CMLL weekends results, Perro Aguayo, LU/Netflix

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 03/19/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala b Cholo
2) Leono b Apocalipsis
3) Cancerbero b Soberano Jr.
crowd got behind Soberano despite the loss (moonsault miss)
4) Súper Halcón Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Hombre Bala Jr. DQ Nitro
Nitro fould Bala.
6) Delta & Fuego b Olímpico & Sangre Azteca
7) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Valiente DQ Bobby Z, Terrible, Vangellys
Terrible fouled Valiente, and Valiente wants a singles match.

CMLL (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & The Panther b Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
The Panther replaced Leono. Apocalipsis replaced Inquisidor.
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Tritón DQ Puma, Tiger, Warrior Steel
Warrior Steel’s debut. Tiger foul for the DQ.
4) Stuka Jr. b Pólvora [lightning]
Torpedo splash in around 6 minutes.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto b Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Volador follows H2L loss with a win.

This is back to the normal Sunday randomness.

I’ll write about ChilangaMask, Elite in Naucalpan and a show in Berwyn tomorrow.

AAA and Perros del Mal will hold a mass in Perro Aguayo Jr.’s honor Monday at 4pm in Mexico City. There are a quite a few stories remembering both his life and his tragic death – the saddest to me is the Tijuana commissioner admitting not much has improved as far as medical care for lucha libre in the year since Perro passed away. So many press conferences and so many people with big ideas and nothing really amounted to anything; Mesias is quoted in another article saying there were changes for about a month and then everything went back to ‘normal’. SuperLuchas looks back at Hijo del Perro and the year without him. There’s interviews with the remaining members of Los Perros del Mal; Joe Lider says wrestling is not the same for him now, Taya says Perro was like a brother to him, Daga notes the controversy of even continuing the group (honoring versus profiting off his memory)

SoloWrestling interviewed Angelico, who’s was in Spain for a seminar. Angelico said Netflix had offered them a deal, but Lucha Underground rejected it for being too low. They’re hoping Netflix will come back with a better deal but are looking at other options. This is a difference between what a normal wrestling promtoion might do and how Lucha Underground operates – they’re a small part of a Mark Burnett media property who has a strong sense of how much they should be paid for certain content and are going to be more likely to hold that line. It’s probably affected other deals too – there are things they probably could’ve got done, but are holding out for better terms. Anyway, Angelico says he’ll be part of Season 3, joining the tapings in April and May, and htey’re shooting out of order so he may be part of earlier episodes. (It was clear to those at the tapings this weekend that matches were being taped for parts of many different shows and maybe not in any conventional order.) Angelico mentions he was going to wrestle in PWG and Chicago (AAW), could not due to his knee injury, but expects to do more with Jack in the near future.

SuperLuchas and Apolo Valdes both write about the Arturo Rivera/Konnan/Multimedios story.

+Luchas has interviews with Volador Jr., Rush, Negro Casas and Hijo del Lizmark from Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. The Lizmark segment felt like it got short changed on the show; I think all of the tribute videos they were showing during the last month went longer the the plaque presentation. The show went long as it is, but it didn’t feel like they did enough (and they don’t seem to do enough when the luchador isn’t there to walk slowly out to accept.)

Super Libre had a lot of guests, including Rudy Santana.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and KrisZ’s news report.

Rob has music videos of 08/31/15 AAA and 06/26/15 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Chairo II.

Black Fire faces Axel Dieter Jr. on 04/02 WXW show, and posted a video talking about his month in Europe.

Diosa Atenea beat Sexy Girl to keep the WWS championship and earn an appearance in Europe.

There’s a new history of women’s lucha libre exhibit in Queretaro

Dragon Rojo is going for the Norte Welterweight Championship on Thursday.

Volador & Rush win at H2L, Cage to Elite, LU tongiht

Negro Casas is a mad man
Negro Casas is a mad man

CMLL (FRI) 03/18/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO]
Homenaje a Dos Leyenda 2016, Lizmark & Salvador Lutteroth
1) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
21:05, rudos took 1/3.
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
10:27. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente b Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
16:38. Team Mexico took 2/3.
4) Rush b Máximo Sexy [hair]
15:00. Pierroth and Super Porky were seconds, with Pierroth first appearing as if he was Rush to allow Rush to attack from the crowd. Rush was DQed in the first for attacking the referee. Pierroth interfered in the third fall, and he and Porky were thrown out. Rush survived three kissed and won clean with the double underhook piledriver Rush Driver.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky b Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
8:06. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Cibernetico and UG started hitting each other on purpose and then not on purpose. They brawled after the match, and decided on a singles match next week.
6) Volador Jr. b Negro Casas [hair]
Seconds were Mephisto and Flyer, with no other Casas getting involved. Volador took 2/3, with the usual quick two falls and a long third fall with a lot of near falls. Volador won with a reverse headscissors.

Show was pretty good, with only the opener really underperforming expectations. Apolo Valdes had the building as 80% full; it looked a less than that on video, but they were definitely above 12000.

Rush suggested strongly that Pierroth would be part of the Ingobernables, which sounds like a terrible idea. They are teaming up next week. Cibernetico/UG is the other big news from the show – that’s a match at least as big as the two hair matches they ran tonight, and maybe big enough to run an Anniversary show around.

Maximo talks about his defeat, and Volador talks about his win. I’m sure the Rush video is coming soon and he’ll be a great mood.

Sunday is the one year anniversary of the accident which took Hijo del Perro Aguayo’s life. The match was on the 20th, and he passed away in the early hours of the 21st. Perro Aguayo Sr. made his first public statements about his son’s death to Record; he’s been quiet and out of the public eye the whole time. There have been strong rumors he was suffering from the damage of his in-ring career and his family were protecting him from those issues being exposed. The interview points in that direction, and says the death of Perro Jr. has hurt Perro Sr. a lot. Perro’s only quoted a couple time, but the most striking: “I gave my life, my effort, and everything I had to lucha libre, and lucha libre took away what was most important to me, my son.”

AAA posted a video tribute to Perro as part of their TV show, mentioning a longer one would be coming on YouTube. I believe AAA & MasLucha posted information about a mass in his honor on Monday, but i can’t find the information about it.

Hijo del Santo writes about his memories of Perro Sr.

Lucha Underground Season 2 has aired less than one-third of their episodes, but Lucha Underground Season 3 taping gets underway this afternoon in Boyle Heights. These are episodes which will be taped until mid May, but El Rey has said will not air until 2017. It’s a little strange they’re in a hurry taping, though it would seem to save them money from having to tear down and set up the set. It also means we may have more information on a few of the strange situations around AAA. There’s three people who would just make news by wrestling or not wrestling

  • Sexy Star. She may be telling people she’s retired from wrestling and going into boxing, but she was also wrestling an indie show in Tennessee with other AAA luchadors last weekend. My impression is AAA doesn’t want her part of this show and her wrestling in the tapings would mean either that’s changed, or AAA doesn’t have the power to block people who’ve quit their company. She’s quite likely a test case for others.
  • King Cuerno. He’s who I (and smarter people than me) have suspected as being the unidentified AAA/LU who wants out of his deal according to WON. (In a a later answer to an audio question about the situation, Dave Meltzer said the unnamed person was trying claim a breach in their contract to leave – so the contract length would not be part of it and it could happen immediately.) Cuerno is strangely missing from the Rey de Reyes lineup and would probably have no problem getting a WWE deal – either a short term one as part of the Cruiserweight Tournament, or a long term one as part of NXT – if he was free from other commitments.
  • Dr. Wagner Jr. He’s more likely to stick around with AAA in Mexico if he’s being used in LU – not just for the TV’s added payday, but the hope that exposure on this show will help him get booked even more in the US. Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner appears to be a big feud for AAA, but AAA needs a happy Wagner for that.

That’s beyond the normal bit of new people being added and others disappearing, though the relatively short distance between the two seasons might mean less turnover. (There were a handful of familiar and not familiar names who had a dark match or two near the end of season 2.) The first episode in the last two seasons has had a huge match, set up a big plot for the rest of the season, and generally been one of the hotter episodes of the season. Might be the same for season 3.

One person who won’t be at the Lucha Underground tapings, at least on Saturday, is Cage. He’s working a show in Texas instead. Many LU luchadors were booked for this show, but everyone but Cage was replaced. Interestingly, Elite’s Caristico was one of those added. Cage has another booking of note: he’s working the 03/30 ELITE Wednesday debut show against Rush. That’s the first Lucha Azteca taping. It appears Cage is part of the Liga Elite show and would be working regularly in Elite. It suggests Cage is done with AAA, and it also looks like LU is OK with their luchadors working an opposition promotion to AAA, which would suggest AAA has limited to no control of who works with LU. (That would mean Sexy Star is safe.)

There are other people associated with AAA who are whispered to be on that 03/30 Elite show. You know how I’ve kept mentioning how Wednesday might be crazy with Aztec Warfare and Rey de Reyes? I don’t know if we’re getting an Elite news conference on that day too, but it would fit and it might also have an effect on AAA.

In actual lucha libre shows and not political intrigue, ChilangaMask is Sunday! The added ACH/Lio Rush match adds a nice match to the card, and is the second foreigner match with Raymond Row versus Masada. You can see the full lineup here.

I’m on a very short time limit today; please forgive me if I’m neglecting something important

AAA’s TV episode is already up, the second half of the Toluca show.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Informa.

El Espectador has a pretty indepth piece on the history of lucha libre in Colombia.

Joe Lider says he’s going to win the tag team titles because he also wins the tag titles.

Adictos al Deportes looks back at the history of lucha libre and TV Azteca.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of new lucha libre exhibit.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/25/2016 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Pólvora
4) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Cibernético vs Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

This is Cibernetico’s first singles match in CMLL. He’s been better in CMLL, but it feels like something they wouldn’t do without a reason.

Besides Ciber/UG, the two trios matches follow up on the hair matches. Maximo doesn’t wrestle, but his friend Marco and his father Porky do, while Caristico returns to Fridays to continue his pique with Caristico.

Hechicero returns again, maybe.

CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas iPPV: 2016-03-18 

triple kiss!

Recapped: 03/18/2016

What happened: Volador defeated Negro Casas for his hair in the main event, winning cleanly with no interference from any family members (and Casas even had Mephisto instead of one of his nephews in his corner.) Rush also defeated Máximo for his hair in their match, though he had a little help from Comandante Pierroth. They acknowledged each other as family (though it didn’t seem like Rush outright admitted Pierroth was his father) and suggested they would continue to be together (though again it wasn’t outright said Pierroth would be an Ingobernable.)

The semimain saw friendly fire between Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero led to an all out fight. The rudos lost the match, and the two argued their way to a singles match next Friday. It was a rare case of CMLL building to a next week’s show on a major show.

The feed mostly held thru; it died in the main event (just around 11pm local, suggesting there was an automatic setting to cut it off then.) They got it back, but not everyone was able to get it working again. CMLL also quietly offered the show on Playstation’s Live Viewer, and the feed apparently did not come back for people using that service.

The changes to Arena Mexico were slight: new video boards and maybe a new ringside floor were all that were visible. 

What was good: I though both hair matches were excellent and the atomicos was great. The second match was fun and you can skip the rest.

Where can I watch it: You can’t legally right now. Claro Sports will air matches 2, 3, and 5 whenever they air these things, and Azteca will air the two hair matches four weeks from now.

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Homenaje a Dos Leyendas tonight, IWRG, ChilangaMask

H2L/CMLL needs to get a new stock photo of Rush that’s not 3 years out of date. He’s barely even evil!

IWRG (WED) 03/16/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Alas de Acero b Adrenalina
2) Acero & Picudo Jr. b Black Dragón & Galaxy
3) Dragón Fly, Freyser, Zatura b Astro, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II
Gemelos tried pulling the switch again, Freyser won anyway, and then the Gemelo declared the pin shouldn’t count because the wrong guy got pinned. That didn’t work, so Gemelos instead suggested a IWRG vs Toluca cage match.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy DQ Factor, Rayan, Spector
IWRG vs Toluca. Straight falls. Rafy faked a foul to the DQ. Comando Elite destroyed the Turtles after the match and took their masks. Mask challenges followed.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II DQ Canis Lupus & Eterno Eterno y Canis Lupus vs Trauma I y Trauma II, en la Arena Naucalpan (16-marzo-2016) (posted by +LuchaTV)
Eterno pulled T2’s mask while T2 fouled Eterno. Referee turned around to only see the unmasking and called the DQ.

Turtles/Comandos is going to be a big deal if they do it. I’m categorizing this as a new Zatura, and not the one who hasn’t been around since 2010. You never know with IWRG.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas is tonight at 8:30pm Central Standard Time, but an hour later than usual in the US. You can find out the time where you are here. I’ve got a longer preview of the show over on Voices of Wrestling. The shorter version is it’s as good match quality show as any iPPV they’ve run, only lacking suspense in the big matches. The Mexico vs Japan match is the only storyline match where the outcome is in doubt. Still, that shouldn’t hurt the crowd intensity for the two hair matches, and the quality of the matches should be high. This is easily worth what they’ve charging for it, assuming you’re around late on a Friday night to watch it.

The show is available for $10+$2 fees on Cleeng live only. A friend got a call that their credit card was being used in Mexico after paying for the show. Hopefully that’s just a fluke thing, but maybe using Paypal (an $0.80 fee) to keep your credit card a step away is not a bad idea.

The biggest thing to watch for on this show is any hint of the Anniversary show main event. CMLL hasn’t really teased one, and while Volador/Rush is the most likely outcome, it’s still far from being certainty. It’s also possible tonight is Kamaitachi’s final night in CMLL – he’s spent the last few days talking about his favorite parts of Mexico, as if he’s saying goodbye – but they may want to get Fujin and Raijin a big win to take over his spot quickly. It’s also just going to be interesting to see if this week of remodeling Arena Mexico includes any physical changes to the interior of the lucha arena, or if it’s just stuff behind the scenes. (It could be a new set, but it’s a 60 year old building – they may have also needed to fix a lot of pipes or something.)

I’ll have results on Twitter if you’re not buying the show, and a recap soon after.

SuperLuchas looks back at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas losers. CMLL has their own preview. Eric also has a preview of the show.

Rocky Casas is said to be Heavy Metal II, who turned up on indie shows late last year. There’s an interview on Facbook with both Heavy Metals where the older one is said to be Rocky Casas’ uncle.

Elite says they sold out Puebla last night. This angle suggests not so much. They acknowledged the Azteca7 story last night and set they’d have more information soon. I’d guess a press conference on Wednesday. There’s no real other news about it, just amazement that it’s actually happening.

Chris DeJospeh was a guest on Afterbuzz TV’s Lucha Underground recap show. DeJospeh says LU knew who they wanted as Matanza during Season 1 and were pleased/surprised to keep the casting quiet as long as they did. There’s also some talk about how Bael’s death gave them the freedom to try more out there things, and the influence of He-Man.

A lucha libre museum exhibit opened in Centro de la Cultura y las Artes José Emilio Pacheco in Tlalnepantla. Blue Demon Jr. was the spokesperson for the project, which includes 500 pieces. They’re hoping to find a permanent space for the exhibit, but for now it’ll be open until May 7th.

ChilangaMask announced it’ll be Lio Rush facing ACH on their show Sunday. Lio is the recent winner of ROH’s Top Prospect tournament who got a lot of buzz for his matches in 2015.  You can watch a documentary about him here. Rush vs ACH should be a pretty good match. The comments have people asking for a (Lio) Rush vs (CMLL) Rush battle.

The CMLL-RENA Tag Team championship is vacant; Narumiya and Syuri were champions, but Narumiya is retiring. No word what they’ll do with th ebelts.

Adictos al Deporte recaps the Konnan/Arturo Rivera situation, noting that Rivera made the same claims on his radio show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra versus Dragon Rojo.

A video interview with Arkangel & Nitro.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 19th

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Not listed here: AAA should have a PPV on Wednesday. They do have Taurus/Pirata vs Aerostar/Drago on Saturday, which also should be good.

CMLL does have an iPPV on Friday. This is my periodic reminder that I do not upload PPVs to YouTube until/unless the show has finished air on TV. I’d like CMLL to keep doing them.

I’d assume the Elite show on Sunday in Naucalpan will not be taped, which means last night’s IWRG show will air all weekend on AYM – or maybe some random repeat.

Both Puebla and Tuesday Mexico are actually interesting this week.

Lucha Libre Elite gets the spot on Azteca7, is a real major league group now

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(Credit to @notiluchaMexic2 for finding this first)

I didn’t think this was going to happen! Since the day the Elite started promoting, and more since since they started running regularly in CMLL arenas last fall, there has been talk about the fledgling Caristico led promotion getting on one of the Azteca stations. These are over the air channels which every single person in Mexico who has a TV set can get, but they’re also such big stations that a lucha libre promotion – even one heavy on names like Elite – might never be considered a big enough ratings draw to be on the network. A good TV outlet seems necessary to get the promotion to expand from doing 3000 turnout shows, but Azteca itself seemed like some pipe dream.

The dream got announced today. Elite itself hasn’t said anything – they’re running tonight in Puebla, maybe they’re busy – but there’s a new Lucha Azteca 7 website announcing the show. It will air on Azteca 7 on Fridays at 6pm. There’s a video up of the hosts of Deportes Calientes interviewing Zumbi. Near the end, Zumbi says the first show is April 1st, and makes it sound as if the March 30th Wednesday Elite debut show will be the first taping. (Perhaps the change of day of week has to do with the show getting on air? That would suggest this has been close for a while.)

This is huge news. This is a much better TV situation the home CMLL promotion has, though they’ll obviously benefit from their own guys being on these shows. (CMLL’s a winner in this; free publicity and their renter is going to be around longer.) It’s arguable a better deal than AAA has too. We don’t know what the pressures or expectations from Azteca will be for this show – the infamous one episode run of Perros del Mal on Televisa is a cautionary tale – but this is a fantastic opportunity for the Elite promotion and the luchadors who are part of it. They have a giant platform now and just up to them to make use of it.

Elite on Azteca possibly mean another talent raid too. Elite’s been using the TV chance as a carrot to get luchadors to jump, and some of those people were as skeptical as I’ve been about it actually happen. People may be more willing to take a jump now that this is a real thing. I haven’t heard anything about how the Elite shows have done this week, but this could be a pretty pivotal week for them if they can prove they can draw on the road too.

(As another ripple effect – whatever’s going on with Konnan, Elite getting Azteca means any other group is probably shut out.)

There’s no word about the show airing outside the US. It’s always possible Azteca could pick it up and pair it with the current CMLL show. I guess I’ll be looking for feeds again too. This is good news as far as seeing these Elite shows; the handhelds won’t be affected, but there’s a chance we can find a TV version too. This is bad news as far as keeping names straight – now there’s a “Lucha Azteca” and a “Lucha Azteca 7”!

I’ll update this if more information turns up tonight.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-12 

two for one
two for one

Recapped: 03/12/2016

What happened: Octagon Jr. debuted. This time, it’s the former Fireball/Flamita. He was set up as opponent to Pentagon Jr. and might have beat him with a normal referee, but Pentagon Jr. ended up defeating his rival and advancing to the final of Rey de Reyes.

Apache cost Venum the opener with a drink to the face. The Xinetez continued rolling with a win over Psycho Circus.

What was good: The opener and the main event were really fun. The middle match accomplished what it set out to do.

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

Dragon Lee vs Cavernario in Guadalajara, Konnan vs Arturo on Twitter

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

CMLL (TUE) 03/15/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Espectrúm & Rey Trueno b Reycko & Vaquero Jr.
Espectrum actually beat Vaquero Jr. clean this time.
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito, Relámpago b Aéreo, Cosmos, Shockercito
Aereo replaced Stukita.
3) Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Skadi
Sugehit was listed strangely listed on the ruda side, but replaced by Dalys.
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Rey Escorpion replaced Ripper, putting the Revolucionarios back together for the first time since in Escorpion’s return. They lost – tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico
Rudos took 1/3, Cavernario beating Dragon Lee with a Cavernaria and asking for a title match.

The Revolucionarios finally reunite! And it doesn’t end well. That Ingobernables shirt is probably looking so good to Escorpion.

Konnan’s spent the last few months poking the AAA bear on Twitter, and someone with AAA poked back. AAA announcer Arturo Rivera yesterday claimed Konnan was actually forming a spinoff promotion, noting it was a repeat of Konnan’s first split with AAA and the start of Promo Azteca. Konnan disagreed and they argued over Twitter for a while. You can read the back and forth from last night here with a few run-ins; they were still at it this morning but I got bored with it.

Arturo Rivera’s original specific claims were
* Konnan is forming his own promotion with his friends
* Garza Jr. is helping him
* Multimedios would be funding it

Garza Jr., the center of a lot of stories lately, denied the story and asked not to be mentioned in such gossip. People who work for Multimedios denied the Monterrey TV company was doing any thing like this. Arturo Rivera has been around lucha libre for decades and certainly Knows Things, but he’s also a fierce defender of AAA and prone to saying illogical and untrue things to defend it. There’s probably a kernel of truth to this story, but what it is isn’t clear.

It doesn’t make sense that Multimedios would be a big funder for a new wrestling promotion. They’re sort of funding existing lucha libre by running Arena Coliseo Monterrey, but they’re clearly not putting a lot of money towards it, and the TV show has a terrible time slot with weird production elements. They definitely have a big reach and maybe they’d do more with Konnan or whomever, but I wouldn’t count out it without someone else funding it.

It’s a pretty safe bet Konnan is working on something. It’s a situation I don’t really understand. Konnan may not have been at an AAA TV taping since Juarez in November – he hasn’t been at the ones this year – but no one’s said he’s actually gone from AAA and my impression is he’s still doing business on AAA’s behalf. He’s been using Twitter to criticize the Roldans for weeks, but become more direct in the last few weeks. It’s all too inside to be a worked shoot storyline. People much smarter than me have pointed out Konnan would only be burning his bridge with AAA if he had someplace to go, but there’s been no obvious place for him to go. (It wouldn’t be Elite. He’s not going to work with Caristico again.) It would need to be a new group, but who funds it? I dunno.

Konnan himself pretty much admitted to a new project (Masked Republic, who has been subtly not-subtly talking about people leaving AAA for months, was trying to continue to hint around about it, but Konnan wrote they were involved.) There’s definitely a faction of AAA luchadors who are friends with Konnan, and may be loyal enough to go with him if they were legally allowed to do so – and if they didn’t lose their well paying LU bookings. (Again, how Sexy Star is treated this weekend at the first S3 tapings is important.) Last time this came up, I thought the most logical move would be for everyone to hold in place until after the LU S3 tapings are finished – no one knows when/if S4 tapings would happen, and so the risk of losing that isn’t as big – but this argument suggests whatever’s happening may be closer in happening and not wait until those tapings are over in May.

But beyond all that, it’s still a matter of finding someone who’s going to pay for the thing. You’ve got to have money to get a promotion off the ground and you’ve got to find a way to get strong TV (which only AAA really has) if you’re going to do OK as a major league lucha libre promotion. And I don’t have any real idea about either of those things.

Konnan’s been talking about the press conference coming soon exposing the Roldans. Konnan had a memorable press conference to announce his involvement in Promo Azteca a couple decades where he ripped Antonio Pena. It feels like history is just repeating itself, though we’re not quite there yet. I don’t think Arturo Rivera got the story exactly right, I don’t know exactly how it would work, but there’s something to this.

Today is the one year anniversary of death of AAA employee Irma Osorno. She passed away when a bus carrying AAA staff back from Guadalajara crashed into another vehicle on the highway. AAA’s posted messaged remembering her on social media.

Elite is in Puebla today; there’s local articles talking about it, so my concern was for nothing.

Maximo says Rush is very tough, but can get tired quick and he plans to take advantage of that. Cibernetico is pleased to be on H2L, and says his goal is to be on an Anniversary show. (The interview says he’ll wrestle in Puebla and Guadalajara soon.) There’s hype for the Hijos del Infierno too.

IGN has quotes from the Lucha Underground press conference before Austin Warfare, with the performers identifying the intimate atmosphere. Austin American Statesman has a video report, which includes clips from the opener.

Cinta de Oro returned to Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos one last time for a viewing. WWE’s Sin Cara was among those in attendance.

04/10 Lucha Memes in Ecatepec so far
Ultimo Guerrero vs Hechicero
Black Terry vs Super Mega

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

RobViper has highlights of 09/01/15 CMLL.

SuperLuchas an obit for Baby Pérez.

Segunda Caida reviews random CMLL lucha, praises the Boricuas

Chessman says everyone knows Averno & Chessman are better than the Perros del Mal.

A video interview with Demus.

Ryan Kidd, an American who was on DTU shows last year and works in Tijuana, is also now training in Dragon Gate.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/22/2016 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Delta, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Euforia, Gran Guerrero
4) Mistico & Tritón vs Magia Blanca & Último Guerrero and Atlantis & Flyer and Negro Casas & Rocky Casas and Máximo Sexy & Súper Halcón Jr. and El Cuatrero & Rey Bucanero and Oro Jr. & Valiente and Fujin & Rey Escorpión [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]

The Gran Alternativa is back for the first time since February 2014. (Cavernario won – I think it worked out for him.) This is listed as the first part of the tournament, so it’s a 16 team tournament.

Rocky Casas is the name that jumps out. No one’s used that name before and there’s been no hint of a new Casas family member. (Volador should be very concerned.) We don’t know anything but that name. There’s always the possibility they simply changed Canelo’s name. There was a Heavy Metal II wrestling a few months ago who was in the bodybuilding contest.

We do know Magia Blanca – he’s the former Magnifico I who made a couple appearances in Arena Puebla before disappearing. His brother doesn’t appear to be in CMLL, but we can assume Sanson & Raijin are the other half of the block based on their partners being included.

Triton was first in a Gran Alternativa in 2012 and really is too old for this; he’s probably too old to actually win, even though he’s the highest booked luchador among the ‘new luchadors’. Oro was in the 2013 & 2014. Halcon has actually not been in one somehow.

CMLL (TUE) 03/22/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gallo & Magnum vs Maléfico & Ráfaga
2) Soberano Jr., Starman, Vaquero Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Espectrúm, Hijo del Signo
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragón Lee © vs Cavernario [CMLL SL]
first defense
5) Máximo Sexy, Súper Porky, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto

Dragon Lee versus Cavernario is happening! ATTENTION CMLL: People would pay to see this match. I hope it turns up, but I’m happy to know it exists in the world.

Lucha Underground 2×8: Life After Death

Vampiro had quite the reaction
Vampiro had quite the reaction

matches

Ivelisse, Son of Havoc, Angelico [O] defeat Disciples of Death (Siniestro de la Muerte [X], Barrio Negro, Trece) to win the Lucha Underground Championship (4:54, Havoc Shooting Star Press→Angelico pin, good)
Texano Jr. defeated Chavo Guerrero in a bull rope match (6:02, powerbomb, OK)
Fenix defeated Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Championship (13:32, back bridge cradle, great)

developments

Every Lucha Underground championship changed hands. The Gift of the Gods championship is vacant and the Aztec Medallions should be handed out again soon. The Trios championship changed hands to the first champions, and the Lucha Underground championship went to a new champion. Even the Aztec Warfare match changed.

trio dive
trio dive

The show started with the trios title change. Ivelisse, Havoc and Angelico, with their LU careers on the line, were more on the same page than every and pretty much demolished the Disciples. The DoD got in some offense, and had one near victory on a surprise switch, but it was pretty clear who was the better team with both teams healthy. Both teams might not be healthy after this match: an angry Mil Muertes destroyed his subordinates in the locker room after the match, and might have straight up killed Sineistro had Catrina not stopped him.

If Mil was angry after the first title match loss, his rage must know no limits after the main event. He probably wouldn’t be pleased to know Catrina and Fenix were making out early in the show, with Catrina telling Fenix she had regrets about dumping him last season. Catrina called Fenix the man of a 1000 lives, and said one of those lives might be able to bring her back. Yea, she’s dead – and yea, this might have either been some mind game or Catrina laying the foundation of getting back with Fenix if Mil doesn’t have the belt. Fenix’s reaction this didn’t show in the match, as he and Mil destroyed each other. Fenix bled first, Mil ripping his mask, but Fenix rallied back to the same to Mil when he wasn’t jumping off high places. Mil was more vulnerable than previous match (Mil’s first back from the dead), but Fenix best shots weren’t keeping him down. It was a bridging cradle which shockingly beat Mil – not far off from what we saw with Puma & Pentagon, only Fenix was able to bridge up. Catrina & Mil were shocked, but Catrina rallied quick: next week’s Aztec Warfare would now be for the Lucha Underground championship, Mil will get #20, and Fenix will be #1.

those are really nice chairs you're damaging!
those are really nice chairs you’re damaging!

A couple more people were confirmed for Aztec Warfare: Rey Misterio revealed both himself and Dragon Aztec received invites. Another vignette confirmed Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo are in the match. The other 14 spots are yet to be revealed.

There are others coming to the Temple. Dario decided Matanza was ready and it was time to take his Temple back. Dario opened the door to Matanza’s area, and we saw him for the first time – or the second time if you saw the comic book, because this was pretty much the same scene, down to the first look at Matanza. Matanza seemed a lot bloodier on TV. It was unclear if they’re meant to be in Warfare (doesn’t seem like Catrina would invite Dario back) or if they’re just on their own schedule.

FWIW: I finally found a place that’d map 375 miles from a location. Phoenix, a city near to the heart of the lead writer, seems to be in the right place to be Dario’s hangout these many months.

The other match on the show appeared to be an ending, at least now. Texano cleanly beat Chavo in a bullrope match. Chavo put up a fight – more than the Disciples, really – but was in trouble from the start when the Crew walked out on him. (Mr. Cisco was in a shoulder sling, which might explain why he was the guy pinned in seconds in the gauntlet match a couple of weeks ago.) Texano whipped Chavo with his own bullrope after the match.

I think that’s it! Vampiro claimed he was on his meds, which I’m not sure I believed and may or may not count.

thoughts

Chavo's head kicked off
Chavo’s head kicked off

This was a really good show. Just doing Fenix versus Mil Muertes sets the expectations really high, because Grave Consequences set the bar so high and the other matches were nearly as crazy – it’s a challenge to maintain that standard. This was up there with those other matches, maybe not at the time, but a great part of an epic feud if you can string all the matches together. It’s been like nothing else.

The crowd desperately wanted Fenix to win this one, but I’m not sure they totally believed he would until he pulled it off. The flash pin, reversing out of a Flatliner when Mil took took much time and might have already had the match won, protected Mil a bit. It’s also that Fenix has Mil’s number like no one else. I wasn’t as much as fan of the “first/last” reveal – Catrina has been a bit over the top evil too similar to people in certain other promotions, and it’s actually kind of a repeat from the first Aztec Warfare. Remember, Mil and Fenix first met in the seeding decision match, and Mil won that time to get #20 in the last match.

Fenix limping during in this match reminded me: this is the end of the Sunday taping, he and Cuerno had their painful looking ladder match just 24 hours before. I have no idea how he could manage to do what he did. They taped out of order on this day to give Mil extra time between last week’s main event three way match and this week’s title match, but even that must’ve taken an immense amount of effort. Luchadors, wrestlers have two matches on the same taping or back to back days all the time, but these were not any ordinary matches.

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Fenix’s fight for a German suplex late in the match was awesome.

The Matanza reveal was surprising; I didn’t think we’d see him until he set foot in the real Temple. They shot him from underneath and they framed him to full up the screen. The blood made him see intimidating, but his first appearance in the ring is going to be the test.

The other two matches were kind of slight. Chavo versus Texano was OK, but it was also better than I thought it would be and more definitive than I would’ve guessed. Texano won completely – that’s the best decision they could’ve made but not the one which always is made. The trios title match was really fun while it lasted, even while being one sided, and I could’ve gone for something twice as long easily. Still, if the tradeoff was more time for the main event, that’s fine, I’ll see the trios guys another day.

Once you notice Striker is avoiding saying the individual names of the Disciples of Death, it becomes hard not to notice. They’re tough!

Next week is going to be something. Aztec Warfare I was built off a lot of feuds from the previous episodes coming together, and you can see the same thing being set up here. There’s also a question of who exactly is in this match. We know of six, leaving fourteen spots for twenty four people who’ve been around this season so far: Angélico, Barrio Negro, Bengala, Cage, Chavo Guerrero, Cortez Castro, Drago, El Siniestro De La Muerte, Ivelisse, Jack Evans, Joey Ryan, Killshot, King Cuerno, Kobra Moon, Mariposa, Marty Martinez, Mr. Cisco, Pentagón Jr, PJ Black, Sexy Star, Son of Havoc, Taya, Texano, and the Mack. The Disciples looked like they may need a week off and/or a hospital bed and Bengala may have returned to the jungle, but that’s still a lot of people for not enough spaces – and that’s if no one unexpected shows up.

#whatwillittake
#whatwillittake

Austin Warfare, LU preview, Brazo de Plata not to retire

Flyer flying!/photo by CMLL
Flyer flying!/photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 03/15/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Metatrón b Artillero & Camorra
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Magnus, Robin, Star Jr.
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón DQ Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
Disturbio pulled Fuego’s mask for the DQ. Mask vs mask challenges followed.
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Marco Corleone b Kráneo
Marco took 1/3 to win the super Heavyweight battle
6) Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Stuka replaced Super Porky

CMLL didn’t end up streaming this show. Their streaming events actually started in Arena Coliseo, but those were done by Terra. They worked well for a while, not so much near the end. Terra had it’s own set up (satellites!) and it may just be that old Arena Coliseo doesn’t have the internet connection to stream video.

Earlier in the night, CMLL posted an interview with Super Porky declaring he wasn’t retiring any time soon. This was in direct response to the Monterrey card which listed it as part of his retirement tour. (That was both announced and corrected weeks ago, CMLL’s really slow in responding.) Porky was also sad people were questioning him belonging in the semimain of H2L, because he’s a legend who’s earn those spots and used to main event three shows in the same day. After all of that, he didn’t main event last night and was replaced with no explanation by Stuka.

CMLL actually having dives in the opener is weird.

There’s no big news coming out of last night’s Lucha Underground activities at SXSW, but the show last night sounds like it went really well. This super positive review matches the reactions,  It looked like a full crowd, though no idea how many people that actually is – the Austin Music Hall can seat 3,000, but there was far less there with the ring and the band set up. It was “a lot of people”, I’m going with that, and a lot of people who were excited to be there. It’s one show, but it seemed like a promising sign for house shows sometime in the future. When is still a question – “it’s part of the long term plan” is what Van Wagenen said yesterday before the show. After the show, he was saying they’d be back to SXSW.

You can read brief results of the show here; there were four matches, and there was also Vampiro giving a DDT to his psychiatrist. You know, the normal deal. They treated it as if was occurring in between last week’s episode and this week’s episodes, so there’s no real spoilers. The show didn’t appear to be taped as if it was going to air TV show, though they did have a camera around (and did interviews with fans before the show), so footage may end up on YouTube or used in promotional material. They had special shirts and they appeared to be giving away posters and hard copies of the comic book.

The spot that’s gone viral from the show was Aerostar’s dive from a balcony. There’s a second angle here. Aerostar was put on a stretcher and in a neckbrace after the match, but it was just precautionary – he suffered a bloody nose, was checked out at the hospital and released. I feel like I’ve seen Aerostar do even crazier/ill-advised stuff though; this was more about the catch not going well. That spot going everywhere is more the power of SXSW (and also allowing people to take video during a Lucha Underground show, which is a bit different than usual for them.)

There was no intergender wrestling on the show. It’s one show, there were only two women wrestling (and Melissa announcing), it doesn’t mean much, but it’s a data point.

ProWrestlingTees has seven new Lucha Underground shirts. It’s good there’s more shirts. It’s a little disappointing there’s no character specific merchandise: it’s mostly LU Training Academy logo shirts and one poster shirt. Guessing it’s not an oversight but a plan not to do character specific items yet.

There’s a show today too! It’s the eighth episode of second season, Life After Death. Matches on the show

  • The Disciples of Death (c) vs Angelico, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship ; Angelico, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc must leave The Temple should they lose.
  • Texano versus Chavo Guerrero in a bullrope match
  • Mil Muertes (c) vs Fenix for the Lucha Underground Championship; Fenix relinquishes the Gift of the Gods championship in exchange for this match.

Aztec Warfare 2 is next week. This and next week are part of the finishing kick of Act 1 of this season – two title matches, and a gimmick match for a feud which dates back to last season (and a gimmick match is usually the blowoff for feuds in LU.) Eric has a bigger preview of this episode.

Elite posted a teaser photo of the return of it’s Liga Elite with the usual bit of silhouettes of not yet announced people. Caristico is the guy in the middle, and Rush and Volador are fairly obvious. I think that’s Extreme Tiger on the far left; I guess he’s not busy with TNA for quite a while after this week anyway. They say it starts as 03/30, so maybe no Wednesday show next week.

Box Y Lucha is selling digital issues of it’s magazine, which is great news. They’re selling them for 100 pesos for 5 issues, which is a really good price – about $1.10USD per issue. The problem is, at least at the moment, you’re required to either have a Mexican credit card or a Mexican bank account or a Mexican prepaid card – they don’t take foreign credit cards or Paypal. That’s disappointing. They mention having old issues up soon.

Segunda Caida reviews Sombra versus Liger

LuchaWorld has this week’s Lucha Rankings.

Mexico City area luchador Babe Perez passed away.

Fuego en el Ring praises Malefico.

Univision Digital announced a five episode series entitled “Becoming a Luchador” to be released in March.

Adictos al Deporte has a list of the seven most ridiculous Konnan Big matches. Cutting it down to only seven must have been rough.

Black Terry Jr. has updated list of his videos.