CMLL has a press conference at noon today. I’ll cover it an separate post later today.
CMLL (TUE) 04/17/2018Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Angelito & Pequeño Universo 2000 Angelito replaced Pequeno Violencia.
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel b Eléctrico, Magnus, Robin Rudos took 1/3.
3) Audaz, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. DQ Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus straight falls, Virus DQed for removing Audaz’ mask.
4) Drone, Esfinge, Tritón b Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado Tecnicos took 1/3. Esfinge needed medical help after Kawato failed to catch him on a dive for the second straight match.
5) Magia Blanca b Flyer [torneo nuevo valores, final] Magia Blanca took 1/3.
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Rush b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero Rush replaced Soberano earlier in the day. Tecnicos took 1/3.
Blanca/Flyer seemed OK. Maybe good. Flyer struggled with springboards but didn’t derail him. Magia Blanca doing the Ultimo Dragon taunt into the finish was not something I’m a fan of. I don’t mind the finish, but one guy getting people to do something obviously ill considered to set up their finish is already about one too many, I don’t want a whole training class of guys doing the same.
They’ve got to move Kawato down to the no-dive matches if he’s not going to catch the dives.
Main event sounds like it went well. Shockcercito/Mercurio could be a good match if Mercurio tries.
Microman is interviewed with El Grafico. Microman says he was surprised the first time a kid wanted his autograph, and he plans to resume his computer programming education soon so he has something to fall back on.
I added 1996 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio (and an increasing amount from elsewhere), to the luchadb database a few weeks ago. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results, where the slowest part is me actually writing this post.
I do that list for my own sanity. I’m creeping thru 1997 now, which will take longer than usual due to issues. I have 1998 to do. I should look thru 2006 to clear that out, and then I’m done? Or I go back to the 70s, which should at least have a lot less of these and move quicker.
The lineup count is back down again; the scene is still Arena Olimpico Laguna and maybe one or two other arenas. The non-Torreon/Gomez Palacio lineups are now virtually gone. The names on these shows are greatly reduced to; there’s few AAA & CMLL talent visiting, and Monterrey isn’t sending people. It’s mostly local luchador, with no TV or any avenue to grow the star power of those local wrestlers. This is pretty much the local scene as it stands two decades later.
The one exception is the existence of PROMELL as the third promotion. Blue Panther introduces the third group to readers early in the year. He claims PROMELL is not a promotion, rather a wrestler co-op where the wrestlers own it owners. Panther objects to fans believing luchadors are simply products of TV and AAA’s work. His guys are upset about Antonio Pena getting both the credit and most of the money in AAA. The economic crisis has cut everyone’s money, so they’ve struck out on their own to see if they can get more that way. Panther does the usual bit of positioning the group as Lucha Libre The Way It Ought To Be: stipulations will be adhered to, those who lose a mask or hair will lose in the ring, no rudo (Tirantes) referee affecting outcomes, no dancing or drunk wrestlers, instead a dignified spectacle. Panther argues fans are tired of watching lucha libre on TV and would return to going to shows instead. Later in the year, Atlantis is less anti-TV but also makes the case for the live experience.
The list of wrestlers mentioned as being on the PROMELL roster include Hermanos Dinamitas, Angeles Azteca, Dragon de Oro, El Signo, Los Destructores, Lizmark, Solar and locals Pantera del Ring, Super Punk, Flanagan. Those last three are who we know today as Ephesto, Luciferno and Ultimo Guerrero, getting their first national break via PROMELL. Pantera del Ring has been traveling for years. Punk & Flanagan seem to leave the arena in January, but don’t get regular work in Mexico City for months. They make their first appearances back in Gomez Palacio as Ultimo Guerrero & Ultimo Rebelde in June, with the paper seemingly unaware of their previous identities. They do figure it out by the next time.
PROMELL doesn’t stay PROMELL or off TV long. The paper covers the October press conference of Promo Azteca, with the TV network creating it’s own lucha libre show and promotion to rival Televisa. In an attempt to make the PROMELL story work, that’s explained to be a separate live event group from the TV promotion, but most people just think of it as Promo Azteca only when it lasts. Konnan is announced as being in charge of the TV product. He infamously had some harsh things to say about Antonio Pena in announcing his new project. The newspaper project seems to ignore them. They focus more on Mascara Sagrada being upset with Pena over control of his name and the guys who’ve replaced him in AAA (who are outed as Kraneo & Aguila de Acero.)
The other national story that resonates locally is Pentagon (Jesús Andrade Salas) near death in a match in Aguascalientes. It comes off as no one fully understanding the extent of it at first, with both AAA and people close to him trying to keep the specifics quiet until they have a falling out over money. The injury happens on March 6th, and the big story on the situation shows up on March 30th in onetwo parts. Pentagon was in a coma for three days, and spent two weeks in the hospital before being transferred to a recovery center back to Torreon. His injury is described as a temporary loss of blood to the brain due to a spine/nervous system trauma, with any connection to drugs being obviously kept quiet. Joaquin Roldan, Octagon and AAA’s doctors are mentioned as visiting Pentagon in the hospital in Agusacalientes.
The article mentions other unnamed wrestlers unhappy with how Pentagon was being treated, and with the match being shown on television. The situation escalates when AAA says Pentagon will return in a couple weeks, while PROMELL says he’ll never be able to return from this injury. What’s probably really going on is AAA getting ready to just put someone else under the Pentagon mask, as they’ve already done with other characters. The press over the situation might have contributed to AAA holding off until 1997 to actually do it. It doesn’t do much for Pentagon himself, who’s later said to have $13K in expenses and living in private hospital. He never does return to the ring, though he appears at shows to talk about this injury thru this day.
The Pentagon name being passed along is a familiar situation to people who keep up with lucha libre today, and there’s an Espanto Jr. in CMLL today. One more of his names also was reused: “Santo Negro” pops up on shows after the Pentagon injury. A Santo Negro is listed on a show in March, on a PROMELL show in May, and an local show a couple weeks later. There’s no attention being paid to it, though the luchador is treated as if he’s the same national star from a couple years ago, before Jesus Andrade Salas had to give up the gimmick due to pressure from the El Santo family. Laguna versions of the AAA Power Raiders are also around with no explanation. Brillante, Zafiro and Diamante are back full time in the area in 1996, so my hunch is they just sold their AAA gimmick (and maybe Espanto’s gimmick) and gear to other people and AAA was busy with a lot of more important things.
The Espantos losing their masks might have been because of other things going on. They disappear for months, then return in early December with the explanation that they’ve been working in Ciudad Juarez. A few days later, their father Espanto III passes away. He’d been living in Ciudad Juarez, so I suppose his sons knew it was coming and moved up there for a time. This is a big story locally, with a second day story on the national star’s his passing and coverage of his funeral.
CMLL (MON) 04/16/2018Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito b Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Kaho Kobayashi b Dalys [lightning] Supposed to be a tag match with Sanely & Comandante, changed to a singles match when one couldn’t make it. Kobayashi won and asked for a title match next week.
3) Felino, Puma, Stigma, Tiger b Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Pantera Blanca, Stuka Jr. Supposed to be a trios match, changed to an atomicos putting the Panteras on the same side and adding Puma & Felino. Team Felino took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja NGD took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas b Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] Volador’s took team 1/3 with no particular story coming out of it.
The women being missing didn’t change much: they were headed to Kaho’s tour concluding title match either way, and Dalys and Kobayashi got an extra week to get ready for it. It’s just CMLL being sloppy.
Tonight finishes up the Torneo Nuevo Valores with Flyer & Magia Blanca meeting in a tecnico/tecnico match of aerial luchadors. Flyer has slightly better position on CMLL cards and has been around the promotion for longer, which makes him the favorite. Magia Blanca has improved from when he came into CMLL, but still seems not to be ready for a bigger role. Blanca is an Ultimo Guerrero trainee, which does seem to help guys move along a little faster.
We shouldn’t make too much out of the meaning of this. At most, the winner might move up from the Astral/Raziel pool of guys who get nothing to do to the Fuego/Sagrado pool of guys who get almost nothing to do. Still, it’s an occasion for two guys who haven’t been given big singles matches chance to show what they could do given the opportunity.
Today’s CMLL main event is Carsitico, Dragon Lee & Rush versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. Rush is replacing Soberano, because it took until Tuesday for CMLL to both realize they had Soberano and Euforia on opposite sides of a match and then decide they couldn’t have that match.
Drone, Esfinge and Triton face Kawato,, Okumrua and Sagrado in the fourth match. Super Astro Jr. has his first normal match in CMLL, teaming with Audaz & Star Jr. against Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr. and Virus. Cancerbero & Raziel team with Metalico to face Robin, Magnus and Electrico; will one of Flyer’s trios partners second him later on? Are they still trios partners? Acero & Aereo face Pequeno Universo 2000 & Pequeno Violencia in a match among the four lowest ranked CMLL minis. It feels like it’s happened a million. It has only happened 9. The tecnicos are 8-1.x
Guadalajara has Valiente & Volador defending their tag titles against Cavernario & Negro Casas. The Peste Negra team would make a lot of sense as a team. Cavernario’s more likely to stay healthy and useful than Shocker did as Casas’ partner, and Casas could be in big matches without always needing them to be 1v1. It’d still be a pretty big surprise if Valiente & Volador lost the titles on their first defense.
CMLL’s April press conference is tomorrow. I’ve got something going on tomorrow afternoon, so I may not have much about it until later.
Revo Lucha says they drew 6,500 people to Gimnasio Nuevo Leon Unidad on Sunday. (Capacity of the building seems to be 5000, but maybe that’s the basketball configuration without seats on the floor? The building looks packed.) My guess is that’s the biggest non-AAA/CMLL show of the year. They’re going for a bigger one on June 29th: Revolucha is running Monterrey’s baseball stadium. I know they’re planning on loading that card up and the baseball team is helping advertise the show.
Heroes of Lucha Libre put tickets for their 06/02 show on sale. Tickets run from $16 US (for kids) to $190 for VIP. Floor tickets are $80. They’ve got Dr. Wagner Jr., LA Park, Tinieblas, Bestia 666, Sam Adonis and Tineiblas on the poster. It’s hard to see how they’re going to draw 10,000 people with just those names, expensive prices and no matches announced. It’s hard to see how they’re going to draw half that much, honestly.
FULL held a press conference for a show in Arena Xalapa this weekend. There’s nothing too interesting with that, but the post conferences interviews had something. Vengador Radioactivo told the press he was headed to CMLL to train for “two seasons.” This is not the original Vengador Radioactivo, who briefly made some waves in Mexico City with good performances and now is known as Dragon Dorado, but a second one using the name (and being sponsored by local wrestler Dr. Radioactivo.)
IWRG (WED) 04/18/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Orus, Fireman, Fly Tiger vs Biosfera, Carnicero, Dinámico
2) Ángel Oriental, Dranzer, Hijo Del Bombero vs Black Puma, Chicanito, Voltar
3) Arquero, Konan, Mexica vs Adrenalina, Picudo Jr., Power Boy
4) Leo, Mike, Teelo vs Demonio Infernal, Leroy, Lunatic Xtreme
5) Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Chef Benito, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Drago, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy, Toto vs Aeroespecial, Divino, Dragón Bane, Fandango, Hausser, Hijo Del Brazo De Platino, Ninja de Fuego, Tekno and Ángel Estrella Jr., Cremosito, Death Metal, Guero Palma, Hijo De La Bestia, Klivan, Marduk, Taurino [cage, hair, mask] Gym FILL (Atomic Star side, Eterno instructor) vs LLB (Tekno side, Fantasma de la Opera) vs Gym Zeuz (Death Metal side, Oficial 911)
There was a IWRG vs Zeuz feud going on, and maybe this cage match was set up last week – but IWRG didn’t put out results for last Wednesday’s show as far as I can tell. Probably will get some this week.
This seems like a show worth seeing. (We won’t be seeing it.) Beyond the title match, the fourth match is the first Titan/Triton singles match between the friends since 2009. It’s also Leono’s first match in 10 months, after suffering a knee injury on an Arena Coliseo show. It seemed reasonable to assume he might just not come back, since he’s stuck on the lowest level of CMLL, but it appears he’s giving it another try.
Normal Smiley was a talented and popular wrestler in Mexico under the name Black Magic, so IWRG has found someone a similar color and is calling him Dark Magic. I think this might be the same guy who was wrestling in Tulancingo a couple weekends ago but I’m not sure.
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-04-15
taped 2018-04-06 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Valiente vs Stuka Jr.in a lightning match
2) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
3) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rushin a relevos increíbles match
IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-04-16
taped 2018-04-15 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Toto vs Power Bull
2) Black Dragón, Chico Che, Mexica vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances
3) Leo, Rafy, Veneno vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Eterno
4) Trauma II vs Spector, Tortuga Mike, Emperador Azteca, Dinamic Black, Capo del Norte, Diablo Jr., Machine Rockerin a cage match and [loser advance]
5) Trauma I vs Hijo del Pantera, Tortuga Teelo, Imposible, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Aramis, Súper Brazo Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesinoin a cage match and [loser advance]
6) Mike vs Teeloin a cage match and for the mask
IWRG (SUN) 04/15/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores] Guerra del Golfo, 2018
1) Toto b Power Bull
2) Black Dragón, Chico Che, Mexica DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances Gallo Frances came back in after being eliminated for the DQ.
3) Leo, Rafy, Veneno DQ Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Eterno Uro Rocker made a shocking return to existence to cause the DQ.
4) Tortuga Mike L Trauma II, Spector, Emperador Azteca, Dinamic Black, Capo del Norte, Diablo Jr., Machine Rocker [cage, loser advance]
5) Tortuga Teelo L Trauma I, Hijo del Pantera, Imposible, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Aramis, Súper Brazo Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino [cage, loser advance] final 3 were Trauma I & Hijo de Canis & Teelo. Teelo was last in, and had to fight partner Mike.
6) Mike b Teelo [cage, mask] Teelo is Mario Rodolfo Martinez Sanchez, 21, 4 years a wrestler, from Mexico City.
Teelo is 21, which gives him time to have three or four more IWRG gimmicks at least.
I can’t believe Uro Rocker still exists. Here’s there to try to get the idea over these are the real Infierno Rockers, in the grand tradition of people picking up discarded AAA characters and pretending they were in them all along. (More on that whenever I get the 1996 Laguna post up.) Demon Rocker & Devil Rocker could be the originals. The guy in the Machine Rocker outfit doesn’t look much like Black Taurus though.
Today’s Puebla show has no singular big match, and some strange on the card. The main event is yet another incredible teams match, with Atlantis, Caristico & Negro Casas taking on Terrlibe, Valiente & Volador Junior. That definitely will allow Volador and Caristico to feud and might normally set up a tag title match, except the semimain seemed to be setting up a title match too. The NGD (Sanson, Cuatrero and Forastero) take on Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Dragon Lee for the third week running. That seemed to be setting up a trios title match, only the the rudos are already defending those title next Sunday in Arena Mexico. Maybe it’s Sanson/Dragon Lee instead? Whatever they’re doing, the semimain should be the best match of the night.
The Tamaulipas Panteras make a return in the tercera. They were around CMLL last year, including appearing on a Puebla show that had video issues. They were just OK. There’s obviously some other story of why they’re being dropped in the middle of cards to work together; it comes off as fantasy camp for luchadors, though I’m not sure if that’s what is going on. Pantera Blanca teams with Stigma & Stuka against Tiger and the Gemelo Pantera twins, who were tecnicos last time.
The rest of the card includes another women’s tag match, with Kobayashi & Sanely against Dalys & Comadnante. There is also a minis trios opener, with Astro, Asturiano, and Shockericto taking on Espiritu Maligno, Joker and Mercurio, which has the talent to be good if maybe not the motivation.
At last night’s The Crash show in Mexicali, Rey Fenix won a four way match, then announced he was moving up to heavyweight and giving up cruiserweight championship. He talks about it on his Facebook. It’s strange: if Fenix knew he was giving up the title, he could’ve done it New Orleans to Flamita or some other show. He also could’ve done it in front of the Tijuana fans, which are most of the fans who follow The Crash anyway. It’s the Crash, so the titles aren’t all that meaningless anyway, but they had built something up with the Fenix/Flamtia matches and now not so much.
EMW announced Arkangel Divino, Black Danger, Black Destiny (Black Boy), Ultimo Maldito, Mirage and Genio del Aire will appear on Friday’s AAA TV taping. The first four have been regular The Crash wrestlers over the last year and a half, though only Black Danger appeared on the show this past weekend. They only have been appearing in Auditorio de Tijuana for The Crash until now. This is not showing up for one of Tinieblas’ shows, this is them showing up in a promotion The Crash was specifically against. AAA has not be bringing in indie guys this year until now. This only specifically means there’s liable to be one more exciting match on Friday’s AAA TV taping. It just also suggests something has happened behind the scenes to change AAA’s thinking. These guys sure seems to fit with my theory from Saturday. Friday’s Tijuana taping is going to be interesting.
Possibly of lesser importance: isn’t Black Boy supposed to be still suspended? Is he using five different names to confuse people about who they’ve suspended?
Four people from Yucatan are making Lucha Libre Legendaria, a Mexican wrestling video game. They’re working with FMLL (Tinieblas) group. It does not sound like they’re close to being done; there’s no release date mentioned.
CMLL (SAT) 04/21/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Príncipe Diamante, Retro, Sangre Imperial vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Maquiavelo
3) Ángel, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Mr. Niebla
6) Niebla Roja vs Último Guerrero
CMLL (SAT) 04/14/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo rudos took 1/3.
2) Estrellita, La Guerrera, La Maligna b La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany La Guerrera debut match. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Astral, El Audaz, Stigma b Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel Disturbio replaced Arkangel. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Drone b Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. b Hechicero, Luciferno, Okumura tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Felino, Kráneo, Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja Felino replaced Rey Bucanero on Tuesday. Kraneo got along with his teammates enough for them to win. Rudos took 1/3, UG sneaking in a foul on Niebla Roja to set up a title match next week.
CMLL (SUN) 04/15/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Retro b Apocalipsis & El Coyote tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther Rudos took 1/3.
4) Blue Panther DCOR Rey Cometa [lightning] another lightning match draw, this time both being counted out after a Cometa dive.
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón tecnicos took 2/3, then challenged for the national trios titles. NGD accepted.
6) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. b Luciferno, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero Lucifierno replaced Ephesto. Tecnicos took 2/3.
Post match promos from this show are Magia Blanca, Blue Panther, and the team of Soberano, Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja. Do you think the people in charge of making matches for CMLL realize they’re running the same basic feud on Sunday and Monday, just with Soberano swapped out for Dragon Lee? I think they might know but don’t actually care. Better question is why they’re setting up matches for the 22nd when they have a big show on the 29th.
The draws in the lightning matches are probably related to doing only same band matches.
CMLL’s Ticketmaster says the 62nd Arena Mexico Anniversary show tickets run from 612 to 173 MXN. ($34 USD to $9.50). That figures to be Seductora/Sugehit but we’ll find out Wednesday.
The Crash (SAT) 04/14/2018Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [+LuchaTV, Lucha Central, TJ Sports, Zona Ruda]
1) Búfalo Ayala & Último Maldito b Antar & Kronoz Toruk was replaced by Antar, an old partner of Kronoz.
2) Black Danger, Black Taurus, Lacey Lane, Lady Flammer b Christi Jaynes, Keyra, Luke Hawx, Rayo Star Christi Jaynes took the pin, but challenged Lacey Lane to a title match.
3) ACH & Willie Mack b Extreme Tiger & Rey Horus and El Bandido & Flamita Tiger left the match with an arm injury. Willie beat Bandido, but the tag title weren’t on the line.
4) Mr. 450 b Daga, Arkángel Divino, Jimmy Jacobs Mr. 450 pinned Daga with help from Lacey Lnae.
5) Garza Jr. b Bestia 666, Penta Zero M The Rebelion Amarilla teammates worked together for most of the match. Garza won via foul. Daga tried to make the save post match but was helped back by security, and they teased Bestia/Garza vs Penta/Daga in an apuesta match.
6) LA Park b The King Good match. Rey Fenix (The King) praised LA Park after the match, and LA Park told him to tell his brother (Penta) that he wants a mask vs mask match.
A female fan got taken out during the Park/Fenix crowd brawling. It doesn’t sound like it was serious. The match went well otherwise. Odd that Bandido & Flamita win the tag titles on the last show and then took the pin on this one, but it’s a lucha promotion so titles aren’t going to make much sense.
Diario.MX has an article on actress Andrea Escarlona, who will soon be appearing in a telenovela as an AAA luchadora. This is not the show AAA has been working with Space. It’s instead a different show called “Y Mañana Será Otro Día… Mejor” for Televisa that’ll be 70 episodes long. Escarlona plays “Lydia ‘Estrella Fugaz, La Quebranta Corazones.'” It reads that show has wrestling scenes – she’s been training with Latin Lover – but that may all be a subplot in a show that’s not specifically wrestling focused. The show starts on Monday but you can’t get me to watch this one.
The easiest way for me to record this is to use my streaming software to capture it. I watched it live to make sure it recorded ok (it did, except for a dive in the title match), and thought I might as well do a recap.
The NGD kept the trios titles.
Negro Casas & Cavernario pinning Volador & Valiente sets up a tag title match next week.
The main event was barely notable. I’m not sure if it was quite as short live, there might have been editing, but it was barely much on TV. The Valiente/Negro Casas war was the easy highlight of this match. If you already knew they were heading to a tag title match, you could make some sense of the finish, but it didn’t have any meaning otherwise.
The title match took a while to get to an interesting level. Outside of the mat work, it would’ve been tough to tell they were even trying for a bigger match than usual thru the first two falls. The third fall felt like they blew threw where a normal match ends and kept going for a lot more. They seemed to get a lot more time than normal for a Guadalajara TV match and that extra time gave them opportunity to do that much more. (I wonder if the pace would’ve worked better for me if I wasn’t worried they’d run out of time when they were starting slow.) Titan and Sansón probably did one too many forearm battles, but were the best at adding those dramatic moments to the match. Titan getting a believable near fall before he lost really helped. Triton & Esfinge did well – Esfinge actually connected on his kick! – though Triton had a better match the previous Friday night. Everyone did well, it just needed more early to be really something.
The opener was not much. There were great names for action in the match but it never got good. Very much a match always stuck in first gear with a couple nice spots. It wasn’t horrible by any means but nothing you need to seek out.
CMLL (FRI) 04/13/2018Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, Lucha Central, Marca, thecubsfan]
1) Flyer & Oro Jr. b Espanto Jr. & Templario 10:03. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 12:35. Rudas took 1/3, the last with Seductora using the ropes to beat Sugehit. The two agreed to a mask match after.
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Okumura 15:13. Tecnicos took 2/3. Dragon Rojo replaced Johnny Idol on Tuesday
4) Negro Casas TLDRAW Soberano Jr. [lightning] Time limit draw, the third of these this year already. Neither man was especially close to winning when time ran out (Casas covering Soberano but Soberano kicking out.) Soberano replaced Sam Adonis on Tuesday.
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero 11:02. Tecnicos took 1/3. Caristico & Volador had no problems.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles] 11:15. Kraneo’s debut as a tecnico, winning in straight falls when Los Ingobernables pulled off his mask.
A good show. It was shorter than usual for Friday, but none of the match desperately needed the time. (It wasn’t an accident it was shorter; they were cutting off entrance music a lot earlier than normal.) 3/4/5 are worth watching.
Seductora/Sugehit is definitely happening and probably the 04/27 Arena Mexico Anniversary match. Perhaps Rush/Kraneo, the focus of the main event, is actually the Kid’s Day 04/29 main event? That sort of thematically fits. We’ll know more Wednesday.
AAA officially announced Verano de Escandalo will take place June 3rd in Plaza de Toros La Monumental in Monterrey, and will include Rey Mysterio Junior. AAA says more details will be announced later.
Mysterio last wrestled for AAA in 2006 at the special Tokyo Star Battle show. It was one of a handful of matches he worked for AAA on big shows that year, mostly Lucha Underground related. This too is a big show, the bullring likely being the second biggest building AAA will run all year. AAA could use people the level of Mysterio to sell tickets for this June show, since they don’t appear to have anything planned the level of the Fantasma/Texano match from March. This does not appear to be a full time return for Mysterio, just a selected dates. It does not drastically affect Mysterio’s chances of returning to WWE; he’s wanted a part time deal there all along so he could work occasional outside dates like these, and this shows he hasn’t changed his mind on that yet. Likewise, it does not prevent Rey Mysterio from working for the Crash, except he’ll probably still be working only a limited out of dates and picking up a few from AAA means doing less elsewhere.
I’ve been thinking back about this Tweet from about a month ago
Fue un GRAN DIA HOY…PRONTO TODOS LOS AFICIONADOS DE LA LUCHA SABRAN PORQUE…LUCHA LIBRE…MI VIDA….DE REGRESO…
Konnan didn’t explain what he meant, and it didn’t appear connected to Aro Lucha or any of his other known projects. I’ve got an idea or two.
Rey Mysterio’s post-WWE work usually involves Konnan. Konnan is also close with the Lucha Brothers. He worked with all three in AAA, in Lucha Underground, in The Crash and had them in the Arolucha TV pilot. In the past, Konnan’s tried to make a deal with AAA to end the legal threats and allow Penta & Fenix to work freely. We now know a has been made. The Crash cut ties with Konnan because they believed that deal was actually part of Konnan negotiating with AAA about returning to the promotion. Konnan’s denied it in the past.
If Konnan was coming back to AAA now, getting Rey to come in and making things right with the Lucha Brothers feel like a few things near the top of the to do list in a Konnan return. I’m sure Rey is getting paid a nice amount of money. Penta & Fenix will enjoy not having legal nuisances and being able to work a couple extra TV shows, but there didn’t seem to be any urgency for them to make deals with AAA until now, all about the same time.
From the other side, we know Rey de Reyes had major issues, the blame fell on Vampiro, and the blame for problems with AAA have been falling on Vampiro for the last year. It would make sense if AAA was at the point of making a change. They usually go with big names they know. They’re willing to move past bad experiences of the past if they think it’s worth it; Psicosis and Histeria sued the promotion for years and now are back on their TV. Vampiro not working out seems to prove you can’t just put anyone in that spot, and AAA’s had the most success with Konnan in that head creative role.
This week is going to be an interesting week. That TV taping on Friday is Tijuana. If what I think is happening is actually happening, it may be hard to keep it quiet even that long.
The Crash returns to it’s homebase for a show, with LA Park versus Rey Fenix, and Bestia vs Penta vs Garza. With Garza potentially on the way to WWE, this might be time to start setting up his exit (which still would seem to be many months off.)
Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee, and Niebla Roja face Felino, Ultimo Guerrero and Kraneo (?) in the main event of Arena Coliseo. La Guerrera is scheduled to debut in the undercard.
El Sol del Hermosillo interviews luchador Signo Azteca, who has many big claims: his 25 year career included stints in CMLL and AAA, he almost went to WWE but they couldn’t agree on money, he had a big feud with Hijo del Santo in Tijuana but the mask match didn’t happen because the promoters were protecting Santo, his cousin is Rey Mysterio Jr.
CMLL (FRI) 04/20/2018Arena México
1) Astral & Oro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Yago
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Puma, Templario, Tiger
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Carístico vs Dragón Lee [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo
Doing Carsitico versus Dragon Lee out of nowhere for no reason is nearly as wasteful as doing Caristico versus Mistico in Puebla. It should be good, and the result should at least be interesting. Besides the usual feuds, the second match looks promising. Opener is Yago’s first non-tournament streaming appearance since February.
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneobeat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terriblein a relevos increíbles match
(11:15 [5:14, 6:01], 1/2, ok)
Sugehit thought she had submitted Seductora, let go, and got taken down and pinned when Seductora had both feet on the middle rope. The two agreed to a hair/hair match.
Rush can be lazy, and Rush can also spend a main event selling big for new técnico Kraneo. Kraneo was going to be the star of the match because the booking was all about him, but Rush took him seriously and made the goofy dancing come off as a threat to one of the top guys in the promotion. The match itself didn’t amount to much, and I’m not sure this is the greatest first feud for the new Los Ingobernables, but the Kraneo/Rush stuff was a lot of fun.
The semimain was an easy match, they really didn’t do anything they normally don’t, but what they did worked well and the crowd was into it the whole way. The ordinary for these guys is pretty spectacular. Euforia and Volador were matched up thru the match and fantastic together. Euforia was too big to be a welterweight championship contender, but he’s perfect as a Volador in these trios matches to do everything Volador wants to do without a problem.
The lightning match lived up to expectations, maybe exceeded them a bit. I was surprised to see Soberano pull of the Fosbery flop dive in this one, and he didn’t seem to be holding back that much of his flying. (The moment where he briefly teased the Fire Driver scared me, because Casas migth be crazy eough to take it.) Casas forced Soberano to actually lock up and do more mat wrestling and Soberano did fine. The escape from the certain doom of the scorpion into a tapatia was smoothly done. Just like the time limit draw with Angel de Oro Jr., Soberano didn’t seem to understand the time was running out on his match and lacked the urgency you need in that moment, but this was otherwise pretty good.
The tercera was a tremendous success. The técnicos looked like a great team, spectacular and well organized. Triton was trying all of his hardest spots and pulling them off perfectly (while also pulling up his pants a million times.) Titan did some different stuff with him and made it work. Esfinge survived not being caught at all on a dive to have his usual match, with some team spots with Triton. This was the best Dragon Rojo’s looked in his most recent return, not as much with impressive offense as some really good timing and reaction moments. Kawato’s trying to do more than he did at first, with some not great results at times. This trios match was much better than matches which opened the show, closer to being great than to where they were at.
The Seductora/Sugehit feud is the Zeuxis/Sugehit match from Pura Raza, just even more focused on throwing drinks at each other and nothing else. Sugehit has to work slower for Seductora to keep up, Seductora isn’t especially great at brawling. The things in their favor are the fans genuinely like Sugehit and will easily get behind her comebacks. Amapola & Marcela was fine. Maravilla’s big técnico run ending with a hair pull because she and Dalys couldn’t get it right was disappointing. Not as disappointing as CMLL doing this feud when they have hundreds of better options.
CMLL actually remembered to put over the guy who’s in a big match later that week, a nice surprise of competency. This match too had competency and some bigger than usual moves to end, but it was clunky at times. The técnicos lacked some urgency in their movements. This felt more like the fifth run thru of the day rather a battle. There are worse openers.
AAA made good on a promise to use their Twitch channel to stream older content when they’re not running live events. They’ve largely been running two playlists of events in the down period. One runs thru 2011 and 2012 events, interesting because some of the same names are around today. Another playlist shows matches from 2003 and 2004. That one’s intriguing because those years largely aren’t available on YouTube or elsewhere. There’s matches in that playlist which probably haven’t been seen since since they’ve been aired. There’s even a few matches which appear to never have intended to air at the time, which were just stuck on a VHS tape and uploaded now because why not.
You have to be a AAA Twitch subscriber ($5/month, or free for one channel if you’re an Amazon Prime customer) to see the old content. Even if you do, it’s really hard to navigate: the AAA playlist stream are normally stored usually in 48 hour files, with no particular labeling on what aired, much less when they aired during the stream. Twitch’s player is great at streaming live video and not much good at jumping around the timeline to see what’s there. It’s a lengthy and tedious research project to be able to figure out what’s actually aired and when. Lucky for you, length and tedious research projects are apparently things I enjoy doing. What follows is a list of 2003 matches, and links to when they aired, similar to what I’ve done with YouTube links.
Some warnings before you get started. You must be a AAA on Twitch subscriber or these links will be totally be useless to you. These links are all from streams in March. I’m not 100% sure if the Twitch videos eventually disappear, but I suspect to be the case. That means, at some unclear point in the future, these links might stop working. It should still be useful as a guide to what AAA might have in their archive and might stream at any time. AAA unsurprisingly is missing significant bits and pieces from 2003; I was surprised they had as much as they did, but there are key moments missing if you’re hopeful to watch it complete.
And, maybe most important, watch 2003 AAA complete may drive you mad. If you think AAA has too screwy finishes in 2018, you want to stay clear of this stuff. 90% of the matches I went thru seemed to have a some sort of controversy with the finish, including the opening matches with people who weren’t even getting feuds. A three way rivalry between the referees (AAA’s Hijo del Tirantes & Pepe Casas & maybe Fresero versus AAA rudo Tirantes Sr. versus LLL rudos Piero & Copetes) overpowers action at time. This would be a good year for AAA to go thru next time they need footage of Antonio Pena, because he’s all over shows feuding with Cibernetico, while La Parka seems to be only lesser involved with the man he’s about to unmask. (In something very 2018, Pena also chimes in during matches to explain what’s supposed to be going, though they had not yet perfected box technology.) This show has a lot of Latin Lover, a lot of Heavy Metal, and a lot of Electroshock & Lady Apache as couple with Electroshock slowly joining the tecnico side. It also includes a few LLL episodes, a sort of nWo heels doing an WWE like brand split to create a second TV show to get out from underneath Televisa’s control. That too seems familiar in 2018. It really doesn’t have a lot of matches that’ll get stars, though it has enough stars to get strong reactions from crowd thru the year.
I’d do this again for 2004, but I’m kind of holding out for AAA to put the whole year out before trying and it’s not close to being up. Maybe they’ll fill in some of the 2003 blanks before then. You can find the current 2003 list after the break. Read More