UG defeats Niebla Roja in Puebla, August CMLL big show?

Ultimo Dragoncito

CMLL (MON) 07/17/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Rey Apocalipsis b Black Tiger & Meyer LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito b Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. DRAW Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Angel de Oro replaced Rey Cometa. Tirantes ruled Stuka pinned Mephisto at the same time Ephesto & Luciferno pinned Angel de Oro & Stigma for a draw. Rematch challenges followed.
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Euforia DQ Mistico, Pierroth, Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mistico replaced Rush. Volador unmasked Caristico for the DQ. Caristico asked for one more fall. He did not get the one more fall.
6) Último Guerrero © b Niebla Roja [NWA MIDDLELA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 17  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13th defense. UG won cleanly with the Guerrero Special.

The Pierroth team was supposed to be the rudo team because Rush was supposed to be with him, Diamante Azul is on the other side and they’re playing a Caristico/Volador feud. With Mistico in for Rush, it was the bizarre match of CMLL top tecnicos Mistico & Volador really getting into being evil. I saw only a little bit of the main event and it looked like an Ultimo Guerrero match.

Today’s CMLL show is a regular early week show with nothing special or following up from last week. Even the lightning match – Vangellys/Johnny Idol – doesn’t jump out as something immediately interesting. CMLL’s made a few subs since announcing the lineup: the main event is now Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Mephisto on the rudo side, the last replacing Cavernario. They face Mistico, Caristico and Angel de Oro. Hechicero is also added to the show, replacing shocker in a team with Negro Casas & Gran Guerrero against Valiente, Rey Cometa and Titan. It was odd Shocker wasn’t with his trios partners, but maybe they were setting up him and Negro Casas.

The opener has Angelito’s return to the promotion. CMLL was barely doing a Fantasy/Pequeno Nitro feud, but Pequeno Nitro’s off now and Pequeno Olimpico is in. Big Nitro is still on the lineup, and I think he’s supposed to be back from France by now.

The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Erika Canseco says she and Las Diosas del Ring will have something on the August 4th show. The edecanes only do dance numbers on the bigger shows, so that looks like it may be one. That seems like a date where one or two of the teased feuds could finish, since there’s too many to fit on the Anniversary show and CMLL’s been focused too much on them not to have any blow off match. CMLL would want to announce which ever ones are happening ASAP, and Zeuxis/Sugehit, Adonis/Panther and Roja/Guerreros are all present on Friday’s card. We’ll see.

Taya, Johnny Mundo, Vampiro, Dario Cueto and the Mack will be signing autographs at the San Diego comic con this Thursday and Friday. Taya & Mundo and Vampiro are signing on the same day, though separated by many hours. It’s odd there’s none of the Mexican talent there, especially since many of the ones still working for AAA will be in the area on Friday for the EMW show in Tijuana.

Lucha Memes/MDA in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 08/06:
1) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus in a match where no one is allowed to use the ropes
2) El Satanico & Cavernario vs Hechicero & Caifan
3) LA Park vs Rush – new

This is already a loaded show.

Lucha Memes says another person from their group will debut in September. I am out of the guessing game (today).

Rush & Pierroth are being advertised as teaming with someone named El Ingobernable on spot shows. There’s never a picture and I’m assuming is Septiembre Negro Jr. or another family member.

Siki Osama Jr. took Toro Bill Sr.’s hair in Puebla.

AAA posted an interview with Ashley from the La Llave de la Gloria contest.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

AJPW announced Caristico, Diamante and Sam Adonis matches for August 19 thru the 27th:
08/19: Caristico Jun Akiyama, Ultimo Dragon vs Joe Doering, Diamante, Sam Adonis
08/20: Joe Doering & Sam Adonis vs Massimo & Danny Jones
Jun Akiyama, Kento Miyahara, Ultimo Dragon & Caristico vs Shuji Ishikawa, Tajiri, Diamante & Black Tiger
08/27: Caristico vs Diamante, and Adonis will probably be up to something.

new lucha videos for the weekend of July 15th, 2017 (but not really)

I knew this day was coming but I didn’t know it would be this week.

GDL feed didn’t show any lucha. No Wednesday IWRG and the feed was dead on Monday night so none of that either. The feed I used to get AAA last week died (already!) and the other two feeds I use delayed the show and aired it bad condition. I did get a recording of Friday’s CMLL show but they already have it up in better quality. I do have this week’s CMLL on Azteca show, but again that’s already up in better quality. The only unique thing from those are the very short luchador and fan interivews, and I cut those out into a YouTube video just for the sake of putting something up.

Next week might be better – maybe 3 IWRG shows if things break right. But maybe better idea are needed.

Rey Mysterio free agency, Niebla Roja/Ultimo Guerrero in Puebla, IWRG

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/16/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flicker)]
1) Power Bull b Shaolin
Shaolin replaced Kesier Drago
2) Demonio Infernal & Lunatik Xtreme b Aramis & Black Warrior Jr.
3) Máquina Infernal, Power Bull, Tackle, Taylor Wolf b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo
Power Bull replaced Tyson La Bestia
4) Black Dragón b Pantera del Japon
Pantera del Japan was listed as losing here but also as being in Guadalajara at the same time???
5) Argos, Cerebro Negro, Internacional Pantera b Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Pantera I
Argos wants a title match against Emperador Azteca
6) Villano III Jr., Villano IV, Villano V Jr. b Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II Villano III Jr.,  Villano IV y Villano V Jr. vs Navarro, Trauma I y Trauma II | IWRG | 16-07-17 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Villanos wan a trios title match
7) Mr. Electro © b Black Warrior [IWRG IC HEAVY]
First defense. Lots of messiness, with the seconds fighting (Trauma II & Dinamic Black) and unmasking each other. Electro gave up, Warrior got his arm raised as the winner, then was DQed for hitting a ref earlier.

I have no interest in any of the matches they’re setting up. The Traumas have a rep for working very brutal against younger wrestlers and it appeared they did that bit against the Villanos. Here’s the mention of Pantera del Japon in Arena Jalisco. The photos aren’t good there, and it looks like the actual Pantera del Japon in Naucalpan. Too many Panteras!

Niebla Roja has a big match tonight. It’s not just because a title is on the line – Roja’s already champion so he’s unlikely to take Ultimo Guerrero’s title – but he really needs to prove something in a big singles match if he’s going to make it as the top tecnico they want (and not just the new tecnico La Mascara.) A great match in Puebla isn’t alone going to change impressions, but it’d at least show Niebla Roja has that in him as a tecnico. He hasn’t shown that so far.

It’s already five thirty so I’m not going to match by match for tonight’s Arena Puebla card, but it’s worth remembering they did a Caristico/Rush finish last week and they’re matched up again this week. That might be something. The minis match might be good but the first half of the card looks typically dire beside it. The fourth match might be good.

SI reported Rey Mysterio has been listening to offers from WWE and GFW. Mysterio signed a two year deal with Lucha Underground before Season 2, and so would be a free agent three months after this current season ends. The article has that in September, which isn’t current unless they start double airing episodes – it’s October 18th on current pace, making Rey a free agent in mid January. The article says both companies are still looking for a latin star – GFW perhaps wanting to move away from Alberto, and WWE not having success replacing Rey – and so he’d be of value from both.

LU probably will or has already Rey a new deal. He was thought to be the highest paid guy on the roster and had additional perks from the El Rey Network itself. WWE probably can easily outbid anyone else, but it’s probably going to be as much about dates as money. LU used Rey in the ring on a more limited basis than anyone else – he’d seem to wrestle no more than once a weekend, when someone people were doing two or three matches – and any return to the WWE would probably require a similar reduced schedule.  That might be something he could get easier from GFW or LU, but WWE could offer it too if they’re interested.

It would be a star power hit to lose both Prince Puma and Rey Mysterio going into a Lucha Underground Season 4 (even before whatever else happens in talent shake up.) LU’s never pushed Rey as much of the center of the promotion as Puma has been, but the idea of signing Rey was to put a familiar face in the room when selling the show to television networks and merchandisers. It’s not clear how well that’s actually worked, but there’s no one out there who can easily replace him, and he’s valuable to LU for the same reasons he’d be valuable to the other promotions.

WWE’s Royal Rumble is January 28th, 10 days after Rey would be clear to work, in case you’re wondering.

Garza Jr. took Samurai VIP’s hair in Juarez. The photo has Samurai VIP still with plenty of hair so who knows what happened.

The Crash announced La Mascara vs Penta 0M super libre match for 08/05 in Tijuana. Those two just had a super libre match in Arena Lopez Mateos on Sunday that ended in DQ. Do not do that.

The Crash is also advertising La Mascara, Penta, Carlito and Rey Mysterio for an undated show in Mazatlan.

The ROH UK show on 08/19 will be an iPPV. CMLL wrestlers will be on the show, though nothing’s been announced.

Hispano Post has a video story on Misterioso Jr.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/23/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Demonio Infernal vs Lunatik Xtreme
2) Dragón Yuki & Warrior Jr. vs Máquina Infernal & Tackle
3) Eterno vs Bombero Infernal
4) Black Dragón & Dinamic Black vs Kempo Jr. & Monaguillo
5) Emperador Azteca vs Hijo del Pantera
6) Villano III Jr., Villano V Jr., Zorro vs Imposible, Internacional Pantera, Sharly Rockstar
7) Carístico vs Trauma IIBlack WarriorMr. Electro [prison fatal, hair, mask]

This is the annual cage match where everyone is chained to the ropes, has to fight for ten minutes, then fight to unlock themselves and escape. Black Warrior or Mr. Electro is losing; Warrior would make the most sense for Caristico to get his win back.

Zorro’s wrestled here a dozen times, but never on a straight IWRG show (or he did so over a decade ago when our records are pretty spotty.)

 

07/16 AAA TV in Monterrey – Sexy Star (yes, her) returns & wins Reina de Reinas

AAA

AAA TV (SUN) 07/16/2017 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon [AAA, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Australian Suicide, Mamba, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown b Bengala, El Elegido, Estrella Divina, Marty The Moth
Marty was on the tecnico team for no apparent reason and turned on the team. Murder pinned Eleigdo. Suicide and Bengala feuded.
2) Kevin Kross b Máscara de Bronce
Segment started as a tribute to Pimpinela. Kross interrupted and Mascara de Bronce ran in to make the save and start the match. Billed as winner gets the title shot briefcase, unclear if Kross ended up with it.
3) Argenis, La Parka, Psycho Clown b Averno, Chessman, Dr. Wagner Jr.
Psycho won, but was unmasked by Wagner after.
4) Sexy Star b Faby ApacheLa HiedraLady ShaniGoya KongBig Mami [Reina De Reinas]
Vampiro declared the title vacant because Taya wouldn’t come to Monterrey to defend. (She hadn’t been advertised.) Sexy Star won the title in her return to the company in her hometown. Kevin Kross beat up everyone after.
5) El Mesías b AngélicoPagano
Angelico returned in this match, which started as him versus Pagano but Mesias added himself. He fouled Pagano to set up his win.
6) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor b Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker [AAA TRIOS]
Tecnicos lead 2-0
7) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © b Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr. [AAA TAG]
made a title match. Cuervo & Scoria’s second defense. Kross helped them win, and got yelled at by Vampiro.
8) Dr. Wagner Jr. b Psycho Clown
Wagner beat and unmasked Psycho Clown, with Hijo del Tirantes back to helping Psycho Clown.

Air Date: August 12 and August 19th. If TripleMania is starting around 9pm (ticket website says 8pm, that could be doors open), maybe one more week of TV will squeeze thru. This still is probably going to be the last thing most people see who are going to the show.

As best I can work out, AAA and Sexy Star decided they were working together again at near the end of June. It may have been in the works for a while: that’s when Dulce Garcia appears to have taken down her pinned tweet about saying goodbye to the Sexy Star character and starting asking her fans if they’d like to see Sexy Star. It was close enough to start of Lucha Underground Season 3 Part 2 that it seemed like she was reference that, but the other things we know point at a decision then. AAA has been working hard at trying to bring some names back, and Sexy Star seems to be the one agreeable.

It does not appear to be a cheap deal. Sexy Star came back to AAA, but she came back by being given the Reina de Reinas title in her hometown. To do that, AAA had to get the Reina de Reinas title back from Taya. Taya was supposed to be on the 06/19 Nuevo Laredo taping, and maybe AAA would’ve taken it from her then, but she missed the show (and others) due a neck injury.  On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer says AAA then asked Johnny Mundo to bring the belt to 06/30 taping in Puebla. Johnny didn’t know anything was up, so he brought and had no problem leaving it with AAA when they told him they needed to shoot some photos of it. AAA posted the press release about the title being vacant the next day, not having told Mundo or Taya that was the plan.

Taya was booked in Los Angeles and was never advertised for Monterrey. (Mundo initially was advertised for Monterrey, then wasn’t on the poster when it came out.) Vampiro told the Monterrey crowd that Taya was scheduled to be in Monterrey but refused to defend the belt or come to the show, and that’s (now) why he was stripping Taya of the championship. A six way was held for the belt with the returning Sexy Star and the remaining women. Sexy Star won.

…and all of that was just a set up to Kevin Kross beating up six women, including putting Faby Apache thru a table for the second time. (You may not remember the first time, because it was laughed off after.) Kevin Kross currently doesn’t have a match announced for TripleMania, but he has the title shot briefcase (I think – he said so on Twitter but it’s not clear in the results) and maybe a match with Vampiro in August.

The WOR report says AAA was still planning on having Mundo lose the titles to Mascara de Bronce. (I’d guess that means Bronce is getting the briefcase back at some point, and that AAA is trying to do some variation of ECW Mikey Whipwreck. It hasn’t really been working.) It’s unclear if Mundo will come back to AAA at this point. This perfectly sets up Johnny Mundo showing up at the next Crash show in Tijuana, dumping on AAA and being entered into The Crash’s own heavyweight title match, if that’s what Mundo would want to do. It really depends on what’s he’s required to do for AAA at this point – even if he does have to come back, I don’t think this is going to set up for AAA getting great things out of him. AAA would probably be best off just moving on and taking Mundo out of the title picture, but there’s the small problem of him having the belts.

(And lord knows how this is going to go over in season 4, where the divide between people with AAA and those without are not over.)

Vampiro’s responded on Twitter – Storify helpfully keeps deleting Tweets – with the idea that Actually, this is all Taya’s fault for refusing to go along with their plan and they can’t let talent have dictating the plans of the “hundreds” of people involved in creating storylines and lineups. People who pay attention to AAA will note that AAA changes storyline and lineups all the time, and that the talent has always had a role in dictating storylines. It seems safe to assume that Sexy Star was only coming back if she was going to be champion on her first day in Monterrey – there’s literally no other reason to do that match, as it would’ve been a selling point for TripleMania if Sexy Star instead challenged for it. Heck, it’s even faintly possible Taya might been willing to go with whatever storyline they’ve got here, but it doesn’t appear Vampiro or anyone else actually told Taya was going on before it happened. They’ve been lying to her and Mundo for a while now, and the AAA view on the wrestling business is it’s her fault for not silently enduring it.

Vampiro’s promised a video later, which will probably be attacking people who don’t see the wisdom of AAA’s ways if it’s anything like those Twitter comments. He’s best just not saying anything, every social media thing he’s done in this situation in the last couple weeks has just made things worse for him and AAA. It’d be great if he could clear this all up and explain AAA’s position but I suspect he’s just going to be digging a bigger hole.

Sexy Star last was Reina de Reinas champion in 2012, when she vacated the championship. It wasn’t explained on TV that it was due to pregnancy – they instead let her do a self serving interview talking about how she was the real champion no matter who else would hold the belt but she was giving it up for secret reasons. Sexy Star was last in AAA in February 2016. She had been having problems with the company for months, including bailing on a January taping claiming a neck injury from a car accident on the way to the show. (In a remarkable coincidence, Sexy Star’s good friend Keira happened to be available as a substitute with flashy new gear.) Sexy Star was scheduled to defend – and lose – the long dormant mixed tag titles in February because AAA had figured out she was losing and wanted to move them to Taya & Daga while they could. Sexy Star told her fans that she believed the mixed tag titles were actually trophies she was entitled to forever and had no idea she was required to defend them, and told AAA that she wasn’t coming to lose them because she had retired. (AAA instead had Pentagon defend the titles 1 vs 2, win to surprise everyone, and then declare the title vacant anyway. It was really dumb. They just brought the belts back a month ago.) Sexy Star has spent the time out of AAA claiming she was totally retired, then that was she retired in Mexico but wrestling in the US ($$$), then that she was not retired part of the time but willing to wrestle when she could fit in her boxing schedule. Sexy Star had one boxing match (and some private warm up matches) where she won against a tomato can while looking like a mid 30 year old women trying professional boxing for the first time in her life and not being a natural at it. She had recently said she was going to have her next match in August; it’s unclear if that’s still on.

There’s no reason for Sexy Star to ever agree to lose her title belt again if she doesn’t want to, because it’s clear AAA will let her get by with anything. She is above the law and has played this out masterfully. Sexy Star’s interviews should always be treated as playing a character – she appears to have been lying about focusing on boxing because she must’ve already agreed to go back to AAA – but it doesn’t matter, people bend to her will anyway.

I have no idea how this is going to work if/when all these disputes are part of the same Season 4 Lucha Underground locker room and I’m glad I don’t have deal with figuring it out. All that said, and all everyone’s said, what the Sexy Star situation shows is AAA will probably take back anyone if the circumstances are right for them and they think the person is an important enough deal. Sexy Star left the company on pretty bad terms, said not nice things about AAA, and got her spot back as strong as ever when she wanted it.

There were other matches here too! If we weren’t talking about Sexy Star and Taya, I think we’d be talking about whatever’s going on with the Lucha Underground rights in Mexico. It appears AAA can’t put the LU gimmicked wrestlers on their TV show for some reason. Marty the Moth came as Marty Casaus last year, but his two matches as Marty the Moth have not aired on TV this year (one made it on YouTube only) and he appears to be in a dark match spot too. (That probably means Killshot didn’t wear his Killshot mask because he was told not to.) The LU match from last year’s TripleMania did not air on TV either. It’s unclear why AAA would still be bringing in Marty if they can’t use him on TV, or why they wouldn’t just stick with calling him Marty Casaus, but there’s some rights issue going on.

The change in matches is the usual bit of changes, but I think the order is back to being in TV order again, with Psycho & Wagner wrestling twice to get them on both weeks of TV before TripleMania. Two thru four will air the first week, five thru seven will be the week prior to TripleMania. (EDIT: or this could be all wrong because I forgot to actually put the women’s match in the results.) There’s a startling lack of other matches being set up for TripleMania, but they seem to assume Psycho & Wagner will be the match and nothing else really matters.

Angelico is back! Angelico got nothing to do on his return, just a bystander to another feud. He doesn’t seem to have a big role for TripleMania.

The tecnicos going up 2-0 in the best of five is odd. OGT & Poder del Norte still teasing a match on TV is odd.

Other random AAA things

Caristico beats Cavernario, Canelo/Cholo, WWE visits Coacalco, Alberto coming to MTY

The bigger news is on the AAA TV taping, but I’ll hit that later.

CMLL (TUE) 07/11/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma
3) Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Titán b Felino, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
Titan pinned Vangellys days before his hair match.
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
5) Cavernario b Carístico
Mistica for the win.

Main event looked good in the pictures. None of it aired on TV. CMLL has this show sitting in a vault, where it’ll sit unwatched again forever.

Lucha Memes (SAT) 07/15/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Fuego en el Ring, +LuchaTV]
1) Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Látigo b Astrolux, Baby Star Jr., Black Metal
Latigo replaced Septimo Rayo
2) Arez b Demonio Infernal
3) El Bandido b Tarantula (Laguna)
4) Belial, Impulso, Keira b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
5) Extreme Tiger b Virus
6) Trauma I & Trauma II b Freelance & Mike Segura

The thing that got the most attention was not the matches – the fourth match and the fifth match sound like they were the best – but the presence of WWE’s William Regal and Sarah Stock. Coacalo is a small outdoor venue, so it’s not like one of the biggest stars in the history of Mexican women’s wrestling could show up and not be noticed. WWE’s famously brought in Sombra, Mascara Dorada and Ronnie Mendoza off their Japanese performance, so that they’re even looking in Mexico is news. This might have just been a visit to reenforce connections than to look at someone in particular (although they got to see this show a lot sooner than we will.) I’m told they were there for the first three matches before leaving to make the CMLL show.

CMLL (SAT) 07/15/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Grako & Templario b Fiero & Sangre Imperial
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Stukita. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther b Disturbio, Forastero, Tiger
4) Soberano Jr. b Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
Soberano surprised Misterioso with a cradle and took his mask in a turnabout.
5) Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón b Black Terry, Hechicero, Negro Navarro Sansón, Cuatrero y Máscara Año 2000 vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro y Hechicero | CMLL | 15-07-17 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Dinamtias took 2/3. Terry & Navarro cheated to take fall 2, Sanson used a foul to beat Navarro in the third. NGD asked for a title shot next week.
6) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
tecnico took falls 1/3

Soberano/Misterioso hasn’t been totally forgotten.

LyP Klandestino (SUN) 07/16/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV]
1) Pegazus, Súper Astro Jr., Yakuza b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
Alas de Acero was stretchered out after a shooting star press went wrong
2) Lokillo, Sádico, Toxin b Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Emperador Azteca & Eterno b Imposible & Súper Mega
Eterno announced the Insoportables, which haven’t existed in any real form for a while, are done.
4) Daga & Zorro b Cien Caras Jr. & Rey Escorpión
Daga asked for a singles match with Escorpion on the next show.
5) Marty Scurll b The King
Scurll submitted Fenix
6) Penta 0M DQ La Máscara [super libre]
La Mascara was DQed in a super libre match for unmasking Penta

DQs in super libre matches remain dumb. Penta did challenges for an extreme match but I’m not sure what the difference is. Scurll beating Fenix is odd for a guy who’s probably not coming back. Daga/Escorpion sounds good.

CMLL (SUN) 07/16/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Robin b Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Fuego, Oro Jr., Pegasso b Disturbio, Sagrado, Virus
tecnicos took 1/3
3) Cholo, Espanto Jr., Inquisidor b Artillero, Canelo Casas, Espíritu Negro
Team Cholo took falls 2/3, Cholo using the ropes again to win. Canelo wanted a rematch
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Titán b Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
Cuatrero replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Felino, Mephisto
Mephisto replaced Mr. Niebla.

Can’t believe no one’s figured out Canelo Casas vs Cholo is the Anniversario main event yet.

Lucha Memes/MDA in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 08/06:
1) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus in a match where no one is allowed to use the ropes
2) El Satanico & Cavernario vs Hechicero & Caifan – new

Caifan had previously said he was doing working with Lucha Memes. Done never means done.

An interview with lucha libre fanatic Chabelo.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 07/19/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Oriental & Voltar vs Atomic Star & Matrix Jr.
3) Climax Jr. & Shaolin vs Lunatik Xtreme & Warrior Jr.
4) Aramis, Gallo Frances, Hijo del Alebrije vs Kempo Jr., Monaguillo, Pantera del Japon
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Dragón Yuki, Ovett, Relámpago, Taylor Wolf
6) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Cerebro Negro, Eterno, Tyson La Bestia

Relampago back here for the first time since April. I think Monaguillo and Kempo Jr. are in from Tijuana.

CMLL (FRI) 07/21/2017 Arena México
1) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger
2) Blue Panther vs Sam Adonis [lightning]
3) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Marcela vs DalysEstrellitaAmapolaSiluetaZeuxisPrincesa SugehitLa VaqueritaLa ComandanteSanelyMetálicaSkadiLa SeductoraLady Maravilla [Copa Nataliz Vazquez]
5) Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Main event is a Universal rematch. The ciberentico gets all the way to the semifinal, with the debuting Lucha Memes luchadora turning out to be Lady Maravilla after all. Her being on the show might just be a numbers thing – Reina Isis & La Jarcohita are both going to be in Japan, but they could’ve also just used Tiffany and had unbalanced sides if that was it. Keira was the guess for that spot – I’m loud wrong a too much of late – but Maravilla is fine alternative, the person I would’ve hoped for CMLL to bring in next after Keira.

Blue Panther & Sam Adonis get their match, albeit a lightning one. Adonis/Panther, Sugehit/Zeuxis and Niebla Roja/Guerreros are all on the card – might we get some sort of date to any of this matches happening? CMLL’s in range of having another press conference.

CMLL (SAT) 07/22/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Sangre Imperial & Sensei vs El Coyote & Templario
2) Flyer, Fuego, Pegasso vs Apocalipsis, Canelo Casas, Grako
3) Johnny Idol, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Black Terry & Negro Navarro vs Cuatrero & Sansón [Arena Coliseo TAG]
4th defense
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

I don’t know this is the title change but it could be that way. It’s also an odd card, with Fuego & Pegasso in a match with Apocalipsis & Grako.

CMLL (SUN) 07/23/2017 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Artillero, Canelo Casas, Espíritu Negro vs Cholo, Espanto Jr., Inquisidor
4) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

Rematch in the tercera. Nitro, who appears to be in France, is still being booked on CMLL cards because they don’t really pay attention.

CMLL (SUN) 07/23/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Quca
2) El Yaqui & Johnny Dinamo vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo
3) El Alteño & El Cirujano vs Gran Kenut & León Blanco
4) El Rielero & Vaquero Jr. vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
5) El Divino, Explosivo, Mágico, Omar Brunetti, Star Black vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Joker, Maléfico, Nautilius, Ráfaga

ciberenticos here set up a title match or a cage match

MDA (SUN) 07/23/2017 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Pee Wee & Vasco Jr. vs Galactar & Titanik
2) Furor & Galactar vs Bengalí & Vaquero Romo
3) Antifaz & Caifan vs Máximo & Rey Escorpión (Indie)
4) Dos Caras Sr. & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Hijo de LA Park & Súper Parka
5) Cibernético vs LA ParkLa MáscaraAlberto el Patrón

This is a show a little bit of note. I’m not sure, but this might be Alberto’s first wrestling appearance since his latest bit of insanity. He’ll be catered towards here – there’s no thought he’d be canceled from this show like he has from others.

Volador Universal Champ, The Crash results, AAA in Monterrey

Volador wins

CMLL (FRI) 07/14/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CulticonluchablogSuperLuchas]
1) Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico b Astral, Sensei, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:17. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:17. Rudas took 1/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Sam Adonis b Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:39. Dragon Rojo Jr. replaced Mr. Niebla on Tuesday. Adonis wore a Love Machine mask for the first fall and was DQed for excessive violence. The commissioner was going to stop him from wrestling until he unmasked, but Panther just unmasked Adonis himself. Rudos took 2/3, with Adonis using the ropes to get the pinfall in the third fall. Panther challenged Adonis to a hair match.
4) Pierroth b Vangellys [hairLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:41. Pierroth took 2/3. No cheating, no new Ingobernable, Pierroth using a variation of the Buca Storm to win.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:47 [2:43, 3:53, 9:11]. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Volador Jr. b Último Guerrero [CMLL UniversalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
22:41. Volador took falls took 2/3 to win the Universal championship for the first time.

Top two matches, main event especially, are worth watching. The main event didn’t start until 10:58 local time because the show had run so long, but they gave them all the time they wanted. It was a loud crowd, though one that wasn’t that much in to the hair match as far as I could tell. It appeared to be on the larger side of the regular Friday night cards, but not the level of a one of the biggest shows of the year.

Pierroth & Vangellys having nothing special going on after the last couple weeks of shenanigans was strange. I don’t know if CMLL wanted it to be more serious to protect the hair match stipulation or if they wanted it that way themselves, but it’s a match almost anyone else would’ve tried many tricks to hide. On the other hand, most anyone else would’ve not bothered to run the match.

The Crash (FRI) 07/14/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@PandillaLucha, 126f, The Crash]
1) Eli Everfly, Famous B, Último Maldito b Arkángel Divino, Black Boy, Último Panda
2) Oraculo & Serpentico b Black Danger & Jonathan
Danger & Oraculo continue to feud.
3) Rey Horus & The King b Hanson & Raymond Rowe and Sami Callihan & Shane Strickland
said to be an excellent match
4) Bestia 666 b Jack Evans [super libre]
Earlier in the night, Garza offered Bestia a spot in his new Rebelion (Yellow). Bestia accepted, and took out both his father Damian and Nicho when they tried to argue with him. Bestia was booed the rest of the night. Black Danger and Jonathan helped Bestia in this one. Oraculo attempted ot help Jack but ended up hurt.
5) Garza Jr. & M-ximo DQ Daga & Santo Jr.
Garza faked a foul
6) Penta Zero M b La MáscaraJeff CobbMarty Scurll
This was announced, just prior to the match, as the winner getting into the match for a debuting The Crash Heavyweight Championship match. There were no more details so far.

It sounds like this was a good show all around, with the three way tag match coming across as a must see match based on Twitter reactions. The matches are supposed to go up on Konnan’s Patreon.

They’re running just about every three weeks, which would put the next show in Tijuana around August 5th (and they’ve announced Mexicali for the day before, so that fits.)

Lots of stuff this weekend:

Saturday

Sunday

On his 72nd birthday, Mil Mascaras talks about his his first love: acting.

An outdoor El Santo photo exhibition has opened in Chapultepec, featuring 100 photos from his career. (This is the same place as other photo exhibitions, like the CMLL one from a few years back.) It’ll only be open thru August 13. The article mentions the plan for a Santo show on September 23rd as still being on.

Record has an interview with La Llave de la Gloria participant Royer Boy, who also works as a civil engineer.

Lucha Underground has a Son of Havoc Cueto Cup promo. His match with Dante Fox airs this week.

Myself and Rob are guests on the latest edition of the LuchaWorld podcast.

Lineups

CMLL hasn’t posted the lineup yet. Maybe later.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 

this was creative micro counters

Recapped: 07/14/2017

Matches: 

Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico beat Astral, Sensei, Star Jr. (18:17 [9:38, 4:50, 3:49], 2/3, below average)

Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta  
(15:17 [8:08, 2:46, 4:23], 1/3, ok)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Sam Adonis beat Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr.
(10:39 [2:00, 2:02, 6:37], 2/3, ok)

Pierroth defeated Vangellys in a hair vs hair match
(6:41, 2/3, below average)

  1. Vangellys northern lights suplex (1:17)
  2. Pierroth middle rope senton (1:40)
  3. Pierroth Buca Storm (3:44)

Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Volador Jr. beat Último Guerrero to win the CMLL Universal Championship
(22:42, 2/3, great)

  1. Pulpo Guerrero (4:07)
  2. Volador Code Red (2:43)
  3. Volador Spanish Fly (15:52)

What happened:

everyone lived

Volador defeated Último Guerrero to become the ninth CMLL Universal champion. It is the first time he’s won the annual tournament.

Pierroth defeated Vangellys in their hair match. No new Ingobernable interfered or appeared, and Pierroth won mostly clean. Vangellys later protested that Pierroth had used a piledriver to win, but it was (an attempt) at the same sort of finish Rey Bucanero and Joe Lider have used.

Sam Adonis came out wearing a Love Machine mask while attacking Blue Panther. He and his team were disqualified for excessive rudoness in the first fall. Comissioner Zavela came to the ring to demand Adonis unmask in the second fall, and Panther took care of it by untying and pulling the mask off. Panther through he won with in the third fall with the armbar, but Adonis was under the ropes. Sam Adonis held onto the ropes to beat Panther a moment later. Tirantes was leaning heel the whole match. Blue Panther challenged Sam Adonis to a hair match, but the whole thing got derailed by Azul tossing Adonis’ flag into the crowd and Adonis never got around to responding.

Thoughts:

this was the better triple dive

The main event was a well performed match which I’m probably just not going to say nice things about. When it was going well, it looked impressive but just as predictable. This was the extended version of their big match, which meant all the spots were coming in the third fall, and all in the same order as usual. UG pulling out a Rainmaker when he had exhausted his playbook was amusing for the reference and for UG showing he could actually do something else. This is one where the efficiency of the moves is counter balanced by the lack of creativity in the layout, and your preferences of those two things is going to sway your opinion on the match strongly either way. The crowd totally got into, tremendously more than the other singles match, and this was successful for what they set out to do. I just can’t imagine rewatching it again; it felt like I already did.

The semimain was the showcase match for the técnicos it looked, but it just took a while to get there. The first two falls were kind of slower than expected, maybe because they were purposefully backloading everything for the third fall. It had all the highspots, with Mistico’s ramp running dive looking spectacular as usual. Dragon Lee and Luciferno continue to have good chemistry and they should just pretend Luciferno is a lightweight to do the title match at this point. It got confusing near the end, with the announcer not really doing a good job of explaining who was still alive and Mistico’s SSP not connecting well, but it was still good.

UG catch powerbomb

Pierroth & Vangellys had a normal match, underwhelming in fashion for not being the fiasco and for no shenanigans. It was just the two guys having a match as best as they could, which still wasn’t very good at all. They both move very slow and were all sorts of tired by the end of the match. Vangellys got protected by taking a piledriver and they tried to protect both by going short, but they couldn’t do much even as sort as it was. This was a match only for the interest of the Munoz family and they appeared to be the only people who enjoyed it.

I think once you break out the Love Machine mask, you’re doing the apuesta match. It’s just a matter of time before Blue Panther and Sam Adonis have that match now. They’re still things that can be improved – it’s weird big Adonis is leaping onto Panther all the time – but the crowd a lot cares and it’ll work. Diamante Azul looked clumsy and dangerous during the match, which make me concern when they did the monkey flip spot with Soberano (but that went alright.) Not as much Soberano as in some other matches.

only the second scariest spot with Astral tonight

The second match was better than the opener but that’s the lowest of the bar. It was just a match and boring for a while, with few highlights. It slowed down in the second fall and never really picked back up again to any interesting degree. They didn’t do much, and Dalys was repeating spots while still in the first fall. Zeuxis breaking out the Spanish Fly was the only real highlight.

The opener had the usual problems: a way too long and slow first fall that killed the crowd, tecnicos running thru some of the same sequences as they’d do in a normal match, but unnaturally cut off from dives to boos, Arkangel badly screwing up. To be fair to the técnicos, the crowd ended up booing both teams and the other falls weren’t that much better. We haven’t gotten to see Star Jr. in a real match for a while and this wasn’t one.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-08 

poor Bronce

Recapped: 07/08/2017

All matches were taped from Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua on 06/04/2017

Matches: 

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth
(9:34, Averno foul Lanzeloth, ok)

Hijo del Fantasma and Texano Jr. went to a draw in a cage match also including Kevin Kross in a cage match
(9:06, escape at the same time, ok)

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown defeated Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Carta Brava Jr. & Soul Rocker in a tag team mask match
(10:01, Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown beat Carta Brava & Soul Rocker, ok)

What happened: 

Lanzeloth as Mistico

The announcers announce before the match that the losing team, not the losing person, will lose their mask. Only the Traidor Clowns really seem to react strongly to the stipulation and the crowd does not really care. The Traidor Clowns find a screwdriver in a turnbuckle (maybe one they use the tighten the ropes) and stab Poder del Note with it. Copetes is taken out by a dive, and the two rudos teams quickly have the two técnicos pinned with no referee. They cover them for a bit of time before Mocho Cota Jr. arrives with Hijo del Tirantes to make the count. Wagner & Psycho kick out TV. Mocho takes out Tirantes with a chair a few seconds later. Poder del Norte ends up throwing the Traidor Clowns out, Wagner & Psycho give Rocker & Brava backcrackers and cover, and Vampiro shows up to count three. Mocho Cota argues that Vampiro is not a referee, but Vampiro unzips his jacket to reveal he’s smarter than us all and put on a referee shirt since the cage match. Psycho beats up Poder del Norte to force them unmask, though we’re not really given a great shot of them unmasking – they’re eventually shown standing around outside after the fact for a moment.

The cage match was specifically explained as only having one winner, who would get the title shot at TripleMania. True to form, that meant there would be two winners. They used US rules for cage matches instead of Mexican, where the winner was determined by the first person who touched the floor (instead of just getting on the outside of the cage.) Hernandez came out and got involved for reasons no one seemed sure of, least of all him – he stopped Texano & Fantasma leaving at one point, then Kross at another point. Mascara de Bronce came out and attacked Hernandez in term. Fantasma and Texano shockingly worked together at times, and then didn’t get along at other times.

Fantasma escaped the cage first, which meant he would’ve been the winner under normal rules (but they weren’t playing but those rules so it didn’t matter, and the announcers were aware of what was going on.) Fantasma and Texano very carefully climbed down the cage next to each other before taking the plunge off the bottom of the cage to the floor for the usual draw spot in a cage match. Copetes and Hijo del Tirantes did the usual bit of each favoring one of the guys in a draw, though Copetes does eventually make the motion for a tie match before Vampiro arrives. Hernandez waylays Mascara de Bronce with the briefcase while this is going on, and brings him into the cage to destroy him while Fantasma and Texano argue on the outside. Kross interrupts to take the briefcase away from Hernandez, who asks for it back. Vampiro walks out, and everyone ends up in the cage with him. Vamp announces the match as a draw with both men facing Mundo at TripleMania and takes the briefcase back from Koross. This angers Kross, who shoves Vampiro twice. Vampiro teases leaving the cage, but instead locks the door and takes off his jacket to tease fighting Kross. Mascara de Bronce climbs up the cage in the meantime, waits for his cue, and does a plancha onto Kross, Fantasma and Texano. (This seems to take forever because they focus on Bronce climbing up instead of showing the near fight – the spot is hurt because everyone knows it’s coming for too long.) Vampiro hands the briefcase to Bronce, who leaves with it. Vamp leaves too, and Kross beats up everyone else.

poor Bronce again

No lucha libre cage match is good and this match would’ve been better without the stipulation. Texano and Fantasma had to go at each hard because of their issue, but they couldn’t because Kross was always in there too. The cage meant they had to work all three in on every spot instead of focusing on the individual issues. It also meant there wasn’t much room for people to sell and get out of the way. The cage also didn’t allow rope running spots to look good at all (so much stopping right in front of the ropes and gently tapping them because they couldn’t run into them) and they just couldn’t stop doing those spots. The finish is a lame WWE finish, and the post match was primarily about Vampiro. You can see them thinking the Mascara de Bronce plancha spot would get him over to balance what happened before, but it came off as tacked on and fake looking.

Before the opener, Averno bad mouthed the fans and taunts Parka, telling him to leave like Ricky Marvin. Marvin gets named this time, though it’s more just the cue for Parka’s music to play. Averno taunts Argenis & Parka for having no partner (though we just saw Lanzeloth advertised for this match). Parka says Averno talks to much, acknowledges Marvin’s not here, and introduces one of the future stars of AAA as their partner. He poses before OGT beats up the lot of them. As usual, the rudos controlled the entire match until they do their pose spot, and then someone (Argenis this time) comes in to hit one of them. Averno eventually distracted Hijo del Tirantes and snuck in a behind the back foul to beat Lanzeloth. They took his mask too.

Thoughts: 

Super Fly’s usual ankle breaking spot

This week’s show as the Vampiro show, as much as it’s been since he’s been back. The cage match post match was designed to set up a TripleMania match or two, but the key focus was on Vampiro standing up to the new big scary heel and thwarting his plan. The main event had ref bumps seemingly just so Vampiro could be the big hero at the end, and a bit that put the spotlight on him instead of the guys who won the match and are headlining the biggest show of the year.

The main event seemed on paper like it would be a match to show Wagner & Psycho are way above every one else. It didn’t turn out to be that at all. It was a frustratingly even match throughout. Everyone did a big move, everyone did a dive spot, everyone ripped someone’s mask and eveyrone’s got their mask ripped up. Usually all in turn, one after another, as if they were going around in a circle during a preschool match. They even gave the other four a long visual pin over the guys who are main eventing TripleMania. Maybe it was intended to scare people into believing the impossible to happen, but it didn’t sound like the fans bought at all that much. After all that effort to make everyone see the same importance, Carta Brava & Soul Rocker’s mask removal seemed rush and unimportant. When the entire year is built around how meaningful it’ll be for one person or another to lose their mask, you’d think that act would be played up a little better, and less like a minor stipulation the heels were almost escaping.

The opener was better than the last version of that match because the handicap match really didn’t have anything going on it with it. It also helped by the rudos going out of their way to try to make Lanzelot look like someone special as a surprise guy; they even did the Mistico toss spot with him. He did well except for one weird spot with Super Fly, but then was beat and humiliated at the end so I’m not sure how much was really accomplished. La Parka slows this matches down so much, and the rudos seem uninterested in doing anything much during the three minutes they control at the start of every one of these.

what was Parka doing

Volador/UG & Pierroth/Vangellys tonight, The Crash in Tijuana, Alberto/MDA

tonight

CMLL’s annual Universal tournament concludes tonight. Either Ultimo Guerrero becomes the first and only three time champion, or Volador Jr. will no longer be the most important guy in CMLL not to have won this tournament. This is not exactly a new matchup – they headlined the FantasticaMania tour in January and headlined a couple shows last year – and it’s probably not a new match up in style quality.  Ultimo Guerrero and Volador do some very exciting things in their matches. The downside is they tend to do the same very exciting things in all their matches. Both are proponents of CMLL’s checklist match style, where important matches are about fulfilling the fan’s expectations of seeing the same big moves in the same fashion. UG’s usually worse about it, insisting on doing those same spots in the same order. (The front superplex much come before the super powerbomb.) It turns a match into a performance, into a stage play being doing routinely.

I’m sure there are differences and insights gleamed from watching a great actor play Hamlet for the thirteenth time, but I’d rather see a different story or a different role. The match will get over – they’re great actors who will perform their roles as well as anyone, and it’s the kind o high level match that will blow away people who are seeing them for their first time or even the fifth. It’s definitely arguable the problem is less about them, and how we – or I! – consume CMLL, that luchadors should not be required to reinvent themselves on a regular basis to appear to the every show fans, and that perfecting a formula is the better way to reach a mass audience. Still, it’s a high level match that I’m not all that excited in watching.

I’m not arguing the other singles match, Pierroth versus Vangellys in a hair match, will be any better. It will be bad. It will be atrocious. The difference is we don’t know exactly in what ways it will be terrible, but I’d kind of prefer not actually knowing. CMLL has never been concerned about putting bad looking matches in the ring if they had a good reason for it – think back to all the rough main events featuring the previous Pierroth in his bad army days, and you can see them similarly hoping the heavy angles they’ve run building up to the match will compensate for the low quality of action. The difference here is CMLL has tended to shy away from putting someone who lost an apuesta match into another one just a few months after. It’s a sign about how much the Munoz family means to CMLL right now that the least important person in the group – I think they’d agree with that – is getting two apuesta matches in four months.

My suspicions are Volador’s finally going to get the big red belt and that Vangellys is only in this spot because they needed someone with hair to feed to Pierroth build him back up.

The semimain may turn out to be the best match on the show yet. Caristico’s talked a few times about putting together a trio of himself, Dragon Lee and Mistico, and they’re a trio here against the Hijos del Infierno in what should be a big exhibition match. The third match continues the Blue Panther/Sam Adonis issue, with Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr., Dragon Rojo Jr. and Negro Casas rounding out the match. The second match is a women’s match, possibly because CMLL booked a women’s match before they remembered Princesa Sugehit was out of town today. Without her, Silueta appears to step in as Zeuxis’ rival for the night. Silueta teams with Vaquerita & Marcela against Amapola, Dalys and Zeuxis, and all six women figure to be back next week as part of the Copa Natalia Vazquez. The opener has Astral, Sensei, and Star Jr. versus Akuma, Arkangel and Matelicao.

CultIcon also previews this show. It’ll air at 8:30pm on the old ClaroSports page and also on Facebook. CMLL will have it on their YouTube channel about an hour after it ends.

The other major show tonight is The Crash out in Tijuana. The main event is a four way Penta 0M, La Mascara, Jeff Cobb and the debuting Marty Scurll. Maximo & Garza Jr. team up against Daga & Santo Jr., who is also making his debut with the promotion. I think Scurll will do fine, but I have concerns about how Santo Jr. is going to do. This is not the style of show or match he’s worked in Mexico so far, but he’s going to eventually have to find a way to excel in them if the third generation Santo is going to be an important person on his own – there’s not enough companies like FULL promoting traditional style lucha libre to solely make your name on those. (It’d equally be good for The Crash if Santo worked out here, since there are potential fans who probably only pay attention that name.) Nothing I’ve seen so far with Santo Jr. suggests this is going to work out great, but one good match could change some minds.

Jack Evans takes on Bestia 666 in a super libre match which continues to build to a hair match. War Machine face Rey Horus & Rey Fenix (The King) and Sami Callihan & Shane Strickland in a three way tag match. Oraculo & Serpentico vs Black Danger & Jonathan meet in a tag match, where Oraculo & Danger seem headed to a mask match. The opener has Arkangel Divino, Black Boy and the debuting Ultimo Panda against Eli Everfly, Famous B and Ultimo Maldito.

Again, The Crash show is not streaming anywhere – it was close enough to happening that it got mentioned on Konnan’s podcast but it didn’t get done in time again. Konnan’s said he’ll have video on his Patreon again. I still haven’t heard from anyone who saw the last show, but maybe I’ll jump into it this weekend.

This is from a few days ago: Alberto’s announced for MDA’s next show on 07/23 in Monterrey. MDA posted that on Monday, just before his week started to unravel. MDA’s also promoting the AAA TV taping this Sunday in Monterrey, and they’ve focused on that instead of saying any more about Alberto or that 07/23 show.

Metro.co.uk has an interview with Angelico. Angelico’s been wrestling in Europe since March, but mentioned he’s back in Mexico this weekend, and is scheduled on shows in Sinaloa today and tomorrow. I’d be surprised if he didn’t show up as an addition to Sunday’s TV taping. It may not be a forever thing; Angelico’s always been a nomad and mentions in the article that he’s been thinking of leaving Mexico and going to Europe for a year or two. Angelico notes he hasn’t made any decisions, he just has a lot of ideas of things he could try. He says nice things about Lucha Underground and seems to want to keep working there if/when they come back for Season 4, but also says his short term goal is to stay without a contract.

Lucha Underground promoted Johnny Mundo appearing on the PW Blitz (Illinois) show on 08/12. I can’t remember them promoting Lucha Underground guys on indie shows before. It’s not mentioned in the Twitter plug, but Mil Muertes is on there in character, so maybe licensing the LU gimmick will start to come with a social media mention (which would work better if they mentioned Mil was going to be on the show.)

DJZ is the guest on Colt Cabana’s podcast this week, and he talks a fair bit about his experiences in Mexico – including the injury. He says CMLL offered him a contract after his match with Hip Hop Man in the Elite tournament, and he credits +LuchaTV for making fans in Mexico aware of him enough in the first place to get him booked down there. (It’s a great minute of podcast when both +LuchaTV and Jocay come up right after each other.)

The new AAA Panini stickers will also in boxes of 50 stickers for ($22). They’ll sell them in individual packets for cheaper than that (and I haven’t seen how much), but the box is good if you’re trying to collect them all.

Guapito talks up his tag match with Zacarias against Gallito & Microman tomorrow in Morelos. Mije had other things to do, I guess.

CMLL notes today is the 11th anniversary of Misterioso taking Pantera (II)’s mask in a miscellaneous midcard cage match. Pantera’s claimed he wasn’t paid for the match and continues to wear his mask.

Garza Jr. is teasing something with Pagano again. This went nowhere last time.

Apolo Valdes writes about wrestling now against each other.

The Crash will debut in Torreon on 10/08.

AAA has this week’s Zona Ruda on their YouTube page. Hijo del Fantasma is the studio guest.

Fuego en el Ring has a new edition of their podcast up.

Segunda Caida reviews Demus vs Black Terry.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

1986 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

El Siglo de Torreon

I added 1986 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio, to the luchadb database over the last week. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. I am really just copying this text and changing the date.

This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results. Of note this time, the text descriptions of cards disappear during the year – they’re gone pretty much from April ’86 to April ’87. I thought I screwed up my notes some how and deleted 12 months of content, but went back and double checked and couldn’t find any. There’s plenty of posters still, so I would guess the job of writing the very PR-like previews was simply empty for a while.

There are couple national articles that come thru. Angel Blanco’s fatal accident, which also ended Dr. Wagner Sr.’s career, happens this year. It’s underrated how amazing it was for UWA to not really suffer from losing those two and Solitario in a short time – it’s how loaded they were with stars at that point. There’s also an article about Fray Tormenta, the type that pops up ever 15 months even now.

The schedule is generally the same: Arena Olimpico Laguan on Thursdays, Auditorio and Palacio de Los Deportes most Sundays. UWA/LLI wrestlers are seen more often than EMLL ones, women are around a bit more often, and there’s no great continuity over championships. Pantera del Ring (Ephesto) & Megatron I disappear for most of the second half of the year. They’re around for just one match in October, where it’s mentioned they’ve been in wrestling in Mexico City. I don’t think we have any 1986 Pantera del Ring EMLL appearances, but I suspect we might find them if we had full Naucalpan lineups – or maybe there’s another gimmick we’re missing? And I have no idea who Megatron I ended up being.