AAA on Televisa: 2016-11-26 

never change Averno
never change Averno

Recapped: 11/27/2016

What happened: OGT won the titles by DQ. Tirantes was helping them all match, but actually fairly ruled the DQ since the Apaches got involved and attacked him. (This might have been a Zorro plan, but everything Zorro says confuses me.) Psycho Clown is now losing to the likes of Murder Clown.

What was good: Nothing. This show is in a dry spell for matches and doesn’t seem to be getting better any time soon.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)

Valiente/UG fued in Puebla, Pierroth vs his sons in Arena Mexico?

Sky Team makes it easy to find a GIF, just go backwards one minute from the finish and find the dive spot
Sky Team makes it easy to find a GIF, just go backwards one minute from the finish and find the dive spot

CMLL (MON) 11/28/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Black Tiger, Meyer, Vega b Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Puma, Skándalo, Tiger b Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker b Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Valinete & UG feuded, and UG unmasked Valiente for the DQ after taking Valiente’s finish.

They’re setting up another Valiente & UG match, which means Valiente is probably going to resume losing NWA Middleweight championship shots around 12/12. (Or they could just make it non-title.)

Like last night’s Arena Puebla show, last week’s Tuesday show had a title match so they’re resetting back to square zero. It’d be more entertaining if there were more angles going on so everything didn’t reset every few weeks, but I’m uncertain if CMLL’s concerned about being entertaining.

CMLL’s preview promotes the show as Pierroth against his sons, which befuddled me this morning because Pierroth isn’t listed on the poster. It appears Pierroth has taken Mephisto’s place on the show. CMLL’s switched Pierroth out of matches with his sons before, so it wouldn’t be too big of a surprise if another change was made. As it is now, Mistico, Dragon Lee, and Angel de Oro face Pierroth, Vangellys and Shocker in something that doesn’t seem like a great mix of people. The semimain is Blue Panther, Rey Cometa and Guerrero Maya versus Ripper, Luciferno and Ephesto (who’d make the most sense to move up instead of Pierroth, though this match would suffer.)

The rest of the show is the usual mix of random matches. The show opens up with Bengala & Leono taking on Apocalispis & Grako. Astral returns to CMLL action, teaming with Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito versus Mercurio, Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Nitro, which might be the best match on the night. Fuego faces Arkangel in a lightning match; Fuego should win, but recent Tuesday booking suggests he won’t. The fourth match is Star Jr., Oro Jr., and Pegasso versus Sagrado, Olimpico, and Misterioso Jr.

Estrellita says CMLL will have an announcement around noon today at the Senate about health. This sounds like a health care plan, an idea which was suggested back in September when the senate passed the annual day of lucha (and this past week for older luchadors.)

Guadalajara has the bigger show tonight, with Negro Casas vs Caristico in the main event.

GALLI says Gringo Loco is doing good and in good spirits.

AAA posted matches from 1995 for the first time: Los Power Raiders vs Heavy Metal, Picudo, Angel Mortal, Marabunta, and Mr. Condor in an elimination match and Rey Mysterio, Octagon, La Parka vs Psicosis, Pentagon and Fuerza Guerrera. I’ve only seen the first one so far; it’s more of an exhibition for the Raiders than a great match, but it’s still neat to see the Raiders (and not on a third generation VHS.)

LigerFever has a translation of the second part of Konnan’s podcast with Juventud Guerrera, who feels Ultimo Guerrero ripped him off.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Pentagon Jr. was interviewed by the Miami Herald.

Triton won a GALLI title, which makes it sound like he’s going back, but then this same title was bouncing around in Mexico for years.

Wrestling with Words writes about Hechicero vs Virus.

CMLL’s Diosas del Ring did their own Mannequin Challenge.

LLF has a Diana la Cazadora vs Nina Monet hair match on 12/02. Monte won a singles match between them this past week.

The Social Topcast writes about Trauma I versus Canis Lupus.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 12/04/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Dowki, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Príncipe Orión [lumberjack strap]
3) Imposible vs Relámpago
4) Chicano, Danny Casas, Veneno vs Dr. Cerebro, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.
5) Canis Lupus & Killer Jr. vs Golden Magic & Pantera I

First IWRG show in two weeks due to not running mid week and Chairo running last Sunday. (No mid week show this week either; maybe we won’t get another one until next year.) IWRG seems to be building towards Pantera I/Killer Jr. as a big year end match, which is one of the least exciting and most random matches to make. It’s a far way from Trauma I/Canis Lupus. Imposible & Relampago may have a better match (both here and the title match they’re building towards), though Relampago doesn’t have a history of great matches.

The bottom of the poster mentions fans can vote for the mejor luchador of 2016 (in person), with the award going out on the annual year end party. It’ll be on 12/21 this year.

CMLL (MON) 12/05/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Asturiano, Millenium vs El Malayo, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
2) Black Tiger, Flyer, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Policeman, Sansón
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Disturbio, Hechicero, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone vs Euforia, Sam Adonis, Shocker
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero

Rematch in the main event. Tercera looks promising. Can the excitement of the Dinamitas over ride the lethargy of Policeman and Black Tiger?

new lucha videos for the weekend of November 25th

IWRG didn’t run a show. Monterrey didn’t air. I pulled the Crash off the feed after the fact and split into matches, but you can still watch it on their website. I couldn’t figure out when PROESA was taped, and I accidentally flipped the power off on my computer during the show, so I just left it in one chunk.

YouTube

11/26 & 11/27 WWC: Cloud Drive

11/26 PROESA

11/26 Elite USA

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-11-25
taped 2016-09-17 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) Flyer, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Virus

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-25
taped 2016-11-25 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Aéreo & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Ripper, Sagrado
3) Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) La Máscara vs Hechicero in a lightning match
5) Dragón Lee & El Cuatrero vs Puma, The Panther in a seeding battle royal match
6) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther in a tournament semifinal match
7) El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón vs Dragón Lee, Mistico, Pierroth in a tournament semifinal match
8) El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger in a tournament final match
9) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

AAA on Televisa: 2016-11-26
taped 2016-11-04 @ Gimnasio Hermanos Carreon, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Cloud Drive
1) El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache vs Mamba, Súper Fly, Taya
2) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro © vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin for the AAA World Trios Championship
3) La Parka, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Pagano

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-11-26
taped 2016-11-14 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Astral vs Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito, Vega, Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Saurónin a cibernetico match
2) Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Pólvora
3) Atlantis, Rush, Último Guerrero vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match

The Crash: 2016-11-26
taped 2016-11-26 @ Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
Cloud Drive
1) Arkángel Divino, Ely Everfly, Mirage vs Black Danger, Douglas James, Último Maldito
2) Black Boy, Oráculo, Próximo vs Aero Boy, Drastik Boy, Jinzo
3) Keira vs Sexy Dulce [The CRASH WOMEN]
4) Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada, Willie Mack vs Bestia 666, Black Tauro (Elite), Demus 3:16
5) Flamita © vs Extreme Tiger [The CRASH CRUISER]
6) Jeff Hardy, Rey Fénix (LU), Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Jeff Cobb, Nicho el Millionario, Teddy Hart

great match roundup, week of 2016-11-19

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Dragon Lee

Noted army men Polvora, Killshot & Dante Fox all had pretty good matches. Dragon Lee is sort of his own one many army.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Dragón Lee © vs Pólvora for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-11-21 2016-11-21
great Dante Fox vs Killshot Lucha Underground: 2016-11-23 2016-04-10

Other matches watched (more…)

Chairo6, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 11/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Laredo Kid b Rey Cometa [falls count anywhere]
Very good match. Laredo Kid asked for a title match against Cometa after the win.
2) Arez, Astral, Belial, Impulso b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid, Shockercito and Freelance, Pantera I, Sádico, Último Dragóncito
Seems to be setting up a cage match with the non-CMLL minis.
3) Negro Navarro b Puma King
lucha clasica, Navarro submitted Puma.
4) Star Jr. DCOR Soberano Jr., Dragón Lee
none of the wrestlers were happy with the results
5) Felino b Dr. Cerebro [el privilegio]
Felino won when the referee allowed Tiger to interfere and foul Dr. Cerbero as his privilege (rule exception), but Felino had already used his privilege.
6) Atlantis b Alberto Dos Rios, Magnífico, Último Vampiro, Marchitas, Black Metal, Baby Star Jr., Zoy Raymunda, Avenger, Astrolux, Drako, Gato De Ecatepec, Juan el Ranchero, Súper Chiva, El Monje, Mano Negra, 19 1/2 [Memes Rumble]
17 names (though 21 came out, so probably missing a few.) Atlantis (winner) and Mano Negra were the big surprises.
7) Valiente DQ Black Terry [super libre]
DQ in a super libre when Valiente faked a foul
8) Hechicero b Caifan [NWA LH]
This was set up originally as three fall match, but Hechicero also wanted to make it a title defense. Caifan and the commission agreed. First fall went to a draw and Hechicero won the second fall (and it seems as though they didn’t do a third fall since Caifan couldn’t win the title at that point.) First defense.

Haven’t seen a lot of reviews of the shows yet – I think I need to start looking more places? – but my impression is the first and last matches might have been the best. Atlantis showing up in the Memes Rumble and winning the whole thing was a genuine cool surprise. Caifan seems to have bled a lot in the main event, and Terry did as well in his match. Dragon Lee was wearing a Rush/Lee fused match; is this a Pokemon situation where a Dragon Lee can evolve into a Mistico or a Rush depending on what item they’re holding? I’m not sure the world is ready for a second Rush.

Attendance looks good, though maybe not the sell out past Chairo shows have been. +LuchaTV was posting post match interviews during the show (go down to 226 on the playlist for the new stuff) and will post highlights soon, though you can find video clips now on Facebook if you look around.

CMLL has an ordinary show in Puebla tonight. Last week had the Polvora/Dragon Lee match, and they built up nothing particular for this week. (Astral’s injury seems to have derailed whatever they were planning with him and Mini Joker as well, though maybe it’ll be back next week.) The main event is the Sky Team versus Gran Guerrero, La Mascara and Ultimo Guerrero, something similar to a trios title match they just did. The semimain has Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Maximo versus Kraneo, Ripper and Shocker. There seems to be a monthly match in Puebla that looks like it’d be good except for the never changing Stigma/Skandalo feud; this months match has Esfinge & Fuego versus Puma & Tiger. The second match has Amapola, Seductora, Tiffany versus Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit and Sanely. The locals are only in the opener, with Black Tiger, Meyer and Vega versus Ares, Guerrero Espacial and Sombra Diabolika.

CultIcon previews this show. It’ll air at 9pm on YouTube/CMLL.com, where there hardly ever is a region block.

There’s video of Drago & Aerostar wrestling in Tennessee this weekend.

Mil Mascaras defended his title over Nosawa.

There’s a rockabilly festival with a lucha libre match in Mexico City on 12/17.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 12/03/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Bobby Z, Forastero, Sansón
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Sam Adonis
5) La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr.

Mr. Niebla is back, after a seven weeks break.  Tercera is a rematch, so maybe they’re going somewhere with the tag titles after all.

CMLL (SUN) 12/04/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Robin vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Sangre Azteca
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible

Volador & Mascara back in the main event.

CMLL (SUN) 12/04/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Destello
2) Black Sugar & Micro vs Destructor & Quca
3) Capitán Cobra & Fugaz vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
4) Frezzer, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Mr. Trueno, Sádico
5) Esfinge, Neutrón, Tritón vs Exterminador, León Blanco, Maléfico

And Triton is back in Mexico, as he had mentioned. This is the locals only show, so he’s being booked thru them and not back with CMLL entirely, though he’s promoted as the big deal on the show. The Leon/Neutron feud resumes after a week off.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-25

the smaller Panther hits much harder
the smaller Panther hits much harder

Recapped: 11/27/2016

What happened: Dinastia Casas won a trios tournament to earn a title shot at some undetermined times. Ultimo Guerrero cheated to beat Caristico. There were a lot of matches.

What was good: Panthers/Casas is still pretty good and I enjoyed the main event.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be on my channel tomorrow (and you can find it already if you’re bored.)

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LA Park defeats Masada, The Crash, CMLL weekend results, DTU iPPV match announced

photo by Black Terry Jr.
decided to use the handshake photo instead of the sticking each other with sticks photo, thank me later?/photo by Black Terry Jr.

The Crash (SAT) 11/26/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [+LuchaTV]
1) Black Danger, Douglas James, Último Maldito b Arkángel Divino, Ely Everfly, Mirage
2) Black Boy, Oráculo, Próximo b Aero Boy, Drastik Boy, Jinzo
turned into a trios match with Oraculo (Florida) and Drastick Boy added.
3) Sexy Dulce b Keira [The CRASH WOMEN]
Vacant title. Lots of interference spots with the seconds.
4) Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada, Willie Mack b Bestia 666, Black Tauro (Elite), Demus 3:16
Jack Evans was the surprise tecnico.
5) Flamita © b Extreme Tiger [The CRASH CRUISER]
Extreme Tiger hurt his shoulder early, and tried to continue the match after a a few minute break. He was still obviously hurt and the commission shut the match down.
6) Jeff Hardy, Rey Fénix (LU), Rey Mysterio Jr. b Jeff Cobb, Nicho el Millionario, Teddy Hart

I saw the last half of this show, you can see the whole show still on their website; there’s one camera person who wasn’t into moving much, so set your expectations lower than you might otherwise. The fourth match looked good and it sounded like the second match was good. Tiger/Flamita wasn’t much due to Tiger’s injury. Main event probably won’t hold up after the fact but definitely entertained the crowd. Teddy Hart and Jeff Hardy both acted strange, but when do they not? The building appeared to be sold out or close to it, better than the prior show, and Jeff & Rey were the two huge stars to this crew. (Nicho is also more over here than anywhere else.)

LLB (SAT) 11/26/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Bracito De Plata, Felinito, Lunatik Xtreme, Tritoncito b Agulita Solitaria, Macizito, Panterita, Súper Pinochito
2) Ojo De Halcón b Ram El Carnero, Dragón Bane
3) Freelance b Demente Extreme, Makabre, Eterno, Brian Villa, Mike Segura, Draego, Willy Banderas, Toxin Boy, Fresero Jr., Fly Star
Fresero Jr. replaced Atomic Star.
4) Atm, Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Fantasma de la Ópera b Arez, Belial, Impulso
Cerebro Negro was supposed to be on Fantasma’s side, and a TBA with the Indys. Neither appeared so they did a trios match.
5) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Apolo Estrada Jr. & Halloween and Cíclope & Paranoiko
Apolo Estrada Jr. replaced X-Fly. Paraoniko betrayed Ciclope.
6) LA Park b Masada (Texas) L.A. Park vs Masada | BOOM | 26-11-16 (hardcore) (posted by TVLuchaMundial)

I previewed a bunch of shows and forgot about this time. The main event looked suitably violent and so did many of the other matches.

A Lucha Libre Boom show scheduled for 12/14 in San Luis Potosi was canceled; the speculation is the venue rented out the building to someone else instead.

CMLL (SAT) 11/26/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
tecnicas took 1/3
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther b Bobby Z, Forastero, Sansón
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Terrible

A normal Saturday show. Maya & Panther teamed up, it never occurred to me that they might have set up an Arena Coliseo Tag Title defense – and they didn’t, so I guess I was OK not to notice.

CMLL (SUN) 11/27/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei b Camorra & Cholo
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro b Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Stigma
rudos took 1/3
3) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Sangre Azteca, Skándalo, Virus
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Pólvora b Carístico, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto DQ Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 2/3, the last when Mascara faked a foul.

I’m alright with them setting up another La Mascara/Volador singles match as long as it’s on the show I don’t have to watch. (Though, as much as I don’t want to see them, Volador singles matches are the kind of things they should be putting on VOD.) Caristico losing in a meaningless second match is so weird.

DTU announced Kevin & Jimmy will face Gallego & Mr. Condor in a hair match on their 12/15 DTU iPPV. That’s one of the matches set up on the Arena Aficion show earlier this month, and now we know it’ll be a match where just one person loses their hair three people lose their hair!. The iPPV plug does mention the show will air live, which will be exciting and hopefully not fraught with problems. On a DTU show tonight, Ovett beat DTU Consgrado champion Sharlie Manson in a multiman match, and challenged for a title match on 12/15 as well. DTU has a show on the 2nd in Oaxaca, and I’m guessing the full lineup is revealed after that.

In Guadalajara, Rey Star lost his mask to Kal-El in a ruleta de la Muerte. Rey Star is Juan Carlos Torres, 16 years a wrestler.

AIW posted a message saying Chicago’s Gringo Loco was hospitalized Saturday night. The story is he appeared to have a heart attack after wrestling on a show Saturday night, but is said to be stable. I hope everything turns out OK.

La Parka gives his financial advice: do not spend all the money in your paycheck, pay more than the minimum on your credit card, and invest wisely.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

UNAM is looking for a graduate student for a lucha libre history project. I’m not sponsoring this but I probably would.

Lineups

KDR (SAT) 12/03/2016 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Astrolux vs Black Metal
2) Danger & Rocker vs Alfa & Samy Madrid
3) Arceus, Baby Star, Solaris vs Deirio, Lunatik Fly, Lunatik Xtreme
4) La Jarochita & La Magnifica vs Muñeca De Plata & Zeuxis
5) Ciclón Black, Príncipe Diamante, Veneno vs Criss Boy, Samoano, Toxin
6) Magia Blanca vs Flyer, Centvrión, Mr. Leo [#1 Contenders, ELITE WELTER]

Winner of the main event fourway faces Bandido at some point. That’d be fun, but the match itself should be fun even if nothing else happens. It does seem like Elite’s letting the champions do whatever they want with their belts in between the seasons, which isn’t seen rarely with the AAA & CMLL belts.

We’re kind of in a fuzzy area about what lineups and results I should include – this show might end up getting recorded and someday turning up on Powerbomb.TV. It also might not, or might not show up for a while. I’ve backed away from covering stuff on this part of the blog that’s not at least watchable or interesting, because there just doesn’t seem to any point to it, but now there’s plenty of stuff I can get your hopes up for maybe no reason.

Casas Family declared best (in four team tournament), The Crash & Lucha Memes this weekend

photo by CMLL
photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 11/25/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO]
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Aéreo & Eléctrico
Rudos took 1/3. Aereo replaced Astral on Friday. Electrico was hurt on the Demus Driver.
2) Misterioso Jr., Ripper, Sagrado b Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Drone’s was pinned at the end – it technically didn’t count, but visually it was as if he did.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely
Rudas took 1/3.
4) La Máscara b Hechicero [lightning]
Double knee smash in 8:15.
5) Dragón Lee & El Cuatrero b Puma, The Panther [seeding battle royal]
6) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [semifinal]
7) El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón b Dragón Lee, Mistico, Pierroth [semifinal]
8) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón [final]
Dinastia Casas will get a national trios title shot next week.
9) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. UG snuck in a foul on Caristico after the two feuded. Caristico and UG set up a rematch for next week.

I haven’t seen this show. The announcers pushed the idea the winning family trio would get a trios title next week, which seemed to be a tell that a Dragon Lee led team couldn’t win. (He’s in ROH next Friday.) However, they’re not getting the shot next week anyway. I dunno.

Technically, Drone wasn’t beat in the second, but they didn’t get Mistico over by having him get visually beaten in segunda matches. Mistico just beat those people with his fancy move, and Drone barely has a fancy move. I’m not sure if CMLL gave up already or I just gave them too much credit to begin with, but less seems to be happening than I’d think.

CMLL also aired a commercial for Smart Fit, with their luchadors and edecanes part of a lengthy Mannequin Challenge bit.

Today’s CMLL Arena Coliseo show has Volador, Diamante Azul, Maximo vs Shocker, Terrible, and Gran Guerrero in the main event.

It’s a busy weekend with mid major promotions. Tonight in Tijuana, the Crash is back with a dream tecnico trio of Jeff Hardy, Rey Fenix, Rey Misterio Jr. versus Jeff Cobb, Nicho and Teddy Hart. Rey Fenix says he’s wrestling (which seems like a last minute call.) There’s two singles matches: Xtreme Tiger vs Flamita for one random title, and Keira versus Sexy Dulce/Dulce Garcia/Sexy Star for another. That’ll be Sexy Star’s first post-AAA match in Mexico. Full card is here. They’ve streamed past events on their website and, sure enough, you can find a livestream link to tonight’s show there if you dig enough. It’ll start at 9pm CT. I’d like to record this but I’m doubtful I’ll be able to.

 

Sunday has Lucha Memes taking over Arena Naucalpan for CHAIRO 6. Of all the matches on the show, I think I’d more like to see Laredo Kid versus Rey Cometa in falls count anywhere. There’s a lot of stuff for everyone: Cavernario versus Negro Navarro in a lucha classic match, a Dragon Lee vs Soberano vs Star Jr. three way match between CMLL’s young high flyers, Hechicero and Caifan resuming their rivalry, and a four team 12 man tag with some of the best indie flyers and CMLL minis. There’s even a lucha battle royal I like on this show, a seemingly impossible thing, because it’s royal rumble rules  and not for seeding. It’s indie Mexico, the countdown could go off and literally anyone could walk out.

Monterrey promoter MDA also has a big show on Sunday, with former CMLL wrestler Delta facing Galactar in a mask match and the usual assemblage of random names underneath. Normally, I’d be more sure of this airing than the Lucha Memes show, but Noches de Coliseo didn’t air this past week and isn’t currently scheduled for next week. (It was recently renamed Llaves y Canados, the name of the other notable local promoter – perhaps they got exclusivity over the time slot? I dunno. Wait and see.)

AAA, Panini and Record held an event where the 10 fans with completed AAA Panini album got custom pained AAA figures, and everyone got to meet AAA luchadors. AAA and Roshfrans has been teasing something for a few weeks with luchadors posing in front of green screens, and I’ve assumed that’ll be a second edition of these albums, which seem to have been successful.

A new interview pushes the Blim Blue Demon show as more than wrestling.

Miedo Xtremo challenges for the DTU Championship on 12/26. Miedo and Violento Jack are expected back in Mexico in January, so that might be their last chance to win it back.

Segunda Caida rewatches Killshot vs Matanza.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/02/2016 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Príncipe Diamante vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro vs Negro Casas [lightning]
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Euforia, Hechicero, Último Guerrero

No sign of Puma & Tiger. Maybe they’re busy somewhere else? Hechicero making his Friday main event debut is at least interesting.

Dinamitas lost the tournament, are still back to wrestle the semimain (mostly because of Mascara 2000, but anything that moves them up is nice.)

Negro Casas & Angel de Oro had a series of good matches in 2012, where Casas won every time and they were clearly setting up Oro finally winning, but then they just dropped the whole thing. Both guys are essentially in the same place four years later, so maybe Oro will finally win.

It wouldn’t be so frustrating that the women were in the tercera if the second match guys were allowed to do dives.

Principe Diamante gets onto the main roster after winning Mr. CMLL. Astral’s really going to be sad he couldn’t do the same.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-11-19

new champ
new champ

Recapped: 11/22/2016

What happened: Carístico won the Liga Elite tournament when Rey Escorpión decided to listen to Cibernetico’s music instead of covering Carístico. Bandido won the new welterweight title with a partially botched spot. Willie Mack got flown all the way out to Mexico City for a forgettable match.

What was good: Nothing. Nothing was good. All the matches were disappointing and most were badly booked. This is somewhat historically important – either it’s the first season finale or it’s the last episode – but there’s no reason to watch the show otherwise.

Where can I watch it: It’s on the Liga Elite channel.

This is the last Season 1 Elite show (with the idea that they’ll be back for a season 2 at some unclear point.) They’ve skipped a week of tapings to show the last episode they’ve taped. There’s no highlight package of an undercard match and it’s a slightly shorter episode than usual as a result. The second season idea does come up in a Rey Escorpión promo but isn’t particularly pushed in the show beyond the concept of this being the Liga Elite final. There’s no hint of when they’ll be back. (more…)

CMLL bodybuilding contest, Friday preview

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CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 11/22/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Metatrón & Smaker b Exterminador & Maléfico
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Flyer, Magnus, Vaquero Jr. b Akuma, Artillero, Mr. Apolo
Mr. Apolo replaced Joker. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Pegasso, Stigma, The Panther b Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
Tecnicos took 1/3
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Valiente b Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3 (fourth straight)
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Diamante Azul replaced Atlantis. Rudos took 2/3, Casas fouled Caristico.

Caristico, who did an interview saying he’d like a feud with just about anyone in CMLL, at least has one with Casas in Guadalajara. Caristico is also in the CMLL main event tonight, teaming with Valiente and Volador Jr. versus Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Niebla Roja. Caristico brought up the idea of feuding with pretty much everyone on both teams, maybe he’ll get his wish and something will happen.

The interesting match is the Torneo de Dinasitas, with the Casas (Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger), Panther (Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., the Panther), Dinamtias (Mascara 2000, Sanson, Cuatrero) and Munoz (Pierroth, Dragon Lee and Mistico.) Dragon Lee & Mistico are normally in spotlight matches, but it’s a rare chance for the younger wrestlers on the other teams, and maybe they’ll be able to make an impression in limited time.

The lightning match is an odd rudo/rudo battle with Hechicero & La Mascara. A women’s trio has Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Lluvia versus Zeuxis, Dallys, Amapola. Guerrero Maya, Fuego, Drone take on Ripper, Sagrado and Misterioso in the second. CMLL’s opener is supposed to be Demus 3:16 & Mercurio vs Electrico & Astral, though it sounds like Astral will be replaced by Aereo.

The show starts at 8:30 on Clarosports & NJPW World. It’s go well past 11:30 if they gave every match the normal amount of time; that won’t work, so expect some of these matches to go much shorter than usual.

CMLL’s bodybuilding contest was held on Wednesday. Principe Diamante won the overall Mr. CMLL title. Principe Diamante was in CMLL’s minis division for a few matches, but has actually appeared more on Elite’s shows than anywhere else this year. He hasn’t been seen wrestling anywhere since July, but maybe he’ll be back in CMLL.

The official group standings:
Trainees: Killer Rock (1st), Angel del Amor, Principe Lemus
Beginner: Sanson, Forastero, Robin
Intermediate: Principe Diamante, Dragon Rojo, Titan
Women: Dalys, Sanely, Jarochita
Advanced: Valiente, Cuatrero, Blue Panther Jr.
Special Recognition: Zacarias el Perico

A new masked woman, Anubis, debuted in the women’s competition. Sangre Imperial, Coyote and CMLL photographer Alexis Salazar were among those in the training exhibition before the bodybuilding. I couldn’t find a single match Killer Rock has been in.

IWRG will have a 54th anniversary of lucha libre in Mexico State (as promoted by the Moreno family) show on 12/04. IWRG usually has a few anniversary shows in December and January.

On Wednesday, Mexican legislator Carlos Sarabia of the PRI party held a press conference to push for social security and health benefits for luchadors. This push seems to come up every few months but hasn’t seemed to make any progress. During the press conference, it was mentioned Babe Richard (who usually referees the semimain match on Fridays in CMLL) has surgery on Tuesday and Brazo de Plata (who’s had a leg injury that’s kept him out of CMLL rings) is also in the hospital.

Vice Mexico has a nice story about the various people who work in and around Arena Mexico who aren’t luchadors

+Lucha has a new edition of their podcast and an interview with Mil Mascaras.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

CultIcon reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

Lineups

ELITE LLyP (FRI) 12/16/2016 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Ciclón Infernal, Ironía, Príncipe Mexica vs Dragosth, Guerrero Aéreo, Ranferi
2) Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Mr. Leo vs Fresero Jr. & Samoano
3) Rossy Moreno vs Muñeca De Plata, Lady Maravilla, Diosa Quetzal [Copa Radikal Radio]
4) El Bandido & Metaleón vs Argos & Dr. Karonte Jr. [Ladder, Copa LLyP]
5) Rey Escorpión vs Carístico, Cibernético [ELITE MIDDLE]

This show is listed as an Elite show, but I believe it’s a Lucha Libre y Passion show and they’re just using the Elite logo. The main event is listed as for Caristico’s Elite Light Heavyweight championship, but the title he won is a middleweight one. At least they’re getting work, though it could be another long Friday for Caistico.