CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-04-14 

Esfinge’s kick actually looked good!

Recapped: 04/14/2018

Matches:

Drone, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
(11:41 [4:16, 3:34, 3:51], 2/3, ok)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón for the Mexican National Trios Championship
(20:33 [6:40, 4:05, 9:48], 2/3, good)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(4:42 [1:37, 1:40, 1:25], 1/3, ok)

All matches are in this playlist.

What happened:

drone tope

The easiest way for me to record this is to use my streaming software to capture it. I watched it live to make sure it recorded ok (it did, except for a dive in the title match), and thought I might as well do a recap.

The NGD kept the trios titles.

Negro Casas & Cavernario pinning Volador & Valiente sets up a tag title match next week.

Thoughts:

The main event was barely notable. I’m not sure if it was quite as short live, there might have been editing, but it was barely much on TV. The Valiente/Negro Casas war was the easy highlight of this match. If you already knew they were heading to a tag title match, you could make some sense of the finish, but it didn’t have any meaning otherwise.

NGD ruining Titan’s fun

The title match took a while to get to an interesting level. Outside of the mat work, it would’ve been tough to tell they were even trying for a bigger match than usual thru the first two falls. The third fall felt like they blew threw where a normal match ends and kept going for a lot more. They seemed to get a lot more time than normal for a Guadalajara TV match and that extra time gave them opportunity to do that much more. (I wonder if the pace would’ve worked better for me if I wasn’t worried they’d run out of time when they were starting slow.) Titan and Sansón probably did one too many forearm battles, but were the best at adding those dramatic moments to the match. Titan getting a believable near fall before he lost really helped. Triton & Esfinge did well – Esfinge actually connected on his kick! – though Triton had a better match the previous Friday night. Everyone did well, it just needed more early to be really something.

The opener was not much. There were great names for action in the match but it never got good. Very much a match always stuck in first gear with a couple nice spots. It wasn’t horrible by any means but nothing you need to seek out.

Rey Mysterio on Verano de Escandalo, Lucha Brothers/AAA, CMLL April main events

Kraneo splash

CMLL (FRI) 04/13/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLucha CentralMarcathecubsfan]
1) Flyer & Oro Jr. b Espanto Jr. & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:03. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:35. Rudas took 1/3, the last with Seductora using the ropes to beat Sugehit. The two agreed to a mask match after.
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Okumura LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:13. Tecnicos took 2/3. Dragon Rojo replaced Johnny Idol on Tuesday
4) Negro Casas TLDRAW Soberano Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Time limit draw, the third of these this year already. Neither man was especially close to winning when time ran out (Casas covering Soberano but Soberano kicking out.) Soberano replaced Sam Adonis on Tuesday.
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:02. Tecnicos took 1/3. Caristico & Volador had no problems.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 13 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:15. Kraneo’s debut as a tecnico, winning in straight falls when Los Ingobernables pulled off his mask.

CMLL has brief post match words from Kraneo, Negro Casas, Soberano (wants a rematch), Triton, Titan & Esfinge, La Seductora, and Princesa Sugehit.

A good show. It was shorter than usual for Friday, but none of the match desperately needed the time. (It wasn’t an accident it was shorter; they were cutting off entrance music a lot earlier than normal.) 3/4/5 are worth watching.

Seductora/Sugehit is definitely happening and probably the 04/27 Arena Mexico Anniversary match. Perhaps Rush/Kraneo, the focus of the main event, is actually the Kid’s Day 04/29 main event? That sort of thematically fits. We’ll know more Wednesday.

Lucha Central reports AAA & the Lucha Brothers agreed to a deal where AAA will allow them appear on other TV shows as long as they wrestle as AAA’s Pentagon Jr. & Fenix on those shows. AAA will be allowed to license and market those names, and will not be suing over the other names. The Lucha Brothers will continue to use the Rey Fenix and Penta el Zero M names on non-TV shows.

AAA officially announced Verano de Escandalo will take place June 3rd in Plaza de Toros La Monumental in Monterrey, and will include Rey Mysterio Junior. AAA says more details will be announced later.

Mysterio last wrestled for AAA in 2006 at the special Tokyo Star Battle show. It was one of a handful of matches he worked for AAA on big shows that year, mostly Lucha Underground related. This too is a big show, the bullring likely being the second biggest building AAA will run all year. AAA could use people the level of Mysterio to sell tickets for this June show, since they don’t appear to have anything planned the level of the Fantasma/Texano match from March. This does not appear to be a full time return for Mysterio, just a selected dates. It does not drastically affect Mysterio’s chances of returning to WWE; he’s wanted a part time deal there all along so he could work occasional outside dates like these, and this shows he hasn’t changed his mind on that yet. Likewise, it does not prevent Rey Mysterio from working for the Crash, except he’ll probably still be working only a limited out of dates and picking up a few from AAA means doing less elsewhere.

I’ve been thinking back about this Tweet from about a month ago

Konnan didn’t explain what he meant, and it didn’t appear connected to Aro Lucha or any of his other known projects. I’ve got an idea or two.

Rey Mysterio’s post-WWE work usually involves Konnan. Konnan is also close with the Lucha Brothers. He worked with all three in AAA, in Lucha Underground, in The Crash and had them in the Arolucha TV pilot. In the past, Konnan’s tried to make a deal with AAA to end the legal threats and allow Penta & Fenix to work freely. We now know a has been made. The Crash cut ties with Konnan because they believed that deal was actually part of Konnan negotiating with AAA about returning to the promotion. Konnan’s denied it in the past.

If Konnan was coming back to AAA now, getting Rey to come in and making things right with the Lucha Brothers feel like a few things near the top of the to do list in a Konnan return. I’m sure Rey is getting paid a nice amount of money. Penta & Fenix will enjoy not having legal nuisances and being able to work a couple extra TV shows, but there didn’t seem to be any urgency for them to make deals with AAA until now, all about the same time.

From the other side, we know Rey de Reyes had major issues, the blame fell on Vampiro, and the blame for problems with AAA have been falling on Vampiro for the last year. It would make sense if AAA was at the point of making a change. They usually go with big names they know. They’re willing to move past bad experiences of the past if they think it’s worth it; Psicosis and Histeria sued the promotion for years and now are back on their TV. Vampiro not working out seems to prove you can’t just put anyone in that spot, and AAA’s had the most success with Konnan in that head creative role.

This week is going to be an interesting week. That TV taping on Friday is Tijuana. If what I think is happening is actually happening, it may be hard to keep it quiet even that long.

Saturday’s shows

Sunday

R de Rudo’s El Hacker says the new IWRG Hijo de Canis Lupus is Pachuca luchador Ram el Carnero, who’s identifiable by his tattoos.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast.

+Lucha has a 40 minute interview with Mesias/Mil Muertes.

This week’s Zona Ruda remembered Joaquin Roldan.

La Parka writes about recently deceased AAA backstage worker Lucio, who was around wrestling since the days of El Toreo.

Mistico wants to main event the anniversary show this year.

El Sol del Zacatecas writes about local lucahdor/cook Azrael.

El Sol de Tampico writes about retired luchador Dinamita Ramirez.

El Sol del Hermosillo interviews luchador Signo Azteca, who has many big claims: his 25 year career included stints in CMLL and AAA, he almost went to WWE but they couldn’t agree on money, he had a big feud with Hijo del Santo in Tijuana but the mask match didn’t happen because the promoters were protecting Santo, his cousin is Rey Mysterio Jr.

Pushing Upwards reviews Caristico & LA Park vs Penta Zero M & Rey Fenix.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/20/2018 Arena México
1) Astral & Oro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Yago
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Puma, Templario, Tiger
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Carístico vs Dragón Lee [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo

Doing Carsitico versus Dragon Lee out of nowhere for no reason is nearly as wasteful as doing Caristico versus Mistico in Puebla. It should be good, and the result should at least be interesting. Besides the usual feuds, the second match looks promising. Opener is Yago’s first non-tournament streaming appearance since February.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-04-13 

this went better for Triton than Esfinge

Recapped: 04/13/2018

Matches:

Flyer & Oro Jr. beat Espanto Jr. & Templario
(10:02 [3:37, 2:14, 4:11], 2/3, ok)

Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 
(12:35 [4:26, 3:15, 4:54], 1/3, ok)

Esfinge, Titán, Tritón beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Okumura
(15:13 [5:04, 3:42, 6:27], 2/3, good)

Negro Casas went to a time limit draw Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
(10:00, good)

Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
(11:02 [4:41, 1:53, 4:28], 1/3, good)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(11:15 [5:14, 6:01], 1/2, ok)

What happened:

just a random powerbomb on Mije

Sugehit thought she had submitted Seductora, let go, and got taken down and pinned when Seductora had both feet on the middle rope. The two agreed to a hair/hair match.

Thoughts:

Rush can be lazy, and Rush can also spend a main event selling big for new técnico Kraneo. Kraneo was going to be the star of the match because the booking was all about him, but Rush took him seriously and made the goofy dancing come off as a threat to one of the top guys in the promotion. The match itself didn’t amount to much, and I’m not sure this is the greatest first feud for the new Los Ingobernables, but the Kraneo/Rush stuff was a lot of fun.

The semimain was an easy match, they really didn’t do anything they normally don’t, but what they did worked well and the crowd was into it the whole way. The ordinary for these guys is pretty spectacular. Euforia and Volador were matched up thru the match and fantastic together. Euforia was too big to be a welterweight championship contender, but he’s perfect as a Volador in these trios matches to do everything Volador wants to do without a problem.

Volador is good but Euforia is better

The lightning match lived up to expectations, maybe exceeded them a bit. I was surprised to see Soberano pull of the Fosbery flop dive in this one, and he didn’t seem to be holding back that much of his flying. (The moment where he briefly teased the Fire Driver scared me, because Casas migth be crazy eough to take it.) Casas forced Soberano to actually lock up and do more mat wrestling and Soberano did fine. The escape from the certain doom of the scorpion into a tapatia was smoothly done. Just like the time limit draw with Angel de Oro Jr., Soberano didn’t seem to understand the time was running out on his match and lacked the urgency you need in that moment, but this was otherwise pretty good.

The tercera was a tremendous success. The técnicos looked like a great team, spectacular and well organized. Triton was trying all of his hardest spots and pulling them off perfectly (while also pulling up his pants a million times.) Titan did some different stuff with him and made it work. Esfinge survived not being caught at all on a dive to have his usual match, with some team spots with Triton. This was the best Dragon Rojo’s looked in his most recent return, not as much with impressive offense as some really good timing and reaction moments. Kawato’s trying to do more than he did at first, with some not great results at times. This trios match was much better than matches which opened the show, closer to being great than to where they were at.

this was odd

The Seductora/Sugehit feud is the Zeuxis/Sugehit match from Pura Raza, just even more focused on throwing drinks at each other and nothing else. Sugehit has to work slower for Seductora to keep up, Seductora isn’t especially great at brawling. The things in their favor are the fans genuinely like Sugehit and will easily get behind her comebacks. Amapola & Marcela was fine. Maravilla’s big técnico run ending with a hair pull because she and Dalys couldn’t get it right was disappointing. Not as disappointing as CMLL doing this feud when they have hundreds of better options.

CMLL actually remembered to put over the guy who’s in a big match later that week, a nice surprise of competency. This match too had competency and some bigger than usual moves to end, but it was clunky at times. The técnicos lacked some urgency in their movements. This felt more like the fifth run thru of the day rather a battle. There are worse openers.

a catalog of the 2003 AAA matches being streamed on Twitch

AAA made good on a promise to use their Twitch channel to stream older content when they’re not running live events. They’ve largely been running two playlists of events in the down period. One runs thru 2011 and 2012 events, interesting because some of the same names are around today. Another playlist shows matches from 2003 and 2004. That one’s intriguing because those years largely aren’t available on YouTube or elsewhere. There’s matches in that playlist which probably haven’t been seen since since they’ve been aired. There’s even a few matches which appear to never have intended to air at the time, which were just stuck on a VHS tape and uploaded now because why not.

You have to be a AAA Twitch subscriber ($5/month, or free for one channel if you’re an Amazon Prime customer) to see the old content. Even if you do, it’s really hard to navigate: the AAA playlist stream are normally stored usually in 48 hour files, with no particular labeling on what aired, much less when they aired during the stream. Twitch’s player is great at streaming live video and not much good at jumping around the timeline to see what’s there. It’s a lengthy and tedious research project to be able to figure out what’s actually aired and when. Lucky for you, length and tedious research projects are apparently things I enjoy doing. What follows is a list of 2003 matches, and links to when they aired, similar to what I’ve done with YouTube links.

Some warnings before you get started. You must be a AAA on Twitch subscriber or these links will be totally be useless to you. These links are all from streams in March. I’m not 100% sure if the Twitch videos eventually disappear, but I suspect to be the case. That means, at some unclear point in the future, these links might stop working. It should still be useful as a guide to what AAA might have in their archive and might stream at any time. AAA unsurprisingly is missing significant bits and pieces from 2003; I was surprised they had as much as they did, but there are key moments missing if you’re hopeful to watch it complete.

And, maybe most important, watch 2003 AAA complete may drive you mad. If you think AAA has too screwy finishes in 2018, you want to stay clear of this stuff. 90% of the matches I went thru seemed to have a some sort of controversy with the finish, including the opening matches with people who weren’t even getting feuds. A three way rivalry between the referees (AAA’s Hijo del Tirantes & Pepe Casas & maybe Fresero versus AAA rudo Tirantes Sr. versus LLL rudos Piero & Copetes) overpowers action at time. This would be a good year for AAA to go thru next time they need footage of Antonio Pena, because he’s all over shows feuding with Cibernetico, while La Parka seems to be only lesser involved with the man he’s about to unmask. (In something very 2018, Pena also chimes in during matches to explain what’s supposed to be going, though they had not yet perfected box technology.) This show has a lot of Latin Lover, a lot of Heavy Metal, and a lot of Electroshock & Lady Apache as couple with Electroshock slowly joining the tecnico side. It also includes a few LLL episodes, a sort of nWo heels doing an WWE like brand split to create a second TV show to get out from underneath Televisa’s control. That too seems familiar in 2018. It really doesn’t have a lot of matches that’ll get stars, though it has enough stars to get strong reactions from crowd thru the year.

I’d do this again for 2004, but I’m kind of holding out for AAA to put the whole year out before trying and it’s not close to being up. Maybe they’ll fill in some of the 2003 blanks before then. You can find the current 2003 list after the break. Read More

tecnico Kraneo & Soberano/Casas tonight, Alberto’s latest excuse

tonight
Kraneo returns to the tecnico side for the first time in eight years on tonight’s Arena Mexico show. He teams with Atlantis & Diamante Azul against Los Ingobernables (Rush, Terrible and La Bestia), who he turned against last week. It seems like a feud was just a way to move Kraneo to the other side, and we’ll find out if there’s any more to it tonight.

The match where there’s more likely to be something going on is the second match, where Sugehit and Seductora are on opposite sides of the trios match after Seductora stole a win two weeks ago. Seductora is not much important normally and the level of ruda who only gets cheating wins if they’re being set up for a match, and we know there are shows that will need big matches coming. CMLL’s holding a press conference next Wednesday, so tonight’s a good time to making the expected the hair/hair challenges.

The rest of the card are matches which could be good but aren’t sure to be. Caristico, Valiente, and Voaldor take on UG, Euforia & Mephisto in the semimain. Negro Casas faces Soberano, a replacement for an originally announced Casas/Adonis match and a first time ever match. Casas versus a young wrestler is usually one of the best matches of the night. Esfinge, Titan and Triton attempt to rebound from Tuesday’s title match loss against Okumura, Kawato and Dragon Rojo. The show opens with Nuevo Valor finalist Flyer 7 Oro Jr. taking on Templario & Espanto Jr.

CultIcon also previews the show. It starts at 8:30pm on Facebook and MarcaClaro’s site – or at least that’s the plan, they’ve been late starting the feed of late. It’ll be up on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Reporte Indigo has a brief interview with Seductora, who sells clothes when she’s not wrestling. DTU starts a weekend of show tonight in Arena San Juan Pantitlan.

The main event is an incredible pairs match, with Miedo Extremo teaming Rocky Santana versus Ciclope & Mr. Condor. Ace Austin and Isias Velazquez are the foreigners in for these shows, with Velazquez scheduled to face Draztick Boy on this hosw. DTU in a Neza arena means there will likely be many handhelds of the show up on YouTube over the next couple of days.

Alberto told the Sporting News that he missed the Impact vs Lucha Underground show due to family issues. He’s used that line before; he used it last October when he missed a different show, and has used it often in the past in situations where he wanted people to stop asking questions about why he really was missing a show. Alberto had previously told Impact that he missed the show due to illness, and it doesn’t seem like they believed that story either. Alberto also claimed he was going to retire in 2019, after previously saying he was going to retire in both 2018 and 2020.

LA Park says Universo 2000 is again in the hospital in poor health.

Nieto del Santo is making an increasingly rare wrestling appearance on 04/21 in Pachuca. It feels like the brakes have put on his (and Atlantis Jr.’s) debut in Mexico City, which has gone from “a couple months” to “maybe next year”

Vampiro retirement progression (March 2018 edition)

  • 03/22: Vampiro announces he’ll have a big announcement tomorrow about his career in the ring
  • 03/23: Vampiro posts a meme instead.
  • 03/24: Vampiro says “no more TV” after his match with Xalapa
  • 03/25: Vampiro has a “strong feeling” the match in Monterrey will be his last match on TV, but may keep wrestling house shows and hopes to retire at TripleMania
  • 03/26: Vampiro wrestles in Monterrey, says his plan is to retire at Verano de Escandalo in Monterrey next time if AAA lets him.
  • 03/31: Vampiro says he’ll talk to people before deciding when he’ll have last matches
  • 04/09: Vampiro announces he’s had his last match, post medical records of injuries from a couple years ago
  • 04/11: Vampiro says he’s wrestling on Puebla on 04/14, but not on 05/16 in San Luis Potosi because he’ll be retired by then for sure.
  • 04/12: Vampiro says he’s wrestling on 05/16 in San Luis Potosi – NEW!

In other Vampiro news, there’s apparently a Hijo del Tirantes/Vampiro feud going on. Leo Riano’s column complains that the awful rudo referee was kept off a TV taping and wants revenge. I do not recall Tirantes missing a TV taping, but the idea is Tirantes wants to be a wrestler now to face Vampiro. Hijo del Tirantes and Vampiro had a run-in at an Xalapa show last month in a video now on YouTube; Hijo del Tirantes books shows and wrestlers fairly often in his home city so this might have been his idea. I’m not sure it’s a great idea to be building a rivalry between a referee who wants to be a referee and wrestler who doesn’t want to be a wrestler but it’s AAA and maybe it’d mean no more Tirantes as referee.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui Esta La Lucha.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-04-03 

Super Astro

Recapped: 04/04/2018

Matches:

Bengala & Oro Jr. beat Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
(11:28 [4:07, 3:10, 4:11], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito beat Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
(14:30 [5:30, 4:09, 4:51], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany beat Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela  
(12:33 [6:09, 4:09, 2:15], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The battle royal went 1:50.

Súper Astro Jr. beat Astral in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(4:42, top rope reverse tope, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Yago beat Retro in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(2:30, indian deathlock and arm trap, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Grako in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(5:12, Spanish Fly, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Sangre Imperial beat George Kebrada in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(2:33, top rope splash to the back, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Yago beat Súper Astro Jr. in a Copa Nueva Valores eighthfinal
(3:57, reverse armbar, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Sangre Imperial in a Copa Nueva Valores quarterfinal
(1:37, escalera, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer beat Yago in a Copa Nueva Valores semifinal
(6:27, code red, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla beat Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr.
(7:10 [5:06, 2:04], ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Sangre Imperial, bad at rolling

Mephisto attacks Dragon Lee even before the match starts and goes after him the entire match. It’s done in a way as if they’ve had a feud going in. They did face last week but nothing really happened. Mephisto pulled Dragon Lee’s mask to win. They argued post match and Mephisto unmasked him again.

Thoughts: 

The main event was nearly a 2v2 match with Mephisto and Dragon Lee having a brawl elsewhere. They were barely involved in that match except for being the actual central focus of the match, with a singles match coming up just as soon as CMLL has time to give them a singles match. The other four were fine in spurts but doing a lot of time killing while the actual important thing happened out of the ring.

Yago just got there in time

On the Nuevo Valores guys

  • Super Astro Jr. got a good showcase of moves and he and Astral had good chemistry together. I’m guessing that’s why they put astral in this block, but I’m not sure why he was here otherwise. Some of the trademarks were lost on this crowd – there was no reaction to the rope fake – but having a rooting section helped. Super Astro senton in the second match’s was impressive, and he came off as a future star even while losing out early.

  • Retro got all the moves in for the two minutes he was in the tournament and was fine for just about two minutes.

  • Grako is a decent prospect who’s still a little sloppy and doesn’t stand out much on his own.

  • Sangre Imperial could not remember to roll out of the way of a frog splash, and struggled with an armdrag against Flyer. Not everyone is made to be a wrestler.

  • Kebrada looked like he could move around well and seems to have potential, but it’s hard to get a sense of how much in the little time he got.

  • Flyer is obviously advanced compared to the rest of this batch, and is just in need of a big match to prove it. Maybe the tournament final will be it for him. He looked good in all three matches he had on this show, with the final having the most to it.

  • Yago’s remains interesting but needs more regular work to take a step forward. He showed good sense in improvising when the headscissors spots on the outside went wrong, but other spots he hasn’t done (or at least haven’t seen him try) also had problems. Maybe he just needs more ring time. Too much other stuff went wrong to really recommend this match, but they clearly could have one of those given another try.

Kebrada

I find myself skipping writing about the openers not because they’re especially poor, but because I can think of nothing left to write about them. When the minis and the women are frozen in the same amber as the opening card guys, never changing or progressing, it’s hard to come up with something interesting to say. The women’s match is no different, no different than the dozen other Dalys/Marcela matches of this year and longer. Dalys seems to have zero ability to react to something going poorly. Kaho is really tiny but excited to be there and seemingly the only person to notice she beat the champion. It’s ignored by the end of the match, where Dalys simply steps out of Marcela’s hold and applies her own for the win. CMLL desperately needs something new, and doesn’t seem to know it.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 12, 2018

full size

Unless I get on things tomorrow, I think CMLL’s Friday show is the first one CMLL one I’ll have seen in about 10 days. I’m guessing a lot will be the same. Negro Casas/Soberano looks promising.

CMLL Tuesday‘s Copa Nuevo Valores looks like the biggest match of the week.

Televisa Guadalajara remains region blocked. It really isn’t that hard to install Hola and record it, it is just hard to remember to do so.

AAA’s Tijuana taping is just a couple off the schedule.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-04-02 

triple dropkick

Recapped: 04/03/2018

Matches: 

El Malayo, King Jaguar, Policeman beat Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(13:02 [5:38, 4:14, 3:10], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis beat Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely
(15:15 [7:07, 4:00, 4:08], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma beat Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(13:22 [4:50, 2:32, 6:00], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(12:27 [6:59, 5:28], 1/2 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © beat Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Trios Championship
(18:15 [8:22, 1:16, 8:37], 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Mistico submitted Caristico to La Mistica. Carístico challenged Mistico to a singles match. Mistico attacked rather than accept.

Thoughts: 

Caristico

The Sky Team versus the Caristi-Guerreros was a fun main event, and Mistico submitting Carístico was a big moment. The core of the match seemed to lack the intensity and speed of the bigger trios title matches of the past, and it veered too much into UG and Volador getting their big match spots checked off while everyone else hung out waiting for something to do. Part of that was be design – they wanted Mistico & Carisitco in only to do an even sequence and the finish – but that meant it was more of a solo match than a team one, and the match wasn’t quite as good as good as straight Guerreros/Sky Team for that reason. Still, it might be more memorable if that finish goes anywhere.

The semimain never picked up to a big end game because the endgame was two falls and a DQ. It was alright as a regular TV match without living up to it’s on paper potential. Maybe they didn’t want to do too much with the trios title match to come, or maybe I’m expected too much out of them for a Monday semimain. The NGD didn’t do a lot of teamwork, but the tecnicos looked spectacular in what they did in their time. I really want some Dragon Lee singles matches, and he matches up well with Sansón here. Wish it meant it was happening.

Good things you can say about Mascara 2000: he doesn’t seem to have a problem losing to younger guys (even if he seemed to kick out a little too soon, he didn’t require a foul to get that far), he was willing to get up and down for Angel de Oro’s armdrags, and he didn’t totally drag the match down. That’s also because the match wasn’t particularly anything much beside the Angel de Oro/Mascara. Stigma Universo, Pólvora and Esfinge were all fine but only Stigma seemed to be doing things. This was an OK outcome to a Mascara 2000 feud, I still wouldn’t do them.

Zeuxis front cracker

Octagons versus Lucha Brothers, lucha libre doc, Marvin/Cavernario

Klandestino (WED) 04/11/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) El Compadrito, Escorpión Rodríguez, Golden Crisis b Mr. Ángel, Niño Triki, Príncipe Barush
2) Ancla Jr., Misael, Súper Mal b Fire Boy, Karma, Serpiente Azteca
3) Dark Panther, Karma, Terremoto b Demonio Chino, Kid Silver, Saurom
money thrown
4) Iron Love, Terry 2000, Yakuza b Kronoz, Mr. Dragón, Savage Troll
5) Fresero Jr. & Herodes Jr. b Costeno & Último Gladiador and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Aspirantito & Príncipe Cóndor Chacho Herodes Jr y el Fresero Jr vs Ovett y Ángel o Demonio vs P Condor y Aspirantito vs Mercurio y (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
6) Laredo Kid b Golden Magic Laredo Kid vs Golden Magic mano a mano en la Arena López Mateos. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
best match of the night
7) Aeroboy, Draztick Boy, Sharlie Rockstar b Arez, Belial, Impulso Sharlie Rockstar, Aeroboy y Draztick Boy vs Impulso, Arez y Belial en Klandestino (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
8) Hijo De Octagon & Octagón b Penta Zero M & Rey Fénix Hijo de Octágon y Octágon vs Penta0M y Rey Fénix en la Arena López Mateos. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Lucha Brothers worked as Rudos but the crowd was still rooting for them over the Octagons. They took the Octagons masks after the match.

Estrellas del Ring has video of the post match. They drew pretty well for a Wednesday show, but the kind of fans who are going on a Wednesday night for a wrestling show are not really wanting to see Octagon do Octagon things.

A documentary on lucha libre debuts on Mexico City’s Canal 22 next Monday at 8:30pm. It’s five episodes of half hour each, which looks like it focuses on CMLL. The channel has been promoting it for the last weeks. The opening and a teaser for the series are on Vimeo. Canal 22 does stream online, but it’s content is blocked outside of Mexico.

AAA has an interview with Ashley, who explains she’s putting up with Faby Apache’s meanness because Ashley knows she needs to get better as a luchadoras and there’s no one better to learn from than Faby Apache. Ashley doesn’t like being berated in front of the people or Estrella Divina stealing her wins, but she thinks this is how she’ll learn better.

AAA also posted a video of Faby Apache teaming with Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown as a surprise in last year’s trip to Tijuana, wondering what surprises might have this year.

+Lucha posted videos of Alberto and Rey Mysterio Jr. saying they’ll be in Monterrey for Sunday’s Revolucha show. Alberto actually appeared on NacionESPN yesterday, to promote Comabtes Americas. I listened to the podcast and his dismissal from Impact did not come up.

PWInsider says Rey Mysterio Jr. will be part of WWE’s 04/27 show in Saudi Arabia. They’re not sure if there’s anything more than it. Mysterio has wanted a deal where he would work only occasionally for WWE and have some freedom, so agreeing to just a single big show would fit with that and may mean he’s closer to getting that deal.

Lucha Underground Season 3 starts on in Japan tomorrow.

Segunda Caida and Lucha Central have thoughts about The Crash show.

Lucha Central posted the Rey Horus vs Matt Sydal vs Sami Callihan vs Lio Rush match from The Crash’s 06/23/17 show. I had that as a Great match via handheld.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update including a recap of Informa.

Lucha Libre Xalapena interviews local luchador Diamante Rojo Jr.

Niebla Roja appears under a mask in a new drink commerical for France.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/17/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Eléctrico, Magnus, Robin vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Audaz, Star Jr., Súper Astro Jr. vs Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
4) Drone, Esfinge, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Sagrado
5) Flyer vs Magia Blanca [torneo nuevo valores, final]
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero

The winner of the Flyer/Magia Blanca Torneo Nuevo Valores final will get a shot at the CMLL Welterweight (Mephisto) or Mexico Welterweight (Soberano) championship. That seems like a Mephisto title match.

Super Astro Jr. jumping into the tercera seems unfair to those who aren’t even getting booked, but maybe we should wait for a card where Flyer & Magia Blanca aren’t getting a single match to see if it sticks.

CMLL (TUE) 04/17/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Bengala, Pantera Blanca, Star Black vs Gemelo Blanco I, Gemelo Blanco II, Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Micro, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Valiente & Volador Jr. © vs Cavernario & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]
first defense

Tag title match will probably settle as fun. Tercera could be quite good; the tercera seems to get more TV time than the main event.

LuchaMemes CaraLucha (SUN) 04/22/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Estrella De Oro & Príncipe Areo vs Apolo & Dragón Negro
2) Torito Negro, Toro Negro II, Toro Negro Jr. vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Demasiado
3) Fly Warrior, Sky Man, Toxin, Yoruba vs Corsario Negro Jr., Drako, Fresero Jr., Gato De Ecatepec
4) Eterno vs Iron Kid
5) Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
6) Templario © vs Dr. Cerebro [CaraLucha The Best]
7) Cavernario vs Ricky Marvin

The Ricky Marvin Redemption Tour continues with a match against the caveman. The top half of this card is promising.

a lot of words about my trip to WrestleMania weekend (The Crash, LU/Impact)

I was in New Orleans for about 50 hours this weekend. It was good, it was definitely an experience. It’s all fading away from my mind like a dream already, so I might as well type what I remember while I still do.

I knew the hotel I booked was close to the WrestleCon wrestling venue, the Sugar Mill. I did not grasp the hotel and the Sugar Mill were literally across the street from each other. My room gave me a great view of the back door, where wrestlers were hanging to get out of the the locker room and get some fresh air. I only made it over to the WWN venue once, because it just didn’t make sense to pay for a $30 Lyft ride crosstown by myself to see stuff I wasn’t totally excited to see, when I could see about the same stuff literally across the street. I really liked how it worked out; I could walk to the Sugar Mill, I walked in the rain to get to NXT, I walked around the French Quarter and the riverfront a bit, it was all no big deal. Beside the occasional homeless encampment underneath the highway, it all felt safe. The only times I had to sit in a car where to and from the airport. The venues themselves had no special appeal but it’s not hard to see why New Orleans is home for events like this, it’s an exceedingly easy city for tourists.

I suspect it’ll be a different story in New York next year. Even if everything somehow ends up in walking distance, it may not be a pleasant experience walking around on the east coast in early April.

The Crash (FRI) 04/06/2018 The Sugar Mill, New Orleans, Louisiana [Superluchas, thecubsfan]
1) Black Danger & Lacey Lane b Ángel Fashion & Christi Jaynes and Barbie Hayden & Joey Ryan and Douglas James & Thunder Rosa
Thunder Rosa replaced Diamante.
2) Daga b El Bandido
Added match. Daga won after a double suplex into a backcracker.
3) Laredo Kid b Rey HoruzFlip Gordon
Laredo got the pin on Horus.
4) Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz b Aeroboy & Black Diamond and Dave Crist & Jake Crist and Curt Stallion & Jason Cade
Xavier & Wentz, as the Rascalz, beat Jake Crist for the win. Black Boy was announced as Black Diamond. Stallion, Cade & Aeroboy were added to this match after the scramble opener was eliminated.
5) Willie Mack b Sami CallihanBrian Cage
6) Rey Fénix (US) b Flamita
about a six minute match.
7) Damián 666, LA Park, Nicho el Millionario b Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
Damian’s team came out as the LWO, wearing the shirts. Nicho (as Psicosis) took a powerbomb onto cement in the opening brawl. LA Park was the star of the match. The LWO beat all three members of Rebelion Amarilla
8) Austin Aries b Penta Zero M
Aries won clean.

I got in about an hour or so before this show. In the half hour before this show started, I think this lineup might have changed at least three times. It was a lot of work from a number of people to make this show happen and that work was going on to the last minute (and a little beyond.).

It was a little crushing to see all that work end up with a show that wasn’t on the level of the ones they’ve had in Tijuana or they could’ve had here. It was as if the idea that the show had a hard time limit didn’t really sink it until they were in New Orleans and then they got so concerned about it that they went too far the other way. That hard time limit was 2:30pm, and they actually finished up around 1:50. It might have been the shortest show of the weekend at that venue. A lot of the matches had endings that felt abrupt and premature. The matches weren’t crippled by the time, but I keep thinking about how much better a match would be if they gave it a couple more minutes.

Fenix/Flamita felt the most that way, like it was five minutes away from being really special. The story going around is they weren’t given a short amount of time, but simply might have thought they were out there for a longer than they were. The main event was hurt by Penta losing, by Aries winning when people weren’t really ready for it, and by it just being an OK match. Aries is an obviously talented guy who seemed to be in cruise control in the matches I saw this weekend. His current bit is being a guest wrestler in other promotions and winning their titles, but he didn’t really fit well as a guest opponent for Penta, and Penta was a bit in exhibition mode.

This show was still overall good and had positives. There was concern about what LA Park would do, and LA Park gave everyone what they wanted out of the match without any commission person getting upset. Daga/Bandido was a fun bonus match. The multiman tag matches were craziness as they tried to give everyone a moment when they didn’t have many to give out. Mack/Callihan/Cage was good And the Crash drew better than they were expecting going in. All the shows at The Sugar Mill seemed to draw as well or better than expected. Axxess was on the other side of the Sugar Mill, and people who weren’t even aware there was non-WWE wrestling walked up. I think there were also a lot of wrestling fans who were just looking for something to do and waited until the day of the show to decide.

This show is up on the Highspots Wrestling Network  for $5/rental or $10 if you buy a month of their video service.. Como Estaz co-host Rob is the announcer for most of the show. I haven’t listened to yet and he’s concerned about how much I’m going to bury him if/when I watch the show. I’m going to bury him so much! It’s going to be a grand time. (In total truth, if it sounds like he was thrown in at the last moment, it’s because he was.) Highspots definitely talked to The Crash about putting other of their shows up on the same streaming service. We’d all be thrilled if it happened, but I’m not going to get my hopes up for it.

I checked in to my hotel room, then decided to go to the Revolution Pro‘s show. Here’s the first set of results I could find. Not on the same page of the grades though. David Starr & Martin Stone was good, Cobb & Suzuki was good. Tanahashi & Robinson versus Aussie Open didn’t do much for me, but it was clear how the fans were thrilled to see Tanahashi do anything at all. Likewise, I understood why they did what felt like too much comedy early in the trios match – Ospreay/Ibushi had to be saved for the big moment in the match and Ospreay could use an easier match that weekend – but it took it down just a bit for me. ZSJ/shii was a really big thing, and one where the crowd exploded when Ishii got a win they were not expect it to be.

Mostly, I was watching RevPro as a comparison to what The Crash was doing, or not doing. The UK indie had six matches (and an intermission, which The Crash did not), and got done where the crowd left happy because someone they wanted to see won the big match at the end. They had 18 wrestlers total on the show, The Crash had 16 people in two matches alone. The Crash ran a basically non-canon show with some of their regular names. RevPro did a changed their big title, presumably feeling safe that the people involved were well known enough by the fans that the moment would give over, and that their home base of fans would still be able to experience it digitally later. (They also might have done it because ZSJ appears to be less available going forward.) Nothing everything is transferable; the RevPro shows are marketed to people who are going assiduously keep track of the best matches they’ve seen that year and they want to make sure some of those matches are listed as happening in RevPro. That culture does not exist in Mexico at all. There is a culture of fans being into long personal rivalries, and there wasn’t a lot of that either.

The final show Saturday was the Impact versus Lucha Underground show.

  1. Matanza beat Caleb Konley, Jack Evans, Chavo Guerrero, Moose and Matt Sydal
  2. Allie beat Taya Valkyrie to keep the Impact Knockouts Championship
  3. Teddy Hart & Scott Steiner beat Dave Crist & Jake Crist
  4. King Cuerno, Aerostar, Drago beat Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett, DJZ
  5. Trevor Lee beat Marty the Moth (w/Famous B)
  6. LAX defeat Killshot & the Mack to keep the Impact Tag Team championship
  7. Brian Cage beat Eli Drake
  8. Jeremiah Crane beat Eddie Edwards in an I Quit match
  9. Pentagon Dark beat Austin Aries & Fenix

The show is still free to watch on Impact’s Twitch account, where it apparently did very strong numbers. Voices of Wrestling has a review.

The biggest news was Alberto el Patron skipping out on the show and subsequently being fired from Impact. He hasn’t said much about it; he seemed to be back to RT-ing stuff on Wednesday but his last self written tweet was on April 6th, complaining about how promoters make wrestlers look bad by canceling shows. No one’s done more damage to Alberto than Alberto has over the last few years, and people were largely over him on this show. If there was any one upset about Alberto missing the main event, they were drowned out by the loud negative Alberto chants.

The Lucha Underground Season 4 reveal was a little bit lost by happening in the first match. I didn’t really understand when Chavo was going when he was setting up the announcement. The timing of it made sense – there were more people paying attention to Lucha Underground with this show than any other moment – it may have just worked better as something before the main event.

Still, the LU side was lucky to get in it at all. This crowd was there to see Lucha Underground, but it was an Impact show cannily using LU to market a live show in a way the actual LU promotion hasn’t even been able to be there. There’s some LU related strangeness – the three LU reps in the opener all might have been having their match with anything related to LU, and LU’s Dragon Azteca & Kobra Moon were on the The Crash show hours earlier but not booked here – but the only reason we got any Lucha Underground at all is because it was something Impact pushed for. Gotta be grateful for the group giving me something when the other one gives me nothing. It totally worked for Impact – this show seemed to sell out – it seems like something that should obviously be repeated next year if both promotions are around the same level.

The fourth match & the tag title matches are the ones I’d suggest watching. Other stuff was good, but those stood out the most. In my relentless comparison to mainline lucha matches, I couldn’t help but think of the TripleMania four way tag match, where AAA stuffed the Traidor Clowns & Cuervo & Scoria in a match with many of these same guys, and then the match itself was overshadowed by Aerostar’s biggest dive yet. This time, they just had only the good wrestlers, they limited it to a reasonable amount of them so they wouldn’t be crowding into each other’s spaces, and they gave them the chance to do a really good match, and it worked out great. It’s not that hard to put together, if putting together good matches is actually the goal. LAX had moments go not great for them near the end, which they were obviously annoyed with, but the action leading to it was really great. Killshot wrestlers everywhere nowadays and deserving so, and it’s just a shame the same isn’t happening for the Mack. He got over on every show I saw him on.

Teddy Hart is now a 00’s nostalgia act. That’s the most painful part of seeing Hart wrestle, a reminder of how old we’re all getting that he too now can be wacky nostalgia, no different as 90s nostalgia act Scott Steiner and his nWo shirt. Neither of them have much wrestling appeal beyond the novelty of them existing.

The main of this show turned out better than The Crash one. Some of it was Fenix & Penta being Fenix & Penta. It’s kind of a shame they’re not running that match out one more time to wow a new audience in Impact Wrestling. Aries seemed to be doing more in this match, maybe because it was his home promotion or because they felt more pressure to have something good with no Alberto. It was good, it didn’t leave me with a great need to see it again, but I’d guess they had no idea this would be their replacement PPV main event when it was happening.

I somehow made it from there in to Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2. It was the only show I got to the WWN building for, which felt much more like a high school basketball gym than the WrestleCon show. What it lacked in aesthics it made up in size; I watched most of the show from high up in the bleachers, feeling far removed from the ring and the ringside crowd. JJSB was probably the perfect show for that in some ways. The people who wanted to be at a show in the early morning hours enough to buy reserved seats well ahead of time really really wanted to be there, seemed to love everything, and were worth watching as much as the match. People out in the bleachers seemed to more think it was a cool idea that was less cool as the (intentionally awful?) Clusterfuck royal rumble lingered on forever and ever. The weirdness of that match exactly felt the show, but it also seemed to push the fans and the show itself past their breaking point, and the reactions to the Sasuke/Janela match weren’t what I think they were hoping for given the build up. You could hear the frustration of the moment in Janela’s voice in his post match promo, wanting to build up to the big karaoke spot to end the show while watching people stream out of the building and into the night before he could get it there. It turned out even New Orleans has limits.

I missed the opener, which sounds like something I would’ve wanted to see. PCO/Walter was an experience. I’d bet Quackenbush/Starr in a techinical match is a lot better watching it at a normal time/context, and perhaps not after you’ve seen a 50 year old Canadian man try to kill himself via moonsaults and chops and then Penta & Gage try to break stuff. Janela/Sasuke might work better too, but maybe next year’s Janela dream match shouldn’t be the main event. It’s still going to be the biggest one of the show, it’s just that maybe the card order needs to be changed when you’re running to four am.

Somehow, now sure how or why, I was up by 10 AM the next day to go the Pancakes and Piledriver show. That one was a combination of three indies – AAW, Wrestling Revolver, and Fight Club Pro – which felt a lot like a generic indie showcase card lacking a strong personality. Eddie Kingston continued an AAW bit by coming out to David Starr’s entrance (and totally confused guest announcer Matt Striker by doing so), but Jeff Cobb was a smiling tecnico earlier on instead of doing his AAW rudo gimmick. I did get to see Meiko Satomura for the first time, and she was obviously great in an exhibition feeling match. The ladder main event had some big spots, with Aussie Open impressing me more there than they had the night before. The Trevor Lee/ACH title match was disappointingly brief. I’m shocked wrestlingdata has it 3 minutes because it didn’t even feel that long. Maybe the bell ran before Lee’s promo? I can not recall. The mixed tag had me questioning what I was going with my life. It was an alright time. It was something to do at that time of day. After this, I decided I really needed to do something other than going to another wrestling show. This show did give me David Arquette blaming WWE for the death of WCW, so there’s that, but it felt not as memorable as the other shows I went to.

(I had two pancakes. They only gave you one pancake at a time, and then you had to get back in line. I wanted about like six, but I wasn’t going to ask four more times.)

Instead of sticking around for CZW, I walked to the river. (Or at least I thought I was doing that; after about 10 minutes, I turned around went the actual direction. That was somehow the only time I got lost the entire weekend.) I’m iffy on the idea about anyone cares enough my wrestling adventures to read 3,000 words about them, and probably even less so about the non-wrestling ones. I walked thru the French Quarter, I chilled next to a fountain, I saw workers set up a for a wedding in a park while the bride and groom took photos, I saw teens playing catch with a football some how throw the football into a pond, and then nearly get their jacket taken by a homeless man while they were trying to fish out the football. I regretted not bringing my earbuds to catch up on podcasts as I walked, and then heard a band playing and remembered there are other things to listen to besides podcasts. It was a good break.

NXT Takeover was great. That show as one of the reasons I wanted to make this trip. The NXT Takeover in May was good, but Sombra didn’t make it on it. Eleven months later, he was champion of the whole thing. I hope he keeps rising up from here, but it was a reminder of how quickly it can all change, and how it was best to take advantage of the good times while they last. Sombra lost the title on the show, while also continuing his stream of having one of the best matches on the show. The ladder match was outstanding, and the main event event was excellent in the building even with some forced bits with crutches. This was a long feeling show, especially since I got there in time for the dark matches, but easily the best show I saw that weekend.

The set up for NXT was weird though. Most of the concession areas were shut down during the show, or shutting down. It was long lines to get pretty much anything. I walked around two levels and found only one merchandise stand, staffed by only a couple people. It was as if they didn’t expect anyone to leave their seat once the show began, and I don’t remember that being the case when I went to the Chicago show. I still lived, and ate a bunch of fries later on to compensate.

The final show of the weekend for me was House of Hardcore. I remember very little about it. That show had a strong turnout though also one that started check out before the end of the show. What they were going wasn’t for me. It did seem for plenty of other people. Willie Mack winning their title was something I did I enjoy. I enjoyed hanging out with people and stealing their fries more.

And that was it. I had some beignet related travel drama the next day – Sunday morning with 70,000 extra people in town isn’t the quickest time to get breakfast, it turns out – but the one and half I did get to eat were really good and made me want to be a little more quick about getting them next time. I didn’t want to stick around for WrestleMania itself, and felt even stronger about that decision after nearly falling asleep during it later that night. It still was a lot of wrestling and a tiring experience. That just seems like the way i go with any trip. I’m not sure I could manage going some place on vacation to just relax. I’m not sure if I’ll do this again next year in New York, but it was strongly pointed out to me I wasn’t as negative at the end of a trip as usual. We’ll see.