Lucha Underground 1×21: “Uno! Dos! Tres!”

Johnny Mundo trusts those railings

the matches

Johnny Mundo b Angelico (7:43, Fin de Mundo)
Drago [2] b Aerostar [2] (4:27, cradle)
Big Ryck, Killshot, the Mack b Pentagon Jr., Sexy Star, Super Fly in the Lucha Underground Trios Championship Tournament (10:57, Killshot top rope double stomp on Super Fly)

the developments

There’s a trios tournament. Dario announced it on Twitter earlier in the day. Striker said the tournament would go four weeks, and later said the winners of the main event would adavnce to a three week final in three weeks (04/22). So, six team tournament.

Teams we know:

Drago cradle for the win

1: Big Ryck, Killshot and the Mack – Ryck started the show by inviting himself into Dario’s office with his two new partners. The Mack is Ryck’s cousin, Killshot is Ryck’s friend. Ryck heard a (very correct) rumor that Dario ordered the Crew to take him out. Dario denied, then bought off Ryck by placing his trio in the tournament and (as strongly requested) paying off each member of the trio.

2: Dario wanted to reward Sexy Star for her recent performances by putting her in the trios tournament, but Mascarita and Pimpinela are still out hurt. Dario decided to pick new partners for her: Super Fly and a man who’s been destroying his competition, Pentagon. Sexy Star didn’t say anything (at least on the English version) but didn’t seem totally pleased.

3: Dario called in Son of Havoc, Ivelisse, and Angelico to express his disappointment with all of them: Angelico lost earlier in the show and last week, Son of Havoc won last week but lost prior, and Ivelisse got dumped. (Ivelisse argued she actually dumped first.) Dario decided to salvage the whole thing by throwing them together as a trios team. They all hated the idea. Dario warned them they’d face a strong team next week.

Early in the show, Angelico impressed the announcers by coming close to beating Johnny Mundo, but lost in the end. Alberto happened upon Mundo after his match, and they had a fake nice conversation back and forth, clearly eyeing each other as potential roadblocks down the line.

getting close to ice dancing, but still cool

Black Lotus (writing in her diary), caught us up on her last month: she would’ve gotten killed by Matanza if not spirited away by the mystery man, the mystery man is Dragon Azteca, Dragon Azteca saw her family killed, and Dragon Azteca is now training her in the art of lucha libe so she can be ready for Matanza. Lucha libre training looked like martial arts training in a 70s film.

Drago fought more aggressive/desperately to stay alive in the best of five. Drago and Aerostar went head to head after the match, their friendship breaking down.

Pentagon addressed his maestro prior to the match, promising to win the trios titles despite his “weak” partners. He didn’t get along with Super Fly & Sexy Star at all, but they all wanted to win and worked together at the end. Still, newcomers The Mack & Killshot beat Super Fly in the end. Pentagon Jr., who had tried to break the Mack’s arm early in the match, tried the same with Super Fly. Sexy Star made the save in time, leaving Pentagon furious.

stray thoughts

A busy show, with a lot of stuff happening – a new title, a new tournament, two new people, and a few feuds teased.

This is the first of the shows I saw live. Angelico/Mundo was as good live (pretty good!) as it was on TV. Drago/Aerostar felt longer in person. The trios main event actually felt shorter live, stunned to see it went over 10 minutes. That was the match they retaped, and it was definitely the second one which ended up being used. The new guys looked good in their debuts, even their opponents kept up with them.

welcome the Mack and Killshot

It was a really good night for Angelico. The Son of Havoc match last week was good, but this was even better. Striekr mentioned his Toryumon (Mexico) background early in the match, and this did feel like a Dragon Gate come to Lucha Underground with the speed and the sequences. The reception to putting Havoc, Ivelisse and Angelico back together is going to be interesting. It’d hard to say much when you know how it turns out already.

The Black Lotus thing was a lot of info dropped in a short time. She’s been so (purposefully) mysterious on this show so far that it’s tough to find a reason to get too invested in her plot, and it sticks out even more when she has a month’s worth of developments dropped into a 30 second vignette. The problem isn’t as much the story (though it’d be better if any of the events were happening on camera) but it’s disconnection from the rest of the plot.

teamwork!

Drago and Aerostar’s matches needed to evolve in some way, and having their friendship break down was the easiest way. This match seemed like a step back from the previous ones, but Lucha Underground like some it’s finales to be big…

The Mundo/Alberto bit didn’t mean a lot in the context of this show, but it was a great tense tease for an encounter down the road. There are still identifiable tecnicos and rudos on the show, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s going to get along when they all want the same thing.

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AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-14

recap.

taped 2015-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México

All this recaps are done (usually) within a week of airing, even though they turn up on here months later (and the captions don’t get written until now.) I want to leave my thoughts of the matches as they were at the time, but obviously that means there’s going to be some weirdness when it comes to Perro Aguayo Jr.  I’m going to leave my comments as they are for all these matches, but pull me back if I’ve missed something inappropriate.

(more…)

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great match roundup, week of 2015-02-14

Good/Great/Excellent matches

AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-14
taped 2015-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown: [good]

Bengala, Drago, Faby Apache vs Joe Lider, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie: [good]

Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.: [good]

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-02-14
taped 2015-02-03 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel: [good]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-02-14
taped 2015-02-06 @ Arena México
Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Máscara & La Sombra for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: [great]

CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-02-14
taped 2015-02-08 @ Arena México
Delta, Dragon Lee (CMLL), Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma (CMLL), Virus: [good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-02-14
Lucha Underground: 2015-02-18
Leyendas Inmortales: 2015-02-15

Matches To Watch Later

I haven’t watched the actually good All Elite matches.

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CMLL Tuesday results, Lucha Underground, AAA in SLP

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Aéreo & Angelito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri b La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Starman b Boby Zavala, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Titán b Misterioso Jr. [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Titan won in 7:40.
5) Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón
Guerrero Maya Jr. replaced Dragon Lee on Monday.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara b Hechicero, Negro Casas, Vangellys
La Mascara replaced Dragon Rojo on Monday.

Alexis has another view of Titan’s moonsault. A distressing lack of issues going on here (and no sign of any sort of tournament to distract from the usual issues.)

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Robin b Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Esfinge, Gallo, Omar Brunetti
3) Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr. [lightning]
Blue Panther Jr. replaced the Panther
4) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible DQ Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Terrible fouled Marco Corleone for the DQ.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto DQ Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Mephisto pulled off Mistico’s mask for the DQ.

Straight falls DQ and changing the lightning match is one way to go.

This past weekend’s Toryumon Mexico setup an Ultimo Dragon vs Tiger Ali match for their May show.

Just like two weeks ago, this Wednesday is another big AAA day. Only one show is airing tonight, but two are taking place

Lucha Underground has three matches

There’s also early video of a Mundo & Alberto segment which will air, and of Big Ryck introducing some new friends to Dario Cueto. There was also a bonus post show interview with Son of Havoc on his new status quo.

Dario makes an announcement that sets up match three, and a whole bunch of matches for the next month. The last few shows were knocking down the pins, the next couple is about setting those pins back up (while having good matches.)

This is the first episode I saw live and, given this show’s tendency to break normal patterns, I went into the Aerostar/Drago match thinking there was a chance it could actually end without going all five matches.

Meanwhile, in San Luis Potosi, AAA holds it’s first TV taping since the death of Perro Aguayo Junior. The show is being billed as Hijo del Perro Aguayo tribute, with fans encouraged to bring and wear their Perros del Mal shirts. Rey Misterio Jr. is unofficially officially scheduled to appear to be part of a tribute, and the tribute is the important thing. They’ll be having matches because that’s what they do and that’s what they’ll eventually need on TV, but this is more a celebration of Perro Aguayo Jr.

Yesterday’s AAA podcast cleared up the changes in the card (and there’s an updated poster to match it):

  • main event is now Alberto el Patron vs Cage, in a make up for Rey de Reyes
  • semimain is Blue Demon Jr. & Myzteziz vs El Mesias & Hijo del Fantasma
  • Fenix drops down to the tercera to replace Super Nova

Mesias replaces Perro Aguayo Jr. on the Xalapa show this Friday.

Perros del Mal rep Kahn (who is Perro Aguayo Jr.’s cousin) says the Perros del Mal concept will continue on to keep Perro’s legacy strong.

Cruz de Silencio, a deaf luchador from Morelia who’s appeared on DTU shows, says he’s been invited to wrestle in Japan as a show featuring wrestlers with disabilities, and and is looking to raise money for air fare.

All Elite announced Negro Casas & Octagon vs Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera for their 04/19 show in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

Syuri talks about coming to Mexico again, suggests facing Marcela. The always entertaining thing about the Japanese women coming to CMLL is there are suddenly very detailed reports of inconsequential Puebla matches available in kanji.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s +LuchaTV and today’s KrisZ news update.

LuchaTV has highlights of Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Los Malkariados, Drastick Boy vs Hormiga vs Lokillo vs Lanzelot vs Articuz vs Rocky Lobo, Los Nerds vs Super Boy (not that one), El Flaco and Guerrero InfernalCrazy Boy vs Super Mega, Los Porros vs Los Masizos vs Ursus & Dance Boy, Los Tortugas Ninjas vs a Neza Boys/exoticos team, Impulso vs Danger, and Skyman vs Rayo Star. There’s also interviews with Crazy Boy (challenging for a titlenoting he never gets a title shot), Impulso and Danger talking about a hair match and CaraLucha honoring Hijo del Perro Aguayo.

Segunda Caida reviews 09/21/14 CMLL and Guerreros in Japan

LV reviews this week’s CMLL 52MX, this week’s C3, and a very positive review of Rey de Reyes.

Recent Mascara Dorada action in trios and atomicos. His title match is coming up this weekend.

SuperLuchas writes about a magazine article talking about the problems of luchadors. Ray Mendoza Jr. says he’s still not been paid what was promised to him for his mask loss; he’s brought this up before.

The Mexican national broadcasters association honored Magico, Lady Apache, Cassandra, Lady Sensacion, El Pantera, El Signo, Fantasma and Dr. Gustavo Zavaelta.

Fuego en el Ring looks back at Acertijo (the one from the mid 90s.)

Union Jalisco has a short bio of Apolo Dantes.

DJ Spectro looks back Villano III vs Estrellas del Sur.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/07/2015 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Magnus, Robin vs Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
3) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
4) The Panther vs Virus [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
6) Dragon Lee, Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara vs Euforia, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas

Will Dragon Rojo be back this week? Maybe, it’s in the window. Nice to see Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi rewarded in with a main event.

Panther vs Virus is an exciting match. Hopefully a title match if Virus is still champion at this part.

All the matches on this show have a chance of being good.

CMLL (TUE) 04/07/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brazo De Oro Jr., Leono, Magnum vs Espanto Jr., Furia Roja, Jocker
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
3) Brazo de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Mistico vs Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Brazo de Oro returns to the ring yet again to face off against Pierroth and introduce a new son, both of which are frightening prospects. (On the other hand, if you’re hoping CMLL is going to ran a tournament featuring new luchadors, one’s finally debuting.) This Brazo de Oro Jr. has been working on the (likely Brazo run) CMLL Arena Aficion shows.

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AAA in Monterrey, IWRG, Puebla

AAA (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Solidaridad, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Mr. Olimpo b Red Flammer, Demonio del Caribe, Lethal, Mercenario, Solovino, Orquídea Negra, Koko Viper, Gato Fantasma, Infinito, Silver Geminis, Tigre Veracruzano, Red Fury [Copa Hijo del Perro Aguayo]
2) Corazón de Barrio, El Divo, Panthro DQ Memo Valles, Potro Jr., Vaquero Romo
Koko Viper ran in for the DQ.
3) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito DQ Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Charly Manson
The undercard wrestlers had complained the ropes were too tight, but nothing was done until top rope broke early in this match (causing a delay.) Mini Abismo stripped Sagrada’s mask and Copetes (who had been favoring the rudos) called the DQ.
4) Faby Apache, Mary Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
Mary Apache & Lady Maravilla replaced Pimpinela & and the mystery woman. Pimpinela is out due to a knee injury but appeared to apologize.
5) Parka Negra & Pentagón Jr. b Angélico & Jack Evans
Pentagon came out with Taya to the Perros del Mal music before the match, and that led into a Perro Aguayo tribute with Alberto, Cibernetico, Mesias and Blue Demon. Pentagon used a Perro Driver to beat Angelico.
6) Averno, Chessman, Cibernético b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Cibernetico snuck in a foul Psycho Clown
7) Blue Demon Jr., El Patrón Alberto, La Parka b El Mesías, Texano Jr., Zorro
Mesias switched sides to replace Perro Aguayo, with Demon taking Mesias’ spot. Alberto beat Texano.

LuchaMania Monterrey notes there was an increased medical presence at this show too, even extending to matches being paused when it looked like someone might be actually hurt (but never turned out to be.)

IWRG (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Hip Hop Man b Araña de Plata, Atomik Star, Alas de Acero, Aeroman
Hip Hop Man beat Arana de Plata.
2) Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota b Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Liderk [lumberjack strap]
Diva snuck in a foul on Liderk in revenge for a previous match.
3) Chicano & Danny Casas © b Rayan & Spector [IWRG IC TAG]
Rayan & Spector previously won a #1 contenders match. Champs took 1/3, with Casas beating Rayan & Spectro after Chicano was eliminated. Chicano & Casas’ 2nd defense.
4) Veneno b Hijo de Pirata Morgan © [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Veneno took 2/3, winning clean with a top rope senton. Pirata falls on his 4th defense. Money thrown in.
5) Negro Navarro & Pirata Morgan b Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada
Rudos took 2/3, despite Navarro & Pirata not getting along early. Navarro submitted Dos, wants a title shot.

Hijo de Pirata losing his title in preparation for being with AAA more often, I’d guess. Veneno is an odd person to win but he’s over and IWRG titles don’t really matter so why not.

CMLL (MON) 03/30/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor b Asturiano, Paris, Rey Samuray
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Syuri b La Seductora, Skadi, Tiffany
Skadi’s randomly a ruda now (or at least for this match)
3) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón b Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Blue Panther b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
Blue Panther replaced Dragon Rojo Jr.
5) Rush, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Rush and Volador did not get along, but Rush still beat Casas. Kraneo replaced Thunder.

At least according to this picture, they’re now letting any kid under 8 into Arena Puebla free with a paying adult. There’s a sign in Puebla indicating kid’s get in free, but they’re apparently not actually allowing that.

I’m confused about what’s going on with Alberto and Cage in San Luis Potosi. A newspaper story on the AAA press conference said the missing singles match from Rey de Reyes would take place here. The headline for AAA’s article says that thing, but the body of the article says Cage is in the trios match and implies Alberto is not wrestling. (The versions of that article sent to other sites changed the headline from “Alberto versus Cage” to “Alberto and Cage”.) They’re both on the show, that I know. AAA’s trying to do things for this show they wouldn’t have otherwise done because it’s now honoring Perro Aguayo Jr., and maybe wires are just crossed about what they’re adding.

CMLL’s preview for tonight’s Arena Mexico has La Mascara in Dragon Rojo’s spot. Also, Guerrero Maya is mentioned in Dragon Lee’s spot in the semimain. That match – Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Triton vs Tiger, Puma and Kamaitachi – has the most promise of any match on the card.

Mr. Niebla isn’t coming back quietly; CMLL’s promoting his latest return from their secret suspension list. Mr. Niebla says he’s been in the gutter for a long time, so he’s back smellier than ever. Niebla’s interview focuses on CMLL suddenly having a lot of four man teams – Peste Negra, Ingobernables, Guerreros Laguneros and TRT. That would seem to suggest Tiger is still in TRT according to the press department, even though the programming department seems to think differently (he hasn’t teamed with them since August.) Niebla accurately notes CMLL doesn’t actually book atomico  (4v4) matches.

Mr. Niebla & Toscano also appeared on video to denounce a promoter in Zapotitlan for advertising them for shows they never agreed upon. Niebla says he and Toscano are professionals and would not miss shows they’ve actually said they’ll attend.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and Monday’s KrisZ’s news update.

+LuchaTV has this week’s show and the latest Leyendas de la Lucha Libre.

Black Terry Jr. has video of the Ingobernables mocking the Esto es Lucha chant.

CMLL starts a three part look back at Arena Coliseo, plus has highlights of 03/27 and stellar moments from the previous week.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solitario/Guajarado, a weird mask match situation due to the commissions, and a Bestia Salvaje bio.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial © vs Hip Hop Man [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
First defense
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy
3) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, Ricky Cruz [Rey del Ring]

As common with the IWRG Rey del Ring, the actual list of participants aren’t announced ahead of time. They did announce Ricky Cruz as coming back for it, so I’ve put him in there.

That title is the one Dragon Celestial won from Hip Hop Man back in August. I don’t think he’s defended it since, but he’s worn it to the ring a few times.

CMLL (MON) 04/06/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Hijo del Signo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs King Jaguar, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Marcela vs Syuri [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Marcela is the ruda Syuri’s defending against? My unwavering belief in Marcela causes me to be sad there’s no chance we’ll see it. Main event is Sky Team vs Guerreros/Shocker.

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Aguayo notes, Lucha Underground tapings

No IWRG results this morning. Not much news.

AAA officially announced Alberto el Patron would appear on Wednesday’s TV taping, which will now honor Perro Aguayo Jr. Rey Misterio Jr. has said to be appearing previously. Update: an article on the press conference to announce the show says Alberto vs Cage will now take place in San Luis Potosi. Mesias will take Perro Aguayo Jr.’s spot in the main event; he figured to be the mystery guy in the main event, and they’re not saying who the mystery guy is. They also did not officially announce Rey Jr. as appearing on the show, but hinted he would be there.

El Sol del Toluca talks to Kahoz, who was in the ring with Oro when he suffered his fatal injury. Kahoz is Mephisto’s father, though that’s not mentioned here. They do say he’s driving a taxi now. Kahoz says Oro’s death was the beginning of the end of his career, as it hurt him mentally badly. He complains about luchador being under paid – even telling a story about being brought to Veracruz for a show and the luchadors going fishing since they had no breakfast – but also said he’d do it again.

Another version of the previous interview with Dr. Zavaleta of the Mexico City commission mentions Perro Aguayo Jr.’s license test specifically includes a EKG and laboratory tests. Those would check for heart conditions but not necessarily neck damage.

El Miktlan of el Pancracio observed that there was an increased medical presence at lucha libre shows in Mexico City this weekend.

Terrible took part in a moment honoring Perro Aguayo Jr. on a show Puebla this weekend.

Lucha Underground’s announced their April taping schedule: they’ll be filming the 11th & 12th, and the 17th and 18th. That will finish off the first 39 episode for the first season and take them thru August. It’s likely they won’t be taping again until September (assuming they get picked up again.)

Black Terry Jr. has a lot of photos of last night’s CaraLuchas show. He’s also got highlight of Rayo Star vs Skystar.

AULL has a video explaining who their champions are, which puts them one step ahead most every indy promotion.

Matt D of Segunda Caida watched the first Rey Hechicero/Charles Lucero singles match.

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CaraLucha, Dragon Lee/Virus, CMLL weekend results

CMLL (FRI) 03/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Piraña b Explosivo
Explosivo was hurt and needed medical help
2) Demonio Rojo & Relampago b El Tapatío & Meteoro
3) Metatrón & Virgo DQ Pitbull I & Pitbull II
Pitbulls unmasked Metatron for the DQ.
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum b Great Eku, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Sádico L Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo, Javier Cruz Jr., Jocker, Maléfico, Leo, Évola [hair, cage]
Everyone in for five minutes. Match came down to Omar, Saidco and Jocker, with Omar escapring and leaving a rudo vs rudo match to everyone’s surprise. Jocker used a piledriver variant to beat Sadico and take his hair.

Pepe Aguayo didn’t figure into the finish.

CMLL (SAT) 03/28/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Leono DQ Cholo
Cholo fouled Leono
2) Akuma b Robin
3) Metálico b Soberano Jr.
4) Nitro b Star Jr.
5) Arkángel de la Muerte b Tritón
A Reyna Isis distraction set up the win.
6) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther b Sangre Azteca & Tiger
7) Misterioso Jr., Ripper, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Mistico
Ripper pulled Mistico’s mask and cradled him for the win.

The Sabado Retros shows do not have intro music for the wrestlers. It doesn’t even look like they have the speakers next to the entrance door as they did before, but they still have the small end tables where the speakers sat before. Ripper attacked Mistico prior to the match and gave him a face smash into one of those tables. It doesn’t amount to much, but it struck me as weird after CMLL made sure to say they don’t allow weapon usage in their matches this past week.

Slow motion clip of Star Jr. doing a moonsault on that show.

CMLL (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Robin & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Acero, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito DQ Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
Nitro fouled Shockercito
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri b Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Star Jr., Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Virus
Niebla Roja replaced Virus on Monday, but then Virus ended up in the match instead of Hechicero. Star Jr. replaced Dragon Rojo Jr. Dragon Lee beat Virus again and demanded a title shot. Virus gave in.
5) La Máscara, Titán, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto
Gran Guerrero replaced Barbaro Cavernario. Volador and La Mascara turned on each other for the 50th time, but won anyway.
6) Mistico b Negro Casas
Mistico took the first with a huracanrana, Casas took second with a STF, and Mistico surprised him in the third with a cavernaria. Casas endorsed Mistico after the match.

Casas has endorsed more young luchadors than a newspaper on election day at this point.

The Volador/Mascara stuff is the peak of CMLL running in place for the about six months. It won’t be a great singles match and I’m sure it won’t advance anything, but they can’t even be bothered to run it.

CaraLucha (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, TerceraCaida]
1) Terremoto Negro & Tornado b La Roca & Toro Negro Jr.
2) Sky Man b Rayo Star
Sky Star vs Sky Star. They went to a DCOR in the third fall, but the fans wanted another fall and the promotion said okay. SKy Man won with Spanish Fly. Great match. Perro Aguayo Jr. was honored after the match.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Andy Boy, Chica Ye-Ye, Demasiado, Toxin Boy
4) Danger b Impulso
Danger got some help from Guerrero Mixitco, which lead to a hair match challenge. Somehow, this enveloped all of La Resistanca, Neza Kings, Sky Star, Indystrongtibles, and Kriminal Boys in a cage match for the next show.
5) Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Team Indy took falls 2/3, the last when Trauma I fouled Rush and Rush took Trauma I’s mask, but referee Rafael el Maya only saw the mask pull and gave the indies the win. Ingobernables didn’t care, as is their style.

It didn’t occur to me until just now how weird it is to have a CMLL vs Indy match refereed by an AAA referee. That is very weird!

Ovett lost his hair to Pesadilla in DTU’s show at Arena NezaSlayer Pack & Black Fire kept the DTU titles over Los Gemelos Fantasticos.

Sucii Love lost her mask to Lady Jaguar in Arena Femenil Monterrey.

Rey Cometa announced he’s going to be out five to six more months after knee surgery. He wrestled on that at the end of that FantasticaMania tour, including the big match with Cavernario. He’d be back just before the Anniversary show if everything goes right

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update from Saturday.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Violento Jack & Aero Boy vs Crazy Boy & Pesadilla vs the Vipers, Dinastia Crazy vs Neza Kings, a five way from that DTU show, the three way tag match, Los Nerds vs Los Indystrongtibles and the two title matches: Greshman/Drastick and Paranoinko/Mega/Demente Xtreme

Fuego en el Ring had Torito on as a taped guest.

Super Libre reviewed recent Guadalajara shows.

Star Fire says she’s heading back to Japan for six months at some point in the near future.

Video of Flamita’s title challenge in Dragon Gate against Akira Tozawa.

One legged luchador Abogado del Diablo won a title match. Rey Cometa clearly a slacker.

El Universal has a story about business continuing on out in front of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows on March 28, 2003.

Quick bio of Coahuila luchador Juventud Latino.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brillante & Linterna Verde Jr. vs Relampago & Satara
2) Nube Roja & Toro Negro vs El Chakal & Gitano
3) El Divino, Frezzer, Virgo vs Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Évola
4) Leo, Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo vs Gran Eku, Pitbull I, Pitbull II
5) Forastero & Gallo vs El Cuatrero & Sansón and Flash I & Flash II and Exterminador & Maléfico

Toro Negro hasn’t been here since 2005. (Assuming it’s the same one.) Linterna Verde is a name in from Arena Jalisco.

CMLL (SAT) 04/04/2015 Arena Coliseo
Arena Coliseo 73rd Anniversary
1) Bengala vs Súper Comando
2) Flyer vs Canelo Casas
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro
4) Syuri vs Dalys
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Pólvora & Vangellys
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente
7) Mistico vs Ripper

To say this is not the level of anniversary shows of the past is an understatement.

CMLL (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena México
1) Magnus & Molotov vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Acero, Astral, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Dark Angel, Skadi, Syuri vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Virus © vs Dragon Lee [CMLL SL]
Virus’ ninth defense.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Máximo, Titán, Volador Jr.

He’s back! He was also exactly right about being back in early April, though he was saying he’d have a meeting around then. Maybe he already did. It’s an 80 day time out this time. This at least Mr. Niebla’s fourth chance since the last time he was fired, maybe this will be the time it just works out. Maybe he’s just back long enough to lose the trios titles.

Virus match isn’t airing until the 11th. I’m doubtful I’ll be able to get it. I wrote that right here and still expect to be asked about this 8 times in the next two weeks. Virus is the underdog in that match, since Lee’s on the ascendancy, it’s his second chance in a short amount of time, and they could get more Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee matches out of a title change.

Syuri wrestled today, and is on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s shows. Probably doing Informa on Wednesday too, FWIW. That’s a heavy schedule for anyone. Japanese women’s wrestlers don’t seem to wrestle that frequently (probably more because the lack of shows than any other reason.) Hope she makes it.

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Rush vs Thunder, Perro Aguayo press conference notes

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 03/27/2015 Arena México
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Astral & Eléctrico
2) Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stigma
3) Bárbaro Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas b Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr.
straight falls, with Kamaitachi using the ropes to pin Dragon Lee.
4) Titán b Vangellys [lightning]
Titan won in 6:54.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr.
6) Rey Escorpión, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Rush and Thunder continue to feud. Rush went to pull off Thunder’s mask again, but Thunder stopped him and fouled him, getting away with it for the win.

Rush/Thunder is happening at some point.

Jocker took Sadico’s hair in the Guadalajara cage match.

Today’s AAA show will be a Perro Aguayo Jr. special. They’re show his matches from the 2012 Rey de Reyes, his hair match with Cibernetico, and a recent match with Myzteziz. They also will have other clips of his career, which mostly seem to be on the YouTube channel already.

El Fantasma, Dr. Orozco (Perro’s doctor) and Perros del Mal promotion representative Kahn held a press conference mostly to dispel rumors about Perro’s death – the usual things affirming the medical treatment was fine and the Perro family supports Rey Misterio and he’s not retiring. The commission showed Perro Aguayo Jr.’s license, insisting he was completely fine when they checked him out earlier this month. The doctor made special mention of Perro Aguayo Sr., saying Perro Sr. has suffered normal physical problems from a career of wrestling, but denied anything worse and said no one should talk of such things without medical reports. Kahn said they’re not authorizing any commemorative t-shirts or shows besides the next AAA TV taping on 04/01. (Rey Misterio Jr. said he’d be on that show, which came as total surprise to the local promoters. Some of these things are just communication issues.) The final statement at the press conference was heavy criticism of Hijo del Santo. Santo has been telling the press of a rumor that Perro had a neck injury, and they denied that. They also said Santo had not talked to Perro or his family since January 2011, is lying about how close he is to the family, and should stop giving statements.

WWE held a moment of silence for Perro Aguayo Jr. before the start of their International Media Day interviews on Friday. Also, Bad News Barrett professed to be a big fan of Super Porky.

TV Announcer Leonardo Riano claimed on Twitter than Rey Bucanero punched him at a private show. No other details or Bucanero’s side.

Aeroboy vs Solar is the first match for the on 04/28 ChilangaMask show, also in Coliseo Coacalco.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Jonathan Gresham vs Drastick Boy

+LuchaTV has an interviews with Impulso, Danger, and La Sombra, Rush explaining LA Park is a dream match (for LA Park) (Ingobernables are interested in humilating them), Danger talking about showing how good the indies are, Psicosis vs X-Fly vs Ovett highlights and Psicosis and Ovett fighting after their DTU match

Jose Luis Feliciano was announced as being part of a lucha libre seminar in Japan on April 18th and 19th.

SuperLuchas looks back to March 27th, 2009.

A short interview with Alas de Acero of IWRG.

A bio of Sombra de Ecuador.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/03/2015 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Syuri vs Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
4) Valiente vs Rey Escorpión [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) La Sombra, Negro Casas, Rush vs Thunder, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

They’re stretching out the build to Rush versus Thunder because there’s absolutely nothing else going on. Video preview here.

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Rey Misterio Jr. not retiring, Mexican politicians have many ideas

Rey Misterio Jr. is not retiring. He said this repeatedly last night, including as part of the recording of MLW’s WaleMania event, saying he believes this is what Perro would’ve wanted him to do. (There’s a video clip here.) Rey indicated he’s very close to signing with Lucha Underground.

A Mexican senator has proposed dissolving all the lucha libre commissions and replacing them with oversight from department of fitness and sports to standardize everything on a national basis. That would displace most of the people who are currently in charge of lucha libre commissions, set a series of rules which would be applied everywhere (which might change/end extreme wrestling), and cover areas which don’t have active commissions. It would also seem to end up with either new people unfamiliar with lucha in charge, or those displaced commissioners just being brought back under a different umbrella.

Another pair of senators want a hospital that will focus on luchadors, boxers and MMA fighters. This is an idea that’s floated around for years; here, it’s said the concept was actually approved last year, but no funds were allocated to it and they’re hoping to change that.

Fuego en el Ring talks to indy promoters HUMO (Hugo Montemayor) and Fusion Ichiban (Giovani Frias) about the struggles about putting on shows. Both tend to promote in Mexico State, outside of Distrito Federal. Montemayor says most shows lack an ambulance or medics qualified for emergency treatment. He also notes it’s hard to sit out stars who show up in non-condition, because the wrestlers may not show up until during the event, and then the fans have been expecting the match for a while. Frias notes the legal requirements for promoting a show in Merida were different than in Mexico City and the need for consistency.

The next show in Auditorio de Tijuana is tonight, with Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Oriental versus Nicho, Damian, and Halloween as the main event. Halloween was part of the Thursday press conference, saying the show must go on but his trio would abandon plans for a Familia de Tijuana reunion to instead be Perros del Mal for one night. Tony Casanova, the wrestler who was said to suffer a back injury this past week, is off the card and replaced by Huichol.

Nicho, Halloween, and Rey Misterio Sr. expressed support for Rey Misterio Jr.

Rafael el Maya complains the referees today are under trained or not at all trained.

I’m big fan of Japanese wrestling blogger enuhito, and even more so after he got a sit down interview with Dorian Roldan. Most of the interview is occupied with corrected the mistakes in reporting on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death – facts wrong, translation issues – wanted to make it clear Misterio had nothing to do with Perro’s death. (Dorian believes it was the impact on the apron which caused most of the damage.) In the Japanese version of the post, it turns out Dorian happened to already be in Japan, because he was meeting with Japanese wrestling offices on the 25th in 26th to bring in wrestlers for the Lucha World Cup trios tournament coming up in May. No groups are named.

On Voices of Wrestling, Rob Barry writes about five of his favorite Perro Aguayo Jr. matches.

CMLL (TUE) 03/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Tapatío & Frezzer b El Chacal & Sádico
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Starman b Disturbio, Espiritu Negro, Maléfico
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Gitana, Reyna Isis
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Ripper
Angel de Oro & Rey Escorpion feuded, with Oro winning in the end.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Mistico, Titán
Rudos took 2/3, Mephisto getting away with a mask pull on Mistico.

CMLL’s show today is built around Thunder, so it’s still boring around here. The preview mentions his problems with Rush and Marco, but it’s mostly been Rush.

TKD has notes from visiting three different shows on his visit to Mexico last weekend.

LuchaWorld has Thursday’s KrisZs news update and the latest LuchaWorld Podcast

+LuchaTV has highlights of Latin Dragon, David Star, Keria vs Belial, Arez, Chik TormentaAeroboy vs Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero vs Black Terry, ACH vs Xtreme Tiger and Pagano vs Masada, as well as interviews with Guerrero Maya Jr., Aeroboy, Pagano, Masada, who suggests ChilangaMask wrestlers come to Texas. There’s also CaraLuchas focused interviews on the Impulso/Danger King match, some Traumas vs Ingobernables back and forth, La Mascara on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death

Segunda Caida wraps up Sin Salida with Taichi vs Maximo.

ClaroSports has a 10 minute video feature on Hechicero.

Soberano Jr. vs Aero Boy vs Alas de Acero has been added to the 04/12 Coliseo Coacalco ChilangaMask show.

Reyna Isis talks about debuting in lucha; her family aren’t fans of this career.

SuperLuchas looks back at the March 26th show.

Periodico Enfoque interviews Zaeta Roja Jr.

Black Terry Jr. has video of an XMW dance party.

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