Matt Taven out cheats Rush and Los Ingobernables, Reyes del Aire next week

Diamante Azul is strong

CMLL (FRI) 03/31/2017 Arena México [Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Stukita & Último Dragóncito Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro (posted by thecubsfan)
14:06. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis DQ La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan)
11:43. Rudas took 1/3, the last by DQ when Sugehit removed Zeuxis’ mask.
3) El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan)
12:50. Dinamtias took 1/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. DQ Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth (posted by thecubsfan)
10:18. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last by DQ.
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan)
11:10. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Matt Taven b Rush Matt Taven vs Rush (posted by thecubsfan)
12:22. Pierroth interfered, but Taven soon after won with his feet on the ropes. Rush demanded a rematch when Taven returns to Mexico, while Taven wants to go after Maximo for the heavyweight title.

Show didn’t suck, but it wasn’t all that great either. In a weekend of too many wrestling shows, it’s one you can skip safely. They made it very clear Taven is coming back and made it sound like that’s happening relatively soon. I would to see more people from ROH, but maybe CMLL has decided not to take chances on unknown people after Yoshitatsu. (They could also do their homework find out about more people. Maybe that’ll happen tonight.)

In a backstage interview, Ultimo Guerrero said he hadn’t had a chance to talk with the Guerreros and didn’t yet know what was up with Niebla Roja.

Today’s Coliseo show is the Arena Coliseo 74th anniversary show, headlined by a non-title Caristico versus Euforia main event. It is the first time they’ve ever done that specific singles match, but a match on a one week build is not much for a historic building’s anniversary show. It is consistent with how CMLL’s treated this show in recent years

73: Rey Bucanero vs Valiente for the NWA Light Heavyweight championship
72: Mistico (II) vs Ripper
71: minis cage (Pequeno Halcon unmasked), Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla

70 was actually a big one; they did Dragon Rojo/Sombra, brought back legends and had a women’s cibernetico. Maybe they’ll go all out for the 75th Anniversary.

Sunday’s Arena Mexico show has Caristico, Dragon Lee and Mistico against Cavernario, Felino and Mephisto. Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero are scheduled to team in the semimain, which may not go all that well.

It’s otherwise a quiet weekend for high end indie shows, surely due to WrestleMania coming up on Sunday. The only notable show I can find is Octagon’s Legado Dragon promotion returning for a second show on Sunday.

The one show I forgot until I hit post is Ring of Honor’s PPV tonight. You can get it on Fite.TV, and Dragon Lee & Jay White will face Volador & Will Ospreay on the $30 iPPV.

Dragon Lee is headed to NJPW for the Best of Super Juniors. He’s been expected to be part of it, was expected to be part of it last year too, but he also is showing up on advertisements for the tour. There’s only 9 people listed, and there’s usually 7-9 more included, so another CMLL luchador is at least possible. My guess is NJPW would’ve put Volador on the poster if he was coming and it’d be more likely to be someone like Soberano if it even is anyone else, but that’s all speculation. The tour runs from May 17th to June 3rd, so it’s still six weeks away and they may not announced the full field until a couple weeks prior.

Today’s FEW lucha show, which started with CMLL wrestlers and ended up with indie luchadors, sounds like it’s been canceled. The show always seemed to be a very expensive one that didn’t seem to be moving many tickets in a crowded market.

There’s an another article about Sexy Dulce’s boxing career, but this time from someone besides her: Promociones del Pueblo’s director Osvaldo Kuche talked about upcoming fight to ESPN. It’s three weeks away and there’s still no opponent, but they feel like she could be a world champion boxer if she continues on her path. Kuche says Dulce will take no more wrestling matches in Mexico, maybe some independents in the US, which doesn’t exactly match what she’s said. Kuche also says the plan was originally for Dulce to debut in December “but more tests were needed to make sure she was ready.” Dulce’s previously said she was supposed to fight earlier but opponents backed out.

SuperLuchas has an interview with Ignacio Rios, the owner of the Crash, a few days away from their first Mexico City show. There’s not much news here, outside the general idea that they wanted to get into Mexico City first, and then work on getting a TV show. Rios insists everyone’s confirmed for the show; this certainly appears to be a lie since Sexy Dulce keeps saying her match today at SHIMMER was her last for now. (She won, which implies she told SHIMMER she’ll be back at some point.

Pachuca luchador Deluto III passed away. He was an active regular in the region, scheduled on the DTU show in Actopan later this month.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui esta la Lucha.

Fuego en el Ring has a new edition of their podcast.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 04/07/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
4) Carístico vs Cavernario, Mistico, La Máscara, Volador Jr., Mephisto, Máximo Sexy, Euforia, Valiente, Ephesto, Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Dragón Lee, Hechicero, Titán, Gran Guerrero [Reyes del Aire]

Reyes del Aire is back. They’re doing the mix of rudos and tecnicos and what Niebla Roja is at this point. There are some different picks I’d like to see – Soberano really needed to be in it this year – but it looks like a very good field. Barbaro Cavernario is the reigning champion, when they had the final two advance to a match the next week. There’s no explanation of what the rules are this week, and we should probably listen very closely to the prematch announcement.

Sugehit but no Zeuxis in the women’s match.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 

Taven wins?

Recapped: 03/31/2017

All matches aired live on ClaroSports. They can be seen on my channel.

Matches:

  1. Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro (1/3) Stukita & Último Dragóncito (14:06 [4:24, 3:37, 6:05], ok)
  2. Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis (1/3 DQ) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi (11:43 [5:36, 3:04, 3:03], below average)
  3. El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (1/3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther (12:50 [4:27, 2:19, 6:04], good)
  4. Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. (1/3 DQ) Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth (10:18 [2:35, 5:01, 2:42], ok)
  5. Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente (2/3) Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero (11:10 [4:36, 1:58, 4:36], ok)
  6. Matt Taven (2/3) Rush (12:22 [2:42, 2:46, 6:54], good)

What happened

Stukita will find a way to get in his splash

Matt Taven cheated to beat Rush in the main event. The finish was a bit of nonsense. Taven had Rush pinned clean after the same frogsplash he used to win the second fall. Rush never kicked out, but the referee stopped counting because Pierroth appeared on the apron. Taven got up and brawled with Pierroth, and Rush & Pierroth double teamed him. It’s unclear why this was not a disqualification. They came back in the ring, Taven blocked a single kick, cradled Rush and used the ropes to get the win win. Rush said he’d get his revenge when Taven returned and Taven confirmed he would return, but he was also going after Máximo and the heavyweight title. (My educated guess is Taven’s taking over the role intended for Yoshitatsu, who made that same heavyweight challenge after his match with Volador but is now not expected back.)

Not much else happened. Pierroth got his team DQ-ed in a match they were about to lose anyway by fouling Máximo. Valiente submitted Último Guerrero and repeated his mask versus hair challenge, but only in a backstage interview. Sugehit got her team DQ-ed for unmasking Zeuxis, in a spot that looked messed up. Sugehit struggled for a while to get the mask off and it didn’t feel like the match was supposed to peaking at that moment. No challenges followed for that.

The most exciting development was Reyes del Aire was announced for next week.

Thoughts

if posters were a thing, a poster of Zeuxis doing this knee smash would be a cool thing

Eh. A few matches around the OK/good line, not a lot higher.

Rush/Taven was the best match on the show, bringing good intenstiy and more drama to a crowd that was more invested into it than anything else. They were not invested in reacting the way CMLL wanted them to react (foreigners who don’t actually do in ring turn are always going to get booed in situations like this), but Taven reacted well to booing. It was just iffy times. Taven has a lot of flashy kicks but they’re literally hit or miss and too many looked like they were missing for me to get to into this. The finish was a jumbled mess. The distraction bit was bad, there was no reason something that’s a DQ every other time wasn’t a DQ here, and they went right to about the same finish they had before hand. Might as well just have counted three on the frog splash and shocked everyone.

usual Cuatrero springboard craziness

Dinamitas/Panthers was the best of the rest. The usual quality match between these two teams, without being the best for either side. It was just an easy match where they both got in their fancier spots and looked better than the Panther’s new outfits. It also had the trademark Panther bit of building up to what seemed like an ending, and then taking it back down a couple notches ot build up again. Mascara was less watching the other guys do double teams, and more integrated as part of the team. I knew Mascara was submitting Panther as soon as the second fall ended and they hadn’t do a spot yet. It makes no sense, but it makes CMLL sense.

There’s nothing much to say about the two upper card trios matches. The semimain was a little better one, but both were the kind of generic trios matches you’d get in the top spots most days of the week. We got a few nice spots, and a moment of nostalgia with Bucanero & UG reunited, but nothing much to write about. The Máximo/Pierroth trios match felt very generic, and the DQ very tacked on for no obvious reason.

Diamante Azul is strong

The opener was slightly above average on it’s curve, but not enough to rise to a recommendation. It was another match where Stukita came off a star, finding ways to be cool in a match format seemingly designed to make sure no one could be one. Mercurio & Nitro helped by playing off him, but then Mercurio kind of pulled it down with a lot of comedy. He seemed to be entertained and the crowd somewhat. The match slowed down late. Still would take this over most openers.

Sugehit & Zeuxis got in a few of their now normal exchanges and the crowd reacted to their feud, but the match surrounding it wasn’t much at all. Skadi and Jarochita are trying but they didn’t add here. Skadi still has issues with timing and positioning, and Jarochita’s just doesn’t seem effective in her role. Amapola celebrating the ill gotten win was nice but skip this.

this kick did land well

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-03-28 

Por qué, Niebla Roja?

Recapped: 03/29/2017

All matches aired live on CMLL’s YouTube.

  1. El Coyote & Grako (1/3) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial (11:44 [6:05, 2:34, 3:05], OK)
  2. Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis (2/3) La Vaquerita, Sanely, Silueta (13:52 [5:30, 4:35, 3:47], OK)
  3. Sagrado, Skándalo, Virus (1/3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón (15:03 [6:56, 4:51, 3:16], OK)
  4. Bobby Villa (counter dropkick) Titán (8:02, good)
  5. Puma, Terrible, Tiger (2/3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy (12:53 [4:24, 4:22, 4:07], good)
  6. Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja (1/3) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Valiente (8:37 [2:24, 1:32, 4:41], ok)

What happened: 

this went well!

This was almost a perfect nothing happening CMLL show until the main event. Niebla Roja showed up in a strange mood, refusing to help his partners and messing up their teamwork spots for no apparent reason. After many problems, Gran Guerrero and Euforia justifiably stomped Roja. That unfortunately led to them being cradled by the tecnico to put an end to the main event. It came off more like Niebla Roja was going rudo on his rudo partners, not that he was becoming a tecnico.

Thoughts: 

this didn’t go well

The main event was all about the angle, which originally seemed like the other Guerreros were betraying Niebla Roja, but then quickly become obvious that Roja was screwing with his partners. It’s hurt by being so random and without meaning. I hope Roja is just getting shifted to a different rudo unit, because he just showed a lot against Dragon Lee and flipping him (back) to a tecnico side seems as poor an idea as it was for Dragon Rojo, Misterioso and Sangre Azteca at different times. Some bigger shuffling of the rudo units is overdue, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

The semimain was the best match on the show. It wasn’t quite at the level of last week’s Puma/Tiger match, and didn’t go as far as that one. Maya & Drone fit well with them and Maximo & Terrible got in more spots. This is one where they’re hurt by doing this match every week on TV, unable to keep switching it up every week to make these feel different. It still was enjoyable.

Metalica’s senton con giro

Bobby/Titan was a more story driven lightning match than usual, driven around Titan hurting his left ankle early and Villa going after it often. It didn’t quite play into the finish, unless we go with the idea that Titan was slowed by the injury and got caught because of that slowness. Still, I want to give them credit for trying to do something with this match more than usual, and the story didn’t detract from the better than average action.

The tercera had some good parts if still missing something to some together as a match. Soberano deciding to bring the Fosberry Flop dive in regular rotation to CMLL is fantastic, there’s been no one doing it since Fuego gave it up years ago. Triton’s following the model of his old partner Mascara Dorada, going out of CMLL as strong as possible when he could’ve easily mailed it in the last few months. Virus clowning Esfigne is always approved.

I can’t explain why, but I really like Drone doing a moonsault slightly differnetly

I have a sneaking suspicion Silueta is only getting two matches this week because Estrellita fell down very hard, but she’s been nice to have onboard whatever the reason. She’s was more reliable than her teammates in this match, and her sequences early with Metalica were the best part of the early portion of this match (Metalica/Silueta is the greatest possible not-pushed CMLL women’s matchup.) Her moonsault wasn’t so good, but the rush of near falls on Dalys before her inevitable demise got the crowd. I thought Isis was totally going to miss on her pump splash (because her partners didn’t help her with the position) and she landed it fine, so there’s that.

The opener was more interesting than normal, because it was all rookies and they were better against each other than with they have been with veterans in the segundas. (That seems to be exactly the opposite the point of veterans, but understandable with these vets.) The rookies weren’t smooth or too exciting, it’s an opener after all, and Drako & Magia Blanca royally screwed up a rope flip spot in the third. Still, they pulled out a few new moves and showed more potential in this match than they had before.

Drone smashed

CMLL (Taven/Rush) & AAA (random stuff) taping tonight around Mexico City

one more time to reuse Taven’s brush with death

IWRG (WED) 03/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Cadilac b Picudo Jr.
2) Black Dragón b Keiser Drago
Black Dragon replaced Omega
3) Kanon & Saruman b Avisman & Skanda
Saruman’s first match here in two years.
4) Shadow Boy b Lunatic Extreme
5) Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Heddi Karaoui b Baby Camaleón I, Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I
straight falls. +LuchaTV lists the Camaleon as Baby Camaleon I, while The Gladiatores says it was Kamaleon. Pantera & Demonio feuded.
6) Golden Magic & Veneno b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Relámpago
Golden Magic defeated Relampago wants a title shot.

We, today, together, will not be able to solve the mystery of which Camaleon was on this show. It’s OK.

Today’s a double taping day, with AAA taping just outside of the Mexico City limits while CMLL has it’s usual Arena Mexico show.

Tonight’s CMLL show Matt Taven versus Rush II. It’s a odd match to do: CMLL seems to think highly enough of Matt Taven to use him as a main event singles guy, but he’s not got much use in that role if he’s going to lose a third one in a row. It’s not clear if or when Taven is coming back, so a win over Rush wouldn’t necessarily make sense either. Maybe they could do something with Diamante Azul costing Rush the match to move the Pierroth feud int hat direction. The match should be good, their last match went well except for the part where Rush almost let Taven die on a dive, and engaged Rush is always fun.

The other ongoing issue is down in the second match, with Zeuxis & Sugehit on opposite sides of a trios match. The two have made mask match challenges in interviews, but not yet serious ones in front of the crowd. We don’t know for sure that a mask match is happening, just that CMLL usually doesn’t book people against each other this often unless something is up, and they’ve already done the title matches. CMLL’s Arena Mexico anniversary celebration is four Fridays from tonight, so they’re right in the range where a serious mask challenge might be made if it’s coming.

The rest of the card has no particular issues, though there’s some promise in a couple of the matches. Diamante Azul & Pierroth are both on the card, but split up in different matches. Azul teams with Stuka & Valiente to face Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Utlimo Guerrero in the semimain. It’ll be the first time the one time greatest tag team in the world Guerrero & Bucanero have teamed up on a Friday night since 2015.  Pierroth will drag down a match with Kraneo, Mephisto, Marco, Maximo and Volador. The Panther family teams faces the Dinamitas (Mascara 2000 instead of Forastero), an ongoing repeated matchup. And the show opens with a promising minis match, with Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito teaming against imaginary planes Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro.

The show kicks off at 8:30pm local, which is still one hour later than usual if you’re in the US. It’s the final CMLL streaming show that’s an hour late until October (unless you’re in Japan.) It will air on ClaroSports, and it’s too early to know if it’ll be region blocked agian.

Formula E drivers got some lucha libre training in Arena Mexico. There’s video here.

Meanwhile, AAA comes back to Neza for it’s first taping post Rey de Reyes. There is a card for this show, but we’ve know AAA cards will be changing as the show goes on. We know there will be one change already: Mesias – well, Mil Muertes – is at WrestleCon and will not be in Neza as billed. AAA’s reaction to being called out for advertising a guy they know won’t be there has been along the lines of “wha? huh? I can’t hear you, I’m going thru a tunnel, my phone’s cutting out”.

The current main event is Murder Clown & Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner Jr. & Monster Clown, a match which has no reason to exist at any point, the kind of match lucha promoters put together when they have no ideas about how to continue the feud but feel the need to do something different for the sake of being different. Relevos increibles sides usually make matches worse so I guess the good news here is there’s no combination of these four men which would’ve actually been good anyway. Blow this match up.

The semimain is scheduled to be Fantasma & Texano against Mesias & Pagano, which originally seemed to be the tecnicos picking up a win as Mesias & Pagano destructed, the same thing that happened six weeks ago in Cuautitlan. There’s been changes since then, and it’s unclear if Mesias & Pagano are still having problems, or even what they’ll do with no Mesias around.

Aerostar & Drago versus Cuervo & Scoria was originally a tag title match, then not, then Cuervo & Scoria won a tag title shot anwyay. It seems set up for Vampiro to appear to make it a tag title match  (which may be a reason why Vampiro is in Neza and not Orlando). It’s a match much more suited to Cuervo & Scoria than the cage match, and it’s definitely possible for a tag title change if the titles are on the line.

Argenis, Australian Suicide, Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Nino Hamburguesa are part of an arbitrary cruiserweight title match. Suicide’s won a tag team match, but mostly everyone but Argenis hasn’t done much recently and don’t have a strong case for getting a title shot. Argenis versus Johnny Mundo is a weird feud, but so would everything else. There’s enough talent to make for a good match, just Hamburugesa is a weird fit for this match.

The OGT duo of Averno & Chessman take on young luchadors Lanzeloth & Mascara de Bronce. This foreshadows a similar trios match on the next taping, so it’s possibly the start of a new feud. The OGT have had small issues on recent tapings, and this show might make it more certain if they’re building towards a split.

The show opens with a Relevos AAA match, which includes Lady Shani suddenly on the tecnico side, and Estrella Divina’s first AAA TV appearance since 2014. This taping will start airing on April 8th.

The promotion who is not having a show today is Lucha Underground. Many Lucha Underground people are in Orlando today, brought in on their own separate deals, and quasi-representing the promotion on other shows over the weekend, but there’s no official get together. It really struck me, looking thru Twitter this morning, how everyone is there except the brand name. It’s not just the obvious hot indie names like Penta & Fenix & Cage & Ricochet & Angelico & Jack (who seems to have two working legs again.) Striker is there doing podcast. Willie Mack’s come in all the way from California and working a couple shows. Catrina is there, just signing autographs. They’re just about only missing Dario & the logo.

That’s not for a lack of different people trying to put together a show; there were definite and multiple different plans to have a LU live event as part of this weekend, but the deals never got done when it came to it. (There’s also the conflict with this AAA taping today, but they’ve already moved around tapings this year and could’ve done the same with this one.) Yes, there are way too many shows around this year’s WrestleMania and there are going to be some promotions who are going to produce great content while losing lots of money. Lucha Underground would’ve been one of the safer bets to do well. Instead, just as last year, LU is missing out on an easy way to make some money and increase approval for their brand. Failing to make a deal for a show hurts LU more than anything Fenix, Pentagon or any other wrestler has done by moving, and LU people should be disappointed and frustrated they’re missing this chance.

This is not important to anyone else, but NJPW World’s mention of (re) airing Dragon Lee/Niebla Roja on their service got more social media interaction than CMLL’s own tweet mentioning it when it actually happened live. Twitter is more popular in Japan, but it’s not the only thing seemingly more popular in Japan.

This week’s WON mentions plans for a Crash/Impact PPV are off, but they may tape matches for Impact’s secondary Xplosion show. I’m not sure how that would help the Crash at all.

LuchaRama has a list of book and artist activities.

AAA had photos from their WDM awards.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Herodes & Heddi Karaoui vs Zumbi & Bandido from last year’s Elite.

Super Apuesta Podcast talks about La Sombra vs Atlantis.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-03-27 

Soberano flop

Recapped: 03/28/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla and can be viewed here.

Matches: 

this looked like it was going to be more dangerous than it turned out

Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja (1/3) El Perverso & Sombra Diabólika (15:06 [5:03, 4:51, 5:12], OK)

Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman (2/3) Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Millenium (13:18 [5:10, 4:30, 3:38], OK)

Misterioso Jr., Skándalo, Toro Bill Jr. (2/3) Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. (14:36 [8:02, 2:30, 4:04], OK)

Princesa Sugehit (2/3) Zeuxis to keep the Mexican National Women’s Championship (14:09 [3:11, 2:30, 8:28], great)

Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. (2/3) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (12:01 [6:05, 1:42, 4:14], OK)

Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible (1 DQ/2 DQ) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush (8:36 [3:45, 4:51], ok)

What happened: 

Inquisidor boost front cracker

Los Ingobernables attacked Marco Corleone & Voladora after their match. (Matt Taven disappeared during replays.) Diamante Azul and his trio made the save. Pierroth was DQed in the first fall for unmasking Pierroth, and Diamante Azul tossed his own mask to Pierroth to draw the DQ. This set up a Azul/Pierroth singles match for next week (though, like most sane people, Rush & La Mascara did not believe that was a smart idea.)

Princesa Sugehit cleanly defeated Zeuxis in a title match. No challenges followed.

Misterioso and Soberano feuded during their match, with Misterioso winning clean and unmasking Soberano after the match.

Policeman and Espiritu Maligno continue to feud, if Policeman beating Espiritu in the third fall of every match counts as a feud.

Thoughts: 

Zexuis takes out the front row

I’m probably overrating the title match, but I was really impressed. This was the best Princesa Sugehit/Zeuxis match yet, a highly competitive match between with some cool spots. I’m not sure if it would totally work for people who haven’t been watching them to jump in on, with the last couple of spots especially built on noticing they were escaping each other’s big finish (and the announcers didn’t react big enough to put that over), but there was a lot of stuff to enjoy before it. They worked a lot of near falls, coming up with some different ideas for some of them. I’m not sure we’ve seen the rolling inside cradle by Zeuxis before, and they went back and forth the final few minutes. The big chair toppling bump on the outside was an impressive if probably actually safe moment. Crowd seemed more into this than last week. There weren’t the big high risk moves (closest was Zeuxis’ moonsault, which didn’t appear all that close to connecting to Sugehit), but this had a solid base of ideas building to the big finish. This match with a few more big spots and the natural drama of an important Arena Mexico fight would make for a pretty great mask match, if that’s where they’re headed.

rolling inside cradle?

The opener was solid if artificial feeling. There were sequences that felt too practiced and the finish didn’t fit the flow of the action. Centella Roja Sr. does the slow old man moves without having being around on screens for two decades to have earn the pass for it. H’s trying, he just got around too late. His son looks better, and Perverso at least improved his shirt section.

The Policeman/Espiritu feud keeps on going on. CMLL’s inability to tell their stories in different ways hurts with programs like this. They’re clearly killing time until some already known date to have the big match, but they have only one idea what to do with these guys until then. I know this was a different match than past weeks because we hardly ever see Apocalipsis, but it didn’t feel like a new match.

The Misterioso/Soberano was the closet to work of the undercard trios matches. Toro Bill had a nice tope, which alone was better than the last matches. Misterioso’s main tactic for dealing with Soberano was laying down on the floor. It seemed to work. This was better build to the inevitable singles match than other feud, mostly because Soberano got to look cool for a little while before getting beat. It wasn’t as much of Soberano as I’d like, but it was more reason to care about him than Espiritu has been given. CMLL kind of messed up the surprise in the first fall, following with Soberano as he came in the ring instead of letting us see Misterioso being shocked by being cradled from behind.

Volador has a magically ability to spin people around with his superkick

Semimain was an unexpected Marco Corleone showcase. The other guys didn’t disappear, Taven did a good job of annoying the Guerreros often, but Marco seemed to go thru everything from his normal routines and won with Aero Italia. It worked well, everyone like his offense, and the leapfrog bit sticks out more now because we don‘t see it as often.

The main event was the same general match as last week with some different finishes. Terrible & Niebla were sufficient as mean guys who were sick of Los Ingobernables, but my general disinterest in this rivalry definitely wasn’t overcome by this match. They’ve shown they can have a boring match, which causes me to believe we’re not even going to get mishap hilarity next week.

 

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 31st

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Mexico moves to Daylights Savings Time last Saturday night/early Sunday. That means Friday’s Claro show is the final live stream airing an hour later than later. Puebla is back to it’s 10 ET/9 CT time, and everything else follows. (Saturday’s shows are thrown off, but that only affects me nowadays anyway.)

AAA has two title matches and an apuesta match. That’s not a normal show.

Matt Taven vs Rush II is on CMLL Claro.

Elite may be in repeats now. Well, repeats of repeats.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 

putting this GIF up top so I can remember it happened, especially if goes nowhere in six months

Recapped: 03/27/2017

Results:

Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria defeated El Mesías & Pagano in a #1 cotnenders cage match (14:54, escape, OK, video link)

Ayako Hamada won a six women’s elimination match to earn a Reina de Reinas title match (OK, video link)
00:03 Faby Apache thrown over the top (Goya Kong)
01:48 Goya Kong pinned (Big Mami splash)
05:30 La Hiedra pinned (Big Mami behind the back faceslam)
05:45 Big Mami pinned (Lady Shani backcracker)
11:08 Lady Shani pinned (Ayako Hamada Michinoku Driver)

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown defeated Monsther Clown & Murder Clown (8:25, simiilteanous pins on powerbomb & Wagner Driver, OK, video link)

Argenis won the 2017 Rey de Reyes match (15:52, OK, video link)
00:00 Joe Lider, Elegido, Nino Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata start
01:21 Chessman enters
02:01 Argenis enters
02:46 Averno enters
03:28 Bengala enters
04:13 La Parka enters
05:27 Pimpinela Escarlata out (Nino Hamburugesa)
05:37 Nino Hamburguesa out (everyone)
07:19 Elegido out (Chessman & Joe Lider)
08:11 Joe Lider out (La Parka)
09:03 La Parka out (Joe Lider pulling him off the apron after being elimianted)
09:58 Chessman out (Averno)
10:18 Bengala out (self elimination on Asai moonsault)
15:52 Argenis pinned Averno via moonsault

What happened: 

thru the cage

Argenis won Rey de Reyes, in a match which was only announced as happening at the start of the program. The match was held under usual AAA rumble rules, with four people starting and over the top eliminations until the final two. Argenis defeated Averno to get the surprise win (though the star power was generally so low that anyone besides La Parka could’ve been called a surprise win.) Averno accidentally caused Chessman to be eliminated, which could be something or just the usual rudo bumbling. Joe Lider eliminated La Parka after being eliminated, which also could be a rudo turn for him or just the kind of thing that happens in a battle royal. In a true miracle, Argenis’ wife and small child just happened to travel all the way up to Monterrey to see a show Argenis wasn’t even scheduled to be on, in a bit that appeared to a repeat of Fantamsa’s family being at ringside after winning the cruiserweight title.

The returning Ayako Hamada is the new top contender to the Reina de Reinas championship, defeating Lady Shani in the final of a six women elimination match. (It was scheduled to be seven; Mary Apache appeared in a head bandage and a neck brace she didn’t appear to have last week, but did not wrestle.) Ayako was wearing Perros del Mal gear but wasn’t given any special re-introduction. No one on the show except those entering the Rey de Reyes match got any sort of introduction, with AAA cutting out what they could to fit four matches in the time. Faby Apache was surprisingly first out, eliminated less than five seconds into the match via over the top elimination. She was the only person eliminated without being pinned, and the other luchadoras didn’t seem to even try an over the top elimination the rest of the match.

Ayako sault

Cuervo & Scoria earned a tag team title shot by defeating Pagano & Mesias in a cage match. Pagano & Mesias had one miscommunication moment late, but it proved to be irrelevant and they were pals after the match. They both essentially worked the match as fan favorites. Mesias speared Cuervo thru the mesh of the fence, and Scoria climbed out the cage (which was missed by the cameras.)

Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner cleanly defeated Murder Clown & Monster Clown. The Traidor Clowns controlled most of the match while Wagner wanted nothing to do with his partner and eventually walked out. The Doctor heroically returned to the match to make the save and help set up the victory. They barely had time to react to the ring before the unlikely trio of Mocho Cota Jr., Carta Brava Jr. and Soul Rocker attacked both men, including ripping up Wagner’s mask. Monster Clown tried to help but was attacked as well. There’s no explanation given for this attack, or why Monster & Murder betrayed Wagner in the first place.

everyone’s doing corner dropkicks

AAA has new intro, borrowing the artwork it did for the Panini sticker book as visuals. However, since some of those people in the book are no longer around, we get glimpses of guys like Gronda and Elegido who are also never around (and it spotlights how few people are around by implication.) Looks nice anyway.

Leo Riano was also part of the announce team this week, and seemed to be taking an anti-Vampiro position, specifically in reaction to Vampiro having the power to change the card however he wants. (This mirrors what he wrote in his column, explaining those comments as being in character.) There were clips of Vampiro winning the Rey de Reyes previously and celebrating victoriously, leaving viewers with the definite impression Vampiro was going to end up wrestling again before long. This was also part of a show long push of a New Era of AAA.

Total match time was 50 minutes and 19 seconds, twice as much as normal.

What was good: 

the fall is much worse than being lightly pressed into the post

Uh. Lots of things were happening, shiny lines and bright noises, all very interesting. The matches weren’t as much interesting. They finally got time, but not a lot of interesting stuff happened.

Both of the elimination matches followed the same pattern: forgettable stuff until a good section when they finally got the final two. Argenis & Averno was a solid CMLL lightning match, cut a little shorter than usual and the crowd reacted well to his win. The battle royal before it was useless, with people consistently putting themselves in dumb positions so they could be easily eliminated and topped off by Bengala eliminating himself for no reason. The two things I got out of this was La Parka was one of the few guys who seemed really over on the show (the crowd seemed unusually quiet for an AAA show most of the night) and they didn’t understand that the final two was decided by pinfall – they cheered big when Avenro went out and were confused when Argenis dove onto him.

Ayako versus Shani did not conclusively solve the “Is Lady Shani actually good?” mystery. Shani definitely looked competent, but Ayako shined so much brighter than everyone in the match that it was hard to compare. Ayako jumping in ahead of everyone diminishes the people who were there – Shani & Hiedra were back to being ruda jobbers – but she was also clearly the best person in the match. The section before the final two wasn’t much good. Faby’s elimination and participation was a joke. Goya was pinned for a one count, Ayako jumped off her back to cut people off, and Tirantes decided that was close enough to a three count. Announcers were baffled and understandably so. A lot of the match seemed built around Big Mami, more than I needed.

Argenis wins

The cage match was the same lucha match as ever, with guys just doing spots and occasionally teasing escaping but nothing meaning anything until the finish kicks in. Mesias spearing Cuervo looked good. Scoria taking a powerbomb thru a table, and then popping back to the life to escape (in something never quite shown) was not good. This match felt like they were dropping the Mesias/Pagano breakup angle cold despite them losing and now having the actual reason to break up. On the other hand, it was also clear they were the better team and Secta were just lucky that Cuervo got speared thru the fence. They came up with a spot that they can show a lot if they want, but I’m not sure the outcome did much for anyone.

The other tag match was just an angle instead of a match. It felt like Wagner turning tecnico, especially with him getting attacked by even more rudos after the match. And Monster & Murder went from a random top rudo push to being easily put down, maybe plans changed there. Crowd had no idea what to make of Cota and crew getting involved.

Next week looks like it should have the better matches and meaningful events. This one suffered from the poor Rey de Reyes card lineup they had to start with.

Volador/Casas in Guadalajara, mascot match for kid’s day, La Llave de la Gloria round 2

mascot warfare

CMLL (TUE) 03/28/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, Martes de Glamour]
1) Frezzer & Furia Roja b Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr.
2) Demus 3:16, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul b Cosmos, Eléctrico, Fantasy
3) Fuego, Star Black, Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Raziel
Star Black replaced Rey Cometa.
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Ripper
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Negro Casas fouled Volador for the DQ.

Ah, they’re doing another Casas/Volador match. Probably on 04/11.

CMLL announced a four mascot tag match for Kid’s Day on April 30. It’ll be Zacarias & Mije against Gallito from Guadalajara and the debuting Microman with Guapito as referee. This seems like something that should be announced in the US a couple days from now as an April Fool’s Day joke, but it’s a real match with a press release and everything. These are the more mobile mascots (more than Monito, who was not mentioned the whole show) but it will be tough to have anything more than a brief skirmish. April 30th is a Sunday, so this match won’t air unless CMLL does something special.

Also on Informa, Pierroth said he wants to be known as La Bestia del Ring or La Bestia Ingobernable. CMLL’s still listing him as Pierroth.

AAA announced the people who advanced from the second La Llave de la Gloria tryouts: Auster, Shaoling, Fetiche Jr., Dalton Bragg, Star Shock, Destructor de Galaxias, Lirio de Plata, Máscara de Angel, Nuevo Angel, Laxus Dragón del Trueno, Palacio Maya , Espíritu Negro Jr., Akanyel Extrem, Demonio Azteca, Genex, Charly Madrid, The Tigger, Tiger Boy, El Americanista, and Mandala.  That’s 20 names (so 32 have qualified so far between the two sessions.) I’m confused, because the photos and videos we saw on Saturday only showed about 32 people. AAA’s report on the session listed about 130 people, which didn’t seem supported by their own photos but maybe there were just a few sessions we didn’t see.

A lot of people are guys who are fringe members for the super indie promotions or work all around the Mexico City area without a specific hoe; this kind of contest helps them at least get more noticed and maybe some regular work. Charly Madrid is a bull fighter who had some good matches a few years ago before becoming a lot less visible. “The Tigger” is probably the Tiger, a Nuevo Laredo luchador who’s been working matches there and around Mexico State with Eterno. Genex and Star Shock are both young luchadors who’s shown up in DTU’s Kids division.

A couple of notable maybe missing names are Kortiz, one of Villano V’s sons who was in the tryout videos, and Hector Chavez, who had that write up in Record because his sister is a known model. Hector and his sister Danielle visited the AAA offices yesterday, so I’m guessing he’s either on the list under another name or they’re working on something else with him. Those who didn’t make it are encouraged to resubmit their information to be eligible for another tryout.

SoloWrestling interviewed Sexy Dulce, which LigerFever translated. If you’re in the mood, it’s got Sexy changing her story on why she missed her title match for the third or fourth time (she had asked Dorian for time off, she was hurt, she would’ve been happy to go appear and hand over the belt except – well, she never explains why.) There are couple notable things about her mindset right now. She again talks about her match in SHIMMER this weekend as her final match before taking time off to focus on boxing. Sexy has to be aware she’s booked on the Crash show a few days later, so I would assume this to mean she’s not going to wrestle on that show and will likely also give up that title without getting beat. (The title doesn’t mean anything, so that’ll be fine.) Sexy also sounds more open to returning to AAA than she has in the past, being complimentary towards Dorian, sidestepping any criticism of the promotion, and making the case that she never actually lost her mask so there’s nothing legally to prevent her from wearing it again. She doesn’t sound in a hurry to go back, but may go back on her terms. (Unless that gets a bad reaction, then she’ll reveal she’s been misquoted.)

ESPN Lucha Libre has an interview with Miguel Reducino about CMLL, which is the usual mainstream interview: wrestling person talks about how great everything is and the author nods along approvingly. Reducino explains CMLL does not do chair shots or blood because that would be disrespectful to the people. Reducino explains the difference between CMLL and AAA is AAA doesn’t keep it’s economic promises to luchadors and that’s why they come back to CMLL. Tours of Europe & South America, which haven’t happened in years, are mentioned like they’re normal things.

Dorian Roldan posted on Facebook about all the things AAA is doing over a two week (plus) stretch: getting on Netflix with Lucha Underground, makign the deal with Impact, Rey de Reyes, the launch of Zona Ruda, a new movie, the La Llave de La Gloria, doing shows with Kidzani, filming a US commercial and other things. A new movie? That part got explained last night, as AAA luchadors were part of wrestling scenes for a movie called “Ni tu ni yo”, about the life of a luchador. There a little bit of video of the work here and there was an article in Record about it. AAA luchadors were also present at the World Dance Music Awards last night.

AAA posted the first edition of the Zona Ruda show and says they’ll be uploading them each Wednesday. That’s a nice deal, I wasn’t sure we’d get to see these. I haven’t gotten a chance to wathc it yet, but they have interviews with Dorian Roland and Mesias, highlights from TV, and vignettes from Psycho Circus. There’s also a feature on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s mass.

Killshot confirmed he’s going to be on the AAA show in Tijuana. I have a list of which Lucha Underground wrestlers have worked with AAA & the Crash, but what I think I’m going to do with it this evening is print it out and then set it ablaze. I can’t figure this out.

Lucha Underground wrestlers will now NOT be part of the Blackest of the Black music festival, a reversal from a few days ago. It was announced before a deal got signed, and then the deal didn’t get signed. Masked Republic says they’ve heard familiar wrestlers will still be involved and I’ve heard the same.

Lucha Mexico will be shown in Mexico City as part of Festival Ambulante on April 6. The directors and some of the subjects were interviewed by Notimex. They’d like to get the documentary into Mexico movie theaters.

Leo Riano’s column mentions the Arena Mexico bathrooms and dressing rooms have recently been renovated.

SuperLuchas has an obit for Dardo Aguilar.

LuchaWorld interviewed Trauma II.

CultIcon writes a profile of Triton.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Texano vs Ricky Santana.

ChilangaMask say they’re coming to Chicago on May 7th with the Traumas, Aeroboy and Fly Star.

Pro Wrestling Revolution is running a show on FloSlam on 04/15 in Santa Rosa with Atlantis, Octagon and Juventued Guerrera. They also announced Penta el Zero M versus Super Crazy on July 8th.

Donde Ir has nine places to visit around Mexico City for lucha libre.

great match roundup, week of 2017-03-18

Triton moonsault

ongoing 2017 recommend match list

This was a good week for random trios matches in CMLL; there’s a few good which could easily be argued higher. This was also the week where I determined I liked my new format for the recap but it takes longer than I anticipated. And also that no one really was that interested in me doing something different.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Drone, The Panther, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-21 2017-03-21
great Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, RipperMáximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-24 2017-03-24
good Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker AAA Worldwide desde Apizaco Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-18 2017-03-05
good Mephisto © vs Carístico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-20 2017-03-20
good Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Virus in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-21 2017-03-21
good Luciferno, Mephisto, Pólvora vs Negro Casas, Puma, TigerLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-21 2017-03-21
good Carístico, Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-21 2017-03-21
good Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja in a lightning match Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-24 2017-03-24
good Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-24 2017-03-24

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What To Watch When You’re Watched All The Lucha Underground On Netflix

there is a season 3! it’s not on that streaming service yet!

Hello! You’ve just completed watching two seasons of Lucha Underground on Netflix. And – yes, yes, I know you’re very upset about [redacted plot development], I understand. Trust me, you’re not alone, it was a big thing. Just take a couple breaths while I assure you that things change later on. Keep in mind that season two and season three were worked out close together, so they do have a plan. I can’t promise you that you’ll like that plan, but there is a plan.

Still with me? Let’s start:

There is a third season of Lucha Underground. It’s just not on Netflix.

  • About half the third season of Lucha Underground has aired. The entire third season will eventually be added to Netflix, but we’re unsure of exactly when that’ll be. We know the plan is to have S3 up when they start taping Season 4, but Lucha Underground hasn’t quite decided when they’ll be taping again, and a wide range of start dates (October to February) have been rumored. If you’re only going to watch Lucha Underground on Netflix, you’re going to have a long wait for new episodes.
  • New episodes are’t actually airing anywhere right now. El Rey, Lucha Underground’s TV home, gave Lucha Underground an unexpected midseason break. New episodes will resume airing on May 31st. It’s been a long wait for new episodes for us watching each week, but it does give you time to catch up.
  • Catching up isn’t hard to do, if you’re willing to pay a little. Individual Season 3 episodes are available for $3 each on both Amazon and iTunes. iTunes also offers a season pass, a nice discount if you’re going to get all 40 episodes.
  • El Rey will begin reairing Season 3 episodes, starting April 5th. If you don’t have El Rey, it’s part of the basic package for Sling TV and also available on Fubo.TV for US users.
  • If you live in Canada, Season 3 will start airing on TLN (Telelatino) on May 5th. You’ll be a little behind US viewers, but you probably already get the channel.

There’s other Lucha Underground adjacent content out there

  • Lucha Underground’s owned in part by Mexican lucha libre promotion AAA, where many Lucha Underground luchadors work when they’re not in the Temple. They’ve also recently had a greater Lucha Underground influence on their product, both in front and behind the scenes. It still looks more like a traditional lucha libre than Lucha Underground, but there’s enough familiar people to make it easy to jump on. It’s also an easy promotion to watch: they just have a single 70 minute TV show to keep up with, and a new episode is shared every Saturday night for free on their YouTube channel. The biggest stumbling block is the show is only freely available in Spanish. The focus is more on the matches, so you should be able to follow along as best as anyone who understands the commentary.

    This Saturday’s AAA TV show (04/01, Rey de Reyes 2017 Parte 2) is an easy jumping on point. It has three big matches, the kind you might see on a bigger Lucha Underground episode, but you won’t be missing much if you just start to watch now.

  • Many other luchadors, including some who used to be in AAA, are now instead wrestling around the independent promotions. Prince Puma (masquerading as some unmasked king named Ricochet), Brian Cage, Pentagon Dark (as Penta el Zero M), Fenix (as Rey Fenix) and many more are wrestling around the US and the rest of the world every weekend. They’re just as fun live as they come off as TV, and it’s a lot easier to buy a t-shirt in person than it is on Netflix. It’s impossible to keep up where everyone is working all the time, but they’re probably coming to where you live soon, especially if you live in the United States or the UK. Los Angeles’ PWG and Chicago’s AAW are good places to start if you’d rather just buy a video, and you can find more info on live appearances via everyone’s social media.
  • Lucha Underground itself has made noise about running their own non-TV shows this summer, but hasn’t announced anything final. There was word they might have a show at a music festival, but that deal apparently fell thru. Stars from the show are announced as appearing on a panel at Chicago’s C2e2 on April 23rd. More things may be announced; keep an eye on Lucha Underground’s social media.

Lucha Underground is it’s own unique show. Nothing else is quite like it, but there’s more out there with the people involved if you’re looking for it.