What happened: Rey Escorpión cheated to beat Máximo in the main event, setting up a title match next week. Not much else.
What was good: Not much. I guess the semimain was good, but this was a show where most everyone didn’t seem into doing much. Crowd was very into the show and it never bugged them, but this was two boring hours for me.
Where can I watch it:It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel.(more…)
What happened: Pentagon Jr. won the Latin American championship from Psycho Clown when Pagano ran in. Bestia 666 return as a member of Los Fronterizos and cheated Hector Garza. Gran Apache still hates Venum.
What was good: I liked the main event, even with obvious flaws. First match will look much better as a highlight package than it did as a match.
IWRG (SUN) 07/24/2016Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata b Omega
2) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly b Demonio Infernal & Hip Hop Man Infernal & Dragon are feuding.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Killer Jr., Picudo Jr., Skanda, Violencia Jr.
4) Chicano, Emperador Azteca, Freelance b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Relámpago, Toscano b Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Pantera I Hijo del Pirata returned here, replacing Cerebro Negro. He snuck in a foul on Pantera for the win.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Mr. Electro, Trauma II b Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. Trauma II pinned canis to win in straight falls. They’re still talking about mask matches, while Electro and Mascara are also still feuding.
They’ve been doing the Trauma/Canis feud for so long I’m almost starting to believe they’ll actually do the match. Only IWRG (& lucha politics) gives us a team of “Pantera & Pantera I”.
CMLL (MON) 07/25/2016Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, El Popular, thecubsfan]
1) Asturiano, París, Zaeta Roja b Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. 18:32. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Fuerza Chicana, Raziel b Flyer, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. 15:58. Tigre Rojo Jr. first match here since January. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Lluvia & Sanely b Dalys & Zeuxis 12:09. Sanely replaced Estrellita on Friday. Tecnicas took 2/3, Lluvia defeating by rudas in the third, than asked for a title match next week.
4) Máximo Sexy, Stigma, Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Skándalo 12:40. Tecnicos took 2/3 in a rematch from last week.
5) Ares & Disturbio b Black Tiger & King Jaguar [relevos suicidas] 11:20. Ares & Disturbio took 1/3, sending Tiger & Jaguar into the apuesta match.
6) Black Tiger b King Jaguar [mask, hair] 10:39 in a one fall apuesta match. Tiger took Jaguar’s mask.
7) Último Guerrero DQ Volador Jr. 15:54. UG took 1/3, the last by faking a low blow.
Better show than last week, with UG/Volador worth checking out and the fourth match good. Sanely kind of reminds me of early Dalys, and Dalys today is OK, so it could work out for her.
Last week’s CMLL Tuesday show came off as a show just to do a show. Today looks the same, though at least the matches seem like they might be better. The matches are all just hat-picked names thrown together; Culticon did a preview and I don’t even know how, because I’m struggling to find anything to say about these matches. Virus, Puma and Tiger versus Fuego, Triton and Blue Panther Jr. might be pretty good because of that excellent rudo trios. Cuatrero, Sanson, Hombre Bala and Magnus turning up makes the normally boring Sangre Azteca match. Really, everything else has equally chance of being good, being uninteresting, and starting an angle. Except maybe the opener, which feels like the 45th straight opener with Bengala. It’s not really, but it’s a rematch from 9 days ago.
The show airs at 7:30pm, on CMLL.com & YouTube as normal.
SoCalUncensored has some explanation on the issues with Pentagon & Fenix not signing at Comic-Con. You should read their article for the entire story, but the short version is the FCW promotion had to pay extra to bring in Pentago & Fenix in flight, then they were pulled from the autograph signing the day of the show (and without even being directly told at first. Weirdly, despite it being explained as LU forcing AAA to do it, no one else from LU was stopped from signing at that booth. AAA & LU knew Pentagon & Fenix were doing that appearance, but their claim appears to be that another booth had exclusive rights. (Which might be correct, but doesn’t explain the sequence of events.) The promoter wrote a lot of sad/angry Twitter posts, but deleted most of them later on. This should’ve been handled better by LU & AAA.
07/24 Dragon Gate: Flamita did not win Open the Triangle Gate championship. He’s not on the next tour.
IWRG (WED) 07/27/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Tiger & Vardeus vs Guerrero 2000 & Keiser Drago
2) Aramis, Fireman, Omega vs Araña de Plata, Keshin Black, Skanda
3) Black Dragón, Galaxy, Hijo del Alebrije vs Eddy Santos, Juana La Loca, Viajero Jr.
4) Dragón Fly vs Demonio Infernal
5) Black Terry, Emperador Azteca, Kanon vs Judas el Traidor, Rosario Negro, Viajero Extremo
Main event (and tercera) follows up on the Copa Higher Power, while the semimain is the young guys feud of late finally reaching a singles match.
This week’s issues: Noches de Coliseo changed time, but I eventually got it – and found out it was a repeat. PROESA didn’t get recorded because the computer I use to record it turned off after a power outage and I never thought to turn it back on. Maybe I should stop recording things on that computer.
The AAA feed fell apart moments after the main event finish. You should probably be watching the official version instead, that’s the one I watch. I recorded the streaming version of Elite on Saturday night and Sunday morning, but the Saturday night file vanished and the Sunday airing skipped the Magnus trios. (The Sunday morning airing always seem to be cutting a match for time reasons.) Again, you should probably just watch the show there. I’ve placed the missing match in the playlist, and it’ll show up in the DB, but there’s no download since I didn’t get it myself.
Playlist includes extra Arena Independente footage. (more…)
CARA LUCHA (SAT) 07/23/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Astrolux b Black Metal
2) El Dorado Jr. & Gladiola Negra b Demasiado & Látigo Dorado Jr. & Latigo replaced Adrenalina Fly & Demasiado
3) Diamante Azul (CMLL) & Hechicero b Herodes Jr. & Trauma I
4) Lady Maravilla, Templario, Wasson b Brian Villa, Chik Tormenta, Willy Banderas money thrown in
5) Andy Boy, Rayo Star, Sky Man b Crazy King, El Enviado, Estrella Oriental Jr.
6) Danger b Makabre Scheduled as a tag team match with Danger & Mixtico vs Makabre & Rayman for the Casanova (Monterrey) tag titles, but became a singles match with Danger and Makabre.
Tonight’s Arena Puebla show has a couple of big matches. The main event is Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero, a non-title match between two champions who are at the top of CMLL. Both men are a bit predictable in their tactics, but it should still be an exciting match; it’s actually helped by not having a title on the line, because it’s not clear who’s going to win.
The more meaningful match is the semimain event, where Black Tiger & King Jaguar face Ares & Disturbio, in a match where the losing pair immediately will go into a mask versus hair match. King Jaguar lost his mask one year ago, and the way where he was moved to the tecnico side with no explanation suggests Jaguar’s most likely taking another loss. Still, Ares & Disturbio are no real safe bets either, and the drama of an apuesta match involving Puebla locals usually draws in the crowd.
There’s still four more matches, making for a marathon of a Monday show. Skandalo & Stigma continue their never ending feud in the fourth match, teaming with Maximo & Valiente vs Dragon Rojo & Escorpion in a rematch from last week. Sanely, the daughter of Mano Negra first seen at last year’s bodybuilding contest, makes her main show debut tonight by teaming with Lluvia against Dalys & Zeuxis. Tigre Rojo Jr. makes an Arena Puebla appearance after not being seen for many months, and the Batillon del Muerte are back in the opener.
The show starts at 9pm CT, airing on CMLL.com & YouTube as usual.
Alberto del Rio could leave WWE in October due to unhappiness about how he’s been used. CageSide Seats reported it today, and the idea has been brought up elsewhere. The idea is ALberto signed a multiyear deal, but had an opt out after one. Alberto beat John Cena his first day in, but they never followed up on it and he’s not been given much to do after a feud with Kalisto earlier this year. My hunch is WWE is getting a bit of revenge on Del Rio for what he said about them in the press after he left last time; it’s going to be glaring if he’s still not given anything to do after the brand split, but the story about him possibly leaving in a few months might give them an out.
I don’t think it’s going to go like last time with Alberto. Alberto left AAA because he wasn’t happy just doing that. Nothing that has happened with AAA in the time since suggests he’d be any more happy there or they’d be able to more able to afford him, though maybe coming in for a big show or two is possible. Lucha Underground seems incredibly unlikely, their split was very acronymous. Alberto wanted more than CMLL was willing to pay last time. Elite will absolutely throw money at Alberto should he become available – he could still win Liga Elite! – but those dates are few. (Edit: Also, the whole Caristico/Alberto thing.) This would likely be more a story of US indie, non-North American indies and other media appearances if Alberto left, not something like his previous stint. At the end of the day, Alberto went back to WWE to get paid, and WWE’s probably the company that can pay him the most, so he may just swallow his discontent and stay there. It’s something to keep an eye on for now.
PWInsider pointed out the Paley Center, as part of it’s PaleyFest Fall TV screenings, lists Lucha Underground as being shown both in Los Angeles and New York. LA will have a screening & panel discussion on September 9th (Friday) with people from both LU (Van Wagenen, DeJoseph) and From Dusk Till Dawn, and New York will get a screening on September 10th. This is all for new shows, so it’s much more likely these will be the premiere of Season 3. It fits with Catrina’s tease of the show airing in September. Maybe it turns up on El Rey on September 14th, the first Wednesday after?
CMLL (SAT) 07/30/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Leono & Sensei vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Magnus, Star Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Olímpico, Skándalo, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Rey Escorpión
5) Máscara Dorada vs Mephisto
Dorada/Mephisto didn’t take long.
CMLL (SUN) 07/31/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Espanto Jr. & Espíritu Negro
2) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Rey Escorpión
4) Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Sugehit, Zeuxis, Sanely, Dalys, Lluvia, Tiffany, Reyna Isis, La Comandante, La Seductora, Skadi [Copa Femenil]
5) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
CMLL already did a women’s cibernetico to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Arena Mexico, but forgot or just don’t have many ideas for them. That was a ten women match, this is twelve, so Tiffany, Lluvia and Sanely (Arena Mexico debut) all sort of replace Skadi. She may still make her way back into it, since Seductora’s missed a few matches. Estrellita wasn’t in either match and also missed matches of late, so she also might be out for some reason
They’re doing a Vangellys/Rey Escorpion feud! That’s way up there in the most random possible feuds.
CMLL (SAT) 07/23/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman b Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Felino, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión b Blue Panther, Robin, Star Jr. Robin & Star Jr. replaced Diamante Azul (double booked in CaraLucha) & Super Porky.
5) Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. Mephisto pulled Dorada’s mask to win. Dorada wants a singles match.
Dorada was interviewed on CMLL’s Facebook, where WWE came up but not the contract. The Dorada/WWE situation came up on Super Libre, where they said Dorada had not signed but would be there are rumors he’d be back in WWE in August. Those aren’t really rumors, he’s going to be on the August 26th CWC taping (tournament match or not.) No one is allowed to publicly admit or acknowledge they’ve been signed by WWE until WWE announces it – that’s why the show I went to Saturday had wrestlers talking about it being their last match there but not mentioning WWE at all. It looks like CMLL is going continue booking Dorada normal until he’s gone (except I don’t like his chances of beating Mephisto.)
CMLL (SUN) 07/24/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Leono b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis Princesa Sugehit replaced Estrellita. Tecnicas took 1/3, Sugehit beating Zeuxis.
4) Hechicero, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys Team Escorpion took 1/3, the last when Rey snuck in a foul on Vangellys.
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas The tecnicos were listed as Sexy Team, maybe a replacement for Bufete del Amor.
Idol seems like he fits with the other two guys, and it’s a big spot for him right away. Sugehit & Zeuxis continuing to feud is a little bit interesting, but probably nothing.
On Twitter, Catrina implied Lucha Underground would be back in September. There has been talk about them coming back in the fall since the late stages of Season 2, but the month they’d return has been unclear; there’s been a many different months floating around. If it’s September, it’s pretty soon, so soon that it’s a surprise they wouldn’t just announce a date at the end of this week’s Season 2 finale.
Pentagon won the AAW heavyweight championship Saturday night outside of Chicago, defeating Sami Callihan. The title change was a surprise; I was there and expecting Sami to stay champion as part of a long title reign. Instead, Pentagon will defend the title against the WWE bound Tomaso Ciampa on a special show in September (date to be announced.)
Mundo beat Pentagon on the Lucha World Cup show and on the taping in Mexico City, which set up this match. That’s the best sounding match on paper, but also one which might have interference or a heel ref. A heavyweight title match – Texano vs Wagner vs Cage is the one they’ve set up on TV – will be match 4, and then who knows after that point. It might be we just get the whole card after this week’s taping.
CMLL (FRI) 07/22/2016Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan, Yahoo Deportes]
1) Robin & Sensei b Artillero & Cholo 14:38. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito 15:14. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy DQ Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible 10:25. Elite (working as tecnicos) took 1/3, with Bucanero fouling Crazy for the DQ.
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto 12:07. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 12:25. Sky Team took 2/3.
6) La Máscara b Negro Casas [Leyenda de Plata] 8:20. La Mascara took 1/3, the last when he hit Tiger (Casas’ second), Tirantes stopped Tiger from coming in, and Mascara fouled Tiger.
Semimain and second match were both worth watching. Main event wasn’t that much. Mascara probably could use more real wins to be taken seriously, but they decided to go with another heel win to get him booed more. I’m not sure the fans were that bothered (but they do generally seem more on board with cheering and booing who CMLL wants of late.)
Caristico will be out at least a month, after the injury he suffered a couple weeks ago on an Elite show. The interview doesn’t seem to specify exactly what the injury, only Caristico saying he couldn’t move his lower body immediately after he was hurt. Caristico says he’ll retire in 3 or 4 years so he doesn’t keep hurt. Me too.
In promoting the tag match at TripleMania, Chessman explained women were not capable of doing two things: be professional wrestlers and drive a car. Chessman says women were instead made for mopping and washing dishes, and doesn’t care if people get mad at him about it.
For a few hours on Friday, Triton was listed as appearing on the 08/27 ROH card. His name was later removed. There was no announcement of him being on the show, his name was just on a list, so also nothing when he was taken out. Triton is understood to be spending a while in the US, starting soon, so it wouldn’t be too strange for him to show up there. The CMLL/ROH relationship does not appear steady at the moment; maybe ROH went thru whoever’s booking Triton while he’s in the US, then changed their mind and decided they needed to wait and go thru CMLL to keep the relationship solid, or maybe Triton was supposed to be a surprise for later. I dunno.
You may want to skip this paragraph unless you’re interested in masked man confusion. On Twitter, someone pointed out a Facebook post from May: Bombero Infernal was very proud of his son winning the Mexico State trios championship. The twist is he’s posted photos of Tortuga Ninja Mike, who was the former Alan Extreme last we knew. No one’s been paying much attention to IWRG, so they could’ve changed the turtles around, like they did with Leo/Latigo.
ELITE (THU) 07/28/2016Arena México
1) Astral & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Warrior & Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther & Hechicero vs Heddi Karaoui & Pantera
3) Jinzo & Rocky Lobo vs Puma & Tiger
4) Rey Escorpión vs Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
5) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Volador Jr. vs Diamante Azul, Hijo De Dos Caras, Magno
6) Teddy Hart vs Xtreme Tiger [cage, Liga Elite]
Teddy Hart in a cage with Xtreme Tiger is going to be a thing. Teddy has a history with cage matches which isn’t always good. This is a really good show – that third match sticks out, the second match is supposed to be a mat match, Dorada/Escorpion is a pretty good use of both guys – but again without a lot of names. They totally seem OK with it so I’m not sure how much I should worry about it. Hope they air a lot of the matches.
Elite continues to book Diamante Azul as a rudo. I don’t know, but if I was Diamante and I was going to France in a few months for another long period of time, maybe I would’ve offered to lose my mask to someone before I leave because who knows when I’d be back or how I’ll be used if I’m back. Make the money while you can.
CMLL (FRI) 07/29/2016Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys vs Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Dragón Lee vs La Máscara
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Dragon Lee back in singles matches against La Mascara, which is probably another way to build up the rudo. Another almost-Sky Team match int eh fourth should be fun. Bucanero/Crazy continue to feud randomly, and maybe this will be on NJPW World with their guys in the second match.
ELITE (THU) 07/21/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Amapola & Muñeca De Plata b La Jarochita & Marcela
2) El Bandido & Emperador Azteca b Heddi Karaoui & Príncipe Orión Orion was stretchered out
3) Golden Magic, Metaleón, Titán b Argos, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Magnus Magno was originally announced, but Magnus replaced him on the poster update.
4) Teddy Hart DQ Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite] Teddy fouled Escorpion, ref missed it, Escorpion fouled Teddy, ref did not miss it
5) Groon XXX & Súper Crazy b Mr. Electro & Sharly Rockstar Grond XXX replaced Xtreme Tiger in the card update
6) Diamante Azul b Xtreme Tiger [Liga Elite] Xtreme Tiger replaced LA Park in the card update
Not updating the Liga Elite standings because I’m not sure what is going on and won’t until I watch the TV show.
Attendance was poor, predictably so. CMLL’s stopped reporting results for this show on their own Twitter and lineup for the show was not ever posted on their website. At the same time, they’re booking an Elite trio on the show tonight, so it’s not like CMLL has decided to ignore them completely.
I wonder if Electro knew he was going to return to Arena Mexico bald. The way Elite runs, it seems more likely they only told him after he already agreed to the IWRG match.
Tonight’s CMLL show is main evented by this year’s Leyenda de Plata final. Negro Casas is in the final match for the third straight tournament, defending the trophy for the second year. Casas beat rising stars Titan and Dragon Lee in past years, but has a different challenge this year. La Mascara was one of the least interesting possible winners from last week’s contender’s tournament, but he appears to be the most important luchador to CMLL’s short term plans. CMLL needs people to get interested in La Mascara now, a problem they’ve had with him for pretty much his entire career, and the most immediate route is thru this tournament. Mascara’s probably winning tonight (he’s only losing if someone else costs him the match), but this is going to be as much about his performance to get that win.
There’s nothing obviously important on the rest of the show. The Sky Team face the Guerreros and the Hijos del Infierno fight Stuka, Atlantis and Diamante Azul, both of which could set up trios titles feuds if CMLL was interested. They often aren’t. The aforementioned Liga Elite trio of Super Crazy, Sharlie Rockstar and Golden Magic taking on Vangellys, Terrible and Rey Bucanero in an unpromising match. Crazy & Bucanero feuded last week. Electrico & Demus make their return from Canada in the second match, teaming with Astral, Ultimo Dragoncito, Mercurio and Pierroth in one of CMLL’s biggest name possible minis matches. The show begins with a thoroughly unremarkable 2v2 fight between Robin & Sensei and Cholo & Artillero.
The show begins at 8:30pm and will air on ClaroSports as normal. The live show will also air on NJPW World, which has seemed to affect the performance level in the past. The NJPW World broadcast (live and VOD) is IP blocked to Japan only, but it was not too difficult to circumvent the block with free VPN software last time they tried it. The only difference between the two feeds is the on screen logo bugs, and you’re still better off watching the ClaroSports version live. (Only NJPW World will have the show available after it airs, but it doesn’t immediately seem like a show you need to watch later.)
CMLL’s website has a few changes for next week. Sanely makes her main roster debut on Monday, replacing Estrellita. She’s been wrestling since late last year; she looked like she needed more work when she wrestled on Monterrey TV a month ago. Caristico being pulled from Tuesday’s Guadalajara show means Mascara Dorada replaces him to get a home game, and Rey Cometa takes Dorada’s place in Arena Mexico. Starman is also off the show, with Robin moving up to replace him and Bengala opening yet another Tuesday show. Starman’s still listed on Saturday, so maybe it’s a scheduling conflict and not an injury.
Also Sunday, in Tultitlan, Mexico State, SuperLuchas notes Terry 2000 lost his hair without wrestling. Terry 2000 was scheduled for a three way cage match with Mr. Potro & Sepulturero, but needed surgery on his forearm on Tuesday. He was still in a sling and could not wrestle, so his nephew Super Terry took his place, with the idea Terry 2000 would lose his hair if his rep lost. Sepulturero escaped, then Potro, and Terry 2000 indeed got shaved.
On Twitter, Fenix said his new home is San Diego. It was a surprise to find he’s moved out of Mexico (if that’s what he meant.) Taya also recently moved to California, and it’s since been said she’ll be working less in AAA (still a lot of TV, but less spots shows.) I’m not sure if this means the same for Fenix.
Dr. Wagner Jr. met people who won a contest sponsored by Schick Razors. People were chopped, apparently. Dr. Wagner explained he could go back to CMLL if he wanted, because he always leaves wrestling companies on good terms and respects the policies of those companies. (This does not appear to be a true statement.) He gave no indication he would actually switch companies at the moment, saying he was currently staying with AAA.
Brian Cage and Ivelisse action figures are coming, which is a little surprising since Lucha Underground would figure to hold their rights. They may have signed the deals before coming to LU, and it’s not as though LU appears to be advancing on that front.