CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-11 

Templario rope walk dropkick

Recapped: 05/14/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
(13:47 [5:24, 3:09, 5:14], 1/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma beat Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
(17:45 [7:01, 4:49, 5:55], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón 
(19:03 [8:02, 3:28, 7:33], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Negro Casas beat Soberano Jr.
(9:08, casita, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royal went 3:03

Akuma & Euforia beat Astral & Niebla Roja in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(5:52, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Star Jr. beat Cavernario & El Coyote in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(9:045, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz & Kráneo beat Príncipe Diamante & Valiente in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(4:38, ok, via Video: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario & Último Guerrero beat Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal
(4:38, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Euforia in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal
(3:37, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario & Último Guerrero beat Audaz & Kráneo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal
(3:30, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Templario & Último Guerrero beat Caristico & Star Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal
(7:13, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(7:07 [0:22, 2:41, 4:04], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Casas spikes Soberano

Templario & Ultimo Guerrero advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa

The no time limit rematch of the ten minute time limit draw between Soberano & Negro Casas went less than ten minutes.

Thoughts:

The main event was a Tuesday style short main event after a very long show, but they tried to get in as much as they could with the time. Only the first fall felt cut short, everything else was just worked at twice the speed as normal, with no time to rest. It was mostly a técnico exhibition and the técnicos looked good – not quite good enough to get the crowd to stop booing Mistico, but good enough.

Audaz takes unusual routes

On this block of the Gran Alternativa

  • Star Jr. was having a nice night before the big slip at the end, and it threatens to overshadow the entire run. He’s very close to being very good, but just a little bit off.

  • Templario got to do a little bit of everything in his tournament matches and pulled it all off well. I was surprised Carístico was willing to take the gutwrench powerbomb at the end, but that’s a good sign for the rudo. The final should be great for him.

  • I wished they switched around the order of the matches to give Audaz more time; he’s got in about 20 seconds of hot spots in the match with Último Guerrero & Templario, but is capable of more than he showed. It’s still surprising they didn’t just do the Templario/Audaz final, and hopefully that means they’re saving his big day for later.

  • Akuma has a good tope, nice looking offense and can set up técnicos well enough. I keep thinking there’s more for him than he’ll get to show here.

  • Universo and his uncle went with mostly in-ring brawling, which wasn’t the most exciting way of controlling their match but fit with their image. It’s tough to make punches to the gut look dangerous when people are taking super powerbombs, and I don’t think they quite achieved it.

  • Principe Diamante working with Audaz didn’t really benefit either of them. They both had to slow down to get a hang of it and it made them look a lot more artificial.

  • Coyote’s made a great effort to look a like Cavernario, but couldn’t wrestle at his level tonight. He was shaky with both técnicos, and didn’t stand out on his own.

  • Astral seems between weight cuts at the moment, looking more like old Valiente than current Valiente, but it didn’t seem to affect his flying – he seemed less than a robot than usual.

  • A modern Negro Casas special: faster pace singles match with some surprisingly big bumps, a fight over a casita, and a finish in under ten minutes. It looked like Soberano was going to be one to take the bigger falls early, but Casas outdid him by receiving that super powerbomb. He was up surprisingly quick after, because they just got to keep matches moving with Casas involved. They got in a lot of Soberano’s trademark spots while making them work in the flow of the match, and this one where he’s not hurt by losing. I thought this was slightly better than the Aramis/Casas match, and you’ll like this if you liked that.

Titan fakes out the production

The tercera was a borderline match, with parts really fun and a feud to liven it up. They did a lot with Hechicero & Esfinge, and fans who don’t follow anything but the local arena are probably going to be confused when that feud is never followed up because it got finished in Guadalajara. Crowd went nuts for Titan’s Mistica into a backslide. The Mexican crowds always react well for a tricky technical move done impressively. Titan & Triton had a normal match, but it was solid, which can also be said for the rudos.

The second match was better than usual, even if it wasn’t quite enough to get a higher grade for me. The second fall seemed to be just a long stretch of Pegasso being unable to legally tag Fuego and that’s a big anchor to the rest of the match. Still, Raziel & Cancerbero seem to be more in to the matches when they’re working with good veterans they trust, and Fuego & Pegasso are good veterans. Stigma was also there, at least until Raziel totally missed catching him on the match ending dive.

The opener was exactly the boring match you’d expect from these two teams. They did a lot near falls for a match no one would’ve missed if it was skipped. Mercurio appears to be growing out his hair, even though there’s no minis hair match obviously coming. CMLL is falling in love with the overhead camera at the wrong times; the bump Mercurio took from the tecnico’s doomsday dropkick finish would look a lot more impressive if we could see how far he was falling. Same thing on the package piledriver at the end.

enough of Star Jr.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 18th, 2018

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Ultimo Guerrero has a big week: the Gran Alternativa final on CMLL Marca and then a title defense on CMLL Martes. Friday’s the much better card beyond the Guerrero title match.

AAA is back for the first time in four weeks with a mystery card. It’ll start about half hour after CMLL, making it easy for you watch all the Hijo del Signo/Espanto excitement.

I always say IWRG’s Rey de Reyes would be a fantastic live streaming event but I don’t think anyone’s actually done that since The Gladiatores was doing IWRG radio almost a decade ago.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-05-08 

like old times

Recapped: 05/13/2018

Matches:

Bengala & Leono beat Apocalipsis & Cholo
(11:05 [4:35, 3:07, 3:23], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Metálica, La Seductora beat La Guerrera, Lady Maravilla, Mistik
(14:39 [5:02, 4:44, 4:53], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Puma, Sagrado, Virus
(14:57 [6:00, 3:16, 5:41], 2/3, great, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Tiger beat Kawato San in a lightning match
(6:43, powerbomb, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. beat Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
(12:30 [4:40, 3:32, 4:18], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. beat Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero  
(9:21 [2:36, 2:03, 4:42], 2/3 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mistik’s celebrated a bit too soon

Último Guerrero & Stuka randomly started feuding to set up a title match in a couple weeks. UG unmasked Stuka at the end.

Thoughts:

The main event was the standard building stuff with Stuka & UG, plus Diamante Azul doing strong people stuff. There was nothing special to the feud, except for UG calling the handwaving chants on himself after getting himself disqualified at the end. Atlantis did very little in this, and couldn’t take a bump when his time killing hold was broken up in the third fall. They didn’t pin him either, so he wouldn’t have to take that bump. At this point, I’m kind of left hoping he’s picked up a minor injury that he’s working his way thru, because there needs to a chance of an improvement at some point.

Audaz operates on a different set of physics

The lightning match was solid and no one died on a dive, though Tiger did his dive in a way where he landed on his feet about the same time he made impact. Tiger made sure he wouldn’t have to worry about being caught. Kawato showed more varied offense in this than has in his singles match and didn’t build towards the double stomp, so I can’t hate him. It was alright and that’s about what I expected.

The tercera was a cut above usual CMLL midcard matches. The guys involved are usually good, but they were totally clicking in this match. Audaz was unremarkable on Monday and totally impressive in this match better designed to show his talents; the first big evasion spot was amazing. No one else is doing the things like his middle rope springboard backwards into a sunset flip. Audaz does a cool dive here, which reminded me that he’s not really doing all that many dives yet – his big spots are in the ring, just using the ropes in crazy and fast ways. They’ve downplayed the Virus/Audaz stuff – even here, when Audaz submits Virus, it’s not treated as a big deal – but I hope they go back to it to at least give us one awesome. It wasn’t just him. Puma was nailing people with superkicks, and he and Rey Cometa had their usual great chemistry thru the match. Sagrado worked well as a rudo and a base, and Maya was efficient in what he did.
Always glad to have new people involved to learn more individual quirks and peculiarities, but can’t say I was impressed by the new women. Mystique has the flashier moves of the two, including lots of cartwheels, but also seemed like she was struggling the ropes. La Guerrera outright struggled in a couple of moments and didn’t show a personality. The double corner headstand spot was clearly supposed to be their big showcase moment, and instead came off as slow and clunky. Then they seemed lost for a moment on what to do that next. Metálica nailed Maravilla with a forearm in the second fall , one of those ones that remind me why she seemed interesting at first here. She hasn’t been great lately, in a group where not a lot of people are great. Maybe having some young girls to destroy will wake her up; she gave Guerrera a piledriver she’s not doing with the other women.

Tiger wins

Zocalo show?, CMLL Tuesday lineups

There’s not all that much today.

The Gladiatores posted a press release from the Mexico City Lucha libre commission,  which says there will be a marathon of lucha libre matches in the Zocalo as part of a cultural initiative. They say they expect all promotions to be represented. No names are announced, and the date is said to be coming in upcoming days.

Kevin Killer Kross sent a promo to AAA to build up Verano de Escandalo. Kross does more work in building up appearances than most people making guest appearances in AAA.

Ultimo Guerrero & Templario praised their competition on Claro. And on Informa. Akuma was happy with his participation in the Gran Alternativa.

GCW wrestlers & a Puerto Rican wrestler to be announced will be part of DTU’s June Ajuste de Cuentas tour, in Cuautepec, Pachuca, Xalapa and a location to be announced.

SuperLuchas talks to Zeuxis, who hopes to be back on the Anniversary show.

Funcion Estelar has a interview with Pachuca indie luchador Santy el Tigre.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Lost in Lucha looks back at Los Hermanos Dinamitas vs Los Infernales on 1993.

+LuchaTV has a sit down interview with Sharlie Rockstar.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/22/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Retro, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Nitro
3) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Hechicero, Shocker
5) Último Guerrero © vs Stuka Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
15th defense, first this year. Stuka Jr.’s second shot.
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Not a great card outside of the title match.

CMLL (TUE) 05/22/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Tigre Blanco vs El Chakal & Mr. Apolo
2) Astral, El Rielero, Eléctrico vs Espíritu Negro, Gran Kenut, Hijo del Signo
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible

Main event is a sort of rematch after Los Ingobernables fouled Valiente last week. There’s also a sponsored show here tonight.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-05-07 

stop messing with Valiente

Recapped: 05/07/2018

Matches:

Policeman & Saurón beat Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja 
(14:13 [7:02, 5:02, 2:09], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL

Espanto Jr., Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar beat Arkalis, Lestat, Rey Samuray
(15:48 [7:41, 3:51, 4:16], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso beat El Malayo in a lightning match
(8:29, 450 splash, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Drone, Stigma beat Felino, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(10:02 [4:31, 2:52, 2:39], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(8:44 [1:52, 2:05, 4:47], 1/3 DQ, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Carístico & Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
(19:11 [5:55, 3:54, 9:22], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Stigma step up headscissors

Universo 2000 was remembered before the semimain.

Rush and Kraeno feuded in their match. Terrible laid down for Rush in the first fall and did not help out his teammates in the second fall. He did jump in to pick up a pinfall victory to end that fall. He also talked Kraneo down from attacking Rush outside the ring at points.

Thoughts: 

The title match had a good closing stretch and got the fans to react like it was a big match. I think it was good, and it was enough for a main event title match, but it’s also nothing I’d think I’d need to watch twice. There was no great story or effort to the match, and some parts didn’t work well. Carístico failing on a tapatia was peculiar, as was he and Volador having problems on a spot early in the second. Volador’s Mistica at the end didn’t look great either. Último Guerrero & Volador really wedged in all the checklist top rope spots in a minute’s time, with no regard to if they fit in the match. They were just set on getting those spots in as quick as possible. Valiente seems half committed to the rudo role. This was still four of the top guys doing their usual things but didn’t transcend that.

almost

The semimain never turns into much of a match. The Guerreros work hard, which is odd because no one else is. Rush & Kraneo pushing their feud would come across better if they were part of natural teams instead of Terrible refusing to fighting his friend.

The fourth match was underwhelming for a 2018 Audaz match, seemingly relegated to the third most important técnico in a brief match by CMLL standards. There’s potential in Felino, fastest luchador in the world, not being able to catch up to Audaz if they do something with it. Sagrado telling Zacarias that he should fight Stigma instead because they’re about the same height was good. Stigma looked a little slow and a little robotic tonight.

Not a lot to the lightning match despite being on the long side for that sort of match. Malayo occasionally had a plan to go after Pegasso’s right knee. It seemed sound, except Pegasso didn’t sell it all that much. Neither man pressed the action much earlier on and it didn’t get that much exciting later. Pegasso’s 450 splash looked not good, was still called perfect.

synchronized weird submissions

great match roundup, week of 2018-04-28

micromoonsault

this week

So much CMLL. Some of it was good, a lot of it was tournaments.

The MOTYC list has been updated

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Microman vs ChamuelGallitoMijeÁngelZacarias el PericoÁtomoGuapito in a cibernetico match LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
great Soberano Jr. © vs Magia Blanca for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-05-01 2018-05-01
good Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-05-01 2018-05-01
good Rush vs Último Guerrero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
good Espanto Jr. & Hechicero vs Eléctrico & Mistico in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Flyer, Magnus, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel Disturbio Cmll, Cancerbero y Raziel vs Star Jr, Flyer y Magnus. 2a y 3a caidas (posted by Princesa Dorada)Disturbio Cmll(con Disturbio Jr), Cancerbero y Raziel vs Star Jr, Flyer y Magnus. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
ok Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
ok Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
ok Asturiano & Millenium vs Ares & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-30 2018-04-30
ok El Gallito & MicroÁngel vs Átomo & Guapito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-30 2018-04-30
ok Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Templario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-30 2018-04-30
ok Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-30 2018-04-30
ok Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-05-01 2018-05-01
ok Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Blue Panther, Kráneo, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Mephisto & Yago vs Ángel de Oro & Robin in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Ephesto & Maquiavelo vs Atlantis & Magia Blanca in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Hijo del Signo & Terrible vs Flyer & Volador Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Eléctrico & Mistico vs Mephisto & Yago in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Atlantis & Magia Blanca vs Flyer & Volador Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
ok Mephisto & Yago vs Flyer & Volador Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04
below average Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
below average La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
not rated Ángel, Chamuel, Gallito, Mije vs Átomo, Guapito, Microman, Zacarias el Perico [seeding batle royal] LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO DE ARENA MEXICO FESTEJO DE DIA DEL NIÑO 29 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-29 2018-04-29
not rated Flyer & Pegasso vs El Perverso & Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-30 2018-04-30
not rated Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 30 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-04-30 2018-04-30
not rated Bengala & Leono vs Grako & Príncipe Odín Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-05-01 2018-05-01
not rated Angelito, Shockercito, Stukita vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-05-01 2018-05-01
not rated Carístico, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-05-01 2018-05-01
not rated Flyer & Hijo del Signo vs Eléctrico, Espanto Jr., Magia Blanca, Maquiavelo, Robin, Yago in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a battle royal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-05-04 2018-05-04

Stuka/Ultimo Guerrero, Hechicero stays champ over Esfinge, Blue Demon III

photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 05/15/2018 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaCentral]
1) Retro & Sangre Imperial b Cholo & Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Espiritu Negro’s first match after being injured in December by Espiritu Negro.
2) Bengala, Oro Jr., Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Príncipe Odín Jr., Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dalys, La Metálica, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Maligna, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3.
4) Sagrado b Pólvora [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther Jr., Titán, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos tok 1/3.
6) Carístico, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3, Stuka beating Guerrero in the third to set up a NWA Middleweight championship match next week.

Post match promos: Espiritu Negro, Arkangel de la Muerte, Dalys, Estrellita, Polvora, Stuka Jr., and Shocker & Mr. Niebla. Show seemed to have lived down to expectations.

CMLL (TUE) 05/15/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Exterminador & Frezzer b Capitán Cobra & Principe Daniel
Daniel was hurt on a Frezzer knee strike.
2) Cancerbero, Guerrero de la Muerte, Raziel b Magnus, Star Black, Star Jr.
3) Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino b El Audaz, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr.
4) Hechicero © b Esfinge [NWA LH]
Hechicero took falls 1/3 for his fifth defense. Seconds were Audaz and Cavernario.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
Rush fouled Valiente, who replaced Volador

Hechicero & Esfinge should air this Saturday. Actually, it’ll air Thursday on a channel that isn’t streamed on the internet and no one talks about because no one talks about CMLL TV, but also on Saturday.

CMLL looks back at Barbaro Cavernario winning the 2014 Gran Alternativa. They’ve skipped Rey Escorpion winning the 2011 one, and Bobby Zavala winning the 2013 one.

Lucha Libre Boom/MDA/+Lucha on 06/17 in Arena Lopez Mateos

  • Copa Retro w/Rocky Santana, Terry 2000, Sepulturero, Robin Maravilla, Pequeno Yaqui, Sadico, Super Chavo, Danny Boy, Judas el Traidor

Hoy Los Angeles talks to Blue Demon Jr. about coming in for the FMLL show this weekend. He’s asked again about Blue Demon III, who he says will be his son. He’s been training for only three months, and believes he’ll maybe be ready in a year or a year and a half.

Mary Apache & Natsumi have returned to Mexico.

El Grafico has an article on the LLF promotion, who’s promoter says they have a lot of interest from women in coming in, but are never as able to bring in as many as they’d like.

Lost in Lucha writes about Blue Panther vs Super Astro from 1992.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/20/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Toto vs Death Metal
2) Hijo Del Olímpico & Mexica vs Atomic Star & Dragón Bane
3) Lunatic Xtreme vs Gallo Frances [hair]
4) 1 vs 23456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930 [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Impossible is the reigning champion.

There’s usually a bit of a lead up to the Rey del Ring. It seems to have come with no warning this year. Same thing with that hair match; Gallo Frances had been feuding with Black Dragon instead until last week. Hijo del Olimpico is the former Exodia trying to make a return after seven years.

CMLL (SUN) 05/20/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Frenético
2) Cosmos & El Yaqui vs Demonio Rojo & Quka
3) Black Sugar & El Divino vs Demonio Maya & Thunder Boy
4) El Alteño, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. vs Mr. Apolo, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr.
5) Guerrero Samuray Jr., Joker, Luminoso vs Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Sádico

Luminoso & Samuray have gotten to the top here very quick. Kishi & King are back in from Sinaloa.

CMLL (MON) 05/21/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger vs King Roker, Policeman, Sombra Diabólika
2) Arkalis, Magia Blanca, Rey Samuray vs Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs El Malayo, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

No Rush/Kraneo yet. Lots of rudos though, including the current national trios champs against the team they beat.

“King Roker” is probably local indie rudo King Rocker. He hasn’t had any matches in about four months; maybe he’s been off due to training for this opportunity.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-05-01 

Magia Blanca magic

Recapped: 05/08/18

Matches:

Bengala & Leono  beat  Grako & Príncipe Odín Jr.
(12:09 [5:06, 2:29, 4:34], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Angelito, Shockercito, Stukita beat  Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Último Dragóncito
(13:31 [6:11, 4:02, 3:18], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther 
(14:26 [4:37, 2:50, 6:59], 1/3, good, via  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora beat Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán  
(12:23 [4:21, 3:32, 4:30], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. © vs Magia Blanca for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
(15:05 [4:10, 0:32, 10:23], 2/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Magia Blanca bow and arrow (4:10)

  2. Soberano Jr. seated armbar (0:32)

  3. Soberano Jr. Fire Driver (10:23)

Carístico, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
(10:27 [4:40, 1:39, 4:08], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Último Dragoncito replaced Pequeño Nitro as a fill-in rudo.

Thoughts: 

stop chasing Puma

Flyer/Magia Blanca was two young guys getting a chance try things in a big match. Soberano/Magia Blanca was a complete match, from start to finish. The opening fall was well done; holds and counters done with purpose and inventiveness. The second fall wasn’t much, but the third fall made up for it with big moves and dramatic near falls. Magia Blanca got to look more than a generic técnico, and more than a guy with just one big finishing move in this one, flashing a couple creative ideas like his tricky armdrag and showing a continued willingness to take big bumps to the floor. Soberano still was obviously the better wrestler, sharper when they did similar moves and more spectacular with his attacks. It wasn’t a sure bet they’d be able to keep this together, but they came off as experienced wrestlers who put a good match together. Hopefully they’ve earned more chances to do that.

The fourth match seemed like something I should like – lots of action and a good pace – but I just wasn’t staying interested in all that much. It didn’t feel as an inventive as the trios match prior, and there wasn’t much of a story to it. Titan’s moonsault to the floor looked great though.

Soberano code red

The tercera had a lot of controlled chaos, especially in the third fall. The slightly uncoordinated corner clothesline spot was a good reflection of the madness at the end. Puma, Tiger and the Panthers are doing a few new things to freshen up their matches. Drone and Universo 2000 Jr. worked very hard in this match, with just one sequence that looked a bit off. Universo 2000 getting the victory on the day his father died was the right call, and no one’s that always made. This match seemed a little better the first time I saw it, and a little less so on the rewatch, but it’s still a worthwhile use of time.

Didn’t write nearly enough to use up all my GIFs – there’s 7 more sitting in a folder – but this moonsault was cool.

Ayako Hamada arrested, Kraneo/Rush in Puebla, skippable CMLL show tonight

Rush realizes Mije is the real danger

CMLL (MON) 05/14/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, EfektoLucha Central]
1) Astro, Black Tiger, Meyer b Ares, El Perverso, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE MAYO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Arkalis, Asturiano, Príncipe Diamante LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE MAYO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Asturiano replaced Sauron (weirdly listed on the tecnico side). Rudos took 1/3.
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE MAYO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE MAYO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, the last when Terrible fouled his partner for the night Rush.
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja b Cuatrero, Mephisto, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 14 DE MAYO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.

This wasn’t much good. Rush/Kraneo is coming in some form next week, though Terrible getting actively involved may make it something other than a singles match. The one thing I found out is Puebla updated the poster this weekend to replace Sauron with Asturiano, so we’ll never find out what that was about.

Today’s Arena Mexico show isn’t much better. The main event seems to be setting up Stuka/Ultimo Guerrero title match next week. Caristico, Niebla Roja, Mr. Niebla and Shocker will also be in the match. It’s Shocker’s first match in CMLL in a month, though he’s been been listed as wrestling outside matches on the time. The story is Shocker’s jaw was re-injured, which doesn’t quite fit with those other matches.

Blue Panther teams with Titan and Triton against Ephesto, Luciferno and Mephisto in the best hope for a good match on this show. Polvora and Sagrado meet in a lightning match of two rudos who can be good with an interesting tecnico but maybe not on their own. La Maligna makes her first stream appearance since January, teaming with Estrellita & Sugehit against Dalys, La Metalica and Zeuxis. Yago is in the second match, which is about all good I can say about the second match. Espiritu Maligno makes his first CMLL appearance this year, teaming with Cholo versus Retro and the guy who hurt Maligno back in December, Sangre Imperial.

CMLL previews this show, as does Lucha Central. It’ll air 8:30pm.

Today is Mexico’s day for teachers. CMLL posted a message honoring their teachers: Tony Salazar, Virus, Franco Colombo, Ultimo Guerrero, Arturo Beristain, Arkangel and Ultimo Dragoncito. I can’t recall seeing Ultimo Dragoncito mentioned as training CMLL luchadors before; that’s been Pierrothito’s spot.

In an interview building up his participation in the Best of Super Juniors, Dragon Lee says he’s 100% and has doubled his training to be ready for the tournament.

La Presna has an interview with Princesa Sugehit.

Ayako Hamada was arrested for stimulant drug possession and fired from the WAVE promotion in Japan. The promotion says they fire anyone who’s been arrested, though they believe it was a one time use. A report on the arrest says Hamada admitted to the offense and it was something she sniffed thru her nose. Japan has strict drug laws, so Hamada is in significant trouble.

In an interview with Super Luchas, Blue Demon Jr. says a third generation Blue Demon “is being prepared”. There are no other details.

Reina Isis & La Jarochita, still in Japan, will face Mia Yim & Hikari Shimizu on 05/17 for J@ST.

Rey Tormenta Jr. took Orion’s mask in Arena Aficion. Orion is Edwin Jonathan Lemus, from Pachuca, two years a wrestler.

Mexa Wrestilng’s next show is June 9th.

Martinez Entertainment has added Gringo Loco & Sam Adonis vs Arez & Low Rider to their 06/15 show.

Arena Pavillon del Norte on 06/16 has Volador vs Caristico vs Mistico.

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

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast.

Puma & Barby’s latest video has them visiting Acapulco.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 05/16/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Chicanito
2) Diablo Jr. vs Puma de Oro
3) Cerebro Negro vs Mexica
4) Freelance vs Alas de Acero
5) Atomic Star, Eterno, Shadow Boy vs Ángel Estrella, Death Metal, Oficial 911 and Lunatic Xtreme, Ovett, Toto and Divino, Dragón Bane, Fantasma de la Ópera
IWRG (Eterno) vs Zeus (Oficial 911) vs FILL (Ovett) vs LLB (Fantasma de la Opera)

Hey, there’s a Wednesday show this week. The early matches are all veterans versus rookies, which is an interesting way to mix it up.

The Crash AOZA (FRI) 05/18/2018 Lienzo Charro Prof Enrique Gonzalez, Saltillo, Coahuila
1) Guerrero Negro III vs DatogoNossivoDiluvio Jr.CronicJupiterDelirioAladinoRadamantisDestinoHell RaiderAero 2000 [Copa Saltillense 2018, royal rumble]
2) Mini Difunto, Potro Jr., Vaquero Romo vs Águila De Guerrera (Aguascalientes), Aliado De Dios (Aguascalientes), Orkuss (Aguascalientes)and Devil Boy, Hijo del Guerrero Negro, Latino
Monterrey vs Aguascalientes vs Saltilllo
3) Guerrero Negro Jr., Psicótico, Tormento Negro vs Desafio, Obsesión, Rico Rodríguez
4) Ninja Jr., Séptimo Dragón, Taurus (Indie) vs Ángel Dorado Jr., Epydemius, Lince de Oro
5) Daga & Rey Horus vs El Bandido & Flamita
6) Penta 0M vs Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Bestia 666

Full card for a show that’s been advertised for a while. There’s not a great chance we’ll see these matches – Estrellas del Ring sometimes posts Saltillo matches. It’s more notable that AAA’s taping for the same day in Tehuacan is still heavily surprise wrestlers, and probably won’t be these wrestlers. Parka Negra promoted that show on Twitter despite not actually being listed on it at the moment, which suggests he’s one of the surprise wrestlers.

CMLL (SUN) 05/20/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Angelito, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Audaz, Pegasso, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Olímpico
4) Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Valiente vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible

A show.

new lucha videos for the weekend of May 11, 2018

Nuestra Lucha Libre episode 5: Mega/YouTube/playlist

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-05-12 – Mega/YouTube
taped 2018-05-08 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
2) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
3) Mistico, Rush, Valiente vs Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-05-12 – Mega/YouTube
taped 2018-05-09 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Canival vs Puma de Oro
2) Dulce Luna, Lady Cat, Lady Pink vs Chica Pantera, Enfermera Karonte, Lili Dark
3) Arquero, Fly Tiger, Mexica vs Carnicero, Chicanito, Dinámico
4) Ángel Oriental, Dranzer, Hausser vs Guerrero 2000, Leroy, Picudo Jr.
5) Atomic Star, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy vs Dragón Bane, El Divino, Fantasma de la Ópera, Hausser and Ángel Estrella Jr., Cremosito, Death Metal, Oficial 911 for the hair

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-05-13 – Mega
taped 2018-05-04 @ Arena México
Gran Alternativa, Block A