luchablog presents the Lucha Underground marathon

(this got too long: if you don’t want to read, just click here.)

The discussion of Mysterious Luchador Underground Luchador In A White Hoodie continued this morning on Twitter. Chris DeJoseph, as he does from time to time, gave us a clue.

We all assumed the guy Dragon Azteca saved in that season opening fight was the not-yet-Prince Puma. We all may have assumed wrong.

Right here, I’d like to point you to a legal video of the first episode to take a look at it yourself. I can’t. I know of no way to actually check out episode 1. The Lucha Underground YouTube show has matches and highlights (like a clipped version of that opening fight), but no full episodes. The full Unimas shows are on uvideos, but not all of them and not episode 1. Last time this came up, when Black Lotus first met Dragon Azteca, I snuck the clip on YouTube so people could rewatch it. I could do that again, but I’m sure it’s not the only moment from the past that’ll be referenced on Ultima Lucha, and there’s just no way to catch up with many old episodes you’ve missed. This is not really my problem, and this is definitely not really DeJoseph’s responsibility (and I’m not meaning to throw this back at him, it’s just an easy example), but it’s an issue.

DeJoseph – I think it was on the Like Father, Like Son podcast- mentioned the show was written with the idea of being binge-watching friendly. Binge watching allows you to do something like wait 8 months for a whole bunch of episodes to air, jump in first episode, and watch them all. There are seasons of TV shows sitting on my DVR just waiting for me to do that, and I think it’d work just as well with this one. Unfortunately, El Rey is not doing a marathon of Lucha Underground episodes to allow people to do that leading to the final. (I asked, in typical annoying fashion, and they didn’t reply.) This seems a shame to me. I hold nothing against the other programming they have, but nothing which airs on that channel couldn’t be skipped for the day and a half it’d take to run all thirty eight hours so far. (In a perfect world, it’s nothing but The Lucha Underground Channel from now until Wednesday.) Instead, they’ll only air the prior two episodes – and then who knows if/when it airs again the week after. The 37 episodes in 37 minutes video is really good, but it’s most useful as a reminder for people who saw most of it already. There’s not as much for people who’ve jumped in; the announcers will definitely tell you what’s happened, but it’s not as good as seeing it.

You really shouldn’t ask people to do things you’re not willing to do yourself. I am willing to run a marathon of Lucha Underground, but no one has entrusted me with the programming department of a cable station quite yet. However, the DMCA hasn’t yet to justifiably take away my internet access, so there are still other methods of getting things done.

I’m running a Lucha Underground marathon here on Taima.TV. It’s been running for a few days just to see if it works (and it seems like it does as long as someone’s in the channel.) I’m going to restart it at the first episode in a few minutes, and it’ll go thru all the other episodes (and repeat) from now until Ultima Lucha part 2. Maybe you’ll watch it all, maybe you’ll just pop in for a few minutes of random episode, but it’ll be there if you want it. The total run time is about 28 hours, so it’ll repeat quite a few times between now and then.

The feed runs until Ultima Lucha starts again, or until the takedown notice. As soon as it goes down, it’s really going down: I’m disappearing the videos once this is over. You still need to watch the show and buy the DVDs when/if they come out, this isn’t meant to compete with any of that. It’s just an opportunity you take one more look back until it all it comes to an end.

This is not the perfect solution for catching up either – it’s a lot closer to being a silly Marty the Moth solution than a Pentagon Jr. killer app – but people who want to see specific episodes might want to try clicking on the episode names. Whatever you’ve watched or will watch, I hope you’re excited for UltimaLucha by the time it airs by next Wednesday. I’m sure it’ll be worth your time.

(Episode 2 is in Spanish, because reasons.)

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TripleMania XXIII lineup (Rey Mysterio Jr. versus Myzteziz, August 9th)

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AAA TV (SUN) 08/09/2015 Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
TripleMania XXIII
1) Dinastía, Drago, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Daga, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Sexy Star
2) Averno, Chessman, Cibernético © vs Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans and Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr. [AAA TRIOS]
3) Blue Demon Jr. & La Parka vs El Mesías & Electroshock
Blue Demon 30th anniversary match
4) Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V vs Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
retirement matches for Villano III & Pepe Casas
5) Alberto el Patrón vs Brian Cage [hair]
6) Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Myzteziz
dream match

Air Date: live, on PPV in Mexico, United States and Canada and on iPPV at http://internetvluchalibreaaa.com/. It should make up the 08/22 and 08/29 TV shows, though that seems a little fast. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if they were bumped back a week.

The lineup was officially announced at a press conference today, though the English site had posted the full card before they got started. They started the press conference by announcing one match would be a cage match, but then never announced which one. Alberto & Cage weren’t at the press conference, but it seems like that would be the match to have a cage. It’d play off the roughly five billion different interference and referee spots in their last match, not that people don’t get involve in cage matches all the time in AAA. The press conference also announced Hijo del Perro Aguayo would be inducted into the Hall of Fame, with his family there to honor him.

The noteworthy moment of the press conference was a Rey & Myzteziz back and forth, with both guys getting testy as their match draws nears. Myzteziz said he would have no problem drawing from his ‘dark side’ to beat Rey, while Rey said he’d show who was the original and who was the copy. AAA has an imbalance of tecnicos and rudos on top. They need to elevate someone or turn someone, and it doesn’t look like they’re elevating all those guys in the segunda. The next ten days are going to include a fair bit of speculation of a Myzteziz rudo turn.

Myzteziz was asked about Alberto’s Twitter comments, but declined comment. Alberto’s deleted most of his posts (though it turns out Storify keeps deleted Twitter messages!)

As it turns out, the Alberto/Cage match is the only matches built off TV matches. Rey/Myzteziz have the face to face interviews. Villanos and Clowns have those just for the internet. Everything else is just made up on the spot. It feels like there were multiple, sometimes very different TripleMania cards and they didn’t decide which one would be used until late. Something with Jarrett seemed to have been planned, then unplanned. Just as recently as last week, Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Blue Demon Jr. was thought to be happening on this card. (The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions this match too.) It’s a show that should do well if they do a lot of press for the main event. The World Cup was similarly disconnected from everything else going on and it did well because they got people to buy in to the concept too, and this is an easier concept.

As a fan, I wish the third and fourth matches weren’t happening. The Parka/Demon/Mesias/Electro crew will work hard because of the show, but everyone’s going to work hard for this show and there’s better matches which could’ve been made. I’d be happy if the Villanos/Psycho Circus match is only bad, I’m more concerned it’ll be sad. They’ll be allowed to wear their masks, so that’ll help. The WON revealed Villano III’s recent health problem was a stroke and he’s not expected to be able to do much in this match. Hopefully they go short enough that no one notices, but it’s also a situation where the Psycho Circus should win and no one is going to want to see the Villanos lose. (Maybe Villano V defeats Psycho Clown to continue that issue.) Both of these matches are also really going to be tough for casual people checking on the show on PPV.

I like the other matches on this show. Rey Mysterio Jr. versus Myzteziz is going to be an incredible moment that’ll transcend the match itself, and the match itself could be pretty good. Cage versus Alberto should get the crowd and have some good moments, and maybe they’ll learn from what didn’t work in their last match. It’d be cool if the midcard guys got actual storyline at TripleMania, and if Cibernetico got trapped in the a closet, but the guys in the trios match will not let it be anything less than great. And the opener has a pretty good lineup for that sort of thing; it’s great to see Daga instead of other people who could’ve gotten that spot, Sexy Star will play off Goya well, and Dinastia and Mamba will both do crazy things on an opener.

I totally forgot about Sexy Star possibly being the woman to face Goya Kong in the opener. Mostly it’s because she hasn’t been around – this is her first AAA TV match since Verano de Escandalo. She’s hasn’t been working house shows much either; the London show was her first known match in two months. The WON mentions she’s not going to be working with AAA as much going forward and AAA will be trying out more women because they feel they need new faces. (That doesn’t sound particularly promising for Sexy Lady and La Jarochita, who work many house shows but are never used on TV.)

The WON also mentions Dave Meltzer himself was asked to do the English language PPV but turned it down. He thinks Striker or Mike Tenay would’ve done a better job, but isn’t sure if Tenay was asked (might have not bothered since his TNA deal would’ve made it impossible.)

I’ll be at this show and will have more on it before and after it takes place.

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Jalisco triumphs over Naucalpan, Rey Cometa return

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Joker & Relampago b Explosivo & Nautilius
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico b Flyer, Furia Roja, Oro Jr.
Furia Roja replaced Magnum, but that didn’t work out at all. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Okumura b Magnum, Magnus, Tritón
Magnum replaced Esfinge. Nitro’s first match in Guadalajara since Christmas 2013.
4) Blue Panther Jr., Gallo, Super Porky b Kamaitachi, Morphosis, Olímpico
Kamaitachi replaced Pierroth on Friday. Gallo replaced Blue Panther on the day of the show. Blue Panther Jr. is apparently fine after whatever caused him to miss his last En Busca de un Idolo match.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Blue Panther, Mistico, Volador Jr.
Rey Bucanero replaced Vangellys, Blue Panther replaced Diamante Azul. Shocker beat Mistico using the ropes.

So many subs. No one who worked last week’s main event ended up working this week’s show.

IWRG FILL (WED) 07/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Blue Metal, Canario, Vaderus b Demonio Imperial, Sexy Girl, Skanda
2) Charly Boy, Guerrero 2000, Magnum 44 bChicanito, Vampiro Metálico, Voltar
No word on how Chicanito feels about Chicano disappearing back to Chihuahua again.
3) Adrenalina, Centella Oriental, Hijo del Alebrije b Estrella Oriental, Matrix Jr., Pluma Negra
4) Acero, Aeroman, Black Drago b Power Bull, Royer Boy, Troll
Estrellas del Ring lists Trolly in the match, but it was sadly only Troll (replacing Rey Tercero Jr.)
5) Draego, El Brujo, Omega (Jalisco), Principe, Rayman, Roberto Paz Jr., Rudy Santana,Smaker b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Chapulin, Electro Boy, Fresero Jr., Kanon [Copa Higher Power]
FILL (Eterno’s class) versus Arena Jalisco (All Carrillo). Rayman won with a foul on Fresero Jr. when Carrillo distracted the referee. Eterno said he was willing to go to Guadalajara for revenge and both teams fought after the match.

Black Terry has been working occasional shows in Arena Jalisco, so Eterno’s threat of revenge is probably an already planned date. It sounds like there’s another FILL show next week.

Black Terry Jr. has a montage of phantom cam shots of the main event.

CMLL Informa didn’t really have much in the way of news (as usual!) but did announce the show would be moving from Terra to YouTube. The YouTube stream has worked without issue the last two weeks and it appears to have been CMLL doing it themselves. Terra requires their people to come to the venue (and apparently satellite and weird delays some weeks.) The only reason to stay with Terra is if Terra had been paying for the show and this seems like a pretty good sign they were not presently.

En Busca de un Idolo remains on Terra. It seems a safe guess all CMLL live programming will end up on YouTube, but their may be issues. Some luchadors were using different music in Puebla than they do in Arena Mexico, which could be a music rights issue and they might not want to change it elsewhere. It could also just be Puebla not having the right music on hand.

Rey Cometa returns to the Arena Mexico ring for the first time this year on Friday. Cometa says his right knee injury was to a ligament and a meniscus. Cometa says he suffered the injury while training on FantasticaMania tour, not in the ring. That must’ve been a chaotic tour, with Cometa, Triton and Mr. Niebla all having issues. Cometa is going to start teaching lucha classes in Arena Queretaro during the week.

Speaking of people with other jobs, Camorra got his sports science certification. Also, Arkangel was at the same lucha libre documentary premiere as Shocker a week or so ago.

Dylan Zero wrote up a good preview of TripleMania. He also links to an English subtitled version of the first Cara/Cara face off between Myzteziz and Rey Misterio Jr. The English isn’t perfect but it helps a lot.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas looks back at Mil Mascaras vs El Halcon, mask versus mask.

Guanajuato luchador Electrolisis broke his knee in a match when the fans threw rocks into the ring and he slipped on one trying to perform a move.

King Jaguar feels his win over Lestat this past week in a trios match proves the whole thing with him losing his mask was a total fluke. Sound reasoning, maybe they should give him back his mask.

The strange team of Mistico, Dr. Wagner and Mr. Niebla defeated Damian, Halloween and Mortiz in Tecate, Baja California. It looks like they swapped Mortiz and X-Fly (moved to Pagano/Nicho semimain)

There was some tie in between Nike Women and CMLL at Arena Mexico last night.

An article about a mask maker (El Japones) in Guanajuato.

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Lucha Underground (1×38, Ultima Lucha, Part 1)

why not?

matches

Cage defeated the Mack in a falls count anywhere match (7:42, curbstomp thru a concrete block, GREAT)

Trece, Barrio Negro, Siniestro de la Muerte [O] defeated Angelico, Son of Havoc, Ivelisse [X] (c) to win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship (6:19, pinfall, OK)

Drago defeated Hernandez in a Believer’s Backlash match (8:46, top rope splash, good)

developments

I’d hate to be that wall

Black Lotus related story book-ended the show. The show began with Lotus revealed to still be in a cell, working out in preparation of freedom it doesn’t look like she’ll ever get. Dario Cueto checked up on her, and relayed quite a bit of plot. Lucha Underground isn’t the first experience his family has had with combat sports: his father made his money in underground fightning, using Matanza “the Monster” Cueto as his fighter. Dario also claimed it wasn’t Matanza who killed Lotus’ parents, but Dragon Azteca himself. (Black Lotus’s father led a triad in Hong Kong, who were at war with Dragon Azteca’s mercenaries, and set this all up for the irony of using one enemies’ daughter to kill another.) Lotus seemed like she might believe Dario’s story.

Dragon Azteca showed up at the temple to close the show, but was prevented in from a mystery man in a white hoodie. (The white hoodie guy was taller than Dragon Azteca and appeared to be light skinned.) Dragon Azteca blamed himself for Lotus being captured, White Hoodie told him Puma had freed Lotus once and could do it again, but Dragon Azteca said Puma had other things to do now. White Hoodie offered to do it himself, but Dragon Azteca insisted on doing it himself. The White Hoodie warned ‘the prophecy’ said Dragon Azteca would die if he entered the temple. Dragon Azteca said he may die, but “El Dragon Azteca” would never die.

A lot less plot in the matches, which were just good matches where people won or didn’t win. There’s nothing you need to know from Cage and Mack, besides Mack has a good Stone Cold impression. There’s nothing you’d be surprised by in Hernandez and Drago: the lumberjacks all refused to attack Drago and very enthusiastically attacked an overwhelmed Hernandez. Angelico made his big leap in the trios title match, but the match turned on the stone. Catrina used the mystical power of the stone to raise her team from death (or semi-consciousness), and she used the physical aspect of it being a STONE to whack Ivelisse in the head to set up the win.

Ultima Lucha matches remaining

Angelico flies

Prince Puma (c) faces Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
Alberto del Rio versus Johnny Mundo
Fenix vs Sexy Star vs Aerostar vs Big Ryck vs Jack Evans vs King Cuerno vs Bengala for the Gift of the Gods
Pentagon Jr. vs Vampiro in a Cero Miedo match
Texano Jr. versus Blue Demon Jr.
(they also taped a battle royal; the commercial for next week indicated it’ll air.)

thoughts

Hernandez takes a shot back at the internet

Cage dropped down a little bit after his really big start. Most of that has come on the two losses to the Mack. This win, and how it came about, should raise him right back up and maybe bring Mack with him. Both guys looked outstanding, destroying each other and any door that happened to be in the way. The beer bash was hilarious and the cinderblock finish looked brutal, and this was a really good start to UltimaLucha.

LU is not most wrestling promotions, so this may be a vast coincidence, but the original story of LU letting Hernandez amicable leaving the promotion after season one made complete sense. Hernandez had a title program, lost to a midcard, and really didn’t have any direction left for him in Season 2. This didn’t have to be it, but it wouldn’t cause any problems if it was it. But then everything had to get messed up.

It’s pretty cruel the match where Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse won the trios titles also may have ended their reign. Ivelisse still hadn’t gained any mobility back at this point – in real time, she just starting wrestling again this past week – and even limping over to face off against Catrina look like immense struggle. The tornado rules allowed the Angelico dive to happen organically, but it also made this match a harder to take seriously competitive. (The numbers didn’t feel as overwhelming in the ladder match, for whatever reason. It felt like it hard more form to it.)

Hernandez had a really bad day

The Disciples sharp new masks looked great. Striker really emphasized the power of the stone, telling us how Catrina raising the stone raised them up, and Catrina dropping the stone made them drop. He said all this, but we mostly just saw Catrina during it. I don’t mind looking at Catrina, but it was very odd we didn’t see the Disciples actually doing those things (which seemed to be actually happening, but off camera.) I do enjoy the stone as a punching people device.

The strap match is now obviously the end for Hernandez, but it didn’t seem as clear as a ending for him as I had pictured. He still got to look strong, he still got to escape Drago’s cradle, he could’ve come back pointing out he had the numbers way against him (and maybe that inspires him to start a trio or something.) It still does work as an end, and it worked as the match. The lumberjacks did not hold back at all, didn’t seem nervous, and appeared totally dedicated to their job of strapping Hernandez just as hard as they possible could. I don’t know if this match was Hernandez’s idea or someone else’s idea, but Hernandez seemed to pretty much regret the idea after just the first time out. It was some good relief in the match and it set up Drago’s comeback well. I don’t think that match works nearly as well without the lumberjacks out there and maybe that’s a first time ever thing for a lumberjack strap match.

Progression, even sometimes confusing progression, is a welcome sight. I’m not sure who the white hoodie man is, but I’m guessing he’ll end up being the new Dragon Azteca by the time next week is up. Saying the Cueto’s were involved in underground fighting actually weirdly grounds Matanza and this whole storyline more to reality (or at least comic back reality?) more than it has in the past. That’s a good thing. They moved the story far enough along that it feels like they get a good conclusion out of it, though I also suspect it’s something intended to carry into season 2.

Hernandez has to get out of this temple!

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Angel de Oro keeps his title, Ultima Lucha preview

Angel de Oro, still champ/Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Rey Halcón b Micro
2) Black Sugar & Demonio Rojo b Javier Cruz Jr. & Star Black
3) Metatrón & Neutrón b Gran Kenut & Relampago
4) El Yaqui, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno DQ Frezzer, Magnum, Virgo
Frezzer and Yaqui are feuding. Yaqui faked a foul for the DQ.
5) Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo b Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
Pepe Aguayo replaced Esfinge. Gallo beat Rafaga for the win.

Frezzer & Yaqui face off again in the trios this week.

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio b Último Dragoncito
Angelito replaced Stukita and Nitro replaced Olimpico on Monday, then Angelico and/or Nitro didn’t show so they just did a singles match. Pompin may have screwed up the three count.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi
3) Leono, Pegasso, The Panther DQ Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Straight falls, Metalico fouling Leono.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Rey Escorpión b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Good match.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán
Titan replaced Sombra (suspension) on Monday. Mr. Niebla did wrestle.
6) Ángel de Oro © b Pólvora [MEX LH]
Angel de Oro took falls 1/3, the last with his mecedora. Angel de Oro’s 4th defense

CMLL coverage raved about the main event. That’ll air on Saturday. This might be the first show in a while where C3 won’t be airing all the episodes (the stretch of second match entrances is over.)

Angel de Oro said he’d challenge Polvora to a mask match if he lost the title, so maybe Polvora won by losing.

Lucha Underground

Episode 38 tonight, named Ultima Lucha, Part 1. I wonder what will be next week’s episode! (I really do, the guide doesn’t list a show name or description, but does list it as two hours.)

  • Cage versus The Mack in falls count anywhere match
  • Drago versus Hernandez in the Believer’s Backlash match
  • Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) versus the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship

Cage versus the Mack will lead off the show. I have a very strong suspicion they’ll have some progress on the Black Lotus plot. I know I’ve been thinking this for weeks, but I feel very confident this week.

People you may know from Twitter will be lumberjacks in the Believer’s Backlash. I hope they talk about the experience after the show.

There’s no teaser clip this week – you don’t need a teaser clip for Ultima Lucha – but there is the 37 episodes in 37 minutes video if you haven’t seen it. There’s also Ivelisse talking about her road to Ultima Lucha.

Chris DeJoseph was on the Like Father, Like Son podcast talking about this show. Ultima Lucha will have Mil Muertes versus Prince Puma for the championship, but DeJoseph mentioned that early plans had Muertes & Puma being friends. Mil would’ve been Puma’s sidekick! I can not imagine that version of Lucha Underground. DeJoseph said those characters were designed first and then casted. DeJoseph was among those pushing hard for Ricochet to be Puma, feeling he’d be a mega star. (Cage is also brought up as a guy who DeJoseph had been impressed with previously and wanting to bring him into this.)

There was talk about the style of the show. Lucha Underground wanted to wait to create a title, focusing on the style and feel of the show before throwing a belt in a mix.. They had Aztec Warfare in mind as the means to determine a champion all along, just not sure when they were going to do it. DeJoseph says Ultima Lucha will tie up all the loose ends, specifically mentioning the Dario/Black Lotus/Dragon Azteca storyline. The podcast also has DeJoseph talking about the electrified Disciples of Death and Famous B’s run of moves in the battle royal, it’s worth checking out.

Voices of Wrestling talked to Son of Havoc. Havoc praised how the Lucha Underground people have treated him and everyone else thru the run of the series. Havoc kept waiting for some promise not to be delivered or some catch, because professional wrestling is like that, and it’s still never happened. “This group has come thru above and beyond every time.” He credits the LU team for listening and putting together a great lockerroom. Everyone hangs out together, there’s no stars separating from everyone else but instead a guy like Johnny Mundo is the first people on the other side of the curtain to congratulate people on a good match. He also liked how it wasn’t just the usual ‘old boys network’ of people in charge doing things just the way they’ve done, but new people trying new ideas.

Havoc was asked about intergender wrestling – the very first episode had him facing Sexy Star – and he said he didn’t realize it would be a big deal. He’s had matches including women on indies, but it is a different thing when it airs on TV. Havoc said he felt intergender wrestling was progressive and cited the Avengers as an example. (If there was a Lucha Underground podcast/writer drinking game, it would definitely involve taking a drink when someone brought up the Avengers.)

Havoc’s strong positive feelings really inform why people involved with the promotion are less worried about no season two announcement so far. For us on the outside, this Lucha Underground is a wrestling promotion and wrestling promotions say things they’re not going to do (or may not even plan to do) all the time, so we’re trained to disbelieve the first time something breaks logic. For the people on the inside, this is not a wrestling promotion – or not like one they’re used to – and they’ve got a history of LU being honest and upfront with them many times so it makes all the sense to continue trusting them to deliver. I’m not sure everyone believes, or believes it’ll be on the original schedule, but they still seem confident it’s happening.

 

Havoc’s doing a media round leading into tonight’s show; he’ll be taking questions in Reddit’s AMA section around 5pm ET today.

Voices of Wrestling had their podcast review of last week’s episode (where I did find myself wanting to shout into the void to correct; a lot of people are confused by Ultima Lucha being two but next week still being two hours), as did the Last Real Heels. I enjoyed the breakdown of how many Miller Lites they may have had over two days.

Other Notes

Sky Mexico has put up the AAA TripleMania PPV info for Mexico, which is about the same as usual; 289 Mexican Pesos and about 19 USD.

LuchaMania Monterrey writes about the CaraLuchas versus Casanova event where the Neza Boys (Guerrero Mixtico & Danger) cheated to take the tag titles from Ultimo Ninja & Epydemius. The big news is the building must’ve gotten a new door; they were prevented from holding shows until they cleared up crowd fan safety issues.

CaraLuchas says Halloween, Damian and Bestia 666 will be coming in for their 08/08 show.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solar & Halcon 78 vs the Comandos.

CMLL notes Pierrothito winning a title in Chicago.

LV talks about this week’s CMLL 52MX &  AAA TV shows. The booking of the Myzteziz/Averno match makes no sense given where they’ve ended up with TripleMania, but the match itself was very good.

LuchaWorld reviews the En Busca de un Idolo maestro trios match.

Segunda Caida reviews the 2015 parajes increible final and Lucha Underground episode 34.

SuperLuchas looks back to Hijo del Santo unmasking Aristotoles

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/28 NOAH: Genba Hirayanagi b Bengala [GJHL}
Bengala falls to 2-2.

07/29 Freedoms: Jun Kasai & Masahi Takeda defeated Ciclope & Violento Jack

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Fuego vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto

Main event is Sky Team versus some possible challengers. Titan & Triton are reunited in the semifinal. Blue Panther working in the tercera seems weird. Fuego & Tiger should end up on YouTube, if they’re still doing that.

CMLL (TUE) 08/04/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Neutrón vs Évola & Furia Roja
2) Flyer, Magnum, Magnus vs Artillero, Joker, Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Omar Brunetti, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Metálico, Virus
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Thunder

Marco, Maximo, Super Porky and La Mascara are all going to be working to be working Guadalajara a lot the next 2.5 months to replace Sombra & Rush. Semimain is trios champions versus Invasors.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Psycko Kid vs Luz Clarita, Rey Apocalispis, Tony Cisneros Jr., Xtreme Fly
ChilangaMask vs Arena Pepe Cisneros (Oaxaca)
3) Keira vs Zeuxis
4) Trauma II vs Blue Panther
5) Avisman & Caifan vs Hechicero (CMLL) & Último Guerrero
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
7) Guerrero Maya Sr. vs Guerrero Maya Jr.

They haven’t quite released the full card, but I lose track of all the matches once we get to six. The newest edition is the second, and that is the Rey Apocalipsis of Puebla and roosters. He gets around. Any of the top four matches could easily be the best match on the show, or on most shows. There’s a video with interviews Keira versus Zeuxis, pushing the Tepito versus Arena Mexico aspect.

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-11 

Recapped: 07/07-14/15

Match 1: Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
Arena México, 07/07/2015

triangular del Solar (or Bengala)
  1. rudos
    • Espanto top rope splash Bengala (4:51)
    • Cholo cradle suplex Robin (5:03)
  2. tecnicos
    • Bengala triangular del solar Espanto (2:23)
    • Robin senton con giro Cholo (2:55)
  3. tecnicos
    • Robin sit down powerbomb Espanto Jr. (2:36)
    • Bengala satellite armbar Cholo (3:17)

Winner: tecnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 11:15

Review: [ok] Disposable opening match. Bengala was solid as usual, but Espanto didn’t show as much as he had in other matches. Cholo’s existence is still amusing but there’s not a lot to say about this match.

satellite armbar

Match 2: Leono, Star Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Arena México, 07/07/2015

Star Jr. :(
  1. tecnicos
    • Stigma torito Raziel (6:50)
  2. tecnicos
    • Star Jr. hammerlock Cancerbero (4:30)
    • Leono headscissors cradle Metalico (5:47)

Winner: tecnicos (2-0)
Match Time: 12:37
Notes: Star Jr.’s return from an injury in training.

Review: [below average] never really got rolling, tough return by Star, tough finish by Leono, Stigma stumbled a couple times in between, really short and wasn’t good while it lasted. There are better Cancerberos matches, and there are sure a lot of Metalico ones.

tecnicos take the match, somehow

Match 3: Fuego, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
Arena México, 07/07/2015

Porky (and Volador) running
  1. rudos
    • Vangelis northern lights suplex Volador Jr. (4:53)
  2. técnicos
    • Fuego Flashina Vangellys (2:52)
  3. técnicos
    • Super Porky back splash Dragon Rojo & Pierroth (5:11)

Winner: técnicos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:56
Review: [below average] a Super Porky match; crowd enjoyed it, it’s the same thing you’ve seen on TV every week, and everyone else took a night off. Fuego had a bad blown spot in the third, probably wishes he took the night off. The other five guys did very little, probably should’ve done very little, but it didn’t make for much to watch.

Volador slingshot headscissors
not quite the smoothest armdrag

Stellar Moments

La Combinacion: Pequeño Olímpico German suplex, Mercurio cradle on Astral

El Castigo: Astral & Eléctrico sliding dropkicks on Pequeño Olimpico & Mercurio

El Triunfo: Shockercito reinera on Pequeño Olímpico

La Llave: Mística on Mephisto

Lo Espectacular: triple dive by Místico, Valiente and Dragon Lee

Match 4: Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Kamaitachi, Mephisto, Pólvora
Arena México, 07/07/2015

CMLL video thinks Kamaitachi and Naito are the same guy.
  1. rudos
    • Mephisto Devil’s Wings Místico (2:29)
  2. técnicos
    • Místico la Mistica Mephisto (2:38)
  3. rudos
    • DQ Angel de Oro [foul on Pólvora] (5:48)

Winner: rudos
Match Time: 10:55
Notes: Kamaitachi’s video includes a shot of Naito because I guess all the Japanese guys are the same. Angel de Oro and Pólvora fight during the match, and Angle de oro fouls and unmasked Pólvora to end the match.

Mistico realizes his role as set up man

Review: [ok] best match on the show, though that’s not high praise. The first of this one wasn’t that good either, as the rudos beating up the técnicos in uninspiring fashion dragged. Things picked up after the comeback. Angel de Oro & Pólvora had generic exchanges; following that up with the much better Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee battles illustrated a big difference between the two. Dragon Lee & Místico show promise as a team, if only for all the spots where Místico sets up a big Dragon Lee spot.

don’t stop to taunt!
Dragon Lee over the top headscissors

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Maximo keeps heavyweight title, Sombra wrestles and challenges Volador, AAA trios title

Maximo keeps his title/CMLL-YouTube

CMLL (MON) 07/27/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Canelo Casas, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman b Asturiano, Paris, Zaeta Roja
rudos took 2/3
2) Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora b Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela
Rudas took 2/3, Amapola grabbing the ropes to pin Marcela in the third. Amapola wanted a title shot, Marclea countered with a lightning match next week.
3) Lestat, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca
Espiritu Maligno replaced Hechicero. Tecnicos took 2/3 with Jaguar going after Lestat the whole match.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente
Hechicero replaced Negro Casas. Rudos took 1/3, only losing the second when being DQed for being in the ring too long. Polvora beat Angel de Oro for the winning pin, then took Angel’s mask too.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Último Guerrero DQ Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Negro Casas replaced Mr. Niebla. Sombra & Volador feuded, with Sombra trying to draw the DQ by tossing the mask in the third, but getting caught and DQed. Volador challenged Sombra to a singles one fall match, but Sombra said he wouldn’t do it for Puebla. Volador asked again, and Sombra says he was only booked for one week, so Volador would have to wait until next week.
6) Máximo © b Euforia [CMLL HEAVY]
Hechicero & Mascara were seconds. Euforia won the first with the Euforica Special, but Maximo came back with a huracanrana in the second fall and a top rope headscissors in the third to remain champion. Match picked up as the third fall went along. Maximo’s 3rd defense.

Is it okay for me to admit I totally don’t understand what’s going with Sombra? I’m not sure how he’s allowed to work in Puebla but not in Guadalajara and presumably not in Mexico. (Maybe he’s allowed after today; I don’t have the card because the person who posted it turned their account private over night, but the Ingobenrables are listed in Nuevo Laredo on Sunday – they were never going to be in Arena Mexico that date, and maybe there’s no need for them on Friday.) I do know that Sombra seems clear to work in Puebla, since they moved the Volador/Sombra match there from Arena Mexico. Maybe it wasn’t a CMLL a suspension but a Mexico City lucha commission one? I dunno.

Anyway, Sombra/Volador on 08/03 (probably non-title), and then likely Amapola/Marcela on 08/10. I could’ve gone to that one…

I didn’t watch the first half of the show closely, but there was nothing worth rewatching. The fifth match was the best of the show, though the last few minutes of Maximo/Euforia were strong.

KrisZ mentioned Mr. Niebla’s Facebook account is gone. Something may have happened with him again, or it might be part of Facebook’s crack down on stage name accounts.

CMLL left the show up on YouTube for a little while after it was live, but then switched the video to private. That issue without putting up the show after is not technical, but seemingly a rights issue.

Mr. Niebla is still listed on CMLL’s preview for today’s show in Arena Mexico. Sombra is still replaced by Titan. The four guys teaming with Leono & Metalico (The Panther, Pegasso, Raziel and Cancerbero) would all have a more interesting singles match than the two guys who are feuding. The main event remains Angel de Oro versus Polvora, where Oro is the heavy favorite and the question is more about what they’ll do to try and have an entertaining fifteen minute match. Polvora has looked strong in this build up and last night in Puebla, but everyone seems to believe the match is ending with a mecedora.

Molotov will sub for Robin on Saturday’s show. Next Saturday’s show is said to be canceled due to boxing.

Naito teased a Rush appearance on his Twitter.

Jack Evans mentioned on yesterday’s Wrestling Observer Live his match for TripleMania will be himself, Angelico & Fenix versus Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., and Hijo del Fantasma versus Averno, Chessman and Cibernetico for the AAA Trios championship. AAA confirmed the match today, noting it would pit allies Hell Brothers & La Socidedad as enemies.

That title match will be a good match, even better if Electroshock and Hijo del Pirata can lock Cibernetico in a closer or whatever they did at Guerra de Titanes, but it’s also yet another year with all the much praised young wrestlers are thrown into a midcard build with no build and nothing coming out of it. TripleMania has a little bit of of modern day WrestleMania feeling, where the guys who are regular TV presences get shuffled into less meaningful roles on their biggest show of the year to make room for special guest stars coming in for one match. (The entire run of the Angelico/Jack tag team has been represented by a multiman tag match with the awful WWL guys, a ten man elimination match where they weren’t partners, and this match where they’re trios partners with someone who’s not their normal partner because AAA needed to find a way to get Fenix booked. It’s not an inspiring setup.) The Psycho Circus/Villanos & Demon special tag are going to have to include a lot of punches to the face to make them worth the time.

Anyway, that’s six matches – Misterio/Myzteziz, Cage/Alberto, Villanos, Demon, trios titles – and three hours usually means just six matches. Some sort of Relevos AAA probably rounds out the card. Goya sort of confirmed she’s on the card in an interview with ESTO; it reads like she’s not really sure who’s she’s facing or if she’s allowed to say.

The English language announcing team for the TripleMania show will be Matt Striker and Hugo Savinovich. Striker hinted at this early in the day when he took a selfie with Hugo on the set of the countdown show they’re doing. (They’re doing a countdown show.)

Villano III says he’s happy to be on TripleMania. He says he started his career against an Alvarado (Shadito Cruz) and is glad to be going out against another member of his rivals.

AAA posted a Villano IV & Murder Clown face to face interview to build up TripleMania. I guess Psycho Clown was busy? This didn’t air on TV.

Murder Clown, referencing that interview, says he feels the Villanos are good but overconfident and his team is the better unit.

El Hijo del Santo, who said he was probably retiring in 2014, says he’s probably retiring in 2016. Santo explains he’s totally healed, only has something like a scar from his injury. His doctor is surprised, cleared him, but thought Santo shouldn’t take too many more chances. It’s magic. What he’d really like to do is run a five show Todo x el Todo tour this September and October in Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Monterrey and Mexico City and then a few shows next year. It’s the end of July, so Santo’s either got those cities booked or it’s a bit too late.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania

Veracruz luchador Black Boy announced a benefit lucha libre show for local lesbian community, then complained the local government wasn’t doing enough to help the lucha libre community.

Hidalgo may pass new luchador safety regulations, but the article isn’t clear on what that would be or what it would mean.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows 31 years ago. A super libre match ended in a DQ, so some things never change.

Arena Lopez Mateos announced they’re reopening after doing some remodeling this month. They have a LA Park & Volador vs Sombra & Pagano match on 08/01 and an AULL show on 08/02

AAA lists Hijo de Dos Caras as working an Acapulco show. He may just be an extra, but it would figure for him to join AAA at some point.

Last week’s SuperLibre had Hijo del Solitario in studio.

Mil Mascaras talked about his career, had a poem for El Toreo.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman, Alas de Acero, Dragon Fly vs Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man, Toxin Boy
2) Metaleón, Miss Gaviota, Mr. Leo vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Imposible
3) Golden Magic, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Negro Navarro, Príncipe Orión
4) Hijo del Solar & Solar I vs Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. and Universo 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Dragón Celestial & El Hijo del Diablo and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Máscara Año 2000 [Legado Final]
sons start the match, and are replaced by their fathers when they’re eliminated

IWRG’s run this father/son elimination before, and usually all the sons get eliminated before the father does. Panters are champions, so someone should beat them to set up a title change. What IWRG does will probably not make sense. (See Negro Navarro teaming with one of the Americans after being opponents this past week.)

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new video releases for June 25

As thins as it gets: AULL didn’t air (and is presumed dead), FULL aired a rerun, Noches aired reruns, IWRG had only one new show and the feed was down during it.

52MX had some unusual match picks. This version of Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi is not complete, but it’s more complete than I would’ve guessed. (Same thing for Azteca.)

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Tn0eErYETaL3ule66a_OtP

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