This is the usual match record listing, much later than usual. I’ve noted previous years results were heavily biased to shows that shows which get a lot of attention (major DF promotions) and had weird quirks where a small promotion could show up a lot if their lineups just happen to be some place I coudl easily find. It’s 2015, many (but not all) groups are on Facebook and sharing their posters, streamlining the process. For over a year, Kris Zellnar’s been collected posters from everywhere he can find them. I started transcribing them all into the database arond Feburary. It’s so much work, much of it focusing on luchadors I’ve never seen and will never see, and I’m likely to give up doing it at any point, but it’s provided a much larger data set for this time around.
CMLL (TUE) 04/21/2015Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel b Flyer, Leono, Metatrón
3) Hombre Bala Jr. b Disturbio [lightning] Bala won in 7:16.
4) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora, Narumiya Vaquerita replaced Skadi. Straight falls. Sugheit challenged for a title match.
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone b Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible Delta & Maya beat Niebla prior to their title match on Sunday.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker b Atlantis, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. Negro snuck in a foul on Atlantis to set up the win.
Main event will continue on. Sugehit ends up getting the title shot, which makes Saturday’s win by Silueta random.
Lucha Underground tonight (episode 24 of 39) is named “Trios Champions”. Matches announced for the show
Those possessing an ability to count may notice that’s only two matches. The trios tournament goes longer than you’d expect. It was a fantastic live experience and hopefully will come across as well on TV. (Expect a lot of “this is what I thought when I was there” messages on Twitter.)
This is another ‘chapter break’ episode. There’s definitely things which happen here which spur things forward, but the end of the tournament and the resolution of the Pentagon/Sexy Star issue (for now) makes this feel like a mini PPV.
Aeroboy & Violento Jack won the X-LAW Tag Team championship in Tijuana on Friday. Main event saw Pagano give Nicho a martinete and the ref stop the match. AAA (ran out of stretchers in an injury angle), CMLL (Blue Panther faking a knockout) and Tijuana (match stopped due to severe injury with medics running in) have all referenced Perro Jr.’s death in their own special too soon ways. Local wrestler Angel Negro Jr. unmasked himself and announced his surprise retirement in the undercard and I’m not sure he has the wrong idea.
The LA Times has an article on Lucha Underground. It’s a nice profile of the promotion from the second to last set of tapings for this season. There’s no details about the future, the subject is not brought up. There’s also a feature on a local mask maker.
Multimedios Deportes says Laredo Kid will be heading to NXT in June, as long as he passes his medical exams. WWE takes those exams serious – Willie Mack revealed (I think here) yesterday his NXT stint was cut short because his medical tests revealed a knee injury and blood pressure issues – but it’s also the last step before starting there. The common thread between Laredo and the two Hispanic wrestlers announced as signing a couple weeks ago is all have US passports.
AAA announced their international trios tournament, now officially known as Lucha Libre World Cup, will take place on Sunday, May 24th at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Tickets are on sale immediately and run between $185 to $2152 Mexican Pesos ($12 to $139 US).
The press release named the promotions participating. The Ticketmaster site also lists some names of wrestlers appearing. This is what’s known so far:
Mexico 1 (“Dream Team”): Alberto el Patron, Rey Misterio Jr., Myzteziz
Mexico 2 (drawn from AAA’s roster): winner of Fenix/Electroshock/Fantasma, winner of La Parka/Texano Jr./Cibernetico, winner of Psycho Clown/Zorro/Averno
Mexico 3 (“outsiders”): Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., TBA
US 1: a team representing Ring of Honor
US 2: a team representing TNA, including Matt Hardy
Japan 1: a team representing Pro Wrestling NOAH, including Taiji Ishimori
Japan 2: a team representing All Japan Pro Wrestling
Rest of the World: TBA
The Ticketmaster info lists Johnny Mundo as participating, so perhaps he’s on the Rest of the World. The press conference announcing this competition highlights Jack Evans (and Fantasma) as a possible participant, but there’s no obvious spot for him unless one of the US groups is not sending a full trio. I’m surprised there’s no specific Lucha Underground team.
As far as guys not mentioned, Super Crazy seems like he might fit in here – either as an other outside Mexican, or as a NOAH rep. This date is right in the middle of a NOAH tour, but would require missing only one show. It’s a few days after an AJPW tour. It’s the off weekend after the NJPW shows and before another set of events for ROH and doesn’t conflict with TNA’s schedule, so both should have many people available.
There’s always the chance that Victoria will try to force El Hijo del Santo and AAA to work together. I’d bet someone’s brought it up. It’d be hilarious for about five seconds and then just bad.
Assuming TNA runs more shows (seems likely, one never knows), this also might mean AAA wrestlers could show up there in the future. Dave Meltzer had mentioned GFW and TNA were both negotiating with AAA as part of this deal, with GFW wanting to use some of TNA’s wrestlers for their summer tour. That would seem unlikely now.
(If you’re catching this late: AAA and sponsor Victoria asked CMLL and CMLL turned it down. Out of loyalty to CMLL – and to the money NJPW makes on the FantasticaMania tour – NJPW also turned down participating.)
Palacio de los Deportes could seat up to 20,000, but it’s likely to be cut down a bit if they set up a stage. It’ll still be a big number to fill, and a trios tournament featuring international stars the fans may not be familiar with. They’re going to look for familiar to Mexico names to fill this out. Victoria beer will be helping out as well.
There’s a ripple effect on TripleMania: if they get the fans to turn out for this show, will the DF fans want to spend to come back again in three months for TripleMania, especially with AAA obviously lacking a huge TripleMania match now. Or does AAA shoot some big angle on this show specifically to set up that big match and return? I expect TripleMania to be in Mexico City every year until it’s not, but there’s at least a reason why it might not be this year. (Whatever they’re doing, this May 24th show is a hard deadline to decide it so they can announce it.)
There’s still a lot to announce here: the people on the teams, the actual format – presumably single elimination but one shouldn’t assume – and if there’s any other matches on this show. It’s only a month away now, so more info will be coming soon enough.
IWRG (SUN) 04/19/2015Arena Naucalpan[Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero b Araña de Plata Jr. & Atomik Star
2) Ashley & Lady Maravilla b Cristal & Vanely Ashley’s debut. Vanelli replaced Kamilion.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Ciclon Black, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
4) Chicano, Danny Casas, Relámpago b Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Negro Navarro Recap mentions Negro Navarro was impressed with Relampago in this match. Relampago seemed to suffer a left shoulder injury and Canis Lupus a head injury in the second fall. Both continued, though Relampago was hurt again at the end of the third fall. Chicano beat Canis for the win.
5) Eterno L Ricky Cruz and X-Fly and Veneno[ruleta de la muerte, hair] Not just a cage match, but a cage match where they were chained to the cage for a while. Cruz & Venen fought, but escaped before X-Fly & Eterno. X-Fly continued his unlikely run of success by escaping. A referee (Rosas) was in the ring, so Eterno tried chaining him up and leaving, but the commission wasn’t having that and Eterno was shaved.
All but the main event aired (so I don’t really understand the rules.)
DTU (SUN) 04/19/2015Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [Cuadrilátero TV, Funcion Estelar]
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b Artikus, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo
3) Hormiga & Ovett b Fantasma de la Ópera & Slayer Pack
4) Pesadilla b Drastik Boy, Lokillo
5) Crazy Boy b Halloween and Miedo Extremo and Paranoiko No X-Fly (IWRG) or Crazy King (?). Crazy Boy beat Halloween to win.
6) Damián 666 b Cíclope
CMLL (MON) 04/20/2015Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Magnus & Metatrón b Canelo Casas & El Rebelde
2) Espíritu Maligno, Mercurio, Saurón b Astro, Meyer, Último Dragoncito
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther Pierroth knocked out Pegasso, who was stretchered out.
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán b Bárbaro Cavernario, Kráneo, Morphosis Atlantis replaced Sombra. Titan and Cavernario feuded.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. Reinera on Volador for the win.
Today’s Arena Mexico show breaks up two of their big rudo groups (TGR & Peste Negra) over the top two matches. The Main event is Negro Casas, Barbaro Cavernario, Shocker versus Atlantis, Blue Panther and Stuka Junior. Breaking up the teams this way only makes sense if they’re setting up a Casas/Shocker tag title defense, but it doesn’t have to make sense in CMLL and often doesn’t. Lightning match is Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio. Guadalajara has Sky Team vs Guerreros.
Cuervo explains he and Scoria are annoyed Angelico & Jack came in to AAA and stole their spot, so they’re going to make them suffer. La Secta wants to face them in different styles (gimmick matches) to see how good they are.
Polvora replaces Mr. Aguila in the main event cibernetico of Sunday’s Arena Mexico show. Okumura replaces Arkangel.
CMLL (MON) 04/27/2015Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Meyer, Último Dragoncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mercurio, Saurón
2) Pegasso, Sensei, Soberano Jr. vs Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Tiger, Virus
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máximo, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Thunder
Ingobernables vs random randoms. Days without Rush: 16
First Rey Apocalipsis match here since October, when they still had TV. Rudo trio in the tercera is great.
I don’t know what’s going on here, but I know I’ve never seen a CMLL card order changed like that. Maybe the recap was posted wrong. (Maybe I really just need to stop thinking of them as CMLL cards, even though they’re still posted on CMLL’s site.) The order they ended up with is a strict order by experience outside of the title match.
The Lucha Libre Boom/DTU combo show here on Saturday looked close to a full house. This looked close to an empty house. (See: titles don’t mean much digression from last night.) They were taping this, so it might be the first show to air on Efekto TV next weekend.
+LuchaTV has highlights of the CaraLucha second round tryouts in it’s Bestiario I contest. They did matches in an empty in San Juan Pantitlan. That seemed odd to me, but then that’s also what US indy Beyond Wrestling started out doing and I’d bet that inspired this idea. (Beyond had a plan to do something with those matches, though.)
Hijo del Santo continues to do interviews about lucha libre regulations. His end goal is a bit clearer in this one: the World Boxing Council already regulates combat sports beyond boxing (Muay Thai), so Santo would like to see the senate appoint the WBC in charge of regulating lucha libre. Which, of course, would mean WBC’s favorite wrestler Hijo del Santo would essentially become king of wrestling in Mexico. I thought Hijo del Santo wanted to influence the law, but WBC in charge would make him the law. There’s something admirable about this grasp for power. This would be so bad if it happened but it’d be a great movie plot.
DTU BOOM (SAT) 04/18/2015Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring, Tercera Caida]
1) Halcón 2000 b Gato Negro, Kronico
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b Fantasma De La Opera II, Kid Jaguar, Ojo De Halcón, Shadow Fantasma de la Opera suffered a triple fracture of his femur during this match. At the end of the match, Shadow’s La Resitancia partners Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr. and Yoruba (wearing CaraLucha shirts) helped him out but not enough to win. They appeared ot be anti-DTU/Boom.
3) Pesadilla b Golden Magic and Belial and Drastik Boy and Dinamic Black and Arez Pesadilla beat Dinamic Black. Money thrown in.
4) Freleance & Suicida b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo [tlc] Los Masizos wanted a rematch under extreme rules
5) Black Terry b Onita Santana, Paranoiko, X-Fly, Makabre, Tony Rivera Terry beat X-Fly to win in an extreme match
6) Crazy Boy, Pantera I, Super Mega b Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera Crazy Boy was supposed to team with Psicosis & a mystery wrestler, ended up with Pantera I and Super Mega.
7) Damián 666 & Halloween b Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Aero Boy & Violento Jack Crowd was happy to see Familia de Tijuana and threw money in.
8) Pagano b Nicho el Millionario [bull terrier] Pagano beat Nicho again, again demanded a hair match.
CMLL (SAT) 04/18/2015Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio b Fantasy package piledriver for the win.
2) El Rebelde b Sensei Rebelde won via armbar
3) Silueta b Narumiya Silueta won via moonsault
4) Virus b Hombre Bala Jr. double armbar, money thrown in
5) Boby Zavala b Starman Zavala won via powerbomb
6) Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Blue Panther, Dragon Lee, Valiente Blue Panther Jr. replaced Titan. Rudos took 2/3, the last by using the ropes.
7) Shocker & Último Guerrero DQ Máximo & Volador Jr. Shocker faked a foul from Maximo.
A show! Silueta beating Narumiya again suggest they’re heading to the match. Pretty weird when the programs booked in service of the tiny Japanese promotion are more coherent than their own.
CMLL (SUN) 04/19/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón
3) Fuego, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders, semifinal] There may have been a battle royal to determine seeding.
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders, semifinal]
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders, final] Reyes del Atlantida earn a shot at Peste Negra for the belts next week.
8) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Reyes del Atlantida were the favorites to win the title shot, and are even bigger favorites next week. No one knows what the future holds for Mr. Niebla, but you probably don’t want him to be champion just in case. There’d have to be a specific bigger plan in mind for Peste Negra to keep the titles; there’s a story that needs to be told either way. Guerrero Maya Jr. falling into another title reign is not a bad outcome.
Volador being here meant he couldn’t be in Guadalajara for the All Elite show. Zumbi took his place. So bizarre CMLL would’ve booked him in two places (and that no one noticed all week.)
Joe Lider said on a radio interview (via SuperLuchas) no one from AAA’s office has yet told them what will happen to the Perros del Mal group. Lider notes the name is not owned by AAA; the trademark was specifically signed to Perro Aguayo Jr. Right now, he would prefer himself, Pentagon, Daga and Taya keep using the name to keep it alive.
Monterey’s Epydemius has a video promo hyping his Chilanga Mask match with Super Mega. I know Epydemius won the white belt on a real show that lots of people actually attended, and is making the point that he’s a legitimately successful guy his home area, but showing off multiple title belts feel actually feels like a bad move in 2015 for an indy guy. There’s too many goodfballs who have three titles from small promotions that don’t mean anything that it feels like a warning sign of a guy with misplaced priorities in wrestling. It should feel like a guy that a lot of promoters think is great (and a lot of people think Epydemius is great), it just doesn’t seem like it’s done that way.
On this digression: it’s probably very much worth nothing that neither Chilanga Mask or Cara Lucha has created their own titles or really focused on title matches at all. They might someday and I’m sure they’ll make creative use of them, but their artistic success without championship belts is proof you don’t really need them to produce interesting shows. You just produce interesting shows and include a title if it makes sense.
Tercera Caida mentions LuchaRama is coming back in September 2015. When our group went to Mexico last year, at least one promoter we talked to discussed the idea of running shows around the CMLL Anniversary show to appeal to draw fans who are already in town for the bigger show, in the same style as done with WrestleMania. (TripleMania would probably work for this too, but it’s tough to plan shows around TripleMania when even AAA doesn’t seem to know what date it is. CMLL’s predictability can be immensely frustrating, but at least we know their big show is either 09/18 or 09/25.) Anyway, I’m thinking that might be what’s going on with the LuchaRama show, timed to be around the Anniversary show. It was a marathon 20 match show last year.
Celestial, Cosmico, and Talisman Jr. did an interview promoting a show they’re on in May. Those are the minis who left CMLL to join the Perros del Mal promotion. (Talisman Jr. didn’t appear in CMLL, but says he was training in Arena Mexico.) They are on Perro del Mal TV all the time until there was no Perros del Mal TV, and then they disappeared off the face of the earth. They’re hoping to get brought back to Arena Mexico.
No Sabado Retros show next week. Boxrec says Televisa has a card there. Weird that they’re booking it out as boxing venue, and weirder still that they’ve had more boxing events there since Sabado Retros started (3) then in the prior three years (0). I can see a Televisa broadcast boxing event doing better at the box office than a Sabado Retros, but someone has to be going on and getting those boxing events to use their venue and it didn’t seem like they were doing that before.
Soberano Jr. replaces Star Jr. on Tuesday in Guadalajara. Star Jr. missed his match last Tuesday in CMLL (which I missed too), so maybe it’s an injury issue. He’s only been working about a match a week of late.
Star Jr.’s not the MIA guy people are wondering about. Rush did work the main event of the All Elite show, but isn’t booked for this CMLL show. It’d be make sense for him to be teamed up with the rest of the Ingobernables, especially for a big show. He’ll be off shows for fifteen days by this point. Maybe he’s on vacation and that photo Sombra posted with him was just an old one.
Anyway, there’s three different champions in the main and some obvious challengers, so perhaps an insta-title match is coming. I keep thinking those are going to happen and they’re really not this year, but maybe this’ll be the time.
CMLL (SUN) 04/26/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro & Star Black vs El Piraña & Guerrero De La Muerte
2) Capitan Cobra & Mr. Apolo vs Mercenario & Mr. Brisa
3) El Alteño, El Divino, Linterna Verde Jr. vs Évola, Gitano, Thunder Boy
4) Forastero, Hijo del Calavera, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Joker, Sansón [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, tournament]
5) Flash I, Flash II, Frezzer vs Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, tournament]
Sunday it is – that’s the end of Friday shows for now. Those matches 2/3 in this trios tournament, which is spanning both shows. At least five new names on this show, including a whole outside segunda with four guys from Club Olimpio Arena in Tonala. (Conversely, former featured regulars Smaker & Sky Kid are now working Arena Jalisco & Arena Roberto Paz shows.) Not sure if the Guerrero de la Muerte is the local Toxico under his previous name or a new guy. There’s a Star Black in Yucatan, but this figures to be a new guy.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 05/02/2015Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Magnifico II vs Tribal, Templario, Arceus
2) Bárbaro Cavernario vs Toscano vs Herodes Jr.
3) Teelo vs Leo vs Rafy vs Mike
4) La Resistencia vs Kriminal Boys, Neza Kings, Sky Star faction match
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Fuerza Guerrera & Rey Hechicero
Everything but the opener had been mentioned earlier. Ninja Turtle match is going to be a thing.
CMLL (FRI) 04/17/2015Arena México [CMLL, MT]
1) Flyer & Molotov b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón b Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Okumura Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Amapola, Dalys, Narumiya b Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta Rudas took 2/3. Narumiya beat Marcela by using the ropes.
4) Titán b Pólvora [lightning] Titan won with a moonsault.
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Máximo b Rey Escorpión, Thunder, Último Guerrero straight falls. Escorpion and UG had problems.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Sky Team took 2/3. Mistico had a couple of small problems.
So much for Sky Team title match. I’d really expected more of those by now.
Escorpion’s teamed up with Ultimo Guerrero a couple times with no obvious problems since his return, including last week. Feels like some plans are changing and they needed an insta-feud.
Silueta was wearing her REINA International Junior championship, which hasn’t been seen here in a while. Narumiya has the other REINA title. Maybe they’ll be just one title soon.
There’s a game of indy lucha libre TV musical chairs going on
AULL announced last night that their Zona de Combate show would return, starting next Sunday on Efekto TV, also at noon on Sundays.
That time slot used to be the Leyendas Inmortales spot, which may explain why they were suddenly back on Teleformula, and why +LuchaTV was suddenly not anywhere.
SuperLuchas notes a recent radio appearance with Faby Apache, who says she founded a group to get better pay for luchadoras, and feels she’s been punished with a lesser role in AAA as a result. AAA’s definitely downplayed the role of women in their promotion this year, though that’s something there had always been rumors of them wanting to do.
SuperLuchas also mentions the Wrestling Observer Newsletter story about AAA contacting TNA and GFW about sending teams for their international trios tournament. AAA appears to be contacting everyone at this point. And since there are a lot of unofficial stories about AAA contacting groups and no official word from AAA about anyone who’s actually participating outside of their own guys, it appears like AAA (& Victoria, and maybe mostly Victoria) announced an international tournament before they had actually gotten international people onboard. Way to go for high level of difficulty.
Octagon told +LuchaTV that the worst mistake he ever made was leaving CMLL to go to AAA. Octagon would be foolish if he actually believed this – he would’ve been kicked out CMLL (and ended up in AAA and then in the indies) far earlier if he had stayed – but he’s trying to find a way into CMLL and so that’s his line. Octagon claimed that CMLL is concerned about trademark problems if they used Octagon, but he’s got paperwork that’ll show he owns the name and it’ll all be fine once he shows it to Paco Alonso.
An article on the cultural trip to Arena Mexico being promoted for next Sunday. This was announced months ago, but totally slipped my mind until it was brought up by Cadena3 this past week. People on the tour will get to go behind the scenes before the show, and then they’ll be giving headsets during the show to hear the call of the action live.
CMLL (FRI) 04/24/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs Dalys, Narumiya, Tiffany
4) Stuka Jr. vs Felino [lightning]
5) La Sombra, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
I guess you don’t need Sky Team title matches to just put them on top every week.
Dragon Rojo returns – maybe. Will they remember Dragon Rojo doesn’t like any of these people? I dunno.