What happened: The biggest long term story might be Dragon Lee re-injuring his left knee, coming down from it badly on a flapjack. He was in pain, rolled out, and was unable to continue the semimain event.
The main event ended with a unique deal: Mephisto & a rudo Mascara Dorada challenged Carístico & Negro Casas to a tag match for next week.
Saurón beat Astral in the lightning match, setting up a title match next week.
What was good: The opener was good and the main event was fun. I liked the fourth match as well.
Where can I watch it:It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. 3 matches will air on 52MX in a weekend or two. You’d hope they’ll skip the 5 minute match where someone gets hurt but you never know with them.(more…)
Tonight’s Arena Puebla show has a random main event, with Atlantis, Caristico, Negro Casas versus Masara Dorada, Maximo and Mephisto in a relevod increibles match. There’s no obvious match on opposite sides of this match, it’s more as if they’re just short a rudo and had to come up with something. If there’s a feud coming out of this, it seems most likely to be one of the two teams falling apart.
It’s an overall good looking show on paper. Dragon Lee, Titan and Valiente take on Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja. Fujin, Raijin & Okumura make an appearance against Esfinge, Guerrero Maya and Rey Cometa. Astral and Sauron meet in a lightning match, which seems like it’s going to set up a title match next week. The openers are Arkalis/Astro vs Malayo/Espacial and Oro/Sobreano vs Jaguar/Policeman.
The show will air at 9pm CT, on CMLL & YouTube as usual.
There was a Geo in Promo Azteca (partner of Neo, who’s now Raizel), who largely disappeared or stopped using that name by 2000. Someone using that name has turned up in Mexico State since late last year, recently teaming with IWRG trainees Kanon and Vortize (so it’s probably actually a new guy.)
What happened: Cage & Mesias continue to run over anything, including an injured Texano. Argenis & Australian Suicide surprisingly won a tag title shot, with Suicide beating rival Daga. The Perros were then destroyed by the new Los Fronterizos group. Apache continues to attack Venum for reasons inadequately explained.
What was good: I liked the opener and the tag match, though both made me want longer matches (that probably aren’t happening.) I had no real use for the main event.
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)
CARA LUCHA (SAT) 05/21/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Carxyus, Kronosport, The Gladiatores]
1) Templario & Wasson b Fiero & Limbo
2) Espanto Jr. & Oro Jr. b Centvrión & Fly Warrior Oro Jr. & Espanto Jr. were the mystery luchadors from CMLL.
3) Magnífico II, Rayo Star, Sky Man b Astral, Eléctrico, Tiago Tiago (ex-AAA’s Mini Charly Manson) didn’t get along with the CMLL minis, but refused an offer to join the Magnifico Sky Stars team.
4) Cavernario & Hechicero b Bestia 666 & Black Terry Great match, money thrown in. Terry asked for a direct match with Cavernario, and the caveman accepted.
5) Flamita b Máscara Dorada moved to semimain. Excellent match, money thrown in.
6) Látigo b Toro Negro Jr. [mask] Bloody match. A fight broke out between groups of fans during the match. Toro Negro is José Antonio Marmolejo Martínez, 32 years old, 15 a wrestler, from Neza.
Fans were way into the mask match, too much so – there was an incident between some fans and the seconds which required security to separate. It overshadowed that match, but the two matches before it were said to live up to the hype.
Flamita got the big win in his return to CaraLucha. He’s going to be a busy man, but figures to be the centerpiece of these shows for the time to come. Terry/Cavernario should be fun.
Cibernetico & Caristico winning the titles was obvious; they’re the centerpieces of Elite, and they might as well get the vanity titles. Title belts for everyone!
No one seemed to bring up Pantera wearing his mask. Masks for everyone!
CMLL (SUN) 05/22/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Inquisidor b Bengala & Leono
2) Fujin, Nitro, Retro b Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman Debuts for Ciclon and Retro. Nitro won with his piledriver.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso Rudos took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Vangellys Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone b Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto Marco Corleone replaced Atlantis. First weekend for Diamante Azul since November.
No angles on the show. Retro & Ciclon Ramirez Jr. are yet more new names debuting. The list is getting pretty long now: Bugambilia, Ciclón Ramírez Jr., El Cuatrero, Dinamic Black, Forastero, Fujin, Golden Magic, Grako, Magia Blanca, Raijin, Retro, Rocky Casas, Sansón, Templario, Warrior Steel, and Yago have all shown up on Arena Mexico shows this year, plus the Mano Blanco Jr. who was advertised and didn’t appear. Only the NJPW kids and Cuatrero & Sanson (but not their cousin) have been booked regularly, with a lot of those names showing up only once or twice. It’s strange for CMLL to debut a dozen new people at once – it’s usually a smaller class – and it’s odd they’ve all been making one appearance and not been regularly scheduled. It doesn’t seem like CMLL’s putting much effort into these new characters, with all of them (even the most obscure guys) doing the same characters they were doing on the indie shows. Grako, Retro and Magia Blanca look like they rolled off some generic luchador factory line.
The Perros defeated the Fronterizos in a (no apuesta) cage match in Arena Neza. The building seemed less than half full, which is disappointing for a feud that’s been a big focus on recent AAA TV. They’re coming back with the same Psycho Clown/Pentagon/Pagano three way they’re doing on TV and on a lot of spot shows in the next few weeks.
Pagano also main evented the Arena Lopez Mateos 49th Anniversary show, with LA Park, Blue Demon and Canek, which did look to sell out or come close. Blue Demon won the main event by DQ, which was the same finish in the semimain.
I went to a lucha show in Berywn on Saturday. Extreme Tiger & Aeroboy was really good. I didn’t get much out of the rest of the show.
This week’s AAA TV episode is up. The show is listed as 56:19 minutes, which is the shortest episode I can recall since they’ve started to do the YouTube episodes.
This is a randomly stacked card for the first Arena Coliseo show since 05/07. Vangellys & Hechicero hadn’t been feuding with Maya & Panther prior, this is title match to try and the main event is get some attention for these shows after accidentally saying their wouldn’t be any shows for a while.
CMLL (SUN) 05/29/2016Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Magnus, Robin, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs La Máscara, Negro Casas, Shocker
No new names this week. Rey Escorpion back with the Revolucionarios – maybe an indication these cards are put together way in advance.
The Pacific Coast tag team titles are normally a Sinaloa based title. Gallo & Vaquero won it back in November in a four way match (belts were vacant), and it’s a Sinaloa based team trying to win to bring it back home as outsiders.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 06/05/2016 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Súper Átomo vs Hijo De Centurion Negro
2) Terremoto Negro vs Tekilita
3) Jeque vs Caifan Rockero III
4) Laredo Kid vs Último Ninja, Astro
5) Kronos vs Psycho Kid, Sin Elemento, Beto Acala, Babe Fox
6) Alberto Dos Rios & Epydemius vs Fly Star & Mr. Leo
7) Makabre vs Wotan, Aero Boy, Shyru Dragón
8) Caifan vs Xtreme Tiger
9) Facade & Jason Gory vs Arez & Impulso
Match 1, 2, and 5 weren’t announced prior. Caifan/Tiger should be pretty good.
BAUXIT (FRI) 06/10/2016Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) ? vs ??
2) Ángel Extrmo & Hormiga vs Desorden & Talaxis
3) Felina Metálica vs Zuzu Divine
4) Sagrado vs Violento Jack, Pesadilla
5) Aero Boy vs Black Terry [hair, mask]
Aero Boy and Black Terry have been going back and forth, but doing the apuesta match is a bit of a surprise.
The 2nd Annual Lucha World Cup will be held the first week of June in Mexico City. It’s a single elimination trios tournament, with each trio representing a different country (and, in some cases, a different promotion.) This year, there are tournaments for both men and women.
The presenting sponsor of this show is beer company Victoria. AAA hosts the Lucha World Cup this year, but it’s not presented as an AAA event. It’s an international competition, where knowledge of ongoing AAA storylines is largely unneccesary.
The eight teams in the men’s bracket are
Japan (NOAH): Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Mayback Taniguchi
Japan (Ouduo/Zero One) Masato Tanaka, Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka
The Mexico AAA team was determined via qualifying matches. All other teams were announced as selections. (It’s unclear how much input each participating promotion had in choosing those who would represent them.)
The bracket match ups are unknown at this time. Last year, they were not announced until the morning of the start of competition.
The competition will be held over a few days:
Foreign wrestlers will arrive June 1st or June 2nd, and there will be a press event in the days before the first show.
June 3rd (Friday)’s show will take place in Puebla, at the Centro Expositor (convention center), with a listed starting time of 8:30pm Central Time. The first round for both brackets will take place on this show: the quarterfinal matches in the men’s division, and the semifinal matches in the women’s matches. (That is six total scheduled matches.)
June 5th (Sunday)’s show will take place in Mexico City, at the Palacio de los Deportes, with a listed starting time of 4:00pm Central Time. The semifinals, third place match and finals of the men’s division, and the third place and final’s of the women’s division will all take place. (That is six total scheduled matches.) Also, a judges panels of past luchador stars will select winners for best match, best dive, and best luchador awards.
The tournament format means all four women’s teams will wrestle on both shows, with the losing trios facing off in a third place match. The larger men’s field, and no 5th/7th place matches, appear to suggest the men who lose in Puebla will not appear at all in Mexico City. However, the listed 4pm start time is earlier than normal for an AAA show, maybe allowing time for the eliminated wrestlers will be featured in a bonus match.
Both show will be taped to air on television, though the plans for this have yet to be announced. Officially, AAA has announced nothing about these shows airing, either live or on iPPV. Unofficially, there has been a lot of talk about changed plans about of this airing. The one confirmed bit is Japan’s Samurai TV has said they’ll be airing both shows later in June.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AAA’s original idea was to try to air both shows on conventional PPV in the US, Canada, Mexico. That later changed to just the Sunday show, and now is said to not be happening at all on conventional PPV. Hugo Savonvich and TNA’s Josh Mathews were slated to announce the show in English when it was on PPV, with Mathews being used as part of the agreement to bring in AAA luchadors (and to allow TNA to promote their own PPV for the following week.) There’s been no updated about the announcing situation now that it appears not to be on normal PPV in the US/Canada. Some combination of the usual AAA announcers (Jesus Zuñiga, Andres Maroñas, Arturo Rivera and Leo Riano) will announce the show in Spanish.
It’s assumed both shows will be available worldwide on iPPV, but AAA has not said anything. Location and cost are unknown. AAA’s major shows have typically been streamed on iPPV on internetvluchalibreaaa.com, but no card streamed since October, with the most recent event in March apparently not airing due to a last minute issue between the streaming company and AAA.
The events will likely air as part of AAA’s regular TV show, but it’s unclear when. An edited version of the competition also aired on broadcast TV in Mexico.
Last year’s results:
First: Mexico Dream Team (Rey Mysterio Jr., Alberto el Patron and Myzteziz)
Second: US-TNA/Lucha Underground (Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy)
Third: US-Lucha Underground/ROH (Brian Cage, ACH, Moose)
Fourth: Team Mexico-Leyendas (Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Solar)
eliminated in quarterfinal
Atsushi Kotoge, Taiji Ishimori, Takayama
Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr.
Kenzo Suzuki, Masamune, Tiger Mask III
Angélico, Drew Galloway, El Mesías
Victoria has indicated they’d like to take this competition to Japan in 2017.
CMLL (FRI) 05/20/2016Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, thecubsfan]
1) La Vaquerita & Lluvia b La Comandante & Tiffany 13:00. Rudas are 2/3.
2) Hechicero, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón 15:15. Rudos took 2/3 in a good match.
3) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán b Cavernario, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora 16:16. Tecnicos took 2/3, Cometa beating Cavernario in a very good match. Cometa asked for a title match, got no response.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Ángel de Oro [lightning] 8:36. Dragon Rojo won with a double stomp. Angel de Oro was stretchered out.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero 11:30. Tecnicos took 2/3 in a good match.
6) La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible b Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush 10:52. Straight falls. Rush got DQed while attacking La Mascara in the first. Rush unmasked La Mascara in the second, but Mascara got him with a foul in the second. Mascara challenged both Pierroth and Rush to apuesta matches.
Matches 2/3/5 are well worth seeking out (and can be found elsewhere.) Rey Escorpion acted as if he was part of the Ingobernables in the main event. Barbaro Cavernario was the best guy on the show.
AAA has been busy announcing Lucha World Cup teams in the last 24 hours. I suspect the full field is going to be announced on the TV show today, and they’re getting them all out there before the show.
Apolo is working on Hugo Savinovich’s shows in Chile, which may by the connection. Santana did was on the last one, wrestling Taya. Sienna is another new TNA woman who’s more for her indie work. Rockstar Spud has been in TNA for far longer. That Rest of the World team is an odd visual.
It’s going to be tough to sell Mil Muertes as not being the same Mesias AAA fans have seen in a decade, especially in something in something treated as a serious competition. For the sake of this tournament, he’s from parts unknown. Mil and Dragon Azteca are the first Lucha Underground characters to be used outside of Lucha Underground.
Dragon Azteca Jr. working a big show in Mexico is cool. I’m still disappointed for guys like Fenix who are very good, work the whole year for AAA, and are apparently going to be staying at home (or working a spot show in the hinderlands) than be a part of this.
The new heavyweight title will be decided between Rush, Ultimo Guerrero, LA Park, Maximo Sexy, Super Crazy, Diamante Azul, Cibernetico and Hijo de Dos Caras. (Azul is still listed despite not making Informa this week and not making the press conference yesterday.) The match will be a battle royal, with the final two going to a pinfall. The new middleweight championship will be decided between Caristico, La Mascara, Atlantis, Mephisto, Valiente, Toscano, Argos, Angel de Oro, Puma, and Golden Magic in a normal cibernetico. The last four qualified with wins on the previous Elite show, but also might be the first four out of that. Cibernetico & Caristico have been promoted as the two big stars of this promotion and are the favorites to win.
The show also includes Dalys defending her women’s title against La Jarochita, and a Copa Maestros Elite with Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Shu el Guerrero and Pantera II (replacing Solar; teams aren’t clear.) This would be Pantera’s first match in Arena Mexico since losing his mask there to Misterioso in 2006 in a cage match. Pantera’s just kept wearing his mask, occasionally claiming he wasn’t paid for the mask loss. (I think the real story in these situations is they believe they’re much more marketable with the mask.) I wonder how they step around it.
This show will air on Azteca7 starting next Friday night.
Elite held a press conference yesterday afternoon to promote the show, but the big news is the Saturday show is a one-off. They’ll return to Wednesday shows sometime in June. (They’ll have enough TV to last the next two weeks, so it may not be until June 8th.) I don’t understand you’d run the big show on a different day of the week, training people to pay less attention to the Wednesday shows, but this promotion is not built for me to understand.
I actually understood less about the matches tonight too than before the press conference: they introduced all the participants in both matches, except some people in both matches were missing. I don’t think they were explaining a change, but they weren’t explaining much. No word about what the Liga Elite is for.
Tonight’s the Cara Lucha 2nd Anniversary show, with Flamita and Mascara Dorada as the main event, and either Latigo or Toro Negro Jr. will lose their mask in the undercard. The Arena Mexico show has bigger names, but this is likely to be the better show.
Sexy Star appeared on the latest edition of YouTube audio show Podcast Boom. LigerFever did a heroic job of translating it. It was the sort of self serving performance you expect out of Sexy Star – she’d position herself as a victim of people who treated her roughly in the ring, then later talked about how she felt like taking cheap shots at Jennifer Blake (who Sexy trashed.) Sexy explained she wasn’t wrestling now because she was too busy being a mom, after earlier explaining she was training very hard to boxer and hoped to have a bout soon.
Sexy Star’s explanation about the Mixed tag team championship was complete nonsense. Sexy said she didn’t the tag team titles were meant to be defending, claiming she thought they were trophies they would keep. Sexy Star said she acted in the spur of the moment, didn’t think the tag title defense had a purpose, and did it to motivate Taya – all things that don’t seem to make sense when you put them together. This comes of as dishonest and unbelievable – just say “I didn’t want to lose” and be done with it. There’s certainly true stuff Sexy Star said during the podcast, but she killed her credibility first. It did establish the show as a place where you can pretty much say anything and don’t have to worry about push back. Konnan’s gimmick of telling the straight truth now that he’s not with AAA is harmed by these sort of things.
CMLL (FRI) 05/27/2016Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Felino [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Ripper
6) Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
All the feuds from this last Friday are dropped – no Rush, no Cometa or Cavernario. The promotion is just drifting in the wind.
The main event is billed as a incredible partners, even though La Mascara appears to be a rudo on all shows now.
Diamante Azul is part time, never very over, never very good, probably not staying for too long but he’s tall so he’s dropped back in the semimain on Fridays. Guess we should be happy it’s not the main event. I guess the Dragon Lee/La Mascara feud is back, which might bring Dragon Lee into the Rush/Pierroth team.
Silueta mentioned she was finishing up in Japan for now, so she’ll probably actually be on this show.
What happened: La Mascara outcheated Rush, challenged Rush to a hair match, and challenged Pierroth to put up his mask too. (Shocker’s involvement was downplayed this time.) Cometa and Cavernario resumed their feud, with Cometa demanding a title match.
What was good: Lots of stuff! I really liked the Cometa/Cavernario trios match, and the second and fifth match weren’t too far behind.
Tonight’s CMLL show has La Mascara & Rush on opposite sides, following their break up last week (and another break up Tuesday in Guadalajara.) Rush teams with his father Pierroth and noted opportunist Rey Escorpion against La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. I guess it’ll be interesting to see if the fans cheer for La Mascara now that he’s against Rush, but it’s not really that interesting.
The semimain is Mistico, Atlantis and Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas and Euforia in what should be a good trios match. Angel de Oro and Dragon Rojo meet in the lightning match. Rey Cometa and Barbaro Cavernario are back on opposite sides of the tercera, but it’s unclear if that feud is still meant to be going. Puma, Tiger, and Hechicero team up against Triton, Esfinge and Fuego in a match way too good to be a segunda, and there’s a women’s match in the opener.
AAA announced the USA/TNA team for the Lucha World Cup: EC3, Tyrus, and Eli Drake. Drake has been in Mexico before, wrestling as part of the Border Patrol in Todo x el Todo as Shaun Ricker in 2013. He’s also worked lucha shows in California. Eli Drake’s sort of the replacement for Mr. Anderson in TNA, and Anderson was on this show last year. Tyrus, the ex-WWE Brodus Clay, was advertised as appearing on the Viva el Rey tour last year, but never actually made it to the shows. In TNA, Tyrus used to be EC3’s bodyguard – EC3’s recently turned turned face and they broke up.
I’m a fan of EC3 from his days on the antics on the original version of NXT as Derrick Bateman. He and Drake are considered good talkers and should be helpful to promote the whole thing (and Tyrus is there for the visual of the large heavy guy who had a memorable gimmick in WWE for a moment.) It’s disappointing as far as a team that’s going to have good matches, since there’s a lot of people in TNA who could probably fit in this format better. There’s still three men’s teams to announce, but there’s not many possibilities for great matches given who’s been announced so far, especially on the men’s side.
(It’s unclear if TNA picked the side, AAA picking the side, or some combination.)
A photo of the upcoming Blue Demon TV show taping at Arena Coliseo turned up another day, and Reforma published an article about the show is going. It’s mentioned to be historical fiction, not a retelling of Blue Demon’s actually life. They’re filming the show out of order; they mention they’ve taped scenes for 20 different episodes, with one complete and four or five more to come. Of note, Demon’s opponent is mentioned as world welterweight champion “Ala Dorada”, which probably means Hijo del Santo was able to stop them from using El Santo as a character and they’ve created a stand-in. It sounds like it was a one day taping – it might just be a coincidence this is happening the same time Coliseo isn’t running on Saturday.
CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Fuego, Tritón, Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Pierroth broke up with the Boricuas, but they’re teaming anyway because CMLL doesn’t pay attention to CMLL (and they absolutely will not book Puma & Tiger in a semimain, I guess.) Cometa/Cavernario should be very good.
CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Frezzer & Neutrón vs Demonio Rojo & El Chakal
2) Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Starman vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther Jr., Gallo, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Titán vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
Rush betrayed La Mascara, but La Mascara wants to hang out with Shocker and so Rush is apparently a tecnico by default. That’s just weird.