CMLL (SUN) 01/31/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte b Johnny Dinamo & Micro Rudos took 1/3.
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Linterna COR Demonio Rojo & Quca Lintera replaced Capitan Cobra, Quka replaced Mr. Apolo. Quka was eliminated last, couldn’t return after a Lintera tope.
3) Cancerbero & Raziel b Esfinge & Gallo Rudos demanded a tag title match.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Magnum, Neutrón b Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho, Ripper Tecnicos took 2/3, Neutron beating Ripper after they had feuded.
5) Joker b Omar Brunetti [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, final] Joker took 2/3, the last with a piledriver variant, to win the vacant title.
Joker seems like a good choice for champion here – and if he doesn’t go to Mexico City, maybe he’ll defend the championship at some point.
CMLL (MON) 02/01/2016Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Asturiano & Black Tiger b Ares & Espíritu Maligno 16:25. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Magnus & Metatrón 11:53. Batallon de la Muerte took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Stigma b Boby Z, Pierroth, Sagrado 10:17. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón 13:27. Rudos took 1/3, the last when Mephisto stole Angel de Oro’s mask and pinned him.
5) Rush b Thunder 6:45. Rush took 1/3, the last when Thunder fouled Rush.
6) Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. 9:41. Rudos took 1/3. Atlantis & La Mascara were replaced by Dragon Lee & Mascara Dorada late Monday (hours after the lineup went up.) Negro Casas sort of powerbombed Volador and put his feet on the ropes for the win. Volador demanded a one fall match with Negro Casas – which happened for a bit, including the crowd counting three after Volador nailed Casas with the running kick to the head. Volador dumped Casas to the outside to end the fight.
The Casas/Volador bit is carry over from Friday. Dorada and Dragon Lee looked good as long as the match lasted, but the ending came off a bit flat. The postmatch seemed like an attempt to salvage the bit.
Rush/Thunder felt like CMLL booked the match, then immediately regretted it. Rush did not mail it in, but this was not a high priority match.
Mephisto/Angel de Oro felt like the start of a title feud. Oro was making title motions before the match – the Hijos del Infierno are still Mexican trios champions, but it felt more like Oro might defend his.
Enuhito says he’s been told the plans for the Lucha World Cup are an expanded two day event in June. It’ll include a Women’s version of the tournament and the number of organizations participating will increase. Last year’s competition got great press for AAA, and it would make sense to do it again. The logistics of getting enough promotions involved is always going to be the challenge.
CMLL Arena Mexico has Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, and Niebla Roja versus Dragon Rojo Jr., Polvora and Thunder as the main event. That sounds terrible! The show is scheduled to stream Tuesday night at 7:30pm on CMLL’s website (thru YouTube), but it’s not a good card at all and the main event is pretty bad. Maybe the semimain will be good if people keep replacing Super Porky, since the rest of the match is Fuego, Guerrero Maya, Felino, Ripper and Tiger. The lightning match is a Hechicero singles against Delta. Those don’t look bad, but the Tuesday shows seemed to have a lesser effort level than other days of the week.
Guadalajara has a more interesting card. Mascara Dorada returns to his home arena to team with Maximo & Volador against Ephesto, Euforia and Mephisto. Rush takes on Kraneo in what is sure to be an entertaining battle. Raijin and Fujin debut, teaming with Okumura vs Esfinge, Rey Cometa and Stuka. That’s a spot higher in the card than the previous debuts been, but it might simply be because the segunda is a minis match on this show.
CMLL (MON) 02/08/2016Arena Puebla
1) París & Zaeta Roja vs Guerrero Espacial & Saurón
2) Arkalis & Meyer vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
3) Black Tiger, Pegasso, Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, Metálico, Policeman
4) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Volador/Casas having a lightning match that lasts eight minutes is probably better than a three fall match last eight minutes.
What happened:Negro Casas cheated to defeat Volador. Volador wants a singles match still. The big Thunder/Rush battle ended in under seven minutes with Thunder fouling Rush. Mephisto cheated to beat Angel de Oro, which might be a start of a program there.
Oh, and Mascara Dorada is back.
What was good:I liked the opener and the main event, and there were good moments in other matches. There’s no stellar match, but this was one of the better Puebla shows in a while.
Ultimo Dragon Gym (SUN) 01/31/2016Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Ikar & Sonic b Daisuke Hanaoka & Fire Man
2) Princesa Sugheit b Reyna Isis
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Patán, Skándalo b El Padrino, Fiero, Súper Ciudadano Dragon Rojo switched places with Canelo Casas.
4) Solar I DRAW Black Terry Solar replaced Blue Panther. Double pin finish.
5) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Último Dragón bArkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Terrible[Copa Nipro] Canelo Casas switched places with Dragon Rojo. Angel de Oro replaced Valiente.
Solar/Terry is probably fine, but Panther/Terry was the most interesting match on this card.
2010: Dr. Cerbero & Hijo del Signo
2011: Scorpio Jr. & Comando Negro
2012: X-Fly & Imposible
2013: X-Fly & Carta Brava Jr.
2014: Super Nova & Electro Boy
2015: Negro Navarro & Metaleon
2016: Herodes Jr. & Atomic Star
Atomic Star lost in the finals with Eterno in 2014, lost in the first round with Eterno again in 2015. I guess he got a better partner! Hijo del Diablo seems to have come out with the more successful trio in the Gringos VIP split.
Lucha Underground sent out a press release confirming the Season 3 renewal. The interesting bit is they say the Season 3 won’t start until early January 2017. That’s a much longer break than I would’ve assumed – around six months after Season 2 ends. It’s likely (whenever they start), it’ll be another season where the season will be mostly or all taped before it airs. It also definitely shifts the plan away from doing PPVs and other TV-like live events; it’s not going to work to do a PPV if everything on both sides of it has been taped for months.
This would also mean anyone under contract for three seasons – Pro Wrestling Sheet said this is the case with Prince Puma back in the fall – probably wouldn’t be a free agent until summer of 2017 if the contract doesn’t expire until the episodes all air. (There was some founded speculation this would happen much sooner over the weekend.) On the other hand, if LU does start taping – and finish taping – season 3 in 2016, that’d leave Ricochet to spend a lot of 2017 in NJPW if he’d like.
Today’s Puebla show has Rush versus Thunder in a real wrestling match. I endorse rioting if Rush loses in straight falls like Euforia did on Friday. Main event is Mascara Dorada’s first match back with CMLL, teaming with Dragon Lee & Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero. That may continue the focus on the Casas/Volador issue from Friday, but Puma and Tiger aren’t scheduled to be in Puebla today. Maybe Casas can recruit Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill, who wrestle a segunda against Magnus & Metatron. Show starts at 9pm as usual.
CMLL (SAT) 01/30/2016Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Leono b Inquisidor Leono won with a motocicleta
2) Espanto Jr. b Sensei Sensei was stretchered out.
3) Hijo del Signo b Robin Signo used a Cerrajera variant to win.
4) Raziel b Soberano Jr. Raziel won with a nudo.
5) Dalys & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita & Skadi Dalys & Zeuxis won with a code red and a La Roca.
6) Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Máximo Sexy, The Panther, Titán The Panther replaced Super Porky, who’s still not back. Rudos powerbombed all the tecnicos for the win.
7) Valiente b Niebla Roja Valiente used the ropes to defeat Niebla Roja.
This has nothing to do with Valiente cheating to win, but I wonder if the return of Mascara Dorada will lead to another reconfiguration of the top tecnico trio. It’s a shame CMLL only feels like doing one of tecnico unit of any merit at a time, because there’s a bunch of guys who could use a group, but it like a waste not to have Dorada in something big.
CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/31/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, KronoSport]
1) Astral & Último Dragoncito b Pierrothito & Principe Diamante Tecnicos took 1/3. Principe Diamante is a rudo this week for whatever reason.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte & Heddi Karaoui b Bengala & Robin Rudos took 1/3.
3) Argos, Karonte Jr., Magnus b Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón Karontes worked as rudos, took falls 2/3.
4) Cavernario & Negro Casas DQ Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy Peste Negra took 1/3. Crazy got beat, came back in to attack Negro Casas. Usual hair match challenged followed
5) Euforia & Último Guerrero b Mephisto & Sharlie Rockstar Guerreros took 1/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Titán DQ Cibernético, La Máscara, Rush Titan replaced Mistico. Ingobernables were DQed for excessive violence, then attacked referee Edgar.
Everyone wants a piece of Negro Casas. The good thing for him is the next apuesta challenge that goes anywhere on an Elite show will be the first one.
I’m starting to think that, unless there’s actual hard plans to do Rush/Cibernetico, they probably should just be allies. The three way feud has too many matches which don’t tell make sense (like this one.)
Argos had negative things about Konnan, claiming he favors his group of guys. There’s surely no favoritism in Elite, not at all!
The impression is LU will be coming back to the Temple for Season 3. Their problem is the demand is many times the amount of seats they have. It looked packed inside the temple from the photos I saw Saturday and I suspect it’s the same thing Sunday; there’s not much they can do to get more people without moving or some sort of massive reconfigure.
The build to Ultima Lucha 2 had posters for the matches part of the event, so there are photos floating around with the lineup. You may want to be careful at looking things.
There was one other disappointment: TLN did start airing Lucha Underground tonight, but started with Season 1. It makes a certain sense, but people had been led to believe they’d be getting the same episodes as in the US on a few day delay (and even people with Lucha Underground had thought that was the plan.) Maybe it’s something that’ll be fixed next week, but probably you’ll have to go thru the first set before seeing the second.
The HUMO show today was supposed to have a Zeuxis, Dalys and Lluvia vs Keira, Lady Maravilla, and Mystique. Keira was said to be pulling out after making her AAA appearance last week. She was replaced by – uh, herself. CMLL team beat the sort of AAA team. The undercard was also very changed; when you’re listing Flamita and Super Crazy and end up with Pantera and Villano III, some chaos is happening.
Tornado Negro II had his retirement match against Tijuana. He’d been feuding with Venum Black, so no surprise they ended up losing their relevos suicidas match and having a final hair match. During that match, Venum Black set up Tornado Negro in a chair for a tope. Negro moved, Black hit the chair and the floor. (This was a really dumb idea.) The match ended there, Tornado Negro coming back in to win by twenty count, but the story was Venom Black going into convulsions. Venom Black is standing a minute or so later (and more quickly recovered than you’d expect for a major head injury.) There’s video here of the whole thing.
CMLL (TUE) 02/02/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Akuma & Bengala vs Demonio Rojo & Mr. Trueno
2) Cosmos, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relampago
3) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Rush vs Kráneo
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto
This didn’t appear on CMLL’s website, which I meant to ask about Saturday but never got around to. It was on the CMLL Magazine handout, which @LuchaFans helpfully shared.
IWRG (WED) 02/03/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II vs Alas de Acero & Aramis
2) Dragón Fly, Fireman, Omega vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vampiro Metálico
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Avisman, Hip Hop Man, Vórtize
4) Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
5) Argos, Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca vs Apolo Estrada, Canis Lupus, Eterno
DTU (FRI) 01/29/2016Arena Querétaro [+LuchaTV] 1) El Porrito & Masizito ?? Erwin & Irving 2) Jimmy & Kevin (DTU) b Destello & Zuzu Divine Zuzu Divine was the mystery luchador(a) 3) Black Fire b Adrenalina, Vengador, Exotico, Kastigador good match. Black Fire beat Vengador. 4) Susumu b Pesadilla, Drastik Boy, Tony, Jinzo No Johnny Idol. Tony has returned to his Ave Fenix look, his character before being a Nerd. 5) Espiritu Negro & Rey Cometa b Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo Money thrown in. The brothers Espiritu & Cometa asked for a title match after defeating the Nexo champs. 6) Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. b Aeroboy & Violento Jack and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett Stuka beat Ovett with a lamp aided torpedo splash. 7) Miedo Extremo & Sharly Rockstar b Cíclope (DTU) & Super Mega Prior to the match, Stuka challenged Ciclope to a title match. Sharlie again asked for a title (DTU Consgarado) match against Super Mega.
Stuka eventually challenging for the big DTU title is probably the payoff to the CMLL involvement here, but Ciclope’s still got to defend against Miedo Extremo at some point.
CMLL (FRI) 01/29/2016Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Arkángel de la Muerte & Cancerbero b Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. 19:04. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Fuego, The Panther, Tritón 14:22. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth 13:12. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Pólvora 11:10. Guerreros took 2/3.
5) Thunder b Euforia 8:20. Straight falls. Euforia was DQed in the first for unmasking Thunder (and kicked Terror Chino in the head as well.) Thunder beat Euforia with the cradle suplex in the second, though it appeared Euforia kicked out and Terror Chino counted three anyway. Thunder was angry about winning.
6) Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. around 12:51. Rudos took 1/3. Volador had Casas down, but Tiger ran down the ramp to distracted Tirantes and Puma snuck in to powerbomb Volador. Casas got the pin. Volador said he was still angry about the Casas family beating his father Super Parka for his hair and wanted a hair match with Negro Casas. Casas walked off without replying.
The first five matches weren’t much notable, and the feed died during the main event, so it wasn’t the greatest show. Claro’s own video of the main event has a big jump around when the feed died, so whatever happened messed up their recording too. It probably won’t air clean until it turns up on Azteca. The Tiger/Puma interference was cool but appears to have gone nowhere since neither of them are booked next. Perhaps one will interfere from the announce booth.
CMLL had backstage promos during this show, which they’ve done in the past but usually only around major shows. Thunder’s promo was so bad you wondered why they had him do it at all (or why they didn’t just pre-tape these so they’d be good.)
The big news from the show was Homenaje a Dos Leyendas being announced for March 18th. Lizmark will be honored. It’s seven weeks out, so there’s time for CMLL to pick a direction and change their mind a couple of times, but Volador/Negro Casas was the strongest pushed feud on this show. Ultimo Guerrero/Thunder was brought up during the week and Thunder did win clean, but UG had no interaction with his rival on this show.
CMLL Arena Coliseo tonight has Niebla Roja versus Valiente. That preview lists Brazo de Plata as wrestling, which would be his first match in 12 days after missing a few matches with an unspecified injury. The preview also doesn’t mention the Robin/Signo match, which is probably just a oversight and not a change. Dalys will be hosting the Turiluchas bus.
Next 2 Lucha Underground episode titles
2×2 (2/3) The Dark & The Mysterious
2×3 (2/10) The Hunt is on…
Local officials are working to set up a lucha libre Hall of Fame in Ciudad Juarez. The person in charge says they’re working on 15 sculptures of famous luchadors and hoping to move into a location near Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos.
CMLL (FRI) 02/05/2016Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán vs Luciferno, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
5) Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi, Terrible, Último Guerrero
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas
No Tiger or Puma. Mascara Dorada does get his first Arena Mexico match in 13 months. Kamaitachi returns in the semimain. He’s listed on a show in late February, so he’s going to be around for a while. The inevitable Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi rematch has to be occurring at some point; I’d do it at Dos Leyendas, but that’s looking a little crowded.
CMLL Friday night shows were airing on about a week delay last time they were on Mexico TV. That would make this the first TDN taping. CMLL still lists this show as airing on ClaroSports.com.
What happened: Negro Casas beat Volador Jr. with the help of his nephews Tiger & Puma. Volador demanded a hair versus hair match to avenge his father. Thunder defeated Euforia in straight falls, though the second fall finish appeared to be blown by Terror Chino.
CMLL announced Homenaje a Dos Leyendas would take place on March 18th. Based on tonight, you’d expect either Volador/Casas or Thunder/UG as the main apuesta match. (Both singles matches are unlikely.)
What was good: The main event was fun while it lasted, but the feed died for a couple minutes near the end of the match. I liked the third match, but the crowd didn’t and I may be on an island. It was generally a card that looked much better on paper than it did in the ring.
Where can I watch it: It’ll be on my YouTube channel on Tuesday, and the main matches will air on Azteca on 02/20. ClaroSports may have a full version of the main event by the time you read this.(more…)
CMLL is back tonight on ClaroSports.com at 8:30pm. Their preview pushes those returning from Japan in the main event: Ultimo Guerrero, Cavernario and Negro Casas against Mistico, Volador and Dragon Lee. There’s nothing ongoing for these guys, but it should be a good match and it’ll probably play into the semimain. Thunder faces Euforia there, with every member of the Revolucionarios and the Guerreros around to get involved (except for Rey Escorpion.) Some smoke and mirrors to disguise that match might helps, might not be enough.
This looks like a fun card. Halcon & Bala are usually good as a team, even against Arkangel and Cancerbero. Fuego, the Panther and Triton face Puma, Tiger and Virus in a match which could be the best of the night. The middle two matches – Maya, Titan and Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno and Pierroth + Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja vs Dragon Rojo, Kraneo and Polvora – includes a weird split up of a normal trio but also should both have good action.
DTU has a show tonight in Arena Queretaro. They held a press conference yesterday, and there’s promos from Sharlie Rockstar and Stuka Jr. Rey Cometa was supposed to be on that show and I didn’t catch if they announced a sub.
PWTorch reported the first episode of about 109K viewers for the season two premier of Lucha Underground. That’s the highest rating they’ve gotten from a first run episode (hitting 102K a few times last year.) The replay drew 85K viewers; the highest they had last year was in the 50s, so that’s a big increase. It’s probably attributed to running the replay right after the show originally airs rather than putting in a few repeats in between. 109K viewers is not a big number in TV, or even in the wrestling portion of TV, but coming back from a four month break with a better number seems promising. Hopefully they keep increasing from here.
Air Date: 02/27 & 03/05 – probably need to make the chart at some point, when everything else isn’t broken.
Putting all those blocks in one place:
1: Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus (02/06)
2: Villano IV, Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans
3: La Parka, Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro
4 : ??? (is there a fourth?)
The first block will inform the third one: if Wagner advances, then Psycho does as well (and then there’s likely at least one more match with them at Verano de Escandalo, maybe another at TripleMania if they’re locked in together.) The second block is harder to figure, but Jack might a favorite. He’s got nothing to do with Angelico out of the moment, so it probably depends on if they’re doing Suicide/Daga or if he’ll be part of a trios match with those guys. Electroshock could be possible if there’s a fourth block for Hijo del Pirata to get involved in.
That’s the third time AAA’s run the same exact opener (though none in ten months – those guys disappeared in the second half of the year), plus a lot of trios. Apache & Carta never win when it’s 2v2, hope they’ve been coming up with a new strategy.
The usual opener Relevos AAA match being the fourth match is the strangest thing. Especially since the trios match has an issue, and the title match is a title match. I must be reading the lineup wrong.
Tough to predict the title match without knowing who’s going to be in it. Sexy Star has some high profile press appearance with AAA and it’s nice for her to have a belt for those. Sexy Star has also not been around with AAA much, so maybe she loses the belt here because she might not have a chance later. It’s the mixed tag title, it doesn’t really matter either way. (Pentagon doesn’t seem to be a booking factor in his programs.) Match should be good with any of the three teams who could win the shot.
AAA seems to be saying it won’t be Lady Shani & Hijo del Pirata Morgan winning the shot, since Pirata’s already booked. Fantasma & Taya and Bengala & Fabi are not booked.
Next taping after this is not clear – we don’t know when (or where) Rey de Reyes. If it’s early March, then it’s the next taping. If it’s mid march,t hey may squeeze one more in. There’s already an announced taping in late March in San Luis Potosi.