Lucha Underground 2×16: Graver Consquences

the hand of death can't be restrained by a coffin
the hand of death can’t be restrained by a coffin


Joey Ryan [O] beat Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro [X] for an Aztec Medallion (1:17, inside cradle with tights pull, OK)

Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma [O], Dragon Azteca Jr. beat Son of Havoc [X], Ivellise, Johnny Mundo (w/Taya) to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (7:58, 630 senton, good)

Matanza (c) defeated Mil Muertes in a Graver Consequences match to keep the Lucha Underground Championship (14:46, Wrath of the Gods -> coffin close, good)


tricky way into the 619
tricky way into the 619

This was mostly a straight forward match show, with one key storyline bookending the show and another passing thru it.

Dario met Councilman Delgado in an empty subterranean bar. Delgado definitely holds some power over Dario. Dario paid Delgado $50K in what appeared to be protection money, but that’s not all. Delgado informed/threatened Dario that his boss would be appearing in the temple when his descension is complete, and that Matanza would be no match for him. Dario did get something useful out of it; Delgado let Dario know the police were on to him and may have people undercover the Temple. We know that’s Joey Ryan and Cortez Castro, but Dario seemed dismissive of the idea.

To close the show, Councilman Delgado handed over the $50K to his boss in a limo. Delgado seemed confident and controlling with Dario, but was sweaty and nervous in this moment. We, of course, never saw the boss – we just saw him light up a cigar in a brief flash to end the scene.

The other big plot line is King Cuerno has apparently decided to make Mil Muertes his new prey, with or without the title. Cuerno was stalking Mil in his candle sanctuary (yes, it’s a sanctuary for candles) and took the place of one of the pallbearers wheeling the casket out at the end of the show.

headscissors into the railing
headscissors into the railing

The whole Mil organization had a rough night. No sign of Siniestro, but Mil was roundly and fairly beat by Matanza in their title match. Matanza attacked Catrina late in the match (revenge for Catrina slapping Dario), knocking her out and placing her and the rock in a coffin. Dario looked in the coffin after the match, and Catrina was nowhere to be found. Ghost powers work in her favor, maybe.

For what it’s worth, Catrina explained she’d been waiting for the main event and Mil to win the title for 197 years. It’s unclear what Catrina would get out of this title reign that she was unable to do (or complete?) in the first one, but it did give an estimate to her age.

Dario off delivering bribes perhaps prevented us from getting an office scene where he explained why Mundo was Angelico’s replacement on the trios team. We were just reminded the original team didn’t along at first anyway so maybe it wouldn’t be a big problem that this team didn’t get along either. I guess it wasn’t a big problem, because the new champs generally outclassed the old ones in a match less competitive than you’d think, but Ivelisse and Taya not getting along didn’t help matters. Taya attacked Ivelisse after the match, so this won’t be the end of that. Rey Mysterio insisted Prince Puma hit his move for the win, for whatever it means.

The opener was mostly noteworthy for how suddenly it ended. Joey pulled the tights, but since it was Cortez involved, there might be something extra to it. Joey Ryan is the seventh medallion winner, joining Aerostar, Texano, Sexy Star, the Mack, Siniestro de la Muerte and (I guess) Chavo Guerrero as holding a Medallions. This means a Gift of the Gods match is coming soon, but it’s hard to see any one of those seven being able to defeat Matanza. It’s hard to see anyone beating Matanza.


heroic spear
heroic spear

Like last week, this show was mostly dependent on the main event. There was more help in the undercard this week, but they laid out the time to have a big epic conclusion. It didn’t work for me this time; there was big guys brawling and cool destruction but it was missing the story and emotion from last week – and from the other Grave Consequnces match. The extra caskets were never really explained, but served as just more things to break. There were definitely some cool spots – the idea of punching out of a casket to stop it was great, and they came up with an explanation with the weird chainmail glove. This just didn’t feel like one of the bigger matches in Lucha Underground history, and had to follow one that was.

(However you feel about the intergender wrestling on the show, Catrina being knocked unconcious and carried around limp is not a great visual for a day where domestic violence is in the wrestling news. They couldn’t predict the future four months ago, but it didn’t make it any less unsettling.)

flatliner onto caskets
flatliner onto caskets

The trios title match felt like it took a while to really got going, and then only got there for about a minute before ending. Ivelisse may have been hurt early on and it could’ve thrown it out, but there’s got to be a really good match with Son of Havoc & Johnny Mundo against these three guys and this was not really that. The opener was quick and inconsequential.

The latest mystery man angle concerned me. Throwing around “desecnion” and “My Lord” seems like like a religious plot line, which usually don’t work out so great on TV shows. On this TV show, it comes off as trying to create a new unseen but fearsome super villain just episodes after we finally met the last unseen but fearsome super villain. (They were selling as the new big bad as the scariest thing possible, which was hard to take seriously after we saw a monster and the personification of death battle for 14 minutes.) Matanza’s turned out OK, but I’d like not to do this again so soon, and making it work twice is going to be awful tough. This show has pulled off things which didn’t look likely on paper, but I just have a bad feeling about this one.

diagonal topes are always cool
diagonal topes are always cool

Lucha World Cup announcements, Konnan on AAA, Graver Consequences tonight

Angel de Oro flattened
Angel de Oro flattened

CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO,thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:45. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Leono, Sensei, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Rudos took both falls cleanly!
3) Fuego b Disturbio [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Fuego small packaged Disturbio in 7:48.
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:38. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Hechicero, Kráneo, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:30. Rudos took 2/3. Hombre Bala replaced Super Porky, but landed on his head on a match ending Asai tornillo and was stretchered out.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Último Guerrero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Not a super interesting show, though the semimain was better than expected with no Porky. It appears they’re not letting Brazo de Plata work back to back shows, which is a great idea but then they should stop booking him on back to back shows. Hombre Bala’s landing looked not great, and there’s no update on his status so far.

Tonight’s Elite show has Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero and Volador versus Xtreme Tiger in Liga Elite matches. Caristico and Ultimo Guerrero’s singles match in Puebla was quite good and this should be the same. Volador and Xtreme Tiger have run into each other in the past, including in the previous aborted attempted at a Lige Elite, but this is their first singles match. Volador and Dorada was fun and Dorada and Tiger was really good, so this figures to out well too.

The trios match in the middle is the Parks versus the Hell Brothers. The Parks versus the Ingobernables worked better than expected, but I’m not sure they can pull it off again. The non-TV matches include a under explained match setting up an Elite Middleweight Championship; the official preview doesn’t seem to have any more of an idea than we do. We’re guessing it’s seeding, and perhaps they’ll actually make TV when the new title is actually on the line.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is episode 16 of the season, Graver Consquences. Matches on the show

  • Joey Ryan vs Cortez Castro vs Mr. Cisco for an Aztec Medallion
  • Ivelisse, Son of Havoc and TBD vs Dragon Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Misterio Jr. (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Mil Muertes vs Matanza (c) for the Lucha Underground championship in a Graver Consequence match

The opener is for the final Aztec Medallion (which means Dario will be able to hold a Gift of the Gods match as soon as next week.) Angelico’s still out of action, and will be for a while, so the mystery in the second match is who will end up as the third partner. There are four caskets in the main event and no one’s quite sure why.

Edit: I forgot about this until I hit post, but Lucha Underground actually posted a teaser of Mascarita Sagrada vs Joey Ryan, and a teaser of the three way with Joey Ryan. Spoiler? I don’t really want to type “three way with Joey Ryan” ever again so let’s move on.

AAA held a press conference for the Lucha World Cup. They made the choice to announce some of the teams, but didn’t mention anyone coming from the US or Canada, simply announcing the Japan teams and some of the Mexico teams. These are the teams as they were announced.

Men’s Division
1: Japan/NOAH: Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Mayback Taniguchi
2: Japan/Ouduo/Zero One: Masato Tanaka, Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka
3: Mexico/AAA: Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., winner of Ricky Marvin/Nicho/Hijo del Pirata Morgan on Saturday
4: Mexico Leyendas: Canek, La Parka (AAA), ???
5: Mexico Internacional: Rey Mysterio, ?, ??
6: US (TNA): ?, ??, ???
7: US (LU): ?, ??, ???
8: Rest of the World: ?, ??, ???

Women’s Division
1: Japan: (WAVE/OZ) Aja Kong, Yuki Miyazaki, Natsu Sumire
2: Mexico: Lady Apache, Mary Apache, Faby Apache
3: US: ?, ??, ???
4: Canada: ?, ??, ??? (definitely Taya in this group)

Black Terry, Solar, Villano V, Mascara 2000, Universo 2000 and Cien Caras were announced as judges for the awards. (It’s a little notable for the Dinamitas to show up here with Cien’s kids just starting in CMLL, but it’s really just a one off appearance.)

Lady Apache’s appearance will be the first for her in an AAA related show since 2005. She’s been on the indies since leaving CMLL in 2012. It’s strange timing for a return after her spouse Electroshock walked out of the promotion just a few days ago, but I don’t know what their status is at the moment.

The last legend spot seems like it should go to Blue Demon Jr., and Demon’s Victoria can was shown during the presentation. (Then again, so was Sexy Star.)

There’s no word yet when the rest of the people might be announced. This show no longer being on PPV might play into the missing names. This won’t be on PPV, so TNA’s announcer being part of it or using it to promote their own PPV is mostly out of play (it may still air on iPPV, to a smaller audience) and maybe that’s changed the deal. That wouldn’t explain the LU guys. They also might just be waiting for a different venue to get more attention, since announcing names intended to attract a US/Canada audience ought to be done at an English language press conference.

Konnan talked about his departures from Lucha Underground and AAA on this week’s MLW Radio podcast. It’s basically the first half of the show. Konnan explained he didn’t want put his cohost Court Bauer in a tough place by talking badly about AAA/LU while Court was still working with them, but now Court’s not. Konnan didn’t have much to say about LU – there was even a brief, unexplained mention by Court that Konnan was supposed to be back on the show in Season 3 or 4 – and mostly directed his ire at AAA. Much of the material was similar to Konnan’s podcast from this past weekend, but this time in English.

Konnan’s complaints were almost all the Roldans, who he feels were gifted a wrestling company he (Konnan) helped Antonio Pena build, and the Roldans don’t know what they’re doing and lie and scare the wrestlers to keep them in line. Konnan comes of as if he believes he was the one person keeping the promotion from completely falling apart, with the Roldans causing most of the problems. Konnan said most people are afraid to say something, even those who are left, because they don’t want to hurt their chance of working there again. He’s not concerned about that.

Konnan brought that AAA told Lucha Underground to have their lawyers warn the AAA luchadors that if they worked for anyone besides AAA in Mexico (including specifically Konnan), they’d be violating contracts and removed from Lucha Underground. Konnan does not believe this is the truth, but calls the wrestlers too scared to try AAA and find out. Konnan also brings up situations with Mini Charly Manson & Hijo del Fantasma trying to leave, though whatever the situation with Mini Charly Manson is not explained. Konnan says Fantasma received a WWE offer and had previously been told he’d be let out of his AAA deal whenever he wanted, but they’re not holding him to a 7 season deal which Dorian signed on behalf of the first wave of AAA luchadors. (It’s implied the later AAA luchadors may be under different deals, or at least got to sign them themselves. Also Fantasma’s back injury is from going thru a table.) Konnan also mentioned Dorian Roldan claims to be majority owner of LU but is actually a minority owner, which may play into all of this.

Konnan talks about the Octagon situation, emphasizing how the Roldans were very close friends with Octagon until they totally turned on him. Konnan said he’d been trying to sign Flamita for years, but then Dorian would stand him up for meetings or keep him waiting for hours and was confused when Flamita would go off to work in Japan instead.

Konnan and Dorian engaged (?) in some passive aggressive subtweeting after the podcast came out.

Lucha Memes will have CH4IRO (Chairo 4)  on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan.

+LuchaTV has the Tortugas Ninjas and Comando Elite challenging for mask matches. For what it’s worth, the new Ninja Turtles movie premieres in Mexico on June 5th.

RobViper has RobViper has highlights of 12/29/09 CMLL and 03/19/93 AAA as well as Metatron and Mascara Dorada highlights

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings.

RIOT’s on 06/11.
1: Belial vs Drastick Boy
2: Arez vs Jinzo

WWE announced it’s Mexico tour dates for the year. They’re coming twice, though not repeating the same cities. They’ll visit Puebla (Saturday August 27) & Leon (Sunday August 28) during the summer, and go Merida (Friday December 2), Mexico City (Saturday December 3) and Monterrey (Sunday December 4) during the winter.

Long time Chicago area lucha libre referee El Apentias is close to retiring.

Apolo Valdes talks about life after wrestling for luchadors.

Australian Suicide hypes his title match and his feud with Daga.

06/11 Nuevo Laredo has AAA guys (Demon & Garza) in the main event and CMLL guys (Stuka, Delta, Dragon Rojo and Niebla) in the semimain.


CMLL (MON) 05/16/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Millenium vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Hombre Bala Jr. & Star Jr. vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
Hijos del Infierno 4th defense.
6) Rush vs Marco Corleone

Marco won by DQ when they ran this singles match in Arena Mexico.

Angel de Oro just lost his title, Mephisto won an extra one, the CMLL laws of championship balancing indicate a change is likely Monday night.

Second match could be fun. Minis are higher than usual, and it’s a CMLL vs Puebla match. It’s a little early for Puebla Anniversary season.

CMLL (TUE) 05/17/2016 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Flyer, Robin, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Metálico
3) Soberano Jr. vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Oro Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
5) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z, Mephisto, Vangellys
6) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Main event could be very good. Dragon Lee seems listed as being back a week ahead of schedule. The Dinamita kids replace Fujin & Rajin agaisnt the Panthers this week. CMLL has a ton of news people and yet they can’t find theri way to even this show.

CMLL (TUE) 05/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Vaquero Jr. vs Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) El Divino, Sensei, Starman vs Cancerbero, Furia Roja, Raziel
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Terrible

Rush cheated to beat Terrible this week in a singles match, which sets up a trios match?

great match roundup, week of 2016-04-23

pizza DDT
pizza DDT

There was a lot of really good stuff this week. It was a strong episode of Lucha Underground, and it was a strong episode of Elite, plus some other CMLL stuff that was good. AAA was AAA.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Rush vs Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
great Cage vs Johnny Mundo in a cage match and [aztec medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-04-27 2016-01-09
great Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Fénix,Jack Evans, PJ Black and Cortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco and Ivelisse & Son of Havoc © [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2016-04-27 2016-01-10
great Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 2016-04-27
good Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Cibernético, La Máscara,Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
good Lluvia vs Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, La Vaquerita, Skadi,Dalys, Zeuxis, Reyna Isis, La Seductora, La Comandante in a cibernetico match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
good Máscara Dorada vs Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
good Flyer & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Blue Panther, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Kráneo CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Rey Cometa vs Cavernario in a lightning match CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Rey Escorpión CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good Mephisto & Mistico vs Carístico & Cibernético in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a tournament final match CMLL on 2016-04-29 2016-04-29
good El Hijo De La Park, LA Park, Súper Parka vs Pierroth, Rush,Toscano Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 2016-04-27
good Bobby Lashley vs Último Guerrero in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 2016-04-27
ok Faby Apache, Maravilla, Mary Apache vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Taya AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 2016-04-08
ok Argenis, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 2016-04-08
ok Psycho Clown © vs Dr. Wagner Jr. for the AAA Latin American Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 2016-04-08
ok Flyer, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
ok Cavernario, Felino, Rey Escorpión vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
ok Aéreo & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
ok Leono & Sensei vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26
below average Asturiano & Meyer vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-25 2016-04-25
below average Magnus, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-26 2016-04-26

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-10 

Tuesday fun
Tuesday fun with gringas

Recapped: 05/10/2016

What happened: Nada. Hombre Bala, replacing Super Porkly, landed badly on a dive. The rudos weirdly won the second match in straight falls. Truly, though, nothing of importance took place and this was just a show with no purpose.

What was good: I liked the lightning match and the two trios which followed it. Enjoyable if not must see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 

Mascara Dorada is impossible
Mascara Dorada is impossible

Recapped: 05/08/16

What happened: Volador Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero picked up 3 more points in the tournament. LA Park and Rush continue to hate each other.

What was good: Everything was watchable. The opener was a Volador special and the main event had some good moments. The trios match was not as dire as it looked on paper.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel and the Azteca 7 Elite show page. (more…)

Rush/Marco in Puebla, Tuesday preview

tecnicos win!
last night’s show

CMLL (SUN) 05/08/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Avispón Negro & Black Sugar b Destructor & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Diplomático & Gitano b El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr.
Gitano won the final fall 1 v 2
3) Cosmos DQ Relámpago
Linterna, Gitano, Reycko and Avispon Negro all ran in.
4) Frezzer, Mágico, Neutrón b Demonio Rojo, El Chakal, Rey Trueno
5) El Divino, Gallo, Vaquero Jr. DQ Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho, Ráfaga
Kempo & Kisho fouled and unmasked Vaquero & Gallo.

Run-ins on a Guadalajara show usually mean a cage match is coming.

CMLL (MON) 05/09/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) París & Robin b Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
Black Tiger appears to have replaced Robin (traffic delay). Match did not air on the stream. Tecnicos apepared to have won in a match that was stalled out to allow everyone else to arrive.
2) Espíritu Maligno & Nitro b Millenium & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:38. Espiritu Maligno replaced Arkangel. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. b Virus, Warrior Steel, Yago LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:24. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Dalys © b Estrellita [CMLL WOMEN] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:09. Dalys took falls 2/3 to retain, her second defense.
5) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:39. Tecnicos took 2/3. Stigma challenged for a trios title match next week. Mephisto accepted, but the rudos still unmasked the tecnicos.
6) La Máscara, Rush, Shocker DQ Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Negro Casas [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
There was an odd delay before the match. Arkangel started as a replacement for Shocker, only for Shocker to take his place in the first minutes. Shocker’s team took 1/3, the last when Rush flagrantly fouled Marco. Marco demanded a singles match next week and Rush accepted.

This was a strange show. The announcers, when their microphones were finally working, explained there was an accident blocking traffic on the highway leading from Mexico City to Puebla. The caravan usually leaves Arena Mexico during the afternoon and is at the arena hours ahead of time, so they must’ve been stuck for quite some time. The announcers said they had to get out one of vehicle, grab their equipment, carry it a ways to get past the stoppage, and get in another vehicle to get to the show. The stream didn’t start until about half hour past normal, with the guys from the opener still lingering in the ring. (It must’ve gone a lot longer than usual, and the show itself went longer than usual.) The production crew was putting the equipment together, and got it working pretty quick all considering, though they didn’t explain what was going on until it was all working.

The Shocker bit in the main event was just as weird. They were stalling before that match got going. Arkangel got in the ring and started staring back, as if he was still unsure if Shocker was coming. I’d guess Arkangel was pulled from the second match because they didn’t know if Shocker was going to make his match. (They’d normally do it from the semimain, but those guys were all needed for the title match.) Maybe Shocker was traveling his own way up to Puebla and they weren’t sure if he was going to get thru the traffic in time? Shocker said there was a lot of stress last night but thanked God for letting him wrestler.

The matches itself weren’t as interesting. Rush/Marco next week should be fun. The Trios title match could be good too.

Today’s CMLL show has Marco Corleone, Maximo and Stuka taking on Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Vangellys. It was supposed to be Niebla Roja instead of Euforia, and Niebla Roja’s recent Facebook posts have him back in Arena Mexico, but he’s off all cards this week. The fourth match continues the Panthers/Kamikazes feud. There are no ongoing feuds and there aren’t any sure fire great matches. It seems like a good night to skip, but the joy/hassle of following CMLL is sometimes that’s randomly when good trios matches occur.

The preview says the show starts at 8:30pm, but I assume it starts at 7:30pm like every other Tuesday. It’ll air on and YouTube.

CMLL also lists Cavernario out of the fun looking lightning match with Stuka on Friday, with Misterioso taking his place.

Flamita defeated Dinamic Black on Muchas Luchas (Guadalajara)’s one year anniversary. Semimain saw the Neza Kings cheat La Legion (Rayman, Makabre and Omega) , with a tease of a mask/hair match to follow.

The AAA Japan account says a press conference for the Lucha World Cup will take place tomorrow. Wednesday’s the AAA announcement day so that makes sense. I’d expect we’ll get the full teams or something close to it.

Black Terry Jr. has slow motion highlights of Sunday’s IWRG show.

Box Y Lucha 3232 has Mephisto & Electroshock on the cover of this week’s issue.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, including a recap of Konnan’s new podcast and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Segunda Caida reviews the No Mas episode.

Chessman & Averno hype their tag title rematch on Saturday.

Notimex has a video feature on the mother/daughter team Los Irmas. SuperLuchas has an interview with Lola Gonzalez along the same Mother’s Day lines.

Hola Ciudad has a story on Lucha Va Voom.

San Luis Potosi luchadors can sign up for government health insurance on Friday.


FULL (SAT) 05/14/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Charly Madrid & Saru vs Pequeño Guerrero & Tupac Amaru
2) Lady Apache & Reyna Dorada vs Ludark Shaitan & Stephane Vaquer
3) Ángel Del Amor, Decnnis, Zumbido vs Fishman Jr., Sucesor, Veneno
4) Alan Stone, Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Huracán Ramírez vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Scorpió Jr., Silver Kain
5) Grond XXX, LA Park, Súper Parka, Tinieblas Jr. vs El Hijo del Solitario, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Pirata Morgan, Rey Bucanero

Reconfigured lineup, with some people who were scheduled for the (quietly canceled) Sunday show added to this one. Of note, Marabunta Jr. – who’s currently playing the role of Octagon Jr. – disappeared off this card.

LI (SUN) 05/15/2016 Arena Aficion
1) Avispón & Dr. Boris vs Colmillo Blanco & El Novato
2) Dragón Latino & El Exótico vs Krónico & La Plaga
3) Hijo De Villano III & Villano III Jr. vs Águila Del America Jr. & Fujin
4) Canek Jr., El Fantasma, Solar I vs Máscara Año 2000, Okumura, Raijin
5) Canek vs Mr. Jack [IWL HEAVY]
listed as vacant title?

  1. Leyenda Inmortales still exists
  2. Leyenda Inmortales had an “International World League Heavyweight Championship” held by Fantasma and a “Indy Wrestling League World Championship” held by Canek
  3. I have no idea which this is, or why it’d be vacant. Maybe there’s a title change we’ve all forgot
  4. Canek just wants to get the win back over Mr. Jack, I guess.
  5. Okumura chooses the oddest selection of indies to work

new video releases for weekend of May 7-May 8th

YouTube Playlist:

I’ve got some older HD version of the Azteca shows below. There’s more that will be added this afternoon; they’re taking a while to upload and there’s no sense in waiting for the new stuff.

Tuesday Afternoon Edit: I’ve filled in the missing matches. There’s more to do, but I’ll put them in next week’s batches. (more…)

CMLL Puebla: 2016-05-09 

choke pushups!
choke pushups!

Recapped: 05/09/2016

What happened: An accident on the highway connecting Mexico City to Puebla severely delayed the luchadors and the production crew on the way to show, forcing parts of the crew to actually get out of their transportation and walk past the stoppage to get in other vehicles to make it to the show. They didn’t arrive until during the first match, so the stream didn’t start until the show was in progress, with them setting up things as the second match was taking place. The announcers were apologetic about the situation.

The show seemed off, understandably, as a result, and the feeling of chaos was more memorable than the matches. The best example was the main event, where Arkangel (originally scheduled for the segunda) appeared to replace Shocker in the main event, only for Shocker to walk out about a minute into the match and take Arkangel’s place. That bit stuck out more than most of the match, which served to set up a Rush/Marco singles match next week.

The semimain also set up a trios title match for next week. And, as also expected, Dalys kept the CMLL’s Women’s championship over Estrellita.

What was good: None of the matches was a particular standout. The women’s match and the semimain had the most effort but also some flaws, and are both about the borderline for good. The main event wasn’t too great or bad either. I just didn’t feel strongly about anything on this show.

Where can I watch it: The live version is on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Note the first 10 or so minutes have production issues; it takes a while for sound, and then announcers to come in. (more…)

IWRG heavyweight feud, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 05/08/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Adrenalina & Omega b Aramis & Magnum 44
2) Astro & Dragón Fly b Atomic Star & Hip Hop Man
3) Factor, Rayan, Spartan, Spector b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo [lumberjack]
Comando Elite want a title match, while the Tortugas want a mask match.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno b Golden Magic, Negro Navarro, Trauma II
Money thrown in.
5) Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije b Cerebro Negro, Herodes Jr., Killer Jr.
6) Canis Lupus & Trauma I b Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Kato Kung Lee was honored before the match. Trauma I gave his partner Canis Lupus a martinete at the start of the match, sending him out on a stretcher. Danny Casas replaced him. Mask and hair challenges followed.

It sounds like the expected IWRG “hair, mask and belt” multiman match is happening next Sunday.

Today’s Puebla show has a Yet Another relevos increibles match as a main event. This time around, it’s La Mascara & Rush teaming with Shocker against Marco, Maximo & Negro Casas. It’s likely to set up a rematch of some sort. The two matches below it are rematches of sorts from last week: Angel de Oro, Stigma and Stuka face the Hijos del Infierno in what appears to be setup for a trios title match, and Dalys defends the CMLL’s Women’s Championship against Estrellita where a title change is unlikely. The most interesting match might be the tercera, where regular early match tecnicos Hombre Bala, Super Halcon and Magnus take on Virus and novatos Warrior Steel & Yago. Paris, Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Millenium, and Rey Samurai are the locals on the show, though the exciting Samuray is paired with the not exciting Arkangel & Nitro.

The show starts at 9pm and should stream on and YouTube as usual.

No Sabado Retros this week; there’s a boxing event for the venue instead. Barbie Juarez appears to be headlining. A while back on Informa, Ultimo Guerrero said he couldn’t imagine a women’s match headlining a show because there’s not enough of luchadoras. I’m not sure there’s that many more boxers, but it seems like it’s more about creating a star.

Peste Negra remember Kato Kung Lee.

RIOT’s next show is on 06/11.
1: Belial versus Drastick Boy

Chik Tormenta talks about being a mom and a lucahdora.

Segunda Caida reviews the Cage in a Cage Lucah Underground episode.


IWRG (WED) 05/11/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bambino, Demonio Infernal, Sexy Girl, Skanda vs Canario, Fly Tiger, Magic Dragón, Último Caballero
2) Vampiro Metálico & Voltar vs Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II
3) Aries I, Aries II, Torbellino Azul vs Adrenalina, Águila Oriental, Osiris
4) Acero, Blue Monsther Jr., Rolling Boy vs Keshin Black, Power Bull, Troll
5) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Fireman, Galaxy, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Shadow Boy, Zatura vs Astaroth (Guerrero), Guerrero Azteca (Guerrero), Guerrero Jr. (Guerrero), Pez Tiburón, Relámpago Jr. (Guerrero), Rey Jaguar (Guerrero), Último Samurai (Guerrero), Uranio (Guerrero) [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) versus Promciones del Norte (Black Silver – Acapulco)

There’s a lot of Ciudad de Mexico luchadors who turn up in Acapulco, so it’s about right they turn up the other way.

There’s a Blue Monsther Junior???

Kato Kung Lee, CMLL weekend results

photo by CMLL
photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 05/07/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Inquisidor b Bengala
2) Leono b Camorra
3) Flyer b Artillero
Flyer won with a Spanish Fly. Good match.
4) Hombre Bala Jr. b Nitro
5) Tritón b Disturbio
6) Blue Panther & Esfinge b Puma & Tiger
A moment of applause for Kato Kung Lee took place before the match. Puma & Tiger took fall one. Tiger was injured when the top rope broke during the match (taken to hospital, seemed to be OK on Twitter later.) Tecnicos took the second fall 2 on 1 and they stopped the match to repair the ring. Blue Panther quit the match so it could finish 1v1, and Esfinge defeated Puma to win. Money thrown in.
7) La Máscara, Súper Porky, Titán DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Ripper
La Mascara didn’t get along with his partners, was fouled by Luciferno.

Note they’ve got edecanes on these shows too now. Might be a sponsorship thing. The card structure is still the “retro” style, but it’s also a dumping ground to give work to people who aren’t part of the bigger shows.

CMLL (SUN) 05/08/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Oro Jr., Tritón b Cancerbero, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
Tiger, hurt last night, was back in action today. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
The Boricuas had issues, may be breaking up
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy
Escorpion wants a title shot against Atlantis.

I’m alright with the Boricuas doing their split up angle on a non-televised show. More televised show for Pierroth!

Kato Kung Lee, Johnny Lezcano Smith, passed away on Saturday afternoon. He was a agile luchador of the 70s, 80s, 90s, the leader of a wave of martial arts themed luchadors inspired by the popularity of Asian martial arts films, though he had genuine martial arts training. Kato was nimble and had impressive rope tricks. He won singles gold, but is probably best remembered as part of Los Fantasticos (with Black Man & Kung Fu), a popular tecnico trio during the rise of trios wrestling in the early 80s. Lezcano was born in Panama and emigrated to Mexico for his career, and lived in the country for the rest of his life. He was well known – both in Mexico and Japan – and well liked even after his career had wound down. He’d been dealing with medical issues for as long as the last decade, and things had taken a turn for the worst in the last week.

LuchaWorld has the most complete bio. The Gladiatores shares some personal thoughts from knowing Kato. Hijo del Santo, who unmasked Kato Kung Lee, talks about knowing him in and out of the ring.

Los Ingobernables don’t want anything to do with Rey Escorpion, are still sure he must’ve bought the shirt from a pirate vendor.

ChilangaMask and ERLL will have a show on Monterrey on June 5th.

RobViper has highlights from 10/09/15 CMLL.

There’s a new edition of +LuchaTV up.

SuperLibre had Satanico as guest.


CMLL (SUN) 05/15/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Mano Negra Jr., Starman vs Grako, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Oro Jr., Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
4) Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Atlantis © vs Rey Escorpión [MEX LH]
3rd defense.

This is Atlantis’ second defense on a Sunday show, the one untelevised Arena Mexico show.

Cometa & Cavernario back up against each in the second match.

There was a Mano Negra Jr. in CMLL from 1997 to 2005. This is probably not him. There is a Mano Negra Jr. – this is probably not him? Grako shows up Toryumon shows in 2014 and then very rarely around Mexico City; maybe he has/had another identity?

CMLL (SUN) 05/15/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs El Diplomático
2) Fugaz & Johnny Dinamo vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo
3) Capitán Cobra, Cosmos, Reyko vs Gitano, Linterna, Relámpago
4) Gallo & Vaquero Jr. vs Kempo Dragón & Príncipe Kisho
5) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga vs Joker, Maléfico, Sádico

Rudo main event is odd; guess we’ll find out why it happened in a few days.