What happened: Suicide lost his mask. Pimpinela won Copa Antonio Pena. Johnny Mundo is still champ.
What was good: I didn’t like anything, and this generally felt like a time sink. What was good was this wasn’t an iPPV, because I think we would’ve been frustrated/disappointed with the show had we paid for it (even it aired without issue!)
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel, including the match which did not air.(more…)
CMLL (TUE) 11/01/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Martes de Glamour]
1) Metatrón & Neutrón b Demonio Rojo & Mr. Trueno Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Joker, Puma, Tiger b Magnum, Soberano Jr., Stigma Rudos took 1/3.
3) Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Virus b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Cavernario, Euforia, Gran Guerrero Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Rush b Shocker Rush took 1/3, the last by sneaking in a foul.
This show wasn’t as Dia de Muertos themed as the Mexico City one, but they still had the referees in face paint and shot off confetti off the big win. Rush wins all his feuds. Edit: except against Ultimo Guerrero.
Zatura lost IWRG’s Castillo of Terror last night. (Full results from the show aren’t available.) Black Terry Jr. has a clip of the unmasking. They made sure not to repeat last year’s issues with a creative finish: Zatura tried the cage dive often seen in these matches, only he crashed and burned. Zatura was too hurt to escape, everyone else realized Zatura was doomed, and they all just quickly escaped to leave him behind – they escaped enough in a pack that it’s not clear who gets credit for the victory. (This is essentially a planned version of what really happened with Laredo Kid in a cage match years ago; it might have been where they got the idea.)
Zatura was announced as Hector Neri, 30 years old, 8 year vet. Zatura was a IWRG midcard guy of note in 2008-2010 thru April of that year. His name was listed on cards in July, but he didn’t wrestle, and he wasn’t spoke of again until turning up back in IWRG this spring. He stuck out as the likely loser, but he did have a cool Starman-ish mask that’ll be sad to see go.
Mascara Dorada hopes to be be finishing in CMLL next Friday, November 11th. Dorada left it slightly opening, saying he hoped that would be his final day, but did not know for certain. He said this after his title match on Tuesday, in an interview with +LuchaTV. LigerFever translated the interview. Dorada says his matches in Puebla and Guadalajara on Monday and Tuesday will be his final matches in those locations, and Paco Alonso told him they’d run a special card to honor him next Friday. CMLL hasn’t acknowledged Dorada’s impending departure to this point. Dorada doesn’t know what the final match will be, but would like to team with Atlantis and face Negro Casas, as they’ve both been important to him in his career. Dorada is advertised on an indie show on the 19th to wrap up, but maybe that match won’t happen.
Octagon may no longer have the rights to call himself Octagon. In his weekly Record column, Leo Riano wrote AAA had defeated Octagon in a court case over the rights to the name. Octagon quickly disputed this on social media, as recapped by rival paper Metro, saying the case has not gone to the court yet and he’ll have the name until he’s dead. Octagon probably will have the name until he’s dead on independent non-TV shows, since they skate by the law often, but it’s the Elite TV appearances where he’d have to make a change. Octagon just happens to be scheduled on the Elite TV taping tomorrow; if the court case happened, then Azteca is going to use a different name for him on TV to avoid getting sued himself. They’ve very done that with Hijo del Octagon in the past and it’ll be hard to miss if they do it again.
Elite’s undercard has changed a bit. The main events are still Caristico vs Ciberentico and Rey Escorpion vs LA Park, with a Bobby Lashely & Blue Demon vs Silver King & TBA tag match. The big change is Flamita is off the card; Mr. Aguila replaces him. The women’s opener is Diosa Quetzal & Baronesa vs Muneca de Plata, Rossy Moreno. Estudiante (probably Estudiante Jr.) & Alas de Plata replace Hijo del Pantera & Jinzo in the second match. Baronesa & Estudiante are from Baja California, on the 126F YouTube channel often, and haven’t been around here before.
NJPW’s Tigre Hattori & Naoki Sugabayashi were on CMLL Informa, which Alfredo recapped as part of his latest news update. They usually visit CMLL once a year in person, though usually before the FantasticaMania names get announced. (They may be meeting with CMLL tok work out the matches now.) They mentioned there’s currently six FantasticaMania shows in 2017 but more could be added if there is a demand; that may explain the seventh show CMLL listed. They claimed Blue Panther Jr. was demanded by the fans. Maybe? JCR asked if those FantasticaMania shows could air on Mexico TV, and they indicated that would be difficult – I’m surprised they didn’t turn that into a plug for NJPW World (though it’s even less friendly in Spanish than it is in English.) JCR asked if NJPW wrestlers might come back to Mexico, and they mentioned Naito asks when he can go back to Mexico all the time.
LigerFever caught up with Triton when he was Iowa last week to talk about how he’s doing in the US. Triton mentioned CMLL didn’t want him to go the US but he decided he doesn’t need a big company to be successful. Triton is planning on returning to Mexico in December for a few months and will talk to CMLL then, but he’s not returning to the company there unless he’s can be in top matches and is expecting to return to the US in April.
Misterioso and The Panthe are off to Ring of Honor today.
CMLL (TUE) 11/08/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Virus [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Drone, Titán vs Felino, Ripper, Vangellys
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
A great tecnico in the main event and also three rudos. Can we get Tiger back into TRT/TGR and have him bring Puma so they can be worked into these matches? The imbalance in age between tecnicos and rudos is unmissable in the top three matches (though at least Guerrero Maya versus Virus is Guerrero Maya versus Virus.)
Third match looks like fun, and it’s great they’ve been moved up to third match instead of the women. There’s a Mexico State/Hidalgo Sangre Infernal who appears to have started out in Coacalco back around 2011, and this might be him debuting in the opener. He hasn’t been seen on any cards since June, which is a little strange.
CMLL (TUE) 11/08/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nautilius & Neutrón vs Gran Kenut & Ráfaga
2) Astral, Cosmos, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Relámpago
3) La Vaquerita, Silueta, Skadi vs Amapola, Metálica, Tiffany
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Valiente vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Sam Adonis
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
That main event doesn’t seem like the exact best way to spotlight Mascara Dorada in his last match in his home building, but hopefully he’s honored just the same. The semimain has quite the collection of rudos. This is another two women’s match night.
This was the week Retro started, but it’s unlikely I can catch up if I started to watch it, and they’re also the matches I’m skipping over on other shows. It doesn’t make sense to pick it up right now.
There’s a lot of good matches this week, but not a lot of good ones. The GIF wasn’t hard to figure out.
What happened: Rush cheated to beat Diamante Azul in a match that never got on track.
What was good: I liked the tercera, though there’s not anything extraordinary on this card and you can easily skip this show. The main event finish being so bad is watchable in a sense, but you’ve seen the GIF if you’re reading this.
Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube feed.(more…)
I only saw the finish of the fifth match, but that match was said to be pretty good, with Bucanero looking better than on the Anniversary show and Hechicero being great. It’s really great to see Hechicero rise to being a world champion; he had to give up his life and restart from the bottom to make it in CMLL, and he’s doing it.
I wonder if Hechicero’s success will have any effect on the career decision of other indie stars; we’ve seen with WWE that both the success of indie wrestlers and WWE’s increased appreciation for those who work a different style has led to more people of that type getting brought into WWE. In CMLL, I don’t think it’s ever been as much a barrier to entry as an disinterest in going – you’re giving up money in the short term at least if you start from the bottom and there’s no guarantee you’ll get beyond that point, but Hechicero is proof that it could work out. (At the same time, the indie scene seems as strong, at least on given it’s scale.)
Today’s Lucha Underground is episode 9 of 40, “Loser Leaves Lucha.” It’s one of two episodes remaining before Aztec Warfare 3. Matches announced:
Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Son of Havoc – a stipulation will be announced
Matanza (c) vs the winner of a Dial of Doom spin, for the Lucha Underground championship
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Chavo Guerrero Jr., loser leaves Lucha Underground (video clip)
It’s not in the preview, but there will also be a match announced for next week.
If you’re a person living in Mexico who changed their clocks on Sunday, the stream you’re used to watching will be one hour earlier than usual.
My recap won’t be up until Thursday evening. I may actually watch the HD version this week.
Lucha Underground announced Saturday’s show in San Diego/Escondido will have Angelico vs Johnny Mundo in a street fight as the noon main event, and the Mack versus King Cuerno in a two out of three falls match as the 3 pm main event. Everyone but Mundo hasn’t been on of these yet, and Mundo’s been on all the shows and done all the meet and greets too. These shows are a home game for Fenix now but he’s not among those advertised (Drago, Aerostar, Ivelisse, Jack Evans, Paul London, Mil Muertes, Taya); it could be because he’s out hurt anyway or because he still seems to be in Mexico at the moment. I think it’ll be a positive sign if he makes an appearance on this show, and not for sure a negative one if he doesn’t.
WRG (SUN) 11/06/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Omega vs Atomic Star & Fly Tiger
2) Alas de Acero, Black Dragón, Cadillac vs Adrenalina, Araña de Plata, Hanaoka
3) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Zatura vs Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Skanda
4) Pantera, Pantera I, Relámpago vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Karonte Jr.
5) Bobby Lee Jr., Chicano, Danny Casas, Freelance, Hijo De Dos Caras, Suicida, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Imposible, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I[Copa Huracan Ramirez]
Main event is a cibernetico in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of Huracan Ramirez’s passing. I guess Dr. Cerbero is a rudo now?
Only Mexico gives you the team of Pantera & Pantera I.
What happened: Nothing. There’s a feud in the semimain that end up going nowhere.
What was good: Nothing, really. The main event was so mailed in that people were forgetting to cover people for three counts (or forgetting to pull people up at two.) None of the matches are wretched, but it’s a poor investment of time to watch this.
Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel and has already aired on 52MX(more…)
CMLL (SUN) 10/30/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro b Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca Tecnicos toko 1/3
2) Destello & Destructor b Black Sugar & Johnny Dinamo Rudos took 2/3
3) Capitán Cobra, El Alteño, Fugaz b Gran Kenut, Linterna, Mr. Brisa Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Explosivo, Magnum, Star Black b Espectrúm, Furia Roja, Sádico tecnicos took 1/3
5) Évola b El Yaqui [hair] Evola took 1/3, the last with a piledriver variation, to upset Yaqui. Yaqui got his hair cut and then needed medical help.
Evola never wins – he’s lost the last seven hair matches he’s been in. This is strange, and only a little less so if he’s being set up for another loss.
Eight defenses ties the record for this title. The Bufete del Amor (Maximo, Rush, Marco) got to eight and only lost them because of Marco’s car accident. Golden Generacion (Mascara, Sombra, Dorada) got to eight and lost them Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto – I can’t recall why. It’s possible Los Brazos got to eight or more and we just don’t know, because my records have more holes than swiss cheese, but it seems like an easy thing for CMLL to hype whenever the Sky Team have their next defense. Not sure they will.
The third match is said to be pretty good. Valiente’s push has last four days, so that’s good. They didn’t seem to go anywhere in particular in the semimain, they’re just booking relevos incredibles because they keep listing Rush as a tecnico but they won’t want him facing Pierroth. It’s dumb.
Today’s CMLL show is a rare event with two title matches. Oddly, the main event is the national title, with the world title being in the semimain. Mephisto, Ephesto and Luicferno defend the national trios titles against the randomly assembled team of Mistico, Mascara Dorada and Diamante Azul. As the preview notes, Mascara Dorada & Diamante Azul (as Metro) actually held these trios titles as a team prior, with Stuka instead of Mistico. That trio never lost the titles in the ring, Mascara Dorada just gave them up because he had other things to do. (They tried replacing him with Delta. It didn’t work out.) Dorada has other things to do at this very moment, so for a title change to happen.
The less predictable title match is the NWA Light Heavyweight fight. Rey Bucanero defends against Hechicero, who won a 12 man cibernetico last week. A rudo/rudo title match is rare. Bucanero singles matches should probably be rare, and are a good reason for a change. Hechicero is one of the best wrestlers in CMLL, but going from never winning a championship or a tournament to winning a world title is a big leap the world of CMLL – Hechicero is going to be the internet rooting interest to win tonight, but no one should feel confident about him winning. FantasticaMania does play into this somehow – a Hechicero win would give them an extra feud for the tour – but otherwise this is a title that really hasn’t been relevant or central to CMLL this entire decade. There would be better matches with Hechicero as champion right now, but CMLL hasn’t seen the need to do much with this title in the past and might just feel OK with keeping it on a vet who’s been there forever.
The rest of the show is a normal CMLL show in fall of 2016, with the added bit of it being a Dia de Muertos themed show – the top four matches will have losers taken to hell. The fourth match has Valiente, Blue Panther (maybe, he missed last night), and Atlantis against Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Felino. There’s a women’s match, because of course there is, with Sanely, Vaquerita and Estrellita against Seductora, La Comandante and Metalica. I wonder CMLL knew they were going to be running lots more women’s matches and Metalica and Jarochita got brought in to help fill those matches out, or if it just worked out that way. Fantasy, Acero, and Shockercito take on Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Olimpico and Demus in the minis division. Robin & Bengala versus Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr. will be the opener. No one will be dragged to hell from that match, because everyone involved is already there.
The show will air at 7:30 in Mexico City, 8:30 CT in the US if your clocks haven’t changed yet. (It’s an hour later than you’re used to in most of the world.) The show – minus the dance numbers – will air on YouTube and CMLL.com.
Lucha Mexico, a documentary which was in theatres this summer, is now available on Netflix (in US & Canada at least.) I’ve watched it – I wished they would’ve focused more on fewer things than try to go in many different directions at once, but it’s worth your time if you have Netflix.
Cara Lucha announced their The Best Cara Lucha Championship this Sunday will be decided in an eight man single elimination tournament. (Well, maybe. They say “six matches”, but an eight man tournament usually needs eight – maybe the final is on the 11/19 show show.) The poster already has eight people on it, and they’ll announce matchups (!) and have a press conference with Volador, Rey Fenix and Flamita before the show. That suggests Flamita’s coming back to Mexico right after his title match.
The Panther will face Silas Young, Will Ferrera and Yo (Fujin) in a four way match at ROH’s 10/03 show in Arlington. Panther sort of gets his wish – he doesn’t face Kamaitachi, he gets some new people, but he still gets Fujin. Fujin/Raijin vs The Panther/Blue Panther Jr. seemed like the most frequent matchup for the Japanese kids. Silas Young seems like the favorite to advance but it’s not impossible Panther could win, and CMLL luchadors have been booked decently strong in ROH.
Figures Toy Company announced they’ll be making a Taya action figure. I’m surprised AAA or Lucha Underground doesn’t own those rights. Taya definitely had the name and the character prior to coming to AAA, but I would’ve guessed she would’ve been asked to sign some of the merchandising rights over along the way.
CMLL (MON) 11/07/2016Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Centella Roja, París vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón
2) Lestat, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Ares, Metálico, Policeman
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Rush, Último Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Another relevos incredibles, though this one is a main event so it could go somewhere. Mascara Dorada is not going anywhere, at least not yet. Polvora sticks out as an odd inclusion in that match. Tercera should be good. Lestat is around two more weeks. Asturiano makes his close to monthly appearance.
Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 11/13/2016 Gimnasio Cuauhtemoc, Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federal
1) Fireman & K-Fu vs Makiavelico & Stromh Man
2) Eléctrico & Sonic vs Okaro & Pequeño Olímpico
3) Argos, Daisuke Hanaoka, Douki vs Silver Star I, Silver Star Jr., Spartano
4) Ludwig Star, Robin, Súper Ciudadano vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Patán, Skándalo
5) Último Dragón vs Rey Bucanero
Usual Toryumon card, which don’t really turn up on video much outside of the Dragonmania shows and are very repetitive; the promotion only runs four shows a year, and this is the third time they’ve had a Dragon vs Bucanero singles in the last six years. I wonder which of the many Silver Stars these are.
Typically packed the Crash card. Semimain could be great. Mascarita versus Demus was always good and Mascarita versus Black Tauro could be amazing. I think Sexy Star/Sexy Dulce is a Keira fan – she snuck her into getting an AAA match – so there’s a chance that could go better than it sounds.
Elite posted the shorter version of their show to the Azteca website, so you really want the YouTube site. Televisa cut their feed off about 10 seconds in Guadalajara lucha show, so I’d guess airing last week was a mistake. I’ll keep it recording for a while in case they mess it up again. Still having IWRG issues and it didn’t seem to air on LAS.
It appears like Llaves y Canados are going to post only the matches from they shows they promote on their YouTube site, so I need to keep recording for the other promotions. The LyC YouTube version is in HD, I only get SD.
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-10-28
taped 2016-10-28 @ Arena México Cloud Drive
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Metálico
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. vs Valientefor the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament final match
AAA on Televisa: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-10-14 @ Plaza de Toros Jorge Gutierrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo Cloud Drive
1) Dinastía & Octagoncito vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psycho Clown
2) Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma vs Brian Cage & El Mesías
3) La Parka & Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Pentagón Jr.
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-10-17 @ Arena Puebla Cloud Drive
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
2) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas, Sam Adonis, Shocker
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, La Máscara
Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-10-28 @ Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal Cloud Drive
1) Cibernético & Taurus (ex-AAA) vs Chicano (Puerto Rico) & Mr. 450
2) El Bandido, Golden Magic, Zumbi vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. 3) Xtreme Tiger vs LA Parkin a Liga Elite match 4) Carístico vs Rey Escorpiónin a Liga Elite match
PROESA on Efekto: 2016-10-29
taped 2016-09-18 @ Arena 2 de Junio, Col. Benito Juárez, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México Cloud Drive
1) Blue Star & Pequeño Unicornio vs Black Espada & Rusto Black
2) La Mohicana & Xema vs La Hielera & Quimera
3) Ambar, Mitico, Zoom Driver vs Asesino del Futuro, Black Heart, Cadenero Punk
Noches de Coliseo: 2016-10-30
taped 2016-10-23 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey Cloud Drive
1) Mini Psycho Clown & Octagoncito vs Mini Difunto & Mini Hator
2) Niño Hamburguesa vs Chocolata, Ronaldinho
What happened: Monster Clown & Murder Clown betrayed Psycho Clown, who was figuratively and literally badly burned. Faby Apache got locked in a room (which turned out not to be so locked.) Aerostar & Super Fly kept the tag titles.
What was good: I liked the ladder match and had not a lot of use for the rest. I realized AAA main events are going to mostly be Psycho Clown getting beat, making a brief comeback, and then getting screwed for the next year straight (after happening for most of the last six months), and it is good that I realized that but not good for wrestling action.
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.(more…)