Volador outlasts Cavernario, Cueto Cup continues, Santo in the UK

Cavernario

CMLL (TUE) 06/13/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Rielero b Exterminador & Maléfico
2) Cosmos, Eléctrico, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Relámpago Azul
3) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan)
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto (posted by thecubsfan)
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan)

This is not last night’s Guadalajara results. These are last week’s ones, which were only posted last night. And by posted, I mean the only text was mentioning the main event result and I’m guessing the rest of the results via the pictures. Apparently posting results is really hard and you should all be amazed I’m able to do it in the regular as well as I do (which is not well enough.)

CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, Ovaciones]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Oro Jr. b Akuma, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Cuatrero, Sam Adonis, Sansón b Blue Panther, Drone, Fuego LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Adonis snuck in a foul Blue Panther.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Carístico, Mistico, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Volador Jr. © b Cavernario [NWA WELTER] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15th defense (seems to be billed as 14)

You should go out of your way to see the main event. Culticon had it as the best CMLL singles match this year and I think that may be right, the best matches so far this year have all been tag matches. This is the fourth strong singles match of the year for Cavernario already, joining the FantasticaMania match against Dragon Lee and two with Rey Cometa (plus one of those really good tag matches.)

The rest of the card didn’t seem quite as strong as hoped but it was still a good card and a well attended one due to the discount.

Lucha Underground tonight is episode 3×23, “Family First”. It’s expected to be the first round matches in Group B of the Cueto Cup:

Family First would seem to refer to Marty & Mariposa. Last time we saw Marty, he was spying on Melissa Santos and then tied up in rope by Mariposa (payback for Marty attacking her before.)

The Lucha Libre World/Todo x el Todo annual tour of England begins tomorrow. They’re running in Manchester’s Albert Hall tomorrow, and York Hall in London on Friday and Saturday. This is the tour where Santo Jr. debuted last year. The Santos, Casandro, Laredo Kid, Silver King, Bandido, Mascartia Sagrada and Octagoncito are among those advertised.

AAA showed off a Dr. Wagner logo plane, which will take fans buying their travel package to the Ring & Rock StAAArs show in September. There’s also scheduled to be a Psycho Clown plane.

AAA’s show in Nuevo Laredo looks like it had a lot of open seats in this news report. It looks like some of the pictures from Juarez, where ringside was full and the bleachers were most full but the floor seats a few rows back were vacant.

Lucha Memes says one of their wrestlers will debut in CMLL on July 21st, Black Terry & Negro Navarro will return to the promotion sometime that month. and they’ll be debuting in a new building to lucha libre on July 15.

The PWG tag title match is now available on Highspot’s Network. I believe it’s two one camera shoot with no announcers.

Negro Navarro will be in Seattle this weekend, appearing on the Lucha Libre Volcanica show and teaching a two day seminar.

Dos Caras will appear at Slammiversary, in Alberto’s corner for the Impact/GFW championship match against Bobby Lashley. Dos has been in Alberto’s corner for matches in AAA (and WWE when they toured Mexico), and might figure into the finish – something where people go after Dos and Alberto is distracted fits as a usual out.

A new luchador named “SuperXStar” is scheduled to debut at Juventud Guerrera’s Super X show tomorrow. R de Rudo interviews him, reveals he’s the former Alas de Oro.

The Los Exoticos documentary will be aired on June 24 in Mexico City’s Faro Aragon. An all exotico lucha show will proceed it. That documentary has been around for a number of years but hasn’t gotten wider distribution.

There will be a lucha libre art exhibit on June 29th in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon.

Hijo del Santo is angry a tournament on an AAA spot show is named after El Santo.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

DoradaFan has highlights of January 17, 2017 CMLL

MDA announced a mystery wrestler for a mystery location sometime in July.

The Gladiatores has an interview with Rey Fenix, talking about defending the PWG titles in Mexico.

Periodico La Voz interviews Sexy Francis.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Tentaculo vs Power Bull
2) Climax Jr. & Shaolin vs Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme
3) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs Demonio Infernal & Metaleón
4) Dinamic Black, Gallo Frances, Pantera del Japon vs Cerebro Negro, Eterno, Tyson La Bestia
5) Heddi Karaoui, Trauma II, Villano III Jr. vs Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible, Veneno vs Black Warrior, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I
7) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [hair]
3 v 3 hair match

Now we know why the Oficials are back. I think Hijo de Pirata Morgan can do a better first hair loss than this, unless he really just wants the moment of losing his hair with his father and brother. The officials will have more trouble.

The fourth match has a French chicken & Japanese panther. The third match looks good.

Tentaculo is a new name. Octopus?

CMLL (TUE) 06/27/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & El Alteño vs Carlo Roggi & Destello
2) Explosivo, Leono, Sensei vs Akuma, Joker, Metálico
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs La Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Valiente vs Pólvora, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

A show. Sugehit/Zeuxis make their way here. CMLL has two different people on their lineups named Joker at the same time, possibly hasn’t figured it out.

CMLL (TUE) 06/27/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Cholo & Templario
2) Astral, Magnus, Robin vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Johnny Idol, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Raziel, Sagrado, Virus
4) Esfinge vs Disturbio [lightning]
5) Fuego, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

We’re getting so much Diamante Azul next week, I wonder what new tattoos he’ll have. Hijos del Infierno are teaming up a lot without a trios title program. Opener would be the first CMLL streaming appearance for Templario since July.

06/19/2017 AAA in Nuevo Laredo Results (Mami & Hamburguesa mixed tag champs)

photo via AAA’s Twitter

AAA TV (MON) 06/19/2017 Poliforum, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa b Lady Shani & Venum [AAA MIXED TAG]
vacant titles following Sexy Star quitting the company (apparently over refusing to lose them) and Pentagon Jr. forfeiting them after defending them 2 v 1. Mami & Hamburguesa won qualifying matches. Venum got his shot from the Oro de Oportunidad and picked Shani as his partner. Hamburguesa & Mami are the 14th champions, both winning an AAA title first.
2) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © b Hernandez & Máscara de Bronce [AAA TAG]
First defense. Hernandez didn’t get along with Bronce (and it’s unclear why they were a team getting a title shot except to break up.) Kevin Kross took Bronce’s title shot case after the match.
3) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker © NC Aerostar, Drago, Raptor [AAA TRIOS]
would’ve been second defense. Poder del Norte won via foul, but Vampiro threw out the match and declared the two teams would have a series of matches. The length of the series was left unspecified.
4) Marty Martinez b Texano Jr.
Billed as a Lucha Underground match. Killshot was advertised for this show, did not appear.
5) Estrella Divina b Pimpinela Escarlata
At some point in the show (maybe after this match), Averno attacked Pimpinela, but Sangre Chicana made the save.
6) Averno & Súper Fly b Argenis & La Parka
Presumably intended to be a tag match, but mostly a Argenis vs OGT match with no La Parka. He showed up later, apparently having been attacked backstage. OGT fouled Argenis to win. (Vampiro did not annul this result.)
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Kevin Kross b Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano, Psycho Clown [Relevos Increíbles]
Billed as a relevos increíbles though Pagano is essentially a tecnico now. Texano distracted Fantasma to set up Kross’ win.

Air Date: 07/15 and 07/22

This was the usually 0 for 7 on advertised matches. Usually, everyone ends up on the show but in different matches. This time, 8 people (Ricky Marvin, Killshot, Taya, Faby, Mamba, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Lanzelot) all missed the show. Taya mentioned on Twitter that she was out due to injuries suffered from a drunk driver hitting her car last week. They might have not brought Faby without her. Marvin appears to be working spot shows but not TV. Killshot hadn’t mentioned AAA at all and I’m guessing plans changed there some time ago and AAA just didn’t say anything. The other are more interchangable, and there were people changed onto the show in their places, but it’s odd that Mamba didn’t wrestler on her hometown after being advertised.

The mixed tag title match happened out of nowhere but Mami & Hamburguesa were the obvious winners when the concept was announced. They keep doing bits where Mascara de Bronce loses the briefcase, so maybe they’re heading to a ladder match for it or something (pulling in guys like Kross and Hernandez and anyone else who doesn’t have something to do.)

An Aerostar/Drago/Raport vs Poder del Norte series of matches sounds fun, but it’s hard to believe AAA will carry it out in any way that makes sense with how scattered everything is at the moment. Not announcing how many matches the series sure seems like a sign they haven’t planned this out yet. (It probably should be three, to squeeze it in time for TripleMania.)

I suspect Texano/Marty won’t air. Divina beating Pimpi is a random finish but maybe a win going back later. They had set up Divina & Mamba versus Pimpi back in Arena Aficion, but that’ll be about six TV weeks before this show, hopefully they’ve taped something more in between that we haven’t been told about. The top two matches continued the usual feuds.

working TripleMania 25 card for August 27, version 1.1. Italics indicate match not official.

  • Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr., mask vs mask
  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Hijo del Fantasma vs Texano Jr. for all three AAA championships
  • a dream battle royal with Lanzelot and TBA (Sangre Chicana? OGT?)
  • probably Mesias vs Pagano in an extreme match
  • maybe something with the OGT vs Parka/Argenis/Ricky
  • maybe something with the #1 contender shot (Mascara de Bronce, Kevin Kross, Hernandez?)
  • perhaps Aerostar, Drago, Raptor versus Poder del Norte for the AAA Trios Championship
  • perhaps Faby Apache vs Taya for the Reina de Reinas title

Next taping is a week from Friday, June 30 in Puebla. That’s the farthest ahead lineup we have right now, with Monterrey not happening for about four weeks.

Hechicero keeps title over Atlantis, Volador/Cavernario tonight, IWRG FILL tomorrow

Negro Casas & Dragon Lee

CMLL (MON) 06/19/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Policeman b Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Amapola & Dalys DQ Estrellita & Sanely LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas were DQed for excessive violence and shoving Tirantes.
3) Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Rey Apocalipsis b Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Lestat LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Titán LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Lee pinned Negro Casas
6) Hechicero © b Atlantis [NWA LH] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero took falls 1/3 to retain. 3rd defense

Main event was pretty good, about as good as you’re getting from Atlantis in a singles match outside of September. Hechicero did the his SSP that he’s been doing of late and not really landing all that cleanly, and this time landing not that cleanly meant his knee smashed Atlantis’ nose. Atlantis was bleeding thru the third fall.

The rest of the show was rushed and they still went pretty long. At least I know now why they bothered to do the women’s match, since that’s a feud now. Ares & Espiritu actually interacted at the end of their match.

Tonight’s CMLL show should be one of the best Tuesday night shows of the year. It’s an oddly loaded lineup with 2 for 1 ticket discount which should provide a lot bigger crowd than usual. The main even is a rematch of an excellent match from last year, Volador putting up the NWA Welterweight Championship against Cavernario. The caveman has won in straight falls in the last two matches. A title change is unlikely but it’s likely the match will be pretty good.

The semimain has Caristico & Mistico teaming up again, with Valiente as the third partner, against the Hijos del Infierno, which looks good. The fourth match has Blue Panther, Fuego and Drone taking on Cuatrero, Sanson and Sam Adonis, which looks good. The third match has the Panther brothers & Pegasso against Puma, Tiger and Virus, which looks good. The second match has Magnus, Metatron, Oro Jr. versus Akuma, Canelo Casas, and Sangre Azteca, which looks….not so good. The opener is a minis match that’s probably skippable too, but it’s going to be a good night if you tune in about 40 minutes after start time. The show proper starts at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube page.

Guadalajara has the return of Diamante Azul, teaming with Marco & Niebla Roja versus Pierroth, Rush and Shocker.

Lucha Libre y Pasion announced Marty Scurll is coming in for their next show (which I guess confirms they have a next show.) No date, location announced. It’s also the oddness of a ROH/NJPW wrestling coming to Mexico City and apparently not working for CMLL or Lucha Memes (though I suppose this could be an extra match part of the Gran Prix?)

Rush faces LA Park on 07/29 in Arena Lopez Mateos on another Super Astros show. No word yet who else will be on that show.

Freelance/Mike Segura is currently listed on the DTU show in Arena Roberto Paz (Guadalajara), the Invasion Independente show in Arena Neza, and the FILLM in Arena Lopez Mateos show on July 1st. That’s not going to work. Dulce Garica (Sexy Star) is also listed on the Arena Neza show, after previously said she’s not wrestling any more in Mexico.

AIW posted the Flamita vs Alex Daniels vs DJZ match from last year. It’s a real fun match you should go out of your way to watch. AIW’s Chandler Biggins passed away early this morning. I didn’t know him outside of listening to AIW’s wildly entertaining podcast, but the news knocked the air out of me when I heard it this morning. My condolences to everyone who knew him.

+LuchaTV’s latest podcast has interviews with Hugo Savinovich, Ultimo Ninja, Draztick Boy and Flamita.

AULL referee Sovietico passed away.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Black Terry beat Latigo in the main event of the Rudos Neza show.

51 year old Blue Demon says it’s too early too think about a successor.

Lady Flammer won the LLF championship.

Mortiz won Crazy Frank’s hair in Tijuana.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 06/21/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Destructor, Dinámico, Drnazer vs Craken, Matrix Jr., Satán X
2) Fly Tiger, Keiser Drago, Voltar vs Adrenalina, Guerrero 2000, Warrior Jr.
3) Blue Monsther, Celestial Boy, Shadow Boy vs Acero, Auzter, Vórtize
4) Dragón Fly, Kanon, Leo vs Lunatic Xtreme, Skanda, Toxin
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Power Bull vs Aeroboy (Estado De México), Alex Pain, Centella Salazar, Dani Barrio, Homerito, Payachucho, Stone Magic, Último Conde [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Bombero Infenal) versus Gym Cuatitlan (Robin Maravilla)

There’s a Wednesday show announced on Tuesday, seems about right. The main event has students from Arena 23 de Junio as the opposition.

CMLL (MON) 06/26/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Vega vs El Perverso & Joker
2) Estrellita & Sanely vs Amapola & Dalys
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso vs Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas
4) Drone, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Dragón Lee vs Negro Casas [lightning]
6) Pierroth, Rush, Último Guerrero vs Niebla Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event is bad? Probably bad! I’m excited for Ultimo Guerrero’s invisible soccer moves.

Semimian should be better and fourth match has a chance. Women’s match has to be setting up Dalys versus Estrellita or Dallys versus Sanely. Probably the first one.

Ares & Espiritu are having a hair match in a few weeks based on long feud they haven’t been having, I’m assuming. It’s so dumb.

new lucha videos for the weekend of June 17th, 2017

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Rs-0cTWZt1EBZmutZ_Euqk

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16
taped 2017-06-16 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Raziel & Virus
2) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
3) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys in a relevos increíbles match
4) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
6) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Sansón & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match

CMLL Azteca 2017-06-17: Cloud Drive

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-06-17
taped 2017-06-13 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Cloud Drive
1) La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
2) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-06-19
taped 2017-06-14 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Black Dragón & Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme
2) Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca
3) Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega

Lucha Memes, IWRG, AAA taping tonight in Nuevo Laredo, Atlantis/Hechicero

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 06/18/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis b King Rocker (Puebla) & Rey Samuray (Puebla)
2) Toxin b Arkalis
3) Arez, Belial, Impulso b Blue Tiger (Puebla), Hijo Del Vikingo, Perverso Jr. (Puebla)
4) Rey Apocalipsis b Eterno
5) Demus 3:16 b Iron Kid
Good but hard hitting match. Demus continued to attack Iron Kid after the match until Alas de Acero & Aramis made the save. Demus said he was coming after all three Kamikazes.
6) Multifacetico (Puebla) & Prayer b Sádico & Toxin
Toxin replaced Terry 2000 (might explain why it’s last if they were waiting for him). Prayer suffered a knee injury.

Mexico State went 3-2 over the Puebla team, winning the first three and losing the last two (which again suggest the card order had to be switched around in progress.) Rey Apocalipsis beating Eterno is the surprising upset. I hope this show did well – crowd seemed not packed but nicely filled for a show with these names, showing the Lucha Memes name itself means a bit – because groups of indie guys all piling into a car and going someplace else seems to have been a thing helped grow indie wrestling in the US and maybe it can help in Mexico. Luchadors need that experience wrestling people they don’t normally work with, and the better ones can stand out on different shows. Some of the Puebla guys can be seen pretty regularly Monday nights in Arena Puebla, but CMLL’s made it pretty clear there’s no path to success from there unless you happen to be in a royal family. Maybe they can make another one.

IWRG (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme b Dragón Yuki & Voltar
Dragon Yuki replaced Shadow Boy, making his first appearance here in 10 years.
2) Climax Jr. & Shaolin b Power Bull & Vórtize
3) Black Dragón b Leo, Aramis, Demonio Infernal, Freelance
4) Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Villano III Jr. b Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly, Látigo
Latigo replaced Centvrion, but still betrayed his team because Indy Nation doesn’t like Dinamic Black.
5) Emperador Azteca b La Mosca © [IWRG IC WELTER]
Emperador Azteca becomes the 36th champion. La Mosca falls on his second defense after Hip Hop Man interference failed.
6) Internacional Pantera, Pantera del Japon, Pantera I b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno
the debuting Pantera del Japan is probably Kohei Fujimura from Wrestle-1
7) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Súper Mega
Bloody match. Super Mega needed a stretcher after a martinete. Piratas wanted a rematch in an apuesta match next week and the Oficials said OK.

Emperador Azteca beating Mosca for his title seems a quiet way to end the Argentina run. Azecta has been feuding with Imposible, so maybe that’ll be the feud.

Nights with AAA running a taping at the same time as CMLL airs a streaming show aren’t new. Usually those are Friday nights, but AAA is running a rare Monday taping . Monday is Nuevo Laredo’s usual show day, so the TV taping takes place tonight. The usual CMLL Puebla show starts at 9pm and the AAA show is scheduled to start at the same time (but will be 30-45 minutes later.) The AAA show will not air live; they’re so far ahead in taping that this show won’t start airing for about a month, on July 15th. There’s a good chance you’ll see the results this weekend and have forgotten what exactly happens by the time it finally airs.

This is an AAA TV taping in 2017, so we have both a lineup and an expectation that the lineup doesn’t really matter but everyone listed on the show will show up in one way or other. The main event was announced as Faby Apache, Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner, Kevin Kross and Taya. The match seemed designed to follow current feuds (with Kross continuing as a stand in for Mundo) but it’s unclear if the Faby/Taya feud is still on. Taya & Faby had run-ins on the Tijuana taping, but Faby beating Ayako Hamada to get a title shot at Taya was not aired on TV.

The other notable missing match from recent TV was the special Lucha Underground match in Tijuana, where Aerstar & Drago beat Killshot & Marty. Killshot didn’t wear his mask for that match, which is my guess for why it didn’t air. We’ll see if he’s masked tonight, or if he’s even there tonight. He was in England as of this morning, which is a long way from Nuevo Laredo. He can make it, it’s just going to be a long day.

The scheduled semimain is OGT vs Ricky Marvin’s friends. OGT previously challenged Poder del Norte for a trios title match, so it’s possible that may happen here instead – or maybe they’ll just set up something for TripleMania with all three teams. (Setting up things for TripleMania should be a goal here, since this will be on one of the last tapings to air before a taping.) Ricky Marvin is still around AAA; an interview with him from the AAA offices aired on Zona Ruda this week. It might have been an older one, but they wouldn’t be airing it at all if he was gone.

Pagano versus Mesias, a likely TripleMania match, is the other big match listed for the card – but there’s no telling if any of this is going to happen. You can see the scheduled lineup and make your own guesses.

There’s only 3 more scheduled TV tapings after this one prior to TripleMania: 06/30 in Puebla, 07/16 in Monterrey and 07/27 in Aguascalientes. The last one was moved up a week, creating a four week quiet period of no taping activity leading up to TripleMania. AAA’s heading to Colombia one of those weekends, but it’s still strangely large – maybe something else will be added. I’m not sure.

We can be pretty confident about the matches taking place tonight in Arena Puebla. The big match is Hechicero defending the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship against Atlantis. Atlantis is a former champion, but he’s also currently national light heavyweight champion and is unlikely to win tonight, but is an interesting opponent for Hechicero. Hechicero just faced Atlantis’ old rival Satanico in this same arena, Atlantis has faced Hechicero’s old rival Caifan a few times on Lucha Memes shows, but this is the first time they’ve ever met in a singles match. Hechicero is great, especially against the older luchadors, and this could be an interesting match if they go for it.

Semimain might also set up an interesting match with an older luchador. It’s a trios rematch, with Peste Negra (Negro Casas, Mr. Niebla, and Cavernario) versus Carsitico, Dragon Lee and Mistico. Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas was the focus last week, and could set up a lightweight title match for next week.

The rest of the card is the usual filler, with one interesting match among a lot of people scheduled on the card just to get in their weekly work. There’s one match too many on the show, just to reach those numbers, and may work against the main event going too long. Angel de Oro, Stigma & Titan face Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Vangellys in the best chance for another good match on the show. Ares & Espiritu Maligno continue to be booked every week against each other despite not feuding; they’ll team with Black Tiger, Lestat, Arkangel and Rey Apocalipsis. (Puebla’s anniversary show is probably on 07/17, they ran King Jaguar/Black Tiger the week after last year, so something should be brewing among the locals buy now.) Estrellita & Sanely face Amapola & Dalys in a rare women’s 2v2 tag match and the show opens with the Centella Rojas against Fuerza Chicana & Policeman.

A show headlined by Carsitico & Mistico versus Ultimo Guerrero & Volador sold out Mazatlan’s Cancha German Evers (more than 2000 people, largest crowd in some time.) They were also honoring singer Julio Preciado, so he might have had something to do with it. Principe Kisho & Terremoto King Jr. picked up the Pacific Coast Tag Team championship from Vaquero Jr. & Gallo in the semimain.

A new lucha libre documentary (Rudismo) on a local luchador is scheduled to debut in Leon’s film festival on 06/26.

La Jarochita is headed to Japan for REINA on 07/19.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Artillero & Templario
2) Astral, Star Jr., Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
3) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Morphosis, Pólvora
4) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Titán, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Carístico, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

I don’t think CMLL will be streaming this one. UG/Niebla Roja in the main event in the main event.

CMLL (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Patriarca & Owen vs Destello & Destructor
2) Cirujano, Neutrón, Rielero vs Difunto, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
3) Esfinge, Magnum, Metatrón vs Exterminador, Furia Roja, Maléfico
4) Joker © vs Vaquero Jr. [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
3rd defense
5) Tigre Blanco vs El Divino, Cosmos, Gran Kenut, Thunder Boy, Linterna, Fantástico, Black Sugar, Relámpago Azul, Guerrero de la Muerte [cage, mask]

This was set up two weeks ago (yesterday was the MDA show, which looked packed – hoping for a full recap to turn up, but I don’t think they’ve gotten to the Tuesday show yet, let me start this again)

These matches were all set up two weeks ago, a big show for the local guys who mostly work just the Sunday show. There’s no strong favorite in the mask match. I’d be surprised if Joker lost his title, but Vaquero is the kind of guy who’d beat him and it’s also a title that’s only defended twice a year anyway.

Cirujano and Owen are the latest new names. There’s a Cirujano wrestling regularly in Tonala (20 minutes away), so maybe it’s him. There was actually an Owen who wrestled a bonus match back in 2009. I’m assuming it’s someone new.

great match roundup, week of 2017-06-10

one bonus Sanson GIF

Recaps

I’ve neglected to post this three times already this week. This is a top heavy list. One of these matches is rated on a periscope viewing that’s probably not live any more. Everyone liked Dragon Lee versus Cavernario more than me so maybe you should watch it anyway? These lists are getting long.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Sansón & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 2017-06-16
good Mr. Niebla vs Rush, Marco Corleone, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Terrible, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Kráneo, Euforia for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship and in a cibernetico match CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-06-10 2017-06-06
good Drone, Esfinge, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-12 2017-06-12
good Aerostar vs Drago [Cueto Cup] and [16f] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-14 2016-05-08
good Dragón Lee vs Cavernario in a lightning match 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 2017-06-16

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Big Mami & Lady Shani vs Goya Kong & La Hiedra AAA Worldwide en Pachuca Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Junio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-10 2017-05-16
ok Argenis, La Parka, Pimpinela Escarlata, Ricky Marvin vs Averno, Chessman, Mamba, Súper Fly AAA Worldwide en Pachuca Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Junio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-10 2017-05-16
ok Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Carta Brava Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Soul Rocker AAA Worldwide en Pachuca Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Junio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-10 2017-05-16
ok Flyer, Meyer, París vs Joker, King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-12 2017-06-12
ok Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray vs Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-12 2017-06-12
ok Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone vs Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-12 2017-06-12
ok Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-12 2017-06-12
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-13 2017-06-13
ok Fuego vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-13 2017-06-13
ok Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Hechicero, Morphosis, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-13 2017-06-13
ok Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-13 2017-06-13
ok the Mack vs Mala Suerte [Cueto Cup] and [16f] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-14 2016-05-08
ok Pentagón Dark vs Argenis [Cueto Cup] and [16f] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-14 2016-05-07
ok Texano Jr. vs Famous B [Cueto Cup] and [16f] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-14 2016-05-07
ok Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Raziel & Virus 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 2017-06-16
ok Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 2017-06-16
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 2017-06-16
below average Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-13 2017-06-13
below average Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-13 2017-06-13
bad Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys in a relevos increíbles match 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 2017-06-16

Marco keeps heavyweight title in first defense, additional Alvarado/UG car video surfaces

got your mask

CMLL (SAT) 06/17/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Canelo Casas, Nitro, Templario b Bengala, Magnus, Robin
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther b Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Hechicero, Terrible, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa
rudos took 1/3
5) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Mephisto fouled Maximo Valiente

CMLL (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. b Astral & Sensei LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO 18 DE JUNIO DIA DEL PDRE EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Dalys, Metálica, Zeuxis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO 18 DE JUNIO DIA DEL PDRE EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Zeuxis was eliminated, but pulled off Sugehit’s mask from the outside to set up Dalys’ win.
3) El Gallito & Microman b Mije & Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO 18 DE JUNIO DIA DEL PDRE EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gallito & Microman remain undefeated
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. DQ Felino, Hechicero, Pierroth LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO 18 DE JUNIO DIA DEL PDRE EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Pierroth fouled Angel de Oro
5) Marco Corleone © b Terrible [CMLL HEAVY] LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO 18 DE JUNIO DIA DEL PDRE EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marco took falls 2/3 to retain. First defense
6) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO 18 DE JUNIO DIA DEL PDRE EN LA ARENA MEXICO (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Stuka replaced Diamante Azul a few hours after the lineup was posted.

CMLL announced they’d be doing a live stream of this show at 4:53pm, seven minutes before the show. They are surely the masters of promotion. I watched most of the show and am not sure if I’ll do a proper recap. Terrible/Marco is the only match worth watching.

Zeuxis vs Princesa Sugehit continues on unchanged by other events. CMLL didn’t acknowledge Sugehit’s WWE participation but she did mention in her post match back stage interviewer.

A second video of the Alvarados destroying Ultimo Guerrero’s car has surfaced. To be clear, this is more video of the same incident. This one appears to be taken by Maximo himself, who taunts Ultimo Guerrero while it’s going. Brazo de Platino also appears to be shooting video at the same time, so it’s possible more may be out there. It’s a surprise the video still exists at all: it’s a people involved admitting to the crime they’re committing while it’s happening and deleting would normally be the first thing to do, but it’s obviously got passed around instead. The Box Y Lucha version of the video says Ultimo Guerrero has said he’s in the process of legal action, and that’s the about all we know since it happened.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Brazo de Plata & Brazo de Platino. Super Porky said he’s still not cleared to return after being told he had to lose 40kg (90lbs) and hopes to return in 3 months. (I feel like he’s been saying about the same things the whole time he’s been gone.) Brazo de Platino didn’t seem to have any remorse for what he did, but couldn’t speak in detail about it.

Defy Wrestling announced it will host a The Crash show on August 3rd in Tacoma, Washington, as part of the tie up between the two groups. That’s a Thursday night, so it’ll probably be easier to get most of the usual names.

AAA’s TV show is up. They began the Father’s Day weekend show with Faby and her two non-wrestling sisters talking about El Apache, and it was very well done.

Mascara de Bronce talks about his quest for his title shot against Johnny Mundo, mentions his family’s business is selling churros and fries.

Soberano & Caristico want a tag title shot. I’m not sure who has a better shot here.

Hijo del Fantasma, Super Fly, Mini Histeria and Raptor trained Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola as part of a NFL visiting Mexico promotion.

On today’s Dragon Gate show, it was officially announced Flamita would be back in Japan next week. Draztick Boy is heading over too, for June and July.

Silueta beat Reina Isis on the REINA show today. Silueta said she’s headed back to Mexico.

Metaleon joined Indy Nation at the Rudos de Neza show on Saturday. His partner Mr. Leo was already in the group.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 06/24/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Fiero & Sonic vs Grako & Yago
2) Bengala, Leono, Príncipe Diamante vs Espanto Jr., Metálico, Nitro
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Maybe hope the Monday revisions take Diamante Azul off all these lineups again. Valiente & Mephisto match up again, so that’s probably the title match coming up here.

Opener would be a debut for Sonic. He wrestled in the opener in the DragonMania show, and actually was on the last ever Elite show in an untelevised opener. He’s wrestled in other indies and is a small guy.

Soberano & Caristico Gran Alternativa champions, Escorpion Ingobernable

Cavernario DDT

CMLL (FRI) 06/16/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Raziel & Virus b Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:40. Rudos took 2/3
3) Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys b Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:18. Vanegllys’ team took 2/3, the last via foul.
4) Dragón Lee b Cavernario [lightning] 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:42
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:09. Straight falls, Gran Guerrero unmasking Niebla Roja for the DQ as part of their campaign to make him stop wearing the mask. Valiente replaced Diamante Azul on Monday
6) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Sansón & Último Guerrero [Gran Alternativa, final] 2017-06-16 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 16 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:39. Tecnicos took 2/3 to win the tournament. Caristico joins Ultimo Guerrero as a three time winner.

You should go out of your way to see the main event and Dragon Lee/Cavernario had a lot of what you’d want from that match. The Vangellys/Pierroth trios was nearly as bad as the main event was good.

Super Astro (FRI) 06/16/2017 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Alas de Acero, Demasiado, Diva Salvaje b Astrolux, Centvrión, Pegazus
2) Rossy Moreno b Keira, Lady Apache
3) Fresero Jr. b Boby Zavala
Zavala was welcomed to the indies by losing via foul to Fresero Jr. Zavala wants a hair match.
4) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Mr. Leo vs Imposible, Látigo, Metaleón
5) Máximo, Mr. Águila, Silver King b Black Taurus (Elite), Oriental, Septiembre Negro Jr.
6) Daga, Garza Jr., Golden Magic b Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
7) Penta 0M & Rey Fénix b Jack Evans & Rey Horus and Flamita & Laredo Kid [PWG TAG]
Penta & Rey Fenix retained the tag titles.
8) La Máscara & Zorro b LA Park & Rey Escorpión
Before the match, La Mascara showed a Rush promo saying he was coming on June 29th. Referee Teddy was knocked down during the match, with Maximo, Hijo de LA Park and Penta 0M all running in. Rey Escorpion betrayed LA Park to give La Mascara the win and to rejoin Los Ingobernables.

Black Terry Jr. has video of La Mascara & LA Park fighting, Rey Escorpion betraying LA Park, and Rey Escorpion talking about being an Ingobernable (again.) The promo tease was Rush vs LA Park, and Rush hanging out with his indie buddies. Rush seems to have a free reign to do things CMLL might not allow others, but it’d be something different if he’s allowed to work many shows with the guys who were fired from CMLL and The Crash guys. That’s definitely the tease, but a show where he simply wrestles LA PArk without some of the usual names is possible. (On the other hand, with how much money “Super Astro” seems to be spending on talent, maybe everything is possible.)

Zavala talked about starting on the indies. Losing to Fresero in his debut suggests he’s not going to be booked in a strong place to start on the indies. Rey Escorpion seems to have gotten the trios spot with Mascara & Maximo instead.

AAA today will have

  • Aerostar & Drago vs Australian Suicide & Bengala for a tag title shot
  • Máscara de Bronce vs Venum vs Lanzeloth vs Raptor in a Golden Opportunity match
  • Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs El Mesías & Pagano for the AAA tag team titles

The 06/09 KBW show in Madero with Rey Mysterio and lots of The Crash guys was said to be 60% full (about 4,500 people.) They had a rope break in the first match and used just a top and bottom rope for the rest of the show.

On Konnan’s Podcast Boom, he says Impact wants Aerostar & Drago as LAX’s opponents for Slammiversary on 07/02. Aerostar & Drago are obviously under contract to Lucha Underground. There’s obviously a piece we’re missing here, because that facts don’t make any sense with the information we have and they’re not stupid people. Impact’s not going to put themselves in a position to get a legal threat from Lucha Underground, so AAA (Dorian) must be telling them something to put them at ease. Either AAA is outright lying to Impact (seems unlikely since they’d still want them to work TripleMania) or AAA believes they have some way of getting around their Lucha Underground contracts. Maybe they cover TV but not PPV? Maybe they’ve been violated in some way? There has to be something.

Either way, as much as AAA says they’re behind Lucha Underground, doing things to undermine that show like sending two guys who are meant to be feuding as a team to another TV promotion suggest they may not be as behind it as they claim. It hasn’t happened yet – the story is Jarrett wants those guys, not that they’re the guys who are going – but it’s feels a little shady.

More on that podcast in the lineups.

Lots of shows this weekend, many with Father’s Day promotions or themes. Starting on Saturday

I’m heading to the AAW show outside of Chicago. Garza Jr. debuts for the promotion against ACH and Penta 0M defends the Heritage title against Trevor Lee.

Sunday

LuchaWorld has the latest lucha report.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 3×16.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/23/2017 Arena México
1) Flyer & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Disturbio
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Vangellys vs Pierroth [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Euforia, Rush

This card does not look as good. Gran Alternativa finalists have usually come back the following week for a trios match, but not so much this year.

Diamante Azul is back this time, maybe. Perhaps CMLL was one week off like with Volador. The semimain looks like the best match on the show. Vangellys/Pierroth will be bad no matter how much they have on it. Sugehit right back on Friday night shows and against Zeuxis – that might be the first time we hear from her on the WWE spot unless media goes to the Sunday show.

The Crash (SUN) 07/02/2017 Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos, Oaxaca, Oaxaca
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) Séptimo Dragón vs Astrolux
4) Diamante (Elite), Mr. 450, Rey Horus vs Bestia 666, Black Taurus (Elite), Hijo de Pirata Morgan
5) Daga & Zorro vs Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario
6) Penta 0M, Rey Fénix (US), Rey Misterio Jr. vs La Máscara, Máximo, Rey Escorpión (Elite)

Konnan gave this lineup on his latest podcast. I’m guessing there’d be a couple locals matches to get to the usual length, but I’m just guessing that. The upcoming schedule was said to be Mexicali & Puebla in August, Mexico City (Naucalpan) maybe in August, Guadalajara in November and WrestleCon next year. Konnan’s been trying to get a show on WrestleCon back to his last few years in AAA, but the lucha shows have a way of not coming thru every year on that show. Hope this changes it; it’d be easier to do because a lot of The Crash guys figure to be working other shows but more challenging because a lot of what makes The Crash different in Mexico (using those guys for a super indie style) makes them similar to many of the groups running that weekend. Konnan also mentioned he and Roberto Figueroa filmed a TV pilot for The Crash.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-16 (Soberano wins Gran Alternativa)

new heroes

Recapped: 06/16/2016

Matches: 

  1. Raziel & Virus beat Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial (12:31+ [3:50+, 3:23, 5:18], 1/3, ok?)
  2. Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora  beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.(13:40 [5:48, 3:13, 4:39], 2/3, ok)
  3. Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys beat Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match (16:18 [2:12, 5:36, 8:30], 2/3, bad)
  4. Dragón Lee beat Cavernario in a lightning match (9:42, hanging double stomp, good)
  5. Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas (5:09 [3:36, 1:33], 1/2 DQ, ok)
  6. Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Sansón & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament final (19:39 [4:25, 2:50, 12:24], 2/3, excellent)

What happened: 

Dragon Lee lived

Soberano Jr. & Carístico won the 2017 Gran Alternativa, cleanly defeating Sansón & Último Guerrero by taking the last two falls of a spectacular main event.

Gran Guerrero unmasked and humiliated Niebla Roja in the semifinal, at the cost of losing his own match in straight falls. The Guerreros continue to make Niebla Roja pay for his behavior and for wearing the Guerrero mask.

Vangellys fouled Pierroth to defeat him, somewhat getting the best of him two weeks in a row.

CMLL promoted a concert taking place on July 29th harder than they promote most of their shows (and we’ll probably see the ad for the next six weeks.)

Misterioso is making a low key point of unmasking a técnico after every match now. It doesn’t look like he’s getting that Soberano feud, so he’s going to go after everyone.

Thoughts: 

Ultimo Guerrero is really strong

This looked like a really strong complete show on paper. It turned into a two match show, but those two matches really delivered.

The main event was all about making Soberano. Último Guerrero was the exact perfect opponent for him, working with him as he had with Mistico and Sombra and another Mistico in the past, making each other look brilliant from their first fall exchange on. Guerrero sold it like he was frustrated by this youngster, and bested by him at the end. Carístico was obviously super motivated by both the spotlight and the outcome, trying to keep up with Soberano’s spectacular moves. Sansón wasn’t given as much in this match – the Copa Junior was a better spotlight for him – but he made the most of what he got to do and didn’t feel out of place. Soberano did everything he needed to do as well as he could do it. CMLL’s gotten behind him in a major way, and he’s shown they made the right call.

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There’s some shakeyness near the end. Sansón & Soberano have a super complicated sequence when seems to end not how it planned. The actual finish of the match seems a little too soon. It’s enough to make me debate which grade to put on it. The idea behind a scale is that an excellent match is that anyone who has interest in wrestling, not just lucha libre, should check the match out. This match has a few flaws but fits that criteria.

Dragon Lee & Cavernario shouldn’t be overlooked. This was not their best match, due a malfunctioning front cracker spot early on and whatever plans they had for apron insanity going awry, but 85% of what they wanted to do is still pretty exciting. It got better as they want along, and Dragon Lee seems like he’s picked up a few tricks from Japan that he’s just waiting to try out: the rolling slam into a moonsault into a Spanish Fly was new for Arena Mexico. This was oe where the time limit draw would’ve been an acceptable finish, but at least we’ll get a few more minutes of them in upcoming matches.

The rest of the show had some low moments. The semimain just wasn’t much, a hurried match just to re-enforce the storyline. It might have been cut short because other things went long. The Pierroth/Vangellys match very visibly derailed for a while; I think people were out of position for the comeback spot and it took about two minutes of talking and standing around to get them where they wanted. The rest of the match was not good. It’s a testament to how hot the crowd was for the show that this they survived one of the worst matches of the year without really being hurt for the rest of the show. The second match was missing a lot of the usual rhythm and crispness with that group of guys. Only half the opener aired on the stream, but what we saw included Sangre Imperial screwing something up badly and/or Virus sabotaging him, so I don’t think we missed all that much.

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Gran Alternativa final tonight, Sugehit to the WWE women’s tournament, AAA on Slammiversary

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Klandestino (THU) 06/15/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos [@PlantillaDepor1, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, R de Rudo]
1) Dragón Force, Hijo de Zumbido, Vampiro Metálico b Pegazus, Shibata, Spider Boy
2) Chucho el Roto, Súper Terry, Yakuza DQ Factor, Rayan, Spector
3) Dante, Euro, Filder b Arez, Belial, Impulso
Los Incontenibles took 2/3, though they apparently cheated to win the second fall. Los Indystrongtibles wanted a title shot despite losing.
4) Kilvan, Sádico, Yoruba b Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Terry 2000
Imposible & Emperador Azteca could not get along and made challenges after the match.
5) Black Taurus, Daga, Penta 0M, Samoano DQ La Máscara, Máximo, Rey Escorpión Penta Zero M, Daga, Black Tauro y Samoano vs La Máscara, Máximo y Rey Escorpión, en Klandestino (posted by +LuchaTV)
Samoano was helping the Rebelion team for unclear reasons, making this a 4v3 match. La Mascara fouled & unmasked Penta, covered for the pin, then got DQed anyway.

Mascara walked off with Pentagon’s mask, and Pentagon & Daga attacked Mascara & Maximo in the back. LuchaTV already has the full match up, which is remarkably fast turnaround. (The Virus/Prayer match that popped up yesterday is said to be MOTYC caliber and I’m maybe watching it tonight, but that’s a match that got posted after 3 months instead of 12 hours.)  Attendance looked about the same as Lucha y Pasion, which I think is probably a better results – this was on a Thursday and following that loaded show with less fly-ins.

Today’s the final of the Gran Alternativa tournament, where Ultimo Guerrero & rookie Sanson taking on Caristico & rookie-ish Soberano to determine the 22th winner of this sometimes annual tournament. Ultimo Guerrero is already a three time winner, having won as a novato with Blue Panther in 1999, then as the veteran half of the team with Dragon Rojo in 2008 and Rey Escorpion in 2011. Caristico is a two time winner, winning as a novato in 2004 with Hijo del Santo (which rocketed him to top) and as a veteran with La Sombra in 2007 (which started his big push.)

Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson are the favorites. Soberano & Caristico have to overcome CMLL bookings patterns, which tend to spread the wins out. They’d also have to overcome the booking pattern of Caristico always losing the big match in this CMLL run, losing in the final of the incredible partners tournament last year and losing his title challenges in the last year. Their seems to be a definite ceiling on how far CMLL is willing to push Caristico this time around, and he may be bumping his head off it again today. The best hope is CMLL decides the story they’re telling with Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero is more important and has Roja somehow coast UG the victory. The match has the makings of being a great match whatever way it ends; Ultimo Guerrero & Mistico are classic opponents, Sanson & Soberano just had that very strong match, and both teams compliment each other well. This is a situation where they’re going to be given a full opportunity to have an outstanding match.

There’s other promising matches on this show. Dragon Lee and Cavernario might steal their show in their lightning match. Both seem to have bigger singles matches coming up – Cavernario/Volador on Tuesday, possibly Dragon Lee/Negro Casas a week from Monday – but they’ve produced great matches against each other in the past. The semimain would be the best match on most shows: Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja & Valiente taking on Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Negro Casas.

The Vangellys/Pierroth feud, a real thing, continues in the third match. Kraneo & Rush team with Pierroth while Shocker & Terrible team with Vangellys. The second match has a bunch of people used to working a little higher, as Drone, Guerrero Maya & Stuka face Dragon Rojo, Misterioso and Polvora. The show opens with Virus & Raziel against Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial, which at least might produce some GIFs. Raziel is currently 10-3 in regular Arena Mexico matches their year, an incredible record for an early match rudo (who traditionally lose about 2/3rds of their matches.) It’s probably not an accident, but it’s also something they’re not hyping.

This show should air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm. Hopefully it’ll go smoother this time. It’s also supposed to be on Facebook Live, but that got cut when the feed has issues last week. We do not know if CMLL will be posting it on YouTube.

ESTO talked to Sanson & Ultimo Guerrero about this final. Ultimo Guerrero states that he’s not going to take it easy on Soberano even though he’s Euforia’s son, because UG’s a professional and the goal is to win. UG feels his team is the favorite but doesn’t want to be over confident, and believed Volador & Flyer were going to be their opponents in the final. UG throws a hair vs mask challenge to Niebla Roja for the Anniversario. Sanson just says he wants revenge on Soberano for beating him in Copa Junior.

Tonight also has another Super Astro show in Arena Azteca Budokan with a cornucopia of indie guys. LA Park & Rey Escorpion versus La Mascara & Zorro is the main event. Flamita, Laredo Kid, Rey Fenix vs Jack Evans, Penta 0M, and Rey Horuz is probably the best match. Bobby Zavala has his first post-CMLL match in the undercard.

WWE announced the first four participants in it’s Mae Young Touranment. There was a CMLL name on the list, and it was surprising pick: Princesa Sugehit. Sugehit has been a solid luchadora in CMLL, as a both a ruda and a tecnica, for many years and would be a fine representative but she’s never been the most exciting luchadora and is older than any woman WWE would normally bring in. She also just won the Mexican National Women’s championship from Zeuxis a couple months ago from Zeuxis, which seemed like a sign Zexuis was the one losing since CMLL took their title off Mascara Dorada before he went into this tournament. Perhaps Sugehit’s assured CMLL she’s staying somehow.

The connection I missed and look obvious now is Princesa Sugehit is Dark Angel’s most famous opponent. Dark Angel lost her mask to Sugehit when she was starting out in Monterrey and the two were opponents for a number of years. Dark Angel’s farewell match was against Sugehit in Arena Mexico. Dark Angel now works as a producer for WWE and probably has a voice in these selections.

It’s hard to tell if CMLL knew. CMLL took the welterweight championship off Mascara Dorada when he was going to WWE for the Cruiserweight Tournament last year, but put the national women’s title on Sugehit about the same distance in advance. CMLL’s also been heating up the Zeuxis/Sugehit feud and it seems likely they’ll have a mask match sometime in the next three months, but WWE might throw a wrench in that. Sugehit figures to have a much harder path to getting signed full time by WWE than Dorada or Raul Mendoza for a variety of reasons, so maybe it’s not as much a concern to CMLL.

WWE only released the first four names. There’s scheduled to be 32, just like the Cruiserweight Classic. There were two Mexicans in the CWC, so it’s very possible someone else from Mexico could be invited. (There was also one Puerto Rician and one alternate from Puerto Rico, and Zeuxis specifically has a couple ways of being invited.)

Sugehit’s next CMLL match is scheduled to be Sunday in Arena Mexico. It’s unknown when WWE will announce the rest of the tournament.

PWInsider reported Impact is looking for an AAA team to face LAX for the tag team championship on their Slammiversary PPV on 07/02. Figuring out who it could be is tough, and not just because there’s less interesting options in AAA than there was a year ago: as discussed endlessly on this site, trying to figure out which AAA people can legally work an Impact show (who Lucha Underground does not have rights on) is really thorny.

The other issue here is the Wrestling Observer Newsletter previously reported Konnan (who manages LAX) was promised he and his team would never have to interact with the AAA wrestlers due to his bad relationship with the company. AAA probably isn’t all that thrilled with interacting with Konnan, and this is a big political mess for a match that will be getting only a small bit of attention going into that PPV. There’s other goals here – Impact might be looking to introduce AAA luchadors to it’s audience before including them on house shows later this year – but it’s a challenging way to accomplish them.

It may be unrelated, but t feels like this is heading to end of the formal The Crash/Impact relationship. The Crash hasn’t brought in any Impact wrestlers since March, after Bobby Lashley was pulled off the show late and The Crash ran an angle teasing the alliance would be over until/if Lashley came to Tijuana to defend against Garza. (Jeremy Borasch has been at the shows, but the TNA involvement has definitely been downplayed.) The Crash has been bringing in US indie names since that point and done just as well with them; you could argue that most of the people TNA could offer themselves would be a downgrade to that audience, or at least not really be worth any additional hassle or cost. What Impact’s parent company really wants is video content, so maybe this all changes whenever The Crash starts recording their own shows (or maybe even Impact/Anthem eventually produces them), but the relationship doesn’t seem to have grown the way it was expected when it was first announced.

In Acapulco, Volador betrayed Caristico in the main event to set up a title match between them on the next Cholo de Tijuana show.

Yahoo! writes about Sam Adonis in CMLL.

CMLL has an article trying to get you hyped about the return of King Haku. It didn’t work.

Rey Escorpion still wants a hair match with Latin Lover, coming off them doing tease on all the FULL/Alberto shows.

Psycho Clown visited the Diablo Rojo baseball team. And their new Zona Ruda episode.

Porra Tepito, the loud group of fans in Arena Mexico, are now 14 years old. This article does include someone who watches CMLL every week complaining that wrestling is not as good as it used to be.

LuchaWorld has a new episode of the Lucha Clasica podcast.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 3×15.

Fuego en el Ring has their latest podcast.

ROH posted the Ultimo Guerrero, Hechicero, Okumura vs Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Kamaitachi  match from last year’s trios tournament. They actually list him as Hiromu Takahashi which is maybe a reminder how much more he’s known now in the US than he was under his CMLL name.

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IWRG (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy & Voltar vs Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme
2) Climax Jr. & Shaolin vs Power Bull & Vórtize
3) Leo vs Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Freelance
4) Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Villano III Jr.
5) La Mosca © vs Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC WELTER]
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6) Internacional Pantera, Pantera Del Japon, Pantera I vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno
7) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Súper Mega vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

How many Panteras can there be? Too many Panteras, that’s what I say. I assume this the Wrestle-1 kid who was heading to Mexico and talking about getting a masked gimmick.

That five way in the third match should be fun, hope it makes TV.