CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-03-07

recap

taped 2015-02-27 @ Arena México

Blue Panther tope

Not going to go match by match, but this was a much less infuriating tournament than last week’s show. They wrestled normal matches with tension between the partners and no one was trying to throw their matches this week. Even Máximo & Terrible kept it together until they wont he block, and then immediately fought after that. The first two matches were long enough to resemble actual wrestling matches, though they appeared to use up all the time for the rest of the show. Still wouldn’t waste an hour on this but it didn’t make me want to give up watching the promotion.

Atlantis rides Conjuro
Maximo & Terrible put down their opponents
Shocker makes a bad decision
he was OK

Read More

Thunder, Keira, Bestiario I

Thunder says he got into Mexican wrestling by watching videos on the internet. Judging from his style, he was definitely not watching RobViper’s music videos. I’d like to apologize to the world. (This is not the story he’s told previous times.) Thunder, who was most definitely feuding with Rush last time and suddenly disappeared the week they seemed to be setting up the singles match, totally downplays his feud with Rush, says his goal is to end Atlantis’ career and praises Ultimo Guerrero for changing his career.

Keira says her AAA appearance on 05/02 is a one-off for the moment – she hasn’t signed anything, so this is a tryout like the other new names appearing in opening matches this year. She does say this means she won’t be able to feud with Vaquerita after this AAA appearance, so their last battle for now will be at an Ichiban show on 04/25.

SuperLuchas has pictures of the lucha libre themed cans and caps for Victoria beer this summer. That’s the mat sponsor for both shows, and the sponsor of the international trios tournament next month. The art is mostly AAA, but do include Mr. Niebla, Ultimo Guerrero and Hijo del Santo, which may point towards who Victoria (and AAA) wanted to be on the non-AAA Mexican team. On the other hand, there are women and AAA wrestlers who weren’t ever going to be in this tournament.

CaraLuchas released the people chosen for it’s Bestiario I contest. The rules stated it’d be 16 people cut down to 8 by trainers. It’s 18.

Shaman Jr.: Estado de Mexico wrestler, has wrestled the Sky Stars a few times

Wasson: long time Arena el Angel (Reynosa) luchador who popped up on the March XMW hsow

Centella Atomica: only a handful of Estado de Mexico appearances, show up on last August’s XMW show in a random title match.

Goskart: Arena Neza regular last year, probably shows up more places where they can’t spell his name.

Pegasus: same AULL guy who made an appearance in an AAA opener (and didn’t really impress.)

Trasher: maybe from the WFS promotion? There’s people (or random appearances) in Oaxaca & Baja California but it’s mostly a EdM name. Actually wrestled on the 10/18/2014 CaraLucha show.

Heredero Maya: only three known appearanes in openers or early matches; possibly a recent name switch?

Rey Fenix: name showing up in Jalisco, Puebla, Estado de Mexico, Nuevo Leon, and Veracruz. Most likely the Puebla(/EdM) one, who worked the ChilangaMask show in Arena Coliseo San Ramon. That Rey Fenix is strongly belived to DTU Nerd Tony in his original identity – he was still doing both gimmicks last I heard.

Power Bull: IWRT trainee who’s mostly been on FILL shows but has popped up on openers.

Venganza Inmortal: that name only shows up once, a June Gimnasio Gloria show last June.

Principe Aereo: probably a Mexico City tecnico from the last year (and not a Acapulco guy who goes back longer.)

Infinity: Neza luchador from the last few years.

Hellboy: a name with so many different people using it’s tough to figure, but probably the guy who’s been working semimains on indy shows in Puebla.

Genex: I have no info on this one!

Aramis: long time Coacalco luchador – they’ve got a banner of him hanging in the building – who had a strong match on the last ChilangaMask show.

Calibus: There’s a Coacalco luchador, and there’s a Veracruz one who seems to have joined up with DTU (or maybe that’s actually the guy from Veracruz)

Puma Galactico: wrestled as part of the Radical promotion in 2013-2014, hasn’t shown up much in the last year.

Jimmy Madrid: another one who’s based in Neza (which means a lot of Arena 2 de Junio appearances and occasional Arena Neza matches.)

A story about lucha libre training and shows in Leon. It includes Bobby Lee complaining that the commission gets bought off and doesn’t license people correctly. Wasn’t Bobby Lee commissioner in Leon? (I probably should be able to look this up, and I don’t mean on the wiki.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida has recaps of episode 20 and episode 21 of Lucha Underground, as well as Matt D on Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas (the 12/15/2000)

Voices of Wrestling has a recap of last night’s Lucha Underground

AAA has an audio interview with Texano Jr.

CMLL has highlights of the 04/10/2015 show.

+LuchaTV has Justiciero & Magnifico and Los Tigre Rojos talking about their match, plus highlights of Jeque & Herodes Jr. with words from both Jeque and Herodes and the same for Psycho Kid & Black Terry with interviews with Terry and Psycko.

SuperLuchas looks back at Negro Casas celebrating 25 years of wrestling, 10 years ago yesterday.

LV has a recap of this past week’s AAA show and rates Silueta’s title match in REINA as ****.

El Sable won the CMMLL (Texas) Light Heavyweight Championship from Psicosis Jr. (who is apparently not Psicosis II/Ripper)

WWS’s Vaneli is heading to France as part of a talent exchange. WWS announced a bunch of tie ups with European promotions last week and started to announce luchadoras heading out to shows.

Read More

Lucha Underground 1×23: Fire in the Cosmos

Puma’s dangerous feet

the matches

Cage, King Cuerno [O], Texano Jr. beat Johnny Mundo, Hernandez, Prince Puma [X] (10:57, thrill of the hunt after a Texano rope punch)
Cage [O] beat Son of Havoc [X] & the Mack (5:56, Weapon X)
Drago beat Aerostar, winning the best of five series 3-2 (10:16, Dragon’s Tail cradle)

All the gifs are here

the developments

welcome Hernandez

A man who looked a lot like Davari was watching the show from the front row. The announcers pointed him out and he was shown reacting to the show, but he was not given a name.

Texano used a rope punch to set up the win, but that’s pretty much clean for Lucha Underground. There was no internal problems on either team (despite some accidental shots.) Dario set up a three way match with one person from each winning team immediately following.

Son of Havoc nearly had the win on the Mack, but Cage pulled the Mack out of the ring to avoid the shooting star press, then beat Havoc himself.

Pentagon Jr. came to the ring despite not having a match, and demanded Melissa announce he was (again) dedicating his next victim to his master. Melissa did so uncomfortable, went to leave, and was attacked from behind by Pentagon. Pentagon attempted to break Melissa’s arm, but Sexy Star (again!) made the save. Sexy screamed at Pentagon, saying he’d gone too far that time. (Vampiro too moved to make the save, but Sexy got there first.)

don’t think Havoc thought it would go this way

Dario checked up on both Aerostar (hanging out on the roof) and Drago (in the same bathroom they first talked) and pressed them to give it all tonight. Melissa was hurt from the attack, so Dario took over ring announcing and watched the main event from ringside. Aerostar nearly won on several occasions in a no-DQ, no-countout final, but Drago planted Aerostar on his head with a DDT and cradled him for the win. The two men embraced after the match, giving either credit for their fights. Aerostar left as Dario came to the ring to announce the Unique Opportunity: Drago will get a shot against Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground Championship but is banished from Lucha Underground if he loses.

thoughts

pretty much my reaction too

One where there weren’t many developments outside the ring, but plenty thru the matches.  Opener set the final of the trios tournament and made it feel like a big deal with everyone who was involved, and Aerostar/Drago going on last and getting the big stipulation at the end caused the entire series to feel like big deals. The opener came off even stronger on TV than it did live, with so much incredible action in the latter half of the match. It turned into non-stop moves for quite a while, everyone getting in a big spot or three. Striker made sure to note it was Puma who took the loss, and it seems to balance the scales with last week.

Triangle match had a tough task following the trios, but the crowd got into a lot by the end. It was the most important match for the Mack, who’s still a new figure here and pulled off some stuff that might not have been expected from his side. Son of Havoc works better as a tecnico, and he and Cage were great in the dive catch brainbuster spot.

Aerostar taken out of orbit

Aerostar and Drago delivered in their main event. We know this isn’t Aerostar’s biggest match ever, but it’s way up there and way up there for Drago too, and they were on point. The plancha thru the table was so incredible live and looked impressive on TV, but there was a lot of great stuff here and some more storytelling from usual – Aerostar trying for cradle after cradle after the bigm ove to try and put Drago away but just not having enough, some of the finishes from the previous matches not winning, that sort of thing. The DDT near the end looked brutal. The no-DQ thing felt like something Striker made up on the spot because he figured out what was going to happen, but it also makes sense with Dario being Dario. (They got a lot of great reaction shots from him.) This felt like something where Aerostar ended up a much bigger deal even by losing the series, and Drago winning with that stipulation makes him a key character to come.

39 of these > 52 of pretty much anything else.

Read More

senators (& Santo) push for a national lucha commission, CMLL Tuesday results

CMLL (TUE) 04/14/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Magnus, Robin, Sensei
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
4) Fuego b Virus [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flashina cradle beat Virus in 6:15.
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther DQ Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
straight falls, last by DQ for excessive violence
6) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, La Máscara b Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

A show. Fuego/Virus is said to be good.

national commission press conference

Baja California senator, Marco Antonio Velazquez, repeated his proposal for new legislation at a press conference on Monday. He’d previously come up in these stories as someone pushing for a national lucha commission to replace state and city ones. He’s now proposing new oversight for all sports in the entire country. It’s a mixed message, because they were talking about all sports (in terms of licensing, insurance, health care, and drug testing) but also were specifically talking about lucha libre in some areas and citing Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death as the start of this discussion. El Fantasma and Hijo del Santo were there specifically as lucha libre representatives. No representative from AAA, CMLL, or any other lucha libre promotion was reported as being in attendance, and no full time luchador was there. The director of the boxing comission, boxer Edgar Sosa, the head of the WBC council, and the president of the Box/Lucha/MMA commission in Tijuana. Five other sentaors from various parties were present, including Olympic medalist Ana Guevara, and the idea would be taking this into legislation discussion next Thursday.

SuperLuchas cited six main points the senator pushed
– a code of ethics for athletes and agencies focusing on good performances and good conditions to work in
– a national wrestling commission to apply the same rules everywhere
– a system of records
– regulated national annual licenses for sports
– standardizing commissions in every state
– a licensing exam and medical insurance for high risk sports

After the press conference, Hijo del Santo demanded AAA & CMLL work together and said both companies said they weren’t interested in participating.

(Sources: ESPN, Notimex, R de Rudo, sispe

The pictures of this press conference remind me of parts of the US Congressional investigation into steroids in baseball, a supposed serious look that descended into photo ops and autograph opportunities at times. (Those wearing medals at a serious meeting and looking to be photographed with Santo or the boxer are pretty much the same.) It’s possibly, maybe even likely, this goes nowhere. This is the fourth or fifth public press event like this in the near month since Perro Aguayo Jr. died, and none have moved passed the public call for attention stage. All plans require funding, which may or may not come. This one seems father along the others.

The last person to be taking a leading position in regulating lucha libre in 2015 is El Hijo del Santo. He’s man living in a prior era, completely and purposefully out of touch with the present reality of lucha libre and seemingly only involved in to boost his own legacy and to settle old scores. He’s completely exiled from all major lucha libre promotions. Yet, Hijo del Santo is also a nationally famous name who carries extraordinary weight with people who are casually familiar with lucha libre, and so exactly has the power to influence things. That Santo is still walking around saying things like “lucha libre needs to be off of TV” is eyerolling given his own TV show; that people are actually taking him seriously is concerning.

It is discouraging how little CMLL and AAA have engaged on this topic. CMLL did one interview saying everything they did was perfect and ignored the world around them (as they always do), which will come back to haunt them (as it already does.) CMLL’s makes so many bad public facing decisions that it’d be weird to see them do something right. AAA’s statement emphasized Perro’s death wasn’t at one of their shows and then seemingly moved on. If it’s really an poorly padded ring in Tijuana which caused Perro’s death, the least AAA could say is “we’re not allowing anyone under contract back into Tijuana until that ring gets fixed and we’ll pull people from other places if there’s similar problems with the ring.” And maybe they’ve said quietly behind the scenes (there is no AAA guys in Tijuana any time soon correction: AAA wrestlers are working a The Crash show on 05/08), and maybe they also know this press conference is actually garbage and they don’t want to drum up more attention for it. But, for a company who strongly wanted attention as world wide leaders in professional wrestling not two months ago, AAA’s not taken much of a leadership role on this issue. Everyone can be wrong at the same time.

And there’s still a 50/50 chance we hear about any of this again and I’ve wasted everyone’s time writing about it. Maybe even less, since I’m working under the impression I have half a clue about how a bill becomes a law in Mexico (and how a law becomes something that’s actually enforced – it’s not like there’s not already all sorts of laws covering most of those bullet points in Mexico.) This may be a lot of nothing. There’s just a small change that it’s something status quo breaking that makes it hard to ignore.

Moving on to something more tangible…

Lucha Underground

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is called Fire in the Cosmos. Matches taped for the show

  • Cage, King Cuerno, Texano vs Hernandez, Johnny Mundo and Prince Puma in the Lucha Underground Trios Tournament
  • a match involving the winners of the first match and the two other teams who’ve already advanced.
  • Aerostar vs Drago in the finals of their best of five series.

There’s also a Pentagon Jr. segment.

The Aerostar/Drago main event was great live, and should translate the same way to TV. The joy of Lucha Underground is they’re able to pivot the show to focus on any wrestler or feud on any episode. Prince Puma, the champion and the only guy with a t-shirt, is even on this week’s episode but it’s still an Aerostar & Drago episode. There are vignettes with Dario and Aerostar and Dario and Drago prior to the match. At the taping, Dario announced the details of his Unique Opportunity after the match. They’ve taken out little bits the last couple of weeks (Pentagon more overtly telling Sexy Star & Super Fly he was coming for them, the unmasking being interrupted by the debuting Marty Martinez), but I’d assume that’s still how this show is going to end.

Other News

Metaleon was not badly hurt from his accidental dive onto cement, but he’s still in need of money to pay medical bills and is auctioning off a mask to raise money.

CaraLucha announced a Resistancia vs Kriminal Boys vs Neza Kings vs Sky Stars match for their 05/02 show, but oddly in that the Kriminal Boys and Sky Star are only listed with 2 members and the other teams have 3.

ChilangaMask has announced Aeroboy vs Caifan as the first match on their 05/17 show, and there’s an Aero Boy promo on it.

LuchaWorld has a recap of +LuchaTV.

RobViper has highlights of 12/16/14 CMLL.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Arez & Belial vs Iron Kid & Aramis. Arez & Belial praised their opponents. Iron Kid & Aramis thanked them for the match. There’s also video of Keira vs Impulso, with words from both Keira and Impulso after the match.

Segunda Caida has reviews of Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla & Emilio Charles Jr. and Los Thundercats vs Super Muneco, Robocop and Gran Houdini.

Jennifer Blake is not back in Mexico, but she’s turned up in AIW’s JT Lightning tournament next month.

SuperLuchas has a good interview with Rossy Moreno about her career and looks back to Harley Race in Arena Mexico.

Pentagon Jr. defeated Drago in Mortal Kombat X, 3-0, as part of a promotional event for the game’s release in Mexico City.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/21/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Leono, Metatrón vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio [lightning]
4) Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, La Seductora, Narumiya
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker

CMLL intermixes Peste Negra and TGR for no obvious reason. Maybe there will be some quick tag title match next week (Shocker & Casas vs Atlantis & Panther).

Two videos of the lightning match, one supposes.

CMLL (TUE) 04/21/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Frezzer & Reycko vs Évola & Exterminador
2) Flash II, Star Jr., Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Sádico
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Main event is a rematch, which sets up the title match for 04/28.

Read More

great match roundup, week of 2015-03-07

Good/Great/Excellent matches

AAA on Televisa: 2015-03-07
taped 2015-02-27 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
El Patrón Alberto, Fénix, Myzteziz vs Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.: [great]

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-03-07
taped 2015-03-03 @ Arena México
Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus: [great]
Dragon Lee, Super Porky, Titán vs Luciferno, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys: [good]

Lucha Underground: 2015-03-11
taped 2015-01-24 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Johnny Mundo vs King Cuerno in a cage match: [great]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-03-07
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-03-07

Matches To Watch Later

got nothing

Read More

Mistico separates shoulder and wins anyway, next show for The Crash

CMLL (MON) 04/13/2015 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Periodico Enfoque]
1) Arkalis & Tigre Rojo Jr. b El Malayo & Guerrero Espacial
2) Astral, Astro, Eléctrico b Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito, Saurón
Espiritu Maligno was hurt on a Astral move in the second fall and left the match.
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Stuka Jr. b Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca
4) Kráneo, Rey Escorpión, Ripper b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3. Mistico separated his left shoulder during the match, but got it popped back in and ended up winning.

Mistico continues to have bad injury luck in this arena, but it sounds as though it wasn’t severe this time.

In a correction from yesterday, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara are not moving back to Sunday shows. Their secondary show will remain on Friday. Just appears to be a misunderstanding.

PWInsider reports Dark Angel is a guest trainer at WWE’s NXT facility this week. (Nonpopup source here.) WWE routinely brings in various current and former wrestlers as week long guest trainers. Occasionally, if the trainers click over many visits and if the trainer is interested, they may be brought in full time.

Dragon Rojo Jr., finally not falsely advertised as wrestling this week, says he’s coming back next week.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has Atlantis, La Mascara, and Dragon Lee versus Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Kamaitachi, with CMLL talking about this possibly setting up a Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee title match. The Panthers and Comando Boricuas are back at each other, and the lightning match is Virus vs Fuego. Guadalajara has Sky Team vs Guerreros, which may also set up a title match, though both may be a couple weeks off yet to put them close to Kid’s Day.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of ChilangaMask matches: Negro Navarro vs Dragon Lee, Psycho Kid vs Black Terry and Arez & Belial vs Iron Kid & Aramis.

+LuchaTV has Hijo de Dos Caras and Negro Navarro talking about their title match, and Navarro on his sons versus the Ingobernables.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s PosterMania, and reports on the LA Triton’s benefit show and Misterisoso & Stuka in El Paso.

SuperLuchas looks back at a super international card from 35 years ago.

A charity show on 05/09 in Arena Lopez Mateos will be headlined by the Traumas vs Oficial AK47 & Oficial 911 vs Eterno & Canis Lupus vs Rey Hechicero & Oro Jr.

Highlights of Discovery & Psicosis’ bloody match in Cicero, Illinois.

San Luis Potosi’s Oro Azul suffered a neck injury and will be out two weeks.

WWL, thrilled with all the attention it got for shutting down, announced it was coming back.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 04/19/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero vs Araña de Plata Jr. & Atomik Star
2) Ashley & Lady Maravilla vs Cristal & Kamilión
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Ciclon Black, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
4) Chicano, Danny Casas, Relámpago vs Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Negro Navarro
5) Ricky Cruz vs X-Fly, Veneno, Eterno [ruleta de la muerte, hair]

No teams announced for the main evnet. Cruz is winning, that seems like a safe bet. Figuring out the loser is tougher.

CMLL (MON) 04/20/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Magnus & Metatrón vs Canelo Casas & El Rebelde
2) Astro, Meyer, Último Dragoncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mercurio, Saurón
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Kráneo, Morphosis
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

A show. They’re going strong on TGR of all things.

AAA Crash (THU) 05/07/2015 Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Baja California
1) K-mikase vs Tronx
2) Mirage & Star Dragon vs Black Danger & Destroyer
3) Búfalo Ayala, Cinico, Zarco vs Genio Del Aire, Próximo, Skalibur
4) Black Boy, Drago, Rey Horus vs Bestia 666, Daga, Mosco Negro
5) Angélico, Blue Demon Jr., Psycho Clown vs El Mesías, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.
6) Fénix & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Brian Cage & Hijo del Fantasma

Lineup from their Facebook page, via SuperLuchas. Billed as a Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute show, the first show from the Crash since Perro’s passing.

Read More