterio feud, but that seems where they’re at.
The opener was heavily comedy. I enjoyed it, not just because the comedy was good, but because Dr. Wagner had to sell for a mini and that made me happy. It doesn’t take much, sometimes. That seems to be building to a Famous B/Mascarita Sagrada match, and I think the fans are actually going to be into it.
In fact, if you hit pause right now and ran a Lucha Underground PPV this Sunday, you’d be able to put together a card without thinking too hard
Matazna vs Dial of Doom winner
Puma vs Mil
Rey vs Chavo
Mundo vs Sexy Star for the Gift of the Gods
Texano vs Cage
Famous B vs Máscarita Sagrada
Ivelisse/Jeremiah vs Mariposa/Marty?
Maybe a trios title match?
some sort of payoff for the Cortez/Ryan & Killshot storylines
LU is definitely going places with these feuds, it’s just without the mile markers of a traditional PPV cycles. You’re kind of stuck waiting each week to see if this is the episode they’ll get there. Announcing Puma vs Mil for next week helps.
(And as seen tonight with Pentagon/Azteca, sometimes they don’t actually get there.)
Sometimes you just are required to have faith things will work out. I know I didn’t have any faith in Jack Evans versus Sexy Star at all, and I still wouldn’t regard it as a great match by any means. Jack’s offense had to be dumbed down or done away with – in some ways, he would’ve been able to do more than with the proverbial broomstick – but it was amazing he was able to get 9 minutes out of mostly selling for Sexy Star. She was not so great, but Jack went beyond the call of duty to make her look like an equal or better. The entire match wasn’t Jack bumping around, but it would’ve been nothing without him doing it. There’s not many people who could’ve done this as well as he did.
CMLL (TUE) 10/11/2016Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, Notimex, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Akuma & Camorra b Flyer & Leono Rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Robin
3) Disturbio, Okumura, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Titán b Pólvora, Sagrado, Vangellys Titan replaced Rey Cometa (because Cometa was added to Friday’s show) Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Mistico b Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara, Terrible Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Rush b Diamante Azul Rush took 1/3. La Mascara distracted Tirantes, Rush stole Diamante Azul’s mask, fouled him, put on the mask, and covered him for three. It was impossible for Tirantes to not see Rush had the mask on, and he even stopped counting after one, but then continued counting. Diamante Azul pulled the mask off of Rush’s face and put it back on.
The main event, and the finish, got strongly negative reviews.
Lucha Underground’s episode tonight is “The Open Road With Revenge”, the 6th of the week. Matches advertised for tonight, some more vague than others:
Sexy Star defends the Gift of the Gods Championship against Jack Evans (video)
something with Dr. Wagner, Famous B, Mascarita Sagrada and Son of Havoc
Chavo Guerrero vs Dragon Azteca Jr.
The previews says Rey Mysterio get involved with the last match.
Today’s also the first Lucha Ilimitado show, in Yakima, Washington. Matches include Jeff Hardy vs Rey Misterio, Hijo del Santo & Santo Jr. vs Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis and Jeff Cobb vs Rey Fenix vs Sonjay Dutt vs Jonathan Gresham.
Alberto seems to be sticking with his newest “I got knifed because a drunk person said something rude about Paige” story, as he repeated it to TMZ at the Combates Americas press conference. A near 40 year old adult getting into a fight with a drunk person because they said something mean is not as a heroic story as he’d like it to be, if we even believe that story. This week’s MLW Radio didn’t include Court Bauer , and MSL blew off the issue with last week’s stories as “I don’t what happened, I just hope they’re ok” in about 5 seconds. I totally agree with that sentiment.
Of note, the press conference only announced Alberto’s new role (and his new Alberto “El President” Rodriguez name, since he’s president of Combates.) They didn’t announce the deal with Azteca in Mexico which the network mentioned a few days ago, so either that’s not done yet or they wanted to save it for later.
Dragon Rojo Jr. talked about his career and being anti-bullying. He says he was bullied for his dark skin color, which eventually led to him working out at a gym to get strong enough to fight back against bullies, and then to lucha. One of his bullies later became a fan.
I don’t know this for a 100% fact, but I’m fairly sure Titan & Angel de Oro weren’t going to be on this tour until Matt Sydal disappeared. (So, thanks?)
Liger Fever has a recap of the latest Podcast Boom. There’s a long La Parka (AAA) burial. Of note, Konnan believes AAA working with Multimedios is happening at least in part to stop Konnan from working with Multimedios on his own projects. I could’ve sworn Mutlimedios and Konnan previously insisted they weren’t working on anything together.
CMLL (TUE) 10/18/2016Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Akuma & Metálico
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Virus
3) Star Jr. vs Skándalo [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Luciferno in a main event! Any feud that starts now will end after the Universal tournament, so they could actually move on past the Hijos del Infierno as trios champions if CMLL wanted. Not sure if that’ll happen with a Mascara Dorada team, though.
Drone is a new name. New name completely – he doesn’t show up on indie results, so it’s likely someone getting a new personality to start higher of Fuego & Rey Cometa. (This card is really unbalanced with tecnicos and rudo.) I’m done with the Vanguard 1 jokes already.
AAA TV (SUN) 11/20/2016 Gimnasio Municipal Jose Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
1) Big Mami, Niño Hamburguesa, Octagoncito vs El Apache, Lady Shani, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba [bull terrier]
3) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
4) Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. vs Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown, Pagano
6) Garza Jr., La Parka, Texano Jr. vs ?, Brian Cage, Johnny Mundo
The notable name is the one not here: Alberto el Patron was advertised for this show before Heroes Inmortales. It’s possible he was removed from the card after he didn’t show in Monterrey. Alberto probably woudl’ve been part of the same match he was meant to be in at Hereos Inmortales, which is instead a three way.
Interestingly, there’s a second version of the card floating around, being put out in Juarez. In that one, Pentagon is in the main event and Garza Jr. is facing the Clowns. My guess is AAA sent the lineup out to the local promoter, then changed their mind and decided they’d rather continue the Garza feud with Mundo than resume the Pentagon one. That’s wouldn’t be a a popular decision, but one probably based on Garza being more available than Pentagon.
Maybe it’ll be moot and Pentagon will get involved by the end. The only thing I can figure out for a Guerra de Titanes main event is maybe the big blowoff Mexico/US (in a cage, since they haven’t done one of those) and Pentagon and more Team Trump people might get involved in that. On the other hand, AAA doesn’t really have anything for their main events beyond that feud, so they may be in no hurry to blow it off.
On this card, Dave the Clown has joined the ex-Psycho Clowns for a dreadful trio. Daga is just an extra person in matches in this cycle, and Australian Suicide is not booked outside the Japan show. AAA doesn’t seem to be following up on their mask match in any noticeable way.
Tercera has the TripleMania rematch. We can pencil in some variation of that for Guerra de Titanes. Faby being dropped from the Japan show (La Hiedra was announced as a replacement on Tuesday) and being kept out of the match at Heroes Inmortales suggested she’s dealing with an issue, but she’s still booked on this show.
Mamba and Pimpinela both is out of nowhere (there’s no angle for a match, Pimpi’s not on the October TV tapings) and makes sense (the two regularly booked exoticos have feuded forever.) The opener is a match.
This is not a strong show on match quality, to say the least. There’s not a match on the show that sounds like it’ll be good. Hopefully Aguascalientes is better.
CMLL (SUN) 10/09/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. b Guerrero de la Muerte Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Destructor & Diplomático b Capitán Cobra & Micro Rudos took 2/3.
3) Cosmos & El Alteño b Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Évola & Exterminador b El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. Rudos took 1/3, the last via fouls.
5) Mágico, Maléfico, Ráfaga DQ Frezzer, Furia Roja, León Blanco [Relevos Increíbles] Team Rafaga (rudo team) took 2/3, the last by DQ when Frezzer accidentally unmasked Magico. Malefico & Rafaga attacked Magico after the match and Frezzer challenged him to a singles match.
This building isn’t exciting but it is fairly logical; the angles on the last two matches set up matches this upcoming Sunday.
CMLL (MON) 10/10/2016Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon, Efekto10, R de Rudo]
1) El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana b Arkalis & París
2) King Jaguar & Policeman b Millenium & Tigre Rojo Jr.
3) Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola & Tiffany Princesa Sugehit replaced Lluvia.
4) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Titán b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Skándalo
5) Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis b Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy, Valiente
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto Tecnicos took 1/3.
I didn’t see this show. It sounds like it wasn’t much good (outside the semimain) so maybe that was a good thing.
Today’s CMLL show has a first time main event, Diamante Azul taking on his old NJPW tag team partner Rush. Rush has a great track record of singles matches. Diamante Azul’s doesn’t. Something’s got to give! Also, somehow Diamante Azul is the favorite to win this, which is kind of amazing.
Atlantis, Johnny Idol and Mistico take on Dragon Rojo, La Mascara and Terrible in the semimain, and Angel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa versus Vangellys, Polvora, and Sagrado in the fourth match. Both are the best chances at other good matches on the card. The first half of the card has Blue Panther, the Panther & Pegasso vs Disturbio, Okumura and Virus (which might not be bad), Hombre Bala, Oro & Robin against Arkangel, Metalico and Nitro (which will be bad) and Flyer & Leono vs Akmua & Camorra (which will also be not watchable.)
Guadalajara has the misfortune of running a Shocker & Negro Casas title defense when they’re already part of the Universal tournament announced a few days from now. Volador & Valiente will challenge, have a good match, and almost certainly lose.
CMLL’s changed Saturday’s card slightly. Fuego moves up to the semimain to replace Esfinge, and Flyer is added to replace Fuego in the segunda. They also keep changing the subtitle for the Universal tournament on Friday.
Televisa ran a story correcting it’s story from Friday night which had claimed the original LA Park was in jail. There’s video of it here, and a text recap here. They talked to both LA Park & La Parka, confirming neither of them were in jail, and are going with the idea the jailed guy thought he was being La Parka but was fooled by a unknown local promoter.
Ángel de Oro, Titán and Fuego are part of the upcoming NJPW tour, running from 10/21 to 11/05. They’re part of a Super Juniors Tag Team tournament, with the quarterfinals on 10/21, semifinals on 10/30 and final on 11/05. All of those shows should air on NJPWWorld (and it appears nothing else is currently on the schedule.) Ángel de Oro & Titán are a team facing Rocky Romero & Barretta, and Fuego teams with dancing friend Ryusuke Taguchi against Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask 4. Romero & Baretta appear to be breaking up, so a CMLL upset is possible there. The CMLL wrestlers face off early in the tour, before being split in other shows.
It’s probably a not a coincidence Ángel de Oro is also working ROH this weekend. It’s too bad they didn’t pick Titán or Fuego for that spot; I would’ve driven to Dearborn for Kamaitachi against Titan without thinking twice, and I don’t think I’m going even to Chicago Ridge to see Oro.
In an interview on Tazz’s radio show, Alberto now explained he was attacked when someone “disrespected his girl.” His previous two versions of this story – when he was hit by a car and when a homeless man attacked him – were both attacks from behind, not prompted by something said to or about Paige. I’m not sure anyone believes this story at this point but people are still willing to go along with it in the name of making money. Alberto also conducted an interview with ESPN, but only talked about Paige’s newest suspension and bizarrely declared his nickname was el Presidente (which it hasn’t been anywhere but this interview.) Much of Alberto’s behavior is bizarre.
Taya defended her AAA Reina de Reinas title over Thunder Rosa (Kobra Moon) on the 10/07 Sabotage show in California. Same show has a WWS title defense by Diosa Atenea over Heather Monroe. AAA hasn’t acknowledged the title match, the first in a year, and they’re barely acknowledging the title at this point. Taya appears unlikely to ever lose the championship.
CMLL (MON) 10/17/2016Arena Puebla
1) Astro, París, Vega vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, Inquisidor Vega’s first match here in about 4 months.
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia, Saurón
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas, Sam Adonis, Shocker
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara
Is this the same card as last night? It feels a lot like the same card. There’s no particular reason for the similar main event, except Mascara Dorada still has his Mondays free. Semimain might follow up on Adonis/Idol.
Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-08
taped 2016-10-07 @ Gimnasio Benito Juárez, Cuautitlán, Estado de México Cloud Drive
1) El Bandido, Golden Magic, Último Ninja vs Argos, Hijo De Dos Caras, Karonte Jr.
2) León Dorado Jr. & Mr. Leo vs Eterno & Fresero Jr.
3) Black Tauro (ex-AAA), Cibernético, Sharlie Rockstar vs Decnnis, Mr. Águila, Zumbido
4) Carístico & Xtreme Tiger vs LA Park & Rey Escorpión
Noches de Coliseo: 2016-10-09
taped 2016-10-02 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey Cloud Drive
1) Galactar vs Deltain a super libre match
2) Heddi Karaoui & Hijo de LA Park vs Caifan & Silencio
3) Dos Caras Sr., Hijo De Dos Caras, Mil Máscaras vs Canek, Tinieblas Jr., Tinieblas Sr.
IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-10-10
taped 2016-10-09 @ Arena Naucalpan Cloud Drive
1) Demetrio El Gladiador & Hip Hop Man vs Black Dragón & Dragón Fly and Demonio Infernal & Skanda
2) Black Terry, Bobby Lee Jr., Pantera vs El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno, Tyson La Bestia
3) Negro Navarro, Relámpago, Trauma I vs Devil Rocker (San Luis Potosí), Machine Rocker (San Luis Potosí), Soul Rocker (San Luis Potosí)
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Silver King, Trauma II vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible, Mr. Electro
IWRG (SUN) 10/09/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Sombra Metálica b Máscara De Ángel
2) Demonio Infernal & Skanda b Demetrio El Gladiador & Hip Hop Man and Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
3) El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno, Tyson La Bestia b Black Terry, Bobby Lee Jr., Pantera Eterno is back after being banished for about three months (working opposition show.) Terry/Diablo appears planned on 10/23.
4) Devil Rocker (San Luis Potosí), Machine Rocker (San Luis Potosí), Soul Rocker (San Luis Potosí) DQ Negro Navarro, Relámpago, Trauma I Devil Rocker threw his mask to Negro Navarro to draw the DQ.
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Silver King, Trauma II b Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible, Mr. Electro Team Trauma took 1/3. Trauma II wants a title match with Imposible.
Imposible/Trauma II sounds like a fun idea. No IWRG Sunday with Boom running. No sign of a Wednesday show either.
CMLL has put Rey Cometa in the Universal tournament, replacing Barbaro Cavernario. In other words, they remembered the title change that happened in June. It’s embarrassing they forgot.
CMLL also apparently thought Angel de Oro would be back from Ring of Honor by Sunday’s show. He won’t be, and so Diamante Azul is now in the main event and Johnny Idol replaces him in the semimain. Fantasy replaces Astral on Saturday (Astral is still on Sunday, so it must be a date conflict and not an injury.)
Today’s Puebla show continues the Mascara Dorada awkward farewell tour, where we’re guessing when he’s leaving and CMLL’s doing their best not to acknowledge he is leaving. This could be his final match in Arena Puebla, or he could show up three more times before leaving, it’s all a little bit of a mystery. Dorada teams with Mistico and Volador against Ephesto, Felino and Mephisto. It’s 2/3rds of the world trios champions versus 2/3rds of the national trios champions.
The other member of the world trios champions, Valiente, teams with Maximo & Johnny Idol against Kraneo, Ripper and Sam Adonis. Adonis fouled Idol last week, which is all we’ve got for stories continuing on this show. Stigma & Skandalo continue their feud from the beginning of time (or at least the last couple years), teaming with Stuka, Titan, Misterioso and Sagrado. The women have a rare non-opener 2v2 match, with Estrellita & Lluvia facing Amapola & Tiffany. The first two matches are also 2v2 (CMLL mostly refusing to book 4v4), with the opener of Arkalis & Paris vs Malayo & Fuerza Chicana having a better chance of being watchable than Millenium & Tigre Rojo vs King Jaguar & Policeman.
The show airs at 9pm CT on CMLL & YouTube. This seems like a fairly skippable show, which some of the matches might still be good.
This week’s Estrellas del Ring team hypes the possibility of the Caristico & Mistico team. Maybe they can actually challenge for the tag titles after the Universal tournament is done.
This week’s MMM Show mentions that – at the LU taping – this past week’s Dial of Doom actually stopped on Dr. Wagner Jr., with a stage hand running/sliding over to push it to Prince Puma (as intended.) The crowd cracked up and Dario threatened to fire the stage hand. I didn’t catch it, but other people noted the wheel spin looked like it was done when fans weren’t there, and that’s probably why – they reshot it.