Mephisto defeats Caristico (again), Zeuxis/Sugehit next week, Virus/Maya tonight

marriage proposals in Arena Puebla

IWRG (SUN) 03/19/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Shadow Boy b Araña de Plata
2) Kanon b Skanda
3) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma b Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago, X-Fly
Nigma & Relampago made challenges.
4) Demonio Infernal b Black Dragón
Eterno attacked Demonio after the match
5) Acero, Eterno, Hip Hop Man, Keshin Black b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo [lumberjack]
Acero replaced Vortize (injured on Wednesday)
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Silver King Jr. b Pirata Morgan Jr., Killer Jr., Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Bobby Lee Jr., Argos, Diablo Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rebelion de los Juniors, seeding battle royal]
winner gets a shot at the IWRG Junior de Juniors title, held by Herodes Jr. Rules were first to have a seeding battle royal, with the last two going to getting a bye and immediately having that match. Silver King Jr. and Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. advanced.
7) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Silver King Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, semifinal]
first show for (a) Silver King Jr. since 2013.
8) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Argos [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f]
first Argos appearance since last June
9) Hijo del Alebrije b Killer Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f]
10) Pirata Morgan Jr. b Diablo Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f]
11) Danny Casas b Bobby Lee Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, 8f]
first IWRG show for Lee since November.
12) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Hijo del Alebrije [Rebelion de los Juniors, quarterfinal]
13) Danny Casas b Pirata Morgan Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, quarterfinal]
14) Danny Casas b Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rebelion de los Juniors, semifinal]
Hijo attacked Danny right after he defeated his brother, but it didn’t work out for him.
15) Danny Casas b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [Rebelion de los Juniors, final]
Third straight match with Danny, not with a bad knee, but he took advantage of a distraction to beat Mascsara with a casita. He’s earned a match with Herodes Jr.

Kind of glad no new IWRG aired last night because editing that TV into matches late last night would’ve been rough. I wish I could see what IWRG sees in Danny Casas.

CMLL (MON) 03/20/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon, Terra]
1) King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. b Meyer, París, Vega LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel b Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray, Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3? There was a marriage proposal between fans after the match. She said yes.
3) Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit [lightning] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Zexuis challenged for a title match next week and Sugehit said OK.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Luciferno b Lestat, Rey Cometa, Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Rojo Jr. replaced Morphosis. Rudos took 1/3. Cometa was stretchered out after taking Kraneo’s corner hipsmash to the head.
5) Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Azul team took 2/3, the last by DQ when he was unmasked by Los Ingobernables.
6) Mephisto © b Carístico [CMLL WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 20 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5th defense. Mephisto took 1/3, and won by dropping Caristico as he went for La Caristica (La Mistica) and simply pinning him.

I watched only the title match live, which came off as a slightly lesser version of their Arena Mexico match with a strange looking finish. It didn’t come off as a finishing spot at all, but I think that was more bad design than the plan going wrong.

Today’s Arena Mexico doesn’t have anything important, but has a lot of matches which could be good if they go for it on a Tuesday. Guerrero Maya and Virus have had great matches before and reunite tonight in a lightning match. The Dinamtias face Drone, The Panther and Triton in what should be an exciting match (though the outcome is not in a lot doubt; Triton seems to be losing ever Arena Mexico match since announcing he was leaving soon.)

There’s also a special rudo/rudo trios, with Mephisto, Polvora and Luciferno versus Negro Casas, Tiger, and Puma. Knowing what we know now, I wonder if this was actually and truly meant to be the trios title match we won’t shut up about. Only, Polvora’s in there because Ephesto is out for a month and that’s something they would’ve known when putting the card together last week. We’ll see if they say anything about the title shot situation or Ephesto’s status in this match.

The main event is Caristico, Dragon Lee and Marco versus the Guerreros (UG, GG, Euforia), which could also be good. The segunda is Starman, Sangre Imperial and Magia Blanca against Nitro, Skandalo and Sangre Azteca, which probably won’t be. The show opens with a Leono & Bengala vs Inquisidor & El Cholo match; you should probably just skip the first 45 minutes.

CultIcon previews this show. It starts at 7:30pm local, which is still one hour later if you’re on Daylight Savings Time.

Guadalajara has it’s own Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show tonight, honoring Ringo Mendoza. The big title match is Hechicero defending the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship against Stuka Jr., where the rudo is expected to retain. The main event is another Ingobernables versus Diamante Azul match, with Volador & Matt Taven filling out the tecnico side.

Perro Aguayo Jr. passed away two years ago today. AAA & Perros del Mal are holding a mass in his honor. ESPN talks to Dorian Roldan & Monster Clown on their thoughts, and many luchadors are sharing their remembrances on Twitter. Record interviews Damain 666, who’s insistent Perro would not have picked another way to die.

The Vice video feature on Sam Adonis is now online.

The replacements for the CMLL luchadors on the 04/01 FEW show in Orlando include Silver King, Rey Horuz, Bestia 666, and Gronda II of all people.

Llaves y Candados added Rey Fenix, DJZ and X-Fly to their 04/09 ColiseoMania show. Rey Fenix was previously said to specifically not be on the show due to other bookings, so something must’ve changed.

ChilangaMask announced a ruleta de la muerte with Black Terry, Solar, Trauma I, Trauma II, Makabre, Mr. Maldito and the Platino for thier 04/23 show.

Legend announced they’re hosting an AAA TV taping in Arena Aficion on May 16th. That wasn’t on the schedule announced early this year (though there was a taping for the city announced in October.) I’m guessing it replaces the 05/20 show in Contla, Tlaxcala.

A FULL press release makes it sounds like the DistrioMania show on May 21st will be on TV, though no details. Their government sponsored free show on Sunday had a big turnout. FULL always seems to be very good at getting sponsored shows.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

TKD reviews Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

+Lucha’s podcast has Puma, Argenis, Chik Tormenta and Dragon Fly as guests. Dragon Fly’s interviewed because the mystery Japanese promotion he was going to turned out to be a tryout with Dragon Gate. He debuted on their 03/19 show in Aichi. He wasn’t on the next show and isn’t listed on other cards, so it might have just been a one day thing. I bet I’ll know more if I listen to the podcast.

Aerostar talks about reaching 10 years of wrestling AAA and sounds very happy to be there. He says the company has an infinite amount of talent. Infinity sounds like a lot.

A profile of El Paso’s New Era Wrestling promotion.

Paste Machine writes about the latest version of LA Park vs Rush.

Mascara 2000 has a new album.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 03/27/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs El Perverso & Sombra Diabólika
2) Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Millenium vs Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Skándalo, Toro Bill Jr.
4) Princesa Sugehit © vs Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
believed to be second defense (first defense was scheduled to be a bonus match on 03/19 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey)
5) Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

Main event is a rematch. The one part of the story that’s moved on H2L is now it seems like most everyone (tecnicos/rudos) against Los Ingobernables. I keep thinking every show Taven appears on is going to be his last, but he’s staying around longer. This will be the the third Sugehit/Zeuxis title match in the last month or so, and the first actually taped.

First half of this card looks very iffy. Toro Bill gets a rare tercera without his usual partner. Apocalispis & Inquisidor make rare appearances in Puebla at all; Apocalipsis hasn’t been here since December (only twice last year) and Inquisidor since October.

new lucha videos for the weekend of March 17th, 2017

Only the Wednesday IWRG aired. No CMLL Friday show since that was an iPPV.

YouTube playlist.

03/18 Elite: Cloud Drive

03/18 & 03/19 WWC: Cloud Drive

AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-18
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-05 @ Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala
1) Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota, Soul Rocker
2) Dark Cuervo & Joe Lider vs Angélico & Australian Suicide, Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan in a Number One Contenders Match match and for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-03-18
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-06 @ Arena Puebla
1) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca, Virus
2) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
3) Rush vs Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-18
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-15 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Lunatic Extreme, Odín, Ovett vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vórtize
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy vs Araña de Plata, Keiser Drago, Power Bull
3) Black Dragón, Cadilac, Danny Casas vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
4) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Pantera I vs Demonio Infernal, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago

Caristico vs Mephisto tonight in Puebla, Volador/Ospreay vs Lee/White in ROH

tonight

No full IWRG results of yet.

Tonight, Caristico meets Mephisto once again in the main event of Arena Puebla show, for Mephsito’s welterweight championship. They ran this match two months ago in Arena Mexico, where it was pretty good. It should be about the same in Puebla, probably with the same outcome. The show also has a Zeuxis/Princesa Sugehit lightning match, as the women continue to feud after their title change. CMLL usually runs an Arena Mexico Anniversary show on the last Friday of April (04/28 this year), and it’s at least possible Zeuxis/Sugehit or Soberano/Misterioso could be headed to an important match on that show.

The rest of the show is trios. The semimain is a Azul/Pierroth rematch, with Niebla, Terrible and Los Ingobernables filling the other spots. Lestat continues his travels into the midcard, teaming with Rey Cometa & Stigma against Kraneo, Luciferno and Morphosis. This would be Morphosis’ first CMLL match since losing his mask, but he lost his mask as Histeria. I wouldn’t think he would wear the mask as Morphosis either (after experimenting with a new mask, he was basically wearing his Histeria mask for the last couple years), but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. Or if he wasn’t on the show, which seems to happen with him. Espiritu & Policeman continue their one sided feud in the semimain, with Rey Samuray & Zaeta Roja as tecnicso and Cancerbero & Raziel as the rudos. Meyer, Paris, Vega versus King Jaguar, Rey Apocalispis and Toro Bill Jr. open the show.

CultIcon has a preview. The show starts at 9pm local, which is still one hour later than usual in the US. It’ll be on YouTube as normal.

Penta and Rey Fenix were scheduled to wrestle in El Paso yesterday. (Penta was booked across the border in Ciudad Juarez too.) They didn’t make the show, with the promotion explaining it was due to problems with immigration leaving Los Angeles (after PWG), and they’d come on April 2nd instead.

El Tijuanese, writing about The Crash, says they’re “close to reaching a deal” with Moody Jack Melendez. Konnan has been saying nice things about Melendez recently. The article says they’re in talks for a TV channel to broadcast their network.

ROH announced Volador Jr. & Will Ospreay vs Dragon Lee & Jay White for their 04/01 show Florida. Volador & Dragon Lee have been in ciberneticos against each other, and there was a Arena Xalapa show with a Parka family vs Munoz family trios match (that may not have happened), but this would be the first time those two are on opposite sides of a recorded match.

Super Muneco, Pantera and Discovery defeated Super Crazy, Hijo del Pantera and Yakuza in Cicero.

Segunda Caida reviews Dr. Wagner & Silver King vs Felino & Negro Casas.

There’s an ex-AAA show in Michoacan on 04/09, which also lists DJZ and Gringo Loco from Chicago. +Lucha had mentioned Gringo Loco was returning to Mexico.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 03/25/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
2) Astral, Magnus, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Drone, Fuego, Soberano Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Ángel de Oro [CMLL MIDDLE]
19th defense, 4th for Angel de Oro (last in January in Guadalajara, will be one in each arena)
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

I don’t think it’s going to work for Angel de Oro this time either, but good on him for never giving up.

CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Raziel, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Máscara Año 2000, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Matt Taven, Mistico, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Taven around all week. It’s like they’re building to match with him and Terrible, but he can’t be in next Sunday (unless he’s flying back?)

CMLL (SUN) 03/26/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
2) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) El Difunto vs Mr. Trueno
4) El Alteño, Mágico, Neutrón vs Évola, Gran Kenut, León Blanco
5) El Divino, Flash II, Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Pitbull I

Difunto & Trueno were matched up this week, so that’s an odd rudo/rudo feud.

03/19/2017 AAA TV Results (Monterrey) – Argenis wins Rey de Reyes 2017

some of these matches happened as scheduled

AAA TV (SUN) 03/19/2017 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon [Lucha Libre AAA]
2) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria b El Mesías & Pagano [#1 Contenders, AAA TAG]
Moved to the TV opener. Cuervo escaped, then Mesias speared Scoria thru the cage. Fans were confused, thinking the luchadors had to go over the top to get out of that match, but referees ruled that was it and gave the match to La Secta. Mesias & Pagano did not have issues. Cuervo & Scoria are owed a tag title shot now (and face Aerostar & Drago in Neza already.)
3) Ayako Hamada b Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Goya Kong, Big Mami [Reina De Reinas, #1 Contenders]
Ayako Hamada was the surprise luchador, in her first AAA TV match since 2008. Mary Apache missed the match due to skull fracture and will be out indefinitely. Eliminations: Faby, Goya, Hiedra, Big Mami, Lady Shani, leaving Ayako as the winner. Ayako was wearing her Perros del Mal gear in this match.
4) Johnny Mundo b Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY, AAA CRUISER, AAA LA]
Prior to the match, Dorian Roldan and officials from Impact Wrestling (including Jeff Jarrett) came to the ring to announce a deal between AAA & Impact. They were booed. Before this match started, Vampiro put all three men’s titles on the line. Fantasma got a visual pin with a Thrill of the Hunt on a chair on Texano, but the referee was done. Texano was stretchered away. Mundo beat Fantasma after a run-in by a mystery man (Kevin Kross, but specifically given no name in the recap.0 3rd defense of the Latin American title. Fantasma loses in his eight defense of the cruiserweight title. Mundo is the 9th champion. Texano loses in his heavyweight fourth defense. Mundo is 14th champion.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
Wagner & Psycho Clown got along enough to win. All four men were attacked and left laying by Soul Rocker, Carta Brava Jr., and Mocho Cota Jr.
6) Ayako Hamada b Taya © [Reina De Reinas]
Ayako becomes the 20th champion. Taya’s title reign ends after 2.5 years, and on her fourth defense.
7) Argenis b Averno, Chessman, Bengala, El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Niño Hamburguesa, Joe Lider, La Parka [Rey de Reyes]
Unannounced match, apparently added as the real Rey de Reyes match with the announced one becoming a title match instead. Royal rumble rules, though the last two might have gone to a pinfall (and like most AAA rumbles, no one eliminated until everyone gets in.) Eliminations: Pimpinela, Nino Hamburguesa, Elegido, Lider, La Parka, Chessman (by Averno by mistake), Bengala and Argenis defeated Averno to win.
8) Aerostar b Súper Fly [hair]
Super Fly earlier appeared on the show saying he’d hurt his arm wasn’t cleared to wrestle but he was going to do it anyway. Bloody match, with Aerostar doing a big dive off the upper level. Super Fly used knuckles to KO Aerostar for the win. Vampiro restarted the match and Aerostar came back to win.

(AAA & Impact/Anthem also announced an alliance. The recap has no more details on it.)

Air Date: 03/25 & 04/01.

The building looked full. It might have not been capacity – AAA always cuts off some of the seats to fit in the entrance – but they probably sold as many tickets as they could. Arena Coliseo Monterrey with CMLL luchadors did not do nearly as well. (Calling this show Rey de Reyes helped. If there’ anything to take from this weekend, it’s that branding events will help over the course of a few years.)

Like we saw in Apizaco, the card announced and the matches which took place changed. It was a lot more in order than content tonight, though changing how they were doing the Rey de Reyes tournament was pretty noticeable. It’s still going to take time to figure out how much of this is a purposeful attempt to make the shows feel more unpredictable and how much of this is AAA announcing lineups and then changing the creative process behind them. Neza might have been done before the change, but nothing past that has been announced (so there shouldn’t need to be more reshuffling after that, unless reshuffling is just supposed to be part of the feel of the show.)

My first impression was that it’s good to be known to the LU crew. Mundo won, Aerostar won, Argenis won (?!?!), Kevin Kross debuted. Kross is working LU dark matches and is signed so may show up in vignettes, but AAA hasn’t been bringing in many foreigners so someone had go to the back to him, probably off that Lucha Underground experience. (Kross might be getting a new name. I wonder if Vibora is next?) On the other hand, Mundo beat two other people on LU, Aerostar wasn’t losing his mask and Argenis – well, I can’t explain Argenis. And there’s other non-LU people who had a good day: Ayako Hamada isn’t on LU, and I can reveal that Carta Brava, Soul Rocker and Mocho Cota Jr. do not show up in the Temple in Season 3 to cause havoc.

Maybe the LU idea is that everyone gets something to do, and everyone gets a chance to be stars. AAA’s biggest hole is in upper level guys, and they gave big moments to a lot of people. I don’t know if the fans are going to accept Carta Brava, Soul Rocker and Mocho Cota as a faction taking on Dr. Wagner’s mask, but AAA is more interesting with them trying to do instead of just wrestling 40 straight weeks of openers in slightly different combinations. Argenis as Rey de Reyes winner is going to look so strange in the list of winners for quite a while, but there might be a bigger plan here – he’s in that Cruiserweight title match in Neza, assuming that it doesn’t change.

Mundo being both heavyweight and cruiserweight champion at the same time is sorta goofy but, as person who hates pretty much every single title belt in Mexico, I don’t have a problem with having less champions. None of the belts have been treated in a meaningful way, reducing the number of champions might help, Mundo’s the most close to being a big deal of the three right now, and it’d be a big moment if they spent five months building to Fatansma or Texano winning the titles back at TripleMania. They could do Texano/Fantasma vs Kross/Mundo in between as build up. Long term, I’d like to see the Latin American title dumped because there’s not enough TV to make three different singles titles useful, and something changed with the cruiserweight title if there’s not going to be any meaningful difference between it and heavyweight. It’s Mexico so I’m sure we’ll see those belts split apart at some point.

Mary talked about the skull fracture this week on TV. She was out for years before with a head injury, and the recap makes it sound like she might not be back any time soon from this one. The injury appears to have happened before Faby won the trios belts – maybe tehy didn’t realize how bad it was? Maybe something else is going on? Ricky Marvin took the loss to Faby and hasn’t been in AAA since, including not being on this show when AAA was getting everyone on the show. I dunno. Faby was the surprise first person out of the Reina de Reinas match, but Ayako Hamada being champion opens the door for Faby to go back to challenging to that title, which helps if she doesn’t have a healthy family member to team with.

These tapings are now a lot harder to judge just based on results and photos since things are actually happening. It’s going to take actually seeing it to have an idea about how all these things are working.

EDIT: things I thought about too late

  1. all the AAA photos show Super Fly with a short hair cut, not bald. Hmmm.
  2. main event seemed set up to give Vampiro a hero moment, which is not so great. But he appears to no longer a mysterious person off stage and an actual person who is seen.

Next taping is 03/31 in Neza.

AAA & Impact announce alliance, AAA creative crew, CMLL weekend results

photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 03/18/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
2) La Comandante, Metálica, Reyna Isis b La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Okumura, Sansón
Forastero replaced Okumura (still out due to injury). NGD took 1/3, only losing the second by excessive violence DQ.
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
Angel de Oro defeated Dragon Rojo, asked for a(nother) title shot.
5) Matt Taven, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper

That would be Angel de Oro’s fourth shot, and second this year. Four was the magic number for Princesa Sugehit.

CMLL (SUN) 03/19/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Robin b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Inquisidor
2) Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Astral, Pegasso, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Drone, Soberano Jr., Stigma
4) Dragón Lee b Niebla Roja
Dragon Lee took 2/3 in an intense match
5) Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Terrible fouled Taven

Lee/Roja sounds pretty good. I don’t know this would do better numbers than H2L on iPPV but, if the buzz was strong enough for that one match, I think it’d do pretty good for a show wiht nothing else on it.

There’s no time tonight, and there’s a lot to talk about Rey de Reyes. This is one of those times where I feel like getting the official recap will add a lot, so look for more tomorrow. There’s two big outside the ring stories:

Impact Wrestling and AAA did announce a partnership in ring about halfway thru the show, as Impact had teased on Twitter earlier this weekend. Afterwards, Jeff Jarrett made a point of noting they were allied with both AAA & The Crash – as far as they see it, Impact wants to deal with both and isn’t leaving The Crash for AAA. That makes sense for them, Impact’s goal here is just to get their guys booked right now. AAA must’ve at least told Impact they were OK with The Crash being involved for it to get this far. Impact should’ve let The Crash know about this in advance if they were going to make a deal with AAA if they wanted to maintain the relationship, but we haven’t heard anything from The Crash side yet. It seems inevitable one of the Mexican promotions will have a problem with the other and pull out, but everyone’s putting a good public face on it right now.

As a secondary thing, this is a deal which helps AAA have enough outsiders for a Lucha World Cup. It wasn’t mentioned in the announcement tonight, but Impact people started following that Twitter account so it must’ve come out. They may have made more announcements, but both Jarrett and Dorian Roldan were pretty heavily booed, which should’ve been no surprise. Jarrett was not in evil AAA foreigner mode, but the AAA fans have no reason to see him as anything besides that, and the Monterrey fans were booing Dorian six months ago even before the latest wave of negative publicity.

Dorian Roldan’s interview with ESPN about LU/Netflix got posted a little bit later than the others, but does mention AAA was talking to ‘other promotions’ about bringing in people for TripleMania.

Rey de Reyes, like the prior TV taping, had a notable change in creative direction. There were many things happening, even if some of them felt completely random; it’s a total change from the filler TV shows of AAA 2016. It may feel a little bit like Lucha Underground, and for a reason. Not only is Vampiro helping put together the show, so is Lucha Underground head writer Chris DeJoseph. We don’t know exactly when he started, but there’s difference has been obvious. Lucha Underground has been better at getting over AAA luchadors than AAA has the last few years, it makes sense you’d want as much of the creative process involved in that as you could in AAA. Lucha Underground is also presenting a much different product to AAA, not something AAA fans would see as their brand of lucha libre (for better or worse) and it’s going to be a challenge to change those expectations from afar. There seemed to people who liked all the chaos and twists of tonight’s show, and some who were put off by all the changes in the card.

There’s a sense – and I know I’ve helped propagate it – that all the LU people are with The Crash and not AAA and I don’t think that’s quite right now. Vampiro & DeJospeph are here. They’re planning in Mundo sticking around, and Taya probably is too. Kevin Kross, who’s signed by LU but probably won’t appear in-ring this season, started tonight. Everyone’s got their own feelings about things and it makes it hard to paint one group as the good guys or bad guys.

AAA posted this week’s TV show.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

RobViper has highlights of 07/07/16 Elite.

Psycho Clown did an interview to promote his appearance in Atlanta’s Mucha Lucha next Sunday.

Durango luchadors talk about why there’s no good Durango lucha libre. This seems like an article we get once a year.

It looks like Negro Navarro & Black Terry have an Arena Coliseo Tag Title defense on this loaded indie show on 05/25 in Veracruz, though obviously things could change with the titles before then.

Jeff Jarrett to appear at AAA Rey de Reyes (confused emoji)

Hey! I’ve had a long weekend already, so this took a couple of takes to make sure I was reading it right last night

https://twitter.com/RealJeffJarrett/status/843188499805339649

Jarrett and Anthem official Ed Nordholm have talked about coming to Rey de Reyes more today. AAA hasn’t said anything, just the usual bit every lucha show says about surprises. Guess it’s not the usual bit this time.

Here’s what we think we know

  • Impact has a talent exchange agreement with The Crash, bringing in Laredo Kid & Garza Jr. for the last set of tapings in exchange for Jarrett and others working The Crash shows
  • Impact has had a a similar agreement with AAA in past years, most recently sending talent to the Lucha World Cup
  • Impact pretty much just wants to book their guys out as much as possible to anyone credible who will take them, becuase it’s a revenue stream for them
  • The Crash & AAA don’t want to work with each other, and would prefer their partners don’t work with the enemies
  • Anthem works with Impact – the only place airing the AAA English language show that we know of is Fight Network in Canada. Anthem has had a relationship with AAA longer than they’ve owned Impact. We have no idea how well the AAA shows does, but AAA does have a show and The Crash does not.
  • Anthem’s also managed to work deals to air both CMLL and AAA shows despite both of those promotions probably preferring the other one wasn’t around.
  • if AAA still plans on running a Lucha World Cup, they probably needed to make a deal like this (but there’s been no mention of a LWC this year so far)

and then on a much lower importance scale

  • Rey de Reyes is going to draw the same with or without a not-advertised Jeff Jarrett, though maybe a surprise will help next time
  • oh no is this another Jarrett angle that goes either nowhere or to a lame match at TripleMania, those are the only two options they seem to have
  • Jarrett is probably not the mystery person in the Reina de Reinas match. (Probably not Karen either.)

Maybe Anthem/Impact has figured out something where they can make everyone happy in Mexico without being upset that other people are happy? That’s not how understand the lucha libre business to work, it seems like the priority is usually make someone else ad over making yourself happy, but who knows.

Rey de Reyes starts at 6pm Monterrey time, which means 7pm Central/Chicago time, 8pm ET, which means I’ve got plenty of time to take a good nap and hope this makes more sense when I wake up.

Diamante Azul unmasks Pierroth, UG & Sky Team keep titles at H2L

photo by CMLL (the black paint is so you can’t see his skin as his mask moves around his face)

CMLL (FRI) 03/17/2017 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, Publimetro, R de Rudo, SuperLuchas]
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, 2017 (Villano III & Salvador Lutteroth)
1) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Estrellita was streteched out after crashing on a dive attempt. Zeuxis wore a Trauma-like mask in honor of trainer Negro Navarro.
2) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Kráneo, La Máscara, Rush b Atlantis, Carístico, Marco Corleone
Rudos took 1/3, Rush pinning Marco with help from Mascara
4) Último Guerrero © b Matt Taven [NWA MIDDLE]
Ultimo Guerrero took falls 1/3 to keep the title. 10th defense.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto [CMLL TRIOS]
Hechicero replaced Ephesto the night before the show. Sky Team took 2/3, Valiente beating Luciferno in the decider. Ninth defense.
6) Diamante Azul b Pierroth [mask]
Azul took falls 1/3 to keep his mask (and only seemed to lose the first one by DQ.) Rush interfered, which eventually led to Maximo, La Mascara, Terrible and Marco fighting. All were sent to the back, and Diamante Azul won seconds later. Pierroth gave his info as Arturo Muñoz, 47 years and 26 years as luchador. (The age seems to be a work.) He attacked Diamante Azul and unmasked him. Azul put on Pierroth’s mask and they brawled in the ring

I’ve only seen the show on some periscope and quickly going thru the video. It looks like a good show, a show which would be favorable reviewed if it aired on ClaroSports, though lacking the super memorable match you’d expect for a major CMLL show. The main event was much shorter than a normal mask match, felt like a match they’d had been rehearsing for weeks (but without the ability to shake the unnatural feeling.) It was worked more like a normal CMLL big match, with suplexes in the place of flying moves, and the only abnormal bits being the brawl outside the ring of outsiders right before the finish. I have other commitments this weekend, so I might not get a recap up for a few days.

Pierroth’s age is iffy; there’s been indication he’s in his 50s previously. For what it’s worth, when he lost his mask as Poder Mexica in 2002, magazine articles reported his age as 33. That’s consistent with being 48 now, so he’s either telling the truth or has been shaving off years for a long time.

+LuchaTV has video from the post show interviews with Diamante Azul and Pierroth, who mostly has Rush talk. They made it clear this feud isn’t over (expect a month of rematch) and Azul wants Rush next. CMLL’s recap of the show ends with the thought of Rush going for revenge. I don’t think that match is happening any time soon or at the Anniversary show, just because CMLL likes to switch around who’s featured, but I guess we can’t rule it out. This was the fourth of five big shows with a Los Ingobernables main event and there’s not many other options on hand for the next one.

The option I think most people want is Atlantis/Rush, but tonight gave CMLL reason not to bother to do that. Tickets were at last year’s Anniversario level (cheaper the ones before it, but still not that cheap) and attendance looked to be 80-95% depending on the view. The turnout was boosted by the part of the fanbase which only comes to the big shows; they may boo Mistico (they did here!) and they may have booed after the main event, but they keep on coming to these shows and it’s a success of a branding. There were groups and bunches of empty seats visible on the floor, which probably means the scalpers were the real losers on this show and CMLL still got paid. This night, this main event, worked out for CMLL.

This seems a little bit of a depressing deal for people who like good matches with big names; if CMLL can get a big gate with an obviously problematic match like Diamante Azul versus Pierroth, then there’s less reason to try for anything better. There’s a positive flip side to this though: Pierroth meant nothing in CMLL nine months ago before they ‘revealed’ him to be Rush’s father and threw him into the Los Ingobernables despite bringing nothing to the table. If CMLL can do go all with Pierroth and make it work, they should realize they can do it even easier with actually talented people. It does not take years for this fanbase to take to a luchador, it takes a promotion putting in the effort to treat him like a star.

There was a minor controversy over Villano V being upset he and Villano IV weren’t invited to the ceremony honoring Villano III. If CMLL had told them they were invited and then changed their mind (which is a little bit implied), that’s not a good thing. But, in general, I don’t think you need to honor the other Villanos every time you honor Villano III. Villano III was a really big star who deserves to get all the attention for himself and not have to share it with his brothers every time. There also might be some politics, since Villano IV is working with AAA – but then, the Villano III son who did the La Llave de la Gloria tryout was part of the ceremony, so maybe not.

CMLL put up the iPPV quickly after the show, much quicker than the Anniversary show. It’s the same price, $3USD, and the same rules: it’s a rental, you’ve got 30 days to start watching after you buy it, but only 72 hours to finish watching it once you’ve started. Just don’t buy until you want to watch it, if you’re going to watch it.

The YouTube text indicated they actually broadcast the show as a stream, the same they run Mondays and Tuesdays, but just kept it private until after the show. It’s a pretty simple solution, they just had to wait for YouTube to finish processing the video.

I believe they have to manually add a price for each country. You can try asking them to add your country via Twitter of Facebook, though there’s no sure bet they’ll do it. It also appeared not to be accessible on mobile last night, which may be a YouTube thing.

The Arena Lopez Mateos show last night was headlined by AAA luchadors, and AAA says it was a full house. In the undercard, Hetzza won an elimination match of WWS luchadoras, and won a trip to Japan for Stardom for three months. I know little about her except she was interviewed two months ago about her dream to go to Japan.

Pimpinela was the surprise luchador on Thursday’s AAA show in Arena Aficion, which brings up the possibility of her being the surprise for the Rey de Reyes’s women’s match. It would be a waste of a chance to have a good match with Taya if they put Pimpi in, but it’d get a reaction, and AAA leans more to getting a reaction than to having a good match.

I wrote a preview of Rey de Reyes over at Voices of Wrestling. It’s not a good card, not something we’re missing out by seeing live. I assume it was put together after La Rebelion left but before the new direction, but it’s a complete mess of a big lineup. They should do fine in Monterrey, but it wouldn’t do a lot as a iPPV and they may be better off not bothering with it this time. They’ve got other problems to fix first.

Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show has Matt Taven, Volador and Stuka vs Hechciero, Kraneo and Ripper. DTU is running in Arena Coliseo San Ramon in Puebla.  Lucha Libre Boom has a show in Mexico State. Martinez in Texas has ACH vs Daga with Konnan as a guest. Lots of Mexican luchadors are in Puerto Rico for a show.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

Fuego en el Ring has the latest edition of their podcast.

SuperLuchas writes about Villano III vs Atlantis, reprints a 2009 award winning article about Villano III and the first episode of Lucha Underground from Mexican TV production eyes.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 03/24/2017 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
4) Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

Back to normal. Azul & Pierroth go on. (Pierroth is going to keep using Pierroth. There were rumors of him dropping the name – and the obligation to pay the original Pierroth – once he lost his mask, but he said he’d continue to be using the name.) We do get see Dragon Lee versus Niebal Roja, but only in lightning match form.

2017 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas results

THERE IS NO OFFICIAL LIVE STREAM. I’ll point to live stuff I can find on Twitter as it comes up, but it probably won’t last long.

Results here as the night goes on.

CMLL (FRI) 03/17/2017 Arena México
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, 2017 (Villano III & Salvador Lutteroth)
1) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Estrellita was streteched out after crashing on a dive attempt. Zeuxis wore a Trauma-like mask in honor of trainer Negro Navarro.

 

2) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
tecnicos took 2/3

https://twitter.com/chepeboy/status/842934429915856896

 

3) Kráneo, La Máscara, Rush b Atlantis, Carístico, Marco Corleone
Rudos took straight falls, Rush pinning Marco with help from Mascara

 

4) Último Guerrero © b Matt Taven [NWA MIDDLE]
Ultimo Guerrero took falls 1/3 to keep the title. 10th defense.


5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto [CMLL TRIOS]
Hechicero replaced Ephesto the night before the show. Sky Team took 2/3, Valiente beating Luciferno in the decider. Ninth defense.

 

Villano III was honored

6) Diamante Azul b Pierroth [mask]
Azul took falls 2/3 to keep his mask (and only seemed to lose the first one by DQ.) Rush interfered, which eventually led to Maximo, La Mascara, Terrible and Marco fighting. All were sent to the back, and Diamante Azul won seconds later. Pierroth gave his info as Arturo Muñoz, 47 years and 26 years as luchador. (The age seems to be a work.) He attacked Diamante Azul and unmasked him. Azul put on Pierroth’s mask and they brawled after the match.

https://twitter.com/chepeboy/status/842959926615986177

 

 

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas tonight, The Crash CDMX card revealed

I still can’t believe this is a thing that is actually happening (and I’m not even sure it’s the worst major lucha show of the week)

IWRG (WED) 03/15/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 b Fly Star
2) Lunatic Extreme, Odín, Ovett b Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vórtize
Ovett & Odin replaced Lunatic Boy & Lunatic Fly
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy b Araña de Plata, Keiser Drago, Power Bull
4) Black Dragón, Cadilac, Danny Casas DQ Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Hijo del Diablo fouled Danny Casas, who was a replacement Chicano
5) Demonio Infernal, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago b Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Pantera I
Rudos took 1/3, Demonio beating Pantera and demanding a title shot.

Ovett’s last match on an IWRG show is 1998 – at least under that name.

Today’s the day. Pierroth & Diamante Azul will finally have their mask match. It’s not exactly a anticipated mask match. Dreaded seems more accurate. I wrote (way too much) about this match and the rest of the show in a preview going up soon on Voices of Wrestling, and my theory is the best chance of this match being good is being the style of match CMLL hates, an out of control brawl where the rules are generally thrown out the window. CMLL teased this possibility last week with the potato chip result and the brawling in the crowd. On Informa, Maximo, Terrible and Marco Corleone said they’d back up Diamante Azul on this show because they’re sick of Los Ingobernables. It’s an Informa angle so nothing may come of it, but lots of people interfering and counter interfering is what this match needs. If CMLL leaves Pierroth and Diamante Azul by themselves, they’ll fail, and CMLL will have failed them.

The big news going into the show tonight is the change in the semimain. Ephesto is out. He missed Tuesday’s show in Guadalajara because he underwent surgery on Wednesday after suffering blood poisoning. I wonder if it’s something like his appendix bursting, which would cause that issue. CMLL’s said he’ll be out a month, and Hechicero will replace him tonight. I think that actually helps the match a lot. The chances of the Sky Team losing the trios titles is about extremely low with a makeshift team, but it was never all that high to begin with.

Ultimo Guerrero is hoping the people cheer for him against the foreigner tonight. He’ll probably get his wish. Matt Taven has arrived for that title match. (Okumura was there to meet him, a surprise.) CMLL hasn’t said how long he’s sticking around, but it can’t be more than two weeks since Taven’s booked on the ROH WrestleMania show. That doesn’t seem quite long enough to do a title win and lose it back the next week, but CMLL could still just figure out how to get the title back later. It’s not a great chance for a title change, but more likely than in the other title match.

Today’s show will honor Villano III, and his mask match with Atlantis 17 years ago. In a media session a couple weeks ago, Villano III says he does not believe Atlantis was better than him, but just more prepared on that specific day.

The show starts at 8:30pm local, which is an hour later if you changed your clocks this weekend. It’s not airing officially live, though I suspect there will be video feeds in the wild and will be posting about them on Twitter as a find them. CMLL has said they’ll have the show up after it airs, which could mean anything with CMLL. For the anniversary show, CMLL put it up around 2AM local time. It then got locked down by YouTube because they were using copyrighted music on paid content. I wouldn’t recommend waiting up until the early hours to see if they’ve got this one figured out.

Lucha Underground starts on Tele 5 in Germany on May 1st. It replaces RAW on the station.

AAA & Perros del Mal are holding a memorial mass for Perro Aguayo Jr. on Tuesday morning. It’ll be the second anniversary of his death.

Hechicero also replaces Diamante Azul in Monterrey on 04/02, facing LA Park, Rush and Lashley in the main event of the MDA show.

Lector 24 writes about Duck Black Jr. losing a title match to Green Demon, from the standpoint of all the regulations which were broken during the match which should’ve meant Duck Black Jr. should’ve been still champion. (Assuming they’re not just making up the regulations.) It was a three fall match that went to a draw and was restarted for a fourth fall, so they’ve got a point.

Cara Lucha is teasing another Bestiario, their talent search contest. Wasson won the first one, with the idea he’d be a regular Cara Lucha participant. He hasn’t been, but Cara Lucha explains it because he’s injured.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Sorpresa Es Lucha talks about some recent lucha libre matches they’ve seen.

Soul Rocker & Dave the Clown were part of a cancer awareness event.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Usted Queria La Lucha w/Atlantis and Atlantis Jr. as guests.

Lineup

The Crash (WED) 04/05/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Arkángel Divino, Black Boy (Baja California), Zumbi vs Astrolux, Black Danger (Baja California), Último Maldito
2) Sexy Dulce © vs Keira, Santana Garrett, Lady Maravilla, Candy White, Laurel Van Ness [The Crash WOMEN]
3) Rey Horuz vs Laredo Kid, Mr. 450, Séptimo Dragón, Último Ninja, DJZ [#1 Contenders, The Crash CRUISER]
4) Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada, Willie Mack vs ACH, Bestia 666, Black Tauro (Elite)
5) Daga vs Sami Callihan vs AR Fox vs Extreme Tiger
6) Blue Demon, Brian Cage, Garza Jr. vs Bobby Lashley, Carlito, Jeff Cobb
7) Penta Zero M, Rey Mysterio 619, The King (Fenix) vs Cody Rhodes, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Matt Sydal

The Crash has come to Mexico City. It’s going to be a card Mexican fans will like for the avalanche of star names, it should do well with crowd size,  and the ticket prices are high enough that they may not lose their house on it. That’s good. “Having a better show than AAA in AAA’s building” is also a thing, and they’re probably do OK there. They messed with AAA by booking Astrolux in an opener, so that’s a win already.

At the same time, this card does seem like so much overkill, 40 people on a card where about 20 would’ve meant the same thing, and everyone’s value reduced by being lumped together in matches with a lot of people when most of them are much better as singles. The people who like to see Bobby Lashley did not become a fan of him because of his work in trios matches. Same for Jeff Cobb or ACH or Matt Sydal. The Crash model is PWG and super indies of that mold, but that only seems to extend to talent selection – the matches themselves are still the same lucha libre filler six man format with people less experienced in doing them. PWG doesn’t bring in Pentagon to have whatever matches, they bring him in to have specific dream matches. Cody Rhodes, Matt Sydal and the NOAH champion is a trio no one thought they’d ever see, but that’s only because it’a a collection of three random outside of the WWE people, not because there’s any reason to see them together. And yet they kind of have to be a team, because there’s so many people on this show.

I like trios matches in CMLL. CMLL is the most antiquated promotion in the world. The Crash is trying to be cool and new and should be the least CMLL thing possible. Stop doing so many trios matches.

(I’m not sure who the people in Mexico are who are a fan of Carlito and why he keeps getting picked for these shows. At least Demon is over with a fanbase who might not otherwise be interested. Maybe there’s some WWC tie up? Good for Carlito for getting his money.)

The other thing that frustrated me, as far as making the same mistakes other people do, is why have a title called “cruiserweight championship” when there are at least 13 different cruiserweights on the show who are in matches higher up than the cruiserweight #1 contenders match. I know “the midcard title of guys who like but don’t think are top stars” is long for a name, but that’s how it’s being used. Either make titles things that can be in the main event or semimain, or don’t bother to have them at all.

I think this show will be a short term success and people should absolutely go – I’m disappointed that there’s apparently zero movement on officially taping and selling these things and I’ll be scouring for handhelds as usual, because I’d like to pay to see it myself. I’m just concerned about the problems The Crash lasting for the long haul. Good luck trying to figure out how to top this for the second show when you’ve already given so much the first time out.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 17th

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No one knows exactly when the CMLL VOD will be released or what it will cost. It probably won’t be much, it probably will be just after the show ends – but it’s lucha libre and digital media, and CMLL could just put up Wednesday without blinking an eye. I would recommend not staying up until the wee hours to see if they put it up.

AAA leads into Rey de Reyes with a match with none of the people on the show, a six man match with one person on Rey de Reyes and a stipulation that seems to conflict with a match on that show, and a mystery angle in the main event which may be completely ignored the day later and has nothing do with the match any of them are having on a show. I don’t know.

I also don’t really have a good feel for Elite, who seems to be stretch out the TV as long as possible to no real end.