CMLL (SUN) 08/23/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Quca & Relampago b El Tapatío & Johnny Dinamo
2) El Alteño, León Blanco, Metatrón b El Gitano, Gran Kenut, Tigre Blanco Tigre Blanco (from Mazatlan, not the CMLL wrestler) replaced Furia Roja. Metatron beat Gitano.
3) Exterminador & Furia Roja DQ Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno Furia Roja replaced Malefico (too hurt to wrestle), which was a problem since Furia Roja is trios champion with the Truenos. Furia betrayed Exterminador, but the Truenos got DQed for excessive violence. Thunder Boy & Malefico made the save, setting up a trios title match.
4) Antrax Infernal, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr. b Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum Terremoto King Jr. replaced Kempo Dragon on Friday and Antrax Infernal replaced Relampago on the day of the show. The Mazatlan rudos got the win when Kisho stripped pulled Esfinge’s mask and pinned him.
5) Frezzer b El Yaqui [mask] Yaqui took the first, was DQed in the second for excessive violence, and he got cradled when trying a leglock in the third fall. This is Freezer’s first mask win. Yaqui is Juan José Ramos, 28 years old, 6 a luchador, from Guadalajara.
There’s a lot more storylines going on these shows than in recent past (or a week of CMLL DF shows, which is another indication CMLL’s letting the local people do whatever they’d like with this weekly show.) Everything seems to make sense, so you only hope it’s working.
A skippable show. Opener was the best match and even then they were stuck with the usual opener restrictions. Super Porky, Maximo and La Mascara matches are over with the crowd and I totally understand why they keep doing them but, as a person watching matches to find something interesting, I never really need to watch another one of them again. Atlantis has a limited amount of stuff he can do at this point and needs a dynamic performer to go against him. Mephsito kinda of needs the same thing.
Two title changes in August switch hands, but Atlantis & Mephisto both remain champions and CMLL gets to it’s magic 16 champions number. The trade off is Ephesto & Luciferno are champions instead of Guerrero Maya & Delta, which is not an upgrade.
CMLL’s main event today has La Mascara, Maximo, and Titan versus Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi and Ultimo Guerrero. The preview wonders if Mascara and Maximo will get along; in reality, they have few problems with each other as long as Sombra & Rush aren’t around. The lightning match is Dark Angel versus Zeuxis, a first time ever singles match which sounds fun.
Konnan made a gossip column for putting a hand on a female TV presenter as a joke, and she screamed at him. Konnan is reported as saying something like “you’re not that good”, which caused her to explode on him. The story is more about how often this sort of thing happens to female TV presenters than Konnan.
CMLL (SUN) 08/30/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Linterna & Mr. Apolo vs Black Sugar & Mercenario
2) Capitan Cobra, El Alteño, Reycko vs Demonio Rojo, Mr. Brisa, Relampago Demonio Rojo replaced Gitano on Tuesday.
3) León Blanco, Nube Roja, Toro Negro vs El Chakal, El Gitano, Évola Gitano replaced Thunder Boy on Tuesday.
4) Darkfire, Frezzer, Omar Brunetti vs El Yaqui, Joker, Payaso Infernal Darkfire replaced Nautilius, Payaso Infenral replaced Sadico on Tuesday.
5) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Thunder Boy [OCCIDENTE TRIOS] Furia Roja & Thunder Boy added to the match when it was changed from Super Libre to a Trios Title match on Tuesday. First defense
I posted this previously, but it’s changed around a fair bit after Sunday’s show to accommodate the trios title match.
Darkfire (usually Dark Fire) and Payaso Infernal are more guys in from Sinaloa.
No locals on the show, which is a very rare event. They really should add one, since five matches turns out to be a short show and there’s a lot of matches which don’t need the time or shouldn’t get the time.
ChilangaMask (SUN) 09/06/2015Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México 1) Astro Rey Jr. & Psycho Kid vs Dragón Fly & Hijo Del Angel 2) Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Inmortal vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid and Arez, Belial, Impulso 3) Karma vs Black Drago 4) Black Terry & Jeque vs Caifan & Tigre Universitario 5) Aero Boy & Masada (CZW) vs Cíclope & Pagano and Ray Rowe & Violento Jack 6) Silueta vs India Sioux
Full card for the next ChilangaMask show. I’d assume the hardcore match goes last. Less CMLL people (only really Silueta) but a lot of indy people who should have good matches.
AAA TV (SUN) 09/20/2015Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Dinastía, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs ?, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
2) Aerostar, Argenis, Drago vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Machine Rocker
3) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. and Daga & Steve Pain
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Cibernético, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.
5) La Parka & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Brian Cage & Myzteziz
Air Date: 09/26. Surprising this is a one week taping. If the Hard Rock show is as well (it should be, it might not be), that means they’ve got to squeeze in one more taping to cover the week before Heroes Inmortales and probably the weekend after as well.
KDNA did say they were posting this lineup on Monday; KrisZ remembered.
At any rate, this is pretty close to the go home show for Heroes Inmortales – we should know the card by the time this airs, if not soon after – and it doesn’t seem like the set up to any big matches. Myzteziz/Myzterio are in a tag match here, figure to be in a main event team match on that show as well keep them against each other without doing the rematch. Brian Cage or Myzteziz working comedy spots with La Parka seems like a hilarious waste of paying them for the night. Not to mention your killer anti-Mexican rudo and your edgy new rudo standing around while Parka merrily skips back and forth on the ropes doesn’t seem to help them too much. (I guess it works if they straight up destroy Parka, but I don’t know that’s the idea.)
Semimain might be setting up a Hell Brothers/Psycho Circus trios title match – they haven’t had one yet without a third team being involved or a case of missing Cibernetico – but it also just might be getting people on the card. Tercera is a replay from Puebla (a week from tonight), with the maybe Anarkia team replacing La Secta. Joe Lider & Pentagon and Angelico & Jack are constants and would make sense for an AAA tag title match at Heroes Inmortales, with other teams thrown in as well.
Second match has no storyline but could steal the show, which is saying something given how good the tercera could be. It’s a really good tecnico team, a motivated Cuervo & Scoria, and the resurgent Machine Rocker. Aerostar is going to do something crazy and Machine Rocker is going to save him from dying, probably. Opener may or may not make TV – the opener on a five match show usually doesn’t – and there’s no telling if they’ll be back to putting matches on the internet a month from now. Best not to think about it too much, though it’s notable for being a mystery ruda luchadora spot instead of just Taya or even La Hiedra. I guess it could’ve been Sexy and they removed her after he injury, but that would be much faster work than usual.
We’re still missing the Hard Rock lineup in between Puebla and this show, but it’s notable Alberto el Patron isn’t on either show. He’s surely on Heroes Inmortales since it’s in San Luis Potosi. This cycle of shows are all Rey Mysterio & [X] against Myzteziz & [Y], and maybe Alberto just fits in as X on that show (and gets the pin on Cage or whomever to finally get the SLP win while leaving Rey & Myzteziz untouched.)
I don’t suspect we’ll be getting that Hard Rock lineup until AAA releases it – the hotel doesn’t need to advertise matches to get people to stay – but at least next Monday’s show will get some AAA news going again.
Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 08/23/2015Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport] 1) Chapulin b Sonic 2) Fiero & Principe Azgard b Douki &Hanaoka 3) India Sioux & Lluvia b Tiffany & Xena 4) Hombre Bala Jr., Pantera I, Super Ciudadano bArkángel de la Muerte, Patán, Piel Roja 5) Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero b Máximo & Último Dragón match come down to the Ultimos, with Guerrero fouling Dragon, Maximo fouling Dragon, and Arkangel running into to unmask Dragon to give UG the win.
The usual Ultimo Dragon show, though they were using sponsor (?) NSK as the promotion name for whatever reason. (It’s under Toryumon Mexico so I can find it again.) Attendance looked OK.
I really have trouble figuring out who’s a tecnico or rudo in IWRG. I feel skeptical Golden Magic/Super Nova for the masks is actually happening until the card is announced: Super Nova would seem to be the favorite (just because it’d also seem like he could get a bigger match out of a mask loss if he wanted to lose it), but it doesn’t make any sense for Golden Magic to be an unmasked character. I dunno.
Tonight’s Arena Puebla show will have Mephisto defending the Mexican national light heavyweight championship against Atlantis. Atlantis really should win: he should be winning any singles match from now to the Anniversary show, Mephisto just won the trios titles and isn’t a guy who needs two titles, and Atlantis winning give CMLL 16 champions (and one Mascara Dorada) to run it’s Universal tournament. It makes sense for him to not win if he’s losing his mask at the anniversary show and really retiring immediately (as he’s suggested he would in years past), so no title change would feel like a hint. Atlantis could also just lose because Sombra costs him the match, and Sombra is in the semimain tonight.
It’s only a five match Puebla show, so it should be a quick one. Negro Casas is listed as wrestling in the tercera but probably won’t be. There’s no really great match listed; the opener, the semimain and the main event all have promise, but nothing must see.
UPDATE: CMLL just posted adjusted lineups for the week. Mistico is out of action (likely due to the shoulder injury he appeared to suffer on Sunday). La Mascara will take his place in Puebla and Tuesday in Arena Mexico, Marco fills in on Friday and Blue Panther will work Arena Coliseo. Tonight’s Arena Puebla show also now has Volador in the tercera instead of Rush and Stukita working the opener in place of Angelito.
Naito is on NJPW’s next tour, so the stories of him coming to CMLL in September repeated here do not appear to be correct. (Naito starting a feud with Shibata should’ve been a clue.) This is a minor issue lost in the Anniversary news, but Sombra ought to be very busy in Mexico for the next few months regardless of what happens in the mask match and it wouldn’t make sense for CMLL to let him go away for a month. The Naito & Sombra teamup might have to wait to December if Naito doesn’t make it back to Mexico.
Box Y Lucha 3201 has Dr. Wagner Jr. & LA Park to CMLL as bigger news than the Anniversary show. There an argument there. There’s also note to the reader, acknowledge how infrequently they’ve been printing the last six months (or more) and explaining they’re raising the price 20 pesos to survive. They’ve been back to regular publishing the last few weeks.
CMLL (SAT) 08/29/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro
2) Magnus vs Akuma
3) Soberano Jr. vs Súper Comando
4) Star Jr. vs Metálico
5) Pegasso vs Sangre Azteca
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Esfinge vs Hechicero & Luciferno
7) La Máscara, Mistico, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Not sure what Hechicero did to get stuck in that match.
CMLL (SUN) 08/30/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Linterna & Mr. Apolo vs Black Sugar & Mercenario
2) Capitan Cobra, El Alteño, Reycko vs Gitano, Mr. Brisa, Relampago
3) León Blanco, Nube Roja, Toro Negro vs El Chakal, Évola, Thunder Boy
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti vs El Yaqui, Joker, Sádico
5) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno vs Exterminador & Maléfico [super libre]
Teams in the main event made in the tercera last night, so it probably didn’t end well.
CMLL (SAT) 08/22/2015Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pierrothito b Fantasy
2) Magnus DQ Súper Comando Comando fouled Mangus
3) Soberano Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte
4) Hechicero b Tritón
5) Pólvora & Rey Escorpión b Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr.
6) Mephisto b Rey Cometa Mephisto took 1/3
7) Ángel de Oro, Rush, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Mistico’s injury doesn’t come across as severe in the pictures, but he’s had this one so many times that he might have gotten used to working with it. It’s hard to believe it’ll get better without surgery, but I’m not a doctor. Sky Team keeping their titles means Atlantis has to beat Mephisto to get to the 16 champion number needed for the Universal tournament. (Or they can just change the rules, as they’ve done before.)
They also put this week’s Leyendas Inmortales show, which looks a lot better on their channel than mine.
AAA announced they’ll have a new website and new people on social media sometime soon. I’d guess that means they’ve signed a deal with a new internet company, which is at least two weeks overdue. That they didn’t have some ready to take over when the previous person left and that it’s taken two weeks to find someone new suggests a significant level of disorganization. Even now, you’ll find nothing about AAA’s taping this upcoming week in Tehuacan on AAA’s website or social media account.
Mr. Niebla’s first Arena Mexico booking in a month, though he’s booked every place else this week leading up to this match.
I’m generally okay with losing live Sundays for live Mondays – and we get the same Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi match either way! Kamaitachi is 2-6 in singles matches against his rival, 0-4 in three fall matches.
CMLL (FRI) 08/21/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Rebelde & Metálico b Robin & Sensei Rudos took 1/3, Metalico sneaking in a foul on Rebelde.
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia Tecnicos took 1/3, Shockercito defeating Demus.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Titán Rudos took falls 1/3
4) Boby Zavala b Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Zavala won with his Indian Deathlock bridging cradle in a disappointing match. Zavala hurt his shoulder on a tope about midway thru the match and was not himself the rest of the way. Zavala was pinned for the finish, and Maya vehemently argued the result. Zavala had a good promo celebrating his win. LA Park appeared after they had left, challenging Rush to a mask versus hair match, and challenging Dr. Wagner, Ultimo Guerrero, La Sombra and Atlantis in general.
5) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Último Guerrero Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas (injury). Volador & Mistico won, tecnicos taking falls 2/3. Ultimo Guerrero sent Dragon Lee over the railing and followed with his leaping hipcheck attack, but got jumped by Thunder. Thunder destroyed UG, asked the crowd if they wanted Thunder/UG for the Anniversary show, and then declared he did not want it.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Atlantis, Máximo, Valiente Ingobernables won in straight falls. Atlantis pulled of Sombra’s mask for the DQ in the first fall, Sombra snuck in a foul on Atlantis in the second fall. They feuded heavily, and Sombra took Atlantis’ mask after the match while promising to do the same at the Anniversary show.
The main was a pretty good angle to ramp up the intensity going into the match.
The En Busca de un Idolo had some promise but was ultimately disappointing. Zavala didn’t hit Maya flush with the tope; I really wasn’t sure if it was an intended miss that didn’t quite miss or Zavala trying to do a different style tope (maybe Maximo style?) and not pulling it off. Zavala did not do much after the dive, and had one really bad moment where he was supposed to flip to the apron, could not do it, and just stopped and walked thru the ropes. Zavala usually bridges keep his shoulders off the mat on that cradle, and maybe he couldn’t pull it off because of the injury. Maya flipped out after the finish and the crowd was behind him thinking he’d gotten screwed either by the finish or by looking like the better guy in the match. (Maya hasn’t reappeared on Twitter since the loss, which suggests at least some of that anger wasn’t staged.) Zavala always seemed like a guy who would eventually make it to the top, but this tournament helps him that way. CMLL and/or NJPW’s desire to always change up the undercard talent on the FantasticaMania shows means Maya may still make it to Japan someday, but it’s less certain when.
Shockercito beating Demus clean felt like it was the end of that issue for the time being.
Fenix is thrilled to be teaming with Rey Mysterio, would not follow Myzteziz to the rudo side.
Ray Rowe & Violento Jack vs Mascada & Aero Boy vs Ciclope & Pagano has been added to the September 6 ChilangaMask in Coliseo Coacalco. Rowe challenged Masada and/or Rush when he appeared here in July, so he got one of those. I don’t quite understand why normal tag team parnters Violento Jack & Aeroboy are not on the same time, but I’m guessing they wanted Rowe/Masada/Pagano to all fight each other.
Gran Cuchillo talks about his double life as luchador and police officer.
CMLL (FRI) 08/28/2015Arena México
1) Pegasso & Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo
2) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
3) Blue Panther Jr., Canelo Casas, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas vs Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, Virus [En Busca de un Idolo] Negro Casas and his students versus Virus & his students
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Sombra, Rush vs Atlantis, LA Park, Volador Jr.
Wagner with the Ingobernables doesn’t seem like it’ll work out well.
Tercera is the usual post En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico, with the mentors teaming with their team.
CMLL’s show tonight has Sombra and Atlantis on top, which they’ll be doing a lot for the next month. It’s a straight rematch of last week’s main event, with Atlantis, Valiente and Maximo versus los Ingobernables. This’ll be the first match since the Anniversary show was announced and it’ll be worth watching to see
The biggest match tonight is the Guerrero Maya Jr. versus Boby Zavala En Busca de un Idolo final. Zavala has won the two previous meetings between them during the tournament. A sweep has been done before: Vangellys won all three matches over Valiente in winning this tournament two years ago. This one is a total coin toss.
The winner of this tournament gets a higher position on the card, gets a title shot, probably gets on the Anniversary show, and gets onto the FantasticaMania tour next year. (The loser might go as well – for the first two years, the final four in En Busca de un Idolo all were used on the tour the following year.)
The entire show will air on clarosports.com. Last week, they were restricting the video to only Mexico at the start of the show. HolaVPN worked well to get around that restriction. I’m not sure if I’m recording the show; I had other plans and I’m not sure I want to change them to watch another Robin match.
If you do watch the show, the other thing to look for is any sign of another apuesta match for the Anniversary show. There’s been ones on previous years: Cavernario/Cometa last year, Averno/Panther in 2013, and Puma/Cometa in 2012. There was a tease of a Shockercito/Demus feud last week, though that’s not as big names as those other promotions.
SuperLuchas looks back at Espectro II’s passing in 1982 and an all title match show on August 20th, 1968. I started looking thru the Informador archives to find/confirm when Ray Mendoza beat Alfonso Dantes for the national middleweight title in Guadalajara as we had listed in the wiki. I went thru 1968 and others years for a couple weeks and could not find it – because it was actually in Mexico City on that day, as this recap notes.