AroLucha TV plans, LU, Soberano/Mephisto tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/25/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Haziel b Skanda
Hazel replaced Full Contact
2) Haziel & Súper Brazo Jr. b Adrenalina & Atomic Star
Haziel, wrestling in his second straight match, got his second straight win. This was in straight falls.
3) Chico Che b Gallo Frances
Scheduled as a Chico/Freelance vs Frances/Infernal tag match, became a singles match.
4) Ovett, Trauma II, X-Fly b Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Hijo del Pantera
Trauma II wants a title match with Emperador Azteca
5) Black Warrior, Liderk, Spartan, Spector DQ Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
Black Warrior switched spots with Eterno. Straight falls. Capos & Comando Elite are close to a mask match.
6) Aramis & Dinamic Black b Black Dragón, Dragón Bane, Leroy, Lunatic Xtreme, Ram El Carnero, Shadow Boy [El Protector, battle royal]
7) Lunatik Xtreme & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b El Hijo del Medico Asesino & Leroy [El Protector, quarterfinal]
8) Ram El Carnero & Trauma I b Dragón Bane & Eterno [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Black Warrior was listed as Dragon Bane’s partner, until they realized the winner of this match was getting a title shot against Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. Eterno replaced him and they were out in the first round.
9) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Black Dragón & Veneno [El Protector, quarterfinal]
Shadow Boy was injured in the seeding battle royal, and Villano V’s brother Rokambole Jr. just happened to be around to sub for him. A fortunate coincidence.
10) Aramis & Hijo De Dos Caras b Dinamic Black & Internacional Pantera [El Protector, quarterfinal]
11) Ram El Carnero & Trauma I b Lunatik Xtreme & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [EL Protector, semifinal]
12) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Aramis & Hijo De Dos Caras [El Protector, semifinal]
13) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Ram El Carnero & Trauma I [El Protector, final]
The Villanos will face Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. for the tag belts at some point

Maybe just give the Villanos the title shot instead of making your rookie/veteran tournament look silly. I dunno, it’s IWRG.

Today’s Puebla show has two matches which might be pretty good. The main event follows up on last week’s one ending in chaos, with Valiente & Volador teaming against Cavernario & Ultimo Guerrero. That has the making of something watchable. So does the semimain, where Mephisto defends the CMLL Welterweight Champioship against Soberano following up on Soberano’s non-title win. Soberano’s unlikely to win because he has his own belt, but it should still be an interesting experiences. Mephisto title matches are exactly as interesting as his opponent puts in to it, and this is test to see what ideas Soberano has in mind.

The fourth match is a strange Diamante Azul, Hechicero, Stuka Jr. versus Johnny Idol, Kraneo, Titan incredible partners match. In my dreams, this is setting up the Hechicero/Kraneo singles rematch. Lestat, Rey Samuray and Tigre Rojo Jr. will have a long argument about who gets to work Templario and who is stuck with Arkangel & Nitro in the tercera. Astro & Stukita are a fun team against not as fun Guerrero Especial & Mercurio. Akalis & Paris take on Espiritu Maligno & Sombra Diabolika in the opener. This will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel like usual.

AAA’s recap of last night’s TV taping noticeably does not mention Samoano debuting on AAA. I would not count on that being followed up on.

Mistico, Anibal Jr. and a Hijo de Silver King defeated Felino, Cien Caras Jr. & Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 in Tijuana on Friday. Turnout seems weak; the one off shows aren’t going to do well there with The Crash in the market.

AroLucha announced they’ll be taping their first season this year in Nashville – and they have a plan to record lucha libre related programming along side of it. They’re working on a scripted show about “two average gringos who must go to lucha school to win the heart of a Latino love interest.” Their idea is producing both at the same time will make it more efficient, which sounds like we’re going to see people being used for both projects at the same time. No date is announced for any of this, and no TV deal is mentioned, which is odd if they’re going to commit to doing more tapings. Neither of these still have great odds of working out even if they’re good. The TV show concept doesn’t sound super promising and I wonder if Vince Russo got a new writing opportunity, but everything of this sort is a long shot.

Dory Dixon talks about hiding in Mexico instead of going back to Jamica and ending up a luchador. This is not a recommended career path but it sure worked out for him.

On his Facebook page, Lucha Underground Rich Knox says he broke clavicle. That sucks. He’s surely out for the rest of the Lucha Underground season, and probably a lot longer than that.

I still haven’t seen any match by match results for the first few Lucha Underground. The usual argument about spoilers is happening, which feels out of place when multiple new wrestlers have publicly revealed they’ve joined the show in Season 4 on social media. My belief is spoilers are fine as long as they’re doing in a way where people who prefer to go in to a show without knowing anything still get that opportunity, but I understand other people feel differently.

There does seem groups to the most of those new names: a former WWE guy, current Impact people, some indy names, but generally all who seem to be identified with the US wrestling scene. Meanwhile, Aerostar mentioned missing the Sunday taping to work in Dallas (though he’s going back to LA), another wrestler mentioned they were done after one day on Instagram, and we saw Texano & Dr. Wagner on AAA’s show Sunday because they presumably weren’t being used. If anyone new on the lucha side has been added, they’ve kept it quiet. It doesn’t mean it’s not happening – I would not expect an LU crowd to immediately recognize a Mocho Cota Jr. if he debuted, and Mexican wrestlers aren’t as public about what they’re doing as US/Canada ones – but the picture they’re sending out to world outside the new Ice Temple is of a Lucha Underground that’s a bit less lucha, and a bit more old friends from non-lucha US promotions.

We’ve been done this road with Lucha Underground before. And it’s just one weekend of four which also had AAA things going on. And we don’t have full results. And we shouldn’t expect the current AAA guys to be immediately recognized if they did debut; most LU fans aren’t watching AAA and wouldn’t be able to ID a Mocho Cota Jr. if he walked out there, just like fans didn’t realize King Cuerno was Hijo del Fantasma at first. And there’s history of stuff not sounding good in bits and pieces of details on the tapings and then coming together better when it airs. And there’s also times where some stuff not sounding good and then also not actually being any good when it airs. All we can do from out here is nudge people in a direction, and maybe it’ll be strong enough to get Dario Cueto to hire a Mariachi Loco out of restaurant again. (And maybe most people won’t care if it still hits their entertainment button.)

This is really part of a larger riddle I’ve been struggling with for some time: what is lucha libre? What does it entail? Where are the dividing lines where it becomes something else? Ricky Marvin taking a Spanish Fly onto the chairs and dirt in Coacalco is definitely lucha libre. Rush taking a beer from an Arena Mexico fan’s hand throwing it in someone’s face is definitely lucha libre. Some kid no one’s heard of showing up on AAA show and doing an incredible aerial move is lucha libre. Ex-Impact wrestler James Storm showing up as a surprise on Nashville Aro Lucha show and saying “guess I’m a luchador now!” is surely successful and popular but doesn’t seem like lucha libre unless we’re stretching the definition to the point of meaninglessness. There’s a cutoff somewhere along that spectrum and I have no idea where it is.

Whether it be Arolucha or Lucha Underground or Lucha Libre USA or whatever’s next, the one thing I don’t want as a fan of lucha libre is non-luchadors cosplaying as guys with masks on. It’s abstractly not the style I am a fan, and it’s concretely taking away opportunities from people who do practice that style. And yet, I do not know what when someone goes from playing a luchador to being a luchador. Do they have to be Mexican or latino? Do they have to specifically wrestle on the ‘wrong side’ or do certain moves? Is Jack Evans lucha libre? Is DJZ? At what point does he become so? Is Incognito/Sin Cara still lucha libre even though he hasn’t been wrestling in the style for years?

These are question that I, person who spends too much time writing about lucha libre, should really be able to precisely define if I’m asking anyone else to do the same. I’m just not sure I can – or that I even have the right to define it.


CMLL (SAT) 03/03/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Flyer & the Panther vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado and Magnus & Sensei and Disturbio & Virus and Astral & Stigma and Hijo del Signo & Metálico and Príncipe Diamante & Robin and Arkángel de la Muerte & Espanto Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Arena Coliseo TAG, semifinal]
11) Rush vs Euforia

Flyer, Robin and Magnus wanted to be a trio. They’re now all in this tournament with separate partners.

IWRG (WED) 02/28/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinámico, Dranzer, Puma de Oro vs Bisofera, Carnicero, Chef Benito
2) Fireman, Full Contact, Hijo Del Bombero vs Black Puma, Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
3) Ángel Oriental, Haziel, Toto vs Atomic Star, Odín, Skanda
4) Kanon, Mike, Teelo vs Dragón Yuki, Leroy, Liderk
5) Aramis, Diablo Jr., Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy vs Dragón Bane, El Divino, Pachucho, Ram El Carnero, Shado and La Mosca, Máscara Magica Jr., Motocross, Orión, Príncipe Negroand Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Guero Palma, Marduk, Taurino [cage, hair, mask]

The main event is teams representing Gym FILL (Black Terry), Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera), Gym Cerebro  (Dr. Cerebro) and Gym Zeus (Offical 911), but a cage match seems like it’s everyone for themselves.

CMLL Martes: 2018-02-06

don’t send Audaz in motion

Recapped: 02/18/18


Fantasy & Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito
(9:23 [4:08, 3:10, 2:05], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. beat Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca
(13:15 [5:25, 3:02, 4:48], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus
(11:57 [6:34, 2:39, 2:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero beat Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Titán 
(7:56 [5:39, 0:50, 1:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero beat Ángel de Oro
(11:04 [2:46, 1:49, 6:29], 1/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:29 [6:27, 3:25, 4:37], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

rare sighting of Oro doing something good

Without provocation, Angel de Oro fouls Cuatrero and unmasks them. Mask match challenges followed, and they agreed to the match the next day.

It’s unclear why Tirantes disqualifies the rudos in the second fall of the fourth match. It might be Felino & Rey Bucanero both being in the ring too long while untying Soberano & Titan’s mask. No one, including the announcers, is all that sure.


they should just run with Misterioso as Kawato’s evil sensei, nodding at him to break Fuego’s arm already is halfway there

A not very exciting main event finished a not very exciting show. Even by usual Tuesday easy matches, this one seemed boring during the rudo control portion, just a lot of stomping. The técnicos were not much better. Mephisto giving up before Niebla Roja even finished applying his finish was a proper way to finish this.

The singles match had not much of action early, replacing it with a lot of mask ripping. I can understand trying to get over the feud if this was on a Friday show. The Tuesday show is either hardcore fans who will go to anything, or tourist fans who don’t care about any of this. This probably happened on a Tuesday because it was just the date where it worked out to have this match, but it didn’t feel right for the setting. They picked it up later on, but it was a lot of just generic back and forth. I’m not really any more sold on this feud than Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja, except for knowing that turned out fine in the end.

Mephisto finally figured out the counter for the stop sign

The fourth match seemed to be a moving along as a fun match for this level that both sides quickly gave up on once Tirantes called the second fall DQ. This was really disappointing given the names involved and I could see grading it lower. I give them some credit because it seemed like Tirantes called the DQ himself to mess up the match, but we were still left with a pretty short match.

At this point, the lucha libre action seems to moving way too fast for Kawato to keep up and he seems lost or unsure what to do. This is weeks ago by time you read this, so hopefully he’s gotten much better. Misterioso being his mentor, perhaps because Virus is busy was Audaz, was an unexpected development. The rest of the match was an ordinary match, except for noting Fuego & Audaz is a previously rare team of CMLL wrestlers from Oaxaca. Maybe it won’t be rare going forward.

Esfinge & Triton advance in Arena Coliseo tournament, AAA in Apizaco, Elite to return next week? with Cage??

CMLL (SAT) 02/24/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Cholo & Grako b Bengala & Sangre Imperial
Rudos took 1/3.
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
Sanely replaced Kayo Kobayashi. tencicos took 1/3.
3) Audaz, Pegasso, Puma, Tiger b Akuma, Cancerbero, Esfinge, Fuego, Magia Blanca, Nitro, Oro Jr., Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Star Jr., Templario, Tritón [Arena Coliseo TAG, battle royal]
4) Cancerbero & Raziel b Magia Blanca & Oro Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
5) Esfinge & Tritón b Nitro & Sangre Azteca [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
6) Fuego & Star Jr. b Akuma & Templario [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
7) Puma & Tiger b Audaz & Pegasso [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f]
8) Esfinge & Tritón b Cancerbero & Raziel [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
9) Puma & Tiger b Fuego & Star Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinal]
10) Esfinge & Tritón b Puma & Tiger [Arena Coliseo TAG, semifinal]
11) Euforia, Kráneo, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Rush
Euforia snuck in a foul on Rush, setting up a singles match.

Triton & Esfinge celebrated with the money thrown in. CMLL announced next week’s eight teams will be Flyer & The Panther, Stigma & Astral, Magnus & Sensei, Principe Diamante & Robin, Virus & Disturbio, Misterioso & Sagrado, Hijo del Signo & Metalico and Arkángel & Espanto. It’s got to be a rudo team, so Misterioso & Sagrado are the obvious favorites with Virus & Disturbio as the dark horse choices. Even if they wanted to go with the tecnico surprise, these are strong batches of tecnico teams.

Tiger & Puma not winning here is vastly disappointing. It’s hard to find a path for them to go anywhere in CMLL right now.

CMLL (SUN) 02/25/2018 Arena México
1) Camorra & Yago b Príncipe Diamante & Retro
rudos took 2/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Angelito, Shockercito, Stukita
Shockercito replaced Ultimo Dragon on Tuesday. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr.
Disturbio & Universo 2000 Jr. replaced Puma & Tiger. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took falls 2/3, though Mistico was hurt in the third.
5) Cavernario, Pierroth, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee
Pierroth replaced Gran Guerrero on Tuesday. Cavernario fouled Dragon Lee, then hair versus mask challenges followed.

That’s a bit escalation of challenges for two people who aren’t feuding. Probably more likely a singles match – but maybe they won’t even be back next week because ELITE will be in this spot anyway. Keep reading.

CMLL announced they’ll be running Homenaje a Dos Leyendas shows in the provincial arenas this year. Arena Puebla will get a big show on 03/19 where El Egipcio will be honored, while Guadalajara will have a similar show on 03/27 where Cien Caras will be honored. Cien Caras in Guadalajara should do a really good crowd. Caras was honored on the main H2L show in 2014. Egipcio has not been. He started his career in Puebla.

PWR ended up running Titan vs Dragon Lee as a singles match. It was great, definitely worth watching.

Miguel Reducino announced on Facebook that he’s left CMLL. He worked in the press department, was part of CMLL Informa for a time, and did announcing occasionally, including being the Spanish language announcer for the last three FantasticaMania shows. Reducino posted a long farewell statement, complimentary to ownership, the wrestlers, and those working the less high profile jobs around the company, but critical of unnamed people who abuse their power or are threatened by new ideas.

AAA TV (SUN) 02/25/2018 Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala [AAA, thecubsfan]
1) Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum b Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:55, Pimpi kiss cradle on Chicano. Mamba left the match with an injury, returned post match to stop the rudos from attacking Pimpi and form an alliance with her long time rival.
2) Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce b Raptor & Tiger Boy [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
4:53, maybe cut short after Tiger Boy suffered an injury on a dive. Mascara de Bronce pinned Raptor with a 450 after a brief 2 on 1. A rainstorm started affecting the show from here the rest of the night.
3) Dave The Clown & La Parka b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:20, Parka bodyslammed Monster. Dave & Parka worked together fine, won, and then Dave attacked Parka. Cuervo & Scoria made the save.
4) Angelikal & Bengala b Histeria & Psicosis [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:21, Bengala headscissors on Psicosis. Hijo del Tirantes refused to count three for the tecnicos until he finally did. Texano give Bengala a piledriver after the match.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo b Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:15. The Traidor Clowns attacked Cuervo & Scoria, only for La Parka to clear out all the rudos and set up Averno for a Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash.
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown b Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
20:47. Dr. Wagner (with the debuting Samaono) made the save for the tecnicos in the main event after a ref bump, and the tecnicos pinned all the rudos.

If you missed this show, that’s OK. It was quick and not the worst way to spend two hours, but there’s no great reason to go back and watch the matches. I have no expectation that these Rey de Reyes qualifying matches will amount to much. AAA could easily skip airing this TV show and not lose anything beyond the new Mamba/Pimpi alliance.

This must’ve been a paid admission show, because there were plenty of seats on the floor left empty, while people were sitting in the half full main section or the upper covered section. Those upper people might have been the smartest of all to avoid the rain. These TV tapings are generally sold show to whoever’s promoting locally, so AAA isn’t directly hurt by the disappointing turnout. It’s still a second taping in a row which didn’t look good.

Tony Iron, Rayder Boy, Tyger Fly, Tyger Boy, Fantasmin, and Altis won a tryout, which is supposed to get them to on the Rey de Reyes Puebla card next Sunday. We’ll see what the deal is with these. That card should be out on soon.

The production team for the upcoming Ultima Caida TV show says the show will be released in September. Principal production is done, but there’s additional scenes to do and so they’re not yet sure the exact date or episode count, just that they think September is the right (patriotic) month for it.

I have stuff I’d like to write about Lucha Underground, but my clock is showing under ten minutes left until deadline and I’d rather the time to do it correct. The important bit for today is the Instagram story I was worried about on Saturday seems to be nothing to worry about. If you are worried about someone you’ve seen on a Lucha Underground taping result, maybe you should worry less as well: it looks like it’s a going to be a train station of a season, with a lot of people passing thru for a short period of time. Don’t get too hung up on people who showed up one night, because a lot of them are just going to be in for one night.

PleuSports on 03/11 in Arena Azteca Budokan has Diamante Azul vs Hechicero.

Chilanga Mask returns on 05/20 in Coliseo Coacalco

Octagon says he’s not dead. I had not heard of the rumor of Octagon being dead until Octagon announced he had not died. The denails got a lot more attention than the rumor.

MicroManFever translated +Lucha’s interview with Cibernetico.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Pushing Upwards writes about the Club Apolo ruleta de la muerte from 02/18.


CMLL ELITE (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena México
1) Astral & Flyer vs Canibal & Saru
2) Magia Blanca & Magnus vs Metal & Mr. Leo
3) Gladiador Jr., Karonte Jr., Villano V Jr. vs Heddi Karaoui, Imposible, Templario
4) Puma & Tiger vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Diamante Azul & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Johnny Idol & Sam Adonis
6) Titán & Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee & Golden Magic
7) Rush vs Cibernético vs Último Guerrero vs Brian Cage

This was printed in Box Y Lucha. That does mean the plan is for ELITE to return this week, but nothing’s official until it’s official.

Brian Cage was long ago supposed to be in ELITE, part of the Liga Elite tournament. He got redirected to another few months in AAA. I do not know how that’s going to work out this time.

The semimain will be something if we can see it. And I’m pretty sure Adonis & Idol are the good guys in the fifth match.

IWRG (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy & Seiya vs Full Contact & Power Bull
2) Lilith Dark & Luna Mágica vs Cristal & Dulce Luna
3) Relámpago & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno
4) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. vs Black Warrior & Warrior Jr.
5) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro
6) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Liderk, Spartan, Spector [super libre]
7) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera [seconds hair]
Referee Capu & Baby Richard’s hair on the line

Ricky Marvin post-AAA tour comes to IWRG. Fourth match might now be a title match.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 03/11/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Máscara Aerea vs Alfa
2) Keyra vs Kaho Kobayashi
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
4) Toxin vs Zumbi
5) Virus vs Arez
6) Ricky Marvin vs Kawato
7) Soberano Jr. vs Sky Man
8) Negro Casas vs Aramis

if you’ve missed a recent attempt to help the wrestling world (and/or be an idiot on Twitter), I asked Lucha Memes & +LuchaTV if there was any way this entire show, making it clear I was willing to pay for it. +LuchaTV isn’t reacting to me on Twitter nowadays. Lucha Memes said sure, something can be done. What ended up being done is Lucha Memes will release one match for free, as they do with most of these Coacalco shows, but it’ll be me who’s picking it.

I wasn’t really looking for responsibility. I also don’t want to complain about getting free things. I still want to see the entire card, still willing to pay. (I’ve come into some money lately!) I don’t like being in the middle of things. Please take my Twitter account away.

(I would rank the matches Casas/Aramis, Viruz/Arez, Marvin/Kawato, Soberano/SKy Man, Keyra/Kaho, tag match, Aerea/Alfa and Toxin/Zumbi as what I would want to see going in without knowing which guys are working double shots and might be taking it easy. I think I have to pick the Kawato match for the people.)

DTU GALA (FRI) 03/16/2018 Centro Cultural Olympis, Cuernavaca, Morelos
1) Mini Flash vs Ángel Negro (Veracruz)
2) Fly Danger vs AlfaBilly GamerDevitt Rodríguez
3) Pesadilla vs Máscara AereaAdrenalinaDraztick BoyTiburónCobre
4) Moria © vs Lokillo [DTU AI]
5) G-Raver & Jimmy Lloyd vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
6) Violento Jack vs Kenji FukimotoEric Ryan [deathmatch]
7) Crazy King © vs Halloween [DTU]

This part of a March run of shows with GCW wrestlers and FREEDOM’s Kenji Fukimoto. DTU usually saves the big matches for Hidalgo. That stop is getting the King of Freedom’s title matches, so Cuernavaca gets the two DTU title matches instead.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-25 

brillo tornillo de Angelikal

Recapped: 02/25/2018

All matches aired live from Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala on Twitch. It’s available for Twitch subscribers. It will go up on YouTube, probably a month from now.


Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vs Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(8:55, Pimpinela kiss cradle on Chicano, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce beat Raptor & Tiger Boy in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(4:53, Mascara de Bronce 450 splash Raptor, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dave The Clown & La Parka beat Monsther Clown & Murder Clown in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(13:20, Parka bodyslam Monster, below average, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Angelikal & Bengala beat Histeria & Psicosis in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(11:21, Bengala top rope headscissors Psicosis, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes qualifying match
(9:15, Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown beat Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión
(20:47, triple pin, OK, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

What happened:

Hernandez didn’t take it easy on this powerbomb

It rained. It was dry for the opener, then rained heavily during portions of the next couple of matches. It rained on and off until the show ended. No one seemed to slip because of the rain, but it did seem as though wrestlers were taking it easy because of the rain.

Both of the main event and the semimain featured the same trope of a top técnico running in to make a surprise save with their music playing. Dr. Wagner made a surprise appearance to help out the Alvardos in the main event, with ex-Elite luchador Samoano with him for no obvious reason. Samoano is now wearing a mask. The Alvarados were confused by the help but Wagner ended up kissing Máximo. Escorpión suffered an elbow injury at some point during the match, and it was swelling up noticably.

La Parka was the técnico making the save in the semifinal. Cuervo & Scoria had first run into save La Parka from a three on one beatdown after the tercera, and the three Traidor Clowns tried for some revenge later on. Murder & Monster also signaled they’d like the tag title belts back. Parka cleared house on everyone, dropped Averno with a quebradora to set up Vikingo’s finish, and threw the referee back in to count the pin.

get the Dinasita GIFs while you can

Hijo del Tirantes refused to make the three count for Angelikal & Bengala until he just did for the finish. Psicosis wasn’t kicking out even after a long pause, so the idea is Tirantes had no choice. Texano made a surprise appearance to piledriver Bengala, who put on a stretcher. Argenis, also not on the show, ran Texano off for before he could do more. Argenis was moving a lot better than a couple weeks ago.

Tiger Boy suffered an injury on a bad dive in the second match.

Mamba had a worked injury spot in the opener, leaving the match down to 3v2. The técnicos won soon after. Chicano & Villano III Jr. attacked after the match. Mamba returned and surprisingly saved Pimpinela, forming an alliance with her long time rival.

By winning their matches, Cuervo, Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum, Ángel Mortal Jr., Máscara de Bronce, Dave The Clown, La Parka, Angelikal, Bengala have qualified for Rey de Reyes. Though we’re not at all sure what that means.

Angel Mortal Jr. appears to be back to being Angel Mortal Jr. (and will apparently be so in Puebla), so likely it was just a one deal as Parka Negra.


Wagner wanted no part of these kicks

AAA ran a lot of angles on this show, but nothing really that important. The matches didn’t look like they were going to be that great coming in, and the rain didn’t help any thing.

The main event was the standard AAA main event. The técnicos were over, but the match was a simple beatdown and comeback before the interference. La Mascara & Máximo got their big spots in for the crowd, Hijo de Wagner get to hang around with the main eventers to continue to convince people he is one, and everyone got out in one piece. It went longer than it needed to go and they really shouldn’t have pinned Hijo del Wagner here, but it didn’t feel like it mattered.

The semimain turned into a way to give La Parka revenge for a fight he already won, so that wasn’t optimum. OGT really took most of the match to set up for the técnico comeback, but that técnico lasted about a minute before the interference came in. AAA did try a lot to get Vikingo over, with the cool entrance, the big spots in the comeback, and the win, so that was good to see. The match itself is better in clips than in full.

The fourth match was a frustrating AAA match. The rudos weren’t good but also weren’t supposed to be good. The rudos were intended to get pinned a lot so Tirantes would get the choose not to count three a lot of times. That’s all the match was. Bengala & Angelikal were good on offense, but this is exactly the kind of AAA match I’m not interested in at all.


flying dino

The Clowns vs Dave/Parka match tried to adjust to the rain by not doing much, but they can’t even do that well. Their mat stuff early on wasn’t much good, Parka looked either more hurt or more clumsy than usual, but they worked hard on dives and big moves in the final part. They might as well have just ended early instead going for all those dives, but at least everyone made it thru in once piece. I’m tempted to give this OK just for the effort, but parts of it were really not good.

The second match was so brief that they’d really have to nail it to make an impact. There were sloppy parts even beyond the bad dive. Those guys got the start of the rain story, so I wouldn’t write them off based on this, but it also wasn’t a point in their favor. Angel Mortal looked the best of the bunch and Mascara de Bronce was all over the place.

The opener was the usual Pimpinela & Mamba match. The other people didn’t look great – Venum had a headscissors spot that didn’t look good – but it’s also tough for them to stand out in this match. That makes Mamba & Pimpinela being friends the best news possible, even with no idea where they’re going with this. Dinastia got in some in his return, but you wouldn’t have known what the big deal was if you’ve only seen this match.

Terrible joins Los Ingobernables, Dragon Lee & Titan on Twitch Saturday, AAA on Twitch Sunday, AAA GDL Hall of Fame?


IWRG (FRI) 02/23/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RIng]
1) Kanon, Súper Brazo Jr., Toto b Dragón Orus, Dragón Yuki, Leroy
Dragon Orus replaced Dragon Bane.
2) Adrenalina b Skanda
bonus match
3) Dinamic Black, Internacional Pantera, Shadow Boy b Atomik Star, Liderk, Lunatik Extreme
Bonus match
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Capo Del Norte, Dragón Bane, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr.

I think the results may be missing a match, because the advertised main event isn’t mentioned but the wrestlers in it are in the group picture at the end.

CMLL (FRI) 02/23/2018 Arena México [2018 is lucha, CMLL, Culticonthecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Stukita & Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:36. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Kawato San, Puma, Tiger b Fuego, Stigma, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:53. Rudos took 2/3.
10:00. Niebla Roja missed on a dive, then Soberano did the same and both were down on the outside at the time limit. Niebla Roja was stretchered to the back
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:57. Tecnicos took 2/3. Stuka & Marco Corleone replaced Atlantis (moved up) & Caristico
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee DQ Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:36. Straight falls, the last when Cuatrero fouled Angel de Oro. They feuded heavily and mask ripped. Atlantis replaced Mistico (Tijuana booking) on Monday
6) Rush & Terrible b Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. [natl pi, finalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:41. Rush & Terrible took falls 1/3. Volador beat Rush in the third fall. Terrible beat UG. Volador might have beat Terrible, but Rush pulled out the referee and dropped him with the Rush Driver. Terrible added a top rope splash and won. Rush invited Terrible to join Los Ingobernables and Terrible accepted.

Main event and lightning match are worth going out of your way to watch.

CMLL seems increasingly a product of short term planning, so this Terrible win sticks out as something longer planned. CMLL must’ve been at least considering this direction since they brought back the national heavyweight title. Terrible won it in October and beat Diamante Azul again in January. CMLL set up the strongest team possible to be opposition, Volador & Ultimo Guerrero, giving Terrible & Rush a big win in this tournament final. Los Ingobernables seemed to be something that was only around in 2017 because of inertia. Terrible winning and being added to the group seems like a long term plan to re-energize the group.

Rush & Terrible were very proud of themselves post match. Ultimo Guerrero mentions Volador’s injury is a fractured nose.

One tag team tournament ends, two start. Tonight begins one of those, a tournament to fill the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship, given up by Cuatrero & Sanson. It’s a normal two block tournament. Tonight’s teams are Fuego & Star Jr., Nitro & Sangre Azteca, Esfinge & Triton, Cancerbero & Raziel, Audaz & Pegasso, Akuma & Templario, Magia Blanco & Oro Jr. and Puma & Tiger.

Tiger & Puma are the favorites in today’s Colieso Tag Team title block, but said last night would like to go for the world tag team titles. These titles should be something beneath them, but they haven’t really gotten that far. Esfinge & Triton are the other strong possibility from this gorup.

Dragon Lee & Titan will be on Twitch tonight. They’re in the four way of PWR’s show in San Jose, with Ultimo Dragon & Misterioso (California version), which will be streamed on the promotion’s Twitch page. The show starts at 9pm CT, and that match figures to be on around 11.

Caristico & Voaldor will have a singles match today in Xalapa.

Rush, Mistico, Dragon Lee and Pierroth will get their hands in cement and the Plaza de la Estrellas on 03/02.

AAA is back in action on Sunday, part of back to back weeks with Sunday shows. They’ll be streaming live from Apizaco on Twitch. The poster says 5pm, but AAA’s consistently said the stream starts at 6pm CT this week. A lot of the usual top people are off in Los Angeles for Lucha Underground, which makes for some weird matches and the welcome return of AAA wrestlers who haven’t been seen on TV much.

The main event is Los Alvarados taking on Hernandez, Hijo de Wagner and Rey Escorpion, which almost but not quite follows up on Hernandez, Wagner & Blue Demon taking out a bunch of tecnicos in Aguascalientes.

The entire rest of the show is Rey de Reyes qualifiers. We have no idea what that means, if the entire winning team or the person who gets the pinfall gets on, and AAA’s track record with living up to these stipulations isn’t great. Cuervo, Scoria and Vikingo take on the OGT trio in the semifinal, which should be a fun match regardless. Angelikal & Bengala versus Histeria & Psicosis could be good. Dave & La Parka vs Monster & Murder will be bad. Raptor & Tigre Boy against Angel Mortal Jr. & Mascara de Bronce has rudo/tecnico mixed sides for some reason, and the opener has rare appearances for Dinastia, Pimpinela Escaralta and Venum, as they take on Chicano, Mamba, and Villano III Jr.

A 600 seat arena, billed as Arena AAA, has been opened in the Selva Magica theme park in Guadalajara. They’re hyping it locally as a place where AAA will be both running regularly and using as their home base for a Hall of Fame. La Parka & Texano are interviewed about it. The strange thing is AAA hasn’t said anything about this outside of Guadalajara. I saw pictures of a strange AAA show on Facebook, which must’ve been their debut show on Thursday.

I don’t have results from last night’s Lucha Underground taping. There is a notable LU story though. I’m going to put it after the break if you don’t want to know it, though it’s liable to be a thing that gets talked about everywhere once people notice it.

Dulce Garcia, the former Sexy Star, will have her third boxing match on 03/24 in Saltillo against Lourdes Juarez. Lourdes is the sister of Barbie Juarez, a champion boxer, seen occasionally in the crowd at CMLL shows. Lourdes is 22-2 in her career, the WBC FECOMBOX Female Flyweight Champion, and has not lost in four years. This is a massive step up in opponents for Garcia, and a match she’s unlikely to win. Training for this match means she’s out of wresting – Lucha Underground and otherwise – for the next month.

Zona Ruda notes an interview with Latin Lover at AAA show in Juarez, where Lover says he’s been invited to wrestle in 7 to 10 TV events for AAA. Latin Lover mentioned a similar return offer last year from Vampiro, and this time it sounds like he’s going to accept it. Latin Lover is 50 and would join fellow 50+ wrestlers Blue Demon Jr. & Vampiro as short term fixes for AAA’s lack of star power at the cost of taking up spots that could be used to build new people and producing some not great matches. Latin Lover is a mainstream name due to his reality show appearances in the past, but also hasn’t wrestled 20+ matches in a decade.

EMW has a generic poster for their 04/20 TV taping. There’s no big surprises on people included, though it’s amusing that Histeria is going to try wrestling masked in the same city he lost his mask.

AAA drew a strong crowd last night to a spot show in Cuauttilan. Mr. Aguila wrestled in the main event, so him missing the Aguascalientes show seems like a one off thing (and so might  be Angel Mortal Jr. as Parka Negra.) Argenis wrestled on the show, so he wasn’t in Los Angeles.

Lucha Sorpresa has some February match recommendations.


CMLL (FRI) 03/02/2018 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
4) Carístico & Volador Jr. vs Dragón Lee & Mistico and Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero and Forastero & Sansón and Atlantis & Soberano Jr. and Euforia & Kráneo and Pierroth & Rush and Hechicero & Máscara Año 2000 [CMLL TAG, battle royal]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8f]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
13) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
14) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Ephesto, Mephisto

The CMLL tag team tournament starts, with the previous tag team champions just hanging out in the tercera. It makes no sense, which I hope means CMLL’s got some plan of where they want to this all to go and it’s worth the nonsense. The Guerreros are the favorites. Volador seemed not thrilled when he was asked about teaming with Caristico, so that’s the other thing to watch.

Someone realized Cuatrero shouldn’t be in this tournament, which means there was even less reason for them to give up their tag team titles.

Lucha Underground

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CMLL on 2018-02-23 

near calamity (and a new overhead camera)

Recapped: 02/23/2018


Mercurio & Pierrothito beat Stukita & Último Dragóncito  
(11:13 [4:06, 3:23, 3:44], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Puma, Tiger beat Fuego, Stigma, Tritón  
(13:53 [3:47, 2:53, 7:13], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Niebla Roja went to a time limit draw with Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(10:00, great, via  VideosOficialesCMLL )

Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo
(11:17 [5:09, 2:07, 4:01], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:46 [3:35, 4:11], ½ DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Rush & Terrible beat Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. in a Parejas Increible final
(19:41 [2:28, 2:51, 14:22], 1/3, excellent, )

What happened:

he survived

The third fall saw Volador eliminate Rush, then Terrible beat Último Guerrero. Volador may have had Terrible beat with a top rope armdrag, but Rush pulled Tirantes out of the ring, then dropped Volador with a Rush Driver. Terrible added a top rope splash and Rush threw Tirantes back in to count three. Rush offered Terrible a spot in Los Ingobernables, and Terrible accepted. Both refused their trophies and even threw money back at the crowd.

Cuatrero fouled Angel de Oro to end the semimain after two falls. They continued to go after each other’s masks after the match, then screamed each other on the microphones.

Both Niebla Roja & Soberano missed dives in the last 30 seconds, and probably would’ve been counted out if time hadn’t run out first. Soberano dove second, and might have won if he had simply decided to stay in the ring. Medics checked on both men, with Niebla Roja needing a neck brace and a stretcher, and Soberano helping to carry the stretcher to the back.


Mije is a lethal weapon

The main event was one of the most exciting CMLL experiences of the year. There will be bigger spot matches – the lightning match had craziest moves overall – but the finals of the tournament was an exciting ride to the finish. The last few minutes of this match were as dramatic as anything, and everyone worked so hard for it. The story of this match was Terrible, and this will be one of his most famous matches, but everyone else stepped up their game too. Volador looked surprisingly normal for a man wearing face protection after his nose broke a few days ago. Último Guerrero got in his usual spots but also took as much as he gave, and his dropkick on Terrible was brutal. Rush worked as hard as he has here in any match in the last year, and his personality came strong. The finish was perfect; Rush cheating to help Terrible win was the exact right ending for this match. Seeing this live helped, because the finish felt in doubt the entire way, but I think this is one that’s going to hold up even knowing the result.

The semimain wasn’t a great bout, but it did a great job of heating up the Angel de Oro & Cuatrero feud. They came at each other strong and the final brawl seemed violent and personal. This is still going to be a tough sell as a big match, but at least fans will understand it’s a feud. Dragon Lee looked awesome in the time he was in. Everyone else was secondary but that’s what their role should’ve been.


The fourth match seemed a bit extraneous to the show and played out that way too. It was the usual crowd pleasing match, only the crowd seemed to be more of a rudo group who weren’t into Marco or Stuka that much. They were being more receptive in the third fall and the técnicos were doing more than they’d do on a B-show. Kraneo doing the flip to the apron was amazing for his size.

The lightning match turned very much in to a “do all the moves battle”; it was an all sugar match but really good at that. Neither man really played the role rudo, though Niebla Roja is still pretty good at being in the right position for the Soberanos’ trickier spots. They got to a good pace at the end. The missed dives at the end were both brutal.

an especially chaotic triple dive

The second match was close to good. I was expecting a little bit better pace early and there were some iffy moments. Kawato seemed like he wasn’t quite close enough a couple times and his second fall finishing kick didn’t look strong. CMLL must be thinking highly of him to give him the big spots in the third fall. Kawato did seem a little lost, but Puma is really good at soaking in a moment to allow the crowd to get into it, like he did on the delayed suplex and the double stomp finish. Fuego had a horse!

The opener was a quick bout by those standards. It was also a lot like many Stukita openers, where his antics are the most and only interesting about them. His matches by his willingness to take big bumps are good highlights, but they need to find something for him to do. Dragoncito about the minimum one could do without getting in trouble for doing nothing.

Tiger Bomb

CMLL Puebla: 2018-02-05 

a Vega highlight up top why not

Recapped: 02/18/2018


Policeman & Saurón beat París & Vega
(11:42 [7:03, 3:18, 1:21], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Joker & Pierrothito beat Astro & Último Dragóncito
(8:57 [3:42, 2:34, 2:41], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lestat, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Rey Apocalipsis
(14:04 [5:22, 3:48, 4:54], 2/3, n/r, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stigma beat Tiger in a lightning match
(7:57, two Stigmaticas, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Titán beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(16:24 [3:11, 5:56, 7:17], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Pierroth, Rush beat Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(6:24 [3:31, 2:53], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Tigre Rojo Jr. also doesn’t show up in GIFs a lot

Último Guerrero fouled Atlantis for the DQ, though he seemed to miss on the first try. This sets up a singles match next week.

Soberano beating Mephisto in the third fall is setting up a singles program, though it’s not obvious at this point.

Starman and Signo continue to feud. Rey Apocalispis’ new mohawk is looking cool.



The semimain was a modern CMLL style done very well. Soberano, Dragon Lee and Titan did some of their usual offense for a crowd very into seeing them as a team. They were just three young técnicos flying all over the place and the crowd got into it. The rudos kept up with them better than they have in the past, and the match peaked well with the triple dive spot. The third fall is clunky, with at least two times the fans think the fall is over, and at least one time the técnicos seem to think so leading to confusion. They still got it back for the conclusion. Dragon Lee took a flip bump off a kick to the stomach. Dragon Lee is a special man.

Tiger & Stigma tried to do more story and a bigger spots than usual for a lightning, coming off Tiger cheating for the win last week. They had some ideas – stringing two Stigmaticas was definitely different – but it just didn’t really come together. Stigma can do individual spots fine, but sometimes get lost stringing them together. There’s a section around an enziguri early were the rhythm of the match is off for a while. They went back and forth constantly, which probably didn’t help with the rhythm of the match. I would’ve thought Tiger kicking out of Stigmatica would get a strong reaction, or any reaction. As much as Stigma has been built up as a local star, this day’s crowd wasn’t particularly into him, and they needed that for this match. This was at least a little different.

the people jumping in excitement for the dives are actually better than the dives

Joker & Astro worked very hard in their match, trying to make something of what’s becoming a rarer opportunity for them as of late. Not everything went right and Pierrothito & Dragoncito weren’t nearly as into this, so this had stretches of being interesting among some ordinary stuff in a short span. You won’t be too disappointed if you’re just looking for the local guys.

Vega looked good in the opener, which would be meaningful if he could ever escape the openers. There has to be 50 better luchadors in Puebla than Saurón at the minimum, and Paris is just lucky he didn’t get dumped on his head at the end.



CMLL Torneo Increible de Parajes ends, Lucha Underground Season 4 starts taping


CMLL’s show today is the incredible pairs final. I wrote a lot about it last week, and nothing too important has changed after the one week delay: if Rush & Terrible win, it means this tournament had a point and we might see a new combination of Los Ingobernables. If Volador & Ultimo Guerrero win, it doesn’t really mean all that much.

It’s still the same good looking card as it was last week, with a couple of minor changes. Mistico is off this show because he was previously booked In Tijuana and Mexicali this weekend. That means Atlantis now teams with Angel de Oro & Dragon Lee against NGD. Caristico is probably booked somewhere too, because he’s off the show. Diamante Azul now teams with Marco & Stuka against Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Kraneo. Niebla Roja & Soberano is a promising lightning match, the second match gives us Kawato with Tiger & Puma, and Stukita makes an appearance in the opener. CultIcon goes into a lot more detail of the show.

The show normally air at 8:30pm on both Claro’s website & Facebook. Except, both Claro & the Facebook site are restricted to only Mexico access at the moment. If that’s still the case at show time, I’ll just stream it on YouTube. CMLL will put up their own YouTube version of the show after the fact.

CMLL announced the first four of sixteen teams in it’s CMLL Tag Team Tournament.

  • Atlantis & Soberano Jr.
  • Mistico & Dragon Lee
  • Caristico & Volador Jr.
  • Rush & Pierroth

12 to go. No mention of which blocks these are in. CMLL probably will announce the rest of the first block during the show tonight. Rush & Pierroth as the Los Ingobernables team seems to hint at tonight’s result.

Drone is still not booked on CMLL shows and there’s no indication when he’ll be back. It’s no certainty he will be back in CMLL. Drone has been announced in the main event of WMC’s 03/11 show, so he’s finding work elsewhere for the time being.

Lucha Underground

Lucha Underground tapes a new episode tonight for the first time in 606 days. They’re taping tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and are expected to tape about two episodes per night.

I’m going to treat Lucha Underground spoilers generally like I have the last two seasons: I won’t post full results on the database until they air. I will mention wrestlers coming in and out of, as best as can be figured from those same spoilers, as that will may have some affect on ongoing things in AAA and elsewhere.

In that vein, it’s a good time to mention again that five wrestlers are scheduled to debut this weekend. I don’t know all the names, but my understanding is there’s a prominent US indie name among them. I do anticipate people will end up leaving after this season because of their frustration with how the LU brand has been managed, but LU still appears to be capable of bringing in new people at around the same talent level as before.

The overall talent budget per episode is going down, if only because Rey Misterio does not appear to be coming back for this season. At the same time, there is no freeze on talent, or a lot of people being dropped from the show. There probably will be more people wrestling for the show than ever. My concern going in is the opposite way, that LU is going to have a lot of talent and maybe not enough time to give everyone a chances to show it with a reduced amount of episodes.

On Instagram, Catrina has been spotted at the Temple. She gave an interview to ESPN late last year where she refereed to Lucha Underground in the past tense quite a bit, seemingly like she was done with the show. I believe one of the affects of the new episode count and set up is we’re going to see more people coming in to LU for short weekend long runs, not the full season, and it’s possible they might have talked Catrina into coming back for a few days to finish out her character.

It appears Sexy Star is not coming back for Lucha Underground Season 4. Dulce Garcia is in Saltillo, Coahuila today for a boxing press conference. There’s no more info than that so far, the press conference does not appear to have happened yet. Her husband wasn’t tagged, so this is probably about a bout she’s lined up soon, and and she’s not going to be wrestling anywhere while she’s prepping for it.

Brad Shepard hints that ex-TNA wrestler Jessie Godderz will be at Lucha Underground. Godderz is also a Big Brother alumni, and there’s some cross pollination between those two shows: snake man Vibora is also a former star of that CBS reality show. All the new people are trying to keep it quiet but it probably won’t be much longer.

Vampiro was urgently trying to get ahold of Juventud Guerrera. I believe, in our hears, we are all urgently trying to get a hold of Juventud Guerrera. I’m not sure which section things belongs in.

Lucha Underground tickets for this weekend were briefly available last night. They’re gone now. I suspect the new system to distribute tickets makes it easier for Lucha Underground to redistribute tickets if there are cancellations. I think everyone will have a lot more information about how well this all works after the first weekend, and that’s why the second weekend tickets have not gone up yet. Still, if you’re in the area and want to go, it couldn’t hurt to periodically check in to see if there’s suddenly some other tickets open.


The Apizaco fair is expected to draw 70,000 people over about 10 days. Most of the events will be free. The article mentions AAA’s TV taping soon after, so I believe it might be one of those free events, it’s just not said. (AAA hasn’t been pushing a ticket website for this show.) It should be a good crowd; the first few matches on the Aguascalientes show were definitely hurt all the empty seats.

Texano says his match with Fantasma is a gaint match for his career. He’s correct.

There’s show in Puebla on Saturday, advertised as six wrestlers getting an opportunity to wrestle in the opener on Rey de Reyes, and those having a chance to make it into AAA. The names on the card include ex-DTU Nerd Tony Iron.

Add Chilpancingo to the list of locations getting an AAA TV taping. No date is announced. That location traditionally has gotten a December taping, though they’ve run there in late April/early May in recent years.

El Fantasma was on Zona Ruda. I probably should actually watch that one to see the head of lucha libre commission participating in AAA angles.

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CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante vs Akuma, El Coyote, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Templario
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Kawato San, Luciferno, Pólvora
6) Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush

Rush is a rudo when Pierroth is around.

Maya/Cometa should be pretty fun. Templario seems like he’s moving up a bit already.

CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Apolo
2) Magnum, Retro, Sangre Imperial vs Difunto, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Tritón vs Furia Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto

A much higher than usual place than usual for local Furia Roja.

A long time ago (2011), the new characters of Titan and Triton were introduced with Diamante Azul as their third partner, as a unit Shocker was putting together to feud with Atlantis. They never actually teamed together and have only done so twice since.

Revolucha (SUN) 03/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Faceman vs Scravos
2) Lady Flammer & Succi Love vs Erika Sotelo & La Chocolata
3) Kamikaze & Kratoz vs Azrael & Muerte Extrema
4) Ryan Rogan vs Epydemus?Low Rider [Revolucha CRUISER]
5) Nicho el Millionario vs Sick BoyPsicótico
6) Damián 666, Masada, Último Ninja vs Bestia 666, Black Taurus (Indie), Garza Jr.

Ultimo Ninja & Garza on opposite sides of the main event already. Ryan Rogan, the mystery Canadian in Veracruz, is now gets a shot on a bigger profile show.

LLB (SAT) 03/31/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Divino, Dragón Bane, Fandango, Ninja de Fuego, Ram El Carnero, Shadow vs Gato De Ecatepec, Manchitas, Psique, Pumita De Oro, Súper Dragons, Toxin Boy
2) Aspirantito, Freelance, Mike Segura vs Sádico, Sky Man, Súper Mega
3) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett vs Belial, Impulso, Último Vampiro
4) Carta Brava Jr., Fantasma de la Ópera, Súper Comando vs Corsario Negro, Drako, Fresero Jr.
5) Cíclope, Draztick Boy, Miedo Extremo vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs El Bandido, Hechicero, Xtreme Tiger

This is a Lucha Libre Boom versus Lucha Memes. I think, if you squint, you can figure out who’s supposed to be representing each promotion. To me, it still feels like every promotion books about the same guys so I’m finding it hard to care about the feud. There’s still good matches here, with the top two looking fun. Hope Volador just betrays Caristico again, it’s the one CMLL feud I believe in.


great match roundup, week of 2018-01-27

this group

That’s it for everything in 2017. I’ve updated the recommended match list for the year one last time. I’m working on the 2018 watch later pile already.

The only good stuff this week were AAA matches! What a world. What a boring week of CMLL.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Flyand Argenis & Bengala and Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-27 2017-12-16
good Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship and in a Number One Contenders Match match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) La Parka, Cuervo y Scoria VS Mocho Cota Jr, Tito Santana y Carta Brava Jr . AAA en Toluca (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
ok Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-27 2017-12-16
ok Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Hernandez Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Apizaco Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-27 2017-12-16
ok Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-29 2018-01-29
ok Audaz, Fuego, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-30 2018-01-30
ok Disturbio vs Tiger in a lightning match Disturbio Cmll vs Tiger. Match relámpago (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-30 2018-01-30
ok Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-30 2018-01-30
ok Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Rush vs Cuatrero, Shocker, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-30 2018-01-30
ok Big Mami & Lady Shani vs Ashley & Faby Apache  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) Lady Shani y Big Mami VS Faby Apache y Ashley . AAA en Toluca (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
ok Histeria & Psicosis vs Joe Lider & Mr. Águila  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) Mr Aguila y Joe Lider (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
ok Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Lanzelot, Máscara de Bronce vs Australian Suicide, Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) Mascara de Bronce, Lanzelot, Hijo del Vikingo, Angelical VS Averno, Chessman, Super Fly y Australian (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
ok Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma vs Texano Jr. & Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) Hijo de Wagner JR, ahora traicionó a hijo del Fantasma. (posted by Mr Luchas) Hijo del Fantasma e Hijo de Dr Wagner Jr vs Texano Jr y Villano lll Jr (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
ok Astral & Eléctrico vs El Coyote & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
ok Audaz, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
below average Niño Hamburguesa vs Dave The Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02
below average Psycho Clown & Vampiro vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rey Escorpión  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) Psycho Clown y Vampiro Canadiense vs Dr Wagner Jr y Rey Escorpion . AAA en Toluca (posted by ENTRE SEGUNDA Y TERCERA) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-02 2018-02-02

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
not rated El Hijo De Centella Roja & Millenium vs Ares & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-29 2018-01-29
not rated Asturiano, Lestat, Príncipe Diamante vs Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-29 2018-01-29
not rated Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-29 2018-01-29
not rated Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 29 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-29 2018-01-29
not rated Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-30 2018-01-30
not rated Flyer, Magia Blanca, Magnus vs Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-30 2018-01-30
watch later Lunatic Xtreme vs Demonio Infernal for the hair Cabellera vs Cabellera: Demonio Infernal vs Lunatik Extrem, en IWRG TV (posted by IWRG tv) Demonio infernal vs Lunatic Extreme ¡¡¡ Cabellera vs Cabellera en la Arena Naucalpan !!! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)Demonio Infernal vs Lunatik Extrem, Cabellera vs Cabellera, en IWRG *Lucha Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV) Lunatic Xtreme vs Demonio Infernal, hair vs hair (posted by thecubsfan) IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-01-29 2018-01-28

lucha TV preview for weekend of February 23rd, 2018

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CMLL returns to Claro Friday after a week off. Which does leave a question as to what airs on Azteca this week.

AAA on Twitch is live this Sunday from Apizaco. It’s listed as a 5pm starting time but we’ve seen it’s usually at least a half hour later than that when the first match hits the ring.

California’s Pro Wrestling Revolution is also on Twitch this weekend, with a Dragon Lee vs Titan vs Misterioso (California) vs Ultimo Dragon singles main event.

I miss CMLL Tuesday lineups coming out before Friday.

(Daylight Savings Time is coming.)