CMLL (FRI) 03/25/2016Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Aéreo & Último Dragóncito rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi 17:16. Rudas took 2/3, Dalys pinning Estrelita.
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. b Hechicero, Luciferno, Pólvora 13:12. Hechicero’s return from injury. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Carístico, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky [Relevos Increíbles] 13:45. Pierroth came out with the Comando Boricua (Pequeno Violencia & Comandante) but was offered and accepted an Ingobernables shirt. Ingobernables took 1/3.
5) Cibernético DQ Último Guerrero 12:18. Cibernetico took 1/3. Ultimo Guerrero trapped Cibernetico in simple holds and Cibernetico struggled to escape early on. Crowd was anti-Cibernetico. UG fouled Cibernetico, and the referee (Terror Chino) called the DQ despite looking the wrong way.
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas 6:42. Straight falls. Peste Negra DQed in the first, pinned cleanly in the second.
Very skippable show with matches that just weren’t much good. Pierroth looked as out of place with the Ingobernables. The first couple minutes of Cibernetico/UG told the story that Cibernetico was not a good wrestler. It was effectively done, but I’m not sure why you’d want to do that and it’s something everyone involved did their best to hide when Thunder was in the same spot. Crowd was larger than normal for a Friday night show, which felt like it had to be to Cibernetico versus UG, only the audience either booed Cibernetico after he was unable to escape an armbar, or just didn’t make as much noise as they had in the match prior. (It’s not like they were way behind UG either.)
Caristico suggested himself versus La Mascara in a mask match for the Anniversary show backstage.
If there is a Lucha World Cup 2 around the same time as last year’s, it would fit right after the Orizaba show. Victoria has said they’d be interested in doing another and there was news about the possible format a few months back, but AAA hasn’t said anything it yet.
CMLL (FRI) 04/01/2016Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Súper Porky vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro vs La Máscara [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cibernético, Negro Casas, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
CMLL insists on calling all the Ingobernables matches Releovs Increibles, even though they’ve stopped teaming with tecnicos and are very obviously rudos. (La Mascara is obviously the rudo in the lightning match.) No Pierroth and many of the matche slook like they could be.
Opener is a rematch from H2L and surely a better match. Segunda is has been fun in Puebla. Super Porky working every Friday is odd.
Pictures show Cavernario doing the splash to the floor. The title match looks good in those pictures.
Tonight’s Arena Mexico main event is technically Atlantis, Mascara Dorada and Volador Jr. versus Peste Negra to follow up on Casas/Volador but – as seems to happen quite often – the more interesting match is lower on the card. Ultimo Guerrero and Cibernetico have their first ever singles match. They started their feud only seven days ago, and already are directly confronting each other. Ultimo Guerrero feuded with Thunder for two or three millennia, and had zero singles matches. Maybe that’s just a statement about how CMLL felt about Thunder, or maybe it’s something for Elite’s benefit to spill over onto their Wednesday’s shows. Whatever it is, the match seems much more urgent for CMLL to get it done right away. Maybe there’s another shoe to drop here.
Pierroth, the maybe new Ingobernable, teams with Rush & La Mascara against Super Porky, Caristico and Marco in the tercera. Hechicero is scheduled to return in the tercera – that match or the main event should be the best on the show. The show opens with a minis match and follows with a women’s match.
The show is at 8:30pm local, still one hour later than usual in the US. (You’ve only got eight more days of this.) It’s back on ClaroSports.
Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi airs on Lucha Azteca this week. It’s not on the list, because I can’t get it and no one’s ever asked about it, but the Guadalajara show has Dragon Lee vs Cavernario this week. Assuming it happened – CMLL hasn’t gotten results up yet.
Cibernetico vs Ultimo Guerrero takes place on Claro this week.
The show description for Lucha Underground partially gives away one match.
Azteca’s TV listings say Lucha Azteca 7 will be a 75 minute show for it’s 04/01 debut. That’s an odd length; perhaps it’s only a first show deal, but it means it’d be have to be cutdown for the US (and there’s still no sign it’ll be aired in the US.) CMLL airs 3 matches on it’s hour show, so maybe this means a fourth match, and maybe this means they’ll do other type of material. The time of the show means it ends just about an hour before that night’s normal show airs. Their website has a preview of the show, though it’s blocked in the US. They push being a modern version of lucha libre, which apparently means lots of selfie sticks.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reported Sami Callihan signed with Lucha Underground. He worked a dark match late in season 2, with King Cuerno and another person who hasn’t debuted on screen. The WON has results from this past week’s tapings, and Callihan actually didn’t wrestle on those – he was on Evolve instead. LU was taping matches out of sequence anyway, so he might still debuting early in season 3. Keep in mind “early in Season 3” probably means January 2017.
Rolling Stone has an article in Teddy Hart, centered on his appearance at The Crash back in February while talking about his issues. The article gives Teddy credit for helping training Pentagon and Fenix, which I haven’t seen mentioned prior. Konnan is credited for getting Teddy booked on that show, seems to be done with him by the end of the show, but the promoted is mentioned as wanting to bring Teddy back.
Both Masked Republic and Arturo Rivera implied Cage was pulled off the Elite shows because of his contract with Lucha Underground, though their feelings about the reasons (bullying vs Elite not checking the contract) naturally differs.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena Jardines, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Electroser & Troyano vs Hantar & Íkaro Gym Falcon vs Gym Contreras
2) Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Iron Kid vs Alas de Acero, Aramis
4) Supermega vs Black Terry
5) Keira vs Toxin
6) Hechicero vs Último Guerrero
Full card for the debut show. This is the venue sometimes known as Arena Fusion and where GoMask has been. Main event should be fun.
AAA says they sold the building out and it certainly looked sold out in pictures. The venue is listed as 7000 seats, plus whatever they added on the floor and minus whatever they blocked off for the entrance. The Roldans made a point of showing the full crowd, and there seemed to be a message about AAA still being to do these kind of crowd regardless of who’s left. It’s a bit mitigated by this show being promoted as a special tribute for Hijo del Perro Aguayo and the seeming lack of other AAA shows in big venues outside of Mexico City, but 7000 tickets is 7000 tickets. You can’t argue with a sell out and that’s what they got – and probably at a cheaper cost than they were getting those a year prior.
There was no iPPV. AYM/internet.tv put up a note yesterday that the show was canceled thru no fault of their own. My belief is there was a deal that just didn’t get done in time. AAA never promoted it, and also didn’t say anything when other people found it. It seems like it should’ve, any extra money would’ve been nice, but the last minute and lack of advertising time for it means the only people who knew about it were mostly the people read this site. That’s not that many people. (If it was a straight revenue split, it’s money they passed up. If there was any sort of overhead AAA had to give up before the revenue split, then maybe it was money they saved.) As it is, I wish I was most skeptical of it actually happening as to not get people’s hopes up or worked harder to confirm it was actually happening)- it’s only because we’ve found the iPPV info before it’s was announced in the past that I thought it might be the same this time. Hopefully this can work better next show.
Jack Evans missed the show due to food poisoning. We knew about Mini Charly. AAA and Blue Demon haven’t explained his absence. It may be a flight issue. Demon also has a reputation of missing shows where he expects to lose, and he probably was going to lose on this show. It hasn’t really occurred to me, since he’s Mexican Hero Blue Demon Jr., but Demon was the last guy getting flown in from the US and probably getting paid US Dollars. It’s surprising given who isn’t around. Demon seems like he opens door for sponsorship a guy like Cage (to pick a name) would not, but Cage probably is easier to deal with and costs less.
(Blue Demon’s only “explanation” is to RT mentions of him also missing Rey de Reyes two years ago. Note to luchadors and luchadors promotions and anyone on Twitter: stop retweeting every mention you get.)
It still feels early on in this new regime, but one booking change that strikes me is there’s less angles on these shows. Wagner talked about matches (and because it’s Wagner, there’s no telling if this is actually a plan or a bit he made up on the spot or if it’ll switch from one to the other along the way) and people had title matches, but the only news it the debut of the Other Perros del Mal. The Pentagon group had been wearing red/white Perros del Mal t-shirts the last couple of days, which had appeared to be simply a new variant of the design for the Hijo del Perro Aguayo one year anniversary. Those who came in after the Rey de Reyes final appear to be wearing the normal black/white shirt, for a color coordinated feud (though I’m not sure how long Damian’s group had the shirts on, since they’re not wearing them in most of the photos.)
The show actually begin with an in-ring tribute to Perro Jr., with the current Perros del Mal members in the ring talking about him and the rest of the roster around the ring. It seemed heartfelt, but it also seems like a designed way to leverage sympathy for Pentagon’s group into the new feud. This angle touched a nerve; Perro being praised on TV is one thing, but his memory and legacy being fought over crosses a line for some. This is not new ground for AAA. The subtext and sometimes actual text of the Roldans/Konnan on-screen was also about who was the rightful inheritors of Antonio Peña’s legacy. (I guess it’s still happening off-screen.) I can’t say if it’s the right thing to do – I don’t know what Perro would want, and I’m not enough in the Mexican culture to tell how they’d receive it.
From a business and aesthetics standpoint, I’m not in favor of it. Pentagon gets the Rey de Reyes win, but adding these guys strongly suggest he’ll still be around the same place in the card. Nicho, Halloween and Damian have had outstanding careers, and are certainly allowed to keep getting paid from lucha libre when those much older and more broken down are getting paid, but are clearly worn down by a long hard career. Pagano is a limited luchador who tries very hard and doesn’t always succeed, and is best keeping focusing at what he does best. This is going to be a lot of extreme matches, a style that’s exhausted my patience. We’ll also find out if Pagano’s indie popularity can translate to a wider audience. If it can, then that’s solid reason to do more of this (which is depressing.) If it can’t, then they’re doing this damage to themselves for no reason.
Pentagon’s post-match interview pointed to a match between himself and Pagano, but the angle suggests a 4v4 match at some point. Who would be Pentagon’s fourth? Kahn and Taya both seem like not great ideas for this match. (Bringing in Keira or Ludark as Taya’s opposite would be a silver lining to this, and give the women’s title a new direction.)
This has some implications for indie promotions, all of whom seemed to be using Pagano at once. If he’s in AAA, his availability will be less and they won’t be able to do matches with him against CMLL guys – exactly what’s scheduled this weekend in Guadalajara. If you’re a fan of indie lucha and not of Pagano, this might be good news, but indie promoters who want extreme style can find others who are willing to do it.
I don’t know. I feel very dispassionate about this whole show. I don’t know if I’m just tired – the upside of no iPPV is I got at least one extra hour of sleep! – or if it’s just not enthralling when you’re only watching results on Twitter and Instragram (but not Snapchat?) AAA did the right thing with Pentagon winning, but it felt like that should be the first step for more. The underlining thought makes sense in that feud – give the Pentagon Perros someone more rudo to feud with to continue allowing them to be fan favorite rudos – but it doesn’t seem like a big step forward. The rest of the shows are wins that are worth mentioning, but everything’s been reset to the beginning and so none of it feels all that important and there aren’t a lot of directions suggested going forward. (They could’ve done the Japan bit of someone coming out to challenge Texano, to at least set up that direction.) Maybe the Zorro/Fenix interaction, maybe the Wagner challenges are going somewhere, but it’s going to take more time to find out about all of it.
The next show is April 8th in Mexico City. No lineup is out – maybe in the next few days.
Matanza won a 21 man Aztec Warfare match, becomes the 4th Lucha Underground champion
order of events
00:00 Fenix enters (1)
00:00 Rey Mysterio enters (2)
01:27 King Cuerno enters (3)
02:49 Argenis enters (4)
03:55 Argenis out (Rey Mysterio top rope splash, 1)
04:16 Johnny Mundo enters (5)
05:46 Joey Ryan enters (6)
07:03 Prince Puma enters (7)
08:05 Jack Evans enters (8)
08:14 King Cuerno out (Rey Mysterio cross armbreaker, 2)
09:27 Taya enters (9)
10:40 Cage enters (10)
11:54 Mascarita Sagrada enters (11)
13:02 Johnny Mundo out (Puma standing shooting star press, 3)
13:19 Marty Martinez enters (12)
14:48 Drago enters (13)
15:48 Marty out (Rey Mysterio top rope splash, 4)
16:03 The Mack enters (14)
17:17 Chavo Guerrero enters (15)
18:05 Máscarita Sagrada out (Chavo a la de caballo, 5)
18:37 Cage out (Taya pin, 6)
18:50 PJ Black enters (16)
18:51 Taya out (Fenix German suplex, 7)
20:03 Aerostar enters (17)
20:56 Jack Evans out (Aerostar top rope Canadian Destroyer, 8)
20:56 Drago out (PJ Black Black Diamond, 9)
21:10 Dragon Azteca Jr. enters (18)
22:15 Texano enters (19)
23:06 PJ Black out (Texano Jr. sit down powerbomb, 10)
23:32 Mil Muertes enters (20)
24:29 Mil Muertes out (Rey Mysterio top rope splash, 11)
26:09 Matanza (21)
27:07 Fenix out (Matanza spinning powerslam, 12)
27:30 The Mack out (Matanza german suplex Mack 13)
27:47 Aerostar out (Matanza german suplex Aerostar, 14)
28:10 Texano Jr. out (Matanza powerbomb Texano Jr., 15)
29:15 Joey Ryan out (Matanza gutwrench suplex, 16)
30:28 Dragon Azteca Jr. out (Matanza chokeslam Dragon Azteca Jr., 17)
31:09 Chavo Guerrero out (Matanza standing shooting star press, 18)
32:17 Prince Puma out (Matanza german suplex, 19)
34:54 Rey Mysterio out (Matanza spinning powerslam, 20)
Matanza debuted and destroyed everyone. Dario Cueto returned, declared the Temple was his again, and entered his brother as the special 21st enterant in the match. There were nine other people left in the match, and Matanza beat them all. Matanza was never dropped to the mat and rarely even shaken, with only Rey and Puma doing damage near the end.
Misterio and Azteca made their in-ring debuts – people reacted a lot stronger to Rey, but Azteca seemed to win them over a bit with his dive over the corner. Striker had no idea who Azteca was, while Vampiro spoke in myth. Argenis and Máscarita Sagrada made their returns, with Sagrada doing far better.
Pentagon Jr., Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse were all notably absent. All four are enemies of Catrina, and Catrina made it explicitly clear Pentagon trying to attack her was why he didn’t get an invite. Pentagon invited himself, coming out of the crowd to attack Mil Muertes with a chair before he could even get in the ring. Muertes was out of it and easily pinned. Catrina blamed Vampiro and screamed at him to leave, but they were interrupted by Dario’s appearance. (This meant Muertes and Matanza never interacted.)
Famous B & Brenda were in the front row handing out cards and trying to recruit both fans and luchadors. He was miced, and expressed interest in managing many people during the match.
Many of the feuds from the first set of episodes appeared at one point or other – Fenix/Cuerno, Mundo/Taya/Cage, Aerostar/Drago/Black/Jack, Chavo/Texano – along with issues from last season like Cage/Mack. Joey Ryan won a four way to get into the match, then handicuffed him to the railing to avoid being pinned. That backfired, as he was misted by Drago and unable to escape when Matanza came for him. (Matanza simply broke the railing to grab him.)
Mundo put Cage through the office window, only for Cage to return. Glass is ineffective on Cage, but a Mundo cinderblock shot worked fine and Taya picked up the pin. That issue isn’t over.
Marty and Mack weren’t in at the same time (and Sexy Star and Mariposa were nowhere to be seen), but Mack did give Marty a stunner before he could get to the back.
I’m winded from putting together the match results. There was a lot to keep track of, which was also a slight problem with the match. They wanted to keep as many bodies around for the final as possible, to give Matanza plenty of people to mow thru, but it meant fighting was all over the place at once and occasionally hard to keep track of it. There’s a moment where Cage & Mack are facing off, and off in the background you can see Jack tumbling down the stone stairs for who knows what reason. (You can say that about a lot of Jack things!) I’m sure it also allowed them to hide guys resting, which was more apparent with less people in early, but everything didn’t sink as much as it might had each thing gotten more time.
But maybe the rest of the match didn’t matter, because it was really all about Matanza’s destruction at the end. They put him over as strong as possible – he came off like Taz, a short wide guy just throwing dudes around. Taz didn’t do a shooting star press, best I can recall, but otherwise like Taz. It almost totally worked; they needed a little bit more of the menace Matanza showed when he was going after Joey Ryan and when referee Marty was reacting to him, but that’s the part that’s probably hardest to work on before you do the character. (And that’s also sort of on the other guys to show that fear.)
The Mil Muertes beatdown seemed weak considering what he took on previous shows, to the point where it seemed as though they were hiding an injury. I don’t recall one, and it may just have been trying to sped up things on a show where a lot needed to happen in a short amount of times. They were hardly ever doing 90 minute breaks in between entrants.
The upside to the fans not seeing the vignettes are the fans aren’t chanting “police!” at Joey Ryan. The downside is no one had any idea who Dragon Azteca Jr. is and he had about 30 seconds to get himself over. It’ll go better for him later on, I hope.
The first Aztec Warfare will be remembered as being better, because the show felt like it was making an unexpected leap. This show wasn’t really far behind, and I only wish they got a little more time or a second screen to watch it all.
CMLL (TUE) 03/22/2016Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin b Camorra & Inquisidor 13:58. Tecnicos took 1/4
2) Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr. 12:44. Rudos took 1/3. Hombre Bala replaced Delta.
3) Bobby Z, Euforia, Gran Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Titán 10:00. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Magia Blanca & Oro Jr. b Tritón, Flyer, Rocky Casas, Súper Halcón Jr., El Cuatrero, Fujin [Gran Alternativa, seeding battle royal] 5:27. Elimination order went Flyer, Rocky Casas, Super Halcon, Fujin, Cuatrero, Triton leaving Magia Blanca and Oro Jr.
5) Atlantis & Flyer b Negro Casas & Rocky Casas [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 3:53. Rocky made his debut, looked green.
6) Fujin & Rey Escorpión b Máximo Sexy & Súper Halcón Jr. [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 5:09
7) El Cuatrero & Rey Bucanero b Mistico & Tritón [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 6:43.
8) Magia Blanca & Último Guerrero b Oro Jr. & Valiente [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 6:16.
9) Fujin & Rey Escorpión b Atlantis & Flyer [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 4:13. Fujin pinned Atlantis and Rey Escorpion beat Flyer.
10) Mistico & Tritón b Magia Blanca & Último Guerrero [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 6:59.
11) Fujin & Rey Escorpión b Mistico & Tritón [Gran Alternativa, final] 4:54. Fujin & Rey Escorpion advance to the final on 04/05
Today is AAA Rey de Reyes. I have a preview – kinda – going up on Voices of Wrestling this afternoon. The shorter version is some of the matches may be good though none stellar, the on-screen storylines aren’t really compelling, but the behind the scenes intrigue is highly compelling (if you’re a dork who’s into behind the scenes intrigue.) The show will start around 11 pm ET and, at this point, it’ll be a nice surprise if there’s actually an iPPV. I’m going to be around looking for Periscopes even if there isn’t iPPV and ElSaborDelRing is a good SLP lucha Twitter account to check for unofficial live results to go with the official ones.
The scheduled opener tonight is Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taurus & Taya vs Pimpinela, Mascarita Sagrada, Faby Apache and a mystery person. The mystery person hasn’t been revealed. The mini rudo is also now a mystery – Mini Charly Manson says he quit AAA on Monday. This is so out of left field that his brother (Mini Drago) seemed surprised by it. It’s strange Charly wouldn’t just wait until after working Rey de Reyes to quit and there’s something missing here. I guess he could fit into Elite – he could be Mini Sharly Rockstar! – but it doesn’t seem like any better position over there. He has looked talented in AAA and maybe new people looking at him will give him more chances.
As far as the rest of the card, I’m picking Pentagon Jr. to win Rey de Reyes not because I believe it’s actually going to happen, but because I can’t bring myself to be cynical enough to pick La Parka. I figure Mesias ends up with the Mega championship, the Xinetez keep the trios titles, and Averno & Chessman hold onto the tag titles, though I’m not at all sure about that last one. I am sure the Wagner/Psycho match will have many shenanigans going into the finish and I don’t like Psycho’s chances of winning in the end.
Tonight, a few hours earlier, is Lucha Underground’s Aztec Warfare. The full hour is spent on one match, and you’ll want to tune in early because important moments happen right away. The show is Rey Mysterio Jr.’s first match on the show, and – like with the season 1 Aztec Warfare – it’s the culmination of the first set of episodes and lays the groundwork for the rest of the season. Last year’s match was one of the best matches and best episodes of the season. Live reports indicated this one was at the same level, and it kind of feels like it needs to be – whatever happens tonight is going to strongly affect people’s feelings on the season and the series entirely.
Paste Magazine visited the Lucha Underground Temple and talks about raving about the show despite having some qualms about some parts of it. In talking about the buzz the product has gotten, Eric Van Wagenen mentions WWE reached out to 7-10 LU wrestlers between seasons.
Cage is off the Elite shows. He apologized for the change on Twitter, said it wasn’t Elite’s fault, and then ended up deleting most of those Twitter messages. If it’s not Elite’s decision and it’s not Cage’s decision, that mostly leaves AAA and Lucha Underground. LU has first dibs on their luchadors if they need to tape something, but they’re probably not taping on that day (and they worked with Cage enough to let him work an indie show on Saturday.) They also prohibit their luchadors from working on US based wrestling shows without their permission. Elite may want to get on US TV, but there’s been no sign of that actually happening yet and you’d have to be following lucha libre very closely to know that was a possibility. AAA would have plenty of reason to want to block (more!) wrestlers from jumping to Elite and might still have control of Cage’s Mexico work visa.
No sign of an Elite press conference today. Maybe it’ll turn up after I hit post.
CMLL announced a lineup for Saturday, then realized there was a boxing event taking place in Arena Coliseo instead and canceled the show. It seems odd they didn’t know about the boxing; maybe it was a last minute venue change? They’ll be back next Saturday with an Arena Coliseo Anniversary show – which may not be a big deal, because they seemed to be setting up Terrible versus Valiente as the main event.
NJPW announced the Best of Super Juniors will take place from May 21 and June 7. That’s 14 shows, one more than last year. The lineup is usually announced on or after their May PPV, which is May 3rd this year.
CMLL (TUE) 03/29/2016Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Delta, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
3) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
4) Golden Magic & Rush vs Mr. Niebla & Warrior Steel and Esfinge & Volador Jr. and Mephisto & Yago and La Máscara & Stigma and Sansón & Terrible and Máscara Dorada & Pegasso andPierroth & Raijin [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
Yago & Warrior Steel popping up on Sunday shows somewhat is explained here, as they’re needed to fill out the tournament. (There are other places to get people, and they could’ve done better than Pegasso – he was a rookie like a decade and a half ago.) CMLL almost always does tecnico versus rudos tournament finals, so the three possibilities are Golden Magic & Rush, Esfinge & Volador Jr., and Stigma & La Mascara. Esfinge & Volador are the only pure tecnico team and probably the favorites, but I’d really like to see Golden Magic & Rush advance to the finish. Rey Escorpion said he’d like to fight Rush again, let’s give him his wish.
What happened: Fujin & Rey Escorpión advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa tournament. Skandalo and Fuego appeared to be feuding, though they didn’t get involved in the finish.
What was good: The Gran Alternativa tournament was generally good, though the format meant no stand out matches. Rocky Casas (especially) & Magia Blanca looked green, but the rest of the action went pretty well. Triton didn’t fit in the criteria but looked good in all of his matches. The tercera match was the best match, and it was an overall fun show.
CMLL (SUN) 03/20/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar & El Tapatío b Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dark Fire & El Alteño b Mr. Brisa & Payaso Infernal Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Cosmos & Metatrón b Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) El Chakal, Joker, Sádico b León Blanco, Nautilius, Neutrón Rudos took 2/3.
5) Gallo, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. DQ Espectrúm, Maléfico, Ráfaga Tecnicos took 2/3. Espectrum snuck in a foul on Vaquero behind the referee’s back, but the fans convinced referee Willy to call the DQ. Vaquero wants that hair match with Espectrum.
CMLL (MON) 03/21/2016Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Fuerza Chicana b Astro & Asturiano 11:41. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral & Eléctrico b Mini Joker & Saurón 12:24. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Metálico 17:58. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther 8:11. Japan took 2/3, Okumura cleanly beating the Panther after last week’s cheating.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. 11:08. Felino replaced Negro Casas. Pesta Negra 1/3, with Cavernario going after Dorada all match and beating him clean. Cavernario demanded a title match next week.
6) Carístico b Último Guerrero 14:07. Caristico took 1/3, the last with La Mistica
Really good Puebla show, with a strong main event and the undercard as good or better than you’d expect. The big crowd helped the matches and the matches helped the big crowd.
Tonight’s CMLL show is the Gran Alternativa tournament (7:30pm local, 8:30pm CDT.) If you’re new, or just checking in because Raijin and Fujin are being involved, Gran Alternativa is once a year (more or less) single elimination tag team tournament where an upcoming and coming wrestler teams with a veteran. It’s the original way CMLL used to promote a new wrestler, with the idea that the winner would get a shot at the top of the card for a few weeks and end up being a star. It’s worked out sometimes, though more in the early run.
1994: Hector Garza (success)
1995: Shocker (success)
1996 (1): Chicago Express (not a success - suffered an injury)
1996 (2): Rey Bucanero (success)
1998: Tony Rivera (mild success)
1999 (1): Ultimo Guerrero (success)
1999 (2): Tigre Blanco (not a success)
2001: Sicodelico Jr. (not a success)
2003: Alan Stone (not a success)
2004: Mistico (success)
2006: La Mascara (success)
2006: Misterioso Jr. (mild success)
2007: La Sombra (success)
2008: Dragon Rojo Jr. (mild success)
2009: Okumura (not a success)
2010: Polvora (mild success)
2011: Rey Escorpion (success)
2012: Euforia (mild success)
2013: Boby Zavala (mild success)
2014: Barbaro Cavernario (success)
The tournament has been supplanted by the more elaborate En Busca de un Idolo in the last few years, but the Gran Alternativa is still loved by older fans – when CMLL only had 60 or 90 minutes of TV, this tournament would be the only time the rookies would make tape in complete matches. Calling them complete matches might be a bit of an exaggeration, CMLL one night tournaments are notoriously full of short unsatisfying matches. Figure them as being as long as one fall of a normal match, with the finalists getting about the same amount of time if they had a normal three falls match.
This year’s tournament is a sixteen team tournament, which means the winners of tonight’s block of matches and the winners of next Tuesday’s block of matches will meet on April 5th to determine the winner. (That will likely be a normal three falls match.) There are no brackets; seeding is determined by a (really dumb) battle royal prior to the tournament.
Teams in this Block, veterans listed first
Mistico & Tritón
Último Guerrero & Magia Blanca
Atlantis & Flyer
Negro Casas & Rocky Casas
Máximo Sexy & Súper Halcón Jr.
Rey Bucanero & El Cuatrero
Oro Jr. & Valiente
Rey Escorpión & Fujin
Oro, Halcon, Flyer and Triton have no shot. Magia Blanca, teaming with UG, has the best shot of the winning but there are imaginable scenarios where Casas, Cuatrero and Fujin all have shots.
Guadalajara has Cavernario challenging Dragon Lee in a title match. It’s going to be a quite a busy week for our caveman amigo, though it seems unlikely he’s going to win either championship. The match will be taped for Guadalajara TV, and there’s a shot it could surface.
Today’s also the seventh anniversary of Abismo Negro’s death.
Rey de Reyes is on iPPV – probably. Their iPPV site has been updated with Rey de Reyes info; it had not been last week. The page lists it as $15/150 MXP, but no one can actually pay that amount. If you bought the previous show, the website doesn’t know this is a new show and will allow you in without paying more. If you haven’t signed up before, it’ll prompt you to pay $19 USD. AAA hasn’t advertised this iPPV at all and I would not pay for this show until they do, just to safeguard yourself from them resetting the sale history and unintentionally wiping out your purchase.
Mr. 450 says he’s no longer working with AAA. He’s was only used a few times on TV late in 2015 and didn’t settle into a permanent role, but it was said they wanted to use him more. (Edit: he was also a lumberjack on Guerra de Titanes despite not having a match.) That was with Konnan in charge and AAA more willing it bring outside people in; neither are true so this isn’t a big surprise – I think people mostly had assumed he wasn’t coming back if they had thought about it. He may still continue to turn up on indie Mexico shows (and so it’s surprising he’d rule out going to AAA, since happening to be in Mexico in the first place seemed to be how he got first booked; there’s no reason to say no unless he’s got something else planned.) Mr. 450’s a guy who also might fit into WWE Cruiserweight Series, as he’s been in on NXT TV already as enhancement talent.
Cibernetico joins Zumbi as being announced as being announced part of the Liga Elite via interview on Azteca. Rush and Brian Cage are part of it too, given their match announced. There probably is a press conference on Wednesday to announce the whole field, and it’s likely more unexpected people will be included.
Dorada/Cavernario in the semimain means they should have plenty of time. Are they returning to doing a big match in Puebla every week? Sky Team versus Revolucionarios in the main event could set up a trios title. Kamaitachi still around in the fourth, good Puebla tecnicos vs the Cancerberos in the segunda, Batillon del Murte in the opener.
CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2016 (Lutteroth & Asesino Negro)
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Sangre Azteca, Skándalo, Virus
4) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Carístico & Mistico vs Cibernético & Último Guerrero
Caristico & Mistico team up as the main event of Guadalajara’s H2L show. It’s possible the Vaquero/Espectrum hair match ends up here, though I’m less certain since they moved it to a Tuesday.