CMLL (FRI) 05/04/2018Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito 14:27. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany 14:29. Tecnicas took 1/3, the last by DQ when Seductora shoved the referee. Lluvia replaced Lady Maravilla. It was Lluvia’s first CMLL match since 2016.
3) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Valiente b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón 12:15. Tecnicos took 2/3. The Nueva Generacion Dinamitas all wore half Universo 2000 masks.
4) Rush b Último Guerrero [lightning] 8:39. Rush used the ropes rather obviously to get the pin. UG clotheslined Edgar for the bad call.
5) Flyer & Hijo del Signo b Eléctrico, Espanto Jr., Magia Blanca, Maquiavelo, Robin, Yago [Gran Alternativa, battle royal] 2:37.
6) Eléctrico & Mistico DQ Espanto Jr. & Hechicero [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 9:06.
7) Mephisto & Yago b Ángel de Oro & Robin [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 4:21.
8) Atlantis & Magia Blanca b Ephesto & Maquiavelo [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 6:16.
9) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Hijo del Signo & Terrible [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 5:20.
10) Mephisto & Yago b Eléctrico & Mistico [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 6:52.
11) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Atlantis & Magia Blanca [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2:51.
12) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Yago [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 7:49. Flyer & Volador advance to the final on 05/18.
Ultimo Guerrero & Rush and the first tournament match are worth watching. The crowd seemed to get into Flyer & Volador.
CMLL (TUE) 05/08/2018Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Dalys, La Metálica, La Seductora vs La Guerrera, Lady Maravilla, Mistik
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Sagrado, Virus
4) Kawato San vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr.
Kawato/Tiger will get some attention. Tercera should be good. Second match is the debut of Mistik, a women who’s appeared a few things on indie shows (and probably more by a different spelling I haven’t figured out.) I think Lady Maravilla had a scheduling conflict but should be back here.
CMLL (FRI) 05/11/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Soberano Jr. vs Negro Casas [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Carístico & Star Jr. vs Templario & Último Guerrero and Dragón Lee & El Audaz and Cavernario & El Coyote and Astral & Niebla Roja and Akuma & Euforia and Príncipe Diamante & Valiente and Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. [Gran Alternativa, battle royal]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
13) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
Dragon Lee & Audaz is an incredible team, but Dragon Lee’s due to be in Japan for the first day of BOSJ on 05/18. That means Templario & Ultimo Guerrero are the overwhelming favorite. Should still fun getting there. (More fun than the opener.)
KAOZ (SUN) 05/20/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Mini Hator vs Mini Gato Volador
2) Hija de Karonte vs Succi Love
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs El Divo & Silver Tiger
4) Epydemius vs Black Taurus (Indie), Hijo de Pirata Morgan
5) Rey Bucanero & Sharlie Rockstar vs Jack Evans & Laredo Kid
6) Cibernético & Pierroth vs El Mesías & Rush
Debut show for the Zorro lead program includes a lot of ex-AAA wrestlers and not Zorro wrestling, actually.
Rushbeat Último Guerreroin a lightning (8:39, inside cradle with feet on the ropes, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The dumb battle royale went 2:37.
Eléctrico & Mistico beat Espanto Jr. & Hechiceroin a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (9:06, DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto & Yagobeat Ángel de Oro & Robinin a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (4:21, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis & Magia Blanca beat Ephesto & Maquiaveloin a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (6:16, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Hijo del Signo & Terriblein a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (5:20, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto & Yago beat Eléctrico & Misticoin a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal (6:52, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Atlantis & Magia Blanca in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal (2:51, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Mephisto & Yagoin a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament semifinal (7:49, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa on May 18th.
With Hechicero already beat, Espanto decided he’d rather foul and unmask Mistico than get beat himself.
Rush blatantly used the ropes (and was almost out of the ring) when he pinned Último Guerrero. Edgar missed it. UG clotheslined Edgar in retribution.
NGD all wore half Universo 2000 in tribute to their mentor.
Lluvia replaced Lady Maravilla in her first CMLL match since December 18, 2016. Seductora lightly shoved the referee and got shoved back harder, then disqualified.
This block of the Gran Alternativa started off strong before going into a lot of middling matches, not too different from other tournaments his year. They did make the block final victory feel like an accomplishment, though there’s not a lot more you can take out of it. Hechicero provided the best match of the bit with his extra effort in the lead off match w/Espanto Jr., Eléctrico and Mistico. Both técnicos looked great, thanks to one rudo. Espanto Jr. did contribute a hilarious exit from what should be his last ever “rising stars” tournament. It’s not happening for him or his partner in medicore matches Hijo del Signo. Signo whiffed on a trip spot in the opening minute, setting a tone. Maquiavelo has more time, but didn’t feel like he was ready for this competition, nervous and off during his match. Angel de Oro & Robin were the best pairing of the one and done teams, and Robin eliminating himself from the seeding battle royal with a dive was actually a sensible decision. (He didn’t seem to know he was eliminated until the referees told him.)
Magia Blanca didn’t get nearly as much out of this tournament as the last one. He did get in most of the offense in his second round match, with Atlantis not contributing a lot, but it was a match that felt cut short. This was another block final for Yago, but sort of a mixed bag. He looked good his opening round mach, and he took the big moves in the final. different pages in the one in the middle and it felt like he was running out of gas quick. Flyer got kicked in the head by uncle Volador many times, but they survived it well enough to win the whole thing. He was steadier in his flying this time than Torneo Nuevo Valores. This didn’t really set Flyer apart from the others like him, but the Gran Alternativa final is obviously going to be a strong match for him.
Último Guerrero versus Rush was a surprisingly strong match. Maybe the lightning match caused them to pick up the pace – they were hurrying to finish up before the time limit came into play still – or maybe he just woke up on the right side of bed. Rush was locked in from the start, fighting in an even more serious mode than his Kraneo match. Neither man got a lot past the greatest hits, but they pulled it together well.
The tercera was an acceptable midcard match, as they continue a heavy focus on Kraneo. Forastero actually stood out more with the distance he got on his flying spots, but the NGD were more playing to Kraneo’s strengths. Sansón & Forastero seem like they’ve eliminated the cool springboards that made them stand out at first. It didn’t quite fit their rudo characters, but it was wroth it not fitting to see them.
Seductora came out more aggressive in the women’s than Friday, trying to take on a tougher persona. It wasn’t enough to make this work, but it was an effort. Seductora still struggled with simple things, like her own signature side slam. Lluvia’s surprise return didn’t led to much – she didn’t get in a lot of offense, and she was there mostly to be the one to be eliminated by Seductora in the third fall. Lluvia’s corner dropkick looked nice, but she was taking the same weird looking hunched over backwards bumps that Tiffany does.
I didn’t hate the minis opener but it didn’t feel like anything worth going out of your way to watch. The usual key spots were there, but the speed and sharpness were not particularly part of it. There was less clowning by the rudos than usual, but it was mostly going thru the motions of a Friday night trios.
Short version: I’m thinking of taking the luchadb – the sprawling database of lucha libre events, results, and video links – and moving off to it’s own separate domain. It would be the same site, more or less, but in a new place. I haven’t committed to doing this yet. It’s close enough that I’m mentioning it here just in case any one had any comments
Longer version: I’ve had problems with this website overrunning it’s memory limit and crashing for years. I assumed it was just because I have a lot of stuff hosted on the same account. Both this entire thecubsfan.com domain and the entire luchawiki.org domain are on the same hosting server, and were under one user account. That’s definitely part of the problem, and will be an issue if/until I decide to throw more money at the memory issues.
In early March, I discovered another big part of the problem is there was malware hidden in my site. As best I can tell, it never affected anyone’s password by my own servers ones, using the hosting computer to do things. I’m not even totally clear what things: the code was intentionally scrambled and mostly loaded other websites. Maybe spam, maybe DNS attacks, I’m not sure. I’m thinking I must’ve just been too slow on a WordPress or wiki software update and that’s all that it took.
What I am sure of is that is that it was a pain to get the malware out. That too is partly because I had so much stuff under one account. It was about 65 GB of files. Some of those are large MP3 files, some of them are tiny thumbnail images or pages, and it added up to a lot of places to hide malicious code. I tried looking for the malware myself, I had my hosting try, and I paid a third party company to look at the files and do the same, and we’d keep running into the same problem. There was so much to scan thru that we couldn’t keep it all clean at once, with the malware sneaking back in to clean areas before we get it out of the unscanned sections. The outside company convinced me it was just way too much to have all the sites on the same account, and they were right. Once I moved the luchawiki over to it’s own walled off section, it didn’t take long to finally get both sites clean. Everything’s been working fine for about a week now.
I wouldn’t have spent a month plus on this problem if I just had split the websites up under separate accounts to begin with which makes me think I ought to do more of it. If I moved the “luchadb” – the comprehensive results/wrestlers/videos database – onto it’s own domain, then those large amount of files won’t be subject to any problem caused by missing WordPress patch. It’d also have the side effect of making it appear the slightest bit professional if the links were all “luchadb.com/” rather than “thecubsfan.com/cmll/events/whatever”. My problem is it’s entirely not professional as it is. It it’s 100% code I wrote myself, cobbled together with whatever idea I had at that moment and no great overarching plans. It’s going to take a fair bit of work to just move it elsewhere, because it was never written with the forethought it might need to be moved. Moving it also might might cause old links to stop working, though I can set up some general redirects. I’m not sure if the difference really matters to anyone beyond myself, and I’ve long put off this idea thinking the time wasn’t worth the effort it would take. The malware bit has me thinking maybe it’s worth the effort not.
I’m mentioning this now just in case the couple dozen of you who actually use it on a regular basis have some thoughts about why I should or shouldn’t do it. I’ve done some testing around with the idea on luchadb.com account now, and I think I’ll be able to do make the move, at the price of a couple weeks of working on that instead of the other things I might be doing (so maybe less weird posters for that whlie.) I’m not going to start thinking hard about until I finish up with the 1998 laguna data mining, which may be a week or so still off.
And if I can get get luchadb.com to work, and I don’t hate moving things around and setting up redirects by then, the next thing on the roadmap would be to finally move this blog to be really located under luchablog.com. But that’s a ways down the road.
Today is the start of CMLL’s Gran Alternativa, their longest running and currently most important rookies tournament. CMLL’s heavily promoted the tournament – or, more accurately, they’ve heavily promoted this block of the tournament and not said a word about the other half. It’s strange planning; Templario & Audaz are the two obvious stars of the current group, but we don’t know if they’re actually in this after they were skipped in the Torneo Nuevo Valores. If they weren’t in this tournament, for whatever reason, tonight’s bracket would seem more meaningful. Since they might, it feels like it’s a tournament just to figure out who loses to one of them in the final.
With that in mind, it opens up more possibilities to win this blocked. It’s a lot lower bar to be in the final than to win the thing. Hijo del Signo (w/Terrible), Espanto Jr. (w/Hechicero), and Robin (w/Angel de Oro) still seem like long shots, since people who’ve been around forever don’t usually do well in this. Maquialvelo (w/Ephesto) has the opposite problem, too new to really get this chance. Yago (w/Mephisto) really isn’t much different, but some rudo has to go far.
Magia Blanca (w/Atlantis), Flyer (w/Volador) and Mistico (w/Electrico) are the most lilkely block winners tonight. Blanca & Flyer just were in the finals of a tournament. Electrico is a national champion, though CMLL may have forgotten it. All three veterans would fit as opponents against a theoretical Templario/Ultimo Guerrero opposition team. Magia Blanca winning this block to follow up the last week’s tournament fits recent patterns.
Rush has a chance to finally pick up a singles win in Arena Mexico tonight against Ultimo Guerrero in a lightning match. It’ll definitely end with a foul, one way or another. NGD will appear in Arena Mexico for the first time after the death of mentor Universo 2000, taking on Valiente, Kraneo and Blue Panther. Amapola, La Seductora and Tiffany face Lady Maravilla, Marcela and Princesa Sugehit in the obligatory apuesta match. The show starts with a trios minis match: Fantasy, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeno Violencia, and Pierroth. This only the second time Fantasy has appeared on a Friday show this year, and the last was during FantasticaMania.
CMLL writes about Chicago Express winning the 1996 Gran Alternativa and Rey Bucanero winning the 1996 Gran Alternativa. That’s not a typo, that was CMLL running the same tournament twice in the same year.
In an interview with +LuchaTV, La Llave the la Gloria winner the Tiger said is he no longer with AAA. He says it just wasn’t his time. I think AAA probably wanted all the winners to move to Mexico City and it never seems like he did, so that might have something to do with it. He is based in Mexico City for the moment, so it’s not impossible he could end up back with AAA, but there’s a lot of finalists from that contest who don’t seem to be working much.
IWRG (WED) 05/09/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Canival vs Puma de Oro
2) Dulce Luna, Lady Cat, Lady Pink vs Chica Pantera, Lili Dark, Star Fire
3) Arquero, Fly Tiger, Mexica vs Carnicero, Chicanito, Dinámico
4) Ángel Oriental, Dranzer, Toto vs Guerrero 2000, Leroy, Picudo Jr.
5) Atomic Star, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy vs Dragón Bane, El Divino, Hausser and Ángel Estrella Jr., Cremosito, Death Metal FILL (Eterno/Atomic Star) vs Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera/Dragon bane) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911/Death Metal)
The main event is listed as three way hair match, but it’s unclear if it’s the maestros or someone in the match putting up their hair.
MDA (SUN) 04/29/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Baby Xtreme b Apóstol Jr. money thrown in
2) Babe Fox DCOR Demencia money thrown
3) Azteca Warrior b Black Man II
4) El Divo & Fuerza Guerrera b Demus & Panthro most of the match was a brawl out of the ring. Fuerza snuck in a foul on Panthro. Demus challenged everyone. Money thrown in the ring.
5) El Mesías b LA Park, Rush in the usual madness, Park fouled Rush, Rush pulled off Park’s mask, and Mesias submitted Park to an armbar. Every challenge followed.
Seems like they drew well here again. All mentions of MAD seem to be eliminated from the promotion they started in.
LLB NOBA (WED) 05/02/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Atomic Star b Baxter, Optimus, Kid Silver, Saurom, Toto [Trofeo BOOM-NOBA] Atomic Star beat Toto.
2) Asparantito Jr., El Divino, Súper Pinochito b Demonio Chino, Huasser, Ninja de Fuego
3) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Dr. Karonte Jr. & Súper Comando and Halloween & X-Fly and Lunatik Extreme & Mercurio Lunatik & Mercurio added the match.
4) Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Golden Magic b Arez, Belial, Impulso
5) Panterita (Freelance) b Súper Mega, Star Boy, Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Fantasma de la Ópera, Último Vampiro, Enterrador 2000, Mega, Bombero Infernal, Avisman [Copa Retro Naucalpan] full list of participants not confirmed.
6) Carístico & Octagón b Fuerza Guerrera & Penta 0M listed as a four way, but ended up as a tag match. Penta suggested a four way mask match afterwards.
They’re not doing a four way mask match. This show drew well, which seems to be the pattern with the non-IWRG shows in the IWRG building. Enterrador 2000 is the former The Animal!
Tickets for 06/03 AAA Verano de Escandalo show are on sale. The ticket site is a little strange; prices run from 1400 down to 116 ($75 USD to $6). That 1400 is for the second row; first row was sold out the moment tickets went on sale, and there’s nothing what they would cost in theory. The prices are high compared to a normal show, but not especially high for a major AAA show and cheaper than the ColiseoMania show later this summer.
It’s been a few years since the usual article from Torreon lucha libre commissioner complaining about the lack of people actually getting licensed, but it’s back. This time, the commissioner (Arturo Zarate) pats himself on the back for cleaning up the scene over the last 14 months and feels things are going well. Currently, about 180 of 270 wrestlers are in the area are licensed. The rest must get licensed by May 14th or be banned from wrestling on shows, something threatened every year when this story comes up but never seems to actually happen.
CMLL (MON) 05/07/2018Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Policeman & Saurón
2) Arkalis, Lestat, Rey Samuray vs Espanto Jr., Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar
3) Pegasso vs El Malayo [lightning]
4) Audaz, Drone, Stigma vs Felino, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Valiente & Volador Jr. vs Carístico & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG] second defense
Another odd partner challenge to Valiente & Volador, this time for the tag titles instead of the trios. A title change is still unlikely but it could be pretty good.
Semimain is the Kraneo/Rush feud and a product of having the odd main event, but Terrible & Rush on opposite sides makes no sense.
Malayo gets another spotlight chance. I am not a huge fan of his but clearly the person in charge thinks he’s good. Hijo de Centella Roja makes his first appearance in over three months.
CMLL (TUE) 05/08/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino, Mágico, Magnum vs Mr. Apolo, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno
2) La Maligna, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Mistico, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas
Semimian seems to be following up Esfinge/Hechicero issues from this past Tuesday.
We haven’t actually seen La Maligna since her debut in January; she’s working about one show a month on the non-streamed shows. This match likely won’t air either. Kaho Kobayashi leaving (and La Jarochita still being in Japan) should open up spots for more people.
The third match was emotional and also very good. Backstage, Universo 2000 Jr. thanked the people for their support of his father while he’s was sick. He was headed to Lagos del Moreno after the show for the funereal.
They also have an interview with Pequeno Universo (who has bruising he didn’t have during the match), and Soberano Jr. His match with Magia Blanca was very good, easily the beat match Magia Blanca has had in CMLL.
CMLL (TUE) 05/01/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Alteño & Vaquero Jr. b Carlo Roggi & Maléfico Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Black b Akuma, Difunto, Yago tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Esfinge DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Hechicero Tecnicos took 2/3. Hechicero unmasked Esfinge in the third.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Team Munoz took 1/3.
Canek talked about Universo 2000 to Publimetro, and saying the Martillo Negro was so deadly that his doctor’s wanted him get neck surgery. Canek instead was able to rehab the injury. This might not be a true story
IWRG (SUN) 05/06/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star
2) Black Dragón vs Gallo Frances
3) Dinamic Black, Lady Pink, Miss Gaviota vs Chica Pantera, Dragón Bane, Star Fire
4) Freelance, Ricky Marvin, Súper Mega vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Uro Rocker vs Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo
6) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, El Hijo del Medico Asesino
7) Dark Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras, Mr. Electro vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II
These IWRG cards are suddenly getting packed with people for no clear reason. It’s nice to see the Oficials back but there sure are a lot of people.
CMLL (MON) 04/30/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, En Contacto, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central]
1) Asturiano & Millenium b Ares & Sombra Diabólika tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Flyer & Pegasso b El Perverso & Fuerza Chicana tecnicos took 2/3.
3) El Gallito & Microángel b Átomo & Guapito One fall match. Angel was renamed Microangel.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma Rudos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero b Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] Team Caristico & UG took falls 2/3. Set up a Valiente/Volador vs UG/Caristico card
Crowd was packed, which I think was more due to it being Kid’s Day and the day before a holiday more than anything they did on the card. They were way into to cheering for Gallito in the micros match. Haven’t seen most of the rest of the card but it doesn’t sound like it went well.
Universo 2000, Andrés Reyes González, passed away today. He turned 55 last month. The cause of death has not been mentioned. Universo had been battling health issues, primarily with his heart, over the last two years. Universo was the third brother at that time, but later came into his own as a the focus of the group when Caras cut back his wrestling. Universo 2000 was a three time CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, holding the belt for close to seven years combined during those reigns. The heavyweight title was never a central part of CMLL during that point, but Universo was considered a reliable guy to have champion, and a luchador they could then put into big apuesta matches because of the credibility of being a long running champion.
Universo 2000’s most famous match was the 2004 CMLL Anniversario main event, a four way match with Canek, Dr. Wagner Jr. and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Looking back now, it seems certain Universo would’ve been the loser as the least of the four stars, but it was not certain he would lose at the time. Universo was a late addition to the match as well; at one point, it seemed Dr. Wagner Jr. was going to be the loser, and Universo was added when those plans changed. CMLL thought highly enough of Universo that they did a finish that completely protected him: Universo 2000 gave Canek his Martillo Negro, a sit down piledriver, and a referee cost him his mask by a controversal disqualification. The following week, Universo 2000 did the move again with his brothers forcing both of the referees to watch it, and those referees said it shouldn’t have been a DQ.
Universo got a win back the following year, taking Hector Garza’s hair in the 2005 Anniversario, a match also including Perro Aguayo Jr. None of the three are alive today. Universo lost his hair to Aguayo Jr. the following spring, and later to Marco Corleone as one of his first big wins and Universo’s last big match. Universo was done full time in CMLL in 2008, though he’d still work a lot of indies and make occasional appearances in Arena Mexico for years. His last match there was this 2016 one. Some of more recently announced appearances were probably his son Universo 2000 Jr. and creative wording on posters.
Universo 2000 Jr. is currently scheduled to work today’s holiday Arena Mexico show. (So is his mini, Pequeno Universo 2000.) I would expect that will change. The Nueva Generacion Dinamtias are listed as main eventing Arena Coliseo Guadalajara tonight, the arena the whole family started in. Sanson, Cuatrero and Forastero freely credit Universo 2000 for starting them out as a trainer. The kids wrestle a different style than their uncle, but you can see the similarities in moments. Before his illness, Universo 2000 had been training wrestlers and seemingly running a small promotion near Lagos del Moreno; I think the Promociones Dinamita shows were his.
CMLL has a show at the holiday start time of 5pm today in Arena Mexico. The big match on the show is Magia Blanca getting his prize for winning the Torneo Nuevo Valores, a national welterweight title match against Soberano. A title change doesn’t seem likely. The thing to watch here is how two guys who normally wrestle as high flying tecnicos work when there’s no natural rudo involved. It’s going to be a challenge, but one they need to master to improve as wrestlers.
The rest of the card is usual Tuesday matches. Caristico, Diamante Azul and Niebla Roja take on Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero in the main event. Rey COmeta, Stuka and Titan face Dragon Rojo, Okumura and Polvora in the fourth. The Panthers team with Drone against Puma, Tiger and Universo 2000 Jr., though that might change now. Angelito, Shockercito and Stukita take on Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Universo 2000, which also might change. Leono makes his first streaming appearance in 11 months (knee injury), teaming with Bengala against Grako and Principe Odin.
CultIcon also previews the show, which will air on YouTube. The title match is worth watching and maybe the two matches prior to it. Still, if you forget about it because the early start time, you’ll probably survive fine.
In reality, AAA needs a way to keep the MAD storyline going and explain what they’re doing. AAA doesn’t really have any TV taping for it to play it out for a while. This bit seemed to get the desired reaction; social media angles are definitely not everyone’s favorite, but this worked well enough that I’d expect them to do it again. MAD probably needs it’s own social media presence at some point, but a new account isn’t going to get as much attention as AAA’s well established accounts to get the idea out.
Arolucha announced their next show will be on June 17th. Rey Mysterio (and only Rey Mysterio) have been announced so far. Arolucha’s WeFunder page indicated they planned to be taping season 1 TV in June, but nothing is mentioned about television in the announcement. MultiMediaMouth says they talked to AroLucha and it’s not a TV taping. It’s strange they would run a show in their TV home base without making it TV; I’m guessing they had Mysterio locked in for the date but the TV side isn’t ready yet. Tickets will run from $25-$89 for VIP tickets with meet and greet. They sold out and had a big turn away crowd for straight $20 tickets in their previous show in the area.
The Cobra Kid who lost his mask in Juarez turns out to be Torreon’s Arabe Jr., wrestling as Cobra Kid for one night only. That should’ve been obvious when an unfamiliar name was listed in a cage match, but people are still understandably upset about it.
The Gladiatores has an interview with Olimpico’s son, who says he’s returning to wrestling. Back in January 2010, the then “Exodia” was wrestling in IWRG when he suffered a severe leg injury on a fall outside the ring. It was bad enough that people quickly knew his career was over. I think the only other time we saw him was when Olimpico lost his mask that summer, when he was using a cane to get around. He’s been gone from wrestling since, but is now planning on returning to wrestling as Hijo del Olimpico.
Tortas Super Astro (SAT) 05/12/2018 Tortas Super Astros, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal
1) Divino Boy & Miss Gaviota vs Kalibus & Zoy Raymunda
2) Colosus & Montana vs Samoano & Tackle
3) Diva Salvaje & Rossy Moreno vs Cinthia Moreno & Yoruba
4) C. Infernal & Dragosth vs Maravilla Strong & Meromoto Jr.
5) Demasiado & Demonio Infernal vs Murciélago Plateado & Perro Negro
6) Baronessa & Quetzal vs Ludark Shaitan & Muñeca De Plata
7) Imposible & Ricky Marvin vs Kawato & Súper Astro Jr.
This outdoor shows seem to be happening ever 3-4 weeks, but this has a lot more people on it than usual.
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-04-29
taped 2018-04-20 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
2) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
3) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo
IWRG (SUN) 04/29/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Mexica
2) Chico Che & Toto b Demonio Infernal & Leroy
3) Eterno, Fly Warrior, Lunatik Xtreme b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragón Eterno replaced Sepimo Rayo. Good match. Black Daragon wants match with Lunatik Xtreme.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Apolo Estrada Jr., Nigma, Sorayita, Soy Raymunda [lumberjack]
5) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II b Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Canis Lupus, The Tiger Trauma II wants a title match against Emperador Azteca.
6) Imposible, Mr. Electro, Villano V Jr. b Dark Magic, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. Villano V Jr. replaced Hijo de Dos Caras, but left he match after a shoulder injury. It worked out anyway because Dark Magic and Mascara 2000 Jr. didn’t get along all match, and Dark Magic ended up with the tecnicos at the end.
Today is the actual Kid’s Day in Mexico, though many shows took place over the last couple of days. CMLL celebrates the day with th, eir usual Monday night show with a usual Monday night lineup for the most part.
The main event is Terrible teaming with the tag team champions Valiente & Volador against Caristico, Kraneo and Ultimo Guerrero. This the third week in a row for this type of match and the second week with these particular sides, so there’s a decent chance they might finally make a match out of it. Last week teased Ultimo Guerrero/Volador, but they’re prone to changing their direction quickly in Puebla.
The other Guerreros team with Rey Bucanero against Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Rush. Fuego, Guerrero Maya and Stigma take on Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Templario, where they’re teasing the idea of Templario joining Los Revolucionarios full time.
The tercera is a minis tag match which doesn’t include Microman, a rarity. Gallito instead teams with newcomer Angel to take on Guapito and Atomo. The first two matches are more normal: Flyer & Pegasso take on locals Perverso & Fuerza Chicana, and Asturiano & Millenium against Ares & Sombra Diabolika to open the show.
This airs at the normal 9pm start time. Tomorrow is a holiday, so I guess the children can stay up late. CultIcon previews the show.
There are still a lot of shows today, much more than usual for a Monday, because of Kid’s Day. Beyond the Puebla show, the most interesting one is the Generaction 21 show in Irapuato, which has a Park vs Wagner making event and a Hijo de LA Park/Bandido/Flamita/Xtreme Tiger four way match. Their clips usually make it to +LuchaTV’s channel.
CMLL (SAT) 05/05/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Retro, Robin, Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis, Cholo, Metálico
3) El Audaz, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Very much a show. There are some pieces that don’t work together in the semimain. Disturbio in the third match means there’s a good chance the match makes the Princesa Dorada channel.
CMLL (SUN) 05/06/2018Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Leono vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Star Jr. vs Nitro, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000
5) Carístico, Kráneo, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Leono moving all the way up to the second match! I’m ok with CMLL not airing this one.