(another) CMLL tag team tournament gets underway, Vampiro, The Crash WrestleCon

tonight

CMLL continues it’s unending streak of tag team tournaments with the beginning of one for the vacant CMLL World Tag Team championships. The champions were Shocker & Negro Casas, who were stripped of the titles for not defending them recently enough. They are on the card tonight and could’ve just defended them, but the point is to have a big match for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and Shocker’s probably not goign ot be in too many big matches.

Tonight’s block of teams

  • Valiente & Volador Jr.
  • Mistico & Dragon Lee
  • Sanson & Forastero
  • Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero
  • Atlantis & Soberano
  • Euforia & Kraneo
  • Rush & Pierroth
  • Mascara Ano 2000 & Herchicero

The Guerrero team is strong favorite. Misitco & Dragon Lee, Volador & Valiente and Atlantis & Soberano have shots to advance as well. This is a good group of teams, though tournaments are more dependent on how much they have and how much they care about making the matches interesting (as opposed to just making sure the losing team gets in all their spots.)

Valiente is a late sub for Caristico, announced out due to injury. The nature of the injury is not mentioned. Caristico hasn’t been seen in a match for about two weeks, having also missed a big show in Xalapa this past weekend. Caristico hasn’t said anything about his injury on Twitter, though he did RT a Michinoku Pro post about a Jinsei Shinzaki show on June 24.

The actual main event is Marco, Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja versus Cuatrero, Mephisto & Ephesto in build up to Oro & Cuatrero on 03/16. A Guadalajara trio of Titan, Triton and Esfinge take on Shocker, Negro Casas and Felino. Triton & Esfinge have talked about wanting to form a trio with Titan, Felino has talked about wanting to more serious, and I guess we’ll see which sticks. Tiger, Puma & Virus face the Panthers & Fuego, and the show opens with minis match Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito versus Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro.

The show will air at 8:30pm on Claro and Facebook. Their website is no longer region blocked, so there should be no problems this week.

CMLL announced Matt Taven will return to the promotion for the 03/16 Homenaje a Dos Leyenda show. No match has been announced. Taven challenged Ultimo Guerrero for the middleweight championship on last year’s show. CMLL already has an apuesta match and a tag title match scheduled, so Taven’s probably in a trios match.

CMLL is starting a look back at past Homenaje a Dos Leyendas with the 1999 show, where Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas defeated Scorpio Jr. & Bestia Salvaje in a mask/hair vs mask/hair match.

Rush was on Deportes en Claro talking about how strives to be the best every day.

Canek is main eventing a show a show with many CMLL wrestlers in Arena Aficion on 03/15. You’re appealing to fans who generally gave up watching wrestling 25 years ago if you’re main eventing with Canek in 2018. Estrellita is on the undercard and was guest commentary last week on Claro, so she’ll be back wrestling in Arena Mexico at some point soon.

NJPW announced their Best of Super Junior tournament this year runs from May 18 to June 4. Two of Dragon Lee, Volador Jr., Soberano Jr., Titan and Barbaro Cavernario will probably represent CMLL on that show.

Puma King explains his new YouTube channel as a way for fans to see life thru the eyes of a wrestler.

AAA

Vampiro was on the Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast. It was a trip to land much like our own, but with some key facts along. Vampiro came off as if exaggerating to impress how great he and AAA were doing Austin, and Austin came off as occasionally skeptical but not really informed on anything on lucha libre beyond watching a few highlight clips of Lucha Underground. He was fine with Vampiro being Vampiro and seemed to genuinely like him. I noted a thousand words of strange things said during this interview. Here are some of them:

  • Vampiro says Lucha Underground is doing 26 episodes this year. He describes his role on the show as “the go to guy for everything, I fill the holes, producing, editing – helping edit, excuse me, writing and agenting, that’s my thing, and then commentating and the Vampiro character, he’ll be back, I’m told.” Austin asks about the editing, and Vampiro reveals he means he sits in the editing booth while the editors work and points out things. (This is the tenor of the conversation.) Vampiro says he’s 100% responsible for those things in Mexico and is picking up a lot from watching people do it in Lucha Underground.
  • Vampiro said the season 3 round of Lucha Underground tapings were too intense, with different cliques not getting along. They weeded out some of the troublemaking people and things are better now. Vamprio says LU won’t have a developmental system, but did run tryouts before this season started, and are looking for people with desire and who understand this won’t be a full time thing.
  • They’ve only had two retape things twice in Lucha Underground, and they leave all the other mistakes in.
  • Vampiro says he’s been with AAA for three years, and was promoted executive producer last March.
    • Three years means Vampiro working there when Konnan was still there, so that’s maybe not correct? Perhaps he got confused with Lucha Underground on the timeline, or considers that his AAA start.
  • Vampiro: “In the last eight months, AAA has quadrupled in size. If we were doing 200 shows a year, now we’re closer to 800.” Pushes the move to live on Twitch, but seems to think the Space show is also airing live. Vampiro claims the TV tapings are doing 9 to 14,000 people per show.
    • Last Sunday’s AAA taping was at a half full 6,000 seat building. The Aguascalientes was half full as well. Toluca and Mexico City looked better but neither building was close to 9,000. Sunday’s Rey de Reyes is their first 10K building of the year.
  • Vampiro talks about running the TV tapings from backstage like a mad man. Vampiro notes they have viewers live from around the world so, during the taping, he’ll pop up in a box on a screen and start explaining everything what’s going on English, including burying things that aren’t going right.
    • This has never happened. This is at least the second time Vampirio has said this is happening. Is this something he’s been pitching and it hasn’t gotten done? Is he under the impression it’s actually happening? Is this happening on Space and we’re not seeing it? Can it please start happening?
  • AAA is just as crazy as Lucha Underground according to Vampiro, who estimates 80% of the wrestlers on Lucha Underground are from AAA. Vamp says people are moonsaulting off the light scaffolds every night. Austin does not quite believe this.
  • Vampiro explains AAA has coaches that work with luchadors on how to deal with stress and your family when you’re off the road, and how to save money, and the wrestlers all go thru those classes before they even get in the ring. They’ve got a gym with professional trainers, and Vampiro comes by once a week to teach them what they need for TV
  • Austin asks about Pentagon. Vampiro: “Pentagon’s getting a little pudgy [] but he’s in shape.” Vampiro says Penta is working too many indie dates and isn’t able to eat right. Later, Vampiro characterizes Pentagon and the others who’ve left as sort of “rebellious teenagers” who’ve grown up a bit, seen that their parents were right, and may be welcomed back to AAA.
  • Vampiro would like to do more with the women in AAA, but feels the fans and the promoters don’t want it. He blames social media for getting the wrestlers to do crazy things. Austin incredibly brings up LA Park, and it does not sound like Vampiro is expecting to see him in AAA soon. Vampiro think Marco’s leaving Mexico soon. Vampiro defends Sexy Star. Vampiro says guys who never were top stars shouldn’t be agents or have a say in wrestler’s characters. Vampiro thinks Matt Striker should get a baseball announcing job because he’d be great at it. Vampiro told Marty the Moth to watch The Cable Guy. There’s more, but this is too much already.

So. A while back, Vampiro was mad at me for something or other – who even knows, the list is long – and I offered to interview him should we run into each other in Mexico. I’m not sure that was a great idea then, but it would’ve been great for the #content. I’m pretty sure it’s not even that useful now. Vampiro clearly had a lot of respect for Steve Austin as a fellow top wrestling guy, and they had shared interests in music and food that I skipped over there. And still Vampiro just was inventing things out of whole cloth to Steve Austin. I’m pretty sure Vampiro would have less than 1% of that respect level for me. We would get thru one question, I would hopefully push back, and we would never make it to a second question either because we’d be lost forever in that one question or one of us would throw our hands up and leave. (It would still be good #content, don’t get me wrong.)

I refuse to believe Vampiro is like this all the time. I don’t know how people would deal with be able to deal with him if he was 100% like this 100% of the time. It would be thoroughly maddening. People in AAA & Lucha Underground seem totally content to deal with Vampiro, so there must be another sane side to this individual we never see. I don’t think anyone out here is ever going to see it, because I think he transitions into this person once he’s out in public, but I can not believe he’s for real.

Marisela Pena posted photos of the AAA Arena in Guadalajara, saying the official opening is March 10th. They had a show there yesterday as part of a 13th anniversary celebration for the theme park it’s located in. Pagano is back in action and Mesias was wrestling this past weekend, which means both are possibilities for Rey de Reyes.

La Parka & Dave the Clown were interviewed in Puebla to build up Rey de Reyes.

AAA has this week’s TV listing up. I pay less attention to this now that it’s streaming, but it seems like they’re skipping the Faby/Ashley vs Divina/Shani match from Aguascalientes.

AAA posted Zona Ruda with Poder del Norte.

Other 

WWE’s Sin Cara talked with MedioTiempo. I think he does more interviews with Mexican press than he has matches on SmackDown. He praised the possibility of Rey Mysterio returning to WWE and said he’d like to see Dragon Lee there. He’s also interviewed in La Aficion, where either he or the writer bizarrely says AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura began their careers in Mexico.

03/21 Queretaro has LA Park & Caristico vs Penta & Fenix in a first time ever match.

A+ posted a commercial for ELITE now – except, they’ve taken the date down and just say the show is starting soon. Maybe don’t hold out for 03/11.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 3×33, with the Son of Havoc vs Son of Madness match. I don’t want to spoil it for them, but I laughed reading Eric write “We don’t actually get a lot of blood in this fed”.

CultIcon & Caleb put together their dream LU vs Impact show.

El Paso Herald-Post has an article on Hijo del Impostor & El Dragon, who were part of a fundraiser for a local school.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

The Crash (FRI) 04/06/2018 The Sugar Mill, New Orleans, Louisiana
1) Aeroboy vs Draztick BoyJ. SpadeAmarokMatthew PalmerJason CadeÁngel FashionCurt Stallion
2) Black Danger & Lacey Lane vs Christi Jaynes & Oráculo and Barbie Hayden & Joey Ryan and Diamante (Impact) & Douglas James
3) Rey Horuz vs Flip Gordon vs Laredo Kid
4) Bandido (Indie) & Black Boy vs Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz and Dave Crist & Jake Crist
5) Daga vs Brian Cage vs Willie Mack vs Sami Callihan
6) Rey Fénix (US) vs Flamita vs Rich Swann
7) Damián 666, LA Park, Nicho el Millionario vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
8) Penta Zero M vs Austin Aries

Full card for the noon WrestleMania show.

I’m still disappointed Fenix/Flamita will not be happening. (At least not on this show.) Rich Swann was good last time he was wrestling, even under WWE restrictions. Swann versus Flamita versus Fenix should still be great. WrestleMania weekend already has a lot of great matches, and Fenix/Flamita could’ve been a special match. It’s a missed chance.

The opening match is a grab bag. I think you know Aeroboy & Draztick Boy if you’re reading this website. Angel Fashion is a Puerto Rico based guy, only there still isn’t much wrestling in Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricane so he’s been working in the mainland. Curt Stallion is a midwest cowboy who I’ve seen a few times in AAW. Jason Cade is from Sami Callihan’s Ohio factory and will be popping up elsewhere soon; he seems excited for the Impact/LU show for some reason. Matthew Palmer is a Texas guy who shows up in Inspire Pro Wrestling. I still have no idea who Amarok is. I thought maybe he was the local WildKat representative, but that appears to be J. (Jaden) Spade. In the mixed tag, Barbie Hayden is a Texas woman who’s wrestled in LLF and was an alternate for WWE’s Mae Young Classic last year.

Rey Mysterio and Rush were both advertised for this show at one point. Mysterio is working Five Star wrestling in the UK the night before, which makes it impossible to make it here.  Rush appears to be done in The Crash after La Mascara moved on to AAA. Demus, Mascarita Dorada and Black Taurus appeared to be on these shows at one point and those are tougher to figure. Arkangel Divino, Ultimo Maldito, Keyra and Taurus are the bigger regular Crash names who didn’t make it. It’s not a one for one swap with anyone; the people in the early matches are probably making their own way to New Orleans, the people in the top matches are probably having their costs split between multiple promotions, neither of which might apply to the rest of The Crash crew. I’m not sure if Divino & Maldito even can work in the US at this point, so maybe it’s all a pipe dream. Still, to me, there’s nothing more “The Crash” than the flashy crazy guys in the opening matches, and those guys would’ve been able to make a name for themselves in this match. This show should still be pretty good, but I wish it felt more like a The Crash show instead of a WrestleMania weekend indie showcase show.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores 2018-02-13 

Titan & Cavernario

Recapped: 02/18/2018

Matches:

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:35 [5:37, 4:32, 3:26], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario beat Astral, Flyer, Sangre Imperial  
(12:09 [5:21, 3:01, 3:47], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
(12:35 [5:25, 3:26, 3:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Princesa Sugehit beat Kaho Kobayashi in a lightning match
(7:37, Michinoku Driver, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura beat Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.  
(12:20 [2:43, 3:18, 6:19], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente beat Cavernario, Euforia, Mephisto
(12:18 [4:17, 3:08, 4:53], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Nothing.

Thoughts: 

this needs a name, before they call it Templario Special

I’m going to need to dig into the stats, but I fell like Marco is undefeated in Tuesday main events, even as he lost this one. This was another similar match to his other ones, where no one was going to hard but there were still moments of fun entertainment. The crowd likes his act and tricky but not painful especially painful things like Titan and Cavernario getting a million spins on the headscissors. This was fine for what it was.

The Blue usual Panther surprise first fall finish really didn’t pay off in the semimain. Neither did much else. It felt like less than usual from this group of luchadors, and nothing that was worth checking out.

The women’s match had a nice amount of effort, and more thought than the usual lightning match. Kaho Kobayashi is being treated more like a “new” addition to the women’s division rather than a “star visitor” like other Japanese women coming in for a short time, so there’s a good chance this is going to be here one big match. They certainly wrestled the match like this was Kaho’s one big chance to get in some dives and headscissors. Princesa Sugehit doesn’t seem exactly the right opponent here, she struggles catching Kobayashi on her dive to the floor, and both seem to be missing enough offense to keep a seven minute match interesting. It still goes back and forth nicely and I liked the finish of Kobayashi annoying Sugehit by refusing to stay down but not being able to make a comeback.

Aereo made the GIFs!

Everything in the tercera felt fine, but it also just didn’t make any impression on me. They’re in a holding pattern with Virus & Audaz and the other four have faced many times by this time point. It leaves this match in that weird middle ground where they’ve done it enough times to make it likely good but hard to be memorable. The Panther’s gear looked so un-Panther-like that I thought he had been replaced by Esfinge. I guess it was a Black Panther idea but it felt weirdly crossed with Tron because of all the bold lines.

The second match was better than usual, mostly because Templario and Flyer stood out and Sangre Imperial & Hijo del Signo did not. The first two falls were felt well put together, and Signo did get in the surprise apron dropkick that worked well. Akuma & Templario should be regular partners as long as Templario is stuck in the segunda pool of luchadors. Akuma has a little more personality and could stand to have Templario in there with him as a better influence the Signo level guys. Templario decided to grab onto the top rope for life instead of landing back and waiting in that guillotine position, letting go just in time to get hit by Flyer’s legdrop in the second fall. I think that’s the better looking way to do it, but it’s a forced spot that’s hard to make look good.

I don’t want to take credit for reviewing the opener, but I did pay more attention than usual to see if it had the A-Team had improved. Not really. They did work this match at a faster pace than usual and their 200 matches together have really started to produce tag team moves but I’m not buying it.

Mije projectile

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 2nd, 2018

lucha times

This is the last complete week of normal times for a while. Enjoy it before you’re confused.

CMLL Claro has a tag team tournament block, Cuatrero/Angel de Oro and maybe a not blocked feed.

AAA Rey de Reyes airs at 6pm on Sunday. Don’t tell anyone, but I may not be able to watch the whole show live.

Cavernario has three singles match this week, but the only one airing live is the CMLL Puebla match.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-02-12 

Asturiano coming thru

Recapped: 02/25/2018

Matches:

Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger beat Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón
(19:11 [8:15, 3:56, 7:00], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel beat Ares, Arkalis, Millenium
(15:01 [7:14, 3:02, 4:45], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón beat Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(11:30 [4:52, 2:42, 3:56], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Rush, Soberano Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(14:16 [5:10, 2:59, 6:07], 2/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero beat Atlantis
(12:42, 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Atlantis inside cradle (2:40)

  2. Pulpo Guerrero (2:05)

  3. Último Guerrero inside cradle with ropes (7:56)

What happened:

Arkalis completely misses (which the commentators point out)

Último Guerrero shoved down Tirantes in the first fall, which wasn’t a DQ but did lead to a snappy Tirantes three count. Último Guerrero leaves the ring and finds Terror Chino (who’s in street clothes and hasn’t been refereeing on this show), wanting to sub him in for Tirantes. Tirantes does not allow it. The same bit plays out in the third fall, with Atlantis lightly shoving Tirantes and UG cradling him while holding the ropes for the win.

The rudos group on the técnicos in the second match, and Rush decided to hang out on the apron instead of him. Rush eventually participates, but also throws Soberano in to take beatings at times. Soberano challenges Mephisto to a match next week after Mephisto fouls him to end the match.

Ares is a fill in for Starman, who hasn’t been seen since.

Thoughts:

Triton headscissors

Atlantis & Utlimo Guerrero felt they took a lot of shortcuts to get thru the main event singles match, which doesn’t say much of where Atlantis is at right now. They tried to do a more typical match between the two in the closing stretch, but it was still strange to see them do a hair grab brawl for two falls, and the referee shenanigans were strange as well. Último Guerrero didn’t do check off his big move list and Atlantis did no topes. You hope this was them taking it easy for a match that didn’t really matter and probably shouldn’t have been scheduled. This wasn’t terrible and neither is 2018 Atlantis, but he’s not the where he was before the injury (and even that guy was slowing down.)

Soberano looked great in the semimain, and maybe even greater so because it was a match most people seemed to take off. I’ve learned to appreciate Rush when he’s especially screwing around, and there’s a lot of that to enjoy in the first two falls. They all seemed to take the third fall a bit more serious, but it was Soberano who was really doing the tricky spot and poor Mistico was getting dropped by rudos. Something must’ve gone wrong with this spot, because the ending sequence was really strange, with Mistico visibly directing Soberano to come back in for a foul instead of the dive you’d expect in that moment.

The tercera was a solidly well done match that came off good in part because that was much better than what had happened before. Kawato had his best sequences so far with Titan, though he stills seems afraid to actually kick people. Triton did some effortlessly impressive armdrags. I would’ve liked more but I’ll take what I can get.

LU to be on Impact WrestleCon show, Drone scheduled to return, AAA/Twitch

Impact Wrestling announced their 04/06 show at WrestleCon will now be a co-promoted show with Lucha Underground and air live for free on Impact’s Twitch. Pentagon, Fenix, King Cuerno, Drago, Aerostar, Killshot, Matanza, The Mack, Jack Evans are listed so far as LU wrestlers. Austin Aries, Alberto El Patron, Eli Drake, Moose, Eddie Edwards, LAX, oVe and Sami Callihan, Trevor Lee, Brian Cage, Allie, Rosemary, Taya Valkyrie and Scott Steiner are listed as Impact, though obviously there’s people who fit in both promotions. No matches announced. Johnny Mundo is noticeably not listed for either side, so far. Teddy Hart was earlier announced for this show but doesn’t appear on this list.

This is billed in the press release as a deal Dorian Roldan put together with Impact – and as so, it’s a rare live event where Pentagon and Fenix can be billed simply as “Pentagon” and “Fenix.” Those guys are already working The Crash show, and it’s now possible some of the other wrestlers being brought in for this show (Cuerno/Fatnasma, Drago, Aerostar) might also pop up elsewhere since all the promotions like to share talent (and share the costs of bringing in talent) on this weekend.

That LU/Impact show is the late show on Friday night at WrestleCon, which goes up against the WWE HOF ceremony. The Crash show is the early show, with the UK’s RevPro in between.

The latest MMM show talks a lot about the experience of going to the first set of S4 Lucha Underground shows (without spoilers), and tell the story of the 90s rapper who happened to come along with.  I usually listen to their podcast but this might be a better one to watch for the visual aids.

The Crash

The Crash on 04/06 at WrestleCon

That’s got to be pretty close to the full card.

AAA

Record has an interview with person in charge of Latin American for Twitch, Ignacio Estanga, who says working out a deal to stream AAA was part of a plan to build viewership for their site in Mexico. Estanga said they’d be open to doing a deal with CMLL as well if they were interested. My impression is CMLL is doing better in views on YouTube right now, helped by having a couple year lead up.

La Parka, Hijo del Vikingo and Angelikal went on a tour of Puebla to promote Sunday’s show.

R de Rudo pointed out Hahastary has apparently changed her name to Hades. AAA filed for a trademark on that name back on February 9th, part of a series of trademarks for Australian Suicide, Bengala, and (again!) Penta Zero M. None have been officially approved; there are ones AAA filed from last September which haven’t been authorized yet, the process just is slow.

AAA’s Twitch will stream Chessman playing video games this afternoon at 4pm, as part of a new feature called LUCHA GAMER. He’ll be playing Street Fighter V & FIFA 18.

Xataka has a story about the 2010 AAA Lucha Libre Heroes del Ring video game. There’s a lot about the game and how it came to be that I’m going to accidentally overshadow by noting the article mentions the game sold 25K copies for PS3, and 8K for XBox360. That’s why there wasn’t a second one.

Vampiro was on Steve Austin’s podcast. Haven’t listened but will. My favorite thing already is Austin asked for questions on Twitter for the podcast, and Vampiro just started answering them all on Twitter.

CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 03/06/2018 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante vs Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca
3) Arkángel de la Muerte vs Hijo del Signo [lightning]
4) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) Audaz, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

Drone is listed as returning. This would be his first match in over 40 days, after apparently being suspended following his performance on the FantasticaMania tour.

Arkangel/Signo seems bad. The main event seemed like it might be setting up a Pierroth/Mascara2K match. Might be worse.

Audaz leaping by the Fuego & Maya guys to be up with Dragon Lee & Soberano is a surprise.

Tuesday’s Guadalajara lineup:

CMLL (TUE) 03/06/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Omar Brunetti & Rielero vs Difunto & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Metálica, Zeuxis
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Furia Roja, Último Guerrero
5) Atlantis © vs Cavernario [MEX LH]
4th defense

So that confirms Cavernario will have singles matches on three straight days: Dragon Lee on Sunday, Volador on Monday and Atlantis on Tuesday. Only this Guadalajara match has a title on the line. Still a decent chance he could go 0-3. All the losses would make sense as individual matches and no one’s looking at all these things together.

Puma King has relaunched his YouTube channel  as one that’ll follow around his life and travels. His first video, with his wife Barby, is up now. As a guy struggling to get attention inside CMLL, this seems like a plan to get himself attention outside of it.

ROH World has a good interview with Soberano about his career, goals, and incompetent referees. He says he’s studying Flip Gordon’s match with Punishment Martinez to see if he can do some of the same things when he faces Martinez this Saturday.

Cuatrero talked about his mask match. There’s a video interview as well.

Others

No full results from IWRG yet. Pachuca/LLB’s Ram el Caranero lost his hair to Lunatik Extreme in the main event cage match.

Canek was on Azteca to promote the upcoming Arena Azteca (Elite) show. Canek is 65 and absolutely should not be wrestling, but I guess we’ll be getting him in the ring at some point. The important thing is Azteca is doing interviews to promote the show, so they really believe it’s starting on 03/11. ELITE hasn’t publicly said anything since 02/12, when they canceled the last show.

A highlight video from the recent DTU Arena Aficion show.

LuchaTalk has a new episode.

 

Lineup

MDA (SUN) 03/11/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Octagoncito vs Mini Hator
2) Chik Tormenta vs Mystique
3) Emperador Azteca (IWRG) vs The Tiger
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Caifan II & El Divo
5) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Hijo de LA Park
6) Sharly Rockstar vs Juventud Guerrera
7) LA Park vs Rey Wagner vs Zorro

Only Zorro & Juvy representing MAD on the next MDA show, though they’re hinting at new members.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. getting to use AAA TV to make him more valuable as an indie guy is weird, but surely the deal everyone agreed with. Situations change and we don’t know the exact circumstances, but I wonder how things would’ve worked out had Fenix, Penta, Daga and other been offered the same freedom within that seems to be afforded to guys like Pagano & the Wagners.

great match roundup, week of 2018-02-03

this is called the fetus milkshake, I have the twitter proof

this posts of this week

not a strong week when a CMLL tournament match is 1/3rd of the good matches of the week. Suicide/Vikingo was definitely the best match of the this TV bunch and it wasn’t particularly close.

I’ve snuck up the 2018 MOTYC list, which is a bit small at this point.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-05 2018-02-05
good Hijo Del Vikingo vs Australian Suicide for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
good Forastero & Stuka Jr. vs Rush & Terrible in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a eightfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok París & Vega vs Policeman & Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-05 2018-02-05
ok Astro & Último Dragóncito vs Joker & Pierrothito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-05 2018-02-05
ok Stigma vs Tiger in a lightning match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-05 2018-02-05
ok Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-06 2018-02-06
ok Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-06 2018-02-06
ok Ángel de Oro vs Cuatrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-06 2018-02-06
ok Carístico, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-06 2018-02-06
ok Estrella Divina & Lady Shani vs Ashley & Faby Apache  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © vs Joe Lider & Parka Negrafor the AAA World Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Angelikal & Hijo del Fantasma vs Dave The Clown & Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Magia Blanca & Magnus vs Hijo del Signo & Yago LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 vs Marco Corleone & Shocker in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a eightfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Atlantis & Mr. Niebla vs Rush & Terrible in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Carístico & Euforia vs Rush & Terrible in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Carístico & Euforia vs Marco Corleone & Shocker in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Dragón Lee & Sansón vs Carístico & Euforia in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a eightfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
ok Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
below average Dr. Wagner Jr. © vs La Parka for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
bad Ángel de Oro & Cuatrero vs Atlantis & Mr. Niebla in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a eightfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
not rated Lestat, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-05 2018-02-05
not rated Atlantis, Pierroth, Rush vs Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-05 2018-02-05
not rated Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-06 2018-02-06
not rated Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre AztecaLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-02-06 2018-02-06
not rated La Máscara & Máximo vs Aguascalientes Local 1, Aguascalientes Local 2, Corazón Forajido, Discovery, Príncipe Seir, Xtrem X  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09
not rated Máscara Año 2000 & Shocker vs Mr. NieblaTerribleEuforiaCuatreroSansónForastero in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a battle royal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-02-09 2018-02-09

 

2018 watch later catch up, part 1 of ∞

the hesitation isn’t great, but this is still spectacular

As usual, these are interesting looking matches from shows I don’t normally write about when I can get to them. There’s a lot of people who are quicker at reviewing non-big 2 stuff: you should check out Rob’s list or Matt B’s blog or Pushing Upward or other places I can’t think of at the moment. I crib from those lists and from what pops out to me and I’ll still miss a few. The currently goal right now is to get thru a few of these before I get distracted with Elite/Lucha Underground/baseball, even if it means those Puebla & Martes recaps will continue to be way late.

(At least for the moment, I’m doing The Crash Tijuana reviews as part of these posts instead of breaking them out on their own.)

Keyra vs Ricky Marvin
(Lucha Memes @ Coliseo Coacalco on 01/07, 15:05, great, via
+LuchaTV)

This match literally beings with a man punching a woman in the face, so you might want to keep on scrolling if you’re not good with wrestling matches like that.

It came across to me that Marvin just destroyed Keyra outside of a few hope spots on the first watch. It’s closer to balanced when I rewatched it for this recap. Keyra really takes over the match for an extended period after Marvin’s blind fall into the board on the outside. There’s a crossup moment about ten seconds in, and everything looked tight and often brutal from that moment on. Ricky Marvin comes the nearest he’s ever going to be to a movie horror monster early on, just destroying Keyra in big and impressive ways. (The fans, including an eight year old girl, lose their minds when Keyra’s easily thrown into one of the support poles.) Ricky Marvin pulls of the fiercest tapatia which ever as excited, and is good taking as getting just by the way that huracanrana spots goes. The Spanish Fly spot, set up by being ignored for about ten minutes, is also spectacular. We saw this level of Ricky Marvin on these indie shows prior to AAA, and hopefully we see a lot more of that this year.

this GIF is for the little girl on the far right laughing at the violence
warp speed tapatia
there may not be a better looking huracanana in 2018


death

ImposibleKaraouiEternoDiablo Jr.Hijo del AlebrijeAlas de AceroFreelanceAramisRafyLeoTeeloMikeDinamic BlackDragón FlyBlack DragónPantera I in a Zona de Ejecucion match
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 01/07, good, 19:31, via
IWRG tv)

Zona de Ejecution is a four way elimination match, where a new person comes in every time some one’s eliminated until there are no more people. This match is a mess early, with Mike eliminated off a referee pin and Freelance (in a Pantera mask) only not dying because the his shoulder collided with the top rope as he was making a headfirst fall towards the mat. It settles down from there and the strange rules to the match give everyone license to go full out for the few minutes they’re actually in the match. The way they do the match, with everyone waiting to get in just hanging out at ringside, sometimes hard makes it hard to always be sure of who’s in and there’s no sense of who’s coming next. It does mean there’s zero down time between eliminations, and the amount of people passing thru in such a short time makes it hard for anyone but the final two to stick out. Eterno did look good in the time he had, Black Dragon was steadier than usual, Freelance was amazing to keep going after his injury, and Karaoui seemed to be in for about 12 seconds. Aramis looked great on the way to the win. The match was fun as an entire package if you can get past the early iffiness.

two man cracker
Freelance moonsault
flying Alebrije

Pantera I © vs Aramis for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 01/14, 10:47, good, via
IWRG tv)

If I was told there was a young guy and old guy in a match, and one pretty much did dives and Destroyers while the other one was well more rounded with good mat work, I probably would’ve made the wrong guess about who is what. Pantera comes of as a man half his age, but only in that he seems to have no idea how to put together an entertaining match and just wants to do a lot of Canadian Destroyers. Aramis is the far more entertaining luchador who’s held back because of his opponents limitations. This was a match both barely crossing the threshold of good, and totally frustrating. Aramis deserved better.

Aramis always knows who to make this look like it’s really twisting the knee
I didn’t realize this was meant to be an amrdrag
not sure the running start helped, but nice effort anyway

Rey Horus vs Joey Janela
(The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 01/20, 19:10, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Janela & Horuz had some really impressive big spots and sometimes didn’t feel like a whole lot in between in it. I’m very willing to believe this one is just me being grumpy, either by burnout or by being over watching The Crash handhelds – watching the corner of the ring while the action is happening elsewhere is getting old, and the seated chair spot is missed by camera. Janela’s wildness fits in here and this is a good enough debut to want to see him back again. Maybe worth a rewatch if the professional footage ever turns up.

Rey Horuz coming thru
Janela DVD
Horuz as Sabu

Daga, Masada, Penta Zero M vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
(The Crash @ Auditorio de Tijuana on 01/20, 24:00, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Camera work isn’t great here, but it remains free and available and that’s more than I can say about whatever the big guy in front of the camera is producing. A wild weapons brawl isn’t always easy to see from a static angle, but we do get to see some of the bigger spots and the chaotic nature of the match does come thru well. Those big spots make the match; I couldn’t believe Garza took the skewers spot even watching it. I don’t quite understand why MechaWolf needed to drink water before doing his spear to his death, but whatever works for him. Bestia bled so much and I’m not even sure what happened. Another ‘maybe it’ll be better if we ever get to see the full version’ match.

Garza one armed dive
double stomp onto the chair
ladder death

Arkángel Divino & Mirage vs Aramis (Estado de México) & Astrolux and Black Danger & Látigo
(Team 1927 @ Rancho Grande, Mexicali, Baja California on 01/21, 6:33, good,
126f Pro Wrestling Magazine)

This is edited, enough to take out pauses and a couple iffy moments, but not distracting so. It leaves a fast paced match, with everyone in so often that it’s hard to remember who’s supposed to be on each team. Mirage hasn’t impressed in previous matches I’ve seen, but does a good job of basing for Astrolux here. Arkangel Divino did a couple near things, as he normally does, though most of it was with Black Danger. Astrolux is willing to try a lot of stuff, but it’s tough for people to stick out too much in the time they had here. Fun is not super substantial.

this Arkangel headscissors is always cool
flying teenager

 

CMLL Tuesday results, ELITE TV show exists?, Gladiador from AAA to Crash, Fenix/Flamita off

Templario Sasuke

CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante b Akuma, El Coyote, Príncipe Odín Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Templario b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Flyer [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer replaced Rey Cometa
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. b Kawato San, Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 DQ Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls. Pierroth fouled Mascara 2000 in the second.

I have seen zero seconds of this show so far. It might have been OK? CMLL is now posting quick post match promos from shows, with Kraneo, Templario, Guerrero Maya, and Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja.

CMLL (TUE) 02/27/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Apolo b El Alteño & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Difunto, Espanto Jr., Metálico b Magnum, Retro, Sangre Imperial
rudos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Furia Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Diamante Azul, Titán, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, with Furia Roja surprisingly beating Diamante Azul cleanly.
5) Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Cavernario hassling Atlantis, beating him, and challenging him for a title match.

An all rudo show. The CMLL recap notes the tecnicos were baffled by Furia Roja winning. That has to be going somewhere.

Azteca’s A+ is promoting a 03/11 start for “Arena Azteca”, which seems to be a new name for the Elite TV show. That would mean TV would start be taped on 03/04. There was an ELITE lineup for 03/04, but now it looks like:

CMLL (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Robin vs Grako & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario
6) Pierroth, Rush, Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.

A normal CMLL show. So either Arena Azteca starts with the 02/11 show or the start date is wrong. ELITE start dates don’t have a great track record.

This would be the second time in a month CMLL’s run Dragon Lee versus Cavernario on a Sunday show, the only Arena Mexico show that’s not normally taped. It’s possible the first one may air, if Lucha Azteca continues airing Sunday shows. This is the 10th Cavernario/Dragon Lee match overall:

2 lightning style matches in En Busca de un Idolo (one & two)
1 Arena Coliseo match, never televised
1 Guadalajara match, only televised locally, before their internet stream
1 Guadalajara match, on TV and captured via stream
1 Korakuen Hall match, only aired on NJPW World
3 Sunday Arena Mexico matches, only highlights shown of 1 (with the wrong title) so far
1 Friday Arena Mexico lightning match.

Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is reporting Rey Mysterio is “finalizing his return to WWE, which includes a match at WrestleMania 34.” Both Wrestling Observer and PWInsider have denied this story. Rey did visit a WWE house show over the weekend, but hasn’t said anything about this story. Barrasso’s track record is shaky, so I’m actually skipping out a chance to speculate on something until there’s something more said.

On his Facebook, Ultimo Gladiador announced he was leaving AAA. (SuperLuchas noted this first.) Gladiador started in AAA as a member of Familia de Tijuana and later became a Silver King ally (where he suddenly became masked after wrestling unmasked.) Gladiador was added to the Infierno Rockers in 2014, then took over the Parka Negra gimmick in 2015. AAA focused on a narrower amount of wrestlers in 2017, and Parka Negra didn’t make the cut, working mostly off TV. His last appearance on AAA TV would’ve been the December earthquake benefit show which aired in later January.

The Parka Negra who appeared a few weeks ago was Angel Mortal Jr., who was still wearing his Angel Mortal Jr. gear with a Parka Negra mask and Perros del Mal shirt. The Parka Negra character (probably played by Gladiador) had been added as a Perros del Mal member on house shows only, and it might have been intended as a one night TV solution for Mr. Aguila not making the show. I don’t know if it affected Gladiador’s decision, because he was already working a fair bit of indie shows, but seeing his character on TV without him might have been a sign that it was time to move on.

The Crash today announced Ultimo Gladaidor as appearing on their 03/17 show. That lineup is already announced, with no surprise wrestlers, which suggests this was a sudden decision.

Bengala, Hahastary, Lady Shani and Australian Suicide are representing AAA on upcoming reality show Reto 4 Elementos. They’ve been talking about it for a while, and I keep waiting for an AAA press release to talk about it. MedioTiempo helps out by interviewing those luchadors about the show. The show doesn’t appear to have an air date, but it’s said to be airing on Mexico on Televisa and in the US on Unimas.

Krudemon of R de Rudo says AAA will introduce a new luchador on Tuesday. Guessing that’s a press conference and the new person will actually debut on Rey de Reyes. There’s plenty of space for someone.

Sociedad 3.0 has a recap of this weekend’s Arena Xalapa show. (This recap is posted the same on three different sites, and I can’t tell which one is the original.) What caught my eye was the “Marcela, new champion” headline, since she was supposed to be challenging Dalys for the women’s title. That match did happen, but it turns out it was a for a women’s continental championship that may have only existed for that day and not the CMLL one Dalys holds. Tirantes wrestled on the show under his original gimmick of Mr. Peligro.

Reina Isis & La Jarochita made it to Japan.

AroLucha posted Mr. 450/Mecha Wolf versus Willie Mack from their first TV taping for free on YouTube.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Blue Demon on their podcast.

MDA on 03/11 has LA Park vs Dr. Wagner vs Zorro.

Baja Stars USA has changed it’s 03/17 main event from Extreme Tiger & Misterioso Jr. vs Mecha Wolf & Bestia 666 to Soberano Jr. vs Mecha Wolf vs Barbaro Cavernario., saying Bestia & Tiger became unavailable.

The Crash on 04/06 at WrestleCon

Adding Rich Swann to the singles match has generally received negative reactions on Twitter. People really wanted to see that singles match, and people bought tickets specifically to see that match. Some people aren’t very enthused to see Swann in general, and Swann could’ve been easily added to the Penta/Aries or Horus/Flip/Laredo matches.

Someone will be booking Fenix vs Flamtia soon enough. The Crash is just missing on the chance. It’s Penta vs Fenix all over again.

(On Facebook, there’s on person who thought Fenix/Flamita was boring and two people who want to know how they can see this show. The Crash home fans are stuck in the same struggle with this promotion that everyone else is when they run in Tijuana. That’s also instructive – this show isn’t the same fanbase as The Crash usually performs in front of and will have different expectations.)

Chilanga Mask returns on 05/20 in Coliseo Coacalco

Lucha Report has this latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrera vs Demus.

Lineups

AAA (SUN) 03/04/2018 Acropolis Puebla, Puebla, Puebla
Rey de Reyes, 2018
1) Angelikal vs Dave The ClownPimpinela Escarlata? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
2) Bengala vs Dark ScoriaMáscara de Bronce? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
3) Hijo Del Vikingo vs Ángel Mortal Jr.Dark Cuervo? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
4) La Parka vs DinastíaVenum? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
5) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana [TLC]
6) ? vs ????????? [Rey de Reyes, final]
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
8) Hijo del Fantasma vs Texano Jr. [mask, hair]

The full Rey de Reyes card. There’s really no match added that we didn’t know already, since the undercard is completely the tournament. The biggest change is Monster & Murder being added to the semimain. Perhaps they were meant to be there all along and they didn’t want to give away the outcome of their qualifying match.

OGT vs Poder del Norte is listed just as a TLC match on the poster, though the Twitch preview says the trios titles are on the line. AAA is fully capable of running a ladder match with nothing to grab, and OGT winning the trios feud and not winning the trios titles is about how titles are normally booked here so I’m willing to believe anyway.

The Rey de Reyes has been used to set up title contenders in past years. Last year’s Rey de Reyes winner went on to, uh, not participate on this year’s Rey de Reyes even though he’s healthy now? Maybe he’ll show up in some other way. It’s hard to predict who would win this one with so many mystery spots, outside of the usual “LOL, La Parka wins” finish. It would be terrible – let me repeat, terrible – to see Dave the Clown win two matches and this tournament, but there’s a tiny bit of logic in it if AAA’s planning on doing a mask match between him and Parka. Everyone else are people not pushed strong (or usually at at all) and a win by them would probably end up the same fate as Argenis’ win: they get a sword but no follow up. The matches themselves look like they may suffer a bit with all the rudos tied up elsewhere. This is a scheduled off day for Lucha Underground people, so it would be possible one or two people who normally only work with that crew might end up here to fill those spots.

The poster says 5:30 but AAA is insistent to Twitch people that it starts at 6pm. Maybe that’s the new deal: AAA will start doing the giveaways and the pre-show flag parts at 5:30 but also say when they plan to start running the actual matches.

There’s no sign of those Puebla guys who won a chance to be on the show. I would like to see former DTU Nerd Tony Iron as a mystery wrestler but I suspect that’s not what is happening here.

CMLL (MON) 03/05/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Meyer vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
3) Audaz, Stigma, Tritón vs El Malayo, Puma, Tiger
4) Hechicero, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Titán  [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Mistico, Pierroth, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Euforia, Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Volador Jr. vs Cavernario

Three straight singles matches with Cavernario is not great planning. Neither is two relevos increibles. I think they might really be doing the Kraneo/Idol feud? I think the tercera might be good until the finish involves Stigma?

DTU (SAT) 03/17/2018 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Mini Flash vs IrvinMurdo-KÁngel Negro
2) Anarquía & Kevin Nerd vs Alfa & Fly Danger and Devitt Rodríguez & Hard Boy
3) Adrenalina vs Máscara AereaJimmyCamuflajeExotico
4) Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer vs Drolux & Moria
5) Jimmy Lloyd vs Draztick Boy
6) Eric Ryan & G-Raver vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Crazy King & Ovett
7) Violento Jack © vs Kenji Fukimoto [FREEDOM HEAVY]

Violento Jack defends a Japanese championship in his home town.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-02-09 

little girl shocked at that miss

Recapped: 02/09/2018

All matches aired live from Palenque de la Feria Nacional De San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes (and I was busy streaming CMLL to watch it live.)

Matches:

Ashley & Faby Apache beat Estrella Divina & Lady Shani 
(8:58, Faby Apache pin Lady Shani, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Australian Suicide beat Hijo Del Vikingo for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(8:46, Australian Suicide Fetus Milkshake, good, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara & Máximo beat six local wrestlers, including Corazón Forajido, Discovery, Príncipe Seir, and Xtrem X
(4:29, though it’s unclear when this started and stopped and it barely was a real match, n/r, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © beat Joe Lider & Parka Negra for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:35, Escoria legdrop Parka Negra, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly went to a double pin draw Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(14:12, Averno pinned Mocho & Carta Brava pin Super Fly, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dave The Clown & Texano Jr. beat Angelikal & Hijo del Fantasma 
(14:58, DQ, ok, via 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dr. Wagner Jr. © beat La Parka for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(19:18, DQ, below average, via 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Faby Apache

Rey Wagner throws his shirt to the crowd. The fans throw it back on the first try. He finds someone to throw it to later, but the crowd is mostly pro Parka. This kills some time. First action comes 4:06 into the match.

Nineteen minutes into the match, Blue Demon, Wagner and Hernandez walk to the ring. Parka immediately gives Wagner the urange, the move he won with in Mexico City. Parka covers, and Demon walks in the ring and kicks him in the face. Parka should win the match by DQ, which means he’s champion since titles change here on DQ. Instead, they rule as Wagner winning by DQ. The rudo trio beat up Parka, and Wagner celebrates a if they’re with him. Wagner goes for the Wagner touch with them, with Demon saying no and Hernandez saying yes. Demon says something to the younger Wagner, and the young Wagner attacks his father. Hernandez roots him on. Cuervo, Lady Shani and Vikingo materialize out of nowhere, in theory be saves, but in reality to be cannon fodder to be destroyed by the new rudos. (They do get in some offense, which is more than usual in these situations, but they’re also clearly there to take power moves from the rudos.) Mascara and Maximo also try to make the save and are beat up. Psycho Clown does better, taking out Wagner & Hernandez. The Alvarados and the tecnicos pose, only for Demon to come back in, hit Psych with a chair and take off his mask. Hijo de Wagner & Hernandez come back in and all the técnicos are taken out. (Vikingo disappears after getting thrown out of the ring by Hernandez.) Wagner is spared from the beating so he can cut a promo on the rudos, who just continue beating up the other tecnicos afterwards.

Vampiro attempts to eject Hijo del Tirantes before the semimain, but is apparently overruled by the local commissioner. Tirantes refuses to count a técnico pinfall a minute in, so that local commissioner is some kind of moron. Tirantes attacks a security officer, who just happens to have handcuffs and the key on a chain. Texano & Tirantes handcuff Fantasma to the bottom rope, while occasionally being hit by coins. Angelikal bleeds heavily after Texano works over his forehead. Angelikal is taken out on a stretcher after two piledrivers, but the rudos dump him off the stretcher and beat him up some more. Only after Angelikal is taken to the back, Bengala appears to take out the rudos. Bengala gets the key to Fantasma, but gets powerbombed into a wood plank before Fantasma can help out. Fantasma cleans house, giving Dave the Clown the Thrill of the Hunt on the stage. Tirantes calls a DQ at Fantasma at that point to end the match. Tirantes dumbly stood in the ring to taunt Fantamsa while Texano left, and Texano made no real attempt to get involved as Fatnasma beat him up – Texano just eventually pulled him out. Fantasma tells the crowd that Texano’s gone too far and he’s winning Texano’s hair for all of the fans.

Tito is cool, but whoever’s manning the camera switcher needs to calm down

Mocho & Super Fly were both fouled in their match, then pinned at the same time to cause the draw finish. Vampiro walks out and makes a TLC match between them for the trios titles at Rey de Reyes, which will be the end of their feud. Vampiro weirdly demands they accept or they’ll be forever banned from AAA, which seemed odd when both sides seemed ok with the match until then.

This is the debut of Angel Mortal Jr. as the latest version of Parka Negra and as a member of Perros del Mal. (Mr. Aguila’s video plays, but he is not present.) Parka Negra is wearing a Parka Negra mask and Angel Mortal Jr.’s gear, which is a slight clue of his previous identity and maybe a sign this was a last minute decision. The +LuchaTV guys actually acknowledge Mr. Aguila is not here, which breaks with lucha tradition (but is Good.) The match is announced as a title match right before it happens, and was not advertised as one.

La Mascara and Máximo, wearing his AroLucha shirt, thank AAA & the fans for the chance to wrestle in AAA. They’re so hyped to wrestle that they challenge anyone to come out to face them. Two unidentified locals walk out with AAA Aguascalientes belts and a local referee. Máximo is not impressed and asked for two others ones. Mascara up it to four, and they get four more luchadors. Máximo realizes there’s now six people out there and says no, but the Aguascalientes guys attack.

when you’re totally the real Parka Negra

The local luchadors are never named (so I’m guessing names from looking around Facebook profiles and past Aguascalientes lineups.) They beat up the Alvarados for about three minutes before chair shots go awry. Máximo pins three on a rope walk splash, La Mascara beats another with a cradle, and another guy just leaves the ring instead of fighting. No one really understand what’s going on for the duration of the segment.

After Suicide retained his title, he decided to hit Vikingo with it. Angelikal made the save in no seconds flat. It comes off as if Angelikal is going for the title next, but it might have simply been to get the fans used to seeing him before he’s destroyed later.

Faby continues to bully Ashley in the opening women’s match, though she also seems to get in most of the offense for her team, throwing Ashley on pins she created. About six minutes in, Estrella Divina realizes she’s a ruda and suddenly stops getting along with Lady Shani. There doesn’t seem to be any reason in the match for the sudden shift. Dvina keeps on fighting Ashley, but later hits Shani with a chair, kicks Ashley away, and allows Faby to pick up the pin. Both Apache and Divina are mean to Ashley after the match. She shares a look with Shani before walking back with them.

Thoughts:

that headscissors shook Suicide

The main event was a boring match with no finish. This wasn’t as blatantly an angle under the pretense of a match like other ones on the show, the match that led into it was just no good. It was mostly Wagner beating up Parka slowly for a long time. Parka can only sell things by being completely dead, so it’s not the most exciting action. This was the right crowd to do this match, because the kids were so into Parka that they stuck with this and cheered his big near falls. It came across as too slow and too little action thru a monitor. I don’t know about making 51 year old Blue Demon Jr. your lead rudo in 2018, but I wish he came out about 10 minutes earlier.

The semimain was just a really long angle disguised as match. They wanted Fantasma and Texano to destroy people without really fighting each other. I’m not sure it worked to build up their issue because the amount of other people distracted from it – even though that’s clearly the way the apuesta match is going, they might be want to at least hint it’s not.

The fourth match was a fun brawl, with both rudo teams playing it up totally rudo, both teams playing up their character. The trips thru the crowd were fun. Carta Brava seemed to be handed a half dozen drinks to throw. They kept up the same intensity when they were in the ring. Many shirts were murdered to make the match work and it did. Even the draw finish didn’t come off as too forced, although they play it off as a messed up finish.

it was really important to Cota to get the elbow smash in

The tag match was useful if not all that interesting. Cuervo & Scoria could use a tag win by themselves, defense or not, and they got the clean win over a team they should beat clean. The Perros del Mal weren’t interesting when they were in control, and the ex-Secta aren’t so great on offense to make a match by themselves. It was still alright, but would’ve been better even a little shorter. The yellow staple gun didn’t appear to actually be loaded, which made for good comedy in watching it.

The Mascara/Maximo segment was really just an angle to continue to introduce them. AAA definitely believes their fans do not follow CMLL and I’m not sure they’re wrong. The bit could’ve been faster, the locals got a lot more offense than you’d see from when WWE does this same bit, though that’s probably more with trying to keep the local promoter happy. They probably should’ve worked out the ending of the match a little better.

The cruiserweight title match was a really strong match, and a successful one at that. This would’ve been too quick for Vikingo to win the title for it to mean anything, but he put up so much of a challenge that he seems like a guy who will win it in the future and Suicide looks even strong for having beat him. There were some nicely done sequences here, especially from the Spanish Fly spot thru the reverse 450 splash. This title match felt like distinct from the rest of the show, which is only going to build if they keep stacking these matches on top of each other. Vikingo landing on his head looked scary as heck. Vikingo was supposed to take a dramatic bump and it just became more dramatic, but Suicide did a smart bit of keeping it simple while Vikingo was probably trying to remember what century it was.

There were too many things going on in the women’s match this time; the Faby/Shani issue seemed to be in third place behind Estrella being a random ruda and Faby/Ashley. Estrella Divina seems to turn up for a week, be put in an angle, and then disappear for four months, so it’s hard to believe that’s going to pay off in anyway. The match itself didn’t have great action in part because of the storylines, and part because Divina and Ashley didn’t wrestle especially well. Faby’s so over the top as a ruda that she’s going to get herself back over as a face if she doesn’t keep being mean to Ashley.

Joe Lider things happening to Joe Lider

 

Mephisto remains champion, HOLL/Mistico trademark

Rey Samuray has an idea

CMLL (MON) 02/26/2018 Arena Puebla [CultIconNotimex]
1) Arkalis & París b Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Astro & Stukita b Guerrero Espacial & Mercurio LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
team StukitaAstro took falls 2/3.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Templario b Lestat, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Hechicero, Stuka Jr. b Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Titán[Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kraneo accidentally splashed Idol in the first to cost his team the match, then Idol tripped him up in the second to cost him the match.
5) Mephisto © b Soberano Jr. [CMLL WELTERLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10th defense. Mephisto took 1/3 to keep the title.
6) Cavernario & Último Guerrero DQ Valiente & Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Cavernario faked a foul. Volador challenged him to a match. Cavernario pointed out Volador hit him (by accident last week) and accepted to prove he’s just as good as Volador.

Tirantes was in full rudo mode in the title match, with slow and fast counts (until the final count was just a normal count.) It got the fans to make a lot of noise at Tirantes, so I’m sure he was happy.

 

Today’s CMLL main event is Kraneo, Pierroth & Rush versus Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone and Mascara 2000. It’s probably an incredible pairs match because Pierroth & Rush need to be teaming, but it’s worth keeping on to see if anything happens with Kraneo. Johnny Idol versus Kraneo makes no sense unless Kraneo is going to be a tecnico, and CMLL seemed to be trying that in Puebla for a couple weeks.

There’s not anything important on this show, though the matches might be good. The Angel Brothers team with Stuka against Kawato, Luciferno and Polvora. The lightning match has Rey Cometa versus Guerrero Maya in a first time singles match. Templario, Cancerbero and Raziel and Pegasso, Star Jr. & Stigma in the tercera. The second match has Principe Odin Jr. (Artillero)’s first streaming match under that name, and the usual minis opener. It’ll air at 7:30pm.

CMLL & ELITE still haven’t officially announced a show for Sunday. AAA hasn’t put out a full card for Rey de Reyes.

Angel de Oro talks up his mask match with Ovaciones.

The Mistico/Anibal Jr./Silver King Jr. vs Cien Caras Jr./Mascara 2000 Jr/Felino headlined show in Mexicali drew 1500. Skalibur, Kamik-C, Ryan Kidd vs Utlimo Maldito, Arkangel Divino and Mirage was said to be the best match on the show; 126f has highlights.

Heroes of Lucha Libre, the aspiring TV lucha libre promotion who’s run two weekends so far, and may be running again on WrestleMania weekend, has filed for trademarks on Mistico and Dragon Lee’s names. They’re listed under The brothers worked worked the second taping. The only other wrestlers names trademarked are Ocelot (no idea) and Richard Trumposo (which I believe I read is Aaron Aguilera, but not 100% sure.) CMLL holds the trademarks to those names in Mexico, though they’ve never filed for them in the US. The Mistico name infamously has a complicated history. I guess I’m most surprised no one tried to get it before.

You could tell why HOLL would want to market those two guys, and HOLL might even be legally allowed to jump on the trademark. I have no idea about the legal rules, but they’d risk CMLL just telling those guys and anyone else that they’re no longer allowed to work with HOLL. This may be as simple as lawyers telling HOLL they need to be sure they have permission of the trademark holder for everyone they put on TV, and filling for Mistico & Dragon Lee’s trademarks since there isn’t one. It still seems like an overstep for a group that’s run a few shows.

Draztick Boy & Aeroboy are in the midwest this weekend. They’re in Chicago’s Freelance Wrestling on Friday and Black Label Pro in Indiana on Saturday. I might go see that one.

DTU’s loaded 03/16 Cuernavaca show is now a 03/16 Arena Roberto Paz in Jalisco show. They noticed AAA was running TV in Cuernavaca the next day and decided to move the location. Arena Roberto Paz puts up matches on YouTube, so that might mean another way to see this show.

An article about intergender wrestling (in English & Spanish and the photo gallery made it to Italian) tries to position it as a controversial thing that is changing attitudes in Mexico. In reality, it generally seems like something that happens in Mexico mostly because there’s not enough luchadoras – or quality luchadors – to do women’s matches, and occasionally for the novelty.

An author talks about his experience visiting Arena Mexico, which is illustrated with pictures from AAA. This turns into the usual where did lucha libre come from piece.x

Segunda Caida watches Mil Muertes vs Jeremiah Crane.

LuchaWorld has a new edition of the podcast and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Lineups

CMLL PLEU SPORTS (SUN) 03/11/2018 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Íkaro vs Eckus
2) Crisis & Tackle vs Atomic Star & Mantra
3) Lady Maravilla, Maligna, Sanely vs Dalys, Ludark Shaitan, Zeuxis
4) Fuego & Robin vs Fresero Jr. & Sagrado
5) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger
6) Diamante Azul vs Hechicero

I think this is the second show for this promotion; they ran a show in this same building with Hechicero vs Puma back in August. They’ve got a lot more CMLL names this time around.