Azteca seems like it’s getting the same matches Teleformula is getting, which seems to defeat the purpose of having two shows. I dunno.
CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-02-10
taped 2018-02-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Sanely vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
3) Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-02-12
taped 2018-02-02 @ Arena México – Mega
incredible pairs tournament block A
Titan pinned Mephisto twice, setting up a title match challenge.
Adonis & Idol are beat in the first fall within seconds, cradles from behind while they’re waving their flags.
The main event turned into a lengthy Carístico exhibition. Euforia works better in these spots in some ways because he hasn’t had a chance to do them with smaller guys and feels fresher. He also hasn’t won any of these, which meant they did a lot of nice near falls and the only people buying Euforia having a chance of winning on any of them were the announcers. Carístico getting increasingly frustrated with Tirantes being Tirantes is a nice hidden subplot. It doesn’t feel he’s as much selling the physical punishment of each near fall as he is selling the emotional toll of a referee who just won’t count like normal people. He pulled off the moves too, but that was a more storytelling than the rest of the match had.
The semimain was not super interesting out of Titan getting the surprise pins to set up his title match, and even then the surprise was a bit too much for CMLL’s cameras. They missed his second fall win except for the count, then nearly missed him diving off the stage while showing a relay of that. Stuka & Valiente were taking it easy and the other rudos didn’t stand out.
Typically, a quick first fall will led to the time redistributed elsewhere. This time, it just led to a quick overall match that never really developed. The Panthers ripping the wig off Sam Adonis and then immediately getting dropped for the loss was a bit deflating. It was fine while it lasted, it just didn’t really last long.
Templario matches feel like must watch ones at the moment. One spot with him and Magia Blanca goes badly near the end, though the slightly save that one, and Templario makes an even bigger save for the finish. Templario’s doing springboard dropkicks and then taking headscissors from behind, he is up for doing anything at this point. Pegasso and Nitro both wrestling Superman logos was not great, but Pegasso trying to do a casadora armdrag to send Nitro thru the ropes was worse, Nitro stood no chance of making it thru the ropes.
Today’s Arena Puebla show has an Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero. You may know this is not a first time match! This is their 38th singles match, if you throw in matches that happened in Memphis, Tennessee and Thorton, Colorado. It is their first match since last April, though that’s probably because Atlantis was out for six months and still doesn’t look 100%. The drama here isn’t in the outcome – there’s nothing on the line, UG is going to ask for the mask versus hair match either way, Atlantis will say no – but if Atlantis can at least get a Good level in this singles match. This seems too soon and unnecessary. Maybe it’ll draw.
The rest of the card seems somewhat more promising than usual. Mistico, Rush (in for Volador) and Soberano face the Hijos del Infierno. Stuka, Triton & Titan team up against Misterioso, Sagrado and Kawato in what should be a pretty good match if they go for it. Locals include Astro, Asturiano, Joker, and Arkalis, though the two opening matches each have people I assume will make the match worse. The show will air on YouTube at 9pm.
There’s one significant change for tomorrow’s card. Marcela was scheduled for the lightning match, but she’s now off the lineup. Princesa Sugehit will now take on Kaho Kobayashi in her first CMLL singles match.
EDIT: Are you looking forward to watching ELITE? TOO BAD. In authentic Elite fashion, CMLL announced the TV show – and the Sunday Elite shows – are on pause for now. The story is the TV launch date is being pushed back and so they’re going to run regular CMLL shows on Sunday until it’s ready to go. There’s no indication if this is a short term thing or a going to take a while.
Uno TV has a feature on Micro Man, including him training. He’s the oldest of three brothers (imagine a Micro Trio.) It sounds like they had him training with a normal class just as a trial before starting the micro group.
SoloWrestling points out a Johnny Mundo video interview w/ Chris Van Vliet of note. Johnny Mundo says Vampiro is an idiot. I’m not sure alone Johnny Mundo calling Vampiro an idiot is even news at this point. Mundo saying Kevin Kross, Fantasma, Texano, and Wagner among other have issues with Vampiro too is sort of news, though it comes off at least half in character. Mundo does say Vampiro will be back on Lucha Underground Season 4 and he seems to be as interested in finding out how they work together as everyone else.
Speaking of Lucha Underground, Johnny Mundo outright says they’re taping next weekend. Everyone is willing to say this except for Lucha Underground, though even Mundo isn’t even sure of the schedule. He thinks they’re doing 2 episodes a week, 3 days a week, for about 5 weeks – but that would be 30 episodes and they’ve announced 21. Maybe there are weeks without three days a week, maybe no one knows and that’s why this is taking forever.
There’s no reason for Kraneo to be a técnico, except they were probably short a técnico for a couple Mondays. Terrible fouled Carístico for no real reason beyond them building to that match next.
The title match felt more entertaining the first time I saw it than the rewatching it much later. The five ramp spots are all look good and are used well, there’s just not a lot of meat to this match otherwise. Diamante Azul is a strong guy who doesn’t do many strong in this match, and the rest of what they do just is OK. This match felt like they made the most of what they had to work with, they just didn’t have a whole to work with.
The highlight of Hechicero & Guerrero Maya is Hechicero taking a short pause in the ring on his own, as if he’s considering if it’s really worth it launch himself dangerously out of the ring onto Guerrero Maya. Hechicero decides it’s absolutelynecessaries, and flies thru the air with the gracefulness of a mattress being thrown out of a second floor window. CMLL will run about 120 of these lightning matches on streaming shows this year and it’s hard to imagine much of them beating the enjoyment of this one. It wasn’t the technical battle you’d expect from two of the best in CMLL at that. They’re also two of the best at connecting spots in interesting fashions, and they made their usual offense more interesting when they weren’t wildly diving out of the ring or taking huge bumps off the top. They fought as fast as the fast guys while keeping it clean. Definite recommendation.
Audaz is good, though even he couldn’t make a long mat section with Malayo something the fans were interested in seeing. They went nearly five minutes by themselves to in the first fall, which is a bit much. That match closed with a third fall that seemed to have no particular direction too. Universo 2000 Jr. seemed to be in the middle of everything for most of the match, never looking spectacular but improving his competency. Raziel caching dives by shoving away the person taking them is strange looking, and he generally didn’t look sharp in this one.
CMLL (SAT) 02/10/2018Arena Coliseo [+LuchaTV]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Bengala & Sensei rudos took 1/3.
2) El Coyote, Grako, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial rudos took 1/3
3) Oro Jr. b Magnus [lightning] Magnus replaced Electrico.
4) Astral, Fuego, Pegasso b Nitro, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. Astral replaced Starman. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente DQ Kawato San, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero Tecnicos took 1/3. Bucanero fouled Valiente for the DQ.
6) Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, Máscara Año 2000 tecnicos took 2/3.
The recap mentions Kraneo and the rudos had problems in the main event, which I assume is the usual rudo bumbling but I guess might be more.
No show here next week, as there’s a boxing event instead.
CMLL ELITE (SUN) 02/11/2018Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Shaolin & Stukita
2) Dalys & Zeuxis b Diosa Quetzal & Marcela Quetzal’s Arena Mexico debut.
3) Audaz & Magia Blanca b Ciclón Ramírez & Relámpago and Cancerbero & Raziel and Metaleón & Mr. Leo
3) Emperador Azteca, Fly Warrior, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Heddi Karaoui, Imposible, Tyson La Bestia
5) Diamante Azul & Hijo De Dos Caras b Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther first three falls match of the night. Azul & Caras took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Mistico b Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto tecnicos took 2/3.
7) Cibernético & Sharly Rockstar b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero Ciber & Sharly took 1/3, the last when Charly was eliminated and snuck back in to foul UG.
Ciber & Sharly need to win on the first show, but there was no guarantee of that. I’m not sure if I’m still supposed to be calling them the Radicalz.
I can’t find any great bit picture of the arena to judge attendance. It does look to be bigger in the small pictures I can find. This show, in some form, will air on TV next Sunday.
Tyson la Bestia’s gear has “STFAM” on it. I have no idea what that means, except Marcela’s gear has also recently had that abbreviation on it and maybe that’s a clue about the identity of the big bodybuilder guy who’s always sitting next to Marcela at CMLL shows.
Facebook page (not AAA) Zona Ruda passed along a rumor that the Parka Negra we saw added to Perros del Mal on Friday was not Ultmo Gladiador, as has been for the last few years, but instead Angel Mortal Jr. I haven’t gone back to watch the match yet, but people who have said it looked like Parka Negra was not Gladiador. Angel Mortal Jr. was scheduled for the show and bumped off when the last two matches were changed, so it’s possible he would’ve still been at the arena.
I’m not sure why AAA would go thru such effort to keep a dead character like Parka Negra going. My only theory is they thought “Parka Negra” would be a bigger fill in name for Mr. Aguila than a rookie. If this is a permanent change, it would’ve been recently – it was still Gladiador in the gimmick last December. It also seems like a poor idea to make a permanent change, since the Parka Negra character has been cast as a loser and a non-factor for years. On the other hand, AAA still has a Gronda and had an Alerbije to protect their rights to those characters.
You can watch the entire show here. It’s a slow weekend, so maybe I’ll get to adding Twitch link support to the database soon. I ended up paying more attention to the CMLL show, but the second and fifth matches sound like they were worth going out of your way to watch.
Blue Demon is more or less the Johnny Mundo replacement. It probably doesn’t change star power. It does change match quality, since Demon hasn’t been good in a long while and was never that good in the first place. Still, if this means the TripleMania four way cage match is Psycho Clown, Hijo del Fantasma, Blue Demon and LA Park in a mask match, AAA should be able to sell out Arena Ciudad de Mexico easily at good prices. It might even be the reason why AAA didn’t commit to a building. Arena Ciudad de Mexico is about 20K max, and that match has a potential to draw to a giant bullring or soccer stadium if the prices are affordable. (The potential drops off a lot of Texano’s putting up his hair instead of Fantasma’s mask, or if there’s a lesser name replacing LA Park.)
This does mean AAA probably knew Mundo wasn’t going to be at this show since at least two weeks ago at Guerra de Titanes, and possible even longer than that. The local promoter’s Facebook had Blue Demon, Mascara and Maximo as coming on Thursday, and yet they all kept out on putting the old poster out. This is a dishonest practice, and also one that seems like it hurts AAA in the short term. AAA had never put La Parka in a title match because they knew it would be bad, and they knew he wouldn’t want to take a loss. Both things were accurate. Still, the crowd was as into La Parka as any one on this show, to the point of being a rare crowd that was against Dr. Wagner. No offense to Johnny Mundo, but there were probably more people who’ve come to this show if AAA had simply announced La Parka going for the title than they tricked into coming by promising Mundo when he wasn’t going to be there. I don’t know why AAA shoots themselves in the foot like this.
(Don’t get me wrong, that match was terrible. And the eventual Demon/Wagner match probably won’t be a lot better.)
There is no chance Hijo del Fantasma versus Texano at Rey de Reyes will be any good. AAA’s made it very clear that they love this story how it’s going and so the match in Puebla will be pointless outside of whatever Tirantes is doing. This is the last we’ll see of Fantasma & Texano until that show. They’re not on the 02/25 taping, which takes place in the middle of what I believe to be the Lucha Underground tapings. (Which also implies that everyone on that taping will not be on Lucha Underground – or at least won’t be on that weekend of shows. Wagner’s not booked on 02/25. Neither is Suicide, Poder del Norte, or any of the women.) Anyway, I feel like it’s a lock that Fantamsa/Texano will randomly have a match in season four of Lucha Underground that’ll go about seven minutes and will be better than whatever they do at Rey de Reyes.
Three straight inconclusive finishes to end the show, with a bizarre segment prior to it. I think the idea was the locals who would normally work the dark match still go to work the show, just in an non-traditional way. I wonder if the era of Twitch means the dark matches all have gone away.
A jobber tag team with random members who have no connection to the original group does not honoring Perro Aguayo Junior. Let’s not even pretend. It’s about wringing every last dollar out of people willing to spend on that merchandise. With Elite starting up tomorrow, Mr. Aguila might have decided to head there.
The lower bowl looked mostly vacant when this show started it. It filled in a bit, either with people coming late or people moving down from the upper level. (That sounded pretty full, but I never saw a good shot of it.) It still seemed about half full by the end.
The next AAA TV taping is that 02/25 show, from Apizaco, Tlaxcala. It’s a Sunday 5pm start.
At his charity press conference, Alberto el Patron said he was close to returning to AAA. Alberto says he and Dorian talked over coffee about dates and events he might work, but wants AAA to put it on paper. It seems like a deal for TripleMania – said here to be in August – though Alberto’s been talking about returning to AAA since last year’s TripleMania. They probably don’t even need him if they have Demon & Park, though that doesn’t mean they won’t stop trying to get him.
CMLL (FRI) 02/09/2018Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan]
1) Hijo del Signo & Yago b Magia Blanca & Magnus 12:14. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 13:22. Rudas took 2/3. Kobayashi Arena Mexico debut.
3) Máscara Año 2000 & Shocker b Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Euforia, Cuatrero, Sansón, Forastero [natl pi, battle royal] 4:26
4) Atlantis & Mr. Niebla b Ángel de Oro & Cuatrero [natl pi, eightfinal] 7:03
5) Rush & Terrible b Forastero & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, eightfinal] 7:50
6) Carístico & Euforia b Dragón Lee & Sansón [natl pi, eightfinal] 5:55
7) Marco Corleone & Shocker b Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 [natl pi, eightfinal] 3:34
8) Rush & Terrible b Atlantis & Mr. Niebla [natl pi, quarterfinal] 7:41
9) Carístico & Euforia b Marco Corleone & Shocker [natl pi, quarterfinal] 2:45
10) Rush & Terrible b Carístico & Euforia [natl pi, quarterfinal] 2:00
11) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero 6:48. Tecnicos took 2/3.
This was streamed on Facebook like normal, but region blocked on the Claro website. The Claro website is also streaming the Winter Olympics for the next two weeks, so I suspect this might be a problem again next Friday. It’s really not that hard to watch things on Facebook, but I’ll run a YouTube stream if it’s blocked and I’m around.
First two matches, Rush/Terrible vs Forastero/Stuka and Caristico/Euforia vs Dragon Lee/Sanson were the matches to watch from this one. Dragon Lee versus Caristico felt like they both thought they’re never going to have an actual singles match so they might as well do the spots they would’ve done in one of those in this tag match. Mr. Niebla looked bad in this first match, fine in his second one. Kaho, like Kawato, was kept out of the action a lot and was just in to hit big moves or take big moves.
Rush was pitching Terrible on joining Los Ingobernables in the post match interview. Terrible seems to be focused on this tournament for the moment. If the plan is for Terrible to join the group, they should absolutely win the tournament next week. If this is just a two week thing that’ll never be spoken about again like the Volador stuff, then obviously they should be losing this final. That puts some real stakes to next week’s match: will Los Ingobernables no longer be bad all the time? will Terrible get something to do? or will Ultimo Guerrero & Volador reign supreme?
(If you want to overthink things, you can now look back at CMLL bringing back the national heavyweight title, having Terrible win it, and having him defend it a few times was a way to build to this moment. Or, it could be just CMLL randomness.)
Electrico must not have been cleared to return yet from the injuries he suffered last week. He was removed from today’s Arena Coliseo lineup. Magnus will now take on Oro Jr. in the tecnico/tecnico lightning match.
Rey Misterio Jr. made a surprise appearance (on video) on today’s NJPW show. He challenged Jushin Liger to a match on their upcoming 03/25 LA show. I’d assume that was a match made a while back (before they sold tickets out on day 1), though it still being on suggests Misterio isn’t headed back to WWE in the short term.
Octagon was inducted in the Toluca international sports Hall of Fame. Octagon is not from Toluca, though he probably wrestled there hundreds of times when it was the regular Thursday show for AAA. Octagon was honored for being an example of “fighting spirit, dedication, and professionalism.” Ok.
Revolucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
4) Keyra vs Lady Flammer vs Sucii Love vs Hija de Karonte [REVOLUCHA WOMEN, tournament]
5) Daga vs Bestia 666 vs Epydemius vs Zumbi [REVOLUCHA CRUISER, tournament]
6) Penta 0M & The King vs Garza Jr. & Último Ninja
I feel like I posted this lineup because I’m sure I mocked a promotion that may run six times a year creating titles. Just make these tournaments, don’t be the silly promotion who has belts which don’t mean a thing because they’re defended once every six months in third from the bottom matches.
That silliness aside, the matches they’ve announced sound pretty good. Main event looks great, and also might follow up on the hint of a split between Garza & Ninja in Tijuana.
These matches will eventually get posted on Revo Lucha’s Facebook page in TV quality, but I don’t check Facebook as much as I check YouTube and never think of looking for them.
CMLL (FRI) 02/16/2018Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
3) Niebla Roja vs Soberano Jr. [lightning]
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. vs Rush & Terrible [natl pi, final]
This is a good card? That tournament final was great last year, NGD versus the tecnicos should be fun (and maybe something they can run back as a title match.) Niebla Roja versus Soberano is a unique match up, second match should be pretty good and opener is one of the better possible minis matches.
MDA (SUN) 02/18/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Greco Baez & Quinto Elemento vs Ninja Jr. & Vazco Jr.
2) The Tiger & Toscano vs Furor & Galactar
3) Dulce Sexy vs Ludark Shaitan
4) Rey Horus vs Laredo Kid
5) Xtreme Tiger vs Juventud Guerrera
6) Cibernético & Rush vs Kevin Kross & Zorro
Stepping up to the place to defend MDA against the MAD invaders are…two people who are barely in MDA. Some of those matches look good, anyway, though it’s unlikely we’ll see them.
DTU (THU) 02/22/2018Arena Aficion
1) Baby Star Jr., Fly Danger, Mini Flash vs Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Irving El Travieso
2) Drolux & Junior vs Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer
3) Paranoiko vs Mr. Cóndor
4) El Exótico & Pesadilla vs Adrenalina & Kevin
5) Negro Casas vs Draztick Boy, Cobre, Jimmy
6) Dalys vs Marcela vs La Magnifica
7) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Halloween & Ovett
DTU’s big base show is probably more notable for the possible return of Negro Casas, who hasn’t been in the ring since breaking his rib on New Year’s Day. If he’s good to go, his match should be pretty good.
With Aeroboy, Violento Jack, Ciclope and Miedo Extremo making names for themselves in the US, I wonder if a DTU iPPV would do better now than it did back in 2016. It also may be wrestling has moved on from the single iPPV model and it would have to be on a streaming service. This is a show I’d make time for if it was live and may not get to otherwise.
Carístico & Euforia beat Dragón Lee & Sansónin a Parejas Increible eighthfinal (5:55, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marco Corleone & Shocker beatBlue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal (3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush & Terrible beat Atlantis & Mr. Nieblain a Parejas Increible quarterfinal (7:41, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico & Euforia beat Marco Corleone & Shocker in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal (2:45, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush & Terrible beat Carístico & Euforia in a Parejas Increible semifinal (2:00, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr.beat Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero (6:48 [2:01, 1:02, 3:45], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush offered Terrible an Ingobernable salute after they won the block. Unlike Volador & Dragon Lee, Terrible accepted it. It’s unclear if meant anything. They face Volador & Último Guerrero next week.
Mr. Niebla looked out of it in his first round match. That match went off the rails for a couple minutes before getting to the planned spot of Angel de Oro & Sansón fighting and being rolled up by Atlantis & Niebla. Niebla looked in better condition for his second match.
Zeuxis had her Generacion 21 belt.
The main event was a sloppy rushed mess. Something fell apart in the second fall, where it was completely obvious someone wasn’t in the right spot when they went for the big comeback sequence. Kraneo’s top rope splash got a big reaction and itw as an obvious disaster. It still wasn’t even up to the usual low standard for these post tournament main event trios.
The tournament had it’s ups and downs. The first match was awful, with three guys having a definite plan of what the match was supposed to be and Mr. Niebla being in his own world. They couldn’t reel him back in and they couldn’t find a way to adjust to his madness, and the crowd turned on the match loudly. The two matches which followed it were the best, with the Rush/Terrible & Forastero/Stuka feeling like a real one fall match between people who don’t often wrestle or team with each other. The final two matches were quite hurried, feeling cut down for time reasons. Rush & Terrible were the best team and make for the most interesting final, the process to get there just wasn’t great.
The production people thought the women’s match was a showcase for the debuting Kobayashi, replaying her big moves while action was going on. The people in the match made it feel more like an initiation, with Kaho taking the worst of everything the rudas had to offer. The rest of the match was just about ordinary, with Sugehit trying to start up things with Zeuxis again but it not going anywhere. Average effort.
The show started of well, on the opening sliding scale. Magnus looked good. His double chickenwing slam was a nice way to set up a flying move, and he’s going plenty of possible partners with them. Magnus seems like he’s got enough ideas to just run thru guys for a couple minutes, but doesn’t really get the chance. Yago’s powerbomb on the stage was cool and he’s mostly a good base, though the toss catch needs work. The new spot with Magia Blanca look a little bit too much what I could be watching in the Winter Olympics but the thought is good. Signo is as useful as a sack of potatoes.
Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(10:36, DQ for every rule, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
The show starts with Marisela Pena giving a sort of mission statement for the year. 2018 is the year of conquest for AAA, which will apparently including traveling to other countries and making TripleMania 26 the best one ever.
Fantamsa comes out first, poses in the center of the ring, and gets bat up by all three rudos. Psycho and Wagner actually hurry to the ring to help. The técnicos eventually make a comeback, but it doesn’t last long before the rudos to ever DQ offense they can think of, and eventually actually get that DQ. Escorpión hits security with a chair too. Vampiro shows up without music to stand and stare from the stage looking concerned. Wagner grabs the microphone to talk about how great Vampiro is, and then talks about the match between Hernandez versus Hijo de Wagner where the winning side gets to pick a stipulation. Vampiro finally comes to the ring, taunts the rudos and gets them to back off from beating up Psycho Clown. Vampiro gets bleeped a fair bit.
Cuervo & Scoria have new music. We get to hear only a little bit of it before they’re attacked on the way in by the clowns. This match was falls count anywhere, which took me by surprise. It also took Tirantes by surprise, since he had to rapidly scramble over the guardrail to count when they started trying for pins. It wasn’t mentioned in the graphic, and the announcers treat as information Vampiro has just passed on to them right as the pinfall is happening.
Just as it appears Cuervo is about to win, Psicosis & Histeria rush out to attack them. It is no DQ, so this time it’s at least legal. La Parka runs out of the save. The idea seemed to be he would break up the pin after Murder splashed both guys. Parka was slow, and so they kicked out instead. Parka hits all the rudos and Tirantes with a chair (Dave’s chair) and leaves the ring. The tecnicos try to finish off Murder off a second time, but Dave runs in and attacks. Parka beat him up too, before finally being dropkicked out by Parka. Parka lands on his feet fine.) Cuervo and Scoria clear out the Vipers and are immediately beat by the Clowns.
Los Vipers attack and unmask the Clowns after the match. Dave and Parka are too busy having a stare down to care.
Dave the Clown has taken a page from LA Park’s book carrying a personalized folding chair to the ring. There’s no explanation why Dave and Parka are partners and Dave doesn’t seem much bothered with helping Parka, though he does jump in to try to get a pin when he could get an easy win. Histeria’s allowed to use his bat without no problem. The Vipers eventually screw up, Parka does some horrendous offense. Dave tries to steal the pin, and Parka trips while trying to break it off. He gets back up and hits Dave with the chair, then walks out. Psicosis lands the senton right after.
The main event was the usual AAA main even brawl, ending super flat with the DQ finish. The DQ happened so suddenly that I assumed Vampiro was going to restart the match to let the técnicos do something. Instead, giving the fans something turned into just talking a lot. The brawl wasn’t so bad, for a promotion which does a lot of them, it just didn’t add up to much.
Skip the one. None of the matches are close to good. The only really notable thing is the Vipers making it a three way tag title feud, and that’s barely notable.
Someone laid out the tag team match with occasional exciting spots, but they match wasn’t smooth. Cuervo doing a leaping over the railing headscissors on Murder looked cool. The way they did it, with Murder going over the railing for no reason, clearing people out of the way, and standing still until Cuervo was ready to do the spot, was not cool. The latter tope spot at least has the plausibility of wrestling sequence. I’m not big fans of Cuervo or Scoria, though this was more the other guys fault. Murder & Monster are slow moving, slow on the uptake, and just kind of stiff – the sequence with Murder Clown getting pulled into an armbar was hard to watch. A good match would’ve been wasted by the overstuff ending, where they made it clear the Dave/Parka stuff is a much bigger deal.
The opener was always intended to be an angle and not a match. It was still a horrendous match! La Parka looked terrible the entire time in. That faceslam or whatever he lazily attempted looked horrendous. La Parka tripping seemingly over his own feet and Dave just staying on the pin to wait for him to come around again was absurd. Really, Dave getting pinned after getting no offense in on the Vipers (who were more than willing to sell 1 on 2 for Parka) make him look like even more of a nonentity than usual. No one cares more about their feud after that mess of a match. They should’ve just repeated something instead of showing this.
Tonight is the third straight Friday with dual CMLL and AAA shows. It’ll be the last one of these nights for a while: AAA’s next shows are on Sunday, Sunday, Saturday and Wednesday, all days where CMLL doesn’t stream. Both shows tonight are listed as starting at 8:30, though AAA first match is always as little bit later.
CMLL has the second block of the Torneo Increible de Parejas. The teams in this group:
Caristico & Euforia
Atlantis & Mr. Niebla
Rush & Terrible
Marco Corleone & Shocker
Angel de Oro & Cuatrero
Dragon Lee & Sanson
Stuka Jr. & Forastero
Mascara 2000 & Blue Panther Jr.
That’s the order the teams are listed on the poster. Last week, the bottom four on the poster went out first, and the final was the top two on the poster. CMLL lists teams on their poster by rank, and there were no upsets at all. That’s the most likely outcome this week too, which leaves for some not exactly promising matches late in this tournament. Caristico & Euforia are the heavy favorites to face Ultimo Guerrero & Volador next week.
The listed main event, which will be quick and fun, has Mistico, Volador & Diamante Azul versus Ultimo Guerrero, Kraneo & Cavernario. Kaho Kobayashi makes her Arena Mexcio debut teaming with Marcela & Princesa Sugehit against Zeuxis, Dalys and Amapola, which might be the best match on the show. Magnus & Magia Blanca take on Yago & Hijo del Signo, which would be a good match with anyone beside Signo.
The show will air on Facebook & Claro as usual at 8:30, and will be up on YouTube later.
Tonight’s AAA main event is “who even knows.” AAA is stubbornly advertising their original lineup with a Hernandez & Johnny Mundo versus Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown, even though it appears highly unlikely Johnny Mundo is going to be in Aguascalientes. He was in the UK at least notice, and there’s not many direct flights there to Mexico. Plus, there’s the thing where Taya said Mundo was done with AAA. AAA pulled off getting Mundo to the show last time, this time just seems a bit unlikely.
AAA might just be sticking someone else (Hijo de Wagner in the match. They might be doing the La Parka versus Dr. Wagner Jr. championship match instead, which would be a terrible match but actually might draw some extra people to the show if they advertised it. Or, they might be be bringing back in LA Park and feel everyone will be happy enough about that to forgive the Mundo thing. Again, AAA’s definitely talking to Park about coming in, and so the mystery person Arturo Rivera hinted at could be him. Or Arturo Rivera could just be making the whole thing up and LA Park will be lounging by his pool.
The rest of the card might change too depending on who needs to be pulled into bigger matches. As it is, the most interesting match is Australian Suicide defending the AAA Cruiserweight Championship against Hijo del Vikingo. Vikingo was the big discovery from the La Llave a la Gloria competition. This is his first singles match, and first change to really be in the spotlight since that tournament instead of just being grouped in with a bunch of runner ups. Vikingo having a good match is more important than winning the title, and it feels well too soon for Suicide to lose it anyway.
The current semimain is Angelikal, Bengala & Hijo del Fantasma against Texano, Dave the Clown and Angel Mortal. That match looked bizarre when they announced it, and now makes a little more sense with AAA doing the Bengala/Fantasma vs Texano/Tirantes program. On the other hand, it means that even if Dave wasn’t involved, the match probably is going to be disappointed for whatever dumb Tirantes finish they’re doing.
OGT (Averno, Chessman Super Fly) take Poder del Norte (Mocha Cota Jr., Tito Santana and Carta Brava Jr.) wrestle in an ongoing feud of rudo teams. In an interview, Poder del Norte threatened to retire the OGT team and turn them into taco sellers. Cuervo & Scoria face Perros del Mal members Joe Lider & Mr. Aguila. Shani & Faby Apache continue to wrestle, albeit in the opener, with Estrella Divina and Ashley as the partners.
Lucha Underground isn’t opening for tickets today, and definitely not this weekend. I’m fairly certain they’ve been quietly doing some outside the ring taping – Pentagon Dark wasn’t in Los Angeles just to do that autograph signing – so there’s no concern of something being canceled. They’re just taking their time with this.