AAA starts the Tlaxcala taping, so we won’t know exactly what airs until they post the preview. The matches which set up the Verano main event probably should be first priority at this point, but it’s hard to tell in advance
IWRG should have two shows airing this week (and the Friday show that’s not airing.)
More reviews of selection matches not on my usual TV recap list.
Rush vs LA Park(BARACAL at Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México on 03/11/2017, via +LuchaTV, 22:46, GREAT): Another fun Park/Rush brawl, both great at beating each other up and willing to take punishment and bump big for the other. It never got quite to the anything could happen place of last year, but it was still worthwhile in watching their own. The two own the crowd as well as anyone. Park got beat up for about eight minutes, but they didn’t lose the fans and they were fired up when he fired up and fought back. The spear near fall looked awesome, and a lot of stuff looked good, though there was more messy than the other stuff. I’m willing to forgive messy more in a brawl like this. A DQ finish for a mask pull in a match which featured full boxes of bottles of beers being thrown and the referee being punched in the face is a little bit weak, but it’s about normal for LA Park.
Daga & Rey Fénix (US) vs Sammy Guevara & Último Ninja(LyC in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 04/09/2017, via LlavesyCandados, 16:26, GREAT) – a total fireworks show for 16 minutes. It was limited only by not giving the crowd a clear rooting interesting, so they were only ooohing and aahing to the big spots but not really invested in either side winning. This felt like the most complete Guevera match I’ve seen of him, coming across as more consistent than usual and an equal to Fenix – when Sammy almost had him beat, it felt like it something was happening. Fenix & Daga were surprisinglyefficient as a team, though this leaned more heavily to a long string of one on one matches with the other guys wiping out. They could’ve changed the other or dropped some things, the seemingly obligatory Canadian Destroyer spot is treated as a big moment but the match just goes on, but the quality of the moves was really high. Definitely worth checking out.
It takes 10:42 for them to get to the match here – some of that is a Santo promo to sell that upcoming show, but there’s a lot of introductory video packages that don’t add anything. All the LyC videos are still being produced like it’s a TV show and not YouTube, which feels like not understanding the format. You don’t have to sell people on the concept for three minutes when they click on a YouTube link, they’ve already gone out of their way to find you, they’re there. You do have to get it to quick, people are going to drop off quick if you don’t give them something to watch.
Garza Jr., Penta El Zero M, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario(LyC & Arena Coliseo Monterrey in 04/09/2017, via LlavesyCandados, 16:45, OK): crowd really dug it, but it went too long for me and was just kind of the Tuesday touring trios match going off the novelty of seeing these guys together in this environment. Standard técnico showcase (most with Bestia, since he’s the only rudo who could move), rudos bringing in weapons, and the técnicos hitting all their trademark spots. Monterrey still hates Garza. Mysterio’s black and gold Rebellion gear did look cool. The reactions may make this more watchable than I’m giving credit here.
Diablo Jr. vs Black Dragón(IWRG at Arena Naucalpan on 03/22/2017, via thecubsfan, 5:08, OK): a shortage CMLL lightning style match, which is decent when it starts but hard to recommend when they so obviously get lost and started restarting spots two minutes in. Diablo Jr. is more experienced and it’s hard not see it. Black Dragon isn’t bad either, this is just not his strongest match. In pure AYM form, the names of the announcers are displayed on screen but the luchadors are not similarly identified.
Pantera vs Demonio Infernal(IWRG at Arena Naucalpan on 03/22/2017, via +LuchaTV , 6:09, BELOW AVERAGE): Pantera takes most of the match, Demonio Infernal bleeds, Pantera dropkicks the referee and immediately submits Infernal, but loses on the ref attack DQ. This was useless, a bad choice to watch, and missing the point of having youngsters work with veterans. Demonio Infernral looked bad until the post match brawl, which should’ve been the match. This set up a title match that the crowd audibly didn’t want to see after this match. That title match sounds like it went better, but it’s probably not worth the time investment. This one definitely wasn’t.
IWRG FILL (WED) 05/17/2017Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Bambino & Satán X b Fly Tiger & Puma de Oro
2) Águila Enmascarada, Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000 b Blue Monsther, Shadow Boy, Voltar Aguila Enmascarda replaced Picudo Jr. (moved up)
3) Eterno & Máquina Infernal b Acero & Picudo Jr. Picudo Jr. replaced Kanon (double booked on the same show!), Eterno replaced Tackle
4) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo b Lunatik Xtreme, Skanda, Vórtize
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull b Aspirantito Jr. (Guerrero), Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power] Gym Fill (Black Terry) vs Gym Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera). Said to be a good & evenly matched one of these. Aramis beat Toxin. After the match, a masked team ran in and attacked the IWRG team. They revealed themselves to be Centvrion, Fly Warrior, Latigo, Arez, Mr. Leo, Septimo Rayo (or Glenn Calavera or maybe both), Fly Star and the Fulgores, calling themselves Indy Nation
This sounds like one of the best FILL shows in a while. The cibernetico went well, the undercard has some good stuff, and the angle at the end is something people who might read this site would particularly enjoy. Some of the best young indie guys, some of the best IWRG students from recent years who’ve moved on to other places, coming back an invading group should at least produce a memorable cibernetico down the line. Hopefully a lot more.
SI talked to Vampiro, who repeated that Lucha Underground wrestlers will not appear on Impact, but luchadors who are in AAA and want to work in the US will have another place where they can work. I suspect this includes anyone who works for LU no matter what character they work (or Ricochet would’ve been free to appear in Ring of Honor.) I suspect this is a lot of concern for what will be not that important appearances anyway; AAA will send a match to Impact’s PPV and maybe they’ll work some adjacent TV and that’ll be it.
Vampiro’s also asked if he thinks Lucha Underground’s momentum will be hurt by disappearing for five months. Vampiro not only evades answering the original question, but says the decision to go on hiatus makes sense when you explain it, and then doesn’t explain that either. It’s rock and roll, man. (The correct answer is “Yes! Obviously! But we didn’t have any choice in it and don’t want to cause problems with El Rey.”)
AAA announced the winners of group three of their La Llave de la Gloria tryouts. The biggest name is Muncea de Plata, daughter of Super Porky and sister of current AAA luchadors Goya Kong & Psycho Clown. She actually wrestled on AAA spot shows with her sister in 2008, before they had their masked characters, and turned up on CMLL’s old Ras de Lona program later on as someone who coming soon (but never did) even before that. She wrestled shows for Elite last year. The other women who advanced are Sexy Angel, Hahastari, Black Fury, Lady Dragon, Diosa Atenea, Ashley and Andromeda. That’s eight women in total, out of the 15 who were shown in matches. Only five men advanced. Angelikal, a standout flyer from Torreon and El Bandido’s brother who looked the most impressive at the tryout to me, was among them. The other four are Ciclón Infernal, Royer Boy, Pequeño Petroneo and Pardux (who you might have seen in one of the early matches on the DTU iPPV last December.) As has been the case all along, we don’t what advancing to the next round actually means, or when the next tryout is, or if there’s other ways to advance besides being in a tryout.
La Parka told Vamos Deportes (mentioned on R de Rudo) that Joaquin Roldan was a great boss, so great that he told Parka that his youngest son could use the name La Parka if he wanted. That seems like a thing that never works out ok.
05/18 NJPW: Dragon Lee  defeated Marty Scurll  in the Best of the Super Juniors. Dragon Lee is the only wrestler in his block to start off 2-0. NJPW likes to book people getting off to good starts and slipping back, but he has 2 wins and they can’t quite take those back. Dragon Lee is now regularly using the Rush corner dropkick spot. Everyone would flip out if he pulled off a La Mistica in a big spot.
Dragon Lee’s next tournament match is on the 21st (Sunday) against Taichi. Volador Jr.’s next match is against Ryusuke Taguchi on the 2oth (Saturday.) Both of those are taped delayed airings on NJPW World (don’t stay up for them.)
Something to watch here is Jushin Liger announced this would be his Best of the Super Juniors, lost his first two matches, and then declared he would not lose again.
IWRG (SUN) 05/21/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago vs Atomic Star
2) Shaolin vs Lunatic Xtreme
3) Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Taylor Wolf
4) Aramis vs Villano III Jr.
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Veneno vs Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
6) Freelance vs Dr. Cerebro
7) Danny Casas, Imposible, Mr. Electro vs Black Warrior, Trauma I, Trauma II
Black Warrior scheduled back here after appearing in Rey del Ring. Freelance/Cerebro sounds like it’d be good.
Another card as part of the promotion’s 49th Anniversary.
FULL (SAT) 05/27/2017 Plaza de Toros Monumental el Paseo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) El Divino, Reyna Dorada, Shadow Boy vs Ludark Shaitan, Luzbel, Pequeño Warrior
2) Pibe Alfajor & Saru vs Hip Hop Man & La Mosca (Argentina)
3) Garza Jr. vs Mr. Águila, Extreme Tiger
4) Alan Stone, Mr. Elektro, Zumbi vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Intocable, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Tinieblas vs Pirata Morgan, Rey Escorpión (Elite), Zorro
6) Alberto el Patrón & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Jack Swagger & Silver King and Roy Knight & Zak Knight
The last lineup to come up for the Alberto/FULL tour is the one in his home town. He’ll team with his brother in the main event.
Latin Lover is doing press for these shows and will be the host on them, and says he never said he was retired from lucha libre and “ponders” a return. He had three years of health problems but he says he’s in good shape now and would be open to wrestling if the people wanted it (if a promoter is willing to pay whatever high price he’ll want.) Latin says he doesn’t watch wrestling, citing the deaths of his friends Hector Garza & Perro Aguayo Jr. as some of the reasons.
Let’s put the 02/25 Crash recap here too so it can be found again later. This was a week full of matches that were just there; even the best match had it’s falws. The following week is not a whole lot improved
AAA TV (TUE) 05/16/2017Arena Aficion [AAA]
1) Bronco González Jr. & Hijo Del Vikingo b Concord & Guerrero de Plata Vikingo got the pin with a 630 senton
2) Lanzeloth & Máscara de Bronce b Dalton Bragg & Joe Lider Added match. The last time Bragg was seen, he was attacking Joe Lider, so of course they didn’t get along here.
3) Faby Apache b Ayako Hamada [Reina De Reinas, #1 Contenders] Bonus match two. Faby earned a title shot at Taya at some undefined time.
4) Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, El Mesías, Pagano Drago got the win over Scoria. Suicide attacked people on both teams (his partner Begnala last), apparently snapping and turning rudo.
5) Big Mami & Lady Shani b Goya Kong & La Hiedra Mami & Goya replaced Pimpi & Mamba.
6) Argenis, La Parka, Pimpinela Escarlata, Ricky Marvin b Averno, Chessman, Mamba, Súper Fly Pimpi and Mamba were added to the match. Mamba may be a OGT member; it was unclear. Pirata Morgan, who also may be an OGT member, distracted the tecnicos.
7) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Carta Brava Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Soul Rocker The Psycho Circus were reunited for one night, with Murder fouling Psycho but Wagner fouling Murder for the win. Mocho Cota attacked the non-Poder del Norte people with a chair after the match.
Air Date: 06/03 & 06/10
The amount of matches added, subtracted and combined left me confused about how many matches actually took place on this show until I put the results together this morning. It’s seven, the same number announced, though only the opener remained unchanged. This another show where the card was public for months and one where they sent La Parka & Psycho to Pachuca recently to promote the original specific lineup, and then gave a different card. I don’t have anything new to say at this, except I’m starting to wonder if maybe AAA doesn’t actually book TV now until the day of the show, because it’s the only reasonable explanation of why they would continue to risk a backlash from advertising matches they’re not going to run. It didn’t hurt AAA on this night, they filled the 2000 seat Arena Aficion, but they continue to play with fire.
Anyway. Seven matches, which probably means the dark match gets dropped and the other two get split up into two TV. 4/6/7 probably should air on the 3rd, since that’s the night prior to Verano de Escandalo and they all tie into (announced) matches there. On the other hand, AAA’s not been so strict about that since these big events are no long on iPPV and a TV show with 2/3/5 would be a bit low on star power. (Can’t think of the last TV taping with two women’s matches where one hasn’t fed into another, by the way.) AAA’s recap doesn’t mention the Ayako/Faby match for what it’s worth, probably indicating even the people who work for AAA are having trouble keeping track of what AAA is doing, but I guess could mean someone changed their mind on it.
Suicide’s turn is not played up much in the recap bit looks like a big deal on video. Suicide turning was teased on TV this week, but it doesn’t seem like great planning to do that turn and the Texano turn within an hour of each other. It really doesn’t seem like a great idea to do the Suicide turn, the Texano turn and have Psycho’s partners turn on him in the same show – and have Joe Lider & Dalton Bragg have issues early in the show. I think – and I may be completely out to lunch – there’s an actual plan and even card for TripleMania and they’re trying to get all the pieces in place for it. The problem is it’s such a big shift from where they were and it’s going to be hard for anyone to keep all the pieces straight, and they’re not helping the situation by distracting from the really important storylines with a lot not so important ones either. Suicide could use a character change, but unless they’ve got a big match planned for him at TripleMania (seems highly unlikely), maybe that’s something that could’ve waited a few months for it to have a wider birth. No one even know who Dalton Bragg is at this point and feuding him with Joe Lider is only going to make them about the 9th most important thing going on. Maybe there shouldn’t be nine things going on, at least not while there’s this big overarching change in direction and your fans are still catching up to it.
Faby/Ayako could be good. I want to see the 630 senton. I’m not really sure I want to see much more from this show.
The next taping will be 05/26, next Friday, in Mexico City.
CMLL (TUE) 05/16/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Artillero b Bengala & Magia Blanca
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico b Aéreo, Eléctrico, Fantasy
3) Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus Star Jr. replaced Stuka Jr.
4) Felino, Ripper, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther
5) Rey Cometa DQ Cavernario Cometa took 1/3, the last when Cavernario snuck in a foul on him.
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán b Hechicero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla
Singles match was good, not on the level of their best matches but not far off their recent title match on this show. Didn’t sound like the rest of the show was much..
CMLL (TUE) 05/16/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Maléfico & Mr. Apolo b Capitán Cobra & Mágico
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Difunto, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Stigma, Vaquero Jr.
3) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Astral, Esfinge, Oro Jr.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol
5) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush Rush fouled Caristico as he had La Mascara in La Caristica
That third match may turn up on the Guadalajara stream on Saturday.
An article on the history of Arena Mexico says the current capacity has gone down from 17,000 to 12,000. I don’t think that’s correct, it’s gone down but not that much. There’s an interesting story about the long running ruler of Mexico City, Ernesto Uruchurtu, being upset when Arena Mexico was being built, because it was about 4,000 seats bigger than the Auditorio Nacional he was having built for the government. He got his revenge by making the Lutteroths do extra work on the stability of the building (at an extra cost), under the idea that the fans would be jumping around during shows.
Lucha Underground will be back in two weeks. It may cost you more to watch. I can’t find any information on Sling’s site, but multiple people have noticed SlingTV is moving it to a higher tier which will cost $5 more a month. Fubo.TV has also upped their price since there’s been a new LU episode. The episodes are still the same prices on iTunes (and maybe will be released the next day the same way on Amazon?) if you’re willing to wait the day after to see the show.
Both Volador & Dragon Lee got off to good starts with wins in their first matches of the Best of Super Juniors tournament. Dragon Lee defeated Hiromu Takahashi in the main event. He not only got to talk to end the show, but he picked up a win over the champion. That puts him in line for a title shot no matter how the rest of the tournament goes. Volador defeated Tiger Mask in the second match. Both matches are part of the full show available for free on NJPW World; no login needed. Dragon Lee faces Marty Scurll tomorrow morning in another match that’ll be aired live for subscribers.
CMLL (MON) 05/22/2017Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Zaeta Roja vs Camorra, El Malayo, King Jaguar
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
This past Monday teased Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro and Rush & Mr. Niebla. Which will actually happen on the 29th? Maybe neither.
CMLL (TUE) 05/23/2017Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Yago
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Drone vs Disturbio [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Hechicero & Titan repeat in the main event but didn’t seem to be setting up anything. This is not a good card at all.
CMLL (TUE) 05/23/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & El Divino vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Magnum, Robin, Sensei vs Difunto, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
Rush/Caristico seems to be the match coming up here. CMLL booking guys in repeat singles matches suggests they are doing Rush/Niebla in Puebla.
Main event seemed fine, but was mostly just good. Fourth match seemed like they were setting up Niebla/Angel, though it’d seem Dragon Rojo is still owed a title shot. Niebla Roja’s act is set to go on for a week or two more.
CMLL finishes their week of 1v1 matches tonight with Rey Cometa and Cavernario meeting once again in Arena Mexico. The match was set up last week, seemed like it was going to be a title match, wasn’t announced as a title match after all, and Cometa lost the title so it couldn’t have been one. Tuesday shows aren’t exactly on the same level of the hair matches they’ve had before, but Cometa & Cavernario have good chemistry and it should be an fun watch.
That’s the semimain. The actual main event is a grab back trios match, with Mr. Niebla, Kraneo and Hechicero facing Marco Corleone, Titan and Atlantis. New champ Soberano teams with the Panthers to take on Felino, Ripper and Sam Adonis. Stuka, Fuego and Drone face Misterioso, Sagrado and Virus; I wonder if the Soberano/Misterioso feud is still going, or if Soberano has been rocketed up the card past his current rival. The obligatory minis match is Electrico, Fantasy, and Aereo against Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olimipco and Mercurio. Magia Blanca & Bengala take on Artillero & Apocalipsis in the opener.
The show starts at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. I’d estimate the Cavernario/Cometa match taking place around 9:15ish.
AAA tapes tonight in Arena Aficion. It’s not a big venue, and should be an easy sell out for the promotion no matter what matches they run. I have no idea which matches they’ll run. The card they’re advertising generally makes sense with the current feuds, but AAA’s made a point of changing around their lineups on a regular basis the last few months. The main event is scheduled to be Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner, which they didn’t do as advertised in Tijuana and only did as a bonus match in San Luis Potosi. OGT face Parka/Argenis/Marvin, which is the Verano de Escandalo match. Monster & Murder faced Carta & Soul, which fits with their Verano match. Pimpi & Mamba are opposite sides of a tag match – there’s a lot of 2v2 matches announced for this show. We’ll see what actually happens. The show is scheduled to start at 8:30, which means it’ll probably start around the same time as Cometa & Cavernario. It’ll air in three weeks; they still have the Tlaxcala taping to air first.
Tonight’s taping will surely start with a homage to El Apache. Faby & Mary weren’t booked on the card, but it’s possible they may end up being there now. This would be the fourth straight AAA TV taping to start with a memorial to a recently deceased person: there were two tapings which started with remembrances for Joaquin Roldan, and Brazo de Oro was honored on the last show. That’s a depressing statistic.
The newspaper Basta had a big headline accusing AAA a fraud for advertising Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner in mask matches both in Juarez (on 06/04) and Mexico City (at TripleMania.) SuperLuchas argues it’s more of a Descaro – a nervy move, and is worried fans might believe lucha libre has predetermined finishes. Visit a Facebook page on lucha libre and I’m pretty sure people already believed that. (Just, mostly when their guys lose; it’s all on the level when they win.) Anyway, the interesting thing to me is AAA actually hasn’t announced the Verano de Escandalo six way match yet on TV. This week’s main event was the angle setting it up, but the only match AAA’s so far even really stating for their TV viewers is Pagano/Mesias vs Scoria/Cuervo. If you just follow as a TV show, the match you’d assume this week’s main event set up is Taya/Faby, and that’s not on any card yet.
The NJPW Best of Super Juniors kicks off early tomorrow morning, and the first show will air for free live on NJPW World starting around 4:30 AM Central standard time. Volador Jr. is scheduled in the second match against Tiger Mask and Dragon Lee faces Hiromu Takashi in the main event (probably about two hours in if you’re not up for watching the whole thing.) Dragon Lee spoke at the kick off press conference, said he was honored to be there. Volador did not, because Volador wasn’t there. I dunno. He send a comment saying he’d prove he’s the best.
Clela Arena, the building which hosts UIPW shows in Los Angeles, will no longer host wrestling shows. This seems like a last minute change, since UIPW had a show announced there for this upcoming weekend.
The Claro graphic experiment is probably going to be a one off. I actually borrowed the idea and setup from video gaming streaming (which also is where the streaming software comes from) and it worked great for how it was intended to work. It just doesn’t quite fit for wrestling; I’d imagine it bigger/clear graphics for introduces and in between falls, taking advantage of the natural dead time in wrestling (and have less on screen when action is happening, since people aren’t looking for that.) I think there’s a blueprint here to do it but I’m skeptical it’s worth my time. It’s good to at least figure it out at least.
This is light week. All three feeds I use to record AAA weren’t working when the show aired; one came back just in time for the main event. I think what’s happening with the Guadalajara show is someone’s set up the TV broadcast to be streamed out for a half hour (as if that’s when the news is supposed to air), and so we’re going to see the first match and half of the second match until it gets fixed again. There was no Wednesday IWRG show and the best part of Sunday’s show will be up before you see this.
CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-05-13
taped 2017-05-09 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Ripper, Sagrado, Virus Cloud Drive 2) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush didn’t record 3) Máximo Sexy vs Euforiadidn’t record
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-15 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-05-14 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Aramis, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije vs Demonio Infernal, Taylor Wolf, Villano III Jr.
2) Máquina Infernal, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Tackle vs Danny Casas, Mike, Teelo
3) 2017 IWRG Rey del Ring
IWRG (SUN) 05/14/2017Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme b Shadow Boy & Shaolin straight falls
2) Demonio Infernal, Taylor Wolf, Villano III Jr. b Aramis, Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije
3) Máquina Infernal, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Tackle b Danny Casas, Mike, Teelo Teelo replaced Leo. Danny and Mascara feuded.
4) Imposible b Súper Mega, El Hijo del Diablo, Vardeus, Oficial 911, Veneno, Kanon, Saruman, Killer Jr., Oficial AK47, Mike, Picudo Jr., Villano IV, Máquina Infernal, Argos, Mr. Electro, Rafy, Heddi Karaoui, Black Terry, Diablo Jr., Apolo Estrada, Danny Casas, Eterno, Cerebro Negro, Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Leo, Dragón Fly, Dinamic Black, Black Warrior [IWRG Rey del Ring] Mascara 2000 was upset to have to give up the Rey del Ring title and demanded the first shot at the winner. Imposible beat Super Mega with a counter dropkick to win the 30 man match. Mascara Sagrada, Dinamic Black, Black Warrior and Oficial AK47 all returned to IWRG in this match.
I’m in favor of any IWRG match that ends with Imposible being the best guy. +LuchaTV, in their quest to make sure I don’t need to do anything and maybe might update the lucahwiki instead, announced they’ll be putting up the Rey del Ring match complete at 6pm.
Today’s the 25th Anniversary of AAA’s first show, held in Veracruz. AAA’s spent this calendar year talking about it being their 25th Anniversary, so it seems odd that it’s actually kind of a quiet day – just some congratulations on Twitter. I suspect they’re saving the bigger celebrations for TripleMania, but there probably will be some mention on tomorrow’s TV taping.
The SuperLuchas article linked up there goes over the first card in detail. Interesting, at least to me, is I’ve had the unlisted dark match as Dr. Maldad & Mr. Maldad against Quarterback & Super Bowl. Instead, SuperLuchas mentions that first ever AAA match as Apocalipsis III & El Inmortal vs Barba Negra & Super Star. SuperLuchas magazine originated as a AAA run and focused lucha libre magazine and the website quotes it for these results, so they know what they’re talking about. The Super Star, a dozen names changes later, would be better know as Black Warrior.
Tonight’s CMLL Puebla show has Mephisto defending the CMLL Welterweight Championship against Negro Casas, in a rudo/rudo battle where Casas will easily be cheered. A title change is unlikely but not out of the question: CMLL books Casas in singles matches a lot anyway, it doesn’t change the CMLL champion count for the Universal tournament (both will hold team championships whatever happens here) and maybe Casas winning the welterweight championship would free CMLL to do something else with the tag team championship than keep it on hold until Shocker is really ready to return. Nothing will probably change because change in CMLL is rare (and we just got a dose of it on Friday, might last them for months), but it’s not a certainty.
The rest of the show has nothing special. The semimain has Mistico, tecnico Rush and Valiente against Euforia, Mr. Niebla and Ultimo Guerrero. It has enough names to make it good, but also the right people to turn it into not much. Niebla Roja tries teaming with non Guerrero rudos in the fourth match, partnering with Dragon Rojo & Polvora against Angel de Oro, Johnny Idol and Stigma. The outcome will probably be about the same.
Black Tiger & Policeman are back on the show, because we can’t go long without them on Mondays. They team with Lestat, Starman, Cancerbero and Raziel. Asutriano makes a welcome appearance and has a good partner in Rey Samuray, but not so good opponents in Hijo del Signo & Metalico. Meyer & Paris versus Camorra & Inquisidor start the show, which begins at 9pm on YouTube.
CMLL (SAT) 05/13/2017Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Leono Rudos took 1/3.
2) Espanto Jr., Inquisidor, Metálico b Flyer, Magia Blanca, Starman
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis tecnicas took 2/3
4) Blue Panther, Fuego, Stuka Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón tecnicos took 1/3
5) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Carístico b Mephisto, Templario, Último Guerrero Templario replaced Shocker, who was advertised to return on this show and did interviews to hype it. No explanation was given. Tecnicos took 2/3.
My guess is Shocker just didn’t show up – Templario’s fits as a fill in only if CMLL had no notice Shocker wasn’t going to wrestle (not an injury set back) and Shocker’s had issues not showing up in the past. Shocker’s gone silent on Twitter since around the time this show started.
CMLL (SUN) 05/14/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia b Aéreo, Eléctrico, Fantasy Aereo replaced Stukita
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma b Disturbio, Puma, Sangre Azteca
3) Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Pólvora b Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Titán Polvora replaced Dragon Rojo Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto tencicos took 2/3
5) Carístico b Euforia Caristico took 2/3.
Today in social media issues condensed: UK’s Lucha Forever had Pentagon, Drago and Fenix booked for May 14th. Lucha Forever had to postpone the show, said to be due to venue issues. The LU guys got booked out to someone else in the UK. The LU guys got to London, and couldn’t find anyone to pick them up for wherever it is they were going. Vampiro went after Lucha Forever on Twitter & Facebook, while Lucha Forever said they had a guy there waiting to pick them up. The guys got picked up, I assume, and then everyone went back and deleted everything. Life went on!
In Japan, Okumura was interviewed about his beck injury: he started doing rehab work right away, but he still has numbness in his thumb and index finger on his right hand. Okumura is getting his one month check up on May 18th, will return to Mexico to recover if everything looks good, and then be back in October for another check up (with MRI scans being sent to Japan in between.) He still hopes to be back wrestling by December, though that may be more positive thinking that something he can accomplish.
IWRG (WED) 05/17/2017Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Tiger & Puma de Oro vs Bambino & Satana X
2) Blue Monsther, Shadow Boy, Voltar vs Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000, Picudo Jr.
3) Acero & Kanon vs Máquina Infernal & Takle
4) Hijo del Alebrije, Mike, Teelo vs Lunatik Xtreme, Skanda, Vortiz
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull vs Aspirantito Jr., Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power] Gym Fill (Black Terry) vs Gym Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera)
Lucha Libre Boom is running here on Friday, so their students stop by a couple days early for a trainee show. LLB running on Friday also means it’s a three show week for Naucalpan (or quite a while before a normal IWRG show, since the Super Astro show is on the 24th.)
RIOT (SAT) 05/20/2017Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Psicótico vs Muerte Extrema
2) Chik Tormenta vs Christi Jaynes
3) Dowki, Kaientai, Lord Byron vs Erick Ortiz, Kamikaze, Kratoz
4) Fly Warrior vs Dralion
5) Low Rider & Sammy Guevara vs Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda Jr.
6) Flamita vs Último Ninja
Final lineup for the RIOT show next Saturday. I really want to see the main event. Not enough to actually go to Monterrey, but I’d still like to see it.
CMLL (SAT) 05/20/2017Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Stukita vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Leono, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Templario
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
4) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Niebla Roja
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
Niebla Roja teamed up with non Guerrero rudos, but his issues seem to be more with being a rudo than being a Guerrero, so that’ll probably go no differently. Is Leono the second best wrestler in the segunda?
CMLL (SUN) 05/21/2017Arena México
1) Bengala & Fiero vs Cholo & Yago
2) Flyer, Magia Blanca, Robin vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Kráneo, Sam Adonis
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
Fiero & Yago’s are in the One Match A Month club, which probably doesn’t work out for them so well.
Every match on this show is technically a first time ever match, but CMLL’s done an outstanding job of making everyone feel about the same so it comes off as a card we’ve seen many times before.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 05/21/2017Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Ángel De La Tormenta & Filder vs Cometa & Dragón Force
2) Gato De Ecatepec vs 19 Y Medio
3) Eterno vs Komander
4) Silueta vs Marcela
5) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón
6) Aramis vs Star Jr.
7) Keira & Lady Maravilla vs Alas de Acero & Iron Kid
8) Hechicero vs Solar I
This seems to have less big outside names than usual, so it might be a smaller turnout, but Eterno/Komander, Aramis/Star, Hechicero/Solar and the trios match all look interesting.
CMLL (SUN) 05/21/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Capitán Cobra vs Destello & Quca
2) El Alteño & Fantástico vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Apolo
3) Tigre Blanco vs Linterna [lightning]
4) Cosmos, Metatrón, Neutrón vs León Blanco, Ráfaga, Relámpago Azul
5) Joker, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Explosivo, Nautilius, Sádico
The main event must be an unlisted Relevos Increíbles match or a lot of turns went down tonight. Linterna/Tigre Blanco matched up in the segunda, so something probably did go down with them.