Mascara Dorada, as Gran Metalik, will be participating in WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic. He was officially announced this afternoon on WWE.com. The tournament starts airing later this summer. (Most of it will be taped before airing, with the finals airing live.)
It’s unclear where this leaves Dorada beyond this tournament. The Cruiserweight Classic contracts are generally said to be short time/part time deals. However, some of the people listed in the tournament are believed to have actually signed full time deals, with this tournament simply being their introduction into WWE, and it’s assumed any strong performers from this tournament will be offered deals. We also don’t know how CMLL feels about this; they haven’t acknowledged Dorada’s entry into the tournament, though the promo picture they’re using is one shot by CMLL’s Miguel Reducino. CMLL working with WWE would seem to be in opposition to their partner NJPW.
CMLL owns the trademark Mascara Dorada name in Mexico. No one owns the name in the US. Dorada recently mentioned plans to trademark his original name of Metalik, which may be part of it.
At this point, Mascara Dorada is scheduled to work on Tuesday (CMLL) and Thursday (Elite) in Arena Mexico, and has at least one announced booking out into July. Dorada’s mentioned the CWC on Twitter and hasn’t indicated anything is up with his involvement in CMLL, so maybe he’ll just keep working as normal and these will just be extra dates.
As previous rumored, Ronnie Mendoza (as Raul Mendoza) and Zumbi were announced for the tournament. La Sombra/Andrade Cien Almas is not in the tournament, and looks to be part of regular NXT TV instead.
At the same moment, Elite held a press conference to explain it’s upcoming plans. Elite’s holding a 16 man international tournament, in another competition that seems to be happening in response to the Lucha World Cup. The single elimination tournament will take place on 06/23 (Thursday) and 06/25 (Saturday) in a single elimination tournament.
Elite announced they’ll be selling both tickets as a package, which is a first. My guess is they may not be running on Thursday 06/30, since they could use the Saturday show as that week’s TV instead.
1) the winner of the Elite Rumble this Thursday (Mexico)
2) Hernández (Puerto Rico)
3) Tama Tonga (Tonga)
4) DJZ (Philippines)
5) Jinder Mahal (India)
6) Bram (UK)
7) Lio Rush (US)
8) Zumbi (Brazil)
9) Kushida (Japan)
10) Michael Elgin (Canada)
11) Heddi Karaoui (France)
12) David Tita (Cameroon)
13) Veneno (Panama)
I don’t think the last three are meant to be mysterious; they’re just omitted from the lists. Marco Corleone (Italy) & Johnny Idol (New Zealand) could be two of those spots. The other people in CMLL’s Gran Prix would be duplicate countries from those already listed.
I’m guessing Tonga/Kushida/Elgin aren’t just flying in for a night and then going back home; they’re probably working select shows all the way thru the Gran Prix (maybe thru that weekend?)
There’s an obvious conflict with Hernandez working both Elite and AAA. AAA used Lucha Underground leverage to get Cage not to work these shows, but obviously don’t have the same over Hernandez. On the other hand, Hernandez seemed like a patch for not having access to Cage or Mesias during Lucha Underground taping periods, and that may have been only a temporary issue.
DJ Z & Bram are TNA wrestlers, which seems to put them in a conflict with the AAA/TNA alliance. However, TNA guys appear to be allowed to work wherever they can find work on their off days, and there’s been no obvious issue with Bobby Lashley & Extreme Tiger working here. DJ Z was really fun when AAA brought him in long ago, but they never brought him back.
David Tita has 9 matches over four years according to wrestlingdata. Hopefully they’re missing a lot.
Those in the match Thursday to represent Mexico
– Máscara Dorada
– La Máscara
– Xtreme Tiger
– Volador Jr.
– Diamante Azul
– Rey Escorpión
Mascara lost his title not because he got pinned or submitted, not even because anything he did, but because his second hit Electro with a weapon. That’s an underwhelming ending. (If you do believe Mr. Electro is awesome, is this a great way for him to become champion?) Maybe it plays better live.
Today’s Arena Puebla show is a five match show, for the first time in quite a few weeks. It’s also not a particularly promising show. The best match might be a Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa & Stuka versus Kraneo, Morphosis, and Ripper tercera. (Morphosis seems not to appear a lot when he’s advertised, so someone may take his place.)
The actual main event is Cibernetico, Euforia, and Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Rush. TGR team up as a trio against Angel de Oro, Maximo and Valiente. There’s interesting local tecnicos in the segunda – Arakalis & Zaeta Roja – but they’re working against a rudo side that probably won’t give them too much to do. This is an easy card to skip if you’re on the fence, and I’m kind of persuaded to watch what is essentially a two hour infomerical for upcoming attractions instead of the first half of this.
The show will still start at 9pm Central Time, and will air on CMLL.com and YouTube.
What happened: Texano & La Parka worked together in the main event and made saves for each other, but still aren’t friends. (Texano has seemingly is now using a spinning side slam for his finish instead of the sit down powerbomb.) Hernandez returned as member of Team Trump, though he didn’t wear the shirt. Averno & Chessman kept the tag team titles over Argenis & Suicide by DQ. They offered an open challenge, the Apaches asked for it, and Averno refused.
What was good: Nothing. I wouldn’t be watching this show right now if I didn’t know that a) people who aren’t around now may be back later on, b) the show is bound to get better at some point, if by random chance than for no other reason and c) I wanted to have some context of what was going on by then. But this was a really lousy show among a stretch of them, and AAA’s goal seem to be something other than “put on a good wrestling show.” It will get better but it’s going to require some patience.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel.(more…)
CARA LUCHA (SAT) 06/11/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr., Carxyus, The Gladiatores]
1) Baby Extreme & Leónidas b Imperio Negro & Yin Sang
2) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje b Fly Metalik & La Jarochita Fly Metalica replaced India Sioux. Demasiado injured a leg.
3) Dallys la Caribeña & Zeuxis b Estrellita & Lady Maravilla Estrellita blamed Lady Maravilla for the loss.
4) Toro Negro II, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo The new Toro Negros debuted with a win, getting some revenge for Latino unmasking Toro Negro Jr. at the last show.
5) Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico DQ Canis Lupus, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno Straight win for Neza over the Naucalpan team, though the second fall came via excessive violence DQ. Canis and Mixtico feuded and bled quite a bit. Mixtico lost his mask to Comando Negro (Lupus’ old identity) long ago. Neza Kings wanted another match, but the IWRG team only would accept if it’s held in their home building.
6) Cavernario DQ Black Terry Terry went crazy and fouled Cavernario after Cavernario got the ropes on a hold. Feud appeared not to be over.
Main event sounds like it was pretty good. This is one night after Black Terry lost his hair to Aeroboy in Tulancingo; he works a hard scheduled for any age. (Black Terry Jr. also has photos of the hair match show.)
Attendance does look like it was down for this show.
CMLL (SUN) 06/12/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Oro Jr. Metatron worked here (which means not as scheduled in GDL.)
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Niebla Roja
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone DQ Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Shocker Diamante Azul/Shocker feuded, Shocker fouled Azul.
A Diamante Azul/Shocker feud makes me happy this is not a TV taping. Happy to pass on that. No Saturday show this week.
Former CMLL luchador Zayco, real name Armando Cota, passed away. There are no details about his death and it’s unclear when he died (this El Dandy Facebook post suggests it may have happened a while ago.) Zayco had survived a previous brush with death when he was stabbed in the back near his home area of Sonora many years ago. Zayco was a lanky iron masked rudo from 2005 to 2014 who never graduated from the early matches and never got to have many career highlights as a result. He’s the son of legendary wrestler Mocho Cota and the brother of occasional AAA luchador Mocha (Tigre) Cota Junior. Zayco also was part of CMLL’s security staff; we see him work an opener and then work security the rest of the show the time we saw him wrestle in Arena Mexico. Zayco’s Facebook indicates his 2014 departure from the ring was due to a knee injury and he had hoped to return – it’s unclear if he changed his mind, or if CMLL just didn’t have a spot for him any longer. It looks like he was still doing security work at least as recent as earlier this year.
Monterrey luchadora Flor de Loto also passed away Saturday. She’d been battling an undisclosed cancer and appeared at at a benefit show for her a couple weeks ago. She’d been a local fixture since the 90s and was wrestling as recent as last fall.
Jinzo’s change to being Ronnie Mendoza might have been inspired by WWE. Chile’s XL, who’s wrestled in Mexico feuding with Super Crazy back in 2012, is listed under his real name of Alejandro Sáez, so maybe WWE’s encouraging them to not use gimmick names. Zumbi, who’s style was said to impress WWE officials, would obviously stick with his gimmick name since he’s masked.
All three guys appear to have connections with Super Crazy. He brought XL to Mexico and seemed to be the conduit for the NOAH/Chile relationship that was going on for a time. He recommended Jinzo for NOAH – the SuperLuchas post tells that story. He might be the guy, or one of the guys, picking the indie talent for Elite, which would be the connection to both Jinzo and Zumbi (who’s quietly vanished from Elite after being a heavily featured guy in the lead up to the TV show.) Super Crazy knows everyone, has been everywhere, and probably is a good guy to keep in touch with if you’re WWE and looking for talent out of areas of the world you’re not as familiar with.
The WON, two weeks ago, had a news bit mentioning WWE bringing in a Mexican for this, but giving him a new look and new name and theorizing it’s because WWE didn’t want anyone to know who he was previously. Meltzer did not know who this was when he wrote the bit, but I had assumed it was Jinzo and he just had a few details wrong. Now, I’m thinking I was wrong – Jinzo doesn’t fit, because he’s been using his new name in Mexico and everyone’s going to know the previous identity of a guy with no mask no matter what name he uses. I’m thinking the item was about a masked guy. This is not simply idle speculation; there’s recent and strong rumors about other Mexican participants who would make news by participating. (Masked Republic also seems to have heard of another Mexican name.)
Other thing: Andrade Almas is on the SuperLuchas list, though WWE noticeably announced him as 210 pounds on Takeover, which would make him too heavy to compete. (He could also reasonably ‘lose’ five pounds before then, but it’s unlikely that number was an accident or done unaware of the announced 205 limit.) I was sure he’d be a favorite to win this when it was announced, now I’m not sure that’s his path at all.
LigerFever has a recap of Konnan’s latest podcast. Konnan’s now saying an anonymous person gave him the Lucha World Cup results, he thought this was a conspiracy plan to by Dorian to make him look bad, but the anonymous person said he got the results from unhappy people in AAA. (On Twitter & Facebook the day of the show, Konnan previously claimed he was actually in the crowd in Puebla under a mask and that’s how he got the results.) Konnan said he shouldn’t have given out the results. This conversation came out one where Konnan revealed AAA/Dorian had sent Konnan documents saying he wasn’t allowed to talk bad about AAA, and Konnan didn’t think much of that. There’s some talk about Rush vs LA Park as the anniversary main event, with Rush losing. Konnan doesn’t think that makes any sense (and neither do I.)
ELITE (THU) 06/16/2016Arena México 1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Violencia & Pierroth 2) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Rey Cometa vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin 3) Flamita, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Magno, Magnus 4) El Hijo De Amo De Los 8 Angulos & Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera 5) Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush, Carístico, Cibernético, Xtreme Tiger, Volador Jr., Diamante Azul, Rey Escorpión [Elite Rumble] winner represents Mexico in an Torneo Internacional de Lucha Libre Elite
Elite hinted at an upcoming international competition on TV this week, but didn’t explain much. It’s possible the NJPW guys coming in for the 07/01 Gran Prix will also be working the Thursday night before, and that’s what this is setting up. Rush’s one month suspension ended up as 26 days. Close!
Octagon is the lover of 8 angles, and his partner is Hijo del Octagon but not using that name. Probably legal reasons. CMLL’s not wanted to be Alebrije, Histeria and Psicosis on TV under those name because of legal issues and Elite avoided showing Octagon prior, so there’s a chance that wouldn’t air (and maybe more of the undercard would.) Juvy is calling Hijo del Octagon a fake Octagon on Twitter, is always amusing.
CMLL (SAT) 06/18/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Cholo
2) Flyer vs Apocalipsis
3) Star Jr. vs Artillero
4) Oro Jr. vs Hijo del Signo
5) Fuego & Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio & Sangre Azteca
6) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
7) Atlantis vs La Máscara
Atlantis versus La Mascara is a match, for sure. Bengala & Cholo being the opener on the show that was intended to be the trainee showcase show is about right for CMLL.
CMLL (SUN) 06/19/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & Cosmos vs Gitano & Relámpago
2) Explosivo, Reycko, Star Black vs Linterna, Mr. Brisa, Thunder Boy
3) Nautilius vs Joker
4) Esfinge & Tritón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
5) Halcón Furia & Magnum vs Furia Roja & Furia Roja Jr. and El Yaqui & Nube Roja and El Lider & Ráfaga and El Brujo & Fugaz and Centella & Évola father/son tag tournament.
I think that’s some new father/sons being revealed in the main event. More noteworthy is Esfinge & Triton showing up here on a Sunday.
CMLL (SUN) 06/19/2016Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Bandido, Pegasso, Stigma vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Diamante Azul vs Shocker
6) Marco Corleone, Súper Porky, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
I don’t want to see much of this card, but I’m sure that fourth match will be fun.
Bandido makes his official CMLL debut after appearing on ELITE the last few weeks. People smarter than me think he’s Magnifico II, but don’t take that as confirmed yet. He doesn’t seem to be giving it away on his Facebook (as his brother Magia Blanca did), and still mentions Santo trip to London which he wouldn’t probably be allowed to do if he was working in CMLL. Bobby Z was pulled of those shows later year. I don’t know.
CMLL (TUE) 06/07/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Espectrúm & Maléfico b León Blanco & Nautilius Rudos took 2/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca b Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman Rudos took 1/3.
3) Furia Roja, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stuka Jr. Rudos took 1/3. Esfinge needed medial help after taking Sagrado’s finish. (Still no feud with Furia Roja.)
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Terrible b Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico Terrible replaced Mephisto. Rudos took 2/3, the last when Ephesto used the ropes to beat Mistico. Tecnicos wanted a rematch.
5) La Máscara DQ Rush Rush took fall 1, La Mascara took fall 2, La Mascara fouled Rush and tossed his mask to Rush to draw the DQ. Mascara said he’d do everything he could do humiliate Rush.
That semimain trios rematches as the main event this Tuesday
Cometa & Cavernario was very good and worth checking out. It’s amazing to see where Cometa’s gone over the last three or so years; being a talented tecnico who’s not afraid of losing seems to help.
CMLL seems to be setting up a lot of singles matches at once, and they all can’t be happening on 07/01. Depending on how things break down, it might be a situation where the show before or after the iPPV is the better night.
2) La Hiedra & Taya vs Faby Apache & Mary Apache
4) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin [#1 Contenders, AAA TRIOS]
5) El Mesías & Hernandez vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Texano Jr.
Lucha Underground Executive Produrcer Eric Van Wagenen was on NBC Radio’s Pro Wrestling 24/7 show and mentioned some plans for Lucha Underground’s near future. I (and maybe other people?) had assumed Season 3 wouldn’t be airing until 2017. Van Wagenen says the plan is actually not to have a six month break between seasons and instead come back sometime in the fall with the Season 3, though they don’t have a specific date yet. The overreaching plan going forward is to tape 40 episodes every spring/summer, then tour in the fall, aiming for 2-5K size buildings in market where they think the show would do well.
That’s a big change from where they were around the time of the Austin Warfare show, when the idea was more like a live show once in a blue moon. It didn’t sound like they’d be running every weekend by any means, but he threw out the possibility of a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. That calendar would also get away from the big issue of this year’s tapings, where they’re so far ahead that Ultima Lucha 3 will tape before Ultima Lucha 2 finishing airing. A Fall to Spring schedule plus a Spring taping schedule means most of the S3 episodes will have aired before they start S4 (and it won’t be as long to S4 – maybe 9 months instead of 12 or 15.)
Lucha Underground tapes tonight and tomorrow night. I saw on Twitter that fans got to the building as early as 6:30 AM to get in line for tickets, only to find other people were already there. I’d suspect it’s only going to get crazier for Ultima Lucha 3 in a couple weeks – there’s rumors about fewer tickets being available to the general public for that show as well. Whatever tickets they are handing out should go out early next week, and will go fast.
CMLL Friday night events are still being listed on Playstation (3&4’s) Live Event Viewer. It’s a strange deal, because they’re asking $10 for something you can see in an internet browser for $0. However, as Carlos pointed out in the comments, that means the 07/01 CMLL iPPV is also only $10 if you buy it thru Playstation, rather than the $15 + fees on Cleeng. You might want to wait until the day of the show just to make sure nothing strange happens, but it’s an easy way to save $5 and get to watch the show on your TV instead of a monitor.
Demus 3:16’s opponent in WWC on 06/25 will be Torito (Mascarita Dorada), which I believe is his first post-WWE appearance. Torito being the mascot for the Matadors is probably the connection.
Weird main event: this seems like the week where Pierroth/La Mascara would have to be signed if it’s happening on 07/01, only La Mascara is facing another Munoz family member instead. Maybe it’ll be an angle.
Valiente doesn’t seem to stand much more of a chance than Stuka just did, but it at least gives the card an interesting match. Cometa & Cavernario face off in the fourth match, as do Sugehit and Zeuxis in the second. It’s odd to see Bucanero and Shocker all the way down in the third, but not the wrong decision.
I’m going to be at AAW when this is happening, so you’ll have to find someone else who’s saved this.
What happened: Rey Cometa defeated Cavernario with his own move to win the Mexican National Welterweight Championship. Many matches were set up or built towards:
Princesa Sugehit challenging Zeuxis for the Mexican National Women’s championship
La Mascara challenging Pierroth for a mask match
Barbaro Cavernario challenging Rey Cometa for a hair match
Valiente challenging Ultimo Guerrero for the NWA Middleweight Championship.
That last one was agreed to for next week. No idea on the others.
What was good: The title match is must see, and I may have underrated it. The main event told a story well.
Where can I watch it:The main event is on Claro’s site, and the rest will be on my site.
Match 1: Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Metálico
Arena México, 06/10/2016
Metálico rolling headscissors armbar Robin (3:16)
Akumua valagueza Star Jr. (at least 3:55)
Star Jr. crucifix cradle Metálico (3:35)
Robin sit down powerbomb Akuma (3:58)
Akuma Canadian Destroyer Robin (3:02)
Metálico sit down powerbomb (3:20)
Winner: rudos (2/3) Match Time: 11:13 seen, probably a couple more took place.
I started the show late and missed the first few moments of this match.
Review: [ok] usual grade, but seemed better than the normal opener from what I saw. Metalico’s comedy stylings working well even when you have the sound off, and his and Akuma’s big moves looked spectauclar. The undercard rudo beatdown segments still don’t have much going on, but I’m wondering if that’s a directive because of how often it is. Star Jr. didn’t get to do a lot in this one either, but looked good in what he did do.
Match 2: Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
Arena México, 06/10/2016
Disturbio modified cloverleaf Sobreano (7:02)
Pegasso 450 splash Skandalo (4:07)
Stigma Stigmatica on Disturbio (4:27)
Virus Rosa Pegasso (4:03)
Skandalo Driver on Stigma (5:04)
Winner: rudos (1/3) Match Time: 16:33
Review: [ok] another match better than it’s usual place on the card, with Virus making everything flow together well. Soberano looked super excited for this match, didn’t actually do much, but also made what he did look good. The rudos were well organized and dominant, and the técnicos were just sort of around.
Match 3: La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Arena México, 06/10/2016
Winner: tecnicas (1/3) Match Time: 15:04 Notes: Sugehit signaled for a title shot after her victory, but no microphone challenge.
Review: [below average] I had stream issues in the third fall (which looked to be on my side), but I don’t think I would’ve thought much better had I gotten to see the whole thing. This was a lesser version of the usual women’s tag match they had been doing. Lluvia seems to less cool versions of everyone else’s spots. Vaquerita seems to exist to get dropkicked hard by Zeuxis, which is not a fun reason to exist. There were a couple of good Zeuxis spots but not enough reason to spend 15 minutes on this. No real interest in a Sugehit/Zeuxis title match, and the crowd didn’t seem to have much interest in it. Least of the three matches so far.
Match 4: Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
Arena México, 06/10/2016
Team La Mascara
DQ Pierroth [shove to Bestia Negra] (2:19)
DQ La Mascara [unmasking Pierroth] (5:12)
Team La Mascara
Shocker Dos Caras Clutch Rey Escorpión (5:06)
La Mascara foul Pierroth (6:05)
Winner: Team La Mascara (1/3) Match Time: 12:36 Notes: In the third, Rey Escorpión tripped up La Mascara to set up a Pierroth foul. Terrible and Shocker pulled out the ref to stop the count, La Mascara fouled Pierroth and used the ropes to get the win. Mascara demanded a mask match, and Pierroth stalled this out for one more week by not really giving an answer. Pierroth eventually took La Macar’as mask.
Review: [below average] Mostly a Pierroth/La Mascara brawl, with the other guys limited to doing not much and not really impressing when they did. (Terrible’s plancha onto Kraneo was nice though.) The only way those two are going to work are going to be taking every shortcut they could, and they used the announce desk and the fouls for that. I just have no use for this. Mascara was still the face this week. Shocker is still over despite not being very good, and both things were evident in this match.
Winner: Rey Cometa, new champion. Match Time: 17:35 Notes: Soberano & Zacarias
Review: [great] well worked title match, well thought out and with a tone of third fall highlights leading up to the surprise ending. First two falls were calm in terms of spots but good in execution and story building. Cometa seemed in real danger of losing in two straight and it was no simple manner to tie it back up. The third fall had the normal huge spots in CMLL matches, but lots of reversals and left turns when you thought they were going right. It was so much more creative than normal CMLL matches, and they successfully brought the intensity up as they went along. The cavernaria teases at the end were great for people invested in this feud (which not enough of the crowd seemed to be) and Rey Cometa winning with the move himself was a super shock move. The only reason this doesn’t get top grade is we know they have better in them, and they may get to show it again soon. This still was so very good and should be the bar everyone else tries to reach.
Match 6: Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Arena México, 06/10/2016
Mistico armbar Gran Guerrero (3:09)
Volador backcracker Euforia (3:09)
Valiente Indian Deathlock Ultimo Guerrero (5:54)
Winner: Sky Team (1/2) Match Time: 9:03 Notes: Valiente went after Ultimo Guerrero all match, eventually beating him to win in straight falls. Valiente demanded a NWA Middleweight shot, and Ultimo Guerrero accepted for next week.
Review: [good] This was a nine minute match where Ultimo Guerrero refused to fight for about six of it, and it was still very good. Valiente angirly challenging Ultimo Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero refusing to even acknowledge him was totally effective, getting the crowd on Valiente’s side and making it big when they finally fought. They gave it plenty of time to play out and sink it, despite the match obviously being designed to be pretty short. Volador and Mistico still got in big spots despite being in the background, and they made you want to see the title match (even though there’s reason to believe it might not be so great.)
This week was not much better than the last one. No wonder I’m behind. I think the Monterrey trios match that I haven’t reviewed yet is probably the best of the weekend, though the AAA’s women tag was really not bad (and the Faby/Mary stuff is the best stuff AAA is doing – they’re very fired up and it’s not great news for the rudas.)
ELITE (THU) 06/09/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Estrellita & Marcela b Keira & Lady Maravilla Keira & Maravilla’s debut. CMLL duo took falls 2/3, fall 2 by DQ.
2) Dinamic Black, El Bandido, Fuego (CMLL) b Fresero Jr., Niebla Roja, Okumura Niebla Roja & Okumura replaced Eterno & Luzbel
3) Flamita, Rocky Lobo, Titán b Argos, Puma, Tiger Tecnicos took 2/3. Flamita’s Arena Mexico debut.
4) Cibernético b Negro Casas [Liga Elite] Cibernetico now has 1 win and 1 draw. Negro Casas has 2 losses.
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Golden Magic DQ Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Escorpion unmasked Caristico. Niebla appeared, despite not showing up on Informa the night before and Mephisto being listed in his place on the preview.
6) Atlantis b Último Guerrero [Liga Elite] Atlantida for the win. Atlantis now 3-1. Ultimo Guerrero is 1-3.
Liga Elite standings!
6 Volador Jr. (1 match behind)
6 Bobby Lashley (1 match behind)
6 Mascara Dorada
4 LA Park (2 matches behind)
4 Cibernetico (2 matches behind)
3 Rush (2 matches behind)
3 Ultimo Guerrero
3 Xtreme Tiger
0 La Mascara (2 matches behind)
0 Negro Casas (2 matches behind)
Reviews for Flamita’s debut varied. The Yahoo Deportes & Estrellas del Ring recaps were positive. Alexis said Flamita looked nervous and he’s seen Starman matches better than that – and, if nothing else, that’s going to be my new go to takedown line.
The biggest match on tonight’s CMLL show is Barbaro Cavernario defending the Mexican Welterweight Championship against Rey Cometa in the semifinal. The two had a great feud in 2014, leading to Cavernario winning a hair match on the Anniversario show that year. They rematched in Japan as part of the 2015 FantasticaMania, where Cometa came in with a significantly injured knee and didn’t return to the ring for half a year. Cometa & Cavernario have restarted their feud over the last few months. The trios matches have been good, most everything has been good outside their last Tuesday night lightning. Last week’s match was really good, and there’s high expectations for tonight’s match. The finish isn’t certain: Cometa keeps suggesting having a hair/hair rematch, and he’d need to pick up a meaningful win tonight to make that possible.
The actual main event is the Sky Team versus the Guerreros, with the previews pushing the Guerreros getting back together on a team after being split up for a while. It’s always possible this could be the set up to a trios match, but it couldn’t be on the Gran Prix show since people on both sides are already committed to that match. The fourth match continues the La Mascara/Pierroth issue. With Rush out of action, Pierroth teams with Rey Escorpion & Kraneo to take on La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. The first half of the card isn’t promising, with a few good wrestlers mixed in with some boring ones. Zeuxis is part of a women’s trios match in the third spot, Virus is part of the segunda, and Star Jr. opens the card teaming with Robin and Akuma & Metalico.
Fuego en el Ring has an interview with Magia Blanca, who’s barely wrestled on CMLL cards since debuting last November. There’s no answer about that but, it seems like the worst situation for him: he had to switch names, but he’s not got a chance to get the new name over.
What happened: Carístico won his new title in a cibernetico. Cibernético won his new title by getting dropped on his head. Neither title match came off strong.
What was good: The cibernetico was technically good but not nearly as much as it felt like it could’ve been with the people involved, and the fans reject the end. I totally rejected the main event. You’d be all right skipping this week.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AztecaDeportes in better quality.