Lucha Underground 2×26: Ultima Lucha Dos-Part 3

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Matches

Aerostar, Fenix, Drago vs Jack Evans, PJ Black, Johnny Mundo (11:49, Fenix Fire Driver Johnny Mundo, great)

Dragon Azteca DQ Black Lotus (4:11, Pentagon attacks Dragon Azteca, OK)

Matanza defeated Pentagon Dark (11:35, Wrath of the Gods, great)

Taya defeated Ivelisse (6:46, northern lights suplex to double stomp, good)

Rey Mysterio defeated Prince Puma (16:40, off the top rope huracanrana, excellent )

Developments

guess we need a name for this
guess we need a name for this

Most of the big story points revolved around Pentagon. For one, he’s no longer “Pentagon Jr.”, but “Pentagon Dark..” Vampiro forced Pentagon to destroy his own past self, the self that was not enough to defeat Matanza, to finally become strong enough to beat Matanza. Pentagon Jr. had to be extinguished so Pentagon Dark could live. (That appeared to reference back to the season 2 slogan of “a much darker place”.)

Pentagon was not interested in waiting for his title match, interrupting the Dragon Azteca/Black Lotus match (where Azteca seemed to be winning) by attacking Azteca, then breaking both Lotus and Azteca’s arms as new sacrifices for his maestro. Pentagon indeed was much stronger against Matanza, taking the fight to him from an opening dive and dominating Matanza much more than anyone has yet. Dario seemed concerned and desperate thru most of the match, while Vampiro was unabashedly rooting for his student from the desk. Matanza did put up a fight, but seemed done or very close to it after a Mexican Destroyer. Pentagon did not pin, but looked over to Vampiro, who handed him the same barbed wire bat Vampiro had used earlier in the season. Pentagon took the bat and prepared to swing, only to be stopped by Dario. Pentagon easily stopped Dario and attempted to break his arm once again, only for Matanza to smack Pentagon in the back with the bat. One Wrath of the Gods later, it was over and Matanza had retained his championship once again. (The crowd was not happy with this finish, one of the more noticeable negative reactions.)

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crazy splashes all over the place

Vampiro tried to console Pentagon after the failure, but Pentagon angrily shoved him away and yelled at Vampiro, blaming him for the advice to use the bat. A disconsolate Vampiro rejoined the announce both, took his medicine, and eventually returned to his normal personality over the course of the following Taya/Ivelisse match. As Striker was closing out the show, Pentagon came thru the crowd behind them and hit Vampiro with the same bat, then took out Striker with a superkick. Pentagon grated the bat across the forehead of a defenseless Vampiro, destroying him while again blaming him for the loss and declaring himself to now be the real maestro. The in-ring season ended with a stare at Vampiro’s face covered in blood.

Dario did keep the title, but his future is less certain. The closing shot of the season was Dario (and only Dario, no Matanza or even Black Lotus) being loaded into a police van and taken away in handcuffs. Dario looked distraught about the situation, but was smiling as the show came to an end, in a repeat to how the first season ended.

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springboard imploding tope con giro

There was a bit of unexpected super natural magic in the Taya/Ivelisse match. Ivelisse appeared to be close to victory (though, like Dragon Azteca, it didn’t seem certain) when the lights went out. When they came back on, Catrina had taken the place of the referee. Catrina took out Ivelisse with a Rosa DDT, then the same lights off/lights on trick put the referee back in the ring in time to watch Taya finish Ivelisse off.

The rest of the show was normal wrestling matches, by comparison. The Prince Puma/Rey Mysterio match was previewed with a long look back at how Puma got to this point (with much more Konnan old mic work than we’ve gotten the rest of the season combined), noting Puma was found fighting on the streets by Puma. Puma himself was somewhat darker in this match, both in costume and attitude. His normal arrogance seemed to betray him at moments, especially near the end: Puma paused on the top rope and told Rey Misterio he was sorry before going for the 630, which might have given Rey just enough time to roll out of the way. Rey won with an incredible huracanrana, and generally looked about half his age much of this match.

bad times for Dragon Azteca
bad times for Dragon Azteca

The only unusual thing about the opener was referee Rich Knox throwing a mild fit and demanding both sides start obeying the tag rules. It came after an extended period of the Worldwide Underground swapping in and out without tags, but he acted in time to stop a técnicos triple dive. The match calmed down for a while, but eventually got out of control again, culminating with Jack pulling out Knox as he was making a three count (and maybe knocking him out in the process, since Knox was down for a long time.) Worldwide rudos made copious uses of belt shots in attempt to keep their belts, but their actions were countered by the surprise return of Angelico. Angelico showed up on crutches, but they were more there for offense, as he hit Mundo repeatedly with them as he went for the Fin de Mundo. (Our impression is Mundo was the one who attacked Angelico – Angelico seemed to think so, and Mundo did take his spot on the team with Havoc & Ivelisse the week after he was gone – but Mundo didn’t have time to admit to it.) Fenix plucked Mundo off the top rope and dropped him with the Fire Driver to win the match and the trios titles. Fenix becomes the first and only person to win all three Lucha Underground championships.

End of Season 2 championship

  • Lucha Underground Championship: Mtatanza
  • Gift of the Gods Champion: Sexy Star
  • Lucha Underground Trios Championship: Aerostar, Drago and Fenix

(Of note in the real world, Lucha Underground’s Twitter specifically noted the wait between seasons would not be as long this time. From Dusk till Dawn, El Rey’s other original show, premiers on September 8th, which may factor into the date. )

Thoughts

seems familiar
seems familiar

Ultima Lucha 1 had some matches didn’t work at all, and some segments which wouldn’t great. Nothing on this show was as useless as the Texano/Demon/Chavo truncated segment from last season, but some of the highs didn’t feel as high as last season.

Let’s gett the complaints out of the way first. All Pentagon can seem to do of late is feud with luchadors who paint their face, are mostly bald, and need to do hardcore wrestling as a crutch to get thru matches. The Pentagon Dark video was superb (and also probably a surrogate for a longer end of the season video), but the prospect of more with Vampiro and Pentagon does not fill me with anticipation. My hunch is it was something to save face for Pentagon, after even the transformation wasn’t enough to get him the championship, and made sure we wouldn’t be thinking of Pentagon Dark as a failure during the offseason. (Vampiro as booking sacrifice, more or less.) The thing is, this totally felt like the moment to do the title change, the crowd was ready for it, and instead they’re going with Matanza a while longer with no clear next direction for the champ either.. (That, and the ending scene with extremely small amounts of useful information, did not give me much to ponder during this indeterminate break.)

Mexican Destroyer
Mexican Destroyer

The disappointing ending also hurt the Ivelisse/Taya match; the live crowd didn’t seem to get into it, and it couldn’t follow what we had seen on TV either. Maybe that’s fort he best, it’s never too wise to get into a match which ends via ghostly deportation. The show did strongly foreshadow Catrina getting involved, showing the previous run-ins with Ivelisse this season, but it didn’t quite remind us why they were angry with each other in the first place. (The trios titles? That neither of them care about the moment?) It was a very whatever moment, but at least there’s a direction there.

Dragon Azteca versus Black Lotus got as bad as reviews live as any match I can recall; even months later, when I was back there live, people still felt strongly about how not strong it was. You can’t totally tell by watching it; there’s obviously some edits, and some stuff slipped thru that didn’t look good (or was just plain weird – let’s not go into the chairs!) but they did manage to salvage it enough it where neither character were ruined by the match itself. The ending of the match didn’t do them any favors, but is a bit about how they follow up on it.

Ivelisse German suplex
Ivelisse German suplex

That, buried here many words into this review, is the big difference with Ultima Lucha 2. There were stories set to carry over to the next season, but Ultima Lucha 1 went for a lot of endings, or a lot of ends of acts at least, possibly because it could’ve been the end for all they knew. They know they’ve got at least one more after this one, so a lot of stuff is left waiting for some reaction from the people involved, as if participants were paused in the middle of sentences. Maybe this one will feel stronger in retrospect when there’s about 39 episodes that’ll air, but it definitely feels different right now.

The trios title match was one match which didn’t feel like it totally clicked on Ultima Lucha 1, but did much better this time around. It was a fun, active, high energy lucha trios match. The good guys were really good, the bad guys were not, there were a billion crazy spots, and we got a little bit of unexpected story advancement by the end. The past trios champions have gone their separate ways after losing the titles, but Worldwide Underground obviously should not, they’re too good together, and probably won’t. More matches between these teams would be cool too.

Catrina Special
Catrina Special

The expectations for Rey & Puma were very high, and they exceeded them. Maybe Puma’s just amazing (and he is), but Rey was wrestling like he was half his age. Just unbelievable both the moves he was pulling off and the crispness of the execution, all the way into the finish. This was a battle that build greatly to the finish, both guys wrestling their matches at their best. Puma paying up his arrogance worked great for the end, and gave him an out losing. Not that it totally mattered, with how insanely strong Striker was putting him over by the end. They clearly teased a rematch someday, and I guess we’ll see. I don’t even know what to say about this, this was just incredible.

Season 2 didn’t have the amazement of Season 1, the slow but shocking realization that they were going to pull everything off. Not everything was pulled off as well this season, and there’s definitely bits I could argue long against (and probably have already.) Still, this season had plenty of great moments, was a worthwhile expenditure of 27 hours, and I can’t wait for season 3.

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Misterio works it out
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this was different

Ultima Lucha 2 tonight, Super J, LA Park off Elite card

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tonight

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Apocalipsis & Camorra b Bengala & Flyer LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:11. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel b Metatrón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
20:08. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:06. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Fuego DQ Virus [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:53. DQ for Virus unmasking Fuego.
5) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Robin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:40. Invasors took straight falls. Robin replaced Super Porky
6) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Sam Adonis b Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 19 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:01. Rudos took 1/3.

There have been shows with worse matches, but not shows with less going on. Monday’s show was more disappointing, but this one simply had nothing going on. On some level, when you’re running 156 streaming events a year, not every one is going to be a success. The thing is, this wasn’t a failed effort. CMLL is a promotion with two dozen title belts and over a hundred luchadors who have no particular direction but probably desperately want something to do. There’s no reason there should ever be a show without a feud or a direction, and that only can happen if people are dedicated to making shows as dead as possible. They succeeded here.

No Super Porky booking should be taken seriously at this point. He could work, or it could be anyone else, there’s absolutely no way of knowing and CMLL’s surely not going to say so. No one’s said anything, but the easy guess is health issues might have finally caught up with him to the point where he can’t get the ring.

Hints suggest Rush missed Monday due to injury, though I could be misreading them. (LA Park equally being now off Elite’s show at least suggests another explanation.) Missing shows due to injury is fine, but not advertising changes is not fine. It’s not hard.

CMLL’s recap of Stuka’s visit to ROH emphasizes he had a visual pin off his torpedo splash and that he demanded a rematch against evil Kamaitachi.

Tonight is Lucha Underground’s second season final, the third part of Ultima Lucha 3. Matches advertised on the show, in the order they

  • Black Lotus vs Dragon Azteca Jr.
  • Taya vs Ivelisse (Ivelisse promo, Taya promo)
  • PJ Black, Jack Evans and Johnny Mundo (c) vs Aerostar, Fenix, and Drago for the Lucha Underground Trios championship
  • Matanza (c) vs Pentagon Jr. for the Lucha Underground Championship (Vampiro training Pentagon video)
  • Rey Mysterio vs Prince Puma (entrances)

There was a brief 6th match taped, though it’s possible it was a dark match or something only to air if they were short on time or needed something to break up commercial breaks. You don’t miss much if it doesn’t air.

There’s also a half hour season 2 recap and a Dario Cueto State of the Union address

There’s stuff outside the matches worth anticipating, in different levels of importance. Lucha Underground has said we’ll get more about the limo guy. (Last year, we got a little bit more about Matanza, a glimpse of him, and I’d set my expectations the same for limo guy.)

Last season’s finale ended with a two minute closing video. That existed for a specific purpose, to leave open the possibility of the show moving to a different taping location. It was also memorable and iconic enough that they probably have to do it again to end this season.

In the biggest picture, getting some sort of estimate of when Season 3 might start airing would be the best news. Lucha Underground has suggested it be sometime in the fall, but I’ve heard enough different dates for both when it might air and when they might start on season 4 that I don’t really trust any of them. El Rey’s only other active original show, From Dusk till Dawn, is supposed to air a 10 episode Season 3 also sometime during the fall. A trailer for that show will air during tonight’s Lucha Underground; perhaps the two will air together, or maybe LU doesn’t come back until after that show finishes. Or maybe it’s on some other strategy.

SB Nation’s Spencer Hall wrote the best thing on Lucha Underground that any one’s ever written. And wrestling, and inter-gender wrestling. I think I met the guy with the Wrestling is An Art sign, but not at that taping.

On Friday’s Martinez Promociones show in Texas, Mystique took Chik Tormenta’s hair in a battle of masked women, and Low Rider lost his hair to Silver Tiger.

Lucha Memes says there will be a Chairo vs IWRG FILL cibernetico soon.  That sounds like a fun time.

The latest Winter Palace podcast interviews Sam Adonis.

Black Terry Jr. has plenty of highlights: Los Traumas vs Drako & Corsario Negro, Sadico vs Rey Celestial vs Fandango (said to be really good), Wotam vs Terremoto Negro, Yoruba, Kilvan, Shadow vs the Fulgors & Andy Boy, Fly Warrior vs Ludark and Impulso, Arez, Belial vs Latigo, Centvrion, Rayo Star vs Prayer, Brole, and Mini Multifacetico

RobViper has a music video of 07/13 & 20/2010 CMLL C3

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Shocker vs Dragon Rojo, Ultimo Guerrero, Volador Jr. from 2012.

Mala Hierba talk about their Innova Aztec Power show.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Charly Manson versus Negro Casas

Marco Corleone is among many ex-WWE wrestlers who are part of a lawsuit suing the company. His statement in the suit is here.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/20 NJPW: Will Ospreay defeated Titan in the first round of the Super J Cup, as expected. Match was good, if not great. Esfinge has a better spinny kick than Will Ospreay.

Lineups

ELITE (THU) 07/21/2016 Arena México
1) La Jarochita & Marcela vs Amapola & Muñeca De Plata
2) El Bandido & Emperador Azteca vs Heddi Karaoui & Príncipe Orión
3) Golden Magic, Metaleón, Titán vs Argos, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Magnus
Magno was originally announced, but Magnus replaced him on the poster update.
4) Teddy Hart vs Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite]
5) Mr. Electro & Sharly Rockstar vs Groon XXX & Súper Crazy
Grond XXX replaced Xtreme Tiger in the card update
6) Xtreme Tiger vs Diamante Azul [Liga Elite]
Xtreme Tiger replaced LA Park in the card update

LA Park is off the card, which leaves this as a really weak card. Park might be suspended, he might have left, who knows. Third match is still the best looking match.

Sharlie & Electro talk about teaming up, while Grond talks about returning to Arena Mexico.

CMLL (MON) 07/25/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, París, Zaeta Roja vs Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, Fuerza Chicana, Raziel
3) Estrellita & Lluvia vs Dalys & Zeuxis
4) Máximo Sexy, Stigma, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Skándalo
5) Black Tiger & King Jaguar vs Ares & Disturbio [relevos suicidas]
6) ? vs ?? [mask, hair]
7) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

Both men are champions but neither title is on the line in the main event

Relevos suicidas usually team rivals so the resulting apuesta match – whichever teams loses faces each other – is a feud people want to see end. I’m guessing they’re ending Black Tiger & King Jaguar

They could’ve done that same women’s tag match if Esterllita wrestled instead of Isis this past week. Fourth match is a rematch too.

Tigre Rojo Jr. is back for the first time six months (right after appearing on the Arkangel show.)

There’s going to be some short matches or this will be a long show.

CMLL (TUE) 07/26/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Starman vs El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) The Panther vs Luciferno [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Felino, Hechicero
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Rey Escorpión, Ripper

A show! A better looking show than this past week.

Mascara Dorada is still around and probably will be for a while still.

CMLL (TUE) 07/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Neutrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Aéreo, Astral, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
4) Johnny Idol, Titán, Valiente vs Sam Adonis, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

Caristico listed again this week, though what he’ll be able to do is a question. Maybe more on this when official results turn up, but the deal last night was Caristico did show up for his match as scheduled. However, during the match (seemingly early in the match), Mephisto gave him a martinete, Caristico was stretchered out and Diamante Azul (not booked but miraculously in Guadalajara and in his gear ready to go) took his place. Caristico came back to distract the rudos, and probably set up this feud with Mephisto. Caristico was in the match long enough to be noticed as not wrestling well, so he’s probably working thru the injury to some extent. It’s better than him just not showing up due with no explanation, though it reads like still a bit of bait and switch.

Anyway, THIS show: they’re setting up a Caristico/Mephisto match soon, I’d guess.

great match roundup, week of 2016-07-02

Lots of not good matches this week. I really didn’t like a lot of that Tuesday show. I probably underrated Havoc/Cage. It didn’t occur to me how great the midcard matches have been on Friday until putting this together.

Recommended

rating matches TV Show taped
great Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-07-08 2016-07-08
great Volador Jr. © vs Kushida for the NWA World Welterweight Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-07-08 2016-07-08
good Astro, Centella Roja, París vs Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-07-04 2016-07-04
good Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-07-04 2016-07-04
good Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin vs Felino, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-07-04 2016-07-04
good the Mack vs Cage [falls count anywhere] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Underground: 2016-07-06 2016-01-30
good Son of Havoc vs Texano Jr. [bar fight] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Underground: 2016-07-06 2016-01-30
good the Mack vs Son of Havoc in a tournament final match and [falls count anywhere] Lucha Underground: 2016-07-06 2016-01-30
good Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-07-08 2016-07-08
good Xtreme Tiger vs Rey Escorpión in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-08 2016-07-07
good La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Keira & Muñeca De Plata Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-08 2016-07-07
ok Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-02 2016-06-16

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Casas & Shocker keep tag titles, Cibernetico out, Rush vs LA Park in Monterrey

Zeuxis double knee smash
Zeuxis double knee smash

CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Quca b El Tapatío
2) Sky Kid & Smaker b Diplomático & Relámpago
Hermanos del Aire (Sky Kid & Smaker) return in their return to the building, taking 1/3.
3) Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Gran Kenut b Johnny Dinamo, León Blanco, Randy
Rudos took 2/3. Exterminador & Randy are not feuding, the rudo winning when Roggi helped turn over a pin and helped hold the pin.
4) Frezzer, Neutrón, Reyko DQ El Chakal, Mr. Apolo, Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3. Sadico unmasked Reyko for the DQ.
5) Flash II, Magnum, Nautilius b Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.

The feud turns out not to be in the main event, but new ones in the undercard.

CMLL (MON) 07/18/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
Arena Puebla 63rd Anniversary
1) El Heredero, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo b Arkalis, Meyer, Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:35. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Ares & Disturbio b Black Tiger & King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:50. Straight falls for Ares & Disturbio, cheating to win fall 2. This set up a relevos suicidas for next week (though sides weren’t clear.)
3) Dalys & Zeuxis b Lluvia & Reyna Isis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:31. Vaquerita didn’t make the show, so Estrellita didn’t wrestle and Isis moved to the tecnica side. Rudas took 2/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Skándalo b Máximo Sexy, Stigma, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:04. Rudos took 2/3.
5) Marco Corleone & Volador Jr. DQ Atlantis & Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:12. Marco Corleone replaced Rush. Marco & Voaldor took 2/3, the last when UG fouled Rush. This set up a singles match next week.
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © b La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar [CMLL TAG] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:10. Casas & Shocker took 2/3 to keep the titles (though Mascara kicked out before three.) 10th defense

Show was not fun and should be avoided. There’s no explanation at all for Rush not appearing, which gives us free reign to speculate irresponsibility. (Maybe CMLL has no control over LA Park but can make Rush pay for their match? Maybe Rush just picked up an injury working three shows in two days and skipped out on this show? Maybe Rush was working on his WWE mock draft? Who can say. Rush could, he was on Twitter this morning, but he did not say.)

Calling it an Anniversary show was a way to get a big house out of a build up show; the real big show is next week. UG/Volador is set (and non-title, so the winner is more uncertain.) I’m not exactly sure what the matchup is for the other big match. Even the TV announcers didn’t know it was meant to be a relevos suicidas at first, and it’s a different match depending on who teams with whom.

Today’s CMLL Mexico show is main evented by Maximo, Johnny Idol, and Marco Corleone against Sam Adonis, Rey Escorpion, and Pierroth. There’s no feuds carrying over from last week, no new people debuting, and the lightning (Fuego/Virus) is a repeat of one from a few weeks ago. The preview lists no changes, though Super Porky has been missing a decent amount of his matches. The most interesting match is Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso and Star Jr. versus Fujin, Raijin and Okumura in the tercera; it’s the first streaming appearance for the NJPW rookies in four weeks. The show will air at 7:30pm CT, om CMLL.com and YouTube as normal.

CMLL’s back on the NJPW World scheduled for this Friday’s show (Saturday Tokyo time.) No word if it’s region blocked, but the show will still air on ClaroSports as always.

AAA TripleMania on 08/28 in Arena Ciudad de Mexico
1: Psycho Clown vs Pagano in a mask versus hair match
2: Mary Apache & Faby Apache vs Averno & Chessman

The idea is Averno & Chessman finally agreed to the match after Mary cost them the tag titles. They’d still be tag champs if they had only not been so stubborn! I hope we’ve all learned an important lesson (don’t mess with the Apaches.) The match will be probably be good but it’s even more helpful as something that’ll get attention in places this TripleMania card will not. It may not always been positive attention, but there is a need to do something to get people starting to talk about this show when they don’t have the star power of last year.

AAA’s announcing these one at time, but we pretty much know Pentagon/Mundo is set and Texano/Wagner/Cage as well. It gets very fuzzy after that.

On Facebook, Pagano is upset people are writing off his match with Psycho Clown because they know he’s losing his hair. (Mr. Lucha noted this first.) I am not a fan of Pagano or that match but if you are a fan of Pagano, I’d think you’d be happy about this. He’s been doing stupid stuff for little to no pay for quite a while, and he’s actually going to do less of the stupid stuff and make a lot of money (by AAA relative standards) for once. He’s also lost every single apuesta match he’s ever been in that we can find, at least he figured out a way to do it at TripleMania for once. (Unless you’ve convinced yourself Pagano matches are ‘real’ and all the other ones are ‘fake’ and are upset he’s doing the fake stuff now, which is a decent possibility with Pagano fans.)

Oakland Raiders’ running back Latavius Murray visited the AAA show in Mexico City.

Cibernetico is out two months after (unspecified) surgery. Caristico is out for an indeterminate time, so both of the top stars of Elite aren’t around right now. LA Park suddenly becomes even more valuable to the group.

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom on 08/13 in Arena Lopez Mateos
1: El Gio, El Junio vs Yoruba, Shadow vs Vengador, Kastigador vs Flystar, Toxin Boy
2: Ovett & Angel o Demonio vs Misterioso & Pierroth vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Opera
3: Sadico & Mike Suicida vs Ronnie Mendoza & Draztick Boy vs Arez & Belial
4: Dr. Cerebro & Cerebro Negro vs Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo (c) vs Stuka Jr. & Titan [DTU NEXO]

Guess Titan is still on good terms with the promotion after whatever happened with the Neza show. Titan’s Super J Cup match takes place early Wednesday morning (4:30 AM CT.) I’m not sure if I’m going to stay up for it; Wednesday is going to be a long day either way.

I got to be a guest on the Strong Style Story podcast, helping preview the Super J Cup.

Chilanga Mask 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan
2: Caifan 3 vs Solar
3: Roberto Paz Jr. vs Jeque
4: Laredo Kid vs Extreme Tiger vs Jason Kincaid
5: The Platino & Mr. Maldito vs El Sagrado & Bobby Z
6: David Crist & Jason Gory vs Akon (Arez) & Impulso

Crist and his brother were supposed to appear for ChilangaMask long ago, but things happened and they didn’t make the trip, as he notes in a promo building up his appearance. Match should be interesting if he makes it this time; I’ve seen him on AAW shows and he’s been good.

Lucha Memes 08/21 in Club Atlantico, Mexico City.
1: Virus vs Alberto Dos Rios
2: Zafiro vs Arez

Arez gets announced for two matches in the same day on the same day. This Zafiro is the Juarez luchadora, who teased her match in a YouTube promo. She wrestled in a women’s tag match back on WrestleMania weekend in Texas, in a match I remember hearing was very over despite not being very good.

Konnan, Blue Demon Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. will appear on Monterrey’s ColiseoMania IV show on 09/04. That might be his Konnan’s wrestling show appearance since leaving AAA, though he definitely hasn’t disappeared.

The Fubo.tv streaming service, which was promoting carrying Lucha Underground along with it’s soccer coverage, says it’s gone up 50% in quarter 2. It’s still only 71K viewers and no idea how many are watching LU, but I hadn’t seen an estimate about how many people were using those kind of services. (I’d still suspect a lot more people have the larger SlingTV service.)

Matches from the WWS Women’s promotion are starting to show up on the Stardom World subscription service, with the promotion suggesting more will come.

Fenix will face Will Ospreay on night one of PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles. Fenix will probably exit the tournament after one round, but it’ll be a great one round. Fenix is also back on Twitter, this time at @fenixanimo.

On his latest podcast, Kushida said he believes CMLL only made the match with him and Volador after they found out the show was going to air on NJPW World.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

The latest Podcast Boom talks about AAA’s most recent show in Monterrey and AAA pay.

Black Terry Jr. posted highlights of Black Metal & Belial vs Astrolux & Baby Star, Draztick Boy vs Freelance, Rush vs Caifan and Sadico vs Aramis.

CageSide Seats has a photo gallery from the Atlantis Mucha Lucha show.

There’s a bus trip from Guadalajara to the CaraLucha show this Saturday, for the (Jalisco) Muchas Luchas vs CaraLucha match.

Guerrero Negro Jr. is listed on the AAA card in Nuevo Laredo on Monday, so he’s probably at least getting a look at being brought in.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi from 01/09/2015Negro Casas vs Maximo from 01/11/2015 and Ciclon Ramirez vs Javier Cruz from 06/10/1994

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 07/20/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bambino, Canario, Rey Flecha vs Fly Tiger, Magic Dragón, Último Caballero
2) Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II vs Skanda & Vampiro Metálico
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Dragón Fly vs Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Guerrero 2000
4) Vardeus vs Keshin Black, Osiris, Keiser Drago, Omega
5) Adrenalina, Blue Monsther, Emperador Azteca, Galaxy, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Power Bull, Shadow Boy vs Eddy Santos, Juana La Loca, Lord Phantom, Rey Profeta, Rosario Negro,Vengador, Viajero Extremo, Viajero Jr.
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Infierno (Judas)

FILL 52. The outsiders are from other Mexico State towns, including Tultitlan.

ELITE (THU) 07/21/2016 Arena México
1) La Jarochita & Marcela vs Amapola & Muñeca De Plata
2) El Bandido & Emperador Azteca vs Heddi Karaoui & Príncipe Orión
3) Golden Magic, Metaleón, Titán vs Argos, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Magno
4) Teddy Hart vs Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite]
5) Mr. Electro & Sharly Rockstar vs Extreme Tiger & Súper Crazy
6) LA Park vs Diamante Azul [Liga Elite]

Lineup isn’t out the internet, but that’s an Elite/internet thing, it’s posted already. Of the four people listed in Liga Elite matches, three were not in the tournament to start. Extreme Tiger is actually in the tournament and could’ve faced LA Park if they wanted to do a match that made sense but we’re getting past that point.

The semimain is the first time the Electro/Rockstar brothers will be on the same team in 5 years.

Titan would almost literally have to get off the plane and get into the ring to make this match, so don’t count on him making this match (and it’s unclear why they booked him in the first place.)

MDA (SUN) 07/31/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Mini Hator vs Mini Difunto
2) Chamaco Gurrola vs Tekilita
3) Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Último Ninja vs Golden Magic, Lince, Metaleón, Tormento [super libre]
4) Delta & Hijo de LA Park vs Galactar & Laredo Kid
5) El Divo, El Hijo del Solitario, La Máscara vs Pierroth, Rambo, Silver King
6) Hijo De Octagon & Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera
7) Atlantis vs Caifan
8) LA Park vs Rush [super libre]

The rematch of LA Park versus Rush in a super libre match takes place on 07/31 in Monterrey. (This match may air on TV as soon as 08/07, but Monterrey TV is totally inconsistent and even the people who are part of the show have no idea when it airs.) No one in Monterrey is going to stop a match for getting out of control, many Konnan Big matches have taught me that, but there’s also a 100% chance of some sort of screw job finish. Should still be fun. Atlantis/Caifan in Monterrey would make this worth watching on it’s own.

Eric makes the case for LA Park vs Rush being the anniversary main event.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-07-18

Volador gets a seat
Volador gets a seat

Recapped: 07/18/2016

What happened: Negro Casas & Shocker kept the tag titles. Rush no-showed his match, but it set up a Volador/Ultimo Guerrero singles match anyway. King Jaguar & Black Tiger versus Disturbio & Arez with the losing team losing a hair and a mask seemed to be set up for next week (though it was hard to hear exactly what was the stipulation.

What was good: Nothing, this was a disappointing show with no redeemable matches. Skip.

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

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-08 

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Marcela actually scarier than Bane

Recapped: 07/14/2016

What happened: Extreme Tiger (over Rey Escorpion) and La Mascara (over Xtreme Tiger) won 3 points. Women had matches.

What was good: I liked Tiger/Escorpion and the CMLL vs Elite women’s match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and Azteca’s channel (more…)

Mr. Electro loses his hair, Lucha Memes, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

KDR (SAT) 07/16/2016 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Cosario Negro, Drako, Zafiro
2) Centvrión, Heddi Karaoui, Látigo b Freelance, Mr. Leo, Taylor Wolf Latigo, Centurion y Karaoui vs Mr. Leo, Freelance y Taylor W. | Kamicazes del Ring | 16/07/16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Centvrion and Freelance fought after the match and want a singles match.
3) Arceus & Chris Boy b ?? [Torneo Sangre Nueva Kamicaze] Torneo la Sangre Nueva Kamicaze | Kamicazes del Ring | 16/07/16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
4) Herodes Jr. DQ Fly Warrior Latigo, Centurion y Karaoui vs Mr. Leo, Freelance y Taylor W. | Kamicazes del Ring | 16/07/16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Wotan ran in for the DQ

A busy weekend of shows; Black Terry already has photos/video from the Saturday Kamicazes del Ring show. Centvrion versus Freelance sounds fun.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 07/17/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Belial & Black Metal b Astrolux & Baby Star
good match
2) Soberano Jr. b Demasiado
3) Rush b Caifan
Hard hitting match. The bottom rope broke, which happened twice on this show. Rush attacked the referee with a chair after the match
4) Freelance b Drastik Boy
5) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako b Trauma I & Trauma II
draw, crowd wanted one more fall
6) Alas de Acero & Iron Kid b Dowki & Hanaoka
7) Aramis b Sádico
good match

Rush & Caifan sounds like a very strong fight. Rush came in from Saltillo on Saturday, took off from here to head to Monterrey.

LLDLJ (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Victoria, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) ? ?? ??
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Fly Danger & Moria
3) Sádico b Fandango, Rey Celestial
4) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Andy Boy, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
The Fulgors replaced Danger King & Guerrero Mixtico.
5) Brole, Mini Multifacético, Prayer b Arez, Belial, Impulso and Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo
Los Heavy Style, after their win, proposed a rematch with one hair or mask on the line with each team.
6) Wotan b Terremoto Negro [super libre]
mask challenges followed
7) Fly Warrior b Ludark Shaitan [bull terrier]
Fly Warrior replaced La Magnifica (double booked in Arena Azteca?) and won.

Magnifica worked a midcard match Arena Azteca Budokan; no idea if she just couldn’t make it to Ecatepec in time or decided not to make both, but never good idea to miss an advertised main event.

IWRG (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan[+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Dragón Fly & The Tiger b Demonio Infernal & Skanda
Demonio Infernal seemed to be pinned for only two but counted for three.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Relámpago [EdM Trios]
second defense
3) Chicano, Pantera, Veneno b Herodes Jr., Toscano, Trauma I
Veneno and Trauma II are feuding.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras b Danny Casas © [IWRG JUNIORS]
Dos won the title for the first time, cheating to win (and apparently cementing himself as a rudo.) Danny falls on his first defense.
5) Canis Lupus DQ Trauma I
one fall, winner gets 50K persos. Trauma I fouled Canis Lupus.
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Mr. Electro [hair]
Bleeding and weapons from the start. Mr. Electro took the first, Mascara the second. Both men used beer bottle shots in the third, with the ref getting taken out by an errant one. Mascara used one more, and a second ref came in for the finish. Electro last lost his hair in 2014 and has now lost his last six apuesta decisions.

IWRG is being built on blood and heavyweights right now and this had both. It should air tonight on AYM. Photos show Mr. Electro still has quite a bit of hair backstage, but perhaps they shaved it off later.

CMLL’s back on streaming tonight in Puebla, with a strange show as the Arena Puebla 63rd Anniversary show. The main event is Negro Casas & Shocker defending the tag titles against La Mascara & Sharlie Rockstar. Negro Casas is one of the great wrestlers of all time but I’m not sure he can pull of that match. The better tag match will probably be Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero versus Volador & Rush, another rematch from last week. There’s three 2v2 matches on the show, including a Black Tiger & King Jaguar versus Ares & Disturbio to continue that feud.

The rest of the show is random trios. Maximo teams with Stigma and Valiente against Dragon Rojo, Rey Escorpion and a much higher than usual Skandalo. There’s a women’s trios with Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia versus Dalys, Reyna Isis, and Zeuxis. The opener includes the debut of Heredero, Malayo, Hijo del Signo versus Arkalis, Meyer and Rey Samuray.

The show airs on CMLL.com & YouTube at 9pm CT.

Box Y Lucha 3242 has Rush & Mascara Dorada on the cover. Rush might have saved his career, or at least helped it a lot, by continuing that fight against LA Park. If he stops fighting after Edgar calls the DQ, it “proves” every fan complaint about inflated CMLL favorites being gifted victories. Disregarding the win put Rush above it.

While visiting Atlanta, Pentagon Jr. added another title. His current championships include but are not limited to the AAA Latin American championship, the Atlanta Mucha Lucha championship, and the Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight championship.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews LA Park vs Rush in Tijuana and in Elite. Elite seriously needs to rent Palacio de los Deportes, book that match, book whatever else, charge high prices, and then count all the money.

07/17 AAA TV Results (Oaxaca) – Angelico & Jack win tag titles back

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photo by AAA
AAA TV (SUN) 07/17/2016 Pista Los Laureles, Oaxaca, Oaxaca [AAA]
1) Big Mami, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata b Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
Mami got the win. Likely a dark/YouTube match.
2) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mocho Cota Jr. b Argenis, Atomic Boy, Bengala
Atomic Boy replaced Suicide.
3) Daga & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Australian Suicide
Australian Suicide replaced Garza Jr. (double booked in Reynosa), which allowed Daga to walk off with his mask again.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Averno & Chessman © and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [AAA TAG]
Averno & Chessman fall on their 4th defense, as Jack & Angelico win the titles back in their first challenge after vacating them due to Angelico’s injury. Mary Apache distracted Averno, setting up the Angelico crucifix powerbomb/630 splash
5) Brian Cage, El Mesías, Hernandez b Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown
Wagner, Parka and Clown earlier agreed to work together to face the threat of Team Trump. Team Trump threatened them. The Mexico alliance wasn’t enough, Team Trump took the main event.

Air Date: 08/06.

Psycho Clown’s recent AAA TV record

LOSS 04/18 Leon
WIN! 04/29 Xalapa (but by countout due to Perros interference)
LOSS 05/14 Orizaba
LOSS 05/31 Pachuca
LOSS 06/16 Naucalpan
LOSS 07/03 Ecatepec
LOSS 07/08 Mexico City
LOSS 07/17 Oaxaca

This is a cheat; the Lucha World Cup stuff is removed, and Psycho Clown picked up a few wins on there. And I’m not sure this is a terrible thing; AAA viewers are trained to only pay attention to the main shows as meaningful outcomes and only the most obsessive people will remember that match in Arena Aficion, for instance. Pagano will probably beat Psycho Clown one more time in Toluca, and that’s probably the right call. It’s just definitely a predictable thing, AAA’s become very routine about the lead tecnicos losing all their matches to their big show rival before getting that win on the big show (or not.)

Mary Apache came all the way to Oaxaca (5-6 hour bus trip each way) just to walk to the ring for a minute or so. It worked, so I guess it wasn’t a completely wasted trip. Averno & Chessman as tag team champions is definitely arguable as a wasted trip, since we’re back to the people who could’ve just stayed champion (just as Fantasma did thru injury) and all we got out of it was Argenis & Australian Suicide not winning the title repeatedly in matches with awful finishes. I’d think AAA would argue they couldn’t have gotten to Chessman/Avenro vs Faby/Mary without the tag titles, and that still seems like it has a good chance of happening at TripleMania. (The original reason the Apaches wanted to face Chessman & Averno was to get the tag titles, and the Apaches should be bugging Jack & Angelico now, but I’m guessing that’s not the way it’s going.)

Would the Mexico City commission have allowed AAA to do a men versus women tag title match? I guess it doesn’t matter now, but it may be a factor in why they made the change before TripleMania rather after. Jack & Angelico are facing a mystery team in Toluca, which may indicate their TripleMania program. Otherwise, we know just about as much about that card as we did before this taping. All the announcements are going to come on Twitter or mentioned on TV, it seems.

AAA “show opening segment where the people in the main event talk” to the list of WWE tropes AAA’s borrowing lately. There’s new patterns, but they’re definitely patterns.

Garza Jr. probably main evented small Arena Coliseo Reynosa instead. That’s probably the better choice for him (and “choice” may be overstating it, he may have taken that one first), but it’s weird working a small arena in Reynosa is the better choice than appearing on AAA TV – though he really doesn’t have much of a role here.

Next taping is that 07/29 Toluca show, a week from this Friday, the last to air on TV prior to TripleMania.