tecnico Kraneo & Soberano/Casas tonight, Alberto’s latest excuse

tonight
Kraneo returns to the tecnico side for the first time in eight years on tonight’s Arena Mexico show. He teams with Atlantis & Diamante Azul against Los Ingobernables (Rush, Terrible and La Bestia), who he turned against last week. It seems like a feud was just a way to move Kraneo to the other side, and we’ll find out if there’s any more to it tonight.

The match where there’s more likely to be something going on is the second match, where Sugehit and Seductora are on opposite sides of the trios match after Seductora stole a win two weeks ago. Seductora is not much important normally and the level of ruda who only gets cheating wins if they’re being set up for a match, and we know there are shows that will need big matches coming. CMLL’s holding a press conference next Wednesday, so tonight’s a good time to making the expected the hair/hair challenges.

The rest of the card are matches which could be good but aren’t sure to be. Caristico, Valiente, and Voaldor take on UG, Euforia & Mephisto in the semimain. Negro Casas faces Soberano, a replacement for an originally announced Casas/Adonis match and a first time ever match. Casas versus a young wrestler is usually one of the best matches of the night. Esfinge, Titan and Triton attempt to rebound from Tuesday’s title match loss against Okumura, Kawato and Dragon Rojo. The show opens with Nuevo Valor finalist Flyer 7 Oro Jr. taking on Templario & Espanto Jr.

CultIcon also previews the show. It starts at 8:30pm on Facebook and MarcaClaro’s site – or at least that’s the plan, they’ve been late starting the feed of late. It’ll be up on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Reporte Indigo has a brief interview with Seductora, who sells clothes when she’s not wrestling. DTU starts a weekend of show tonight in Arena San Juan Pantitlan.

The main event is an incredible pairs match, with Miedo Extremo teaming Rocky Santana versus Ciclope & Mr. Condor. Ace Austin and Isias Velazquez are the foreigners in for these shows, with Velazquez scheduled to face Draztick Boy on this hosw. DTU in a Neza arena means there will likely be many handhelds of the show up on YouTube over the next couple of days.

Alberto told the Sporting News that he missed the Impact vs Lucha Underground show due to family issues. He’s used that line before; he used it last October when he missed a different show, and has used it often in the past in situations where he wanted people to stop asking questions about why he really was missing a show. Alberto had previously told Impact that he missed the show due to illness, and it doesn’t seem like they believed that story either. Alberto also claimed he was going to retire in 2019, after previously saying he was going to retire in both 2018 and 2020.

LA Park says Universo 2000 is again in the hospital in poor health.

Nieto del Santo is making an increasingly rare wrestling appearance on 04/21 in Pachuca. It feels like the brakes have put on his (and Atlantis Jr.’s) debut in Mexico City, which has gone from “a couple months” to “maybe next year”

Vampiro retirement progression (March 2018 edition)

  • 03/22: Vampiro announces he’ll have a big announcement tomorrow about his career in the ring
  • 03/23: Vampiro posts a meme instead.
  • 03/24: Vampiro says “no more TV” after his match with Xalapa
  • 03/25: Vampiro has a “strong feeling” the match in Monterrey will be his last match on TV, but may keep wrestling house shows and hopes to retire at TripleMania
  • 03/26: Vampiro wrestles in Monterrey, says his plan is to retire at Verano de Escandalo in Monterrey next time if AAA lets him.
  • 03/31: Vampiro says he’ll talk to people before deciding when he’ll have last matches
  • 04/09: Vampiro announces he’s had his last match, post medical records of injuries from a couple years ago
  • 04/11: Vampiro says he’s wrestling on Puebla on 04/14, but not on 05/16 in San Luis Potosi because he’ll be retired by then for sure.
  • 04/12: Vampiro says he’s wrestling on 05/16 in San Luis Potosi – NEW!

In other Vampiro news, there’s apparently a Hijo del Tirantes/Vampiro feud going on. Leo Riano’s column complains that the awful rudo referee was kept off a TV taping and wants revenge. I do not recall Tirantes missing a TV taping, but the idea is Tirantes wants to be a wrestler now to face Vampiro. Hijo del Tirantes and Vampiro had a run-in at an Xalapa show last month in a video now on YouTube; Hijo del Tirantes books shows and wrestlers fairly often in his home city so this might have been his idea. I’m not sure it’s a great idea to be building a rivalry between a referee who wants to be a referee and wrestler who doesn’t want to be a wrestler but it’s AAA and maybe it’d mean no more Tirantes as referee.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui Esta La Lucha.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-04-03 

Super Astro

Recapped: 04/04/2018

Matches:

Bengala & Oro Jr. beat Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
(11:28 [4:07, 3:10, 4:11], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
(14:30 [5:30, 4:09, 4:51], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany beat Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela  
(12:33 [6:09, 4:09, 2:15], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The battle royal went 1:50.

Súper Astro Jr. beat Astral in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(4:42, top rope reverse tope, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Yago beat Retro in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(2:30, indian deathlock and arm trap, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Grako in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(5:12, Spanish Fly, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sangre Imperial beat George Kebrada in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(2:33, top rope splash to the back, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Yago beat Súper Astro Jr. in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(3:57, reverse armbar, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Sangre Imperial in a Copa Nueva Valores quarterfinal
(1:37, escalera, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Yago in a Copa Nueva Valores semifinal
(6:27, code red, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla beat Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr.
(7:10 [5:06, 2:04], ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Sangre Imperial, bad at rolling

Mephisto attacks Dragon Lee even before the match starts and goes after him the entire match. It’s done in a way as if they’ve had a feud going in. They did face last week but nothing really happened. Mephisto pulled Dragon Lee’s mask to win. They argued post match and Mephisto unmasked him again.

Thoughts: 

The main event was nearly a 2v2 match with Mephisto and Dragon Lee having a brawl elsewhere. They were barely involved in that match except for being the actual central focus of the match, with a singles match coming up just as soon as CMLL has time to give them a singles match. The other four were fine in spurts but doing a lot of time killing while the actual important thing happened out of the ring.

Yago just got there in time

On the Nuevo Valores guys

  • Super Astro Jr. got a good showcase of moves and he and Astral had good chemistry together. I’m guessing that’s why they put astral in this block, but I’m not sure why he was here otherwise. Some of the trademarks were lost on this crowd – there was no reaction to the rope fake – but having a rooting section helped. Super Astro senton in the second match’s was impressive, and he came off as a future star even while losing out early.

  • Retro got all the moves in for the two minutes he was in the tournament and was fine for just about two minutes.

  • Grako is a decent prospect who’s still a little sloppy and doesn’t stand out much on his own.

  • Sangre Imperial could not remember to roll out of the way of a frog splash, and struggled with an armdrag against Flyer. Not everyone is made to be a wrestler.

  • Kebrada looked like he could move around well and seems to have potential, but it’s hard to get a sense of how much in the little time he got.

  • Flyer is obviously advanced compared to the rest of this batch, and is just in need of a big match to prove it. Maybe the tournament final will be it for him. He looked good in all three matches he had on this show, with the final having the most to it.

  • Yago’s remains interesting but needs more regular work to take a step forward. He showed good sense in improvising when the headscissors spots on the outside went wrong, but other spots he hasn’t done (or at least haven’t seen him try) also had problems. Maybe he just needs more ring time. Too much other stuff went wrong to really recommend this match, but they clearly could have one of those given another try.

Kebrada

I find myself skipping writing about the openers not because they’re especially poor, but because I can think of nothing left to write about them. When the minis and the women are frozen in the same amber as the opening card guys, never changing or progressing, it’s hard to come up with something interesting to say. The women’s match is no different, no different than the dozen other Dalys/Marcela matches of this year and longer. Dalys seems to have zero ability to react to something going poorly. Kaho is really tiny but excited to be there and seemingly the only person to notice she beat the champion. It’s ignored by the end of the match, where Dalys simply steps out of Marcela’s hold and applies her own for the win. CMLL desperately needs something new, and doesn’t seem to know it.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 12, 2018

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Unless I get on things tomorrow, I think CMLL’s Friday show is the first one CMLL one I’ll have seen in about 10 days. I’m guessing a lot will be the same. Negro Casas/Soberano looks promising.

CMLL Tuesday‘s Copa Nuevo Valores looks like the biggest match of the week.

Televisa Guadalajara remains region blocked. It really isn’t that hard to install Hola and record it, it is just hard to remember to do so.

AAA’s Tijuana taping is just a couple off the schedule.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-04-02 

triple dropkick

Recapped: 04/03/2018

Matches: 

El Malayo, King Jaguar, Policeman beat Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(13:02 [5:38, 4:14, 3:10], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis beat Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely
(15:15 [7:07, 4:00, 4:08], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma beat Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(13:22 [4:50, 2:32, 6:00], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:27 [6:59, 5:28], 1/2 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © beat Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Trios Championship
(18:15 [8:22, 1:16, 8:37], 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mistico submitted Caristico to La Mistica. Carístico challenged Mistico to a singles match. Mistico attacked rather than accept.

Thoughts: 

Caristico

The Sky Team versus the Caristi-Guerreros was a fun main event, and Mistico submitting Carístico was a big moment. The core of the match seemed to lack the intensity and speed of the bigger trios title matches of the past, and it veered too much into UG and Volador getting their big match spots checked off while everyone else hung out waiting for something to do. Part of that was be design – they wanted Mistico & Carisitco in only to do an even sequence and the finish – but that meant it was more of a solo match than a team one, and the match wasn’t quite as good as good as straight Guerreros/Sky Team for that reason. Still, it might be more memorable if that finish goes anywhere.

The semimain never picked up to a big end game because the endgame was two falls and a DQ. It was alright as a regular TV match without living up to it’s on paper potential. Maybe they didn’t want to do too much with the trios title match to come, or maybe I’m expected too much out of them for a Monday semimain. The NGD didn’t do a lot of teamwork, but the tecnicos looked spectacular in what they did in their time. I really want some Dragon Lee singles matches, and he matches up well with Sansón here. Wish it meant it was happening.

Good things you can say about Mascara 2000: he doesn’t seem to have a problem losing to younger guys (even if he seemed to kick out a little too soon, he didn’t require a foul to get that far), he was willing to get up and down for Angel de Oro’s armdrags, and he didn’t totally drag the match down. That’s also because the match wasn’t particularly anything much beside the Angel de Oro/Mascara. Stigma Universo, Pólvora and Esfinge were all fine but only Stigma seemed to be doing things. This was an OK outcome to a Mascara 2000 feud, I still wouldn’t do them.

Zeuxis front cracker

Octagons versus Lucha Brothers, lucha libre doc, Marvin/Cavernario

Klandestino (WED) 04/11/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) El Compadrito, Escorpión Rodríguez, Golden Crisis b Mr. Ángel, Niño Triki, Príncipe Barush
2) Ancla Jr., Misael, Súper Mal b Fire Boy, Karma, Serpiente Azteca
3) Dark Panther, Karma, Terremoto b Demonio Chino, Kid Silver, Saurom
money thrown
4) Iron Love, Terry 2000, Yakuza b Kronoz, Mr. Dragón, Savage Troll
5) Fresero Jr. & Herodes Jr. b Costeno & Último Gladiador and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Aspirantito & Príncipe Cóndor Chacho Herodes Jr y el Fresero Jr vs Ovett y Ángel o Demonio vs P Condor y Aspirantito vs Mercurio y (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
6) Laredo Kid b Golden Magic Laredo Kid vs Golden Magic mano a mano en la Arena López Mateos. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
best match of the night
7) Aeroboy, Draztick Boy, Sharlie Rockstar b Arez, Belial, Impulso Sharlie Rockstar, Aeroboy y Draztick Boy vs Impulso, Arez y Belial en Klandestino (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
8) Hijo De Octagon & Octagón b Penta Zero M & Rey Fénix Hijo de Octágon y Octágon vs Penta0M y Rey Fénix en la Arena López Mateos. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Lucha Brothers worked as Rudos but the crowd was still rooting for them over the Octagons. They took the Octagons masks after the match.

Estrellas del Ring has video of the post match. They drew pretty well for a Wednesday show, but the kind of fans who are going on a Wednesday night for a wrestling show are not really wanting to see Octagon do Octagon things.

A documentary on lucha libre debuts on Mexico City’s Canal 22 next Monday at 8:30pm. It’s five episodes of half hour each, which looks like it focuses on CMLL. The channel has been promoting it for the last weeks. The opening and a teaser for the series are on Vimeo. Canal 22 does stream online, but it’s content is blocked outside of Mexico.

AAA has an interview with Ashley, who explains she’s putting up with Faby Apache’s meanness because Ashley knows she needs to get better as a luchadoras and there’s no one better to learn from than Faby Apache. Ashley doesn’t like being berated in front of the people or Estrella Divina stealing her wins, but she thinks this is how she’ll learn better.

AAA also posted a video of Faby Apache teaming with Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown as a surprise in last year’s trip to Tijuana, wondering what surprises might have this year.

+Lucha posted videos of Alberto and Rey Mysterio Jr. saying they’ll be in Monterrey for Sunday’s Revolucha show. Alberto actually appeared on NacionESPN yesterday, to promote Comabtes Americas. I listened to the podcast and his dismissal from Impact did not come up.

PWInsider says Rey Mysterio Jr. will be part of WWE’s 04/27 show in Saudi Arabia. They’re not sure if there’s anything more than it. Mysterio has wanted a deal where he would work only occasionally for WWE and have some freedom, so agreeing to just a single big show would fit with that and may mean he’s closer to getting that deal.

Lucha Underground Season 3 starts on in Japan tomorrow.

Segunda Caida and Lucha Central have thoughts about The Crash show.

Lucha Central posted the Rey Horus vs Matt Sydal vs Sami Callihan vs Lio Rush match from The Crash’s 06/23/17 show. I had that as a Great match via handheld.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update including a recap of Informa.

Lucha Libre Xalapena interviews local luchador Diamante Rojo Jr.

Niebla Roja appears under a mask in a new drink commerical for France.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/17/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Eléctrico, Magnus, Robin vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Audaz, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
4) Drone, Esfinge, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado
5) Flyer vs Magia Blanca [torneo nuevo valores, final]
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero

The winner of the Flyer/Magia Blanca Torneo Nuevo Valores final will get a shot at the CMLL Welterweight (Mephisto) or Mexico Welterweight (Soberano) championship. That seems like a Mephisto title match.

Super Astro Jr. jumping into the tercera seems unfair to those who aren’t even getting booked, but maybe we should wait for a card where Flyer & Magia Blanca aren’t getting a single match to see if it sticks.

CMLL (TUE) 04/17/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Bengala, Pantera Blanca, Star Black vs Gemelo Blanco I, Gemelo Blanco II, Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Micro, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Valiente & Volador Jr. © vs Cavernario & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]
first defense

Tag title match will probably settle as fun. Tercera could be quite good; the tercera seems to get more TV time than the main event.

LuchaMemes CaraLucha (SUN) 04/22/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Estrella De Oro & Príncipe Areo vs Apolo & Dragón Negro
2) Torito Negro, Toro Negro II, Toro Negro Jr. vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Demasiado
3) Fly Warrior, Sky Man, Toxin, Yoruba vs Corsario Negro Jr., Drako, Fresero Jr., Gato De Ecatepec
4) Eterno vs Iron Kid
5) Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
6) Templario © vs Dr. Cerebro [CaraLucha The Best]
7) Cavernario vs Ricky Marvin

The Ricky Marvin Redemption Tour continues with a match against the caveman. The top half of this card is promising.

a lot of words about my trip to WrestleMania weekend (The Crash, LU/Impact)

I was in New Orleans for about 50 hours this weekend. It was good, it was definitely an experience. It’s all fading away from my mind like a dream already, so I might as well type what I remember while I still do.

I knew the hotel I booked was close to the WrestleCon wrestling venue, the Sugar Mill. I did not grasp the hotel and the Sugar Mill were literally across the street from each other. My room gave me a great view of the back door, where wrestlers were hanging to get out of the the locker room and get some fresh air. I only made it over to the WWN venue once, because it just didn’t make sense to pay for a $30 Lyft ride crosstown by myself to see stuff I wasn’t totally excited to see, when I could see about the same stuff literally across the street. I really liked how it worked out; I could walk to the Sugar Mill, I walked in the rain to get to NXT, I walked around the French Quarter and the riverfront a bit, it was all no big deal. Beside the occasional homeless encampment underneath the highway, it all felt safe. The only times I had to sit in a car where to and from the airport. The venues themselves had no special appeal but it’s not hard to see why New Orleans is home for events like this, it’s an exceedingly easy city for tourists.

I suspect it’ll be a different story in New York next year. Even if everything somehow ends up in walking distance, it may not be a pleasant experience walking around on the east coast in early April.

The Crash (FRI) 04/06/2018 The Sugar Mill, New Orleans, Louisiana [Superluchas, thecubsfan]
1) Black Danger & Lacey Lane b Ángel Fashion & Christi Jaynes and Barbie Hayden & Joey Ryan and Douglas James & Thunder Rosa
Thunder Rosa replaced Diamante.
2) Daga b El Bandido
Added match. Daga won after a double suplex into a backcracker.
3) Laredo Kid b Rey HoruzFlip Gordon
Laredo got the pin on Horus.
4) Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz b Aeroboy & Black Diamond and Dave Crist & Jake Crist and Curt Stallion & Jason Cade
Xavier & Wentz, as the Rascalz, beat Jake Crist for the win. Black Boy was announced as Black Diamond. Stallion, Cade & Aeroboy were added to this match after the scramble opener was eliminated.
5) Willie Mack b Sami CallihanBrian Cage
6) Rey Fénix (US) b Flamita
about a six minute match.
7) Damián 666, LA Park, Nicho el Millionario b Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
Damian’s team came out as the LWO, wearing the shirts. Nicho (as Psicosis) took a powerbomb onto cement in the opening brawl. LA Park was the star of the match. The LWO beat all three members of Rebelion Amarilla
8) Austin Aries b Penta Zero M
Aries won clean.

I got in about an hour or so before this show. In the half hour before this show started, I think this lineup might have changed at least three times. It was a lot of work from a number of people to make this show happen and that work was going on to the last minute (and a little beyond.).

It was a little crushing to see all that work end up with a show that wasn’t on the level of the ones they’ve had in Tijuana or they could’ve had here. It was as if the idea that the show had a hard time limit didn’t really sink it until they were in New Orleans and then they got so concerned about it that they went too far the other way. That hard time limit was 2:30pm, and they actually finished up around 1:50. It might have been the shortest show of the weekend at that venue. A lot of the matches had endings that felt abrupt and premature. The matches weren’t crippled by the time, but I keep thinking about how much better a match would be if they gave it a couple more minutes.

Fenix/Flamita felt the most that way, like it was five minutes away from being really special. The story going around is they weren’t given a short amount of time, but simply might have thought they were out there for a longer than they were. The main event was hurt by Penta losing, by Aries winning when people weren’t really ready for it, and by it just being an OK match. Aries is an obviously talented guy who seemed to be in cruise control in the matches I saw this weekend. His current bit is being a guest wrestler in other promotions and winning their titles, but he didn’t really fit well as a guest opponent for Penta, and Penta was a bit in exhibition mode.

This show was still overall good and had positives. There was concern about what LA Park would do, and LA Park gave everyone what they wanted out of the match without any commission person getting upset. Daga/Bandido was a fun bonus match. The multiman tag matches were craziness as they tried to give everyone a moment when they didn’t have many to give out. Mack/Callihan/Cage was good And the Crash drew better than they were expecting going in. All the shows at The Sugar Mill seemed to draw as well or better than expected. Axxess was on the other side of the Sugar Mill, and people who weren’t even aware there was non-WWE wrestling walked up. I think there were also a lot of wrestling fans who were just looking for something to do and waited until the day of the show to decide.

This show is up on the Highspots Wrestling Network  for $5/rental or $10 if you buy a month of their video service.. Como Estaz co-host Rob is the announcer for most of the show. I haven’t listened to yet and he’s concerned about how much I’m going to bury him if/when I watch the show. I’m going to bury him so much! It’s going to be a grand time. (In total truth, if it sounds like he was thrown in at the last moment, it’s because he was.) Highspots definitely talked to The Crash about putting other of their shows up on the same streaming service. We’d all be thrilled if it happened, but I’m not going to get my hopes up for it.

I checked in to my hotel room, then decided to go to the Revolution Pro‘s show. Here’s the first set of results I could find. Not on the same page of the grades though. David Starr & Martin Stone was good, Cobb & Suzuki was good. Tanahashi & Robinson versus Aussie Open didn’t do much for me, but it was clear how the fans were thrilled to see Tanahashi do anything at all. Likewise, I understood why they did what felt like too much comedy early in the trios match – Ospreay/Ibushi had to be saved for the big moment in the match and Ospreay could use an easier match that weekend – but it took it down just a bit for me. ZSJ/shii was a really big thing, and one where the crowd exploded when Ishii got a win they were not expect it to be.

Mostly, I was watching RevPro as a comparison to what The Crash was doing, or not doing. The UK indie had six matches (and an intermission, which The Crash did not), and got done where the crowd left happy because someone they wanted to see won the big match at the end. They had 18 wrestlers total on the show, The Crash had 16 people in two matches alone. The Crash ran a basically non-canon show with some of their regular names. RevPro did a changed their big title, presumably feeling safe that the people involved were well known enough by the fans that the moment would give over, and that their home base of fans would still be able to experience it digitally later. (They also might have done it because ZSJ appears to be less available going forward.) Nothing everything is transferable; the RevPro shows are marketed to people who are going assiduously keep track of the best matches they’ve seen that year and they want to make sure some of those matches are listed as happening in RevPro. That culture does not exist in Mexico at all. There is a culture of fans being into long personal rivalries, and there wasn’t a lot of that either.

The final show Saturday was the Impact versus Lucha Underground show.

  1. Matanza beat Caleb Konley, Jack Evans, Chavo Guerrero, Moose and Matt Sydal
  2. Allie beat Taya Valkyrie to keep the Impact Knockouts Championship
  3. Teddy Hart & Scott Steiner beat Dave Crist & Jake Crist
  4. King Cuerno, Aerostar, Drago beat Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett, DJZ
  5. Trevor Lee beat Marty the Moth (w/Famous B)
  6. LAX defeat Killshot & the Mack to keep the Impact Tag Team championship
  7. Brian Cage beat Eli Drake
  8. Jeremiah Crane beat Eddie Edwards in an I Quit match
  9. Pentagon Dark beat Austin Aries & Fenix

The show is still free to watch on Impact’s Twitch account, where it apparently did very strong numbers. Voices of Wrestling has a review.

The biggest news was Alberto el Patron skipping out on the show and subsequently being fired from Impact. He hasn’t said much about it; he seemed to be back to RT-ing stuff on Wednesday but his last self written tweet was on April 6th, complaining about how promoters make wrestlers look bad by canceling shows. No one’s done more damage to Alberto than Alberto has over the last few years, and people were largely over him on this show. If there was any one upset about Alberto missing the main event, they were drowned out by the loud negative Alberto chants.

The Lucha Underground Season 4 reveal was a little bit lost by happening in the first match. I didn’t really understand when Chavo was going when he was setting up the announcement. The timing of it made sense – there were more people paying attention to Lucha Underground with this show than any other moment – it may have just worked better as something before the main event.

Still, the LU side was lucky to get in it at all. This crowd was there to see Lucha Underground, but it was an Impact show cannily using LU to market a live show in a way the actual LU promotion hasn’t even been able to be there. There’s some LU related strangeness – the three LU reps in the opener all might have been having their match with anything related to LU, and LU’s Dragon Azteca & Kobra Moon were on the The Crash show hours earlier but not booked here – but the only reason we got any Lucha Underground at all is because it was something Impact pushed for. Gotta be grateful for the group giving me something when the other one gives me nothing. It totally worked for Impact – this show seemed to sell out – it seems like something that should obviously be repeated next year if both promotions are around the same level.

The fourth match & the tag title matches are the ones I’d suggest watching. Other stuff was good, but those stood out the most. In my relentless comparison to mainline lucha matches, I couldn’t help but think of the TripleMania four way tag match, where AAA stuffed the Traidor Clowns & Cuervo & Scoria in a match with many of these same guys, and then the match itself was overshadowed by Aerostar’s biggest dive yet. This time, they just had only the good wrestlers, they limited it to a reasonable amount of them so they wouldn’t be crowding into each other’s spaces, and they gave them the chance to do a really good match, and it worked out great. It’s not that hard to put together, if putting together good matches is actually the goal. LAX had moments go not great for them near the end, which they were obviously annoyed with, but the action leading to it was really great. Killshot wrestlers everywhere nowadays and deserving so, and it’s just a shame the same isn’t happening for the Mack. He got over on every show I saw him on.

Teddy Hart is now a 00’s nostalgia act. That’s the most painful part of seeing Hart wrestle, a reminder of how old we’re all getting that he too now can be wacky nostalgia, no different as 90s nostalgia act Scott Steiner and his nWo shirt. Neither of them have much wrestling appeal beyond the novelty of them existing.

The main of this show turned out better than The Crash one. Some of it was Fenix & Penta being Fenix & Penta. It’s kind of a shame they’re not running that match out one more time to wow a new audience in Impact Wrestling. Aries seemed to be doing more in this match, maybe because it was his home promotion or because they felt more pressure to have something good with no Alberto. It was good, it didn’t leave me with a great need to see it again, but I’d guess they had no idea this would be their replacement PPV main event when it was happening.

I somehow made it from there in to Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2. It was the only show I got to the WWN building for, which felt much more like a high school basketball gym than the WrestleCon show. What it lacked in aesthics it made up in size; I watched most of the show from high up in the bleachers, feeling far removed from the ring and the ringside crowd. JJSB was probably the perfect show for that in some ways. The people who wanted to be at a show in the early morning hours enough to buy reserved seats well ahead of time really really wanted to be there, seemed to love everything, and were worth watching as much as the match. People out in the bleachers seemed to more think it was a cool idea that was less cool as the (intentionally awful?) Clusterfuck royal rumble lingered on forever and ever. The weirdness of that match exactly felt the show, but it also seemed to push the fans and the show itself past their breaking point, and the reactions to the Sasuke/Janela match weren’t what I think they were hoping for given the build up. You could hear the frustration of the moment in Janela’s voice in his post match promo, wanting to build up to the big karaoke spot to end the show while watching people stream out of the building and into the night before he could get it there. It turned out even New Orleans has limits.

I missed the opener, which sounds like something I would’ve wanted to see. PCO/Walter was an experience. I’d bet Quackenbush/Starr in a techinical match is a lot better watching it at a normal time/context, and perhaps not after you’ve seen a 50 year old Canadian man try to kill himself via moonsaults and chops and then Penta & Gage try to break stuff. Janela/Sasuke might work better too, but maybe next year’s Janela dream match shouldn’t be the main event. It’s still going to be the biggest one of the show, it’s just that maybe the card order needs to be changed when you’re running to four am.

Somehow, now sure how or why, I was up by 10 AM the next day to go the Pancakes and Piledriver show. That one was a combination of three indies – AAW, Wrestling Revolver, and Fight Club Pro – which felt a lot like a generic indie showcase card lacking a strong personality. Eddie Kingston continued an AAW bit by coming out to David Starr’s entrance (and totally confused guest announcer Matt Striker by doing so), but Jeff Cobb was a smiling tecnico earlier on instead of doing his AAW rudo gimmick. I did get to see Meiko Satomura for the first time, and she was obviously great in an exhibition feeling match. The ladder main event had some big spots, with Aussie Open impressing me more there than they had the night before. The Trevor Lee/ACH title match was disappointingly brief. I’m shocked wrestlingdata has it 3 minutes because it didn’t even feel that long. Maybe the bell ran before Lee’s promo? I can not recall. The mixed tag had me questioning what I was going with my life. It was an alright time. It was something to do at that time of day. After this, I decided I really needed to do something other than going to another wrestling show. This show did give me David Arquette blaming WWE for the death of WCW, so there’s that, but it felt not as memorable as the other shows I went to.

(I had two pancakes. They only gave you one pancake at a time, and then you had to get back in line. I wanted about like six, but I wasn’t going to ask four more times.)

Instead of sticking around for CZW, I walked to the river. (Or at least I thought I was doing that; after about 10 minutes, I turned around went the actual direction. That was somehow the only time I got lost the entire weekend.) I’m iffy on the idea about anyone cares enough my wrestling adventures to read 3,000 words about them, and probably even less so about the non-wrestling ones. I walked thru the French Quarter, I chilled next to a fountain, I saw workers set up a for a wedding in a park while the bride and groom took photos, I saw teens playing catch with a football some how throw the football into a pond, and then nearly get their jacket taken by a homeless man while they were trying to fish out the football. I regretted not bringing my earbuds to catch up on podcasts as I walked, and then heard a band playing and remembered there are other things to listen to besides podcasts. It was a good break.

NXT Takeover was great. That show as one of the reasons I wanted to make this trip. The NXT Takeover in May was good, but Sombra didn’t make it on it. Eleven months later, he was champion of the whole thing. I hope he keeps rising up from here, but it was a reminder of how quickly it can all change, and how it was best to take advantage of the good times while they last. Sombra lost the title on the show, while also continuing his stream of having one of the best matches on the show. The ladder match was outstanding, and the main event event was excellent in the building even with some forced bits with crutches. This was a long feeling show, especially since I got there in time for the dark matches, but easily the best show I saw that weekend.

The set up for NXT was weird though. Most of the concession areas were shut down during the show, or shutting down. It was long lines to get pretty much anything. I walked around two levels and found only one merchandise stand, staffed by only a couple people. It was as if they didn’t expect anyone to leave their seat once the show began, and I don’t remember that being the case when I went to the Chicago show. I still lived, and ate a bunch of fries later on to compensate.

The final show of the weekend for me was House of Hardcore. I remember very little about it. That show had a strong turnout though also one that started check out before the end of the show. What they were going wasn’t for me. It did seem for plenty of other people. Willie Mack winning their title was something I did I enjoy. I enjoyed hanging out with people and stealing their fries more.

And that was it. I had some beignet related travel drama the next day – Sunday morning with 70,000 extra people in town isn’t the quickest time to get breakfast, it turns out – but the one and half I did get to eat were really good and made me want to be a little more quick about getting them next time. I didn’t want to stick around for WrestleMania itself, and felt even stronger about that decision after nearly falling asleep during it later that night. It still was a lot of wrestling and a tiring experience. That just seems like the way i go with any trip. I’m not sure I could manage going some place on vacation to just relax. I’m not sure if I’ll do this again next year in New York, but it was strongly pointed out to me I wasn’t as negative at the end of a trip as usual. We’ll see.

Magia Blanca advances in Torneo Nuevo Valores, NGD keep trios titles, Angelico & Jack out of LU

Dragon Lee

CMLL (TUE) 04/10/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Robin b Akuma & Metálico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3. Metalico replaced Cholo.
2) Eléctrico, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Principe Daniel & Príncipe Odín Jr. b El CoyoteFugazPríncipe DiamanteMaquiaveloReykoMagia Blanca [Torneo Nuevos Valores, battle royalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Magia Blanca b Reyko [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) El Coyote b Fugaz [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Príncipe Diamante b Maquiavelo [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Principe Daniel b Príncipe Odín Jr. [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) Magia Blanca b El Coyote [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Príncipe Diamante b Principe Daniel [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Magia Blanca b Príncipe Diamante [Torneo Nuevos Valores, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Magia Blanca will face Flyer next week in the final.
11) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Niebla Roja b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul replaced Angel de Oro. tecnicos took 2/3.
12) Dragón Lee b Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Lee took 2/3.

Haven’t seen this, but I heard the tournament was fun and Lee/Mephisto was good. Magia Blanca/Flyer is quite the match of guys who came be sometime good but sometimes go off the rails. I think people would be more excited about Magia Blanca being in the final if this was coming after that great January match and not when the last time most people saw him was blowing moves on a Friady show.

Universal final was Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero and this is Volador’s nephew versus a UG trainee.

CMLL (TUE) 04/10/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Gran Kenut & León Blanco b El Divino & Neutrón
2) Micro, Shockercito, Stukita DQ Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul
Mercurio fouled Shockercito.
3) Drone, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón [MEX TRIOS]
NGD took falls 2/3 in their third defense
5) Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Cavernario & Negro Casas challenged Volador & Valiente to a tag title match next week.

They’re actually remembering the tag team titles, that’s nice.

Angelico announced he’d parted ways with Lucha Underground. The WON had reported previously that he’d been turned down asking for a release. Angelico had definite WWE interest in the past and would figure to be one of a few now ex-LU people looking for a deal there. I would expect other promotions might come calling, but a deal for NXT seems most likely.

Jack Evans also announced he’s done with Lucha Underground. In the replies, Jack mentions he actually finished up before the final tapings of Season 4, and said the reason he quit was mainly because of the LU contract but an argument with Ivelisse got him to take the final jump. Jack seems to like living in Mexico and having his freedom. WWE and 2018 Jack Evans would be a bad match. But quitting both The Crash & LU in short order does seem to open the possibility of him doing something else. Jack Evans was actually the first person I saw when I got to my hotel in New Orleans. I did not ask him about any of this. I just nodded and kept going so he could continue smoking in peace.

Vampiro retirement progression (March 2018 edition)

  • 03/22: Vampiro announces he’ll have a big announcement tomorrow about his career in the ring
  • 03/23: Vampiro posts a meme instead.
  • 03/24: Vampiro says “no more TV” after his match with Xalapa
  • 03/25: Vampiro has a “strong feeling” the match in Monterrey will be his last match on TV, but may keep wrestling house shows and hopes to retire at TripleMania
  • 03/26: Vampiro wrestles in Monterrey, says his plan is to retire at Verano de Escandalo in Monterrey next time if AAA lets him.
  • 03/31: Vampiro says he’ll talk to people before deciding when he’ll have last matches
  • 04/09: Vampiro announces he’s had his last match, post medical records of injuries from a couple years ago
  • 04/11: Vampiro says he’s wrestling on Puebla on 04/14, but not on 05/16 in San Luis Potosi because he’ll be retired by then for sure.

I know that, by being laser focused on what a crazy person Vampiro is, I am actually the one who is now coming off as the crazy person. Like Vampiro with the many tragic accidents he seems to see on the road, I just can’t look away.

NPWL will have Vinnie Masaro vs Tiger Casas on 05/19 in Petaluma, California.

The Crash announced an 05/20 Tlaxcala show. Rey Mysterio and Caristico are advertised for the show.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje vs Paymon
2) Avispón Negro Jr. & Johnny Dinamo vs Demonio Rojo & Destructor
3) Black Sugar & El Divino vs Gran Kenut & León Blanco
4) Explosivo & Star Black vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
5) El Alteño, Luminoso, Mágico, Rielero vs Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo

Bobby Black is the former masked Espectrum, who resurfaced here to form Los Chakales del Ring with the rest of the rudos. It looks like Bobby Black was the name he was using before the masked stint too. Not sure who Luminoso is.

The Truenos and Star Black/Explosivo are feuding.

CMLL (MON) 04/16/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio
2) Kaho Kobayashi & Sanely vs Dalys & La Comandante
3) Pantera Blanca, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas vs Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Volador gets to be mean to Caristico, a dream. Semimain is the rematch and may set up a title match on 04/23.

The Panteras last passed thru in December. It’s still weird they get spots from regular CMLL wrestlers. They were fine, but there are much more interesting people to have in for guesta ppearances.

Caristico defeats Mistico, Friday card changes, IWRG Guerra de Golfo

Caristico wins

CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray b El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) El Malayo, Grako, Templario b Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos take 1/3 over the debuting Guadalajara crew.
3) Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit b Dalys & Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicas took 1/3 in a bit of a surprise.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3. Cuatrero pulled Dragon Lee’s mask off again, and Dragon Lee wants another match next week.
5) El Malayo, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Peste Negra took 2/3, the last when the Terrible blatantly fouled Negro Casas. Malayo replaced Shocker.
6) Carístico b Mistico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mistico won the first with La Mistica, Mistica was DQ in the second for ripping off Caristico’s mask by mistake, and Caristico won the third clean with La Caristica (La Mistica.)

Main event was good. I was sure the second fall was a mistake DQ live, but it felt more like it was part of the storyline later: both guys got a fall win and Mistico can call the middle fall loss a fluke. 2/4 matches seem like worth watching.

Earlier, Caristico made the case that Mistico hasn’t really done anything in his career.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has eight singles matches, a rarity in trios focused CMLL. The main event is a Dragon Lee vs Mephisto non-title singles match. This should be a good exhibition for Dragon Lee, who doesn’t seem to take it easy in any singles match. They’ve met once before, three years ago. Dragon Lee is better now, Mephisto not so much, but it should still be worth watching.

The card also includes the second block of the Torneo Nuevo Valores, winner to face Flyer next week. The luchadors involved in this one are Magia Blanca, Coyote, Fugaz, Principe Diamante, Maquiavelo, Reyko, Principe Daniel, and Principe Odin Junior. There’s no clear favorite or underdog, it’s eight guys at about the same level. I think people would be disappointed if the former Artillero and the long time veteran advanced under his new character. Otherwise, anyone could win and it’s just about the same going in. Hopefully, this tournament makes us to want see the winner more.

Three usual matches round out the card. Felino, Niebla and Rey Bucanero take on Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Mistico in the semimian buffer match. Disturbio, Hijo del Signo and Nitro take on Electrico, Fuego and Pegasso. Magnus & Robin face Akuma & Cholo in the opener, which might be a good match if not for the usual restrictions.

CultIcon previews the show. It’ll start at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube page. The Nuevo Valores tournament will begin around 8:15pm.

Guadalajara has NGD (Sanson, Cuatrero and Forastero) defending the Mexican Trios Championship against Esfinge, Titan and Triton. A title change would be a big surprise. The main event has Caristico teaming with Valiente & Volador against Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Gran Guerrero.

There’s some significant changes on Friday’s card. The Sam Adonis/Negro Casas lightning match is now a Soberano Jr./Negro Casas match. Johnny Idol is also off the show, with Dragon Rojo taking his place. No reason given for these changes.

CMLL says they’ll have a press conference next Wednesday. They’ll talk about the Arena Mexico Anniversary show, the Kid’s Day shows and special shows they have planned for May.

Barbaro Cavernario announced he finished his degree in public accounting.

AAA, in reminding folks about the 04/20 TV taping in Tijuana, mentioned it’ll be start at 11pm CT. It’s a 9pm local start and they’re on Pacific Time. That also means it’ll be possible to watch the CMLL & AAA shows back to back next Friday if you’re a crazy person very dedicated to the lucha libre. AAA has an interview with Hijo del VIkingo to build up the four way match.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 04/28 for Blood Party

CHIKARA announced the team of Rey Bucanero, PCO and Winter for their 08/31-09/02 King of Trios. PCO and Winter had pirate characters in WWE, so that’s the bit of the team.

Puma King & Barby have a new video up. Someone stole a car mirror!

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

+LuchaTV has a new episode of the podcast up.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 04/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Black Puma
2) Dranzer & Toto vs Power Bull & Voltar
3) Mexica & Shadow Boy vs Leroy & Lunatic Xtreme
4) Atomic Star, Eterno, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Drago vs Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Oficail 911, Taurino
FILL (Eterno) vs Oficial 911 (Gym Zeuz)
5) Factor & Spector vs Capo del Norte & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Semimain follows a challenge from last week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Retro vs Apocalipsis & El Coyote
2) Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Blue Panther vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Blue Panther versus Rey Cometa sounds like a really good match we’re not going to get to see.

IWRG (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena Naucalpan
Guerra del Golfo, 2018
1) Toto vs Power Bull
2) Black Dragón, Chico Che, Mexica vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances
3) Leo, Rafy, Veneno vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Eterno
4) Trauma I vs Hijo del PanteraTortuga TeeloImposibleHijo de Canis LupusAramisSúper Brazo Jr.El Hijo del Medico Asesino [cage, loser advance]
5) Trauma II vs SpectorTortuga MikeEmperador AztecaDinamic BlackCapo del NorteDiablo Jr.Machine Rocker [cage, loser advance]
6) ? vs ?? [cage, mask]

This is the annual three cage match show, where the losers of the two cage matches meet in a third with a mask on the line. The tease here is one of the feuding teams (Tortugas, Comando Elite, Capos, Rockers) will lose their mask in this match. There’s also a guy like Super Brazo Jr. lingering around there.

LLB NOBA (WED) 05/02/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Baxter vs OptimusAtomic StarHijo De Brazo De PlatinoFandangoKid SilverSauromDragón BaneToto
2) Asparantito, El Divino, Pinochito vs Demonio Chino, Ninja de Fuego, Pentagoncito
3) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Dr. Karonte Jr. & Súper Comando and Halloween & X-Fly
4) Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Golden Magic vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
5) Pantera vs Último VampiroMegaSúper MegaFantasma de la ÓperaMike SeguraCarta Brava Jr. (IWL)PanteritaStar BoyAvismanBombero Infernal? [Copa Retro Naucalpan]
6) Carístico vs Penta 0M vs Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagón

Lucha Libre Boom returns to Naucalpan for the first time in 10 months with an odd first of a main event. Some of the other stuff looks more likely to work out, especially the fourth match.

new lucha videos for the weekend of April 6, 2018

Guadalajara feed is geoblocked. I should be able to get around it if I’m around and thinking about it, but I wasn’t around this week and I may need a reminder to get around it next week. Only one IWRG episode aired.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-04-08
taped 2018-03-30 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
2) Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush
3) Volador Jr. © vs Matt Taven for the NWA World Welterweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-04-09
taped 2018-04-08 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances & Soma
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker
3) Spector vs TeeloCapo del Norte
4) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II in a super libre match

Mistico takes on Mistico tonight in Arena Puebla, other much less interesting stuff

 

IWRG (SUN) 04/08/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Mexica & Shadow Boy b Celestial Boy & Dragón Bane
2) Gallo Frances & Soma b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
3) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker b Leo, Mike, Rafy
win via foul
4) Teelo b SpectorCapo del Norte
mask match challenges followed
5) Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera
Medico Asesino beat Imposible to head towards a title match.
6) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno [super libre]
Trauma I came out with a pipe to attack Lupus, in revenge for Lupus injuring him last week. Traumas/Ovett took falls 1/3, the last by DQ (in a super libre match) when Mr. Electro hit Baby Richard with a chair.

You are doing bad things to lucha libre if your “super libre” matches end in disqualifications. I wish the old men who complain about not enough mat work and not enough training would complain about terrible match finishes and other ways promotions defraud their fans. As good as Imposible is, his title match with Medico Asesino/Imposible is probably not going to be worth watching but you know that if you’re going to see the match. I guess you also know that if IWRG advertises a super libre match, you may be getting a DQ finish to get out of anyone taking a pinfall, and that’s maybe why not a lot of people are showing up to see IWRG matches.

I broke down and added Capo del Norte to the database. He’ll definitely get unmasked in the next couple weeks now.

Caristico, the original CMLL Mistico, will face the man who took over the name when he left the promotion for the first time ever in a singles match tonight in Arena Puebla. There’s not too many precedent for something like this happening in CMLL. They’ve reused names over the years – there’s a bunch of La Sombras and there’s another Mascara Dorada if look far enough back to pick two – but usually the previous person under the name is gone and mostly forgotten by the time the name is reycled. Caristico was gone but most definitely not forgotten, and now he’s back. This is more reminiscent of AAA, who had a similar interest in keeping their gimmick in circulation quickly after splitting up with with the people under the masks and then welcoming back the original person later on. AAA’s had two Mosco de la Merced feuding and two (or maybe two and half) Psicosis battling over the names. The most similar match to tonight’s Mistico/Caristico match is AAA’s La Parka (LA Park) vs La Parka Jr., which headlined Palacio de los Deportes in 2010 after months of build as the biggest match of the year. Tonight’s match is happening on about seven days of notice in CMLL’s third or fourth most important building. CMLL’s given this match little extra hype compared to a usual Friday main event, treating this no different than any other Arena Puebla main event, and less important than the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show two weeks ago.

CMLL may not be treating this match like a big deal. The reactions from the Puebla fans, and from the Arena Mexico fans when they were teasing this match, suggests this is still a big deal to them. I suspect it’ll be the same for tonight’s match. The biggest concern is how well they’ll end up working together: Caristico’s most high profile tecnico/tecnico match in Mexico was the TripleMania match versus Rey Mysterio Jr., which didn’t work at all in the building. One of the problems there was the lack of a coherent tecnico/rudo divide for the match. It should not be as much of a problem tonight if the luchadors go with the fan reactions. The crowd has fiercely chosen Caristico over his replacement, so the template of how to work the match is right there. Mistico seems to enjoy working being a rudo and would likely be a Los Ingobernable like his older brother Rush if CMLL allowed it. They should allow it tonight.

The result of this match technically means nothing. Neither man has a singles title, and winning a singles match in CMLL does not get you anywhere. (The only way to be a title contender is to beat the champion two weeks in a row on the same day of the week.) The outcome of this match also emotionally feels like it means everything, It’s a very fake decision to decide a very real question about which guy is better. CMLL has been very clear to this point that the new Mistico is even better than the old Mistico. The fans of the old Mistico (and the old Mistico himself) have been pretty passionate that their guys is better than this new guy. It’s tough to imagine CMLL creating an outcome where they’re proven wrong, where Caristico beats Mistico. It’s also tough to imagine Caristico being ok with losing to Mistico two straight weeks in a row. There’s definitely going to be an odd sequence resulting in the finish, it’s just how odd. Last week, I thought Caristico had to get his win back. I’m having a tougher time believing CMLL would OK that, and maybe some sort of draw is the only way out.

There are other matches on this show! It’s hard to believe that to be the case, but it’s the truth. Los Ingobernables make their first appearance in their new configuration, facing Mr. Niebla, Negro Casa and Shocker. It’s a semimain heavy on rudos to balance out the all tecnico main event. Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee and Niebla Roja take on NGD in a rematch. Sanson unmasked Dragon Lee for a DQ last week. It’s possible they’re heading to a singles match. It could also be a trios title match, though challenges for that title would give away the result of NGD’s defense tomorrow night in Guadalajara.

Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit face Dalys & Zeuxis. Puebla seems to get more 2v2 women’s matches than anywhere else. Kobayashi’s stint in Mexico seems like it should be up at the end of the month, so it’s about time to start moving towards a singles (title?) match if she’s going to have one. Guadalarsja’s Fugaz, Principe Daniel, and Reyko make their CMLL YouTube debut in the second match, taking on Malayo, Templario and Grako. I keep forgetting this: Principe Daniel is one of Barbaro Cavernario’s brothers. Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray take on Perverso, Fuerza Chicano and Rey Apocalipsis in the opener.

CultIcon also has a preview of the main event. The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. The main event should start around 10:35pm (so well after WWE’s show ends, if you’d like to watch that.)

The trailer for The Crash show has popped up on Vimeo after showing up on Facebook earlier. The production company put it up as part of their portfolio.

AAA is back to uploading episodes to YouTube, with content that’s not exactly in the Twitch broadcasts. That includes the upcoming schedule, which says the next two tapings are 04/20 in Tijuana and 05/21 in Tehuacan, Puebla. AAA’s got plenty of TV taped from that crazy stretch of shows, but that’s because this scheduling has been equally as crazy: three tapings in eight days, then one taping in about a 70 day stretch.

Hidalgo luchador Gasparin Jr. had a seizure during a match this weekend. He took a fall from the top rope to the floor, came back in the match, and then suddenly convulsed. They stopped the match to take care of him and he recovered backstage, but still was taken to a hospital.

Tiger is wrestling on the NPWL show in Petaluma, California on 05/19.

The New York Times has a story on lucha libre photographs.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 04/14/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Estrellita, La Guerrera, La Maligna vs La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Astral, El Audaz, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Drone vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Okumura
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Kraneo is a rudo on Friday and a tecnico on Saturday. It’s almost like CMLL doesn’t care about any of this.

There’s a La Guerrera in Ciudad Juarez but I have no idea if this is her. We’ve barely seen La Maligna so it may be a while before we see Guerrera in matches, though she’ll surely be on Informa soon.

MDA (SUN) 04/29/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox vs Demencia
2) Baby Xtreme vs Apóstol Jr.
3) Azteca Warrior vs Gato Fantasma
4) El Divo & Fuerza Guerrera vs Demus & Panthro
5) LA Park vs El Mesías vs Rush

Mesias debuting with MDA on a less tacked the usual card for them. That main event still seems like worth seeing, with LA Park facing his two best opponents of the last decade.