CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2016-11-08 

Panther topes
Panther topes

Recapped: 11/15/2016

What happened: Nothing? Blue Panther Jr. & Sansón had random issues. Drone remains personally unbeaten. Nothing major.

What was good: Panthers/Dinamitas is good and Maya/Virus is what you’d expected out of them for a main event. There were parts of the two top matches that were good.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

CMLL weekend shows, Templario CaraLucha champ

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

Cara Lucha (SAT) 11/19/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [The Gladiatores]
1) Astral & Demus 3:16 b Mini Drago Toxin & Tiago [Relevos Increíbles]
2) Estrella De Oro & Limbo b Rey Carnero Jr. & Rocker Boy
3) Alas de Acero, Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata DQ Imperio Negro, Toro Negro Jr., Ying Yang
Toro Negro DQed for unmasking Alas de Oro.
4) Fly Warrior & Rayo Star b Freelance & Pantera I
No Segura, Bandido was moved up
5) Látigo b Templario [CaraLucha The Best] Látigo vs Templario | Cara Lucha | 19-11-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
5) Templario b Látigo [Cara Lucha The Best]
Templario won to become the first champion
6) Volador Jr. b Flamita and El Bandido Volador Jr., vs Flamita vs Bandido | Cara Lucha | 19-11-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Bandido replaced Rey Fenix. Volador beat Flamita after pulling his mask and cradling him.

Top matches sound like they went well.

CMLL (SAT) 11/19/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Cholo
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Johnny Idol, The Panther
4) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Titán b Euforia, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Lee b Niebla Roja
Dragon Lee took 1/3.

The weekend shows drew extra foreign fans with American football fans in town for the game on Monday night. There were a lot here, maybe there was a travel package with this show included or something like that.

CMLL (SUN) 11/20/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b Akuma & Artillero
Artillero replaced Espanto Jr. (injury) on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Drone, Fuego, Robin DQ El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
Robin replaced Oro Jr. Straight falls. Drone got unmasked for the DQ by Skandalo, but still hasn’t lost a fall.
4) Misterioso Jr., Morphosis, Pierroth b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
Pierroth replaced Ephesto on Friday. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, La Máscara
Ephesto replaced Pierroth on Friday, Marco replaced Maximo at some point.

A show. No angle except maybe the Skandalo thing, but Skandalo things go nowhere.

Elite aired it’s last TV show of the season (or maybe ever) Saturday night. It was the taping from 11/18; the 11/11 taping was skipped and apparently will never air. It’s not clear what happened for them suddenly end. If Elite had stuck to the original format, then this past Saturday probably would’ve been the final. (33 episodes of Liga Elite format and just one week for both the winners and losers to have their tournament?) I guess it’s possible Elite had agreed to this week being season final, forgot about, and then threw something together this week. It doesn’t quite make sense, since they missed  a week recently and wouldn’t have been able to fit it all in. The easier answer is Elite simply gave them one week notice they were done (for the year or entirely) and the promotion decided to run a match to set up the Escorpion/Caristico match they want to do.

Nothing about Elite entirely makes sense, but normal lucha behavior is we won’t hear anything from the promotion itself again until/unless they’re coming back, and the titles will be defended at random shows until the people who have them get bored.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s final news update. Kris had been doing these regularly for about 15 years on a variety of sites; he’s easily been the most well read person writing about lucha libre on the internet over that time. I know he’ll still be around and be creating other great internet content, but the Lucha Report will be missed.

I’m not sure if people realized it, but Kris was also responsible for a high percentage of the lucha posters that I’ve been adding to the database. He’d spend hours on Facebook looking for them, and then I’d type them up for the database. I’m still going to be adding plenty of posters to the database, but I’m sure I won’t find as many on my own as he was able to find. If there’s a show you think I should include, feel free to tag me on Twitter and I’ll try to remember to include it. (Don’t tag the @lucharobot, he doesn’t read his replies.)

AAA put up this week’s TV show. Still no sign of a Guerra de Titanes date but, if it is in January like I assume, we might not hear about it for a month.

DTU’s show today in Dolores Hidalgo was canceled due to an issue with the local promoter.

CultIcon writes about Polvora.

Maori Televisa has a brief interview with Johnny Idol.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-11-07 

this escalates
this escalates

Recapped: 11/14/2016

What happened: Rush beat up Volador enough to get DQed. Mascara Dorada has his final match in Puebla. (I’ve already recapped the Friday show, so this is the final regular show I’ll recap with Mascara Dorada on it.)

What was good: I liked a lot of the show, including the opener, the tercera and the Dorada final.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-11-05 

Super Fly has had enough of these guys trying to dive on him
Super Fly has had enough of these guys trying to dive on him

Recapped: 11/14/2016

What happened: Wagner/Psycho set up a singles match (for next week). Fantasma kept his cruiserwieght title. Mascara de Bronce debuted, and lost. Super Fly is set on ending Aerostar. A mystery person has now trapped the Apaches twice.

What was good: Nothing really? The title match and the opener worked less than you’d expect. The main event was actually better, but the expectations were pretty lose there.

Where can I watch it: It’s no AAA’s channel in much better quality than on mine. (more…)

Ultimo Guerrero wins Leyenda de Azul, Caristico wins Liga Elite

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Terrible does the impossible

CMLL (FRI) 11/18/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Tiger & Virus b Fuego & Pegasso Fuego & Pegasso vs Tiger & Virus (posted by thecubsfan)
15:14. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora (posted by thecubsfan)
11:36. Tecnicos took straight falls, the last when Dragon Rojo unmasked Guerrero Maya Rojo.
3) The Panther b Okumura [lightning] The Panther vs Okumura in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan)
8:59, Panther winning with a frog splash.
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas (posted by thecubsfan)
14:58. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Marco Corleone, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Diamante Azul, Valiente, Blue Panther, Terrible, Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Gran Guerrero, Euforia, Hechicero, Kráneo [Leyenda de Azul] 2016 Leyenda de Azul from CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-18 (posted by thecubsfan)
34:34. Order of elimination: Stuka (Gran Guerrero), Blue Panther (Maximo), Rey Bucanero (Diamante Azul), Gran Guerrero (La Mascara), Maximo (Mascara 2000), Marco Corleone (Kraneo), Hechicero (Euforia), Kraneo (Atlantis), La Mascara (Valiente), Terrible (Ultimo Guerrero), Euforia & Diamante Azul DDQ for pulling masks, Maximo (Ultimo Guerrero), Atlantis (Vailente), Ultimo Guerrero (Valiente) leaving Valiente as the winner.

A good show, with the semimain being the best to me. This cibernetico was better than the one on Tuesday a few weeks ago.

Euforia mentioned on Twitter that the submission he’s used is called Soberana, and was invented by Halcon Suriano.

Today’s Coliseo show has a Niebla Roja vs Dragon Lee singles non-title match. Mistico, Diamante Azul, and Titan take on Euforia, Vangellys and Niebla Roja in the semimain.

Tuesday’s show now has a 2×1 ticket deal, which was promoted about 20 different times during the night. That may be a conservative estimate.

ELITE (FRI) 11/18/2016 Arena Naucalpan [@PlantillaDepor1, +LuchaTV]
1) Átomo, Pequeño Warrior, Shaolin b Shadow Boy, Solaris, Sonic
2) Baronessa & Diosa Quetzal DQ Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno
3) Fresero Jr. & Samoano b Metaleón & Mr. Leo
Mr. Leo replaced Hijo del Pantera. Rudos won in straight falls.
4) El Bandido b Golden Magic, Emperador Azteca, Argos, Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Imposible, Eterno, Flamita, Diamante, Zumbido [ELITE WELTER]
Bandido beat Imposible to become the first champion
5) Black Tauro & Willie Mack b Mr. 450 & Mr. Águila
usual challenges followed
6) Carístico b Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite, final]
Cibernetico distracted Rey Escorpion which allowed Caristico to win. Backstage, Cibernetico announced that – in season 2 – he’d form a group of members of the Vipers (Maniaco & Mosco de la Merced), La Secta (Ozz & Espiritu), Los Hell Brothers (Sharlie Rockstar), and Los Bizarros (Taboo & Billy el Malo) as Los Radicales. Black Tauro was in the group photo as well.

This will air next Saturday. No Season 2 start date was mentioned or even hinted at. Really, the only S2 stuff set up was Cibernetico and all his friends doing the promo after the show, which seems like the latest Cibernetico stable not to go anywhere.

Hijo del Pantera missed the show because he was in Chicago with X-Fly, Super Crazy & Discovery (so the Mosco in Los Radicales is definitely the second one.)

AAA tapes tomorrow night in Ciudad Juarez. Garza Jr., La Parka and Texano Jr. face Johnny Mundo, Brian Cage (hopefully) and a TBD wrestler. Bringing in Mundo & Cage for a match with La Parka seems like a waste of effort, but maybe they’ll figure something out. It’s a lineup I didn’t like when it was announced and doesn’t seem any better now: Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Pagano is a replay of match which didn’t work from Heroes Inmortales. Perros del Mal versus the Traidor Clowns & Dave the Clown has little chance of being good. Faby & Mary vs Chessman & Averno isn’t working for me, and probably won’t happen as scheduled: both El Apache & Faby have been trapped by the mystery OGT ally, so it’s probably Mary’s turn and likely a handicap match. Pimpinela & Mamba are having a chain match, which probably will get over live but doesn’t sound like it’ll be interesting on TV. The opener is the usual mixed opener. They’ve mentioned honoring Eddy Guerrero & Art Barr, which might be the best thing on the show.

CaraLuchas also has a show tonight, with a Volador vs Flamita vs ??? main event, and Latigo vs Templario to determine their first champion. Latigo seems like the favorite, as he’s had success in that promotion and Templario is getting a few dates with CMLL which might eventually take him away from here.

PWR has an iPPV tonight with Rey Horuz.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 11/25/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Ripper, Sagrado
3) Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) La Máscara vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Pierroth vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón and Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther and Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger [torneo]
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Valiente & Ultimo Guerrero rematch in the main event. Caristico’s got his Fridays freed up now.

Semimain is a trios tournament with one older family member and two younger family members. (So that’s the justification for booking Mascara 2000, though it still doesn’t make sense.) Dinastia Munoz is the heavy favorite, and it’s more a question of which team faces them. Puma & Tiger vs Mistico & Dragon Lee should be happening all the time.

There’s one too many matches here with the torneo (and the stupid four man battle royal which will precede it.) One or two of these matches is going short. As much as I’d like to see the weirdness of Hechicero/Mascara, they probably should’ve saved it for another week.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-18 

caveman is barbaric
caveman is barbaric

Recapped: 11/18/2016

What happened: Último Guerrero won Leyenda de Azul. Guerrero Maya and Dragon Rojo are feuding again.

What was good:  Everything but the opener was good, with the semimain being great.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be up on my channel soon. (more…)

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 18th

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This is so late the AAA’s already put up their preview: Pentagon vs Mundo will air this week. Also, I did such an inaccurate job last week that I didn’t have to change the Elite show (back in Naucalpan tonight) and Retro (though I may have to spend time editing myself out.)

Beyond the title match already set up, the Lucha Underground preview mentions the Rabbit Tribe debuting and something with Crane & Catrina (which probably means we find out Ivelisse’s status.)

The Elite show that airs in the US is probably my least favorite Elite show of the season. The matches are both disappointing and not any good, and the Liga Elite is essentially meaningless once they start handing out vanity titles. It’s really the moment where they should’ve pivoted to being a normal wrestling promotion. Sticking to the concept for a few more months gave us LA Park vs Rush, and I’m glad we got that, but the concept comes off as meaningless and soon descends into nonsense. The titles themselves have no value and have never been used.

The CMLL streams have two title matches this week: Polvora & Dragon Lee on Monday, Mephisto & Volador on Tuesday.

Leyenda de Azul, Elite season final, DTU iPPV

photo by +LuchaTV
photo by +LuchaTV

CMLL (TUE) 11/15/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Mágico & Magnum
Truenos took 2/3
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Furia Roja, Hijo del Signo b Magnus, Star Black, Templario
Templario’s first match in this building (and now a tecnico?) Hijo del Signo replaced Canelo Casas. Rudos took 2/3.
3) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Esfinge, Oro Jr., The Panther
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Blue Panther, Drone, Valiente
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Carístico, Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy
Rudos took 1/3. Negro snuck in a foul on Caristico in the third.

Next week has Caristico & Negro in trios, so they’re setting up a single match, probably on 11/29. Really wish Guadalajara lucha wasn’t blacked out on the internet.

Even in Guadalajara, they’re making sure never to pin Drone. Universal champion Valiente took the pins instead. I think Grey Shadow got protected this way; it worked better with Mistico before him. We started 2016 hoping CMLL would do something with Hombre Bala and it appears they’re doing something in a big way.

(Templario is not the Templario who used to wrestle here if he’s debuting, I think.)

Tonight is the Leyenda de Azul. I don’t think it’s a coincidence this tournament is back the same time as the Blue Demon series is debuting on Blim. CMLL press release advertises it as “the return of Blue Demon“; the article mentions the show and says they mean the essence of Blue Demon. That headline make it sounds like Demon Jr. is showing up, which is probably not happening, and I wonder if we’ll see the actor who’s playing Demon make the presentation at the end.

The tournament itself is as random and pointless as most CMLL tournaments, without the history of starting plotlines or great matches that the Leyenda de Azul. It’s a cibernetico, ciberneticos can be good, but it could be one without a trophy at the end to mean the same. There’s no real plot going into the cibernetico either. It’s just an assemblage of 16 people: Atlantis, Stuka, Marco Corleone, La Mascara, Maximo, Diamante Azul, Valiente, Blue Panther, Ultimo Guerrero, Terrible, Mascara 2000 for some reason, Rey Bucanero, Gran Guerrero, Euforia, Hechicero and Kraneo. Valiente won the more important Universal tournament, literally anyone in this match could win the Leyenda de Azul.

Attendance should be up this week, probably not just because of this tournament. This weekend is “Buen Fin” in Mexico, an attempt to replicate the Black Friday shopping weekend from the US. There’s discounts on shows and merchandise across the country; CMLL is contributing with 10MXP tickets for kids. Hopefully it produces a hot crowd, because the undercard looks very good and could be great if the crowd is into it.

The semimain is Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr. versus Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas. That’s good. The Panther versus Okumura in a lightning match could be good. The unbeatable Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., and Rey Cometa take on Bobby Z, Dragon Rojo and Polvora, and that could be great. Fuego & Pegasso take on Tiger & Virus, a match I would die for on a Monday or a Tuesday that’s just being thrown out as a Friday opener. This could end up being one of the best CMLL shows of the year – it will be if everything delivers.

The show airs on ClaroSports at 8:30pm. This week is not a NJPW World week.

CMLL made a change to Sunday’s lineup: they try to avoid Pierroth facing his sons, so he and Ephesto will swap places. Ephesto’s now in the main event, Pierroth in the semimain.

The Nuevo Dinamtias promoted the bodybuilding contest in an interview with ESTO.

Saturday is international Men Day (a day for all men, not just international ones) and CMLL is doing a two for one deal in Coliseo.

CMLL has an article talking the international traveling of it’s luchadors. They write about Reina Isis (who’s still in REINA in case you forgot) and Pierrothito (who’s resuming his work as Mascarita Dorada’s favorite opponent this weekend; Dorada is name checked.) One other fellow of some importance who is working internationally is Rush. As reported, he was Naito’s mystery partner last night in the World Tag League. Los Ingobernables won their opening league match over Tanahashi & Juice Robinson. Naito & Rush figure to do pretty well in this tournament, but, because the winners usually get the tag title shot at the Tokyo Dome and Naito already has a match, it’s unlikely they’ll win the whole thing. Rush will be in Japan for the next three weeks.

Elite Season Final

Today’s the “season final” of Elite. The Liga Elite was always meant to have a final, but this season finale concept seems like something to cover up a long gap before their next show and an uncertain future.

The main event is Rey Escorpion versus Caristico in the Liga Elite final. The tournament fell into nonsense months ago, so much so that they avoid directly referring to it on TV, and it’ll be interesting if they try to explain this at when it airs or if they just gloss over it. (Glossing over it is more the lucha libre way.) Rey Escorpion just beat Caristico in a singles match three weeks ago, and Caristico getting his win back makes the most sense if they’re not going to be able to follow up it for a while anyway. There still seems like there should be an apuesta match between the two of them, but it does not seem like it’s happening here any time soon.

None of the other people in the Liga Elite – not the people who are with CMLL, not the people who replaced them, not even guys like Ciberentico or Extreme Tiger who were with Elite the entire time – are on the show with the final.

Elite will also have a ten man cibernetico for the new Elite Welterweight championship. There’s no sure way to kill a title’s momentum than to hand it and do nothing with it, and that appears to be the plan here. (If Elite was so sure they were coming back, they would’ve been better off waiting to do this early next season.) Flamita is in this match, so Flamita is the best guy in the match, but Golden Magic, Argos and Bandido are more regulars for this group and figure to be in the title.

The rest of the show are random tag matches. Mr. 450 & Mr. Aguila (Team Mr.) take on Black Tauro & Team Willie Mack (Team wait a second); Mack’s confirmed he’s coming in for this show. Metaleon & Hijo del Pantera vs Fresero Jr. & Samoano are in the third spot, so they might sneak onto TV in some form depending on how long the other three matches go. Baronessa & Diosa Quetzal vs Muneca de Plata & Rossy Moreno, and Shadow Boy, Solaris, Sonic take on Atomo, Pequeno Warrior and Shaolin in likely dark matches.

The show starts tonight at 8:30pm. It’ll air next Saturday at 9pm on Azteca 7, and sometime in May in the US.

DTU in Arena Aficion

DTU had a show on Wednesday in Celaya, and Thursday in Arena Aficion. The bigger news was on the Thursday show

DTU (THU) 11/17/2016 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV]
1) Erwing & Irving b Masizito & Porrito
money thrown in
2) Camuflaje b Lokillo, El Exótico, Moria, Niño De Cobre
good match
3) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Rey Celesital & Tony Iron
Rey Celestial replaced Rey Infierno. Gio & Junior were scheduled but were moved up.
4) Gallego & Mr. Cóndor b Jimmy & Kevin
Kevin fould Mr. Condor but the referee was out of the ring. Mr. Condor did the same to Kevin, and the referee recovered in time. Nerds challenged the Diabolicos to a hair match for DTU 9.
5) Dalys & Zeuxis b La Magnifica & Lady Maravilla
Lady Maravilla replaced Zuzu Divine.
6) Drastik Boy, El Gio, El Junior b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora
Ronnie Mendoza wasn’t there, so Drastick Boy tried to fight 2 v 1. Gio & Junior arrived to help him out, and they won the 3 v 2 handicap match. Gio & Junior challenges for a tag title shot at DTU9.
7) Diva Salvaje & Yuriko b Cíclope & Crazy King
Paranoiko & Toxico attacked Ciclope & Crazy King, setting up a match for DTU9. The Masizos accepted, and made up a barbed wire match.
8) Aeroboy, Black Fire, Negro Casas b Flamita, Hormiga, Mistico II
Negro Casas cheated to beat Flamita for the second straight night. Flamita demanded a singles match. Black Fire & La Hormiga also confirmed their match.

DTU9, on 12/15 (Thursday) was announced as being the promotion’s first iPPV. There’s no details yet, no price or system. It’s a safe guess +LuchaTV is filming it, but that’s about all we know. The matches are

  • Negro Casas vs Flamita
  • Black Fire vs La Hormiga for the DTU Alto Impacto championship
  • El Gio & El Junior vs Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora for the DTU Nexo (Tag Team) championship
  • Paranoiko & Toxico vs Ciclope & Crazy King in a barbed wire match
  • Los Nerds (Jimmy & Kevin) versus Gallego & Mr. Condor in a hair match – not official yet, but clearly the plan

They’ll be more matches added and this card is already changing. It was probably Ronnie Mendoza & Drastick Boy challenging for the tag titles until Ronnie didn’t show last night, and DTU seemed like they were setting up a Zuzu Divine/Zeuxis match until Zuzu wasn’t there. Beyond the obvious technical issues, that’s the big obstacle for DTU to overcome – every show seems to have a few people missing, and that’s not going to do well for the promotion on iPPV.

DTU iPPV is a great unknown. I want it to work, not just because I want to see the show, but being able to say “even DTU figured out iPPV, I can’t believe [X] couldn’t get it to work” for the rest of time. But the history of iPPV – we don’t even especially know if it’ll be live at this point. It’d be less fun if it went up on delay like the CMLL Anniversary show, but it’d certainly work – this is going to be a first time iPPV for the promotion and the building, and Arena Aficion didn’t strike me as a great place for technology when I was there. This is going to be walking a tight rope. There’s no simple way to make sure it’ll work on show day, but I hope they’re doing a lot of testing beforehand.

There’s also a Reuters story (Spanish, English) story about DTU and extreme wrestling today too. It doesn’t tell you anything besides noting it exists, but that’s a help. The article mentions they’ve pulled an ESPN – “DTU” used to stand for Desastre Total Ultraviolento, but now just stands for DTU. They’re trying to be promote more diverse styles of wrestling.

Steel Dragon, the Yucatan luchador who impressed enough in last week’s DTU seminar to be part of a match with Flamita & Nino de Cobre, was written up in his local paper. He’s only 20 years old, has been wrestling since 2013, and was invited to the seminar by Crazy Boy when he worked in the area.

The DTU main title won’t be defended on this iPPV, because Violento Jack & Miedo Extremo are still trying to win it back in Japan. In the meantime, Miedo Extremo won the UWA Junior Heavyweight championship on the FREEDOM 11/17 show. He’s the first Mexican champion of the title from the defunct Mexican championship since 2001. I am fan of anyone who may take the UWA titles back from Japan. I hope they will all be buried right next to where El Toreo used to stand (possibly with Canek.)

Other Indies (we really need a better category for these promotions)

In the time since I’ve had time to write a post, CaraLuchas changed it’s 11/19 main event twice: first to Volador Jr. & Templario vs Flamita & Latigo, then they pulled Templario & Latigo back out to a singles match as originally planned, and the main event seems to be Volador Jr. vs Flamita vs TBD. Rey Fenix’s return date is maybe December, maybe 2016. CaraLuchas also announced Jack Evans would be on their 12/03 show.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 11/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, Alberto Dos Rios [Memes Rumble]
2) Arez, Astral, Belial, Impulso vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid, Shockercito and Freelance, Pantera I, Sádico, Último Dragóncito
3) Cavernario vs Negro Navarro
lucha clasica
4) Star Jr. vs Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Lee
5) Rey Cometa vs Laredo Kid [falls count anywhere]
6) Valiente vs Black Terry [super libre]
7) Felino vs Dr. Cerebro [el privilegio]
8) Hechicero vs Caifan
three fall match

Final card for the show next week. Cavernario/Navarro and Star/Soberano/Lee were both announced in the last few days and both sound interesting. The three way match probably doesn’t last longer than 10 minutes because no one will survive that long, but it’ll be a great 10 minutes.

Lucha Memes has hinted at working on more with CMLL, including possibly a Hechicero title defense. A big difference between CMLL and the other similar promotions is Lucha Memes goes thru CMLL to get the CMLL guys (so CMLL gets a cut in exchange for keeping the day open), while other promotions go to the luchadors themselves (and CMLL may end up pulling those luchadors from the shows.) It also leads to ‘bigger’ matches, like the idea of having Mephisto defend his title on a previous Chairo show, and maybe that’s how they’d secure a Hechicero title defense too.

RIOT has a show this weekend, with Impulso vs Kratoz and Drastick Boy & Ronie Mendoza vs Arez & Belial among their matches. This is a show that should eventually show up on Powerbomb.TV, though I don’t think we know how fast the turnaround will be even when the service is up and running. Just already edited video out of Mexico and to people in the US can be a slow/frustrating process, so I’d advise people to keep expectations in check about how fast you may see some of these shows.

The week prior to the DTU show, Lucha Libre Boom on 12/08 has Volador vs Caristico vs Barbaro Cavernario vs Rey Fenix (if healthy) in the same building. Pantera, Freelance, Suicida vs Belial, Arez, Sadico is the semimain.

 

Other Things

Lucha Underground has a video of Sexy Star talking to the crowd after winning the title. They really should’ve aired it on TV.

TKD reviews this week’s Lucha Underground. CultIcon had running thoughts on the show and a profile of Sexy Star.

Fuego en el Ring has talks about upcoming shows and interviews Chik Tormenta. +LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast too.

AAA has an interview with Pimpinela to hype the bull terrier match with Mamba in Ciudad Juarez. Even the usual AAA bit can’t find a reason for them to be having a match; Pimpinela just promises to have a good match. Those two aren’t even facing off in trios matches; the only time they’ve been in the ring in the last four months is Copa Antonio Pena, but they’re both exoticos so they’re supposed to feud forever.

Hijo del Fantasma will represent AAA at a 11/27 10K race.

Plantilla Deportiva has an interview with Soberano Jr.. The article lists move names for Soberano I’ve never heard before.

Hype for a feud between Menny Sanchez Jr. and Apolo Estrada Jr. in Zacatecas.

La Capital has a general What Is Lucha Libre article while riding the Turiluchas buss.

great match roundup, week of 2016-10-29

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Rey Bucanero doing crazy thing

stuff I watched

That’s a lot of shows! I am good on people wearing scary makeup for at least 12 months. Sadly, it was a lot of shows with a bunch of good stuff but not much great stuff. Star Battle was the most watchable show of the week, even if there’s not a match that made the cut.

Recommended Matches

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great Rey Bucanero © vs Hechicero for the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-11-01 2016-11-01

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CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2016-11-01

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new champ

Recapped: 11/13/2016

What happened: Hechicero is the new NWA Light Heavyweight Champion, having defeated Rey Bucanero. Hijos del Infierno are still the trios champions. Mascara Dorada was sent to hell, but is now free from the hell of Tuesday Arena Mexico shows.

What was good: The Hechicero/Rey Bucanero match was great, but I’m not sure how well it’ll resonate to people who haven’t been following his career. The title match was routinely good trios title match – that one actually my translate better to more casual watchers, because most of my problems were with the routineness of it.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)