I’ve added lineups (and very limited results) for lineups from 1980 to 1984 from the El Siglo de Torreon archive. (If you follow the @lucharobot, this is what you saw earlier this week.) Most of the shows are from Gomez Palacio or Torreon. It’s not complete, because there are some days which are missing and we’re only limited to the shows which are advertised in the paper. An article in 1982 mentions Gran Markus having an incident with a 12 year old at Arena Olimpico Laguna, but that’s the only indication that year the arena exists. Still, it’s a few hundred more events added and some neat designs as they get into 1984.
If you’re someone who collects these lineups, I’ve broken them down by year. The files include the graphical cards when I could find them, which should make it easier to check my woeful spelling.
This timespan starts out with one show a week with almost all locals at the bull ring for 1980 thru 1982. That promotions either stops advertising or falls apart by the early 1983, and there’s months with no mention of lucha in the paper until Arena Olimpico Laguna (which dates back into the 60s) starts to advertise. 18 months later, there appears to be four distinct promotions all advertising: at the bullring (having come back from the dead), at AOL, at the Auditorium, and at the Palacio de los Deportes. Those locations are still in use today.
The AOL building is Promociones del Norte/UWA affiliated. The Norte tag team titles are the main titles in the building and the title pattern seems to make sense (and makes me wonder if those brand of titles are historically underrated because there’s enough research on them.) Negro Casas & Black Terry are among the UWA young wrestlers who wrestle in AOL. The Auditorio & Palacio also bring in Mexico City talent, but it’s more unaffiliated guys; Tinieblas is defending the AWWA title as big belt. It’s not until the Plaza de Toros promotion returns that EMLL guys have any regular presence (though some do come thru AOL.)
Some random stories I found thru
a story on a boxer who passed away at Arena Coliseo Mexico City. Oro and Sangre India are well known, but the boxers seem less remembered.
I plan on continuing on these later, because I got some interesting stuff out of it, I know more is coming as I get later in the 80s, and it was just more time consuming than difficult. However, the site has put up a paywall (or finally gotten the old paywall to actually work), it doesn’t make sense for me to pay for access until I’ve got a full month to work at it, and I probably won’t have that for the near future. I’ll try to get back at this in 2017.
CMLL (TUE) 12/13/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Explosivo & Sky Kid b Furia Roja & Sádico tecnicos took 1/3
2) Grako, Maléfico, Metálico b El Divino, Robin, Sensei rudos took 1/3
3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Stigma b Disturbio, Nitro, Virus Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa Rudos took 1/3.
5) Niebla Roja, Terrible, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Tritón, Valiente Triton replaced Maximo. Rudos took 1/3. UG fouled Valiente and got the pin. Valiente demanded a singles match.
Triton got a main event! because Maximo was off doing who knows what. The setup, and next week’s singles match being non-title, suggests Valiente is going to win next week. You do never know with UG.
IWRG (WED) 12/14/2016Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Bambino & Voltar b Crezy & Crezy Tiger
2) Magic Dragón, Sombra Metálica, Último Caballero b Águila Enmascarrada, Kira, Rey Flecha
3) Fireman, Omega, Vardeus b Fly Tiger, Guerrero 2000, Vampiro Metálico
4) ?, Blue Monsther, Hijo del Alebrije, Shadow Boy b Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Keshin Black, Picudo Jr. Atomic Star and someone else added to the match
5) Ángel Oriental, Atomic Fly, Cremosito, Keiser Drago, Kilvan, Lady Cat, Marduk Jr., Salchichita b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Barba Roja Jr., Cadilac, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Fly, Skanda [Torneo Fill] Team FILL (Black Terry) vs Team Gym Zeus (Oficial 911), with Kilvan defeating Demonio Infernal with help from 911. Barba Roja Jr. replaced Black Dragon.
Leo Riano’s column says Elite is expected to no longer air on Azteca7. They’re still under contract at the moment, but it’s expected Azteca will not renew it. As guessed here, Azteca adding Combate Americas was them moving on to a different sort of combat sport. The Elite “season” came to an end soon after, which seems to back up Riano’s report. Riano says the lucha show wasn’t getting the ad sales the TV company was hoping for. I’d assume this means they will also be off Azteca in the US, when they complete their run or sooner. Riano is certain will get a new TV deal and doesn’t even bring up the idea that this might be the end.
Rafy gave his side of the incident with Alberto el Patron on the EN+CARADOS #3 podcast. Alfredo has a translated summary of it in the latest Lucha Report that I’m heavily cribbing from. Alberto’s story has been that Rafy groped Paige. Rafy’s story is he said “pass by, beautiful” to Paige and didn’t touch her at all. Rafy says Alberto flipped out and pulled off his mask, Rafy retreated to the locker room, and Alberto went in there to attack Rafy. Rafy says he didn’t win the fight, but the reports about how hurt he was were blown up. Paige later told Alberto that Rafy hadn’t touched her, Alberto apologized, Rafy apologized for saying anything, and they thought it was over until it got into social media.
Before the fight, Alberto told the press he expects to be back in AAA in 2017, downplayed the injuries from the stabbing attack, and blamed the whole controversy on social media. Someday, Alberto will actually be responsible for something that happens to Alberto, but that day is apparently not today.
Tonight is DTU’s first ever iPPV, with a Negro Casas vs Flamita vs Ronnie Mendoza main event (though it’ll probably happen earlier in the show.) The full card is here, I wrote a long preview over on Voices of Wrestling about the matches.
The show starts live at 7pm CT. The iPPV stream scheduled to start around 8:30pm, though it might be worth checking earlier. You can buy the iPPV for $6 USD at dtu.com.mx. Make sure to create an account before you click on the banner to buy the show. If you don’t create an account, it’ll auto create one, and you’ll have to click on “Users” to find the Nombre de usuario, then “Editar perfil” to set up a password. If that still doesn’t work, contacting DTU on Twitter or Facebook will get you help in English. (Ignore the countdown clock, it’s off.) If you can’t watch it live, they say the show will be available on VOD.
There’s no way of knowing if this will work until it does. We’re all crossing our fingers. Really, in these situations, the issue isn’t the money. I’d rather have $6 than not have $6, but the aggravation is more the feed not working and no one involved letting you know what’s going on. I hope the feed works without a problem, but I also hope there’s someone there to talk about it if it doesn’t go well.
Facebook lucha site CuadrilateroTV says they’re doing a pre-game show live from outside the arena at 6:30pm. We’re planning on doing the opposite. I mentioned this on the last podcast and I think we might actually be able to pull it off: myself and Rob are planning to do a podcast recapping the show after it concludes. We’re planning to do it live on YouTube, so you’ll be able to listen to me stumble over names in real time. We haven’t really planned this out too much, it wasn’t until yesterday where Rob pointed out to me that we’re probably starting around midnight CT, but since the people ordering this show are the same people who are listening to the podcast, it makes sense to combine the two. Check Twitter for a link to the audio-only feed a little bit after the DTU show concludes (and I have no idea what we’re doing if the DTU show doesn’t work.)
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, when writing about WWE signing of foreign women, notes people from England and from Australia are not starting until April due to the red tape in getting working visa. Zeuxis, if she has signed with WWE, could possibly be in the same situation. (It’s possible she has US citizenship from the Puerto Rican side, but her short visits to the US suggest she’s just come as a tourist so far.) That’s good news in that we’re probably at getting at least a few more months of flying double knees into faces, but also slightly hidden bad news. The best case about Zeuxis not losing her mask is it can’t really be her farewell while she still has a title belt (which has mostly gone unmentioned in months.) This timeline suggests 12/25 won’t be the farewell either, but gives CMLL plenty of time to put her in a title feud with whoever beats her for her mask, if that’s the plan. That scenario would also make Zeuxis losing to Dalys the less likely outcome.
DTU Sanchez (SAT) 12/17/2016Arena Neza
1) Flayer Boy vs Toto, Dragón Gold Fly, X-Boy, Drolux
2) Lokillo, Niño De Cobre, Pardux vs Camuflaje, Fandango, Moria
3) El Gio & El Junior vs Rafy & Teelo and Corsario Negro Jr. & Pólux Jr.
4) Gallego & Mr. Cóndor vs Jimmy & Kevin and Pandemónium & Pandemónium Jr.
5) Puma King & Tiger Casas vs Neza Kid & Ronnie Mendoza
6) Crazy Boy & Mr. Niebla vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Maniaco & Psicosis II
Tiger & Puma join in for a show, which sets up a really good semifinal. I wonder what the reaction will be to Rafy this week.
Jeremiah Crane beat Killshot, Dante Fox, Mariposa (10:57, Cranium Contusion double underhook piledriver on Dante Fox, good)
Drago beat Kobra Moon (2:58, DQ for Pinder run-in, ok)
PJ Black beat Angelico, Son of Havoc, Jack Evans. (8:40, small package, good)
The final four of the Battle of the Bull tournament is set. Cage & the Mack advanced last week. This week, they were joined by unlikely winners Jeremiah Crane and PJ Black. Crane earned his spot in a chaotic match with Killshot, Dante Fox and Mariposa. He defeated Dante Fox after plenty of close calls around. Fox had a rough night all around. Killshot gave him a top rope double stomp after the defeat, making it clear their issues are not done.
There was more on the line in the last semifinal. Johnny Mundo interrupted a Taya documentary interview of Jack & PJ to complain about their losses to Sexy Star, and threaten to kick the pair out if they didn’t advance to night. Jack & PJ worked together some of the match, though tried to steal the win from time to time. PJ finally offered to lay down for Jack, only to cradle him when he did. Angelico & Son of Havoc were respectful towards each other, but did not come across as an old team reuniting, more two good guys passing by each other.
Sexy Star was shown preparing for her match, until she was upset about a spider placed in her locker. There’s something about spiders which specifically bug Sexy Star, and she angrily confronted Mariposa about it. It wasn’t all that successful. Mariposa denied having anything to do with it and Sexy broke a wall with a gloved punch. We did learn that Sexy’s kidnapping listed for six months, but we have no idea who set her off this time. Maybe she should check with Worldwide Underground
The only non tournament match on the show was Drago and Kobra Moon finally meeting in the ring, and not the bathroom. Kobra Moon fought early, but seemed to be no match for Drago. Drago started pausing between following up on moves, which came off as if he wanted Kobra just to give up. Give up on this match and give up on taking him back. Kobra Moon isn’t giving up and eventually showed her hand. The gray lizard introduced last week (Pindar) first attacked Drago for the DQ. Aerostar and Fenix rushed in to help their trios partner. Kobra Moon waved in Vibora, the taller of the two new lizards, and the técnicos had much less success with him. Vibora gave Drago a martinete, and the Lizard Tribe took Drago away.
The only other skit on the show was the show closing bit. Dragon Azteca visited Rey Mysterio in his oddly Eastern influenced dojo. Mysterio is still having trouble getting around, but was concerned when he noticed Azteca was injured. Azteca explained Matanza’s attack last week, but explained it as a positive thing. Dragon Azteca feels like his destiny has been revealed to him, he’s meant to face Matanza. Mysterio said it was a bad idea, Azteca agreed, but decided to go after the monster by himself anyway. Hope Rey gets healthy before his protege gets destroyed again.
This was a better episode than last week, with two fun matches. I was surprised the first match was being hyped so much more than the second match. Angelico, Son of Havoc, Jack Evans and PJ Black are the heralded names on this show you’d expect to have a good match, and they did, and maybe the credit should go for the four less hyped people being as good. The big difference was the second match having the story of Jack & PJ working together (to a point), and them first match was more four people trying to make a name for themselves going all out in classic Lucha Underground style.
Dante & Killshot already make a good combination, plus Crane and Mariposa had really strong performances. This is easily Mariposa’s best non-No-Mas match on the show, finally coming off as the scary and destructive fighter she was billed as in her introduction. The chair stuff didn’t do a lot for me given the tradeoff in abuse (especially the chair superplex spot, a gigantic move for the middle of the match that didn’t mean anything twenty seconds later), but the visual of Mariposa whipping chairs at her opponents and owning the ring made her come off as someone to reckon with. She did well in the vignette with Sexy Star too, coming off as disturbed as her brother. Just getting a shot to show a personality was a bonus. LU is overdoing the sound effects on Crane’s kicks, but the kicks still look great and he’s just generally wrestling like someone with a lot to prove. Ivelisse’s injury stunk not just because it sidelined her, but it also had a side effect of leaving the Moths and Crane without a lot to do. This kind of performance makes up for it, and came off as if they were making sure they didn’t get lost in the mix. I’m not sure the Crane character has caught on yet, not sure if they’ve figured it out by this point, but he did well enough to want to see more of him.
The other fourway had some good moments too. I wish they could’ve done a little bit more on Angelico. Returning in a four way is a tough draw, especially one where the attention is going to be on another story, and he got in a bit, but they needed more (non-roof-dive) moments to remind you why he came off impressively in previous seasons. They’ve got him to set up to face Mundo at some point, but he didn’t get to come off as a top guy here quite yet. Maybe they figured they’d need a longer ramp up, and that’s why he didn’t earn that shot quite yet. Jack is generally great but really good in this role, and that match was filled with lots of fun stuff, I don’t want to knock it.
The middle match didn’t amount to much. It was fine early, but more a set up for the character introductions. The home audience would’ve been totally confused without the vignette last week, but it was still weird for Striker & Vampiro to be relatively blasse about a lizard and a dinosaur walking in. At this point, anything must seem normal from there. Kobra Moon taunting Drago after her troops won was her best character moment of the series, and Vibora looked impressive in his first in-ring moment. (Pindar, not so much. How did Daga get killed by this guy?)
The Sexy Star/spider bit was mostly good simply because it was an obvious teaser to Sexy Star’s next feud, and gives us all hope Sexy Star versus Worldwide Underground will be over next week regardless of the outcome. Hooray. Taya working on her movie was much more fun than Sexy Star’s training that followed it.
What happened: Hijo del Tirantes cheated to help the OGT, which may set up a match with Faby versus Hijo del Tirantes. Mundo beat Garza with help with Taya (thus proving Chavana made no difference either way.) Pentagon still wants a match with Mundo. Nothing really was advanced.
What was good: Nothing. The second match would’ve been rated among the worst of the year if I hadn’t given up on caring by now. It’s the same heel ref stuff that seems to get over live in it’s ridiculous but is so tiring. None of the matches interested me in the least, even when people I often like. This Juarez show as one of the least entertaining of the year and a hard way to close that year off.
AAA started 2016 boasting about having the greatest collection of young talent since their glory days. This taping is definitely not reflective of any great talent base, and it feels like they’re very far away from being that AAA as the year ends. They couldn’t help but put together good matches a year ago, and now it’s a struggle to come up with the next match which might be great on this show.
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.(more…)
CMLL held a press conference to talk upcoming major shows. It was a short press conference by CMLL standards, around 45 minutes, and it’s all on YouTube.
Everyone knew what the big matches would be going in, and this was more about assigning them to dates. the two big shows are on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, both Sundays.
12/25 will be called “Infierno en el Ring”, and will hold a women’s cage match. Six masked women (La Jarochita, Sanely, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Zeuxis and Metalica) will put their masks on the line, and four unmasked women (Marcela, Estrellita, Dalys and Amapola) will put their hair up. The longest segment of the press conference was each woman talking about the match and then signing the contract, and many took the time to complain this wasn’t a one on one match (more in that they wanted their rivals than being critical of CMLL booking, but it did not come off well.)
It’s an unbalanced match, with 6 tecnicas and 4 rudas. It’s also missing those rudas who would’ve been “safe” choices for a loss, like Tiffany and Seductora. (Silueta, who hasn’t been around DF in a couple months, RT-ed a comment complaining about her and others not being included.) The timing of this match, combined with WWE signing people who tried out the same time as Zeuxis, continues to point to the ruda as the loser of this match. It’s not a lock, there are a few women who absolutely in this match who absolutely shouldn’t lose in this sort of match. Someone like Vaquerita, who seem to have no hope of even getting a singles feud, could just as sensible lose. It’d also be disappointing if the best CMLL luchadora at the moment lost her mask in a cage match instead of going out on a one on one match, but CMLL believes the idea of a cage and a multiperson match itself is a draw regardless of who’s in it. I think it’s likely Zeuxis, but I’m holding a little hope it’s something else.
The rest of the card is the normal card you’d see on a Sunday
CMLL (SUN) 12/25/2016Arena México
1) Astral & Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Drone, Johnny Idol, Star Jr. vs Boby Z, Vangellys, Virus
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) La Jarochita vs Sanely, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Marcela, Estrellita, Zeuxis, Dalys, Amapola, Metálica [cage, mask, hair]
The card is going to draw or not draw based on the main event. This show has the misfortune of going up against the LigaMX final. It’s CMLL’s choice. They could’ve just moved it to a Friday or a Tuesday if they thought it would do better. Instead, they’re just not giving the match any support. It doesn’t appear to be simply a response to the football game, the next week’s card is just about the same.
The opener would be Pierrothito’s first match in CMLL since September.
The press conference closed with Maximo and Máscara Año 2000 signing their hair match.
CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017Arena México
1) Astral, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z, Pólvora, Ripper
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
5) Máximo vs Máscara Año 2000 [hair]
Again, a normal card. At least one reknown lucha expert thinks Mascara is winning. That would be a silly self-defeating move to have a guy at the end of his career to beat a regular core member of CMLL, but Ephesto just beat Guerrero Maya so I can’t rule it out. CMLL, for reasons unclear, sure seems to be booking it’s veterans strong and has seen a lot more in Mascara 2000 than anyone else. It would be a bad idea for him to win, because most any other full time wrestler would’ve got more mileage out of beating Maximo, but we can’t rule it out.
Atlantis could be feuding with Peste Negra on this card, or CMLL could’ve just been very repetitive.
Sunday shows usually aren’t taped or aired anywhere. CMLL did tape/air the shows for the UG/Elgin match and the Dia Los Muertos. Neither card looks very interesting to me, but both cards seem as important as those shows they aired. So far, there’s no mention of these shows airing, for free or otherwise.
These were the only cards announced. The Friday night cards on 12/23 and 12/30 might have big matches too. There was no hint of Caristico and Ultimo Guerrero. They seem headed for a singles match, maybe even another title match, but it can’t be bigger than that. No matter what Caristico says, they’d have them out in front of the press if a mask/hair match was happening. Even if it’s not, it still seems like a big mistake not to advertise what match those two guys are doing right now – they’re bigger stars in the moment than anyone who was advertised for a match at this moment.
There was not a lot of other news. As anticipated, this Saturday Arena Coliseo show is the final show of the season, with the 12/24 & 12/31 shows canceled for holidays. CMLL mentioned the luchadors going to the FantasticaMania shows, and announced Yoshi Tatsu would be coming to CMLL on February 15th. That news drew great cheers from NJPW fans. Tatsu returned from neck injury earlier this year, and his matches and his wrestling style have been considered among the worst in the promotion. The hope would he makes a turnaround in Mexico, but they’re just happy to be rid of him in the short term.
There wasn’t an indication of how long Tatsu will be in CMLL. February is the usual start period for NJPW trainees and there’s not one in Mexico at the moment. Tatsu is way too old to be a trainee (and probably had enough of doing that in NXT while part of WWE), but it might indicate a longer stay.
CMLL (TUE) 12/13/2016Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial Sangre Imperial replaced Oro Jr. on Friday. Rudos took 1/3
3) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Drone, Fuego Rudos took 2/3.
5) Ephesto b Guerrero Maya Jr. Ephesto took 2/3. Ephesto’s finish looked botched (Maya’s shoulder was up for the entire count.)
6) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto
The semifinal had a crazy Ephesto bump, Maya trying to dive into the front row (but not quite making it), and not a lot more. The main event was the usual hurried Tuesday match. The team I thought would win did win, but no challenges. I was okay with Ephesto winning when I thought it was going to lead to something. Much like the rest of this show, it led nowhere.
The website also has a few changes. Triton returns to CMLL DF cards on Saturday. He & Stigma replace Fuego & Oro, with Forastero replacing Skandalo on the other side of the tercera. Mr. Niebla, usually the one being replaced, fills in for Rey Bucanero in the semifinal. Guerrero Maya replaces Johnny Idol in the semifinal on Sunday.
Lucha Underground episode today is 3×14, “En La Sombras”. This episode has nothing to do with Andrade Almas. Matches on the show
A Battle of the Bulls Semifinal with Mariposa, Jeremiah Crane, Killshot and Dante Fox Jeremiah Crane (intros)
A Battle of the Bulls Semifinal with Angelico, Jack Evans, Son of Havoc and PJ Black (photo)
Drago versus Kobra Moon
Dragon Azteca checks on Rey Mysterio Jr.
someone plays mind games on Sexy Star
The LU writers have hyped that first match as being really good, and reports live had it as the best match of the four semifinals. That surprised me, because I’d expect the second match to be better given the people involved.
AIW put up a Laredo Kid versus Big Damo for free. I’m catching a lot of Laredo while doing the catch up posts, and he’s consistently so good. He feels underrated because he doesn’t have a home (outside of AIW!) but he’s had a really strong 2016 if you connect all the pieces. We still haven’t seen his falls count anywhere match with Rey Cometa, and that might be as good as anything.
This show is in honor of the 9th anniversary of promotion founder Adolfo Moreno. They should have a couple more anniversary shows in next few weeks, which is what the tercera seem to be setting up. The main event is working off the idea that the final last week was controversial enough to set up a rematch. Hijo de Dos Caras being booked suggests the situation with his brother isn’t serious enough to stop using the rest of his family. Hip Hop Man is back quick.
CMLL (TUE) 12/20/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Príncipe Diamante, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
3) Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
4) Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z [lightning]
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Peste Negra in the main event. The tercera is probably worse than usual since Skandalo got involved. It feels like they’re running out the same lineup every Tuesday, even though there’s some changes. Can Bobby Z pass for a welterweight?
CMLL (TUE) 12/20/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magia Blanca & Metatrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Flyer, Magnum, Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Infierno, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
4) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Niebla Roja
5) Valiente vs Último Guerrero
It’s possible CMLL was mocked enough to not make this Valiente/UG a title match, but it’ll likely be the same match. If they really want to troll, Valiente actually lands the moonsault and wins off it.
I got nothing to talk about. Let’s talking about something else. This LU show completed the April 9th taping. All of this stuff is buried in the database after it airs, but I want to bring it out here. (Instead of match numbers, those are the episode numbers of when it aired.)
That’s a full episodes in the main event, a full episode in the opening matches, part of an episode from months earlier, a match for a fourth different episode which ended up being retaped, and a tryout match. This is not an exception: the Sunday show is 2 2/3rds shows taped. You can definitely see why they’d felt they were going too long and burning the crowd out.
(for nerd credit: the Sexy Star/PJ Black match was the first match this season where I didn’t already have it in my notes, but the Jason mask made it easy to figure out where I had goofed up.)
anyway, the all important match rating grades, of me liking one match and disregarding the rest. I’ve made a commitment to watch the dreadful match from Retro, I may or may not live up to that commitment.
Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
What happened: Same things that happened last week: Caristico wants a match with Ultimo Guerrero, Maximo wants a match on Mascara 2000, and all the women want a match with each other. This show is an effort in duplication.
What was good:I liked the second match and not much else.
CMLL (SUN) 12/11/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Johnny Dinamo b Destello & Destructor tecnicos took 1/3
2) Carlo Roggi & Linterna b Cosmos & El Alteño Linterna replaced Mr. Apolo. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Demonio Rojo, Évola, Gran Kenut b Javier Cruz Jr., Mágico, Smaker Cruz & Kenut are feuding. Rudos took 2/3, Kenut using the ropes to pin Cruz. Challenges followed.
4) Frezzer & Neutrón DCOR León Blanco & Mr. Trueno Rudos took 1, tecnicos took 2, both sides brawled outside to a countout. Challenges followed, with the rudos saying they’d accept the match the day the tecnicos were able to beat him.
5) Infierno, Pitbull I, Ráfaga b Magnum, Nautilius, Star Black Rudos took 1/3. Infierno’s first match here in almost exactly two years. He submitted Magnum at the end.
Ah, they’re setting up a cage match too. I wonder if Triton, Gallo and Esfinge get pulled in, or if they’ll do a different title match with them. Infierno suddenly showing up throws him into the possibilities.
Saw the main event, which was had nothing new. UG kicked out the Valiente Buster and escaped the Indian deathlock before Valiente went up for the moonsault.
Tonight’s CMLL show has a Guerrero Maya versus Ephesto singles match. I’m not sure really why. They did feud for a few weeks, it makes sense how they got there, I’m just not sure why they started with the idea of Ephesto in a singles match. Still, it’s interesting. 2016 CMLL is all about running the same singles matches so many times (see Puebla lineup for next week), even a non-promising match looks exciting because it’s at least new. Maya wins, but on Martes de Viejos Valores, anything is possible.
That’s not the main event, which seems like a sensible decision. The actual main event is Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., and Volador taking on Hechicero, Luciferno and Mephisto. I have a (unconfirmed) guess the national trios titles are going to change hands before they go to Japan. All three tecnicos are on the FantasticaMania tour, so this could be the start of a program (and there’s really not much time left to do start one if it’s going to happen.)
The rest of the show has Blue Panther, Drone and Fuego taking on Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero and Vangellys in the fourth. The Panther brothers team with Pegasso face the complete Nuevo Dinamitas trio in the usual good tercera. The second match has a trio of rookies – Magia Blanca, Principe Diamante, Sangre Imperial – taking on a trio of rudos – Cancerbero, Raziel and Sangre Azteca. Fantasy & Dragoncito face Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia, who can only be better than last week.
The show will air at 7:30pm on YouTube & CMLL.
Guadalajara has Atlantis, Maximo and Valiente versus Niebla Roja, Terrible and Ultimo Guerrero. That’s probably is setting up another UG/Valiente match, unless we’ve all mocked it enough to get them to swerve to something else. There’s also an Elite themed show in Arena Queretaro, with Rey Escorpion & Argos versus Mr. Leo & Caristico in the main event.
Pentagon Jr. will face Cody Rhodes on 02/17 near San Francisco. Pentagon will not be on PCW’s show on 01/20; he’s been pulled to work Guerra de Titanes and Drago replaces him. I don’t quite understand how it took until now for AAA to know they’d need Pentagon in Mexico. As soon as they decided to run Guerra de Titanes in January and not December, that was the date that was going to make the most sense, and it seems like they’ve made that decision a month ago. At least the indie promotion was told plenty in advance this time. The last few weeks of AAA TV have been hinting at a Mundo/Pentagon title match, so that could be Pentagon’s Guerra de Titanes match, or they could stick them all in a trios match and kill more time until Rey de Reyes. Meanwhile, Drago not being on that show slightly increases the chances he and Aerostar are losing the tag title belts in Chilpancingo this weekend.
This week’s Box Y Lucha focuses on their awards. There’s a lot of focus on their awards. Photos of the award ceremony were on Facebook this weekend, with people not there confused at the people winning the awards. Letra Roja’s lucha column explains the deal: you could “win” an award via buying it from Box Y Lucha, and luchadors from places far away from Mexico City are going back home with a plaque. Not all of them were bought, but the people who won them were generally more big names who brought in to be guests for the dinner. This is consistent with Box y Lucha’s policies in general, where you can get an interview or show coverage by paying for it. It’s better than Box Y Lucha not existing at all, which has happened during in past decades, but it leaves the magazine with a lot of interviews with obscure people or small shows and not a lot of insight.
CMLL (MON) 12/19/2016Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Millenium vs Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
They’re doing another Volador/La Mascara match. I have no idea why. I don’t really want to see it. The rest of the card isn’t much good except for the tecera which is usually good (but could use some direction.)
Maya & Panther defending the tag titles is the last match to be added. (The Maya/Terry promos came out before the Dinamitas title shot, so this was probably booked for a while and Lucha Memes politely kept the match quiet until it was safe to announce.) Poor Panther must think he’s teaming with this nice, upstanding guy, and is going to find out he’s teaming with an actual lunatic when Maya gets in the ring with Black Terry again. Hope they do the final match by pinfall for the cage match, doubt they will. I would pay $6 on iPPV for this show easily, even on Christmas Day.
Cara Lucha (SUN) 01/01/2017Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Flama Roja, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. vs Alas de Acero, Alas De Plata, Pegazus
2) Arceus, Atomic Fly, Príncipe Aéreo vs Imperio Negro, Torito Negro, Yin Sang
3) Corsario Negro & Gallego vs Látigo & Trauma I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
4) Demus 3:16 & Yoruba vs El Bandido & Solar I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
5) Templario & Último Guerrero vs ? & ?? [Juventud y Gloria, semifinal] Guerrero & Templario face the winner of Gallego/Corsario & Trauma/Latigo
6) Volador Jr. vs Fénix El Rey vsFlamita
Try #2 for this match, with the hope that Fenix will be healthy. Fenix suggested he’d be using a new name in Mexico (though keeping Rey Fenix for the US) to avoid the trademark issue, so Fenix el Rey seems to be it.
Seems unfair that UG & Templario get to face someone who’s already had a match, but everyone has to make due and it’s a better to have three tournament matches than seven.